2014 Missouri Primaries Preview

25 07 2014

As lively as the primary season has been and as the upcoming general election season is anticipated to be in a lot of places, that’s how boring it is and will be around here.  The only statewide office on the ballot this year is Auditor, and Tom Danforth has no serious opposition.  There are anticipated to be no party flips in any of the state’s Congressional seats, because the 2011 redistricting process was designed to engineer six reds and two blues, and none of the incumbents are facing serious primary challengers.

All that’s on my radar for August 5 are two state Senate races, five statewide ballot measures and the St. Louis County Executive Democrat primary.

AMENDMENT 1

Issue:  The farming rights amendment

Recommendation:  Don’t care

Prediction:  Passes

Analysis:  This is basically agribusiness versus the animal rights crowd.  I’m not fond of either gang.

AMENDMENT 5

Issue:  The RKBA amendment to the state constitution

Recommendation:  Yes

Prediction:  Passes

Analysis:  It does not matter if this wins or loses, nothing substantial will change legally speaking.  It makes me wonder why all the time was spent in the General Assembly earlier this year bickering over this thing, and yes, I pretty much had a front row seat to this baby being born.

AMENDMENT 7

Issue:  The three-fourth cent transportation sales tax

Recommendation:  No

Prediction:  Fails

Analysis:  This was almost a proposal for a full cent sales tax increase.  Since St. Louis City and St. Louis County got the City-Arch-River sales tax last year, I predict that Amendment 7 loses in St. Louis County and therefore has no chance statewide.  It may seem curious that Kander put this on the August and not the November ballot, thereby making it far more likely that it loses.  However, Kander and Nixon are both elected Democrats, Nixon opposes 7, and I don’t believe his purported reason even though I have no line on his real reason, and Kander is following Nixon’s lead.

If this was a quarter cent instead three-fourths of a cent, I would lean toward voting for it and think that it has a good chance of passing.

AMENDMENT 8

Issue:  The state lottery should create a “Veterans Lottery Ticket” with proceeds going to projects and social services relating to military veterans.

Recommendation:  Don’t care

Prediction:  It has “veterans” in it, so it will pass

Analysis:  Snore

AMENDMENT 9

Issue:  Adding electronic communications and data to the list of things that are secure from unreasonable searches and seizures in the state Constitution’s Bill of Rights

Recommendation:  Yes

Prediction:  Passes

Analysis:  But because so much of these communications and data transfers go across state lines, and therefore become a Federal object, this will have exceedingly little positive effect.  This vote is more of a non-binding referendum on the NSA.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY EXECUTIVE, DEMOCRAT

Race:  Charley Dooley, Incumbent, versus Steve Stenger, County Councilman from South County

Recommendation:  Stenger

Prediction:  Stenger

Analysis:  I think it will be fairly close.  Dooley will sweep the black vote from North County, of course.  Stenger should vastly clean up in his own County Council district.  And I think West, Northwest and Central St. Louis County will make the difference.  And also, if this was just about blacks versus South County, I think Stenger would still win because someone from South County will be far more likely to turn out on August 5 than a black voter anywhere in St. Louis County.

I live in Ballwin, (just outside Senate-24, see below), and if I had a competitive Republican race on my ballot, I would be taking a Republican ballot.  But I will be taking a Democrat ballot just to vote for Stenger and to vote out Dooley.  I have a somewhat personal reason for wanting Dooley to retire from politics.

SENATE-2, REPUBLICAN

Race:  Bob Onder, Vicki Schneider, Chuck Gatschenberger

Recommendation:  Gatschenberger

Prediction:  Onder

Analysis:  My job had me out at the St. Charles County Fair in Wentzville the previous three evenings, and Wentzville just happens to be within the confines of Senate-2.  I met all three candidates over these past three evenings, had a chance to talk to them enough.  And I am somewhat more impressed with Chuck Gatschenberger than the other two.  Now, this is not a situation where there’s a huge difference between the three of them.  However, since this is one of those red districts where the Republican primary is the election, these relatively minute differences become all the more important.

