Who’s voting?

There is a scene in the movie, “Gangs of New York” (remember that Scorsese flick, with Leonardo and Bill the Butcher?) where the immigrants are coming off the boats at the harbor in New York.

The local political chieftain is herding them over to a spot where he feeds the hungry souls soup — and then immediately signs them up to vote with his party Boss.

Nebraska Democrat Chair Jane Kleeb must be a big fan of this film. She cites these historic Democrats pouncing on the huddled masses who came from Ellis Island in a video she produced (on her cell phone).

In it, she shows her audience how loving and caring she is (oh, and the volunteers maybe too) because they’re putting together “Welcome Baskets” for the new arrived immigrants to the state.

See, there’s baskets with “just the basic stuff you need when you’re starting a new home,” Mrs. Kleeb passionately intones. You know, stuff like towels, toilet paper…and Nebraska Democrat Party merchandise!

An envelope from NDP stationery includes a Democrat welcome letter, a Nebraska Democrat car sticker and…A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM!

As Kleeb explains, that’s what the old timey New York Dems did! “They were waiting with food and voter registration forms, so we are doing that same thing.”

Of course the voting laws in those days may have been just a little different.

Nowadays, it is common knowledge that these refugees are not citizens and can’t vote.

Yet here is Jane, giving these folks voter materials, when they probably have no idea that they can’t vote, right?

Potential Voter Fraud?
Transparent political hackery while taking advantage of the good will of others?

As Jane says, “This is just what Democrats do, right?”


Since you’re all going to dive into it anyway, just go ahead and give your thoughts on the defeat of the Obamacare repeal/replace.

Here is a thought though: Yeah, no one likes Obamacare and knows it’s a giant mess. But it also might not be the worst thing in the world that whatever replaces it gets a little more scrutiny.

The biggest joke (well one of them anyway, probably after, “If you like your doctor…”) was the “we have to pass it to see what’s in it.” No one liked that concept, and Congress probably shouldn’t fall for that again.

Some may disagree, and feel anything would have been better than what we have now. Maybe, maybe not. But some patience on this isn’t the end of the world.

What should be watched is a certain someone who will look for a “deal” and a “win” wherever he can get it, especially if it means going over to the other side to accomplish that.

If Gorsuch doesn’t get through for some reason, THEN Republicans can start the wailing and gnashing of teeth.


  1. Stan says:

    1) I hate that I live in a country where Gateway Pundit stories routinely go viral. 2) if Omaha can get any type of pro-team it needs to shoot for NBA or MLS. Omaha is a bigger market than OKC. Just need a local billionaire (who could that be?) to buy a team and move them over.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Too bad about the AHCA. Imagine, “Republican” being another word for “abject political failure.” But then when you’re elected to not do shit, its no surprise when shit doesn’t get done. So thanks for that, House Freedom Caucus. Oh, the irony that the most conservative group in the House made absolutely sure that the biggest increase in Federal involvement in the economy since The Great Society is the, what’s the word Speaker Ryan used? “The Law of the Land.” Yes, that’s it. The law of the land. What kind of conservatism is that? The same kind that makes the Trump Administration Vladimir Putin’s Fluff Bunnies. Meanwhile who’s calling the Russian antics “an act of war?” NANCY PELOSI.

    As the Bard said “Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”

      • Anonymous says:

        The House Freedom Caucus is shrinking.

        Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) resigned over the weekend. After resigning, he was quoted:
        “There’s some members of the Freedom Caucus, they’d vote no against the Ten Commandments if it came up for a vote,”

  3. Anon says:

    “Yeah, no one likes Obamacare and knows it’s a giant mess.”

    Most Americans approve of the ACA.
    The latest Pew poll shows 54% approve, while 43% disapprove.

    Most ACA enrollees are satisfied with their plans. A Mar 2016 survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 68 percent of enrollees in ObamaCare marketplace plans rate their coverage as either excellent or good.

    In addition, the recent CBO report on the Republican’s AHCA (17% approval), also happened to declare that Obamacare is in fact not imploding – something every Republican is eager to declare (because the replacement they support has NOT A SINGLE merit they can extol).
    The CBO (and it’s Republican appointed Director) expects the ACA will stabilize now that insurers have a better handle on the patient population they are insuring.
    Of course, this stabilization can be hobbled, depending on how aggressively the GOP attempts to sabotage an insurance market affecting far more than 30 million Americans.

    Also, numerous Democrats, including former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have already stepped forward, hoping to engage the President and the GOP to act on common sense modifications to the ACA.

    Democrats have stepped forward with solutions to long recognized problems, because that’s what thoughtful elected officials do. It’s their god damned job!

    Stepped forward with modifications and improvements that Democrats have attempted to incorporate for years – only to be blocked by a Republican party desperate to find ways to deviously precipitate the law’s failure, putting Party and Politics before country.

    Republicans need to face the facts. Our health system has been broken for decades.
    60% of Americans now say the government should be responsible for ensuring health care coverage for all Americans.
    Coverage – not merely access.
    And certainly not a return to GOP nirvana of an unregulated market where insurers can deny coverage (like the Freedom Caucus demanded) or are allowed to make the coverage so expensive virtually no one, other than the young and the very healthy, are able to obtain coverage.

    • Anonymous says:

      It should also be noted that just a few weeks ago, on March 3, the Republican lead CBO said that its projections for the federal government’s spending on the Affordable Care Act’s coverage provisions in 2019 are now – a third lower – than what they were when the law was passed in 2010.

      Among the factors leading the lower cost for the ACA, is a slowdown in the rise the cost of care following the implementation of the ACA.
      “slower growth has been sufficiently broad and persistent to persuade the agencies to significantly lower their projections of federal costs for health care,”

      You can be certain you’ll never hear of this from, Don “Hell Yes” Bacon.

