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Speak Out 6/21/09

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Watching extremists

In light of the shooting of an abortion doctor and the Holocaust Museum shooting, I was saddened to read that the Missouri Information Analysis Center has apparently been badgered by conservatives into suspending reports about the threat posed by far-right extremists. However, I did take heart in learning that law enforcement and intelligence agencies are watching such individuals or groups as closely.

Dangerous signal

REGARDING the stoplights at the entrance to Arena Park on Kingshighway: If you are coming from the park to turn left onto Kingshighway, you have an arrow to turn left. But when traffic is coming across Kingshighway, the left-turn light turns solid green. If a person is not paying full attention, he will turn left into the oncoming traffic, which is what I saw happen and a horrible crash nearly occurred. These lights need to be rethought before someone is killed. I have seen this type of light nowhere else in Cape. Get rid of this light.

Real stimulus

INSTEAD of giving trillions of dollars to corporations and banks, why not give every legal citizen in the United States a million dollars? Just think what it would do. It would eliminate unemployment. Homeowners could pay off their mortgages. This would eliminate the banking crisis. Citizens could pay for their own health needs. This would eliminate the health benefit crisis. They would buy new cars and trucks. this would eliminate the auto industry crisis. The taxes from all they spend would go back to the the government and pay off the national debt. Of course, we wouldn't really be dependent on politicians any more.

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So in other words, you don't have sense enough to make a left turn unless you have an arrow?

-- Posted by Red Devil on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 6:02 AM

Watching extremists: I always feel like, somebody's watching me.

Dangerous signal: Ohh...look! How cute, a newbie Pudd n'head is all confused. "If a person is not paying attention?" LOL...then pay attention. Move! Get out! We don't want you! LOL!

Real stimulus: Real stimulus would be for Mayor Knut to resign now, and save Cape Girardeau taxpayers money. OR...just give me the trillions of dollars to distribute as part of my Royal duties.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 8:25 AM

"In 2006, the last year Cape Girardeau had reliable passenger air service for the entire year, 7,933 people flew out of Cape Girardeau Regional Airport.

By the end of 2006, RegionsAir was flying four round-trip flights a day to St. Louis. So far this year, with Great Lakes Airlines providing two flights daily, 290 passengers had boarded through the end of May, airport manager Bruce Loy said."

Oh Mel, we know this is rubbish! 7,933 people my arse! There's no way that it would go from 8000 to 300 in six months. That's waaay off national decreased flight percentages. They had to bolster these former numbers just so that the Cape Airport doesn't look like a waste. Unfortunately for them, we ALL already know it is!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 8:31 AM

Morning all,

I watched "Kill Shot" last night. There were about 5-6 Cape scenes still in the movie. The top of the court house steps view, a couple of dry dock scenes, crossing our nice new bridge, and Diann Lane walking the river front.

It started out pretty good but the end was too predictable. Overall, I'd give it 2 out of 4 stars.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 9:36 AM

From today's article, http://www.semissourian.com/story/154917..., "with Great Lakes Airlines providing two flights daily, 290 passengers had boarded through the end of May".

01 Jan - 31 May = 31 + 28 + 31 + 30 + 31 = 151 total days.

290 passengers, hmm, for grins and accounting purposes, let's say that number represents only those leaving out of Cape.

So, 290 total passengers divided by (151 days x 2 flights per day leaving Cape) = 0.96 passengers average on any given outbound flight. Hmm, not very efficient use of what I assume is still a 19-passenger or so aircraft.

When I used to fly quite a bit on company travel a couple of years back, I always tried to fly out of Cape. The added fare was usually a lower cost as compared to mileage paid for using my personal vehicle and the parking fees when flying out of StL.

The company incurred a lower total cost of travel, and I received the benefit of a quick 10-minute trip to the airport, and only a 50-yard jaunt from the parking lot to the boarding area. Win-win!

The longest connecting flight layover in StL experienced was about 2 hours, which became a wash timewise as compared to driving to StL. IIRC, the flights to and from Cape then always seemed to be at least half-full, with several being booked completely full.

Also, security was much easier and less chaotic to get through at Cape.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 9:45 AM


We'll have to agree to disagree, I know government too well, and I can just see Knudt. and gang manipulating the numbers to pass off the situation. I always have called it Ghostport, but you said, " "Airport to/from nowhere"

-- Posted by Me'Lange on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 8:55 AM

I like your slogan much better. LOL

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 9:51 AM

Real stimulus ....

where's my million ?!?!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 9:58 AM

Good morning! ☻

Watching extremists...left or right, does it really matter?

Dangerous signal....I would assume people attempt to go before the oncoming traffic comes, sometimes not making it. relax, people! Are you really in that big of a hurry?

Real stimulus...yes, I like this idea! What would you do with a million dollars?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 10:07 AM

Sell the airport.

I'm watching you right wing extremists. I know you are there. America's anxiety attack. Anxiety leads to wars and confusion.

