Democrat Governor Of Missouri Facing Impeachment Over Order Allowing Same-Sex Marriage Tax Returns

Missouri Governor Facing Impeachment Over Order Allowing Same-Sex Marriage Tax Returns – Raw Story

A member of the Missouri House of Representatives has filed articles of impeachment against Governor Jay Nixon (D) for ordering Missouri’s Department of Revenue to accept joint tax returns filed by same-sex couples who have been legally married in other states.

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According to Missourinet, Representative Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) has filed two articles of impeachment charging that Gov. Nixon issued an executive order that is a “direct violation” of Missouri’s Constitution. Further, Marshall says Nixon “misstates and misrepresents the meaning and requirements under Missouri’s constitutional and statutory law and thereby misleads the citizens of this state.”

In November of last year, Gov. Nixon issued an executive order stating that Missouri must accept such joint returns because Missouri’s tax code is tied directly to the federal government, and the state requires married couples who file joint returns to also file state taxes jointly. The office of Attorney General Chris Koster (D) has stated that Nixon’s order appears to comply with Missouri law.

Marshall, in his filing, alleges that Nixon’s order was based upon “a knowing omission of key statutory language.”

A section of the Missouri tax code that defines terms reads that terms used shall have the same meaning as when they appear in federal tax code. Rep. Marshall seized upon an additional phrase which states “unless a different meaning is clearly required by the provisions of” the Missouri tax code.

“Missouri law says a husband and wife who file a joint federal tax return shall file a combined return here in he state of Missouri,’ Marshall said. “The condition precedent for that is that they are husband and wife, and you have to ask yourself, ‘Well, how do you define husband and wife?’ You may not use the federal definition. That’s not allowed because Missouri’s Constitution does not allow you to recognize same-sex marriage.”

In 2004, Missouri voters approved Constitutional Amendment 2 which changed the definition of marriage in the state constitution as being between a man and a woman.

Marshall says that, while he is opposed to same-sex marriage, his action has nothing to do with his stance on the issue.

“My position on same-sex marriage is irrelevant. The governor’s position on same-sex marriage should be irrelevant,” he explained. “What is extremely relevant is the limitation on the powers of the Governor of the State of Missouri. He has no more right to ignore the Constitution than I do.”

The articles of impeachment, which must first be referred to a committee where, if passed, would then move on to the House, have been co-signed by seven Republican members of the House: Ron Schieber, Ken Wilson, Jeff Pogue, Kurt Bahr, Mike Moon, Rick Brattin & T.J. Berry.

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Have we lost our damned minds?

Oh who could ever imagine the outrage, hurt, hyperbole, and massive outbreaks of Offendeditis, and Racial Obsession Syndrome. All over a, excuse my language, a fucking rodeo clown acting like a, wait for it, a fucking rodeo clown? All of this because  a rodeo clown put on an Obama mask? This is all it takes these days to spur the Left, and some spineless Republicans to start whining and crying about RAAAAACISM? We have not only lost our minds, we have lost our balls, spine, and collective sense of humor as a nation. The NAACP naturally, did not lose a second before trying to race pimp “Clown Gate”. They are calling for the Gestapo to march that evil rodeo clown off to a concentration camp for making fun of Dear Leader.

On Tuesday, the Missouri State National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) issued a statement asking for federal involvement in the case of a rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask and then asked the crowd if they’d like to see Obama run down by a bull. “The activities at the Missouri State Fair targeting and inciting violence against our President are serious and warrant a full review by both the Secret Service and the Justice Department,” said State President Mary Ratliff. “Incidents involving individuals acting out with extreme violent behavior in movie theaters, schools, churches, political appearances, and outdoor events in general speaks volume to the irresponsible behavior of all the parties involved with the incendiary events at the Missouri State Fair.”

Mary  Race Pimpin' Ratliff

Mary Race Pimpin’ Ratliff

Targeting the president? Who did that?. No one incited any violence towards anybody, and Mary Ratliff, Race Pimp, damn well knows it. As to this part of her statement, all I can say is WTF woman? What are you prattling on about? Seriously, this buffoon is babbling about extreme violent behavior in churches and movie theaters? 

“Incidents involving individuals acting out with extreme violent behavior in movie theaters, schools, churches, political appearances, and outdoor events in general speaks volume to the irresponsible behavior of all the parties involved with the incendiary events at the Missouri State Fair.

Good Grief is she serious? Of course she is, she is just doing her part to keep racial tensions high so the donations keep coming in, Heaven forbid this babbling idiot have to get a real job! So, do not waste your time emailing Mary, or the Missouri NAACP, they will just call you racist and might even write Eric Holder to probe you for being a dangerous hate monger. Worse yet, a MSNBS host might make fun of you, or Joan Walsh might write something negative about you at Salon which would not be too bad since no one watches MSNBS or reads Salon. They might get the NSA to spy on you, or they might even ask Eric Holder to get those Mexican cartels he armed to come after you. Hell , they might even get Trayvon Martin’s parents to accuse you of helping Zimmerman gun down their angelic son. Of course, that would be totally false, but that does not seem to matter to them, or anyone on the Left. Hell, if you have a son, who is, say 13, they might even coax a few thugs to beat him down on a school bus and then some douche nozzle on MSNBS to say your kid deserved it because he was a snitch. And of course if ANY of those things were to happen you would deserve it because, RAAAAACISM!

