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Tuesday, February 2, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 157

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Carthage Humane Society is currently overcrowded with very nice pet-quality young adult cats. For a limited time, they are offering reduced adoption fees on all brown tabby cats. Call or today for more information. 358-6402

Did Ya Know?...The Nazarene Church of Carthage will host a Red Cross Blood Drive at 2000 Grand on Thursday, Feb. 11 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

today's laugh

"I am sorry, madam, but I shall have to charge you ten dollars for pulling your boy’s tooth."

"Ten dollars! Why, I understood you to say that you charged only two dollars for such work!"

"Yes," replied the dentist, "but this youngster yelled so terribly that he scared four other patients out of the office."


A man was arraigned for assault and battery and brought before the judge.

Judge-"What is your name, occupation, and what are you charged with?"

Prisoner-"My name is Sparks; I am an electrician, and I’m charged with battery."

Judge (after recovering his equilibrium) -"Officer, put this guy in a dry cell."


Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

Operated on a Cow’s Eye.

Dr. Hornish went to Alba yesterday where he performed a delicate operation on a cow’s eye. The cow belongs to Mr. Hamelton of that place, and some time ago she ran a thorn into her eye which caused blood poisoning and a large unwieldy growth formed over the eye. After the operation the sight of the eye was restored.

Carthage Horses Win.

In the races at Columbia last week the following horses known in this vicinity distinguished themselves.

"Frank M," owned by McIntosh, of Monett, won three straight heats and a $200 purse in the 2:20 pacing race. Time 2:21 1/4

Roscoe W., owned by Dan Ervin, of this city, took third place in a good big field of trotters in the 2:22 class.

  Today's Feature

Extension Council Members Elected.

Five members of the University of Missouri Extension Council of Jasper County were re-elected and five were newly elected in the balloting that ended January 25, 2010, according to Peter Carter, council chair.

The re-elected members are Pedro Pantoja, Joplin; David Shaw, Joyce Shaw and Dorothy Shull, Carthage; and Marilyn Thornberry, Webb City. Newly elected members to serve two year terms are: Mick Cooley, Debbie Cooley, Jim Creighton, and George Heisten, Carthage; and Mike Grigg, Webb City.

These members will join the following hold-over members: Emily Boydston, Peter Carter, Debbie Carter, Helen Dillard, John Dillard, Margaret Hartman, Glenn Moll, Karen Moll, Marlene Payne, and Stuart Payne.

The council has four major responsibilities. They are: (1) to advise the University of Missouri on needed extension educational programs, (2) approve the extension staff housed in Jasper County, (3) arrange for financing the Jasper County Extension Center and, (4) hold elections to perpetuate the Council.


Why Obama’s Plans for N.Y. Terror Trials Unraveled

by Dafna Linzer, ProPublica

For anyone wondering how one of President Obama’s signature pledges seemed to unravel between Monday and Friday, here’s a look at the week that was.

Savvy readers of The New York Times may have noticed a letter to the editor in Tuesday’s edition, co-signed by three city council members including the speaker, the chairman of the Public Safety Committee and the chairwoman of the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Committee. One month after the Christmas Day terror plot aboard a Detroit-bound flight, all three city officials came out against trials for five alleged Sept. 11 conspirators in Manhattan. The officials’ letter was in response to a speculative article, which ran a week earlier, about possibilities for moving the trial 800 yards out of Manhattan, to nearby Governors Island .

On Wednesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg publicly reversed his earlier support for the administration’s trial plan and -- backing the city council members -- also called for the trials to be moved out of Manhattan. It’s hard to overstate the damage that Bloomberg’s position has inflicted on the White House’s efforts to put Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on trial in New York, as the Justice Department announced last November that it planned to do.

It’s also hard to overstate how damaging this is to the president’s efforts to close Guantanamo and bring the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to justice in a manner that he believes is consistent with his values and promises. Not because New York is the only place where the trials could occur, but because a change of heart from a powerful mayor, who supports Obama, just gave cover to key Democrats to look tough on terror by joining his push for a new trial location.

There was little reaction on Capitol Hill when New York’s unpopular governor, David Paterson, came out against the planned trials when they were announced by Attorney General Eric Holder at a Washington, D.C., news conference in November.

But Bloomberg is not Paterson.

Today, Spencer Ackerman, at The Washington Independent, posted a letter from Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, to Obama calling for a venue change. It will be hard for the White House to push back on the very public warnings and concerns she voices in the letter, especially in light of the Christmas Day terror plot.

