The battle of West Dodge Road

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 8.54.49 AMA coda on the West Dodge Freeze-Out, between Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and the Omaha police.

Mayor Stothert posted this on The Facebook:

“After reviewing the 911 audio and the public works records, we have learned it took 2 hours and 11 minutes for plows to arrive at 90th and Dodge after the initial call for additional plowing and sanding. This is not an acceptable response.

“This shows a breakdown in communication and as Mayor it is my job to fix it and we will. I have asked the Public Works Director to formally re-evaluate the City’s snow removal plan which has not been revised since 2008. The goal will be to modify plans yet this snow season.

Decisions that impact so many citizens such as closing the city’s busiest intersection, must be coordinated and communicated clearly with the chain of command in all departments.

“The initial question was not whether an OPD officer should have closed Dodge Street, the question was whether that decision was communicated correctly. To provide an effective level of service for snow removal, everyone involved in the operation needs to be informed.

All Omaha Police officers on duty during this snow event provided excellent service to our citizens.

Ok, ok, hold on though.

Before Mayor Stothert gives her mea culpas to the cops, where is all that info about a dangerous suspect on the loose?

We were told yesterday that one of the reasons the police shut down the busiest intersection in town was because of a guy with a rifle that they hadn’t caught.

At a time when traffic was backed up for over half a mile, officers were attempting to track a suspect armed with an assault rifle who committed a robbery.

But now, we are hearing it was because there were cars stuck, and the guy on the scene made the determination that more cars shouldn’t get stuck.

And that’s fine. But that is MUCH different than “suspect on the loose who could threaten people on Dodge Street” (which never made much sense).

If you’ve forgotten, here is what the police union snarked out after the Mayor’s comments:

It’s unfortunate that city officials feel the need to criticize the decision that was made for public safety as they sit in their warm offices.

“Public Safety”? Boy that’s a pretty broad statement for absolutely EVERY decision the cops make. And I’m sure you can make an argument, that traffic needed to be stopped and the street needed to be cleared, just in case an emergency vehicle needed to make it through.

But then they should say that.

Because the earlier implication was about an armed man, and a massive shootout in the middle of 90th and Dodge.

I get that the police are defending themselves. But at this point, since the Mayor has been gracious in the exchange, they should nut up a little and make the point that this was about traffic congestion and not about the danger of a Heat-like shootout in the middle of a snowy intersection.


No, but will you reallllllly?

As the Iowa Caucuses are only about a week away, all the politics are hitting the fan.

Yesterdy, members of the Nebraska media asked Senator Deb Fischer, ONE MORE TIME, if she realllllly meant it when she said at least a month or more ago, that she would support the Republican nominee, EVEN if it was Donald Trump.

And she said, AGAIN, that she would support the Republican nominee.

Now Don Walton at the LJS says that Fischer is “dodging the GOP presidential battle“. Oh please.

She has been saying the same thing for months.

But when she doesn’t give in to giving prognostications about whether a Palin or Dole endorsement will matter, Don says she’s “dodging”.

Once again, you’re watching the liberal media that is flabbergasted at the Rise of Trump, and is flailing as they can’t do anything about it.

Interesting to watch.


Call me a mean-spirited again and I’ll jam this pencil in your neck

On the other side, note that the conservatives have their own ground game.

First, look at 92 year old Bob Dole who came out and HAMMERED Ted Cruz. HE said that a President Cruz would be “cataclysmic” for Senate Republicans, and he’d rather have Trump. (He did note that he was endorsing Jeb Bush, but that Bush had pretty much lost all traction.)

Then there are the editors and other writers at National Review.

They have been saying for months that Trump isn’t a conservative, and that if he’s the nominee, he shouldn’t be allowed to define what conservatism is.

Trump would never say it out loud, but he might agree with them. He is a populist, not a conservative, and flies by his own radar. And it is a good thing that they are planting this flag, and setting it up for further discussion.

They don’t ever want to be blamed for Trump’s policies, just because they don’t want Hillary’s.

Or Bernie’s.


And Go Bluejays!

