Then There’s This

13 05 2020

Jefferson City

Not bad for a one time Glendale alderman, shaking up the world like this.

It seems so long ago, but back from my previous life, I have some pretty direct experience with Eric Schmitt.  And I don’t take him for this kind of grand strategic chessboard thinker.  What I think he’s up to with this lawsuit is using the system available to him, a system that has the powers of subpoena and perjury, to document some measure of guilt or culpability on the part of the Chinese Communist Party for the Covid-19 pandemic.  Such documentation would serve as the basis of justification for however The White House, Washington and the rest of the world responds.





Aroesty vs Hawley

21 07 2019

Washington, D.C.

I’m sure you’ve seen the news by now.

When I supported Josh Hawley’s insurgent outsider candidacy for Attorney General in 2016, I did so because the party establishment candidate, Kurt Schaefer, was a rat and a fink on the whole Mizzou putsch issue.  Schaefer represented Columbia and environs in the State Senate, where the professors behind the scenes engineering this putsch live, so I’m sure that played into his calculus.  Ironically, at that time, Hawley was a Mizzou Law professor.  I never thought that Hawley would ever do anything like hire Kevin MacDonald as one of his staffers.

It all boils down to this:

Hawley sometimes goes off lamestream conservative Republican reservation to be populist and nationalist every once in awhile.  And this has organized activist Jewish interests, such as the ADL, which Karen Aroesty represents, worried, because populism and nationalism, even if implemented by muh Israel types, will hurt Jewish billionaires.  Not surprisingly, George Soros, through his Think Regress website, has taken a much more severe swipe at Hawley.

I have made the contention for about a minute that organized activist Jewish interests in the United States will, if forced to make the choice, throw Israel under the bus, in order to save their egalitarian-domestic-plutocratic-pluralist project.  I think we have in this Aroesty-Hawley dustup a little piece of evidence supporting my theory.

This also supports my theory that the animus that organized activist Jewish interests have toward populist and nationalist politics isn’t due to whatever individual populists and nationalists think about Jews if they care at all, it’s the fact that the politics are even populist and nationalist at all.  To put it another way, organized activist Jewish interests came to the conclusion a long time ago that populism and nationalism are bad for the Jews, prima facie.

The whole irony of this story is that Aroesty’s bitching comes off of Hawley’s speech at the Yazony-held National Conservative Conference, and that whole effort I think is nothing more than an attempt by organized activist Jewish interests, or some of them, to create a diversion channel so that growing populist-nationalist political energy on the normie right (e.g.  Hawley), can be “safely” run into dummy loads that don’t threaten organized activist Jewish interests.  To put it another way, organized activist Jewish interests are trying to steer the growing pop-nat political energy on the white non-Jewish normie right to concede some populism and civic nationalism but definitely avoid blood-based nationalism.

I’ll leave you with one more thing:

Organized activist Jewish interests have for as long as I can remember insisted that we not associate the conceptual spectrum of cosmopolitianism-plutocracy with Jews.  Then they turn right around and claim that anyone who discusses cosmopolitianism-plutocracy as an oppositional and undesirable force must secretly be talking about and actually despise Jews.

It’s amazing the things people will confess to when you give them enough time, space and comfort.





Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em

29 08 2018

Columbia

2:

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.





Two Things At Work Here

29 05 2018

Jefferson City

MissouriNet:

Missouri among worst states to be a police officer, has several of the most dangerous cities

There’s new research showing Missouri has some of the most dangerous cities and is one of the worst states to work as a police officer.

Two of the top 25 most dangerous cities with more than 100,000 residents are St. Louis which ranks 4th and Kansas City at number 19 on the list.

There’s the first thing at work here: The Ferguson Effect.

The personal finance website’s data shows the top 5 states to be a police officer are, in order, North Dakota, New York, Connecticut, Minnesota, and California.

Wallethub’s research shows that officers, like people in most professions, are drawn to financial perks, but are also more likely to be attracted to police departments that steer clear of scandal and corruption and that are transparent with their communities.

