Sasse & Brad & Fort & Tommy

A new Hillary Clinton ad out in the Warren Buffett…er…Omaha media market features a series of Republicans criticizing Donald Trump.

And it includes Ben Sasse.

See it here:

Now, anyone can use pretty much anything in a political ad. Even one’s positive statements can end up in someone else’s negative ad.


But note what many Nebraskans have been telling Sasse at his meetings — sometimes outside of his meetings — across the state: By hammering Donald Trump over and over and over again, he’s helping Hillary.

Sasse’s response to this has often been, “No, I’m not supporting EITHER candidate!

But this is what happens. He ends up in an ad for Hillary, just like Hillary’s pal Warren wanted.

May not be the last.


My baby, she wrote me a letter

Leavenworth St. reported on Friday that sources said Unicameral Speaker Galen Hadley was going to be delivering a “Letter of Reprimand” to state Senator Ernie Chambers over his various crude statements in a recent “Ernie-gram.”

But apparently on Friday, Hadley’s office was insisting “there is no letter!

Leavenworth St.’s sources in the Capitol say there certainly was a letter, and that it is possible someone backed off, or became skittish when the news went public.

In any case, the only way an actual letter is “effective” is if it IS public. So a private “Letter of Reprimand” would be a zero. Though a private, spoken reprimand would have the potential to have more effect, since a public criticism of Chambers would likely only embolden him.

It is an fine line, though one would hope that Nebraskans could also know that their representatives will stand up to the bullying of Chambers.

In the mean time, officially, still silence.


How’s the weather up there?

The NRCC’s man on the Hill does his best to corner Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford on his feelings towards Hillary Clinton.

The tracker asks Ashford if he thinks Hillary is “honest and trustworthy.”

Ashford won’t answer.

Though he does say he “supports her“.

See it here:


Of course “supports Hillary” has a whole new meaning now…


Fort support

National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez, who often writes on religious themes, has a post on NRO about a recent dinner in DC featuring Democrat Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and Republican Congressman, and Nebraskan, Jeff Fortenberry.

The Congresspeople were featured at a dinner speaking about the rights of Christians and Yazidis in the Middle East. This has been a particular cause for Fortenberry over the years. He is known for his strong support for religious freedom, particularly in the mideast — something that isn’t always well known to those in his district.

Read it here.


Missed something there?

Finally, Don Walton’s Monday political column in the LJS is always enjoyable reading, as it is the only political column in the large state fishwraps. Today he fills it with his usual stuff: Obama, Hillary, and Gaia help him, the Yankees.

But Walton also endeavors to find some sort of balance in his column. And so he writes about Don Bacon, Ben Sasse…and Tommy Garrett.

Funny thing about Garrett though; Walton notes that while he voted against the Gas Tax, he voted for licenses for DREAMers, stopping the death penalty, and for his pet issue, of expanding marijuana use for medical purposes.

Just sort of chuckle-worthy that Walton left out one issue, or person, who Garrett supports: Donald Trump.

State Senators Jim Smith and Tommy Garrett at the May Trump rally in Omaha.

That wouldn’t have helped Walton’s story as much…


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hard to know what to do w/Hillary’s pneumonia or whatever it was. Running for president is more physically taxing than being president. Since every human being is only temporarily able-bodied & well, it is difficult to hold sickness against her. Same for Trump not if but when he gets sick, injured, etc. The graveyards are full of formerly healthy people.

    • The issue isn’t fairness. It’s whether she is physically fit enough to be President. The persistent cough (probably a low-level infection, not allergies), the pneumonia, the coumadin (a drug of last resort for clotting, with significant risks), the history of falls and thrombosis…

    • Anonymous says:

      Truth, GH. Though if the health of presidents from, say, FDR to-date were known hardly any of them would be fit for office. Jack Kennedy, for example, was a physical & moral wreck, no matter how handsome he was and how well he could speak somebody else’s words. Nixon was physically healthy for a paranoiac. Where do you draw the “healthy enough” line?

  2. Sharpie says:

    Clearly Hilary is using a stunt double and this is very disturbing. The lady that walked out of Chelsea’s apartment later in the day was not Hilary Clinton. There is no way the Secret Service would allow her to walk out on to the streets of New York without an agent immediately by her side. When have you ever seen her in public without multiple people within arms reach of her!

