On Memorial Day…

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I have no idea how it happened, but when I was a broadcast journalist in the Navy, I was always assigned to be the one who went to record memorial services.

There were too many of them.

On July 20, 1993, the USS Abraham Lincoln was conducting flight ops at night. I was standing in television control watching this new device recently installed called “DirecTV.” Above us, the sounds of flight ops repeated.

When suddenly there was a change. A louder impact, followed by the sound of tons of metal scraping against metal.

We were a few decks below the flight deck, so it wasn’t immediately clear what happened. To be honest, I didn’t even notice the change. My friend in television control looked up and commented, “That didn’t sound good.”

The 1-MC came to life with a shout. “FIRE ON THE FLIGHT DECK! FIRE ON THE FLIGHT DECK!”

A F-14 Tomcat, piloted by Lt. Matthew T. Claar “Planet” had crashed into the back of the flight deck, splitting the aircraft in two. The rear of the plane landed on the fantail. The upper half skidded across the flight deck. The impact caused the front of the plane to shoot downward, what remained of the back raised skyward. At one point, it looked like the plane was on its nose.

This was when Lt. Claar ejected. He was killed when he impacted the flight deck.

A few days later, I remember setting up a camera on the focsle to remember Lt. Claar. I never met him, and honestly, I didn’t want to be there. I was irritated I had to do it.

I was a young kid who thought it was all about me. I was about to learn differently.

When the service started, the focsle was full. The weight of the moment began weighing on me.

My anger dissipated. In its place grew a sorrow. It welled up in me.

I looked away from the viewfinder and around at the grown men and women who face death every day. They were all crying.

Then I began crying.

Sadly, this wouldn’t be the last time I experienced this.

I was assigned to record the memorial for Lt. Kara Hultgren, who died during flight ops, again on the USS Abraham Lincoln.

And when we were in port, two pilots from Naval Air Station Alameda crashed into the San Francisco Bay, killing them both.

I remember standing in a parade ground on NAS Alameda, watching the Missing Man formation fly over. Just seeing it today still gets me.

It should get everyone.

Today we don’t honor those who served. We honor those who gave all for their service.

God bless them, and keep them.

May 25th, 2015|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: May 25, 2015

KBIA: Missouri Lawmakers Fail to Pass Ethics Laws for State Officials

Huffington Post: Missouri Governor Commutes Life Sentence Of Man Serving Time For Marijuana

The Eagle: Mizanskey eligible for parole after move from Governor Nixon

The Rolla Daily News: Rep. Robert Cornejo enters race for Missouri House majority leader

Post-Dispatch: Gas-tax hike is dead. What’s next for MoDOT?

Ozark Area Network: Clock running out for Missouri transportation funding fix

St. Joseph Post: Missouri could face Canadian sanctions over labeling program

Ozark Area Network: Lawmakers fail to ramp up ethics laws for Missouri officials

St. Joseph Post: Missouri Senator: keep rebelling against BBQ study

The Turner Report: Billy Long: Government should not hold back medical research

Post-Dispatch: Is Missouri’s agricultural law being rewritten in Hong Kong?

Columbia Daily Tribune: Mamtek contractor struggling to get paid four years after collapse of factory project

Fox 2: Hancock & Kelley: Diehl Fallout, Voter ID in MO, Perks for St. Louis Recorder of Deeds

Post-Dispatch: Group says it has enough names on petition for Ferguson recall election

Post-Dispatch: St. Louis police: We track cell phones, but won’t tell you how

Post-Dispatch: What happens to the riverfront if the stadium proposal fails? ‘Plan B’

Missourinet: Bonding proposal for new Missouri veterans home to be back in ’16

Missourinet: Effort would expand Veterans Memorial at Missouri Capitol

May 25th, 2015|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: May 20, 2015

Frontpage Mag: Ferguson Rent-A-Mobs Exposed

Washington Times: Hired Black Lives Matter protesters start #CutTheCheck after being stiffed by ACORN successor group

Townhall: Huh: It Sure Looks Like Some Ferguson Protestors Were Paid To Do So By Liberal Organize Missouri

Fox 2: Protesters arrested outside of St. Louis circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce’s home

Post-Dispatch: St. Louis police release report detailing shooting of VonDerrit Myers Jr.

