Ashford using US Troops as props for ads

Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford is using Air Force troops as props in his recent political ad. And it is against Air Force and Department of Defense rules.

In his re-election campaign spot, Ashford uses a photo of himself with members of the 55th Wing at RAF Mildenhall in the United Kingdom, who politely stood with him when he was on an official visit.

Here is the image used in the ad:



Now, these military members have reportedly asked Ashford to take down the photo, and Ashford has ignored their demands.

Ashford’s response to KETV‘s Dave Roberts? “We blurred out their faces.

Question, reasonable person:
Do you think these troops are unidentifiable because of a slight blur?

How about this:
Here is a before and after of the same pic with Brad’s face blurred just as much as the military members.


Is Ashford now unidentifiable in that second pic?

And oh by the way, this breaks at least 3 Air Force and Department of Defense rules.

Here is one, for example:

A member of the Armed Forces on active duty shall not..Participate in any radio, television, or other program or group discussion as an advocate for or against a partisan political party, candidate, or cause.

Seems pretty cut and dried, eh? You would think that a member of the Armed Services Committee, such as Ashford, would know and respect this rule.

But apparently in a tough campaign for Brad, not so much.



Anyone else sort of nonplussed by the AP’s story about Governor Pete Ricketts donating $44K to state Legislative races?

Here’s a guy who spent $12 million of his own money to lose to Ben Nelson back in 2006.

And he put in $300K for the campaign to defeat the death penalty repeal…er retain…er, repeal the retaining law? (We’re fairly sure he wants to keep the death penalty, but you’ll have to vote on that question to see what’s in it…)

Heck, he spent $10 million on Ben Zobrist for just one year! (OK, that’s what the Cubs organization spent on the utility player, but one would have to imagine that Pete’s not letting Todd have ALL the fun…)

Dave Heineman gave $7K out of his own pocket in 2014. That’s like…$80 or $90 million when converted to Pete Ricketts dollars!

So giving 9 candidates an average of $5K apiece isn’t too terribly shocking.

And those on the other side of Ricketts’ wrath are finding out what happens when they don’t support his agenda…


Jane says

PBS is doing a series of short pieces on the election year, with Republicans races in Blue states and toss-up issues in Purple states…and Democrats in Red States.

And for that last one, they chose to follow Jane Kleeb, Chair-in-Waiting of the state Democrat Party, around in Nebraska to various events.

She sits down at KFAB with Scott Voorhees…oh, wait, sorry…”Conservative Talk Radio Host, Scott Voorhees”, who compliments her on her pipeline activity.

And then she moseys on into a fundraiser for Dist. 21 Legislative candidate Larry Scherer in Lincoln. And, mimicking Nancy Pelosi who doesn’t know the names of the candidates in the district she is raising money for, Kleeb, mic-ed up, whispers to a supporter:

“Don’t laugh at this, but who the fuck is he running against?”

And then declares…

“Larry’s the guy we need in the State Senate.”

After Jane’s done swearing, quick someone tell her that Nebraska doesn’t HAVE a “State Senate”…oh, and that she’ll be likely dealing with Mike Hilgers in January.

Later when sitting with a picnic table full of Democrats (4?) she tells another that,

“Maybe you should be running for State Senate.”

Ah well. It is a decently put together little 12 minute piece that is chuckle-worthy for, if nothing else, seeing a graying, bearded Scott Kleeb…who is pretty much no longer allowed to have any of his own thoughts or opinions…

Watch it here:


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Brad looks photoshopped in there. Is there an original photograph anywhere? Isn’t there a Google image search or something? Looks phony.

    • Sparkles says:

      Brad looks photoshopped in there.

      Maybe he is an alien.
      Maybe it’s the aura of an energy force emanating from his alien body, a force required to keep up the appearance that he is human, that makes him seem “photoshopped”.
      The beard is in fact the alien lifeform – the only thing that is real. All the rest is merely an apparition.

      Maybe Scott and Jane are both aliens.
      Maybe Jane’s tenure as Chair of the NE State Democratic Party is just their first step in a nefarious plot to overtake our planet.. with PBS as an accomplice. (PBS – Planetary Beardonian Supplantation).
      That would explain why ‘alien Jane’ made the truly heinous mistake of referring to our legislature as the State Senate.

