This is America – 2019

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This morning:

MZS @mattzollerseitz
The only silver lining of this concentration camp discussion is that it instantly tells you who the American version of Hitler’s “good Germans” are.
5:39 AM – 19 Jun 2019

If you’ve ever wondered what you would have done in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s you’re doing it now.

#resist

Kansas City Mayoral Election: Quinton Lucas

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Quinton Lucas – campaign web site

Tonight’s election results from the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners:

SUMMARY REPT-GROUP DETAIL Kansas City Missouri Unofficial Results
Municipal General Election
June 18, 2019

Run Date:06/18/19 08:50 PM

Mayor (VOTE FOR) 1 (WITH 120 OF 125 PRECINCTS COUNTED 96%)
Jolie Justus . . . . . . . . . 15,456 36.16
Quinton Lucas . . . . . . . . . 27,291 63.84

From the Clay County Board of Election Commissioners:

Election Summary Report KANSAS CITY MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTION CLAY COUNTY, MISSOURI TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019 ELECTION RESULTS Unofficial

KANSAS CITY MAYOR
Number of Precincts 35 Precincts Reporting 35 Vote For 1

JOLIE L. JUSTUS 7,301 50.87%
QUINTON LUCAS 7,052 49.13%

14,353 Total Votes 100.00%

From Quinton Lucas’ campaign web site:

Quinton grew up in Kansas City’s urban core. Raised by a single mother and two older sisters, he learned from an early age the values of hard work, education, and perseverance in building a stable and successful life for himself and his family. Despite experiencing homelessness as a child and moving frequently, Quinton worked to obtain academic scholarships to high school, college, and ultimately law school at Cornell University.

After graduating from Cornell, Quinton turned down job offers at large law firms in New York City and Washington, DC to return home to Kansas City where he practiced law and taught in area prisons. At age 28, Quinton earned a professorship at the University of Kansas, making him one of the youngest tenure-track law professors in the United States. An accomplished business lawyer and teacher, Quinton also volunteers extensively in the community with schools and organizations. Because he never met his own father, Quinton regularly mentors young men and women in some of the neighborhoods in which he grew up to ensure young people recognize their potential.

Elected citywide in 2015, Quinton has been a leading voice on the City Council, working with local businesses to drive private investment and grow jobs in our city, particularly in economically distressed areas, championing efforts to ensure quality housing opportunities exist in all Kansas City neighborhoods, leading a once-in-a-generation reform of the City’s tax incentive policy to return public dollars to our schools and libraries in every part of Kansas City, and working each day to ensure the city delivers the basic services taxpayers expect, provides competitive wages to all our municipal employees, and operates in a fair, equitable, and transparent manner.

He knows our region will only grow stronger with leaders who maintain our momentum, have experience and interest in creating positive policies and collaboration at City Hall, have demonstrated an ability to work with citizens in all parts of the city, and who recognize that Kansas City will only be at its best if we look to build better opportunities in all Kansas City neighborhoods.

Campaign Finance: Grass roots! Not.

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Not at all.

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C171141 06/18/2019 American Democracy Alliance – Ridgely PAC Herzog Contracting Corporation 600 S. Riverside Road St Joseph MO 65407 6/17/2019 $50,000.00

C171141 06/18/2019 American Democracy Alliance – Ridgely PAC Herzog Railroad Services, Inc. 700 S. Riverside Road St Joseph MO 64507 6/17/2019 $50,000.00

C171141 06/18/2019 American Democracy Alliance – Ridgely PAC Herzog Technologies, Inc. 600 S. Riverside Road St Joseph MO 64507 6/17/2019 $50,000.00

Our Democracy will choke to death on $50,000.00 contribution checks.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: You were expecting nothing? (September 26, 2019)

One must never, ever criticize the family business

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This morning on Twitter, from Liz Cheney (r) (a U.S. Representative from Wyoming):

Liz Cheney @Liz_Cheney
Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this.
[….]
9:25 AM – 18 Jun 2019

Some of the responses:

Actually if you do some research you would know that there was a huge difference between concentration camps and death camps. May I suggest you travel to Terezín then Dachau to see for yourself.

