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Speak Out 2/8/09

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Difficult job

MY heart goes out to all in the Sikeston area with no power and the difficulty of living without it. To those who complain about the linemen: Try sleeping in your truck for two nights and working around the clock with no shower, no toilet and poor food. Yes, they are paid well, but don't compare them to an auto worker who stands on an assembly line doing the same thing day in and day out. Unless you've done what the linemen do, you have no idea. My husband is one of them, and I can tell you it's a difficult job to say the least. Thank you, linemen, for keeping us up and running.

Paying taxes

OUR president promised to pick the best and the brightest to be in his Cabinet. Why have three of his appointments been found to be tax cheats? Maybe the best and the brightest do not need to pay their taxes.

Stepping up to the plate

OF course, it would have been better had it not happened at all, but is so refreshing to see and hear President Obama step up to the plate, say he screwed up and accept full responsibility for the Cabinet appointment snafus. No dissembling. No equivocation. No buck passing. As a result of this, my faith in President Obama to lead us out of the wilderness is stronger than ever.

Saving face

THE Democrats having the majority in Congress has enabled Republicans to show a united front and pacify their constituency by voting unanimously against the unpopular but necessary stimulus bill, saving face because they knew the bill would pass regardless of how they voted.

Leaderless GOP

IF partisan Speak Out comments are correct in asserting that FDR failed at dealing with the Great Depression, then one wonders why the American voters elected him three times before we entered World War II. We know Herbert Hoover was a terrible GOP opponent in 1932. The Republican candidates in 1936 and 1940 must have really been stinkers if FDR was such a failure. Or would FDR bashers care to blame it on the ignorance of the American voters? Honestly, I never thought I'd see the GOP in such dire straits as it was said to be in the 1930s, but it is so leaderless today it's laughable.

Getting it right

IT would be nice if more people could have the attitude of a woman who was getting tacos. Someone had not gotten her order correct. She wasn't yelling or making the girl behind the counter feel like it was her fault. One of the employees thanked her for not cussing her out, and the customer asked what good that would have done. It was a mistake. I am not sure I would have had the same reaction, but I admire her for her humanity.

Spend some money

I find it sad that so many people are so negative about our new president. He is not the reason stock portfolios have lost money. There is so much doom and gloom about our economy. I agree folks need to save, but the wealthy ones are being greedy by pulling all of there money out and putting it into savings and money-market accounts. When they seel stock and move it to a money-market account. that company's price per share also drops. Spend some money Buy something that will affect someone else.

Free mortgages

I think it's laughable to listen to President Obama talk about how terrible it is when failing banks give big bonuses. Everybody else is laughing at President Obama for giving money to these banks in the first place. A better idea for a bailout would be to give every mortgage owner a free mortgage. That would be an economic stimulus. But that wouldn't be fair to the poor Americans who don't have mortgages. Oh, well, it was a good idea while it lasted.

Icy parking lots

I was recently in Cape Girardeau shopping. The parking lots were terrible. Where I live people will blade the streets/parking lots until the job is done. It was not a pleasant trip, and I am disappointed.

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Difficult job: But whom do we blame??

Paying taxes: Or the best and the brightest realize paying ANY taxes is just silly.

Stepping up to the plate: Cheers!

Saving face: LOL Those monkey chumps.

Leaderless GOP: Great points! As I have always said. Republicons aren't usually the smartest things. Their IQ usually falls somewhere between a rock and a sheep.

Getting it right: Standard protocol for wrong orders in Tex/Mex restaurants: Order two burritos, smash them on the windows, and race them! That'll teach'em every time!

Spend some money: Spend some money on American Products, Healthcare reform, Education, and pop-rocks.

Free mortgages: Laughing at Obama?? Noo...they are laughing "specifically" at Jo Ann Emerson for voting for this. BUT!! We agree on something! Yes....write off those mortgages and give the folks their houses for free! That would definately stimulate the economy (again, something I have suggested) Now...to make things "even" for those who do not have mortgages: Give them a TAX CUT equivelent to the "average" mortgage that was written off! (Now this should make the republicons happy)

Icy parking lots: Yep, it cost me about $253.00 to repair my van.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 7:31 AM

Well, it appears Jason Crowell is about to ruin Law Enforcement in this area.


