Sticking to his base

  • Bernie Sanders
  • Keith Ellison
  • Daily Kos
  • Huffington Post
  • Fire Union

There is your base for hard-core Democrats in Omaha.

And Democrat Mayoral candidate Heath Mello looked for a while like he was trying to pivot away from these types, to be a middle-of-the-road candidate.

He tried to make the roads-roads-roads mantra be his best friend.

Then Mayor Jean Stothert put out her $13M roads plan, which doubles what previous Mayor Jim Suttle put into roads.

But on the way to, during, and now after the Bernie Sanders for Shadow-President rally in Omaha, Heath Mello has demonstrated the main tenet of his campaign: Shore up the far-left base.

And he ain’t going to stop working that angle any time soon.

His latest campaign ad has him speaking at the Sanders/Ellison rally giving shiny-happy-people remarks about nothing. But the super-lefties in Omaha are getting the message: Heath really IS one of us! He believes in our top concerns of climate change, single-payer health care rights, abortion on demand and, above all else, hating Republicans!

(Heck, you’ll remember when Hillary was asked to name her biggest enemy? She didn’t say ISIS. She said, “Republicans.”)

But a funny thing happened on the way to the folk-art festival at Baxter Arena:

Local Democrat chieftains asked, “What the hell are you doing??? Bernie-freaking-Sanders?!”

As relayed on KFAB recently, Jim Rose (hardly a Democrat, but very well connected) noted that a local high-ranking Democrat was asking why a socialist and an anti-Semite were in Omaha advocating for Mello.

And then reporter Joe Jordan (recently a press op for Dem Congressman Brad Ashford) noted that another top Democrat official told him he thought it was political malpractice for the Mello campaign to have Sanders and Ellison in town.

But the True Believers in the Democrat party think that their base are the ones who will bring in the votes for Heath Mello.

So Mello is trying to hammer home his message of being…

  • One with Bernie…while still trying to hold him at arm’s length…
  • One with the Pro-Choice national Democrats…while telling his local Catholic supporters that he’s “personally Pro-Life”…
  • One with the local greenies and their goal of public transportation (and that he’ll hammer in a streetcar without a vote)…while telling Taylor Royal voters that he’d put a streetcar “on pause”, without ever saying what that means…


Others point out that while Mello is beholden to the far-left, Jane Kleeb wing, of the Democrat party, he’s also beholden to the local Fire Union.

Well, not so much the union guys, as to their former leader, now state Senator, Mike McDonnell.

We hear that McDonnell is the one making the major decisions in the Mello campaign, which is doing the really hard-hitting stuff: negative TV, negative websites, negative phone calls.

They are letting Mello take it easy with the happy-rally speech, while (we hear) the down and dirty stuff is directed by McDonnell, who has a long-running feud with Mayor Stothert. He hates her for pushing him out of the Fire Chief position and forcing concessions on the union in their labor contract with the city.

So you’ve got Socialist Bernie Sanders and anti-Semite Keith Ellisons’s top fan, Jane Kleeb pulling Mello’s nose in one direction.

Then you have angry guy with a grudge Mike McDonnell yanking it in the other.

And then you have young Heath Mello, nostrils flared, yelling “But, but, Potholes! Potholes! Potholes!” over and over and over again.

In the mean time, the average Omahan isn’t looking to the Socialists to manage the city.


And now your high-comedy time:

Did you see some of the highlights from Don Bacon’s Congressional Town Hall over the weekend?

It’s always comical to see the angry protests against Congressman Bacon, because he is such an even-keeled, decent person. He is nearly always cheerful, and when stern (as a retired General), is the type of person who you don’t  want to disappoint, more than you fear.

So Bacon is up on stage, dutifully answering questions to a semi-hostile crowd, with the riff-raff yelling, “You’re lying!” “Answer the question!!!” “You don’t know what yer talkin’ about!”

You know, just the respectful way they promised to be on the build-up to the event.

A few videos have turned up from pseudo-incidents there.

First, was an older, VERY angry gentleman, who threatened people verbally and (allegedly?) physically assaulted someone and was, reportedly, yelling that “all Republicans should be killed!”

(No word on whether he also meant canine Republicans, which everyone still loves, and would never want to be killed.)

Here’s the video of THAT guy, which doesn’t capture everything reported:


Then there was the incident with this…MENSA member?

A high school student was sitting in front of her while she was spouting off. So he did what any Constitution-loving teenager would do: He started videoing her with his phone.

And she would have NONE of it.
First she pointed out to the young gentleman that SHE was MORE EDUCATED THAN HIM, and thus was declaring that he couldn’t video her!

He calmly replied that, she was in a public setting, had no right of privacy, and thus, Apple-video would keep cranking away.

She called over a security guy and demanded that he stop the young lad from his nascent career in video journalism!

Sorry, ma’am, he is within his rights…

Well, then she would show HIM!
She started videoing HIM!
(Wait, I thought super-educated lady said that wasn’t legal?)
And accused him of being in…Turning Point USA! Aren’t you?! AREN’T YOU!

(Uh…and if he was?
The left-wing nut jobs have convinced themselves that TPUSA is essentially…no, actually…the Nazi Youth.)

So Ms. Super-Educated was going to do the worst thing to High-Schoolie that she could think of: Send her video of him to…Antifa!

Or is it Antifah?

In any case, THAT will show him!

The rest of the video after around the 3 minute mark is her trying block him, video him, shame him…

And he SHOULD be ashamed!

…for not putting his camera in portrait mode…


  1. Quioxte says:

    Mello is attempting to pull off the tired Democrat mantra of being all things to all people. He should remember Lincoln’s quote “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

    We aren’t fooled. The cloak is off and he has revealed the radical leftist behind the veil.

    BTW, it’s nice to see Conservatives fighting the AntiFa crowd with their own tactics. It is hysterical that they hate it.

    • Mr. Hankey says:

      “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 – Nashville, Tennessee; September 17, 2002

      ‘Conservatives’ – so the new face of conservatism is snot nose little alt-right Shitlords with smart phones paid for by mommy and daddy?

    • Anonymous says:

      I like that. I like it a lot. Jean wasn’t 100% on board with our nominee for President, and she couldn’t be bothered to hold her nose and vote for him. I’m not 100% on board with her, maybe I won’t be able to hold my nose and vote for her. Maybe I’ll write in Dan Welch or Dave Nabity, who are failed candidates the same as John McCain.

      Hopefully one of Stothert’s staff responds to this and tells us why we shouldn’t treat her the way she treated candidate Trump.

  2. Bluejay says:

    Federalizing the Omaha mayor’s race won’t work. While it was Kleeb that brought Bernie and Keith to town, Mello agreed. Mello loves to talk out of both sides of his mouth. Sleaze.

  3. Feel The Bern says:

    Bernie Sanders has a lot of respect from all sorts of political persuasions. His message of not letting money influence politics, like you see with Swain Construction and Deffenbaugh Waste, resonates even with Tea Party voters.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sanctuary is more of an attitude than a civic policy, though the attitude can and does lead to the policy. It all hearkens back to following Jesus, I know, that impractical asshole you ignored at Prep. Immigrants? Who? Round ’em up and head ’em out. Don’t worry, Blujay, we’ll get to you and yours in due time. Unless you’re actually Native American, and wouldn’t that be funny?

      • bynd says:

        whose Jesus,

        2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

        That would be what the Christian should be doing. All of them even the illegals who are resisting?

        3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

        Just wondering, “It all hearkens back to following Jesus”. How so?

      • Bluejay says:


        A sanctuary city has a specific legal meaning. Furthermore, as a country, we have no legal, moral or ethical duty to admit illegal aliens into this country.

        You Libs just can’t understand the difference between a legal and an illegal immigrant.

        If we don’t have the rule of law in this country we don’t have much. The lawlessness of the Democrat party is one reason why I left the party. Along with the high tech lynching of Ginni Lamp’s husband Clarence.

      • anon says:

        Anonymous at 6:13,

        It’s remarkable how a simple truth cuts through the miasma of pablum and grunts like a cool summer breeze.

      • Anonymous says:

        Jesus Himself is clear on His values. Read His words and find out for yourself.

      • bynd says:

        Clear is personal,

        Jesus was very clear. It is the fallible human beings who purposely twist the interpretation for their own gain.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Because lefties love to invoke the name of Jesus when it comes to the issue of immigration, I’m going to ask the following for clarity…

        Is our country supposed to govern based upon the Bible, or not?

      • Anonymous says:

        Only in the sense that this country’s citizens choose to act in accord with their stated, core beliefs and values. An honest conversation will separate the gold from the dross, e.g. anything that smacks of a theocracy.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, no? There’s nobody I don’t need, religious, non-religous, whatever. We live in a secular state where a variety of religions and non-religions are practiced or not, in freedom but with some struggle. Not a yes/no question.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Actually, it kinda is a yes/no question. If a person is going to invoke the name of THE central figure of all Christian denominations (i.e. Jesus of Nazareth) and his acts as described in The Holy Bible, as the basis upon which America should administer immigration laws and policy, then it begs the question as to what other laws and policy should be based upon the The Holy Bible. But the larger question it begs is this…should ANY of America’s laws and policies be based on the The Holy Bible, or any religious text for that matter?