To be fair, the Cheney family are huge experts on human rights violations …

Jew here who spent three years as a professional historical researcher. Before I block you so insipid, morally bankrupt comments like your don’t darken my timeline again, two things:

1. They’re concentration camps
2. This ain’t your lane

please @Liz_Cheney, daughter of war criminal-profiteer – as you are not a Jew or a member of a rebuked community just please STFU about us. Your comments are sacrilegious, whereas @AOC actually is way ahead of you in every way imaginable.

Yeah, we’ve got pedants debating what “counts” as a “real” concentration camp, instead of thinking about what they lead to. The last words of the Republic will be “well, actually…”

2016: “You act like Trump will be building concentration camps.”

2019: “I think calling them ‘concentration camps’ is inflammatory.”

Here’s some actual history for you:

During World War II, the Japanese American internees at Heart Mountain — in your state of Wyoming — called that a “concentration camp” as well.

.@Liz_Cheney, don’t speak for me or my Jewish ancestors. In fact, @AOC is correct. You don’t understand history. You demean their memory by failing to see that “Never Again” is now. By supporting Trump, you promote cruelty, concentration camps, and racism

The history here is just not complicated. I’m just waiting for Liz to say actually concentration camps are good!

Jew here. @AOC’s point is exactly why we say “Never forget.” The Holocaust did not begin with the murder of 6 million Jews. It began with the same dehumanization, deportation, and internment we see today. You, sickeningly, invoke the Holocaust to minimize their suffering. Shame.

Also, Liz, we prefer you don’t say “exterminated” about people. That’s for rats and cockroaches (both Nazi metaphors for the Jews they murdered, incidentally!).

If I were the daughter of a man who lied to start a war for his own gain that annihilated 1/2 million humans, Id keep my head down & mouth shut. Your head is up your *** while you mouth off with stunning, indefensible ignorance. Way to not have learned a damn thing, #LizCheney

Also, the Holocaust did not start with the death of 6 million.

It started with an authoritarian populist scapegoating a despised minority for his country’s economic problems, and increasingly using govt power to terrorize them.

Warmonger’s daughter says what?

Go fuck yourself Liz. Like you care about Jews or minorities.

Hey, Liz – I’m glad you want to learn history. Let’s start.

The Holocaust began in Hitler’s ninth year in power, after years of Hitler saying the things Trump is saying now.

Kristallnacht would be in 2022 if we keep on the same pace, which we have so far.

Thanks for listening.

I guess I’m not surprised that the daughter of a war criminal would be mad about calling concentration camps what they are.

ICYMI The daughter of a war criminal is scolding a person for calling out a humanitarian crisis.

Idk Liz, could you maybe read up on all the death your own father caused before lecturing someone utilizing an entirely incorrect interpretation of what a concentration camp actually is

Imagine being the daughter of a war criminal who literally has no heart and asking other people to learn history. Biden might like your family but the rest of us remember your dad belongs in The Hague.

Well, Liz, actually they are concentration camps. And the US operated them against US citizens who had Japanese backgrounds during WW2. Please, take a seat, and let someone knowledgeable speak.

How dare you @Liz_Cheney? If you had any grasp of history, you would know that the Holocaust did not start with gas chambers, it started by moving “undesirables” into camps where they could be concentrated, away from the general populace. Sound familiar?

The final solution started with dehumanizing a group of people. That is what is happening today.

Sorry, Liz, but the Holocaust STARTED with detainment. It’s a tragedy that those who protested then were detained themselves or shouted down. And that’s what you’re doing, right… now.

As more tragedies happen in our custody, we will remember you said this.

What is going on now in the States is literally what was happening in the Reich at the beginning of the war.

Read a book, Cheney. These are concentration camps.

Read a book and feel shame.

Concentration camps aren’t necessarily camps where they kill people, that’s death camps. Concentration camps are where they put a load of people in effectively a prison without trial, which is exactly what the USA does. They’re often the first step on the way towards death camps

People like you, powerful people who equivocate and deflect, who provide cover to monsters, take all the mystery out of how modern societies commit genocide.

We see you. We see what you are doing.

