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On Saturday, April 13, Show-Me Cannabis will host a statewide conference on cannabis law reform at the Crowne Plaza Downtown at 200 N. Fourth Street in Saint Louis. Beginning at 11:00 A.M. and running until 6:00 P.M., the conference will attract participants from across Missouri and nearby states. The event is co-sponsored by Missouri NORML and Greater Saint Louis NORML.
The conference will feature panel discussions with individuals who approach cannabis policy from a variety of different perspectives, but all agree that the laws prohibiting marijuana have failed and require immediate reforms. In addition to cannabis law reform activists, speakers will include members of law enforcement, notable progressives and conservatives, and local and state legislators.
http://www.theweedblog.com/missouri-cannabis-law-conference-to-be-held-saturday/On Saturday, April 13, Show-Me Cannabis will host a statewide conference on cannabis... more
Marijuana: Poll Says Majority of Missourians Favor Legalizing Pot, Regulating Like Alcohol - St. Louis - News - Daily RFTWhen advocates of marijuana legalization in Missouri successfully get a measure on the ballot to end pot prohibition -- voters of the state will support it.
So says new polling data released by advocacy group Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, which says that the legalization of pot could pass as early as 2014 in Missouri, with even better odds in 2016.
http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2013/03/marijuana_poll_legalization_regulation_missouri.phpWhen advocates of marijuana legalization in Missouri successfully get a measure on the... more
The Department of Homeland Security
is attempting to backdoor gun
registration in the State of Missouri.
According to talk show host Dana
"Departement of Revenue is working
with the Department of Homeland
Security to install new hard and
software to obtain data on Missouri
citizens and transfer this information
to DHS and unnamed third parties,
says Kinder. Kinder and the Stoddard
County Prosecutor today took legal
action and held a press conference
outlining the infringement on civil
liberties as posted by the DoR and
DHS. The move by the departments is
related to the Real ID.
Griffin went to renew his driver's
license and was disturbed by how, and
with whom, his information was being
shared. Kinder and other lawmakers
say that the move violates several
Missouri state statutes. Because license
offices process CCW endorsements,
some claim that this is de facto gun
I am wondering who in the Missouri
Department of Revenue authorized the
collection of this data for DHS; clearly
this had to come from somewhere in
the Nixon Administration. And it is
illegal, a violation of state law which
forbids the implementation of the Real
I.D. Act here. If Nixon himself gave the
order he can be impeached, and with
the GOP supermajority in the Missouri
Congress he would be removed from
office. He should be, if he gave that
Of course, that is not the reason to
pursue this; this is a foul attempt to
circumvent the current law and justice
must be served.
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder today
hosted a press conference in the
Capitol to announce a lawsuit filed
over the collection and scanning of
private documents by the Missouri
Department of Revenue for residents
seeking concealed carry gun permits.
The lawsuit was filed Monday by Russ
Oliver in Stoddard County. Oliver is
Stoddard County's prosecuting
attorney. He filed the lawsuit as a
private attorney on behalf of Eric
"I fully support Mr. Oliver in this
important legal action in Stoddard
County Circuit Court," Kinder said.
"This case has issues of statewide
importance implicating serious
privacy concerns for law-abiding
citizens. These folks have followed the
letter of the law and been approved
for concealed carry by the proper
authorities. They must not be required
to share that information with any
third parties or the federal
Oliver said Mr. Griffin went to his
local Department of Motor Vehicles fee
office after passing the application
process for a concealed carry gun
permit. When he refused to let DMV
employees scan some of his
documentation, he was denied the
Oliver said Griffin acted within his
rights. He said the Department of
Revenue apparently installed new
computer equipment to record the
information as part of the federal Real
ID Act of 2005.
But state laws prohibit the
department from retaining and
collecting these types of documents
and from complying with that portion
of the Real ID Act. The data the DOR
collected was being forwarded to
Morpho Trust U.S.A., a Georgia
company that specializes in partnering
with state and federal governmental
"There are important privacy
concerns for concealed carry holders
who justly fear their information being
sent to a third party or the federal
government," Oliver said. "Missouri
law makes it clear that what is going
on here is illegal, and serves no
legitimate purpose since the county
sheriff is solely charged with the duty
of determining applicants' eligibility
for the endorsement."
