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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

And Quick As That, It's Now Gone

After sitting there for at least 2 months, that car I posted about earlier today, quick as that, is now gone.
Stunned me for sure.

Abandoned In Westport

Just getting the word out. This car, an old Chevrolet Malibu, has been abandoned in Westport here in town in front of the Sunfresh Market on Mill Street, for what it's worth.
It's been there at least 2 months.
It has 2 flat tires. If you can see the license plate here, it is a Nebraska plate WFS 987. It seems it isn't Sunfresh's parking lot and I'm told it's up to the owner of the lot to get it taken care of. The police are aware it's there and that it's been abadoned. Maybe someone will see this and get word to the owner. Doubtful but possible.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Missouri Is Celebrating Its COVID Rollout

This is stunning to me. It was only a few days ago that Jackson County, finally, finally flipped from getting the vaccine for Phase 1B, Tier 1 for "First Responders, Emergency Services and Public Health Infrastructure" to now, Phase 1B, Tier 2--"High Risk Individuals (18-64) and Individuals 65>." Whoop-tee-doo. Now, check out this little celebration going on today on social media.
On March 15--TWO WEEKS FROM NOW, of course--we'll switch to "Criical Infrastructure" citizens of Missouri. Just that. That's all. And keep in mind, there are still FIVE, count them, 5 more levels until the get down to all the rest of us average citizens out here in the state. How does this remotely make sense? How is this not insane? How is this not the most pitifully slow rollout of a very needed vaccine the world has needed in the last more than 100 years? Thanks, Mr. Trump! Thanks, Republicans! Y'all are just terrific. Really.

Quote of the Day -- Insane Republican Party Edition

"From 9/11 truthers to Barack Obama birthers to 2020 Election liars to January 6th deniers. Ugh." --Bill Kristol @BillKristol Thanks, Republicans!

America Needs a Wealth Tax -- Here's Why

Monday, March 1, 2021

Message to All Republicans

Yes, a message to all Republicans and to anyone who thinks or says Joe Biden didn't win this last election.

Stand Up, America. Stand Up, Americans

We must do this.

We Must Outlaw Gerrymandering and Voter ID Laws

Republicans don't feel they've gerrymandered enough or put into place enough voter ID laws and disenfranchised enough Americans. They want to do it still more, after this last election they lost. We must stop them. We must not allow it. It's un-American.

That Trump Statue at CPAC?

Really, CPAC. What were you all thinking? Who thought this was a good idea?
The DNC should ask if they can borrow that statue of Trump from CPAC this weekend. How anyone thinks that's remotely flattering, I can't imagine. It looks for all the world like a huge, ugly, mocking insult. Turns out, too, it was---wait for it--made in Mexico. I tell you, what isn't to loathe of the Right Wingers and Republicans is to love. For the comedic, ironic, hypocritical values. Incredible. Stunning they never get this. It's also been said it is, naturally, for sale already, too. For a mere $100,000, one can purchase it. i can't imagine anyone with that much money wanting it."The Onion" can't write stuff this good.

A Reality Game Show Host and White America's Identity Crisis

Follow and listen to Matthew Cooke, y'all. You'll learn a great deal.
Have a great day and week, y'all.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

More Americans Need to See and Hear This

If you don't already follow Matthew Cooke on YouTube, I can't recommend it or him enough. Time and again, as here, he addresses national situations and issues extremely clearly and spot on, both with our problems as well as with solutions. Enjoy. I think this video and his logic and intelligence is especially poignant now, with CPAC meeting this weekend and none other than Donald Trump set to speak today. Let's get to this, America.

Quote of the Day -- Former President Edition

David Rothkopf @djrothkopf "Trump has never won the popular vote in an election, lost the House, lost the Senate, impeached twice, lost more than 60 court cases challenging last election, lost in Supreme Court trying to hide his taxes, lost while actually owning casinos, lost 500K lives to COVID." Quite the guy you got there, Republicans. Thanks, y'all. So much.

Republicans in Topeka Continue to Weaken Kansas

From Davis Hammet at Loud Light. Listen and weep, Kansans.
Kansas Senator Mark Steffen is a real piece of work, this brief video makes clear. He and his efforts are nothing if not tunning. I say again, no other source in the area, no other news source, covers the statehouse in Topeka more or better than Mr. Hammet. No one.If you don't watch and keep up with him already and you live in Kansas, you would do well to do so. Just saying.

