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Speak Out 1/29/09

Thursday, January 29, 2009

With God's help

THE people on the plane that crashed in the Hudson River also had God with them. If the engines hadn't come off, the plane surely would have sank faster and all passengers probably wouldn't have survived.

Pro-life reaction

WHEN the new president lifted the Bush administration's ban on federal funding for groups promoting and performing abortions in other countries, many of his supporters were elated. Were those who usually vote pro-life but this year voted for hope and change also elated when they heard what Obama had done?

Sports questions

I would love to hear the rationale behind adding sports at the seventh-grade level. Teachers of core classes must buy materials out of their own pocket for class activities and basic classroom functions, yet the district has the money for more extracurricular activities? Weren't the taxpayers told over and over during the past few years how we need to conserve money? What's the point of working on athletics at that level when we're ultimately going to send the students on to the high school level where our three main sports -- football, basketball and baseball -- are poor at best. What a colossal waste of money and resources.

Sports and religion

JON Rust's article about Kurt Warner and Christian faith-based football was interesting. I'm a big fan of Warner as well. However, light-years ahead of what Rust identified as Christian faith, character and core values as seeming keys to winning, I would rank athletic ability, tenacity and fierce competitiveness. I would be ecstatic if the Rams' new coach (also a professed man of God) could improve the team dramatically even though, when it came to religion, he was a self-proclaimed atheist.

FDR history

FOR those who have forgotten or haven't been taught how harmful FDR's policies were, I would suggest reading "The Forgotten Man." FDR's inconsistent fiddling with money policy and consumer price controls, and the prosecution of those businesses and individuals that resisted his socialist experiment, helped turn a recession into a decade-long Great Depression. As to the recent comments in Speak Out about whether FDR expanded government, a person would have to be delusional to argue that the size and power of government did not increase during the Roosevelt years.

Give it a try

AS a teacher, I think that adding sports to seventh grade would be a great motivator for many students. Adding sports would allow many of them to get involved. There would be grade and discipline requirements to play, so sports would probably increase grades and lessen discipline problems. At the very least the school could give it a try and see if it works out. Right now, seventh-graders in the Cape Girardeau School District don't have many sports options, while the eighth-grade and the high school have many. I think it would be great for these students to have the option.

Jet footprints

THERE are more than a few things to ponder regarding the more than 600 private jets descending on Washington, D.C., for President Obama's inauguration. First, it's a carbon footprint that would make any global-warming hypocrite envious. Second, the Obama election story was that the common man had funded his campaign. The 600 jets seem to cast a little doubt on that campaign myth.


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I live outside of Fruitland, and I have the best neighbors a person can ask for. And I want to thank one for blading out drive way and my brothers, and he also helped shovel our car out when it was stuck, and if that wasn't enough of a blessing, the other neighbor got out his shovel and was helping get the cars out also. Thank you guys.

-- Posted by sdawniva on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 5:32 AM

With Godís help Ė no question there. However, that plane is equipped with special devices that promote floatation, and the passengers didnít panic and open any rear hatches that would have flooded the plane quicker. Also, the flight crew navigated a near perfect water landing of a large commercial airliner that left the plane with the wings attached, floating upright and no fire. The Lord helps those who help themselves.

Pro-life reaction Ė no, Iím not comfortable spending my tax money so the U.N. and dictators in third world countries can steal it for their own purposes.

Sports questions Ė I guess Iím one of those who believe sports are part of the child development experience. And we spend a ton of money on education, we just donít necessarily spend it on the right things Ė you know.

Sports and religion Ė and drawing lines where they otherwise donít need to exist. It isnít one thing or the other Ė itís all things. There are only two kinds of people in this world, those that think there are only two kinds of people, and those that donít think itís quite that simple.

FDR history - from Gerda Lerner: "We can learn from history how past generations thought and acted, how they responded to the demands of their time and how they solved their problems. We can learn by analogy, not by example, for our circumstances will always be different than theirs were. The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone. They foreclose the possibility of making other choices and thus they determine future events."

Give it a try Ė give it a try.

