Political drive

At the top, I would like to express my condolences to KFAB’s Gary Sadlemyer, and all of his family and friends, after the death of his wife.

Before her death, Sadlemyer eloquently told listeners (which he didn’t have to do) why he had been gone from his seat in the station at various times recently, and expressed his love and devotion to his wife.

We send our prayers to them and for them at this difficult time.

 

Oh, what do commenters want to discuss?

So lets dive into the Charlottesville issue, because of course. The only local angle seems to be, “how MUCH do you hate Nazis?” (Which is pretty much a direct quote from “Monty Python’s Life of Brian”, when Brian was asked just how MUCH he hated the Romans. Brian’s response: “a LOT!”)

As much as the President is getting criticized for his statements, the one that really missed the mark is when he said, “very fine people on both sides”.

Here’s the deal: Let’s say there’s a good ole’ boy, never meanin’ no harm, who hates racism, but feels like the taking down the Robert E. Lee statue is an affront to his heritage. He feels like one of the “Dukes of Hazzard” who named their car the “General Lee”.

There’s an argument to be made there. Not necessarily a winning argument (Pat Borchers is one of many pointing out the reasoning behind so many Confederate statues). But it is an argument that can be made without it meaning that you’re automatically pro-slavery or pro-Jim Crow, or something.

But the PROBLEM with this particular march, in Charlottesville, was that it was billed as a “White Lives Matter Rally”. And then the torches came out. And then the literal battle lines were drawn between the two sides. And the whole statue thing was an afterthought.

At any of those points, if you were actually the above-referenced “good ole’ boy, never meanin’ no harm”, the literal red-flag should have told you to turn around and go home. You don’t join the march. You don’t pick up a torch. If you do, you just lost your “never meanin’ no harm” badge, and you sure as hell aren’t a “fine person”.

There were no “good Nazis” there (like a Max von Sydow in “Victory” or Sgt. Schulz in “Hogan’s Heroes“).

Clear enough? Good.

Now, let’s jump to the OTHER side of the literal battle lines.

If you show up to protest said Nazis and White Supremacists, good for you. Getting a permit is a better thing, but let’s say you’re being generally peaceful. (As near as I’ve read, it seems that the woman who was killed in the car attack was among those protesting peacefully.)

Nota bene: “Peaceful” doesn’t mean you try to get in the face of the dude with the Nazi flag to try to instigate him. And it should go without saying that “peaceful” also doesn’t include bringing and using your preferred battle items for when you plan to throw down with the other side.

And here, we are specifically calling out the “Antifa” nut jobs who have done this across the country, using violence to get their way or make their points.

As the New York Times noted:

Unlike most of the counterdemonstrators in Charlottesville and elsewhere, members of antifa have shown no qualms about using their fists, sticks or canisters of pepper spray to meet an array of right-wing antagonists whom they call a fascist threat to American democracy. As explained this week by a dozen adherents of the movement, the ascendant new right in the country requires a physical response.

Jonah Goldberg of National Review writes about this today:

Fighting Nazis is a good thing, but fighting Nazis doesn’t necessarily make you or your cause good. By my lights this is simply an obvious fact.

The greatest Nazi-killer of the 20th century was Josef Stalin. He also killed millions of his own people and terrorized, oppressed, enslaved, or brutalized tens of millions more. The fact that he killed Nazis during the Second World War (out of self-preservation, not principle) doesn’t dilute his evil one bit

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The young Communists and fascists fighting for power in the streets of 1920s Germany had far more in common with each other than they had with decent liberals or conservatives, as we understand those terms today. That’s always true of violent radicals and would-be totalitarians.

As Hitler solidified power and effectively outlawed the Communist Party of Germany, The Communist International (Comintern) abandoned its position that socialist and progressive groups that were disloyal to Moscow were “fascist” and instead encouraged Communists everywhere to build “popular fronts” against the common enemy of Nazism.

These alliances of convenience with social democrats and other progressives were a great propaganda victory for Communists around the world because they bolstered the myth that Communists were just members of the Left coalition in the fight against Hitler, bigotry, fascism, etc.

(President Trump) borrowed from Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity the bogus term “alt-left” to describe the antifa radicals.

The term is bogus for the simple reason that, unlike the alt-right, nobody calls themselves “the alt-left.” And that’s too bad. One of the only nice things about the alt-right is that its leaders are honest about the fact that they want nothing to do with traditional American conservatism. Like the original Nazis, they seek to replace the traditional Right with their racial hogwash.

The antifa crowd has a very similar agenda with regard to traditional American liberalism. These goons and thugs oppose free speech, celebrate violence, despise dissent, and have little use for anything else in the American political tradition. But many liberals, particularly in the media, are victims of the same kind of confusion that vexed so much of American liberalism in the 20th century. Because antifa suddenly has the (alt-)right enemies, they must be the good guys. They’re not.

And that’s why this debate is so toxically stupid. Fine, antifa isn’t as bad as the KKK. Who cares? Since when is being less bad than the Klan a major moral accomplishment?

This is the point that is worthwhile, and may be the point that the President rather ham-handedly was trying to make.

And another thing to ask: The guy who drove the car into everyone at the Nazi rally. Is he “better” or “worse” than the guy who shot up the Republican Congressional baseball practice? As far as I’m concerned, they’re both going to Hell. The only difference is what sort of ironic punishment Satan decides to give them for eternity.

(And as I get ready to post this, it looks like Steve Bannon is out at the White House, which will be a joy to many, including Goldberg and others at National Review, who have despised Bannon’s seemingly close ties to the alt-Right movement.)

 

If only Ashford’s preferred candidate, Jeb Bush, had been elected…

Onto happier thoughts…

Congressman Don Bacon was on the Twitters asking…

I agreed with 2014 version of who opposed ACA…but he flipflopped on this like many other issues. Maybe he’ll flip again?

Well Congressman, there was word that at Brad Ashford’s recent “townhall” (no word on why Ashford didn’t have ONE of these when he was an actual House Rep…) he did just that flipping and flopping.

Ashford reportedly said that he would favor an increase in the Social Security age. Which is surprising, since Ashford slammed Bacon for this in the 2016 campaign. And as a matter of fact, the DCCC spent about $2M attacking Bacon for this position.

So Ashford has been on both sides of ObamaCare. Both sides of the Keystone Pipeline. Now apparently both sides of the Social Security issue.

As someone once said, voters want a compass, not a weathervane.

 

Nebraska values

Senator Deb Fischer had three bills passed in the U.S. Senate before Congress recessed for the August break. (You can read the details of them here.)

Since then she has been traveling across Nebraska meeting with groups and other constituents — as she does every August.

Then again, Fischer is back in Nebraska nearly every weekend, so August meetings aren’t any real change to her busy schedule.

 

Driving me nuts

Here is a story that ground my gears this morning — as someone who started their political career as a driver on a statewide campaign.

Politico has a story about a staff memo leaked from a Congressional office on “Instructions on Staffing and Driving” for the Congressman in his Indiana Congressional district.

The Politico headline is: The agonizing, 8-page memo on how to chauffeur a congressman – Pity the poor aide charged with driving Rep. Todd Rokita around his district.

No, pity the boss of the snowflakes who wrote this article.

As a former driver, I never had a candidate or anyone else I had to drive treat me any way other than respectfully. (That being said, they’re not ALL like that, but surprise.)

But this memo is for a young or inexperienced staffer to learn how to be prepared, as well as to understand that they’re not out on a burger run with their buddy. They are driving a mobile office. Their job is to treat the Member the same way they would if they were sitting in their office with them. This is especially the case where “Driver” is often one of the entry-level type positions for the new kid out of college, who never had a job before, now in close daily proximity to the top person in the office.

Maybe this particular Rep is known has a hard-ass, with lots of turnover or some such. Unknown. But if you’re new to politics, or any office situation, you could do a LOT worse than having this type of memo to let you know the basics of doing your job.

That the writers here don’t understand, and sneer at this, is also part of the problem.