Additionally, take note of THIS statement from Crowell in the article!

"You're never, ever going to get the money until you consolidate," Crowell said. "I'll force you. I'll starve you down to it, if you're not going to do it of your own free will."

Controlling? Dictator??? FORCE THEM????

What a Stupid, Stupid idea Jason! These county offices could assuredly get "Auxillary" Sheriff's and Police men to do these jobs. Regardless "FUNDS" will have to be "PAID" to a "Consolidated" Company to handle this! Stop compromising the safety of your constituents!!!

The fact is JASON these consolidated call centers have a difficult time keeping people. Take NARS for instance. They are CONSTANTLY hiring new people. Why? NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE ADDING JOBS, but because they can't find good people. Why would we entrust a "LAW ENFORCEMENT type job to some renegade call center? Or worse yet, have someone from Pasjakastan answer and be unble to communicate with them.

THIS step, is the first step in privatization of Law Enforcement. BAD BAD BAD move Jason! I think it's time to STARVE YOU OUT by not voting for you next time!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 7:45 AM

The republican leadership was in power from 2001 thru January 2007. Goerge Bush came to them about every other month asking for money any where from 50 billion to 150 billion dollars at a time, and you never heard a word out of any of the republicans they gave Bush a blank check and said here it is go spend it on your project in Iraq. Now, the democrats are trying to do something on the domestic end for the first time in eight years and all of once the republicans have became fiscally responsible again. How shocking

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 8:53 AM

In addition to being an expert on UHC and economics, we can now add law enforcement/public safety to this virtuoso.

Gosh Mega, you sure are a smart fellow. When are you going to run for public office?

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 8:59 AM

that is so true you can't find people who are good workers and people holler they can't find a job they just aern't looking cause there is jobs out here and people are lazy they just want to mooch off of other people instead of helping themselves

-- Posted by casey2002 on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 9:34 AM

Casey 2002: I do agree with you to a point. I have never drew a nickle of unemployment insurance money. I always was able to find another job and some times I was working five jobs in one week period. I can not count the people that have told me just here recently that they are going to draw every single dime they can get on there unemployment benefits, when they have the opportunity to go to work at another job but they turn it down with this type of comment "Oh I can not take that job it will knock my unemployment out". The problem I see right now no body is policing the unemployment benefits we are just handing checks out each week with out any accountability.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:14 AM

"The republican leadership was in power from 2001 thru January 2007. Goerge Bush came to them about every other month asking for money any where from 50 billion to 150 billion dollars at a time, and you never heard a word out of any of the republicans they gave Bush a blank check and said here it is go spend it on your project in Iraq. Now, the democrats are trying to do something on the domestic end for the first time in eight years and all of once the republicans have became fiscally responsible again. How shocking"

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, 7:53 am CDT

Swamp! Great post! Best of the day~!

Cycle, first of all, my background, both personally and professionally, puts me in the situation where I deal with insurance companies, hospitals, drug companies, and doctors every day.

Second, my educational background is entrenched in Law Enforcement. But this 911 thing really isn't an issue where one needs versed in those areas. Common sense and personal experience should tell YOU that anytime you replace professional service with a "call center" type situations...that a lot is lost in customer service, professionalism, and execution. Outsourcing, IMO, is the very thing that is ruining the business sector of our country. Being "in business" you know what I'm talking about too.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:25 AM


Smart? Well, I'm smart enough not to run for office. However, I would entain being in charge of Obama's Civilian Forces or King, which ever would wheel me enough power to make "real" change, and "roll some heads." ;o)

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:31 AM


Smart? Well, I'm smart enough not to run for office. However, I would entain being in charge of Obama's Civilian Forces or King, which ever would wheel me enough power to make "real" change, and "roll some heads." ;o)

