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We know you always like it when Nebraska gets featured on national programs. So here is Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” chuckling about — nay AT — Ben Nelson’s suggestion that his campaign ads aren’t really campaign ads.

(Nelson part starts at 2:40 of the video)

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Ah, Senator Ben “Cornhusker Kickback” Nelson makes Nebraska famous once again! Aren’t you proud of him Nebraska???

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If you want to follow through the minutia of the special session on the pipeline, we suggest you take a look at your standard MSM sources. Interesting though that during these hearings and bill drops and such they are discussing how many jobs the pipeline will provide, and whether eminent domain warnings should be criminal.

All interesting issues, sure. But just what value does a Cornell sociology professor working through the Sierra Club, provide by opining that she thinks not as many jobs would be created as suggested?

Put aside the fact that the TC guy said, “You can have all the studies you want . . .you’re looking at the guy who is doing the hiring” for the project.” Which was an awesome response.

But isn’t this special session about pipeline siting? That’s it, right? There are a million jobs created or zero jobs created. But that’s not the point of all this. It is supposed to be about where the pipe goes, and who has authority to decide that.

Oh right, shocked about government being a colossal waste of time, right?

But really, what the hell is a 13 year old girl who won her science fair doing up testifying? Right little girl, we get it. Mommy is very proud of you and we hope you go to Harvard someday.

In the mean time, hows about we get a few experts on ground water and the Sandhills and pipelines up there? Is that such a crazy idea?

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And while we still would like Senator Johanns to cite his experts for the theory that the pipeline route should be moved, a few kudos to him for pointing out

Johanns said some environmental critics want no new pipelines from Canada whatsoever.
“This isn’t about location as much as they don’t like this kind of tar sands development,” he said. “Again, that’s not me. I did not object to the last pipeline. I didn’t even make a phone call.”

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People still seem to be itching to talk about Herman Cain and his accusers and his denials and the like. So feel free to comment to your heart’s desire — just do your best to keep things relevant and clean.

In the mean time, we were listening to one of the accuser’s mouthpiece, Gloria Allred on CNN last night, and what a mammoth dunce she is. No idea if her client is a liar or a saint, but she suggested that there be Congressional hearings on whether Cain was telling the truth. Luckily CNN guy politely suggested that, of course, Congress has zero jurisdiction on such a matter. And she stumbled her way along for the next few minutes.

And that is who is driving this discussion? Gaia help us all.

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No one asked us, but if Joe Paterno is still a football coach for Penn State on Saturday, then there are more than a few things wrong at that place.

People have written things and made some statements, but we are going to re-print the FACT findings from the Grand Jury report from one of the crimes committed — in 2002 no less — just so you know what actually happened:

“Joseph V. Paterno testified to receiving the graduate assistants report at his home on a Saturday morning. Paterno testified that the graduate assistant was very upset. Paterno called Tim Curley, Penn State Athletic Director and Paternos immediate superior to his home the very next day, a Sunday, and reported to him that the graduate assistant had seen Jerry Sandusky in the Lasch Building showers fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy.”

And here is what the 28 year old grad assistant saw:

“As the graduate assistant entered the locker room doors, he was surprised to find the lights and the showers on. He then heard rhythmic, slapping sounds. He believed the sounds to be those of sexual activity. As the graduate assistant put his sneakers in his locker, he looked in the shower. He saw a naked boy … whose age he estimated to be ten years old, with his hands up against the wall, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky.”

That was nine freaking years ago, and in the mean time this piece of scum (Sandusky) has been running a program for at-risk youth where he provided himself fresh meat on a regular basis. And there are many, many other allegations in that report if you care to read.

Think Joe — and many others — should still have his job? Past today?

We disagree with OWH writer (and Pelini nemesis) Dirk Chatelain who says Penn St. should forfeit the game on Saturday. The players and many other coaches had zero to do with this. You punish exactly the wrong people if you cancel the game.

We just saw that Paterno will retire at the end of the season. But if he shouldn’t be coaching next season, why should he be coaching today or tomorrow or Saturday?

There is no reason for Paterno to be anywhere near the campus or the football program at this point. The idea that he will coach anymore — including this Saturday against Nebraska — is utter crap.

