Big Ben

At it again

ICYMI, Jonah Goldberg debuted his new podcast The Remnant with Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse. The senator covers a number of issues, including Alabama Judge Roy Moore, creedal minorities, and urinating in a corn field.

Speaking of corn fields, Sasse is scheduled to speak in Iowa (again).

CNN reports: “On the right: SASSE TO IOWA AGAIN: Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a strident conservative but also a Donald Trump critic, will make his second trip of the year to Iowa on November 18 to speak at a fundraising dinner hosted by Bob Vander Plaats’ socially conservative organization The Family Leader.”


Sasse continues to have an aggressive national media presence and travel footprint, but has been relatively quiet in the Senate (and here at home in Nebraska).

Has the famed Trump critic been tamed?

What does he do all day?

Today’s edition of the Omaha World-Herald reports that Sasse was a no-show at yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on DACA.

OWH reporter Joe Morton writes, “Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., a member of the committee, hasn’t commented publicly on DACA since Trump’s decision and did not attend Tuesday’s hearing. Sasse spokesman James Wegmann said Sasse would be submitting questions to witnesses in writing.”

Recall, Sasse left the Agriculture Committee for this Judiciary perch. Apparently, this hearing wasn’t a priority for the senator.

To be fair, senators often have competing hearings scheduled at the same time in different locations.

For example, there was also a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, where members had the chance to quiz Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford on the president’s strategy in Afghanistan – big witnesses, big topic.

Yet, my search for Sasse’s questions in the hearing came up short. I realize I am nothing but a lowly C-SPAN viewer, but it does not appear the senator even showed up to listen to the testimony on this critical topic.

Well, what about Nebraska’s senior senator, also a member of the Armed Services Committee?

Apparently, she showed up – and even asked questions.

Don Walton with the Lincoln Journal Star covered Senator Fischer’s questioning: “Fischer queries top military officials about Afghanistan strategy.”

What gives?

The word on the street was that Sasse is a fountain of intellectual curiosity. After sixteen years at war, one would think Sasse could come up with a single decent question.

I don’t doubt that he can, I just wonder why he won’t.

Is Sasse ducking the hot topics to avoid taking positions on tough issues? And if so, why?

Eye on the Oval?

Or, maybe there’s another book in the works… Good news for the struggling parents of the world.

If anyone figures it out, please let us know. Inquiring minds are wondering.


  1. Hello Mike says:

    Good to see that Mike Kennedy is able to take a few minutes away from working to raise property taxes on homeowners in Millard and contribute here at Leavenworth Street.

    • Mike Kennedy says:

      I didn’t write this article but I see somebody took the Meme I created about Senator Sasse and posted it. I honestly think my “Runza” memes are better. I have and will continue to say Ben Sasse needs to do his job instead of focusing on the next job. He turned his back on Ag and now this. As far as Millard, my record speaks for itself with 1200 new kids we have grown our budget at an average 1.2 % a year for the past 6 years. Our per pupil costs are 243rd out of 245 school districts in Nebraska. Our test scores are high and we spend about $2000 less per pupil than the state average. Unlike Ben, I don’t shy away from questions or my record. If you are a Millard resident feel free to call me or show up at a Board meeting. I’m always available

      • Hello Mike says:

        Governor Ricketts and the Unicam were able to overcome a $900 million budget deficit without raising taxes — perhaps Tax Hike Mike could figure out how to do the same! Too bad Tax Hike Mike just wants to bust through the levy and raise property taxes.

      • The Grundle King says:

        What’s funny is that people gripe about Sasse ‘turning his back on ag’, whilst reserving absolutely no criticism for Senator Fischer for not having sought out a seat on the ag committee.

        You know, Deb Fischer…the Nebraska Senator that actually is actively involved in an agricultural operation?

        Now, none of this is to say that I criticize her for such…but it’s disingenuous to criticize Sasse for leaving the ag committee. The criticism truly boils down to nothing more than anger at Sasse for having criticized Trump.

      • Anonymous says:

        Maybe Mike needs to pay attention to all his elected and appointed duties before he calls another for failures.

  2. Billy says:

    Maybe he was doing a photo shoot while doing gym rat routine to keep in shape to scurry away from Nebraska assemblies. He is seeing how Trump works out till election time, because if in the next elections establishment hacks go down he is history, like his non-existent ACA plan

    • Marlin says:

      “like his non-existent ACA plan”

      Thankfully the 291 other Republicans currently serving in the House and Senate, many who have been there for decades. each had an Obamacare Repeal & Replace plan ready to roll. Seven years.
      It was Day One, that Trump and the GOP were going to bring amazing healthcare, much, much better healthcare and at much lower prices, for all Americans. It will be beautiful.
      “​I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not,” Trump said. He added: “​The government’s gonna pay for it.”
      Everybody in America will have healthcare
      And it will be easy.
      Believe me.

      • There's a pattern here says:

        He lied.
        It was obvious, to everyone but Republicans, that he was lying at the time he was making the vacuous promise while on the campaign trail.

        But why is Ben’s lie different than every other politician you people support?

        Deb Fischer lies. All the time.
        She lies when she tells you eliminating the estate tax will help the folks who own the Laundromat in Lewellen and the Barber Shop in Burwell.

        Don Bacon lies Bacon told his constituents there’s an ISIS sleeper cell in Papillion. Terrorists lying in wait, eager to shed the blood of Omaha infidels.

        Lies like Pete Ricketts, when he assures you that cutting taxes for his wealthy pals will lead to an explosion of economic growth across our state.

        Lies like Jeff Fortenberry when he said he voted in favor or renewing the Violence Against Women Act.

        Lies like Donald Trump, the most egregious, pathological liar ever run for office, yet you people saw him fit to elect him POTUS.

      • chuckling bynd says:

        We could talk about the lies of the Dems. But they have no one of importance whose lies are worth talking about. Besides both sides have all lied for decades. And some how the progressives on here think it is some kind of damning revelation. Remember, it was Gruber who created the big lie for Obama so you folks could claim what a god he was. .

        And the fact that the progressives on here think everyone who voted for Trump believes his lies, shows why they can’t get anyone elected. They still don’t get it.

        And isn’t it wonderful that those who can’t get one of their own elected dog catcher, think they know what others thought when they voted. Another reason they can’t anyone elected.

        It is obvious that many independents and many republicans voted for Trump but believed none of his lies. Because as the snowflakes seem not to understand, they didn’t vote for Trump but against Hillary. Trump could have said the sky was purple and it wouldn’t have mattered.

        But that is why the progressives will probably continue to be irrelevant losers for a long time. And irrelevance breeds desperation. Which we see on here everyday.

      • There's a pattern here says:

        Trump could have said ‘I like to grab ’em by the pussy’ and it wouldn’t have mattered to, cause.. Benghazi!!-Benghazi!!

        And a once mighty nation weeps.

      • Mr. Slate says:

        And they’re beside themselves. wondering why Ben doesn’t more fully embrace them.

        Doesn’t want to hang out after the show to share a couple beers and a guffaw or two as they gnaw on some pterodactyl wings down at the Water Buffalo lodge.

      • which mighty nation do you mean? says:

        And a once mighty nation weeps.

        Is that the war mongering nation?
        The oppresses it’s minority nation?
        The support despots nation?
        The police of the world nation?
        The military of the world nation?
        The we apologize to all the other nations for being the most mighty nation nation?
        The we support more of the world with our wealth than any other country in the world while our children starve nation?
        The we never funded SPED like we promised nation?
        The we can bomb aspirin facilities in Africa if we want nation?
        The we use drones to kill innocent children in other nations nation?
        The we incarcerate more citizens and minorities than any other nation nation?
        Or the we are so powerful we can get head from the help in the Oval office nation?

