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imageState Senator Heath Mello has been telling people he will have a big announcement in 2 weeks. One would assume, if it’s “big”, that it will be that he is going to run for Mayor of Omaha.

And, as has been written here for the past month, good luck with that.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s approval rating is at 60%.

The word on the street is that Jean Stothert raised more than $375K at an event 2 weeks ago.

And the rollout of her budget received rave reviews.

So not sure what Mello’s big plan will be — maybe he’s going to run for City Council. But if the plan is to topple a popular Mayor, maybe he should have other plans.

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Though 2nd District Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford is apparently off catching trout at Lake Avoidamehillary for the week, he DID have time to put a new TV spot out.

See it here:

In the ad he says, “in Washington, I worked with Republican to fix ObamaCare and pass a Balanced Budget Amendment.

And that’s a pretty good line for Ashford to try to take the GOP Primary. Trying to outflank Don Bacon on the right…..

Wait. This is his GENERAL election ad? So Ashford’s NOT a Republican?

Oh wait. It turns out that he has Hillary-itis and that this is FALSE.

Per the Don Bacon for Congress campaign, this claim is — as Veep Biden would say — Malarkey!

The 114th Congress has not voted on a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) (the last time they did was 2011).

But Ashford did introduce his own version of the BBA — and had ZERO Republican cosponsors.

And Ashford has not CO-Sponsored ANY GOP-led BBAs.

Oh, and ObamaCare can’t be “fixed”.

So, the only part that Ashford seemed to get right was that he is IN Washington.

The rest, not so much.

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By the way, for those of you who are certain that Hillary’s gonna win, you better not side with Ashford.

Hillary keeps LISTS on those who don’t have her back. (Such as members who don’t attend her rallies in their district.)

And Paul Ryan just took out a disloyal fellow Republican in Kansas (with the help of Pete Ricketts’ dad).

Ashford has completely neutered himself from having any influence with either party. You got that’s 2nd District? His middle-of-the-road-iness has rendered him a complete zero.

Congratulations.

Maybe Brad’s hoping to be a Trump guy…

66 comments

  1. Disgraceful says:

    It is shameful that Don Bacon still supports Donald Trump after he attacked a Gold Star family. He will follow Trump down the dustbin of history.

  2. Anonymous says:

    A one-term Clinton Administration gives Republicans barely enough time to figure out now to let a mistake like Trump happen again. Lets get on this now.

    Trump will spin his failed bid for the Presidency into more money. Geez, they took the wrong baby out of the room yesterday, eh?

    That’s my list – those two yahoos plus whoever supported them. The Kochs are sitting this one out. Warren-Buffett-I-mean-George-Soros-I-mean-Warren-Buffet is voting for Clinton, and so had the rest of yas if ya know whats good for yas. Yeah, time to get to work on the 0.000001% to get behind a tolerable Hillary replacement in ’20.

    Stothert is tolerable. If nothing else she can do arithmetic and not misuse a government computer, so she’s got that going for her. Not to enthused about her packing the library board with toadies but at least there’s Do Space.

    NU’s Chinese-style authoritarian, capitalist management seems to be working. The continuing distraction of the football-sports-entertainment-complex creates a cognitive has around the actual role of the land-grand university, but Nebraskans don’t care. Can’t be fixed without a sudden influx of self-awareness and reason.

    We’re headed into Fall when it will be cooler than Summer. Maybe. And then Winter, when our streets will grow a new crop of potholes. Did I miss anything? Oh, yeah, Fred Conley playing chicken with the Feds while endangering Federal funding that a whole lot of poor students rely on. The MCC Board needs a way to kick elected officials out if they’re endangering the existence of the institution.

    Peace Out.

  3. Sparkles says:

    It wasn’t just Tea Party Tim Huelskamp the Ted Cruz toady, who Kansans soundly rejected yesterday.

    Here’s the headline from the Wichita Eagle (emphasis not mine) –
    “Berger beats Bruce, McGinn keeps seat in ‘brutal’ night for conservatives”

    Sam Brownback’s batch of hard core ALEC trolls and anti-government winger minions took a beating at the hands of moderate Republican and Democrat challengers.

    Can’t be good news for camp Bacon.
    (or the Platte Institute, or Pete Ricketts, or folks like Kintner, McCoy, Heineman, Janssen et al)

    • Quief Pillow says:

      Oh yeah, Sparkles! We are winning! Free shit for everybody, with no consequence! I love being a Democrat — it’s like having a magic wand!

  4. The Grundle King says:

    Let me first state that I still don’t support Trump, and I still don’t intend to vote for him. And while I also don’t support attacks on the family members of military veterans…living or deceased…I’m struggling to understand a couple things here…

    1. What have the surviving Khan’s sacrificed for their country? Their son sacrificed his life…but they didn’t sacrifice a son. A sacrifice is something that you offer. They didn’t offer their son’s life, he offered it himself via voluntary enlistment. They lost a son, and I feel for them in that regard, but their loss isn’t a sacrifice…and in that respect, they’ve ‘sacrificed’ no more than any of the candidates.

