Still “F***in’ glad”

Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi in Omaha for a summer dinner with Brad Ashford

Surprise, surprise!

As reported by the OWH, the full secret recording of Nebraska Democrat Party Technology Chair Phil Montag shows that Montag did say what he meant, and meant what he said when he blurted out that he was glad that Rep. Steve Scalise got shot.

Oh, sorry. “Fu**in’ glad.

But the audio also strongly suggests that Destin Madison and Chelsey Gentry-Tipton were blackmailing Montag to publicly show his support for Gentry-Tipton after her comments — or else they’d release his comments.

And they did.

The story says that Gentry-Tipton was upset that Jane Kleeb didn’t just “denounce” her comments, instead of asking her to resign as she did.

They also, “talked about a rift between Democrats and black people.

And Madison said, “he was tired of Democrats saying one thing and then doing another.

Aren’t we all.


Under water

A memo is swirling around (H/T @TrailforAmerica) from some polling done by the Congressional Leadership Fund. They did polling on what Democrats consider 11 “competitive” Congressional races around the country — including Nebraska’s 2nd District.

In those 11 districts, they asked voters their thoughts on Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Of the 11, Pelosi’s image was last in #NE02.

60% of Nebraska 2nd District voters said they have an unfavorable view of Nancy Pelosi. And only 30% had a favorable view. (And there’s a heck of a lot more Dems in the 2nd than 30%, last time I checked.)

Hey, you remember Nancy Pelosi, right Brad? You voted for her for Speaker, then had her to dinner in Omaha.


Remember 2016

And Isn’t it something how the Brad Ashford family campaign team is Tweeting up a storm about Congressman Don Bacon’s position on the AHCA (which by the way, will be a completely different bill that ever gets passed, after the Senate takes their swing).

But keep this in mind:
During his brief stint in Congress, Brad Ashford first said he was opposed to ObamaCare. Then he voted for it twice, caving to Nancy Pelosi’s wishes.

And under Brad Ashford’s ObamaCare…
Premiums for Nebraskans have doubled.
People have lost the coverage they wanted.
And now they’re down to ONE choice for an insurer.

“If you like your insurance plan, you can keep your insurance plan. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.”

And now Ashford’s pointing fingers at Don Bacon?

No wonder his Twitter handle is still @BradAshford16.


No Shirt, No Shoes, No Dice

A shoutout to the Democrats who showed up at Senator Fischer’s campaign event in Lincoln, and were refused entrance — and to all the rest of you trying to crash your campaign opponent’s gigs:

If you’re not there to support the candidate…YOU AREN’T INVITED.

Enough of these people busting in and saying, “I have a right to ask questions of these elected officials!

No. No you don’t. Not at a private event.

And oh by the way, you also don’t have the right to post how you think they’re terrible people who hate puppies, on their campaign Facebook pages. And you don’t have a right to follow them on on their Twitter account. (It’s not rocket-science to get around that, btw.)

If the candidate or the campaign wants to engage you in debate — in public or online — that’s their prerogative. Otherwise, use your own damn Facebook page, Twitter account and/or campaign event to make your feelings known.

The campaign isn’t there to serve your purposes.
They get to do what they want.

Oh, and and you get to do what you want.
Just not on their dime.


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  1. The Grundle King says:

    “And oh by the way, you also don’t have the right to post how you think they’re terrible people who hate puppies, on their campaign Facebook pages. And you don’t have a right to follow them on on their Twitter account. (It’s not rocket-science to get around that, btw.)”

    Don’t they, though? I mean, that’s just one of the pitfalls of ANY social media platform…once you’re on it, you’re out there for the world to hear, so people shouldn’t be surprised to hear back from the world. Now, of course, if some undesireables are following you or making comments on your pages or posts, you’re within your rights to block those folks. The idea that people don’t have the ‘right’ to speak to you…or more accurately, AT you…on social media would seem to contradict the entire premise behind social media.

    “I’m here to share my thoughts with the world…now LEAVE ME ALONE!!!”

    Now, I would agree that people should have no expectation that they are able to access a party-funded and hosted campaign event…even if they did buy tickets. And TBH, buying tickets just so you can show up and heckle someone is just childish.

  2. Juan says:

    This is not business, or even politics to the Ashfords. This is personal, especially it seems to Ann. For being in politics as long as he has been, Brad sure is pretty politically naive. He still hasn’t grasped the fact that he was not elected in 2014 as much as Lee Terry was voted out of office. And is anyone else a little creeped out by him always referring the “we” and “us” and “our” when talking about himself? It’s almost like the guy has multiple personalities. There is a good chance the progressives won’t let him passed the primary, and if they do he’ll lose to Bacon by 10.

  3. Sparkles says:

    Come on people, these are PRIVATE EVENTS!!

