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Friday, February 20, 2009

Fit punishment

MY mother feels that a just punishment for the octuplet fertility doctor would be for him to support these children until age 18. Perhaps that would teach him to not bring children into the world who will have to be supported by taxpayers.

Pick up, please

JACKSON has new sidewalks. We're so proud of them. We wish the people who walk their dogs would carry a plastic bag and a pooper-scooper so we all can enjoy the good walk.

Higher interest

I am calling to warn people about a credit card offers claiming there is no charge for transferred balances. I hope they don't make the mistake I did. I thought that was going to be a bargain. So I transferred my balance. The credit-card company did not charge to transfer my balance. However, the new interest rate was 25.1 percent.

We keep electing them

I'M an independent, and I feel the two-party system is a joke. Politicians don't care what the voters want. They just do as they please. They still get re-elected.

Respect for president

JOE Sullivan, I read your column regularly and appreciate a lot you say. Your article "Candor is good, but it can't cover all the sins of politics" was well-written. I agree with everything except one line that you should have left out. It said, "When was the last time a president admitted he was flat wrong on anything?" In my opinion, President Bush did that in his last news conference when he apologized for mistakes he had made. Please, let's respect our former president.

Tree regulations

IN Tennessee, there are regulations about planting trees within a certain distance of power lines. That is sensible, it's common sense and it should be put into effect here.

Tough times

IN 1982, we had a recession. Everyone was fixing the blame but no one was fixing the problem. Does this sound familiar? That year it was the Democratic Party that was blamed. This time it's the Republicans. Read the book, "Tough Times Never Last, but Tough People Do" by Dr. Robert H. Schuller.

Polite janitor

I would like to say thank you to the janitor over at Central Middle School for helping me get in the building the other day. I had a hard time getting in because I had broken my leg, and she let me in one of the side doors. Thank you for being so polite.

Foreign holiday

I sure hate to complain about my employer, especially now that a lot of people are out of work. I should at least be grateful I have a job, and I am. But I must work for one of the stupidest employers in the world. It outsourced some of our jobs to a foreign country. That's not so bad. Everybody else is doing it. Now we found out that our pay is going to be delayed because the payroll department, which is in a foreign country, gets Presidents Day off as a holiday -- in a foreign country. That would be fine if those of us in America got the day off, but we don't. If that's not stupid, I don't know what is.

Let it go

AMERICA is a wonderful country with lots of people who want to work, who want to build things, want to make things, who want to provide products for other people. If the government gets out of the way, this recession will be over and the American people will make it go again. It's just a matter of time. What we don't need is for the government to spend extra money, going into debt and slowing down the economy. Just let the American people go. They'll make it go again.

Lagoon bridge

IT would be nice if Cape Girardeau could build a walkway with a railing from one side of the lagoon in Capaha Park to the other side. Have it cross right in the middle between the islands. And have a place in the middle where folks could sit down and look into the water.

Keep cats at home

YES, cats are wonderful animals, but no, they're not outdoor animals that should be allowed to run free. If I catch a cat in my yard, I'm going to take it to the animal shelter. It's your cat. Keep it in your yard.


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Higher interest – uh, you really need to read the whole thing. Really.

We keep electing them – well, independent, yes we do.

Respect for the president – actually it would be rare for a president to be ‘just flat wrong’. With so much at stake with most decisions, and so much advice and information available; and given the process that monumental decisions must undergo it’s hard to conceive being ‘just flat wrong’. And in this day of tabloid journalism and global diplomacy, it may not be strategically advisable to respond in that manner regardless. And then there are those who reveal fake sincerity for their own salvation. (I have sinned) In the wise words of the sage P.E. Sailor, “I yam what I yam”. We can wish alternative behavior, but in reality it wouldn’t change much. Just vote the bastages out.

Tree regulations – most trees are probably older than the power lines. Let’s bury the power lines. But remember, call before you dig.

