Tell me why…

A few quickies on this busy Friday morning at the Leavenworth Street offices:

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We shouldn’t reserve our critiques only for the Governor on this issue: Senator Mike Johanns also fails to give his constituents his scientific basis for wanting to move the Keystone XL route. He disagrees. Great. Why, and based on what study?

Thanks.

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The OWH, and Paul Hammel in this case, never fail to amaze us in their too obvious bias on issues.

Hammel writes:

Two law firms hired by Trans-Canada — including one of the world’s largest, Sidley Austin, based in New York City — have issued opinions in that vein. They said that the federal government, not the state, has power over pipeline regulation and that Nebraska risks billions of dollars in legal damages.

Meanwhile, two prominent Nebraska attorneys hired by environmental groups have said the state has little risk of an expensive court judgment. Alan Peterson and Dave Domina have said the state has the power to influence pipeline routes and should act now, before the State Department rules.

Really Paul? Did you go to journalism school for that? Were your editors holding a yard stick aimed at your typing fingers?

Note that yes, TC hired lawyers — and the other one was prominent Omaha firm McGrath North.  Three McGrath lawyers  wrote a separate, very clear and persuasive opinion on the matter.   Give them a little love Paul?

In the mean time, sure Domina is a fine plaintiff’s attorney and all that, but how about noting Peterson’s background on that little Boyd County matter a few years ago? That’s an interesting journey to “prominence”, no?

Nice blog post there.

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Oh, and nice final line from Jane Kleeb in that piece:

“This is not about politics for me, it’s about protection of our state and our landowners.”

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight Jane. No politics from you.
Now don’t you have some Beanie Babie pumpikns to pass out that say, “Organic Bananas, not Oil from Canada(s)!”

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More chuckling by us as the ED of the Democrat Senatorial Committee, Guy Cecil, literally shrugged his shoulders at the suggestion that Ben Nelson may not run for re-election next year:

“He has said he’ll announce after Christmas. I’m going to let him announce after Christmas.”

You hear that Senator? Cecil is going to let you wait until Christmas! In the mean time, he will keep pouring cash into Nebraska for your campaign in the hope he can guilt you into running.

Wonder what he will let you do next?

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And you can note and read for yourself how the Unicameral Democrats did an end run around the regular Committee procedures to try to get an Electoral Vote for Barack Obama.

Don’t they know that Rachel Maddow and Ed Rendell think that they are racist and unconstitutional for not supporting Winner Take All?

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Finally some football weather, eh?  Goooo Huskers and beat those nasty Chicagoans!

And while you’re rooting on the Huskers, remember that you can go to Amazon.com via Leavenworth Street’s links and get some very special pre-Black Friday deals.  You can save some cash by shopping early, so take a look.  (And you’ll send a little love L.St.’s way when you do — no extra cost, and always anonymous!)

Thanks and have a weekend!

52 comments

  1. Kortezzi says:

    Wonder if the World-Herald run a pipeline story with those maps of existing pipelines and aquifers?
    Not likely. They want TransCanada to PAY for any news coverage that, to them, would amount to a large newspaper ad.

    Johanns’ criticism of TransCanada for being “stubborn” about the pipeline route is childish. So he called them a while back to ask for a different route, and they declined – – is that surprising? Apparently Mike just doesn’t like it when he says “jump!” and they don’t respond “how high?” He needs to look closely at those maps, and spend a day in the field with a pipeline contruction crew.

    Do you think Dave Domina and Alan Peterson will obtain a $1 billion bond for legal malpractice for advising the State of Nebraska to obstruct an international pipeline, even if approved by the Federal government? Because that’s what the tab could be if our Legislators take their advice of that of McGrath North in this case. Say hello to a 10% state sales tax to solve THAT problem…

  2. RWP says:

    What Hammell also missed (but the LJS didn’t miss) is that Haar’s bill also excludes any area where the groundwater is 10 feet or less below the surface for a length of 10 miles. There’s something called the Platte River Alluvial Aquifer, that basically fills the entire Platte Valley, and those of its major tributaries. Any part of that valley that is less than 10 feet above the river level — in other words, the entire flood plain below the river bluffs, where there are bluffs, is in the exclusion zone. And if you can’t cross the Platte, you can’t traverse the state.

