Pete Kieliszewski @abcdpete
Replying to @themaxburns @SpecialOlympics @realDonaldTrump
Mexico ain’t paying for the wall. The Special Olympians are.
2:33 PM – 26 Mar 2019
That’s exactly it.
United States Constitution, Article I, Section 9.
…No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time…
Today, via Twitter:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
(1/2) The president’s emergency declaration today is needed to protect our border from the flow of deadly drugs into our communities. His emergency powers give him the authority to redirect funding to protect the American people,
11:53 AM – 15 Feb 2019 from Washington, DC
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
(2/2) and I believe there are non-defense areas of the government where it is appropriate to do so. I stand by him on this issue, and I will continue to monitor this solution to ensure it champions national security as well as border security.
11:54 AM – 15 Feb 2019 from Washington, DC
Some of the comments:
It is appalling to know you support this dictatorial use of power. If you truly believe what you say, why can’t he declare a state of emergency to arrest those of us oppose his declaration to protect the American people?
Can’t BELIEVE you condone this fake emergency & the precedent it sets for future Presidents. This should be deamed unconstitutionally. Do you understand what could be done with $8 BILLION in education? In healthcare? In infrastructure? No. Because you hide from constituents.
Can’t wait to see how this ages when there’s a Democrat President. But then, you’re no longer concerned about the ballooning deficit either.
If there’s an election in 2020.
Most of them drugs come through legal ports of entry according to the DEA and CBP , but why bother about facts when you can be a cheerleader for @potus and his colossal ego-political game?
Shame. This is actually called cowardice and irresponsible.
Tell yourself that, Vicky! No one wants to hear your lies. If this is the hill you choose to end your career on, sobeit!
Where’s. The. Data. To. Support. Your. Claim.
The national emergency is that we have an inept, narcissistic, lying nincompoop for a President. He denies and dismisses facts and makes shit up and I have zero respect for any member of Congress who encourages, supports or endorses that.
When you look in the mirror tonight, sound of silence will begin playing in your head
You are violating your oath of office. Resign.
This is fabricated BS, there is no national emergency .. everybody knows that. You are disgrace to the people of #MO4
You are a hypocrite of the highest order.
You’re corrupt and a disgrace.
You are on the wrong side of Constitutional Law and if you have half a brain you know it. You should be ashamed. You are violating your oath of office and we will come for you.
Show me whatever data you have to justify your position. Prove your statements.
you’re an embarrassment to the separation of powers and should be ashamed of yourself
Lies @RepHartzler , you are just regurgitating Trump’s lies. Disgusting
I’m not in favor of an imperial President, but if that is the direction the GOP chooses to go in, I look forward to a future president addressing climate change and gun violence with a sincere sense of morality.
It is not an emergency if Congress has time to act and chose not to. It is a policy disagreement. Your flawed reasoning would allow a president to enact single payer health care in response to a crisis such as 40 million Americans not having health insurance. This is terrible.
“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”
If it was an emergency it would have been an emergency long before now. Quit it already.
What a hill to fly your trite and tattered flag from. Missourians deserve better. #VoteThemOut
Shocking, I say…
God, you are just the worst.
Trump also said it was not an emergency in his whacked out press briefing. Do you endorse attacking the press and lying? Do you think @potus demonstrates the character and level of integrity
suitable for the office of the Presidency? #FAKENationalEmergency
Wow. The only emergency at our border is the one the president caused by separating families and locking up babies, and you damn well know it. Most drugs come in through legal points of entry, and you know that too. Shame on you.
Donald Trump (r): “the Constitution is unconstitutional” (February 14, 2019)
A bill, introduced on Thursday by Representative Jeff Pogue (r):
Forbids the placement of refugees without the approval of the Missouri General Assembly
Sponsor: Pogue, Jeff (143)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2019
LR Number: 1101H.01I
Last Action: 01/31/2019 – Introduced and Read First Time (H)
Bill String: HB 775
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: HOUSE BILLS FOR SECOND READING
The complete bill text:
FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 775 [pdf]
100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE POGUE. 1101H.01I DANA RADEMAN MILLER, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 21, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the general assembly.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 21, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 21.008, to read as follows:
21.008. In order to maintain security and conserve peace in this state, the Missouri general assembly shall approve any refugees that are to be relocated within this state.