Claire McCaskill Asks a Great Question This Morning

Yes, now former Senator Claire McCaskill asks an excellent question and makes a great challenge to local, regional and state media.
Claire McCaskill @clairecmc "Let me say it again. 24 MASS VACCINATION SITES OVER THE NEXT WEEK. ONLY 1!!!! in Jackson County, St Louis County, St Louis City and Boone County. COMBINED! This is a scandal. Where are our journalists? Where are our elected officials? @GovParsonMO" This was her response to this post on Twitter. Mo Health & Sr Srvcs @HealthyLivingMo · Feb 23 Mass vaccination events for this week have been announced. Find more at: #MOStopsCOVID | #ShowMeStrong Again, excellent question. We, here in Jackson County, Kansas City, only just came off Phase 1B, tier 1 in the last few days for these vaccinations which are for 1st responders, emergency services and public heath infastructure citizens only. Now, we're finally but only on high risk individuals 18-64 and individuals, citizens 65 and over. We only just got there very recently, in the last few days. So... Local news stations? KCPT? KCUR? KCTV5? KMBC? WDAF? Fox 4? We have a story for you. And we need to hear about this and badly.For that matter, Governor Parson? Do you have answers for us? Information? Solutions? Any good news? Anything encouraging?

Saturday, February 27, 2021

It's Difficult to Believe This is Where We Are with These People

But this is, in fact, who they are and this is where we are with them, America. God help us.

Quote of the Day -- Right Wing, Republican Party Racist Vote Suppression Edition

"When the history of this era is written, it will be remembered as shameful for many reasons, but none will stand out as starkly as the Republican Party’s complete abandonment of voting rights and commitment to free and fair elections." --Marc E. Elias @marceelias

That Meyer Boulevard Turnabout

I went by the Meyer Boulevard turnabout yesterday on Ward Parkway and couldn't believe what I saw, what happened yet again. Check for yourself.
I mean really. This brings up so many thougts. Thoughts like I wonder how many times this wall, these walls have been smashed like this over the years? Last I remember, it was the one on the left that was taken down by some no doubt drunk dirver. Another thought----how absolutely smashed do you have to be to come flying down Meyer Boulevard to then round this curve and, yes, SMASH INTO and destroy this wall, one of these walls? And look how fully that wall is taken down. Don't you know that car was totalled? Unreal.Another thought and question---I wonder if it's these people's homeowner's insurance that pays for the rebuild or if it's a city wall and we keep paying for these things? Just wondering.

Friday, February 26, 2021

The World's Warmonger

We, the US, the United States are, hands down, the world's warmonger, ladies and gentlemen. No one, no other nation comes even remotely close to spending what we do on what we call "defense." And we don't even do it well.
See the fighter jet above? It's the Air Force's F35.Nice, huh? And it only cost us 400 billion dollars. The Pentagon's most expensive program. Ever. Literally. Google: "The US Air Force Just Admitted the F-35 Stealth Fighter Has Failed." It's at Forbes Magazine. $400 billion dollars. And it doesn't work. Aren't we terrific? Exceptional, don't you think? But hey, let's keep shoveling more and yet more money to the Defense Department. That'll keep us all safe. Right?

CPAC, Already, Today

In just one morning, today, so far, at CPAC, Ted Cruz laughed about his Cancun debacle while Texans literally froze to death, they did a tribute to racist, sexist, homophobic, misogynist Rush Limbaugh and they wheeled out---no kidding here--a GOLD STATUE of none other than Donald J "Jenius" Trump that looked for all the world, not like they were honoring him but that they were, instead, mocking and laughing at him. You know, the way all the rest of us do. Check it out for yourself.
Seriously, y'all, when you're done with that, could we use that at Democratic National Committee gatherings? That's fantastic. "The Onion" and SNL can't write stuff this good. If only they, the Republicans, weren't actually serious with all this. Wow.

It's Great to be Wealthy

Let's get this straight. Let's make this clear.
Keeping also in mind Congress just voted down a $15 per hour minimum wage, too. Second Gilded Age anyone? Everyone? Thanks, Republicans! Y'all are terrific. For the already-wealthy. And corporations.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Things Will Likely Start Hitting the Fan for the Trumpster

Sure, we've all seen and heard this in the last 24 hours. The District Attorney of Manhattan has received The Donald's tax returns.
Added to that, however, is this added note from his own former attorney, Michael Cohen. Mr. Cohen says it's very likely he, Trump, if not also Ivanka and Donald Jr, his kids, will do jail time.
Oh, yeah. It looks like it's going to start getting really good. Pass the popcorn.

Quote of the Day -- Humanist Edition

From The Word Lady @TheRealRynnstar Dec 12, 2020 "Forever wondering if I’m truly far left or if I’m just an empathetic person living in a late capitalist hellscape where I get called a commie for saying "hey maybe poor people don’t deserve to starve.'"

