“It read better in the original German.”

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Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

If Molly Ivins…

Yesterday:

Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
The Tyranny of Big Tech is officially a Wall Street Journal and New York Times Best Seller – thanks to everyone who has supported and read the book!
6:49 PM · May 13, 2021

About those bulk sales, via the Federal Election Commission:

Amount $64,750.00
Expenditure date February 5, 2021
Dissemination date May 3, 2021
Candidate HAWLEY, JOSHUA DAVID (Support)
Description IE-HAWLEY-DONOR BOOKS, PREVIOUSLY REPORTED 2/5/21
Payee REGNERY PUBLISHING
ARLINGTON, VA

[emphasis added]

Heh. “Best Seller”.

As always, the responses on Twitter are priceless:

You do seem to know a lot about tyranny.

Glad you have this big tech platform to say that on

Having your supporters buy cartons of copies you give away free doesn’t make you a best selling author-it makes you a grifter & a literary flop.

Anybody with an iota of credibility have anything positive to say of this? What does this book add to society?

A reason for the existence of remainder bins?

Do you do ANYTHING beneficial for your constituents?

How many copies did the RNC buy?

Hawley thanking the GOP for buying up copies of his comic book to make it look like a best seller. He went on to thank big tech for helping him on his snake oil salesmen tour.

I bet the German edition will sell even better! Sieg Hawley!

Hey…

No thanks, I’ll have my wisdom teeth put back in and removed instead

“officially” with a nice bulk buy dagger…

Just not true really, but “truth” has never been your strong point

So your book about Big Tech, which you sold on Amazon, is a success by the standards of the mainstream media.

Your shamelessness is awestriking even for a senator.

Congrats on writing books for people who can’t read. Also congrats to your constituents for ponnying up your $174.000 salary while you’re doing promotions tours.

Virginia?

Promoting book on Twitter. Sells books on Amazon. Tyranny just ain’t the same.

Thanks to the Senate Conservative Fund. $65,000 buys a lot of books.

How did you sell the book when you’re being “censored” and “silenced”

Isn’t the NYT fake news anymore? I can’t keep up with you guys.

Oh good lord, who wants to clue him in.

Coming soon to a remainder bin near you.

Hey…

Bulk buying again?

You have the gift of the grift!

GFYS nazi pig.

What organization paid up to purchase those books?

A Pat Buchanan wannabe

Molly Ivins…

Is this book your kampf?

Big mistake. Big. Huge.

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They’ll never learn.

Going after Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action:

NRA @NRA
“This time she claims the NRA is afraid of a mom. There’s just one problem with Watts’ assertion. She’s not just a mom. She’s not just a community activist. She’s Michael Bloomberg’s personal lobbyist whose main goal is to disarm other women and moms.” –
@eb454
7:56 AM · May 9, 2019

Shannon Watts:

Shannon Watts @shannonrwatts
Fuck around and find out…
[….]
8:16 PM · May 11, 2021

18th and 19th Century dinosaurs, meet your 21st Century giant asteroid.

Living wage? What’s that?

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Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

“…In order to address workforce shortages across the state, Governor Mike Parson today directed the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR) to notify the U.S. Department of Labor that Missouri will end participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs effective Saturday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m….” – May 11, 2021

Missouri Department of Labor:

Your weekly benefit amount (WBA) is 4 percent of the average of your two highest quarters in the base period. Missouri′s maximum WBA is $320.

Twenty weeks of benefits is the maximum allowed during your benefit year.

And:

….The FPUC program provides that those eligible for at least one dollar of unemployment compensation benefits during the week will receive an additional $300 per week as a federal supplement. Claimants do not need to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment….

For those interested in doing the math, after removing the federal supplemental unemployment benefit, the maximum benefit from the state is the equivalent of $8.00 an hour for a 40 hour week. The minimum living wage for a single adult in Missouri has been calculated at around $13.72 an hour. Poverty wages are at around $6.13 an hour. Add children, day care, transportation, etc. and you get a very different number.

“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche.”

This morning, from Vicky Hartzler (r):

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Missouri is ready to take off and boom economically but can’t due to labor shortages and misguided priorities from the leadership in DC.

I applaud @GovParsonMO’s decision in taking the necessary steps to turn our state’s “Help Wanted” signs into proudly “Open for Business.”
[….]
8:24 AM · May 12, 2021

It’s all about the cruelty.

Some of the responses:

Missouri does not have the infrastructure to “boom economically”. Two decades of GOP control of the state legislature has made sure of that.

