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Nebraska 2nd District Congressman Lee Terry was featured, briefly, on the NBC Nightly News the other night, on the growing Solyndra scandal at the White House. See it here:

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This followed up Terry’s appareance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, which you can see, in its entirety, on Terry’s YouTube page.

You can follow just about everything regarding Solyndra on Drudge. That, of course, is the solar power company that got millions in federal tax money and was pushed by all the Greenies, including the White House. But everyone, including those in the company, knew the business model would not and could not work.

Wonder how many other “green” ventures out there have the same issues.

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Speaking of Terry, he Tweeted yesterday that he walked singer Barry Manilow to the Capitol where Manilow was testifying on heart ailment issues. Earlier, Senator Ben Nelson also met with Manilow.

This follows up a Tweet by Attorney General Jon Bruning who expressed his admiration for the talent of one Justin Bieber.

We are just going to throw this out there: if ONE candidate or member of office would Tweet about The Clash or maybe some Zeppelin, it would go a long way towards garnering our support.

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Following up our discussion about the tax support for the Quilt Museum in Lincoln, we note the LJS’s article on the implications for public support of the new Lincoln arena.

In the discussions here, many quilt lovers, fanatics and those who even sleep with the things(!) expressed their views that any tax money was a good investment. They argue that the busloads of museum attendees and their money spent outweigh the measly $100K of public cash that went into the place.

This is a common argument, and maybe even a strong one. There are certainly many, many venues across the state that get public cash. We’ve even heard discussions questioning why the biggest in the state needs to get any public funds.

And that is a worthy discussion. Of course there are some venues that could never be built without public money. Others use it to get up and running and then go from there. Our point about the quilting joint was whether they ever needed the cash in the first place.

Feel free to continue the discussion.

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The LJS had an article on the story of the TransCanada ad at the Husker games.

In their balanced reporting they quoted:

Allen Schreiber – who protested TransCanada at the White House.
Tyson Johnson – who protested TransCanada at the White House
Jane Kleeb – who protested TransCanda at the White House.

And then TC spokesman Jeff Rauh.

Nice.

Then there was this line from Jane: “We wish they would take their message elsewhere, because Nebraskans are not buying their message.” (Hands on hips, pouty face.)

Well, Jane, over 90% of landowners along the pipeline route HAVE listened to TC’s message and have granted the right of way. But we are sure you’d like to silence TC from telling people about the science of the operation, seeing as how your plan is to prevent all Canadian oil from coming to America.

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And Jane and her gang of Merry Pranksters are going to protest Governor Heineman some more, since he has endorsed Mitt Romney for President — who is for the pipeline.

Anyone else following the logic there?

Come on.

You’ll get there.

Barrack Obama?

Yup. We are looking forward to Jane abandoning the President’s campaign soon.
Or at least shining flashlights at Hillary, right?

We’ll be holding our breath.

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And don’t say Leavenworth Street is always knocking this President. Here is something we cheer for the Prez on, and are solidly behind.

Say it with us: Four more Beers! Four more Beers!

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Hey, and this is our fourth straight week of a post every (week)day.
If you would, please give us some feedback on this “format”.
It can make for a late night / early morning, so if you’re not into it, please let us know.

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And GOOO Huskers!

49 comments

  1. Kortezzi says:

    When Barack Obama and his enviro-lib friends get in a hurry to spend taxpayer money, they have a superb record of achieving their goals.

    Getting gov’t loans paid back? Not so much concern there.

    Solyndra has become Obama’s next big scandal. His so-called Dept. of Justice is working overtime to cover up the “Fast and Furious” gun fiasco with Mexican drug gangs. Between those 2 scandals and the 3+ year Obama Recession, his re-election in 2012 is looking a bit less likely every day, thank goodness.

  2. Ivy Marie Harper says:

    The Solyndra story, indeed, must be pursued. American taxpayers deserve answers and reimbursement. The U.S. government cannot afford to make such monumental mistakes.

    Having said that, what about Nelnet?

    Just 45 miles down the road from Omaha, sits Nelnet, the Number Two predatory student loan company in the country. A NYSE-traded, NEBRASKA-based company which, not that long ago, received nearly $400 MILLION DOLLARS in “unwarranted” U.S. Department of Education federal subsidies (meaning taxpayer dollars).

    Where was Rep. Lee Terry’s NBC interview about that? Where was Senator Ben Nelson’s Senate floor comments about that? Where was Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s outrage and website video about Nelnet’s massive misuse of American money?

