You’re a mean one, Mr. Blunt…

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Roy Blunt (r) [2016 file photo].

Today:

Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
“Thanksgiving 2021 is shaping up to be the most expensive meal in the history of the holiday.”
[….]
12:42 PM · Oct 26, 2021

Bah, humbug.

Some of the responses:

Last year we had no Thanksgiving celebration thanks to pandemic. 3 of us in my family made food and delivered to high risk friends. This year we will have over 20 for dinner. So thankful. Also, the company I work for having a record breaking sales year despite cost increases.

I sincerely doubt it. But then, I plan ahead like any frugal person banking against fluctuations in pricing. I buy on sale and freeze it. Have turkey and cranberries in the freezer.

That’s ok. Last Thanksgiving I was praying my immunosuppressed brother would survive.

And you have had a major starring role in causing this.

Good thing you gave those tax breaks to billionaires a few years ago though. Now they can afford Thanksgiving!

Yep, Roy, things are more expensive. Tell us what your role in that was and what you’re doing (or not doing) to remedy that.

Umm, you do realize THANKSgiving is not about food, right?

That is Capitalism 101 at work- supply and demand.

Senator Blunt, share with us the cost of YOUR Thanksgiving dinner last year to this year’s cost?

Explain the hardship this is causing you and your family this year.

What’s your point? I’ve had 2 adult children survive Covid without being hospitalized (pre-Delta & pre-vaccines) and we’re all fully vaccinated now. I have more than enough to be thankful for. We don’t need to eat ourselves into oblivion to be happy.

The reason for the season…

Will your cook have to purchase less food?

Blunt longs for the good ol’ pandemic days

Why do you think that is, Roy? Be truthful now. I know that’s a hard ask.

Why don’t you find something to be thankful for?

You’re not gonna starve, Roy.

It seems you prefer last year when the economy was in free fall? Or how about 2008 during the Great Republican Recession brought to you by Bush the Neverending War Mongerer? This year we have half the child poverty we had a year ago!Vaccines are here!War is over! I’m celebrating.

Congratulations. You’ve discovered inflation – even normal inflation.

Prices rise every year. This isn’t new.

What’s new is your pathetic partisan trolling.

Please consider retiring with dignity instead of this nonsense.

That ship sailed long ago.

Frankly, Roy, I’m just grateful to be alive. Y’all have done your best to kill us off. I don’t need or want a fancy meal. Take your fear mongering and shove it.

Actually, your Thanksgiving will be super-cheap, Roy, if you take my advice and eat shit.

Alrighty then.

Dinner’s on Roy.

Campaign Finance: it’s where the money is

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Yesteday at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C201444 10/25/2021 Legal Missouri 2022 Mountain High Suckers LLC 400 S Lipan St NO 11 Denver CO 80223 10/25/2021 $10,000.00

C201444 10/25/2021 Legal Missouri 2022 QPS Missouri Holdings LLC 2082 S State Street Ann Arbor MI 48104 10/25/2021 $25,000.00

[emphasis added]

Or, just watch anything on television. Same effect.
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Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D): insurrection and accountability

Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) [2019 file photo].

This afternoon:

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver @repcleaver
This is an extremely disturbing report and why it is imperative that Congress get to the bottom of what occurred on January 6th.

For the sake of our democracy, those who participated in this insurrection must be held accountable
[….]
4:08 PM · Oct 25, 2021

They all knew exactly what they were doing.

Campaign Finance: you get what you pay for

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C131072 10/25/2021 Onder For Missouri Doug Mueller 11 Big Country Circle OFallon MO 63368 Mueller Prost Accountant 10/23/2021 $5,001.00

C131072 10/25/2021 Onder For Missouri John OBrien 420 Charlemagne Lake Saint Louis MO 63367 Retired 10/23/2021 $10,000.00

C131072 10/25/2021 Onder For Missouri Matthew Conoyer 74 Castle Bluff St Charles MO 63304 Midwest ENT Physician 10/23/2021 $5,001.00

[emphasis added

For what?:

Dr. Bob Onder @BobOnderMO
This Indian slum contained COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine plus vitamin D& zinc. Very encouraging. Comes on heels of ⁦@HenryFordNews ⁩ study on HCQ plus Zpack. #moleg
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6:29 AM · Jul 23, 2020

From the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

November 24, 2020
Hydroxychloroquine doesn’t benefit hospitalized COVID-19 patients

[….] Larger, well-designed studies were needed to determine if hydroxychloroquine was a safe and effective treatment for SARS-CoV-2 infection. In April, NIH launched a clinical trial at 34 hospitals nationwide to test the medication. The study was funded by NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

By June, the study was stopped because interim results showed the drug neither caused harm nor improved patient outcomes. The trial had enrolled 479 of the expected 510 patients. Earlier in the month, the FDA had revoked its emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. It cited a lack of benefit as well as risks, such as serious heart rhythm problems. [….]

