Stamping it with the Crane Seal

Ride the steam train through the Nebraska Alps!

You say every day is a Carl Curtis Open Comment Friday?

Well, because of the somewhat lax enforcement of rules in the comments section, you are probably correct.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t laud Senator Curtis anyway, so comment on!

In the mean time…


Sign and Drive

Governor Ricketts officially signed on to the letter to the White House saying “review the procedures for letting in Syrian refugees, and in the mean time stop letting them in“.

You don’t have to go far to find criticism of this stance (frankly if you’re on The Facebook, pretty much 75% of it these days is Syrian Refugee Talk. The other 60% seems to be about pugs…).

But the fact is that the polls show that a strong majority of Americans agree with this stance. (And the Washington Post‘s Callum Borchers expands upon this idea.)

A good chunk of this is that Americans have come to realize that the federal government screws up pretty much anything it touches. And if they can’t give a clear method of clearing refugees, then how can you trust anything else?

Of course there’s also the strong argument that we have already crossed that bridge as enemies have already crossed the border. But that isn’t exactly an argument against fixing any further gaps.

Oh, but there will be PLENTY of those who will scowl down at you and scold you that, “we’re better than that“…without providing any better solutions.


Gotta love that snow-capped peak in the background…

Of course the coolest thing about the Governors’ letter?

The letterhead:

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As these things go, Louisiana clearly wins the day in the design category.

Just for the heck of it, I’ll go on record that Nebraska should change the logo to something clearly Sandhill Crane related that would stand out.

I will take submissions from those artistically motivated.


Take THAT Yale and Mizzou!

Well, the University of Nebraska Lincoln students now get to yell, “Us too! Us too!


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  1. repentinglawyer says:

    Sweeper, You did not mention Frenchies, Mimi was very upset. No particular surprise that a majority in polls favor eliminating Syrian refugees. So what? Why not a Hruska day, he was the better Senator of the two.

  2. Henry Robert says:

    Kind of surprised State Senator Bill Kintner went to the Black Lives Matter Rally, especially with Adam Morfeld. I did see him there. Coat, sun glasses, NRA Gun Rights hat, liberal in tow. Regardless, at least it shows that anyone can have an open mind. Surprised Ernie wasn’t there.

  3. Jane Kleeb Loooooooooooves Ben Sasse says:

    What is the deal with Jane Kleeb lately lavishing praises on Ben Sasse. Has she paid attention to anything he said during his campaign or how he’s voted the last year in the Senate? One of 2 possibilities

    1. Jane really is that easily manipulated.
    2. Scott Kleeb and Ben Sasse are old pals from them both pursuing their doctorates at the Yale School of Government during the same time period.

    It’s hilarious she is attacking Brad Ashford, on what planet is Jane living on where Ben Sasse is better for progressive and environmental issues than Ben Sasse?

    • Anonymous says:

      Because Jane fancies herself as the new Rep from NE2. Hastings Trib has a puff piece about the Kleebers and what’s next for both of them now that JFK was so successful stopping Keystone. Don’t you know the plan is for them to move to Omaha because Energy Pioneers has left Hastings and Jane can run for CD2 or the Legislature? Watch for them to move into South O or North O near Sacred Heart. So much for her protestations just a few years ago that Hastings and the 3rd Dist. were their true home where they want to raise their kids because they are both people of the land. What a load. They played that one to the hilt, time to move on to the next escapades. Besides Omaha is a lot closer to Eppley than Hastings is and Jane needs her fix in DC every so often. Oh, and she will be closer to Sugar Daddy Dick Holland.

  4. Sparkles says:

    “..if they can’t give a clear method of clearing refugees, then how can you trust anything else?”

    Convenient meme, of course it’s pure right wing fallacy.
    The individuals in charge of our nations refugee programs in fact -CAN- provide a quite cogent and remarkably compelling explanation of the rigors of the process. And, they present a nearly irrefutable argument relating to the value of the refugee program as a vital component to the long term solution to the problem of global terrorism.
    In fact, they just present that compelling argument for all to see.
    Nov 19, CSPAN-2, a presentation lasting more than 2 hours in front of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
    You can see it yourself. Go to CSPAN, search: NOVEMBER 19, 2015 – Syrian Refugees and National Security
    And an equally masterful and persuasive performance on CSPAN-1 for 2 hours and 49 minutes, in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
    Go to CSPAN, search: NOVEMBER 19, 2015- Terrorist Threat and Syrian Refugee Crisis.

