Lt. Gov. Kinder on Hannity: Either Nixon Took Orders to Withhold the National Guard or He’s Grossly Incompetent (Audio)

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During an interview with Sean Hannity today, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder hammered Gov. Jay Nixon for his failure to protect the city of Ferguson from violent protests, despite calling a state of emergency seven days before the announcement of the grand jury’s decision. Kinder again wondered why the Missouri National Guard was miles away when Ferguson was burning.

“At the hour of critical need, he has the Guard miles away and not deployed in Ferguson in front of those businesses where, if there’d been Guardsmen standing there, those businesses would not be burned,” Kinder said. “Missourians awoke yesterday scratching their heads and saying ‘How could this be,’ and it’s a scenario and a turn of events so improbable, there almost has to be someone that wanted that to happen.”

“Missourians awoke yesterday scratching their heads and saying ‘How could this be?'”

When pressed by Hannity as to what exactly he meant by that, Kinder said he wanted to know why a governor who called out the National Guard a week prior to the unrest would not deploy them when they were needed.

“It seems to me the governor is down to two choices,” Kinder said. “Either the governor took suggestions, or strong suggestions if not orders, from Washington, DC, from the Holder Justice Department or the Obama White House, or both. Maybe he got a call from Vice President Valerie Jarrett. In fact, she has confirmed that she’s been regularly on the phone with him. Either he is taking orders from somebody in Washington, DC, who I mention, about not deploying the Guard, or he’s grossly incompetent as a leader and a chief executive. Now which is it.”

Kinder also described the powers the Legislative Branch has to compel Nixon to testify under oath, describing investigative committees the State Legislature could, and Kinder says will, call.

“That panel will be seated early in the new year to investigate.”

He said it wasn’t certain the State Legislature could compel Nixon to testify, but said they could compel the people who work for him, including the Adjutant General of the National Guard. Kinder said he’s been told Major General Danner wanted to send his troops in to help, but was told not to.

“Someone kept them away when they should have been deployed. There should have been 50 guardsmen and women, armed, standing in front of those stores and they would not be burned out cinders today.”

Hannity asked Kinder what the future held for him and whether he was running for governor. Kinder did not answer the question, but he was talking when Hannity asked it and might not have heard it.

You can listen to the whole interview below.

November 26th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Mike Brown’s Mom Blames Governor Nixon for Unrest in Ferguson (Video)

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The parents of Mike Brown were on The Today Show this morning, discussing the last 36 hours in Ferguson. Savannah Guthrie asked Lesley McSpadden about the video circulating of her current husband screaming for violence after the announcement of the grand jury’s decision. She said she didn’t blame him for the violence or for stirring up the crowd.

She said someone else already had the crowd stirred up.

“It’s been stirring since August 9th. I wouldn’t hold him accountable for that. That comes from a higher power, an elected official, and it’s called the governor,” she said.

When asked to explain, she said “They stirred the pot.”

“They had everyone on edge. They had everyone in an uproar, and had the city on edge basically since August 9th.”

That last claim is hard to support, considering Nixon didn’t get involved with Ferguson until days after the shooting.

Unless you consider his lack of action part of what helped get everyone in an uproar, which is logical.

Here’s the full interview:

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November 26th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |5 Comments

The Show-Me Report: November 26, 2014

Hot Air: Missouri Lt. Gov, Ferguson mayor: Where was the National Guard last night?

Breitbart: Exclusive: MO Lt. Gov: Officials Must Explain “Under Oath” Why National Guard Stood By as Ferguson Burned

Post-Dispatch: Ferguson mayor asks where National Guard was; Gov. Nixon pledges more

KBIA: Nixon Faces New Barrage Of Complaints After Night Of Fire; Officials Admit ‘Disaster’

KBIA: Plan For Grand Jury Verdict Lacked Follow-Through, Critics Say

USA Today: Police tactics in Ferguson puzzle residents and experts

Missourinet: Darren Wilson talks about Michael Brown shooting to ABC

Post-Dispatch: Darren Wilson tells ABC News that he ‘did his job right’

