Still No Dems in Sight

Kleeb Coming Up Short

Still no word on any Democrat candidates for constitutional offices — including Governor. Despite Jane Kleeb’s stardom and supposed focus on recruitment, there are still no Democrat candidates for statewide representation in Lincoln.

And ICYMI, Independent candidate for governor, i.e. de facto Democrat candidate, Bob Krist found his way out of Omaha in a fly around across the state. Don Walton’s column this week mentioned Krist’s uphill battle in fundraising. Getting on the ballot seems like a more immediate problem.

Team huddle

Last Friday and Saturday, Republican leaders from across the state came together for the fall NEGOP State Central Committee meeting in Kearney. Governor Pete Ricketts, Senator Deb Fischer, Secretary of State candidate Bob Evnen, Senator Mike Groene, Senator John Lowe, and others were in attendance.

Senator John Murante, who has been on the trail for State Treasurer for months, was there — as expected. But the meeting also turned out his primary opponent Taylor Royal, hardly a regular at these functions.

Ricketts and Fischer rallied the crowd, speaking of the importance of electing conservative leaders up and down the ballot, from their races to state legislative races. The committee also passed a resolution supporting Fischer’s re-election.

More Q3

The rest of the federal fundraising numbers are out and Republicans continue to lead.

In the US Senate race, Fischer handily outraised her Democrat opponent Jane Raybould. Fischer raised $585k with more than $2.1 million cash on hand to Raybould’s $140k raised and $117k cash on hand. Raybould’s number includes $25k she loaned herself. Rough start for what should be a big first quarter in the race.

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry raised $107k and finished with an astounding $1.7 million cash on hand. His Democrat opponents ran far behind – Dennis Crawford raised $1,700 and has just $8k cash on hand. Jessica McClure raised $2,700 and had just $859 cash on hand at the end. There’s just no comparison with the Fort.

Congressman Adrian Smith raised $175k and ended Q3 with $1.1 million cash on hand.


  1. HR know nothing says:

    Jane got an anti pipeline person to run against Adrian Smith. what a great opportunity for Nebraskans to vote once and for all on the XL pipeline. if Smith wins, build the pipeline. If Thornblad wins, don’t. Thanks jane for keeping the divide of the Democratic Party going for 2018 but at least giving us a way to settle it once and for all with this important race.

    • Stupid is as stupid does says:

      Nebraska’s 3rd would vote for turnip over Christ himself if the turnip had an ‘R’ behind its name on the ballot.

      (although, a turnip would be a far better choice than Adrian Smith)

      • Billy says:

        It’s their district, would be better than the cowgirl in FL. By the way, your posted name speaks for you well

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        Could someone please tell me one single thing that Adrian Smith has accomplished or has done in Congress? He is the complete definition of an empty suit.

    • Anonymous says:

      know nothing,

      The name is not Thornblad.

      It’s Theobald.
      Dr. Paul Theobald, one of the nation’s leading authorities on rural education.
      A historian, a teacher, a college administrator and a man who has committed years to the study of rural community revitalization.

      It’s a race Dr. Theobald is certain to lose.
      It seems the more education one has, the more qualified they are for the role, the less likely they are to know the proper inflection and tone of grunt that is now required to get elected in red state America.

      • bynd says:

        What’s it like to always get thoroughly trounced by the less educated?

        Maybe you should realize, it is the educated and not the indoctrinated who get elected.

  2. Political Novice says:

    I’m just a political novice. Your talk of politics frightens and confuses me. When I hear talk of Bannon claiming a scalp I wonder to myself if they can reattach it and why he wasn’t arrested. You see – I’m just a political novice and don’t know any better. I may not know much about politics but I do know this . . .

    The numbers involved with campaign fundraising are becoming insane. It just makes me uncomfortable seeing these numbers getting higher and higher each election cycle. I seriously doubt mom and pop contributions are inflating the numbers. But I’m sure whoever is contributing the big bucks just wants what is good for the people and the nation – right?

