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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Good Samaritan

Not being able to pay for my groceries recently at Country Mart, a nice lady left a $30 gift card for me to pay for my children's food. The card said, "Merry Christmas in honor of the 26 new angels from Conn." I'm a little short on getting the point, but a girl enlightened me that this was in honor of those 20 children and six adults killed. I just wanted to say thank you and that she too is an angel. We do have angels among us. God bless all people trying to do good in an ungodly word. Thank you.

School safety

I think one of the best suggestions as far as protecting schools was on Facebook where someone said returning veterans who can't find a job would be good to train and work at the schools as guards. They would be very good. I believe this idea is one we should consider.

Father Craig

I read in the paper about a Father Walter Craig and the man's arrest. He was an outstanding priest when he was in Jackson. I knew him personally. He was an outstanding man; let the man rest. Let's remember the good things.

Sandy spending

I've been listening to what recent legislation approved: over $9 billion to help the northeast because of Superstorm Sandy. I didn't hear if there's a vision for anything after the storm. I remember back in Louisiana when there was a bad flood, about a third that was spent couldn't be accounted for. This is typical of our government spending and why they can't control the deficit. They can't keep up with what they do with our money, as long as they spend it and make someone happy to vote for them or give them campaign money.


We Americans are such hypocrites. We act appalled at the killing of baby girls in China, yet here in America we sit idly by and allow abortion, the slaughter of unborn babies.

Job performance

If I did my job like the Congress and the president do theirs, I would have been fired a long time ago.

Obama's agenda

President Obama's lofty and soaring endorsement of a solid progressive agenda for his second term make the snarky Southeast Missourian critiques of the commander in chief seem even more small minded and tortuously trivial.


If someone with a gun is breaking into my home to do harm, I want more than a cellphone to protect my family. The police can't be everywhere, and God help us if we turn in your guns and the movie "Red Dawn" becomes real.

Gun debate

The gun debate is getting old. Don't have one, don't want one, and don't need one.

Government's role

It has taken over three decades but I now think it is safe to say that most Americans now believe that Ronald Reagan's famous quote has been turned on its head. The majority of people have come to believe their government is not the problem. Indeed, in many instances it is the solution.

Leaving early

Conservative voters and elected officials established a record with Conservative/Republican/vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who resigned as governor with approximately 50 percent of her term left. The 8th District Rep. Jo Ann Emerson has wiped out that record by an astounding margin. With Rep. Emerson's resignation, she hit it out of the park with 99 percent of her elected term left. Go figure.

Handball court

About midway through the article pertaining to Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, I had to laugh as the person being interviewed gave all these safety reasons why this ball practice court at the old seminary River Campus was unsafe and then followed the quote with "and it is in the way of the new building." Ah, there's the real reason. Why can't they just be up front with their real reason? They do whatever they want anyway, and then pass the inflated cost onto the backs of the students.

Liberalism's effects

My first paycheck for 2013 had 35 percent taken out for taxes, thanks to those who voted for liberalism over capitalism. The hard-earned money taken from me will not be spent in tips at restaurants or merchandise at retail stores where the people who voted for this path rely on my money. I guess they will get it anyway in government health care, debit cards and all the programs they feel they are entitled to from my hard work.

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Liberalism's effects, The only 2013 tax change was FICA taxes returning to their 1990 rate. Be thankful for the 2% discount you received the last two years.

-- Posted by persnickety on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 4:54 AM

Controversy is the name of the game

It seems that some don't feel the same.

They accuse others of beginning to stalk

when the strain of speak out they can't walk

Following the comments and you will see

that each one addresses one addressed to me.

Some writers I admire to the top

some when I read I just want to stop.

I like a good thought, doesn't have to be mine

But hard to take if all one's post is a whine.

Rick, Wheels, SEMO and a few more

always make it interesting to the core

I don't always agree with what they say

But they certainly don't try to ruin the day.

Respect for others is the key to good debate

But if you insult each comment enemies you make

I, for one, have to make a little fun

Don't feel bad if you are not the one!

-- Posted by America First on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 6:57 AM

If one has evidence they are being stalked, threatened or harassed by another, they should file a police report.

-- Posted by ratiocination on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 7:18 AM

I see where a City Council in St Louis County I believe gave tax breaks to Wal Mart to build there. What in the world does a wealthly major Corporation like Wal Mart need a tax break to locate in a City. More Corporate Welfare at it's best.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 8:06 AM

"House Speaker John Boehner said that President Obama's focus is to annihilate the Republican Party. Do the Republicans look like they need help from President Obama?" --Jay Leno

Funny and sadly, True.

-- Posted by Cogito on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 9:49 AM


Received this in an email. No idea who this guy is but he sure says alot of things only a black man can get away with in todays PC society. He should be hired as a Republican spokesman. Stay with the video to the end. Not your typical political commentator.