But, the NAACP pulling their usual detestable stunts is not the only news worth talking about. Matt Walsh has penned an appropriate apology to our president

 

Dear President Obama,

I’m reaching out to you as a friend. I know you must be deeply hurting after what happened at the Missouri State Fair. Sure, you probably try to avoid watching the news while you’re on vacation, but I’m sure the pilot who airlifted your dog to your rental mansion in Martha’s Vineyard probably caught you up to speed (that guy is such a chatterbox). Your jaw must have hit the floor when you heard the news: A rodeo clown in Missouri poked fun at you. Yeah, I know, almost impossible to believe. The gall! The gumption! The racism! Don’t worry, the entire country erupted in outrage, Democrats and Republicans issued statements of condemnation, and now the offending clown has been banned for life from the Missouri State Fair. There will likely be “action taken” against the Missouri Rodeo Clown Association, and I do hope justice is visited upon them swiftly. I think we’re all a little sick of the Missouri Rodeo Clown Association causing trouble. It’s something new every week with those freakin’ guys.

But all of this is of no consolation. The fact is, a rodeo clown in Missouri made fun of you. Nothing can ever ease the pain he has caused. This sort of crass lampooning of public officials has never happened at a rodeo until now, and I know that because a bunch of people who have never been within 150 miles of a rodeo said so. And then — worse still — the crowd erupted in applause at the spectacle of a guy in an Obama mask being chased by a rampaging bull. Racists, the lot of ‘em! I mean, Bush never got this sort of treatment. Nobody ever mocked or satirized him. No crude jokes were told about him. Nobody ever wished violence or death upon him. Ever. You know why? Because he’s white. White presidents always get treated nicely, especially white Republicans. Just ask Lincoln. The whole country agreed for over two centuries that we don’t ever insult presidents, then you get into office and all of a sudden every day is Pick on the President Day. Outrageous!

Go read the rest, it is great satire, and will likely get Walsh labelled a RAAAAACIST! And all over a fucking rodeo clown! You know, all of this makes me want to say FTL, which is short for FUCK THE LEFT! Which, of course, makes me a, well, you know……….

5 Reasons Why Leftists Don’t Like That Obama-Masked Rodeo Clown From Missouri




1.) He’s a manly individual, unlike the real Obama.
2.) He’s good at his job, unlike the real Obama.
3.) He’s got a growing fan base, unlike the real Obama.
4.) He’s technically qualified to be president, unlike the real Obama.
5.) He’s not hiding the fact that he’s just been pretending to be black, unlike the real Obama.


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Former Missouri Dem Rep Pleads Guilty To Illegally Taking $58K In Disability Payments

Democratic Officeholder Fraudulently Took $58K In Federal Disability Payments – CNS

Raymond E. Salva, a former Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives, has pleaded guilty to illegally taking $58,816 in federal disability payments while he was working as a state legislator earning $30,000 a year, according to the Office of the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration.

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In a plea agreement reached on June 26, Salva agreed to pay $58,816 in restitution to the Social Security Administration (SSA) but he also still faces sentencing, which could include imprisonment of 10 years without parole and a fine up to $250,000.

When Salva was indicted back in November 2012, the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, David Ketchmark, said: “An elected official who is entrusted to make the law must also follow the law. This kind of deceit and illegal double-dipping from the public coffers is nothing less than theft. Today’s indictment alleges that, while purportedly serving the public, he was actually stealing from the taxpayers and betraying the trust of the voters.”

Salva was approved for Social Security disability payments in February 2000, claiming that he had suffered a neck injury in a farm accident. However, in 2002 Salva was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives and he served there as Democratic legislator (District 51) from 2003 through 2010, earning $30,000 a year in compensation. All the while, he received monthly disability payments from the SSA.

In May 2003, about five months after he started working as a state representative, the SSA conducted a review to find out whether Salva was still eligible for disability payments. “As part of that review, Salva completed a form in which he affirmed that he was not able to return to work and that he had not done any work since being disabled,” reads a press release from the SSA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Nearly two years went by and Salva continued to get the disability payments every month. Then, in December 2004, the SSA discovered earnings posted to Salva’s record and sent him a letter inquiring about his work activity. “Salva responded that he had conferred with an SSA representative, who told him that public service would not affect his disability benefits,” reads the statement from the OIG. “Salva admitted today [June 26,2013] that this statement was false and that he did not confer with an SSA representative who told him that working as a legislator was in some way exempted.”

Salva continued to receive disability payments in 2005, 2006, 2007, and through February 2008. At that point, the SSA sent a letter to Salva notifying him of the over-payments, and then sent another letter billing him for the nearly $59,000 in over-payment. Salva did not leave the Missouri house of Representatives until December 2010.

