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Speak Out 12/24/08

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Seeing the program

I ATTENDED the third-grade program at Alma Schrader Elementary School. It was a wonderful program. The parents and teachers spent so much time on the costumes and songs. I wonder why they never use the stage. Unless you were on the first two or three rows, you couldn't see any of the actions of the children. There is so much work that goes into the program. Being able to see the children would be appreciated by all.

Safe streets

I CAN'T believe I hear so many comments about the street crews in Cape Girardeau and how it is their job to keep the streets clear and safe during ice and snow storms. Why is it when the police arrest a criminal everyone falls all over themselves to praise and glorify them? This includes the mayor, city council and the city manager. Keeping the streets safe is just as much the street crew's job as it is for the police to do their job and arrest criminals and for firefighters to put out a fire or make a rescue from an accident. Think about the effect on the local economy if businesses had to shut down or shoppers couldn't get to the stores or if workers couldn't make it in to work due to untreated streets. When I see comments like "It's their job" as if they deserve no recognition whatsoever, I sometimes think that the people of Cape Girardeau don't deserve the services provided by the true unsung heroes of this city in the public works department.

Meghan's recovery

I AGREE with everyone who gives God thanks for Meghan Moshiri's recovery. He is to be praised along with the doctors and nurses for their skills and love and care, and for the mother's love. That was such a sad thing. I'm sure God cried. God did not choose for this to happen. It was the result of free will.

On the Internet

IF WE throw the book at the Iraqi reporter for throwing shoes at President Bush, what are we going to do about the millions of people worldwide who have thrown shoes at the president in a hastily developed but wildly popular Internet game, "Sock and Awe"?

Racist poem

SINCE THE poem "The Cold Within," published in the Southeast Missourian, devoted a whole stanza about alleged black rage against white injustice but said nothing about the crimes against humanity committed by whites against African-Americans, I consider the poem blatantly racist.

Saved from ruin

I CERTAINLY agree that the story of Tripod, the three-legged dog, is a heartwarming Christmas story, as you pointed out in your editorial. However, I think an even more touching Christmas story tells the tale of all of the two-legged animals walking around who have, through the largesse of the taxpayers, been saved from financial ruination.

Voting rights

ONCE AGAIN, columnist Michael Jensen was unjustly chastised by a Speak Out caller. Jensen wrote that many American voters are dumb and suggested as evidence all of the messed up ballots in the recent election. A Speak Out caller claimed voting is a God-given right and Jensen was wrong. The fact that we have had property requirements as well as literacy tests for voting, not to mention the fact that African-Americans and women were deprived of voting for a long time, seems at the very least to indicate that God sure changes his mind a lot when it comes to what constitutes God-given rights.

Dose of enlightenment

HAVE YOU been shopping lately or driven on our streets or kept up on the news? It doesn't appear to me that anyone experiences religion this time of year. Just the opposite. Shoppers and drivers are rude. People have been stomped to death in stores. Gift giving and Christmas lights do equal good religion.

Christmas policy

I SAW on TV where someone had put up a sign that says, "I miss you saying Merry Christmas. Jesus." I have made a policy that we don't spend our money at any store that does not say "Christmas" in its advertising during Christmas sales.

Life goes on

THE WORLD around us may seem to be crumbling, but the joy of a child's face in church on Christmas Eve or opening a present on Christmas morning never changes. It is a wonder to behold -- a blessed gift.

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Finally, a Republican whom I can believe in. PLAY THE VIDEO.... I saw him do this on CSPAN, and he became my hero.


-- Posted by Robert Goodbody on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 6:00 AM


Earlier this week, Rush Limbaugh seriously floated the idea of bailing out the investors who lost money with Bernard Madoff. Rush said that most of these people were the "movers and shakers" that they were devastated by Madoff's rip-off scheme, and that we should bail them out, because they were...."movers and shakers."

