Logo a Go Go

We saw that former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced a Presidential Exploratory Committee. Got a website up. And a fancy logo.

And then we thought, hey, we’ve seen that logo before…sort of. (Click images to embiggen.)

So there’s T-Paw’s and J.B’s logos with the sort of chopped-off flag flying.

So who else has a site up? Well, Herman Cain has his Presidential Exploratory Committee…um…exploring.

And we can see his logo alongside Don Stenberg‘s. Both going with that Red Star theme.

Don’t know if Stenberg was trying to follow along with Governor Dave Heineman’s logo and font. But we had heard someone suggest that Governor Dave had borrowed the idea from another popular brand.

(Apparently the “e’s” in Heineken were tilted back to make them look like they are smiling…)

But you wanna see something really wild?

Did you know that Newt Gingrich and Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle have the EXACT SAME supporters?

(As pointed out by a Leavenworth Street reader.)

Who’d a thunk it, huh?


And speaking of signs, a little bird pointed out the signs held up by the We-Hate-Oil people, led by Jane Kleeb in the Nebraska Capitol Rotunda the other day.

And we are told that this is specifically forbidden.  No signs are allowed in the Rotunda.  As a matter of fact, we have heard that supporters on an issue are not even allowed to wear lapel stickers for their issue.

But then Jane is not known for being a stickler for the rules.


And as long as we are looking at it, we just noticed again the slogan (other than the “Windmills Not Oil Spills”, sigh) on their sign:  “Stop the TransCanada Pipeline“.

Not “move” the pipeline.  Not “make the pipeline safer”.

It is STOP the pipeline.

The funny thing is, this effort in Nebraska is a very small battle within the much larger national concerted Enviro campaign to stop the Canadian Tar Sands oil altogether.  If it mirrored the old pipeline route they would have simply found different reasons to hate it.  They hate oil and they especially hate this new Canadian oil.

Mull that over as you begin paying $4.00 (or more) for a gallon for gas this summer.


  1. Sweetwater Woods says:

    Where was Speaker Mike Flood while people were carrying protest signs in the Rotunda? Why didn’t he put a stop to it?

    The floodgates of protest have been breached at the Rotunda, and the Nebraska Legislature will never be the same.

  2. Public Union Thug says:

    I’d like to welcome Councilman Mulligan officially to our team. You can count on us for big campaign contributions in 2013. Thank you for your support.

  3. CC 7 Conservative says:

    What? Did anyone really ever think Mulligan wasn’t a closet liberal and in the tank for the unions? Thug, you can have him. Candidates already lining up to take him out.

  4. Macdaddy says:

    I wouldn’t expect an elected Democrat official to bother with looking up rules, but despite Sweetwater’s obvious sarcasm, if there are rules against this sort of thing, they should be enforced. The capitol police (are there any?) or the Seargent at Arms are at fault here. Selective enforcement won’t go over well with the next group that happens to get shut out of the capitol.

    I salute whomever actually clicked on Gingrich’s and Suttle’s websites, so I didn’t have to, but if you have that much time on your hands, you might consider volunteering at the local food bank or something. 😉

  5. Uncle Wiggily says:

    Wonder if those folks in the background of the Suttle/Gingrich photos get royalties every time that pic is displayed?

  6. Mr.Mojo says:

    Signs in the Capitol are a no go, but paying off, I mean, lobbying those dolts in Lincoln is as Nebraskan as Runza pie.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Nice crowd shot. Wonder if this one was copyrighted or stock? I recognize the one homeless guy holding his $5 bill second from the left. Where’s the yellow school bus?

  8. Kortezzi says:

    Suttle & Newt must simply use the same DC political campaign consultants. They probably just have catalogs of photos with diverse, smiling, flag-waving crowds, and Dim Jim and Mr Speaker clicked on the same one.

    I’m gonna look into this campaign consultant gig – – if it’s that easy, there must be PLENTY of stupid politicians willing to pay big bucks for cheap canned themes and fake popularity!

  9. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Wow!! Yeah!! That’s what it takes to earn MY vote!! Give me some flashy campaign ads and a few off-the-cuff platitudes. That’s all it takes.

  10. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Oh, and Newt’s probably going to have to get another one as soon as he decides to dump this wife. I understand the current one is suffering from a hangnail. Damaged goods!! Gotta dump her!

  11. Sweetwater Woods says:

    Oh, Brian! Your last comment was far more idiotic that the comments you love to bloviate about here. I thought you had advanced beyond that, and had risen above the idiocy you see here. Now you are just part of it.