Jet footprints Ė indeed. After President Bush asked Congress to release the bank bailout fundís remaining $350 billion, Obama pledged to veto any bill rejecting the request, meaning he is beginning his presidency not by ďturn[ing] the page on policies that have put the greed and irresponsibility of Wall Street before the hard work and sacrifice of folks on Main Street,Ē as he once pledged.

A corporate jet in every pot.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 7:59 AM

Hello everyone,

I haven't been on in a while, but I just wanted to let you all know that Aggie and I have you in our thoughts and are all safe. I hope you didn't all loose your power, and if you did then we hope you got some place warm.

I would also like to thank the SC police department for not doing their job on helping those who were left in the cold that lost power. My sister needed to be taken to my folks house because she lost power and said it will probably be several days till she gets it back. I know there are several in the same position, when my family called the police they refused to go and get her, said it wasn't their job or responsiblity.

My father who had no business what so ever doing it, due to his health and the cold, had to dig his way out of his alley which took him about 5 hours or more to get out and go get her. (That was the distance of about 1/2 block of digging only from the alley) I know that might not sound like much, but when your not young and digging in ice, NOT snow that's alot. Then to make me even more P O a friend of mine said that they had heard on the news to call the police or fire department if you needed to be picked up to go somewhere where there was power. That's really great help from them, to bad our former Chief is no longer in SC I don't think he would have made the comment not our job, etc...

Twiggy

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 8:59 AM

Why does it seem as though the only answer to improved test scores is more money? Similar to the "only way" our economy will recover is with massive spending.

Is spending really the answer?

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 9:06 AM

With God's help: LOL!! You're kidding...right?

Pro-life reaction: Bi-partisanship! Gotta love it! ;o) You hard-headed worthless prats!

Sports questions: OFF WITH THEIR BLOOMING "stupid" HEADS!

Sports and religion: Faith-Based Football? Ohh..Got it now, the Hail Mary pass. LOL!

FDR history: *hand up* Whatever! Go eat a yellow snowball!

Give it a try: "AS a teacher, I think" (Grounds for your immediate dismissal.

"so sports would probably increase grades and lessen discipline problems." (Are you going to force the "bad" and "stupid" kids to play sports?)

"Right now, seventh-graders in the Cape Girardeau School District don't have many sports options" (Options? Cape Youth Baseball, Cape Youth Soccer, Optimist Basketball, Optimist Bowling, Flag Football...how many options do you need exactly??)

"I think it would be great for these students to have the option." (Ohh there you go thinking again, and wasting money)

Jet footprints: Jet footprints? They have feet?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 9:45 AM

Cycle,

From yesterday.....

Actually I guess I didn't convey my thoughts correctly. Wasn't really meaning that the employer would be responsible for the damage. (would have been nice, but not a reality) But a "Thank you for coming into work so many didn't even try, sorry this happened, and are you ok" would have been better then the "to bad so sad" and "I'm ****** that you even came to my office" (actually said according to witness not the employee this happened to btw) that was given. Keeping in mind that the CEO has always said he has an "open door" policy to all employees at anytime with any concern even if he may not be able to solve the issue. Also if this had been a concern of a patient, nurse or doctor I am positive the response would have been different as nonmedical staff are not a concern to this person. I used to have great respect for this man and his ability to make non medical staff feel like they were important in the running of the business, but no longer. Oh, and I am not the employee this happened to.

Oh, and I wasn't looking for you to agree with my question, just wanted a 'bosses' perspective.

Sorry for the rambling, but having trouble with signing in and posting this morning and wanted to get it all out just in case this is the last time I can post today.

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 9:53 AM

"Is spending really the answer?"

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, 8:06 am CDT

Cycle_ride, why don't you ask your fiscal conservative Ken Dobbie. He's whinging today because Nixon pinched his bottomless little purse.

Now...Speaking of which. As we can plainly see, Obama got snookered by Republicans already. Republicans voted UNANIMOUSLY against Obama's new bailout. A greedy, selfish, hard-headed GOPublicon will always be a greedy, selfish, hard-headed GOPublicon. Off with Their Heads!!!! Stop s.c.r.e.w.i.n.g. with them! Pass what you want, they are powerless...now is the time to run them over, run them out, and eliminate them.

