Sunday, November 30, 2008

Freight Train Boogie

Red Foley

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies

Delmore Brothers

Okie Doke featuring Orville Johnson

Ramblin Jug Stompers With Evan Conway

Country Fried Grass

Chet Atkins and Doc Watson

Delmore Brothers

The Delmore Brothers Pan Ammerican Boogie

I'll pass on reading this guy's letter telling me I need to go to confession for voting for 'that one'. Instead, I'll re-read "Rerum Novarum".

"If you are one of the 54 percent of Catholics who voted for a pro-abortion candidate, you were clear on his position and you knew the grav- ity of the question, I urge you to go to confession before receiving communion. Don't risk losing your state of grace by receiving sacrilegiously," says Father Joseph Illo, the pastor, at least for the time being, of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Modesto, CA, in a homily earlier this month.

From the Modesto Bee:

The letter was sent to more than 15,000 members of the St. Joseph's parish. It is one of 34 parishes in the Stockton Diocese, which has more than 200,000 members in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and four other counties.

Illo also delivered this message in a homily.

Though Obama's support of abortion rights angered many Catholics nationally during the campaign, Illo's letter is believed to be the first in Central California from a priest to his parishioners on the topic.

The Most Rev. Stephen Blaire, bishop of the Stockton Diocese, disagrees with Illo. He said Catholics should not feel compelled to disclose how they voted to their priest.

Blaire said Catholics who carefully weighed many issues and settled on a candidate, such as Obama, who was supportive of abortion rights, were not in need of confession. He said confession would be necessary "only if someone voted for a pro-abortion or pro-choice candidate -- if that's the reason you voted for them."

"Our position on pro-life is very important, but there are other issues," Blaire said. "No one candidate reflects everything that we stand for. I'm sure that most Catholics who voted were voting on economic issues.

"There were probably many priests, and I suspect many bishops, who voted for Obama."

Father Illo had no comment on whether voting for a candidate because that candidate supports the torture of prisoners or the reduction of education to the needy or the ending of public health care or because a candidate opposes the tenets of the papal encyclical Rerum Novarum.* the voter runs the risk of losing the state of grace.

* Rerum Novarum is remarkable for its vivid depiction of the plight of the nineteenth-century urban poor and for its condemnation of unrestricted capitalism. Among the remedies it prescribed were the formation of trade unions and the introduction of collective bargaining, particularly as an alternative to state intervention. Rerum Novarum also recognized that the poor have a special status in consideration of social issues: the modern Catholic principle of the "preferential option for the poor" and the notion that God is on the side of the poor found their first expression in this document.

Wanna Go To A Movie?

Sure, What's Playing?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Housing Crisis

New Top For Jeep

Found this on ebay, it is located in Paragould Arkansas.
Going to get it tomorrow!
Still looking for passenger seat frame, rear seat and 16" wheel.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

If You Want To Get To Heaven.....

And now, with "The Tennessee Outlaw! JESCO WHITE!"

Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Part I

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Part II

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Part III

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Part IV

Sgt. Pepper's Longely Hearts Club Band, Part V

Medium Cool, the Movie

Medium Cool, part 1.

Medium Cool, part 2.

Medium Cool, part 3.

Medium Cool, part 4.

Medium Cool, part 5.

Medium Cool, part 6.

Medium Cool, part 7.

Medium Cool, Part 8.

Medium Cool, part 9.

Medium Cool, part 10

Medium Cool, part 11.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Eric Henderson 1975 - 2008

Eric Jon Henderson, 33, (a.k.a. "Killuh E" a.k.a. "Skillet") born son of Fran Henderson and Kevin Biggerstaff, on August, 6, 1975, left this world on November 13, 2008.

Eric will be remembered best for his wit, charm, charisma, sly humor and endless generosity. Eric was always supportive of his friends and family, who in his eyes were one and the same.

His lifelong passions were music and skateboarding. He was just as much a part of any local skateboarding or musical event as grip tape and turntables.

He is survived by his parents; his sisters, Angela and Jamie; his niece, Ashley (14); nephew Kevin (9); his loving girlfriend of 11 years, Lauren Crank; his daughter, Kyra June (13); and son Connor Leighton (7).

A memorial service will be held at 122 Park Central Square, in Park Central Gallery, in Springfield, Mo. Services will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 23.