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:32 AM


Smart? Well, I'm smart enough not to run for office. However, I would entain being in charge of Obama's Civilian Forces or King, which ever would wheel me enough power to make "real" change, and "roll some heads." ;o)

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:32 AM

swan...ur a person of high standing and thought ..

i've got a question with no apparent answer , maybe

ur wisdom could help me out ...

why did God give Adam nipples ? i don't understand...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:56 AM

RE: Leaderless GOP - Robert A. Taft, a GOP presidential candidate in 1940, was far from being a failure. Taft's legacy of a strict non-interventionism foreign policy stance and his staunch opposition to the New Deal is admired in libertarian circles to this day.

Unfortunately Taft lost the nomination because of the 40's version of neocons.

There is a newfound appreciation for Robert A. Taft among the youngest generation of libertarians and it's greatest minds in the Robert A. Taft Club, which includes Ron Paul among others as members.

Even Democrat demigod John F. Kennedy selected Taft as one of the five greatest Senators ever, and devoted a chapter to Taft in his book Profiles of Courage.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 11:18 AM

Difficult job

Many people have difficult jobs and I appreciate them all.

Paying taxes

No one from any party should hold public office if they don’t pay their taxes, I would have been fired for this.

Stepping up to the plate

Then why did one of the get a cabinet appointment?

Saving face

I am no fan of the Republicans’ behavior for many years, but if you think this “stimulus plan” is necessary then you are delusional or misinformed or both.

Leaderless GOP

Personally I am never surprised at the poor judgment of the electorate as is proven almost at every election.

Getting it right

Never, ever curse someone out who is going to be handling your food. It is not manners, just good sense and self preservation.

Spend some money

An elderly relative of mine was out mowing her yard when one of her friends pulled up and asked her why she was mowing her own yard. She said, you are rich, you can afford to pay someone for mowing your yard to which the relative responded, “Now you know why I have so much money, because I don’t spend it on things I can do myself” and kept mowing. Thanks, but I believe I will keep mine too. It is not my job to bail people out who have made bad choices.

Free mortgages

Actually I think Bush gave the money to the banks, but I may be wrong. Obama will just the insanity going with support by many others.

For my amusement only, don’t take this too

seriously, I don’t.

-- Posted by RA on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 11:24 AM

RE: Free Mortgages - Yeah, that should just about do it.

RE: Difficult Job - When did our autoworkers become the villian?

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 11:25 AM

Difficult Job:

I agree, my uncle worked for GM and he had a very difficult time staying awake when he was called in to sit at an idle machine because the UAW contract stipulated that if one line had to run, then all lines had to be manned. His next job was almost as bad because he had to stand at the end of the line and check all the fluid levels and fill up the ones that the other workers had forgotten. Oh and I remember the three years he was laid off, but received ninety percent of his salary. Man I felt so sorry for him.

-- Posted by D'oh on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 11:40 AM

re: Difficult job...if that's the case, then why are all the local hotels full of electricity crews every time we have a major ice storm?

re: Getting it right... How hard is it to make a taco? They just got a raise in January, and still can't make a taco or give back correct change? Besides, why eat someplace where the help can't do their job right -- makes you wonder what else they can't do right -- like wash their hands after taking a dump.

re: Icy parking lots... Stay home next time -- you have no business treating yourself to a shopping trip to Cape if the weather is that treacherous. Business owners choose not to scrape their lots anymore due to sue-happy people who slip on the ice who probably should have stayed home anyway.

-- Posted by TommyStix on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 12:03 PM

no_cool_name ...somebody's gotta do those nasty jobs ..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 12:03 PM


Yes, thankfully he was able to hold up until "retirement" and now he is "stimulating" the economy like a good patriot.

We all have to do our part.

-- Posted by D'oh on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 12:12 PM


-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 12:40 PM

No Neil. Funkled as in three consecutive posts without answer.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 12:51 PM

Turnip...okay with the t-t-twister...but what about

the belly button ? what's up with all that ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 2:32 PM

Swan is Meglomania and I provide this only as he has revealed his full name in the past and is a long time poster.