    • Mike Kennedy says:

      We only have one Stadium for our 3 high schools. We are not building new stadiums. We are reinforcing the 50 year old concrete slab that is our West seating as its is separating from the foundation and sliding down the hill, inch by inch. It was either reinforce it, or demolish and build a new seating area. We took the cheap and fiscally responsible option. If we do nothing, it will be condemned and we have to demolish, remove and replace the concrete. If you have ever replaced a driveway, it is best to maintain it than replace it. This fix should last us a decade or two. If you have any questions, I’m always available.

      • Hello Mike says:

        Tax Hike Mike has been on the Millard School Board since his election in 2002. Is Tax Hike Mike telling us they have this problem now because for the last 15 years while Tax Hike Mike has been on the school board they haven’t been properly maintaining their facilities? Maybe if Tax Hike Mike could figure out to properly budget and maintain facilities he be advocating for Millard to bust through the levy and raise property taxes.

      • Mike Kennedy says:

        Millard has properly taken care of its facilities. We have monitored the issue with the stadium for years and the engineers (the experts) told us when to act and when to use the most cost effective solution. Our community has also been aware of this for years. The West Stadium is a 50 year old slab of concrete and we have had detailed reports given by the experts for several years in public session on the stadium’s status. I never heard one complaint from the public, by phone, by email or at a meeting on this. I certainly was not going to spend any funds until the engineers said to do so and that this was the most cost effective solution. I didn’t pour the concrete in the 70’s or design it, but I voted for the best result. Furthermore since 2002, Millard has been in the bottom tier of per pupil spending and we have been rated Nationally as one of the best districts in the state. Please feel free to call me if you have a question or want the real facts. Thanks.

    • Lennie says:

      ooo.. ooo…, I wanna guess!

      It says Ben cares far less about dog whistles and pandering to the most base among the base than did all of his predecessors?

      Am I right, am I right?!

      • Lennie says:

        Maybe it was that Ben couldn’t single-handedly reward the GOP’s most wealthy and privileged benefactors with massive tax cuts paid for by eliminating access to health care for 30 million Americans and turning Medicare into a voucher program. A secretive, behind-closed-door plot cooked up at the last minute by a select few GOP hard liners, a couple right wing pundits and a cackle of industry lobbyists.
        A bit of subterfuge that when it saw the light of day, received the support of 12% of Americans.

        Maybe it was that?!

      • anon says:

        No Lemmy, he was the perfect molded establishment swamp hack, so he had only Obamacare, relying on the other hacks to coast him by, but things have changed, and called on-he was exposed- bluffing. The empty suit.

    • GOP Donor says:

      Yes, he’s that worthless — in a REALLY obvious way. In may respects, the turd we had in the House for 18 years was less-worse of a representative of this state that Sasse has been…and man, that’s saying something.

      • what have you done says:

        Please list a bill Lee Terry sponsored that became law.

        Not to say he wasn’t probably worthless, but is that the only standard for effectiveness for a Congressperson?

        He did put a bill forth that delayed the KXL, though not the purpose, which made the lefties get titillated beyond their wildest dreams.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sasse may have a good media team, but his feigns for a presidential run are laughable Even now conservatives like him can’t accomplish anything but play obstruction, look who fell in the primaries. Democrats, laugh as you may, but a Cuban or Oprah can beat a Ben and they have a resume’ to match his, they don’t like Trump either.

  4. GAAP says:

    Trump’s (soon to fail) tax ‘reform’ would eliminate the ability for Nebraskans to itemize state and local income and property taxes as deductions on federal returns.

    Giant. Sucking. Sound.

      • GAAP says:

        Sept 27, 2017 – BusinessInsider:
        The ‘doubled standard deduction’ in the GOP tax plan is a lie

        Sept 27, 2017 – New York Times:
        Trump Misleads on Who Benefits From Tax Plan

        Of course, none of this matters, this tax ‘reform’ – just like everything else Trump and the GOP have attempted – is destined for failure.
        Even Grover Norquist hates it.

      • Mau! Mau! Di Di Mau! says:


        eliminating deductions and lowering taxes for everyone?

        You forget:
        We have a Republican President, Republican controlled Senate and Republican controlled House and they’re simply not interested in your equitable proposal. Never have been.

        The poors need to pay more and they need to sacrifice some services so the rich and special interests can keep their deductions while at the same time lowering their taxes.
        Plus, who’s going to pick up the tab for our $700,000,000,000.00 DOD budget?

        Also, you can’t reward everyone!
        Deb Fischer will tell ya flat-out, Lewellen’s Launderama, Gering’s GreaseGun Garage and Plattsmouth’s Pizzas ‘n Pakoras are crying out for the elimination of that socialism lovers estate tax. ‘Cause these Mom & Pop small businesses have amassed a net wealth exceeding $11,000,000.00, and by golly, they need to pass that down to little Jimmy Tinytown.

      • Barb E. Dahl says:

        Well of course the Congress won’t accomplish tax reform as you say. I’m just saying that if we did cancel deductions we could lower the rate. Much lower. And if you don’t believe it, then I’m saying that you don’t know how many deductions are extant. This is something those expressing taxing opinions really should know.

    • bynd says:

      Since none of that has to come pass, your declaration is rather premature. Tthat big sucking sound was the life being sucked out of the progressives over always losing elections and becoming irrelevant.

      Especially since the odds are, the Repubs will pass nothing. Which is much preferable to the Dems passing Obamacare that left 29 million uninsured and rates/deductibles going up likes rockets. That’s what’s happens when a party gets into group think with has no counter arguments to stop the out of control train.

  5. Wise people knew the ramifications says:

    This morning’s Lincoln Journal Star features a story with Pete Ricketts whining about a newly released report showing Japan’s dramatic reduction in beef imports from the U.S. A reduction guaranteed to reach deep into the pockets of Nebraska’s ranching community. (with Nebraska’s grain farmers and pork producers destined to suffer the same fate)

    Back in January, with the encouragement of goobernation, Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the years-long negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership.
    The immediate response of the 11 other nations, who in good faith had committed years to the negotiations, was to turn away from America and strike trade deals with our competitors, China, Brazil, Russia, New Zealand and the EU.
    Japan also moved to raise its tariff on frozen beef from the United States by 50 percent.

    At the expense of Nebraska taxpayers, our globe-trotting Governor has taken trade delegations to Japan on two separate occasions, the first in 2015 and again only few weeks ago.
    On each occasion he returned with promises of results pending.

    On every trade effort, Ricketts has failed.
    On every front, every act by Donald Trump has imperiled working class Nebraskans.
    From trade, to taxes, to healthcare, to the environment.

    Yet every one of Nebraska’s elected federal officials fully supports and praises Donald Trump, with the exception of one. The one representative that you people choose to attack.

    Former US Trade Representative: Ditching TPP ‘devastating’ for farmers
    The U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal won’t just leave the U.S. on the outside looking in, it will devastate American agriculture, a former U.S. Trade Representative told CNBC.
    Ron Kirk, who was the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) from 2009-2013, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday. “This is going to be devastating for American farmers and ranchers and businesses.”

    • the rest of the story says:

      Yes, but the union folks you use to represent but are now unemployed and on welfare are happier. Maybe some one will care about them and actually bring a few jobs back or have new opportunities to get employed again and regain their self esteem that Obama and the Dems so blithely got rid of. You can’t please everyone all the time. And Obama was ready to decimate our manufacturing sector, again. Maybe Obama should have spent more time trying to bring jobs back instead of doing even more to ship them overseas with his call for higher taxes.

      It’s hard to govern for the future when you have to keep cleaning up the mess’ of the previous administration(s).

      • Wise people knew the ramifications says:

        Sep 5, 2014 – Right leaning Forbes
        Obama Outperforms Reagan On Jobs, Growth And Investing

        Nov 39, 2016 – Right friendly CNBC
        Obama’s biggest parting gift to Trump may be the economy

        Mar 4, 2016 – Right leaning Wall Street Journal
        February’s numbers make it official: This is now the largest sustained period of jobs growth the U.S. has seen since it started keeping track in 1939.

