HB 2044: Wouldn’t it just be easier to burn all of the books?

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Just asking.

A bill:

HB 2044
Establishes the “Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act”
Sponsor: Baker, Ben (160)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2020
LR Number: 4634H.01I
Last Action: 01/09/2020 – Read Second Time (H)
Bill String: HB 2044
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

The devil is in the details:

SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 2044 [pdf]
100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE BAKER.

4634H.01I DANA RADEMAN MILLER, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To repeal section 181.060, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof two new sections relating to parental oversight of public libraries, with penalty provisions.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

[….]

5. No public library shall receive any state aid under this section if such library allows minors to access age-inappropriate sexual materials in violation of section 182.821.

182.821. 1. This section shall be known and may be cited as the “Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act”.

2. As used in this section, the following terms mean:

(1) “Age-inappropriate sexual material”, any description or representation, in any form, of nudity, sexuality, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse, that:
(a) Taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest of minors;
(b) Is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community with respect to what is appropriate material for minors; and
(c) Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors;

(2) “Geographical area”, any village, town, city, county, library district, or other area with established boundaries in which a library is established or for which a library is established to provide library services;

(3) “Public library”, any library that receives state aid under section 181.060 and that provides public access to age-inappropriate sexual material.

3. Each public library shall establish a parental library review board as provided in this subsection.
(1) At least thirty calendar days before the election of a board under this subsection, the governing body of the public library shall notify all qualified voters residing within the library’s geographical area that an election for members of the library’s parental library review board will be held at a regularly convened hearing of the village, town, city, or county in which the majority of the library’s geographical area lies. At such hearing, the qualified voters present shall elect the members of the board by a majority vote. The five individuals receiving the highest number of votes cast by the qualified voters present shall be members of the board.
(2) The board shall be composed of five adult residents of the public library’s geographical area. Each board member shall serve a term of two years. Any vacancy shall be filled in the same manner in which the member was initially elected, except that if a member vacates the office before the end of the member’s term, the vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term only. No member of the board shall receive any compensation for any actions related to fulfilling board duties. No member of the board shall be an employee of the library, the state, or any political subdivision thereof.
(3) (a) The board shall determine whether any sexual material provided to the public by the public library is age-inappropriate sexual material. To make such determinations, the board shall convene public hearings at which members of the community may present concerns to the board. After receiving comments from the public, the board shall examine individual instances of the questioned sexual material to determine whether it is age-inappropriate sexual material under this section.
(b) The board may order any material deemed to be age-inappropriate sexual material to be removed from public access by minors at the public library.
(c) Any such determination or order made by the board shall be the final determination or order on such materials, and shall not be subject to any review by the governing body of the public library, the state, or any political subdivision thereof. This subdivision shall not be construed to prohibit judicial review of any determination or order made by the board under this section.

4. Each public library shall, on or before June thirtieth of each year, verify compliance with this section on any form created by the board. After such compliance is verified, the library shall post the verification in a conspicuous place for public viewing at the library.

5. Any public library personnel who willfully neglects or refuses to perform any duty imposed on a public library under this section, or who willfully violates any provision of this section, is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year.

Wait, how are we supposed to elect the book burning brigade?

“…At least thirty calendar days before the election of a board under this subsection, the governing body of the public library shall notify all qualified voters residing within the library’s geographical area that an election for members of the library’s parental library review board will be held at a regularly convened hearing of the village, town, city, or county in which the majority of the library’s geographical area lies. At such hearing, the qualified voters present shall elect the members of the board by a majority vote. The five individuals receiving the highest number of votes cast by the qualified voters present shall be members of the board…”

Uh, who counts the votes? What happens if there’s a dispute about the election or the vote count?

“…To make such determinations, the board shall convene public hearings at which members of the community may present concerns to the board….”

Ah, public governance by pearl clutchers.

That’s never a good idea.

Wait, if a member of the public is not a parent can they run for the book burning “parental” review board? Just asking.

“…Any public library personnel who willfully neglects or refuses to perform any duty imposed on a public library under this section, or who willfully violates any provision of this section, is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year.”