Tough times – sounds like we’re blaming the wrong party. And it’s ridiculous to expect the politicians that created the mess could clean up the mess. Usually they make it worse.

Foreign holiday – thanks for the laugh. Well, you just can’t fix stupid.

Let it go – the bad news is politicians can’t help it. President Obama wasn’t brave enough to steer out of the way – and maybe no one is. The good news is that you’re right and we will navigate around the gov’ment interference and figure it out one way or another. God Bless America.

Lagoon bridge – just follow the academia liberal fringe folks. They can just walk over.

Keep cats at home – careful catching feral cats. They bite.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 7:07 AM

Keep cats at home...

disagree with the caller who said cats shouldn't be

allowed to run free...

cats don't bark

cats won't bite a kid's ear off

cats clean theirself

cats cover their shat when they are done

cats go in pork fried rice

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 8:03 AM

Me'Lange...hang in there...u can do it!!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 8:58 AM

Mel, yes indeed things are going well here too.

On my 6th day and I must say the desire is fading

fast. Lets take it one day at a time and in 30 days

I think we will have it licked. Good to see your exercising and running. Helps clean out those lungs.

Carry on Girl and lets keep up the good work.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 9:00 AM

hao WOLF !!...very good !!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 9:07 AM

Willy,

From last night, you posted "Remember Regan made 20 million jobs".

Lets just make sure you remember the facts...

*Reagan raised taxes a grand total of four times just between 1982-84.

*The tax reform act of 1986 imposed the largest corporate tax increase in history!

*The deficit tripled from the time he took office until the time he left.

*despite his claim to reduce the size of government ---the number of federal workers rose 61,000 under Reagan, as opposed to Clinton who cut 373,000 jobs

Are you really suggesting this is the direction we should be headed???

-- Posted by Theorist on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 9:42 AM

Clinton , god love him , was a joke...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 10:10 AM

Rick, Hao and pilamaya.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 10:10 AM

Let it go: You're right and you are right about America. It's too bad that it doesn't have a government of the same quality.

Rick Santelli of CNBC said "Quit subsidizing the losers" from his Chicago trading pit. The traders around him stood up and gave him applause.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 10:13 AM

Here is another video to help all of you guys stop smoking. After you watch this video check out a couple of the other cigarette videos.

It's no wonder most of us started smoking as kids. I grew up in the 60's and started smoking at about age 9 or 10. by the time I was in high school (where we smoked at the football games and in the lobby of the basketball games) I was up to 2 packs a day. I quit cold turkey after 20 years of chain smoking, so I suppose anyone can do it.

I am really proud of you guys quitting. But please remember to be kind to the other people who still smoke and remember how you despised people hounding you about quitting. Enjoy this video. I especially liked the video of Fred Flintstone smoking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIN8MmMlo...

-- Posted by Thought Criminal on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 10:15 AM

Higher Interest...1) Why are you carrying a balance on your credit card? 2) Can you read the agreement with comprehension? 3) You get what you ask for.

Tree Regulations...Good, more government, that's just what we need. Perhaps in some cases the trees were there first, ever think of that? Agreed, it is bad form to plant in a utility right of way.

Let It Go...Run against Blunt, you got my vote already.

Lagoon Bridge...Ante up the money then, and they will do it...otherwise, go jump in the lake.

Keep Cats at Home...I'll get you, my little sweety, and your little dog too...you wicked witch!

-- Posted by Hawker on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 10:16 AM

A follow up on my last post: I recommend reading Tom Woods "Tooth Fairy Economics" at http://www.campaignforliberty.com/articl...

Nothing to do with the above but it seems that the revolution is expanding into the Chicago trading pits and to the MSM.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 10:20 AM

Re Hilleco's comment...I checked out the Chicago traders...here the video link, I think most folks are about as fed up as Santelli...

http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=10...

