So NO ONE spoke up?

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts today introduced the new Nebraska license plate featuring The Sower.

The Sower holding his…

Well YOU look at this:

2017 License Plate

Got it. Wanted to feature The Sower statue on top of the capitol. But they HAD to use that angle?

And we are to understand that NO ONE at the meeting said, “Uh, Governor. When you look at this, it kind of looks like it is a guy holding his…manhood. Is that really what we want representing Nebraska as kids play the license plate game on the way to Wally World?”

I can just hear mothers across America. “Uh, no Logan! No Emma!, you don’t need to check off Nebraska. Yes, I know you don’t have it yet…but.. uh…OOOH LOOK at that billboard! Have you ever SEEN a Stuckeys before? NO, don’t look at that Mazda’s plates! NO!”

Couldn’t just have used some corn or a cow or a Chimney Rock or something.
HAD to go with the guy holding his…seed-bag in a questionable fashion.


Ricketts-Singer connection

In other Ricketts family news, apparently Pete’s mom is still funding the anti-Donald Trump ads across America. This time she gave $2 Million (a/k/a “walking around money”) on top of the original $3.5M to fund the current run of ads which frames Trump as a misogynist.

One point of interest in all of this is who joined in with the Ricketts clan on the ads: Billionaire hedge-fund founder Paul Singer.

Singer took an 11% stake in Sidney, Nebraska based Cabela’s last fall, and many are wondering if they could eventually move out of their Panhandle HQ.

One would certainly wonder about the relationship between the Governor, his family, and the new persuader in the Nebraska company.

When they talk about The Donald, does the subject of Cabela’s ever come up?


Statements on Brussels terrorism

Senator Deb Fischer:

“While the goal of these attacks may be to fracture the free world with fear, our response should demonstrate resolve and unity to defeat these terrorists. Those who planned and coordinated these attacks, as well as anyone who provided assistance, must be brought swiftly to justice.”

Senator Ben Sasse:

“Brussels is the latest battlefield in the fight against violent Islam. Leadership is not found in platitudes that do not name our enemy. The American people deserve a serious, long-term strategy to defeat violent Islam.”

Governor Pete Ricketts:

“These continued attacks by Islamic extremists are an assault on freedom-loving people and the shared values of our democratic societies. “


Side of Bacon

Today (Tuesday) at 4:30pm Senator Deb Fischer will be making a “special announcement” at the Don Bacon for Congress Headquarters.

This is posted here so that Brad Ashford can send his Trackers over to be sure to video all of the people there watching.

No word on what Senator Fischer will be announcing, but the guess here is that it is not an endorsement of Bernie Sanders.

Watch @LeavenworthSt on the Twitter for breaking news and re-Tweets on this, as well as the results of tonight’s primary and caucus.

Oh, and you can also submit your prediction here for Arizona and Utah as to where the chips will fall.


    • Additionally:

      The Conservative Electorate in this country, in the aggregate, no longer trusts The Republican Establishment or those politicians who have clearly aligned themselves with said “Establishment.”

      Enter Trump, a guy whose message of “Americans First” is not only resonating with Conservatives, but also Independents and even a solid percentage of Progressives. In this regard, Trump is showing himself to be the ultimate “Uniter” at a pivotal time in American History.

      By the Grace of God and with the help of an awakened and informed electorate, Donald J. Trump will become the next President of the United States of America.

      • No conservative with half a brain would support Trump, who is anything but a conservative. Look at his support for partial birth abortion, single-payer, and tariffs. Look at the money he’s donated to the Clintons. Look at the way he thinks he can ride roughshod over the first amendment, and force companies to manufacture where he dictates.

      • @GH,

        Clearly you haven’t yet seen the light…”Trump” transcends party-politics. This isn’t about The Left vs. The Right anymore; verily it is about survival for what remains of the American way of life.

        Conservatives Support Trump – Independents Support Trump – Progressives Support Trump.

        I imagine the thought of Americans from differing races, political ideologies, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds coming together to support a political candidate who is completely anti-establishment must somewhat frighten those who have a vested interest in keeping the status-quo of corruption and ineptitude in government.

        Contrary to what many in the media love to report in their articles that are laced with utter contempt for their fellow countrymen who have been left behind by bad deals like NAFTA, Trump’s supporters are far from being just a bunch of white, uneducated, and under-employed “hicks from the hills” —- we are white, we are black, we are Hispanic, we are Asian, we are rich, we are poor, we have been collectively awakened, and we are fed-up with BOTH the GOP and the DNC…this is why Trump is winning the GOP Primary and will win the Presidency…this is Meritocracy in action, baby — gotta’ love it!