Salva appealed the SSA’s over-payment claim to an administrative law judge. And on Jan. 3, 2011, he completed a new application for Social Security disability. He subsequently withdrew that application in February 2011. In April of that year the administrative law judge found Salva “at fault in causing the overpayment,” states the OIG release.

In June of this year, Salva entered his plea agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Missouri.

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So, Chris Wysocki has riddles now?

Chris, at Pretty Fly for a Jersey Guy has a riddle for us How many Pizzas can fit in Barack Obama’s carbon footprint

President CO2 Cutter flew in 20 pizzas last month for himself and some friends. Special delivery, direct from St. Louis, Missouri. 860 miles, more or less.

Apparently you can’t get good take-out in DC.

Hypocrisy be thy name Leftists

 

Missouri Lawmakers Pass Bill To Nullify Federal Gun Control Laws

Missouri Lawmakers Pass Bill To Nullify Federal Gun Control Laws – Fox News

The Missouri Legislature sent the governor a bill Wednesday that would expand gun rights and declare all federal gun regulations unenforceable, in a response to President Obama’s push for gun control legislation.

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The Republican-led Legislature passed the measure hoping to shield the state from federal proposals that would ban assault weapons and expand background checks. But the U.S. Senate’s defeat of a background check expansion three weeks ago did nothing to assuage the fears of Missouri Republicans who pressed forward with their legislation.

The Missouri House voted 118-36 Wednesday to send the bill to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The Senate passed the measure earlier this month.

Supporters argue the measure protects the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and it includes language condemning the theft and illegal use of firearms. The measure’s sponsor, Rep. Doug Funderburk, said his aim is to ensure Missouri is the only regulator when it comes to firearms.

“We have the authority to enforce these laws. We are trying to position us so that we in this state can have safer neighborhoods,” said Funderburk, R-St. Peters.

Opposition came mostly from House Democrats who said the measure would increase access to guns and make schools less safe. They argued the measure doesn’t address gun violence in urban areas.

“I don’t understand why this body continues to turn their back and ignore gun violence in order to increase access to weapons,” said Rep. Stacey Newman, D-University City.

In addition to declaring federal gun laws unenforceable, the bill would allow concealed weapons to be carried by designated school personnel in school buildings. It would allow appointed “protection officers” to carry concealed weapons as long as they have a valid permit and register with the state Department of Public Safety. The officers would also be required to complete a training course.

The bill would also allow people with a firearms permit to openly carry weapons less than 16 inches in length even in localities that prohibit open-carry of firearms.

Privacy rights of gun owners have been a hot topic this legislative session after lawmakers learned the state Highway Patrol shared the list of concealed weapons permit holders with a federal agent in the Social Security Administration.

The legislation passed Wednesday would prevent people from publishing any identifying information on gun owners. A person who publishes such information would be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. It also would prevent doctors or nurses from being required to ask patients about firearm ownership.

The measure would also lower the minimum age required to obtain a concealed weapons permit from 21 to 19.

Even if Gov. Jay Nixon signs the legislation, it may face legal hurdles that will prevent its implementation. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Kansas last month saying the federal government would challenge its recent gun law. The Kansas legislation would prohibit federal regulation of guns that are manufactured and remain in the state. It would also criminalize the enforcement of federal gun control laws.

Missouri lawmakers are also considering a constitutional amendment that would declare gun rights “inalienable.”

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Bill By Missouri GOP Representative Would Make Proposing Gun Control Legislation A Felony

Bill By Missouri GOP Representative Would Make Proposing Gun Control Legislation A Felony – The Examiner

Responding to a Democratic proposal giving gun owners in Missouri 90 days to turn in rifles, pistols and shotguns deemed to be “assault weapons,” state Rep. Mike Leara (R-St. Louis) introduced a measure on Monday that would make it a felony to propose legislation that further erodes the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

The bill, known as HB 633, was read for the second time on Tuesday.

“Any member of the general assembly who proposes a piece of legislation that further restricts the right of an individual to bear arms, as set forth under the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States, shall be guilty of a class D felony,” the bill says.

A Class D felony in Missouri carries a prison sentence of not more than four years.

“Leara told TheBlaze on Tuesday that he is under no illusion that the bill will pass. He says he introduced the legislation to make a point after Democrats proposed an alarming gun confiscation bill last week,” Jason Howerton wrote.

“It’s outrageous,” Leara said of the Democratic proposal. “I have received an overwhelming response of about 100 to 1 to stop this legislation.”

“I filed HB 633 as a matter of principle and as a statement in defense of the Second Amendment rights of all Missourians. I have no illusions about the bill making it through the legislative process, but I want it to be clear that the Missouri House will stand in defense of the people’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” he added.

The Democratic proposal, if passed into law, would give owners of “assault weapons” 90 days to either ship the weapons out of the state, render them inoperable or surrender them to authorities. Those who fail to do so could be sent to prison for a period of seven years.