There’s the second thing at work here: Moynihan’s Law of the Canadian Border. Funny when you want transparency, lack of scandals and lack of corruption, you’re thinking about high trust and high social capital, and states like North Dakota and Minnesota rank at the top.





Red Rubber Ball (Passing Peak Greitens)

24 05 2018

Jefferson City

I’m starting to think that Eric Greitens is starting to turn it around.

I still think he’s a one-termer and that he’s won his last election.  But the criminal case against him has fallen apart, and, as far as I can tell, the worst allegation against him yielded from the House committee investigation is that he shoved his side chick around in a back alley in the CWE.  Impeachment of Missouri statewide elected officials is not straightforward, and not purely a legislative process.  It has already started, with the self-called special session.  But the more I see, the more I think that the system doesn’t have it in it formally to remove Greitens from the Governor’s office.





Strike While the Iron Is Hot

15 05 2018

Jefferson City

My mind is mashing up this story and the news from yesterday about sports gambling.

I now think that this only makes the matter of tossing Eric Greitens out of the Mansion bag and baggage even more imperative.  Add to that, if Mike Parson gets to appoint the next Lieutenant Governor when he becomes Governor, he’ll have one name in mind:  Josh Hawley.

Because both Greitens, as chief executive of state government, and Hawley, as chief prosecutor for state government, have openly promised to drain the Jefferson City swamp.  But who wants that, when casinos and big time sports leagues are about to make it rain on most state capitals?  All that money would pay for a lot of parties.  Way bigger and better than when I was in that line of work.

Which means all that needs to be done is to get Greitens out of town and Hawley in a job where he can’t prosecute anyone, and Parson would probably appoint a party establishmentarian similar to himself as AG, and nobody in that town will need to worry about any ole big bad monsters and their felony corruption indictments.





Look Ma, No Hands

27 04 2018

Jefferson City

Bruce Franks wants “youth gun violence” to be declared a “public health crisis.”

You should know by now what’s really going on.

In this particular case, declaring youth gun violence a public health crisis is a way to keep us from thinking about yoots.

If all else fails, then Bruce Franks will have to activate his superhero superpowers.





Glib Reaper

26 04 2018

Belleville; Affton; Jefferson City

Obviously these people have never listened to Bob Romanik.

Remember, this all started because of Rep. Bob Burns (D-Affton) and his somewhat frequent calling in to Romanik’s show.  Since it’s all Democrats piling on, including Claire McCaskill, I think this is nothing more than a piddly diddly doo trifle within the state legislative Democrat caucus, and my specific guess is that he’s just not social justice-y enough.

The Belleville Nutbar about a year ago (shot up the Congressional baseball game practice, badly injuring Steve Scalise), was the last time I mentioned Romanik in this space.





Give Peace a Chance

23 04 2018

Jefferson City

“Denounce the Dred Scott decision.”

That’s right, they better do that, and find a peaceful resolution to this slavery question.  Because if they don’t, we run the risk of a war breaking out that might have as many as 750,000 casualties, in order to settle this and related political questions, and if the anti-slavery side wins the war, then there will be Constitutional amendments followed by legislation followed by a military occupation of the part of the country whose governing elites are economically dependent on slavery, in order to repudiate the curious institution once and for all.

Isn’t a meaningless state legislative resolution a century and a half after the fact preferable to all these horrors?





Soil > DNA

5 04 2018

Jefferson City

This new website has as its purpose:

exploreMOhealth was created in partnership between Missouri Foundation for Health and the MHA Health Institute, the not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the Missouri Hospital Association. By combining their resources they have created one of the most unique health-related datasets in the country. Data is the key to diagnosing and addressing some of our region’s most pressing health issues, and by making this information available to the public, both organizations are furthering their missions to improve health and the health care system.

This may or may not be that relevant, but all three named institutions therein advocate Medicaid expansion.