My spidey sense tells me that Bob Onder will eke this out, because he’s got one thing going for him in a political climate like this:  He has never held public office before.  But this isn’t his first time trying:  If “Bob Onder” is familiar to you, it should be from six years ago.  I endorsed Onder over Blaine Luetkemeyer that season, but the voters saw differently.  And to confirm a thought I had here in the recent past, I have heard credible gossip that Blaine Luetkemeyer is thinking about running for Governor in 2016.

But if there are enough undecided voters who are making up their minds based on the County Fair, Gatschenberger can pull it out.  In which case there will be a good chunk of St. Charles County who will be represented by two different people with hard to spell last names.

SENATE-24, REPUBLICAN

Race:  Robb Hicks, Jack Spooner, Jay Ashcroft

Recommendation:  Hicks

Prediction:  Duh, he picked the right father

Analysis:  I don’t live too far from this district.

I’ve met Jay Ashcroft in passing, and while I wouldn’t consider him Satan incarnate, I don’t think he’d be my favorite person in the whole world either.  He’s just one of many people who think they deserve something just because they’re the son or daughter of someone important.

I don’t know anything about Jack Spooner off hand, and while I haven’t met Robb Hicks personally, I know enough about him from second hand sources to know that he’s the most reliable of the three.

BONUS COVERAGE:  SENATE-10

Not relevant for August 5, because there’s only one Republican and one Democrat on the ballot.  But it’s going to be a weird situation.

First off, the incumbent for that “district,” one Julie Justus, a Democrat, is term limited out.  The catch is that she’s only the “incumbent” for Senate-10 because she won her second and final term in Senate-10 when it was a Kansas City-area district, in the last decade.  In 2011, Senate-10 was redistricted to east central Missouri and this year is the first time that Senate-10 is up after the redistricting.

Second, don’t be surprised if the Democrat wins the new Senate-10 this year, though since it would be replacing another Democrat, it would not result in a party flip.  The Democrat nominee will be current Rep. Ed Schieffer, from Lincoln County, and the Republican nominee will be Rep. Jeanie Riddle, who was Assistant Majority Leader in the House for one term.  She lives in Callaway County, namely the town of Mokane.  The only way anyone knows where in a general sense Mokane is if one is driving to or from Jefferson City along Highway 54, where Highway 63 splits off from/joins with 54 north of Jefferson City across the Missouri River is also where Route 94 ends.  The first town along Route 94 heading back east is Mokane, and it’s just a dot on the map.

While Schieffer is a Democrat, and one of the rare rural Democrats left in the General Assembly, he’s pretty sane and pretty rock solid and grounded.  He gets along well with Ed Kaspar, who owns the two stations in Warrenton, KWRE and KFAV, and also buys a lot of ads on both stations during both political season and sponsors their Christmas music.

Lincoln and Warren Counties are the two big population centers of the district, both are considered St. Louis exurbs, and both are part of the St. Louis MSA according to the Census Bureau.  Callaway County has plenty of people of its own, Holts Summit and New Bloomfield are Jefferson City bedroom communities.  But still, whoever wins Senate-10 will have to go through Warrenton and Troy.  Schieffer’s advantage in November will be his home base of Lincoln County, the most populous county in the district, and probably Warren County, too.  Riddle’s advantage will be that she’s a Republican running in a Republican-friendly climate.

 





“Who the Hell is Jay Nixon?”

18 07 2014

Detroit

WaPo on HRC challengers in 2016.  It’s mainly about the Dime Store Indian, but someone we all know and love gets a very brief mention:

Itching to build a national network of his own, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is heading to Aspen, Colo., next month with O’Malley for a retreat for major party donors. Nixon, who has said he would back Clinton, also recently said that the 2016 field could use a candidate from the heartland who, like himself, gives voice to blue-collar concerns but has red-state appeal.

The only comment so far to mention Nixon is “Curmudgeon2013,” who asks:

This is just such crap. Bernie Sanders contemplating a run? Puh-leeeeze. And who the hell is Jay Nixon? Oh, and Jerry Brown… really?

