A Blast of the Past #67: Furniture and Corn Stalks


We also moved in some “heirloom” furniture, inherited back then. Furniture that is still continuing to give us good service today. It is a little more weighted down with use than it was when fresh moved in, though.

There are also pictures of the corn (planting seen in previous post) coming up in the yard. You can notice the dead grass underneath the corn — I used the no-till Roundup ™ gardening method.

Down the Ballot: Clay County Officials


I have lived in Clay county for  19 years and I still don’t know what it means to be an Eastern or Western Commissioner. Do I vote for just one of the positions, or both? Is the country divided into two, and if so, which portion am I in?

Overall, I think these county offices are the hardest to get information on or make decisions. For those who depend on the online search, many of these candidates are not using this means of information. So I am just listing links without comments. I am still deciding on these.

Eastern Commissioner:



Western Commissioner:


Citizen Voices: Do We Really Want Another Clay County Retread?




County Assessor:



Public Administrator:






STACY NICKERSON                                     411 SPRING AVE, LIBERTY, MO 64068                  (Dem)

LUANN RIDGEWAY                                     19405 PLATTE COUNTY LINE RD,                           (Rep)

                                                                           SMITHVILLE, MO 64089



GENE OWEN                                                  4512 N. MULBERRY DR,                                             (Dem)


PAM MASON                                                  9701 N KENWOOD CT,                                                (Rep)

KANSAS CITY, MO 64155                                          



BENJAMIN TROUPE                                     20215 NE 161ST ST, KEARNEY, MO 64060              (Dem)

PAUL VESCOVO                                            4 CARVER PL, SMITHVILLE, MO 64089                (Rep) 



CATHY RINEHART                                       1203 NE 52ND TER, KANSAS CITY, MO 64118       (Dem)

LISA KEEFER                                                 15316 HILLS RD, KEARNEY, MO 64060                 (Rep)



TED GRAVES                                                 P.O. BOX 624, LIBERTY, MO 64069                         (Rep) 



DEBBIE GWIN                                                7128 N. HICKORY, KANSAS CITY, MO 64118      (Dem)

SARAH MILLS                                                8028 N. LYDIA AVE, KANSAS CITY, MO 64118   (Rep)


#134: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth


(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


I know that my Redeemer liveth

And on the earth again shall stand;

I know eternal life He giveth,

That grace and pow’r are in His hand.


I know, I know (I know I know), that Jesus liveth,

And on the earth (And on the earth) again shall stand;

I know, I know (I know I know) that life He giveth,

That grace and pow’r (That grace and pow’r) are in His hand.


I know His promise never faileth —

The word He speaks, it cannot die;

The cruel death my flesh assaileth,

Yet I shall see Him by and by.



I know my mansion He prepareth,

That where He is there I may be;

O wondrous tho’t — for  me He careth!

And He at last will come for me.


Ballot Preview: final state offices


Well the final State Offices on the ballot are a little bit of a letdown for me.

The 5th District in the U.S. Representative is a three-way race. I’d be interested in the Libertarian candidate, but I couldn’t get him to respond to a message on his Facebook page. That leaves Emanuel Cleaver, our current representative — a Methodist Pastor who is serving as a politician in direct contravention to his denominations stated policies, and yet is still allowed to do so by the denomination without consequence. That concerns me from both ends.

So I’m left with Jacob Turk, Republican. I’ll be voting for him unless someone gives me better evidence on any of the o




EMANUEL CLEAVER II                               8217 E. GREGORY BLVD,                                           (Dem)

KANSAS CITY, MO 64133-6325

JACOB TURK                                                  417 SE ANNETTE ST, LEES SUMMIT, MO 64063 (Rep)

ROY WELBORN                                             4911 WALROND AVE, KANSAS CITY, MO 64130(Lib)


That leaves two offices for  Jefferson City. We only have Lauren Arthur for our State Representative. For State Senate we get Ranen Bechtold or Ryan Silvey.

I went to Bechtold’s Facebook Page to get this policy statement:

This is what I stand for.

Increase the Missouri minimum wage to $15/hr. Why you ask? Because if everyone made this much they would not qualify for most welfare programs. Nobody who works 40 hours a week should have to be subsidized by we, the taxpayer because Walmart pays poverty wages.

Establish Universal Childcare for working moms so they are not scrambling to find a last minute baby sitter because they cant afford regular daycare. I’m talking daycare that is paid for by your school taxes. Every elementary school will have a daycare center. That’s my plan. Child daycare will be public not private.

End corruption by establishing campaign finance donation limits in Missouri to keep out corporate influence.

I believe that taxes need to be just high enough to properly fund the government and no more.

I support expanding Missouri medicaid.

We need tuition caps on state funded collages to lower the cost of higher education.

I support making Unions Stronger and I will stand up for Worker’s Rights

The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period. This should include crew served weapons, mortars and RPG’s as well because honestly semi-automatic weapons are not an effective defense against the tyranny of the state.