    It takes 18 to 24 months to complete the marathon of interrogations and background checks required to attain refugee status.
    58,000 foreign nationals navigated the hurdles necessary to attain refugee status in 2012.
    Compare that 58K, to 8.9 million Visas (tourist, travel, school, business) issued in 2012 to foreign nationals visiting the United States.

    Someone will have to explain to me exactly why a terrorist would willingly subject themselves a pool of only 58K applicants, all of whom are forced to undergo 18 months to 2 years of intense scrutiny, instead of taking your chance in a pool of 8.9 Million who undergo far less scrutiny.

    And, since I know no one will actually watch the CSPAN testimony, – because the fallacious meme so neatly nestles into your ideology – how about these sage words –
    Nov 16, 2015 –
    “What the United States has done is to be open to people who are fleeing tyranny, who are fleeing danger, but we have done it in a very careful way that has worked for us.”
    – Condoleeza Rice
    Dr. Rice added that in her four years as Secretary of State, the U.S. welcomed around 67,000 refugees.

    • bynd says:


      ISIS has explained it to you. You and the government just don’t pay attention. They have stated they have smuggled thousands of jihadist into Europe. They said they will attack in the USA. They said they will use the refugee system to attack those who are against them.

      They do have a plan and have hit all the mile markers on that plan. So you can believe Obama and his minions, you know the folks who keep changing their plan and still not getting anything done, or you can believe Muslim zealots who have no problem waiting to attack the way they said they would. When you are certain you will win, time matters very little.

      It’s like this, who would ever believe that anyone with an once of intelligence would still be believing the Pres. especially over ISIS? A political zealot from lala land.

      They are contained. No we mean geographically contained. They are the JV. (We must be the freshmen then:))

  5. Anonymous says:

    I sent my credit card number to Marco Rubio for a seat at the Nebraska Republican Party’s Founder’s Day dinner at which he is guest speaker. Now my card is mysteriously maxed out. I tried to call Rubio at his office but I was told he was out purchasing a new speed boat.

    Among the faults in this massive pile of candidates, two stand out. Hillary who criminally sent top secret documents out the door and Rubio a thief. They might have invited Scott Walker.

  6. So here’s an example of the screening process. A Russian acquaintance of mine — let’s say his name was Foukov — applied for political asylum status back in the 90’s. His strategy was very clever; when the Soviet Union broke up, instead of claiming Russian citizenship — he’d spent his whole life in Moscow — he applied for Azerbaijani citizenship, because his grandparents had been Volga boatmen in Baku back in the day. Then he went to the State Department and said, look my name’s Foukov, but that’s a russification of the Armenian name Foukian. But Armenia and Azerbaijan are enemies (they went to war shortly thereafter) and as an Armenian, I’ll be persecuted in Azerbaijan. So I’m a political refugee.

    The State Department swallowed it, hook line and sinker.

    As it happens, he’s a really smart guy, and in my opinion we’re lucky to have him. So I simply chuckled with him at the massive geographical ignorance and cultural unsophistication of State Department functionaries. I’ve had my own interactions with immigration, of course. And the FBI, when they were checking on foreign nationals. They’re all dolts. It’s an American thing. Americans are lovely people, and I’m glad I became one, but 99% of us are utterly naive and ignorant about the rest of the world. It’s simply a result of our geographical distance; the average Englishman deals with more foreigners and cultural minorities in a day than an American does in a year.

    The people screening these refugees will likely be people who know nothing of Syria or Iraq or the Byzantine cultural and political differences in those countries. They’ll be standard 9 to 5, plodding Federal bureaucrats. Sure, their bosses claimed the screening will be tight. And the IRS didn’t go after conservative groups. Riiiiight.

