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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Gangs in school

CAPE Girardeau is a small town with inner-city problems. I was talking to an elementary teacher who said there have been some gang-related problems. Where are the parents? These group of boys are in the second grade. They should not know anything about gangs.

Paying for trash

THIS is in response to the trash-water rate increase. I think the city needs to have a two-can system again. People with only half a can of trash and who recycle are getting a bad deal. People who have two cans of trash need to pay the price. It all seems fair to me.

Coffee buddies

COLUMNIST Michael Jensen recently claimed that the coffee shops where he hangs out are of the collective opinion that the rascals ought to be thrown out of office in Washington. With President Obama's approval rating in the stratosphere and Congress' approval rating rising like a shooting star, it can only be concluded that Mr. Jensen hangs out in coffee shops populated by foaming-at-the-mouth far-right extremists.

Higher city rates

I don't appreciate what the city is wanting to do, and I guess the city doesn't care about its residents who can barely afford their water, sewer and trash bill. Some of us pay between $35 and $40 a month now. If it goes to $50, some of us won't be able to pay it. If we get shut off, what are we supposed to do?

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Gangs in school: Unfortunately, Cape isn't a small town anymore. And it's it's "Want to be like a big city" attitude of the city administrators that have put it in this condition. Where are the parents? Probably both trying to work jobs to pay off the high price of a 24/7/365 society. (That's problem number one) Second, we've spared the rod, and spoiled the child. Bring back corporal punishment in the school system!

Paying for trash: I do pay the price, and could actually use (3) cans.

Coffee buddies: Blah, Blah, Blah, Michael Jenson.

Higher city rates: Bad news for you, I've already seen my sewer and water and trash bill sneak from $45.00 to $54.00 in the last 18 months. I bet the blasted thing will be $100 when it's said and done. I might as well go buy bottled water, soon it'll be cheaper.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 12:13 AM

Operation Northwoods: You've probably hit upon something. I wonder if these 2nd graders are African-American?

-- Posted by Proud_Democrat on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 12:21 AM

"The way that I see it, is that we need to scrap this phony *** recycling program and go back to a two day a week trash pick up and lower the rates.

I would bet that the cost of the recycling program is causing much of our pain."


Amen! Amen! Amen!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 12:50 AM

Gangs At School:

As long as I can remember there has been a group or gang of kids that where trouble makers at school. You knew who they were and stayed away

from them, It's their level of violent acts that has got out of control. The school at some point expels them for there actions and now they are on the street during the day causing more problems. As for the kids being younger and claiming to be gang related, If their parents or siblings are living that life style then they think It's OK to do the same thing. We were out over the weekend and seen 50 pairs of boxers and butt cracks,Baggy pants are one thing but when they are waring them "Gangster" style that's another.I know kids that lived in an area of Cape that was called Smelter-ville and many of them are now Nurse's, Lawyers, Upper management in big companies,ETC.

The point is just because you come from one place doesn't mean that you are stuck there. Pull your pants up, Start respecting yourself and others, Life is what you make of it.

-- Posted by cowboys-sweet-heart on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 7:17 AM


Probably the thing to do would be to have one of these fine reporters from the Southeast Missouri find out how much the costs are.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 7:23 AM

"Smelter-ville" Now that's a word I have heard in a while.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 7:25 AM

Good morning! :)

Gangs in school....Ya think? Wake up! This HAS BEEN a problem for a long time, I suppose NOW since it might affect ur 'area', it's a problem, right? I must say many 'bad' seeds come from upper class, these children have been handed everything and have no values, many times coming from very dysfunctional homes.

Paying for trash...did this make sense to anyone else? Perhaps we could ask the workers to weigh everyones' trash at pick-up & charge price per lb.! Give me a break!

Coffee buddies...Extremists like coffee? hmmm..go figure.

Higher city rates....I'm assuming this caller lives in Cape, first of all attend a city council meeting & voice ur concerns. Second, is recycable pick-up still free? Quit griping. Waste not, want not & finally CONSERVE! :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 8:32 AM

"The best way to deal with gangs, is to just kill their members now, however, I doubt if there is the political will in government to provide sanctiion to do just that."

-- Posted by Operation Northwoods on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 12:16 AM

Operation Northwood...you need to calm down! Perhaps prozac? Judging by your posts, you must work a boring job at night....its as if you are posting some wild dreams or something....no offense intended.

-- Posted by Theorist on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 8:39 AM

Paying for Trash- It seems to me like you should produce more trash to fill the bill. Like when you go to a buffet, you have to eat enough to get your money's worth.

