“…Apparently a few people staged a die in on the street next to the Governor’s Mansion. In the afternoon in July in Jefferson City. Really? It’s not like they were blocking rush hour traffic…”
We continue to get comments:
Are you trying to justify that no law was broken because there was not “rush hour traffic”? That is pitiful. Protesters have the right to assemble, but they have no need to block the streets and expect nothing to happen. Also, please work on your grammar and sentence structure. I got a headache from reading this.
A hand wringing concern troll. Heh.
You’re here, aren’t you?
“…I got a headache from reading this.”
Then don’t read us. Or, I dunno, start your own blog and do better?
On July 4, 2020 in Warrensburg:
Interesting. People in the street. Police are present. No escalation. Peaceful protest. No pepper spray or tear gas.
“…Apparently [yesterday] a few people staged a die in on the street next to the Governor’s Mansion. In the afternoon in July in Jefferson City. Really? It’s not like they were blocking rush hour traffic…”
Jefferson City Police overreacted.
Michael Bersin @MBersin
Replying to @MO_HouseDems and @SharkFu
The nerve. Blocking a street and hindering traffic in Jefferson City during the busiest time of day. In July. I feel sorry for the tour groups waiting to get into the Governor’s Mansion who had to see this. Oh, wait… 5:18 AM · Jul 31, 2020
We get comments, directed at Show Me Progress:
They have no right to be in the street and they were told so. Look what they did in Columbia. You give you protesters an inch and you take a mile. Peaceful is not blocking streets and other taxpayers rights to drive down the streets. The protesters need to learn the definition of peaceful
This crap of protests needs to be squashed before it turns in Seattle. Protesting on the sidewalks, bullhorns, signs are fine, but when you move into the public thruway, stop it.
Hand wringing concern trolls. They try to post comments here. We usually let them languish in comment moderation for eternity (or until we stop paying the hosting bill).
There was no street traffic. And if there was, knowing that area of Jefferson City, approaching from the Capitol, all a driver would have to do is turn right to detour, drive up a block, and then turn left and then right to return to the same street. How inconvenient. A freakin’ block. Maybe our concern trolls consider this a slippery slope of some sort.
How do other towns in Missouri handle such outrageous behavior?
In Warrensburg, at the end of May:
Interesting. People in the street. Police are present. No escalation. Peaceful protest. No pepper spray or tear gas.
“Hey, where is your collection of old press credentials?”
“On the book shelf in the extra room. Why?”
“Don’t they have elastic cords on them?”
Even the most dedicated prepper doesn’t have everything they really need stored away for the next apocalypse. I mean, who could expect a quilter with a vast stash of cotton fabrics, including Batiks, to keep a supply of elastic cord.
There we are.
Every individual who has ever been issued a press credential to cover a major event (political or otherwise) saves those credentials. Some are fancy, with slick graphics, industrial lamination, and high end lanyards. Some are a scrawled piece of paper hastily thrown into a sleeve. Others still, are somewhere in between. Some of those old credentials were in sleeves with elastic cords to help hold them around the neck.
The credentials get saved. They may be thrown in a pile on a shelf somewhere, or matted and framed (depending on the perceived historical value) and displayed for all visitors to see.
Over the thirteen years of covering political events for this blog I’ve accumulated quite a collection of issued press credentials. I even have a few from rock/popular music concerts.
The surgical masks sewn by our resident quilter fit and work beautifully and happen to look great, too. Cotton Batik is used because it has a tight weave. There are multiple layers, a sleeve for wire or a pipe cleaner for the nose bridge, a sewn in pocket to insert paper towel or additional filtering material, and elastic cords on each side to fit over the ears and hold the mask in place.
But no one anticipates an urgent need for elastic cord for home sewn surgical masks, right?
In a time of plague, when one has a critical need for raw material which exists as part of another whole product, you cannibalize it.
And so, we did.
Press credentials as a source of raw material.
