Before we get started on this Friday, a little Separated at Birth for you, submitted by a reader:

Debater, Brad Ashford, and Incredibles angry Insurance boss, Gilbert Huph!



Safe Bacon

On the trail of the 2nd District campaign, Don Bacon has a new ad out.
See it here:

With voters starting to focus even more, camp Bacon gives a bio spot — with a little slam on Ashford.

And in endorsement news, Bacon was just given the nod by the President of the Omaha Police Officer’s Association, John Wells. That’s another union endorsement for the GOP candidate.

Also included in Bacon’s law enforcement endorsements are Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning, Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis, and Washington County Sheriff Mike Robinson.



Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner penned an Op-Ed for TIME Magazine about the “Treasury Judgement Fund.”

This is federal fund for the Federal government to use to pay judgements again them.

However, the Obama Administration has been using it as a slush-fund to pay off ObamaCare debts and Iranian bribes.

Fischer and Gardner suggest just a little oversight.

They wrote:

We want to believe Judgment Fund payments are aboveboard. But the government is rarely administered by angels; it is run by human beings, specifically, those in the executive branch. Increasingly, we hear fears from both the left and right that the executive branch has become too secretive and more expansive. President Obama himself made this point, telling New York Magazine his “one wish” for future presidents was for an end to the imperial presidency.

Congress should grant him that wish. The legislative branch can, and must, assert its Article I power of the purse. It holds a responsibility to conduct oversight of the executive branch and ensure taxpayer dollars are used responsibly. Sending our Judgment Fund Transparency Act to the president’s desk is a strong first step.

We will update you with the Lady Gaga counterpoint in this issue.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    “What about the shareholders, Bob? Who’s looking out for them?!”

    Yeah, that’s playing pretty well in Sidney, NE these days.

  2. World Herald says:

    World Herald endorsement for Kolowski today basically came out and said Ian Swanson is a 23 year old kid living at his parents house working at a coffee shop with no clue as to state government is ran.

    • Sparkles says:

      Again the damned lamestream media with their crazy obstruction of our constitutional freedoms!
      ALWAYS at it – ALWAYS trying to shove those pesky facts down our throats!!

  3. Bluejay says:

    With Hillary in charge she will use the Treasury Judgment Fund to pay off her friends. Obama did with Iran. Who stops her? The Senate? A federal judge? SCOTUS? NYT?

    • Sparkles says:

      Actually, her first act as President will likely be to utilizing those funds to pay goon squads to round up all your guns.
      She’ll then pay every Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy in America to expand their facilities in order to accommodate a Planned Parenthood on every corner.
      She’ll then likely have to replenish her slush fund, which she’ll do by rescinding the tax exempt status of every church and religious organization in America.
      And will all the extra money now rolling into the federal coffers, she’ll fund the construction of new Saul Alinsky Universities and Bill Ayers Pre-K’s in every state, bringing in communist, muslim and atheist professors to indoctrinate a new generation into the blossoming socialist American ideal.

      That’s week one.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bluejay, Congress can always go back to approving payments over a certain amount they used to do that or create taxpayer standing to question payments in court or require that non judgment settlements over certain amounts be approved by Congress or perhaps a committee. You fantasies are getting out of hand.
      Particularly since Rs have controlled both Houses for the last couple of years, if there is a big scandal why no investigation. This whole thing is a political stunt by Senator Fisher to get back in the foxhole with you.

      • Bluejay says:


        The problem with your analysis is that you assume that Hillary will act in a lawful manner. Given what we have seen so far, I think it is fair to assume that she will act in a lawless manner.


        Yes, I am a Creighton grad and RL gave me a good grade. I wasn’t in the top 10% but I was close. The thing about me is that I learned to think and reason at Creighton. And I use to be a Dem in law school. I was so foolish then that I didn’t support RWR to my great regret.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bluejay We disagree a lot, but you argue well which is a large part of legal education My Dad use to quote the Dean when he was at the Law School as saying I do not mind if you disagree with me but do it well. You do.

      • Oracle says:

        RL, that is my biggest problem with the legal profession. The argument is weighted (and valued) far more heavily than the facts behind the argument. Seems a bit backwards to me.

      • Bluejay says:


        You profs beat rigor into us. Too bad for the Dems that I switched sides. What they did to Ginni Lamp’s husband was the last straw for me. But now Clarence is a Creighton fan with a lifetime appointment.

      • Sparkles says:

        . What they did to Ginni Lamp’s husband was the last straw for me.

