The Warrensburg Pride Festival started at 11:00 a.m. today. In addition to the vendors, activities, and entertainment inside the venue a number of intolerant people stood across the street to express whatever.
It was hot and humid.
At one point a somewhat irate older man in a pickup truck stopped in the road in front of me and yelled at me for photographing the picket signs, adding something unintelligible about photographing the activities in the venue behind me. Where did he think I just came from?
Another individual yelled that he would sue me for taking his picture or something. For the millionth time, if you’re doing something in public you have no expectation of privacy when it comes to news coverage. And, in a world of social media. We didn’t use that image because his sign just wasn’t that photogenic.
“If U R lukewarm, I will vomit you out!”
First rule of signs, don’t run out of green letters.
“Woe to them who call evil good and good evil”
“We stand for protecting your chidren not exploiting them!”
How would he know?
A possible short lecture on when crossing the line becomes trespassing.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
So much for “love”.
“…loves the sinner!”
Is that like a get out of jail free card? Just asking.
Denny Hoskins (r).
Yeah, Denny Hoskins (r) signed that nasty letter. Nice t-shirt. Running for something?
Interestingly, Denny Hoskins (r) worked the folks with the intolerant signs, walked across the street and shook the Warrensburg Police officers’ hands, but he didn’t bother to go into the venue to greet his constituents attending the Pride Festival.
The graphic design is a mixed message.
This one is much more on brand:
“This pastor loves you”
Gather ’round to hear the word of the law.
Three Warrensburg Police vehicles. Warrensburg Police officers. And an armed private security team hired for the event venue.
Claire McCaskill @clairecmc
Once again phony political posturing by manhood expert Hawley. From Hulse at NYT “The Hawley amendment is absolutely crushed with just 17 yes votes. Even fellow Republicans were dismissive.” Of course they were. They know what he is. 9:07 PM · Jun 1, 2023
Josh Hawley (r) introduced an amendment to the debt ceiling bill. It was deflated and didn’t fly:
Roll Call Vote 118th Congress – 1st Session Vote Summary
Question: On the Amendment (Hawley Amdt. No. 93)
Vote Number: 140
Vote Date: June 1, 2023, 09:05 PM
Required For Majority: 3/5
Vote Result: Amendment Rejected
Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 93 to H.R. 3746 (No short title on file)
Statement of Purpose: To require the imposition of additional duties with respect to articles imported from the People’s Republic of China until trade between the United States and the People’s Republic of China comes into balance.
Not Voting 2
81 no votes.
SA 93. Mr. HAWLEY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 3746, to provide for a responsible increase to the debt ceiling; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:
At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __. IMPOSITION OF DUTIES TO BALANCE TRADE WITH THE
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA.
(a) Calculation of Trade With the People’s Republic of
China.–Not later than January 31 of each year, the President
shall calculate and publish in the Federal Register, for the
preceding calendar year–
(1) the total value of articles imported into the United
States from the People’s Republic of China; and
(2) the total value of articles exported from the United
States to the People’s Republic of China.
(b) Imposition of Duties.–
(1) In general.–If the total value calculated under
paragraph (1) of subsection (a) exceeds the total value
calculated under paragraph (2) of that subsection for the
preceding calendar year, the President shall impose an
additional duty with respect to each article imported into
the United States from the People’s Republic of China of 25
percent ad valorem.
(2) Additional duties.–A duty imposed under paragraph (1)
shall be in addition to any duty previously applicable with
respect to an article.
(c) Continued Imposition of Duties.–The duties imposed
under subsection (b) with respect to articles imported into
the United States from the People’s Republic of China shall
remain in effect until the total value calculated under
paragraph (1) of subsection (a) is equal to or less than the
total value calculated under paragraph (2) of that subsection
for the preceding calendar year.
“…Now I know he went to Yale, I think, or Harvard, one of those, one of those fancy ones…” – August 17, 2017
Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].
Or maybe, Josh Hawley (r) just slept through his classes.
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
On the debt ceiling, my view is the most important deficit we face is the trade deficit with China. Every dollar represents jobs lost (60k & counting in Missouri), industry lost, communities decimated. We’ve got to quit making China rich & get good blue-collar jobs back in USA 12:37 PM · Jun 1, 2023
A trade deficit and the debt ceiling are not the same thing. Josh Hawley (r) might not know this. Maybe he should ask for his tuition money back.