The finished products.
They wear well.
Self portrait .
Ironic on a certain level, don’t you think?
Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face.
Josh Hawley (r) is such a robot that he can’t even bother to find or use original attack talking points.
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
Nice to see that even now the media still has time for fake personal attacks. I have done 200! local tv interviews in last year. Nobody in Senate does more. KOLR has agreed to an interview precisely 4 times. Four. I am constantly available and you are constantly turning me down
[….] 7:40 AM · Apr 10, 2020
Some of the responses:
Look what Donald Trump taught him.
He’s Trump’s sanctimonious plus one.
Senator @HawleyMO this is not fake, it’s not personal, it’s not an attack. It is a question. You were on premises in front of a rolling camera with a microphone on. Twice. Are you saying reporters need to agree to your interview times? Did you set the time for @TuckerCarlson?
Hawley’s skin is thinner than Trump’s.
I’m going to go with @JoyRobertson version of this story.
How many town halls have you hosted?
No one in Missouri will deny that you are so eager for a microphone and camera you will knock anyone out of the way to get one.
OTOH, we can totally believe you want no questions of substance, and would rather share the Frozen Fish Heir’s glow than deal with us plebes.
“The most dangerous place to stand in Washington D.C. is any place between Senator Josh Hawley and a live microphone” – Charles P. Pierce
I know some constituents who would love to sit down with you in the Lou. Maybe you should come on by and get to know us.
We have questions and want answers…
He seldom shows up in Kansas City, either. Too busy advancing his career on Fox “News” to speak to the proles.
Such a weak tweet. Too big to talk to Missourians. Come to STL.
This is a terrible look, Senator. You didn’t challenge the substance of the tweet but went on a rambling semi coherent attack. Unfortunately, Tucker Carlson gets more face time with you than home state journalists. You’re the Senator from the Show Me State, so show up!
“Nobody in the Senate does more.”
FFS, you even sound like him now.
Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…
Running for higher office already.
200 local interviews????? Not in the Missouri media market. Must be somewhere else.
Yeah, I’m calling B.S.
Do you need cheese with that whine?
Just because it’s Good Friday doesn’t mean you have to claim you’re being crucified.
Where’s the tests?
She didn’t claim that you never did local interviews, but that you denied them interviews in those two moments. Your response in no way addresses her claims.
If she’s wrong, then respond to her actual claim. Otherwise, your dishonest whining is an embarrassment.
Uh, it’s not fake if it’s true, Joshy.
Why are you whining? Do your job!
Where are the tests and PPE?
You just blocked a critical bill to aid small businesses, all because it also included help for communities on the frontlines, hospitals, and nutrition benefits for those going hungry. Shameful.
Last town hall? You are the swamp bro.
You are not readily available to your constituents. You’re a freaking liar. How about a town hall?
Online shopping for just the right dinner wine in a time of plague takes a lot of time.
Hey @HawleyMO you’ve been inside our @kolr10kozl #OzarksFox studio twice in less than a week to uplink to @TuckerCarlson yet you’ve denied us an interview both times. Why? The local constituents sure would like to hear from you.
[….] 8:08 PM · Apr 8, 2020
He was in Missouri? Really? Where did he stay? Just asking.
“…Come on, do the right thing. Delay just means more death and suffering. Flatten the goddamned curve…”
Missouri Governor Mike Parson (r) still has not issued a “stay at home” order for the state. Because, we don’t know, “rural, something, something.”
Yesterday morning on Show Me Progress I put up a post titled “Are you smarter than Missouri’s governor?,” highlighting the Lafayette County Commission’s “stay at home” ordinance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – as opposed to the refusal of Missouri Governor Mike Parson (r) to do the same. There has been a precipitous rise in cases in Lafayette County.
The post caused a significant traffic spike. Significant as in the largest number of daily “hits” in almost five years of operating on this platform.