In lieu of flowers, opportunities for donations to Eric's children will be made available. Please help honor his passing by bringing pictures and sharing memories.

The last time I saw Eric he was picking up his son at school. I was picking up my grandsons. We chatted a bit about the Skatepark and how his son was doing in school. I always liked Eric. I suspect he would have been proud to have been called "Riff-Raff".

Rest in peace, Eric.

Why Don't The Big Oil Companies Bail Out The Automakers?

Seems to me that if there are no cars, there goes the potential for profits.

I wonder if that four dollar gas this summer contributed to their big profits?

I filled up this afternoon for $1.76 a gallon, cost less than twenty dollars to fillup.

Thanks to the horsefarmer for the idea.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I'm From Missouri, Show Me.

From the Secretary of State archives:

Why Is Missouri Called the "Show-Me" State?

There are a number of stories and legends behind Missouri's sobriquet "Show-Me" state. The slogan is not official, but is common throughout the state and is used on Missouri license plates.

The most widely known legend attributes the phrase to Missouri's U.S. Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1897 to 1903. While a member of the U.S. House Committee on Naval Affairs, Vandiver attended an 1899 naval banquet in Philadelphia. In a speech there, he declared, "I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me." Regardless of whether Vandiver coined the phrase, it is certain that his speech helped to popularize the saying.

Other versions of the "Show-Me" legend place the slogan's origin in the mining town of Leadville, Colorado. There, the phrase was first employed as a term of ridicule and reproach. A miner's strike had been in progress for some time in the mid-1890s, and a number of miners from the lead districts of southwest Missouri had been imported to take the places of the strikers. The Joplin miners were unfamiliar with Colorado mining methods and required frequent instructions. Pit bosses began saying, "That man is from Missouri. You'll have to show him."

However the slogan originated, it has since passed into a different meaning entirely, and is now used to indicate the stalwart, conservative, noncredulous character of Missourians.

Rossiter, Phyllis. "I'm from Missouri--you'll have to show me." Rural Missouri, Volume 42, Number 3, March 1989, page 16.

Official Manual of the State of Missouri, 1979-1980, page 1486.

The slogan also conotates a certain self-deprecating stubbornness (sometimes interpreted by non-natives as gruffness or a bit of arrogance) and devotion to simple common sense, .

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Disgraced Pastor Haggard: Abused As A Child, Starts Insurance Agency. Meanwhile, Mark Foley, Also Abused As A Child, Sells Real Estate

From the AP:

Disgraced evangelical pastor Ted Haggard says he was sexually abused as a child and that the experience "started to rage in my mind and in my heart" when he was caught up in a sex scandal involving a male prostitute.

In 2006, Haggard was fired as pastor of the 14,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs when a former male prostitute alleged they had a cash-for-sex relationship. The man also said he saw Haggard use methamphetamine. Haggard also stepped down as president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

He has said some of the allegations were exaggerated but he has never offered specifics.

Haggard, who is starting an insurance agency in Colorado Springs, did not immediately return a phone message left by The Associated Press.

The AP is also reporting disgraced former congressman Mark Foley has apologized to his constituents.
Shortly after his resignation, his attorney announced that Foley was gay and an alcoholic and had been molested by a priest as a teenage altar boy in Florida. Foley then checked himself into a treatment facility.

"I loved my early life, and then along comes a priest ... who forces me into a sexual relationship at the age of 12. And right shortly thereafter, I fail eighth grade, I start drugs, I start drinking, I start smoking," he said. "My entire life ... implodes.

Foley insists he did nothing illegal and never had sexual contact with teens, just inappropriate Internet conversations. Investigations by the FBI and Florida authorities ended without criminal charges.

And while he concedes his behavior was "extraordinarily stupid," he remains somewhat unwilling to accept full public scorn.

These were 17-year-olds, just months from being men, he insists.

Today, he's a pariah in Congress and the Republican Party. The affable man who reveled in the spotlight finds himself branded a pedophile, at best, a creep. He makes his living investing in real estate and other business.
Must be a slow news day?

And Now For Something Completely Different:

Ella Mae Morse with Freddie Slack and His Orchestra!

Small Town Stories

"Is Midge gonna run for senate?"


"You know, that man who dresses like a woman we seen on the TV."

"Uncle Miltie?"

"Oh, never mind. I can't hear you, anyhow. That dang train is too loud. I'm going inside and read abook."