Well, I am sorry, Rush. The stock market is not a sure thing. That didn't stop our little ole globalist toadie Congresswoman, Jo Ann Emerson from forcing us to bail out her banker friends on Wall Street who got too greedy and lost money. Because of Emerson, we now are paying bonuses to the likes of the scum at AIG, who paid 168 of their executives bonuses with our money of anywhere from $4,000 to $3 Million each.

Banks are buying other banks, as in the case of PNC who purhcased National City with $5.6 Billion of our money. It is going around, that National City was not bad off, but that PNC put the word out on the street that National City was in trouble. That caused their stock to drop, and in comes PNC to buy them up with our money given to them by Jo Ann Emerson.

Not one of these banks have said how they have spent our money given to them in the Emerson Wall Street Bailout. They refused attempts by the Associated Press to find out how they were using our money. One thing is for sure, they are not loaning it out to smaller banks so that they can make that money available for loans to the people.

They have used our money to pay dividends to their stock holders, pay bonuses to their executives, take $400,000 spa trips on our tab, and buy other banks.

I really cannot relate here the burning anger within me that is near the boiling point. I keep thinking why we were sent to kill the Vietnamese, who never did a thing to us, and how Americans have been sent to kill Iraqis and Afghanis who never did a thing to us.

In Washington, there are 30,000 to 40,000 lobbyists, in addition to think tank members, CFR members, PNAC members, and Israeli lobbys who dominate and dictate the direction of our government, our foreign and domestic policy, and we, the people, are left without a voice.

These people have harmed America, and to top it all, we are being forced to subsidize their lifestyles, and provide these scum with our wealth, our meager wages. Meager when you compare what they receive.

The CEO of Goldman Sachs received $54 Million dollars in 2007. The CEO of Merrill Lynch received $84 Million, and the CEO of Capital ONE received $17 Million. It is my opinion that they were overpaid.

I just cannot communicate the rage that is developing within me. It is bad enough that they are paid such obscene sums, that they have savaged our economy, that they have off-shored our jobs, that they have rigged a no win situation in scamming people out of their mortgaged homes and perpetuated accounting schemes in financing, but they now want us, the lowly paid, the ones who saw our jobs off-shored and now struggle with meager wage jobs, barely surviving, we are the ones who are to pay their way, to allow them to go scott free, without giving up their perks, their salaries, their compensation, nor, will they repent and return our factories. It is these globalists, that I despise. It is these globalists whom I consider the enemies of the American people. Not the Iraqis, not the Afghanis, not the Vietnamese, but these scum, these POSes, these elitist, internationalists, these overpaid, spoiled rotten, low life scum of the earth.

Yet, there is no recourse for us to redress this situation. There is no salvation for us in our elected so-called "representatives." For these reprenatives no longer represent us, they represent the greed of these globalists, because our reprenatives are being compensated with bribes in the form of perks, trips, retreats, and contributions to their campaigns.

If this threachery does not reverse itself, I am most sure that there will come a time, when the fog will lift from the minds of many Americans, and they will seek to redress these crimes in a manner that is not socially acceptible at the present, but will gain, if not acceptance, tacit tolerance, as the people grow weary of being the financial slaves, the tools of augmenting the wealth of the few who have ursurpted the power and economic condition of the people.

I really do not think that Americans are prepared for what is surely to happen in this country, if the greed, avarice and hubris is not abated. I do not see it improving under Obama, as he is a self-declared globalist. That leads me to believe that our only recourse, our only plan of resuce from this new financial slavery, is one that will be one of violence.

I am sorry for what is to come, but I do believe that is the path on which this nation is set.