    Oops. That’s right. Coincidentally, we presume, Senator Nelson (called Senator Ben Nelnet by some) and Rep. Fortenberry long have been the “lucky” recipients of uber-contributions from Nelnet, a company that began as the “non-profit” UNIPAC and somehow (Barkley Trust, maybe?) managed to morph into a billion-dollar private corporation whose top executives have become wealthy on the backs of hard-working American students and their families who are now akin to indentured servants.

    Neither the OWH or the LJS has Connected-the-Dots with respect to Nelnet and Nebraska.

    In my rough calculations, Attorney General Jon Bruning’s 1/3 share of a Big Sandy house just might be the tip of the Nelnet sandbar.

    To be continued.

  3. Call me dumb, uneducated, or unfamiliar with the subject…but what was Nelnet doing that was “predatory”?

    I consolidated my student loans with Nelnet after graduation, and I got an interest rate that the vast majority of banks couldn’t match…my experience with them has been good.

  4. RWP says:

    I like the new format too.

    Kortezzi didn’t mention LightSquared, a company funded by a major Democratic contributor, putting together a 4G network that potentially causes severe RFI problems for military GPS. The White House reportedly pressured Gen. Shelton, head of the Air Force Space Command, to change testimony about the problems it would cause.

    The scandals are starting to multiply.

    General rule of thumb: ‘green jobs’ cannot exist without government subsidies, and will disappear as soon as the subsidies expire. No renewable energy technology, except hydro, is currently competitive with fossil fuels. And there is no revolutionary new breakthrough in the pipeline (pun intended). Spain has already found this by bitter, expensive experience. Britain is discovering it right now. Why can’t we for once learn from others’ mistakes.

  5. MacDaddy says:

    Just millions, Sweeper? It was over 500 million of taxpayer money. WSJ had an article today that the loan was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back. It certainly hastened Solyndra’s demise. Let’s wrap our heads around that, shall we? The CEO of Federal Government, Inc., President Obama, made a business decision to give one of his buddies over a half billion dollars in loans. In less than 2 years, they blew through that money and declared bankruptcy. How is it possible to spend that kind of money in less than 2 years? Where’d the money go? The FBI is investigating. The Treasury Dept is investigating. In the meantime, we’re stuck with this CEO, who has proven time and again that he does not know what he is doing, for another 16 months. Yikes! And now he wants us to give him another $4500 billion over the next 16 months to make similar savvy decisions.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It may just be human nature, but your side excuses mistakes made by compatriots (Haliburton contracts as an example) but excoriates those made by opponents (Solyndra). First the complaint was that stimulus funds weren’t being spent fast enough, so the process was streamlined and some companies got funds that maybe shouldn’t have. Your living on the wrong planet if you expect perfection. If the problem was systematic, I’d complain too, but IMHO you’re focusing on exceptions rather than the rule.

  7. MacDaddy says:

    “Only in Washington, D.C., is $100 million not a lot of money,” Gibbs said. “It is where I’m from. It is where I grew up. And I think it is for hundreds of millions of Americans.”

    Former Obama White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, April 2009

  8. Anonymous says:

    RWP, how do “revolutionary new breakthroughs” occur without govt investment/subsidies in many industries? Look at the space program in the ’60s which produced many tech advances. Should we have waited for private investment that would have happened decades later if ever? The point of subsidizing green industry is to hopefully make the breakthroughs needed to eventually make clean energy competitive with fossil fuels. As a research scientist I’d think you’d understand this. Where do the funds from your research come from?

  9. Ask Nebraska says:

    @ The Grundle King: Please Google the New American Foundation, Stephen Burd, and The 9.5 Scandal. There are years worth of excellent stories on Nelnet’s predatory activities.

    Next, Google a Feb. 6, 2008 article in the Daily Nebraskan by Kevin Zelaya headlined, “Nelnet Donations to University [NU] Raises Red Flags.”

    GK: You want to know what Nelnet’s “predatory” actions were. Well, what part about being a rapacious MIDDLEMAN between the student loan and the U.S. Department of Education – which backed that loan and doled out lucrative FEDERAL subsidies (the difference between 3 per cent and 9.5 per cent) when those loans were – wrongly – piggybacked on to an old Carter-era trust that was supposed to die down but instead Nelnet would recycle new student loans on to that older trust because the government guaranteed 9.5 per cent on those old loans during a difficult period in American History when interest rates had skyrocketed. Sometimes, Nelnet piggybacked the new loans – that NU helped give them – for as much as an HOUR – in their “scheme” to bilk the Federal Government.