"Well, while you're up, get us some iced tea."

Ron Paul's Commentary From CNN.COM

Ron Paul writes an interesting article for CNNHighlights: Ron Paul: Asking about the future of the GOP is the wrong question

Paul says instead people should ask why the country went in the wrong direction

Republicans stopped being the party of limited government, Paul says

Paul says it will take time for GOP to return to its traditional values

money quotes:

The Republican Congress never once stood up against the Bush/Rove machine that demanded support for unconstitutional wars, attacks on civil liberties here at home, and an economic policy based on more spending, more debt, and more inflation -- while constantly preaching the flawed doctrine that deficits don't matter as long as taxes aren't raised.

But what the Republican leadership didn't realize was that ALL spending is a tax on middle-class Americans through price inflation and that eventually the inevitable consequence is paying for the extravagance with a financial crisis.

Riff Raff On The Square

"They Didn't Like ME! They Never Liked ME!"

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Native Had A Great Love Of His Country But Remained Suspicious Of Government

"The gub'ment's bailin' out insurance companies and banks.

"And now it looks like Ford and Chevy will get a bailout, too.

"'Course, if Ford and Chevy go down, it will bring down Michigan and all those northern industrial states.

"What about those poor sob's who lost their life savings, or their pensions or their life insurance?

"Is the gub'ment gonna bail them out?

"Are are they just s.o.l.?"

It Ain't Over Until It's Over

It Ain't Over Until It's Over.

(We all know who the catcher is, but who's the baserunner? What game was this this and was the runner safe or tagged out?)

Veteran's Day, November 11, 2008

Frank David Lee, Robert Graham Lee, Walden Campbell Lee. St. Louis, MO, 1945?

These three men, my Dad and his two brothers, served gallantly our country in World War II and the Korean Conflict.

I, and my brothers and sisters, salute their memory and the memory of all those who have worn the uniform of our beloved country.

Different people celebrate Veteran's Day in different ways.
Soldiers from the 9th Infantry Division transport a wounded soldier to a dustoff site, somewhere in the Mekong Delta, Republic of Vietnam, 1969. The soldier on the stretcher is my older brother Bob.

Signs, Sings, Everywhere Are Signs...

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Palin Hoax

When Fox News ran that story about Sarah Palin not knowing Africa was a continent based on information supplied by an unnamed source, then that unnamed source identifies himself and he turns out to be a hoaxer, how do we know the hoaxer ain't a hoax?

Andrew Sullivan, who didn't like Clinton almost as much as he doesn't like Palin, has this to say on the subject.

When Owning A General Lee Ain't Enough.....

When owning a General Lee aint' enough, there's this website


Really, Believe It:


There, That's Better!

Don't You Feel Better Now?


You Can Believe It!

We Wouldn't Lie To You.


Click here. Read the post and the linked posts, they will refresh your memory about what's going on . Then read Jackehammer's report:

On June 4, 2008, as the city and City Council were budget crunching for fiscal year 2008-09, I wrote, "Springfield Skatepark Association/Springfield-Greene County Parks Mitigation: Example of Open and Transparent Government." In that entry, I quoted from Jason Wert's blog, "Life of Jason,*" an update in which he quoted, in part, Public Information Director Louise Whall as making this statement:
"We have another round of mediation scheduled for January 8 (2008) and we are hopeful this matter can still settle. We want to work with these guys if at all possible. But we don’t feel its appropriate to air any details on the matter until we make this further attempt at mediation. After the January 8 meeting we should be in a position to discuss it more fully.”

We all know now that the city ended up filing suit to try to take ownership of the skatepark.

This story just gets more and more wicked.

We're supposed to believe the city and Park Board were seriously trying to negotiate and work with "these guys" in January, 2008, when they'd already budgeted to take over management of the skatepark 4 months before the agreement had even expired and stated outright the Skatepark Association was, "expected to cease operations and management of this facility in October 2007" in the budget document for fiscal year 2007-08?

Who is the villian here? "The City"? The Parks Department? or Jackehammer for reporting it?

BTW---A friend, with whom I have discussed this issue on previous occasions, sent me this in an email this morning: "This scenario vindicates my hunch a year ago that the Park Board action was a planned hostile takeover of the skate park, without good reason or adequate public discussion. And, of course, when I expressed this to councilman Gary Deaver earlier this year he had a hissy fit."

