May 26, 2016
Dems must expose Trump"...The eye on the prize is exposing a reckless and risky reality TV star for the selfish narcissism that he represents for this country." ---Sen. Claire McCaskill speaking to a ...more
May 12, 2016
Judging art "There's always been a struggle between art and commerce, and now I'm telling you, art is getting its ass kicked, and it's making us mean, and it's making us bitchy. It's making us cheap ...more
February 25, 2016
Welcome to Trump County, USA "On the last day of my trip [to West Virginia], a man with a beard creeping high up his cheeks and a 30-case of Busch Light in one hand is on his way out of a convenience ...more
December 03, 2015
Tell it the way it is "If you ask me I am one week about asking what type of terrorism...and I'd be happy if you prove me wrong." ---Waleed Phares, FOX Midwest analyst on terrorism, discussing San ...more
November 16, 2015
President's comments at press conference in Turkey "It's best if we don't shoot first and aim later." ---President Barak Obama's comments regarding why he and his advisors aren't sending troops on ...more
March 26, 2015
Eliminating the estate tax “The death tax disproportionately hurts states like Missouri, which relies heavily on agriculture revenue. This tax is often a crushing blow to family business owners and ...more
January 30, 2015
Fair and possibly unbalanced "Journalism that stimulates debates isn't enough because the powerful do not respond to debates. They respond to an informed people who are able to show them where power ...more
January 09, 2015
Terror in Paris--Je suis Charlie "Yesterday’s murders at the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris were not just an attack on journalism, they were yet another declaration of open warfare on free speech. ...more
December 17, 2014
On President Obama's Cuba announcement "I oppose this move, and I believe it is a mistake. It's hard--if not impossible--to normalize relations with a Castro-led Cuba. And I don't see anything in the ...more
October 21, 2014
Stopping Ebola spread “As we were reminded this week with the third confirmed case of Ebola on American soil, we must do everything possible to contain this deadly disease at its source. Implementing ...more
September 24, 2014
What Isil doesn't embrace "Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people. Before you tell me how much you love your God, show me how much you love all ...more
August 19, 2014
Ferguson, Missouri“I've thought from the start that a parallel federal investigation into the death of Michael Brown is important. I also believe that our state and local elected officials have been ...more
June 17, 2014
Open border rampage“The joint criminal and humanitarian crisis at our southern border is a tragedy that lies squarely with the President. It is also a tragedy that could have been avoided. Along with ...more
January 28, 2014
Stressing religion is the Republican response "...So, tonight I simply offer a prayer..."---Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) giving the Republican response to Obama's State of the Union ...more
January 01, 2014
Pot law brings justice and savings "In Colorado, we see the first state in the nation to implement a truly common-sense approach to marijuana. By legalizing marijuana, Colorado has stopped the ...more
October 21, 2013
Congressional goals"The federal government spends too much and borrows too much. Those must be the two main targets after today’s vote [Oct. 16, 2013] and until we get our spending under control. ...more
October 15, 2013
Obominable (sic) Care "Even if the administration manages to fix the Web site and finally implement the individual mandate, people still may not join — because the plans being offered are so ...more
September 28, 2013
Obamacare, no exceptions "Congressional Republicans should make certain ALL Americans are included in the funding for Obamacare....therefore Republicans should remove all exemptions, waivers, ...more
September 20, 2013
In support of the Excellence in Mental Health Act "Instead of merely talking about this issue in the wake of tragedies, it is time to finally take bipartisan action to improve our mental health care ...more
August 27, 2013
Wouldn't you sell the Martin Luther King speech? "Nope, because I would like to think somewhere out there my mom and dad and my grandma taught me better than that and everything in life you can't ...more
July 07, 2013
Legacy of one man "I don't know why we called it a mouse. It started out that way. We never changed it."--Douglas Engelbart ...more
June 06, 2013
Regarding Missouri tax cut bill "This legislation is an ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment that would hurt our economy and jeopardize funding for vital public services" ---Gov. Jay ...more
April 11, 2013