    That’s pretty predatory even by Bernie Madoff’s book.

    As I’ve mentioned before on another site, Bernie Madoff ripped off adult investors many of whom, according to some investigators, knew on some level that his returns were too good to be true.

    Nelnet messed around with- and helped deplete – U.S. Department of Education coffers that were meant to go to hard-working American students and their families.

    And their top executives – mostly members of the GOP – act as if their riches came from their business acumen, as I once heard Angie Mulheisen trumpet at a University of Nebraska “symposium” on Nebraska entrepreneurs.

    Yeah, and when a company has garnered nearly $400 million dollars of “unwarranted” federal subsidies, are they really being “generous” when they spread it around to Nebraska politicians of both parties, the NU Foundation, NU, Vision 2015, not to mention sponsoring the 2010 Nebraska Democratic Convention in Columbus.

    Or are they building a band of brothers who are then accessories to the _ _ _ _ _?

    Just curious.

  10. MacDaddy says:

    Anon 11:38: Everyone saw the problems with this deal. Even the White House. And yet, The One, the smartest man ever to occupy the White House, The One who promised us Hope and Change, the ones we have been waiting for, decided to flush a half billion of China’s money down his buddy’s toilet. He’s got No smarts, No wisdom, No patience, No integrity, and No game.

    BTW, not to change the subject, but has he gotten somebody to submit his jobs bill yet? Not even Nancy Pelosi?

  11. MacDaddy says:

    If Nelnet defrauded the federal government, why hasn’t Eric Holder and the Obama justice department gone after them? Oh, wait, they did and the Justice Department settled a year ago for $47 million. Now I have no idea how much they should have settled for, but it was Obama who settled. So I guess Obama now owns that scandal, too.

  12. Anonymous says:

    MacDaddy, Solyndra is the ONLY DOE loan that has failed (refer to “exception not the rule”). Private investors lost their stakes too. The only thing the WH did was to push DOE to speed up the approval process. This is just another piece of red meat for you righties to sink your teeth into, despite the fact that the controversy only exists in your heads.

    Here are the facts (but ideologues never seem to care about facts if they contradict a great story line):
    Solyndra was working on a solar technology that appeared to be much cheaper than existing solar tech. Private investors had no problem investing. In fact, one of the first and largest investors was a venture fund financed by the family that started Wal-Mart (Repubs, I believe.) However silicon (existing solar tech) prices dropped and Chinese competition using low cost silicon tech made Solyndra uncompetitive. This is how market forces work, What initially appeared to be a good investment by both private investors and the govt tuned bad.

    Oh, by the way, the Bush team tried to conditionally approve the Solyndra loan just before President Obama took office. Anyone can easily Google to determine the facts, but why when the right-wing meme is so much more fun!

  13. Ask Nebraska says:

    @ MacDaddy: FYI…the word “if” is not accurate.

    1) Qui Tam lawsuits are extremely difficult to win and yet Nelnet settled for nearly $50 million dollars which is not chump change.

    2) Please Google Pacer & Jon Oberg vs. Nelnet et al for more information.

    3) It was President Obama himself who eliminated the lucrative, wasteful FEDERAL government program that allowed American banker/middleman to profit on the backs of students.

    4) In a brilliant move – when the President was seeking savings to enact health care reform – he decided to gut FFEL which then garnered nearly $10 BILLION BUCKS a year in savings that would no longer be lavished upon usurious private student loan lenders who USED the U.S. federal government like their own personal federal ATM machine.

    5) The private predatory student loan went Bat-shit, to use a term that truly describes their FURY at FINALLY being THWARTED by a non-fearful politician.

    6) I will state this FACT unequivocally: President Obama deserves to be re-elected if for no other reason than he had the COURAGE to stand up to a ferocious industry of loan sharks that has the rest of America’s politicians pretty much in their pockets and that includes Rep. Jeff Fortenberry and Senator Ben Nelnet.

    Let’s Roll———-Back NU’s Raises!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Lee Terry isn’t killing America with his presidential policies. So shove that up your Ivy.

    — America is dying of bailouts. All of them in DC have a bad habit of throwing money at problems. Yet Obama is king of that. Obama is a one trick pony and his trick is the BAILOUT.

    The term “Bail Out” does not mean “Help”. In an aircraft, it means you save yourself from a crashing plane. At sea, it means you to try to save yourself from the rotten sinking boat you are in.

