Nothing Burger with a side of Podium

Senator Deb Fischer was on Fox Sunday morning talking about the President’s response to the recent terrorism in California, as well as her highway bill.

Fischer, on the Senate Armed Services and Transportation Committees, gives some sage advice, and spreads the congrats around on the Transportation bill.

See it here (click image below):



Americans — even Conservatives — do depend on Government for a few things: National defense and Roads. Fischer has particularly shown now that she knows how to get things done in the Senate on the latter — and takes a strong position on the former.

Anecdotally, if you want to witness some awful roads first-hand, take a trip across the pond to the Republic of Ireland. Great whiskey. Awful roads.

For comparison, a few years back I drove from the Republic into Northern Ireland, and the difference between the roads was felt IMMEDIATELY are you go from one to the other — the U.K. roads being a dramatic improvement.

Great to see that Senator Fischer has applied her skills and knowledge on this issue in the U.S. Senate.



As long as we’re on the subject, the President’s Oval Office speech last night was a giant sad-trombone (wah-waaaaaahhhh).

The Nothing-Burger of a speech (with a side of unnecessary podium) was a result of the President’s lack-luster response to the recent terrorist activities in the U.S., and it was as if his advisors told him he needed to do something “bold”, and this was their fall-back.

The mailed-in quality of the speech, along with the zero new ideas, meant it was a C-, at best.


Leading from behind?

Democrat Rep. Brad Ashford is taking a strong stand against military authorization against ISIS by…online polling?

Ashford wants YOU to let him know how he should vote! That’s what ALL the great leaders do, right? “What do the folks on Twitter, who then want to give me their name and email address think?!” “Oh, and give them and ‘Unsure’ option, along with the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, just in case they are only there because they like to click buttons.” So just to confirm, people of #NE02: Congressman Ashford is unsure of your position on whether to use force against terrorists. Got it.


Get your degree

As long as we are talking terrorism, here is an interesting view of radicalization from Prager University.

Why Do People Become Islamic Extremists?What makes someone become an Islamic extremist? Is it poverty? Lack of education? A search for meaning? Haroon Ullah, a senior State Department advisor and a foreign policy professor at Georgetown University, shares what he discovered while living in Pakistan.


President Giuliani

One of those “put it all in perspective” notes from history:

At this point in…

2004: Dean/Clark tied.
2008 (D): H. Clinton +18.2
(R): Giuliani +11.9
2012: Gingrich +6.2


…and enemies

Thanks for telling your friends to read Leavenworth St!




      • It used to be that way. Now the Dublin Belfast road is motorway as far as the border, then you drive 20 miles of winding A-class road as soon as you cross the border, until you hit motorway again at Lisburn.

        Ireland has built a reasonable motorway system in the last 20 years (thanks to EU subsidies). Northern Ireland doesn’t even seem to be repairing a lot of their roads. Call Deb Fischer!

  1. Ed Stevens says:

    The Prager U clip … really good stuff, Sweeper. Thanks for posting it.

    Time for my once-a-year joke … hear about the guy who was half Japanese and half African-American? Every December 7, he attacks Pearl Bailey ….:P

  2. bynd says:

    But wait, the white American Obamaites said all they need is job! Could our government possibly be wrong and NOT understand our enemies? And all those children talked about in the video could have been Barack’s kids. And Sparkles, the white androgynous genius says it is all about what the Repub. presidential contenders say. Could Sparkles be wrong? OMG. What are we to do??????????????

  3. repentinglawyer says:

    Sweeper, Ashford is not the brightest light on the Christmas tree, and he was elected to vote not poll. But there is a strong case for a much larger role for Congress in authorizing and setting the limits of military action in Middle East, even though Obama joins the list of Presidents of both parties who see war as as an Executive only business.

    • We are all well aware of Congress’s responsibility regarding military authorization. Asking for input via an online Twitter poll, on whether we should fight back against terrorism, is obsequious.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Sweeper, I just thought polling on Twitter was silly. I am not sure about all and Congressional role, Obama not that different from Bush II and particularly Cheney, who saw the Executive losing power to poor hapless Congress and wanted it back.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I saw Ashford recently at an event. He wandered aimlessly about , talked with a mouthful of food, and when asked what he was eating said “I’m not sure”. He’s just a little out of it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen Lee Terry out and about a couple of times since he lost. Each time he’s been in a ratty t-shirt, messed up hair, etc. that’s fine, but, sheesh man. Have some pride in yourself a little.

  6. To Lou Ann says:

    Glad Governor’s top political consultant is running your campaign. Does Pete know you are moonlighting again? I guess it is better than lobbying directly against your boss.

  7. @ 7:17p says:

    Curious. What is the progress of The Keep the Money in NE petition group? I have heard the group has an odd plan to keep Pete Ricketts from publicly coming out against their gambling petition.

  8. To @717p says:

    I wouldn’t worry 717p. They have Rod Edwards who got the Death Penalty petition on the ballot. It will probably be more successful since Jessica Flannigan isn’t involved. I hear she is on the outs with Pete anyway.

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