The scientists also found no differences in any of 12 additional outcomes, which included mortality 28 days after assignment to a treatment group or time to recovery. Based on the data, they concluded that hydroxychloroquine was not an effective treatment. [….]

Studies in the United Kingdom and Brazil had similar results. [….]

Dr. Bob Onder @BobOnderMO
In fact, they averaged 2.6 “comorbitities.” Although every death is a tragedy, many, many people died WITH #COVID19 , not OF #COVID19. The survival rate overall is 99.8% (CDC data) heavily weighted toward older, sicker individuals.
[….]
2:08 PM · Aug 30, 2020

From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in the United States to date:

TOTAL CASES 45,316,210
+77,933 New Cases
CASES IN LAST 7 DAYS 491,071
TOTAL DEATHS 733,834
+1,834 New Deaths
CDC | Data as of: October 24, 2021 5:23 PM ET. Posted: October 24, 2021 5:53 PM ET

From the World Health Organization (WHO):

Estimating mortality from COVID-19
Scientific Brief
4 August 2020

[….]
Case fatality ratio (CFR) is the proportion of individuals diagnosed with a disease who die from that disease and is therefore a measure of severity among detected cases:

Reliable CFRs that can be used to assess the deadliness of an outbreak and evaluate any implemented public health measures are generally obtained at the end of an outbreak, after all cases have been resolved (affected individuals either died or recovered).
[….]
Calculating CFR during an ongoing epidemic
CFR calculated using the above formula during ongoing epidemics provides a conditional, estimate of CFR and is influenced by lags in report dates for cases and deaths [13]. This leads to a wide variation in CFR estimates over the course of an epidemic, which tends toward a stable, final estimate of CFR as active cases are resolved.

One simple solution to mitigating the bias due to delays to case resolution during an ongoing outbreak is to restrict the analysis to resolved cases [….]

In the United States – to date:

Case Fatality Ratio (CFR) [%] = (733,834 [total deaths]/45,316,210 [total cases} x 100

CFR = 1.62%

Dr. Bob Onder @BobOnderMO
In #HB271 we also banned #COVIDPassports! No Missourian should be subject to restrictions on their movement or personal liberties for declining to participate in an intrusive COVID passport scheme. #moleg ⁦@Koenig4MO @jmmurphy8⁦ @BenBrownTweets #Freedom
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8:13 PM · May 12, 2021

Sure, that sounds like a really good idea in a pandemic – just stick our heads in the sand and hope it all goes away.

Completely missing the lesson in a song on a public television children’s show, again

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One of these things is not like the other.

Vicky Hartzler (r) [2021 file photo].

Friday:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
A wall at the southern border?

Biden administration: “No.”

A wall at Biden’s Delaware vacation home?

Biden administration: “Yes.”
[….]
4:04 PM · Oct 22, 2021

Some of the responses:

He’s the President.

False equivalency argument, Vicky.

Have you seen the f’n helipad TFG had installed on our dime at Mar a Lamfao?

I hear Mexico paid for it.

How much was spent for secret service at all of Trumps properties and the millions spent when Melania stayed in New York?

Taxpayers paid a whole heck of a lot more than that just flying Melatonin back and forth to New York to have her hair done and “whatever”.

That’s because brown people aren’t scary.

Those white Deplorables you keep preaching to? Fuckin’ scary as hell. Did you know they broke into the capitol building? Yeah! Threatened to hang the V.P. and everything! It was nuts, all over the internet.

Get over it. Almost 200 million $$$ dollars spent so that coward, treasonous, scumbag could go golfing. That may play in the backs woods of Missouri, but for most of us, you’re just blowing hot air. Full of trump lap dog devotion. Move on lady!

Stay pathetic. You are nothing more than a finger pointing embarrassment

Never won the game, apparently.

