She's a wife
She's a mother
She's a step-mother
She's a daughter
She's a daughter-in-law
She's a neighbor and now,
She's a blogger!
And, she's a sister-in-law!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
More Leaves From An Ozark Journal, a "warmly human account of a young minister's experience among the people of the Missouri Ozarks in the era of the Great Depression," --Dr. R. M. Pope.
Wedding 10:30 AM, Mar. 17. Della and Delmar. May Hicks with them. Planned shower for them at L.M. Scott home.
Baptized Melvin Mayfield in Boone Creek 4:00 P.M. Just two present, Melvin and I. Fine supper in Mayfield home.
People pleased with E.E. Davison, two confessions. March 24. Lois's Birthday Party. Mr. Signs and Jim Williams powerful workers in excavating for basement in S.S. Annex.
Helen Gourley made confession at Oak Hill Mar. 26. Easter sermon March 28th. 119 people in attendance during the day. $16 added to the Building Fund.
April 4. Call on Mrs. Finn who said, "Half of Summersville was drunk Saturday." Some property destroyed in the jail. Funeral for Mr. Paudling on Monday. Big crowd.
Plato building program progressing.
Attended C.E. Convention at Ava April 10th and conducted two Bible Conferences using my twelve point method of Bible Study on Hadakkuk and Philemon. Met Miss Reynolds and Earl Johannes of Kansas City. Met Alden Campbell, State C.E. President. Reached home 1 A.M.
A pleasant Sunday at Plato. A letter from Houston calling me for pastor.
Reading Biographies of Scientists.
Letter from Mrs. ----- saying the Lutherans are insisting she have the baby sprinkled. For sake of peace in the home, I advised her to permit it but teach the child later what the New Testament says about baptism.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
springfield craigslist > personals > missed connections
Campbell and Sunshine - by Bass Pro
Date: 2010-04-14, 11:43PM CDT
We were stopped at the light.
You were in the left turn lane, I was in the lane next to you.
You were in a red ferrari, you were gorgeous.
I was in my old pick-up truck with my busted knuckles and grease in my hair from lying on the ground, banging on the starter.
We made eyecontact.
I looked at you, looked at your car. I looked at my car and myself and I said, "there is no God."
You said, "Yes, there is."
You got the green arrow and sped away.
•it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Republican Congressman Roy Blunt thinks it's okay for the federal government to mandate coverage for children with preexisting conditions, but not adults, because those adults have "done nothing to take care of themselves."So, to carry this thought further.... rich people are rich because they work hard and poor people are poor because they don't? Healthy people are virtuous, sick people are not?
If that's the case, then Dick Cheney is an evil, evil man.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
According to this website, he is.
Which calls into question everything he has said and done so far in this campaign.
Remember the bizarre "tweets" from Long in late February?
The billylongforcongress.com website says "Billy is not afraid to make tough decisions, which makes him the best choice to be your Congressman."
Yep, that is one tough decision to make....spending $10,000 on a poker game!
Springburg's note: This article was put on Busplunge's blog a few hours ago. I made a long comment below. I post it here because his system would not accept the comment length.
Bus Driver's note: Much as these Ozarkians are sharing opinions while sitting on a bench in front of the Protem general store in the mid 1930s, Springburg and I have shared our opinions- except we do it electronically via computers. A flavor of his thinking and conversational style is reflected in this post from late 2009.
Springburg posted his comment on Craigslist because it wouldn't fit the space provided for comments on the bus. Craigslist is a great medium and I use it a lot but I don't know if there is much of or any cross-over between CL readers and bus riders. So, I post his entire comment here. The original post which occasioned his comment,The End Of The Missouri Republican Party, was originially published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch on March 9, 2009, as an op-ed piece by Tom Schweich. The title is Schweich's.
Schweich was saying exactly what all of us already knew at the time he said it a year ago, but weren't really in a position to say: that Roy Blunt is 180 degrees opposite of what we should be running for the US Senate in 2010.
The reasons are all obvious and abundantly clear: The electorate hungers for candidates that are genuine, preferably not attorneys, not lobbyists, and not already politicians. Roy Blunt is a super-connected insider, he represents the lobbyists in DC and not us, and he seems to be at the top of an increasingly authoritarian Missouri Republican Party. But saying this about Roy Blunt does not mean that my view of him is entirely bad. As a Republican, I recognize that Roy Blunt does talk and generally vote as a conservative, and a hardlined one at that. And for all of his faults, Roy Blunt did exactly what we, the voters, sent him to DC to do, and people on the periphery of the party tend to forget that.
