Kennel the dogs of war!

Battle of Iceland staging map

We are less than three weeks out from a brutal primary season where we will four or six or something Republicans running for the GOP Senate nom.

And then more than a couple Democrats who will be running / have their names on the ballot / will be running very random web videos. And then four or more (we can never tell these days) Republicans who want to be the 2nd District Congressman and at least a couple of Democrats who want the gig.

Yet all, to a certain extent is pretty quiet. At least on the media front.

Things are not blaring. Yet.

We are waiting. Waiting…

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In the mean time Bob “Did you suggest invading Haiti? Are you crazy?” Kerrey has doubled down on his little Iran video to try to drum up some more dollars for his Senate campaign.

This time, Bob is asking you, YES YOU!, to sign a petition (swear to Gaia) against invading Iran! (Ohandwhileyou’reatityoucandonatetothecampaign.)

Kerrey even notes that there a news outlets calling him “bold” for his pronouncement to not put troops on the ground in Iran.
Of course he left out the dozens of publications who note how “ODD” it is for such a pronouncement when NO ONE is calling for that.

But here’s the thing. Bob is not going far enough.
No invasion of Iran?
Pfft.

WE call for no invasion of Iceland! Do you have any idea how freaking cold it is there? It’s cold ALL. THE. TIME. Do you have any idea the cost to outfit soldiers in those giant poofy down jackets. And then there’s ski-pants. And hats to go either over or under the helmets, and we haven’t even figured that out yet. And then the volcanoes! There’s volcanoes in Iceland! What do you think THAT is going to do to our touchy GPS systems. Wreak havoc, that’s what! So just you loose those dogs of war back into the kennel, you!

You say no one is actually talking about sending American troops into Iceland?
And your point is…?

Kids, this is what is known as a “straw man”. Where you build said man-made-out-of-straw — which, by the way is not a real man — and then you KICK the hell out of him, to show how tough you are against Straw Men! Oh, and that straw man has a sign around his neck, and it says, “Military Industrialists Who Want to March Into Tehran and Kill American GIs!”

See, there ain’t such a real person. But did you see how tough and smart Bob looked when he kicked the ever living crap out of that guy (who was made of straw)?
Yeah?!
Senate material, huh!!?

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And then there is poor Ben Nelson. Sitting in his Senate office, where every day he is forced to first put the Cornhusker Kickback Vest of Shame! It is literally a vest, that Nelson must don each morn’. It is quite shameful.

So how does Nelson get back at his foes? He rears back his righteously shamed paw and swings it at Dave Heineman! and hits… Dave Phipps?

The Douglas County Election Commissioner was simply trying to do the job the legislature told him to do — save some cash. Anyone who knows Phipps — and our guess is that Nelson has met him — knows there was never any wicked plans to try to fix elections.

But to get back at Heineman, what does Nelson do? He calls the Feds on Phipps. He calls the Feds.
Senator from Nebraska, proud son of McCook, thinks the best solution is to call up Washington, D.C. to oversee this Nebraska issue.
Hmm. Got it.

Apparently Senator Nelson has been in DC so long, that is the way he thinks things get solved everywhere.
Kind of a shame really.

Must be coming off the vest.

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44 comments

  1. Bam says:

    I think we have more to worry about with Bob Kerrey invading Nebraska. He keeps interrupting our airwaves with these “Tokyo Bob” warnings meant to demoralize the voters, and I know he has fifth columnists among us. We just have to remain ever vigilant to keep these East-Coast invaders out of our state.

  2. Fourth Estate says:

    With the fourth estate of Susie and Terry at the OWH deep in Bob Kerrey’s pocket, he doesn’t have much need for his fifth coulmn. I didn’t forget Don Walton at the LJS, but he pretty much now works for Warren also, so count him if you must.