    • Sparkles says:

      The whole thing – the pneumonia, the body double – was likely a ‘false flag’ operation.

      Camp Clinton probably used the distraction to move Vince Foster’s body to a more discreet burial site.

      • Problem is, once you have a reputation for lying and for being parsimonious with the truth, nobody believes anything you say. There was a fable about a boy and a wolf…

        At this point, I’d say all the conspiracy theories are in play.

  3. Another aspect I haven’t seen discussed.

    A president can’t know everything necessary to do the job. That’s why they have to employ expert advisers, and then LISTEN to them.

    In two instances, now, Hillary has obviously ignored expert advice. The first was in setting up her mail server against the advice of IT in the State Department.

    And now, any doctor who let their patient go to a lengthy outdoor ceremony within 48 hours of diagnosing them with pneumonia would lose their license very quickly. It’s inconceivable that Hillary attended the ceremony with the blessing of her doctor. Almost certainly she went there against her doctor’s advice.

    • Sparkles says:

      Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, until recently CEO of Cannabis Sativa Inc, surely fails your test.

      It was just this June that Johnson went public to say to make the significant personal sacrifice of putting down the bong during his run at POTUS. At the time, declaring he hadn’t toked up since April.
      Johnson, 63, admits to getting his bake on for at least the last two decades.
      Do you imagine this activity has been condoned by his physician, or his former State AG, or Police Chief, or Medical Director, or…

      Alep (cough-cough) po.. what?

      • Anonymous says:

        There’s something to be said for a relaxed-fit Presidency. And at least Johnson is honest about being a stoner. Probably not his only fault but the biggest one as far as voters are concerned.

      • Sparkles says:

        “relaxed-fit Presidency”

        : )

        I’ve got nothing against stoners, just don’t want one as President.
        Most have sampled it, many of us smoked in our youth with most putting it down after a few/several years.
        Many of us also know people who have never put it down. You’ll never convince me is doesn’t impair cognitive abilities.

        Although I’ll gladly admit, a fully impaired Gary Johnson is still a far superior candidate to Forrest Trump.
        Plus, in a Johnson Administration, instead of Jelly Beans, each room of the White House would be supplied with Funyuns and Munchos. A stellar upgrade.

      • You’re really desperate here, Sparkles. Obama has essentially given up enforcement of marijuana laws in state where it’s decriminalized.

        What is your party going to do about a candidate who might not make it to the election?

      • Sparkles says:

        Obama abandoned the witless policy of wasting federal dollars and resources chasing dime bag Dilberts, which can only mean it’s time the country elect its first Stoner-In-Chief?

        And you’re calling me desperate?

        HRC should be applauded for her determination and stamina to push forward in honoring her commitments when most would wouldn’t.

        You choose to deny the diagnosis in favor of conspiracy.
        I choose believe HRC’s physician and see in her a scrappy fighter.

        Time will tell who’s right.

      • Yeah, I’m calling you witless. Johnson wants to legalize marijuana; Obama says he doesn’t but refuses to enforce the law.

        It’s gay marriage all over again. He thought marriage should be between one man and one woman, until the polls convinced him to shift.

        By the way, LP has supported gay marriage since 1972.

        The ‘Hillary has stamina’ arguments remind me of Monty Python’s dead parrot sketch. “She’s not dead, she’s just pining for the fjords”

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Be careful there, Gerard. The Libertarian Party of old (founded 1970 in Calif.) is not extant today. Although Gary Johnson appears to ‘believe’ as an original, the party platform has been moving to the right socially over the last decade. Witness, Bob Barr of 2008!

        And even within the party, some members are mere anarchists. They only want to use the party to abort governmental operations, even constitutional operations, such as the funding of public schools!!!

  4. Sparkles says:

    Walking pneumonia is a common ailment. Multiple physicians have said HRC’s is a textbook case. Like the common cold, it’s contagious and HRC no doubt picked it up from any one of the thousands of people she came in contact within the last week.

    Nice thing is, Team Trump will assuredly offer up yet another headline stealing act of depravity.
    Let’s check the headlines, shall we?