 

Workin’ for it

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171 comments

  1. notbynd says:

    “And that’s why this debate is so toxically stupid. Fine, antifa isn’t as bad as the KKK. Who cares? Since when is being less bad than the Klan a major moral accomplishment?”

    When the end result is a funeral, being less bad than the Klan is a major moral accomplishment. Doesn’t mean Antifa isn’t right behind them. I hate to say it, but there will be a funeral caused by the so-called anti-fascists before too long. But that is not what happened at the Congressional baseball game, and thank goodness.

    • So you’re saying because Steve Scalise and the others who got shot didn’t die, the shooter is morally better than the guy who drove the car into the crowd?
      Got it.
      Run with that all day long.

      • Sigmund says:

        And the guy that shot Scalise was a mentally disturbed, fringe actor, living in his car.
        A kook who was immediately and vigorously denounced by nearly every figure of any stature at all in the Democratic party.
        No democrats or liberals rallied around the virulent act.
        No democrats or liberals promised to deliver more of the same in the coming months.
        For every one example of a crazed left wing shooter there are a dozen or more Dylann Roof’s, Timothy McVeigh’s and Scott Roeder’s.

        Acts of Right Wing violence and terrorism are a pervasive in our society, almost a daily occurrence in America.
        Many of these acts are either openly condoned or even celebrated by tens if not hundreds of thousands sympathetic to the alt-right.
        They have already openly celebrated the death of the Heather Heyer, who was murdered in Charlottesville.
        There are estimated to be more than 130 separate Klan organizations in America.
        And finding kinship with the Klan are hundreds more right wing organizations enamored by the violence they preach.

        In order to distract from this ugliness the Republican party has courted and nurtured for 40 years, they desperately need to make boogeymen of the anti-fascists.
        Yet not one death has resulted from any of their actions.
        In fact, there are several members of the clergy who were present as counter demonstrators in Charlottesville that credit antifa for saving their lives when the neo-Nazis and Klan violently charged into them.
        You can read the words of these men of God by googling:
        Yes, What About the “Alt-Left”?

      • notbynd says:

        Note Bene: Steve Scalise has something that Heather Heyer doesn’t. Did you skip ontology? Yup, you can run with that all day, barrister.

      • Well, funny thing is, we’re talking about the perps, not the victims.
        They each had the same intent.
        That you think the results change the morality of their actions says quite a bit.

      • Both Sides? says:

        “Both sides” did not come armed with long guns.
        “Both sides” did not come armed with sticks.
        “Both sides” did not come in para-military gear.
        “Both sides” did not come with Nazi flags.
        “Both sides” did not come with Confederate flags.
        “Both sides” were not giving the Nazi salute,
        “Both sides” did not drive a car into a crowd of people with the intent of killing and maiming.
        It was only one side that did that.
        That side was the one chanting “Make America Great Again”, “Take America Back”, “Blood and Soil”.

      • Hello says:

        Actually, there were many firearms visibly present in Charlottesville, according to several journalist types present Saturday, due to the extremely open firearm laws in VA. And they are a reciprocal state. What is shocking is that with all the people present in an open carry firearm state and all the bats, batons and gas/smoke visible, not one firearm was reported as being discharged and only 1 person decided to try and kill people, thank God he was only able to kill 1 person because it could have been so much worse.

      • bynd says:

        Both sides” did not come armed with long guns.
        “Both sides” did not come armed with sticks.
        “Both sides” did not come in para-military gear.
        “Both sides” did not come with Nazi flags.
        “Both sides” did not come with Confederate flags.
        “Both sides” were not giving the Nazi salute,

        Because one side came less equipped than the other proves nothing. That the police stated both sides came to fight is the fact that counts.

        What it does show is that the leadership of the left did not fulfill their leadership responsibility.

        First and foremost, the leadership who brings some one into harms way responsible for their safety. If they can’t keep you safe, then they shouldn’t have brought you. The leadership is responsible for insuring the people they bring are properly trained, equipped and mentally prepared. None of which the leadership of the left did.

        And what is most telling, who was the leadership of the left?

        Every military commander knows it is their responsibility to insure as many come home alive as possible. Since there was no visible left leadership around, they were not prepared to take their folks into harms way. The people most responsible are those cowards, who crawled away like snakes afterwards and didn’t live up to their responsibilities, the leaders of the left.

        Can one person on here explain how Heather’s life was worth whatever the left believes they gained in Charlottesville?

  2. You really need a fact checker.

    The counterdemostrators had not one but two permits, for two parks on either side of Emancipation Park. Trump lied about that. Trump lies about everything.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I openly chuckled when I read this line from Jonah Goldberg:
    “Like the original Nazis, they (alt-right) seek to replace the traditional Right with their racial hogwash.”

    Trump aide and neo-Nazi Sebastian Gorka recently stated that under the magnificent reign of Donald Trump, the U.S. is no longer merely a Super Power, but is now a Hyper Power.

    Well, Jonah’s feat above is not only an attempt at Super Revisionism, it’s Hyper Revisionism.
    So, Goldberg would have us believe that there was and is no ‘racial hogwash’ associated with ‘the traditional Right’.

    I guess we’re supposed to ignore the whole Southern Strategy thing.
    Because Harry Dent never wrote that memo to Nixon about how to use “regional code words” to attract the vote of the southerner.
    Lee Atwater, long time Republican strategist and the Political Director of Reagan’s ’84 campaign and Campaign Manager of Bush’s ’88 campaign, never stated:
    “You start out in 1954 by saying, “Ni**er, ni**er, ni**er”. By 1968 you can’t say “ni**er”—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.”

    Ronald Reagan never spoke of “welfare queens” and ‘strapping young bucks buying T-bone steaks with food stamps while you’re waiting in line to by hamburger’

    There was no Willie Horton ad.

    There is not such thing as a focused effort by the Republican party to suppress the votes of minorities.

    From Richard Nixon, Roger Ailes and Lee Atwater in the 60’s, to Donald Trump’s blaring Dog Whistles of today, there is no deviation in strategy.
    Trump launched his campaign by depicting of Mexicans as ‘rapists and drugs dealers’. He bellowed out to his predominantly white audiences admonitions to African Americans to “take a look at the inner cities. You’ve got no education. You’ve got no jobs.’

    And it was the modern “traditional Right” racism of only a few months ago, that resulted in the May 15th Supreme Court decision finding North Carolina’s Republican passed voter ID law to be an “unconstitutional effort to target African-Americans with almost surgical precision”.

    Sorry Jonah, the alt-right isn’t trying to replace anybody.
    The alt-right and the ‘traditional Right’ are one and the same organism, they share the identical DNA. The alt-right is simply a more open and honest, albeit crass, in their approach.

  4. Hello says:

    Dear Sigmund, where was your moral outrage when several Members of the NEDP not only didn’t denounce the pig that shot multiple people at the Congressional BB practice, but doubled down on how much they wished it had been worse and thought it was funny…

      • anon says:

        Are they still registered democrats? If you’re registered in that party, are you not a member, or are they banned from using the secret handshake

      • Hello says:

        You know that’s BS. An IT vol was asked not to volunteer anymore and the NEDP Black Caucus Chair went down swinging and doubling down on her position that she wished more Republicans had been hurt because it was funny.

        Additionally., several sitting Members received equally disgusting voice mails and emails regarding how unfortunate it was for America that they too weren’t at batting practice that day.

        Face it. You can no longer say that Republicans corner the market on despicable fans. Dems run neck and neck with reps when it comes to sick people in the midst…

      • Non Delusional says:

        “Face it. You can no longer say that Republicans corner the market on despicable fans. Dems run neck and neck with reps when it comes to sick people in the midst…”

        Only the mind the delusional right is that statement accepted as have even a distant relationship with the reality and fact.
        Not on one occasion – EVER – have you people supported your horseshit, ‘but both sides’, claim with evidence – BECAUSE THERE IS NONE!!

        Put up or shut up.