First they came for the librarians who made classic and new juvenile literature available to juveniles…

HJR 99, HB 1811, and HB 1600: afraid of voters

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Introduced today by Representative John Simmons (r):

HJR 99
Proposes a constitutional amendment to prohibit selecting electors for the President of the United States based on the national popular vote
Sponsor: Simmons, John (109)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2020
LR Number: 3107H.01I
Last Action: 01/14/2020 – Introduced and Read First Time (H)
Bill String: HJR 99
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

There are 2,868,691‬ reasons [pdf] for that one, eh?

And, earlier:

HB 1811
Modifies provisions for initiative petitions and referendums
Sponsor: Simmons, John (109)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2020
LR Number: 3186H.01I
Last Action: 01/09/2020 – Read Second Time (H)
Bill String: HB 1811
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

The summary [pdf]:

HB 1811 — PETITION REGULATIONS
SPONSOR: Simmons

This bill changes the format of signature sheets and requires the Secretary of State to make petition sheets available in an electronic format for printing and circulation. There is a $500 filing fee for each initiative or referendum petition sample sheet with an additional $25 fee per page of text in excess of two pages. The fee is refundable if the petition is approved for circulation. This bill changes the maximum number of words that the official summary statement can contain from 50 to 150 words and requires signatures on petitions to be in black or blue ink. Initiative petitions may not invalidate or modify federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, or court decisions, amend federal or constitutional provisions, or accomplish any act delegated to the General Assembly under the Constitution of the United States. This bill changes the “Publications Fund” to the “Secretary of State’s Petition Publications Fund”. The procedure for counting or evaluating signatures are specified in the bill. The bill specifies that any court ordered changes to a ballot title results in the invalidation of signatures collected prior to the order. This bill is similar to HB 290 (2019).

“…any court ordered changes to a ballot title results in the invalidation of signatures collected prior to the order…”

Convenient. Have enough money and don’t like an initiative petition with a lot of popular support? Just sue to change the ballot title.

And:

HB 1600
Modifies several provisions relating elections
Sponsor: Simmons, John (109)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2020
LR Number: 3088H.01I
Last Action: 01/09/2020 – Read Second Time (H)
Bill String: HB 1600
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

The summary:

HB 1600 — ELECTIONS SPONSOR: Simmons This bill modifies election laws. In its main provisions the bill: (1) Requires candidates filing their declaration of candidacy with the Secretary of State to pay their fee to the treasurer of the appropriate political party committee; (2) Requires persons voting in person by use of an absentee ballot to establish their identity under Section 115.427, RSMo; (3) Allows voters without personal identification at a polling place to vote a provisional ballot which will be counted based upon a certification process and the return of documentation or by a signature verification process conducted by the election authority; (4) Repeals certain affidavit and notice requirements under Section 115.427; and (5) Authorizes the Missouri Secretary of State to subpoena specified records for the purpose of investigating all classifications of election offenses and other specified offenses, but terminates such authority after August 28, 2025.

§ 115.427 RSMo:

Personal identification, requirements–statement for voters without required personal identification, procedure–provisional ballot, when–form of statement–notice of requirements–report–precinct register requirements–mark in lieu of signature, when–contingent effective date. —

