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Speak Out 12/16/11

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thank you

THANKS to First Presbyterian Church on Lorimier and Broadway for the beautiful living Nativity this past weekend. This year the setting included live animals: donkeys, sheep and even a camel. Our granddaughter was so impressed with the scene, and we also enjoyed hot cocoa and chili in the church's fellowship hall. Good job.

City roads

I am pleased to see that the city is making great progress lately in fixing the roads that have had huge potholes and other problem places where the roads had buckled because of the hot and dry summer. Thank you, and keep up the good work.

Newt being PC

NEWT Gingrich was politically correct before political correctness became popular. A couple of decades ago, Newt was trying to get the name of the national Christmas tree changed to the national holiday tree. What do you think about that?

Urban deer

IF you're going to call the committee designed to figure out a sanitizing way to kill deer within Cape Girardeau the urban deer hunting committee, then be prepared for a Speak Out tongue-lashing straight out of the Urban Dictionary.

Pearl Harbor

THANKS to congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson and the Southeast Missourian for writing Pearl Harbor Day pieces commemorating the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Parade, politicians

I just wanted to speak out against all the political involvement in Jackson's Christmas parade. I don't think the tea party or any of the political candidates have a place in a Christmas celebration like the parade. I just feel it makes it just a little less joyful. I think there were at least five or six political ads in this year's parade and that is five or six too many. Let's leave that stuff for the media or yard signs. Christmas is for the children and those who want to celebrate their faith.

City survey

I sure hope I get a survey from the city. Cape Girardeau is a wonderful place to live. Not perfect, but great.

Jensen column

MIKE Jensen recently launched yet another broadside attack against the Obama administration for allegedly dividing the nation. Of course, nothing was written about Newt Gingrich nor did Jensen mention that he himself, as well as Gingrich, are the nation's penultimate polarizers.

President's speech

IN President Obama's "Teddy Roosevelt" speech he said the pretty words, and they sound so meaningful, but he doesn't mean them. They are just words, just tools that he uses to try to gain re-election. He says our system should be fair, that everyone should have the same chance, and everyone should play by the same rules. Isn't that what America has always stood for? It's he who is changing America. He said he was going to, and now he is.

Pujols deal

PUJOLS may not have gotten such a big deal after all. Has he figured the cost of living in California? And it isn't getting any better as the state is broke. He will have 10 years to figure out if it was a mistake or a good deal.

Telling the truth

DAVID Limbaugh recently assured us that the 2012 presidential election won't be about competing visions for the country but rather about who is telling the truth. I hope Limbaugh is correct, particularly in light of the fact that the Republican nominee could well be Newt Gingrich.

Committee agenda

ARE you kidding me? I have read a lot of incredulous statements in the Southeast Missourian, but none surpasses the recently quoted person who said no one on Cape Girardeau's urban deer hunting committee has an agenda, unless you do not consider "an agenda" to mean favoring the decimation of the deer population.

Obama chaos

TO the person who submitted the class warfare comment: Thank you, I was beginning to believe I was the only one. Look at all the discord and chaos Obama has brought. And people want another four years of that?

Ron Paul

This may be premature but I think I'm pre-empting a lot of others by sincerely thanking Ron Paul for running for president as a third-party candidate, thus ensuring the re-election of President Obama.

Dems communication

THE right has talk radio. The Democratic Party needs to organize to confer with others in the party to communicate priorities of their platform and agenda.

Start petition

GOOD people need to sign a petition and get a long list of names to give to the FCC to get some of these things changed on the television or radio, some of the foul words and obscenity.

Voter list

ALEXANDER County voters are facing another election next March, and we still have that overloaded voter registration list on our hands. With seven county clerks within the past 20 years or so, we just don't seem to have the time to follow the Illinois statutes regarding purging the voter rolls. A lot of lip service is all we seem to get on this matter.

Littering problem

I was driving south on West End Boulevard near Shawnee Park and noticed that the side of the road has become a place where people think they can throw out their trash. This makes our city look bad. It is only going to blow to the other side of the road, then into the park that the city has invested a lot of tax dollars into. If people do not respect the law and stop littering, the next generation will inherit a pile of trash that we create for them.

Europe, U.S.

IT'S an interesting fairy tale that Wayne Bowen spun in last Thursday's paper about the cause of the European nations' debt. With just a little research, a person can ferret out the actual cause. Surprise, it has the exact same origins as our present economic crisis. Here's a hint: It starts with Goldman Sachs, the banksters and deregulation.

Dress code

IF there is a dress code for students, then there should also be one for all employees of the school. Adults wearing school uniforms would help with safety problems. Uniforms will show which adults are outsiders and which belong on campus.

Broadway buildings

I'M not a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, so I have no ax to grind here. But I have no problem with them tearing down the old, dilapidated building. For years, people have been griping about the buildings on Broadway, but none of these gripers has done a single thing about it. Everyone expects either the government or "someone else" to fix things.

Remembering the fallen

WHEN our president and the president of Iraq laid the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier honoring the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women, I wonder if the families of those whose remains were buried at a New Jersey landfill somehow felt left out.

Will column

COLUMNIST George Will wrote that if Ron Paul ran as a third-party candidate, he could ruin the Republican chances to recapture the presidency. Run, Ron, run.

Pujols headline

SO now the newspaper publishes a headline saying Pujols "flees." Really? So when a person takes a different job they're fleeing their former employer? Ridiculous.

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Bloomfield Road: Went down the "new" Bloomfield Road yesterday and what a waste of time and money. Very little was paved.

Albert Pujols: Greed has overcome Albert and wait and see, his star is dimming.