-- Posted by Hawker on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 10:40 AM

Theorist provides statistics reflecting the incredible growth of our economy in the ‘80’s as it recovered from the terrible malaise of the Carter years. Then asks.

Are you really suggesting this is the direction we should be headed???

Reagan was a moderate conservative who stood for small government, localized democracy, low taxes, a strong national defense, and a common-sense approach to racial issues.

My response. Well, sure!

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 11:10 AM

Reagan raised taxes and tripled the deficeit?

According to the civics class I took, the president has no power to raise or lower taxes. That power is in the hands of congress. The president has no power to appropriate and spend money. That power is in the hands of congress.

Who controlled congress during Reagan's eight yrs in office? The Democratic Party. (Not to absolve the Republicans, as they are just as big of pieces of shat as the Dems).

BTW. Who's been in control of congress the past 2 plus years as the economy has gone to crap and the deficeits have skyrocketed.?

Hey TJ, put that cigarette down!!!!

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 11:23 AM

Blogbud...

Reagan the quintessential borrow-and-spend conservative, because of the massive deficits he racked up.

Yep....being President was his greatest "role".

-- Posted by Theorist on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 11:42 AM

Blogbud, Dtower...

May I recommend some enlightening reading?

"Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future " by Will Bunch

Excellent! History will tell....

-- Posted by Theorist on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 11:57 AM

I dont understand how anyone can chastize Reagan for allegded borrow and spend and at the same time praise the porkulous package that Obama has ran thru congress. I dont think the alledged "stimulus plan" hasnt been paid for up front.

-- Posted by luv2argue on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 12:15 PM

Because some care only about "theory" and "enlightenment" while knowing or understanding little to nothing of reality.

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is."

- Yogi Berra

-- Posted by RA on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 12:22 PM

A couple of things about past presidents.

First, tax revenues about doubled under Reagan. The problem is, Congressional spending increased much faster.

Second, yes, the number of federal employees went down under Clinton. That's because active military was cut by over one million. Ever wonder why so many of the guard and reserves are overseas?

-- Posted by rh3a on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 12:39 PM

Afternoon, gentlemen...how is everyone today?

Fit punishment...the octuplet fertility doctor support these children until age 18......Okay, if he is the babies daddy!

Pick up, please...JACKSON has new sidewalks. We wish people would carry a plastic bag & a ************** so we all can enjoy the good walk....what about the geese feces?? Who's gonna pick all that up?

Higher interest....another poor soul who failed to read the fine print...

Tree regulations...planting trees within a certain distance of power lines. Where I live, if the city doesn't like ur tree or feel it is in the way, they'll cut/trim it down, that helped me be a lil' more aware of where I was planting trees....!

Foreign holiday....gets Presidents Day off as a holiday — in a foreign country. That would be fine if those of us in America got the day off...some of us do in America do...love it or leave it! :)

Let it go... If the government gets out of the way, this recession will be over and the American people will make it go again.Just let the American people go....Hilleco, did u post this???

Lagoon bridge....build a walkway with a railing from one side of the lagoon in Capaha Park to the other side....that would b nice! :)

Keep cats at home.....If I catch a cat in my yard, I'm going to take it to the animal shelter. Good luck with that...catch a cat...u may want to try a trap...BTW if I catch a trap in ur yard I'm gonna throw it away! LOL

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 12:58 PM

Willy...

Interest rates, inflation, and unemployment fell faster under Reagan The deficit tripled!

Oh by the way, I was there as well....I guess my perspective is different.

-- Posted by Theorist on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 12:58 PM

Now gosh darn-it....I cut/pasted that from the dang newspaper...how did I get censored...geez!