      • bynd says:

        So glad that nothing needs to be done to keep the ACA the law of the land. But will any drop out when they realize they are not facing a penalty? (CBO said it would be the majority of 14 million who drop out, not forced out) Hopefully it will be the sick, rates will go down and the progressives will be happy. We know it will the poor.

        Go get em progressives!

      • Anonymous says:

        The individual mandate is still in place.
        Taxpayers are still legally obligated to comply.

        Curious how Republicans are so desperate to shirk individual responsibility.

      • bynd says:


        Not curious how progressives get individual responsibility confused with a government mandate. And not ironically, that mandate hurts the poor and the least able to afford it the most.

        It is the first time that the ACA has drawn majority approval. Pew Research 2/13/2017.

        So the fear mongering has worked. Which is fine. And you “win” by using the tactics you accused the other side of using. But one win is not a trend.

        But in the end, there is 3+ more years to go and who knows, they may just get their “shit” together.

        The one thing that really matters, Supreme court Justice appointment, will be accomplished and maybe even more appointed.
        All the rest is minutia.

      • Anonymous says:

        “that mandate hurts the poor and the least able to afford it the most.”

        FY, bynd.
        You’re the one who’s been advocating for the Republican’s AHCA, the plan with 17% approval, the plan that would have made it impossible for 24 million or more Americans to continue to afford insurance, the plan that would have increased the cost of insurance for 50+ year old, working poor Nebraskans from @ $1400/year to more than $14,0000/year, the plan that would have shuttered rural hospitals all across America and lead to the otherwise preventable deaths of 10’s of thousands.

        But of course, one couldn’t expect you to understand any of this bynd. You’ve enjoyed taxpayer funded, government provided health insurance your whole life.

        GFY, troll.

    • Anonymous says:

      Better than nothing doesn’t constitute a ringing endorsement. But the Republicans offered less-than-nothing as an alternative so maybe you’re right, the net is a mild approval.

    • Reality says:

      Kida sucks having a mayor that fixed the fire dept., brought crime down, and finally made big strides towards the pension deficit. Yea that Jean is a leftie…lol

      • Anonymous says:

        I didn’t say she is a leftie. I just don’t want to vote for her. She hasn’t repealed the restaurant tax, and now she is proposing this terrible street car idea. Meanwhile our streets look like a patchwork quilt of failure, akin to something you might see in Baghdad, not one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. If she really wants to amp up spending, the roads would be the best place to start.

        I’ll say it again: It pains me that there isn’t a viable ‘not Stothert’ option for conservatives. I’ll hold my nose and vote for her, and at the end of the day that’s all Jean cares about. Because it’s all about Jean in Jean’s mind.

  4. Anon says:

    Your most favoritist Russiaphile and current United States Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, just announced a crackdown on Sanctuary Cities.

    A headline, hot of the presses:
    “Sessions says grants to be withheld from sanctuary cities”

    Someone please explain to me how that list of Sanctuary Cities could possibly NOT include Omaha? Sarah Root’s parents frequently shared the stage with Jeff Sessions and The Donald. How was it that the opportunistic Donald phrased it when speaking of Sarah’s tragic loss, on the streets of Omaha? Oh yes;
    “One more child to sacrifice on the altar of open borders.”

    Here’s the headline, from Steve Bannon’s Breitbart:
    “Illegal Alien Killer Protected by Nebraska ‘Sanctuary City”

  5. bynd says:

    As to the individual mandate,
    From CNBC 1/24/17

    Every government program makes promises that are a stretch. But few policy promises stretched the levels of credulity more than Obamacare did with the idea that America’s younger and healthier citizens would suddenly step up and buy expensive health insurance plans.
    And now, President Trump has basically signed the death warrant for the stretch of a policy known as the “individual mandate.” He did that by signing an Executive Order on Friday that instructs the Health and Human Services Department to do all it can to “grant exceptions from” or “delay” the enforcement of the mandate. This is basically telling the bureaucracy to let it die from neglect.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bynd, insurance always depends on the lucky paying for the unlucky, which is why social insurance is cheaper and more efficient. If Trump sabotages ACA, it will not be a failure of ACA but of Trump’s irresponsibility. Non mandatory state malpractice schemes regularly wind up covering high risk specialists and high risk experience ids, while other carriers cherry pick the pens, family practice and the like.

      • bynd says:


        It never worked that way.

        Read again the part where it said the expectation of young healthy people signing up was a stretch.
        And yes I know how insurance works and the words are not mine. That’s why I marked it as a CNBC article.

        It is not Trump’s fault because the system has never worked for the younger folks. He’s just trying to put it out of it’s misery. Which looks like it will go on for a lot longer now.

      • Anonymous says:

        “Which looks like it will go on for a lot longer now.’ Thanks to who? The House Freedom Caucus. And a n00b in the White House. The art of the what? The deal? A deal Trump didn’t know how to make. Trumps fault, Trumps fault, Trumps most grievous fault.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, mandates are designed to make social insurance work that way. Young and healthy is a mythic group that underestimates risk, absent mandates they do not insure and then we see them in bankruptcy court. If the lucky know who they are and are allowed to non participate that ruin insurance schemes, if people are allowed to act on their own notions of their risk, a lot of people do not insure and then burden non insurance welfare schemes, and the like since government functions insurer of last resort. Even the classic comic of insurance probably covers these points.

      • bynd says:


        You sound like a two year old fighting over toy. Really doesn’t matter who is at fault. They all are including die hard zealots. So gnash your teeth and wail all you want you haven’t made a difference nor are you in any position to do so. Just a whining little snowflake.

        Boo hoo, the world is so mean. Get off your butt and go do something. Ain’t going to happen will it? you just don’t have the courage of your convictions.

