Speaking up

Start your week out right, the Leavenworth St. way, with a Separated-at-Birth!

Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning and Dennis the Menace’s crotchety neighbor, Mr. Wilson!

*****

Dunning pulled off something over the past week that few thought he could do in an election:

For the second time, he turned what he thought was a big plus into a serious negative for the Heath Mello for Mayor campaign.

First, a few weeks ago, Dunning announced that he was endorsing Mello. But then he screwed the pooch by revealing that it was all because of a grudge against Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.

And THEN he announced that he, the top law enforcement officer in the county, was childishly blocking the Mayor’s phone calls, public-safety-be-damned.

Then Dunning, Mello and the local Firefighters Union (which doesn’t care for tough contract negotiations with Mayor Stothert) decided to pour some Dark Money into the Mayor’s race.

So what does Dunning do? He cuts an ad that hammers the Omaha Police Department, saying that Omaha has become less safe over the past four years, a position that the statistics don’t agree with.

And as it turns out, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer doesn’t agree either.

And in one of the strangest political alliances since Richard Nixon and Elvis, Omaha Police Union President John Wells put out a joint statement with Schmaderer denouncing Dunning’s ad!

(In Dunning’s next move, he’s going to cause Elizabeth Warren and Steve Bannon to unite against him…)

One wonders how long the Fire Union and Mello will stick by their guy Dunning, as he gets his hole closer and closer to China.

*****

As the world turns in Washington, D.C., the President’s Administration is still coming together. And a Nebraskan is still on the block for a top gig.

A bevy of groups have asked the President to choose Falls City, Nebraska’s Charles W. Herbster for the #2 spot in the Agriculture Department as the Deputy Secretary. Herbster was the President’s top Ag advisor during the campaign, and led a large group of national agriculture experts.

Herbster is a farmer and rancher, as well as the CEO of Conklin Company Inc., a manufacturing and distribution company in the fields of agronomics, animal, building, health, home and vehicle products. He was born and raised in Falls City, and was a candidate for Nebraska Governor in 2014, before a family illness cut short his campaign.

Herbster has received the endorsement of 19 national, state and local cattle trade associations representing 19 states.

The Senate has not yet finalized the confirmation of nominee Sonny Perdue as Ag Secretary.

*****

In case you missed it, above referenced local Omaha Democrat Heath Mello is bringing in Socialist Party member, Bernie Sanders for his campaign in a few weeks.

Sanders is probably more of a Communist than a Socialist, but why quibble? Sanders was a big supporter of the Soviet Union and Nicaraguan Sandinistas back when he was the Mayor of Burlington, Vermont.

Maybe he is hoping to pass along some of his radical ideas for Omaha?

Well, no doubt THESE Omahans will be at the Sanders love-in:

Isn’t this a fine bunch, outside of the recent Douglas County Republican Party event, of whom the local Democrat can be proud?

They are SO committed, they even printed shirts with the F-word on them, to show that they are SUPER committed to their cause of calling people names!

(And someone needs to educate these youngsters that the Fascists were born from the Socialists…)

Of course, they’re not so committed that they’re willing to show their faces to anyone. But why show your face when your poster’s message is so clear?

Curious if any local Democrat will denounce these groups and their tactics.

Will Democrat Party Comisar Jane Kleeb note that this has no place at an evening where kids can see them? Will Heath Mello tell these self-avowed radicals to knock it off? Will whichever Ashford plans to run against Rep. Don Bacon step up and ask these people to show a little decency in their political expression?

Not likely.

The Kleebs and Mellos and Ashfords (both of them) of the party aren’t likely to cross their precious base of snowflakes and anarchists.

Besides, they’re too busy giving bumper stickers and voter registration forms to new immigrants, to be concerned about how their followers behave in public.

348 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Watch Pete Ricketts? What’s to watch, he doesn’t DO anything. Nice shirts though and, unlike Trump, Pete doesn’t bite back.

  2. I'm so scared of the masks.... says:

    Sad thing is, these people really believe they are “tough” and that others will be intimidated. About 30%-40% of my friends are dems, or liberal leaning repubs and they even are baffled by these people. But, when public schooling and liberal college professors are teaching kids that only one set of political ideology is right, and you are not taught to develop your own thoughts based analytical skills you develop (because they aren’t taught anymore), I am not surprised at the sprouting of these comical characters.

    • Anonymous says:

      We’re a free country – for now. Just like always. “Free’ doesn’t mean ‘rational’, just look at our politicians. I wish some of them WOULD wear masks.

  3. Bluejay says:

    “Will Democrat Party Comisar Jane Kleeb note that this has no place at an evening where kids can see them?”

    Kleeb supports these type of antics because this is the only stuff the sub 35% party has. And they are really, really angry!

    • anon says:

      “sub 35% party”

      Omaha voter registration figures heading into the mayoral primary election:
      114,672 Democrats
      98,577 Republicans
      65,069 nonpartisans

      • Bluejay says:

        CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES PCT. E.V.
        Donald J. Trump
        Republican
        495,961 58.7% 5
        Hillary Clinton
        Democrat
        284,494 33.7 —
        Gary Johnson
        Libertarian
        38,946 4.6 —
        Others
        Independent
        16,051 1.9 —
        Jill Stein
        Petitioning Candidate
        8,775 1.0 —

      • anon says:

        I apologize, since this is Stothert Street, I assumed your rant had something to do with Omaha’s upcoming mayoral election.

        Douglas County –
        Hillary Clinton 47.9%
        Donald Trump 46.6%

        Then I remembered – ah yes, it’s Bluejay.
        Out of embarrassment (one assumes) he’s abandoned sharing with us the litany of kooky conspiracy theories he’s for so long been known to embrace, and has now accepted as his sole mission, his raison d’êtr, the trashing Jane Kleeb.

        Carry on.

      • Bluejay says:

        Anon:

        I am counting on the woman vote coming out strong for Stothert. Breaking the glass ceiling and all that. I thought you Dems always voted for the female. Does your party hate women?

        Seriously, turnout will be tiny. Mello has nothing. Bringing in Bernie to campaign brands Mello as a loon.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m just grateful there we never any ‘comical characters’ or people dressing up in goofy outfits during the TEA party uprisings.
    And as we all know, TEA partiers were never openly threatening, to anyone.
    The guns many of them strapped on for their rallies were always just for self protection.
    And it’s not like they openly and frequently called for secession, or turning to ‘second amendment remedies’.
    And it was clearly just a coincidence that the along with the rise of the TEA party we witnessed a massive surge in right wing militia groups and a record shattering tsunami of gun sales.
    All those studies warning of the dramatic increase in right wing extremist organizations concurrent with the TEA party rebellion – all of it just a bunch of numbers from goofy college educated pointy heads.
    And the FBI’s reported 67% surge in hate crimes against Muslims that accompanied Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, also purely coincidental – and again – it’s just pointy heads with nothing better to do.
    And we’re all aware that the TEA partiers were at all times respectful when addressing our president.

    And while you call for the denunciation of these ‘black bloc’ wannabe protesters –
    for eight long years Republican politicians OPENLY EMBRACED THE TEA MANIA. Embraced them and even parroted their vulgarity.

    But, you’re clearly right.
    When 6 or 7 teenagers show up in silly masks and childish T-shirts, we should make it a REALLY BIG DEAL!
    The Democratic party should be so embarrassed and appalled by this tiny band of protesters as to make a concerted effort to organize and fund a highly public response denouncing these, these.. anarchists. Because, who knows what acts of violence these color coordinated teens might inspire! Who knows what mean words they may draft to a piece of posterboard in their next Arts & Crafts 101 class.

    Democrats need to take swift action in this matter. Since Republicans clearly admire and like to elect entertainers as president, as a sign of solidarity, we should emulate them in our response.
    I would refer you to the wise council of a former entertainment icon from a gloried past in American history –
    “I say this calls for action NOW – Nip it in the bud!”

    • bynd says:

      Behar for president,,

      So your best defense is that the Tea Party did it and since they were so successful you will give up your values and principles to be like them so you might win.
      Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

      Joy Behar for president. Now there you could really imitate the repubs. At least in a hate filled style.

    • Anonymous says:

      Tea Party activists happily advise Indivisible for a fee. We call that Capitalism. More power to all concerned.

      • Anonymous says:

        Aha – credit for the witty reply.
        And yes, Indivisible openly acknowledges having learned and borrowed much from the TEA party movement.

        But, Capitalism it ain’t.

        The Indivisible Guide, drafted by a young, bright group of former congressional staffers, is free.
        A guide to grassroots advocacy that’s been downloaded or viewed over 1.7 million times and inspired more than 5,000 local groups (with roughly 2,000 more groups waiting to be verified).

        And to associate what was done to the TEA folk with ‘capitalism’, is… quaint.
        A whole industry of grift quickly evolved around that movement, A collection of con that shook from their pockets every shiny penny they could get.

        Something that could never happen to the left.

      • bynd says:

        Works for me. You can teach them all you want. If they don’t have the skills or knowledge to implement, they still won’t matter.

        You can fool all the snowflakes all of the time.

  5. Huskerhounddog1971 says:

    You should have used Mike Ditka for separated at birth for Dunning.

    My picks:
    Stothert 38%
    Mello 34%
    Royal 16%

    Jerram and Vinny are close, nothing else will be a close race.

  6. anonymous says:

    Mello’s restaurant tax cap rings as hollow as his campaign as it can be uncapped as easily as it is applied. Carte blanche to OFD is no reason to elect a person to be Mayor.

    • Anonymous says:

      What carte blanche? I like firefighters and I don’t like fires – not the loss of life, injury, property damage or disruption. Who am I going to turn to for help, anon? You? I’m better off being burned alive.

      • anon says:

        You didn’t disappoint with the standard retort on the first response. Pay me to save me, effective

      • Anonymous says:

        When someone calls 911 they get help. Simple. The sun shines on the good and bad alike. When you or I call 911 and say “Fire!’ help will come. I don’t pretend to know how to run a fire department, I’m just glad we have one and I’m equally glad to pay for it. You appear to think differently. I’m listening if you want to explain your thinking.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Everything Susan Rice did was perfectly legal and absolutely proper.

    Any right wing dunderf–k who suggests any different is lying.

    • bynd says:

      I guess the only dudnerf__ks on here are from the left. Lying seems to be snowflake defense mechanism.

      Claims of Russian swing-state meddling a ‘red herring,’ say election experts

      • Anonymous says:

        Let’s ask Erik Prince. Oops, he doesn’t live in the US anymore. Let’s ask his sister, Betsy DeVos. Russians? Betsy doesn’t remember waking up this morning. Money does that to people.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        What would you have if you didn’t have class envy and a hatred of all those more successful than you? Unless of course they are liberals.

      • Anonymous says:

        Envy? Class hatred? Just because I’m not burdened by wealth? Nay, bynd, I don’t like stupidity and I don’t like the appearance of illegality or the fact. I don’t like criminal activity by any race, color, creed, sex, gender or income level. I also don’t like immorality even if its legal.

        I certainly didn’t cast a vote for Erik Price to set up a side-bar meeting the Russians on behalf of an incoming administration. Last time I looked there is only one president and one foreign policy at a time. If I were to represent myself as an official representative of the United States when I wasn’t, that’s illegal. A pity that so many of Mr. Trump’s friends and associates found and find that difficult to understand.

      • bynd says:

        RL:

        Never said I was lawyer. And I must laugh at your last comment. Since it seems you disregard the “mistakes” of others.

        Which is not worth mentioning except it goes to your credibility or lack thereof.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        So I am sure we shall see a correction of your post on Susan Rice who lied about what she knew and when.

        And then your retraction on all the other suppositions on your post of who did what and why.

        So evidently your “don’t like” statement is less than truthful and the fact you go after only the Repubs would indicate, the liar is you?

        How much more dishonest can one be in one post. Because I have seen you castigate Soros so many times.

        Good humor though.

      • Anonymous says:

        Wrong anon, I didn’t post anything about Susan Rice. But since you brought her up, if she needs to be investigated fine. No fear or favor here.

    • bynd says:

      Where is RL to straighten some one out when he is needed? I guess he just like to use his expertise for partisan purposes. Imagine that.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The main usefulness of lawyers is a certain aptitude in handing words.

    Repenting Lawyer applauds his own “expertise” while denigrating another person’s ignorance, by saying, “My expertise is non partisan, it is just that you mistakes of law are so many.”

    So much for your lawyerly expertise, because “you mistakes” of the English language are one too many amid your one sentence of snark. Then again, you are repenting from being a lawyer. It could be worse. They might have required you to know how to add as well as spell.

    • Anonymous says:

      This site has officially jumped the shark.

      We’ve got self anointed Spelling Cops castigating RL and calling into question his literacy, in defense of… bynd.

      It’s apparent that we now live in a country where ignorance and incompetence are celebrated.
      A nation where guttural bravado, vulgarity and monosyllabic ‘solutions’ are idolized.
      A population for whom expertise, experience, statesmanship and scholarly achievement have somehow become a problem needing to be excised. An affliction, demanding ridicule and mistrust.

      How else do you explain the election of Donald Trump, Pete Ricketts, Bill Kintner, Steve King, Louie Gohmert, Sarah Palin and the like?

      Like the party it supports, this site has decayed beyond repair.

      • Anonymous says:

        Only the original Street Sweeper can restore order to this once enjoyable web site. I hope ‘Sweeper returns after Stothert is re-elected.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        But as usual, it is the other sides fault and you, with your superior intelligence, hold no fault at all. Except may I add, turning the site into a tabloid.

        Next you’ll be blaming Bush.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Anonymous at 11:02, dyslexia and 50 years of good secretaries leave me in need of a proof reader, but one is not available. I ,therefore, shoot without proof reading and hope for the best. I always dictated so this typing is a real adventure for me, but I ill struggle on.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Anonymous at 11:02 notice the “ill” should be “will” but so it goes. When it was for $ I tried harder.

  9. out of Omaha spectator says:

    Nobody in my family can vote today since we live outside of city limits, but I’m willing to bet that Stothert wins by seven points!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Gas Attack Is Said to Kill Dozens in Syria
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — The deadliest chemical weapons attack in years in Syria killed dozens of people in northern Idlib province on Tuesday morning, including children, and sickened scores more, according to medics, rescuers and witnesses in the rebel-held province, who said the gas had been delivered by a government airstrike.

    Assad and his pal Putin, committing war crimes.

    Here we go, what does our Toddler-In-Chief now do?

    • The Grundle King says:

      Need we discuss Obama’s (in)famous ‘red line’, or how Obama was the President who allowed Putin to run the negotiations with Syria?

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s almost certain Syria is the most prominent stain on Obama’s otherwise highly commendable record. But what exactly is the solution to millennia of religious war in the mideast?

        The red line Obama chose not to cross was certain to be drawn with the blood of countless young American soldiers. Kids, most of them. Young men and women fresh out of high school yet to know what life may have in store for them. And of course it’s a sacrifice in American blood accompanied by the waste of hundreds of billions, if not trillions in American treasure.
        All of it towards a war certain to be unwinnable. A war where there is no prize to be collected at the end. A war guaranteed to continue to rage long after you and I and everybody now living has assumed room temperature.

        Of course, our Toddler-in-Chief understands none of this.
        He’s under the assumption that we can simply bomb the shit of ’em, kill all their families and then go in and steal all their oil and resources.
        Remember?
        This was his oft-repeated promise to Dumbshit Nation. To a great wave of stupid sporting red MAGA ballcaps and ‘Hillary for Prison’ t-shirts. An enraged throng that then rose to their feet, cheering wildly, as they looked around for someone of dark complexion they could punch.

      • Anonymous says:

        You failed to answer your own question. What is the responsibility of the United States here? Obama is in the past. Now Trump is in charge. So what should Trump do?

      • bynd says:

        Really?????????????

        “The red line Obama chose not to cross was certain to be drawn with the blood of countless young American soldiers. Kids, most of them. Young men and women fresh out of high school yet to know what life may have in store for them. And of course it’s a sacrifice in American blood accompanied by the waste of hundreds of billions, if not trillions in American treasure.”