-- Posted by D'oh on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 2:36 PM

Stepping up to the plate (Memo to Paper): Notwithstanding the typical leftist IBH mentality of this particular SO item here, I have a question for the SEMO'ian (my nickname for the paper!) staff.

To Wit, "Softball Question": Why are words such as "s.c.r.e.w.e.d", and variations thereof, allowed in actual articles in your paper, including SO items, per this one, yet your PC Nazism censoring program "Borks" the use of the same word in the comments section...Hmmmm? Henceforth, I will consider substituting the word, "TOOLED" in lieu of your banned hardware word, as noted above. So there...that oughtta fix ya!!! Burma Shave!

-- Posted by Herr_Hauptmann_DES on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 2:57 PM

duh, as if the posts about the blue law didn't give it away.

-- Posted by TommyStix on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 3:08 PM

...um , the nipples ? let's not change the subject..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 3:11 PM

Hmmm...swan, don't know him. Last I heard he was banned from posting on here. Something to do with him being Democrat?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 3:37 PM


Only you would think if everyone would get a free mortgage or equal tax break would be fiscally possible."

-- Posted by Willy Makit on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, 2:21 pm CDT

Willy, now I thought you were "for" tax breaks??? What are you, a liberal?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 3:39 PM


Do you know Neil? He was asking how you're feeling? If I recall, you have some health issues. Are you doing ok?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 3:44 PM


Willy said something about you getting busted for selling pot last night. Is that true?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 3:46 PM

Yes, he was banned several times and it had nothing to do with being a Democrat and it will probably happen again.

-- Posted by D'oh on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 3:48 PM


I suggest you're bringing up the chaps name because you're probably wanting to start some trouble. Same for you Rick.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 3:49 PM


Not trying to start trouble, I took it as an honest inquiry and as the individual mentioned had not only given his name, but his email address I did not think he would mind, if he did, I apologize.

Several long time posters have been banned on multiple times often for reasons which were not clear or for questionable cause. While I often disagree with this individual's politics I enjoy his posts and have missed him when he was gone.

Again, if I have offended anyone, I apologize.

-- Posted by D'oh on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 3:59 PM


Jason has emailed me back 11 times. Proof, how do I do that? Forward you the email? I could do that if you'd send me your email. If I would cut and paste them, you'd dismiss them as "cut and paste" fakes. And...most likely Jason would sue me for revealing the contents of our conversation.

I will say this, he is CCing his responses to me too 'Bev Scheulen'"bev.scheulen@senate.mo.gov>, "'Angie Plunkett'" <angie.plunkett@senate.mo.gov>

Otherwise, if you don't believe me...email him yourself and ask. Did you ever call Emerson and get the drug thing figured out?? Yea...didn't think so, YOU'RE the one who has trouble keeping promises and following through.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 4:13 PM

cool name,

Sorry I'm being rather defensive, but between Willy calling me a liar, and Jason Crowell challenging me to "run for office" and not answering my questions, I'm just a tad bit overwhelmed.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 4:15 PM

Sorry Willy, I misrepresented he's emailed me back 12 times, and I look for 13 to come shortly. If it's any consolation, I also emailed Nixon's office about the language used in the article and within the text of his emails back to me.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 4:20 PM

I'm waiting for your email addy Willy! I'm calling you out! You want your proof, and I'll email you everyone one of them.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 4:28 PM

I got a bulk email from Crowell indicating he was trying to get pseudoephedrine classified as a Schedule III Controlled Substance requiring a prescription. I am opposed to this and he has never answered any of my emails except in some sort of bulk or packaged reply; good luck.

-- Posted by D'oh on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 4:48 PM

cool name,

Well, he must have some time on his hands today, I can forward you 12 emails to prove such. And it's no automated "bulk" email either, it's specific, and quite defensive.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 4:53 PM

Meg lo,

I meant in the past, I haven't sent him anything in months though I may on this last thing.

