Don-ke Schoen

**UPDATE at 2:15 on 10/24**

Governor Dave Heineman has called for a Nov. 1 Special Session of the legislature on the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Feel free to comment, and we will have more in the morning.


While we were watching the GOP debate in Las Vegas last week, CNN kept panning to Wayne Newton watching along in the auditorium. But we looked to Newton’s left, and saw someone who looked remarkably like the LJS’s Don Walton. The emails started flying with others as we exclaimed The Don’s doppleganger was seated right next to Mr. Las Vegas himself.

Well, read The Don’s column this morning and you will find that he was at the debate, and though he won’t fess up to his seating assignment, that had to be Walton right next to Newton.

So, we’d like a little more detail: How’d he get those seats? Did Newton quietly hum “Danke Schoen” to himself during the debate? Can you see any plastic surgery scars? And why the heck did he endorse Michelle Bachmann?

We want more Don. More.


The OWH did a front page, below the fold hit piece on Senate candidate Deb Fischer on Sunday. The headline: “Critics: Fischer benefits from a ‘subsidy’“. And then Robynn Tysver goes on to cite…one dude. So maybe that headline should have been “Critic”. Or possibly, you know, “One dude…”.

While the Stenberg and Bruning camps were silent, it could certainly be debate fodder for them later. (“Luke, I am your fodder!” Snort.) And of course the Dem blogs have gone all hot-monkey on it as well, like you’d expect them to.

But we expect the criticisms of the candidates to jump in the next few months, so maybe this is just the first salvo to get it all out there..


To continue on with the star power they’ve had, like Daryl Strawberry Hannah, the anti-pipeliners now have Alec Baldwin on their side. Baldwin, who has made his millions by digging ditches his whole life — oh and working for gigantic Hollywood corporations, and being a spokesman for credit card companies — recently jumped in to side with Occupy Wall Street gangs. And instead of beating him with a hemp-sock filled with edamame, they will accept him with open arms.

Baldwin reportedly just called TransCanada a “rude, thoughtless, little pig“, too.

You should look it up.

And in the mean time, someone please ask Baldwin why it costs a family of four $50 to see a movie, with some popcorn and drinks (and forget about the 3-D versions), while Baldwin is making a few million for a month’s work on one. Let us know when #OccupyHollywood starts.


You want a slow newsday? We’ll give you a slow newsday:

Rep. Adrian Smith has a new official website.


It’s not too late to order the Halloween costume of your (or your kid’s) dreams! Just go to (via the Leavenworth Street link) and you can be looking like a zombie R2D2 in no time!

And thanks to those who have already bought stuff at no extra cost to you!


  1. Lizzie says:

    Alec Baldwin…. Alec Baldwin… Alec… Oh! I know! He promised he was going to move to Canada when Bush II got elected.

    Alec is Jane Kleeb’s new friend. He sent out of pair of tweets asking followers to “Occupy Keystone XL Pipeline” and informing them that “Keystone Pipeline is HQ’ed in Omaha.”

    You remember Alec, folks. The way he lovingly cares for his little girl? Baldwin infamously screamed at his young daughter, calling her a “rude, thoughtless little pig” in a PHONE MESSAGE. Sicko.

    Here’s another golden beauty from Alec: On December 12, 1998, eight days before President Bill Clinton was to be impeached, Baldwin said, “If we were in another country … we would stone Henry Hyde to death and we would go to their homes and kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families, for what they’re doing to this country.”

    News flash ALEC! Canada. Does. Not. Want. You. And neither does Nebraska, ya stickin’ muckraker.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I thought Alec claimed he was going to move to France? So why don’t the Occupied With Themselves folks disown him for shilling for credit card companies? And Dennis, I think the proper spelling of an animal’s appendage is “teat.” No farm boy you.

  3. Bam says:

    At first glance, I thought Dennis said “sucking on the federal feet.” Why do Liberals always use their sexual peculiarities (e.g. “tea baggers”) to tag those across the aisle?

  4. Macdaddy says:

    Ah, yes. “Fischer is getting a subsidy!” Isn’t this the same tactic that propelled Pete Ricketts to victory in his Senate race? How come liberals are four-square in favor of lots and lots of rules and government takeovers, but when people find a way to use those rules to their advantage, they start screaming about how unfair it all is and how it’s always the fault of the people who are playing by the rules? Of course, their answer is that people should do the right thing, unless of course, you’re Warren Buffett, in which case the $1,000,000,000 he has owed the gov’t for years (i.e. NOT playing by the rules) is overlooked. Their other answer is that the same corrupt politicians, who can be “bought” by ranchers, should get even more power. Despite all the evidence to the contrary (see the current socio-political experiment known as Occupy Wherever proving William Golding right yet again), the Leftie answer is always, “More Cowbell!”

  5. Macdaddy says:

    Alec Baldwin shills for Capital One whose credit card charges a predatory 15-20% interest rate if you have average credit. I’d bet his payday for that is 7 figures at least (anybody remember the days when actors wouldn’t do any commercials for fear it would tarnish their reputations? Does Alec Baldwin really need a few more millions? How much can any one person spend?) But, hey, he’s a celebrity who’s said mean things in public about Republicans, so that’s OK. In the eyes of the OWS morons, words speak louder than actions. Can I get a ba-dum-bum!?