Fox 2: Darren Wilson says he’s sorry but his conscience is clear

KSHB: Ex-FBI agent: Wilson had to shoot Brown

KSHB: Mountain of Ferguson evidence released

KBIA: Public Release Of Evidence Provides Some Clarity In Michael Brown Shooting

KTVI: New light shed on witness testimony in Michael Brown shooting

Clash Daily: ‘YOU’RE TOO MUCH OF A P-SSY TO SHOOT ME': Grand Jury Reveals Michael Brown Taunted Darren Wilson

CBS News: Darren Wilson: “I felt like a 5-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan”

Fox News: In interview, Darren Wilson says there was “no way” Michael Brown had his hands up during shooting

The Eagle: Ferguson officer: ‘I know I did my job right’

KSHB: Ferguson: Behind the grand jury’s decision

ABC 17: Ferguson police Officer Wilson thanks supporters

Post-Dispatch: Critics question timing of Ferguson announcement

KPLR: Ferguson: Why was the grand jury decision kept secret for hours?

Post-Dispatch: Prosecutor faces new criticism over Ferguson case

Fox 4: Local lawyers confused by release of evidence, grand jury proceedings

Connect Mid-Missouri: MU Law professor describes Ferguson options

KPLR: Full Video: St. Louis County Police Chief Belmar talks after a tough night of protests

Post-Dispatch: Legal experts react to grand jury process in Michael Brown shooting

Washington Times: Legal scholars praise Ferguson grand jury for fairness beyond the norm

Fox 2: Sharpton, Brown family lawyers criticize process of grand jury decision

Fox 2: Rev. Sharpton, Brown family attorneys address grand jury announcement

Missourinet: Brown family, Sharpton, hope for better results from feds (AUDIO)

KPLR: Holder: Federal Ferguson investigation will continue

Missourinet: AG Holder wants to look at something else in Ferguson

Kansas City Star: Holder: ‘Disappointed’ by violence in Ferguson

Fox 2: Nearly 120 protests planned across the nation over Ferguson decision planned

Fox 2: Protest continue across U.S. in the aftermath of Brown grand jury ruling

St. Joseph Post: Dozens protest Ferguson decision at Kansas Capitol

Fox 4: Crowd of protesters swells from dozens to hundreds marching through KC streets

The Missourian: Protesters in Columbia seek justice, find solidarity during Tuesday march

Fox 4: Protesters flood streets across U.S. as Ferguson dismay spreads coast to coast

Breitbart: Gen Honore: If Riots Not Stopped St. Louis May Have To Invoke The Insurrection Act

KMOV: Raw video: Tensions high outside Ferguson Police Department

Post-Dispatch: Tear gas used after protesters burn police car, break windows at Ferguson city hall; 45 arrested

Post-Dispatch: Two dozen charged with looting, other crimes in Ferguson area

Fox 2: Coordinated effort helped put out fires in Ferguson

KMOV: Dramatic images of Tuesday night’s protests in Ferguson

The Eagle: Protesters clear out as Ferguson streets calm down

KBIA: A Calmer Night In Ferguson, Mo., Amid Increased National Guard Presence

Ozark Area Network: Guard Reinforcements Contain Damage in Ferguson

KMOV: Reporter tweets about being attacked at gunpoint at Michael Brown memorial

KBIA: ‘This Is Just Absolutely Devastating': Communities Respond To The Grand Jury Decision, Vandalism

KMOV: Suspects ram stolen vehicle into Ferguson squad car, looted items recovered

ABC News: Obama on Ferguson: ‘I Don’t Have Any Sympathy’ for Protesters Burning Buildings

KPLR: Protesters and community leaders using safe spaces in Ferguson

KPLR: St. Louisans turning to faith to heal wounds opened in Ferguson

Time: Ferguson: In Defense of Rioting

Hot Air: The ultimate troll: Rep. Peter King advises Obama to invite Darren Wilson to the White House

Fox 2: Over $70,000 raised to help owner of Natalie’s Cakes & More in Ferguson

International Business Times: Ferguson Michael Brown Shooting: ‘Boycott Black Friday’ Aims to Hit America Where it Hurts

The Turner Report: Attorney general meets with victimized Ferguson business owners

Ozark Area Network: Ferguson Mayor: Darren Wilson Still on Leave

Columbia Missourian: Missouri Black Caucus responds to Ferguson protesters’ demand for change

Breitbart: Missouri Dem Rep: Concerns About Local Investigation of Michael Brown Jr. Death ‘Well-Founded’

Fox 4: MoDOT says many bridges in Missouri are structurally deficient

St. Joseph Post: Lawmaker wants school tests made in Missouri

Post-Dispatch: McClellan: Where have all the area leaders gone?