    • Sparkles says:

      It’s nice to know your smart friend from Russia was able to immigrate to America.
      I wonder if he finds the current groundswell of xenophobia troubling?

      One would assume the State Dept. research into his background didn’t uncover a history of crime or terrorist proclivities.

      I would imagine these words strike a chord within your Russian friend, a chord that resonates with ever fewer among your party:
      “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

      • Well, I guess if a 19th century poem is all you have…

        Actually, the State Department inquiry into his background didn’t uncover anything at all. That is what you can expect. Backgorund checks will discover a large number of trivial details, which they will put on a server for hackers to obtain; but won’t uncover anything important. Remeber the Tsarnaevs? Or Zazi? No, of course you don’t.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        It’s a great poem Sparkles and one to live by! It is unsettling that the last few days erupted into a barrage of anti-Muslim sentiment. What is the value of principals which may simply be discarded when we fear?

        And I’m talking to you, too, bynd. When I asked you to explain the value of your Christianity a few days ago, you effectively said it’s not applicable in matters of government. What gives?

      • Sparkles says:

        Of course, the Tsarnaev brothers weren’t refugees.
        The family entered the U.S. on 90-day tourist visas.

        The youngest Tsarnaev was 9 years old when he arrived, the oldest 16.
        They became radicalized only after having lived in the U.S. for a decade.

      • Oracle says:

        I’ll go by snopes’ conclusion (google for the detail).
        WHAT’S TRUE: The Tsarnaev brothers’ father applied for political asylum after arriving in the United States.
        WHAT’S FALSE: The Tsarnaev family entered the United States by claiming to be refugees.

  7. And, by the way, I’m willing to admit refugees even knowing that a few of them will inevitably be bad eggs. But I’m not willing to pretend I have any confidence the US can detect and exclude bad eggs.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        I will not write that I agree with Gerard due to his last name-calling outburst directed at me.

        But I applaud your willingness to hold back the tide of anti-Muslim sentiment here at Leavenworth St., repentinglawyer. Even my preferred GOP candidate, Rand Paul, is succumbing to the mania of the Paris attacks.

  8. Macdaddy says:

    The government spent $500 million to raise up a Syrian army. They trained 5 guys. That’s all they could find that they could trust wouldn’t abscond with their weapons and training to ISIS. So now they want us to believe that they can find 10,000 to 65,000 Syrians who are all completely trustworthy? Oh, but nothing is 100%! True, but maybe Obama could tell us what failure rate he’s ok with. 1%? That’s 100 ISIS fighters. At a 20:1 kill rate, kiss 2000 Americans goodbye. How about 0.1%? That’s 10 which would translate to 200 dead Americans. What’s really weird is Obama’s indifference to risk. From criminally lax Secret Service to open borders to importing terrorists to giving Iran nuclear weapons and $140 billion, he just really couldn’t care less.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Here’s a titbit of news.

    The WSJ says GOP operative Liz Mair is planning a “guerrilla campaign” to “defeat and destroy” Trump by forming a “loosely organized and highly confidential” group of GOP donors who want to end Trump. Mair says, “Unless something dramatic and unconventional is done, Trump will be the Republican nominee.”

    A secret party cabal to politically assassinate Trump? That will get Trump five more pts in polls. And you can’t blame Trump for this. Ms. Mair is typical of those who make careers out of getting paid to make candidates lose. She was Online Comms for McCain’s 2008 defeat, advised Fiorina’s double digit 2010 defeat, advised Gay “GOProud” PAC which died of disinterest, and began this race working for Perry and when he quit, out of a dozen GOP alternatives, she picked Scott Walker.

    This level of GOP stupidity is a gift to Trump. Good, because but for him, it’s a gift for Democrats.

    • OK, how about a burly mustached / bearded man with an anvil in front of a train going through the snow-capped mountains?
      THAT sounds normal?
      The crane is no stranger than the pelican.
      And we could even hire Ralph Machio for the unveiling ceremony.
      I’m tellin’ ya it would work!

