Early this morning in west central Missouri:
A bird’s gotta eat.
“…It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more…” – John Adams – July 3, 1776
1826 June 24. ([Thomas]Jefferson to Roger Weightman). ‘The kind invitation I recieve from you on the part of the citizens of the city of Washington, to be present with them at their celebration of the 50th anniversary of American independance; as one of the surviving signers of an instrument, pregnant with our own, and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself, and heightened by the honorable accompaniment proposal for the comfort of such a journey. it adds sensibly to the sufferings of sickness, to be deprived by it of a personal participation in the rejoicings of that day. … I should indeed, with peculiar delight, have met and exchanged there, congratulations personally, with the small band, the remnant of that host of worthies, who joined with us, on that day, in the bold and doubtful election we were to make, for our country, between submission, or the sword; and to have enjoyed with them the consolatory fact that our fellow citizens, after half a century of experience and prosperity, continue to approve the choice we made. … for ourselves let the annual return of this day, for ever refresh our recollections of these rights and an undiminished devotion to them.’
Let’s try and make it to 2020.
Last night Powell Gardens, in Kingsville, Missouri, held its 25th annual (and final) “Booms and Blooms” concert and fireworks display celebrating the 4th of July. Several thousand people drove to the botanic gardens near Kansas City to spend the day and ultimately listen to the evening’s two hour outdoor concert performed by the Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra immediately preceding the extensive fireworks show.
Nazi punching music (June 27, 2019)
A press release from Planned Parenthood:
BREAKING: Stay granted; Missourians’ abortion access protected for now
For Immediate Release: June 28, 2019
Today, the Administrative Hearing Commission (AHC) granted Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region a stay against a license denial that would have blocked abortion services at the last health center in the state to provide this care. The court and now the AHC have blocked the Department of Health and Senior Services’ unlawful decision denying Planned Parenthood a license to operate while the case is pending. For now, safe, legal abortion remains accessible at the St. Louis health center. Supporters, activists, and advocates will gather on the Eads Bridge at 4:30 p.m. CT today to celebrate this victory. They will drop a banner that sends a strong message to Gov. Parson and DHSS Director Randall Williams.
Statement from Dr. Colleen McNicholas, OBGYN, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region:
“We are relieved to have this last-minute reprieve, which means patients can continue accessing safe, legal abortion at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis for the time being. This has been a week-to-week fight for our patients and every Missourian who needs access to abortion care. There are two things that remain unchanged in Missouri: the uncertainty our patients face, and our will to continue fighting for their right to access safe, legal abortion.
“Patients should never have to worry that they may lose access to health care tomorrow because of a politically driven campaign to end abortion access. Yet, here we are, facing this reality week after week because of Gov. Parson’s agenda to ban abortion. It is unjust and cruel, and as the court and now the Administrative Commission Hearing recognize, unlawful. Planned Parenthood will continue responding to these political attacks on reproductive rights and health care with unrelenting vigor. Because abortion is health care and every person deserves the right and freedom to decide when and whether to be pregnant — no matter what.”
HB 126 and HB 127: catering to their single issue base (December 3, 2018)
Gov. Mike Parson (r): Alabama, hold my beer… (May 15, 2019)
Gov. Mike Parson (r): New York is shorthand for what? (May 16, 2019)
Medieval (May 17, 2019)
HB 126: the elephant in the womb (May 24, 2019)
HB 126: “…here for the ratio” (May 25, 2016)
Missouri: Medieval (May 28, 2019)
ACLU: Referendum Petition filed on HB 126 (May 28, 2019)
Our nation turns its eyes to Missouri (June 1, 2019)
In the Medieval State of Missouri (June 4, 2019)
Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (r): Emergency! Emergency! (June 7, 2019)
Campaign Finance: fighting HB 126 (June 8, 2019)
This morning at the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City (June 22, 2019)
Much more competent and effective, on appearances and definitely on substance, than Trump Administration counsel in front of Congress.
This evening in west central Missouri, an aggressive Mourning Dove display – pushing around smaller and larger birds:
A statement sent to supporters today:
I love you Kansas City. For the last 20 years I have dedicated my life to making this city a better place. For the last 250 days I’ve had the honor and privilege of traveling to every corner of this great community — talking to our neighbors and connecting with thousands of residents about the future of our home.
We walked the length of the city. We took the time to tour neighborhoods with leaders who work hard every day to build a better community. One neighbor called it – leadership by walking around. We saw first hand what we are getting right — and got an up close look at the problems we still need to solve.
Through it all we were always able to find that Kansas City Spirit. A pride that is bigger than all of us. A desire to make sure that Kansas City’s success continues in every neighborhood.
Along the way, people stepped up to help. We shared a vision. While we didn’t get the outcome we wanted in this election, that vision has not changed.
Thank you to the Justus League and all our generous supporters. Your time, generosity, sweat and passion were felt throughout the city and I appreciate each and every one of you.
So what’s next? First and foremost, I won’t disengage and neither should you. We must support our city’s leaders and keep working to move our city forward. I know that’s exactly what you will do.
Kansas City is on a roll – and we are just getting started. I know you love this city as much as I do and I know you have it in you to stay in the game. Let’s dig deep and make sure we build the safe, diverse, and equitable city that we deserve.
Thank you Kansas City. Now let’s keep walking.
Kansas City Mayoral Election: Quinton Lucas (June 18, 2019)