For the second time in three years, SCOMO finds in favor of the unaccredited-transfer law.
For the second time in three years, SCOMO finds in favor of the unaccredited-transfer law.
As was to be expected. We can’t read too much into this nationally; the district is yellow dog Republican. Maybe we can read something into the fact that the Democrat only got 28% of the vote; mind you, this is the newly drawn CD-8 which includes southern Jefferson County, whose people are historically economically not quite well to do white Democrats. The real race was the CD-8 Republican central committee’s caucus that picked their nominee for this special election; remember, it was supposed to have been a formality to pick Peter Kindercare, but Jason Smith, then just a State Rep from Salem, came out of nowhere to wage an eight-ballot battle with Kindercare that he eventually won.
For the first time in a very very very long time, the person who holds CD-8 will NOT be from Cape Girardeau.
This might have at least a one-seat effect on immigration. Jo Ann Emerson, who left CD-8 early to take a big money lobbying job, was pretty much open borders and amnesty all the way, mainly as a sop to well off Delta farmers who wanted cheap stoop labor. Since Smith isn’t from The Cape and not too close to the Delta, and instead from the hilly/Ozarks part of CD-8, agribusiness pressure might not get to him.
Nixon vetoes ‘Sharia Law’ bill, saying it would endanger foreign adoptions
Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed on Monday an anti-“Sharia Law” bill, saying that in its zeal to address an imaginary problem, the legislation creates a real one for parents seeking foreign adoptions.
The bill would make it illegal for Missouri to enforce any foreign law or legal decision deemed “repugnant or inconsistent” with Missouri or U.S. law. It doesn’t specify Islamist Sharia religious law, but it’s part of a movement by conservative lawmakers in more than 20 states who have pushed similar measures to highlight alleged Sharia influences in the U.S.
“There are certainly problems facing our state and nation, but this isn’t one of them,” said Nixon, speaking to families at Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, a major adoption proponent. The bill, he said, could muck up the works for families attempting to adopt through foreign governments: “The laws passed in Jefferson City have real consequences. This bill could jeopardize a family’s ability to adopt children from other countries.”
The bill would have prevented Shari’ah Law and made it harder for Missourians to adopt foreign non-white cuckoo birds?
Too bad I don’t know how to forge Jay Nixon’s signature.
BTW, when did pro-aborticide Democrat politicians all of a sudden get worried about adoption?
And also…I suppose he’ll be changing his name soon to Jabir Nayaz al-Jefferson City.
While you’re reading about it, you can also listen to the song stylings of the county’s most famous native son.
Little Jaybird just got his hands caught in the CCW private information jar:
The latest hobby horse being trotted out now is that the Feds needed access to this information (namely, who in Missouri has CCW permits) in order to “weed out fraud.” But I doubt hardly any if any Missourians who go through what it takes to get a carry permit, including visiting the County Sheriff’s office (or in case of St. Louis County, the HQ of that “Internationally Accredited” St. Louis County P.D.), are engaged in any kind of fraud. I’d like to know what kind of “fraud” was supposed to be afoot.
The reason drivers licenses are germane here is that Missouri CCW licenses are merely a new endorsement on one’s own drivers license, not a separate card.
Nixon abuses power…it’s like it’s 1974 all over again.
It was so easy to forget, because it was so useless to begin with.
PJ Media reminds me that there is a precedent for “universal background checks” — The old “permit to transfer a concealable firearm” scheme that Missouri had until August 2007. Yes, I had to endure this paperwork process when I bought my pistol.
Yes, Clayton Cramer, writing for PJ Media, makes good points. But take it from someone who actually went through that paperwork jungle — The goofiest thing about that quasi-”universal background check” was that I never heard of anyone being criminally charged for not filling out this paperwork. And it’s not as if proving that you transferred a concealable firearm (“handgun”) without filling out this paperwork would have been hard, because the sheriff’s office kept a copy.
State House approves officially renaming the PSB for Bill Clay. The same Bill Clay who used his power as Chairman of the House Post Office Subcommittee to turn the USPS into an affirmative action hiring agency.
