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Monday, April 25, 2011

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I'm glad we live in a community where there are so many churches. Here in this part of the country, you'll notice how we Christians from different churches have joint services. True Christianity from the heart unifies.

-- Posted by swift on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 3:06 PM

I'd like to ask if any of the local churches are joining together to help nearby flood-ravaged towns like Morehouse--or are those people too poor to warrant anyone's attention?

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 6:05 AM

I too have been wondering the samething goatlady, but just like normal, the media outlets around southeast missouri report the news and don't post anyway of contributing at the end of the stories, this is not really aimed at the daily statesman guys it's aimed at television stations that like to report only half the story, good job channel 12

-- Posted by MikeM68 on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 8:37 PM

ummmm sorry swift :)

-- Posted by MikeM68 on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 8:37 PM

channel 12 actually posted something finally on their website .......


-- Posted by MikeM68 on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 10:50 PM

I saw a photo of the Morehouse city limits sign, and I heard that they did acknowledge that the MoDot dirt levee on Hwy 60 caused more flooding programs.

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, May 1, 2011, at 9:34 AM

i got several photos from there the past few days never posted any of them I feel so sorry for these people and now more rain coming this is a sad situation for alot of people.

-- Posted by MikeM68 on Sun, May 1, 2011, at 11:52 AM

Just want to share with all of you that people all over are keeping you in our prayers. I, like many others have family and friends in the area.

-- Posted by BarbaraNTexas on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 3:10 PM

Years ago much of SEMO was underwater.They dug dithces,canals to drain the water off and built levees and dams to hold the water back.Well guess what.. they failed any thing man made is not going to be perfect and it WILL fail at some point. It will continue to flood every so often and there isnt much anyone can do about it but expect it prepare for it and go on living in the flood prone areas. Its like building Nuclear Power plants in earthquake zones and expect an earthquake not to happen or farming in the Mississippi River bottoms or the Missouri bottoms and expect a flood not to happen and ruin the crops. "There is nothing new under the sun" We will keep on having floods and earthquakes and other happenings just like in the begining of time and wont stop until the end. You would think we would be used to it by now.....

-- Posted by usedtoliveindexter on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 7:34 PM

usedtoliveindexter, are you talking about the area off Missouri Bottom rosd in North St. Louis County?

-- Posted by mythought on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 2:14 PM

That was a good question, Goatlady. So, I checked the Standard Democrat. I typed "churches helping flood victims in morehouse, sikeston" in the google search engine and quite a few results:

seMissourian.com: Local NewsSIKESTON, Mo. -- Due to flooding in Morehouse, students and staff of the town's ... for flood victims in Poplar Bluff and at Scott County Central High School. ... First Baptist churches in Charleston and East Prairie and the Morehouse ... Health Center on Friday urged anyone helping out with the flood fight to ...


Charleston Baptist Association - Benton MissouriMiner Baptist Church in Sikeston is serving as a collection point for those wishing to help the many flood victims in our area. ...


News/Talk 930 KWOC > HomeMay 2, 2011 ... Flood Victim? Need Help? Monday May 2, 2011 and Tuesday May 3, 2011. From 10am to 7pm .... Morehouse First Baptist Church Morehouse, MO ...


NWS: Widespread wind damage in Calloway Co., KY - FOX19 News and ...Apr 25, 2011 ... Hwy 60 3 miles west of Morehouse Calloway County, KY Brownwood, MO .... 10: 00 p.m. - Heavy rain in Sikeston 8.75 inches as of 9:30 p.m. ... Currently, a shelter has been opened in Shawneetown at the Baptist Church. ... will be going to Poplar Bluff to help support initial flood relief efforts. ...


"churches helping flood victims in missouri":

News/Talk 930 KWOC > HomeMay 3, 2011 ... Flood Victim? Need Help? Monday May 2, 2011 and Tuesday May 3, 2011. From 10am to 7pm ... Butler County, MO: First United Methodist Church ...


Breaking News | Latest News | Current News - MyFoxMemphis.com ...Flood worries that prompted the U.S. government to blast open a Missouri levee .... Helping Flood Victims in Need. New Direction Christian Church is teaming ...


Charleston Baptist Association - Benton MissouriMiner Baptist Church in Sikeston is serving as a collection point for those wishing to help the many flood victims in our area. ...


Semo.net Weblog Black River Flooding Alert -- Check Back For UpdatesApr 25, 2011 ... Southeast Missouri's Online Community. ... Volunteers are to meet at Midland Church or Collins Chapel to help unload the trucks and distribute from ... Flood Victim? Need Help? Monday May 2, 2011 and Tuesday May 3, 2011 ...


I post these for info purposes. If you have friends or loved ones who are victims of the floods, there is help.

-- Posted by swift on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 4:08 PM

I've heard from a very reliable sourse that DHS is going he*l in a hand-basket and the principal is just letting it happen...and is also arrogant and rude to parents. Maybe do a report on Matthews.

And what is all this GOTH stuff they do? And what is all this stuff they do in the woods out past the old Miller Pond? And why doesn't the SCHOOL enforce a dress code that does not allow Goth? And what is this I hear about the kids either being IN...or OUT? I hear that cyber, and actual bullying, is RAMPANT in Dexter schools. Any truth to this? What are you doing Bryce? What is the TEACHER"S UNION doing? Not much I suspect.

You folks with kids in school please ask them...

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 7:26 PM

Mr Matthews is not the principal. He is an assistant superintendent and is retiring at the end of the year. Corey Mouser is the principal and Chuck powers is the assistant principal, both are doing a fine job and I have never known either of them being rude to parents.

-- Posted by mythought on Thu, May 5, 2011, at 9:17 AM

Has anyone noticed how ragged the flags are at the Stoddard County Confederate Memorial at the Bloomfield Cemetery? They are so ragged!

-- Posted by swift on Thu, May 5, 2011, at 3:30 PM

Thank you mythought. My bad. I was going on second hand info. Won't do that again.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 7:31 AM

Yes, swift, I noticed that last year, so I'm sure they're even more ragged than ever now. My sister and I were touring the cemetery, and she was horrified by the flags. She said that she would be willing to pay to replace them--but I could never find out who to contact about it, and she doesn't live close by, so the matter was dropped.

No flag should be allowed to fly in such condition. Whether you agree with the Confederacy or not, those men gave their lives for the cause, and they should be respected. We should pursue this.

Bearcat--nice apology! It's easy for rumors like that to get started. I'm pleased that mythought had more accurate information on the subject.

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 9:49 AM

Does anyone else think it would be better for discussion if the ewditor would come up with a subject and then let the readers just run with comments? The subjects chosen may not always be dynamic but they did manage to get some good exchanges going....

Dear Noreen...please consider changing back to the previous format.

Happy Mothers Day to all you great ladies out there. I sure do miss my Mom....would love to share a cup of coffee with her. I remember when her and Dad used to pour their coffee in a saucer. Did anyone else's Mom or Dad do that? :-)

Dexter Bearcat in Pensacola, Florida.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Sat, May 7, 2011, at 4:17 PM

I am grateful to all the sponsors, schools, and whoever has any part in making the Goodwill Games available to the greatest athletes on earth. They work harder, get little recognition, and still enjoy the day. They encourage each other and are not jealous of one another. True atheletes!!! Thanks again to all who make it possible for our children to shine!!! Doris Biggs

-- Posted by doris on Sat, May 7, 2011, at 11:50 PM

My Dad used to pour his coffee in his saucer. He would have been 99 this year.

-- Posted by mythought on Sun, May 8, 2011, at 1:55 AM

Bearcat, I'm sure you remember how everyone complained about the topics in the previous format. They then went ahead and wrote about whatever they wanted--usually politics.

I'm sure it gets discouraging for an administrator to keep trying to come up with subjects--only to get shot down every time.

I don't like this format as well, either, but the readers have only themselves to blame for the way things are now.

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, May 8, 2011, at 6:42 AM

I feel my mother's presence most in the springtime, when the iris bloom. She died in '06 at the age of 84. Happy Mother's Day, Mom! We miss you.

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, May 8, 2011, at 6:54 AM

Goatlady..I'm sure not going to lose any sleep over not having the old format. Was just saying that thi snew way is much less interesting and does not get the involvement of the other way. It's okay if people go off on tangents...but at least they/we were interacting.

P.S. Sometimes it was difficult to communicate with liberals, but once in awhile you could get them to see the error of their ways.

That should get something going. :-)

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Sun, May 8, 2011, at 7:31 PM

I doubt that you'll "get something started" with that topic, Bearcat. It was pretty well beaten to death on the "old format." Nobody wants to sit and spin their wheels in the mud.