    • Oracle says:

      Geez, do they have to be deported before you’re satisfied? What more would you expect the NDP leadership to do? What more could they do?

      Dems run neck and neck with reps when it comes to sick people in the midst…
      You need to count beyond your fingers and toes if you actually believe this. Or expand your news sources.

      • Oracle says:

        This is idiotic. There is no way to prevent someone from registering with any party they wish. And a lot more dangerous nuts register as Republicans.

      • anon says:

        Oracle , why did you say ex NDP members, this isn’t the first time you have tried to slide your bullshit by, and you call out something as idiotic

      • Oracle says:

        If you’d bother to go to the NDP website, you’d find that the two people you speak of are no longer on the SCC board. Are you implying that they are still on the board??? The only BS I can detect is emanating from you.

      • Oracle says:

        Well since no one can legally be removed from a political party, I had to assume you meant from NDP leadership. If that’s not what you meant, then you meant something that is impossible. And wasted everyone’s time.

  5. Facts Matter says:

    Ashford held dozens of “Coffee with the Congressman” events Saturday mornings where anyone could talk and meet with him.

    • moot points says:

      Easy to do when you support both sides of any situation. And come off as a friendly dork. Why is the old white guy representing the Dems any way? No qualified minorities?

    • I'm whatever you want me to be says:

      Other than two, the Ashford coffees were in his office. He stopped the public ones after he implied he was supporting Jeb Bush though he had already endorsed Clinton.

  6. Political Novice says:

    Ladies and gentlemen – I’m just a political novice. Your back and forth arguments frighten and confuse me. When I hear things like Steve Bannon saying he’s going to war for Trump I think he’s going to join the army and fight ISIS. You see – I’m just a political novice and don’t know any better. That is why I come here to ask the wise and savvy the following question:

    Today I received a flyer in the mail from and paid by the American Life Sciences Innovation Council announcing that Congressman Don Bacon received the 2017 Champion of Health Care Innovation Award. The flyer encourages one to call him and thank him for his efforts. My problem is I cannot see anywhere on the flyer as to exactly what he has done to earn such praise other than be counted on to fight for policies leading to better, more affordable health care. Perhaps i missed something important he has done and those more knowledgeable here could enlighten me.

    • Anonymous says:

      It has been Sasse who knows the defects in Obamacare and knows how to correct it’s defects, he is the cornhusker Obamacare nemesis

    • Paul Harvey says:

      The ‘American Life Sciences Innovation Council’ is a 501(c)(4) based in Washington D.C.
      If you google the physical address they provide – 5614 CONNECTICUT AVE NW NO 340, WASHINGTON, DC – you discover their corporate office is located in a UPS Store.

      They were founded in 2012. Their facebook page features 2 posts in their five years of existence.

      The ‘American Life Sciences Innovation Council’ is a tax exempt slush fund that buys politicians for use by Big Pharma.
      Enter, Don Bacon.

      • Insult-Free Responder says:

        Thank-you Paul Harvey. I had neither the time nor inclination to find this information for myself. But it is useful information to have!

      • Paul Harvey says:

        Alas, but you -should- have the inclination. Therein lies the key.
        For it is your civic duty to be an informed citizen.
        Many of the founding fathers were highly dubious that the common man could be trusted which such a duty. It was Thomas Jefferson who declared:
        “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.”

        We all like to bitch about how funked up our politics is, about how horrible our politicians are, but they are only -our- politicians, because we’ve been so ill-informed as to have elected them.
        And re-elected them.

        Politics aside, Don Bacon has already proven he should not be a Congressman.
        Adrian Smith long ago proved the same.
        Sasse? The jury is still out. To date, his sole effort has been self-promotion.
        Fischer and Fortenberry – I personally disagree with almost every position they hold and most things they have done or attempted to do. But at least I believe they’re engaged in the function for which they were elected. At least they show up for work.
        And Pete Ricketts? Puh-lease!!

        We, the people, have it within our power to begin the process of making America great again. It wouldn’t cost a dime. It’s not, really, much of a lift.
        There’s a short inscription, ten words, over the main entrance of our State Capitol that, if everyone in America would commit to memory and take to heart, we could change the world.
        The words of a man raised in Syracuse, Nebraska, a graduate of UNL, that reads:
        “The Salvation of the State is Watchfulness of the Citizen.”

      • Political Novice says:

        Thanks Paul Harvey. The address on the flyer has an address of Minneapolis – perhaps I’ll drop in one day to say hello. Perhaps they will bestow upon me some kind of award for fighting for policies that will lead to better, more affordable health care. It could happen . . . maybe . . . possibly . . . sorta.

        So – they basically give him an award because they feel he will support policies that THEY feel will improve health care not what he HAS done? Considering better, more affordable health care is in the eye of the beholder I would say that’s a bit presumptuous but hey, that’s just me. What do I know?

        Looks great on a big, flashy flyer though.

      • Paul Harvey says:

        “they basically give him an award because they feel he will support policies that THEY feel will improve health care ”

        No, Novice.
        The Big Pharma front group ‘council’ doesn’t give a rats ass about improving health care.
        They care about the next quarterly statement and the CEO’s and principals care about how many private tropical islands their yearly bonus can purchase.

        Don Bacon’s “Hell Yes” on the TrumpCare vote was a clear signal he’ll blindly sign off on any bill Big Pharma lobbyists craft and his party attempts to shove through congress – no matter how many of his constituents suffer and die due the legislation, no matter how much higher the health insurance premium for every family in America.

        Don signaled he is a willing and eager tool.
        Big Pharma is rewarding him.

      • big who? says:

        PN,

        And if you believe either political party is any different from “big pharma” then you missed the big picture. The political parties could care less about your health and health care. It’s a ruse to get your vote. The ACA was not the answer. The Repubs don’t have the answer. Because what they both care about is being in power in any way, shape or form they can. Otherwise they would come up with a workable solution.

        And there are workable solutions.

  7. Elmo says:

    “First and foremost, the leadership who brings some one into harms way responsible for their safety. If they can’t keep you safe, then they shouldn’t have brought you.”

    What are you talking about? How is “the leadership” supposed to protect people from a vehicle-ramming attack?

    Further, what is this about “the leadership” and who they “brought”? Has it ever occurred to you that people arrived on their own volition because the night before Nazis were marching the streets of Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us”? Has it ever occurred to you that this wasn’t some coordinated effort by “the left” to protest “the right” but instead an actual expression of disgust over vile hatred being spewed out of a very loud megaphone?

    “The leadership is responsible for insuring the people they bring are properly trained, equipped and mentally prepared. None of which the leadership of the left did.”

    Again, what are you talking about? People are free to protest if they so desire, and in our country we are generally told that protesting, exercising one’s freedom of speech, is a patriotic and valuable thing to do. An unalienable right. Not a dangerous endeavor that one must train for, that one must be properly weaponized for, etc. Further, there is no amount of training or equipment that can prepare someone to survive a vehicle-ramming attack!

    “And what is most telling, who was the leadership of the left?

    Every military commander knows it is their responsibility to insure as many come home alive as possible. Since there was no visible left leadership around, they were not prepared to take their folks into harms way. The people most responsible are those cowards, who crawled away like snakes afterwards and didn’t live up to their responsibilities, the leaders of the left.”

    I really don’t know what you’re talking about here. Exercising one’s free speech doesn’t require a commander. It shouldn’t require a military style leadership apparatus to protect you. You denigrate people who exercise their fundamental right as citizens. I don’t know who you are talking about when you refer to these “cowards, who crawled away like snakes.”

    “Can one person on here explain how Heather’s life was worth whatever the left believes they gained in Charlottesville?”

    “The left” did not sacrifice Heather Heyer’s life to make “gains.” She went to Charlottesville out of a personal desire to protest a movement she felt was morally abhorrent. The person responsible for her death is named James Alex Fields Jr. Nothing was gained. An innocent woman was murdered by a white supremacist lunatic in a vehicle-ramming attack. It was absolutely disgusting.