      • Trump sometimes changes his positions on issues between the beginning of one sentence, and its end. I’ve drawn attention her to his gyrations on H1Bs, where the WaPo fact checker gave him an upside down Pinocchio because they couldn’t figure out what he actually believes.

        Yes, Trump attracts across party lines. Stupidity also crosses party lines. Trump followers are disproportionately male, middle aged, white, and not college educated. The demographics have been analyzed ad nauseam. Sure, you could be female, young, non-white and have a graduate degree, and still support Trump, but that’s not the way to bet.

        Trump is immensely unpopular across the electorate as a whole. His favorables are way lower that Hillary’s; and she’s already pretty unpopular.

        You can’t elect Trump. You can destroy the Republican Party. It’s not clear what you will put in its place. You can’t replace something with nothing.

      • @GH,

        Nobody’s perfect. Trump is clearly flawed, but you neglect the biggest factor for why he will win…people trust Trump’s judgement and intent far more than they trust those who represent “the establishment.”

        From my vantage point, I expect President Trump to be a Social-Moderate and a hard-line Conservative with regards to Illegal Immigration, Government Spending, and Defense…with a dash of pro State’s Rights thrown in for good measure.

        Trump is tough, business savvy, well intentioned, and beholden to noone politically-speaking…these four factors in and of themselves are enough to earn the vote for many (if not most) of his supporters.

        Trump will win the Presidential Election in November with a greater share of the electoral vote than did Reagan in 1984.

    • NE Voter says:

      So much for Nebraska Nice. Now we are Heartland Hung.

      On second glance, it does kind of grab you.

      Nebraska — The Jack-Me State.

      Nebraska 1867-2017: Celebrating 150 Years of Manhood.

      Thanks, Pete, for once again making a national punchline out of our state.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Maybe the idea down in Lincoln is to make our license plates worse and worse until everyone is forking over the extra money for one of our specialty license plates.

    I would totes pay up for a mountain lion plate.

  2. 1:46pm says:

    Sweeper, does it ever aggravate you that most people never bother to include anything about your article in their comment?

    *I’m guilty of this

    • The Grundle King says:

      That’s a nice sentiment. The only problem is that, thus far, EVERYBODY has had the same reaction to this depiction of the sower…spreading his seed, as it were. Yes, the level of discourse sinks lower and lower…and I would expect the powers that be on this matter to recognize that fact. Cripes…it’s like the guys who designed this were trying to one-up the designers of the original ‘Little Mermaid’ cover.

      I hate everything about this plate. I get the fact that the colors are supposed to represent the state flag…but if you want to do that, why not just put the state seal in the middle of the plate, and forget the sower?

      And I don’t buy the explanation that the governor’s staff didn’t have enough time to open up design to public entries…this has been coming for how long now? There are a whole lot of Nebraskans who, working with only rudimentary computer software, could have come up with a better design than this…at a much lower cost…in a fraction of the time.

  3. Sparkles says:

    Arrested Development Don gets a paddling.

    AIPAC issued a statement today condemning the Tufted Talking Yam’s Monday night comments criticizing President Obama during a speech at the AIPAC conference.

    “We say unequivocally that we do not countenance ad hominem attacks, and we take great offense to those that are levied against the United States of America from our stage,” AIPAC president Lillian Pinkus said.., ..we deeply respect the office of the president of the United States and our president, Barack Obama.”

    Trump is a clown, an embarrassment to our great nation.
    Or as conservative columnist David Brook’s put it: “Donald Trump is an affront to basic standards of honesty, virtue and citizenship. He pollutes the atmosphere in which our children are raised.”

    • Nope, you’re wrong. What you referenced is AIPAC covering it’s butt and playing nice.

      Want to see what the AIPAC crowd really thought of Trump? I’ve linked to his speech above — bottom line, the AIPAC crowd LOVED Trump. They treated him like a sitting President…standing often and cheering wildly.

      • Republican Donor says:

        The crowd cheered like crazy when Trump mentioned that we only have one-year left in Obama’s term as President…they clearly like The Don – alot.

      • Sparkles says:

        Damn it!
        Your right ‘Trump’s Speech’.

        I should absolutely take your word for what AIPAC really thought of the incoherent babbling of the Archduke of Orange, over the meaningless musings of the President of one of the most powerful lobbying organizations on the planet.

        Silly me.
        Silly, silly me.

        You Trumpkins, your’re so insightful, so sensible.

      • Trump Deniers used to get pushed off the slide at recess says:


        You made, bruh? Click on “Trump’s Speech to AIPAC” in the post above to WATCH THE SPEECH FOR YOURSELF.