Of course, you could probably get the right-wingers riled up again, and they could rant to themselves until everyone else gets tired and quits posting.

Oh, wait! That's already happened!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 7:49 AM


-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 11:09 AM


GINGRICH 2012 It's about time he stepped in.

I wonder.....will it be:






Doesn't matter..he already has my vote for President...probably the most intelligent and historically knowledgeable candidate we could ever hope for. The Dems hate him because he makes them all look like academic buffoons with no life experiences. However, I am going to do my best to avoid comments like that in the future. :-)

At least I will try.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 12:58 PM

Does anyone know how to dispose of a burned out energy saving light bulb? I replaced ALL our incandescent bulbs with energy saving ones recently. One of the kitchen bulbs blew out. My wife says there is a special way to dispose of them. How to?

-- Posted by swift on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 4:12 PM


Here is the procedure:

-Carefully pick the bulb

-Walk to pantry area..or to the location of your trash can in kitchen area

-Open lid

-Insert bulb

On evening before trash pickup day:

-Tie up trash bag

-Insert bag in large trash can for pick up

-Watch truck as it drives away after picking up your trash. If truck does not disintegrate, bulbs are probably safe for the landfill

-If truck does disintegrate, no one will ever know it was your energy saving kitchen bulb

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 7:28 PM

Do any of you home school your children?

-- Posted by mythought on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 9:33 AM

Thanks, Bearcat72!:) What if you drop it on the floor, and it breaks into pieces? Do we have to call FEMA?

We home-schooled ours, mythought. There are so many different options on how to home school now! The internet is full of websites with resources. Home schooling and private school seems to be less popular here than in southwest Missouri, eg. Springfield. I wonder why. Nothing against public schools, by the way.

-- Posted by swift on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 3:20 PM

We subcribe to an online home school program. It keep track of grades and time spent on each subject. Our child can do this on her own because she knows more about computer use than we do. It also gives us time to set up science experiments and educational field trips. It's a great supplment to the homeschooling.

-- Posted by mythought on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 8:03 AM

By the way, my daugheter spells better than I do too.

She pointed out that it should be (It keeps track of grades and time spent on each subject.)

-- Posted by mythought on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 9:14 AM

One of the advantages of home schooling is you can teach your child Creation Science. ICR has lots of resources for teaching science. I'll never forget how my science teacher in 6th grade at the public school I attended made fun of those students who actually believed God created man instead of man evolving.

The intellectual left is so elitist in their approach. I'll also not forget my phsychology teacher at the MSAC, a junior college in California. She said, "I know there are probably some here in this class who believe the Ten Commandments of Moses are absolute and applicable to today, but we know they were relevant for those people following Moses." That's what our Christian young people are up against when they attend public school. Again, I'm not knocking public education. We have some fine Christian teachers and administrators, but they are limited in what they can or cannot teach.

-- Posted by swift on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 3:54 PM

Hey y'all, this guy was fired for exercising his freedom of speech! It's okay to blame #43 in front of a class, but...

Well, http://www.holdingahammer.com/

-- Posted by swift on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 5:10 PM

Mr or Mrs Editor:

Please end this segment of the paper or return to the original format. It is obvious that this is not working. When it's not working you should try something else.


-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Mon, May 16, 2011, at 8:29 AM

How about like the Speakout Forum on the the SE Missourian?

-- Posted by swift on Mon, May 16, 2011, at 3:54 PM

Swift...I'm talking about the Statesman...the Dexter paper. Not concerned with the SE Missourian...although I have commented in there before.

I think the Dexter paper website is getting to be very, very "busy". Too much "stuff" on there.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Mon, May 16, 2011, at 4:03 PM

Remember the chants we "sang" as we jumped rope? Let us see how many can be produced here. We used to play with jacks and there was a series of moves we made while picking up a certain number of jacks. Who remembers the moves for each number? We bounced a ball against the wall, using a set movement for the number of times the ball bounced. Who remembers the series? Who remembers the scourge of ringworm? Students had to shave their heads and to wear soft caps until the the ringworm was cured--usually with the juice of the outside covering of a walnut.

-- Posted by geezerette on Mon, May 16, 2011, at 4:50 PM

What I want to know is what is our fearless leader going to do about IRAN building MISSILE BASES in Venezuela? George Soros probably paid for them.....Now there is a guy who is the absolute worst enemy of America...and he's proud of it.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Mon, May 16, 2011, at 8:25 PM

Soros is probably the best-kept/best-known secret in the world. His money keeps him insulated and he plays havoc wherever and whenever he wishes. He should be placed within the cross-hairs of a very big gun which is held in the hands of a master rifleman. (My comments about jumping rope, playing jacks, bouncing balls, and ringworm didn't stir the population but I'd be willing to bet that a suggestion of assassination will bring out the comments.)

-- Posted by geezerette on Mon, May 16, 2011, at 9:46 PM

You may be right, Bearcat since the Daily Statesman is a smaller paper.

Soros is the plutocrat behind the Demosocialist party. Everybody needs to check out the Obama Deception documentary.

-- Posted by swift on Tue, May 17, 2011, at 4:40 PM

Noreen..please HELP...please change this back to the original format...we are dying in here. :-)

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Sat, May 21, 2011, at 7:52 AM

I think Bobby Greer is the administrator for this site. At least he used to be, and I don't blame him for getting tired of the old format. It was nothing but gripe, gripe, gripe! With this new free-form site, he doesn't have to come up with topics that get shot down all the time. In fact, I doubt that anyone even checks the site anymore.

We get what we deserve!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, May 21, 2011, at 8:13 AM

goat lady...are you one of those "the cup is half empty" people?

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Sun, May 22, 2011, at 8:43 AM

...just sayin'...

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 4:34 PM

I do miss the former format.

-- Posted by cheers4dhs on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 5:58 PM

Yes, I do, too.

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, May 24, 2011, at 12:33 PM

Goat Lady, on the Southeast Missourian Speakout forum thread I started, said that I and Shannoon Hoon and other right wingers chased her and other folks off and that only preachers and politicians control the blogs on the Daily Statesman.

Goat Lady, why did you not respond to the notes I posted of several churches helping the flood victims? Remember that question you asked awhile back on here insinuating that they probably wouldn't help folks in Morehouse because they were too poor? Why NO reply? Why do you respond to my comments on Actually's blog entries only to criticise my "repitition"? Why do you think only liberals should have freedom of speech? Do think they are more intellectually inclined? I for one, am tired of criticisms with no real dialogue. We non-liberals read and comment on liberal blogs, even agreeing with some of the points! But, we non-liberals don't think we are the only ones whose voices ought to be heard. I'm sorry, gl, but sometimes your critical attacks really get under my skin! Just wondering, gl!

-- Posted by swift on Tue, May 24, 2011, at 3:56 PM

Hedges/Davis for President 2012 http://www.hedges4-12.com/

-- Posted by swift on Tue, May 24, 2011, at 4:00 PM


-- Posted by swift on Tue, May 24, 2011, at 4:03 PM

car companies brag about there gas milage on there car's i heard in the 60's there was a car called the nash that got 40 mile's to the gallon is this is true anyone if so bring it back

-- Posted by maaxxxxy on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 7:36 AM

Swift, my dear myopic soul, I do not question your "freedom of speech." I merely question your need to repeat the same message until it becomes so mind-numbing that we all run away in terror and abandon this site.

How could someone whose writings consume most of the blog space on the Statesman site complain about "freedom of speech"?

Yes, I saw the comments about the churches who helped out flood victims, and that was a wonderful act of Christian compassion. That's what Christianity should be--not a bunch of doctrinal brainwashing tied in with right-wing politics.

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 10:43 AM

GL, I'll try to refrain from repitition. thanks for your constant constructive criticism! You're older than I am, more educated, and more experienced in the field of journalism and education. I respect that.

You're right about Christian compassion. Interestingly, (and I'm not Baptist) it seems the Baptists have been on the forefront of the Christian community in helping the flood victims all the way down the Mississippi River and now the Joplin tornado victims. We should be much more compassionate and less doctrinaire; I agree.

The Prohibition Party's history is one of Christian compassion (call it social justice, social gospel, or whatever). It's called Christian Populism as opposed to Libertarian Populism.

