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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pizza memories

I enjoyed Joe Sullivan's recent column about pizza. My favorite was a shared sausage pizza from a place named Tony's on Broadway in Cape Girardeau and usually consumed early in the morning after a night of carousing with the boys on the east side at places like the Purple Crackle, the Colony Club and, if we had our nerve up, the Why Not Club.

Medical extension

I read Rudi Keller's interesting and informative April 17 front-page story about health care reform. It reminded me of a guy I know whose doctor told him he had six months to live. When the doctor found out the guy couldn't pay his bill, he gave him six months more.

More stadiums

CENTRAL High School needs a home stadium. It would keep traffic down and help the community as a whole. It would cost us as a community in taxes, but I would rather give my money locally to education than AIG or large banks. While we are at it, Jackson High School needs a new stadium and gym too. How can you fit all of those grandparents, parents and relatives in that stadium and gym for all the precious moments of our children's lives?

Missing bins

IS your recycling bin missing? I was doing yard work when the recycle truck picked up my stuff. A woman driving a car with Illinois license plates grabbed my recycle bin. I managed to flag her down, and she said, "I'm not from Cape and didn't know why they were by the road." When I looked in her back seat, she had a whole stack of recycle bins.

Courageous stand

THANK you, Jack Knowlan, for having the guts to say what so many think about assault rifles but won't say because they don't want to put up with the backlash from all the "Me too, Rush" thinkers in Southeast Missouri. You are a credit to your community. You have probably done more to save lives than all the assault rifles currently hidden by the paranoid and insecure who fanaticize a government bogey man raiding their tea party.

Far right

A portion of the YouTube online video featuring Cape Girardeau's tea party protest and available on the Southeast Missourian website had one of the speakers saying in part that the protest was illustrative of our nation being "on the right step." If what I heard and read about the tea party protests are true, I think the speaker should have said the protests were examples of our nation being on the far, far, far right step.

Infringing on guns

BEWARE of House Resolution 45, the Blair Hold Firearm Licensing Bill 2009. This bill violates the Second Amendment, which says: The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Infringed: to encroach on someone or something. Encroach: enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of others. Sound familiar?

Misdirected concern

REGARDING a recent comment about global warming: Even though atmospheric carbon dioxide has risen a few parts per billion, it's important to remember higher temperatures do not follow increased carbon dioxide. We should also note that contrary to what many accept as fact, it hasn't been getting warmer for about 10 years. Please seek out information from sources other than those invested in global warming hysteria. The more fearful you get, the more power and money they get. If you investigate both sides of the issue, your concerns will be about our freedom and our economy, not that the sky is falling.

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When they solve global warming, how are the going to solve the Ice Age that we are due for?

-- Posted by John in Jackson on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 6:39 AM

It seems to me that with respect to guns etc. that we are going about it backwards...we are asking the law abiding citizens to give up etc. their guns which leaves us at the mercy of the criminals with guns..who will ignore the law...

Why not attach a significant sentence to any crime that involves the use of a firearm..penalize the criminals rather than the non criminals...

Under the constitution we have the right to bear arms but no one has the right to commit a crime with a firearm...use common sense and go after the criminal who is using the firearm...not the citizens who are not misusing the weapons...

I saw a bumper sticker once that said if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns...gives a person something to think about..

-- Posted by walela on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 7:31 AM

LOL! Cycle, what is your hang up with the State of Illinois? For me, SIU-C was a great school, I had a heck of a time there. Living in Peoria was a blast! And the women there were beautful, receptive, and more friendly than any other State I lived in.

Sure, I was glad to get back home, but over all...the State of Illinois treated me pretty good. Not to mention my salary for my "professional services" is worth double there. It's a Capitalists dream. Heck, I probably donated to more Republican candidates in Illinois, than I did any other State.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 7:38 AM

Good morning! I see we may have 'penetrated' that thick skull of Cycle's..maybe, just a lil'...he's awfully chipper today! :)

Pizza memories...no, no...Paglai's handsdown! :)

Medical extension....lol!