This is just such poor reporting. Half these alleged “candidates” aren’t running for president, they are either selling books or positioning themselves for the vice presidency.

The silly season seizes the media. Jeez.

“Who the hell is Jay Nixon?”

A lot of people in Missouri are asking the same question.

As far as I know, his only known purpose is to veto bills.  Other than that, Mr. Cellophane should’ve been his name.  He’ll go down as the most unremarkable multi-term Governor in Missouri history.

But he’s also right in that most of these “Presidential campaigns” are just resume enhancements or publicity stunts or running mate rehearsal.  In both parties.

 





Selling His Cloak to Buy a Sword

24 06 2014

Joplin

A little more modern application of Luke 22:36.





Dropping a Hint

23 06 2014

Jefferson City

St. Louis Business Journal:

A gun rights proposal that will be on Missouri’s August ballot “will likely lead to increased litigation and criminal justice-related costs,” its official summary says.

No specific monetary figure is cited in the summary, approved by Auditor Tom Schweich, according to the Associated Press. The language is based on an assumption that the amendment would give people new grounds to challenge Missouri’s criminal laws and local ordinances restricting guns.

First off, I don’t know why we’re even voting on this measure, because it would mean absolutely no change in real public policy in the state even if it does win.  SCOMO found long ago that the part of the state constitution’s Bill of Rights that is the equivalent to the Federal Second Amendment, the part that contains “shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons,” means nothing more than the fact that CCW is not constructed as part of the civil liberty, and certainly does not preclude the state from creating a privilege-based CCW permit system.

But that’s not my point in bringing it up.

I’m not yet at total liberty to say, but I’m going to drop a hint.  Tom Schweich (Tom Danforth) is the key to understanding the answer to a certain still festering question relating to Missouri electoral politics from the latter part of 2012.





Beaten Path

12 05 2014

Higginsville

SCV wants CBF back at the Memorial.

The Confederate battle flag — the most commonly recognized flag from the South during the Civil War — was removed in 2003 under an order from then-Gov. Bob Holden, a Democrat. Holden’s order came after then-Democratic presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt, who was from Missouri, said the battle flag should not be flown anywhere, according to previous Associated Press reports.

I can supply some context to that.

In 2003, Holden was on the verge of facing what turned out to be a successful primary challenge from then-State Auditor Claire McCaskill.  She beat Holden in the Democrat Primary, but then lost to Matt Blunt in the general.  Holden was trying really hard to pander to blacks, and this was part of it.  At about the same time, he called for a state law prohibiting cross burning.

As far as Gephardt, he was in his final term in Congress, he refused to run another term after the 2002 midterms when the Republicans held onto the House, and Gephardt was the leader of the House Democrats and would have become Speaker if the Democrats could have taken the House.  So it wasn’t a matter of him being in any political campaigns.  But there was some issue relating to him and race, I can’t remember what, and someone reminded him that he once campaigned for Congress when he first ran for Congress in 1976 in front of Confederate flags, when he campaigned at picnics and events that the Citizens’ Councils in St. Louis held.  And yes, I have seen that picture.  So as a controlled burn and a distraction, he goes and makes this goofball statement.  Holden takes it as a cue, combining it with his own political troubles, to yank the Confederate Flag away from a Confederate memorial.  (???)

“We’d like to see it return permanently because you would really, really have to want to go see this place to actually see it,” Maples said. “It’s really off the beaten path. There are even signs that point out what it is. So you ought to know what’s coming when you’re going to the Confederate memorial cemetery.”

Higginsville and the Memorial are places where you have to be going there to get there, you just don’t find them by accident.  Sure, if you approach the interchange that I-70 has with Route 13, most people use it to get to Warrensburg and the University of Central Missouri, this year’s D-II basketball champions, you’ll probably see “City Limit Higginsville” signs along I-70, but only because Higginsville annexed a bunch of Route 13 and the areas around its interchange with I-70 mainly as a revenue speed trap source.  In reality, Higginsville proper is a little bit of a trek north of I-70, and the Memorial is north of town.