-- Posted by swift on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 3:32 PM

I am thankful to Noreen and the paper for posting pictures in the gallery and making them available to buy copies. Thanks for the time and energy it takes to go to the different activites all over town. I think it is great to see the kids pictures in the paper. It builds their esteem and makes the public aware of the opportunites that are available for our young people. Thanks and keep up the good work. Doris Biggs

-- Posted by doris on Fri, May 27, 2011, at 12:00 AM

Swift, Your latest comment sent me into spasms of laughter! You are TOO good. I certainly hope you intended that sarcasm because it was rich!

-- Posted by geezerette on Fri, May 27, 2011, at 2:09 PM

Tongue in cheek facitious sarcasm, geezerite! LOL!

My blog entry has been edited for length!

-- Posted by swift on Fri, May 27, 2011, at 3:42 PM

Myopic is nearsightedness but sure is better than selective vision or blindness.

-- Posted by swift on Fri, May 27, 2011, at 4:31 PM

HELP!! I'm a canadian girl from quebec and I met someone of your region on chatroulette. his name is Christopher Richard 22 years, he told me he come from Guam, missouri. he said he have 3 waiter's jobs. we talk about 4 hours or more, and the connection froze before a can save the email he gove me!!! and I didn't have the time to give my contact info!! Please help me! This guy told me, beautiful things, and he was sure I'm the love of is life! And maybe it's true, never before a guy make me feel like that!!! I can't forgot him!

-- Posted by syllau on Sat, May 28, 2011, at 1:29 AM

Wow syllau! Your post sounds like those spam entertainment emails I get!

-- Posted by swift on Sat, May 28, 2011, at 10:18 AM

Syllau, Be grateful for bad connections!

-- Posted by geezerette on Sat, May 28, 2011, at 12:38 PM

Hey...a little excitement.....some spammer or scammer comes in here hoping someone will take the bait. Obviously she does not understand that people from Dexter are not easy targets... especially US mental giants who come in HERE.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Sat, May 28, 2011, at 9:06 PM

sorry for the septics! but this story is totally true!!! The only risk here, it's that I look completely ridiculous for you. I'm not a spammer or scammer! Me i personnaly never seen THIS kind of spam...i'm only a simple french canadian girl without bad intention! Anyway I didn't even know how I could take profite of this message... it's just a kind of "bottle in the sea", a way for me to be sure I'd done everything I can to find him.

If someone here still believe in the miracle of love, and want help a really honnest girl to find happiness, any help will be VERY appreciate.

I assure you, I don't want to receive any personnal information from anybody!! But, if by a chance you think maybe know this guy, or only someone who know this guy ; just ask me few questions and it's will be a pleasure for me to give you more details!!

I know it's not really a commun story, and it seem a bit crazy, but please respect it.

Again, never I'd think you are targets, in fact peoples of Stoddard County : you are my only hope!

-- Posted by syllau on Sun, May 29, 2011, at 5:28 AM

Syllau, I think the dude you're talking about may be that dude living under the bridge at Holly Ridge (known also as the "Boogie Woods). Story has it that he rides a horse through those woods at night. You won't be able to see him at night on his horse. He's gothic! In the day time, he changes his appearance to fit the kind of woman he's looking for. Now, this is all hearsay; nobody knows if it's true! He has been known to drive a Cadillac with parts from 1949-1973. He looks just like Johnny Cash!

-- Posted by swift on Tue, May 31, 2011, at 4:07 PM

Syllau kinda reminds me of Bearcat1forall.

-- Posted by mythought on Tue, May 31, 2011, at 9:42 PM

She may be looking for Bearcat1forall. Purfict mache?

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Jun 2, 2011, at 4:08 PM

Bobby, may we try the old format again? I miss the exchange of ideas and different points of view on a myriad of subjects. Yes, there were those who abused the format with their constant political rants no matter what the subject, but they should not be allowed to ruin the opportunity for the rest of us. Thank you for considering my request. Have a wonderful summer!

-- Posted by cheers4dhs on Sun, Jun 12, 2011, at 5:39 PM

I think this format can work. Right now we are all too busy with summer activities to get on line much. Lets give it a little more time, it takes time for something new like this to get off the ground,

-- Posted by mythought on Mon, Jun 13, 2011, at 10:37 PM

mythought...we have already tried this format for MONTHS and it isn't working. Even that bore, "actually", doesn't join in anymore. shannonhoon is nonexistent and I miss those comments.

Please change back as soon as possible.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 8:22 AM

Ah, face it! Shannon Hoon was a figment of your imagination, and Actually is too intelligent to wallow around in the blog-mudosphere! Anyone who saw what happened on the old format would be a fool to post on this site ever again! (and, yes, that includes me!)

Most of you were not around in the pre-hoon days, when people argued without getting personal and stooping to name-calling. It was wonderful! Look back at the archives--07 and 08, perhaps. I'm not sure when Hoon climbed up from the slime to get on board...

It's entirely possible that he's still out there, somewhere, watching and waiting for something big to come up (like the next election???) and then he'll make another grand entrance. We'll call it, "Up from the Slime!"

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 4:23 PM

goat lady...your sweet demeanor is exactly why I would like to see the old format brought back. My slimey self would be commenting but would TRY to keep my remarks non-name-calling and I would attempt to show respect for the "office" of the President of the U.S. Would be extremely difficult to show respect for "the man", aka narcissist, who occupies that office at this time.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Wed, Jun 15, 2011, at 9:37 AM

If anyone doesn't believe Obama is a narcissist, check these websites out. It's a long list, goat lady and repeats itself over and over.


Obama is a narcissist!

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Jun 15, 2011, at 1:25 PM

Hey, I just read on Facebook that Tyson has taken Labor Day off the list of holidays and added a Muslim holiday. Anyone there work for Tyson? Is this true?

-- Posted by BarbaraNTexas on Wed, Jun 15, 2011, at 4:38 PM

Mmmm...narcissism...I thought that was something that characterized ALL politicians...

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Jun 15, 2011, at 8:50 PM

Yes gl, you are pretty much correct! At least most are, especially those of the two major plutocratic parties. We've got a few in the Prohibition Party. There's one who thinks he's right about everything: Leroy Pletten! Some talkshow hosts are narcissists. Rush Limblab is one!

Barb n Texas, I'll check on that. I think the rumor is false, for this year anyway.

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Jun 16, 2011, at 4:44 PM

LOVE the picture of the Bloomfield Courthouse with American Flag. I vote to make this picture a permanent piece of the paper.

I left Bloomfield in 1957 but still love reading the area news!

-- Posted by nmwidow on Fri, Jun 17, 2011, at 12:42 PM

Hey everyone..just scroll down a little and "On the Street" is still here.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Wed, Jun 22, 2011, at 8:03 AM

Yep! I saw that and posted on it already. Pretty cool!

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Jun 23, 2011, at 3:11 PM

Thanks, Swift...I appreciate it, and hope it isn't true...had some people at church asking me about it, too. Have a happy 4th!!

-- Posted by BarbaraNTexas on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 2:52 PM

Barb, I found out that it's only the Shelbyville, Tennessee plant that has decided to do this. Labor Day is still a holiday at our plant! Thank God!

-- Posted by swift on Sat, Jul 9, 2011, at 11:05 AM

Thanks a million, Swift. Good to know it isn't nation wide. Love and blessings!!!

-- Posted by BarbaraNTexas on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 12:05 PM

Hey Folk,

School starts on the 18th, time to be extra alert for the children walking and getting on and off the school busses.

-- Posted by mythought on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 8:39 AM

what about the Johnson grass I thought we were paying to have this sprayed. They charged me for it on my taxes. On my gravel road it is si tall my neighbor had to cut holes in it to check his cows. It wouldn't be so bad but the township was driveing a new tractor.

-- Posted by I.O.U. on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 2:24 PM

sorry hit the wrong button. anyway if they can afford a new tractor surely they can afford a little roundup on the sides of the road. Or can we charge them for haveing to spray our hay feilds because it drifted in from the road.

-- Posted by I.O.U. on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 2:28 PM

Well, isn't this great? Now we have nothing but politicians' interns writing blogs for the Statesman! Is this really what newspaper blogs should be about? I am so ashamed of you!

I guess I'll go check out the Southeast Missourian.

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 9:02 PM

I recieved the following info from an internet source:

{■9.1%: The unemployment rate for the month of July, the second highest level in 2011 and the 25th out of the last 27 months that unemployment has been at or above 9 percent. From March 2009 (the month after the stimulus passed) through July 2011, unemployment has averaged 9.4 percent. Prior to President Obama taking office, unemployment had not been above 9 percent in 28 years.

