Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Junior, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos…


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We rest our case.

Eastern Jackson County – “economic anxiety”

“Economic anxiety” and cognitive dissonance.

Somehow we’re supposed to engage in constructive conversations with people who are wholly and proudly without critical thinking skills.

It’s Mueller Time


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Today, via Twitter, from Jason Kander (D):

Jason Kander @JasonKander
Mr. President: To help us understand, would you mind posting a pic of your wall with the thumb tacks, twine, and newspaper clippings?

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
The Fake News is beside themselves that McCabe was caught, called out and fired. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars was given to wife’s campaign by Crooked H friend, Terry M, who was also under investigation? How many lies? How many leaks? Comey knew it all, and much more!

12:47 PM – 17 Mar 2018

Consciousness of guilt.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): in


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Senator Claire McCaskill (D) [2017 file photo].

A few minutes ago at the Missouri Secretary of State:

U.S. Senator

Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Tony Monetti 610 SOUTHWEST DR WARRENSBURG MO 64093 264 2/27/2018 8:21 a.m.
Austin Petersen 19615 S STATE ROUTE J PECULIAR MO 64078 345 2/27/2018 8:20 a.m.
Josh Hawley 5215 E HWY 163 COLUMBIA MO 65201 484 2/27/2018 1:16 p.m.
Fred Ryman 2838 SCHOTT RD JEFFERSON CITY MO 65101 569 2/27/2018 8:57 a.m.
Christina Smith 1425 SUNSET LAKE RD APT. 4 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65109 673 2/27/2018 4:05 p.m.
Kristi Nichols 16657 E 23 ST S SUITE 224 INDEPENDENCE MO 64055 688 2/27/2018 2:49 p.m.
Bradley Krembs 32 FLOYD DR ST CHARLES MO 63303 695 2/27/2018 11:30 a.m.
Ken Patterson 94 ELK RUN DR EUREKA MO 63025 971 2/27/2018 9:09 a.m.
Brian G. Hagg PO BOX 165 AURORA MO 65605 3/5/2018 9:01 a.m.
Courtland Sykes 9738 E WINNER RD INDEPENDENCE MO 64052 3/12/2018 1:42 p.m.

Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Carla (Coffee) Wright 519 N NEWSTEAD AVE ST LOUIS MO 63108 116 2/27/2018 4:59 p.m.
Angelica Earl 9210 BOBB AVE ST LOUIS MO 63114 603 2/27/2018 10:12 a.m.
Leonard Joseph Steinman II 2217 W EDGEWOOD DR JEFFERSON CITY MO 65109 865 2/27/2018 12:11 p.m.
John Hogan 1120 SADDLEBROOK CT N ST CHARLES MO 63304 882 2/27/2018 8:42 a.m.
Travis Gonzalez 2519 AURORA AVENUE APT 1 MARYVILLE MO 64468 3/1/2018 8:53 a.m.
David Faust 1113 CREEKSIDE CT RAYMORE MO 64083 3/5/2018 3:30 p.m.
Claire McCaskill 1941 SPRING HOUSE DR ST LOUIS MO 63122 3/16/2018 4:47 p.m.

Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Japheth Campbell 503 N FOREST AVE SPRINGFIELD MO 65802 3/5/2018 11:29 a.m.

[emphasis added]

Do you think any of these other candidates are going to schedule open public town halls across the state? Just asking.

Campaign Finance: now that’s collective action – part 3


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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission from working people opposed to “Right to Get Paid Less”:

C171127 03/16/2018 We Are Missouri Guarantee Electrical Construction 3415 Bent Ave St Louis MO 63116 3/15/2018 $10,000.00

C171127 03/16/2018 We Are Missouri Utility Workers Union of America Local 335, AFL-CIO 3301 Hollenberg Dr St Louis MO 63104 3/15/2018 $10,000.00

C171127 03/16/2018 We Are Missouri Missouri AFL-CIO General Fund 227 Jefferson St Jefferson City MO 65101 3/16/2018 $93,360.00

C171127 03/16/2018 We Are Missouri Missouri AFL-CIO General Fund 227 Jefferson St Jefferson City MO 65101 3/16/2018 $258,720.00

[emphasis added]

There are more working people than right wing nut millionaires. Fancy that.


Campaign Finance: now that’s collective action (March 11, 2018)

Campaign Finance: now that’s collective action – part 2 (March 15, 2018)

Raised on school shootings


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Somebody very similar to me committed the first school shooting of the modern era on January 29, 1979, when a 16-year-old girl named Brenda Ann Spencer shot up an elementary school across the street from her house with a gun that her father had given her for Christmas in 1978 just a month earlier.

I got mine for my birthday. When I say she was like me, it was eerie. Red hair…check. Freckles…check. Kinda petite…check. Sixteen years old…check. A hell of a shot…check. Didn’t like Mondays…Who does?

That’s a reason to have a forbidden pastry and an extra shot or two of espresso when you order your coffee, not use the elementary students lining up in the schoolyard across the street for target practice.

Brenda Ann Spencer killed the school principal and custodian, wounded eight children and a police officer was shot in the neck and seriously wounded, to brighten up her day.

A few years later, almost six years to the day, on another January Monday — January 21, 1985 – I was in the McDonald’s PlayPlace at Towne West Mall, close enough to Highway 54 to hear the Sedgewick County emergency vehicles scrambling from western Wichita when the Goddard, KS Junior High School shooting happened.

