We couldn’t make this stuff up



In Oregon:

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Occupation Ends
by Conrad Wilson and John Rosman OPB | Feb. 11, 2016 8 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 11, 2016 12:19 p.m

….Fiore gave this advice to militant Sandy Anderson about writing her story: “Be detailed Sandy, be very, very detailed,” Fiore said. “Like that author did in Fifty Shades of Grey….”

The giant asteroid needs to strike the planet now so that it can reboot.


Because the Air Force isn’t in the Constitution… (January 27, 2016)

Soylent Green wins the Internets today (February 5, 2016)

Campaign Finance: it’s been very quiet of late


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It’s been a while since any family has dropped $500,000.00 on a candidate.

Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for one of the 2016 republican candidates for Attorney General:

C151132 02/10/2016 HAWLEY FOR MISSOURI Jerry Sumners PO Box 604 Aurora MO 65605 Service Vending Company Owner 2/9/2016 $5,800.00

[emphasis added]

It’ll just have to do.


Campaign Finance: Hail Columbia! (February 3, 2016)

HB 2513: uh, do your job


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Representative Mike Colona (D) [January 2016 file photo].

Representative Mike Colona (D) [January 2016 file photo].

A bill, filled yesterday by Representative Mike Colona (D):

HOUSE BILL NO. 2513 [pdf]


6368H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk


To repeal section 451.100, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to marriage solemnization.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Section 451.100, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu 2 thereof, to be known as section 451.100, to read as follows: 451.100.

Marriages may be solemnized by any clergyman, either active or retired, who is in good standing with any church or synagogue in this state. Marriages [may] shall also be solemnized, without compensation, by any judge, including a municipal judge if requested by persons legally entitled to marry. Marriages may also be solemnized by a religious society, religious institution, or religious organization of this state, according to the regulations and customs of the society, institution or organization, when either party to the marriage to be solemnized is a member of such society, institution or organization.

[emphasis in original]

It’s interesting that in this day and age there’s a need for legislation to point out that public officials are supposed to do their job.


Marriage Equality in America (June 26, 2015)

Rep Vicky Hartzler (r): has another U.S. Supreme Court sad – today it’s marriage equality (June 26, 2015)

Recorders Association of Missouri: issuing marriage licenses for same sex couples in Missouri (June 26, 2015)

Campaign Finance: west is west and east is east


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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for John Brunner’s (r) 2016 gubernatorial campaign:

C151077 02/09/2016 MISSOURIANS FOR JOHN BRUNNER Ann Dickinson 1200 West 55th Street Kansas City MO 64113 Retired Retired 2/9/2016 $5,001.00

C151077 02/09/2016 MISSOURIANS FOR JOHN BRUNNER Craig Schnuck 25 N Brentwood Blvd St Louis MO 63105 Retired Retired 2/9/2016 $5,001.00

[emphasis added]

That extra dollar makes the difference. Oh, wait…


Campaign Finance: not that it’s really needed (January 12, 2016)

John Brunner (r) – January 2016 Quarterly Campaign Finance Report – “I want to be a loan” (January 15, 2016)

Campaign Finance: a true friend (February 1, 2016)

Campaign Finance: that was fast


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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission, a brand spanking new committee:

C161030: Consumers For Energy Fairness

Committee Type: Campaign
Po Box 1645
Jefferson City Mo 65102 Established Date: 02/08/2016

Ballot Measure History

Ballot Measures Election Date Subject Support/Oppose

Fair Renewable Energy Initiatives 11/08/2016 Renewable Energy/Statewide Support
Fair Renewable Energy Initiatives 11/08/2016 Renewable Energy/Statewide Oppose

[emphasis added]

Oppose and support? The devil must be in the competing details. There are at least seventeen initiative petitions listed with the Missouri Secretary of State and approved for circulation on the subject of renewable energy tax credits. There are a couple more on the same subject awaiting public comment.

And they also have the resources to support and oppose whatever they like:

C161030 02/08/2016 CONSUMERS FOR ENERGY FAIRNESS Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives PO Box 1645 Jefferson City MO 65102 2/8/2016 $1,000,000.00

[emphasis added]

That’s commitment.

Campaign Finance: yes, there is a bit of a difference


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Chris Koster (D) [August 2015 file photo].

Chris Koster (D) [August 2015 file photo].

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Chris Koster’s (D) 2016 gubernatorial campaign:

C031159 02/08/2016 KOSTER FOR MISSOURI CHIPP Political Account 1401 Hampton Ave 3rd Floor Saint Louis MO 63139 2/8/2016 $30,000.00

[emphasis added]

Their members can probably vote in Missouri and they probably can’t afford to make a $1,000,000.00 contribution to one candidate.


Campaign Finance: familiar refrain (December 29, 2015)

Campaign Finance: back to the grind (January 4, 2016)

Campaign Finance: not to be outdone (January 8, 2016)

Campaign Finance: there is that (January 12, 2016)

Campaign Finance: get on board that train (January 14, 2016)

Campaign Finance: uh, yep (January 20, 2016)

Campaign Finance: Oh, I see… (January 22, 2016)

Campaign Finance: well, okay then (February 2, 2016)

Redefining our humanity


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Read this first: A Small Clique Of Legal Extremists… (February 24, 2008)

International Military Tribunal for the Far East (Tokyo War Crimes  Trial) - Proceedings. p. 12,936.

International Military Tribunal for the Far East (Tokyo War Crimes
Trial) – Proceedings. p. 12,936.

At last night’s republican debate republican presidential candidates continue to try and redefine torture:


Jay Rosen ‏@jayrosen_nyu
Seen any live fact checks on Cruz’s claim that waterboarding does not fit the legal definition of torture? 8:49 PM – 6 Feb 2016

As if old media did sufficient fact checking on the subject during dubya’s administration? Why should they start now?


digby ‏@digby56
Cruz says the president can torture if he wants to. Not surprising. Failing to try torturers for war crimes leads to this. 8:39 PM – 6 Feb 2016

The Donald is already there:


digby ‏@digby56
And Trump gets big applause for saying he’d do worse than waterboarding. I wonder which of the donors in the audience did that? 8:40 PM – 6 Feb 2016

Redefining exceptionalism: if they do it it’s really bad, if we do it it’s legal.

Campaign Finance: trickle in


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Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commision for Peter Kinder’s (r) 2016 gubernatorial campaign:

C151161 02/06/2016 MISSOURIANS FOR PETER KINDER Dr. Dan Brown for Senate PO Box 934 Rolla MO 65402 2/5/2016 $10,000.00

[emphasis added]

A familiar amount, just not as frequent.


Peter Kinder (r) announces for the 2016 gubernatorial race (July 13, 2015)

Peter Kinder (r) – July 2015 Campaign Finance Report (July 18, 2015)

Peter Kinder (r) – October 2015 Quarterly Campaign Finance Report (October 25, 2015)

Peter Kinder (r): ruh, roh (December 5, 2015)

Peter Kinder (r) – January 2016 Quarterly Campaign Finance Report – “PAC Man” (January 18, 2016)


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