daughter was about four years old, she still had a hard
time grasping the concept of marriage. So, I got out our
wedding album, thinking visual images would help, and
explained the entire service to her.
Once finished, I asked if she had any
questions, and she replied, "Oh. I see. Is that when
Mommy came to work for us, Daddy?"
The bride was anything but a tidy
housekeeper. It didnt bother her much until one
evening when her husband called from the hall, somewhat
dismayed: "Honey, what happened to the dust on this
table? I had a phone number written on it."
Sometimes the majority only means that
all the fools are on the same side.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Beaten by Their Own
Mrs. Nancy E. Burch, through her
attorney Chas. E. Burch, brought suit in Justice
Woodwards court Saturday afternoon to compel Mrs.
Rosetta Ballard to pay higher rent and yield possession
of the house on Garrison avenue belonging to plaintiff,
which she now occupies.
Mrs. Ballard, through her attorneys
Dryden & Bailey, claimed that the rent was only to be
raised when certain improvements had been made upon the
property; that she had tendered the usual rent which she
refused; and that she was not legally notified to vacate.
The only witnesses examined were C.E.
Burch and his father, John W. Burch, who by their
conflicting testimony admitted all that the defense
claimed and the suit was dismissed at their expense.
Washington, DC Southwest
Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt, a member of the
House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee
overseeing public health and pandemic
preparedness, delivered the following opening
statement during a hearing on H1N1 vaccine
production and distribution:
"Mr. Chairman, thank you
to you and Chairman Stupak for holding this
hearing. This is an important topic obviously and
one that we should be concerned about. Ive
been extremely concerned with the vaccine
distribution process and the misleading
over-estimates of vaccine availability.
"I believe Mr. Waxman, the
chairman of the full committee, said in his
opening statement that the administrations
hopes were not met. Well, apparently hope does
not get the job done here.
"In addition to their
hopes not being met, I think its outrageous
that suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay and
people who work on Wall Street were apparently
slated for access to the vaccine ahead of people
health care professionals told us were in danger.
"Since October, 43 million
vaccines have been made available, but this falls
far short of the 159 million people considered to
be at high risk of complications from H1N1. It
also falls short of the governments
original projection that 120 million vaccines
would be available by mid-October. In fact, just
last week, the government was still estimating
that eight million vaccines were going to be
shipped, when only five million were released. I
dont know how we can be this far into this
process and still be forty percent off in our
one-week estimate. Ill be interested to
hear the answers to those questions.
"In Missouri alone, there
have been more than 60 school closings since the
beginning of the school year. Last year during
this same period, there were none. Since October
4th, approximately 21,700 people in Missouri have
had possible cases of H1N1 flu. During the first
six weeks of last years flu season, there
were only 28 cases of all kinds of flu. And
sadly, last week in Missouri, the eighth person
died from complications of H1N1.
"I want to know, and the
people I work for want to know, who knew there
would be this kind of problem with vaccine
delivery and how long ago did they know it?"
Clunkers? NopeCash for Caulkers
by Sabrina Shankman, ProPublica
The most visible success of the
stimulus program so far, writes David Leonhardt
of The New York Times, was the Cash for Clunkers
program, which induced a car sales boom at the
most unlikely of times. Now White House officials
are looking to create a similar boom elsewhere in
the economy, this time by looking at home
weatherization. There are two similar "Cash
for Caulkers" proposals floating right
nowone from venture capitalist John Doerr
and one from former President Bill
Clintonwhich would offer cash incentives to
cover about half of home weatherization projects.