It had been under 15 degrees with a steady Wichita wind for two weeks. My son was a toddler and I hadn’t gone back to work yet after the birth of my second child. I had been cooped up with the world’s most active 18-month-old and a baby that never stopped nursing for two weeks in a thousand square feet. The day before I had gotten an insurance reimbursement check, and I was getting out of the house the next day, come hell or high water.

I got up early and started the process of getting two-under-two bundled up and buckled up. Once we were loaded up, I went to the bank, then the mall, and parked by the west entrance, by the PlayPlace and the mall presence of the Wichita police department. I got to the mall about 10:30, and by the time I got two kids out of car seats and in the stroller and all the BSE (Baby Support Equipment) that one felt compelled to carry at all times in the mid-80s lest yuppie-moms might set upon us and berate us mercilessly until we developed eating disorders it was probably 10:45 when I finally got inside…

When I got inside, I saw a friend I hadn’t seen since we had been stationed at Davis-Monthan, in Tucson. She had the same idea I did about breaking the “no junk food” rule and taking our kids to McDonald’s and using the indoor PlayPlace as a place for our boys to burn off some energy. We caught up a bit and took turns going to the counter while the other one watched the kids. She had just gotten her order and I was at the counter about to place mine when all hell broke loose. There were ambulances and police cars racing west down Kellogg/Highway 54. The police station in the mall emptied and their cruisers raced out of the parking lot.

That was a few minutes past 11:00. Less than ten minutes after the police raced out of the mall, they raced back, with reinforcements and locked down the shopping center. Because I was a medic on maternity leave, one of the female police officers I knew from answering the same calls a time or two in Tucson (her husband was in the Air Force, too) she gave me some information that wasn’t being made public yet…a Junior high student whose name we would later learn was Alan Kearby, had shot and killed the principal at Goddard Junior High and wounded three others, and he was still at large.

The entire state was in shock. How could such a thing happen in wholesome, all-American Goddard, where you moved if you wanted to get your kids out of Wichita and away from the perils of the city?

I have raised three and a half kids – the fourth one starts high-school next year – and I have never sent my children to school in the morning 100% confident that they would come home alive at the end of the day or that the news wouldn’t break into my day their school was a crime scene. That’s a hell of a fear to live with and has kept a Rosary In my pocket for 30 years.

We moved from Junction City, Oregon to Kansas City about a year before Kip Kinkle killed his parents and shot up the cafeteria of Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon on May 21, 1998, and killed two students. A few days later, my friend Carol called me and said “Guess what Jason and Nicole had to do at school today? A live shooter drill! Can you believe it?” The Lane County Public Schools didn’t waste any time developing safety protocols, I’ll give them that.

Do you want to guess what Kip Kinkle and Brenda Ann Spencer had in common? They both had diagnosable mental illnesses – not to stigmatize the mentally ill, they are far more likely to be victims of violent crime than perpetrators – but Spencer’s father refused to get treatment for her, and Kinkle’s parents stopped his treatment after only nine sessions, declaring him cured…and the guns they used were gifts from their parents…In Spencer’s case, the month it was recommended she be admitted to a mental hospital because a school therapist was afraid she posed a danger to herself or others.

She wanted a radio. He bought her a gun.

I’ll say it…The adults have been failing since before I was one, and I’ve been pissed about it for thirty-nine years. I couldn’t get my own generation to do anything worthwhile about the damage bullets do using ballots, so I raised and educated one.

You’re welcome.

Tammy the Teacher

Campaign Finance: now that’s collective action – part 2


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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission from working people opposed to “Right to Get Paid Less”:

C171127 03/15/2018 We Are Missouri Western Missouri and Kansas Laborers’ District Council 8500 Ward Parkway Suite 300 Kansas City MO 64114 3/14/2018 $500,000.00

[emphasis added]

The power of working people gathering together and pooling their resources. There are a hell of a lot more of us than there are of them.


Campaign Finance: now that’s collective action (March 11, 2018)

It’s hard out there


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Yesterday a group from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas picketed in Warrensburg on a corner next to the campus of the University of Central Missouri.

It’s not like the good old days when thousands would gather in opposition.

So, there they stood for around thirty minutes under the watchful eyes of University of Central Missouri and Warrensburg Police. And a handful of counter protesters, curious passersby, and some more forward performance artists. It’s not like the good old days.

It has been said that today in America one third of the population would gladly kill another third of the population while still another third would stand by and do nothing.

The problem for old school bigots is that now they get lost in the noise. Professionals have taken over in America and they’ve been left behind.

It must gall them to no end.

All that experience and refined sign making skills. The lessons learned in dressing for the weather, the practice and dexterity involved in holding up four signs. All for naught.


A hate group, the First Amendment, and a funeral in a small town (November 23, 2010)

At noon today in Warrensburg (March 12, 2018)

At noon today in Warrensburg


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A press release:

Statement Regarding Westboro Baptist Church Protest

The views of Westboro Baptist Church should not be considered those of the University of Central Missouri. UCM, however, supports freedom of speech, and ask campus members to seek out positive, productive, non-violent ways to express differing points of view. Students, faculty and staff also are encouraged to reflect on their own values when confronted with divisive rhetoric that is not conducive to the friendly, welcoming campus environment that so many members of the UCM family enjoy.


Ah, hit a run picketing. Today from approximately noon to 12:30 p.m.:

The tiny demonstration drew a considerable police presence (University of Central Missouri and Warrensburg), a number of counter protesters, and a few curious bystanders. A few individuals tried to engage some of the Westboro individuals in conversational debate.

“Sitting in Silence. For equality, peace and love…in the Quaker tradition.”

“Skate fast…”

Let it go:

And then they walked away.