He’s right.  The only people who care about it in the derogatory sense are Democrat politicians trolling for black votes.

 





Benghazi LOL

7 05 2014

Jefferson City

She holds down House-73, which is mostly Clayton, Richmond Heights, Maplewood and part of Brentwood.

The first response to her, Tishaura Jones, is the Treasurer for the City of St. Louis

I’m surprised that this has ballooned into a mini-controversy.  Jefferson City is starting to empty out, including yours truly who drove home after lunch.  I would have figured that this would mostly fall on deaf ears.  But I understand both Twitchy and Dana Loesch are making BFDs out of it.

What I will say is that this kind of stuff is the reason why Democrats comprise less than one-third of both the House and Senate.





Tax Act

5 05 2014

Jefferson City

The “severe” tax cut bill that Jay Nixon vetoed today?

It would have cut the top income tax rate down from 6% to 5.5% starting in 2017.  Remember that that rate starts at $9,000 a year, so that would have applied to a lot of people.

There’s another thing.  Missouri’s income tax brackets, which were in six increments a thousand bucks apiece and a percent apiece starting at $1,000 a year and topping off at $6,000 a year, (until it was changed a few years ago to have nine brackets of a thousand apiece and a half percent apiece topping out at $9,000 a year), were implemented when Missouri first started its income tax, when $1,000 a year of income wasn’t just chump change.  What I wish they’d do before anything else is gradually widen out the brackets to reflect for the dollar inflation that has happened since 1931.  If, for example, we indexed the brackets to inflation back in 1931, and still had six brackets, the brackets today would be $15,000 apiece, meaning that 6% wouldn’t start until $90,000.

Or just cut the crap and make 6% the flat rate.

UPDATE

Usually, attempts to override the Governor’s veto on major legislation is usually held back until the September special session.  But the Senate late yesterday and the House just a short time ago today have already overridden the veto.  I was hearing yesterday that the legislature would move quickly on an override, but I thought that was more bluster than reality.





I Am Legend

23 04 2014

Jefferson City

Some black preachers from St. Louis and Kansas City were supposed to rally for ObamaDontCare on the steps of the capitol this afternoon, namely during the noon hour.

Either I was looking for them in the wrong place or they were in the wrong place.  I didn’t see any rally.  Where I looked, I was all alone.

And even if they did rally, what good did they think they were going to do that Kit Bond couldn’t?  ICYMI, the ObamaDontCare forces hired Kit Bond of all people to try to lobby Republicans in the state House and Senate to sign the suicide pact.  Though the only time I ever saw him around here was not long after that happened, and he looks like warmed over death.  People who want something out of some government hire big name people as lobbyists because they think their name and reputation has weight and currency with down-the-ladder politicians.  The problem with that mentality in Kit Bond’s case is that since he left the Senate in 2010, especially since Roy Blunt was an almost carbon copy perfect drop-in replacement from both a temperament and voting record standpoint, the only people who have truly missed him are the D.C. liquor stores, being mindful of the fact they lost Ted Kennedy’s business in 2009.  Another problem is that state legislators have term limits, eight years for a House member max, eight years for a Senator max.  This means just in the time he’s been retired from the Senate, there has been a lot of turnover in the state House and Senate.  After each passing election cycle, there are or will be fewer and fewer members of the state House and Senate who were even members of one of those bodies while Kit Bond was actually a U.S. Senator.

The other problem is that Kit Bond’s phone calls and schmoozing, (as if anyone wants to get personable with an old drunk), don’t negate budget and legislative realities.





Bye Bye Blind Side

7 04 2014

Columbia

Big news around here today:  DGB “indefinitely suspended” from the team, though he can use the student-athlete academic resource center, and I’m sure he’ll be there a lot.

The coaches and AD staff just got tired of his antics, most of which aren’t reported, and there’s chatter that he was arrested again somewhere in Columbia this past weekend.