The Eagle: Controversial central Missouri hog farm approved

Springfield News-Leader: Going once, going twice: Long’s auctioneering skills in high demand in Washington

November 26th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder on The Kelly Files: “The Governor of Missouri Owes Us All Some Answers.” (Video)

November 25th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |1 Comment

Gov. Nixon, Tell Natalie DuBose There Was No Delay in the National Guard Response

Most of the businesses damaged in Ferguson were minority owned.

One of them was Cakes and More. It is owned by Natalie DuBose.

She sold her cakes at flea markets, saving up her money so she could buy her own store.

Last night, someone threw a chair through her front window.

Did she give up?

No. She grabbed a broom and got back to work:

“I’m baking today,” Dubose told CNNMoney, as the sound of broken glass being swept up can be heard over the phone. “We have orders to go out for Thanksgiving. I can’t tell the people — I won’t tell the people — that I’m canceling.”

Like many other small businesses, her bakery Natalie’s Cakes and More was vandalized Monday night in the wake of the grand jury decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson with killing Michael Brown.

The shop’s main window is “busted out completely. They threw a chair in it to bust it out … It’s a big mess,” said Dubose, who opened Natalie’s Cakes as recently as June.

Despite the mess, however, Dubose says she will continue to bake. She can’t afford to give up now, having invested all she had into a business that was funded through bake sales at flea markets.

“I am a single mom, a mother of two,” she said. “This is everything that I own. I can’t walk away from it. I just got to start up and start baking again.”

She’s what America is all about. She’s an inspiration. She worked hard to get where she is, and when she faces difficulty, she puts her nose back to the grindstone and redoubles her efforts.

But she has a right to expect her rights to be defended by a government she surrenders her hard earned money to.

Her government failed her.

Gov. Nixon failed her.

Despite spending a week preparing for civil unrest, and despite the repeated efforts of Mayor James Knowles to get the National Guard to help stop the violent protests raging in his city, Gov. Nixon was no where to be found.

And the National Guard was missing too:

Mayor Knowles said the delay in response from the National Guard was “deeply concerning.

Nixon said there was no delayed response.

Tell that to Natalie DuBose.

November 25th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |6 Comments

Kinder Says Adjutant Gen. of National Guard Wanted to Go In to Help Ferguson, But Told To Stand Down

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At a press conference today, Gov. Jay Nixon was asked about a question Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder demanded an answer to this morning on Fox News.

Here’s my question that the governor must answer – Is the reason that the National Guard was not in there because the Obama Administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out? I cannot imagine any other reason why the governor who mobilized the National Guard would not have them in there to stop this.”

Nixon responded, saying it was “False and absurd,” saying “politics has nothing to do with what anyone up here is doing.”

Breitbart’s Matt Boyle has an exclusive with Lt. Gov. Kinder, where he says the National Guard was ready to go, but told to stand down:

“The question I put out on Martha MacCallum this morning is that is so inexplicable that the only thing I can think of is that the Holder Justice Department, the Obama administration and Valerie Jarrett demanded that he not deploy the Guard,” Kinder said. “None of them are the commander in chief of the Missouri National Guard. Jay Nixon is. He’s elected by the people to be the commander in chief of the Missouri National Guard. I have it on background that the National Guard up to the top, Adjutant General Steve Danner, wanted to go in. I don’t know that, but I have it on background that he wanted to send his men in and was told not to.

That’s huge. HUGE.

If Kinder’s source is right, the National Guard was told to hold back.

Why? And who made that call?

It’s time to start swearing some people in:

“All of that we’re going to be able to put them under oath in the not-too-distant future to get this record established, so Nixon dancing two hours ago at his press conference is not going to cut it,” Kinder said.

Someone get in touch with the IT Department over the Governor’s office and have them start backing up email servers. (Tweet this.)

I’d hate for them to be “lost.”

November 25th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |11 Comments

Ferguson Mayor Finds Delayed Deployment of National Guard “Deeply Concerning” (Video)

A week ago, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in the state of Missouri, mobilizing the national guard in preparation for civil unrest.

