How to address an outright lie?

It’s the Friday before Election Day.

It’s nearly impossible to get any new mail to voters.
It is surprisingly difficult to add a new advertisement into rotation on TV and radio.

So what do you do when your opponent tells a bald-faced lie against you?

Case in point:

Bruce Bostelman is running against incumbent State Senator Jerry Johnson in District 23 (Ashland, Wahoo, Schuyler, David City…), in what is likely a very tight race.

So a group called, “Common Sense Nebraska” sends out a mailer card, like the ones pouring into your mailbox, that looks like this:



But here’s the problem:

Bostleman fully supports property tax relief (duh)…and that’s what the Nebraska Family Alliance questionnaire says!

Here is their webpage!

Here is a screenshot!


Even Hallie Hamilton, at Nebraska Family Alliance confirmed that Bostelman answered the question that he supports property tax relief — like it says on their site!

Can you fix it? Ha!

So what do you do?
You can try to tell the press and get them to do a big write up on that.
You could have a press conference.

But likely the media will spin it to suit their own predisposition on the issue.

How do we know this?…


Even when it’s obvious…

Well the Nebraska Republican Party called out the Nebraska Democrats and Brad Ashford for LYING on their mailer.

The NDP mailer SPECIFICALLY says that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms, and since Don Bacon isn’t a fan of Planned Parenthood, he must be against mammograms and supports cancer in women.

Except that Planned Parenthood does NOT provide mammograms.
It’s not even a question anymore.

But read the OWH’s story on it (which, btw, SKIPPED the presser on the issue by the Mayor of Omaha, former Governor, City Councilwoman and two State Senators…) and you’d think that the issue is still open.

In Joe Morton’s article, the point about mammograms was buried down on Paragraph 11. And he never wrote that the NDP was lying about this point.

Which IS the point.

So good luck candidates.
It is apparently open season on the truth.

And the supposed truth-tellers ain’t gonna help ya.



OK, got that out of your system?

The latest (final?) ad to close out the Don Bacon for Congress campaign. See it here:

A positive piece from the tough as nails General…who is also one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.


Working for it

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Because that’s how YOU will keep up with the talk of Nebraska politics!

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  1. Stage right says:

    “The Political Apprentice”, Fall 2016 SCRIPT

    Comey: Hillary is guilty but I won’t ask for an indictment.
    Trump: Woe is me. I am doomed!
    Hillary: Too late to replace Trump. I will win.
    Ryan: I hate Trump.
    Weiner: I mix porn with undeleted secrets Hillary leaks to enemy govts.
    Comey: (11* days out.) On second thought, Hillary is extra guilty.
    Trump: Gee, what a surprise! Too late to replace Hillary. Lucky me.
    Ryan: I voted for Trump.

    *Per National Election Studies, since 1960, 12% to 26% of voters decided in the last two weeks.

    How much of this is scripted and how much is availed opportunity is irrelevant. Dozens have risen to end Trump and awakened dazed on the ash heap, as if by magic. Think of reality shows with their characters acting as if oblivious to a camera inches from their face. And that’s okay. Ancient orators too rehearsed speeches and campaigned for votes. The most convincing of them put extraordinary skill into making the spontaneous happen on cue. Of course, its all up to voters as the audience, and they can go either way. But it is not magic.

  2. Sparkles says:

    Thanks for pointing us to the website and allowing us to learn more about Nebraska Family Alliance.
    A merger in late ’13 of two waning conservative groups, Family First of Nebraska and the Nebraska Family Council.

    The ideology behind that questionnaire is pure, unadulterated religious fundamentalism, straight out of the Stone Age.
    The kind of biblical fundamentalism that has been and will continue to be widely rejected in America.

    The fundamentalist wing of the GOP has become almost a parody.
    They’re the Black Knight in Python’s Holy Grail.. “It’s just a flesh wound”.

  3. Dumb Don says:

    Would have liked to have seen this level of outrage when your party started spreading ISIS propaganda in this campaign.

  4. Ricky says:

    Why did those 6 women GOP “leaders” gang up on Brad?
    And they disparaged Planned Parenthood, a group that helps women across the country with their health issues.
    Is it so important to these “leaders” that a Republican wins a house seat that they throw other women under the bus?
    Especially since their favorite candidate for President, Donald Trump, brags about eating Kit Kats and grabbing women by the p…y.
    These are sick people blinded by partisanship. No wonder the Omaha World Herald skipped this story.
    And they were all probably on the clock when they posed for this photo, cheating taxpayers out of money.

