The Washington Post reports that Roy Blunt was born in Niangua.
However, we have no reason not to believe that he is an American citizen.
ps--To all those wingnuts beefing about lawmakers not reading bills before they vote on them: we had a governor who signed bills into law without reading them. Why weren't you bitchin' then?
Friday, July 31, 2009
The Washington Post reports that Roy Blunt was born in Niangua.
Our nation needs more Christians willing to run and serve in public office whether that be through standing up for family values on a local school board, defending righteousness on a city council, or bringing integrity to state or federal office. Yet there has been no practical, Bible-inspired resource to assist them in this all important endeavor. That is, not until now.
From the looks of this, these people think God says it is ok to discriminate against their fellow Americans.
This posting is currently on Springfield's Craigslist.
apha palomino geldingA tip of the hat to 5 Acre Dream.
Date: 2009-07-30, 1:48PM CDT
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Tigger is a 5 yr old APHA registered palomino overo. He stands approx. 15.3 hands. He is a deep, rich, golden palomino. He has a GORGEOUS head, big badonkadonk butt,thick bones, and is really well put together. He was broke to ride as a 2 yr old by a REAL horseman who puts on clinics in Ohio. This man is the real deal, not some wannabe. He's been in the business nearly 40 yrs. He put a SOLID foundation on this horse.Has had lots of trail miles. He was a stallion, was used for breeding, and was ridden as a stallion. Because of the economy and lack of mares, I decided to make life easier for him. He was gelded this spring. He is living the good life, out to pasture with the other horses and gets along just fine. I have not had a lot of time to ride him this year, but the last time I did ride him, he was a perfect gentleman...just lazy as all get out. He's got potential to be a super speed event horse, but he did turn lazy after being gelded. I think he'd come out of that with consistent work. He'd make a great roping horse or just about anything else you would want to do. He's smooth enough to do westen pleasure, tall enough to go english, and stout enough to drag a bull across the county. He has a super disposition(has always been gentle, even as a stallion), loves to be pampered and loved on. He is always the first one to come running when you call. This colt is not junk. I wouldn't have driven all the way to Ohio if he was. He is a NICE horse, and WILL win if shown. He does have an old scar on his back fetlock, but he is sound on it. He runs HARD while playing out in the pasture, stops, turns, etc...and it does not bother him at all. It's not that bad of a scar, but it is there. It is just cosmetic. I really wanted to train him on barrels but I really don't have the time with 4 kids. He's just sitting out in the pasture going to waste, and he's really too nice a horse to do that to. He is registered with APHA. His registered name is KISS MY CASS. He is a son of the great Whata Cassanova. He has a great pedigree and is bred to do anything you could possibly ask a paint horse to do. And he's pretty to boot. I paid a LOT of money for this horse. Paid to haul him from Ohio. Paid to have him gelded. Not to mention the training he's had. With the economy the way it is, there's no way I will ever make my money back so I am offering him for a fraction of what I paid. This is a nice horse, he is NOT a cheap sale barn horse. email me for more info. Please, serious inquiries only. *********************
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The Voices section of this morning's SN-L: Don't Let Red Tape Kill The Gardens.
Red tape won't kill the gardens, hard work will.
Sharon, the next door neighbor gave Kristin, another neighbor, some green beans from her garden. Did you ever wonder why they are also called "string beans"? This picture will explain:Sharon planted them and picked them. Her husband Jack tilled the garden, weeded the garden, watered the garden.
Kristin washed the green beans, snapped them, cut them, and put them on the stove and steam cooked them.
They were delicious. I remember eating green beans out of my grandparent's garden when I was a kid. Granny would cook the beans with bacon and onions and lots of butter and pepper.
I didn't figure out how many hours and effort Jack, Sharon and Kristin invested into preparing those beans so my son and I could eat them, maybe 6? It took longer to prepare them than it did to eat them.
How much time and effort does it take to a can of green beans out of the cupboard and throw them on the stove?they don't taste as good as home-grown, no way.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
when one of my classmates, Bob McCormack, saw an ad in "Ramparts" magazine about a festival coming up in August.
