Mean words? Call the cops!

CrazyPillsThere’s an argument that if you were in a no-media bubble for 3 or 4 years, and had no information about what was going on in the world, and then had to guess whether the President was Republican or Democrat, you would have a difficult time figuring it out.

Are things really THAT different in your everyday life? (You are free to give examples one way or another. Sort of interesting…)

But then there are things that Bubble Man would read in 2015 and say, “What planet am I on exactly?”

Case in point:

Lincoln student suspended after calling girl ‘terrorist’

Not reprimanded.
Not made to stay after school.
Not tell the girl he is sorry or maybe write a paper on world religions.

Oh, and then there’s this:

…the male student was identified, suspended and referred to student services after school officials contacted police.


The police! All because a high school kid is walking past another high school kid and says, “Look, there’s a terrorist.”

That’s it. That’s the “offense”.
And Allah help him if he had called her a “Hot Terrorist”.
That would have gotten him expelled and sent to a re-education camp.
(Don’t laugh.)

This, friends, is what is happening…in Nebraska!

So you want to know why Donald Trump can suggest closing down places of worship and his poll numbers go UP?

THIS is why.
THIS overreaction.
THIS PC nutso community we have established where the local authorities are alerted when a kid tells a JOKE that didn’t hurt ANYONE.

Was it mean? Probably. Maybe.
Did it hurt her feelings? Apparently so.
But THAT is what gets a kid kicked out of school?
That’s how we are using the tax-payer dollars and law enforcement’s valuable time?

Oh, but don’t worry. The newsies tell us…

The disturbance is the only anti-Muslim incident reported to Lincoln police so far this year.

“Anti-muslim”! You got that? Make a joke and now you’ve committed an “anti-Muslim incident.” Not an “inappropriate remark”. Not an “immature statement”. Not an “internal school issue that has been handled.” It’s an Anti-Muslim Incident.

Oh, and they’re keeping track.

Bubble Man just crawled back into his bubble.


Running the state like a business

Following the Cabela’s situation in Sidney…

It was always rumored that one of the big donors to Ending Spending, the Joe Ricketts PAC that pummelled Jon Bruning in the Senate race, was billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer.

And it has always been assumed that Paul Singer was and is very tight with the entire Ricketts clan. Singer was part of the GOP billionaire “War Council” which was hooking up on certain issues important to them (Singer is now Marco Rubio guy). And word is that Singer is now also involved with Todd Ricketts on certain political issues.

So it is curious that Governor Pete Ricketts never mentioned a direct relationship with Singer in the OWH story on it — and notes that he hasn’t talked to anyone at Cabela’s in two-and-half weeks.*

One would think that in a situation that would devastate Sidney, Nebraska and the outlying communities, Ricketts would be burning up the phones with Singer and the Cabela’s people, using every advantage he has with them.

Then again, maybe the fact that Singer invested so heavily in Ricketts’ victory, that he feels he doesn’t need to take any of Pete’s calls?

There is a major danger that with Singer’s hedge fund taking over Cabela’s, they will take the money and run — and have another major company leaving Nebraskans high and dry.

Hopefully some of these business relationships that we have always been told are so crucial will come in handy.

* And am I the only one that thinks it is strange the way the OWH characterized the “conflict” when they said, “Ricketts told The World-Herald on Tuesday it was ‘absolutely not’ a conflict to advocate for Cabela’s.”

Why would the state’s Governor have a conflict advocating for a company and the citizens? Wouldn’t the conflict be if he were siding against Nebraska by siding with the controlling hedge fund?

Now the conflict could of course be that Ricketts is going to give away the farm to Cabela’s management in order to keep them in Nebraska — and he’s only doing that because of his relationship — and that’s bad for Nebraska taxpayers.

And then there’s the question of whether or not the family is actually invested with Singer.

As some have suggested, a hot mess all the way around…


Estevez, Sutherland, Phillips…Bacon

Nebraska Republican 2nd District Congressional candidate Don Bacon was added to the NRCC’s “On the Radar” candidates list for the“Young Guns” program.