COUNTRYWIDE (Now, here is one worthless scumbag POS)

#4 Angelo R Mozilo

Total Compensation

$102.84 5 mil

5-Year Compensation Total

$391.88 mil


#8 Lloyd C Blankfein

Total Compensation

$73.72 mil


#9 Richard D Fairbank

Total Compensation

$73.17 mil

5-Year Compensation Total

$379.57 mil

LEAHMAN BROTHERS (another worthless POS)

#11 Richard S Fuld Jr

Total Compensation

$71.90 mil

5-Year Compensation Total

$354.03 mil


#28 Albert L Lord

Total Compensation

$45.99 mil

-- Posted by Robert Goodbody on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 6:52 AM


"How Jewish is Hollywood? http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/new...

A poll finds more Americans disagree with the statement that 'Jews control Hollywood.' But here's one Jew who doesn't."

Joel Stein

December 19, 2008

"I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe "the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews," down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood.

How deeply Jewish is Hollywood? When the studio chiefs took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago to demand that the Screen Actors Guild settle its contract, the open letter was signed by: News Corp. President Peter Chernin (Jewish), Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey (Jewish), Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger (Jewish), Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton (surprise, Dutch Jew), Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer (Jewish), CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves (so Jewish his great uncle was the first prime minister of Israel), MGM Chairman Harry Sloan (Jewish) and NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker (mega-Jewish). If either of the Weinstein brothers had signed, this group would have not only the power to shut down all film production but to form a minyan with enough Fiji water on hand to fill a mikvah.

The person they were yelling at in that ad was SAG President Alan Rosenberg (take a guess). The scathing rebuttal to the ad was written by entertainment super-agent Ari Emanuel (Jew with Israeli parents) on the Huffington Post, which is owned by Arianna Huffington (not Jewish and has never worked in Hollywood.)

The Jews are so dominant, I had to scour the trades to come up with six Gentiles in high positions at entertainment companies. When I called them to talk about their incredible advancement, five of them refused to talk to me, apparently out of fear of insulting Jews. The sixth, AMC President Charlie Collier, turned out to be Jewish.

As a proud Jew, I want America to know about our accomplishment. Yes, we control Hollywood. Without us, you'd be flipping between "The 700 Club" and "Davey and Goliath" on TV all day.

So I've taken it upon myself to re-convince America that Jews run Hollywood by launching a public relations campaign, because that's what we do best. I'm weighing several slogans, including: "Hollywood: More Jewish than ever!"; "Hollywood: From the people who brought you the Bible"; and "Hollywood: If you enjoy TV and movies, then you probably like Jews after all."

I called ADL Chairman Abe Foxman, who was in Santiago, Chile, where, he told me to my dismay, he was not hunting Nazis. He dismissed my whole proposition, saying that the number of people who think Jews run Hollywood is still too high. The ADL poll, he pointed out, showed that 59% of Americans think Hollywood execs "do not share the religious and moral values of most Americans," and 43% think the entertainment industry is waging an organized campaign to "weaken the influence of religious values in this country."

Well, I guess that we now know why there are no "Jesus" movies on the cable channels, networks, or, in the theatres this year.

Just look at the line up on AMC, cable channel 66)....the American Movie Classics channel...headed by Jewish CEO, Charlie Collier. You won't find a Christmas movie, not a "BELLS OF ST. MARY's,", not a "THE BISHOPS WIFE," not a "IT"S A WONDERFUL LIFE,", hell, not even "CHRISTMAS VACATION" with Chevy Chase, much less a movie about the birth of Jesus.

Same goes for TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES (TCM) Cable channel 39. Not nary a Christmas Movie to be seen on Christmas Eve, or, Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas!


-- Posted by Robert Goodbody on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 7:01 AM




-- Posted by Robert Goodbody on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 7:34 AM



German and British troops left their trenches and joined each other in celebrating the Christmas of 1914. The British troops found out that what they had been told about the Germans by the British government and military was nothing but BullS_it. Same went for the German troops. Both the Germans and the British sent letters home, some of them made it to the newspapers, and it shocked the civilians, because they had been prepped for war by propaganda about the "enemy."