More stadiums...people u need to utilize Houck stadium, otherwise it will just go to shat like everything else is...

Missing bins...darn theif...i'm sure she was a 'do gooder' probably trying to help her communities recycling but to steal...did u call the police & report the plates???

Oh, speaking of police...did u check out the suspect/car of the burglaries...I am so 'cruising' for a thief....pay attention to the wheels on the car..very important. Not tires, wheels, the silver things in the middle! :)~

Courageous stand...."gov bogey man raid"...hehe, I can't believe Cycle didn't jump all over this one! :)

Far right...lol, people are funny today! :)~

Infringing on guns....geez!

Misdirected concern...did u not seen the record setting temps in the east yesterday... :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 8:37 AM

Pizza memories: Ahh Pizza at Shakey's, Godfather's when we had it, and my first job at 16...Pantera's. Those were some good times.

Medical extension: LOL! Funny joke!

More stadiums: "It would keep traffic down and help the community as a whole." Help the community as a whole? How? Speak for yourself, you'd crush my memories of Central High and ruin my life forever.

Missing bins: Did you call the police and turn her in?

Courageous stand: Bogey man? As in a Golf Bogey?

Far right: It's on youtube? Thanks for that info!

Infringing on guns: Nope, but sounds confusing.

Misdirected concern: Hmm...but what about the disappearance of antarctica? Magic trick?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 8:43 AM

Godfather's....dang-it Meg, u can really make a person nolstagic & hungry, ya know it...:)

Rick, i'm a girl, i need details....

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 8:47 AM

JUMEMY, i only remember Shakey's being there & video games. godfathers was across from the Town PLaza, where Rhodes is now, I think.

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 8:53 AM

where is a good place in Cape to get pizza these days??

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 9:35 AM

Courageous Stand:

Jack Knowlan demonstrated a lack of knowledge, not courage in his opinion. This whole subject has been beat to death anyway and I doubt any of our opinions are going to change anyone's mind who has given it any serious thought.

-- Posted by Alt Ctrl Del on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 9:38 AM

Pagliai's has gotta be my favorite. I think I may go there for lunch today in fact.

-- Posted by Producer1 on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 9:51 AM

I remember the Chance...and the second chance...did that place burn?

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 9:56 AM

More stadiums --- if they build more stadiums then all lunches should be for free ...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 10:18 AM

As for Cape Pizza I prefer the "Mediterranean" pizza at papa murphy's next to blockbuster video.

Although you have to take it home and cook it for 13 minutes it sure is delicious. I encourage anyone who likes pizza to give it a try.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 11:41 AM

Turnip, Im pretty sure those are stock wheels on that car, there's nothing that sticks out about them. Every crappy economy car for the past 10 years has wheels that look identical to that. But you drive around staring at wheels if you wanna.

BTW, as someone stated on the original story, why are we advertising this. The story said that they are very smart thieves. As such dont you think they may be reading the local paper. Maybe someone with some law enforcement background can answer this.

Is it better to inform the public, at the risk of tipping off the criminal?

-- Posted by Producer1 on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 12:22 PM

Cycle, u crack me up...lol! My vote, Rick, is Paglia's for sure, great pizza, decent price as well. :) They have odd hours though, usually open at 4 on weekdays, not sure about weekends.

Hey, nose-picker dude/Producer1, what is your point, my point was it would be a way to tell the 'bad' from the 'good', not if they were fancy or stock. btw, I've been out looking all morning, who'd figured how many red 4-doors there are out there...I thought I had them nailed at one point, seen a parked car just idling empty..but no, i think it was jehovah witnesses making their rounds..rats...keep ur eyes open. I personally think it is a good idea to release the info, we neighbors need to be looking out for these thieves...

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:29 PM


California Juice Club (aka...Dino's as I still call it) Still serves Mojos.