-- Posted by bigred6509 on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 8:44 AM

the only thing about trash is business is always picking up..

gangs have been around since Christ wore sandals..most kids grow out of it

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 8:50 AM

LOL! Wheels, my kids consume about a case of soda a week, yet I refuse to fall into the recycle trap. However, between the Missourian and junk mail, I tend to get enough "paper" to fill up at least one of my trash cans. I'd like to use a burn barrell to burn it all just once a week, but I'd be turned in by my persnickity neighbors.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 10:52 AM

OpNo, u can't be serious, wipe them out....u r a fool if u think the only ones in society causing problems are african-americans. violence & drugs have no boundaries, not class, not income, certainly not demographics. take ur blinders off son.

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 11:28 AM

recycling: I can't believe people would rather fill up land fills w/their trash then to recycle what they can. Many materials that are purchased today are made of recycled products, it does make a difference.

btw, back in 2000; recycling/pick-up was a free service in Cape. In Jackson we actually have to take it to the center, so it could be worse?

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 11:34 AM

i agree...it does not matter ur color...just pull ur pants up...i was in walmart and there stood a man with his butt crack shinning and a little girl and her daddy behind him and there she was face to butt crack..that is wrong but the little girl turned and said...daddy he needs to pull his pants up i can see his butt...how not rite is that..some of the folks need to use thier head for some thing be sides a hat rack..

-- Posted by smilen-at-ya on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 12:38 PM

Wheels, first of all, don't u got some chores to do, lil' lady...lol! Second, I do my part, I am responsible for myself and my family. If I walked around all day/every day only thinking about what everyone else is doing wrong instead of contributing in the ways I can, I'd be a fuddy duddy too! :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 1:36 PM

Have Wheels...

For cryin' out loud....don't you see how "two faced" you are being? You constantly berate the government because of their spending and the cost it will have on your heirs...yet you are willing to squander away the real gift that you have to give.....THE EARTH!

-- Posted by Theorist on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 1:56 PM

Wheels, there are many other things like crafts and stuff u can do with recycable products, like 2L bottles. u don't have to have any involvement w/the 'government'..lol.

furthermore, Meg, u could recycle those cans, get some money, sure it ain't much but perhaps some icecream on the way home for the kiddies and ur doing a good deed and u get PAID. RECYCLE!

It's ironic to me how so many are 'bent out of shape' about our 'crooked gov' but yet most live by the almight dollar. they'll do good, give to charity, if there something in it for them...sad, really. oh well, whatever works. have a great sunshiney day.......:)

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 2:08 PM

Cycle, that's bs!

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 2:11 PM

cycle, why are u even arguing, you recycle?

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 2:12 PM

s k cyclist, you said," You need to connect with Al Journet and the rest of his merry band of left wing environmentalist whack jobs who want to bust the United States down to a third world country".

Oh!, I don't know, however it seems this Country and its Government have done a good job the last 15 years of busting us down to less than the super power I remember we being in my youth. All of this has occured without any of Alan Journet's help. Its those Demopublican tics in Washington along with the Corporate world that has brought us to our knees!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 3:07 PM

Recycling --

I thought some of you might find this interesting, please forgive me if my information is a little dated but I did some research a few years ago concerning recycling and what I found was that while recycling sounds like a good idea and is certainly a noble concept, the reality is that at our current level of technology it is not a viable solution to global pollution. Sure, we can recycle certain papers and plastics, however it uses more energy and produces more waste than if we made the products from scratch. I believe aluminum was the one exception to this.

For example, when the city of L.A. began recycling several years ago, the city went form running 200 garbage trucks which picked up all garbage, to having over 600 trucks to pick up the different recyclables (that's from memory from several years ago so please don't ask for a citation or source). On top of that they had to build a recycling plant. Certain plastics can't be recycled (for example, the only part of a 2 liter plastic soda bottle that can be recycled is the screw on cap) so you have to sort out what can and cannot be recycled and you end up with most of the plastic and some of the paper going to the dump anyway. Now that you have filtered out what can be recycled, half of THIS ends up in a landfill because there is no market for the inferior quality recycled products.

As the technology improves, recycling will most likely become a normal part of our lives, however currently the cost of recycling, both financially and environmentally, outweighs its benefits.

-- Posted by DADES on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 3:32 PM

Thanks cyclist, I overlooked it!

-- Posted by DADES on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 4:15 PM

Air: For a mere $1.00 a day you can breathe. Yeah, that'll be what's next.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 4:37 PM

Cyclist, I don't think it will be "single pay healthcare" that will cause "air" to be charged for. It will be the environmentalists. They'll come up with a scheme saying that because there is soo much pollution, the good air is limited. Therefore to get people to respect "the air" they'll want the government to tax you on it yearly.