When Gene Taylor ran against John Ashcroft for congress in 1972 (Roy Blunt worked in the Ashcroft campaign, and very closely with Ashcroft) it was seen retrospectively by pundits as a west vs. east or Joplin vs Springfield contest. People who were here remember that Ashcroft was a superior ivy-league educated evangelical, and was a little bit in-your-face about it. 1972 was Nixon's year, congress was run by Democrats, and people in this district wanted somebody with personal skills who could garner influence with the administration and the national party to benefit southwest Missouri. Gene Taylor was the local Ford dealer and fit that bill, and when he went to DC, he did exactly that. He didn't go on any ideological crusade, but he connected the political dots between the 7th district and DC.
Through the Reagan revolution, I think Gene Taylor realized that he was the wrong guy to represent the area in congress, and he retired. By the time Gene Taylor retired in 1988, this area had really bought into the idea that Reagan represented a permanent shift in the direction of the country, and that the Democrats in DC were a grand impediment to that effort, but that the Democrats were entrenched and not going anywhere. There were plenty of other republicans in office in Missouri, so the 7th district congressman was no longer the only one. So voters in this district wanted to make a statement. The idea of getting somebody who was a total ideologue, and throwing them in the middle of the DC Democrat mess, was very appealing at that time, even to moderate Republicans. Mel Hancock was exactly what the 7th district voters, and the Republican Party, wanted and needed at that time. Mel went to DC and voted against everything, even voted against adjourning, and the voters loved it.
Oddly, though, the Democrat congress actually got thrown out by the rest of the country for Mel's self-imposed term limited last term, and the Republicans were in charge of congress. The workerbees in the party at that time were beginning to lament about how the district was one of the most solidly safe Republican districts in the country, but our congressman was always a minor player in the house. The local Republican Party, and to perhaps a lesser extent the voters in the district as well, by that time wanted something more than a statement, they wanted a congressman who was going to be not necessarily a leader, but part of the leadership who actually had an effect on things. And they wanted somebody who could use the position of 7th district incumbent congressman to solidify the Republican Party's majority nationally and fund obtaining a majority in the state legislature, all while strengthening the state party apparatus from top to bottom, and move the center of influence of the upper ranks of the Missouri party from St. Louis into rural Missouri. For all of Roy Blunt's faults (which may be abundantly clear now), he did EXACTLY what the Republican Party wanted him to do when they elected him in 1996.
With his connections to Ashcroft and others, Roy Blunt shot to near the top of the house leadership relatively quickly. He used his position to raise gobs and gobs of money for Republican candidates all over this state and in other states, solidifying Republican control of a large swath of state government and extending the influence and status of Missouri Republicans throughout the country.
Republicans in Missouri have lost sight of just what an achievement was made in the past fifteen years by the Missouri Republican Party and have forgotten the key and pivotal role that Roy Blunt played in it. However, there has been a downside, particularly for Roy Blunt. In the zeal for fundraising and party building, Roy Blunt got sucked into (whether consciously or innocently I won't argue) the whole Abrahmof circle and scandal, learned methods in the process that may now be costing him the support of his base, he created or perhaps allowed the defacto formation of a party apparatus that could be accurately characterized as a machine running the legislature, and became part of a leadership team that ended up departing from the populist conservative principles that got them there in the first place and literally became what people back home were originally wanting him to fight against. He got sucked into the business of Washington, got really chummy with lobbyists, dumped his wife and married a hottie lobbyist, his kids are lobbyists, his mentor (John Ashcroft) is a very high dollar lobbyist, and he appears (by my reading of his behaviour in the district) to consider himself a superior form of life in comparison to the people who sent him there.
When the British government sent soldiers to the far corners of their empire, most would segregate themselves from the local population because they had all seen cases where some British soldiers who had attempted assimilation with a local culture through communication and understanding would sometimes adopt the customs, dress, and psychology of the indigenous population and begin acting against the interests of the British empire. These soldiers were said to have 'gone native'. We sent Roy Blunt to Washington, and he went native.
National party leaders saw the handwriting on the wall and sidelined Roy Blunt from house leadership when the Abrahmof scandal bubbled to the surface and when other shit threatened to hit the fan. Roy Blunt appears to now have no more visible influence than any other connected congressman, though he is probably much better connected than most. His son just more or less dropped out of statewide politics. It would appear that he is not likely to advance in house leadership in the future. The only way Roy Blunt has to maintain his leadership of the Missouri party and maintain his influence outside the state is to continue to raise gobs of cash for everybody, which he can't do for long as a common congressman since he is of relatively little appeal to the lobbyist community in his current position. The only way to maintain his influence is to bypass the national party and the party leadership in the house by either getting appointed to a cabinet post (which isn't going to happen with a liberal democrat as president) or get elected to the US Senate.
