Killing the Radio Star

Today is Omaha Gives! day.

And Leavenworth St. asks that you consider giving to our favorite charity, the Kamie K. Preston Hereditary Cancer Foundation. To help you learn a little about it, here is a video that tells Angie’s story…

To give directly, click here, which will take you to the Omaha Gives! page for the Hereditary Cancer Foundation.

You’ve been getting Leavenworth St. free for all these years, how about you kick in a few shekels for a good cause, eh?


Eastman running

Next, here’s the Facebook LIVE version of Kara Eastman’s Congressional candidacy announcement in the Old Market:

And no, she does not have a specific plan on how to fix the AHCA or bring jobs to low-income Omahans.


Bacon takes the floor

Here is Don Bacon on the floor of the House of Representatives, talking about National Foster Care Month:

He notes:

Today, I have the honor of being shadowed for the day by Kimberly Grosse of Omaha, NE. Kimberly was in foster care for 8 years. Starting off in a group home, she was later placed at Boys Town where she graduated high school. Kimberly currently works as a Communications Specialist dispatching Medical EMS helicopters. She also volunteers her time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for kids currently in the foster care system. Kimberly, like so many other alumni of the system, pay it forward with their dedicated support. She is a shining example of determination and perseverance in all aspects of her life. I know that this young lady has an extremely bright future ahead.


Fischer keeping it local

And finally U.S. Senator Deb Fischer on the floor of the Senate, speaking about transportation and infrastructure:

Of note, she says,

“Furthermore, (U.S. Transportation) Secretary Elaine Chao explained that the administration ‘will not specify any list of projects’ in an infrastructure plan.

“States know their transportation needs best, not the federal government.

“The larger the role states have from start to finish in developing their own infrastructure, the more they can direct funding to the projects that truly affect their citizens.”

Local control.

And on that note…

“Greater flexibility, improved collaboration, and more autonomy can help states begin and complete their vital infrastructure projects in less time with lower costs.

“The Build USA Infrastructure Act would let them do that through state remittance agreements.

“This legislation would offer states more flexibility and control of infrastructure funding by establishing a new partnership between them and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration.

“Under this arrangement, states are permitted to enter into voluntary “remittance agreements,” whereby they can remit 10 percent of their federal-aid highway dollars in exchange for state purview over the design, permitting, and construction aspects of federal-aid highway projects.

“The state-remitted money to the Federal Highway Administration would be deposited into the HTF to help further address its growing deficit.

“It would give states breathing room as they work to bring in projects on-time and on-budget.”


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  1. FFAC says:

    I see Crystal Rhoades Husband is There. As is Crystal Rhoades backer Ann Boyle. Glad to see the DCDP chair understands she has to stay neutral in a primary.

  2. Wha? says:

    By 2026, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Highway Trust fund will be facing a $107 billion funding gap.
    Deb Fischer’s Build USA Infrastructure Act is a band-aid on a gaping wound.

    Sen Fischer’s short term patch would divert $21.4 billion annually for five years – from Customs and Border Patrol – funnelling those monies to the Highway Trust Fund.

    Peter, meet Paul.

    And her ‘remittance’ would allow states to ignore sensible, pragmatic design standards. A move away from best practices almost certain to result in the construction of inferior roads and bridges. Infrastructure assured to have shorter lifespans and over that span require a more significant investment in maintenance.

    But, gotta give Deb credit. At least she’s doing something.
    Something other than giving a speech to a largely vacant House. Although I applaud Don Bacon for his own embrace of foster children, his speech was astoundingly hypocritical. A speech about protecting the most vulnerable among us while at the same time supporting both Trump’s AHCA (“Hell Yes”!) and a budget that guts Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) and SNAP (75% of households using SNAP contain children, seniors, or people with disabilities). In addition a budget that severely undermines affordable housing initiatives (Section 8) that nearly every foster child relies on when aging out of the program.
    No budget in modern history poses a greater threat to children’s welfare.
    From the Alliance for Children’s Rights, April 4, 2017 –
    Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Would Endanger Vulnerable Families and Children in Foster Care

    Alas, at least Deb’s infrastructure proposal doesn’t mirror that of another Nebraska politician, who simply chose to grind roads back into dirt.