        Atheists are keen to point out (and they’re right) that a person can live by a code of ethics that is not based upon the teachings of any religion. I felt the need to point that out before you go tottering off down the path of ‘Thou shalt not kill’.

  4. Karl Mocks says:

    Anon at 5:57 pm says: I am better educated, best not to go there here. — Nice form, Shakespeare.

    Stothert has a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Thin stuff. Sanders and Mello have Bachelors of Arts degrees. Thinner stuff. She at least can add. Cipherin’ comes in handy when countin’ pot holes.

    Socialists find little use for math. It interferes with them spouting truth.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Pelosi’s Obamacare doesn’t work is for the same reason Ryan fixing Obamacare didn’t work. A Congress full of lawyers created it and the same lawyers tried to fix it. Lawyers are unfit to create any complex management system. Why? Because they are law clerks. Yes, we all know they are “Juris Doctors”. Your podiatrist and back-cracker are “doctors” too.

    Michigan State Law describes “Core Skills for Law School”. Its lawyering in a nutshell, designed to make a law clerk who can compile info and argue it for others to decide. Lawyering Includes “Critical Reading Abilities… Writing Skills… Oral Communication and Listening Abilities… General Research Skills… (and) Task Organization and Management Skills”. — That last bit is deceptive, because “you are going to need to be able to organize large amounts of information” (not organize people). “Many projects in the practice of law require the compilation of large amounts of information… to prepare and assimilate large amounts of information in an effective and efficient manner.

    The “management” taught in Law School is managing your time and your desk. It is clerking.

    Frankly, when you have a hangnail you need a doctor of Podiatry. When you face jail, you need a doctor of Juris Prudence. But expecting a lawyer to create law as an elected lawmaker, is asking the clerk to create policy (the mechanic to design a new car). Asking that law clerk to design a functional system of vast complexity, is like asking your mechanic to create a new automotive company. — Of course Obamacare doesn’t work. Because it is really Pelosi-law-clerk-designed-Care. Designing complex systems is the Executive branches’ job. And even then it takes time and is difficult.

    Don’t vote for lawyers thinking those clerks come with leadership experience or managerial ability. They don’t. Its antithetical to the nature of that clerking profession. Store managers have more leadership experience .

    A law degree says a person can argue. Putting that into Congress, without real life experience beyond that cranky clerking, guarantees legislative dysfunction. To empower such a clerk as an executive with life and death power is an act of suicidal voting.

    • Anonymous says:

      Obamacare didn’t work. A Congress full of lawyers created it

      Experts from every discipline related to health, medicine and insurance where immersed in extensive and deep deliberations for a solid. Countless thousand of hours of input from the best minds in the industry. Nearly all of it playing out on the public stage.

      It was nothing like the current debacle involving an incurious halfwit of a president and his late night, behind closed doors haggling with an intransigent handful of drown-the-government-in-the-bathtub teafolk.

      You people need to stop inventing alternate realities.

      Your attempt to revive Zombie TrumpCare is going to face the same humiliating defeat as did your first botched roll-out.

      Jimmie Kimmel put a stake through it’s heart and lopped off it’s head last night.

      • Jonathan Gruber says:

        As an expert in conning folks, thanks for the shout out to my skills. If not for me, all your other experts would have failed. You can fool all the party lemmings many times over and over. LOL

      • Anonymous says:

        Embrace the SUCK, GOP trolls.

        Trump and the Republican party are failing miserably.
        In the Omnibus spending bill that just passed the GOP got it’s clock cleaned.
        Planned Parenthood is fully funded, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting got an increase in funding, No defunding of sanctuary cities, ObamaCare subsidies paid in full, instead of a $6B cut in the NIH they got $2B raise, No Funding for Trump’s Wall, No Funding for Trump’s deportation forces, 99% of funding retained for the EPA, half of the increase Trump demanded for the military, dozens of GOP poison pills and special interest riders – DOA.

        And today’s wrangling will make it clear Zombie Trumpcare is dead.

        The house and senate GOPers are about to desperately flee the Trump Hindenburg.

        The fat lady is taking the stage.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Republicans control the White House, the Senate and Congress.

    This morning, in yet another tweet storm, ADHDonald is pissed off about the omnibus spending bill he himself just negotiated and signed. (apparently someone finally explained to him he got rolled)

    He now insists the next time, he’ll shut down government.

    That’s right.
    We have a president calling for a government shutdown when current appropriations expire, because he’s pissed off about his ineptness at negotiations or shaping events, despite his party’s control of Washington.

    • Anonymous says:

      The Republican majority in Congress can’t shake being the opposition. That explains why they can’t move any healthcare legislation. What repeal? What replace? What good is winning elections if you can’t actually do anything when you’re ostensibly in power?

      • Anon says:

        To their credit, they’ve only had seven years to craft a replacement.

        And according to Reuters, it was more than 60 times that Republicans expended the time and effort to bring a vote to the floor to repeal Obamacare.

        Between Obamacare repeal and Benghazi!-Benghazi!, the GOP has it’s plate full as it dutifully served the most pressing needs of Americans. A constituency freshly ravaged by the worse recession in generations, tens of millions newly unemployed and struggling to hold onto their homes and raise a family.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah, I can see where seven years isn’t enough time for some people. It’s not like flying the Space Shuttle or anything.

  7. Ironic says:

    The Invdivisible playbook says to film everything, literally. Then she freaks out when this kid follows the playbook and calls security. She melts down like a snowflake in the hot Arizona sun.

    • anon says:

      Indivisible Guide, Page 19
      5. Record everything! Assign someone in the group to use their smartphone or video camera to record other advocates asking questions and the MoC’s response. .
      ..Please familiarize yourself with your state and local laws that govern recording, along with any applicable Senate or House rules, prior to recording.

      emphasis, mine
      (MoC = Member of Congress)

      The Indivisible guide does NOT instruct that snot nosed little Shitlords should attend the gathering for the sole purpose of sitting in the audience immediately next to their ideological opponent and obtrusively training their smart phones on them for the entirety of the meeting.

      But, as we learned previously, these little Shitlords, these toxic Turning Point teens, are the fresh new face of ‘conservatism’.

      • bynd says:

        scardy cat,

        So, little snot nose children scare you. How appropriate. Evidently, you, and her, are not smarter than a 16 year old. LOL
        What a bunch of namby pambies! Mommy, the bogey man is actually a bogey boy. Looks like all they are good for in the world of progressives is for teachers to prey upon. It takes a “woman controlling her body” to a new level.

        Conservatism teaches them to counter with video proof, while progressives teach their college children to don masks and burn, baby, burn.

  8. The Grundle King says:

    So, is nobody going to address the fact that the old fart shown in the video should be arrested for assault? Maybe someone should tell him that this isn’t Berkeley, and physical violence cannot be substituted for speech.

    • Fight Club says:

      I was hoping Don Bacon would cheer the old goat on, then encourage him to “knock the crap out of ‘em” with a promise he would pay the old guys legal bills if necessary.

      Since when do Republicans no longer reward their political leaders for inciting violence?
      Don’t you think a good rally beat down is entertaining as hell?

      May 02, 2017, Politico –
      Trump rally altercations could add to legal woes>/b>
      “Members of a group called Bikers for Trump accosted multiple people at a Saturday night rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, sometimes using their bodies to push or physically detain them until police arrived, after Trump yelled “get him out of here” ..

      • bynd says:


        So states the “adult” whose best response to a 16 year old is personal attacks. What a weak dick.

      • The Grundle King says:

        So is assault only a crime when Trump supporters do it?

        I ask this because you seem to be under the wrong impression, which is that I excuse certain instances of physical violence based on the political affiliation of the aggressor. I don’t. If someone responds to words with violence, that person should be locked up.

        So I’ll ask again in a different way…can anyone explain to me why the old man in the video should not be arrested and charged with assault? I don’t care if he’s old, I don’t care if he walks with a cane, and I don’t care if he’s a veteran. I say IF he’s a veteran, because he may just be one of those stolen valor a-holes…and if he really is a veteran, he’s clearly forgotten his oath to support and defend the Constitution.

    • Fight Club says:

      Feb 22, 2016 –
      Las Vegas (CNN) Donald Trump unleashed tough rhetoric against his rivals as well as a protester at a Monday night rally, the eve before the Nevada caucuses.

      “I’d like to punch him in the face,” Trump said, remarking that a man disrupting his rally was escorted out

      March 12, 2016 – Donald Trump at a rally in Kansas City –
      “I’ll beat the crap out of you.”

      • bynd says:

        Unattainable maturity,

        “But, as we learned previously, these little Shitlords, these toxic Turning Point teens”

        It really is a toss up who is more immature. You or Trump. Doesn’t really matter though. That 16 year old had more maturity in his little finger than either one of you.

        At least he didn’t cover his face like the snowflakes do. They don’t even want to be identified they are in reality so ashamed what they are doing.

