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Speak out 3/30/09

Monday, March 30, 2009

Running lights

I sure hope that all the new stoplights going up around Cape Girardeau will be paid for by the tickets of those who will illegally run through them.

Drug education

I wanted to share an e-mail that is so true: Someone asked me, "Why didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?" I replied, "I had a drug problem when I was young. I was drug to church on Sunday morning, I was drug to weddings and funerals, I was drug to family reunions and community socials. I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher or if I didn't put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me. I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity. I was drug out to pull weeds in Mom's garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of Dad's fields. I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline or chop some firewood. And if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed. Those drugs are still in my veins, and they affect everything I do, say or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack or heroin. If today's children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.

Drugs and benefits

I strongly support state Sen. Jason Crowell's proposed bill that would require drug testing for people receiving welfare benefits. Eight other states have similar laws. I hope Missouri enacts this piece of legislation.

Rides for drinkers

I'VE noticed that during the hours when the bars downtown let out the transit authority vehicles haven't been driving around. I think the biggest taxi service should be there when the taverns let out. It would save lives and cut down on drunken driving. The drivers are friendly, and the vans are always clean.

Defending optimism

OPTIMISTS do not live in a fantasyland. They are able to look beyond the reality of the negative. We live in a country with so many freedoms, yet we have teenagers who are killing themselves because all they see is reality and no hope. Pessimists should encourage our children to take hope and make a better world. If you only see what is, you'll never conquer the what ifs.

Audit fat cats

NO wonder the fat cats are worried. No one likes the IRS. Still, it warms my heart that the IRS has finally pledged to start checking out the heretofore minuscule number of millionaires audited by the IRS.

Government regulation

A Southeast Missourian editorial recently posed the question: "Where were the congressional watchdogs?" This is illustrative of the short memories of the Southeast Missourian editorial board who waxed enthusiastic about Reagan's "Government is part of the problem and not part of the solution" and strongly supported stripping the government of its regulatory authority, thus leading to the mess President Obama is working to clean up. Restoring appropriate government regulation of the financial community's activities is but one part of the president's program, but a very key part.

Bring the children

I cannot believe someone complained about babies crying in church. That person should thank God those young people are attending church and bringing their child to God's house.

Digging a hole

YOU have been drinking the Kool-Aid if you believe President Obama's tax increases are only going to affect 5 percent of the population. He's spent so much money that everybody's going to be affected whether it's through increased taxes or a poor economy. He's already spent too much money and dug us into a deeper hole.

Ready to drop out

MY child is an A-honor roll student. On a daily basis at school he hears racist remarks, cussing, students bragging about cutting themselves and watching them do snuff, smoke cigarettes in the parking lot and chew tobacco. Some teachers tell students they will never use what they are being taught. No wonder my child is a nervous wreck and wants to drop out and take the GED test.

Jackson schools

REGARDING the recent article about the Jackson School Board candidates: School officials have been talking about a new elementary school for years. District enrollment does not reflect that a new elementary school is warranted. Enrollment has stabilized. Ten or 15 years ago the school board bought land in the Bent Creek area. The board wanted to build an elementary school at that time, but voters turned that down. Why wasn't that land used for a new high school instead of being landlocked where it is now?

Rationalizing the cough

ONE thing about motorcycle riders: At least they get it over quick if they're killed without their helmet. I have been subjected to smoker's cough for the last 10 years. I realize what smoker's cough is. It's amazing how people will lie to themselves by saying it's some other affliction. We give up cigarettes in a last-ditch effort to save our lives when it can be too late once you develop that cough. There's nothing sadder than being in the hospital and hearing a person with a cough and realizing they haven't been diagnosed yet but you know what the diagnosis is: lung cancer. I've experienced all of this. If you're coughing, quit lying to yourself.

Lower taxes

I just read the article saying property tax assessments are probably going to stay the same. When prices go up, taxes go up. But when the prices of homes go down, taxes stay the same. What's wrong with this picture? Taxes should be going down.