    Ricky From Omaha

  5. Sparkles says:

    October 26, 2015, NPR –
    “Bad Day For Bacon: Processed Meats Cause Cancer, WHO Says”

    Everybody knows, Bacon is bad for you.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Democrats here say women ganged up on Brad Ashford. What sort of politically correct White Male “card” is that playing? He is a dude! And he’s an extra white dude at that. But because he’s a Democrat, that makes him somehow a protected victim minority? What’s the calculation here?

    And these women, because they are Republicans, they are now powerful men abusing dainty Brad? Aren’t Congressmen supposed to be powerful? What sort of wimp did you buy in Ashford?

    Brad was a Republican longer than some voters have been alive. He found too much scrutiny in the GOP so he suckered the Democratic Party. You were lazy.

    You had a prime chance when Terry was vulnerable to get a real Democrat into 2D but instead you lazy dope smoking hippies let Brad roll in and use you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I feel sorry for recent posters here. Anyone who gets riled up by political adverts is like a dog controlled by treats and trained to act and react accordingly. Don’t you get it? By controlling the conversation policians and political operatives are controlling YOU. Don’t take the bait! Turn the tables and make candidates, politicians & operatives respond to you. In politics the only interesting question is acquiring and using power. It’s time to take control of our politicians, for our own good.

  8. Real says:

    Street sweeper asks, How to address an outright lie?

    That depends on whether you are addressing someone who abhors or craves being lied to. “No, that dress doesn’t make you look fat” isn’t a patch on political lies. Deluding ourselves about our weight is one thing. As voters, us thinking impossible policies are somehow possible is another.

    Admittedly, while the Rightwing tends to go overboard on patriotism, it yet anchors itself on economic reality; i.e. least government allows most individual freedom to spur social progress. Conversely, the Leftwing goes overboard on feeling benevolent about forcing government on individuals, and sets itself adrift on ever expanding government; which reflects an inability to value facts. It is not a lack of Civics knowledge that so unhinges them from reality. Rather it is their emotional certainty that irrational socialisms which have proven unworkable and deadly murderous everywhere else, may yet work here. The Left with heart not brain believes wealth can be shared without anyone earning it. And that government is the source of freedom for individuals who infest the earth. Even after Leftists saw Socialism fall flat, after it murdered more innocents than Hitler, the Left still feels centralized government is somehow not a source of misery and tyranny. They know power corrupts and they don’t care. – This is close to the definition of insanity. – The Left’s relativism makes nothing real. They wouldn’t know a lie from truth if it came up and bit then on the jackass.

    The better question is, how can you argue facts of real policy difference with those who prefer to be irrational? The answer is you cannot. You either disempower them or they destroy the USA. Since they believe in a borderless world, the disappearance of the USA is to them a necessary end. Its insane.

  9. Get real, Real says:

    Your simplistic notions are so un-real as to render your pondering without merit. The Right IS NOT about small government, unless it’s government they don’t particularly want and/or need. The Right takes plenty, often in the form of tax injustice. And the Left IS NOT benevolent when it comes to those governmental policies and institutions it doesn’t care to sustain. The Right and Left are mostly just sheep, without moral judgment, and easily dissuaded from their “core beliefs” whenever circumstance yields a better outcome.

  10. Anonymous says:

    “Real” and “Get real, Real” are both mistaken in that there is only Right and Left. Why? Why only two choices and only those two choices? Broaden your perceptions and thinking. Why not 3 parties – why not 30 parties? Working together or not, competing openly? The lack of political competition is choking society. Surely we are more creative and inventive than this.

    • Anonymous says:

      2016 is the modern lower-bound of American presidential politics. We voters cannot let this happen again. It will take all of us to reign-in, redefine and re-orient politics in general and the parties in particular.

      No more of this crap.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Kaine says the FBI rank and file is forcing the FBI Director to elect Trump. The truth is simpler.

    (a) Voters elect whomever they wish. (b) FBI agents value their own lives more than any candidate’s ambitions and Hillary has left a trail of dead US agents. And, (c) It wasn’t difficult for Trump to predict crookedness in the disbarred, impeached and treasonous Clintons.

    Think of what Kaine is saying. Imagine Benedict Arnold’s top second saying American rebels were forcing Gen. Washington to replace George III with a George IV and us remain subjects of British rule.