Consensus gossip is that he’s played his last down as a Tiger, will transfer somewhere.  At this rate, if he makes the NFL, he’ll be a career backup and journeyman, or maybe he might have a nice career in Canada.

What happened with him?  Easy.  He grew up and started acting more like his dopehead biological parents than his straight arrow adoptive parents.  That and I think his adoptive father, an ex-jock himself, probably treated DGB with kid gloves because you can’t come down hard on the afawete.

UPDATE 4/11

Now we know what he did.  He broke into an apartment in a rage looking for his g/f, and whacked around one of her roommates until she fell down some stairs and broke her hand, and women being shoved down stairs often ends up even much worse for the woman, so she was lucky.  The only reason he’s not being charged is because the victim doesn’t want to testify, because she was afraid of the shit she’d have to take for snitching on the star black afawete.  (Shades of the woman Kobe Bryant raped.)

Though since he’s now been released from his scholarship, I don’t see why that would be an issue anymore.

Remember, this is the same school still reeling from the fallout of the suicide of the Canadian mulatto swimmer that was raped by blacks on the football team, and a school that has declared this current month to be sexual assault awareness month.  Now, DGB didn’t rape anyone, but that he was raging out looking for his g/f makes me think he had other intentions than just having words with her.

UPDATE 4/12

The victim was his g/f, not his g/f’s roommate.  And she is white.  On top of that, the reason she doesn’t want testify against him is because her mother, a school employee, and probably a rah-rah football team type, pressured her not to.





Look At All These Rumors

7 04 2014

Jefferson City

Yeah, e-mailed threats. I bet.  Probably he e-mailed them to himself.

First off, his was one of those many vanity bills that are filed early in the legislative session but have zero chance actually to pass.  So why do they file quixotic legislation?  Probably to brag to their constituents about how they’re “doing something” about this problem or that problem.

Second, if his legislation specified St. Louis City only, then the bill would have been unconstitutional because the state constitution does not allow for separate state laws for specific geographical parts of the state.  Now, it might have implied St. Louis City but not stated St. Louis City by using the common workaround to get around that — State that cities with a population between x and y (conveniently, St. Louis City would be the only city that fits that criterion) may or can or should or may not do a, b or c.

However, since Peters withdrew his bill a few weeks ago, and I certainly didn’t and don’t waste time reading the text of quixotic vanity proposed legislation, I don’t know precisely the wording of the bill.





Old News is New Again

1 04 2014

Columbia

The Sasha Courey affair is now back on the front burner in the mind of Mizzouheads.  You know, three or more black football players raped her, the trauma of the rape was so bad that she committed suicide about a year and a half after the rape, the school administration and the athletic department was hush hush about it the whole time.  That was the big topic of discussion around here at least among the Mizzou alumni until Michael Sam came out of the closet.

Mizzou is declaring this month, April 2014, to be sexual assault awareness month.  There will be a lot of things that will happen during the month, but one thing that won’t happen is the school’s powers that be taking responsibility for the cover up, because black football players are too important to touch.

If Miss Courey’s assailants ever see a day in prison, I’ll be surprised.





Unbiased Observers, I’m Sure

25 03 2014

Downtown

SLU Law to study Missouri’s death penalty.

Because I’m sure a law school at a Catholic university is going to to be totally dispassionate and unbiased.

Here’s my study on Missouri’s death penalty:  Not enough blacks, in spite of the fact that, depending on the year, they’re the far and away plurality or the absolute majority of murderers in the state.  The last time the St. Louis City Circuit won an execution case was 1994, and it’s rare in Jackson County as well.  And while it might be tempting to think that black murders are TNB, ook smokes ook over some lame-brain ‘shines, not exactly the kind of heinous crime that usually draws the death penalty, that’s not always the case:  The Hickory Street murderers (Mario Coleman, LeDale Nathan) didn’t get death.





Train Tracks

21 03 2014

El Dorado Springs

Cedar County and its largest town, in contrast to relatively nearby KCMO, serves as the backdrop to a WSJ feature about the growing political divide between rural and urban America.

