I’m Just Saying

22 05 2015

Washington, D.C.

Claire McCaskill voted yes on TPP.

Todd Akin would have voted no.


Break Out the Irony Fun Bags

18 05 2015

Jefferson City

Voter fraud as part of the attempt to get Amendment 6 on the ballot last year.

We’ve Forgotten Nothing

15 05 2015


Because we never learned anything to begin with.


MSU Ad Team selected by State Department as competition finalists

The College of Business Ad Team at Missouri State University was one of three universities selected as finalists to participate in an international competition to counter violent extremism. Missouri State was the only U.S. school selected; the other two schools are from Australia and Canada.

“Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Burnett and the students who have spent hundreds of hours already and who will spend many more hours working on the final round of competition,” said Dr. Stephanie Bryant, dean of the College of Business. “We are so proud of them and will be pulling for them on June 4.”

The team will travel to Washington, D.C., for the final competition, scheduled for June 4 at the U.S. State Department. The teams were charged with coming up with a comprehensive plan to counter the social media campaign being used to recruit people to participate in terrorist activities.

“Extremists are now utilizing technology to recruit and spread their messages. This allows them to reach across borders without stepping one foot outside their home,” said Lanae Flatness, Ad Team member. “Our team wanted to participate in this program because we would be able to research, develop and implement a program that could increase awareness, education and solution-based thinking surrounding the topic of violent extremism. These actions would prepare future generations to be mindful of recruitment tactics and the negative effects of extremist actions.”

A total of 23 universities were invited to participate in the competition.

So you dolts think that the reason that “extremists” (don’t say the M-word or the I-word, you Islamophobes) are successful is purely because they have a good social media marketing and public relations campaign, such that all we need to do is come up with a better marketing and public relations campaign to counter.

Everyone, let’s get into the huddle, because I have something I want to tell you that isn’t for the ears of the rest of the world:  ISIS and Co. are successful because they’re appealing to blood, tribe, kin and their overlapping faith.  I know, this is a reality that modern Amurrikan equality and freedom obsessed democratic republican man/woman/womyn/trans can’t comprehend much less accept.  And it’s a reality that clever new memes on social media won’t change.

Don’t Look Now

13 05 2015

Jefferson City

John Diehl’s tenure as House Speaker is about to come to a very quick end.  I’ll link when I find a good link.  Update:  Good link.

What a way to end the 2015 Missouri legislative session.  This one will be for the ages.


And he has officially resigned as Speaker, but not from the House.

Which means that the new Speaker, (maybe Mike Cierpiot?), won’t be as powerful.  I didn’t have to spend as much time in Jeff City this year as I did last year, precisely because Diehl sucked so much oxygen out of the legislative process.  And there’s nobody in the universe of House Republicans that could take Diehl’s place who can work it like Diehl can and swing such a big stick around with such velocity.  Meaning that lobbyists will fill the void, meaning I’ll be in Jeff City pretty much full time in the 2016 legislative session, like I was in 2014.


It’s gonna be Todd Richardson from Poplar Bluff.  Same age as I am, and just by that you know he’s going to be the weakest Speaker in the term limits era, in contrast to Diehl who was the strongest.  Which means…send in the lobbyists.

“Her Dad Expressed Concerns”

11 05 2015


In an article about World War T winning the Battle of Mid-Missouri, we read in passing:

Incoming MU student Shelby Jones says she chose to live at Gateway Hall so she could participate in a Freshman Interest Group, a program in which students who live together take some of the same classes, for her major. She was unaware Gateway had gender-neutral bathrooms when she signed a contract to live there for the 2015-2016 school year.

“I’m still super excited to live there,” Jones says. “I wouldn’t change where I’m going to live because of (gender-neutral bathrooms).”

Jones says it is different from what she’s used to and makes her feel slightly uneasy. But since she has a gay family member, Jones says she’s no stranger to gay rights issues. However, upon hearing about it for the first time, her dad expressed concerns about the living arrangement.

“He was like ‘What? You’re going to be sharing a bathroom with guys?'” Jones says.

Daddy worried about his daughter?  Sounds familiar.

Sweeps Month

1 05 2015



Actually, it’s sweeps month clickbait, click as in both the remote control and the mouse.

I talked about this case back in February.

And as far as this issue, we all know that SCOMO will eventually decide that Amendment 5 doesn’t apply to felon in possession.  And that will be that for that.

Finally Pushing Back

26 04 2015



MU grad gives $1M to journalism school for LGBT education

A University of Missouri graduate has donated $1 million to the journalism school for research and education about LGBT issues.

The pledge comes from Timothy Blair, who wants the money to go toward better understanding how news coverage can reinforce or break down stereotypes about people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported Saturday.

It’s about time LGBTQMIAPDLOLPLPLTH got its act together to combat the daily deluge of rampant incessant homophobia and transphobia from the modern mainstream media, and to break the religious right’s strangehold on the largest media conglomerates.

“It became apparent that the passion I have about LGBT rights, and being a gay man myself, I wanted to put my money where my mouth is,” said Blair, who is a graduate of MU’s journalism school.

Should I even?

He graduated from MU in 1973 and earned a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis before working in marketing and public relations for several St. Louis companies, the newspaper reported. He founded BlairPR Inc. in Los Angeles in 1993.

Good for him.  PR is yet another industry badly in need of a few gay men to combat all the troglodyte knuckledragging religious bigots that infest it.


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