1. Persons seeking to vote in a public election shall establish their identity and eligibility to vote at the polling place by presenting a form of personal identification to election officials. No form of personal identification other than the forms listed in this section shall be accepted to establish a voter’s qualifications to vote. Forms of personal identification that satisfy the requirements of this section are any one of the following:
  (1) Nonexpired Missouri driver’s license;
  (2) Nonexpired or nonexpiring Missouri nondriver’s license;
  (3) A document that satisfies all of the following requirements:
  (a) The document contains the name of the individual to whom the document was issued, and the name substantially conforms to the most recent signature in the individual’s voter registration record;
  (b) The document shows a photograph of the individual;
  (c) The document includes an expiration date, and the document is not expired, or, if expired, the document expired after the date of the most recent general election; and
  (d) The document was issued by the United States or the state of Missouri; or
  (4) Any identification containing a photograph of the individual which is issued by the Missouri National Guard, the United States Armed Forces, or the United States Department of Veteran Affairs to a member or former member of the Missouri National Guard or the United States Armed Forces and that is not expired or does not have an expiration date.
  2. (1) An individual who appears at a polling place without a form of personal identification described in subsection 1 of this section and who is otherwise qualified to vote at that polling place may execute a statement, under penalty of perjury, averring that the individual is the person listed in the precinct register; averring that the individual does not possess a form of personal identification described in subsection 1 of this section; acknowledging that the individual is eligible to receive a Missouri nondriver’s license free of charge if desiring it in order to vote; and acknowledging that the individual is required to present a form of personal identification, as described in subsection 1 of this section, in order to vote. Such statement shall be executed and sworn to before the election official receiving the statement. Upon executing such statement, the individual may cast a regular ballot, provided such individual presents one of the following forms of identification:
  (a) Identification issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state;
  (b) Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof;
  (c) Identification issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state of Missouri;
  (d) A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that contains the name and address of the individual;
  (e) Other identification approved by the secretary of state under rules promulgated pursuant to this section.
  (2) For any individual who appears at a polling place without a form of personal identification described in subsection 1 of this section and who is otherwise qualified to vote at that polling place, the election authority may take a picture of such individual and keep it as part of that individual’s voter registration file at the election authority.
  (3) Any individual who chooses not to execute the statement described in subdivision (1) of this subsection may cast a provisional ballot. Such provisional ballot shall be counted, provided that it meets the requirements of subsection 4 of this section.
[….]

Ah, voter suppression. HB 1600 closes the absentee ballot voter ID loophole. Because we know with the uninformed certainty of Donald Trump (r) that voter impersonation fraud is an epidemic…

All filed by Rep. John Simmons (r). Go figure.

Sen. Cory Booker (D): out of the 2020 presidential race

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Senator Cory Booker (D) [2019 file photo]

Today, from Cory Booker’s (D) 2020 presidential campaign:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2020

Cory Booker: I’ve made the hard decision to suspend my campaign for president.

Friend,

Nearly one year ago, I got in the race for president because I believed to my core that the answer to the common pain Americans are feeling right now, the answer to Donald Trump’s hatred and division, is to reignite our spirit of common purpose to take on our biggest challenges and build a more just and fair country for everyone.

I’ve always believed that. I still believe that. I’m proud I never compromised my faith in these principles during this campaign to score political points or tear down others. And maybe I’m stubborn, but I’ll never abandon my faith in what we can accomplish when we join together.

I will carry this fight forward — I just won’t be doing it as a candidate for president this year.

It’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president.

[….]

It was a difficult decision to make, but I got in this race to win, and I’ve always said I wouldn’t continue if there was no longer a path to victory.

Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don’t have, and money that is harder to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington.

So I’ve chosen to suspend my campaign now, take care of my wonderful staff, and give you time to consider the other strong choices in the field.

I’m proud of the ideas we brought to this Democratic primary and, more importantly, the values we championed throughout — that the only way we make progress is by bringing people together — even when we were told that our approach couldn’t win. Because our values must always be our values, even when that’s not convenient.

Over the past eleven months of this campaign, we rallied around bold ideas to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face as a nation. We moved the debate forward on gun violence — introducing a plan with the most aggressive gun safety measures our country had ever seen. We advocated for progressive, swift change to our criminal justice reform system. We fought to protect and strengthen reproductive rights and access to abortion. Together, we spoke out and stood up for people and communities that have been left out and left behind.

We never backed down from our commitment to being a campaign powered by the people. I’m so grateful to the supporters who invested time, money, and resources into building this organization. I’m forever indebted to you and your activism.

I will be doing everything in my power to elect the eventual Democratic nominee for president, whomever that may be, and to elect great Democrats to the Senate and up and down the ballot. 2020 is the most important election of our lifetimes — we have to beat Donald Trump… but beating Trump is the floor, not the ceiling.

We must remember that throughout the campaign to come, and as we work to build a more just America in Trump’s wake. It’s activists like you who are going to be so important in this election and I feel so lucky to have you on my team.

We may have not reached our ultimate goal, but over the last year I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many incredible, inspiring, engaged people all over this country, and I am more confident now than ever that together we will rise.

Cory

# # #

Damn.