Show-Me Daily: Show-Me Testimony on Minimum Wage

ABC 17: State auditor, Jackson County court at odds over report

St. Joseph Post: Gas prices increase nationwide, but in Missouri are below national average

Post-Dispatch: Report: Hillary Clinton to campaign in Missouri in June

Show-Me Daily: CEO Says Lack of Ridesharing in Saint Louis Is Embarrassing

Post-Dispatch: Missouri officials: State shouldn’t owe feds for Medicaid rebates

Post-Dispatch: Wagner, Kirk sex trafficking legislation on way to Obama for signature

Post-Dispatch: Efforts to improve Normandy schools have fallen short, state board admits

Post-Dispatch: McClellan: Diehl may have been less a predator, more a buffoon

KSHB: Missouri GOP power shaken by scandal, tragedy

KBIA: Felony Charges Filed in Missouri Early Ballot Fraud Case

KBIA: Jackson County Court at Odds Over State Auditor’s Report

News-Tribune: Missouri fines Aetna for paying for uninsured abortions

St. Joseph Post: Shields elected to lead state school board

Missourinet: Missouri awaits US Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision

May 20th, 2015|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Not News: AP Headline Shows Incredible Leftist Bias


Maybe it’s just me, but when I read this headline, I thought it was from Progress Missouri.

Nope. It was the Associated Press.

By the way, they didn’t cut it enough.

The safety net is a looter’s term for legalized plunder. The government’s job is secure rights, not redistribute wealth.

May 19th, 2015|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Pitiful: Republican Sen. Bob Dixon Plotted with Democrats to Kill Right to Work This Year (Audio)

I don’t know how I missed this audio from the Missouri Alliance for Freedom, but the content of it was pointed out to me yesterday while I was in Jefferson City. In an interview a week ago, MAF President Ryan Johnson spoke with Nick Reed on KSGF regarding Sen. Bob Dixon. In the interview, he lays out that Sen. Dixon was actually working with Democrats to kill Right to Work.

Here’s what he said:

Ryan Johnson: You would think that Springfield’s own Senator Bob Dixon would be with us on [Right to Work.] For instance, in the poll that we recently took of Right to Work in MIssouri, we did a statewide poll, a super poll actually, over 10,000 voters voters, general election voters for 2016 were surveyed in this poll, and in the Springfield market alone, 69 percent, 69 percent of Springfield area voters said that they agreed that no American should be required to join any private organization like a labor union against their will. That’s significant. And if I were Sen. Dixon, I would listen to that. And I would not only make sure that voted for Right to Work, but I would make sure that I voted for the PQ, or moving the previous question, to break the likely Democratic filibuster against Right to Work.

Now unfortunately, I’ve heard it on good authority from a variety of sources within the Senate that Sen. Dixon may have been actually collaborating with Democrats working against Right to Work.

Nick Reed: That’s what they call ‘reaching across the aisle.’

RJ: Oh, I’m sorry. Yes. In the spirit of bi-partisanship, he was working against Right to Work. Potentially.

Johnson continued saying if he was wrong, he would be happy to come on the radio and “eat crow” and “apologize.”

He did apologize a week later. For hurting Dixon’s feelings.

Apparently, Dixon didn’t like being outed as a willing collaborator in the fight against Right to Work.

For the record, I have other sources that say Johnson’s claims are true, that Dixon was working with the left to stop Right to Work from passing out of the Senate.

This shows why we can’t have nice things in Missouri. Too many progressive Republicans.

This isn’t the first time I’ve said this about Bob Dixon either.