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Amen to almost all of the article...especially the first part about the DRUG problem. I was raised the same way and guess what....NEVER MESSED WITH ANY DRUGS, don't even like taking what my doctor prescribes!

I raised my daughter the same way, (you could still do that 30 years ago)...she does not nor has she ever done drugs. Is this just a coincidence? I think not!

-- Posted by Walkenstick on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 7:20 AM

Defending Optimism....

Hear! Hear!

-- Posted by Theorist on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 9:36 AM

Good morning! :)

Running lights....bite me! :)~

Drug education...no thanks! :)~

Drug testing and welfare benefits....interesting idea, this would probably disqualify many. Would the cost of such testing offset the amt. spent on benefits?

Rides for drinkers...don't drink & drive!

Defending optimism....turn that frown upside down! :)

Audit fat cats...uh-oh, higher taxes and random audits....geez!

Digging a hole..."YOU have been drinking the Kool-Aid"....OK, would someone like to clue me in, what the hell does this mean, drinking the koolaid, is this racially charged?

Jackson schools..."District enrollment does not reflect that a new elementary school is warranted. Enrollment has stabilized".....I dunno know about a new elementary school but they could definately expand some of the programs they already have, like preschool, a waiting list is ridiculous, one school offering this program is ridiculous....

Rationalizing the cough.......good point!

Lower taxes..."What's wrong with this picture?" EVERYTHING!!!!!!! Actually I don't think local real estate felt quite the punch as the national level did therefore property taxes would not be affected.

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 9:57 AM


YOU have been drinking the Kool-Aid...i believe they

are referring to someone being on drugs when they

say drinking the Kool-Aid...the only reason i'm guessing

that is because folks use to put LSD in Kool-Aid...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 10:18 AM


I always thought "drinking the kool-aid" referred to Jim Jonesian "followers in a trance" syndrome. Jim Jones had 900? of his followers drink grape-flavored Kool-Aid laced with potassium cyanide to commit suicide.

-- Posted by Theorist on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 10:58 AM

Rick, that wasn't very nice....I most certainly am not drinking any Kool-aid....u r mixfused, AGAIN!

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 11:00 AM

Turnip..i didn't mean YOU were drinking Kool-Aid

and sorry if you took it that way ..i used cut and paste

from your post !

anyways , i don't think it's racially motivated...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 11:06 AM

Theorist, "followers in a trance" syndrome., that sounds about right since the reference is to Obama and his followers......although I guess LSD and "hallucinations" could fit too...I thought maybe it was a racial slur...African Americans/Koolaid...I thought I had heard something like that before...nonetheless, ridiculous! Thanks! :)

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 11:08 AM

I interpret "Drinking" the Kool Aid" as blindly following a leader or philosophy; forsaking your own ability to think and doing what you are told by your leader, usually a charismatic one. I believe there is some validity to this and is not unique to any political party or even politics though it seems to be used most often in this context.

For those too young to remember, the Jim Jones incident is very interesting reading and for some hard to believe such a thing could happen.

-- Posted by Alt Ctrl Del on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 12:49 PM

The Wolf believes the "kool-aid" reference refers to the Jim Jones believers who drank kool-aid mixed with poison committing mass suicide. In short, they all believed everything he said including the part where he convinced everyone to drink the stuff. I doubt Our new President is anything close to a cult leader no matter how some of you view him!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 12:58 PM

Drink the Kool Aid

From the Urban Dictionary: COPY AND PASTE

1.A reference to the 1978 cult mass-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. Jim Jones, the leader of the group, convinced his followers to move to Jonestown. Late in the year he then ordered his flock to commit suicide by drinking grape-flavored Kool-Aid laced with potassium cyanide. In what is now commonly called "the Jonestown Massacre", 913 of the 1100 Jonestown residents drank the Kool-Aid and died.

