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Speak Out 7/8/09

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tax-supported protests

DOES anyone consider it to be an oxymoron that the tea parties are held in parks provided to us with taxpayer dollars, using the very system that is being protested?

Capitalist greed

IN the middle of a recession, credit-card companies are rushing to increase interest rates before new regulations take effect, thus illustrating the rapaciousness of unregulated capitalist greed.

Late fireworks

I used to brag to my buddies back in the city about how peaceful and pleasant Cape Girardeau is, how nice and considerate the people here are. I generally don't bring up the week of the Fourth of July. It doesn't matter what time the police say you have to stop shooting off fireworks. As a guy with young children who has to be on the road driving a semi at 5 a.m., I'd appreciate it if my neighbors would stop earlier. I don't sit in their backyards making horrible noise while they and their children try unsuccessfully to sleep. I was raised to be considerate, I try to be as unoffending as possible to my neighbors. My lawn needs to be mowed, but I won't start a loud mower until a reasonable hour, because my neighbors might be asleep after being up all night shooting off fireworks.

Elitist concept

LEAVE it to state Sen. Jason Crowell and the Republican-dominated Missouri Legislature to establish an autism center in Cape Girardeau, but only for high-functioning autistics. Is there no area of these legislators' lives where the guiding principle is not elitism? It reminds me of the adage in education: "Educate the best and shoot the rest."

Great Fourth

I want to thank the Joint Veterans Council for a well-done Fourth of July celebration. My family and I went both Friday and Saturday and enjoyed it. I also want to let the Patriot Guard Riders know that it was a good feeling to see so many there And to Rodger Brown: Good job. I hope it can be done again next year.

Setting the tone

THANKS to popular Colin Powell for criticizing fellow Republicans who are going for the jugular in opposition to the nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Family values

COLUMNIST Paul Greenberg's column on the importance of family values was almost as good as President Obama's Father's Day address.

Religious freedom

IT really doesn't matter whether or not the Founding Fathers were Christians. Their genius is reflected in the fact that they established a secular nation with an impenetrable wall of separation between church and state, thus assuring freedom of religion for all.

Great fireworks

WONDERFUL fireworks, Cape Girardeau veterans. Thank you. Having it at Arena Park was a great idea. There was good parking and plenty of space. I hope to see it there next year. Maybe vendors could share the bigger shelters in case of rain.

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High, everyone. Bloody busy, on the road, haven't had time to...ah, you guys know the drill, no need for me to be vulgar.

Well, this is going to be my only opportunity for a while, so, I'll be first today...

Tax Supported Protests - I see you do not get it. The protestors are not protesting taxes required to support those functions that fall within the governments Constitutional and traditional duty to the people - law enforcement/public safety, national defense, maintenance of public and government facilities/lands, for example. The protests are against ever increasing growth in spending and the increased taxation that will be required to fund new hand-outs; the ransoming of future generations to pay for this increase in spending; ever increasing intrusion into our private and business lives; and the continuing degradation of our Constitution. Perhaps instead of trying to find nifty ways to make fun of the protestors, you would be better served to wake up, put down your kool-aid, and smell the bacon burning before your kitchen catches fire. By the way - oxymororn does not mean what you apparently think it means.

Capitalist greed - 1: if you are totally opposed to capitalism, please go live in China or Cuba - you'll be happier there (yeah,right!) 2: Yep, and if guv'mint had minded its own business, I bet those rates would not have changed so much so fast - it's a reaction to impending regulation. Yes, I agree it's a rotten thing to do, but I understand why. See why we need to curtail government intrusion??

Late fireworks - Wah, wah, wah. Its only a few days each year. Live with it or move to a quiet place in the country. Bet you're the same kinda person who whines that church bells are too loud and Christmas lights too bright...