        You freaking lost to Trump. A slug could have beat Trump. You folks aren’t even up to the level of a slug. But you sure leave a lot of slime where ever you go. LOL

      • The Grundle King says:

        Thank you for highlighting why I didn’t vote for Trump. Can you explain to me how his words are related to the old man’s actual use of physical violence?

      • Fight Club says:

        Grundle Trumper, ye o’ the righteous indignation, the old man didn’t assault anyone.

        The act of ‘taking a swing’ is only purported by the teen activist. The old guy isn’t filmed touching anyone. It’s likely he reached out to grab the phone.
        The oldster acted out in an obtrusive and intimidating fashion not unlike that of the Turning Point toddler.

        If you pay attention to the video, the uncouth, born-in-a-barn toddler returned, unscathed to his seat and resumed his obnoxious behavior after placing his foot on the back of the seat in front of him,

        Protesters at Trump rallies were filmed being punched in the face, knocked to the ground, kicked and dragged about.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Yeah, I was waiting for you to post something along that line. Clearly, you do not understand the law.

        Neb. Rev. Stat. sec. 28-310 (that’s a state law reference): (1) A person commits the offense of assault in the third degree if he: (b) Threatens another in a menacing manner.

        It goes on to specify that 3rd degree assault is a Class I misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year imprisonment, and/or a $1000 fine. Do I want to see the old man thrown in prison? Certainly not…but a $500 fine would be more than fair. Failure of law enforcement to investigate acts of physical aggression, and to seek punishment for those acts, further degrades the national discourse.

        Trying to grab the phone? You must be legally blind. Kinda tough to grab something with a closed fist, wouldn’t you say? Whatever the kid may have said or done after the altercation is irrelevant. Take a swing at me while being too big a chickenshit to actually hit me, and I guarantee you I’ll have some smartass things to say. I’m certainly not going to hit back without being hit first, and find myself facing an assault charge.

        And I must ask you, why do you continue to bring up what Trump did, or what his supporters did? I cannot make it any more clear than to say that I DID NOT VOTE FOR TRUMP. I think that, if you go back through the archives, you’ll find that I was never a supporter of Trump.

      • The Grundle King says:

        I should also add that, even if the old man was just trying to grab the kid’s phone, that’s attempted robbery. According to Neb. Rev. Stat. 28-324, robbery (taking of property through force or intimidation) is a Class II felony…and under 28-201, any attempt to commit a Class II felony is charged as a Class IIA felony…punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment.

        So please…continue to explain the supposedly more mature man’s actions. You’re only making him look worse in the eyes of the law.

        Now, to be fair…we should probably have Repenting Lawyer ‘lawyersplain’ this for us all, in such a manner that the old man attains near sainthood, whilst the kid is ushered off to the gallows.

    • bynd says:

      They are here,

      I hear a strong case can be made that the old fart was none other than one of our snowflakes from Leavenworthst.

  9. Anonymous says:


    This used to be an interesting blog full of meaningful debate on political issues.

    Now? Even the articles, intended to create discussion, suck.

    All that exists here on Leavenworth Street anymore is a forum for people that lack intelligent and civil communications skills to berate one another.

    • The Grundle King says:

      “All that exists here on Leavenworth Street anymore is a forum for people that lack intelligent and civil communications skills to berate one another.”

      Au contraire! It appears that, in addition to people berating each other, there are also pseudo-intellectuals who come to whine about the discourse. So you see, it’s not JUST a bunch of people trading barbs at each other, it’s also a handful of people complaining to themselves!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Jim Rose. Well connected? The one he’s connected to is himself in his own mind, but when push comes to shove? All talk no walk. That’s not connected, that’s just air. Isn’t he the program manager who had Brad Ashford sub as host who, in turn, brought in those bright and fresh thinking Boyles, Mike and Anne? Maybe Stothert’s biggest problem isn’t Mello, but the fact the main streets are in disrepair with potholes on streets that never see quality materials used that last beyond one season. You can sling money at a problem (conservative?) to make it look solved, when it truly isn’t. Odd, too, how she felt the need to counter Bernie with a guy who couldn’t draw a crowd of high three figures. Jean is in trouble and Mello is just her opponent while her record, message and brain trust are her personal potholes on the road to defeat

  11. Isn't that special says:

    Ooo.. Lindsey ‘Butters’ Graham has his skirt all a flutter and is right now fuming as he promises to shut down the government!

    Why… those rascally Dems!
    Seems when taking Trump (the great negotiator) out behind the woodshed on the budget deal, they simply didn’t pony up a large enough pile of deficit spending for his precious military.

  12. Hooray says:

    What a Tuesday.

    Democrats retake the Lincoln City Council.

    The tax cuts for the wealthy pushed hard by Ricketts and his trusty henchman, ALEC’s own Jim Smith – a plan supported by the Nebraska, Omaha and Lincoln chambers of commerce, the Platte Institute, Americans for Prosperity and the Nebraska Republican Party – goes down in flames.

    • The Grundle King says:

      Also down in flames, any chance of the council reducing property tax rates to equalize for the massive jump in property values.

  13. The Grundle King says:

    I have to say, the Lancaster County Republicans really managed to f*** that whole city council race up. The Democrats had a sound strategy in only putting forth two candidates in a race where you can vote for up to two candidates. Having three candidates on the ballot just diluted the vote, and now King Beutler once again has his royal council…who will certainly be more than willing to fund every last sculpture, bike lane, and multi-layered roundabout his little heart could ever wish for. I just can’t wait for the gold-plated fire trucks that will most certainly be purchased with the recent property tax windfall.

    • Oracle says:

      Wrong, GK. There were 3 Democrats on the ballot. And they were all supported by the county party. I used to subscribe to your dilution theory, but one aspect of only running two candidates is that many if not most voters will use their 3rd vote for someone in the other party instead of leaving it empty.

      • The Grundle King says:

        I know you’re counting Maggie Mae, but let’s be honest here, the Democratic party newslett…I mean the Lincoln Journal Star gave her basically no real coverage, except for the last story on her that said she was dumping the Democrats and registering as an Independent after the election. She basically said before the election that she’s not a Democrat anymore, and at that point, the party-line Dems had their marching orders.

      • The Grundle King says:

        But good point…I mistakenly said people could vote for up to two, but yes, it’s actually 3.

      • Oracle says:

        From a mathematical standpoint, at-large elections are very hard to strategize. Maybe game theory would help, but I’m far from at expert in that field. Wish Lincoln would just go to 7 districts.

      • The Grundle King says:

        I’m no expert either, and seven districts would probably be a better solution. That, or 5-6 districts with only 1-2 at-large seats.

    • Lancelot LNK says:

      Over the last decade, Lincoln has been the recipient of more national accolades than almost any city of its size in America.

      Under Beutler’s leadership and a largely Democratically controlled city council, Lincoln has made unprecedented progress. It’s a city wholly transformed from the one that existed when Beutler entered office. Lincoln is now widely acknowledged to be one of the finest small cities in America.


      • Anonymous says:

        Lincoln is weird. Weird Catholics. Weird football. Weird colleges. Weird state government. Weird. Take away any of these and Lincoln would be reduced in size by half, dry up and blow away.

        The REAL ruler of Lincoln is the NU Foundation Board. Cross them and you’ll understand how Putin’s former friends feel.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Do any of those accolades or acknowledgments come with any cash rewards to offset our ever-growing property tax burden?

      • Anonymous says:

        “Weird Catholics” are not unique to Lincoln, no siree. But there sure are a lot of them in Lincoln. You’d hardly know the Catholics in Lincoln and Omaha are in the same Church, and Omaha is by no means a hotbed of progressive Catholicism.

      • Lancelot LNK says:


        There’s this ephemeral, but generally acknowledged thing called quality of life.
        It comes at a price. A price many are willing to pay.

        Plus, it’s a free country, the road awaits your carriage.
        And thanks to Lincoln’s progressive leadership your home will sell quickly and at a previously unprecedented price.
        You might want to point your U-Haul in the direction of Alabama and Louisiana. They currently boast of the lowest property tax rates in the continental U.S.
        I’ve had the opportunity to travel the backwoods of both states. It’s an.. experience.

      • bynd says:

        happy for wasted taxes,

        Or one could do as many of the intelligent do. Including many of the rich, progressives also, in Omaha. Move into the county. Enjoy of the city what you want. And pay a lot less. Let those who like to pay taxes pay them. Because it is never worth what the government charges you. Too much pandering and personal monument building.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Lancelot, you seem to be operating based on this false narrative that, if Lincolnites were allowed to keep a little more of their own money, the city would go to hell in a handbasket.

        As if the only thing standing between Lincoln and utopia is another goddamn Jun Kaneko work of “art”. Surely now that Omaha has built their own water bong…err, tower that is taller than the Dramatically Illuminated Lincoln Downtown Obelisk ™, we need to take all that extra property tax money and build another one that is twice…nay, THREE times as tall as Omaha’s!!! That’ll show those pricks!

