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Speak Out 7/15/09

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My money

THE U.S. Senate recently passed HR 1207 without including S 104 to require an audit of the Federal Reserve System. Apparently it was against the rules to include the S 104. Funny, it's not against the rules to vote on a bill without reading it. I'd like to remind the members of the House and Senate and the Fed chairman that they do not have the right to keep this information from us. It is our money, our blood, our time that the Fed uses. I have the right to know how the Fed chairman has obligated me, my children and my grandchildren.

Aggressive driving

I know times are tough, but do the drivers of Cape Girardeau County have to make life harder by driving even more aggressively? I can't count how many red lights I've seen run this week. I've seen tailgating, gestures and people almost run off the road twice. The worst offenders on Interstate 55 last week were both showcasing Concern for Life stickers. They really care about life. Since when is going 100 mph down the highway a God-given right?

Out of breath

MY ex-husband had a breathalyzer installed in his vehicle, and he had our son blow on the device so he could drive while drinking.

Crossing the line

I think it's OK for Southeast Missouri State University to criticize state Sen. Jason Crowell on the pages of the Southeast Missourian but crosses the line in almost demanding that Crowell send out the university's critique in his e-mail newsletter to constituents.

Fighting wars

VIETNAM War Defense Secretary Robert Strange McNamara died the other day. History shows McNamara supported sending thousands of American troops to fight and die in Vietnam long after he realized we could not win the war. This deservedly haunted McNamara for the rest of his long life. Writing in Time magazine, Leslie Gelb points out that the lesson we should learn from Vietnam is that as long as the U.S. is willing to fight in wars of nationalism, civil wars and religious and tribal conflicts, we cannot lose but we cannot win either. These kinds of conflicts must ultimately be fought and won by the native forces we're fighting. For those of you who may be interested in further pursuing this matter, I recommend Earl Morris' documentary "The Fog of War."


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Here is an update Megalomania, Smokey's tax bill is now over $9,00!

-- Posted by WhiningVoice on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 8:25 AM

Good morning!

Interesting debate last night on medical insurance. Seniors already have to give up most of their assets to qualify for Medicaid, which helps offset their medical expenses. In network is not a choice, it's a must unless you are financially able to foot the bill. Just my thoughts.

My money...who says they didn't read it???

Aggressive driving....now I don't go 100 mph nor do I have any life stickers so...it would really help if you move out of the passing lane.

Out of breath...Where there's a will, there's a way.

Crossing the line...I don't see Crowell being bullied by anyone.

Fighting wars...hindsight is 20/20.

Well I'm off to terrorize the good citizens of Cape Girardeau, that will make 4x this week. lol

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 8:33 AM

My money:*sigh*

Aggressive driving: People are jerks.

Out of breath: There's always a loop whole.

Crossing the line: I could care less for Jason.

Fighting wars: Interesting

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 10:40 AM

"Here is an update Megalomania, Smokey's tax bill is now over $9,00!"

-- Posted by WhiningVoice on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 8:25 AM

I'm assuming you mean over $9000. *sigh* Ok, I'll bite on a few things here. I realized that Purcell's B & B has suffered some damage, so here are my questions.

1. Has there been a determination of whether it was accidental? Or something else?

2. In that the building (from what I hear now) should be condemned. When will a ruling be made on that?

3. Now we have the $9,000 non-payment of County taxes. I KNOW the man makes more than me. I have three kids myself! If he can't pay his county taxes, then I must inquire. Did he burn down his own building "TRYING" to get out of debt? What's the deal here? All these folks who own downtown property owe BACK property tax. Must not be that lucrative of a deal to own property down there.

Anyway, if anyone cares to enlighten me on these questions, please feel free to do so.

Lastly,

This is kind of a "strike two" agaists Mr. Purcell's ethics if you ask me.

1. Tape Recording

2. Doesn't pay his taxes.

Striking examples of what good ethics are...huh?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 10:47 AM

LOL!!! I just realized why you're calling him Smokey! LOL~

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 10:47 AM

My money - Call Rep. Emerson and ask her to co-sponser HR 1207. 260 other reps have already.

Aggressive driving - If God didn't want cars to go 100 mph, he would've never made Ford stop making the Pinto.

Out of breath - Now you know that is not true honey. Jr. simply drives the car when I'm too drunk.

Fighting wars - The goal of the wars that this country wages is not victory.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 10:49 AM

FarCry, I could say the same about the 'right'; especially you! I watched some of Sotomayer's interview and she answered that question by saying she doesn't feel ANY ethnic group is superior to another! btw, are all supreme court nominess questioned this vigorously???

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:23 AM

Apparently Ms Sotomayor has determined that a "wise Latina" can come to a better conclusion than us knuckle-dragging white males.

-- Posted by FarCry on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 10:46 AM

A lot of women came to that conclusion long ago.