        You’ve demonstrated time and again on this blog your embrace of every conspiracy theory ever floated about the Clintons (and Obama). You without hesitation accept the tales of Juanita Broaderick (who was married and having an affair with another man at the time Bill Clinton was to have raped her) and Paula Jones (who was to soon pose for Penthouse magazine).
        BUT – you flatly reject the claims of Anita Hill, born in Lone Tree, Oklahoma, the youngest of the 13 children to parents who were farmers and grandparents born into slavery. A woman who would go on to graduate with honors (JD) from Yale Law, serve as assistant professor at the Evangelical Christian O. W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University, ans appointment as visiting scholar at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at University of California, Berkeley and now serves as distinguished Professor of Law at the renowned Brandeis University?

        But in winger land, it’s Anita Hill who should share a jail cell with HRC.

        I can’t help but harken back to an old Sesame Street ditty –
        “One of these things is not like the other, One of these things just doesn’t belong”

        Here’s some weekend reading for you – October 27, 2010, Salon –
        How we know Clarence Thomas did it
        And why it’s important that we acknowledge it

    • Oracle says:

      Again, Bluejay, did you really go to Creighton? I’d have thought you would’ve picked up some critical thinking skills there.

  4. Sparkles says:

    Maybe some should inform Sens Fischer and Gardner that they can simply go to Data.Gov and pull up the publicly accessible Judgment Fund Transparency Report.

    A fund whose specific obligation is defined as:
    “The Judgment Fund is available to pay most court judgments and Justice Department compromise settlements of actual or imminent litigation against the government.”

    A rational person might imagine that the $1.7B legal settlement with Iran on a debt incurred in 1979 that has been tied up at the Hague Tribunal since 1981, might be exactly the type of litigation for which the fund was designed to serve.

    Regarding payments for Obamacare –
    175 insurers, American businesses large and small, are owed money by the federal government based on the “risk corridors” duly established during the crafting and implementation of the PPACA.
    There would be no need to turn the Judgement Fund were it not for the skullduggery of the GOP.
    In one of their dozens and dozens of attacks on the ACA and on millions of newly insured Americans, the GOP deviously eliminated funding mechanisms for the risk corridors that were designed to serve as a buffer for 175 American insurers and healthcare providers when millions of inordinately ill, newly insured, predominantly working poor gained life changing health care coverage.
    In Dec 2014, Republicans attached a ‘rider’ to the last minute scramble that was passage of a $1.1T bill that would fund the government in 2015. A rider making inaccessible any funds to meet the obligations of the risk corridors. Obligations the federal government had made to America’s insurers and healthcare providers.

    Those 175 American companies who assumed additional risk based on a guarantee of subsidized losses (risk corridors) via the federal government, have now -rightfully- sued said federal government.

    Bringing us back to the point – the very definition of the Treasury Judgement Fund –
    “The Judgment Fund is available to pay most court judgments and Justice Department compromise settlements of actual or imminent litigation against the government.”

    Deb Fischer, Cory Gardner and their Republican counterparts are engaged in nothing more than crass political gamesmanship.
    It’s malfeasance at every level.
    Malfeasance and a distortion of issues that fuels the very contempt and hatred for the federal government that is right now crippling our nation and destroying our governments ability to function.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Sparkles, you forget Sweeper is following the party line. The Daily Worker at it worst never showed the same loyalty to Moscow as he shows to local R positions, however unsound. Maybe Rs need a little Red Book for Sweeper to reference, though I think that has been done before.

      • Sparkles says:

        The Daily Worker at it worst never showed the same loyalty to Moscow as he shows to local R positions, however unsound.

        What a fabulous sentence.
        You have a truly impressive breadth of knowledge, RL.
        You know, it’s never too late for run for office… of course, unless you’re up against a 23 year old Barista with a Bachelors degree from Limbaugh U. (Hillsdale)
        Your stellar resume, extensive life experiences and impressive breadth of knowledge simply wouldn’t pass muster in Uncle Liberty’s ‘Murrica.

  5. Sparkles says:

    Breaking –
    Feds: Right Wing Militia Plotted Nov. 9 Attack On Muslim Immigrants In Kansas
    “These charges are based on eight months of investigation by the FBI that is alleged to have taken the investigators deep into a hidden culture of hatred and violence,” Tom Beall, the acting U.S. Attorney for Kansas, said.

  6. Lil Mac says:

    Street Sweeper says Bacon’s ad offers “a little slam on Ashford”. How exactly? By saying Ashford, with 20 years in various legislatures, is a “career politician”? How is that a slam?