Littering problem: The police needs to enforce littering or delete the law from the books. Why not take pride in Cape and set up teams to pick up trash. Remember no splitting on public roads or sidewalks, it's against the law.

Deer: Leave them along, they will be gone when Spring arrives.

Ron Paul: He doesn't have a chance for the Republican nomination and if he runs on a third party it's 4 more years for Obama.

My favorite Christmas Carol this year is: I saw mommy kissing Herman Cain.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 8:57 AM

pujols: I don't think anyone making over $20M/yr. really thinks too much about the cost of living

-- Posted by chinook on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 9:19 AM

Pearl Harbor: I had an uncle who was serving in the Army and stationed at Pearl at the time of the attack. He and his wife and baby boy survived the attack and when they returned to their apartment a large bullet hole was in the baby's room near the crib. My uncle always took part in the parades honoring the Pearl Harbor vets.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 9:44 AM


-- Posted by s☼ce on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 6:50 PM

What happen to all of the earlier posts?

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 6:55 PM

Only crazy people end up with me

They come from all over to be with me

Street robbers and muggers , drunks and drug dealers

Only crazy people end with me.

Merry Christmas to all !..☺

-- Posted by s☼ce on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 7:58 PM

s☼ce , the early Teton sign of life .

try holding the Alt button down while typing 527 .

It may depend on your keyboard , your PC , or your luck .

-- Posted by s☼ce on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 11:03 PM

You are welcome as the Merry Season !

-- Posted by s☼ce on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 12:43 AM

Only 8 days 'til Christmas !-- Posted by Rick. * * on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 8:13 AM

Rick: Don't know if anybody has thought of this yet but with the deer hunting fever in Cape, Santa might be afraid to land his reindeers in Cape so all the good little boys and girls might be disappointed this year.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 8:57 AM

BTW , does anyone know the first name of Mrs.Claus ? i mean , everyone knows Santa but what is his wife's name ?-- Posted by Rick. * * on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 9:20 AM

Rick: C106 radio station had this as a trivia question the other day so I won't list it as not to spoil the fun for others.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 10:01 AM

As far as I can tell the first name of Mrs. Claus is a mystery. Many people mistakenly say that it is "Goody" because of the 1889 poem "Goody Santa Claus On A Sleigh Ride" but that is actually a title not a name. Goody is short for Goodwife, an old-fashioned way of saying Mrs.

-- Posted by Data48 on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 11:21 AM

I did a Google search, and I came up with Jessica Claus. I'm not sure if that's right or not.

-- Posted by SpankyTheTanky on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 12:08 PM

Wait , did they have kids ?

-- Posted by Rick. * * on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 12:03 PM

Well, of course they did. Where do you think all the little elves come from?

-- Posted by SpankyTheTanky on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 12:14 PM

I've also heard others claim that Mary Christmas was the maiden name of Mrs. Claus but this appears to be a myth. There is no literary record of anyone ever using this name in any of the various stories she is in. The Jessica Claus name comes from the cartoon "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" a cheapo 1970 Rankin/Bass production. I wouldn't count that one!


-- Posted by Data48 on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 12:40 PM

Yes, watch out for the idiots that text message while they are driving far worse then the drunk driver.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 1:25 PM


You might like to look at this search from Google. Have Fun!! You may need to cut & paste it on your browser. https://www.google.com/search?q=keyboard...

-- Posted by Retired93 on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 1:41 PM

Probably done been thought of - but was watching a commercial about a text converter on the landline - where the grandmother could read what Skippy was saying.

Figure the next great thing would be a voice-to-text message app - read what someone sent, hit 'reply' and talk the response back. Certainly would beat trying to respond with too-big fingers on a too-small keyboard. :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 2:44 PM

I did a Google search, and I came up with Jessica Claus. I'm not sure if that's right or not.-- Posted by SpankyTheTanky on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 12:08 PM

Spanky: That was the correct answer to C106 trivia question of the day.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 3:07 PM

Friday 12/16 was the 200th anniversary of the start of the New Madrid earthquakes in 1811 and 1812. Hopefully it will be another 200 years before another series of earthquakes takes place in this area. 200 hundred years ago today the song "A Whole Lot of Shaking Going on" was written.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 4:01 PM

Rick: Don't you know yet you can't get the best over a female? Been trying for 46 yrs. to no avail.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 5:01 PM

Me'Lange: Do you think Netflix is worth the money, been thinking about it.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 6:23 PM

I could never do DVD only, because like renting movies, I dislike returning stuff and find my USPS (home) carrier is not a reliable out-going mail source.-- Posted by Me'Lange on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 6:44 PM

Me'Lange: Thanks for the input. With the mail dely as it is the DVD is not an option. Streaming seems like the way to go. Like you I have AT&T DSL and DirecTv, the cost keeps going up would like to drop it like you did. Well have some thinking to do.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 7:02 PM

Sorry to the cigarette smoker who was standing in line with us at the gas station .

I am sorry for taking the cigarette from your lips and throwing it out side . I realize your face is your personal space , you are American , and you have your individual rights . I did not realize you did not have any sense .

-- Posted by s☼ce on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 9:36 PM

Sorry, I couldn't resist. ☺

OK, so what did I miss?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 10:41 PM

I am sorry

-- Posted by s☼ce on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 11:01 PM

Smoking is a personal choice .

This person made a personal choice to do something no one else was allowed to do .

I made my personal choice to stop them .

-- Posted by s☼ce on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 11:08 PM

(it doesn't matter but we know each other from SO , i was saying i was sorry)

-- Posted by s☼ce on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 11:36 PM

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