Cycle...OHG! Flaming Pit! I think I attended some wedding receptions there. Back in the day when white belts were popular. LOL!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:32 PM


Of Course Paglia's is the only "real" option for Pizza now, but "25-years-ago" (my favorite saying) Paglia's would have been my last option. LOL!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:36 PM

Wolf, what exactly is on a ""Mediterranean" pizza? sounds a lil' weird to me...

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:36 PM

Wow...I was worried about the Ford stock, but it really took a rebound today!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:37 PM

Well, Meg, Rick asked what was the best place for pizza in Cape NOW...like currently, so that's my opinion. Mazzio's over here n Jackson was pretty good but they closed. They need to open Sabarro back up in the mall. I went to Union Station awhile back & had some...it was excellent. Nothing like a hot slice of pie...on the go..

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:39 PM

OK, guys, well at least the ones from Cape: I know u all hate to gossip but ya gotta let a girl have it her way every now and then....right? Don Howard....need I say more. He just flippin' cracks me up although probably wouldn't feel so if he was my neighbor...lol! :) Did anyone catch the mayor say what he would do to the cameras if they were aimed at him/house..."anything possible to tear them down". lol. just a lil' dish, c'mon, Wolf, Meg, u know u want to....:)

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:44 PM

Gosh, I used to love Sabarros at the mall too. What the heck fire is wrong with that place. The mall was MUCH better "25-Years-Ago!" I just don't understand it. Traffic is the dickens here, more people have moved in, but the town is going to pot, there is less to do, worse places to eat.

Yeah, I'm still waiting for Short White Bald Guy to tell me how Cape is BETTER than it was "25-Years-Ago."

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:44 PM

My point had nothing to do with whether they were "fancy" (is that a technical term) or not. My point is if your just driving around looking for a red car with those rims, you're gonna be out there till the second coming.

I will be certainly keeping my eyes peeled for that car around my neighborhood though. Yesterday if I would have seen that car around my 'hood I wouldn't have given it a second thought. Now....

I kinda think it may be a mute point now as they probably will have switched vehicles

-- Posted by Producer1 on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:45 PM

Turnip, I also enjoyed the story on Don Howard. If it were me, I would install 2 LARGE security lights on the outside of my house. One that pointed straight at the camera and one straight into his bedroom window.

-- Posted by Producer1 on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:53 PM

What the heck fire is wrong with that place. The mall was MUCH better "25-Years-Ago!"

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:44 PM

News Flash Mega... Everything was better 25 years ago because you were younger 25 years ago. Of course the mall was better.

Does everyone become so bitter about the "good ole days" as they get older, or is it just you?

-- Posted by Producer1 on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:58 PM

Producer1, I'm not saying I actually left to go look but it's good info to know. it's not just that car w/those rims, it's that plus a hispanic man...now ur odds are even better. i don't know about ur theory, i get there may b smarter criminals but after all there criminals, how smart can they really be? That 'description' of the car has been out since the sketch so it's not news but a pic/wheels are. i mentioned wheels b/c some of us don't know the difference between a tire, a wheel and a rim, get it? now please drop it..geez. oh, my point was he didn't lose the car then or stop burglarizing so who's to say he will now???

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:58 PM

Producer1, the spotlights would indeed be funny...now it's Ranney, right? is that near lonestar or Red Star???

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 2:04 PM

Yeah its out near Lonestar on the south end of town

-- Posted by Producer1 on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 2:11 PM

his poor children, can u imagine having to go to school? I wonder why this man never takes a more active role in politics, oh gosh...nevermind.

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 2:17 PM


The Mediterranean has several items on it

like artichoke,spinach,olives,chicken,feta

cheese and others with a white garlic sauce on a nice healthy thin crust. Try it next time your out and about. It cooks up in 13 minutes and its


-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 3:39 PM


Sorry ol' chap, but Pantera's pizza was the worst on the planet! I remember that they used whole tomatoes instead of tomato sauce.

The best pizza in Cape when I was a kid was Godfather's. I remember going there and waiting for over an hour for that pie. You can only play so much Ms. Pacman before the smell of that place would be too much!

