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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Bad drivers

THE OTHER day I was headed home from work, and my car was almost hit in the side by a car driven by a woman who was distracted with her children and didn't realize she had a red light. People are distracted by a lot of things while driving. I've even seen motorists staring into a store or house on the side of the road instead of watching what was going on ahead and behind them. I hate driving in Cape Girardeau because 80 percent of the people driving shouldn't be. They don't yield to oncoming traffic. They don't stop at stop signs before turning onto a busy street. Or they wait until you are close to them and then turn onto the street. Bad drivers are bad drivers. Too bad there are more of them than good ones.

Weather travel

REGARDING THE comment that holiday travelers should pay more attention to weather forecasts: Most travelers make travel plans months in advance. If local weather forecasters cannot predict the weather correctly a few days in advance, how can you expect people to know exactly when bad weather will hit months in advance? In winter, you make plans and hope for the best or you stay home.

Great trail

YESTERDAY THE weather was so delightful, so I rode my bicycle on the Cape La¿Croix Recreation Trail. There were beautiful people wearing smiles from all walks of life, old and young. It is so nice to have such a trail that goes right through the middle of the city. I am anxious for the city to begin the extension of the trail to Cape County Park and Conservation Campus, going through the beautiful Walden Park neighborhood. For any of you who don't frequent this trail, you should consider doing so. Cape Girardeau is fortunate to have it. It is safe, and it's wonderful for exercise. Seeing something positive in our lives during the day is a refreshing change from the doom-and-gloom news while sitting on the couch.

Traffic concerns

REGARDING THE bad driving habits of motorists in Cape Girardeau: During the most recent ice storm it took me 50 minutes to drive home, which is about four miles. I saw vehicles in the middle of intersections not allowing cross traffic and making things worse. Why does the Cape Girardeau Police Department target the high school when it could make even more money ticketing adults? Every stoplight in town has motorists who run through yellow and sometimes red lights almost every time I'm there. I fear for my life when people do not pay attention at intersections. This city would make so much revenue if it would invest in traffic cameras.


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Wakan makaicu cankahuhan hunkpatila ...wagluhe

payabya tapisleca !

Hao ! t'schunkta wikto !

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 7:52 AM

klaatu barada nikto

-- Posted by Rocket_Surgeon on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 8:33 AM

Bad drivers: Is this just in Cape?? .

Weather travel: Oh...s.c.r.e.w. it, drive anyway.

Great trail: Beautiful people? Isn't that a song?

Traffic concerns: I just find this soo ironic that two people would call in on the same day complaining about bad Cape drivers. I insist it must be the same person. Why waste the space?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 8:51 AM

Where in the world has Me'lange ran off too? I haven't seen her in here for at least a week. Is she ok?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 9:02 AM

Cape Girardeau is very conjested in traffic because the traffic does not flow properly due to all the stop lights this town has. It is stop and go about every other block and some of the lights are not timed correctly. The town did not build for the future years back by building some over passes on the most heavily travel streets or highways. A town with so many stop lights you are going to have people running them from time to time and no doubt you are going to have big problems with traffic conjested. To get from down town out to the west end it is going to take you a while especially during peak times.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 9:08 AM

Megal....maybe Me'Lange eloped ..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 9:12 AM

morning all

bad driving is not just in cape. Right before Christmas we were hit, took out the entire drivers side of our car while traveling down highway 25, the wreck happened because the driver of the other car had a 12 year old kid look and see if anything was coming before they pulled out off a side road. Thankfully no one was hurt but it all could have been avoided if the driver would have looked and paid attention instead we have $4300 worth of damage to our car. I tell my daughter all the time it isn't her driving I am woried about it is the other guys, se finally understood what I was saying.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:02 AM

Megal

Pups hasn't been in either. Guess they are busy with all the holiday stuff but hope they are well.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:04 AM

The person bellyaching about bad drivers in the Cape area is the same person that gripes about not being able to see the centerline stripes. I am sure this person always stops at every stopsign and traffic light in perfect accordance with the law, never fails to use a blinker, dims lights within the proper distance of oncoming traffic, follows posted speed limits, is courteous to others, yields when appropriate...

