Demeaning young ladies

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s campaign has a new TV ad out (as of yesterday) entitled, “Consensus Builder”.

See it here:

I’d give you the text, but then you wouldn’t watch.
So take the 30 seconds and give your input on this upbeat spot featuring leaders from North and South O.

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12-year-old girls across Omaha and Douglas County should feel insulted.

They have been slandered over the past few days. particularly on the radio and on social media.

Comparing the average pre-teen girl…to Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning is outrageous.

These young ladies have more…backbone.

If you’re not tuned into the local political world in Omaha, you may have seen that Dunning endorsed one of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s opponent, Heath Mello. When arguing for Mello, Dunning first claimed it was because he doesn’t think there are enough police in West Omaha.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer quickly shot that down.

But then Dunning got to the REAL crux of the anti-endorsement: He is mad at Mayor Stothert for the way the crime lab with the county and the city worked out. He said that first he didn’t get called early enough, then he got called too much, or something.

And then he said he got called so much by the Mayor that he blocked her phone number from his phone.

The top law enforcement officer in the county, doesn’t think that’s a safety issue.

Ho, ho, he responded: “The Chief of Police has my number.”

And let’s say there’s some disaster and the Chief isn’t around or isn’t able to contact him? Well, the Sheriff confirmed, tough luck. The Mayor CAN’T call him.

Once again, the average 12-year-old girl knows that even if she gets in a fight with her parents, she doesn’t block their numbers from her iPhone, just in case there IS an emergency.

The chief’s response?

“Whatever.”

(And that’s an actual quote. From the Sheriff, not a 12-year-old girl.)

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The President’s nearly universally applauded joint session of Congress speech included a couple of issues important to Nebraskans.

(By the way, apparently Presidents don’t usually give a “State of the Union” speech until they’ve been in office a year. Who knew?)

One issue was support for paid family leave.

Senator Deb Fischer has taken the lead on this. But her plan is not a Federal mandate, instead a tax incentive to employers that provide paid family and medical leave.

Fischer:

“I was pleased to once again hear our president emphasize his intention to increase workplace flexibility for families. This is an area I have focused on for nearly four years in the Senate. We have a real opportunity to take significant steps on these issues to improve the lives of families across this country.”

Interesting to watch the way this issue gets addressed going forward.

And then there’s the “Waters of the U.S.”…or WOTUS. That was a rule pushed forward by former President Obama, over much consternation from the people who would be actually affected by it, namely farmers and ranchers.

President Trump signed an order this week ordering a review of WOTUS, with the aim of ridding the oppressive measures. Senator Fischer and Rep. Adrian Smith were at the Oval Office to witness the document signing. Fischer said,

“Today, President Trump is taking a concrete and much-needed step to unravel WOTUS and put Nebraskans back in charge of decisions affecting our state’s precious water resources.”

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Another day goes by in the Legislature, and another day goes by where people argue that it is too difficult for minorities, young people, and old people to secure a photo ID.

Yes, one opposition leader said, “voter ID requirements place undue hardships on young mobile people.”

THAT is the argument against requiring people to show some sort of ID in order to vote??? Because otherwise, apparently it’s cool to just show up at a polling place, say you’re Tom Johnson from up the street, and vote.

It’s 2017 people! The argument is that it’s racist and ageist and I’m guessing sexist as well to ask for a photo ID???

In any case, racist, sexist, ageist, likely gluten-free hater and dog-kicker, State Senator John Murante is pushing the Voter ID bill in the Unicameral and for the life of me I don’t understand the opposition.

Apparently those “young mobile people”, who walk everywhere, can’t be troubled to find the DMV.

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So there you go commenters! Federal, State and Local issues to discuss! Now proceed and argue about Jeff Sessions…

284 comments

  1. Mister Tea says:

    Mayor Stothert threw Donald Trump under the bus. I won’t vote vote for her, she is pandering to the looney left and has abandoned every conservative principle to get reelected.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh WOW. Chief Dunning sounded bored when it came to this mayor. What to do, what to do? “Whatever” was the precise answer he should have given to the bait the media handed him. If he blocked her calls so what? That gives her other options if the crisis is that urgent or pressing. He went on to offer the same. After his interview on a local radio station, Queen Jean came on to tee hee and golly gee her way to show us all what a swell person she is. Maybe Dunning has a reason to get fed up. This is a mayor who thought it perfectly suitable to hand over $10 million dollars to an artsy fartsy group many of which gave to her last campaign. But, alas—that effort failed. Who does that kind of thing and in the next breath calls themselves a conservative? Maybe Dunning was fed up with the needless waste of tax dollars (i.e. crime lab) that now has been reduced to media using his annoyance as their laughing point for mocking the man with laser focus. Perhaps this mayor has done a great job, but I’ve noticed that when she does an interview it is a filibuster and the media boys just sit silent. If I was Dunning and had reached my limit I may just let her call roll to voice mail, if there was that much time to accommodate her message and giggles. When I lived in Douglas County and the Douglas County Sheriff Department needed to respond they came with lightening speed and were always beyond courteous to the situation or my concerns—I’m betting that comes from the top. This is not to say the same doesn’t hold true of the Omaha Police Department as I have not lived in Omaha proper. To try to make Dunning out to be some teenage girl is spin and manipulation or the working of media types to stoke the story for their own benefit. That is what is insulting to voters. If the fall election has taught us anything, it is how wrong media hype can be.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ah, Birther Bluejay surfaces.

        $10 million deal: Owners agree to sell buildings key to Holland Center …
        Nov 5, 2015 – Mayor Jean Stothert announced Thursday that the city intends to buy the properties and give them to Omaha Performing Arts, which operates …

      • Anonymous says:

        There was the $10 million offered for the old and some historical buildings downtown when HDR wanted to build a parking lot and the Omaha Performing Arts were paid then unpaid and the deal went south. Not sure where HDR went. Sorry for the vague referral.

  3. A Glimpse of Reality says:

    Well stated, Anonymous.

    It’s also laughable the programs noted above that are supposed to be beneficial to everyday Nebraskans.

    Let’s take the first example cited: paid family leave.

    The facts – Feb 23, 2017 – as detailed by Bloomberg:
    “Inside Ivanka Trump’s Campaign for a $500 Billion Child-Care Plan”

    It’s a plan Fischer and Team Trump are pushing that would largely benefit the wealthy. It allows individuals earning up to $250,000 a year, or couples up to $500,000 to deduct their childcare expenses from their taxes.

    Sorry, maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m just much poorer than I ever imagined, but I don’t know any ‘individuals’ earning $250K or couples earning $500K who are struggling with childcare expenses.

    And to characterize the dismantling of environmental protections under WOTUS as “put(ting) Nebraskans back in charge of decisions affecting our state’s precious water resources.” – is to have zero understanding of the simple, common sense environmental protections afforded by the law and the years long, exceptionally open and inclusive process that went in to crafting the law.

    Respectfully, we expect better.

      • A Glimpse of Reality says:

        If you’re finding it a challenge to take me seriously, I can only assume you lack the necessary information to do so.
        The Bloomberg article quite clearly presents Ivanka Trump’s paid family leave program that her father is promoting as President. A program this site somehow imagines will be a boon to Nebraska families.

        A very good overview of WOTUS (the Obama EPA’s updated Clean Water Rule), can be found by googling:
        “Trump has begun dismantling Obama’s EPA rules. First up: the Clean Water Rule.”

        To imagine Trump can dismantle the updated law via Executive Order is pure fallacy.
        To imagine dismantling the law will somehow benefit (more than a few) Nebraskans, is pure lunacy.

        Let there be light.

      • bynd says:

        Puzzled and confused,

        Because in your world, the few control the many. In your world, the few make the rules for everyone. In your world, there is no individual, just the collective.

        Your world is not living it is just existing. And we are not here just to exist.

        Maybe you should learn to control your own life, instead of letting the party do it, and see how great that is.
        At this point, it is obvious Trump controls you and your world.

        Life is not fair and was never meant to be fair. It never will be fair. Deal with it on your own. Leave the rest of us out of your world, we want nothing to do with it.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        A Glimpse, Obama directed a definition of WOTUS, a statutory term, Trump revoked order and directed a definition from a plurality option by Scalia. Beloved Chevron issues raised by each action, gutting defense on rather technical ad law issues.

    • Anonymous says:

      Everyday Nebraskans and rich Nebraskans alike should benefit from deducting their childcare expenses from their federal taxes. Why do you find this laughable?

      • Puzzled says:

        “$500 Billion Child-Care Plan”

        Did you somehow miss that part?
        Why is it you ‘fiscal conservatives’ are unwilling to do the most basic due diligence.

        More insight: March 1, 2017, Chicago Tribune –
        “Trump’s child care plan benefits the wealthy”

        Why would struggling, marginally middle class Nebraskans whose children’s summer vacations consist of flipping burgers, mowing yards or detasseling corn, pay for the private tutors, nannies, horseback riding lessons, summer camps, tennis lessons, cheer/dance club fees of a couples earning $450,000.00 a year?

      • bynd says:

        Puzzled and privileged?

        Yes, why would anyone want their children to learn such things as a good work ethic, how to handle money, not expecting others to take care of them because they have more wealth, being satisfied with what you have and personal responsibility by working in the summer as opposed to being a pampered child who never learns the skills necessary to take care of themselves as adults?

        Class envy gets one nothing more than a putrid personality and miserable life.

  4. Spinal Tapped says:

    The twittering imbecile you people elected for your president has lost his mind,

    The man isn’t qualified to manage a car wash.

    • bynd says:

      Tapped Out,

      Only because “you” people couldn’t put up a candidate against him that was worth a crap.

      How does it feel to loose against some one you believe can’t manage a car wash?

  5. bynd says:

    NY Times 1/19, is Trump right?

    The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit. The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, at least Tailguner Joe had a piece of paper in his hand in Wheeling, guess its hard to waive a blank sheet of paper on Twitter.

      • bynd says:

        RL:

        Just another piece of info for people to do with it what they want. I noticed the partisans on here don’t like to tell the whole story.

        Whether it is true or not? We shall see.

      • Bernstein says:

        Wanna bet? Maybe not legally, but then, when it came to getting Hillary elected, what did he have to lose?

    • Woodward says:

      Actually, I believe it was the Guardian that broke the story of Obama trying to monitor the Trump campaign’s communications.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Trump is pitching a bitch to his senior staff about the Russians taking over the narrative after Tuesday’s speech. Boo hop. Maybe if the senior staff left diplomacy to State and simply STOPPED TALKING TO THE RUSSIANS this problem would stop.

    What utter dumbshits.

    • bynd says:

      Anonymous,

      You are right. Let the senior state staff take care of it and in a year or so, the Russians will have retaken all of Eastern Europe. Problem of Eastern Europe solved.

      Does that make you a dipshi-e?

      • Anonymous says:

        No, it makes me wonder why State is so ineffective with Trump’s guy in there. Reagan is rolling his eyes from the Beyond at our new Russpublican Party, symbolized by a stunning, red elephant with gold stars on its ears. Eastern Europe hell, how about these United States, starting in the Red strongholds of Manhatten and Mar-A-Lago.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous:

        Amusing rant. Reminds me of growing up in the 60s and 70s. Ironic though that Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens are seen as the few Republican strongholds in NYC. Manhattan, as Dem as they come. Your statement seems to carry the same critical thinking as those who condemn Nebraskans as uneducated.

        McCarthy and chicken little would be proud of you though.

      • Anonymous says:

        At least I don’t have to recuse myself like the Attorney General or resign like Flynn. You saw that too, right?

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        Saw it and researched it. Did you research it?

        The AG didn’t have to recuse himself But it was the smart thing to do. Many in the legal profession recuse themselves. Even SC justices have reasons they should.

        Flynn resigned because he lied to Pence.

        So your point is?

  7. Accountable Observer says:

    Trump supporters have been planning ‘Spirit of America’ rallies for weeks.
    Donald Trump himself promoted the March 4th ‘Spirit of America’ rallies, tweeting last weekend:
    “Maybe the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN should have their own rally. It would be the biggest of them all!

    March 4th arrived yesterday –
    It was a spectacularly sunny, 72 degree day. The OWH reports:
    “About 75 people gathered at the corner of West Broadway and 16th Street in Council Bluffs on Saturday, waving American flags and signs in support of President Donald Trump.”
    (looking at the pics, 75 is a remarkably generous headcount – WOWT called it “dozens”)

    Organizing efforts are reported to have turned out about 50 Trump supporters in Papillion (again, pics look more like 20). A turnout “better than expected”, according to Marty Jaramillo, president of Nebraska Patriots for Trump.
    A Trump rally at the Walmart parking lot in Scottsbluff turned out around 12 – 15 supporters.

    There was apparently no interest in rallies in either Omaha or Lincoln.

