The Warrensburg Pride Festival started at 11:00 a.m. today. In addition to the vendors, activities, and entertainment inside the venue a number of intolerant people stood across the street to express whatever.
It was hot and humid.
At one point a somewhat irate older man in a pickup truck stopped in the road in front of me and yelled at me for photographing the picket signs, adding something unintelligible about photographing the activities in the venue behind me. Where did he think I just came from?
Another individual yelled that he would sue me for taking his picture or something. For the millionth time, if you’re doing something in public you have no expectation of privacy when it comes to news coverage. And, in a world of social media. We didn’t use that image because his sign just wasn’t that photogenic.
“If U R lukewarm, I will vomit you out!”
First rule of signs, don’t run out of green letters.
“Woe to them who call evil good and good evil”
“We stand for protecting your chidren not exploiting them!”
How would he know?
A possible short lecture on when crossing the line becomes trespassing.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
So much for “love”.
“…loves the sinner!”
Is that like a get out of jail free card? Just asking.
Denny Hoskins (r).
Yeah, Denny Hoskins (r) signed that nasty letter. Nice t-shirt. Running for something?
Interestingly, Denny Hoskins (r) worked the folks with the intolerant signs, walked across the street and shook the Warrensburg Police officers’ hands, but he didn’t bother to go into the venue to greet his constituents attending the Pride Festival.
The graphic design is a mixed message.
This one is much more on brand:
“This pastor loves you”
Gather ’round to hear the word of the law.
Three Warrensburg Police vehicles. Warrensburg Police officers. And an armed private security team hired for the event venue.
A group is up in arms about the Warrensburg Pride Festival scheduled for June 3, 2023. There will be drag shows on the program. You know, fancy costumes, theatrical makeup, show tunes. This is nothing new. There were Pride Festivals in Warrensburg in 2021 and 2022. After security concerns about threats were addressed, the Warrensburg Pride Festival is proceeding with its original format.
These right wingnut busybodies had organized on-line to speak to the Warrensburg City Council during the public comment portion of the City Council’s evening meetings on April 24th and May 8th, asking them to limit or cancel the Pride Festival. A loosely organized group of LGBTQIA+ allies organized on-line to speak in support of the Pride Festival. The Warrensburg City Council listened.
Apparently, the pearl clutchers read the press release last night:
Many of us have prayed diligently, asking God to STOP THE DRAG QUEEN SHOW FOR KIDS at the Elks Lodge a week away on Saturday, June 3. A lot of work was done by a LOT of people. Nclusionplus said they had CANCELLED the show for children and only 18+ year olds would be admitted.
Today their fb page announces the drag queen show for children is RESCHEDULED, and will occur as originally planned.
I was naive. I trusted them. If you all in favor of the drag queen show are reading this, “Hi! Welcome.” I trusted you.
I asked God to stop the show, I believe He said, “YES.” This looks like He didn’t keep His Word, but I don’t think that’s the deal. He wants to know if we REALLY, REALLY MEAN what we’re asking of Him. He says,
If My people who are called by My Name will HUMBLE themselves and PRAY, and SEEK MY FACE, and turn from their wicked ways, THEN will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and HEAL THEIR LAND.
We have to do it ALL, folks. Humbling isn’t the easiest thing to do. Sometimes I don’t even realize that I’m not humble before God. I have to ask HIM to help me humble myself. He does it, and it helps me see things from HIS Perspective!
I also have to ask Him to give me the words to pray. God says the Holy Spirit will pray through us when we ask. Ask. Now. And let Him do it.
Seek God’s Face. Seek Him like you never have before. Praise Him for His Work! Praise Him for His Power!! Praise Him for loving children and protecting them from the remarkable lies being spewed these days by satan. Pray for His Wisdom in how to pray! Ask Him to change your heart and life so you are CONSTANTLY living in His Presence; RIGHT beside Him. Hidden under the shadow of His Wing.
Ask Him to HELP us IDENTIFY our wicked ways, and then leave them buried at the foot of His cross, where His blood completely covers them in forgiveness and SALVATION!!!