    2. Didn’t Hillary Clinton vote for the war in Iraq where the Khan’s son died? Rhetorical question…yes, she did. In fact, she’s the ONLY current presidential candidate that has voted for war. And the Khan’s support HER?!!! Why? Because she’s a Democrat? Trump was a Democrat, too, when the U.S. made the decision to go to war in Iraq. There’s just a wee bit of irony in the Khan’s support of the only candidate that is at least partially complicit in their son’s death.

    The Khan’s made their son’s death a political issue. I do feel for their loss, but using their son’s death as a political football doesn’t seem all that respectable.

    • Anonymous says:

      By this reasoning every Service-related death is potentially political, but no Service-related death can have any application to public discourse and can only be politically neutral. Is that correct? What does our military do, then, fight and die for a right to remain silent?

    • Sparkles says:

      “made their son’s death a political issue”

      Really?
      This, from the party of of 24 / 7 / 1,362Benghazi!! Benghazi!!

      The GOP has been shamelessly flogging those four dead Americans (all of whom volunteered to serve) for purely political gain for nearly FOUR YEARS!!
      The longest investigation in the history of our nation! Eight separate investigative committees. And in a nod to political expedience, most of those committees ignoring entirely that it was TWO YEARS ago (2014), that this headline made the news:
      “A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.”

      Yet, here it is, the opening night of the clown show in Cleveland that we’re treated to what was it… 4 straight prime time hours of Benghazi!! Benghazi!!.
      The featured speaker being the Fox ‘News’ nightly fixture Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith. In her appearance crying out that HRC is “personally” responsible for the death of her son and then joining a frothy GOP crowd in chants of LOCK HER UP, LOCK HER UP!!

      Not only has the GOP shamelessly, for years, exploited the deaths of those four Americans in Benghazi, they also chose to trot out on the convention stage the brother and sister of Brian Terry, the border patrol agent who was shot in 2010 by a gun traced to the Phoenix ATF’s botched Fast & Furious operation. Another politically motivated ‘scandal’ incessantly pushed by the GOP. One for which Eric Holder and the Obama admin have been exhaustively investigated and, imagine this, wholly exonerated. Also, a faux ‘scandal’ which never had anything to do with HRC! But, since the GOP was determined to drag dead bodies out for the opening of their convention, they apparently decided, why not stack ‘em high.

      wtf

      • Bynd says:

        The difference is obvious to the most casual of observers. But such simplicity is not easy for partisans to understand. In any case because u believe the Repubs did it then Dems should fall to their level? Great reasoning!

      • Sparkles says:

        That’s of course is accompanied by a perfectly reasonable, logical and believable explanation.
        But go ahead Fudge, follow your Breitbart rabbit down that hole.

        While your down there, how about following up on this lead, dated June 13, 2011 –
        Missing Iraq money may have been stolen, auditors say
        “After the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the George W. Bush administration flooded the conquered country with so much cash to pay for reconstruction and other projects in the first year that a new unit of measurement was born.
        U.S. Defense officials still cannot say what happened to $6.6 billion, sent by the planeload in cash and intended for Iraq’s reconstruction after the start of the war.
        Pentagon officials determined that one giant C-130 Hercules cargo plane could carry $2.4 billion in shrink-wrapped bricks of $100 bills. They sent an initial full planeload of cash, followed by 20 other flights to Iraq by May 2004 in a $12-billion haul that U.S. officials believe to be the biggest international cash airlift of all time.”

      • Fudge says:

        Gerard,

        When considering Iran got $400 Million in cash (against $1.7 Billion total), I’d expect Libya would be due at least $100 Million against a total of at least $450 Million.

        Yet, the Veterans Administration makes our country’s vets wait days, sometimes weeks, to receive treatment for our adventures overseas. Sad.

      • Fudge says:

        Sparkles,

        What does one thing have to do with the other? Neither is right, at least from my perspective.

        You, however, are clearly blinded by “party” loyalty.

      • Sparkles says:

        Fudge,
        There is no equivalency here.
        One is simply bumblef^$& GW and his hapless apple dumpling gang losing track of $6B in cash. The other is a long engaged diplomatic resolution to a decades old legal claim.
        The Iran money is the result of acts set in motion in 1979.
        The case has been clearly presented. The recent ‘revelation’ of your plane load of cash isn’t even a ‘new’ story. It’s simply convenient political fodder for a desperate, struggling GOP.

        Jan 17, 2016 –
        “Washington (CNN) – As the Obama administration welcomed the implementation of a major nuclear deal with Iran on Saturday, it also prepared to close the book on another long-standing issue between the two countries: a decades old legal claim.