According to the NRCC…

The Young Guns program supports and mentors challenger and open-seat candidates in races across the country. Officially an NRCC effort for the past three election cycles, the program requires its candidates to work towards specific goals and meet benchmarks throughout the year to ensure their campaigns remain competitive, well-funded and communicative within their districts. “On the Radar” is the first of three levels in the Young Guns program. In the 2014 election cycle, the program helped to elect 45 new Republican Members to the 114th Congress.

…just in case anyone was under the impression that the NRCC was going to sit back and watch Brad Ashford in spelling bees.


I’ll stand down by the door

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  1. Sparkles says:

    “Young Guns”.
    Is that term supposed impart prestige, gravitas or accomplishment.. beyond Jr. High?

    Let me guess, the term “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” was already taken, or maybe trademarked?
    Even better, they could adopt the group tag of; “America, F#%k Yeah!”
    A major advantage being, there’s already a song and an accompanying Youtube video for that one. A song that couldn’t more perfectly encapsulate the current GOP persona.

  2. Trumpcard says:

    I believe Trump suggested closing down mosques that teach people to kill for Allah. Remember Fr. Berrigan? Churches that act like violent criminals are treated thus. If we think that is “overreaction” then we join other hard core politicians who when facing Trump, go mentally limp.

    It is mosques and madrassas in allied nations like Qatar and Saudi, and in the US, that create the funding support and fodder that is ISIS; protected by our western notion of separation of church and state that doesn’t exist in Islam. And as much as Sunnis mutually hate Shites, Iranians too are taught by core Islam to advance a belief system of submission that is at its non-choice core the antithesis of voting, free enterprise and the US Constitution, all of which wind its western way back to the garden where a carpenter individually chose to die at enemy hands to be a martyr and to forgave his killers for his death and so be a saint. I am no Christian. I find suicide stupid. But secularly, the Jesus message is at the very core of western individual choice to disbelieve and to disagree which in fact allows us to separate church from state. From this distant philosophical seed comes the tolerance of Right/Left Nebraskans on Leavenworth Street Blog who deeply hate each other’s differences of opinion while yet respecting each other’s right to vote that way and to then live with the hated outcome of our political losses without slaughtering each other over it. That is the diametrical opposite of Mohammad’s message written by his own hand. I spent years in the Middle East observing these structures and threats as my job and I am surprised that anyone rational can see this threat as political correctness.

    The political correctness here, the embraced lie, is you thinking this is “overkill” on Trump’s part just because it is Trump. Like Ricketts, you seem to have your favorite Walker who Trump has hobbled and you hope Trump will evaporate. That is what Republicans hoped Reagan would do.

    Trump didn’t just suggest the standard “keep out of my state” which most GOP governors have suggested and leave it at that. He suggests real solutions; that we forcibly carve out a chunk of Syria for Syrians instead of dragging them across the earth and that we treat mosques that produce terrorists as the criminal organizations they are. These solutions are as substantial as piggybacking the VA on existing Medicare structures and tax simplifications. Offering substantive solutions is rare. Of course, this is all dynamic and needs tweaking but the guy didn’t turn millions into billions by being dumb. He has been riding this GOP pony show since he saddled up. And he’s been doing it on the greedy media’s dime. He’s outthinking the best that US politicians can throw at him. And yet Republicans in denial act like Trump resurrected the border issue by luck. Trump is rising because voters grasp truth that GOP leaders cannot.

    • repentinglawyer says:

      Trump card, Dan Berrigan never advocated violence that I recall and do not recall a charge against him involving violence. Phil did hammer on a missile but that was symbolic. If the rest of your post isa accurate as the first paragraph then as the lawyers say”false in one thing false in everything.”
      While I think LPS may have overreacted, taught atPrep, do recall SJs tended to crush the first sign of a problem. Maybe they were kinder in Sweepers day.

  3. Ricky says:

    Be careful who you hang out with Mr Ricketts. Why did the farmers and ranchers of Western Nebraska vote for an Omaha businessman instead of a guy who grew up on a farm; Chuck Hassebrook?
    Who wants to bet Cabela’s goes the way of ConAgra? And I doubt Mr Ricketts even cares; probably more worried about protecting his fortune by hanging out with the likes of a Wall Street hedge fund manager.
    ricky from omaha

  4. repentinglawyer says:

    Sweeper, Prosser used to have a note about Magrudedr’s rule that there is no harm in asking. Men students tend to agree, women not so much. Problem with talk about PC is that a lot comes from those who identify with the speaker not the victim. Cave.