      • Sparkles says:

        A famous man once said –
        Never argue with an fool. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

        With that in mind, one last dose of reality, which must be a novel experience for many Trumpkins –
        Obama got 74% of the Jewish vote in ’08 and 70% in ’12.

      • DUH says:


        Just a couple of quick questions:

        Is this 2008?
        Is this 2012?
        Is Obama running for President in 2016?

        That’s what I thought, Fool.

      • Sparkles says:

        “The crowd cheered like crazy when Trump..”

        And the crowd cheers like crazy when the Monster truck flies off the ramp, takes fkight over an old school bus, bounces off the landing ramp, flips onto it’s top and explodes into flames.
        But we don’t pull the charred remains of the driver out and make him President.

        By the way, did you know that The Donald, were he elected, has promised to replace the current Presidential Motorcade with Monster Trucks?
        Speaking of POTUSmotors, one would assume they’d have to rename the plane, Air Farce One.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oct 11, 2015: NY Post “Trump says Syrian refugees could be a ‘Trojan horse’ for ISIS”. — 32 days later, the PARIS ATTACKS on Nov 13, 2015, ISIL sneaks in Syrian terrorist as refugees.

    Mar 21, 2016: Wash Post “Trump questions need for NATO.” Questions US paying lion’s share of protecting Europe via a NATO that isn’t up to snuff. — Next day, Mar 22, 2016, the BRUSSELS ATTACKS at two locations; a metro station 3 miles SSW of NATO Hqtrs and the airport 3 miles NNE of NATO hqtrs, with NATO smack in the middle unable to protect its own front and back yards.

    While we all appreciate that Ben Sasse and Pete Ricketts take time from them assassinating the GOP frontrunner to express sadness about Brussels, it is worth noting that Trump predicted this. Trump.

    • In 1992, Ross Perot predicted NAFTA’s effects on Manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and the almost immeasurable negative ripple effect from those job losses — but “The Establishment” told us that Ross Perot was crazy and so we dismissed him.

      In 2002, Ron Paul predicted both financial calamity and instability in the Middle East due to misguided U.S. Economic & Foreign Policy…then the 2008 economic crash happened, followed by the rise of ISIS — but “The Establishment” told us that Ron Paul was crazy and so we dismissed him.

      In 2015, Donald Trump sounded the alarm on illegal immigration, unfair international trade, a broken healthcare system, a depleted military, and an almost out-of-control government debt — but “The Establishment” is telling us that Donald Trump crazy, racist, and misinformed…only this time, we’re not taking the bait.

      • Perot WAS crazy. And I supported Ron Paul, as did many regular Republicans, He was on the libertarian fringe of the GOP, but he was identifiably Republican. More than that, you didn’t have to wonder what position Paul had on any issue. With Trump, you have to wonder if he has a position.

        Trump is crazy, racist and misinformed. Just because the establishment says it, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

      • Pete says:

        Free trade makes both sides measurably better off. This isn’t a matter of political opinion or ideology. This is not up for debate. This is a law of economics. Much like laws of physics, laws of economics don’t break. I hate it when people on either side of the aisle confuse their opinions with economic thought. NAFTA is a good thing.

      • DUH says:


        Thanks to NAFTA, millions of U.S. manufacturing workers have been fired and replaced by workers in Mexico.

        You say NAFTA is a “good thing” — my question is, for who?

      • DUH says:


        Since I don’t expect an intelligent response from you, here are a few FACTS regarding the effects of NAFTA:

        U.S. manufacturers pay Mexican workers just a little over a dollar an hour to do jobs that American workers used to do.

        The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States has more than doubled since the implementation of NAFTA.

        In the year before NAFTA, the U.S. had a trade surplus with Mexico and the trade deficit with Canada was only 29.6 billion dollars. Last year, the U.S. had a combined trade deficit with Mexico and Canada of 177 billion dollars.

        It has been estimated that the U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every 1 billion dollars of goods that are imported from overseas.

        One professor has estimated that cutting the total U.S. trade deficit in half would create 5 million more jobs in the United States.

        Since the auto industry bailout, approximately 70 percent of all GM vehicles have been built outside the United States. In fact, many of them are now being built in Mexico.

        NAFTA hasn’t worked out very well for Mexico either. Since 1994, the average yearly rate of economic growth in Mexico has been less than one percent.

        The exporting of massive amounts of government-subsidized U.S. corn down into Mexico has destroyed more than a million Mexican jobs and has helped fuel the continual rise in the number of illegal immigrants coming north.

        Someone making minimum wage in Mexico today can buy 38 percent fewer consumer goods than the day before NAFTA went into effect.

