Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em

29 08 2018



University of Missouri bans all tobacco products from campus

The University of Missouri is banning the use of all tobacco products on the Columbia campus, effective immediately.

Cigarettes and electronic nicotine devices have been prohibited on campus since 2013. The policy announced Tuesday expands that to include any tobacco-based product, including chewing tobacco, nicotine salt products like Juul and pipes.

But you’ll have no problem finding weed, and you won’t suffer official sanction for smoking it.

The left’s “weed good tobacco bad” forked tongue was a mystery to me for while, but I now know it’s no more complicated than the fact that they’re all about Who-Whom, good people bad people.  Weed = Good People, Tobacco = Bad People.


The Lessons of Proposition A

8 08 2018

Jefferson City

Like I wrote last night, I was able to call defeat for Prop A at ten to nine, well before any “credible” media source in the state did, because, at that time, with not much more than 10% of the statewide precincts counted, that universe of already counted voters was 2.3-to-1 Republican-over-Democrat ratio, using total votes cast for any U.S. Senate primary candidate as the proxy, voted against Prop A with 62% of the vote.  So once St. Louis City and County started reporting, it would only push that 62% upward.  Another indicator, if that wasn’t enough, was that heavily and perennially Republican Warren County voted 72% No.

As it turned out, 67% No statewide, and it only won slightly to somewhat in a few mostly southwest Missouri counties, but lost in Greene (Springfield), and only got above 60% in two counties:  McDonald, the southwesternmost county in the state, and Pemiscot, the southeastern most.  There were probably localized reasons why Prop A won big in those places, but it’s also curious that McDonald County and especially a few towns in it, such as Noel, are full of Mexicans and Latinos.

I myself did not vote at all, and, for the record, I’m currently registered to vote at my uncle’s St. Louis City house, not here at the secret rehab hideout, which is at an undisclosed address and place in Monroe County, Illinois.  Once I move, my uncle’s house will remain my “official” residence for bureaucratic and record keeping and (if I’m ever in the mood) absentee voting purposes.  If I would have voted at all yesterday, it would have been on Prop A and only that, except I have established it as a matter of qualified opinion in this space that I think the open shop vs closed shop question doesn’t matter, that the arguments advanced by both sides suffer correlation-causation issues, and that there are many more important and needle-moving factors in the wage-salary equilibrium labor market than the open-closed debate.

In spite of what I think is the ultimate irrelevance of it all, I think last night’s result on A just can’t be so easily glossed over, because it does contain important object lessons.

To cut to the chase:

I think this was, without those who cast the crucial marginal No votes quite understanding this in such sophisticated terms, and without them even quite knowing what they were doing fully, and by “crucial marginal,” I mean a big percentage of faithful Republican voters, (to wit:  Warren County) and most of the new Trump-style Republican-leaning but not -loyal voters, white lower-working-middle classes, many of whom still belong to unions or sympathetic to those who do or wish they were able to (to wit:  Jefferson County), trying to send a message to the political class in general and the Republican one in particular to quit shilling for the capital, ownership and rentier class, the very group of people who don’t need help, and instead, to start implementing policies equitable to labor and production.

Statewide Democrats might be spiking the football this morning, but this was a lesson for them and pointed at them as much as it was anything else.  That party has its own capital vs labor problems, the gentry corporatist neoliberals versus the street level true believers, those politics also showed up in last night’s results here in St. Louis, as you can read in my other posts of today.  And, just as much, Democrat true believer voters wish their own party’s establishment would quit shilling for the capital class, even though the fact that it does is opaquely concealed by the fact that on the organizational and activist level, unions still equal Democrats.

That and I don’t think that Prop A’s result last night has that much relevance to modern day current year conventional two party politics;   To put it another way, however the midterms turn out in St. Louis, Missouri and nationally, that will happen in a lane totally separate from Prop A’s lane.  It’s similar to minimum wage, (and such as it is, I also think that minimum wage is just as economically irrelevant as is open-vs-closed shop in the labor market), we have many situations where the same electorate votes for minimum wage increases bigly and Republicans bigly at the same time, and the fact that Republican politicians are hostile to the concept of a minimum wage does not preclude the bidirectional political contradiction.  There’s a difference between an issue being popular or unpopular on the one hand, and a serious needle-mover on the other.

But, as for me, I’m way more interested in an election coming up on October 14.

Note: I am not clear whether Prop A’s defeat totally negates the state legislature’s newly enacted change from closed shop to open shop and therefore takes Missouri back to close shop on its own, or whether it merely means that open shop as state policy will not be hard wired into the state constitution. I get conflicting answers in my credible research and questioning.

Last Waltz

8 08 2018

Your Blogmeister’s Secret Hideout

Something just occurred to me last night.

This is my last election day and election night from St. Louis, maybe for awhile, maybe ever.

The next election day for the territory in which I am currently registered to vote, if I want to vote at all, and I didn’t yesterday because there was nothing that mattered to me, I’ll have to vote absentee.

A few analysis posts from the events of last night will follow this one.

Proposition A Is Going to Lose

7 08 2018

Jefferson City

More analysis tomorrow, but here’s how I know so early in the night that this will happen:

At 8:50 PM, statewide, of the relatively small percentage of total statewide precincts counted, it was not much more than 10%, there were a total of 146k votes for any Republican U.S. Senate candidate, either Josh Hawley or one of the hopeless nobodies, and a total of 62k votes cast for any Democrat U.S. Senate candidate, either Claire McCaskill or one of the hopeless nobodies.  And in this 2.3:1 R:D counted voter universe, 62% have voted against Prop A.

Easy Street

2 08 2018

Your Blogmeister’s Secret Hideout

Most prosecuting attorney / circuit attorney offices in Missouri are up for election this year.

And as I watch and listen to the media buys, I wonder if there must actually be a huge powerful pro child molestation lobby out there, such that candidates for prosecutor simply must remind us that they are or have been or want to be tough on child molesters.

Really, we know the answer: There are no political consequences to being vociferously and forcefully against child molestation. Safe and easy politics.

Wouldn’t want to suggest that you would want to use your power as a prosecutor in ways that will get you in hot water with the media, BLM, ADL, SPLC, NAACP, CAIR, Antifa.

Healing Process

18 07 2018

Your Blogmeister’s Secret Hideout

We left for this voyage on June 2, and returned on July 14.

One really stark difference that jumped out at me as we made our way through the little slice of the state of Missouri that we have to go through to go from the airport back to the secret rehab hideout back on Saturday, compared to the same drive in reverse on June 2, and also on our way to my first post-voyage doctor’s appointment this morning, and then back to the hideout when it was over, is how much healing has taken place since the beginning of June.  And if it’s that much better in just those little sections, I imagine things are similarly much better over the whole state.

Show-Me-Staters are verily beating guns into plowshares.

The End

29 05 2018

Jefferson City

Just when I had the feeling the political legs of impeachment were losing strength, (the criminal case had already fallen apart), evidently, those legs were stronger than I thought, and within the hour, Eric Greitens fell on his sword.

He will officially leave on Friday.

I should say it was nice of him to wrap up Greitensgate the day before I lift off.  It would have been rather inconvenient if he would have done this while I’m practically on the other side of the world.

NOTE:  On Friday, I will “un-sticky” the mega-thread about Greitensgate.