Senator Cory Booker (D) with Iowa Public Television interviewer David Yepson. [2019 file photo]

Previously:

Sen. Cory Booker (D) in Indianola, Iowa – March 16, 2019 – “Hope is the active conviction that despair will not have the last word.” (March 16, 2019)

Sen. Cory Booker (D) – “Conversations with Presidential Candidates” – Iowa Public Television – Ankeny, Iowa – July 15, 2019 (July 15, 2019)

Campaign Finance: Senator Cory Booker (D) – on the way to $1,700,000.00 by September 30th (September 22, 2019)

St. Louis Superman: Bruce Franks, Jr.

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The documentary featuring Bruce Franks, Jr. was nominated for a 2020 Academy Award.

Representative Bruce Franks, Jr. (D) [2019 file photo].

“St. Louis Superman” directed by Smriti Mundhra and Sami Kha, tells the story of black rapper and activist Bruce Franks, who was inspired to run for office by the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014. He beats the odds and is elected as a Democrat to the Missouri House of Representatives, an overwhelmingly white and Republican chamber, but still finds himself battling old demons…

The 92nd Academy Awards | 2020
Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Honoring movies released in 2019
[….]
Documentary (Short Subject)
Nominees

In the Absence
Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva

Life Overtakes Me
John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson

St. Louis Superman
Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan

Walk Run Cha-Cha
Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

Representative Bruce Franks, Jr. (D) [2018 file photo].

Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr. (D) [2018 file photo].

HB 1911: You were expecting something else?

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Representative Mike Moon (r) [2019 file photo].

A bill, introduced by Mike Moon (r):

SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 1911 [pdf]
100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE MOON.

4175H.01I DANA RADEMAN MILLER, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To amend chapter 14, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to taxation.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Chapter 14, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 14.080, to read as follows: 14.080. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the state of Missouri shall not remit any taxes including, but not limited to, federal withholding taxes, to the federal government of the United States unless the federal government prohibits the use of any federal funds for abortions. This prohibition shall include abortions resulting from rape or incest and abortions performed to save a person’s life.

It’s right wingnuts. It’s the Missouri General Assembly. What else did you expect?

We are surprised there isn’t boilerplate tenther drivel in the mix.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): Predictable sycophant

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

This afternoon, via Twitter:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
This impeachment against @realDonaldTrump is a sham.

The House came to a screeching halt because they said impeachment was urgent.

So why did Speaker Pelosi play politics with the articles for nearly a month?

We need to do the work of the American people here in Washington.
[….]
1:27 PM · Jan 11, 2020

As usual, there is much hilarity in the responses:

Another person lying to the Country… we all know why she held them back…. because Moscow Mitch and Lennigrad Lindsey promised that it would be shut down immediately in the Senate! The American people deserve to hear ALL the facts… the new GOP is an absolute disgrace!

Yo, Vickster, why did @senatemajldr McConnell and @LindseyGrahamSC announce that they had no interest in a fair trial? That they were going to collude with Trump’s attorneys for guidance?

Why would you expect Nancy Pelosi to rush toward a trial with co-conspirators as jurors?

So what you are saying is you think it’s perfectly acceptable for the president to withhold military aid and ask a foreign leader to go on TV and say he’s investigating a political opponent in exchange for release of that military aid? Why would think that is OK?

It’s not a sham though as Trump has more than deserved to be impeached, he’s lucky it’s only in two counts!
@SpeakerPelosi quite rightly wants a fair trial with relevant witness testimony & documents!
It how every other Court works!
Surely you believe in a truth & justice?

Actually it was a good strategy. Court ruling came through and Bolten said he would testify, more docs released from law suit, and Parnas offering to provide Ukraine docs to House. Probably other things we may not know about. Smart! You are not real bright!!!

Maybe because Mitch said he was going to coordinate with trumps lawyers and said on live TV the president would not be removed. #GOPCorruption #MitchItIsTimeForAFairTrial

Sham? A trial with no witnesses, falsely sworn and faithless jurors, and active coordination between the jury leaders and the defendant — there’s your “sham”.

Not a sham…a defense of our national security and 2020 elections.

The House has not come to a screeching halt, and hundreds of bills have been passed.

