George Floyd – Protest – Kansas City, Missouri – May 29, 2020

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Earlier at today’s George Floyd protest in Kansas City, Missouri at Mill Creek Park near the entrance to the Plaza:

photo: Bob Yates

photo: Bob Yates

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” “No lives matter until black lives matter” – photo: Bob Yates

“Say their names” – photo: Bob Yates

“White silence is violence” – photo: Bob Yates

“…Not enemies” photo: Bob Yates

photo: Bob Yates

Campaign Finance: that’s commitment

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for the Medicaid expansion initiative:

C190918 05/29/2020 Missourians for Healthcare Health Forward Foundation 2300 Main Street Suite 304 Kansas City MO 64108 5/29/2020 $750,000.00

[emphasis added]

Previously:

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri: petition signatures submitted – for the November ballot (May 1, 2020)

No one could have predicted this, right?

Offered without further comment.

Andrew Havranek KY3 @Andrew_Havranek
#BREAKING: The Camden County Health Department says a positive COVID-19 case out of Boone County, Missouri, visited pool bars at the Lake of the Ozarks during Memorial Day Weekend, including ones seen in viral video and photos.
[….]
5:10 PM · May 29, 2020

Previously:

The postman always rings twice (April 20, 2020)

Missouri (May 24, 2020)

Missouri, of course (May 25, 2020)

Our 21st Century (May 25, 2020)

Gov. Mike Parson (r): safety, meh, voting, meh

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“…You know, I hope people feel safe, but, uh, to go out and vote. But, if they don’t, you know, the number one thing is their safety should be number one, so if they don’t, um, then, then, don’t go out and vote. You know, you know, I don’t know that I’ve ever heard myself say that, but, but, you know if you didn’t feel safe than I wouldn’t do that…”

Today, at Governor Mike Parson’ (r) press conference.

Governor Mike Parson (r) – press conference – May 28, 2020.

On voting in the June 2, 2020 local elections:

Question: …Uh, Governor, there’s gonna be, uh, municipal and local elections all over the state June second. Um, do you plan on voting in the local elections, and, uh, are you gonna go in person?

Gov. Mike Parson (r): You know, I don’t know if I’ll go in person or absentee, yet, you know. Not for sure. But I’ll plan on voting then. If at all possible, if I can.

Question: Okay. And, um, is there any message that you have for Missourians who are contemplating, uh, going to vote in person on Tuesday?

Gov. Mike Parson (r): Yeah, I hope they get out and I hope they vote. That’s one of the most, uh, important things we can all do is to vote. I think most of your elected officials that I know of across the state, I think they’re well prepared, they know the situation. And I think they’re gonna make that safe. As any where else you go in the State of Missouri, whether it’s some other business or that. But, I, I’m confident that counties and the local elected officials understand, uh, what we’re up against here. And they’re gonna be, uh, uh, above all means they’re gonna be making sure it’s safe. It’s there. I think the Secretary of State was out a week or two ago, I mean to almost every polling place in the state making sure they had equipment there. Making sure they were prepared when this vote comes, so. You know, I hope people feel safe, but, uh, to go out and vote. But, if they don’t, you know, the number one thing is their safety should be number one, so if they don’t, um, then, then, don’t go out and vote. You know, you know, I don’t know that I’ve ever heard myself say that, but, but, you know if you didn’t feel safe than I wouldn’t do that. So, but I hope people feel safe enough to go out and vote. For those elections are important. They’re important for what happens down the road as we all see right now what elected officials on the local level are doing and how important it is to make sure you got the right people in the right place.

Every polling place? Really?

It’s nice to know what’s important.

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

“…Now I know he went to Yale, I think, or Harvard, one of those, one of those fancy ones…”

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Senator Josh Hawley wrote a letter today:

Hawley letter to Twitter – 5/27/20 [pdf]

May 27, 2020
Jack Dorsey
CEO
Twitter
1355 Market Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94103

Dear Mr. Dorsey:

Twitter’s unprecedented decision to single out the President for disfavor, based on his political speech, is alarming. Yesterday, for the first time ever, Twitter branded the President’s tweets with a “fact check” designed to encourage readers to believe that the President’s political speech was inaccurate. Twitter’s decision to editorialize regarding the content of political speech raises questions about why Twitter should continue receiving special status and special immunity from publisher liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Twitter’s “fact check” raises serious questions about whether Twitter targeted the President for political reasons. Employees working for the team responsible for Twitter’s fact-checking policies have a stark history of derogatory comments against both the President and people who voted for him. For example, Twitter’s Head of Site Integrity encouraged people to “fly over” states like Missouri because Missourians supposedly “voted for a racist tangerine.” That employee also called people who work for the President “actual Nazis.”

