Sunday, November 30, 2008

Metro St. Louis Gas Prices

Here's why we buy our gas in Missouri! We go to St. Louis a couple times a month or so, and always buy our gas there. I had to take this picture the other night, because I was so surprised at how LOW the price of gas keeps getting. This station is in West Alton, near the fireworks place. By the way, gas is $1.67 a gallon at home right now. If you are near Missouri, it pays to cross the bridge and buy your gas in Missouri and SAVE!

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Madonna asks fans for help

Pop star Madonna is urging her fans to dig deep to raise money to build a girls' school in Malawi, the home country of her adopted son David. Click title link for rest of the story or visit her website to see her video message about the project.

And what do I think? Hmmm, let's see, somebody else built a school in Africa...ummm OPRAH, oh yeah that's right. But Oprah did not ask her fans to pay for it. Is Madonna so out of touch that she thinks people can afford to "help her" build this school in Malawi? And I think many would like to know why Madonna isn't doing this with her OWN money, and also think many would rather see her do something for the poor children in this country first. What do you think?

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Illinois owes $4 billion in unpaid bills!

Red shows the population centers, so somebody please explain why in the heck we need 102 counties in this state!? It's time to get serious and consolidate some of these tiny counties and save some money. And did I mention revoking the tax exempt status of all churches?!

I see so much waste in Illinois government. Illinois government is corrupt from the top on down. My own niece (unqualified-no clerical experience--was a CNA then a store clerk) brags that she does not have anything to do in her state job at the COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE, so guess how she spends most of her day?! Surfing the internet and playing computer games!

So how did she get a job with the state? In Springfield, it's common knowledge that you can't hardly get a state job without "politcal pull." Her grandpa (my sister's father-in-law) was a high ranking politician in one of our 102 counties. He also "assisted" my sister and many other of his relatives and friends state jobs. So just imagine that political corruption times 102 counties! Don't even get me started! It's time for CHANGE in Illinois!

Our last governor GEORGE RYAN is in PRISON, and many people think our current governor is not far behind. Something's got to be done!

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Should Mormon church lose it's tax exempt status?

From the official message board of the Washington Redskins..."Should the Mormon LDS Church lose its tax exempt status?" And the response from "Football Henry:"

"I bring this question to light because it is now known that the LDS Church funded over 20 million dollars to get Prop 8 passed this past election in California. Now it is to my understanding that churches are NOT supposed to be involved in political matters and this would constitute a breach of that rule. Therefore, quite simply shouldn't the LDS church lose its tax exempt status since it has directly injected itself into state issues??

In my estimation there is no question that they should. What's more though is I think it is sad that so much energy, and money is put towards a divisive agenda when it could go for much more humane, ethical causes."

Personally, I agree with "Evil Genius": All churches should. Unless you favor giving businesses the same exempt status.

Perhaps this is one solution for our BROKE government. Make churches pay taxes!

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Worldly Woman - Hillary looking more & more like Secretary of State

All major news outlets are reporting that Senator Hillary Clinton is likely to be named the next Secretary of State. It seems, if she wants the job, it's hers! Way to go Hillary, and way to go President-elect Obama!

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30th Anniversary of Jonestown Mass Suicide

In a few days it will be thirty years since 909 "Peoples Temple" members died in Jonestown, all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning in an event termed "revolutionary suicide" by cult leader Jim Jones on November 18, 1978.

To the extent the actions in Jonestown were viewed as a mass suicide, it is the largest such event in modern history. The incident at Jonestown was the greatest single loss of American civilian life in a non-natural disaster until the events of September 11, 2001.

Last night I watched the first airing of "CNN Presents: Escape from Jonestown." Witnesses and survivors of the Jonestown tragedy speak. It is a heartwrenching special, and I highly recommend it. I was just 16 years old, when this happened and I still can't believe it actually did happen. We must never forget, and never let anything like this happen again.

CNN will be airing it again on Sat. 11/15 at 7:00 pm (central time)
and on Sunday 11/16 at 7:00 pm central time.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

St. Louis among 80 cities protesting CA. Prop 8

Too bad I have to work or I would be there. If you are near St. Louis and would like to participate, you can find details at

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Youngest Congressman in U.S. from central Illinois

No doubt he's the most handsome in congress too. I'm proud to have Congressman Schock representing my home district. He is smart, enthusiastic, ambitious. He has never lost an election, starting with his write-in campaign for Peoria school board as a 19-year-old. I think he will go far in his political career and probably become president some day. Of course, he will have to reach the minimum age requirement first!

Click the title link for the news article from
November 5, 2008.

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