    The problem with Liberals (because they are so fundamentally government minded) is that they see the rotten boat as being America itself. They think every dying company and stupid mortgage holder that fails is a hole in America itself. Well, maybe in a crazy socialistic view.

    In truth, each individual and each company is its own boat, floating or sinking by its own smart or stupid decisions. AMERICA IS A FLEET of many such boats. When one boat is so rotten, falling apart and mismanaged as to be sinking, Fleet America gets stronger when its rotten boats sink. Free enterprise/open markets do this naturally, if govt simply lets it happen. That makes America strong. The last thing America needs to do is pile more valuable cargo (tax dollars) into sinking businesses.

  15. Ivy Marie Harper says:

    @ Anonymous: Chill. The last time I checked, Leavenworthst.com billed itself as a blog, not a Fight Club or a prison melee.

    Also, with respect to Rep. Lee Terry, I told him personally one day at a Fall, 2010 Nebraska football game, that I truly appreciated his three votes in favor of hard-working American students; votes that the other politicians in Nebraska’s delegation cast in support of America’s usurious private, predatory student loan industry. I expressed my gratitude that he – at least for a period – stood on the side of American Student Loan Justice.

    On a personal note, I like Lee.

    He’s at least a Nebraskan unlike Jeff Fortenberry who was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and who became obsessed with becoming a Member of Congress while working and living in Washington, D.C.; a man who was influenced by former Rep. Tom Delay et al and who chose Lincoln, in a calculated move, because it is an extremely Catholic city these days where the Bishop, God Bless Him, stands to the far, far right of Attila the Hun.

    And I am a Pro-Life Democrat who refuses to let the Party that I love – on most issues – push me out because of their dogmatic, scorched-earth-to-any-Independent-Democrats-who-challenge-them position on abortion.

  16. Brian Bresnahan says:

    If Jane the Bane on Nebraska (and all related radical environmentalists across America) hate oil, but the “green” energy companies they prefer, like Solyndra, aren’t able to stay in business without the government funneling them tax money taken from companies and individuals who make their money based on access to inexpensive petroleum, what is America to do? Especially when the “green” companies and systems are completely incapable of meeting the energy demands of American businesses and consumers?
    I suspect that kind of question (besides being a run-on sentence, my apologies) is far too complicated for Jane’s brain.
    Furthermore, isn’t it ironic that what drove Solyndra from business was regulations by our government put in place by the intimidation from Jane’s tree hugging predecessors. They couldn’t use the cheaper materials and processes that the Chinese could because our environmental regulations prevented them from doing so!
    Way to go! Insist that our energy come from green sources but prevent American companies from making the products for the forms of energy you demand we use. Again, the irony and their hypocrisy would probably leave these dimwits scratching their heads, if they cared or even took a moment to consider the consequences of their actions.
    P.S. I like the format Sweeper.

  17. RWP says:

    RWP, how do “revolutionary new breakthroughs” occur without govt investment/subsidies in many industries?

    Think about it, and a light bulb might go off. 🙂

    Of consider that Bell Labs came up with semiconductors; private enterprise came up with cars, airplanes, antibiotics, cameras…

    Look at the space program in the ’60s which produced many tech advances.

    A lot of NASA hype. Seriously, given the massive spending, space program spin-offs were pretty meager. Tang, and they claim teflon, though Dupont would have made that anyway.

    Should we have waited for private investment that would have happened decades later if ever?

    Private investment came up with the million technologies in the computer you’re typing on, almost every single one of them. It comes up with almost all new drugs.

    The point of subsidizing green industry is to hopefully make the breakthroughs needed to eventually make clean energy competitive with fossil fuels.

    We’ve been heavily investing in solar power research for the last 50 years. The technology has made only incremental improvements, and those were made mostly by private firms. At some point, you have to decide what you’re doing isn’t working. Wind power is even more mature technology; the physics of wind power conversion are well-understood, and we know there’s a maximum limit on what we can draw from the wind. And even though we’re not far from the theoretical limit. It still costs too much and is too intermittent.

    All the feasible schemes I’ve seen for greatly increasing use of renewables consist of making existing technology more expensive, not improving renewables. Funny, when they needed a better source of light, it never occurred to them to ban or heavily tax candles.

    As a research scientist I’d think you’d understand this. Where do the funds from your research come from?

    At the moment, my funding comes from my vast pile of private income. The university does not like this, but at this stage of my career, I’ve chosen to pursue ideas that fascinate me personally and that don’t cost much to research.