    • Inquiring Minds Want to Know says:

      “Greater flexibility, improved collaboration and more autonomy,” purchased for only 10% of the actual cost of federal highway design and construction!
      So is Deb telling us that the usual cost is inflated by 10%?
      Or is Deb telling us that federal govt. regs. can be bought off?
      Perhaps Deb is saying that substandard highways are acceptable, or perhaps Deb is saying that the federal govt. should wean itself from transportation infrastructure costs.
      Whatever Deb’s intent, this message drips of subterfuge. It’s as crazy a plan as has been the selling of “pollution credits” to reduce greenhouse gasses!

      • anon says:

        Thank You!

        How is it possible to read the quote you cited from Sen Fischer and not immediately think – subterfuge!

        WHY are we supposed to be impressed by this?
        Have we really now descended to the level of celebrating elected officials simply because they are not inert? (i.e. Lee Terry, Don Bacon, Adrian Smith, Jeff Fortenberry, Ben Sasse)

        Does any activity on their part, no matter how deficient, qualify as a victory?

    • anonymous says:

      The highway trust fund has been in trouble at least since 2005. See USNEWS The Road to Budget Gimmicks.

      Which means during the Dem reign and Obama’s administration they did nothing to correct the problem. Another consequence of the Dirty Harry’s infamous do nothing Senate years when he wouldn’t even put a budget out.

      And now we see a continuation of the Obama leaking years as a left over from the Obama years continues with their leaks pretty much pissing off all out allies. But we know the progressives will blame the current administration. Brilliant strategy. Much like the IEDs that the coward terrorists used. In fact, you can’t tell them apart.

      All Gianforte really had to do is wear a ski mask. He could then be part of the antifa and be hailed a hero.

      • anonymous says:

        during the Dem reign and Obama’s administration they did nothing

        You people are perpetually clueless. You live in a bubble of misinformation and half-truths.

        Dec 4, 2015 –
        “Obama signs $305B highway bill

        The five-year, $305 billion legislation represented the first truly long-term transportation bill approved by Congress in a decade.

        And from the Dec 3, 2015 Omaha World Herald –
        WASHINGTON — Legislation now barreling toward the congressional finish line is carrying about $1.5 billion in transportation funding for Nebraska.
        “That’s a big number,” Sen. Deb Fischer told The World-Herald. “That’s a lot of projects.”..
        Fischer said the bill will be “huge” in providing funding for critical infrastructure projects.”

        The bill passed the House by a vote of 359 to 65.
        EVERY vote in opposition, from a do nothing, TEA party, Freedumb Caucus Republicant.

        The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 83 to 16.
        14 of the 16 who voted in opposition were Republicants, including Ben Sasse.

        President Obama stated:
        “This bill is not perfect, but it is a commonsense compromise, and an important first step in the right direction.”
        Obama had proposed a more significant infrastructure plan with a vastly improved funding mechanism. The White House sent to Congress a $478 billion bill spanning six years, half funded by taxing corporate profits now held overseas. But our do-nothing Republicant Congress refused to partake in a corporate tax overhaul, and the Republicant majority blocked pay-for proposals to raise the gas tax.

      • anonymous says:

        So to cut through your BS. The republican house and senate passed a mediocre transportation bill, paraphrasing Obama. And Obama had to sign it because he had no other choice. All this happened at the end of Obama’s 7 year. I guess you don’t count the actual first seven. And dirty harry was where? And how many transportation bills did harry pass when he had control of the Senate? How many transportation budgets did he put forward. A pretty pathetic attempt at spin.

  3. anon says:

    CBO score is out on the GOP wealthcare bill.

    23 million more would find themselves uninsured.
    14 million of them by this time next year.

    And for those with pre-existing conditions or in your 50’s and reliant on the individual market (check, check and check), we’re in trouble.

    Oh well, it’s been a good run.

  4. Bluejay says:

    Joe Jordan is NCN.

    “NCN: But do you think Donald Trump should be impeached?

    Eastman: I think we need to start holding Donald Trump accountable for his actions and insure we are progressing as a country.

    NCN: So it’s too soon?

    Eastman: I feel I’m not in a position right now to be able to say if we should impeach our current president. I think it is a little soon. I am unhappy with his current policies. I think that they are not what’s good for our people, not what is good for Nebraska, certainly not good for somebody like my mother who is already paying exorbitant prices for prescription drugs.”