-- Posted by dab1969 on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 10:06 AM

What can you buy for $1.4 billion a year? You can buy the most luxurious and costly royal presidency in history.

Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks.

In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family.

Author Robert Keith Gray writes in "Presidential Perks Gone Royal" that Obama isn't the only president to have taken advantage of the expensive trappings of his office. But the amount of money spent on the first family, he argues, has risen tremendously under the Obama administration and needs to be reined in.

Gray told The Daily Caller that the $1.4 billion spent on the Obama family last year is the "total cost of the presidency," factoring the cost of the "biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever," a 50 percent increase in the numbers of appointed czars and an Air Force One "running with the frequency of a scheduled air line."

Perspective: $1.4 billion is equal to spending seven times Mitt Romney's entire net-worth every year. If Romney had to pay for Barack and Michelle's lifestyle this year, he would have been bankrupted by the third week in February.

Now, can we please get back to talking about the evil, freeloading rich people, who didn't build anything and who need to "pay a little bit more."

-- Posted by dab1969 on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 10:17 AM

Gun debate: Just leave your address on S.O. and see what happens.

Stormy night last night, what a mess at Rockview due to the wind and derailment.

Guess "Rick" is in the wittness protection program.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 11:06 AM


Absolutely!! No question about it. Leadership should be transparent with the followers having a clear understanding of the direction and goals of the leader. Lies and obfuscation calls everything a leader does (or says)into question.

However, if I spend all my time and energy railing against the liar, it leaves less time to sell my own ideas and direction.

The only time shouting 'hooray for our side' made any sense was when Lady Godiva rode side saddle through the streets.

-- Posted by Cogito on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 11:10 AM

Dab and Wheels hit the nail on the head

$1.4 Billion? No wonder we're in the red.

Do you folks see any hope for the next 4 years?

We need something to calm our fears!

-- Posted by America First on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 12:10 PM

To the construction workers who beat to death the opposum in a yard on Lear Ave, I hope you feel "manly" about your actions.

-- Posted by dmt49 on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 2:59 PM

Posted by dab1969 on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 10:17 AM

dab1969: It seems that the Obamas need to turn some lights off and turn the thermostat down a little.

Posted by piephod on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 2:59 PM

piephod: If the construction workers had a gun they wouldn't have had to beat the poor opossum to death. Another reason not to have gun control.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 5:35 PM

semo471: It seems to me that a few years ago a man went in and robbed a jewelry store in downtown Cape. The owner ran after the robber and fired a shotgun blast at the guy. So, our wonderful prosecuting attorney, if I remember correctly, was going to file charges against the store owner for firing a weapon inside the city limits. I know who the store owner was but don't want to mention him. In conclusion, the second amendment gives us the right to keep and bear arms, but maybe not the freedom to use them. What do you think?

-- Posted by howdydoody on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 7:02 PM

This hits the nail on the head

AWNA Act - The Americans With No Abilities Act

President Barack Obama and the Democrat-led Senate are considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.

"Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society," said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. "We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing."

In a Capitol Hill press conference, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pointed to the success of the U.S. Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance. Approximately 74 percent of postal employees lack any job skills, making this agency the single largest U.S. employer of Persons With No Ability.

Private-sector industries with good records of non-discrimination against the inept include retail sales (72 percent), the airline industry (68 percent), and home-improvement warehouse stores (65 percent). At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent record of hiring Persons with No Ability (63 percent).

Under the Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million mid-level positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.

Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability (POI) into middle-management positions, and give a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.

Finally, the Americans With No Abilities Act contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as, "Do you have any skills or experience that relate to this job?"

"As a non-abled person, I can't be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them," said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lug-nut twister at the GM plant in Flint, Mich., due to her inability to remember righty tighty, lefty loosey. "This new law should be real good for people like me. I finally have job security." With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Said Sen. Dick Durbin: "As a senator with no abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and a good salary for doing so."

-- Posted by dab1969 on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 7:50 PM

Posted by howdydoody on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 7:02 PM

howdydoody: IMO a person has the right to bear arms and to use a weapon to protect self and family. If an intruder breaks into my house he/she will be met with a shotgun. Just make sure the intruder is inside your house before shooting or you will be in more trouble than he is.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 8:27 PM

I want the source for the 1.4 billion statement, I believe it to be untrue.

-- Posted by bball15 on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 11:28 PM

Sorry, I will check the author's sources.

-- Posted by bball15 on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 11:31 PM

For balance I would suggest the perusal of "THE POWER HOUSE Robert Keith Gray and the Selling of Access and Influence in Washington" by Susan B. Trento.

-- Posted by Cogito on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 12:04 AM

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