Why not a top ten? We got the idea from our good friends at Fired Up! and we didn’t want to be blatant copycats. But then, it’s a good idea, so what the hell. Why not a top twenty? Like most Internet denizens we have short attention spans.
There are some patterns to our readers’ interests. A funeral and an obituary. Racism, racism, racism, and racism. Throw in some homophobia and xenophobia for good measure. Money. There you have it, our current political climate in a nutshell.
Our sixteen top stories from the top:
#1 A hate group, the First Amendment, and a funeral in a small town (November 23, 2010)
Army Corporal Jacob Carver died in action in Afghanistan on November 13, 2010. He was from Freeman, Missouri. His funeral was held in Harrisonville, Missouri….
Traffic on this post was generated almost exclusively from referrals by social media sites.
#2 Michelle Obama in Kansas City – remarks (July 11, 2008)
We kid you not. That’s no typo. The post that generated the second highest traffic during 2010 was a campaign event we covered two years ago. That traffic was generated by referrals from a who’s who of right wingnut sites, obsessed with that Kenyan socialist in the White House. They took a quote from our transcript and fervently believe(d) that Michelle Obama provided irrefutable proof that Barack Hussein Obama wasn’t born in the United States. We’ve looked and looked, but we can’t find it.
#3 NAACP in Kansas City: Representative Sheila Jackson Lee on the tea party and human rights (July 12, 2010)
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee:….All those who wore sheets a long time ago have now lifted them off and started wearing [applause], uh, clothing, uh, with a name, say, I am part of the tea party. Don’t you be fooled. [voices: “That’s right.”, applause] Those who used to wear sheets are now being able to walk down the aisle and speak as a patriot because you will not speak loudly about the lack of integrity of this movement. Don’t let anybody tell you that those who spit on us as we were walking to vote on a health care bill for all of America or those who said Congresswoman Jackson-Lee’s braids were too tight in her hair had anything to do with justice and equality and empowerment of the American people. Don’t let them fool you on that [applause]….
That quote from our transcript set off right wingnuts on the Internets. Never mind that their teabagger leaders kept confirming the point. Some of the racist comments at one of those right wingnut sites were priceless.
Is this going to be a continuing pattern? It’s kind of ironic, don’t you think, that right wingnuts on the Internets seem to consistently rely on our coverage?
#4 No on Proposition A in November: campaign finance reports (August 25, 2010)
Who’d have thunk that a story on the campaign finances for the group opposing a billionaire’s solitary quest to destroy the financial stability of Missouri’s two largest cities would generate so much traffic? And we thought no one would read that boring follow the political money stuff. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
#5 Wecome to post-racial America (August 6, 2010)
A party or parties unknown sent racist bumper stickers to the Johnson County Democratic Committee post office box. And they continued.
#6 Tom Schweich and Saying Sorry (February 28, 2010)
IOKIYAR *. Which just goes to show, in the world of Missouri politics, there are no unforgivable sins ** for republican candidates.
* it’s okay if you’re a republican.
** Okay, abortion is an exception to that rule.
#7 The Missouri Hospital Association joins the Proposition C fray – anyone else up for a fight? (July 26, 2010)
….So the question is: Should Missourians who already pay for health insurance also have to pay for those who choose not to pay?
If you think it’s acceptable that some who can afford insurance get a free ride, vote yes on Proposition C. If you think that’s unfair, you should vote no….
Too little, too late. The thought was nice, though.
#8 Welcome to post racial America, part 3 (November 5, 2010)
Yep, they did it again:
#9 Mary Nichols’ smear campaign against Byron DeLear (July 24, 2010)
Ah, sometimes a Democratic Party primary gets nasty.
#10 Missouri Teachers Are Denied Social Security Benefits (October 22, 2007)
Yep, another oldie, but goodie. This post from our early days continues to generate significant traffic. Teh Google is so useful.
#11 Vote “Yes” on Prop A (April 5, 2010)
No, not that one.
A story on public transit in St. Louis got a link from one of the mega sites on the professional left.
Please sir, may we have some more?
#12 Missouri’s Adam Smith Foundation gives $498,000 to repeal California’s greenhouse gas law (April 19, 2010)
Campaign finance in California with a significant Missouri funnel.
#13 HRCC robocall in the 121st Legislative District: desperation and homophobia (October 27, 2010)
We managed to catch one of the most outrageous republican attacks of the 2010 election cycle in Missouri, a homophobic robocall attacking Democratic Party legislative candidates across the state, and quickly get it up on YouTube along with our story:
This didn’t generate as much traffic as other stories, in part because the national known political dilettante’s site (you know, the one that doesn’t pay their writers squat) used our video but didn’t give us a link. We busted the chops of one of the old media sites for the same offense. They eventually gave us a mention, but no link.
#14 Representative Karen McCarthy, 63 (October 6, 2010)
An obituary for a public servant.
#15 The ad Roy Blunt didn’t want you to see (August 19, 2010)
….And the first thing I thought when I saw the ad that Roy Blunt and his team put up then quickly took down was “what the hell business is it of ours?”….
And the republican tactics in this particular campaign went down hill from there. Money, money, money, mo-ney.
#16 Campaign Tracker: the worst job in politics and you still have to wear a suit (March 17, 2010)
Sputter, sputter, bluster.
What a year. It’s gonna get better/worse, depending on your point of view and the reading in the tea leaves.