"We ought to go to this," he said, "It'll be fun."
Bob's grandmother had given him a 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix-we would drive that up there. Bob's grandfather was the "Bob" of "Bob's Candy Canes".
We were students here. We were strongly discouraged from attending.
Cylenda Gayle Martin Viles, a longtime resident of Springfield who took great joy in raising a large and tight-knit family, has died. She was 59.
Cylenda was married for 35 years to Bill Viles and helped her husband originate and operate BJ's Trophy Shop on Sunshine near Glenstone. All other family members also work in the business.
The entire family wishes to thank friends, acquaintances and customers for the outpouring of sadness over Cylenda's death.
She suffered a severe head injury in an accidental fall at a boat dock near Branson on Monday evening, and died the next day.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Viles; sons, Bill Jr. and wife, Lori, Lucas and wife, Lisa, and Nick and wife, Cassie; and daughter Taylor and her fiancé, Landon Small.
She is also survived by her sister and best friend, Patti Kruse of Springfield.
She had one grandchild, Wyatt Bear, son of Lucas and Lisa.
Cylenda presided for many years over gatherings of her children, friends and pets at the family residence on Fairway St., which she delighted in designating as a central meeting place for many groups of young people.
Backyard barbecues around the swimming pool with a come-one, come-all feel were a joy for her.
Cylenda and her husband never missed their children's sporting activities through the years as they grew up, activities which included football, basketball, baseball, track and field, and volleyball. They were well known among their friends to hop in the car and drive hundreds of miles to be present at a contest.
Visitation will be held in Greenlawn Funeral Home East, 3540 E. Seminole St., from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening. Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, in Eastlawn Cemetery, 2244 E. Pythian.
Represenative Blunt Makes National Headlines As He Caters To Right Wing Lunatics And Tries To Draw Their Votes From Purgason
Salon.com is posting on Roy Blunt and the birthers.
Roy made the Rachel Maddow Show AND Countdown With Keith Obermann.
Randy Turner, The Turner Report, files this report. Turner's blog also includes these two youtube moments.
David Catanese, KY3 Political Blog, also reports on the non-issue, quoting Blunt's remarks that Obams hasn't produced a birth certificate.
I think Ol' Roy B knows that in primary elections only the diehard base votes and he is afraid that Chuck just might upset him, what with Roy being so closely tied to Washington, lobbyists, Delay, Abramhof, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. So, Roy has got to cater to the lunatic right wing fringe base so he can pull off the primary.
I got a call from the RNC earlier this month, wanting money for Roy. The caller agreed with me that the Blunt name was tarnished in Missouri.
*Roy says he doesn't know anyone else who can't produce a birth certificate----well what rock has he been hiding under? I know of people in my immedicate family who didn't have birth certificates. My grandfather was born in 1892 and there was no birth certificate for him or my grandmother. There were baptismal certificates which Social Security accepted as proof of age and birth as I recall.
One blogger from Kansas City, commenting on Blunt giving the slimy "I don't have any reason not to believe that [Obama was born in the United States]", said that's a pretty lazy reply and can go both ways. Like, say, "I don't have any reason not to believe that Roy Blunt was faithful to his first wife."
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
If we don't learn from the past are we doomed to repeat it?
It's ok to make mistakes, just don't make the same mistake over and over.
From Jackehammer's blog:
The first paragraph of Sunday's Springfield News-Leader article, "Observer scours pension's past for cause of shortfall" began not as a paragraph but, as a single question:
"When it comes to the city's police-fire pension woes, how much more does the past have to offer?"
That's an interesting question, isn't it? Should past mistakes weigh into any discussion of the police and fire pension task force as they are seeking a solution to the underfunded police and fire pension plan?
Continue reading here.