[emphasi in original]
That says it all.
History has taught us nothing.
HB 203: Suffer little children… (December 14, 2016)
Yep, all in.
This morning, via Twitter:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Glad @POTUS is going to address the American people tonight about the #BorderCrisis. It’s imperative we stop the drugs pouring into our communities which kill our kids. Plus we need to ensure immigration laws are followed & our families are kept safe. It’s time to #BuildTheWall.
10:31 AM – 8 Jan 2019
Gee, I’m so frightened.
Some of the responses:
Government own figures show most drugs enter the country through legal points of entry.
Let’s legalize pot & stop the fentanyl from getting in from #China.
Boom – drug problem SERIOUSLY reduced.
I hate, so much, about the things you choose to be.
Why are you parroting LIES from i1?
Frankly, The vast majority of folks in #MO04 want the government open and functioning.
Stop being such a sock puppet for @realDonaldTrump and start representing your district.
#MAGA is a #mentalillness and being in the #TeaParty exasperates it.
I’m old enough to remember when true conservative Republicans thought that border wall was fiscally irresponsible
The Vickster has gone full-throttle Trumpster
Wall solves none of those problems.
There’s no “crisis”. It’s just contrived BS to take the public’s eye off the fact that he will be going to jail soon and you will really look like more of a nitwit than you already are for having supported him.
Well, there is that.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): all in on Donald Trump’s (r) wall (December 19, 2018)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): doubling down on Donald Trump’s wall (December 21, 2018)
June was a very busy month.
F 5.0, 1/640, ISO 200, 200 mm.
We shoot hundreds of frames when we cover an event. This image was not included in our original coverage.
Again, I learned online of an organized rally and march on immigration to be held in front of the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Missouri, midday on June 30, 2018. I made the drive to Columbia, arrived early, and found a parking spot north of the courthouse.
It was hot. So much so that early arrivals staked out spots in nearby building shade and under trees on the courthouse grounds.
Did I mention it was hot?
These two women were at the front of the crowd of around five hundred individuals listening and reacting to rally speakers on the courthouse steps.
The Political Year in Pictures – 2018 – part 1 (December 28, 2018)
The Political Year in Pictures – 2018 – part 2 (December 28, 2018)
The Political Year in Pictures – 2018 – part 3 (December 28, 2018)
The Political Year in Pictures – 2018 – part 4 (December 28, 2018)
Our top ten traffic posts in 2018 (December 29, 2018)
My favorite image of the year – June 22, 2018 – Overland Park, Kansas (December 29, 2018)
Making a choice was prompted by an exchange on social media.
Michael Bersin @MBersin
Replying to @cathysherwin
@KurtEricksonPD My favorite image of the year – June 22, 2018 – immigration protest in front of Rep. Kevin Yoder’s (r) district office in Overland Park, Kansas. #change #YearInReview
12:03 PM – 29 Dec 2018
F 4.5, 1/400, ISO 200, 180 mm – June was a busy month for public protest.
I had read online that there would be an immigration demonstration in front of Representative Kevin Yoder’s (r) district office in downtown Overland Park on the 22nd starting at 4:00 p.m. I arrived early, parked on the street at a nearby park, and walked to the district office. I had expected a handful of protesters. By the time the demonstration was at its peak there were over five hundred people picketing on the sidewalk. There were a few counter protesters, not more than a handful.
Usually protesters face the street with their signs. Early on I noted this individual with her back to the street. I took a series of images.
It was over four months to the general election, this was Johnson County, Kansas, and over five hundred people showed up. That’s when I realized Kevin Yoder’s (r) 2018 reelection campaign was in trouble.
Sharice Davids (D) is now the Representative-elect for the Third Congressional District of Kansas.
Protest imitates fashion (June 22, 2018)
Performance Art (June 22, 2018)
Somebody’s grandmother (June 22, 2018)
Chicago Tribune @chicagotribune
President Trump announces plan to sign executive order ending constitutional right to citizenship for children born in United States to non-citizen parents
7:03 AM – 30 Oct 2018
And, a conversation starts:
𝑴𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝑱𝒂𝒚𝑬𝒎 R.I.P. @MisterJayEm
In a representative democracy, an executive order CANNOT alter the Constitution.