The lawsuit seeks a temporary
restraining order to stop the
Department of Revenue from
collecting and sharing the private data
and declare their actions unlawful.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/03/m-dhs_backdooring_gun_registration_in_missouri.htmlTimothy Birdnow The Department of Homeland Security is attempting to backdoor gun... more
I know you Republicans struggle with what’s known as basic, rudimentary intelligence, but for the love of Pete and all that is holy and sacred! Would you please stop running for public office?! Your stupidity and lack of a basic, working knowledge of biology is humiliating! Please don’t make the movie 'Idiocracy' a self-fulfilling prophecy!...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=49018I know you Republicans struggle with what’s known as basic, rudimentary... more
A Missouri lawmaker is proposing to send colleagues to prison for introducing gun control legislation — a plan even its sponsor acknowledges has no chance of passage.
Rep. Mike Leara, a St. Louis County Republican, said Tuesday that his bill is a statement of principle. It would make lawmakers guilty of a felony punishable by up to four years in prison if they introduce legislation restricting gun rights.
Rep. Stacey Newman, a St. Louis Democrat, called the measure “unconstitutional” and said she will go directly to prison if the bill passes. Newman is sponsoring a measure requiring guns to be sold by licensed dealers and forcing dealers to conduct background checks.
The proposal criminalizing gun control legislation comes as a Missouri House committee was scheduled to consider a Republican proposal that would nullify all federal gun laws.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/19/4075002/missouri-bill-would-make-introducing.html#storylink=cpyA Missouri lawmaker is proposing to send colleagues to prison for introducing gun... more
(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.
(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:
5. Unlawful manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale, or transfer of an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine is a class C felony.
Then there’s this…
Minnesota Democrats are pushing similar legislation using nearly identical language as the Missouri bill..... (1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of... more
Were a group of Southwestern University graduates living in Missouri part of an innocent prayer group or a bizarre religious sex cult? After the murder of one of the members, the portrait of the group that is emerging points towards the latter.
Bethany Leidlein Deaton, a 27-year-old nurse originally from Arlington, was found dead in a van near a lake in Kansas City on October 30 with a white trash bag over her head. A purported suicide note was placed beside her body that said the following:
My name is Bethany Deaton. I chose this evil thing. I did it because I wouldn’t be a real person and what is the point of living if it is too late for that? I wish I had chosen differently a long time ago. I knew it all and refused to listen. Maybe Jesus will still save me.
While her death was made to look like a suicide, authorities now believe her husband urged another man in his prayer group—23-year-old Micah Moore—to murder his wife in order to prevent Bethany from telling others that she had been forced to engage in communal sex, Joe Robertson and Donald Bradley reported in the Kansas City Star.
Bethany Deaton and her husband Tyler Deaton, 26, met at Southwestern University in Georgetown, where they were both students. Tyler Deaton, a 2005 graduate of Corpus Christi’s Calallen High School, had emerged as a religious leader at Southwestern, forming his own prayer group after not liking the established ones at the school. His group, according to the Star, “prayed longer. Sang stronger. And held its members to stricter interpretations of the Bible.” Tyler Deaton’s prayer group condemned homosexuality, something that the leader himself had struggled with and had overcome, his friends at Southwestern told the Star.
Full Story: http://www.tmdailypost.com/article/crime/southwestern-grad-murdered-her-own-prayer-groupWere a group of Southwestern University graduates living in Missouri part of an... more
BOLIVAR, MO (KCTV5) -
A 20-year-old man is accused of buying assault rifles and more than 400 rounds of ammunition in a plot to commit mass murder at a Twilight screening and a Missouri Walmart.
Blaec Lammers' plot was foiled because his mother alerted police, according to court documents.
The woman told police her son had bought weapons similar to those used by a gunman inside an Aurora, CO, movie theater showing the premiere of the latest Batman movie. Twelve people died and 58 were injured in Colorado.
"His mother further stated that, with the opening of the new Twilight movie, she was concerned that Blaec Lammers may have intentions of shooting people at the movie," according to the court documents.