I believe that "Homeland" Security and the Patriot Act should be enhanced. ANY GOPublicon voting against the President and NOT supporting the stimulus of the United States Economy should be deemed a terrorist, charged with treason, and publicly flogged with cheap Palin Eyewear knock-offs made in China.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 9:54 AM

"Megal, I warned! AND you did nothing! (Too LATE to voice your thoughts!)"

-- Posted by Me'Lange on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, 8:53 am CDT

Me'Lange,

You told me, that the school board is good about listening. Now...Did they listen to you? OR We're you FOR this?

If you were against this, and "said something" to them. Then...what happened to all this listening stuff you were talking about? I told you, they don't listen...they don't give two hoots. When they introduce something like this soo quickly, it means it's already been passed in some secret meeting at Sand's Pancake House.

The best defense is a good offense. Sure...School Board Members think they really pulled one over on us...but not me. I take heed of WHO they are, and WHAT their other jobs, and business interests are. When I have the opportunity...then I personally hit them in their pocket books by bad mouthing them and their business. Hateful? Spiteful? Yep! Exactly what unhanded, nasty little heathens deserve.

Here is my personal statement to members of the school board who read this forum: In all the glory of holding your "Board" position, which doesn't pay ANYTHING...is it worth it to sacrifice your integrity, your name, and your business interests? Trust me...I'm NOT the only taxpaying citizen that is taking names and remembering who did what to whom.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:07 AM

"Guess seMissourian editors aren't paying attention. The school board already voted "Yes" for spending an additional $35,000 to add additional sports programs at the Jr. High Level."

Me'lange...I thought this was an expansion at the Middle School Level?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:10 AM

Equal Pay: McCain was against it, Obama is signing a bill FOR equal pay.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:20 AM

"attendence at the meeting were overwhelmingly in FAVOR of this program."

Me'lange...so the fact is, they had their ducks already in a row. They listened to you and responded, but still knew what they we're going to do.

I DO applaud you for standing up, and also making this known. It wasn't until YOU said something that I even heard about it. That alone, shows that effort was made to keep this hush hush from the public. I've battled this type of thing before. I could have went and raised haities, but as you said...numbers FOR were overwhelming. I would have been the one flogged and guillotined.

Sure...it's a battle they won, BUT...When Nixon get's a hold of it, will the funding be there for the follow through? After all, those funds will come from the State. I'm making a call today. To someone who "WILL" listen, and act.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:27 AM

"attendence at the meeting were overwhelmingly in FAVOR of this program."

Me'lange...so the fact is, they had their ducks already in a row. They listened to you and responded, but still knew what they we're going to do.

I DO applaud you for standing up, and also making this known. It wasn't until YOU said something that I even heard about it. That alone, shows that effort was made to keep this hush hush from the public. I've battled this type of thing before. I could have went and raised haities, but as you said...numbers FOR were overwhelming. I would have been the one flogged and guillotined.

Sure...it's a battle they won, BUT...When Nixon get's a hold of it, will the funding be there for the follow through? After all, those funds will come from the State. I'm making a call today. To someone who "WILL" listen, and act.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:28 AM

"attendence at the meeting were overwhelmingly in FAVOR of this program."

Me'lange...so the fact is, they had their ducks already in a row. They listened to you and responded, but still knew what they we're going to do.

I DO applaud you for standing up, and also making this known. It wasn't until YOU said something that I even heard about it. That alone, shows that effort was made to keep this hush hush from the public. I've battled this type of thing before. I could have went and raised haities, but as you said...numbers FOR were overwhelming. I would have been the one flogged and guillotined.

Sure...it's a battle they won, BUT...When Nixon get's a hold of it, will the funding be there for the follow through? After all, those funds will come from the State. I'm making a call today. To someone who "WILL" listen, and act.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:28 AM

Me'lange.