  14. Classic says:

    May 3, 2017 –
    GOP Lawmaker Flips Out When He Realizes He’s Being Filmed
    “I’m going to confiscate your camera,” state Sen. Scott Wagner said.
    A Pennsylvania lawmaker got into a heated confrontation with an activist who was filming him during a speech on Tuesday.

  15. Lancelot LNK says:

    I’d love to have an update on the Nebraska State Patrol’s investigation of failed GOP Mayoral candidate and current Lancaster County Treasurer Andy Stebbing.

  16. anon says:

    Krist running as a centrist against the gov, the only thing he is running besides his mouth is that he is more of a democrat than the party he is registered as. At least most democrats have the guts to declare themselves as such. He has railed against both governors with his same old rap, Run Bobby run

  17. Anonymous says:

    Krist defended Trump by hammering Ben Sasse early in 2016. But is that enough to make Trump endorse Krist over Pete? Not hardly. Can Krist beat Pete without that? No.

    Trump has good reason to hate Nebraska. Ben Sasse ran anti Trump and Pete’s father funded it. But Pete, for all his goofy initial dealings with the Unicameral, gets points for running interference between grumpy Trump and political myopic Joe. A money moron, still, after all has money.

    Would Nebraskans be happy with Krist defending Trump? Sure. NE GOP voters gave Trump 61% over four other GOP candidates and NE’s general voters gave Trump 59% over Clinton at 33. But anyone who thinks Trump values revenge, unless its collateral to a good deal overall, mistakes his nature. He cares about achieving his goals. Getting even is for kids. Today everyone knows Sasse sucks at reading crystal balls and Joe wasted millions.

    If this Krist is smart, he is toe dipping a gubernatorial bit for name rec and to test water and check where else it may flow.

      • Heinous Actors says:

        Leaving the office empty would be an improvement.
        NE taxpayers would be spared the assault on their pocketbook by a brazenly insatiable plutocratic class.
        They also wouldn’t have to endure the odious anti-abortion measures surreptitiously inserted into a must pass spending bill. Perennially skullduggerous anti-abortion efforts by an handful of religious zealots who wield far too much influence in our state house.

        Quoting Speaker Jim Scheer (R) –
        “I’m actually quite perturbed that this would slip into a budget bill. It was an intentional action,” he said.

        If Ricketts or Lt. Gov. Mike Foley or the Catholic Diocese wanted the language, they should have put it in a separate bill, he said.

        “From my perspective, and I’m going to sound like Sen. (Ernie) Chambers, you’re being used,” Scheer said.

        “They know darn well that the budget has to get passed at some time. This is the wrong way to do business. We can all talk about the Nebraska way. Well, this sure as hell is not the Nebraska way.”

    • anon says:

      Trump wouldn’t waste time for revenge, despite Sasse and Ricketts. You see where Sasse is now. Ricketts may have problems, but the legislature leaves a lot to be desired itself and Krist is one of the problems, he could not even retain his committee position, no party support, nor should he get any. Mr. this is the last time (of Many) I am going to speak on this. He’s lucky not many watch the unicameral

  18. Dog sausages and Cat burgers says:

    Most dog owner states voted Romney while most cat owner states voted Obama. Dog owners are more social, interactive and accepting, while cat owners are more introverted, self-contained and less sociable. Coren found 68% of cat owners would never accept a puppy while 70% of dog owners would accept a kitten. Gosling found dog people 15% more extroverted, 13% more agreeable and 11% more conscientious, preferring to plan rather than be spontaneous. While cat people were 12% more neurotic and 11% more open, likely to hold unconventional beliefs.

    Being socially responsible is doggy pack behavior. Yet Leftist catty people claim that high ground. But then, what does it really mean to “be social”?

    Aloneness is an ironic thing. For you are never more alone than when surrounded by millions of strangers and never more crowded than in a small group surrounded by a few familiars.

    Individualists crave a known close pack (family) to which they are accountable. Conservatives project that (family values) as pack-protecting patriotism onto limited government. Progressives replace family itself (pack substitute) by projecting family benevolence, with an almost Orwellian-faith, onto government. The least accountable, most alone, tend to trust government to be a caring family.

    Our political biosphere takes all kinds. Drooly dog family values Rightists have limitations just like snotty self-centered catty Leftists. But as the cat lovers on the Democrat Left now realize, to their chagrin, replacing their own family with an all-powerful federal government isn’t so great when a dog, or this new porcupine, is running that same empowered federal executive.

    Viva la checks and balances. And sanity too. — Democrats who expect to have their gigantic federal cake and it not eat them too, epitomize Leftist Governmentalist neurosis in a super nutty nutshell.

  19. Arte Johnson says:

    The Mello camp has drafted a formal letter calling on Mayor Stothert to release all records related to forcing the Omaha Police Department to patrol her gated community 9-15 times a day.

    Very interesting.

  20. bynd says:

    Suttle part deux,

    Evidently, even with more Dems than Repubs registered in Omaha, Mello’s internal polling must be telling him he is going to lose.

    And what makes a bunch of spoiled “public” service brats think they have any sway when presenting distorted facts about other professional first responders. To those fireman concerned about government, maybe they should be more concerned about their relationship with the police. Is any sacrifice not to great for them to get Mello elected? Even the sacrifice of their brothers and sisters from OPD. This is why unions have become irrelevant. They have no trust from the public when it comes to anything outside their assigned duties. How did having the firefighters on Suttle’s side work out for him?

    • Reality says:

      Is there a more overtly political body in the state of Nebraska than the OPD?

      Schmaderer spends an inordinate amount of time carrying water for Stothert.
      The man is in the paper or on T.V., or drafting letters, or giving politically motivated statements for anyone willing to listen, every g.d. day!

      And when not publicly defending Stothert in front of the media, apparently he and much of his staff are privately defending her as they continuously take leisurely drives through her gated community.

      • bynd says:

        Alt left,

        We know you folks don’t like law enforcement. And once again, you show your true colors. Why the progressives will remain irrelevant.

      • Reality says:

        Alt Stupid,

        unions have become irrelevant. They have no trust from the public

        Who is it that doesn’t like law enforcement?

      • bynd says:


        So, because one doesn’t like or agree with unions, doesn’t mean one doesn’t support the people who are it. There is no nexus, clown. So, as your logic and critical thinking totally crumble into toddler mode, maybe you need to sit back and re-ass-es why it is, you always project you are not smarter than a 5th grader. Amusing how you come up with such irrelevant things. It has become your way of life.

  21. Smurfballs says:

    Mellow will sleep in the bed he crapped in. People see through all of his lies and the liberal tactics he’s using. What a greasy sleezeball.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Interesting what was edited off from May 2nd against Stothert’s road to defeat. No profanity. No name calling. Just free speech. Edited out. Way to go—Spartacus LOL

    • Samuel L. says:

      The only thing the GOP is insuring is that the word ‘TrumpCare’ is now an official part of the lexicon.

      The CBO will soon provide the democrats with a devastating array of 2018 midterm attack ads against their GOP counterparts.

      GOP Town Halls will soon be filled with legions of newly uninsured, panicked Americans, many whose deaths will be hastened by a GOP desperate to dismantle ObamaCare in order to fund their massive tax cut for the wealthy.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Well, I guess we have have our answer. We definitely SHOULD govern America according to the tenets of the Bible, per the demands of liberals/Democrats.

    • anon says:

      After the GOP passed Trumpcare, the Democrats on the House floor began singing:
      “na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey hey hey, goodbye”

      • Oracle says:

        As the Republicans first broke into loud cheers. If you take the time to study this bill, you’ll see that it’s really a tax cut for millionaires more than a health care bill. These despicable Republicans, including Fortenberry, Smith and Bacon are living in a bubble and care far more about their party than their constituents. Lots of these Rs just committed political suicide and don’t realize it yet. Fortenberry and Bacon seats aren’t are safe as they think.

      • Schtupping Murica says:

        It’s remarkable, and depressing, that a full 35 – 40% of our population will gleefully drop trou and bend over for these tools of plutocracy.

        I think the Mencken quote goes something like..
        Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

  23. bynd says:

    there is nothing new,

    Ironically, since 2010 the Dems had the same mindset. Push their agenda regardless. And where did it get them? Only time will tell. But we have heard about death panels and the adverse effects on the citizenry of health legislation passed.

    The Dems now using pseudo Tea Party tactics, foul mouth Trump tactics and screaming at the top of their lungs about massive death to the poor have come full circle. They are now the alt right.

      • Anonymous says:

        I’m not sure what your problem is bynd, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce.

      • bynd says:

        Not at all.
        Progressive ism. Rhymes with heathenism or barbarism. Or self righteous ism or any of many other isms the progressives want to force down every one’s throat. And the Republicans and their isms aren’t much different. There just aren’t as many of them on here, actually none, who put their partisan narrow minded arrogance on display. Nor demonstrate, like progressives, what dictatorial jerks they are. Ironic, in this day and age, you can’t tell the difference between progressive and regressive. Just like you can’t tell the writing styles of Briebart from the progressives on here. Different sides of the same toy coin.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bynd, death panels, never enacted, was a provision allowing consultation between doctors and patients on final directives. Given the massive evidence of misunderstanding on this subject between patients and their doctors it was a good idea killed by the ill informed or malicious critics. Given problems with insurance companies and insureds on medical coverage doubt criticism of Obama Care much more than a smoke screen, thought that is debatable.

