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Speak Out 9/8/09

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The good life

NO one should need to live on social-assistance programs. But some may find themselves in such a position that requires it. Perhaps it will be you. Will you take the money that feeds and houses you, or send it back? You won't be living in my yard, nor eating my food. Those without pity deserve none themselves. I worked for 30 years and would love to work again, but terminal illness prevents that. Am I ashamed that I require government assistance to survive? No. I'm thankful that not everyone is as hateful as some of the local populace. We take our life together as the good life, and a very good life it is.

Real news

IT'S funny that while the war is still on you hear hours of news about Michael Jackson and Ted Kennedy and 15 seconds for the troops. Let's hear about real heroes and their sacrifice. Let them not be forgotten.

Sidewalk priorities

EVERY time I have driven down Mount Auburn Road in the past month the thought enters my head: Where are these sidewalks going, and who will use them? Why is the city spending so much money on sidewalks to nowhere when we have a beautiful new multimillion-dollar library that no one can get to unless they drive? Two blocks separate the senior center and the library, and there is no sidewalk. Why can't we get the trail system expanded and linked to the library allowing children and families to ride their bikes or walk to this beautiful new facility? Where are the city's priorities?

Picking up limbs

WHY do people feel it is the city's responsibility to pick up fallen tree limbs from their property? If the city wants to save money, make people who have trees that fall on private property either haul them away themselves or pay to have them hauled away. It should not be the taxpayers' burden to clean up after every windstorm.

President's talk

AS an educator, I am appalled that parents would contact the school and demand their children not be exposed to President Obama's speech on education. Whether you voted for him or not, he is our president. If you have a child in school, education should be important not only to you as a parent, but it should be emphasized as an importance to your children. That is what the president is hoping to convey. The United States is behind when it comes to the value of education, and our president is trying to change that.

Fits right in

THE wife of the new prime minister-elect of Japan says she has been to Venus and met Tom Cruise in another life. A lot of people are laughing, but I think she would fit right in with the birthers, death panelists, tea-party attendees and a ton of other-planetary persons who populate our nation and our planet.

Public option

I appreciate U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's receptivity to a sensible health care reform bill. However, if there is no meaningful public option, the reforms will amount to little more than a big victory for the insurance companies in the sense that they will have no meaningful competition to curtail their obscenely high premiums.

Hate crime

AS I watched the news report about the horrific act of seven young black men beating a young white man in Columbia, I waited but never heard it called a hate crime. If this had been a white on black crime, that is exactly how it would have been reported. And what was this called by the individual being interviewed in Columbia? Anti-social behavior.

Yard-sale caution

I almost ran over someone because he walked right out in front of me the highway during the 61 Mile Yard Sale. I hope people have a little more common sense than to walk out on the road without looking.

Postal advice

DEAR disgruntled postal carrier: I apologize for all your inconveniences. If there's anything else I can to make your job easier, please let me know. Now here's what you can do for me. Deliver my mail in a timely manner. Quit losing my mail. Deliver my mail undamaged and unopened. And instead of worrying about holes in my yard, why not use my sidewalks? And take a little pride in your appearance. If at any time you feel you can't carry on, contact me. I know a lot of people who need a job.

Limbs in park

I read the comment about the broken limbs on Margaret Street. There are several broken limbs piled in the city park on Fairview Place. The city has mowed around them several times but has never bothered to send anybody out to pick them up.

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The good life

Lry tiven the lood gife, thatching we rike baces bown dy re thiver.

Real news: LOL Tarp!

Sidewalk priorities: Jeir thust for lood gooks.

Picking up limbs: Hmmm..Qood Guestion.

President's talk: Pome seople are stain plupid, this jike cis thaller. Just ain plignernt.

Fits right in: Now fats thunny!

Public option: Off hith wer head!

Hate crime: plignernt.

Yard-sale caution: dow slown!

Postal advice: Po gostal!

Limbs in park: ligpets!

Bappy hike dace ray! Now shat thould get blome sood blowing flack into chome seeks. LOL

-- Posted by Grandpa_Sassy on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 7:49 AM

"Says she has been to Venus and met Tom Cruise in another life. A lot of people are laughing, but I think she would fit right in with the birthers, death panelists, tea-party attendees and a ton of other-planetary persons who populate our nation and our planet." Thank you!!

Sounds like a story I heard about a space god who impregnated a virgin and had a child who was really him, sent him on a suicide mission to earth, which he survived, rose from, and floated into the sky.

