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Some Kind Of Senator

It’s the biggest thing to hit Missouri since the mule!! A mildly useful genetic freak that can’t breed. 

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has a new book, Plenty Ladylike. Frankly, this writer doesn’t give a shit about that book. She’s recently done a media blitz with her literary endeavor, which may have backfired on her by possibly exposing some shady campaign ethics. That’s a different matter. She recently came to St. Louis and its public radio. Where the Senator discussed mostly a book, but also maybe the most important foreign policy move in generations. The Iran Deal, as it’s come to be known.

So, let’s go through her points on why is “probably slightly in favor” of the deal. This writer loves her decisiveness too. 

First of all, the man conducting the interview–out of the gate–cites her book to let the audience know she is good friends with Chuck Shumer, an embattled democratic Jewish minority leader in the senate who opposes the deal. To which, she immediately– naturally– jabs at republicans saying:

The republicans insisted we get 60 days to look at the deal. It appeared to me most of them made up their mind in 5 minutes.

That’s one way to put it, another is some of them knew the deal was shady from the get-go. Pray ye that the heavens not fall, should the public have time to review this deal. How dare those republicans want transparency and accountability. She.. is taking her time. Contacting ambassadors of the countries who hold Iran’s money. Those being Turkey, South Korea,  Japan, India and China. “Will they comply with our secondary sanctions?” Valid question. Some won’t. Perhaps Turkey won’t release funds at some determined point. 

The sum of the money she is concerned with is 60 billion dollars.That’s a lot of cash. Except the deal, guarantees 100 billion dollars is freed for Iran, according to none other than NPR. Now 100 is undeniably more than 60, but she says allowing the 100 billion in funds to aid terror in the region is to be able to “put cement down their centrifuges”. Which seems hard to follow through on, seeing how American inspectors are banned.

Let’s skip over the fact that Turkey and Iran aren’t exactly simpatico and S. Korea, India, and Japan are strong allies. What she says of China is alarming.

I have talked to China–it was not good. China was clear that–they don’t intended on not recognizing US imposed sanctions.

This is problematic either way. Either the US defies China (PRC), and inflames the tensions mentioned by Noah Rothman, or allow PRC to openly flaunt distantly funding state sponsored terror by possibly dumping part of 60 million dollars. The situation seems lose-lose. It is a fascinating angle to take for the senator. There is an expected Asian Pivot. What’s to come of it, only few have speculated.

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She seems out of step with conventional thinking because 2/3 of people polled don’t agree with how the Iran deal is being handled. She thinks this will diminish the need for military action, when many say it will increase the likelihood of conflict. She asks if the US would have the world united or go it alone. That tells this humble writer she isn’t doing her homework. The fear isn’t America having to fight, it’s Israel not allowing themselves to be threatened with a nuclear bomb. The fear is Israel being set up by this White House. 

To be fair she discussed other things, but they were so close to party talking points, they are hardly worth mentioning. But nothing seemed more urgent than the Iran deal.

What happens with this deal can’t be undone. Snap-back Sanctions are a myth. We don’t live in the region. We aren’t likely to suffer the consequences. Our strong ally Israel, which she doesn’t mention, not once, will bare the full brunt of this slow coming calamity. It seems plenty ladylike to wait and see how the rest of one’s colleagues react and sell a book. Not the lady this writer, this constituent expected. Not at all. But it’s what we get for allowing Akin to occur. Congratulations on your book, senator. 

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Dear God, Another One

It is the second suicide in a short time… Merely a moth ago the state auditor took his own life. It all hinges around the gubernatorial campaign of Tom Sweich, who the St Louis-Post Dispatch called the front runner.  The auditor recently ended his own life. Now—it was his close aid, Mr. Spence Jackson who made a decsion that leaves us all asking questions. He decided to end his own life. It’s a strange time in Missouri.. It’s just a fact. 

A screen shot of a St. Louis-Post Dispatch online publication linked above. 