        No, it would have taken a few bombers and cruise missiles. But regardless. To make an international threat like that and not follow through tells the world, you won’t back up the talk and they can do as the please. And only embolden our enemies to come after us even harder, for there would be no retaliation. the worse blunder by a President in decades especially against an enemy that is all about power.

        Your sycophant excuses are beyond the pale. Either that or you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

        Bottom line, chemical warfare and the Russians in Syria lie right at Obama’s feet.

      • Anonymous says:

        1) What should Trump do?
        Trump should gather the remarkably ill-qualified, odd little claque of shills and charlatans he’s assembled around him and each and every one should leave our White House.
        The honorable thing for Trump to do would be throw his hands up in the air and admit he’s wholly inept and unsuited for the role of President of the United States.

        2) ” embolden our enemies to come after us even harder, ”

        You must have forgotten, Obama kept our nation safe for 8 years. Under Obama’s watch, no foreign terrorist organization successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland.

        I know when you step outside of the world of Breitbart and Fox ‘News’, you find reality to be a bit confusing. The world around you, a bit less certain.
        But your confusion doesn’t that alter the fact that no one was emboldened.
        No one came after us.

        No. Obama was in every way imaginable, unlike Donald Trump and his infantile bloviations and aspersions cast upon entire religions.
        And unlike Donald Trump, Obama’s own words weren’t used by terrorists in their recruiting videos.
        Obama and his administration didn’t feed, like witless children, the religious fervor that drives fanatics to wants to slaughter those who don’t worship the same god as they.

      • The Grundle King says:

        So to paraphrase the anons that posted before and after my comment:

        “President Trump needs to do something about this!!!”

        “What did people expect President Obama to do about this?!!”

      • Anonymous says:

        “No, it would have taken a few bombers and cruise missiles. But regardless. To make an international threat like that and not follow through tells the world, you won’t back up the talk and they can do as the please.’ For once in my miserable life I agree with bynd.

        Every time a kid gets gassed Assad should lose a palace, a military installation, or both. Starting with anything the Syrian military flies, and Syrian air defense systems – radars especially. Just pick stuff off, but do it consistently. Make Assad realize that he’s going to lose his ability to fight from the air. And make it a point to leave the Russians and their kit alone to the greatest extent possible.

  11. Human Neighbor says:

    This reporting is unnervingly biased. Try a more balanced, less heavy handed conservatism if you truly want people to listen to you.

  12. Anonymous says:

    At least nine companies have pulled advertising from Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” amid revelations that several women have accused Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment.

    Smells like victory.

      • Anonymous says:

        You’re right… I got a little, over enthusiastic there.

        It’s likely the Fox ‘News’ crowd cares as little about Bill’s serial misogyny and objectification of women as they do about The Donald’s reveling in his habit of grabbin ’em by the pussy.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        Mean while, the genitalia of female children have been blown to pieces by drones who could only fire on order from Obama. Hmm, who is paying the higher price?

        Why don’t you care about them?

      • Anonymous says:

        Gollum,

        Nobody blows apart the innocent like The Donald. Only 60 days in and he’s crushing all previous records.

        According to Airwars, a British monitoring group, alleged civilian casualties linked to U.S. strikes in Syria and Iraq have soared to 1,472 so far this month.
        In March of last year, 196 civilians were reported killed. The previous all-time high was 613 in January.

        Civilian casualties have soared under Trump.

      • bynd says:

        gulping Gollum,

        Incidents of civilians death started rising in Jan. Who was in charge in Jan.? Was it the church lady or Obama? You say alleged and fail to break down for the time Obama was in charge. Why is that? Unfortunately, civilian deaths will go up if more actions are taken against ISIL as Trump promised to do. But then, the civilian deaths by Syrian chemicals, which are not counted against the US, lie directly at Obama’s feet. Another totally skewed posting from a partisan hack.

        The escalation of the Mosul and Raqqa campaigns in January led to the highest likely death toll from Coalition airstrikes in any single month assessed by Airwars.

        In Iraq and Syria our researchers tracked 95 alleged casualty incidents during January – an increase of 126% from December. A total of 630 to 824 non-combatant deaths were claimed in these January incidents.

        Airwars currently assesses 47 of these events as fairly reported. This means an incident has two or more credible sources, and the Coalition also reported strikes in the near vicinity of an incident. Between 254 and 369 civilians are presently assessed as likely having been killed in these incidents, compared with a range of 134 and 187 such deaths in December. This represents a 90% rise in the minimum number of civilians likely killed from December.

        Civilian deaths likely caused by the Coalition in Syria rose by almost 50% in January. Across 26 incidents assessed as fair, we tracked between 65 and 142 fatalities.

        As in Iraq, children and women were often caught up in the violence: 17 children and six women died across these incidents during the course of the month.

        Of these 26 events, 65% were in Raqqa governorate, likely killing between 40 and 59 civilians and injuring – sometimes critically – at least 48 more.

        On January 9th, four non-combatants including a woman reportedly died in an alleged Coalition strike on the ISIL-controlled village of Hattash in Raqqa. Both Smart News and the Syrian Mirror blamed the Coalition for the death of three or four non-combatants from the same family. Euphrates Post noted that “the international airline alliance has intensified its air raids on positions controlled by the organization [IS] in the northern, eastern and western countryside to coincide with the advance of the SDF in the west of the city.”

    • bynd says:

      Woe is them,
      More like bullying. But we certainly wouldn’t expect Anonymous to say such a thing about other than how the snowflakes are always being bullied. Or Obama the weak, who was bullied by 30 Tea Party folks in congress.

      I see the feckless business’ will even attack one of their own. Just ask YouTube.

      sniff, sniff.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Gallup

    Obamacare –
    55% approve
    30% want it repealed

    59% of Americans say environment should be prioritized over energy production

    Trump daily approval –
    39%
    Among the ‘highly religious’ – 51%

    • bynd says:

      You in the mirror,

      Define the highly religious.

      It would have to include the adherents of progressiveism like you.

      And you do spend every waking moment thinking about Trump. In fact, like the faithful you detest, he seems to be the one who controls your life more than anyone else.

      Trumpet.

      • Anonymous says:

        “Define the highly religious.”

        It’s Gallup’s poll – their term – you spastic little f^*&ing troll.

      • bynd says:

        “you spastic little f^*&ing troll.”

        Another snowflake returns to their hick roots to express what they can only express with foul and vulgar postings. How impressive.

        Public school education at it’s finest.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s you bend. Your the one wasting every moment with Trump thoughts. Anyone can see this by your postings here. You got your govt. check and believe you can justify living off everyone else by using old notions of social organization. But Trump has changed the agenda. And we don’t need no retired military around no more. Dust off your uniform and get back to warmongering.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        So that’s the best you can come up with when you are getting your butt whipped by a war mongering old man.

        What a manly man you are. How clever and bold. RFLMBO

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        Better a man and his family who sacrificed for their country and fellow country men than a worthless POS like you, whose only purpose in life is to live off the sacrifices of others, making none of your own, always taking, never giving.

        But as long as you brought it up, keep paying those taxes. They pay for my defined benefit plan retirement, my SS and my FEHB which is 75% paid for by the government and will work as my SS part B.

        So I guess even as a useless sleazeball I have found a use for you. Pay for my retirement. You just gotta love it and how appropriate.

  14. Anonymous says:

    That’ was a really stirring victory speech given by Stothert after squeaking out a 3% win in a primary.
    Flanked by none other than D-D-Dave, she announced her rallying cry:
    ‘Omaha – Slightly Better Than O.K.!’

  15. Ouch says:

    An incumbent Mayor, a 20 year veteran of Omaha politics with an unprecedented financial war chest and the entire NEGOP establishment behind her – eeks out a 3% victory in a primary election that heavily skews older and more conservative.

    A household name, a known commodity, yet more than 50 percent of the people who voted did not vote for Stothert.

    • The Grundle King says:

      It’s a primary…why the hell should she spend any significant amount of time and money campaigning just to get into the actual mayoral race when she was virtually assured of it, anyways? What good would it have done her to go all-out campaigning in the primary in an attempt to crush primary challengers?

      I’m not from Omaha, so I could truly care less…but it’s a frickin’ primary race. Geesh.

      • Ouch says:

        Umm… Stothert did go all out for the primary.
        And it was Leavenworth Street that criticized Mello for not following suit.
        According to her campaign filings, the most recent of which are two weeks old (March 20th) Stothert had spent $581,000 leading up to the primary for which “she was virtually assured” a victory.
        And as could be witnessed via the various media outlets, Stothert spent significant time over the last several months actively campaigning.

        It was March 21 that Leavenworth Street touted the release of Stothert’s -third- ad, while at the same time noting that Mello had just released his very -first-.
        Leavenworth St then reiterated what was called a ‘risky strategy’ of Mello’s conservative approach to the primary –
        “But veteran reporter Joe Jordan pointed out a few weeks ago that Mello seems to be using a wait-and-see strategy on advertising. Holding off on his main ads until after the Primary, and just 30 days before the General.

        Jordan calls it a risky strategy.”

      • bynd says:

        Ooops,

        So basically Stothert spent what Mello had total in his account.
        And that is bad how?
        Ever watch athletes as they compete through the trials? Minimum needed to advanced while saving the best, all out effort for the finals.
        Which is exactly what Heath did also.
        Nothing new here as the even as the snowflake continues to chase the squirrel.

      • Statler N. Waldorf says:

        bynd,

        I’m guessing when you were a child, your parents had to strap a pork chop to your head to get the dog to play with you.

        And they had to remove the sandbox from the back yard, because the cat kept trying to bury you.

      • bynd says:

        Statler N. Waldorf,

        Well at least I had parents who cared. You seem to be permanently scared by the trauma you sustained in childhood.

        Are you really a failed procedure of Leroys? Brain damage and all?

  16. anon says:

    A mayor who wants to throw millions down the drain in an area that she wont win in a ride to nowhere after a failed tax promise, and a dysfunctional school board who a member is leading in a race for council, the hits keep on coming

  17. River City Blues says:

    Reading this blog one would have no choice but to believe the people of Omaha hate Chris Jerram.

    Jerram sailed to victory with a whopping 67% of the vote.

    The closest Republican managed less than 9%, edging out the candidate of the Legal Marijuana Party Now by a mere 63 votes.

  18. Bluejay says:

    I must admit, Mello has a shot. But bringing in Bernie Sanders will ruin his campaign. Sanders is a loon. Guilt by association.

    I also encourage Mello to bring in Jane Kleeb. Because KXL. A vital City of Omaha issue.

    • Anonymous says:

      KXL’s biggest political proponent for several years, the paid hack who openly promoted a foreign oil conglomerate’s interests in the U.S. Congress, was Omaha’s own Lee Terry.

      You see where that got him.

      • Bluejay says:

        Anon:

        It got Lee a big, fat lobbying job. Glad he is gone.

        And please stop the “foreign corporation” crap. Dems love foreigners as long as they are part of the illegal alien invasion. Recall how Jane Kleeb tried to sign up refugees. In typical Kleeb fashion she executed it poorly. The preferred way is to get the illegal alien a driver’s license and then sign them up to vote via Motor Voter.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ah… there it is, the kooky conspiracies. Just can’t keep ’em from bubbling up, can ya.

        And it just so happens that it’s your president and his team that loves them some foreigners.
        Loves them so much they simply can’t stop chatting with them.
        Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Cuba, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the Seychelles.

        Of the course the Democrats seek to assist those who drive America’s economy and keep our communities vibrant. Foreign families accustomed to the hardest of labors, men and women with dirt under their nails.
        The GOP and Team Trump cater only to those seeking to purchase pieces of America’s economy. Foreign families accustomed to graft and corruption, men and women with dirt covering their vast sums of illicitly acquired money.

      • The Grundle King says:

        “keep our communities vibrant”

        Spoken like someone who’s never actually spent any time in a town with a significant number of illegal aliens. Vibrant is not the word I would use to describe such communities.

      • Bluejay says:

        Anon:

        Not a kooky conspiracy. It is exactly how you Dems won big in CA. That is why the Dems pushed driver’s licenses for illegals. You already had Motor Voter. Any fool can figure it out.

        No one has ever actually investigated voting in CA.

      • Oracle says:

        Not a Bluejay, it always amazes me how people can believe in crazy conspiracies with no credible evidence. Could you please leave your brain for science so we could come with a cure for future generations?

      • Bluejay says:

        Oracle:

        There is no evidence of the Motor Voter scheme because there has never been an investigation much less any prosecutions. Would the California Dem party do either? Of course not! They benefit.

        With you Dems it is always ipse dixit talking points.

  19. Dem bones says:

    I worked with compartmentalized Intel for decades. But it doesn’t take that level of involvement to see what’s going on. Its common sense.

    When Trump rhetorically wondered “were my phones bugged?” that was a focusing tool. He already knew the answer is yes. A topmost fear among Americans is the anathema that our spy agencies might be used by a President to spy on his US political opponents, as that would directly subvert the Republic. US spy chiefs would go to prison and living presidents who used that crime as a gift would be ruined now and in history books.

    Yet, deep down, we know this is the norm for presidents and their appointed bootlicking party favorites and loyal obedient spy chiefs. Every spy agency is run by a political hack, who feeds his kids thanks to the President who put him in charge of spies sworn to secrecy. There’s no getting caught. Since 1776, every appointed spymaster has been tempted to commit this unfollowable crime to impress his boss, to that president’s own political benefit, and thus littered the swamp with bodies. If you were an appointed spymaster, you might do it too.

    It is like giving a fat kid cake, winking, and saying “Don’t eat it, that’s a crime!” Of course, they ate it.

    Every living President today needs the swamp full and intel closet doors locked. 16 agencies under five presidencies means a large number of political hack spy chiefs trying to impress their boss with the dirt they dug up on his domestic opponents. What politician in DC would say no to that gift?

    But Trump wasn’t a politician and Obama’s people made a critical mistake. In their spastic certainty that Trump cannot be coopted or convinced to keep Intel skeletons in closets, they projected their own crimes onto Trump himself, and announced it as a Russia Gambit, as if a Donald or Carly or Bernie could have been a spymaster, or even had access to skeletons behind presidential Intel doors.

    It is now to Trump’s benefit to actually drain this swamp and reveal what’s on the bottom, and open locked intel closets insofar as Presidents spying on political opponents, felonies by the dozens and perhaps thousands, and let the bones roll and fall as they may. For those victims aren’t Trump’s. He has been a politician for a minute and President for a second. It promises to be unpleasant and ugly. But who really thought draining this or doing forensics on dead bodies would be fun?

    • P. Erpwalk says:

      Trump has repeatedly accused Barack Obama of committing a crime.
      Today he accused Susan Rice of committing a crime.

      Write it down –
      It will be Trumpers, actually convicted of committing crimes.

    • Anonymous says:

      Those same presidents don’t care for that intel apparatus being used against them. J. Edgar Hoover was some kind of poofter/drag-queen, but he was a smart one for sure. Hoover made sure he had the goods on all the politicians, starting with the President. Once Hoover was gone be certain that Hoover’s files weren’t just chucked in the incinerator – too much useful intel.

    • anon says:

      Oooo look, bynd found another Fox ‘News’ creation.

      When you get a chance, google up your ‘ex-official”, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, aka Tony ‘The Shill’ Shaffer.
      And when you’re done with Tony’s bio, dial up your other ‘ex-official’, current Breitbart / NewsMax author Fred ‘The Freak Show’ Fleitz.

      When you get them googled up, have someone capable of critical thought explain to you what the results reveal.

      • bynd says:

        Anon,

        Every time you post it just reinforces, you are a 10 year old with a computer.

        Refute the charges instead of your opinion of who is credible and who is not.

        Hint, you are not. Rice is not. And your post doesn’t have one element of critical thought in it. But you are a fine example of the failure of the public schools.

        Let me help teach you something you obviously don’t understand,

        Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.

        I’ll be glad to splain it to you Lucy. LOL

      • anon says:

        Hooray, bynd figured out how to cut and paste!
        A hint: a more honest approach incorporates the use of quotation marks.