Some of the responses:
Repeal trump’s tax giveaways for the wealthy. Stop subsidizing Big Oil. Stop preventing the IRS from doing its job. There are ways to reduce the debt and deficit without crashing our economy.
Run along Josh [….]
Like all the jobs you’ve brought to Missouri?
Missouri? When did you ever care about Missourians? Loser
No one cares what you think traitor
#TaxTheRich and reverse #TrumpTaxScam
You Voted AGAINST the Infrastructure Bill & the Chips and Science Act, both of which will bring tons of good paying blue-collar jobs in the USA and to Missouri, so Your Actions say the opposite of Your Words. #LIAR
Missouri unemployment rate is under 3%. May e you’re thinking about Virginia, where you actually live.
How would you resolve a perceived trade imbalance with legislation to suspend the debt ceiling? [….]
He doesn’t know and he doesn’t care.
How is that related to the debt ceiling?
Then vote motion to vacate McCarthy.
Heh. Josh Hawley’s (r) base.
You’re a no so you can be the faux “fighter” that fights nothing. You know this will pass so you leave the dirty work of governing to others. You’re not a populist. You’re not a fighter. You’re a self promoter and the act is getting tired. Very tired.
Discretionary spending has fallen more than 40% in the past 50 years as a percentage of the nation’s gross domestic product (from 11% to 6.3%).
Josh Hawley voted no on the Chips Act…
You don’t even think enough of us to live here. Hard to think you’re doing anything more than posturing.
You don’t actually live in Missouri.
With your ivory-league education I’m sure you realize the debt ceiling is not the vehicle to address those concerns. This whole debacle has shown us who’s really there to govern & who’s there for soundbites.
We see what you did there. Sort of.
Go figure the traitor is pro-default. Resign
Hell, you don’t even LIVE in Missouri Joshy!— you RAN AWAY from there too! No Manhood award for you!!
To start, how about investing in infrastructure projects, like high speed rail and clean energy? These are the areas where China is leaving the U.S. behind. We’re not in the 19th and 20th centuries anymore. Speaking of blue collar jobs, where are you on unionization?
Take a wild guess.
Why does Missouri allow China to buy land?
You might want to ask Eric Schmitt (r) about that one.
I hope the other senators like paying our bills.
So you support the CHIPS act?
That has nothing to do with the debt ceiling, you grandstanding elongated toddler
My view is you’re a stupid, corrupt son of a bitch without even the integrity to try to hide that fact.
You were a NO no matter. Nothing to be proud of that your party sent the jobs overseas to begin with you EVIL piece of shit.
Critical Race Theory is divisive and un-American. As State Senator, David will investigate, expose and end CRT in Missouri schools.
If a light shampoo and rinse doesn’t work out. Oh, wait…
David is proud to have a 100% Pro-Life voting record in the Missouri House of Representatives. As State Senator, David will continue to ensure abortion and any ancillary action is illegal in Missouri.
Leave anything else out? Just asking.
As a State Representative, David NEVER voted for a tax increase. As State Senator, David will continue to that legacy and expose wasteful government spending to provide bigger tax cuts in the future.
As for civilization, take it or leave it, but mostly leave it? Just asking.
David is a proud supporter of the NRA and proud to have a 100% Pro-Second Amendment voting record in the Missouri House of Representatives. As State Senator, David will continue fighting to protect your right to bear arms.
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 241
H RES 456 YEA-AND-NAY 31-May-2023 4:25 PM
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Resolution
BILL TITLE: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3746, the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023
—- YEAS 241 —
—- NAYS 187 —
Voting for the rule allows the resolution to pass.
The final vote on the resolution:
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 243
H R 3746 RECORDED VOTE 31-May-2023 9:21 PM
QUESTION: On Passage
BILL TITLE: Fiscal Responsibility Act
—- AYES 314 —
—- NOES 117 —
Yes and no, Mark (r). Such strong principles.
Mark Alford (r) [2022 file photo].
Mark Alford @RepMarkAlford
Tonight, I have voted “NO” on the Fiscal Responsibility Act.
[….] 8:13 PM · May 31, 2023
Some of the responses:
WE KNOW the former🍊(that you still defend [….]) did NOT give tax breaks to the working poor, He gave them to the RICH.. Is THAT what you’re hoping to accomplish as a Representative Mark??? Because that’s the way you are headed. CANNOT WAIT until YOU ARE VOTED OUT.