The bill was sponsored and lauded mainly by black Democrats from St. Louis and Kansas City, of course. But don’t forget, it passed the State House, a body which is more than two-thirds Republican.
However, I sense a QPQ afoot here. I know that the new bridge will probably be named for Stan Musial, even though the political energy in recent years was to name it for Rosa Parks.
I’ll concede her one point though — If you win a big ‘pot, and your name is made public, you’re going to hear from relatives you never knew you had.
Drudge had it, because Jim Hoft started it.
And all of it was unnecessary.
This bit about “Missouri Dems introduce gun confiscation bill.”
Look, people. The state legislature is more than two-thirds Republican. Speaker Tim Jones and House Majority Leader Ron Richard are going to use this bill as their personal seat warmers. Another clue that this is a nut stunt on the part of the scant few Democrats left in the state legislature is that they’re only introducing this bill now, and it’s already mid-February. We have a short state legislative session, early January to mid-May, and any bill that has any real chance of passing will be pre-filed before the session begins, or is introduced very early in the real session. Even if this bill was not a publicity stunt, it’s just too late in the session for it actually to go anywhere if it ever had a prayer of going anywhere.
Drudge wouldn’t be expected to know this, but Jim Hoft, a St. Louisan, should know better.
Please don’t amplify the shock value nut talk of nuts.
Washington, D.C. and Missouri
1. My natural habit is to want to wait awhile in order to spill the biggest bag of beans I have yet to spill about you-know-what. But before then, I have a couple of interim smaller bags of beans I have to spill combined with the ones I have already spilled before I can get to that. But…Karl Roverrated running his mouth and dragging my ex-boss’s good name through the mud purely to help his own future business interests is begging me to speed up the process. I will resist temptation, for now.
2. Well, well, well. Emperor Barnacle can take absolutely zero credit for electing Ronald Reagan in 1980. Because you know now what you know, you realize how big of a blow this is to him, his reputation and his future ability to make money and draw clients.
Roverrated is said to be a protege of Lee Atwater, (though you wouldn’t know it by me), but even Atwater was only a very minor player in Reagan’s two Presidential campaigns, and hardly responsible for the outcome of either. Atwater was in all essence the Bush 41 campaign in 1988, but in doing so, he used tactics that Karl Roverrated not only never would, but runs away from and does the opposite of today.
3. Locally, Sarah Steelman is still $850k in the red from her Senate run. Funny, because I thought with all her links to Tea Party groups, and the fact that Tea Party money was far more likely to go her way than Todd’s way, (Brunner was self-funded in the primary mostly), and too she was hooked into the money machine of another ex-politician named “Sarah,” money should have never been a problem for her. Our campaign finished a bit in the red, even after the successful primary but regrettably less than successful general election season, but nowhere near the $850k Steelman still owes from losing to us in the primary.
This is relevant all of a sudden, because Steelman wants the Republican nomination to fill the rest of Emerson’s term in CD-8.
A nomination well know that Peter Kindercare is going to get. UPDATE: Scratch that: House Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith, from Salem, won an eight-ballot victory over Kindercare. I’m dancing in the streets right now over that.
It will start with a bunch of brainless blah blah, ramp up with more brainless blah blah, peak with a whole lot of brainless blah blah, wind down with a bit of brainless blah blah, and conclude with a loud burst of brainless blah blah. The final report? I’m guessing it’ll have at least a little brainless blah blah.
Because…nobody can say “black.”
Read it and smile, even though it probably won’t become law.
Two reps are co-sponsors: One represents a district that consists of a good part of rural northwestern Missouri, and the other represents a good chunk of central Franklin County.
Then, blah blah.
“Bolder?” Compared to what? His Mr. Cellophane first term? The next time he’s bold as Governor about anything will be the first time he’s been bold about anything as Governor, and the first time he’s been bold about anything since school deseg, and that was his first term as AG (1992-6).
Then again, Missouri Governor isn’t exactly known as a Mr. Excitement. (Hint: John Ashcroft was a two-termer in that office.) It’s more a place where excitement and ambition goes to die. Warren Hearnes was the last time we had anything close to a colorful resident of 100 Madison.
