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Stothert-BlockPartyThe OWH ran an editorial on Sunday, out of the blue, talking about Omaha’s Restaurant Tax.

They did not make news, and they did not report on new news. Now why would the OWH want to essentially take a crack at Mayor Jean Stothert on an issue that was up, maybe two or three weeks ago?

Ah yes, Mr. Mello.

Maybe Heath Mello’s Mayoral campaign is imminent, and maybe it will be more like a distant feedlot — an identifying air, but you can’t quite see it.

But the OWH will likely try to go Russian Olympic team, and fill it full of growth hormones and uppers until it looks viable enough to compete.

But here are a few notes, in response to the OWH:

Former Mayor of Omaha, Democrat Jim Suttle implemented the restaurant tax and STILL had budget shortfalls. Mayor Stothert has managed the budget, reduced property taxes twice and added police officers.

That’s called leadership.
It ain’t a bad thing.


Dog bites man: we don’t agree with that poll!

The Death Penalty gang released a poll to the newsies stating that their side currently has a 58.3% to 30.3% lead on the issue among Nebraska voters.

Pretty regular poll, as far as these things go.

But the the anti-Death Penalty gang leapt up, claiming the poll was no good — and their friends in the media made sure to put that right up in their headlines, as well as in the lede of the story.

And in the mean time, the Antis, via their spokesman, claim, they have LOTS of polls which say THEY are in the lead! LOTS of them!

(Hmm. This would be the point where they would ordinarily cite those “polls”.)

They do point out that there are polls “across the country” where those polled don’t want the death penalty. So there ya go!

They can no doubt look at a poll from say Haight-Ashbury area in San Francisco that would crush the death penalty! Or maybe Greenwich Village in NYC! To just name a few!

Don’t be surprised if the final vote in Nebraska is closer than 60-40. But do be surprised if you see reporting from the local press that simply covers the issues, without giving a constant crutch to the anti-Death Penalty side.


Senators love the sound of their own voice

Well, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse gave a speech over the weekend that clearly spelled out his position against Donald Trump and specified why, to those who were before him — taking nearly an hour for his speech and questions and answers.

Unfortunately this all took place in…Denver.

Ironically, one conservative commentator at the Red State Gathering tweeted out, “Let’s get this guy out in front of a crowd!

Where? Like in…Nebraska?

Only Q&A that Sasse would take in Elkhorn was out in the hallway or parking lot.

After this election season Sasse may still find people bitter about him not supporting the Republican nominee. But if Trump loses, the sting of that could dissipate some, depending on how the political waves ebb and flow.

But Sasse’s reluctance to talk directly to the people who elected him — all the while giving loquacious orations to those supporters outside of the state — could hurt him in the long run. If Sasse eventually speaks to a local group which doesn’t fawn over him — and gives them 55 minutes with Q&A — he may find a more realistic assessment of where he stands.

 

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65 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Let’s be careful of the words “management” and “leadership.” Stothert can do arithmetic – that doesn’t make her a “leader” in any way, shape or form. Even if she’s better at arithmetic than Jim Suttle. Nothing about most people, so say nothing of politicians, rises to the lower bound of the word “leadership.”

    Nobody gets credit for taking a breath, their heart beating, or their kidneys & bowels working. That’s just showing up. We haven’t had a LEADER since Lincoln & Washington. Everybody else can get in line for lessons.

    • Just Arithmetic? says:

      You’ve never worked a budget in a large organization if you think it simply comes down to arithmetic.

      It takes an enormous amount of leadership, work, and negotiation. The many different departments and components of the city government that have to be worked through.

      Jim Suttle wasn’t bad at arithmetic, he was an engineer. He was bad at leadership and didn’t care to lead the city in a direction that would be fiscally responsible.

      • Anonymous says:

        Politicians are replaceable commodities. The electorate can’t shirk its responsibility to have its proverbial, collective boot on politicians neck at all times. And cry me a river about organizational complexity. YOU have never worked in the competitive marketplace, have you? Boo hoo times are over about how tough the mayor’s job is. Stothert was elected to do a job. Do it. Don’t come to me for help without also being willing to follow instructions and work-as-directed. If that help is not needed, all well and good, but supervision & accountability will continue regardless.