    Newly private events, now hosted by the rich people and corporations who own these politicians.
    Events moved to private venues in order to relieve our elected officials of the discomfort of blatantly lying to a constituency you are about to sacrifice at the altar of predatory capitalism.

    Deb Fischer doesn’t answer to informed, sentient peasants, so F**K OFF!!

    And Sen Fischer isn’t the only NEGOPer embracing PRIVATE EVENTS.
    Ben Sasse was a featured guest at a PRIVATE confab on Sunday hosted by the Koch brothers.
    AP published a story yesterday providing a peek into the Koch gathering and into America’s true form of government – plutocracy.
    A glimpse at the real leaders driving the Republican party and it’s harmful agenda:
    Koch urgency: Conservative network fears closing window
    “.. the billionaire conservatives and their chief lieutenants warned this weekend of a rapidly shrinking window to push their agenda through Congress..
    ..Already, Americans For Prosperity claims a paid staff of more than 400 full-time activists in 36 states. Koch officials said that the network’s midterm budget for policy and politics is between $300 million and $400 million.”

    Sens. Fischer and Sasse don’t answer to you working class stiffs, you f*^&ing chattel.
    They answer to the Koch’s, Wall Street, Grover Norquist, the Military Industrial Complex, Big Oil, Pharma, Sheldon Adelson, Paul Singer, Wayne LaPierre, Werners, Ricketts and Dinsdales.

    A reporter approached Ben Sasse at the Koch confab and asked for his views on the newly revealed Senate ‘health plan’, to which Sasse responded:
    “This session is actually on the record, right?” Sasse asked. When reminded that press was in the room, Sasse quickly said, “I have nothing to announce.”

    This is the same Ben Sasse that ran on his expertise in healthcare policy. A Ben Sasse who repeatedly promised, as did Trump, if elected he would offer a magical free market solution that would drive down insurance premiums and improve care for every American. Words that totally disappeared from Ben’s lexicon at the conclusion of his election night victory speech. As we all know, Ben, nor Trump have offered a g.d. thing.
    And yesterday, 2 1/2 after being sworn into office, when asked his opinion about Senate bill expected to devastate rural America, close rural hospitals and wipe our rural communities, negatively impact 100 million or more Americans and dramatically alter 1/6th of our nation’s economy, Ben Sasse has nothing.
    After 2 1/2 years in office we get – No Comment.
    Nothing, except his fealty to the Koch brothers and their privileged array of $100,000.00 per plate guests who Ben glad-handed and entertained behind closed doors in a 5 Star Colorado resort. And you can be certain Ben had answers to every question they posed.

    Another telling quote from the Koch’s Plutocrat Ball, came from Rep. Dave Brat, (TEAranged – VA), who predicted dire consequences in next year’s midterm elections should the GOPers fail their paymasters.
    “We don’t get taxes through, we’re all going home. Pack the bags.”

    And by ‘taxes’, Brat means the ‘proceeds’ from the $800 billion cut to health services in the Republicans wealthcare bill.

    The AP article is quite clear – The Koch’s have officially put Ben, Brat and their fellow R’s on notice. If they can’t deliver to the wealthy $778 Billion in tax cuts, at the expense of Joe & Jane Lunchpail, then the Koch & Kompany Koterie will be forced buy a fresh new set of empty suits who will.

    THERE folks – is your modern day Republican party.

    And the malinformed ‘conservative’ base cheers in bewildered delight.
    In unison, they gleefully submit to their patriotic duty of bending over, grabbing their ankles and trying to keep their MAGA hats on their head as they’re delivered a world-class schtooping by chortling plutocrats. With each successive plunge, the Trumper recipients telling themselves that this is what it’s like to Win Bigly.
    And as TrumpCare is implemented they busy themselves moving their elderly parents from the nursing home into their basements. The wife struggles with the move because her new made-in-Malawi mail order blood pressure pills are beginning to turn her finger tips purple and her feet numb, and the Johnny’s is increasingly acting out, complaining about the burning sensation delivered by his home brew chemo kit.
    But at the end of the day their world is set right again as they turn on Fox ‘News’ and embrace the dulcet tones of Sean Hannity screaming at them about Nancy Pelosi, Bill Ayers and the horrors that were Obamacare.

      • Sparkles says:

        But I prefer righteous indignation in reaction to decades of political malice aforethought.

        From Albert Einstein we heard: “If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.”

        And from the book of Paul: Silence like a cancer grows.

      • The Grundle King says:

        “But I prefer self-righteous indignation in reaction to decades of things I don’t like.”

        Fixed it for you.

      • Sparkles says:

        A new poll out shows 17% of Americans approve of the Senate wealthcare bill.

        The House version clocked in at 18%.