Shakey's was a rare treat also. I had a cousin that worked at Ken's. We must've gotta discount cause it wasn't that good.

We did and still do stay away from the Pizza Huts and Pizza Inns of the world.

Sabarro's was good pie! Two slices and a Coke for $5 and I was stuffed!

In Chaffee, Big E's was the pizza of choice back in the day. It ain't worth a **** now though.

I like Imo's for some reason. I guess it's that big pool of grease that collects in the middle like a puddle. I also like Papa Murphy's take n bake.

Say what you will about them, but Domino's in Cape tastes just like Domino's in Seattle. They are consitant if anything.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 4:00 PM

The mall always did suck. I spent more time there than I wanted because most of my friends worked at York Steakhouse.

I went into Camelot Music one fine afternoon and asked if they had any Husker Du. The wiseass behind the counter gave me directions to K-Bee Toys and tried to sell me a Def Leppard cassette.

The mall always did suck.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 4:06 PM

Pizza Memories: Aaahh, Dinos for pizza and MoJos, Pagliais for the all-round best pizza, Godfathers for one of the best "commercial" pizza's going...mmmm mmmm - wonder what the wife would like for dinner tonight....? Since we're reminiscing about long-gone eateries: anyone remember Dairy Castle? Blue-Hole BBQ, and, of course, Wimpy's? Or the drive-in over on Independence - Independence and Benton, I think -can't remember the name...? Was there ever a Dog'n'Suds here? I do not remember one...I know there is still one somewhere in Illinois, there is one in Paragould, AR, and one in Cherokee Pass! They had some of the BEST rootbeer!

Wanna try a neat little "pizza" I ran across recently, try flammekeuche (Alsatian/Elsassich deutsche: flam-koosh or flama-kook); also known as flammekeuchen (German: flama-kooken) or tarte flambe - depending on where you are from.

Jeez, I must be hungry - I never go on about food like that...

Courageous stand: Jack Knowland would have impressed me more if he would have done some fact checking first...the article he referenced was full of partial truths and misinformation.

Misdirected concern: Keep pushing. Just remember scientific facts will never change the minds of some (some cases in point here today). They would rather believe in disasters. Here's what I find amusing - apparently someone has put forth a plan to try to lower the Earth's temp by injecting greenhouse gases into the upper atmosphere. Meanwhile, the ice packs on Greenland and Antarctica are thicker than ever, solar output is beginning to cycle down, a majority of the existing glaciers are thicker this year, some scientists are now back to discussing global cooling and the consequences of such a trend, and the greenies want control of you and your life. And let us not forget the core samples that have shown numerous cycles of warming and cooling throughout our worlds 4 billion year history. That we should panic and believe that, despite all the forces that have attacked this planet in that 4 billion years - comets, asteroids, volcanoes, the firestorms believed to have caused the Permian Extinction, cosmic rays of all kinds that have been bombarding Earth since its formation - that we should take a average surface temperature increase of about .75 degrees and use it to postulate the imminent destruction of the planet by us mere humans is incredible. If you consider homo sapiens has been here for less than 50,000 years - barely a second on the clock Mother Earth uses to keep time - it takes a very large set of testes to think we are seriously effecting the planet. As to "record high temps" out west, Turnip - based upon what? The 150 years or so that records have been kept? I wonder, if we went back, say, 1 million years - how would those records stand up? Oh, and Meg - I know, I've seen the footage of ice falling off the Antarctic shelf into the ocean and heard the idiot commentators declaring that Antarctica was disappearing...fact is, that ice is pushed into the ocean, off of the land mass underneath, because of expansion of the glacier that covers Antarctica! Oh, yes, and I keep asking but none of the so-called "experts" on climate seem able to answer - I think I'm bing ignored, actually - Exactly WHAT is the average surface temperature of the Earth SUPPOSED to be?? Anyone?? If we can not answer that question, how can we say the planet is getting too HOT or too COOL??

Anyway, food for thought.

Sorry so long - little time to be more than a "drive by" poster these days and lots to cover. I still love ya all!