    ~~~

    I value this blog. I enjoy the perspective on Nebraska politics. It’s interesting and well-written. There is a community here that engages in a lively if contentious back-and-forth. I don’t always agree with Street Sweeper and other commenters, but I’m not a person who has a problem reading things I disagree with. This post, however, has the worst discourse I’ve ever seen here, and I have to say, the blame lays at the feet of Street Sweeper. Why even write about Charlottesville? Everything else in this post– the heartfelt opening, the critique of Ashford’s flip-floppery, the note on Senator Fischer’s term in the Senate, and the riff deflating the “controversial” driving memo– is great. The commentary about Charlottesville, however, adds NOTHING to the conversation. It’s a complete dud. Here’s the entire substance of Street Sweeper’s Charlottesville commentary, in one tweet: “President Trump shouldn’t have said ‘very fine people’ marched alongside those waving Nazi flags, but he’s right to criticize Antifa.” Not a very insightful or original thought, but I guess spreading it out over a few hundred words gives him pretext to pose miserable questions like: “Who’s worse: The Bernie Bro who injured six people at the Congressional baseball practice, or the Nazi who injured twenty people and killed one at the Unite The Right Rally in Charlottesville? Sound off in the comments!” I’m not sure how to conclude this post. I wish people weren’t so quick to turn everything into a tedious debate.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Well Elmo, you’re a little too rational for this blog if you don’t want tedious debates. I’ve been checking in for about ten years and it really does appear that rather than exchange information, many on here only want to exchange insults. I’ll keep checking in from time to time as I intend to keep abreast of SPED and DD issues there for as long as I remain alive (with or without this blog). It was the Nebraska Legislature that took my innocent belief in America. And it was the Nebraska people who took my belief in the goodness of Americans, —in the face of tragedy, when GOOD Americans would be joining hands to deflect tragedy. What happened in Charlottesville was no worse than what happened in Nebraska when the Governor and Legislature cut emergency medical staff at BSDC resulting in the death of many Nebraskans. Strikingly, Street Sweeper had nothing to say about that tragedy; but it’s not too late to condemn the neglect and killing of BSDC inmates, —as yet!

      • loss of intelligence, not innocence says:

        TA,

        What was it you said about the eradication of Downs syndrome in the world and how progressives in this country want to be like the world? Nothing but silence. Imagine that.

        Your issue is a non issue when legislatures pass laws demanding that Downs testing happen within the first two months of pregnancy so the parents can know what is coming. Which is political speech for aborting them.

        The world, and this country, are eradicating the Special Needs folks and you are still worried about losing your innocence in Nebraska.

        Grow up and understand what the real threat is.

      • Anonymous says:

        What an ignorant response about Downs Syndrome. Where did you get an idea that Progressives in this country want to be like the world, and why wouldn’t you want testing for this anomaly?

    • anonymous says:

      I wish people weren’t so quick as to turn to turn this into a tedious debate. Sooooo……..you’re are not adding to the tedium because your righteous.

      • Elmo says:

        I’m definitely part of the problem, and I’d much rather not get in the comment section weeds, but I was overcome by emotion, and I have a certain level of respect for the blog, as well as a sense that the guy who writes it pays attention to thoughtful criticisms. I put a lot of time into my post, editing and re-editing for clarity, removing unfair arguments, etc. So yeah, I’ll give myself some credit, but I absolutely do not consider myself to be righteous.

        I will re-iterate that Street Sweeper’s question, “And another thing to ask: The guy who drove the car into everyone at the Nazi rally. Is he “better” or “worse” than the guy who shot up the Republican Congressional baseball practice?” is 100% tedious and not worth asking. I will also re-iterate that the complete content of his thoughts about Charlottesville can be distilled to the length of a tweet, and that is why I characterize them as tedious, not because they are lacking in righteousness, which I have no opinion on, really, although I do think he made an honest attempt at being evenhanded, which I do appreciate.

    • don't stand in front of moving bus says:

      What are you talking about? How is “the leadership” supposed to protect people from a vehicle-ramming attack?

      Don’t put them in harms way. DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      As for the tl:dr

      • Elmo says:

        I am of the belief that exercising one’s right to free speech is not putting oneself “in harms way”… ppl piss on liberals for supposed adherence to “safe spaces” but when someone gets murdered by a lunatic all of a sudden the party line is, if you leave the house without A Magical Forcefield you’re a fool. Get real.

  8. Insult-Free Responder says:

    The GOOD NEWS: Statues are coming down under cover of darkness! Annapolis, Md. took their offensive vestige Friday and Baltimore took four down Wednesday.

    • notbynd says:

      Jefferson embodies all the contradictions of America today. Use the monument as a reminder of the needed conversation we keep not having.

    • Insult-Free Responder says:

      Well, his slave-owning was before the Civil War and both legally sound & morally acceptable.
      (Note: I did not say it was ethically sound. There is a difference.)
      My take on all this brouhaha is that we should memorialize folks in cemeteries and museums.
      Not on public property where laws are being made and adjudicated; where politicians and bureaucrats address or otherwise interact with the public in doing the public’s business; or especially when declaring allegiance of the people to that governing body.
      Under this same reasoning I believe we should remove all crosses similarly situated and take the “trust pledge” off our dollar bills!

      • Insult-Free Responder says:

        As I said: We should memorialize folks in cemeteries and museums.
        So, take ’em down and move ’em. Don’t smash ’em though. They have a proper place for display.

    • Union Army Will Rise Again says:

      Jefferson was not a traitor. Jefferson took up arms against a British tyrant, he did not take up arms against the United States of America.

      • Insult-Free Responder says:

        That’s a little too brief. So yes, generally, it does outweigh some of his actions. And further, the fact that he kept slaves, fed them well and did not abuse them, outweighs implications of his unworthiness in being memorialized. He acted appropriately, even honorably, for his time.

        You want an often ignored FACT about the origins of racism in America?

        It was the Africans who kidnapped their neighbors and sold them to the Dutch, who in turn brought slaves to America. And slavery was extant in America even before African slaves arrived. Warring natives captured and enslaved one another. Slavery is a fact of human existence and it still goes on today, but not legally, in America. What about this FACT? Did the Civil War count for nothing?

  9. notbynd says:

    If any more people leave the Trump White House Donald will end up making his own cucumber sandwiches in the White House Mess and carry his own sloppily packed bags out to Marine One. Nice to see him do things for himself for a change.

  10. Unpatriotic Republicans says:

    Does anyone else think Fox News and the Republicans creating a false equivalency between George Washington & Thomas Jefferson and the Confederacy is unpatriotic and dsigusting. Shame on them for smearing our founding fathers.

  11. 13000, to 12 says:

    I see in Boston to day, that about a dozen folks were rallying for free speech, while 13,000 leftist came to shut them down. At which point the rally folks left. So, having nothing better to do and all hopped up to go after the good guys but there were none there, they went after law enforcement. And one brave progressive with his face covered, how manly and courageous, ran past a lady, grabbed the flag she was holding and ran with it until she fell to the ground.

    Shortly after 3:30 p.m. — when many downtown thoroughfares had started to reopen even as pockets of counter demonstrators remained on the streets — Boston police via Twitter asked people to stop throwing “urine, bottles and other harmful projectiles at our officers.” Police also said rocks were thrown at officers.

    Nice folks you are defending oracle. But no, the violent left supremacist aren’t growing at all. Urine. Did they help each other fill the sacks?

      • duh says:

        I realize the concept of reading several sources to get an accurate picture is beyond your mental skills. Just rest assured, it is just as good as an eye witness report.

      • notbynd says:

        It’s your mental skills I worry about. I’d gladly fact-check your references if you have any.

      • bynd says:

        Why do you try so hard to act bynd when you use the moniker notbynd? And you’re worried about whose mental acuity?

        OWH, CNN.

    • What is being reported outside of right wing hate media says:

      From the local Boston ABC television affiliate:
      Of the estimated 40,000 attendees, Boston Police said 33 were arrested for charges including assault and battery on police officers. Three people were found wearing ballistic vests, and one of those was armed, Police Commissioner William Evans said.