Previously:

Some people have never left junior high school (October 22, 2021)

Some people have never left junior high school

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You can count on it.

Denny Hoskins (r) [2017 file photo].

Last night:

Senator Denny Hoskins, CPA @DLHoskins
Hold on a second…I thought walls don’t work??? DHS $455K for ‘security fencing’ around Biden’s beach home. #moleg
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7:46 PM · Oct 22, 2021

A few responses:

I guess it is too difficult for a CPA to understand protecting a house with a wall is very different from walling off an entire country.

To think this person is a state senator, too.

No one ever said walls don’t work. Notice they arent spending billions for a few miles of wall.

Well, the one with guard towers and mine fields in central Europe sort of worked.

You’re such an obtuse nitwit.

In 2019:

White House Fence Construction

The National Park Service and United States Secret Service began construction on a new White House fence in July 2019. Construction around the 18-acre White House complex will be completed in eight phases using over 3,500 feet of steel fencing. [….]

What will the new White House fence look like?

The current 6 feet 6 inch tall fence will be replaced by an approximately 13 feet tall fence with wider and stronger fence posts. The new fence incorporates anti-climb and intrusion detection technology and is designed to mitigate current and future security threats.
[….]

June 2020:

Donald Trump Put a Fence Around the White House to Keep Demonstrators Away. It Is Now Completely Covered in Protest Art
The fence is designed to keep people at least 600 feet away from the president’s residence.

The fence erected outside the White House by President Donald Trump to keep demonstrators at least 600 feet away has been transformed into a memorial wall for George Floyd and a protest site demanding racial and social justice.[….]

Trump, who campaigned on the promise of building a wall on the Mexican border, had 1.7 miles of fencing put around the White House, preventing anyone from entering Lafayette Park and other open spaces around the White House, where demonstrators have protested for more than 100 years. [….]

November 2020:

On the Eve of the Election, the White House Puts Up Extra Fencing in the Dark

Crews began erecting extra security fencing around the White House Monday evening. The fencing appears to be similar to the type installed around the White House complex this past August in advance of President Trump’s RNC speech. These barriers are in addition to fencing that went up downtown following protests earlier this summer [….]

November 2020:

Secret Service planning for Trump spending lots of his post-presidency in Palm Beach

[….] ABC said renovations to the president’s and first lady’s living quarters are underway with the expectation they’d start spending more time there when Biden becomes president and that the Secret Service has “begun looking at physical reinforcements” to Mar-a-Lago. The agency declined to comment on “the means, methods or resources we utilize to carry out our protective mission,” ABC said. [….}

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

So, anyone want to start adding up the cost of golfing trips?

Not a constitutional scholar, not even close

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Vicky Hartzler (r) [2021 file photo].

Every hundred years or so.

In the U.S. Supreme Court, 1803:

Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803)

….It is emphatically the duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is. Those who apply the rule to particular cases must, of necessity, expound and interpret the rule. If two laws conflict with each other, the Court must decide on the operation of each.

If courts are to regard the Constitution, and the Constitution is superior to any ordinary act of the legislature, the Constitution, and not such ordinary act, must govern the case to which they both apply….

In the U.S. Supreme Court, 1905:

[….]
HENNING JACOBSON, Plff. in Err.,
v.
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS.

No. 70.

Argued December 6, 1904.
Decided February 20, 1905.

This case involves the validity, under the Constitution of the United States, of certain provisions in the statutes of Massachusetts relating to vaccination.

[….]

….Looking at the propositions embodied in the defendant’s rejected offers of proof, it is clear that they are more formidable by their number than by their inherent value. Those offers in the main seem to have had no purpose except to state the general theory of those of the medical profession who attach little or no value to vaccination as a means of preventing the spread of smallpox, or who think that vaccination causes other diseases of the body. What everybody knows the court must know, and therefore the state court judicially knew, as this court knows, that an opposite theory accords with the common belief, and is maintained by high medical authority. We must assume that, when the statute in question was passed, the legislature of Massachusetts was not unaware of these opposing theories, and was compelled, of necessity, to choose between them. It was not compelled to commit a matter involving the public health and safety to the final decision of a court or jury. It is no part of the function of a court or a jury to determine which one of two modes was likely to be the most effective for the protection of the public against disease. That was for the legislative department to determine in the light of all the information it had or could obtain. It could not properly abdicate its function to guard the public health and safety. The state legislature proceeded upon the theory which recognized vaccination as at least an effective, if not the best-known, way in which to meet and suppress the evils of a smallpox epidemic that imperiled an entire population. Upon what sound principles as to the relations existing between the different departments of government can the court review this action of the legislature? If there is any such power in the judiciary to review legislative action in respect of a matter affecting the general welfare, it can only be when that which the legislature has done comes within the rule that, if a statute purporting to have been enacted to protect the public health, the public morals, or the public safety, has no real or substantial relation to those objects, or is, beyond all question, a plain, palpable invasion of rights secured by the fundamental law, it is the duty of the courts to so adjudge, and thereby give effect to the Constitution….

