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Speak Out 12/11/08

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Comparing counties

I LIVE in a neighboring county, one many Cape Girardeau County residents make fun of, citing low socio-economic status of residents and the supposed low IQ of residents. However, I work at Procter & Gamble and listen all day to the gripes of my coworkers who live in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. My coworkers complain about their leaders and rising crime rates in their communities, among other things. My county is led by commissioners who get along and hold meetings that are held at night so taxpayers can attend. Our crime rate is low. We have lower gas prices than Cape Girardeau and sometimes even Jackson. Our mayor appreciates city employees, and our county commissioners don't act like 3-year-olds. In short, I think those of us from the sticks aren't doing too bad.

Deer not dangerous

AS A spokesperson for deer rights, I would say that deer are dangerous to humans only because we have demanded such excessive control over our environment, such as building parking lots over forested areas once populated by deer. Now the deer are more prone to wander onto streets. Deer are not inherently dangerous to man. It is the other way around.

Pearl Harbor holiday

REGARDING THE Pearl Harbor anniversary: As I drove through Cape Girardeau on Dec. 7, I was shocked to see that the only flags flying at half-staff were at Freedom Corner. Even the National Guard did not have the flag displayed properly. Congress, by Public Law 103-308 as amended, has designated Dec. 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day," and the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities. It seems that some have forgotten the brave souls who paid the ultimate price on that day.

Time to resign

ILLINOIS SEN. Dick Durbin, who once likened American soldiers to Nazis, doesn't find Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged crimes worrisome enough to ask for his resignation. His political pragmatism is disturbing. Blagojevich should resign, and so should Durbin.

Street visibility

KINGSHIGHWAY AND William Street are too dark and you can't see the lanes when it's bad out. Please, whoever is charge, do something about this before somebody is hurt. Thanks.

Dangerous highway

CONSTRUCTION OF Highway 34-72 in Jackson is screwed up. It reminds me of a go-cart track at the fair. Cars are going every direction. School buses are out there trying to pick up children while playing dodge the driver. Cars are driving on both sides of the highway, going behind barriers, driving side by side. If you drive out there, may God be with you.

Moving to the center

LIBERALS HAVE a distorted view if they think the answer for conservatives is to move to the center. The new center is now the old left, since the liberals have moved so far left. The Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates during the last three elections have been about as extreme left as possible. That's not what most people want or stand for. Since Democrats have won, all we hear is how conservatives need to move to the center if they expect to recover. It won't work. Liberals will not be able to shut up the conservative talk-show hosts no matter how hard they try. Rush Limbaugh just received an award from Barbara Walters as of the most fascinating people in 2008. Keep up the good work, Rush. We shall return -- and probably a lot sooner than the liberals think.


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good morning

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 6:44 AM

mornng rick

not much of a speak out this morning

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 7:36 AM

It was sad to hear about the Bollinger County Courthouse burning down last night.

It was a total loss.

It burnt all the way to it's axles.

-- Posted by jason37. on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 7:36 AM

Comparing counties: You probably have something there. Your commissioners probably even return calls to concerned citizens.

Deer not dangerous: Deer Rights??

Pearl Harbor holiday: Bad sign of the times.

Time to resign: Oh shoot, I thought this was going to be about Ken "Teflon" Dobbins.

Street visibility:?? What?

Dangerous highway: *yawn*

Moving to the center: *yawn* Still talking?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 7:48 AM

morning semoangel

no , there isn't much today...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 8:09 AM

deer not dangerous

I take it you live in a permanent dwelling. Tis a shame you do that instead of living in the woods with the deer. That way you could save their territory.

-- Posted by BABE on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 8:13 AM

deer not dangerous

i think we all could use a little doe this time of year...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 8:21 AM

Pearl Harbor

Shame on the Guard. Whoever is responsible should be reprimanded.

-- Posted by BABE on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 8:28 AM

Comparing counties: Great post. Touche.

Deer not dangerous: Deep between the lines, we’re discussing population challenges – both with deer and other wildlife; and another species I’d rather not mention. I bet your blood just curdles when someone mentions the ‘harvesting’ of deer. Question is, how do we control the population of that ‘other’ species. Shhhhhhhhh! Go ahead and tell me, know one is listening!

