Tony Messenger Attacks Grow Missouri, Lays Waste to Logic Instead

When I went through my RSS reader this morning, I set aside an op-ed from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch penned by Tony Messenger.

I just got a chance to read it, and I was not disappointed.

My first reaction?



Here’s the article.

If you don’t want to read it, I understand.

I’ll summarize it for you.  Tony doesn’t like Rex Sinquefield’s agenda, so he highlights the fact that Associated Industries of Missouri, a member of the Grow Missouri coalition, is promoting a study that shows HB 253 isn’t such a bad deal.  The study was conducted by the Taxpayers Research Institute of Missouri.

Tony’s big gotcha moment?

TRIM is just a “division” of AIM, which is one of the many organizations Mr. Sinquefield gave money to so he could pretend Grow Missouri was more than his own personal money-shredding machine. TRIM’s executive director, Ray McCarty, is also AIM’s executive director, the same guy who claims to have basically written House Bill 253. It says so right there on the “research” report.

Now to a liberal, this is a game changer.  That’s because they don’t speak “logic.”

I do.

Tony’s attempting to refute the premise of the research study by using a logical fallacy called



There were 311 words in this column and not one of them actually refuted the premise of the research they were supposedly attacking.

The fact that TRIM is a division of AIM, and both are run by the guy who “wrote” HB 253 doesn’t actually disprove the research both groups are promoting.  It doesn’t even address the research.

It would be the same as if I discounted Obama declaring a decrease in the national unemployment numbers because the Department of Labor was a federal agency, and Obama’s the head of the Executive branch of government.

That doesn’t mean there wasn’t a decrease in numbers.

What do the facts tell you?  That’s what matters.

Why doesn’t Messenger use facts to disprove what TRIM and AIM said?


But the glassy eyed readers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch soak it all in, creating a reverse greenhouse effect around their brain that keeps facts and logic from entering.

It’s sad, really.

Tony Messenger Attacks Grow Missouri, Lays Waste to Logic Instead

Petition: Tell Gov. Nixon to Sell Missouri’s New Airplane on eBay – UPDATED

I’ve started a petition over at Care2 – The Petition Site to encourage Gov. Jay Nixon to sell Missouri’s new unnecessary aircraft on eBay, similar to what Gov. Sarah Palin attempted in Alaska.

The text of the petition reads:

Gov. Jay Nixon withheld $400 million from the state budget, $10 million of which would have expanded enrollment in the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Because of his actions, students on the waiting list were denied a spot in the school.
Meanwhile, Gov. Nixon spent $5.6 million on a new airplane when state audits show other state aircraft weren’t being used.  Since its purchase, he’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars flying it around the state, hiding the cost by taking it out of the budgets of other state departments instead of the budget for his office.
If Missouri’s fiscal situation requires withholding money that results in aspiring doctors not going to med school, then it should require Gov. Nixon to sacrifice as well.
He should sell his new plane on eBay and return the money to the state.

Please click here to sign it.


Here’s video of Lt. Gov. Kinder discussing the petition with Dana Loesch:

Update 2:

Made the news.

Petition: Tell Gov. Nixon to Sell Missouri’s New Airplane on eBay – UPDATED

Missouri Liberals Put Disgust for State on Full Display

Yesterday afternoon, the editor of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Editorial Page published an article basically saying Missouri is as racist as liberals claim everyone involved in the Missouri State Fair’s rodeo supposedly is.

I wish I were exaggerating, but check out the headline:


Tony Messenger writes:

"Better than this? No. This is Missouri." - Tony Messenger
“Better than this? No. This is Missouri.” – Tony Messenger

The incident, however briefly, united the deeply partisan Show-Me State, with Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Republican of Cape Girardeau, and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat of Kirkwood, both issuing statements condemning the tasteless, and likely bigoted, mocking of the president.

But here’s what Ms. McCaskill and Mr. Kinder got wrong. They both ended their statements by saying that Missouri is “better than this.”

With all due respect, no, we aren’t.

Otherwise, why did the crowd cheer?

Messenger accepts the premise that the incident was racist, and then suggests the crowd was just as racist because they cheered. He completely dismisses the possibility there was no racial intent and the crowd was simply cheering the daring of the rodeo clown.

No, it was those racist, disgusting Missourians.

