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Speak Out 10/9/09

Friday, October 9, 2009

Finding happiness

I am a big woman, and I know that. You don't need to hint for me to lose weight. I grew up skinny, and I was not happy, I was starving myself. But as life goes on I am finding out what's really important in life, and it's being happy. I'm happy, and I've removed a lot of sin and bad habits from my life. But I enjoy food, and I will eat until Jesus comes again. In the Bible it says don't try to remove the splinter in your brother's eye until you first remove the plank in yours.

Beautiful bees

I live in Senior Gardens II. As I was sitting out on my porch this afternoon, I saw such a beautiful sight. I've got a hummingbird feeder by my door, and honeybees covered the feeder. It was beautiful.

40/60 rule

I started working with the public shortly before my 13th birthday and continued to do so for six decades. I came to the conclusion that the 40/60 percent rule pretty well applies when dealing with the public at large: 40 percent of the people with whom one comes in contact are intelligent, honest, moral and trustworthy and make decisions based on their intellect rather than on their emotions. The problem is that it is difficult when dealing with an individual to determine if he or she is one of the 40 percent or the 60 percent.

Using math

STUDENTS should be told that mathematics teaches you to think logically. It trains you to know all the possibilities of a given situation, and it is a language to communicate ideas.

Great facilities

THE new public restroom facility and parking in downtown Cape is terrific. Thank you to all involved in completing this project.

Bothersome light

IF my neighbor wants her bright security light to shine all night, she needs to adjust it to shine in her yard, not her neighbor's yard.

Funny funnies

COMICS should be lighthearted, The word "funnies" means they should be lighthearted. Not enough comics are lighthearted.

God's Word

I have started to wonder as I pass churches with marquees: Why do they no longer put God's Word, but man's word, as the message? I pass three churches every day as I go to work and have not seen Scripture on them for quite some time.

Thanks to military

I traveled to Fort Sill, Okla., to see my fiance graduate from basic training for the Army National Guard. It was the best trip I could have ever taken. I am so proud of him in the decision he made to serve his country. I want to say thank you to all the other young men and women who in the past and even now are giving their lives and their time to serve this great nation. What you are doing is truly good and honorable, and you deserve everyone's appreciation. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. Thank you for your service.

Learning to spell

SOMEONE in Jackson wants the students to be given vocabulary lists so they can learn to spell. "Vocabulary" means learning meanings and the usage of words. Every credible study has proved that spelling must be mastered at the elementary school level. After that time, it is better learned by motivated individuals working in an intensive self-study program. If you want Jackson students to learn how to spell, look at what is going on in the elementary schools.

Little influence

DAVID Brooks, one of the few common-sense conservatives left, recently published a history lesson demonstrating that there is no evidence demonstrating that all of the radio and TV blowhards like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck have any effect whatsoever in translating their high ratings into votes for the candidates and causes they support. Of course, these guys don't care. They're raking in the dough. However, I think this is one of the reasons their die-hard disciples are so surprised when the causes and candidates these entertainers support consistently fail. The irony is that most Republicans (Lindsay Graham is an honorable exception) are scared to death to denounce them, apparently believing that their ability to influence elections is significant.

Trash trumps

ACCORDING to an unscientific survey, the issue that has received the most Speak Out attention in recent weeks: The economy? No. Afghanistan? No. Iran's nuclear program? No. Cape Girardeau's proposed new system of trash collection? Yes.

Smooth streets

BUMPY streets in Cape Girardeau? There has been a lot of paving this year, and the streets are much smoother as a result. Thanks.

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Finding Happiness:

Jesus isn't coming back. Quit believing these fairy tales and start believing in what matters.

-- Posted by Ike on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 9:30 AM

Great Facilities:

How long until the Cape drunks destroy those new facilities?

-- Posted by Ike on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 9:31 AM

Oh yea, Jesus is a fairytale but taking a bunch of screws springs and metal putting them in a box and shaking them for a million years or so and pulling out a perfectly timed pocket watch is totaly factual. ~big ole eye roll~

-- Posted by LEGION63 on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 10:33 AM

Finding happiness...You go girl! But just keep an eye on your cholesterol stuff...it can get you into problems...

Beautiful bees...Cool. "Be happy for this moment, for this moment is your life". Enjoy.

40/60 rule...Recommended reading for you, "Personality Plus", by Florence Littauer.

Using math...You are EXACTLY right. Plus, it's fun.

Bothersome light...Perhaps offering a dozen freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to start a conversation about the light would be in order.

Funny funnies...Start drawing!

God's Word...Good for you! Most people do not know the difference.

Thanks to the Military...You bet, they deserve our thanks...and welcome to rational thinking.

Learning to spell...what do you expect from a government-run school?