I cannot support most of what she says. The idea that what one wants will work economically because you want it to work. Sure, taxes should be just high enough to properly fund government, but to fund all thet options she proposes are going to significantly raise taxes. And that minimum wage raise always eliminates jobs.


Contrary to that, Silvey’s Facebook page doesn’t have any policy statement. But the hints on the page sound like a more moderate choice. It seems odd, but I expect to vote for the incumbent on this one.





RYAN SILVEY                                                11231 N PENNSYLVANIA AVE,                                (Rep)






LAUREN ARTHUR                                        4135 NW WILLOW DR,                                                (Dem)

                                                                           KANSAS CITY, MO 64116

Fitness Update: Minutes tracking


Another week where the fitness activities are there, but not in an organized progression of the various activities. Cycling got in there, there were a couple of days with very little activity, and then others with many units of activity. Much of the activity was short walking segments.

It is interesting, when translating those into minutes, how much they translate. I synced my MisFit on Sunday morning, and then on Sunday evening I synced again, and checked how it updated my monthly minutes total on the Corporate Wellness Center minute tracker we can participate in this month. My 1500 daily points came out to about 119 minutes. Of course, based on intensity, you could have fewer minutes for the same amount of points, I suppose.

It comes down to metrics: what are you tracking. You can burn a lot of calories going almost nowhere if you know the right activity, or you can go a long distance with very few. Deciding what you want to track, how you want to be fit, is the important point. This tracker is encouraging minutes of activity. So if I run or swim, I should get a lot more points for fewer minutes — which helps my points quest, but doesn’t help the minutes quest.

I’m currently #3 on the corporate minutes board. I was #2 momentarily, but don’t expect to get back up there — especially when #2 is catching up to #1, and they are over 500 minutes ahead of me. So I’ll focus on my own goals instead.

This week we hope to try the early rise method to start the running and swimming again. We will see how often I can rise early. It needs to start with getting to bed early — the part I haven’t been doing so well.

#133: The Strife Is O’er


(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


The strife is o’er — the battle done,

The victory of life is won;

The long of triumph has begun:



The pow’rs of death have done their worst,

But Christ their legions hath dispersed;

Let shouts of holy joy outburst



The three sad days have quickly sped,

He rises glorious from the dead;

All glory to our risen Head!



He closed the yawning gates of  hell,

The bars from heav’n’s high portals fell;

Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell:



Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee,

From death’s dread sting Thy servants free,

That we may live and sing to Thee:


On The Ballot: More State Offices


I’ve been going through the ballot I’ll have to vote on Nov. 8, and looking at the options available to me. None of my views are set in stone. I welcome comments from people to help broaden my perspective. That said, I also don’t take my positions on whims (though last week I bemoaned how whims do come into play — even when one wants to be an educated and purposeful voter), so don’t expect me to merely agree. I would like a dialogue that increases understanding, whether it always increases agreement or not.

So here’s the next section on the ballot, More State Offices:



ROBIN SMITH                                                PO BOX 68, EUREKA, MO 63025                               (Dem)

JOHN (JAY) ASHCROFT                              12138 MIRROR LAKE DR, ST LOUIS, MO 63146  (Rep)

CHRIS MORRILL                                           5747 MARDEL AVE, ST LOUIS, MO 63109            (Lib)




JUDY BAKER                                                 3075 S RANGELINE RD, COLUMBIA, MO 65201  (Dem)

ERIC SCHMITT                                               937 BROWNELL AVE, ST LOUIS, MO 63122         (Rep)

SEAN O’TOOLE                                             3425 GLADSTONE BLVD,                                           (Lib)


CAROL HEXEM                                             12712 COEUR DU MONDE CT APT K,                     (Grn)

                                                                           MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO 63146





TERESA HENSLEY                                        112 ARAPAHO TRL,                                                     (Dem)


JOSH HAWLEY                                              5215 E HWY 163, COLUMBIA, MO 65201               (Rep)


To be honest, I am not sure about the importance, or functions of these positions. I know, sort of, what the federal secretary of state does. But what does a state secretary of state do? I looked this up on the state’s website:

The Office of the Secretary of State has many diverse responsibilities, all linked by the common theme of information. The office is responsible for collecting, compiling, storing and publishing a variety of state documents. The Secretary of State, as keeper of the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, authenticates official acts of the governor. In addition, the Secretary of State serves as the chief elections official in Missouri.

Functions of the office are divided into six areas: Elections, Securities, Business Services, State Library,Records Services, and Administrative Rules. The Executive Deputy Secretary of State is charged by law with implementing the policies and procedures of the secretary, and supervising day-to-day operations of certain phases of the office.

There are approximately 265 employees of the Secretary of State’s office.

So that sounds important enough to be a coveted post.