(radical environmentalist article provided below)


-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 5:07 PM

Global Warming: True cause revealed.


-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 5:14 PM

R.I.P. Dom DeLuise. Thanks for the memories.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 5:26 PM

Ahhh..finally some evidence to back-up my theory, women are better. thanks for the link, Meg! ;)

"It may also be readily demonstrated that women exhale about two-thirds of all the breath exhaled by humans."

see men don't receive as much oxygen as women therefore depriving vital parts, like the brain. lol

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 5:47 PM

Wheels, I'd rather stay here and bug the crap out of you. Contrary to popular belief I think it takes all kinds to make this world go round. Besides there is a distinct, slight possibility I am wrong, the effects of pollution on our streams, wildlife, recycling....so we need yuns around...just in case. :)

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 8:30 PM

Wheels, that's an odd website, I have never heard of such a thing for any other President...hmmmm, could it be all the ridiculous jokes/threats to his life b/c of the color of his skin...nah, we're better than that, right????

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 8:33 PM

Sorry, I'm on a roll....NY re-enactment, big deal it scared a few people, inconsiderate, hardly..we're talking about NYorkers, I guess they haven't seen/heard a jet since 9/11 when JFK shut down....WEAK! :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 8:40 PM

Cycle, don't start piping in, half ars...Wheels was talking about very specific comments today, one of mine was to OpNo, u seriously gonna tell me that dude is not a racist? it is what it is...i wasn't the one talking all that nonsense, but don't worry, I no rat! :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 8:47 PM

Missouri's "Judas" State Senator Charles Shields. We need all Patriotic Missourians to read this and then take action!


-- Posted by mobushwhacker on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 10:09 PM


Thanks for that classic episode of the Carson Show, I think I actually remember seeing that. TV's never been the same. God I miss "All in the Family."

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 10:41 PM


I'm not a big "enviro" guy, but the photos of the arctic circle diminishing is a bit concerning. It's "potential" for causing coastal destruction, killing off some wonderful wild life, and literally sinking some cities is also a bit unsettling. Though I haven't personally been to the farthest northern region. I do believe the photos they show of massive hunks of ice falling and melthing away are legitimate.

Not sure what's causing it. It could be man made, could be some other phenomenon that we don't understand. I think I did see something on one of the nature channels about how that "tundra" can create the methane gas and the carbon monoxide as it begins to thaw.

That would make sense, since it seems to be a more "natural" occurance. That ice pathway (Beringa?)has been melting away for thousands of years. (Since the migration of Asians to the Americas, about 5000 years ago?)

(Just trying to remember a bit of world history) If that's the case and this is perhaps the last part of that Beringa, maybe it melts faster the smaller it gets? Anyhow, I don't think it's quite man made. (woman maybe *snicker*)

Wished I was a bit smarter on my history. And sure wished some selfish prat would have started documenting all of this about 5000 years ago.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 11:00 PM

"Oh I forgot again, they told you about...

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, May 5, 2009,

Wheels, ya gotta watch that alzheimers', that shat will sneak up on ya...TE He He! :)

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 11:04 PM

Charles Shields: Sounds like another Abe Lincoln. Funny how all of this local "Big Government/More Taxes" stuff keeps stemming from the Republicans.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 11:12 PM


Are you running on the same ticket?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 11:15 PM


I've explained myself. It's all or none. Pretty simple. I could just as well turn the tables on you in that debate. You "say" your against Big Government, but yet...you're still willing to hang on to "portions" of it that suit you. True?

Regardless of what I have said in the past or present, my "personal" opinion and hopes is that government, as a whole, would crash, dissolve, and rid it's self of our lives entirely.

If you want to get snippy, I'm not the one receiving "government" healthcare...if you catch my drift.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 11:27 PM

I pretty well can guess where this is going next. I was just thinking tonight how I have "flip-flopped" on a few issue. But after thinking about it, all of this just reinforces that government "as a whole" is bad.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 11:33 PM

But you do utilize "healthcare" as provided for you by the military. And..as debated at a earlier time. You felt the need for police, some laws, and some other things. (Still Government) though.

And...as I recall the constitution says, A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."

"Free State" Additionally most militias of this type are maintain strictly by volunteers. As you have previously stated, you have been "Paid" very well for some of your services in the military.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 11:38 PM

"Laws to protect us from one another" That's completely bogus, and you know it! Did that prevent the Mafia from killing people? Did that prevent the tragedies at Columbine and the like?