May 19th, 2015|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |1 Comment

The Show-Me Report: May 19, 2015

The Missouri Times: In Review: the biggest accomplishments of the legislative session

Show-Me Daily: Highway Funding Proposals Stall in Missouri Legislature

KBIA: Missouri Lawmakers Reauthorize Tax to Fund Medicaid

Heartland Connection: Marriage proposal on Missouri Legislature’s last day

Missourinet: Missouri House Speaker: too early to tell if legislature could overturn ‘right to work’ veto

Fox 2: Circuit Attorney: Officer won’t face charges in shooting death of VonDerrit Myers

Fox 2: Read the complete report of the police shooting of VonDerrit Myers

Post-Dispatch: Felony charges filed in fraud case involving Missouri early-voting initiative

Missourinet: Decision on release of Missouri man serving life for pot could come by ‘relatively’ early summer

Kansas City Star: Dave Helling: Not much thought goes into politics now

Connect Mid-Missouri: Governor Nixon releases funds for Trulaske College of Business

KSHB: Gov. Nixon tours Mosby to see flood damage

The Turner Report: Graves: A fence is a good start to solving immigration problem

Post-Dispatch: New public preschools threaten St. Louis private day cares

Fox 2: Jay Z, Beyoncé reportedly posted bail for Ferguson, Baltimore protesters

May 19th, 2015|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: May 18, 2015

Post-Dispatch: 5 major bills passed by the Missouri Legislature

News-Tribune: A look at key bills from Missouri’s 2015 legislative session

Missourinet: Republicans, Democrats assess 2015 Missouri session differently (VIDEOS)

Ozark Area Network: Missouri lawmakers quit early; deadly force bill fails

Post-Dispatch: Legislative session leaves many frustrated, but GOP got some priorities through

The Eagle: Recap of 2015 Mo legislative session

KSHB: Analysis: Mo. Legislative session ends in chaos

The Missourian: Analysis: Months of work by Missouri lawmakers end in chaos

Jefferson County Penknife: Right to Work and End of Session Report

Missourinet: Missouri lawmakers promise review of Capitol intern program

Kansas City Star: Another session, another disappointment when it comes to ethics reform in Jeff City

Connect Mid-Missouri: With session over, all eyes on Nixon

The Eagle: Nixon promises veto of right-to-work

Kansas City Star: Sign or veto? Groups on all sides lobby Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on student transfer bill

Missourinet: Lawmakers assess what Missouri legislature did for Ferguson

Post-Dispatch: Missouri lawmakers pass on dozens of Ferguson-inspired bills

The Gateway Pundit: ‘We gonna just **** you up’- Black #Ferguson Activists Threaten White Liberals for Protest Pay

Post-Dispatch: Ferguson business districts slowly mend after riots

Post-Dispatch: Ferguson shooting leads cop and ex-con to find each other’s humanity

KPLR: Senator Rand Paul says he quietly visited Ferguson during unrest

Fox 2: Hancock & Kelley: John Diehl resigns, MO Legislative session ends, Deadly Amtrak derailment

News-Tribune: Galloway brings financial experience, young perspective to state auditor’s office

Missouri Education Watchdog: The Common Core Graduation Card: Analogy of Common Core PR Schtick?

May 18th, 2015|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: May 15, 2015

Post-Dispatch: Missouri House speaker resigns; intern breaks silence

The Eagle: Done Diehl: Speaker resigns amidst texting scandal

20 Pounds of Headlines: Diehl Resignation Statement

Kansas City Star: Republicans, Democrats react to Diehl departure

ABC 17: Reactions to Missouri House speaker’s plans to resign

PoliticMO: Amid sexting scandal, Republican leaders hold fire while praising Diehl’s exit

PoliticMO: As Diehl exits, House Republicans select Todd Richardson as next speaker

Post-Dispatch: Poplar Bluff Republican tapped for Mo. House speaker

Missourinet: Poplar Bluff state rep. Todd Richardson is next Missouri House Speaker (VIDEO)

St. Louis Activist Hub: The John Diehl Fiasco Was Not An Isolated Incident

News-Tribune: A look at notable events involving Missouri House speakers

Post-Dispatch: Universities plan to use Capitol ‘sexting’ scandal as a teaching moment

Fox 2: Missouri Legislature enters final day of session in turmoil

The Rolla Daily News: Missouri Legislature at a standstill with just 1 day left

News-Tribune: House sends environmental measure to governor

News-Tribune: Schaefer: Special session could change Medicaid

The Eagle: Mo Senate leaders try to break stalemate

Post-Dispatch: Missouri Supreme Court names panel to recommend changes to municipal courts

Fox 2: Missouri Supreme Court forms group to review municipal courts

Post-Dispatch: Blunt, McCaskill support bill pushing back rail-safety system deadline

Post-Dispatch: Clay introduces more Ferguson-related legislation

Fox 2: Normandy superintendent outlines plans for collaborative district

The Eagle: Hartzler helps push anti-abortion bill

May 15th, 2015|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Faux Outrage and Pearl Clutching

I am not going to excuse Speaker John Diehl. He made horrendous decisions and showed unacceptable judgement.

