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Speak Out 4/12/09

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Exceptional column

THANK you, Southeast Missourian, for having a Religion page each Saturday. Rob Hurtgen's column "Let joy be the foundation of your life" was exceptional.

Be nice

DO yourself and everyone you meet today a favor: Smile. Your smile can turn someone's bad day around. Compliment a stranger. Try to do this at least once a day. It not only makes the other person feel great, it will also make you feel good. Try to go a whole day without complaining or putting someone down. Being angry and negative toward others is not going to change any situation for the better. Being nice never hurt anyone.

Wonderful play

I went to the Notre Dame Regional High School musical "Anything Goes" over the weekend, and it was wonderful The vocals were beyond compare, and the stage set was incredible. The cruise ship took up almost the entire stage. I heard the set was built by the students with no parental help. They must have been working on it since Christmas break. Also, the student who played the part of the mobster stole the show with his lines. Well done.

Killer obesity

EVERYWHERE I look there's obesity. We have become a nation of overweight bodies. We spend tons of money on fake nails, fake hair color, good clothes, new shoes. Why don't we spend money on our health, on our bodies? We don't look good with all the fake stuff if we're overweight. Our health costs have skyrocketed. Diabetes has skyrocketed. Obesity-related illnesses have skyrocketed. When are we going to wake up and be responsible for what we're putting in our mouths? It is really a shame. Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins, and it is killing us.

That smell

I must take issue with the comment that the tea party movement across the nation has the smell of Republicans all over it. The tea parties reach across all party lines, even disappointed Obama voters. These are people fed up with President Obama's tax-and-spend policies and the bailouts. I am an independent, but I'd rather smell Republican than have the stench of socialism.


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Just be thankful you didn't vote for Obama.That way you're not guilty of this mess.I noticed on Broadway someone has an Obama sign hanging from their window.Just how tacky is that?They're lucky someone hasn't shot their windows out....Just pray for all of us.We need all the prayers we can get in a world of hurt!

-- Posted by lindagayle on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 7:15 AM

What a short memory lindagayle. Just exactly what mess do you feel Obama is responsible for in 100 days? If I'm gunna pray I think I'll pray for all of you republicans to stop taking cheap shots and laying blame at the president and "pray" you'll decide to work together to build a better country.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 7:27 AM

Happy Easter

Me'Lange , those must have been some really nice flowers for someone to steal like that ...did they take all of them or just a select few ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 9:11 AM

"Just be thankful you didn't vote for Obama.That way you're not guilty of this mess.I noticed on Broadway someone has an Obama sign hanging from their window.Just how tacky is that?They're lucky someone hasn't shot their windows out....Just pray for all of us.We need all the prayers we can get in a world of hurt!"

-- Posted by lindagayle on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 7:15 AM

"They're lucky someone hasn't shot out their windows."??? LOL! Yes Lady, we do need prayer...especially you!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 9:11 AM

Tulip Pouching?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 9:15 AM

Happy Easter to all

Me'Lange

Good attitude to have although still a shame someone feels they have to steal the flowers.

Well off to the in-laws for the family egg hunt and a day of games, hope everyone enjoy the day.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 10:25 AM

Good morning & Happy Easter! :)

MeLange: That stinks about ur flowers, didn't want to get muddy.......I guess and track in stolen mud vs. tulips, geez!

Be nice...Here's my tip: smile back, I smile at people all the time esp. the elderly and they usually look at me like I'm stupid...but I keep doing it....

Killer obesity....gluttony is a sin! Is this caller suggesting that instead of fake nails, hair color and cute clothes they should have lipo-suction first, cuz' that's just mean!

That smell.....again, attend or don't, whatever!

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 10:27 AM

MeLange, this particular ship was taking 'relief' supplies to another country...I can't remember which one. But it was full of supplies, food, water, etc...

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 10:33 AM

Yes, if u r speaking about the captain who is being held by the pirates at sea, I'm positive...the rest of the crew landed at its destination yesterday, but no passengers, just the crew/supplies.

There are many other "hostages" that the pirates have they may fit in ur "scenario" but not that one.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 10:38 AM

i believe Turnip is correct , the ship had food and stuff on it for starving people .

that's the shame of it..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 10:42 AM

when we were dying eggs for the big Easter Egg hunt , i went ahead and dyed a raw egg ..hehe

i just wish i could be there when whoever tries to peel that one..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 10:45 AM

The ship, Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship, was en route to Mombasa, Kenya.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 10:46 AM

Rick, didn't I tell u 'bout karma....I'm sure they'll bring some treats back for ya.....:)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 10:47 AM

Funny how some seem to think we should judge the value of a life differently based on whether the Captain was delivering relief supplies or running a cruise ship.

