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Speak Out 1/4/13

Friday, January 4, 2013

Christmas tournament

Many things make me happy during the holiday season, but at the top of the list is Cape's Christmas tournament courtesy of semoball.com and the online female counterparts to Dick Vitale, Jordan "he scores!" Seabaugh and Rachel "hoops is heaven!" Crader.

Reagan to Limbaugh

We've fallen a long way from the heady days of Ronald Reagan when he consistently praised what he deemed the great wisdom of the American people. Rush Limbaugh has now taken to calling the majority who voted for President Obama, "low information voters," or, on occasion, the more politically incorrect, "morons."

Salaries

Now you've got to admit that something is wrong if the 25 highest paid hedge fund managers made three times the combined salaries of all of New York City's 80,000 teachers.

Trail problems

Motor bikes and four wheelers on the LaCroix Trail. Seriously! Isn't there any monitoring? Seems like they should do a better job of protecting the current trails before expanding.

Police in school

Putting police officers in schools has got to be one of the biggest con jobs the NRA has done. That would be like going to a baseball bat fight with a tooth pick or sword fight with a finger nail file. A pistol is no match for an assault rifle. You have to aim the pistol, but with an assault rifle you just shoot in that direction.

Cover charges

Bar-goers may not be thrilled with paying a cover charge, and most people have no idea why they pay them. It's money that goes toward bands that cost anywhere from $400 to $2,000 a night. The cost of entertainment is higher than ever. Bands are raising their prices because gas is more expensive, the beer distributors' prices are going up, which leads to customers caught in the middle. If you as a customer feel that a cover for your entertainment is ridiculous, then choosing another venue that doesn't charge might be more fitting for you.

Pay raises

As Americans brace for across-the-board tax hikes, President Obama is giving members of Congress -- and his No. 2 -- a pay raise.

Debt vs. GDP

National debt as a percentage of our GDP has been much higher at previous times in our nation's history. Debt and deficit hawks have another agenda in mind other than getting our economy back on track. Indeed, their "solution" would worsen our overall economic condition.


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Police in school

You obviously know nothing about firearms or the history of School Resource Officers, this has been recommended by many including Bill Clinton.

-- Posted by 356 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 6:04 AM

Police in schools

Geez. So you don't have to aim assault weapons. And all this time I've been wasting my time.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 7:08 AM

I realize some who leave comments on here are factually challenged, but most 4th graders have learned enough about government to know that the President does not give pay raises to Congress, Congress does. For Rush Limbaugh to call the American people degrading names reinforces my belief that he is basically unpatriotic and un American.

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 7:33 AM

As one who grew up on a farm in the woods with guns, the notion of putting guns in schools in any capacity is the most quintessentially stupid suggestions I have ever heard.

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 7:37 AM

It is nice to know that I will get a tax hike making $30,000/year as a single mother (and no I do not take handouts), yet Congress gets a pay increase. That really just made my day.

-- Posted by MINT4U on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 8:01 AM

"As of March 27, 2013, federal employees will see a half-percent to one percent pay increase, marking the end of a pay freeze that has been in place since late 2010. Congress hasn't seen a pay raise since 2009."(The Constitution Club). If there are any members of congress with bal** they will vote to refuse the pay increase.

Posted by foxtrot007 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 7:33 AM

foxtrot007: Obama used an Executive Order to increase federal workers pay (don't remember executive orders in my Civics class). http://www.opm.gov/oca/compmemo/2012/201...

Posted by MINT4U on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 8:01 AM

MINT4U: Proud of you for not taking any handouts.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 8:58 AM

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 8:40 AM

And some schools are already allowing some school personnel including teachers to be armed; have been for some time without incident.

-- Posted by 356 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 9:07 AM

How could this be: "Former Vice President Al Gore has made himself a much, much richer man by selling his little watched cable channel Current TV to the Emir of Qatar-funded Arab news channel Al-Jazeera.

Gore netted $100 million with his 20 percent stake in the network when it was sold for a reported $500 million on Wednesday." (Fox News). Al-Jazeera is a pro-Islamist propaganda machine.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 9:16 AM

Opps didn't know that "Shapley Hunter" had a tread about Al Gore's sell of Current TV. I'm behind in the news.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 9:32 AM

Wheels: Since it's colder here in MO than AL, have to stay in the warm bed longer.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 9:56 AM

Wheels: Ran out of fire wood, she's out cutting some now.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 10:40 AM

Cover Charges.....sometimes they go to charity as well. I know Mixing 10 does that during the month of April. They do a great job at donating thousands (yes thousands) to local charities like Relay For Life and MS.

-- Posted by lovemyfamily on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 11:02 AM

Shouldn't have to think this hard on Friday .Rick!

Think you got me on this one. I have failed my spouse who calls me(among other things) "a head full of totally useless knowledge". Venturing a few guesses though-bicycles? Buses? Rickshaws?

-- Posted by dab1969 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 5:32 PM

.Rick, I'll be. Shoulda been thinking in the box (elevator).

-- Posted by dab1969 on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 8:31 AM

This is in response to "Pay Raises". Sorry, but President Obama does not give raises to Congress. They vote themselves raises!!

-- Posted by sickofstupid on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 10:52 AM

Rick: Being an expert on eating popcorn, it is a drop of water.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 11:43 AM

The extreme heat this last summer caused some of the popcorn fields to start popping.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 11:49 AM

Rick: My attempt for some humor on a cold cloudy day.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 1:31 PM

Looks like the Editor is asleep at the wheel today.....no new speakout comments.

...and , ironically , every Presidential election is held on a Leap Year , Feb 29 .-- Posted by .Rick Lately on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 3:31 PM

Rick: That way the candidates have one extra day to campaign and bore the he** out of us.

BTW what happen to the New Time of Enlightenment of Mankind? I'm going to turn my Mayan calendar back in for a refund since it's defective.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sun, Jan 6, 2013, at 9:24 AM

Hmmm, what some won't do for government money - Lebanon (N.H.) Airport Passes Annual 10,000 Passenger Mark http://www.vnews.com/news/3584983-95/leb...

"Lebanon Municipal Airport's sole commercial airline, Cape Air, announced last week it would offer $12 one-way flights to and from Boston and New York through the end of the year. The deal was meant to push the airport's annual outbound passenger traffic past the 10,000 benchmark. Once it reaches that level, the airport qualifies for $1 million in federal subsidies that will go toward facility improvements such as airfield work, lighting, runway resurfacing and more -- a significantly greater amount than the $150,000 it would have received had any fewer fliers flown out during 2012."

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Jan 6, 2013, at 1:18 PM


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