I am not questioning that you got emails, I just haven't been able to get a response from him or Helen Brandom either on anything other than something from Brandom's aide which really didn't say anything.

As to accusations, I try not to go down that road as it goes both ways.

-- Posted by D'oh on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 5:06 PM

Well at the moment I now have 15 email responses from him. Cool name, probably the biggest difference is that I'm considered "public enemy #1" amongst the republicon politicians. They love pushing my buttons as I do theirs.

It's all about accountibility really, I've been sent those bulk emails before, but found them all vague, and usually after the fact. Just like Jo Ann and the big "elimination of the generic drug thing" they wanted to send me a "bulk email" explaining it, but didn't want to engage me in the debate to answer the "tough" questions.

It appears Willy either didn't follow through and call her, or he was told the same thing and didn't get the "answers" he was looking for. Though the debate has been rather intense per these emails, I at least appreciate AND respect the fact that he did choose to engage me directly instead of passing me off like a bad dollar bill.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 5:21 PM

**Paying Taxes**

Perhaps it's that the 'best and the brightest' are better at knowing how to 'cheat' on their taxes than the rest of us?

**Stepping Up to the Plate**

Read Joe Sullivan's column ...

**Saving Face**

The so-called stimulus bill is, as many have described it, just another 'spending' bill in which many of our elected officials have had to get really creative in order to find more ways to spend 'our' money, while seemingly forgetting what its original intent was. They certainly are good at that, aren't they?

Now, now, Megal ... no blanket statements about Republicans' IQ ... or Democrats' either. ~wink~

Crowell actually said " ... by gosh ... "? It must be catching! ~laughing~ Anyway ... try to remember who Crowell's 'consultant' is ... Can we whisper 'Jetton?' I just get so darned frustrated at taxation on every aspect of our lives that it's come to the point where I don't want ANYTHING if it entails even more taxation. As it is, the taxation (& 'users fees') on one's basic land-line telephone bill now totals more than the actual bill itself. That, to me, should be considered almost criminal.

Rick ... So that in the 2000's, guys could have exciting piercings, too? Or maybe to eliminate nipple envy? ~blush~ Do NOT reply to this with a comment on possible female-type 'envy!' ~laughing~

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 5:25 PM

Oh! Almost forgot: Hi, Herr! How are you and Mrs. Herr, and the bunnies? The censorship is good for a laugh, if one can look at it that way (I described how we now need to write about losing a S C R E W the other day).

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 5:30 PM

Sorry Mom,

It's a tough world out there when I'm in battle mode. Yes, I've completely played nice, I haven't even mentioned Jetton in my emails to Crowell. Proud of me?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 5:34 PM

Yes, Megal, I AM proud of you ... you've been doing a really pretty nice job of restraint! ~laughing~ I don't mind mentioning Jetton, myself ... I voted for him once, but my vote must have gone to his head after that. ~grin~ As you know, I'm about as quick to criticize a Republican as I am a Democrat ... which I guess does not endear me much to members of either party.

And yes, James ... Guess we'll always be here. However ... grubs are just not my 'thing,' even though I know they're very nutritious. ~shudder~ The possum family appears to be growing, but we didn't see as much of the skunks this summer as usual.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 6:44 PM


All those skunks must've migrated down here to the flats. On one notorius two mile stretch of paved no-man's-land out behind Biokowa, I counted four dead Pepe' Le Pews one fine summer's morn.

I had a few around my property this summer also for the first time. Luckily my dog takes after his master in the go-get-em department, and could've cared less.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 7:05 PM


Gee, Maw, how ya doin'?! It's been awhile since I've yacked at ya. Then again, I guess I'm finally losing interest in the same ole drill of dipping in the Bog, although I still drop in and enjoy reading what some of the ancients (not that you're that much more ancient than I am, mind you!...WHEW, almost stomped on my yoink big-time there!!) who've actually "been there, done that" in the real world, regarding experiences and direct observations. Of course, I can't exclude some of the younger Vet/active duty military/Grd/Reserve Turks who've been out there achieving things for themselves and their country too.