Elitist concept - Where do you people get this crap?? GO RE-READ THE ARTICLE! Neither SEN Crowell, nor any other Legislator, has advocated any "elitist" autism center! The center - in addition to housing the Judevine Center - will provide early diagnosis, assistance to already established school programs, and a learning enter for younger children, and the Tailor Institute will move into the new location. The Tailor Institute already exists and provides services for those autistic children with "higher function". The purpose of bringing the Tailor Institute to the new location is to have all the available services in one location. And, the plan is to expand services as time goes on. What the hell is "elitist" about that???!!!

Setting the Tone - 1: Gen Powell (Ret) stopped being a Republican long ago. 2: Judge Sotomayor ignored the rule of law, in several instances, and many see no indication she would not continue to do so if seated on the Supreme Court. 3: Last I checked, EVEN REPUBLICANS still have the right

to dissent.

Religious Freedom - Partially correct. They were wise enough to establish religious freedom. However, their perception of the separation of church and state was not what we have today. Their concept was not one of freedom FROM religion and restriction of religious practice simply because someone or some entity connected to government might be involved. This has been taken to extremes; almost to the point that government now summarily rules against Christianity. We have foot baths in public schools to accomodate Muslims; we have had attempts to display menorahs but not a manger scene; wickans have been allowed to use school property for meetings, but Christians were not allowed use the same facilities for bible study; and the list goes on. Do I want the same teachers who cannot teach mathematics teaching religion - no. However, and even my lawyer friends can not explain this one: tell me how a coach in a public school offering the football team a moment to pray or reflect before a game (mine did, and we did, before every game), or a minister giving a non-denominational benediction at graduation (voted on and approved by 92% of the Senior class), or a moment of silent reflection/prayer (students choice) to start the day, is even remotely anything like Congress establishing a religion?

Well, now that Michael is buried and, from all reports, STILL dead (and it has been more than three days, so he probably ain't coming back!)...do you suppose we will begin to see some reporting of important news for a few days...?

Wish I would be able to be here later to see what else transpires.

But, gotta go.

Everybody hace a nice hump-day!

Mac, out!

-- Posted by Little_Mac on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 5:36 AM

Tax-supported protests -- so is everything provided to you with tax supported dollars? Actually there's not enough tax paid to pay for all that support. Our children are already in debt to pay for your support, at least in a coincidental, ironic, oxymoronic sort of way. Don't worry; there are still enough courageous Americans out there to save our future. You're welcome.

Capitalist greed -- just pay your card off every month and you won't have to worry about it. Or shop around; there is some good capitalist competition out there among credit card providers. Now there's an oxymoron for you, the poorest payers pay the highest interest. Imagine that.

Great Fourth -- Thank God for the veterans and the Joint Area Veterans Council. Watch out for various fund raisers throughout the coming year and support their efforts.

Family values -- now let's hope they both practice what they preach.

Great fireworks -- ditto.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 5:50 AM

Good morning! ☻

Let me start by saying I have hope. Our local government listened to the people and our voices were heard. Thanks Southeast Missourian for making that possible via comments/threads.

Tax-supported protests..oxymoron for using the parks to protest....no, but you on the other hand.

Capitalist greed...AMEN! Credit card companies are ruthless.

Late fireworks..for cryin' out loud, it's one week a year. Hell, one day a year til midnight. Man, we have alot of fuddy duddies!

btw, I heard a handful go off after the curfew, BIG DEAL! My children were so exhausted after our celebration they could care less & slept right thru it. Perhaps if this caller let his children participate they wouldn't be so excited to hear others.

Elitist concept..isn't that discrimination? I don't believe it.

Great Fourth...I didn't attend but it was great someone else stepped up, Capes council should be ashamed, waterparks, Commander Premier but can't buy some fireworks. shame! shame! shame!

Setting the tone...geez..opinions people! They are like arsholes, everyone has one!

Family values...sorry, I missed it.

Religious freedom...I am very curious to know how popular were these founding fathers during their time??

Great fireworks..yes! Thanks to the City of Jackson as well!

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

Tax-supported protests: I don't know about Oxy, but it's definately moron.

Capitalist greed: Rapaciousness? Of Greed? That's like calling me pugnacious. Silly, just silly.