  10. Joe Quimby says:

    Just returned from watching the latest installment in “The Hunger Games.” Found it of interest that the weapon-toting rebels attempted to enter the Capitol by interspersing with the “refugees” attempting to enter as well. Sometimes Hollywood does get it right.

  11. Lil Mac says:

    Trump on 20/20, ABC, Barbara Walters.

    With the Paris attack, his cred set. With this interview, he won the nomination. Expect that to show in his opponents’ internal polling and six or more to drop by Christmas.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Well I took your advice and watched. Trump certainly appeared more presidential than the caricature perceived in TV land. If he does secure the GOP nomination it might not be too bad; he believes in tax justice! But the foreign policy remarks he makes are unsettling, at least for me.

    • Sparkles says:

      It’s time for Republican party leaders to face reality.
      Trumpism is not a passing fad in an otherwise responsible GOP electorate. It’s all that’s left of a Republican Party that long since gave up any pretense at serious governance and instead became the unapologetic, Koch-owned plutocratic political arm of the resentment-fueled outrage machine created by talk radio, Fox News, and Breitbart.

  12. bynd says:


    You talking to ME! LOL.

    Despite the misdirection by many Christians, if we follow the example of Jesus like we are commanded to do, he had nothing to do with the Roman government. No petitions, no demonstrations, didn’t run for office or endorse candidates, nada. He paid no attention to them. (Mark 12:14).) Why? There is no salvation for government and it is not the final form of government. It has no relevance to God’s plan other than to reward the good and punish the bad to stop total chaos from reigning (Rom. 12). Oh, and also when they get squashed in the end.

    The last thing even a Christian should want is a Christian government shoving their beliefs down every one’s throat and it is isn’t God’s way to force anything on any one. It is all about choice.

    However, did you see the story of the mother from Nebraska who took her two year old to Texas and then stabbed the child to death? ?????

    And I always love it when we talk about government/societal values. Like Nebraska. In the top for binge drinking, highest STD rate in the nation in Douglas county. Highest black men murder rate, highest black unemployment rate. Yada Yada. Yet we are on many top 10 lists as a great place to live.

    There is no bigger line of BS than, those aren’t Nebraska/US values. But it does give degenerates a feeling of moral superiority to the despots. How is it some reject American exceptionalism but yet talk of our values when they want to appear righteously moral?

    • Sparkles says:

      Paul wrote to the Romans, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:1-2).
      Peter wrote, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right”

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Sparkles, Those passages have been used to support submission to the worst possible governments, NaziGermany, Vichy, South American military dictators. While Bynd goes too far, he is right to remember that we areal resident aliens with a home elsewhere, though at a minimum we need government to “keep us from eating one another as do the fish.”

      • Sparkles says:

        I was merely pointing out the obvious fault of bynd’s biblical argument.

        Of course it’s true, for time immemorial, verses from the Bible have been used to legitimize the enslavement and slaughter of our fellow man.
        Just as verses from the Koran are now being used by ISIS to legitimize the enslavement and slaughter of our fellow man.

        Week after week, they publish the specific Koranic justification for their most gruesome acts, whether it is the beheading of apostates and Christians, throwing gay people off of high buildings, stoning to death women accused of adultery, or the enslaving of women and children.

        Recent polls show that while ‘spirituality’ is on the rise, fewer people every year believe eternity holds for us the promise of an otherworldly home.
        With due respect, I think this trend will make for a better, more peaceful world.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Sparkles,Hope of a more enlightened humanity is folly. Kant’s “crooked timber of humanity” is not caused by religion and will not disappear when Christian hope disappears. The failure of philosophical Liberalism is its anthropology which for more than 200 years has treated human nature as totally plastic and called on the State to mold it I emphasis philosophical Liberalism, not whatever happens at the moment to be cursed as Liberal.

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles: Maybe you should try and read and understand the Bible before trying to quote what you have no idea what you are saying.

        RL: Went to far?

      • Sparkles says:


        Thank you for always bringing light to the conversation.
        The “crooked timber” passage is new to me, and fascinating.