        Overall, the United States has lost a total of more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.

        Back in the 1980s, more than 20 percent of the jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs. Today, only about 9 percent of the jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs.

        We have fewer Americans working in manufacturing today than we did in 1950 even though our population has more than doubled since then.

        Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, only 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

        As I wrote about recently, one out of every six men in their prime working years (25 to 54) do not have a job at this point.

        Because we have shipped millions of jobs overseas, the competition for the jobs that remain has become extremely intense and this has put downward pressure on wages. Right now, half the country makes $27,520 a year or less from their jobs.

        When adults cannot get decent jobs, it is often children that suffer the most. It is hard to believe, but more than one out of every five children in the United States is living in poverty in 2014.

        In 1994, only 27 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, more than 46 million Americans are on food stamps.

        According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.

        So Pete, enlighten us “Trumpkins” with more of your “economic laws” that “aren’t up for debate.” Dip-sh*t.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        DUH, Trump and Sanders have both put their fingers on the hole in Ricardo’s argument for free trade. Like much of the economic tradition it ignores distributional impact. In theory each. country is enough better off that it can compensate losers, but this is never done. Some of Krugman’s Noble work was on problems with free trade.
        On the other hand income inequality and decline of the middle class are not central to Trump’s views on economic, and tax policy may have more to do with the things you mention than free trade

  5. Cruz looks like he’s going to sweep the Utah Caucuses, with Trump at at shockingly low 14%, behind even Kasich. That will crimp any thoughts of an absolute majority of delegates.

    Utah is the reddest red state. This indicates how actual conservatives regard Trump.

    • anon says:

      Gerard In your mind you know the significance of Utah-Glenn Beck, Romney, going to fly elsewhere, they(Cruz) have to back off religion now

    • taxpayer says:

      Utah is quite possibly the kookiest state in the continental 48…I just leave it at that, but definitely not in any way indicitive of the general electorate as a whole.

      • Sure, keep telling yourself that.

        Meanwhile, Josh Kraushaar in National Journal has a piece today on how Trump, himself unelectable, will take a lot of congressional Republicans with him.

        Y’all can’t get it through your heads that Trump appeals strongly to a certain demographic, big enough to give him a huge edge in GOP primaries, but insignificant as a proportion of the total electorate. And people who don’t love Trump generally wouldn’t vote for him under any circumstances.

      • Republican Donor says:

        Trump sure did CRUSH IT in Arizona last night:

        Trump: 47%
        Cruz: 24%

        Wow, that’s 1 percentage point from DOUBLING Cruz’s total…impressive.

  6. Meanwhile, in the London Times, foreign correspondent Reger Boyes puts the blame for Brussels and earlier terrorist incidents squarely on Obama, arguing it’s a result of the US’s feckless foreign policy.

    Money quote:

    “Nothing has gnawed away at the US standing in the world as much as this president’s vanity”


    • taxpayer says:

      I agree, to a point. Perhaps Europe shouldn’t have opened it’s collective door to anyone and everyone without regard for the safety of its own people.

    • Sparkles says:

      What a shocker, Boyes blames Obama.
      Rogers Boyes has for years and years and years, relentlessly attacked Obama, on all fronts. (google – all articles by Roger Boyes)
      The man possesses an unhealthy rancor toward our President.
      And Rupert Murdoch provides Boyes a platform, The Times, from which to disgorge his animus.

      And your ‘Money quote’ is delusion and fantasy resulting from Boyes unhealthy, obsessive hatred –
      “Nothing has gnawed away at the US standing in the world as much as this president’s vanity”

      From Pew, June 23, 2015 –
      “Confidence in the U.S. President to do the right thing regarding world affairs”
      France – Obama 83% (Bush’s rating upon leaving office = 17%)
      UK – 75% (Bush = 18%)
      Germany – 73% (Bush 18%)
      Spain – 58% (Bush 15%)

      If only…
      If only we had the luxury of one of the two leading GOP contenders as President…

      Donald Trump, under the advise the Chair of his Foreign Policy Advisory Committee, Alabama’s Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.

      Or excreTED, under the the advise of his Foreign Policy Committee Advisor, Frank F’ing Gaffney.

      One would imagine within the first week of their Presidential tenure, The Donald and Jefferson Beauregard would commence to bombin’ all of Syria, half of Belgium, and for good measure, a full 1/3rd of Sumter County, Alabama, just for good measure.

      And we all know ExcreTED has promised to ‘make the sand glow’, in addition to his recent declaration to patrol muslim neighborhoods, and round up anyone who looks suspicious. Adding to this insanity the even more deranged views of F’ing Gaffney, and it’s likely the first target of a surgical strike within our homeland would the Obama residence, since F’ing Gaffney is convinced Obama is America’s first Muslim President, is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood and is a secret proponent of Sharia law.