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  1. Sparkles says:

    The RNC just chose to side with Donald Trump over the hollowed carcass of William F. Buckley’s National Review.

    It’s official.
    The Republican party has shattered into fractious, warring tribes.
    A dissolution that will hand the oval office (and SCOTUS) to the Democratic party, for a generation.

    I sincerely mourn the death of Dwight D’s GOP

    Nonetheless, good times.

    • bynd says:


      And if they zombie walked in lock step like the Dems, you would critisize that also. So what. You are seeing true diversity and not the faux stuff from the left. Just like sibilings that fight and argue but in the end they defend themselves against all comers. Nothing matters until the Nov. ballots are cast. Wasn’t it just two days ago you predicted the medicaide expansion would be a big winner in the legislature? If it wern’t for Obama and his dept. of legalism protecting Hillary, it would be interesting, because Bernie would be the man whle Hillary could have her own Orange is the New Black reality show.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, Could you provide me with citations to the sections Title 18 you believe Hillary has violated.

      • Mark Andrews says:

        Also 18 U.S. Code § 798. The employees of the firm Clinton hired to set up here email server were little better than the Geek Squad. The had no clearances go any kind, no audit trail of any kind, and no way do demonstrate the contents of the server were secure, even from themselves. How might this be litigated?

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Mark Andrews, You are letting your imagination run away with you,neither statute encompasses the negligence theory you are adopting. If the Gov lost any money or valuable information there might be a civil claim. So far as I can determine there is no bar to using private e mail, the bar is to not turning info over. These are regs to preserve the public record and not national security regs. My impression is they are National Archive regs, but I do not have a library anymore. As a librarian you are aware of the continuing effort to assure high level gov personal do not leave with the only copy of documents, usually for their autobiographies.
        Dislike for Hillary may have a lot of substance, but imaginary criminal law seems unwarranted, at least in this area. Perhaps there are other areas of misconduct, but rants by non lawyers unaccompanied by any law or facts is silly. Particularly when rather technical record keeping rules are involved maybe folks should stick to Bill.

      • Mark Andrews says:

        If arrogance & stupidity were actionable we’d need more prisons and I’d probably be there. As to HRC, somehow she gets to do something no one else gets to do. I have a minor role at a local school. If I ran email through an off site server I’d be sacked. Some bright lawyer will have made mincemeat of me. A member of the inner cabinet does the same on her own authority and escapes the entirety of the USC. Hmm.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Mark Andrews, I join you in rejoicing that arrogance and stupidity are not crimes. It is a standard issue with both Clintons that both act as if normal rules do not apply, but I am not sure that is unusual among the higher ups in any setting.

    • Anonymous says:

      Who really cares what Senator Fischer wants as president–she’s boring and speaking of boring…could former Senator Bob Dole just stick to his oatmeal….my god, in all due respect, what the hay (in honor of Deb) do we care about what either of these people opine?

      The GOP can’t seem to get it right in why they lose. They continue to beat each other up while leaving their opponents to win races, issues and position.

    • bynd says:


      Not having your expertise, I needed some help. And there are various sources out there that present a good case for not only different parts of 18 but also 44 US code. 3106. For 18 it would be 793 and we can throw in a violation of exec. order 13526. And least the libs on here get their panties all twisted up, and start making all their wild eyed fantasy accustions about source, the best and most complete answer to the question came from The Daily Kos.
      PS: Yes, it is too bad that in her case you can not prosecute for arrogance and stupidity. In her positions and training, if she couldn’t tell the info she was sending/keeping on a personal server should be classified, imagine what she will send out when Pres. Not good.

      As long as we are on the subject of HC, I rarely watch or listen to commericials. But one caught my eye tonight. It was HC and started out talking about the job, it cuts to HC holding a piece of paper, and if you look, not even closely, you will see she is flipping the bird to America. And once again, before the libs get all sideways on this one, the first question to ask is, who holds a piece of paper that way? And then the second question, doesn’t she pay a lot of people a lot of money to make sure such gaffes do not happen? I’m sure the right wingers will have fun with that one.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, I do not have expertise in these rather arcane areas, but most of the claims are largely fantastic. Would it not be easier to say that her actions were careless and high handed which matches your view of Hillary. What is the Daily Kos?