YES...it was kept quite. I look at it this way, I shouldn't have to SEARCH to see what is going on within the system. Most nights, my kids come home with newsletters, fundraising forms, volunteer forms...all of which I read.

NOW...that being said, they could have included this and ANY upcoming agendas of the school board meetings, into all this material they send home with my kids.

This is where we disagree, I don't feel I must spend my day "micro-managing" City Councils, School Boards, Congressional Reps. These folks are "supposed" to have common sense and accountibility.

I'm interested, did Mr. Smee vote FOR this?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:48 AM

Twiggy,

The correct response from SC PD would have been, "I am sorry, but due to bloodsucking lawyers and the fear of being sued, we cannot be of assistance."

Someone needs some training in public relations.

-- Posted by D'oh on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:50 AM

"The supporting number of emails and attendence at the meeting were overwhelmingly in FAVOR of this program. (Thus, the minority either campaigned and "walked the walk" for their cause better or the majority were in favor.)"

How many emails?? How many in attendance? Is it reflective of all? Perhaps we SHOULD micro-manage them then, and bring everything to PTA ballot??? They can send the ballots home with the kids and parents respond and send them back. Oh wait...they don't have the "bollox" to do that, because they know they'd be shut down on every vote.

Again...as mentioned. Personally, I don't think we even need a school board. It's all politics! Let the "majority" of parents decide on ALL issues. Let us have a say about OUR own kids, and OUR tax dollars.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:53 AM

Hey Twiggy!!!

Hope you are doing well. And yeah it does seem odd that the news is telling the viewers to call the PD or FD and then the PD tells the viewers it isn't their job. Sounds like a miscommunication on someone's part.

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:56 AM

Me'lange,

FYI...I do know you are genuinely concerned about these issues. Let's be quite honest though. Tony Smee and a few others wouldn't have listened to "just you and I" when there were a sea of individuals for this.

It's all a means to an end really. Eventually, this will all come to an end. Taxpayers will rise up, flog the guity parties, and leave them shackled up in the center of town for public ridicule and to make examples of them.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 11:05 AM

here is a theory regarding the support of athletics at the jr. high level.

is it possible that involvement in athletics helps a number of at risk youths and has the potential to motivate these youths academically.

also if a certain system of athletics is started at the jr. high level that this will translate to improved sports programs at the high school level. quality sports programs tends to increase school pride. that school pride may result in overall improvement in the school.

coming from a school that had soem athletic programs starting at the elementary level and successful athletic programs at the high school level was a motivator and translated to school pride.

now is that worth $35,000/year? that is probably the cost of one teacher + benefits. could one more teacher make that much difference?

i have always wondered why cape centrals athletics have been so poor for the size of the school. it should be able to crank out powerhouse teams year after year yet routinely lose to smaller schools.

-- Posted by shortwhitebaldguy on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 11:09 AM

Short, I just looked at the document on line. It appears it will apply to the Middle School levels, not Junior High. Junior High School already has a football team. They are trying to get Football teams for 7th grade.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 11:17 AM

Just to reiterate. I guess I am wrong It is Junior High, but they DO already have a football team. Interesting enough, we're talking 7th and 8th graders though. I would be interested in knowing if those who "currently" play football for Junior High excelled on their AYP.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 11:22 AM

Pups,

Hi, we are doing fine, looking forward to coming home in April for about a week. Can hardly wait, Aggie is counting the days, he's even a little more homesick than I am since I have been back a few times and he hasn't since we moved. Hope all is well with you.

The SC PD s u ck s in MHO, and I really feel like saying alot worse, but won't.

I guess due to the weather up there it's causing alot of problems posting, hopefully this will come through eventually. LOL

Twiggy

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 11:24 AM

Not if, but when additional athletic programs are instituted, it will add an additional layer of non-productive, highly-paid and with virtually no oversight staff (coaches) just like has happened at the high school level. Coaches are typically exempt from all other duties during the instructional day (including VALID evaluation for putting in token classroom time). This is not exceptional to the Cape district, by the way.

-- Posted by Rocket_Surgeon on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 11:25 AM

Twiggy,

Some on here might not remember or know that your sister has medical issues that were of concern in needing to be moved from a home without power. Just in case anyone thought you were just b*tching.