        Politicans are elected to serve the public. Let them do so without drama.

      • Sparkles says:

        “Politicians are replaceable commodities.”

        Or as a noted conservative leader has famously stated –
        “Pick a Republican with enough working digits to hold a pen”
        — Grover Norquist

        If you’re a Republican, thinking is not required. All that is required is the elected GOP official sign whatever their corporate handlers place on their desk.
        Speaking of Norquist.. even before being elected to the Senate, both Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer opted for the nearly universal winger lobotomy. Each of them, with great fanfare, signed Grover Norquist’s no new tax pledge. A pledge promising to the Koch Bros, ALEC and the 0.01% that they would never touch their special interest loop holes. A promise that no matter how daunting their struggle, the needs of Mom & Pop Lunchpail and the working poor throughout America will always remain subordinate to the bottom lines of America’s wealthiest individuals.

        It’s a pledge Jeff Fortenberry now refuses to sign because, unequivocally, it “restrains your ability to think creatively”.

        It’s a pledge Don Bacon signed in June of 2015.

        April 2015 –
        Washington Post-ABC News poll shows just 21 percent of registered voters say they would prefer a presidential candidate who “pledges never to raise taxes,'” while 74 percent prefer “someone who does not make such a pledge.”

  2. Anonymous says:

    I find it interesting that Sweeper is so concerned on Sasse and his events with Nebraskans (I bet that Sasse has actually had more town halls with Nebraskans over the last few years than any other person in Nebraska).

    Okay, to my point. I wonder why Sweeper isn’t nearly concerned about Fischer hiding her events from Nebraskans? I guess she had “Listening Sessions” and “Coffees” with Nebraskans, but did anyone know it? I didn’t when she was in Omaha — or I would have attended. So I checked to see why only 6 people showed up to her event in Omaha. It’s because she doesn’t tell anyone she is doing the events — she does one post twitter and that’s it. So let me ask you… Who is hiding — Sasse or Fischer?

    • Anonymous says:

      #NeverSasse.

      Ben is evidence of Nebraskans being lazy voters. That’s how you get Lee Terry, famous for f**k all. Sasse has done nothing. What legislation has he moved for the benefit of the Nation and Nebraska? Where is it? Right, there isn’t any.

      Fischer is creeping up, barely to C- range. Nothing to should about there.

      Listening sessions? Talking ain’t doin. Let these to yahoos go back to Washington and effect some measurable change they can be held accountable for. Then we will have something to discuss at our “town hall” meetings and engage in more than political theatre.

      • Anonymous says:

        Unlike you I don’t get any government checks, I work for a living and probably support you too, for all the good that does me. Your best move is to say “Thank you!” and then be silent.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sasse’s RV tour (a/k/a family vacation across Nebraska) is supposedly hitting a lot of towns. What does the local press find in those town halls? Is he answering questions in the coffee shops and Legion Clubs or is he running outside to handle questions from constituents about Trump like he did in Omaha. Would be interesting to what the media in those rural counties are getting out of him.

  4. Bob Loblaw says:

    Looks like Ernie Goss says it costs Nebraska $14 million a year to keep the death penalty whether we use it or not. We haven’t executed anyone for almost 20 years. So it has cost this state $280 million. That to me is the definition of a wasteful government program. I can’t see how anyone can call themselves a conservative and support this idiotic program.

    • Anonymous says:

      I can hardly trust government with my money. Why give government power over human life? Ridiculous. The death penalty is archaic and should itself die. God forbid we should look at why we’re throwing human beings away. That’s quite a resource to lose, to say nothing of intrinsic value. Taking life to defend it? Nothing Pro-Life there. Not a Conservative position.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Well…I can’t speak for Bluejay, but there’s the matter of the multiple layers of barbed-wire and chain-link. Then you have the guards, and the fact that I don’t believe it’s legal for Johnny Citizen to just go and ‘cap’ death row inmates.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Thanks for the advice. I can’t wait to see you clearing snow from the roads all by yourself this winter.

