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Speak Out 1/26/09

Monday, January 26, 2009

Austrian economics

PAUL Krugman may have may have won the Nobel Prize, but that doesn't mean much nowadays. He subscribes to Keynesian economics, which typically cheers more governmental intervention in the market. This idea has given us these bubbles in tech markets and more recently the housing bubble. Austrian-economic thinkers saw this meltdown coming. Austrian economics promote a real free market, with little to no government intervention. This would include using real money. Two earlier Austrian economists won the Nobel Prize: Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman. Earlier in the year, Krugman wrote that limited government is, basically, racist. That can't be further from the truth. Government can't be racist, but those in it can be, no matter the size.

New confidence

I was glued to the TV all day to watch the inauguration of our new president and vice president. It will be a day well-remembered. I had renewed confidence in the people of this United States as I watched a celebration of freedom take place. I do wish we could refer to ourselves as Americans, not with any adjectives added. When we get to the point we no longer think or describe ourselves as hyphenated Americans, we will have arrived.

War is necessary

IN response to the blog "Why romanticize war?" on semissourian.com: War is not pretty, nor is it something to seek out. It is something that we have to do in order to maintain our values. If you love freedom and prosperity, you have to fight for it. If you are not grounded in strong values, you will never win a war. The laws of economics are true and only stand as long as a good is limited. The price you pay to have that good may very well be more than cash. Land, resources -- as big as the whole world may appear -- are limited. The more people who are born, the more need for fewer resources. There is only one solution; the reign of the fittest will endure. The other deceitful solution would be to give up your values, freedoms, wealth and resources so all can share. This is a deceitful solution because people cheat. No one has the moral standard to accept equality. We've seen it in communist countries that tried it. War is a necessary evil in a nation that wants to remain free and strong in a world of growing demand. Let the soldiers do their work, and praise God for what you have, because you wouldn't have it otherwise.

Seeing the inauguration

THANK you Mr. Grammar at Jefferson Elementary School for not only letting the students witness the inauguration of the president, but for having your mind open and letting the children of color at your school know that they too have a chance. Those children have had so much negativity thrown their way from the hoopla over the MAP scores, and I think this is just what they needed to boost their self-esteem. I'm sure a lot of teachers didn't worry about showing any of the inauguration at school, but I'm glad you did. I am proud that my children are students at Jefferson. Thank you, Mr. Grammar, and the other fourth-grade teachers who helped.

Education fat

TAXPAYERS have thrown billions of dollars at higher education in Missouri for several years. Now the state-funded colleges and universities might be excluded from the state budget cuts, but other state departments will face cuts. There is a lot of fat that can be trimmed from the higher education sector in this state.

Cancer screening

BOTH Cape Girardeau hospitals are spending millions of dollars to build new cancer treatment facilities. They will have all of the best cancer treatment available. They also know that the best chance of treating cancer is to diagnose it early before it spreads in the body. It would be a great service to the community if both of the hospitals would have a cancer screening day and invite potential customers to get checked out for most types of cancer in one day. They could screen for skin cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, female cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia. Maybe they could use one of the new blood tests that screen for almost all cancers. If any patients needed treatment, they would be ready for an early treatment at one of the hospitals. If the hospitals are not willing to do a cancer screening day, maybe the American Cancer Society could do it at its office.

County website

AS you can tell from Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle's Web page, he is an accomplished writer. He include links to his professional publication along with his fictional publications. Is Commissioner Jay Purcell suggesting the professional publication links be removed? No. Can you buy Swingle's book through the Cape Girardeau County Web site? No. Purcell says it is costing the county to provide the advertising for Swingle's books. How? The county has an agreement with a company to provide Web hosting and Web pages at a flat cost. I've visited some of the Southeast Missouri State University professors' Web sites. Some of them contain basic information, and others include their political or professional beliefs. I saw poetry listed, I saw a tribute to a beloved pet. I found a link to an organic farm. Why isn't Purcell up in arms about this waste of taxpayers' dollars? Do you remember after Purcell got re-elected he said he was going to let bygones be bygones? The county has more important business than this petty issue.

Mission meals

I am one of those who used to go to the mission in Poplar Bluff. I do not think it is fair that those who go only get fed one time a day five times a week. How would the wealthy like to be fed one time a day and five times a week? How would they like to go hungry on Saturday and Sunday? I think those who have money and power should try their best to change this. This is not fair. If you have a heart I think you will change it.