■30: The number of consecutive months the unemployment rate has been at or above 8 percent--the level the President said unemployment would never reach if the stimulus passed. Unemployment has not been above 8 percent for 2 straight years since the Great Depression.

When Barack Obama took office in January 2009, gas prices averaged around $1.80.

But when Bush was in office and the $1.08 gas went to $1.40+ people screamed bloody murder. And blamed Bush, remember?

Yet, when Obama takes office gas prices doubled, it's O.K. It's the gas guys' fault, not Obama's.}

We are going back into another recession, if we ever even got out of one. My question is, is it still Bush's fault? Maybe, just maybe, it's the fault of the plutocrats running BOTH major parties and running (ruining) our nation! Just maybe? Had enough? Vote them ALL out in 2012!

-- Posted by swift on Sat, Aug 6, 2011, at 11:08 AM

If we're going to copy and paste--The topic of the day is this:

"In downgrading the U.S.'s credit rating, S&P points out what has long been obvious: Washington's inability to come to an agreement on how to close the large fiscal gaps that have emerged since the recession began is troubling. Recent events have sapped the agency's confidence that the government can and will do what is necessary to align revenues with spending commitments. And it's difficult to escape the conclusion that America's credit rating was intentionally sabotaged by Congressional Republicans.

It has long been obvious to all observers -- to economists, to politicians, to anti-deficit groups, to the ratings agencies -- that closing fiscal gaps will require tax increases, or the closure of big tax loopholes, or significant tax reform that will raise significantly larger sums of tax revenue than the system does now. Today, taxes as a percentage of GDP are at historic lows. Marginal rates on income and investments are at historic lows. Corporate tax receipts as a percentage of GDP are at historic lows. Perhaps taxes don't need to rise this year or next, but they do need to go up in the future." (Daniel Gross)

What is the Prohibitionist position on this?

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, Aug 6, 2011, at 8:32 PM

Sorry gl for replying late to your comment and question. I nglected to check out Speak Out while I was at the library yesterday. The Prohibition Party position on this is that neither political party really wants to tackle the problem. Yes, taxes are necessary. Can you believe I really said that? For a lengthy (sorry GL-I'm not articulate enough on this subject) Christian Populist (neither conservative or liberal) economic theory, see my last comment on Actually's most recent blog entry. I'm tired of the stalemate in Washington D.C. I'm tired of the way both parties are run by a bunch of plutocrats who donot care what we the people want or need.


-- Posted by swift on Tue, Aug 9, 2011, at 3:35 PM

Well, I'll have to admit to becoming increasingly disillusioned and disappointed with most politicians on both sides. I believe they've all lost sight of why they've been chosen to serve--but I'm really alarmed by the Tea Party--especially when it's combined with religion. It's dangerous to believe that God is either Republican or Democrat or Tea Party.

History has proven that "Divine Right" is a fallacy.

I wish I understood the economics better--Now I'm sorry I didn't listen in class. However, I wonder how so many "experts" can disagree on what to do in this present crisis.

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Aug 9, 2011, at 9:25 PM

I 've become somewhat disappointed in the Tea party. It started out as a grass roots populist movement. Ron paul's followers actually originated it, but the Republican Party took it over. It then became a "get out the vote" vehicle, used by a political party. That is when the movement began to move away from its populist message. Mix religion into it, and becomes a vehicle for the religious right.

As I said in my blog entry, "What Would Jesus Do? Walking in the Steps of Jesus": "What about the politics of Jesus? If Jesus was here on this earth today. How would He vote? Would He be a Democrat or a Republican? Jesus said that His Kingdom was not of this world or His subjects would fight. He wouldn't belong to either major political party." Fact is, NO political party, including Prohibition Party, has a corner on religion!

GL, I'm also not an expert on economics, but I think the "Jubilee Principle" is probably one of the fairest economic theories. I still don't know what Actually's opinion is on what I posted on his blog entry. I know it's quite lengthy, but it covers the subject.

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 4:12 PM

Goat Lady, If any of them were experts the economic problems of this country would be solved.

-- Posted by mythought on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 8:44 PM

True, mythought. You'll notice that I put "experts" in quotes. I wish someone would just step above politics and try to find a workable solution. All the lashing out that they do toward each other just makes me turn away from all of them.

I tried to listen to an interview with Romney yesterday, ignoring inflammatory rhetoric and concentrating on the "meat" of the argument. I had to give up in disgust, when it became a "bash" fest.

I know some cuts are necessary, but I hate to see them all come from the most needy group. That will cause more problems--just one crisis after another.

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 6:03 AM

Goat Lady, Mythought, etc. Pray for my wife and I as we go to Springdale Arkansas where our church is holding its quadrennial general conference 14th-21st. God bless y'all!

-- Posted by swift on Fri, Aug 12, 2011, at 4:13 PM

Consider it done Swift.

-- Posted by mythought on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 2:13 AM


-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 12:19 PM

Thanks for your prayers, it's good to be back, and we had a good time!

-- Posted by swift on Mon, Aug 22, 2011, at 4:13 PM

you know it is nice to have someplace to vent but enough abot politics. Our hands are tied and we can't do anything about it.So let's address things alittle closer to home that we can actually do something about. you're wearing us out on Obammy. Which is okay but like beating a dead horse.

-- Posted by I.O.U. on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 10:30 AM

The last time mention was made of Obama was Saturday, Aug.6. The subject now is about prayer. So here is a prayer request:

We need to unite in prayer that God will providentially move that hurricane away from our shores and inhabited islands toward the Atlantic Ocean. God can do it! Psalm 18:10, Psalm 104:3, Matthew 8:26-28

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 3:21 PM

No, Swift--the topic is whatever we want it to be! You do not set the topic. We can ALL write about anything we choose--whether prayer, politics, or persimmons...

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Aug 25, 2011, at 10:39 AM

I want to see posts without worthless 'links', some can't be trusted and I refuse to go there. What do others think?

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Thu, Aug 25, 2011, at 10:46 AM

Sorry, Goat Lady! I think you misinterpreted what I said! I just requested prayer for those likely to be in the path of the storm; that's all.

And, I'm not posting anymore links, Dexterite. Worthless of course depends upon one's point of view. I appreciate the links Actually has posted, and I've never called those worthless, even the ones I've disagreed with. Some have actually changed my mind on some things.

I was more or less agreeing with I.O.U's comment.

Anyway, can we not pray for the lives of those who may be impacted by this storm?

End of my subject! Sorry! Excuse me! LOL!

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Aug 25, 2011, at 3:27 PM

Thanks, Swift, for thinking about the millions of men, women, and children living in the path of the hurricane. It's guys like you that make a nation a nation.It's guys like you that make this nation America. Your heart's big enough to tuck everybody

in it. Very few people think or care about the average guy nobody knows.

We are still under God. Prayer is our personal line of communication to Him. No person will hear us. He will. Links are important. Prayer is our link to God and links are links to some unknown person out there someplace.

-- Posted by Billy Joe Parker on Thu, Aug 25, 2011, at 6:30 PM

Well, thanks, Billy Joe. You are a real friend and a great fellow soldier in our fight against alcohol, tobacco, abortion, and other societal evils which are killing Americans from conception through adulthood.

I am trying to refrain from posting links and from being onesided in my comments. I will show compassion without compromising my God given convictions. This means, there will be times when I will agree with liberals and conservatives.

Here's a question though: How does one know a link is worthless without checking it out? On Actually's blog entries and on other forums, I've posted the link to NPR and referred to Brazille's columns, as well as other liberal sources. Do I agree with all of NPR? Of course not! Do I agree with everything Brazille says? Of course not! (Incidently, she exposes some very revealing facts about Governor Rick Perry in one of her more recent columns.)

Richard D. Swift

-- Posted by swift on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 3:07 PM

Swift, You go ahead and post what you think and believe,everyone else does. Nobody can be convinced to change their mind to your way or my way of thinking, but they can make new decisions on things based on new information. So say what you believe, post the links and websites. We can disagree on things without being disagreeable.

-- Posted by mythought on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 9:50 AM

Thanks mythought.

September 1 is the birthday of the Prohibition Party. It was organized 1869 with the camel as its symbol.