But, Leonhardt writes, many homeowners could
already save money by weatherizing their homes,
so its hard to say whether the program
could hope to gain as much popularity as its
Its not easy being the
Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board,
writes Alec MacGillis of The Washington Post. The
more transparent the board is, the more outrage
it induces over stimulus reporting errors. At
this point, MacGillis writes, the
administrations decision to frame the
stimulus package as a job-creating initiative,
and to try to account for dollars spent by
reporting jobs created, may have been a strategic
mistake. "Finding flaws in the data is as
easy as shooting fish in a barrel, and reporters
have been all too happy to fire away,"
MacGillis writes. "First reporting the
numbers with fanfare when they are announced,
despite their obvious shortcomings, and then,
days or weeks later, reporting that they are not
Companies planning a wind farm
in Texas have said theyll build a U.S.
plant to make the turbines, reports USA Today.
The announcement comes after the Investigative
Reporting Workshop at American University
reported on stimulus money going to foreign wind
farms, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., raised a
stink about it. Schumer has asked the Obama
administration to block stimulus funds from going
to the Texas farm unless its turbines are made in
the United States.
And finally, the federal Office
of Management and Budget reports that more than
$98 billion spent by government agencies was
wasted in fiscal year 2009. The wasteup $26
billion from the previous yearwas mostly
from questionable claims for tax credits,
unemployment insurance and Medicare benefits. So
what, you may be asking, does this have to do
with the stimulus? While the Recovery
Accountability and Transparency Board has amassed
hundreds of thousands of reports from stimulus
recipients about money spent and jobs created,
its not tracking the types of waste that
OMBs report found. And lets face it,
with nearly $800 billion in stimulus spending on
the way, theres bound to be a certain
amount of waste.
Happened to catch a portion
of a series on the history of firearms. As is
the case with a lot a things I suppose, the
machines needed to make precision parts for
guns were modified from time to time to
produce other products. Bicycles, sewing
machines, typewriters and the such were
usually manufactured near firearms
Followin the story
made me think of current times and the
development of all sorts of products that
came from the space race. A lot of
discoveries led to everday products
that we now take for granted. Tang for one.
Course a lot of the computer technology
was driven by the needs of things ta be small
and affordable. Ill probly never
ride a space craft, or for that matter ever
take another swig of that fake orange drink.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
NOTES from Hyde House
by Sally Armstrong,
Director of artCentral
Christmas is in the air here at
the Hyde House, as our official season will begin
this weekend with the opening of the annual
holiday show. I do not use the word
"holiday" in the Politically Correct
vernacular, but in place of the words "
Thanksgiving" and "Christmas", as
this show will be up during Thanksgiving, and is
over just prior to Christmas. My decorating must
be done early for this reason, and those
attending the reception this Friday night will be
treated to holiday fare and "cheer"! I
am so excited to tell you that we have almost
twice the number of paintings and works here than
for a normal show, as we are featuring two fine
artists in both Theresa Rankin and April Davis,
and want to present to you the best work for sale
by both. All work exhibited will be for sale, and
we have every price point represented! I said
last year, and it is even more true this year,
that a great gift for members of a family on you
gift list would be a work of art that they ALL
could enjoy, and that could be passed down for
many years. Besides the oil paintings we are
showing by Theresa Rankin, as I discussed last
week, we will have both oil paintings AND ceramic
sculpture work by April Davis on display. April
is well known to all as a daughter of local
artist Lowell Davis, and she certainly displays
much of his talent and style. A sculptor and
painter, she was born in Texas and returned to
Missouri after her father did, to raise her own
family at Red Oak II. She began her art a bit
later, encouraged by her father to sculpt small
floral and nature pieces, selling them
commercially for reproduction. That has led to
larger and more elaborate pieces, as well as
sculpting and the throwing of raku clay, and the
start of a fine oil painting career as well. She
has shown for several years at the Midwest
Gathering of the Artists as well as in other
venues, and her butterfly paintings are in the
permanent art collection at McCune-Brooks
Regional Hospital. Most recent of her awards was
first place at the Thomas Hart Benton competition
at Crowder College in Neosho. Come out Friday and
see both April and Theresa and view their
beautiful work, and remember that this exhibition
will be in the gallery weekends until December
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