About Crucis

I'm a retired telecom engineer, life NRA member, Amateur Radio Operator and Air Force vet. I created this blog at the urging of some folks who think I have an occasional thought. A liberal friend once described me as "being just to the right of Atilla the Hun." I thanked her for that description and told her I'd do my best to maintain her expectations.

Spite

I was busy yesterday, running around Missouri delivering flyers for next month’s gun rally (see yesterday’s post.) My travels gave me ample opportunity to listen to the radio, mostly Rush and Hannity, but a few others, too.

The topic yesterday was Netanyahu’s big win in the Israeli elections—and Obama’s reaction. You see, Obama sent teams to Israel, teams paid for by US tax dollars, to defeat Netanyahu. They failed.

Obama Frowning AP Photo_0This, of course, enraged Obama. Obama, has congratulated numerous election winners around the world. Many, most maybe, were dictators or our avowed enemies. Obama did not congratulate Bibi Netanyahu. Instead, he is pursuing a path to harm Israel.

From Tel Aviv to Turtle Bay

Missouri’s Gun Rights Rally – April 8, 2015

I’m busy today passing out flyers for Missouri’s annual Gun Rights Rally. The rally is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 @ 10am on the steps of the Missouri Capitol in Jeff City.

Last year’s rally was flooded out. Let’s make up for that this year.

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Karma and other stories

A woman in Idaho, an animal lover, killed a protected raptor, a Falcon, to save a duck. The woman saw the falcon take a duck out of midair.

RAPTOR RAPPED
An Idaho woman’s overzealous sympathy for the hunted over the hunter may land her in jail, The Coeur d’Alene Press reports. In January, Patti McDonald allegedly meted out a dose of unnatural selection when she came upon Hornet, a falcon owned by hunter Scott Dinger. In his investigation of the incident which reportedly led to the bird of prey’s demise, Craig Walker, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game regional conservation officer said his office received a phone call from an unidentified woman who said she saw a falcon take a duck from the air and then went to the aid of the duck and tried to scare away the falcon. When the falcon remained in place holding the duck, the woman said she removed a scarf that had beads on it and beat the bird. “The woman later stated that she had been very upset about the duck being injured, but felt bad about injuring someone’s pet, because she “beat the crap out of it really hard,” the report states. If found guilty, McDonald could be sentenced to a maximum of six months in jail and $5,000 in fines. — FOX Newsletter, March 17, 2015.

This reminds me of the report from a year or so ago when a woman who had hit a deer in a deer-crossing zone, wanted the signs moved so the deer would cross elsewhere.

Sigh…

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Tyranny begets legislation. The City of Columbia has passed some ordinances to block businesses from performing background checks on new employees. I supposed the city wants to make Columbia a safe place for criminals to live and pursue their profession. This, and other ordinances passed by cities around the state has prompted the legislature to respond.

Gowntown versus Capital City is a feud over local control in Missouri, Kansas

College-town politics don’t exactly match up with the increasingly conservative leanings of Missouri and Kansas.

That doesn’t stop leaders in the University of Missouri’s hometown from pushing on.

Since the beginning of December, the Columbia City Council has banned private businesses from conducting criminal background checks on job applicants and implemented regulations on ride-booking services such as Uber and Lyft.

It raised the age to buy cigarettes within the city to 21 and barred the indoor use of e-cigarettes.

Thirty miles south in Jefferson City, the Republican-dominated Missouri General Assembly has taken disdainful notice.

The implications of what happens next could be felt across the state, as a series of bills make their way through the legislature aimed at blocking or overturning local laws.

“This is about the role of government,” said Rep. Caleb Rowden, a Columbia Republican. “Columbia is off track and so we need to define the lines between the roles of local and state government.”

Several of the bills may be inspired by the actions of a college-town city council, but their impact won’t be confined to Columbia.

City, county and school district leaders have long complained about actions they deem as interfering with local control. But facing what some say is an unprecedented number of legislative challenges to their authority, local officials around the state are crying foul.

“Nobody knows local affairs better than the locals. Nobody is better able to respond to local needs better than the locals,” said Kansas City Mayor Sly James. “To have people, the majority of whom don’t live in the locale, trying to implement one-size-fits-all policies, I think is shortsighted and unwise at best.”

Columbia is a rabid enclave of ‘progressives’ in the middle of a conservative state. Like their counterparts in St. Louis and Kansas City, they want to impose their brand of liberal tyranny on their residents.  These are the same cities who fought tooth and claw against CCW and other conservative issues. Jackson County to this day imposes severe constraints on CCW applicants and those seeking a renewal in spite of state law. Columbia, like her two sister cities, continue to seek their version of progressive governance that further restricts our liberty and endangers our safety.