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, 44 USC 3106 is not criminal statute and 18 USC 793 is mostly a trespass statute where information is sought on behalf of foreign power. Nether seems to apply. The Cornell Law Library is on line so I read them. Hard to blame justice for failure to pursue such theories even if grand juries will indite ham sandwiches.

  2. Sparkles says:

    You lost me on this one:
    “’re watching the liberal media that is flabbergasted at the Rise of Trump, and is flailing as they can’t do anything about it.”

    Exactly what, pray tell, is the ‘liberal’ media -supposed to do- about the ‘conservative sideshow’ that is Donald Trump and the GOP’s quadrennial circus that now passes for a presidential primary?

    It’s akin to witnessing a group of rowdy drunks suddenly break out into a raucous bar fight; there’s not much one can do except to look on in bemusement, and pass the popcorn.

  3. David Bywater says:

    Dim (sparkles),
    It’s William F. Buckley, Jr…so, you don’t know everything! Before you start commenting on the republican primary you should get your own house in order.

  4. To sweeper says:

    Good to see you joined the black lives matter movement and are attacking our men in blue. Just say it she screwed up. Not a big deal but a fact.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Only the rational, thoughtful and erudite are flabbergasted to find themselves supporting Trump. But being rational, they have no alternative.

    On the other hand, the irrational, thoughtless and ignorant are too stupid to be flabbergasted. They are today forming Lemming battalions armed with rolled up issues of National Review and tinfoil hats, intent on marching off to do battle, just beyond that cliff edge.

    • Sparkles says:

      Donald Trump on Friday retweeted a message from a Twitter user with the handle @WhiteGenocideTM…
      The user’s profile has a black banner photo with red lettering that says “Get the f—- out of my country.” The name attached to the profile is Donald Trumpovitz and the location is “Jewmerica,” with a link to a page promoting a pro-Adolf Hitler documentary.

    • Sparkles says:

      WTF is wrong with you people?

      Bob Dole and John McCain sacrificed greatly for our nation! They were both CRIPPLED in service to our country, for Christ’s sake!!
      If you call yourself an American – Republican, Democrat or Independent – you should show the basic decency of respect for their opinion. They’ve for god damned sure earned the right to express it. AND, they’ve shed blood to protect your right to express yours. No matter how delusional.

      Bob Dole and John McCain are from a generation that served when Republicans actually gave a #^%& about common sense governance.
      When the Grand Old Party actively lead, or willingly joined in thoughtful discussion, contributed sensible, reasoned solutions and reached across the aisle to insure our nation remained safe, prosperous and on track to a better tomorrow for our children and grandchildren.
      They’re from a generation that universally recognized the willful act of shutting down government represented abject failure. An act of betrayal of country and the constituents for whom you were elected to represent.

      How is it possible that so many, otherwise intelligent, thoughtful, decent people, fail to see the how the Republican party has fallen?
      How they are beholden to the wealthy and manipulated by the hate profiteers of right wing media?

      • bynd says:


        Because in their own way, the Dems are just as bad. Is there such a thing as a Dem war hero? I would think so but none come to mind like the Repubs.

  6. Mark Andrews says:

    I didn’t start to fear for my country till I heard Trump was up by 30 points in the polls. The assertion by the RNC that National Review is no longer sufficiently Conservative or Republican to help sponsor the new debate is breathtaking – like a sucker punch in the gut.

  7. Bob N. Weave says:

    9:20. You, sir, are the sucker if you let yourself by punched in your own gut ignorance. You don’t know what the National Review is. I doubt you know what Conservatism is.

    Conservative Pat Buchanan says the National Review attacking Trump will “help Trump”. That seems odd until we remember the National Review isn’t Conservative. It is Neo-Conservative ala Liberal Lite.