      • bynd says:


        That’s why we are known as the home of the free etc. Much like those who buy car insurance to get their plates and then cancel the insurance. That’s life and the foundation of our country.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, wow.
      An opinion piece by.. Jake Novak. Former supervising producer of “The Kudlow Report” starring the fossilized remains of Larry “C-C-Cocaine” Kudlow.
      What, couldn’t find anything penned by.. Pat Sajak?

      Donald Trump cannot change laws via Executive Order.
      The individual mandate is still in place.
      Taxpayers are still legally obligated to comply.

      • bynd says:

        Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. All that and you still haven’t changed anything. You are pathetically funny. Illegals are legally obligated to leave this country. The youngsters have been legally obligated to get insurance for 3 years now. It appears you are to be stupidly obstinate regardless of how stupid you get.

        And yes the precedent was set by Obama, you can change the law by EO. He made you into a liar before you even started lying. And you still made like a moron.

      • Anonymous says:

        Executive orders have been misused by presidents at least as far back as Kennedy. Not an Obama invention.

      • bynd says:


        Not an issue. I thought it rather funny since I don’t bend very well any more. Much like my attitude.

  6. Bluejay says:


    If the Kalamazoo oil spill was such a big deal then why didn’t Hillary campaign on it in Michigan? Did Russia stop her from doing so?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Late yesterday, the Kansas Senate voted to expand Medicaid in an overwhelming 25-13 vote.

    Nebraska is facing a $900 million budget shortfall and the latest projections (late Feb) anticipate that hole will get $153 million deeper in the coming months.

    The initial stories about inept Pete’s attempt to privatize vast swaths of Nebraska’s HHS, programs serving 227,000 Nebraskans, are.. horrifying. Just like D-D-Dave’s attempt to privatize Nebraska’s Child Welfare program.
    (see: “Bumpy start for state’s mental health agencies with new managed care companies”. Mar 14, LJS)

    The University of Nebraska Medical Center as well as two Univ of NE-Kearney professors have extensively studied how medicaid expansion would effect Nebraska.
    Both have determined it would support approximately 10,000 good paying jobs in Nebraska, bring $1 Billion of new revenue to our state over 5 years – money that would repeatedly cycle through our economy – newly insure more than 50,000 Nebraskans – 70% of them working poor – and significantly improve the financial condition our rural hospitals. And of course significantly improve the health of the workers that Nebraska businesses rely on.

    10,000 good paying Nebraska jobs.
    And the Republican party who denies this expansion is the very same party that touts the jobs from the Keystone pipeline. A project when completed is expected to employ about 35 people nationwide, with maybe 6 of those in Nebraska.

    32 states have now embraced Medicaid Expansion.
    Millions of working poor families are now receiving preventative care and medicine that is certain to save the U.S. taxpayer hundreds of billions of dollars wasted in treating end stage chronic diseases in the future.

    Isn’t it long past time that Nebraska’s Republican party pull its head out of its ass?

    • bynd says:


      Some times it is hard to believe you might actually think before posting. Or maybe you don’t.

      “Isn’t it long past time that Nebraska’s Republican party pull its head out of its ass?”

      This statement from a rabid zealot of the Dems, a party that can’t beat the party with it’s head up it’s ass. Probably because you have a chain of folks with their head up the ass of the one in front of them in a perfect circle. No leadership, just a bunch of lemming followers with no ability to go in other than a circular direction.

      As proof, your writings which say the same thing over and over ad nauseam. Wind you up and watch the monkey bang the cymbals. Bang bang.

  8. Anonymous says:

    In the act of whoring themselves out to the highest bidder, Republicans in the House are about to let your Internet Service Provider share your web history with the highest bidder.
    They’re also poised to make a change that could expose your Social Security number and information pertaining to your children and your health.

    The GOP is set to overturn FCC rules adopted just last fall with the specific goal of protecting Americans from such for-profit privacy intrusions.

    Republicans in the Senate passed this bill last week, 50-48. with every Democratic Senator in opposition. Deb Fischer not only voted YEA, she signed on as Co-Sponsor.
    Constitution-touting Ben Sasse was also, of course, a YEA vote.

    Smells like FREEDOM!!

    Any of you R’s care to explain that vote to me?
    I was a Republican most of my life. Gotta say, I have no f—ing idea what the party stands for anymore. Except of course, pandering to big business and personally enriching themselves – all of it at the expense of average Americans struggling to get by.
    The Dems do that too, pander and enrich themselves, but at least on occasion they’ll give John Q. Taxpayer a quick reach-around.

    • Anonymous says:

      “In the act of whoring themselves out to the highest bidder’ – foreshame, speaking about the NU Foundation that way. We all know they’re the *real* Lincoln City Council. Just try to oppose them and see what happens.

      • S. R. Casm says:

        It’s a horrible thing when public institutions (aka taxpayer funded) solicit private dollars to improve facilities and services.

      • Anonymous says:

        Tell me about it. There are as many fund-raisers now for my kid’s public school as there were in the parochial schools I went to. Geez, raise my taxes and be done with it.

      • S. R. Casm says:

        It’s a pandemic.
        I’ve considered placing along the sidewalk leading to my front door one of those signs you typically find at State and Country fairs –

        “Must Be THIS Tall” to approach door.

    • bynd says:


      So you go from the party who have no f—ing idea what the party stands for anymore to the party that has lost more elected positions in the USA than any other in recent time and has pretty much become irrelevent. Can’t understand how you can’t f—ing recognize a losing streak when you are on such a bad one.

      • Anonymous says:

        No matter what you say Trump is still president and the House Freedom Caucus treats Trump like the treated Obama. It’s like they forgot there was an election or something, and they also forgot who won. You can govern with a one-word vocabulary.