    So now I’m frightened, confused and . . . . cynical.

    • Anonymous says:

      OpenSecrets sheds more light into the vast sums of money funneled toward the purchase of Nebraska’s politicos.

      Jeff Fortenberry –
      8.73% of his funding comes from small donors (< $200)
      91.27% of his haul is from 'Large Individual Contributors or Political Action Committees'
      His top contributor is Prosperity Action, a PAC who's largest donors are:
      1) Elliot Management – Hedge Fund firm of uber winger Paul Singer, Vulture Capitalist
      2) Koch Industries
      3) (Betsy DeVos's) Amway

      Don Bacon
      7.31% of his money comes from small donors (< $200)
      92.69% comes from Large Individual Contributors or PACs

      Adrian Smith
      10.12% from small donors
      89.88% from Large Individual Contributors or PACs

      Deb Fisher
      11.73% from small donors
      88.27% from Large Individual Contributors or PACs

      Ben Sasse
      22.59% from small donors
      77.41 from Large Individual Contributors or PACs

      Not hard to put the pieces of this puzzle together and understand why every single policy the GOP pushes, seeks to reward the wealthy and privileged at the expense of the middle class and working poor.
      No need to even go through the rudimentary paint by number exercise to see for whom it these people are seeking to MAGA.

      Yet the sheep continue to sport the stupid caps, be it Tricorn or MAGA, and bleet in frenzied glee as they’re lead to the slaughter. Every year, without fail, eager to cast a vote against their own best interest and the interest of their children and grandchildren.

  3. Ghost of LM says:

    I was going to joke about something else. But the angst here seems real. What we cannot see but in part is terrifying. Ignorance is bliss, truth hurts, but half-views generate terror.

    Bannon is a wild creepy guy. Trump is unlikable. But when Bannon mentioned Fischer, I sensed he was simply giving all the GOP Senators a wakeup call. Every one of them at some point has condemned the GOP President. And votes are needed now. And clarity is in short supply. Mainstream media today simultaneously says the GOP is both in a “civil war” and in “lock step” because of Trump. Those people are massively confused. Yet incumbency is supposed to be a bit unsure/volatile. Senators shouldn’t feel they are immune to being replaced. The entire idea of term limits springs from what happens when good people stay too long in the swamp.

    It’s different when Bannon mentioned Sasse. That expresses the reality of the GOP naysaying that caused Corker and Flake to be so undercut by their own constituencies they felt they had to quit rather than lose. Is that draining the swamp? Well sure. What else can it be? Is it indirect? Of course. For we voters have an ingrained dysfunctional love/hate for candidates and only after we love them do we dip into our cognitive bags of facts to confirm that love. We vote with our emotions not reason and that is precisely what builds a political swamp within any voting republic. We feel not think. Which leaves us disappointed when such love is unrequited and we end up with crappy policy.

    Common sense, which isn’t common, says we should be dispassionately focused on policy agendas when we vote. But how can human beings be so unusually rational when every candidate is competing to be most and best LIKED by us voters? Pollsters today are stuck using 1916 Literary Digest and 1936 Gallup methodology to measure the wrong things. Today pollsters still equate Likability to Electability, which works if everyone running is trying to be best liked. But is useless when someone runs who doesn’t care if you like him but instead he dares you to logically disagree with his agenda of sovereignty, solvency and security, an approach that makes Likability entirely unrelated to Electability.

    As for the waste of money in campaigns, Trump was outraised/outspent 5 to 1 by Jeb Bush and 2 to 1 by Hillary Clinton, two big money dynasties. Coca-Cola spends billions to get you to not drink Pepsi. I am not so sure millions spent on national policy direction is all that bad. Yet, if the policy is based on emotions not agendas, its going to suck no matter how cheaply we get it.

