Sasse officially French fried?

Byway SignWith the word that National Review columnist David French has been recruited by #NeverTrump-er Bill Kristol to run for President, this would seem to semi-officially exclude Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse as a third-party candidate.

Of course Sasse, though a leader in the #NeverTrump cadre, has said repeatedly that he would not run for President as a third-party candidate. However, as one of the few elected officials to still be against Trump, his name is always mentioned as a potential candidate.

But French would be the perfect guy for Sasse to now support, if he wants to continue down that route. Sasse is a favorite of the conservative National Review Online (NRO) — they deemed him the “ObamaCare Nemesis” before he was elected — and French is one of the writers on the NRO’s “The Corner”.

Some of the other NRO writers have ever so slightly hedged their bets on Trump. For instance, Jonah Goldberg gave an, “if I were the deciding vote on Trump vs Hillary, I would vote Trump…” — then going on to say that he won’t be, so he won’t.

However, French would not go even that far, saying that Hillary and Trump were equally evil and that he would never, ever vote for Trump. (He also strongly implied, though did not specifically state, that he would never vote for Hillary.)

But let’s face it: David French is not going to be elected President, and in a 3-person race, he only takes votes away from Trump. You can talk all you want about a “conservative alternative”, but that’s all it is. Talk.

Heck, #NeverTrump writer Erick Erickson suggested that maybe instead of trying to field a candidate — then get blamed if Trump loses — they should just let Trump lose on his own merits. (Of course, if he wins, it isn’t clear what their response would be.)

In the meantime, for many in the conservative movement it is all about ideological purity. They don’t respect the views of the Republican party’s voters, and see a Trump Presidency as nothing better than a Hillary one. Which is an interesting discussion, until Hillary starts replacing the Supreme Court for a generation.

And of course if Bernie jumps in as a 4th partier, things could continue to get weird-er.

But until then, those considering to take the French-Dip should realize that it’s not much more than…a Nothing Burger.


Always a Nebraskan

Politico reported that Andy Abboud, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Community Development for the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, and the top political aide to multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson is negotiating a pro-Donald Trump Super PAC with various experienced national campaign chiefs.

The idea is that there are several mini PACs supporting Trump, and that one centralized group would better serve the candidate.

Abboud is a Ralston High and UNL grad — and voracious Husker fan. He worked on campaigns in Nebraska for a number of years before moving to Las Vegas to work for Adelson.

His brother, Chris Abboud, is a former State Senator and is a alternate delegate to the National Republican Convention.


Helping or Hurting?

The Platte Institute put out a great video talking about job creation in Nebraska, and about how government regulations can either help or hinder that effort.

In particular, they look at how things changed for two business affected by regulations: hair braiding and food trucks:

Take a watch for 3 minutes. And then you can read more about the two individuals featured by clicking here, at the Plate Institute’s page.


Byway of Nebraska

Sandhills JourneySo I’ll toss in a little personal item here.

Over the 3-day weekend, my wife and I poured the kids into the family truckster and headed west to visit all things Mt. Rushmore area — Black Hills, Deadwood, Badlands, etc.

But on the way there, we took the scenic route through God’s Country, i.e. the Sandhills Journey. We jumped on Highway 2 west of Grand Island and headed northwest all the way to Hyannis, before turning due north for the Free Ice Water.

If you’ve never been to the area, it really is a spectacular drive.  Through the rolling sandhills, past forests and rivers and championship golf. This isn’t anything new, but it is a gem in Nebraska that not everyone seems to have taken advantage of.

Then on the way back, we stopped in Pierce, Nebraska, just north of Norfolk. There we made our way to the museums at Gilman Park which hold a mini treasure-trove of Nebraska life including a train depot, caboose, one room school house, a threshing machine, covered wagon — oh and a full blacksmith’s shop from the early 1900’s.

Kratochvil BlacksmithThat blacksmith’s shop is personally special, as it was owned and run by my great grandfather, who had come over on the boat from Bohemia (by himself) when he was 23. He eventually had 10 kids, and one made his way to Omaha so that his grandson could eventually write a blog. (Exactly what my great grandfather was hoping for.)

In any case, the museum area at the park is open Sunday afternoons during the summer, and makes a great excursion if you’re in the Norfolk area.

And a personal thanks to Lyndon DeJong for opening the area up for us on short notice and providing an outstanding tour to my family and me.

It was a fantastic coda to our trip… which made up for having to wrench the dead bird out of the grill of the car when we got home.