    And voila’ –
    1) Freshly brewed this morning is the story of Donald Jr. and Trump’s life-long trusted advisor Roger Stone tweeting out a public embrace of the White Supremacist mascot Pepe The Frog.

    2) The Director of the National Counterterrorism Center under George W. and our current Director of the Central Intelligence Agency calls The Donald a liar.

    Who could’ve guessed.

      • just guessing says:

        Since everyone knows you are an atheist, it’s a good bet that they weren’t as worried about your soul as much as they were taking the opportunity to kick you while you were down.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        ProfGH, they are not last rites, they are anointing of the sick. Where you anointed before the label change?

      • RL: I gave up Catholicism just about the time Ireland was implementing Vatican II. So I don’t know nuttin’ about your ‘anointing of the sick’. (BTW, shouldn’t ‘sick’ be ‘differently well’?) It was otherwise called Extreme Unction. I wasn’t actually aware of it, but my dad told me later they had done it.

        I got sick in England (and a big fat thanks to the state-run medical system for the nearly-perfect treatment of my condition. But they blew it at the last minute; I didn’t die) The sacrament was administered by my uncle, a redemptorist priest.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Way to go Ben. Aiding and abetting the enemy. I hope the NE GOP brings this ad up if Sasse tries to run for re-election as a Republican.

  6. bynd says:

    “HRC should be applauded for her determination and stamina to push forward in honoring her commitments when most wouldn’t.”

    That would be to the foreign governments and other deplorable groups the family foundation extorts in money for influence peddling. Right after they signed an agreement with BO on people’s money they wouldn’t take, but did, while she was the SoS.

    Remember, HRC will bring in more much to this country than we give out in Federal aid. Much like a trade surplus. Then they can pass a law to redistribute their wealth to everyone else. Or, she could walk the blather and just give it away.

    • Sparkles says:

      ” the family foundation extorts in money for influence peddling.”

      No political candidate in history has been more rigorously investigated, more painstakingly prodded probed and scrutinized than HRC. No foundation on the planet more thoroughly and meticulously analyzed.
      Should make it easy for you to support your claim, bynd Let’s see your evidence.

      President Clinton, soon-to-be President Clinton II and Chelsea Clinton take no salary, get no money and receive no personal benefit – other than spiritual fulfillment – from the Clinton Foundation.

      Conversely we have Donald Trump – who’s stump speech includes boasting of ‘pay for play’. Bragging that criminal acts are simply business as usual throughout the sordid history of Trump Inc. Just ask Florida State AG, Pam Bondi.
      Bribery, quid pro quo and influence peddling is a shiny badge of honor The Don proudly holds up to his audiences who in turn respond with frenzied applause.
      Somebody please square that circle for me.

      • Anonymous says:

        The acquisition, maintenance & use of power has both direct & indirect rewards. Those rewards may be tangible or intangible. The Clinton Family drinks the milk of human kindness alright. But are they running a dairy ranch – or a cattle ranch?

      • bynd says:


        Why don’t you prove it is not true?

        Not every criminal has been convicted. Not even some of the more infamous crimes against humanity folks.

        Just because they haven’t been caught doesn’t mean they haven’t done wrong.

        Politifact: We soon found that independently confirming information about the Clinton foundation is challenging at best.

        What is Trump hiding behind not giving out his taxes? Probably much like HRC is hididng by not giving out all the infom on the Clinton foundations. However, if you give Trump the benefit of the doubt, then the same can be done for Hillary. You go ahead and set the rules. As long as the are equal for both sides.

        59% think HRC is untrustworthy. 66% said she is too willing to bend the rules. At least half said she should have been indicted by the FBI. Are Trumps numbers worse. Most yea some no. But if your standard for HRC is Trump, all that shows is that you have no standards.

        And what does it matter what her supporting sycophants believe? There are not enough of them to elect her.

        Like I said, prove it wrong. Even just to the satisfaction of likely independant voters. We have a few on here.

      • Sparkles says:

        It’s certain they’re playing the cattle futures, but there’s nothing illegal about that.
        Plus, HRC is known to have a penchant.