She wanted to advocate for a fair Senate process.

Talk to #MoscowMitch if you want some work done: he is holding up bills.

No, your defense of Trump is a sham unless you really think it’s acceptable for a US president to solicit help from a foreign country in order to cheat in an election.

To make it obvious to all of America that the GOP is rotten and not upholding our nation’s laws. All Americans should be able to claim that our laws no longer apply to them.

It is urgent and the majority of citizens want a fair trial with witnesses and testimony. The current GOP is a sham. You know why she waited and so do we, so stop jerking our chain and GET TO WORK!

Irony: The group photos the SCIF-occupiers posed for later, to document their willingness to compromise national security for job security, also included Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler, whose pinned tweet notes her distaste for “political theatrics.”

Why has @senatemajldr played politics with the hundreds of bills that have passed the House over the last year?

the evidence is abundant and clear. The President used the powers of his office to illegally hold aid in an attempt to extort a public statement about an investigation into his political rival.

and more evidence comes out every day.

It is not a sham, there is overwhelming evidence of his corruption, traitorous actions, and attempts to obstruct justice. And you, Vicki, are enabling him.

If you are remembered for anything at all it will be for your undying support of an evil empire.

She waited to have a fair trial for Trump. New details on Donnie are popping up everywhere.

I do not think the @GOP should be tweeting that the enforcement of the #Constitution is a scam.

Again, you insure you include trump in your tweet as well as use “sham” No truer sign of a weak leader. Thankfully many of your constituents can think for themselves, let’s hope you start listening to us.

Mitch is corrupt, we want a fair trial. Nobody is above the law.

Did you vote to abdicate your responsibility with reference to the war powers act? Why do we need you? Seems like that would be the work of the people.

Why, yes she did.

Speaking of scams as you count all the farm subsidy (welfare) checks you’ve cashed…
#FireVicky

It’s real, all right. Are you OK?

So when will you start. I have never seen anything out of you since you went to DC

Actually it’s not a sham. This man is the biggest conman of our time. We need a fair trial.

Save it, Vicky.

Who votes for hacks like you? Seriously – people should have to take an IQ test before being allowed to vote!

The people of Missouri deserve to hear the witnesses and see the documents in a fair trial. It is not a trial if the evidence cannot be presented. The only sham are the ones trying to hide things from the people.

since there are literally hundreds of bills passed by the house waiting for the senate I don’t think you have any grounds to say that they are the ones not doing work—so let me guess —were you one of the ones who told on the republicans who wanted to limit trumps war powers?

Brown shirt says what?

In this same interview, your orange savior talks about using our troops as mercenaries and Saudi Arabia has already paid us 1B. Oh really? To what account? Are you ok with our troops being rented out?

Dear God woman, what is wrong with you?

Then why don’t you advocate for the Senate to hear witnesses and provide documents to exonerate Trump Vicky???!

Innocence is not proven by hiding witnesses and document evidence. Even if Senate does not vote to remove Trump he remains Impeached FOREVER

Prove it’s a sham

She withheld them because the witnesses and docs which would WAY further incriminate your cult leader would be too much for little Republican brains to fathom. So they’re just gonna pretend it doesn’t exist and exonerate him because that’s what little nazi’s do for other nazi’s

Message paid for by Russian Oligarchs for Trump super PAC.

Attempts to sound informed but full of falsehoods.

How many bills have passed from the House to the Senate? Oh and how long did repub’s have full control over both without doing shit? Just shut up. You don’t care about missourians, much less about americans.

No sham. At least the House Democrats defended the Constitution unlike the boot licking
@GOP. You’re an embarrassment to Missouri. #VoteBlueToSaveAmerica

Why is #MoscowMitch sitting on 400+ House passed bills?

Why are you deceitful Congresswoman?

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

You only say what you are told to say. You are are an embarrassment

Your party is a joke – where is your moral compass?

You are another example of party over country.

Vicky, please pull your head out of your ass. Start standing up for our nation and not trump or his Republican Party. Protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and (as with trump) domestic! Stop being a trump sycophant.