  6. Rick says:

    OWH is just getting the jump on Fischer(another republican) and their other big story Quivaria, instead of “imagination” it should be fantasyland, what about a look at the Skunk smellers out of state support and lifestyle

  7. Alas Anon says:

    Members of Congress get free basic websites that provide all that’s needs for constituents. Then people like Adrian Smith spend thousands per month to hire private firms to create fanciers websites and then manage them instead of the basic stuff office staff can manage. What a waste of taxpayer money.

  8. LongTime Gov Supporter & Insider says:

    I’m sorry Dave, after this move I will no longer be supporting and finding votes for any of your initiatives. You have thrown our fellow GOP lawmakers under the bus for an environmental wackjob.

    The empire is crumbling…

  9. MacDaddy says:

    Out of curiosity, are the pipeline opponents willing to contribute to defray the costs of the special session? They obviously have deep pockets, given that they’ve hired lawyers, but are they willing to cough up the 10 grand a day this is going to cost?

  10. As noted on our update, and in some of the comments already up, Governor Dave Heineman has called for a Nov. 1 Special Session of the legislature on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
    Feel free to comment, and we will have more in the morning.

  11. Anonymostly says:

    Dave is just doing the politically astute thing: passing the hot potato. Now, its on the legislature to do something with it and no one can blame Dave either way.

  12. Anonymostly says:

    Oh please Dennis. You comment at post #3 is typical Dennis stupidity. Fischer pays in grazing fees what the government asks her to pay. Kinda like how Warren Buffet pays the amount of taxes the government asks him to pay. Both could voluntarily pay more but Deb isn’t the one complaining about it. Warren is. Typical democrat hypocrisy.

  13. Arthur Curry says:

    Sad day on Leavenworth St. The Governor just called a special session. Looks like both Jim Suttle and Jane Kleeb made you guys look like bumbling idiots in 2011.

  14. RWP says:

    Indeed, Arthur, there is no doubt Heineman has pulled the rug out from under those of us who argue for a favorable business climate in this state, and a rational approach to public policy. It’s definitely a good day to be an idiot.

  15. anonymous says:

    The cost of the special session is estimated around $70K, in other words about 5 cents a Nebraskan. It’s a B.S. argument.

  16. RWP says:

    A more interesting question is why the Federal government owns over 100,000 acres of rangeland in Cherry County, dotted with isolated pine stands that can’t replenish themselves naturally. It’s not as if this is some sort of pristine wilderness ecosystem. Is there some indication that central Nebraska rangeland will go extinct?

    Last I heard Sandhills rangeland was selling for $500 an acre. Sell it, and you could reduce the deficit by $50 million right there.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Lets be honest here. The governor calling the special session has to have a political angle. Word in the capitol is this is a way to put Sen Fischer in a bad place since any bill will most likely go to Transportation committee, who has oversight of the Public Service Commission. Is this another signal the Gov wants to be able to say he did all he could to deal with the pipeline, all the while cutting the legs out from under the one candidate he might have had to deal with? Either way the magic number for the state to be sued for Hundreds of Millions of dollars is……33. This will make it tough for the gov to override not impossible, and its what’s needed for enactment this year. There is no time for a bill to become effective with this time table. But the Senators will get a Christmas bonus, and that all leave less money for the rest of the state’s business. This is all about posturing and politics.

  18. Anonymous says:

    “3. Ridiculous misspelling of ‘teat’ by people who think they’re sophisticated and don’t know any better.” Urban

  19. Anonymous says:

    So lets get this right, the Gov calls a special session now in the last week of October because he thinks a bill will get passed and put into effect this year, that will stop the pipeline from going through the sand hills BEFORE Clinton signs the paper work? Now who believes this was done just for that reason? Clinton should sign the damn paper now and cut the stumps out from under the wee fella and the rest of his merry band of tree hugging, flat earth types.

  20. Macdaddy says:

    Anon 5:18: I don’t want my nickel wasted on this idiotic special session that runs the risk of costing me, the taxpayer, millions later. Besides, I remember when $70 grand was real money.

  21. Anonymous says:

    The political grandstanding of this governor puts him on par with Ben Nelson. This guy has more waffles than I- hop! He spouts off about leadership and waits until there is no time to implement a solution, thats leading from the ballot box. Maybe Jane Kleeb found a way to work it out with him? Sen Haar must be chuckling now that he has Governor I-hop working with him. Koterba could make a great cartoon with the gov wearing a chefs hat, Haar as the waiter and Kleeb as hostess. They can all be working at the flat earth wafflehouse. Then in the background a bus pulls up with a unicam banner on the side. The possibilities are allmost as endless as the probability of this governor signing anything.

  22. Macdaddy says:

    Anon 10:47: I think we have to face reality that something will get passed and signed prior to Hillary signing off on this. Perhaps Hillary is pushing this to give her cover when she turns down Transcanada’s application but I doubt it. If she gives it the green light, Heineman has made certain that the great state of Nebraska will get sued if they try to stop or alter the pipeline route. It’s simple math: a billion bucks to change the route with possible loss of the entire 7 billion dollar project, or a few million to sue. Thanks, Dave. You can expect a primary challenge.

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