Fed, State & Local

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Your Federal, State and Local rundown…

Feds

Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer was harassed and hounded this week with the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary.

Fischer was a holdout of sorts, reserving her vote on the issue until she could learn some final info about DeVos. Because of that, the people who march in the streets, set limos on fire, bash Starbucks windows — and some of the violent ones — made a phone call campaign to Fischer’s office.

And the Dems they love them some phone calling! Or marching! If they could march to a phone booth, that would actually be ideal. (Are there still phone booths? Did I hear some of you yungins say, “What’s a phone booth?”)

Point is, Deb Fischer is a former school board member and was state president of the Nebraska Association of School Boards. She knows her Ed issues. And she wasn’t about to be bullied by someone from Portland calling saying, “I’m from…uh…Pap-ee-own…and you shouldn’t support DeVos or…uh..I won’t vote for you next time.”

Instead Fischer asked DeVos her position on local education control and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. DeVos wrote Fischer a letter and expressed her support for both.

That local control one was the biggie, as DeVos has been a big supporter of Charter Schools. And the haters point to a program in Detroit where Charter schools didn’t work. Which is always good stuff, as they don’t seem to point to the many, many, many, many places where public schools don’t work.

Which isn’t to say that Charters are the miracle cure for every school. Millard School Board President Mike Kennedy is one who doesn’t oppose Charter Schools on their face. But he doesn’t feel that successful districts, like Millard’s, would necessarily benefit from them.

Again, that’s local control.

But whether it’s schools or the minimum wage or the water on your farm, the Big Government Dems love to hammer down the rules for evvvvvverrrryone from Washington.

Well, there’s a new sheriff in the District of Columbia.
Good thing the last guy left that pen and phone on the desk.

 

Staties

At this time of year…well most of the year…it is all inside-baseball stuff in the Nebraska Legislature. Lots about rules and motions and cloture and committees that the average person doesn’t pay attention to or frankly understand.

But they do understand the generalities of State Senators going their own way, often in a different direction from the average Nebraskan. Case in point: the Death Penalty.

Down in Lincoln right now they are still trying to figure out the budget that got screwed up from miscalculating the incoming taxes last year, among other issues.

The Governor’s peeps are trying to reign in spending (crazy idea, that). But there are others now (we’re looking your way Senators Harr and Krist) who are yelping that the Governor should have called a Special Session…LAST YEAR.

Well, just so everyone is on the same page, the Legislature could have called a special session last year. They did not need Pete Ricketts’ permission to do so. And the Tax Rate Review Committee which included Krist, Heath Mello, Speaker Hadley and Mike Gloor could have motioned and recommended that Ricketts call a special session.

So the Senators, with their dresses over their heads yelping about what SHOULD have been done, should get a grip.

And there are now quite a few Senators who are being disruptive of the process…just to be disruptive. Stuff like voting for bills out of committees, then filibustering them on the floor. (i.e. being for it before you were against it.)

But some have another view on this behavior by the Dems and the left-leaning Republicans: they no longer have the votes to run the place and they are still ticked off about chairmanships. In the past, the conservatives were small in number and if the liberal/moderates threatened anything, the Speaker would side with them and cave.

Well, new session. New legislative body. New Speaker.

And they’re not getting pushed around anymore.

Ah, elections…

 

Local-ites

The aforementioned former State Senator and Omaha Mayoral candidate, Heath Mello was on the radio in Omaha yesterday.  When asked about his top accomplishment in the Legislature, he named the aforementioned Budget that he designed and helped pass last spring.

You know, the Budget that’s nearly a BILLION dollars in the red, and some Senators are saying deserved a Special Session.

“Mr. Andrews, what would you say is your greatest achievement?”
“Well, I would HAVE to say building the Titanic. I mean it was a wonderful boat, really big, and EVERYONE agreed that it was unsinkable when it left port…”

But here’s another that would be funny, if it weren’t sad:

Heath Mello has been going on and on about how the City of Omaha needs to embrace technology and become a 21st Century city! And that he’s the youngster to do it!

(No matter that Omaha was recently cited as a top Digital City in the country.)

But Mello’s, and Mayor Jean Stothert’s, campaign report were due on January 31st at the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission offices. Stothert’s was submitted a few days before that, filed digitally and immediately posted online.

Her campaign raised a record $1.5 Million.

But Mello?

Heath Mello literally (and probably figuratively) MAILED his report in.
On a piece of paper.

So, that report, which will be put online, has to have all of the data, digit by digit, letter by letter, entered MANUALLY into the NADC system.

And don’t get the impression that there is a Mello staffer there to help out. It will be by the NADC staffers, paid by Nebraska taxpayers who will type-in each and every record in that mailed-report.

And you want a little irony, on top of all that? The poor NADC staffer has to hunt and peck on their keyboards to transfer the data. BUT, Heath Mello sent a regular Excel Spreadsheet out to the local press! WOWT even linked it for your handy-dandy download! NADC? Not so lucky.

There are any number of political reasons why Mello may be doing this. One wonders what he’s trying to hide by stalling his full report this way.

But the sum of it all is that he doesn’t care what it costs the taxpayers.

Or how the inability to review of these records side-by-side affects the issue of transparency that he has been trying to push since day one.

159 comments

  1. Groene Fan says:

    I love reading these emails coming out from Mike Groene where he attacks teachers and public schools, what a real great guy!

    • Anonymous says:

      Groene was elected because he is an asshole. Groene will be defeated because he’s an asshole. He saved the tax payers 4 whole dollars and now he’s an education fiscal expert? Give me a break. Let him dismantle the living cancer called Nebraska Football and then we can talk. That ought to keep his big mouth busy for a while.

      • Oracle says:

        I guess the full context would have been that DeVos and her cohorts are so afraid of the extreme out of control gun lobby that they have to say ridiculous s*** as to not incur their wrath.

      • anon says:

        At the hearing(which was short on time and they were firing questions- NYT ) and they had touched on Trump’s support of gun zones and of states rights of ed policy. Question do you think guns have business in schools? she didn’t answer. Question: You couldn’t say definitely guns should be in schools? She replied by saying she knew of Senator Enzi (WY)
        as saying at a school in his state they have a gun in the school for grizzlys, in answer to senator definitely.

  2. bynd says:

    The best hing about DeVos is she will help protect the most needy against the child haters.

    Who are the child haters? Those who would sacrifice a few for the mediocrity of the whole. Everyone agrees OPS and other systems in Nebraska have problems. Heck, it’s a nation wide problem. Otherwise, why even have a Dept. of Education?

    Is it money? In 2014 Nebraska was #18 in money spent per student. (governing.com) The problem obviously isn’t money. All that leaves is administration.

    Did you see the story where a child in a Catholic school stabbed another in the hand with a pencil? Or the one where two teenagers fed their seed to a teacher? No. And Catholic schools being present in all poverty areas of the city have more than their fair share of poverty student. 99% percent of students in Catholic schools graduate. 86% go on to 4 year college. Nation wide the minority population accounts for 19.8% of the Catholic school population (15% Latino; 8% Black/African American; 5% Asian American; 5.6% Multiracial). (NCEA) 45% of Catholic schools in the United States participate in Federal Nutrition Programs, which provide over 270,000 free meals to children daily. The mean cost per pupil at Catholic schools is $5,847; the national per pupil average is $12,054). Catholic schools provide over 24 billion dollars a year in savings for the nation. (all NCEA)

    I am not Catholic but can see the obvious that they do more with less and the poverty argument that public school supporters use against them is a line of BS. If it weren’t for the fact they were Catholic, there could be a very good argument made to turn over our public school system to them.