  9. Tweet Tweet says:

    Ben Boy Sasse’s platform when he was running was on replacing Obama Care. Pounded that drum for months. Had lots of time to put a plan together. Continues to be a disappointment and a failure.

  10. C. O. Deux says:

    American oppose Donald Trump’s environmental deregulation.

    Feb 8, 2017 Quinnipiac University poll –
    61% of Americans oppose removing regulations that combat climate change, while only 29% support Trump’s rollback.

    72% of American voters are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about climate change. Only 17 percent of voters say the U.S. is “doing enough to address climate change,”

  11. Winning.. Bigly says:

    Just published in USA Today:
    “To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics — several allegedly connected to organized crime, according to a USA TODAY review of court cases, government and legal documents and an interview with a former federal prosecutor.

    The president and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering.”

    • bynd says:

      winning even bigger,

      Don’t tell anyone, but the US government has for years financed their debt by selling US Treasury Bonds to the Chinese!!!

      This links the US government to all of the biggest money folks in China including hackers, child labor exploiters, sex slavers, trademark violators, and some who were in charge of the government during the Tienanmen square debacle. Not to mention, those who oppress Tibet, Hong Kong and many others. And those aren’t even the worse!

      It also is big secret that many homosexual hating, women oppressing middle east regimes donate millions of dollars to the Clinton foundation.


      • Anonymous says:

        T-Bills are the world reserve of sovereign debt. We send our industry and cash to China. China uses their newfound cash to buy T-Bills. It works great till it stops working. It also inhibits conflict between the US and China; debt service is the greatest strategic defense as dead men don’t use credit cards to buy Chinese goods. Pilate asked “What is Truth?” This is the truth, not the Ultimate, just how our fallen world happens to work. Your faux OMG is amusing, bynd. Very Pilate of you.

    • anon says:

      He is a businessman, as such he is in the position that the Clinton’s achieved after gaining political clout. The Obamas also had to start grifting from scratch but with less effort and the spigot is just beginning to flow, it’s sour grapes. Since most want the globalist track why not have the business law of Russia, with no dictator, and/or the enforcement style of Mexico

      • Anonymous says:

        “Since most want the globalist track why not have the business law of Russia, with no dictator, and/or the enforcement style of Mexico’ – you mean we don’t have this now?

      • The Jig Is Up says:

        “He is a businessman”

        There is mounting evidence that he is, in fact, a criminal, and that Trump, Inc. has long been a criminal enterprise.

        And you can continue your attempt to conflate the fulsome record of Donald Trump’s lifetime of illicit activities with the Obama’s and Clinton’s all you want – it only makes you look small.

        The Obama’s have never grifted a gd thing. In addition, there exists not a shred of evidence that the Obama’s have ever committed an illegal act in their lives. (with the exception of a little partying while young)

        And, there are not two other people on the planet whose every activity has been more closely scrutinized than Bill and Hillary Clinton.
        And, with the exception of some sexual escapades (JFK.. anyone?), you’ve got nothing.
        Nothing but a bunch of whack-job conspiracy theories peddled by for-profit vermin like Sean Hannity, Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh.

        Which brings us to Donald ‘grab ’em by the pussy’ Trump. It was only two days before being sworn in as president* that The Donald was compelled to fork over $25 million to settle three Trump University fraud lawsuits.
        As of Nov 10, 2016, there remained 75 lawsuits still outstanding against Donald Trump.

        But, the lawsuits, pussy grabbing, lifetime of grifting, 6 bankruptcies and 4000 lawsuits over the span of his career – all of it pales in comparison to the mounting evidence of his seemingly too-close relationship with a whole array of the most heinous and corrupt actors from within the known criminal cabal of Russian money launderers.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous the true wack job,

        Ohh, who would have guessed?

        “Former Obama official discloses rush to get intelligence on Trump team”

        It seems more and more often that the knee jerk snowflakes on here are more and more in the wrong. But why does that not surprise?

        They remind one of the worms that come out during the rain and then twist and turn to a grisly death as the sun comes out and exposes them to the light of day. Darkness and stupidity being their friends.

        As I have pointed out, Anonymous/sparkles make Trump look like an Angel. And to think, Trump controls his every waking moment and probably all his dreams at night. A Trump puppet or Trumpet. Getting played again and again. LOL

      • anon says:

        You’re wholly incapable of critical thought, aren’t you, bynd.

        You don’t even understand what you’re posting. The story you cite isn’t new news.
        You’ll notice when you google the headline you posted, it is only the cretins of the fringe right that running with this story. And the person these winger malcontents are attacking, is Evelyn Farkas. She happens to have been the Pentagon’s top Russia expert. She knows where the bodies are buried. And she knows the skullduggery in which team Trump engaged.
        You should watch the clip that accompanies the headline you quoted.
        Donald Trump and/or members of his administration are in serious trouble.
        This won’t end well.

  12. Snowstorm on the horizon says:

    March 28, 2017
    For the second campaign finance reporting period in a row, Heath Mello outraised incumbent Mayor Jean Stothert by a margin of nearly 2-1.

    • bynd says:

      The truth,

      Yet heath doesn’t even have half of what Stothert has in her war chest. What does it all men? It’s all the same type of snow storms we had predicted for our area all winter. They all fizzled out and had no impact. Just as the snowflakes on here sealed their own irrelevance with their wildly wrong predictions and ignorant prognostications along with their fake news. And now they get played by the locals also. toot toot! LOL

      • Anonymous says:

        Stothert is an adequate mayor and she’ll be re-elected handily. Not broken, no need to fix. Her opponents can find something else to do, like demonstrating they can replace Stothert next election. They all need to beef up their respective political resumes.