The Missouri Republican Party always was to some extent a very 'top-down' organization, but has become almost authoritarian with Roy Blunt at the apparent top. It seems obvious that Roy Blunt is running for the US Senate not because he is the best candidate the party could offer, not because of any ideological objectives, but rather because it makes sense for Roy Blunt.
I don't mean any particular disrespect for Roy Blunt. I have been a supporter of Roy Blunt in other races in the past. I believe he is a capable, talented and educated man and believe him to be a champion of conservative causes, although I am not as much of a right winger as he has a reputation for being. But I think Roy Blunt has lost contact with and empathy for the people in his district. I think people are questioning his motives for running. The electorate is particularly sensitive to this aspect of a candidates character this year. I don't think Roy Blunt is a particularly good choice for the party to make for the US Senate this year. He is obviously being forced down the throats of the party as the only real choice that is allowed, and frankly, people just don't like being told how they are supposed to vote.
Being basically conservative (though not irrationally so), I should be supportive of the aims and objectives of this conservative Republican machine. But I am personally generally opposed to machine politics where you are either on the inside or on the outside of the group. I am just not a 'joiner' or an insider; which places me squarely on the outside and perpetually at odds with such a machine, even if it purports to be working in my best interests. Quite clearly, a vote for Roy Blunt is a vote for perpetuation and expansion the Missouri Republican Party machine, such that it may be. A vote for Roy Blunt would also appear to be a vote for the interests of lobbyists in DC, and possibly even a vote for the monetary interests of lobbyists directly related to Roy Blunt.
I can't help but imagine that this senate vacancy was in some way foreseeable by party leaders, that the party could have taken steps to develop somebody somewhere, or potentially develop a selection, to have available to run as credible candidates. I can't help but conclude that the choice by the leaders of the party of Roy Blunt for US Senate demonstrates that the party is more in tune with the needs of certain personalities and of interests which may be at opposition with the people in the state or people in the front lines of the party.
As an aside to my comments about Roy Blunt, I must point out that the choice on the other side has similar issues. Robin Carnahan is the latest of a long political line that started with a congressman who was voted out of office in a democratic primary because he was too liberal even for democrats. Despite her posturing and positioning to the contrary, I fully expect her to be the 'rubber stamp' for the Obama administration and the Democratic congressional leadership that the Blunt campaign claims. With her family's decades long involvement in politics, and with the Democrats in charge, I fully expect her to be as fully immersed in lobbyist money as anybody. I met her a zillion years ago when she was college age, so I have no personal judgement to make, but inside Democrats I know hint that she possesses many off-putting personality traits as well. And she has yet to really give us any good reason to vote FOR HER other than she is not Roy Blunt.
(As a further aside, I think the Democrats should have nominated Ike Skelton to the US Senate if they wanted that seat and wanted to do a service to the voters in the state. But that would mean that Skelton would have had to give up some important committee assignments and an important chairmanship that it took him three decades to get, so it would not have worked for Ike Skelton.)
I am afraid that after all of the millions (and millions and millions) that will be spent on this campaign, after all of the attack ads by third parties, after all of the position papers, after all of the rural-America posturing, after all of the Jackson Day dinners and county fairs, after all of the debates, after all of the baby kissing, all of the TARP-bashing, bailout bashing, health-care bashing, after all of the nationwide media head-spinning that all of us voters are going to have to endure, it is going to boil down to voters being presented with two choices, having to decide whether they think the direction that Obamelosireid is taking the country is radical enough or otherwise disagreeable enough that they are willing to hold their nose and vote for Roy Blunt.
But, I digress . . . .
As a comment to the Schweich article, I must point out that even though I pretty much agree with everything that Tom Schweich says in this article, one must consider the source. At the time this article was written, Tom Schweich was wanting to run for the US Senate as well. He is another Ivy League educated part of the supposed intelligencia who has spent a large part of his professional life working in appointed positions in government. (What could he possibly know about what it means to be me or to be anybody else I know?) I have met the guy only once, and have seen a few YouTubes of him, but I got the distinct impression that this guy is dismissive of people that he thinks of as inferior to his exalted self. I don't know, but I suspect that he has developed 'a case of the ass' against somebody or something in DC, and that may be the real reason he wants to be a senator, and not some supposed love for the common people of the Midwest. So I question his motives for wanting to be a senator.
