SMOD 2016?

SMODLate yesterday I got a call on my landline that was listed as, “Unavailable – Out of Area”. I answered anyway, and it turned out to be an automated poll. I stayed on the line.

The associated recorded voice dove into political questions, mainly focused on the Presidential race. They included…
Hillary or Donald.
Hillary, Donald or Gary.
Hillary Donald or the Greenie.
Hillary + Elizabeth or Donald.
Hillary + Kaine or Donald.
Hillary or Donald + Newt.
Hillary or Donald + Christie.

And it went on and on for probably 10 minutes.

But one question in the bunch got me to Tweet it out (and get more reaction than I’ve had on the Twitter in a while):

In case you don’t follow the chuckle-worthy writers on the Twitters and elsewhere, “SMOD” means “Sweet Meteor of Death”. (Or “Sweet Meteor O’ Death” per the associated Twitter account.)

That would be a planet ending rock hitting our Earth with such force as to end any and all Presidential campaigns (even Bernie Sanders’).

At that point I began wondering just what outfit I was being “polled” by, or if at the end I would find my Social Security number had been siphoned from my wallet via POTS.

But they kept going.

At one point robot-talking-guy asked if I was in favor of employee-owned companies. (Hy-Vee comes to mind, I guess.) Whether I approved or disapproved of employee owned companies. Whether employee owned companies that share profits are a good thing. Whether government should encourage more employee-owned companies. Whether employee-owned companies are truly American.

Then a jag:
Whether I liked baseball.
Whether I liked hot dogs.
Whether I liked apple pie.

Whether, like baseball, hot-dogs and apple pie I was in favor of something as American as employee-owned companies.


The survey ended there, and they identified themselves as Public Policy Polling.
After I Tweeted it out, @PPPpolls Twitter-czar noted…

PPP came out today with some results noting Hillary vs Trump in battleground states.

Don’t know about the rest of their methods, but I would be curious to know how much more of their polling is of the goofball sort, or the “apple pie” type “consistency” methods of questioning.

And where they’re going with it…


Judge for yourself

Leavenworth St. noted yesterday that Don Walton at the LJS seemed to focus on “the Senate” (i.e. Republicans) taking too long to confirm Judge Robert Rossiter to the Federal bench.

Un-noted, was the fact that it took Democrat President Obama a year to nominate Rossiter after receiving the recommendation from Senators Johanns and Fischer.

And Walton did not mention Fischer’s efforts over the past year to get that nomination through the Senate, in his brief story today.

However, in Joe Morton’s OWH story today, much praise is heaped on Senator Fischer for her efforts. Her work was praised by Senators Grassley and Leahy of the Judiciary Committee, as well as Senator Ben Sasse.

Someone oughta tell Don.


Something to talk Abboud

News today outta Camp Trump, with a Nebraska flavor.

Michael Abboud, of Omaha, will be a new communications coordinator in the Trump campaign.

Abboud was previously a Republican National Committee communications department staff member doing rapid response and oppo research.

Politico says that he will…

“…focus on rapid response and daily messaging, the campaign announced, common political tactics that the Manhattan billionaire’s camp has only just recently begun to employ.”

Prior to working at the RNC, Abboud managed Pete Pirsch’s 2014 Attorney General campaign in Nebraska. A Creighton grad, he is the son of former State Senator (and national GOP convention alternate delegate) Chris Abboud.


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  1. Sparkles says:

    Her work was praised by Senators Grassley and Leahy of the Judiciary Committee..”

    It was June 12, 2015 that President Obama nominated Mr. Rossiter.
    It is Senator Grassley who is head of the Judiciary Committee.
    It was/is Senator Grassley who has blocked the appointed (90-0) of Mr. Rossiter and dozens more.
    It was Senator Grassley (and McConnell) who Deb Fischer has been forced to ‘work’ for the last year to move Mr. Rossiter’s appointment forward.

    Somebody outta tell..

  2. Tony says:

    How many of their polls are simply ignored and hung up on? Especially by Republicans that may not be home and / or working?

  3. Sparkles says:

    Dec 21, 2015 – Joe Morton, OWH
    With Grassley’s help, two Iowa federal judge nominees leapfrog Nebraska’s

    “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced an agreement last week to hold votes on five judicial nominees before Presidents Day.
    Rossiter was not among the five..

    ..Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was blunt when asked why two pending nominations from his home state had been bumped up the calendar.
    “Because I’m chairman of the committee,” Grassley said,..

    The logical question of course is why only five?
    And of the course the answer is Deliberate Obstruction by the GOP, as is pointed out in Joe Morton’s reporting.

    • Bluejay says:


      This all started with Bork and Clarence Thomas.

      If you knew the need for a new full time judge in NE and how FAIR Bob Rossiter is, you would be jumping for joy.

      • Sparkles says:

        Let record show that you are referring to the same Robert Bork that even GW Bush took a disparaging shot at for his extreme positions on an array of social issues. (Oct 1999, Manhattan Institute – “Too often, on social issues, my party has painted an image of America slouching toward Gomorrah”)
        And many who are versed in the field would argue Mr. Thomas’s tenure and rarely expressed opinion has fallen far short of dazzling.

        I’m happy for Mr. Rossiter’s appointment, happy Grassley/McConnell finally saw fit to allow his nomination to proceed, happy NE now has a much needed and clearly admired new federal judge. Nothing I’ve stated even implied otherwise.

  4. Sparkles says:

    Published within the hour –
    “Republicans Aren’t Even Pretending They Want To Confirm Judges Anymore –
    They’re quietly blocking their own nominees and skipping votes for others. Because Obama.”

    Comprehensive indictment.

    • Tony says:

      This is a good thing. I love gridlock! They are so occupied fighting each other they don’t have time to pass more laws taking more of our money and freedom away. When Trump gets in, he can do everything by executive order, just like Obama. Then the Congress basically becomes irrelevant.

      • anon says:

        I have seen that sentiment before, the ideal Nebraska legislature, but I don’t think even more “republicans” would work.

      • As Rome Burns says:

        There are things that government is necessary for.

        You would have been one of the Romans who admired the beautiful music when Nero played his violin.

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