  12. Cigar Smoker says:

    Newt is all about family values and can’t be quesioned about them. Except when it concern his love of his country, because his love for his country causes him to cheat on his wife. But other than that nothing could cause him to cheat or leave his wife(s).

  13. Dennis says:

    Newt now says that he cheated on his first two wives because he was so passionate about our country. Now, Newt claims that he is being faithful to his third wife. If that is true, does that now mean that Newt hates America?

  14. 6:03,
    For the record, as I understand it, a sign on the podium or on an easel is OK. Others holding signs up breaks the rules.

    If you want Newt’s “official” site, you need to go to http://Newt.org
    Your report is due tomorrow at noon.

    And for the rest of you, why are you piling up on Newt. You can’t pile on Pawlenty? Or Cain? Or Buddy?

    (How’s that for a monkey jug?)

    G’nite all.

  15. Brian T. Osborn says:

    The only Republican candidate currently in the running (kind of) for the office of POTUS that I like – as a person, not as a politician – is Huckabee – and that’s just because he plays the bass guitar. I don’t agree with him politically, but I think he’d be fun to jam with. Maybe we could get Clinton to bring his sax.

    I checked Newt’s site out, SS. I can give you my report right now. I was left thoroughly underwhelmed.

    SweetH20, I don’t mind dumping it on those that have earned our rancor. Newt has gone above and beyond in meriting any sarcastic comments he gets. While Clinton was busy being excoriated for letting his libido run wild, the Newt was out sowing his own wild oats. Let’s just keep the playing field level … OK?

    As for Jon Bruning’s sign. It was probably OK since we, the taxpayers of Nebraska, probably paid for it with public funds, just as we have all of his (ahem, cough, cough) public service (ahem, campaign ads) messages.

  16. MacDaddy says:

    Newt’s infidelities are a mark of a man who, while he may have some great ideas, has some serious character flaws. Those flaws extend into his leadership abilities as well: no commitment or follow-through. Of course, by all accounts, Obama is a straight-arrow in his personal life (except for cigarette smoking), and he’s pretty much worthless as a President. So I guess personal life is really no predictor.

  17. Kortezzi says:

    I see Mayor Suttle has proposed a Federal sales tax of $0.10 per roll on toilet paper! The World Herald says he went to DC to pitch the idea as a way to fund mandated sewer improvements.

    Brilliant, Jim! Instead of just continuing to pay these bills through fees on our water/sewer utility bills, you propose a whole new tax. One that requires Federal gov’t administration, no less! And which would probably last 100 years after the mandated sewer improvements are done (same as how the Federal telephone tax to pay for the Spanish American War lasted from 1898 until 2006).

    What a sh*tty idea! You are full of it, Mr. Mayor!

    This sounds like the kind of thing I’d expect from Councilman Chris Jerram (Mr Satelite dish tax).

  18. Ruled by Corn says:

    Can anyone please explain what business the Nebraska State Legislature has in working on a bill that would take away the right of citizens to know whether the gasoline they buy has ethanol or not? If this bill is ever approved and signed by Governor Heinemann, it will be proof that we, indeed, are ruled by farmers.

  19. NE Voter says:

    Hey, Kortezzi: Whether you like Suttle’s proposal or not, it’s infinitely better than the complete lack of leadership or ideas on the issue seen in Reps. Terry and Fortenberry, who represent the affected ratepayers.

    Did either of them offer a single bill during the Bush years? Did they hold a single hearing?


    How’s that for “leadership?”

  20. Undertaxed says:

    Since this began with the comparisons of campaign signs, I noticed several years ago that President Obama’s campaign logo was very close to the logo used by the now-defunct ACORN group. Not as close as the ones highlighted above, but still pretty darn close.

  21. RWP says:

    People are looking at then GOP presidential race all wrong. The fact is, any one of the dozen or so candidates, even the dregs of the field, Palin and Huckabee, would be head and shoulders above the feckless ass currently occupying the position. Can you imagine any of the GOP candidates, if asked, with US troops are now deployed against Libya, who is actually in command, replying ‘clarity will come in a few days’? We have Ken Salazar and Lisa Jackson currently shutting down American industry, Obama and Harry Reid spending us into oblivion, Samantha Power urging troop deployments in every podunk dictatorship, Eric Holder ignoring lawbreakers, and Sebelius selectively imposing health care laws against everyone except unions and other political allies.

    Just hope we make it past the next two years semi- solvent and with some shred of our international reputation intact, because rebuilding after the clueless presidency of bracket-boy will be a long, tough job.

