Women’s March – Kansas City – Washington Square Park – January 21, 2017 – part 3

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More images.

10,000 showed up in Kansas City. That’s the number from several reports. We were there.

Getting in the way of your bigotry?

Getting in the way of your bigotry?

Men of quality.

Men of quality.

Nasty women unite.

Nasty women unite.

You're out of your element Donnie.

You’re out of your element Donnie.

The rule of law is not a reality show.

The rule of law is not a reality show.

Nasty.

Nasty.

Tiny.

Tiny.

I'm with her.

I’m with her.

Pink hats.

Pink hats.

On the way home.

On the way home.

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Watching the crowd leave the park.

Watching the crowd leave the park.

Showing up is half the battle. Continuing to do so is the rest of it.

Previously:

Funeral for Democracy – Warrensburg – January 20, 2017 (January 20, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 (January 20, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 – part 2 (January 21, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 – part 3 – marching (January 21, 2017)

Women’s March – Kansas City – Washington Square Park – January 21, 2017 (January 21, 2017)

Women’s March – Kansas City – Washington Square Park – January 21, 2017 – part 2 (January 22, 2017)

Women’s March – Kansas City – Washington Square Park – January 21, 2017 – part 2

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More images.

10,000 showed up in Kansas City. That’s the number from several reports. We were there.

Why we all march.

Why we all march.

Protest is patriotic.

Protest is patriotic.

Stronger together.

Stronger together.

Expect resistance.

Expect resistance.

I'm with her.

I’m with her.

Back in the USSR.

Back in the USSR.

Oh, hell yes.

Oh, hell yes.

All women.

All women.

Nope.

Nope.

Make womb for women.

Make womb for women.

So my sons won't behave like assholes.

So my sons won’t behave like assholes.

Keep your tiny hands to yourself...

Keep your tiny hands to yourself…

He finds that difficult.

Dissent is patriotic.

Dissent is patriotic.

In right wingnut world that only applies to teabaggers.

Previously:

Funeral for Democracy – Warrensburg – January 20, 2017 (January 20, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 (January 20, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 – part 2 (January 21, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 – part 3 – marching (January 21, 2017)

Women’s March – Kansas City – Washington Square Park – January 21, 2017 (January 21, 2017)

Women’s March – Kansas City – Washington Square Park – January 21, 2017

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This morning local television news in Kansas City reported that they expected “hundreds” to show up for the Women’s March in Washington Square Park. The organizers, as they stated via social media, were expecting several thousand.

Revolution.

Revolution.

10,000 showed up in Kansas City. That’s the number from several reports. We were there. People were packed in like sardines and they kept streaming into the park.

A woman's place...

A woman’s place…

Media interview.

Media interview.

Not my president. Not now, not ever.

Not my president. Not now, not ever.

There were pink hats. And more pink hats. And even more pink hats.

Pink hats.

Pink hats.

Streaming into Washington Square Park from the direction of Crown Center.

Streaming into Washington Square Park from the direction of Crown Center.

Kindness rocks.

Kindness rocks.

Unending.

Unending.

Rise up.

Rise up.

from the vantage point of The Link (covered overhead walkway) between Crown Center and Union Station.

from the vantage point of The Link (covered overhead walkway) between Crown Center and Union Station.

Lil nasty.

Lil nasty.

Human rights.

Human rights.

There were speakers and musical performances. There was a police presence. The crowd was amiable. And determined.

This is not going to be a good thing for Donald Trump (r).

Previously:

Funeral for Democracy – Warrensburg – January 20, 2017 (January 20, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 (January 20, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 – part 2 (January 21, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 – part 3 – marching (January 21, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 – part 3 – marching

More images – from the start of the march.

Yesterday afternoon in Kansas City over a thousand people attended a march from the Liberty Memorial to City Hall to protest Donald Trump. After a rally at the memorial the marchers proceeded down the hill to Pershing and Main – the Kansas City Police Department routed the marchers up Grand Boulevard.

The Kansas City Police held traffic at Pershing and Main until the entire host had passed through to Washington Square Park and up to Grand Boulevard.

#FDT.

#FDT.

Love doesn't stop fascism.

Love doesn’t stop fascism.

...Urine for a bad time.

…Urine for a bad time.

Give us tax receipts, not whack tweets.

Give us tax receipts, not whack tweets.

Do something about it.

Do something about it.

Yes, indeed. Do something about it.

Coathanger.

Coathanger.

Grabbing.

Grabbing.

Without immigrants Trump would have no wives.

Without immigrants Trump would have no wives.

Girls just want to have funding for Planned Parenthood.

Girls just want to have funding for Planned Parenthood.

We the people.

We the people.

This afternoon’s Women’s March Kansas City will take place nearby in Washington Square Park. They’re expecting an even larger crowd. If you listen to local Kansas City television media it could be “hundreds”. Think about that.