        Nov 5, 2015 – Forbes
        Thanks, Obamacare: America’s Uninsured Rate Is Now Lowest Ever

        YAI, bynd

      • your wise = gullible says:

        Ahh yes, snowflake logic.

        Being that this may be the longest job making time does not make it the best.

        Still falling short on hours and pay Part-time work becoming new normal
        Report • By Lonnie Golden • December 5, 2016

        About This Statistic

        This statistic shows the U.S. underemployment rate on a monthly basis for the ongoing year. The survey is conducted doing daily telephone interviews among about 30,000 adults per month in the U.S. The graph shows the 30-day average for each month to depict an annual trend. The rate is created by adding unemployed workers, who are looking for work, to the amount of workers employed part time but seeking full-time work. In April 2017, the U.S. underemployment rate was 14 percent.

        Neither problem of which your headlines challenge. In fact if I were to read your articles, I’m sure they would point out the same.

        Harvard Crushes The “Obama Recovery” Farce With 9 Simple Charts
        Harvard University points out that, despite claims of an “Obama Recovery,” in fact, the U.S. economy has continued to deteriorate in the aftermath of the “great recession.” Among other things, Harvard attributes the economic deterioration to a “lack of economic strategy, especially at the federal level” and a “political system was once the envy of many nations” but has now “become our greatest liability.” Below are a couple of the key conclusions:

        And yada yada yada. If I’m an idiot, you are dumber than an idiot. Shall we put that as

        Like shooting coots in a barrel. RFLMBO

      • Wise people knew the ramifications says:


        If you hadn’t relied the freakshow Tyler Durden (zerohedge) interpretation of the Harvard study, you would have known that the primary cause identified by Harvard for our economic choke chain, was a dysfunctional political system.
        And it dysfunctional almost solely because Republicans choose dysfunction. Throughout 8 years of the Obama administration (the study was published in 2016) Republicans choose to openly sabotage economic prosperity as a political bludgeon, denying Obama success wherever possible.
        This isn’t a secret. Republicans have admitted it.
        Newt’s open admission –
        Newt Admits to GOP Conspiracy to Block President Obama’s Policies
        or, via PBS’s Frontline series –
        The Republicans’ Plan for the New President

        Since the inauguration of Dotard, the Republican party has proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, it is simply incapable of governing. It is entirely devoid of ideas.
        In it’s current form it has proven capable only of obstruction, anti-goverrnment prattle and self-serving malfeasance.

        You remain AI

      • you're stll DTAI says:

        and you remain, dumber than an idiot.

        Al the relevant stuff you put forward is mostly crap. Who cares if Obama did better than Regan. Overall, his recovery is the worse ever and only because the fudge the fats on employment does the “low” unemployment numbers of his administration look good.

        Let me put it this way, we are not as dumb as you are as to believe anything you post is the whole truth. Because if you did, you would have to hide your motley person some where else. Because nothing Obama did was as great as you portray.

        So I can get a whole lot of evidence to prove you wrong. But why? You already know you are wrong and you certainly don’t have the character to admit it.

  6. you're stll DTAI says:

    Gallup’s U.S. underemployment measure combines the unemployed with those working part time but looking for full-time work. Underemployment among 18- to 29-year-olds has hovered around 30% for most of the past year, showing no real improvement. Underemployment among all Americans has declined over the past year to 18.2% in April from 19.3% in April 2011.
    Young adults were more than twice as likely as those in older age groups to be underemployed in April. Underemployment in April was 14.0% among those aged 30 to 49, 13.6% among those aged 50 to 64, and 12.7% among those 65 or older.
    US news
    The American economy remains weak. Growth is at the lowest level in more than three decades. We created 54,000 fewer jobs in April and May than originally estimated, and the 215,000 jobs in July did not change the picture of a weakening jobs market. Wages have been rising at the slowest pace since the 1980s.
    In the first quarter of this year, the Financial Times reports that wages and salaries for U.S. workers had the smallest quarterly gain since 1982. Current numbers show a mere 0.2 percent rise in employment costs, or wages, against the 0.6 percent that the financial world expected. This is the weakest recovery since World War II and much of it has not yet benefited a significant percentage of Americans.
    The labor force participation rate, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is “the percentage of the population [16 years and older] that is either employed or unemployed (that is, either working or actively seeking work).” Graham, who is considering running for president, is wrong about the rate being at an all-time low. However, as Priebus said, it is at its lowest point since the 1970s — 1978 to be exact.
    The following graph from BLS shows the civilian labor force participation rate between 1948 and 2015. As the graph shows, the participation rate in February 2015 (62.8 percent) is the lowest since March 1978. But the rate was lower than that every month between 1948 and 1978.

    • GOP Donor says:

      An average of 10,000 baby-boomers reach retirement age EVERY DAY (a trend that started in 2010 and continues through 2022). The number of young adults entering the workforce don’t come close to offsetting the number of people retiring during the aforementioned 12-year period. Of course not all of these people retire when they turn age 65, but those who do retire are figured into the participation rate.

    • unfathomable cluelessness says:


      The very FactCheck article you cite states, unequivocally, you’re full of shit.
      It’s an article demonstrating how Republican claims – your claims – are, at the very best, ill-informed and highly misleading. (they’re false)

      Apparently your attention span is too short to make it to the conclusion of the article.

      The FactCheck article cites findings by the CBO, the Federal Reserve Board and a report from Shigeru Fujita at the Federal Reserve Bank, all of which debunk your claim.

      How about you spend the rest of the day, trying to make it all the way to end of the article you cited.
      I know it will be a challenge, it’s probably two whole pages, maybe you should take notes as you read.
      Declining Labor Participation Rates
      By Robert Farley Posted on March 11, 2015

      • bynd says:

        Obama And The Dem’s Dismal Recovery, forbes.
        Study: The Obama Recovery Is A Myth, IBD
        With six months left before Obama leaves office, the overall economy continues to expand — slowly. As of the first quarter of this year, the U.S. economy is nearly 15 percent bigger than when the president took office in 2008, adjusted for inflation.

        That gain is slightly less than his predecessor, George W. Bush, and roughly half the GDP gain in percentage terms during the Reagan administration.
        After steady gains during the Carter, Reagan and first Bush administration, the labor force participation rate peaked during the Clinton administration and has been declining since, with the steepest losses coming during the Obama years.

        Stagnant wages have also widened the gap between the rich and poor, a major issue in political campaigns at all levels of government. That gap, as measured by the Gini ratio, a widely used measure of income distribution, began rising during the Reagan administration. Despite the Obama administration’s focus on closing the income gap, it has continued to expand under his watch.

        NY Times
        But as Obama also acknowledged, the public anger about the economy is not without empirical basis. A large swath of the nation has dropped out of the labor force completely, and the reality for the average American family is that its household income is $4,000 less than it was when Bill Clinton left office. Economic inequality, meanwhile, has only grown worse, with the top 1 percent of American households taking in more than half of the recent gains in income growth. “Millions and millions and millions and millions of people look at that pretty picture of America he painted and they cannot find themselves in it to save their lives,” Clinton himself said of Obama’s economy in March, while on the campaign trail for his wife. “People are upset, frankly; they’re anxiety-ridden, they’re disoriented, because they don’t see themselves in that picture.”

        And since you used 2014, I guess I will use 2013
        Forbes: Economically, Could Obama Be America’s Worst President?

        And the only ones who care about, “Obama Outperforms Reagan On Jobs, Growth And Investing, are insecure progressives who need Linus to lend them his blanket.