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And back on the political trail, Senate candidate Don Stenberg was endorsed by titular Tea Party head South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint yesterday. We still don’t think this has much of any influence on Nebraskans, but it does have the potential to bring in some national money for Stenberg.

But the suggestion that Stenberg doesn’t have “national” connections because he is a “grassroots” candidate is somewhat of a joke. The guy was AG for 12 years, was the GOP’s Senate candidate against Ben Nelson in 2000 and is the current State Treasurer. If that isn’t “establishment” we are reading the wrong dictionary.

Not to mention Stenberg has been traversing the United States drumming up — and receiving — national Tea Party support. If you want to call that “grassroots”, fine, whatever. But those aren’t Nebraska roots, so we don’t see much point in using that term.

We don’t mean to knock Stenberg, but let us use accurate terms when talking about him. It should be pretty obvious that he is the candidate of choice for the Democrats — considering their recent attacks and websites created against Jon Bruning and Deb Fischer. They figure that if Nelson beat Stenberg once, he can beat him again.

We would question that theory — and GOPers and many others would support Stenberg against Nelson — but we should call a spade a spade here (without calling it a sh*t-shovel).

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39 comments

  1. Ted says:

    10:01,

    You’re right, the GOP will use their good judgement on Paterno.
    But Barney Frank will continue leading the Democrats.

    You wanna start casting stones? Board up your house.

  2. Not Crying in the Sandhill ranches says:

    Well maybe Mr Sensitive Sen Ken Haar is available. What a complete schmuck, not to mention an emotional wreck. His tears on the floor of the legislatue must have been a result of hugging too many pine trees or Jane Kleeb putting a Norm Wallman squeeze on his family jewels after last nights debacle.

  3. Anyone who believes that what Ben Nelson has been doing with his annoying television campaign commercials could possibly be called “issues ads” needs to pull their heads out of their nether regions. Anyone who believes that the Nebraska Democratic Party State Central Committee ever collectively agreed to pay for them is a born fool.
    As a past member of the NDP State Executive Committee, I can tell you exactly what happened here. The NDP State Chair was contacted by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee who said they’d give the NDP a ton of money but that they wanted it all spent on television commercials that were paid for by either the DSCC or by Nelson’s campaign organization. When the NDP SEC held their monthly telephone conference, this fact was most likely not even brought up for a vote, and if it were, it received the usual rubber stamp. Whatever Ben Nelson wants, Ben Nelson gets – and anyone that disagrees with that becomes marginalized from the party. I know that from personal experience.
    The very fact that Ben Nelson appears in all of his own commercials is evidence enough for even the most legally ignorant of Nebraskans to understand that this was all COORDINATED between Nelson’s campaign committee and the NDP Chair, Vic Covalt, and the NDP Treasurer, Gerry Finnegan. Ask any member of the NDP State Central Committee if this topic was ever even alluded to at one of their meetings and I would bet you a six pack that it wasn’t.
    There are a few people in the hierarchy of the NDP that just do whatever they damned well please and they pull arguments out of their behinds to justify it after-the-fact. If and when they finally do fess up, they just ask for, and usually receive, the forgiveness from the sheeple in the SCC that only go to the meetings for the free donuts.
    The latest example of this overbearing, authoritarian style “leadership” comes in the form of the NDP Executive Committee arbitrarily canceling a meeting of the NDP SCC and holding it at another date. The problem is, the SCC VOTED to hold it on a certain date, place and time. The SEC is a subordinate body to the SCC, and yet they felt they had the authority to override a decision made by their superiors. It’s like the employees telling the employer to take a hike. Sweet!
    It is a damned shame that more Nebraskans don’t take their politics seriously. I imagine more of them are upset that Nancy Grace was booted from Dancing With the Stars than are upset about how the people we elect to represent us, once elected, represent only those who fill their campaign coffers with money.

  4. RWP says:

    Joe Paterno died five years ago. They had him stuffed, installed a couple of motors to move his arms and legs, and deliver him to Penn State games. But he’s actually stone dead. If you look closely, you can see it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Don’t listen to a word that BTO says. The NDP SEC discussed the commercials more than once. The NDP by laws allow the the SEC to change a meeting date. The NDP had phoned many of the SCC members and found out they would not be able to have a quorum on the first date. BTO did not get a call because he is not a member of the SCC. So they did the correct thing and changed the date to help the SCC members make the meeting. You might ask BTO about his coup attempt to become County Chair of Phelps county. It was shut down by the Phelps county Democrats. BTO is a screwed up mess. The RWP of the Democratic party.