    Are all private schools this good? Obviously not. But when you see a product being put forth that is superior to the one you are paying for, don’t you wonder just a little bit if you shouldn’t see what is going on? And what is the failure rate for private schools vs public schools? I don’t know but having more successful schools for kids to choose from can’t hurt.

    But yet the child haters say no, absolutely not, no private or charter schools. That attitude is not for the benefit of those children who would truly benefit from such schools. They will let a few really bad apples run roughshod over a whole school and disrupt the schooling for many, a great waste of resources, but not spend less than 1/2 of what it takes for public education to send them to a private school that has a better record of building them into useful citizens.

    The answer is and always will be local control. The state issues rules that cover the whole state that can not possibly be the best thing for every school district. And it is even more so for the Feds. And the child haters have an issue with who runs the inept and inefficient Dept of Education because one may not fully support a failed public school system, #17 in the world. They want to keep doing the same thing hoping they can stumble on the answer when the answer is in front of the faces. (a great example of a public education) And how many children are wasted as that effort goes on and on.

    There is one charter school in Omaha. Built by the rich, Susie Buffet. Why does a rich person get to flaunt the state law against charter schools? Especially since the snowflakes tell us the rich are bad. The answer is simple. Because Ms. buffet has the power to show that a charter school can be highly successful in a poverty environment.

    Child haters are those who will not use every means possible to allow a child to succeed in life. And the cost in the long run of a failed child? A hell of a lot more than private schools.

    • Bluejay says:

      Compare the results of the Jesuit Academy in North Omaha to the other grade schools in North Omaha.

      OPS should hire JVA’s principal as the new superintendent. But he doesn’t have a doctorate in education; only one Division 1 basketball.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        BlueJay, When I went to Prep there were only three non Jesuit teachers, now I doubt there are three Jesuits there. If you want to send kids to truly tradition Jesuit high school you might try India which now has the most Jesuits, and Kim O’Hara did attend one of their high schools.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bynd, Since the Blaine Amendment, which we have in Ne, is now under Constitutional challenge in a case from MO, perhaps we could turn schools over to Catholic Church, but I am not sure we could afford the tuition charges. You might want to check tuition at Catholic high schools in Omaha and they are highly selective and grade school tuition often includes rules about church giving. Unless there is going to be a massive infusion of religious vocations, which use to keep these schools cheap, the more with less argument is out of date. If you want to see expensive you might check the tuition at Georgetown Prep, which SCOTUS nominee attended.
      None of this is criticism of Catholic schools which I attended. The Jesuit Academy and the similar Jesuit grade schools and high schools are as good as Blue Jay says, however they are very selective, and Catholic schools have not been willing in the main to deal with children with disabilites.
      Was reminded of selection when two granddaughters recently took Marion entrance exam. Still recall near death threats from Dad if I did not get into Prep in 1955.

      • Bluejay says:

        RL

        If Nebraska had vouchers, many more children in Omaha could attend Catholic schools. Closed ones could be re-opened. Better education. Lower costs.

        Real competition would force OPS to shape up.

      • Bluejay says:

        And too bad the Governor’s parents had not wasted so much money trying to defeat Trump in the primaries. Their two granddaughters go to Duchesne. Think of what $2m would do at Duchesne. Lots of scholarships.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        BlueJay, currently vouchers to Catholic school parents would probably conflict with NE Constitution. Claim in MO case is that such bans discriminate against religion. Claim was made in Wash. case on not paying for ministerial education, but upheld on very narrow Establishment grounds. Current SCOTUS with new Justice may be favorable to claim.
        Catholic schools have always been around so I think competition theory is misplaced, education probably not that kind of market where Eco. 101 talk makes sense. Fear that vouchers will strip funds from public schools and leave them with only problems concerns me, but I am not convinced by either side, so for me status quo wins.

  3. Trumptard says:

    I tried to reach out to Deb Fischer’s office today to thank her for her vote on Betsy DeVos.
    Her staff said she was out of the office.

    She’s probably in Bowling Green, Kentucky, commemorating the anniversary of the Bowling Green Massacre. The one that took place under Odumma’s watch.

  4. Bluejay says:

    Jane Kleeb and NE Dems can protest and phone call all they want, but they need to learn one thing: They lost.

    Hillary couldn’t even get 35% of the vote.

    They can cry all they want, but they are a tiny number of voters. Move on.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bluejay Doubt anyone thought Fisher would be moved. This is designed to keep base involved. On this one be more kind to Jane and D leadership.

      • Bluejay says:

        Agree. This move is designed to keep base involved. Jane’s problem is outrage overload. She has to protest everything.

        Her Waterloo will be KXL. We need and want that pipeline. We also don’t care if a bunch of lefties go to jail over KXL.

        Read up on the criminal actions by protesters over DAPL in ND. I only hope the police have figured out how to prevent a similar debacle here. There will be more TV coverage for sure and Kleeb loves that.

        Aside. I laugh when Kleeb recites her line, “no eminent domain for private gain.” If that wasn’t the case, we would not have UPRR, BNSF, Cox cable etc. Thank god for my Jesuit education.

      • Anonymous says:

        Bluejay, you claim:
        “KXL. We need and want that pipeline.”

        We need it, why?

        Reuters, Nov 4, 2016 –
        “U.S. crude oil exports rose to about 692,000 barrels per day in September, the highest on record, from about 657,000 bpd in the previous month, foreign trade data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed on Friday.”

        It’s a simple question. Surely you’re capable of an answer beyond that which can found on a bumper sticker.
        Come on Bluejay, don’t duck it, dazzle us with the fruits of that Jesuit education.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        One good reason,

        The US goods and services deficit increased 3 percent mom to $40.73 billion in August of 2016. Figures came slightly worse than market expectations of a $39.3 billion gap as imports jumped to the highest since September last year and exports reached the highest in 13 months.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        BlueJay, Natural Gas Act and Federal Power Act contain eminent domain powers, slogan is much to wide, but that is always the trouble with slogans.

      • Anonymous says:

        bynd,

        Toxic Canadian Tar Sands Oil has exactly what to do with “US goods and services”?

        A feeble swing and a confused miss.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        First grade level for Anonymous. Bakken crude will go through the pipeline also. If we are full up on what we need, the rest be exported.

        I realize all this is above your comprehension level, but try and keep.

        Toxic in your world only refers to masculinity. I don’t think you have to worry about it though.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, how does importing Canadian oil, which we would do if we took it from pipeline help balance of payments?

      • Bluejay says:

        Bynd touched on my answer, but consider the following.

        What if Trump exacts a small royalty from TransCanada for permission to build KXL.? Rent. Rent like a landlord would collect every month. Money that we could use to pay off the $10 trillion debt. He has spoken of it already.

        Exporting oil (refined usually) from North America changes the geo-political equation. On price, we are already the swing marginal producer. KSA then has to do what we say. Big Saudi IPO coming.

        Imagine further if we export LNG to Canada and Europe on a massive scale. Korea and Japan then love us even more. Vlad’s stranglehold on Euro nat gas needs is broken.

        More American jobs. Better balance of payments. And, best of all, the capital inefficiencies and federal tax subsidies of Green energy are finished.