After he was taken in for questioning, Lammers admitted he had bought the firearms with the intention of shooting up the movie theater in Bolivar on Sunday. However, he later decided to also target a Walmart because he feared running out of ammunition and he would have access to additional ammunition inside the Walmart, according to court documents.
He also had been practicing using the weapons at a nearby shooting range, according to court documents.
Lammers is being held on a $500,000 bond. He was charged Friday with first-degree assault, making a terroristic threat and armed criminal action.
The mother contacted police on Thursday. In 2009, Lammers claimed he wanted to fatally stab a Walmart employee and followed the employee around the store before he was contacted by officers, according to court documents.
Lammers was not convicted in state court in association with this. Before Friday, he had only faced speeding tickets.
"Blaec Lammers stated that he had a lot in common with the people involved in (recent mass shootings). Blaec Lammers stated that he was quiet, kind of a loner, had recently purchased firearms and didn't tell anybody about it, and had homicidal thoughts," according to court documents.
He then told officers he bought the assault weapons with the plans of killing people watching the Breaking Dawn Part 2 movie on Sunday, according to court documents. He had already purchased tickets and said, "he was going to shoot people at the movie theater on that night," according to court documents.
Despite purchasing 400 rounds of ammunition, Lammers allegedly told police that he feared running out of ammunition.
"So he decided that he would go and shoot people at Walmart in Bolivar," according to court documents. "Blaec Lammers stated that he would walk into the store and just start shooting people at random and if he ran out of ammunition . . . he would just break the glass where the ammunition is stored and get some more and keep on shooting until police arrived. Blaec Lammers then stated that he would then turn himself into police when they arrived."
One rifle was purchased on Monday while the second was bought on Tuesday. Court documents did not state where Lammers made the purchases.
Lammers said he had been to a shooting range in Aldrich to practice using the rifles.
"Blaec Lammers stated that he had never shot a gun before and wanted to make sure he knew how they functioned," according to court documents.
According to court documents, Lammers had stopped taking medication for a mental condition when he began plotting the mass killings.
Law enforcement officials and others have commended Lammers' mother for quickly contacting authorities about her concerns.
Those inside Lammers' home drove away Friday afternoon without comment to KCTV5.
Ashley Miller, who lives in a nearby town, told the Associated Press she has known Lammers for about a year and described him as "one of the sweetest guys I had ever met" but "very emotional," noting he would periodically stop talking to her.
She said he told her that he had bounced between relatives growing up. As an adult, he bounced between girlfriends, she said.
"He was never actually happy," she told the AP in a phone interview. "I think he had depression or something."
Neighbors of Lammers in Bolivar, which is in southwest Missouri near Springfield, said they were shocked and horrified by the allegations.
"It's shocking, especially when I have young kids, it's scary," one neighbor said.
They said they hope that Lammers will get the mental help he apparently needs.
"Wow, to think that this could happen in Bolivar, I mean jeez," Lori King said as she apologized for getting emotional.
King and her family had just left a Twilight screening.
"I raised three boys, and I have a granddaughter. It just terrifies me that something could happen to her," King said while fighting to hold back tears.
Law enforcement officials plan to ask a judge to require Lammers undergo a mental health evaluation.
Polk County Prosecutor Ken Ashlock said Lammers' first court appearance likely will happen Wednesday.
http://www.kctv5.com/story/20119833/missouri-police-foil-mass-murder-plot-at-twilight-screening-walmartBOLIVAR, MO (KCTV5) - A 20-year-old man is accused of buying assault rifles and more... more
‘KKK’ painted on ‘dozens’ of Missouri homes and cars
So, more tax evasion from the right. Surprise, surprise. Must be taking cues from Romney and his sidekick, Lyin’ Ryan.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=43559So, more tax evasion from the right. Surprise, surprise. Must be taking cues from... more
Republican U.S. Senate candidate said this in 2008 in a speech on the floor of the Missouri Legislature.
Here's his quote:
"You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: Not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things."
"All of these things are common practice," Akin continued, "but all of that information is available for America."
http://gawker.com/5948459/in-a-2008-speech-todd-akin-said-doctors-give-abortions-to-women-who-are-not-actually-pregnantRepublican U.S. Senate candidate said this in 2008 in a speech on the floor of the... more
JEFFERSON CITY•The Missouri Legislature has voted to overturn Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation that allows religious and moral exemptions to covering contraception in health insurance policies.