 

47

Why a post title of ’47’? It’s a good number, that’s why. It’s also pertinent to my wedding anniversary. Mrs. Crucis and I were married 47 years ago, today. We were both in college at the time. We had just finished finals for the Winter quarter. There was a one week break before the beginning of the Spring quarter. If I recall correctly, we both had our last final in mid-week. We were married on Saturday, had a short, three-day honeymoon and were back at work by the following mid-week. We both worked for the university and filled in for others who wanted to go home over the break. Plus…we could use the money.

Forty-seven. It doesn’t seem all that long.

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The drama isn’t ending. More evidence is appearing about the complicity of the Catherine Hanaway campaign to the vile radio ad against Tom Schweich. The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch printed an article about the links between Citizens for Fairness, who ran the ad, and the Catherine Hanaway campaign.

Citizens for Fairness was front group for Hanaway’s consultant

March 15, 2015 7:00 am  • 

JEFFERSON CITY • When bars, bowling alleys and other businesses in St. Joseph, Mo., mobilized to fight a smoking ban on last April’s ballot, they formed a political action committee and gave it a wholesome-sounding name:

Citizens for Fairness in Missouri.

The businesses argued that the anti-smoking proposal was unfair because it affected their establishments but not the local casino. Still, the ordinance passed. So the committee went dormant, its treasury dwindling to $2,062 as of Dec. 31.

Then last month, the committee resurfaced. Citizens for Fairness sponsored a radio ad that aired across the state. The ad belittled Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich’s appearance, called him a weak candidate for governor and said opponents would “squash him like the little bug that he is.”

Why did bar owners target Schweich? They didn’t.

The committee is a front used by political consultant Jeff Roe of Kansas City. Roe, who is known as a ruthless political tactician, is managing the campaign of Republican Catherine Hanaway. She was Schweich’s main competitor for the GOP’s gubernatorial nomination.

Airing as it did 18 months before Schweich and Hanaway were to face off, the ad might have been quickly forgotten. But when Schweich committed suicide Feb. 26 by shooting himself at his Clayton home, it became a symbol of the toll that personal attacks can take on public officials.

In a funeral homily, former Sen. John Danforth said the ad was hurtful to Schweich, and he called for voters to reject political bullying by “anonymous pseudo-committees.”

Hanaway has denied involvement in the ad; Roe declined to be interviewed.

If you continue reading the column at the P-D website, it provides the links between the resurrected Committee and Catherine Hanaway. Hanaway’s treasurer, James C. Thomas III of Kansas City, and, using the name of the earlier organization in St. Joe, created the new Committee for Fairness. He was also the deputy treasurer for the new committee. Thomas was cited for violations of state law when he was the deputy treasurer of another political committee.

As much as Hanaway tries to distant herself from that vile ad, she is only convincing more GOP voters of her complicity. It is also a violation of Missouri law for a candidate to create such a political committee according the the Post-Dispatch article.

The fallout from Schweich’s death is not affecting Catherine Hanaway, alone. John Hancock, the newly elected Chairman of the Missouri GOP, still can’t shake accusations about his involvement in the scandal.

Republican lawmakers call for resignation of Missouri GOP chairman

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A group of Missouri Republican legislators on Thursday huddled in the office of Sen. David Pearce to announce their call for the resignation of John Hancock, the newly elected chairman of the Missouri Republican Party.

In an interview Thursday morning ahead of the announcement, Pearce said the party’s silence on things like the tone of politics surrounding Schweich’s young campaign for governor coupled with questions about whether Hancock led a “whisper campaign” that Schweich was Jewish ahead of his suicide two weeks ago were the impetus for his desire that the party would, again, elect a new leader.

“Since Tom Schweich’s funeral, there has been nothing from the party that has talked about any changes we should make in politics, ethics reform, the role of consultants, and campaign finance. Nothing,” he said. “The party has been eerily silent on all those issues, not to mention the controversy surrounding Schweich and Hancock. We just need new leadership to progress from here.”

Even as Pearce, Sen. Mike Parson and Sen. Gary Romine made their opposition to Hancock known, members of the Missouri Republican State Committee – Hancock’s constituency of 68 — have stood by their chairman. After the tumultuous tenure of his predecessor, Ed Martin, who struggled to finance the party’s operations, Hancock was elected last month with more than 50 votes and a mandate to lead the party into the 2016 election cycle.

Pearce agreed that Hancock did “enjoy a very comfortable margin,” but said the signal from elected officials should be meaningful to the committee.