Things here are good. Long week with long hours covering for those that couldn't make it in. Even if the CEO doesn't seem to care that some of us bothered to show up for work. (ok now that was a b*tch lol)

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 11:35 AM

"Megal,

No, it was for an expanded Jr. High sports program"

Mel...now no need to get snippy. Let's clarify a few things here. First of all, SO MANY changes have been instituted with this school system since I graduated, I forget which grades are what now.

At ONE TIME, Elementary School was from K-6, 7th grade was at Schultz, 8th and 9th was considered Junior High, and 10th-12th was Senior High. Now...it's all confuddled...and everything has changed. So EXCUSE ME, if I tend to forget what grades are what anymore. AFTER ALL...you didn't graduate in the Cape Public School system....so you are unfamiliar with the "OLD DAYS" here.

I knew they were talking 7th and 8th Grade! I said so... It's irrelevant if it is Junior High, Middle or what not. Did you know Junior High already had a Football team?? Infact, at one time...they also had Basketball and Baseball!

THEN...the combined Junior High with Senior High, which I assumed eliminated "junior high" sports pursae. Heck! At one time there was even a Junior High Band. Soo....sorry to inform you Me'lange, but I DO know more about the Cape Public School System than you do.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 11:37 AM

Pups,

Thanks, so sorry that your having to work so much and I don't blame you for b i t c h i n g in the least. I know what you mean about some supervisors or bosses not seeming to care about how you get there or how dangerous it might be. I think it stinks that some seem to care so little about the people they work with or that work for them.

Twiggy

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 11:39 AM

Please explain to me then how private schools provide a higher level of education (as proven by standardized test scores) for a lower price per student.

I don't get it. Throw more money at it and it will get better?

Like I said last night, I don't understand how we can spend our way to prosperity! How does $400 million for STD prevention "create" jobs? $1.5 BILLION for homeless? Congress could write a check to every man, woman and child in this country for $2700 for what this "suckulus" bill will cost us.

This is nearly the largest amount of spending our country has EVER seen second only to WWII spending.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 11:46 AM

Twiggy,

I am being compinsated (sp) for my time (OT pay), and did get a 'Thank you' from my director and supervisor, so I can't really complain about my hours. And I know that patients are first priority, but business wise the hospital couldn't run without the 'support staff' that seems to get ignored alot of the time by the CEO and upper management. Or at least in my perception of how we 'non medical' staff get treated sometimes. As with all things I could be wrong.

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 11:52 AM

Pups and Mel,

Just thought I'd let you know that Nickey got laid off, she said hello and hopes to see everyone soon. Baby Trever is growing so fast and I got a few new pictures last week after harping at her that I wanted to see how he's changing. Of course I am prejudice and think he's a doll, and we also have Aggie's son's new baby. They are all doing well.

I really hope the job situation doesn't get worse, but I know deep down it most likely will. Every day there are more and more lay off's and closing of businesses. I think really everyone that has a job right now should just be grateful, even if they are unhappy at least they have a job. I myself have had no luck job wise. Anyway I'm not really complaining, or trying not to, LOL. Just thought you all might like an up date. Also will send you pics by email of baby T.

Twiggy

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 12:08 PM

cycle dude,

private schools spend less on teachers salaries. generally these are religious schools where it is more than just a job. private schools also get to pick and choose their students.

i believe that education, for the most part, should be privatized. allow competition to dictate and improvement in education should follow. for those who do not take academics seriously enough allow state subsidized programs like the alternative education center to provide enough to get those through.

-- Posted by shortwhitebaldguy on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 12:11 PM

Although I wouldn't have accepted responsibility for your situation Pups, I would never have treated you in the manner you described. Very poor behavior on the part of your supervisor.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 12:14 PM

Cycle,

Wasn't me treated that way. And wasn't the employee's supervisor, it was the CEO of the company that treated the employee that way.

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 12:20 PM

oops forgot

THE CAREING, OPEN DOOR POLICY, CEO.