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New confidence...not in our lifetime..besides all that ,

women still do this when they get married ...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 11:13 AM


You posted..."I view Gurusmom as an intelligent, thoughtful individual who has come to her own decision based on her own well thought out reasons, but apparently you do not."

Apparently you have only selective reading comprehension! Go back and read my post! I know Guru to be smart and more than able. My post was out of care and concern, something foreign to you?

-- Posted by Theorist on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 12:48 PM

Care and concern? Sounds like she has a lot of "care and concern" for not only herself, but for that of her family also.

Congratulations Mom for having what the liberals call an "open mind" and considering your own protection. Now is the time to act as our right to protect ourselves may be taken away or at best severely restricted in the near future.

Carry on.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 1:44 PM

Care and concern? Sounds like she has a lot of "care and concern" for not only herself, but for that of her family also.

Congratulations Mom for having what the liberals call an "open mind" and considering your own protection. Now is the time to act as our right to protect ourselves may be taken away or at best severely restricted in the near future.

Carry on.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 1:46 PM

Theorist= The Enlightened One

Theorist= All Knowing, All Seeing

Theorist=Only One Who Really Cares

Theorist=Conscience of a Nation

And on and on...

-- Posted by D'oh on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 1:51 PM

naw...i meant like , Hillary Rodman-Clinton , etc...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 2:18 PM

In Theorist's world, only liberal, emotionally guided people are the ones who have compassion for others. We conservative knuckle-dragging, gun toting idiots are not capable of caring for our fellow citizens. Government is the answer for all our woes. Individuals have no place in society.

Problem is, liberals only want to accomplish this with the rapidly shrinking segment of society that actually PAYS taxes. No one knows how better to spend YOUR money than people like Theorist.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 2:21 PM

I am always amazed and somewhat in awe of individuals such as Theorist who somehow can tell what is best for others even when they possess little or no information about them or their situation. One can only imagine how difficult it is for them to resist derisive comments about others and to avoid always feeling superior. That they are superior in intellect and compassion to conservatives is of course a givenů

-- Posted by D'oh on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 2:36 PM

My post was out of care and concern, something foreign to you?

-- Posted by Theorist on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, 11:48 am CDT

That's rich. Yeah when I think of you and your posts, theorist, that's the first thing that comes to mind, care and concern. You must just ooze concern, huh.

-- Posted by Producer1 on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 2:37 PM

No Cool Named One.....

I don't remember speaking to you or cycle, but if I offended you, I apologize.

On the other hand, you certainly seem very defensive. Perhaps I said something that hits a bit too close to home....Hmmmmm.....

-- Posted by Theorist on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 2:48 PM


No thanks, once was more than enough. I stand by my original post.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 2:48 PM

Your loss Red....once again, you misread and misspoke.

Your offensive (attack) is very tiresome....(sigh)

-- Posted by Theorist on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 2:54 PM


Please go back and read my posts carefully, I have nothing but admiration and respect for you and your words of wisdom. I am probably almost as in awe of you as you are yourself. I just hate it when you are upset.

-- Posted by D'oh on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 2:57 PM

No cool....

Then you will be happy! I am rarely upset, well, except when unnecessary accidents and/or deaths occur.

-- Posted by Theorist on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 3:02 PM

Austrian economics: Boring!

New confidence: The Super Bowl of Politics!

War is necessary: Soo....According to this statment...is the Iraq War really a war? Or was it a conflict again? Ohhh dear me, everytime a republicon speaks, I got lost in the rubbish.

Seeing the inauguration: Yay!

Education fat: Ohh I definately agree! Start with Dobbie!

Cancer screening: Yes! "Free" Cancer Screening Day! I'm all for it!

County website: Oh Purcell "says" a lot of things. *giggle*

Mission meals: Ohh mate, one of the qualifications for being rich, is heartless. It's a hand-in-hand type thing.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 3:08 PM

No Mel, there are many people in our society that pay very little to no taxes after receiving EITC each year. They actually receive much more (income redistribution) than they pay in income taxes, sales taxes, and property taxes combined. When you throw in food and health care benefits, it isn't even close.