This angered the British and German governments who were gung-ho for war. The British and German Royals were related, this was little more than sport for them, because they were not in the trenches at the front. The governments sent strern warnings to the officers on the front lines to get the troops back into the war, and that there should not be a thought of making friends with the "enemy" and celebrating Christmas together.

Soon, the fighting resumed, led by, you guessed, it, the scummy, low life British who shelled unarmed, Germans as they sang Christmas songs.

I hate the Brits, just as much as I hate the globalists. Because, they are often one in the same.

I know that this is the season for Peace and Good Cheer, but somehow, Christmas 2008 is different. We are killing people in Iraq and Afghanistan who never did a **** thing to us. It is the government of this country, and that of Britian who wanted these wars. It is immoral to kill, it is immoral to kill people who never did a thing to you, and it is immoral to torture.

Yet, not a pulpit in southest Missouri preached the immorality of this war, so our salvation is not in the Churches who do not know the words, and teachings of Jesus. Our salvation is in that we know what is moral and right, and that we keep the Word of God, regardless of what the false preachers say.

God does not condone killing of the innocent. He will accept NO excuse. The Iraqis and the Afghanis are innocent, we are the trangressors, we are the agreesors, and we shall pay in blood, and suffering of our people, for the blood that we have shed, and the suffering that we have caused.

Merry CHRISTmas!

-- Posted by Robert Goodbody on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 7:47 AM

Seeing the program: Christmas Whinge.

Safe streets: I agree. Maybe you should talk on your cellphone more while driving around?

Meghan's recovery: I wonder if he cried when we all lost our 401K portfolios?

On the Internet: Wasn't that a form of Free Speech?

Racist poem: Ummm...Free Speech?

Saved from ruin: Heart warming Christmas Story?

Voting rights: The Blinkard, following the Blinkard. Look out for that cliff!

Dose of enlightenment: ?

Christmas policy: Happy Holidays!

Life goes on: *adorated eyeballs*

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 8:04 AM

It is Christmas Eve so Merry Christmas to all. I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year. Remember when you are down tha this seaso we all have the most important things without the gifts and that is the love of our family and friends. That will get you through anything.

For all of you traveling, be careful and have a safe trip.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 8:36 AM

Hey Goodbody: First of all you need to be thanking all of the men and women who fought and died for your right to speak your mind, even if it is a bunch of crap! If you feel so bad for the Islamic Rads then go over there and join them. I hear they are looking for delivery drivers! I get so tired of the crap about us killing innocent civilians. Yes you do have the right to free speech but you have NOT earned the right to badmouth those who gave it to you. The thing that bothers me the most, I never meet people like you in public...OH how I LOVE to run into people like you! Merry Christmas and God Bless America

-- Posted by hotshot202 on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 8:40 AM

I'll give kudos to our new traffic manager for getting the streets cleaned swiftly and efficiently. I can remember when side streets didn't get cleaned for days.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 9:50 AM

Christmas policy

Good for you. I dislike the "Happy Holiday" greetings.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 10:02 AM

Happy Holidays BABE !!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 10:04 AM

Its Christmas Eve , wishing everyone a Merry Christmas ....

-- Posted by rockman54 on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 10:05 AM


Drat you. Merry Christmas to you and yours. giggle

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 10:13 AM

BABE...merry christmas to you and yours too ...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 10:18 AM


I haven't seen a blog by Rudi since November 24th, a month ago.

Rudi gave fair, and balanced reporting of local politics during the good ole boys failed attempt to oust our 2nd District Commissioner, Jay Purcell.

Purcell won re-election. I haven't seen much from Rudi, since then, up to the 24th, then he just disappeared. I hope that he hasn't been punished for reporting the election in a fair manner.

-- Posted by Robert Goodbody on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 10:56 AM

Merry CHRISTmas!