      • The Grundle King says:

        I’m confused…do you want separation of church and state? Or not? I only ask because I have a pretty fair idea of what he’d say about abortion.

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles;
        The same as he did in the Bible. Nothing. It is a government thing. He wasn’t interested in government things then.

      • Sparkles says:

        ahh.. abortion.

        Yet another issue on which the conservative community will continue to lose.

        Aug 12 –
        “Judge rejects Ohio law to cut Planned Parenthood funds over abortion”

      • The Grundle King says:

        Sparkles…did you not ask ‘What would Jesus do?’ Or were you referring to someone else?

        I mean, if you wish to discuss the religious aspects of the two matters…then stick to that. Interjecting religion then switching focus to the courts is a pretty lame diversionary tactic.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, how do you get from Jesus was not interested in politics then, more accurately Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels, to His followers should not be interested now? Christmas argue the implications of the Christian faith for many public issues, are the wrong? Jesus said nothing about physician assisted suicide or for that matter suicide, is Christianity not relevant to thesis issues

      • bynd says:

        RL:

        At what point in the Bible did Jesus take up arms against Rome? When did he sign a petition against them? When did he go to a political meeting to voice his opinion? Facts are, he paid no attention the government of the time Rome. There are plenty of commands that apply to individuals. But when the Bible stated make disciples of all nations, it didn’t mean a nation state, otherwise, you miss the individuals. Ironic, Jesus was killed by one the most horrific and barbaric methods of the time, did he campaign to get rid of it? Did he call down 10 legions of angels to defend him?

        There is a difference between individual mandates and that of government. They are not the same and can’t be.

        So what did Jesus do about the death penalty, nothing. In fact he allowed it to be applied to himself.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, the line you want to draw between government,politics, and mandates to individuals is the standard 19th Liberal Protestant understanding of Scripture, and elides prior Christianity in its teaching and scripture reading. Jesus is an exemplar not a rule giver and we must live out his example in our world not his
        As an historical issue, whether the Gospels are an historically accurate picture of the role of Jesus in the issues of his day is one that divides scholars Hardlytheplace for that debate.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I’m sure they’ve been through hell that nobody should ever have to deal with. I’m sure they all have varying opinions on the Death Penalty. But what good does it do to sentence people to death when we have no way of carrying it out and it costs us millions of dollars? It hasn’t been used in 20 years!! Why keep an inefficient government program around? Use that money to hire more correction officers or improve the Corrections Department in other ways.

  5. The Eye Ball says:

    A couple of things.
    The anti-Sasse partisans are intentionally harassing him the same way the Nebraska delegates were “disappointed” Ted Cruz did not endorse Trump. They keep forgetting, it is the responsibility of the GOP nominee to unite the party. All this brickbat stuff is stupid because it all goes back to Trump.

    As for the restaurant tax, the consumers are not complaining enough and the restaurants can pocket a property tax reduction. The issue is dead on arrival.

    The death penalty issue is a waste of time. The lawyers will decide.

  6. Sparkles says:

    “God help us.”

    When asked his thoughts on the prospect of a Trump administration, that was the reply of Ronald Reagan’s most trusted advisor, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz.
    Schultz served at Reagan’s side for seven years. Prior to joining Reagan, Shultz served as Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Labor and the director of the Office of Management and Budget for Richard Nixon.

    This election is no more a “choice” between HRC vs. Trump, than two aspirin vs. a Glock 19 is a choice between headache remedies.

    This is an exorcism.
    As I noted with the recent defeat of House Freedom Caucus miscreant Tim Huelskamp in Kansas, the purge is officially on. The internecine battle lines have been drawn – from today’s Politico:
    “GOP donors and groups look to send a message by declaring open war on several House Freedom Caucus-endorsed candidates.”

      • Sparkles says:

        Of course the vast majority of Americans would rephrase that:
        Celebrate Joe Rickett’s son Scott on holding Tim Huelskamp accountable.

    • Anonymous says:

      ITTR Reagan occasionally called him the “Secretary of Shultz.” An outstanding name. We do need a Department of Shultz in the Federal Government.