Missouri might not be the best example, because in the last four Presidential elections, not only has Missouri been redder than the national average, (i.e. examining the statewide popular vote for President comparing it to the national), the Show-Me has been getting progressively redder than the country over time.  In 2000, we were about 3% redder than the country as a whole.  2004, 5% redder.  2008, 8% redder, and in 2012, 13% redder.

Incidentally, the only exit polling from Missouri in 2012 that I’ve seen, from Fox News, had 66% of Missouri whites voting Romney.  However, Romney only got 53.8% of the vote.  Knowing my state the way I do, I think that 66% figure is too high, maybe 63 or 64 percent.  Sure, the black turnout was high, blacks being the only non-white voting demographic of any real consequence in the state, but Obama 2012/OFA didn’t try to gin St. Louis and Kansas City blacks out like they did in the black cities in swing states like Ohio, because Missouri being red was a foregone conclusion very early on in 2012.





Wayne’s World

26 02 2014

Cape Girardeau

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He is State Sen. Wayne Wallingford, a Republican from Cape Girardeau, who holds Peter Kindercare’s old district.

And he’s introducing a bill very similar to Arizona SB 1062 in the Missouri State Senate today.

Now I know what the media feeding frenzy will be around here for a few weeks.  The good news is that this finally means this town will stop talking about Michael Sam.

The problem for the legislation is that it’s probably already too late in the legislative session for it to go through regular markup and debate and committee votes and full chamber votes before the legislative session clock runs out.  Either he’s doing this for publicity, or what is more likely is that this will go straight to full chamber votes and get passed as quickly as possible.





Leaving the Lair

20 02 2014

Jefferson City

Money plays into this somehow.

Best info I can gather from the grapevine around here is that he’s angling for some kind of job with some Commune Core type outfit (Bill Gates?) when he’s TLed out of the House; provided he wins re-election this year, the next term would be his last.  Or if not that, he’s suddenly becoming a Common Whore because he thinks he can get into my line of work after he leaves office, getting hired by some school board or other education/educratic interest.  The problem with that theory is that ex-pols turned around as lobbyists are only useful for whoever hires them if they have good and amicable relationships with the politicians who are still in office.  This Lair putz doesn’t seem to be helping his cause in that category as of late.  So it’s probably the former.

One thing I do know is that he’s your typical Missouri Republican elected official, fully brainwashed in the school choice cult.  He’s not any worse in that regard than the usual, though.  But by the same token, Mark Parkinson he is not.

For the record, I had no part of returning the favor with the foil on his desk.  I wish I did, though.

UPDATE

There’s already pressure starting to mount on Speaker Tim Jones to take the Appropriations gavel away from Lair.  In that, do have the ability to and will participate.





A-C-L-What?

12 02 2014

KCMO

ACLU to sue Missouri in state court over its refusal to recognize LGBTQMIAPDLOLPLPLTH marriage licenses granted in other states.

If that’s their angle, why aren’t they going to Federal court and using full faith and credit as the grounds?

“But we’re not asking Missouri to do gay marriages.  We just want them to recognize other states’ gay marriages.”

Which would be effectively the same thing.

OTOH, thinking out loud here, if the judiciary forces FF&C on gay marriages, they can also force FF&C on CCW.





Where There’s a Hanawill, There’s a Hanaway

10 02 2014

Missouri

Catherine Hanaway is in for GOV-R-2016.

She was Missouri’s first Republican House Speaker when Republicans flipped the chamber in 2002.  She ran for but lost Secretary of State to Mrs. Antolinez two years later.  After that, Bush 43 made her U.S. Attorney for Eastern Missouri.

I would have been mildly enthusiastic for a Gubernatorial campaign of hers before she became U.S. Attorney, but her time as U.S. Attorney was less than stellar in my opinion and to put it lightly.





Play It Again Sam

10 02 2014

Columbia

I guess there’s no time like the present.