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Question for Governor Parson and the Jackson County Health Department


WHY ARE WE STILL IN PHASE 1B, TIER 1 IN JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURI, for only first responders, emergency services & public health infrastructure? 

We've been there for WEEKS. 

Are we EVER going to get the vaccine????

In fairness, an answer today, this morning, from the Jackson County Health Department:

Thanks for your email. For the last several weeks the state has not sent us vaccines, so we have not been able to offer appointment times for 1st doses in your tier. We hope to be able to offer appointments again in the next few weeks. In the meantime if you have a primary care provider you can reach out to them and the hospital they are affiliated with. They may be able to get you an appointment at the hospital before we have times available. You can also reach out to the State of Missouri Vaccine Navigators at 1-877-435-8411 or to get more information on various organizations receiving vaccine.

So we wait. We continue to wait. And hope.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Important Quote of the Day

"If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6, a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy."

--Judge Merrick Garland, today, in his opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary in his testimony to become our nation's next Attorney General.

To which I and a lot of us out here can only say kudos and thank you, sir. Let's do this.


Merrick Garland says he will prosecute rioters, white supremacists

Good News, Bad News Breaking Today

Yes, as usual, there is both good and bad news breaking today, this morning. Fortunately, I think most of it is good. Well, if you ignore Texas presently. Besides the fact that temperatures are warming across the region and nation, there is also this.

Oh, happy day. At last. Pass the popcorn. This should be good. Not done there on his taxes, this just broke in the last hour, too.

The Supreme Court has declined former President Trump's request to delay the enforcement of a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney for his financial records — paving the way for a New York grand jury to obtain the records and review them.

The point being, the Supreme Court already responded to Trump's request for a delay this morning. Fantastic. Onward, Yahoo.

Yet more goodness andyes, it's on the Trumpster, too.

Ex-Gotti Jr. prosecutor hired to help Manhattan DA probe Trump 

It seems New York City isn't messing around at all. They hired a tough attorney who has, in the past, gone after the mob and people in it.  Huzzah. You go, NYC.

Next up is this.

Hey, actions--and words--have consequences, Mr. Lindell. Buck up.

And now for the bad news.

It seems Republican Representative Steve Scalise was on ABC's "This Week" news program yesterday and just would not admit to George Stephanopolous on air that Joe Biden won our Presidential election and that Trump lost.

Maddening.  Dangerous, even.

At least it's more good news than bad. That and the temperatures are warming, as I said, as we all know all so well. Yeehaw. Yay, us.

Have a great week, y'all.

Additional links:  Unfortunately, there is the Right Wing, Republican Party, Libertarian hellscape and nightmare that is the state of Texas presently.

I read where some citizens there had gotten bills as high as $17,000. And that's on top of possibly having lost power, of course, and then any and all other expenses you might have incurred. And all that is providing none of your family members died in the biting freeze, too.

Friday, February 19, 2021

The Real President Joe Biden Is Starting to Come Out, It Seems

We hoped he'd be stronger.  We hoped he'd be stronger than this, especially this early. It's not a complete surprise but that doesn't mean it's not a disappointment. Here's the first.

He, President Biden, insists he can't pardon $50,000 of student higher education debt. He says he can, constitutionally, pardon $10,000 in debt but not $50,000.  


I'm pretty sure if the Constitution says you can forgive 10, you can forgive 50.

Number two. First he does and says this.

Then he backtracks yesterday.

Mr. President, sir, I have to tell you, that first statement weakens you and weakens your position on this issue as far as the Republicans are concerned. You get that, right?

And finally, third today.

A new brief takes an aggressive stance against outspoken Trump critic Omarosa Manigault Newman in a financial disclosure flap.

Check this story out.

The Biden Justice Department is showing no sign of letting up in a two-year-old legal fight against a former White House aide who became an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump.

While the Justice Department has sought to pause or drop a number of high-profile court battles due to the change in administration, government lawyers are pressing on aggressively with a lawsuit claiming that Omarosa Manigault Newman failed to file a required financial disclosure following her attention-grabbing firing in December 2017.

Manigault Newman has described the suit as a vendetta aimed at her for turning on Trump, calling him a racist and making revealing disclosures about the former president and his top aides. She also wrote a tell-all book, “Unhinged,” which chronicles her dealings with Trump as a contestant on “The Apprentice” and later as his most prominent African American White House aide.

In a new brief filed in federal court in Washington just before midnight Thursday, the Justice Department forcefully defended its position in the case, even tangling with Manigault Newman over the contentious circumstances of her dismissal by then-White House chief of staff John Kelly.