  7. Outta The Park says:

    On the right you’ll see Leavenworth St retweeted Deb Fischer congratulating herself by publicizing an award as ’13th Most Effective Senator’. If you look closely, it’s an award chart created in the office of Orrin Hatch. Apparently the 1 week old organization that actually bestowed the award doesn’t employ anyone familiar with most basic MS Office templates.

    Alex Gordon responded to Deb’s tweet thusly:

    Alex Gordon ‏ @Gordo90feetaway 17h17 hours ago
    Replying to @SenatorFischer
    What was the criteria? Thinking Donald Trump is an honest Christian man?

  8. unfathomable cluelessness says:

    Dotard’s neanderthal move to roll back the Obama-era requirement that guaranteed contraception coverage at no cost to 62 million women, will lead to an increase in abortions.

    Did y’all get that… Donald Trump’s actions this morning will lead to an increase in abortions.

    On Jan 17, 2017, three days before Dotard gave his apocalyptic “carnage” speech on the west front of the United States Capitol , almost every newspaper in America carried a feature story with a headline similar to this:
    Abortion rate declines to historic low, with Obamacare a likely contributor, study says

    And the Republican party is desperate to wipe that victory from the map.
    The Republican party will welcome more abortions, if it means defeating Obama.
    Republicans will cheer this move, a move that will insure more children are born into abject poverty.
    Republicans will rejoice, even though more children will assuredly be born into a world where, by dint of nurture, they will have almost no chance to succeed.
    And Republicans will work diligently to guarantee that the programs that would have fed these impoverished children, helped to heat their homes in the winter, made possible their most basic health needs were met and tried to insure they had a shot at a decent education – Republicans will work diligently to dismantle each and every one of these programs.
    Dismantle them to make possible bigger tax cuts for the wealthy and more mountains of money funneled to our grotesquely bloated, wholly unaccountable Military Industrial Complex.

    • bynd says:

      “Dotard’s neanderthal move to roll back the Obama-era requirement that guaranteed contraception coverage at no cost to 62 million women, will lead to an increase in abortions”.

      So, what you’re saying is that many women are not mature enough to have any personal responsibility unless the gummit pays for it.

      And as usual you got it wrong. It isn’t the government’s responsibility to police what women do in the privacy behind their bedroom doors nor pay for their bad choices. And isn’t birth control free at PP? At least condoms are. Good 98% of the time.

      And there are waiting list for families desperately wanting to adopt new babies and pay the medical bills.

      Wonder how fewer abortions PP would have if they suggested and used these waiting lists?

      • Barb E. Dahl says:

        Is bynd a male? Must be, given this typical male response: “If you don’t want pregnancy, don’t have sex. If you do have sex and get pregnant but don’t want a baby, give it away.”

      • it's called personal responsibility says:

        Barbie the bimbo,

        So what your saying is only men believe in personal responsibility. Or do you mean not everyone who is irresponsible is a woman, but all progressive women are irresponsible.

        Why should women have equal pay when they expect others to pay for the bad consequences for their leisure time pursuits?

        Or better yet, let’s have equality between health insurance for men an women. All men can get through insurance is a vasectomy i.e. sterilization. So, when women are made equal like that, then let’s talk.

      • Barb E. Dahl says:

        No bynd, none of your implications apply to what I wrote. You have difficulty with formal logic I see. That affect, coupled with your inclination for insult, demonstrates an inability for rational response. So I’ll help you understand but only once. After that, if you can’t control your volatile reactions, I shall ignore your future nonsense.

        Both men and women have and should have equal responsibility for preventing unwanted pregnancy. And that responsibility has hitherto been nationalized via no-cost contraceptive coverage in health care plans. This new “religious liberty directive” is claiming employer “freedom” from contraceptive coverage under guise of moral objectives. Yet, by denying no-cost coverage the policy change has shifted to it’s polar opposite: recipients shall now be limited in their religious freedom based upon their employers’ beliefs. And please note that legal challenges are already being filed, such as the one by the ACLU only three hours after this directive was announced.

        Next you ask, “Why should women have equal pay when they expect others to pay for the bad consequences for their leisure time pursuits?” Are you forgetting that men are necessary to carrying out such “leisure time pursuits?” You appear to be suggesting that men should (continue to be paid more in wages but) not be held responsible for unwanted pregnancy, as though women get pregnant all by themselves! Such a position is too irrational for consideration. Suffice it to say that men and women already do have equality in contraceptive coverage. It’s called birth control, and it’s less costly than vasectomy or tubal ligation or abortion, or the social care of unwanted children, including those “adopted” via state subsidy (i.e. taxpayer input).

        bynd you exemplify the position taken by Tim Murphy (R) PA. And this anti-abortion activist recently got caught up in truth!

  9. Are you sick of winning, yet? says:

    The largest business organization in the country, the U,S. Chamber of Commerce, just went public in strongly urging the Trump administration to withdraw a number of “highly dangerous” proposals it has proffered in talks to renegotiate NAFTA..

    “Today, we’re increasingly concerned about the state of the negotiations,” John Murphy, senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
    “We see these proposals as highly dangerous.. ..I would say the vast majority of the U.S. business and agricultural community opposes these proposals broadly and emphatically,” Murphy said. “This will do harm” to American companies..”

    Canada and Mexico also strongly oppose the ideas, creating a major concern that if the Trump administration proceeds with the proposals “it will lead to a chaotic breakdown” in the talks, he said.

    If that happens and Trump follows through on threats to withdraw from the pact, that would quickly lead “to the loss of hundreds of thousands of American jobs. It would be an economic and political debacle,” Murphy said,

  10. Farmer Joe says:

    Thankfully Nebraska has a full slate of Republicans representing us in Washington, among them several seasoned Ag veterans and native Nebraskans who occupy leadership roles in crucial House and Senate Ag committees.

    And as you’ve witnessed, all of our Republican representatives have been highly vocal in their support of TPP and NAFTA, each program greatly enhancing and expanding the opportunities for success among Nebraska’s farm and ranch communities.
    Each of our Republican representatives have been out in front, keeping Nebraskans informed and leading the charge on trade. Forcefully stepping forward in opposition to team Trump’s shocking mishandling of these international trade agreements. Agreements critical to the vitality of Nebraska’s economy.

    Oh.. wait…

    • Barb E. Dahl says:

      Good point! And beyond those federal ag subsidies, at the state level, the property tax base has been grossly skewed is deference to ag welfare.

  11. Sassmatazz 'n Blarney says:

    With respect to peroxide explosive detection research at NU, we see online, “We are helping keep the world safe by developing new methods for detecting the,.“

    Keeping the world safe from what? Complete sentences?

    Are we being too picky? I don’t think so. This is a professor, an incomplete sentence and public. A bomb chemistry expert who is missing steps, not paying attention. A blogger who often tells others how wrong they are on political matters and how right he is.

    And he seems to break laws of reason. A self-styled “rightwing” professor who “forever hates” a GOP president. What might prompt such? Maybe a job offer by President Sasse?

    If RWP’s political objective is to dump Trump and leave a hole, that’s insane. More likely, he figures if his friend Sasse wins in 2020, Gerard may become the President’s Science Advisor, a job usually ignored by presidents but not ones with a Ph.D. Like Wilson, Sasse overvalues academics. He will empower his Science Advisor. Yet, like Wilson, Sasse is a historian, and thus knows squat about science. That makes PSA a big job. Good luck with that. Really.

      • Gerard Harbison, always and forever #nevertrump says:

        Thanks. The photo is at least 10 years old. I’m 50 pounds lighter than I was then, and a lot fitter.

        I’ll see if I can give them a better picture.

    • Gerard Harbison, always and forever #nevertrump says:

      It was obviously meant to be ‘them’, genius. The ‘m’ is right next to the comma on the keyboard.

      In any case, that is not my webpage. It’s the department’s. I don’t know who created it, and I don’t think I’ve ever even looked at it before. But I’ll let them know of the typo. My own research web page (which I see needs to be updated) is at

      I’m a libertarian. Trump is as far from being a libertarian as one could be. (Also as far from a decent human being, present company excluded).