Late fireworks: Good grief! Buck up, it's only a week or a day.

Elitist concept: LOL!

Great Fourth: I second that! Kudos.

Setting the tone: Thanks, Thanks a lot.

Family values: *sigh*

Religious freedom: LOL! Yeah...uh-hu.

Great fireworks: Kudos three.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 9:22 AM

Tax-supported protests

I don't believe it was a protest in support of the Anarchy Party; that would be an oxymoron.

Capitalist greed

Greed is using the credit cards in the first place.

Late fireworks

It's once a year. C'mon.

Elitist concept

Really. I guess they should not have opened it then

Great Fourth


Setting the tone

I thought the DNC was AGAINST racism. Silly me. It's okay if you're racist against the white males.

Religious freedom

Once again. The Constitution does not keep religion out of government; it keeps the government out of religion. The athiests and libs like to read all kinds of things into the Constitution that aren't there.

Great fireworks

Wait. I thought they were too loud and too late.

-- Posted by bebo on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 9:44 AM

Now the truth is out Nall! You heathen! ;o)

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 11:00 AM

Actually, Megalo. Nall made that clear sometime ago.

btw, Larry Cunningham is not the same person I was thinking of when I referenced Cape. sorry for any mix-up.

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 11:04 AM

"btw, Larry Cunningham is not the same person I was thinking of when I referenced Cape. sorry for any mix-up."

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 11:04 AM


-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 11:20 AM

Megalo, at least I cleared it up. Stop chasing me around..mouthing off at me! Is this what working for you would be like? If so, I'm not sure the 'eye candy' could appease the black eye and busted lip. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 11:29 AM


Message for ya on MY Speak out forum thingy you "chased" me on!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 11:41 AM

Megalo, u been 'baitin' me for days...u love it and you know it. Now scram. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 12:56 PM

Tax-supported protests .....maybe ironic but definately not an oxymoron.....

Family values ...if it was the same as Obama's Father Day's speech , then it was crap...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 1:30 PM

Regarding the article about Jackson banning fireworks, someone said, "What we've done is allow four people to decide that all fireworks are to be banned." What's the difference between this and what's happening in Washington? A small group of people are ramming things down our throats without any imput from us. Welcome to Socialism.

-- Posted by Jerry Ganiel on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 1:42 PM

Jerry, Sorry, but you can't rain on my parade. The references you made to Washington does not mean we should roll over & take it on a local level. Many of these local politicians often go further and seek higher offices. This should show all of us that we can make a difference, however small it may be.

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 1:59 PM


Don't tease me now, I don't want to spend another week fantasizing about giving you a royal spanking.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 2:06 PM

Thank you, Little_Mac ... even though your statements will no doubt go over the heads of many ... "The protests are against ever increasing growth in spending and the increased taxation that will be required to fund new hand-outs; the ransoming of future generations to pay for this increase in spending; ever increasing intrusion into our private and business lives ..."

What occurs to me is that our federal government employees should all be working part-time ... maybe they would do less damage if they only had three months a year to inflict it.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 3:56 PM

Capitalist Greed ... Indeed! With a high 'credit score rating,' all but one of our credit card companies have raised our interest rates from between 7.99%-9.99% to one which has raised it twice--to 24.99%--since the credit-card bill started being discussed. Several friends and relatives have seen this happen to them.

We may have targeted ourselves, though ... by maintaining balances averaging less than $1,000, by paying on time, and by always paying the monthly amount due plus the monthly interest and then doubling that total.

Haven't read the entire bill, but the condensed version does not mention the one thing that should absolutely have been left in the bill ... that the companies could not raise the interest on present balances. Does anyone know if that was in fact taken out of it?

At any rate ... we are fortunate enough to be able to pay the balance on those three cards ... and it really does make more sense to pay them off if one considers .5% interest on passbook savings versus even 7.99% interest on the card balances ... The idea of having the savings accounts is just a sort of comfort thing for me, I guess. Anyway, those companies may be shooting themselves in the foot, so to speak, by targeting the very customers who might have been keeping them afloat.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 4:07 PM

I have no particular quarrel with government employees as they only enforce the law and regulations handed down by our elected members of the legislative and executive branches.

