Key Takeaways

17 01 2017

Jefferson City

The key takeaways from Greitens’s first SOTS were:  Hair braiding, and COBOL.

And that just about everyone who stood up to cheer his call for major legislative ethics reform with teeth don’t want any part of it.  I do think that Greitens and Hawley are going to team up to do whatever they can do in terms of enforcement and prosecutions to bring down the hammer, and I think they’ll both have conversations with whoever Trump appoints as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri (the Kansas City-based district has jurisdiction over Jefferson City) to see what the Feds can do.

From what I saw, watching the stream off of Missouri Net, (formerly known as the Nixon News Network), is that the non-legislative crowd in the house was way smaller than it was in the last two years, of course, I was there for the last two years, and the circus atmosphere in the rotunda, with the assembled media and the food vendors and tables, was absent.  It seemed more like a ghost town.

Missouri Net also had Brian Hauswirth instead of Mike Lear be the lead anchor.  That was a bit curious.  But since Lear loved to follow Jay Nixon around like a lost puppy dog, I don’t think he wanted to do it this year.  For all I know, he might not even be at Missouri Net anymore.





By Definition

17 01 2017

Jefferson City

As I’m pretty far away from home, and no longer professionally invested in the public affairs of the state capital and state government, I won’t be in attendance at Gov. Eric Greitens’s first state of the state address.  I’ll probably watch the stream for a little bit.

I do know that he’s going to have a very tough act to follow, because we know how Jay Nixon always had the ability to keep people riveted and bring people to their knees, with his world-famous hellfire-and-brimstone speaking style.





ICYMI (and CTFD)

10 01 2017

Jefferson City

Now the whole fucking world is losing its fucking minds thinking that fighting in school is now a felony in the Show-Me State.

I’m so old that I can remember there was once a time, (three weeks ago), when I told everybody to calm the fuck down, because it was all bluffing.





Stealth Governor

9 01 2017

Jefferson City

* The Stealth Bomber flyover at the moment Greitens was inaugurated was a nice touch.

* Very curiously, Greitens, Jewish, took the oath with his hands on a Christian Bible.

* We’ll find out soon, but the talk is that by now, somewhere in the Capitol, Greitens, in his first acts as Governor, has signed a slew of executive orders.  One of them is supposedly about a major change in the way the executive branch enforces ethics laws.  We all knew this was coming, but if that winds up being true, then it’s why I was watching the inauguration today as a former lobbyist, not a current one.





Kander’s Parting Shot

6 01 2017

Jefferson City

Yeah, asshole, that was really considerate of you.

The irony is that the start of this legislative session also means the start of not only the fact that visitors to the Capitol will have to go through metal detectors, but also that more sorts of people than otherwise had to before will have to show photo ID to gain entry.





Double Entendre

2 01 2017

Ferguson

Greitens announces several crucial PubSaf appointments today at a newser held at Zisser Tire in Ferguson.

I don’t know how to interpret this.  That it was held in Ferguson could be interpreted as pandering to the black undertow.  That it was held at a business looted and burned twice during the Fergaza Strip Revolutions, in both August and November, could be interpreted as a middle finger to the black undertow.





Fry With That

28 12 2016

Downtown

4:

Guns getting into the hands of teens a possibility following Missouri’s concealed carry law

Guns getting into the hands of teens. It is a concern in Missouri tonight as the state’s new conceal carry law is set to take effect January first. This only applies to state law. Legal experts say some of the protections that were once there that prevented teenagers to carry fire arms or carry conceal are no longer there the way the state statute now reads.

“An individual under the age of 18 can conceal carry a firearm under state law as long as they are not a convicted felon. How does that affect kids 13, 14, 15, 17 years old? The argument is under state law, there is no provision that says they can not carry a firearm conceal,” says attorney Matt Fry.

How did our lawmakers let this happen?

“For you to redraft the legislation, you have to understand the history of the legislation and I don’t think they did. When you go in and you rewrite the law and you just put one sentence line in there that says you can conceal carry and you don’t go in and make a distinction of age groups, then it opens it up to kids,” says Fry.

Fry teaches criminal defense at SLU Law, and practices the same speciality out of the Clayton offices of the Kansas City-based Cornerstone firm.

Which means he’s been to and graduated from law school.

I haven’t, on either count.

So, he should understand better than your ever-lovin’ blogmeister that even the post-SB656 liberalization of the state’s UUW provisions, and the way the state’s UUW provisions are written themselves, means that no possible legal or decriminalized form of CCW in this state applies to civilians under the age of 19 or military members under the age of 18.

So why does it take me to tell you?

Again, this applies only to state law. With the law changing next month, Fry says it’s still important to get a conceal carry license because it offers more protection. We found out many people are doing just that.

“At first we saw a little dip in classes, two three seats open, no big deal. ln November and December, they were full every weekend. It was like whoa what’s going on here,” says Southern Armory owner, Aaron Tarlow.

Tarlow says to him, this means one thing.

“It is legal to carry a gun so maybe they are not going to get the permit the physical card, but they are saying I need to know what I am doing and that is awesome. It is showing responsibility on their half, but there is going to be a portion of our society that say they don’t need the training and that is frightening,” says Tarlow.

It’s easy to claim that Tarlow’s motivation for his advice isn’t purely altruistic, and that claim would probably be correct. In spite of that, I’m riding with his reasoning, almost purely because state-to-state reciprocity is predicated purely on the physical permit.

To reiterate, I don’t consider SB656 to be true constitutional carry, and I cringe at the NRA-ILA now characterizing Missouri as a concarry state, because I think true concarry needs to be overt and explicit in the black-and-white of printed state laws, and not just the de facto function of what SB656 does, enacting concarry by implication as a function of the only possible criminal sanction for carrying without a permit in places where carrying is neither publicly absolutely prohibited nor privately discretionarily prohibited being removed from the state’s list of UUW violations.

“Are you serious you’ve never been to law school?”

Yes, and I’m not lying.

What Fry just did wasn’t provide solid legal reasoning, but instead manufacture a fresh shiny new excuse for whoever succeeds Francis Slay/whoever succeeds Sam Dotson/Kim Gardner, to trot out every time the media heat over violent crime gets too much.