The override attempt – the only one the lawmakers pursued in their annual veto session today –squeaked by the House in a 109-45 vote this afternoon.
The override had to have 109 votes to pass the chamber, which approved the bill in a vote of 105-33 in May. The override passed the Senate in a 26-6 vote earlier today.
The contraception bill was pushed in response to a new federal mandate that requires religiously affiliated institutions, including universities and hospitals, offer birth control coverage in employee health plans.
Supporters of the bill and today's veto override argued that it would protect religious freedom.
Sen. John Lamping, a Republican from Ladue who sponsored the original bill, said businesses and organizations could decide to drop health care coverage for employees to avoid the federal contraception coverage mandate.
“Employers are not mandated to offer health care coverage,” he said. “We’re seeing this happen.”
Opponents argued that the bill is not necessary and could spur lawsuits against the state because it conflicts with federal law.
“It’s unnecessary, and frankly I’m upset that we have to spend time on it,” said Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City.
The legislation would allow employers to choose not to cover contraception, abortion and sterilization if those services go against their religious or moral convictions.
Groups that support the legislation say it will protect religious liberty. During the regular session, more than 2,000 people rallied at the Capitol in favor of the bill.
But opponents argue that it could limit access to affordable birth control for thousands of Missouri women and could spur lawsuits because it conflicts with federal law.
House Democrats held a news conference at the Capitol this morning, decrying the override attempt.
“Birth control is basic health care and is an economic issue for Missouri women and families,” said Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur. “To make a woman pay for birth control on top of premium payments has real economic consequences.”
Oral contraceptives cost between $15 and $50 a month, according to Planned Parenthood figures.
“(Per year) that’s the equivalent of five weeks of basic groceries for a family of four, or 14 tanks of gas in the minivan or four hours of tuition at a community college,” Schupp said. “For a family living paycheck-to-paycheck, imagine the impact as they might have to make a choice between birth control and groceries.”
The Legislature voted last year to override Nixon's veto of the state's new congressional districts.
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/missouri-legislature-looks-to-override-veto-on-contraception-bill/article_dceb2cba-fcf7-11e1-91b4-001a4bcf6878.htmlJEFFERSON CITY•The Missouri Legislature has voted to overturn Gov. Jay... more
Politicians love throwing the book, the Bible, and bullshit science at women. From Moscow to Missouri, the war on the female of the species that taken us back to 1952 has become much too popular for the pussies of the world to keep quiet.
(ALSO! A very obviously un-auto-tuned music video, "Hey You Right-Winger")
Written, produced, directed, and edited by Francesca Fiorentini
Follow her on twitter @franifioPoliticians love throwing the book, the Bible, and bullshit science at women. From... more
29-year-old former teacher’s aide att he Timberlan Hight School, Wentzwille, Missouri, has has been arrested for alleged sexual realationship with a 16-year-old male studentVictoria Reinke, 29-year-old former teacher’s aide atthe Timberlan Hight School, Wentzwille, Missouri, has has been arrested for alleged sexual realationship with a 16-year-old male student. Reinke faces charges of statutory rape and sexual contact with a student.
The district placed Reinke on unpaid leave immediately after the allegations of misconduct surfaced, and notified law enforcement and the Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services. Reinke then resigned from her position. Police say they were notified by school officials March 29 that a complaint was received alleging Reinke had been involved in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student for around five months.
So far it seems that no additional students were involved, and the incidents did not happen on school property. Although Reinke worked at Timberland, she also had contact with students from Holt High School.
http://naughtyneighbors.zoeoez.com/2012/08/victoria-reinke-missouri/?t=currentVictoria Reinke, 29-year-old former teacher’s aide atthe Timberlan Hight School,... more
Legitimate Rape? -- Conservatives like Joe Scarborough are having a conniption over this, encouraging Mitt Romney to come out swinging and rake this moron over the coals. But that’s going to be really difficult, because Mitt’s little running mate, Paul Ryan, has a history with Akin. In 2011, Paul Ryan co-sponsored HR 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act with Akin, which tried to redefine rape...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=41280Legitimate Rape? -- Conservatives like Joe Scarborough are having a conniption over... more
The issue now is how seriously will Missourians take a situation that calls into question the intellect, thoughtfulness, and beliefs of one of their sitting elected representatives.