      “99.9 percent of the people here were here for the right reason, and that is to fight bigotry and hate,” Evans said.

      “I want to thank everyone who came here to express themselves in such a positive, great manner today,” said Mayor Marty Walsh.

      From RawStory:
      “Despite massive media coverage showing the right-wing Boston “Free Speech” rally being a mostly passive march by counter-protesters, President Donald Trump called out the participants as “anti-police agitators” on Twitter.”

      • bynd says:

        Yes we see. Where did anyone there try to break up the marchers and send them home because they folks they were protesting weren’t there anymore? And I do believe you folks have said more than once not denouncing the violent ones makes you one of them. And the fact they were there with the violent ones makes you as culpable as the actual violent ones.

        Quote:
        Not on one occasion – EVER – have you people supported your horseshit, ‘but both sides’, claim with evidence – BECAUSE THERE IS NONE!!

        Many of these acts are either openly condoned or even celebrated by tens if not hundreds of thousands sympathetic to the alt-right.
        They have already openly celebrated the death of the Heather Heyer, who was murdered in Charlottesville.
        There are estimated to be more than 130 separate Klan organizations in America.
        And finding kinship with the Klan are hundreds more right wing organizations enamored by the violence they preach.

        Nice opinion pieces. and only antibynd has even come close to telling the truth about such as antifah.

        So I guess, in the spirit of intellectual honest, if they were there with the trouble makers, you can’t separate them out. Especially since they made no move nor did they disavow they violent ones.

        Different sides of the same coin. And any advantage the right wingers had, seems to have dissipated in Boston.

    • Oracle says:

      Let’s look at non-biased factual numbers. (Which means you have to look outside of your bubble, and stop ignoring information that contradicts your world-view.) A study by the Anti-Defamation League reviewed 372 murders that were committed by domestic extremists between 2007 and 2016. It found that 74 percent of these were committed by right-wing extremists, 24 percent by radical jihadists and only 2 percent by those on the extreme political left. In other words, right wing political extremists killed three times more Americans than all other forms of political violence combined. And according to the libertarian Cato Institute: White nationalists; militia movements; anti-Muslim attackers; I.R.S. building and abortion clinic bombers; and other right-wing groups were responsible for 12 times as many fatalities and 36 times as many injuries as communists; socialists; animal rights and environmental activists; anti-white- and Black Lives Matter-inspired attackers; and other left-wing groups.

      • Alt-Right ON! says:

        Clearly your just spreddin more FAKE NEWS!

        You probably just made all that stuff up just now. Just like you’re FAKE POLLS.
        All just more leftist, soshulist propaganda.
        Were’d you go to school – George Soros High!!
        HA!! ROFMLBO!

        How moreonic does some one have to be to beleeve that!!

        And what about BENGHAZI, LOIS LERNER and HILaRYS CHILD PORN RING!
        What about all that Uranium Bill and Hilarry sold to Russia!!
        And how many people did GAY Odumma and Bill Airs secretly blow up!! Huh?? Answer me that!!

        BOTH SIDES!

  12. Perceptus says:

    False equivalency between Washington, Jefferson and the Confederacy? What about making a false equivalency between racism/slavery and rebellion? Let us untangle some of this.

    Leftist protestors say the statue toppling is about racism and slavery. But 4:31 and other Democrats imply it is about rebellion by Confederates. As if America just woke up to realize it had a Civil War, the bloodiest in our history. Yet until now Confederate statues didn’t bother anyone; not enough to criminally wreck the art (burning books comes to mind). Besides, Washington and Jefferson were both condemned to death as rebels. Ours is a revolutionary nation. But it is also something else. A constitutional nation. And that is really what is at stake.

    If all legacies of slave owners and rebels must be cast down, surely that includes their words.

    Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. He also raped slaves he owned (if you have a better word for coitus with human property, let us know.) Do his statues fall? Do we burn the Declaration? He wrote “All men are created equal”. Was he wrong? And what about Jefferson being Father of the US DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Will the DNC file for parental emancipation and find itself a new dad?

    Washington is Father of Our Country and a slave owner. Additionally, Washington presided over the creation of the United States Constitution. Slave owner Madison wrote it but Washington presided.

    There are American Communists and Nazis today who say “yes”, destroy the Constitution that many of us have sworn our sacred oath to protect and defend from enemies domestic. And yet, it is that same power-limiting framework for rule of law; our Constitution that isn’t a list of good and bad (because we never can fully agree on what is right or wrong), that gives Communists and Nazis the protection to march, with the legal permit to march. It protects them from us not liking what they say. It allowed protestors to burn Geo. Washington in effigy outside his presidential window but not light his carriage on fire. If any have a permit to march, they can march. What they cannot do is commit crime.

    • notbynd says:

      Not sure those statues never bothered anyone. Kind of hard to disagree with a hooded crowd burning a cross on your lawn. Many of those statues and monuments were posted during the Klan resurgence of the early 1920’s, which was nationwide. The Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s didn’t end racism and bigotry, it merely drove out of polite society while the moral rot remains to this moment. Obama never ushered in a post-racial society nor could he ever. The 2016 election made it safe to flip the rock over so the roaches can scurry out. Racism is the shadow side of American Exceptionalism. Our failure to make peace with this shadow hobbles this Republic. Why is Limbaugh’s suggestion of a 2nd Civil War specious? Because the 1st Civil War is ongoing.

    • Insult-Free Responder says:

      I have a better word for that example of coitus with human property: LOVE.
      Sally Hemmings loved Thomas Jefferson. And he loved her. They could not marry because it was illegal. And now all these years later, their progeny has been justifiably acknowledged as Jefferson’s offspring.

    • History 101 says:

      Perceptus (AKA random white dude),

      Don’t assume that Confederate statues haven’t bothered anyone for all these years. Minorities have hewn fighting for more important issues than this, like being able to vote, sit at the front of the bus, equality on housing, education, employment, etc.

      Germans are properly ashamed of Hitler and the legacy of the Third Reich. When will southern white people become ashamed for kidnapping, enslaving, torturing, and raping millions of people for a couple hundred years?

      • bynd says:

        Charles Barkley said few blacks have ever thought of the statues. Love him, hate him, he’s black. Since that seems to matter to you. As he stated, there are much more important hings for blacks to worry about.

  13. God Damn Amurica says:

    The media tactic certainly is like it was back then, with new armaments, including football. The soldiers-SJW’s. The Altruist being the just. 3 million more people, real or imaginary, than the robed, and or jack-booted exceptionalists.

  14. no more black power says:

    The abortion rate for black babies is at a genocidal rate. Black genocide.org.

    Black Americans will only increase from 13.1 to 14.7 by 2060.

    Hispanic will go from one in six to one in three Americans.

    Asians will grow from 5.1 to 8.2.
    Census Bureau.

    And many folks think white supremacist are the danger to minorities. Especially black minorities.

    Don’t you just love politics? White people leading minorities for the benefit of,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,white people.

    • notbynd says:

      A principal, American value is individual, personal agency culminating in personal power. No wonder that Trump was pro-choice 99% of his life and probably still is, despite blah-blah to the contrary. This personal will-to-power, in business and the bedroom, underpins abortion rights. I’m queen, king, monarch, the final decider, CEO. Ultimately I am god. What better way to demonstrate it than decide who lives and who dies, pre-born, sick, deformed, chronically ill or old?

      • Anonymous says:

        What an ignorant response about abortion? Where did you get an idea that fetuses are being aborted as a mere exercise of “power?” Generally they are either being aborted because they are simply not wanted -or- tragically, they are not well.

      • notbynd says:

        I don’t want this baby because a) I don’t want it or b) its not well as I define “not well.”

        If that’s not an exercise of power I don’t know what is.

      • notbynd says:

        Human beings have a strange notion of power. Always have. How do you define power? Tolkien put it best when he wrote “Many that live deserve death. Many that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Don’t be in such a hurry to dole out death and judgement.” Yep, especially to those least able to defend themselves, in this case proto-human beings. Don’t like it? Don’t make one.

  15. where's ben? says:

    Walton’s column mentions Ben Sasse. Ben is seen meeting with Gerry DiNardo at The Mill in Lincoln but he has no public meetings in Nebraska with Nebraskans. Where’s Ben been this year? Trying to figure out how to report his book sales on his senate financial statement?

    • Patton says:

      As an ‘Objective Conservative’, you should read the disturbing post your Senator has up on his facebook page.
      And upon reading it, you should be embarrassed by the beliefs and gullibility of your fellow ‘conservatives’. You should also be embarrassed that Ben Sasse represents your party.

      It is a post where Ben reveals the ignorance he hears from conservative Nebraskans.
      And upon hearing this ignorance, your Senator deliberately chooses not to lead.
      Instead allowing his constituency to wallow in their ignorance, insuring he’ll have an opportunity in the future to pander to that very same ignorance in exchange for their vote.

      We all wonder how our country could have devolved to its current state of dysfunction and disarray.
      This post by Ben Sasse is a glimpse into how that devolution has been fostered by a self-serving, self-invested GOP.

  16. Anti-revision says:

    This statement by Street Sweeper makes no sense:
    “But the PROBLEM with this particular march, in Charlottesville, was that it was billed as a “White Lives Matter Rally”.”

    No.
    No it wasn’t billed as a “White Lives Matter” rally. I can find no one and no where that it was billed as a “White Lives Matter” rally. You’re all welcome to prove me wrong.

    In every instance the rally is reported to have been organized, billed and promoted as a “Unite the Right” rally.
    Every news story and every report I’ve ever read about Charlottesville, refers to it as a “Unite the Right” rally.

    And when “the Right” showed up, they showed up with torches, and guns, and clubs and armor and chanted in unison wildly offensive racial epithets.
    And immediately following their chants they perpetrated “Right” wing violence.
    ‘Very fine people’ indeed.

    The only reason I can imagine for the (seemingly) false characterization of the event as a “White Lives Matter” rally, is to attempt to cleanse of it of it’s clear -Right Wing- affiliation.

  17. those poor antifa and BLM weanies says:

    I see our in resident Steven King wanna be is having a prolific Monday posting party along with an epic melt down.

    From the land of everyone is a victim and no one is responsible for anything. How’s that going to play in 2018? We shall see.

  18. Billy says:

    McCain Mutiny, Lindsy wooly, Turtle(sitting at a cool l8%), Sassy(had the plan and enthusiasm to take apart O-care)-all stale toast. Oh, they may get re-elected but they have no(conservative?) power, they can deliver lip-service and laughs and settle for just being establishment a win-win. Everyone hates Cruz, a real conservative. (they don’t like him at the barber shop when they are getting their nails done) but he can’t carry the north. After this, dunzo.

  19. kabobs says:

    But despite all that, they are in charge. Which, even if they can’t get anything done, prohibits the other side from doing anything.

    And the supreme court picks mean a lot. Especially if they are young. The down sizing of various agencies and roll back of numerous rules. Like the kind of rules that let the EPA regulate all the way down to the water in your birdbath.

    Who knows, they could stop the genocide of African Americans by abortion. I think the new mantra for in the womb black babies is hands up don’t dismember.

    And the longer they stay in the majority, the more the radical left will become frustrated and more violent they will become. Do we want more violence? No, but we do want the truth about them to be known. And it seems violence is the only language that their moderate supporters understand and abhor. At least that’s true of violence from the right they hate so much.

    A competitive school program that is for all students and not just the current students du jour.

    So many non legislative possibilities. Take what you can get.

  20. Wrong Assessment says:

    GOP???, Kris Pierce????!!! Really, that is all you have? A guy that ran many Democratic campaigns and now needs a job? Will anybody publish a list of his qualifications and the list of Democrats he helped over the years?

    • To Wrong says:

      I can name a dozen Democrats he helped. What is the Republican Party smoking? We have QUALIFIED Republicans that can do this job.

  21. Our Idiot President says:

    On April 24th, Trump launched a trade war with Canada, applying a retroactive 20 percent tariff/tax on lumber imports, and promising a similar tax on Canadian milk.

    Immediately following the announcement, every person on the planet who had passed Economics 101 spoke up to say – “This is a really stupid and it is clearly going to backfire.”

    We’re now 4 months in, and who is the Winner of Trump’s Trade War?
    Russia.
    Russian lumber shipments to the U.S. are up 42% so far in 2017, according to U.S. government data.

    And the Loser of Trump’s Trade War?
    America.
    American businesses, home builders, taxpayers and homeowners – all of them losers.
    The price of lumber has increased 20% on every new business building/expansion, every new school and every new home in America. All while Putin and his pals among the Russian oligarchy get richer.

    “It seems to be that there’s something illogical that we’re not buying the lumber from our neighbors to the north, that we’re buying it from the Russians,” Jerry Howard, chief executive officer of the National Association of Home Builders.

    • our posters are idiots says:

      I would suggest that folks read, In New Trade Front, Trump Slaps Tariff on Canadian Lumber by the NY times to get the whole story on this tariff.

      Our idiot president seems to be smarter than the poster who thinks that posting 1/2 a story will get past many of the folks on here who are much smarter than them.

      No wonder you folks can’t get elected. It seems the Grubers you pander to are only on the left.

      • Donald's Toxic Swamp of Greed says:

        It is irrefutable that everything Donald Trump (the self anointed great ‘Deal Maker’) has meddled in relating to international trade has been to the detriment of Americans and American businesses.

        No one has suffered greater harm from Trump’s disastrous trampling on and shredding of trade agreements than the American farmer.

        And is case you missed it, the man Trump praised endlessly on the campaign trail, the business magnate that Trump was going to turn to make great deals for the American people – Carl Icahn – just resigned from his role as formal adviser to the president last Friday.
        Resigned, ahead of a growing scandal in which Carl Icahn was in fact hoping to make a great deal – at the expense of the American people.
        A scandal you can read about in the The New Yorker article titled: ‘Carl Icahn’s Failed Raid on Washington’
        A quote from the article”
        Trump has long boasted about his association with more successful businesspeople, dropping references to potentates the way kids decorate their school binders with the names of their favorite pop stars. But, in reality, many New York financiers considered him a buffoon.

      • Oracle says:

        Just read it. Fail to see anything that supports your viewpoint. You’re just siding with Trump and accepting the government’s case without question…because that’s what your side does. The blinders never come off.

  22. progressive's toxic vile of lies says:

    It is irrefutable that everything you post is tainted by your irrational hatred of Trump. That’s all that needs to be known.

    Except, after your first line there is no need to read the rest of your continuous cut and paste. It’s all SSDD.

    Obviously you are college educated. One of the main characteristic of such folks is the ability to not think logical and critically. You would be the poster child.

  23. Oracle says:

    Obviously you are college educated. One of the main characteristic of such folks is the ability to not think logical and critically.

    Another confirmation that the majority of Republicans believe education is a net negative. Your party is sounding more and more like the Khmer Rouge.

    • oracle blows it again, (figuratively) says:

      That puts me in much better company than you.

      companies that no longer require a degree;
      Google
      Ernst and Young
      Penguin Random house
      Cosco wholesale
      Whole foods
      Hilton
      Publix
      Apple
      Starbucks
      Nordstrom
      Home Depot
      IBM
      Bank of America
      Chipolte
      Lowes

      And the list grows everyday. Why? Because one doesn’t need a degree to be productive from the first day. People who intern and learn the job OJT are better trained than college folks. Most college folks are not ready to contribute immediately.

      Thanks for proving my point. RFLMBO

      • Oracle says:

        A narrow skill set, especially in high-demand fields, will get one in the door. A broader education has been shown to improve one’s chances for advancement. And an ability to make better decisions.

