Cardinals – it’s really cold out there

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Today in west central Missouri:

Cardinal. Cardinalis cardinalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/200, ISO 800, 400 mm.

Cardinal. Cardinalis cardinalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/400, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Cardinal. Cardinalis cardinalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/500, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Cardinal. Cardinalis cardinalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/200, ISO 800, 400 mm.

Cardinal. Cardinalis cardinalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/500, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

It’s really cold out there

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Today in west central Missouri:

Robin (American). Turdus Migratorius.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/200, ISO 800, 400 mm.

Dark-eyed Junco. Junco hyemalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/400, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Dark-eyed Junco. Junco hyemalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/400, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

House Sparrow. Passer domesticus.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/400, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Blue Jay. Cyanocitta cristata.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/500, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Blue Jay. Cyanocitta cristata.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/500, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Campaign Finance: y tiempo para gastarlas

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They’ll find a way.

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C201214 10/24/2020 Republican Governors Association – Missouri 2020 Republican Governors Association 1747 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 250 Washington DC 20006 10/23/2020 $1,600,000.00

He needs the help, eh?

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

Johnson County, Missouri – COVID-19 – Statistics – October 23, 2020

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Today from Johnson County, Missouri Community Health Services:

Johnson County, Missouri

Cumulative Positive Cases: 1658

Deaths: 16

Wear a damn mask. And while you’re at it, wear some damn gloves.

Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.
#FlattenTheCurve

To catch a thief

There’s been quite a bit of political sign theft here in west central Missouri. Stealing or vandalizing political yard signs is a Class Four Election Offense.

Early this morning.

Anyone know this person? If so, let the Warrensburg Police Department know.

RSMo § 115.637. Class four election offenses. — The following offenses, and any others specifically so described by law, shall be class four election offenses and are deemed misdemeanors not connected with the exercise of the right of suffrage. Conviction for any of these offenses shall be punished by imprisonment of not more than one year or by a fine of not more than two thousand five hundred dollars or by both such imprisonment and fine:
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(19) Stealing or willfully defacing, mutilating, or destroying any campaign yard sign on private property, except that this subdivision shall not be construed to interfere with the right of any private property owner to take any action with regard to campaign yard signs on the owner’s property and this subdivision shall not be construed to interfere with the right of any candidate, or the candidate’s designee, to remove the candidate’s campaign yard sign from the owner’s private property after the election day.

Previously:

Stupidity in an era when everyone has a camera (August 30, 2020)

Yard Signs: resupply (October 17, 2020)

The replacement (October 18, 2020)

Johnson County, Missouri – COVID-19 – Statistics – October 22, 2020

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Today from Johnson County, Missouri Community Health Services:

Johnson County, Missouri

Cumulative Positive Cases: 1642

Deaths: 15

Wear a damn mask. And while you’re at it, wear some damn gloves.

Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.
#FlattenTheCurve

Mixed messaging

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This afternoon in west central Missouri, just across the street:

Let’s see.

There are now over 220,000 deaths from the pandemic because he knew but didn’t (and still hasn’t) created or followed a plan. Masks anyone? Check.

He’s gone to the Supreme Court to remove protections for pre-existing medical conditions. You all realize that the millions of Americans who have contracted COVID-19 now have a pre-existing condition? Check.

Donald Trump paid $750 in federal taxes. Small check.

He spent around $135,000.00 to pay off a porn star for services while he was married to his third wife. Family values? Check.

Immigrants seeking asylum with their children – legally – separated at the border from their children who were placed and held in cages. Now we just learn that over 500 of those children will probably never be united with their parents – because of the cruelty and incompetence of Donald Trump and his administration. You good with that? Check.

Grift? Cruelty? Misogyny? Check.

2020 has not been a good year. Is that keeping America great? Just asking. Check.

We could go in in this vein – it’s a really long list.

Then this thing about praying for America. Is it prayer from one denomination only? Are others welcome to do so, or is it an exclusive club? Just asking. Because you know, there are Wiccans, and Jews, and Muslims, and Buddhists, and more in America. And Athiests.

And then that little bit of projection. Is that in response to the signs in my yard? The ones, you know, that just indicate support for candidates. Cults do that – their true believers consider support for another candidate an unforgiveable insult to their cult leader and they must respond in kind.

There was a Trump yard sign across the street in 2016. We’ve never bothered to meet them. We never will.

Campaign Finance: making the rubble bounce

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Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C201190 10/21/2020 Democratic Governors Association – Missouri Democratic Governors Association 1225 Eye St NW, Ste 1100 Washington DC 20005 10/19/2020 $250,000.00

C201190 10/21/2020 Democratic Governors Association – Missouri Democratic Governors Association 1225 Eye St NW, Ste 1100 Washington DC 20005 10/19/2020 $625,000.00

C201352 10/21/2020 A Stronger Missouri Democratic Governors Association – Missouri 1225 Eye St NW Ste. 1100 Washington DC 20005 10/19/2020 $625,000.00

C201352 10/21/2020 A Stronger Missouri Democratic Governors Association – Missouri 1225 Eye St NW Ste. 1100 Washington DC 20005 10/19/2020 $250,000.00

C201352 10/21/2020 A Stronger Missouri Keep Government Accountable PO Box 414435 Kansas City MO 64141 10/19/2020 $500,000.00

[emphasis added]

Make it bounce higher.