    Allow me to remind you –
    About 15,000 (per OWH) people took to the streets of Omaha the day after Trump’s inauguration – in protest of his presidency.
    Many thousands took the streets in protest outside the capital in Lincoln.
    Crowd estimates from Women’s Marches on that Saturday now tally over 4 million. Political scientists believe it to be the largest day of demonstrations in American history.

    On numerous occasions since his inauguration, several hundred Nebraskans have taken to the streets in continued protestation of Donald Trump and GOP policies. Hundreds of Nebraskans demanding members of the Nebraska congressional delegation come out of hiding and hold town hall meetings.

  8. bynd says:

    Accountable is not reality:

    15,000 out of 284, 494 in Nebraska who voted for HRC.

    4 million, out of the tens of million who voted for HRC. or of the 70.4 million women who cast ballots in the 2016 election.

    Context is every thing. And the context of your numbers is no better than the numbers you compare. In fact, since you are talking about the supposedly educated, motivated protestors, although more educated white women voted for Trump than Hillary, the turn outs seem rather pathetic.

    Pesky things facts. Where have we heard that before?

  9. Own Your Humiliation says:

    The NYT is reporting FBI Director James Comey has forcefully stepped forward and asked the Department of Justice to “publicly reject” Moron in Chief Donald Trump’s batshit crazy claim that then-President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump’s communications during the presidential campaign.

    • Anonymous says:

      Comey is standing up to Trump before he’s unceremoniously fired, though it will look funny if Trump pulls the trigger. Good for Comey.

      • bynd says:

        which anonymous,

        But last Oct. the liberals/progressives/Dems hated Comey and called him incompetent. I guess it is all in the perspective at that moment. Or who it seems he is going after.
        If you’re upsetting both sides, you’re doing something right.

  10. Anonymous says:

    No need to wiretap Trump. The man tweets his every thought, so much and so often that he literally is his own wiretap. Donald is the Leaker-In-Chief (no pun intended).

  11. A nation in peril says:

    An impressive, and growing, dossier of evidence points to Donald Trump amassing his fortune by laundering money for the most corrupt regimes on the planet.
    Convincing evidence, all of it pointing to a close affiliation with criminal cartels from around the globe.
    The first tranche of evidence points to extensive ties with Russian kleptocrats.
    Now a second tranche points to Trump, Inc. ties to monies flowing from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

    A months long investigation by The New Yorker culminates in a March 13 feature story titled: ‘Donald Trump’s Worst Deal’.
    “The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.”

    There’s no paywall, the article is available for all to read.

      • Grifting the Gullible says:

        It wouldn’t be the first time Trump, Inc. was indicted for money laundering.

        Only two years ago, Feb 2015, Trump Taj Mahal casino agreed to the assessment of a $10 million civil penalty by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
        In addition the monetary penalty they were forced to admit to willfully violating reporting and record-keeping requirements.

        Although admitting guilt and being fined $10 Million, your Clown Prince, Don The Con, paid next to nothing.
        Trump’s Taj Mahal was in bankruptcy.
        The penalty had to be taken in the form of a general unsecured claim in the bankruptcy.
        Any payout to the government was certain to be minimal because a whole array of unsecured creditors was already in line ahead of them – mostly mom & pop contractors and vendors; carpenters & plumbers, maids & window washers – each expected to receive only a small fraction of sums they were owed.

        And there was to be no recourse for any of these little people Trump f—ed.
        Because not only was Trump Taj Mahal’s in bankruptcy, so was it’s parent company, Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc.

        June 22, 2016 –
        “What I’ve done is I’ve used, brilliantly, the laws of the country. And not personally, just corporate. And if you look at people like myself that are at the highest levels of business, they use — many of them have done it, many times,” Trump told “ABC World News Tonight” host David Muir.

        “But do any average Americans pay the price, though, for that?” Muir responded.

        “I’m running a business,” Trump maintained.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, I never saw an indictable offense, silly me I wasted more than 50 years studying, teaching, and practicing law.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Dunning is right about Stothert. She is famous for her texting rants and ticked off voicemails. Piss off Jean and you’ll hear about it! I don’t doubt a single thing Sheriff Dunning said. Doesn’t mean I’ll vote for Mello though. I’ll still vote for Jean.

  13. Grifting the Gullible says:

    Yet another study pointing to the right wing media entertainment complex’s manipulation of low information voters, aka Trumpers.

    This one published in the Columbia Journalism Review, a study conducted by professors of Harvard and M.I.T.
    The title:
    ‘Study: Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda’

    Just one take away:
    “Attacks on the integrity and professionalism of opposing media were also a central theme of right-wing media. Rather than “fake news” in the sense of wholly fabricated falsities, many of the most-shared stories can more accurately be understood as disinformation: the purposeful construction of true or partly true bits of information into a message that is, at its core, misleading.”

  14. bynd says:

    We are not the gullible:

    Another take away,

    “Use of disinformation by partisan media sources is neither new nor limited to the right wing, but the insulation of the partisan right-wing media from traditional journalistic media sources, and the vehemence of its attacks on journalism in common cause with a similarly outspoken president, is new and distinctive.”

    None of this is new. And this time around, the far right did it better than the far left. I’m not quite sure what your point is. The far right is better than the far left? That pendulum swings both ways.

    This is the result of the free press you now defend so righteously. And I also believe in the free press. But it doesn’t seem there is an electorate on either side who can use the free press in a critically thinking manner.

    There are a lot of nice facts in the study. But all it does is confirm what most already knew. Trump did it better than anyone else. Next time, maybe some one else will. But it is nothing more than the continuum of where are electoral system has been headed since it’s inception. Along with our society.

    Relativism. The new normal.

    But you really have to wonder, if it weren’t for the partisan hacks spreading the “word”, how much of this would not be as relevant.

    • Grifting the Gullible says:

      You are both gullible and have demonstrated (again) a mental impairment.

      Allow me to demonstrate, using an exact quote from your above reply.

      You choose (?!) to quote this finding from the study (emphasis, mine):
      “.. but the insulation of the partisan right-wing media from traditional journalistic media sources, and the vehemence of its attacks on journalism in common cause with a similarly outspoken president, is new and distinctive.

      A finding you then immediately follow with the declaration:
      None of this is new.

      • bynd says:

        Do the Research,
        How do citizens connect with their government,
        How Politicians use the Media to win elections,
        If presidential campaigns are in part contests over which candidate masters changing communications technology, Barack Obama on the eve of the conventions holds a substantial lead over challenger Mitt Romney. Pew Research Center.

        I can go on and on. Your continuing problem is, no critical thinking.

        Read the first line bozo and see how the last fits in with the context.
        “Use of disinformation by partisan media sources is neither new nor limited to the right wing’,

        New and distinctive in the context of taking what is already happening and taking it to a new level.

        But then, sycophants don’t do logic. They just do the company line.

        And you wonder why your side has been getting stomped for so long.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I make it a rule to read 20 different news sources a week, from across the globe, either originally in English or in translation. I regularly look into the backgrounds of authors, to the extent I can get supporting data and background information from Google and other search engines, to better understand whose writing I am reading. After 40 years of fairly constant, daily news reading I have a good nose for what’s news and anything else.

    • Inquiring Minds says:

      Impressive.
      You take your responsibility of being an informed citizen seriously.

      I would be curious what you consider your top three most reliable and informative news sources. (domestic please)

      Thanks in advance.

      • Anonymous says:

        My daily rounds take me through the following, at least lately. Alphabetically:

        BBC News (UK)
        CNBC
        Hacker News
        The Hill
        The Independent (UK)
        The LA Times
        Monterey County Herald
        Monterey County Weekly
        news.google.com
        NPR
        The Omaha World-Herald
        Politico
        Reddit (news)
        Reddit (worldnews)
        Reuters
        The Wall Street Journal
        The Washington Post

        That’s 18, not 20, but I follow links from Reddit’s world news feed out to The Telegraph (UK), the Toronto Globe & Mail (Canada), The Jerusalem Post (Israel), Haaretz (Israel), the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and occasionally SE Asia papers (their websites actually) who publish in English.

        This is a lower-bound. I also like the US Naval Institute, Aviation Week (“Leak’) & Space Technology, the usual tech rags (Network World, Computer World, the latest links on Hacker News (previously mentioned), The Atlantic (occasionally), The New Yorker (pretentious but very occasionally interesting). And Vice News.

      • Anonymous says:

        PS – I tumble to Russia Today and Al Jazeera occasionally, always with a truckload of salt rather than a grain of salt. Deutsche Welle and Le Monde but I don’t know any German or French, I kind of nose around. Civilta Cattolica and the Jesuit rag America if I’m feeling really bored. National Catholic Reporter for no good reason. Quanta magazine for the What’s New in modern physics and math. And the American Physical Society’s phys.org for more of What’s New across the sciences.

      • Inquiring Minds says:

        That’s a remarkably well rounded list, each commendable in that their focus on legitimate news. A bit surprised The Gray Lady didn’t make the cut.

        Monterey Herald… congratulations.

        The Atlantic and The New Yorker will on occasion deliver something truly exceptional.

      • Anonymous says:

        ‘Cause I’ve never liked The New York Times. I read it and I feel like the writer, whoever it is, is looking down on me.

        I used to subscribe to The Economist and The Financial Times, but I couldn’t afford them any more. Their web sites are behind a paywall, and in fairness to those publications they are businesses, not charities. But I do pretty well with the sites I frequent.

  16. A Great Wave of Insanity Washes Across our Nation says:

    Is his new role as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson addressed his staff this afternoon.
    As part of his prepared remarks, he informed them that slaves were in fact “immigrants” who “had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes but he didn’t say what he meant to say. As with our prez, you have to fill in the gaps in his speechmaking to make any sense of his ideas. The slave-immigrants undoubtedly did dream about prosperity.

      • bynd says:

        Anon,

        Yeah you have to wonder. Why didn’t Wasserman-Schultz and Ellison not stand during the 2 minute ovation for Carryn Owens? Do they not respect a Gold Star widow? And why did Snopes, the bastion of progressive fact checking, take 4 days to correct their mistake in saying the claim wasn’t true.

        There is no high road here folks. And for one side to claim as such, or appears to claim as such, shows how gullible fools are.
        The Dems roll out Khizr Khan, BFF of HRC, at their convention and think that is great. When the Repubs do such things, it is bad.

        As anon ask, WTF?

        And some people on here swallow all of this like a shark eating a license plate. They don’t know what it is, but they swallow it anyway.

        It’s going to be a long 3 years and 9 months for some. They are Trump bat shi_t crazy now. Trump controls their every thought every day. How sad to not have control over your own life.

        And if you think the far right controlled the narrative last time; we already see, people as IEDs left by Obama in the government to torpedo the current administration, phone tapping, ski mask for violent demonstrators, no we won’t follow the law, protecting illegals at the harm of citizens. True or not, it is the image of progressives now. And rants that then progressives put on here do nothing to dissuade that most of it isn’t true. Yep, the snowflakes are making a great impression.

    • A Great Wave of Insanity Washes Across our Nation says:

      Samuel L. Jackson has something to say about crazy-ass Ben Carson’s ‘immigrant’ tale. Via Twitter:

      OK!! Ben Carson….I can’t! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!! #dickheadedtom
      3:04 PM – 6 Mar 2017

      • The Grundle King says:

        Since apparently you and Samuel “I’m not a badass but I play one on TV’ Jackson are too lazy to look up the meanings of words:

        [Google]Search Results
        im·mi·grant
        /ˈiməɡrənt/
        noun: a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.

        It doesn’t say how or why that person comes to the foreign country, only that he/she does.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Yeah, I’ve got to take your position Grundle. The verb, immigrate, depicts action, not cause for action and the noun, immigrant, depicts one’s relocation, not cause.

        However, I used my Webster’s desk top source (I still like books better than screens) which reports: ‘immigrant/ a person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence.’
        Now here the noun, immigrant, might questionably be used in reference to slaves who were not considered ‘persons’ at the time of their ‘immigration.’ However my semantic instinct is to treat the noun similarly whether in reference to persons or slaves. And I only bothered to write this because it appears to be the hot topic at Leavenworth St. this week! Otherwise, I don’t care…

  17. CS says:

    Recommend “The Exhaustion of American Liberalism”, Shelby Steel. A good read for those who aren’t 100% sure they are right.

    My own mixed race family needs freedom and wealth far more than any flimsy moral authority. The fact that Chicago deems itself a sanctuary city yet with thousands of blacks being murdered is horrifying proof all this PC irrationality must end. And it is ending. But awakening is painful. Those most welded to it are most agonized as it is ripped away by an epidemic of common sense.

    • Professor Fether says:

      Shelby Steele is certainly a man of scholar.
      But then again, so is Ted Kaczynski.

      Notably, Steele also wrote the book, in 2007:
      A Bound Man: Why We are Excited about Obama and Why He Can’t Win
      According to Steele, Obama could never be president because of his.. ‘black identity’
      “This identity wants to take over a greater proportion of the self than other racial identities do. It wants to have its collective truth—its defining ideas of grievance and protest—become personal truth.”