Although as a moderate Republican, I would have to conclude that my views on the issues could be closer to Tom Schweich's than Roy Blunt's (although Tom Schweich swears up and down that he is as much of a hard line right wing whacko as anybody in Southwest Missouri), despite that, and despite all of the trash I just wrote about Roy Blunt, I am not convinced that Roy Blunt wouldn't be a better US Senator than Tom Schweich. I have no doubt that Tom Schweich has a good understanding of SOME issues that are voted on by senators, I suspect that Roy Blunt (if he can remember his deep dark past growing up in rural Missouri) probably has a better understanding of others. So even though I probably agree with almost every fact and every opinion in almost every phrase of this article, I can't help but view this article as nothing more than a great big super-sized bag of sour grapes.
I don't know whether the title to the article "the end of the Missouri Republican Party" is from Tom Schweich or from Busplunge, but I would like to add this comment: If Roy Blunt looses, especially in this Republican year, it would probably be the end of his visible political career (or at least that is the judgement of most people I know on the sidelines). But if he is careful, he might be able to conserve enough cash that he and his people will still be pulling the strings for the Missouri party. A lot of his past fundraising proceeds have gone down rat-holes that nobody can follow, and a lot of it is probably still out there (burried in coffee cans in the woods for all I know).
The party machine has been recruiting candidates around the state that are not particularly good legislators. Maybe they are promoted on their willingness to do what they are told or be part of the group, or whatever. The only 'farm team' that the party seems to have for statewide positions is the legislature. And people on both sides of the spectrum have been talking about the quality of people that we are being offered as legislators or state senators is not what it used to be. I don't know of any potential Emory Meltons, David Doctorians, Paul Bradshaws, or even Jim Mathewsons or Bob Griffins in the Missouri legislature today (with the possible exception of Gary Nodler, and maybe Sarah Lampe on the other side). Besides the current budget shortfall, there are some huge and potentially very technical and some potentially very philosophical and theoretical issues comming down the pike that the Missouri legislature has so far failed to deal with, and we really need better legislators than what we have been getting in recent years.
A lot of people on the front lines of the party have wondered whether the machine system is at least partly responsible for the decline in the quality of people ending up in the legislature, and wonder if the demise of Roy Blunt might open things up a bit to allow a better quality of candidate to arise from the grass roots. (A more plausible explanation for the drop in quality of the legislature and the emergence of the influence of municipalities and counties in the legislative process is, of course, term limits. But that is a totally different rant.)
There is a theory out there that if Roy Blunt loses the US Senate race, it could lead to some sort of improvement in the Missouri legislature. I disagree. First of all, the party apparatus and influence will still be there, and second, I think term limits is the bigger issue.
Now that I have insulted and pretty much pissed off every elected office in the state, I suspect that I should probably refrain from any further comment on the subject.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
By Thomas A. Schweich
Across the state, large numbers of forward-looking Republicans are concerned that a small group of Missouri Republican leaders have - without a serious dialogue or discussion about the future of the party - anointed U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt as the GOP candidate to replace retiring Missouri legend Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond. There has been an active effort to crush, pre-emptively, any possible challenger. Yet most of them acknowledge that Blunt will have very difficult time winning.
Roy Blunt is a dedicated public servant, a patriot and a worthy man. But I believe he should not be the nominee of our party for Bond's seat.
As a lifelong Republican and Missourian - and a former ambassador and senior international law enforcement official under President George W. Bush - I am at a loss for why the Republican Party of Missouri would rather be united in defeat than fight for victory. Blunt's vulnerabilities have been discussed widely on talk radio and the Internet. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who has announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the seat, will paint him as a leader of the Congress that delivered us a multi-trillion dollar deficit. She will say he turned a blind eye to the greeding frenzy on Wall Street.
Worse yet, I already can see the advertisements showing grainy pictures of his family members, trumpeting that they are lobbyists for some powerful industries that have hurt ordinary Missourians. And, like it or not, Blunt's son - another well-meaning guy - left the governor's office under a cloud that has not yet lifted. Can you imagine the field day that Carnahan will have? For Republicans, it is in all likelihood a recipe for disaster. Most everyone knows it, yet only a few will say it out loud.
Missouri already has popular Democrats serving as governor, senator and attorney general. If we lose the second Senate seat, the party will be in such shambles that it could take a decade or more to recover. While there is no denying Blunt's commitment to serving his country, he represents the Republican Party of the past, not the party of the future. We need to change direction before it is too late.