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  1. Sparkles says:

    Removing Barriers to Opportunity in Nebraska

    I’ve found a hell of a deal on a slightly crusty old wood fired pizza oven.
    So.. I’m thinking of dropping it on to a flatbed trailer, parking the trailer directly across the street from Big Fred’s Pizza and hiring a couple street urchins to cook up and sell some pizzas!! We’re talking virtually no overhead, so we should be able to serve up a tasty pie for less than half the price of Big Fred’s.

    What could more more Amurrican! And look – I’d be creatin’ two whole new part time jobs!!
    Right, Platte Institute??

    Now, if I could only find an old stock truck, a couple nice used grills and some homeless dudes who like to cook while they drink.. Chophouse here we come!

    Less Regulatin’ and More Job Creatin’… woohooo!!

    “The UNK (Univ of NE, Kearney) Report finds that Medicaid expansion will support 10,779 jobs in Nebraska in FY 2019-20,”

    “The UNMC report also finds the new Medicaid initiative would finance 10,770 to 13,044 jobs per year.”

      • Sparkles says:

        March 3, 2016
        By Martha Stoddard / World-Herald Bureau
        No license necessary for hair-braiding services under bill passed by Nebraska Legislature

        The bill passed on a 42-0 vote.

      • The Grundle King says:

        I know the bill was passed. The question is why hair braiding was ever regulated in the first place.

        The answer is because of people like you, who need at least one government regulation for every activity you can imagine.

      • Sparkles says:

        Re: Why hair braiding was ever regulated –
        “The answer is because of people like you”

        Respectfully, that’s just a ridiculous statement.

        The reason hair braiding was regulated was.. American capitalism.
        Americans with sufficient capital fund stink tanks like ALEC and the Platte Institute to craft self-serving special interest bills that are then handed to their bought-and-paid-for politicians who are expected to pass them into law.
        And, should any of these special interest bills/riders be noticed prior to passage and face a bit of backlash, said stink tanks summarily trot out ‘experts’ and ‘research papers’ to distort and confuse the issue until passage can somehow be manipulated.
        (sometimes referred to as “tobacco politics” – legions of lying ‘experts giving testimony’ and mountains of bullshit ‘research’ that allowed tobacco companies to sell cancer in a carton for decades more without regulation or warning. And, it was John Boehner who passed out checks from Big Tobacco, on the House floor, at the very moment a key vote was underway on a bill before Congress cutting subsidies to tobacco companies)

        In the case of hair braiding, no doubt a law passed to protect the revenue streams of a chain of beauty salons.

        From the South Florida Business Journal –
        “The Florida Association of Beauty Professionals is to lobby lawmakers and promote the state’s cosmetology and barbering industry.”

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Hold on there, Sparkles! The very best bar-be-que to be had in Austin is off the food truck on Cesar Chavez just east of I-35! Folks stand in line for blocks to get it hoping it won’t all be sold by the time they reach the counter. Also, v-e-r-y fresh shrimp can be purchased from ice chests in trucks after noon (it takes that long to drive from the coast). And most folks ’round here get their breakfast tacos from food trucks rather than a drive thru. And if you’ve ever been to NYC you must have tried the food cart hotdogs too!

      Just sayin’ that the marketplace will regulate itself, usually. Plus, we received our recall notice on frozen corn purchased at Costco. Did you get your’s?

      • Sparkles says:

        I don’t doubt it Annie,
        Fantastic food is sold from trucks all over the nation every day.
        Lincoln has two food truck vendors who have been successful for years.
        Hundreds of thousands of hot dogs and slices of pizza are sold every day from two wheeled carts throughout major American cities.
        Trucks and carts owned by vendors that are highly profitable and wildly successful.

        You’ll notice the food truck you mention on Cesar Chavez/I-35, isn’t parked outside of Stubbs on 8th Street, or across from the East Side Showroom on 6th. It’s parked along a street where you’ll find a car dealership, a church, a community center and the public library.
        A location that is a significant distance from the eateries around Austin’s famed 6th Street.

        Every truck and cart is required, in every community, to abide by restrictions relating to where and when they are allowed to set up.
        And for the protection of the public – every truck and cart, just like every restaurant, is subject to safety inspections and each food handler is required to have proof they know the most rudimentary of food safety guidelines.

        The ‘downtrodden’ guy the Platte Institute is holding forth has ZERO case.