        It’s likely I’m naive, but my immediate reaction is that I simply can’t embrace a philosophy that posits every man will try to abuse his freedom if he doesn’t have somebody over him who exercises power in accordance with the laws.
        I need to believe there is an inherent goodness in most of humanity. A goodness that precludes the willing abuse of others.

        I would imagine the Kant passage is much more readily embraced by those who place great faith and reverence in an omnipotent power.

    • repentinglawyer says:

      Bynd, We follow Jesus in our times. We do not try to act like we live in his. Otherwise since He was an observant Jew, we should not be violating the Sabbath with our texting, and Jesus did not have an email account.

  13. bynd says:

    Sorry RL:

    New covenant new rules. 1 John. 2:6, Phil 2, Col. 2:16,

    We would also be stoning heretics and sacrificing animals galore.

    Our relationship to the law has changed: Rom. 7:6, 6:14, Gal 5:18. Although I realize we are looking at this through the lens of different denominational beliefs.

    As to Jesus being an observant Jew. Is that like the Pharisees and Sadducees? Is his Gospel one that the Jews preach and follow according to the OT rules? Once again, differences between denominational teachings.

  14. bynd says:


    You proved my biblical view on government wrong how?

    “It’s likely I’m naive, but my immediate reaction is that I simply can’t embrace a philosophy that posits every man will try to abuse his freedom if he doesn’t have somebody over him who exercises power in accordance with the laws.”

    It states that in the Bible where?

    Since you have shown a serious lacking of the knowledge of the Bible, you might want to stay away from quoting it. But if you insist, I will gladly help you understand it:)

  15. bynd says:

    “With due respect, I think this trend will make for a better, more peaceful world.”

    Since the beginning of man, all wars have been caused, by man. There are many reasons for these wars. Actually, non religious based wars have killed more than those about religion. But that is a rabbit trail.

    Many of the the non religious, some how believe that man will one day have no more wars. A Star Trek fantasy. Many like to site science as the knowledge that will make this happen. Many believe in the innate goodness of man. However, if you believe in evolution, then you must believe in the laws of nature. And the two basic laws of nature, and therefore the basic natural laws of man are, might makes right and only the strong survive.

    Occasionally, some men have risen above this. Occasionally, some scientist have lowered themselves to it. The reason is, man is man and there is rarely such thing as an altruistic man. Occasionally, some men subdue others to present a faux peace scenario. Like Syria or China. Some believe that the greatest country there ever was is ours. But yet, we have many deep dark secrets.

    We are successful. Maybe the most successful country ever. But once again, men being men, the 1% control most of it and the rest rebel to get what they believe the 1% owes to every one else. This all can be explained by man’s nature. You can be the most moral man alive. But if your family is starving, you will jump your neighbor’s fence and steal his produce if that is the only answer for food for your children.

    So, maybe one such as Sparkles can explain to me, how is it, that you believe against all that is rational, all that is mandated by natural law, what has been a constant repeat of human history from the beginning to now, gives you the hope you espouse in the first lines of this post? And then, explain how it is any different than the hope people of faith have in God?

    Would you really give everything you have and cherish to the one who promises peace and prosperity for everyone?

    • Sparkles says:

      Someone should ask Rubio during the fundraiser if he is embarrassed that one of his billionaire owners, 40-something California winery inheritor John Jordan, named his Rubio supporting Super PAC: “Baby Got PAC”

      From “Young Guns” to “Baby Got PAC”, you’d think the Republican party has been over run by a group of people incapable of shaking their adolescence.

  16. TexasAnnie says:

    bynd, Sparkles and repentinglawyer:

    I believe that Kant’s “crooked timber” quote is intended to illustrate why his ethic, deontology, is necessary to a civilized society. Kant believed it is our duty to obey laws. The example taught me was the running of a red light at 2:00am when no other traffic is present. Kant believed this act, -without ill consequence, is still wrong because it cannot be applied universally. (We can’t run any red light any time.)

    Kant’s categorical imperative requires that we “act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that is should become a universal law.” That is to say, doing one’s duty is the prime objective; not the consequence of having done one’s duty.