-- Posted by SilverPants on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 9:02 AM

The President'speech is about education and how the kids need to take control of their goals in life and get as much education as they need. Many are trying to twist the president's message (as they usually do) and make it seem political. It is not political but that is how ignorant many of you have become. You don't have any common sense at all. How can you turn a message to kids to get as much education as they can and turn it into something that is politically motivated. This is not rocket science people. Whether your kid is democrat or republican has nothing to do with getting an education! Those who will keep your kids home so they won't hear the president's speech. I say good. that way, it will be more room for the kids and parents who have common sense and don't spew hatred for a man who is just telling the kids some good advice!

-- Posted by kadillac on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 9:17 AM

Many of the nations bankers, corporate leaders, the press,and political officials practice a form of occult behavior each summer in California at the all male Bohemian Grove. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCDs9Vs2i...

The 2 weeks of frolicking, drinking, and helping themselves to homosexual prostitutes is culminated with a "mock" sacrifice of a child to a 40 foot stone owl. This ceremony is called the Cremation of Care. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_PAqT2JZ...

I am not making this stuff up. It looks to me like most of the people who control this country are into ancient occultism,paganism, and eugenics. Kinda makes you feel more safe and assured that these characters are running things, doesn't it?

-- Posted by Thought Criminal on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 10:00 AM


And what if his telepromoter fails him again?

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 10:17 AM


the POTUS has better things to do then brain wash little kids...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 10:33 AM

Good morning! ☻

The good life...everyone needs a helping hand every now and again. ☻

Real news...nope, I don't think that is funny.

Sidewalk priorities...don't get me started on Mt. Auburn, sidewalks to anywhere should not be a priority at this time.

Picking up limbs...I wish someone would have told me the city would have picked up my limbs...☻

President's talk...I'm surprised as an educator you are just now appalled by parents. ☻

Fits right in...Venus, eh? interesting.

Hate crime...7:1, now that is rude.

Yard-sale caution...good grief, what gets me is the cars that park in the road.

Postal advice...lol. ☻

Limbs in park...make yourself useful and pick them up yourself.

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 10:43 AM

Rick and Have Wheels....once again your ignorance shows by your comments. niether one of you understood my point i was making.....so sad!

-- Posted by kadillac on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 11:13 AM


Keep praying that the telepromter doesn't fail, he half way there.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 11:20 AM

kadillac ....Obama is going to be held under more scutiny then any other president...he knows this and i believe you should too ...all i'm saying is there are more important issues right now then talking to children , in my humble opinion..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 11:22 AM


If Obama did not bend reality to his perception and talk in generalities constantly maybe we would believe his "speech" is not some form of ploy or worse.

Obama has to often been guilty of double agendas.

If the public question his motivation it is with good reason.

-- Posted by JustThink1 on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 12:11 PM

Off topic: "The national flag of the People's Republic of China (PRC) will be hoisted at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on September 20th."

Wow! surely this is a mistake!, right?

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 2:57 PM

Rick, Wheels, Justthink1, Ya gotta let little commie kadillac have his say...go easy on 'em they just lost a big red commie czar pretending to be green over the weekend, and now Obama is forced to clean up his "pledge to Obama" presentation copied from sheet music of Castro and Chavez.....here's what Obama really wanted to say to you dumb parents that are so appalling to communists educators....How to raise GOOOOOD communists: "We must create out of the younger generation a generation of Communists. We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into real, good Communists.... We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families. We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them. From the first days of their lives they will be under the healthy influence of Communist children's nurseries and schools. There they will grow up to be real Communists." -- Per Communist Party Education Workers Congress 1918

-- Posted by ResistBHO on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 3:02 PM

China owns this country Wolf. They are holding most of our debt and they want something for it. I look to see a bunch of Chinese flags going up in the near future. Our dollar is becoming worthless, so they will demand hard assets for payment. Who knows maybe they will rename the Emerson Bridge to the Chairman Mao Bridge.

Clinton gave them the port of Long Beach back when he was prez.

-- Posted by Thought Criminal on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 3:48 PM

According to Obama's book "Dreams from my Father" Communist Party leader Frank Marshall Davis was Obama's (by his own account) main mentor during much of his boyhood (although Obama tried to disguise his identity in his book). During the Cold War, Davis was named by congressional investigators as a key member of a secretive pro-Soviet network that existed at that time.

But, I'm sure that just like his 20 years with Jeremiah Wright, it would be ridiculous to think that any of that would influence Obama's political view points, nor any of his policy making.

