Limbaugh to Mo Dems on Obama Rodeo Clown: “You Can’t Take a Joke”
August 14, 2013

Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday decried the left for not being able to take a joke, comparing reaction to a Missouri State Fair rodeo clown performing wearing a President Barack Obama mask to outrage over Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

“He’s the president of the United States! They get made fun of! They get laughed at all the time! Fun is poked at ’em. I know this happens to be the first African-American one, but that should not insulate this president from standard, ordinary, everyday treatment, analysis, whatever,” Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday, according to a transcript.

Earlier this week, Democratic politicians including Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. William Lacy Clay slammed the act at the state fair, calling it “ugly” and intolerant.” The clown who performed the show was banned from the fair.

“You know, you people on the left, who the hell do you think you are? You can’t laugh. You can’t take a joke. You can’t take a punch. You can’t take anything,” Limbaugh said Wednesday. “One little thing that you don’t like and this clown can never work, everybody involved is resigning.”

Limbaugh, who grew up in Southern Missouri, said the reaction was as though Obama was a religious “messiah.”

“This is no different than those countries reacting freakishly when there were cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. That is exactly what this is,” Limbaugh said. “C. S. Lewis said the devil can’t stand being made fun of. The devil can’t stand being mocked. … You people on the left, I know you don’t have the capacity for shame, but this is just absolutely – a clown now fearing for his life?”

Congres Cuts a Deal on StL ”Stan Span’, It Gets 2 Names
June 26, 2013

ST. LOUIS • Perhaps it was inevitable that two states that have been at odds over the new Interstate 70 bridge spanning the Mississippi River would spar over what to name it.

Missouri lawmakers wasted little time voting to name the Missouri half of the new four-lane bridge for the beloved late Cardinals great, Stan “the Man” Musial. Illinois lawmakers have gotten behind naming it for military veterans. Trouble is that both states have to agree on one name.

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a compromise moniker aimed at satisfying both states: the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

“The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the most storied and successful first-rate franchises in sports history, and the best player to ever don the St. Louis Cardinal uniform was Stan ‘the Man’ Musial,” said Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., who came up with the compromise.

Off the field, Davis said, Musial led by example. In 1945, Musial took a year during the prime of his career to serve in the. Navy during World War II.

“Today, lets honor our veterans and Stan ‘the Man’ Musial,” he said.

Several members of the Illinois and Missouri congressional delegation backed the proposed name.

Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, was a chief sponsor along with Davis of the legislation.

“I’m proud to name it after Stan Musial not just because of what he did on the field, but off the field, too,” Clay said before Tuesday’s floor session. “He stood up to the racists and the ignorance of the 1940s and put his arms around people like Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks and demonstrated that they were human beings, too.”

Missouri Congressmen Clay and Luetkemeyer Don’t Use Twitter, Most Members Do
September 26, 2012

Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey, who grew up in St. Louis, once observed that his microblogging service was so named because it defined “a short burst of inconsequential information.”
Cynics might say that his definition suits this unproductive Congress, where all but 56 members of the Senate and House combined use Twitter, according to a count by The Hill, a newspaper on Capitol Hill.
Reps. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, and Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, are worlds apart in their approaches to public policy, but they apparently share an aversion to office tweeting. Clay and Luetkemeyer are the only members of Congress from the St. Louis area who do not have a Twitter account in their congressional offices, according to the list published today in The Hill.
Clay is active on Facebook and has a Twitter account connected to his re-election campaign that had 588 followers as of this afternoon. It wasn’t clear right away why he doesn’t tweet as a congressman. (Or have someone tweet for him, as if often the case.)
Luetkemeyer spokesman Paul Sloca said his member of Congress prefers “communicating in interactions in real time” and uses Facebook and YouTube to do some of that.
Sloca added: “Blaine is really focused on having a conversation in which you can have context … and talk in depth about the substance of issues.”
What, no context and depth in 140 characters?

Carnahan & Clay Accuse Each Other of Telling ‘Whoppers’ at Radio Debate
July 30, 2012

(AP) – Debating a week before their Democratic primary, U.S. Reps. Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay competed to claim the liberal mantle Monday and accused one another of telling “whoppers” about the other’s actions and legislative voting records.

The congressmen also said they want to raise the minimum wage, though they incorrectly stated the current rate.

Clay and Carnahan debated Monday on KMOX radio and, despite sometimes-tense exchanges, pledged that the loser of the Aug. 7 primary will support the Democratic ticket in the November elections.

After the 2010 census showed Missouri’s population growth failed to keep pace with the nation, the state lost one of its nine congressional seats. Carnahan, whose current 3rd District was carved up and merged with nearby districts, chose to challenge Clay in the 1st District in St. Louis.

Clay said Monday that Carnahan should have run in a reconfigured suburban St. Louis district, which leans toward Republicans. Carnahan accused Clay of “throwing Democrats under the bus” by supporting the new redistricting plan enacted by Missouri’s Republican-led state Legislature.

“What my opponent has just said is really a whopper,” Clay responded. Clay said he issued a joint news release with Carnahan urging the Legislature to keep three congressional districts in the St. Louis region and – at Carnahan’s request – had urged a state lawmaker not to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the redistricting legislation.

That led Carnahan to retort: “That is a whopper,” and to assert that Clay’s allies had actively lobbied state lawmakers to override the veto, which they ultimately did.

Cleaver & CBC Call Holder Contempt Vote Silly
June 29, 2012

Kansas City Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, called Thursday’s historic House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, “silly”.
Cleaver and other members of the Black Caucus met before the vote.
Missouri Democratic Congressman Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan joined the CBC walk-out as a protest to the vote.
Politico reports “duringThursday’s contempt vote, CBC members plan to held a press conference on the steps of the Capitol to discuss job creation, according to a letter being circulated among members of Congress.

Republicans have accused Holder of failing to cooperate in the ongoing investigation of Fast and Furious, the botched gun-running program that allowed thousands of arms to cross the U.S.-Mexico border and end up in the hands of criminals. Holder has been criticized for refusing to hand over certain documents.

Cleaver,according to Politico, charged in his interview with CNN that accusing Holder of wrongdoing and trying to smear his reputation has nothing to do with the ongoing investigation and getting to the bottom of how U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed.

“Brian Terry’s parents and family members deserve to know what happened to their son. This does nothing about revealing what happened to their son,” the congressman said.