Peter Kindercare, the odds-on-favorite, said thus:
He also voiced his opposition to new proposals to limit gun rights like a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines, as proposed by California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (legislation supported by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill).
“Assault weapons is a misused term,” Kinder said, “used by suburban soccer moms who do not understand what is being discussed here.” He reiterated his support of concealed weapons and the “Castle Doctrine.”
He’s right. But don’t forget, he’s also a big time “lover” (yes, the first word starts with “n”), and at least many suburban soccer moms have a sufficient base fear of the very kind of reprobates Peter Kindercare loves, even if suburban soccer moms have been browbeaten by the dictates of political correctness never to say those kinds of nasty things in public. Steve Sailer often wonders if the support for “gun control” among suburban soccer moms is really their roundabout way of wanting control of black people.
Gun enthusiasts thronged to shows around the country on Saturday to buy [ranch rifles with plastic decorations -- Ed.] they fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in Connecticut prompted calls for tighter controls on firearms.
Reuters reporters went to gun shows in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, and found long lines to get in the door, crowds around the dealer booths, a rush to buy [ranch rifles with plastic decorations -- Ed.] even at higher prices and some dealers selling out.
The busiest table at the R.K. Gun & Knife show at an exposition center near the Kansas City, Missouri airport was offering [ranch rifles with plastic decorations -- Ed.] near the entrance.
West Plains, Missouri dealer Keith’s Guns sold out of about 20 AR-15 style [ranch rifles with plastic decorations -- Ed.] in a little over an hour, owner Keith Gray said.
I dare any given Reuters writer to point out West Plains, Missouri on a map. I’ll even spot the map only being of Missouri, and having county borders and major roads on it, and a hint that it’s not in the western part of the state.
They won’t be able to do it. They’re as Missouri ignorant as Ann Coulter is.
In other stupid media tricks, the NYT calls for “limiting high capacity ammunition,” which is like saying we should ban extra wet water. If you’re gonna write gun stories, please go out and shoot a BB gun first.
It will set up the first real acid test election in the Obama 2.0 Era. However, it is highly doubtful that Republicans will lose it.
Smoke filled rooms will pick the party nominees, and all the CW chatter seems to be around Peter Kindercare, that it’s his for the asking. Maybe he would take two terms in Congress over remaining as Lieutenant Governor, as a way maybe to get himself out of the state to try to launder the memory of the Bimbo Eruption away with an actual Congressional voting record as he prepares to run for Governor in 2016. Other names I’m hearing are various State Reps and Senators, former House Speaker Steve Tilley, and also Sarah Steelman, who might be given the nod as a way of saying “it should have been you instead of Todd.”
Jo Ann Emerson is amnesty and open borders all the way. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance of the person that the smoke filled room choosing being just as bad.
Your Blogmeister’s Desk
It’s time for me to come out of the “closet,” and admit something which I’ve been hinting around for months, uselessly so because I’m sure most of you were able to put the drop dead obvious two and two together.
I was a Todd Akin staffer, and almost certainly would have gone onto his permanent Senate staff, either here locally or in D.C., if he would have won.
That said, I know stuff, and over time, I’m going to start blabbing about stuff, knowing full well that there are people who would rather that I not. One such person has the initials K.R. Inconveniently for them, it is extremely unlikely they’ll be able to figure out who I am. Keep your dial locked to this blog’s frequency.