      • triceratops has posted says:

        If you weren’t so stuck in the Jurassic age, you would know part two is no longer valid and number one depends on the skill set. As in programing is more about experience than school. Those jobs requiring specials skills are getting fewer and fewer.

        But your set in your ways ignorance hurts only you and those who rely on you for advice.

      • Anonymous says:

        ” jobs requiring specials skills are getting fewer and fewer.”

        Dear God, no one could have imagined it was possible, but bynd gets dumber by the day.

      • Oracle says:

        bynd, YAI. I’ve been in the I.T. field for decades, and no one programs in a vacuum. You need to communicate with others in the business, and have at least a rudimentary knowledge of accounting, management, marketing, etc. Believe it or not, a college degree helps.

      • stupid progressives on parade says:

        The dinosaurs have spoken. Both of you dinosaurs are obviously from the public school system. Google it dummies. Try to research before looking like an ass.

  24. Snatch says:

    And if you want a glimpse into how our idiot president is causing unfathomable harm to our nation, you’ll read the NYT article:
    “As E.U. and Japan Strengthen Trade Ties, U.S. Risks Losing Its Voice”

    The opportunities lost, for generations of Americans, due to woeful incompetence of Republican presidents like George W Bush and Donald Trump is nothing short of staggering.

    Bush the Lesser, with a big assist from 6 years of total GOP control, quite literally brought our nation to its knees.
    Only a heroic effort by Barack Obama and Hank Paulson saved us from a return to the soup lines and squatter camps of the 1930’s.

    God only knows what’s in store over the coming months under the auspices of the Orange Menace.
    The collective of ignorance and accumulation of world-class incompetence assembled by Donald Trump makes W’s crew look like the world’s greatest brain trust.

  25. Donald's Toxic Swamp of Greed and Ignorance says:

    Speaking of breathtaking incompetence, there’s an amazing story up at New York magazine about the mind boggling ineptitude of Ben Carson as Secretary of HUD.
    The article is titled: Is Anybody Home at HUD?

    Team Trump is a cancer on America.
    It will take a generation to recover from this carnage.

    • anonymous says:

      “It was as if the White House were ensuring that whatever mere starvation failed to accomplish at HUD, indifference and mismanagement would finish.”

      • what's the difference? says:

        Sounds a lot like abortion that gets rid of the unwanted, handicapped or inconvenient. All in your point of view I guess. Remember, when one becomes a human in the womb as defined by science, is an arbitrary construct.

      • anonymous says:

        “when one becomes a human in the womb as defined by science, is an arbitrary construct.”

        From a discussion of HUD, to abortion. Quite the leap.
        One can only assume a few synapses misfired somewhere in the process.

        Nothing arbitrary about it.
        Science and the Courts have both been forced to weigh in on the subject, ad nauseam.
        Mountains of scientific literature and libraries filled with legal precedent.

        But it couldn’t be more clear that none of this matters to you. You, somehow, are proud to be intellectually averse and a skeptic of science.
        Like many who share your views, all the learnin’ you need can be found in your ancient book of fables.

        Let me guess, you spent a lifetime punching the clock in a government job?

  26. answer the question, please says:

    How quaint. Not a leap at all from your starving to death because of HUD to the death you support. And by the way, what does science say the start of human life is?

    I believe in science. You just try to twist it to your own purposes.

    So answer the question.

    When does life begin according to SCOTUS:
    “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.”

    Let me guess, your a product of public education even higher education.

    • Anonymous says:

      Since murder is illegal and abortions are legal, my guess is that life must begin at birth. Do you have a better notion?

  27. Just Wondering says:

    So when did Kris Pierce become a Republican? What are his qualifications? What democrats has he supported over the years? Did he support Barak Obama?

  28. To Wondering says:

    3 months ago, he needs a job, all of them as he was the executive Director of the Democratic party, yes he supported him in 2008, 2012. Any more questions?

  29. To above says:

    Kris would be better than Diane I believe. The GOP has no bench. The “up and comers” on the bench appear to be a bunch of drunks, cheats, or have not accomplished a thing. They think they are in a frat or something. Christian values my ass.

  30. To To above says:

    So Kris voted for Trump, and Bacon in 2016? Sasse and Ricketts in 2014 and Stothert in 2017? Or was it Clinton, Ashford, Mello, Hassebrook and whatever road kill that ran against Sasse? I’m really confused about his switch to the Republican party. Seems like we wants a job and switched his lifelong held beliefs for an office.

  31. Christian Values says:

    It is not a political office. It is an office that either does a good job and is transparent or does not. I also think Don Klein does a good job too.

      • anonymous says:

        “Is sexual harassment a christian value?”

        Here’s the intro to a story published in May, 2014:
        GENEVA — The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the first ever breakdown of how it handled the more than 3,400 cases of abuse reported to the Holy See since 2004.

        Also, your president’s religious evangelical advisory board, a mix of radical born-again preachers, televangelists and conservative political influencers (I.e. – grifters, hucksters and con men), still stands (with the exception of one) intact. Still publicly embraces and praises your reprobate, “grab ’em by the **”, Klan sympathizing president.

        and

        a) “Many Christians do not believe abortion is a crime;”
        b) “many have had one or two!”

        a) Because, of course, it’s not. The Supreme Court vote was 7 to 2.
        SEVEN to TWO, repeat that to yourself a few times.
        b) How would you imagine that to be any of your fudging business?
        One would think you’d well to heed the advise of your Pope:
        “Who am I to judge?”

      • drama, drama, drama says:

        How entertaining. It would be a great rant if you were say, 6 years old.

        I can understand why there are so many Anonymous on here. It’s an invasion from those who can’t even get in the ball park of reality.

        How entertaining. It would be a great rant if you were say, 6 years old.

        But you still haven’t answered the question.

        Not going to happen is it? No surprise.

      • troll, troll, troll says:

        Yet I’ll bet you stuff your face with at least three crap sandwiches a day. You need to keep your supply up for all you use.

  32. Constant stream of lies and misinformation says:

    Don Bacon can be found perpetuating a right wing lie in both the OWH and LJS today.

    Here’s the quote from Bacon:
    “If we pull out of Afghanistan, we’ll have to invade it again to defeat the Taliban, al-Qaida, ISIS and other Sunni extremists, just like we had to do in Iraq after President Obama’s disastrous withdrawal in 2011,” he said.

    As an active duty Brig Gen in 2011, you’d think Don Bacon would understand how deliberately deceptive this statement is.

    The fact remains, it was George W. Bush who committed to the withdrawal of America’s forces
    from Iraq.
    It was George W. Bush who signed the agreement, known as the Status of Forces Agreement, on Dec. 14, 2008, that said:
    “All the United States Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory no later than December 31, 2011.”

    A bit of insight into Bush’s agreement to withdraw –
    Condoleezza Rice, who served as Bush’s secretary of state, wrote in her 2011 book, “No Higher Honor,” that Bush did not want to set a deadline “in order to allow conditions on the ground to dictate our decisions.” She wrote that she met with Maliki in August 2008 and secured what she thought was an agreement for a residual force of 40,000 U.S. troops. But she said Maliki soon “reneged” and insisted on “the withdrawal of all U.S. forces by the end of 2011.” She said Bush “swallowed hard” and agreed to what she called “suitable language” to do just that.

    In the ensuing years the Obama administration committed to a sustained effort and exerted considerable pressure on Maliki to allow a residual force of 5000 – 10,000 American troops in the country. But throughout the negotiations the U.S. was unable to secure from Maliki a guarantee that American troops would be shielded from criminal prosecution by Iraqi authorities.
    Without such an guarantee it was impossible to leave American soldiers vulnerable to the whims of Iraqi courts.

    Of course, as we’ve seen on countless occasions, the truth doesn’t matter to Republicans.
    Don Bacon will wrap himself in a flag and surround himself with military regalia as he rewrites history, for political gain. Don Bacon will blindly throw his support behind the worst president in modern American history. A president 5 times deferred. A man who laughed it up with Howard Stern when recalling his “private Vietnam” was avoiding STDs while club hopping in New York, as young Americans his same age died in the jungles of Dak To.

  33. Winning! says:

    Just up at the LJS –
    “The controversial group ACT for America has canceled a series of “America First” (pro Trump) rallies, including ones in Lincoln and Omaha, in response to “rising tension and violence in America.”

    The Nebraska rallies were among 67 such events planned in 36 states for Sept. 9.

    ACT for America, which bills itself as a national security organization, is labeled an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.

    It canceled the rallies Monday, saying “extremist and radical organizations in the United States and abroad have overrun peaceful events in order to advance their own agendas.”

    Of course, the ‘agenda’ of the counter-protesters that show up to confront groups like ACT, is peace, brotherhood and respect for our fellow man.
    The ACT for America rallies were billed as rallies in support of Trump’s immigration, refugee and border policies.
    Anyone paying attention is aware Trump has no actual ‘policies’ in this realm, only spittle and rage.
    And of course the right wing hate group, ACT for America didn’t cancel because they were concerned about violence. They canceled because the smattering of Alex Jones fans and xenophobic mouth-breathers that would have showed up for these rallies, would have been dwarfed by the crowds of counter protesters. And organizations like ACT for American can’t afford to have their impotence shown on teevee screens all across America.. it makes the grifting-o’-the-rubes sooo much harder.

    • Hooray! says:

      If you go to ACT for America’s facebook page, here is their most recent post:

      ACT for America, 2 hrs ·
      ACTION ITEM: Call @PayPal and demand that ACT For America’s account is reinstated immediately.

      WoooHooo!!
      The jig is up! Respectable companies are no longer going to aid and abet these right wing hate mongers in their grifting-o’-the-rubes.
      Just like StormFront has been shunned by every legitimate web hosting company in America, Russia and China, Paypal is has chosen to ACT for America to take their hate-for-profit act, somewhere else.

      Stephanie Ries was is the founder of Omaha’s chapter of ACT for America.
      Courtesy of Nebraska Taxpayers For Freedom, you can still see her in old (2011) Youtube videos, warning Omahans: “the Muslim Brotherhood has seeds in Omaha!”.
      This is after she warns that it’s impossible to distinguish ‘Radical Islamists’ from Progressives and Liberals , but before she gives a shout out to her brethren fighting off the threat of global domination via Agenda 21.

    • Winning! says:

      (CNN) George and Amal Clooney have joined the fight against hate groups in the United States.
      The couple, through the The Clooney Foundation for Justice, have made a $1 million donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) that will fund a joint initiative to combat hate groups.

  34. Stardumb says:

    When Sony was hacked their puppet George went out in the as spokesman for the business to express the outrage of the establishment, just as in Washington the fear of mediocre hacks losing status. The guy is a tool

    • Happy Birther says:

      But wait, Trump is going to MAGA!
      Deb Fischer gives him a grade of A or A+ and Don Bacon is on board with a big “Hell Yes!”.
      There’s going to be so much winning you’re going to get sick of winning.
      We’re going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it, or we’re going to have to shut down government.
      Don’t you want to stick around for the sickness?
      We haven’t even pulled out of NAFTA yet, the fun is just beginning!

      FREE JOE ARPAIO!!
      FREE JOE ARPAIO!!

    • Curious says:

      As an ‘objective’ conservative, could you share with us the intended focus of your new blog?

      Since all the news (except Steve Ducey) is now fake, the definition of the word ‘objective’, is now subjective.

      • Former says:

        For many who claim the title ‘conservative’, the preponderance of news is now fake, science is not to be trusted, education is bad and failure is new measure of success.

      • Former says:

        You know of course, Limbaugh’s claim of accuracy is total horseshit.
        The whole audit thing is a skit. Fodder for the rubes.
        There is no audit of Limbaugh’s accuracy. There is no ‘Sullivan Group’.

        The PolitiFact file on Limbaugh finds 81% of what he offers up is either Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire lies.
        Limbaugh is a gifted entertainer who, along with the recently departed Roger Ailes, has perfected the art of grifting rubes. In the process they have spearheaded a movement that has fucked up our country so severely that it will impose undo challenge and hardship on an entire generation of Americans.

    • Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar IV says:

      Ah, the Clinton boom years.
      Dear Jesus, what George W and the GOP did with the prosperity they were handed. Criminal.
      The expansion of the American economy under the watch of Bill Clinton was the greatest period of sustained economic growth and prosperity since World War II.

      Even right leaning Forbes was forced to praise Bill Clinton.
      They built a formula by which to objectively measure economic performance and their formula found that no president in modern history did more to foster American prosperity than Bill Clinton.
      Coming in second and third, two other democrats – LBJ and JFK.
      You can read it yourself at ‘Presidents and Prosperity’.

      Of course, I’m confident you’ll not let the facts get in the way of your Clinton Derangement Syndrome.

      • Paul Harvey says:

        If you have to lie, what’s the point?

        To be sure, there is a sharp debate as to the ability of any president–or government–to control the economy

        The key to Clinton’s success, says Alice Rivlin, a Brookings Institution scholar who served as his director of management and budget, was adhering to the “pay/go” agreement first forged by President George H. W. Bush and a Democratic Congress, whereby tax cuts or entitlement increases had to be funded on a current basis.

      • monica's boy says:

        You might know Clinton would use others to look good and fool the current progressives. Just like his security details that fooled and then got him his women.

      • Winning! says:

        Sure, we’d love to exchange thoughts on the remarkable success of Bill Clinton.

        PAYGO was introduced and passed by a Democratic-controlled Senate (Robert Byrd) and Democratic-controlled House (Tom Foley) as part of the of Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990. (H.R. 5825 – as in HOUSE Resolution 5825)
        The Democratic-controlled congress then forwarded their bill to George H.W. for his signature, on Nov 5, 1990.
        It stands as the largest deficit reduction package (in real dollars) ever achieved through reconciliation.

        PAYGO was killed by Bush Jr. and a Republican controlled House (Dennis ‘The Pervert’ Hastert) in 2002. PAYGO was sacrificed by the Republican party to make possible their massive tax cuts for the wealthy (Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003), and their massive, unfunded expansion of Medicare known as the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act.

        PAYGO was then reestablished as a standing rule on January 4, 2007 by the Democratic-controlled 110th Congress (Nancy Pelosi).

        WHO, are the fiscal conservatives here?

      • Dems can says:

        Having said all that, what is the relevance to today? None. Except that Obama who passed the new 2010 paygo didn’t follow his own rules. And left the biggest debt ever. And yes, yuo folks will blame the Repubs. Because you never take responsibility for anything. Including your own ACA. SSDD

        Whether paygo or cutgo. The question for you progressives is, when will you produce another Bill Clinton? Moral failings aside, he left a surplus and cut taxes. My kind of guy in that respect.

        But even Hillary wasn’t a Bill. As you marched further and further left, you lost more and more. Wow, who didn’t see that happening.

        So talk about the past glory days all you want. sing the song with Bruce. It’s is all meaningless today for the beaten down Dems. You created your current problems and impotent party. Maybe you should worry less about the Repubs Trump. I doubt it will work twice since you are continually shooting yourself in the foot with your escalating violence and BLM and Antifa becoming the face of the Dems.

  35. Equal opportunity failures says:

    By the way, the massive, ongoing failure isn’t limited to Trump.

    From the twitter feed of respected, long time conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin:

    @JRubin
    how many are tired of Mike Pence gaslighting the country, just flat out lying about what Trump says?
    11:25 AM – 22 Aug 2017

  36. LG says:

    The difference between rubes and progressives,

    Rubes forgot about Trump after Nov. 8, 2016. Progressives think about him 24/7/365.

    Rubes live their lives, Trump controls the lives of the progressives.

    Rubes are happy they defeated Hillary and thus screwed the progressives. Progressives have been in a severe depression since 11/8/16.

    Rubes dream and plan their future. Progressives dream of Trump’s small body parts because they have been seared into their brain since 11/8/16 and he continually sticks it to them every day.

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