        Unfortunately, it’s clear you remain unsure what it is you are pasting, because rarely does it support the argument you imagine you are making.

        I suppose it’s possible the problem lies with your early life experience with paste-like products, i.e., rubber cement.

      • bynd says:

        Anon = A registered member of The Sect of Homokaasu and participator in The Kill Everyone Project

        I guess you are right I failed again. I thought the simple concept of critical thinking was not that hard to grasp. It is appeasement, all you can grasp is air.

        Hang in there snowflake. Hang around conservatives long enough and you could actual learn why progressives are a minority in this country. Thus your irrelevant postings, life and your devastating loss to Trump. But keep him your thoughts. He is giving you something to live for.

        Trumpet.

      • bynd says:

        Anon,

        If that is really true, go to the LJS site and good luck to ya.
        Trading barbs is fun to a point. And I’m pretty sure that point has been reached.

        Quite frankly, I would rather see some one without partisan brain gridlock. We see enough thinking like that from the radical jihadists.

      • Anonymous says:

        I’d entertain your suggestion if you were Street Sweeper. But you’re just another bum like me.

      • bynd says:

        anonymous,

        It has nothing to do with Sweeper. Just whether or not you have the intestinal fortitude to back up your complaint with action. You don’t.

      • Anonymous says:

        Naw, not at all. It has to do with taking a suggestion from you, bynd. You’re not even interesting yet.

  20. Anonymous says:

    GOP Senators Fault Trump Policy For Syria Chemical Weapons Attack

    “This is what obviously happens when the United States of America doesn’t behave in a way that [shows] we care about human rights and the needless deaths of innocent people,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) fumed to reporters on Tuesday, the day of the attack. “When the Secretary of State says that the Syrian people will decide their own future, that sends a signal to Bashar al Assad that he can do whatever he wants with impunity. It encourages the brutality and mass murder.”

    “If you’re Bashar al Assad and you read that it’s no longer a priority of the United States to have you removed from power, I believe that’s an incentive to act with impunity,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told reporters Wednesday.

    Rubio, who is introducing a Senate resolution condemning Assad for the attack and calling for his ouster, also slammed President Trump for blaming his predecessor for the current situation in Syria.

    “That presidency is over. We have a new presidency,” said Rubio. “The bottom line is that people who killed those children are Bashar al Assad and Vladimir Putin’s military forces.”

  21. Blizzard Warning says:

    Don Bacon had scheduled a “Family Forum with Don Bacon” at Westside Middle School Auditorium this coming Saturday.

    A public facility, a public official – an “Invitation Only” event.

    The event has now been cancelled.
    Apparently too many ‘uninvited’ constituents found out their elected representative was going to come out of hiding for a rare appearance.
    Don Bacon is now back in hiding.

    • Anonymous says:

      Don is a general disappointment. His congressional district would be better served if its constituents had elected a literal side-of-bacon to the House. At least you can cook it and have some good eating. The thing that Don Bacon and real bacon have in common is neither actually does anything. It just sits and takes up space.

      • Blizzard Warning says:

        I’m not sure how that fact wasn’t painfully obvious throughout the year leading up to the election.

        Don Bacon consistently demonstrated the wit, intellect and charisma of a door stop.
        A lifer of the federal dole (a la.. bynd).

      • bynd says:

        Blizzard Warning ,

        Keep paying those taxes. I’ll take your emasculated stupidity laughing all the way to the bank.

      • The Grundle King says:

        “Don Bacon consistently demonstrated the wit, intellect and charisma of a door stop.”

        And yet, Brad Ashford had even less wit, less intellect, and less charisma. I mean, Christalmighty…it’s like you guys don’t get it.

    • anon says:

      Don Bacon did NOT schedule the event. Two organizations did and they paid to rent the facility, and yes…they invited their members. Stop spreadings lies.
      #Fakenews

      • Blizzard Warning says:

        Don Bacon AGREED to the appearance – it was on his schedule, his campaign confirmed he would be appearing – in his district at a PUBLIC auditorium speaking to constituents about his positions on public issues.

        The flyer for the event reads, verbatim:
        “Come meet your representative in Congress and get the latest updates on healthcare, court appointments, immigration and other issues..
        ..ask your questions, share your concerns, voice your opinions”

        But when Don Bacon found out he may have to field questions from constituents other than the sycophantic Omaha Liberty Ladies and Homemakers of America, Don Bacon cancelled the public appearance.

        And you somehow imagine this to be ‘fake news’?
        Really?
        One can only assume you people have no idea how ridiculous you sound.
        But on the bright side, you could learn from this. Next time someone turns and walks away from you when you’re in mid sentence, you’ll have an idea why.

      • I'm so scared of the masks.... says:

        You’re the one who sounds ridiculous.
        Here are the facts:
        1) The event was hosted and organized by the Omaha Liberty Ladies and Homemakers Association
        2) They paid to rent the facility and invited their members. When a private organization pays to rent a public facility then they can determine who attends. If they had used it rent-free your stance about anyone being able to attend would be correct.
        3) Yes, Don did agree to participate (You at least got that right)
        4) Verbatim from Liberty Ladies statement about this: As you know, Omaha Liberty Ladies and HomeMakers for America were hosting a private event for our families to meet and speak with our new Congressman Don Bacon including middle school, high school and home school students who were attending to get their first taste of a democratic process.
        That opportunity has been completely destroyed through outside groups who tried to hijack our private event by flooding our registration site, which clearly stated the event was private.
        We determined this morning that it was not prudent to put families entrusted in our care in a potentially aggressive or unsafe situation.
        5) He did not cancel the event.

        I could tell you the sky was blue and you would argue about it.

  22. vet says:

    Rubio and McCain can move to Syria if they love Syrians above American lives. They want to risk American lives to make safe foreign peoples who hate us for our help. Screw that.

    I am a combat vet with two dozen ribbons.. I have met with McCain several times. He is a good guy. But as a politician he’s ignorant. McCain has never been an executive. He is the son of an exec 4 star and grandson of a 4 star who somehow couldn’t make it to one star. And that’s okay for a Senator. And he can hate Trump too. That’s all fine. But if Rubio and McCain want to send me or mine back to kill foreigners one at a time for the sake of foreigners and not us, I side with Trump on this one. Americans come first.

    Unless we go to Syria to kill all the Syrians, this is their own god damned civil war.

    No nickel and diming Americans to death playing at democracy making. And if you want a proxy war with Russia in Syria, with our troops dying against Russian proxy troops, then you go fight there. I have been there and done that.

    BTW, I was SIOP, EWO, PRP certified to destroy entire cities full of men, women and children. I am not squeamish. If our President today wants me to evaporate every breathing soul in Syria, I am your can-do trooper. But if your idea of diplomacy is us screwing around in other’s civil wars, or us playing proxy wars and getting our butts pinched, or other half-baked Democrat or Republican stupidities that bury Americans for the same great reasons we wasted thousands of US lives making Communist Vietnam the tennis shoe capital of the world, and is shedding US blood to have Bush and Obama proud to have created the Islamic State, then GFY.

    • anonymous says:

      I side with Trump on this one.

      Really?
      How is it possible you’re not aware your halfwit president is about to launch one, possibly two wars?

      • anonymous says:

        It was Obama, a man you no doubt hate, that chose not to sacrifice American blood and expend American treasure on an endless religious war in Syria.

      • bynd says:

        RFLMAO.

        Yeah, he has committed nothing American to the war in Syria or Iraq. That’s why Trump has to go clean up his mess.

      • Anonymous says:

        Huh. Then why was an AF buddy of mine helping “Bomb the shit out of Syria’ during the Obama Administration? Did he just wake up one day and decide to refuel Air Force aircraft, one after another, who flew to Syria and Iraq and then unloaded ordnance on them?

      • Anonymous says:

        Here’s a headline from the right wing Washington Times, calling out Obama on his possibly illegal war mongering:
        Monday, April 27, 2015 –
        “Obama launches 2,800 strikes on Iraq, Syria without congressional approval”
        “Mr. Obama has justified the attacks under his commander in chief powers and under the 2001 resolution authorizing force against al Qaeda, and the 2002 resolution authorizing the ouster of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
        Some lawmakers
        (read: Republican) on Capitol Hill have said Mr. Obama is stretching those laws and that the strikes could be illegal..”

        And here’s a headline from the New York Times,, 2 years earlier:
        August 31, 2013 –
        “Obama Seeks Approval by Congress for Strike in Syria”
        WASHINGTON — President Obama abruptly changed course on Saturday and postponed a military strike against the Syrian government in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack so he could seek authorization first from a deeply skeptical Congress.
        In one of the riskiest gambles of his presidency, Mr. Obama effectively dared lawmakers to either stand by him or, as he put it, allow President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to get away with murdering children with unconventional weapons. By asking them to take a stand, Mr. Obama tried to break out of the isolation of the last week as he confronted taking action without the support of the United Nations, Congress, the public or Britain, a usually reliable partner in such international operations.

        You see, the Republican congress simply wanted to BITCH and OBSTRUCT. They wanted to hang our President out to dry – alone in the world confronting the evil that is Bashar A-Assad.
        In a time of war, with American planes in the air and lives on the line, Republicans were -above all things- desperate to score political points by harassing and impugning our President.

        They first blamed Obama for TOO MUCH bombing, saying a reckless Obama was conducting a war outside of the law.
        Then, when Obama answer the wailing by asking the Republican Congress to fulfill their Constitutional duty under Article 1, Section 8 (“Congress shall have power to … declare War’) – the Republican Congress REFUSED TO ACT!

        From The Hill, April 13, 2015 –
        GOP: Obama war request is dead
        “President Obama’s proposal for the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is dead in the House, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy declared on Monday.
        The California Republican said Obama’s draft authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, could not win the 218 votes needed to pass the lower chamber”

        And NOW, today – because the GOP knows their base has the attention span of a gnat, they want to scream – OBAMA WAS WEAK ON SYRIA – HE REFUSED TO ACT!!

        SO GO FY!

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous ADHD,

        You seem rather bent out of shape over something that didn’t matter. Whether the congress approved the military action or not was just a cover Obama wanted. It never stopped him from doing what he wanted. Although there is no doubt you can produce a quote by him stating as such. He was weak and ineffective.

        And all your yelling, whining, hysteria and tantrums won’t change the facts. As much as you try too.

        Remember he had a phone and a pen and used them quite often.

        It will be tough for Trump to start any wars since he has to clean Obama’s mess’. That will keep him busy for quite a while.

      • Anonymous says:

        Another byndism gone awry! But bynd won’t admit he’s wrong, again and again and again. Bynd can’t be wrong about his prez not having time to start any wars. Bynd is never wrong! So this war that his prez started early this morning, the air strikes on Syria, are not what they seem. Because bynd says so. His prez has no time for war!

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous, the juvenile mind at work,

        There, there, your Obama mental health care is there for you.
        Had you a real president, last night never would have happened. And you wouldn’t be so distraught and so totally out of control this morning.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Wait…Obama was trying to wage a war? Against an aggressor that had not attacked us?

        Are we talking about the same Obama that was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize?

    • anon says:

      John McCain Mutiny acts like he’s Arnold with US Military, he of all people, but then the VietNam era did have a lot of assholes that were officers

  23. Political Novice says:

    It’s pretty obvious that the good citizens of Omaha could hardly contain their excitement for this latest primary. I’ve always considered these off-year elections a needless expenditure and a (perhaps unintentional) way of insuring low voter turnout. I’m pleased to see that Gretna Sen. John Murante feels the same way. He’s proposing an interim study to consider syncing city elections with the Congressional election cycle which is a good start and I think will be beneficial to all in the long run.

    But what do I know? I’m just a political novice.

    • Anonymous says:

      That can’t be done in Omaha because city-county rivalry and all. You need to get a unigov to make the politicians obey fiscally.

      • Anonymous says:

        Unifying Douglas County and the City of Omaha is long, long overdue and much needed. Let the superior (the county) adsorb the inferior (the city) and let’s get on with it. There are significant savings and efficiencies to be realized by getting rid of an unnecessary layer of local government.

    • Swamp says:

      Did they not move the elections apart to generate more interest? Two elections to vote for two people, 3 elections within a year.
      Look at the school board-district elections of a board that has been reduced, people placed by us, and it is a fail

  24. FUBAR says:

    KETV has the story on cowardly Don Bacon, hiding from his constituents –
    Plans for congressman’s forum thwarted by onslaught of unwanted guests.

    Those ‘unwanted guests’, are his constituents.

    Seems like the brave Brig. Gen. Bacon, who promised on the campaign trail to protect Omaha from certain ISIS sleeper cells, prefers to limit his public interaction with only an adoring handful of ‘Liberty Ladies’ and area Homemakers.

    It was this same Dodging Don who repeatedly attacked his opponent throughout his campaign for not holding enough the town halls. And it was the suddenly Bashful Bacon who during the campaign promised townhalls in every part of the District 2.
    Don’s previous employer had their own terms for such behavior, terms like dereliction of duty, and AWOL.

    The only real voice constituents have heard from Bacon since his election, last November, was the “HELL YES” he blurted out in response the transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich that Republicans tried to pass off as a healthcare plan.
    A “HELL YES” to a House Freedom Caucus proposal garnering the support of only 17% of Americans.

    • anon says:

      I have to admit, I didn’t expect much of Don Bacon, but this hiding from his constituents is simply unacceptable.

      Hell, even Lindsey ‘Butters’ Graham is featured in news stories almost every weekend, standing on stage before an auditorium full of his constituents, giving back just as well as he’s taking.
      At least Lindsey Graham has the decency to be held to account by the people signing his paycheck.

    • anon says:

      Stop your smoke and mirrors tactics.

      The KETV story pointed out that the two groups who organized the event cancelled the event. And at the end of the story, the reporter mentioned she was told by Don’s spokesperson that a town hall scheduled would be released in the next week or so.

      • Anonymous says:

        Apparently there’s very little that’s inexcusable here in Nebraska, as long as there is an R affixed to the name.

      • bynd says:

        George is right Will,

        It couldn’t be put more sufficiently.

        “Equating “critical thinking” with “relentless criticism” results in worse than the indiscriminate rejection not merely of this or that expert. Nichols says this equation produces “a Google-fueled, Wikipedia-based, blog-sodden” disdain for even the ideal of expertise. This ideal becomes an affront in a culture that “cannot endure even the slightest hint of inequality of any kind.”

        Our devices and social media are, he says, producing people who confuse “internet grazing” with research and this faux research with higher education, defined by a wit as “those magical seven years between high school and your first warehouse job.” Years when students demand to run institutions that the students insist should treat them as fragile children.

        You have to especially like the relentless criticism part. Which could very well be writing about the books that one snowflake on here just loves to post and so he considers himself a critical thinker.

        Just love it when you can put a simple concept to something.

      • Oracle says:

        people who confuse “internet grazing” with research and this faux research with higher education

        ostrich, didn’t you catch that Will was talking about folks like you?

      • Anonymous says:

        Bynd did some internet grazing and came up with his own relentless criticism of someone on here who writes about some books.

      • Anonymous says:

        bynd,

        George Will specifically mentions he’s talking about the “alternative facts” crowd.
        Since Will refused to support the perpetually incurious and dangerously ill-informed Donald Trump during his presidential bid, he’s has been cast out from his long time partners in the right wing media.
        He now rails against them at every opportunity.

        George Will is talking about YOU, gomer. You and the Trumpers.
        The left doesn’t do ‘alternative facts’. It just doesn’t sell (see: Air America). Our side simply isn’t that gullible.

        Speaking of long time Conservative pundits who now find the Republican party repulsive, how about a weekend assignment for you –
        Google up – Right Wing Entertainment Complex – then have someone explain to you the results.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        Susan Rice, all chemicals weapons have been removed form Syria,
        Sec of State Kerry, 100% of chemical weapons have been removed from Syria,

        I could go on and on. But the pictures of the pile of dead children killed by Assad and his chemical weapons is all that needs to be seen.