-- Posted by ResistBHO on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 4:01 PM

John Adams - after all these years, you are still sad. And still a sore loser.

-- Posted by concerned4all on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 4:29 PM

dang! I wasted money on an attendance counter that could reach 1000~! Dang Rike Bace cost me even more money!

Wolf...How many attend the BBQ Fest? I know you did better than 300. Maybe you guys should ask Peter for Tour of Missouri funding for that? In Cape, BBQ is definately a bigger hit than men tights. We have PROOF now!

-- Posted by Grandpa_Sassy on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 4:51 PM


why do you call anyone a sore loser that might say a little negative about our POTUS?

perhaps he's a victim of his own pre-election hype

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 5:04 PM

Every year 30 percent of high school students are dropping out without graduating. That comes out to about a million and a half each year. I'd say that's important, Rick.

President Obama is in a unique position to bring positive influence to the young. Let him.

-- Posted by grisgris on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 6:14 PM

John Adams - after all these years, you are still sad. And still a sore loser.

-- Posted by suelynn on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 4:29 PM


I guess you couldn't come up with a logical reply other than the old worn or Democrat blather.

-- Posted by Wiff on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 6:19 PM


The Dems did the same thing to Bush but they also called for a comgresional investigation. Don't act like this is the first time it has happened.

-- Posted by Wiff on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 6:28 PM

Remember this "I'm mad as *ell and not going to take it anymore". That's the way I feel about Missouri schools who would not show the Presidents speech to there students.

My god people, He's the President of the United States of America...Nothing in his speech that anyone wouldn't have said. We have now told our youth that they should not show any respect for the office and to *ell with him!

Republicans and Democrats alike should be ashamed that they would not encourage everyone to have heard the speech. No matter who is election President will ever again have the respect for our President!

-- Posted by Service1 on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 7:14 PM


It just show how much he is trusted.

-- Posted by Wiff on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 7:34 PM

Is there no freedom of choice? Do I not have a say in what my children hear and see? Or does my choice end where our current President is concerned?

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 8:00 PM

Folks - I was talking to John Adams - when he lost re-election he went home and pouted - never got over it. Do you guys even know your history?

-- Posted by concerned4all on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 8:09 PM

Dang, and after just watching 8 years of pouting you would think we would all recognize it... wouldn't you?

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 8:17 PM

Well, after the last 8 years you at least expect people to have a sense of humor. I mean, that was a joke wasn't it?

-- Posted by concerned4all on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 8:34 PM

Well, after the last 8 years you at least expect people to have a sense of humor. I mean, that was a joke wasn't it?

-- Posted by suelynn on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 8:34 PM

If you mean was the last 8 years a joke. I don't think so, it was more like a tragedy in how the people of this country act. If you mean was I joking... Yes, I meant it to show the ridiculousness of this entire situation. I have tried to keep my humor. However with Bailouts, Cap and Trade - Spend - Tax, whatever and government health care dominating the scene when the economy is in the tank and all they can think about in Washington is how to spend more money, it is hard to try and see the humor in things.

And you will tell me Bush did it too. I realize that and was against Bush and the Democratic Congress ******* our money away on failing companies and I am against Obama and the Congress doing the same thing on an accelerated basis.

Hoover and FDR repeated.

This is America and we have a right to succeed or fail on our own merits.

Now if you want to talk about a President speaking to school children, I have no problem with that, others have done it... so long as you leave the politics out of conversations with young minds, go for it. And I think he did leave out the politics today.

But should these kids be given the idea they need to idolize this President, or any other, hell no. They President is just a hired hand to run the country and there is nothing any more special about him than the Superintendant of Schools coming in and giving the same pep talk in my opinion. That said, I respect the Office of President, the man holding the office will have to earn respect.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 9:47 PM


Found out something you might already know.

President Truman and President Obama share a common ancestor. (Mareen Duvall)

-- Posted by Pups on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 10:25 PM


1.) You are correct, the President does not run the country, like you say he is over the executive branch and I suppose I laid that out incorrectly. I still feel he is no more than a hired hand and should not be treated as royalty.

2.) While I know the office of president need not be respected necessarily, I do or at least did have a respect for the office. The man holding that office will earn my respect of not get it. I have a great deal of respect for lots of people that I know/have known through the years, and you are certainly among them. But I have always felt, respect has to be earned, it is something that is not an automatic. There are perhaps just as many people that I have known that I have little to no respect for due to the way they live their lives.