-- Posted by concerned4all on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:30 AM

Hi Meg, Smokey has been bragging about how the house was insured for $600,000. He say he will make a cool $200,000. He still hasn't got his check.

-- Posted by WhiningVoice on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:36 AM

Hi Meg, Smokey has been bragging about how the house was insured for $600,000. He say he will make a cool $200,000. He still hasn't got his check.

-- Posted by WhiningVoice on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:36 AM

"Hi Meg, Smokey has been bragging about how the house was insured for $600,000. He say he will make a cool $200,000. He still hasn't got his check."

-- Posted by WhiningVoice on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:36 AM

Hmm...making money of an insurance claim?? Was the house over-insured? Let me guess...he doesn't plan on rebuilding it? Does he? Thanks for this information Whiningvoice, I have a "plant" in one of the county offices that has pretty much reiterated the same thing. Hope the Missourian will BEGIN an investigation. Maybe some insurance fraud taking place here too.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:51 AM

...if you caught a fellow employee stealing from the company , what would you do ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:51 AM

You are most welcome, I too have friends with the inside track. It is my unstanding this isn,t his first bar-b-que, There is a story that Smokey had a new truck that also malfunctioned-same results.

-- Posted by WhiningVoice on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:58 AM

...if you caught a fellow employee stealing from the company , what would you do ?

-- Posted by *Rick* on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:51 AM

I'd say, "cut me in or I'm telling!!"

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:59 AM

Meg, as far as debt, Smokey is over 1.1 million. You can find that is on www.landrecords.com

-- Posted by WhiningVoice on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 12:15 PM

Since the constitution was conceived and written by white males, who better to divine their "original intent" than other white males thus making females whether wise, Latina or not ineligible.

Actually I have watched the Sotomayor hearing and it has been much more civil than Clarence Thomas or Samuel Alito in particular. In Alito's, his wife was in tears over the attacks. Others have also been contentious to varying degrees.

I believe Sotomayor has done very well overall although I don't buy her "explanation" of the "wise Latina" comment or her ruling on the 2nd Amendment, but there is really nothing that is going to prevent her from being seated.

My position on this nominee is the same as it has always been and that is the President's prerogative as to who to select and "ideology" should not be considered, only "qualifications". I may not like a particular Judge's positions, but that is just the way it works.

-- Posted by Blackthorn on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 12:32 PM

Typical hypocritical left wing public educator remark. Sure hope you never have any contact with my children.

-- Posted by FarCry on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:50 AM

Is that you tiny? Concerning contact - you'd be surprised. I feel sorry for your children...that they are being raised by a closed-minded hypocritical right-winger like you!

Anyway, I wonder why the votes come out 4-5 or 3-6. Seems to me that someone's personal experiences pay some part in decisions - or it would be 9-0 ALL the time. And it's alright if Alito refers to his Italian background, but not OK for Sotomayer when she refers to hers...I listened to the hearing all day yesterday - she will be confirmed. Did you hear that DA Sessions - what a joke! He has no credibility on a race topic. And yesterday, that whiney Lindsey Graham had the nerve to call HER a bully. Typical hypocritical right winger - and a bully - just like you Tiny.

-- Posted by concerned4all on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 12:44 PM

WhiningVoice,

Thanks for the info. Please feel to contribute to my new speak out forum thingy thread: "Just a question: How's Ponder House doing?"

http://www.semissourian.com/forums/speak...

I'm sure this will rosie up some cheeks, bring some blood back into some jowls.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 12:48 PM

Far Cry...

Clarence Thomas? Are you sure you want to bring up this supreme court justice's past? What a joke! And to think...Ashcroft thought he was a wonderful example...hmmmm

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 12:51 PM

I find it amusing that Souter waited until Bush was out of office to step down...suppose he was making a point? - I do.

-- Posted by concerned4all on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 12:51 PM

What's wrong with Sotomayer calling herself a 'wise Latino woman'??? Nothing wrong with a lil' more diversity......

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 12:54 PM

Suelynn,

I watched the hearings also and Graham did not refer to her as a "bully" he read a report in which lawyers who practice in the Second District referred to Sotomayer's judicial temperament and activities on the bench. Some of the lawyers who practice before her described her that way not Graham. I also would not consider Lindsey Graham to be very "conservative" and certainly not a "right winger", but that is just the opinion of a knuckle dragger which I am sure will be pointed out.

-- Posted by Blackthorn on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 12:55 PM

So do you think they fear her b/c she is Latino or a woman..or both???

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 12:56 PM

btw, are all supreme court nominess questioned this vigorously???

Google 'Borked"

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 1:00 PM

Far Cry...

You might consider citing your source so that posters don't assume that is your quote.

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 1:05 PM

Judges who are condescending & tempermental.... well, I have never heard of such a thing. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 1:05 PM

Turnip,

She is a Latina, not Latino since we are talking legalistics and I really can't speak to why people are "afraid" of her. I may disagree with her on issues and ideology, but I don't "fear her and like I said before. Presidents get to choose Supreme Court Justices with review by the Senate and conservatives are by nature going to object to a "liberal" Justice and vice versa. As witnessed by the approval of Ginsberg and Scalia, ideology really should not preclude someone from this post.