      Yeah, I’m pushing to be Presidential Science Advisor. ROFL! Thank you for being so ambitious on my half, but no, by 2020 I’ll be happily retired, and long gone from Nebraska.

      And speaking of illiteracy, what’s this?
      ” This is a professor, an incomplete sentence and public. “

  12. Barb E. Dahl says:

    Because bynd was so obtuse above perhaps we should discuss an advantage of the ACA which Republicans are so desperate to repeal, national health care standards.
    Despite religious belief, national standards promote not only health (and that’s the point of health care, not prayer) but best practices models necessary for future policy-making.
    So if you don’t believe in using birth control, don’t use it!
    This new religious test for contraceptives is doomed to failure. Either in the immediate future via court response. Or over the long haul as women return to the polls in 2018.
    I look forward to the complete de-coupling of health insurance from employment. And we’re getting there it would seem, as the Congress is now on board with shoring up the ACA for two more years!

    • Anonymous says:

      Many women use birth control for reasons not related to preventing pregnancy. My own daughter is prescribed depo shots to inhibit recurring grand mal seizures. Other women are prescribed to inhibit hormone imbalances or endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or even extreme cramping/nausea during menstrual cycles. While bynd probably needs to rely on Viagra!

      • boo hoo says:


        But I see neither you or Barb E. Dall addresses the issue of fairness in birth control between men and women. But then how could you, you have no answer to your “fairness” doctrine then.

        And by the way it is Cialis for BPH.

        And no one, absolutely no one, has stated they want such drugs as your daughter needs to not be used in such a manner. What a calculated and uncaring way to use your daughter though. But then, party before family.

        As for the sheep Dall. More Americans have health insurance through work than any other means. And you want that taken away so women can make bad choices and have everyone pay for them. Either before or after the consequences. Not surprising. And what will get for one payer health care? Rationed health care like you see in the other such plans in the world, and Medicare. But then you’re probably way past your useful productive life so what do you care about the Charlies the world. Just another one that should have been murdered before he ever was born.

        And let’s not forget that it is the US that leads the world in new medical tech. And that would come to a screeching halt. But I’m pretty sure all you want is free plastic surgery you so can look like Valeria Lukyanova. I mean, that is why you use your wish list moniker isn’t it?

        Personal responsibility is obtuse to only those who don’t have it and don’t want to practice it.

    • anon says:

      Decoupling of health insurance from employment, well that’s one-dimensional but it is more than the nothing that Sasse had,

  13. Barb E. Dahl says:

    “Both men and women have and should have equal responsibility for preventing unwanted pregnancy. And that responsibility has hitherto been nationalized via no-cost contraceptive coverage in health care plans.”

    I already said that earlier today, but, it seems that one at this blog didn’t understand it’s import and has thusly accused me of ignoring “the issue of fairness in birth control between men and women.” Somewhere, sometime this irrational writer heard a cliche’ about women being solely responsible for preventing unwanted pregnancy (even though both shall suffer consequences), and simply cannot consider that a man does have equal responsibility.
    I believe no-cost contraception was/is a good social investment.

    • personal responsiblity is the best social investment says:

      Both men and women have and should have equal responsibility for preventing unwanted pregnancy

      Says who?

      And many believe encouraging responsible personal behavior would be a great social investment that would benefit this country even more.

      And fairness is part of the feminine mantra not mine. So buck up bucko and stick with the party line.

      And both shall not suffer equal consequences, nor do both have equal rights under the law. But then I suppose you believe that the person sitting in the back seat is as responsible as the driver for any wreaks under the back seat drivers law.

      So much for your rationality. Or mainly, lack there of.

    • the argument crumbles says:


      Let’s just put an end to your lies and deception. There is no such thing as no cost birth control.

      But why don’t you finally step up and have the courage of your convictions and start a charity that provides birth control for all the women who want it?

  14. bynd says:

    And how will the progressives react now that their best buddy and great friend of the Obama’s has been shown to Trump x100?

      • Great Wave of Stoopid says:

        So Beavis and Butthead are of the belief that “the narrative” of our nation is the story that a lustful Hollywood mogul abuses his power?
        This is.. news? This is.. important? This is.. shocking?

        For those of you unable to change the channel from Fox ‘News’. A quick synopsis of what occurred in our nation – within the last week:

        It was last week the Secretary of State calls the President of the United States a fucking moron.

        It was this weekend that the nations largest business organization, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned that the Trump administrations mishandling of NAFTA was “highly dangerous..”, “we’re increasingly concerned..”, about proposals certain to “lead to a chaotic breakdown..” and the collapse of the talks, leading to “the loss of hundreds of thousands of American jobs. It would be an economic and political debacle,”.

        It was two days ago The Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations, one of the most respected Republicans in office, openly called the POTUS a serial liar, declared the President’s verbal and twitter diarrhea has repeatedly undermined international negotiations, and stated:
        1) “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him.”
        2) “He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.”
        3) “Trump may be setting the US on the path to World War III.”

        And after having attacked the press for 2 years, it was 30 minutes ago that the mentally impaired President of the United States tweeted out a direct threat to a most sacred of America’s founding principles. our long cherished freedom of the press.

        “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”
        – Thomas Jefferson

        “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved”
        – Benjamin Franklin

        “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
        – Thomas Jefferson

        “If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences that can invite the consideration of mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the slaughter.”
        – George Washington

      • bynd says:

        You are known by the company you keep. Squeal all you want sparky. Your side has been shown to be what you all profess to hate. All those years and all those women and your side at the highest levels was clueless? Wienstein makes Trump look like an amateur. It is so telling that you won’t even talk about it or condemn it. Evidently grabbing an unwilling woman’s pussy with your mouth is ok in your books. And these points takes only five lines instead of tl:dr.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hey, Dumb and Dumber, exactly how is it that Harvey Weinstein’s philandering effect your life, or impact our democracy?

      • Barton says:

        Weinstein has been universally rejected and run out of town on a rail by Democrats and those on the left. He’ll be a pariah for the rest of his life.

        Republican’s elected their serial philanderer and self-confessed molester of women, President of the United States. There are some among you who think it’s appropriate to start clearing brush on Mt. Rushmore.

        So keep yukking it up, Ren & Stimpy. Keep advertising your prodigious inanity.
        (which rhymes with Hannity, how fitting)

      • duh says:

        This will be fun.

        Hey, Dumb and Dumber, exactly how is it that Harvey Weinstein’s philandering effect your life, or impact our democracy?

        If you have to ask that question you don’t have the mental capacity to understand the answer. But I will try to write it down to your level. Money, power and influence. The influence of a moral degenerate coming at the highest levels of the Dem party, the Clintons and Obamas have praised for decades. The Kochs have nothing on Harvey.

        Weinstein has been universally rejected and run out of town on a rail by Democrats and those on the left. He’ll be a pariah for the rest of his life.

        He’s been a pariah for his whole adult life. It just took you sheep a long time to admit it. Decades he spent preying on women while you folks looked the other way and took his money and advice. Imagine that!

        Although dare we say it? These are many of the same intelligentsia starlets and stars from the Hollywood group who condemned Trump.

        Any other dumb statements you folks want to make defending your stupidity and hypocrisy? And keep defending it all. Moral degenerates are your now your kind of folks. (But we always knew that didn’t we!)

      • Fixed it for ya, the truth says:

        It is insane that we progressives accept that an unwilling woman can have her genitals attacked by a man’s mouth but certainly not his dirty hand.

  15. Hey, Josh says:

    Snopes checked your (farsical) claim of ANTIFA prepping for the violent overthrow of govt.
    (Oct 2, you claim: “ANTIFA, initiates street violence and is openly calling for the violent overthrow of the US government and law enforcement.”)