“She…made no attempt to file any Termination Report before September 2019, more than a year and a half after it was due and after this litigation was commenced,” DOJ lawyers wrote. “Then, following that submission—in which only half the required fields were even filled out—Defendant made no effort for over a year to correct her submission, despite being promptly advised of its deficiencies…She remains out of compliance with [the Ethics in Government Act] to this day.”

The suit asks U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon to impose a civil penalty of $61,585 on Manigault Newman for willfully refusing to file the financial disclosure. Such suits are rare. Disputes over financial disclosures are typically resolved by an employee updating the forms and, in some instances, incurring a small penalty.

Manigault Newman’s main defense in the case has been that — after her acrimonious departure from the White House — Trump aides refused to return her personal effects, including financial records she needed to complete the required exit report. She also asserts that she is a whistleblower on government wrongdoing and that the lawsuit amounts to illegal retaliation for that.

After her dismissal, Manigault Newman released audio recordings she secretly made of a tense conversation with Kelly held in the highly-secure White House Situation Room — as well as a recording of another conversation where Trump implausibly asserted he was unaware Kelly planned to fire her.

In the audio, Kelly encourages Manigault Newman to go quietly so she “can go on without any kind of difficulty relative to her reputation.” It later emerged that Kelly said Manigault Newman had abused the White House car service. She contends that was a pretext for firing her.

While the new Justice Department brief argues that statement by Kelly was not a threat and maintains that she was fired for “misuse of government resources,” government lawyers also contend those disputes are irrelevant to the ongoing suit.

“Notwithstanding Defendant’s unfounded references to ‘threats’ at the time of her termination, the merits of Defendant’s termination from the White House are not at issue in this case,” the attorneys wrote...

So here's the deal. It looks as though, certainly seems as though, this lawsuit should be thrown out, on its own merits, for starters. It seems clear this is vengeance from the previous President and his administration.

You'd think it would be a no-brainer, right?

But here's the thing. From what I've read, now-President Biden wants to make sure no one in his administration does anything remotely similar to him once he's out of office so he and his administration want the lawsuit to go forward.

Don't get me wrong. We knew what we were getting with Joe Biden, to be sure. And I/we don't think he is or ever was or was going to be perfect in this role as President---and he's a HUGE, huge improvement over the previous occupant of the White House, to state the necessary and obvious but...  Geez   Let's be a bit tougher, Joe and a bit more consistent.

Could you? Would you work on that?


More. Another, too, sadly.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Where We Are Now and Some of, a Lot of How We Got Here

Some of the poignancy of Rush Limbaugh and his passing. Ms. Cox Richardson is particularly enlightening today.

Heather Cox Richardson

February 17, 2021, Wednesday

The crisis in Texas continues, with almost 2 million people still without power in frigid temperatures. Pipes are bursting in homes, pulling down ceilings and flooding living spaces, while 7 million Texans are under a water boil advisory.

Tim Boyd, the mayor of Colorado City, Texas, put on Facebook: “The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING! I’m sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout!... If you are sitting at home in the cold because you have no power and are sitting there waiting for someone to come rescue you because your lazy is direct result of your raising! [sic]…. This is sadly a product of a socialist government where they feed people to believe that the FEW will work and others will become dependent for handouts…. I’ll be damned if I’m going to provide for anyone that is capable of doing it themselves!... Bottom line quit crying and looking for a handout! Get off your ass and take care of your own family!” “Only the strong will survive and the weak will parish [sic],” he said. 

After an outcry, Boyd resigned.

Boyd’s post was a fitting tribute to talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who passed today from lung cancer at age 70. It was Limbaugh who popularized the idea that hardworking white men were under attack in America. According to him, minorities and feminists were too lazy to work, and instead expected a handout from the government, paid for by tax dollars levied from hardworking white men. This, he explained, was “socialism,” and it was destroying America.

Limbaugh didn’t invent this theory; it was the driving principle behind Movement Conservatism, which rose in the 1950s to combat the New Deal government that regulated business, provided a basic social safety net, and promoted infrastructure. But Movement Conservatives' efforts to get voters to reject the system that they credited for creating widespread prosperity had little success.

In 1971, Lewis Powell, an attorney for the tobacco industry, wrote a confidential memo for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce outlining how business interests could overturn the New Deal and retake control of America. Powell focused on putting like-minded scholars and speakers on college campuses, rewriting textbooks, stacking the courts, and pressuring politicians. He also called for “reaching the public generally” through television, newspapers, and radio. “[E]very available means should be employed to challenge and refute unfair attacks,” he wrote, “as well as to present the affirmative case through this media.”