        The Kennedy’s had illegal booze.
        The Koch and Bush families both got a big assist from Nazi Germany in establishing their fortunes.
        Reagan accepted $2 Million from Japan as a speaking fee.
        The Trumpf family fortunes have their origins in the soiled mattresses of brothels throughout the newly settled boomtowns of the Pacific northwest.

        The Clintons both came from hard scrabble backgrounds. They’ve busted their asses to make a fortune while never free of the relentless scrutiny of a perpetually vile and incredibly well funded opposition.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, under your twisted logic you should prove that you are not an SS officer in hiding, they have not all been caught and tried yet. Maybe you are Borman, they never caught him, or maybe you are the Grandduchess Anastasia in drag.

      • Complete ballocks, Sparkles. It’s unheard of to make a 10,000% profit in one year. I mess around with futures (and make money on them); I know about this. A stockbroker allocated her favorable trades after the fact, as an obvious exercise in money-laundering.

        The poor bastards were the ones whose trades Hillary was allocated, and who lost $100,000.

      • Sparkles says:

        Hillary Clinton was found guilty of.. nothing relating to cattle futures trading.
        In fact,not a single charge was ever brought against her.
        Leo Melamed, the pioneer of futures trading and the former Chairman of the Chicago Merc Exchange (where cattle futures were traded) was brought in to review her trading records and called the whole thing a “tempest in a teapot”. He went on to state, unequivocally, that “Mrs. Clinton violated no rules in the course of her transactions.”.

        HRC haters never tell the whole story. It’s always just the $1000 initial investment her detractors choose to dangle, like a shiny bauble, that purposely distorts the narrative. That, in addition to a lack of understanding of common trading practice of the time (you know, that whole ‘deregulation’ Republicans incessantly clamor for on behalf Wall Street, Big Ag, Big Oil etc..).
        The whole story is that HRC’s brokerage firm, unbeknownst to her, simply ignored the customary margin cushions in their trading activity. By doing so they granted Clinton much greater leverage (and risk) than $1000 would typically permit.
        The first trade in her account was the purchase of $12,000 in cattle futures contracts, while having only $1000 in her account. The trades continued, for 10 months, in the same leveraged fashion.

        None of this was out of the ordinary in 1978.
        All of this perfectly representative of the unregulated nirvana of GOP dreams.

        This is yet another instance where Clinton Derangement Syndrome demands from it’s terminally afflicted a verdict of guilty without even the pretense of a trial.
        Hell, in this case, guilty without even a charge being lodged.

        Our own Jon Bruning amassed a fortune in the multiple millions (assets valued well over $10M at the conclusion of his term) while serving as a State Legislator then earning a State AG salary ranging from $75 to $95K.
        Jon Bruning as AG waived a $1 million fine levied against NelNet and shortly thereafter was listed on the deed of a ‘cabin by the river’ (valued at $675,000) along with two NelNet execs.

        And never a single whisper, let alone frenzied cries of ‘lock him up, lock him up’, from the NEGOP.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        ProfGH, you may be right that cattle profits do not pass the smell test, but that was in 1977 and 78. All the people involved were connected with Tyson, hardly in need of political influence in Ark. Broker was at Refco which had a lot of legal problems because of that office, but no action against HRC.
        Given decision of SCOTUS on former VA Gov., maybe it was free speech.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Interesting. Hillary whoring her political ass for money. And Trump a businessman made donations to buy exactly that sort of influence. So Trump is a business John. And Hillary is a political whore.

  8. bynd says:


    Senility is a bitch. I’m not running for anything. And who said anything about the Germans any way? The fact that you and anon go down that road says more about you folks than me. There are much more current people who fit the description.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bynd, The German reference was triggered by a cramp doctor going on trial yesterday, though senility is probably close. Thought Romanov reference provided balance. Point is logic of your position on proof is faulty even if you are not running.

      • bynd says:


        You need proof in your profession. In the world of politics, you don’t. Accusations can be as negative impacting as any proof. The fact that HRC is so mistrusted by the majority of folks and she has not been convicted is the only proof needed to prove the point. That’s the point and there is no twisted logic to it.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, that no proof is required to darken the reputation of a candidate is not news. That a lot of people distrust HRC is not news. That some gossip, however false, will stick is not news. That you see some virtue in all of that should embarrass you.
        My Dad told me that if I wanted to be in politics I should never be photographed with a drink in my hand since in would start a rumor that I was a drunk. Being unwilling to set my drink down in avoided politics.

