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Speak Out 5/24/08

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Loose dogs

THERE ARE leash laws. My family has been walking and jogging. It never fails that we see loose dogs and have been chased. We have elderly neighbors who are scared to walk. Tonight we had a dog in our yard. Have some respect for others.

Climate-change skeptics

ONCE AGAIN the climate-change skeptics trot out their distortions, this time through the mindless comments of right-wing cultist Cal Thomas. The letter to Canadian Prime Minister Harper that Thomas mentions was written by the same nonexperts and energy-lobby shills that have fueled the entire pretense that there is a scientific debate on climate change. There is not. Many of the folks signing the letter are not even scientists, much less experts. Meanwhile, most climate scientists have, like the tobacco scientists before them -- been bought out by the grants and payments received from corporations. What they lack, however, is a body of published science supporting their empty claims.

Potential for greatness

I HAVE a new nickname for Cape Girardeau: "The City of Untapped Potential." We can be 10 times better than we are right now. We can be known as more than just the town with the mall and the big Wal-Mart. In the past, Cape Girardeau was the first city in this part of the state to have railroads, electricity and telephones. This city was once called by Mark Twain the "Athens of the Mississippi." We were great in the past. We can be great again. What has happened to us?

Dangerous highway

WHEN IS Highway 77 between Chaffee and Oran going to be paved? The road is dangerous for small cars and motorcycles. Motorcycle operators run near the center of the road. If they get over into the grooves, they would surely have trouble controlling their bikes.

Hungry pets

WE HAVE too many cats and dogs in our country eating our food. That is costing us a lot of money. It's OK to have a dog, but if you've got two or three, that is taking a lot of our food.

Good article

I JUST read the article in The Tiger, the school paper, on separation of church and state by Nicki Cochran. I want to commend her for her work on this. It's a good article. Everything she said was good.

Scott City mowing

SINCE SCOTT City is issuing tickets to residents, even the elderly who are unable to mow, for high weeds, how about the city practices what it preaches? Check out the old city hall and other lots the city is responsible for. At Third Street and Cherry, the weeds are at least two feet tall. You can't see through the intersection.

Cape Rock weeds

I WOULD like to know why the weeds have not been cut along Cape Rock Drive along the river where the overlook is. The weeds all through that area are at least three or four feet tall. They have not been cut one time this year, and it's getting worse by the day.

Route W pothole

OK. THE pothole has been on Route W long enough. It's going to cause somebody's tire to drop off. Please fix this. It's after where you can turn to get to Oriole if you're going north. Please do something or I may lose my car.

Stopping for funerals

I DO not believe a person should get a ticket for not stopping for a funeral procession. That should be a matter of personal choice. Of course, God will see those who stop and realize they have a respect for human life. But some of those people may have to get to work or have some other pressing need.

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Hungry Children

WE HAVE too many children in our country eating our food. That is costing us a lot of money. It's OK to have a child, but if you've got two or three, that is taking a lot of our food.

Makes as about as much sense as the original post.

-- Posted by Pups on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 6:22 AM

Route W pothole

that's a sinkhole in the making...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 7:29 AM

Cape Rock Weeds—

Hey dude - I bet no one would object to YOU getting out there and knocking a few down! You might even get some help if somebody saw you out there pitching in.

-- Posted by RocketSurgeon on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 7:35 AM

Good point RocketSurgeon. The people feel helpless and "need" the government to do everything for them.

People can't make their own decisions anymore. They reley on T.V. "experts" both locally and nationally to tell them what to think and do. Weathermen need to tell them to take an umbrella to work or put coats on their kids before leaving for school.

If we clean up our own neighborhoods, some people will chip in to help. I remember many years ago at Clearwater Lake, people would just leave their beer cans on the beach. It was disgusting. I asked a local about it and they said that was normal behavior. My 2 hippie buddies and I starting picking up the cans and putting them in the trash barrells. At first people looked at us like we were from outer space, but then a few and then a few more starting helping. From that day on, the beach was cleaned up after use.( I haven't been ther for 35 years so I don't know what it looks like now.)

-- Posted by Thought Criminal on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 8:27 AM

I think people get to stressed over what others do or don't do for them. Recently, during my mother's funeral procession, I saw both. As we moved through areas with our police escort, everyone moved over. During a time of grief, that touched my heart. Then, we had a period where there was no escort and we were on a highway. Some moved over, others didn't. I realized that those that didn't were not aware of what was happening and came up on it suddenly. The headlights no longer are a warning, as many use their headlights at all times. I appreciated those that did move over and stop for us. I was too involved in my grief and of other family members to care if someone didn't stop their car. Overall, does it really matter? This did NOT occur in Missouri.