Yes, I was mainly referring to income taxes but the situation I explained above does exist.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 3:12 PM


As opposed to all those pesky "necessary" deaths and accidents. I know exactly what you mean.

-- Posted by D'oh on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 3:14 PM

Early interview with Rush Limbaugh shows him bragging how he manipulates his listener's emotions for profit.


-- Posted by Producer1 on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 3:41 PM

Sarah Palin is trying to shop her memoirs for $11 million, apparently unaware that memoirs are usually written after you accomplish something


-- Posted by Producer1 on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 3:44 PM

While I don't listen to Rush Limbaugh, I did several years ago and even tried a couple of time recently to see what all the fuss was about. It is hard for me to believe that he has any impact on anyone. Many listen to him to validate their own feelings and opinions while others do so just so they can complain about the "right" wing conservatives. It appears to me that he is merely preaching to the choir rather than actually changing the way anyone thinks. I view him as an entertainer and commentator; nothing more.

Just my opinion and I could be wrong.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 4:19 PM

Rush Limbaugh is a polished t.urd

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 4:34 PM

the big winter storm is on the way ...snow , sleet , and ice...

what is the difference between sleet and ice??

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 4:45 PM

Sleet freezes on its way through the atmosphere, while freezing rain freezes when it comes in contact with cold ground.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 4:55 PM


Regarding my call to Jo Ann's office and HR 573.

LOL! What a complete waste of time and a joke. Here's what I was told.

Me: "Can you please clarify the intentions of HR 573. As submitted by Congress woman Emerson?"

Emerson Representative: "What bill is that?"

Me: "The one regarding prohibition of authorized generic drugs."

Emerson Representative: "Um...well...Congress woman Emerson is in a meeting right now, but I'm sure she would send you a letter explaining all this."

Me: "A letter? I was hoping on some clarification now. Can't you tell me anything about it?"

Emerson Representative: "What bill is it?"

Me: "I said it was HR 573."

Emerson Representative: "It's in committee right now."

Me: *sigh* "Can I please have someone give me clarification on what the bill means?"

Emerson Representative: "What does it say?"

Me: "You mean you don't have a clue what the bill even is? It sounds to me like Congress woman Emerson is trying to ban generic drugs. I would like some clarification on her intentions with this."

Emerson Representative: "I'm sure Congress Woman Emerson can clarify this in a letter. May I have your address?"

Me: "Never mind, I'll call McCaskill's office and see what she can tell me." *click*

Soo...in a nutshell, I don't know anything...unless I'm willing to wait and receive a letter that will make it to me six weeks after a vote of some sort takes place. Talk about a WASTE of money! I shouldn't have to wait on a letter to get clarification on what a bill means or a clarification of such. Waste of money, and whomever the young ladies name I talked to (in the Washington D.C. office) needs to be fired!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 5:16 PM


perhaps she assumed you were a member of the media or

she was following office protocol .....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 5:59 PM

Here is a link to the bill:


That is about as clear as mud. This definitely deserves an explanation, of which I would like to hear.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 6:26 PM

Try this:


-- Posted by cycle_ride on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 6:28 PM


Are you agreeing with Megalo???? Has Hades frozen over with the up coming ice storm??? j/k btw.

I have read the bill/amendment but my knowledge of legaleze is limited. On the surface this does look as though Congress Woman Emerson is looking to ban the manufactureing and selling of authorized generic meds. Sorry Willy.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 6:37 PM


I gave the Emerson representative my name, and identified myself as a concerned voting constituent in Emerson's district.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 6:50 PM


well then , it sounds like you got the good old run around .

maybe you'll get lucky and talk to JAE personally over the phone

but i doubt that will ever happen .

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 6:59 PM


are u still smoking cigs ?

the urge goes away no matter if u smoke or not...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 7:08 PM


You said, "maybe you'll get lucky and talk to JAE personally over the phone,but i doubt that will ever happen ."

About the same chances of me rooting for Pittsburgh. lol

-- Posted by Megalomania on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 7:09 PM


Nothing wrong with the Steelers!!!! But of course I haven't followed them since 1978, so what do I know??