Cyclist - I'm comin' over for pizza...!!!


-- Posted by LittleMac on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 4:44 PM

Hey, how about the "Burger Chef"....yuck. ur right lumpy the mall sucks...esp. with no more music stores.

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 5:29 PM

...reckon i'll give Pagliai a try ...

it can't be no worse then pizza hut , dominoes , etc....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 5:33 PM

"Sorry ol' chap, but Pantera's pizza was the worst on the planet! I remember that they used whole tomatoes instead of tomato sauce."

-- Posted by lumpy on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 4:00 PM

LOL! I said "good times", not good pizza. However, I do remember piling on ingrediants so high that they got shoveled off as they went through the oven. Not to mention being able to illegally partake in the beer as a minor. LOL!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 7:46 PM


OMG! Burger Chef! (actually better than Hardees IMO.)

My parents used to drop me and a friend off at the mall all day on Saturdays. (I think I was 14) We'd follow girls around, eat "make your own toppings" cheese burgers at Burger Chef, blow the rest of our money at the arcade (The Goldmine?), and then go beg for peanuts from an upper-classman I knew that worked at Peanut Shack. Of course he'd be cruel, and oblige us just "one" peanut. LOL!

Then we'd head home and watch Georgia Championship Wrestling on the television, prank order 10 pizzas delivered to a friends house, call folks asking for Michael Hunt, and sit up til 2:00 A.M watching the VJ's on Night Flight and making f.a.r.t noise til someone's parents would yell and tell us to get to bed.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 7:58 PM

Friends that worked in York Steakhouse?? Wait a minute! I had friends that worked in York Steakhouse too! Husker Du? What year was that?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 8:04 PM


The best part about the mall was sitting in the balcony above Burger Chef and throwing fries at the unsuspecting patrons walking below.

And if you had a day off from school, you could pay for the matinee and stay for the 3:00, 5:00 and 7:00 shows too.

We may have had mutual friends. Especially if you were into Husker Du. There weren't many of us in Cape. I will not disclose my age, but I graduated from NDHS in 1990. Do the math.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 8:23 PM

Meg, I don't do Hardees either. I prefer O'Charley's or even Steaknshake for a good 'ol hamburger, BWW is good but salty.

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 8:45 PM

ahhh, peanut shack...Meg, stop...next ur gonna talk about TCBY...:)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 8:47 PM

Operation Northwoods, first of all, I hate it when people pinch my cheeks...lol! I guess that was before my time...I only remember it as Godfathers'.

Hamburger express: the owners'/staff are always very rude there so I do not go there anymore plus after seeing them fight on the streets of Cape trying to run each other down...that was enough for me.

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 9:57 PM

Hey Lumpy, apparently I know you too...also graduated in 1990.

-- Posted by Conservative_Sam on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 10:34 PM

...and if you ate pizza at Big E's in Chaffee that narrows my choices down to who you are...

-- Posted by Conservative_Sam on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 10:37 PM

Sorry Lumpy, I was an 85 graduate of CHS; however, most of my friends (of that time period) were from ND. (I was a lapsed Catholic of sorts) They were into RUSH and STYX at that time. Meanwhile, I was clinging to Kiss, Devo, Ozzie, Grandmaster Flash, and the rest of the time period musical genre. Unfortunately, by 10th grade everyone figured out that I was "country" when country wasn't cool.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 10:43 PM


Yep, TCBY...Broadway Cruising, and flirting with the Blattner girl when she worked there. And of course getting chased off the lot for loitering and cranking thy stereo.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 10:48 PM

Operations-I love Hamburger Express too! I think alot of people are missing out.

-- Posted by PeggySue on Thu, Apr 23, 2009, at 12:26 PM

If you want one of the best burgers in town, try West Park Lanes Bowling Alley(only serve at night during the week and day/night on wekends) or Daytimer's Lounge(only serve Mon-Fri 11-1) Yum!

-- Posted by PeggySue on Thu, Apr 23, 2009, at 12:29 PM

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