Weeds. If you complain about someone not cutting them, perhaps you should look in a mirror. You are a someone.

-- Posted by KingsKid on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 8:40 AM

Climate change skeptics,

I cannot figure out what this comment is about. Is it saying global warming is real or fake?

-- Posted by SWBG on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 8:47 AM

Mikel..regarding hungry children

i think the basic difference is one is

human and one is animal..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 9:12 AM

Stopping for funerals

goto St.Louis and see how many

folks stop or pull over for a funeral

procession ....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 9:13 AM

I made the decision to have more than one animal as you call them but my dogs are my kids, the state and other tax payers did not pay for them to be born nor for their vet care, they are all walked on a leash at all times and I live in the county and they come to work with me each day, they are all taken care of by me and they sleep in the house with me every night. If you are going to have a pet take responsibility for them same as the bawling kids at Wal-Mart, you know that stores have a duct tape aisle for the kids and a pet aisle for the pets. I don’t want to feed your kids or tell you how many you can have so I wish people would stop trying to tell me how to take care of my pets unless you can show me your veterinary license then ******* your soap box and do something about the strays, there are rescues that will take the animals and you can drop them off at the humane society and they will put them to sleep for you or call the animal control officers, but complaining about the problem does not solve it!

As for pulling over for a funeral it is just RESPECT!

-- Posted by Free Speak on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 9:57 AM

Climate-change skeptics-How can anyone not be skeptical about a religion that preaches that man is responsible for all the naturally occurring weather catastrophes. Hurricanes, tornadoes, cold or warm winters, hot or cool summers, floods or drought, are all attributed by climate change zealots as signs of the end times. Potential results of man made warming are exaggerated to the point of silliness. Gore predicts a 20 foot rise is sea levels and it's shown to our school children as if it's science.Then the prediction is decreased to 3 feet and then to a foot. Now predictions are for a "temporary cooling cycle" for the next several years. But I'm sure we'll be encouraged to remain afraid of ourselves and our future. It will remain a tenet of this religion that the road to salvation will be paved with money controlled the radical environmental movement and the power they will wield in our ever growing government. Their dogma has been, be afraid and give us money. It seems more wise to me to worry about climate change zealots rather than the weather.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 10:02 AM

IMO , kids , or humans , rank a little higher

then dogs , or animals ...

we agree to disagree...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 10:19 AM

In regards to "What has happened to Cape"

1. The town gov't has created a pro-university atmosphere, where the motto is get in, get done, and get out. No focus on creating high-paying, good jobs that will keep the (mostly) St. Louisans from moving back home. The lifers and locals either don't know or don't care about the economic and cultural substance that these students can bring. At the same time, the university continues to put a sour taste in the mouths of these same students by skyrocketing tuition and fees, all the while building fancier dorms, plazas, entrances, and fountains. Sorry, but my distaste for the Univ coupled with the severe lack of good jobs made me move away immediately after graduating. I could have stayed if I wanted to be a server, a fast food employee, or a doctor.

2. Too much NIMBY attitude on the part of the same locals and lifers who complain and complain and complain, but are too lazy to get up and go do anything about it. Don't like the way litter builds up on your street, or something stupid about some rocks? ******* your fat butts and get out there!

3. Racism and the cultural divide between the north and south sides of Cape.

4. Wal-Mart!!

5. I've said it before: Drive-thru gas stations!! I don't buy the excuses about the kids in the car or disabled people. If you're disabled (which I have come to learn usually means obese), then you probably don't need to be guzzling 88 ounce sodas anyway. Besides, look at a drive thru line, and it's all solo people letting their engines run, gabbing away on their phones, smoking their cigarettes, too lazy to actually park their car and go inside.

6. Corrupt town gov't, full of nut jobs, dingbats, and nepotism.

7. The misconception by so many that it's a city and not a town, and the "entitlement" attitude that comes along with it.

surely that's just a few...

-- Posted by cantparkhere on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 11:12 AM


It is not that I disagree with you in the fact that humans rank above animals. I was just thinking that I don't know anyone that takes food from the mouths of their children to feed their dog. May happen, can't say for sure. But limiting a person's right to have all the animals they can take care of because of a food shortage??? I don't know of anyone that wants to eat what they put in my cat's food, but then again I've been wrong a lot in my life, so this wouldn't be the first time.

Oh and if its because they use rice or grain, I'm almost sure it isn't the quality that anyone would eat anyway.

So when we start restricting the number of children a person can have because of the food shortage, I might concider the claim that pets are stealing all our food supply.

