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fishbowl72 3 years, 6 months ago on Nixon faces veto choice on Mo. voting laws

My goodness... how is everyone missing the boat on this one? We live in a society of handouts of all kinds to everyone under the sun. The ones demanding the handouts are the ones complaining about the ID cards. I wonder what card they will play next...

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fishbowl72 3 years, 8 months ago on Senate scolded over filibuster

Republicans may be hypocrites to you, but at least they are literate. You need to understand Republicans DO NOT want this country to fail, or anybody in it to fail. We believe in hard work and keeping the fruit of our labor. If you work, you get paid accordingly. If you don't, you need to find work. BTW anyone who is rich pays plenty of tax money...to the tune of 35% federal. Add state, property, and capital gains taxes and it's closer to 50%. I want you to give half of everything you have to the government and see how it suits you. But since you don't have squat you can gripe about the people who have succcess. The reason you can't get a job is probably you tell the employer how you despise the rich. If they are paying you to do a job, chances are that they are rich, or well to do.

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fishbowl72 3 years, 8 months ago on Senate scolded over filibuster

I am a Republican...and 79 weeks is way too much time on the shelf for anyone. What did people do during the Great Depression? They made looking for a job their job...until they found one. People relocated across the nation to find work anywhere, no matter the job or pay. Look, a month is roughly 4.3 weeks. Divide 79 weeks by 4.3 and you get 18.3 months. If you can't find a way to support yourself in a year and a half then you don't deserve any more handouts. Maybe we should just print more money so our economy collapses completely. Your gut feeling is wrong...completely. I personally know people who aren't taking jobs because they aren't the "right" jobs or they are "union" and can't accept a non-union job. My kid likes to eat too. I can't pay for everyone.

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fishbowl72 3 years, 11 months ago on MoDOT sets Thursday public hearing for U.S. 54 intersection improvements

Most of the accidents are caused by PEOPLE. Everyone has done it...ran a stop sign to beat oncoming traffic, talked on the cell phone or texting while driving, fiddling with the radio, etc ad nauseum. Change the speed limit, change the road...it won't matter until people change their own behavior behind the wheel.

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fishbowl72 3 years, 11 months ago on Jefferson City woman faces rape charges

Lady, you are trying to make saints out of boys that were obviously looking for a good time. The reason stated in the article that she was caught is because one of the boys got busted by his mother. Those boys knew what they were doing with her. This would have gone on who knows how long had that not happened. The kid sold her down the river to save his own behind. I never said she wasn't to blame, but it takes two. Plus all of the uproar is about S-E-X. HAS NOBODY BEEN OUTRAGED ABOUT SUPPLYING MINORS WITH ALCOHOL OR DRUGS? Jefferson City is so full of hypocrites. Shocked by sex, then they drive to Columbia to the pxxn shops (seriously, p-o-r-n can't be used on this site?). That woman did seek out the boys, but funny thing is they could say "no". It's pretty simple: if you don't want sunburn, stay out of the sun. If you don't want to have sex with a deranged woman, don't go to her love shack. She didn't abduct them. I am surprised by the sheer ignorance of your reply. The best part is when the boys are all going to say "I didn't want to do it". You and other sheep are going to believe them. Use your head. Do yourself a favor and look up the word cougar online.

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fishbowl72 3 years, 11 months ago on Jefferson City woman faces rape charges

I'm going to be point blank on this subject. This woman has problems, but the boys are not without blame either. How many times have we seen this in the media in the last 10 years? Teenage boys are overflowing with hormones and will jump at the chance to have sex with an older woman. How many movies have been made where the entire plot revolves around a young man's pursuit of booze and sex? What about Garth Brooks' hit song "That Summer"? It's in the culture. Mature adult men will never admit it (most of them anyhow), but this is every teenage boy's fantasy. Some older woman is going to fill you with booze and pot, then she's going to... you know what she did. Not very many teenagers are going to "just say no" (with all due respect to Nancy Reagan).

I am in no way condoning it, but it happens. The first boy could be considered a victim, but as he bragged of his conquest (don't kid yourself, you know he did) other boys were going to naturally follow suit and seek this troubled woman. One can almost hear the conversation of the boys as the first one tells his buddies every detail. Once parents found out it was a matter of time before this woman wound up behind bars. There's no real use in arguing over whom exploited who in this situation.

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fishbowl72 3 years, 11 months ago on Everharts fire investigated

It does sound suspicious, but there are some things that aren't being reported. I have heard that the guy that owned the business originally bought it and the original Everhart's store in Clinton from the original owner(s). The one in Clinton was sold back to them. This guy also owns the Rib Crib franchise. I don't believe someone with that kind of money would really bother himself with burning out a building for insurance, especially since he is not a local resident. I am aware that they were going to send the remaining unsold stock to an auction. Generally at this type of auction items sell for pennies on the dollar, so that makes the fire look even more suspicious. Factor in that the business was closed for a week - long enough to make a detailed inventory- and it just doesn't look very good. Even after looking at these details and circumstances arson may be in play, but I doubt it was the owner who did it.

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