        But I’m sure you will find a way to defend your good Dem friends who you will assert had nothing to do with all those dead children and 20 women. Minimum. Or any of the other, at least 4 chemical attacks, since they were all suppose to be gone.

        Alt facts kill. To bad it doesn’t kill the ones making up the fake news, alt facts and those who support them. How’s that red line of Obama’s working for all those horribly murdered children.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Well I see you’re acting out again, bynd! Exploiting murdered children to make a pointless point. That’s real classy of ‘ya. So tell us, are you FOR or AGAINST airstrikes in Syria? Your rambling around when trying to monitor everything everyone else posts on here creates considerable doubt as to whether you know what you believe.

        P.S. This is not an attack, just in case you mistake my intent once again…

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Okay bynd, I’ll take your silence here to mean you are both for and against the airstrikes in Syria! And now I have a basis for understanding your empathic portrayals of Trump: He too does not appear to know what he believes!!!

  25. anonymous says:

    In a unanimous decision, the residency challenge against Sen. Ernie Chambers was dismissed.

    Imagine that.

    Thanks for the colossal waste of everyone’s time, again, Imbeciles.

    • Anonymous says:

      Its enough to make you believe in God, even though Ernie doesn’t. Ernie. Keeps. Winning. Time and again. It must be God.

      • bynd says:

        Mat 5:44 – 48
        44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

      • Anonymous says:

        Scripture is excellent, but Ernie probably prefers something more acerbic and profane by Samuel L. Jackson. I don’t think God approves, but He laughs anyway.

    • anon says:

      The guy filed a legit claim and lost. Living in the area for a year is a is a pretty low bar to meet and has no teeth, But why are you calling anyone else imbeciles, loser

      • Anonymous says:

        “The guy filed a legit claim and lost.”

        Really?
        On what fuching planet do he do that?!

        In a unanimous decision his peers found the claim to have no merit. None. Nada, Zip. Zilch.
        His fellow Senators were embarrassed to have been forced to waste their time hearing this clown loser.

        Sciara himself admits he couldn’t find a single lawyer to represent his case.
        Months into the legal challenge, Sicara brought not a shred of evidence that support his claim.
        Although admitted to clandestinely staking out Ernie’s residence:
        “Sciara testified that he would drive by Chambers’ house at all hours of the day and night..”

        What IS IT with you people?

        A Democrat could claim the sun rises in the east – and ignoring 4.5 billion years of empirical evidence, your self-serving, fact-averse ideology would demand stomp your feet an INSIST it does not!!
        (the sun rising is an example only slightly more ludicrous than your denial of climate science, birtherism, the causes precipitating the Great Recession, Benghazi-Benghazi!!, Fast & Furious, Republicans as the party of ‘fiscal conservatism’, the Clintons killed Vince Foster, trickle down economics etc.., etc..)

      • anon says:

        they reviewed the claim for over 3 months, so the claim must have had some legs. But justice prevailed with a subscription to OWH, the residency law is not enforceable anyway, and Ernie knows it. The guy did have evidence. Peers, I don’t think Ernie would call them that, but he was unusually low key during the process and he will let loose now

      • bynd says:

        On what fuching planet do he do that?!

        the same fuching planet where Ernie sued god and made the state a laughing stock.

        maybe sciara thinks ernie is god.

  26. Grim reaper says:

    Bynd, it is can be difficult to keep up with the spinning Left. Did Trump act in Syria emotionally or rationally? Snap judgement or planned?

    The Wash Post shows Trump advisors fueling both ideas; Spicer saying photos of dead babies from Assad’s WMD drove Trump to act, while Rex Tillerson said he watched Trump’s decision and it was not emotional at all. Well, gee whiz. People have emotions and make dry decisions. And what negotiator doesn’t benefit from being unreadable?

    The eagerness to condemn Trump results in some really odd hypocrisies:

    –Trump planned this too quickly, yet Centcom “had plans for striking the Syrian government for years”. It was kneejerk, yet based on Obama’s strike plans Trump has been looking at since he “entered office”.

    — Trump is Putin’s puppet, yet Putin angrily “cancelled a key air agreement… but later restored the deal” showing a Putin flustered and then cowed like one of Trump’s campaign opponents.

    Congressional Democrats say Trump has no Syria strategy. Mainstream Media asks for a “Trump Doctrine.” These political elites, amazingly, do not understand the nature of being President.

    Trump is a “counter puncher”. That doesn’t mean he’s a stupid boxer or has no plans. On the contrary, he constantly weighs options in real time. Doctrine doesn’t. – In simpler terms, Presidents are now. Congress passes laws for the future, the Court adjudicates laws passed, but Presidents react to the world now. Its dynamic, like boxing. You shift or stand firm or feint as needed.

    You want “doctrine”? Obama’s doctrine was to kill people using drones and Spec Ops that when the operations failed didn’t make unflattering news. And when unable to avoid using visible force, he went to Congress (435 leaks) and to a UN that mostly wishes the USA to lose, begging for permission thus telegraphing our intentions to the enemy. Obama even “drew a line” against Assad using WMD on kids, Assad did it again and Obama did nothing. That’s doctrine.

    Trump doesn’t telegraph his intentions. Certainly, not to people who would hurt us intentionally. But American’s who hurt America intentionally are just as damaging. Reagan too seemed easy to read, his emotions on a sleeve but even his family said down deep, he was strategically opaque.

      • bynd says:

        a non factor,

        Intelligence is often looked on as whack-a-doodle do by the less gifted.

        Look no further than the phrase, whack-a-doodle do as evidence.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hence Trump’s disadvantage. Trump golfs while Putin is a legit 3rd dan in Judo. Who is the better strategist? A fat, white, rich guy who hits a ball? Or a fit, wealthy, oligarch who fights fellow Judo players? Our next President needs to personally understand the “chess’ of Brazilian Jujutsu, and doesn’t just chase a ball with a stick.

      • Anonymous says:

        “snowlake’. You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means, especially regarding me. Its not as if “Everyone who is not bynd is a snowflake’ but you write as if that were true. Its not. I am not a liberal, a Democrat or a snowflake. I am a contrarian and Libertarian, but I am not reflexively reactionary. Widen your classification system, bynd.

      • bynd says:

        change your name so I know it is you. that would be easiest.

        and yes, I do know what it means. not hard to look up.

      • bynd says:

        Tried that once. Had my business name dragged through the mud. All sorts of lies. Messages sent to my wife and the lead pastor of my church. All by a good gay catholic who did a lot of volunteering up north. Even got a nice write up in the OMW when he passed. So, no I’ll pass. fool me once and all that.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      I don’t like that moniker. I’ll just continue thinking of you as Anonymous.
      As to bynd, well, he has evidently appointed himself the monitor of Leavenworth St.
      It’s his ‘job’ to worry about all the folks who post worrisome messages about our president.

      • bynd says:

        TA;

        If you had any comprehension at all, you would realize rarely do I defend your president Trump, but point out the hypocrisy and stupidity of those zealot partisians who post about him. Must be to far above your common sense level.

        But little more is expected from those who one might disagree with on here. Like of a bunch of little back biting little bitc_hes. You can dish out but can’t take it when it comes back at you.

        However, I do believe you have set yourself as the monitor of all things child handicapped in this state even though you don’t live here. You must find it too tough to pay attention to your own state Texas as I suppose they don’t put up with you much better than anyone else.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Not true, bynd. There’s nothing to monitor about SPED here but my own persistent postings. And when I do post, I do not depend on name-calling to make my point, that being: y’all have a long way to go to get the place that the SCOTUS says you need to be. (That 8-0 ruling that set off the firestorm between you and I last week.) You need a new perspective about SPED, ’cause what I saw when I lived there informs me that you don’t get it, YET!

        Now you say your experience has been good. So was mine with regard to my own child. But school administrators did not offer her the educational opportunity she was constitutionally guaranteed. Rather, our extended family had to group together and take it. Some parents and guardians I met along the way preferred not to make waves, others preferred to pray or whatever. I preferred to make the dream of social equity in our public schools true. And when I saw how easy it was for Gov. Nelson and the unicam to defy constitutional language concerning public education, I lost my belief in America. I’m only trying to get my belief back! After all, the public schools are the only place our local, state and federal governments have made available to children with significant disability. And now the Supreme Court has said this particular place must be meaningful! I wanted you to rejoice with me, bynd. Instead you accused me of attacking???

  27. Anonymous says:

    Conservative pundit David Brooks, NYT:
    The Coming Incompetence Crisis

    The normal incompetent person flails and stammers and is embarrassed about it. But the true genius at incompetence like our president flails and founders and is too incompetent to recognize his own incompetence. He mistakes his catastrophes for successes and so accelerates his pace toward oblivion.
    Trump’s greatest achievements are in the field of ignorance. Up until this period I had always thought of ignorance as a void, as an absence of knowledge. But Trump’s ignorance is not just an absence; it is a rich, intricate and entirely separate universe of negative information, a sort of fertile intellectual antimatter with its own gravitational pull.

    • anon says:

      Anyone else find it odd that we’re nearly 3 months into Trump’s term and he’s still keeping “secret” his “fool-proof” plan for “total victory” in our war against ISIS?

      “I don’t want the enemy to know what I’m doing,” Trump told Fox News in May 2015, the month before launching his presidential campaign. “Unfortunately, I’ll probably have to tell at some point, but there is a method of defeating them quickly and effectively and having total victory.”

      Any of you Trumpers out there care to weigh in?

      • To demo-troll 855 says:

        He also said many times it would be foolish to share his military plans, besides they will probably will be shared in some form illegal or not by NYT or WP with out reguard to fact, fiction, or national security. Trumps Idea of foreign relations is not going around bowing to other leaders

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,
        Not a Trumper but it is ignorant and arrogant civilians like you who get more of military killed than almost any other single item.

        “mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy”

        ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

        Some would call the title of this post the “most quoted” quote of Sun Tzu’s entire book. However, I dislike the emphasis many place on learning “The Art of War” through disjointed quotations. Chapter I has a significant section on deception, but readers of this isolated quote might never learn the context associated with it. Allow me to explain.

        When Sun Tzu elaborates on deception, he begins:

        “Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable;

        When using our forces, we must seem inactive;

        When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away;

        When far away, we must make him believe we are near.”

        A reader might glance over this and be tempted to remark, “Well, that sounds easy.” It most assuredly is not.

        When in a conflict against fellow human beings, the opponent is a fellow man; being a fellow man, he is familiar with the patterns that accompany readiness to attack, signs of inactivity, and indications of proximity or lack thereof. These are signs that armies and other large organizations give off without conscious thought or effort. While not every leader or strategist is well versed with the subtleties that accompany them, they are all familiar with the bold strokes that accompany an armored cavalry thrust from a General Patton, as one example. These are things that are hard to conceal, yet easy to detect.

        Thus, something more is required. This is the role of deception.

        Hope you finally learned something other than you have no freaking idea what you are posting about.

        YW

      • Anonymous says:

        Some would call the title of this post the “most quoted” quote

        And some would called it the nonsensical blathering of our resident dillwad,

      • Anonymous says:

        demo-troll,

        Re: “He also said many times it would be foolish to share his military plans,”

        What is it with you people?
        Is it possible that you really don’t understand that the man has NO FUCHING PLANS!!

        It’s just horseshite and babble tossed out by a reality TeeVee celebrity with the intent of whipping up the low information crowd!

        How exactly did our nation become some tragically naive and insanely stupid?

  28. Anonymous says:

    I know, it seems as if Congress just got back to work from their last extended break, but Congress has begun yet another long recess.

    Don Bacon will be on vacation for the next two weeks. Any guess re how many town halls he’s able to muster.

    Remember all those campaign pledges about Town Halls in every area of the district:
    “So I commit that once elected that I will be doing town halls in every part of this district … north Omaha, South Omaha, the west, Valley, Waterloo, Gretna, Papillion, you name it. We’re going to be accessible and available. You shouldn’t be just in your office.”

    Adding to the his taxpayer funded military pension ($100K?) and taxpayer funded health insurance, taxpayers also now pony up $174K/year for Don’s congressional salary. Should that buy them any accountability?

    Lee Terry averaged nearly 20 town halls a year.
    During the most heated political period in recent memory, at the height of the Obamacare debate in August 2009, Ben Nelson held 5 town halls in that month alone.

    • bynd says:

      Gen. Bacon has learned, all he has to do is log on here and Anonymous will tell him all he needs to know.

      After all, no one knows more about any subject, including war, than Anonymous. Just ask them.

  29. Anonymous says:

    The headline from the Sept. 3, 2013, Washington (right wing) Times:
    Hunter: Obama inviting impeachment if he strikes Syria without Congress

    Rep. Duncan Hunter said Tuesday that President Obama would be breaking the law and even inviting impeachment if he went ahead with strikes on Syria after a congressional rejection.
    “I think he’s breaking the law if he strikes without congressional approval,” Mr. Hunter, a California Republican, told The Washington Times. “And if he proceeds without Congress providing that authority, it should be considered an impeachable offense.”

    “Unless the president’s willing to go to war with Syria and send my Marines back in to another country in the region, you don’t just fire warning shots, and you don’t lob a few missiles and say OK, wipe your hands, job well done, they’re deterred,” Mr. Hunter said.

    Roughly $30 million for the 59 Tomahawk missiles that were lobbed into Syria.
    And It was only a few hours after the attack that Syrian warplanes were taking off from the very same airfield that Trump bombed. Airstrikes resuming on the very same town where the use of poison gas provoked our attention deficit disorder, reactionary Fox TeeVee president into action.

    • bynd says:

      A-nut-case,

      Oh no. fuching this, fuching that. I don’t understand. Do you? What is going on? I’m over the edge? I’m fallllllllllllllling. Trump is my soul mate! Am I the only one who understands Trump? Great minds think alike.
      RFLMBO

  30. Anonymous says:

    Yet more proof that the Trump administration hasn’t a clue, about anything.

    Just moments ago, in today’s press conference Sean Spicer was asked:
    Q: “Is the red line for this White House chemical warfare? Is conventional warfare enough to get the president to go further than this White House is going?”

    To which, on behalf of the the president, Spicer answered:
    “The answer is that if you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bomb into innocent people, I think you will see a response from this president. That is unacceptable.”

    So Donald Trump’s ‘red line’ is either chemical weapons or barrel bombs.
    Even I’m aware that Assad uses barrel bombs.. all the time.
    It is estimated Assad’s forces dropped 13,000 of them in 2016 alone.
    Assad averages roughly 36 barrel bombs a day.

    Apparently his go to source for news vital to our national security, Fox & Friends, hasn’t informed your president of this fact.

  31. Anonymous says:

    March 26, Washington Times headline:
    “Trump moves ahead with plans for tax cuts after health care failure”

    Today – AP:
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has scrapped the tax plan he campaigned on and is going back to the drawing board

    Clown
    Show

  32. anon says:

    I see Don Bacon ventured out into public yesterday, meeting with Nebraskans.

    220 miles west of his District 2 constituency, in deep red Trump country, Broken Bow, Nebraska.

  33. Winning Bigly says:

    Trump is on track to outspend Obama’s entire, 8 year travel tab, in a single year.
    He has spent 21 days of his 80-day presidency at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, at an estimated cost of $21.6 million.
    In addition to the 21 days in Mar-a-Lago, he’s spent 4 days at Trump National Golf Club, in Sterling, Virginia.

    They try to hide his golf outings, but of those 25 days, it has been confirmed that Trump spent at least 17 of them on the golf course.
    Let’s compare – after 81 days in office, number of days spent on the golf course by:
    Clinton: 3
    GW Bush: 0
    Obama: 0

    “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to play golf.”
    – Donald Trump

    A campaign pledge made dozens of times.

  34. Anonymous says:

    It’s an easy mistake. Sen Lindsey Graham’s face, so smooth and womanly. A lawyer, Air Force officer, unmarried, no children. That describes some women. Who’s to say he isn’t a woman? Then again, he is a Senator and ran for President. And he might be a man.

    Now consider Justice Ruth Ginsburg. What is she? 200 years old? At her age, she has as much gender left as a bristlecone pine.