    • bynd says:

      Isn’t it wonderful that all the old timers who helped build the system now find it an abhorrent system.
      Their outrage is a day late and a dollar short.

      And the Dems will be next as the millennials take over. Change is in the air and it will affect everyone.

  7. Ed Stevens says:

    Regarding Trump vs Hilary – we have all heard of the “win-win” paradigm – now it is time to get intimate with its lesser-known illegitimate cousin, “lose-lose”. Doesn’t matter which of ’em gets elected, it will be a disaster of epic proportions. Oh, the outlines of the cataclysm will be a little different with each candidate, but the end result will be essentially indistinguishable – utter, unmitigated catastrophe. Hilary’s ascendancy will make nuclear winter seem a languid spring day, and election of the Donald will put us all smack in the middle of the political equivalent of The Gong Show.

    Take a deep seat and a short rein, buckaroos – this ride ain’t gonna be fun, and it will last for at least four years. POWDER RIVER!!!

    In the meantime, go ahead and chatter about who’s porking who in Lincoln/Omaha, because Gawd knows that’s more important than the future of the republic.

    • Sparkles says:

      Your opinion of HRC is shared by fewer and fewer of the most prominent members of even your own party.

      HRC will be a fine President.
      Fortunately for Mom & Pop MiddleAmerica, it appears Trump will hand to her a mandate most could not have imagined only a few months ago.
      Plus, she’ll have significant players among the GOP’s most moneyed and most powerful, hammering away at the ideas free, solutions averse, anti-government trolls within their own ranks.

      HRC will enjoy an avenue of governance not available President Obama. The combination of the above factors, along with her considerable insider political prowess, will provide the opening necessary to allow her to crush the obstructionists. Not her obstructionists, mind you, but the GOP obstructionists to effective governance on behalf of the American people.

      Why else do you imagine Iowa’s Steve King can be recently quoted as saying; Hillary Clinton “is someone I can work with”.

      • Anonymous says:

        Clinton will be barely tolerable and will require constant supervision. The best thing I can say about her is that she’s not looking for her lost keys in her own rectum, as National Review says about Mr. Trump. Four years might be just enough time for the Republican Party to find its keys. We’ll see.

      • Sparkles says:

        Anonymous,

        For the record, I truly hope the Republican party does find it’s keys by 2020. The country would benefit immensely if we once again had two functioning parties.

        I’ll take a Dwight Eisenhower over HRC all day, every day.

      • bynd says:

        Spaqrkles,

        The rest of the story is, more and more Republicans are supporting Hillary because they simply can not stomach Trump. It has nothing to do with Hillary.

        Much like when Ashford defeated Terry. If you think that some how the Congress and Senate will suddenly become a love fest with Hillary, I don’t believe it will happen.

        But yes Hillary does have the knowledge to circumvent the system even better than Barack.

        As to mandates. After 2014, it is apparent that Dems believe one vote gives them a mandate. Hmmm, a lot like Republicans.

  8. It's Math! says:

    Note: If the levy rates stay the same and the assessed value increases, then you have a property tax increase. A tax increase is what happened within the City of Omaha.

      • It's Math! says:

        Agreed that assessed values are up to the assessor, but the city still has an opportunity to decrease the levy rate. So both repubs and dems are to blame.

  9. Ricky says:

    Street Sweeper seems to know a lot about how great Stothert is, and he lives in Boston or wherever. How does he know anything about Stothert? Just going by what the local GOP gives him?
    The editorial made a good point: the righty’s took Mr Suttle to the woodshed for the restaurant tax which turned out to be a pretty good idea. They tried to recall Jim S. So Stothert and the GOP look hypocritical because the GOP Mayor can not do without the tax.
    Somebody should inform SS that Stothert is a terrible manager and not very bright and is a micro manager which makes it worse.
    Omaha lost Con Agra under her watch, saw our bond rating drop under her watch, set a record for homicides in 2015 under her watch. She bungled HDR’s move to downtown; failed to develop the Crossroads; fired a perfectly good fire chief and hired one that quit at age 45.
    She invited the COPS show here only to have the sound guy get killed; and now there are questions raised by Domina about the truthfulness of the police chiefs statements about what happened and the city is now getting sued. (I hope that goes to trial so we can find out what really happened).
    But we did get a 15 dollar a year discount on our property taxes. Oh wow.
    I hope Mello does run he could win easily. I’ll work for him.
    ricky from omaha

    • Anonymous says:

      Everything Stothert does Suttle did worse. Or did you miss the part that Suttle lost money with the restaurant tax while Stothert saved a little?