Stimulus: Government has done enough damage already.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 10:20 AM

James, are they far-right or just right? Apparently there is a difference.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 10:32 AM

Ohhh but we'll never know if a lefty extremist pulls something. His/her political affiliation is never mentioned. That's biased media. I am against extremists of any affiliation. A nutjob is a nutjob LOL

Food for thought..

Maybe we should be watching 'some' of our politicians a little closer. They may not go out and shoot one person, but they certainly could dispose of a lot of people at once, ie: those who disagree with their Socialist agendas???

Happy Father's Day to any Dad's on the board

-- Posted by maxsmom13 on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 10:49 AM

Happy Father's Day .....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 10:51 AM

Turnip: I have only ran across one person who pointed a gun at me in a rage in this country and I don't think that he was a right-wing extremist. He did allow me to put my clothes and boots on before he would use the gun, but by then the jealousy ended.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:08 AM

Happy Father's Day Rick.

-- Posted by RA on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:11 AM

Wheels: It was only a 22 caliber. Thank goodness the moon was in the wrong phase to plant me. I convinced him while I was putting on my clothes that he would have to borrow soil from the neighbor's yard to finish the grave fill. We shared a couple of beer and I left, still as friends. I can be a little windy at times.

Happy father's day!!

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:34 AM

James, u naughty boy! ☻ Happy Fathers Day everyone!

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:48 AM

Wheels, what gives with this 'fallen' talk? You are starting to sound defeated.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:55 AM


i didn't see anything in the police reports about the excitement you saw yesterday ...maybe it was a stolen vehilce ??

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:57 AM

No arrests? huh? last thing I SAW was the driver with his nose to the back windshield of HIS ride in cuffs & they were dealing with the passenger. It happened maybe a hour or two before I posted, I'll go check it out.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 12:01 PM

Rick, my $'s on this one:


* David S. Rains, 19, 217 S. Bast St., was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana under 35 grams.

He probably gave the police a slow chase while eating his stash. I guess if ya gonna spend the night in the 'pokey', that's the way to go. lol

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 12:05 PM

Just a quick look at the Holocaust Museum shooter and you will see that his views included as many far left as far right. Plus some that are not the sole domain of either (Anti-Semitism and Racism).

Was the Unabomber the last left wing terrorist to get a lot of attention? How about the eco-terrorists? How about the anti-military terrorists of late?

As for the murderer of the abortion Doctor. Certainly right wing even though there are plenty of leftists that are pro-life. The pro-life leftists are not fanatics about it. Of course, the pro-life righties are generally not violent and the violent ones are repudiated by the vast majority.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 12:11 PM


Love your new slogan for the City of Cape.

Since they are having some revenue issues, maybe someone can contact Verizon to see if they can film one of those "dead zone" commercials.


Great post on breaking down the math. Maybe they are counting the Pilots as well. That would skew the math somewhat.

-- Posted by gman on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 12:49 PM

I'm all for the stimulus to go for us, but the only problem with that would be, if everyone had a million dollars, who would want to work? I know quite a big number of people who would take that million and just sit at home with it, maybe we should rethink the amount then we could suggest it to the gov't officials who will probably just say no and then come up with a reason why they are going to line their own pockets even more!! Just my ramblings for the day...Happy Father's Day to all!! Hope you enjoy your day!!

-- Posted by jjmom68 on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 4:02 PM


it's hotter then grandma's honeypot outside..my lawn needs mowing too when ya get done !

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 4:09 PM

Wheels, glad to hear it! I was beginning to think you needed a swift kick in the rear! ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 4:36 PM


hang on a sec ...i have some gas...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 4:56 PM

Me'Lange ....not the White Castle silent but deadly gas...lawn mower gas..anything so's i don't have to do it....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 5:30 PM

More fun with airport numbers, since this issue really gripes my, er, 'farm animal also known as a donkey' :

"With voter approval, the board could impose a property tax of up to 25 cents per $100 assessed valuation", from http://www.semissourian.com/story/154918...

Given a residential property tax assessment rate at 19% of 'fair market value' - suggest that a $100,000 house would have its property taxes increased by $0.25 / $100 x $100,000 x 0.19 = $47.50 annually.

For comparison, one would have to buy $47.50 / $0.50 x $100 = $9,500 worth of goods in the city of Cape to contribute this same dollar amount to the water park.

The 2008-9 budget lists the actual expenditures for the 2007-8 budget year ( http://www.cityofcapegirardeau.org/files... p92 ) ending 30 June 2008 as $525,871. The period from Jan - May is five months out of the twelve month budget. Assuming equal 'payments' monthly yields $219,113 during this period. WAGging that commercial flight operations is 50% of the airport's regional value - then $219,113 x 0.50 / 290 = $377 contributed from the city per outgoing passenger.

Yes, assumptions have been made due to limited information, but trying to gain an appreciation for the orders of magnitude here, so that emotions can be elevated to the proper level.