Little influence...It is called political entertainment, you know, just Maher and Moore and their ilk on the other side of the moon.

Smooth streets...Yeah. Pretty soon we will be known as the "City of Smoothies". Whatcha think about THAT Jay?

-- Posted by Hawker on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 10:36 AM

I meant to say...Little influence...It is called political entertainment, you know, just like Maher and Moore and their ilk on the other side of the moon.

-- Posted by Hawker on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 10:40 AM

I got almost to the end, marvelling at how I hadn't read one single thing about trash pick-up. A smile had just started to form, tentatively, at the thought of seeing no complaints for just one day.

And then there it was. Granted, this wasn't another complaint about the bins being too big, the curb being too far, the sun being too bright and the moon beign too dark. But still. Trash.


-- Posted by MusicMaker on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 11:37 AM


Some people have it so good that they just cant come up with anything else to complain about.

PS Lindsay says HELLO

-- Posted by Producer1 on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 3:18 PM

give it time..sooner or later folks will find something else to gripe about besides trash ..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 3:32 PM

Little influence -

Whenever anyone in the media begins to be taken too seriously - it is time to have a tar & feathers party. . . and it really doesn't matter which side they are on, which causes they espouse or which witch hunt they are currently pursuing.

When I read these posts and I hear Hannity, Limbaugh and Beck or Malveaux, Rather or John Leonard being spewed around as if it were the truth I cringe. These people are harlots who will say or do anything for a buck and a ratings point.

We DO have serious committed American thinkers from all over the political landscape who have a lot to say and don't use histrionics or ballyhoo to do it. They can make a well-reasoned cogent argument without resorting to name calling or juvenile silliness. The current political media from both sides are ridiculous.

-- Posted by one4kids on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 3:57 PM


Good post. People seem to not be able to differentiate facts from opinions. I can't believe the number of outrageous claims that are made on this board. But what is really scary is that they post a link to "evidence" and its just some political editorial rantings and no factual claim about it. Its sad that people will hold on to these as if it were the truth.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 4:17 PM

Hail and Praises be to our Glorious Leader!!!!

As Americans, we should all be proud that our leader not only has solved the world economy program, reigned in the Wall Street Bankers, and the mis-named Federal Reserve, oversaw the return of the millions of off-shored manufacturing jobs, to where every American is employed and able to pay his, or, her bills. Our leader single handedly and painlessly gave every American complete, comprehensive medical care, at no charge to the recipeint, or, to the provider.

Please join with me in celebrating the fact that our leader has received the 2009 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. I know that you agree with me, that he has done much to deserve the award. President Obama has ended the war in Iraq, raised the dead and made whole all of those who were killed and maimed by President Bush, and the Neocons, restored the legitimate government of President Saddam Hussein to power, and did the same with the people of Afghanistan and the legitimate government of the Taliban.

The suspiciously low number of less than 5,000 Americans killed has been erased as they have been raised from the dead, as well as over 40,000 Americans who were gravely wounded.

This is a glorious day. Let us all now chant our leader's name, O-BOMB-A!!, O-BOMB-A!!!, O-BOMB-A!!!.

I feel good, how about you?

-- Posted by Defy Tyranny on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 5:30 PM

Ike, just because you don't believe it does not make it a fantasy. Perhaps you should learn to be more tolerant. But then again, with some people tolerance is only a one way street.


-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 5:50 PM

Good evening! ☻

Finding happiness...last time I checked 'glutony' was a sin. Removing the plank now. ☻

Using math...uh, I stink at math. Go figure....

Great facilities...I will have to check this out.

Bothersome light...perhaps it is YOU she wants to see....hmmmmm. ☻

Learning to spell....this area could use some more attention. Anyone check out TOPIX lately? Most of those forums are not legible.

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 6:56 PM

Great Facilities ... Can I go with you, Turnip? Please? I always get just SO enthused about checking out restrooms!

Speaking of restrooms ... there's one toilet at a medical facility where the automatic flush ... oh, never mind ...

-- Posted by gurusmom on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 7:54 PM

Sure, gurusmom...the more the merrier! ☻ No need to finish that last statement, I think I know exactly what you are saying. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 8:25 PM

James ... you smart aleck!

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sat, Oct 10, 2009, at 1:26 AM

I thought there were rules governing the condition that you are required to keep your property.Doesn't the deplorible shape of the Esquire Theater break somekind of law?

-- Posted by watalifer on Sat, Oct 10, 2009, at 5:41 AM

Hey Defy,

You forgot to mention that Obama was also magically turned into a Black man. He no longer is multi-racial but no can stand on the mojuntain top and proclaim that he is the Black Messiah.

-- Posted by Balmy on Sat, Oct 10, 2009, at 9:21 AM

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