      Mello is Suttle except for the name. You’d do something for Mello, though work isn’t the word I’d use. Hold a chair down more likely. Good retirement task for you, less harmful that way.

      • Ricky says:

        Care to comment about the other issues I brought up relating to Stothert?
        She is terrible and will be a one-term mayor. Hopefully.

    • The Eye Ball says:

      Suttle raised a tax in a down economy instead of cutting government. And people like you think it is just a matter of a tax. Stothert has done much to get rid of waste in City government that Suttle never even attempted.

  10. Meanwhile, from the ‘voter fraud doesn’t exist, it’s merely an excuse for voter suppression, here’s Chris Matthews about North Philly (as quoted by John Fund at NR)

    People call up, see if you voted or you’re not going to vote. Then all of a sudden somebody does come and vote for you. This is an old strategy in big-city politics. . . . I know all about it in North Philly — it’s what went on, and I believe it still goes on.

    • Sparkles says:

      Yep, election season is in full swing, time to get your grift on.
      Your citation is a rehash of an old story. Fund is hoping cash in a bit (rifle through the pockets of the Alex Jones crowd) by capitalizing on Trump’s ‘election rigging’ conspiracy mongering.

      John Fund originally made the claim you cite, Chris Matthews on voter fraud, on September 17th, 2012.

      In the summer of 2012 (an election year, of course), Republicans had pushed – and failed – yet another Voter ID initiative aimed at disenfranchising minorities and the working poor. A major reason for the initiative’s failure was that attorneys for the state could not find nor offer (surprise, surprise) evidence that in-person voter fraud occurs.

      When Fund made the claim, during a roundtable discussion at the National Constitution Center, former PA Gov. Ed Rendell, who was hosting the roundtable replied to Fund:
      “The last time I looked, Chris Matthews was not evidence.”

      As luck would have it (cough-cough), John Fund had just released (Aug 2012) a book titled:
      Who’s Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk
      It you venture over to Amazon you can snag a used copy, in very good condition, for $0.01, plus $3.99 s/h.

      While you’re at Amazon, for another $0.01, you can snag John Fund’s Sept 2004 book;
      Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy

      Isn’t it remarkable how these books – and the ‘headline’ you’ve cited, come out just after the party conventions during an election year?
      John Fund has been banging the Voter Fraud drum for a long, long time. It’s how he pays his mortgage.

      Fund must have been really busy during the 2008 election cycle. His conspiracy mongering /goober grifting wasn’t published until the following year, Nov. 2009, when we were treated to this slab of pablum:
      How the Obama Administration Threatens to Undermine Our Elections

  11. Midtownguy says:

    Voter fraud we should be so worried. A recent study that at elections from 2000 to 2014. found that out of 1 billion votes casted there were 31 voter impersonation on Election fraud. Only losers claim fraud, also wondering why are we having this big religious debate. when our constitution says separation of church and state but I guess those who wrap themselves in the Constitution and claimed how much they loved it ignore that part.

    • The Grundle King says:

      The whole religious debate was sparked by Sparkles, who asked what Jesus would do in regard to the death penalty. I injected the topic of abortion…not because I feel our laws on abortion should be based on the Bible, Koran, etc., but because I get really annoyed when people who scream about the need to separate church and state decide that it’s okay FOR THEM to co-mingle the two.

      So if the Bible is to be considered immaterial when it comes to the legality of abortion, so too should it be considered immaterial when it comes to the matter of the death penalty.

  12. bynd says:

    RL:

    The debate on this site, if that is what you are alluding too, was not started by me.