      • Anonymous says:

        For Americans unhappiness is obstruction of justice by the chief executive. Nixon didn’t resign because he was a hateful ferret, the Congress was about to throw his criminal ass out of office because Nixon put himself above the Constitution.

        Trump, by his own freely chosen actions and words, is uncomfortably close to the same thing. The discomfort here is having to cut this odious, orange skin tag off the body politic, using the blunt instrument of Congress.

        Congressional subpoenas are forthcoming in quantity, from committees chaired by members of the Presidents own Republican party. Ask yourself why.

        PS – ‘janekleeb, janekleeb, janekleeb’

    • Anon says:

      Trump won’t be impeached.
      Dolt 45 will quit of his own accord.

      The office will overwhelm him and the investigation will continue to piece together the myriad alliances of Trump, Inc. with the world’s most notorious kleptocrats, dictators and strongmen. The source of his funding for decades. Those for whom he has laundered hundreds of millions of rubles, dinars, manats and rials.

      Trump will voluntarily walk away from the office in fear of criminal prosecution.
      His brief term will be memorialized as that of the worst president in the history of our union.

    • Anonymous says:

      The reflected sunlight from Ben’s teeth, combined with the radiant power of Pete’s bald pate will meet Nebraska’s renewable energy needs for generations to come. All hail!

      • Anonymous says:

        Funny, yet true. Not to mention a governor who if he doesn’t get his way just pours money into any coffer of any sheep so he can legislate from the executive branch. Ben is busy promoting his book and getting ready for his next job hop.

      • Anon says:

        Sasse’s penchant for self promotion can’t be a surprise to anyone who’s performed even a cursory review of his work history and witnessed the gilded path he has trod.
        (this of course assumes the reviewer possesses a handful of functional neurons)

        Each stop on Ben’s princely path, pausing only long enough for a grandiloquent, yet oddly Palinesque, disquisition on first principles, moral righteousness and constitutional flamjammery.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Anon’s comment at 9:06 could be easily apply to both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

        Between Trump, Clinton, and Sasse, I’d much sooner vote for Sasse.

      • anonymous says:

        Although you claim not to be among his legion, you continue to demonstrate a noticeable reverence for The White Pride Piper.

        Donald Trump knows nothing about the constitution, first principles or morality and he has never waxed eloquently about anything.
        In fact, Trump appears wholly devoid of both principles and morals.

        I’ll grant, he’s got the self promotion thing down, pat.
        Trump could’ve schooled even P.T. Barnum in the art of the fleece. That’s the quality that endears him to his flock.

        For the sake of those we hold dear, let’s hope we’re able to prevent the screaming of those confused lambs.

        “Brave Clarice. You will let me know when those lambs stop screaming, won’t you?”

      • The Grundle King says:

        So…I poke fun at Trump, state explicitly that I’d choose Sasse (a Trump critic) over Trump, and somehow I revere him. Sure guy.

        I agree that Trump appears to lack a moral code, and knows little about the Constitution. It probably wasn’t clear, but I was speaking of Trump (and Hillary) walking a gilded path, being shameless self-promoters, and habitually committing only to those things that can be leveraged to their benefit.

      • anonymous says:


        Your’s not a serious comparison so the analogy fails on it’s face.
        Not matter what you think of them, both Clinton and Sasse are REAL politicians. Clinton is one of the most experienced and thoroughly knowledgeable politicians on the planet.

        You’re analogy is akin to saying:
        I’m having a party for my kid and I need to hire a clown. My choices are:
        a) Howdy Doody
        b) Ronald McDonald
        c) John Wayne Gacy

        And you imagine we’d applaud that you DIDN’T choose Gacy?

      • The Grundle King says:

        You’re moving the bullseye, friend. I would not argue with you that Clinton is an experienced politician…that’s what happens when you spend your entire life politicking. But acting as if that’s some sort of redeeming personal trait? Please.

  5. Gerard Harbison says:

    Meanwhile last night, in Montana, the GOP candidates for the closely-watched House race , Gred Gianforte, was charged with assault after grabbing a reporter by the neck and slamming him to the ground. Despite it being witnessed by multiple reporters, including Alicia Acura from Fox News, the liar denies he did it and is trying to blame the reporter. The his is the sort of thuggish behavior encouraged by Trump that has taken over the Republican Party.

    But in another way it’s a shame. This election was going to be a referendum on Trump’s disastrous presidency,. Now, when the Democrats take the seat, it will simply be because they were runnning against a deranged a55hole who can’t keep his temper.

    I’m am so happy to have dissociated myself from these goons.

    • Inquiring Minds Want to Know says:

      To whom will you now pledge association? They’re all crooks. One can’t get to elective office (beyond the unicameral) without pledging loyalty to one or the other crooked political parties.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Me! I took the step(s) first leaving the D’s in my 30’s, then leaving the R’s in my 50’s and then leaving the L’s in my 60’s. The parties are the problem. Register Independent if you’re lucky enough to have open primaries as we do in Texas. If not, then vote Independent every damn time and register with the party you want to help or hinder the most, in the upcoming general election. You may have to re-register often…

    • Mourn says:

      The tragedy is that it is Gianforte who will be elected.

      The Trump rubes loves them a beat down of a lyin’ librul reporter who peddles fake news.
      Especially a furren reporter, like this snowflake from The Guardian.
      This will only serve to inspire the Trump horde to get out and vote.

      A Great Wave of Stoopid.

    • The Grundle King says:

      Ummm, don’t look now, but…

      I mean…surely you understand Gerard that the type of people who voted for Trump don’t care if some reporter gets roughed up. From their POV, reporters like that guy represent the opposition…their enemy. Even you would have to admit that the vast, VAST majority of members of the press lack any semblance of objectivity. It started long before Trump was elected, and there’s no apparent end in sight. It’s no excuse for physical violence, though…any reasonable person should agree.

      To use it as an indictment of the entire Republican party seems a bit of a stretch. A North Carolina Democratic state senate candidate launched an assault on his Republican opponent last year over an ad linking him to Hillary Clinton (*gasp*). That Democrat (John Benton) did not withdraw from the race, and though he lost, a large number of people still voted for him. Supporters of both major parties seem to excuse violence when it aligns with their own righteous cause.

      Make no mistake…his behavior is completely unacceptable. It serves as the latest example of our deteriorating national discourse.

  6. TexasAnnie says:

    I listened and watched the Kara Eastman and Don Bacon clips provided. I gotta say, both appear awkward reading their prepared remarks. And platitudes seem to be the order of the day.

  7. Humiliation Nation says:

    The UK has now said is will stop sharing information with the U.S. about the terror attack in Manchester.

    “we quite frankly can’t risk it anymore.”

    ONE MAN is solely responsible for this!
    Your president*, F^%kface Von Clownstick.

    • anonymous says:

      Intellectually dishonesty is rampant today.

      The president to blame is Obama. The king of leaking, and then pardoned folks, and one of the leakers he left behind. How many innocents will the progressives murder by leaking proxy just to say, what a good little boy I am.

      Oh yeah, you can’t miss the irony. It is the last presidents fault. What goes around comes around.

      • Anonymous says:

        Trump is President, not Obama. Trump leaked this information, not Obama. Happened yesterday.

      • Anon says:

        It’s the craven trolls at Breitbart et al that are pushing the ‘Obama The Leaker’ meme. And of course their legion of half-wits laps it up and mindlessly runs with it.

        Reformed drug addict Limpbaugh was on the radio today demanding to know why they aren’t investigating OBAMA’s ties to Russia!!

        He was on the radio a couple days ago screaming about the MURDER, MURDER I TELL YA, of Seth Rich in a CONTRACT KILLING by, you know who. The Killer Clintons adding another body to their morgue.

        They’re desperate for a diversion. They’re painfully distraught that Genghis Can’t is such a monumental failure and that with total control of all three branches of government the Republican party is fecklessly flailing. Their cries now simply reek with desperation.

        Without a boogeyman, an object of hate, the GOP has nothing. It’s a just a vacuous mob sporting stupid caps.
        They haven’t had a novel idea to rally around since the failed supply side horseshit of the 80’s.

  8. anonymous says:

    Donald has to be thrilled that his first international excursion demonstrated, for all the world to see, that his wife shares in America’s loathing of the man.

  9. Bluejay says:

    Serious questions. Who are the winners and losers with North American energy independence based upon oil and nat gas? And are we better off with oil at $50 bbl or $100 bbl.?

    • anonymous says:

      Better questions –

      1) What partnership made possible America’s newfound energy independence? Who was it that joined hands with private industry and invested in research and innovation for decades?

      2) On who’s watch did America gain energy independence?

      3) On who’s watch did a barrel of oil hit and all time high of nearly $144?
      bonus – what was the private sector background of the two men accountable for that watch?

      4) Which administration was most intimately tied to the oil industry and the House of Saud as oil prices choked off our economy?

      5) From what year do imagine this Wall Street Journal article appeared:
      “Lower Gas Prices Like Huge Tax Cut for Middle Class”
      a) May 2008; or b) Dec 2014?

      6) From what year do you imagine this US News headline appeared:
      “U.S. Gas Exports Poised to Surpass Imports for First Time Since 1957”
      a) June 2005; or b) May 2016?

      While the U.S. wind and solar industries are clearly our future, and currently employ more than 300,000 people while offering a richly rewarding opportunity for America to continue to lead the world in innovation for a generation to come – the entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s.
      7) What dying, environmentally ravaging, uncompetitively priced industry does Donald Trump and the Republican party insist on supporting in an act of pure political gamesmanship?

      8) What richly rewarding opportunity for good paying jobs, global technological leadership and environmental stewardship is the anti-knowledge, anti-science, fossil fuel industry owned-and-operated Republican party determined to deny?

      • Bluejay says:

        Impressively deranged.

        Solar and wind supply little and are wildly expensive. Ask the Germans.

      • Anonymous says:

        Renewables have their price, but that price has dropped dramatically since 1970. The important thing is the price in a given market, and the mix of resources in that market. China in particular has made renewables a priority for a couple reasons. One is that the Chinese people are choking to death. Two, China wants to be the goto vendor for solar manufacturing, not just a source for PV, passive solar and other technologies. Where coal is used it is burned at very high temps and pressures to literally burn particulates out. China is the world leader in these technologies. Neighboring India is a world leader in deployment.

        India is not a good comparison to China, the US or Europe. India is doing a lot of rural electrification and the infrastructure and load structure are simpler. For rural households electrification can be pas simple as a few light bulbs and a household PV array. The PV array provides some income as the occasional excess power is sold back to the power company. Those local PV arrays can make a noticeable contribution to regional generation and distribution efforts, leaving a little more continuous power available for bulk, commercial users.

        In the States the market structure and mix famously attracts data farms to Iowa along with construction jobs and tech administration jobs. Many of my friends work in the Google data center on the CB side of the river. Omaha has data centers too, but it’s a little harder to meet the minimum renewable requirement. Ironically Nebraska’s public utilities can’t use Iowa style tax incentives for renewables; Iowa’s private utilities use those tax incentives.

        You appear to be new to this kind of analysis. I am glad to help you learn.

      • anonymous says:

        Sorry Bluejay, whatever right wing swamp that serves as your source of enlightenment, ultimately serves only to embarrass you.
        You claim:
        Solar and wind supply little and are wildly expensive.

        How timely. Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal published this 20 hours ago –
        Why Coal Can’t Compete on a True Level Playing Field
        “Current federal policies give coal enormous advantages, yet its market share has trended downward for years. Coal consumption for U.S. electricity has dropped 28% in the last decade, mainly due to declining prices for natural gas and renewable energy. If the government indeed eliminated market-distorting subsidies, coal’s problems would worsen…

        ..Also, more than 40% of the coal produced in the U.S. is mined on federal land, and outdated policies allow companies access to these resources without paying fair market value. Leases are auctioned through noncompetitive processes, and coal companies are allowed to get away with accounting maneuvers to avoid paying the royalty rates owed to the federal treasury..

        ..Donald Trump frequently talked about “running the government as a business.” No self-respecting business would give coal the enormous, unwarranted benefits that the federal government does.”

        Also, the name you couldn’t recall is Nick Steinsberger, from Columbus, who did NOT “invent” fracking.
        His contribution was merely a modification (watering down) of the fracking gel/fluid… in 1998.
        Hydraulic fracturing began in 1949. Pan American Petroleum applied the first massive hydraulic fracturing treatment in the non-communist world to a well in Stephens County, Oklahoma in 1968.
        In every step relating to the research and development of fracking, the United States federal government partnered with private industry. Partnered in the science, engineering and financing of nearly every important advancement.

  10. Gerard Harbison says:

    Trump’s latest bout of verbal diarrhea.

    “The Germans are evil, very evil. Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US. Terrible. We will stop this.”

    That’s the way he talks to an ally and major economic power.

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