Nicole Galloway (D) [2016 file photo].

I’m not ready to make nice

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I never will be.

“Oh, so you noticed my replacement 4 x 4 after some asshole stole the previous yard sign and wire?”

This showed up in our mailbox today:

Hi! How are you? I am a neighbor of yours in the lake ridge/country view area. I have been pondering lately what I can do to be the change I want to see. This is not a chain letter, nothing bad will happen to you if it stops with you. But it IS an invitation to be a small part of something I hope could be GOOD for our community. I am randomly selecting 5 people who are advertising their support for the opposing political platform and performing a random act of kindness (I wanted to bake cookies but feared in our current political climate you’d worry they were poisoned or something lol). My hope is to demonstrate that it’s possible to have differences of opinion (even pronounced ones) and still go out of our way to be kind. If I’m wrong this will be a very short experiment lol. If I’m right, I’m hoping you will consider paying it forward and selecting a few people you can pass kindness onto. My only request is that they be people you don’t necessarily see eye to eye with; that can be politically, or religiously, or even that neighbor with the obnoxious dog. And you don’t need to spend a lot of money; you can bake cookies, do a gift card, or even just write a letter of encouragement. It’s a small thing but I pray it will be a step towards reminding us that we’re neighbors first. Thanks for reading and enjoy your coffee! – Your neighbor

(You’re welcome to reproduce any part of this letter to use for your random acts or obviously to come up with something all your own!)

Your privilege betrays you.

Your cult of personality betrays you.

Aber der Mond verrät mich.

Chain letters? What serious adult gives a shit about chain letters?

“I am randomly selecting 5 people who are advertising their support for the opposing political platform and performing a random act of kindness (I wanted to bake cookies but feared in our current political climate you’d worry they were poisoned or something lol).”

You think a perky note and a cup of coffee make up for four years of hell? 220,000 deaths? Gross incompetence? Your cult leader knew in February.

Your cult leader spent around $135,000.00 to pay off a porn star [a more honorable profession than anything he’s ever done] for services while he was married to his third wife. Family values.

What ever happened to that giant caravan in 2018? We do have children in cages, separated from their parents. Because they were brown and legally seeking asylum. And now we find out that over 500 children will probably never be reunited with their parents. You okay with that? Because you’re voting for it.

Who paid for the wall? It came out of the department of Defense budget, not from Mexico.

Access to health care? This one is personal. Why is your cult leader suing in federal court to do away with pre-existing condition requirements for insurance? Speaking of COVID-19. You do realize that close to ten million Americans now have an additional pre-existing condition, right?

At its peak, 32.5 million unemployed workers?

[….] Of the 32.5 million workers who are either officially unemployed or otherwise out of work because of the virus, 11.9 million workers, or 7.2% of the workforce, are out of work with no hope of being called back to a prior job; 5.7 million workers, or 3.5% of the workforce, are out of work and expect to get called back to a prior job but likely will not; and 14.8 million workers, or 9.0% of the workforce, are out of work and can reasonably expect to be called back. That means the share of the workforce that is out of work and has no reasonable chance of being called back to a prior job is 10.7% (7.2% + 3.5%).[….]

Merrick Garland. Do some reading. Then tell me that what’s about to happen to our judiciary for the next forty years is justified by your cult of personality. Spare us all the “pro-life” bullshit. It’s not true. It never has been.

Do you think twenty dead elementary school children and six dead adults in Connecticut and hundreds more all over the country is the price we pay for “freedom?” That’s what you’re voting for. And I mean this seriously, fuck you for that one.

Oh, you’re right about the cookies. They would have definitely gone in the trash. Lol.

I don’t associate with people I don’t see “eye to eye” with. You think that sounds harsh? Exercise whatever cognitive ability you have remaining and look up “Overton Window.” I’ll wait. There is no equal opposing views or reasonable dialogue when it comes to the extremes inherent in your cult of personality. That ship sailed decades ago.

“…I pray it will be a step towards reminding us that we’re neighbors first…”

I don’t pray. “Neighbors first?” How about humanity first. Or compassion first? Or charity first? Your obvious political choice is autocratic grifter first. Own it.

If you’re voting for a Fascist, racist, misogynist for President guess what that makes you?

If you ever wondered what you would have done if you were in Germany in the 1930s, you’re doing it now.

The problem for me is you’re the type of good German who might be pleasant to my face, even present me with a gift card for coffee, and then you’d stand around with your hands in your pockets when the Gestapo showed up to take me away.

I don’t drink coffee. I’m burning the card. And you can take your sanctimonious self-righteous hypocritical note and shove it up your ass.

Oh, and fuck off. I mean that sincerely.