Pressing the Movement Conservative case faced headwinds, however, since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforced a policy that, in the interests of serving the community, required any outlet that held a federal broadcast license to present issues honestly, equitably, and with balance. This “Fairness Doctrine” meant that Movement Conservatives had trouble gaining traction, since voters rejected their ideas when they were stacked up against the ideas of Democrats and traditional Republicans, who agreed that the government had a role to play in the economy (even though they squabbled about the extent of that role).

In 1985, under a chair appointed by President Ronald Reagan, the FCC stated that the Fairness Doctrine hurt the public interest. Two years later, under another Reagan-appointed chair, the FCC abolished the rule.

With the Fairness Doctrine gone, Rush Limbaugh stepped into the role of promoting the Movement Conservative narrative. He gave it the concrete examples, color, and passion it needed to jump from think tanks and businessmen to ordinary voters who could help make it the driving force behind national policy. While politicians talked with veiled language about “welfare queens” and same-sex bathrooms, and “makers” and “takers,” Limbaugh played “Barack the Magic Negro,” talked of “femiNazis,” and said “Liberals” were “socialists,” redistributing tax dollars from hardworking white men to the undeserving.

Constantly, he hammered on the idea that the federal government threatened the freedom of white men, and he did so in a style that his listeners found entertaining and liberating.

By the end of the 1980s, Limbaugh’s show was carried on more than 650 radio stations, and in 1992, he briefly branched out into television with a show produced by Roger Ailes, who had packaged Richard Nixon in 1968 and would go on to become the head of the Fox News Channel. Before the 1994 midterm elections, Limbaugh was so effective in pushing the Republicans’ “Contract With America” that when the party won control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 1952, the Republican revolutionaries made him an honorary member of their group.

Limbaugh told them that, under House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the Republicans must “begin an emergency dismantling of the welfare system, which is shredding the social fabric,” bankrupting the country, and “gutting the work ethic, educational performance, and moral discipline of the poor.” Next, Congress should cut capital gains taxes, which would drive economic growth, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and generate billions in federal revenue.

Limbaugh kept staff in Washington to make sure Republican positions got through to voters. At the same time, every congressman knew that taking a stand against Limbaugh would earn instant condemnation on radio channels across the country, and they acted accordingly.

Limbaugh saw politics as entertainment that pays well for the people who can rile up their base with compelling stories—Limbaugh’s net worth when he died was estimated at $600 million—but he sold the Movement Conservative narrative well. He laid the groundwork for the political career of Donald Trump, who awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a made-for-tv moment at Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address. His influence runs deep in the current party: former Mayor Boyd, an elected official, began his diatribe with: “Let me hurt some feelings while I have a minute!!”

Like Boyd, other Texas politicians are also falling back on the Movement Conservative narrative to explain the disaster in their state. The crisis was caused by a lack of maintenance on Texas’s unregulated energy grid, which meant that instruments at coal, natural gas, and nuclear plants froze, at the same time that supplies of natural gas fell short. Nonetheless, Governor Greg Abbott and his allies in the fossil fuel industry went after “liberal” ideas. They blamed the crisis on the frozen wind turbines and solar plants which account for about 13% of Texas’s winter power. Abbott told Fox News Channel personality Sean Hannity that “this shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America.” Tucker Carlson told his viewers that Texas was “totally reliant on windmills.”

The former Texas governor and former Secretary of Energy under Trump, Rick Perry, wrote on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s website to warn against regulation of Texas’s energy system: “Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business,” he said. The website warned that “Those watching on the left may see the situation in Texas as an opportunity to expand their top-down, radical proposals. Two phrases come to mind: don’t mess with Texas, and don’t let a crisis go to waste.”

At Abbott’s request, President Biden has declared that Texas is in a state of emergency, freeing up federal money and supplies for the state. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sent 60 generators to state hospitals, water plants, and other critical facilities, along with blankets, food, and bottled water. It is also delivering diesel fuel for backup power.


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Republican Party Collapsing

I tell you, folks, it's just a beautiful, beautiful day, isn't it?

Have a wonderful, wonderful day, y'all. 

Think happy thoughts.

A Day Full of Great News!

I tell you what, sure it's cold outside, bitter cold but good to great news keeps busting out all over.

"According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 75% of Republicans want Trump to continue to lead the party. But 21% don’t, and between 24% and 28% blame him for the January 6 riot."

"That split," writes Heather Cox Richardson, "means the Republican Party, which was already losing members over the insurrection, stands to lose even more of its members if it continues to defer to the former president."