Legislation mirroring the Missouri bill was proposed in Minnesota.

According to Leara, Democratic Rep. Rory Ellinger, the primary sponsor of the gun confiscation bill, calls himself a constitutional lawyer.

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Missouri Democrats seek confiscation of firearms

Via Gateway Pundit

Missouri Democrats introduced an anti-gun bill which would turn law-abiding firearm owners into criminals. They will have 90 days to turn in their guns if the legislation is passed.

Dana Loesch Radio reported on the new legislation being pushed by Missouri Democrats:

Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution.

Here’s part of the Democratic proposal in Missouri:

4. Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution:

(1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;

(2) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or

(3) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.

5. Unlawful manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale, or transfer of an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine is a class C felony.

To be very clear, the bill define as “assault weapon” in part as

(b) Semi-automatic pistol, or any semi-automatic, centerfire or rimfire rifle with a fixed magazine, that has the capacity to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition;

            (c) Semi-automatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has one or more of the following:

 a. Any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the nontrigger hand;

            b. A folding, telescoping or thumbhole stock;

            c. A shroud attached to the barrel, or that partially or completely encircles the barrel, allowing the bearer to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned, but excluding a slide that encloses the barrel; or

            d. The capacity to accept a detachable magazine at any location outside of the pistol grip;

That is one very small step from defining every pistol in this nation. All pistols have “detachable magazines”. This is a far reaching bill in that it seeks to take guns away, and in the fact that the language is getting dangerously close to banning all guns except revolvers, pump action shotguns, and bolt action rifles

 

Claire McCaskill: Unemployment is great because it reduces carbon emissions

Remember this the next time a Democrat says they care about workers! Via Milton Wolf

At the end of the clip, she claims she was being sarcastic. Look, I am a sarcastic guy, and that was not sarcasm, that was a Leftist showing how much Marxist Kool-Aid she has consumed.

 

Some college football notes

 

Week 2 of the 2012 season is past and it was quite a week. Everyone should offer up prayers for Tulane safety Devon Walker, who broke his neck Saturday

 

Doctors say they will need to operate soon on Tulane safety Devon Walker, who is in stable condition after fracturing his spine in a head-to-head collision with a teammate during a weekend game in Tulsa.

Tulane University’s athletics program said specialists treating Walker at a Tulsa hospital placed him in traction after Saturday’s injury and are treating him for a lot of swelling to the neck.

“The current plan is for him to have surgery in the next one to two days,” said the statement released late Saturday, hours after the New Orleans team opened the Conference USA portion of its schedule against Tulsa.

Tulane’s team doctor, Greg Stewart, told The New Orleans Times-Picayune in a report published online Sunday that the player had some feeling in his arms and legs and that the possibility of paralysis was still unknown.

 

Awful, I hope he recovers fully. 

 

My Gators looked shaky in the first half vs the Aggies, but, the defense clamped down in the second half, and first-year starter Jeff Driskel seemed to mature as the game went on and Florida topped A&M 20-17 

 

Primary logo for all UF athletics since the ea...

Primary logo for all UF athletics since the early 1990s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

It was over when: Clinging to a 20-17 lead with 1:30 remaining, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel raced for 21 yards on a bootleg to ensure the Gators would not have to give the ball back to the Aggies. Florida took over at its own 14 with 3:12 remaining and managed to grind down the clock on a seven-play drive consisting of all run plays.

Game ball goes to: Driskel. He was far from spectacular, but the quarterback was mistake-free in his first start for the Gators. Driskel was absolutely drilled to the tune of eight — repeat, eight — sacks. But he hung in to complete 13 of 16 passes for 162 yards, and while the Florida offense was far from fun to watch, Driskel took care of the ball and made clutch plays when he had to. In addition to the game-sealing run, Driskel connected with tight end Omarius Hines on a beautiful 39-yard throw to set up the go-ahead touchdown. 

 

The other newcomer to the SEC, Mizzou, led Georgia 17-9, and then the roof fell in

 

Aaron Murray hit Marlon Brown for two of his three touchdown passes, the second for the go-ahead score as the Bulldogs recovered from a shaky start with 32 second-half points that spoiled Missouri’s SEC debut in a 41-20 victory Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0) trailed 17-9 early in the third quarter before turning Missouri’s SEC debut into an unsatisfying initiation for the Tigers (1-1, 0-1) and a sellout crowd of 71,004 clad in yellow and waving yellow pom-pons.

 

In other news there were upsets, as Wisconsin fell to Oregon State, Oklahoma State was blown out by Arizona 59-38, and most shocking #8 Arkansas was upended by Louisiana Monroe

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Kolton Browning reminded the nation that Louisiana-Monroe is no stranger taking down the Southeastern Conference.

Browning accounted for 481 yards of total offense and four touchdowns Saturday night, including the game-winning scramble in overtime, to help the Warhawks (1-0) rally from a 21-point deficit for a 34-31 win over No. 8 Arkansas.