Fungus Amungus, a 105-page expose of local flood and sewage contamination conditions, written by retired investigative reporter and urban flood victim Wanda Sue Parrott is available for on-line preview. Parrott is the former representative of Springfieldians Against Stormwater/Sewage (SASS) neighborhood watch group near the Bass Pro campus and Wonders of Wildlife Museum at Sunshine St. and Campbell Ave., in Springfield, Mo.
She prepared and paid for this private 105-page exposé in 2006 for members of the SASS neighborhood, now part of the Seminole/Holland Neighborhood Association. It covers the 1900 blocks of So. Campbell Ave. and South Ave. which Bass Pro is seeking to rezone in order to build a five-story hotel or other commercial enterprise(s). A Public Hearing is slated for Aug. 6.
“Unfortunately, my former neighbors did not read the report when I finished it three years ago,” Parrott says. “Now it might be too late to take action that could have been beneficial, but I hope FUNGUS AMUNGUS will offer enough insight to help them make the wisest decisions.” She believes the zoning change will be approved, regardless of any opposition by neighbors, because “the city and Bass Pro need each other.” The report reveals legal and financial reasons she reached this conclusion. The book's format is an easy-to-read 50 Q & A approach.
The city purchased Wanda Sue Parrott's floodprone property known as “The Place of Weeping Waters” at 203 E. Washita St., Springfield on Feb. 2. She now lives in Calif. Launching of “FUNGUS AMUNGUS” as a public service will be Thurs., July 29. You may preview it now by following this link:http://www.amykitchenerfdn.org/dir_page.html
PS---- Don't pee in the lake.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
"You don't argue with a police officer," Powell said.
Obama Wants To Push Through His Health Plan Is So He Can Kill All The Old And Sick People And Save Social Security! Apparently Roy thinks so too.The above photo was taken earlier this summer while the Bus was taking photos of his vacation getaway for insurance purposes.
Only the log chain padlocked around the dog's neck saved the Bus from being a victim of a lunging dog. The dog's owner's sister, who lives in the cabin next door to the Bus's vacation wonderland,(the dog's owner's landlord won't let her keep a pet so her sister watches the dog) said the dog is actually a really nice dog and wouldn't hurt you at all once you actually get to know the dog, insisted that it was her right to keep the dog and if it actually crossed over the property line, it actually wouldn't have hurt a soul. It's actually a nice doggie.
So why then, asked the Bus, why do you keep him chained up with an effin' log chain?
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
If everyone is cutting back on their travel plans and taking 'stay-cations', who's gonna read the signs?
Wonder why extreme makeover didn't just buy this house and 10 acres for $220,000 (7 Bedrooms, 4 full baths, formal dining, nearly 5000 sq ft, 3 car, 10 acres w/private lake, tornado shelter, wet bar, and movie theater in large walkout basement. All bedrooms have walk-in closets. 2.5 Acres of inground sprinklers. Wildlife everywhere. Home needs a little updating, but seriously...look at this price! Republic schools. ALL OFFERS SUBJECT TO BANK'S APPROVAL OF A SHORT SALE. Appraised for $450k in 2005) and do a quick remodel?
Only the Australian press dares to tell this tale!
In other news, the reparative therapy (Can one ever be ex gay?) has apparently worked on Harry as he left his life partner of six years for the recently widowed Linda.
In today's wet SN-L, Greg says he wants to talk to council first about the tax checks. "...He emphasized that the city would take action only if "four or five" checks bring more disappointing news."
SN-L reporter Kary Booher (who wrote the story cited above) said that, "Burris emphasized that there is no rancor between him and the council, all but saying the topic has been overblown." Is the 'topic' sales tax checks, the budget or his relations with the City Council?
Greg may be remembering last February's budget exercise, how quickly that got out control and he doesn't want a repeat.
Something is going on--- Booher reported on Greg's memo form July 17, listing curbs to city services. That memo includes this gem:
"The staffing shortfall is negatively affecting our ability to respond to information requests in a timely manner," Burris wrote. "We will, of course, continue to adhere to the Sunshine Law. While the law provides for us to seek cost recovery for the extensive research time and copying costs necessary to fulfill some of these requests, that does not mean we can recapture that time."