-- Posted by RA on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 10:51 AM

Me'Lange,

Your logic regarding the hijacked ship reminds me of the rapist who commits his crime because the victim was dressed in a provocative manner.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 10:56 AM

lindagayle: You have a big problem it is people like you that go around each and every day preaching negative comments, you need to wake up your in the 21st century now and stop living the past and look to the future. For your information President Obama did not create this finacial mess we are in, this is a problem that has been accumilating over the past 30 years and it came to reality in December of 2007 with the start of one of the worse recessions in decades. You will be alright lindagayle just chill out you will be fine.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 11:02 AM

TripleS Yes is'nt it? , also are we now returning to an isolationist state of mind .

We have our hands in everyones business & it is now a global economy , so a little late for staying home & not worrying about the rest of the world....

-- Posted by rockman54 on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 11:06 AM

Mel,

(oh boy one of my "ideas.") LOL!

If this happened to me, I'd probably hack down all my flowers, buy a cart, and start selling them in front of my house...just to see "who" may stop by. Of course, that's me being over the top as usual.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 11:27 AM

Me'Lange,

You just keep digging yourself deeper. Stop blaming the victim!

I'm off to Mom and Pop's for whiskey, cards, and ham. Happy Easter all. Here is an Easteresque poem I found on Lew Rockwell today...

The Donkey

by GK Chesterton

When fishes flew and forests walked

And figs grew upon thorn,

Some moment when the moon was blood

Then surely I was born;

With monstrous head and sickening cry

And ears like errant wings,

The devil's walking parody

On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,

Of ancient crooked will;

Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,

I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;

One far fierce hour and sweet:

There was a shout about my ears,

And palms before my feet.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 11:29 AM

.."whiskey, cards, and ham"..what a way to celebrate easter

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 11:36 AM

Don't sweat it MeLange! :) I agree with u about the contractors risking their lives but many 'relef' agencies do the same and I don't think they deserve to be attacked. I think the point is they took an American, they attacked an American flagged ship. Last I heard the pirates were requesting back up w/their hostages & wanted to be able to go to shore and then they would negotiate a release, our ships have not allowed this to happen thus far & I don't think they should.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 11:59 AM

oops! I meant relief agencies.....

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 12:00 PM

Furthermore, I can't believe u all are talking about shooting out someones windows...geez...lighten up! Everyone has a right to their opinion and to express it....

btw, Rick...whiskey??? How's the new accessory working out? i'm really curious....but trying not to overstep...I figure u'll share if u want to.....

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 12:05 PM

MeLange, try googling "U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama"; I attempted to find the original AP article in the archives, it was posted by Lumpy I think, but I couldn't. They have all been updated now focusing on the hostage situation not so much the ship, but there's many articles referencing it if u'd like more facts.....

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 12:15 PM

Turnip , i got a replacement accessory..what i mean is , i already had one that had ran it's life's cycle out so they took out the old and put in a new ..it's working fine so far ..

as far as whiskey goes , my days drinking are long gone..they are the reason i got the stupid accessory to begin with ..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 12:33 PM

I think that we, as well as the MSM give far too much credit to the president for economic conditions. The Fed has far more to do with economic conditions. We elect non-bankers, unsuccessful businessmen, or lawyers to the office of president.

What did Bush know or what does Obama know about what benefits an economy, nothing. The problems that we face today are banking problems and those who benefited the most from the creation of the problems advise Congress and the president on banking and the economy. They may be stealing you blind.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 12:56 PM

The captain has been freed by the Navy.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 1:29 PM

WOW! That's good news! 3 of the 4 pirates were killed n a small firefight!

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/P/P...

Willy, what were u saying about being weak?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 1:32 PM

AP bulletin: New WH dog: portugese waterdog: what a joke!

what n the hell is a portugese waterdog....why couldn't they get something simple like a lab...geez...

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 1:41 PM

the Navy Seals freed the hostage captain , killing three of the four pirates in the process...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 2:44 PM

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa/04/...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 3:10 PM

Obama is weak and we will pay the price for it.

-- Posted by Willy Makit on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 12:44 PM

Ah Willy...will you admit your wrong? When and how long will it take for you to do so.....sigh....

-- Posted by Theorist on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 4:22 PM

Me'Lange..i'm sure they'll make a made-for-TV movie about the whole hijack ordeal anyways ....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 4:26 PM

Willy Makit,

Start eatin your hat!

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 5:46 PM

why wasn't action taken on day one ?

why did it take so long to resolve this issue ?

Willy is correct , weakness was shown ...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 6:04 PM

Mel,

Ohh s.c.r.e.w. having a vendors permit, I'm just about sick of these laws. I'm sure there is a law against hacking up someone elses flowers too. I'd be completely livid if I were you.

On another note, I'd like to thank Southeast Hospital for making the smokers go off the hospital property to smoke. Workers and Vistors can now be seen standing in front of neighborhood houses smoking and puffing away. Poor MJB, that's the last thing he needs.