        In 2010, in order to subsidize healthcare for the working poor, the ACA raised taxes on incomes exceeding $250,000 (the first $250K remained tax free – relative to the ACA).
        As is acknowledged by both left and right – the GOP’s ‘healthcare reform’ is driven solely by their desire to cut taxes for wealthy individuals and corporations.
        In an April, 2017 Gallup poll – seven years after Obama raised taxes on the wealthy and concurrent with the GOP’s unrelenting fervor to serve their beloved 0.01% –
        63% of Americans still say the wealthy pay too little.
        67% of Americans still say corporations pay too little.

        Donald Trump’s approval rating hovers around 35 – 37%.

        Donald Trump has – literally – destroyed America’s image and standing around the world. The numbers are truly staggering.
        see: Trump is destroying America’s image around the world

        But you’re right Grundle.
        I’m out by myself, on a loony leftist island, just bitching about stuff I don’t like.

      • Crap Detector says:

        He’s right Grundle. I checked the ‘facts’ presented and they bear out. Maybe it’s u w/self-righteous indignation. Just sayin’

  4. Oracle says:

    Fischer’s event was NOT billed as a private event. Tickets were available to the general public. Only an arrogant ass (and SS the enabler) would not see a problem with changing an event from public to private, and only notifying people when they got to the event. Of course people were pissed! Especially those who had followed the proper steps and had a printed ticket.

    • Moose O. Leeny says:

      Did you somehow miss Sweepers directive?!

      “If you’re not there to support the candidate…YOU AREN’T INVITED.”

  5. Hell.. wait, whu?? says:

    One of you Republicans need to reach out to “Hell Yes!” Don Bacon (who is rarely portrayed by his campaign not in full military dress or surrounded by and draped in flags) to let him know that the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans and AMVETS have all come out publicly in staunch opposition to the Senate Republican’s tax cuts for billionaires disguised (poorly) as a healthcare bill.

    Ya see, of the 21 million veterans in the U.S., only about 8 million receive health care from the VA. The other 13 million are on their own. In addition, we learned only a few days ago that the care the VA provides to 8 million Vets is also imperiled. The VA just disclosed that it currently faces a budget shortfall of more than $1 billion due to the Choice program, which offers veterans federally paid medical care outside the VA.

    It was Monday, July 25th, 2016 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. that Trump promised to:
    “take care of our veterans like they’ve never been taken care of before,” adding that “we will pick up the bill … it’ll cost us less money and the care will be amazing.”

    May we all simply misunderstood what Trump meant by; “take care of”.

    While you’re at it, please also inform Senator Fischer of the Veteran’s staunch opposition to her party’s chicanery. Sen Fischer loves surrounding herself with Vets, she sits on the Committee on Armed Services and she just days ago wrapped up her “private” announcement tour for public office tour at a VFW in north Lincoln.

    • oppressed vets and doctors says:

      Yet it is Obama’s VA that is firing the whistle blower doctor even though, “Despite all the efforts by the White House, and support from our Senate, Congress, the Office of Special Counsel, and most importantly the American people, ultimately our veterans will lose a great physician.”

      And it was Obama’s VA that illegally doctored wait times and set up special rules so they could get promoted and massive bonus’.

      Darn, those poor Vets can’t catch a break from anyone. Even though Obama promised he would have all that extra money when ended the wars. I guess it went to the VA management bonus pot.

      Ever notice how some on here need to write a book and still can’t make a valid point:)

      • why you're irrelevant says:

        It could be a true mystery that a party that thinks it portrays it’s self on here as so intelligent and eloquent, can not make any lasting impact on the politics of this state.

        Until you read the post like Anonymous’ and realize they are the super majority of the parties members.

        And that the most prolific writers appeal, are to only such as Anonymous.

      • why you're a jackass says:

        Ever notice how some posters on here only come to criticize what someone else has written? It would be nice if, for once, such posters would come up with an original idea or at least write something worth thinking about.

      • to a jackass snowflake whiner. says:

        the jackass speaks,

        Ever notice how some whine on here when someone calls someone else on BS. And really with all the BS the progressives put out, it can be a full time endeavor.

        That is one purpose of such a site. Interaction, discussion, and I use the last term loosely, commenting on others writings. In other wordss jackass, if you don’t like what is going on and that it is part of what this blog is about, go to some where else where you can find your safe zoned. Buzzfeed, CN, NY times come to mind. Or just revel inside your rib cage.

        You snowflakes need to grow up and grow a pair.
        Flipping whiners.

      • Crap Detector says:

        There bynd goes again, criticizing the criticism without adding anything of value. Nobody appointed bynd to monitor for BS. But bynd is so easily baited, it is satisfying to check in here to get his ego churned. He’s probably freaked that his neighbors might get govt. health care at his expense and he doesn’t want to share. Poor bynd.