The win is Louisiana-Monroe’s first over a ranked team since joining the FBS in 1994, and it is the school’s first over an SEC team since defeating Alabama in 2007. The Warhawks are 4-34 against the SEC, with their only other win coming against Mississippi State in 1995.

 

For all the scores, including Michigan barely surviving Air Force, K-State thumping the Canes 52-13, Penn State losing another tough one, and Arizona State crushing Illinois go here

 

Just in case you forgot how intellectually bankrupt Maureen Dowd is……

 

…………………here is a reminder

Just Think No — Maureen Dowd, NYT

. . .Other Republicans are trying to cover up their true identity to get elected. Even as party leaders attempted to lock the crazy uncle in the attic in Missouri, they were doing their own crazy thing down in Tampa, Fla., by reiterating language in their platform calling for a no-exceptions Constitutional amendment outlawing abortion, even in cases of rape, incest and threat to the life of the mother.

Paul Ryan, who teamed up with Akin in the House to sponsor harsh anti-abortion bills, may look young and hip and new generation, with his iPod full of heavy metal jams and his cute kids. But he’s just a fresh face on a Taliban creed — the evermore antediluvian, anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-gay conservative core. Amiable in khakis and polo shirts, Ryan is the perfect modern leader to rally medieval Republicans who believe that Adam and Eve cavorted with dinosaurs.

Egads, is the Left ever going to stop beating that dead horse? Well, of course they are, they have no ideas, well none that work any way, so, it is fear and smear, race baiting, gender baiting, and so on and so on.

 

Dana Loesch interviews embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin

He is staying fast, staying in the race. Great interview by Dana via Donald Douglas

Akin, 65, portrayed himself as a man of principle, unwilling to give up his fight just because of comments that he portrayed as a minor misstep. “One word, one sentence, [on] one day out of place and all of a sudden the entire establishment turns on you,” Akin told Loesch, whose syndicated show is broadcast from KFTK-FM in St. Louis.

Here is the interview

Well, the stakes are pretty high, I hope he wins, but if he doesn’t it could really hurt the GOP nationally. But, if he does win, it might help end the current climate where one stupid statement or clumsily worded answer can kill a campaign.

UPDATE! Bill Quick is pleased to hear the news

Republicans and their Akin-Breakin’ Hearts

Oh what to do about Missouri GOP Senatorial candidate, and current Representative Todd Akin and his gaffetastic statement about women, rape and abortion. First here is the comments that has him in hot water

Some Conservatives are saying that Akin ought to depart his race to unseat Claire McCaskill. Michelle Malkin, for example

The question for Republicans in Missouri is whether sticking by self-inflicted-wounded Akin is more important than securing a U.S. Senate majority.

Michelle’s basic point is this. Retaking the Senate is more important than sticking by Akin. There is a lot of merit to that. William Teach, however, has a differing view

You have many Republicans calling for him to give it up. Sean Hannity sounded like he wanted Akin to abandon his campaign earlier on the radio. Republicans and Crossroads GPS have apparently pulled out. National Review has called on Akin to step aside. So does Scott Brown. And John Cornyn. Many Republicans and Conservatives have gone all squishy as they so often due in the face of adversity.

Fortunately, some are standing up for Akin, such as social conservatives (of which I’ve been critical in the past). This is what we should all be doing. To be impolite and risk alienation, Republicans need to grow a spine. Akin is up 11 over McCaskill. Go on the offensive, bring up her Obamacare and Stimulus votes (among others), and highlight her “forgetting” to pay her taxes while demonizing “rich” people. For f*ck’s sake, you have a president who is quick to insult American citizens, especially Conservatives, and often in a nasty way. He called Americans lazy and soft. He said Americans “aren’t thinking clearly.” I could go on and on and on. Who will you replace Akin with? Bueller? Bueller? You replace him now and it is a guaranteed loss.

Buck up and stand up.

PS: Akin has a lifetime rating with the American Conservative Union of 97.24. He’s been helpful way more than hurtful. Maybe this is the kind of Conservative we need.

I love the sentiment Teach expresses here. The fact is we, Republicans, DO throw up our hands too quickly, and we DO, lose our heads over gaffes Republican candidates make. there is, I fear, a culture of accepting lower standards in the GOP, especially amongst the establishment types. I, like Teach, am pretty damned tired of that. Of course, to be fair, so is Malkin. 

Dana Loesch makes a solid point too

Akin is a pro-life candidate thus leans towards life when discussion abortion. It’s not shocking knowledge to Missourians who selected him as the GOP nominee for senate and lean towards him in the latest polling. Democrats want to make social issues the focus on the campaign as opposed to the economy, where they’re losing, and Akin’s interview gave them them the momentary opportunity they needed to shift attention away from the lagging economy. 

Was Akin’s “misspeech” ridiculous? Of course. Is it worse than the misdeeds of his opponent, Claire McCaskill, who rubber-stamps Obama’s war on Missouri coal jobs and tripled our deficit? Not by conservative standards, or any real standard of measurement. 