Another dumb Missouri law struck down--Yay, for Missouri Attorney General's decision not to fight U.S. District Court ruling citing provision in the U.S. Constitution that federal laws take ...more
March 25, 2013
Claire came out“I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love. While churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside of ...more
December 20, 2012
It's not all business' interests In response to U.S. Senator Roy Blunt's YouTube, "Missourians Discuss the Fiscal Cliff" was this comment, "This video doesn't remotely get its facts right. The tax ...more
August 20, 2012
Controversial remark about rape "If it is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."---by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin who said that "legitimate rape" victims don't get ...more
August 08, 2012
Success "If you’re a talented person and you’re not successful there is probably something inside you that is stopping you from being successful, and sadly, it might be your talent.”---from "WTF with ...more
July 23, 2012
Commenting on Iran"The world's most dangerous regime must not have the world's most dangerous weapons."---Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime ...more
July 12, 2012
Tough talk "I'd argue with a rock and then try to beat it up."---Actor Robert Blake during interview with Piers Morgan (CNN, July 11, ...more
May 26, 2012
Reflecting on Plyler v. Doe "This June, it will be 30 years since the Supreme Court ruled that all children should have equal access to public education, regardless of citizenship or immigration ...more
April 20, 2012
How much is too much?"The price of fuel in Israel is 8 nis per litre. That factors out to about $2.13 per 1/4 gallon. Just thought I'd mention that for people in the U.S. concerned over the price of ...more
March 19, 2012
Paying off the national debt "...Current deficits are so big that no income tax increase could cover them. Government debt and entitlement obligations are so large that confiscating all private ...more
February 21, 2012
Birth control matters "It's really important to separate the concept of the religious institution, the community of believers, from the corporate entity. When a church, including my church, is ...more
January 16, 2012
On medicating foster children "About a year after I was adopted I found out I was on 20 different drugs total, and sometimes I took up to five drugs at one time.... Some of the things I was diagnosed ...more
November 27, 2011
Ramifications "If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel." --- Shira Sorko-Ram (Maoz Israel ...more
November 07, 2011
Facebook vs. Google: The battle for the future of the Web "If you want to learn about a medical condition or decide which television to buy, you search. In that world, Google's algorithms, honed over ...more
November 02, 2011
When summer's gone... "Autumn is a second coming of spring when every leaf is in flower." ---Albert Camus (1913-1960), French ...more
October 06, 2011
On death"No one wants to die. Even people wanting to go to heaven don't want to die to get there."---Steve Jobs ...more
September 12, 2011
Brit criticizes demonstrators "'Earlier, a group of English Defence [sic] League protesters were ordered to move on to accommodate the anti-American demonstration' That just about sums up how PC our ...more
August 24, 2011
Late show host wisdom "The price of gas is going down. Did you see this? They say it could soon be under $3 a gallon. You know what that means, huh? You now can afford to drive by the house you used ...more
July 27, 2011
UN vote to recognize Palestinian independent state "If we assume the Palestinians are not looking for a confrontation with the U.S., that the Israelis don’t want to be isolated [by the UN], and that ...more
June 14, 2011
Assessing Joplin's losses "With 'dozers scraping the landscape clean, I have a fear we are losing something we'd like to keep."---Joplin artist Jed ...more
May 25, 2011
Tornado survivor "We lived around 20th and Connecticut and there was just nothing left. We were in the house at the time it was destroyed. I've always taken having a roof over my head for granted. ...more
April 13, 2011
Removing smoke screens "American women made their voices heard today [April 9, 2011] and Washington, D.C. listened. A handful of members of Congress tried to use the debate over our nation's deficit ...more
March 29, 2011
Food for thought "Temptations speak TO you...addictions speak FOR you."---Melodee Colbert-Kean, Joplin mayor pro ...more
February 05, 2011
Advice offered "Dear Egyptian rioters, please don't damage the pyramids. We will not rebuild. Thank you."---posted on Facebook by an Israeli (unknown ...more
January 18, 2011
Baby boom "Teen pregnancies are 15-percent higher than state average so there's an issue in this area that needs to be addressed." ---R-8 Superintendent of Schools, Dr. C.J. Huff in an interview Dec. ...more
December 20, 2010