      • to your life time of swallowing crap. says:

        Anything bynd says is of value.

        I realize that it’s hard to detect true crap when you are trying to swallow the massive amount your fellow snowflakes are expelling while your mouth is firmly attached to their bum.

        You need to come up for air. Your hypoxia is showing.

      • Oracle says:

        I guess bynd is taking a cue from Trump and pretending to be someone else. And learning big words, too!

      • to your life time of swallowing crap. says:


        I see it is hard to get away from crap when you have spent a life time taking it from everyone else. Even your whiny writing smells like it. Boo Hoo.

        Sorry about the big words. I’ll try and write down to your third grade level. But you seem to be unable to even understand the word crap. It is what the snowflakes eat everyday in Nebraska.

  6. Gerard Harbison says:

    “If you’re not there to support the candidate…YOU AREN’T INVITED.”

    Dude, they had tickets. The problem is your ticketing system, not their turning up for an event at which they were granted permission to attend.

  7. Sparkles says:

    The CBO predicts 22 million Americans will find themselves newly uninsured thanks to the GOP’s unwavering allegiance to the wealthy.
    The Center for American Progress has a breakdown of that 22 million, by State and by Congressional District.

    “Hell Yes!” Don Bacon’s CD2 (R+4) – 53,500 Nebraskans would lose health insurance

    Fortenberry’s CD1 (R+11) – 54,900 Nebraskans would lose health insurance

    Smith’s CD3 (R+27) – 64,800 Nebraskans would lose health insurance.

    In total, 173,100 Nebraskans would find themselves unable to afford insurance, courtesy of a Republican party wholly owned by a handful of the richest people and corporations on the planet.
    In each district, the majority of newly uninsured Nebraskans are those who are currently buying coverage for themselves and their family via the ACA exchange.

    The Center for American Progress didn’t tabulate how many of you should be remodeling your basement in preparation for your parent(s) return home, as the $800 billion diverted from Medicaid to offshore accounts in the Cayman’s will force nursing facilities around the nation kick a lot of old people to the curb.

    • to a jackass snowflake whiner. says:

      The CBO predicts 22 million Americans will find themselves newly uninsured

      For the majority, that will be their choice. Something Obamacare didn’t give them.

      No forced penalty, no insurance. Obamacare gave the people false hope and manure. Now, progressives don’t like the Republican’s manure.

      A promise of hope wrapped in manure is no hope at all. As Gruber admitted, it was packaged to sell to the gullible public.

  8. anon says:

    You will not dwell on this so much when your essays will switch to the legal as the criminal cases start coming in

  9. In other News......... says:

    Heath Mello has gone over 20 days without a single news story. Hey who remembers Kate Witek, Kermit Brashear, John Synowicki, Brenda Council and every other former state senator after they were out of office?

    • Anonymous says:

      What?!?!?!? State senators are not forever codified in the minds of the public with the same legendary status that exists in their own minds after years of being fawned (preyed) upon by the lobby (vultures) and Omaha/Lincoln media???? Sacrilege!!!

      As penance you need to do 50 Hail Norris’s and light a candle on the alter of Unicameralism.

  10. texas tall tales says:

    Then things you can find when researching other items.

    President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” will make it more difficult for parents of special-needs children to pay for tuition at special schools and to purchase medical equipment, according to a new report.

    Most people don’t, but the one group that does put a lot of money into their FSAs is parents of kids with Down Syndrome, and parents of kids with physical disabilities,” Ellis said.

    Health Care FSA Limit Projected $2,600 for 2017 .

    And why has our in resident “special needs expert” never mentioned this part of the ACA. Because it would hurt their narrative on how mean the Republicans are? Credibility for this person is going way down because of not telling the whole truth. .

  11. TexasAnnie says:

    Hi bynd! I knew you had become obsessed with obtaining my attention, but surely you can do better than this! Here is a better article to explain for you the difference between the ACA and traditional Medicaid asset tests: “The Voice Newsletter” Vol. 7, Issue 9, The Special Needs Alliance. I offer this information, kindly, in view of your family’s circumstance, even though you are not worthy of kindness. And as for the FSA accounts you evidently just learned about, soo… You should certainly realize that I do not approve of screwing with the tax code to create winners and losers, even though, my family with a special needs member has been on the winning side of tax injustices.

    Since you brought this topic up, I will offer more important information for you, but at a more recent Leavenworth St. post.

  12. TexasAnnie says:

    Well bynd (texas tall tales) you had all of yesterday to substantiate the taunt that you issued on June 28th and of which I replied to directly above. And even though you did troll the new post put up by Street Sweeper June 29th, you have not validated the accusation you lodged at this post. Therefore, we should all assume you have no validation…that you’re just attempting insult, as usual.

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