Previously:

Funeral for Democracy – Warrensburg – January 20, 2017 (January 20, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 (January 20, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 – part 2 (January 21, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 – part 2

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More images.

Yesterday afternoon in Kansas City over a thousand people attended a march from the Liberty Memorial to City Hall to protest Donald Trump. After a rally at the memorial the marchers proceeded down the hill to Pershing and Main – the Kansas City Police Department routed the marchers up Grand Boulevard.

Hatred's greatest weapon...

Hatred’s greatest weapon…

Don't normalize Putin's puppet.

Don’t normalize Putin’s puppet.

Our hands are bigger than yours.

Our hands are bigger than yours.

Putin's puppet is not my president.

Putin’s puppet is not my president.

America took a dump.

America took a dump.

American horror story.

American horror story.

Not my pussy...

Not my pussy…

Resistance is patriotic.

Resistance is patriotic.

Serve the people.

Serve the people.

Sad.

Sad.

Tiny hands, huge asshole.

Tiny hands, huge asshole.

This afternoon’s Women’s March Kansas City will take place nearby in Washington Square Park. They’re expecting an even larger crowd.

Previously:

Funeral for Democracy – Warrensburg – January 20, 2017 (January 20, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 (January 20, 2017)

White House Petition: about those tax returns

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Yesterday at the White House petition site, rebooted for the change in administration:

We the people ask the federal government to Tell us what the federal government is doing about an issue:
Immediately release Donald Trump’s full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance.
Created by A.D. on January 20, 2017

The unprecedented economic conflicts of this administration need to be visible to the American people, including any pertinent documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Donald Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

99,108 signed 100,000 goal
Needs 892 signatures by February 19, 2017 to get a response from the White House

99,108 signatures of 100,000 needed in less than twenty-four hours.

Welcome to the resistance.

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017

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This afternoon in Kansas City over a thousand people attended a march from the Liberty Memorial to City Hall to protest Donald Trump. After a rally at the memorial the marchers proceeded down the hill to Pershing and Main – the Kansas City Police Department routed the marchers up Grand Boulevard.

Pink hats.

Pink hats.

The police.

The police.

Товарищ Trump.

Товарищ Trump.

To the highest bidder.

To the highest bidder.

Yes, we want to see your tax returns.

Yes, we want to see your tax returns.

Love the Earth.

Love the Earth.

Fuck Trump.

Fuck Trump.

Love is love.

Love is love.

She got more votes without Russia's help.

She got more votes without Russia’s help.

We say “no” to fascism.

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Women hold up the sky...

Women hold up the sky…

Tomorrow afternoon Women’s March Kansas City will take place nearby in Washington Square Park. They’re expecting an even larger crowd.

Funeral for Democracy – Warrensburg – January 20, 2017

At 11:00 a.m. today a dozen individuals met on the public sidewalk on the east side of the Johnson County Courthouse in Warrensburg to participate in a Funeral for Democracy, protesting Donald Trump (r).

Funeral for Democracy - Warrensburg - January 20, 2017

Funeral for Democracy – Warrensburg – January 20, 2017

The sign on the left, in Russian: “Make America Great Again”.

A sport utility vehicle pulled up to the stop sign on Market Street, facing the courthouse:

SUV Driver: [honks horn] What’s that say in Spanish?

Show Me Progress: What?

SUV Driver: What’s it say in Spanish? What [inaudible]

Show Me Progress: That sign?

SUV Driver: Yeah.

Show Me Progress: It’s Russian.

SUV Driver: Okay.

Show Me Progress: It says, make America great again, in Russian.

SUV Driver: I agree.

We’re freakin’ doomed.

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What they’re saying on this day of national mourning

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At today’s memorial service for the Obama legacy, the mourners had lots to say about the Great Orange Buffoon who will front for the GOP knife brigade while they slice up the corpse. A sampling:

On DailyKos an Obama Staffer offers this observation along with a spirited defense of the deceased, Obama’s many programs that benefited working people, along with advice about how to bring about its resurrection:

But part of progress is having to defend that progress, sooner or later, with your back against the wall. That time came sooner than expected, but it was always going to come. And reversing it is going to be a lot harder than Republicans advertised, because the benefits are just so damned real.

Eugene Robinson writes about the divisions in our society that are already exacerbated by Donald Trump, as well as all the ways that he falls short of the requirements for the job of leading our nation, his unprecedented dishonesty, his insecurity, his willful ignorance, his appalling opportunism, concluding that there may indeed be a second coming of progressive values if we just stand firm:

So I can’t pretend this is a normal inauguration. Of course I celebrate the peaceful and orderly transfer of power, but I also hope that Saturday’s protest march is big and loud and spirited — and that it represents the start, not the culmination, of something.
Trump’s power is not unchecked. We, the citizens, are the ultimate authority. We must let him know, through our elected officials and with our own rude voices, when he threatens to go too far.
Get ready. We have work to do.