    Started by the Conservative Buckley, National Review has over the years morphed into Jonah Goldberg’s Neo-conservative magazine. The magazine hates being called that but the shoe fits.

    Today’s GOP Neocons started out as Democrats who liked FDR’s New Deal but thought LBJ’s Great Society went a bit too far. Neocons are for GOP-big government, they don’t mind debt, they embrace Political Correctness as much as do Liberals, and Neocons want America to police the world. Neocon Irving Kristol described them as, “a liberal who was mugged by reality and wants to press charges.”

    Neo-Conservativism reached its peak under Bush’s world-policing attempt of what has since become the Islamic State. Whereas Buchanan’s original Conservatism says the USA cannot force democracy onto Islamists any more than European Old World mindset can be forced onto Americans, Neo-conservative Republicans irrationally tried to turn Iraqis into Ohio voters. Instead of crushing Iraq flat and leaving, Neocons turned Iraq into a version of LBJ’s trickle-fight Vietnam, with no plan for US exit and no goal other than the PC tyranny of us forcing our values onto others, which is what all PC does.

    Most GOP leaders today are Neocons. Most voters aren’t.

    Tonsor called Neocons “former Marxists… (oddly) invited to play a leading role in the Conservative movement of the 20th century. It is splendid when the town whore gets religion and joins the church. Now and then she makes a good choir director, but when she begins to tell the minister what he ought to say in his Sunday sermons, matters have been carried too far.”

    Burnham said Neocons cling to “the liberal sensitivity and temperament” that substitutes abstractions about “compassion, kindliness, love and brotherhood” for civic virtues like “courage, duty, self-discipline, loyalty, endurance, and patriotism.”

    National Review is a bastion of GOP Neocon Democrat-Lite. It isn’t Conservatism.

    • Mark Andrews says:

      I see Pat Buchanan is in the house. Paleo-conservatives remind me of the dinosaurs – and will suffer the same fate as Comet Clinton comes to crush them. I suggest adapting or dying, but in your static world no desirable change is possible.

      Remember to stand clear of Edison’s witch lights.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bob n Weave, A few of the original neocons had been Marxists in their youth, but they tended to be critics of the Great Society more than Vietnam, and if alive would be in their nineties. I agree that the foreign policy types were given to expansive views of America’s role in the world, but then that was the criticism of Bush II’s wars by Hagel and traditional Republicans from Bush I’s policy team.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Mark Andrews and Sparkles are twins. The fact that they cannot see that is really quite funny. That is also probably why Trump is doing so well.

    • Mark Andrews says:

      No, not twins. Not even remotely alike, thank you very much. Sparkles, God Bless him/her/it/them (and you too, Anon) would delight in the coming of Comet Clinton. I do not. Rather Trump is the best & only means of planetary defense is an open question. How do you hit a comet with another comet, or a big bomb? As the old saw goes we end up destroying the village in order to save it.

      The biggest difference between Sparkles and I is that I see no problem with reorganizing the Federal Government by keeping the Inner Cabinet and eliminating most of the rest. Return money to the taxpayers, quit borrowing our way to “prosperity” and balance the remaining budget. All that plus getting out from under our $100 trillion in unfunded obligations through 2100. That won’t happen in a day but it must happen in a generation or less. Otherwise we’re done for. If you see Sparkles in there anywhere it must be a problem on the viewer’s side.

      • Sparkles says:

        In fact, I don’t delight in the coming Clinton Presidency. She’s far too beholden to special interests and lacks even a scintilla of the aspirational leadership qualities so desperately needed to coalesce our fractured national zeitgeist.
        It’s my opinion that she’s simply, by all measures, the most qualified person running for the office.
        Plus, she brings with her to the oval office the man who was recently rated (by a group 162 political scientist/scholars) the 8th greatest President in our nations history.
        A man that happened to pilot one of the most prosperous and stable 8 year stretches in modern history.