Yeah, still smoking, just not the pack a day plus I used to. Have managed to cut back to about 1/2 a pack a day so far. I'm probably more of a habit smoker rather then an addicted smoker. Trying to break my 'normal' smoke times is probably more key for me.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 7:39 PM


I told Rick my wife is also a Pittsburgh fan, I'm been in yellow black haities for the past several weeks. Nothing personally against the Steelers, but if it agrivates my other half...I like to have a bit of fun on occasion.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 7:43 PM


I understand.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 7:57 PM


i picked a date and when that date hit i

quit...it ain't easy , the first couple days

will really try your patience...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 8:24 PM


That is a shame. Maybe you should have told the receptionist that you were old, or a farmer, or in the Army, or better yet a WWII veteran, who belongs to the AARP and Farm Bureau. I'm sure they would've tripped all over themselves to provide you with whatever information your little heart desired.

It will do little good to contact Sen. McCaskill's office as this bill has only been introduced in the House. Although I have had a better response from Clare. Jo doesn't appreciate hand written letters from her constituents like Clare does.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 8:28 PM


BTW: Austrian economics are FAR from boring!

-- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 8:29 PM

Thank you for the Emerson-call story, Megal! It would be hilarious, if it weren't so sad. Are we surprised? You know ... it would be really neat if some of the news media would sort this out and report factually on it ... at least find out just exactly what the bill really means. More for you later on your late last night's 'new kid on the block story.' Maybe.

Hi, Theorist Saw in today's comments that I'd missed things that were on yesterday's ...

First of all ... Not a sudden or even recent desire to want to 'carry.' There's a 'history,' but understand that it 'came and went' as personal situations changed ...

Oddly enough, it began back in the days (nights) when I worked in a cocktail lounge (as opposed to what was labeled a 'bar' back then). It only took one early morning attack on my way to the parking lot for me to realize that women in particular might be considered 'easy prey,' and wishing we had better ways to 'defend' ourselves than our long fingernails.

Later in life, we lived in what could be considered a 'downturning' neighborhood--You know the ones, where people kept their doors and windows locked and curtains drawn, and tried never to have to go out after dark, even though daytime hours could be chancy at times? I carried one of those little spray cans of ... mace, I guess? This is a long story I'm trying to condense: Ever since the gun laws changed, I've considered it, but really never convinced myself that I needed to 'carry.'

Now, as I've mentioned before, the times I have to go to Cape I seldom start for home until close to midnight ... and then I drive on a desserted Hiway and always wonder if I had car trouble ... What if ...? Okay, maybe a little paranoia or senility or something here--but carrying my keys so that one sticks out from between my fingers doesn't seem to make a very serious 'weapon' in case of an attack. However, and in any case ... I've finally come to the conclusion that my situation will not be changed by changing jobs or by moving to a better neighborhood. At my age, physical 'self-protection' classes are not an option. If I, as an Old Lady, can do something for my own protection 'just in case,' then it's my opinion that I should finally do so. See, I need to be here for Pops ... so ... I view this decision as a responsibility to not just myself, but for those who depend upon me being here alive.

It IS a big step ... Does all this help you understand? May I add ... At my age for sure, this isn't, as some might suspect, a 'macho gun-toting woman' desire. ~smiling~ On the farm, I had a .22 rifle and a shotgun ... and was never tempted to go 'shoot' something just because I had them. OH! And ... not a single person has encouraged me to make this decision ... but a lot of people right here certainly have helped me once I made it, and that's so important in this case.

I do apologize for having not thought about those whose personal beliefs do not see the need for individuals owning or carrying guns--even though it's hard for me to exactly comprehend why they are against it. I just didn't know any better way to get advice/information about it all than to ask the knowledgable SO posters.

All that being said ... Please don't hit out at each other over all this, y'all. It makes me feel bad inside.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 8:47 PM


I was very cordial up to the point I realized the "Emerson Rep" clearly didn't even know what I was talking up. My only "smart aleck" remark came at the end with I hung up in frustration.

You're showing your partisanship in this entire matter. If you're "that in love with Emerson," nothing I said would have been acceptable to you. Good luck with your call in the next couple of days, quid pro quo, when you post it...I'll blow it off as a bunch of rubbish.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 9:08 PM


Yes, it was a pathetic, considering it will cost me for the LD call. I look forward to your Israel post.