One lasting legacy of the Jonestown tragedy is the saying, “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. This has come to mean, "Don’t trust any group you find to be a little on the kooky side." or "Whatever they tell you, don't believe it too strongly".

The phrase can also be used in the opposite sense to indicate that one has embraced a particular philosophy or perspective.

2.To completely buy into an idea or system, whether good or bad.

3.Going along with what a crowd desires. Often used when a person changes positions on a topic.

While it had its beginning with Jim Jones, it has expanded well beyond reference only to charasmitic cult leaders.

-- Posted by Alt Ctrl Del on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 1:23 PM

Wow, thanks for all the info, guys! I did do a lil' research after Theorist mentioned Jones, pretty crazy shat! I still find it hard to believe one person can hold that much power over so many!

Rick, u got me so upset I had to go to the mall and relax.....lol! Another interesting song came up...Maneater, Hall & Oats, what do u think about me changing my nickname to Maneater....lol!

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 1:32 PM

Howdy-ho, Wolf, ain't seen u n awhile! How u been?

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 1:35 PM


Sadly,I am afraid we have already crossed the Rubicon on that one; some willingly and others not so much.

-- Posted by RA on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 1:52 PM

You guys and ur drama....sadly we've crossed a river in Italy, don't ya think a reference to a US river would have been better....seriously, why is it not acceptable that the people voted for Obama instead of McCain/Palin (don't get me started): Democrats....and that for the most part support his plan...I don't think that's the equalivant to drinking cyanide (sp) and dying...perhaps inevitably...metaphorically...dramatically...u see my point....

TripleS.....Italy, hardly pertains to the USA....

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 2:04 PM

Now, settle down...TripleS..b4 u go off, I meant to delete that last part....ooops! :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 2:08 PM


I can never tell when you are serious, so I don't know whether to just smile or try to explain things.

Your comment last night about the Jeep suspension did however bring a smile to my face, so thanks for that.

-- Posted by RA on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 2:14 PM

TripleS...your welcome! :)

Most of the time I am being sarcastic and a smartarz....I try to indicate this with a :)~

I thought the tongue would give it away....

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 3:10 PM


Just in case you missed my point. To “cross the Rubicon” means to go past the point of no return.

Crossing the Rubicon is a metaphor for deliberately proceeding past a point of no return. The phrase originates with Julius Caesar's invasion of Ancient Rome when, on January 10, 49 BC, he led his army across the Rubicon River in violation of law, hence making conflict inevitable. Therefore the term "the Rubicon" is used as a synonym to the "point of no return".

While we probably did this long ago as far as government intervention in private business matters and rescues through various programs including FMHA and others, we certainly did so with the financial “bailout” during the last of the Bush Administration and continuing into the Obama Administration with his “Recovery and Reinvestment Act”.

I have no personal animus towards Obama; I just disagree with his policies in this area. He is certainly not alone in these beliefs and most certainly is not solely responsible for the direction in which we are headed.

Sometimes the tongue is effective and sometimes it is not...

-- Posted by RA on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 3:45 PM


Past the point of no return, the ship has sailed...yes, I got ur point in regards to the river.

I guess I have never heard that saying b4!

I guess in hindsight my comment was directed to JUMEMY, which i'm sure the lil' ars knows....hence, why I posted to you "sorry, I forgot to delete the last part"...should've left off the smileys...r we clear b/c i'm getting a headache.....(seriously).

I'll try and do better.......

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 4:18 PM

TripleS.....so do u believe that the ones that support Obama r "drinking the kool-aid"; "in a trance"...he's the Messiah crap that many post on here?

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 4:42 PM


No, I try to stay away from that sort of thing. I just disagree with most of Obama's policies and try not to disparage him or those who believe as he does.

Like I said in a previous post, Bush was the first to come up with this latest series of what I believe to be ill advised policies. Obama and his administration are just continuing down that road.

I was not a fan of McCain either and I am not sure things would have been all that much if any different with him in office.