        And of course the historical data is quite clear.
        The economic/fiscal record of Democratic Presidents/Admins is far superior to that of Republicans,

        Speaking of history, I’m quite comfortable future scholars will place our current Commander in Chief securely within the top 10 finest to ever lead our nation.
        Conversely, those same scholars will write volumes on the destructive malfeasance wrought by the extreme brand of ‘conservatism’ that has held the progress of nation hostage for the last 8 years.
        The opportunity loss our nation has incurred at the hands of this willfully intransigent GOP is nothing short of stunning.
        Each of these volumes will culminate in the primary election of Donald Trump as the GOP standard bearer. An election serving as the demarcation point of when a discredited, fractious and warring Republican party is tossed to the wilderness.
        The only question remaining is how many Presidential elections they’ll lose clinging to a 1980 election strategy and 1958 “traditional American values” that’s are a long distant memory.

      • The ‘economic and fiscal’ date Sparkles discusses will of course be heavily manipulated.

        By any measure, Obama has been the worst President since Jimmy Carter. Russia is once again an international threat; the two wars he got us involved in, in Syria and Libya, created humanitarian disasters. In fact, by Obama’s own measures and goal, the interventions (which were meant to stave off a humanitarian crisis and stave off creation of failed states) are utter failures. The recovery has been anemic; labor participation has plummeted; PPACA is slowly dying. Median household income is in the doldrums. He can’t get TPP past his own party. The NSA continues to be a huge threat to civil liberties; in fact Obama has expanded, rather than reined in the surveillance state. Racial tension is the worst it’s been for decades.

        And no, you can’t blame this on the GOP.

  9. bynd says:


    Daily Kos is a liberal site and when used tends to shut down the hysterical left from claiming info is from a right wing media source.

    As I stated, I am not expert in these things. But having spent some time in the military and the Federal govt. where you get the basics of classified stuff, every year, I can read and understand the points of view of such things.

    Might I suggest you google, daily kos, hillary broke the law. Then I don’t have to cut and paste against the rules.

    Your thoughts would be appreciated.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bynd, Most of the commenters with background in this area of law do not see violations. The D left is not universally in love with Hillary. I will look at Kos.
      Did we not have a D Senator who won the Medal of Honor and then there is Dan Inouye, John Kerry and LBJ won the Silver Star,and do not forget PT 109, and how about Max Cleland{sp} and there is a Congressman from Ill now running for the Senat.e who was badly wounded in the Middle East

      • bynd says:


        Being a Viet Nam vet, I have little regard for Mr. Kerry. Although there was a lot wrong in being there, in his zeal to help close down that “war” he bears a lot responsibility for the killing fields of Cambodia. However, we should not forget our own Bob Kerry. Because like a few other Nebraskans, I have no issue with one moving away and then coming back. Even if only to carpet bag. Face it, the Dems can not field a winner any more. Even a war hero.

        As in all things political, there are those who support HC’s claims of innocence, and those who are staunch libs who don’t. Only time will tell.

        I’m even loath to categorize her as the first female Pres. I don’t quite understand, first black pres. first female pres. etc. When will we see the first Pres who brought us all back together? Now there would be a Pres.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bynd, Looked at Kos, it is a stretch to find the violation since her using private e mail was not improper which probably negates the wrong place theory. Never having been a member of the Cabinet I have no idea how they handle classified documents and sharing of information, but DC is the gossip capitol of the world. I also suspect that they take work home including classified documents that would get the rest of us in trouble. If you want Hillary hate look at some of the pro Bernie blogs.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, Johnathan Turley a legal blogger, raises no issue with regard to particular items, which at least raise questions of lack of care and he suggests crimes.

      • The way it works is that there are entirely different networks for classified and unclassified material. Hard drives are removed from classified workstations and stored in a safe at night. It takes substantial effort to move something off a classified server.

        People are prosecuted for mishandling classified material. Petraeus is the most famous instance, but these prosecutions are not rare.

        (Disclaimer: I’ve never been cleared to handle classified material, though I have worked on projects and at (fairly low security) installations where classified material was present. I was appropriately warned about trying to gain access to such material.)