Dana is correct we HAVE made his comments worse than they actually were, I hate that we allow ourselves to play the Democrats game like this.

William Jacobson sides with the “Akin should drop out” side here is some of his take

 it’s clear that Akin has become a national liability, in part because his apology was round-about, in part because Republicans are not forgiven as easily as Democrats (remember how the press and Democrats reacted to allegations of rape made against Bill Clinton), and in part because Republicans who control the money and political leadership have been left with no choice but to do everything withing their power to distance themselves.

So, what to do? I lean, at least my heart does, more towards siding with William Teach here. Akin does possess that solid record, he does have that significant lead, and Claire McCaskill  is an incredibly weak candidate, with a record that voters will want to boot out. So, yes, go on the offensive, focus on her record, and Akin’s. But, here is the seminal point. If he is going to be thrown overboard, and certainly PLENTY of Conservatives are throwing him overboard, then he really has zero chance. So, maybe, in this case it is best he take his leave.

Stacy McCain weighs in and places much of the blame for this mess on the GOP establishment

This horrible botch can be blamed squarely on the Missouri GOP Establishment, which lined up behind Akin against Tea Party-backed — and Sarah Palin-endorsed – candidate Sarah Steelman in the primary two weeks ago.

Mike Rathbone at Hot Air: “Hey, I Voted for Steelman.” More than 60 percent of Missouri GOP  primary voters voted for either Steelman or businessman John Brunner.

UPDATE II: National Review is calling for Akin to “step aside” and the terrible thing, from a Republican standpoint, is how unnecessary this disaster was. It was an unforced error in an easily winnable race against an unpopular Democrat incumbent, and it was caused by the predictably timid Republican impulse to back the “safe” candidate who, as in so many previous instances, proved to be not really safe after all.

Damn.

I can tolerate a lot of things in politics, but I despise incompetence.

All I can do is sigh. McCain is right about that. Stacy also points out something I thought when I watched video of Akin’s statement. Why the Hell didn’t he take the right route in answering?

Whenever supporters of abortion start throwing up arguments based on exceptions, the proper response is to point out that well over 90 percent of abortions have nothing whatsoever to do with such exceptions, but are strictly a matter of choice: post-conception birth control. And the pre-Roe history demonstrated that permitting abortion under specific exceptions resulted in those exceptions being abused. The rape exception resulted in false accusations of rape, and the “health” exception resulted in doctors fictionalizing health risks, including false determinations of mental health risks.

If we can ever come to a consensus as a society that abortion is a homicidal act that ought to be against the law, then we might start having a productive conversation about ending it. However, so long as we have “respectable” people who advocate abortion as a good thing — indeed, as a pseudo-sacred constitutional “right” — no meaningful discussion is possible.

The “respectable” people who advocate abortion are paid for their advocacy, and have an articulate elite to echo their viewpoint, while those who speak on behalf of the sanctity of life — well, we’ve got dumbass Republicans like Todd Akin, you see.

Just another quick thought, if Akin does step aside, and I think he will, who would run in his place? Would that candidate have a legitimate shot to win? The election is just over two months away.

UPDATE! Gateway Pundit has some names of possible replacements

State Auditor Tom Schweich and Congressional candidate Ann Wagner are being mentioned as a replacement.

John Ashcroft, Jim Talent, and Kit Bond are also being mentioned as replacement candidates.

 

Former Democrat Governor Of Missouri Sentenced To Probation For Money Laundering

Former Missouri Gov. Wilson Sentenced To Probation – Saint Louis Post-Dispatch

Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson was sentenced to probation in federal court here Monday for misusing money to make political donations.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Ann Medler’s sentence was expected. Wilson faced probation to six months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. His lawyer, Robert Haar, had asked for probation, citing his long public service record.

After a lengthy investigation, Wilson was indicted in April on a misdemeanor insurance charge for laundering a total $8,000 in campaign contributions from Missouri Employers Mutual Co., a state-created workers’ compensation company based in Columbia, to the Missouri Democratic Party through a St. Louis law firm, Herzog Crebs. Former Herzog Crebs partner Ed Griesedieck III was also indicted.

Wilson was president and CEO of MEM at the time.

Medler sentenced Wilson to two years of probation and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine and $5,000 in restitution. He will also complete 100 hours of community service.

Griesedieck received one year of probation. The other aspects of his sentence were the same.

In court Wilson read a short statement in which he thanked his family and friends. He apologized and said he looks forward to a future in community service.

“There are no excuses,” he said. “I made a mistake.”

He read a similar statement outside the courthouse. He also said that he had already paid the fine and half of the restitution. Griesedieck presumably has or will pay the rest.

DONATION SCHEME

State campaign finance records show that the contributions, $5,000 on Aug. 28, 2009, and $3,000 on Dec. 22, 2009, came from the Herzog Crebs law firm. The $5,000 was reimbursed via bogus legal bills paid by MEM, which Wilson reviewed and approved.