Followed by this gem from Booher's story this morning:
"I think I want to talk to council about it, and I don't want to do all my communicating with the council through the newspaper," Burris said Monday.
But what makes this whole affair so sur-real is that while Greg is saying one check does not a trend make, Marc and Steve are looking at an emergency tax hike
The SN-L's Greg Trotter reported in this morning's SN-L that
At the board's annual retreat Monday, district officials presented new long-range projections that painted a dismal picture of expenditures increasingly outpacing revenue gains over a five-year period.
Dwindled money from state sales taxes and local property taxes -- important sources of school revenue -- is expected to recover from historical low points but not keep pace with expenditures, Steve Chodes, the district's chief financial officer said.
When asked if he considered the levy increase to be an emergency, the man behind the projections chose his words carefully.
"The word 'emergency,' I don't know," Chodes said. "But I would say that if you look at the projections for the next five years, there is a real need, especially when 80 percent of your budget is salary and benefits."
Monday, July 20, 2009
We made a note and stuck it on the dashboard of the bus to remind us to not forget to celebrate Bastille Day and the third anniversary of Melvin's last ride.
This is part of Melvin's going home notice:
His easy smile and quick wit were testimony to his enjoyment of life. Melvin's quiet demeanor in his later years belied his true approach to life and of the philosophy by which he lived: "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming...Wow! What a ride!"
That's my young brother who blogs at Haven Lee's Hayloft doing his best to follow Melvin's advice. He took the photo below out his back door. Now that's an exciting ride!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I was reading the SN-L website when I noticed this headline on the right side of the web page under related headlines.
I clicked on it got a prompt for a username and password.
Will this be a story in the Monday SN-L
In a related note my utily bill last cycle was about $160, this cycle it was almost $250.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
I was sitting on the back porch with my son Jim, my grandson Austin and our friends Scott and Callie. We making weekend plans for the lake and comparing notes on how much money we spent for meals eaten out today. Scott and Callie spent $19.00 for breakfast at Gallie's Drug. I took Trey, Austin and myself to Arby's on South Campbell where three combo meals cost me $19.95 (which included over a buck and a quarter in sales tax).
Suddenly, about 9:52 PM we heard shells exploding. It sounded like south-central/south-west Springfield was being carpet bombed. At that exact moment, I saw on the television that Walter Cronkite had died.
Scott, Jim and Austin quickly informed me that the exploding shells had nothing to do with Cronkite's death or what we consumed this day. It was all a big coincidence. In Springfield, whenever the home team wins a game, shells explode at Sportman's Park to celebrate another win for the Springfield Cardinals.
And that's the way it is, Friday, July 17, 2009.
Oh yeah, it's called "Hammons Field", not Sportsman's Park.
ps-- moon landing or capricorn one?Can anyone tell the difference?
This bothers me.
No, not the part about 101 full time and the 46.5 half time jobs left unfilled (that's a lot of jobs....and why are so many half time? And where are these jobs? Police?, Fire? Public Works? Does it really make a difference?)
No, what bothers me is our City Manager comment:
"The staffing shortfall is negatively affecting our ability to respond to information requests in a timely manner,We will, of course, continue to adhere to the Sunshine Law. While the law provides for us to seek cost recovery for the extensive research time and copying costs necessary to fulfill some of these requests, that does not mean we can recapture that time."
WHO is making all these requests? Those pesky reporters? Those folks in the peanut gallery who actually supply the funds that make this city run? Bloggers? (They talking about you, Jackehammer?)
City Manager Burris, I think you got this back a** backwards. You and your staff should doing everything in your power to quickly answer the questions of your public. We are the ones who with our taxes and purchases, make this city run. To imply that our requests for information take up too much time is ---well, if this was happening in a business world, see how fast the customers walk out the door. In Springfield's world, see how fast the voters say no.
Just because we question you or want to know information about our city doings doesn't mean we don't like you.