With a traffic spike comes comments and trolling. Show Me Progress is set so that I must personally approve all comments before they’re posted. I see the IP address and the e-mail of the commenter, along with their typed remarks.
I try not to engage right wingnuts directly. By any definition of their thought processes and ideology, it’ a colossal waste of time. I generally delete their comments as they’re in moderation. There’s an old music adage: “You can’t teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and it annoys the pig.” So, I tend to delete trolling comments and ignore them.
Unless it amuses me.
Yesterday morning I received the following, unedited (it went into the trash):
All the armchair warriors .. Your not in charge!
Till you are in control if your (R) or (D) sit back and be quiet.
Your time to comment comes at the polling station.
Since we don’t have all the information we must assume the decisions are best for the majority
Even if it’s not good for you..
A champion of the First Amendment, eh? And don’t start with, “wait, aren’t you censoring this person?” Don’t be an idiot. The First Amendment applies to government action. If trolls want to spew stupidity on the Internets they are perfectly free and able to start their own blog. A place where people can freely choose to read their drivel, or not.
You think they kept their opinion and counsel, not speaking out, from January 2009 to January 2017? Right…
“Even if it’s not good for you..” Seriously, someone believes that. “The needs of the 1%, outweigh the needs of the many” is quite a moral perversion.
That deference to authority figure(s) “…[s]ince we don’t have all the information…” is the ultimate laziness in the Information Age. Such laziness as a foundation for all other social behavior is so 21st century.
Grammar and incoherence aside, somebody should inform this poor person that the current governor of Missouri was not elected to that office.
This (unedited) also went into the trash:
Your article is a hit piece not news. Governor Parsons is doing a great job. In case you are not aware of this we live in a federal style of government. Therefore the local towns can issue a stay at home order when necessary. The whole state does not need to shut down. Show some respect.
Show some respect, learn to spell your governor’s name.
Something, something, Federalism backwards. Ignore actual expertise (science! math!). Ignore the problems in a pandemic (science! math!) generated by a patchwork of responses from county to county, and town to town, because, you know, people don’t ever travel from one place to the other. [That’s how a fucking pandemic works.] Ergo, tautology. Deference to authority, no matter how incompetent. Obvious ignorance of the concept of exponential growth. And willfully ignoring that rural Missouri doesn’t have the health care capacity to deal with the exponential growth of cases of COVID-19 to come.
If I’d bothered to answer this one directly it would have been: “Fuck off, you Neolithic self-righteous sociopathic prig. How’s that for the respect you deserve?”
There are hotspots across Missouri. Urban, suburban, and rural. The whole state does need to shut down. Lives are at stake.
Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].
Well, Governor Parson (r)?
Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.
Saturday, early evening, at Former Vice President Joe Biden’s (D) presidential campaign rally at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri:
Campaign advance staffer speaking with a videographer in the crowd in front of the main press riser.
It’s a young person’s game, working in event advance and communications for a campaign.
That is also true if you’re covering presidential campaigns. Still, we get the press advisories, we RSVP to the event, we get the credential confirmation (and print it out), charge the batteries, check the weather, check the parking availability, grab the gear (always ready), and go.
You trudge up the hill, check out the two long lines, choose the shorter one for the media entrance (yep, that’s it). The camera is already out, because you never know who you’ll run into. Sure enough, there are pictures to be taken.
Your name is checked on the list. If it’s there you get an event credential with a safety pin. If it’s not your first rodeo you already have a safety pin attached to your outlet credential.
There’s a main riser with a rotating stills section (that means you can camp out if there’s no demand for the space, otherwise, still photographers rotate in and out). There’s a cut (side) riser. The same rules basically apply, unless you’re otherwise directed.
As we waited we noted a guy in the crowd with a video camera on a ten foot poll standing twenty feet in front of the main press riser waving his getup in the line of sight to the podium. We climb off the riser, find a member of the advance team and point to the camera on a pole floating in the crowd. The staffer gets it instantly.