    The research funding system is badly broken. It’s incestuous, hidebound, wasteful, and very bad at transferring ideas to the private sector. We’ve virtually choked off basic research, and yet the applied research we’re doing is going nowhere fast. People aren’t looking for money to do research anymore; they’re using research as a pretext to collect grant money. It’s backwards. And I know; i’ve been doing research, and reviewing grants, for 30 years.

    Mark Steyn’s latest book has a nice thought experiment. He notes that if you took HG Wells time machine forward from 1890 to 1950 you would have seen huge changes: cars, airplanes, universal high-school education, TV and radio, etc. If you went forward another 60 years, the only real advance you’d see would be computer-related.

    We landed on the moon in 1969. I don’t think we could land on the moon in the next 5 years, if we devoted half our GDP to it. For all the vast amount of money government has invested in science and technology since 1969, we can’t do now what we could do then.

  18. MacDaddy says:

    Anon 12:31: Sorry, but the Bush administration declined to approve the loan, right before Obama was sworn in. Oops. That’s easily googled if you’d like to. Right after Obama was sworn in, they started all over again, more than likely at the behest of one of his top donors, George Kaiser. Emails show that the White House was repeatedly pressuring DOE to approve the loan despite the DOE trying to do its due diligence. It was apparent at the outset of the application that they would run out of money this month because of dropping prices in regular solar technology. All this was known and yet Obama was so eager for a two-fer, he didn’t care and tossed a half billion of our money out the window. Had they waited, Solyndra would still have gone under and we’d be $500 million + less poor.

    As for exception and not the rule you have got to be kidding me. We have spent $10 trillion since Obama was elected, $4 trillion of that borrowed. Where. Is. The. F%%^*$)*(^%( money? Look around. Do we look like we’re $10 trillion richer than when Obama took office? Seriously, what have we gotten for all that money? Even if all this government spending had a prayer of working, you guys should seriously be embarrassed over how things are being misspent, wasted, defrauded, etc. It’s not the exception, dude, it’s the rule. $19 billion in unemployment benefits were paid in error in the last 3 years.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the response RWP, but I still think govt has a role in research. How about ARPA which morphed into the Internet? I also think you’re minimizing the tech advances and innovations that resulted from the space program. Googling produces plenty of examples.

  20. Anonymous says:

    MacDaddy, you’re trafficking in generalizations. Did you expect every stimulus investment to work? You’re being hopelessly unrealistic if you expect returns immediately (though it appears the govt has already made money from TARP). Your only argument is that the stimulus didn’t work as well as promised. Well you won’t find many credible economists that believe that the economy and employment wouldn’t have been much worse without the stimulus.

  21. Anonymous says:

    MacDaddy, EVERYONE initially underestimated the size of the economy’s crash. 2008 GDP was revised downward (in 2011) quite a bit. So we were digging out of a much bigger hole. Therefore the stimulus wasn’t nearly big enough. Now in your book is a mistake a lie, especially one that everyone made? I know you hate Obama, but that’s quite a stretch!

  22. Joseph says:

    The new format is the best ever. There’s nothing worse than having to go three, sometimes 5 days without a Leavenworth St. injection. Thanks for the work!

  23. RWP says:

    My question is, since the effects of the stimulus were so badly predicted by midstream economists, why would you believe the same economists when they tell you the stimulus worked?

    In science, when a theory obviously fails to reproduce the data, we discard it.

    Economics is a dismal science in many respects.

  24. Kortezzi says:

    To Anonymous posters defending Gov’t “investment” in green technology:

    When research is necessary for national defense or public health (and DARPA/the internet, and NASA, Centers for Disease Control, and some other legitimate gov’t functions) then it’s sometimes worthwhile and appropriate, even if it doesn’t succeed.

    But otherwise, it’s inappropriate for the government to fund speculative technology with grants, loan guarantees, etc. Solar panels? C’mon, there’s no connection to defense whatsoever. Solyndra was a huge scam from the beginning, and there are more like it we’ll find out about later.

  25. RWP says:

    Anoonymous @ 1:52.

    Government is at its best when it funds basic research. First of all, private industry can seldom afford to do fundamental research, because the payoff timeline is too long. Second, applied research works best when there is a close relationship between researchers and the engineers and technologists who have to implement the research. That’s really possible only in private industry.

    Put research money into studying fundamental studies of photosynthesis and inorganic chemistry, and you might learn things that 20 years from now will actually give someone else a bright idea on how to build a working solar cell. But fund solar cell research at a university or government lab. with a five year time line, and you won’t get much. And we haven’t. Worse, we don’t have anything exciting in the fundamental science that might lead to a 20 year payoff.