Yeah, right.

-- Posted by Hawker on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:04 AM

good morning semoangel

kinda sounds like u had a merry x-mas there..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:08 AM

Caps Queen is busy completing her annual inventory of remaining capital letters, italics, bold face, fonts, etc. I have every confidence she will return...not that I miss her, mind you...

-- Posted by Hawker on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:09 AM

I suppose Melange and Pups found a life. I wish I had one. Oh well... I guess I will crab about it online.

-- Posted by gehagge1 on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:19 AM

Rick

even with that we had a great Christmas. Our luck just runs that way. For Christmas my hubby decided to redo my kitchen for me with all new cabinets, flooring etc.......2 minutes into the construction of it he got his hand in the table saw, thankfully no missing fingers just alot of stitches. Definitly as not an uneventfull holiday season this year.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:19 AM

Bad drivers – bad neighbors, bad parents, bad citizens. This world would be a lot nicer place if it weren’t for them humans. Drive defensively. Watch out for motorcycles.

Weather travel – whether travel? At least we don’t have many Donner Pass stories these days. And God bless Alferd Packer.

Traffic concerns – yeah, the city would make money with traffic cameras. And the company providing the traffic cameras would make a killing. And so would the political campaigns of the politicians. The only thing that wouldn’t happen is less traffic accidents. Probably more. They don’t work. Please do not spy on me.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:25 AM

Rick you may be on to something. Now that I notice...Pups is missing to. Hmmmm....they've ran off to Vegas and got hitched! Unfortunately...what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas and we'll never know the truth.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:26 AM

Here's a topic for discussion. I got it from a fairly reliable source. (my hairdress/barberess) That Dave and Buster's may be taking the place of Steve and Barry's in the Mall. Anyone else hear about this?

IMO...this would be great! Even better than Chuck E. Cheese. *Ahh....the silence of the household, while the kiddies are occupied* Sounds like pure heaven, 2009's already looking up...if that's the case.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:30 AM

Here's a topic for discussion. I got it from a fairly reliable source. (my hairdress/barberess) That Dave and Buster's may be taking the place of Steve and Barry's in the Mall. Anyone else hear about this?

IMO...this would be great! Even better than Chuck E. Cheese. *Ahh....the silence of the household, while the kiddies are occupied* Sounds like pure heaven, 2009's already looking up...if that's the case.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:30 AM

Here's a topic for discussion. I got it from a fairly reliable source. (my hairdress/barberess) That Dave and Buster's may be taking the place of Steve and Barry's in the Mall. Anyone else hear about this?

IMO...this would be great! Even better than Chuck E. Cheese. *Ahh....the silence of the household, while the kiddies are occupied* Sounds like pure heaven, 2009's already looking up...if that's the case.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:30 AM

yeah , Las Vegas , Arkansas ...Pop. 126

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:30 AM

LOL! Oh Rick...surely not. Wasn't running off to Arkansas a 1950s thing? LOL!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:34 AM

Bad drivers

Don’t get mad, get even.

Bad drivers are everywhere! From my observations, it is typically due to some form of inattention. And I should know--part of my job is to analyze traffic and report on it so improvements can be made. The current intersection that I've recently been observing is a simple diamond interchange between an interstate and a city street and it'll easily see 5,000 vehicles per hour during peak times.