Meanwhile, where has Twitter been in response to the outright lies and propaganda by the Chinese Communist Party and its so-called “wolf warriors,” busy blaming American soldiers for the start of COVID-19 on social media? Will Twitter also “fact check” these outrageous statements? What about other candidates for political office, like former Vice-President Joe Biden? Will Twitter editorialize regularly in response to his comments on social media? Or will Twitter only go after people its employees dislike?

Instead of allowing viewers to look at the dialogue around the President’s tweets and assess for themselves the merits of the President’s views, Twitter decided to editorialize, appending its own comments and assessment to the President’s speech. But editorializing is what publishers do, like the New York Times and the Washington Post. Your company is treated very differently from publishers, as you know. Traditional publishers are liable when they mess up. But under Section 230, Twitter receives a special government carve-out that shields it from liability. That statute tells courts to treat Twitter like a passive distributor of third-party content. Twitter’s decision to affix its own editorial content to users’ posts brings into question the basis for that immunity.

It makes little sense to treat companies that publish their editorial comments about others’ content as if they are mere distributors. Companies that act like publishers should be treated like publishers. Section 230 should not treat Twitter and neutral internet service providers in the same way when they function so differently.

Please send a prompt response by June 15 identifying the sources on which Twitter relied to decide to editorialize regarding the President’s political speech, and please explain why you think that companies that act like publishers should not be treated like publishers.

Sincerely,
Josh Hawley
U.S. Senator

Pompous ass.

“…Twitter’s ‘fact check’ raises serious questions about whether Twitter targeted the President for political reasons…”

Only a shameless, albeit not very competent, hack would characterize presenting facts as political targeting.

It’s not a serious question, that’s just your arrogance in believing the rest of us are too stupid to realize what you’re doing and who you really are.

There was much hilarity in the Twitter comments:

The man breaks every Term and Condition of use and threatens people using the service, and they _one time_ point out that he’s lying to undermine our democracy, and you call that a “war”.

Factchecking isn’t censorship.

You are worse than pathetic, Thirsty McScapegoatFace.

Dude, you are lost.

Bruh, you’re really doing this as a constitutional lawyer? LMAO. Good luck.

Identifying lies from the president isn’t censorship.

Blah Blah Blah

No censorship was done, just a link added to the actual facts @realDonaldTrump doesn’t know.

I think the war on Covid could use some of your attention. 100,000 dead and rising…

“Censorship” would be kicking him off the platform. This is called “refuting Trump’s lies”, a concept with which you’re evidently not familiar.

Kicking him off the platform is well within their rights too. Twitter is not a branch of the government. They are a corporation with a written terms of service we all sign up to. trump should have been removed a long time ago based on the TOS.

Distract, distract, distract.

Geeze Senator… Could you skip a day from being on Fox News to host a virtual town hall or something? Everyday it’s about Google, Fox, FB, Hong Kong… What about Missouri?

He doesn’t give a damn about Missourians. He is a career politician.

You mean, like a ladder climber?

@realDonaldTrump tweet was neither suppressed or prohibited. A disclaimer was added, so, not censorship.

Perhaps you could spend more time & energy working to bolster the educational quality in your state? Clearly, you are a poster child for the shortcomings of a MO education.

Actually, he attended one of those fancy ones.

You are acting malicious on purpose. If something should be considered federal offense this type of gas-lighting should be it. Censorship is suppression/prohibition of something. Trump was not prohibited (unfortunately) from tweeting bs he tweets. They simply pointed to facts!

Twitter is a private corporation with the right to do what they want with its users. What you’re proposing is literal fascism.

No censorship happened – quite the opposite – free forum for him to use – but not to lie unabashedly

– he has been Tweeting non-stop – calling out his BS or giving an alternate view is not censorship – WTF ?

By all means, do that, not discuss the 100,000 dead Americans.

Censorship? Really? How about a grown ass man being responsible for his words?

Of course you are. Grandstanding for Trump, not Missourians.

