The following quotes are reported to have been
taken from actual Federal (U.S.) employee performance
- "He sets low personal standards
and then consistently fails to achieve them."
- "This employee is depriving a
village somewhere of an idiot."
- "He would argue with a
- "A prime candidate for natural
- "Some drink from the fountain of
knowledge; he only gargled."
- "Takes him two hours to watch 60
Its time for all bad spellers to
Is it true that cannibals wont
eat a clown because theyre afraid they will Taste
Time is what keeps everything from
happening at once.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
SPECIAL COUNCIL SESSION.
The city council met in special session
last night to consider the matter of lighting the
Chautauqua grounds. The session was a brief one.
The light committee reported in favor
of honoring the contract already in existence to furnish
and install the wires for the grounds, and furnish forty
lights during the Chautauqua session for $100 per annum.
The report was adopted unanimously. Thus the long
discussion of the night before was quickly settled.
Should be a Full
Let there be a full attendance at the
mass meeting of citizens in the court house Friday night.
Among other things an opportunity will be given all to
join the Commercial club, an organization which is
working with might and main for the upbuilding of
Top 10 Consumer
Attorney General Chris Koster
has released the top 10 consumer complaints and
scams reported to his office in 2010. Complaints
against debt collectors led the list, with more
than 2200 calls to the Attorney Generals
office from consumers.
"Even though you may be
responsible for the debt the collectors are
calling about, there are federal laws governing
just how far the debt collector can go,"
Koster said. "Your best protection against
harassing and abusive calls from debt collectors
is to know your rights. The Federal Trade
Commissions Debt Collection FAQs: A Guide
for Consumers can be found on their website at
Koster noted that the number
two scam involves telemarketers convincing
consumers to provide their debit card or credit
card numbers and then using those numbers
fraudulently. He reminds consumers never to
provide personal information to someone they
dont know unless they have initiated the
Consumers can register
complaints with the hotline at 800-392-8222 or
online at ago.mo.gov.
Below are the top ten scams
reported to the hotline in 2010:
1.DEBT COLLECTORS (2225
complaints) there has been an increase in
the number of complaints filed against debt
collectors. Many consumers who file complaints
indicate they are being harassed by debt
collectors for debts they may not even owe.
Others claim the debt collection agencies are
abusive, threatening, and include repeated calls
when attempting to collect a debt. Other
complaints indicate consumers have notified the
debt collection companies to cease contacting
them, but without success.
2, CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD (1575
complaints) telemarketers continue to find
ways to scam consumers out of their money.
3. TELPHONE CRAMMING (1477
MODIFICATIONS (1204 complaints)
5. HOME REPAIR AND REMODELING
6. LOTTERIES AND SWEEPSTAKES
7. PRE-NEED BURIAL
PLANS/FUNERAL HOME/CEMETARIES (887 complaints)
8.CABLE/SATELLITE SERVICES (864
9. AUTOMOBILE REPAIR
(644 complaints) 10. AUTOMOBILE WARRANTY/SERVICE
CONTRACTS (624 complaints).
I understand why vehicles
are advertised as 4x4. Means four wheels and
all four are powered by the engine. Thus the
term four-wheel drive. Four-by-four is just
an abbreviated way to say it. And it looks
good painted on the side of the truck.
Apparently the 4x4 type of
truck has become so popular that now you see
trucks advertised as 4x2. Just a regular
truck driven by two wheels. I at first
thought it odd to see 4x2 in a pickup ad, but
after thinkin about it, those ads are
meant for me. I dont want a 4x4 and
its nice for em to make the
regular trucks stand out so I can spot
I suppose a motorcycle
would be a 2x1 or onea those trikes a 3x2. I
ended up with a 6x0 dump truck once. Had six
wheels but just wouldnt go anywhere.
All it was was a 6,000 pound radio.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
THIS IS A HAMMER
By Samantha Mazzotta
Broken Bulb Blues
Q: I was trying to unscrew a
burnt-out light bulb yesterday, which
unfortunately stuck and then broke as I tried to
force it to turn. I wasnt hurt, but now I
have a jagged remnant stuck in the socket.
Im afraid to turn that light on, but
its the ceiling light in my den, and
Id really like to be able to work there.
Any suggestions? Also, what do you think of those
new fluorescent light bulbs? -- Derek N.,
A: First, turn off the circuit
breaker to that room to make sure no electricity
is getting to the socket. Second, put on a sturdy
work glove and place a wastebasket nearby to
discard the bulb. Third, take a raw potato or a
piece of soap. Cut the potato in half and trim to
slightly larger than the diameter of the socket.
Press the trimmed part of the potato or soap
against the jagged edges of the broken bulb.
Then, slowly turn counterclockwise to unscrew.
You may need to brace the socket with your free
hand or with a pair of needle-nose pliers if it
tries to twist with the bulb.
If this doesnt work,
contact an electrician to remove the bulb and
inspect the socket for damage.
As to your second question
regarding CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs,
well, theyre the wave of the future -- like
it or not. The last U.S.-manufactured
incandescent light bulb rolled off the production
lines last year. The ones on store shelves now
are produced overseas. CFLs do produce the same
amount of light while using significantly less
power, so you may see a slight difference in your
power bill if all your homes bulbs are
CFLs. The cost of a CFL is higher than that of an
incandescent bulb, but that price is coming down.
Additionally, CFLs last much longer than
incandescents, so you wont be purchasing
them as often.
By the way, if you break a
glass-coil CFL bulb, the soap/potato trick
isnt effective. Wear sturdy work gloves and
grip the socket and the small extension from
which the CFLs glass coil protruded and
carefully unscrew it.
HOME TIP: Light bulb
flickering? Before changing it or calling an
electrician, try removing the bulb and cleaning
its base with a pencil eraser. A clean contact
may solve the problem.
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