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 3:31 PM

I was in the Bloomfield grade school office on Friday. The principal was on the intercom reading names of students to come to the office. These children were recognized for doing well on a test, for being kind to another student, for helping in the class room without being asked, and numerous other accomplishments. It is something done on a regular basis. Michael is special needs and I can't tell you how many teachers and students call out to him," Hello Michael," and take the time to talk with him every day. I am not easily impressed--but I am wowed by the staff and kids at Bloomfield Grade School. Keep up the good work. Granny Biggs

-- Posted by doris on Sun, Sep 11, 2011, at 8:09 PM

I was in the Bloomfield grade school office on Friday. The principal was on the intercom reading names of students to come to the office. These children were recognized for doing well on a test, for being kind to another student, for helping in the class room without being asked, and numerous other accomplishments. It is something done on a regular basis. Michael is special needs and I can't tell you how many teachers and students call out to him," Hello Michael," and take the time to talk with him every day. I am not easily impressed--but I am wowed by the staff and kids at Bloomfield Grade School. Keep up the good work. Granny Biggs

-- Posted by doris on Sun, Sep 11, 2011, at 8:10 PM

This was a nice comment, Granny Biggs! It's nice to see someone say something nice about the school systems. Most of the time, all we hear is complaints. Most of them are working hard and doing the best they can, under difficult circumstances.

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Sep 13, 2011, at 11:37 AM

That is truee, gl. I'm guilty of that myself. Our teachers and administrators work hard, for which they get less thanks than they deserve. In all reality, for the most part, our public school systems here in Stoddard County are good. Patriotism, neighborliness, and the basics are still taught!

-- Posted by swift on Tue, Sep 13, 2011, at 4:05 PM

If you look for only the bad, usually that's all you will find. Aparrently doris also looks for the good in things. Thanks doris :)

-- Posted by mythought on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 7:35 AM

We've lived here in Stoddard county now for 15 years this week. I just want to say that we love this place! We love the people, the community spirit, the places of worship, the way our young people are taught respect in our public schools here, the atmosphere, the patriotism, and I could go on and on! I'm glad we've put our roots down right here in Dexter!

-- Posted by swift on Sat, Sep 17, 2011, at 12:20 PM

There's a very good organization on Facebook called Pet Pardons (http://www.facebook.com/petpardons). Earlier this evening, they posted a pic/video of a dog being skinned for coats that are being passed off as "faux fur". Not long after, Facebook removed the video, banned an admin of the group, then banned the group for 24 hours b/c someone who was a fan of Pet Pardons found it offensive that their 6-year old daughter (who happens to have a Facebook account, when Facebook's policies clearly state you have to be 13 and older to have an account) seen these images.

This group posts hundreds of stories every single day of animals in shelters that will be put down in a short period of time, trying to not only get people to adopt them, but to at least advocate for them, so maybe they won't be put down. They also try to educate those who don't think things like skinning dogs happens in this country. I think it's utter nonsense to block an organization for educating the masses. In fact, is this not against our 1st Amendment rights (since they were posting the images for educational purposes)?

My main goal for posting this is to get people who have Facebook accounts to either join Pet Pardons to help advocate for these poor animals (b/c they can't speak for themselves), and to maybe even get a few of you to contact Facebook a/b banning an organization such as this. In the 24 hours they are banned, there will be HUNDREDS of animals that will lose their lives b/c Facebook thought THE TRUTH was too graphic! Please join me in fighting for this cause!


-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Tue, Sep 20, 2011, at 3:27 AM

I am going to post a quote now and then if that is ok with everyone else. Let me know what you think of them or tell me to stop. I will go by the majority.

~Quote~" You must content yourself to see the world imperfect as it is. You will never have any rest if you agitate yourself because you can not bring mankind to the exact understanding and rule of life which you have formed in your own mind."

-- Posted by mythought on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 9:17 AM

How true, mythought!

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 4:07 PM

~Quote~"Don't rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can't love and respect yourself - no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are - completely; the good and the bad - and make changes as YOU see fit - not because you think someone else wants you to be different."

-- Posted by mythought on Thu, Sep 22, 2011, at 6:28 AM

hmmmmm! I've got to think on this one now. It makes sense. Ok, one's reliance should not be on others when it comes to happiness and self worth. My reliance should be on God. And He can help me make those changes.

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Sep 22, 2011, at 3:27 PM

You are right, we should rely on God. We still have to make the decision to trust Him.

-- Posted by mythought on Fri, Sep 23, 2011, at 7:52 AM

~Quote~ "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."

-Albert Einstein-

-- Posted by mythought on Fri, Sep 23, 2011, at 8:04 AM

SHANNONHOON, where are you.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sat, Sep 24, 2011, at 10:50 AM

SHANNONHOON, where are you.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sat, Sep 24, 2011, at 10:51 AM

Firstly, MrsDolphin, you are a thoughtful, responsible person, and I intend to check out your allegations concerning the group Pet Pardons. I know just where to go..

Secondly, don't be too hard on swift and mythought, dexterite. At least they're posting SOMEthing, even if it they do risk breaking their arms, patting each other on the back!

Thirdly, do NOT wish for the return of that odious, obnoxious, self-righteous man with the dead rocker name, even if you are bored beyond all reason with the Statesman site!

Some things are far worse than boredom!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, Sep 24, 2011, at 11:05 AM

If we are bored because we are not kicking each other's teeth in, so be it. Go to topix for that.

-- Posted by mythought on Mon, Sep 26, 2011, at 6:32 AM

"Pay less attention to what you HEAR about someone, and more to what you LEARN about them...

as you make the EFFORT."

-Og Mandino-

-- Posted by mythought on Mon, Sep 26, 2011, at 8:07 AM

Just a question, I heard recently that people who quit a job or get fired can draw unemployment benefits. Does someone in the know-- know for sure this is true? And if it is true, WHY? What kind of sense does this make--if it is indeed true. IF it is true what can we do to stop that nonsense? Not asking for opinions--just for a fact-- is it legal in Missouri?

-- Posted by doris on Tue, Sep 27, 2011, at 9:53 PM

Those who quit a job usually are denied unemployment benefits. Those who are fired or laid off may or may not recieve benefits, depending on the reasons. At Tyson Foods, if you lose your job as a result poor attendance, you will be denied benefits. I believe that is a federal EEOC policy across the board.

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Sep 28, 2011, at 3:39 PM

I have seen instances in the past where someone was fired for something that the supervisor has overlooked for the most part and then put one of their family members to work in the place of the fired worker. It happens in times of a slow economy.

-- Posted by mythought on Mon, Oct 3, 2011, at 9:44 AM

Hello everyone.how about some thought's on this.Let's build a network of intercontinental aquaduct's.Start up north on the west side of the Mississippi.Build a large overflow aquaduct.Then on the west side of the large overflow aquaduct.Build smaller aquaduct's but say big enough to get a front end loader down in them. For clean out.Every few miles south build another one.Head all of them southwest toward sea level.When you get to northwest Arkanas you level some mountain's fill in some valley's build some dam's until we have the largest.Man made lake in the U.S.A.When it fill's up.Start west again.Build lake's and reservoir's along the way. Until you hit sea level at southern California.Keep our freshwater upon the land. Send it to the driest part of our nation.flood water's will open up.The whole southwest to more farming and alot of other related business.

-- Posted by maaxxxxy on Tue, Oct 4, 2011, at 1:38 PM

"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. ~Will Rogers~

-- Posted by mythought on Tue, Oct 11, 2011, at 9:27 AM

"Explaining the truth to an ignorant individual is like explaining the color of the sky to a blind person."

-- Posted by mythought on Thu, Oct 13, 2011, at 10:03 AM


-- Posted by I.O.U. on Tue, Oct 18, 2011, at 10:06 AM

Please post examples on how you believe our tax dollar is or has been ill spent in Dexter.

-- Posted by mythought on Tue, Oct 25, 2011, at 9:58 AM

Well, I am wondering where all the comments are about our wonderful Republican led state house and Senate on the special session. $250,000 taxpayer money spent with NOTHING accomplished. The right wingers argued among themselves and did nothing to help with increasing the number of jobs available in the state. The Teapartiers talk with forked tongues. They had a chance to vote on a China hub in St. Louis for both EXPORTS and IMPORTS. It would have created 300-400 jobs, but they sat on their thumbs; the great ROB MAYOR; what a pitiful leader.

-- Posted by Wildcat67 on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 7:07 PM

All political leaders should be looked at closely and perhaps be given an opportunity to look for employment elsewhere. Thank the Lord for term limits.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Thu, Oct 27, 2011, at 6:39 AM

Our so called political leaders really don't see any problems as long as their "Paycheck" is not affected.

-- Posted by mythought on Thu, Oct 27, 2011, at 8:15 AM

I am thrilled that the U.S. Congress spent all day yesterday making sure that 'In God we Trust' continues to be our motto. By the way, had anyone suggested that it NOT be? Of course not. Just more right wing lunacy. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

-- Posted by Wildcat67 on Tue, Nov 1, 2011, at 5:54 PM

Hey Wildcat, sometimes you gotta talk about feel good legislation.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Wed, Nov 2, 2011, at 5:49 AM

So far neither party has said or done anything that makes me feel good.