Well, Missouri, go ahead. Show us.The issue now is how seriously will Missourians take a situation that calls into... more
On paper, FreedomWorks for America and the Tea Party Express look like natural allies. Both groups advocate for modern economic conservatism, emphasizing small government, spending cuts and lower taxes while skirting thorny social issues. They also aligned themselves with the first batch of tea party protests in 2009, gaining national exposure for their logistical and electoral support of the nascent movement.
But in Missouri, FreedomWorks, the Express, and other influential conservative players find themselves on opposite sides of tomorrow's contested Senate primary. FreedomWorks for America, the super PAC arm of conservative nonprofit FreedomWorks, has endorsed businessman John Brunner. The Tea Party Express, however, has thrown its support and $76,000 in outside spending behind former state treasurer Sarah Steelman, who recently claimed Sarah Palin's endorsement. Meanwhile, a third candidate, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) has been endorsed by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who heads the Congressional Tea Party Caucus.
This year's primaries have already shaken up the balance of power between tea party candidates and the Republican establishment -- Ted Cruz knocked off Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in Texas with strong national support from conservative groups, and Richard Mourdock made waves when he took the Indiana GOP nomination from longtime Sen. Richard Lugar. In Missouri, however, the lines between populist and beltway conservatism are not so clear cut -- each candidate can point to support from influential tea party figures eager to claim grassroots legitimacy.
Both FreedomWorks and the Tea Party Express were founded by seasoned Republicans who adopted the cause of the new tea party movement -- FreedomWorks, started in 2004 by former Rep. Dick Armey (R-Texas) and conservative policy wonk Matt Kibbe, aligned itself with the tea party protests of 2009, and the Tea Party Express was founded that summer by former state representative Howard Kaloogian (R-Calif.) and Republican political consultant Sal Russo.
FreedomWorks for America's support of Brunner has placed it on the same side as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a powerful business advocacy group that typically supports conservative candidates yet has clashed with the tea party -- most notably over its support for raising the federal debt limit in 2011. The Chamber has spent $346,000 opposing Steelman and has campaigned with Brunner. Earlier this year, the two groups were on opposite sides of the Indiana GOP senate primary; the Chamber supported Lugar, while FreedomWorks spent about $615,000 helping Mourdock end Lugar's Senate career.
FreedomWorks for America Executive Director Max Pappas told OpenSecrets Blog that his group looked at Brunner's seriousness as a candidate and his policy positions, and surveyed FreedomWorks members in Missouri, before it made an endorsement.
http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2012/08/tea-party-feud-in-missouri-primary.htmlOn paper, FreedomWorks for America and the Tea Party Express look like natural allies.... more
Seven cents a day; about $26 a year.
That's how much it costs a company to pay for an employee's contraception benefits, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported in February.
But that low cost hardly means the battle for contraceptive coverage is won.
"It's not a safe place for women and health care," says Ruth Ehresman, a candidate in Missouri's Aug. 7 race for the House of State Representatives for the 78th District in St. Louis.
"I've worked as a health care advocate for six years to help pass the Affordable Care Act," says Ehresman. "Now the whole battle is being taken to a new level, which is one of the reasons why I'm particularly excited to win this office."
In June the Supreme Court upheld the basic constitutionality of health reform but since then the legal heat has moved to the states.
In the weeks leading up to Aug. 1, when the Affordable Care Act began requiring moequiring most insurance companies to cover contraceptive services, legal challenges swarmed around the country.Seven cents a day; about $26 a year. That's how much it costs a company to pay... more
Officials said in a press release Friday that the extreme heat and ongoing drought are major contributing factors in the recent deaths of several relocated Missouri elk.
http://www.examiner.com/article/extreme-heat-drought-contributing-to-deaths-of-relocated-missouri-elkOfficials said in a press release Friday that the extreme heat and ongoing drought are... more