7:17 AM – 30 Oct 2018
Michael Bersin @MBersin
Yes, but in an Idiocracy it can.
7:34 AM – 30 Oct 2018
𝑴𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝑱𝒂𝒚𝑬𝒎 R.I.P. @MisterJayEm
This is the problem
7:47 AM – 30 Oct 2018
There you have it.
A June 22, 2018 protest imitates life at Representative Kevin Yoder’s (r) district office in Overland Park, Kansas:
That was then:
Melania dons jacket saying ‘I really don’t care. Do U?’ ahead of her border visit — and afterward
By Betsy Klein, CNN
Updated 3:14 PM ET, Thu June 21, 2018
“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe,” East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN in a statement.
This is now. Melania Trump, on an ABC interview, about her wardrobe:
ABC News @ABC
Melania Trump tells @TomLlamasABC she wore the ‘I really don’t care’ jacket “for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me. And I want to show them that I don’t care.” #MelaniaTrump
9:31 PM – 12 Oct 2018
Uh, we knew that already.
By the way, Melania Trump is also a birther.
Protest imitates fashion (June 22, 2018)
In The New Yorker:
Will Anyone in the Trump Administration Ever Be Held Accountable for the Zero-Tolerance Policy?
By Jonathan Blitzer August 22, 2018
….I asked the current Administration official whether the outcry over family separation had caught the government by surprise. It had, the official said. “The expectation was that the kids would go to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, that the parents would get deported, and that no one would care.” Yet, when it became clear that the public did, the Administration chose not to change course.
Early this afternoon Senator Claire McCaskill (D) stopped by a coordinated campaign headquarters in Lee’s Summit in Eastern Jackson County to speak to and greet campaign volunteers, many who were later going out for door to door campaigning or phone banking on behalf of Democratic Party candidates. Close to a hundred volunteers were in attendance.
And, of course, outside in the parking lot were the usual opposition trackers and costumed actors. Don’t ask.
Senator McCaskill spent about twenty minutes covering a wide range of issues important to working families in Missouri and giving a campaign update to the volunteers.
After speaking to the campaign volunteers Senator McCaskill took a few minutes to answer questions from the media:
Question: …Could you talk a little bit about the drought and your concerns about Missouri right now, [cross talk] [inaudible] can do about it?
Senator Claire McCaskill (D): Well [crosstalk], the, the, our agricultural community is getting a double whammy right now, um, a drought and tariffs. Uh, it is a crisis, um, that, frankly, I don’t, I’m not sure that the president really understands that many of these markets we’re losing, particularly soybeans in China are not going to be easily recoverable. I mean, this is something we’ve spent millions of dollars, working towards establishing a market for soybeans in China, and now they’re sourcing their beans somewhere else. Well, they’re not going to come back to American soybeans like that. Uh, it will be, um, a hangover that will dramatically affect our state for some time to come. Even if it gets fixed. And it doesn’t appear to me that it’s getting fixed anytime soon.
And, the drought, obviously, we’re going to be doing a lot of work that, to get, there are programs in place to help when we have drought or flood, and obviously, we’ll be monitoring those programs and making sure that those monies are getting out to the farmers, the crop insurance, the other things that they’re entitled to, on a timely basis.
Question: So, a lot of your Democratic colleague are calling for, uh, the delay of Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing. Where do you stand on that?
Senator McCaskill: I’m not sure that, uh, first of all, it, it’s not going to be delayed. Um, I’m trying to avoid all the political posturing on this nomination and keep my head down and figure it out based on his record, based on his opinions, on issues that I think are really important.
Dark money being at the top of the list. Um, I have begun to look at some of his opinions about dark money and I’m concerned. he wrote one opinion that said he wasn’t sure that we could constitutionally limit the ability of foreign countries to come in do issue advocacy. Well, if you notice those ads that are hiding as issue advocacy and they say call someone, that’s issue advocacy and I think most people would say those are political commercials.
So, I’m very worried about, um, what has happened with dark money and that’s going to be one of the focuses of my decision is, is his opinions and what he says in the hearings about dark money.