Laws don't protect anything when it comes to "irrational" people.

Did you read the paper today?

"Mom kills infant"

"Former Deputy Arraigned for Murder"

Who did the "laws" protect? The rights of the perps?

Per the Second Amendment, as quoted, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

It reads as it reads. Why try and reinterpret the meaning? The Preamble does not assign powers to the federal government.

IMO, this is the very amendment that becomes the foundation for the Civil War.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, May 6, 2009, at 12:02 AM


LOL! I don't watch Oprah. Been disappointed in her since the whole "Beef Industry" lawsuit thing.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, May 6, 2009, at 12:07 AM

Single-payer health care plan isn't socialism

Saul Friedman

Gray Matters


April 17, 2009

I was surprised during a recent conference for care- givers when several professionals, who should have known better, asked me if a "single-payer" health insurance system is "socialized medicine."

The quick answer: No.

But the question suggests the specter of socialism that haunts efforts to bail out American financial institutions may be used to cast doubt on one of the possible solutions to the health care crisis: Medicare for All.

Webster's online dictionary defines socialism as "any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods."

Britain's socialized health care system is government-run. Doctors, nurses and other personnel work for the country's National Health Service, which also owns the hospitals and other facilities. Other nations have similar systems, but no one has seriously proposed such a system here.

Newsweek suggested Medicare and its expansion (Part D) to cover prescription drugs smacked of socialism. But it's nothing of the sort. Medicare itself, while publicly financed, uses private contractors to administer the benefits, and the doctors, labs and other facilities are private businesses. Part D uses private insurance companies and drug manufacturers.

In the United States, there are a few pockets of socialism, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs health system, in which doctors and others are employed by the VA, which owns its hospitals.

Physicians for a National Health Plan, a nonprofit research and education organization that supports the single-payer system, states on its Web site: "Single-payer is a term used to describe a type of financing system. It refers to one entity acting as administrator, or 'payer.' In the case of health care . . . a government-run organization - would collect all health care fees, and pay out all health care costs." The group believes the program could be financed by a 7 percent employer payroll tax, relieving companies from having to pay for employee health insurance, plus a 2 percent tax for employees, and other taxes. More than 90 percent of Americans would pay less for health care.

The U.S. system now consists of thousands of health insurance organizations, HMOs, PPOs, their billing agencies and paper pushers who administer and pay the health care bills (after expenses and profits) for those who buy or have health coverage. That's why the U.S. spends more on health care per capita than any other nation, and administrative costs are more than 15 percent of each dollar spent on care.

In contrast, Medicare is America's single-payer system for more than 40 million older or disabled Americans, providing hospital and outpatient care, with administrative costs of about 2 percent.

Advocates of a single-payer system seek "Medicare for All" as the simplest, most straightforward and least costly solution to providing health care to the 47 million uninsured while relieving American business of the burdens of paying for employee health insurance.

The most prominent single-payer proposal, H.R. 676, called the "U.S. National Health Care Act," is subtitled the "Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act."(View it online at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c1... As proposed by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), it would provide comprehensive medical benefits under a single-payer, probably an agency like the current Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administers Medicare.

But while the benefits would be publicly financed, the health care providers would, for the most part, be private. Indeed, profit-making medical practices, laboratories, hospitals and other institutions would continue. They would simply bill the single-payer agency, as they do now with Medicare.

The Congressional Research Service says Conyers' bill, which has dozens of co-sponsors, would cover and provide free "all medically necessary care, such as primary care and prevention, prescription drugs, emergency care and mental health services."

It also would eliminate the need, the spending and the administrative costs for myriad federal and state health programs such as Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The act also "provides for the eventual integration of the health programs" of the VA and Indian Health Services. And it could replace Medicaid to cover long-term nursing care. The act is opposed by the insurance lobby as well as most free-market Republicans, because it would be government-run and prohibit insurance companies from selling health insurance that duplicates the law's benefits.

It is supported by most labor unions and thousands of health professionals, including Dr. Quentin Young, the Rev. Martin Luther King's physician when he lived in Chicago and Obama's longtime friend. But Young, an organizer of the physicians group, is disappointed that Obama, once an advocate of single-payer, has changed his position and had not even invited Young to the White House meeting on health care.

We'll talk soon about Obama's alternative to single payer.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, May 6, 2009, at 12:16 AM

Ohh...my wife has forced me to watch the "Holiday?" show on occasion. (The one where Oprah gives all these elaborate gifts away.) She's threated to get us tickets for that show in the near future. I told her she could go, and I'd stay in the hotel and sleep.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, May 6, 2009, at 12:27 AM

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