-- Posted by Pups on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 1:04 PM

I missed the discussion that brought on the Stopping for funeral procession comment.

I've always had an issue for stopping and pulling over if the funeral procession is taking place on a divided highway and if I am going the opposite direction. Such as Kingshighway. If it's safe for me to stop and pull over -- like if there is little traffice going my direction I will do so. But in the congested areas of Kingshighway and at peak times its just not safe.

This brings me to another point on divided highways. If a school bus stops to pick up children, do the folks going the other direction have to stop as well? I mean if it's a 4 lane divided highway with a middle turn lane with 45-50 mph posted speed limit? Years ago I commuted thru a portion of Cape with a school bus situation like this. The bus would stop in an area where there was a hill and cars coming in the opposite direction couldn't see the bus until they were right up on it. I thought it was very poor thinking by the school district to allow the bus to make a pickup/drop off in this location. I wonder if anyone in the district takes a test drive before they arrange the bus routes.

-- Posted by TommyStix on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 1:06 PM

Oh and one more thing. I pay way more for other people's childrens food through my taxes then anyone's pet. Matter of fact, I am unaware of any pet welfare/food stamp program. I don't have children, but still have to pay for those that have them and for some reason can not afford to feed them. No one is paying any money to me to feed my cat. But, I'm guessing that wasn't the point of the poster.

Sorry Diseasedturtle, really didn't mean to make an issue of it. Will agree to disagree.

-- Posted by Pups on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 1:18 PM

Now Me'Lange...Pet food is GOOD for you! Keeps the weight down, partly due to the fact that you probably won't overeat! Just try not to think about what is in the pet food while you're eating it.

Good one, Mikel! Hoping I don't see another comment saying Old People who are no longer productive are also eating all our food... ;-)

Come on, y'all...The pets/food...the kids/food...comments were made in jest because of the wierd Speak Out comment.

And Me'Lange: thanks for the Funeral Processions information. There are some situations in which stopping for the processions is dangerous. It's sort of human nature to like the idea of "being respectful" when it comes to such processions--Often, though, we seem to want to be more respectful in such cases than we are to the living, in our day-to-day lives, perhaps?


IMO, the writer was saying the "climate change/global warming" theorists are in it for the money. IMO, after researching, the writer is correct.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 1:21 PM

I disagree with the comments of residents cutting weeds on public highways. Taxpayers pay for this to be done in a timely manner. It's just as absurd as expecting residents to fill up pot holes.

-- Posted by BABE on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 1:40 PM


I don't think it's a racial divide in Cape. I think it is a division beteen law abiding citizens and drug dealers. Most folks who live in south Cape are begging law enforcement to clean the area of criminal riff raff.

-- Posted by BABE on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 1:48 PM


Methinks that the Speak Out comment about pets and food was made tongue-in-cheek. LOL

-- Posted by BABE on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 1:50 PM


If the Speak Out comment was tongue and cheek, then I truely appologize for making it an issue today.

Oh, are you BBQ'ing any of those pesky critters hanging around you back door??? I could bring the potato salad or something. haha

-- Posted by Pups on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 2:13 PM


A pair of huge owls have run off my critters except the coon. I've only seen a glimpse of them and can't identify yet.

Big eats are Monday after the Memorial program at the Osage Center. I don't let anyone forget what the day means. The grandboys have already colored pictures of soldiers today and put them up on the frige. They also ordered their dad to go to the store and buy a new flag for their home. Menu for Monday is drunken chicken, MY special family potato salad passed through generations, baked beans with lots of bacon and sweet iced tea.

-- Posted by BABE on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 2:56 PM


That sounds like a great menu. I think it is wonderful that you instill in your grandkids what Monday is for. For that I tip my hat to you. One thing we will always agree on is the honor OUR fallen soldiers deserve.

-- Posted by Pups on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 3:11 PM

Out for the day. Everyone have a pleasant one!!

-- Posted by Pups on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 4:08 PM

I don't think people should be cutting weeds along the highway either, but I think the person was complaining about the weeds on the scenic overlook. I agree with Infowarrior. It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness so to speak. I bet that person goes out there everyday to be offended by the weeds. Next time take a weedeater or a sling-blade and make yourself happy by doing a good deed.

I see your point though Babe. If a cop catches someone doing some weed-eating or sling-blading without permission from the officials, they will probably be tased and arrested.

-- Posted by Legalize Liberty on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 6:23 PM

Here is an interesting quiz on Mo Sunshine Laws......


-- Posted by BABE on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 7:46 PM

Well, Hulshof made a real doofus out of himself in Cape.

When will Americans become less stupid than they are and realize that these issues like stem cell research and abortion are just bones that the Republcians toss out to the dumba*ses because the dumba*ses are so **** stupid that they don't realize that they are being played?