    • Fixed it for ya says:

      We Republicans vote with our emotions not reason and that is precisely what builds a political swamp”

      Also, many (most) would argue your taxonomy needs some significant tweeking.
      Bob Corker, Ben Sasse and Jeff Flake are not who most would consider Swamp denizens.
      These three are in fact considered to be among the brightest lights within Congress, by peers from both the right and left.

      For most Americans, swamp-folk is a category best represented by people like Mike Pence, Steven Mnuchin, Jeff Sessions, Ryan Zinke, Wilbur Ross, Tom Price, Betsy DeVos, Mick Mulvaney, Scott Pruitt, Linda McMahon, Steven Miller, Kris Kobach and Sam Clovis – all of whom were given elevated positions within the swamp by Donald Trump.
      Long time denizens include creatures like Steve King, Ted Yoho, Jim Inhofe, Mike Lee, Richard Shelby, Chuck Grassley, Louie Gohmert and others.

      “I am not so sure millions spent on national policy direction is all that bad.”

      You fail to consider who is spending those millions and the policy direction they are purchasing.
      I’m quite certain that policies aimed at enhancing the upward redistribution of wealth is not what the founding fathers would have had in mind. In fact..

      James Madison, our fourth President and the Father of the Constitution, wrote:
      The great object [of political parties] should be to combat evil:
      1. By establishing a political equality among all.
      2. By withholding unnecessary opportunities from a few, to increase the inequality of property, by an immoderate, and especially an unmerited, accumulation of riches.
      3. By the silent operation of laws, which, without violating the rights of property, reduce extreme wealth towards a state of mediocrity, and raise extreme indigence towards a state of comfort.

      • Fixed it for ya says:

        Juday, Juday, Juday.

        A swing, and a miss.

        I know it’s become unusual to have two literate posts, back to back on LS.
        But as long a bynd is out of the mix. anything is possible.

      • chuckling bynd says:

        I know it’s become unusual to have two literate posts, back to back on LS.
        But as long a bynd is out of the mix. anything is possible.

        If you can’t debate with them and look good, demean them.

        If you can’t stand the pressure Sparkles, then go to another blog. That’s all progressives do. Call names and then run.

        Look at your post. Ideas and quotes from others and then maybe some stupid analysis from you where you put their words in a different form acting like they are your original thoughts

        Literate, able to read and write.
        Even second graders are literate.

        Deny, deny deny.
        As soon as by one’s own propaganda even a glimpse of right on the other side is admitted, the cause for doubting one’s own right is laid. Adolf Hitler/Sparkles/progressives

  4. Mind boggling depravity says:

    Fewer than a third of Americans back Trump’s tax plan, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday. Of those adults who said they had heard of the “tax reform plan recently proposed by congressional Republicans,” just 28% said they support it.

    Among Republicans surveyed, 63 percent said deficit reduction should take priority over tax cuts for corporations, while 75 percent said deficit reduction should take priority over tax cuts for the wealthy.
    (1,862 polled, including 1,079 who said they were aware of the Republican tax plan. +/- 3%.)

    Similarly, in a recent AP poll, 72% of Americans say the wealthy and large corporations currently pay too little in taxes.

    Republicans hope to save themselves with a tax plan nobody wants.
    Nobody of course. but the ultra-wealthy and megacorps that own Deb Fischer, Ben Sasse, Don Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith. Each of whom will soon be featured in you local paper, on teevee and radio insuring you that these massive tax cuts for the wealthy are indeed the secret elixir that will magically bring new prosperity to main street.
    That in this time of unprecedented Wall Street Wealth contrasted by exploding national debt and deficits, the most important thing we can do right now is give “the biggest tax cut in history” to the wealthiest few people the world has ever known. A tax cut made possible only by adding another $.15 Trillion dollars to our debt.

    • Barb E. Dahl says:

      What tax plan? They’re just throwin’ poop so far. And I’m not expecting any real change. But wouldn’t it be grand if we could get all those tax loopholes closed and down to a solid tax base unsullied by special interests?

      • anon says:

        You would be on here dissing any plan with google bits faster than Schumer. Just like the vote yesterday, 100% percent negative. The plan which you admit isn’t there.

