This is Sparta?

See folks, there was a REASON people had a problem with the Sower on the plates, but not with the Sower on the Capitol dome. They knew it, but it wasn’t crystal clear why.



And now we know.

And now Nebraskans are stuck with the Spartan Sower holding his junk under Wolverine colors.

There was some news or something about a budget and somesuch out of Lincoln, but know that THIS is what people…nay VOTERS…will remember for years to come.


May 10th is coming…

It was always pretty clear that Donald Trump never prepared for speaking engagements or debates, etc. Unless it is a poll or perhaps a Tweeted statement, Trump pretty much wings everything he says and rarely bothers to study.

And it has finally caught up with him.

Sure he says he is pro-life. But then he massacres his pro-life position (people seem to have missed his suggestion of “going back to back-alley abortions”) and then throws out the idea of punishing women who get them.

This isn’t the first time Trump has been beat up on the issues — it was noted here when he stumbled in the very first debate. But people had generally given him a pass in the past, especially when he said other things that we could all laugh at, etc.

His campaign knew almost immediately that he had screwed up on this one, issuing two different statements/retractions.

The difference now is that Wisconsin is a very important state. If he takes it, he can get very close to closing on the nomination. If he loses, it gets that much closer to an open convention in Cleveland.

And just so we are all watching, the Nebraska GOP primary could get very interesting as things get down to the wire. There is a strong belief that even if Trump doesn’t get to 1,237 delegates, if he gets close enough, delegates may feel he still get the nom. So every delegate up to that number will count.

And Trump had a strong showing of Nebraskans at his rally in Council Bluffs back in December.

But Ted Cruz was a Ben Sasse endorser, and even road tripped to Nebraska for a rally.

And there’s word that John Kasich is looking to make his presence known in Nebraska as well.

Next there are stories that the GOP Convention Rules Committee may look to change the “Ron Paul Rule” about who can get the nomination. Think of the horse-trading that would be going on at the GOP Convention as each and every delegate is lobbied for their Presidential support.

Things could get very, very weird.


Elbow Grease is the word

Newsmax made a list of the Top 10 Hardest Working U.S Senators…and Nebraska’s junior Senator made the (alphabetical) list:

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) —In 2014, the former Bush administration official and Lutheran college president came out of nowhere to beat three better-known and better funded opponents for nomination to the Senate. Considered an effective spokesman on government reform, Sasse is the first Nebraska senator in memory to commute weekly from what he hails as “the tall and beautiful grass at home.”

Sasse often notes that he is a commuter-Senator, seeing his kids every weekend. He has certainly been a busy guy on the campaign trail as well.

And it will be interesting to see if he is holding out on his endorsement of Ted Cruz until the Nebraska primary for full effect.



ICYMI, Leavenworth St. had a new contributing-writer give their thoughts on a couple of Unicameral debaters.

Be sure to check out the previous post for The Weary Former Staffer‘s views on a few of your favorites — Senators Patty Pansing-Brooks and Ernie Chambers.

And remember to go to the Twitter and The Facebook for all of your Leavenworth St. updates!


  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Senator Smith for looking out for wage earners! Am so tired of hearing the whining from farmers who have gained from increased land prices and don’t want to pay any taxes on that value. The purchase price of land takes into account the costs of that land, including property taxes. Our urban senators need to do a better job of standing up for us back east. And now Sen. Johnson proposes to freeze farmers property values next year! While my property taxes on my home keep going up.

    • bynd says:


      The gain that farmers have on their land value only counts when the land is sold. A better indicator of the value of the land, like all business’, is the value of their products. Which at this point, isn’t very much. And when you start putting in the hours they do, then you might have a legitimate complaint. Corporate farming excepted.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd you capitalize earnings in valuing a business, rather different than looking at earnings directly, which is what an income tax would do, and you take asset values into account. If the land values are high with highest and best use farming, then ignoring land value would be nuts. There is an argument that if values are rising from pressure to convert to non-farm uses and you want to preserve farms some accommodation must be made in property y tax assessment, but inmost of NE that would not be a big issue. If pressure is from conversion to corporate form then maybe the market is sending a message.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ben Sasse of the hardest working ones in the Senate. Really? Doesn’t say much about the description of hard working now does it? Maybe that best says why voters are so outraged this year. Ben Sasse hardest working new Senator working hard to position himself for his next big run like in presidential would be more accurate. Tweet!

