Now Above Ground (Pinned Post, Newer Content Follows Below)

10 01 2018

Jefferson City

Originally posted January 10, 2018, and frequently updated since then

Because of the gravity of the news, which will probably mean a flood of new details and developments, and the chances that this will drastically affect Missouri state politics, I have made this a “sticky” post.

Me, April 29, 2017:

Greitens buying in Innsbrook. 

Add this to the fact that he lives in Creve Coeur while his wife lives in the CWE, (and remember she was jacked close to where she lives back during her husband’s transition period), and I’m just waiting for all the gossip about the unconventionality of their marriage to break the blood-brain barrier.

What also helped fuel this gossip was that there was a lot of serious talk that, between the times of Greitens winning the election and being inaugurated, that Sheena Greitens would not be living in the Governor’s Mansion.

Guess what crossed over from the below ground to the above ground tonight, coinciding with the State of the State speech earlier this evening.

This isn’t quite that, but there’s always more time for more to come out.

We also will eventually find out how their buying in Innsbrook relates to the unconventionality of their marriage.

1/11

* The bit about the S&M nudie/blackmail isn’t going away so easily, if at all, and will be why Mike Parson should be measuring for drapes right about now.

* There’s now calls for Hawley to investigate.  Especially in this #MeToo climate, he’ll fire all four barrels at Greitens, especially if he thinks he needs to in order to beat Claire in November.

* Then, there’s this.  Though if one wants to think this diminishes the credibility, then why did they want whatever news outlet would run with it to time it to the State of the State?  What real political damage does that cause?

* Gardner is opening a probe.

* John Hancock claims that “party officials didn’t know about the story.”  They didn’t know about this particular story, but believe me, the less than conventional nature of the Greitens marriage has been talked about in the grapevines that Hancock is plugged into since he became a serious candidate.

1/12

* According to the ex-husband of the woman Greitens allegedly blackmailed, the FBI has interviewed both him and his ex-wife.  The FBI has not yet confirmed or refuted.

1/13

* The woman now says she didn’t want this to come out at all and that the ex-husband betrayed her trust by shopping this story to the local media.

1/16

* It is my sense, reading between the lines of the news and things that people are saying,  that Republican members of the General Assembly generally lean on the side of believing the blackmail accusation.

* Now, some of the above are going on record openly with resignation calls.

* It’s getting deeper.  First off, she has to be related to Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, but I can’t remember precisely how offhand.  Second, while it’s not proof that the blackmail accusation is true, I think it’s indicative of something.

* And deeper still. It all depends on what the FBI, and maybe the U.S. Attorney, and Kim Gardner, all think. I don’t think that the timing of this and now four General Assembly Republicans calling for his resignation is a coincidence.

1/22

* FBI’s St. Louis office confirms an open active investigation.

2/6

* The woman’s husband has been asked to testify to the St. Louis City grand jury, according to his lawyer.  Even though Gardner has not yet confirmed that there even is a grand jury.

2/20

* Greitens is beefing up his stable of lawyers, and, like this article speculates, I think he’s anticipating the impending need for criminal defense.

2/22

* Felony indictment, officially.  From the St. Louis City circuit.  Which made me write this post.

* P-D calls for resignation.  Of course they might be partisan and hypocritical, but you also see here why his political career is shot to hell.  Not so long ago, he has Presidential ambitions.

2/24

* The MSM articles in the aftermath of the indictment note that Greitens has always had an alienated and standoffish relationship with General Assembly Republicans, compared to the soon-to-be Governor Mike Parson, who is way more of a quintessential swamp creature.

This may lead you to ask me if I think that this is something of a dog patch deep state hit.  The reasons I highly doubt that the state Republican machinery is behind this are:  (1) I have not heard any gossip that they helped feed the initial allegations to Channel 4, (2) Greitens ideologically lined up with the General Assembly Republicans very well.

The only real rub is that Greitens did what he could during his first year and change as Governor unilaterally to drain the swamp, which had the net effect of making life a lot more boring for the Jefferson City political class.  I can attest to the fact that Jeff City really isn’t a hot or hopping town, and, without lobbyists around to pay for some parties and good times, at least not to the extent that they were before Eric Greitens rode into town, life for the political class in that town while they’re there has suddenly become borderline suicidally boring.

That would point to motive on their part, motive in engineering such a hit.  But I’m not grokking a paper trail or smoking guns.

3/15

The first major consequential news about this since the indictment, which probably does quite a bit of damage to Gardner’s case.