-- Posted by RA on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 4:56 PM

Does anyone know where mile marker 100 is on I55; there was a hit/run?

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 6:03 PM

Hello all. Did you miss me? I just returned from a great weekend at the Campaign For Liberty Regional Conference in St. Louis.

I learned a lot. I also met a bunch of fine individuals from all around the world who still love this country, and are ready to do something about it.

I met folks from California, Alaska, Alabama, New Hampshire, New York, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and everywhere in between.

I met a guy who dresses like Guy Fawkes. Libertarians and old school Democrats. I met several Republicans and everyone of them were disgusted with the current GOP and everything that it represents. I even met a few hardcore anarchists.

I witnessed an elderly lady from Tennessee who got up on a microphone in a huge room full of strangers, and actually cried when expressing her concern for the direrction this country is headed.

I saw Lt. Gov Peter Kinder hanging out.

I witnessed hundreds of college kids give up their weekend to attend classes on political activism.

I partied with a true patriot - Adam Kokesh of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

I saw the shock on the faces of a group of volunteers whenever their little rally that was only supposed to have 300-400 people in attendence, turn into an elbows to ********, enthused crowd of 1000 plus.

I met Ron Paul and Judge Napolitano.

I urge everyone who values freedom and liberty, and still believes in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, to visit www.campaignforliberty.com and see what we are all about. I will be glad to answer any questions you have.


-- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 6:34 PM

Turnip...right after mile marker 99

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 6:40 PM

Rick, I just knew someone was gonna post some silly shat like that, should've guessed it would be u.....does that mean u don't know either?

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 6:42 PM

Lumpy, since u said u would answer questions...I was hoping u would for me...

is it illegal to send teabags to the President or let's say Emerson, for instance???

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 6:44 PM

This is why I ask about the teabags, Willy (I think) posted this the other day.....


-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 6:53 PM


I don't think so. I talked to the guys that are behind the big national tea bag parties on April 15th and July 4th! I asked them about the EPA's stance on dumping tea into large bodies of public waters, and they assured me that it is not a problem.

Be sure to send a note with that teabag, explaning your displeasure.

BTW: I am organizing a July 4th tea party for Cape.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 7:03 PM


I actually feel optimistic. I haven't felt good since I cast a vote for Ron Paul back in the primary.

I wish that the MO 8th could've been better represented. I counted 14 of us.

The anti-Emerson setiment was shared by everyone from Missouri though! I think she maybe even more unpopular than McCain!

-- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 7:08 PM

Turnip - IIRC, mile-marker 100 is just north of the Cape-Jackson center junction.

Re: Lower taxes

Ahhhh, but have the tax rates remained unchanged?

Re: rides for drinkers

"the vans are always clean" Heheheh - probably a good reason for them to stay away. Just really difficult to get rid of the effects of those technicolor yawns.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 8:05 PM

one person can hold that much power over so many!

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, 12:32 pm CDT

Look at Obama. Heck look at Ther.

-- Posted by Willy Makit on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, 7:01 pm CDT

Who exactly does Theorist hold power over?

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 8:08 PM

fxpwt: thanks for the info! I still haven't seen anymore about the accident.....ok, so after center junction but I'm assuming before you get to the new Jackson exit....hmmmm, I traveled that route today around that time....

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 8:19 PM

Is this another one of those "phrases", like the river n Egypt....:)~

Ther is being held not holding.

-- Posted by Willy Makit

....like not holding his own, pulling his own weight?

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 8:27 PM

Ah Willy....

Look! You speak of me when I am not posting....guess I have you thinking. May it be I have some influence (power)after all.....

Yes, I am being held....by my own free will. I wrestle it each day and sometimes wonder why God gave us this gift....

What do you wrestle with Willy?

-- Posted by Theorist on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 9:57 PM


-- Posted by Megalomania on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 11:07 PM

.....To answer or not to answer our freakin' questions.....apparently! :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 11:09 PM

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