Empty words, empty chambers

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 1:30 am

As we try to sort through the actual biography of our country’s latest mass shooter, Aaron Alexis, the fact of gun violence continues to be plain…and plainly ignored.

 

Missouri GOP Loses Nullification Fight; Turns Against Their Own

By: Saturday September 14, 2013 9:07 am

The Republican party holds a veto-proof majority of seats in both houses of the Missouri state legislature, but they discovered this past week that “veto-proof” means you have to keep your whole caucus together. After weeks of criss-crossing the state, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon caused enough sanity to break out among the MO GOP that he turned back the attempts to override vetoes on two major GOP initiatives: taxes and guns.

The anger aimed at “the Flimsy 15″ has been amazing to behold. “Worthless!” and “Primary them” and “strip them of their committee chairs” and “Not another dime to the MO GOP!” Meanwhile, the democratic attorney general and candidate to replace the term-limited Jay Nixon, Chris Koster, has to be smiling. He’s heard those cries before, and it’s what led him to bolt the GOP back in 2007. If the Flimsy 15 are tired of the GOP, Koster might remind them of the letter he wrote, back in the day, to help them write their own departure letters.

Fifty Years After King’s Dream Speech, Nullification Keeps on Marching

By: Saturday August 24, 2013 9:00 am

Each time I read or hear Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a different piece leaps out at me. Today, as we come to the fiftieth anniversary of that speech, it’s this:

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

The language of nullification — the thought that state laws can trump federal laws — is still a part of our national lexicon, despite the fact that the Nullifiers lost the Civil War. Indeed, here in Missouri, it’s become a very large part of the state political conversation.

Late Night: There Are No Magic Wands

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 8:00 pm

When did we reach the point where proposed legislation like Glass-Steagall is being presented as a miracle cure/magic wand that will cure all the ills? We do not live in a binary world where the options are all-or-nothing. Senator Warren maintained her composure and pointed out to the Wall St Shills Squawk Box hosts this exact point.

May You Live in Interesting Times

By: Saturday July 13, 2013 6:40 pm

If you vote and lose, it isn’t the same as losing the vote.

The most powerful Amendment of them all

By: Thursday July 11, 2013 1:30 am

Naturally, Republicans in Congress are so protective of the Second Amendment (so powerful they never read the first clause) that the right to bear arms extends even to things that are not actually guns.

Worlds coming together

By: Monday July 8, 2013 1:30 am

Funny how similar the violence and death is…yet one is considered an international outrage while the other is just another weekend in gun-loving America.

“Yeah, it makes Freedom possible”

By: Monday June 17, 2013 1:30 am

Terrible news out of Iraq…again. Boy that place sounds awful, good thing we helped bring that about, huh?

Yep, it’s America

By: Monday May 27, 2013 1:30 am

I’m betting this record probably falls again over the extended July 4th weekend — in celebration, of course, of the only Amendment many Americans think they know but have never actually read.

What could be more American

By: Monday May 13, 2013 1:30 am

Than this headline?

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