Dang, Maw, I guess I'm kinda like a kid with a new toy...or better yet, snatching some other kid's toy and playing with it so long and hard I end up breaking it, or just getting bored with it; however, it's fun to watch 'em cry when I bust their stuff!! But I guess I'm doing now what I began flogging myself for not doing back in the warmer months...getting into other things of greater importance. But suffice it to say that the latest "global warming" ice storm hasn't been as "challenging" as I anticipated, such as being forced to eat any of them bunnies, or vice versa! And we never lost power, so I haven't even had the chance to try out the new generator system to it's full potential. I guess that's a good thing though, sorta! And can't say that the current WX is good for the CW reenacting business either. But something really interesting happened a few weeks ago that folks in our, er, "time line status" (How's that for a PC way of referring to ourselves as ole 'pharts'? Better than getting "tooled" by the PC Gestapo!!) can probably appreciate. I've been so consumed by it, I've been hard-pressed to even keep up with the daily "snews", except to satisfy myself that the general raping, pillaging, and feasting upon the carcass of a suicidal nation is proceeding quite well, or at least as some of us expected and prepared for.

A few weeks ago, I got hit by a very pleasant "blast from the past" (about 40 years worth of past) which quite literally blew me away...pun kinda-sorta intended! I've been somewhat obsessed with it ever since, firing e-mails back and forth to CA as much as I can get away with. It's just been too enjoyable to give up for any other foolishness, and I'm sure you and others in our "status" can relate to and appreciate why, Maw! Come to think of it, I've got to bail out of this extended bloviation and get back into my next memorial communique with the past...you probably understand why I love history anyway. Who knows, perhaps this exercise will mellow me out about current events to the point that I can borrow a "Frankly my dear, I don't give a ****" movie line for serious! Then again, maybe not, but it's fun anyway. Even so, Maw, it's great talkin' to ya again, and will keep taking a dip in the Bog now & then, so keep the water wings and especially the paddle handy! Oh, "And, we'll keep the light on for ya"...kinda-maybe a rather historic commercial (Motel 6?), huh?!

-- Posted by Herr_Hauptmann_DES on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 7:27 PM

Here is a more promising sign...

HR 212 Declares Missouri's sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment and urges the United States Congress to reject the passage of the federal Freedom of Choice Act which prohibits regulations on abortion

Missouri is not alone in finally demanding recognition of the rights of the States over the Central government per the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution!

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 7:33 PM


We're now up to 18 emails. Again, anytime you're ready, I can forward them to your email addy. However as far as Jo Ann is concerned, there was NOTHING in her presentation that reinforced what YOU were saying. YOU were supposed to follow up on this and you failed.

Here you go Willy, here is an excerpt, probably won't convince you though. Either email Crowell or let me forward what I have to you.

"No lives are at risk…174 911 call centers is overly inefficient. If you want to pay for 174 call centers so be it…you can pay higher taxes to pay for that inefficient system. I have the ability as a member of the senate to work to prevent passage of Sen Greishimer’s tax increase and I will…it is not I who says that the 911 call centers need more money as the system is…it is the 911 call centers that say these. Instead of buying into that argument I have stated publicly for over three years now that instead of seeking a tax increase…consolidate. Live with the current budget which is available…don’t seek more funding via a tax on cell phones."

There ya, now start with your dis-believing.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 7:55 PM

Well ... you're welcome for the skunks then, lumpy! Going out after dark to bring the dog in had gotten really kind of ... um ... iffy there for a while. Sure was cute to watch Mama Skunk leading the Babes, but ...

Agree with you, Willy ... a fine for using 911 for non-emergency calls.

Oh, gosh, Wheels ... I just can't bring myself to comment on the thought that some of our elected officials aren't smart enough to hold office ... ~sigh~

Wish I could be more like you, Herr, and stop all my meandering around in comments ... Thinking I might just not have enough to do around here to keep me busy?

Pretty good save on the 'ancient' comment ...