  3. Macdaddy says:

    I’m Bob Kerrey and I approve this message about invading Iran because I have nothing to say about real issues facing Nebraska like Obama forcing farm kids off of the farm and back in front of mind-numbing video games where they belong.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It is all about Obama getting the 2nd CD electoral vote. Nothing more, nothing less. This is why the Fed’s were brought into the fray. The bottom line is Obama is going to lose, and lose big. Of course it won’t hurt that the lazy, and illiterate Dem’s wont figure out how to get to the poll, or fill out a ballot. Then an investigation can be taken on the voter fraud.

  5. RWP says:

    Deena Winter at Nebraska Watchdog has a nice summary of @kerrybob’s finances. $2.4 m just in the last year from two Democrat billionaire donors, for what look like no-show jobs.

    Note to BTO; yes, Deena is now part of my conspiracy.

  6. RWP says:

    According to the OWH, he borrowed a lot, and used it to make some savvy investments. That’s what you have to do when you don’t have rich billionaire sugar-daddies like @kerreybob.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Bob Kerrey was dirt poor when he hobbled into a bank to borrow money to start up what ended up being a very successful business career. Then he had a very successful political career. He did not pull a Bruning and use his elected public offices to make millions with.

  8. The baby harp seals of Canada want to remind everyone that Bob Kerrey clubs baby seals…or was it “Bob Kerrey loves Navy Seals?” Nope…pretty sure it was “Bob Kerrey clubs baby seals.” We’re tired of being the victims of the human invasion…and that’s why we want Bob Kerrey to relinquish his firm grasp on President Obama’s big stick and stand strong against the invasion of Canada!

  9. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!? says:

    To Anonymous (4:34 PM):

    You need a history lesson. Check out how Bob Kerrey’s appointments to NIFA ended up funding his business interests while in the Governor’s office.

    And by the way, Bruning has not received public funding from any boards or commissions with which he has had ANY invovlement.

  10. RWP says:

    Kerrey’s businesses don’t make him much these days. His money comes from billionaires who subsidize him with consultancies and directorships.

    Read the financial disclosure statement.

    There is absolutely no evidence Bruning used his political offices to make money.

  11. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!? says:

    Additonal follow up:

    According to information published in the Metro Update and other documentation, those implications are that Kerrey and Bill Wright used the powers of state government to: 1) loot State Security’s depositors of at least $4 million and as much as $10 million, 2) deprive the depositors of Commonwealth of at least $40 million, 3) set up a new state agency, with the sole apparent purpose of giving Kerrey and his cronies millions of dollars in low interest loans, 4) cheat farmers out of $200 million in subsidized loans, and 5) peddle junk bonds to investors who thought they were getting high-grade state bonds. -from Chapter 6, The Franklin Coverup

  12. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!? says:

    a little more:

    After the bill to set up NIFA passed, Kerrey appointed all nine members of its board, including Bill Wright. One of NIFA’s very first loans was to Prairie Life. Four days after approval of this loan to Kerry’s project, Lancaster County Republican Chairman Randy Moody wrote to Senator Yard Johnson, chairman of the Legislative Council Executive Board, about the obvious conflicts of interest. “This insider deal seems a slap in the face of the taxpayers and business community of the state of Nebraska,” Moody wrote. “It’s obvious the governor has taken advantage of his elected position to line his pockets and he, his sister and brother-in-law [partners in Prairie Life] are laughing all the while.” -from Chapter 6, The Franklin Coverup

  13. RWP says:

    If you want some more info on Kerrey’s earlier business ventures, google “Kerrey’s Varied Business Ventures Raise Some Questions About Propriety”

  14. Oh Mander says:

    I must say, SS, I’m disturbed by the tone of your last two posts and the subsequent comments. Prominent Republicans have been raising the issue of military intervention in Iran repeatedly since last summer. Millions of war-weary Americans get justifiably nervous when they hear these threats of military action casually thrown around. The rhetoric has cooled a bit since Santorum dropped from the race, but it’s still out there. Here is what Romney said on national television back in November when asked what he would do to prevent Iran from getting a nuke:

    “The president should have built a credible threat of military action and made it very clear that the United States of America is willing, in the final analysis, if necessary, to take military action to keep Iran from having a nuclear weapon. Look, one thing you can know and that is if we reelect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. And if we elect Mitt Romney, if you elect me as the next president, they will not have a nuclear weapon … I will make sure that the sanctions, diplomatic pressure, economic pressure, and support of insurgents within the country help them become dissuaded to get away from their nuclear ambition. And finally, have a military presence there.”

    Well, we have crippling sanctions in place. We have diplomats applying pressure around the clock. Their already weak economy has been further weakened. And yet the Iranians are undeterred. So does that mean Romney will invade and even occupy Iran now? I think we should be taking these statements seriously. I don’t want to see a repeat of W’s war in Iraq.

  15. RWP says:

    AC @4:34’s comments are particularly hilarious when you realize where Kerrey got his first loan. It was from State Security Savings, which was later taken over by Bill Wright, Kerrey’s crony and head of his transition team(and personal legal counsel) in 1978, in a leveraged buyout. Kerrey, while governor, got into several real estate partnerships with Wright, and borrowed money from State Security Savings, under a highly unusual arrangement. State Security went bankrupt in 1984.

    People really ought to read the unicam bank insurance and commerce committee report on the State Security bankruptcy to get an idea of the byzantine financial arrangements Wright and Kerrey were involved in, while Kerrey was at the same time responsible for the state’s banking regulation.

  16. Well, Oh Mander,
    You know, as well as I, that there has been ZERO serious credible discussion of putting TROOPS in Iran.
    And you boy Bob is suddenly talking about some straw man argument of committing TROOPS, on the ground, in Iran.
    But I can understand that you are “disturbed” about a discussion about Bob Kerrey, seeing as he was one of the top Democrat supporters of “W’s war”.

    And thanks for reading.
    SS

  17. Macdaddy says:

    Oh Mander, perhaps in all your readings you missed one important fact: nobody is calling for a full scale invasion of Iran. Nobody. Not Santorum, not Gingrich, not Romney, not even the Israelis. Kerrey is either imagining things or just making them up knowingly to catch people like yourself who pay part attention to what’s going on in the world. There are many, many options available to us when it comes to military force. Full scale invasion has never been put out there as a real option. I can only hope that Kerrey is making this stuff up on purpose, because if he actually believes we would invade Iran, he’s got problems. Problems he should probably visit with his doctor about.

  18. Looking To Be An Ambassador says:

    Sweeper, it sounds like you might be interested in becoming the ambassador to Iceland. You would be good. Go for it!

  19. RWP says:

    The level of corruption during Kerrey’s governorship was staggering. In his first year as governor, he set up the Nebraska Inestment Finance Authority, with nine of his cronies on the board, including Bill Wright, his business partner and mentor in corruption, and then NIFA handed outline of its first big low interest loans to Kerrey’s Prairie Life Center,which at the time was bleeding money. And the papers said nothing, because Bill Wright was on the board of the Lincoln Journal, while Bill Gottschalk, the publisher of the OWH, was heavily invested in Kerrey’s businesses.

  20. Anonymostly says:

    We didn’t need any ground troops to end the Iranian nuke threat. Just a well-placed tomahawk cruise missile, and we turn their nuclear weapon-making facilities into a glowing pile of sand, much like the Isrealis did in Iraq in the 1980s. Except they dropped bombs from planes. Still, no ground troops.

  21. Oh Mander says:

    And here I thought “have a military presence there” meant, you know, the presence of military. There. Some other examples…

    Romney 3/5/12 Op Ed in the Wash Post: “I will buttress my diplomacy with a military option that will persuade the ayatollahs to abandon their nuclear ambitions. Only when they understand that at the end of that road lies not nuclear weapons but ruin will there be a real chance for a peaceful resolution.”

    Rick Santorum 1/22/12 speech in Florida, less that 3 weeks after stating on Meet the Press that he would order air strikes to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon: “I will make a clear declaration to the Iranian government that you either open your facilities, you begin to dismantle this nuclear program, or we will dismantle it for you.”

    12/14/2011 John Huntsman interview with Erin Burnett: Burnett: So, if push comes to shove and this is important, I’m not saying this is something you do tomorrow, but if push comes to shove, if what was between them and a nuclear weapon or there was an uncertainty, required troops invasion, you’d do it?
    HUNTSMAN: I can’t live with the implications of not doing it. I can’t live with the thought of what a nuclear Iran brings to the region and what they said about Israel, which is our centerpiece alliance in the region. I can’t live — I can’t live with the world with a nuclear Iran.
    So, then, you say, what do you do? And realistically, you got to have all options on the table. You got to be prepared to use all elements of national power.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Dorky Don and his supporters are out whacking on Bruning again. Only thing is this is really going to help Fischer, all the poo flinging in the world will not help Dorky Don.

  23. Anonymous says:

    [i]We didn’t need any ground troops to end the Iranian nuke threat. Just a well-placed tomahawk cruise missile, and we turn their nuclear weapon-making facilities into a glowing pile of sand, much like the Isrealis did in Iraq in the 1980s. Except they dropped bombs from planes. Still, no ground troops.[/i]

    Unfortunately, I think the Pres would have needed balls rather than a stick to make that call.

  24. Oh Mander says:

    Whether we are talking about air strikes or troops on the ground, the common theme is that these people are willing to make the first move. Iran is not Libya – they will not sit back and allow attacks on there soil without retaliation. So we have a US attack – most likely missile strikes. Then an Iranian response – who knows what they’ll do. Then another round of US strikes to respond to Iranian strikes. And so it goes… I’d call this hypothetical situation a war. And that’s exactly what we’ll get.

    Seriously, these guys need to STFU because they are making things worse. More than anything I think Kerrey is trying to dial down the rhetoric and prevent a rush to military action, regardless of whether people that aren’t going to vote for him anyways think the timing is a bit off.

    And Kerrey ain’t my boy.

  25. Senator Snowplow says:

    I think it’s fascinating how quickly bipartisan agreement has coalesced around Bob’s bold and brave call not to invade Iran. His leadership was compelling that even conservatives like Sweeper here are now trying to take credit for the idea. Let’s not invade Iran, Sweeper says. Yeah, where have I heard that before? Oh, right, from Bob Kerrey. That man just is so smart its scary.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, just like Iraq retaliated against Isreal in the 1980s then Isreali planes dropped bombs and blew up an Iraqi nuclear reactor. Oh, wait, they didn’t. That’s right. No retaliation.

    Peace through strength, Mander. You have to have a credible threat to keep the bad guys in check. Ronald Reagan burried the evil empire with that philosophy. I think a stronger commander in chief could have kept Iran’s nuclear program from getting anywhere near as far as its gotten. If they end up with the bomb, it’s only because Obama is impotent. Stick or no stick.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Hey glass the place and in 20,000 years use it for a parking lot. I’m sure we can find a way to drill sideways into the oil fields. Or dust of the neutron device developed in the 80’s. Just set it up on a stand in the town square, and voila- no more roaches, or angry, women hating people who hate everybody else.

    It is amazing at how tolerant NOW and such organizations are of the crap men from places like Iran, Iraq, etc.. If they would at least come out and say they don’t sanction that behavior, and similar behavior here where “honor” killings are happening, I could at least respect their position. But as with most liberal positions it’s not about integrity because the ends justifies the means at all costs. So in the same vain as a Liberal. Nuke em.

  28. Oh Mander says:

    Ah yes, the “peace through strength” strategy. That worked great in Iraq. And no one messed with W because they knew his threats were “credible.” Oh wait, they did mess him. Constantly.

  29. Macdaddy says:

    Oh Mander, you have yet to come up with any politician who said they thought we should full scale invade Iran. Please go do some reading about what people have been seriously proposing. In all likelihood, it will be the Israelis who attack first. They will not launch a ground war on Iran. Quit trying to defend Kerrey. His ad was a dud and raises some real questions as to his grasp of reality. But since he brought it up, perhaps he’d like to tell us why Iran is on his mind, why people have been discussing what to do about Iran, why any of us should care about Iran, what are his solutions, and how far he would go to resolve the issue. If he says he wouldn’t go as far as a ground invasion, why? What went into his calculation of costs vs benefits? Is the point of his ad to keep Iran from getting attacked? Is he OK with Iran getting a nuclear bomb? If not, what’s he going to do about it? The guy is supposed to be smart. Shouldn’t be too hard for him to regurgitate out a little position paper.

  30. Never Left The Neb says:

    For all the sexist liberal and FAR too right idiots in this state and on this blog, did it ever occur to you that while Jon was out serving the people on what you all refer to as a pittance, because how could someone possibly save any cash on $95,000 a year, that his wife was out earning a pretty good living as an attorney and an expert in telecom law? Now, I would imagine that Jon has not spoken of this out of respect for his wife and his immediate family’s privacy, but for God’s sake, give it a rest.

    Does Jon know how to save money and invest wisely? Obviously, yes.

    Does Jon know how to create jobs by investing in big and small businesses? Obviously, yes.

    Does Jon know how to listen to the facts (and opinions when it comes to politics) and accept when his position is wrong? Obviously, yes.

    Now, if this turns into a bash Jon’s family on their ability to listen in law school and become expert in a field and work hard for your clients/customers, then I may just decide to verbally let you have it next time I see you at a political function.

    Let’s get on with kicking the LAST DemAss out of statewide office for good!!!

  31. Anonymous says:

    To quote John McCain: “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb . . . Bomb, Bomb-Iran”.

    Yep. No one is talking about it. Bombing isn’t an act of war; it’s just for fun!

  32. Anonymous says:

    I agree with Never Left….. Kick them all out. Getting Ben Nelson was a good start but there is more to do. We need to purge the Legislature starting with Ken Haar! Might even get Senator Sullivan too.

    It will be nice to see Cornett gone and Carter in the 45th. Couple that with Murante in the 49th and you will see a major shift in things down in Lincoln. Lathrop will be to busy trying to look like a centrist, for his Gubanatorial bid, to be very effective. Senator Snowcow will be waddling out on the fringes of the far left with her 12 other Libs. Those RINO’s like Conflict Campbell and Gloor won’t be able to wicker too many deals without the support of Cornett and the others.

    I bet Senator McCoy runs over the whole lot and we will FINALLY get winner takes all, Voter ID, and some Arizona immigration type laws from Senator Janssen!

  33. RWP says:

    Kerrey’s ad specifically addresses the commitment of ground troops.

    If bombing is war, we are currently at war with Pakistan and Yemen and have recently been at war with Libya. If Kerrey actually wants to address real US acts of war, he could state his position on the Pakistani and Yemeni drone attacks, and on the bombing and cruise missile attacks in Libya. My guess is he was for all three, given all three were conducted by the Obama administration. But that would be an actual military operation that is happening, not a military operation that nobody is contemplating, despite O Mander’s clear attempt at deflection.

  34. Anonymostly says:

    If Obama sending advisors to Uganda equals ground troops equals war (which I don’t necessarily agree would be the case) then it would be Obama’s war, would it not? So, perhaps Sen Candidate Bob and his army of supporters can explain when it’s OK to project America’s military might and when it’s not. Wanna take a swing at that one, Mander?

  35. Anonymostly says:

    Another thing, Mander, “Peace through Strength” didn’t work in Iraq because Bill Clinton was too much of a chicken sh!t to do anything. Iraq had been thumbing it’s nose at Pres Clinton for his entire time in office, flauting the requirements imposed by the cease fire, and Clinton basically did nothing about it but talk big. Unless there was a bimbo eruption and he needed a distraction. Then he’d go cruise-missile an aspirin factory. Or the Chinese Embassy. Just to kind of get people to forget that he couldn’t keep his own missile … y’know.

    But Bob Kerrey is firmly against sending ground troops to Iran. Thank heavens we have assurance on that. What other military options would he unilaterally take off the table?

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