Geez, the third largest city in the state and the City Manager is basically saying he ain't gonnna tell us nothing unless we pay for it.
Yep, 1/3 largest city in the state is governed by volunteers and run by a guy who ain't gonna tell us nothing unless we pay for it.
Ok, I'm a busy man, I'm going to D Lake!
The bad thing about shooting from the hip is you run the risk of shooting yourself in the foot.
Roy Blunt raised $1.4 million this quarter and I am still getting phone calls (I got one this afternoon) from the RNC seeking more.
Who's my favorite NASCAR driver? Anybody but Jeff Gordon.
Who's my favorite Senatorial candidate? Anybody but Roy Blunt
If you wish to contribute to Roy's fund (Rely On Your Beliefs?) you can call 703 321 0527.
I wonder if Matt will give any of his money to his Daddy?
BTW--in my phone call with the RNC this afternoon, I mentioned that Blunt's name was slightly tarnished. The caller said words to the effect that we know, because of Matt. He also said they were not to mention Matt first.
Chad Livengood reports on his blog,Inside Missouri Politics, that the husband of Springfield City Clerk Brenda Cirtin will officially launch a 2010 campaign for the 140th District seat in the state House of Representatives next Thursday.
Livengood posts that Cirtin's husband:
...intends to seek state Rep. Bob Dixon's seat representing the 140th District, which includes the east side of Springfield and eastern Greene County.The Cirtins hope to join the Twittys in the one spouse works for us and the other is elected by us arena. The power has to be kept concentrated.
Dixon, R-Springfield, is seeking the 30th District Senate seat in 2010. Sen. Norma Champion, the district's current officeholder, is term-limited at the end of next year.
He is director of the Criminal Justice Program at Evangel University and owner of two businesses: Robert Cirtin Investigations, LLC and Safe at Church, LLC, a consulting firm for church security services.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I received the following information this morning from a bus rider:
Regarding the property now in issue as potential site for a hotel or whatever use is decided upon after a zoning change is approved, Bass Pro benefitted by tax provisions under the rules of the original enterprise zone established in 1984 for a 25-year period. That 25-year period expires in 2009. Therefore, new tax incentives must be instituted if Bass Pro is to benefit financially and, as a consequence, the City of Springfield benefits, as well.
The upcoming zoning change hearing is step one of a predictable outcome in which Bass Pro and the City of Springfield win and the neighbors, who waited too long to take any action, lose.
Until 1994, the city and private industry/commerce remained separate entities. The city represented the public sector; the industry/commerce represented the private sector.
The Public Sector, as representative of The People, was more interested in social welfare than in the profit potential. The Private Sector, being based on business, was more interested in the profit potential of a venture. Jointly, although separately, the public and private sectors constituted the basis from which a venue's economy functioned.
Then, in 1994 in Springfield a new form of creative capitalization-by-necessity set a precedent. A Target store was opened near the James River Freeway off Glenstone Avenue. There existed a major problem with the sewer system in Springfield, a city with more than 1000 miles of pipes which were, to a large extent, cracked, broken, otherwise defective, and inadequate for handling the water and sewage of a city on the grow.
Target was granted favorable Tax Incentive Financing (TIF) in exchange for repairing/replacing the wornout defective sewer system. Thus came into existence the first public/private partnership in Springfield's economic history.
Fast forward to 2009. The floodprone area in issue at Washita Street-South Avenue is part of the Bass Pro property. The City of Springfield does not have the millions of dollars absolutely necessary to restore the land to its natural usage as a retention pond/water basin. By working out a TIF project beneficial to both Bass Pro and the city, Bass Pro will pay to have the Infiltration/Inflow problems fixed with first-class landscaping and beautification, in exchange for tax benefits that make such a project feasible.
The joint action will probably destroy the east side of South Ave. as a neighborhood but it will save the city from the Federal lawsuit threatened for $75 million by Dept. of Justice vs. City of Springfield in 1994 for violation of both the federal and state Clean Water Acts.