Interested in your 'blast from the past' ... Hate that my interest in history didn't come until later in life (much later) ... and that all the genealogy I started a decade or so ago wasn't started in my 'younger' years. Guess I could drag the box out of the closet and try to work on it some more? Like you (I suspect), am getting pretty jaded with all the 'new' news lately ... probably because the things that bother me are not things I can solve or even help to solve.

Glad you're still 'out there' and going ...

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 8:18 PM


Gee, hi again, Maw! I'm struggling trying to keep my grumpy 'puter, "Hal", up and semi-operational, 'cause I'm waiting for another Blast from the Past "installment" sometime tonight. So I've been just dinkin' around trolling the Bog and trying to hack down my massive pile of daily/weekly newsletter unreads, etc...I've trimmed 'em down from 1050 to about 700 so far, so got a long ways to go yet. Perhaps if I wouldn't get so greedy when I find a web site I like, maybe I wouldn't get buried in minutia they way I do. But then again, it was some of this minutia that ironically enabled this wonderful B-from-P I'm having so much fun with now!

It's pretty private, so I'm not sure how much I can reveal to ya but, geeze has it been a scream! Have ya ever heard of Classmates? That's one of the sites I subscibed to quite awhile ago, but had not been a dues-paying "Gold" member...I AM NOW!! I may get something from them nearly once a week, but since I wasn't a paying member, there's not much as far as communicating and searching for old friends through them that I could do, so I'd usually simply delete their newsletters; however, something made me take a closer look at one of them a few weeks ago before deleting it. Someone very, very special whom I should have forgotten decades ago (but couldn't) was trying to connect with me. According to Classmates rules for none-payers (that be me!), I had only one chance to reply via e-mail through them. Wouldn't you know it? "Hal" was especially temperamental that day but I managed to get that one e-mail out w/my e-address and, well, we've been getting down with the old memories virtually every day now! That's why I've had a sorta "Hell with the present, live for the past" attitude lately!! I think you'll agree, Maw, as we all venture further into our Golden Years, we become desperate to hold onto as many memories as we can...especially the good ones. And this oportunity is an excellent exercise for doing just that!

Oh BTW, Maw. I'm glad you liked my "save" about the ancients...could've been a near-fatal stumble with some of my fellow oldie brethren...& brethrenettes, donchaknow!!! Coulda easily gotten myself in a lot of trouble with that one, huh? And I forgot to tell ya that some incidents occurred recently which almost allowed me to convince Mule to retire from that God-awful place where she works; however, she's not quite biting the whole bullet yet. I'm having trouble getting my mind around why, since she has over twenty years in a company she allegedly hates, she just can't hang it up. Besides, the stress and toil of my tending to our flock of groupies (that be the bunnies), I just don't know how much more I can take! Well, hmmm...doesn't sound like a very convincing argument, huh?!! Anyway, best get back into waiting mode for that next big B from P installment. Nice talkin' to ya.

-- Posted by Herr_Hauptmann_DES on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:09 PM

Looking around here, Herr, I definitely know what you mean about ... " ...if I wouldn't get so greedy when I find a web site I like, maybe I wouldn't get buried in minutia ...

Yes, in fact I subscribed to Classmates for a year ... How great that you 'connected' with an old friend!

Sometimes I hate that I keep dredging up those past memories (and suspecting the 'youngsters' might, too) ... but thinking it's a human thing ... not wanting our memories completely lost when we're finally gone--kind of like wanting to live on after death? Part of that, perhaps, may be because many of us wish we'd taken more time to learn more about those loved ones that have left us behind. Silly how Old Age affects us, isn't it? Or maybe it's just ... a little bit of disgust at the way our world has changed from the times of our memories of the 'good old days?'

She's still WORKING? SIGH I really need to have a 'talk' with her! You know the speech ... Life's too short ... Has she been listening to the ladies whose Mr.s have retired and all their complaining about 'underfoot,' do you think?

Really good 'seeing' you again, anyway.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:33 PM


If you would READ the article in today's Missourian, he actually want to consolidate 911 calls into 5 facilities for the entire state. I just gave you an excerpt from 1 of 18 emails.