3/19

Greitens’s lawyers are opting for a bench trial, which means for some reason, they think they’re more likely to get a not guilty verdict from a judge as opposed to a 22nd circuit jury.

3/23

I highly doubt that he’s going to be able to get a restraining order just off the fact that Greitens is a retired Navy SEAL officer.  What this is really all about?  The second to last sentence gives it away.

3/26

It will be a jury trial and start in May.

4/9

“It was only just a dream.”

If the recording was a figment of her imagination, and did not exist, then it was physically impossible for Greitens to blackmail her with it.

And now, it looks like Gardner’s office hid this obviously exculpatory testimony from Greitens’s defense lawyers.

This thing has fallen apart.  I would imagine in the coming months, Gardner and her office will be in heap big trouble, with the blatant gross ethical violations.  It’s not like she’s got such a good friend in the state AG’s office.

4/10

Gardner gets a judge to issue a gag order, probably as a last ditch effort.

4/11

The General Assembly’s report dropped today.  This doesn’t move the needle at all, because it doesn’t prove the existence of a recording.  Remember, the pregnant matter here is blackmail-with-recording.  All the salacious stuff, we could have already guessed, based on Greitens’s own confession of the affair.

What this most likely does is mean that he can forget about higher office, and he will get a credible primary challenge for re-elect in 2020.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t seek re-elect.

4/12

The morning after:  It is moving the needle.  Mainly the allegations of borderline sexual assault.  Greitens’s antics in his preemptive presser have also caused him to lose what few friends he had in the General Assembly.  Also of curiosity is this five figure payoff to one of the witnesses.

While this report doesn’t make Gardner’s case any easier, it does make the chances that Eric Greitens will no longer be governor by the end of the year, either by hook (resignation) or crook (impeachment) all the more likely.

Talk of a self-called special session of the General Assembly, (which would be the first in state history, because, until now, governors have called all special sessions), which would start immediately after the end of the regular session next month, and for the purpose of beginning impeachment proceedings, has already started.  While this would be a PITA to a lot of legislators, because it will eat into their vacation time, it’s also an even-numbered year, which means it’s a campaign and election year for the General Assembly members that aren’t term limited out.

4/12

Also in the news today is that the video of Gardner’s deposition of the mistress, which was supposedly lost, has magically reappeared.

The irony of Greitensgate in recent days is that the criminal case against him is falling apart fast while the political case against him has taken very serious legs.

4/17

Past few days have not been profound, just a matter of Hawley and Greitens getting into a pie fight, and an otherwise private and as it turned out prescient letter that Peter Kindercare wrote about Greitens that was uncovered.

4/20

A new felony charge added today officially, over Greitens’s use of The Mission Continues donor lists in official campaign business.

Only his own hubris has prevented him from resigning.  I also think that this totally ruins his moral authority on the political issue of ethics reform.  Then again, once he’s gone and Mike Parson is governor, Parson being a system guy, ethics reform will be dead anyway.

 

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Life Takes a Bite Out of Your Blogmeister (Pinned Post, Newer Content Follows Below)

15 11 2017

Your Blogmeister’s Secret Hideout

Originally posted November 15, 2017, and frequently updated since then

This is a “sticky” post.

Since I’ve written many posts since my return to functional coherence in mid-November, any posts about my condition I wrote here upon my return, and also subsequent ones, are buried in the avalanche. So, I’m going to use the opportunity of this sticky post to link to them directly.

Between my return to functional coherence, and the restoration of most of my short term memory in mid-January, for that about two month time period, I was not inherently able to remember most people who I either knew or knew of for about five years or less.

Norm’s post on July 20, the day after the fact, just so you know what precisely happened, in case you don’t already

Norm’s post one month, then two months, then three months, after the fact.  The post summarizing September doesn’t state this directly, but I had a second hospitalization stint in the middle of the month, after which I was moved to what is still to this day as I write this my secret hideout

Best News In Months — Norm’s post on November 13 predicating my return

Hello World (Take Two) — My first post here, that evening, after almost four long months

With Some Yuge Caveats — A long and detailed run down of my condition and my near term prospects, posted not long after that

Missouri’s Loosey Goosey Texting While Driving Laws — About why my assailant will never face criminal charges, and why the law will eventually be changed

From Bugatti to Corvette — Why I’m not doing as well as it seems just from reading my writing here since my return

As I Pursue My Ph.D. in Powerology — How I’m sensing my brain is rewiring itself, after four full months of recovery

Lucky Dominoes — The series of fortunate circumstances that resulted in this not killing me instantly

As if I weren’t having enough problems, fate decided to plop down on me a very serious and frustrating case of the flu in December.