Mexan por riba de nós e temos que decir que chove."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.

*The meaning of "two plus two makes five": George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four used this slogan as an example of an obviously false staetments one must pretend (or even try) to believe, similar to other obviously false slogans by the Party in Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is contrasted with the phrase "two plus two makes four", the obvious -- but politically inexpedient -- truth.

If the State might declare "two plus two makes five" as a fact; if everybody believes in it, does that make it true?

btw: wtf? I thought she retired.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

MLK Had A Dream,

JTP Will Secure It.

Stick Enters Toy Hall Of Fame

A stick was entered into the National Toy Hall of Fame yesterday.


Curators said the stick was a special addition in the spirit of a 2005 inductee, the cardboard box. They praised its all-purpose, no-cost, recreational qualities, noting its ability to serve either as raw material or an appendage transformed in myriad ways by a child's creativity.

"It's very open-ended, all-natural, the perfect price -- there aren't any rules or instructions for its use," said Christopher Bensch, the museum's curator of collections. "It can be a Wild West horse, a medieval knight's sword, a boat on a stream or a slingshot with a rubber band. ... No snowman is complete without a couple of stick arms, and every campfire needs a stick for toasting marshmallows.

"This toy is so fantastic that it's not just for humans anymore. You can find otters, chimps and dogs -- especially dogs -- playing with it."
One other aspect of the stick is its cost. It is free and is abundant. Even poor families had access to sticks.

Well, except for those children from poor families living on the treeless plains of western Kansas in the middle of the Great Depression.

My neighbor, who grew up in western Kansas during this time, where there are few trees and thus, few sticks, told me his family was so poor and destitute that they could not spare any sticks for toys. Sticks were gathered and hoarded, to be used for fires for cooking and heating.

For poor families in western Kansas in the 1930s, he said, sticks were not playtoys. He also noted his family was so poor that if he weren't a boy, he would have had nothing to play with.

Saturday, November 08, 2008


Finita La Commedia

"Writing recently in the New York Times, David Brooks
noted correctly (if belatedly) that conservatives' "disdain for liberal intellectuals" had slipped into "disdain for the educated class as a whole," and worried that the Republican Party was alienating educated voters. I couldn't care less about the future of the Republican Party, but I do care about the quality of political thinking and judgment in the country as a whole. There was a time when conservative intellectuals raised the level of American public debate and helped to keep it sober. Those days are gone. As for political judgment, the promotion of Sarah Palin as a possible world leader speaks for itself. The Republican Party and the political right will survive, but the conservative intellectual tradition is already dead. And all of us, even liberals like myself, are poorer for it."

Mark Lilla WSJ Online.

Hi Boys And Girls. I'm Jimmy Carl Black, I'm The Indian Of The Group

Jimmy passed away peacefully last night Saturday 11/01/08 at 11:00 o'clock pm. Jimmy says hi to everybody and he doesn't want anybody to be sad. He was seventy years old.Thanks for the heads up, Desdinova.

Clean Up On Turn 4 (I Only Watch NASCAR For The Wrecks)

The Presidental R-A-C-E, A Bob Ash Cartoon

(Click on cartoon to make larger)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

"It's Not The Color Of Obama's Skin That Makes Him Unacceptable..."

When someone makes the claim that, "It’s not the money, it’s the principle!" They may feel driven by principle, but more often than not, it still comes down to money.

So, when someone makes the statement, "It's not the color of Obama's skin that makes him unacceptable, it's the direction that he wants to take our nation*," several questions are immediately raised. Why do you mention the color of his skin? Why do you feel you have to mention the color of his skin? If you have to say it's not the color of his skin, it probably is.

For someone to make a statement like that reflects poorly on their judgment. For an elected official to make a statement like that is simply unacceptable.

*"It's not the color of (Barack) Obama's skin that makes him unacceptable, it's the direction that he wants to take our nation. He's for bigger government, more taxes, and he's just too liberal. With Democrats in control of the House and Senate, if Obama gets in, they will double down on the welfare state and speed up our slide toward socialism."

Oh Sing It, Tammy! It's A Beautiful Melody!

Sigh, that song always makes me feel blue.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Whip It.....

Oh yeah, Roy calls out Rahm.