      • Then there's that says:


        You rightly inquire:
        “wouldn’t it be grand if we could get all those tax loopholes closed and down to a solid tax base unsullied by special interests?”

        Why yes! YES it would!

        May 4, 2009, CNNMoney –
        Obama plans corporate tax crackdown
        Administration’s proposals aim to reduce tax breaks for U.S.-based multinationals that it says gives them an unfair advantage over domestic rivals.

        Fox News, Feb 22, 2012 –
        Obama administration unveils corporate tax plan to close loopholes, lower rate to 28 percent
        “It’s a framework that lowers the corporate tax rate and broadens the tax base in order to increase competitiveness for companies across the nation,” Obama said in a written statement. He added: “This reform is fully paid for, and it won’t add a dime to the deficit.”

        Apr 5, 2016, The Hill –
        Obama calls for Congress to close corporate tax loopholes
        President Obama on Tuesday called for the Republican-controlled Congress to close corporate tax loopholes such as those that allow U.S. companies to reincorporate overseas to lower their taxes.

        And in case anyone forgot about the wholesale GOP intransigence Obama faced every day of his 8 years in office:

        Jul 19, 2012
        GOP senators block top Obama jobs initiative – CNNPolitics

        Jul 16, 2012
        Republicans block bill on transparency – Washington Times

        May 15, 2014
        Strange times: Republicans block tax credits — as a protest – CNNPolitics

        Apr 17, 2012
        Senate GOP blocks Obama’s ‘Buffett rule’ for minimum tax rate on millionaires – Fox News

        Nov 7, 2011
        Top Republican opposes extending U.S. payroll tax cut – Reuters

        Nov 12, 2014
        Call to Congress: End Loophole for Tax on Elite – The New York Times
        “Now that Republicans control both houses of Congress,..”

        …leading to….

        Dec 26, 2014
        Republican-majority Congress scales back tax reform hopes – Washington Examiner

        The examples are endless.

    • Then there's that says:

      “Why do you suppose it didn’t fly”

      That’s been covered in great detail.
      Wholesale, determined, deliberate obstruction, by the Republican party.
      Obstruction at all costs, country be damned.
      It’s irrefutable.

      A really good synopsis is available at PBS, whose laudable FRONTLINE series has done a couple highly informative investigative pieces. (you can still watch these documentaries, free, online. They should be required viewing by every American and be required viewing in every civics class in America).
      Simply google the following titles –

      the original, from 2013
      The Republicans’ Plan for the New President | Inside Obama’s … – PBS
      (this is a remarkable documentary.. the explanation you are seeking starts at the 5 minute mark, but you need to watch the first dew minutes to relive the truly devastating economic free-fall that gripped America, the looming apocalypse that awaited a new president and administration, from minute one of day one)

      and a follow up, from 2017
      The Opposition Strategy | The FRONTLINE Interviews: Divided States …

      This is a Republican party now openly celebrates inaction and obstruction.
      A party that elects to important government roles, wholly unqualified anti-government propagandists lacking any knowledge of the mechanics of governance and giving these representatives a mandate to destroy whatever it is they find.

      It’s like hiring the dentist who promises to be the most violently brutal when knocking your teeth out with a rock.

  5. anon says:

    I didn’t ask Frontline, I asked you a question that as a smart person the answer you already know but can’t be objective but deflective

    • Then there's that says:

      1) A deliberate strategy of wholesale obstruction, no matter the cost, by Republicans.
      (as previously noted)
      2) Republican fealty to Corporate sugar daddies and 0.1%, who would bear much of the cost of tax reform under Obama’s proposal. Corporations who park their tax free profits offshore and the 0.1% whose wealth has grown exponentially over the last decades as the middle class has been hollowed out and the working poor has seen their wages (along with their health) actually decline. A wealth gap that is right now as large as it’s ever been in the history of our union. Yet it’s a hollowed out middle class and working poor that Donald Trump, Deb Fischer and Republican trolls want to continue to squeeze in order to make possible the upward redistribution of $1.5 Trillion dollars in American treasure to a elite group of people who already count themselves among the richest the world has ever known.
      3) Republican willingness to put party before country.