  13. The Grundle King says:

    So, back to the story on the NDP and the voter registration deal, it appears that some of the aftermath of that whole fiasco went largely unnoticed. From the Lincoln Journal Star:

    She said she has received death and sexual assault threats since the story broke on conservative blogs. In response to Murante’s request for a list of basket recipients, Kleeb emailed that she could give the senator a list “of people giving me death threats and telling me they will send ‘terrorists’ and ‘Muslims’ over to my house to rape me, put my head in a basket and call for my public hanging.”

    First off, IF there were threats made against Mrs. Kleeb, that’s unacceptable and those responsible for the threats should be prosecuted. Fully. Period.

    Now, I say “IF” because I have no reason to believe anything she says. If this list exists…why would she be providing it to Murante and not to her local law enforcement authorities? Does she not understand that Murante, as a member of the legislative branch of government, does not have the responsibility or authority to investigate alleged crimes? Seriously…I want to know.

      • Bluejay says:

        I respect the fact that Kleeb was able to block KXL. She is a clever demagogue. She is also totally wrong about global warming. If the chair of the Democrat party in Nebraska is receiving death threats, she should contact law enforcement.

        I hope she continues as Chair of NDP as it will continue to lose elections with her in charge.

    • anon says:

      The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Military Academy published an extensive report in 2013 you should read. It’s titled:
      “Challengers From The Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far Right’
      The opening line from the Executive Summary:
      “In the last few years, and especially since 2007, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of attacks and violent plots originating from individuals and groups who self-identify with the far-right of American politics.”

      Another good read would be from the Center For Complex Operations, housed at the National Defense University (NDU), an institution of higher education funded by the United States Department of Defense, intended to facilitate high-level training, education, and the development of national security strategy. It’s housed on the grounds of Fort Lesley McNair in Washington, D.C.
      It just recently concluded an extensive study (July of 2016), titled:
      “Right-Wing Extremism and Terrorism in Europe Current Developments and Issues for the Future”
      It begins:
      “Europe has experienced a revival of militant right-wing extremist groups, networks, and incidents in recent years, with a surge of anti-immigration and Islamophobic violence, as well as anti-government attacks and assaults on political opponents, ethnic minorities, and homosexuals. Although not as significant as in Europe, the United States has also seen an upsurge in political violence considered to be “right-wing extremist” in nature (for example, white supremacist, neo-Nazi, racist, or anti-government sovereign citizen).”

      Then of course there’s the 2009 report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, titled:
      “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic And Political Climate Fueling Resurgence In Radicalization And Recruitment.”

      But hey, I’m sure you’re right.
      I’m sure Jane Kleeb is simply lying about right wing extremists threatening her life.
      Cause after all, something like that would never happen, in Murrica.

      • The Grundle King says:

        I didn’t say that Jane is lying, I said I have no reason to believe her. It’s a subtle but important distinction.

        Furthermore, I don’t deny the existence of a violent element in the far-right/alt-right wing of the American political spectrum…I just don’t think they pose the level of threat that you seem to believe they do. They’re a dying breed. The violent far-left, such as the Antifa and ‘Black Bloc’, however, are growing…and, you know…have recently shown their propensity for violence.

  14. Bluejay says:

    Governor Heinman is responsible for the KXL loss. He pushed a bill that bypassed the PSC. As the Nebraska Supreme Court noted, the Nebraska constitution states that all pipelines must be approved by the PSC. It was his mistake and .Jane Kleeb exploited it.

  15. bynd says:

    There is nothing new under the sun.

    The birthers are being replaced by the progressive’s very own
    Russian conspiracy kooks.

    The KKK is now being replaced by the liberals Black Bloc.

    How long have such threats and vitriol been used?

    Evidence for The Unpopular Mr. Lincoln
    The People at the Polls 1860-1864

    The illustrious Honest Old Abe has continued during the last week to make a fool of himself and to mortify and shame the intelligent people of this great nation. His speeches have demonstrated the fact that although originally a Herculean rail splitter and more lately a whimsical story teller and side splitter, he is no more capable of becoming a statesman, nay, even a moderate one, than the braying ass can become a noble lion. People now marvel how it came to pass that Mr. Lincoln should have been selected as the representative man of any party. His weak, wishy-washy, namby-pamby efforts, imbecile in matter, disgusting in manner, have made us the laughing stock of the whole world. The European powers will despise us because we have no better material out of which to make a President. The truth is, Lincoln is only a moderate lawyer and in the larger cities of the Union could pass for no more than a facetious pettifogger. Take him from his vocation and he loses even these small characteristics and indulges in simple twaddle which would disgrace a well bred school boy.”

    Yes, it sounds like even in Lincoln’s times they had their Anon and Anonymous. And they couldn’t have been further from the truth about Lincoln. Whether or not that becomes true of Trump is yet to be seen. But he already crushed the progressives once by defeating the holy anointed HRC.

    And just like nothing seem to stop the birthers, the same can be said of Anon and Anonymous. They have become those they criticize and are so lost in their own little world they don’t even realize how foolish they look. Trumpets. Entertaining, just like court jesters.