  6. RWP says:

    Another cowardly little Anonymous, posting drive-by slurs @ 11:52 a.m.

    Every word you posted was a lie, AC. You know absolutely nothing about the NDP. Now, prove me wrong.

  7. Idiot @ 11:52,
    Sure, the Executive Committee discussed the commercials more than once, but the tag-line on them doesn’t say, “Paid for by the Nebraska Democratic Party State EXECUTIVE Committee,” they say, “Paid for by the Nebraska Democratic Party State CENTRAL Committee.”
    I’ve read what the NDP Constitution and Bylaws say, and unlike you I paid attention when the good teachers I had back in grade school taught me to read. You claim that the NDP called “many of the SCC members.” Tell me, how many and which ones? Just calling around to a few close friends doesn’t hack it. And the excuse for WHY they felt it necessary to disrupt the plans of so many people? Amazingly enough, the geniuses discovered that the Cornhusker football team was playing on the date that the meeting was VOTED upon. Forget that they have held meetings during Husker games before, and forget that the UNL athletic department doesn’t print calendars with their schedules on them before the season even starts, and forget that once the SCC votes on something it is SUPPOSED to be honored by the SEC and the State Chair! Geez, how stupid can you guys be?!!
    The issue about my “coup attempt” has been addressed time and time again. Would you like to talk to all of the Phelps County Democrats that were smart enough to read the (required by law) announcement in the Holdrege Daily Citizen that stated the place and time of the meeting, and showed up for it, or would you rather just repeat the same tired old fable as told by that feeble-minded old scab from St. Paul that showed up late for a meeting that didn’t even concern her? Had I chosen to be the Chair of the Phelps County Democrats … I would be.
    Oh, and you failed to mention my well known ties to the Sicilian mafia. You’re losing your edge.

  8. Oh, by the way Idiot@11:52, I’ll take your comparison between me and RWP as a compliment. Although I disagree with him on many issues, the guy is highly intelligent and his research work serves each and every one of us.

  9. I don’t usually comment on athletic stuff, but what I’ve been reading about what has happened at Penn State indicates there should be a LOT of people already in jail – Joe Paterno among them.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Not Crying: There’s some video out there of Jane tearing up while testifying at a State Dept. hearing in DC. I suspect she and Haar know how to turn the tears on and off for the TV cameras.

  11. Lizzie says:

    Haar only cried because he knows science is against him and his fellow senators must be SICK TO DEATH of all the angry whining “testimony” that is going on against the pipe at these hearings. I HAVE to listen to them for my job. Immabout to shoot my computer. NOT ONE anti-pipeline person testifying has any fact or science-based testimony to prove the current pipeline route endangers the drinking water supply of Nebraska, nor her precious Sandhills. Just a bunch of PO’d people venting. Fine use of our tax dollars.

    Any law passed will be Boyd County all over again. No one can say this isn’t about the Keystone XL, because that is all we are hearing about.

  12. Oh Mander says:

    These Ben Nelson ads are serving an important purpose – they are exposing the ridiculousness of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 that gave rise to this crooked system. What Nelson is doing is wrong, but it’s only became an issue to the GOP when Nelson started beating them at their own game. If you watch that entire clip from Colbert, you’ll see that supporters of Rick Perry are doing the same thing, and that Karl Rove and his group are now preparing to do it, too. This is what happens when you eliminate restrictions on who can spend what wherever and whenever they want. Hopefully this will cause the American people to finally wake up and pressure the Supreme Court to reverse it’s decision.

  13. SoWhat? says:

    I stumbled upon NET live coverage of the “pipeline hearings” yesterday. There was a woman claiming to be a “native american” who was trying to make some elaborate case involving the return of all NE property to the native americans. It was fascinating in its absolute absurdity and complete lack of relevance to the issue at hand. Sort of like the relationship between BoldNE and reality.