I found these three links with some information on the candidates:

I was quite swayed by the Ashcroft items, and quality of display. He is concerned about voter fraud. I was, at least, until I read the Libertarian’s take on the question. He presented a strong case for fraud prevention, without being unreasonable. Actually, I liked his “Why Chris, in 60 seconds or less”:

Chris Morrill is:

a nearly lifelong resident of Missouri
a proud south St. Louis homeowner
a student of history and government
holder of several fraud investigation credentials
exceptionally well-organized
firm, but fair
former Republican and Libertarian county committeeman
Libertarian nominee for Missouri State Senate District 27 in 2004
humble and articulate spokesman for libertarian ideals
colorful, but not crazy
an all-around okay guy

Chris Morrill is not:

a perennial candidate
a member of any prominent Missouri political family
a former TV talking head
seeking to use this office as a stepping stone to higher office
rabidly partisan
very good at web design (obviously)
on Case.net at all.  Not even for anything minor.  Go ahead and search, it’s okay.
a Trump supporter in any way, shape or form.  Seriously, not a fan of that fellow at all.  Not even a little bit.

So based on my readings, I’ll probably vote for Chris. Please glance over these three people and see which person seems the most reasonable, and why. I am curious to know what you think.

Now the treasurer, over money, shows as obviously important; I have ideas about the duties there. Nevertheless I probably don’t realize everything falling under this department, so I looked this up on the website:

STATE TREASURER CLINT ZWEIFEL (ZWY-ful) serves as Missouri’s chief financial officer. He oversees $25 billion in state spending every year, directs banking services and manages and invests Missouri’s $3.6 billion investment portfolio. Treasurer Zweifel safeguards more than $942 million in Unclaimed Property that has been turned over by banks, businesses, insurance companies and government agencies, and works to return that money to the rightful owners. He also serves on the management boards of a number of public entities. The State Treasurer is one of six statewide elected officials, and is limited to two four-year terms. After being reelected in 2012, Treasurer Zweifel’s second term will conclude January 2017.

I looked up these four links for the candidates:

I guess I should mention that a candidate should have both the qualifications to perform the job, and the right goals to achieve while performing the job. I haven’t found it yet in this current ballot review, but I know I have previously been disappointed it people with the right views and morals, but no the right skills to effect those views and morals.

I am not pro or anti corporations. So when someone comes out swinging for or against them (mostly against today), it makes me wary. The green party seems to want to swing against corporations, by empowering the already powerful government. Hexem isn’t getting my vote.

I’ve looked at all three remaining candidates’ pages. They all seem well qualified, not spotting the various differences to decide between. With my banking background, I liked O’Toole’s comments on the Treasurer as custodian of funds. He presented an issue well that I understand that faces us. Sounds like he knows the field and can handle it. I’ll probably vote for him. but will continue to look at the candidates between now and then.  I am not settled.

The final office on today’s post is the State Attorney General. Once again, a position I have heard the title of, but really don’t know alot about what it does, how it affects our lives. So of course I looked it up as well:


The Attorney General serves as the chief legal officer of the State of Missouri as mandated by our Constitution. The Attorney General is elected by Missouri voters, serves a four-year term, and is not subject to constitutional term limits.

The Attorney General’s Office represents and provides legal advice to most state agencies; defends challenges to the validity of state laws; enforces civil law, including consumer protection and environmental laws; defends the State’s interest in civil actions, including bankruptcies, workers’ compensation claims, professional licensing cases, and habeas corpus actions filed by state and federal inmates; and serves as a special prosecutor in criminal cases when appointed. In addition, the Office handles all appeals statewide from felony convictions.

The Attorney General’s Office brings and defends lawsuits on behalf of the State and prepares formal legal opinions requested by State officers, legislators, or county attorneys on issues of law. The Office represents the State in litigation at all levels ranging from a variety of administrative tribunals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Alumni include numerous lawyers who have distinguished themselves at all levels of government and private practice. They include former and sitting U.S. and Missouri senators and representatives, Missouri governors, U.S. and Missouri Supreme Court justices, and numerous other federal and state judges.

The Attorney General’s Office is among the largest law offices in the state. The Office comprises:

This office seems the largest of the three. Which doesn’t mean the most important. But it is specifically a law office, with the ability to meddle over and over again. So choosing someone who knows how to leave us alone is important.

Once again I searched for web links for the candidates:

A two-way race — the first one. The Dem, Hensley, says Hawley has never practiced in Missouri and is thus unqualified. Hawley’ (Rep) bio says that he is a constitutional lawyer who has successfully defended cases against the supreme court. Hardly sounds unqualified. Maybe lacking local experience, but obviously an accomplished lawyer. I like the sound of Hawley’s goals better, though Hensley has nothing I found on the surface to say she wouldn’t be a good AG as well.

And there we have the post for today. Still a few more “state races” left to go.