Let’s see…
Overcrowding, check.
Inadequate food, water, and medical care, check.
Separating families, check.
Abuse by staff, check.
Indefinite detention, check.
No access to legal recourse, check.

Ok…what word should we use for these places?

how do you think the holocaust started liz

Funny how Republicans want to redefine words and history to pretend that “concentration camp” must mean “death camp”, and then further claim that anything short of this is okay.

I’m Jewish. People like you think of the Holocaust only in terms of the final outcome. It began though with fear mongering, pogroms, and the ghettoizing of Jews. There was a build up to the camps. What is happening at our border carries the same spirit of Germany in 1938.

I know, I know, it’s far easier for @Liz_Cheney to take advantage of Americans’ misunderstanding of history and what concentration camps are to rant that @AOC is saying the US government is running death camps. That doesn’t change the fact that we are running concentration camps.

You don’t speak for me. As someone who has family that was lost in the Holocaust, I don’t need an apology from AOC. What’s happening at the border is horrible and the reason we say Never Again.

My grandmother survived four years at Auschwitz. Her entire family was killed. From the stories she has told me, Donald Trump is indeed running concentration camps. We don’t know how many people are dying. They didn’t either in the 1930s.

Sit down, Liz.

The Holocaust began with the demonization of Jews and other minorities and culminated in the camps. My father, of blessed memory, survived Buchenwald, but was persecuted well before his transport there. @Liz_Cheney, do not minimize the hate, bigotry, and prejudice that exists.

This is a cowardly dodge @Liz_Cheney. Using historical memory as a human shield for your own complicity in current atrocity is… an atrocity.

Please, describe what’s happening in a way that doesn’t sound like a concentration camp?

Have they started using the old Japanese internment camps yet? You know, if you’ve got a bunch of old concentration camps laying around, you.might as well use them? Am I right, Liz?

Austrian here. AOC is en pointe. It starts always small, but when u r putting kids in camps, u r wayyy down the lane kinda all the way into fascism.
They r concentration camps.

“GOP representative gets offended when someone calls their draconian policies by their actual names”

You know what? This tweet disgraces every decent and good American. Not to mention history, the dead, and why we fought World War II

Don’t mind me. I’m just here to watch the war criminal’s daughter train to claim the moral high ground with the usual historical illiteracy.

Look, I know you’ve got lots of experience trying to rationalize away crimes against humanity — I mean, Thanksgiving would be awkward otherwise! — but maybe leave this one to people who know what they’re talking about.

I realize that if there’s one thing the Cheney family knows, it’s War Crimes. Still – ‘actual history’ isn’t on your side on this one. Just please remember when you do your research ‘good guys on both sides’ does NOT apply to these camps. Don’t need you coming back with ideas.

I’d recommend learning the history yourself. Holocaust and concentration camp historians have classified the immigration centers as concentration camps. Based on *checks notes* the history that Liz Cheney did not read.

What is they say about glass houses? I’m pretty confident that anybody with the name Cheney is disqualified from spouting outrage.

Welcome to America in 2019.

Campaign Finance: Kansas City Mayoral Race – PACs – mostly for, one against

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Via the Missouri Ethics Commission, the independent PAC expenditures in Tuesday’s Kansas City mayor election.

For Quinton Lucas:

Candidates Name and Address Office Sought Support/Oppose Date Amount Reporting Committee Report