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

Previously:

Impeachment: almost too stupid to remember to breathe (October 1, 2019)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): While you’re at it, a few questions… (October 23, 2019)

Impeachment: read the transcripts (November 4, 2019)

Impeachment: Greenland (November 7, 2019)

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R): he thinks we’re all too stupid to remember to breathe (November 8, 2019)

Dr. Fiona Hill, Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia, National Security Council (November 8, 2019)

George P. Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (November 9, 2019)

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman (November 9, 2019)

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman: “How could it possibly be a good idea…” (November 10, 2019)

George P. Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs: “Mr. Piggy” and the list (November 11, 2019)

Laura Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia (November 12, 2019)

Catherine Croft, Foreign Service Officer: Mr. Livingston, we presume (November 13, 2019)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): getting pwned (November 13, 2019)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): Is somebody going to tell her? (November 14, 2019)

Listening to his master’s voice (November 15, 2019)

Jennifer Williams, Special Advisor to the Vice President (November 19, 2019)

David Holmes, Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine (November 18, 2019)

Ambassador David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (November 19, 2019)

Go to school, do your homework, and never, ever, engage in sloppy conspiracy theories with people who are just as dumb as you (November 24, 2019)

Dude’s gotta go (December 3, 2019)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r) “Four legs good, two legs better.” (December 5, 2019)

James Staab: The Case for Impeachment is Clear (December 6, 2019)

#ImpeachTheMF (December 10, 2019)

Consciousness of guilt (December 10, 2019)

Articles of Impeachment – Donald Trump (r) (December 10, 2019)

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D): Impeach (December 11, 2019)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): Why not hold an open public town hall in the district and actually find out? (December 13, 2019)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): Because, it’s not why? (December 15, 2019)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” (December 16, 2019)

The junior senator from Missouri speaks (sort of) (December 17, 2019)

Impeachment: the unhinged letter (December 18, 2019)

Donald Trump (r) finally wins his first and second popular votes * (December 18, 2019)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): we all missed your floor speech praising Donald Trump’s honesty, empathy, fortitude, loyalty… (December 19, 2019)

Gov. Mike Parson (r): Everyone, clap louder!</a (December 19, 2019)

Impeach this! (December 20, 2019)

Okay, impeach this! (December 20, 2019)

Well, then, impeach this! (December 20, 2019)

Sen. Roy Blunt (r): can’t see the forest because of all those trees (December 22, 2019)

Wrong audience (December 27, 2019)

Sen. Josh Hawley (r): see no evil, hear no evil, speak gibberish (January 2, 2020)

Rep. Jason Smith (r): inopportune (January 3, 2020)

Sen. Josh Hawley (r): missing another opportunity to hold open public town halls in Missouri (January 7, 2020)

White-throated Sparrow. Zonotrichia albicollis.

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This afternoon, in the snow, in west central Missouri:

White-throated Sparrow. Zonotrichia albicollis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/640, ISO 3200, 400 mm.

White-throated Sparrow. Zonotrichia albicollis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/640, ISO 3200, 400 mm.

White-throated Sparrow. Zonotrichia albicollis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/400, ISO 3200, 400 mm.

White-throated Sparrow. Zonotrichia albicollis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/400, ISO 3200, 400 mm.

White-throated Sparrow. Zonotrichia albicollis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/400, ISO 3200, 400 mm.

We’d seen these little ones a while back, but they were a little too skittish and uncooperative as we tried to get a decent photo to identify them. Sure enough, they visited today and hung around long enough for their portraits.

Previously:

Ice and sleet (January 11, 2010)

And now, snow (January 11, 2020)

And now, snow

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Midday in west central Missouri.

Dark-eyed Junco. Junco hyemalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/800, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Cardinal. Cardinalis cardinalis.
Dark-eyed Junco. Junco hyemalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/640, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Dark-eyed Junco. Junco hyemalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/800, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Dark-eyed Junco. Junco hyemalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/800, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Dark-eyed Junco. Junco hyemalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/2500, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Dark-eyed Junco. Junco hyemalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/2500, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Apparently turf is a serious issue for birds when it comes to food and bad weather. Sort of like when people rush to clean out their local grocery store when the forecast is bad.

Previously:

Ice and sleet (January 11, 2010)