Would have answered sooner, but I was trying to make a CD for my grandson of the movie I took of his football game Friday night and my computer went nuts. I do believe my CD drive is in the crapper. And maybe that has something to do with the problems I am having. Those problems will soon be rectified I assure you.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 11:33 PM


Dear Lord, please say it ain't so. LOL

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 11:36 PM


Add former VP Cheney to the list on that family tree. lol Can you imagine that family reunion??? LMAO

-- Posted by Pups on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 11:49 PM


No I cannot imagine it. Wish Harry Truman was alive to comment on it. Bet you would have no touble understanding what he said.

You better get back to looking into those German/Russian immigrants that settled in North Dakota. You'll find it more satisfying and probably find a lot more honest people also.

Your people coming from what is now the Ukraine and settleing in North Dakota reminds me of what Garrison Keeler said about his ancestory and Minnesota. He said they came over here and looked all over for a place to live and finally when they found one with conditions as miserable as those they left, they settled there.

From what I have found there is an element of truth in that. "Going where the weather suits my clothes." So if you have nothing but heavy clothing settle where it is colder than blazes.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 12:02 AM


I have been lead to believe that the family settled in North Dakota because the land was affordable and given where they had come from they were familiar in farming in those conditions. Do know that things were tough and child mortality was high.

Oh and as the saying goes, "You can pick your friends, but you're stuck with your family." In reguards to the Truman/Obama/Cheney thing not my family. Well sort of. lol

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 12:14 AM


I agree on their logic, they stuck with what they knew worked and that is hard to fault. I think the same thing applied to my people over in Bollinger County. Infant mortality was a universal problem I believe. I was looking at a family last night where they lost 2 children out of 4 and new information that is now available, and which I do not yet have full access to is showing they lost some before leaving Holland.

Land prices were definitely a factor. Property was being purchased near where my relatives settled for $1.25 per acre when the government set a condition that if you purchased property and built a house and cleared and cultivated some of it, you received a discount. down to 12 1/2 cents an acre. I believe that happened in 1854 if memory serves me correctly. And of course that eventually led to the Homestead Act of 1862 where you received the land for nothing so long as you "entered" a unclaimed piece of property and did all of the things above in 5 years you received title to it free of chargee.

I kept looking at old land patents and kept seeing a notation "Graduation". I checked and found that was what they were refering to the discount as.

Have copies of a couple of receipts where property was purchased for 12 1/2 cents per acre. Three hundred twenty acres cost $40 and the receipt was noted "Gold".

True on the picking friends and being appointed to relatives.

Sorry but it takes me three pages to say what could just as easily be understood in 25 words or less.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 12:36 AM



-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 12:38 AM


I am enjoying the history. And I came across, I believe, land patents such as you are talking about with my Great Grandfather's name as well of those of his brothers, cousins, and other male relatives.

Two things have hampered my research.

1. A father named his sons A,B, and C. Son A named his sons B,C and Father's name. Son B did the same as well as son C.

2. If they had a son named X that had died, the next son after his death was named X. They did the same with daughters.

Hope that made sense.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 12:57 AM


It makes perfect sense. I don't know if it was a German/Dutch thing, or other nationalities did the same thing. Since I am not researching any others I wouldn't know.

I have seen where a son was named after the family and then died, and another son would be named after the father. In one of my Great Grandparents case, there was tripplets in the family who died at four months old, 2 boys and a girl. One of the boys was named Henry after the father. There was four girls and finally they had another son who was again named Henry.

So I understand the convention perfectly.

Another family had a habit of naming all of the boys the same, say it was John, then there would be a John Henry, a John Jacob, and a John Herman, and they then all were known by their middle names. And George Forman thought he had an original ideas.

Just a suggestion, when you start trying to track these people be alert for a change of names. There apparently was nothing to stop it and they did it. Had a Great Grandmother named Adriana and her tombstone says Jane, and that was not her middle name either. Another Great Grandfather was named Lambertus and his tombstone says Robert.

Nor were last names sacred, some of those were changed to simpler versions.

It is interesting to say the least.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 1:21 AM


Another thing to watch for. You will find a German name which I will use a name that is kind of like Smith but points out what I am trying to tell you. The name Fisher relatively simply should be no problems, right. Wrong, at least in some cases the name came to this country as Visfer, and the f was there to signify a double s so the name would be Visser, and with a Dutchman having a hard time with a V, making it sound more like an F the name became Fisher or Fischer after a couple of generations.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 1:32 AM

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