    You can read Snopes’ findings by googling:
    “Is ‘Antifa’ Planning a Civil War?”

    And you really should read it.
    It goes into extensive detail about how unimaginably looney so many on the right have become.

      • Political Novice says:

        I’m just a political novice. The world of politics frightens and confuses me. When I heard politicians talking about Weinstein and sexual harassment I thought it was just one of his new movies coming out. You see – I don’t know much about politics, I’m just a political novice but I DO know this . . . . .

        Steve Bannon has got to be one of the most delusional, arrogant and pompous asses ever when he talks about targeting for removal a person who voted with President Trump almost 92% of the time . . . the SAME president who Bannon has said he stll supports. I’m no fan of Senator Fisher but what candidate does Bannon have in mind to run against her that would actually support his narrow critieria?

        I think he should target his grooming habits – he looks like crap in almost every picture I have seen of him.

  16. Anonymous says:

    If he’s going to pull the strings on these politicians you need to be a good lookin’ s o b like that Weinstein guy. Seems to me you’re no novice, you’re like everyone else

    • DEFCON 2 says:

      “dying trend”

      Just the beginning of a larger Republican revolt.

      A decade of a Do-Nothing GOP was bad enough, but Trump has now ushered in a Do-Great-Harm GOP.

      Time for true patriots to step forward.

      • Obamacare's Nemesis, Ha, Ha, Ha says:

        Democrats will gain before the likes of Sasse, McCain, Graham, McConnell, those guys are dead meat, are you playing devils advocate.

      • Republican says:

        The evidence is now overwhelming that Donald Trump is unfit for office.

        Will Don Bacon have the courage to step forward speak truth to power?

  17. Billy JimBob Fancypants says:

    I almost pee’d myself while laughing at a report on Fox & Friends this morning.
    (of course I was already quite amused by the whole Carnival-esque setting that is Donald Trump’s favorite source of ‘news’, Fox & Friends).

    Onto the set popped a fresh new reporterette, another from the Fox stable of eye candy who, along with the ever-scrolling graphics the folks at Fox regularly offers up in order to keep Uncle Liberty from nodding off in his recliner. She was sporting the standard Fox uniform – a too-short, skin tight dress. A dress so tight as to prevent her from moving from her spot on the stage. She was there to provide the Fox viewers their every-six-minute update on the Harvey Weinstein crisis that is consuming right wing Murrica. (apparently, these Murricans have done forgot about Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Eric Bolling, Donald Trump..).
    Well, little Miss Lovely was here to inform the viewers that – the numbers are in! It seems that over the course of his amazingly successful career spanning more than 40 years, Harvey Weinstein is known to have contributed to the Democratic party, wait for it…
    1 point 4 million dollars!!

    Can YOU believe it!! The HORROR!!

    I found the sum hard to believe myself, so I took a moment to do a bit of research, and sure enough, from Business Insider, Oct 10, 2017:
    “Harvey Weinstein has donated
    over $1 million to Democrats since 2000″

    Allow me to remind you:
    NPR, Jan 2015: “Koch Brothers Rival GOP With Plans To Spend $900 Million In 2016
    The Hill, June 2017: “Koch brothers to spend $400 million in 2018 elections”

  18. ignorance and mania in the general population says:

    You should all read this article at Vox (new this morning) to understand how many of you in the Republican party – all who support Donald Trump and his ilk – are ruining our nation.
    It’s a harsh reality none of you will likely acknowledge, yet it is this lack of introspection that is certain to harm your very own children and grandchildren.

    “Establishment Republicans mystified by their base should look at Ed Gillespie’s campaign”
    The difference between these guys and the new crop of kooks — between a respected colleague like Bob Corker and a feared soon-to-be-colleague like Marsha Blackburn — is that the establishment politicians are aware that they are lying. Nobody at Republican Governors Association headquarters actually thinks that Gillespie believes a crackdown on Virginia sanctuary cities (which, again, don’t exist) will reduce the risk of MS-13 violence. He’s not an ignorant maniac, in other words; he’s just working with ad guys and conservative media to promote ignorance and mania in the general population.

    • bynd says:

      Didn’t read the article nor do I know who Marsha is and I really don’t care. But I do know that establishments politicians have been running this country for years and they have done a piss poor job. Their opinion is pretty much worthless. Just like the establishment pundits and news organization. Whether they favor the right or the left.

      And to complain about this country and not lay the blame at the feet of the establishment guys and gals is folly.

      Or you can be content with where we were, wish for the good days (which usually were not), sit back and pat the establishment folks on the back. Tell them what a great job they did, while they pick your pocket even more. Remember, they will only tax the rich and not raise taxes on the middle class. How did that work out for the middle class? Not.

      Especially since Bevis and Butt head seem to seared into the progressives’ brain. No intelligent person would have watched such a mind numbing show.

      • Gerard Harbison, always and forever #nevertrump says:

        I loved Beavis and Butthead. So did my wife.

        And honestly, Bynd, you’re no authority on what an intelligent person thinks. Plus you have a stick up your ass. Huh huh huh.

      • bynd says:

        Yes, I don’t even want to imagine your wife doing a Beavis laugh during one of your most intimate times of the day.

        And if you could actual turn your head around, that ain’t no stick, it’s your spine.

  19. Bacon, or Pelosi? says:

    who said the following:
    “I think it’s important for Dreamers to know that I will stand for them and that I will not allow any DACA child who works hard, and is doing the best she or he can, be deported,” (*insert name here*) said, according to a KMTV report.

  20. delighted by your delusion says:

    Democrats here watch Fox News? YES! So say Democrats here. Fox thanks you. Fox’s goal is ratings and if they goad you into watching by stroking your ego or igniting it so that you fling your poo at your kitchen wall, that is fine. It is all gravy for Fox Network.

    Wonder why your party is going down the shitter? Well, let’s see… first, Karl Marx called and he wants his philosophical underwear back. Also, your last two DNC presidential candidates were a brain damaged cuckolded witch and a toad who never held a real job and never ever, ever was a registered Democrat. And now you Democrats watch FOX. Keep watching. Keep flinging. There’s a few spots above your fridge that are missing some poo.

  21. I can vote yes, and I can vote no too says:

    Ben, California is burning in more ways than one, CNN is coming down on Hillary, and your real nemesis is writing more ex. orders than Barry. You got a plan?

  22. Charles Pierce nails the abject ignorance of the morals-free GOP says:

    The article opens –
    “I was going to wait for Courageous Man of Courage Bob Corker—or, perhaps, Principled Young Conservative Renegade Ben Sasse—to speak out boldly against the president*’s latest act of spiteful vengeance and encompassing cruelty. After all, Brave Bob Corker thinks the president* is a serious threat to blow up the world, and Principled Ben Sasse is deeply concerned about the mean things the president* said about NBC. Surely, they must see that his pointless assault on the sick and vulnerable is also of a piece with his unfitness for office, which weighs so heavily on their minds.”

  23. Amazon's #1 Bestseller in Medical Mental illness says:

    The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
    Hardcover – October 3, 2017

    Edited by Professor Bandy Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine, the book introduces 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts who make the case that “anyone as mentally unstable as this man should not be entrusted with the life-and-death-powers of the presidency.”

    In the book, Philip Zimbardo, of the Stanford prison study, writes that Trump has a “specific personality type: an unbridled, or extreme, present hedonist” and “narcissist.” John Gartner, a 28-year veteran psychologist at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, outlines how Trump is a “malignant narcissist” and “evinces the most destructive and dangerous collection of psychiatric symptoms possible for a leader.” Retired Harvard psychiatry professor Lance Dodes writes that Trump’s “sociopathic characteristics are undeniable.”

    • Amazon's #1 Bestseller in Medical Mental illness says:

      According to Lee and her colleagues, Trump’s malignant character traits will only worsen with time.

