Pen and Phone (Why I’m #NRx)

17 07 2017

Normandy

Greitens whips it out.

 

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Ever So Closer

9 07 2017

Ste. Genevieve

2:

Controversy over transgender inmate in Ste. Genevieve County

An investigation is underway at a southeast Missouri jail over a transgender inmate after complaints emerged about inappropriate contact.

This came after April Chambers of St. Louis said her daughter, who is also an inmate at the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center, called home to tell her all about it.

“She said, ‘They put a man in here with us,’” Chambers said.

“I said, ‘What do you mean they put a man there?’ She said, ‘He looks like a woman in the face but, he’s having sex with the girls in here.’”

The sheriff’s office said as soon as the office heard about the incident, authorities took steps to separate the transgender individual and the female inmates.

But Chambers said she’s wondering how this could have happened in the first place.

First off, April Chambers is a black woman, and her daughter is also presumably black herself.  So I wonder how it came to be that she ended up in the pokey down in Ste. Gen.

Now, as for “how this could have happened in the first place” — It’s called World War T.

That said, Ste. Gen County is right next to Jefferson County, and Jefferson County has our Lila.  (Here, here, here and here).  Which means that maybe one day, JCSO will have to arrest our Lila.  Oh Puggg…

Speaking of WWT, there’s more news on that front today.  The sort that sorta makes the “World War” figure of speech almost literally true.  Of course, this should not be a surprise, even in the Era of the OCGE, because our OCGE is down with LGBTQetc and the Genderbread Person all the way.  Remember, forget about the culture wars, or something like that.  Which means, ladies, don’t ever drop the soap.





Sak Boy Fatt Maine

29 06 2017

Jefferson City

If they had brains, they’d truly be dangerous.

But thankfully, they’re not that dangerous.

“Me convicted felon. Me floss guns and other bad sheeyt on Facebook. Bruh.”





Not Strong Enough

28 06 2017

Jefferson City

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NAACP, opponents protest Missouri discrimination bill

Missouri members of the NAACP and others are rallying against legislation to make it more difficult to sue for discrimination.

Roughly 40 people protested Tuesday at the Capitol and taped opposition notes outside Gov. Eric Greitens’ office. The bill is pending on Greitens’ desk. The Republican governor has not said if he’ll allow the bill to become law or veto it.

In part because of the bill, the state NAACP issued an advisory telling travelers to be careful while in the state because of a danger that civil rights won’t be respected.

That travel advisory is not strong enough.  It should indicate that the whole state of Missouri is a dystopian hellhole for black people.  People in South Carolina are still wishing that the NAACP boycott of their state still existed.

What the NAACP is really grinding over is that since the bill would make it more difficult even to file some discrimination lawsuits, this means the NAACP-LDF won’t be able to submit billable hours to the state.





SCOTUS Finds For Trinity Lutheran

26 06 2017

Columbia

I wrote about it back in April, and today, SCOTUS saw it my way.

The way the majority opinion was written, this is not a ruling that will have a long shadow.  Which means it won’t nail down a specific paradigm on these kinds of establishmentarian-funding questions that exist in the margins of church-state matters.  It is only a decision on this particular case in this particular time in this particular jurisdiction in these particular circumstances.





What’s Missing Here?

12 06 2017

Jefferson City

As expected, Greitens signs Real ID.  Not because anyone wanted it, but because the Federal government threw around its bully power.  Because, land of the “free.”

What’s missing in this article?

It’s really auspicious.

The race to the gold star starts…NOW.





In That Which My Habit Is Justified

8 06 2017

Jefferson City

About the DOR’s snail pace in submitting state income tax return refund checks:

It’s why I try to arrange my personal tax business such that, ideally, I slightly owe the Feds and state, or if I wind up getting a refund, it’s an amount so small that I wouldn’t miss it if it never comes.  Because we should be increasingly mentally resigned to “it never comes.”  I’d rather not have what I had this year, owing both institutions rather substantial amounts, but even then, I’d rather owe a lot than get a lot back.  Because, as we’ve been seeing out of Illinois for awhile, and now the problem is presenting in Missouri, and soon it will be the Feds, tight budgets means they have ever incentive to hit the go slow zone when remitting tax refund checks.  Not so coincidentally, we found out a few days ago that the revenue punch isn’t quite strong enough to fund the 2018 FY budget the General Assembly passed last month.

Just as it’s going to be harder and harder to get income tax refund checks, I predict that the annuity recipients of large lottery jackpots will soon start having the same problems with yearly payments.  And don’t look for the judicial system to help you, because judges want the governments they work for to have the cash flow to pay judges’ salaries.  Law enforcement and military will have the same attitude for the same reason.  And I’m pretty sure both the government based in Washington, D.C. and the one based in Jefferson City will easily be able to beat me and my thirty-aught-six in a fight.

So the only thing you can do is what I do.  If you’re dumb enough to play the lottery, i.e. remit the tax on those unwilling or unable to understand probability and statistics, and you happen to win a large jackpot, take the one-time lump sum.

UPDATE

You may be asking right about now:  “But Blogmeister, if they start holding back tax refund checks, then everyone will do what you want and adjusting their withholding so that they can’t get a refund, and this will put governments back to square one in financial terms.”

Ordinarily, you’d think so.

But there’s an explanation about a fact of life and human nature you need to understand.  To set that up, I need to confess something.

I like to write here that I was born 40 years ago.  But that’s all a cover — What really happened in 1977 is that I arrived here from an alien world.  I’ve been spending all that time trying to find someone to fix the transmission on my UFO so I can get on outta here and back to Fezeliniglibauten-9.  You know how that goes, you have to double pop the clutch in order to go from 438th to 439th gear. “Feh,” you may quip, but that’s a really important gear shift I have to make when negotiating curves at the points where stellar gravity wells cancel each other out.  I’ve looked all over this planet for someone who can fix it — I’ve looked all over Area 51, Wright-Patterson AFB, Roswell, New Mexico, to no avail.  Hell, I got so desperate that I even called Art Bell, but not even he could help me.

So, as I’ve been stranded on this rock for the last 40 years, I’ve had lots of time on my hands, and therefore, I’ve done a lot of studying of these sentient beings that call themselves “human beings.”  And one of the many things I’ve learned about them is that they’re gravely fearful to the level of paranoia about being in anything that’s close to long term taxation indebtedness to governments that own and operate prisons.

Okay, all kidding aside, (or am I kidding?), sure, I can and do fiddle around with withholding with the aim of slightly owing the state and Feds in April every year, and I’m sure a small percentage of people would take that habit up if governments quit sending refund checks.  That’s because I’m not paranoid of owing on my tax returns.  However, most above board people are.  I think, even if it became obvious that governments won’t send tax refund checks anymore, most people will still arrange for over-withholding on their paychecks knowing full well that they won’t ever get it back, precisely because they fear tax indebtedness, because they fear Federal and state prison.  (That, and people are always unsure about their cash flow and liquid asset availability at any one moment in time.  If they owe on taxes, then the tax bill and some very important bill will be due at the same time, and they might not have the cash for both.)  And I think governments both know this propensity of human nature and are counting on it.  Most “honest” sorts of people won’t haggle over a few hundred or a few thousand dollars against institutions that own prisons, tanks, supercarriers and nuclear weapons.  Especially if they can be made to think that such haggling will preclude grandma from getting her Social Security check.