    Now I can’t quote the Bible, bynd, but this philosophy seems strikingly like Christianity. And 40 to 50 years ago, when I was formally studying philosophy and rejecting an idea of God, I found this ethic quite agreeable for it’s simplicity and universality. The problem was/is of course, not everyone agrees to live by this ethic!

    And the very worse example of the failure of “universal laws” happened to me when I lived in Nebraska: those disabled kids cheated of their public education!!! Neither Nebraska’s Constitution nor federal law could compel 49 adults to do the right thing. Because there was no ‘consequence’ to their bad behavior, they simply ignored what the law required.

    I have since abandoned Kant’s ethic (just as I had abandoned Christianity at about the age of 13). I have learned that I must horde my wealth simply because my child needs it more than your child! this is an uncomfortable ethic but one that works well enough, especially now that I am back in Texas where my wealth is not being taken to prop up “economic development.” Someone up the line mentioned the law of nature, ‘survival of the fittest.’ And it’s a sad condition for mankind to dwell within.

    • bynd says:

      No harm no foul. The mantra of today’s justification for doing as you please.

      It is your wealth. Do what you want with it and feel no shame. Move it to an offshore account. Remember, the Bible says, paraphrased, those who don’t take care of their own family are worse than unbelievers.

      I use to speed while driving like everyone else. Now, every time I drive I try to do the speed limit. I find it amusing when a speeder has to slow for me and and then flash their lights or honks or flashes the single finger salute. But, that is their problem not mine.

      I live in a high tax state, Nebraska, because my grand kids live here and grammie won’t leave them. But it is our choice.

      I’m sorry you gave up your faith. I am sure hypocrisy had a lot to do with it. But in all things, I try to do what the Bible commands and do what ever I do for the Lord. It doesn’t always work that way though.

      Do I need a spiritual entity to do what is right? I lived my life for myself for a long time. This life is much better. And why should it matter to anyone else? It shouldn’t nor do I care. Point is, live for yourself, as everyone else does. And if it is your determination to do it in a moralistic way, by your definition, then so be it. Those who judge are the biggest jerks of all.

      Quite frankly, those who believe they can legislate morality, (that would be both parties) are those who lead the saddest most delusional life of all. How frustrating it must be that they can not control all the wealth in this country/world and then distribute it in the most fair and equitable manner possible. That is, according to their rules. They become the purveyors of hatred, bigotry and bitterness. Now that is a sad way to live. Only you can control you.

      By the way, I finally had to look up Kant. Nice theory, but not very practical.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Bynd, my jurisprudence prof use to respond to the line that you can not legislate morality, with the question “what should we legislate immorality?” What is your answer? Or as we use to do in law school, would you rather pass.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Hmmm. You don’t seem like other “Christians” I know. At any rate I’m not asking you to legislate morality. I’m asking you to care enough about wards of the state to make inquiries of your legislative and executive “representatives.” After all, everything they do or fail to do, they do in “your name.” Make a few phone calls and inquire as to the rationale behind 3% growth in educational spending over the next biennium in every category EXCEPT special education (which is to grow by 2 1/2%). That’s how Ben Nelson began his campaign against the disabled of Nebraska. First he cut back funding, a 1995 growth cap without regard to enrollment or need. And by 1998 some school districts presented with enrollment possibility of children with disability used an OLD residency statute to deny enrollment. Yet the children had been placed within those school districts by the state! Your legislature HAD TO ACT; it says so in your Constitution. But your legislature did not fix that statute until the year 2000. And they all knew what was happening, all 49! Just ask any who “served” at the time if they remember D’Anne Welch.

        Interestingly, the attorneys at the NDE figured a means of getting around the errant legislature. They wrote new rules and regs. But Nelson refused to sign!!! It was three years that those children were cheated of their public education. Nebraskans can never erase that stain, and bynd, I think it’s happening there, again… This is how it started. First a cut back on funding. Then, funding for those who speak up (i.e. those with parents) while slighting wards of the state. And on it goes until a crisis erupts such as SPED while I lived there and BSDC since. And bynd, your forecasting board has projected a revenue shortfall next year. So the unicam is expected to come back in January with an idea of making cuts to the biennial budget set this year. Often they discuss across-the-board cuts. Would that be fair, for SPED? What does your ethic tell you?