….The latest case upon the subject of which we are aware is Viemester v. White, decided very recently by the court of appeals of New York. That case involved the validity of a statute excluding from the public schools all children who had not been vacinated. One contention was that the statute and the regulation adopted in exercise of its provisions was inconsistent with the rights, privileges, and liberties of the citizen. The contention was overruled, the court saying, among other things: ‘Smallpox is known of all to be a dangerous and contagious disease. If vaccination strongly tends to prevent the transmission or spread of this disease, it logically follows that children may be refused admission to the public schools until they have been vaccinated. The appellant claims that vaccination does not tend to prevent smallpox, but tends to bring about other diseases, and that it does much harm, with no good. It must be conceded that some laymen, both learned and unlearned, and some physicians of great skill and repute, do not believe that vaccination is a preventive of smallpox. The common belief, however, is that it has a decided tendency to prevent the spread of this fearful disease, and to render it less dangerous to those who contract it. While not accepted by all, it is accepted by the mass of the people, as well as by most members of the medical profession. It has been general in our state, and in most civilized nations for generations. It is generally accepted in theory, and generally applied in practice, both by the voluntary action of the people, and in obedience to the command of law. Nearly every state in the Union has statutes to encourage, or directly or indirectly to require, vaccination; and this is true of most nations of Europe. . . . A common belief, like common knowledge, does not require evidence to establish its existence, but may be acted upon without proof by the legislature and the courts.. . . The fact that the belief is not universal is not controlling, for there is scarcely any belief that is accepted by everyone. The possibility that the belief may be wrong, and that science may yet show it to be wrong, is not conclusive; for the legislature has the right to pass laws which, according to the common belief of the people, are adapted to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. In a free country, where the government is by the people, through their chosen representatives, practical legislation admits of no other standard of action, for what the people believe is for the common welfare must be accepted as tending to promote the common welfare, whether it does in fact or not. Any other basis would conflict with the spirit of the Constitution, and would sanction measures opposed to a Republican form of government. While we do not decide, and cannot decide, that vaccination is a preventive of smallpox, we take judicial notice of the fact that this is the common belief of the people of the state, and, with this fact as a foundation, we hold that the statute in question is a health law, enacted in a reasonable and proper exercise of the police power….’

….We are not prepared to hold that a minority, residing or remaining in any city or town where smallpox is prevalent, and enjoying the general protection afforded by an organized local government, may thus defy the will of its constituted authorities, acting in good faith for all, under the legislative sanction of the state. If such be the privilege of a minority, then a like privilege would belong to each individual of the community, and the spectacle would be presented of the welfare and safety of an entire population being subordinated to the notions of a single individual who chooses to remain a part of that population. We are unwilling to hold it to be an element in the liberty secured by the Constitution of the United States that one person, or a minority of persons, residing in any community and enjoying the benefits of its local government, should have the power thus to dominate the majority when supported in their action by the authority of the state. While this court should guard with firmness every right appertaining to life, liberty, or property as secured to the individual by the supreme law of the land, it is of the last importance that it should not invade the domain of local authority except when it is plainly necessary to do so in order to enforce that law. The safety and the health of the people of Massachusetts are, in the first instance, for that commonwealth to guard and protect. They are matters that do not ordinarily concern the national government. So far as they can be reached by any government, they depend, primarily, upon such action as the state, in its wisdom, may take; and we do not perceive that this legislation has invaded any right secured by the Federal Constitution….

Vicky Hartzler (r), running for the U.S. Senate, definitely not a constitutional scholar:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Biden’s vaccine mandates have had devastating consequences.

Throughout Missouri, we’re seeing an alarming amount of pink slips and empty store shelves thanks to the White House’s recent government overreach.