Whip It----Roy Calls Out Rahm

Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes.....But Not In Greene County


Schoeller--no change--still Republican
Norr--no change--still Democrat
Dixon--no change--still Republican
Lampe--no change--still Democrat
Denison--no change--still Republican
Viebreck--no change--still Republican

The only change was Eric Burlison bested Nick Beatty but the seat remained a Republican seat.

County Races...of particular interest to me,,,,,
Kessinger beats Trippe, no change
Helms beats me,,,no change

Arnott beats Ramon, Sheriff's office stays Republican, no change
Yancy beats Fabro----position goes to Republican, change.

Based on the Kessinger/Trippe race, 36% of Greene County is democrat.

No independents broke to the credence to the theory that independents are really Republicans

The SN-L endorsed Hagan, Ramon, Fabro, Lee, Lampe, Burlison, Bensch, Norr----50% win rate. Do they mean much?

Reports last night of more lost files in the clerk's office.

Ready For Some Art? Ready For Some Culture? Head Over To The Greene County Circuit Clerk's Office, Steve Will Take Care Of You.

If you're in the Greene County Courts Complex and you get a hankering to purchase some fine art that ain't painted on black velvet, then you are in the right place, well sort of.

In doing a google on Helms, I came across the following item.
And here's another one.

As much trouble there is in the Circuit Clerk's office, you'd a thought selling art out of the office would be one of the last things one would expect Helms to be doing.

But hey, look on the bright side, it aint' the Ten Commandments.

I have nothing against art in public places, I think it is a good idea, but in this office, it is probably a distraction that is not needed. Maybe this is what the SN-L meant when they said in their
editorial that didn't endorse Helms: "It (the circuit clerk's office) needs to run as smoothly as possible, without needless distraction."

I was disappointed to lose yesterday's election for the Greene County Circuit Clerk's position. I believed my qualifications and work history were uniquely qualified for the job. Unfortunately, only 41% of the voters agreed with me. I would have made the trains run on time.

Greene County has a history of ignoring qualified candidates and electing....well, remember Jean Dixon? Ah, The Normal Heart and Larry Morris, the Christian counselor who preached the philosophy of NARTH with his 'helping hands'?

Helms, Yancy and Arnott---The "REP" Wins

The SN-L endorsed Ramon, Fabro and Lee. The county clerk's results show they all did about the same...they all split about 60/40
Arnott 58%
Ramon 41%

Kessinger 64%
Trippe 36%

Yancy 53%
Fabro 47%

Helms 59%
Lee 41%

what this tells me is that people voted their party, not the candidate.

McCain pulled 57%
Obama pulled 41%

The people who voted for McCain, stayed with their party in the down ticket races. Ditto for the people who voted for Obama.

There appeared to be very few cross over voters.

It will be interesting to see the precinct breakdown of votes.

To all those who supported me with their vote, thank you.

I was talking to a person this evening who told me that if I wanted to win an election in Greene County, I would have to run as a Republican. Somehow I can't see myself being in the party of Tim Trower and Ryan Cooper. Or Steve Helms.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Democracy, A Prayer and Some Advice.....


A Prayer:
Lord God of all creation,
You rule and judge all nations,
You scatter the arrogant of mind and heart,
You cast down rulers from their thrones and raise up the lowly.

As we elect those who will serve in our government:
the voices that call us to go this way or that way are confusing,
the signs of these times that we must discern are tragic and unjust,
the culture of death that afflicts all people is powerful.

Open our eyes to see your Reign in history,
our hearts to share your love with all people,
our ears to hear the cry of the widow, the orphan, and the stranger among us.

Send your Holy Spirit upon the people of this land:
Teach us to make wise and prudent decisions.
Increase our faith and hope.
Help us to live the Gospel we profess.

May all who are elected this day:
do justice,
love goodness,
and walk humbly before You and all people.

We ask for these blessings,
confident in your providence through all time,
calling upon Mary our Mother
and all the saints who have served the cause of justice,
through your Son, Jesus Christ, Redeemer and Savior, Amen.

Some Advice:

Sunday, November 02, 2008

computer crashed, get out and Vote and Special for CDM

1. My hard drive crashed, quit recognizing the operating system. I can reconstruct the files and I had quicken backed up. I hope I can salvage the pictures files. I am borrowing the Pvt RN's laptop--it's hard to type with fat fingers.

2. Vote Tuesday.

3. For CDM: Walmart bingo