The staff handled it perfectly. They waded into the crowd and talked with the individual, got him out of the crowd, handed him a media credential, and plopped him down in the rotating stills section of the main press riser. No more problem. Everyone was happy. No scene, no drama.
The advance and communications staff were pros. I got almost 1100 frames.
Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) – presidential campaign rally – Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri, March 7, 2020.
Over the years on the social media platforms I use I restrict who and what I follow to the point that I know the vast majority of people who I encounter (read) to a few degrees of separation and/or I am fairly certain they’re real people.
And, I post on Show Me Progress. When someone comments here it is held until I approve it. Since I hold the keys to the shop I see all of the background information not available to the casual user, which includes the posting IP address and the commenter’s e-mail address. Again, I can ascertain if a comment comes from a real person with a fair degree of certainty.
In 2016 (see below) I wrote about the disaster that was the Missouri State Democratic Convention. That drew interactions and comments from Bernie Sanders supporters that ranged from polite condescension to outright hostility. Nothing, really, about party unity.
Now in 2020, at this point in the presidential nominee selection process after the Nevada debate and the question about having a plurality of delegates, not a majority, posed by NBC’s Chuck Todd (I know, he’s useless), I started seeing posted material from Bernie Sanders supporters, contrary to the DNC 2020 rules which all the candidates and their campaigns know, that the candidate with a plurality (if no one has a majority on the first ballot) should feel entitled to the nomination on the second ballot.
The last multiple ballot nomination at a Democratic convention took place in 1952.
Back to 2020. In my comments on various discussions about the issue I have pointed out that if no candidate achieve 50% + 1 on the first ballot, that’s what the subsequent ballots are for (and those ballots include “uncommitted” PLEO delegates).
Nothing has changed from 2016. In these various venues I have encountered self-identified Bernie Sanders supporters who have responded with comments, again, that range from polite condescension to outright hostility. One accused me of possessing a “broken centrist brain.” Heh.
There was one prominent exception. One. This person wrote, after I invited them to read my 2016 account and the subsequent comments on Show Me Progress: “…thanks to the link to your report on the state convention in 2016. I don’t dispute anything in it. You did a good job of reporting. I will say that I have put considerable effort into figuring out what to do with the ‘car we caught’ that day…”
So, here we are, four years later, in two caucuses and one primary out of 57, and very few people have learned any lessons from 2016.
I have no confidence that enough people will do so in time so that we can save ourselves.
Senator Kamala Harris (D) [2019 file photo].
Vice President Joe Biden (D) [2013 file photo].
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) [2019 file photo].
Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro (D) [2013 file photo].
Former Congressman John Delaney (D) [2019 file photo].
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) [2019 file photo].
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) [2019 file photo].
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) [2019 file photo].
Marianne Williamson (D) [2019 file photo].
Congressman Seth Moulton (D) [2019 file photo].
Senator Bernie Sanders [2016 file photo].
Congressman Tim Ryan (D) [2019 file photo].
Senator Cory Booker (D) [2019 file photo]
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) [2019 file photo].
Three down. Fifty-four or so to go. Still.
Old media is ready to wrap up the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
I suppose in the 2020 November General Election I could attempt to write in “Jill Stein,” just for the irony of it.
While we’re at it, NBC’s Chuck Todd is a useless tool.
Senator Bernie Sanders (D) [2016 file photo].
In 2016, at the Missouri State Democratic Convention the four elected positions on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) went to supporters of Bernie Sanders.
In the period since 2016 the DNC revised the 2020 party presidential caucus/primary/convention process to exclude so-called “Super delegates” (Uncommitted Party Leader Elected Official) on the first presidential nominating ballot at the national convention. These PLEO delegates would/can vote if no candidate for the nomination receives 50% + 1 on the first ballot. In addition, as what has always been the case, committed delegates are only bound on the first ballot. After that they can vote for anyone.