At first, I thought he was running a Jason Collins style scam, i.e. pretend to be gay in a cynical attempt to augment his professional athletic career.  (Note to peanut gallery:  You should notice when Collins “announced” that he is “gay” relative to his career arc, the auspicious lack of ex-boyfriends gossiping about his bedroom talents, and the fact that his long time fiancee, a woman, hint hint, was totally shocked when he “came out,” when women pick up on this kind of stuff way ahead of the curve.)

Then I got back to the salt mines last night.  Like I said in my morning update, people involved in Missouri state government, both elected and unelected, are heavily Mizzou alumni, and of course Mizzou is just a hop skip and a jump away.  So any big news out of Mizzou is going to be the talk of this town during the legislative session.  When ESPN scooped everyone to expose the school’s cover-up of football players raping a swimmer, that’s all this town could talk about.

And now that the world media is about to be camped out in Columbia, of course this news is setting this ordinarily sleepy river town on fire and turning it upside down.

That said, people talk, and word gets around.

Contra my initial suspicion, Mr. Sam is very likely authentically LGBTQMIAPDLOLPLPLTH.  Because his sexual orientation has been something of a semi-open secret in certain circles up in Columbia for most of the last year.  And he came out to his coaches and teammates before the start of this season.  Only now is he coming out for everyone else.

Still, why now?  Why the timing?

Maybe he thinks he’s goosing his draft position.

The problem is, like I’ve been saying in this space for a long time, the problem for the first one won’t be his teammates, won’t be the locker room, but the media.  I think the same media who think they’re helping gay men high level professional athletes and helping their cause are actually hurting them, by rattling the sabres and promising a media circus around whoever the first will be.  If you’re in the NFL right now and expect to be at least through next season, and you’re actually gay, are you going to come out and have a good chunk of the world’s media ganged up around your locker after every game to ask you questions about sex but never about your job?  But for the media’s obsession with gay gay gay gay gay, I think we would already have had some come out of the closet.

Thirty-two NFL GMs running up to the draft in early May now realize that they’re going to be drafting a media circus far more than a future linebacker (I’ll get to that in a moment) if they select Sam.  If he thinks he was helping his draft status, I think he did just the opposite.

Here’s another problem for Sam:  He played DE at Mizzou, but he’s undersized and underweight to play DE in the NFL, so he’ll probably be moved to LB.  But there’s a really long list of these very kind of men who washed out in the NFL trying to make the transition.  Maybe Sam senses this coming and is conveniently pre-creating the homophobia excuse.  So this could be another explanation for the timing.

Or here’s another theory:  The Olympics, in supposedly anti-gay Russia.  Thumbing Vladimir Putin in the eye from ten time zones away.

Whatever the case, turn off the low information sports media if you don’t want to hear about this for the next three months.





State of the Ordinary

21 01 2014

Jefferson City

I was witness to Governor Nixon’s State of the State this evening.

It was probably the most ordinary politician I’ve ever seen delivering the most ordinary speech I’ve ever heard.

And Jay Nixon considers himself to be Presidential material?  Sure, I’m glad for him that he does, because nobody else does.  Hell, he couldn’t win the Democrat nomination for President even if he was the only one running.

House Speaker Tim Jones’s response was really the same kind of ordinary.  Just somewhat better delivered.





Blind Sided, Again

11 01 2014

Springfield

dgb2

It’s “with intent to distribute” (marijuana) this time.

Which means a possible felony rap.

His parents must be so proud.  Or should I say his white adoptive parents.

This should explain the title of this post, which alludes to Michael Oher of The Blind Side fame.  DGB here is southwest Missouri’s equivalent.





That’s Too Bad

27 12 2013

Cassville

Guatemala, illegal alien, chicken plucking plant, dorky white people adopted the kid.

It all fits together so neatly, so comprehensively.

I only wish they would have ruled in her favor, so she would have gotten her kid back, taken both the kid and herself back to Guatemala, and some dweeby white people would have learned their lesson about taking in cuckoo birds.  But the article doesn’t say where the mother currently is, if she’s still in country and in state, or whether she was physically deported back to Guatemala.  Of course, since actual physical deportation is rare, it’s highly likely she’s still here, and will probably be here for the rest of her life barring the election of an actual immigration patriot as President.