  26. Anonymous says:

    For those who believe the Solyndra story shows a horrible waste of money, the dollars are no where close to what happened during Bush’s “management” of the Iraqi war:

    Osama al-Nujaifi, the Iraqi parliament speaker, has told Al Jazeera that the amount of Iraqi money unaccounted for by the US is $18.7bn – three times more than the reported $6.6bn.

    U.S. taxpayers spent a lot of money on the soldiers, but the Pentagon paid Halliburton to do the work. The company billed the military top dollar knowing that the brass would look the other way. The gravy train finally ground to a halt when two brave members of Congress inquired about the results of the internal audit.

  27. RWP says:

    And if Obama were running against GWB in 2012, Anonymous@6:42 would have a point.

    Since he isn’t, I guess the point is that government spending is mostly just wasted. I’m good with that.

  28. I'm into it says:

    your new format that is. Much less tedious to read through all the feedbacks and the content is fresh and applicable to what is happening daily. So please keep slogging through late nights and early mornings to feed us.

  29. On behalf of the NEGOP, many thanks to all of the Leavenworth St. readers who attended our Founders’ Day event this evening. We set a new fundraising record for this event, and Gov. Heineman and Sen. Cornyn made it pretty clear that that road to a Republican Senate runs right through Nebraska and right over Sen. Ben Nelson’s political career.

  30. Macdaddy says:

    If we’re going to have a Republican Senate then Heineman and Johanns need to start acting like Republicans and support the pipeline. Their NIMBY act is embarrassing. They also need to explain why they think we should keep sending all our money to Saudi Arabia and other Islamist theocracies, not to mention the Marxist Chavez rather than a fellow democracy that does not cause problems for us. Instead, they’ve paved the way for the Senate nominee to oppose the pipeline as well in a misguided attempt to appear populist. Why vote for half a Democrat when you can get a full one in Nelson? Reagan’s Eleventh commandment was “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.” Heineman’s Eleventh commandment is, “Thou shalt not pay less than $4 a gallon for gas.” Way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, morons.

  31. general says:

    amen!! macdaddy. Heineman is being held accountable by atleast one republican. I will never vote for him again because of his stance on the pipeline. And that goes for Johanns as well. They way TC is being treated in this is all political and it stinks.

  32. Lil Mac says:

    7:34, truer words were never spoken. When Johanns and Heineman side with Kleeb, they bring no Lib-Dem environmental aura of good intent with them, but rather that of GOP businessmen pandering to the most unscientific fears of Nebraskans for a bit of political leverage. Kleeb can be forgiven as politically retarded. But these two Republicans know better.

    Democrats tend to be varied inhomogeneous groups of well-intended hearts that often discount reality. Republicans, however, are hard grounded in fiscal/economic reality, even heartlessly so, and contemptuous of expedient forays into political haymaking based on pandering to fantasy and fears. In short, Nelson has a party so slippery he can slide on it all the way to the bank. But the GOP is an unforgiving gritty bunch. Heineman and Johanns screw Jumbo at thier own risk.

  33. Dennis says:

    I wish the GOP was half as outraged about the hundreds of billions of dollars we have squandered in Iraq as they are about Solndrya. The Iraq war was based upon a false premise and was mismanaged for years by the Bush Administration. Where was the GOP outrage when that happened?

  34. Brian T. Osborn says:

    What we need to get our nation out of all these empire building, foreign interventions is the reinstatement of the draft. If the scions of the wealthy had to lay their lives on the line to protect their family fortunes, rather than relying on the poor to do it for them, I guarantee the wars would come to a screeching halt. What we are currently doing is not unlike when the nobility fought their wars by spilling the blood of their serfs’ children.
    That would give a whole new meaning to those “patriots” whose only investment in supporting our nation is by purchasing and furiously waving an American (made in China) flag … or putting a 50 cent yellow ribbon magnetic sticker (also made in China) on the back of their SUV. If they were true patriots they would be doing all they could to ensure that every American had a job here in America, rather than shipping their factories overseas, and they would see to it that the Chinese would be waving their (American made) flags as they hustled off to buy American made products in their Great Wall(mart) of China stores.

  35. Lizzie says:

    HEY Sweeps. Love coming on over here everyday and getting fresh blog. Really. Sincerely. I am so happy that you are making the effort. Also, I will Amazon from over here so you get a little jingle.