Every election cycle, here come the Republicans, so drained of any moral fiber, with no real plans for America, but they have one thing working for them; that is the general stupidity and complete ignorance of the American voter.

Want to get the dumba*sses to vote Repbulican? Just say all the cliche, jingolistic crapola that you can about Abortion, stem cell research, and the new hot button issue for the dummies, gay marriage. You can screw the voters to the bone, all day long, 24/7, flood the country with illegals, take us to a unjust, unholy war in Iraq and Afghanistan, send every **** job to Asia, trample the Constitution, take our rights, take our homes, but all you have to do to get the dumba*sses to vote Republican is talk about gay marriage, stem cells, and abortion.

Once you get elected, you don't have to do a **** thing about any of those three, because the dumba*ss American is ready to believe you and fall for your sh*t again, in two years, regardless of what else you did to them, as long as you TALK about stem cells, abortion, and gay marriage.

It is as if the American voter has had a giant brain stroke and has a problem with short term memory, or, even long term memory for that matter.

Gawd, we are a stupid people, and Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect time to remember how stupid we truly are.

-- Posted by Liberty_not_Tyranny on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 9:23 PM

Dogs vs. People

All and All, I prefer dogs over people. Dogs don't tend to s-c-r-e-w you, take your property, take you to war, nor, take your jobs away.

Dogs, better than people any day.

-- Posted by Liberty_not_Tyranny on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 9:26 PM

You are so right about the dumb voters Liberty. All the republicans have to do is spew out the buzz words abortion, gay marriage, and stem cell research, and the propagandised, brain washed sheep drool and salivate like Pavlov's dogs.

Gay marriage was the big issue for most of the dummed down people in the Bush/Kerry election.( I despised both of the Yale Skull & Bones coffin-mate candidates)

The good folks of SE Mo. flocked to Poplar Bluff on Labor Day 2004 to pay homage and worship at the feet of the man who would give them perpeptual war and the death and maiming of thousands of our own troops and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi people, but by god he promised to prohibit gay marriage and stem cell research. The people swooned and adored him. Of course as soon as the rigged electronic votes were counted, he went back to war as usual.

The good fundamentalists need to look in to Bush's gay reporter/porn star Jeff Gannon. There are a bunch of articles and videos about Gannon and Bush on Google. There is a picture of Bush and Gannon in a more than professional hug and kiss on the forehead. The main stream news reported on one day about Gannon and his many visits to the White House, but the story was then hushed up. the gay lobby has a lot of pull.

They also should watch a video called Conspiracy of Silence that was to be shown on the Discovery channel back in 1994.( it was listed in the April 30th- May6th T.V, Guide if you don't believe me) Influential members of congress and the White House stopped the presentation, but one copy was saved. It is not the greatest quality but you can watch it at http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=th...+franklin+coverup&sitesearch=# It is an incredible video. It will open your eyes. Too bad most of America has never heard of it.

-- Posted by Legalize Liberty on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 11:50 PM

Disregard the google link on my post below. Just go to Google and type in Conspiracy of Silence. Don't know why the linke got so messed up. Probably some government stooge who's job it is to mess with damaging videos about our government officials.

-- Posted by Legalize Liberty on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 11:56 PM


I have more than one dog and our family does all their care and maintenence. However---wtf does that have to do with kids and duct tape? I don't think all people "with kids" are telling you what to do with your dogs.


now now..some former presidential candidates were trying to persuade us that all Old People were eating Alpo....

I'm sure we all assumed that was fact! ;)

Granted...that same gentleman invented pants and the internet....


Glad you love your dog.

-- Posted by Super_Bethie on Sun, May 25, 2008, at 12:06 AM

I can see how some folks could get along better with dogs than fellow humans.

This is especially true for someone who has a high disdain for everything and everyone around them.

Hope you're having a great Memorial Day weekend. Take to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country, the United States of America.

-- Posted by Instructor_aka____________ on Sun, May 25, 2008, at 1:39 AM

Don't nuke me bro. I saw this video a few years ago on VHS. It is truely amazing. I would warn folks that this is a raw uncut en-edited version of the documentary that Discovery Chanel was going to broadcast so it does have some XXX words in their deposition recordings what those kids say were done to them by the pediophile scumbags.

There was a book written about this called The Franklin Cover-Up. The book goes into much more detail and names names of the prominent state and federal politicians and law enforcement. Recent news of some of the behavior of our elected leaders make this video and the book that much more credible.

-- Posted by Thought Criminal on Sun, May 25, 2008, at 3:46 AM

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