        The U.S. State Department announced the government had agreed to pay Iran $1.7 billion to settle a case related to the sale of military equipment prior to the Iranian revolution, according to a statement issued on Sunday.
        Iran had set up a $400 million trust fund for such purchases, which was frozen along with diplomatic relations in 1979. In settling the claim, which had been tied up at the Hague Tribunal since 1981, the U.S. is returning the money in the fund along with “a roughly $1.3 billion compromise on the interest,” the statement said.”

      • HTH says:

        Just a reminder for those who forgot – disregard Fudge/Tony Oberley, defender of segregation and apartheid. Their opinion is invalid.

        HTH

  5. My gosh, mid-afternoon, and Trump hasn’t said anything stupid yet.

    Maybe the GOP are holding his family hostage? Nah, he wouldn’t care.

    Maybe the GOP is holding his money hostage?

  6. Bluejay says:

    Turns out lawyer Kahn is an Islamic “scholar” and he believes that the Koran is superior to the US Constitution. He is a sharia guy. Lawyer Kahn has a paper trail a mile long.

    And Kahn has answered more questions from the press in a week than Hillary has in a year. Hillary took ZERO questions in Omaha.

  7. The Grundle King says:

    BTW, I like how a few folks picked up and ran with the closing line of my comment…in which I merely stated that I don’t respect people who use the death of a loved one for political football…and completely ignored the main points.

    I lost a close friend a little over a year ago when he swerved to miss a deer…you don’t see me rampaging through the Unicam demanding that we exterminate Bambi.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry for your loss, but the the analogy fails, unless Bambi is an armed member of some organized military force. Which wild deer do think about during hunting season.

      • Bluejay says:

        Kahn – the sharia guy – was picked for the very reason that he would be immune from criticism. The son was a great American but the dad is a sharia guy. Islam and sharia is wholly incompatible with America pre-2008. News flash: Islam wants to kill us. See, 9-11-01.

      • HTH says:

        Christianity is anti-America. See Westboro Baptist.

        Do you see why what you’re saying is stupid yet?

        HTH

      • The Grundle King says:

        HTH,

        I’m not at all about to defend those pukes in the Westboro Baptist Church…but have they killed anyone?

  8. vet says:

    Gold Star family my ass. Those parents used their dead son to clean the donkey’s balls. It was disgusting. Hillary killed their son. Who else is to blame but the assholes that sent our troops into Iraq. That was Hillary Clinton. Then, worst, she pulled us out and left Iraq as empty for ISIS as Charlie Wilson left Afghanistan empty for Al Qaeda. The troop died for nothing because of Clinton herself.

    Two of my crewmates were KIA and three POWs. I spent nearly a year in hospitals. I have served with heroic men. And went back and did it again, and then again. I much like McCain. I have more than once sat down with John McCain. But Trump is right about McCain. He was heroic when killing enemy but he was not heroic for being shot down. Nobody is. Heroism isn’t victimization. Its not idiots learning to tie their shoes, nor is it being wounded, and lifesaving actually isn’t heroism either, its good but to win wars heroes slaughter enemy. If we are all saintly victims we lose totally.

    In a similar vein, parents who use their own dead son as donkey wash to clean the woman who helped his death mean nothing, and as noted above Hillary voted for war and was architect of leaving Iraq a waste to become Islamic State, that dead warrior deserved better parents. He we deserves for damn sure better leaders. Gold star my ass.

    Grundle King grasps this. Good. IF GK was never shot at, proves you don’t have to be victimized to understand its not a good thing. Hillary victimized the dead son, then his parents victimized him.

    • Sparkles says:

      You don’t need me to confirm that you’re entitled to your own opinion and your right to express that opinion. You’ve clearly earned the right and I thank you for your service.
      But, you’re not entitled to your own facts.

      “..worst, she (HRC) pulled us out and left Iraq as empty for ISIS..”

      It was George W Bush, with Secr of State Condoleezza Rice at his side, who signed the Status of Forces Agreement, on Dec. 14, 2008.
      An agreement stating, unequivocally, that: “All the United States Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory no later than December 31, 2011.”

      An aside –
      GW’s approval rating in Dec of ’08 was hovering in the upper 20’s and the world’s leaders were truly panicked, as we faced the very real possibility of the devastation and global unrest wrought by a 2nd Great Depression. The prior month, Nov ’08 saw 803,000 Americans lose their job, Dec’s total was 661,000 more Americans thrown into the burgeoning unemployment lines and as GW finally walked out of White House for the final tine in Jan ’09, another 818,000 Americans were told the checks they relied on to pay their mortgage, heat their homes and feed their families were ending.
      So, I suppose it’s understandable how one could overlook GW’s Status of Forces Agreement signing ceremony. An agreement binding the future President to a withdrawal of all American troops.