If $300/wk is causing a job shortage, then those jobs are paying poverty wages. If a job can’t compete with the dole, the job isn’t worth it.

Thank goodness the voters approved the minimum wage increase, right?

yep. those people bringing home a maximum of *$620* a week are really gaming the system.

Wow. Can you imagine hating people that voted you into office this much?

Would either of you work for tips? There is no supplemental PPP included in them. Schedule an actual town hall and talk to those constituents. Do your job for once.

Eat shit you vulture

Why don’t you work for 7.75 an hour!

Previously:

You were expecting something different? (May 11. 2021)

You were expecting something different?

Today, from Missouri Governor Mike Parson (r):

GOVERNOR PARSON ANNOUNCES MISSOURI TO END ALL FEDERAL PANDEMIC-RELATED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Press Release
MAY 11, 2021

JEFFERSON CITY In order to address workforce shortages across the state, Governor Mike Parson today directed the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR) to notify the U.S. Department of Labor that Missouri will end participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs effective Saturday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

“From conversations with business owners across the state, we know that they are struggling not because of COVID-19 but because of labor shortages resulting from these excessive federal unemployment programs,” Governor Parson said. “While these benefits provided supplementary financial assistance during the height of COVID-19, they were intended to be temporary, and their continuation has instead worsened the workforce issues we are facing. It’s time that we end these programs that have ultimately incentivized people to stay out of the workforce.”

“As I travel the state, from Sarcoxie to Hannibal and all points in between, over-arching concerns from business owners is the shortage of employees,” Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe said. “Across every industry, businesses cannot compete against federal largesse. Our economy is built upon an active and vibrant workforce, and we should be cultivating job-creation and employment rather than inhibiting them. The jobs exist and the demand exists, and I applaud the governor for taking this bold and decisive action.”

The termination announced today applies to the following programs:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance;
Emergency Unemployment Relief for Government Entities and Nonprofit Organizations;
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation;
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation;
100 Percent Reimbursement of Short-Time Compensation Benefit Costs Paid Under State Law; and
Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation.
“We know that one of the last remaining hurdles to full economic recovery is addressing this labor shortage. Even with unemployment at only 4.2 percent, there are still 221,266 known job postings across the state,” Governor Parson said. “The solution to close this gap is not the excessive spending of taxpayer dollars by the federal government, but rather getting people back to work and to a sense of normalcy for themselves and their families. Today’s action ensures that we will fill existing jobs as well as the thousands of new jobs coming to our state as businesses continue to invest and expand in Missouri.”

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor, Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Anna Hui gave notice of Missouri’s intention to terminate all federal pandemic-related unemployment programs. To view the letter, see attachment.

“During the last recession in 2008, the federal government contributed $25 per week to supplement state unemployment benefits. During the latest economic downturn, Washington poured in $600 per week in addition to Missouri’s weekly benefit of up to $320,” said Director Hui.

“Even after the original $600 supplement expired, it was replaced by a federal supplement that provides an extra $300 per week on top of Missouri’s existing state benefit, meaning thousands of claimants continue to receive $620 per week or more,” Director Hui continued. “The unemployment system is designed to provide a temporary safety net as workers look to reenter the job market. Leaving the level of benefits artificially high would prevent a return to full employment in our state.”

Today’s action follows steps taken last July to require claimants to again conduct weekly work searches in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. This work search requirement had originally been waived in March of 2020 as part of an agreement with the federal government to receive funds under the CARES Act.

Under Missouri’s law, claimants are required to perform and report three work search activities per week. Qualified work search activities include filing an application (online or in-person) with an employer or through job posting sites or attending a job fair, job interview, reemployment service, or skills workshop.

[….]

Original thoughts? Not a chance.

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

Heartland Pod: be nice

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Ep. 63: “It Costs Nothing To Be Nice” w/ Brian Wingbermuehle of MO Biodiversity Project
MAY 10TH, 2021 | 01:29:46 | E63

EPISODE SUMMARY
Host Adam Sommer gives an opening statement about why folks don’t want to tax billionaires. Then Adam is joined by Brian Wingbermuehle about the Missouri Biodiversity Project. Then Rachel Parker and Sean Diller join Adam for this week’s Talkin’ Politics to cover the new Missouri school “choice” slush fund, and the reality of the #moleg failure to fund medicaid expansion.

But, sadly, humanity does not apply to humanity

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This morning:

Pamela Merritt (she/her) @SharkFu
Let’s use this as a teachable moment. Bears can hurt & kill people. But authorities didn’t engage the bear until it was safe to do so without having to kill it. The same residents who were under threat celebrated the non-lethal resolution.