    Now, talking to: Anonymous September 16, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Who says:

    “It may just be human nature, but your side excuses mistakes made by compatriots (Haliburton contracts as an example) but excoriates those made by opponents (Solyndra). First the complaint was that stimulus funds weren’t being spent fast enough, so the process was streamlined and some companies got funds that maybe shouldn’t have.”

    Ummmmm. “My side” didn’t want the flippin “stimulus” to begin with. We recognized it for the vote-buying, donor-rewarding scam that it was at the time. So saying that “we” first complained that the funds weren’t being spent fast enough is a disingenuous statement. That is: A LIE, actually.

    Also: Anonymous September 16, 2011 at 6:42 PM
    Who says:
    “For those who believe the Solyndra story shows a horrible waste of money, the dollars are no where close to what happened during Bush’s “management” of the Iraqi war.”

    Straw man much? “Ohhh, ohhh, bu-bu-buttttt LOOK over there!”

  36. Lizzie says:

    How so Brian T. Osborn? “My side” and I have been consistent in our genuine belief that Obama’s “stimulus” was anything but. There are a whole lot of us Patriots who were NEVER happy with Obama (or Bush’s) free-spending ways.

    Nothing is “too big to fail” in my pro-capitalist, free-market loving, exceptionalist-American mindset. If they aren’t savvy enough to survive, let ’em fail, I say. I’ve had enough of my wealth “redistributed” for a lifetime, thank you very much.

    And question: aren’t wars generally thought to stimulate the economy?

  37. Brian T. Osborn says:

    The problem with your “vision,” Lizzie, is that you only see what you want to see.

    Obama and BOTH parties have failed us all. Everyone is so freaking concerned about scoring political points that they refuse to do the hard work it is going to take to turn this country around. So long as we are all fighting against each other, we all lose to our common enemies. It is time for each and every one of us to learn how to work with those we disagree with. That doesn’t mean giving up fighting for what you believe in and just blindly following what the other guy wants. It means having to sit down with those we disagree with and doing everything we can to find those areas where we can agree.

    Let’s face it. America is being ground into dust by the Chinese. If we don’t pull together and end the madness of allowing unrestrained capitalism AND unrestrained socialism to suck the life blood out of all of us, we are dead.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Lizzie, only an idiout would ask “And question: aren’t wars generally thought to stimulate the economy?”

    Wars are what have bankrupted most empires out of existence for all of history. In WWI and WWII the U.S. economy prospered because we were the worlds industrial base. We have allowed our industries to be outsourced to China and the third world. They’re taking in record profits while we are going bankrupt at a record pace. All those foreign made shoes the military buys are a drain on our economy. All of those foreign nationals doing the work in Halliburton’s laundry and food preperation facilities are a drain on our economy. All those (unbid) cost plus contracts that Halliburton and Blackwater are getting are a drain on our economy.

    You might be interested to know that while we were “prospering” in the war economies of WWI and WWII we were also paying taxes at record rates and running record defecites to pay for the wars. Taxes and deficites do not impede the economy. The real key is full employment.

    We could reap all the benefits of the stimulitive effect that wars produced in the past with infrastructure projects that can’t be out sourced. Sewers, roads, power transmission lines, bridges, schools, high speed rail, airports and many other needed projects built with American made materials and workers would be good for the ecomomy. Doesn’t it make more sense to spend those “stimulating” dollars building our own infrastructure rather than destroying someone elses?

  39. curb says:

    You say we need to work together. But cooperation is in the eye of the beholder. What is important to me means nothing to you and what you find indispensable I may find intolerable. Every American has a unique view of what America should be. And so we vote because we all disagree.

    Yes, we are being ground down by the Chinese. They are the most homogenous society and always have been, with a millennia old entrepreneurial streak that Communism suppressed until recently. But the potential was always there. And more potential is here too. But at what cost?

    It is silly to ask what makes China (or India) so productive, as we don’t control them. We must ask what hamstrings us? For that is all we can control. But how much control is enough or too much? If your answer is that we have too much argument, that is a frightening answer.

    Our NLRB and unions tell US business Boeing to build plants where greater overhead hurts American business. That’s not China’s fault. That’s us. And all those doctors and engineers coming here from India and China? Over there, kids who don’t study or are mentally unable are kicked out of school, leaving teachers to be educators not babysitters. There, factories spit out pollutants and save. Here, we impose on ourselves Rules of Engagement that tie our hands behind our backs in a war of economics. We suffer our rules.