      “These signs, his behaviors, are not going to disappear. The president is not going to pivot or become more normal with time. We can expect that things will only get worse… The patterns we lay out fit certain pathological patterns, and the inevitable course is that things will intensify. For instance, the kind of fights and rage reactions that are emerging. This is because reality and human relations will never satisfy Mr. Trump’s expectations, and therefore he’s likely to have more conflicts and generate more false realities in order to fulfill his emotional needs.”

      • Anonymous says:

        Rex Tillerson says he will continue diplomacy with North Korea until the first bomb drops…
        I think the world is getting used to Trump’s tirades. We’re not on the verge of war yet.

  24. Siggy says:

    Well that’s better than you and the absent-minded professors diagnosis out of an article, but since it is your source, and their background, it’s not above reproach

  25. Anonymous says:

    Look at the “Star-Spangled Banner, Martin Luther King, Jr. Sing Along” on youtube.

    Black and white children sing the national anthem to honor MLK’s Birthday. Try taking a knee during that, NFL. Its a school and so inappropriate for protesting. But so too is a game stadium inappropriate.

    These wonderful little kids shame grown men who play a game and try to appear relevant.

    • Anonymous says:

      Children often do what they are told to do, bynd. Patriotic behavior in children is induced whereas protest is a considered behavior. Too bad you can’t understand human nature well enough to make coherent arguments.

  26. Inmates running the Asylum says:

    @realDonaldTrump 1 hour ago
    Art Laffer just said that he doesn’t know how a Democrat could vote against the big tax cut/reform bill and live with themselves! @FoxNews

    Art f–king Laffer.
    The world’s most spectacular perennial failure.
    The goofy little troll hiding behind the curtain, frantically spinning the dials and yanking the levers that were the voodoo economics propelling the Kansas Experiment.
    A cataclysmically failed experiment. An experiment that apparently remains unknown to your mentally unfit, incurious president.

    It was Art F. Laffer, along with Fox News uber-clown Stephen Moore and the middle class molester-collective that calls themselves ALEC who are directly responsible for the gaping wound that remains the Kansas economy.

    Yet, it is Art F. Laffer, courtesy of Fox & Friends, that Captain Insanity cites as America’s economic authority.

    And YOU people, YOU people with your bags of popcorn, your balloon animal hats and ‘MAGA’ T-shirts sit back and cheer them on!!

    • bynd says:

      And YOU people, YOU people with your bags of popcorn, your balloon animal hats and ‘MAGA’ T-shirts sit back and cheer them on!!

      Actually not. They sit back and enjoy the entertainment put on by snowflakes like you with your constant meltdowns.

      Just remember 60/160. Your inability to field a coherent and electable candidate means the judiciary will be a Trump judiciary. Trump’s rise is all on progressives. Embrace your Frankenstein.

      • William Poole says:

        “Trump’s rise is all on progressives.”

        Only in the mind numbed alternate reality that is WingerLand.

        Progressives can be blamed for Trump only in the manner that Slavery can be blamed on African immigration, the Holocaust blamed on Jews, the slaughter in Las Vegas blamed on country music and decades of molestation at the hands of Catholics priests blamed on innocent children.

      • bynd says:

        I think the greatest illusion we have is that denial protects us. It’s actually the biggest distortion and lie. In fact, staying asleep is what’s killing us. Eve Ensler

      • William Poole says:

        Eve Ensler? Really?
        Is that a quote taken directly from The Vagina Monologues ?

        Your.. cognitive impairment.. seems to grow more profound by the day, bynd.

        Here’s what Eve Ensler thinks of Donald Trump –
        Rise, sisters, rise. Defeat Donald Trump
        If, once she has settled in office, Hillary Clinton does not move to implement our collective vision, we will rise and push her ceaselessly at every front. With Trump, there is no front. It’s scorched earth. There is only a hate-filled man and the haters around him, the haters he will grow and give permission to – who have already let us know in no uncertain terms that they will assault, degrade, deny, diminish and destroy us and our rights.
        Eve Ensler opinion piece from The Guardian, Nov 5, 2016

      • bynd says:

        William in a Pool of blood,

        My belly laugh for the day from a poor little snowflake.

        She’s talking to you loser. You might pay attention instead of always hiding your head in the crap.

        A loser, irrelevant and denier. Three strikes and your out!!!

  27. The GOP's Transparent Plutocracy says:

    Jane Mayer reporting in an article titled, ‘The Danger of President Pence’, for the upcoming issue (Oct 23) of The New Yorker:
    Marc Short, the head of legislative affairs in the Trump White House, credits Pence for the Kochs’ rapprochement with Trump. “The Kochs were very excited about the Vice-Presidential pick,” Short told me. “There are areas where they differ from the Administration, but now there are many areas they’re partnering with us on.” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, who has accused the Kochs of buying undue influence, particularly on environmental policy—Koch Industries has a long history of pollution—is less enthusiastic about their alliance with Pence. “If Pence were to become President for any reason, the government would be run by the Koch brothers—period. He’s been their tool for years,” he said. Bannon is equally alarmed at the prospect of a Pence Presidency. He told me, “I’m concerned he’d be a President that the Kochs would own.”.

    • Barb E. Dahl says:

      Well the Kochs’ aren’t that bad. It is true that they have too much influence (money in politics) but that’s our fault, not theirs. They’re just doing what rich people do. If the taxes were equalized, they would quit. Indeed if everyone would agree to paying the same tax rate then the Kochs and their ilk wouldn’t be trying to get taxes lower; taxes would be lower, for everyone!

      My takeaway from the article you cite is how frightening it would be to have Pence as our evangelical president. His stance on science v. the Bible for example. And his positions on the various social issues that keep Americans divided. As head of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation Pence denounced government interference in business while promoting government interference in private lives. And Pence hosted a conservative talk radio show which eventually propelled him to Congress as the anti-homosexual crusader. And after 12 years in Congress Pence was elected Governor of Indiana, again as the anti-gay extremist when he signed and then reversed himself on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (#BoycottIndiana).

      We don’t need any more bigotry than we’ve already got!

      • The GOP's Transparent Plutocracy says:

        Not only does AOL Mike clock in at the far end of the whackaloon religious extremist continuum, he’s a devious and dirty politico – always has been.

        Associated Press, October 10, 2017 –
        Indiana is being vague about why it’s withholding some of Mike Pence’s emails
        “Indiana officials are refusing to release an indeterminate number of emails from private accounts that Mike Pence used (regularly, for state business) while he was governor,..
        “It’s hard to justify withholding information after a governor leaves office,” said Nate Jones, of the National Security Archive at George Washington University, which advocates for government transparency.

        A Pence spokeswoman declined to comment Monday.”

  28. Johnny says:

    Republicans knew the congress people were fakes and phonies(Sasse), hence Trump, the thing is democrat leaders are no different, but they are so beyond insufferable they are even bigger losers, and they call Trump nuts

    • The GOP's Transparent Plutocracy says:

      “the thing is democrat leaders are no different,”

      Your’s is a common refrain of the ill-informed right. A refrain to which two of the most respected scholars of American politics say – Bullshit.

      Sept. 19, 2017 – The Atlantic
      How the GOP Prompted the Decay of Political Norms
      The Republican Party laid the groundwork for dysfunction long before Donald Trump was elected president.


      Vox, July 18, 2016 –
      The Republicans waged a 3-decade war on government. They got Trump.
      Ornstein and Mann recognize that “objective” journalism got in the way of many reporters describing the “asymmetric” piece of the polarization. They wrote:
      The safe haven of false equivalence led the press to ignore one of the most consequential developments in contemporary American politics: the radicalization of the Republican Party. … We had seen the GOP go from a problem-solving center-right party to a problem-solving very conservative party — and then evolve into an obstructionist party intent on appeasing extreme forces inside and outside Congress.