-- Posted by Robert Goodbody on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 10:57 AM

Safe streets – true, although it’s human nature to complain, and Speak Out is a sounding board for us complainers, I too hope that most take the time to consider the hard work and effort that many put in on our behalf. This is the perfect time of year to give thanks and express our appreciation of those who take their jobs seriously and provide for those needs we might otherwise take for granted. Thank you all; and have a wonderfully Merry Christmas.

On the internet – remarkable comment, comparing a game with an actual personal attack on our President. Are you sane?

Racist poem – of course any comment about racial issues is racist. So what’s your point? Just because there are more truths to be spoken, doesn’t mean the poet’s concerns aren’t valid. Man’s inhumanity against man should be used as some blanket excuse to minimize a serious condition, even if there is certainly more to the story.

Saved from ruin – ‘taxpayer largesse’, that is a good one!

Voting rights – let’s hope we can learn from History. Keep hold of the voting rights you have. There is danger ahead.

Dose of enlightenment & Christmas policy – keep the faith. Merry Christmas everyone.

Life goes on – yes it does.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 11:18 AM



See how many times you can hit bush in the face with a shoe?

Careful, is that a Nunn Bush in your hand?

-- Posted by Robert Goodbody on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 11:32 AM


You won't be hearing many Santa's saying...HO-HO-HO... this year. The economy is so bad that Santa can only afford one "HO" this Christmas.

-- Posted by Robert Goodbody on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 11:34 AM

..ok , who woke up Goodbody ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 11:35 AM

My breast implants became infected. I had to set it out awhile so that they could heal properly. They look so nice, and don't bother me anymore, so, here I am, all perky and such.

-- Posted by Robert Goodbody on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 11:38 AM

Well heck. Of course "Man’s inhumanity against man should NOT be used ...."

Merry Christmas everybody. And I mean every '-body'.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 11:40 AM

Christmas policy: You trade wherever you wish. Happy holidays Babe and Goodbody. Now back to celebrating my pagan 2 week holiday the Solstice.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 12:09 PM

Chirstmas Wishes:


May your Grandchildren bring joy, love and laughter into your home, and may your seafood always be fresh and from New Orleans.


May the love in your heart always be felt by those around you. And may the joy of your soul always shine.


May your family continue to be your strength and your support. May they always remember that you are their strength and support.


May the new addition to your family only heighten the love and hope for the future that I know is already there.

Aggie and Twiggy,

Though you are away from those that love you and those that are in awe of your wisdom and understanding (me), that you are near to our hearts and thoughts.


May our glasses have crown and raised in honor and memeory of those no longer with us. (did you get my present wrapped yet?)


May those lives in which you touch always learn from your knowledge and respect.


May you and your family enjoy good health. May you always keep us guessing and on our toes.

Who Me?,

Best wishes for you, your family and continued business success. And try not to let us Liberals get to you too much. :-)


May you have a lifetime with Mrs. Greywolf. May her health continue to improve. And good luck at next years BBQ contest.


May the joy of the whip always keep us in line!! May my self appointed godson continue to grow with the wisdom, wit, knowledge and understanding of you and Mr. Super.


Always keep us guessing and may you always have bunnies to foster. And try not to have to much fun wrecking the toys before the kiddies do. lol


May you always push for the answers you seek, but also temper it with the knowledge that the answers given may not always be what you had hoped for.


May your humor and wit alway grace the pages of Speak Out. May I continue to learn that sometimes life is best when not always taken so seriously, but with humor and joy.


May the friendship you have given grow with each passing year. May we continue to challege the other on our preconcieved ideas. May our disagreements always be gracious.

To everyone and those I have forgotten to mention.... Merry Christmas. Speak Out posters have made me think, cringe, laugh, cry, yell, bang my head against the desk, but most of all, they have made me a better person. May they continue to do so.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 12:18 PM

Norad is tracking Santa in Russia....


-- Posted by BABE on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 12:25 PM

Robert Goodbody is just laying the truth out for all to reflect upon. It's truly a drag, but perhaps that's what we should be doing as we start a new year (maybe not on Christmas Eve).