    Haar’s bill is an utterly incompetent piece of drafting. ‘Ecoregion IV 44’, which he uses as a designator of where the Sandhills lie, is not defined in any statute. It’s a biological designation, and no biologist is stupid enough to think that an ecological zone has a well-defined boundary. if it really were planned as a working piece of legislation, it would need a paragraph delegating to some state agency, probably DEQ, the task of drawing the legal boundaries of the ecoregion. That would take a considerable time.

    It also bans pipelines in the watershed of cold water class A streams, for no good reason, as far as I can tell. But a class A stream is simply one that holds trout. That changes with time, and DEQ is constantly reviewing the designation. Again, how do you lay a pipeline if the exclusion zone can change year to year?

    And finally, there is no state map saying where groundwater lies 10 feet or less from the surface. That changes for year to year and season to season. It’s far too vague a provision to be legally useful.

    Haar is clearly an incompetent legislator, in other words, and ignorant of both biology and hydrogeology. It’s pretty clear his bill is intended to prevent the pipeline from ever being built, not to reroute it. He’s a member of the Executive Committee of the Nebraska Sierra Club, which opposes all expatiation of tar sands oil.

  3. Shame says:

    A real shame governor Heineman will be remembered by this royal screw up of a special session and litigation instead of anything else he has done so far…

    And Johanns…… His response has been typical. This type of political ‘play it safe’ attitude is exactly what we will get if Bruning or Stendberg get the nod.

    :-/

  4. anonymous says:

    In the summer of 2010 at the height of birther stupidity RWP described President Obama as a “slightly mysterious half black guy” and he has yet to explain to anyone what makes the President “slightly mysterious”.

    Youtube search Gerard Harbison and you’ll see him pontificate about how all the climatologists are incorrect. He’s been outspoken about climate change on his own blog.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Utterly inaccurate statements will be deleted.
    -Ed. If you do that, 100% of the pro pipeline statements and other Tea Bagger nonsense would never see the light of day. It is good to see that SS is finally seeing the truth of that nonsense

  6. Question says:

    Street Sweeper: Why are you so hard on Johanns and are mum on Lee Terry’s amazing robocall to cellphone bill? just curious

  7. Humorless Ass says:

    That’s right RWP I don’t think there’s anything funny about you coming to our country and questioning the legitamacy of our President.

    You don’t get to wink and nod to the birther movement and expect to be taken seriously as an academic.

  8. Anonymous is right about RWP says:

    RWP- has a long history of being a birther. Over the years RWP has claimed the following items were not born here and simply used falsified documents to claim they were born here.

    2004- RWP refuted the claim that American Pie was not born here

    2006- RWP claimed the American National Atheme was simply a cover of an old REO Speed wagon song about Tibet

    2008- RWP accused the hit movie “American Pie” was really about French Silk Pie and was not American.

    And in 2011 RWP claimed that the American Revolutionary war was actually a mild property dispute and therefore he declared it un-American

  9. Politics ain't Beanbag... says:

    The word on the Washington street is that Senator Ben Nelson’s “indecision” about running is merely a ruse for the benefit of the FEC and the GOP complaint that has questioned the Senator’s costly “non-campaign” ads blanketing Nebraska in the past few weeks.

    The LJS articles and others touting his supposed “uncertainty” about running will be turned in to the FEC so that everyone can pretend that during the period the ads ran, the Senator was merely “mulling” a run.

    It’s just a fake formality and of course the Nebraska media (in particular, the LJS) handed Senator Nelson the CYA material he needs to “prove” that he wasn’t running during the time that the state was inundated with “issue” ads; for gosh sake, those fall television spots weren’t “campaign” ads since he didn’t decide until Christmas!