Pearl Harbor day: Please accept my apologies. This one seems to always sneak up on me and we didn’t do the day justice at my place of business either. We’ll do better next year. The State Veteran’s Cemetery in Bloomfield is celebrating a Wreaths Across America ceremony at 11:00 AM this Saturday. Attend or drive by in the days after. Every veteran’s grave will have a beautiful wreath displayed. It will be a humble, heart warming event. It won’t make up for Pearl Harbor day, but will definitely show that most American’s hearts are in the right place.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 8:52 AM

rick

a lot of doe would be better

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 8:58 AM

Comparing Counties...You are right on the mark.

Deer Not Dangerous...Here's to hoping that you have yet to attend higher education and are still in middle school. I would hate to see you wander onto the streets of society in your current state of mind, because you would be inherently dangerous to man.

Pearl Harbor Holiday...Sad, but true.

Street Visibility...If you cannot see, why are you out when "it's bad"? Please do not take responsibility for yourself, let the government do it. Stay home.

Dangerous Highway...Paranoia slowly taking hold.

-- Posted by Hawker on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 9:19 AM

Hmmm...I could use a few "bucks" myself!

-- Posted by Theorist on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 9:35 AM

Hmmm...I could use a few "bucks" myself!

-- Posted by Theorist on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 9:35 AM

Hmmm...I could use a few "bucks" myself!

-- Posted by Theorist on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 9:36 AM

oops.....I only hit it once, honest....sorry!

-- Posted by Theorist on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 9:41 AM

funkle...º¿º

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 9:48 AM

There is much more to the issue of wildlife than building in there habitat. Deer population has been on the rise for years now. Hunting nationwide has decreased in many areas by more then 30 percent.

Populations are rising due to lack of management.

Carnivores for example are finding their way back to many states where there numbers had fallen to zero.

Example in our area would be bears and cougars.These

animals have followed the food source by traveling up the rivers and streams out of other states where there numbers are better.Deer populations are dangerous to humans as well as us being dangerous to them. 150 people on average per year are killed by deer collisions.Insurance companies pay out millions in benifits to insured drivers.This is costly to the economy.Soon the wolves will be back as their population in Minnesota alone has reached what many believe to be 4000 or more.I am not advocating to destroy the deer or these carnivores rather I am hoping that wildlife managemnet agencies see this trend and deal with it in a matter that helps us all including these wonderful animals.We have all seen armadillos traveling north from Arkansas and Texas

that were not here 12 years ago.We have to co-exist

with our wildlife and we all need to be aware that things are changing quickly with their habitat and environment.Untill just a few years ago no human deaths had been reported by wolves. That has changed.

There have been at least 2 deaths associated with these carnivores in the last few years and many more dangerous encounters. In short, we all need to be aware of the wildlife we share our environment with and understand that when we are in that environment anything can happen.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 9:53 AM

Rick

"i think we all could use a little doe this time of year..."

Why? Are you in a rut?

-- Posted by BABE on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 10:01 AM

Sad and maybe true....

Maybe Dec. 7th and the tragedy of Pearl Harbour would be better remembered by the masses if Macy's, Ashley's Furniture, Ford Groves and others ran sales every Dec. 7th. Just a thought, a sarcastic one, but one none the less.

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 10:04 AM

Just to let everyone know. The Bollinger County Courthouse DID NOT burn down last night. It didn't even catch fire as far as I know.

-- Posted by lovin_life on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 10:18 AM

Moving to the center:

Isn't that what Liberals were being told by Conservatives for the last 8 years?? Weren't we being told that we were a 'lost' party until we moved closer to the Conservative view of center?? Didn't we also cry, "we'll be back!! You wait and see!! ???

Politics is an eb and flow. Good or bad, that seems to be the way of things. Some ebs take longer, but it always flows. Johnson escalated Vietnam, in comes Nixon, Nixon good until Watergate, in comes Carter, Carter faulters on getting things done, in comes Reagan and Bush, trickle down doesn't trickle down fast enough , in comes Clinton, Clinton creates doubt in the public view of trust, in comes GW Bush, economy tanks, in comes Obama.... anyone else see a pattern??? (mind you a simplistic take on pattern)

*maybe the sarcasm is a tad to strong this am??*

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 10:27 AM

Babe,

Did you know that many politicians rake in the Doe, while the populace Fawn over them, but the Buck never stops with them?

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 10:33 AM

yes , the pattern is that they are all male .

perhaps it's time we get a strong female in the

oval office....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 10:36 AM

lovin life

The poster had his tongue firmly in cheek when he posted of the courthouse fire.... "burned down to the axles".