Rush is a D.A. and I don't even NEED to reflect on that. (giggle) I fear we don't want to know what is up and part of that is because we don't know what we'll have to face. The so-called "experts" don't seem to know either, but they are sure they will be paid.

On that note, Merry Chirstmas and blessings to all!

-- Posted by concerned4all on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 12:35 PM

Mr "goodbody" sure has a lot of hatred in his heart. Sure is a shame for someone to live life with such a weight around their heart.

Everyone have a wonderful Christmas! God bless our military, especially our snipers.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 12:36 PM


Merry Christmas to you, you truly are a class act.

Merry Christmas to all; be safe and enjoy the time with family and friends.

Hilleco, happy solstice.

May you all have happiness and joy no matter what occasion you celebrate at this time of year.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 12:40 PM


Don't be alarmed, kiddies, it's not a Christmas attitude thing!! I'm told Humbug is a city in Germany, or something chest-nutty like that. Anyway, I wouldn't recommend going there, 'cause if the Bahs don't getcha, the Hums will...or is it Huns? Hmmm...wait. Somethin's not right here. Ah, I got it.

Ya see? I'm being tutored by one of them unionized government school indoctrinators to pass the geography portion of the NCLB test...that's No Curmudgeon Left Below! Anyhow, she gave me a channel navigation chart for the Puget Sound, told me it was a map of Syrup (think she meant Europe), and told me to locate cities over thereabouts. Needless to say, I'm having a bit of trouble following, or "navigating", the tutor's instructions. But, what the hey, that's why I do the patriotic drill of choking up 81% of my property taxes for government schools...just to put myself in a mild state of confusion, or progressive (good commie word!) coma right before Christmas!! Kind of a fun exercise for this time of year...keeps the blood pressure up to the boiling point so I can stay warm!

Gee. All this stress & anxiety to fill the square for Christmas is getting a bit much, but I think we got a handle on the drill. We're conducting some last minute sight-calibration and test-firing of our ASA (Anti Santa Artillery) batteries and recertifying our bunny ASA gun crews. Our strategy isn't to bring the big ole boy down in flames and make sausages out of his team, but just to lay up a corridor of intense fire to bring him down in a forced landing at our basement door. Then the bunnies will ice-board Santa (I hear he likes that sorta action) while we seize his bag of toys, play with 'em 'til we bust some (for the naughty kids) and, for the really bad brats, we'll boobytrap some others, then stuff 'em all back in the bag, give the Big S-man a cookie ('cause we will have devoured all his goodies!) and get him launched on his way again. Well, at least it sounds like a good plan for Stan!!

So, there it is. We hope everyone has a very Merry, or even Mighty (per some sort of Brit lore) Christmas and/or a Happy Whatever! Other than that, will someone please slap Mrs. Lincoln up side the head, tell her to belay the complaining and get back to the play...we still want to know how it ends!! HERRball out (of it).

ALERT! ALERT! All ASA batteries are now fully operational! Flyovers for fun and curiousity will NOT be tolerated, er, except for excursions over Humbug, Ge...per my NEA tutor!!!

-- Posted by Herr_Hauptmann_DES on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 12:54 PM


The only wish that I would add to yours (about snipers) is the wish that they be bored and have nothing to do. I know their job is required, only wish that maybe they didn't have to do it. May yours be safe as they keep others safe.


Happy Solstice!!

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 1:47 PM

YIKES, MeL! I really don't know anything about Cape's Public Works employees or system ... I do know the men and women who take care of streets, sewers, etc., are GENERALLY hard workers who are often unappreciated--and yes, some of whom may not be exemplary employees, which isn't necessarily an employment-specific thing. Bad thing is (sorry) strong union affiliations make it really, really tough to weed out the slackards--a matter of 6 months to a year sometimes to document, fight, etc.

