Do you use coffee to escape from
Do you eat spoonfuls of instant
coffee because its easier?
Have you ever drunk cold coffee?
Right out of the pot?
Does your coffee cup resemble a
Do Native North American
Aboriginal Indian Peoples call you "Ona mac
towanda" (Smells-like- coffee)?
Do you know Juan Valdez?
...and his donkey?
Do you salivate uncontrollably
whenever you hear dripping water?
Have you ever been fired from a
job because youre "drinking their
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
WASH OUT ON THE
Three Miles West of
Carthage-Train Held Five Hours.
The tremendous rains of last night were
responsible for a washout on the Frisco railway 3 miles
west of Carthage, which delayed passenger train No. 2,
due here at 5:37 a.m., for 5 hours and stopped
inter-urban traffic till half past 10 oclock this
A passing train crew last night gave
notice that the track was in unsafe condition just north
of the intersection of the Frisco track and the Joplin
wagon road, at the same place where a wash-out and wreck
occurred 2 years ago. A gang of section men were
dispatched this morning and the early east bound
passenger train was held at Macy switch till 10 a.m. The
7:30 west bound train passed safely over the washout at
9:30 a.m. and met No. 2 at Macy.
About 200 yards north of the Joplin
wagon road, the Frisco track crosses a culvert. The wagon
road crosses the same stream just this side of the
railroad. The unusually high water last night washed the
small wagon bridge away down against the railroad
embankment and it bottled up the turbulent waters above
the culvert. Stumps and boulders helped to form a dam and
soon the flood was rushing over the tracks some distance
from the culvert. The ballast and part of the embankment
were washed away and the passage of trains was hazardous.
"State Fair of
A morning paper of Carthage heralds the
tidings that "C.A. Emry has been selected as judge
of poultry at the state fair of Oronogo." The little
mining is known to be on the boom at a high degree of
The City Council voted to
approve an ordinance Tuesday evening that will
allow the Mayor to enter into an agreement with
Allied Waste to extend their current contract
with the City for five years without going
through the bidding process. The current contract
is set to expire in October of this year.
Although this ordinance did not
specify any details that would be contained in
the extension agreement, the Public Works
Committee has been discussing allowing Allied to
raise the rate it charges for trash pickup by
approximately one dollar for the average
residential customer. Initial discussions with
Allied also includes the provision of Allied
providing customers with a container that would
be picked up by a mechanical arm. For the system
to work efficiently, most customers would have to
place the roll-away container at the street curb.
Most alleys are not wide enough for the equipment
The Public Works Committee will
is scheduled to work out the extension contract
details. The final version will need the approval
of the full Council.
Billion Taxpayer Auto Bailout?
by Paul Kiel, www.ProPublica.org
We here at Bailout HQ never
pass up an opportunity to add up large numbers.
So when we saw Time adding up the auto bailout,
we couldnt resist.
Time gets to $83 billion by
including two large sums not included in our
database: $25 billion in loans appropriated by
Congress last year to help auto companies develop
green cars, plus billions more through the TALF,
a Federal Reserve program to juice the secondary
market for a number of different kinds of assets,
including auto loans.
Set aside the Feds
spending, and you still get an enormous number.
Count along with us.
That $25 billion loan package
is a taxpayer bailout conceived by Congress even
before the financial crisis hit. The money will
be distributed through the Department of Energy.
A number of companies, not just the big three,
are applying for a piece of the funds.
And then theres the TARP.
The toll currently stands at $35.29 billion, a
sum that includes Treasurys promised loans
to Chrysler as it moves through and emerges from
bankruptcy. But the total also excludes the $5
billion in aid for GM and Chrysler parts
suppliers and two large sums on the horizon.
The administration gave GM a
June 1 deadline to restructure, and although
its not yet clear precisely what will
happen, its likely that GM will receive
additional government loans just as Chrysler did.
A GM spokesman tells Time those could be in the
ballpark of $12 billion. And GMAC, GMs
financing arm, will likely soon receive $7.5
billion in additional bailout funds, the
Washington Post has reported.
Put all that together and you
get almost $85 billion.
by David Epstein, www.ProPublica.org
Its only fair to expect
the odd clerical error amid the frantic rush to
infuse the economy with cash. But assuming that
only living Americans will have their wallets
fattened seems like a reasonable expectation.
WBALTV in Baltimore reports
this morning that Rose Hagner, a Maryland woman
who died on Memorial Day in 1967, received one of
the one-time $250 stimulus checks intended for
Social Security and SSI recipients. (As we noted
last week, working seniors who make over $75,000
will receive the check only to have the $250
deducted from their tax credit next spring.)