Missouri should aspire to be better than this. Many Missourians already are. But our state’s collective reality over the past few years shows we have a long way to go, and it’s mostly not a political thing, it’s about race. Remember, Sedalia has traditionally been a Democrat stronghold in Missouri. But the rodeo clown knew the crowd at the Missouri State Fair would cheer the potential for a bull to trample a black man named Obama. Better than this? No. This is Missouri.

This is Missouri, a state Messenger clearly dislikes.

But the hive mind is strong in the Show Me liberal, and clear across the state, Barbara Shelly with the Kansas City Star wrote a similar article:


And she put her disdain for the state out there in black and white:

"We should be better than the spectacle we presented on Saturday night. I just don’t know that we are." - Barbara Shelly
“We should be better than the spectacle we presented on Saturday night. I just don’t know that we are.” – Barbara Shelly

It wasn’t just that the rodeo clown felt empowered to ridicule the president of the United States with a stunt the conjures the worst aspects of a 19th Century minstrel show. It was that the crowd loved it. And no one in charge felt compelled to stop it.

The Missouri State Fair, which receives more than $400,000 in taxpayer money, is supposed to showcase agriculture and rural living. Unfortunately, on Saturday it showcased Missouri’s darker history as a slave state slow to accept integration and a place with pockets of citizens who would still prefer to fly the Confederate flag.

So now Missouri is a slave state pining for the good old days when the Stars and Bars waved high above the capitol building. Never mind that Missouri wasn’t a part of the Confederate States of America. Facts have no place here. This is about painting anyone outside of the liberal strongholds of Kansas City and St. Louis as knuckle-dragging, beer swilling, black man hating mouth breathers.

To put it plain and simple, Messenger and Shelly think they’re better than you. After all, they’re sophisticated liberals.


You’re someone to be held in contempt, convicted of thought crimes foisted upon you by your betters.

This is how the liberal elite view the masses. They are disgusted by them.

Missouri Liberals Put Disgust for State on Full Display

GUEST POST: Rep. Paul Curtman Reviews the Downsizing State Government Committee Tour

The following post was written by Rep. Paul Curtman.

After a marathon of hearings spanning three days, nine cities, and hundreds of participants, the Committee on Downsizing State Government, which I am honored to Chair, gained a better perspective on the issues that average Missourians are concerned with. Often times when people are able to voice there concerns to committees like this, they have to drive to Jefferson City in the middle of the day to weigh in on a bill that is already written. What I wanted to do was bring the legislative process right to Main Street, Missouri in order to develop fresh ideas to make government more accountable, responsive and cooperative.

I knew the committee would hear some great ideas on how our state could best streamline programs, eliminate redundancies and fashion a more responsible government, but what I didn’t expect was the vast degree of issues the people would actually bring forward. By and large the majority of testimony maintained a pretty constant theme of reforming the tax and penal codes as well as removing intrusive bureaucratic barriers to growth and productivity. Although politicians, bureaucrats and even lobbyists, often champion these same concepts we found on the tour, as expected, that private citizens and business owners will sometimes offer a vastly different and highly valuable perspective.

In one instance, for example, a woman emailed my office to mention that she runs a campground and has to meet a host of regulations in order to be in compliance with state laws. The state government however, runs campgrounds without the hassle of some regulations that she might have to conform to as a private business owner. This is the type of information the legislature needs to be aware of and over the next session our committee will take a look into statements like these as we piece together some tangible solutions to make government more cooperative as our people struggle to succeed in this economy.

While in Saint Louis a man came forward with an idea to develop a means of measuring the cost efficiency of appropriations to different state bureaucracies. This is an example of an average citizen who is concerned that government might be spending money that doesn’t yield appropriate returns for the cost it incurs to the taxpayers. Ideas like this often help to keep our government mindful of sound financial principles for the sake of protecting the value of our tax dollars.

An issue brought up at nearly every meeting was the override of the governor’s veto on HB 253 and HB 436. These issues might not fall under the direct prevue of the committee at the time but they still continue to highlight the fact that Missouri residents want a government that respects personal freedoms and they don’t want a government that takes more and more from their bank account in the form of taxes and fees.

I was extremely encouraged by the degree of public participation on this tour. There were nearly fifty members of the public in attendance to start the tour in Saint Louis and in Springfield the room was packed to standing room only. One of the main ideas behind this tour was to make Missouri government available and accessible to the Missouri people. I believe that opening this discussion with a statewide tour has helped to do just that. I look forward to working with the committee members and the public on a number of these issues as we approach the legislative session in January.