New Year's Day… now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."---Mark Twain ...more
September 16, 2010
Wi-Fi insecurity "'Sending messages over Wi-Fi is kind of like sending messages by smoke signal. You're connected through an open access point, anybody who can see the smoke can read your message,' ...more
September 10, 2010
The Barack Presidency"...Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he's doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic ...more
August 06, 2010
Losing candidate speaks out "The U.S. Congress needs Representatives who know, understand and follow the Constitution. Sending a member of a liberal party to Congress will take away our liberties and ...more
July 06, 2010
On people "Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would become religious overnight. ...more
March 30, 2010
Allegations of child abuse "It's 2010. I'm not trying to hurt the pope. The pope should do something. I'm just telling my story. That's all I'm doing."---Arthur Budzinski, 61, allegedly molested as a ...more
March 10, 2010
Not quite spring "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold--when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." ---From Great Expectations by Charles ...more
February 01, 2010
In memoriam "Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody." (Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye)---J.D. Salinger ...more
January 22, 2010
The Supreme Court's ruling that corporations may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress brought this dissenting opinion: "...In a democratic society, ...more
January 16, 2010
Playmobil Security Checkpoint I was a little disappointed when I first bought this item, because the functionality is limited. My 5-year-old son pointed out that the passenger's shoes cannot be ...more
December 03, 2009
War in Afghanistan "It would be a mistake to assume that the only motivation for the war in Afghanistan is oil. The whole agenda of military and business interests in the region and the continuing ...more
October 15, 2009
MDR's word of the day "Hannanity," n. a right-wing inanity repeated ad nauseam such that those unaccustomed to thought mistake it for such. Used in a sentence: "If we must endure the hannanities of ...more
August 28, 2009
The Mind "To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection." --Jules Henri Poincaré, French mathematician, physicist ...more
June 29, 2009
The king that popped "A tragic case like Michael Jackson's reinforces the recurring story of addicted celebrities and their enabling doctors. Being a celebrity does not change the simple fact that ...more
May 31, 2009
Judging Judge Sonia Sotomayor"The most important issue when considering a Supreme Court nominee is their judicial philosophy and whether they are an activist who would attempt to legislate from the ...more
May 18, 2009
Living in Joplin "I feel free here. I have the freedom to go anywhere I want in the country. If I want to go to New York, I go to New York and spend a couple of weeks there. If I want to go to ...more
April 09, 2009
Owning the news"Newspaper companies became gatekeepers of information due to the happenstance of technology. They happened to own what was, for several decades, the most efficient medium by which to ...more
March 07, 2009
Guiding economic principle "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws."---Mayer Amschel Rothschild, early 19th century war profiteer ...more
February 17, 2009
Britain's fighting lady "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." --Margaret Hilda Roberts Thatcher (1925-), G.B.'s first female prime minister. She was ...more
January 24, 2009
Nuances of greed "There's nothing wrong with making money, but focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition."---Barack Obama (From Hopes and Dreams - The Story of Barack ...more
December 24, 2008
Neosho, MO's 12 Days of Christmas "On the twelfth day of Christmas the City gave to me, 12 D.R.E.A.M. Initiative grants, eleven city buildings, ten construction projects,nine free Civic Center ...more
December 20, 2008
Advice for the holidays "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one ...more
December 06, 2008
Empowerment "Rosa sat so Martin could walk. Martin walked, so Obama could run. Obama is running so our children can fly."---Text message from a friend of Ed Welch, an instructor in the St. Louis non ...more
November 13, 2008
Abe's words of wisdom "You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot ...more
October 30, 2008
Pertinent to W There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.---William Robertson Davies (1913-1955), ...more
October 26, 2008
A letter Dear Sirs or Ms--In view of what seems to be happening internationally with banks at the moment, I was wondering if you could advise me correctly...If one of my checks is returned marked ...more
September 20, 2008