Hours after the letter surfaced, administration officials said they would continue to push for federal court trials but appeared to be abandoning the New York option.

And that, in turn, could fuel efforts by Republicans and others who oppose civilian trials altogether.

A telling tidbit appears at the very end of a Politico story today noting that Scott Brown, the newly elected Republican senator from Massachusetts, campaigned, in part, against civilian trials for terror suspects. Here’s the kicker: Brown’s pollsters said the issue polled better for him than even his opposition to health reform.

Since his inauguration, the president has repeatedly taken positions regarding Guantanamo and detention that surprised his supporters on the left.

As a candidate in August 2008, Obama said: "It’s time to better protect the American people and our values by bringing swift and sure justice to terrorists through our courts and our Uniform Code of Military Justice."

As president, his advisers stressed that Obama was focused on prosecutions, unlike his predecessor. No Guantanamo detainees were convicted in federal courts during the Bush administration. Three prisoners were convicted in military commissions -- a system that Obama derided as illegitimate.

Last May, in a speech at the National Archives, Obama again pushed for prosecutions in federal court. But he also embraced reformed military commissions and said some suspects would be held indefinitely.

"There may be a number of people," he said, who could be held without charge or trial after Guantanamo closes. Last week, his task force recommended holding 50 detainees, roughly a quarter of the remaining prisoners at Guantanamo, and two administration officials said the number could be higher.

No more than 35 detainees of the 240 who were in the prison when Obama took office are likely to face charges anywhere. So far, the administration has charged just one detainee in federal court. Five others, including the alleged Sept. 11 conspirators, are likely to face charges. And five other detainees will be charged before military commissions.

The White House knew months ago that it would not be able to meet a one-year deadline for closing Guantanamo. The White House is still trying to figure out a way to move detainees from Guantanamo to a prison facility in Thomson, Ill. Now it is likely that it will also be searching for new trial venues.

Obama did not mention Guantanamo in his State of the Union speech Wednesday night, and the White House has set no new deadline for closing the facility.

Just Jake Talkin'

There is nothin’ much worse than havin’ to deal with a problem that shouldn’t a been a problem in the first place.

It goes back ta one a Murphy’s observation: "Why is there always to fix somethin’ when there wasn’t time ta do it right the first time?"I learned as a youngster to always close the gate. Nothin’ worse than tryin’ to round up a stray cow that wandered out of a gate ya left open. Ya not only waste the time, typically ya fall in a ditch and skin your shin while endin’ up in a pile a fresh manure. More problems. Then ya forget and climb in the farmers truck and have to smell your mistake all the way home ‘fore ya end up cleanin’ up the mess ya made tryin’ to solve the original problem. Don’t take many times like that ‘fore ya understand the importance of gate closin’.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

New Ways to Treat Varicose Veins.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have varicose veins on both of my legs. I wear only long dresses and slacks to hide them. My legs don’t hurt, but I would like to be rid of these veins. What can I do for them? At this point, I am not interested in surgery. -- L.H.

ANSWER: Leg veins face a Herculean task. They have to return blood to the heart in the face of gravity, which works to keep blood from moving upward. They couldn’t accomplish their task if they didn’t have valves. As blood moves upward in the vein, its valves close so that it can’t fall back down. The problem with varicose veins is a valve problem. Their valves no longer work. Blood stays in the leg veins, distends them and stretches them out of shape -- varicose veins.

Varicose veins can make the legs ache or cause them to tire quickly. Sometimes, the pooled blood leaks fluid out of the veins, so the ankles and feet swell, and open ulcers -- most often around the ankle -- might form. And then there is the cosmetic aspect, about which I’m not qualified to comment.

Things you can do for varicose veins are limited but worth trying. One is compression stockings. The very best stockings are the ones with graduated compression, with the compressive force greatest in the lowermost part of the leg and with lesser force in the upper parts of the leg. Compression moves blood upward. Another way to keep blood from pooling is lying down with your legs higher than your heart. That position empties blood out of leg veins. Admittedly, you can’t spend the entire day with your legs elevated, but elevate them as often as you can. Never stand for long in one place. If you have to stay still, contract your calf and leg muscles to push blood out of the legs.

Should you change your mind about surgical vein removal, you should know that today there are many methods of getting rid of these veins. Endovascular lasers, radiofrequency catheters and sclerotherapy are recent-vintage techniques. Surgical removal has been refined to the point that most patients return home on the day of operation.

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