    The Democrats are still stinging from Scalia being replaced by a 49-year-old conservative and yet Ginsburg is already making a case for her being hauled off in net to the booby hatch.

    • Then again says:

      It never ceases to amaze the things the right wing makes up to entertain itself.

      While lardo Scalia succumbed to his life, immobile…
      February 27, 2017, Politico
      “I Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Workout. It Nearly Broke Me.”

      There’s a reason she’s referred to as the Notorious RBG.

      • bynd says:

        damn pesky facts,

        Think your taxes are too high? Most countries have it worse

        In every other scenario analyzed by the OECD in its 584-page “Taxing Wages” report, the U.S. tax burden was also below average, from 3 points to almost 6 points depending on the taxpayers’ wages, marital status and number of children. In fact, the tax burden on most American workers hasn’t budged much over the last two decades, despite tax cuts under former President George W. Bush and upper-income tax hikes under former President Barack Obama.

        But, but the progressive story is, the middle class and poor are getting hammered while the rich do better and better. RFLMBO

  35. TexasAnnie says:

    David Dao was dragged off a plane for refusing to give up the seat he had a receipt for.

    As is my habit I thought about how that circumstance would affect me and my family if it happened to us. We travel with a diapered adult completely lacking comprehensible language, unless directed to us, her parents. What if the computer had selected her to exit the plane?

    • anon says:

      Don’t worry Annie, the new Supreme Court Justice – just like the uber conservative faction of the Republican party he represents – is a staunch defender of an individuals rights over that of
      soulless corporations.
      Ha.. ha, ha…. HA, HA, HAAAAAAA!!!

      You need look no further than the truck driver whose duty it was to freeze to death in order to protect his employers property.
      Or the 6.5 million learning disabled students who Gorsuch ruled against – a decision unanimously overturned by the Supreme Court.
      Gorsuch is a critically important cog in the machinery destined to make Donald Trump and Ayn Rand’s America, Great Again.
      Surely you remember Citizens United, Annie. Corporations are people.

      And the people most beholden to those corporations, are your peeps.
      So when the time comes to be drug off the plane in service to the corporations needs, we expect Republicans will gladly volunteer to fulfill their duty.
      When required to sacrifice your life to save a sliver of your company’s property and profits, we expect you ‘first principles conservatives’ to embrace that ultimate sacrifice.
      When your GOP reps shred a law preventing Internet Service Providers from selling your private information to the highest bidder, we expect ‘Constitutional Conservatives’ to stand and applaud.
      When your President, in his very first act in office fattens big bank coffers by shredding a law making it more affordable for hard working Americans to purchase in their first home, we expect Trump Nation to rejoice.
      When your president and the GOP destroy environmental protections and erase rules that prevent coal mines from dumping toxic waste into streams, we expect the right wing to be down right jubilant.

      GD it people, wake up.

    • bynd says:

      TA:

      Well we the typical answer from the snowflakes, it the government’s fault is to be expected. The answer is, one who is with her would have to leave also. And how all that plays out, the snowflakes obviously have no clue, you would have to research deeper. Those bumped off flights do get compensation. I don’t know if it is adequate or not.

      When I use to fly between Omaha and KC and back, I always booked the 7pm return flight because it was always over booked. I got a lot of free tickets that way.

      The rules for compensation did not come from the airlines but from those who regulate them and congress. Imagine that, anon once again doesn’t have a clue.

      If being awake is like anon, they should try instead living. Being controlled by Trump isn’t much of a living. (thanks to Clint!)

      • anon says:

        “it the government’s fault is to be expected. “..

        “..rules for compensation did not come from the airlines but from those who regulate them and congress.”

        You’ll probably have to have someone explain to you the mindless discordance.

        The cacophony and clamor that passes for brain function must be a real challenge for even the most basic of daily functions, eh bynd?
        Of course, it was sufficient to secure a lifetime on the government dole, right?

      • TexasAnnie says:

        uh huh. But the ones with her were not selected to exit. So that would be three people getting off, and only one “compensated” as you say!

      • bynd says:

        anon,

        Sorry to go over your head again. It’s almost impossible not too.

        But keep working. The government needs your taxes to help the poor and oppressed like me. I feel so fortunate that you fight for me every day. tyty

      • TexasAnnie says:

        It was rhetorical, anon. But wouldn’t it be a hoot if I said, “okay, take her. She walks only with assistance, is diapered, and receives meds four times daily. Oh, and she requires a somewhat special diet. Let me know when the next scheduled plane is due to arrive and I’ll meet that plane to get her!”

  36. TexasAnnie says:

    I had hoped even bynd would realize that the computer selection model is unworkable.

    Obviously, United Airlines should have put their four employees on another plane!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      The problem is that people acted like robots instead of, well, people. I hold to a astonishingly small number of absolute rules. Airline boarding rules that facilitate airline employee movement are not on that list. Put the paying customer first and put the United employees on another flight. If there is no way to do that in United’s computer system figure out a manual work-around. There must be some way to do this. The bottom line is think. Think like a human being can think. Act like people matter. if there is no way for this at United, or any other company, that company is lost and deserves whatever flack it gets.

      I see that United lost $1 billion in market value in a day, and that is the least of this airline’s problems today. This is just the public whack in the head United’s board and senior management need. $1 billion is an expensive lesson. I hope it is learned well.

    • bynd says:

      education time:

      So, delay even more flights since their crews weren’t able to get where they needed to be. Most crews jump a flight to get where they need to get to to work, e.g. fly airplanes. There is a difference between that and jumping a flight for kicks and grins. And many times when there may be only one jumper, they fly in the cockpit.

      It is how the system works and has worked for decades. How happy would you be knowing your flight was delayed because the airline would not let your flight crew on another flight to get there and fly you to paradise? And, as in all things human, it doesn’t always go as planned. Such is life. And the reason they over book is an empty seat is money. Which for years when airlines weren’t making money, was a big deal. Why do you think they charge you for every little thing? Make up for decades of loss’. And with consolidation, they can.

      • anon says:

        So you side with the airline and excuse them for poor planning and overselling flights.
        Exactly as we’d expect from a government lifer.

        The answer is for the airlines to increase the remuneration until you’ve got enough people willing to give up/sell their seat.
        It’s really simple.

        I think it was 4 seats that United needed because of its poor logistical planning, its practice of overselling flights and its shareholder friendly habit of having too few pilots on it’s payroll.
        But we should probably excuse them though… right? After all, United is new to the business.

        If you can’t get 4 seats from passengers for $1250/pop ($5000), you can take that same money, and with one phone call charter a private flight from any one of the numerous charter companies based at O’Hare.
        Problem solved.

        But in the end, United knows lack of regulation and absence of consumer protections allows it to physically drag people from flights if necessary. What’s a bloody lip and few bruises if you can shave a couple bucks of expenses off the next quarterly.

        Feb 9, 2017, NYT –
        “Consumer Watchdog Faces Attack by House Republicans”
        WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee will move forward on legislation to neuter the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its power to crack down on predatory business practices

        Fed 15, 2017, Daily Caller –
        Senate Has A Plan To Dismantle Obama’s Consumer Protection Agency”

        Most sentient beings would ask themselves –
        “Why would elected representatives who are supposed to be the voice of their constituency, seek to dismantle the one agency in our government tasked with protecting their interests?’

      • Anonymous says:

        True except when its not. When blind adherence to company policy results in a $1 billion loss in market cap, plus a likely lawsuit, plus dilution of a global brand, perhaps a new policy is needed.

      • bynd says:

        anon,

        come back when you have something valid to say. keep your party lines for the fools who think you have something to say.

        by the way, such flights by flight crews are written in their contracts. i see once again, a snowflake turning it’s back to the unions and stabbing them in their back. that’s another good reason you keep loosing. stupid duplicity. actually, stupidity in general.

        keep paying your taxes though, i need to pay my isp to keep posting here. all thanks to you.

        what a sweet irony, you supporting me.

      • bynd says:

        anonypuss;

        “When blind adherence to company policy results in a $1 billion loss”

        It had nothing to do with company policy but how the passenger was removed. that’s on the airport police. but I am sure you and the white guys matter group can get the airport cops neutered to make flying from the busiest airports less secure.

        it’s already down to 600 million. and by the time the investors swoop in a get a good deal on a depressed stock, in one month no one will care and they will be worth even more.

        I sided with the flight crews who need the seats. You side with a wacko who thinks, like you, he is the most important thing in the world. maybe like the passenger, you should put your big boy pants on and realize how the world works.

        because had we more of obama through HRC, we would all probably be gassed by now.

        and since you have absolutely no idea of flight crews and seats on airlines, maybe it’s time to quit looking like the fool you are. it had nothing to do with logistics except for a system that has worked for decades, when adults are involved. and i realize you have a hard time identifying adults from your juvenile position. just like in your posting, which has nothing to do with logic. sciolist!

      • Anonymous says:

        No need for name calling, bynd. Ever. I’m not calling you names. I also don’t deserve to be stuffed into a box, whatever label you choose to put on it.

        The damage has been done. There are calls for United’s president to resign. Should he? He had the misfortune to be in charge during this mess. Yes, the market cap may fluctuate, but United’s brand has taking a global hit. That is not going to be fixed in a month.

        You side with the cops. Yup, do do I. A decades long seating policy? Yes, I understand that. I was on both sides of it, flying regularly on business trips. Alas appearance is reality. Some goofball refuses to give up his seat and gets the shit beat out of him as he’s dragged off the plane. Even if he deserved it he didn’t deserve it. Why? Because of the appearance that a transnational company can do what it wants, to whoever it wants, whenever it wants, for any reason it wants (or no reason at all).

        All of this could have been avoided. Is violence a viable resort? Yes. Is the last resort? Yes, absolutely. David Dao may be an idiot. He’s now an idiot who stands to reap great, undeserved rewards for someone else’s lack of self-control.

        I just found this on Yahoo: “That is not who our family at United is. You saw us at a bad moment,” United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz told ABC News in an interview that aired Wednesday on Good Morning America. “This can never, will never happen again on a United Airlines flight … that’s my promise.”

        I’d be pleased to hear how you’d advise Mr. Munoz at this point. Mr. Munoz and his lawyers.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        I’m guessing that YW means “you win!”
        And I thank you for that, bynd. I really did not expect you to admit you were wrong due to our past encounters: 1) you think it’s feasible to build a wall in the Rio Grande; 2) you think I have “harmed” Nebraskan children with disability because I protested inadequate educational standards (and whether or not such children were permitted to even enroll in school in Nebraska!!!).

        And now that you have admitted that you are wrong about this United Airlines incident, well, that’s good, bynd, because we have additional reports on what happened. We now know that the ‘contract of carriage’ did not permit the removal of ticketed, seated passengers, and, we now know that the four employees did not “purchase” tickets so the plane was technically not overbooked.

        I’m pretty sure these FACTS will indeed make David Dao a wealthy man when he gets to a court of law. Care to admit you’re likely WRONG about this outcome, too?

  37. bynd says:

    how stupid is anonymous?

    “plus a likely lawsuit”

    14 CFR 91.3 specifies that the pilot in command of an aircraft can deviate from any federal aviation regulation as necessary for safety of flight:

    (b) In an in-flight emergency requiring immediate action, the pilot in command may deviate from any rule of this part to the extent required to meet that emergency.

    The federal aviation regulations (Title 14) also specify that passengers must obey all orders given by the pilot in command. This applies to any aircraft, large and small.

    The same authority is granted to sea captains, but for the life of me I couldn’t find the regulation from which such authority spawns.

    • Anonymous says:

      I tend to recall the pilot is not in actual command until the cabin door closes, the jetway is retracted and aircraft pushes back from the gate. Until then its a little more complicated.

  38. DRAIN THIS SWAMP ONE A WEEK AT LEAST says:

    Spartacus. A hot tub is a wonderful thin, but a neglected one can become horrifying.

    This steaming tub of Leavenworth St. blog-string “Speaking up” has over the past nine days bathed 200+ customers soaking in heated conversations, working up a sweat, plenty of slavering of chops and getting pissed off and out. A few bloody noses and worn off callouses. After a week, the water more resembles barley soup. This blog string pushes toward two weeks. At three weeks it will gel solid and must be removed with scoop shovels.

    For pity’s sake, drain it at least once a week… like the thrifty flush their toilets. That breaks up feud development and allows thoughts afresh.

    Spartacus, you are appreciated. Your conversation starters are great. But they are a lot of work to draft. We know that. Perhaps every other time, instead of you drafting a starter, you can call it “Open Forum”. But at least once per week, please drain this pool and let’s start afresh. For no matter whether your elephantine fungus is on your right foot or your donkey fungus on your left wing, there’s only so much bleach can do. Our eyes are burning and we hope to hell that’s only the bleach.

  39. anonymous says:

    Two Washington Post/ABC Polls, both asking the same exact question, 4 years apart, different presidents –

    Question: Do You Support U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

    Democrats, Sept 2013 (Obama): 38% support
    Democrats, April 7-9, 2017 (Trump): 37% support

    Republicans, Sept 2013 (Obama): 22% support
    Republicans, April 7-9, 2017 (Trump): 86% support

    Couldn’t paint a clearer picture of a Principles free GOP.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        I do not support violence nor destruction in any form. But this does remind me of a recent conversation with our resident critic, bynd. Now bynd, both supports and refutes airstrikes. It just depends on who is president at the time…

      • bynd says:

        Here TA, more education just for you:

        Let me explain for your simple mind one more time. It isn’t my intent to write about the politicians as much as the hypocrisy of the writer I am commenting too. Try and wrap your little mind around that one. It isn’t that difficult but seems to have you in a tizzy.

        Maybe stick to your own state which has enough of their own problems instead of being a Troll up here. Or don’t they allow to post down there?

      • bynd says:

        TA, PS:

        By your writing, you obviously support the chemical attack on children though since you neglected to specifically condemn such an action. And here you have presented the false front of actually being an advocate for them. You should take care of yourself before worrying about others.

      • Anonymous says:

        No bynd. I did specifically condemn such an action when I said I do not support violence nor destruction. And I am taking care of business down here. And for a few days, I have time to waste on you!!!

      • bynd says:

        TA, so now you say you are against chemical attacks and against violence to end such attacks. since Obama tried the negotiation side, what does that leave? You think violence to stop evil is bad?

        You want it every which way without specifically condemning the attack on children. Whether you think you did or not.

        Make up your mind. The world is a violent place. To say one doesn’t like violence in a war torn area may feel noble but hardly helps to solve any problems. Or do you just prefer talking about red lines.

        Would you denounce violence against some one who chemically attacked your family and murdered them? You get bent out of shape ranting about the lack of money the government didn’t spend on you and yours. Priorities, your’s seem to be some what skewed.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        I would defend myself to the extent of my ability, yes.

        Please stop lying about me. You cannot find a single example wherein I have complained that the govt. did not spend enough on me or mine. Not one example, bynd.

      • bynd says:

        T
        (T)otally (A)ss-nine

        So you never complained that the government didn’t devote enough funds to the handicapped or even what funds they pledged to spend.

        You whined and whined about all the govs. up here not giving enough to Sped.

        It would appear the liar would be you. Unless of course, maybe you had no Sped kids in your family and it just one of your pet peeves?

  40. anon says:

    Last nights debate was about term limits, a good reason to end the term of a state senator, and the drawback of using that accomplishment for a political hacks availability to pursue another position

  41. anon says:

    Dodgin’ Don Bacon quietly slipped in an invitation only ‘town hall’ last night at the DAV near 45th and F Street.

    Even when the Bacon staff hand selects their own audience of veterans, ‘Hell Yes’ Don can’t avoid his constituents calling him out on the ignorance of his positions and the abandonment of hard working Americans by the republican party.

    From KETV’s report on the private gathering:
    “Sherry Houston is married to a veteran and wanted to hear what Bacon had to say about health care. “I’m not at all happy with the health care bill,” she said. “He is a veteran and has total health care, like my husband. For the other people, they need to rethink this.”