Bass Pro will get its zoning change. The city cannot afford to not allow it.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
A former neighbor of Bass Pro, who lived in the area of the proposed hotel, writes the Bus: The lands in issue are in the Enterprise Zone, and specific uses are spelled out about what can and cannot be put in. A hotel and any other purely profit-making enterprise was not allowed, councilman John Wilson argued back in the 1990s. Whether rezoning hearings include usage discussions, as in Enterprise Zone rules, is unknown, members of the neighborhood watch group need to find out.
Morris had tax incentives that made non-proceeding more beneficial than forcing through the building of a hotel back in 1994, so after he came in and destroyed the neighborhood's neighborhoodliness, the development plan was dropped and adjacent property owners were not notified of the change in plans.
A private/public deal was struck in 1994 between the city and Target (TIF Financing)--setting a precedent. Will that precedent now be used for replacement of the original tax incentives Morris had?
Morris's original tax incentives had a 25-year lifespan that expire in 2009.
Somewhere there is documentation that the lands in issue are in the Enterprise Zone, and specific uses are spelled out about what can and cannot be put in.
I wondered why, in this economy, would anyone be wanting to build a big hotel..especially since Becky Spence, John Q and the guy developing the Heer's building are not proceeding very fast with their projects. Knowing that, according to the information I received, the original tax incentives had a 25-year lifespan and will will expire in this year--well that may be a reason why the zoning change is being proposed at this time by Bass Pro Shop.
There is a report, a 50 Q&A report, titled "Fungus Amungus" prepared, complete with illustrations, that was given to the city and the neighborhood association in 2006 regarding this area. I am trying to track down a copy.
I know that the city routinely destroys documents after a certain length of time. (Jason Wert wrote an excellent blog post on this subject. When I went to reference it, it seems he has not only quit writing LifeOfJason, but he deleted the entire blog. That is a shame because his city council live blogging gave us information that we got from no other source.) I don't know if the information about this subject is still in city files somewhere or not.
duplicate post, deleted, see posting above.
Monday, July 13, 2009
From the realtor's description:
New Construction circa 1955 — One-owner home that's never been lived in!
Circa 1955: The best way to describe this awesome find? "NEW CONSTRUCTION FROM 1955!"
This awesome 50's bungalow, located on a quiet, cul-de-sac street on the Hill, has seriously never been lived in... at least on the main level. This ONE-OWNER home was resided only in the lower level during their stay here, so the main level has been frozen in time and perfectly preserved.
The vintage Magic Chef gas oven had a head-count of 28 turkeys cooked in it for 28 Thanksgivings — that's IT. The other meals prepared in this home were in the lower level kitchenette, where the family resided full-time.
The quality of the 50's shows, as everything is in great working order, the original wooden sash windows are in perfect shape, the tile is impeccable, the hardwoods are pristine (they're there under the wool carpet)... the list goes on and on.
There is an entry foyer, large living/dining combo, large eat-in kitchen, 2 bedrooms with hardwood floors and double (large!) closets, and bath on the main level.
Downstairs, you could eat off the floor it's so clean, and features an additional full bath (offered as-is).
The yard is neat and tidy, and fully fenced, and has a 2-car garage with electric opener. Newer low-maintenance siding has been added to the home.
Offered for 129,900 — seller open to negotiatng furniture/furnishings to remain. Truly one of a kind to find. WILL NOT LAST.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
1. What do they do when it rains?
2. Dang, that guy must be good at "Whac-A-Mole"!
3. Didn't he have any girlfriends to give them too?
4. Maybe a garden would be better?
5. I thought they ended up on a shelf at the DAV store.
6. It could be art.
3422 Mt. Elliot Street, Detroit, MI - take a tour of the street.
Friday, July 10, 2009
"The Native had a great love of his country but remained suspicious of government" reads the caption on this photograph in Ozark Mountain Folk, These Were The Last, a portfolio of photographs by Townsend Godsey.
I came across this on Catanese's KY3 political blog. While I may not be on the same side in the war on Christmas, I can hear him loud and clear here.