My heart is heavy. My resolve is weak. The rural and urban squabbles. Ferguson and beyond. The infighting among both parties. The constant tension. It’s taken it’s toll, everywhere and everyone invested in the region and the state. I have lost only some people, and a friend, one whom I regret losing dearly. One who matters, Mr. Hizer. The rest can go to hell–they were fake, closet addicts who wrote very poorly of Mr. Hizer at one point. (Needles and whatnot, long story)

But I speak of him fondly. To separate him from a destructive herd. This is what I said to him regarding the fierce debate borne of Ferguson. 

It’s a narrative constructed on a lie

It comes from people beating the drum of democracy, but they can’t handle simple questioning of their platform and tactics, from people also citing democracy and the right to speak freely. People have been asking me, as if I would know, “why are my comments being deleted?” What can I tell them, other than you’re hurting a political movements platform, which uses mob/bully tactics to throw their weight around, like suppressing speech. They deem someone, unfit for debate. Mostly veterans, from what I’ve seen.  When essentially, it’s people we all know, our friends and family, who are silenced by an elitist academic mob. Who grabbed the microphone for a moment. But how? Another post, I promise. Some may not even read this, but I sincerely would count this friendship, with Mr. Hizer, as a tragic casualty of the events that none of us created. It was thrust upon us all, but some stoked the flames and some tried to calm the waters. 
I was happy in my world national security and foreign policy, I didn’t know this local moment of fate would irrupt into a national debate and months of protesting and eventual riots that turned into looting. I didn’t know the protestors would use tactics that intentionally make authorities nervous, but I went to the protest, I know the people who got the audio of people chanting about wanting dead cops—last year.
There are two sides too what happened last year. 
Now, the “movement” wants to move onto consolidating the county–after 18 buildings burnt, Zemir Begic beaten to death with hammers, 2 cops shot, and now metro link beatings of white people over NOT AGREEING WITH the mob—people want to distance themselves from it all. Which I get, but they can’t, because they helped cultivate it.


One friend, who will remain nameless, only because he is a teacher—had his students, along with 1000’s of other teachers, doing hands up, don’t shoot pictures—which is now proven to be a bold face lie. 
As a responsible adult, and a parent who sends their kid to a Missouri public school, that is reprehensible to me. That is politicizing children, while instilling fear in them. It makes me sick. 

I have earned the reputation of saying precisely what I think of something. If you check the international headlines, you’ll find that my analysis of what was occurring in the Middle East, is quite accurate. Why would my same deductions of a local dramatis personæ, in a racially charge movement, be any less valid? (I talk about the use of American power a lot—long story)

Because I was free-lunch kid? Because I didn’t have family who could afford a lawyer to keep my trouble off the books, as it were? At the end of the day, if that’s your rationale for dismissing my observations of the media-industrial complex and how it effects the world at large and our local lives, than you aren’t as righteous as you think. (Mr. Hizer is often called righteous) 

I did not engage my good friends to win, I engaged to try and prevent the calamity that has befallen us. I certainly didn’t do it to impress my wife, she hates it all and all of you. Well, most if you. She admires Mr. Hizer. T’was hubris on my part maybe, but it was worth a shot. I regret NOTHING but the disruption of this friendship, with Mr. Hizer.

I do hope things return to their boring mundane reputation.

 What a day…. 

This has ballooned. The whole culture and climate. God help us on where ever it is bound to take us.

A Letter. 

So, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas sent a clear message to the region that is in flux. Some have framed it as a shot across the bow. I tend to fine myself in that camp. I feel he stood up for American constitutional sovereignty.  He sent it in Farsi as well, to not lose anything in translation. Some call it undermining the president. I do not agree with those people. I remember things like Democrats doing the same things sans transparency. So, I’m not impressed by the the attacks on Cotton’s patriotism. 

The region as Noah Rothman wrote, is “in flux”. Paradigms are shifting–this is a push back against a theocracy. Things are “changing fundamentally”, and that can be good, but you’re absolutely bonkers if you think American sovereignty will fundamentally change, from anything other than this Union of States. This federal patchwork that we call America. 

This isn’t an open invitation to fight, this is a firm position. Cotton realizes the shift in military force, not the blunt instrument it once was, but something more of precision and braided innovation and execution of missions. 