-- Posted by BABE on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 10:42 AM

Rick,

Good point. You, my friend are wiser then me. :)

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 10:45 AM

Pups

It may be sad but you are right announce a sale for Veteran's Day and people might not realize what the meaning of the day is but they remember the day, it would be the same with Pearl Harbor day.

This is off subject but for those who want to give a gift secretly I would suggest not leaving it on a door step. Someone had dropped off a gift for my daughter sometime last night or this morning for her birthday, no card, no note. If you leave something for a kid as a surprise at least let the parent know. Kind of a creepy feeling.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 10:47 AM

Pups

Yes, deer, I have herd that.

-- Posted by BABE on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 10:56 AM

Semo,

Knowing a little of what you've been going through the last few month, makes it that much more creepy. The person probably meant well, just maybe should have encluded a little note.

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 11:11 AM

Pups

We know it was someone from church because she had left her jacket there last night and it was also in the bag but you are right with all that has happened we trust no one and then finding that sent a chill up my neck.

which is another point it is sad when you can no longer trust people.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 11:26 AM

Another off topic thought:

Just found out that a woman that just retired from my place of employment is the wife of one of the editors of this paper. Now wondering if I ever said anything that could get me into trouble???

Oh, heck, I've said lots of things on here that have gotten me into trouble. And that not even just with work. hehe

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 11:27 AM

Babe,

You got me. I can't even STAGer back with a good come back to your last post. (ok, that's a stretch)

Semo,

You are right, it is sad not to be able to trust. It will take time, but eventually you will trust again. Take it from someone that knows from personal experience.

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 11:37 AM

Pups

I don't think there is anyone who has never said something that has came back to bite them! Guess that just makes us human

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 11:41 AM

Semo,

True, think I have the scares on my back side to prove it.

Well, gotta get going. Everyone have a safe and happy day. Stay warm!!

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 11:45 AM

TESTING. "Hal", my 'puter, is still givin' me grief, and enjoying it. Then again, my Mule's givin' me a bunch of "stuff" too...so all appears (ab)normal!

Pearl Harbor holiday:

Hmmmm. Yup. Not a good thing when a military unit steps on it's yoink regarding an important chunk of it's own heritage. But what the hey, it's just SOP of the times, reflecting the dumbing-down/entitlement mentality this nation has reduced itself to. Unworthy Americans seem to be contributing, or breeding, to an ever-growing IBH who thinks that they're not only entitled to a free handout from those who toil and achieve, but also that someone else should pay the ultimate dues to save their sorry rumps. That's why I'm subtly asking seemingly good young folks, who may be considering joining the military, whether or not they may want to reconsider what they'd be sacrificing themselves for these days.

C-Babe:

Per a quick scan of 7 Dec posts in the SO Bog, I noticed that you were the only one who acknowledged Pearl Harbor day, other than SWBG observing later that nobody seemed to give a ****, other than their usual bickering. So, with respect to you & SWBG, that equates to a hearty "IN THERE" for ya! As for the IBH of this nation, let them attend to their own defense.

Well, if this goes through, it must imply that Hal's in a good mood this morning...until I attempt to shut him (or it) down again!!

-- Posted by Herr_Hauptmann_DES on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 11:46 AM

Moving to the center:

You must be defecating me Pyle! The reason left sounds so center is because of the far swing to the right we have undergone. I mean, you really fielded Sarah Palin as a VP choice. 'nuff said.

Also, if your great Rush received a major award by being one of the most interesting people, keep in mind the prestige of the company he is in with that: Tom Cruise, Hannah Montana and a guy that swims really fast.

It's like the worst episode of Superfriends ever.

For those of you with an open mind, research the Council for National Policy. A nice think tank group that vets GOP candidates behind the scenes. Founded by Tim LaHaye (the Left Behind guy) and the leader of the Moonies. No, I am not making this up. Go look it up.

-- Posted by MoxFulder on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 11:48 AM

Moving to the center:

The GOP needs to keep doing what they have been doing for the past 8 years.

1) Selling as the party out to religious nut bags like James Dobson and Pat Robertson.

2) Continue to refuse to recognize the ideals that the "Party of Lincoln" was founded on.

3) Have the base continue to elect closeted homosexuals into the highest ranks and then act surprised when they are outed.

4) Invoke Ronald Reagan's name to a generation of voters who WEREN'T EVEN ALIVE when he was President.

5) Minimize and mock those in your own party who stand by the tenants of Libertarianism and the Constitution.

6) Continue to call yourself the "Party of inclusion" yet ignore and undermine the civil rights of your constituency.