-- Posted by mythought on Wed, Nov 2, 2011, at 9:47 AM

The home listed for sale at 708 S Park Lane should read 1 & 1/2 bath, Dexter, Mo. and a free John Deere SST16 riding lawn mower with purchase. This is under Classified, city real estate homes.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Mon, Nov 14, 2011, at 1:53 PM

Karen Pippens wore a smile as part of her general personality--a smile that was reflected in the faces of her students as they went about the business of learning. She was instrumental in successfully guiding a lot of students through the school system and many of them are better people for having had her for a teacher. May she be remembered for the smile on her face--and the little twist she gave her head. My sympathy to her family.

-- Posted by TNMom2 on Sun, Nov 20, 2011, at 10:49 PM

Monday, about noon, at the corner of Cottage and Hickory Hills Drive, I stopped for the stop sign and my car just died. Turns out it was the "alternator". It was a mix of weather between the rain and snow. About 20 people stopped and asked if I needed any help. I thank God for all of them. What a nice community of people we have in Dexter. Just wanted to say thanks and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Shalom Doris Biggs

-- Posted by doris on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 8:26 PM

We live in a very helpful community! Merry Christmas, Sister Doris and also Brother Kenneth!

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Dec 7, 2011, at 4:35 PM

What can you or will you you give up so you can pay more "TAXES"?

-- Posted by mythought on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 8:14 AM

I hope everyone's 2012 is off to a good start.

Psalm 37 King James Version:

1Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

2For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

4Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

6And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

7Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

8Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

Notice the words, Fret not, Trust, Delight, Commit, and Rest.

-- Posted by swift on Sat, Jan 7, 2012, at 11:26 AM

does anyone else dogde the bullet at 60 and WW hiway intersection? The employees that work for WW wood drive like crazy people. I think they all wait till the last minute to show up for work. They are very careless and don't look before pulling out, there has been several close calls. Just saying, it would be better if they would watch out for the other guy. Someone is going to get hurt.

-- Posted by I.O.U. on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 8:13 AM

Tomorrow, January 29, marks 6 weeks since I took my last prescription pain killer: Hydrocodone! My Aunt Linda Stryker, retired Free Methodist Church missionary medical director in the Congo, came through here on her way from Canada to her new home in Florida, December 1 and 2. I took off work on Friday the 2nd to be with my Aunt, whom I had not seen in 20 years. She told me some of the things she learned at the Mayo Clinic about pain. Prescription narcotic pain killers make chronic pain worse, not better! The pain increases so that higher doses and more pills are needed. When I first started taking them for arthritis in '03, I was taking 5mg tablets 4 times/day. Folks, I ended up taking up to 10 10mg tablets a day for chronic pain. I'd run out in 10 days, suffer 3 days of withdrawals and wait it out until I could refill my prescription at the end of the month. Thank God for an Aunt who cared enough to tell me that I was killing myself. Thanks to God for prayer and anointing oil, I'm free from the yoke of dependence on pain killers! You know what? There's less pain!

-- Posted by swift on Sat, Jan 28, 2012, at 10:44 AM

Very, very happy for you Swift. WOW...10 Tens per day.... I was prescribed Lortab for my back pain and I did not allow my self to take more 1 1/2 10mg tabs per day. Even taking that much I could feel how strong the "need" (or desire) for more could become.

You have done a very strong thing for yourself by getting off of them completely. I will say a prayer for you stay strong and that the pain is relieved in some other fashion.

Good for you......

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Mon, Feb 20, 2012, at 7:03 PM

Thankyou for praying for me Bearcat! And i appreciate the encouragement! I was tempted to ask for a prescription for it again after yesterday, pulling a muscle in my back, but God gave me grace to tell the doctor I didn't want any, but just needed something to relax the muscle. Thankyou, Lord!

-- Posted by swift on Tue, Feb 21, 2012, at 2:28 PM

Even the 12-step programs teach that the doctors should be the ones who diagnose problems and prescribe meds. Also, that presription pain meds may be used "according to doctor's instructions". Not quite that simple is it? It would be great if folks could use these as intended...but the brain "wants what it wants..and it wants it NOW!"

I too opt not to use any pain meds at all...other than Tylenol. I have taken Celebrex for 10 years and have stopped that due to heart attack and stroke risks. I had an MRI done due to mid-back pain. My spine is in very good shape, according to the radiologist, so the pain must be muscular tension.

Good luck Swift....I hope you remain Happy, Joyous, and Free!!!! :-)

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Fri, Feb 24, 2012, at 11:00 AM

Well..this "Speak Out" is pretty much a dead zone. Does anyone else agree that Obama is the most FAKE politician in the history of America? He thinks everyone is either ignorant or just plain stupid...except himself of course. Can you belevie he actually brought up CHECKING YOUR TIRE PRESSURES to alleviate the gas useage? It is true that properly inflated tires, less friction, better gas mileage......but this numbskull is trying to PREACH to people about things he could really care less about. Gas was $1.83 when he took office...today the average is $3.83...and HE actually thinks it is okay. Tell that to the young working couple with a child....NO SWEAT...just air up your tires. Listening to Hussein Obama makes me nauseous.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Fri, Mar 16, 2012, at 4:24 PM

Noreen...please take us back to the time when YOU chose a topic for discussion....That way we can just all "wrestle" verbally. :-)

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Sat, Mar 17, 2012, at 9:07 PM

The price of gas as it is now is always OK whith people like Obama who have jobs where they don't have to pay for it.

-- Posted by mythought on Wed, Mar 21, 2012, at 11:40 AM

Sorry if I get off on the wrong subject, but I am curious on what readers comments are on suicide. My mother took her own life in 1996. It threw all of us into a tale spin. I started researching my family and found that my mom's grandfather also commited suicide. So I guess what my question is, was it hereditary? And also is there anything in the bible about suicide?

-- Posted by Philip73 on Sun, Mar 25, 2012, at 9:41 AM

Philip,I'm sorry to hear your mom and grandfather both ended their lives in this way. Death is always a tragedy and life is precious. That being said, we have to leave those who commit suicide in the hands of a very wise just God. As for it being hereditary, I don't think so. It may be more of a following one's footsteps. Suicide is not the answer to the problems we face. I will say this, when I was on pain killers, the thought of suicide crossed my mind. I almost hate to admit it, but maybe it's a good time to do so. The solution is dependence on God. My reading of God's word helped me through the depression dependence on pain killers caused. By the way, this is not a bad place or time to bring this up. Just remember, in spite of our differences, Dexter and Stoddard County is VERY supportive as a community. We will keep you in prayer as you sort this difficult subject out.

-- Posted by swift on Mon, Mar 26, 2012, at 4:32 PM

I'm so sorry I missed the steam locomotive! I thought it was coming next Wednesday. The pictures were wonderful, but it would be nice to know where that wonderful red-uniformed band came from. However, I see no story on this event.

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Mar 28, 2012, at 4:46 PM

Stories on now! Yeah, I wish I couldve seen it too.

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Mar 29, 2012, at 3:20 PM

Yes, thanks, Corey, for doing a follow up story on this. How cool is that--civil war rein-actors riding the train!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Apr 1, 2012, at 8:33 AM

This isn't the right place to post this, but nobody else is talking about it on any of the other sites.

I was shocked by a story on KFVS in which the report stated that Steve Rendleman had been "released" from jail, after allegedly committing his 4th rape---so I called and checked on this bit of news.

He was "released" to go from the jail to the courthouse for a hearing--then he was taken right back to jail. He has NOT been released, as we were led to believe.

That's how rumors get started!

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Apr 6, 2012, at 9:53 AM

Please get rid of your "American Outdoors" BLOOD TRAIL advertisement. I don't care to open up the on-line paper,that I am PAYING for, and see a cartoon of DEAD deer bleeding. Do you editors even LOOK at your own paper????? Please take care of this.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Sat, Apr 21, 2012, at 10:09 PM

Is there anybody out there that is not on facebook?

-- Posted by mythought on Wed, May 2, 2012, at 8:10 AM

I guess that answers it. Everybody but me is on facebook.

-- Posted by mythought on Thu, May 3, 2012, at 11:31 AM

Yes, mythought--practically everyone is on Facebook--that's why they aren't on here! I think I can count TWO of my acquaintances who AREN'T members of that social site. I alternately love and hate it.