  2. DCDP Leaks says:

    Now that Jane is chair of the NDP she’s not going to allow the old guard to pull the same shenanigans they always have. When the newly elected officers of the Douglas County Democratic Party cleaned out the office they found an email Patty Zieg had sent asking what to tell the Bernie Sanders supporters as to why they weren’t allowed to have the delegate list that she and Maureen Monahan had gotten 2 days earlier.

    It’s time for Patty Zieg to resign from NDP national committeewoman.

    • FAC says:

      Its great to see Ken and local democrats are focused on stuff that happened months ago and not on November 8. Don Bacon and all the other Republicans thank you for their victories.

  3. Bluejay says:

    We don’t have a “State Senate” in Nebraska. Every school child knows it is the Unicameral.

    Jane Kleeb is an embarrassment. She is the DWS and Donna Brazile of Nebraska.

    But don’t resign. We need you to continue your failing ways.

    • anon says:

      Maybe the Clinton dems want you to think that, they are the actual DWS and shiftless Donna Brazile, Bernie won the state and Jane has a lot of support, if Sanders had a spine he could have beaten the Crook

  4. Sparkles says:

    Re the complaint –
    A member of the Armed Forces on active duty shall not..Participate in any radio, television, or other program or group discussion as an advocate for or against a partisan political party, candidate, or cause.

    One can only then assume that the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner flew from a mock up of an aircraft carrier on a movie studio lot. Those hundreds of ‘soldiers’ standing on the deck to hear Bush speak were simply Hollywood extras.

    And who can forget President Bush, clad in an Army workout jacket, carrying a platter with a beautifully basted turkey and all the trimmings for soldiers in mess tent in Baghdad.
    That also must have been a movie studio mock up with fake soldiers?

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Sparkles, You and Sweeper are failing to notice that regs do not apply to non service folks, what use they make of pictures or other photo ops with service persons is up to them.

    • The Grundle King says:

      Sparkles, what “partisan political party, candidate, or cause” was furthered by Bush’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner/speech in which he and the military rightfully celebrated the victory over the Iraqi military forces?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Is anyone else bothered by the fact buried in the AP story that general contractors representing the private companies now guaranteed a fat happy living on lucrative state roads contracts are spending $126,00 so far in this election? Does that not stink of pay-to-play, getting big contracts of tax dollars, a bald faced quid-pro-quo? When you outspend the NSEA (at $108,000) that says a lot. Given it is to line the pockets of a handful of big roads construction firms assured their piece of $450 million over the next 15 years, it should make everyone uncomfortable.

  6. Anon says:

    For those who evidently failed civics:

    Although generally referred to as the “legislature” or the “Unicameral,” the Senate is the legislative body that was retained following the 1937 reorganization. Consequently, members of the legislature are referred to as “senators.”

    From the state’s website

    • Bluejay says:

      Yes, they are Senators but nobody – and I mean nobody – calls it the State State. It is either the Unicameral, Legislature or Unicam.

      A legalistic and hyper-technical point by you regarding the surviving body. Also probably had something to do with what room to use and keep open in that building in Lincoln.

      • anon says:

        We’ve finally found an issue that the right wingers disagree with Faux News on. They regularly refer to Nebraska’s single legislative body as the “Nebraska Senate.” I believe I’ve seen it referred to that way on this blog a number of times, even by native Nebraskans. I guess it’s only an issue when Jane Kleeb uses the term.

  7. DCDP Leaks says:

    When the new leadership cleaned out the Douglas County Democrats office this summer, they found an email where Maureen Monahan sent a group of people the delegate lists. They then found an email dated Wed. April 27th 2016 from Patty Zieg to Maureen Monahan and Leslie Wiseman that said this —

    Joe Orsi and a few others will be trying again to get the county list of delegates Thursday night. Be prepared.

    Some were relieved to hear that training was I the works for Bernie delegates. When the heard that, they backed off the request. Need a rationale for w holding the info. What is it?