Now imagine that … with humans.
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5:35 AM · May 10, 2021

That’s the way it is.

Josh Hawley (r): an attempt at performance art

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There will never be a public open town hall in Missouri, will there? Or will that be in Virginia?

Yesterday evening:

Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
Enjoyed being on with @GovMikeHuckabee @HuckabeeOnTBN tonight to talk about The Tyranny of Big Tech!
[….]
7:29 PM · May 8, 2021

“The most dangerous place to stand in Washington D.C. is any place between Senator Josh Hawley and a live microphone” – Charles P. Pierce

Did you talk about Wayne DuMond and Missouri? Just asking.

A few of the comments:

I wonder how much of what you say you actually believe.

Another hour of free television time? Wow. You really are the most censored person in America. I would have watched, but I missed the notice because Huckabee blocks me.

Most Americans, including you, use “big tech” every day and find it very useful. There are some concerns about their rules and use of information, but I am far more concerned about the tyranny of right-wing extremism.

There is no upside to your brand of politics.

Tyranny of insurrection

The Whine and Lie to Liars about Companies that Wouldn’t Amplify My Seditious Lies Tour continues.

Anything to stay away from Missourians. Wouldn’t want to talk to any of them, anyway. Except maybe if they give me money.

#ResignHawley

Apparently the title “Gaslighting For Idiots” was taken.”

-Brian Williams

This is unfettered capitalism. Unfettered by reality.

So much useless shit

how about the tyranny of those who seek to overturn a fairly held election, Mr Raised Fist?

January 6

You two deserve each other.

1/6/21. Insurrectionist resign

You don’t seem “silenced”

And on and on…

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

Previously:

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) – town hall in Warrensburg – Press Q and A – August 17, 2017 (August 17, 2017)

What passes for a flatbed truck at “…Yale, I think, or Harvard, one of those, one of those fancy ones…” (August 16, 2018)

Josh Hawley (r): throwing shit against the wall to see if anything sticks (December 30, 2020)

Josh Hawley (r): ladders and rakes (December 30, 2020)

Ladder Climbing 101: by the book (December 31, 2020)

Burning bridges (December 31, 2020)

Sedition, sedition…sedition (January 2, 2021)

What it is, is sedition… (January 3, 2021)

If you can’t stand the heat, trample people on your way to a live mic (January 3, 2021)

Nothing much going on. Why do you ask? (January 3, 2021)

The third Senator from Virginia (January 5, 2021)

Fascist pig (January 6, 2021)

What hath Josh Hawley (r) wrought? (January 6, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): Dumbass (January 7, 2021)

Sedition is bad for business (January 11, 2021)

HCR 10 and HCR 11 (January 12, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): “I no mye misoori constitutents our reely stoopit.” (January 14, 2021)

Ignite (January 15, 2021)

Campaign Finance: Dayam (January 16, 2021)

Penrose on Politics: Taps Closed to Insurrectionists (January 17, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): Why not add “obstructionist asshole” to the list, it’s just one more thing, right? (January 21, 2021)

Penrose on Politics: Hawley’s Hallmark Moment (January 23, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): looking ahead to 2024 (January 23, 2021)

After 17 days of silence (January 24, 2021)

Yeah, but those seven Senators didn’t pump their fists at insurrectionists immediately before the breach of the Capitol (January 25, 2021)

A shooting star elbow drop from the ropes (January 28, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): you got your wish (January 31, 2021)

If Josh Hawley (r) steps in front of a microphone today we get six more weeks of sedition. (February 2, 2021)

On the wrong side of everything (February 3, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Hawley’s Crybaby Tour (February 6, 2021)

You got that one right (February 8, 2021)

Senator “Raise My Fist in Sedition” (r) has an opinion (February 10, 2021)

Working on the galley proofs for that right wingnut welfare vanity press book? (February 10, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Hawley’s Indifference (February 13, 2021)

Eric Greitens (r) is on line one… (February 13, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Hawley’s Mail (February 20, 2021)

What is Josh Hawley’s (r) favorite whine? (February 23, 2021)

Again, we already knew that (February 26, 2021)

Offered without comment (March 2, 2021)

The people you pay $174,000.00 a year believe that all billionaires are in desperate need of their help and that you haven’t suffered enough (March 6, 2021)

Home every night (March 7, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Huckster Hawley (March 13, 2021)

“They could never do more damage than you have already done.” (March 17, 2021)

Anybody see Josh Hawley (r)? (March 17, 2021)

SB 528: Wolverines! (March 24, 2021)

Long term memory loss (March 30, 2021)