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 05/29/2019 $33,989.00 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc.
8 Day Before Kansas City General Election – 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Apt 412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 06/04/2019 $33,000.00 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. 8 Day Before Kansas City General Election – 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Apt 412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 06/04/2019 $162.48 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. 8 Day Before Kansas City General Election – 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Apt 412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 05/29/2019 $33,989.00 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. AMENDED 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 06/07/2019 $33,000.00 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. AMENDED 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Apt 412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 06/04/2019 $162.48 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. AMENDED 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Apt 412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 04/25/2019 $670.00 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. 40 Day Before Kansas City General Election – 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Apt 412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 05/29/2019 $33,989.00 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 06/07/2019 $33,000.00 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Apt 412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 06/04/2019 $162.48 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Apt 412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 06/10/2019 $67,500.00 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Apt 412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 06/10/2019 $22,655.00 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Apt 412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 06/11/2019 $235.15 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo Blvd Apt 412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 06/13/2019 28,827.00 Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo #412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 03/15/2019 $13,016.01 FREEDOM INCORPORATED
AMENDED 8 Day Before General Municipal Election-4/2/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo #412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 04/02/2019 $6,716.28 FREEDOM INCORPORATED 30 Day After General Municipal Election-4/2/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo #412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 06/14/2019 $1,397.95 FREEDOM INCORPORATED 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo #412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 05/20/2019 $1,149.56 FREEDOM INCORPORATED 8 Day Before Kansas City General Election – 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Paseo #412 Kansas City MO 64108 Mayor Support 06/03/2019 $476.20 FREEDOM INCORPORATED 8 Day Before Kansas City General Election – 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Martin Luther King Blvd., #412 Kansas City MO 64108 Kansas City mayor Support 06/11/2019 $541.51 SOUTHLAND PROGRESS 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Martin Luther King Blvd., #412 Kansas City MO 64108 Kansas City mayor Support 06/06/2019 $678.06 SOUTHLAND PROGRESS 8 Day Before Kansas City General Election – 6/18/2019

Quinton Lucas 1851 Martin Luther King Blvd., #412 Kansas City MO 64108 Kansas City mayor Support 06/14/2019 $153.76 SOUTHLAND PROGRESS 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

For (and against) Jolie Justus:

Candidates Name and Address Office Sought Support/Oppose Date Amount Reporting Committee Report

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor of KC Support 03/05/2019 $5,000.00 CARPENTERS HELP IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS (CHIPP) April Quarterly Report

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor of KC Support 03/05/2019 $15,345.10 CARPENTERS HELP IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS (CHIPP) April Quarterly Report

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor of KC Support 03/18/2019 $17,810.60 CARPENTERS HELP IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS (CHIPP) April Quarterly Report

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor of KC Support 03/18/2019 $48,424.90 CARPENTERS HELP IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS (CHIPP) April Quarterly Report

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor of KC Support 03/20/2019 $3,327.55 CARPENTERS HELP IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS (CHIPP) April Quarterly Report

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor of KC Support 03/25/2019 $350.00 CARPENTERS HELP IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS (CHIPP) April Quarterly Report

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 KC Mayor Oppose 06/14/2019 $9,200.00 VOTERS FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor of Kansas City Support 04/23/2019 $40.00 LGBTQ Victory Fund Federal Committee – Missouri 8 Day Before Kansas City General Election – 6/18/2019

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor Support 06/12/2019 $4,981.56 City of Fountains Committee 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor Support 06/12/2019 $14,000.00 City of Fountains Committee 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor Support 06/12/2019 $10,706.00 City of Fountains Committee 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor Support 06/13/2019 $442.27 City of Fountains Committee 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor Support 06/13/2019 $7,000.00 City of Fountains Committee 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor Support 06/14/2019 $7,750.00 City of Fountains Committee 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor Support 05/28/2019 $9,217.05 City of Fountains Committee 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor Support 05/29/2019 $17,031.00 City of Fountains Committee 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor Support 05/30/2019 $30,000.00 City of Fountains Committee 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

Jolie Justus PO Box 411464 Kansas City MO 64141 Mayor Support 06/07/2019 $6,783.33 City of Fountains Committee 24 Hour Expenditure Report-Kansas City General Election 6/18/2019

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That’s a lot of money.

Because they can. Because we let them.

Enemy of the People

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

This evening:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia. This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country…..
8:15 PM – 15 Jun 2019

Projection.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
…..ALSO, NOT TRUE! Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today. They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequence! These are true cowards and without doubt, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!
8:15 PM – 15 Jun 2019

Yep. Projection.

“Make America Great Again” – in Russian.

“Cry ‘Havoc!,’ and let slip the dogs of war.”

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Today, from the United States Secretary of State:

Secretary Pompeo @SecPompeo
It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today’s attacks in the Gulf of Oman. These attacks are a threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran.
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1:27 PM – 13 Jun 2019

Wag the dog.