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 12:21 PM

Twiggy,

Sorry to hear about Nickey. Hadn't seen anything in the paper of local news about layoffs at her job. Interesting that it might have been kept quiet.

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 12:23 PM

Pups, that is even worse.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 12:26 PM

Mel,

I guess I didn't see it, sorry not trying to ignore anyone. Hope you are doing well. Nickey and hubby have been through worse and for now maybe it's for the best, she was getting pretty run down from everything. She's looking for something else, even if it's just part time. It's hard her being by herself most of the time and hubby is out stuck by all the ice on the river. Usually things have a way of working out for the best just not always as we want it or as quick as we want it to.

Twiggy

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 12:27 PM

He is the same guy that will be paid his normal yearly salery for one year after 'retirement' to be "on call" for the new guy. Which might help explain one of the reasons for the price increase to services rendered to patients.

Again, sorry, that was a b*tch and I could be wrong.

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 12:36 PM

Of course Pups, if we are thinking of the same person, he is on his way out the door and may not give a ****.

Regardless, it was still very unprofessional.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 12:41 PM

Melange,

Kind of one of my points. New policy makes NOT tring to come in during bad weather/road conditions count against you, but no common concideration to those that do try. Again, a simple "sorry that happened to you and thank you for comeing to work today concidering the conditions" said instead of "your ******* me off" would have made a world of difference to my opinion of what happened. And never expected the CEO or the hospital to pay for the damage. Just that he handled it wrong in my opinion. Not that the CEO cares what I think. lol

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 12:49 PM

Oh and for the record, my opinion of the cituation isn't just from the employee this happened to, but the witness (not involved with the incident) to the conversation. Though admittedly I was not present to said conversation.

Of course I might not have a job today if anyone from work is reading my posts. LMAO

-- Posted by Pups on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 12:55 PM

SWBG, I agree with your statements 100%. I already knew the answer to my question, just trying to determine what others know/think about private schools. I have children in both private and public schools so I have a perspective on both concerning advantages/disadvantages.

Teacher's unions will never allow school privatization to occur. Gotta protect those huge government programs you know!

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 12:59 PM

Pro-life reaction: Well, what did you expect? That's why it's now appropriate to refer to your new ruling masters, including your anointed "Dear Leader", as the Democrat-Socialist (Dazi) Party of Death, in part thanks to the non-CINO elements of the Vatican...keeping in mind, of course, that "CINO" can apply to any type of so-called Christians, not just Catholics. Also, the "Death" part doesn't merely refer to the approval and encouragement, at taxpayers' expense, for exterminating babies for convenience and political expediency. Socialism has demonstrated every time it's tried to be an abject failure, causing massive misery and death for countless to enjoy. Therefore, just sit back and enjoy the show...you're watching a "re-run" of history in progress; or "progressive", being a good commie word that Uncle Karl (Marx that is) would appreciate!

FDR History: Uh, well, what can I say? Like above, just another example of repeating history, which seems to be S.O.P. for the fools who fail to learn from it. I'm sure George Santayana would probably agree with that, since he shared the idea in the first place!

Jet footprints: Heh, heh! Again, what more can be said. The dumbed-down masses of the Imbecilic Bewildered Herd (IBH), or "workers armies for the state" as Uncle Karl might gleefully say, are destined to be ruled by the rich albeit hypocritical socialist pseudo-elite 'jet-setters' who believe that everyone should be equally miserable...except for them of course. So, again, sit back and enjoy the show, Mrs Lincoln, the climax will be interesting. Thankfully, real and sensible Americans sensed what was coming and have prepared for it. Just keep your powder dry, and stay locked & loaded for the games...for they will come! Enjoy, and, we'll keep the light on for ya...it improves the field of fire and target acquisition!!!

BTW: I hope everyone is surviving if not enjoying the latest commie-inspired contribution to "global warming"...I think it's called an ice storm. I've been using a pickax trying to re-discover my long, sloping driveway the past two days, which is turning out to be a pretty good aerobic workout...not to mention being a good excuse to get out of lap-swimming!! Somewhat disappointed though, as we haven't had a power outage yet, so I've not yet had the chance to test the full potential of the new generator yet. Hmm. Then again, it's probably a good thing that I don't have to. Oh, well, the Semper Paratus potential is comforting anyhow!