Folks, the time is NOW. There is NO OTHER time. Stop reading and PRAY. Ask God to help us do WHATEVER we need to do to HEAL OUR LAND. Please, Father, protect our children; HEAL our land. Change us from the inside out. Make us new.
Strengthen our hearts as you did David’s when he fought Goliath. Fill us with COURAGE, to do YOUR Will. Father, we are Your people called by Your Name, clean us so we LOOK LIKE YOU!!!!
When you get up from praying, call Rick Brattin, our Senator. Let him know nclusionplus lied, and MANIPULATED ALL of us. He needs to know they manipulated him.
Rick Brattin – 573 -751-2108.
Call. PRAY. SHARE THIS WITH ANYONE WHO WILL PRAY AND CALL SENATOR BRATTIN.
Now PRAY more.
John 16:33 – I have told you these things so in ME you may have PEACE. In this world you will have trouble. BUT TAKE HEART!!! I have overcome the world!!! – JESUS
In case anyone was wondering, hate and bigotry are not supposed to be family values.
“…I was naive. I trusted them. If you all in favor of the drag queen show are reading this, “Hi! Welcome.” I trusted you…” Weird concept of what trust is. You think people are going to trust you when someone says this at public city council meetings?: “…I don’t know if any of you know the definition of pedophilia, but I’m gonna share it with you…” “…And I really do propose that having these drag queen shows in our community is illegal and it does psychological damage to our children. It’s known as grooming…” “…Uh, they have drag queens that are stripping in front of children. I get chills just thinking about this…” “…children in our community holding up dollars for drag queens like patrons at a strip club…” “…Drag queens are female impersonators who’s venue can sexually exploit children with their indoctrination about adult sexuality and sexual orientation….” “…Some would argue that we here today, we might be haters, fearmongers, or the dreaded homophobics because we don’t bow down and agree to the senseless immoral, perverted, corrupt garbage that is being thrown around and forced on us…” “…Um, we’ve talked a lot about rights. And what I realize, I think, anyway, what I realize is there was no vote taken about having a drag queen show in the Warrensburg area. It just appeared. So anybody who didn’t particularly want it really never even got to have a vote about that….”
Rich. No one is being forced to attend anything. And you are haters. And some are apparently ignorant about how voting actually works.
“…When you get up from praying, call Rick Brattin, our Senator…”
Rick Brattin (r) [2013 file photo].
Rick Brattin (r) is the pre-eminent legal scholar and final arbiter of the law in the State of Missouri, said no one ever.
The story of how China got a foothold in Missouri in 2013 says a lot about Republicans’ overwhelming fealty to big business at the time — and about the importance of campaign contribution limits in politics. Missouri had no such limits in 2013 (the voters would impose them three years later), so when Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, needed lawmakers’ help, they were able to generously grease the skids.
Smithfield that year was trying to sell itself to a Chinese conglomerate, which would turn over control of 42,000 acres of Missouri hog-farm operations and other land to the Hong Kong-based company. But Missouri law prohibited foreign ownership of agricultural land here. So lawmakers — most of whom had received thousands or in some cases tens of thousands of dollars from Smithfield — quickly rewrote the law to allow foreign ownership of up to 1% of Missouri’s agricultural land. When then-Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed the legislation, the legislature overrode him.
Most of the lawmakers who approved the Smithfield deal are no longer in office, but at least two remain prominent: Current Gov. Mike Parson and U.S. Sen. Eric Schmitt, both Republicans, were both state senators at the time. Both had accepted campaign contributions from Smithfield, and both voted to help China gain control over Missouri land.
Eric Schmitt (r) [2022 file photo].
Senator Eric Schmitt @SenEricSchmitt
Yesterday @RepMarkAlford & I sent a letter to the Treasury & CFIUS decrying their decision to leave @AirWhiteman off their recent ruling that would prevent China from buying nearby land.
The Missouri Senate blew their chance to pass the bill sent over from the House that would have limited foreign ownership of land. Have you spoken with Missouri legislators about this?
The right wingnut controlled Missouri General Assembly.
You voted to sell Missouri farmland to China in 2013, when you were a Missouri Senator and then voted to override the Democratic governor’s veto.
Total hypocracy from the gop as usual.