  3. Gerard Harbison says:

    Trump’s latest unfavorables, per WaPo/ABC

    Overall 67%
    White college graduates 68%
    White women 74%

    Needless to say, his unfavorables are even higher among blacks, Hispanics and Asians.

  4. Sparkles says:

    Newsmax says Sasse Baron is one of the hardest working?

    Sure ‘nough, an experiment just completed that was guaranteed to succeed.
    I just went to the Newsmax site, knowing exactly what I would find. In addition to the headlines:
    ‘Nuclear Terrorism Fears Loom Over Obama’s Final Atomic Summit’
    ‘Doctors Using Magnesium to Reverse Diabetes’

    You’ll find the headline: “The Private Video Every Republican over 55 Must See”

    The link takes you to a menacing picture of Hillary Clinton imposed over a custom video player with all the controls stripped out (no pause, no FF etc..), so once the video from the ‘Health Sciences Institute’ gets started, there’s no skipping ahead, you have to endure the incessant fear mongering and catastrophic warnings that comprise the entire video. A video that goes on and on, hammering out warnings that if evil Hillary is elected President, she is determined to KILL YOU!
    Only by watching this video and taking immediate action can you be saved!
    And how can you be saved? Health Sciences Institute has discovered a cure for cancer! But Hillary and the medical establishment are hiding it from you, because they WANT OLD REPUBLICANS TO DIE!
    It’s important to note; this is not the miracle cancer cure being sold by Ben Carson, nor is it the miracle cancer and diabetes cure being sold by Mike Huckabee.
    THIS miracle cancer cure, a fermented wheat germ extract, is sold only by the good folks at the scholarly Health Sciences Institute.
    A cure that until now has been hidden from you, kept deviously secret, by Hillary, Obama and the FDA – because they want YOU, AN OLD REPUBLICAN to die a horrible painful death.

    Yes indeed, a party and it’s media-entertainment complex dedicated to Grifting Obtuse People.

    But by all means continue to refer to Newsmax as something other than another tattered tent along the carnival midway.

      • Sparkles says:

        Please point out to a source I’ve provided that was dubious or disreputable in the way circus acts like Newsmax, Worldnet Daily, Drudge, The Daily Caller, The Blaze, Breitbart, The Washington Times, InfoWars, TownHall, Instapundit, Hot Air, The Washington Free Beacon etc.. etc..

        The left has absolutely nothing like the hate-for-profit outlets and vehicles of grift that proliferate on the right.

        I’ll wait while you dig up a single source I’ve offered that could be called into question.

        While I’m waiting, here are a couple more headlines –
        From Newsmax, courtesy of former GOP POTUS hopeful Allen West –
        “President Barack Obama is an Islamist who is intentionally working against the security of the United States”

        The same Allen West who told a Tea Party gathering – “I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party,”

        From World Nut Daily – courtesy of Master grifter Jerome Corsi –
        Chicago homosexual community shocked he could keep it secret

        From ‘Defend The Family Website’ – their mission byline; Defending the Natural Family, Marriage and Family Values, comes this story –
        “Obama was a ‘gay’ teen favored by older white sugar-daddies.”

        And who can forget that Jade Helm is really a secret plot for an Obama Takeover with abandoned WalMarts to be used as Death Camps!
        Or the ObamaCare Death Panels, or Kintner’s favorite Agenda 21, or Wayne LaPierre’s persistent warnings that Obama’s Jack Booted Thugs are on there way to take your Guns!!
        All of it, and much, much more splashed across the pages of these rags on a weekly basis.

        Even your own candidate – Rubio – dabbled in the inane fear mongering while running for President –
        “Here’s the bottom line. This notion that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing is just not true. He knows exactly what he’s doing.”
        Clearly echoing Allen West above, and clearly implying that what Obama’s doing is something nefarious and imbued with malicious intent aimed at bringing great harm to Americans.