And Bearcat72--Good for you in protesting the blood trail ad. I hated it, too!

I wonder what the deal is with the "Who is John Galt?" ad?? That's a reference to Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged." Very puzzling ad, since that's all it says.

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 6:45 AM

Paul Corbin has a new blog posted on the NSC site. What a remarkable man!

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, May 9, 2012, at 6:47 AM

goat lady, I deleted my facebook because I let it take up all of my time, if I wasn't checking it at home I was checking it on my phone. I'm back to my productive self and I have more time to get things done. I'm sure there are others that also let it get in the way or slow down what they should and need to be doing. I tried limiting my usage but wasn't successful I fell back into old habits again. Quitting cold turkey is the only way for me.

-- Posted by mythought on Fri, May 11, 2012, at 9:31 AM

Mythought, I deleted my Facebook account awhile back also for the same reason, taking up too much time. Now I have more time to work on blogging and on my email newsletter.

Yes goatlady, Corbin is remarkable for a man his age in his use of technology. Very intelligent and interesting too!

-- Posted by swift on Fri, May 11, 2012, at 8:22 PM

really? You deleted my ON THE GO post? What a crock of crap. Well go ahead it's your site. But I truly believe everyone has a right to know whats up. You can't delete my facebook posts nor anyother I decide to put anywhere else. You can tell your buddy Randall to stick that in his pipe and smoke it.

-- Posted by MikeM68 on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 10:13 PM

Oh and this is speak out which is exactly what I did, and there was nothing but absolute truth in every word of it, but I guess you guys want to play big brother. Well you aren't my brother...........

-- Posted by MikeM68 on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 10:16 PM

oh, poor Mike!

-- Posted by swift on Tue, Jun 12, 2012, at 3:32 PM

It would sure be nice to know who the vandal was who broke into our vacant church parsonage (mobile home on a county road). We had gone by Thursday to plug in the refrigerator and see what if any cleaning needed done. We were planning on having a foreign missions tour at our church tonight (Monday June 18). The missionary family would stay tonight in the mobile home. Friday, we got word the tour was canceled because of a death in the family. Saturday we went by the mobile home to turn the refrigerator back off. To my horror, vandals had broken in (determined to be throught th back door) and had broken every light bulb and light fixture, two stainless glass windows in the living room, and two end tables. Glass was everywhere!

I'd like to ask, "Do you feel better now?" Did we report it? Yes! A deputy came out and we filed a report!

-- Posted by swift on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 4:49 PM

Swift, some people just have too much time on their hands. They have never been taught to be productive.

-- Posted by mythought on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 6:17 AM

You are correct! Can't cry over broke glass though; we'll just clean up and replace!

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Jun 28, 2012, at 5:20 PM



-- Posted by Road Runner on Sun, Jul 8, 2012, at 2:35 PM

I ain't poor

-- Posted by MikeM68 on Sun, Jul 8, 2012, at 9:39 PM

Wake'up When they lowered our speed limit.They slowed down our economy

-- Posted by maaxxxxy on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 9:09 PM

Hahaha! First time I've heard THAT excuse for the recession! Forget that all the jobs have gone to China--we're in a recession because we can't drive fast on the highways!

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Jul 13, 2012, at 9:55 AM

Yeah, take down all those speed limit signs and we'll be on a speedy recovery! LOL! naw, for real, let's bring jobs back!

Richard D. Swift

-- Posted by swift on Fri, Jul 13, 2012, at 4:03 PM

Trucking and railroad is the backbone of our country .They move our good's.A new truck driver get's 35 cent's a mile,at 55 mile an hour he can go 440 miles in a 8 hour day,at 70 mile's an hour he can go 560 mile's in a 8 hour day. that's 120 mile difference,at 35 cent's a mile.That's $42.00 A day $210.00 a week that doesn't get made to be put into the economy.Of course if it's more experinced driver it's much more.It's like a snowball effect,if he make's more the owner will make more he will hire more driver's.Buy more truck's.The people that make truck's will get more order's and they will hire more people.It' going to take more than one thing to help our economy'But i do believe raiseing our speed limit back up to 70 mile an hour is one thing that could help. Thank you

-- Posted by maaxxxxy on Thu, Jul 19, 2012, at 11:20 AM

Thanks for clarifying your position. Now, if we can tax goods coming into our country via NAFTA, that might help too. Better yet, scrap NAFTA and CAFTA!

-- Posted by swift on Fri, Jul 20, 2012, at 4:27 PM

Amen, bbollmann.

-- Posted by swift on Sat, Aug 4, 2012, at 11:41 AM

For who ever broke into my rented storage shed. I will be praying for you. You are forgiven.

-- Posted by mythought on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 9:14 PM

Does anyone know of sleeping rooms for rent in the Dexter, Bloomfield, Bernie area?

-- Posted by mythought on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 5:23 PM

The AT&T video about texting and driving is a very WEAK video. Our wimpy companies could take some lessons from Australia and Great Britain. Want to get someone's attention?....SCARE THE CRAP OUT OF THEM!!

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Sat, Nov 10, 2012, at 7:49 PM

I see daily evidence of the dangers of texting and driving--and it is NOT teenagers who are doing it! It's woman drivers between the ages of 20-55, from what I can tell. On the streets of Dexter, I would estimate that 3/4 of the women drivers are actively texting, when they pull up to a stop sign. Their driving shows the results, too--weaving all over the road and running stop signs. They are oblivious to their surroundings.

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 6:40 AM

Did you hear about the NAZIS confiscating Pit Bulls from the CITIZENS of Sikeston. The law abiding people register their dogs properly and then the Nazis use that information to come steal..and maybe KILL their dogs. When will the people PUSH BACK?? I can't believe the folks in Dexter tolerate the ignorance of the Aldermen and the knee-jerk, no-research, policy of no Pit Bulls in Dexter. I wonder, have any of you local politicians actually bothered to spend a little bit of time with a Pit Bull? Obviously NOT.

If you can't take the time to make a reasoned decision on dogs..WHY would the citizens truct you to handle the town's issues. Fact is, many issues have NOT been handled. But..at least you have outlawed those terrible dogs. IGNORANCE is not an admirable trait.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 9:38 PM

Do pit bulls carry a sign ID saying I am bad or I am good? Can you tell by their color? I read stories where they turn on their owners after being together for ages. Attack a little baby.

Like many people, can't be trusted.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 4:46 PM

I don't see it happening,but it would be nice to see the bleacher seat's.On president Obama's inaguration parade route filled with our wounded warrior's.No charge of course.Bless you for serving.Thank you

-- Posted by maaxxxxy on Wed, Jan 9, 2013, at 10:22 PM

Whatever happened to Allen and Angela McCoy ? Were they convicted ?

-- Posted by wartz on Mon, Jan 28, 2013, at 10:05 PM

John Boehner makes $224,500 per year (paid for by the working American public) Refuses to raise the Federal Minimum wage to $9.00 per hour. Really makes one wonder how anyone who makes that kind of money and is paid by the taxpayer, can even hesitate on making this right. Since such low-wage workers are widely available, it often hasn't been cost-effective or necessary for employers to offer them coverage. The so-called employer mandate to offer health coverage doesn't take effect until Jan. 1, 2014. But to determine whether employees work enough hours on average to receive benefits, employers must track their schedules for three to 12 months prior to 2014 -- meaning many are restructuring payrolls now or will do so early next year.

-- Posted by joy6625 on Thu, May 2, 2013, at 3:24 AM

Boehner should spend a few days behind the bars you depict.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Mon, May 13, 2013, at 10:35 AM

Dear Editor,

"Speak Out" is not working. Please go back to posing a question for the readers.....just to respond to. You had much greater participation back then.

Thank You,


-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Sat, Jun 8, 2013, at 5:49 PM

Dexterite1....when it comes to Pit Bulls, in your case anyway, ignorance is bliss.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Wed, Jun 26, 2013, at 8:45 PM

Come back after they have taken your a** off.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Fri, Jun 28, 2013, at 5:58 AM

Bearcat, it's been a long dry ear, I miss our little conversations. Have a good day, I really like Fort Myers and Navarre and Pensacola. Many fond memories with the family over the years.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Wed, Jul 3, 2013, at 5:47 AM

Dexterite1...the big guy on the left is almost 12..so if he's gonna "lose it" he better hurry. If Merle, on the right, is gonna eat someone he will have to do from his recliner or from someone's lap I'm afraid.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Mon, Jul 15, 2013, at 4:39 PM

My fiance has 3 of the most gentlest dogs I have seen. Most dogs want to sample my butt for no reason. I was bitten around 13 years old and have been always nervous around puppies. I suppose they sense this. My kids were talking about you with fond memories just this week remembering your days at Dexter. My grandson is now a marine with one tour of Afgan and perhaps going to visit again.