        Will you make a simple phone call and ask you unicam representative why special education growth is less than growth in every other category of educational spending over the next biennium? Just as a special favor, to me?

  17. repentinglawyer says:

    Texas Annie, Kant is sometimes interpreted as a non religious version of Luther and there are certainly influences. You are certainly right that we do not live in the kingdom of ends and the presence that we do might well do more harm that good. Having had some experience dealing with the struggle to get education for a son with needs I know something of NE’s failures I admire your struggle.

  18. Lil Mac says:

    There may be a mathematical advantage to Trump’s “rude truth” approach. For while Trump’s own supporters have a hesitant reaction to his barbs, because they agree with the truth but fear his frankness will hurt Trump, this is not the case for most other voters, GOP and Democrat.

    There are 16 other candidates, all taking dollars from supporters who tense up when Trump gets around to whacking their favorite one. Other than that, they sit back and enjoy the show. Not being vested in Trump or his target du jour, they relax, smile at his quips and agree, saying, “I must admit, Trump hit that nail on the head!” — More of Trump’s barbs are more fully absorbed and enjoyed more by non-Trump voters than by his own. From an analytical perspective, that is significant.

    Every Democrat and at least two thirds of GOP voters aren’t invested in Trump. Yet, at any one time, most of them are agreeing with Trump’s quips and barbs. — When Trump (A), whacks candidate B, that tends to elicit relaxed agreement in the supporters of C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O and P. In clinical terms, the effect of this relaxed oblique cumulative agreement, especially delivered with humor, creates a sense of familiarity and ease that tends to translate, unawares, into trust.

    The Trump who most originally saw as a comic irrelevancy, as they once saw Reagan, then became the Trump they feared as an anomalous threat to the status quo, as they once feared Reagan, in Trump’s case is bolstered by Paris attacks and Europe closing its borders giving him credibility, and so Trump inexorably morphs into a charming wise wag, not unlike Reagan did with his jelly bean diversions and disarming humor; the key of which is that disarming humor dis-arms opponents by winning them over.

    • Sparkles says:

      I wonder is a President Donald would consult an astrologist before scheduling important meetings or planning events, as did President Ronald?

      I wonder if a President Donald would fund Islamist mujahidin fighters in Afghanistan and sell weapons of war to a despot leader of Iraq, before almost immediately turning around and selling weapons of war to a despot leader of Iran, as did President Ronald?

      Since both will have been within months of the same exact age when assuming office, I wonder if a President Donald would display the onset of dementia as he approached his 2nd term in office, as did President Ronald?

      I wonder if a President Donald would triple the national deficit, balloon the size of federal government and grant amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants, as did President Ronald?

      I wonder if it’s coincidence that the world’s most famous clown sports a ridiculous hairdo and is named Ronald McDonald?

  19. bynd says:


    And it matters why? And the Dems are different how? Evidently you have met Alice by looking into the mirror to see it was you. Have some more tea. Your “facts” have no relevance for today. Regan is ancient history. Unless of course, the current world situation is his fault also. RFLMAO

  20. repentinglawyer says:

    Sparkles, my memory is that Nancy consulted the astrologer. Most of those in the know claimed it was a way of protecting when age and disease made a meeting too much for him by taking the heat. Given that Mrs Wilson acted as effective POTUS after his stroke, perhaps Bynd is right that this issue now belongs to history. Arming the resistance seemed like a good idea in the Cold War context, but when USSR left we lost interest, rather typical of US not to be blamed only on RWR.

    • Sparkles says:

      I believe you are, to a large degree, correct that it was Nancy who most fastidiously relied on government by horoscope, although –
      1988, NYT
      “WASHINGTON, May 3— President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, are both deeply interested in astrology, the White House spokesman, Marlin Fitzwater, said today, and two former White House officials said Mrs. Reagan’s concerns had influenced the scheduling of important events..
      ..At his briefing, Mr. Fitzwater acknowledged that the President has a superstitious streak.”