    Here’s what the NYT & Politico said a couple of days ago about the FEC whose 3 GOP & 3 Democratic “Commissioners” were called before Congress for a hail-fellow-well-met (phony) “hearing”:

    Congress rarely remembers that it is responsible for overseeing the Federal Election Commission — the party-hack-ridden agency that enables campaign abuses. (NYT)

    The Federal Election Commission is broken. The agency charged with implementing and enforcing federal campaign finance law often does neither. (Politico)

  10. RWP says:

    I’m sorry, ‘get out of the kitchen’ means having cowardly anonymous twits post personal attacks and letting them go unanswered?

    It’s quite clear you idiots didn’t like my dissection of Haar’s bill, but you are intellectually incapable of rebutting it. Because you can’t answer with reason and logic, you go ad hominem. It’s pathetic, but it’s typical of the left.

    Craven and stupid is no way to go through life, but my guess is it’s not something you can do anything about. Sorry.

  11. RWP says:

    That’s right RWP I don’t think there’s anything funny about you coming to our country and questioning the legitamacy of our President.

    That’s legitimacy, oh illiterate clown. I’m at least as much of a US citizen as you, but unlike you, when I became a citizen, the average IQ of the country went up.

    You don’t get to wink and nod to the birther movement and expect to be taken seriously as an academic.

    The proposition that you are capable of deciding who should be taken seriously as an academic is hilarious. Sorry.

  12. Jane says says:

    Essentially,everyone’s a lying liar except me! The Governor, TransCanada, Langemeier, AFP, all lying liars who don’t care about our (cue fake tears here) precious aquifer, (sob), our drinking water and (blubber) MY ancestors who (sob)homesteaded in the precious Sandhills. Essentially the lying liars must be exposed and my FFA jacket from Broken Bow and my boots with dried manure on them will prove that essentially I’m the only one in this debate who isn’t a lying liar. Essentially.

  13. I wondered how long it would take before Vic Covalt got out his blue pencil and erased every single comment I have been putting on the NDP’s Facebook page. They’re all gone now. I guess he didn’t like it that I continually asked them why the NDP is incapable of LEADING on the pipeline issue. All they can do is throw dirt on Gov. Heineman for “not leading.”
    The NDP claims to be progressive, and yet they are incapable of taking a stand on any of the issues of the day. The only thing they excel at is throwing mud on the opposition. That is the laziest, most inept way of representing the voters that put their trust in them that there is. But, then again, we all know that the NDP doesn’t belong to Nebraska’s Democrats. It belongs to Ben Nelson.
    I am ashamed of what my party of choice has become in this state. It is run by people that don’t even know what the word “democratic” means. They could take some lessons from the Sweeper.
    And a personal note to NDP Chair Vic Covalt … Vic, CENSORSHIP is NOT a DEMOCRATIC value.

  14. Piggly Wiggly says:

    Get over it Osbron. THe NDP hasn’t been the party of the people for a couple of decades now. Why do you keep wasting your time on them?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Bold was running around the capitol with video cameras putting people on the spot. What a typical liberal tool. I hope the legislature smokes Haar along with the rest of the flat earthers, oh and the tit for tat rhinos.

  16. RWP says:

    Seriously, the only member of our Congressional delegation I feel like doing anything for is Adrian Smith, who, while he hasn’t actually been visible, has at least avoided saying anything stupid about kxl.

    A pox on the rest of them.

  17. Some Thoughts says:

    On your map it doesn’t look like there are so many pipelines crossing the sandhills. Of course, I don’t have my reading glasses on right now so I may be missing it.

  18. Kortezzi says:

    Is it supposed to undercut someone’s credibility to highlight his stating that BHO was, in 2008, a “slightly mysterious half black” guy? I don’t see how. He’s a guy…his dad was black & his mom white…and he had the thinnest resume of any Presidential contender, ever.

    I eagerly await Obama’s approval of the Keystone XL original route plan, and the subsequent explosion of heads (Jane Kleeb, Ken Harr, Bill Avery, anonymous Obama-worshipping commenters at LS, etc.)!

