Monday, April 25, 2011
Did you see the former enemies shaking hands?
We fought the Germans a couple of times; now they're our allies.
We were attacked by the Japs and fought back, dropping two A-bombs on them; now were' sending aid to them.
We sent a lot of young men and women to do in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos; now we trade with them.
We had a Cold War with the Soviets and the Chinese. Now we're friendly with Russia, and the Chinese lend us billions and manufacture most of what we buy and sell.
Why aren't we friendly with Cuba?
And do you think we'll be true to form and eventually be buddies and trading partners with al-Qeada and other Muslim extremists?
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The fish, found only in the Ozarks west and south of Springfield, is about
2 inches long. It is blind, using sense organs on the sides of its head, body
and tail to find food. It lacks pigment. Missouri lists the fish as endangered.
The species, at the federal level, is viewed as threatened.Because they are so
hard to find and observe in their habitat, not much is known about them, but
through a two-year research project for Missouri State University and the
Missouri Department of Conservation, Stephens is attempting to shine a light on
a species that prefers the dark.“There are a lot of unknowns with the cavefish,”
he said. “We don’t have a firm grasp of how far they migrate within their
region. We don’t know how interconnected the sites are where they live. More
genetic testing is needed to see how related they are from site to site. When it
comes to Ozark cavefish, there are lots of questions.”Stephens is the lead
researcher in a study titled “Ozark Cavefish Distribution and Life History
Related to Mining in Jasper and Newton Counties.” It is being funded by the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service. His job is to find cavefish and then ask the property
owner to help protect the habitat.
Monday, April 18, 2011
La Niña, the wet winter weather pattern that dumped record rain, sleet and snow across the country in late 2010 and early 2011, has not gone away quietly. Instead, it's being blamed for creating the perfect storm of unwelcomed insects. Termites, ants and other pests thrive in moist conditions, and they're expected to be especially prevalent across America this spring, as record snow packs melt from the Sierra Nevada to Capitol Hill. States from Missouri to Iowa to Wisconsin saw more flooding last year, with thousands of homes damaged by water. In fact, soil moisture conditions over many of these states are categorized as "extremely or very moist" The residual effect this year could be a proliferation of household pests that thrive in damp conditions, such as silverfish and spiders. Moisture also increases the odds of termite invasions, especially in Midwestern states such as Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. This native pest feeds on cellulose materials, including structural wood, wood fixtures, paper, books and cotton, and will even attack the roots of shrubs and trees. In the colder Northern states, carpenter ants are a greater threat to homeowners. There are many other ants in the Midwest, including the invasive odorous house ant, so named because it smells like a rotten coconut if it's smashed. Indoor nests can be found in wet areas, such as bath traps, under toilets, in wall voids near hot water pipes or heaters, and in crevices around sinks and cupboards.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Although Premium Standard and the processing plant employ a total of 2,500 people, it has put out of business hundreds of Missouri farm families that raised hogs. You can't find a small hog farm anywhere nowadays. So, what do you think? Should Premium Standard be protected? Is having a handful of large-scale confined animal raising operations better than having lots of small farms scattered throughout the state? Do neighbors' rights transcend the rights of the farmer or rancher? Farm lawsuits is HB209. Online: Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov
Missouri lawmakers sent the governor a measure Thursday that would limit the money people could win in nuisance lawsuits against agricultural producers and restrict their ability to sue multiple times for issues such as foul odors from large hog farms. The legislation comes after hog-producer Premium Standard Farms warned last year that it might have to leave the state if it continued to be targeted by nuisance lawsuits. Such lawsuits have resulted in multimillion dollar awards against the company, including an $11 million award to a group of 15 northwest Missouri residents. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Casey Guernsey, R-Bethany, said the goal is to protect agricultural producers from being forced out of business by multiple lawsuits."We're not taking away anyone's right to sue," he said. "What it does is limit their ability to come back time and time again to the same lawsuit." The House passed the bill 110-45, with 11 Democrats joining majority Republicans in support of the bill. The Senate passed the bill previously.The measure would only allow people who own at least part of the affected land to file suit against the farming operations. If a farming operation causes a temporary nuisance to another property owner, that person could seek damages based on the decline in the property's fair market rental value. If the property owner filed multiple lawsuits against the same farming operation for the same nuisance, it would be considered a permanent nuisance. Damages for permanent nuisances would be awarded based on decreases in the property's fair market value. Critics say that part of the legislation could allow large-scale hog farms that produce foul odors to move into an area and lower surrounding property values. They said the farming operations, sometimes called concentrated animal feeding operations, could then buy out the surrounding property at the lower price. "Common sense would dictate that when I buy a piece of property that isn't next to a smelly CAFO, as soon as that smelly CAFO moves in, the value of my property will go down," said Rep. Mike Colona, D-St. Louis. "It seems to me that we are offering double protection to the CAFOs." Guernsey said the large farming operations would not try to buy out smaller property owners because fair market values of farmland are continually rising, not falling, even in areas near large farm operations. "The fact of the matter is that rural property values are not declining," he said. Tim Gibbons, a spokesman for the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, said individual landowners who have property next to the large farming operations aren't looking to win large awards in state courts through lawsuits. Instead, he said, the possibility of a large verdict might deter companies from creating a nuisance in the first place. "The liability creates incentive to be good neighbors," he said after the vote. "If you limit that liability so much, then instead of these lawsuits being an incentive for these operations to be good neighbors...then it actually becomes a disincentive." Gibbons also said the legislation was crafted to satisfy its sponsors' parochial interests rather than improve the state's economy as a whole. Premium Standard Farms employs about 1,100 people in the economically struggling communities of northern Missouri. A processing plant in Milan which employs about 1,400 people also gets a majority of its business from Premium Standard.
A statewide movement that began with an idea in Springfield is now growing -- in more ways than one. Boyd Elementary kindergarteners spent the morning digging in the dirt at the Midtown School Garden. They showed off their gardening skills to state agriculture director Dr. Jon Hagler. He came to town to talk about the 10,000 Garden Challenge, a statewide effort to get people to plant more gardens. In exchange, the students could win $500 gift certificates. The Garden Challenge idea began in Springfield a few years ago, with locals who wanted to start 1,000 gardens. The state liked the idea, and decided to expand it. Now there's a new category for community gardens. Dr. Hagler says getting people involved in backyard agriculture is good for more than just reducing grocery bills. "You'll be reconnecting families, you'll be reconnecting communities, you'll be reconnecting them in a common purpose," he says. "That is understanding the importance and the goodness that comes in growing your own food."10,000 Garden Challenge AgriMissouri
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
A number of websites about Missouri in the Civil War are available. Here are five of them:
Missouri Civil War Sesquicentennial
The Civil War in Missouri
Missouri Civil War
Civil War Traveler
Missouri in the Civil War
Civil War in Missouri Facts
Missouri Digital Heritage
Friend and Foe Alike
Lots of people, perhaps most, don't care for history. But if you're one of the few who realize that life on earth began before you were born, you might enjoy these sites.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King would like to announce that the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has received six new portable radios for the use of the deputies. These radios were made possible by a federal grant the department received last year for law enforcement equipment. Each of the new Icom brand radio’s came with a belt holster, extended radio microphone and a spare battery.
The new radios are fully compatible with the required narrow band radio frequency requirement that starts in 2013. In addition they are also compatible with the requirements of proposed future additional split of the narrow band frequency. These radios will be fully functional for many years without the need for an upgrade.
The entire order came to $4,320 and was completely paid for by the Department of Justice grant for law enforcement equipment. The radios have been issued to the deputies and are now in service.
Quote by Sheriff King, “The ability of deputies to immediately and clearly communicate with each other is one of the most critical needs of any police agency. When the deputy is in his car, the car radio is supreme. But when the deputy is on foot, off the roadway and down over the hill the hand held radio is probably the single most critical piece of equipment the deputy has with him at the time. The deputies must have reliable radio communication at all times. These radios are going to give us a big boost in the communication field and will help us better serve the citizens of Pulaski County .”