There's 6 to get you started... You're got 2 years to get your ***** straight. Get on it.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 12:04 PM

Pups

Deer, are you waving your 'white tail' in surrender?

-- Posted by BABE on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 12:31 PM

I just want to know how to get the paper guy to quit throwing unwanted and unsolicited papers in my yard and driveway. If he doesnt stop I am going to save all of them for a year, open them up, and then go throw them in his yard and see if he likes picking them up, I sure as hell dont.

-- Posted by sickofit1 on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 12:34 PM

I just want to know how to get the paper guy to quit throwing unwanted and unsolicited papers in my yard and driveway. If he doesnt stop I am going to save all of them for a year, open them up, and then go throw them in his yard and see if he likes picking them up, I sure as hell dont.

-- Posted by sickofit1 on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 12:36 PM

Hope that all you voters out there suffering from Emerson fetish realize that she voted with Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi, and against free markets AGAIN...

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll690....

When are the voters of the Missouri 8th going to start casting votes for performance instead of hollow promises and cheesy photo ops?

-- Posted by Lumpy on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 12:36 PM

Good post Tarantulas.

-- Posted by concerned4all on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 12:37 PM

Can someone tell me how to get the paper guy to stop throwing unwanted and unsolicitated papers in my yard and driveway. If it doesnt stop I am going to collect them for a year, open them all up, and then throw them in his yard and see if he enjoys picking them up because I sure as hell dont.

-- Posted by sickofit1 on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 12:40 PM

As to the dangerous highway story. Every day that I commute through Cape and Jackson is dangerous. People zoom in and out of lanes, speed, cut people off, and I later pull up beside them a few lights later. You cant make up time in city traffic for all of you who havent figured that out. Then you get on the interstate where the majority of idiot drivers dont realize that you drive in the right lane and pass in the left lane. IF YOU ARE NOT GOING FASTER THAN THE GUY COMING UP YOUR BUMPER THEN MOVE OVER KNUCKLEHEADS. And the worst of all is the supposed professional truck drivers who pull out in front of you in order to pass ten other trucks because they are doing one mile and hour faster than the other eighteen wheelers. Twenty minutes later you can do seventy again because he was doing 65.And in conclusion I would like to add, STOP TALKING ON THE CELL PHONES AND TEXTING WHILE YOU DRIVE,maybe then you will stop pulling out and pulling over in front of my motorcycle. Geeeeeeezzzzzz people, learn how to drive.

-- Posted by sickofit1 on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 12:52 PM

I like how someone wants to speak out for deer rights. I also like watching whale wars. I like watching and listening to these people because they make me laugh and laugh at how silly and rediculous they are. They want to be hero's for animals yet do nothing for their fellow man. I just wish that these animal rights activists would take the same amount of time, money, and passion and apply them to maybe helping some humans. You know, the starving ones, the ones dying from AIDS, the ones living in poverty all around the globe and more importantly in our own country. Oh, and by the way, anyone who thinks the crocidile hunter was a hero is dumb. There is not a time that you ever saw that guy interact with wildlife that he wasnt harrassing them or upsetting them in their own enviornment. That goes all the way from reptiles to his own baby. I wasnt surprised the he got killed, I was just surprised that it took so long. Oh, look, its the worlds most deadly snake, I think I will grab it by the tail and hold it up by my face and then irritate it to no end so that I can look cool for the camera. Oh crikey, it almost bit me, (look of surprise) DUH, what an idiot he was and most animal rights activists are. By all means, stop people from torturing animals or hurting them for no reason but stop trying to act like I am not supposed to eat a few of them. Go help a homeless person or a veteran or a disabled person and then worry about my food sources.

-- Posted by sickofit1 on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 1:10 PM

Sick of it.....having a bad day????

-- Posted by Theorist on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 1:12 PM

What is Left? What is Right? What is Center? You survey 100 people at random and you get 100 different answers.

Opinions are like rectums in that everbody has one.

In California, my state of residence, I did a small personal survey of Liberals and Conservatives, prior to the election. The following are some facts of that survey of more than 100 people.

1. 100 per cent of the Liberals could not name the two Senators from California. 80 per cent of the Conservatives could not.

2. 100 per cent of the Liberals could not name their local Congressman representing them in Washington D.C.

65 per cent of the Conservatives could not.

3. 100 per cent of both Conservatives and Lberals could not name the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

I could go on but the the trends did not change. We have become more ignorant and less informed each and every election cycle.