  19. Lil Mac says:

    Birthers? Tea baggers? Throw out some more names. How about “Poopy faces”. Those awful people who by existing mean Obama is somehow an effective president. Maybe you can air an ad full of the retarded children Obama made fun of, and say “See, Obama is smarter than them!”

    The stuff Obama admits; that his father was a Socialist from Kenya, that his mother was a hippie professor of tie-dye batik, and that the only job he ever held was working for his wife soliciting dollars for churches, is weird as hell and lightweight in the extreme. The guy promised moderates jobs, promised liberals utopian changes, yet after throwing trillions (and liberals’ hopes) down the rat hole, he travels to get his mind off things. If birthers are your reason for reelecting this feckless twit, then Obama is a one term president.

    To be fair, the GOP put forth a cranky midget who never lead anything bigger than a squadron, which isn’t much leadership experience, as the only alternative to voting for Obama. But Obama had even less to offer, except for snappy patter and sparkle. Maybe the system sucks, but I think voters, partisan and nonpartisan, had gotten in the bad habit of hoping too much and thinking too little. If not empty suit Obama, we’d have had the cranky midget. But that too doesn’t make Obama today other than an empty suit. He has to run on his record, and it stinks. And you pointing fingers at “birthers” and such makes Obama seem all the more weak.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Kortezzi is right. Look at all those pipelines running over all those aquifers! It is like a ton of spaghetti had been dropped on America and we are worrying about an extra noodle.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Piggly Wiggly is correct, Brian. You are way to intelligent and articulate. The NDP has been full of what you describe for years and the trail leads back to Ben Nelson and the Boyle machine.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Why do we keep wasting our time on parties? Our principles, I suppose. One can like Witek get angry and switch to a party of principles one doesn’t agree with. Or like Nelson pit each against the other for personal advantage. But that displays an unprincipled disregard of the things that make us naturally fit one party more than another.

    Our principles bring us to a party. But then we wish to change it, lead it, make it listen to us. Like a wife who marries a husband unconditionally and then wants to improve him by force, we want to improve our party by forcing our ideas on it. Yet force is tyranny. Politics is persuasion. And if you cannot persuade your party leaders to listen to you, if you cannot persuade your members to elect you their leader, how did you ever expect to persuade all Americans to embrace your ideas for public policies?

    To be so lacking in the ability to influence your own party members, and then bring that anger here to air your party’s dirty laundry, because they won’t listen to you, they won’t elect you, they won’t obey you, sounds like sour grapes.

  23. Anonymostly says:

    It’s fascinating to see all the libs who come to this blog to attack a single poster simply because they disagree with him but lack the wherewithal to actually challenge his ideas. I think that’s a problem among liberals. Back when I was one, I used to despise those religious conservatives who would hold book burnings to destroy ideas they disagreed with. Our old liberal tag-line was “the solution to speech with which you disagree is more speech, not less speech.”

    Later in life, I came to realize that the left was much more intolerant of ideas they didn’t like than the right. It’s leftists on university campuses who conspire to disrupt public speeches by conservatives they don’t like, not the other way around. It’s no different, really, than when conservatives used to burn books. And we see a manifestation of that mentality displayed here with regularity when the Boldies come on here and attack Professor Harbison with their snide, impertinent, ad hominem attacks. But, I guess when you lack the intellectual firepower to debate ideas on their merits, you go with what you’ve got, right?

  24. The Pip says:

    RWP, The reason Smith hasn’t commented on the XL pipeline is he thinks that is the Nebraska walk-on program for offensive lineman at UNL. Sheesh!!

  25. RWP says:

    Pip:

    So you’re saying that Smith, in being silent, risks being thought a fool, while Johanns and Heineman, in speaking, have removed all doubt?