Either way, we’re stuck with the kid.  And we’re stuck with more and more fresh floods of non-white legal and illegal aliens to work at the chicken plucking plant where this drama all began.





Through the Grapevine

16 12 2013

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

I’ve heard enough credible gossip in the rubber chicken circuit of Christmas parties that is part of my job on most evenings between Thanksgiving and Christmas that there’s some fairly big news on the way that will make some substantial but not drastic changes to the state law allowing for out-transfers from unaccredited districts.

You’ll know when I know, provided my phone’s battery isn’t low.

UPDATE 12/17

Much ado about little.  It’ll be basically a super giant band-aid that solves nothing.  It’s certainly not a full repeal.





Take That, World

16 12 2013

Sedalia

rodeoclown

Sedalia’s person of the year.

Which is why I said back in August, as someone who was at the SF for most of its run — Nobody actually at the fair cared.  This was entirely a media riot.





The Thunder Rolls

11 12 2013

Jefferson City

SCOMO has the last word again on transfers.

This time, it means that it’s full steam ahead for transfers out of the KCPS.

That sound you hear is that from people in every other district in Jackson County and every district in every county that borders Jackson praying that the KCPS doesn’t pick theirs.





Grok

8 12 2013

Jefferson City

heinlein

Butler’s Own is going into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

And…WTF?  I’ve actually visited the Hall.  Until today, I would have sworn up and down that he was already in it, if for no other reason alone that he should have been inducted a long time ago.





Nixon’s the One

25 11 2013

Ste. Genevieve

Rush’s call from Robert in Ste. Gen this afternoon.

It’s worse than Robert said and Rush interpreted.  What this is talking about is what now-Governor Nixon started in his last term as AG, 2004-2008, that the state can plop a lien on real estate owned by a married couple if one of the spouses has to go on Medicaid for nursing home or long term in-home care, and (strap on your seat belts) they don’t have to wait for both husband and wife to die before they get what they think they need from the real property in probate court.  They can intercede after the Medicaid beneficiary spouse dies and take the house even though the other spouse is still living.





WHO-R

24 11 2013

St. Louis

whor8x

Read and hear all about it.

There are more like this.  That’s because license plates are given to DOR offices and handed out in sequence.  Since the plates they’re handing out now are letter-letter-letter (sticker) letter-number-letter, this means that whatever DOR office Miss Levy got these plates from, they handed out many other plates that started out with WHO-R.  The first such plate was WHO-R1A, than WHO-R1B, then the last letter cycled all the way to Z, then it went to 2A, 2B,  etc., then 3A, 3B…all the way to 9Z.  Then after that, the fourth letter moves from R to S, meaning the next plate after WHO-R9Z is WHO-S1A.  Nine numbers multiplied by 26 letters means there are 234 plates out there that start with WHO-R, and since this plate could be interpreted to mean “eight times” a whore, there is also 1X, 2X, 3X…7X and 9X.





Anti-Racist Hitler

18 11 2013

Bonne Terre

jpf

No more racism for him.  No Sir’Ree Bob.  This must mean he’s a good person now.*

So don’t execute him.

You don’t think this getting-close-to-midnight political conversion is a tactic to get him out of the chair, do you?  There’s no way you can be that cynical, unless you pay attention and notice things.

He loves them Jews now, you can read it yourself here.  He’s pro-Semitic instead of anti-Semitic.  Even though a fair percentage of Jewish scholars think that pro-Semitism and anti-Semitism are one and the same, both different sides of the same pathological coin of inordinate interest in and obsession with Jews.

And he also likes blacks now, because his time in jails and prisons have taught him that they’re people just like him.

Yep, violent felons all alike.

* – Small print:  Murderer at least 18 times over.





Black Caucus

6 11 2013

Florissant

stevewebbsr





Too Bad

2 11 2013

Cape Girardeau

Kindercare not running for MO-8 after all.

He wasn’t going to win, but his running would have meant that he was mentally checking out of running for Governor in ’16.

 








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