Representatives from the Social
Security Administration told the station that, of
52 million checks that are out the door, around
10,000 have been sent to people who have passed
away. The representatives blame the hasty June
check-mailing deadline for not allowing them to
peruse their records with fine-toothed combs. If
43 years wasnt long enough to get Rose off
the rolls, certainly the three months since the
passage of the stimulus bill wouldnt be.
Rose Hagners check was
plucked from the mailbox by her surprised son,
who may have had his apparently scant faith in
the Social Security mailing list eroded. James
Hagner, 83, told WBALTV: "It shocked me and
I laughed all at the same time.
dont even expect to get one for myself, and
I get one for my mother from 43 years ago?"
Since cashing someone
elses Social Security check is a federal
offense, James Hagner is hoping just to frame his
mothers stimulus money and hang it on his
One a the disadvantages of
livin in a community where storm water
is directed out quickly is the lack of
tadpole trainin. Not trainin the
tadpole, they know everthing they need
to. Im referrin to the
trainin of kids to the nature of
tadpoles. Mainly the fact that they somehow
turn from the fish lookin critter to a
especially to kids gathered around a mud hole
on a summer afternoon. Nothin like a
catchin a tadpole with the bare hands
and takin a close look at those little
beady eyes fore ya turn it back to the
natural habitat. Then actually watchin
over a short period of time the legs
startin to appear and eventually a full
fledged frog croakin (vocally) on the
bank. Course I always was a curious
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Sponsored by Curry Automotive
CLICK and CLACK
by Tom & Ray
Sponsored by Metcalf Auto
I have a 2000 Toyota Sienna van
thats tires lose air on a regular basis.
The tire-trouble indicator on the dash is on most
of the time. The front desk personnel said I only
need to have the tire rims cleaned and sealed,
and they should hold for two years. One of the
mechanics says its because my rims are
aluminum, and aluminum rims collect residue that
gets between the tire and the rim. He recommended
getting stainless steel rims. Who is right? -Jean
TOM: Well, there are millions
of cars with aluminum-alloy rims out there, and
their tires are all holding air. So I dont
think its the type of rims you have,
RAY: There are two things
Id look at. One is your valve stems. Valve
stems can sometimes crack, or deteriorate and get
porous, and allow air to slowly leak out.
TOM: In fact, some 30 million
Chinese-made valve stems were recently recalled
because they may fail. They were manufactured for
a company named Dill and distributed by Tech
International all over the country. If you have
those, you can get them replaced for free.
RAY: The other possibility is
what the front desk personnel suggested - that
you have oxidation on the inside of the rims, and
thats preventing the bead of the tire from
sealing tightly against the rims. Thats
also a common source of slow leaks.
TOM: So, my suggestion would be
to have your mechanic remove all the tires, clean
up the rims, replace the valve stems and remount
the tires. Ill bet that fixes it.
RAY: And if he happens to
notice any huge nail holes while hes at it,
have him patch those up, too. Good luck,
By Monte Dutton
by Curry Automotive
Cool Under Pressure
No driver in the NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series understands the obligations of his job
more than Richard Childress Racings Jeff
Burton, 41, is cool under
pressure. He is analytical and articulate. He
doesnt often speak without gauging the
effect and significance of his words. This
isnt just handy in the media center.
Its beneficial to the team. Burton
isnt just a team player by nature.
Its something he considers important.
Just as canny on the track,
Burton was asked at Phoenix about the knack of
formulating competent strategy for the final laps
"It depends on the kind of
race," he said. "Talladega has the
potential of being a 20-car pack, with 23 others
in the garage, or a 35-car pack. The bigger the
pack, the more the danger.
"If something happens with
three laps to go, and the first four break away,
then being in the front is not as dangerous.
Being in the front is dangerous when the guys
behind you can get momentum and come get you. ...
I do believe, in the old car, you were more
protected up front than you are in the new car.
With the new car (once known by the acronym COT),
you seem to be a little more of a sitting duck
than you were in the old car."
In 2008, all three RCR entries
made the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but the team
won only three races, two of them courtesy of
"I would stack our team up
against anybody," said Burton, a native of
South Boston, Va. "I feel really, really
good about the way our cars go down the
straights. I think we make a lot of power. What
we have struggled with is deep speed.
If you go back and look at most of the races that
weve won, theyve been long-run races,
theyve been races that had adverse
conditions, slick tracks and those kind of
"For us to achieve all the
goals that we want to achieve, weve got to
find a way to win races no matter what the
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