Re: Dangerous signal

Hey Vern, I thinks I found the real problem - "If a person is not paying full attention, ..." Where's that John Deere? Appears that someone needs help pulling their head out. :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 7:09 PM


regarding those airport numbers...you can either let it eat a hole in your stomach or file it away in the "sometimes life sucks" file...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 7:43 PM

Heheheh, Rick,

Sometimes I get the sinking feeling that the only thing the leaders of this area could do that wouldn't suck, would be to build a vacuum cleaner. :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 7:50 PM

Here you go, Mels

"Race track crash kills 1, hurts 2"


-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 8:44 PM

Well...I'm homeless. My air conditioner has finally went capute, so I'm going to go sleep in the car with the AC on.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 10:32 PM

Megalo, u really need to work on your concession speeches, yours sucked! ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 10:43 PM


What am I exactly conceding too? That you knew where Smelterville was?? You can look that up in the SEMissourian search files. Plus...other posters had already given you a clue as to the where abouts.

Plus, as much as you throw your "Calls'em likes I see'em" speech around here, why would I cut you any slack? Very very few times I have called someone on here a liar, when I have it was substantiated and I have produced evidence.

You on the other hand, started this little love spat when you called me out as a liar several months ago during your SO debut.

So if you think you're going to get any slack from me, you've got another thing coming. You've failed to produce tangible evidence you had prior knowledge of Smelterville's actual location.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 10:51 PM

Megalo, It was your 'goofy game' to begin with, perhaps you should have picked a better question! Do you really want to rehash this AGAIN...OK, here we go...my initial comment to yours was that it was distasteful, remember? Then you came back with some lame brain excuse that you posted on a different article that didn't include the details, alzheimers' I believe. See! I have a pretty decent 'harddrive' as well. Anyways, then I said you were 'full of SHAT'. Liar....that's harsh, I would not say that about you esp. now that I know you a lil' better. BUT you are full of shat, so full of shat I bet your eyes are brown and you are crazier than cooterbrown! I mean that in the most loving way possible.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:03 PM

oh, I forgot, that wasn't my debut either. I had been around for a bit before that happened.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:04 PM

Oh, Lordy....I think he's lost in the archives. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:13 PM

Wheels, why do u always get on to me first? Tell him to play nice. Besides I don't mean crazy like needs to be institutionalized crazy, I mean silly crazy. I have no idea who CooterBrown is, my husband always says that?? The only Cooter I recall was Duke of Hazzard, don't recall his last name? He was kind of crazy, in a silly way.

Weren't you in the heating/cooling business, why don't you go help him?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:36 PM

Invest in a window unit.

-- Posted by EdofDoom on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:37 PM


We'll tough it here another night. AC is set on 65, but temp in house is hovering around 80. I knew this 1966 Williamson heater/1980s central air combination wasn't going to last much longer. Kinda reminds me of those diesel conversion engines of the 70s/80s. (Though a friend of mine had a late 70s model monte carlo that had a diesel that ran like a dream)

Anyway, I'm going to "try" and get a new one. Not looking forward to drawing out 6-7,000 grand out of the bank though.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:42 PM


My house has an old 110? electric box, between a window unit, and that old Williamson, i'd be blowing fuses left and right. Probably need to have them update the electric box while I'm at it.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:43 PM


All seriousness aside, I've noted from YOUR conversation with other posters that you are just as stubborn, fiesty, engaging, and pushing buttons as well. The best I can do at the moment is call you a truce, but...the minute you smack some silly smart aleck remark, it's back on. Got it?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:46 PM


I was thinking a "recharge" might help it, but...the god honest truth is 90% of the AC air is lost INSIDE the Williamson Unit, and then...Never quit makes it upstairs. However, the 10 foot perimeter around the Williamson unit is nice and chilly. Guess I could sleep on the floor beside it.

Additionally, my ceiling on my ranch house is hot as haities. It's insulated in my attic, but I think I need an exhaust fan installed to pull out all that hot air. LOL! When are you coming??? There's a weeks worth of work here to do!!

Ohh..before I forget, how about an update on the Tomatoes??

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:50 PM

LOL...I think one of the local places is advertising "stimulus/weatherization" package specials.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 11:53 PM

Ha! I used to have an Olds 88 with a diesel.


Gosh, next to a Harley, I love the sounds of those things.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 12:03 AM

Yeah, I change the filters on that thing monthly, but the inside is really barbaric. Basically an old generator with a rubber belt.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 12:04 AM

Well, fella, I'm hitting the sack, nite!

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 12:07 AM

She's probably lurking. lol

I dunno Wheels, it's been a fight with this blasted thing for the past couple of years. This winter the heat was more than it's ever been, and my Summer bill has already hit $300. At this rate, I'd have a new one paid off in two-years.

I went in for some respiratory tests last week. Doctor wants to talk to me Tuesday and I know it's not good news...otherwise he wouldn't have called me back in. I know I don't have Cancer, but he was testing for emphysema. Wouldn't surprise me, kinda knew I was building up for something big a couple of years ago.

That being said, the heat is hard on both my wife and myself, and if this is the big E or a derivative, then I'll need something blowing a bit cleaner air.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 12:20 AM

Ohh good grief! Hard on?? H.a.r.d. o.n.? Honestly, I think the dirty word censors mind must be in the gutter! Sheesh!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 12:28 AM

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