A voice in the wilderness (March 31, 2021)

Secretly wants to join the “minutemen of the state” so he can wear a brown shirt (April 8, 2021)

Calling out ALEC? (April 12, 2021)

Slam dunk (April 13, 2021)

He forgot to raise a fist (April 15, 2021)

Offered without comment (April 15, 2021)

Uh… (April 20, 2021)

A low Bar (April 22, 2021)

Just because (April 22, 2021)

One of those fancy prosecutors (April 23, 2021)

The Gallagher of American politics, only without any of the humor, intelligence, or sophistication (April 26, 2021)

A grifter is only interested in taking your money, not at all in making any sense (May 1, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): “As seen on TV!” (May 6, 2021)

Participation trophy (May 7, 2021)

Participation trophy

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Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

Today:

Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
Great endorsement for The Tyranny of Big Tech – thank you, President Trump!
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12:58 PM · May 7, 2021

Bless your heart.

Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

Previously:

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) – town hall in Warrensburg – Press Q and A – August 17, 2017 (August 17, 2017)

What passes for a flatbed truck at “…Yale, I think, or Harvard, one of those, one of those fancy ones…” (August 16, 2018)

Josh Hawley (r): throwing shit against the wall to see if anything sticks (December 30, 2020)

Josh Hawley (r): ladders and rakes (December 30, 2020)

Ladder Climbing 101: by the book (December 31, 2020)

Burning bridges (December 31, 2020)

Sedition, sedition…sedition (January 2, 2021)

What it is, is sedition… (January 3, 2021)

If you can’t stand the heat, trample people on your way to a live mic (January 3, 2021)

Nothing much going on. Why do you ask? (January 3, 2021)

The third Senator from Virginia (January 5, 2021)

Fascist pig (January 6, 2021)

What hath Josh Hawley (r) wrought? (January 6, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): Dumbass (January 7, 2021)

Sedition is bad for business (January 11, 2021)

HCR 10 and HCR 11 (January 12, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): “I no mye misoori constitutents our reely stoopit.” (January 14, 2021)

Ignite (January 15, 2021)

Campaign Finance: Dayam (January 16, 2021)

Penrose on Politics: Taps Closed to Insurrectionists (January 17, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): Why not add “obstructionist asshole” to the list, it’s just one more thing, right? (January 21, 2021)

Penrose on Politics: Hawley’s Hallmark Moment (January 23, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): looking ahead to 2024 (January 23, 2021)

After 17 days of silence (January 24, 2021)

Yeah, but those seven Senators didn’t pump their fists at insurrectionists immediately before the breach of the Capitol (January 25, 2021)

A shooting star elbow drop from the ropes (January 28, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): you got your wish (January 31, 2021)

If Josh Hawley (r) steps in front of a microphone today we get six more weeks of sedition. (February 2, 2021)

On the wrong side of everything (February 3, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Hawley’s Crybaby Tour (February 6, 2021)

You got that one right (February 8, 2021)

Senator “Raise My Fist in Sedition” (r) has an opinion (February 10, 2021)

Working on the galley proofs for that right wingnut welfare vanity press book? (February 10, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Hawley’s Indifference (February 13, 2021)

Eric Greitens (r) is on line one… (February 13, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Hawley’s Mail (February 20, 2021)

What is Josh Hawley’s (r) favorite whine? (February 23, 2021)

Again, we already knew that (February 26, 2021)

Offered without comment (March 2, 2021)

The people you pay $174,000.00 a year believe that all billionaires are in desperate need of their help and that you haven’t suffered enough (March 6, 2021)

Home every night (March 7, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Huckster Hawley (March 13, 2021)

“They could never do more damage than you have already done.” (March 17, 2021)

Anybody see Josh Hawley (r)? (March 17, 2021)

SB 528: Wolverines! (March 24, 2021)

Long term memory loss (March 30, 2021)

A voice in the wilderness (March 31, 2021)

Secretly wants to join the “minutemen of the state” so he can wear a brown shirt (April 8, 2021)

Calling out ALEC? (April 12, 2021)

Slam dunk (April 13, 2021)

He forgot to raise a fist (April 15, 2021)

Offered without comment (April 15, 2021)

Uh… (April 20, 2021)

A low Bar (April 22, 2021)

Just because (April 22, 2021)

One of those fancy prosecutors (April 23, 2021)

The Gallagher of American politics, only without any of the humor, intelligence, or sophistication (April 26, 2021)

A grifter is only interested in taking your money, not at all in making any sense (May 1, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): “As seen on TV!” (May 6, 2021)