Our committee has submitted a report of the tour to the Speakers office and it is available in electronic format from my office.

GUEST POST: Rep. Paul Curtman Reviews the Downsizing State Government Committee Tour

Miracle: Mysterious Priest Appears At Horrible Accident, Prays and Disappears; Appears In None of The 80 Photos of Accident

Katie Lentz was driving a Mercedes when she hit another vehicle near Center, Missouri. Her car was badly damaged. Raymond Reed, the fire chief of New London, Missouri said “the accident crushed Lentz’s vehicle into a ball of sheet metal that lay on the driver’s side.”

Because of the high quality of the material used to build a Mercedes, and the fact it was now compressed and mangled, the tools the rescue workers were using repeatedly failed.

Reed’s team and emergency workers from several other jurisdictions tried for at least 45 minutes to remove the twisted metal from around Lentz. Various pieces of equipment broke and the team was running out of choices. A helicopter waited to carry Lentz to the nearest trauma center. Though Lentz appeared calm, talking about her church and her studies toward a dentistry degree, her vital signs were beginning to fail, Reed said.

“I was pulled off to the side by one of the members of the” helicopter evacuation team, Reed said. “He expressed to me that we were out of time. Her condition looked grim for her coming out of that vehicle alive. She was facing major problems.”

They made a decision to try to move the car off of its side and onto its wheels, a dangerous move because sudden changed in body pressure could kill Katie.

Katie asked if someone would pray with her. That’s when a priest appeared.

The silver-haired priest in his 50s or 60s in black pants, black shirt and black collar with visible white insert stepped forward from nowhere. It struck Reed as odd because the street was blocked off 2 miles from the scene and no one from the nearby communities recognized him.

“We’re all local people from four different towns,” Reed said. “We’ve only got one Catholic church out of three towns and it wasn’t their priest.”

Reed and the other emergency workers were on their knees. The priest of about medium build, maybe 6-feet-tall, stood above them.

“This priest approached Katie and began to pray openly with her,” Reed said. “He had a bottle of anointing oil with him and he used that.”

Another firefighter who had been watching said it appeared as if the priest also sprinkled Reed and two other emergency workers nearby with oil.

Another article quotes Reed as saying, “A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can’t be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle.”

And they did. The car was turned, Katie’s vital signs improved and new tools suddenly started cutting through the car, allowing Katie to be removed and transported to the hospital.

And then:

“We all go back to thank this priest and he’s gone,” Reed said.

Not only that:

New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed says the department ended up taking 80 photos of the scene. He says the priest did not appear in any of them.

No one saw where he came from, and no one saw him leave.

A miracle?

You tell me.

Miracle: Mysterious Priest Appears At Horrible Accident, Prays and Disappears; Appears In None of The 80 Photos of Accident

United for Missouri Releases Video Listing Nixon’s Deceptions and Failures in Leadership

United for Missouri released a video this morning that the St. Louis Beacon descrbes as “the first time that the groups seeking an override of the governor’s veto have directly attacked Nixon.”

Carl Bearden writes at United for Missouri:

The Governor’s track record of claiming to know what is going on in his administration is pretty dismal. His willingness to take responsibility, having the buck stop at his desk, is non-existent. His ability to be trusted…

The Governor’s track record of knowing what is going on in his administration is pretty dismal. His willingness to take responsibility – having the buck stop at his desk – is non-existent.

Here’s the video:

Those are just touching on the surface of those three issues.

If you’re wondering what’s keeping the General Assembly from overriding Nixon’s veto, check out my four part series on it:

United for Missouri Releases Video Listing Nixon’s Deceptions and Failures in Leadership

MO still forbids free health care from outside the state

In the aftermath of the tornado that devastated Joplin in 2011, Remote Area Medical, a Tennessee-based charity that provides free health care, sent its mobile eyeglass laboratory to Missouri to help.

FREE CARE: Remote Area Medical often provides health services to thousands at one of its free clinics.
FREE CARE: Remote Area Medical often provides health services to thousands at one of its free clinics.

But it wasn’t allowed to assist because Missouri law makes it extremely difficult for doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals to offer free services.

“We did send the vehicle up there,” said RAM founder Stan Brock. “Unfortunately, it was not allowed to do anything because we did not have a Missouri-licensed optometrist and opticians available to do the work.”