        By the way, during my days as road warrior, the best BBQ in TX was a 30+ minute drive southwest of Austin , out in the middle of nowhere, called The Salt Lick.

      • Oracle says:

        I was at Salt Lick a few years ago. Great barbecue, and it’s BYOB. So everyone brings in a cooler with their beverage of choice.

  2. bynd says:

    Sparkles, I doubt Big Fred’s would care or consider your trailer a business competitor. Once again, your example shows a complete lack of any understanding of the situation. It is beyond nonsense.

    • Sparkles says:

      It’s really simple, bynd.
      Everybody but you understands it.

      You need to set up a GoFundMe account.
      I’ll be the first to contribute, enabling you to buy a f^*&ing clue.

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles, thanks. Now I can live like your other 47% by living off all the suckers and government. That has to be the clue. Find a way to live off everyone else. I GOT IT!

      • Sparkles says:

        “Now I can live like your other 47% by living off all the suckers and government.”

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but you’ve shared with us on numerous occasions that –
        You’ve worked for the government your whole life (granted – worked) – salary, health insurance, pension, sundry benefits – all or in large part funded by John Q. Public. In addition you’re now of the age to partake in Medicare and you’ve regaled us with your experience attaining care courtesy of the VA.

        Your rant continues –
        “Find a way to live off everyone else. I GOT IT!”

        That’s quite clear bynd. You ‘got it’ at a very early age.

        Hmmm… are you by chance the guy at that Tea Party rally holding up the sign reading:
        “Keep Government Out of My Medicare!!”

  3. Anonymous says:

    Doesn’t French need a Veep? Sasse? He could still technically say he isn’t running for President. Not that I’m encouraging it. I agree with you Sweeper, the 3rd Party Conservatives need to stop whining and not do anything that will help Hillary.

  4. Anon says:

    So Ebke is now a registered Libertarian. As if we all didn’t know her true colors.

    See ya. Hope you enjoy your one term!

    • bynd says:

      What now Gerard? This is what happens when you allow the has beens from other parties into yours. Can it be the beginning of the end for the Libertarians?

      • The Grundle King says:

        What would lead you to believe that was Gerard? Seems to me that any libertarian would be happy to add Ebke to their ranks, and to have her holding a seat in the state legislature.

      • bynd says:

        Didn’t mean to imply that Gerard would use other than his own name. Did mean that the party doesn’t get to vet those in such circumstances who now carry their flag. It isn’t Ebke’s choice, it is the party’s choice. But they made no such decision. And they may well accept her. If nothing else, it would appear to give them credibility for having a party member as a state Senator. Especially for those who don’t know the circumstances. But until then, she is, in reality, just another ex Republican. Which could be the best credentials she could have.

  5. Bob Loblaw says:

    So according to SS ideological purity is OK for our state senators but we shouldn’t expect it from our parties nominee for the highest office in the land. Got it!

    • bynd says:

      Bob, I don’t believe it is ideology as much as the sync in ideology between those casting the votes and those who are elected.

      That’s what I got as Pete’s message. Are you representing those who elected you, usually defined by the party that all belong to.

  6. Tweet Tweet says:

    Before the Platte Institute wants to throw darts, they need to go back and listen to the food truck story and figure out the real problem of what he wanted to do. Glad we want to grow our economy on the backs of hair braiders we call entrepreneur..

  7. bynd says:


    As we all learned in grade school, the classic model of communications is sender –> communication—> receiver. And it was the senders responsibility to insure the communications were understandable and clear. So, you can take back your gofund me account and spend it on an effective writing or communications course. Evidently your self supposed clever and witty writing isn’t so clever and witty and clear. And the best part is, everyone else gets it, is not a fact but your opinion. A good way to protect your fragile ego from admitting your writing leaves much to be desired in many cases.

  8. bynd says:

    Sparkles, By the way, I was the ex military guy you spit on in the 70’s when they came home and the guy who crossed the picket lines of friends to help break the Air Traffic Controllers strike so you could fly first class and hit on the Stewardess.

    Never been to a political rally. Once again you are trying to project your poor choices in a narrow and stereotypical way on to others who are not weak like you and yearning to be part of a lemmings group. But you are a fine little liberal soldier.

  9. bynd says:

    Oracle, I realize that ideology often gets in the way of comprehension. And those of like minds like to defend each other. But the difference is, taking the time to try and explain if others don’t understand as opposed to just being an ass.

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