      • repenting lawyer says:

        ProfGH, Long ago I was handling some classed material but the classification was silly. Turley suggests there may be at least 4 items of the level of classification you mentioned. Petraeus shared with his biographer. Wonder how often that happens? Has the District started to dig out?

      • ProfRL: I guess the point I’m making is that the mishandling of classified information could not have been merely accidental, but had to have been a result of deliberate malfeasance by somebody, either Hillary’s staff, or Hillary, or most likely both. I haven’t looked at the level of classification of the stuff Petraeus was mishandling, but it simply can’t have been higher than what Clinton was mishandling, because there is no level higher.

        Main arteries in DC/Arlington are cleared one lane in each direction. Metro is on a skeleton schedule. Fed. Gov. is shut down (wise move, considering the problems with transportation). The wife is therefore teleworking.

        Most important thing was that our favorite brunch place, Georgetown’s J Paul’s, was open yesterday at 11:30 a.m., and packed, probably because not too much else was open. It was worth struggling through the snow-covered sidewalks.

  10. bynd says:

    RL: The nuances of classified info are many. It is a difficult subject that requires one to rely on experts to miss all the land mines. However, one with the experience of HC who can not discern what would probably be classified and therefore handle in a more secure manner raises the question how qualified is she? Or is it like many say, she is just to arrogant and really doesn’t care? I don’t hate HC but in ancient vernacular, I find her oogy. She makes one feel like needing shower however or where ever you see her. As to most qualified, we have been doing that for decades and look where we are. As they say, u cant keep doing, (electing the same people) the same thing and expect different results. The amount of ordinary but intelligent Americans who don’t vote testifies to that. Enough of the Clintons, Bushes and lifetime politicians. But I fear it could be too late for any change to make a big difference. It took decades to get here and probably will take longer to get better and most just don’t have the time or the patience.

  11. Anon says:

    In the military when you are involved in communications even with basic security clearance you are schooled on compromised information-meaning it i assumed the enemy has the info, anything past through her unsecure is like putting it on facebook. Even a seemingly harmless classified message may contain a couple of words that can cause great damage.
    Hillary as a person in a position of great importance should have respected this policy, it’s about national security, not her.
    To me, it seems the Clinton’s do have no respect for the military and it endangers national security

  12. Check out @bensasse’s tweets, which are currently trending in DC (yes, it’s still snowing here, and we’re all bored out of our gourds). He’s stuck in the snow on an Amtrak train and live tweeting it. I had no idea he was such a funny guy. Let’s face it: few other senators would be making Donner Party jokes and suggest snowed-in DC residents are ‘making babies’.

  13. bynd says:

    One intersection in one storm and listen to the entitled cry their eyes out. We have raised a bunch of entitlement believing babies. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  14. Anonymous says:

    To stop Trump from winning big in Iowa and snow-balling the entire GOP nomination, we suddenly see Glenn Beck and Jane Fonda become twins. In an comic cosmic coincidence, the Neocon National Review and the Hollywood Uber Liberal crowd both vehemently oppose Trump because Trump is too Liberal and too Conservative at the same time. This should push a helluva lot of undecideds toward Trump.

    Meanwhile, in Iowa, Cruz is dying of self-inflicted ethanol poisoning. Kudos to Trump for impeccable timing in nudging this matter to the fore but it was Ted Cruz who brewed that poison himself.

    As Krauthammer and Priebus types (smart people whose PC unfunny bones were bruised) are now coming around to Trump, the last tinfoil hat goes to Glenn Beck; a high schooler, reforming alcoholic drug abuser, and self-described “borderline schizophrenic” who prefers Socialist Bernie Sanders to Trump. Jane Fonda does too.

    In Iowa, you can show up at caucus, register and vote. Maybe the traditional ground game of driving old ladies to the polls will work. Or maybe those huge crowds at Trump rallies have some who will find their precinct on Trump’s website, show up, register and vote. And that would be huge.

    • Trump’s supporters are a mix of buffoons and fascists. They’re the kind of mob that brings decent people of all political persuasions together.

      As for NR being neocon, LOL. It’s recently been criticized for being too libertarian. Not by me, of course :-).

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