  8. Mole says:

    If Dee Austin was supposed to be a representative from the Bernie Sanders campaign, why did she send Luke Peterson (a proud HIllbot) to Meadowlark to spy on a group of real Bernie supporters while they were planning for the state convention?

  9. ricky says:

    The collapse of Trump at the top of the GOP ticket will be disastrous for all of the GOP.
    Even Texas and Utah and Arizona might go Dem.
    Would it be too much to ask that Nebraska gives it’s electoral votes to HRC? That is probably too much to ask. Probably D 2 will go for Hillary. Bacon is toast and everybody knows that.
    However, voters may punish the awful Pete Ricketts by not electing his favorites for the Unicam. Possibly ALL of the candidates Ricketts favored will go down. Especially the 25 year old Ian Swanson, but then he can go on living in his parents basement. What is Zoe Communication anyway?
    I think Mr Vargas will win in South O, given the demographics. However Vargas DID come into this state with a mandate from his financial backers to promote charter schools in Nebraska.
    Vargas and Justin Wayne and Marian Fey all will push charter schools on the state.
    I hope Wayne is not going to be in the Unicam. The Koch brothers and Ricketts control his votes.


    • Rickett's thank you: says:

      From the Ricketts:

      ricky, we would like to extend our deepest thank yous to you for wishing ill to our ball club the Cubs. As has been shown on here many times, your mouthy kiss of death is the best thing that can happen to anyone or anything. You can insure success when failure is imminent.

      If we were betting folks, we would bet for all those you just posted against.

      Once again, thank you. The best thing the Repubs have going for them is you!

    • Anonymous says:

      Different mission statements buddy., OWH’s job is to make money and pretend to practice journalism. Goodwill Industries is to help the developmentally disabled, not to pay people 6 figures. Pretty simple distinction.

  10. Sparkles says:

    Interesting read in National Review Online. A look beyond the crushing defeat that awaits the Donald, to the task of rebuilding the Republican party.
    Long time conservative think tanker Peter Wehner, who served under Reagan, H.W. and W., asks:

    “Does the restoration of the Republican party require total reconciliation — or is there a faction that needs to be driven out, similar to what William F. Buckley Jr. did to the John Birch Society? Are there “deplorables”? If so — and I would say the Stephen Bannon/–led alt-right movement certainly qualifies — how large is that group, and what needs to be done about them?”

    • Anonymous says:

      How about forming the Lunatic Fringe Party, which can quickly fade into obscurity? This happens time and again in American politics, on the Left and the Right.

      • Several countries have lunatic fringe parties: UKIP, the National Front in France, and AfD. America, so far, has escaped this sort of toxic nationalism (mostly IMO because patriotism is widespread here, and there’s something like a national consensus that it’s a good thing.)

        My feeling is that the alt-right have to go. But, even though I despise Trump, it’s my observation that most Trump supporters are easily led and gullible, not evil.

      • Sparkles says:

        I’m of the opinion the ‘fade into obscurity’ is an imperative need.
        Not just for the party, but for our country.

        It’s long past time the too silent majority of the Republican base steps forward to let reasoned, thoughtful, solutions-oriented GOP elected officials know they have their back.
        That if reasoned Republicans show the courage to denounce the ignorance that is Trumpism, their base will be there to support them. They won’t sit idly by and let them fall prey to being primaried by a small, highly vocal, highly engaged band of xenophobic, anti-government, alt-right separatists intent on dismantling everything that resembles effective governance.

        And those politicians who have failed to speak out against the know-nothing movement that is Trump, need to be remembered for the lack of principle and integrity.
        Their constituents need to remember that when the time came, they put party before country.
        They put at risk the very welfare and security of our nation for what their political advisors told them would be their personal political gain.

    • ricky says:

      By the way I am a registered Independent, not a registered Democrat.
      Because in Nebraska being a Democrat is to be way too conservative anyway.
      Look at Brad, he is to the right of most normal thinking people, working against the great President Obama, not with him.
      Elizabeth Warren is my kind of Democrat.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Ricky’s a fan of Lieawatha. Color everyone unsurprised.

        “Because in Nebraska being a Democrat is to be way too conservative anyway.”

        So what…you’ve wandered off into a political no-man’s land. Tell us something we don’t know.

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