    Brad Ashford lost his political virginity 20 years ago. He has run for office at least seven times and only been in legislatures where he made zero executive decisions. Ashford’s chance of being a House leader under any party is nil. Moreover, even as a lawmaker, he is politically unreliable and philosophically disloyal. He was GOP 67-83, DEM 84-88. GOP 89-11, IND 11-13 and DEM 13-16. — Ashford won his House seat because Republicans cannibalized their own incumbent. His only strength is from incumbency. As a man, Ashford has the internal framework of a pudding.

    Don Bacon’s political career began with this race. Although his original degree is in Political Science, he chose to gain 30 years of real experience leading in war and peace before Bacon brought that executive leadership to politics. Bacon enters Congress with more leadership experience than most House Speakers including Paul Ryan.

    DNC is terrified of Don Bacon’s potential. That’s why they wasted a half million on his GOP opponent’s effort to stop him. The Democratic Party knows it has in Ashford a feckless waffling turncoat non-leader; the sort of human toilet sop Congressional leaders find useful.

  7. Sparkles says:

    Bill Kintner’s BFF, David Schnoor, shared a Facebook post that compared a herd of cattle to Black Lives Matter protesters.

    Crass, willful ignorance, or racism?
    You choose.

  8. Sparkles says:

    It appears the Governor’s wife, Susanne Shore, and Congressman Ashford are of like minds when it comes to political ideology and party allegiance.
    From today’s Lincoln Journal Star –
    “Shore, a registered Democrat, has donated $4,700 to Hillary Clinton and another $1,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund, which raises money for Clinton and down-ticket Democrats, according to federal filings..
    ..Shore also changed her party registration from Democrat to Republican to support her husband in the gubernatorial primary in 2014, then registered as an independent before switching back to the Democratic Party.”

  9. Aimee M from Omaha City Council says:

    Well gosh darn I am in a pickle now. Me and Hal went to the National GOP Convention and the state GOP convention and declared our love for Trump. Now that Trump turns out to be someone that loves to grab women by the pussy and kiss them when they don’t want to be kissed I am looking pretty bad.
    Have you noticed I have not said anything about Trump?
    Everybody calls me a “rising GOP star” for some reason, but deep down inside I think Trump is one awful person. But if I call Trump out for what he really is, people like Kagan and those dumbasses that like to hang out at Walnut Creek Park will turn on me.
    I see Hal declares himself a staunch Trump supporter: I always knew that guy was an ass.
    Anyway I hope Robin T or Joe Morton do not ask me about Trump.
    I am staying in my underground bunker in West Omaha till the election is over.

    Aimee from Omaha

  10. Anonymous says:

    Voting 3rd Party this year, I’m making a statement.

    It’s time for a new 3rd party in Nebraska.

    So if a 3rd party is available I’m voting for them, if not I’m writing in Tom Osborne for everything

    • Anonymous says:

      You could vote Libertarian. If they could garner 5% of the total vote, they could save themselves re-petitioning onto the ballot next election.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It’s interesting that the Trump campaign plagiarized Mrs. Obama’s speech, about integrity, at the Republican convention.

    Now Trump and his defenders are even plagiarizing Hillary’s “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy”, tweeting, “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD”. He includes the Clinton Machine, her special interest friends and her donors, the political establishment, international banks, the corporate media and global special interests.

    Trump is reminding me more and more of Hitler in his final days ranting in his bunker in the movie, “Downfall”. Can’t he at least come up with some original material instead of copying everybody else?

      • How Unfair says:

        Yea, it’s so un-liberal to stereotype like that. Not all paranoid, psychotic, power hungry, egomaniacal, hate-mongers are the same. It’s just unfair to compare Donald Trump to Hitler or Mussolini or any other SUCCESSFUL evil dictator. Trump may be leading a fascist mob, and they may do irreparable damage to the country, but they’re not going to succeed in taking power in this election cycle.

      • Anonymous says:

        Actually, anon, I posted the comment to which you refer. I am not supporting anyone in this years Presidential election and I do not intend to even vote for any of the Presidential candidates. My vote for any of them is irrelevant. Trump is going to carry Nebraska overall and probably in each Congressional District and is therefore, going to win all of our Electoral votes. My vote doesn’t matter.

        This allows me to develop my opinions with no prejudices. My comparison of Trump’s delusional ranting to Hitler’s delusional ranting, both in the context of not only their own impending doom, but also the impending doom of their supporters is of their own making, is therefore completely correct, rational and valid.

        On the other hand, your allegation of my Clinton bias is incorrect, irrational and invalid.

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