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Speak Out 1/14/13

Monday, January 14, 2013

‘Just say no' strategy

Will this strategy succeed? Republicans lost the election at the national level in large part because of their "just say no" obstructionism. They are trying to rectify this now by just saying "no" even more.

Assault weapons

The Republican Congress and Senate are making a big thing out of this terrorist attack at Benghazi. Yes, it was bad, and maybe it could have been avoided by either more soldiers or pulling them out, which would have been the best move. However, the loss of four people does not even come close to the loss of 20 school children and [six] adults. Congress will do nothing about the assault rifles and pistol magazines. These guns are only good for war where mass killings happen. They are not for hunting and are not needed for protection.

Mental illness

We need to get the government to provide more money to help the mentally ill, as we have several that really need the help. Just a few are conservative radio host Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, David Limbaugh, Donald Trump and Rev. Jones. There are also a lot of Congress members that need help also. However, I am afraid most of these would have to be put on disability as I don't think they could be completely helped.

Jackhammer mentality

Southeast Missouri State University's decision to raze a piece of property near the River Campus that gives all Cape residents an important sense of our continuity reveals a mindset so lacking in aesthetic and historical sensibility it calls into question SEMO's understanding of the values that universities are supposed to perpetuate -- not pummel with a jackhammer.

Deficit hawks

One wonders where David Limbaugh, Byron York, Mike Jensen and other debt and deficit hawks were when George W. Bush was wildly increasing the Clinton balanced budget with an out of control spending spree on an unneeded war in Iraq, the longest war in American history in Afghanistan, unfunded Medicare, Part D, and on and on and on.

Wordplay

Is "food security" now considered one of the euphemisms for government handouts?

Jensen's economy

Mike Jensen recently wrote something with which his growing legion of critics would agree. It was, in part, " ... maybe I'm not sufficiently versed in economics."

Cookie name

I was calling about the cookie recopies. I was wondering why the baker called hers cornbread bars when there was no corn in them.

Bulletproof doors

Due to the tragedy that has occurred in the country, has anyone thought about bulletproof doors instead of glass in our schools? It would be nice if that could happen and protect children better. We're protected as much as could be. Think about the possibilities. Thank you.

Jackson workers

The city of Jackson really takes good care of us. We appreciate it. They worked over 12 hours on Greensferry Road to replace a water main. God bless you guys.

Right and wrong

Shootings are the results of a society that teaches anything is OK and we no longer believe in right and wrong. Liberals never let a crisis go to waste. Therefore ban the guns and let the shooters have defenseless victims. We have to be able to defend ourselves. Socialism destroys morals, ethics and the financial foundation of a society and then becomes a police state. Either we stand for freedom or we will lose it.

Leaf pickup

The 2012 leaf pickup schedule says there will be more leaf pickups more frequently. It's been over a month since they've picked up in Château Manor subdivision. The grass is dying from the leaves laying there for so long.

Jensen, Emerson

I echo Mike Jensen's commentary regarding the resignation of Rep. Emerson. Her abrupt resignation in these trying times robs our district of a seasoned, common sense, trusted legislator. After campaigning she'd be there, I feel betrayed.

Sullivan

I would like to applaud Joe Sullivan for his River City Journal. He is very well stated and I totally agree with his comments.

Ad placement

I was really shocked when the television put on a gun commercial right behind all the people talking about the school shootings. That was in poor taste and uncalled for.

Video games

Are we still thinking violent video games and movies don't affect our children in a negative way? Think again.


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"Her abrupt resignation in these trying times robs our district of a seasoned, common sense, trusted legislator."

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

-- Posted by the_eye on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 6:44 AM

Mental illness: Just what we need more people on the disability payroll.

Bulletproof doors: Since I also recommended this ideal in an earlier S.O., I agree with you.

Right and wrong: Here's a thought, take the guns from the BAD guys and leave the GOOD guys with their guns.

Video games: There is no use for violent video games.

Thought of the day: Why is it that we name vaccines such as Flu shots, do we really want the flu. Why not name them Anti-Flu shots.

-- Posted by semo471 on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 7:23 AM

Assault weapons

First, get your facts straight, Assault Weapons are select fire weapons capable of semi and full auto operation and have been illegal without a Class II permit from BATFE since the 30's.

The 2nd Amendment is NOT about hunting, doing some reading on the discussions in the Federalist Papers and others.

The woman in Georgia emptied her six shot revolver on a burglar hitting him five times yet he was able to leave. What would have happened if there had been multiple attackers? Do you think you really ever have too many bullets in a life or death situation?

-- Posted by 356 on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 9:32 AM

It is not a just say no obstructionism. It is a fundamental difference in opinion. WhY hasn't Harry Reid brought to the floor any budgets passed by the house? Maybe the obstructionism is on the Democratic side of the aisle?

-- Posted by chris51home on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 10:14 AM

I am amazed how people tend to swept Benghazi under the rug like there is no importance while focusing on a tragedy here and taking our gun rights. Where was the outcry when this administration sent these same assault weapons to Mexico's drug cartels? Where is the outcry on the 530 plus killing in the most restrictive gun zone in America, Chicago?

-- Posted by chris51home on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 10:26 AM

Republicans did exactly what Obama did in the last election. They held their ground and were re-elected. They also dominate state governorships and legislatures across the country. Democrats are in the minority when it comes to government.

Mentally ill would be a president who is a narcissist and think everything revolves around him. He plays golf more than any president in history while 4 Americans die in Benghazi because he was concerned that a failed rescue might hurt his re-election chances.

And for a democrat to whine about debt with Obama in office his hilarious! It shows your desperation. The funniest part? You went back to your old "It's Bush's fault". Too funny!

-- Posted by Dug on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 10:26 AM

Set the record straight, Rush, David, and many cried out against Bush's deficits. But they, like you and I, have only one vote. If the republicans would start acting like conservatives again then perhaps they can negate the freedoms we are losing on a daily bases. Spend, spend, spend, is only putting us further in debt.

-- Posted by chris51home on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 10:33 AM

The only thing about trying to decide who is the "bad" guy and who is the "good" guy is that sometime the bad guy doesn't wear a black hat! When I was trying to explain to my little granddaughter not to talk to strangers - I had to include ALL strangers, carefully explaining that you can't always tell the bad strangers from the good strangers. How would you make that call? Other than mental health records how would you know? You can't go on someone's gut feeling! Otherwise, we may all be in trouble!

-- Posted by America First on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 11:50 AM

Concerning the old handball court...you must realize that the university does what a very few administrators deem. Thus, when one wants it down, down it comes. Anyway, there was no money to be made from leaving it there. What a classless and tasteless bunch.

-- Posted by Whatacrock on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 1:09 PM

I bought fertilizer last spring,filled my diesel cans yesterday and may have to rent a UHaul to help my daughter move. Wasn't there some guy that did exactly the same thing a few years ago and killed something like 160 people including 19 children under 6 injuring hundreds more? Where was the outcry to ban all those things?

-- Posted by dab1969 on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 8:37 PM


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