      Apr 30, 2012 Washington Post review of –
      ‘It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With The New Politics of Extremism’ by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

      • Barb E. Dahl says:

        Clearly Johnny is an idiot with nothing relevant to say. My takeaway is that the Republican Party will split. Already there are more registered Independents than Republicans (or Democrats for that matter). When the Republicans split, the rational, libertarian-leaning faction will unite with the majority Independents who, having previously left the Republican Party, will find a renewed common ground.

  29. Johnny says:

    Hillary, Whashername Schultz,- new revelations every day, the slow wheels of a crippled justice is coming together. Obama’s legacy will be wiped out cleaner than Wiener whackers company

  30. Auld Lang Syne says:

    Last night John McCain was presented with the prestigious Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center.
    He took advantage of the occasion to give a stirring speech, including:

    “To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

    The Republican party used to be a party of ideas. They used stand for something meaningful, at times, even aspirational.
    John McCain remembers, and longs for that Republican party.

    • herbert h. says:

      Auld Lang Syne, or, I guess John forgot the suffering of those he was imprisoned with. And for what?

      Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.

      So you like that McCain has never seen a situation overseas where he doesn’t believe that dropping a few bombs or putting boots on the ground to solve everyone else problems is a good thing? And that is aspirational to you? You probably never served did you?

      Interesting position for a progressive.

      • You stand in judgement of this man? says:

        “I guess John forgot the suffering of those he was imprisoned with.”

        And you served?

        McCain’s bomber was hit by a surface-to-air missile on Oct. 26, 1967, destroying the aircraft’s right wing. According to McCain, the plane entered an “inverted, almost straight-down spin,” and he ejected.

        But the sheer force of the ejection broke his right leg and both arms, knocking him unconscious, the report said. McCain came to as he landed in a lake, but burdened by heavy equipment, he sank straight to the bottom. Able to kick to the surface momentarily for air, he somehow managed to activate his life preserver with his teeth.

        Once he reached the surface, he was pulled ashore by some North Vietnamese, the account said.
        As his captors tore at his clothes in the wake of the crash, McCain recalls realizing the extent of his injuries. When he noticed the injuries to his right leg –- which he says had fractured at the knee –- one of his captors slammed a rifle butt into his right shoulder, shattering it, the account said. He was then bayoneted in the abdomen and foot.

        Over the next few days, he “lapsed from conscious to unconsciousness” while the North Vietnamese interrogated him, he said. “I refused to give them anything except my name, rank, serial number and date of birth,” McCain said in the U.S. News report. “I was in such a bad shape that when they hit me it would knock me unconscious,” he said.

        The North Vietnamese hoped to score a propaganda victory by offering McCain an early release. McCain has said he refused the offer on the condition that he would only accept if every man captured before him was released as well. When McCain was brought to the senior North Vietnamese officer -– a man he refers to as “The Cat” –- he refused the offer of an early release yet again.

        McCain says his torture began in August of 1968. “For the next four days, I was beaten every two or three hours by different guards. My left arm was broken again and my ribs were cracked,” he said according to U.S. News. The North Vietnamese wanted a confession for crimes committed against the North Vietnamese people. After holding out for four days, McCain, at the point of suicide, agreed to write a confession. Looking back on his decision, McCain reflected “I felt just terrible about it… Every man has his breaking point. I had reached mine,” he said, according to the report.

        McCain would remain, with his men, a POW until the signing of the Paris Peace Accords on Jan. 27, 1973, putting an end to the Vietnam War. He was released on March 14, 1973.

      • bynd says:

        Yes I did serve in the 70s.
        And what happened to him is irrelevant. Once again you try cover ignorance with puffed upped bravado and a bunch of BS.

        Maybe you should actually educate yourself and watch the PBS series on Vietnam. But then, even that wouldn’t assure you address the point.

        Had we not had a wrong policy in place, bad intelligence and lack of understanding of the enemy, he would probably not been there to be shot down. And that is the point.

        Read it, understand it and quit your war mongering. Because as a non serving member of the armed forces or one who doesn’t/didn’t understand what the situation was in Vietnam, your opinion is worthless at best. Especially since you didn’t address the issues.

        You more worthless than McCain’s aircraft after it was shot down. Not to mention, a total imbecile.

      • YAI says:

        Oh look, bynd just figured out that the Vietnam was was a massive clusterf**k.
        How cute.
        But I bet you still hate Jane Fonda and John Kerry, don’t ya. And I bet you still embrace the Swift Boat cretins.

        There’s not a Ken Burns documentary I’ve haven’t seen. I’ve watched some, multiple times.
        But I didn’t have to watch a Ken Burn’s Vietnam documentary to know that Republican president Richard Nixon is a treasonous p.o.s. who risked the lives of countless thousands of young Americans by deliberately sabotaging the Paris Peace Accords in a quest to realize his personal political ambitions.
        I don’t need a Ken Buns documentary to know the names Gulf of Tonkin, Robert McNamara (The Fog of War), Anna Chennault and Bui Diem.

        It is OUR side that values scholar. It is OUR side that embraces truth and knowledge.

        Here’s more insight from the American treasure that is Ken Burns.
        From an interview in the Jul 3, 2016, Atlantic –
        Ken Burns: ‘Trump Lusts After His Own Daughter’

        Or maybe this, from Sep 2, 2017, ABC News –
        Ken Burns: ‘Echoes’ of Vietnam in Donald Trump era

        or maybe this –
        Documentarian Ken Burns Warns Donald Trump’s Rise Is ‘Hitler-esque’

        or this –
        Ken Burns Offers Blistering Takedown Of Donald Trump In Stanford Commencement Speech

        or this
        Ken Burns: Trump is using Nazi playbook

      • bynd says:

        It is your side that revises history. Your forgot JFK and Johnson who started and kept secret what they were doing in VN as they escalated the military action. But then your side is made up of only pure snow white virgins. RFLMBO.

        and all that still doesn’t address the point.

        You think McCain is so great as a Senator, yet he is the first one to criticize if the bombs aren’t dropping and our troops aren’t being sacrificed to the we-lead-world gods. Which since you don’t seem to mind, makes you as bad as him. Thus the quote on war from HH.

        Maybe someday you will also learn the lessons of Johnson, lying doesn’t pay. And if you are going to watch Ken Burns, you might take notice that there are more than just pictures to pay attention too.


  31. retch says:

    State Sen. Michael Williams, “Fearless Conservative” and Republican candidate for Governor of Georgia, is sponsoring a Bump Stock Giveaway to promote his campaign.

  32. anon says:

    Four Star General Martin Dempsey (retired), 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff response to the craven idiocy that is Donald Trump.

    POTUS 43 & 44 and first ladies cared deeply, worked tirelessly for the serving, the fallen, and their families. Not politics. Sacred Trust.

    • American Patriot says:

      Gregg Popovich, U.S. Air Force veteran and 5 time NBA champion Coach of the San Antonio Spurs took fierce aim at Trump’s false claim that former President Barack Obama didn’t call the families of fallen service members:
      “This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House, unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office, and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this president should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”

      • American Patriot says:

        “The people who work with this president should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”

        Did you hear that.. Deb Fischer, Don Bacon, Pete Ricketts, Adrian Smith, Jeff Fortenberry.?!


  33. Psych Ward says:

    Breaking –
    GOP Congressional Candidate Says She Was Abducted By Jesus-Like Aliens
    “I went in. There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship ― not like airplanes,”

    “God is a universal energy, not a person,” the aliens told her. “It’s in everything. God talks to people and they understand it in different ways, but there’s only one religion.”

      • bynd says:

        Projecting again.

        Why do progressives want an open border? It’s how they get their drugs. And the mules bring them direct to their homes and then become the hired help. Great system if you don’t mind abusing the immigrants like the snowflakes.

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