Wajahat Ali at the New York Times was succinct in his response to Trump’s graveside remarks:

Listening to Mr. Trump’s speech today, I kept hoping, maybe, he would offer something unique and fresh, considering he said he had been preparing for three weeks. I’ve seen “Home Alone 2.” I know he can act. But despite his best efforts, he resorted to jingoism, fake patriotic populism, grandiose promises and an utter lack of self-awareness and irony as he promised to fight back against the very establishment he’s a part of. There was a predictable shout out to ending radical Islam forever, which is interesting considering the reports that the Islamic State has been actively celebrating his victory because of his divisive, anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies.

Also from the New York Times, Andrew Rosenthal, after initially declaring that in his speech today “Donald Trump gave us ‘American carnage’,”gets to the real essence of Trumpism:

But like everything the new president has ever said, the speech was as much about him as about anything else. He declared his Electoral College victory (which was not nearly matched by the popular vote) to have been a movement “the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

Greater, of course, than Christianity, or Islam, or Hinduism. Greater than the Renaissance or the Reformation. More powerful than the revolutions that created and destroyed Communism. Greater, of course, than the establishment of this very nation.

The best thing about the inaugural speech, in the end, is that it was short.

Josh Marshall at TPM describes Trump’s inauguration speech in terms of what it portends for American democracy:

This speech was about grievance and reclamation, reclaiming power, wealth from those who’ve stolen it. These themes can make sense and be salutary for countries which are weak, battered and poor. When they become the rallying cry for the strongest and wealthiest of countries, that is always dangerous. Our work is cut out for us.

Even conservatives were disgusted by Trump’s tone. Here’s some of what Jay Nordlinger had to say at the National Review:

–Trump’s inaugural address was boastful, huffy, ungracious, half cocked, and demagogic. It was almost certainly the most demagogic inaugural address in our history. […].

–There is a gap between those who think that Trump is fit for the presidency, in mind and character, and those who don’t. That gap is damn near unbridgeable.

–To my ears, Trump’s address was nasty and borderline un-American — for all its talk of patriotism and “America First.”

TPM also  has photos showing how empty the National Mall was today compared to the last Obama inauguration. Looks like nobody but the deplorables came to the funeral today. And guess what? They really could fit into a basket.

On the topic of attendance Trump does what he does best – lie via twitter:

It’s even worse that his tweeted comment implies: according to Slate: ” Donald Trump’s new Twitter background is a photo from the inauguration of Barack Obama:

Not everybody  thinks funerals ought to be sad though. In Russia, wouldn’t you know, they were toasting the inauguration of the hand-picked-by-Putin President of the newly established United States of Corruption:

MOSCOW — In an upscale loft space in downtown Moscow’s Central Telegraph building, Russian politicians, political analysts, hangers-on and activists were toasting President Trump’s inauguration Friday evening, applauding as he took the oath of office to become the 45th president of the United States.

“It’s going to be a lot of action, drive, excitement,” said Dmitry Nosov, a sturdily built former member of parliament who wore a gray-checked blazer with a bear pin. “Not dull like it has been.”

What else is there to say.

HB 663: about that…

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In the Kansas City Star:

January 13, 2017 9:55 AM
New fraud watchdog for Missouri comes from company under investigation by state
[….]
JEFFERSON CITY – The man chosen by Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft to lead the agency that protects consumers from securities fraud is a former executive of a company currently under investigation by the state.
David Minnick served as general counsel and senior vice president of St. Louis-based Stifel Financial Corp. from 2004 until this week, when Jay Ashcroft took over for outgoing Secretary of State Jason Kander.
Now, Minnick is the commissioner of securities, a job that puts him in charge of the division responsible for protecting Missouri investors from fraud and ensuring that companies comply with state securities law.
[….]

Tracy McCreery (D) [2017 file photo].

Tracy McCreery (D) [2017 file photo].

A bill introduced today in the House:

HB 663  
Prohibits a person employed by an entity that has been investigated by state or federal authorities from being appointed as the commissioner of securities
Sponsor: McCreery, Tracy (088)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 1431H.01I
Last Action: 01/19/2017 – Introduced and Read First Time (H)
Bill String: HB 663
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: HOUSE BILLS FOR SECOND READING
[….]

The bill text:

FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 663 [pdf]
99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE MCCREERY.
1431H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To repeal section 409.6-601, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to the commissioner of securities.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 409.6-601, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieuthereof, to be known as section 409.6-601, to read as follows:
409.6-601. (a) This act shall be administered by the commissioner of securities who shall be appointed by and act under the direction of the secretary of state, and shall receive compensation as provided by law. After December 31, 2017, the secretary of state shall not appoint as the commissioner of securities anyone who was employed, within one year of the appointment, by an entity that was under investigation by a state or federal governmental unit within one year of the appointment, if the existence of the investigation of the entity was made known to the general public. [….]

Alrighty then. What are the chances this bill passes?