Question: And you met with him earlier this week [crosstalk][inaudible].
Senator McCaskill: Uh huh, I did.
Question: Is there anything else that stood out to you from talking with him?
Senator McCaskill: Well, we, we spent a lot of time on that. I’m not going to go into the details of the conversation, but we spent a lot of time on dark money.
Question: Senator, you said after the primary that your Supreme Court vote is not a political winner, that there are going to be people in the state that are mad at you either way. How, are you concerned that this could really effect your reelection, that this could be a, a big issue in the race, and depending on how you vote?
Senator McCaskill: Well, I, as I said, and I do believe this, that there’s not a side to take that would be a political winner. Which I think in, it’s one of the nice things about representing a state like mine, you’re never going to make everybody happy with a vote. So what you try to do is the right thing. And be able to explain it. And so I’m going to make up my mind based on the concerns I have about constitutional decisions that have been made over the last decade and that could change with him on the court. And I will, uh, explain my vote to Missourians based on those issues and hope they understand.
Show Me Progress: Senator, based on reports, the administration, when they were dealing with immigrant families, they, the, the reports stated that they, they didn’t really make plans because they didn’t think anybody would care.
Senator McCaskill: You mean about separating [crosstalk] the children?
Show Me Progress: Separating the children.
Senator McCaskill: I don’t know that I’ve seen that report, but obviously that’s, um, that would be troubling. Because I think anybody would realize that pulling babies out of their parents’ arms is never a winner under any circumstances. And, I mean, I think we’ve got to secure peoples’ appearance at court, but there are plenty of ways to do, secure peoples’ appearance at court without separating children from their families.
After taking questions from the media Senator McCaskill remained at the headquarters and continued to speak with and greet individual volunteers. Selfies are definitely a campaign ritual these days.
Josh Hawley, we are frequently reminded, went to Stanford and Yale. He’s supposed to be a smart man. He also claims to be a religious man and as such is supposed to be compassionate toward those who are needy and persecuted.
As a consequence, Hawley faces a serious dilemma. He clearly believes he has to stick to Trump like a burr lest the deplorables be aroused – no matter how absurd, dishonest, cruel, or destructive Trump reveals himself to be. This dilemma is especially evident when it comes to Trump’s favorite hobby, keeping dark complexioned people from sh*****e countries out of the U.S.
It’s obvious that it’s a difficult slog. When Trump announces that we must deport immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers “with no Judges or Court Cases,” Hawley does his best to evade the issue. He has refused to tell us whether or not he supports constitutionally mandated due process for immigrants, a question that ought to be a no-brainer for a guy with his background. In the words of one of his primary opponents, Austen Petersen, “Josh Hawley is an ivy-league educated, constitutional lawyer, who is either constitutionally illiterate, or too much of a coward to admit what he knows is true. The 14th Amendment is clear.”
When it comes to family separation, an almost universally denounced policy, Hawlely tried to deflect. A the Kansas City Star put it, he “stopped short of calling for the policy to end immediately and put the blame on McCaskill” (WTF!) Even Mr. Test-the-Wind Mumblecore himself, Roy Blunt, managed to do better than that.
Sad as it it, these efforts represent the extent of Hawley’s self-assertion – he’s mostly a good little Trump trooper. He calls for “securing the border and building the wall,” while blaming Claire McCaskill and by extension Democrats, for failing to fix a broken immigration system in a Congress totally dominated by risk-averse Republicans. Hawley evidently doesn’t seem to know that his fellow GOPers have refused again and again to consider bipartisan immigration efforts, including those in which McCaskill participated. As for that storied wall – the one that could cost billions and do little or nothing to protect the border, well, we all know baby knows better, but, hey, talk is cheap.
Seriously, though, isn’t it kind of sad to see a guy endorsed by that supposed moral arbiter, former Senator John Danforth, go along to get along? I guess Danforth’s hoping he’ll clean up good after the election. In case he can’t get it together, though, I offer the following list of what I have learned about immigration over the past couple of years. Perhaps, after he’s washed off the Trump filth, Hawley might find it informative:
Given the facts listed above, maybe Hawley ought to answer these questions next time he’s asked about one or another of Trump’s immigration tirades:
How about it Josh Hawley?