  22. Brian T. Osborn says:

    What RWP has described is very reminiscent of what we suffered through for eight years of the previous administration. Apparently there isn’t as much difference between Republicans and Democrats, other than the heated rhetoric generated at the extremes of either end. So … what’s the answer, turn the reins of power back over to those that led us to the precipice, or go with the current driver that has fruitlessly attempted to veer the horses back from the edge, failing to overcome the momentum that was already built up?
    Perhaps it is time we all started thinking about how we’ll get along once the wagon has already sailed over the cliff.
    Oh, and RWP, shouldn’t you be teaching? After all, you DO have a job that you’re always bragging about. Perhaps you should be doing it, since you are on the UNL clock at 11:01 am, are you not?

  23. RWP says:

    Hah hah hah. Heated rhetoric. Does that include threatening people with baseball bats, BTO?

    It’s Spring Break, idiot. And UNL doesn’t have a ‘clock’.

    Here’s some heated rhetoric for you.

    …the president has no Constitutional authority to take this nation to war against a country of 70 million people unless we’re attacked, or unless there is proof that we are about to be attacked. If he does, I would move to impeach him.

  24. RWP says:

    BTO’s a typical Democrat. Take a discussion personal, and then wring your hands about awful that it’s gotten so personal.

    I’d call it hypocritical, but I think it’s just sheer stupidity and lack of self-awareness.

  25. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Hmmm, it seems Mr. Harbison has conveniently forgotten just who it was that made it personal in the first place. He seems to be more than just extraordinarily self-aware, and I’m not so certain that his public behavior could be described as “intelligent.” At least he is consistently … whatever it is that he is.

  26. RWP says:

    Hmmm, it seems Mr. Harbison has conveniently forgotten just who it was that made it personal in the first place.

    That would be you, when you decided to appoint yourself policeman over my job. And previously, when you told me I should get out of the country and go back to Ireland.

    Are you really this clueless?

  27. Kortezzi says:

    Hey NE Voter @ 9:06 a.m.

    So you LIKE the “leadership” shown by Mayor Suttle in advocating a Federal toilet paper tax? Really?!? BWAAAHAAA HAAA HAAA!!
    You liberals really are taking us down the crapper, aren’t you?

  28. Cigar Smoker says:

    The idea of a toilet paper tax is laughable, but the fact remains that the 1.7 Billion dollar sewer improvements need to be made and paid for somehow. Coming up with 1.7 Billion dollars in spending cuts alone is unfeasible.

  29. Sweetwater Woods says:

    Cigar Smoker, I am so happy I am not a citizen of Omaha. Every day I think, “I am happy I am not you”! YOU come up with 1.7 BILLION dollars, not me! The woods at Sweetwater make me smile.

  30. Brian T. Osborn says:

    UNL comedian, RWP, just can’t stand the idea that he just might be wrong about anything. Don’t forget, class, the professor is always right, far right, even when he is wrong.

  31. Macdaddy says:

    Prediction: people will drive to Council Bluffs to buy their toilet paper and cigarettes. Non-smokers will drive to Gretna. Amount raised for the sewers: $50 a year with administrative costs of $2-3 million.

  32. Paperchase says:

    Not too many decades ago, nearly every public toilet in the USA was a “pay toilet”. Across Europe today, that is still the case. Drive across Spain, France, Italy, etc., and you will see people everywhere urinating against walls and buildings. So don’t kid yourself about toilet paper tax here. If you can wear it, eat it, ride it, smoke it, drink it or it oozes from your body, goverment will tax it. But of course, on the bigger scale, taxes of all sorts are the choker chain by which goverment forces you to heel like a dog. So taxing TP? Why not?

    Just so we all are clear, the excuses given for taxation span from redistributing wealth from haves to have-nots to fixing things for the common good. But, in fact, the main effect of taxation is to redistribute power from individuals to goverment. Taxation always empowers goverment, always with a commensurate loss of freedom which is always individual. If you don’t understand that, you are already a slave and less useful than a sheet of tush wipe.

  33. TexasAnnie says:

    Not ALWAYS, Paperchase! Sometimes, taxation redistributes power from individuals to corporations… In these instances, government is the SLAVE of plutocrats. Got any of that goin’ on up in Nebraska?

  34. Greg says:

    @TexasAnnie Oh my God we get it, you think that Nebraska is a slave to corporations, that why you moved to Texas. Please stop using that argument in every single post and replace that word of the day toilet paper, you been using plutocrat far too ofter these days.

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