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 1:06 PM

Turnip: I did not post it. It has been years since I have sent in a SO.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 1:07 PM

No, sorry.....if I catch a trap in ur yard I'm gonna disassemble it and RECYCLE it! LOL

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 1:11 PM

Why do we have these arguments over which president is best for the economy? This Republican/Democrat thing makes little or no sense. The FED and Congress affects the economy far more than the president. It is hard to get Republicans and Democrats to understand that the economy, the production of goods/services is outside of and in spite of government. Government cannot make the economy function better, it can only make it function worse.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 1:16 PM

Ignore my last post, presidents have become kings starting with Lincoln.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 1:18 PM

Hilleco,

Fear not, the Republicans ignore the Democrats while the Democrats ignore the Republicans; the liberals ignore the conservatives ignore and so on.

Since you are not affiliated nor easily pigeonholed and sometimes make sense, your posts will in all likelihood be widely ignored; such is life.

-- Posted by RA on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 1:41 PM

There's a giant gray cat that hangs out in my backyard, not friendly...but he's never bothered me. I'd be careful though, even my indoor cats have some bobcat in them. They're house-cats until something comes down to base animal instinct when they feel endangered. A lot of people aren't aware, but cats can bite hard enough to break small bones (fingers, wrists, feet, etc.). There is also that thing called cat scratch fever (no reference to the song), you can get pretty sick from that.

I love cats, not much of a dog guy. If you're fast enough to catch a wild cat, bless you...you should be in the olympics, but I'd wear thick gloves and jacket to do it.

p.s. cats and collars don't mix. Check out the featured pet of the week...he looks cuddly ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnyDPgPUB...

-- Posted by ZeRo1 on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 1:58 PM

ZeRo....

OMG! That was shocking.....

-- Posted by Theorist on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 2:40 PM

Zero...cool clip....that's all I was sayin'....go on and try to catch one of them kitty cats! :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 3:02 PM

Me'Lange......WHO paid for all those expensive infertility treatments?

The way I heard/read it...the mother received some kind of settlement which she used to pay for the I-F procedure....I don't remember the details..but she is unemployed, has been on the system with all of her other children (many have disabilities), lives with her mama...well, n her mamas house, grandma said heck w/this and left. Apparently they all have the same daddy but he choses not to be in the pic right now (WHATEVER)! It's really quite a dispicable(?) situation, many, many people r to blame.

See guys... mandatory tubal ligation after baby #3-4...we wouldn't b having this conversation.....there's like 12 now!!

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 3:14 PM

I don't know, Wheels.....Willy seemed pretty excited about the goat!

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 3:16 PM

TripleS: You seem to understand the problem with US politics and how politics play out.

When elected, Reagan proposed tax cuts on the condition that there would be spending cuts. He got through Congress the tax cuts but Republicans in Congress would not go along with spending cuts. He did get support from Southern Democrats according to David Stockton head of OMB. Therefore you had a deficit because Southern Democrats didn't have the numbers.

What member of Congress has the most to benefit from investments in military and war? John Kerry, who has $35 million invested.

The truth is that politicians have their own interests to serve first, whatever they may be. So what people see on the news or read on history is only part of the story.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 3:37 PM

Hilleco,

I agree, while there are some in public office with the best interest of the people foremost, there are not enough to really make all that much of a difference. I know it is nothing but a dream, but I would like to have citizen legislators who have the ability to make a living outside government who leave their professions/jobs to serve and then return to private life where they will feel the full affects of their actions. Also in my dream world, they would not receive benefits for the rest of their lives for the relatively short time they spent serving the country.

Of course I realize that none of this will ever happen, but one can dream.

-- Posted by RA on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 4:25 PM

TripleS: I'm satisfied that your dream would be in the best interests of the nation. It may be only a dream, but it's a dream worth sharing.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 5:00 PM

Turnip...

Willy's gonna have bar-b-q goat and peppermint schnapps...

don't that sound good..??

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 5:28 PM

TripleS...

you mean a congress person would actually have a job

besides politics ? now that was the way things were

suppose to be , weren't they ?? a member of our peers

elected to represent us at meetings and such then

report back ?

now that's change...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 5:32 PM

Rick....ummmm...I could see that......it would take a WHOLE, WHOLE lot of peppermint schnapps to get me to eat BBQ goat! :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 7:03 PM

Turnip...

bbq goat may be the best thing you ever had if you

tried it !! ...a little curried goat with a shot or

two or ice cold peppermint schnapps , and the world

is good...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 7:16 PM

Willy...