    Yet, not a peep from the NEGOP on their elected ‘representatives’ in hiding.
    How is it acceptable that your congressman not only refuses to represent your best interests in congress, but is afraid to even speak with you?

    • Anonymous says:

      There is not a town hall that has been held anywhere in the nation, even in the deepest of deep red districts, that the constituents aren’t railing at their Republican representatives for their position on health care.
      In a recent McClatchy/Marist poll, 67% of Americans oppose Obamacare repeal.
      And it was well publicized that only 17% of Americans polled supported the Republican’s replacement (a replacement, as noted, garnered a big ‘Hell Yes!’ from Don Bacon)

      Yet the GOP doesn’t care that their constituents are angry. Their anger is just an inconvenience.
      A hurdle they’ll have to work around, so they can fully prostrate themselves to their rich benefactors.
      The GOP is determined to dismantle Obamacare and gut Medicaid – because they need that money to fund their MASSIVE tax cuts for the wealthy and for their insane increase in military spending.

      Trump openly admits it.
      He boasted of it in his interview with Maria Bartiromo.

      The GOP is eager to turn the clock back and again make it impossible for 30 million Americans to afford healthcare. They’re determined to defund Meals on Wheels serving the old and infirmed, end assistance to families who struggle to heat their homes in the winter, cancel programs that provide the only decent meal millions of impoverished children receive in a day, eliminate regulation of the toxins released into the air we breath and water we drink and even end PBS – an educational program that has benefited every child in America, for generations – all of it for the sole purpose of benefiting a handful of the wealthiest people on the planet and further fatten a grotesquely gargantuan, criminally unaccountable Military Industrial Complex.

      Dwight Eisenhower would find the modern Republican party repulsive.

    • Bigly says:

      In his conversation with Maria Bartiromo, Trump wasn’t even sure which country he bombed last week, but he knew his piece of chocolate cake looked really delicious.

      “We had finished dinner, we’re now having dessert,” Trump began. “And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen and President Xi was enjoying it.”

      “We’ve just fired 59 missiles, all of which hit by the way, unbelievable, from hundreds of miles away, it’s brilliant, it’s genius, what we have in terms of technology no-one can come close to competing,” he continued.

      “So I said, we’ve just launched 59 missiles, heading to Iraq,” said the President, seemingly oblivious to his mistake.

      And from yesterday’s Miami Herald –
      Undercooled meat. Dangerous fish. Health inspectors zing Trump’s Mar-a-Lago kitchen
      “Just days before the state visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach private club, Florida restaurant inspectors found potentially dangerous raw fish and cited the club for storing food in two broken down coolers.

      Inspectors found 13 violations at the fancy club’s kitchen, according to recently published reports — a record for an institution that charges $200,000 in initiation fees.”

    • bynd says:

      Totally Asinine,

      Any intellectual honesty at all in Texas? Or haven’t you noticed we have been in a war in both places for a while. Afghanistan as the longest war the US has ever been in. Obama lied when he said he would get us out of both of them. Or do you really believe that they were over with?

      To think you snowflakes actually believe this fodder you put out.

  42. NE Voter says:

    Remember when this blog actually covered Nebraska politics? At this time in 2009 and 2013, Sweeper and company often posted three or more entries EVERY DAY. GIVEN $tothert’s glaring vulnerability and likely loss to Heath Mello next week, I am unsurprised that Leavenworth Street is sitting this one out.

  43. bynd says:

    further education of TA:

    TexasAnnie says: 1/28/16 LS

    Hey Mark Andrews: There’s an article in the OWH for your edification. It’s all about special education funding in Nebraska. Proposed LB826 suggests a more rational means to property tax reduction than just moving monies from the state income tax to a state property tax fund! But I must caution you, this article implies that whatsoever special education services are deemed needed, are then provided, regardless of which level of govt. ends up paying (local school district, state or federal govt.). And that’s simply not true! The wards of the state and other children with disability do not get many of the services they need. But of course I’m sure your nephew gets what he needs, so you may not BELIEVE what’s been reported here.

    bynd, repenting lawyer, Sparkles, Oracle: Each of you have accepted my obsession with this topic gracefully in the past. Will you check out this OWH article and talk it up now?

    But I do become unsettled when folks watch SPED being defunded (remember the growth rate in SPED over this biennium is lower than all other categories of education spending there) and still won’t object!

    Just two examples. But then again, maybe I miss understood that you had someone in your family affected by the examples you cite.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      And what does that statement of mine from 1/28/16 have to do with SPED funding for me or mine?
      That comment was in reference to YOUR STATE BUDGET, bynd, not me or mine. You have not only ‘miss understood,’ but you continue to fabricate my intent.

      I am disappointed that you will not watchguard SPED funding in Nebraska. But hey, you’ve made it clear that you and yours get what you need so won’t bother to inform yourself. Okay. But that doesn’t mean that others, particularly myself, don’t experience regret when getting what we need while those nearby of similar circumstance are doing without. I have a simple ethic, bynd. And it’s immutable. Christians call it the ‘golden rule.’ But I prefer the teleology of Kant. And that is why I espouse ALL OR NONE when we’re talkin’ ’bout taxes and public benefits. It’s the only way to make it fair!

      • bynd says:

        TA,

        So what you want me to apologize because my priorities are not yours? How selfishly arrogant. And your own words in the post show you are not happy with what the government allotted for you and yours. You convict your self.

        Yeah the Golden Rule. And no, I don’t expect hand outs. I expect others to work as hard as I did to get where I got. And fair is relative to each person. And no one said your definition of fair is the best except you. Keep your fair to yourself and those who want to join you and don’t force it down every body’s throat. Isn’t that what you expect from the “Christians”? That’s about as fair as you can get.

        My fair. Compassion to those who really need it. Not a government program that covers everyone whether they need it or not. And don’t expect the government to do what the Bible tells the Christians to do.

        And it is up to me to accept or reject your values and standards in regards to my life. Without being judged by you. Because that isn’t fair. Using your own standard. Be consistent for a change. Or isn’t that fair to you?

      • TexasAnnie says:

        No bynd, I want you to apologize because you falsely accuse me. To say that I was not happy with the SPED my family personally received, again, demonstrates how determined you are to continue to falsely accuse. Your idea of “fair’ amounts to severely disabled wards of the state pulling themselves up by the bootstraps and getting themselves enrolled in public school even when the State of Nebraska moves them from their home into a school district of which they are statutorily ineligible to enroll. Because that’s what happened there under the leadership of Ben Nelson and your unicameral, who, fully knowing the effect of their LB742, 1995, would not fix the residency statute!!! It could happen there again, bynd, because persons such as yourself with the wherewithal to address such issues WILL NOT watchdog the SPED program.

        Earlier up the line, a day or so ago, bynd, we discussed your lying about me and my intent. And now you plead that I have no right to judge you. Bull. Everyone posting at this blog is judging what they are reading. And you are no exception. But the difference between you and I, bynd, is that the judgments I make are based on what you actually write. I’ve got one more day to hang around the office and continue to rebut your false accusations… And as with your ignorant insistence that it is feasible to build a wall in the Rio Grande, I won’t give in to your false assertions!

  44. Anonymous says:

    I hope that Street Sweeper returns after the Omaha Mayoral election and sets his blog to rights. In the meantime, if Sweeper’s understudy can please post a new topic – anything – that’d be great.

    • anonymous says:

      I too, miss the fawning coverage and interviews of people like Bill Kintner, Beau McCoy and Lee Terry, the exchange of conspiracy chatter about Obama’s birth certificate and Hillary’s emails, the endless hours of Benghazi! Benghazi! and it’s kissing cousin Fast & Furious, holding to account poor ‘inner city’ people for the Great Recession and the sense of excitement and anticipation about the possibility of mirroring the Kansas ‘experiment’.

      Good times.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        The blog was somewhat more balanced before Street Sweeper outed himself. I do not remember (recognize) your writing style from that time.

  45. Nebraska Politics says:

    Here’s a local topic for you all to chat about.
    Headline from today’s Lincoln Journal Star –
    “Crowding at Lincoln prison more than 300 percent capacity on Friday”

    Topic: Competent Leadership.
    After nearly two decades under the total control of Republican Governors and a Republican legislature, we’re now treated to weekly stories about prison guards being beaten, fires being set, prison riots, prisoners taking control of whole sections of the prison and prisoners murdering one another.

    Talk amongst yourself.

    A couple things to guide your conversation –
    1) The most heated topic of discussion among Nebraska’s Republican legislators and their Governor throughout this session, has not been prison reform, but has instead been which special interest group, Big Corporations or Big Ag, should get the biggest tax cut this year.

    2) Specifically relating to this long tradition of Nebraska’s Republican legislators transferring wealth from those with little, to those with much, is yet another study (reinforcing studies & findings dating back decades), showing the failure of the GOP ‘trickle down’ scheme. LJS, Nov 23, 2016:
    “Audit pegs cost up to $320K for each new job under state incentive program”

    • TexasAnnie says:

      I know. When I lived there they developed an economic model with the acronym TRAIN to specifically predict the effect of tax incentives. I watched the legislative debates on every tax incentive measure proposed during the late 1990’s- early 2000’s. Wickersham, Raikes and Chambers always stood in strenuous opposition. Others, pretenders, always voted for the measures but gave an impression that they were working for the workers rather than the corporations! Beutler comes to mind. Anyway, year after year the unicam cut more and more holes in the tax base. There are so many holes now that if y’all eliminated the income tax and all sales tax exemptions, you’d be close to revenue neutral. Or, y’all could eliminate the sales tax and all income tax exemptions (including brackets, subsidies). If only folks would look at their tax base before spouting off about lowering taxes… It’s almost too incredible to believe, but if everyone (including people-corporations) paid their taxes at the same rate, no exceptions and no excuses, the taxes could be very low for EVERYONE.

      But this outcome can’t happen there and it’s a major factor for my return to Texas upon retirement. Why in the universe would those such as my family, who were literally brought to Nebraska to shore up the tax base which the unicam had given away (corporate tax incentives) stay, and continue to pay the outrageous tax burden imposed on those who are still required to pay taxes in Nebraska? (When I was brought there, there were four income tax brackets!)

      • Nebraska Politics says:

        A flat tax, even with some adjustments, is inherently regressive.

        It would actually be quite an easy process to simplify the tax code, but doing so would reduce or eliminate provisions favoring special interests and higher-income groups, hence decades of failed attempts.

        IMHO, a simplified version of our progressive system is the answer. But it would be a difficult battle.
        With their selections at the ballot box, the people of America have willingly ceded their stake in a government of the people, by the people, for the people.
        Special interests write our laws. Their deep pocketed lobbyists have taken up permanent residence in our state houses and halls of congress.

        (For Christ’s sake – our Governor openly purchased a couple of his own legislators for this term, then put his hand selected newcomers in positions of power over the legislative agenda!)

    • anon says:

      Your writing has far from facts, you haven’t watched the legislature and They have talked about the prison and done nothing for more than this term. They did cut the request for prison guards in half. But also republican in the Ne legislature doesn’t mean much evidently only for your rants, for example: Krist

  46. How Timely says:

    A brand new Pew Poll was just released, taking a deep dive into Americans opinions regarding taxes.

    Turns out, there’s almost no support for Republican efforts to cut taxes for the wealthy.

    You can read all about, should you choose, simply google –
    “New poll shows what Americans really think about taxes: the rich should pay more”

    Alas, I suspect none of you have any interest.
    Anything that intrudes on the alternate reality in which you’re so heavily invested, must be summarily rejected.

  47. Nostalgia says:

    There ya go.
    Note the new tweet on the upper right of the LS home page.
    There’s the Leavenworth Street for which you old timers are pining.

    A tweet from Jon Tucker, Chair of the Douglas County Republican Party.
    An image of an angry Bernie Sanders, bookended by images of the Communist Hammer & Sickle as well a badge of the Antifaschistische Aktion.

    Kind of warms the cockles of the heart, no?
    Reminds you of the good old days filled with images of President Obama as a Witch Doctor, or the White House with a new Watermelon Patch, or Michele and Barack sharing a “Terrorist Fist Jab”.

  48. OMG says:

    THIS IS THE 250TH COMMENT. I am giddy with excitement.

    If these were years, my comment here would be the Semi-Quincentennial.

  49. Asinus Abbatoir says:

    A new poll out says most Americans… oh yeah. I remember. You Democrats think this is a democracy.

    The USA Republic is well served by your stupidity. It keeps you marginalized. Good.

    Don’t read the Constitution. Keep campaigning only in LA and NYC. And scream all you want. For no matter how loudly you bitch about proportionality, democracy and your uncle Karl, we can always use ear plugs.

    Your pain, actually, is America’s gain. If your screaming gives you a stroke, okey-dokey. Darwin thanks you.

    • anonymous says:

      Well done Asinus.

      Yours is a post that transports us back to the good old days.
      A time when Leavenworth Street was largely populated by ‘constitutional conservatives’* such as yourself. Those who shared your yearning for Freedom and the desire to ‘take America back’.
      Back from those with complexions sporting too much melanin.
      Back from the those who spent too much time in institutes of higher learning, or are too enamored by the big cities on either coast, or who love someone other what your book of fables condones.

      *constitutional conservatives – aka ‘strict constructionists’; ‘first principles conservatives’; ‘TEA party party patriots’ –
      those who have voted a straight Republican ticket their entire lives, but after the reign of error, profligacy and economic devastation of GW (and 6 out 8 years of a GOP congress), even they are too embarrassed to associate themselves with the Republican brand.

      An entire generation of Americans have learned a costly lesson.
      We’re not going to let you people continue to run away from your disastrous mistakes, i.e. George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Dave Heineman, and Pete Ricketts.
      You’ll be held to account. You get no more mulligans.

      What’s that famous saying again.. oh yes –
      “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”
      – George W. Bush
      Nashville, Tennessee; September 17, 2002

  50. Anonymous says:

    Headlines from the week in Trump –

    “Iran and Russia threaten US after ‘aggression’ in Syria”

    “North Korea threatens ‘nuclear thunderbolts’ against the US”

    “Russia warns of ‘real war’ with US in Syria”

  51. bynd says:

    the hot topic on CNN:

    This is how Trump distracts you, Through his tweets, speeches and interviews Donald Trump has perfected the art of distraction. CNN’s Tom Kludt dives into how President Trump turns criticisms aimed his way right back at his detractors, and what that means for the media covering him.

    Now there’s a topic to write about. LOL

  52. bynd says:

    and if that isn’t hot enough for ya, go to Cosmo, a magazine for the hottest topics of the day.

    Kim Kardashian’s Instagram About Morning Sickness is Causing Major Controversy

    Now there’s a controversy worth conversing about.

    YW

  53. Asinus Abbatoir says:

    Jack at 4:53 pm. I had the late shift in the jackass slaughterhouse. Long night.

    Sorry, but you should perhaps kiss my non-white ass. Consider it a learning experience.

    You make foolish assumptions and, worse, you cannot control yourself, which was the point of my 85 words, to which you responded with 257. My but you are a verbose asinus.

    The operative word is abbatoir. I tugged the corner of your skin and you pealed the rest off yourself. Now do us all a favor and go roll in salt. Your pain is America’s gain but our delight.

    • Jack at 4:53 says:

      Me and my army are coming to get you and we won’t be simply kissing asses. You’ve got to learn that the majority wins in the end!

  54. bynd says:

    Some never learn,

    Democrats’ post-election playbook: Stay big in California

    big in California
    Joseph Weber

    After painful November 2016 losses, Washington Democrats still appear committed to devoting resources to strongholds like California, instead of responding to party pleas to put time and money into Middle America to reconnect with disaffected voters.

    The contrast came into full view when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee earlier this month started moving senior staffers to deep-blue California, then providing essentially no help to its candidate in the Kansas special election, who on Tuesday nearly pulled off a huge upset.
    Joseph Weber

    Hard to get past that loser syndrome when it has gone on so long.

    The progressives, still trying to emulate the Tea Party folks, have started their own version of the birther movement. “Tax Day protests: Anti-Trump marches planned nationwide to demand tax returns”. If you want to be winners like them, don’t half step, go all in.

  55. anonymous says:

    If not for Halloween, Easter would be my favorite zombie-related holiday.

    If money is the root of all evil, then why do they ask for it in church?

    • bynd says:

      It is obvious why you call yourself anonymous:

      Because the actual quote is,
      For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, 1 Tim 6 10.

      Unable to use even Google are you? You should probably stick to Dr. Seuss.

      • bynd says:

        GFY, ouch!,

        Another fine critical thinking answer from the MOAR, mother of all responses.

        Did you borrow that one from deep in Cass – a – bama?

        That one must have bruised more than a few brain cells.

  56. Political Novice says:

    Just read a news story just out titled How Alaska fixed Obamacare. Very interesting as was all the comments that followed that story. Although this was not a fix-all, it just seems a good first step to for improving things rather than to start completely over. Of course that would require both the Republicans and Democrats working together and coming up with solutions rather than blocking each other’s ideas.

    I don’t ever see that happening. But what do I know? I’m just a political novice.

    • Anon says:

      What ‘Republican ideas’ could you possibly be referring to?

      Seriously.

      This is NOT a ‘both sides do it’ situation.
      This is a situation where Democrats are seeking to strengthen and improve the ACA while Republicans are seeking to gut the ACA, as well as Medicare so they can give massive tax breaks to the wealthy.

      Prove me wrong – show me a single Republican proposal aimed at fixing the ACA.
      A single proposal with the goal of strengthening the program and enhancing or expanding care for America’s struggling middle class and working poor families.

      • Political Novice says:

        I can’t. It seems like the republican goal is to dismantle it completely and start from scratch and that’s fine IF you have a viable plan ready to go. I understand you will never please everyone. I understand it’s a complicated issue. I realize insurance companies and hospitals need to make money (how much is another debate) but I just can’t understand why it can’t be tweaked so all those currently enrolled aren’t faced with starting completely over and can still be covered. I’ve heard nothing but complaints from the republicans about the ACU since it was enacted. Something needed to be done and yes, it wasn’t perfect but it was a first step and I think could have been built upon if all cooperated. I think everyone is now going to have to give a little. I find it hard to believe with all the collective minds in Washington that they can’t come up with a solution so no one feels the blunt of the pain under this plan.

        But then again . . . what do I know?

      • Anonymous says:

        PN,
        You state:
        I just can’t understand why it can’t be tweaked so all those currently enrolled aren’t faced with starting completely over and can still be covered.

        The answer in one word –
        Republicans.

      • bynd says:

        PN,

        Ever noticed that there are two answer the progressives will give you, Republican and tax cuts to rich folks. Pretty much shows you how inadequate their thought process is.

        The ACA may have been the first plan but it certainly wasn’t the best. It’s like a used car. If you keep spending $500.00 per month to fix it, it is better to get rid of it and buy another one.

        There are no Republican plans at this time. So, any response given about their plan is worthless and disingenuous. Because even the Republicans don’t know. Although a few, Rand Paul a doctor, has a comprehensive one. It’s a lot like when the conservatives always blamed Democratic initiatives on immigrants and the poor. Each side has their whipping boys on the other side and no thought is given to anything else.

        As the ACA continues failing, the thought is, it will start failing so badly that the country will force the politicians to do something in a nonpartisan way. Not a great way to run the country. Not even a great way to run a playground. But as you see here, if a politician from either side steps out of line, the zealots go after them and whip them back into line. So it all becomes a wait and see. Any projections at this time are worth about as much as used toilet paper.

  57. Anonymous says:

    Why don’t you just let this website die a natural death? There are a thousand if not a million topics for discussion and…..nothing.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not sure the deterioration can be faulted on the website.

      ‘Thoughtful discourse’ and ‘Nebraska/Republican politics’ are simply incompatible.

      It’s a dilemma neatly summed up by this recent Trumpism –
      “Already we’ve created more than almost 600,000 jobs.”

      1) It’s a lie.
      2) “almost more than’ ??

      Who’s writing Trump’s talking points… bynd?

      • bynd says:

        elevated,

        So I have been elevate to icon status in the snowflake world. Right up along side some the world class liars like Obama, Rice, Sparkles and Kerry.

        Except I have been unable to generate a lie, unlike those four, that had the consequences of a pile of dead Syrian children who died the horrible death brought on by the use of the claimed destroyed Syrian chemical weapons. Supposedly destroyed in collusion with the Russians. Those would be factual talking points. Dare we say, proud factual red line talking points of the progressives. A great example of progressive diplomacy.

        So many children, so little time. Ironic, trying to bring them to the country that sealed their death warrants by one of the most horrible means possible.

        Speak up snowflake. Defend your actions and the actions of those you worship and lie for.

  58. Dog Almighty says:

    Today’s New York Times has a good read for an Easter Sunday:
    “The Evangelical Roots of Our Post-Truth Society”

    • Political Novice says:

      Thanks for posting that. I found it very interesting and insightful.

      But what do I know? I’m an atheist.

      • bynd says:

        PN,

        Evaluate the source and continue your research. May I suggest a site Reasons.org.

        As in all beliefs, even atheism, there are good and bad points.

        In the scientific world, one article without peer review is pretty much worthless. Even if it is only an opinion piece which is what all science starts out as. And don’t think I am knocking science, I am not. Just pointing out, if you’re going to base the actions of your life and form opinions based on reading/hearing one side of an argument, then you limit yourself to a life of ignorance.

        And then you become like many of the partisans on here who form the foundation of our current political system. And how is that working out for anyone?

  59. bynd says:

    How did anonymous miss this?

    From the vaunted NYT. Another of yesterday’s headline.

    What Kind of Pet Should Donald Trump Get?

  60. Political Novice says:

    Thanks bynd – I am already familiar with that site. If I had based my life and opinions on hearing one side of the argument than I would still believe in God as that is what I was taught to believe growing up and re-enforced by relatives and friends. If I based my life and opinions on hearing one side of the argument than I would still be a hardcore republican because that is how I was raised and re-enforced by relatives and friends. I agree all beliefs have good and bad points but since this blog is about politics and not the here-after let us concentrate on the here and now.

    As a registered independent I consider myself open to any ideas which I feel will be for the betterment of the country. I do realize we all tend to see things from our own perspective and that is why I am here to reading different viewpoints.

    My personal dilemma is this – I did not vote for Trump and do not like the man’s arrogance and narcissism. I realize he is now the president and I truly want the country to do well. If the country does well then he will get the credit for it. I understand I must put my personal dislike aside and hope he succeeds but to hear him crow about it (and he will) will be hard to stomach for me. If there was a humble and moderate republican in office I could possibly back him. Perhaps it’s shortsightedness on my part but right now I am leaning from centralist to left and he is a big part of it.

  61. Anonymous says:

    Team Stothert and the NEGOP must believe their voters are monumentally stupid.

    The new attack ad against Mello (see top right) starts off by attacking him for voting, along with 30 of his fellow state senators, to increase Nebraska’s gas tax.

    The gas tax increase was LB610, and it was sponsored by Papillion’s Republican Sen. Jim Smith, chairman of the Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee.
    At the time Smith also served as the Nebraska’s State Chairman of uber right wing ALEC (of which he is now a National Board Member).

    The money from the gas tax is to be spread among the state, counties and cities to help address a multimillion-dollar backlog in road and bridge repair and construction.
    “There’s just simply no way of doing that (fixing our roads/bridges) with gains in efficiencies,” said Sen Smith.

    So, while Jean Stothert was grinding up city streets, returning them to the dirt roads of the 1800’s, Heath Mello was working across the aisle with people like Jim Smith to solve problems.

    And that ‘s merely the first example of the mindless hypocrisy in the new attack, the rest of the claims
    appear equally laughable.

    But then again, when you believe your voters are stupid…

    • Anonymous says:

      The only way they got the gas tax through was flake Ernie didn’t oppose it. A tax that hurt his constituents more, this is an example of his false front the typical political hack he is like Mello.
      As for those of the majority, your right, they are no better than Ernie, being a democratic tool of the white man

      • Anonymous says:

        Ernie Chambers, a man of principle, vocally opposed the tax throughout the legislative session for the exact reason you stated.
        3/31/15, LJS –
        “Sens. Ernie Chambers of Omaha and John Murante of Gretna said the gas tax hits poor people disproportionately harder than other drivers.”

        And, a principled Ernie Chambers sided with Pete’s Puppets in voting against it.
        3/15/15, OWH –
        “Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha sided with Ricketts on the gas tax issue. Chambers dislikes the tax because it falls harder on consumers with low incomes.”

        Ooops!
        Of course, these inconvenient truths will quickly be expelled from your alternate, right wing reality.

      • Anonymous says:

        you don’t think he could have prevented it’s passage

        I can only assume you’re now admitting that Ernie Chambers is smarter and more politically savvy than everyone else in the legislature?

        Ernie opposed the bill during it’s initial passage then supported the Governor’s veto attempt.
        On both occasions he rose in debate and took a principled stand.

        Is it not obvious you’re playing a losing hand?

      • Anonymous says:

        3:13-He knew what the votes were he just uses his procedural moves for his time wasting rants, besides he brings in clowns like you to buy his act. He let the republican flakes raise taxes while covering his reputation, he laughs

  62. Inquiring Minds says:

    When a tree falls in Walnut Park during Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom 9th annual rally, and there is nobody there to hear it, does in make a sound?

  63. bynd says:

    I believe we just need truth in advertising.
    We should just rename this blog,
    Moveon/Socialistworker/Buzzfeed/Blacklivesmatter/freespeechisracist.xxx

  64. Boggles the mind says:

    It will be 3 months into Trump’s term before an Ag Secretary will be confirmed.

    I suppose it’s no big deal.
    It’s not like the ag community is in a perilous downturn or anything.
    Not like the international trade deals which are critical to a farmers success are in jeopardy.

    Make no mistake, this delay has nothing to do with Democrats. There’s been virtually no objection from the Democratic party in relation to the pick.

    Just curious – do you think at some point throughout his campaign, maybe during an Iowa stop. that someone had to explain what the term ‘agriculture’ meant to Donald Trump, our admittedly incurious, book averse president?

    Thankfully, Nebraska has as it’s sole representative for all things ag related a seasoned man o’ the soil in… Don Bacon.
    And it should bring even more comfort to ag reliant states that the man selected by the Republican party to head up the important House Ag Committee, is none other than a west Texas native, a CPA, Banker and Oil Man, Mike Conway.
    A west texas where even cactus, sage brush and craggly mesquite find it a challenge to eek out a living in the dry, rocky soils. A baron landscape interrupted only by the rhythmic bobbing and occasional squeal of pumpjacks.

    Are y’all tired of the winning, yet?

      • Anonymous says:

        Maybe you’re right.
        Maybe its be best to allow farm families to simply become indentured servants of Corporate Agriculture.
        After all, who are we kidding, it’s long been corporate ag writing the policies and pulling the strings.

        And, if you’re an Ayn Rand acolyte, is suppose there’s nothing really wrong with the less fortunate among us starving to death. We can finally put an end to the distribution of excess ag production. Although after abolishing the Ag Dept. we’d have to probably enhance and.. ‘liberate’ our police forces to more decisively deal with the millions of newly malnourished youth whose plight would lead, inevitably, to a life of violent crime. I would imagine it is a far meaner, more desperate youth who steals to eat instead of stealing to upgrade their Playstation collection. Plus, with the unending Republican/NRA push for guns in churches, grocery stores, state office buildings, restaurants. sporting venues, parks, pancake feeds and K-12, these malnourished youth will likely be well armed.

        I’ll miss clean air, clean water and largely untainted food supplies.
        But there again, why not embrace just a bit of Social Darwinism. The newly introduced toxic contaminates in our air and water and the antibiotics, steroids and growth supplements laced throughout our meat and dairy products will serve to more effectively weed out the weak and vulnerable the population.
        Plus, the resulting genetic defects should prove entertaining.

  65. bynd says:

    piles and piles of children,

    I see the progressives have hit the jack pot in ingenuity. The children they couldn’t get to to abort, they made sure some of them had a horribly painful death by chemicals. Now that’s the kind of winning a snowflake could bet on during the last administration.

    • Anonymous says:

      The abortion rate reached the lowest level in recorded history at the conclusion of President Obama’s term.

      Half-wit.

      April 13, 2015, The Hill
      “GOP: Obama war request is dead”
      President Obama’s proposal for the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is dead in the House, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy declared on Monday.

      Dillwad.

      You continue to demonstrate a stunning lack of knowledge about…. everything.

  66. bynd says:

    anonymous asswipe,

    What does the abortion rate have to do with any of this? Especially when you have found a way to kill the children without abortion. Must be one of the reasons the rate is down. You folks have found another way to entertain yourselves with the oppressed children over seas. And best yet, in collusion with the Russians.

    And as you pointed out, Obama did it without authorization from Congress in violation of the Constitution. And you point that out because? Because you are too stupid to know better. I don’t know why you make such an ignorant claim that convicts your fearless leader of so many more felonious things.

    And your stunning ability to convict Obama of even more is awesomely wonderful. How much more stupid can you get. Or why you folks try so hard to get them over here as it is a well know fact that without relatives, they are claimed by predators who prey on children and force them into sex slavery. What an efficient child destroying machine you and your fellow progressives are. I’ll bet you are so proud being such a winner. And it is obvious, you are no were near tired of it.

    Especially since you don’t deny the dead children facts.

  67. get real says:

    The US Democratic Party’s Progressive wing is dying. Once a party of productive workers, real unionists, Progressivism has replaced that DNC structure with a skeleton of Socialist Bureaucracy that lacks substance; bureaucracy produces nothing. Populist pride and production solutionism is sweeping the civilized world.

    Old distinctions of left vs right still exist but are now less important than the fact that any Bureaucracy-based system, as the DNC has come to embody, is an anchor on drowning people and economies. Real working Americans, real Union People, voted for Trump.

    Taxpayer-funded bureaucrats produce nothing but useless national fat. They are the mainstay of Progressive DNC power. This DNC Bureaucracy-ism promotes the falsest of false economies.

    Progressive Democrat’s try but fail to be Working Socialists. – The big Anti Trump Day is May 1st… chosen by the Second pan-national of Communist/Socialist Political Parties in Chicago 1886. US Democrats may as well celebrate their own funeral. For they aren’t even trying to come at their neo-Marxism on a basis of productive workers. Rather the Progressive DNC wing is all about non-productive bureaucracy unions. They put their money on eunuchs.

    So what becomes of the DNC? It will be made great again by real Workers or it will die as the Party of Bureaucracy.

  68. Anonymous says:

    I am struck by how accurately Trump read the situation in Georgia’s Sixth District where a Democrat staffer Jon Ossoff is now apparently dead meat. Yet Democrats are celebrating. They don’t see it.

    Ossoff got 48.1% and Republican Handel 19.8%. Yet the total vote for Ossoff’s Democrat opponents was is only 0.63%. While the total vote for Handle’s GOP opponents is 31.89%. The DNC’s flood of money squeezed every ounce of its vote toward Ossoff, a political staffer who is now against a GOP former Georgia secretary of state who has won statewide elections. And that election is in June. Republicans vote more reliably than Democrats. Yet Democrats are today celebrating. They think they won. This reminds us of creepy GOP denial during Trump’s primary. It is like they can’t add.

    • Anonymous says:

      Nothing says “inroads’ like a clear victory of one candidate over another, no doubt about that. Maybe that’s not what the Dems are testing here. What the Dems are testing is the amount of organizational and financial effort it takes to move a solidly Republican Congressional district. It is not about winning now, its about understanding how to win 2+ years from now. A useful experiment.

      • Anonymous says:

        I am struck by how anyone can still imagine Trump is capable of ‘reading’ anything.
        It’s apparent My Pet Goat will serve as the literary high water mark for the modern iteration of the GOP.

        First, some very recent history:
        Obama won the 2012 election with 332 electoral college votes, yet lost Georgia’s 6th by 23 points. (your attention deficit disorder president declared his 306 electoral college votes was a “massive landslide”. unprecedented in the modern history of politics. His 302 votes places him 45th out of 58)
        In 2004 John Kerry lost Georgia’s 6th to GWB by a whopping 41 points.