It matters little how long they work, just what they do when they are there. In the end, while we may bemoan how poorly they perform and how "evil" they are, in the end they are a creation of the electorate and we have no one to blame but ourselves collectively.

-- Posted by D'oh on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 4:09 PM

BN ... My reference actually was about our elected officials ... I have this bad habit of thinking of them as our empoyees ... Sorry that wasn't clear.

On second thought, though ... since they seem to have little compunction against voting for bills they have not only not had time to read, let alone comprehend ... Guess if they only 'worked' three months a year that might compound that situation? ~sigh~

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 4:14 PM

My mistake.

-- Posted by D'oh on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 4:26 PM

MeLange, You may not care if fireworks are banned but some of us do care & are also outraged of how it transpired. With that being said this has absolutely nothing to do with how we may or may not feel about 'more' important issues. Some of us are capable of multi-tasking.

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 6:14 PM

Welp. Looks like the economy is s.c.r.e.w.e.d. now. Depression time folks~! I'm making space for my shanties today.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 6:16 PM


-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 6:35 PM

Re: tax-supported protests

Perhaps the rally would have had more meaning for the caller if it was held at the site of the new water park or the golf course renovations? Financed by many, for just a few. :-)~


Re: capitalist greed

Er, or perhaps so many are defaulting on their payments that the interest rate has to be jacked to cover the losses? At any rate, suggest the rates should already be somewhat regulated by what consumers are willing to pay - of course, when there is a surplus of compound-interest unknowledgeable, plastic-happy Jethro and Jethrine Bodeins running around - there's just no limit or reasoning used towards what something costs - it's all about the "what's the payments?". Using anticipated income from the future to finance lifestyles at the present should be done with much more care and scrutiny than has been demonstrated in the past few years, IMO.

Some interesting slides from the Dallas Fed on the state of the economy. Figure the data should be fairly sound, however, the subsequent interpretations are likely all over the map.



Got a little history lesson going on here - computer died, so dragged out the retired model - with its blistering 200MHz processor, 128MB RAM, 56K dial-up, and IE5.5. Ugh - and to think this used to be the bee's knees 12 years or so ago.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 6:52 PM

Just for that...I'm deleting Twitter off my favorites!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 8:44 PM

you did? where?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 9:13 PM

"Girardeau Goes Green Advisory Board"

Aww...how cute. Welcome to the Tree Hugging Flower Child Movement. Need to borrow some hemp spray or nag champa? LOL

Hard to imagine most of those folks in dreads and hemp shirts. But hey...Peace and Love Bro.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 9:38 PM

Cycle, I thought something sounded kind of fishy when your name & 'green' came up. you naughty boy.

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 9:54 PM

Hey, I'm jealous...you'll be the envy of all those hot hippy chicks with hairy armpits. Call me if you need help. lol

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 9:55 PM

This is a great article!


"Rebecca Gasca of the ACLU of Nevada said the attempt by a DMV supervisor to cancel Junge's license plate violated constitutional First Amendment protections. Junge dropped out of the litigation after the DMV appealed to the Supreme Court, but the ACLU continued the fight."

Even the ACLU got this one right.

I bet Don Imus is hacked off about now.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 10:03 PM

HA! KFVS reports Cunningham to "THINK" about the Fireworks ban decision for the next couple of days.

How pompous. Like it's really "his" decision.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 10:05 PM

Good job E.N. Way to get yourself involved. When there is no opposing views in those sorts of "think tanks," then new extreme rules and regulations seem to get railroaded through to the city council. I've seen it happen so many times.

Most people don't want to get involved in the community anymore so you get the same people running the show and making all the rules. It's high time that changed.

-- Posted by Thought Criminal on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 11:05 PM

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 11:24 PM

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