Hancock is the darling of Missouri’s GOP establishment with his power centralized around St. Louis and eastern Missouri. His acceptance by the remaining members of the state central committee is shaky. If any more allegations about Hancock’s involvement, in any form, with the whisper campaign against Schweich comes to life, Hancock may suddenly find himself being ushered out the door with a new Chairman taking over.

Beck keeps digging his hole deeper

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National Rifle Association

A couple of days ago, Wednesday to be precise, Glenn Beck made a diatribe against Grover Norquist and the NRA claiming that Norquist was an “Agent of Influence” for CAIR and the Islamic Brotherhood. He also said if the NRA didn’t kick Norquist out of the NRA (Norquist is a NRA Board Member,) he, Beck, would resign his life membership in the NRA and urge others to do so.

I took Beck to task. On today’s show, Beck back-tracked somewhat on his demands. He spoke again in his show today claiming Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice-President and CEO of the NRA, had called him and said that the NRA would start an ethics investigation on Norquist. Beck claimed LaPierre’s call was prompted by calls from the NRA membership. Frankly, I doubt Beck has all that much influence among NRA members.

Hearing Beck’s claim of an NRA ethics investigation on Norquist, I scanned all the NRA websites and searched for “NRA + ‘Grover Norquist’ + ethics” and similar search variations. Nothing. Nothing on any of the NRA websites had any mention of Norquist other than as him being listed as a NRA board member. None of the internet searches found anything, either, except for those claims made by Beck, himself, and from his supporters.

Is Beck lying? Maybe. He’s been caught doing that before and has had to make retractions on statements. His monologue today had no mention of him resigning from the NRA. It did imply some backtracking on Beck’s part. He said his earlier diatribe this week produced numerous calls to the NRA and those calls, said Beck, resulted in LaPierre calling to discuss Norquist’s future with the NRA. In that call, according to Beck, LaPierre said an investigation of Norquist would follow.

I’ll wait and see. I’m more inclined to believe the conversation with Wayne LaPierre to be another of Beck’s fantasies. Regardless, my post from Wednesday of this week stands unaltered. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, Mr. Beck!

No post today

Just plain busy. Maybe tomorrow, too.

Bye, bye, Mr. Beck

Grover Norquist

I was listening to Glenn Beck this morning. I listen to him because he’s the lead-in to Rush and the choices on other stations aren’t sufficiently interesting to make me move the dial. Today, Glenn Beck was on another diatribe against Grover Norquist. Beck has been attacking Norquist for years; today’s broadcast is nothing new.

The issue today was the upcoming election of new members to the NRA Board of Directors. Grover Norquist has been a NRA Board member for a number of years…as have Tom Selleck, Ted Nugent, Roy Innis and John Bolton among many. I don’t know if he has been nominated for that position again. I haven’t seen my ballot yet.

Glenn Beck has been a speaker at the NRA’s Annual Meeting. I heard him speak at the NRA meeting in St. Louis a few years ago. He brought forth some history and was generally interesting and accurate. Grover Norquist was nominated and elected to the NRA’s Board, a generally ceremonial position, because of his work and stance in support of the 2nd Amendment and firearm ownership—not for his other work or interests.

You see, the NRA is a single-issue organization. Its interest is solely about supporting the 2nd Amendment and firearm rights and ownership. Only that. Some people, Glenn Beck among them, cannot separate people by interests. Norquist has earned a reputation supporting gun rights and the 2nd Amendment. That’s all the NRA is interested in, not Norquist’s stance on taxes or Islam.

I’m a board member of a regional organization that also supports the 2nd Amendment and gun rights and ownership in Missouri. Like the NRA, we also endorse issues and people running for local and state offices who support us and our interests. They may not support everything I personally support but that’s not the purpose of the organization. Not everyone supports the same interests as do I.

In the past election, my group endorsed a candidate for office. He was a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and CCW. He also is against RTW and some other issues that I and many other board members support. Still, the organization as a whole looks through a narrow lens—how does the candidate stand with our primary single interest? He supported them and because of that stance, won our endorsement.

The NRA is no different. The NRA has had conservatives and republicans as board members as well as some famous democrats. John Dingell, a former democrat congressman from Michigan comes to mind along with Roy Innis.

But, Glenn Beck is all up in arms, angry that Norquist may, once again, be elected to the NRA Board. If that happens, Glenn Beck has stated he’ll resign his NRA membership.

Well, Glenn, don’t let the door hit you in the ass. Begone! There will be dozens of new members joining the NRA to fill your vacancy. I’m not a Norquist fan but I’m not yours either.