-- Posted by Herr_Hauptmann_DES on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 3:17 PM

I would love to hear someone defend this "suckulus" package. Where are you President Barack Hussein Obama supporters defending this massive spending bill?

How are we going to spend ourselves into prosperity?

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 3:24 PM

And who or what would that be with their hands out?

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 3:59 PM

I was surprised to see Emerson voting against this monstrosity.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 4:03 PM

You want to really stimulate the economy?

1. Eliminate capital gains taxes (DOWN TO ZERO)

2. Eliminate corporate and personal income taxes FOR EVERYONE!

3. Freeze all hiring of Federal employees along with freezing any pay increases. The only exception to this would be the military, but only replace losses. No net increase.

Do this for 12 months and see what happens to the economy.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 4:09 PM

Mel, that plan would benefit EVERYONE, not just me. As far as the military spending goes, the one non-negotiable item should be our national defense.

How does spending $1.5 billion on homeless projects (ACORN) help us? How does spending $400 million on STD "prevention" help the economy? The folks who depend on this pork barrel spending are only thinking about THEIR jobs and those jobs produce absolutely NOTHING!

I have a payroll pushing $250,000 a year. We produce. We pay big taxes. A government program does nothing but consume those dollars.

How are we going to pay for this stimulus? Of course both ways will have us spending in the red, it is just my way gets us back into being profitable as a society.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 4:53 PM

Mel, the only reason we have an airport is because of federal dollars to begin with. I have always said it was a waste of money. Always has been, always will be.

Besides, in the scope of this bill, that is like complaining about going to Kidds to buy a candy bar.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 4:57 PM

Vegetable Root, I did contact Emerson's office to express my concern with this monster and as I said earlier, she voted against it.

I actually like your icon. Looks like a nekkid chick and that is something I can "get in to".

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 5:03 PM

Marble Hill residents:

If your road still has not been cleared call City Hall @ 238-3622 or 238-3517 you can also call the City Maintenance Dept. @ 238-3816.

The City has done a pretty good job of clearing most of the snow off of the streets, although a thick layer of ice still exists it is still VERY slick so excercise caution!

If you can make it to the Highways, 51 South is clear to Advance and Hwy 34 is clear to Jackson.

I have not traveled Hwy 51 North but you can call the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department @ 238-2633 to get road condition reports.

-- Posted by mobushwhacker on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 5:42 PM

Me'Lange ,

i likes candy bars too ....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 5:58 PM

And do you not think the liberal areas of this country don't have their hands out waiting for this unprecedented spending? Seems to me as though the majority of this country is now voting Democratic which puts us conservatives in the minority.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 6:00 PM

YES!! GOVERNOR...Oops Mr. Possum is GONE! Wooo hooo, The State of Illinois just broke the record for Impeached Governors!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 6:22 PM

Cycle_Ride,

Those Conservative/Liberal labels have become soo cliche' and passe'. It's a new world mate! I fully expect there to be a complete political re-alignment. New parties created and branching off. Rushists? Palincrats?

I'm am VERY disappointed so far with the direction Obama seems to be moving with this bi-partisan catowing. Conquer your enemy, then cave in to his demands? Completely stupid!

I'm petitioning to create MY party today. The Individualist. Basically adheres to the Wild West Philosophy.

No real law

Hang swindlers and fast talking politicians

Reviving Anvel Sales

Bringing back some Injuns riding bareback complete with arrows and indian headress.

Wealth redistribution by Gun Fight at High Noon

of course...we'll incorporate some nice Britishisms too.