        Yes, Jesuit education is the best but all of it didn’t take with me. I was a slightly above average student. RL was a great teacher. I learned from him. And as Ignatius wrote, “hire only the best teachers.” That was usually the case at Prep and CU.

      • Bluejay says:

        Correction. We won’t export LNG to Canada. Meant “Asia” as Korea and Japan will love us even more. Heck, we can start exporting coal and LNG to China.

  5. Anonymous says:

    As a product of Catholic and public schools, there is no magic bullet in education. I know just as many high-achievers and knuckleheads from each school system.

    Even some Republicans find DeVos wanting. It is a big jump from a self-funded, educational non-profit of some 40 employees to running a Cabinet department, to say nothing of being the focus of a multi-million dollar personal brand to being President. We witness the struggle minute by minute. I am glad Trump treats the Presidency like a job. It is not clear that more work gets better results. Thank God for Pence.

  6. bynd says:

    The informed know that our government is not what it should be. But the uniformed still want the same type of people running the government.

    If Devos can not get rid of the Dept. Education, maybe she can save money by making it less intrusive. How many children has the Dept. schooled?

    • Anonymous says:

      The money filtered through it has helped pay for the education of many. Whether that is the best way to accomplish the task is a legitimate question.

      Another legitimate question is whether state departments of education are necessary. As TA reminds us the state of Nebraska has a constitutional obligation to educate the most needy along with the most capable. Fine, the state can set the goal and educators & the families of students can demonstrate that the goal is being met or not.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Wait…WHAT? The federal Dept. of Ed. administers federal education legislation. Why do we need a federal dept? Because the states (all of whom have their own state constitutional requirements on public education) were using local education policy to deny federal law. For example, prior to the mid-1970’s persons similar to my youngest daughter were often denied access to a public education altogether. That’s why we now have the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

      Nonetheless in Nebraska from mid- to late- 1990’s this happened at the state level anyway. Under the leadership of Gov. Nelson and within the purview of the self-designated “defender of the downtrodden” who knew, along with his 48 colleagues, that their 3-year failure to get those children enrolled in school was unconstitutional at both the state and federal levels. (I am positive they knew what they were clearly refusing to do: I took the effort to inform them!)

      It’s fine to call in the 10th Amendment when denying legitimate federal authority on education matters until…—wait for it–… the passage of the 14th Amendment!!! And forget about the Catholic schools bynd. They won’t enroll persons like my youngest daughter…nor are they required to do so. So, if Devos becomes the education secretary and she begins dismantling IDEA and other equity seeking federal mandates, where will children with disability go to school, bynd? And what would you do if the State of Nebraska were to send in the National Guard to keep your grandson from going to school? Would you appeal to the state, or the federal courts? Federal education legislation did not happen in a vacuum. It was CAUSED by social injustice.

      • bynd says:

        TA:

        What it may have been set up for and what it is are now two different things. It is a waste money used by arrogant elite who think they know how to raise your children. It has out lasted it usefulness and like most bureaucracies is out of control.

        Except to you who thinks the education system for the handicapped is the best it can be. Or, if it isn’t, then what good is it? It solved what it could and needs to go away.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        The real disability is by those who keep saying they know what they saw as if every action is a stand alone thing.

        I now you have a mental disability because you can’t accurately comprehend or relay the truth about this situation.

      • Anonymous says:

        Your reply was weak, bynd. “It solved what it could and needs to go away.” So I guess you believe the Dept. of Ed. should not be policing the states’ educational policies. Then to whom shall we look to for that responsibility? The parents?

        I was a parent in Nebraska (literally brought there to pay taxes, legislatively speaking) who did report to the governor, legislature and state dept. of ed. that I was unhappy about the fact that some children with disability were being denied a public education altogether while many, many others were not receiving an appropriate education. They sneered at me. Well, not the Nebraska Department of Education lawyers. They actually worked to fix the residency statute so those children being denied a public education could get enrolled. It took them about a year to work through the process; then Governor Nelson refused to sign off on the deal. And I don’t think there was any parent in Nebraska who would have and could have tried any harder than I. It was three years, bynd, that those children were cheated of their constitutional right. Three years is a long time in a child’s life…

        So, okay. If we’re not going to educate children with disability then I’m not interested in educating any child anywhere, however situated. (This is the true Libertarian philosophy: all or none.) But we’ve got a problem. What do we do about the constitutional language requiring public schools?
        It’s easy enough to espouse the nearly impossible, bynd, but I’m interested in knowing your plan to get rid of constitutionally required public schools. Now keep in mind, public schools serve children that come from stable families through a continuum to children who are homeless; from children who are well fed to children who are wards of the state. So if we get rid of the public schools altogether, many children will have no opportunity for an education. What’s your plan, bynd?

      • bynd says:

        The plan TA is to give every child every possible chance to do the best they can through the education system. Any education system. If you’re against that what can one say? You are willing to sacrifice some for your agenda. The fight for the handicapped is completey separate and apart.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        You’re the one willing to sacrifice some. And as a gesture of good will, bynd, I do hope it’s not your grandson who is sacrificed. You’re walking a dangerous ground via your disdain for the federal Dept. of Ed.; it’s the best defense any of us have against negligent SPED budgets & policies such as those that were set forth by former Nebraska Governor, Ben Nelson.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Voldemort isn’t exactly impressing me with his respect for the judiciary. Last time I checked when a Federal judge issues and order, you say “Yes , Ma’am” or “Yes, Sir” and keep your other thoughts to your self.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd,sorry about Band and messy post, my point is without credential either regard to making of text and surrounding history or case law, your opinion is of equal worth to my totally uneducated view of the General Theory of Relativity.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        Really? memory that short? ACA called it a fee because Obama said no new taxes on the middle class. And the SCOTUS told them it was a tax because all congress can do is tax. And the Obamaites still disagreed.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, my memory is not short, arguments by politicians do not amount to training in either history of Founding and its background or Con Law, if you go back and look several important conservative Con Law scholars said tax argument would save ACA before SCOTUS decision, you can find summary of cases in Congressional Library Constitution Commentary and there were a lot of strange taxes in English tradition. Decision maybe debatable but not by imitating Father William who took to the law and argued each case with his wife, or now would argue on the Net.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ha!

        bynd believes he’s smarter than John Roberts.

        You’re a few fries short of a Happy Meal, aren’t ya, bynd.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous is too stupid to get it. It has nothing to do with me and Mr. Roberts. But I can’t write it down to your level. But hang in there snowflake, you can use your mental benefits from Obamacare care for a little while longer.

        Google it. If you can.

      • bynd says:

        RL: For an educated man you seem hard pressed to get the point, I expect such from Anonymous being the partisan hack that he/she is. The case was taken to court. the congress called the charge a fee. The SCOTUS stated it was a tax. the point then is made to counter anonymous who thinks the only one to disagree with the court is his to call all by himself. Because even after SCOTUS declared it a tax, Obama and his minions said no it was fee.

        Pretty simple stuff folks. I hope I wrote it to a simple enough level now so that you might finally get it. But I hold out no hope.

        Anonymous wrote, Band, cite a few cases, your personal viewe is not worth any thing. long history of that approach to what is a tax.

        The reply he/she was replying to was straight from a case from SCOTUS. His/her ability to figure it out seems rather lame. Just like his/her post.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, it is for Courts to determine Constitutional status of other Branches, if it fits within the constitutional category of tax, it is a tax whatever minions may say. That was my point.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Anonymous at 8:37 AM TR criticized Holmes’ Northern Securities decision and Obama did like Citizens United, and there are a lot of critics in between. Problem is Trump’s comments are of a piece with his profound misunderstanding of Separation of Powers and limits of Presidency. He thinks he was elected king; George III was our last one of those.

      • Anonymous says:

        70 years is kind of late to understand the system of government under which you flourished. Short of the constant but remote possibility of impeachment, every hour is now amateur hour. I’d happily dig Nixon & Agnew up and vote for them.

      • Anonymous says:

        Anonymous,
        Re: “understand the system of government under which you flourished.”

        It wasn’t the system of government that allowed Trump to flourish.
        It was a total absence of principals and a phalanx of lawyers well versed in our bankruptcy laws that facilitated his success.

      • bynd says:

        Actually anonymous, even a hack lawyer could follow such bankruptcy rules as written by the Dems and Repubs. It is apparent you have never taken a deduction in your life and now feel demeaned, humiliated and foolish because some one else did use the law as written. What is your problem with folks following the law?

        If you don’t like it, do you write Trump? You might. No, you write the ones who do the legislative work. In case you don’t remember, that originates in the house. What a whining cry baby.

      • anon says:

        I was thinking NRD or something, but you are probably right, a couple other positions would expose his gig. Power tripper like him should go all the way

  8. I am not sparticus says:

    Regarding Secretary of Education… OMG! That job is supposed to be held by the National Teacher’s Union, just like the Secretary of Labor job is reserved for the head of the AFLCIO, Teamsters Union or Mafia, which is often the same guy.

    Regarding Leftist Democrat “haters point to a program in Detroit where Charter schools didn’t work,” it should be noted that thanks to Leftist governmental policies in Detroit and in DC, nothing and nobody at all works in Detroit. It’s a ghost town.

    A Democrat here, in this blog, notes that “The money filtered through” the Department of Education educates many children. — I want you Democrats to filter your money through me and I will give you some of it back. Of course, that means whatever education you have was a waste. But my wallet appreciates your stupidity.

      • Billy says:

        I figure that Trump is hosing us at@ 1/3 the rate that Hillary would have had she won, but probably she would went all out, You know if she wouldn’t have taken that SecS job she could have done nothing, lived off the foundation and she would be president now, she was more QUALIFIED and she f up

  9. Billy says:

    Bynd, I guess that’s what qualified is, subjective, but hell she was their best candidate of a rigged process. The 3 to 1 on hosing based on campaign spending, Trump likes to do stuff like that

  10. Jerry Gerrymander says:

    Bluejay:

    “Someone can beat Sasse . . . ” Who? He has the 3rd most conservative voting record in the US Senate and is far more conservative that Fischer. Do you suggest running to the right of him? To the left of him? Give us a name [crickets . . . . . ].

    • Anonymous says:

      Sasse is too pretty and unaccomplished for me. What legislation has he moved? Deals brokered? Money for Nebraska? #NeverTrump is not a foundation for a future presidential campaign, you have to actually accomplish something. Congress’ current accomplishment is standing in its own urine, which Trump just scarred out of them. Geez, how ’bout some manhood? Congress needs to beat the President’s ass, not just stand passively by. That might have passed for leadership when resisting Obama, but to take that same posture with your own guy? Thank God for the Courts. Maybe they can civilized this ape before he gets us all killed.

      PS – Still laughing about the “Bowling Green Massacre.” Level of play needs to come up. Way, way, way, way, way up, to even meet an acceptable lower bound.

  11. Salty Dog says:

    The Patriots, despite their history of success, were losing, were deeply behind the Falcons whose supporters were 100% sure they had won… an uncanny mirror of Donald Trump, who despite his history of success, was also losing, deeply behind Clinton whose supporters were 100% sure they had won.

    This Patriots win is not just sports. For the LA Times and NY Times both wished the Patriots to lose, not that the Falcons should win, but that Trump who counts friends among the Patriots, even by surrogate, should lose.

    To politicize a sport just to hurt our President is real jackass behavior.

    Trump’s election has rubbed the thin skin off these fools. If this Patriots astounding Trumpesque win now pours any salt on these screaming Jackasses, I say Hallelujah! Pass the shaker.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Salty Dog, not surprising LAT and NYT preferred Atlanta, hating Patriots is like hating Yankees, does not have much to do with politics, just another reason. My very liberal relatives from New England are thrilled, and so am I. They have even made me love the Red Sox.

  12. Drink deeply the Trumpagne says:

    In case you missed this major event over the weekend –
    Trumpkins in Portland, Maine organized a rally held on Saturday. A rally to show support of the immigration ban written by white supremacists Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller. An ban via Executive Order, signed by our incurious Tweeter in Chief, Donald Trump.

    Eight people showed up.

    As one reporter wrote;
    “It was almost too many to count on one hand.”

    • Soros of Anarchy says:

      They have been saying a thousand regulars here in Omaha the last couple of marches, I think that’s including the self proclaimed anarchists, and there might be paid organizers, so in that hotbed of conservatives, who at a airport might get iffy police protection that might be a good turnout

      • Drink deeply the Trumpagne says:

        These aren’t Move-On events.
        Those that imagine George Soros is behind this are simply delusional. It’s a Pants of Fire lie.

        This is true grass roots.
        The election of the least qualified man(child) in the history of our nation to serve as President has awoken a nation. And now that they are finally paying attention, they’re finally aware of the rot that has been allowed to infect and spread throughout our system over 35 years. They’re finding a government in which more than half of it’s participants not only have no interest in governance, they are feverishly determined to tear down and disassemble entire branches. Elected officials, on behalf of their for-profit pals, seeking to strip tens of millions of life saving care, restrict women’s rights, voting rights, marriage equality and turn back environmental protections in order to fatten quarterly profits.
        Elected officials refusing to implement reasonable fixes for the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security because they want to turn them over to the for-profit benefactors who fund their campaigns and craft for them their golden parachutes.
        Informed Americans have awoken to a torrent of ignorance flowing from our state and national capitals. A torrent comprised by a fetid amalgam of debunked ideology from the 1980’s, blended with half-truths, coated in misconstructions, all of it stitched together with flat-out lies. A macabre Kabuki Theatre designed to funnel ever more money from those with little, to those with much.
        The working poor and infirmed, be damned. Our environment and irreplaceable natural resources, be damned. Constitutionally protected rights of Americans, be damned.

  13. Anonymous says:

    You assholes never learn… Trump was elected by Americans who were terrified of admitting their vote to pollsters for fear of irrational violent American Left-wingers who burn down their own campuses to deny a homosexual conservative free speech in the name of free speech.

    The Left is horrified about GOP mentions of Kent State, the same Left that applauds Hollywood Democrats advocating assassination.

    Trump supporters already got what they want. His social network following grows as mainstream news becomes as irrational as college students and as meaningless to watch. What then? Impassioned reporters light their hair on fire? Students who in the 1960s were stupid enough to demand to be shot by other armed teens, were at least doing that for sake of defending real free speech. Today they and News Media demand the gagging of free speech they don’t want to hear. You keep doubling down on this shit. You drive people to Trump.

    Keep on getting pissed off. You will have a stroke and it won’t be of luck. Darwin thanks you.

    • Drink deeply the Trumpagne says:

      “Trump was elected by Americans who were terrified of admitting their vote to pollsters for fear of irrational violent American Left-wingers..”

      But wait, I thought we were tender ‘snowflakes’. Fragile little creatures subservient to our Political Correctness?

      Hundreds took to Nebraska streets this weekend to protest Deb Fisher.
      Thousands flooded her phone lines, for days on end.
      More than Five Thousand have signed a petition calling for her resignation.

      This, in comparison to the 8 Trumpkins who showed up to protest in Portland, Maine.

      Here’s a protest for ya – Feb 4, 2017, Associated Press;
      ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Republican California Congressman Tom McClintock on Saturday faced a rowdy crowd at a packed town hall meeting in Northern California, and had to be escorted by police as protesters followed him shouting “Shame on you!”

      By the way, it’s not just the left that is “horrified about GOP mentions of Kent State”. It is the whole world that is horrified by fascist wingers like the secretary of the Marquette County Republican party declaring “another Kent State might be the only solution” for these nationwide protests.
      Fascist wingers crawling out of the darkness, answering the call of our fascist Tweeter in Chief and his right hand man, the white nationalist, holocaust denying Steve Bannon.
      Bannon, the man truly in control, frantically manipulating the levers and dials in the background, only partially hidden from view.

      And almost as frightening as mentions of Kent State, are the mentions of the ‘Bowling Green Massacre’.
      It’s not just the Alt-Right oppression and pseudo fascism emanating from our Executive Order Addicted Incurious Commander we have to fight, we also have to defend against the Alt-Reality nutshow that has taken up residence in our White House.

      Strap up, Trumpkins, the nation has awoken.

      • bynd says:

        Drink deeply the Trumpagne, yes you did,

        There are 128,491 registered Dems in just Douglas county. And you’ve a petition with a whole of 5,000 signatures. How impressive!

        And on the LJS the snowflakes are complaining that the two Senators will not release the numbers on who contacted them. Yet YOU know it has been thousand upon thousands.

        I’ll bet you are envious of Trumps big hands also. LOL

  14. Salty Dog says:

    Repenting Lawyer, you must repent of your Bo-Sox fetish. For unless you drink with a funnel, scream at every other driver, and then “paak your caa in the gahrage”, you need to find a team closer to home. Red Sox fans are the equivalent of Cornhusker fans. You will blow a gasket.

    I sympathize ala liberal relatives. Mine are socialist judges and lawyers who grew up being hugged by JFK and RFK up to and including the Clintons and Barry Barely. Luckily for human posterity, mine are mostly big fish in small ponds, who viciously deem conservatives “racists” while they assure me that is not the same as their local tribes which “get drunk and pop out babies”. There is a certain mesmerizing quality to raw, unfiltered hypocrisy in Leftists.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Salty Dog, I am afraid I am a liberal. As to Red Sox choice was made by She Who Must Be Obeyed. Which of the two meanings of Salty Dog are you?

  15. anon says:

    Since the committee gig has been has been disrupted despite secret ballot can the legislature get on with the rules vote and see where the collegial republicans are going to go, the usual suspects are known and you’re going to have to vote anyway . The getting along talk is making me puke

  16. Anonymous says:

    If DeVos is approved, she eviscerates the Ed Department.

    But what happens if Democrats “win” by DeVos not being approved? What if Democrats keep “winning” as the Ed Department goes months or years without leadership? What are they proving, that a headless department is necessary? Trump can tell Americans that but it takes Democrat keeping a department headless to prove it.

    Under DeVos, the Dept. of Education goes on a crash diet. Under Democrats who “win” by opposing Trump, that department may cease to exist.

    • bynd says:

      It is much like the moderate business men/women who keep leaving the President’s counsels because of fear of what the alt left might do. Soon, there will be no moderates. And the alt left will have achieved a self fulfilling prophecy. Watch them holler when they get their toes caught in that scenario.

      Just as they got Trump elected, they will leave only the conservatives around him. And he will have the SCOTUS to back him up. Not looking good for the lefties as they slit their own throats.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, a little hard to see how Originalist Justice could support Trump’s notion of Presidential Power. Explain please.

      • anon says:

        bynd,

        There is no such thing as an “alt-left”, you f…ing moron.

        Alt-Right is a term you cretins invented and labeled yourselves! It’s a term your side invented because they hate it when people rightfully call them what they are – racists.

        From Wikipedia –
        “The alt-right, or alternative right, is a loose group of people with far-right ideologies who reject mainstream conservatism in the United States. White nationalist Richard Spencer coined the term in 2010 to define a movement centered on white nationalism, and has been accused of doing so to whitewash overt racism, white supremacism, and neo-Nazism.
        Alt-right beliefs have been described as white supremacist, frequently overlapping with antisemitism and Neo-Nazism, nativism and Islamophobia, antifeminism and homophobia, and right-wing populism. The concept has further been associated with multiple groups from American nationalists, neo-monarchists, men’s rights advocates, and the 2016 campaign of Donald Trump.”

        Former Breitbart News chair Steven Bannon, now CEO of the Trump campaign, who himself proudly referred to Breitbart News as “the platform for the alt-right.”
        And, it was Bannon a Trump Senior Advisor Stephen Miller (who was a former aide to racist Sen Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III) who crafted the unconstitutional ban of muslim immigrants that has been struck down by the federal courts.
        The same Stephen Miller who Neo-Nazi Alt-Right founder Richard Spencer calls a close friend, the two of them having worked on racist anti-immigration efforts in the past.

        There’s a reason David Duke tweeted out –
        “everything I’ve been talking about for decades is coming true and the ideas I’ve fought for have won.”

        SOOOO… there is a REAL meaning to the label ‘Alt-Right’. A meaning as significant as it is repugnant.
        Therefore you don’t get to, in ad hoc fashion, label those opposed to your extremist ideology and the atrocities advanced by your Alt-Right empowering President, as the ‘alt-left’.
        No such movement exists.
        It’s likely you’re incapable of understanding it, bynd, but the equivalency simply does not exist.

      • bynd says:

        anon the hick,

        Struck a nerve. How nice.

        But using hick language shows one is frustrated and lost the argument. The coasts were right. But the ones who live up to the billing of uneducated around here are the progressives. If you can’t keep it together, maybe it’s time to leave the adult site instead of acting like a snowflake.

  17. bynd says:

    RL:

    Because your question made no sense to me in context of what I wrote and so the whole conversation to me is nonsensical.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bynd, Trumps, if he has Constitutional problems, will have them over his view of powers of POTUS and federalism, where his views are not congruent with Originalism despite his claimed admiration for Scalia. Given that your statement about the Court having Trump’s back did not make a lot of sense, so I asked you to document your position. If you find the question nonsensical it is because what you said was indefensible.

  18. Salty Dog says:

    Repenting Lawyer. If I tell you which kind of Salty Dog I am, will you tell me which kind of Liberal you are?

    Of course, you mean not classic liberal but its near opposite social liberal. Fine. Other terms for political ID are also undergoing some strain these days. Okay with me. In my experience, stupidity is far more common, impactful, and likely to get you killed than principles or partisanship. No crafty opponent in war or politics is ever more dangerous than the idiot you have on your side who is right behind you.

    I have circumnavigated the earth, I drank deeply of vodka and grapefruit, but honey, I won’t be your salty dog. Respects to Charlie Jackson, Salty Dog Blues, 1924.

    • anon says:

      He is trying to pretend the democrats are still democrats, but the lawyer rises too defend anything with that name, but mainly a Omaha catholic background, they get midtown Omaha democrats-Boyle, Howard, Jerram, Mello, Battiato, to keep their hands in their wallets and purses and the voters love it

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Anon at 9:27 pm, that I have a catholic background I can not deny and I do live in midtown, but I am not sure about defending anything called a Democrat. I do not pay enough attention to local politics undertake that task.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Salt Dog, I am probably reasonably close to a social democrat though with more respect for tradition and Burke than is usual in that form of liberalism.
      Your reference indicated you are not claiming a background at sea.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Salty Dog, American political vocabulary is a mess as you state and it becomes more confused when liberal conservative dichotomy is transferred to theology. My use of liberal you properly described with the notion of social liberal. A distinction I always tried to draw in class, but in retirement my vocabulary is becoming less precise. I was afraid my original response might have been misleading, wanted to avoid any false flag.

  19. Anonymous says:

    DeVos is unbearable for people who think the Dept. of Education is worthwhile. She is perfect for people who see the Dept. of Education as having zero impact on making kids learn but a very great impact on an Orwellian government sponsored brain washing of youth to a variety of imposed irrationalities and impossibilities. As if that political agenda isn’t enough, the Dept Ed teaches children to respect their own ignorant selves. No matter how ignorant. And that is the worst form of child abuse possible, to cripple a person onto an egotist without knowledge.

    Those who think we need a Dept. of Ed abuse children. What end befits an abuser of children? Boiling? Evisceration? Perhaps their own “education” by this feckless department.

    • anon says:

      We do need -a- department of education.
      As in -one- department.
      One department at the federal level staffed by the best minds in education policy, the most forward thinking in all fields of child development and the most learned in vocational/workforce development needs of the future.

      We need to eliminate the morons and malcontents that populate the various state and local level departments.
      Those calling for more Jeebus in school.
      Those demanding we teach children nothing about sex, or contraception, or STDs.
      Those who insist we teach a whitewashed history of America, a land of mythical meritocracy.

    • anon says:

      If you watched the legislature, you saw Ernie Chambers embarrass Tyson Larson (again).
      You saw Bob Krist called out the lies of the partisan ideologues among his own party.

      • Anonymous says:

        You seen how Krist voted then, he voted with the minority as he always does. Instead of giving your view tell me starting with yesterday when he wasn’t going to speak again, how many times he said he wasn’t going to speak no more and then spoke again. Did you see Ernie flip trying yo justify what he said about the female prosecutor of scum Willie Otey, poet, and deceased . He said she couldn’t get a man and had to pleasure herself with a vibrator. I don’t think you trying to sell Krist’s integrity among republicans is going to fool the informed for he has none that is why he didn’t get voted for chair

  20. Anonymous says:

    What does Vladimir Putin have on Trump?

    Why does Donald Trump feel it necessary to gently cup Putin’s balls whenever he’s asked about Russia?

    Did you see the new hat now Putin wears? –
    Make America Subjugate Again

    • anon says:

      One wonders if Putin prods our Incurious President over the naked pictures of his wife, the First Lady of the United States, that every school child can pull up on their tablet.

      It was reported that Melania just settled the lawsuit she brought against a blogger who had claimed the First Lady of the United States worked for an ‘escort service’ in her youth.
      The lawsuit asked for $150 million in damages, alleging the First Lady’s “unique once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to profit from her White House role was damaged by the article.

      According to the suit, the Trump’s planned to leverage Melania’s stint as First Lady to establish new “licensing, branding and endorsement” deals worth millions of dollars. She intended to “launch a broad-based commercial brand” selling “apparel accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care, skin care and fragrance,” the suit states.

      Cause, we’re all familiar with Martha’s Mindblowing Mascara, Lady Bird’s Bodacious Blush and Eau de Eleanor.
      Am I right?

      All hail, our Grifter In Chief.

      • Anonymous says:

        With Valentine’s Day coming up, how could you forget that famous lineup of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier’s form flattering Bustiers?

        Which no one could mistake with Nancy Davis Knickers.

  21. bynd says:

    The snowflakes are in a foul mood now that Betsy has been confirmed. But then again, they are acting no different than those who went after the Obamas personally. In other words, as has been pointed out before, they are no better than the worse of the Repubs.

  22. Shine my alligator shoes says:

    DeVos was bait meant to enflame Democrats and they ignited like a puff of flash paper.

    Democrats had no way to win this. If they successfully opposed DeVos, Trump would be happy to leave the department headless so as prove it unnecessary. Or they could approve DeVos who’d put it on a starvation diet. They chose to oppose DeVos, because they need to keep party donations rolling in, but then they lost. Donations drop off with failure.

    News Flash–Trump isn’t trying to cure what he sees as cancers. No cancer is ever cured. People are cured. Cancers are killed. From the cancer’s viewpoint, Trump is infinitely bad. These cancers cross party lines and extend deep and wide as federal bureaucracy. Being partisan is no safeguard.

    The two Senate GOP crossovers on this vote won’t likely leave the GOP majority. But if they did, do you think Trump cares? Not hardly. The RNC would hate the loss. But Trump wouldn’t blink an eyelash.

    Trump isn’t the GOP’s. He dared 16 GOP governors and senators to stop him. He replaced the GOP chair with Mitt’s niece whose job it is to slam the door in Mitt’s face. This isn’t D vs R.

    This is a Reform President versus a Swamp of everything else. And I mean everything else. If you aren’t part of the Reform, you are one of the Swamp’s endangered species.

    • Our President is mentally unstable says:

      Ha!
      So Trump is ‘draining the swamp’ so he can fill it with Team Goldman Sachs, White Supremacists, Religious Zealots and just Flat Out Kooks (I’m lookin’ at you Ben Carson and Michael Flynn)?
      Trump hasn’t drained a gd thing, he simply dumped a bunch of toxic waste into the swamp!
      Trump’s immediate Cabinet picks have a collective wealth greater than 1/3rd of all of America!

      And what variety of insanity was your dumbass President dabbling in today? How about:
      a) Regurgitating the oft repeated lie that the crime rate in America is at a 47 year high.
      b) Threatening to “destroy the career” of a Texas state lawmaker.

      The Reality of our current crime rate? Historic lows.

      But don’t let the truth get in the way of some good fear mongering.
      Bolt yer doors and load yer peacemakers. Hide the children & hunker down!!
      The muslims and those with complexions other than white – they’re all a’ comin!!
      Be Afraid, Tumptards, Be Very Afraid.

  23. Anonymous says:

    In other news, the travel ban is threatened by the President’s own Twitter posts. How ironic. Maybe he’ll take a break now, and give the rest of the world a break too.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      That’s what you’ll be sayin’ when they sit your grandson in a physics class even though he has yet to learn algebra!

      • bynd says:

        TA, you need to happy up. It may all be a surprise to you and the rest of the snowflakes, but it is a relief to see the pendulum swing back the direction it should. It is those who voted against Trump who need to strap in. It is the hysterical, inconsolable off the charts alt left. What a desperate out of control bunch.

        PS, how did your predictions on the election turn out? Not doing to well lately huh.

  24. Pining for Abuse says:

    Dear Political Leftwing:

    Send me a postcard, drop me a line
    Stating point of view
    Indicate precisely what you mean to say
    Yours sincerely, wasting away
    Give me your answer, fill in a form
    Mine for evermore
    Will you still need me, will you still feed me
    When I’m not your whore?

    Signed: America

  25. Our President is mentally unstable says:

    “I’ve been in this town for 26 years. I have never seen anything like this. I genuinely do not think this is a mentally healthy president.”
    – Eliot Cohen

    Eliot Cohen is a leading scholar of international affairs. He was a counselor in the United States Department of State under Condoleezza Rice from 2007 to 2009. Cohen is the Director of the Strategic Studies Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He is a specialist in the Middle East, Persian Gulf, Iraq, arms control, and NATO. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Government and Assistant Dean at Harvard University. Cohen also taught at the Naval War College in the Department of Strategy.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Nice essay in Politico this am about Trump’s populist, $1,000,000,000,000 infrastructure plan vs remaining shreds of fiscal restraint. That trillion dollars is a promise to remember Flyover Country real need for jobs, but paying for it – and expanding the military budget, replacing the ACA, paying for tax cuts and balancing the budget – how does that work, exactly? And wasn’t a stunt like this wrong when Obama did it? Is it suddenly right now that Obama is gone? I’m confused.

    • bynd says:

      It works much like Obama’s windfall for getting us out of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It must take higher than a 5th grade level of knowledge to not be confused.

      • Anonymous says:

        An, Sen. Groene. Can you explain this – “Obama’s windfall for getting us out of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” – please? And if you can explain it without your usual “burning a skintag off” invective you’ll be more effective.

      • bynd says:

        Senator Groene is currently busy at your house taking care of the business you seem to neglect. Or maybe you just can’t do anymore.

        However, I will answer for him since you are so feeble of mind. Both, memory and ability to research simple concepts.

        Winding down war no windfall , Wisconsin State Journal.

        There you go snowflake. Two people doing for you that which you can’t do for yourself or those at your home.

        Your welcome, anytime:)

      • Anonymous says:

        Really? Is that you you answer a question? Groene’s going to be surprised when my cats answer the door. All they want is someone to run a can opener.

        No, I do really think you, bynd, are actually Mike Groene, so that’s how I’m going to address you from now on, as “Mike.” And since Rule 19 doesn’t apply here, though it is badly needed, I’m going to treat you with the same undeserved kindness that Jesus does and not reply in kind.

        Rule 19, yeah, how’s that working? The Senate just handed the most dangerous woman in America a planetary political platform and oodles of money in just 12 hours. Its just too much winning.

    • Arnie says:

      Why would you expect Trump and the GOP to go through the hard work of actually determining how to pay for things?
      Bush and the GOP paid for virtually nothing during their 8 year reign of error.
      Two wars, on credit card.
      The largest expansion of Medicare since it’s inception… credit card.
      The largest tax cuts in history for the wealthiest Americans… credit card.

      Why would you expect anything different from President Halfwit and his corporate owned GOP?
      You need look no further than their effort to repeal the ACA – a program carefully crafted and fully funded by the Obama Administration.
      The do nothing GOP has spent 7 years almost exclusively focused on dismantling the ACA, a law that has brought us the lowest uninsured rate in American history. More than 20 million Americans are newly insured. Families, for the first time ever, receiving the basic care required to remain engaged in the classroom and productive in the workforce. And, for the first time ever, a promising start to arresting the ever-escalating cost of care.
      Feats that Presidents, D and R, have attempted and failed for more than 7 decades.
      And, of course, more needs to be done. The ACA is no different than every major program passed in the history of our Republic – all require continued improvement. There are numerous fixes and tweaks that have been ready to implement for years. We’ve learned a great deal on how components of the program can be improved, money saved, care improved and accountability enhanced. In the past, our elected representatives worked together to enact these improvements – aka – did what they were elected to do.
      But not now. Not THIS Republican party.
      THIS Republican party doesn’t give a shit about doing the work of the people. All they care about in getting reelected and returning to power. And that goal requires inflicting as much damage as possible on a sitting President – country and constituents be damned.

      For 7 years the GOP has campaigned, day in and day out, year after year on the promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare. Countless thousands of hours of contentious debate. More than 50 separate votes, each time knowing it was all simply Kabuki Theater for their malinformed base back home. A dog and pony show to fatten their campaign coffers and keep their base in a continuous state of agitation and anger.
      Donald Trump campaigned for a year and half, promising to repeal and replace Obamacare with something ‘much, much better and much, much cheaper.. oh, it’s a beautiful thing.. you’re going to love it.. every American will have great healthcare.. we’re going to do so much winning’.

      And now, now is their moment to shine. They control every branch of government. They are free to introduce every piece of legislation they have promised was being held hostage by Democrats for eight long years.
      Now, the floor belongs to them. Now Captain Halfwit can fulfill his campaign promise.
      AND THEY HAVE F—–ING NOTHING! NOT A ONE OF THEM HAS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE!
      YOU’VE ALL BEEN PLAYED FOR FOOLS!

      All we’ve got so far is a clueless, ever more confused Donald, surrounded by a fraying motley crew of Truthers, Flat-Out Kooks, Liars and White Nationalists, as he signs simple one and two page Executive Orders, most of which are either unconstitutional or simply have no effect on actual law.

      And you’ll all clamor for more, imagining somehow, you’re winning.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Bynd, you probably know this already but “predictions on the election” were inaccurate because of human fear. The only poll in which people feel safe in honestly answering is the unsigned ballot they fill out in a voting booth.

    One obvious example is Democrats who Hillary promised to put out of work, who voted for Trump. They could never be sure a cold call from a “pollster” wasn’t really from the guy who stands over their shoulder with a tire iron in every Democrat caucus across the USA. My own union stewards threatened to slit my tires and they are the same thugs at caucuses. So you can hardly blame Democrats skewing their own candidate downward, that wasn’t their intention. And its hardly better for Republicans. When a “Conservative” wants to force people to obey, they go to work as GOP thugs.

    Republicans won’t slit your tires, they have your taxes audited.

  28. Bob says:

    Vox details for us this morning how Donald Trump and a corrupt Republican party are right now laying the groundwork for the next financial collapse.
    The return of an unfettered Wall Street
    Donald Trump says we need deregulation to help his friends get loans.

    Millions are being set up, again, to be wiped out.
    Again it will be thanks to an incurious, ill-prepared Republican President and a corporate owned Republican party.

    But the most abhorrent part of it all – leading up to Round 2 of the Great Devastation of the American Middle Class – malinformed Trumpkins all across our once great nation will cheer and celebrate their own impending demise. Blindly applauding every Trump action as he (likely only an unwitting tool) and his cronies bend over a powerless working class and prepare them for their next great schtooping.
    A schtooping that will once again leave millions of working poor and middle class newly unemployed, many of them newly homeless, nearly all without insurance.
    And, as was the result of Round 1 of GW’s Great Devastation, many will see death as their most desireable outlet.
    (April 22, 2016 – “U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High”)

    Our own Ben Sasse joins, with great fervor, the GOP plunder of America’s working class in an opinion article in USA Today this morning.
    He pen’s and opinion piece calling for the disemboweling of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
    The one agency in all of our bloated, corporate controlled, lobbyist infested government that is actually tasked with defending Joe and Jane America.
    The ONE agency seeking to protect the little guy from predatory practices commonly employed by powerful institutions, snake oil salesmen (i.e. Trump University) and entire industries dedicated to the grifting the ill-informed. (i.e. the ‘Miracle Cancer Cures’ promoted by both GOP Presidential candidates Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee. Or the ‘gay-conversion therapy’ from which Michele Bachmann and her husband so handsomely profited)