  24. Anon says:

    Pierce is right, Goddamn them all.

    “And if the Democratic Party can’t reduce these idiots to smoking ash through the stunning visuals that greeted this atrocious vote, then goddamn the Democratic Party, too.”

    • bynd says:

      The Natioin
      It’s the job of the news media to make it seem that it’s different this time, so that we need to tune in and keep up. But the political scientists say it’s probably not going to be different this time. Whatever the polls say now (and right now they show Hillary ahead), the long-term patterns of American politics tell us that Trump is not going to get millions more votes than Romney did, and he’s not going to carry enough swing states to overcome the historic pattern of Democratic advantage. Hillary will win in November, and she will be sworn in as our next president on January 20.

      Anderson Cooper to Conway,
      “I’m not arguing she’s a the great candidate, but why can’t your candidate (Trump) defeat somebody who you’re saying is not a very good candidate (HRC)?”

      As panic-stricken Democrats huddle to discuss whether to replace Hillary Clinton as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee, there is already fierce debate as to who would take her place.

      And the name most often circulated is the one politician whose gaffes, outrageous statements and headline grabbing behavior would compete with anyone.

      ABC’s Cokie Roberts suggested Vice President Joe Biden is the favorite to be the new Democratic Party nominee if Clinton steps down.

      Yep, it’s going to keep on happening as long as the progressives can’t admit they blew it. It isn’t some one else fault. It is their own fault. And since they can’t admit it or change it, the outcome is already determined.

      You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome. Pretty simple stuff.

      • Millennial voter says:

        Democrats won the popular vote by some 2.8 MILLION votes. If it were the other way around, and the Republicans won the popular vote but lost the antiquated system we still use to elect a president in this country, there would be an armed insurrection taking place as we speak.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Hey milliennial, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but it appears there IS an armed insurrection taking place as we speak. Coincidentally, it’s starting in California…the state that is solely responsible for Hillary’s popular vote win. But it’s not the right side of the spectrum that’s bringing weapons to the fight.

        And do we REALLY have to rehash the electoral college and election strategy?

      • Anon says:

        Grundle, our newest Trump Truther.

        California…the state that is solely responsible for Hillary’s popular vote win

        Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in:
        New Hampshire
        New Jersey
        New Mexico
        New York
        and Rhode Island

        May 3, 2017, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight –
        The Comey Letter Probably Cost Clinton The Election
        So why won’t the media admit as much?

      • anon says:

        It’s laughable that the gun loving right would decry an ‘armed’ left.

        For more than a decade America has had to endure the malevolence of a party intent on shutting down government if it can’t get guns in schools, guns at church, guns at the local courthouse, guns at sporting events, guns walking down the sidewalk, guns at the city park, guns during a colonoscopy, guns at communion, guns at Golden Corral, guns at the bar, guns at the grocery store, guns at the gun store.

        An extremist party for which extensive studies conducted by organizations like the Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point Military Academy, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have lead to warnings of serious threats to our homeland from dangerous, politically inspired, right wing domestic terrorist organizations.

        A party for whom the emergence of America’s first black president inspired a widely expressed, highly public desire to ‘water the tree of liberty’

        F@#$ing laughable.

      • The Grundle King says:

        ‘Anon’ (with a capital A), I think you missed the point of my comment. If you leave out California, the popular vote margin across the U.S. actually favored Trump by about 1.4 million votes. The fact is that Hillary won big in California, a state that Trump was NEVER going to win, and therefore devoted very few campaign resources to. That was his campaign strategy, which as it turns out, was better that Clinton’s strategy of ignoring the more numerous red states or center-red states.

        So yes, while Hillary won the popular vote in 16 states, she also lost the popular vote in 34 states…and her overall vote total for the 49 states not named California put her at a deficit. That is the reason I stated that California is solely responsible for her popular vote win.

        Lower case (and lower class) ‘anon’…for all your fear of the ‘gun loving right’, it’s most often leftists who use firearms to commit mass-casualty acts of violence. And while you’re too busy bitching about the number of guns in this country, and all the places that they’re legally allowed…you completely ignore the fact that gun violence rates are really quite low considering the number of guns in circulation. All your whining, all your pissy-pants commiserating…it’s all because the facts are not on your side. BTW, I did happen to catch a video of some AntiFa members trying a little firearm practice…it’s pretty damn hilarious watching these folks show off their gun ‘skills’. Just Google “Phoenix John Brown Gun Club- Range Day’. It is literally fat camp with guns. So many fails.

      • anon says:

        Hillary won the popular vote in 20 states.

        it’s most often leftists who use firearms to commit mass-casualty acts of violence.
        You’ve been listening to too much Wayne LaPierre and Alex Jones.
        That’s a fabrication and tired trope. In nearly every instance you folks point to as “liberals gone mad” there is almost no evidence that ideology or politics was in any way a motivating factor behind their violence. The same can almost never be said about the frequent violence boiling over from the sundry hordes of militia, white supremacists, nativists, alt-righters, birchers, secessionists, separatists, Minutemen, sovereign citizens and odd collections of nutters that make up the violent right.
        There’s not a single study you can point to that isn’t definitive in their declaration that it is the violent far right that poses, by far, the most significant threat to our homeland security.

        And, excluding gun deaths from armed conflict (civil wars), the U.S. is a world leader in gun deaths. Only the delusional would feign arguing the matter.

      • The Grundle King says:

        “In nearly every instance you folks point to as “liberals gone mad” there is almost no evidence that ideology or politics was in any way a motivating factor behind their violence.”

        I never said political ideology was a motivating factor for their violence. I think it’s more than coincidental that so many violent criminals happen to hail from the left side of the political spectrum, but I don’t think it’s politics that’s driving them, FWIW. I tend to think it’s more a product of a child’s mind inhabiting an adult’s body…they didn’t get their way, so they throw a violent fit. The fact that they’re legally allowed to buy a gun allows them to increase the impact of their temper tantrum.

        I’ll take your word on 20 states won by Hillary. I guess I just assumed that, because Anon felt compelled to list out all those states, that it was an exhaustive list of states won by Hillary. Still outnumbered 30-20 tho.

        America has the most gun deaths because America has the most guns. America also has the most automotive deaths because we have the most cars. I can’t find numbers to verify my suspicions, but I would hazard a guess that the country with the highest numbers of moose will also have the highest number of people killed by moose. You’ve heard of ‘math’, yes?

        We’re also the only country of our size to have a Constitutionally-protected right to gun ownership. As callous as it sounds, Constitutional freedoms often come with a price. The price of the 1st Amendment rights is that people are allowed to lie and to spread hate. The price of the 6th Amendment rights is that sometimes guilty people get away with their crimes. The price of the 4th Amendment rights is that sometimes, even when we can rest assured that known criminals possess things that they should not…we can’t just bust in their door and take their drugs, weapons, etc. on a hunch. The 2nd Amendment…born out of the fear of a new tyrannical government, and out of the notion that free men and women ought to be able to protect and provide for themselves…is no different.

        Folks like you seem to think that, if we could just repeal the 2nd Amendment, our gun crime problems would be solved. In truth, we could to more to solve our crime problem by repealing the 4th Amendment. Imagine if our government could, without a warrant, enter the home of every known gang member and/or drug dealer, confiscate any illegal weapons, and send them to prison for any crimes discovered in the process. Our firearm-related death rate would fall by more than half, and law-abiding gun owners could still defend themselves. Of course, I’m not advocating that the 4th Amendment be repealed…it’s just as stupid a ‘what if’ scenario as repealing the 2nd Amendment.

      • anon says:

        “I tend to think it’s more a product of a child’s mind inhabiting an adult’s body…they didn’t get their way, so they throw a violent fit. The fact that they’re legally allowed to buy a gun allows them to increase the impact of their temper tantrum.”

        Feb 15, 2017, Washington Post –
        Republicans in Congress just made it easier for mentally ill people to get guns

  25. Millennial voter says:

    Yes Grundle, please rehash why we do not elect the chief executive based on the popular will of the country but instead on a system that has twice now in the last five elections given the job to the person who won fewer votes. That’s not democracy, that’s not even a representative democracy.

    • bynd says:

      Because we are a Democracy. Simple concept. I see you have made the transition from an innocent seeking answers to a partisan unwilling to do their own research. Bullet points, mainly wrong ones, instead of rational thought. Good job changeling.

      • Anonymous says:

        The fact that we’re a Democracy (actually, a Representative Republic) has nothing to do the with the perambulations of the electoral college.

        That’s like saying we have religion because of pews.

        Simple concept.

    • The Grundle King says:

      No. Wiser individuals than I can (and have…repeatedly) explain why the electoral college exists, and why it should continue to exist, even if you don’t like the results it produces.