The last time a Democratic National Convention went to a subsequent ballot for the nomination of the party’s presidential candidate was 1952.
In 2004, in part of the process in Missouri to elect committed PLEO delegates (by the state party committee), I was asked, in passing, of my interest in running for one of those allocated delegate spots by a representative of a candidate I did not support or vote for in the Missouri primary. I declined. If I had managed to get elected as a delegate I would have been committed to that candidate on the first ballot. If there were any subsequent ballots, in this hypothetical situation, I would have most definitely voted for another candidate.
One of the rules of the delegate selection process is that all candidates have the right of approval for any individual running for one of their national delegate spots. In Missouri these are allocated by formula based on the outcome of the presidential preference primary vote.
In 2016, at the state Democratic Party Convention, 88 individuals filed for eight at-large Hillary national delegate slots. Hillary’s campaign did not strike any individuals from that list. The eight delegate slots were filled by the vote of the Hillary caucus. At the same convention 21 individuals were listed as vying for seven nation delegate slots allocated to Bernie Sanders. I was curious about the disparity. I later learned that over 100 individuals had filed the paper work to run, but the Bernie Sanders national campaign struck most of those individuals from their approved list, without apparently notifying them of the how and why. This upset a lot of Bernie Sanders supporters at the state convention. So much so that there was a motion from the floor to open nominations for national delegate slots from the floor.
Why would a national campaign piss off so many of their supporters? It wasn’t until last night that I finally understood a possible explanation for the underlying why.
In 2016, if, for some reason, the 2016 convention went to a second ballot (brokered), the Bernie Sanders campaign only wanted true believers in their delegate slots. A true believer be more likely to stick with their candidate over multiple ballots, after being released from that first ballot commitment.
Last night NBCs Chuck Todd asked a process question of all of the candidates. If one candidate had a plurality and not 50% + 1, should they be entitled to be the nominee. All of the candidates, but one, replied no, there’s a process in the rules to deal with the selection of a nominee in that situation. The lone dissent: Bernie Sanders.
The irony here is that Bernie Sanders supporters on the DNC (including the four elected from Missouri in 2016) ostensibly voted to approve the caucus/primary/convention rules for 2020, which also removed the vote of uncommitted PLEO delegates on the first ballot.
There is no rule that allows for a plurality of delegates to select the party’s nominee. None.
Here’s a hypothetical situation. Candidate A has 35% of the delegates, candidate B has 30% of the delegates, and candidate C has 21% of the delegates. No one gets to 50% + 1 on the first ballot. Candidate B and C and their delegates come together – one will be the presidential nominee, one will be the vice presidential nominee. On the second ballot they get 51% of the vote. That’s how a subsequent ballot can select the party’s nominee.
After Chuck Todd’s admittedly stupid process question and Bernie Sanders’ dissenting opinion there were discussions on social media, with some Berniebros going on about the unfairness of it all. With the same temperament as the responses from 2016. Think about that for second. Their revolution’s representatives to the DNC ostensibly voted for those rules. Now, somehow, they’re unfair. They feel entitled enough to want to replace their rules midstream with some nonexistent plurality rule. Because.
I like Bernie Sanders. I find his ideas compelling, though he’s not my first choice. I find myself listening to him and appreciating his voice. And then I encounter a significant (not all) number of his supporters, too many, who are serious assholes. [Fuck you if you start in with me, “what about?”] And then I remember 2016 all over again.
“…Mike Bloomberg’s campaign is the only presidential campaign to reach out to ours–and they’ve done it multiple times–to help amplify our message…But appearing at Bloomberg events. Speaking at Bloomberg events. Encouraging my supporters to attend Bloomberg events gives the appearance that I support Mike Bloomberg…And I do not…”
Lindsey Simmons (D) [2020 file photo].
Late last night:
Lindsey Simmons @LynzforCongress
I will not vote for Donald Trump in 2020. Full stop.