The Guillotine

Public Flogging and Shackling

After Noon Tea

And wenches serving ale and whole turkey legs.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 6:44 PM

cycle dude,

democrat does not necessarily=liberal. democrats have been in the majority of this country for some time. there are more registered democrats than republicans.

i personally have not looked at the projects to receive monies on this stimulus package. however there are definitely areas that need to be corrected. i agree that there is entirely too much fluff. i am afraid that your plan would cripple the nation. but you would still have a job. you complain about people wanting handouts but you do not want to pay taxes because it hurts your bottom line. how would the government pay for national defense with no income or capital gains tax? now i know you were just throwing that out there.

in the end i agree that there needs to be a serious correction. there are serious economists (James is not one of them) who believe that under this current economic situation increase in government spending will allow the economy to recover more quickly.

Paul Volcker is also advising the POTUS. if he holds to form and history repeats itself (that being a democrat president following a republican during a time of an expensive war and unprecedented spending) inflation will be a problem along with unemployment. once inflation looks like it will take hold Bernake may have no choice but to up the interest rate much as Volcker did. the late 70's was not a fun time. but hey we at least had disco.

-- Posted by shortwhitebaldguy on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 7:26 PM

"Vegetable Root, I did contact Emerson's office to express my concern with this monster and as I said earlier, she voted against it."

Voted against it?? While you were at it...did you ask her why she voted FOR the $750 Billion shirt and tie bailout?? This isn't partisan politics my friend. It's pure and simple class war-fare. I sure wouldn't want to be J.A.E. when the masses rise up. I have failed to mention that old corporal punishment favorite, Drawn and Quartered.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 7:53 PM

BABE must have a really nice tan down in Florida by now.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:27 PM

SWBG, inflation will rise dramatically. If everyone thinks it sucks now, wait until we once again see the days of double digit inflation, mortgages and unemployment.

The only good thing that will come of this is the Democrats will have absolutely NO ONE to blame for this but themselves. They have all three branches. No excuses anymore.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:38 PM

Has anyone read Ann Coulter's book "Guilty?"

-- Posted by Smartblonde on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:38 PM

Once again, Illinois is the laughing stock of our nation. Corrupt Chicago politics (of which produced President Barack Hussein Obama) will be center stage once the criminal trial for Blago begins.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:42 PM

I just love your "everything Republican sucks" posts Mega. By the way, has President Barack Hussein Obama paid your mortgage off? Has your "free" medical care kicked in for you and the family?

I'll bet you can't wait to get your share of the wealth he is getting ready to spread.

If you can't make it, just elect a socialist who will take it away from someone who produces and gives it to those who are not capable. Those without will always elect those who will take away from those who have it.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 10:48 PM

LOL~! My, my, my....listen to the sweet sound of the republicon whinging. I've heard better tyraids from Neil Hamburger. This all sounds vaguely familiar, like some kind of three hour liberal landbashing show that marks itself as politically based entertainment. Ohh...what is it's name?? EIB...EAW? Excellent at Whinging?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Fri, Jan 30, 2009, at 12:11 AM

Hey...maybe I could be the voice of the new Democrat party? It appears my arrogance easily beats Pudgebaugh's. I should start me a new talk show and call it SYSFMYIMF nevermind the acronym, it's bound to get me tossed in the brig, banned for life, or some sort of rubbish.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Fri, Jan 30, 2009, at 12:16 AM

"For the people that are complaining about snow removal. You can't remove ice. Get use to it because it will be here a while."

Actually, you can. I've been working my 40' drive with an ice spade for three days now. It's worked rather well. We could hire 300 unemployed people, pay them $1.00 per hour to do it. Utilize Chinese over-time or something.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Fri, Jan 30, 2009, at 12:19 AM

Magnanapie,

Shut up?? LOL! If I listened to every half-twit that told me that, I'd be mute. I think you're missing the entire reasoning for my posts. You silly prat, trix are for kids. Now go eat your wheaties, it's bedtime.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Fri, Jan 30, 2009, at 12:53 AM

"Has anyone read Ann Coulter's book "Guilty?"

-- Posted by Smartblonde on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, 9:38 pm CDT

Isn't that the book with the pop-ups? I wonder if Ann voted for Obama? Funny...she hasn't been on the tele whinging. You know, I bet she did.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Fri, Jan 30, 2009, at 12:56 AM


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