      A question re:
      “heroes slaughter enemy”

      Can we then assume you’re a big fan of Bob Kerrey, Chuck Hagel and John Kerry?

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles,
        So Obama has changed many things with his pen and phone. He didn’t even attempt to change the Status of Forces Agreement. Yes, Obama was once again an innocent by stander victim of Bush. Weak and ineffective because he wasn’t qualified to be President?

      • The Grundle King says:

        Sparkles, I think we can all agree that a person can admire and honor a veteran’s military service, while simultaneously disagreeing with his or her politics.

        Or are we to assume that you’re a huge fan of John McCain, Joni Ernst, Shane Osborn, and Tom Cotton?

    • Anonymous says:

      How did Charlie Wilson leave Afghanistan empty? Wasn’t he the one who was clamoring for money to build roads and schools after the Russians left? Wasn’t it a Republican president at the time who was too concerned with Eastern Europe to worry about the middle East?

  9. Trump down by 15 in NH, 11 in PA, 9 in MI. Trumpkins were never a majority, but they’re becoming an ever-dwindling minority. And one Colorado FRepublican is using a specifically anti–Trump commercial.

    The GOPe may not survive to regret their embrace of this deranged braggart vulgarian.

  10. Lil Mac says:

    Some are perceptive. Some blind. Do people choose their painful sightedness or choose their calming blindness? Difficult to tell. But that is why we vote. Such is the nature of opinion. Yet we all have ears and once again Trump throws out what seems loud intolerable words which when analyzed appear true. I too am a combat veteran and I found Khan’s parents politicization disturbing. But they were talking to a group of people who boo MOH recipients and the police.

    Trump screams “He’s naked” toward every emperor who stands garbed in politically correct falsity. And to this people react differently. Some normally rational people so hate loud noises, they join with Bloomberg and Black Lives Matter, with Hillary and Wasserman, with Sharpton and Khan’s parents, just so they can condemn the noise level in the room. They dislike the volume, the bluntness, the unkindness, so they embrace the falsity above truth. This is probably the wrong year to be emotional about politics. But that’s voting for you. It allows people to avoid shouldering consequences personally. Into that vacuum of individual outcomes pours emotion and with that too little reason. Ces’t la vie, mes amis.

  11. …and Politico reports today Melania came here on a B-1 visa, which meant the nude modeling she did (which counts as work) would have been illegal. Oh the irony: Trump married to an illegal immigrant.

  12. Anon says:

    Don’t take Mello lightly, this is where Ashford has been elected. Hillary(Obama) politics of the status quo fit the established and media well here.

    • bynd says:

      Ashford wasn’t so much elected as Terry was rejected and Ashford was the only other one around. A rock would have beat Terry.

      Or did it?

  13. I’m looking forward to running for Mayor as well. I think Stothert is a good mayor, but I feel many will try to run just because it’s a big race. A guy like me is good for 6% to 10% in a primary, so more the merrier, jump on in. I know my voters stick with me. And the more I run the more voters I get in touch with. I don’t know about Heath Mello, but my goal is too build my brand and to get the word out. Keep building a movement. We the people can do this. We don’t big money to get behind us to make this happen. We can build this, our time will come. Thanks for all the support, but I have dropped out of the GOP to join the new Marijuana Party. Got to move on. Got to keep getting the message out. We don’t need a bunch of corrupt old men telling us how to run our lives, we don’t need them taxing us to death. The people basically want to run their lives without government interference and that’s what I’m pushing. Looking forward to the Mayors Race!! –Mark Jr

  14. Hardly Germainson says:

    So you want to compare First Ladies? You want to attack the wife?

    Since you sleep with the Clintons, show us your nude photos of Monica under Clinton’s white house desk chomping the sausage. You think voters don’t know that Bill is a First Lady alternative to Melania? She was a model. He is a model too, of sorts.

    Quit making dope from your chemistry set.

  15. Ricky says:

    Mr Street Sweeper sure is out of touch if he thinks Stothert is doing a good job as Mayor of Omaha. How does SS know about this town since he lives in Boston or where-ever?
    It would not take but 10 minutes to list 15 things Stothert has screwed up in Omaha.
    #1 since elected the city’s bond rating as fallen and she has not been able to get it back up
    #2 Con Agra left town on her watch.
    #3 All time murder rate last year under the “public safety” Mayor.
    #4 Totally and embarrassingly screwed up the HDR move to downtown; mainly because of her hair-brained idea to GIVE 11 million dollars of public money to a rich organization like Performing Arts
    #5 Invited the COPS show to town only to have OPD shoot the guy.
    etc etc.
    wise up SS
    ricky

    • The Grundle King says:

      Well, you live in Omaha too, Ricky.

      Maybe all those things are also your fault. After all, you seem to have all the ideas on how to fix all the problems, and yet, you don’t share those ideas with anyone.

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