When the unrest came, the National Guard was no where to be seen:

What happened? Where were they?

That’s what Ferguson Mayor James Knowles wants to know:

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said Tuesday that National Guard troops were not deployed in time to protect businesses following the grand jury decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

“Unfortunately as the unrest grew and further assistance was needed, the National Guard was not deployed in enough time to save all of our businesses,” Knowles said at a press conference.

Earlier today, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder wanted to know if the decision to delay the National Guard’s response was made in Washington and ordered by Team Obama:

How could you have a unified command in position prior to an event you were expecting and not respond in a timely manner?

You’re either wholly incompetent or willfully negligent.

Both are impeachable.

Article VII Section 1 of the Missouri Constitution

“All elective executive officials of the state, and judges of the supreme court, courts of appeals and circuit courts shall be liable to impeachment for crimes, misconduct, habitual drunkenness, WILLFUL NEGLECT OF DUTY, corruption in office, INCOMPETENCY, or any offense involving moral turpitude or oppression in office.”

Just saying.

November 25th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |1 Comment

Mike Brown’s Stepfather to Ferguson Crowd: “BURN THIS BI*CH DOWN!” (Video)

Following the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson, the family of Mike Brown issued a statement calling for peace:

Mr. Brown’s family issued a statement expressing sadness, but calling for peaceful protest and a campaign to require body cameras on police officers nationwide. “We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions,” the statement said. “While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.”

A few hours later:

The man calling for the crowd to “Burn this bitch down” is the step-father of Mike Brown:

Michael Brown’s stepfather consoled the dead teen’s distraught mother after Monday’s controversial grand jury announcement and then turned to the crowd of demonstrators, saying, “Burn this motherf—er down” and “Burn this bitch down,” according to a New York Times video.

The comments by Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, came shortly before an eruption of rage by some protesters over the decision not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Here’s CNN’s coverage of his comments:

They did their best to do what he wanted.

November 25th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |2 Comments

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder: Did Obama Admin Tell Governor Nixon to Keep National Guard Out of Ferguson? (Video)

Gov. Jay Nixon made national news with his preemptive declaration of a state of emergency and a calling up of Missouri’s National Guard last week, long before the Ferguson grand jury’s decision was announced. So why, when rioters and looters were burning stores to the ground, were they not present to actually deal with the emergency they were activated for?

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder wants to know if Nixon was leaned on by President Obama to keep the Guard out of Ferguson:

“He (Governor Nixon) declared a State of Emergency almost a week ago and mobilized the National Guard. Then they were kept away at the crucial time while Ferguson burned…

We know they were kept away because they did not come in and stop that from the get-go. They were deployed in other parts of the St. Louis region… Why were they not in there at the first sign of an overturned police car or a smashed police car window with a show of force that would have stopped this?

Here’s my question that the governor must answer – Is the reason that the National Guard was not in there because the Obama Administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out? I cannot imagine any other reason why the governor who mobilized the National Guard would not have them in there to stop this.

It’s a very good question, considering the only reason they were called up was to deal with a civil disturbance.

November 25th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Gov. Nixon Artfully Dodges Question from Communist Writer at Ferguson Press Conference (Video)

Larry Evers, a writer for “Revolution,” a communist newspaper, wanted to get Gov. Nixon’s opinion on what message a lack of indictment sent to America.

His first mistake was thinking he’d get an actual answer from the governor.

No, wait. His first mistake was being a communist. His second mistake was thinking he’d get an actual answer from the governor.

“So wouldn’t a lack of indictment mean fear for black people all over this country and effectively a green light for police violence?” Evers continued. “And second, I would like to pose to you, how you would respond to call by … the Revolution Communist Party that if officer Darren Wilson is not indicted … the country be brought to a halt through energetic, civil disobedience by millions of people.”

Nixon’s answer?

“I do not know what the grand jury’s ruled, nor do I know what the prosecutor is going to announce at 8 o’clock tonight.”

Here’s a Missouri Torch exclusive look at Gov. Nixon’s debate training:

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If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a question.

Final question: why is it that I can’t get Gov. Nixon’s office to send me press releases, but this guy gets access to the press conference?

November 25th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments