Feeling the Future

For those of you who got to see the Lego Batman Movie this weekend, you may have been surprised by this Separated at Birth:

The Lego Mayor of Gotham City (voiced by Mariah Carey) and the Mayor of the City of Omaha (voiced by Jean Stothert)!


It is always fun when news flies in from casual observers at public establishments.

Case in point: Apparently, former 2nd District Congressman Brad Ashford was at Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Lounge this past Friday night. The Cap Lounge is just around the corner from the House office buildings, and a long-time popular place for staffers and other politicos.

The former Congressman had reportedly been there a while (ahem) and someone asked if he was coming back to DC…to lobby.

He (allegedly) replied, No, that he was back in town …planning his political future. He also (we are told) said he was looking to take back his seat in Congress.


This may explain much of the perceived politiking Ashford seems to be doing — going on KFAB, posting photos on his Facebook page with his good buddy George Norris, and protesting at rallies against the new immigration orders.

Funny thing about that last one:

Ashford voted FOR the expansion of background checks on Iraqi and Syrian refugees when he was an actual voting Member of Congress.

Wonder if that was on his sign when he was yelling “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, The Incoming Immigrant Population Is Way Too Low!

Voting records can be a pesky thing.


Wondering where Nebraska Democrat Party Chair Jane Kleeb and Democrat Mayoral candidate Heath Mello are, on calling for Douglas County Democrat Party Chair Crystal Rhoades’ resignation from the Nebraska Public Service Commission.

It was recently discovered that Rhoades was using her position as a Public Service Commission commissioner for overt political purposes, unrelated to official business, as well as using her personal email account to further it.

If you don’t know, when you get one of those robocalls asking you to support candidate X,Y or Z, the script for the robocall has to be submitted to the PSC beforehand. After that, the scripts are public record, and it is common for campaigns or others to request the scripts from PSC staff.

But what Rhoades was doing, as an elected Commissioner, was proactively taking the scripts, as they came in, and forwarding them to her political allies, HERSELF.

In one instance the commissioners were forwarded a candidate’s scripts at 2:25pm and Rhoades then forwarded them to the candidate’s opponent at 2:44pm. Those calls did not go out until after 6pm that evening.

And she was caught forwarding those scripts to her personal email account as well.

Then there was the little matter of Rhaodes committee testimony yesterday. She was asked superficially if her husband, Ben Onkka, was involved with any campaign. She (reportedly!) said no.

Let’s go to the Facebook images!

The truth is, obviously, that both Democrat Party Chair / PSC Commissioner Rhoades and her husband were very involved with the Tony Vargas campaign.

My oh my.

Abuse of power.
Lying to to State Senators.
Use of public property for personal reasons.

These are some issues for all with the power to judge to consider.


A few races shaping up in Omaha.

Chairman of the City of Omaha Planning Board, Brinker Harding, is running against former State Senator Dwite Pedersen in the newly drawn West O District 6.

Harding was Chief of Staff to Omaha Mayor Hal Daub and is a commercial real estate adviser and broker, and a Republican.

Pedersen is also a registered Republican, though some of his support doesn’t exactly jibe with that. He has the backing of local Union chief Terry Moore, and his campaign is being consulted by former Democrat Jim Suttle campaign honcho Gary Di Silvestro.

There’s a name from the past for you!

And the Mayor’s race keeps flowing, with a recent story about how Heath Mello is a “South Omaha Boy”.

Sort of reminds me of when former President Barack Obama was puffing about his love of the White Sox and called himself a “South Side kid” — then couldn’t name any former White Sox players. That’s because he was not a “South Side kid”…unless that was the south side of Honolulu.

In similar fashion, Mello didn’t grow up in “South Omaha”, as the boundaries are traditionally drawn. And then there’s the fact that he graduated from Gretna High School.

But campaigns are fun.


    • Oracle says:

      Nothing even remotely illegal here. You Repubs are just jealous you didn’t think of it first! And in my book “involvement” with a campaign means much more than being in a Facebook post.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Really Oracle? You think Rhoades would have honored a standing request for ALL Democrat party-based robocall scripts? And then fire those scripts off within 20 minutes of receiving them?

        I’d say there’s more to it than a Facebook post. The fact that she was sending materials to his office as soon as she got them would indicate a little more collusion that you’re willing to recognize.

      • Oracle says:

        GK, it’s been a few years, but I’ve registered robocall scripts with the PSC. There’s nothing that prohibits someone from requesting to be notified when a script is registered as it is a public document at that point. Again any Republican could have made the same request to any PSC member (not just Crystal, but not excluding her either).

        Funny how Rs think they’re so smart when they figure out a way to use the system to gain an advantage, but it’s a horrible crime when Ds do the same. Hypocrisy anyone?

      • Chapter, this! says:

        The R’s are celebrated by their base for finding ever more skullduggerous ways screw over the working class and the poor (the very same people who are celebrating… their own demise).

        Much like Trump, their president*, who has publicly stated that his exploitation of the bankruptcy laws is a “brilliant” business strategy.
        “What I’ve done is I’ve used, brilliantly, the laws of the country.”

        Maybe everyone in American should strive for similar brilliance.
        Maybe it’s time for all patriotic Americans to simply refuse to honor their debt obligations, just like the president*.
        Such a movement would truly Make America Great Again, now wouldn’it.

      • The Grundle King says:

        “Again any Republican could have made the same request to any PSC member (not just Crystal, but not excluding her either).”

        No kidding.

        I didn’t assert that Republicans couldn’t have made the same request, I merely questioned whether it was your sincere belief that such a request would have been honored by this specific individual.

      • Oracle says:

        Projection by GK. Your question implies that you’d expect a Republican PSC commissioner to only do this for another Republican. Well, most Dems I know are pretty even-handed when it comes to applying the rules fairly and equally to everyone. This is why Republicans who haven’t played the same way for at least 35 years win more often than their numbers would predict. Now I’m sure you can find a few examples that disagree with my premise, but it’s true way more often than it’s not.

  1. Just Sayin' says:

    Heath Mello attended Our Lady of the Lourdes Catholic Grade School, at 2124 S 32nd Ave, and Blessed Sacrament (now Nelson Mandela Elementary), before his family moved to Gretna, where he graduated from high school.

    According to Wikipedia, dating back to March, 2010, Heath Mello has been a member of:
    Board of Directors for One World Health Center (Livestock Exchange Bldg at 4920 S 30th)
    Bellevue Community Police Foundation
    South Omaha Business Association
    South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
    Q Street Merchants Association (numerous small businesses, South 24th Street, L to Q)
    South Omaha Optimists
    South Omaha Development Project
    South Omaha Environmental Task Force
    South Omaha Weed & Seed
    Bellevue, Omaha and Sarpy County Chambers of Commerce

      • Just Sayin' says:

        I gotta admit, I’m puzzled by your statement.
        Are you trying to tell me that the party of Pete Ricketts, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Sarah Palin, Betsy DeVos, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Nicki Haley, Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Todd Akin, Linda McMahon, Scott Pruit, Michael Flynn, ‘Brownie’, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, David Duke and Bill Kintner, care about qualifications for the position?

      • Just Sayin' says:

        I’ll choose Clown.
        It would ease my path to high elective office in the NEGOP.
        A position from which I could join the 0.1% in grifting the NEgoobers.

      • Reading Comprehension is Your Friend says:

        Spartacus is attempting to diminish the Omaha World Herald story about Health Mello’s legitimate South Omaha cred.

        Mello’s longtime affiliation with everything South Omaha is decidedly relevant.

      • Anon says:

        OWH has been ready for the Mello push before he announced. One story reads like it is a choice of what group gets what TIF project(s)and guess what side they picked. Whatever your choice, ROI is adjusted by the assessor

  2. Then there's that says:

    I’m often amazed to discover where it is some this of this odd information arises.
    A link to a blog by John Lott? What, Himmler no longer blogging?
    And the “incriminating” evidence of Obama-the-liar is culled from an interview of Obama during a baseball game. An interview conducted by former White Sox pitcher and angry man, Rob Dibble.

    Obama was 24 years old when he moved to Chicago in 1985. There, he worked on the impoverished South Side as a community organizer for low-income residents in the Roseland and the Altgeld Gardens communities. Obama lived only blocks from the old Comiskey Park, in Chicago’s South Side.
    I guess that means Obama has only been a White Sox fan for 32 years.

    Clearly the “South Side kid” wasn’t meant in a literal sense (after all, every Trumpkin knows Obama spent his youth eating dog meat and training as a muslim terrorist in Kenya). In the interview that you have quoted, (attempting to prove Obama is a liar) Obama immediately corrects himself stating “I did not become a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago. Because I was growing up in Hawaii”.

    • Anonymous says:

      Who cares who was conducting the interview or who linked it?
      Obama was trying to claim he was a life-long White Sox fan, until he got caught in a lie.
      It’s pretty simple. And typical.

  3. Lock Them Up says:

    “Trump aides and associates made repeated contact with senior Russian officials during the 2016 campaign, current and former U.S. officials told The Times.”

      • Lock Them Up says:

        No it wasn’t. You are wrong.
        Imagine that.

        Of course the nice thing about news, especially print media, is it’s always archived and easily accessible via a quick google.

        So knock yourself out Cowpoke, prove to us the biggest scandal since Iran Contra was reported a month ago in the New York Times and everyone simply yawned, and ignored it.
        Prove to us you’re not full of shite.

        We’ll wait….

      • Lock Them Up says:

        Of course.
        Not just Limbaugh, but PODCAST Limbaugh, meaning you are actually a paid subscriber.

        So it’s you that is the Crazy Uncle Liberty of the family. The one everybody snickers about and avoids at family gatherings. The one people are reluctant to engage in conversation.

        Just remember, when you look in the mirror in the morning, it is you and the people like you that are f–king up our country.

      • Current events says:

        Wrong, It is open right on your favorite place to copy and paste, the internet, he sitting on his fat ass reading the NYT and he also mentioned buried in the NYT an article where they disclaim any proof of wrong doing by officials. Ready for another of your cherry picking rants

  4. Jerry Gerrymander says:

    Bigger scandal is Crystal Rhodes’ treatment of Public Service Commission staff. Huge turnover. Complaints of abuse. Legislature should bring in PSC staff who have left over the past 18 months and interview them. Then pass the proposed legislation to expand the number of PSC Commissioners and cut their pay.

    • Horrified says:

      It’s a winger witch hunt, lead by ALEC’s local tool Jim Smith.
      A blatant effort by Republicans to deregulate all Nebraska industries for the sake of a marginally higher quarterly profit on behalf of their crony capitalist comrades.
      There are no longer more than a handful of Republicans in Nebraska not wholly owned by special interests. Only a select few few not exclusively beholden to the desires of the 1%.

      Not more than a handful who give a f–k about the protecting Nebraska’s exceptional natural resources for ensuing generations. Paying forward the riches they themselves were fortunate to have inherited.

      How did so many of my fellow Nebraskans become so facile, so easily duped and mastered by predators like ALEC and Pete’s Platte Institute?
      Why is it you reflexively bend over and drop trou when these vultures roll out yet another scheme to more efficiently funnel money from those with few to those with much, laying to waste everything in their wake?

      What’s The Matter With Kansas?

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe they needed to go. That was my experience. Rhoades was the only that took my complaint serious while staff members played with their lips. Speaking of lips, doesn’t Ricketts have something better to do then run around trying to push others out of office. That leg committee? Quite a few of its members got Pete’s money when they ran to be elected. Oh Daddy can I have your pocket change please–there’s an election I need to help. As for Vargas? He beat out the gov’s appointee for hired idiots that get elections won at any cost. wah, wah, wah. If robo call scripts are the scandals the NEGOP wish to die for, then can the horse and the plow be far behind?

  5. bynd says:

    The drama queens are out in force tonight. But then, when you don’t have any party leadership to praise, all you can do is go after the other side. And the juicer and more out there you can be, the more drama you create for the other queens. It is a vicious circle:)

    • GFYS says:

      Dec 23, 2016
      “Trump, Putin Both Call for Nuclear Weapons Increase”

      Feb 15, 2017 –
      “Intimidation: Russian Spy Ship Located Within 30 Miles of Major US Sub Base”

      22 hours ago –
      “Russia Deploys Missile, Violating Treaty and Challenging Trump”

      18 hour ago –
      “Russian Fighter Jets Repeatedly Buzz US Destroyer”

      4 hours ago –
      “Russia: ‘We’re not returning our territory’ Crimea to Ukraine”

      And our hapless President’s response?
      “Trump Condemns Leaks to News Media in a Flurry on Twitter”

      • bynd says:


        So, did you?

        Are you auditioning for Deliverance II?

        And who cares about all the drama post, but more hicks? Is this hick Ebonics? Is there such a thing as a hick snowflake? From your post here, the answer is obviously yes. We should just shorten it to hickflake.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Vicious queens. Obama was queenly. Hillary vicious. Barry would have to wake up to be vicious. Not so for most of the left. Everyone however likes drama.

    Drama is the addictive alternative to boring efficiency. Weepy beats sleepy. Good government is, after all, interminably efficient and thus awfully boring and people will find some way to wreck peace.

    Politicians despise peace. That hate freedom. They love to force people. The difference is what they force, behavior or minds. The right would force people to behave and the left force people to think.

    If you don’t behave as the right wants, you go to jail under the law. If you don’t think correctly as the left demands, they viciously slap you with all masculine punch of Obama throwing a baseball.

  7. Spectacular Incompetence says:

    I understand that in response to the constant leaks from Trump’s immediate circle of advisors, your president* is having the Cone of Silence installed in the oval office.

    • Anonymous says:

      Since stupid looking caps with moronic phrases on them are all the rage in right wing land, people like Jim Smith and Jim Vokal, who do the bidding for ALEC and Pete’s Platte Institute, should be required to wear hats whenever addressing an audience of mom & pop Nebraska voters.
      The hats should be emblazoned with the phrase: Now, Squeal Like A Pig

    • Oracle says:

      Well that’s an idiotic question, Question. Was she ever asked? Probably not, because no R though of it. Now if you can find an instance where she was asked and did not, you might have a case.

    • Accountability and Disclosure, indeed says:

      It’s not necessary Crystal provide Republican scripts to Republicans.

      Republican State Senator John Murante, who sponsored a bill to move oversight of robocalls from the Public Service Commission to the Accountability and Disclosure Commission, is the State Director for a political consulting firm (Victory Enterprises) that does the robocalls.

    • Anonymous says:

      Here’s dirty: The governor lining a committee with 48K of his money to get them elected then using them for payback on his appointee getting beat in the prime by Vargas.

  8. Question says:

    Idiotic? If she is showing preference to one candidate over another it is an issue. When did she send a Republican a script of their Democratic opponent… I’ll be waiting. She is acting like a political hack and needs to resign

    • Oracle says:

      1. A candidate knows that robocall scripts are in the public domain
      2. That candidate asks a PSC commissioner to forward the scripts to him

      So where’s the problem when we have a smart candidate and a PSC commissioner that follows the law? The only way Crystal could be showing a candidate preference would be if she denied the same request made by another candidate. Do you have any evidence of this? Otherwise it’s pure speculation on your part that you’ve elevated to an irrefutable fact!

  9. Firmly Grasping Ankles says:

    Even in the turmoil, your government at work:

    The Senate took its final step Wednesday to repeal a Social Security Administration rule that was written to prevent mentally incompetent people from buying guns.

    House Republicans vote to end rule stopping coal mining debris from being dumped into rivers and streams.

    House Republicans vote to make it harder for working families to save and invest, while making it easier for brokers to sell them questionable products. Republicans voted to block rules requiring brokers to act as so-called fiduciaries that put their clients’ best interests first, rather than steering them toward investments with higher fees for the broker.

    Republicans pass a bill making it easier for big oil companies to hide, and keep secret, payments to foreign governments.

    Are we Winning!, yet?

  10. Insane Clown President says:

    Associated Press – 20 hours ago:
    “Armed Islamic State extremists are expanding their influence in a sprawling camp for displaced Syrians on Jordan’s border, posing a growing threat to the U.S.-allied kingdom”

    Economic Times – 5 hours ago:
    “WASHINGTON: Al-Qaeda has used America’s “preoccupation” with the Islamic State to regain strength in South Asia and preparing to spread its ideology in India from its “home” in western Pakistan, top US lawmakers have warned.”

    Washington Free Beacon – 1 day ago:
    “Al Qaeda Likely to Absorb ISIS Amid Weakened Territorial Holdings –
    Counter-terrorism experts warn merger would escalate global terror threat”

    Wall Street Journal – 19 minutes ago:
    “Russia Issues Warning to U.S. Ahead of Key Military Meeting”

    Donald Trump – 47 minutes ago, via Twitter:
    “The Democrats had to come up with a story as to why they lost the election, and so badly (306), so they made up a story – RUSSIA. Fake news!”

    Donald Trump – 1 hour ago, via Twitter:
    “FAKE NEWS media, which makes up stories and “sources,” is far more effective than the discredited Democrats – but they are fading fast!”

    Donald Trump, 6:02am, attacking U.S. Intelligence agencies via Twitter:
    “The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!”

    Donald Trump – 20 hours ago, Twitter:
    “Join me in Florida this Saturday at 5pm for a rally at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport!”

  11. Anonymous says:

    The term “snowflake” came from Brexit populists who used it to refer to bleeding heart progressives, who have up to now been so very successful at mind-raping conservatives by engineering terms to defuse or imbue with fear certain concepts the left wishes to skew to their benefit. The left always has ignorant conservatives spinning. But apparently, Populists here and abroad are craftier than leftists and conservatives and even better as communicators.

    Not only do Populists steal some leftist policy thunder, they also steal terms from leftists, such as the emotion-laden lightweight “snowflake” who screams and melts when they feel insulted or their feelings are hurt. Snowflakes worship feelings. Modern journalists are often snowflakes. The are the opposite of the opinionated hard bitten tough journalists of yesteryear. But snowflake fits many girlish whiners on the left. And some on the right.

    There is a useful acronym fit for every type of snowflake. FYF.

    • Anonymous says:

      Better to be a snowflake than caught up in a blizzard of alt-reality. Wouldn’t you rather be emotion-laden than the liar Trump has proven to be?

    • Knowledge... good says:

      Hate to break the news to you, faux “Populist’, but we on the left laugh at your use of the term snowflake.

      We also find it hilarious that you Trumpers imagine yourselves to be ‘populists’.

      1. a member or adherent of a political party seeking to represent the interests of ordinary people.

      We’re less than a month in your presidents tenure. Puzzle me this –
      What is it about Trump reversal of a law that prohibiting coal companies from dumping their mining wastes into streams that represents the interest of ordinary people? Why is adding toxic heavy metals to the drinking water of Appalachian families ‘winning bigly’?
      What is it about Trump’s reversal of a 1/4 point interest rate cut by the FHA to first time homebuyers that represents the interest of ordinary people? How is helping hard working American families realize the America dream, saving them an estimated $500/yr, a bad thing?
      How is Trump signing into a law a bill making it easier for the mentally ill to purchase a gun, serving the interests of ordinary people?
      How is Trump’s repeal of a rule requiring Big Oil to disclose how much money they pay to foreign governments, a win for ordinary Americans?
      How is Trump’s executive order eliminating a fiduciary rule whose sole intent is to require financial advisors to act in best interest of small investors a good thing? Exactly how does it serve the retirement savings struggle of ordinary Mom & Pop Paycheck to no longer codify into law that financial advisors act as fiduciaries, much like lawyers and doctors. required to put the interests of the client above that of themselves and their financial firm?
      How is it in the interest of ordinary people to dismantle the one and only agency in all of our massive, bloated bureaucracy that is tasked with protecting the American consumer from fraudulent business practices? How is gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a ‘populist’ victory?
      How does ending TPP, benefit the ordinary Nebraska citizen?
      How does the threat of ending NAFTA, benefit the ordinary Nebraska citizen?
      How does dismantling Obamacare, benefit the ordinary Nebraska citizen?
      – Grant County NE has the highest percentage of Obamacare enrollees of any county in the nation.
      – 16 of the top 25 counties with the highest rates of ACA enrollment nationally, are in Nebraska.
      – Across Nebraska, 82% on those exchanges can get coverage for $100 or less per month with the tax credit; 70% can get coverage for $50 per month.
      – 91% of Grant County’s Obamacare enrollees received a premium subsidy, bringing their costs for health insurance to less than 10% of their income, and 59% received an additional subsidy to reduce deductibles and out-of-pocket costs.

      Got any answers?

      • Anonymous says:

        After seven years of promises to repeal and replace the ACA, the GOP and their ‘populist’ President just floated today a new outline for replacement.
        It’s a tax credit scheme. One in which a 30 year old making $15,000 would get the same exact tax credit as 30 year old making $150,000 year.
        A 55 year old multimillionaire would get the same exact tax credit as a disabled, impoverished 55 year old former bricklayer now relegated to sitting at a window asking if you want fries with that.

        Yep, Donald Trump and the Republicans are a party are really looking out for the interests of ordinary Americans.

        Just like our Gov Pete, the NEGOP and their affiliated stink tanks, pushing the same tax cuts for the wealthy trickle down horseshite they been foisting on Nebraskans for decades.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        And why wouldn’t the tax credit be the same? Admittedly the taxpayer making $150K will pay more tax anyway, but why shouldn’t that taxpayer get an insurance tax credit the same as low income taxpayers?

        I think the point you wanted to make is that low income earners may not earn enough to buy insurance even with the tax credit. And that’s possible, given this administration. But Trump has promised “you’re gonna love it” so I guess we’ll have to see how Grant County Nebraskans fare. There may be hard times ahead for some…

      • Knowledge... good says:

        “There may be hard times ahead for some…”

        We’re the richest nation on the planet.
        We spend more than 17% of our GDP on healthcare, the highest of any industrialized nation, yet we rank among the worst on indicators of efficiency, equity, and outcomes.
        We spend more than $600 Billion on our bloated military and Team Trump promised only 5 days ago “we’re going to begin a process of rebuilding our depleted defense capabilities on a scale we have not seen in generations.”
        That same Team Trump has promised the largest tax cut in history for the wealthiest corporations and individuals the world has ever known.

        Yet you, with a special needs handicapped child, who I thought was one of the smart ones, is willing to settle with:
        “There may be hard times ahead for some…”

        And why is that?!
        Because we’ve elected a hapless MORON for President?
        Because the Republican party is wholly owned by special interests?


      • Anonymous says:

        And I too thought you were one of the smart ones! That’s why you should understand that BECAUSE I have a child with disability who still resides with me well, well into adulthood, that I have not merely settled for, but rather prepared for whatever horrors the Trump administration brings.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        And now that I’ve slept on it, I want to assure y’all that I’m not unsympathetic for those who did not or could not prepare for the horrors that the Trump administration may bring. But I have been caring about the welfare of those unable to care for themselves for a long, long time and I have become conditioned to the ebb and flow of goodwill toward the underprivileged. I have tried to express this sentiment here in the past: “when things go South, folks mobilize and head North.’ And that’s what I expect to happen now. Not a full-blown revolution, mind you. Just enough civil disobedience to make populism happen. (A word of caution though: When populism overtook the sentiment of Nebraskans via LB742, 1995, things got very bad there for children in need of special education…)

      • Anonymous says:

        There are 633 people in Grant County. 633. Sure, let’s continue with a failed system so some percentage of 633 people can what? Pay for health insurance they can’t afford to then use.

  12. Anonymous says:

    1:07 AM. Trump has you losing sleep, eh?

    No, I wouldn’t “rather be emotion-laden”. I have seen too many emotion laden people dead because they weren’t dispassionate and reasoned. We all end up literally dead at some point but the emotionally driven are dying politically ahead of time due to their feelings they cannot control.

    Look at you, for example. No matter what policies you choose to support or fight, you are stuck being you, an emotional child and a danger to yourself and those around you. There is no curing you. Caring about your feelings is the stupid pit Republican Conservatives fell into. Progressives aren’t that gullible. And you sense that because you are howling like dogs on fire.

  13. anon says:

    1 month into his presidency, Gallup’s new numbers:
    Approval: 38%
    Disapproval: 56%

    Trump continues to be, by a wide margin, the least popular President in modern American history.
    (one month in approval for: Obama, 64; GW 62)

    Also from Gallup:
    A record high 72% view foreign trade as an economic opportunity, only 23% view it as a threat.

    • bynd says:

      Wow, how shocking. I say shocking. A man who only garnered 46% of the voters now has 38% of all Americans who approve of him. I’m sure more approve, by raw numbers of Trump, than the vote numbers. And it is as relevant as HRC garnering 3 million more votes than Trump. What do either of those numbers mean? Not a damn thing.
      But it titillates the snowflakes to no end. Worthless numbers that excite the losers. How impressive. Shall we go over the numbers that count? Republicans are the majority in the; House, Senate, Presidency, and at least 32 state legislatures and 31 governors.

      Worthless numbers are the pacifiers of the progressives. Something that still can’t get the bad taste out of their mouths that they have become irrelevant. Long before their predictions of such a fate for the Republicans. 4 years of hell coming up and every day, masochistically flagellating themselves with even more with their perception of bad news. At least to the snowflakes it is bad news.

  14. Flagrant Con says:

    While Trump rails against immigrants and foreign workers taking away American jobs, the Trump Vineyard Estates filed yet another request for visas for foreign farm workers at its Virginia winery.

    The application filed last week asks for H-2 worker visa for 23 seasonal laborers at $11.27 an hour from April through October this year.

      • Forrest Trump says:

        It’s not fake news, you clueless little troll.

        It’s hilarious how you glom on to the neanderthal right wing meme-o’-the-day and run with it, having no understanding of what you’re even talking about.

        Like our mentally unstable Clown Prince president*, you clearly have no clue what ‘fake news’ really is and how it played a role in the presidential election.
        Just as you have no idea what the alt-right is, or how labeling someone alt-left simply demonstrates your ignorance.

        Even the winger outlets Fox and Newsmax have reported on Trump’s longstanding practice of turning to cheap, pliable, unquestioning immigrant labor via HB2 visa for both Trump winery and for his Mar-a-Lago resort.

        By the way, after being elected president, the Grifter King Donald raised the yearly membership fee for Mar-a-Lago from $100,000 a year to $200,000.
        $200.000 so you can watch or take pictures of secret documents being shared and foreign policy being made right in front of your eyes. (or, with the proper Radio Shack device tap the nearby phones of the Donald and whichever world leader he may be grifting that weekend)
        A place where the 0.001% (every whim catered to by cheap, part time, uninsured, benefits-free immigrant laborers) can take a pictures of their precious little Barron and Baroness Von Guildedspoon III, as they frolic around the Secret Service Agent carrying the nuclear football.

        An insanely public exposure of top secret information that makes Hillary Clinton’s secure private server seem like Fort Knox by comparison.

      • bynd says:

        You to lazy to look it up? Do your own research.

        And if your writing about my comment, you’re not even close. Typical.

      • Run Forrest run says:

        H-2 visa -wage set by USG. Job opening for citizens 1st choice, if any citizen wants the job up to @3/4ths of the term they have to be hired and maintain the visa holder as well

      • Lt. Dan says:

        The Federal Govt. establishes a minimum wage for H2 workers just as they establish a minimum wage for a U.S. citizen.
        Just as with any U.S. Citizen employee, the employer can pay the H2 worker significantly more than the minimum should they choose (but none do, that’s why they’re resorting to H2)

        Employers (Trump) seek H2 workers because the work, the wages, the work conditions, the absence of benefits and the part time nature of the opportunity all add up to a job too shitty for most U.S. Citizens to pursue.

        Because at only $200k/pop per membership to Mar-a-Lago, how could one imagine Trump could pay anything exceeding slave wages?
        In addition, what U.S. parents in their right mind would allow their teenage daughter to take a summer job that exposes them to the predation of our Lurker In Chief, ‘grab em by the pussy’ Donald?

  15. Press on says:

    Worst than fake news. It is opinion instead of news. — US Journalism began to die when it forgot that no human being can well argue their opinion and report facts at the same time.

    You cannot debate while you interview. Yet we see interviews on FOX and MSNBC etc. and the interviewers in every other sentence present or defend their own opinions to interviewees who become debate opponents. It is all “I think” and “I feel” by newsfolks, and that isn’t journalism. It is editorialization, the biggest no-no; the passionate opposite of dispassionate reporting. They are not listening for facts because they are formulating retorts and ploys to defend their beliefs. That makes rotten news. A glob of feelings passing as opinions. This is endemic in the political right and left media, but the left lost so they are spun up and most hobbled by their habitualized inability to sort feeling from fact.

    Facts aren’t left or right. Facts are true or not. Opinions are right or left and always a guess. Thus, for Media to be right or left proves it is incapable of reporting useful news. Its not fake, its crap.

    This problem has been growing for half a century.

    In the early 1960s, Journalism schools started teaching reporters to purposely commit the worst crime in journalism, to editorialize. To cram their opinion, to “inject themselves”, into their news stories to make them more “interesting” ala entertaining. That same decade, K-12 teachers were told to fill students with “self-worth not just rote facts”. Every child was relentlessly ordered to value and voice their opinion no matter how empty their heads. That continues today. The result is college students who gag free speech if it might hurt their feelings. And “journalists” who don’t have much incentive to fact check stories or take a dispassionate viewpoint if they feel the target of their opinion warrants them doing whatever it takes to accomplish their aims for policy. They want to be policy influential, not dry reporters of factual news. And they thus often end up being neither.

    BTW, Freedom of the Press isn’t there to protect reporters having opinions. If that was all there was to it, Freedom of Speech does that just fine. Press Freedom is separate because the Fourth Estate uniquely informs the public of facts. This Republic needs its people exposed to dry factual news. After that is done, Editors and public may form their Free Speech opinions (guesses and feelings) based on the reported facts. That is even more important as leaders talk directly to the people.

    • Jenny says:

      Much substance to your post, yet a couple glaring omissions.

      “the left lost so they are spun up and most hobbled by their habitualized inability to sort feeling from fact.”

      There simply is NO equivalency between the left and right media when it comes to the factual reporting of the news.
      The left hews far closer to factual reporting, and opinion based on fact, than does the right. Of course the left makes mistakes. Of course the left on occasion misrepresents a story or gets out ahead of their skis on a story.
      But those instances are almost universally a MISTAKE by left leaning media. It’s a whole different animal on the right.
      With the rise of Limbaugh in the late 80’s, soon followed by Fox, lead by Roger Ailes – a former political strategist for Republicans, incl Nixon, Reagan, G.H.W. and Gulliani – the right employed a BUSINESS MODEL of DELIBERATE misinformation designed to profit from the hate and fear they could elicit from their audience.
      This is irrefutable. It is a part of our historical record.
      Profiteering in hate a misinformation proved incredibly lucrative and was quickly adopted by an industry of entertainment imitators – Drudge, World Net Daily, News Max, Beck, Savage, Alex Jones and dozens of right wing radio provocateurs.
      There we NO left leaning news organizations to adopt this business model. None.

      You close your argument stating:
      “That is even more important as leaders talk directly to the people.”

      God help you if the ‘leader’ you are referring to is that incurious, temperamentally challenged, bloviating serial liar Donald Trump.

    • Millennial voter says:

      You have any citations to back up your “facts” there? Or is this all your opinion?

      BTW, I think you’re reading a little too much into what freedoms the First Amendment carves out and what it doesn’t. To wit: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

      That doesn’t say: “Press Freedom is separate because the Fourth Estate uniquely informs the public of facts.”

      • repenting lawyer says:

        millennial voter, the role of the press has been inferred from the limited access of the public to direct sources of information, Scalia was a strong supporter of the long established reading. It is fairly uniform among Justices of SCOTUS past and present. Famous case from NE involving Press Association and Judge Hugh Stewart is exemplary.

      • Millennial voter says:

        RL: I agree and defer to your experience. What I’m saying is that the 1A does not say: Freedom of the press to print facts only. It gives broad freedoms (limited somewhat by libel laws which have high bars in the U.S.).

        My whole point in arguing what Press on said is that the notion that journalists should not challenge or debate politicians or others during an interview is patently ridiculous. *When* Trump again states something that is not true, journalists should point that out. Similarly, if they are interviewing someone who asserts something that is not true, it is the job of the interviewer to challenge them on that point.

        Becoming a “dispassionate” viewer is not healthy for a Republic. Naturally, journalists should strive for objectivity and transparency, but they shouldn’t become stenographers — especially in an era when we have top government officials blatantly lying on a daily basis.

      • bynd says:

        A journalist is a person who collects, writes, or distributes news or other current information. A journalist’s work is called journalism.

        journalism, the activity or profession of writing for newspapers, magazines, or news websites or preparing news to be broadcast.

        It is not for a journalist to put their opinion into anything. Just report the facts and let the civilians figure it out. Go to Utube and watch some old clips of Cronkite, Huntley, Brinkley and other true journalists/newsmen.

      • Millennial voter says:

        bynd: You should go to YouTube and look for yourself. It took me all of 3 seconds to find Walter Cronkite’s editorial on the Vietnam War. Similarly for Edward Murrow’s takedown of Sen. Joseph McCarthy. They let FACTS inform their opinion as newsmen.

      • bynd says:


        They were labeled as such.

        Look at an every night newscast. And this isn’t so much a first amendment thing as it is how it was interpreted when the news had one of the highest favorable ratings among all Americans. Not as it is today, lower than Trump. There’s a reason and it is not hard to figure out.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, all day news networks and talk radio are journalism, even if it is not your dictionary, which is a guess as to standard usage at the time of publication. Those sources are probably the source of distrust because of segmented audience, though when the networks are doing straight news and boring their audiences, they tend to tell the same story.
        Journalism has always more variegated than you suggest, we went to war because of inflammatory news coverage of the Maine, and gossip columnists were staples of newspapers Heda Hopper an Ed Sullivan for example, and the Hearst papers always played the crowd. “Rosebud.”

      • anon says:

        I think that’s what is saying RL, mass media , journalism, free speech, and facts are subjective,
        Zuckerberg’s truth squad is the answer

  16. Albert says:

    According to yet another unhinged tweet from our Oligarch de Orange, a free press is “the enemy of the American people”.

    Donald Trump, the leader of the free world, can’t string three sentences together without telling a bald faced lie.
    Often, the lies he continues to regurgitate have been decisively and widely debunked by every sane news organization on the planet. Yet, somehow, our , The Great Clueless One has somehow managed to remain in the dark.

    • Doomed to repeat it says:

      This morning –
      “If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free — and many times adversarial — press,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaking on NBC’s Meet The Press. “And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time — that’s how dictators get started.”

      • Spanked by Obama says:

        John McCain should “suspend” his political mouth blowing. He has a big problem with the VA in his state.

      • You're Confused says:

        Donald Trump is full of shit when he says McCain hasn’t done well by veterans.

        Fact Checker has a good overview of Donald’s delusional claim:
        Google: “Fact Checker – Trump’s claim that McCain has ‘not done a good job’ for veterans”

        It’s a claim that earned Three Pinocchio’s for the Five Time Deferment Donald.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, how could anyone trust the press? What does that mean? Trusting NYT, the WH, CNN, and Fox simultaneously, that sounds more like a mental illness than anything sensible.
        Alternate to press is government telling us the “facts” it wants us to know and believe, 1st Amendment was designed to prevent that.

  17. Donald's Delusions says:

    Donald Trump, in his 2020 campaign rally yesterday in Florida, simply made up out of whole cloth a Muslim terror attack that occurred “last night in Sweden”.

    Sheer delusion.

    But a delusion the Swedes are having fun with, as they join the rest of the world’s nations in laughing at our moronic president.

    A tweet from a Swede:
    “Millions are suffering from free healthcare, superb education, well-engineered cars, and awesome meatballs. #PrayForSweden #swedenincident”

    • bynd says:

      Donald is quite the dilemma for you;

      Do you beat your self with a stupid stick every morning or does your mommy come down in the basement and do it for you? You do realize that there are maybe three on here who actually are as stupid as you to believe the childish drivel you put out. What a fine example for why the Dems. are becoming an extinct inbred group. Trump has become the catalyst for your mass extinction event.

  18. The salvation of the state.. says:

    Congress is in recess all week.

    Not a single member of Nebraska’s D.C. delegation is holding a single town hall meeting in a single Nebraska community this week.

    The OWH states the Don Bacon may – never – hold a town hall meeting, because he imagines his constituents to be crazed activists. Constituents certain to ask him difficult questions for which he knows he has no honest answers.

    For eight long years Republicans have been the party of NO. On the night of Obama’s inauguration the GOP elite gathered and decided it would be politics and party before country. Decided that no matter what the Obama administration proposes, the answer will be NO. Every initiative blocked, every proposal stymied, every bill filibustered.
    Their sole aim was to insure the failure of our newly elected President
    CHRIST – on more than once occasion, the GOP filibustered their own f—king bills in order to stick to their pledge of absolute obstruction!!

    Although the aim was all out obstructionism. that obstruction was almost always accompanied by a promise: They, the Republicans, had a better way. A better way had been crafted into a bill that waiting in the wings – but that dastardly Harry Reid wouldn’t let their amazing solutions come to the floor for a vote!
    Well, now these very same Republicans own that floor. The grand stage belongs in its entirety to them – every board, every nail and screw, every curtain, rope and footlight.
    Since Jan 20th, the spotlight has been shining solely on them. And after 8 years of obstructing any chance of progress on behalf of the American people, 8 years of promising the American people that brilliant GOP governance awaits if only given a chance!
    Well, that spotlight is now shines solely on their long promised body of work – 8 years in the making, sitting smack dab at center stage under the blinding glow of every light – sit’s a giant, steaming pile of shite.

    Eight years of lies.
    They’ve now realized the jig is finally up. The whole (sentient) kingdom has awoken to find that neither they (the GOP) nor their clownish Orange Emperor have any clothes.
    And now that the jig is up, now that the culmination of 8 years of promises lies in steaming pile at center stage, they’ve decided their best course of action – hide.

    Unless you’re a Nebraskan who is a member of a special interest group or you can count yourself among the 0.01%, don’t count your voice being heard,
    According to Don Bacon, you’re simply a bunch of “fringe” activists. Your expectation of an honest answer or reasoned solutions is too much to ask.
    Don Bacon received 49% of the vote and won his seat by a margin of only 2%,
    Yet Bacon is quoted as saying:
    “One thing I’m not interested in doing is having a minority — 10, 20 percent — take over a meeting,”

    10%, Don? It’s 10% that have sent you into hiding?
    Don Bacon’s imaginary world is even more fanciful than Donald Trump’s.

    And while doltish little winger trolls try to paint informed and engaged Americans as fringe snowflakes, the Republicans they’ve elected to representative them crouch in fear from this informed citizenry.
    Special interest owned politicians fearful as they realize their decades of hollow sloganeering and bumper sticker governance will not protect them from the rapidly approaching blizzard.

    • bynd says:

      to, The salvation of the state is not more moronic stupidity by the progressives.

      Did you ever think it might be time to work on viable candidates for your party? Didn’t think so.


      A more ignorant statement has never been written. If they had nothing you wouldn’t be writing so often with so much hysterical crap. So let’s recap one more time. The Repubs have the House, Senate, Presidency, 32 state legislatures and 31 governorships.

      And the Dems have you. Another jackass rep of the irrelevant left except where violence now reigns supreme as your news events.

      How different and more mature you would be if your parents had actually acted like parents. Instead of raising a selfish, self centered idiot who they could be a friend of.

    • Anonymous says:

      Organizing For America, Obama’s astro-turf organization, has been holding training to do exactly what Bacon has said will happen to Congressional town halls. Soros-paid hacks do their best to take over democracy through intimidation and obnoxiousness. There is no attempt to engage the Congressman by his constituents, only to bully and harass any who would have a different view point. You people are out of control and it’s going to continue to blow up in your faces.

  19. Stupid is as Stupid does says:

    Kansas Republican state legislators forcing Sam Brownback to raise the white flag:

    Febr, 17 –
    “Kansas lawmakers vote to roll back governor’s deep tax cut”
    TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas’ Republican-led Legislature voted Friday to roll back a deep tax cut championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, conceding it helped put the state in dire financial straits and setting up a possible showdown with him.

    The Kansas experiment that has left the state in shambles has officially failed.
    I’m sure Pete Ricketts will be paying close attention. (sarcasm)

    It was economists Stephen Moore (Heritage, Fox News) and Arthur Laffer (serial failure) who devised the failed Kansas experiment.

    The same Stephen Moore and Arthur Laffer, along with TeeVee personality and former cocaine addict Larry Kudlow, that have advised Donald Trump on his tax policy.

      • anon says:


        Aha, that’s it!
        It’s a clinical diagnosis.


        Sorry, bynd, I didn’t know.
        All this time I just thought you were stupid.

      • bynd says:


        The best complement you can give. Any one who is stupid to you is certainly well above average in the world. I wasn’t part of the group the orange head beat. That would be you. That would make you dumber than Trump.

        Sorry snowflake, you have nothing valid or relevant to say.

  20. Anonymous says:

    At first I thought all this blog scream was because Democrats hate Lego characters.

    Then I realized, it is Leftists with their hair on fire and nobody is willing to piss on them to put it out.

    • Alan says:

      I thought is was just your president*.
      But, maybe it’s all Trumpers that have thing for Golden Showers?

      Maybe it’s related to that oft debunked ‘trickle-down’ nonsense you all blindly believe in.

    • Democratic Arising says:

      Golden years, gold whop whop whop
      Don’t let me hear you say life’s taking you nowhere, angel
      Come get up my baby
      Look at that sky, life’s begun
      Nights are warm and the days are young

  21. Grifting Obtuse People says:

    Lucky Pete.

    Pedophilia supporter Milos has been dis-invited from CPAC.

    Now our Governor will only have to share the stage with White Supremacists, Holocaust Deniers, Birthers, Science Deniers, New Earthers, Birchers and Wife Beaters.

    • bynd says:

      Which are all better than a loser progressive. Just ask the electoral college. The American system.

      The smart one is the President since he beat the so called smartest ones. Wow 4 years of butt hurt. It sucks to be you. RFLMB (no ouch here) O

      • Morons on Parade says:

        There ya go bynd, embrace those White Supremacists and Wife Beaters.
        Cheer loudly for your “smart one”. the one who has filed bankruptcy SIX TIMES, refusing to honor contracts, his legion of lawyers sending Mom & Pop businesses reeling. The one who received FIVE draft deferments while his others of his age, not born into wealth, served and died. The one who – right before assuming the office of POTUS – paid $ to settle a lawsuit for his role in scamming people out their life savings via Trump University. The one who boasted of his special approach to the ladies, the one that entails: “grab ’em by the pussy”.

        You’re right bynd, it is indeed you folks who are going to Make American Great Again!

      • bynd says:

        Hey Moron,
        I served during Viet nam, did you, so blow it our of your ass some more. All rich kids got deferments. Even a snowflake like you would have gone to college just to get out of it. and you know what, only a moron like you cares any more.

        As for the rest, screwed mom and pops. Prove it bozo. And remember, Dems wrote bankruptcy laws just like the Repubs did. It’s like blaming your mom and dad for you having ED.

        And they are for the most part called groupies. Is it right? Bill did it, oh yeah he did with a cigar, then you wouldn’t be complaining. And don’t give that consent crap.

        Defending Trump? Hardly. Just pointing out what a moron you are. Your self righteous postings are worthy of Westboro.

        Go home little boy. As I have said, you tried this crap before the election. And how is that working out for you? Cry some more crocodile tears. No one cares.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yawn. You should realize that when you start with your laundry list of cliches about the Right, that one of 2 things happens: we either don’t care or we get great joy that you are in such anguish. Let me dumb it down for you: your temper tantrums aren’t working.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Testy, testy, testy. Enough with the fake news and snowflake routines. None of you know the direction our country is taking because even our leaders don’t know! We’re all out to sea on a life raft. Trump can’t prevail because he’s too erratic and narcissistic for the job. And he’ll surely quit before revealing his true net worth, a la his tax filings. So perhaps a Russia investigation is coming if only to see what dirt Putin has on The Donald! Day by day, more GOP’s are expressing second thoughts about this President. And now it’s beginning to look like he won’t get funding for his wall nor will he replace the ACA with something we’re “all going to love,” as he has promised. It does appear he will successfully break apart families which include an illegal immigrant, and maybe some families will be broken at his own winery or Mar-a-Lago. Who cares about broken families? Surely none posting here!

    We get it that you won’t tolerate Trump-deniers, bynd. But accusations of fake news and the snowflake routine does not enhance dialectics. And we get it that you, former Sparkles, have an uncanny ability to pull together facts in support of your current topic. But judging this president by past expectations is folly. You two should kiss and make up. Facts are facts and lies are lies.

      • Fogettaboutit says:

        Felix Sater? Cool.
        I’m assuming the same Felix Sater who’s in all the headlines?
        The twice-convicted felon and Russian émigré with close ties to organized crime, Russian kleptocrats- and Donald Trump.
        The shady figure who for many years occupied office space in Trump Tower only two floors below the Donald’s own office. A shady Russian figure who was the money behind the 2006 development/2010 opening of the Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium in New York City.
        The known mob figure Felix Sater who in a New York restaurant/bar broke a Margarita glass then took the jagged stem and carved open the face and throat of a commodities broker, severing nerves, breaking his jaw and sending him to the ER for 110 stitches.
        The same Felix Slater who in 2000 pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges for running a $40 million mafia-orchestrated “pump and dump” stock scam – but get this – served no time, because the FBI testified at his sentencing hearing that he was “an important witness on both mob-related and national security matters.”

        Stick around Felix.
        It’s a unique pleasure to have access to the insight of a long time business associate and financier of our president*, Donald Trump.

    • bynd says:


      Pretty good post except, my posts have nothing to do with Trump deniers. It is all about the hypocrisy and fake news posts of the left. Regardless of who they are attacking.

      It just so happens they love to attack Trump.

      But I agree, we should up the class of the posts on here. I believe I pointed that out several articles ago.

  23. Anonymous says:

    The Affordable Care Act has not been affordable and it hasn’t been about health care. So the GOP wants to offer “more choice, lower cost and greater control” over one’s own health care. Which means: slash federal Medicaid payments by giving states more latitude on coverage; eliminate the federal penalty along with the federal subsidies for buying insurance; beef-up tax deferred health savings accounts; and continued advocacy of failed states’ high-risk pools for pre-existing conditions. But these ideas (which are not new and do not help to insure the poor) will fail the President’s promise of health care for all. Trump will have to offer something better himself because it appears the GOP can’t git’er done.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      The main difference between the ACA and the ideas offered by the GOP is HOPE for universal coverage; the former hoping ‘for’ and the later hoping ‘against.’

      • bynd says:


        In the long run, false hope does more damage to more individuals. The answer is some where in the middle. As was pointed out above, the ACA was never about health care but control. Because there were better answers from the start. Such as FEHB.

      • Sparkles says:

        Hope is involved, but I respectfully submit, not in the fashion you posit.

        The main difference between the two is that every independent review and study of the GOP ideas (rehashed, largely debunked, industry friendly) finds they will cover far less and ultimately cost significantly more.
        Every independent review by healthcare experts finds that Americans will in fact suffer more and die in far greater numbers under any of the GOP plans put forward.

        Don’t get me wrong. I’ve got no problem with people dying. I’m a dog lover, people… meh.
        I’m 100% on board with saving money via rationed care. Some people should absolutely be denied certain costly procedures based on efficacy and/or in the pursuit of cost savings. Most industrialized nations with far better performing, far less expensive health systems than our own achieve savings by rationing care.
        As you’ll recall when the ACA was rolled out, Republican fear mongers riled their base with the invention of “Death Panels”.
        Progressive should have taken the opportunity to embrace that term. They should’ve turned to the aged TEA faction and instructed them to grow the F,,, up.
        People in America need to accept that when they’re rapidly approaching their time for a dirt nap, the rest of society shouldn’t be forced to shell out a few hundred grand so you can catch two more episodes of Andy Griffith. Of course, unless you’re paying in cash, then by all means..
        Conversely, the people we deny care should NOT include a 32 year old single mother with a 6 year old child who works full time at HyVee but can’t afford both a car payment, rent and insurance, and is diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.
        The people denied insurance should NOT include an 17 year old who collapses during a soccer game and is found to have a congenital heart disease.
        They should NOT include an infant born with deformities requiring extensive surgery and care.
        It’s been seven years and Republicans have clearly proven they are incapable of crafting a viable replacement for the ACA, so they are now seeking to push pre-existing conditions (an estimated 52 million Americans) to the states.
        Seven years and 60 plus attempts to dismantle the ACA, and your GOP House and Senate have no answers. But, they’ve come up with an answer to protecting their self interests.
        That answer include shifting the accountability for pre-existing conditions coverage to the states. So when people start to die after the repeal of the ACA, they’re hoping to shift blame to the states.

        Americans taxpayers should NEVER find themselves victims of the political expedience of a Republican Governor in a deep red state.
        American taxpayers are accountable for funding the most massively bloated military budget in the history of mankind. An expense greater than the next EIGHT largest militaries on the planet combined.
        Nebraska taxpayers are accountable for funding BILLIONS of dollars in hand outs to corporations and special interests throughout our state – in a program repeatedly found to be a failure and a colossal waste of money.
        Yet at the same time these same Nebraska taxpayers, fifty thousand plus, nearly every one of them working poor, are currently denied access to affordable care because the cost – a fraction of the sum handed out to corporations every year – is too great a burden to bear.
        And if Republicans have their way, that number of uninsured Nebraskans is certain to grow well beyond 100,000. The added burden this will place on Nebraska’s rural hospitals is guaranteed to shutter many of them.
        Death Panels indeed, and not just people, entire communities.

        It’s lunacy.

      • bynd says:


        And by all indications, the ACA should not have failed, yet it did. By all indications HRC should be president.

        Since there has been no definitive bill put forth by the GOP, except for Rand Paul, all suppositions as to what it might or might not do is as useful as a weather forecast a year from now. Although all indications have shown accurately that all prognostications by Sparkles usually end up far from reality.

    • Sparkles says:

      “How did that work out”

      By all objective measures, quite well, thank you.

      That Hope and Change –
      saved the planet from a devastating global depression
      kept Americans safe for 8 years
      brought Americans a record setting 82 consecutive months of private sector job growth
      brought home 10’s of thousand American soldiers from an ill-considered, mismanaged war.
      reduced the number of uninsured Americans to the lowest level in history
      brought Consumer Protections never before enjoyed by ordinary Americans
      oversaw the reduction of the unemployed from 9.3% to 4.9%
      ended the life of Osama bin Laden
      blocked the development of Iran’s nuclear weapons program more than a decade
      turned around the U.S. Auto industry
      brought equal justice under the law to millions of Americans
      normalized relations with Cuba
      protected DREAMers from deportation
      improved America’s image abroad
      cut veteran homelessness by half
      put Medicare on sounder financial footing
      reduced the federal deficit from 9.8 percent of GDP in 2009 to 3.2 percent in 2016
      improved school nutrition
      lead the most scandal free Presidency in modern American history
      and much more.

      Obama debuted rated #12 among all Presidents in a newly released poll of presidential historians.
      He should have rated higher. Historians gave him a remarkably ill-considered ranking of 39 in the category “Relations with Congress”.
      Obama bent over backwards, for years, in an attempt to accommodate a Congress unprecedented in its deliberate malfeasance and wholesale intransigence.
      Obama rated #7 for Moral Authority; #8 for Economic Management and #3 for Pursued Equal Justice for All.
      With time, Obama’s ranking is certain to improve.

  24. Sparkles says:

    Don Walton tweet, moments ago:
    LIBA closes its luncheon meeting with Sen. Deb Fischer to the media.

    Nebraska’s Republican elected officials first choose to hide from their constituents.
    Now they’re hiding from the media.

    And it’s you people, your party, who fancy yourselves patriots. You clearly don’t know the meaning of the word.

    “..It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
    – Abraham Lincoln
    November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Democrat Schumer: “GOP will break from Trump within a few months.” – That from a guy who lead his own party out of power due to his Progressive policies that have created Right-Populism sweeping Europe and the Americas. People see Republicans as Democrat-Lite. It is puke or lukewarm puke.

    Washington Post headline: “President expected to roll back climate, water rules.” – The rules of climate are in meteorology. The rules of water in physics. The rules of politics are it rolls downhill, and stupid rises to the top. If born-again nutcases think the world was made by the guy in a white beard 6000 years ago, how are leftist nutcases less stupid to think human beings can legislate the climate of a planet? And even if they could, how can the USA as one area go “green” while it buys its products from a much more populous Asia that is profiting by it spewing out filth into air that circulates over every national border? To the Press, a President should lasso the climate and make water run uphill. – Not poisoning the air is a good idea. Democrats are too stupid to figure out how to incentivize people to quit doing it.

    As for Sand Hills water, Warren Buffett owns all the railcars and trucks that spill oil on the Sand Hills. He also owns the newspaper that once, and nevermore, tried to report that. He has Jane Kleeb advocating for the only “green” policy Buffett cares about, dollar bills. He knows what he wants and gets it from Democrats. Smart guy.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Wait, WHAT? Yesterday you posted that it’s okay to deny public health care to the aged but not the defected newborn. C’mon now Sparkles. Don’t you want to rethink that? Have you lost your moral compass? It’s got to be ALL or NONE. Either the public accepts the responsibility for everyone’s health care. Or not. And right now we are so entrenched in the health care of so many special interests that it’s hard to see how we can go with NONE. So it’s got to be ALL.
    NOTE: We were already entrenched with the health care of special interests before the ACA, particularly the health care of Congresspersons! Thus we advanced the ACA.
    I’ve got more to say on this topic, Sparkles.

    But let me take a turn here and address your other concern: corporate welfare that overtakes people welfare. And yes, you’ve got it big-time in Nebraska! It’s why Gov. Nelson decided to abandon special education in 1995. And from that year forward until I left Nebraska ten years later I followed the unicameral “religiously” which is hard to do for an atheist. I don’t know what your current governor proposes but you should keep in mind that he inherited the corporate welfare schemes already in place when he took office. I do recall that once during the Johanns administration during an economic downturn the governor asked corporate interests to delay claiming their tax credits for a year or so. But they said NO! So Johanns budget came out with across-the-board cuts for everyone else.

    If I could set the ship right there, I would abolish the state income tax (tax incentives have already eroded away taxation from big taxpayers anyway). This will satisfy the ‘all or none’ tenet. And I would simultaneously repeal all sales tax laws and replace them with a single state rate that ‘all’ must pay. No exceptions, no excuses! And that means churches and pay their fair share, too. It’s almost too fantastical to believe, but if y’all did this, the sales tax sans deductions would replace the newly repealed (un-incentivized) income tax. And that my friend is how much the tax base has been eroded in Nebraska!
    Hint to further research: The Nebraska Dept. of Revenue was straight-shooting and produced great informational reports about revenue collections in Nebraska, during my inquiries. The problem was, the legislators ignored the department findings. But I assert that if you use the reports to challenge the legislators during their corporate welfare deliberations they do become very uncomfortable!

    • Sparkles says:

      Always thoughtful, Annie.

      And answering your question re the haughty social cost of prolonging the ‘life’ of those whose time has come –
      No, I don’t want to rethink that. Death panels are the adult approach. Here’s yer pill.
      Of course, unless you’re paying cash.

      He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Yikes! I am not okay with rationed healthcare. And I don’t know what your Bible quote means.

        But let’s consider the prospect of health care rationing v. the right to die. Without the right to die but with health care rationing we literally would have ‘death panels.’ And I just can’t trust decision-making about who gets it, and who doesn’t, to bureaucrats. I’ve witnessed enough of that with regard to SPED and DD Services. So let’s frame the dilemma of high cost patients from another viewpoint: Life-promoting measures for a virtually brain-dead (with only the brain-stem sustaining life) newborn —or— life-saving measures for a very old but not senile philosopher. If taxpayers are paying for the health care, are you still of an opinion that the needs of the newborn should take precedence because the philosopher will soon be dying anyway?

        That’s my point. There’s nowhere that we can morally (equitably) draw the line once we cross over to public financing of health insurance. And we crossed over to public financing a long, long, time ago. The ACA merely sought equity but failed to meet the mark. If we’re going to repeal the ACA (and I don’t think we will but we might change it’s moniker) then we need to repeal Medicare too! (I use Medicare.)

      • Sparkles says:

        Since the founding of our nation, healthcare has been rationed in the United States.
        Rationed by the ability to pay.
        And being the exceptional nation that we are, for many decades it was also rationed by race.

        Anticipating the outcry – ‘Ain’t no rationin’ – the poors can go to the ER, you stupid snowflake, librul dandy!!’

        The right to assistance in an emergency room has existed only since 1986. Even then, your ER care requires only that patients be stabilized.
        America stands out – in a bad way – in it’s inclusion among a motley, 3rd world list of countries whose citizens have no legal or constitutional right to medical care.

        Countries with universal health systems (32 of them, nearly every industrialized nation on the planet) ration health care via controlled distribution, whether through national budgeting, government setting of prices and provider fees, restrictions on some services, or a thoughtful, determined combination of methods.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Sparkles, What is a death panel? In original ACA proposal did not exist. Provision was for payment for consultation between MD and patient on end of life care, based on evidence advance directives were often not applied as patients wished. Standards for withholding or terminating treatment based on futility, most hospitals have those though several to family is still common practice. Medical necessity depend on insurance. Rationing, market is a rationing device based on ability to pay, most back to market plans from Republicans are designed to limit insurance to catastrophe coverage, on the grounds that employer provided coverage pumps too much money into the system. Hiding in that background the distinction between direct and indirect physician action which leaves a lot of room for what many regard as physician assisted suite. See, Vaca v Quill in SCOTUS and compare with 2nd Cir decision.

      • Sparkles says:


        I’m borrowing the language the of the right for satirical effect.

        My definition of a ‘Death Panel’ would be exactly what you cited – in addition to the common sense restrictions and/or denial of care as practiced for most advanced nations for well beyond 50 years. Advanced nations who, unlike America, recognize medical care for all citizens to be a right. Advanced nations whose citizens enjoy universal healthcare with results superior to ours while spending far less.
        Advanced nations with a panel of physicians and medical experts tasked to determine what is, and is not a reasonable medical expense for a patient that will soon assume room temperature.

        Wikipedia has a concise history of the legislation you cite.
        The ACA, for the first time, reimbursed physicians for end-of-life counseling – a legal requirement of care providers that had been on the books for decades.
        This reimbursement mechanism is what the fear mongers and asshats on the right latched onto, in a purely political ploy, to scare their malinformed base and drive them to the polls.
        (of course, Palin and her ilk could very well have been too stupid to understand what they were even talking about, so.. technically, it may not have been a ploy on their part)

        My ‘Death Panels’have been employed by advanced nations throughout the civilized world for as along as I’ve been alive.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        The difference between ‘rationed health care’ as ability to pay and ‘rationed health care’ as public policy is quite astute. We were discussing rationed health care as public policy. I, too, was aware that Sarah Palin’s claim of ‘Death Panels” was all bunk and I applauded the language in the ACA covering the cost of end-of-life counseling. But counseling, or persuading, is not the same as denying coverage. And that’s what’s been going on in instances of other industrialized nations offering “controlled distribution” as you say.

        The Existentialists have expounded amply our dread of dying; it permeates our existence. And we are quite literally ‘dying” from the moment of birth. The inclusion of counseling will assist many in deciding to forego continued medical intervention near the end of life. (And if folks had a legitimate right-to-die as medical treatment we would undoubtedly witness even less medical intervention.) But you are asserting public control rather than a decision-making process. And I just can’t go there. Besides, Europeans abide utilitarianism as the organizing principle of the people, whereas we Americans abide pragmatism. Our individualism rightly should be exploited in every example of our public policies, particularly concerning our health care. There are better means for supplanting the cost of the nation’s health care than rationing. And one means is the opposite of rationing: Universality, the fashioning of health care as the nation’s new job’s program!

        I keep citing my experience concerning SPED in Nebraska here at Leavenworth St. for a purpose. Gov. Nelson sought to ration SPED in 1995 by simply capping the amount the state was willing to spend. It made no difference how many children were enrolled, which individual school districts had higher than average enrollments, nor which school districts were receiving TEEOSA funding. Within three years some children who had been moved by the state into out of home placements in other school districts were denied enrollment in the receiving school district due to an outmoded residency statute still on the books. (This was happening to some homeless children as well.) So I asked the unicameral to fix the residency statute. Clearly the senators had an obligation to fix the statute given their constitutional duty (Art. 7, Sec. 1, Neb. Const.) but they would not, with full support of lobbying school district bureaucrats (and talk radio bigots) who wanted to avoid the SPED cost that the state itself had shrugged off. Now we were in a situation wherein the feds over three decades were not providing their promised share (40%) of SPED funding, and the state had capped it’s share, and folks like me were insisting that their children’s SPED needs at the local school district be maintained. Who experienced the “rationed” SPED services in Nebraska? Why the state wards of course, some of whom were not even permitted to ENROLL in school!!! That’s how well rationing works, Sparkles. Nope! Rationing should not be the answer.

    • bynd says:


      You are advocating an absolute morality in a society that no longer values that principle. Morality is relative. That is one of the basic tenets of progressivism.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, there is no principle of absolute morality that I ever heard of. There are moral absolutes, but most practices called moral that people miss were really customs and most absolutes leave room for debate at their edge, thou shall not kill, but does that exclude self defense, St. Augustine thought so, military service, Christian tradition was originally pacifist, capital punishment,. Sexual morality is highly variable over time and among different people, divorce or no divorce or only for adultery, birth control or no birth control, and what methods are natural.l.Complex bioethics issues often depend on religious tradition.
        Technical definition of a moral absolute is a rule that can be stated as an absolute without using moral vocabulary. Hard to come up with one, and moral language leaves room fora lot of exceptions.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, that is not what I said. I have moral absolutes in my life, question is if they truly universal, or are personal, local, religious, or truly independeb=nt of time and place. You have developed the habit of covering your ignorance with insults. This one has absolutely nothing to do with what I wrote.

      • bynd says:

        RL: I do apologize. I just couldn’t resist.

        In this country, such things as rape and murder, in theory, are absolutes. In law, there are concepts as close as one may get to an absolute. Although individual circumstances put some variables in there. Laws that are ignored by those who have been sworn to uphold the Constitution are becoming more relative as time goes on. Just as the saying that laws are written for the law abiding. Just driving you can see the relative morality of many. One e.g. Texting and driving is unsafe. Some states ban it out right, some as a secondary. I could care less if the texter dies in an accident caused by texting. It’s the other innocents they take with them. No harm no foul. Same as relative morality.

        If you don’t like the law then just ignore it. I’m not hurting anyone. Relative morality.

    • bynd says:

      Anonymous is self loathing:

      Rickett’s is so useless as governor that you could replace him with a cat and no one would notice.

      Same could be said of some one who posts as Anonymous. Or the many who post as Anonymous.

      How many are there?

  27. Jack B. Thugs says:

    ‘Military-Style’ Firearms Aren’t Protected By Second Amendment, Court Rules

    10-to-4 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
    The ruling goes further than other appellate courts that have reviewed similar laws in stating clearly that “assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment.”

    “It’s a very strong opinion, and it has national significance, both because it’s en-banc and for the strength of its decision,”

  28. International order of cat lovers and the saving myself for marriage club says:

    Your comment is felinephobic and completely out of order. As a cat lover, I am offended by your remarks. Cats have have very high IQs and EQ. Please retract your comments

    • Anonymous says:

      I am a cat. You are a sub-creature with opposable thumbs. You have your uses, few as they are. You may return to your lowly tasks until I demand the Can Opener.

  29. Lincoln's Incessant Bawling ASSociation says:

    Coby Mach is the whiniest little drama queen on the planet.

    It’s offensive how he is attempting to portray informed, engaged Nebraskans.

  30. bynd says:

    Two leading Swedish politicians have a message for President Trump’s critics: He’s right.
    Mr. Trump did not exaggerate Sweden’s current problems,” Akesson and Karlsson wrote. “If anything, he understated them.”

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bynd, no question that some Swedish politicians are very hostile to refuges, but if that was Trump’s reference what he said wold apply to any European country. His language suggested a specific event and there was not such an event when he spoke.

    • Shiny baubles dangled before gullible masses says:

      You’re so easily duped.

      Sweden is a country of 9,851,852.
      A total of 112 people were victims of deadly violence in Sweden in all of 2015.

      And in that very same year, 50 people were killed by deadly violence on the streets of Omaha, population 408,958.
      151 people were shot and survived in the city.

      • bynd says:

        Stupid is as stupid prints.

        Rape up 13% and sexual assaults up 20% in Sweden.

        And there is absolutely no doubt, two Swedish politicians know a hell of a lot more about it than an sycophant like you.

        What’s it like to wake up every morning knowing that the quagmire Trump will control your life for another day, again?

        Your desperation is getting more boorish by the day. Suck it up buttercup, only 3 years and 11 months to go.

      • Oooo Look! Squirrel!! says:

        For the best numbers available, Google:
        “Here are Sweden’s crime stats for 2016: analysis”

        From the story (pointing out that crime rates need to be viewed in longer term trends) –
        “An example of a figure from Brå’s statistics which paints one picture in isolation but a different one with further context is that the number of rapes reported in Sweden increased by 13 percent in 2016 to 6,560.

        But when that number is compared to 2014, where the number of reported rapes was 6,700, then a slight decrease can actually be seen. In other words, the number of reported rapes in Sweden dipped in 2015 (down by 12 percent to 5,920) then in 2016 it returned to around the same level as 2014.”

        And as RL pointed out, this entire discussion has no relation to the Tufted Talking Yam’s claim of a non-existent terrorist attack in Sweden.
        Feb 18, Melbourne, Florida –
        “We’ve got to keep our country safe … You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,”
        – Babyhands McCheetodick (aka, your president)

      • Oooo Look! Squirrel!! says:

        Comprehension not one of your strong suits, eh bynd?

        In 2014 there were 6700 rapes in Sweden.

        In 2015, Sweden took in 190,000 refugees.

        In 2016 there were 6560 rapes in Sweden.

      • bynd says:

        let me splain it to you Lucy,

        Two politicians from Sweden, that means they live there and not you, said that what the truth is, is worse than what Trump meant.
        Ergo bozo, they understood what Trump meant and they are telling the world that he was right in his intent but it is even worse than he indicated. While you play with your squirrel and make a total fool of your self.

        You can throw all the statistics you want. But you are not there, they are. So fly away snowflake, you don’t have the foggiest. And I’ve tried to write this to your level, but I really don’t talk jackass. You on the other hand, live it every day. And it is the one thing you do very well.

  31. anon says:

    Squirrel, ponder this: the individual source of statistics may be the weakest link, to which applies to you.. there’s many quotes, Mnuchin said one this morning. How did the stats work for the inept HRC.

    • Lock Them Up says:

      Is there REALLY another winger on this blog as stupid and gullible as bynd?

      By the way, breaking news –
      “Washington (CNN) The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN.

      White House officials had sought the help of the bureau and other agencies investigating the Russia matter to say that the reports were wrong and that there had been no contacts, the officials said.

      The direct communications between the White House and the FBI were unusual because of decade-old restrictions on such contacts. Such a request from the White House is a violation of procedures that limit communications with the FBI on pending investigations.”

      • bynd says:

        Actually sparkles,

        You make the vast majority on here look very intelligent. And for that we thank you. Keep your squirrel in your pants and float on snowflake. Any one who thinks that they can sit in their feces of ignorance at home and know more than the citizens of another country certainly is one delusional jackass. By the way, Hillary did not get elected. Remember, you posted, “I was wrong”. You were and still are.

        Tomorrow when you wake up, try and take your life back. Don’t think about Trump all day long. Because right now, he owns you. Exactly like the golden ring owned Gollum. You’re starting to sound like him also. LOL

      • Lock Them Up says:

        By every measure, Team Trump should be in significant trouble.
        We’ll soon find out how abjectly debauched is our new A.G, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.

        On Saturday, July 27, 1974 the House Judiciary Committee approved its first article of impeachment charging President Nixon with obstruction of justice.

        RESOLVED, That Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment to be exhibited to the Senate:
        Article 1, Subsection 4 –
        “Interfering or endeavoring to interfere with the conduct of investigations by the Department of Justice of the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the office of Watergate Special Prosecution Force and congressional committees.”

        Reince Priebus should be forced to removed himself from office, tomorrow morning.

      • bynd says:


        Once again, you seem lost. That story has already ended. Sauron, being the transgender form of HRC has been slain.

        We shall see how the next one goes. 3 years 11 months to go.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Sparticus, Farticus, whatever your name is, it is time to do the tiniest possible particle of work on LeavenworthSt and post a new topic. And let’s get this mayoral election over with, so Street Sweeper can quit goofing off and hold court here again. LSt has gone downhill since ‘Sweep left and let bynd run his damn fool mouth morning, noon and night.

    • bynd says:


      The entertainment value of snowflakes can not be under estimated. I see the truth burns your skin like the branding iron used on cows. That red P on your forehead is not a mark of courage.

      I would suggest you must really like what I write, otherwise you would no longer be here. LOL

  33. Yo Momma's Merkin says:

    Republicans might be trainable but you Democrats certainly aren’t. You are the Ohio State rioter teens against armed NG teens, screaming “shoot me”. Ignorance is curable. Stupid isn’t.

    Democrats say they wish America dead rather than succeed under a President they dislike.

    You are bad citizens, ignoble, worse in many ways then many of real enemy who show their own nation more citizenship and integrity than Democrats do toward the sovereign USA and freedom.

    Leftists obviously hate the USA being a nation. They want this a Provence of a sovereign worldwide United Nations such that our current borders become like that between NE and KS.

    Leftists also hold freedom of small value. For while all freedom is individual, Leftist Democrats believe freedom is given out by a government of centralized power. One size fits all, which Leftists shove down every throat.

    Frankly, Conservative Republicans would have us all wearing two right shoes. Leftist Democrats would have us all wearing two left shoes. You can march forward that way, but not very well. But Conservatives, at least, would have states variously offer different shoe sizes. Democrats, however, would force one single size 10 left shoe onto every foot, be they right, left, size 5 or 15.

    Republicans may make Americans limp but Democrats cripple people on purpose. For the hallmark of the Left is that victimization is goodness. A contrite, sorry, weak USA, is a better USA. Even Republicans aren’t that stupid.

    Europe and the Americas are being swept by Populist Solutionism. Republicans are in agony trying to adapt. Democrats face a more daunting future.

  34. Richard says:

    “Every time you disrespect an Iraqi, you’re working for the enemy.”
    – H.R. McMaster. Lt. General, newly appointed National Security Advisor.

    McMaster is one of the most celebrated soldiers of the Iraq war. He is largely credited for devising the pioneering strategy leading to the first successes in overcoming the Iraqi insurgency. A strategy, first implemented under his command in Tal Afar in 2004, in which American soldiers remained stationed in Iraqi cities, remained engaged with Iraqi citizens and remained on patrol of the city streets on a 24 hour basis.

    Under McMaster’s command “Customer Satisfaction Forms” were given to detainees to fill out upon release. Forms asking: Were you treated well? How was the food? What could we do better?

    As with former President Obama and his entire Administrative team, you will never hear Lt. General H.R. McMaster string together the words ‘racial Islamic terrorism’.

    • bynd says:

      richard needs context, again/still,

      I am traveling so I don’t have it with me, but I remember him telling his soldiers that understanding counterinsurgency really wasn’t hard: “Every time you disrespect an Iraqi, you’re working for the enemy.” They even had “Customer Satisfaction Forms” that detainees were asked to fill out upon release: Were you treated well? How was the food? What could we do better?

      An unbelievably asinine attempt richard.

      No transcript or video is publicly available, but there was a large crowd and multiple witnesses. In his address, McMaster reportedly said: “The Islamic State is not Islamic.” This was during the Obama regime, when that was the official policy of the U.S. government.

      Three strikes and you will be out.

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