Traffic signals in Cape

First, when I visited Cape over Christmas, I dedicated some time to drive and the off-peak response of almost all of the traffic signals was very reasonable. [Although I can imagine the headache they could cause during rush times; that stupid traffic signal at Mt. Auburn and Doctor’s Park/West Park Mall is a good example.] Also, given that the majority if not all of the signalized intersections have a radio antenna, give it a little more time as the antennas indicate that the city is preparing to link the intersections up; then it's up to the programmer (I know, it doesn’t inspire any confidence). Hell, on Christmas Day, I drove south on Sprigg between Bertling and Southern Expressway and I did not have to stop--got lucky at MO 74--something that was not even comprehendible a few years ago.

MODOT routes are another obstacle. They will always have priority because MODOT is just plain stubborn. Seriously, they are nearly impossible to deal with and forget about getting anything from them in a reasonable amount of time. It took me 4 months to get some traffic signals put on flash because the road was going to be closed for at least a year and the affected intersections were not seeing the volume that they had and were going to once the road was opened again.

In short, if you want to gripe about traffic signals, come drive around in the City of St. Louis. Most of the City's traffic signals are still time based (even the ones with some sort of traffic detection!) and crossing a MODOT route on a City street is absolutely horrible. Additionally, to my knowledge, St. Louis City is home to the most stop signs in the state.

One more thought: I hope that the people complaining about the "traffic" in Cape Girardeau are new to the area. The key to driving in a city is to know the shortcuts and alternate routes and the fast ways to get between them. Cape is loaded with them, you just have to pay attention.

-- Posted by isobar on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 11:08 AM

Re: bad driving

Used to live in Bowling Green, KY. There seemed to be an unusual number of rear-end collisions at signalled intersections - which one official attributed to the person in front slowing to stop for the light, and the person behind romping on the gas to get through. D'Oh!

Had a good chuckle reading about the Lake Wobegon effect http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Wobego... where "... surveying drivers, the Swedish researcher Ola Svenson found that 88% of American college students rated themselves as above 50% on driving skills."

Also, here - http://www.ambulancedriving.com/research... where "Seventy-six percent of the drivers considered themselves as safer than the driver with median safety, and 65% of the drivers considered themselves more skillful than the driver with median skill."

Irrefutable statistics obviously prove - it's not me, it's the other guy. :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 11:12 AM

Re: Dave and Buster's

Looks like it would be a fun place - however, based on the information provided from their own website - not sure if Cape is a large enough market. But, I've been wrong before - done ran out of fingers and toes and hair follicles counting the times :-)

From http://www.daveandbusters.com/About/Real...

Market Requirements

Super-regional Draw:

1,000,000 SF retail (1/4 mile)

100,000 daytime population (3 miles)

500,000 population (10 miles)

Also, doesn't look like they've experienced a lot of growth lately

http://www.daveandbusters.com/About/Defa...

Store History

/ Phoenix, AZ

/ Tulsa, OK

/ Plymouth Meeting, PA

/ Arlington, TX

/ Houston, TX

12/1982 Dallas, TX - Stemmons

01/1988 Dallas, TX - Central

10/1991 Houston, TX

10/1992 Marietta, GA

02/1994 Philadelphia, PA

11/1995 Addison, IL

01/1996 Chicago, IL

04/1996 Hollywood, FL

11/1996 Kensington, MD

03/1997 Ontario, CA

09/1997 Springdale, OH

12/1997 Denver, CO

05/1998 Utica, MI

07/1998 Irvine, CA

09/1998 West Nyack, NY

11/1998 Orange, CA

12/1998 Hilliard, OH

02/1999 San Antonio, TX

04/1999 Duluth, GA

06/1999 St. Louis, MO

08/1999 Austin, TX

10/1999 Jacksonville, FL

12/1999 Providence, RI

03/2000 Milpitas, CA

05/2000 Westminster, CO

06/2000 Concord, ON

06/2000 Homestead, PA

11/2000 San Diego, CA

03/2001 Miami, FL

08/2001 Frisco, TX

10/2001 Honolulu, HI

11/2001 Westlake, OH

09/2002 Islandia, NY

09/2004 Arcadia, CA

02/2005 Omaha, NE

10/2005 Williamsville, NY

10/2005 Farmingdale, NY

10/2005 Nashville, TN

11/2005 Kansas City, KS

11/2005 Hanover, MD

11/2005 Concord, NC

11/2005 Philadelphia, PA

03/2006 Westbury, NY

04/2006 New York, NY

11/2006 Maple Grove, MN

09/2007 Tempe, AZ

And from http://www.daveandbusters.com/About/Fran...