    This revolution isn’t about Trump. It is about the Bush family endorsing the criminally treasonous Clinton family as divine right royals who control We the People. It’s about Sanders making a crooked deal with Hillary. It’s about Cruz making a crooked deal with Kasich. It’s about political crooks ruining America to their own profit.

    Hillary isn’t unique. She is simply the largest, dumbest, and most painfully obvious crook among many. Giving the FBI or Trump credit for that is silly.

    • Anonymous says:

      And a Republican House will toast her Presidency in the Capital Rotunda, at the House’s luncheon in President Clinton’s honor on Inauguration Day. A day made bitter by Republican failure, a failure that will be proven in 50 hours. It is not too early to mark, learn and inwardly digest the manifest failure of this party, its candidates and operatives. A feast of crow indeed.

      • Sparkles says:

        1) Colin Powell also used a private email address for routine work. Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright didn’t use email (ponder that), and back before Albright only weird nerds even knew what email was. So at the time Clinton took office, only one previous secretary of state had ever faced the question of what email account to use, and he reached the exact same conclusion Clinton did — just use your personal email address.

        2) There is absolutely nothing to see in the emails, which is quite remarkable when you think about it. Legions of FBI and a bleary eyed press corp have read tens of thousands of them, only to find Clinton and her team of very serious, highly intelligent people engaged in the serious business of either running a massive government department (50,000+ people spanning the globe) or coordinating a soon to be successful presidential campaign.
        The emails have simply proven HRC is remarkably well informed, engaged, decisive and dogged. And she surrounds herself with super smart, successful people. Exactly the profile of someone you would want in the White House.

        3) Robert Gates, on May 1, 2016 ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulus’ publicly discusses what everyone in government knows: “The truth is, things are overclassified,. ..And if you don’t have any markings on a piece of paper, it is tough sometimes to tell whether it’s classified or not.”

        4) A Newsweek feature story on Sept 9, 2016, looks back to the days of GOP reign –
        The George W. Bush White House ‘lost’ 22 million emails
        Between 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House “lost” 22 million emails. This correspondence included millions of emails written during the darkest period in America’s recent history, when the Bush administration was ginning up support for what turned out to be a disastrous war in Iraq with false claims that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and, later, when it was firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons.
        Like Clinton, the Bush White House used a private email server—its was owned by the Republican National Committee (a private organization). And the Bush administration failed to store its emails, as required by law, and then refused to comply with a congressional subpoena seeking some of those emails.

        5) It’s the State Department servers that were hacked, not HRCs.
        March 10, 2015, CNN – Sources: State Dept. hack the ‘worst ever’
        Russian hackers have bedeviled State Department’s email system for much of the past year and continue to pose problems..

        Imagine if the world had access to ten’s of thousands of Trump emails?
        Or Ben Carson, or Rudy Guiliani, or Chris Christie?

        Vastly more airtime and more attention has been paid to the bullshit ‘scandal’ that is Clinton’s emails than the to the very real, very difficult challenges and policy decisions facing our nation.

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles ooops:
        From politifact:

        Clinton said, regarding her State Department email practices, “my predecessors did the same thing.”

        This is a misleading claim chiefly because only one prior secretary of state regularly used email, Colin Powell. Powell did use a personal email address for government business, however he did not use a private server kept at his home, as Clinton did.

        We rate this claim Mostly False.

      • Sparkles says:


        You are confused.

        The PolitiFact article you cite confirms exactly what I stated.

        I know you’ll find it a challenge, but if your read carefully what I stated and what PolitiFact confirms, you’re likely to figure it out, eventually.

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles said:
        So at the time Clinton took office, only one previous secretary of state had ever faced the question of what email account to use, and he reached the exact same conclusion Clinton did — just use your personal email address.

        Politifact said: This is a misleading claim chiefly because only one prior secretary of state regularly used email, Colin Powell. Powell did use a personal email address for government business, however he did not use a private server kept at his home, as Clinton did.

        We rate this claim Mostly False.

        Not even close Sparkles. Too old to understand the difference between a personal email address and a personal server in one’s basement. Dementia is a bitch.

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles, It would be you who equates a personal email address with a personal server. But go ahead. Made a fool by bynd. Maybe you’ll banish your self for ever.

  12. Kaine and Unable says:

    I think I pooped myself. I know I did. That damn syphilis Bill gave me just doesn’t quit. Jesus but if I cannot stop these spasms and the drooling… The drooling is the worst… is this mic on?

  13. Anonymous says:

    My breakfast milk shot out my nose. Well done.