      Jan 26,2016 –
      Robert Gates, speaking about the GOP candidate’s grasp of national security issues
      “The level of dialogue on national security issues would embarrass a middle schooler,.. ..God forbid they actually believe some of the things that they’re saying.”


      January 27. 2016 –
      “..they don’t know what they’re talking about,.. ..the solutions being offered are so simplistic and so at odds with the reality of the rest of the world,”

      • Boyes was with the Times long before Murdoch, ass.

        And as for your claim that past criticism of Obama invalidates any present criticism of Obama — I guess that is what passes for reasoning in your world.

      • Sparkles says:


        You avoided the core of your/Boye’s argument, failing to address the fact the Boye’s opinion, “the money quote” as you call it, is empirically false. A mere product of his Obama Derangement Syndrome.

        The EU, in fact, remains magnificently confident in Obama’s abilities regarding world affairs.

      • Sparkles says:

        By the way, Murdoch bought The Times the same year Reagan was inaugurated, for his first term.
        Coincidentally, the exact same year Boyes joined The Times.

  7. Lil Mac says:

    Utah worships Mitt Romney. And yet Romney brags that he created the blueprint for Obama-care.
    Mitt also has five “grandmothers” from a communal group marriage that was so weird the family fled the USA to escape normal morality and law.

    We have a lot of leeway in discussing politics but describing Utah as normal is like seeing sober Irishmen in St. P’s Day.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Little Mac, Drunk on St Patrick’s day is an American custom, historically the bars were not open in Ireland. My grandfather from across the water never drank in Advent or Lent. Matt Talbot would be hurt by your remark.
      It is my impression that the alleged worship ofRomney is rather like 1960 attitude of Catholics toward JFK, a hopeful sign of the end of stupid prejudice.

    • What RL said. Slurs are what I expect from Trumpkins, so offense taken.

      When the Trump Express inevitably goes off the rails, what will you do to try to regain a smidgen of legitimacy as a conservative?

  8. Lil Mac says:

    I harbor no ill will against drunks. It’s the Irish I object to. — Actually, it was my Scottish relatives who disliked the Irish but even more so the English. It is complicated there, like this GOP primary here.

    I do however have concerns about America’s home grown version of Islam. If followers of Kali, Marx, Jesus, Muhammad or Joseph Smith don’t break laws, that’s fine. But Mormons and Muslims do have things in common which aren’t socially usual as policy or as faith.

    Polygamy doesn’t get the credit it deserves for creating dysfunctional societies. Nature’s math makes it about one bun per hot dog. When the top dogs get more than one bun, a lot of mutts are left to become assassins for the pack. And when a secular-religion is designed on that basis, it is never devoid of its roots. Roving bands of Mormons attacked Omahans and Utah’s Mormons fought the US Army. Romney’s family fled to Mexico so they could mirror Islam as a faith-government of polygamists who killed people for their “Prophet”. These are not cheek turning christ-o-philes or buddah meeks. The heaven promised to Muslim and Mormon males is a paradise of dozens of wives that the guy is denied here on earth. Both are dogmatic moralistic tyrannies. And you’d think a self-styled “atheist libertarian” would see that. But Romney is leading the charge against Trump so…

    The GOP Establishment demands Islam be seen as a normal religion and Mormonism be a normal Christian sect. That just isn’t true. Incredibly, the GOP establishment props up the Liberal Mormon Romney as a champion of Conservative Christianity. I voted for Mitt over Barack but it was uncomfortable. Now GOP Elite say Trump isn’t conservative enough, not Presbyterian enough, to match the political and religious credentials of a GOP run by Romney who really did have five grandmothers all at once and who really did invent the precursor to Obamacare. Just my opinion.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Lil Mac, It is the Catholics the Scots Protestants have disliked, they even have separate football teams. I think it interesting that what you said about Islam and LDS, mirrors what was said about Catholics and particularly Irish American Catholic well into the 1960s. an authoritarian religion had followers incapable of being real Americans, they were too given to following orders, and the mut children were the product of position of Church on birth control, and in 1928 some folks out here thought the Holland Tunnel would reach Italy so the Pope could sneak over, and with the tunnel omit, Norman Vincent Peale was still sounding those themes.Trump has reawakened the typical themes of nativism and religious bigotry from America’s past. Sad commentary about many of Trump’s followers.
      Mormons were victims of violence and persecution which caused them to move west, and the brief resistance to Federal troops hardly equals the resistance to American troops by the good white folks of the Bible Belt.

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