    🙂

  26. RWP says:

    Thanks Anonymostly. Crap like this used to bother me. It doesn’t anymore. It just reminds me the left is a brutal amoral force in modern life, and even when apparently on its best behavior, needs to be handled the way you would handle a venomous snake.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Will any of our state legislators rip this flat earth, tree hugging effort that is going to take place this week in our hallowed chambers? Is the Speaker going to allow the legislative branch to be labeled as a patsy for Jane Kleeb or the Governor? If Senator Langemiers bill is adopted as is then the legislative branch risks being viewed as lacking courage, to just lob it back to the Governor is as weak a stance there is. To adopt the other bills is to allow Kleeb the upper hand which she will be only to glad to slsp you with. Great job by the Governor to put this all on the legislature, or is it? Perhaps a long drawn out Special session will sour the taste of victory wrought by the Chief Executive. Is it any wonder why politicians are viewed the way they are?

  28. Lil Mac says:

    Tree hugger at 10:25 doesn’t see too many pipelines crossing the Sand Hills on those maps.

    Sand Hills? Is that what this is about? Because Kleeby, Hiney and Mikey are all talking about the Midwest Aquifer (Ogallala) that runs from Dakota to Texas, which happens to have one of the highest concentrations of existing oil pipelines in North America. Yup, this aquifer is oil pipe central. The cry up to now has been “Don’t dirty our aquifer!” Sorry, too late. A whore has more credibility arguing her virginity. But you already know that because you simply shifted your defense to the SandHills. Now it is “Don’t dirty our Sand Hills!”

    Make up your mind. What is the problem? Because if it is the Sand Hills, I assure you they will forever remain America’s vital national reserve for our sandpaper industry, in case the Sahara runs out. Just as ANWR affords every child enough infested mudflat, the Sand Hills fills our needs for sand and rabid vermin. No one lives in the Sand Hills. (Hey, I am waxing poetic here; it is sparse, uncultivable, and the few who go there mostly drive through it as fast as they can.)

    The problem with tree huggers is, they have never been to ANWR or to the Sand Hills so they don’t know there aren’t trees there to hug. But feel free to drive out and hug a prairie dog. The rabid need love too.

  29. Where's Doug Wilwerding? says:

    What in the world happened to Doug Wilwerding, he was a huge Bruning supporter and donor, now he’s Don Stenberg’s treasurer. He openly called into question ‘character’ as to a reason why he’s switched support.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, and even Cali all have plenty of sand just in case Nebraska’s gets tainted:-) What happens when cattle tear up a patch of sand? Dum mas!

  31. Some Thoughts says:

    Oh, by tree hugger you mean me! Ha ha! Well, I hate to admit it, but I’ve spent some time in our Sand Hills, doing a very boring job, and then for recreation. Strangely enough, a lot of that “sand” is covered in grass. I think the area they want to run the XL pipe through has a lot of places where the water comes to the surface, or close to it, in the “subirrigated” parts. I am no expert on this myself, but I imagine that’s why it makes such good grazing land, and is in fact so darn grassy.

    It always amuses me, on this particular website, some people really flip out if you don’t toe the party line. Mike Johanns, you know, he must be some kind of foam-flecked radical, about to chain himself to the trees! Ha ha ha! I just pointed out a simple fact that remains true: if you look at the map Street Sweeper posted, it doesn’t have a heck of a lot of pipeline running over the sand hills. So if the maps are supposed to be impressing me with some obvious point about how we’ve already sullied the fair virgin, I fail to see it. That’s all. No further argument, no trees hugged too hard.

  32. anonymous says:

    RWP, can you tell me the number of miles of pipeline there are running 4 feet underground in places like Holt County, Nebraska where the aquifer water levels are at 3 feet deep and there’s often standing water?

  33. Some Thoughts says:

    Anonymous 36, let’s say the number of such miles is x. The argument will be: There are already x miles of pipeline there. Therefore, it will make no difference whether we add y miles of pipeline to that total.