I realize many were not alive when Reagan or Truman was President. However, none of us were alive when Washington or Lincoln was President.

Does that excuse our ignorance of the these great men and what their contributions to our great Democracy were?

Hamilton in a speech at the Constitution in 1776 claimed that the American people were not smart enough to elect good government representatives. I am beginning to agree with him more and more following each election cycle.

-- Posted by Balmy on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 1:21 PM

Sick...Think of all the knuckleheads that attended your school. Now, realize that most of them have somehow passed their drivers examinations, and take full advantage of that priviledge. Is it any wonder why there are so many lousy drivers on the road? Too bad no one drives as good as you or me...if they did, what a wonderful world it would be.

-- Posted by Hawker on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 1:21 PM

What is Left? What is Right? What is Center? You survey 100 people at random and you get 100 different answers.

Opinions are like rectums in that everbody has one.

In California, my state of residence, I did a small personal survey of Liberals and Conservatives, prior to the election. The following are some facts of that survey of more than 100 people.

1. 100 per cent of the Liberals could not name the two Senators from California. 80 per cent of the Conservatives could not.

2. 100 per cent of the Liberals could not name their local Congressman representing them in Washington D.C.

65 per cent of the Conservatives could not.

3. 100 per cent of both Conservatives and Lberals could not name the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

I could go on but the the trends did not change. We have become more ignorant and less informed each and every election cycle.

I realize many were not alive when Reagan or Truman was President. However, none of us were alive when Washington or Lincoln was President.

Does that excuse our ignorance of the these great men and what their contributions to our great Democracy were?

Hamilton in a speech at the Constitution in 1776 claimed that the American people were not smart enough to elect good government representatives. I am beginning to agree with him more and more following each election cycle.

-- Posted by Balmy on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 1:22 PM

Matt Sanders has this Civics Quiz on his blog today. I'm ashamed that I only got 26 out of 33 correct. The economic questions were my downfall....

http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/res...

-- Posted by BABE on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 2:38 PM

BABE

that quiz made my brain hurt...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 3:29 PM

Just Me

Did you take the test?

-- Posted by BABE on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 3:57 PM

Just Me

Do you realize that you ruined it others by posting some of the answers?

-- Posted by BABE on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 4:05 PM

Rick

And your score?

-- Posted by BABE on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 4:10 PM

I got 27 of 33 also. BTW here is the link

http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/res...

-- Posted by shortwhitebaldguy on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 4:29 PM

You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %

I missed the one on the Puritans.....who knew?

-- Posted by Theorist on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 4:40 PM

Have Wheels Will Travel,

Actually I live in the San Joaquin Valley which generally votes Conservative. Most LEGAL voters are associated with agriculture, energy, and the service industries.

Unfortunately, we are the providers of tax revnue for those with their hands out, incuding the illegal aliens that are eligible for more than thirty different welfare programs including mandated low interest home loans. Hundreds of thousands have walked out of their homes nationally because they went back to their homeland and/or they could not afford the "rent" payments.

-- Posted by Balmy on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 5:05 PM

Crikey! What a bunch of hub bub today..

Here some interesting unemployed statistics that could effect the auto industry, if things don't fair well.

The dealer category has the most employees and California

tops this list. Only one New England state, Massachusetts,

makes the list of the top 20 states, ranked by the number of

people who work at dealers. The data are from the October report of the U.S. Bureau of

Labor Statistics and its staticians cautioned that the numbers

are preliminary and that not all states publish data for each

category.

MANUFACTURERS:

Michigan 47,000 workers

Ohio 23,000 workers

Alabama 12,000 workers

Indiana 11,900 workers

Kentucky 10,400 workers

Texas 9,800 workers

Missouri 8,200 workers

California 7,700 workers

Oklahoma 2,400 workers

MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE PARTS AND SUPPLIES MERCHANT

WHOLESALERS

California 39,900 workers

Texas 25,200 workers

Michigan 18,800 workers

MOTOR VEHICLE AND PARTS DEALERS

California 197,600 workers

Texas 163,600 workers

Florida 126,800 workers

New York 75,100 workers

Ohio 74,500 workers

Pennsylvania 74,500 workers

Illinois 69,300 workers

North Carolina 62,500 workers

Michigan 54,400 workers

New Jersey 46,100 workers

Arizona 44,100 workers

Tennessee 43,800 workers

Washington 41,900 workers

Indiana 41,200 workers

Missouri 39,700 workers

Maryland 38,800 workers

Wisconsin 35,700 workers

Massachusetts 34,500 workers

Alabama 31,900 workers

Colorado 31,900 workers

I haven't added these numbers, (don't have time) But...I'll leave it to JUST, he seems to have plenty of time on his hands.