-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Tue, Jul 16, 2013, at 5:48 AM

Dexterite1...in the future I will be more respectful, and ease off when you ruffle my feathers or stick that burr under my saddle. :-)Who are your kids, please? Your grandson must be a young pup....

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Wed, Jul 17, 2013, at 8:41 PM

My grandson is a 23 year old Marine.

We can have fun ribbing each other and be friends.

Sorry can't mention kids names, I will have more than burrs under saddle. Have a super day.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Fri, Jul 19, 2013, at 6:12 AM

Not sure why you would keep a 23 year old Marine's name a secret. Certainly not anything to do with a security risk or anything. Everyone I know would be proud to know him, I'm sure. That's your choice of course. :-) Semper Fi..whoever he is and kep him safe if he is deployed again. I wore the Dress Blues for 30 years Dexterite1...that's the reason I was curious. :-)

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Sat, Jul 20, 2013, at 10:21 PM

Bearcat, I would hope you could see the ignorance of naming names of servicemen on SPEAK OUT. I refuse to do so, so farewell.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Mon, Jul 29, 2013, at 2:34 PM

Dexterite1 You have been reading too many spy novels. Is there a real difference between your son's name being in the paper for everyone to read, and wish him the best...as opposed to asking his name in here? Answer....No difference.

I did not ask your kids' names...and then ask where you son is stationed at overseas...where he may be in Afghanistan..or anywhere else. Give a retired Marine a little credit for not being too ignorant. If you ever need any advice concerning when it's okay to share a military person's name...let me know.

If you choose not to share, that is a personal choice. But, if you won't share even a name, out of some unfounded fear of espionage or danger, you are off base. My apologies....but in this case the ignorance is elsewhere...not with me. I do not appreciate unfair insults. "Speak Out" is not a Taliban source of intelligence. Farewell to you...and all success to the youngins...

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Thu, Aug 1, 2013, at 10:30 AM

Last comment and I am gone. Thieves are looking at obits and robbing folks named in the paper during the services, I can see soldiers going overseas and their families harassed while they serve, sorry Bearcat, can't afford to make this mistake. Sorry for any confusion.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Fri, Aug 2, 2013, at 7:21 PM

I return to this site regularly but I rarely see anything to pique my curiosity. I thought I would see some sparks between Dexterite1 and Bearcat72 but the discussion fizzled. Is everyone on vacation?

-- Posted by TNMom2 on Thu, Aug 8, 2013, at 10:15 PM

TNMom2, I have it figured out, so I can answer your question. The folks in Dexter know who everyone is, whether they use a pen name or not, and family members come down hard on someone whom they feel "makes a spectacle" out of themselves on this forum. That's why I don't post anymore.

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Aug 9, 2013, at 5:01 AM

Goat Lady.....I don't remember thinking of you as a spectacle. :-) TNMom2..we tried to talk Noreen into picking subjects for us to banter around...but we failed to be persuasive. No interest to hear the curmudgeons, I guess.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Thu, Aug 29, 2013, at 7:39 PM

Bearcat72, I appreciate your vote of confidence. Of course, you don't know the whole story. Fortunately, the situation is more pleasant in that particular family right now, but I still won't press my luck! Must be a good girl... (and that's hard for me to do!!)

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Sep 6, 2013, at 10:04 PM

bear cat I saw your post about the Nazis taking the pit bulls in Sikeston. That is just a rumor. There is a viscous dog ordinance that applies to all breeds. The DPS officers here have never took any dog away from their owners. Code enforcement is the one that will do that. There has never been a pit bull roundup here.

-- Posted by mightymo on Thu, Oct 17, 2013, at 6:25 PM

Mightymo...that's not how the article read. You're right about one thing for sure...ANY dog can be vicious...so WHY demonize just the American Pit Bull Terrier...one of the most stable dogs in the world?

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Tue, Nov 12, 2013, at 6:17 PM

I awake everyday and my life is choices that I make myself how I want to live my life if I didn't have the freedom of America I could not do this one nation under god indivisible there is no gray area in those words its time for the Americans that believe in god to stand up and vote tell our leaders we want god on our public buildings and in our schools if we choose don't let the minority take god from America god bless America thank you

-- Posted by maaxxxxy on Mon, Nov 18, 2013, at 7:52 PM

Take a breath, maaxxxxy! You'll choke yourself!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Dec 8, 2013, at 8:20 AM

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the readers of this site. I figure I've reached five or six people.

-- Posted by TNMom2 on Thu, Dec 12, 2013, at 5:27 PM

Merry Christmas to you, too, TNMom! I'm willing to bet that all our former readers are wasting their time on Facebook, when they could easily do BOTH! (like I do!)

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Dec 15, 2013, at 8:08 AM

All the best for 2014

-- Posted by wartz on Sun, Dec 22, 2013, at 5:02 AM

Happy new year to you, too, wartz, down in the depths of New Zealand! Did you go see the new Hobbit, out just in time for Christmas??

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, Dec 28, 2013, at 6:57 AM

PLEASE bring all your dogs inside. Most weren't designed for the kind of weather that's here now and/or headed to Dexter. A doghouse just doesn't do it.....so please get them inside.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Fri, Jan 3, 2014, at 3:08 PM

Parents please talk to your children about how to avoid being abducted. We don't ever need something like the abduction and murder of Haily Owens in Springfield happening anywhere. My prayers go out the the Owen family.

-- Posted by mythought on Wed, Feb 26, 2014, at 7:10 AM

RIP, Speak Out.

-- Posted by TNMom2 on Wed, Aug 6, 2014, at 11:17 PM

Gone forever.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sat, Aug 9, 2014, at 11:36 AM

Yes, Speak Out used to be a lot of fun, didn't it? In fact, the blogs were a lot of fun! Not so much, anymore! We are voices, crying out in the wilderness---"HELLOOOOO! Anyone out there??????"

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Sep 15, 2014, at 9:54 PM

yes, speak out used to have lot's interesting thing's, but don't see anyone posting anymore. guess it's good, nothing's happening.

-- Posted by aquillamo on Sat, Sep 27, 2014, at 11:49 AM

If you have a dog in this town make sure you keep him/her put up. Three of us witnessed the dog catcher and a police officer the other day pick up a medium sized dog by the neck and throw him in the back of the truck. The dog was very docile not once acting aggressive. I have cameras all over the outside of my house as well as a dash cam too bad not one of them recorded anything. I will double check but pretty sure none are pointing in that direction. The dog catcher needs to be arrested for animal cruelty.

-- Posted by MikeM68 on Fri, Oct 3, 2014, at 11:08 AM

I hate to hear that, MikeM68! It's SO hard to find good animal control officers in small towns, where the city doesn't pay crap!! In fact, it's probably just as hard in larger cities. The plight of animals is just not a priority in most places.

I know of several local towns where there is NO provision for pick up of stray and abandoned animals. Excuses? 1) No one will apply for the job. 2) The Missouri Department of Agriculture will not approve the city pound, so it has to be shut down.

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Oct 5, 2014, at 8:36 AM

Thanks to everyone who voted against amendment #3 yesterday! Keep watching for St. Louis millionaire Rex Sinquefield's next attempt to destroy our public schools! And, is it true that he plans to run for governor??? Given the current mood of the voters, I would say that he may well succeed. Sad. Very sad.

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Nov 5, 2014, at 7:25 AM

new subject in god we trust it doesn't say what religion that flag gives you the right to worship your god as you want the church's in Missouri and other states have the power to help change this country if they would unite and communicate with each other they would become the largest lobbying group in the state or nation it's called the recall vote or referendum if this petition was in the church where it could be signed by its members do you think a politician would vote yes to remove the word god from anything if in two weeks time there would be enough signatures to have him removed from office and he would lose is job or how about the vote on gay marriages I wonder how that would go unite church's speak with each other help change our country for the better use the power of your people thank you

-- Posted by maaxxxxy on Wed, Aug 26, 2015, at 10:48 PM

Oohhh---a unreadable post with no punctuation!!! ARG!!! Maaxxxxy--Go back to school!!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Jan 5, 2016, at 8:15 AM

if you could not read my last post punctuation!!! would not help you anyway

-- Posted by maaxxxxy on Sat, Jan 9, 2016, at 6:20 PM

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