    After a nice weekend where I was able to talk to lots of friends (and commiserate about the game), I think I see one factor in this pipeline controversy. It’s a generation gap. All the old farts (and I hope Gov. Heineman and Sen. Johanns won’t mind being included in that group) seem to have an attitude of caution, and they don’t immediately trust everything they hear, especially from those who stand to gain economically from the situation. The younger generation seems a little quicker to jump on board, favoring progress, a quick solution to the oil demand, and so forth. I’m not talking about the Bold Nebraska protest types here, I’m just talking about the Republicans and Independents I hear from on this issue. This doesn’t mean one group is right and one group is wrong, but I guess maybe when you’re an old fart and you’ve grown wary of smooth talk, it’s harder to be convinced that projects like these are a good idea. I also feel like digging in my heels on principle, when I hear that a foreign company, and then it’s government and my federal government, assume they can run roughshod over whatever the local people or the state wants to do. I do believe in states’ rights on principle, not to an extreme I hope, but enough to be suspicious here.

  34. anonymous says:

    Some Thoughts, the problem is that theres ZERO miles of pipeline running through areas like Holt County, NE. But, according to Deb Fischer, since there are roads in Holt County it’s cool to have a leaky underground pipeline below the very top of the aquifer (and RWP has the scientific data to prove this theory)

  35. TexasAnnie says:

    Anonymostly: Since you usually skip over my posts to save yourself time, you may not read this rebuttal to your 7:56am comment of November 6th. But in order to ‘help’ you clear your head, I’m willing to risk wasting my time in writing to you. At the outset I staunchly deny any affiliation with any progressive, Democrat, leftist/liberal-leaning organization. I keep an open mind because I know very well that BOTH Republicans and Democrats USUALLY violate constitutional principles and it is the Constitutions(s) of which I pledge allegiance.

    Your 7:56am comment leaves little doubt that you are enrolled in the RWP fan club of the first oder; however your notion that participants at this blog “lack the wherewithal to actually challenge [RWP’s] ideas” deserves further discussion. My case in point is the last time I tried to communicate directly with RWP, November 1st. In what appeared to me as a deliberate attempt on his part to ridicule the unicameral by misleading unwitting readers about legislative process (11-1-11 @3:27pm), I challenged RWP for acting “stupidly” (adverb). Then, you challenged my notion that “duty ethics” is the basis for Christianity, to which I clarified and strengthened my comment.

    And what was RWP’s response? “As for stupid (adjective), seen your Governor’s college transcript?” and followed by, “Give TA a break. She took Philosophy 101 once, and ever since has been trying to pretend she understood it.” These two ‘rebuttals’ are great examples of 1) diversion, and 2) argumentum ad hominem. After that of course, RWP backtracked on his theme @9:30am, November 2nd. And he did so again by use of diversion and ad hominem!

    Seriously, Anonymostly, do you stand by your opinion as stated above @7:56am? I have learned, as many others at this site, that there is nothing to be gained by means of the dialectic method where RWP is concerned. He appears as a megalomaniac; and his Leavenworth Street fan club remains at the ready to defend his abusive behavior. So respondents are likely wasting their time in communicating with him. But since I took that Philosophy 101 course, now multiple decades ago, I have organized my understanding of human events by this easy axiom: none of us have ALL truth but all of us have some truth!

  36. TexasAnnie says:

    Some Thoughts: You may have a point about a generation gap. But my theory is that Heineman and Johanns realize the pipeline will INCREASE not lessen the cost of petroleum, and WILL NOT assure a friendly supply of petroleum to the American people.

    Any of the senators can offer an amendment from the floor dictating that NO Nebraska tax incentives may be utilized for the project… But they are unlikely to do so. They are Democrats and Republicans!

  37. Anonymous says:

    Wooooo Hooo, the circus freak show will begin in Lincoln today! If you haven’t had the opportunity to see one be sure to drop by, tickets are FREE, well the show is $10,000 a day to the tax payers ( at least the 53%). Be sure to bring nose plugs as a number of these folks haven’t showered in a long time, something about being natural and all.

  38. RWP says:

    See the deal is, when TA posts something like this:

    Does that mean you stupidly don’t realize the senators file bills this week and hold hearings next week as per rules of the legislature? And do you stupidly fail to realize that a sixteen minute day today will cost taxpayers the same as a fifteen hour day (until close at midnight) in future weeks?

