an engineer, and an attorney were discussing who among
them belonged to the oldest of the three professions
represented. The physician said, "Remember, on the
sixth day God took a rib from Adam and fashioned Eve,
making him the first surgeon. Therefore, medicine is the
The engineer replied, "But, before
that, God created the Heavens and Earth from chaos and
confusion, and thus he was the first engineer. Therefore,
engineering is an older profession than medicine."
Then, the lawyer spoke up.
"Yes," he said, "but who do you think
created all of the chaos and confusion?"
A man takes his Rottweiler to the vet.
"My dogs cross eyed. Is there anything you can
do for him?" "Well," says the vet,
"lets have a look at him" So he picks the
dog up and examines his eyes, then checks his teeth.
Finally, he says "Im going to have to put him
down." "What? Because hes
cross-eyed?" "No, because hes really
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Sues For Title.
Geo. Allen has brought suit in the
circuit court through his attorneys E. O. Brown and Geo.
P. Whitsett, against La Fayette Alexander and Mary
Baldwin, to perfect his title to the property in which he
resides, which is lot 165 in North Carthage. The
plaintiff sets forth that he went to the defendant
Alexander and arranged with him to be his attorney in
applying for a divorce; that said defendant told him he
should put his real estate in third hands which he did,
deeding it to the said defendant, without consideration
and with the understanding that it was only in trust.
Since then the plaintiff says that he has been unable to
get his property back, and furthermore that first
mentioned defendant deeded it to second mentioned
defendant without consideration last April. Plaintiff now
prays the court to set aside both deeds alluded to, and
vest the title to the property in plaintiff as the
Mail Box Beware.
The City Policy concerning
responsibility for mailboxes that are damaged by
City crews operating snow plows was officially
noted at last weeks regular Council
meeting. The Council approved the following
language in the Policy. It was a policy change
and not an ordinance so it was not subject to a
second reading. It was approved by a 10-0 vote.
"Mailboxes are considered
a structure on the right of way. A sound post and
securely attached box will not be knocked over by
snow coming off the plow. All Street crew drivers
are instructed to drive as slow as realistically
possible during wet snows in order to minimize
the problems with mailboxes. Mailboxes that are
damaged by actual physical contact with City
equipment will be repaired at the Citys
expense, but only if they were properly located
and installed. The mail box owner is responsible
for repair or replacement of the mailbox if the
mailbox was damaged by the pressure of the plowed
snow and there was no physical contact with the
FormThats Really a Fundraiser
An editor here at ProPublica
received this "Census" form in the mail
last week. In big, bold letters at the top it
announces, "2010 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
CENSUS." The form even has a "Census
Tracking Code." But its not from the
Its actually a survey
from the Republican National Committee. The
mailer includes questions such as: "How much
does it concern you that the Democrats have total
control of the federal government?" "Do
you think the record trillion dollar federal
deficit the Democrats are creating with their
out-of-control spending is going to have
disastrous consequences of our nation?" And,
"Do you believe the Obama Administration is
right in dramatically scaling back our
nations military?" At the end, it asks
for a donation to the Republican Party.
Other people -- including the
Democratic governor of Montana and a Democratic
representative in Georgia -- have gotten the
The faux Census form
doesnt appear to be illegal. The United
States Postal Inspection Services general
counsel reviewed the survey in January and
determined that it did not violate the Deceptive
Mailings Prevention Act of 1990. The act
prohibits any mail from flat-out impersonation of
a federal organization. In this case, using the
word Census, even with a capital "C,"
does not equate to impersonation of the U.S.
Census Bureau, said Pete Rendina, an Inspection
The survey also doesnt
appear to violate any Federal Election Commission
fundraising rules, said Judith Ingram, FEC
spokeswoman, because it includes disclaimers
about who is allowed to donate.
But why would the RNC send
something under the guise of the Census?
We called Mark Weiner, the
founder of Winning Mark, a progressive-leaning
direct-mail campaign consultant, and he said
using the term "Census" could earn the
document a second glance, thus increasing the
response rate and maybe even influencing an
independent voter with its slanted questions.
"Youre trying to
leverage the most valuable commodity -- other
peoples money," he said. "This is
obviously piggybacked on a lot of advertising
around responding to the real Census."
The RNC didnt respond to
our questions about why it chose to have its
survey mimic a Census form. But spokesman LeRoy
Coleman issued this written response: "The
document clearly indicates that it is an RNC
mailer. The purpose of this document is to gather
Republican opinion from across the country and
raise a little money."
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.,
filed a bill (the "Prevent Deceptive Census
Look Alike Mailings Act" that would require
more prominent disclosures on any mailing that
uses the word "census," although it
wouldnt outlaw the practice altogether.
Maloneys office says the congresswoman had
filed a complaint about the mailer with the
Inspection Service, and she filed her legislation
after learning the Inspection Service wont
be issuing penalties.
Got into a situation once.
I ended up boardin a horse that was
bein fought over by a couple
gettin a divorce. Kept it an fed
it and exercised it for nearly a year without
any financial consideration. Got a little
attached to the pony I suppose. When the
split was legal, I offered to buy the horse,
but only ended up with some expenses
The horse had some spirit,
so when I saw the owner comin with a
trailer on that muggy summer day, I knew
there would be trouble. I was probly
hopin after fightin ta load the
owner might decide reconsider my offer. I sat
on the porch and watched the horse get shoved
and pulled, nearly choked with a rope. I
finally had ta go down and calm the animal
and walk it into the trailer.
I dont know that I
did the horse a favor, seein as how it
would probly be treated. But at the
time, there wasnt much option.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
To Your Good Health
By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.
Can Cause Dizziness
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I got a
sudden attack of dizziness that landed me in bed.
I couldnt stand. Finally, with the help of
my husband, I got to the doctor, who said I had a
viral infection called vestibular neuritis. I am
taking medicine and am somewhat better, but the
dizziness isnt completely gone. Will it go?
When? -- L.T.
ANSWER: I have to warn readers
that the causes of dizziness are diverse, and
vestibular neuritis, while common, is only one of
many causes. The vestibule of the inner ear has
three fluid-filled canals that work like a
carpenters balance, that gadget whose
center contains a fluid-containing tube with a
bubble in it. The balance tells the carpenter if
a piece of wood is aligned. The inner ear canals
tell people if they are aligned. They send
signals to the brain that keep us balanced. A
viral infection of those canals or of the nerve
that sends signals to the brain makes people feel
like theyve been put in the spin cycle of a
Not only are affected people
dizzy, they become nauseated and often throw up.
Symptoms of vestibular neuritis
lessen in two to three days, but full recovery
can take up to six or more weeks.
A cortisone drug taken within
the first three days of illness can ease
symptoms. And medicines like promethazine relieve
dizziness and nausea, but they make some people
so drowsy that they prefer the dizziness.
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