    In any case, your last lines seem to indicate that 1), God left something out of the Bible that man has deemed should have been in there, 2) The Bible isn’t the inerrant word of God.

    In either case, the arguments are those of men and quite frankly seem limited to a few, not the majority. although I could very well be wrong on that.

    Secondly, if God didn’t deem it necessary to put it in the Bible, whose is man to question that?

    I would also point out that Jesus was a radical of his time. We are to be like him. Period no leeway. But for those who wish to change the Bible to their liking, it does happen all the time. You know, itchy ears wanting to hear what ever. It would seem then that those who believe that, do not believe in an omnipresent God who is able to write a book that is good from beginning of time to end, even though He is claimed to be so. Man putting limits on God. I don’t see the difference between that and non believers. At least the non believers seem to honest about their rejection. Which is certainly up to them and no business of mine.

    If the Bible were written for rocket scientist only, the rest of us would be in whole lot of hurt.

    • Anonymous says:

      You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. You do need to understand the pivotal values of 1st Century, Mediterranean, agrarian peasants. Go look up “The Context Group” in Wikipedia and be informed.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        Better yet do a study on context in the Bible. I don’t see where I said context is not relevant.

        However, I do believe God was intelligent enough to write something relevant through the ages so all can understand by just reading the Bible.

      • Erma Geddon says:

        Wow, God is an author now?

        Who was her publishing house, Harpy Collins?

        I always assumed her works of fiction ended with those two tablets.
        That whole thing with the lightning and all, seems like it’d be hard for her to find someone other than Heston dumb enough to stand in the line of fire… literally.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, given the disagreements among Christians on the meaning of the words of institution, the form of church government found in the Pastorals, the different rules on divorce, three in the NT alone, one may wish the God had been clearer if He favored individual interpretation in your style.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bynd, my objection is to your mode of reading the Bible, which you couple with the unchurching of those who do not share your method of reading. The Bible was left to be used in the life of the church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I think you limit the Spirit with your notions of how Scripture should be read. Hold the views you wish, but your claim be be judge of the faith of others is very hard to credit.
      If each individual is an inerrant interpreter of the Bible, particularly with scholarship banished, then we are truly in trouble. For you to make yourself the judge of intellectual honesty makes the trouble worse.

      • Bynd says:

        RL,

        Once again you accuse me of something you pull out of thin air. Never judged others on their interpretation. Only put forth my understandings. If you take that as a personal assault on your beliefs, that is being rather thin skinned. What your beliefs are, are between you and your creator makes no difference to me. Just saying, if you need some one to interpret the Bile to you or for you, then how would you know if what they are saying is true? Holy Spirit not included. The other problem, how do you know who to believe? So you can tell which human is telling the truth enough to put your enternal life into their hands but don’t trust yourself with the Spirit in you? Trust no man, they will always disappoint. Even Paul said, the Bereans checked everything he said against scripture to insure what he said was correct.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd your guarantee of salvation is the accuracy of your reading of the Bible? Guess the rest of us are dependent on you. I think not.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Question, separation of church and state is the impact of the bar to tst oaths in the original Constitution and the Establishment Clause. The phrase predates the Constitution though it was made popular by Jefferson. To see that separation as a wall goes back to Rodger Williams and the Baptist tradition. The separation is the obvious impact of not having unestablished church or required religious belief. The wall may not be the best paraphrase, but that is another issue.

  13. Freaking Out in Falls City says:

    Did Herbster’s money and it’s BFFs Heineman and McCoy just get cut from Team Trump?

    From The Hill –
    “Donald Trump announced his new agricultural advisory committee Tuesday..
    Terry Branstad (Iowa), Sam Brownback (Kan.), Pete Ricketts (Neb.), Mary Fallin (Okla.), Dennis Daugaard (S.D.), and Jack Dalrymple (N.D.) — as well as 2016 GOP primary rivals Rick Perry and Jim Gilmore.
    Five federal lawmakers — Sen. Pat Roberts (Kan.) and Reps. Bob Goodlatte (Va.), Mike Conaway (Texas), Rodney Davis (Ill.) and Robert Aderholt (Ala.) will also sit on the committee,..”

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