    …it isn’t a personal attack. But when anyone responds in kind, even humorously, it is. Got that everybody?

  39. Anonymous says:

    TA, I don’t believe RWP is a megalomaniac. Along with Herman Cain, he suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. (RWP, don’t take this as a personal attack. Just a diagnosis.)

  40. The Pip says:

    RWP, Smith doesn’t have to say a word to be thought a fool. Many of the GOPers in the Third are embarrased by his performance. Oh well, no one ever said the majority makes the right decision, they just win the election.

  41. ITK says:

    If you think the robocall bill is only out there to help the telemarketers, please think again and do more research and I think you will be floored once you figure it out.

  42. Anonymostly says:

    Why, oh why, didn’t I just stick with my usual rule and ignore Texas Annie’s posts? It’s hard when you see your moniker featured prominently at the beginning of one of her posts. So, I went back and reviewed the debate she describes, the one in which she calls RWP a lying liar, and it appears to me a stretch indeed for her to claim that RWP was trying to “mislead” anyone about legislative process. (Sigh.)

    Anyway, not a member of the RWP fan club (didn’t even know there was one or that there was a first oder) but “debates” between libs and RWP on this forum usually follow this general pattern:

    RWP: “Well, it’s good for Nebraska because they will be paying landowners for the easements and property tax to the counties. That’s aside from the benefits of increased gasoline availability. And the risk is truly minimal. This sort of heavy bitumenous crude is not going to diffuse very quickly, even if it were spilled in the 20 mile or so pipeline run through the most northeasterly edge of the Sandhills; and if it did get into the Sandhills water table, it would move east to northeast, eventually draining into the Missouri, not west towards the body of the Ogallala aquifer.”

    Anon 1: “You shouldn’t listen to RWP. He’s not even registered to vote. And he’s not FROM here.”

    Anon 2: “He tries to indoctrinate his chemistry students with his conservative bilge.”

    Anon 3: “You should google Gerald Harbison and see all the bad things that have been said about him on the internet — which must be true since you can find them with the google.”

    Texas Annie: “Blah blah blah blah blah blah Heinemann blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah.

    “Blah blah blah blah blah blah BSDC blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah Heinemann blah blah blah blah blah.

    “Blah blah blah etc. ad nauseum.”

  43. RWP says:

    There IS an RWP fan club. Send $100 to my real name, c/o UNL, and I’ll send you details of the sooper sekrit handshake and the annual expedition to club baby seals and steal bread from the mouths of starving orphans.

  44. Anonymostly says:

    Wiccan alert. That there’s funny, I don’t care who you are. It reminds me of one of my all-time favorite lines from a political column in which Ann Coulter described the kind of women who would show up for the Democrat national convention: ” … sandal-wearing, hirsute, somewhat fragrant hippies chick pie wagons …” The kind of gals that would prompt a “wiccan alert.” 🙂

  45. Lizzie says:

    The citizen testifying at 2:30 was evoking Gaia, “godess of the earth.” Puke. What a flippin sideshow. Yeah, yeah, I get it. You’re all PO’d at the “big foreign corporation.”

    Might want to take a look at the Constitution and some Supreme court rulings if you’re upset about eminent domain. Otherwise, the “testifiers” just sounded like a bunch of whiners. Really, most of them did. Bunch of NIMBY whiners.

  46. RWP says:

    If you’ve been following the #kxl twitter feed, you’ll have noticed a flood of tweets from young ladies associated with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Who is Ian Somerhalder? (hey, I had to look him up). He’s a manly vampire on the TV show called The Vampire Diaries (or so I read on Wikipedia). His typically Hollyweirdo foundation is dedicated to the idea that:

    There is no differentiation between all living things: trees, rivers, animals and humans. We are all one interdependent organism.

    ..and don’t bogart the doobie, man.

    So I’ll see your Wiccan and raise you a gaggle of lovestruck teenage Latvian and Slovakian girls with vampire megacrushes against Keystone XL.

    If you add up all the weirdos in the world, does it make a critical mass?

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