  14. Get off Lee Terry's back says:

    I am so sick and tired of hearing about his robocall bill. Who cares if his “Get Robots back to Work” bill goes through. I for one commend his efforts. At least someone has a legitimate jobs bill even if it is for robots.

    signed,

    unemployed robot

  15. Democratic State Central Committee Member says:

    The story of BTO’s attempted coup of the Phelps County Chair is hysterical, he’s pretty much the laughing stock of the State Central Committee. I’ve heard it first hand from several people who were there.

    The biggest black eye of the Nebraska Democratic Party is that someone who isn’t all there could be 1st Associate Chair of the 3rd Congressional District, and also county chair. This is a guy who has bragged for years to people in his hometown of Holdrege that he’s involved with the mafia is Sicily. You need look no farther than this blog for evidence of this. Last year when asked about this his response was “I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incrimidate me” and just this year when confronted with it part of his answer was “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth.”

    What is it Brian, are you really associated with the Sicilian mafia, or is it just part of your delusional psyche, or do you just tell people that because you think it’s cool?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Just got a call from Mountain West Research calling for High Nebraska Poll. All about Obama, Nelson, and the 3 major candidates facing Nelson.

  17. RWP says:

    LJS just closed comments on their Graham Spanier story. Comment were getting a llittle heated.

    How do they separate the men from the boys at Penn State?

  18. Icon says:

    Seems like the average mental age of poster on this forum is about 9 YO which is also about the mental age of it’s moderator, judging by the issues he presents!! Flyover Country Indeed!!

  19. Iconist says:

    Seems like the average mental age of poster on this forum is about 9 YO which is also about the mental age of it’s moderator, judging by the issues he presents!! Flyover Country Indeed!!

  20. Tell you what, “Democratic State Central Committee Member,” 3rd CD Congressional candidate, Rebekah Davis, was there – and I have my doubts that SHE, being a chaplain and all, would lie like you have been doing – why don’t you ask her, publicly, what went on at our county convention? I’d enjoy hearing her tell you what a slithering snake you are for spreading such lies.
    As for your hearing things “first hand,” if I were you I’d be visiting a psychiatrist because of those voices in your head. Telling people that I lived in Sicily is the truth, anything else is second hand info from one of those characters that speak to you and you alone. You should also learn to spell if you wish to be taken seriously.

    Sweeper, the comment containing “World of Warcraft” was no doubt composed by the same drooling cretin that wrote the crap just prior to it.

    For the rest of you, the question is, “What’s the difference between Penn State and the State Pen? Answer: In the State Pen they only sodomize adults.

  21. RWP says:

    How do they separate the men from the boys at Penn State? With a pry-bar.

    I would like it noted that a full 2 1/2 months ago I proclaimed Rick Perry too dumb to be president. But in his defense, after he’d named two departments for the chop, he was still aware he was short one. He seems to have first grade math down, and evidently that’s enough to be Governor of Texas.

  22. Icon/Iconist:

    You posted the exact same comment twice, though under two different names.
    You typed “of poster”, when you meant either, “of a poster” or “of posters”.
    You typed, “it’s” when you meant “its”. (“It’s” means “it is”.)
    You capitalized “Indeed”, after your attempted proper name “Flyover Country”.
    You tend to overuse exclamation points(!!).

    I had an 8 year old proofread your mistakes here.
    -Ed.

  23. Anonymous says:

    After watching last nights GOP debate. There is no chance of any of them beating President Obama. I wish that was not true. But we live in the real world and our guys and gals are not up to the job. I hope it is not too late to get a winner in there,

  24. RWP says:

    Bud Pettigrew @ 9:21: do you really think anyone here is going to fall for concern-trolling that stupid? Hint: if you’re going to try to disguise your identity, fist learn to write in sentences.

  25. Anonymous says:

    RWP “fist learn to write in sentences” I am not who you think I am . I am not even of the sex you think I am. But i am worried.

  26. Icon says:

    Glad you took note Sweeper! I take it you have nothing better to do between watching TV, scratching your behind, pimping brain dead GOPER candidates and checking for typos from the thousands that occasionally read your LAMO blog!! Keep up the great work!!!

  27. Icon says:

    Now there’s a great ISSUE to talk about, NE’s deplorable education results & how you rednecks justify them!! 2nd. from last in the US!!! BTW; Grammar isn’t on the curriculum in the 2nd. grade in most states but I guess it should be in NE!!! Another issue worth yacking about might be Israeli genocide in Palestine????

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