-- Posted by Blackthorn on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 1:05 PM

Actually Silverback it can go either way, Latino or Latina. But since we are discussing a female I will use Latina as well. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 1:10 PM

Silverback, that was a lil' jab at those who said we 'feared' Palin.

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 1:11 PM

Yes - he did refer to her as a bully! He read those remarks and then referred to her as a bully. He conveniently left out the remarks praising her abilities and competence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbv6LvbiC...

Watch this and see who looks like the bully.

-- Posted by concerned4all on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 1:12 PM

Turnip,

Yes, it can be used almost interchangeably, but since we were discussing legal issues, I used the "a" for the feminine; bad attempt at humor.

Re Palin: The difference being that Sotomayor is in line for a position of power while Palin is not. Until someone runs for office or a position in government they are essentially irrelevant to me anyway.

-- Posted by Blackthorn on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 1:23 PM

Yes - he did refer to her as a bully! He read those remarks and then referred to her as a bully. He conveniently left out the remarks praising her abilities and competence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbv6LvbiC...

Watch this and see who looks like the bully.

-- Posted by suelynn on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 1:12 PM

You are seeing something entirely different in that than I. At the beginning, he specifically states where this information was taken from and that they are not his words. Graham's opening statement on the first day indicates he is going to vote for her unless there is a "meltdown" or some such during the hearings.

-- Posted by Blackthorn on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 1:42 PM

Yes Silverback, and then he adds his own assessment and goes on to chide her on her disposition. I guess he was just being helpful...how kind and thoughtful.

-- Posted by concerned4all on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 2:01 PM

Suelynn,

I guess this just goes to show how people view the same thing and see something entirely different.

I have no particular ax to grind on this and after watching this for three days, I have been impressed with how she has handled herself.

I "may" disagree with her philosophically, but I can't tell and if so to what extent. These things are so closely scripted that it is really hard to get a feel for what someone really believes and this is not just in this case. Also I believe a good judge can, if they follow the letter and intent of the law, render a decision with which they may be personally uncomfortable.

As to those who are uncomfortable with Sotomayor, if she is not approved, someone of like mind or worse will be nominated. I remember when Bill Clinton had two nominations, Kimba Wood and Joe Baird, for Attorney General shot down we wound up with Janet Reno.

-- Posted by Blackthorn on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 2:16 PM

I can totally agree with your assessment. Good post.

-- Posted by concerned4all on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 2:51 PM

I can totally agree with your assessment. Good post.

-- Posted by concerned4all on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 2:51 PM

Typo, should have been Zoe Baird.

-- Posted by Blackthorn on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 2:57 PM

"My oldest daughter just recently graduated from Notre Dame with a 3.96 GPA, got a 29 on the ACT and a Regent's Scholarship to Southeast."

My, oh, my, could we use a little bit of humility? Your daughter may very well make something of herself and thank you some day. However, it might also be time for you to get a life yourself and put this in perspective. It's not a perfect ACT nor is it a G.P.A. above a 4.0, which is easily attainable for any relatively intelligent child. Furthermore, she's going to SEMO! Stop bragging and find something you are proud in your own right.

-- Posted by my_thoughts on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 5:34 PM

New blog. Heh, heh!

-- Posted by Lumpy on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 5:37 PM

FarCry,

You should be proud of your daughter, and the job that you have done raising her. It is difficult to rear children in this collectivist, looter mentality society.

I am proud of all my children as well.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 5:45 PM

I don't know FarCry, but he has every reason to be proud of his child. How some can make remarks on here like they have and condemn his attitude is a mystery.

-- Posted by Blackthorn on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 6:43 PM

Lump,

I've responded.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 7:54 PM

Press Release: "Cherry Picking facts makes paper less objective"...

http://aldermanlacy.wordpress.com/2009/0...

-- Posted by mobushwhacker on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 8:07 PM

Silverback, I made my statment based on his last comment to me,

Typical hypocritical left wing public educator remark. Sure hope you never have any contact with my children.

-- Posted by FarCry on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:50 AM

BTW - I went to Catholic parochial school as well.

-- Posted by concerned4all on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 8:13 PM

Far cry...

Congratulations to your daughter, she seems to be doing well...

Must be cyclist...he is the only one who consistently brags, but hey...go ahead this time!

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 8:28 PM

"... now you are trying to confuse some of these folks with facts." -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 1:00 PM

Love it when you guys/gals make me laugh (which I've heard is good for the soul)!

FarCry ... GOOD JOB ...! Hard to imagine anyone criticizing a parent for having done a good job in raising their children, though. Brag all you want to ... that's in order, I'd think.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:03 PM


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