  5. Macdaddy says:

    Daily Mail has a whole list of refugees in the YS who have recently been charged with terrorist activities. By all means, let’s import some more to replace the ones who get thrown in jail.

  6. Julie Schmit-Albin says:

    I saw the student suspension story in the LJS and couldn’t believe it except this is the same place that brought us Purple Penguins. At Nebraska Right to Life we get called terrorists and all manner of other nasty names but nobody dreams of involving the police over every crank letter. PC gone wild.

    • repentinglawyer says:

      Julie Schmit-Albin, You are not a high school kid and do not have to supervise the hot house of hormones that is a high school. That could make a difference. Calling Right to Life terrorist because of evil done in the name of antiabortion cause seems like blaming all of Arab Muslims for ISIS. Asyou know Islam is very anti abortion.

      • We’ve all been to high school. Well, except Ricky.

        A lot of smack gets talked in high-school. IMO, it’s better for the teachers to stay out of it. If someone complains, maybe have a quiet word with the offending student. Calling the police, over a word, is a ridiculous overreaction, and in my mind calls into question whether whoever is responsible is fit to supervise students.

    • repentinglawyer says:

      ProfGH, To paraphrase Mark Twain, I remember when I went to high school but I do not remember how I went to high school. In any event a visit with Charles Shiners SJ was much more frightening than a visit with the police. Since I went to a boys only high school I have no idea about smack talk in a mixed high school but I had a number of scary sisters who might have decked a smack talker.

      • Mark Andrews says:

        My late Dad was a Prep ’49er. The Jesuits & students of that day were an altogether tougher breed of men than today. Present company excepted.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Mark Andrews, Probably moving to 72 and Western though my class was the first graduating class out there, 59 ,and my Dad spoke at the ground breaking. Did have 3 years with Henry Sullivan SJ in charge, so i guess I am3/4 tough.

  7. Macdaddy says:

    I got a kick out of them calling it an anti-Muslim incident. So LPS and the LPD equate the word terrorist with Muslims? Hahahahaha! NOW who’s the microaggressor? Calling CAIR! #terroristlivesmatter

    • repentinglawyer says:

      Mac daddy, Given that the girl was a muslim and wearing a head is probably safe to assume that the male student was not accusing her of being a member of the Stern Gang.

      • Ah, but Professor, isn’t that the point!
        Is it “safe to assume”? Are we reading the boy’s thoughts now?
        Maybe that’s exactly what he meant.
        And administrators are calling the police because of it?
        And if they’re calling the police in that situation, what’s next?

      • Macdaddy says:

        I thought you and Sparkles and Obama and the SPLC have claimed that in America, the terrorists are all a bunch of white supremacists. Obama is the chief law enforcement official in this country. And he’s super smart so he ought to know, right? Given your contention, how do you get an anti-Muslim slur from a word that is most likely to be a white, adult male, Christian, American citizen? LPD didn’t get the memo.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Sweeper, We always infer thoughts or mind states from action, unless the actor declares his mind state, and even then we judge the truthfulness of the declaration against the acts. Given the facts reported by AP the inference is not much of a stretch. Agree calling police seems much. Doubt many in Lincoln high schools know who the Stern Gang or even the Irgun were. Picked the Stern Gang in honor of the basic food group Guinness.

      • Prof,
        Much of that is true.
        And I supposed WE do infer thoughts.
        But I’ll bet dollars to donuts that when this kid let them know that his thoughts were, “I was joking!”, their response was “We don’t care.”
        So I’m sure this was some sort of no-tollerance punishment that has gone completely out of control.
        And someone needs to yell STOP.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Mac daddy, I never denied that terrorist acts have been attempted by persons from the Middle East with a Muslim background. I know that more such acts have been attempted by white supremacists of a Christian background, most of whom claim to be Christians. Given your approach to Islam, and given these Christians, perhaps I should ask” religion of peace?”. I do think calling a Muslim girl wearing a head scarf is a truly weird way of calling her a white supremacist, but I do respect your very colorful imagination.