Really Eric @SenEricSchmitt What, you’re having a case of Sometimers? You’ve forgotten you pushed Missouri “Right To Farm” so, China could buy Smithfield Foods, 40,000 acres and now own 242,000 acres of Missouri farmland?
Oh wow Senator. Why did you vote to let foreign companies buy Missouri land? And, why did you overrule Governor Nixons veto?? You think Missourians will forget about that but we won’t.
Right now, any enemy of the US could hang around outside of Whiteman and alert their handlers as to the comings and goings of B2 bombers.
Think about that for just a second:
And any ten-year-old with access to the internets:
You voted to allow the sale of our farmland as a Senator in 2013, AND voted to override the veto!
The why did allow China to purchase the land in the first place? Their was a law to stop that. Republicans got rid of it. Now you cry foul?
Your chickens home to roost as it were. Selling land to China was fine 10 years ago?
Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…
Andrew Bailey @AndrewBaileyMO
It is time America has a fighter back in the White House who puts our country first!
That is why I am proud to be one of the first AGs to endorse @realDonaldTrump for President in 2024 and will be fighting alongside him to save our country.
[….] 2:38 PM · May 22, 2023
“…endorse @realDonaldTrump for President in 2024 and will be fighting alongside him to save our country…”
Risky and Reckless.
Some of the responses:
Thank you buddy for standing tall!
Even after the report proving everything false, there are still those wanting to challenge the man with the PROVEN track record!
There’s only ONE DJT and the country will find out soon enough
I just hope it isn’t too soon
Did he fight for us when BLM were burning down our cities or when Fauci turned us into a tyrannical country?
Your a smart man [….]
And you realize that Trump is looking at several criminal indictments including stealing classified/TOS documents right? This endorsement isn’t the flex you think it is Mr. Despot.
A sitting AG doesn’t believe in rule of law or democracy. Missouri deserves better.
[….] Oh honey, you have just publicly announced what we have known about you all along.
Save it from what exactly? Nazis? Fascists? UnAmerican Bigots?
Gross. Just absolutely disgusting. You care NOTHING about the law or our democracy.
What a joke, lol.
Thanks, that tells me who you are. That will be a no vote from me. I believe in law & order & no one is above the law.
You mean the criminally indicted guy who was found liable for sexual assault and incited a violent insurrection against his own government? Good choice.
The Missouri General Assembly regular session ended this past week.
Jess Piper @piper4missouri
Hilarious to see Missouri Republican lawmakers bitch about not getting anything done in Missouri because they were blocked by…other Republicans. Its a supermajority! It’s a clown show with these folks in charge and we’ve spent 20 years watching the elephants shit in the ring. 8:08 AM · May 14, 2023
Greg Abbott @GregAbbott_TX
If the public reporting is accurate that Dominion Voting Systems demanded that Tucker Carlson be fired as part of a litigation settlement, then I am happy that Dominion does not operate in Texas, and I don’t think that they should do so in the future. We may disagree with other’s positions, but we should never try to improperly silence views contrary to our own. If Dominion wants to do business with Texas in the future, they should first answer questions about what role, if any, they played in silencing a prominent conservative journalist. The answers to those questions, and other factors, should guide whether we want them to operate here.
BlackRock owns a big piece of Dominion. Bush Family and Rothschild Cabal Family are part owners of BlackRock.
blackrock also largest share holder of Fox. Every state should remove Gov pension Funds from BlackRock and form prvt StatePension fund and call it RedRock. Congress should look at antitrust. All they did with Fox is take money out of right pocket and put in left. Leaving small shareholders in right pocket with sinking boat.
The Missouri General Assembly regular session ended this past week.
Matt Franck @mattfranck
One of the small pleasures of Missouri politics is watching a super majority tie its shoelaces together and faceplant on a cakewalk bill.
Gerrymandering can give them seats, but it can’t raise the political IQ of dudes who just want to destroy Bud Lights with bats. 5:42 PM · May 13, 2023
Rick Brattin (r) and Denny Hoskins (r) are the pre-eminent legal scholars and final arbiters of the law in the State of Missouri, said no one ever.
Rick Brattin (r) [2013 file photo].
Denny Hoskins (r) [2017 file photo].
