What do they all have in common? (Well, that was probably a set up for a few of you wise-acres, but, oh well…)
They all advertise at Memorial Stadium during Nebraska football games. Well, they all did.
It seems that Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne has decided to end TransCanada’s ad. It featured the vaunted Nebraska Pipelines of the 90’s (the O lines), then at the end saying something to the extent of “and TransCanada has been serving Nebraska with their pipeline since…”
(Point of order: We haven’t seen the ad. Or if we have, we don’t remember it. We’ve tried to get our hands on it, but our understanding is that the characterization above is accurate.)
So, T.O. decided that since TransCanada and the pipeline issues has become too “political”, they are breaking their advertising contract with TC. We have no idea what the contract terms are, but we are guessing they have plenty of leeway to end the deal, for whatever reason.
And that certainly is a “whatever”. TransCanada is too political? They are simply promoting their company name brand. Oh, and they also use facts and science.
What does the other side use? Well let’s see, they use flashlights and beanie babies and rhymes and get themselves arrested. Now check us if we’re wrong but THAT’s political.
We can guarantee you that every one of the companies listed above hires lobbyists and has bills they are interested in in the legislature. And they all, in one way or another, support certain candidates who they beleive in or who they hope will support their interests. And that’s not political?
Get back to us after the animal rights gangs protest the contents (and color) of the red hot dogs that get shot into the crowd. Or someone gets too much gas from a Runza. Or doesn’t like a banking bill in the Unicameral. Or, ghast!, isn’t crazy about the new insurance that they are required to buy under ObamaCare.
Pull out a few flashlights and you can get that DerWeinerSchlinger removed from the stadium.
Joe Jordan is reporting on his blog that state Senator Gwen Howard is thinking about ending her run for the Democratic nod for the 2nd District House seat.
Seems she went to DC to gauge her support there and came home decided that she was now undecided about her campaign. Funny, but we thought Democrats hated it when one candidate stepped down because the establishment wants someone else to run (i.e. John Ewing). Looks like the Dems get no choice in their primary. Aint’ that a pity.
Gwen, we hardly knew ye…
We get a zillion emails from various political groups, but we actually opened this one yesterday:
Now that sounds interesting (and we are suckers for lists).
Number one is the “Mob Museum” in Las Vegas, which is not even open yet, but has had over $16 million in tax money funneled to it. Sixteen million bucks for stuff like the barber shop chair that some mobster got murdered in. Or the bullet ridden wall of some building where another hit took place.
This may sound like the greatest or worst thing to you, but tax money — YOUR MONEY — to build it? Scandal, right?
So we clicked on the link to see the rest of the list, and low and behold, but what is listed next?
#2: The International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The study of what? The museum for who?
You got it folks. Apparently this joint is near the corner of 33rd and Holdredge on the UNL campus. And check out the castle they have built for themselves:
Yow. For comforters?
Now, we should note that this place was built with private funds. (Just how and by whom, we have no ideas. Maybe an infusion from the Downey Fabric Softener people?)
But the reason they make the list is that they have received over $100,000 to keep the place up and running. And running they do, because on their website they list thirteen staff members for the place. THIRTEEN! To house blankets!
The National Taxpayers Blah Blah Blah organization said:
In 2011, roughly 23.5%, or $39,038, of the University-funded portion of the museum’s $166,120 budget
will come out of the pockets of federal taxpayers. Nebraska state taxpayers will shoulder approximately
$38,374 of the museum’s funding this year.
Next year, the combined federal and state tax burden to support the quilt museum is expected to
ex ceed $80,000.
In addition to the tax dollars slipped into the University of Nebraska budget each year to subsidize
the museum, the organization routinely gobbles up tax dollars from local, state and federal arts and
Shortly after the museum set up business in 1997, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) raided federal coffers to award the museum a series of grants to fund an endowment. By 2002, the museum had received $350,000 in NEH handouts at the expense of American taxpayers.
Now we are sure this is some sort of important work that they are doing to preserve the nations — nay the WORLD’S — bed spreads and wraps. But the question is, if they could pull in the scratch to build that spaceship to house the stuff, why couldn’t they do the whole thing privately? Why do they need your money to run it?
A drop in the tax bucket? Probably. But why oh why is a group like this putting their hand out in the first place?
And speaking of putting your hand out, Thank You for clicking on our Amazon.com ads, when you buy stuff you were already going to buy! (Like that sweet-ass quilt, for your Grammy’s birthday!) No extra cost to you, and supporting us!