Stag is equal to hot water poured over corn....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 7:18 PM

BBQ goat is good, but I'm with Rick on the Stag only more like sweat socks than corn.

-- Posted by RA on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 7:31 PM

Goat is pretty good. Used to work for a Greek restaurant - had it for the employees' Christmas dinner - along with spinach leaves, those brown olives, baklava, ouzo, followed by lots of plates breaking. Wasn't prepared though, when I went to peek in the oven and saw something smiling back at me. ZOIKS!

Then there was this time in Italy - was grazing through some kind of pot roast stuff - was told it was 'boo-roo', which after a short session of language-barrier-crossing charades - apparently meant donkey. Hmm, still tasted like pot roast, although it seemed to get tougher to chew.

Ahhh, Stag beer - either love it or hate it - not much middle ground. Too much of it, and one gets to Stag-gering around and in-Stag-ating stuff that usually begins with "hey y'all, watch this". :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 8:03 PM

OMG I leave for a couple months and Melange quits smoking???? The earth just slipped and fell off its axis!!!!!!

-- Posted by against_the_wind on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 8:41 PM

Willy, Willy, Willy,

Check out this site...

http://www.cedarcomm.com/~stevelm1/usdeb...

No matter how you try to twist it, its right there. Since 1945, Republican presidents have borrowed more than Democratic presidents regardless of the inflation rate, and here is the chart that shows you if you like visuals.

-- Posted by Theorist on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 8:54 PM

When I was a youngster, my family had a goat that could climb anything. No matter what we did to prevent him from climbing - ropes, chains, window weights around his neck - the goat could still climb.

On Super Bowl weekend in 1985, my pop and I woke up early to feed, and turned on the light over the kitchen sink window to make some coffee.

My mom used to park her car right under that window. Guess what my pop seen when he turned on that light.

That **** goat was standing on top of mom's '79 LTD and looking right through the window.

In honor of Dan Marino, we had goat for the Super Bowl party that year.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 8:55 PM

Willy posted...

"And what happened after that is something you'll never read in The Washington Post: The Reagan economic program started wiping out the deficit."

You will never read it, because it is in your mind????

-- Posted by Theorist on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 8:58 PM

Tax cuts don't always follow the Laffer curve. This only happens if there is spending cuts to match. The reason for this is that government turns first to capital markets to buy the debt. If you are taking as much out of the economy as you are allowing to remain in, then there is no increased capital to provide for a growth in the production of goods and services. In the case of this $11 trillion debt about 40 percent comes from US private capital or about $4.4 trillion taken out of the economy. Why Republicans didn't support Reagan reduction in spending is because they had faith in the Laffer curve driving up net receipts. What they wound up encouraging was investment in Treasuries.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 9:38 PM

Seriously.......is there any animal u all wouldn't eat? Goats, donkeys, cats...geez! :)~

I had to have a salad for dinner! :)~

OK, all of u animal lovers...how do u feel about sushi/sashimi? Bet most of u all would never touch the stuff, much less try it!

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 10:07 PM

Turnip,

Sushi/sashimi are wonderful for dinner. But so is goat. Especially when served with rice and flat bread.

-- Posted by allone on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 10:16 PM

Turnip...

armadillo are really good opossum on the half shell ...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 10:21 PM

Willy,

Facts and numbers....deal with it.....laughing.

I am thinking this goes against your "ideal"!

-- Posted by Theorist on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 10:28 PM

LOL! :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 10:38 PM

Touch my cat....you are going to have to do more than put a comment in Speak Out.

-- Posted by randomopinions on Fri, Feb 27, 2009, at 10:41 AM


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