Knowing nothing about military Special Operation Forces (SOF), Obama kinda let the troops develop their own methods. The guys who fought in the region, are innovating ways of combating a global jihadis threat. At the same time, diplomacy is key. We have to cultivate relationships from our realistic position of a global stabilizer. Otherwise, why stablize the global flow of commerce? This is not a bunch of military of bullies, but ones who want to maintain the peace. We have no other choice, but to have some faith in Susan Rice. It’s that simple…

It was called a stunt. Cotton was called a traitor with the other 47 members of congress who signed it. You can google the hash tag “47 Traitors”. If it was a stunt why did the Iranians immediately respond? Simple question…

Not a question that has been answered to my liking. People who claim to be in the know, had know idea an Iranian deal was being made via presidential executive order. But they could tell you all about Netenyahu’s speech. 



That’s my friend, he usually is in the know, but he missed this blatant piece of propaganda. What I cropped out, was the phrase “God is indeed great.”

Now, I only care because it seems to have been Mr. Payne’s job to attack Christians in this state, our state—Missouri. I mentioned this in a previous post. Which is his right to attack the faith of his community, but it’s my right to say he is bigoted unevenly against religion. Tis the nature of coming up in the aggressive LBGT community of south St. Louis, I s’pose…

Anywho, I’m sure he is well aware of the Iranian deal now. If he isn’t, he doesn’t want to.  

Update: You can read why Cotton wrote the letter in his own words.

This Climate

In my moment of frustration, an attitude of total fuck-it-ness over came me, and I wrote this:

It’s a waste of time. I don’t think he wants this constant derision, but it happens. It’s the same tripe that the same flocks of insecure, bitter people harp on daily. I’ve wasted too much time trying figure out why people would mock other people’s religion. They don’t seem to do it equally. It’s pretty much one religion. 

They use bully tactics and hate it when someone flips that script on them. They name call, end the conversation, and suppress the speech. It’s a formula. It’s disgusting mob-like bully tactics.  

Recently, the death of a state official prompted soap box finger wagging from people. These people, also notorious bullies, are politically opposite of the previous ilk of bigots. Those ugly people exist on both sides of the isle.

You have to use a larger platform to try and make any social media medium a better place. (Is this is fun, is this cool? No, I hate it. it’s just necessary for me) 
It’s the culture, it’s the way it is. It’s sad. The only other option is to stay quiet and avoid the conflict. Which I won’t do, nor would many others.

Which is why I want to go back to talking about baseball, but that is not going to happen. 

Self-reflection is important 



All that was brought on by the now notorious Facebook and it’s oh-so cordial discourse. The hardline Missouri cannabis intellegensia and anti-cop sentiment act as if attacking Christianity are their marching orders. Why would they do that? Because they believe Christians in Missouri (namely evangelicals) are their largest opposition on getting cannabis legalized in some form in 2016. The faction in Missouri, directed by the national agenda set forth by SDS radical relics, is desperate to make this happen in 2016, they know they won’t have another mellinial turn out at the polls like this until 2020. So, they fly wildly at the large Christian population of Missouri, provoking them daily in a place that’s supposed to be where one’s friends interact socially online. Facebook… 

I had engaged in it myself, but only noticed it due to the high profile suicide of Tom Schweich, his death was just shocking altogether, but the reaction from the political class in Missouri was bizarre. Some political strategist and media figures have had the good sense to step away. Unfortunately, I’m still learning. They, those who had strong opinions immediately and didn’t step away, jumped on the notion of a whisper campaign, which in politics is as common as a press release. So, the notion that it was that issue that caused the tragedy, is perposturous, in your humble writers opinion. It was a disgusting show of indignancy from the establishment. They wanted to lecture on culture and dictate norms, not have the discussion on the tactics claimed to have been used. 

  • Being Jewish hurts with the left if your pro-Israel, unless you’re pro-Gaza.
  • Being Jewish helps with evangelicals, unless you’re pro-Gaza. 