He’s embarrassed himself, his wife and this children and put the integrity of state government at risk..

What I also find unacceptable is the idea that Democrats have any sort of moral high ground or a foundation to condemn Diehl’s behavior.

This is the party that spent years defending President Bill Clinton’s actions as a private matter between two consenting adults.

Hillary Clinton made it a routine to attack the women in these situations.

For any Democrat to come out and clutch their pearls as if they are offended by this is hypocritical as Kim Kardashian being offended at Paris Hilton for being a vapid, no-talent attention seeker.

I expect and accept a certain level of schadenfreude on their part. But I don’t intend to let them pretend their offended by this.

For example, Rep. Gina Mitten said this to a reporter:


Let’s not forget, President Bill Clinton was 49 when he was having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, who was 22 and started at the White House as an intern.

When this happened, many Democrats rallied around the president and defended him, saying this was a private matter between two consenting adults.

Now, they want to take this and pretend they hold the moral high ground?

Not on my watch.


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Remember one thing when you hear a Democrat showing outrage over one thing or another. A radical with the Students for Democratic Society wrote:

The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.

These folks don’t care about anything except the agenda.

This outrage is all a show to regain power.

May 14th, 2015|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: May 14, 2015

Kansas City Star: Text images between Missouri House Speaker John Diehl and intern reveal sexually charged exchanges

PoliticMO: Diehl takes “full responsibility” for sexually explicit texts with intern

Post-Dispatch: Missouri House speaker takes full responsibility, but offers little detail on intern relationship

Kansas City Star: Missouri Speaker John Diehl issues apology for ‘poor judgment’

PoliticMO: Missouri governor calls relationship between House Speaker and intern “troubling”

PoliticMO: Amid allegations of relationship with intern, House Democrats seek to remove John Diehl as Speaker

Missourinet: Petition seeks removal of Missouri House speaker amid allegations (VIDEO)

Kansas City Star: Politicians express shock at Missouri Speaker Diehl’s reported text conversations

20 Pounds of Headlines: Diehl Denies Having Sex With Intern

PoliticMO: Even after explicit texts with intern, Missouri House Speaker says he’s keeping job

KBIA: Missouri House speaker apparently hopes to weather sexting scandal

The Rolla Daily News: Democrats stall Missouri Senate after right-to-work vote

St. Joseph Post: Democrats predict slowdown in Missouri Senate after ‘right to work’ drama

Fox 2: Ferguson names new interim city manager

ABC 17: Missouri Gov. Nixon releases $7.4M for technology center

Ozark Area Network: Missouri House sends eating disorders coverage to governor

Missourinet: ‘Right to Work’ bill sent to Missouri Governor, veto anticipated

Post-Dispatch: Why Missouri unions see right-to-work as a threat

KBIA: Missouri House passes, but may have killed, ‘right to work’

The Rolla Daily News: Mo. lawmakers OK office to advocate for military bases

Ozark Area Network: Missouri House approves sales tax exemptions for gyms, power companies

KBIA: Mo. Legislature Passes Bill with Many New Environmental Regulations

Show-Me Daily: Can Normandy Be Saved?

Post-Dispatch: Police investigation into Schweich suicide officially ends with no clear answers

Show-Me Daily: Collaboration and Competition

Kansas City Business News: Missouri Supreme Court ruling targets low-balling title insurance

Post-Dispatch: State senator backs off restrictions on photos and videos in committee hearings

Ozark Area Network: Springfield teacher charged with striking autistic child

Fox 2: Plan to hire 160 police officers for the city of St. Louis hits a snag

Post-Dispatch: More questions than answers clog inquiries into Homer G. Phillips hospital maternity ward

The Eagle: Audit delivers harsh review of Jefferson City Schools

May 14th, 2015|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments