You NEED me on that wall!

Borchers on Great WallFormer Creighton University School of Law Dean (and current candidate for Legislature) Pat Borchers visited China recently, where he traveled and gave a few talks on legal subjects.

He also visited the Great Wall of China where he sported his…

…Shane Osborn for U.S. Senate t-shirt.

Me thinks this was less to try to drum up support from inner and outer Mongolians for Shane’s next campaign, and more to thumb his nose at the Chi-Coms for detaining Shane and his flight crew down on Hainan Island after one of their jets clipped his reconnasiaince aircraft.

As I noted on his Facebook post, maybe a better shirt would have been…

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You can see more of Borchers’ photos and stories from China on his Facebook page.


Senator Deb Fischer wrote an Op-Ed in the OWH this weekend with Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai.

In it, they spelled out their disagreement with the Obama Administration’s current plans for changing the way the internet operates.

Fishcer and Pai point out that the current plans for “net neutrality”, based on the way telephones have operated since the 1930s, would only hamper the current speed and innovation under which the internet in the U.S. now operates.

Fischer and Pai are in favor of policies that would encourage high-speed broadband development, encourage private investment and re-work how the Universal Service Fund operates.

Read more of the Op-Ed here.


Don Walton of the LJS had a busy weekend. Along with his political wrap-up column he wrote a feature on Governor Pete Rickett’s personal aide, Jessica Moenning.

In an article in which he refers to Moenning as a “rock star”, he notes that she is a privately paid consultant working on various public and political matters in the state.

(Interesting that apparently she is paid by the Gov, but also gets a check from Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, while she helps them organize.)

Interesting as well that Walton didn’t bother to list her other current clients beyond Governor Ricketts — since that is the base of much of the debate around her current position.

But all that aside, one point to quibble: Don notes that Moenning took over the Ricketts for Senate campaign back in 2006 when “it was clear that Ricketts could not win.


That would have been in JULY of 2006. Walton had decided five months before the General that Nelson had it locked up, eh? Funny then that Nelson had many hard-ball negative ads against Ricketts during that time — even though the race was a fore-gone conclusion.

And July 2006 Don Walton didn’t think the race was over:

Although Nelson leads Ricketts in all the early polling, Nebraska’s voter registration numbers dramatize the danger facing the Democratic senator and the Republican challenger’s opportunity.

Republicans: 578,916.

Democrats: 371,037.

Nelson won his first Senate term in 2000 by 15,000 votes when the Republican voter registration advantage was 145,000.

It is 207,000 today.

However, 184,000 registered independents also have an opportunity to choose between Nelson and Ricketts in November.

Also funny that Pete had negative ads running, personally criticizing Nelson, up until Election Day. In other words, he wasn’t just positioning himself for a run at the Governor’s McMansion eight years later.

But then again, we are seldom surprised by revisionist history by Don.

He’s the guy who is currently bitter that there will be too many K.C. Royals on the All-Star team.

Don’t worry Don. We’re sure the Yankees will buy them all up so they can make the All-Star diamond covered in pinstripes next year. (You know, like they always do.)


And yes it’s Day 7 and we’re still waiting to hear who in the Democrat Party knew about the “despicable” dirty tricks in Lincoln…

…And if Congressman Brad Ashford is staffing up his campaign with these same people.


  1. Jean the (st)ripper says:

    Hey, everyone, i know its been a while since I rapped at ya last, but after my most recent botox injection and jimmy johns with extra meat, i stopped in the the YR meeting, and found that it was a mess. talk about an elephant walk with a bucket of mayo on the inside…..ghheessh. i had to take two showers just to feel better again. oh, and raise restaurant taxes higher also.

  2. To 2:18 says:

    Typical Ginger joke. Maybe if you had a soul (which ginger’s do not), you would be more funny’ er

    Merica! Guns, Agenda 21, NSA,More GUNS, FREEDOM

  3. Anon says:

    Just so everyone gets their lines right:

    Lieutenant Kaffee: Colonel Jessep! Did you order the “code red?!!”

    Judge Randolph: You don’t have to answer that question!

    Jessep: I’ll answer the question. You want answers?

    Lieutenant Kaffee: I think I’m entitled to them.

    Jessep: You want answers?!

    Lieutenant Kaffee: I want the truth!

    Jessep: You can’t handle the truth!

    Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know — that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives; and my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives.

    You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall — you need me on that wall.

    We use words like “honor,” “code,” “loyalty.” We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line.

    I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it.
    I would rather that you just said “thank you” and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand the post. Either way, I don’t give a DAMN what you think you’re entitled to!

  4. Corn pop says:

    Pete’s 2006 campaign manager Pat helped Pete win the Primary on the high road and then hoped Pete could pull a Hagel, i.e. let Nelson hammer him until voters felt sympathy then whack Nelson hard at the end with righteous indignation and rise above 50%. But Pete couldn’t. His own polls never showed him winning. Pete could either play it nice and lose to Nelson and end up seeming wimpy, or he could pull a Gene Spence and go fishing and kill his political future, or Pete could invest time and money hammering Nelson so hard that later when Nelson would probably screw the partisan pooch, even the hardest headed Nebraskans would remember that Pete had warned them.

    There was always a high probability Nelson would implode in the ultra partisan Senate. As governor, Nelson sold his nonpartisan blather and NE voters drank it. But he would eventually have to be a Democrat in the ultra-partisan Senate under Obama. Ben’s Kickback was indeed spectacular career suicide but foreseeable in some form. That was all Pete had, other than money to spend.

    Pete knew Nebraskan voters would have to learn the hard way about Nelson. If you hit them hard enough with a 2 by 4, they will remember. So he hit them. And they remembered.

    Pete was absolutely positioning himself for a later run of some sort. That was strategic and wise for a guy who wants to play politics. Walton is just a word pimp. And Jessica just came in when Pat had to resign because he needed a job with a candidate who might win. In 2006, Pete knew he couldn’t.

    If you think Gov. Ricketts is floating along today, he’s not. Look at the outcomes, not for what concerns you but for what matters most to him. He is working it. Perhaps not to your liking, and not so visibly, but he is working it.

  5. Principal says:

    Corn Pop,

    What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.

    I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sweeper, Communist China is doing fine. Let’s talk about how things are doing here.

    Obama’s BRAC wants the private sector involved in running US military bases and he has the first VA hospital “owned by private investors and leased to the federal government” on the drawing board.

    Obama’s approach isn’t soviet style socialism. He’s into the Albert Speer-type co-opting of corporate business. He wedges federal bureaus and police directly between VA (federal) and civilian (nonfederal) patients and the investors who pay their doctors via for-profit insurance companies, with Obama content to gestapo the whole thing. That’s for healthcare and everything else. It is not socialist People’s ownership. It is federal government policing everything. A form of fascism. Americans seem to love it.

    Adolph allowed Speer to earn billions. Speer payed good wages but also used slave labor. Similarly, US business has no Bill of Rights protections. When Obama rules by decree, and your SCOTUS makes laws with zero check on the legislative role they usurp, Americans too lack protections.

    To those whom this pays good wages and to those who like being told what to believe and how to behave by Obama, his new vision of Camp America is a sweet deal. So too was Bush’s abrogation of individual privacy in the name of protecting you a good deal for the fearful.

    Obama frees you. Bush protects you. You end up less free and less protected. Get the picture?

    All this usurped unrestrained power can and will shift to other political hands via mercurial voters. Those who today bask in Obama tyranny will tomorrow wish they had more of those old protections against their own government that they had so eagerly helped Bush, and then Obama, to remove.

  7. Let's be honest says:

    The real reason Pete did so well in the primary is because he surronded himself with great, hard working, loyal people like Nancy McCabe and had a good strategy.

  8. Sparkles says:

    Corn Pop,

    You stated –
    “Pete knew Nebraskan voters would have to learn the hard way about Nelson. If you hit them hard enough with a 2 by 4, they will remember. So he hit them. And they remembered. Pete was absolutely positioning himself for a later run of some sort. That was strategic and wise..”

    So it’s your belief that Ricketts, knowing he was fighting a losing battle in the 2006 Senate race, came up with the brilliant strategy to dip deep into the family cache and (“with a 2 by 4”) wail away at Ben Nelson, one attack ad after another, in order to set himself up for – a run against Chuck Hassebrook, for Governor of NE, nearly a decade later?
    That’s got to be the most convoluted political strategy of the modern era.
    Also, as a matter of record, it is a strategy that, at the time, garnered Pete a whopping 31% of the vote. A strategy that failed to win a single Nebraska county east of North Platte.

    You conclude your post with a praise of Pete’s spectacular political prowess by advising others to:
    “If you think Gov. Ricketts is floating along today, he’s not. Look at the outcomes, ..”

    Okay, let’s do that, let’s look at the outcomes –
    A legislative spanking of the Ricketts on his veto of the Dreamers Bill
    A spanking on the Death Penalty
    A spanking on an increase of the gas tax
    AND.. a legislative scuttling of what Gov Pete declared to be his Number 1 priority – reducing the taxable valuation of farm and ranch land as part of his property tax reform package.
    (and of course, there’s the whole thing about the Governor involved in illegal drug smuggling)

    Lost, lost, lost and lost (and WTF!)
    All of this in spite of the fact that the State legislature is stacked with an overwhelming 35R to 13D margin!

    The crowning glory of Pete’s inaugural shellacking is of course is the recent $200K extracted from the personal account of Rickett’s & Co to pay a shady out of state petition firm to hire out of state manpower to overturn the will of duly elected Nebraska legislators.
    $200K because as you know, “Pete needs a win”.
    And if our plutocrat-in-chief can’t earn it, by god he’ll buy it.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think Walton made the off hand comment about 2006 being a race Ricketts couldn’t win so it takes the burden off of Jessica from being blamed for the loss. Jessica is smart enough to be friends with reporters, political ones especially. The LJS editors may want to bring her down but Don Walton probably gets plenty of good stories out of her and I would assume they have a friendly working relationship as most smart politicos do with the media.

  10. Anonymous says:

    “US business has no Bill of Rights protections.” And you can’t find this written in the Constitution either. Not to say that some judicial magician won’t find this in some penumbra, pedunda, whatever the word is and – Wha-La! – a legal fiction suddenly has more rights than flesh & blood human beings do. That legal fiction has ONE role: making the humane life of real human beings just a little easier when we conduct business. That’s it. Beyond that “business” isn’t worth the actual round I’d fire into its fictional head to ends its worthless life. Unless we need more Rockefellers; we’re still having trouble cutting that particular species of kudzu out of the Republic.

  11. 2006 says:

    In 2006 Nelson’s favorables were high, he ran a fine campaign, he sounded and acted like a general conservative if not a Republican, Bush came to Omaha in the primary and hugged and praised him on stage, and he had all the money and benefits of incumbency. Nobody polled anywhere near him at any point that cycle. Team Hagel wanted a race and recruited Ricketts knowing it would take independent money to wage any campaign against him at all. The strategy of the Ricketts campaign was imperfect start to finish, but the race was never real. And while it may have served to set him up as a candidate all these years later – it wasn’t a master plan. The importance of 2006 was a good GOTV effort in CD2 (Terry v. Esch – surprise race) and CD3 (Smith v. Kleeb – open seat).

  12. The Grundle King says:

    How do you get leads on a person that doesn’t actually exist? Methinks the police have probably written this one off, when they should be pressing this case to find out if an assault actually happened.

    Of course, when they find out an assault didn’t actually happen, that would mean they’d have to charge him with filing a false report.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Broken leg, concussion and “nothing actually happened”. You conservatives have a mighty high standard for “actually happened”. Strange.

  14. The Grundle King says:

    I have no doubt that he sustained injuries, and I hope for his full and speedy recovery.

    But seriously…punched in the leg? Punched in the leg. Who in the hell punches someone in the leg? Let alone hard enough to break bones in the leg (which are pretty darn hard to break)? The assailant would be more likely to break bones in his hand (which are way, way easier to break).

    The more likely scenario is an accident borne out of a little over-consumption. Don’t get me wrong…I don’t begrudge a man for drinking a few too many, as I’m still known to do the same from time to time. But if you get drunk and hurt yourself, be honest about it for crying out loud. The police have better things to do than to go looking for a figment of one man’s imagination.

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