A group billing themselves as Johnson County Citizens for the Protection of Children is still up in arms about the Warrensburg Pride Festival scheduled for June 3, 2023. There will be drag shows on the program. You know, fancy costumes, theatrical makeup, show tunes. This is nothing new. There were Pride Festivals in Warrensburg in 2021 and 2022.
These right wingnut busybodies had organized on-line to present a petition to the Warrensburg City Council during the public comment portion of the City Council’s evening meeting on April 24th to limit or cancel the Pride Festival. A loosely organized group of LGBTQIA+ allies organized on-line to speak in support of the Pride Festival.
The pearl clutching busybodies returned to last night’s City Council to demand an ordinance banning drag shows in Warrensburg, this time with photos on posterboard. In the period between the two council meetings the producers of the Pride Festival had already changed the festival format to 18 years of age and older due to reported threats against the festival and the venue. A similar group of LGBTQIA+ allies attended and signed in to speak in support of the Pride Festival and against a city ordinance.
At last night’s meeting several of the busybodies made reference to a letter from Rick Brattin (r) addressed to the Warrensburg Police Department dated April 21, 2023. At the end of the meeting we requested a copy of the letter from the city. Denny Hoskins (r) also signed the letter.
…It has recently come to my attention that the “Warrensburg Pride Festival” program is scheduled for Saturday, June 3…in Warrensburg, Missouri. This is troubling for several reasons. First, the show is advertised as “family-friendly” and for guests “of all ages.” The event promotion includes no warning for “adult content” whatsoever for these drag shows that event organizers deem “family friendly.” A simple internet [sic] of similar shows reveals the content of such events is, at best, inappropriate for all ages and, at worst, highly sexualized and wholly unsuitable for children.
In fact, reports of these shows are so obscene and indecent that listing them in this letter would be unsuitable as it may be read minors. There can be no reasonable doubt that the good people of Warrensburg would be appalled by the behavior on display at these types of events, especially considering this behavior is being actively marketed to their children in apparent hopes they would become desensitized to such tasteless activities, and as a result, become sexualized at a young age. Not only are these shows immoral, but they are also illegal under Missouri State statute…
…It is abundantly clear that drag shows violate the existing Missouri State Statute, and it is time for them to be dealt accordingly. When I became a Marine, I swore an oath to the Constitution, and that oath never expires. Our Federal and State Constitutions share a common thread: all of us, whether elected officials or law enforcement officers, have a duty to protect the most vulnerable in our community. Our most precious resource, our children, is under attack, and it is time that we engage with those who harm them by destroying their hearts and minds.
I call on my fellow patriots with the Warrensburg Police Department to put a stop to this behavior and enforce Missouri’s existing laws. These types of events must be stopped, and the businesses that facilitate these events must be punished. We must also deal with these “drag queens” who are just men with perverted intentions, in accordance with exiting state law. I know these battles are not easy, but I want Chief Munsterman, and every member of the Warrensburg Police Department to know that I will…
…have your back. Not only will I have your back, but I am willing to stand alongside you as you protect our community.
I want to close out this letter by thanking the Warrensburg Police Department for all that you do. You deal with the madness of society so the rest of us can go home each night and enjoy our families in peace. Thank you, and God bless you.
As always, we don’t allow ignorant comments out of moderation to be linked with the original post, but we will present some of them in subsequent posts for the purpose of public derision and mockery. As we see fit.
We see fit.
Yesterday we got another attempted trolling comment submitted in response to Elect Mark Alford (r), expect a circus (April 26, 2023), ostensibly in support of the congressman. The subject of Mark Alford (r) does bring out their best work:
The writer of this, stupid and dumb article is obvious a partisan writer. This person needs to be put out of the writers circle. It takes more than a good speller and grammar to make a good reporter. It takes ethics
Writer’s circle? Is that like a union, or something?
Curiously, good spelling and grammar are essential elements when it comes to literary criticism, online or not.
Ethics? It’s way past time to convene a blogger ethics panel. [I am aware of all Internet traditions.]
The Dunning-Krueger Effect demonstrated in 3.7 sentences. A new world record.
“…The writer of this, stupid and dumb article is obvious a partisan writer…” Sleeping in class really paid off there. Obviously.
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