    • bynd says:


      There you go again. M said the system wasn’t democratic. The answer is, we are not a democracy using democratic rules. However since you believe a democracy and a representative republic to be the same thing, it is your choice to be ignorant in that regard.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, the Founders thought a Republic was a type of democracy, there objection was to direct democracy, and the Electoral College was put in mostly to advantage slave states by allowing them credit for slaves in numbers in college.Given direct election of Senate and spread of franchise talk of Federal system as democracy is far from inaccurate.

    • Am His-8th Grade says:

      If you can’t figure it out no sense in explaining, you don’t like it on blogs, so what, it’s the law of the land and you know the change process genius, if you think it such a popular consensus go for it, or the fake ass NPV, you’ll even get a lot of repukes, and you can play another deny the Constitution.

      • Millennial voter says:

        You may have passed 8th grade American history, but your English proficiency is lacking.

      • Anonymous says:

        That is funny and not-funny at the same time. Much of the country will be watching the Senate’s debate with great interest in the next several months.

  26. bynd says:

    Who would know better the perils of voting for health care for all than the progressives who did and are now out of power. The public is finicky and gullible. They believed if you want to keep your doctor, premiums will go down $2500 per year and everyone will have health care. The fact that 20 to 29 million never had it under Obamacare not withstanding. And the trillions wastefully spent. Was there any truth in the ACA? Seems not. But a lot of people were convinced it was manna from the Dems. Have the Repubs learned anything from all this? Evidently not. And who knows, when the Repubs loose power in 6 to 8 years, the Dems will screw up what the Repubs screwed up. But, less faith based folks will lose their business and houses to the discrimination scams going on and the SCOTUS will not lean towards provressiveism for many decades. And we do need to thank Dirty Harry for making the nuclear option viable. A very good unintentional consequence from the ACA and our last President.

      • bynd says:


        Notice the little “a”, goes with a small mind. But with that message you keep repeating, I’ll bet you are one of the most sought after speakers for all the state and local Dem events.

  27. bynd says:


    Got to see one of my favorite millennials this week. A young, bright and articulate nurse who runs trials for UNMC. She said she gets most of her info from the Skimm. Interesting.

    But I must ask, do you consider the Constitution antiquated also?

    • Millennial voter says:

      Yes. It was ratified in 1789. Think about all the facets of our civilization the framers could never have anticipated (the internet, air travel, etc.) over the course of nearly 230 years. It was a document that was designed to be updated and has been 27 times — in many cases to adapt to a changing America (expansion of voting rights to former slaves and women.) In an era where information is instant and we’re not waiting on white, male landowners to ride their horses to the polls, I think it’s fair to say we could rethink certain provisions of our governing documents pertaining to the election of president.

      • bynd says:

        I would disagree. What makes it antiquated other than it has been around for several hundred years? And then so what? What are the issues you believe can be improve upon?

        And most importantly, who do you think can come up with a new one?

        So, do you support a Constitutional convention?

      • Millennial voter says:

        I’m not advocating for or supporting a constitutional convention and don’t trust our current politicians to frame a new governing document. As an aside, the current call for a constitutional convention would be an unmitigated disaster that would exceed the limitations they have been espousing. That’s a whole separate post. There is an amendment process that can and should be used to eliminate the Electoral College, however.

        Think about it: Why do we allow 538 electors to choose the president? Why if you vote Republican in California does your vote get tossed out and you more or less give your implied consent to vote Democrat? Why if you vote Democratic in Alabama does your vote not matter and you give your implied consent to vote Republican? Nebraska is a half-step better than most, in that its congressional districts can be split, which provides better representation for its people. (Murante’s constant attempts to turn Nebraska into a winner-take-all state is a move in the wrong direction when you think about self-determination). The president of the U.S. was against the Electoral College before he was for it!

        I think we’re to a place in history where choosing the chief executive of the country should be done on a one-person, one-vote basis. I believe you’d see voter participation go up because people would see that their vote does in fact matter. And it would put all 50 states in play during the campaign.

  28. bynd says:

    Bit players,

    George Soros the super progressive, is making the Koch bros look like bit players. No wonder the snowflakes concentrate so much on the Koch guys. If anybody pays attention to Soros, they would see that it is the progressives who do more to control the country/world, and the Dem party, through Soros’s money than the Kochs could ever muster.

    Plus, the Kochs have not been sued for 10B for meddling in another countries affairs. Who would have thought? Can’t wait for the replies to this one:)

    There is no difference as we see again. Only in degree.

    • Anonymous says:

      Where do I sign up for all this supposed Soros and/or Koch money? I’m broke. No, seriously, where do I sign up? Is this some bullshit assertion or a demonstrable matter of fact?

      • Anonymous says:

        Certainly. No matter how hard I look I just can’t get on any conspiratorial payroll. Its almost like it DOESN’T EXIST. But of course thats a lie.

  29. Cya says:

    Really miss this site when Streetsweeper was the main writer. Used to be a great information source and a well articulated point of view. Not really the case anymore. You’ve lost an independent minded long time reader.

    • anon says:

      This site has never been geared to the ‘independent minded’.

      This is a site catering to the political ideology of one of the reddest states in America and from that right lurching state it has consistently heralded and celebrated its most extreme right wing actors.
      It has consistently praised the words and actions of people like Bill Kintner, Charlie Janssen, Beau McCoy, Charles Herbster and Mike Groene, along with organizations like the Platte Institute and Americans for Prosperity, while at the same time castigating moderate/Reagan Republicans like Chuck Hagel, Bob Krist, John McCollister and Lou Ann Linehan.

      And all of that is fine.
      Good for you, I commend your exercise of and right to free, unfettered speech.

      Just don’t delude yourselves that your thoughts and opinions aren’t divergent from that of main stream America.

  30. Crap Detector says:

    bynd at 11:10 – “Because we are a democracy. Simple concept.”

    bynd at 1:09 – “We are not a democracy using democratic rules.”

      • Crap Detector says:

        I comprehend very well. It’s you who apparently does not comprehend what you wrote, which was grammatically correct.
        What does your Bible tell you about atoning for your errors? Does Jesus call others “stupid?’

      • bynd says:

        To such as you, you know legalistic Pharisees,

        He called them, blind guides, fools; whited supulchres…full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness; serpents, vipers, hypocrites, Ye are as graves which appear not.

        23 Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:

        2 The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law are experts in the Law of Moses. 3 So obey everything they teach you, but don’t do as they do. After all, they say one thing and do something else.

        4 They pile heavy burdens on people’s shoulders and won’t lift a finger to help. 5 Everything they do is just to show off in front of others. They even make a big show of wearing Scripture verses on their foreheads and arms, and they wear big tassels[a] for everyone to see. 6 They love the best seats at banquets and the front seats in the meeting places. 7 And when they are in the market, they like to have people greet them as their teachers.

        Which seems more than accurate in your case the antifa and progressives in general. It would seem he calls them/you very accurately.

        As for atonement, it is between God and the individual. You should try it. It is very freeing. Instead of living a miserable life trying to use scripture to make a point. Which you fail rather spectacularly at. Remember, it is said that the Bible is foolishness to the unbeliever. And that is proven over and over again by people who posts such as you.

        Anytime you need more such understanding, don’t hesitate. Always ready to help the Bible illiterate understand the truth. Even Jesus tried to help those brood of vipers called religious leaders.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, you might learn what the Atonement is before you pretend to expertise in Christianity, mostChristians believe Christ died for, atoned for the sins of all.Almost worse is your silly misreading of Scripture, that kind of direct application to living individuals is far worse than any reading you have criticized.Perhaps you could find the passages in Scripture that justify the cruel language you use toward those who disagree with you.

      • bynd says:

        RL, My apologizes. I don’t speak Catholic. A question was asked and answered. You don’t like it, give your religious versions. I sure can’t wait.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        I’ve been out into the world for a few weeks and it’s good to get back home:
        But…bynd, I am amazed at your brazen thrust here to be RIGHT when you are so clearly WRONG! Oftentimes, your posturing is just a little slanted and sometimes it is tilted to the extreme. But this time you are flat out face down WRONG. YOU, yourself, WROTE the wrong sentence.

        Now I don’t give a damn about your pontificating and frankly, I don’t believe you even have a god to forgive you of your transgressions. Your transgressions are all on YOU, bynd!

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, Catholic does not enter into the matter, The Atonement is the work of Christ, Who, to paraphrase both Creeds, died for us and for our salvation. It was the inability of humanity to close the gap between God and humanity, which God the Son closed by becoming human. You are talking about individual repentance and trust in Christ’s work.
        As far as the Scripture passages are concerned, we are all tempted to celebrate our own rightness with God and judge others as failures in their relationships with God, and the temptation to do this is strong when faith and politics become confused.

      • bynd says:

        RL, because you interpretative the question different form me explains the difference in explanations. Quite frankly, your interpretation makes no sense in the conversation. there is no doubt in mind that anonymous was more concerned about my actions and not Jesus. Harsh words, read 2 Tim 3:16. Not the word rebuke.

        You might want to re evaluate your first post in light of your accusation of harsh words. Rather self righteous and arrogant. The Pharisees and Sadducees use to like to brag about their education also.

        TA, you have no grasp what is going on here. And if you don’t understand the subject matter, go some where else. You’re like a pouting little child, obnoxious, offensive and adding nothing of value to the conversation. Because if some one doesn’t agree with your one stance on the handicapped, then they are your enemy. You, like you accuse others of being, desperately need to be right, a realistic self evaluation will show you are no different than those you accuse. I won’t wait for that to happen. Ironic, you can’t even tell when someone is pushing their interpretation of the Bible to a question down your throat. But then, those are the consequences when you don’t know the subject matter.

      • bynd says:


        PS. Atonement is more. It allows one to have a personal relationship with God. I understand all faiths don’t believe in a personal relationship with God. In addition, although Atonement is used often in the Old Testament in regards to the Israelite, it is used only once in the New Testament and is more closely defined as reconciliation.

        I guess we all have our limitations on scripture.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Interestingly, I actually “partied” with Druids and attended one of their ‘weddings.’ It was back in 2012. I was visiting Stone Henge on the night of the Summer Solstice. Quite an experience for me to be sure!!!

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bynd, Your adventures in creative theology are the subject of my objection, but as the Church Bynd is whatever you say it is, it is hard to argue. Fail to see the humility in your response, you simply retreat to a claim I am boasting about education if I do not accept your claimed authority. Seems to me it is your conduct that merits the rebuke of self righteousness, though maybe we could both work on improvement.
      Reconciliation between God and humanity is the result of the atonement, which opends up our ability to answer God’s call, but what results from reconciliation is not reconciliation. I certainly believe we are now able to be God’s friends, I just did not know it was permission to abuse anyone who disagrees with you.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Some lawyers are cruel to be sure. But not this one. ALL of his postings are informative if not outright instructive. And ALL of his postings are courteous if not genuinely friendly.

      It’s bynd who causes the conflict. He’s on here multiple times every day looking for some means to slight something someone else wrote. And in the case above bynd again displays the “cruel language’ that the kindly professor recognizes.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Anon at 8:03, High Church Episcopalian, though I taught at a Catholic University and was educated at Catholic institutions.

  31. To anon says:

    Moderate Republicans like McCollister LOLOLOLOLOLOL. It what universe is he a moderate? He is a straight pro-choice dem.

    • Anon says:

      Agreed ll:20, I watch the legislature and listen to him, he’s bought and sold. He’s almost as bad as Krist, but not as big a blowhard

  32. TexasAnnie says:

    Millennial Voter: I disagree.
    The constitutional amendment process takes too long: How many years did women wait for the Equal Rights Amendment? (It ultimately died on the vine.) An Article V Convention requires two-thirds of the states’ legislatures to get started, and three-fourths of the states’ legislatures to get ratified. I don’t fear a runaway convention due to the single-subject and ratification requirements. And I do believe that the people will tune-in to such a process. So if issues become distorted, they must be sorted out BEFORE any change may occur.

    Otherwise, I agree with what you wrote. The electoral college is arcane; we can’t trust our federal government; and the vote of each individual really does not count as one whole vote!

    But cheers! An Article V Convention is coming your way. Texas is now the eleventh state to join the effort. And when the Trump administration tries to take away the recreational pot from Colorado and California, watch out. Those needed twenty-one states may get on board sooner than you might think!

  33. Billy says:

    Still can’t believe Trump has won, and he is really doing things. When you think about it, Hillary was, as they say a p— poor candidate, who wasn’t sick of Clinton/Bush, Obama was a combination of both. Congress sure didn’t do anything, they were like the Nebraska legislature projected on the whole country, like a ineptness virus straight out of the heartland producing politicians like mayor Mello, and govenor Krist, ha, ha, ha

  34. TexasAnnie says:

    Anonymous @ 7:54am yesterday:

    Well, according to the literature I’ve been reading all the states requesting the Convention must do so by specifying the same subject matter. Of course I’m not a Constitutional expert. I can only assert that what I have read has been compelling. If you disagree, let me know. I’m open to another’s point of view…

  35. anon says:

    Mayor election wouldn’t even be close today except for a union. The result may be an administration of Battiatos

  36. All Seeing Eye says:

    Since this is about Politics AND Religion…. (sausage deluxe)…

    The entire American Press headlined a “Ohio Ex-Mayor ‘dedicated Christian’ Rapes 4 Year Old Girl, Blames Child. – Keenan, who had also been a City Councilman, admitted to molesting the child. And he did indeed blame the kid. And he was an avowed “Christian”.

    Keenan, being a Christian, thrills US News Media who love to punch Jesus. Nothing new there.

    But then too, Keenan was elected City Councilman and later City Mayor in partisan elections… so what is his party affiliation? Not one news story, from NYT to WP to local news, mentioned the fact that he is a “Democrat”. It was all him being a “Christian”. And yet THEY ONLY KNEW he was a Christian from his acceptance speech as a DEMOCRATIC PARTY MAYOR.

    If this was a Republican, you can bet that would have been the headline.

    Dem Clinton coercing girls and Obama being raised in a sexual zoo, makes normal people cringe. But not the Relativistic Ultra-Leftists who run the DNC and US news media. They ignore Democrat pedophilia but focus on Republican wrongdoing. To them, Islamic pedophilia isn’t news but Catholic pedophilia is. Of course, all sexual misconduct is equally wrong, but that isn’t how Relativistic Leftist Democrats view it. To them, sex is wrong for the Moral Right with its sexual limits, but anything goes for the Relativistic Left that has no boarders. Hypocrisy, to them, is more wrong than wrong is wrong.

    The Relativists’ mantra “whatever feels good is good” suggests the “non-hurtful pleasant sexual education of children” as a good thing. Normal people fear for the children of these creepy relativists who run the DNC and Media. And well they should fear.

    This explains, in part, why decent, hardworking Democrat voters voted against Hillary Clinton. It core values that, at the core, are rotten. At least in the eyes of Democrat crossover voters.

    • Oracle says:

      So I googled “Ohio Ex-Mayor ‘dedicated Christian’ Rapes 4 Year Old Girl, Blames Child” and guess what. The first link that appeared is “Democrat Ex-Mayor Rapes 4-Year-Old, Blames Child Victim: ‘I Did It ..” What is wrong with you people! And nice leap of logic finding one example of very bad behavior and applying to a much larger group that is only connected by party label. YAI!

    • anon says:

      Dem Clinton coercing girls and Obama being raised in a sexual zoo,

      It’s obvious you’re mentally impaired.
      Seek help.

      Also, in concurrence with Oracle’s findings, here’s the quote relating to the perpetrator from that ‘relativist, ultra-leftist, liberal, fake news rag’ the Washington Post (Sept 14, 2016) –
      “Keenan, a Democrat, was sworn in as mayor in January 2010 and served until 2011.”

    • Anonymous says:

      Christianity exists because broken, sinful human beings need a Savior. Jesus, out of His Goodness, offers humans respect they don’t deserve by letting them make choices. We call that free will. Baptism doesn’t imbue the baptized with any kind of moral teflon that prevents them from doing evil and shields them from the consequences of their actions. Of course all this is unrelated to political affiliation, too. The road to Hell is paved with the bones of Democrats & Republicans alike and in quantity.

      • Anon says:

        The road to hell…

        mostly libertarians, with a few Birchers and a rare Whig scattered about.

        : )

  37. Anonymous says:

    I believe I saw an obit in last week’s paper for Judith Ann Herbster, Charles Herbster’s wife. My condolences. May Judith and all our beloved dead rest in peace and rise in glory.

  38. Anon says:

    Couldn’t help but notice in the @stothertformayor campaign photo (upper right) that Dodging Don Bacon always sports the same vacuous grin.

    I’m guessing throughout his military tenure Don was given only 1 bullet at a time, and he had to keep that one safely tucked away in his shirt pocket.

    • F. Monger says:

      Maybe Don can track down that ISIS terrorist cell in Papillion that he warned the citizenry about and get them to voting booth.
      It might be just the boost Jean needs to claim victory.

  39. Why do we elect these trolls? says:

    Having served for 40 years, 126 days, Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is the longest-serving Republican Senator in U.S. history.

    As Hatch he was leaving a meeting of Senate the health care working group a reporter caught to him and asked:
    “How does the public’s perception of what the House did affect what you are doing?”

    Hatch replied:
    “The public wants every dime they can be given,” he said. “Let’s face it, once you get them on the dole, they’ll take every dime they can.”

    This, from a man who has spent more than 40 years in the Senate, accumulating a net worth in excess of 5 million dollars.
    A man who never saw a military spending bill he didn’t want to increase and never shied away from a battle in defense of big banks and wall street.

    • The Grundle King says:

      There seems to be some confusion here between ‘taking’ and ‘earning’. Now, whether congresscritters ‘earn’ their take while serving their constituents can certainly be debated…but it’s one thing to receive compensation for providing a service, and another thing entirely to receive compensation merely for breathing.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Stothert is still Mayor, like thats any kind of mystery. She does an adequate job – no reason to replace her. Certainly no compelling reason for Mello to be elected. Congratuations, Ms. Mayor, but don’t dawdle. Back to the salt mines.

