Happy 70th B-Day Hal Daub!

Hal Daub turns 70 years old today.

And you think he has lost a beat?  Take a look at this from the recent Douglas County Republican forum at Anthony’s:

(via Joe Jordan)

The guy is still kickin’ ass and takin’ names.

Between specifics like this and his recent suggestions on Social Security reform, it’s clear a swamp filled with speed bumps and molasses couldn’t slow down Hal Daub.

Happy Birthday Hal! We are looking forward to the next seventy.


  1. Anonymous says:

    “The guy (Hal Daub) is still kickin’ ass and takin’ names”. A true pyrrhic statement. For if Daub had taken a few less names of his critics and had not tried to kick everybody’s ass, including that of a Republican U. S. Senator, thus weakening him against the Democrat who eventually won, maybe Republicans and general voters might have let Daub say in office longer. Hal Daub is a patriotic American, as are most people. But he has hammered too many nails with his tongue for him to simply turn that into a picture of calm dignity. He’s more likely to run down the hall with his hair on fire. The elephant has a long memory and Nebraskans don’t like politicians who are bellicose and retributive (read “kicking ass and taking names”).

  2. Ted says:

    Hal Daub is who he is. He is an effective, whip-smart, leader. Oh, but 6:25, he’s too strident for you and your wimp voters. Oh my, he’s not calm enough!
    Well, good for you. You’ve got “calm” now. You’ve got Jim Suttle.
    Hopefully someday people will realize that it often takes a firebrand to get the job done, and they will elect the best person for the job.
    Happy Birthday Hal! We need you now more than ever.

  3. Pete says:

    Happy Birthday! You’re a tenacious and effective leader, look forward to many more years of you contributing toward a better solution.

  4. Kortezzi says:

    Daub has tried hard in his recent election attempts to be a “nice guy”, and to show that he’s not as bullheaded and arrogant as his opponents claim. AND HE LOST.

    Hal was at his best when he just did what he did was right, shot right back at his big opponents, and ignored the people who didn’t have any power to obstruct his plans.

    But some of the sweetened deals for the police and fire unions got going under Daub’s administration, and I’m not sure he’s the right guy to right the city’s budget and pension problems. Jim Vokal would be a better guy for the Republicans to run for Mayor next time.

    Happy Birthday Hal, and enjoy your retirement.

  5. slimshady says:

    Hal Daub has some great qualities and all Omahans should be grateful for his leadership and dedication to public service. Having said that, there is something in his personality that I think is often a fatal flaw to many voters and citizens. While he is detailed orientated and passionately driven, Hal Daub scares me. He is too often in your face, too intense, too partisan, too quick to alienate others. Those are not good qualities to have as a Mayor. If Hal does return to politics (has he ever left?), I hope to see him act in a more mature, more consensus building style, a little more toned down, etc. Those are not signs of weakness. He can still be 100% kick ass but he can conduct himself in a little bit more subdued, peaceful, relaxing way.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hal can’t be subdued. We saw him screaming in a hallway when Republicans locked him out of his own central committee. Indeed he’s often right. Maybe he’s mostly right. But he aims at straw targets with a 155 and blasts everything to hell. And as noted, some of the deals going on with unions were pressed under the Daub administration. So in the end, you get nothing when you try to get half a Hal. God bless him. There are times when he is absolutely indispensible. But he is always your nuclear option.

  7. Sam Fischer says:

    To all the Hal haters: I hope Suttle is the guy you were looking for….. Happy Birthday Hal! You have my perpetual respect and admiration.

  8. anonymous says:

    Happy Easter everyone! The Nebraska Supreme Court celebrated Holy Week by scheduling the execution of Carey Dean Moore. Way to respect the Christian community in Nebraska!

  9. Grundle King says:

    Anon 2:10,

    While it is my suspicion that you don’t actually care about the Christian community, this Christian thought it may be helpful to cite a little gospel for you…

    Romans 13: 1-4 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”

    Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.”

  10. Anonymous says:

    It is really sad that in the end the Democrats will not be responsible for causing Daub to slip into oblivion, but Dave Nabity, the new face and VOICE of the GOP! Go Dave!

  11. MidTownVoter says:

    Having worked around Hal Daub for 15 years, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on all things “Daub”. You haters do not, nor will you ever, know Hal. If you even knew half of his story, you would not be able to keep yourself from admiring all that he has accomplished. Every charity, every grade or high schooler who comes to him for help with a project gets his undivided attention. Even some of you haters have come to him when you are in dire straits. Dems, Repubs, yes, all of you. My first encounter with his charitable self was a grandmother, raising 5 children who did not have money for winter coats for the kids. Hal and Mary bought everything they needed for winter and delivered it to her house. Bikes for the Easter Egg hunt were an annual gift. He writes letters to the new Eagle Scouts and LOVES attending their ceremonies. Every disaster in this town saw Hal Daub showing up to see what he could do to help. You don’t know the real Hal Daub. I have only shared a tiny fraction of his generosity. His business acumen is unrivaled and don’t even get me started about his devotion to all things political. The only thing he loves more than this city is Mary.
    If Hal was Mayor, you wouldn’t be grousing about all of the problems we have today in the city. He was a man with a plan.
    Hal has never met a stranger. And, he never forgets….anything.
    Happy birthday, Hal.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Nabity isn’t the “New” voice for the NEGOP. He is a voice.

    See one of the many differences between R’s & D’s is the R’s actually support individual rights, to both speech and property. D’s seem to only desire one right, that of the State! D’s seem to think it is their duty, if not divine right, to take all property and liberties and dole them out as they the State deem fit. Suppose it is easier for them to take this approach as it seemingly absolves them of the concept of personal. Personal; responsibility, personal rights within a society, personal work ethics, and personal responsibility. Just take take take all in the name of the State.