  16. bynd says:


    The most esteemed orator in America, Edward Everett, wrote in his diary: “He is evidently a person of very inferior cast of character, wholly unequal to the crisis.” From Washington, Congressman Charles Francis Adams wrote, “His speeches have fallen like a wet blanket here. They put to flight all notions of greatness.” Then, at the end of his journey a few days later, Lincoln was forced to sneak into the capital on a secret midnight train to avoid assassination, disguised in a soft felt hat, a muffler and a short bobtailed coat.
    After Lincoln’s unseemly arrival, the contempt in the nation’s reaction was so widespread, so vicious and so personal that it marks this episode as the historic low point of presidential prestige in the United States. Even the Northern press winced at the president’s undignified start
    Known almost exclusively by his got-up nickname “The Railsplitter,” Lincoln had won the 1860 election in November with 39.8 percent of the popular vote. This absurdly low total was partly due to the fact that four candidates were on the ballot, but it remains the poorest showing by any winning presidential candidate in American history. In fact, Lincoln received a smaller percentage of the popular vote than nearly all the losers of two-party presidential elections. Immediately, however, even this scant total dropped in the panic of the Secession Winter, as seven Southern states left the Union and worried Northerners repented their votes for the Illinoisan.
    At the time he was sworn in, Lincoln’s “approval rating” can be estimated by examining wintertime Republican losses in local elections in Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Cleveland and St. Louis, and state elections in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island; by the observations of Henry Adams (of the presidential Adamses) that “not a third of the House” supported him; and by the published reckoning of the New York Herald that only 1 million of the 4.7 million who voted in November were still with him. All these indications put his support in the nation at about 25 percent — roughly equivalent to the lowest approval ratings recorded by modern-day polling.

    This, however, was not the view at the time. The Chicago Times, for example, branded the Emancipation Proclamation “a monstrous usurpation, a criminal wrong, and an act of national suicide.” An editorial in Columbus, Ohio’s The Crisis asked, “Is not this a Death Blow to the Hope of Union?” and declared, “We have no doubt that this Proclamation seals the fate of this Union as it was and the Constitution as it is.… The time is brief when we shall have a DICTATOR PROCLAIMED, for the Proclamation can never be carried out except under the iron rule of the worst kind of despotism.”

    Thanks to the Civil War Trust.

    The parallels between then and now are stunning. The writings of the nay sayers now, mimic almost the exact same writings from back then.

    How amusing it all is.

  17. Lil Mac says:

    Bynd, some good points. Our greatest POTUS icons were hauled over the coals. Geo. Wash was burnt in effigy outside his office window. If that bothers a POTUS he’s in the wrong job.

    Lincoln is overrated. A law clerk mentality who foot-dragged a quick war into a long one. Slow on ridding himself of McClennans and going nuclear with Grants. Had he showed up at Bull Run with twice the troops and half the picnic baskets that might have stemmed it. His war experience was burying corpses. But as a new POTUS he lacked vision and resolve. He gained those qualities slowly, the hard way, on the average learning curve all embattled people follow as they mature from timidly avoiding bloodletting to heartlessly shedding lakes of blood to stop bigger rivers of it.

    Politically, Lincoln was a coward and a crappy Republican. He replaced a effective GOP VP on his ticket with one of the dumbest Democrats, who later spawned Jim Crow, undoing the best things Lincoln did. Abe’s fear may have been due to that 39% PV. But timid is timid. Thousand died unnecessarily by his shortsightedness and lack of guts. He learned to be tougher. But anyone can learn the hard way. Winning the game of civilization requires we imagine oncoming trouble and avoid them. We empower a POTUS to do that for us. The hard way is bad.

    A President needs to have better vision than us and the guts to push us out of the way of danger we cannot see coming. Get that right and he’s a hero. Get it wrong and he’s a tyrant. Which is why POTUS is a temporary executive job. It’s also why executives with vision and organizational ability beat law clerks every time. Yet guts too matters. — It is easy to stand atop the rubble of 911 and be a reactive hero, and easy to quietly assassinate Osama so as to never have to advertise failure but only success. — The problem, of course, with having a heroic POTUS push us out of danger we cannot see, is he might be a tyrant. Or vice versa. Not every good or bad deed gets the justice it deserves. If that uncertainty bothers a POTUS, again, he’s in the wrong job.

    • anonymous says:

      You hit it right on the head, Lil Mac.

      That Abe Lincoln was a real P.O.S. Just a timid, fearful little fuch, in waayy over his head. John Wilkes Booth did the world a favor.

      And SEAL Team Six – a bunch of gutless wannabes, likely crying to their mommies like little bitches as they flew in for their walk-in-the-park mission.

      But 5 times deferred, 6 times bankrupt, Muffin grabbing, Putin noodling, Constitution-illiterate. Donald Trump – now there’s a GD HERO for ya!
      Why, just look at all the GD HEROIC, amazing, business mogul leadership shit he’s accomplished over the last two months!
      I don’t know about you, but I’m ALREADY tired of all the winning!!

  18. anon says:

    “easy to quietly assassinate Osama so as to never have to advertise failure but only success.”

    Ah. So, that explains the following quote from GWB, only 6 months after standing on that pile of smoldering rubble, the air still pungent with the smell of burnt flesh –
    “I don’t know where he is. I really just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you.”

    Killing Osama bin Laden was simply.. too easy.
    That’s why GW and Darth Cheney let the man run wild, for almost a decade.
    That why George spent so much time chopping wood at the Crawford ranch (77 visits, 490 days) while the most notorious terrorist in modern history cranked out recruitment videos for global distribution and drafted long, jihadist inspiring missives about the glory of torturing and killing infidels, spilling American blood on a scale never before imagined.

    Too easy.

  19. Tweet Tweet says:

    In an interview, ( to air on CBS tonight) Paul Ryan stated “Republicans spent the last 7 years being obstructionist.” What has change from then to today. NOTHING. STILL OBSTRUCTING!!!


    • Anonymous says:

      On CBS This Morning, Paul Ryan sat down with Norah O’Donnell and flat out told her he has no desire to speak with or work with Democrats on health care reform and he strongly opposes Trump working with Democrats.

      In reaction to Ryan’s statement Senator Bob Corker tweeted the following:
      @SenBobCorker 7h7 hours ago
      “We have come a long way in our country when the speaker of one party urges a president NOT to work with the other party to solve a problem.”