As you know from reading my posts in this space over the years, and my comments on AR, I am ultra picky, almost to the level of James Edwards style parsimony, when it comes to politicians. I don’t spare even the ones I like from my wrath when they say or do something stupid (see: Bachmann, M.). Most of you who read this space regularly would think that Todd would be just another lamestream/religious right Republican that I would support half the time and make fun of the other half. But if someone as picky as me was for him for the beginning, going way back to the brutal free-for-all Republican Congressional primary in 2000 for CD-2, that was because I saw something in him that I didn’t and don’t see in most of his analogues and contemporaries — that should tell you something. I so believed and believed in the person of William Todd Akin, and still do, that I will spend the rest of my competent lifetime if necessary engaging in an unsolicited unofficial public relations campaign to save the good reputation of a really good man. People can vote for or not vote for anyone they want, and they can have or not have whatever opinions they want. But nobody in any good moral sense deserves the river of shit that was sent Todd’s way, especially when the truth is handier. The left wing was bad enough, but far worse was the treachery and perfidy and backstabbing from so-called “friends,” such as the aforementioned K.R., Sean Hannity (who is now for “but it’s not amnesty” amnesty for illegal aliens), and that emaciated barbie doll in Florida (initials A.C.). Among many others. But it’s like I was always told, you will find out who your friends really are and are not in a crisis. Over time, I’m going to name names, so you can find out who your friends should and shouldn’t be.
If I was taken back in time to the start of this campaign and told how exactly things would turn out, and that I would gain weight and gray hair for it, I would do it all over again, and not give it a second thought.
For the record, I’m not doing this to grease the skids for any comeback on Todd’s part. He looked like a walking zombie on Tuesday and Wednesday, but he was able to pull himself together to give a gracious concession speech Tuesday night. I know why he looked that way, too, because the pressure of the weeks and months long vicious campaign of eliminationist meat grinding hate against him finally took its toll. I came into this process more jaded, so it didn’t shell shock me, even though a lot of things about the last several months surprised me. But when I saw the zoned out look on Todd’s face for those two days, I made up my mind then that I was going to single-handedly save his reputation. It hit me: The 24 years of Todd’s political career until now were spent either in the state General Assembly from districts in western St. Louis County or in Congress from CD-2, which means that until this race for Senate this year, he lived a cocooned sheltered political life within safe gerrymanders. But going from that to a statewide race is like going from college football to the NFL. No, Todd will never come back to politics or much of a life in the public spotlight, and I don’t blame him. He’s probably off to Hawaii after Congress adjourns its session next month. Hell, if I or most of his staffers ever see or hear from him again, we’ll be surprised. I’m engaging in this PR campaign for posterity and eternity, and for the sake of common decency.
I just wonder if he thinks it was worth it — Remember, he declared for Senate on May 17, 2011, and spent a good chunk of the time between then and this past Tuesday on the road. That’s taxing enough by itself, but combine that with the shit stream after the Fateful Sunday, and being the obvious public face of the campaign all the while (duh, he was the candidate), unlike yours truly, who was just an onboard hack for a fraction of that time, and it’s a wonder he didn’t gain weight like I did.
Another reason this was worth doing is that I got close enough to the figurative slaughterhouse of politics that I have suddenly gained a keen set of instincts on who to trust and who not to trust, and not just in the realm of politics. This is actually my fourth campaign as a staffer. The three previous were a Congressional campaign (won primary, lost general), another Congressional campaign (lost primary narrowly), and a third party run for U.S. Senate (no expectation to win, only real goal was to beat 2% for the third party in question to stay on the state ballot). This is the campaign that got me oh so temptingly close to real big time elected power. It is said that people like the sausage but hate the slaughterhouse. Most people’s involvement with politics is purely on the sausage consuming level — voting, and no more than superficial interaction with a political campaign. I, OTOH, almost literally watched pigs being slaughtered over these last few months.
Funny, about three months ago at this time, I was making financial plans revolving around my income as a Senate staffer. Now, I’m in a real mess, because the temp agency I used in between getting axed from my year long stint managing the gas station/quickie mart chain in 2010 and early 2011 and me coming on with Todd, which did provide me with fairly steady mainly accounting work when I was with them, has suddenly become a dry well. I can and will have to collect unemployment for up to 20 weeks, but that’s it. I better hustle up some kind of job in that time.
Comment if you must, but don’t expect me to delve into everything right away. Yes, I’m spilling beans, but one bean at a time. I know some of you will try to ask me The Big Question right now, but I won’t answer it right now.
Blue St. Louis
My sources in Democrat heavy and leaning parts of the metro area continue to report that Claire and her allies snail mail spam them on average of once every two days with an anti-Todd mailer.