Either way, it doesn’t seem like that his well known heritage would trigger his actions to be so extreme. I tend to think it was the House of Cards-esque ad ran against Schweich that had more of effect on his psyche, listen to it. If you’ve seen the show, that’s spooky to hear. (And yes, the show loves the coverage–free advertisement, don’t be fooled

What occurred next, truly boggled my mind. The people denouncing the whisper/bully campaign were using the same mean tactics, that we hate about political discourse. Ad hominem, baseless, name calling of strangers or even friends.

Academics: 

These people immediately regurgitated Sen. Danforth’s condemning emotional pulpit finger wagging. These are the same cannabis enthusiast who hate all religion, so they say, but fear Christianity. The moral and logical contortion.. Well.. It truly is a sight to behold.

GOP Loyal Government Employees:

  • Their platform is a bully pulpit.
  • Two, telling people how to debate, is suppressing speech
  • Calling that person names, using your political position to make a statement, then close off the debate, after posting your gun porn pictures for months. Well, that seems like intimidation tactics. In other words, bullying. (Not gonna name names on this employee of the people, but he’s a civil servant, not a lobbyist on culture and proper free speech. He should seek help on his need to control people) 

Trolls:

Who use fake names and accounts to say wildly abusive things in front of your friends and family, to prove a single point on one issue. That should be discussed and called out. That should be blocked, not the real citizen. 

Normal People:

Making it clear they’re tired of this climate, it’s disruptive and devisive. They just want everyone to shut up. 

What’s the solution?

Stop speaking and give away your rights? No.. In your humble writers opinion, we should all measure our words carefully, in every interaction with real people. Special interests and activist? Well, your special interest isn’t special to me, you should remember that before you insult me and my family, by calling me awful names. And trolls? Fuck em.. They recieve no quarter. You attack their cowardice. Relentlessly. 

It’s something we all need to do, if only to set a better example for those that will come behind us. 




The Report, The Result, and The Narrative

Ferguson, what can I say?  It happened really close to me. On a few different levels. I was lucky… I guess. I knew the map and layout of the area. I spent a significant amount of time in the actual municipality, among many of the more notorious areas. I’m certainly not proud of my interaction with law enforcement in St. Louis county. I have seen brutality and humiliation that made me turn my head. I have seen people try and harm the police. But more often than not, what I saw was people hurting other people. Sad, but true. Not a judgement, but an estute observation. 

Does DOJ do anything without a “leak” first?-Jane Dueker

 release the info or keep quiet until you can. I cannot remember a DOJ acting like this”-Jane Dueker 

That was a good question.. Those leaks are exhausting. 

A fine American Fried Egg sandwich. A deliciously for the other “Missourah”, as some have phrased it, which is to say those not affected by Ferguson and the domino effect. The Holy Hilbillies, as they’ve become known as in the elite halls of power in the state Capitol in Jefferon City. Many simple folk have made this a steady staple of their diet. Filling.. 

My last post on Ferguson, I discussed the DoJ’s report on what happened in the days and weeks and months after Michael Brown was shot. It had much more to do with predatory revenue collection, than it did with Michael Brown. What does it mean? Is the city of Ferguson in trouble? I guess I’ll have to wait and see the results with the rest of the world, to sort the through the narrative

The narrative is the key here, the effort isn’t to avenge Brown, it’s to not let a tragedy go to waste. It’s to have the dominoes start to fall. 

The Missouri Supreme Court doesn’t have to wait for the DOJ to issue more reports. It doesn’t have to wait for the Missouri Legislature to start the dominoes of reform falling. It has the constitutional power and the moral duty to end the oppression of the municipal court system right now.“-The Platform

There you have it, this will be forced. With that, I take leave of this fray for now. We all need a breather, now and again.

I’m gonna enjoy the finer things in life, starting with a family trip. Currently, your humble writer finds himself in Tupelo, Mississippi. Craving a fried egg sandwich and sharing a bed with 2 small bed hogs. 

I pray for peace. I share Danforth’s views on changing the political culture, but that starts with the individual. We all know why it is needed, we all know a stable man broke under the stain of that culture. For the climate to be changed, perhaps is another unintended domino. We are a strong state, we will get through this. We will Show the world, as it is what do, a motto we live by here.