Pops worked for a city & a county in north-west MO & one near St. Louis, a city in IA, a city in central IL & a city in NM. Aside from snow removal and flooding problems, pretty much the same street/sewer/forestry, etc. conditions as I guess there would be here. I'm a little biased, but have to brag that in the last 3 cities where he worked, MANY improvements were made as far as employee 'satisfaction' and pride in their work, etc. Hard to explain, but simply put: Sometimes the bottom line is that a fair and consciencious 'working' supervisor (who works longer than the 12-hour shifts the 'common laborers' often do during emergency situations) makes a big difference. Guess that's true in many jobs? So...Did you report the things you saw to the City Manager/Administrator? That's a BIG step in correcting the labor waste. ~wink~

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 1:56 PM

The reason that I say "Happy Holidays" is that this time of the year we have many holidays. This is the season for Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Each have a meaning for someone. Tomorrow is a Merry Christmas and I wish one for all.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 1:58 PM

Pups, that was awesome! I'm so impressed ... You ARE a 'class act.' HUGS!

Really fine form today, Herr.

Everyone ... Have a safe, happy Christmas. Everything Pups wrote, I second (if that's okay with you, Pups).

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 2:09 PM


Thanks for the special wish. All the best to you during the holidays and throughout the new year.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 3:30 PM

Merry Christmas!

May you all have a blessed holiday!

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 3:35 PM

Hey Hillco. How could you leave out Boxing Day?

-- Posted by Thought Criminal on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 4:02 PM

Racist poem

Isn't "Ring around the Rosey" a racist poem as well? Just how one looks at it.

Never read the poem in question so I cannot really comment about it, but just wanted to throw in my two cents.

Merry Christmas everyone.

-- Posted by fajar on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 4:38 PM

InfoWarrior: Merry Christmas tomorrow. The 26th is Boxing Day or St. Steven's Day, I know, I looked it up. Happy Boxing Day and happy start of Kwanzaa on the 26th. Thanks for reminding me because I have been away from England for over 300 years.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 6:16 PM

Get to bed kiddies, Santa's coming in like a ball-O-Fire.!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 9:01 PM


Merry Christmas...A Christmas Story just started on TBS at 9:00pm.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 10:04 PM

Hillco my family and I have always sat around the fire on Boxing Day eve and told our favorite Boxing Day memories. It's been a tradition in our family for hundreds of years. Happy Boxing Day to you too. :)

-- Posted by Thought Criminal on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 10:14 PM

A Christmas Day Massacre in the Missouri Ozarks:

In memory of the victims of the Wilson Massacre, which occurred in Ripley County, Missouri, December 25, 1863


-- Posted by mobushwhacker on Thu, Dec 25, 2008, at 12:54 AM


It's Christmas day, so I'm obviously o.b.e.'d regarding a proper responce to your 24 Dec 08, 11:54 pm post last night...can't even read your entire linked article now, 'cause Mule's snorting & stomping her hoof (aka, nagging), hintng for me to take her to a local feeding trough for a little X-mas appeasement!! But I'd like to jabber at ya about the article, not to argue it's accuracy or political aspects, just local/regional history interests, etc. So just a heads-up that I'll try to be lurking about the bog looking for your avatar in the coming days.

In the interim, I hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas...or remainder thereof, and Happy Humbugs (aka, Holidays)!!

-- Posted by Herr_Hauptmann_DES on Thu, Dec 25, 2008, at 3:35 PM

Oooops. Sorry, response, vice "responce"...too much of the nog perhaps!

-- Posted by Herr_Hauptmann_DES on Thu, Dec 25, 2008, at 3:41 PM


I think "Ring Around The Rosey" has its roots going all the way back to the time of the "Plague". don't know anything of it being racist.

-- Posted by shortwhitebaldguy on Thu, Dec 25, 2008, at 7:58 PM

Thanks Herr and Willy. The story is a controversial subject, but worth remembering.

-- Posted by mobushwhacker on Thu, Dec 25, 2008, at 9:46 PM

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