Licensing Information:

All domestic Dave & Buster's stores are company-owned and operated. Therefore, we do not provide franchise licenses for Domestic locations. (i.e. The United States)

Which brings up the question - out of all the other cities around, what makes Cape stand out as a choice for the next location?

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 12:01 PM

tosi taime Me'Lange , pa'ha sap se-va'he !

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 12:14 PM

Fx,

While you've rained on me Dave and Buster's parade, you HAVE brought up a very interesting question that I have wanted answered for a long long time.

"Which brings up the question - out of all the other cities around, what makes Cape stand out as a choice for the next location?

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, 11:01 am CDT"

Now...Since you have the common sense to bring it up, here is where I would like to expound on this. For decades now, Cape has tried to build it's "tourist" attraction around Downtown/Old Towne Cape. Bad moves, made decisions. While I do enjoy some of the "local" flair Downtown has to offer, it isn't exactly what I call "tourist" attraction material.

West...Yes, I say it again...West is where we should be concentrating. Near the interstate. Interstate travelers want "Eye" catching attractions. Now signs pointing to "another 5 miles and you can see this..." And we really don't want these folks into the heart of the city. We just want them to stop by, spend their money and move on their way. Get back on the interstate and go home.

I mean let's take a serious look at this, our tourist attraction "ole town" is basically surrounded by the riff raff of Cape. Drug dealers, street walkers, etc...is this a good reflection of Cape? What does it draw? More riff raff. Truely, it's time we take this city back in more ways than one. I've been trying to set up an appointment with a recently re-elected County official that represents Cape, but he's been avoiding me for some reason. I guess that's what happens once they get your vote.

Anyhow...that's a different story, and quite frankly I/we don't need him anyway to accomplish making Cape a better town.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 12:19 PM

Great trail

Yes, more people should get up off the couch and go out to enjoy what life has to offer. I spent yesterday working on my property and riding my ATV.

Traffic concerns

This part of the state does not have enough bad weather for people to learn to drive in it. I lived in a northern location and they would laugh at what we call bad weather.

Trust me, the CGPD targets more than just the high school, I know some of them and there is enough howling on this site about tickets to know that.

The police force should be used for crime control, traffic enforcement and not as a means of producing revenue. I don’t think anyone in their right mind wants to live in a place where this is an expectation.

Traffic cameras accomplish nothing more than revenue enhancement; do some research.

-- Posted by RA on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 12:20 PM

Megalo -

Suggest one problem deals with the nature of a river town - the 'old town' part ends up being on one edge of the current city limits, as opposed to being near the center. This is made somewhat worse by the approach avenues - in our case, have very limited availability from the eastern half of the accessability circle unless one travels by boat, and the access from the north and the south isn't all that great at this point - more like a maze of turns.

A great philosophic think group, Rush, once said, er, sang, "The point of a journey is not the arrival". Suggest that most don't want a journey - they just wants to get there with the least time and effort. As a bonus, faster access methods allow for a higher turnover capacity with less crowding, which increases sales potentials.

Developing easy-access attractions in the areas next to the interstate would be a challenge due to the land already in use, the market price of any available remaining land, along with the current availability and location of access interchanges. Perhaps some ideas for the future would be to shoot Independence on across to take some pressure off Rt K, or make the Hopper Road overpass into an interchange. A Hopper Road interchange might be helpful to encourage 'foreigner' patronage of the new water park, which IIRC will be at the Osage Center site? As you sort of said - make it easy to bring 'em in, lighten their wallets, and send them on their merry way as quickly as possible.