Mel, That being said...do you think some hospital visitors might have been cruising the neighborhood and decided to use your garden of eden as a five finger discount flower shop? My parents have noticed quite a bit more foot traffic around the neighborhood since the hospital property went smoke free.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 6:18 PM

Rick, action was not taken on day one b/c they (our military) were not there. When we arrived they had already taken the hostage. The military attempted negotiations, gave them food & supplies til' they realized the pirates only wanted to leave and hide on shore hence today. I actually think it was the cpt. who escaped and when the pirates chased him where they met the seals above w/guns, leaving the one pirate left who is now arrested. My point being I hardly think we caved/or showed weakness just the opposite. Hopefully the 'pirates' will think twice before boarding a US flagged ship.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 6:22 PM

Willy,

The business of piracy has been making a come back since the down turn of the economy. While some of these pirates make have a distinct political agenda, I feel a good percentage of it has to do with $.

Using the term "terrorist" has become a bit passe'; infact, I cringe every time the word is used. It's become our new politically correct term for saying Somali Gorillas, Iranian Insurgents, and Pakistani perpetrators. We've become so fearful of "pointing a finger and name calling" that we'll use celestial verbiage just so not to offend anyone.

The fact is, piracy has been a nagging problem in the Southeast Asian archipelago for centuries. The recent steep rise in piracy in the region, however, is a result of the Asian financial crisis that began in Thailand in late 1997 and the political instability in Indonesia, which led to the underemployment and unemployment of thousands of people. Additionally, Somalia, Kenya, and Thailand have been hot beds for this type of violence for years. Want to solve the problem? Nuke'em!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 6:30 PM

Rick, IE: alcohol, that's what I was thinking u had said; that's why ur post about Easter & whiskey was a lil' confusing...thought maybe u fell off the wagon..just kidding! :)~

My family suffered for years with alcoholism, lost my uncle in '07; he was 43, drank himself to death. things haven't been the same since, I'm glad u woke up b4 it was too late! :)

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 6:35 PM

Meg, I'm surprised at u...nuke 'em! Then what...would a country who has the same capabilities in turn fear us and nuke us? Where would it end.....

I agree with you about pirates/money. These pirates are coming from third world countries looking to make a buck...the old school way...obviously it is working, they have stole alot and negotiated for alot more. What worries me is the cruise ships they have targeted...and to say these people deserve it if they take a vacation is a lil' harsh. Not that I would even dream of it right now...sheesh!

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 6:41 PM

Turnip , the Navy Seals re-acted when they saw a pirate sticking a rifle in the captain's back causing emminent danger...

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa/04/...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 7:02 PM

well , if Me'Lange didn't grow beautiful flowers she'd still have some growing in her front yard ?

i'm mixfused and comfuzzled ...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 7:22 PM

Rick, thanks for the clarification!

Wheels, where r u getting this "we can't use terroist" crap anymore? I say Osama bin Laden is a terroist. Anyone who uses 'terror' to further their cause is a terroist.

a thief is a thief is a thief....The perp who took Mel's flowers was a thief. They came in the cover of darkness and they took something that didn't belong to them, they knew darn good and well they didn't plant them, that was not their yard....stealing on Easter, no doubt...**** thieves!

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 7:40 PM

some folks go to the cemetary to get their fresh cut flowers right off a new gravesite ...that's about as low as a person can go in my humble opinion ...

i wonder how long the plant thief over at Me'Lange's place has been scoping her place out before they decided the best time to swipe them would in the middle of the night...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 7:52 PM

i hope those Navy Seals that killed those pirates gave them skull shots , blew their heads clean off..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 8:10 PM

Wheels, I am aware that the Obama administration changed the name of the war. As for fooling u, what's new? LOL

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 8:32 PM

Rick, I read in ur site that they did, give them skull shots, that is!

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 8:34 PM

good! that's what they get..i sure hope it sends a clear message to any other fools who try and play such foolish games like this again..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 8:39 PM

There must be something in the air, young 'ens having trouble sleeping....or perhaps it was all the Easter candy.....hmmm! :)~

I watched a decent movie today, Wyatt Earp, it was like 4 hrs. long. I think I liked the version w/Val Kilmer in it, seems he played Doc better & Sam Elliot, another cutie pa-to-tie! :)

btw, Maki', don't think I didn't notice u slippin' n ignoring all the Obama comments...u sly devil u....

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 9:39 PM

Rick, I agree with u and hoping it sends a clear message, however, I wonder about the other hostages being held by other co-pirates, I hope they don't pay for this incident....

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 9:42 PM

"Anyone that takes hostages or uses fear to get a reward or gratification is a terrorist and should be treated like one."

Vito Corleone the terrorist?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 10:08 PM


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