(1/4)
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2:27 PM · Oct 22, 2021

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
It’s clear these mandates are unconscionable and unconstitutional.

Nowhere in the United States Constitution does it allow governments to demand citizens undergo a medical procedure.

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2:27 PM · Oct 22, 2021

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Millions of workers are being targeted and terminated.

Occupations such as healthcare workers, police officers, pilots, teachers, USDA workers, and our servicemembers are being fired from their jobs and forced back to the sidelines — instead of heading back to work.

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2:27 PM · Oct 22, 2021

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
This is ludicrous.

At the end of the day, Biden is simply creating yet another crisis and furthering division.

He needs to uphold his oath of office and work for the American people — not against them.

(4/4)
2:27 PM · Oct 22, 2021

Projection as a way of life.

Some of the responses:

Alarming amounts? I’m sure you have specific numbers. Looking forward to reading them.
The number ONE cause of police deaths this year and last year was.COVID-19.
Not getting vaccinated is having devastated effects. The average daily deaths in the US is 1600.

Wrong!

Mandates aren’t responsible for pink slips.
People who refuse to protect their fellow citizens are responsible for the pink slips.

Pretty sure we all know about Jacobson v Massachusetts.
Haven’t seen empty shelves here.
#SlickVickLies

What’s your plan to convince people to do the right thing and get vaccinated?

You make an extraordinary claim,

Where is your extraordinary evidence?

Please post pictures of empty store shelves, Vicky. I haven’t seen any since Trump’s Toilet Paper shortage of 2020.

Can the GQP do anything but obstruct and lie? Asking for loyal American citizens

Why fake Congressional reps do more harm than good. Your grift account is overdrawn, Missouri needs to open a different account with a different custodian.

You have no idea what you are talking about
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Blah, blah the only devastating things happening in MO are caused by you Republicans & your constant belching of disinformation & out right lies. You & you “GOP” are void of ideas & or policies so you attempt to distract, distort & disrupt the #BidenProgress. #HartzlerWrong4MO

You have zero, ZERO regard for our healthcare workers who have been straining under the burdern of this pandemic for over a year and are now dealing with almost exclusively the unvaccinated. You’re a despicable, abominable monster.

Also alarming – over 700,000 Americans dead from Covid. Hospitals currently overcrowded with unvaccinated cases suddenly trusting doctors

They are not being fired. They are choosing to quit rather than follow job requirements.

Oh, Missouri. No wonder. They don’t care much for education in Missouri, do they? Or honesty?

You talk about protecting this nation from our enemies, yet at every turn, word, and tweet, you sew derision & division. This type of public display of flouting @POTUS because your side “lost” is a toddler’s tantrum, a clear signal, that we’re distracted & you’re the cause! Stop!

Psssst, she won’t get it right…all she cares about now is trying to win Blunts seat

You are a fool.

Demagoguing a vaccine as Missouri healthcare strains under the burden of the unvaccinated sick. I knew Republicans were scum but this is a new low.

From the Missouri Monthly Jobs Report: “Total payroll employment increased by 70,800 jobs from September 2020 to September 2021, reflecting the recovery from COVID-19 related job cuts last year.” [….]

Simple solution: They. Get. Vaccinated. And. Keep. Their. JOBS!

Judging by these numbers in Healthcare systems, there wont be many major losses. Healthcare workers who don’t believe in medicine; law enforcement officers who don’t believe in public safety; or USDA workers who don’t believe in aspects of quality & safety, need to leave now!
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If by targeted you mean following order for the public good, then Good they should be fired without getting any form of unemployment.
Do better.

Would you honestly prefer your loved one to be in a hospital where everyone is vaccinated, or one where anything goes? If you say ‘anything goes’, you are obviously a liar.

Right. Occupations where we don’t need soft-minded ignorami.

You’re the ones furthering division you vapid airhead

What’s unconscionable is American health care workers and police officers being willing to spread a lethal virus to the people they swore to serve.

If unconstitutional, seems like the place to litigate would be a courthouse. Of course, it’s settle law, so instead of making a fool of yourself in court, you’re doing it here.

Stare decisis.

Haha. Medical procedure? For years, vaccines required by local hospitals – flu vaccination and Tdap before hire and annually for the flu shot. To protect patients. Thankful we now have a president trying to protect us from liars like you.

Sigh.