        This is the district the spawned extremists the likes of Newt Gingrich and Tom Price.
        For a Democrat to even be competitive is a truly remarkable turn of events.
        To deny this fact is beyond foolish.

  69. bynd says:

    Spartacus,

    It appears that once again, the snowflakes deem it appropriate to abscond with my moniker.
    bynd at 5:16 is not me. Can you fix it again please.

    I appreciate it.

  70. Anonymous says:

    The United States has officially devolved in to some sort of Banana Republic, run as a for-profit enterprise by clowns and fools.
    woefully incompetent or deliberate and calculating

    It was more than a week ago, on Saturday, August 8th the military released a statement saying a U.S. Navy strike group, led by the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson was en route, steaming toward the Korean peninsula.
    On Sunday, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster was on Fox ‘News’ confirming to Chris Wallace the deployment of this strike group, calling it a ‘prudent’ military endeavor.
    On Tuesday Sean Spicer held a press conference and confirmed the deployment of the carrier strike group to the Korean Peninsula. Again calling it a ‘prudent’ display of power.
    On that same Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis held a briefing at the Pentagon, confirming that the strike group (“she”) was in fact on it’s way to the Korean peninsula because: “that’s where we thought it was most prudent to have her at this time”.
    The following day, again of Fox ‘News’, Donald Trump was asked about the movement of war ships toward North Korea. He answered: “We are sending an armada. Very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful..”

    And none of it is true.

    That carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the three other warships in its strike force were at that very moment sailing in the opposite direction, to take part in joint exercises with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean, 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula.

    • bynd says:

      Prorities;

      So the task force is now heading towards North Korea. Miss communications was claimed but who knows.

      Meanwhile, the Obama administration, in collusion with the Russians, assured the world through Rice and Kerry that 100% of the Syrian chemical weapons had been removed from the country. 5 chemical attacks later by the Syrian government, there were piles of dead children, who had a horrible death by chemical weapons from the Syrian government.

      I have searched and have been unable to find any mention of those missing chemical weapons by the progressives and the multiple deaths of the innocents. Instead they feign ignorance by saying, what are you talking about.

      So here is what we are talking about. What does the sparkles group really care about? Where the Carl Vinson task force is at or the dead Syrian children? Or are they so numb to children’s death through abortions, for blacks at a genocidal rate, and children’s death by drones ordered personally by Obama, it just doesn’t matter to them any more. Where was their moral outrage during the 5 chemical attacks in Syria during the Obama years?

      No children have died on the current administrations watch do directly to their actions. But yeah, the boondoggle of lost chemical weapons and piles of dead children is much less important than where the Carl Vision is. And by the way, where are the rest of the chemical weapons? Does Trump have to clean up Obama’s mess on that also? I mean, remember how glad the snowflakes were that Obama cleaned up Bush’s mess by killing Ben Laden.

      The title on this would better be, why progressives will remain irrelevant. Their unnatural obsession with Trump occupies their every waking, and dreaming, moments.

      And the best they can do is using another’s moniker at 5:16 am in the morning. Tabloid postings taken from the headlines while in line at the grocery store. How impressive.

      • Anonymous says:

        March 24, 2017 –
        “US Investigating Mosul Strikes Said to Have Killed Up to 200 Civilians”

        March 25, 2017 –
        “Civilian deaths from US-led airstrikes hit record high under Donald Trump”

        March 28, 2017 –
        US airstrikes are killing a lot more civilians. And no one is sure why.
        Reports of up to 1,000 recent civilian deaths reflect a changing war against ISIS.
        Syria, too, has been hit by US airstrikes with some remarkable civilian casualties this month. A US strike in a rural area of Raqqa province killed up to 30 noncombatants who had taken shelter in a school last week, according to residents’ reports. And the week prior, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that 42 people, most of whom were civilians, were killed by a US bombing in the town of Al Jinah, in what it deemed a “massacre.”

        April 1, 2017 –
        “Pentagon Admits To More Civilian Casualties In Fight Against ISIS”

        April 10, 2017 –
        “After reports of civilian deaths, U.S. military struggles to defend air operations in war against militants”
        The Pentagon has struggled in recent weeks to effectively explain what lies behind a surge in reported civilian casualties in its air campaign against the Islamic State, fueling speculation that the new Trump administration is pursuing policies resulting in a greater loss of life.”

        What was it bynd, lead paint?

      • bynd says:

        anonymous has lead pants but none in their pencil,

        As bombing ramps up, yes there will be more civilians death. Not the same as Obama’s chemical weapons issue. He said he got rid of the problem. Just like Bush and his the war is over fiasco.

        However while Obama was playing footsie on the phone with his master Putin,
        “Before Monday’s flight near Alaska, the last time Russian bombers flew near the U.S. was July 4, 2015, when a pair of Russian bombers flew off the coasts of Alaska and California, coming as close as 40 miles to Mendocino, Calif.
        Russian President Vladimir Putin called then-President Barack Obama to wish him a happy Independence Day while the bombers cruised the California coastline.”

        And although a lot of their claim that, “Russia claims it can wipe out US Navy with single ‘electronic bomb’, there is always some truth to what is being bragged about. And we know as fact that Obama has been weakening our military after he told Romney that Russia was not a threat to the USA. And now you complain that too much is being spent on the military.

        The only lead is firmly entrenched in your head. We see the adverse results all the time. Especially your unnatural obsession with Trump. Perverted love and admiration isn’t it.

  71. Anonymous says:

    Republican candidate in Georgia’s sixth district, Karen Handel, received 19.8% of the vote.

    Handel received $700,000 from the Ricketts family’s Ending Spending PAC.

  72. Anonymous says:

    And while our banana republic flounders on the national stage –

    “For the second consecutive night, Russia flew two long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, this time coming within 36 miles of the mainland.”

    • bynd says:

      So?

      What, you think we should shoot down Russian bombers in international airspace? And the second time, despite your hysteria, fighters weren’t even scrambled.

      Although they could have been carrying Syrian chemical weapons and were looking to bring them to Obama.

      And let’s not forget,
      President Obama spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday but didn’t raise the issue of Moscow’s fighter jets buzzing a U.S. destroyer, the White House said.

      And what the snowflake doesn’t know,
      Those incidents are not unique and have a system in place for complaints.

      No sparkles, there is not a Russian bogey man in the closet. And being from the cold war times, we have seen this all before. If Obama had just shown some backbone with Putin. Things would probably be a lot different. LOL

  73. anon says:

    Current OWH headline:
    “‘Appalled’ liquor commissioners vote to deny licenses for Whiteclay beer stores”

    Snowstorm buries craven, predatory capitalism.

    • bynd says:

      What are two things the majority of people hate? Snowstorms made up of snowflakes. Thank goodness their impact, although always negative, is short lived. And thanks to global warning, around here, they are rare indeed. And unless they break what they bury, which pisses everyone off, they leave no legacy or impact. Just bad memories. Powerfully destructive while in progress, they quickly melt and run away.

  74. Dem bones says:

    Socialist Democrats’ hypocrisies are on display.

    For none are throwing rocks but Sanders Democrats. Nobody is forcing Free Speech be gagged but university Democrats. None demand only their own race matter but BLM Democrats. And none but Democrat run businesses give employees May Day off (“a Communist holiday” per IWW) to protest President Trump wanting to obey existing laws and common sense.

    Leftist Dems may fit the description of “enemies domestic”, which every America under oath is sworn to defend our Constitution against. But, we suppose, they do have a right to show themselves skinlessly stupid.

    Your façade of kindness overlaying your fundamental hate and tyranny was always thin. Populism, by not bowing to your façade, rips off your thin skin entirely. You howl. Americans who bought into your façade of kindness for decades now see you frying in your own venom and you openly denying all rights but your own.

    You are a boil on Uncle Sam’s ass – you lance yourselves. Even the DNC will benefit from that.

    • Huckleberry says:

      There you go, a Trumper touting populism again.

      You’ve been challenged before on this issue and you’ve failed.
      Wanna try again?
      Point out the ‘populist’ initiatives undertaken by Trump and the GOP.

      Making your rant even more ridiculous, is the fact that the most demonstrably populist candidate in the history of modern politics, Bernie Sanders – aka “The Populist Prophet”, is the person you single out for criticism.

      And in the same breath that you criticize true populist, you defend an avowed White Supremacists like Richard Spencer. Or is it Milo Yiannopoulos you were defending – someone too vulgar and offensive for even Breitbart? Or maybe it’s Ann Coulter’s rights your concerned about – a long in the tooth profiteer in vulgarity and offensiveness.
      Which is it that college students should be forced to endure and why is it these cretins of the alt-right have to force themselves on a population widely known to be repulsed by them?
      (here’s a hint – $$)

      • bynd says:

        Race to the Gutter,

        Dems’ new message: Republicans ‘don’t give a sh-t’

        First they emulate the Tea Party and now Trump. As the snowflake’s arguments are torn apart by their own leaders.

        How entertaining to see the one on the bottom try to climb to the top. By any means necessary.

      • Huckleberry says:

        Dems’ new message: Republicans ‘don’t give a sh-t’

        Wha?

        Where do come up with this stuff, Paint Chip?
        I didn’t say that at all.
        I said Repubs are delusional when they tout Trump as some sort of populist.

        I also said Repubs loves them some White Supremacists.

        Apparently your lead induced catatonic state makes it impossible to comprehend what you’ve just read.

      • bynd says:

        Huklebuck,

        Don’t flatter yourself. It isn’t about you.

        A lead less pencil to go with a addled brain. Go change your poopy diaper, it will make your mood improve immensely.

    • Milo Mindervbinder says:

      Hey, Dem Bones. This Lefty Dem took that oath and still stands by it. Which branch of the service did YOU serve in? Or are you just another punk Armchair General?

  75. alfred says:

    Headline –
    Todd Ricketts Withdraws As Deputy Commerce Nominee
    Ricketts withdrew his nomination because he was unable to untangle his finances to meet the Office of Government Ethics’ requirements, according to several reports.

  76. Klaatu says:

    Legislature makes quick work of the challenge to Ernie Chambers residency.
    Votes 40-0 to dismiss.

    Unfortunately, the NEGOP doesn’t have the sense nor principles to be embarrassed.

    • bynd says:

      Klaatu,

      A robot who didn’t think on his own. How appropriate for your moniker.

      The legislature is non partisan bozo. Just ask any of the state newspaper.

      But even going with your illiterate post, 40 senators voted and the majority would be Republicans.

      The only to one to be embarrassed would be you and you don’t have the intelligence.

    • anon says:

      Should you be thrilled by that. although it is correct outcome residency is just for laughs. A gutless political rule on voters

  77. crush says:

    Bynd, you are wrong. Actually, you were being too nice.

    The mindless murderous robot to which you refer was “Gort” not Klaatu. “Klaatu” was the alien humanoid guy. AKA the real monster.

    Michael Rennie’s Klaatu (1951), like Socialist genociders, knows exactly what is best for everyone on earth. Either Mankind can “join” the intergalactic United Nations, enforced by a Gort cop death-ray’ing humans who disobey, or else earth “be reduced to a burned-out cinder”. Love of a good woman however makes Klaatu stop the genocide and only force “peace” (Quislingism) on humankind like a cosmic Hitler who knows what’s best. – That sounds like Socialist US Democrats.

    Keanu Reeves’ “Klaatu” (2008), comes to destroy humanity for not being environmentalists. Klaatu orders earth animal species be saved while he activates Gort to destroy humanity. But love of a good woman makes Klaatu realize Klaatu’s own race was victimized by its rotten humanness but they got green, peaceful and obedient to their own “Gort” police monster and cosmic UN, so give earth a chance to do the same. A whiny black kid protests because Klaatu cannot resurrect the kid’s long dead father; and this alien who is ready to kill all Mankind feels sorry for the black kid. Love convinces Klaatu to stop his genocide of Mankind. Klaatu “saves” earth by leaving people alive but without electricity to scrape by like animals. — Sounds like Progressive Democrats.

    If only America’s own Klaatu clones were as non-threatening as killer robots

  78. anon says:

    Kleeb brings old flake Bernie in a city of Hillary sycophant democrats, when he was talking free sheet were Mello and the fire dept standing behind him

    • anon says:

      A new Harvard-Harris poll was just released showing Bernie Sanders is most popular politician
      in the United States.

      In a poll of 66,000 voters, Morning Consult shows Scott Walker is the 8th least popular Governor in America.
      (Sam Brownback, who NEGOP legislators idolize and are desperate to mimic, is the least popular Governor in America)

      Scott Walker is a man who proved unable, even with $5,000,000.00 Ricketts dollars, to outlast the crazed ramblings of Bennie ‘The Blade’ Carson, or the shameless Elmer Gantry hucksterism of Mike ‘The Miracle Cure’ Huckabee.

      But there’s one thing you can be certain of – Stothert will be standing directly behind the Koch Bros. puppet – the prematurely emasculating Scotty Walker – as he brings his union busting, plutocrat pandering tour to town.

      Or as Esquire’s Charles Pierce has for years referred to Walker –
      ‘the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin’

  79. new here says:

    Democrats suddenly realize Mello is prolife so he tries to soothe them. Now prolife people know he will “protect womens’ reproductive rights”. Whatever. Heath will do anything for a vote. Wait until the democrats find out he has always voted to support the pipeline! This guy is an opportunist who wants to get to the mansion. No values. No character. He was a term limited state senator who kept holding fundraisers as the chair of appropriations committee. Connect the dots. We know he will say anything for a vote and he will do anything for $$. He was and can be bought.

    • Anonymous says:

      Stothert is like Mello re/”prolife.” They both want votes. Last time I checked Omaha city government has no role in the pro-life/choice arena. I ignore the question in this context.

    • anon says:

      ‘No values. No character’

      The exact opposite is true.
      And voters know it.

      Heath is willing to take positions unpopular with his party, precisely -because- he has core values and principles.
      And on May 14th the Democratic party will prove it is a tent large enough to embrace such a candidate.

      The NEGOP has spent months trying to paint Mello as a uber liberal and whacky socialist.
      Yet each week evidence continues to surface showing Heath has, throughout his career, reached across the aisle to do what is right on behalf of the people of the state of Nebraska.
      These last revelations (abortion, pipeline) that got the NEGOP all-a-twitter will only serve to drive home the point that Heath is a man of principle.
      Look to the top right of this blog – notice how in their tweets they’ve suddenly changed the subject?

      Last nights rally of 5000 enthusiastic voters at Baxter Arena was an overwhelming success.

      A success that be made all the more impressive after Stothert’s ‘competing’ rally next Monday afternoon.
      A rally at a wedding/banquet hall whose largest ballroom has a capacity of 400.
      A rally featuring the unpopular and underwhelming Scott Walker and a struggling Pete Ricketts.

      • Anonymous says:

        “Struggling’ Pete Ricketts is a great name for a Blues guitarist. Its also a true description of Pete.

      • Tragicomedy says:

        And now, sit back and enjoy the not-so-dulcet tones of Strugglin’ Pete and the Plutocratic Pickers, as they stumble through the Tecumseh Prison Blues.

    • Milo Mindervbinder says:

      Heath is a politician. All politicians are crooked assholes. Therefore, Heath is also a crooked asshole.

      Logic.

  80. Ash Williams says:

    The juxtaposition is beyond hilarious…

    Politico just did a short piece about Obama making his first public appearance next Monday, in his old senatorial district at the University of Chicago.
    The article concludes:
    “Obama’s largely been on vacation since leaving office with trips to the Caribbean with Richard Branson and more recently in the South Pacific with Bruce Springsteen, Oprah and Tom Hanks.”

    This story appears on the very same day the world is delighting itself in mocking pictures of Trump and his ‘celebrity’ White House dinner guests – Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Kidd Rock.

    • Karl Childers says:

      Apparently the remaining list of famous right wing celebrities, Wayne Newton, Dennis Rodman and Scott Baio all had prior engagements.

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