What’s going on? Is there some unreleased polling data somewhere that’s driving this? I bet it goes something like this: St. Louis City and inner St. Louis County Democrats aren’t much interested in doing their civic duty on Tuesday, or that compared to six years ago, Claire’s margins over the Republican in blue precincts and areas aren’t as blowout now as they were in 2006. Don’t forget, Claire only beat Jim Talent in 2006 by only 2.3% statewide, and that was in a blue wave election year. And this is not a blue wave election year, so she has just about zero room for error.
Translation: A man pretends to be transgender or transsexual to scam his way into being able to look at naked women.
Daniel Henninger, in the WSJ, thinks that evangelical Christian voters are flying under the radar this election cycle, and could be the surprise high turnout demo that makes the difference. As an aside, we already know that Romney is doing better among evangelical voters in terms of polling percentage than even Bush in 2004 did, and then it was obvious that evangelicals made the difference in several important swings states, especially the decisive Ohio. So now it’s all a matter of turnout.
I think there will be an easy way after Tuesday to prove whether Henninger’s theory is right or wrong.
There’s no place like home.
If Todd Akin wins this Senate race by any margin, thick or thin, then Henninger is right.
Your Blogmeister’s Desk
I’m withdrawing my endorsement of Dave Spence for Governor. He has a radio buy on local black talk and music stations complaining about how Jay Nixon doesn’t do enough for blacks and “sits by and lets black people get called the N-word without punishment.”
There is a Libertarian in that race, so that’s who I’ll be voting “for.” Oh well, Spence never had a chance anyway.
Incidentally, in the two other statewide races where I won’t be voting for the Republican, I’ll be voting for Cynthia Davis (Constitution) for Lieutenant Governor and Dave Browning (Libertarian) for Attorney General, in the case of the latter, the Libertarian is the only third party candidate available.
Otherwise, full speed ahead on Todd Akin, Cole McNary and Shane Schoeller.
Akin-McCaskill Round II tonight at Clayton High School, 7 PM.
Channel 5 will show it over the air, and they might stream it on their website (ksdk.com).
My media of choice for taking in this debate will be real life.
The supposed “bomber” of the New York Federal Reserve, (I’ll wait until all of it comes out in the wash before I decide whether this was real terrorism or another make believe FBI effort to give themselves an artificial victory over a terrorist plot they created) was here legally on a student visa. He spent the spring 2012 semester at SEMO.
It it were up to me, he wouldn’t have been here on a student visa. Let me make that <Obama> perfectly clear </Obama> before someone accuses me of birddogging for Muslims.
Your Blogmeister’s Desk
I may not be able to get to a full 2012 General Election Preview. Just in case that falls through the cracks, I’ll give you a quick locally oriented rundown.
PRESIDENT: If you live in a deep red or deep blue state, I won’t argue with you if you vote for a third party or write-in. If your state is anywhere close to in play, I recommend a Romney vote. Missouri is red but light red, so I’ll be filling in a circle next to Romney. I don’t think Romney will have much trouble winning it; haven’t seen a Romney or Obama buy in the St. Louis or Kansas City market all fall.
OTHER STATEWIDE RACES: Recommend voting for all Republicans (Akin,
Spence, McNary, Schoeller), except for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General, in which case I’ll vote Constitution Party if available or Libertarian Party if not. A team of wild horses won’t get me to cast votes for Peter Kindercare or Ed Kardashian. Conflict of interest concerns preclude from handicapping Senate, but in the rest of them, I think Democrats Nixon and Koster hold on to GOV and AG, respectively, Republicans McNary and Schoeller win Treas and SOS, (the former turning out an incumbent Democrat, the latter replacing retiring Democrat Mrs. Antolinez). Now, Lt. Gov: Every time I doubt Peter Kindercare, we winds up eking it out. I’m not even bothering with a prediction here. UPDATE 11/1: Not Spence anymore.