Fifth month of recovery  — Still stuck in purgatory after the fifth full month of recovery

Fourth and Very Long — The first major economic consequence of the accident for me, just after the turn of the year

Fate or Felony, followed up by Like Son Like Father — Karma is just a comforting delusion, but comforting nonetheless.

January Doldrums, Mine Eyes are Telling Another StoryTest Me, Up the Second Step.  The posts in mid-January which foretold and then announced the restoration of most of my short term memory

Four Main Courses and Weirded Out — My serial concerns as of late January

Sixth Month of Recovery — January was a good month

Seventh Month of Recovery — February was mostly hurrying up and waiting, combined with tying together some loose ends and letting go of the past

Crowdsourced Head Shrinks — My psychological problems here in the latter part of my first full year of recovery

Finality — The closure to “Fourth and Very Long”

Me Time — Six months after my last unconsciousness event, I’ve been cleared for that.

One more thing:  If the post starts with a geographical moniker of some sort, it’s me doing the writing.  If it starts with “Guest post by Puggg,” it’s Norm, the best friend anyone could ever have, doing the writing.

Eighth Month of Recovery — March’s baby steps





Sunday Short Wrap-Up

22 04 2018

In no particular order.

* About two years ago, I noticed this new acronym going around: STEAM. It’s nothing more than STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) with “A” for Arts added to it. What they’re obviously trying to do is sneak the shit in, on the slick insert a subjective discipline in the middle of four objective scientific disciplines, in order to pull the wool over your eyes, and to give an avenue for MUH UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITIES to make their way into (an acronym that sounds like) “STEM.”

On the way back from church and visiting my mother this afternoon, I heard a radio buy for something called “Goddard School,” and of course, it was advertising its “STEAM” program.

Because, if you can’t beat it, water it down.

* Remember, in a given school year, a K-12 student is ten times more likely to be killed getting struck by a car while walking or biking to school than a K-12 student is of dying in a mass school shooting.

* Bob Romanik, definitely not any kind of racist.

* Because patriotism is a crime in Britain.

* The reason there’s more outrage in this particular case than usual is that UC-Merced is both the newest campus in the UC system (est. 2003), in fact, the first research university in the United States opened this century, and built in the central valley town of Merced out of the theory that Hispanic farm stoop labor need a major public research university near them in order to make themselves all better and sheeyt. Which probably means the UC-Merced student body has quite a few illegal aliens, even more than the UC system norm. I’m surprised it even has enough conservative type students to have a Republican club.

* They’re both men, but the one on the right looks like he could go either way.

* The modern American public school American history pedagogy is largely about MUH SLABRY. So why are we getting our panties in a bunch when students accurately enact some of its features?

* He went there to apologize for his department ever having the temerity to enforce the law, which has a MUH DISPUT IMPAK on black babies’ bodies. He also apologized for crack, though I don’t know why he thinks a major urban police department needs to do that. If my memory serves, the BPD and almost all others like them did everything they could within their power to stop crack. The kicker is that they’re being made these days to grovel and apologize for ever having done any of those things!

Yet and still, the crowed jeered him.

* In case you never knew, April is Confederate Heritage and History Month.

* No surprise, because 2015 was the first full calendar current year after the Battle of the Fergaza Strip, meaning it was the first full calendar current year under the Ferguson Effect.

* This, well, this, is the intersectional wreck to end all intersectional wrecks.

* Earth still has the calling cards of long ago destroyed planet-sized object of the early Solar System.





This Is Going to Be Interesting

22 04 2018

Bevo

Muslim girl is the victim of this bullying.

But notice who is doing the bullying — A black girl.

On the one hand, CAIR and ZOMG ISLAMOPHOBIA and ZOMG XENOPHOBIA LOL~!!!!!1

On the other hand, suspension gap, school-to-prison pipeline, NAACP.

Irresistible force v immovable object?

Probably not, because the way this paradox will be solved will be to stuff it down a rabbit hole, give the girl counseling, and get everyone involved to focus on their common enemy of white infidel cishet goyim, by showing documentaries about how slave owner and “slave rapist” Thomas Jefferson was also Islamophobic by founding the United States Navy to combat Barbary pirates.





Two Lives, Ten Days

22 04 2018

Houston

Why the Second Amendment?

Because, when seconds count, the lazy black who will hang up on your 911 call is only seconds away.