Former MEM chairman Doug Morgan, who orchestrated the scheme, asked Griesedieck to bill the $3,000 contribution in two parts to him, planning to get reimbursed from MEM.

But by August 2010, Morgan had not paid the bill, and asked Griesedieck to bill the insurer instead. MEM’s in-house counsel reviewed the legal bill, and asked Wilson about it. He denied any knowledge of the contribution or the agreement to bill it to the insurer, his plea says.

He wrote a personal check for the money on Nov. 3, 2010, after talking to Griesedieck and Morgan in September and October, his plea says.

Griesedieck also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in connection with the case and will be sentenced later today. He has agreed not to practice law for 18 months and his law license has been suspended pending a final disciplinary ruling from the Missouri Supreme Court.

Wilson served two terms as lieutenant governor and nearly 14 years in the state senate. He also formerly chaired the Missouri Tourism Commission and the Missouri Rural Economic Development Council.

Wilson was sworn in as Missouri’s 52nd governor following the death of Gov. Mel Carnahan in 2000 in a plane crash.

After leaving office, Wilson worked for a money management firm and served as the Missouri Democratic Party’s chairman from 2004 to 2007.

Griesedieck was a partner and member of Herzog Crebs’ management committee, did corporate and real estate work and acted as general counsel for a number of corporations throughout the Midwest, according to the firm’s website. He also is a former city attorney and prosecuting attorney for several St. Louis County communities and hosted the “Ask the Attorney” program on KMOX for 20 years.

He graduated from Notre Dame and St. Louis University Law School.

The indictments of Wilson and Griesedieck came during a series of scandals at MEM, including a critical state audit and the indictment of Morgan and another board member. Both later died while awaiting trial.

In April, after the indictments and guilty pleas, MEM issued a written statement indicating that “internal and external, independent investigations have confirmed there have been no other similar incidents at MEM.”

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If Former Senator Inconsequential A.K.A. John Danforth speaks to far Left rag, will anyone pay attention

Another has been that never really was kissing the ass of Leftists!

Former Missouri Senator John Danforth is now giving talking points to the Far Left quasi-communist and habitually dishonest website Think Progress.

THINKPROGRESS: What do you think is happening here?

DANFORTH: An effort by some, and apparently a large number, 60% in Indiana, to purge the Republican Party and to create something that’s ideologically pure and intolerant of anybody who does not agree with them — not just on general principles, but right across the board.

THINKPROGRESS: Do you stand by your view that GOP is beyond hope?

DANFORTH: If this trend succeeds, yeah. What they will be left with, if indeed they want to purge the party of all but people who have a particular ideological slant… it’s not a way to win elections, it’s not political sustainable. It might make them feel good for a time but doesn’t work, it hasn’t worked.It didn’t work in Nevada or in Delaware in last election. They won nominations but couldn’t win elections. I don’t know how you win elections without getting 51% of the vote. I don’t see how you’re gonna get 51% of the vote if you make it clear that people in your own party, who don’t absolutely agree with everything you want to do, aren’t wanted.

A Useful Idiot! He should know that if ThinkProgress wants to interview him it is because they want to use him as a tool.

Bill Quick: Is this any way to select a nominee?

Quick,who really should link me every once in a while, notes the lack of common sense in the way the GOP conducts business

His Newtness and His 176,000 Donors : The Other McCain

It’s Friday night and the Missouri caucuses are Saturday. Newt Gingrich isn’t even on the ballot in Missouri, which will award 52 delegates. There was a Missouri primary in February but, because of legislative hassles, that vote was officially “non-binding.” However, Rick Santorum won that primary with 55 percent of the vote — nearly a 30-point margin over Mitt Romney — and today’s caucuses will certainly ratify Santorum’s victory.

Think about that. They had a primary – which didn’t count, but was hugely covered by the media. Now they’re having a caucus. At some point actual delegates will be actually awarded.  Probably.

Why should you trust the GOP to run a government? They can’t even design a sane primary process.

Yep, sad state of affairs, it really is. As a side note Stacy McCain notes that Santorum is set to gain more momentum

My point is that Santorum is about to put another one in the “W” column, the seventh state he will have won this month: Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Dakota on March 6, Kansas on March 10, Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday, and now Missouri.

It’s important to say this, because none of the reporters, analysts or commentators on Fox News are going to tell you that Santorum’s on a winning streak, because they are indeed biased against him.

I will say that Fox News has not been unbiased in this race, nor were they in 2008 in my view. Frankly, I think ratings means more to them than being “fair and balanced” at least in this race.

Trump Thumps Rick Santorum: “I Don’t Get Santorum. I Don’t Get the Whole Thing” (Video) | The Gateway Pundit

Via The Gateway PunditTrump does not “get” Santorum? Who the Hell cares what a publicity whore with bad hair “gets”? Someone explain to me why CNN, or Fox, or anyone gives this man any air time at all.

Democrat Governor Nixon Vetoes Voter ID Bill

Democrat Governor Nixon Vetoes Voter ID Bill – Gateway Pundit

Pro-fraud Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants everyone to vote. Felons, dead people, two-times, three-times… Let them all vote. The true democrat understands that if you require Missourians to show an ID to vote that democrats may lose even more seats in Missouri. No good democrat will tolerate that.