Going way out into the twilight zone - perhaps consider a future bypass loop for the Interstate. Maybe something that ties in around Scott City and Kelso, passes around Gordonville, and connects back up north of Jackson in the Oak Ridge area, but stays reasonably close to the original route and certainly within Cape County as much as possible for the anticipated tax revenues. Would double the interstate frontage available for various attractions, plus relieve some of the high-traffic situations currently seen on that stretch of I55. However, big bucks and lots of resistance whammies here.

Just thinking a little outside of the box - hey, wait, what box? Somebody done up and stole my box. :-)

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 1:26 PM

FX,

Those are some pretty big "outside" the box ideas you have going there. Now...one part of your post did catch my eye.

"The point of a journey is not the arrival". Suggest that most don't want a journey - they just wants to get there with the least time and effort. As a bonus, faster access methods allow for a higher turnover capacity with less crowding, which increases sales potentials."

Exactly what I said early regarding driving on the interstate and "Eye" catching attractions, aka..within eyes distance. Build all of our attractions along the interstate.

Things like the "Cape Central High School" should have stayed (Central..aka center of town) That location would have been great for a water park, then drive up a ways to a Dave and Busters, or a Chuck E. Cheese.

There could be some adult entertainment places...(aka...move the Little Old Opry out along the interstate)Tons of things we could do.

Ohh listen to me carrying on. I'm starting to think outside the box, I better get back in before they lock me out.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 2:26 PM

Hmmm, perhaps Central High is just a name inconsistent with its location.

The 1912-built version of Central High - the old Schultz school - was located in what would had to have been the western side of town then.

The 1953-built version of Central High - now the Junior High - was also located on what was likely the western side of the core population at that time.

So it seems fitting that the current-built version stayed true to locational form when it was sited. :-)

Also looks like a new high school is needed every 40-45 years or so.

At any rate, all this talk about business and shtuff has gots me again wondering how the 4Q08 sales tax receipts are going to fare - an indirect way to gauge how well local businesses as a whole are really getting along these days.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 4:31 PM

FX,

You're over-analyzing things. When I refer to Central, I refer to something more "centered" and readily accessable in town. Also...the scope of previous locations would have actually put them in the "center" of town. Cape Girardeau City limits hasn't always ended in Gordonville (or practically Gordonville) The fact is, Central's current location can and will "never" be deemed the center of town, unless we would start annexing Scott City.

Anyhow, we're all trying to decide where in this wonderful town of ares to go eat, unfortunately every restaurant in this town has "burned" me at least one with either their service or their food quality. Tis the life.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 5:31 PM

I like when people try to use "statistics" such as "80%". Now how would one measure this statistic. Sounds like someone from the country (no offense intended). You see people from the country are never bad drivers because there is no one else to run in to. They just end up in ditches and some one with a tractor pulls them out before the sheriff can get there.

-- Posted by shortwhitebaldguy on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 8:58 PM

shortwhitebaldguy

where does the statistic come in ?

80% of country people have wrecks?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:01 PM

Ten minutes of research will reveal the chances of a Dave and Busters being located in Cape Girardeau; ZERO! The average sales volume per location is $13 million. Do you honestly think that Dave and Busters would be able to turn $13 mil in sales in Cape?

It is what it is. A rumor with no substantiation.

Just like your prediction of Lieberman being McCain's running mate, you are incorrect Mega. As a matter of fact, you tend to be incorrect quite often.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 10:24 PM

JoannaStone,

I'm glad you finally came out of the wood work (I actually predicted such about six months ago) Actually...McCain did almost pick Lieberman. How do think Palin came into the mix? Why do you think McCain was upset with Palin being pushed upon him?

Additionally, I'm not the one who came up with the Dave and Buster's theory. My barberess works in the mall, and apparently this is some of the mall talk.

