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Speak Out 8/23/10

Monday, August 23, 2010

Making fun

I wish Rush Limbaugh would quit making fun of the first lady. We didn't like it when people made fun of Laura Bush.

Crosswalks, signals

WE need crosswalks and pedestrian signals at the intersection of Cape Rock Drive and Kingshighway. The SEMO District Fair is coming, and families who live across the street from Arena Park can't safely walk to the playgrounds or even to the fair. Moreover, some families park in the empty bank and church lots and have to cross Kingshighway to get to the fair. If we are serious about reducing obesity and increasing safety of our citizens, we need to build more sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian signals.

It's hogwash

I feel sorry for parents of children who are leaving home for the first long period of time. If separation anxiety and empty-nest syndrome aren't already taking a psychological toll, David Limbaugh piled on the angst by arguing that parents and their departing progeny need to prepare for the inevitable attempt to brainwash their children by anti-Christian, left-wing college and university professors. If it's any comfort, I can reassure parents that Limbaugh's view is pure, ideologically driven hogwash.

Free-market collapse

THAT'S like putting the patients in charge of the asylum. Glenn Beck and Gary Rust think government should be based on a business model. Thus, they think President Obama would be better served by hiring more businessmen and businesswomen to serve in government positions. What blows my mind is that Beck and Rust would make this argument at a time when we went through and are continuing to experience the greatest free market business and financial collapse in our nation's history.

Drop middle school

SEGREGATING students by gender in middle school is not the solution. It serves only as an example that something is severely wrong with the middle school concept. That is why many school districts across the country have taken steps to eliminate middle schools, as indisputable evidence demonstrates that the decades-old, well-intentioned middle school experiment has been a miserable failure.

Sucker for info

GARY Rust recently used "data" that he attributed to Glenn Beck to criticize the Obama administration. To glorify the ranting of a demagogue for hire like Beck who routinely spews out historically and factually challenged information is insulting to the journalism profession. The airwaves are rank with such paid entertainers whose ultimate goal -- as Rush Limbaugh has honestly stated -- is ratings. And money. Surely Mr. Rust can find a more credible source for data. The only thing proved by lending credibility to such sources is that P.T. Barnum was right: There is a sucker born every minute.

Honest man

DOUG Austin is an honest man, and I thank God for people who will stand up for what they believe. He said he felt the casino issue should be on ballot so all people would have the right to vote however they want.

Paying the price

TO the person who said "we" deserve President Obama and all of the problems because "we" went gaga over him and "we" elected him insulted me and every other person who looked beyond hype and voted based on the issues and experience of the man running. I didn't elect the man, and I hope every person who did is ashamed of himself. Of course, that doesn't do any of us who voted against the man any good. Our country is suffering because the Democrats elected him and enough Republicans fell for their garbage. Our children are going to pay the price for some of these actions, too, and for that I am angry.

Caring for homeless

THIS is a message to the man who wants to take over our federal building and turn it into a slum area like his so-called homeless shelter in St. Louis. What part of "We don't want you in Cape Girardeau" don't you understand? We don't want homeless people brought in from surrounding areas. We want to take care of our own. This is what Chaplain Terry Wildman is trying to do with his Shelter of Hope. The Rev. Larry Rice, however, wants to make a name for yourself plus lots of money. Rice has tried to discredit Wildman in every way possible, and I certainly don't think this is the Christian way of doing things. Please go back to your big city and leave us alone.

Doing their job

IN reply to the "Speeding tax" comment: It's sleazy to bash our police officers, small town or not. They are doing the job they are paid to do. Those who follow the law have no issues. Speeders shouldn't get upset because they were caught. I saw someone speeding, and I was glad to see the speeder caught. Speeding puts lives in danger.

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Here is the problem I have with the Republican party today. They want a free market system except when it has something to do with what they want. How are farm subsidies any different from other corporate subsidies? And please don't come here and say the subsidies are for family farms. I know a farmer in Southeast Missouri who has thousands of acres of land under different names and draws a check on each one. How much do so called American corporations pay in taxes to the American treasury? The Tea Party and Republicans across the nation holler throw the bums out, but not ours. If you are serious, you will vote against any incumbent, and against anyone who has been a politician, such as Roy Blunt. I will wait to see how that works out in November. You only make yourself look foolish when you chant, scream, and prance with your signs. Just read an article by a conservative writer talking about how many times President Obama has been on vacation. How many did Bush take that no one here complained about? Please look it up, I can bet you he was on vacation over 30% of his time in office. I don't begrudge him because most are working vacations, but lets be truthful and honest. Lets not be Hypocrites just because of party affiliation. Sorry for the long post as you know I don't come here often and I am usually succinct. Again I apologize, and lets put America back together. It will take us all.