I can’t wait until Alford and Hawley are both in the unemployment line !
You voted yes on the rules though.
He knows most of his constituents won’t see that.
Thoughts and prayers…
You should’ve stuck to reading news from a teleprompter, Mark.
Mark, you are just another MAGA Republican who is willing to see the United States default on its debt just to harm the Biden Administration.
Loud and clear – you don’t support honoring debts.
This is sad. MO needs to do better.
You are against fiscal responsibility. So sad.
As a MO constituent, you did not do what I would have wanted. You would rather put the economy in a recession and leave my mother’s ss income to be delayed. As for the 87,000 IRS agents, they were to be hired to process tax returns. You lie just like all the Republicans.
Why do you think China says: “the US government is broken”?
Is it because childish extremists would rather default the full faith and credit of the US rather than agree to a compromise?
I think it is- you’re playing right into China’s hands.
First paragraph – We have to keep up with China’s spending
Second paragraph – We need to cut our spending
Third paragraph – Other (not me) people to get spend money and that’s not fair.
Fourth paragraph – I’m trying to cut jobs
Fifth paragraph- I’m not a puppet (I’m a puppet)
Fat lot of good that did you.
Alford for default. Got it
You voted NO bc you have no backbone. You’d rather see the country go down in flames & blame the Dems instead of JUST HELPING PEOPLE. You’re afraid of China & yet you say you trust in God? You believe building up a war machine is as important as building a WALL? THAT’s NOT FAITH
You’re CHOOSING to let American kids go hungry! You’re CHOOSING for them to go without medical care! You’re CHOOSING to forget about Veterans & the elderly’s hard earned money taken for YOUR benefit..
You’re an irresponsible representative. You ran up the bill. Now pay it.
So you think sabotaging the world economy would’ve been a good thing? You need to find a new puppetmaster.
Reducing the IRS budget increased the debt because it means lower tax receipts. Hedge fund and venture capital people pay capital gains taxes on their income. The wealthy get tax deductions on private planes and yachts. Come on. Be serious.
Mark (r) missed that train a long time ago.
Such a Christian move. You and the rest of the #gop want to kill poor people, women, and seniors. #GOPwaronseniors
You voted to cut my healthcare, don’t pretend you care about veterans again.
No one’s reading all of that nonsense and your digital media team needs to replaced.
Without any irony whatsoever Mark had his staffer write some word vomit about why he’s a no vote the first line reads “After careful thought, deliberation, constituent consultation and prayer” What an absolute 🤡 does anyone believe he did any of those things?
What a piece of poop [….]! You rather see the US default and the American ppl suffer for your selfishness. You did not think about Voters and impact it will have on families and households not to receive their benefits/paycheck. Voters will not forget. #GOPClownShowContinues
Sad and pathetic but whatever I’m glad the bills will get paid without you buck passing hipocrites. You’ll be more than happy to deficit spend as long as goes to corporate greed or mililary grift.
Of course you did you useless tool. Only a fool like you would rely on ‘prayer’ to make your decisions instead of actual bona fide research.
“…Aside from lacking any authority over locally elected boards of education, the Attorney General’s orders did not follow Missouri law and were therefore without legal force or effect. Neither Attorney General Schmitt nor his successor has disavowed the orders, and in fact, the Attorney General continues to insist that school districts lack the very authority granted them under Missouri law…”
“…The Attorney General has argued that his letters were standard cease and desist letters that any prospective litigant is free to send as a precursor to litigation. The Court rejects this post-hoc rationalization because it ignores both the tenor and threat of future orders of the letters and the social media posts the Attorney General distributed to amplify them. It also elides the interpretation of the orders the public had of the Attorney General’s authority. The letters were not supported by statute or legal precedent and were subject to misinterpretation of the laws of the State of Missouri. The clear intent of the Attorney General’s letters, particularly in view of his later communications and social media posts, was to leave the School District and the public with the impression he had authority he did not have…”
It’s always too easy.
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This article is misleading and inaccurate! This happened in one district out of all he sued because they had put a pandemic ordinance in place about changing rules while under the SCAMdemic. You are just campaigning for democrats for those dumb enough to believe you. Y’all need to be held accountable! In fact, I’m gonna call attorneys right now and see if I can sue you personally for misleading me!
Rural party line, rotary dial, or push-button phone? Just asking.