Anyway, this is part of what this new website say about St. Louis City (click to enlarge):

Note that the top is the city’s best zip codes, the bottom is the city’s worst. In spite of that, “top health factor” and “top social factor” denotes what the authors of this database consider the biggest health and social problem within the given zip code, even if they aren’t as big a problem in that zip code as they are in others. For instance, in the context of the city, 63109 (southwest city), the city’s best, is said to have STDs as its top health problem and percent unmarried as its top social problem. Even though the STD infection rate in 63109 is way lower than it is in the five worst city zip codes, and the marriage rate is higher.  While the STD rate is higher and marriage rate lower in 63113, the city’s worst zip code, than it is in 63109, the authors think that STDs and marriage aren’t the worst individual problems in 63113.

I’m also curious that these authors, whose politics at the very least lean to the left, consider renting and being unmarried to be socially undesirable.  Red pilled folk know that generally speaking, that home ownership is the province of sociologically better people compared to renting, because people who can buy generally have better credit scores (which is how they can get the mortgage) and have higher future time orientation (which is generally why they have better credit scores), which is a good thing for those we expect to maintain a residential dwelling in order to live there for an extended length of time.  Marriage?  Well, that’s cisheteronormative and indicative of the patriarchy of toxic masculinity, besides, evil white married men brainwash the white women they’re married to to vote for Trump.

It’s just that what we know is verboten hatethink in social justice wackoville.  Meaning that SJWs are probably going to launch a social justice jihad against the authors of this research.

Meanwhile, in the “About” section of that page:

Some experts suggest that a person’s ZIP Code is more predictive of their health than their genetic code. Having detailed, local information on health factors and health outcomes in the places where Missourians live can help community health leaders take action to help create and sustain a healthy Missouri.

Do you know what that means? Soil is more important than DNA. Which means Watson and Crick might as well have not even bothered.  It all comes down to magic dirt and tragic dirt.

I guess it’s going to take me and my dump truck full of red pills to suggest that zip codes don’t make people, people make zip codes.

Furthermore, it might be worthy to mash up this data with Charles Murray’s Super Zip data (see here and here) — I tend to think there will be a very high correlation between the ordinality of Missouri’s zip codes’ health and social rankings and their Murray scores.  For instance, realizing Sailer’s advice to look at the extremes of big data sets to ferret out patterns and conclusions, I applied that to this research, and found that the top health outcome zip code in the state, 63105 (Chesterfield west), also has the highest possible Murray score of 99.  The worst health outcome zip code in the state is 64101 (Kansas City, west bottoms), but it’s not really a residential area, and therefore does not have a Murray score at all.  But the second worst health outcome zip code in the state is 64128 (Kansas City, Palestine East neighborhood), and it is a residential area, and has the lowest possible Murray score of 1.  Which comes as quite a shock, unless it doesn’t.  In between these extremes, I’m guessing the negative correlation will be at or greater than r=0.8, negative because plotting county health ordinality on the X axis from 1 to 958 and each county’s Murray score on the Y axis will show a downward slope, and pretty close to a downward line I think.

Backing up for a minute:

Data is the key to diagnosing and addressing some of our region’s most pressing health issues…

I have found that data are only as good as the political biases of those analyzing them.  To wit:  Official Missouri, armed with all this data, thinks that it’s all due to the kind of dirt in a given zip code.  It takes an unknown local snarky blogger to tell the truth.  Chetty Chetty Bang Bang has access to a personal data trove that would make Mark Zuckerberg blush, and all he’s really doing with it is goosing it to manufacture a conclusion that he knows the domestic deep state wants to hear, which is that shoveling the black and brown, esp. black, undertows, out of cities, and into suburbs, is a silver bullet.  It takes our sector’s premiere dataheads to ferret out the really interesting and relevant and crucial findings and interpretation from the Chetty spreadsheets.

This also points to another Sailer contention, that our society’s data nerds will sperg the fuck out on sports data because it’s politically safe, in contrast to the much more crucial societal needs of health care and violent crime, where the data nerds would be of great help, because people are deferential to the education credentials of physicians, and scared of realizing politically incorrect conclusions, respectively.  In the case of this data set, it took the involvement of the non-profit and lobbying appendages of the state’s health care industry, in concert with Mizzou’s professional data nerds, to make this happen.