LOL...It was boring in the fact I didn't want to read it all, and as John McCain said, "Economics really isn't my strong area." When it starts reading like stereo instructions, I know it's time for me to back out.

Now...on another note. Looks like the Digital Switch has been given a four month extension.


Hopefully Dish Network can take advantage of the extra time.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 9:14 PM

Just for "clarification" I'm not a big fan of McCaskill either. She has done very little for this part of the state. Other than show up for a few parades and....parading Obama around.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 9:18 PM

Hey all,

Been a while since I could log on to the blog and it pains me to see that it is the same Ol stuff...

Be safe during the ice storm.

-- Posted by fajar on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 9:20 PM


Read your link, though I have to disagree with you. It isn't Pelosi's fault. Seems the blame should fall at the feet of California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Who if memory serves is a GOP governor. Pelosi has no say in California's budget, but the governor does.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 9:26 PM


Also find it funny that the last time California had to issue IOU's to state employees was under Governor Pete Wilson in 1992. Also a GOP Governor.

Please keep in mind, I'm just razzing you Willy.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 9:32 PM


I do plan on being careful, thanks. But I may not have to worry about it. It is possible that if it's as bad as they seem to think, I will be at work until Wed. morning if no one can make it in. lol

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 9:34 PM

That was a very interesting and thoughtful take on things like Israel last night, Megal ... as far as it went.

Expand the story to how the New Kid in Town starts forgetting about trying to get the Bad Boy to clean up, but instead, starts thinking about what the Bad Boy can do for the New Kid--who is, of course, becoming quite a Know-It-All, and is anxious that all the other Kids follow his Wisdom, whether they really want to or not ...?

Of course, in the process, the New Kid has to convince his old buddies that the Bad Boy may have been a little misguided and it really wasn't his fault, while the Bad Boy ... Well, he sees the wisdom in sucking up to the little smart-aleck New Kid because he foresees some future perks, in both power and finances.

A bond is forged. The New Kid gives the Bad Boy lessons in how to do what he wants to do and have it accepted by spinning it a little--or a lot. The Bad Boy helps the New Kid figure out which enemies to target, and which might be swayed by the New Kid's pseudo-compassion and bottomless pockets.

So ... everyone lives happily ever after ... and nothing really changes except the minor players, whose bit parts are insignificant in the whole scheme of things ... The New Kid is hailed as being the Peacemaker, and the Bad Boy revels in his newfound Good-Guy Role. Meanwhile, the New Kid's few remaining old friends remain gullible and uniformed, praising the New Kid for having simplified everything for them.

Heck, not near as good as your scenario!

-- Posted by gurusmom on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 9:42 PM


Good to see you as yourself. How would you know you found the right place if we changed while you were gone?????

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 9:44 PM

Good to see you, fajar ... What do you want to talk about? ~grinning~ Let's don't do the weather, okay? J/K with you!

-- Posted by gurusmom on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 9:48 PM


If the power goes out how do you plan on keeping the coffee hot???? Can't stay somewhere that doesn't have hot coffee. hehe j/k Thank you for the offer.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 9:56 PM


True, but then again, you do have the BBQ. Could just fire that up and do the coffee camping style. :-)

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 10:13 PM


Was the 'Ouch!!' for the razzing with the Gov info or my possible 48 hour work day???

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 10:14 PM


Thanks. I don't care what other's say, you're a good sport.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 10:20 PM


Wouldn't need the perk pot. Just heat the coffee up on the grill since you already have it made. :-)

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 10:25 PM


I have a desk job so sitting is what I do. Good thing is I can walk the hospital if I need out of the office for a bit. Just take the pager in case someone needs me.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 10:27 PM


You mean you wouldn't stay up and keep me company on SO???

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 10:48 PM


I would never ever in a million years think that about you!!

Though, you know, if the anti-ice procedures don't work like they are supposed to. You could end up with a lot of unintentional house guests. Concidering Lacey St is a hill. lol

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 10:50 PM

Melange and Willy,

Couldn't get my PC to signin last night when I got home so I couldn't let you know I made it safely and that I didn't end up having to stay all night at work.

-- Posted by Pups on Tue, Jan 27, 2009, at 6:41 AM


Glad you made it home alright.

There is a Speak Out today, but again you have to hunt for it.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Tue, Jan 27, 2009, at 6:46 AM

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