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Eric Schmitt @Eric_Schmitt
Lockdowns cause harm. Schools should remain open. Cloth masks are ineffective. Many hospitalizations/deaths are with and not from Covid. Vaccines aren’t preventing transmission. All labeled misinformation at one point —all true. #NoMaskMandates #NoLockdowns 7:57 AM · Jan 28, 2022
Make arguments like that in court. I dare you. Dumbass.
And now, overreaching authoritarian and incompetent boob.
Former Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt lacked any legal authority to order school districts to end COVID-19 mitigation measures, a Jackson County judge ruled Friday.
In his 18-page decision, Judge Marco Roldan concluded that the attorney general’s office did not follow Missouri law when it demanded last year that Lee’s Summit R-7 School District rescind the measures put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Schmitt sued Lee’s Summit, along with 46 other school districts, then amplified his attacks on social media, “encouraging parents and students to defy the authority granted to the board of education by Missouri law,” Roldan wrote.
That led to “even greater confusion than the pandemic had already caused.”
“The attorney general lacked any legal authority to insert himself into the school district’s efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic,” Roldan wrote.
Via a link at the Missouri Independent:
Former Attorney General Eric Schmitt twice directed the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District to rescind its COVID-19 mitigation measures, even though its Board of Education had validly adopted those measures under Missouri statutes giving the Board of Education broad powers to control and govern the School District’s operations. The Attorney General did not identify statutes or constitutional provisions to support his order, resting his directive instead on a judgment in another case to which no school district was a party, and whose rationale did not apply to the School District. The Attorney General then amplified his orders on social media, encouraging parents and students to defy the authority granted to the Board of Education by Missouri law. Parents and students followed the Attorney General’s lead, leading to even greater confusion than the pandemic had already caused.
Aside from lacking any authority over locally elected boards of education, the Attorney General’s orders did not follow Missouri law and were therefore without legal force or effect. Neither Attorney General Schmitt nor his successor has disavowed the orders, and in fact, the Attorney General continues to insist that school districts lack the very authority granted them under Missouri law.
This case began with a petition filed by then-Attorney General Eric S. Schmitt on behalf of the State of Missouri. Several individual plaintiffs joined in the petition. Broadly speaking, the petition alleged that the Board of Education of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District acted unlawfully by adopting a mask mandate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The School District denied many of the material allegations of the petition and asserted a counterclaim against the Attorney General. Its counterclaim sought a declaratory judgment that the Attorney General exceeded his lawful authority when he issued and publicized through social media letters to the School District and its Superintendent ordering them to rescind the School District’s mask mandate and abandon other COVID-19 mitigation measures.
The Attorney General and the individual plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their petition less than two months after filing it, leaving only the School District’s counterclaim for the Court to resolve. Both parties have moved for summary judgment since there are no genuine issues of material fact and the School District’s counterclaim raises only questions of law. The Court agrees there are no material issues of fact. After carefully considering the arguments raised by the parties, the Court GRANTS the School District’s motion for summary judgment and DENIES the Attorney General’s motion for summary judgment.
The Attorney General also posted Facebook messages asking parents to notify him about “school districts continuing to enforce mask mandates and quarantines, in violation of the recent Cole County ruling” and to notify him of “mask mandates that are null and void under the judgment.”
The Attorney General has argued that his letters were standard cease and desist letters that any prospective litigant is free to send as a precursor to litigation. The Court rejects this post-hoc rationalization because it ignores both the tenor and threat of future orders of the letters and the social media posts the Attorney General distributed to amplify them. It also elides the interpretation of the orders the public had of the Attorney General’s authority. The letters were not supported by statute or legal precedent and were subject to misinterpretation of the laws of the State of Missouri. The clear intent of the Attorney General’s letters, particularly in view of his later communications and social media posts, was to leave the School District and the public with the impression he had authority he did not have.
The Attorney General’s December 7 and 9 letters to the School District, stating that the School District was bound by the Robinson judgment was an incorrect statement of the law and was interpreted by lay persons as the law of the State of Missouri.
The Court therefore GRANTS the School District’s motion for summary judgment and DENIES the Attorney General’s motion for summary judgment. As a result, the Court enters judgment for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, and declares that the Attorney General’s December 7, 2021 to the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and his December 9, 2021 letter to the School District’s Superintendent exceeded the Attorney General’s authority, and had no legal force or effect.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Interestingly, Eric Schmitt (r) has yet to say anything about this on social media.