The new head of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, has said that the party is looking for fresh faces - people with a lot of energy and a commitment to rebuilding the party with a completely new image. Blunt is the opposite of what Steele has said he wants. I guess we have not learned anything from the elections of 2008.
Moreover, the Missouri Republican Party seems to have no plan for responsible Missourians. Just saying no to what Obama or Nixon wants is not a plan.
We need a party that is devoted to preserving the free-market system against the Obama onslaught on private enterprise, while recognizing that hard-working, responsible Missourians who have lost their jobs and health care should have a pretty strong federal safety net until they are back on their feet. We need to close regulatory loopholes and crack down on economic criminals, not nationalize our financial and auto industries with huge new federal bureaucracies.
We need to stick by our core values of protection of life and the right to bear arms but get out of people's bedrooms and private lives with our mean-spirited moral dictates. And we need a nuanced foreign policy that achieves our security objectives without using tactics that backfire and actually make us even more enemies around the world.
We need a party that is more economically responsible, more tolerant, more energetic, less closed-minded and less judgmental. Blunt cannot credibly take Missouri forward on that sort of a platform.
We should not discourage competition in the race for the Republican nomination for Senate. We should shed some light on the back-room politics of the sedentary, uncreative Republican leadership in this state, which appears to be in denial about the unfortunate route that we are traveling right now. They either should stop crushing the competition and start looking for a new direction or stand aside and let others take on the task.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 9, 2009
FYI-- and I think this applies to those infrequent bus riders who hear things I don't, comments that do not pertain to the subject of this posting will be and have been deleted-- after I copied and saved them. My blog, my rules.
All that money folks have been donating to GOP causes and candidates --- we know some of it went to pseudo-lesbian/bondage bars, now here's more of the same:
She was a 25-year-old junior staffer when the Florida Republican Party gave her an American Express card.
Over the next 2½ years, nearly $1.3 million in charges wound up on Melanie Phister's AmEx — $40,000 at a London hotel, and nearly $20,000 in plane tickets for indicted former House Speaker Ray Sansom, his wife and kids, for starters. Statements show thousands spent on jewelry, sporting goods and in one case $15,000 for what's listed as a month-long stay at a posh Miami Beach hotel, but which the party says was a forfeited deposit.
Friday, April 09, 2010
This may be a whole new category of literature -- Craigslist car ads. I first became aware of it with this ad for a jeep that showed up on CL--- someone flagged it for removal.
Now, from SEMO CL, another great CL car ad
Daughter Sara, from 5acredream, also seeks out interesting CL ads. While her uncles and I search for car ads, she finds horse ads. Here are some here.
This just in (actually it came in yesterday but we were busy:
Billionaires for Blunt visited Ozark, Missouri Wednesday to greet Congressman Blunt at the Ozark Chamber of Commerce and thank him for continuing to support big banks, pharmaceutical giants, insurance companies, big coal, big oil and big tobacco, all at the expense of "hard-working" Missourians.
Billionaire Robyn D. Poore said, "Congressman Blunt understands who butters his bread. We wanted to come here to let him know we will continue to provide him with millions upon millions of dollars if he'll continue to protect our interests in Washington and stiff the people of Missouri. So far, he's lived up to his word."
DEATH TO THE UN-INSURED!
IF WE AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!
GOVERNMENT BY AND FOR THE CORPORATIONS
CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE TOO!
WALL STREET IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MAIN STREET!
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Friday, April 02, 2010
I have been having a difficult time lately. I retired a couple of years ago and life has not always turned out the way I thought my retirement should be lived. My grandsons are a tremendous source of joy to me although sometimes they wear me out. My children are all grown and have their own lives to live, sometimes we feel like the Harry Chapin song.
Many times when I am troubled or confused, I find comfort in sitting in my back yard and having a vodka and tonic along with a quiet conversation with Jesus. This happened to me again this evening.
I said "Jesus, why is life so hard?" And I heard the reply: "Men find many ways to demonstrate the love they have for their family. You worked hard to have a peaceful, beautiful place for your friends and family to gather."
I thought to myself, that is true, I have a nice house and my family and friends are always welcome to come and sit in the yard or in the hot tub.
Then I thought, and maybe said out loud, "Why am I not satisfied, why do I want more and more. I thought you said money was the root of all evil and still I want more." And the reply was: "No, the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Money is a tool; it can be used for good or bad".
I was starting to feel better, but I still had that one burning question, so I asked it. "Jesus," I said, "What is the meaning of life? Why am I here?"
He replied," That is a question many men ask. The answer is in your heart and is different for everyone. I would love to chat with you some more, Señor, but for now, I have to finish fertilizing your lawn."