  8. Mark Andrews says:

    “Mean words” = call the cops? By this logic all us regulars here would all be in jail. I’m sure I’d be booked first.

  9. zombiesaredelicious says:

    Yet another lengthy interview (Yahoo News) misses Trump’s core appeal. Says his bid is “built on three things: verbal missiles… bold promises and controversial policies” while saying nothing about the truth of Trump’s statements. It is as if truth doesn’t matter or isn’t real compared to nice.

    Even though they know Trump “believes his lack of political correctness…helps him appeal to voters” the interviewers don’t grasp what’s going on. They instead characterize his appeal as him having “unabashedly un-P.C. opinions.”

    Firstly, truth isn’t an opinion. Fiorina’s firing and feminism, Carson’s lies, Marco’s thievery, Hillary’s felonies, Islam’s nature, unprotected borders, etcetera, are facts. Secondly, the neg phrase “Un-PC” suggests Trump fails to provide some useful quality inherent in PC, which entirely boils down to comforting lies told in the face of a dire need for truth. —Apparently, Trump telling truth fails to satisfy the heroin-like cravings created by the blinding PC disease that has settled into the body politic. Those closest to the political gut are blinded by and addicted to PC. Voters at the extremities aren’t.

    Voters understand Trump while those closest to politics cannot. Trump simply tells raw truth and then voters cringe as they see the entire political class attack him like they were brain dead zombies.

    • Sparkles says:

      “Hillary’s felonies,..”
      What, exactly, do ‘Trumps Truths’ reveal about “Hillary’s felonies”, pray tell?

      For that matter, it would be fascinating to learn of Trumps Truth’ re: “Islam’s nature,”.
      A religion shared by 1.6 billion people, and also known as The Religion of Peace.

      And while you’re at it, why not share Trump’s Truth on “unprotected borders,”
      Borders which never in the history of the United States have been more secure.

      It’s truly an odd world many of you inhabit.

    • Sparkles says:

      By the way, what ever happened to the Birther in Chief’s private investigators? The ones who were in Hawaii looking for Obama’s birth certificate and digging into his past?

      If you recall, the The Donald went on national TeeVee, to proclaim:
      Well, I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re…

      Meredith Viera::
      You have people now out there searching– I mean, in Hawaii?

      Absolutely. And they cannot believe what they’re finding. And I’m serious—

      The PolitiFact File on The Donald’s statements is hilarious!
      Here are the rulings on statements by The Donald that have been commonly contested –
      True = 0 (zero) contested statement found to be True
      Mostly True = 5 statements (7%)
      Half True = 12 statements (18%)
      Mostly False = 9 statements (13%
      False = 29 statements (43%)
      Pants on Fire = 13 statements (19%)

      There it is!
      75% of what The Donald proclaims runs the gamut from Mostly False to a Pants on Fire Lie!!

      Statements such as:
      “The Trans-Pacific Partnership “was designed for China to come in, as they always do, through the back door and totally take advantage of everyone.”


      The federal government is sending refugees to states with governors who are “Republicans, not to the Democrats.”


      Says his plan would cut taxes without increasing the deficit.


      The unemployment rate may be as high as “42 percent.”


      “We have the highest tax rate anywhere in the world.”

      Dee Lusional

      • bynd says:

        So, as has been amply proven, Dems and Repubs are different sides of the same coin. Got anything new Sparkles? Like an original thought?

  10. I can’t think or anything more pointless than reading two people argue about Donald Trump. Except, maybe, the Black Lives Matter protest at UNL. They want all freshmen to be compelled to attend ‘cultural sensitivity training’. Yeah, that will be popular.

    Couldn’t take more than 60 seconds of it.

    • The Grundle King says:

      Indeed…what we truly need in this country right now is MORE sensitivity. Soon we will reach the level of hyper-sensitivity, when nobody can say anything without offending someone.

      I suppose the one benefit of that would be that everyone would just shut the hell up.

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