      • bynd says:


        There is no virtue in politics at all. So where you think that comes from me is confusing. The point is the point and no judgement is made. Unfortunate in many places, you can’t just make a point because everyone wants to label you something and pack you into their boxes of worldly beliefs. It is in fact one of the main reasons I don’t vote anymore. I don’t wish to be identified with either major party. If it appears not so here, it is in direct relation to the ones who fling the most shite and see whats stick. I usually have no problems in letting others set the rules. Ironically, those who set the rules complain the most when others play by them.

  9. Lil Mac says:

    Steve Hilton is brilliant political ad man, son of Hungarian refugees who fled tyranny, and godfather of David Cameron’s child. Despite the two Tories being friends back to their early days, we saw them split over Brexit much like Republicans split over their nominee.

    Said one Tory insider, “Steve is an impatient revolutionary. He really will be furious if, at the end of our five years in government, we have not completely transformed this country and freed people up to run their own lives.” – That sounds like something RNC establishment types might say. But is freedom really such a tall order? Is it so completely transforming of any free nation that its people run their own lives? Is freedom so dangerous? And if it is, what kind of politicians fear it?

    RWP’s words about what is going on of late in this election are refreshingly reasoned and unlike the myopia that infects most academics. There is nothing more iconoclastic these days than a professor refusing to prance around in Karl Marx’s yellowing ancient underwear. And how is it that such minds don’t see the holes in that garment? The left’s idea that one can magically share wealth that hasn’t been produced and earned by self-interested people, that people should not be freed to “run their own lives” as Hilton’s parents were when they fled Soviet leftist progressive benevolence, is ludicrous.

    So welcome to the battle, Irish. Its again for freedom. In this case, the Black and Tan is BHO’s dark legacy of sociopathic apologia and HRC’s Thrombotic Autoimmune Neuropathy. That, plus her and Bill’s vision of themselves as Newman and Redford in “The Sting” having been cracked. Unfortunately for Bill, Hillary and the Democrats they lied to, she is no longer able pull off even the small con. They had the ass by the nose but their grip slipped. So grab a pint, sit back, and enjoy the ride.

    • Ed Stevens says:

      “… BHO’s dark legacy of sociopathic apologia …” – nice turn of phrase – I like it.

      and by the by – for those still looking for reasons to vote for Donald Trump, may I recommend a recent essay out of the Claremont Institute. It is disappointing that the author chose to remain pseudonymous, but his/her arguments are still exactly on point. Just Google “Flight 93 Election Claremont.”

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Ed Stevens, It may be a nice turn of phrase but current version of DSM indicates sociopaths never apologize, never see the need.

      • Sparkles says:

        Re ‘The Flight 93 Election’ – alternately titled, ‘Apocalypse.. and how!’

        A pablum rich expose’ warning that if the invasion of the brown peoples isn’t immediately ended, our county, nay.. the planet.. is doomed. DOOMED I tell ya!
        If ‘Mericans don’t rise up and elect the least qualified person ever to run for high office, we’re all going to die.

        If you’d like a nice, multimedia accompaniment to the above noted End Times missive, I’d suggest taking a gander at a video clip of Kentucky’s new TeaGoober Governor, Matt Bevin, who made quite the appearance at this weekend’s Value Voters Summit in D.C.
        Bevin warned of a bloody clash between “tyrants” and “patriots” if Hillary Clinton wins this year’s presidential election.
        “I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically,” to the annual gathering of religious conservatives. “But that may, in fact, be the case.”
        “The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what?” Bevin continued. “The blood, of who? The tyrants to be sure, but who else? The patriots. Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren.”

        In western Oregon apparently the Trumpsters apparently aren’t waiting for election day.
        An Oregon man has hung from the arm of a construction crane parked next to the interstate, an effigy of Hillary Clinton.
        Next to her pant suit adorned mock figure, suspended by a rope around the neck, are the signs – “Vote Trump” and “Treason?- Ask Her”

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