Turnip, the problem with "this" type of consolidation is also suggest with concerns in the article. Additionally, such a consolidation would require "expensive" technology.

Also Willy, I am NOT for a cellphone tax, but I bet you don't even have a clue why. Not only would the bill allow more taxes on cellphones, but it would also tax radio waves.

The initial problem with this began when they pushed for the enhanced 911, this is what has caused the "funding" issues. Essentially, with Crowell's "proposed" (5) district call centers Cape Girardeau would be the hub for one of the districts. That'd be great for folks in Cape Girardeau County (maybe), but folks in Rural Pemiscot county probably wouldn't be to pleased when they had a severe emergency. Aka...ambulance need on County Road 332, 3rd house on the left.

First of all, the 911 center would have to establish the county, and then decide which units need to respond. Then after ascertaining it would "telephone" the appropriate agency. Now I said "telephone" why wouldn't they radio it?? Because, in order to have "that" expansive of radio communications, we'd have to build more towers all over the entire state. Cape's repeater tower essentially only reaches to Dexter. To reach further would require more towers.

Starting to understand?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:38 PM

In case you're still here or pop back in ... forgot to tell you! Last month, got my own B-from-P (not as P as yours, though). A friend had been searching on-line for a year or so, and finally bit the bullet and actually HIRED a firm to find me! Had lost track over 25 years ago, when we moved and she re-married and moved ... Since then, she's re-married still again and has had two books published and one that's been sent to publisher ... Nice feeling to re-connect, isn't it?

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:40 PM

Willy, here is the exact quote.

"I know how important it is," Crowell said. "But by gosh we can do it more efficiently, and that's what the taxpayers deserve and that's what the taxpayers demand." He said the state should have five call centers: one for each quadrant of Missouri and one in the middle."

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:42 PM

In a nutshell, a move like this will take us to the complete privatization of emergency services. Do you want that??

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:44 PM

Don't comprehend it all (some, yes), Megal, but do know ... pretty much a given ... that anything our politicians want is definitely going to cost us something, somewhere down the line. Isn't it?

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:44 PM

Just one more ... " "But by gosh we can do it more efficiently, and that's what the taxpayers deserve and that's what the taxpayers demand." That goes back to what many have been asking ... What has our government actually ever done that's been more efficient than what private business could do? Personally, I sort of believe we DO deserve better than that ... as well as wondering if any of the Pols really know what we 'demand.'

Can't remember who it was that was quoted on this recent 'stimulus' package who said the majority of the American people want it ... but that's certainly not what I'm reading in various polls.

But after your last comment, I'm really confused ... Are you saying you think government should have the control ... which was what I understood Crowell was sort of meaning by 'we?'

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 10:52 PM


Wow, Maw! Per your last two posts, I not only just hear ya, but heed/agree with all you just said. I suppose that's why you manage to keep all of us near-heathens in this Bog in line, huh?!! But with you also being a professional gal, along with your well-earned wisdom, I wanted to leave you with a final thought for the night.

I sensed and learned a long time ago, even from this special person who just came back into my life by surprise, that there is a critical characteristic that any man should strive for with his companion in marriage. And that is quite simply a respect for and concern for the needs of his wife to achieve something of her own in life; not to just follow your career. That's one reason, I think, mule is dragging her hooves about retiring...well, OK, probably a bit of the potential horrors of having to put up with me too! But that maxim of successful companionship sure was in play during my first marriage, rest her soul. She may have loved the places we saw and the things we did during to my military career, and even a relatively short civilian career; however, she had an overwhelming desire to pursue a career of her own. It would behoove a young man to keep that in mind when he decides he wants a good wife.

That's probably a nice thought to finish the day on, huh, Maw? Well, and considering the recollections I'm currently enjoying, I'm kinda reminded how Bob Hope used to close his USO shows with that song: "Thanks for the Memories". With that said, G'night Maw, & Pops.

-- Posted by Herr_Hauptmann_DES on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 11:19 PM

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