  41. Anonymous says:

    I am for military spending. And I am especially for drafting your sorry unpatriotic ass.

    I’d put you at the front of my mike boat. You might be useful absorbing bullets so better Americans might have a chance. Not to worry, we will dump your corpse into a compost heap and turn it thrice a week. Go green!

    • Then there's that says:

      “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
      This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. . . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”
      – President Dwight D. Eisenhower
      April 16, 1953

    • Umm.. says:

      Sasse was the only Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that didn’t use his moment on camera in dereliction of duty in favor of taking purely partisan hack shit during the questioning of Sally Yates and James Clapper.

      Of course, one would have to not be a mental defect in order to recognize and acknowledge such behavior.

      • bynd says:


        Of course, one would have to not be a mental defect in order to recognize and acknowledge such behavior.

        One would have to have a character defect to make such an arrogant assumption.

      • bynd says:

        dictionary proof,

        Thanks for proving my point. But I can change that opinion once you put your mental health provider credential numbers on here.

        adjective: arrogant
        having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.

        a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.

        I do believe your postings fulfill these definitions to a tee.

        A mental defect is one where you believe you are right and everyone else is wrong. Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a long-term, mental health condition. Which makes anyone who has this disorder the same as Trump. Trump Umm?

      • Anonymous says:

        bynd, are you practicing psychology or psychiatry without a license? If you don’t have a license kindly shut up. If you do have a license it should be revoked.

  42. bynd says:

    I see by your hysteria I hit to close to home,

    Your just another example of NPD.

    You snowflakes are sure a mentally unstable group. Is that why mental health was included in the ACA? As for the rest of your bluster, what an amusing little Mean Girl you are. LOL

    • Anonymous says:

      Why is mental health/wellness funny? I’ve been on both sides of this issue, the provider side and the client/patient side? PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction, broken homes/careers/lives – suicide? Is any of that worthy of light treatment?

      The NIMH has reliable statistics that 20% of the adult population of the US had a diagnosable mental illness at any given moment. No, its not the same 20% all the time. There is a 1-in-5 chance that, when you look at some some stranger and say to yourself ‘That person is crazy” that you are right. Of course strangers are looking at you, saying the same thing about you, and 20% of the time they are right. A sobering thought.

      I lived in California for 15 years, with the Orange County set. More to the North you’ll find those same folks in Pebble Beach and Atherton. You know, the 1% of the 1%, the people who buy people like Trump and Obama and make them president because it suits them. Those same people spend themselves broke because a member of their family is schizoaffective and addicted, vainly searching for help at any price. Imagine, the most powerful human beings imaginable brought low because of biochemical disorders of the brain, no different than the guy begging on a street corner in Omaha.

      The only thing worse than this is somebody who finds this funny. I pity you.

      • bynd says:

        If you think I was being funny, I wasn’t. Maybe you need to examine yourself and see why you over reacted to a what I posted. I’ve been diagnosed as clinically depressed before. So get off your high horse. With the statistics you rattled off, it is arrogant to believe you have the right to lecture any one. Especially those you have no idea who they are.

        I don’t pity you. You are a rather judgemental disgusting person.

  43. Comey Chameleon says:

    Speaking of mental health, Democrats Gone Nuts!

    Every Democrat leader since Nov 2016 has loudly demanded FBI Director Comey resign. Now that Comey is fired, the same Dems have fake heartburn. Similar to some Dems criticizing Congressional Republicans for not totally getting rid of Obamacare because, say the Democrats, keeping any version of national healthcare is against GOP Conservative principles. Dems have gone insane.

    Why? The DNC and NYT agree Democrat core voters voted for Trump in 2016. While one conclude that means Hillary is repulsive or Trump’s policies attractive, that isn’t what Dem researchers are saying. They say Dems will lose US Senate seats unless the Democrats change the message to one of Populism. That’s a bullet to the leftist’s Progressive heart. And so heartburn and insanity…

    And why? Democrats were blaming it all on Comey, until Trump fired him.

    Comey the Chameleon. A Republican Bush appointee who morphed into a Registered Independent Obama appointee.

    Comey, Comey, Comey, Comey, Comey Chameleon
    Didn’t you hear your wicked words every day
    And you used to be so sweet I heard you say
    That my love was an addiction
    When we cling, our love is strong
    When you go, you’re gone forever
    You string along, you string along

  44. GOPariah says:

    Donald Trump has just appointed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to the role of Vice Chair of a newly formed panel that’s being called the “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.” Mike Pence will serve as Chair.
    Trump is expected to sign the executive order creating the commission this afternoon.

    In other news Grim F. Reaper has been appointed the new head of Health and Human Services.

    Any of you who still support this cretinous party need to formally renounce your citizenship.

    • bynd says:

      renounce, renounce,

      “Any of you who still support this cretinous party need to formally renounce your citizenship”.

      Translation, we should join Obama and the progressives who renounced their citizenship to be global citizens.

      Question, since they renounced it, how did they get it back by losing?

      Cue in John Lennon singing “Imagine”.

      Maybe if the progressives gave more to charity than political campaigns, like the Republicans, they could really make a difference. All by them selves with no help for the Republicans. What a concept, spend your own money, don’t take it from others. opensecrets dot org.

      • GOPariah says:

        “no help for the Republicans. What a concept, spend your own money,”

        Again you prove yourself clueless.

        States MOST dependent on the Federal government, 2017 –
        1) Kentucky (Trump)
        2) Mississippi (Trump)
        3) New Mexico (Clinton)
        4) Alabama (Trump)
        5) West Virginia (Trump)
        6) South Carolina (Trump)
        7) Montana (Trump)
        8) Tennessee (Trump)
        9) Maine (Clinton, by 2.7%)
        10) Indiana (Trump)

        States LEAST dependent on the Federal Government, 2017 –
        1) Delaware (Clinton)
        2) Minnesota (Clinton)
        3) New Jersey (Clinton)
        4) Illinois (Clinton)
        5) California (Clinton)
        6) Nevada (Clinton)
        7) Massachusetts (Clinton)
        8) Connecticut (Clinton)
        9) New Hampshire (Clinton)
        10) Utah (Trump)

        To make it easier for you to remember, a simple association:
        Red States = Takers
        Blue States = Makers

        And of course as you’ve reminded us repeatedly bynd, you’re a lifer of the government teat.

      • bynd says:

        Your data has no relation to my posting.

        NY Times. The flow of money, documented in Federal Election Commission reports, shows Democrats expanding their fund-raising advantage in the final phase of the presidential race, defying expectations at the beginning of the campaign that Republicans would dominate the money chase. Of the ten richest district, eight are represented by Dems. And for 2016, t5he
        Dem political machine raised a lot more than the Repubs.

        So you say are poorer but you still give more to politics. Not to mention you have more millionaires in Congress and yada yada. Next time you reply, try to reply to the issue. Although I know that is not possible because you couldn’t make a good case for your weak selves then. Don’t go off on one your worthless tangents. Those fool only you and the other snowflakes on here who need a life boat to keep from drowning in your mounting sorrows. What a fantasy world you live in.
        Cue in Twilight Zone music. You folks do make beautiful music though:)

      • The Grundle King says:


        Could you provide some more details as to what the bulk of the federal spending in those ‘red states’ is used for?

      • GOPariah says:

        I think most of that money in the Red State goes toward buying guns.

        Guns and meth.

        Or maybe strapping young bucks are buying T-Bone steaks.

        You know none of the money goes toward cell phone bills, ’cause they all got ObamaPhones.

      • Anonymous says:

        Don’t forget tin foil.
        Red states go through a monstrously disproportionate amount of tin foil per capita.

        And Jimmy Wax – especially the bible belt. Lot’s and lot’s of Jimmy Wax.
        “People in Religious and Conservative States Seek Out More Pornography Online”

      • The Grundle King says:

        Good thing nobody actually expects intellectual honesty from you and your ilk.

      • GOPariah says:

        Want some cheese with that whine?

        Also, anyone still supporting the Republican party isn’t allowed to use either the word ‘intellectual’ or ‘honesty’ when discussing politics.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Ha, you accuse me of whining, then whine about Republicans. Whatsa matter, mean man actually expects you to tell the truth?

  45. Insanity says:

    Donald Trump imagines he invented the phrase “prime the pump”.
    Not only that, he imagines that in a novel fashion he has newly tied the phrase to the act of fiscal stimulus.

    Everyone in the global business community that isn’t a halfwit, is now fully aware that Donald Trump is.

  46. Anonymous says:

    So Trump tweeks that (paraphrasing) ‘Comey better hope there are no tape recordings of our conversations….”

    Things didn’t go so well for the last President who made this boast. Just sayin’.

      • Cautionary Tail says:

        Ohh nellie.. please, no Trump twerking.

        The last time that gargantuan arse swung into action it threw the earth slightly off its axis, causing a disturbance of the tectonic plates off the coast of Japan, leading to an earthquake that brought about the Fukushima disaster.

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