      Even respected Republican Senators have now joined in my plea that Republicans stop f—ing up our country.

  20. Shiny baubles for the rubes says:

    We can expect a new post here on StothertStreet tomorrow.

    Health Mello launched his first campaign ad, so team Stothert is certain to be in high dudgeon – outraged.. outraged I tell ya – that her opponent would dare to engage in politics.

  21. Anon says:

    Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s former National Security Agency Director who sat in on our nation’s most highly classified security briefings, while at the same time being paid as a foreign agent to act on behalf of the interests of Turkey, while at the same time also sabotaging a sitting U.S. President’s sanctions against a hostile foreign nation – has now offered to testify about his interactions with Russian intelligence officials in exchange for personal immunity from prosecution.

    The same man who joined in campaign rally chants of ‘Lock her up, Lock her up’, is now desperately reaching out to government officials in an attempt to avoid his own prosecution and imprisonment.

    It’s also now clear that the Trump administration amateurishly trotted out Devin Nunes, the Republican Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, to leak classified information they hoped would support Donald Trumps ignorant, patently false tweets accusing President Obama of spying on him.

    This is never before witnessed levels of incompetence. Dangerous levels.

    Well done Republicans, well done.

    • Anonymous says:

      The same Mike Flynn who wants immunity before he talks to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Meanwhile the Democrats attack from the right re/Russian electoral interference, saying “an act of war’ has been committed. As soon as Trump is gone we’re all gonna look at each other and say “We’re not doing THAT again, are we?’

    • bynd says:

      Dangerous hyperbole,

      Benedict Arnold.
      Johnathon Pollard,
      Julius Rosenberg
      Noshir Gowadia
      Chi Mak
      Ana Montes
      Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames

      etcetara, etcetara, etcetara,

      “This is never before witnessed levels of incompetence. Dangerous levels. ”
      The rube is outraged.. outraged I tell ya –
      RFLMBO, you snowflakes are a real hoot!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Democrats are enraged that Trump, who screwed the Republican elite royally as a Right POPULIST, screwed Democrat elites as a RIGHT Populist.

    Perhaps because PC originates in your thin skins, his “incompetence” has your DNC Chairman issuing blanket demands for resignations and Sanders and Schumer at his throat demanding a move left.

    Think about it, eight years of Obama and decades of Bush-Clintons, all with skeletons in an Intel closet of political appointees who have always illegally spied on political opponents. Good luck projecting that on the newbie. Especially this one. Keep thinking he’s the jayvee team. Underestimate him.

    • Anonymous says:

      Only in the land of the bizarre does one refuse to recognize the damage to American institutions wrought by the Trump administration. We are hardly underestimating Trump!

      • bynd says:


        Yep, that’s why your girl Hillary is the president. Ooops, she isn’t is she! LOL

        Underestimate is more than calling his hands small. But we realize that penis’ are a snowflake fascination is not obsession.

    • anonymous says:

      Keep thinking he’s the jayvee team.

      The J.V. team would be a significant UPGRADE from the claque of incompetents defiling our White House!

      And that’s an opinion shared by even the most anti of anti-establishment, anti-elite, anti-intellectual, anti-governance, anti-government, pro-grifting, monosyllabic (i.e. NO) strain of Republicans.
      Just yesterday, when asked whether Trump’s recent twitter challenge of the Freedom Caucus was an effective leadership strategy, professional obstructionist Justin Amash (R-Land of NO) is quoted as saying:
      “I mean it’s constructive in fifth grade,” Amash answered after carefully considering the question. “It may allow a child to get his way, but that’s not how our government works.”

    • Anon says:

      There in no president in modern history (all of history?) who has failed so dramatically and so quickly become immersed in scandal. The scandals are so numerous and expansive, it’s almost impossible to keep track. For instance, it’s almost certain the new EPA Administrator is going to be disbarred for lying to Congress during his confirmation hearing. And nobody even cares!! In the era of Trump, it’s not scandalous enough to even rise to notice.

      But Trump’s poll numbers continued to sink. Gallup had him at 35% in the latest headlines.
      If Trump wants to rally the base and inspire the faithful, he needs to get back to what proved successful and what it is that got him elected – insulting Mexicans, stirring hate and fear about Muslims and demeaning women and black people.

      • bynd says:


        But the only ones who care are the alt progressives. Government will be smaller, sanctuarys will be reduced, border crossings are down, the Supreme court could be almost devoid of the living document justices, many welfare recipients will become contributing citizens. None of which requires much legislation.

        And the best part is, we get a comical meltdown from the Trumpets here on Leavenworthst. every day.

        The boogeyman is real!!! And the toddler snowflakes are scared, really pee in their pants scared. Ignorance/arrogance breeds those kind of responses.

      • bynd says:

        Nothing easier,

        There is nothing easier than making the snowflakes on here look as illiterate as they are.

        Hey Or-ass-cle, what would you do with out cut and paste? And yet, it is only three letters.


        good for you, you stopped at current. However the president who has been rated #1, #3 or #8, Lincon, had this said about him.
        After Sherman’s capture of Atlanta, a New York Republican had predicted, “No man was ever elected to an important office who will get so many unwilling and indifferent votes as L[incoln]. The cause takes the man along.” Even after his reelection, plenty of Republicans were skeptical of Lincoln’s contribution to the victory. According to Ohio Rep. Lewis D. Campbell, “Nothing but the undying attachment of our people to the Union has saved us from terrible disaster. Mr. Lincoln’s popularity had nothing to do with it.” Rep. Henry Winter Davis insisted that people had voted for Lincoln only “to keep out worse people — keeping their hands on the pit of the stomach the while!” He called Lincoln’s reelection “the subordination of disgust to the necessities of a crisis.” Of the seven presidential elections he had participated in, said Rep. George Julian, “I remember none in which the element of personal enthusiasm had a smaller share.”

