A ventriloquist stops to entertain some people
in a small town. Hes going through his usual stupid
George W. jokes, when George W. himself walks up.
"Ive heard just about enough
of your denigrating George W. jokes!" He says.
"What makes you think you can stereotype me that
way? What does a persons knowledge of geography and
world politics have to do with their worth as a human
being? Its guys like you who keep people like me
from being respected at work and in my community.
Im as smart as anyone else and..."
The ventriloquist begins to apologize,
when George W. stops him. "You stay out of this,
Mister. Im talking to that little smart aleck on
"Doctor,I have a son who thinks
hes a chicken," said the man.
"Why dont you bring him in
for treatment?" asked the doctor.
"We need the eggs," replied
Whats the difference between
ignorance and indifference?
I dont know and I dont
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Spread Like Wildfire.
When things are "the best"
they become "the best selling." Abraham Hare, a
leading druggist of Belleville, O., writes:
"Electric Bitters are the best selling bitters I
have handled in 20 years." You know why. Most
diseases begin in disorders of stomach, liver, kidneys,
bowels and nerves. Electric Bitters tones up the stomach,
regulates liver, kidneys and bowels, purifies the blood,
strengthens the nerves, hence cures multitudes of
maladies. It builds up the entire system. Puts new life
and vigor into any weak, sickly, run-down man or woman.
Price 50 cents. Sold by
Caffee & Co.
S. H. Regan was treated to the third
and full degree at Tuesday nights meeting of the
Knights of Pythias. Walter Harringtons membership
team is still ahead of Jake Pearmans team. Mr.
Regan was the last of the old membership contests
Supports Sales Tax.
News Release: "The
Carthage Convention & Visitors Bureau
Board of Directors voted unanimously to support
the City of Carthage Capital Improvements Tax.
"In this tough economy, we understand the
hesitation to support any tax initiative but our
board felt that this tax continuation would
continue improvements to Carthage" says
Wendi Douglas, Carthage CVB Director.
According to the release
"This is not a new tax. It is a continuation
of an existing sales tax that was approved by
voters in 1996 for Capital Improvements. There
will be no change in the sales tax rate or the
amount that shoppers currently pay. This is just
a continuation of an existing sales tax that will
continue once the current tax terminates in March
2012. Previous voter approved projects included
construction of two new water wells, two new
elevated water storage tanks and over 17,000 feet
of distribution line improvements as well as
storm water system improvements."
The CVB contracts with the City
for tourism services. The total amount
appropriated in this years city budget for
CVB is $90,500 and is funded by the lodging tax.
I was readin in the
pet column published in the Mail the other
day that the writer didnt think cats
oughta be ever put outside. Might get hit by
a car or attacked by a wild animal. What
about us humans? We might be injured
bein outside too.
As we often state in our
paper, we dont necessarily agree with
everthing that is published. This has gotta
be onea the strangest concepts Ive ever
chickens and geese should get their share of
protection also. Bring em all in the
house. Goats, pigs, Bessie the milk cow,
its a dangerous world out there in the
I personally think that
most cats Ive been around are smarter
than some folks that write columns for a
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
ART NOTES from Hyde House
by Sally Armstrong,
Director of artCentral
Our first exhibition for 2011
nears, and today I am printing as the body of my
article, the artists statement of Brenda
Sageng, our first presenting artist opening on
February 25th, at 6:00 at Hyde House Gallery.
Brenda is a Carthage resident, but her art
reflects all her life experiences as most artists
can attest. This is her reason for creating art,
"the artists statement":
"What compels an artist to make art? It
seldom pays much, can be terribly frustrating,
and is often psychically discouraging. Yet, here
am I, stretching paper or canvas, selecting
colors, and blowing what money I didnt
already spend on books and pet food, on more
brushes and paint! My compulsion to make art
began with drawing in my own picture books (of
which I was blessed to have many) as soon as I
could hold a pencil. If I felt the illustrator
had forgotten something, I added it -- usually a
princess with flowing hair in a fancy dress and
shoes. Im not so much into princesses
anymore (raising three daughters cured me of that
delusional motif,) but I am still fascinated with
the human form and gesture, animals and birds,
and the seasonal transience of plant life, as
well as old, decaying architecture (I drew
castles too.) In my exploration of architectural
spaces and biological structures, I have
discovered a myriad of similarities: each has a
"skin" whether of flesh or brick. Each
is constructed of elegantly designed parts,
neatly fit together, with wonderful repeating
patterns of texture. And, both the plant and the
building are made alive by light itself, in ways
far beyond visually arresting contrasts. Consider
how the soft, pearly glow of a wet winter
afternoon, seeps through the cracked and broken
windows of a crumbling old warehouse, and lends
an almost sacred quality to its decay, giving it
breath for one more day. More dramatically, the
late afternoon sunlight riding hard on the heels
of a passing thunderstorm illuminates a common
elderberry bush with an incomparable golden fire.
For a moment, backlit against blue-violet clouds,
the naked eye can witness photosynthesis turning
water and light into a feast of fruit, and, not
inconsequentially, the very oxygen we breathe.
The more I learn about this visible, yet
invisible process, the more singularly miraculous
it becomes. Were it not for this "light
putting together" by trillions of ancient
blue-green algae sucking in the methane and
sulfur of early Earth, then exhaling microscopic
puffs of oxygen, there would be no atmosphere
enveloping our jewel of a planet. So, I paint
birds and children because their bright eyes
bring me joy. And, I paint the tree; the leaf;
the broken twig and the ephemeral blossom,
because they feed us all with body and
breath." More on this artist and her show
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