HB 696: Now you’ve gone and done it. You’ve really upset the Pastafarians.

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Aargh.

Priorities. Another skirmish in the War on Christmas ™.

Hannah Kelly (r) [2017 file photo].

Hannah Kelly (r) [2017 file photo].

A bill, filed today:

HB 696
Allows school districts to display on school property scenes or symbols associated with traditional winter and spring celebrations
Sponsor: Kelly, Hannah (141)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 1246H.03I
Last Action: 01/23/2017 – Introduced and Read First Time (H)
Bill String: HB 696
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: HOUSE BILLS FOR SECOND READING
[….]

Break out your colanders for a march on the capitol in Jefferson City.

The bill text:

FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 696 [pdf]
99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE KELLY (141).
1246H.03I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To amend chapter 171, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the treatment of traditional celebrations by school districts.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 171, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 171.023, to read as follows:
171.023. 1. A school district may educate students about the history of traditional winter and spring celebrations and allow students and district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations, including:
(1) Merry Christmas;
(2) Happy Hanukkah;
(3) Happy holidays; and
(4) Happy Easter.
2. Subject to the requirements under subsection of this section, a school district may display on school property scenes and symbols associated with traditional winter and spring celebrations, including a menorah or a Christmas image such as a nativity scene or Christmas tree, if the display includes a scene or symbol of:
(1) More than one religion; or
(2) One religion and at least one secular scene or symbol.
3. (1) A display relating to a traditional winter or spring celebration shall not include a message that encourages adherence to a particular religious belief.
(2) Any display relating to a traditional winter or spring celebration shall be paid for without public funds and be open to the inclusion of items offered by individuals or organizations in accordance with the constitutional requirements of a limited public forum.
(3) Any scene or symbol relating to a traditional winter or spring celebration shall be displayed in a manner so as not to violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

[emphasis in original]

Will Jewish students and teachers in public schools be able to commemorate Passover blood libel pogroms? Just asking.

Previously:

HB 1425: Merry Chrismahanakwanzukah (January 11, 2010)

HB 198: Merry Chrismahanakwanzukah redux (January 9, 2011)

HB 424: Merry Chrismahanakwanzukah – this time, with more feeling (February 9, 2011)

HB 1109: because the contrived right wingnut “War on [the holiday season]” supersedes any sense (December 27, 2011)

HB 278: on the side of preening self-righteousness in the “War on Labor Day” (January 26, 2013)

SB 554: Chrismahanakwanzukah! (December 3, 2013)

You get the picture.

Attorney General Josh Hawley (r): the pepul of Misoori our stoopit

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If he gets away with it he may be right.

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

In Missouri Revised Statutes:

Missouri Revised Statutes
Chapter 27
Attorney General
Section 27.010.1
August 28, 2016

Attorney general, election, term of office, begins when–compensation.

27.010. The attorney general for the state of Missouri shall be elected at each general election at which a governor and other state officers are elected, and his term shall begin at 12:00 noon on the second Monday in January next succeeding his election, and shall continue for four years, or until his successor is elected and qualified. The attorney general shall reside at the seat of government and keep his office in the supreme court building, and receive an annual salary of sixty-five thousand dollars plus any salary adjustment provided pursuant to section 105.005, payable out of the state treasury. The salary shall constitute the total compensation for all duties to be performed by him and there shall be no further payments made to or accepted by him for the performance of any duty now required of him under any existing law. The attorney general shall devote his full time to his office, and, except in the performance of his official duties, shall not engage in the practice of law.

(RSMo 1939 § 12897, A.L. 1943 p. 869 § 1, A. 1949 S.B. 1010, A.L. 1955 p. 573, A.L. 1967 p. 97, A.L. 1977 H.B. 520, A.L. 1980 H.B. 1266, A.L. 1984 S.B. 528, A.L. 1987 H.B. 456)
Prior revisions: 1929 § 11272; 1919 § 692; 1909 § 966

[emphasis added]

Okay, that’s plain language. Live in Jefferson City, keep your main office in the Supreme Court building, get paid for the job, and no moonlighting.

But this is republican controlled Missouri. There are no rules:

Questions raised about where new Missouri attorney general is living
By Kurt Erickson St. Louis Post-Dispatch
JEFFERSON CITY • In one of his first acts as Missouri’s new attorney general, Republican Josh Hawley decided he doesn’t have to live in the capital city.

That decision comes despite a law that says the state’s top legal officer “shall reside at the seat of government and keep his office in the Supreme Court building.” The state’s Constitution designates Jefferson City as the seat of government.

Hawley, a political newcomer who campaigned as a “constitutional lawyer,” is living on the south edge of Columbia, about 24 miles to the north.
[….]

The gyrations coming from Josh Hawley’s (r) spokesperson are amusing. All those people in the office with law degrees and that’s the best they could come up with? Maybe they should ask for their law school tuition money back.

More U.S. Senators like this, please

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Jason Kander (D), via Twitter today:

kander012317

Jason Kander ‏@JasonKander
Only seems fair that this @POTUS be excused from evening or weekend work. The man has a business to run, folks.

Chris Geidner @chrisgeidner
“This is his first working day!” – Sean Spicer

2:13 PM – 23 Jan 2017

Oh, wait. We had our chance:

State of Missouri – 2016 General Election – November 8, 2016
Official Results
As announced by the Board of State Canvassers on December 12, 2016
Office/Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes U.S. Senator
3238 of 3238 Precincts Reported
Jason Kander Democratic 1,300,200 46.392%
Roy Blunt Republican 1,378,458 49.184%

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Total Votes: 2,802,641

[emphasis added]

Instead we got a continuation of the swamp.

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 Donny.

You’re out of your element Donny.

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.