        Since he was a Republican, those would probably be the very words you would have used about
        him. Point is, when being a totally wrong, you are in good, despicable?, company.

        But you and Trump have something in common. Neither of you cares what the other has to say. Difference is, he doesn’t spend all his waking moments thinking of you. He controls his own life and yours and Or-ass-cle’s. Just a couple of Trumpets.

      • Oracle says:

        ostrich, you’re the poster boy for projection. Anyone viewing these posts can see you losing your cool when criticized way more often than we precious “snowflakes”.

      • bynd says:


        Another clever retort by the OAC that misses wide right. Did we say right? Not his retort, just his missed direction.
        I feel so, violated!!!!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    From today’s OWH:
    “Dunning is correct that both rape and aggravated assault numbers have increased over the past four years.”

    • bynd says:

      Anus mous,

      Kofoed. Dunning’s go to guy.

      Police Chief Todd Schmaderer joined forces with John Wells, the head of the police union, to denounce Dunning for saying that Omaha has become a “more dangerous place to live” under Mayor Jean Stothert.

      The ad prompted a swift response from Schmaderer and Wells, who described their decision to respond jointly as unprecedented.

      Sheriff Dunning has crossed all professional boundaries and his statements should not be viewed as a portrait of the Omaha Police Department,” they wrote in their statement. The two also said they wanted to make it clear they were neither supporting nor opposing any candidate in the race.

      Dunning appears as just another disgruntled old curmudgeon supported by mystery money. and here it is the national progressives who hate the unknown donors most virulently.

      Doesn’t bother our in residence snowflakes who seem to have no moral or principled compass’.

  24. bynd says:

    Jim Suttle’s city,
    The city violent crime rate for Omaha in 2012 was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 53.68% and the city property crime rate in Omaha was higher than the national property crime rate average by 61.09%.

    In 2012 the city violent crime rate in Omaha was higher than the violent crime rate in Nebraska by 129.16% and the city property crime rate in Omaha was higher than the property crime rate in Nebraska by 67.19%.

    2012 Crime (Actual Data)* Incidents
    Aggravated Assault 1,442

    2017 Crime (Projected Data)* Incidents
    Aggravated Assault 1,235

    thanks to cityrating com

    Bam, Anonymous takes another unstoppable bloody cut.

      • bynd says:


        As you did with Bush. Scoilist.

        Point, set, match! Like shooting snowflakes in a barrel with 71/2 shot. You just can’t miss them.

    • Oracle says:

      ostrich, the most current data on that site is for 2012. There is no data for Stothert’s term. And the 2017 data is a “projection”. Did you miss the disclaimer at the end: In this case, the Omaha crime report data for 2017 was projected from 14 years of actual data. Meaning the projection is only based on data from 1998 to 2012 and has nothing to do with what actually happened in 2013 and going forward. Based on my analysis, I project YAI!

      • bynd says:

        Bozo oracle,

        Did you miss the part in the post where it said “projected data”?

        Evidently you are a bigger idiot than you claim others are. But fear not snowflake, we expect nothing more from you.

      • Oracle says:

        Sure I saw it, ostrich. Since you appeared to miss it, I was bringing it to your attention. You’re basing your argument on projected data that is ONLY computed based on past data. So YAI!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Obama asked for a healthcare racehorse. Pelosi gave him a camel. Trump tasked Ryan to fix it. Ryan suggested shave the camel. — Below is the bloody truth about national healthcare.

    IT NEVER WAS OBAMACARE. Its birth was Pelosi-care and its fix was Ryan-care, for she and he were asked to have their lawyerly legislators (grossly lacking executive development chops) develop a massive national system, which is ludicrous. Obama and Trump know congress is unable to do this. But they also know the blinding egotism of Speakers makes them rise to the bait. Obama had Pelosi to share blame with. And Ryan being humbled by failing to past his own bill in his own House, leaves Trump freer to graze in right or left pastures.

    THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH DEVELOPES EXECUTIVE war plans, budgets, and other national systems. A POTUS hands the system to Congress to fund or not. They then negotiate various changes to pass it or not. But lawmakers cannot create massive executive systems and aren’t supposed to. A President may have ulterior reasons for baiting congress with such dubious honor but it is not Congress’ job.

    Which brings us to this greater seminal point.

    HALF THE SWAMP WOULD BE DISAPPEAR if leaders just did their own job and quit trying to do everyone else’s. Imagine Chief Executives who develop their own executive systems for legislative review, approval/funding. Imagine a SCOTUS that adjudicates rather than legislates. Imagine a Congress that legislates rather than dreams its gaggle of law clerks can magically supplant the massive development organization of the Executive Branch.

    There are other things can be done to make government more effective, efficient, thrifty, wiser, etc., but it all starts and depends on our leaders knowing and doing their own job.

    • bynd says:


      “But it all starts and depends on our leaders knowing and doing their own job”.

      Actually, it all starts with an electorate that elects such people and then holds them accountable.

      Or maybe just recreational marijuana for all. Then no one cares. Like CA.

  26. Anon says:

    An investigation by the New York Times released today reveals that at least five women have taken a total of $13 million in settlements after accusing Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment.

    • Full court press says:

      Surprised they didn’t get into the domestic end with his ex who dated flavor fave. Think the media can’t manipulate

  27. Anonymous says:

    Your president* is raging on twitter again.

    He’s a humiliation to our nation and he dishonors every president to have previously held the office.

  28. Anonymous says:

    “Jared Kushner is in Iraq.” WHY? What’s Rex Tillerson doing as Secretary of State? Counting the knots in wood paneling? This Administration mystifies me.

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