-- Posted by oldvet on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 7:49 AM

Sorry but I know I will catch "*ell" from some here, but at least argue the facts and point out where I am wrong. Please don't just spout talking points off Fox. I watch Fox also, so know most of them.

-- Posted by oldvet on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 7:59 AM

Man I am on a roll today got to stop watching Fox. This thing with the mosque has gotten out of hand, and Fox keeps perpetuating the problem. How can you honestly say you believe in American ideas and the Constitution and oppose the mosque? Come on it is time to grow up people. We all love this country for what it stands for and freedom is the most precious commodity we have. I will sign off now for another time I hope.

-- Posted by oldvet on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 8:10 AM

Paying the Price? Where were all of these "don't bury us in debt" protesters when Bush was starting wars, expanding entitlements and creating whole new branches of government? Things wouldn't be any different if a Republican were in office. We had 8 years of a republican in office and it was hardly a utopia. Get over yourselves.

-- Posted by SteveM on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 8:24 AM

It's hogwash...You haven't sat in on any lecture classes in a university lately have you...and listened to the "enlightened" professors integrate their unsolicited political remarks into the subject at hand. If you had, you would it indeed know...

It's hogwash.

-- Posted by Hawker on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 9:28 AM

Cardinals 9 , Giants 0....yeah...

-- Posted by ad..man on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 9:40 AM

Crosswalks, signals...I think I'd rather rely on my own eyes and ears to tell me it's safe to cross the road. :o)~

Doing their job...I never gripe about the police. They are my friends.

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 11:00 AM

As far as the homeless problem in Cape. Lynwood Baptist is taking on the task now and are, I am sure, financially able to complete this or able to secure the funding. Also, they are already established here and trusted. The good chaplain has been trying to open the building on Sprigg now for eight months and has faced one obstacle after another. Maybe he should join forces with them, offering his certified credentials in homeless, and let them do the leg work on getting this thing rolling.

-- Posted by all seeing eye on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 11:18 AM

Ya know, I was exposed to the 'commie, socialist liberal, left wing anti-government, anti-war, anti-business and anti-American professors when I was in college (back during the 60s) and guess what? I am a conservative who actually knows what the other side believes. I understand where they are coming from and still disagree with them . . not out of ignorance or having only been exposed to the conservative propaganda but out of knowledge and thought. Oh, and I don't believe that calling people names changes their opinions (directed at the Limbaughs, et al)

Many young people are liberal. Most of them recover.

-- Posted by one4kids on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 12:11 PM


How long has it been since you were in college? I remember having a professor at SEMO who consistently bashed Democrats. He has passed on now but was also a business man in the community. I doubt college has changed too much from the 80's...except for the computer thing. Still had to use the Dewy Decimal System at Kent when I was there.

-- Posted by SWBG on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 12:13 PM

my grandparents raised me..one was a strict Democrat , the other a staunch Republican..

they would sit and argue for hours , life was swell...☺

anyone who chooses sides loses out , IMHO

-- Posted by ad..man on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 12:17 PM

Doing their job ---- take down the cameras !

-- Posted by ad..man on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 12:21 PM


I don't think there are any cameras around here.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 1:35 PM

[after a female student answered correctly why America pulled out of Vietnam]

Professor Terguson: Is she right? 'Cause I know that's the *popular* version of what went on there. And a lot of people like to believe that. I wish I could, but I was *there*. I wasn't here in a class room, hoping I was right, thinking about it.


Professor Terguson: I was up to my knees in rice paddies, with guns that didn't work! Going in there, looking for Charlie, slugging it out with him; While


Professor Terguson: pussies like you were back here partying, putting headbands on, doing drugs, and


Professor Terguson: listening to the goddamn Beatle albums! Oh! Oh! Oh!

Thornton Melon: Hey Professor, take it easy. These kids were in grade school at the time, and as for me... I'm not a fighter, I'm a lover.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 1:46 PM

I assumed (you know where that gets you) that one or two of these words would be **** out - kinda makes them funnier. If someone wants to X this out, that'd be OK. I love(ed) Sam Kinison....

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 1:48 PM

Sam Kinison was one of the funniest comedians I have ever seen.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 2:17 PM

For those of you who think President Obama has the right to take so many vacations I have this to say to you. President Bush WENT HOME to Crawford, Texas to his ranch. The home HE IS paying for. Where has Obama gone to, every place you can think of. Bush didn't take "lavish" vacations like Obama is. And guess who is paying for them, WE ARE!!!

-- Posted by Dave85 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 3:47 PM


Thanks for the great post. It makes me want to put on the old trunks and brush up on my triple lindy.

-- Posted by 2times2 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 5:34 PM

oldvet sure repeats a lot of talking points...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 9:41 PM

Maybe Obama could go on a full time vacation until the end of his term in office. That way maybe he'd keep out of mischief and causing trouble.

-- Posted by voyager on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 11:12 PM

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