    A very recent example of a major victory by the CFPB was the Wells Fargo Bank judgement. A rip-off scheme so blatant as to force Wells Fargo to openly and publicly confess to predatory practices and immediately agree to pay a $185 Million fine.
    Were it not for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Wells Fargo’s would still be engaged in these illicit practices and millions of unsuspecting Americans would still be getting ripped off.
    It was the CFPB that was victorious in bringing to justice the heinous predatory lending scheme that was the reason for the existence of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges. A judgement declaring Corinthian Colleges had defrauded their students of $530 million dollars.
    It was the CFPB that won a $132 million judgement against the predatory telemarketing ‘debt-relief’ company Morgan-Drexen.
    In clear-cut cases of predatory lending, fraudulent schemes, bogus products and more, the CFPB has won time and time again, returning nearly $12 Billion in illicit profits back to the American consumer. Each victory a win for Joe and Jane American.
    Each victory exposing the predatory underbelly of so many of America’s powerful and politically connected institutions.
    All of the CFPB’s victories are accessible online. The motives, practices and actions of this agency could not possibly be more transparent. It should infuriate ALL Americans that bought and paid for politicians would attack the one agency in all of government who is truly on their side. The one agency who shows up to work every day to fight their battles.
    But it’s because this agency has been successful, because of the exposure of the predatory practices of powerful, wealthy and connected individuals that Donald Trump (a true Prince of Con & Grifter Extraordinaire) and a cadre of paid GOP puppets, like Ben Sasse, have launched an all-out assault on the CFPB.

    Trump’s very first act as President was a reach-around to the big banks.
    The first Executive Order he signed was to eliminate a 0.25% mortgage rate deduction on FHA loans. Deductions designed as a small hand up to working class Americans and passed on by the Obama Administration. A deduction expected to save working class families between $300 to $500 a year on their mortgage payment. Of course to a Wall Street banker it’s the cost of a nice lunch, or a new tie, but for a working family who has to make every dollar count, it’s a lot of money.

    But, not in Trump’s America.
    In Trump’s America it’s those very bankers who have his ear and populate his cabinet. It’s his pals, his close circle of billionaire friends who will benefit from a Trump Presidency. And their benefit will come at the expense of America’s shrinking middle class and working poor.

    And Trumpkins across the land, hands firmly grasping their ankles, will cheer.

    • bynd says:

      Sparkles:
      More of your fantasy of what you put out before the election. But even longer.

      Most of us gave up fairy tales a long time ago. But it is now the progressive’s safe space world.
      DeVos confirmed. Liz, sit down and shut up. Sessions is next.

      Is you world spinning our of control yet?

      Actually Bill Maher said it best,

      What matters is that while liberals are in a contest to see who could be the first to call out fat shaming, the Tea Party has been busy taking over school boards.
      Stop protecting your virgin ears and start noticing you’re getting fucked in the ass.

      I hope you folks never pay attention to Bill.

      • Anonymous says:

        Do behave, Mike. “you’re getting fucked in the ass.” – Really? I mean you can think it all you want, but why say it? Because other people do? Did you teach your kids to talk this way? If they did would you praise them or punish them? How ’bout the grandkids, drop the F-Bomb on their grandma lately? Do they do that and live?

      • Oracle says:

        It’s an adult site. Grow up.

        Wow, Ostrich Mike. Self awareness is not one of your strengths. Thanks for today’s comic relief.

      • Anonymous says:

        Come ‘on, Sen. Groene. I know where to go in the unlikely event I wanted to see the kind of sex you refer to, yes an “adult” site. And this isn’t one of those, the pictures are boring.

        No, all we’re discussing here is politics. It used to be a place where being a gentleman or gentlewoman could yack about the events of the day, toss out the occasional friendly jibe or two, and stay friends at the end of a conversation. You know, that kind of adult, described by works like “mature” and “virtue.”

        You’ve touted yourself as a grandparent at least once, of a special needs grandchild no less. Here’s an assignment for you, if you dare: live up to the innocence and goodness of your grandchild. In your words on leavenworthst.com.

        If that is not enough you’re also an Air Force veteran. Is this how you represent yourself and your service? I’m not talking about whatever banter went on in the wardroom, though even that place had its rules, I’m sure, even informal ones. I’ve known a lot of vets, some of them hard, cruel men. Foul-mouthed to a point but none of them took obvious pride in bullying & belittling others. That’s cowardice. I think you’re above it.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Oracle, maybe its “Mike ‘Ostrich’ Groene” who posts as bynd, whatever that means? A careful, Christian who jokes about alt-intercouse, and that without a kiss. He’s already set the low-bar. Let’s encourage him to reach for higher-bar. You know, Jesus and all.

    • bynd says:

      Anonymous:
      Wow snowflake, I’ve become the object of your posts and I guess the reason you get up in the morning and you dream about me all night.

      A lot of responsibility you have placed on me. I have to give you something to post about or your day is a total loss.

      I’m the reason you live. I’ll try to make enough posts to make your life worth living.

  30. Anonymous says:

    “Snowflakes!” “Libtards!”
    Yes, your calling me that has convinced me that your ideas are far superior to the ones I held. I surrender to your dominant will. You are so obviously correct, and I have been so obviously wrong.
    The strength of your debating skills has crushed my resistance.

      • bynd says:

        So your going to be Anon @ 3:04 from now on? As to what this site use to be, it must have been a long time ago. I have never seen it that way. Did I hesitate to put that quote on here? Sure but in the end, appropriate is in the eye of the beholder. And pay attention to what Bill says about shaming people. There is a monitor here already. The rules are here already. Evidently they allow for what was printed. So yes, it is an adult site, things posted with in the rules should not raise any concern. Although in my case I find lies and fabrications just as egregious. Not to mention the copious violations of the no cut and paste rule. And my general rule is, you get what you give. So make sure you try and bring everyone in under the new rules when you get them posted. And I am very secure in believing not everything you do is appropriate for your grand children either. As to the military service, my discharge says honorable. And after I left, it was no longer a part of my life nor did it have meaning for how I then lived my life. Another universe far away. I await your leadership. And I won’t judge how you live. I’d appreciate the kindness of you doing the same for me.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Expecting kindness from people who stab you is not healthy, Bynd. But speaking of those same people ignoring the rules… they make up whatever reality suits their needs.

    For example, the Press calls Sessions “too cozy” with Trump. Sen. Kaine said “Any attorney general must be able to stand firm… against the powerful executive that nominated him… I doubt (Sessions) can curb” Trump.

    Too cozy? JFK’s AG was his own brother. And curb? Kaine knows that Judicial power is spilt 9 ways, Legislative power 535 ways and Executive power isn’t split. A cabinet officer does the President’s bidding. To curb their boss is to be subject to arrest. Kaine’s seeming legal stupidity is actually a DNC-wide political cupidity. It is nearsighted greed.

    Congressional Democrats are under intense pressure from ultra-left donors to “do something!” But thanks to Harry and Hillary, DC Democrats are powerless. There is nothing to do but scream and flail with their eyes-closed. For that brings in dollars from Soros type donors, for now. But it may lose them seats in 2018. Skinless irrationality is a hard sell to any voter.

    Democrats aren’t picking their battles. Trump is picking them for them. He’s not expecting kindness.

    Trump is a Populist Reformer with a Conservative cabinet. Republicans glued to DC bureaucracy stand to lose some hide, but Leftists – the Democrat elites – are being skinned alive. They can grow hide, grow up, grow wise or die. There is nothing kind or easy about the survival of one’s nation.

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