Whisper Reprise

26 03 2018

Downtown

Tony Messenger’s latest.

While it’s not anything that special or noxious, it did make me think of perhaps a rhetorical question:

Does Tony Messenger think that Kim Gardner is engaged in an anti-Semitic whisper campaign?

After all, what else could someone engaged in a felony prosecution trial against a Jewish politician be doing?

You’ll only get the gag if you’ve been reading this space since the start of 2015.





Dispatches from the Old Salt Mines

15 03 2018

Jefferson City

You know, they’re right — The threat of brain injury due to repeated blows to the head totally ends when you turn eighteen.

Of course, your Blogmeister, suffering brain damage because of one very serious blow to the head he took at the age of 40, might look at this with incredulity.  But, then again, I’m brain damaged, so my ability to reason is a wee bit off kilter.





AmPassed

5 03 2018

Los Angeles

AMPAS passes Missouri geography by not giving Best Picture to a movie with the name of a non-existent town in Missouri in its title.

Even though if you’re so interested, real world Missouri place names are a good lesson in national and international geography, but a bad one in pronunciation and sometimes also in spelling.

Just a few examples:

Nevada (central to Harry Truman’s life) is pronounced such that the first “a” is long instead of short.

Hayti, a misspelled variant of “Haiti,” is not pronounced like the country, but like it is misspelled:  HATE-eye.

Versailles is in the French regal sense pronounced Vehr-SIGH, but the town in Missouri is pronounced Vehr-SAILS.

Rolla was settled by people from inorthographate people from east central North Carolina who named it after their birth state’s capital city of Raleigh.

Cabool was named after Kabul, Afghanistan, again, by inorthographate founders.





How in Sam Hill…

2 03 2018

St. Charles

Not guilty.  This was his second trial, the first which resulted in a hung jury happened where the “incident” actually happened, in Audrain County.  This the second trial got moved to St. Charles County on a change of venue request from the defense.

From what I’ve read and heard, the case hinged on the question of whether Comerzan knew that a law enforcement officer was pursuing him, and as it turns out, the first jury could not agree unanimously on that question, and the second agreed unanimously that there was not evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that he did know.

But he did know he was going 105 on a motorcycle on a road which has a speed limit way less than that.  Even on the Missouri interstates with a maximum rural limit of 70, if you’re caught doing 105, you’re going to be taken in.

Why couldn’t his very excessive and dangerously high rate of speed by itself be used as some sort of affirmative evidence against him on some charge?





The 57th Governor of Missouri

22 02 2018

Jefferson City

My bet is that he will be within days.





Dizzying

21 02 2018

Jefferson City

I don’t get it.

Is the problem here the race gap, or is it underfunded rural white schools?

Because, while it’s technically possible for both to be problems in the same space at the same time, it’s rather difficult to reconcile the two.

Also remember that one of the historical reasons why rural white districts are underfunded is because the “urban” (full of yoots) districts and their “unique needs” wind up crowding out a good chunk of state money.  Remember, the state spent quite a bit on both St. Louis’s inter-district deseg program (“VICC”), and on the Kansas City Experiment.

Back to the point, the race gap in the AP universe persists in spite of the fact that the AP has tried to tweak (dumb down) both its offerings and tests to appeal to blacks (and Hispanics) in recent years.  One other point about the race gap is that it lumps whites and Asians into the same “winner” category, when I’d be more interested in the Asian-white gap.

Then there’s this at the end:

Missouri education officials also stress that some students prefer to take dual credit courses, which are college courses that high school students can enroll in through a partnership between a college and a public school system, rather than take AP exams. Others may enroll at a local college while still in high school. Some schools allow students to receive dual credit through an AP course.

