For those of you following Weiner-gate (what, you’re NOT following Weiner-gate?) you may remember a Nebraska, sorta, connection to Congressman Anthony Weiner’s “outbursts” (you know, as it were).
Remember when Congressman Lee Terry got into a “discussion” with Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. on the floor of the House of Representatives? Jackson threatened to karate-chop Terry in half and asked if he wanted to “take it outside” (you know, because there are so many private places to duke it out at the Capitol)?
Well, the whole thing that started it was because Terry heard someone yell, “Republicans can’t be trusted!”, and Terry thought it was Jackson, and confronted him. (Lee, next time first approach the spindly guy with the funny name.)
Well, as it turned out, the guy who actually yelled it was the now infamous Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York. And while Terry and Jackson were all gettin’ in each other’s grills, Weiner was standing in the back chuckling.
We have no idea if Terry is yelling, “Yeah, who’s chuckling now, Weiner-boy!” But, you know, it’s possible.
The OWH has an article this morning about the potential candidacy of state Legislative staffer John Murante in a newly drawn legislative district in Gretna.
Now beyond the fact that Martha Stoddard just cribbed a blog-post by Adam Morfield of Nebraskans for Civic Reform, is the fact that those who actually were the authors of the districts disagree. Oh and one other little fact that is buried two-thirds of the way down in the article…
The chief Democrat who disagrees with everything else about the redistricting doesn’t think there’s any problem here!
Yeah, you know, just a little note that state Senator Heath Mello, who has involved himself extensively in the legislative and Congressional redistricting, who has complained almost every step of the way, who offered all sorts of other maps and plans, disagrees with this account by Morfield and the Nebraska Democrat Party.
Shouldn’t that be in the lede? Isn’t that the real story? “Democrats cry foul, but head Democrat says his party leader doesn’t know what he’s talking about”. Oh, sure that’s a bulky headline, but we could massage it a bit. How about, “Dem agrees, Dems are full of it”.
The point is, this is a lazy article, that buries the most significant point, all to make a hit on a Republican candidate.
Nice job OWH. Can we get some more breaking Lady Gaga news?
The pro-Keystone XL Pipeline folks are fighting back against the anti-oil peeps.
The pro-pipers — which included union reps, Chamber of Commerce reps, trucking and energy people, among others — discussed the benefits of the pipeline which, shockingly, hasn’t been discussed by the likes of self-proclaimed nutrition expert, Jane Kleeb of Florida.
Some of the points made included:
- That this is crude oil, not sludge oil.
- This is not new — the State Department has already approved this oil configuration in other pipelines since 2008.
- 57 safety measures have to met and exceeded.
- More Smart PIGS (pipeline inspection gauge) are being deployed per mile in Nebraska than any other state. Smart PIGs help maintain the pipeline from corrosion.
- $11 million dollars in property tax revenues to Nebraska during construction, $152 million during lifetime.
- New training facility being built in Nebraska. These are high paying high skilled jobs. 20,000 jobs nationally are created by construction. 2,000 jobs in Nebraska.
The discussion went on. Jane Kleeb, said something about covering the Smart PIGS with Kissing Potion, but we didn’t really follow.
Mainly because we know that Jane doesn’t really care about the pipeline, as she and her radical enviro crowd’s actual goal is to kill the whole Canadian oil project. Just remember that folks.
We got an interesting email from Jim Ducey, a local bird enthusiast and morning Memorial Day bike rider.
Ducey noted that Governor Dave Heineman had called for flags to been flown at half-mast on Memorial Day in honor of the nation’s veterans. Ducey saw the impressive flag display at the Con Agra campus, and started to notice other areas.
He made a list of places around Omaha that had flags at half-mast, and others that did not.
What he came up with:
Correct – flags at half-mast:
Con Agra, Federal Building, Gottschalk Freedom Center, Memorial Park (main circle), Midtown Crossing, Mutual of Omaha, Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha Steel Castings, Omaha World Herald Building, OPPD Energy Plaza, Qwest Center Omaha, WOWT, Zorinsky Federal Building.
And those who blew it — displaying the flag, but full-up:
American National Bank (downtown), American Red Cross, Burlington Place, Double-tree Hotel, Douglas County Courthouse, Embassy Suites, Federal Reserve Bank, First National Bank building, First National Data Center, First National Tower, First Presbyterian Church (along Farnam Street), Former Eagle Building, Gene Leahy Mall – west end, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Inn near Qwest (talked with staff here expressing the improper display; they immediately realized their error), Hruska Building, Kiewit Blackstone Building, Kiewit Plaza, Kutak Rock building, Legal Aid Building, Lewis and Clark Plaza, Memorial Park entry drive, Metropolitan Utilities Building, Omaha/Douglas Civic Center, Redfield and Company, Rick’s Cafe Boatyard, Scottish Rite Masonic Center, Security National Bank , State Office Building,TD Ameritrade Park, Turner Park by Veteran’s monument, Union Pacific Center, United Way.
That’s some list.
Go to Jim’s blog to check out his photo adventure, and further notes and comments.
It definitely takes some extra effort to be perfect on something like this, but hopefully those listed will get it right next time.
Hey kids, we are trying to keep the lights on here at the Leavenworth Street offices. You may have noticed more ads up on the site as well as promotions to buy space yourself.
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This week Nebraska’s Runza is going up against the Minnesota CornDog. How that could be any sort of contest, we don’t know, but you still gotta vote!