What closed minds have wrought "When I told a right-wing friend of mine about what the president had done [ie. remain in the Sarasota elementary school classroom listening to kids read after being ...more
August 28, 2008
On the national convention: "It is not a political event; it is a retail event. Nothing will be decided here. Everyone knows this, and yet they are all here anyway, the media chattering in their vast ...more
July 02, 2008
The asininity of anonymity "If it's worth saying or putting in writing, it's worth signing. Otherwise, it's worth nothing." ---David L. Burton, civic communication specialist, in response to unsigned ...more
June 07, 2008
Whoopi's senior moment "I couldn't remember if I did the Tonys. We had to Google it to find out."---Whoopi Goldberg reminiscing about accepting the role as 2008 Tony Awards emcee during a segment of ...more
May 12, 2008
A simile from an Israeli "Guess we have Arabs; you have tornadoes. Each takes a toll of death! I saw a nice slogan written on a wall in Tel-Aviv, 'If there are no Arabs .. there are NO Arabs.'" ...more
April 06, 2008
Charlton Heston's legacy “...Opponents would have you believe the law would change Missouri into a Wild West shootout. I've got advice for those critics: Leave deception to the Hollywood ...more
February 28, 2008
On being black in a white world"...My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my "Blackness" than ever before. I have found that at Princeton no matter how liberal and open-minded ...more
February 24, 2008
A political conundrum?"Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are ...more
February 01, 2008
In response to TSA's new website blog "This will just make it easier for them to receive complaints for them to ignore in the name of 'national security.'"---David Stempler, president Air Travelers ...more
January 10, 2008
Govern with a prayer "...In reflecting on this year's theme of guidance and direction, we must remember that we should not take actions and then seek God's approval after the fact. We must ask God ...more
December 01, 2007
Anti-Semitism As Paul Johnson (an English Catholic) wrote in "A History of the Jews," anti-Semitism is a poison that corrupts and ultimately destroys the societies that harbor it. It happened in ...more
November 11, 2007
Independent thinking "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” ---Ralph Waldo ...more
October 23, 2007
Results of national poll: Buckle up, St. Nick, it's going to be a bumpy ride "Fifty per cent of U.S consumers report in October 2007 that they intend to spend less for Christmas this year than last. ...more
October 02, 2007
Government of the people, by the people...bah humbug "The conservatives complain bitterly about government regulation and such being the "nanny state". So with less government oversight and ...more
September 01, 2007
Wisdom unearthed:"The greatest danger we face is not that we aim too high and miss it, but that we aim too low and hit it!" ---Author ...more
July 31, 2007
Bedrock of CAFO-decision-making "Agriculture is the bedrock of our state’s cultural heritage and major driver of our state’s economy....."---Gov. Matt Blunt speaking at a roundtable ...more
May 23, 2007
Attributed to Pat Lionetti, third-grade teacher "George was one of my students. I remember how eager he was to learn. He'd sit right in the front row. His eyes were always wide open as if he was ...more
April 22, 2007
What's important in life? "Google: Well, that's about everything right there; between Google and the library I'd have all the information I'd ever need." ---Martha Stewart in answer in part to a ...more
April 04, 2007
Corporate activism "New Rule: If you have to eat crap, at least eat humane crap. This week, Burger King announced that it would begin buying eggs and pork from suppliers that don't keep animals in ...more
March 12, 2007
Local identity theft rankings "Data from the Federal Trade Commission shows that in 2005, Missouri ranked 19th on a list of states with the most Identity Theft Victims with 67.6 victims per 100,000 ...more
February 25, 2007
A military officer speaks out "Just because we volunteered for the military doesn't mean we volunteered to put our lives in unnecessary harm and to carry out missions that are illogical and ...more
February 17, 2007
Root of all evil?: "Money can't buy you happiness. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery." ---Spike Milligan: Irish writer, musician, and black humorist (1918-2002) ...more
February 02, 2007
From Molly Ivins' last column-- "We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this ...more
January 07, 2007
The wavy line "Missouri is proud of its waterways. On our license plate, a wavy blue line appears under the state name. The line symbolizes the state's many bodies of water--rivers, streams and ...more
December 08, 2006