Unlike AP, dual credit and dual enrollment guarantee students that they will earn college credit if they pass the courses. However, dual credit and dual enrollment only apply to Missouri colleges. Last year, 415 districts and charter schools with high schools offered dual credit; about 140 offered dual enrollment.

The reason “dual credit” classes “guarantee” college credit is because the colleges get paid off the scheme.  For the most part, colleges won’t accept AP as credit any longer, because doing so would be a means of accumulating credits without the colleges getting paid.  (Occam’s Razor, Generation X Edition).  Because of credential creep, and all the things that have led up to it and are driving it, cough cough, affirmative action, cough cough, the disparate impact of various Federal court decisions, cough cough, the Democrat Party and the education-industrial complex being one and the same, the goal that most students have when it comes to tertiary education is the piece of paper.  The option that helps them get that piece of paper faster or easier will be more popular than the one that doesn’t.





Fear of All Sums

20 02 2018

Jefferson City

Of course I read this with great personal interest.

And I’ll state again here what I wrote in the form of a comment in one of my many posts in the posting storm I did on the day after my return to functional coherence:

When it happens that the General Assembly passes the piece of legislation that makes texting while driving a violation for everyone, they won’t be doing it because they politely responded to the request of mayors, and they won’t be doing it out of the deferential magnanimity towards law enforcement, and they certainly won’t be doing it out of the spirit of public interest.

No, they’ll do it because the insurance lobby cracked the whip and read enough of them the Riot Act.

To put it another way, they’ll do the right thing, but for the wrong reason.

 





Howard Jones Doctrine

16 02 2018

Jefferson City

MissouriNet:

Missouri lawmakers look at resolution to make youth violence a health epidemic

Missouri lawmakers are looking at a measure to declare youth violence a public health epidemic. The proposal from Representative Bruce Franks Jr. also calls on the General Assembly to support the establishment of statewide trauma education.

Most of the time, these days, a “public health epidemic” is nothing more than a Democrat Party constituency behaving badly.

 





Trolliversity

14 02 2018

Columbia

Srsly?

They call this news?

People trolling events and movements via social media is dog bites man.

If they want to know the real agitators, they need to look inward.





Wicked Legislative Markup Profiling Trick

13 02 2018

Jefferson City

It starts out like this:

Legislation that would boost penalties for those who assault law enforcement animals failed in the Missouri House on Monday…

Guess.  Just guess.

I’ll give you a hint:

It’s got something to do with MUH BIRMINGHAM.

The irony is that the case that inspired this proposed legislation

What it means that white people can’t punish white people without black people inserting themselves into the matter to make themselves the center of attention.

 





The Wherefores and Whys

29 01 2018

Jefferson City

The complaints.

Basically, they boil down to:

1. Primary seat belt

2. Toddler booster seats

3. Texting while driving

4. Open container

The reason for (1) is that since the General Assembly black legislative caucus always made a lot of stuck pig squealing about MUH RAYSHUL PWOFYWING whenever this was attempted in the past, everyone else in the General Assembly has just given up on the matter, meaning that there’s no real desire to try to get it done, even now when it would seem the black caucus is as powerless as ever.

I don’t know what’s up with (2).

I’m of course very very very interested in (3) for very personal reasons, and you already know why it is the way it is.

As far as (4), we know the real reason why Missouri is one of the few states that permit open container. Hint: Off of 55 and Arsenal. And also, I’ve never understood the social and political mechanics of open container — Even if passengers can drink, it never gives the driver permission to drink.





Now Above Ground

10 01 2018

Jefferson City

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

The decline and fall of Governor Eric Greitens

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.

Read the rest of this entry »





Fodor = NAACP

8 01 2018

Jefferson City

That’s all Fodor’s is doing, cutting and pasting the NAACP press release.

And we all know the real reason the NAACP hates that piece of legislation.  Spoiler alert:  It’s financial, not ideological.





From Rocky Top to Little Dixie

6 01 2018

Columbia

OTOH, Mizzou football’s shower discipline is about to get a lot better.

Let’s see who gets the gag.