      Because of course it is ‘grievance and protest’ that truly defines all those whose skin color is other than white. (he says with distasteful sarcasm)

      The core theme Steele posits in the opinion piece you cite, is that white guilt is “the heart and soul of contemporary liberalism.”

      It’s a patently ridiculous claim.

      Steele also believes:
      “the Trump election suggests an exhaustion with the idea of white guilt, ”

      I would (humbly) suggest quite the opposite.
      The election of Trump is the final, frenetic spasm signaling The End of White Christian America. (Robert P. Jones, July 2016, available in paperback for $11)

  18. Anonymous says:

    Dunning was a good sheriff when he was first elected in 1884. I don’t like Stothert. But any sheriff who admits he blocks incoming phone calls from any mayor in his country, needs to removed for incompetence.

    Politics infects and deforms people the longer they are in office. If Tim was just an A-hole, that would be fine. But that phone blocking stuff and blaming his County Commissioner’s neglect of his sheriff’s department on the city’s police, which isn’t Tim’s business, is just plain stupid. A-hole cops are good. Stupid cops like Dunning are a danger.

    • Politicop says:

      Typical of a incumbent job holder that’s been on the job too long and wants to expand their power tripping. Now he is running Omaha police, how to be mayor, and play and politician from DCS position. Too important is he, he jumped right out with his endorsement, politics, not law enforcement.

      • Anonymous says:

        The unification of city – county government can’t come fast enough. I don’t care what you call the resulting entity. That entity will grow to fill what we now call Douglas County. And we only need ONE of them, a city or a county, not both.

      • anon says:

        Anonymous,

        It is the failure of the citizens of both Douglas County/Omaha and Lancaster County/Lincoln that such a unification has not been forced on our elected (self-serving) officials.

        It’s a cause around which taxpayers from all parties should be eager to rally.

  19. Your president is an imbecile says:

    @realDonaldTrump
    “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!”
    6:04 AM – 7 Mar 2017

    The figure cited by Trump comes from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which released a report last September stating that 122 of the 693 prisoners transferred out of Guantanamo Bay are confirmed to have returned to terrorist activities.

    However, the report clearly states, that 113 of the 122 former detainees who returned to terrorist activities were released before Jan. 22, 2009.

    Someone within the inner circle needs to reign in this clown, this global embarrassment.

    • Your president is an imbecile says:

      addendum –

      It is almost certain Trump had no idea there was even a report disseminated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence relating to Gitmo detainees.

      This morning’s tweet was certain to have been inspired by a misleading story that had just been reported in Fox ‘News’.

      Just as his accusation of the felonious wire tapping of Trump Tower by President Obama was certain to have been inspired by an article written by Carnival Barker Mark Levin and published in the alt-right toxic sewer known as Breitbart.

      And the Trumpers applaud.
      Giddy that their witless dupe of a president* continues to revel in twitter ignorance as Steve Bannon fulfills his promised “deconstruction of the administrative state”.

  20. Republi...can't says:

    TrumpCare is right now in the process of taking a giant, steaming dump.
    Every whence and grunt being broadcast live on TeeVee screens nationwide and soon to appear in print media all across the land.

    Republicans have had seven years.
    Seven years, yet the Do-Nothings, the party of NO, is still incapable of producing a plan that will survive the shivs wielded within their own caucus meetings.

    Gotta be a proud day to be a ‘conservative’.

    Proud that you bit your tongue and supported the clearly inept Donald Trump, because you believed their was such a thing as a ‘conservative cause’.

    • Anonymous says:

      Now that the House has put out it’s bill and it’s reported the White House is on board, Trump supporters can compare the GOP plan with Trump’s plan. Everyone has seen the replays of Trump’s campaign promises. Everyone will have low cost health care. We’re all going to love it. Trump said so.

  21. Anon says:

    Batty-oughto is tired of hearing about tax problems and has corrected some because of wrong facts, Imagine if people would not have complained, they would probably not have been corrected. She has Boil-ass pissed because he has to do something and respond to citizens, when you’re a hack that long things should be easy. IF she doesn’t like doing her job it is, and it is, time to resign. More deadbeat county officials

  22. Anonymous says:

    “Mayor Stothert threw Donald Trump under the bus… she is pandering to the looney left and has abandoned every conservative principle to get reelected.” — This is naïve. Getting reelected the only purpose; and any principles are yours, not politicians’.

    Power corrupts people who are already corrupted by seeking power. Good people don’t lord power over their neighbors. Mayors, elected sheriffs and appointed police chiefs are necessary evils. Sure, they all feel themselves benevolent. Their personal decisions are best for all. That’s how all tyrants think. Power wielders are necessary but always rotten. Even elected ones.

    Trying to make politics something other than a necessary evil is perhaps the greatest evil of all.

    Of course, Stothert abandons conservative principles. She’s a GOP Mayor in 2D that in 2008 voted for Democrat Obama and in 2016, while Trump bested Hillary by 25% statewide, Trump only won 2D by 2%. Omaha is the Democratic heart of 2D. Stothert would be stupid not to try to appeal to Democrats as much as she can while staying just short of pissing off most GOP voters.

    The problem is you. Politicians know what they want, i.e. the power to tax and jail everyone. The real problem is that you and most other Democrats and Republicans want to worship those you elect. You want to elevate a saint to a most unsaintly role. Some of you have advanced degrees. Grow up.

  23. bynd says:

    he said what?

    “And perhaps, like some of you, these new arrivals might have had some moments of doubt, wondering if they had made a mistake in leaving everything and everyone they ever knew behind,” he said. “So life in America was not always easy. It wasn’t always easy for new immigrants. Certainly it wasn’t easy for those of African heritage who had not come here voluntarily, and yet in their own way were immigrants themselves.”

    “There was discrimination and hardship and poverty,””But, like you, they no doubt found inspiration in all those who had come before them. And they were able to muster faith that, here in America, they might build a better life and give their children something more.”

    A Carson quote? Nope, an Obama quote.

  24. TexasAnnie says:

    Yeah, I saw that quote myself. But you’ve got to admit that Obama took a long pause before using the now disgraced word, immigrant. He clearly wasn’t sure of it’s usage in that instance.

  25. anon says:

    Anon @8;19-good point, note the tax schemes for the streetcar money pit from 42 & Farnam to empty TD Ameritrade, millions to maintain and an empty restaurant tax pledge

  26. Winning.. Bigly says:

    The GOP health bill is a $600 billion tax cut — almost entirely for the wealthy.

    It is expected between 8 and 11 million of America’s working poor, many of whom voted for Trump, will lose access to affordable care.

    • bynd says:

      Liars figure,

      Have you ever tried to estimate all the money you say the rich are taking from the poor? I can’t see where the poor or middle class have any wealth left.

      But on the bright side, when the rich have all the wealth, only the rich can be taxed. And then you will have what you have been asking for. How fortunate that in the long run, the progressives and conservatives will have the same out come for everyone.

      There is no difference between the two parties and their extremes.

  27. Inquiring Minds says:

    What’s the chance of one you connected to the NEGOP calling up the elusive, town hall dodging Don Bacon and asking why your president doesn’t seem to give a rats arse about Ag policy, or international trade, or the bleak future staring directly at Nebraska’s farm families.
    With TTP killed (thanks GOP), NAFTA in peril (thanks GOP), and talks of tariffs, trade wars and border taxes (thanks GOP) Nebraska may very soon start looking a bit… third worldish.

    Trump’s pick for Ag Secretary, Sonny Perdue, has seemingly disappeared and nobody knows why.
    Democrats aren’t obstructing his nomination, he’s expected to sail through the process, he’s not a controversial nominee.
    Seems the problem lies in the Executive branch – team Trump has not yet completed the formal paperwork to nominate him, so nothing can proceed.

    Skeletons in the closest, young ladies in the boudoir, young men under the bed?

    • anon says:

      Maybe the back benching of Perdue is intentional.

      Maybe the Dept of Agriculture is destined to be a casualty in Stephen Bannon’s announced “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

      Or, maybe they’ll fold the Dept of Ag into the Dept of Housing and Urban Development.
      Ben Carson can then determine if those countless billions in ag subsidies are necessary, especially in light of all that grain being stored in the pyramids.

  28. The People says:

    Both the American Medical Association (the largest association of physicians in the U.S) and the American Hospital Association (largest hospital association in the world) have stepped forward to say it is impossible for them to support the Republican healthcare plan.

    Both say the ACA (Obamacare) is a far superior product that simply needs fixed.

    Fixed in the very same manner that every other major legislative initiative in the history of our union has been fixed. In this instance fixed by engaged and informed elected officials (anybody old enough to remember those?) working in collaboration health care industry experts, each sharing the common goal.. of the people by the people for the people.

      • Of course, there's that says:

        My favorite part of Rand Paul’s health plan is how it helps those not fortunate enough to have won life’s health lottery. Those born with a troublesome gene or two, or a couple organs or glands which – all by themselves – happen to act out on occasion.
        After a two-year transition period, the health care law provision that requires insurers to sell to all people, regardless of health status, would disappear.
        When questioned about this shortcoming, here’s his answer:

        “People who are very sick, with preexisting conditions, we’ll have to do something about them,”

        52 million Americans have pre-existing conditions.
        For those folks, apparently you’ll just have to trust that Rand and Republicans will figure something out, later.

        Also, Paul’s bill does not provide any funding for high-risk pools, leaving it up to the states to find the money. The money for 52 million people.

  29. bynd says:

    there is very little, if anything at all, that would indicate the different sub factions of the Repubs. can come together and even pass the bills needed. But it is fun watching the snowflakes get in such a tizzy.

    • Oracle says:

      ostrich, maybe the “snowflakes” are in such a tizzy because they realize that if by some miracle (like Trump’s election) Obamacare is repealed and not really replaced, real people will be hurt and die as a direct result. Of course this never seems to be much of a concern for those on the right.

      • bynd says:

        Or-ass-cle,

        That’s because your predictions of any kind, including people dying, is just a wish by you to have people die and make the right look bad. Nothing more than collateral damage to you. You folks have a lot of that.

        Seems the right said the same things about you and your’s ACA snowflake.

        It is sickening how alike the left and right are.

      • Yessiree Bob says:

        The best estimate we have on deaths caused by the repeal of Obamacare: 24,000.

        More people would die if the ACA is repealed than are killed by firearm homicides, HIV, and skin cancer each year.

      • bynd says:

        Yessire boob,

        Must hurt to pull that big of numbers out of your butt.

        Last estimate we had, Yessire Bob hasn’t been right since aught six. That would be 1906.

      • bynd says:

        Yessiree Boob,

        And the quality of your brilliant posts are exceeded only by your ability to continually prove Gruber right. And to think, it only took how many years of education to come up with such intelligent answers. LOL

      • Oracle says:

        ostrich, you really don’t think it’s possible to come up with valid predictions using statistical methods? OMB predictions for Obamacare were very accurate. Unlike you I live in reality, and don’t like the outcomes if Obamacare is repealed. My name for you fits. YAI

      • bynd says:

        Or-ass-cle

        Your Trump Derangement Syndrome is getting worse. The only reality you exist in is the Twilight Zone. Suck it up buttercup. 3 years and 9 months, at the very least, to go.

  30. S. R. Casm says:

    From The Hill:
    “AARP is going on the warpath against the Republican proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare.”

    I’m just glad there are so few old people in the Republican party.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      I predict that AARP will have it’s way. Remember, everything is still open for negotiation. And as with my own “all or none” philosophy, AARP won’t abide rationing. (Not that AARP gives a damn if non-AARP’s are rationed.) We’ve got to wait and see what unfolds. It’s now the ‘Art of the Deal!’ And nobody is forgetting Trump’s promise of insurance for everyone.

  31. Then there's that says:

    Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after having lied about secretive conversations with the Russian Ambassador (and spread the insanely fake story that HRC ran a child torture/porn ring out of the basement of a Pizza parlor) – has now registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent.

    It appears that from the months of August through November – while on the campaign tour with Donald Trump (leading the cheers of “lock her up”) – Mr Flynn was concurrently being paid $530,000,00 for lobbying work that “could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey.”

    • bynd says:

      Now you see it, now you don’t:

      Another attempt at a hatchet job that means zilch. No violation of law, nothing different from what politicians from both parties do.

      And by the way, the company he is accused of working for, for Turkey states,
      On Twitter, Inovo founder Ekim Alptekin pushed back on the notion that Flynn’s work benefited Turkish authorities, saying he never hired a lobbyist on behalf of the Turkish government and said neither he nor anyone in the country’s government knew in advance about Flynn’s op-ed.

      Is what he did distasteful? Maybe. But how many instances of the same things done by Dems do you want to be pointed out?

  32. The Grundle King says:

    So, interesting comments from Robert Reich…who some people apparently think is still a credible source of information. He says that Trump could be impeached for the following reasons:

    1. A ban on Muslims (actually a ban on a handful, but not all, countries that are Muslim-majority) violates the First Amendment prohibitions on laws respecting an establishment of religion, or preventing free exercise thereof. Are you kidding me? First, executive orders are not laws. Second, the 1st Amendment specifically says that “Congress shall make no laws…”, and Trump’s not in Congress. Finally, preventing people from a handful of countries from entering the U.S. does not abridge the free exercise of their religion…not that it matters because Constitutional protections don’t extend to people who aren’t actually residing in the U.S. Good luck asserting a Constitutional right to free speech in Tehran.

    2. The Constitution forbids government officials from taking things of value from foreign governments, and the fact that foreign dignitaries reside in his hotels during their stays means he’s taking something from them. Actually, that’s called a business transaction…his hotels provide lodging, meals, etc., and they pay his hotels money for doing so. You’d think that would be something an alleged economics expert should know.

    3. Denigrating the press and simply not inviting certain media outlets to news conferences violates the First Amendment protections of a free press. I don’t believe that being part of a ‘free press’ gives media outlets the license to go wherever they want, whenever they want, for whatever reason they want…and let’s be honest here, several media outlets have earned every bit of denigration they receive, regardless of how much of a blowhard Trump is. Those in the media have not been silenced or censored…they just aren’t getting the ‘scoop’ that they’re so accustomed to. Boo hoo.

    4. The Constitution defines ‘treason against the United States’ as ‘adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort’, and that because Trump’s campaign apparently colluded with the Russians during his campaign, he’s committed treason. This one’s really a doozy. Look…I have little doubt that the Trump Campaign and the Russians did work together during the campaign, but is Russia an enemy of the U.S.? Because that would certainly be news to me. We may indeed have an adversarial relationship with them, but the same could be said of China and any number of South American countries. Are they all our enemies, as well?

    He also said that Trump could be impeached for not faithfully executing his duties as POTUS for having accused Obama of wiretapping him. I don’t believe Obama had Trump wiretapped, but I’m not sure how Reich makes this leap.

    Now, before Gerard chimes in with something along the lines of “YOU TRUMPKIN!”, let me say this…I have no doubt that Trump may well commit an impeachable offense, and shoot…maybe he already has, and the evidence to prove it just isn’t there yet. I also don’t believe that pointing out liberal lunacy, like that espoused by Reich, makes one a Trump supporter. I suppose I could be wrong on that…but it seems to me that folks should be free to dislike certain aspects of both sides of the political spectrum.

    • Pass the popcorn, please says:

      Trump is as likely to be imprisoned, as impeached.

      Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
      Azerbaijan (among the many).

      My guess is Trump will resign, in a fit of childlike rage, knowing criminal charges are about to be filed.
      Trump will then spend the next 3 or 4 years attempting to stay out of prison as his money-laundering empire dissolves around him.

      Hopefully this will all occur before the warheads start to fly.

  33. Forecast calls for Snow says:

    Since the 2016 presidential election, more than 1,400 companies — and counting — have yanked their advertising from the right-wing website Breitbart News.

    The ad removals are the result of consumer backlash spearheaded by the Sleeping Giants, an anonymous collective of progressive activists.

  34. bynd says:

    The next president?

    E. Warren is mentioned as one of the Dems who will run for president in the next cycle. One of her passions is affordable college. Then why did she get paid $400,000+ for teaching one class at Harvard?

    And we wonder why higher education is so expensive.

    And next we will hear how she understands and stands with the ordinary citizen.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Please, do explain why this is simply ‘winger babble’.

        It’s well-documented that Warren did, in fact, receive a salary of approximately $430,000 for teaching at Harvard from 2010-2011, and that $350,000 of that was for teaching a single course. And yet, despite that fact, she seeks support for a debt-free college plan…a plan that is dependent upon increased federal spending to universities.

        That’s right, increase federal taxes so we can pay her salary as a U.S. Senator AND as a part-time educator.

        If you think you’re going to get off easy by just dismissing bynd’s verifiable claims as ‘winger babble’, think again.

      • Anonymous says:

        Scott Brown (former nude model and driver of old pickups, currently hawking diet supplements) made the ‘one class’ claim and I’ve seen no one, including yourself, ever provide proof of it.

        hence: Winger babble.

        FYI – it wouldn’t be out of line for a Professor to sign a $400K contract at Harvard, and there could be many items beyond the salary included in that contract.

        Average Annual Salary for a Harvard Professor: $274,005
        Total Faculty Members: 1,215

      • Oracle says:

        GK, no plan to pay for college tuition that I’ve seen would apply to private universities. So don’t worry about your tax money going to Elizabeth Warren or anyone else at Harvard. In fact a system paying for education at public institutions would probably suppress tuition increases at private universities because of the very large cost disparity (free vs. lots of money).

      • Anonymous says:

        Oh, come on Oracle,. we don’t need to waste that money on public universities or targeted vocational training.
        As your surely aware:
        “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”
        Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

        We need that money for more bombs, and nuclear submarines, and tanks, and space lasers.
        Cause don’t forget:
        “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
        – Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

        And surely we can’t overlook all the money were gonna need for, walls. Big, giant, beautiful, walls. Lot’s of walls. Walls on mountains. Walls in rivers. Walls on Walls.
        “And who’s gonna pay for it?”

        But mostly we need that money for rich people. Because TrumpCare’s $600 billion tax cut for the wealthy – at the expense of the poor and infirmed – it just doesn’t go as far as $600 billion went in the days of Ronny Raygun.
        The rich people are gonna need more. A lot more.

      • bynd says:

        snowflake menopause musings,

        Google, Harvard paid warren $400,000 for one class
        About 781 results (0.70 seconds)

        You are good for several laughs a day. Don’t prove it wrong, just throw crap on the wall and see what sticks. Which seems to be your best and only ability.

        Although most of the time, it just bounces back and sticks to you.

        You should be in the comics. Call it, Musings From a Progressive’s Posterior.

      • Anonymous says:

        1) What you’ve provided, is proof of nothing, bynd (but your abject naivete’).
        Google:
        A dingo ate my baby
        About 763,000 results (0.98 seconds)

        2) I won’t waste the time attempting to educate you on your google search results.

        Because, YAI, bynd.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Oracle wrote: “In fact a system paying for education at public institutions would probably suppress tuition increases at private universities because of the very large cost disparity (free vs. lots of money).”

        That’s a joke…right? Public universities are going to reap a truckload of new federal funding, and what…they’re going to hold the line on costs? You actually expect these folks to stop raising tuition costs? PFFFT!!! Look at UNL…even in the face of budget cuts, they literally CAN NOT stop finding ways to spend money. Even after it was clear that the state would be facing a budget shortfall, NU announced they were spending $44 million on a new student health center on the UNL campus.

        The University of Nebraska system is, unfortunately, quite addicted to money. Like any addict, they don’t say, “Hey, I’ve got all this extra…I should use this wisely.” No…they’re going to spend every extra dollar they get, so that they can compete with those high-priced private universities when it comes to facilities, salaries, etc. Students will still graduate with boatloads of debt, but they’ll do so on Italian marble floors. Hooray!

      • Oracle says:

        GK, I don’t get your logic. If public colleges were not charging students for tuition but relying on the Feds for funding, they will be limited by that funding. Do you think the cash spigot will just open up? From what I hear, the VA is good at holding the line on prescription drug costs because they are allowed to bargain with the suppliers. Why couldn’t the same method be used here with the same good results?

      • The Grundle King says:

        My logic is this, Oracle…public universities have been building and spending for decades to keep up with the Joneses. A new flood of cash isn’t going to stop that…it’s going to put their building/spending on steroids.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bynd, Warren is a Law Prof. I do not think anyone is suggesting free law school tuition. Warren is one of the most able bankruptcy and financial institution law experts in the Country, certain major law schools pay for prestige, most could not afford that. One class or one course?
      I will add legal education to the long list of subjects not studied in cold North Dakota winters.

  35. bynd says:

    Wrong Again:

    Tuition-Free or Debt-Free College: Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders Put Band-Aids on the Cancer

    Although the College of the Ozarks is a tuition free faith based college. The kids work for tuition and the school is self sufficient in all ways. Imagine telling today’s college snowflakes free tuition but you have to work for it.

    Even the California University system charges tuition. Care to try again. You certainly don’t carry the party well except to deny, deny, deny anything that at the time looks bad.

    • Anonymous says:

      Your post doesn’t make a lick of f–ing sense in relation this conversation. Surprise, surprise.

      But, it’s hard not to find interesting the college you chose to highlight.
      A little insight into the faith based, College of the Ozarks (“squeal like a pig”)

      “In the 2003–2004 semesters a professor revealed that one of the college’s deans, Larry Cockrum, had received his Ph.D. from Crescent City Christian College, a fraudulent college (“diploma mill”) run out of a coach’s basement. The professor who brought this information to light was suspended for the 2004 semester, and his contract was not to be renewed for the fall semester. The college’s president, Jerry C. Davis, defended the dean with the fraudulent degree, while terminating the professor.”

      • bynd says:

        can’t keep up,

        I understand your inability to follow more than one story at a time. I’ll try harder to write down to your level.

        But hey, as you say. YAI, GFYS.
        woopey, I can type hick just like a snowflake.

  36. Anonymous says:

    GK,

    Wingerville is incensed that:
    “why did she get paid $400,000+ for teaching one class at Harvard?”

    I noticed in your defense you changed the terminology in your reply to:
    “for teaching a single course.”

    You apparently assume wingerlandians believe the phrase “one class” to be the same as the professorial duties involved in teaching year long course.
    I make no such assumption. In fact, I’m quite confident the majority of them believe (because this is Brown’s implication and the intent of the inflammatory headlines) Warren collected a $400K handout for simply popping in for an afternoon and chatting up the Harvard kids.

    And I believe that, because it has proven to be a common tactic in crafting the misinformation disseminated by the troll masters of the right wing media.

    • bynd says:

      Anonymous,

      “And I believe that, because it has proven to be a common tactic in crafting the misinformation disseminated by the troll masters of the right wing media” RFLMBO

      I see you never went to college, because when I went we signed up for classes. Plural of just one class. And, if you went, it appears you signed up poop class’. And it took a whole year to figure it out. Much like a little child.

      So, it is time to invoke the John Rosemond solution. When an adult is talking to a child like you; Tell them what they need to know. If they ask why, just say, because I said so, and then turn and walk away. So I will leave you sciolist to debate what is the outrage De jour of the moment. As Trump continues to control the very thoughts of your everyday life.

    • The Grundle King says:

      I’m curious, Anon…what college/university offers a year-long course? I believe standard practice is that each course is offered as a semester-long class.

      Indeed, it does appear that the claim that she taught a ‘single class’ or ‘single course’ is an unverified claim…but it’s a claim that’s at least 4-5 years old. Strange, isn’t it, that the university that seems to love her so (Harvard) has made zero effort…like not even a tiny press snippet…to correct the claim?

      I mean, stranger still is the fact that even Elizabeth Warren hasn’t bothered to challenge the claim.

      • Anonymous says:

        Your Q: “what college/university offers a year-long course?”

        A: Do you know what Professors do?

        And: “it’s a claim that’s at least 4-5 years old.”

        The claim of Santa and his supersonic sleigh dates back to the early 1800’s.
        The claim that Lemmings commit mass suicide by jumping off cliffs dates back to the 1950’s.
        The claim that Barack Obama is a muslim terrorist sympathizer, born in Kenyan – a claim most prominently pushed by your Birther King President – dates back to 2008.

      • The Grundle King says:

        And those claims you list have been debunked…yet this one hasn’t. Strange.

        Class/course terminology aside, I think my point was pretty clear.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        GK, freshman law school courses were often a year long. Law profs teach, research and write and do a lot of other things part of their jobs. They give lectures at CLEs , bar convention, testify before legislative bodies. Warren isa extremely important scholar, she has done all these things. One course in a year would not be uncommon for someone working on a book. Places like Harvard and the other top 10 schools gain prestige and draw young faculty, students, and donors through having big name scholars on faculty.
        Always a good idea to know what you are talking about before you talk. I do envy harvard Law salaries, but never made it to the bigs.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Wait…professors should get paid by the university to write a book, that the professor will in turn reap profits from the sales? What a gig! I mean, sure…it’s a total rip-off to the students who a paying huge tuition fees, but who cares about them, amirite?!

        Oh wait, we were talking about student debt, were we not?

      • repenting lawyer says:

        GK, you changed the subject. Every thing you said about Warren was wrong. Publishing brings prestige, a big deal in law schools because of US News rankings, particularly the top 10. Well predates current student debt, however. While law school debt is a large problem, there are a lot of law schools cheaper than Harvard, including 2 in NE, and on the other hand graduates of the top schools go off and wear white shoes and make big money.Add that no ones mentioned free professional school tuition. You should see salaries of clinical faculty in Med Schools, and most books by professors do not produce all that much in royalties. What Warren was paid at Harvard Law is about as relevant to issue of free college as the salary of the LJC of England.

  37. Forecast calls for Snow says:

    Mello outraised Stothert nearly three times over during the reporting period ending Feb. 28.
    Mello raised $264,755, compared with Stothert’s $92,463.

    Omaha residents are ready for change.

    • bynd says:

      mello yellow good song not mayor;

      Mayor Jean Stothert’s campaign has set a new record for fundraising in an Omaha mayoral campaign, raising $1.5 million in the current election cycle.

      • Forecast calls for Snow says:

        Timing.
        Mellomentum.

        Also, some context relating to the Mayor’s ‘record’ – of perpetual fundraising:

        From Nebraska Watchdog:
        Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert raising big bucks toward 2017 re-election
        By Joe Jordan / February 4, 2015
        OMAHA—With her likely re-election campaign two years away, Republican Mayor Jean Stothert… ..In addition she spent the last year raising far more money than any of them, nearly $300,000.

      • bynd says:

        you know me, context is everything. But raising cash seems to be a 24/7 thing for politicians. Even if the best thing they can do to raise cash is be productive.

  38. The Inexcusable pandering of a self-serving NEGOP says:

    “Bacon, Smith back new GOP health care plan”
    By Joseph Morton / World-Herald Bureau Mar 8, 2017

    1 day ago, from Adrian Smith’s own web site:
    “Smith Votes for First Step Toward Repealing and Replacing Obamacare”

    From the Jan 24, 2017 CNN story titled:
    “Why some Nebraskans hate Obamacare, and why they might miss it”
    – Grant County Nebraska has the highest percentage of Obamacare enrollees of any county in the nation.
    – 16 of the top 25 counties with the highest rates of Obamacare enrollment nationally, are in Nebraska. ​

    And the excuse of rising premiums is largely, not viable:
    – 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.
    – Across Nebraska, 82% on those exchanges can get coverage (PDF) this year for $100 or less per month with the tax credit; 70% could get coverage for less than $50 per month.

    For purely political gain Adrian Smith and Don Bacon will gleefully allow their constituents, and their state, to suffer.
    While rewarding the richest people on the planet a $600 Billion tax cut, the Republican ACHA will lead ten’s of thousands of Nebraska’s working poor, millions of America’s working poor to lose their health insurance.
    The Republican ACHA is guaranteed to hasten the insolvency of Medicaid.
    The loss of insurance due to the repeal of Obamacare will lead to the insolvency and shuttering of rural hospitals all across America. Especially vulnerable to this wave of devastation is Adrian Smith’s 3rd District.

    • bynd says:

      How far will you go;

      “For purely political gain Adrian Smith and Don Bacon will gleefully allow their constituents, and their state, to suffer.”

      So, you believe government can end all suffering. Interesting.

      • The Inexcusable pandering of a self-serving NEGOP says:

        A $600 Billion tax break for the wealthiest people on the planet.
        Countless millions of America’s working poor thrown of the insurance roles.
        A $1 Billion special tax allowance, buried in cryptic language on page 67 of the Republican’s bill, specifically benefiting CEO’s of health insurance companies.

        F you, bynd.

      • Anonymous says:

        And you forgot to mention that it’s the insurance companies which will reap the lapsed re-insurance fees, not the federal or state Medicaid programs. But don’t fret. This House plan goes nowhere.

      • Anonymous says:

        Given that it is impossible for any government to provide fully and perfectly for ‘the general welfare” and ‘the common defense,” what are the limits of government responsibility in those realms?

      • anon says:

        The United States spends more on it’s military than the next 8 nations combined.

        As of 2014 –
        U.S. expenditures were nearly three times higher than China, the second-highest nation with an estimated $216 billion in military spending. Russia was in third place at $84.5 billion.

        Adding insult to injury, Donald Trump has promised an increase in our military spending equivalent to Russia’s entire budget for a year.

      • bynd says:

        the inexcusable beliefs of ignorance;

        F you, bynd.

        Another intelligent answer from a snowflake. Because they can’t/won’t answer the question. But you can see they have been convicted of their stupidity by their answer.

        If you can’t converse on an adult level, go to the hick sites you seem so well to fit into.

      • bynd says:

        Anon and Anonymous,

        If you can’t answer the question, don’t but down an answer. So let’s ask a couple of more you won’t answer. How much should we spend on our military? Didn’t Obama cut it enough? What did the military dividends and savings he promised when he stopped the wars, pay for?

  39. bynd says:

    who said that?

    Asked in a Spanish-language town hall about those who said they can’t afford premiums, Obama speculated about someone making $40,000-$50,000 a year, who thinks an insurance option that costs $300 a month is too much.

    “I guess what I would say is if you looked at that person’s budget and you looked at their cable bill, their telephone … cell phone bill, other things that they’re spending on, it may turn out that they just haven’t prioritized health care because right now everybody is healthy,” he said.

  40. Lets Make Smores says:

    In 2007, the LA TIMES reported a “chorus of Democratic accusations” that Bush had “wrongly injected politics into law enforcement when it dismissed eight U.S. attorneys.” Today we hear the same chorus about Trump replacing 46 U.S. Attorneys.

    Clinton demanded the resignations of all 93 US Attorneys at once, yet some stayed on several months. That dramatic blanket-firing changed nothing. But wasn’t supposed to. Clinton understood that, to the News Media, any drama of words matters more than routine action.

    In their first two years as President, Reagan replaced 89 of 93 U.S. attorneys, Clinton replaced 89, Bush replaced 88. And Obama couldn’t fire Bush’s appointees fast enough for Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) “Many jurisdictions are waiting desperately… we don’t see that happening quite fast enough.”

    Nothing changes. Not the chorus of partisans projecting their own sins on everyone else. Nor the idiocy of them imagining routine work be sins and sins be routine. — Changing your staff to your own appointees is common sense. Only a fool would work with someone else’s staff.

    What has changed is the flood of Democrats lighting their hair on fire to punish Trump voters who, frankly, don’t care if Republicans light their hair on fire either.

    • anon says:

      Stories regarding Trump’s replacement of 46 U.S. Attorneys are all accompanied with a caveat something like: ‘this isn’t unusual as a new administration takes office’.

      No one is lighting their hair on fire.

  41. SAC says:

    Douglas County Democrats are honoring an internet troll who slanders good democrats, leaders and office holders. Voted for Jill Stein and actively spoke against Brad Ashford. Shouldn’t it be the GOP giving this guy the award? Republicans are thrilled this guy is so honored as it is sure to give them several more victories. Here is a great example of his delusional work. A totally untrue press release that caters to his paranoia.

    OMAHA, NE – A Hillary Clinton Campaign office in North Omaha fired a Black Parent for picking up her kids at a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Event at The Waiting Room in the Benson neighborhood of Omaha, NE. Ironic, considering the Clinton Campaign champions itself to be an ally to the Black Community, to Women, to Parents and of course, thanks to Bernie, to Working Families. What happened with that Hillary? So much for diversity in the campaign. Diversity is now almost nonexistent in the Omaha Clinton Campaign. I’m not surprised, as one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement points out the Clinton’s have historically used the Black Community for votes. I agree, and I extend the accusation to other political identities as well. It has become a trademark behavior of NeoLiberal politicians and organizations to use minorities for votes while profiting from their pain.

    Bernie Delegates were mistreated at the DNC. That’s no secret to those who are not comatose. They were also mistreated at the State and County Level, by a conspiracy of moles working inside the Bernie Campaign to sabotage it for Hillary. That mistreatment continues as the Old Guard in Nebraska struggles to hang on to mere threads of the establishment power they have left. The Parent fired by the Hillary Campaign for picking up her kids at a GOTV was also unfairly cut for National Delegate consideration, like many other Bernie Delegates in Nebraska, due to her connections to other Progressives in the State despite the Democrats’ need for persons of color in the Party, including the DNC Convention itself.

    • Anonymous says:

      The “old guard” of recycled local democrats that elbowed their way jockeying for position at Sokol to suck up to Hillary, hell of a venue. Then a visit to high schoolers at N high, while Bernie is packing them in, leaving the debri of Battiato and Jane Kleeb trying to sell Heath Mello.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Pandering is good. I practiced pandering all my life and I vote Democratic in every election.

    Pandering as the mainstay of all Democratic Party principles and policies. Pandering brings out the charity in the human spirit.

    Oh, wait. You said pandering. I thought you mean panhandling.

  43. Make AmeriKKKa Again says:

    It’s funny that GOP presidential hopefuls now have to kiss the ring of Steve King when campaigning in Iowa.
    Steve King is a racist.

  44. Blatant Liars says:

    There are currently zero federal restrictions prohibiting insurance companies from selling policies across state lines.

    Z.
    E.
    R.
    O.

    “The time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines–creating a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring cost way down and provide far better care,”
    – Donald Trump, Feb 27, 2017

    Trump has repeated this same exact line a thousand times on the stump, and every GOP contender and wannabe has parroted the line.

    And every insurance company, regulator, healthcare expert and actuary on the planet knows it’s a hollow fu^&ing talking point uttered by trolls.

    Trolls either to ignorant to understand it is a lie (i.e.; your president), or so compromised and complicit as to no longer even care what suffering their actions may bring on millions of American people.
    Knowing, that with every special interest appeased, another bolt of cloth is secured for the fabrication of their golden parachutes.

      • anon says:

        From the right wing Washington Times:

        There is no three-step plan. That is just political talk,” Mr. Cotton, Arkansas Republican, told radio host Hugh Hewitt.

        Mr. Cotton said step two could be subject to court challenges and that step three would involve “some mythical legislation in the future that is going to garner Democratic support and help us get over 60 votes in the Senate.”

    • bynd says:

      blatant partisian ignorance?

      Insurance firms in each state are protected from interstate competition by the federal McCarran-Ferguson Act (1945), which grants states the right to regulate health plans within their borders.

      National Conference of State Legislatures.

      So it seem under your definition, you are the ignorant Troll. Oooops!

      • Blatant Liars says:

        McCarran-Ferguson does NOT prohibit the sale of insurance across state borders.
        McCarran-Ferguson grants states the right to regulate health plans within their borders.
        The hindrance to selling nationwide/across state lines, lies in the fact that in order to sell insurance in each respective state, insurance companies must tailor the policies to meet each state’s specific/differing regulations.

        But the fact remains that insurance companies are in fact NOT prohibited from selling across state lines.
        Aetna currently sells policies on the ACA Exchange in Nebraska, Iowa, Delaware and Virginia.

        By the way, in Feb. 2010, Nancy Pelosi’s 111th Congress, with the full support of President Obama, voted to repeal McCarran-Ferguson by a vote of 406 – 19.
        See: Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act (HR 4626).
        It died in the Senate.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, McCarren Ferguson deals with insurance and overruled Southeast Underwriters, it deals with business of insurance, not health care plans per se, sand ERISA makes a difference. The insurance industry got bill passed and has never favored a change. Do not know of much evidence it impacts availability or rates, and substituting federal regulation does not seem like a Trump agenda. Are you suggesting non regulation of health insurance, the effect of repeal of McCarran Ferguson, since state regulation would run up against dormant Commerce Clause, if there still is one.

      • bynd says:

        Blatant dodge:

        I see reality is anathema to you. The reality of McCarran Ferguson is to effectively stop across state line sales of health insurance. Why does BCBS have the structure of a federation?

        The Feds could have just as easy, since they have jurisdiction over interstate commerce, made a law that mandates the states have no authority to prevent insurance companies from going from one state to another.

        You seem to think that some how, you would have more credibility than the NCLS. I would be happy to see your credentials that prove that declaration to be true.

        So the zero pertains to your credibility in this discussion in that as a sophist, you seem to make on the surface logical arguments, but when anyone gets past the shiny exterior you like so much, your arguments fall apart. Even though you love to double down.

        By the way, there goes your squirrel.

      • bynd says:

        RL:

        I suggest nothing. And with all due respect, the statement stands as published. Not my words but the words of those who know. Maybe even more practical applications than you are aware of.

        As to the rest, I took no stance one way the other.

        Just pointing out the truth as put forth by authoritative entities. Which the snowflakes seem to have a hard time with.

        glad I could you bring you back to the discussion. I seem to have that affect on you:)

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, I taught insurance for years, my problem with what you said and with the statements with which you disagreed is that the subject is more complicated so no one is really correct. Doubt it makes much of a difference, though difference between insurance and health care plans is rather important particularly because of ERISA. A insurance company must qualify in a state to sell insurance in a state, but there is no bar to multiple state qualification. There is no bar to purchase of some kinds of insurance out of state. Many health care plans are not insurance, and ERISA complicates all this where insurance through employer is involved

  45. anon says:

    Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal has an article today titled:
    “GOP Health Plan Would Hit Rural Areas Hard”

    From the article:
    “In Nebraska’s Chase County, a 62-year old currently earning about 18,000 a year could pay nearly $20,000 annually to get health insurance coverage under the House GOP plan – compared with about $760 a year that same person would owe toward premiums with the ACA..”

    And the Trumpers cheer.
    Nebraska’s 3rd is the mostly staunchly Red in the nation.
    Abject ignorance.

    • bynd says:

      anon,

      As has been pointed ad infinitum, the reason such insurance is so cheap under the ACA is because of government subsidies. A system that is not sustainable.

      About 60 percent of all federal spending is considered mandatory (entitlement), with 34 percent considered discretionary and 6 percent devoted to interest. This does not take into account the ACA.

      Thanks to politifact.

      • anon says:

        I would ask you to prove -your- claim, but I know you’re incapable.

        So, here ya go –
        Both the CBO and a more recent estimate by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget found that repealing the ACA would -increase- the deficit by $350 billion over 10 years.

        The subsidies are fully funded, in large part by taxing earnings over $250,000 per year.
        A 0.9% tax, with the first $250K exempt- so a couple earning 256,363.84 would pay an Obamacare tax of $572.74.
        Much of the funding comes from a tax on the super rich, via a 3.8% surtax on investment income. A small part of the funding comes from taxes on high end medical equipment and a bit of money comes from things such as indoor tanning beds, etc…

        By the way, the GOP plan reduces the deficit by $337B over 10 years, only because it cuts Medicaid by $880 billion over that same period.

        This, despite the fact that your tweeter in chief:
        “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.”
        – Donald J. Trump

        More than a dozen times Donald Trump promised Americans he would not cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

        Finally, the CBO report issued yesterday, reiterated what nearly every industry experts has stated – Obamacare is not in a death spiral, despite what the Orange Menace and every corporate owned Republican misleadingly bellows.

      • bynd says:

        anon, easy and cheap;

        Well lets ‘just start with the first claims and then know that the rest is not an improvement but more of the same.

        Your claim, “found that repealing the ACA would -increase- the deficit by $350 billion over 10 years.”

        The truth, Health Bill Would Add 24 Million Uninsured but Save $337 Billion, Report Says

        How could you possibly miss that when it is in every headline about the CBO report. You really think the folks on here are as gullible as you? Unbelievable arrogant ignorance.

        NY Times headline.

      • bynd says:

        anon,

        Well here we go.

        If politicians don’t fix the Affordable Care Act, then the vulnerable Blue Cross and local HMO plans — which serve as the backbone of Obamacare — must exit, said Robert Laszewski, the President of Health Policy and Strategy Associates.

        “What the politicians need to do is to understand they have got about a year to fix this,” he said in an interview with CNBC’s “Closing Bell.”

        But if the legal battle over Obamacare is over, the economic battle over Obamacare has just begun. The issue here is simple enough. Can the plan, which has weathered the legal challenges, survive in today’s highly dynamic economic market? The prospects are uncertain to say the least. Some clear signposts indicate the answer is no. The ACA cannot succeed simply by securing first-time enrollments in its exchanges. Insurance policies are subject to annual renewals. The first year of operations will give information about how the second year will go.

        Stanford U. Hoover Inst.

        Fact: Even those who think it is sustainable, they all say it needs major changes. That’s not going to happen so therefore even by supporters, it is unsustainable.

        So I proved mine. You fell flat on yours. Can I help anymore in embarrassing you?

      • anon says:

        First, you confuse and conflate the PPACA with Republican’s AHCA.
        (Which only a total idiot could do).

        Second, you quote paid insurance industry lobbyist Robert Laszewski as a valid, unbiased source, and follow that up with the notoriously right wing Hoover.

        To reiterate – you’re a dumbass.
        You’re unworthy of debate.

  46. Whoda Thunkit says:

    This seems like a big deal –

    Christopher Ruddy, owner of right wing NewsMax and close friend of Donald Trump, says ditch Paul Ryan’s plan and embrace universal health care.

    He warns Trump to run away from hard core House Freedom Caucus, because they’ll never be placated. He then says:
    “Reject the phony private health insurance market as the panacea. Look to an upgraded Medicaid system to become the country’s blanket insurer for the uninsured.”

    and

    “Impanel a bipartisan committee to report back by year’s end with a feasible plan to fix Obamacare.”

  47. Anonymous says:

    The “wealthcare” bill’s not looking good, not even able to move out of the House. Without hatred of Obama to unite Republicans they’ve turned on each other. Steve King must look in the mirror each morning to practice saying “No!” He’d be better if he spoke less.

    • Scar says:

      But Trump is headed to Nashville today, to promote air pollution (diminished CAFE) and wave his tiny hands in the air as he talks – again – about his overwhelming victory – huuggee, nobody thought it possible, biggest margin of victory in the history of all history.
      Surely Trump’s rally will serve as a big assist to moving Ayn Ryan’s wealthcare bill out of the House. No?
      Surely those Tennessee Trumpers about to lose access to life saving affordable care will be so moved, so inspired by the personal visit of their Orange Overlord that they’ll gladly sacrifice their own well-being and that of their family, their community, their rural hospitals and the hundreds of thousands of newly uninsured working poor through the region.
      After all, they are The Volunteer State.

      And what a keen observation.
      Without the shared hatred of Obama to unite them, the GOP is much like a horde of angry, feral cats. They’re repelled by even the their own kind. As witnessed in town hall meetings all across the nation (and in Lincoln on Monday) – detached, aloof and incurious about those inhabiting their native territory. Focused intently on only their feast, their individual level of comfort.
      Yet, when the biennial cycle approaches, those avoidant creatures can be witnessed prominently spraying on every well creased pant leg, building, rock, bush and tree in the region while aimlessly attacking anything crossing their path.

    • H.I. McDunnough says:

      Gotta believe it was Trump himself who released a snippet of the 2005 tax return.

      Everything about it is a win for him.
      a) it shows he made of a lot money (without disclosing where the money came from)
      b) shows he paid a respectable (by comparison) 24% tax rate.
      c) tamps down, if only temporarily, the cries of ‘show us your taxes’
      d) serves as a distraction from the significant chaos that is his administration

      I’m guessing the timing (distraction) was specific to the meeting today between Comey and the Senate Judiciary committee. A meeting re Trump’s dubious claim of ‘wire tapping’ and the possibility that the FBI is engaged in a criminal investigation of team Trump’s ties to Russia.

  48. J. Kevorkian says:

    24 million people losing their health insurance is roughly equivalent of every man, woman and child currently living in:

    Vermont
    Alabama
    North Dakota
    South Dakota
    Delaware
    Montana
    Rhode Island
    Maine
    New Hampshire
    Idaho
    West Virginia
    Nebraska
    New Mexico
    Kansas
    and
    Wyoming

    *combined*.

    • bynd says:

      the truth,

      The 24 million are mostly those who were forced to buy insurance under the ACA or pay a penalty.

      factcheck
      In 2018, “14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law,” most of that due to the American Health Care Act’s immediate elimination of the individual mandate to have insurance or pay a tax, CBO said

      In subsequent years, circumstances change as the GOP plan’s age-based tax credits replace the Affordable Care Act’s income-based tax credits, beginning in 2020. The CBO expects the increase in premiums to be “more than offset” in 2020 by other factors, including more young people in the nongroup insurance pool.

      Certainly some of those who wouldn’t have Medicaid coverage under the Republican plan — but would have had it under the Affordable Care Act — could be described as having had their insurance taken away from them. The bill phases out the Medicaid expansion under the ACA beginning in 2020. It doesn’t eliminate that expanded coverage, with enhanced federal matching funds, for those who are enrolled before that time, but if those expansion enrollees have more than a month of a break in Medicaid coverage, they can’t re-enroll under the ACA terms.

      • Anonymous says:

        After seven years of griping you’d think the Repubs would have a passable bill in play. Yeah, health care is hard. Too bad.

        For all the real Loonyness of the Left they appear to be able to pass legislation, even by using every political trick and hack available. The Repubs don’t appear able to do that. Why?

      • J. Kevorkian says:

        Fascinating.

        You can read, then post the actual CBO findings, while at the same time adding your own interpretation that is wildy different than anything stated by the CBO or anything that can be corroborated by the findings.

        You’re wildly incorrect, in stating:
        “The 24 million are mostly those who were forced to buy insurance under the ACA or pay a penalty”.

        I’ll leave it to you to figure why you’re wrong.
        Here’s a hint: 12.2 million are enrolled in the ACA for 2017.

        An aside –
        A 2015 study by the highly respected RAND Corporation found that eliminating the individual mandate in the ACA would lead to a decrease in enrollment of only around 20%.
        I find it difficult to embrace the CBO’s opinion that “most” of the immediate decline in insured “would stem from repealing the penalties associated with the individual mandate.”

        I would imagine a much larger share of that decline would come from the working poor, entrepreneurs and family farmers/ranchers. From Monday’s Wall Street Journal, an article titled:
        “GOP Health Plan Would Hit Rural Areas Hard”

        From the article:
        “In Nebraska’s Chase County, a 62-year old currently earning about $18,000 a year could pay nearly $20,000 annually to get health insurance coverage under the House GOP plan – compared with about $760 a year that same person would owe toward premiums with the ACA..”

      • The Undertaker says:

        Alas, the synapticly-challenged bynd throws up his tiny hands in defeat.

        Long overdue.

      • bynd says:

        Why argue with a sophist? Especially since every one knows what that person is.

        But by all means, continue on, it keeps you in the house and makes the world a happier place.

        Gollie, he thinks he has won.
        RFLMBO

  49. GOPrehistoric says:

    The GOP’s failing health plan includes in it a provision that would defund Planned Parenthood.

    A new Kaiser poll on Wednesday reveals 75 percent of voters ― including a majority of Republicans ― favor continuing federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

    • bynd says:

      Bigger clown,
      By your own standards, Obama is a super clown? 79 vs 96 won loss record. Worse record for any modern president.

      Or is the clown just a sycophant partisan like you? What a sad life you live by letting Trump control it every minute of every day. You have my sympathys for your unnatural obsession.

      • Anonymous says:

        Speaking of unnatural obsessions, you both get the prize for amusing one another during Sweeper’s absence. One to bitch and moan and another to facilitate the bitching.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Steve King has been a Congressman for 14 years.
    He has not authored a single piece of legislation that has become law.

    • Anonymous says:

      Like Terry, Ashford and now Bacon, King is doing precisely what he was elected to do: nothing. If, by starving the beast that is Government, you cannot make it smaller, at least don’t let it get bigger. And both goals are achieved by doing nothing.

      The trouble is there comes a time when you may actually have to work with others in Congress to do something. But if you don’t know how to work with others, or if you simply don’t want to work with other people to do anything, like write and pass legislation, that “something’ won’t happen. So here we are.

      Mr. King is in office to occupy a chair, run his mouth and call himself a member of Congress. Sure beats working for a living and I hear the benefits are great.

      • Anonymous says:

        Americans as a whole would be much better off, our nation significantly more advanced, if the people who elected congressional representatives with a mandate of achieving nothing, were to seek out cardiologists and proctologists utilizing that very same selection criteria.

  51. Political Novice says:

    “The president’s beholden to nobody but the people who elected him, and yes, I understand that every lawmaker over there has pet projects,” said Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney. “That’s the nature of the beast.”

    “I pledge to every citizen of or land that I will be president for all Americans and this is so very important to me” – Donald Trump

    Yeah – he’s doing a fine job of showing that.

  52. Anonymous says:

    A new Fox News poll was just released.

    Participants were asked which ONE objective was most important to them:
    Create jobs 33%
    Destroy ISIS 23
    Cut taxes 10
    Put Constitutionalists on the Supreme Court 9
    Repeal and replace Obamacare 7
    Reduce federal regulations 3
    Build a border wall 3
    (Other/None of the above) 10

    In case you missed it: Seven Percent and Three Percent

    When asked the question: Do you favor or oppose the Republican healthcare plan –
    34% favor
    54% oppose

    Favorability ratings were queried for a number of people, here are a few:
    Bernie Sanders 61%
    Planned Parenthood 57%
    Obamacare 50%
    Mike Pence 47%
    Trump 44%
    Ryan 37%
    Pelosi 33%
    McConnell 20%
    The House Freedom Caucus 19%

    Poll was taken March 13-14, 1008 registered voters, +/- 3%

  53. Jack Crabb says:

    Oracle,

    You need to read Charles P. Pierce’s piece he just put up:
    “This Is the Ending Conservatives Always Wanted”

    It’s akin to The Bambino, stepping up the to plate, pointing his bat to the bleachers in deep left as he awaits the pitcher to take the mound.

  54. Circus says:

    The fire dept was worried about the trench caving in when the had everyone but Heath Mello stumbling around the hole, and they were worried about vibration

  55. Spike says:

    The bottom line is, that The Stot hasn’t done squat to advance Omaha in any way shape or form!! She’s just using the SOSO pseudo Scare BS that’s been done for the local brain dead residents FOREVER!, ie I’ll give you more cops!! Totally STUPID now isn’t it!

    What Omaha needs is a Mover & Shaker with a Brain to put Omaha on the MAP nationally & not keep it FLYOVER territory! Someone with Ideas & not someone who just sits on their A & collects a fat tax handout paycheck. The Stot has ZERO creative people on her team! Why can’t Omaha even have a mass leaf recovery program in the Fall like Chicago or even a Pro Basketball team like Sacramento which actually is Much smaller & Homier than the Big Zero, Omaha that make use of it’s appropriate DT Arena??

    I guess it all boils down to that great line from a Hank’s movie, STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES!!!

    On another note, here’s more STUPID on a national level!!!!

    • bynd says:

      To STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES!!!

      Murder is at a 13 year low for Omaha. Stupid is, you!

      And what has Heath done about law enforcement issues in Omaha or Nebraska.

      That’s just like you snowflakes, trying to lie believing other than snowflakes are as stupid as you.

      And you wonder why the Dems in Nebraska all act like emasculated old men.

      go home ricky or ricky wanna be.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      I have no grip about your current or future mayor(s) although a few in the past (when I lived in Omaha) gave me grief. But Spike your dream of Omaha becoming relevant is a little over the top! The movers and shakers of yore have “invested” in public works, but they proved beneficial to too few residents. Didn’t that convention center pave your streets with gold yet? I pity those who live where the rains flow — right into their basements!!! It was thusly so as long ago as 1989 when I took up residence so for more than a quarter century (and surely longer than my own awareness of this health hazard) Omaha’s leaders have gotten in bed with Omaha’s movers and shakers and they have been ‘investing’ in projects suiting only themselves. Are you aware of any public-private partnerships fostering sewer systems?

      • Anonymous says:

        The crappy – literally – sewer system in North Omaha was a known problem for decades. The city didn’t take this problem seriously until the Feds took Omaha to the woodshed and FORCED the sewer separation project to move forward. All because Omaha couldn’t be bothered to separate the storm and sanitary sewers in a poor part of town in a timely and affordable way. By the time the city was horsewhipped into doing the right thing the price had gone up enormously.

        If the city government, MUD and the people of Omaha had simply done right by North Omaha because it was the just and right thing to do, not because some higher authority made them do it, this problem would have been solved affordably decades ago and for much less money.

        This problem speaks volumes about the gulf between professed and actual values. That gulf has not been bridged. Well, at least the sewers are getting fixed – expensively and it serves us right.

      • Flatlander says:

        Trapped here in Hickland we have discovered the magic of TIF and are going to get us a free streetcar to give hipsters a ride down to the Francis house with a private-public partnership of tax schemes. We have pulled in millions by the same movers and shakers. We are broke but we still keep spending trying to be like you. We’re going to pull in a estimated 50mil on the upcoming eclipse, 50 million on the CWS, olympic swimming. and so on

      • Star City shining says:

        Sounds like Omaha is in need of some of the fiscally conservative Democratic leadership Lincoln has enjoyed for the last decade.

        Not only has Lincoln experienced the most significant growth in it’s history over the last decade, a recently released state report shows, as of 2016, just 2.24 percent of Lincoln’s total taxable value ($19.3 billion) is under a tax increment financing agreement.
        That is lower than the state average of 3.97 percent and lower than Omaha’s TIF total of 4.6 percent.

      • Anonymous says:

        Lincoln’s economy is based on UNL, state government, and whoring itself for Nebraska football. The city council – the real one – is the board of the University of Nebraska Foundation, which should be abolished and its members, present & past, be subject to criminal investigation. So much for enlightened leadership in Lincoln.

  56. Jefferspm says:

    Progressives, your hate makes you double punishable and hating sovereignty in pursuit of globalism makes you treasonous. Not to worry, we shall only hold you to your promises.

    You promised to leave the USA and some of you promised cut off your sex organs if Populism, patriotism and love of country, won. It won. So, pay up.

    You owe us your renunciation of your US citizenship and a move beyond our borders. Feel free to deposit your genitals, for which you have yet to find any normal purpose, in the trash as you leave.

  57. Pop goes your weasle says:

    Progressives, your hate makes you double punishable and hating sovereignty in pursuit of globalism makes you treasonous. Not to worry, we shall only hold you to your promises.

    You promised to leave the USA and some promised cut off your sex organs if populism, patriotism and love of country, won. It won. So pay up.

    You owe us a renunciation of your US citizenship and a move elsewhere. Feel free to deposit your genitals, for which you have yet to find any normal purpose, in the trash as you leave.

    • I'm your huckleberry says:

      You Teabaggers, including your president, sure have an unusual fixation on genitals, don’t ya.

      Any chance one of you low information degenerates can show us exactly what it is that is “populist” coming from the klan of clowns temporarily occupying our White House?

  58. Toxic Red State Politics says:

    There is something that Stothert and these 12 year old girls have in common – they’ll both call and scream on the phone at you when they don’t get their way. the completely slanted and disingenuous representation of the facts of that situation is nothing less than would I expect from this monochromatic, unthinking rag on its Stothert apology tour.

  59. Nostra-dumb-us says:

    As expected, Donald Trump has proven to be a conspiracy addled halfwit, wholly devoid of even a single quality that might make him a competent political leader.
    And, of course he’s exceeded our expectations as global embarrassment. so ham-handed and maladroit that even right wing thought leader Charles Krauthammer has acknowledged that Trump’s buffoonery has lead to the abdication of America’s century spanning role as global leader.

    But.. why is it that Donald Trump doesn’t get any credit for his role as prophet?
    As proof of his uncanny ability to see into the future, I give you the following quote from Donald Trump, prophesied at a Tea Party Patriots rally on Sept 9, 2015:
    “We Are Led By Very, Very Stupid People”.

    • bynd says:

      Really?

      We started losing our leadership role under Bush and the slide continued after Obama’s apology tour. How ironic though, snowflake leaders don’t want to be the police and military of the world. Yet you do because you use Krauthammer as your go to guy on world leadership.

      If you lost to a very, very stupid person, doesn’t that make you very, very, very, stupid? (Just so you understand that is a rhetorical question.)

      To devote your every waking moments to Trump must be a miserable way to live. But it is the only consolation left to the left.

      Yes, you snowflakes were lead by very, very stupid people. Starting around 2010.

    • Anonymous says:

      Actions have consequences. That’s how people learn. I expect Nebraska voters to fully embrace and support and implement the AHCA, no matter how they are affected personally.

      • bynd says:

        The solid people of Nebraska have shown that unlike the progressive snowflakes, the odds are very good , that they will not melt down and become sniveling, whining, cry babies like the progressives on here. Nor do they spend every waking moment worrying about Trump is doing. You folks really need to get a life. All this stuff you print is relevant and new only to you.

        Unlike you who found out what the DCN and HRC where like after their emails were leaked, folks were told what Trump would do. I find it amusing you have no clue while those who voted for him now see he does what he says. Simple concept, like it or not.

  60. Local 403, Grave Diggers United says:

    American College of Physicians on the AHCA:
    “I’ve never seen a bill that will do more harm to health”

    • bynd says:

      American College of Physicians

      So, in this case, the ACP being mostly 1 percenters, you have no problem using them to support your agenda.

      Did they offer to emulate Mother Teresa so that everyone could get quality health care? Or down size their mansions? Sell their yachts? Drop their country club memberships?

      I love my doctor. But nothing does more harm to the health care for her 3000 patients than not insuring she has the help she needs.

      Some days you just can’t tell the difference between Trump and the snowflakes.

      • bynd says:

        Another well thought out answer by Oracle the hick.

        which one shall we go with?
        YAI You Are Invited (Apple)
        YAI Young Audiences Inc (New York, NY)
        YAI Yunnan Arts Institute (Yunnan, China)
        YAI Yayasan Austima Indonesia (Indonesian: Autism Foundation Indonesia; Jakarta, Indonesia)
        YAI Youth Action International (Traverse City, MI)
        YAI Yachting Association of India
        YAI Young Adult Initiative

        Pathetic Oracle, just pathetic.

      • Oracle says:

        I post YAI because 1) it’s true, and 2) it obviously bugs you. You love to deride sensitive “snowflakes” here, but you are the one exhibiting “snowflake” behavior. Know anything about projection? Your delusional and fact free (or very selective fact-picking) posts are like a gnat buzzing around my head. Gets my attention enough to read, but doesn’t deserve any time or energy to attempt to produce a rebuttal (how do you rebut idiocy?) So YAI to the 10th power 🙂

  61. Anonymous says:

    On Politico just now: “The directory of the FBI also says there’s ‘no information’ to support Trump’s claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.”

    Hate Obama all you want. He certainly gave us enough reasons to hate him. But Barak was not a dumbshit like Donald Trump. Trump is a continuous, intellectual fart and the whole world has to smell him. Four effing years of this. I can’t believe I’m looking forward to Pence taking over.

    • Lock Him Up says:

      Also revealed in the House Intelligence Committee hearing this morning:

      Director James Comey confirmed there is in fact on ongoing investigation by the FBI into Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

      • Lock Him Up says:

        July 31, 2016 – ABC’s “This Week.”

        Donald Trump:
        “He’s not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want,”

        George Stephanopoulos:
        “Well, he’s already there, isn’t he?”

        Vladimir Putin’s military rolled into the Ukraine in 2014, seizing the country’s Crimean Peninsula.

        And now, Febr. 1, 2017, Foreign Policy Magazine –
        “Putin Testing Trump Early With Ukraine Attacks”
        The Trump administration is facing its first major test on the international stage as volleys of Russian artillery and rockets continue to pound Ukrainian forces..
        The international body tasked with monitoring violations of the Minsk agreement reported at least 2,300 explosions from artillery, mortars and rocket fire on Sunday alone, the day after the Trump-Putin call..
        Trump’s affinity for Russia, and his phone call Saturday with Putin, has stoked fear in Kiev and among NATO allies..

      • bynd says:

        James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia.

        We had no evidence of such collusion,” Clapper stated unequivocally.

        Who is telling the truth? We shall see what the FBI finds, but they have not contradicted Clapper. But the FBI’s history suggest it doesn’t matter. If it wasn’t intentional, then no foul.

  62. March Madness says:

    Your POtuS has spent the first 7 hours of the day, melting down on Twitter.

    Ranting about the NSA and FBI making clear to all of America that Trump is delusional and wantonly lies, about everything.

    Ranting about a CNN poll, that isn’t even a CNN poll (CNN merely reported that Gallup has him at 37%).

    Ranting about Hillary Clinton.

    And ranting about “fake news”.
    Apparently bemoaning the kind of ‘fake news’ that would justify the commencement of a full scale FBI investigation into his campaign’s ties with Russia.

    • Anonymous says:

      Twitter has yet to make an actual profit. What will Trump do when Twitter goes in the shitter and declares bankruptcy? Probably switch to SnapChat. The advantage to SnapChat is that your snaps have a finite lifetime and disappear after a few minutes.

      • March Madness says:

        I caught a bit of the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing over lunch.

        Congressman Jim Himes was actually reading out loud for Dir. Comey some of today’s Trump tweets, in near real time, and encouraging Comey debunk them!

        The POTUS tweet Congressman Himes read, tweeted by Trump at 11:42am –
        “The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process.”

        And Comey’s response (paraphrasing) –
        No, I’m sorry Congressman Himes, but we neither said nor implied anything to that effect. That would be yet another BLATANT F*^&ING LIE on the part of our delusional president*.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        Sounds a lot like what you folks said about the emails that were hacked from the DNC. You hated Comey then especially when he came back the second time right before the election.

        You are amusing. If nothing else.

        It must hurt the little brain to keep it straight who you like or don’t like as it changes every minute of every day. Does your family have locks on the doors that you can not operate?

  63. bynd says:

    What is the truth?

    President Obama on Wednesday criticized FBI Director James Comey’s decision to alert Congress about a new probe of emails related to Hillary Clinton’s private server, suggesting the move was unfair to the Democratic nominee.
    “We don’t operate on incomplete information,” Mr. Obama said in an interview broadcast by NowThisNews. “We don’t operate on leaks. We operate based on concrete decisions that are made.”

    Hillary Clinton for months has downplayed the FBI investigation into her private email server and practices as a mere “security inquiry.”
    But when asked Wednesday by Fox News about Clinton’s characterization of the bureau’s probe, FBI Director James Comey said he doesn’t know what “security inquiry” means — adding, “We’re conducting an investigation. … That’s what we do.”
    The FBI director reiterated that he’s “not familiar with the term security inquiry” when told that is the phrase Clinton has used.

    There is nothing new under the sun. LOL

    • Anonymous says:

      No, some things are new. Trump said Obama ordered the intelligence apparatus so eavesdrop on him. FBI Directory Comey said that’s bullshit. The majority ranking members of the intelligence committees of both Houses of Congress also call BS. Either Trump is lying or the other guys are lying. I believe the other guys, not Trump. Trump is a dumbshit. We’ve never had a true dumbshit for president ’till now. That is new.

      • Anonymous says:

        I meant to say “majority & ranking” members, as in the Republican committee chair and the ranking Democratic member of both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. There is no evidence that Obama ordered the intelligence community to eavesdrop on Trump.

      • bynd says:

        Really,

        Each president is obviously unique for one or more reason. We never had an apologist in the WH until Obama. We never a president who blamed law enforcement for something before the facts were known. Too bad he didn’t become the first to also apologize for being wrong. But we have had plenty of divisive presidents. Obama will lead the list.

        As for dumbshit, as I had said a million times before, he beat you and yours. That would make you a double dumbshit. but at least you would have the qualification to identify other dumbshits.

        No, there is nothing new. Just different sides of the same coin. And tons of dumbshits who don’t realize it. That’s why our system is so dysfunctional. Because the voters are.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes but he’s still a dumbshit. That doesn’t make me dumber. It speaks volumes about Trumps supporters though. There’s your double-dumbshits.

        Your constant mantra about 2/3rds of states and state houses going Republican isn’t exactly a winning example. Like Steve King those folks were elected to do nothing. Might as well elect a fence post. Doesn’t doing anything, just sits there passively. Quite an accomplishment. And it speaks volume about those voters who want to starve the proverbial beast. They can’t make government smaller but they can prevent it from getting bigger. I understand why that is desirable.

        There comes a time though when doing something is required. If all you know how to do is nothing, working together – with members of your own party – is needed. What happens when you can’t even do that? You shit yourself trying to get your healthcare bill through the House, that’s what. Never mind your fellow Republicans in the Senate won’t pass the House bill. In fact its not clear that the House can pass the House’s bill even with presidential support. Trump’s support doesn’t matter does it? Because he can’t vote in the House, only House members can. And a majority of those members don’t like the AHCA and can’t pass it.

        Now it doesn’t matter of you’re a single dumbshit or a double-dumbshit. If you can’t move legislation with members of your own party, that’s called political constipation. And the Midterms are closer with each passing day, aren’t they? It won’t matter how many executive orders Trump signs. Nothing significant happens without legislation, starting with money bills in the House. How are those coming, those money bills and the budget? Not happening, are they?

        All of the sudden Republican majorities in 28 or 34 or whatever state houses doesn’t seem as impressive. Because they were elected to move legislation just as fast as solidified sewage in a septic tank, eh? No Democratic help needed to solve that problem. So what’s the hold up? Republicans. Hold up isn’t the problem, its the solution. To everything.

      • bynd says:

        anonymous,

        “Your constant mantra about 2/3rds of states and state houses going Republican isn’t exactly a winning example.”

        I see the party brain washing of “there can not be a winners or losers” has sunk in well. But it is the rational of a loser.

        But once again, you prove you are the dumber. You lose to fence posts and think it is no big deal and it is someone else fault. Pathetically hilarious.
        Nuff said.

    • March Madness says:

      And how does it not matter to you that President Obama was proven right?
      There was, in fact, no there there. Everyone on the planet now recognizes Comey’s announcement of a ‘new probe’ to be a major blunder.

      YAMFI

      Monumental

      • bynd says:

        March Madness,

        You certainly are.

        But I see you have found safe your safe spot from the world in your fantasy land.
        Urban dictionary.
        ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

        There aren’t any definitions for yamfi yet.

        Can you define it?

        You and Trump. There is less and less difference between you two every time he tweets and you post.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, there is a difference. Trump is in charge and is responsible. I am not. Did you forget that?

    • Anonymous says:

      Clinton? Who? Clinton’s done, both of them. No one cares any longer about what they did or did not do. They are done, gone. Trump is in charge. Trump is making unverified claims. Every time Trump says Obama or Clinton he’s trying to distract himself and us.

      Trump is in charge. Trump is responsible, certainly for those harmful leaks he’s complaining about. The people he chose, appointed and hired to work in his administration are his responsibility. If they are leakers, the leaks are likewise Trumps responsibility. If there are unfilled positions in government, yup, Trump’s fault. If there are career bureaucrats from previous administrations leaking, again, Trump’s fault. He has the power the dismiss those the people and replace them. Why is that not done yet? Once again, Trumps fault.

      The buck stops where? With the President. Why is that suddenly hard to understand. Harry Truman didn’t find that hard to understand. A little feisty rat-terrier of a Democrat understood Presidential responsibility, but Trump does not. Once again, Trump’s responsibility and his complete and total fault.

      It’s not “Lock her up’ anymore . “Her’ is gone and a has-been. Trumps Fault, Trumps Fault, Trumps Fault, Trumps Fault. Trumps Fault. Leaks? Trumps fault. Russians? Trumps fault? False claims? Trumps fault. Administrative state? Trumps fault. Cut the balls off the State Department? Trumps fault. Stupid budget decisions? Trumps fault. Unbalanced budget? Trumps fault. House Freedom Caucus out of control? Trumps fault.

      Whose fault? Trumps fault. No more “Thanks, Obama’ its ‘Trumps Fault.”

      Have fun golfing more than Obama, Donald, we all know who to blame. You. Your fault. Your fault you’re golfing and not governing. Stressful weekends in Mar-A-Lago? Your fault. Glum face while flying our nice Air Force One? Trumps fault. North Korea? Trumps fault. China? Trumps fault. Can’t shake hands with Chancellor Merkel? Trumps Fault. Brexit? Trumps fault. Accuse our British ally of spying on you? No, bullshit, didn’t happen, Trumps fault. Medicaid costs too much? Trumps fault. Wants a fence on the Mexican border? Trumps fault. Fence not built yet? Trumps fault. Mexico not paying? Trumps fault.

      Trumps fault.

  64. anon says:

    When asked about a historical parallel to today’s House Intelligence Committee hearing, noted presidential historian David Brinkley replied that he could think of nothing in the history of our nation to compare.
    His continued by stating:
    “There’s a smell of treason in the air.”

  65. Anonymous says:

    It’s just been reported that Fox News has removed Judge Napolitano from the air over his fabrication that the British spied on Donald Trump at the request of President Obama.

    Low Information Trumper say whaa???

  66. Unfathomable Incompetence says:

    Donald Trump has not yet been in office 60 days.

    Not since the second term Watergate scandal that forced President Richard Nixon to resign more than a half-century ago has there been an official investigation of the consequence of the one revealed today.

      • Anonymous says:

        Who’s to say Mike Pence wasn’t aware of (or participate in) collusion with Russia?

        Plus, we currently enjoy the reprieve that Trump is too incompetent to get any significant, nation crippling legislation passed through congress.
        Unlikely the same can be said regarding Tea Party Pence. Although a truly odd cat, he may have just enough political savvy to set our nation back a generation.

        This is a man who in 2016, as Governor, was still using his private AOL account to do government business. (apparently he and his wife both abandoned any embrace of technology a quarter century ago)
        Someone name me one other prominent executive on the planet who uses AOL. Just one.

        It was 2002, as Congressman (this was after his career as right wing radio talker) that the uber religious Pence took to the House floor to declare:
        “I also believe that someday scientists will come to see that only the theory of intelligent design provides even a remotely rational explanation for the known universe.”

        Strange cat indeed.

      • Anonymous says:

        He’s a strange cat who’s next in line of succession. That’s my only interest in Pence.

  67. Anonymous says:

    Trump may be in the White House but FBI Director James Comey is running the show in DC. We all know why and who is responsible. It’s Trump’s fault. It is time for the House to do its Constitutional duty and see if there are sufficient grounds for impeachment. The United States cannot be sullied this way.

    • Anonymous says:

      Naw, Stother is okay. She’ll be re-elected. There are no true controversies or screw-ups to deal with, and her competition is weak. Stay the course.

      • Anonymous says:

        No, the Voter Fail for Mayor would be the vote for Stothert.

        Just as the Voter Fail last November was, undeniably, for Donald Trump.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry. Dumping Stothert is change for change’s sake. Electing anyone else – change for change’s sake – is how we got Trump. Don’t do that again. Keeping a reasonable person as mayor is Trump denying behavior and much-needed.

      • Anonymous says:

        Respectfully, I don’t think your analysis works.
        Trump’s election can’t reasonably be passed off as ‘change for change’s sake’.
        Half of America vehemently hated Barack Obama and with equal vehemence despised Hillary Clinton.
        Republicans would have voted for Howdy Doody before checking the box next to Hillary Clinton. That’s not ‘change for change’s sake’. That’s textbook lunacy.
        20 years of Fox News and Hate Radio had dialed up a debilitating, self-immolating fury among the TEAfolk to levels never before witnessed in a presidential election.
        It mattered not that the policies implemented by Obama and extolled by Clinton were/would be far superior in addressing the needs the Trump voter (average American) than anything Trump or the GOP offered.
        Then again, Trump offered nothing, but bromides. Choosing instead a playbook of mongering in hate and fear. Apparently scratching out even the framework of a proposal for – healthcare, taxes, job creation, education – on the back of his Happy Meal box was a task too complex for Trump. Even though Trump spent 20 years deliberating a run for president and had actually embarked on multiple runs, he walked into the office wholly devoid of thought about an agenda, or actual policies.
        Hence, the cobbled together, ever-changing, upward wealth transfer endeavor the hapless GOP imagines they’ve disguised as the AHCA.

        Also, by all accounts, Mello is a highly reasonable candidate himself, as well as proven leader.

      • Anonymous says:

        Its hard to find a competent manager much less a “leader.” No one in public office anywhere can be called a leader in any wise. I wouldn’t have followed any of the presidents in my lifetime anywhere if asked or commanded. Everyone lower than that position fares worse in my book.

        I’m not voting for Stothert for her alleged leadership ability. Mello is still pretty green. He might make a good mayor of a small city, but he still needs some seasoning, even for Omaha. Stothert is a tolerable manager. I like her right where she is. Higher office is a future possibility, but she’ll need a couple more terms as mayor before she can run for governor or the US Senate. I wouldn’t bother with being a Congresswoman. The US House is useless right now. Who’d want to be mentioned in the same institutional name as Steve King?

      • Anonymous says:

        Reasoned.

        Q: How can the party that elected Pete Ricketts as Governor, Charlie Janssen as State Auditor and Donald Trump as President, in addition to appointing 3 rookies to NE legislative leadership positions – consider Health Mello too green to be Mayor?

      • Anonymous says:

        I think Mello is green. I don’t know what the party thinks and I’m not concerned with that. I’m a Libertarian, not a Republican, I make up my own mind about these things.

      • bynd says:

        While Stothert is talking the lowest murder rate in 13 years, Mello talks about, Eppley becoming an international airport, it cost Denver 4.2 billion for their new one; health insurance, which has what to do with a mayor? How he will help students prepare for their career path or educational path in the future, and just how would a mayor do such a thing?

        Heath doesn’t even know what a mayor can or can not do.

  68. Anonymous says:

    Just published at McClatchy, DC Bureau –
    “FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at Breitbart, InfoWars”

    WASHINGTON
    Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation

      • Anonymous says:

        Putin has destabilized and weakened the United States without firing a shot. He’s not a Judo player for nothing. The Russian ROI is outstanding so far. I expect him to continue.

        Trump wants the perception of negotiating and acting from a position of strength – a position he doesn’t have. Maybe he should take up Judo instead of golf?

      • Inconvenient Truth says:

        Trump’s one and only expertise – employing and keeping busy a legion of bankruptcy attorneys – has a very limited scope of application.

      • Anonymous says:

        Indeed. Golf is a harmless passtime but it doesn’t equip you to fight for your country in a dangerous world full of determined foes. I know the joke about “Hit him with your purse, Barak,” but Trump can’t even do that.

  69. bynd says:

    The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming is a 1966 DeLuxe Color American comedy film directed by Norman Jewison in Panavision.

    Red Dawn is a 1984 American war film directed by John Milius, filmed in Metrocolor and Panavision, and co-written by Milius and Kevin Reynolds
    The film is set in an alternate history timeline in which the United States is invaded by the Soviet Union and its Cuban and Nicaraguan allies.[

    Fail Safe is a 1964 Cold War thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. It portrays a fictional account of a nuclear crisis.

    WarGames is a 1983 American Cold War science fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes and directed by John Badham.
    a United States military supercomputer originally programmed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war. Lightman gets WOPR to run a nuclear war simulation, originally believing it to be a computer game. The computer, now tied into the nuclear weapons control system and unable to tell the difference between simulation and reality, attempts to start World War III.

    Acknowledgement to Wikipedia.

    Some people take such films way to seriously. It appears that the snowflakes have joined the irrational extreme we hate Russia group. Which is ironic since Obama the messiah said they are no threat. And didn’t all the hacking take place on the previous administration? Where were the watch dogs then?

    I guess it is better than the “Man in the High Castle.”

    chuckle, chuckle.

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