STATEWIDE PROPS/REFS/AMENDS: Yes on A2, No on A3, No on Props A and B, Yes on Prop E. A2 is religious freedom, A3 is increased Gubernatorial power in judicial appointments, Prop A is SLPD Local Control, Prop B is cig taxes, Prop E is ObamaCare in essence. I see all these going my way, except for, most unfortunately, A. I don’t think most statewide voters grok the gravity of the issue, and the SLPOA certainly can’t be bothered to tell the truth about race. If you live in St. Louis City, vote yes on Prop R, which halves the number of useless brain-dead parasites called City Aldermen starting after the 2020 census.
I was upset when the NRA-ILA didn’t endorse Todd Akin in the primary, even though I correctly predicted they wouldn’t endorse him or any of the other candidates before primary day. At the time, I thought an NRA endorsement was Todd’s last chance to win. That’s before Santa Claire dumped an early Christmas present down his chimney.
Today in my snail mail, I got an anti-Claire mailing from the NRA-ILA (notice I didn’t say pro-Todd). I’m getting reports of people all over St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jackson County, but nowhere else, getting this same mailing. The thing these people have in common, based on my asking some of them, is that they are either current or former NRA members, and/or they have voted in a Republican Primary of some sort in the recent past.
Why is the NRA focusing this mailing on only those four counties and nowhere else? The rural NRA/Republican voters are probably already in the bag for Todd, so they’re targeting urban/suburban NRA/Republican voters to make sure they turn out, or rather, they’re more scared of Claire than they might be of Todd after the Fateful Sunday.
Also curious to me is why the NRA is even getting involved at all. One would think they would have punted on MO-SEN after the Fateful Sunday, but they must have internal polling that shows this thing winnable. Combine that with the fact that Claire is spamming light blue to dark blue areas of St. Louis and Kansas City with multiple anti-Todd mailings (I get reports from some people that it’s as often as every other day), when people from those areas turning out for Claire or any Democrat should be as obvious as finding wet water, must mean that Claire has some internal numbers showing lethargic interest from Democrats, even after the Fateful Sunday. Don’t forget her margin over Jim Talent in 2006 was only 2.3%, and don’t forget that was in a blue wave election year. This will not be a blue wave election year, for sure.
“Her husband” is big news nationally.
Yes, that’s the same husband of nursing home fame which borked Claire McCaskill’s chance to be Governor in 2004.
Remember him? Yeah, that one. His story was reminiscent of The Blind Side. You know, the whole black teenage athlete taken in and adopted by white family thing.
It was only a matter of time. You know, the “it’s just a little pot” thing.
He is suspended for one game, though with 7 catches for 128 yards and all of one TD in five games, I doubt they’ll miss him. After all, his doobies-to-touchdowns ratio is through the roof.
The reason I don’t necessarily think that McCaskill isn’t being “ladylike” is because I pay attention all the time. It’s like your kid: You’re around him or her every day, so you don’t notice his or her slow day-to-day growth. But a relative that you see only on rare occasion will notice that he or she has suddenly grown a lot taller. Likewise, Claire McCaskill’s evolution from ladylike to female pit bull has been slow and gradual, so I totally missed it. But someone whose only experience with McCaskill is watching her debate Jim Talent in 2006 then now watching her debate Todd Akin in 2012 will pick up on it right away.
It’s the old frog boiling in water analogy.
BTW, the aforementioned Jim Talent will very likely be Defense Secretary if Romney wins.
Columbia, South Carolina
First off, we’re going to have a problem, because unless they play at a neutral site for some reason, Mizzou-USC games will always take place in a city named Columbia.
What happened yesterday? South Carolina was well coached; Mizzou just plain lost.
This is what happens when a team which plays a video game offense formerly in a league known for video game offenses switches to a league with speed and power on defense. (“Speed on defense” generally means dumb blacks who otherwise wouldn’t be qualified to look at a major university much less be admitted to one, and Mizzou is generally loath to lower the bar as far as any given SEC school just to have enough dumb fast blacks on defense in order to be competitive in the conference and nationally.) The administration in Columbia (Missouri) despised the state of Texas so badly that they took Mizzou out of a conference that it did do well in from time to time to a conference where it will perpetually be in or close to the bottom in the standings, and a conference where it is one of the westernmost teams in it but somehow we’re in its Eastern division.