Now...Let's talk about what I have been right about. Aka...Obama beating the bajeezus out of McCain. LOL Yeah....you didn't want to pat me on the back for that prediction...did you? Anyhow, I've got bigger fish to fry. I'm waiting on a very important call from "The Commish's" office. ;o)

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, Jan 3, 2009, at 11:36 PM

FX,

You did fail to mention the following about D & B

"The Company is proud to announce the November 24, 2008 opening of its newest store, which is located in Arlington, Texas. The Arlington location is the 51st Company–operated store in North America."

Additionally, there appears to be a bit of a hole in their Market Requirements philosophy.

Super-regional Draw:

1,000,000 SF retail (1/4 mile)

100,000 daytime population (3 miles):Population of Westlake, Ohio..31,719.

500,000 population (10 miles): Population of Cleveland, Ohio...Under 500,000.

Now...several years ago, Cape Girardeau moved to 1st Class county status. Which theoretically means we have a day time population of 100,000.

Now, according to the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic development commission. The population of the area known as "Southeast Missouri" Hovers around 194,834.

But we can also include

Alexander County of about 10,000

Union County of about 18,000

Folks even come from as far as McCracken County at a population of 65,514. Not to mention all the other counties inbetween.

But there's more. If we average the amount of Interstate traffic that passes through Cape Girardeau County via I-55, then multiply that by the amount of "airspace" traffic that passes over our county, and...The amount of cars that pass over our money saving bridge on a daily basis. Then we'd over-whelmingly exceed the 500,000 market base needed to support.

In 10 days alone, the SEMO District Fair drew 103,901.

Additionally, our fine University draws in nearly 11,000 students into the city on a daily basis.

But here is our ace in the hole. *looking around* Did you know, we have approximately 50,000 visits from Aliens in a years time? Why...the possibilities for Cape are endless. Club Meds next stop...North Cape...aka, Jackson. *snicker*

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jan 4, 2009, at 12:24 AM

Personally, I'd be happy with a Fudruckers and a Jack-in-the-Box.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jan 4, 2009, at 12:27 AM

Here is where the money from Emerson's vote to save the economy went...

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Inv...

Why am I the only one who thinks Emerson deserves to be fired? Do that many voters think she really represents best interests of the citizens of the 8th Congressional District? What gives? Why is Emerson untouchable?

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sun, Jan 4, 2009, at 8:56 AM

lumpy: Those calling themselves conservative have shown that they are not immune from wanting to live at the expense of others. This may explain their support for Emerson. Emerson supported Bush's push toward socialism perhaps because she represents a poor congressional district that feels that it would benefit from socialism. To understand why this welfare mindset just read the Southeast Missourian or watch channel 12 news.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sun, Jan 4, 2009, at 10:25 AM

Hilleco,

I disagree.

You and I have lived in the MO 8th for decades. I have lived here my entire life. I find nothing in Emerson's voting record that represents the views of the fine people that I know who also live here. Especially the over $60 million in earmarks, aka pork, which she sponsered, not voted for, SPONSERED in 2008. Not the $850 billion Wallstreet bailout in which she voted for. TWICE! Not the GM / Chrysler bailout that she voted for.

That's just some more recent examples.

She is very, very good at kissing babies, visiting nursing homes, waving flags on Veteran's Day - taking advantage of any photo opportunity.

It's funny that she never talks about what she is up to in Washington though. Unless she is addressing Farm Bureau or an audience that she knows will never investigate her voting record, which is accessable via the internet.

It is time to start voting for performance instead of promises. Jo Ann Emerson is one reason that Congress currently holds a 9% approval rating.

I'm going to move this discussion over to today's SO. It is my New Year's resolution to start educating voters about Emerson's socialistic voting record. It's time someone called her out.

FIRE EMERSON IN '10!

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sun, Jan 4, 2009, at 11:10 AM


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