Analyzing the ISG recommendations Recommendation 77: The Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of Defense should devote significantly greater analytic resources to the task of ...more
December 03, 2006
Let the taxpayers handle it "MoArk and other ag industries have a vested interest in doing business in a 303-D EPA listed watershed for livestock nutrients. It just seems to be a happy coincidence ...more
November 06, 2006
On being an American "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact ...more
October 19, 2006
The Jihad Way"Poor Islamists. They get insulted. We get beheaded and we apologize and they say we gonna kill you anyway."---a quote attributed to John Alstad, a U.S. Marine ...more
September 23, 2006
Don't muddy the water: "There has been much discussion about the water quality of the Illinois River [and any other waterway for that matter] and its impact on local tourism, recreation and land use ...more
August 10, 2006
Values and forgiveness "We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their ...more
July 20, 2006
More consumption equals more waste"No matter what technologies are available and how careful people are, it's almost impossible for someone who makes and spends $100,000 a year to create fewer carbon ...more
June 21, 2006
Washington, D.C.'s shifting morality "Indeed, the chicanery, the bullying, and the flouting of the rule of law that emanates from the nation's capital these days make Richard Nixon look like a ...more
June 08, 2006
Was the 2004 Election Stolen?:..."But what is most anomalous about the irregularities in 2004 was their decidedly partisan bent: Almost without exception they hurt John Kerry and benefited George ...more
May 19, 2006
Cracking down on illegal immigration "...I have stated many times that any immigration solution I will support must address our porous border, must not provide amnesty or reward illegal behavior, and ...more
May 10, 2006
Why did you lie? "Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary, that has caused these kinds of casualties? Why?"Ray McGovern questioning Donald Rumsfeld, May 4, 2006, ...more
April 06, 2006
Joplin makes the national news"Missouri got reportedly $6 million to relieve traffic in Joplin...all money critics say could have been much better spent....."Tom Foreman for CNN Headline News, 4/6/06 ...more
February 02, 2006
Repression "Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it ...more
January 04, 2006
Let's be pragmatic: "If we ban the lobbyists there wouldn't be anybody to write the laws." ...more
December 10, 2005
Poor Richard's advice: "If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing." Benjamin ...more
October 29, 2005
Republican morality: Lies, lies and more lies "The grand jury indictment charged Lewis "Scooter" Libby with one count of obstruction of justice, two of perjury and two of making false statements. It ...more
September 14, 2005
Missouri governor lauds anti-choice legislation: “I am grateful to the Missouri General Assembly for passing a good pro-life piece of legislation that will reduce the number of abortions in our ...more
September 09, 2005
What is the nature of this, Gary?: "I don't believe there to be much credibility to blog sites like this one, as they don't conform to journalistic ...more
May 19, 2005
Bill Moyers speaks out: "Who are they? I mean the people obsessed with control, using the government to threaten and intimidate. I mean the people who are hollowing out middle class security even as ...more
April 10, 2005
Payback for conflict of interest:"If CAFO passes the Missouri Legislature, I plan to buy some land close to Wilson (Kevin Wilson, Republican representative, district 130) and put in a big chicken ...more
March 21, 2005
Point Counterpoint: Sciavo on Sciavo: "This is a sad day for Terri. But I'll tell you what: it's also is a sad day for everyone in this country because the United States government is going to come ...more
February 13, 2005
Ecological education: "One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist ...more
January 31, 2005
Is there an answer to peace in the Middle East? A weighty question for a one minute response: "...Optimists and pessimists die the same way. They just live differently." ---Shimon Peres, Israeli ...more
January 19, 2005
And then came Iraq: "...It seemed as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor, both black and white, through the poverty program. There were experiments, hopes, new beginnings. Then came the ...more
November 21, 2004
USA redefined: "Communities all over America must come together to hone a perception of what being a citizen of a democratic country means. A country split into red and blue states is a nation ...more
September 21, 2004
On fluorides: "If the stuff gets out into the air, it's a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it's a pollutant, if it gets into a lake, it's a pollutant; but if it goes right straight into your ...more