She was mad at her supervisor. I can completely understand why. S/he expected her to show up to work on time, not clock out before the requisite time, and do her job competently while she’s on the clock. I mean, c’mon, why would anyone expect that of her?  Because slavery.





Script, Fully Flipped

22 04 2018

Effingham

The resolution.

The story.

Effingham County, 78% Trump, in 2016.  One county close to there, Wayne, was even higher at 84%.  Almost all of rural southern Illinois outside of the Metro East and Carbondale/Jackson County was like that.

Effingham the city, of course the seat of the county, has the world’s second tallest cross, easily visible from I-57/70.  And just to the east of Effingham is Teutopolis, with its Germanic-Greek sounding name, the only city or town in the country with that name.  Teutopolis is for those who can’t handle the bright lights and the hustle and bustle of Effingham, and need a place to get away from it all.  Teutopolis is to Effingham what The Hamptons are to Manhattan.

I’d be curious to take in the official political reaction to this, if there is any.

 





Guest Authored Chapter

21 04 2018

Alexandria, Virginia

WaPo via HotAir:

“I don’t think the Cox family is getting enough social pressure,” said [Amanda] Gailey, a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Nobody from their kids’ school or their yoga class sees [a protest] happening” at the NRA headquarters…

Let’s break open one of the many chapters in my life’s great unfinished dissertation in powerology.  This chapter is special because it is mostly guest authored, namely, by Jack Ryan of Occidental Dissent fame.  This is actually a chapter I opened up close to two years ago.  My point then remains the same now, alluding to the powerology factor of it:  In a situation such as the one we’re in, we have to identify weak points and foibles in our powerful enemies, and poke away.

Sometimes, our enemies wind up exposing that about themselves in their attempts to bully us, as Miss Gailey has.

You identify people, name them, target them, make it personal, and turn them into social pariahs.  And you can do all this without firing even one shot, and if thought through well enough, it can be done without committing any crime.  Furthermore, the “them” we have to target must be the sort of individuals that are socially or politically unpopular for some reason.  The reason I’ve made it my business to put Hamdi Ulukaya in my figurative sights is because he’s the boss, and nobody likes the boss.  It’s why others have made whoever the CEO of Tyson Foods is a personal target in the immigration wars, because it’s politically a non-starter to target immigrants or “refugees,” because of the sympathetic rhetorical connotation of the words “immigrant” and “refugee.”  Meanwhile, nobody likes CEOs.

The smart way for the NRA to respond here would be, on the quiet, to encourage people to turn Amanda Gailey and her brood into a social pariah.

All of this also proves my 54th Axiom.  Gailey has pretty much confessed that she has a leading role in organizing these mobs.  Of course, university professors, as a class of highly intelligent people, know how to find otherwise unknown loopholes and foibles, and exploit them.  While she is a professor in 19th century American literature, she is also most likely highly g-loaded in cognitive ability, as almost all university professors are.  As such, she has figured out on her own what Jack Ryan has.  And what our sector needs to figure out is this tactic needs to be our prime and most used one.





Mobius Loop

21 04 2018

Overland

2:

National School Walkout renews calls for gun safety

(snip)

Game Changers is a Ritenour High School student organization and social justice club formed after the events in Ferguson. The group of 30-40 students focuses on bringing unity and equity within the school, educating classmates about social issues, and mentoring students in the district’s elementary and middle schools.

Hope Houston, a junior at Ritenour and vice president of Game Changers, said after the shooting in Parkland, students wanted to participate in Friday’s national walkout to show support for the students in Parkland, Columbine and all schools impacted by gun violence.

(snip)

Houston says their motivation is not to skip class, it is to empower their classmates. Students will have the opportunity to sign petitions during their lunch hours urging lawmakers to ban bump stocks and raise the legal age to purchase a gun to 21 years old.

SHOT:  Game Changers was formed because an evil white cop brutalized a black body

CHASER:  Game Changers wants more laws that evil white cops will mostly use to brutalize black bodies

The biggest roadblocks to firearms laws of the sort with the most frequent and practical and useful enforcement, those on the state level, aren’t the NRA, but state legislative black caucuses.





My Personal Warranty

21 04 2018

Your Blogmeister’s Secret Hideout

This space is a doxxing-free zone, and optics-free zone, and a beef-free zone.

Meaning I’m not joining our sector’s recent bone headed obsession with debating over doxxing and optics, and I’m not throwing internecine pies around, in spite of the fact that I have some under-the-vest opinions about many of the clipper ship personalities within the sector.

It’s not as if there isn’t anything of substance going on.