      • Sparkles says:

        Damn it!
        I apologize – again!

        It’s those SKANK right wing web sites that are imbedding that crap!

      • Really? Alternet, huffpo, thinkprogress, dailykos? Any of those names sound familiar?

        Sure, you can drag up stuff from alt.right. But you wallow in the effluent of alt.left. Except that’s not really alt, any more. It’s mainstream Democrat party.

      • Sparkles says:

        Sorry Harbison,
        Again, you’ve largely failed.

        I’ve never quoted from Alternet, I’ve never quoted from DaliyKOS and I don’t believe I’ve ever quoted from ThinkProgress. There’s not one of those I sites I even visit more than maybe once or twice month, let alone quote from.
        And Huffington Post just happens to be the most popular political website on the planet. An objective viewer wouldn’t attempt to paint it as some whacky liberal backwater.
        With 110,000,000 unique monthly visitors it dwarfs it’s nearest competitor by more than 4 fold.
        Also, Huffington Post is not solely a ‘leftist voice’. It is an aggregator of news (sprinkled with naked celebrities and assorted clickbait). A convenient compendium of thought from a multitude of writers. Yes, the writers are primarily moderate or left leaning, but every day you’ll find opinion pieces from authors on the right.

        And, HuffPo is not often the source of information from which I reference.

        I took a moment to check one of your touchstones – The Federalist.
        It’s audience is so small it doesn’t merit an Alexa ranking, nor does it merit placement among even the top 100 Conservative web sites. A list including sites like Ann Coulter, Dick Morris, Angry White Dude, Legal Insurrection, The Other McCain, Conservapedia, Jihad Watch and more.
        (if you ever want to dip deep into the pool of right wing nuttery, check out Conservapedia)

        FWIW, I like Ben Domenech and he’s a persuasive writer. And I credit The Federalist for it’s intellectual approach to issues. Clearly, I agree with very few of their opinions, as do most.
        Then again, we’re living in Trump nation, so the opinions of most aren’t worth $#^&.

      • Sorry, Sparkles you’re still not near the threshold to be taken seriously.

        For example, your claim about The Federalist not being Alexa ranked can be debunked in 30 seconds. I admire the ‘fling the 5417 at the wall and see what sticks’ strategy; no one is going to wade through and overturn every one of your bizarre claims. So falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus is how I approach the matter.

      • Sparkles says:


        I stand corrected, I must have typed in the address incorrectly.
        CNN ranks #19; the NYT #23; HuffPo #38: Fox News #43: WaPo #47; Politico #137 and
        The Federalist ranks 2,148.
        That puts it only 1,768 spots behind, but to it’s credit, The Federalist still ranks considerably ahead of

        By the way, did you notice that your one of your BFF’s, David Harsanyi, conveniently omits from his Federalist bio the most prominent position he’s held in his entire career? That of former Editor of Human Events?
        Do you think he did that out of personal embarrassment, or did Domenech demand he refrain from mentioning it?

  5. bynd says:

    People complain about Sasse. But no one states what he should be doing and how they would accomplish what they expect him to do. A freshman senator in a grid locked senate. Not a lot of opportunity there. Especially since the institution itself shuts out/down the newbies. But I’m sure the caterwaulers on here will put forth some rational input. Especially since they are sooooo productive here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Cry me a river. He can start by answering his constituents when they send a respectful correspondence asking where he stands and what he is doing on issues such as the border and ISIS. Instead of hiking off to Iowa and pestering national talk show hosts at CPAC to bask in the glory of another spotlight as the anti Trump leader of the pack, he may wish to focus on using his oratory skills on what answering questions directly instead of giving a college essay answer. There’s always opportunity. It depends on whether you use opportunity to fight for your beliefs or just for your own self interest.

  6. repenting lawyer says:

    Bynd, Sasse is a victime of absurd expectations engendered by the belief that one new Senator or Congressman can change much. The Constitution was designed to make change slow and difficult, and yet we act like we have a parliamentary system and treat compromise as a dirty word. While no fan of theR leadership in either House, their resistance to Obama was as effective as possible given numbers, but reading comments here you would think they had surrendered.

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