And I have no real interest in voting for Mike Bloomberg, either. That’s why it’s my job to advocate on behalf of the candidates I think would make a wonderful President.
I’m running for Congress in #MO04. We aren’t taking a dime of corporate PAC money and are 100% people funded.
Mike Bloomberg’s campaign is the only presidential campaign to reach out to ours–and they’ve done it multiple times–to help amplify our message.
In some ways, this could be seen as a positive–additional exposure can be helpful.
But appearing at Bloomberg events. Speaking at Bloomberg events. Encouraging my supporters to attend Bloomberg events gives the appearance that I support Mike Bloomberg.
And I do not.
Some staffers have pointed out that Bloomberg has offered to hire field staff and other full-time organizers salaries north of $5,000/month.
I cannot compete with that. Few campaigns can.
And it results in a buying up of talent in this rural area, where the bench is thin.
Mike Bloomberg is not a Democrat. He is an authoritarian. And my single-issue in 2020 is preserving our Constitution.
That cannot be achieved by electing someone who systematically imposed racist policies against communities of color.
It cannot be achieved by electing someone who buys name recognition and, in turn, votes during the primary.
It cannot be achieved by electing someone who boasts that he hasn’t taken in any donations from supporters–b/c that translates to not having real people behind him.
It cannot be achieved by electing someone who refuses to answer questions during interviews and who has yet to appear on a debate stage.
It cannot be achieved by electing someone who dismisses families like mine–rural farmers who he sees as beneath him.
It cannot be achieved by electing someone who refuses to invest in and support unions.
It cannot be achieved by electing someone who makes derogatory, disparaging remarks about women and then holds their voice prisoner with non-disclosure agreements.
Around here, there’s a sense that if you are wealthy and if you are successful that you must have worked hard to get there.
And, hard workers are noble people.
Thus, there’s this implied notion that Bloomberg is a noble, admirable person–based solely upon his wealth.
But selling financial products is not the same as working the fields from dusk til dawn.
As a farm girl turned Wall Street lawyer, I’m here to warn you–don’t be fooled. Don’t be distracted by the billions. Don’t give up your values in the blind pursuit of defeating Trump.
We should not trade one New York (pseudo) billionaire who wishes to dominate the world for another New York (actual) billionaire who wishes to dominate the world.
There are better choices. There are more qualified choices. There are more honorable choices.
Defeating Trump at all costs cannot be the goal.
Defeating Trump is not worth shredding the Constitution.
Defeating Trump is not worth embracing a misogynist.
Defeating Trump is not worth abandoning our morals.
Defeating Trump is not worth embracing an authoritarian.
I realize the temptation.
I’m running for Congress against the most anti-woman + anti-LGBTQ+ member of Congress. She won a freaking award from a hate group last week.
We need money to beat her.
So I get the temptation. I understand.
We are afraid. Afraid because we know how dangerous the President is. How dangerous a DOJ abdicating its responsibility is. How dangerous a Senate ignoring the separation of powers is.
But we mustn’t be so afraid that we forget who we are and what we stand for.
We must be brave enough to believe that we can elect a new President.
Brave enough to believe we can retain our principles in the process.
Brave enough to believe we can defeat the divisiveness in our communities.
Brave enough to believe we deserve better.
These tensions that exist between family members, friends and neighbors over whether they support the red or blue team–those tensions have led us to a Cold Civil War.
To get out of it–we must do more than win at any cost.
Because the real victory isn’t in Trump’s defeat–it’s in the defeat of the anger, the depression, the disenfranchisement, the demonization that pervades our country.
Real victory is families not fighting during the holidays.
Real victory is friends not blocking each other on Facebook.
Real victory is your neighbor not fearing what might happen to her property if she identifies as a Democrat in a red area, or a Republican in a blue one.
A real, honest to God, victory means we all care less about which party the President belongs to and more about that person’s actions, beliefs, and policies.
Because until that’s the case–we’ll continue to back figures like Trump and Bloomberg.