      And bynd –
      It matters a lot, for reasons so brazenly apparent they require no explanation.
      And there simply is no democratic candidate equivalence to the hucksterism, mendacity and psychosis we’ve witnessed throughout the last decade of the GOP presidential primary lunacy.

      And with absolute certainty; if you’re one of those who currently supports either the Trump or Carson candidacy, you’re part of what ails our once great nation.
      It is delusional to imagine you are part of the solution.

      • bynd says:


        Now aren’t you the bastion of purified judgement. In your own world any way.

        But if we must go there. Jimmy who brought us 20% mortgage interest rates and then was savagely attacked by a rabbit in the water. And then got how many killed after he let the Iranians take the US embassy in Iran? Or Bill the pervert. Good economy record but only with the help of the Repubs. congress. But he seems like your kind of porn guy. Or don’t cross the red line Obama. Or the, I didn’t know about what my administration was doing until I read it in the paper Obama. Or, you can keep your doctor and your insurance rate will go down $2500.00 Obama. Or the second best one of all, being a Gruber. Short I believe for gullible idiot. which you display admirably ever time you post with your cut and paste. And finally, ISIS is the JV team and we have them contained. That would make Obama, the Keystone cops:) Oh yeah and how about Dirty Harry who wouldn’t even propose a budget for 7 years while he was in charge because he was a weak and spineless leader. And how will the state investigation into his corruption end? He needs to watch out for those mean rubber bands.

        Nope Sparkles, I don’t participate. So you can take responsibility for this dysfunctional system all by your proud deviant self. And your writings leave no doubt about how this system has gone into a tail spin of hatred and obstructionism. How delusional must one be to believe that one side is better than the other. Or maybe at your age, just demented. Time to order more Namzaric.

      • bynd says:

        PS: Sparkles

        No, it matters nada. Only to zealots like you who have no life except to worship at the alter of irrelevant minutia. Which makes you irrelevant also but fun to poke.

  21. bynd says:

    RL, 4:13:

    I believe the saying I always heard is laws are for those who are lawless or conversely, laws are not written for the law abiding. Or some such thing.

    I do like your prof train of thought though. What the heck are liberals and liberals lawyers to do then? Not to mention the far right. A fair rebuke for regurgitating CW.

    Although not smart enough to willingly let it go, we should legislate against immorality. That would be immorality as defined by who is in charge at the time:)

  22. Lil Mac says:

    Reagan was a Democrat who fought to end nuclear weapons and won two terms as a union president and also a Republican POTUS who won landslides with many Democrat, Republican and Independent voters. Trump too is many things. And yet none of this matters. The big question today is, why is Trump up in the polls when every day since last June, top political minds, right and left, have pronounced Trump’s impending doom. How can so many get it so wrong for so long?

    Perhaps Trump will plunge eventually but his rise and stay to date begs us to consider how and why so many experts, who are all looking at this very familiar process, are suddenly in this one case consistently and repeatedly getting it wrong. That normally suggests factors at work we cannot see. Looking at the math of the electoral landscape is one way to try to see into and explain this.

    But let us be clear. Voters don’t care what you and I personally think. They see us as the problem.

    69% of registered voters say it is more important to get involved in charity work than political work If we felt that way, we’d be selling Girl Scout cookies. Instead, we are here. Motives for being here vary. Some come for the snark, some for gotcha. Many vent and express personal views. I would argue that the only useful purpose is for us to try to plumb the depths of what voters will do on Election Day.

  23. Cornhuckster says:

    Snow capped mountains. Very funny Sweeper.

    “HI. I’m that Great Seal of the State of Nebraska and I am here to invite you to look at our corn fields, railroad tracks that haul Buffett crude oil over pristine prairie lands, our horseshoeing industry, as you pass through on your way to Colorado. It has been suggested that we instead show an I-80 truck stop with a giant coffee pot water tank, which is much better than a deflated football.

    The point is, that’s Colorado in the distance… nothing to see here, folks, move along.”

    Thanks for the chuckle SS.

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