    But how much do we want success? Will we start denying diplomas? Pollute to progress? For America to function as smoothly as China, should we arrest you for choosing to join a political party? Arrest you for arguing your ideas in a political blog? That is the “argument” to which you refer.

    We have choices for us to make and political tyranny may win out. But I sort of like us arguing here and in Congress. If feels like freedom.

  40. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Curb,it sounds to me that you would enjoy arguing yourself to death. I, on the other hand, enjoy a good argument so long as it is productive.

    How can you know that what is important to me means nothing to you unless you are willing to listen to me? I believe we can agree that our nation must regain its strength, morally, socially and economically. How we achieve that is open for debate, but just denying the ideas of those on the other side of the aisle any validity merely because they are on the “other team” has proven itself fruitless.

    I’ve heard so much about how we must keep taxes on the rich down so that they can produce more jobs. Well, taxes on the rich HAVE been down and we have fewer jobs to show for it! Are we to just ignore the empirical evidence – that the rich are sitting on more money, and the working class have fewer jobs and less pay? Let’s get back to the real world shall we?

    It is time that this nation once again rewards those who work hard, and not just those that gamble on the hysteria of Wall Street. Those who earn their keep by putting in long hours, busting their knuckles, and wiping the sweat from their brows have EARNED the rewards this nation can produce. Those who have accumulated masses of wealth by hoisting martinis, raiding profitable business just to gut them, and outsourcing America’s productive capabilities overseas to increase their profits are our enemies, and it is time to treat them as such.

    My vote gives me very little influence over the way this nation is run, but if we all band together our collective votes give us all a LOT of clout. We need to use our votes more intelligently. We need to vote for people that produce results, not merely for those that buy more advertising with their PAC dollars. We need people to represent us that will accomplish more that merely providing rhetoric, sound-bites, and repetitions of propaganda provided by their owners. We need people who will represent the working class, not merely the monied interests.

    And “Curb,” where in the hell did you ever get the idea that I would support a government like China’s or the kind of policies it has? You are wrong about the “argument” to which I refer. We already have political tyranny here. It manifests itself in those that run the levers of power in Washington and, here at home, in Lincoln, when they do as those that bankroll their elections tell them to do, rather than what we the people do. That will continue to be the case until ALL of us care more about the way we are governed than we do about what the Kardashian sisters, and the Husker Blackshirts have been up to. Until then, we deserve what we reap from our distracted interests.

    I want each and every American to have a good job, a good education, and the ability to remain healthy. That doesn’t mean that I believe we should employ people to lean on shovels, ensure that no child is left behind with the slow ones when they have the capacity to excel, or that we should turn our backs on the ill just because they are poor. I am not willing to pollute our land just so we can make more junk. I would agree that we shouldn’t waste our time trying to educate anyone beyond their capacity to learn, but that they should be educated to the capacity that they can be productive, regardless of their family’s financial standing. And most assuredly, I oppose anything that would ever deny any American the freedoms and rights that so many good people have given their lives to guarantee them.

    We need to reduce government interference in business without just letting go of the reins, we must still protect our environment and our collective health and safety. We need to get government out of our private lives and let people be genuinely free, yet responsible for their actions. If we are to call ourselves the “land of the free,” we must do what is necessary to provide our citizens with gainful employment and bright futures so that they don’t find a life of crime a more rational choice. The United States has a greater percentage of its citizens incarcerated than any other nation in the world, many of them for crimes that hurt only themselves, while bastards that raided the retirement funds of the elderly go free.

    America still needs “hope” and “change.” I had hoped that President Obama would have brought it. But in a political climate such as we are living, even Jesus Christ himself couldn’t make it better. If we are to have hope for this country, the change will have to be made within ourselves.

  41. anony mommy says:

    Would Scott Kleeb’s business be one of those DOE loans, or is his just a DOE giveaway?

    Either way, it’s probably a good thing that Jane has old Dicky Holland paying the bills out at the old Kleeb Homestead in Hastings. Otherwise, they wouldn’t even be able to afford their koolaid, let alone a full time Nanny for the kids and Scott.

  42. Anonymostly says:

    “Our point about the quilting joint was whether they ever needed the cash in the first place.”

    Sure, Sweeper, and, for the record, my point was they aren’t simply woobies; they’re an important element of plains history, worthy of preservation and study. I made no comments about where the money came from, whether they needed it, or whether it would generate any tourism dollars.

    P.S. Keep up the near-daily posts. I approve.

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