The democrat governor vetoed the voter ID bill today.

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill Friday that could have eventually required voters to provide a government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot.

In the closing days of the legislative session, lawmakers passed an amendment to the state’s constitution mandating a photo ID to vote and a bill putting the amendment into practice. Voters will have the final say next year on the amendment, but by vetoing the implementation bill Nixon has prevented the law from going into effect even if it is approved by voters.

“This [photo ID] mandate would disproportionately impact senior citizens and persons with disabilities, among others, who are qualified to vote and have been lawfully voting since becoming eligible to do so, but are less likely to have a driver’s license or government-issued photo ID,” Nixon said in a letter explaining his veto. “Disenfranchising certain classes of persons is not acceptable.”

The bill included a mandate that the state cover the cost of obtaining a photo ID for those who are unable to do so.

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Some folks seem intent on bowing to radical Islam

A perfect example of this preemptive surrender of our values and principles is right here!

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Richard Callahan visited the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis last night to address the fears and frustrations of Muslim Americans who worry they are being racially profiled and wiretapped — and to assure them that the Missouri Legislature’s attempts to ban Sharia law from being considered in state courts here could face Constitutional challenges.

Seated in front of a large Muslim audience during a town hall-style meeting at the Ballwin mosque, Callahan anchored a panel that included fellow federal attorneys (one of whom was Muslim American), as well as three members of the FBI.

The tenor of the night was polite and respectful, but several members of the crowd expressed anger over what they perceive to be rising trends of Islamophobia in America over the past couple years, citing people burning the Koran and communities banning mosques as examples.

“There is a worse kind of Muslim hatred recently,” said Adil Imdad, one of the event’s organizers. “Especially in the last two years, Islamophobia and fear-mongering have been spreading like wildfire, and it’s causing a lot of stress for our youth.”

The problem is now hitting a little closer to home, said Imdad, pointing to three bills currently circulating through the state legislature that seek to limit Sharia law (Islamic law) in Missouri courts. Sharia law could come into play in rulings considering child custody or prisoner rights for Muslims. As we’ve reported, the bills have become a source of controversy.

Callahan responded by hinting that, should anti-Sharia legislation get passed by the Missouri Legislature, it could be overturned by the federal courts. “The Department of Justice has a good history of challenging laws passed by state legislatures,” he said. “If some laws are passed, I think you will see challenges by the federal government on the constitutionality of them.”

Exactly what place does religious law have in a court of law in this nation? Where is the ACLU? Wanna bet they would be front and center were this a discussion of using Christian law in courtrooms?

Left Wing Climate Of Hate And Assassination

Left Wing Climate Of Hate And Assassination – American Thinker

Successful propaganda is composed of equal parts deception and suppression, and the apparatchiks in the mainstream media are much better at the latter.

They may have erred in pushing the Arizona assassination attempt beyond its ideological limits last week, but they succeeded brilliantly a few months earlier in suppressing news of a nearly lethal attempt by a genuine leftist.

In September 2010 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was scheduled to speak at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City.

At some point, wearing black clothes and a bullet-proof vest, 22 year-old Casey Brezik bolted out of a classroom, knife in hand, and slashed the throat of a dean. As he would later admit, he confused the dean with Nixon.

The story never left Kansas City. It is not hard to understand why. Knives lack the political sex appeal of guns, and even Keith Olbermann would have had a hard time turning Brezik into a Tea Partier.

Indeed, Brezik seems to have inhaled just about every noxious vapor in the left-wing miasma: environmental extremism, radical Islam, anti-capitalism, anti-Zionism and Christophobia, among others.

In his “About Me” box on Facebook, Brezik listed as his favorite quotation one from progressive poster boy, Che Guevara. The quote begins “Our every action is a battle cry against imperialism” and gets more belligerent from there.

On his wall postings, Brezik ranted, “How are we the radical(s) (left) to confront the NEW RIGHT, if we avoid confrontation all together?”

As good as his word, Brezik’s marched on Toronto in June 2010 to protest the G20 Summit, where he was arrested, charged, and deported. “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED,” he boasted.

Like many on the left, Brezik seemed to have found religion.

In reference to an article about Terry Jones and his proposed Quran burning, Brezik posted on the day before his planned assault, “This is now a Holy war. Scriptures have been desecrated. War U can’t handle. Make a choice and quick.”

No doubt, Brezik is something of a whack job, but the various rages that he acquired -culminating in Sudden Jihadi Syndrome – are those to which our students are exposed on a daily basis. For the last century or more, it is the progressive fever swamps that have nurtured most of the world’s hate and virtually all of its violence, including, paradoxically, radical Islam.

As Casey Berzik cried out with multicultural flair, “El Futuro es La REVOLUCION!” But if an assassin strikes in a media vacuum, and no one hears him, can there ever be a revolution?

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