    I have indeed noticed that Bill Clinton seems to be rotting. He’s the mirror image of every AIDS patient ever seen. Perhaps a venereal variation on hoof and mouth.

  14. Sparkles says:

    Then there are Donald Trump’s own words on the subject of venereal disease.
    In a 1993 interview on The Howard Stern Show, Donald Trump said those who did not serve in the Vietnam War had their own Vietnam to deal with —

    “Dating is like being in Vietnam,” Trump said. “You’re the equivalent of a soldier going over to Vietnam.”

    Of course Trump himself never served in Vietnam after receiving five draft deferments—four while he was at college and another for bone spurs in his feet.

    Ya think Bob Kerrey, or Chuck Hagel would agree – Vietnam is a lot like hooking up in a club?

    • bynd says:

      Neither did Barack or Bill or Jimmy serve. So what?

      GW did and you hate him. And you know what, lots of rich kids and connected folks back in the Viet Nam time didn’t serve. Remember it was usually the unlucky minorities and poor who couldn’t get out of being drafted.

      And of course, according to ricky, being a General in the US military doesn’t mean anything. That would be the ricky who never served in the military either.

      A little consistency please.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, I did not hate GW but did not agree with him. I do honor Bacon’s star. On the other hand with nearly 900 general and flag grade officers on active service, and even more retired high ranking military in the consulting business and working for defense contractors, I not sure one more retired general will add much to DC. If by Jimmy, you mean Carter, I though he fulfilled his Naval Academy obligations working on design of atomic subs.

      • Sparkles says:

        I also don’t hate GW.
        I’ve always thought he was a kind spirit and generally a very decent human being. He was a true champion in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa, a noble cause for which he will always be honored.

        He was shitty President, largely because he was a poor judge of character. He surrounded himself with ineptitude.
        He was also largely AWOL throughout his time in the National Guard, a gig his dad got him in an attempt to keep a wild son out of jail.

        And you might want to google Jimmy Carter, who – As RL hinted at – had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy.
        In addition to having been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, Carter’s military awards include:
        – American Campaign Medal
        – World War II Victory Medal
        – China Service Medal
        – National Defense Service Medal

        Keep trying bynd, you know what they say about blind squirrels…

      • bynd says:


        Maybe hate was a bit strong. Had GW been court martialed for being AWOL or disciplined in any manner? Isn’t that the excuse used by libs for HRC? Never indicted or convicted.

        I always thought GW’s administration was one of the most corrupt. Rumsfeld and Chaney should be in prison if for nothing else, sending ill prepared troops into battle and then not upgrading their body armor and armored vehicles in time to save a lot lives.

        I’m sure that torpedo of a rabbit tells a different story.

        But try again, I was right on 2 out 3. A much better average than yours.

        Old men start wars but the young die in them.

  15. Sparkles says:

    Today’s LJS reports ‘the rest of the story’ behind the Bostelman postcard –

    Nebraska Family Alliance says an error in its online voter guide is being exploited in an eastern Nebraska legislative race.

    The voter guide briefly listed Bruce Bostelman of Brainard as opposing property tax relief,..

    It’s the uber fundamentalist right wing NFA that made the mistake. Of course in L-Street rant above, we’re never informed of NFA’s error.
    Therefore – the postcard can not be call an “outright lie”.
    Bostelman’s position was in fact presented, just as the postcard says, on NFA’s web site.

  16. bynd says:

    According to MSNBC, an aide for Albright said she “did not use email while she was in office” from 1997 to 2001. And Rice, head of the State Department from 2005-09, was not a habitual emailer either, according to multiple reports.

    So that leaves Powell, a regular email user, as Clinton’s only predecessor who serves as a useful comparison. When we reached out to the Clinton campaign, they pointed us to Powell.

    Like Clinton, Powell used a personal email address. However, there’s a big difference: Clinton hosted her email on a private server located in her home. Powell did not.

    Many politicians use private addresses, but private servers like the one Clinton used are rarely seen, said John Wonderlich, a policy director at the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan group focused on government transparency, for a prior PolitiFact story.

    And there’s a big difference between a private account, which is generally free and simple to start, and a private server, which requires a more elaborate setup.

    Clinton said, regarding her State Department email practices, “my predecessors did the same thing.”

    This is a misleading claim chiefly because only one prior secretary of state regularly used email, Colin Powell. Powell did use a personal email address for government business, however he did not use a private server kept at his home, as Clinton did.

    We rate this claim Mostly False.

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