  13. Anonymous says:

    (directed at Anon 1:14) Why are the right so fearful of everything, and why do they blow that fear totally out of proportion? I believe psychiatric help is required for some of you. Your views of reality are completely distorted.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Grundle – The first passage that you cited MIGHT imply that those “appointed by God” have the right to punish those that disobey God’s authority. Assuming that is true, which is debatable, are you saying that the judge that sentenced this man to die was appointed by God? Because that is ridiculous.

    The second “Gospel” you cited is from the book of Genesis, which was written before Christianity even existed. FYI – “Gospel” implies New Testament. If you insist on speaking on behalf of Christians, or Christianity for that matter, you should know what you’re talking about.

    I don’t necessarily oppose the death penalty, I just hate it when people use subjective (and often contradictory) Biblical passages to justify hurting others.

    “Peace be with you.” – Jesus

  15. Macdaddy says:

    I thought we had separation of church and state. The Nebraska Supreme Court was not required to, nor should it have, consider the religious calendar when conducting court business. Anon 2:10, were you offended or just trolling?

  16. MidTownVoter says:

    Nope. Don’t need either a raise or letter of reference. Just thought to inform and educate since he never would. Not everything he does is a photo op and he never gets credit for a job well done. I am taking an opportunity to express my opinion and since this is a a birthday greeting for Hal, I wanted to weigh in on a subject with which I am well acquainted.

  17. Cigar Smoker says:

    Anon 3:12
    If you really want to throw people a mind warp tell them Jesus was a Jew, be prepared for the most confused and incredulous faces you’ll ever see. Some people even get angry when you say that.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Anon 2:04 and BTO- great responses, and typical. I expected better from you Brian.

    One can feel sure they have hit a nail on the head when the opposition resorts to name calling and such. So I have a sense of vindication.

  19. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Ghost of Xmas past at 7:20 pm,
    I would have called it BullShit®, but thought it better to not use such saucy language so soon after Easter. I didn’t want to bruise the tender sensibilities of those that pretend to follow the teachings of Christ so soon after one of the only two times of the year that they actually attend church.
    If merely quoting a best selling book adds credence to what one says, I would imagine y’all won’t mind if I start quoting Das Kapital (by paragraph and verse) will you?

  20. Lil Mac says:

    Hypocrisy is part of the human condition. If you want to pick that scab, we will be here all day. So let’s just stick to facts with regard to using Christ as an excuse to bar Nebraska executions.

    Christ said sell your cloak and buy a sword. Jesus walked around with an armed escort, one of whom took a slice at a law officer. At no point did Jesus say criminals shouldn’t be put to death. “Shalt not kill” is old Mosaic law but even Moses murdered a man. The Judea that Jesus lived in executed people all the time until Romans took over that role. Nowhere does the Christ tell Nebraskan’s not to execute Nebraska murderers.

    Christian forgiveness? Sure. The two criminals hanging next to Christ could ask God for forgiveness and one supposedly did, but neither had their life spared by God or country for sake of being forgiven. Today our American law judges with reason and not malice. And if you think life in prison is somehow more humane than execution, that’s your opinion not a reason. Life is valuable. And many Nebraskans think life is made less valuable if murdering cab drivers while robbing them is rewarded by a lifetime of free food and college courses as a prison inmate.

    Don’t use religion as an excuse for you not to present your own reasons for why you don’t like legal execution. If you want a murderer let go, he won’t live only with you. If you want him incarcerated forever, that isn’t only funded by you. You would spread the risk and expense, and your disrespect for the lives stolen by murderers, onto all other Nebraskans. Give valid reasons for your viewpoint clearly enough and Nebraskans will agree with you and get rid of execution as punishment.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Lil Mac – You forgot to put “allegedly” in front of every single sentence that you wrote. Seriously sheeple, stop acting like the Bible is a historically-accurate document.

  22. Dennis says:

    Anybody here think that Lee Terry will be asked about his craven flip-flops on S.S. and Medicare at the upcoming town hall meetings? Just last year, Lee told us that he opposed raising the S.S. retirement age and the $500 billion in Medicare cuts in the HCR bill. Now, within the last few weeks, Terry voted to raise the S.S. retirement age and to retain the $500 billion in Medicare cuts. That was one fast flip-flop. It gave me whiplash! How do you think Terry will explain this sudden change in position?

  23. Anonymous says:

    After years in office, President Obama releases his birth certificate to show he’s eligable to be President of the United States. What is that all about? Is he seeking the right wing nutcase vote? Maybe his next move is to open up Roswell to get the alien abductee voters on his side. This has to be at least as crazy as Nebraska politics.

  24. Anonymous says:

    It is unfortunate that a sitting U. S. President had to take the time to prove what had already been proven time and time again. Thanks to the right-wing noise machine, now led by that alien thing living on Donald Trump’s head, it was a necessary diversion.
    Does it amuse anyone else that Obama’s opponent in the last presidential race could only produce a birth certificate that clearly demonstrated that John McCain was born in Panama?
    What is crazy is that it has come to this, and President Obama is the last one to merit the blame.

  25. 30SomethingOmahan says:

    What MidTownVoter said.

    Hal Daub might be Omaha’s greatest asset, and it is a shame more people aren’t aware of it. Everyone in this city, Republican or Democrat, hater or not, has something to celebrate in Hal Daub’s birthday today, whether they realize it or not.

  26. RWP says:

    Anon @ 10:58

    The President spent two and a half years and about a million dollars fighting release of his birth certificate. If it was so unserious and so much of a ‘diversion’, why did he fight it for so long? Seems to me a trivial matter shouldn’t have taken so much money and effort to deal with.

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