In May, state legislators passed the Volunteer Health Services Act, which would have allowed health professionals licensed in other states to offer free care in Missouri and also would have relaxed medical malpractice liability for volunteer health workers.

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill last month, writing that the VHSA “is unnecessary given that Missouri already has a system in place that encourages volunteerism.”

Missouri-licensed health workers can volunteer in free clinics, and the attorney general provides legal representation in the event of a malpractice claim.

But even with the free clinics, there is still a massive need for medical services that goes unmet.

“Existing Missouri clinics are enough to meet the needs of the needy?” askedPatrick Ishmael, a policy analyst at free market think tank Show-Me Institute, in an e-mail. “Would the needy agree with the governor?”

Hundreds of health care professionals provide free dental, vision and general medical care to more than 1,000 people who would otherwise go without treatment at a typical RAM event. Sometimes patients arrive 24 to 36 hours early to reserve a place in line.

“It is really a tragedy to see these people in the condition that they are,” Brock said. “We get a lot of requests from folks in Missouri.”

BROCK: Willing to help out in the Show-Me State, but the concern of medical malpractice and legal liability is keeping those like him out.
BROCK: Willing to help out in the Show-Me State, but the concern of medical malpractice and legal liability is keeping those like him out.

But providing volunteers with “blanket immunity” from liability would be “bad public policy,” Nixon wrote in his veto message.

Sharon Jones, deputy director of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, which initially opposed the bill, said “even in times of emergency people need to be careful and they need to be responsible. If you harm someone, you should still be held responsible for the harm that you’ve caused.”

But the bill doesn’t actually grant blanket immunity. Trial lawyers stopped actively working against the legislation after language was added providing for civil penalties if health workers engage in “willful misconduct” or a “gross deviation from the ordinary standard of care,” Jones said.

At least seven other states, including Tennessee, Virginia and Illinois, have eased regulatory hurdles that prevent volunteers from providing medical services. If the quality of health care in those states has suffered, no one has noticed.

“Remote Area Medical has seen over half a million — way over half a million — patients,” Brock said. “We’ve had something like 80,000 volunteers in the field and we’ve done 700 of these special events — we’ve got one in progress down in Texasas we speak — and we’ve never identified an incompetent practitioner. How many more patients do we have to see … before somebody will believe that it really is safe to allow doctors to cross state lines? We’re talking free care here at no cost to the government or the taxpayer. So what’s the big problem?”

Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, sponsor of the bill, said he knows plenty of retired physicians who’d love to donate their time and expertise.

“But right now they would have to have medical liability malpractice insurance, so it’s just not feasible for, especially a retired physician, to pay thousands of dollars [to provide free care],” he said.

Sater, a pharmacist by trade, said he will soon assess whether a veto override is possible.

“Evidently the governor still favors litigation rather than trying to help people with their medical care,” he said. “And I find that very interesting since he has gone around the state promoting Medicaid expansion, but yet he feels just the opposite on a bill like mine which would increase care to thousands of people throughout the state.”

Perhaps Nixon should visit an event in East St. Louis, Ill., RAM plans to hold later this year.

“If the governor wanted to talk to us about it, I’d be very happy to go and see him because the need is so tremendous,” Brock said.

This article originally appeared at The Missouri Watchdog.

MO still forbids free health care from outside the state

Nearly 1,400 MO HealthNet Clients Have Private Info Sent to Wrong Address…For Two Years!

MO Health Net assures you there’s nothing to worry about. Just because they’ve been sending mail about people in the program to the wrong address for almost two years doesn’t mean there’s any reason to expect something bad.

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The mis-addressed mail has participant names, dates of birth, identification account numbers, county names, phone numbers, and the last four digits of Social Security Numbers. Despite the breach, MO HealthNet said in a press release: “There is no reason to believe that any identity theft or other wrongdoing has occurred as result of this incident.”

There is also no reason to believe such crimes can’t still occur in the future, one might suggest.

In the same release, MO HealthNet said the software error made by one of its contractors, Infocrossing, Inc., compromised correspondence between Oct. 16, 2011 and June 7, 2013. MO HealthNet said the error is limited to its Managed Care participants.

We were only paying $407 million for Infocrossing to handle the data. Privacy protection must have been in the $408 million plan.

Nearly 1,400 MO HealthNet Clients Have Private Info Sent to Wrong Address…For Two Years!