You are so embarrassing to MO

How do people with such a profound lack of understanding, or such obvious willingness to lie about their understanding of what “censorship” really is, have the balls to go on TV and proclaim their disingenuousness? It must be utter stupidity or zero shame, I guess. Or both.

Partisan hack is too afraid to venture outside the Fox News bubble. Worthless…just like his leader.

@realDonaldTrump if you don’t like it, don’t use it. Twitter is a company that has terms of service. If you don’t like those terms of service, move on. Everyone knows that you are just defecting hoping no one notices that 100,000 Americans are dead because of your stupidity.

How does this concern the state of Missouri? You’re our representative in Congress. Not Donald Trump’s.

Mr “Constitutional lawyer”. The 1st Amendment protects citizen’s free speech from government censorship. You are literally advocating for the government to violate Twitters 1A rights so the President can lie without getting his feelings hurt. Could you be more of a partisan hack?

This is fucking pathetic. You suck at being an American, Josh.

You are simply an attention whore, a clown masquerading as a senator. You care for your Missouri constitutes like trump cares for Americans: not at all. You are both motivated only by self interest, and are morally bankrupt. Resign.

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

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)

Donald the Liar (May 26, 2020)

He really is an idiot (May 26, 2020)

Campaign Finance: a constant

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for the PAC propping up Governor Mike Parson (r):

C180490 05/27/2020 Uniting Missouri PAC SPIRIT OF MISSOURI 104 CLAY ST JEFFERSON CITY MO 65101 5/27/2020 $25,000.00

C180490 05/27/2020 Uniting Missouri PAC ANHEUSER BUSCH COMPANIES ONE BUSCH PLACE ST LOUIS MO 63118 5/27/2020 $25,000.00

[emphasis added]

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

Previously:

Campaign Finance: funding incompetence in a time of plague (April 1,2020)

Campaign Finance: fealty is its own reward (April 4, 2020)

Campaign Finance: round numbers (April 7, 2020)

Campaign Finance: there will be much more (April 13, 2020)

Campaign Finance: They’re really serious about that mindless fealty thing (April 14, 2020)

He really is an idiot

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Twitter is a private company.

This evening:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
….Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!
6:40 PM · May 26, 2020

The responses are priceless:

Jason Kander @JasonKander
Twitter is not the government. You are.

I mean, f’n duh.

Not a 1A issue bc the gov isn’t restricting his speech. Twitter, for that matter, didn’t even restrict his speech.

Alyssa Milano @Alyssa_Milano
Nope. Just correcting your lies.

The Hoarse Whisperer @HoarseWisperer
It’s a private platform, dipshit.

Twitter is a private company. They are allowed to call out your lies. This is a America. You know what we call a leader who dictates speech rules to private companies?

lol there’s literally nothing Trump can do about that.

Actually, Twitter is not part of the government and can do whatever they want to choose what appears and doesn’t appear.

You are part of the government, so you can’t.

That’s called the First Amendment.

The rule of law frustrates you so much and your frustration is gorgeous.

Fact checking isn’t censorship.

Welcome to rules.

You’re free to deactivate your account.

Oh thats what I was missing today. A laugh. Thanks for that

And on and on.

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

Previously:

Donald the Liar (May 26, 2020)

Donald the Liar

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Twitter has started a truth in labeling campaign:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone…..
! Get the facts about mail-in ballots
7:17 AM · May 26, 2020

When you click on the link:

What you need to know
– Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to “a Rigged Election.” However, fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud.
– Trump falsely claimed that California will send mail-in ballots to “anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there.” In fact, only registered voters will receive ballots.
– Though Trump targeted California, mail-in ballots are already used in some states, including Oregon, Utah and Nebraska.

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

Our 21st Century

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Today from Dr. Rex Archer, Director of Health at @KCMOHealthDept:

Rex Archer, M.D., M.P.H. @RexArcherMD
Memorial Day Pool Party in the Ozarks! [….] @YouTube
#COVIDIDIOTS Anyone who didn’t practice CDC, DHSS, and KCMO Health Department social distancing guidance should self quarantine for 14 days if they have any compassion for others

Memorial Day Pool Party in the Ozarks!
Missouri getting it in, pandemic or not!
[….]

7:36 PM · May 25, 2020

They won’t. And they don’t.

Wear a damn mask. And while you’re at it, wear some damn gloves.

Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.
#FlattenTheCurve

Previously:

The postman always rings twice (April 20, 2020)

Missouri (May 24, 2020)

Missouri, of course (May 25, 2020)