But I'm guess, they'll take up half of those 3.3 million jobs that JUST keeps bragging about. *giggle*

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 6:19 PM

HA! New unemployment figures.

4.5 Million Unemployed

JUST's "supposed" jobs available 3.3 Million.

Hmm...well...now what JUST?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 6:21 PM

Just to let everyone know. The Bollinger County Courthouse DID NOT burn down last night. It didn't even catch fire as far as I know.

-- Posted by lovin_life on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, 9:18 am CDT

WE KNOW THAT!!!!!!!! Ferrell Mobile Homes repossessed it last week.

-- Posted by Willy Makit on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, 4:59 pm CDT

WHAT???

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 6:23 PM

Meglo

Are you going to take the quiz?

-- Posted by BABE on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 6:39 PM

BABE

i got half way thru it and quit ....like i said ,

it made my brain hurt ...that's book learning stuff

which i ain't ever been good at ...

just a dumb ol' stump kickin' country boy...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 7:14 PM

Babe,

31 out of 33. I just happen to be good at law, and history type stuff.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 7:20 PM

Mega

Which ones did you miss?

Willy

Congratulations

-- Posted by BABE on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 7:42 PM

Read this in the printed version of US News & World Report for 15-22 December - "Since InBev's purchase of Anheuser-Busch earlier this year made Boston Beer the largest American-owned brewer, ...". Boston Beer brews the Sam Adams line-up. Hard to believe and sad to see, all at the same time, especially in light of a further comment, "Bud spills more beer than Sam sells".

-- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 8:34 PM

My correct answers were 28 out of the 33. Wrong on ... Lincoln/Douglas debate; Roosevelt's threat re New Deal being declared unconstitutional; Socrates et al; Puritans (we're all sinners); Stimulating the Economy. I surely hated to see that answer, though. ;-) Goes against the grain--decrease taxes and increase spending? So, if Pops and I lose some income (which may yet happen) but spend more ... Yikes! Can't comprehend that. Some questions didn't seem (to me) to be all that relevant to civics ...

VERY interesting, Just about the test statistics ... not as surprised as I should be at politicians' lack of knowledge. But certainly astounding that so many missed the 'business profit' question!

Aw, Rick ... we all KNOW you're pretty darned sharp! ~smiling~

Comment on article about Jay Nixon making Mo. employees reapply:

This is a VERY good thing, but I do have a question: Since technically Nixon is not yet governor, does he have the authority to demand the employees' resumes, and to state that if they are not turned in by Dec. 23, they might be released from state employment?

A brother in the Army was what is known as an 'efficiency expert.' He was sent to Army installations around the world to evaluate the necessity of many Civil Service positions. Said in every single case, he found AT LEAST one position that could be eliminated--and lots of time-wasting caused by having more employees than were necessary. I saw that, too, in every single department in which I worked at a University. To me, nothing much worse than having to work 8 hours a day with little to actually do. Worst was the Chancellor's office; seems the 'higher' the department, the more non-essential employees.

Bank of America laying off 35,000 employees? Did I hear that correctly?

-- Posted by gurusmom on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 9:09 PM

19 and 23

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 9:10 PM

Pups

From last night:

R&D (research and development) when describing automakers. Wasn't including party politics such as the aR & De.

My hypersensative comment was a rip on myself directed at suelynn from the night prior to last. I'm sure you know that if you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? Everyone else.

-- Posted by fajar on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 10:31 PM

If you're hypersensative fajar, you can't blame it on me, my comment reflected what I've been reading here.

-- Posted by concerned4all on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 11:53 PM

The bailout of the big three is dead. CEOs backed the union and wouldn't lower workers wages to parity with foreign suto makers as the Senate demanded.

-- Posted by BABE on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 12:11 AM

Hey, answer this for me: Why should workers take a pay cut when CEO's of formerly bailed out companies are now getting "retention" pay which is just another name for bonus? Or the CEO of Merrill Lynch thinks he deserves his 'end of the year' bonus. Then you have Sen Harry Reid trying to give Judges a raise. And my understanding from reading something prior is that Congress will be getting a 'cost of living' increase on Jan 1. So again, why should a worker take a cut when people that make a greater pay aren't doing without anything?

-- Posted by KingsKid on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 12:39 AM


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