  6. Then there's that says:

    Democratic willingness to sell out to the Ruskies to achieve the same goal you proclaim, A lot of these gap spreaders throwing around money for Hillary’s personal and political chicanery matriculated during the reign of Barry Soetoro

    • Then there's that says:

      Why is it you people feel the need to abscond with another’s moniker?
      It’s speaks directly to your character – as in lack thereof. As in degenerate.

      And of course you have not a scintilla of evidence to support your conspiracy addled, Fox ‘News’ delusion babbling.
      You people never do.
      It’s always the same tired horseshite that the hate-for-profit mongers (Limbaugh, Beck, Jones, Hannity, Savage, Levin, Doocy, Dobbs et al) have been selling to the low information tin foil crowd for decades.
      Conspiracies long ago and repeatedly debunked, by innumerable legitimate sources.

      Yet with Pavlovian precision, you people continue to lap it up, like seals barking out for another fish.
      A reflexive response upon which Roger Ailes built a business model and an empire.

      Robert Mueller, a man of true valor, unquestionable integrity and impeccable credentials, appears to be bringing to a close his investigation into Russian collusion.
      We’ll see who the traitors are.
      We’ll see why team Trump and his little crime syndicate continues to feel compelled to gently cup Vlad’s gonads and embrace heinous dictators like Turkey’s Erdogan.

      And finally – Barry Soetoro?
      Couldn’t do it, could you? You couldn’t make it through a whole paragraph without revealing a bit of the thinly veiled racism in which this birther babble is steeped.
      Color me surprised.

  7. God Bless the Free Market says:

    No fewer than 62 Phoenix venues have turned down the opportunity to host Milo Yiannopolous, the former Breitbart journalist and Internet provocateur known for his cozy ties to white nationalists, for a “Free Speech Arizona” event, the Phoenix New Times reported Thursday. His visit to the southwestern city has been canceled as a result.

  8. Then there's this says:

    Your sanctimonious outrage is noted. If you were a real dem OG it would be nothing to the rage and disgust you would have at the destruction of the judicial and political system by your parties leaders. As for Mueller and Comey, I remember all those voting to nominate them because of there records, democrats and republicans alike, when they are worse the your run of the mill political crooks or rouge cop. They do make Trump look like an amatuer-at crime.

    • Then there's that says:

      “the destruction of the judicial and political system by your parties leaders.”

      Stunning in the hypocrisy.

      It is the GOP that obstructed the rightful appointment of a SCOTUS nominee. It is the GOP that brought us the appointment of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III to US AG. It is Trump who pre-emptively pardoned Joe Arpaio and promised to the same for himself, his family and friends. It is Trump who attacked the ‘Mexican’ judge overseeing the Trump University scam. It is Trump who is attempting to vet the appointments of U.S. Attorneys who would directly oversee his personal and family prosecutions, it is Trump who fired the FBI Director for doing his job and it is Trump’s team (Nunes, Grassely et al) in collusion with the right wing entertainment complex who has launched a coordinated assault on the Special Prosecutor. It is Trump who blasted a Federal Judge for staying his cartoonishly crafted Travel Ban. It is Trump who threatened “unelected Judges” for halting implementation of his infantile assault on sanctuary cities. It is Trump who threatened to break up the 9th Circuit Court.

      And this is just a cursory review of a few months into the reign of Donny Two Scoops.

      No president in modern history has so brazenly trampled the constitution and ran rough shod over the judiciary.
      In addition, everything you would present in an attempt to support your claim is either wild exaggeration or outright fabrication. Faux scandals cooked up by a right wing entertainment complex intent on selling highly inflated gold coins, pillows, reverse mortgages and annuities in a ongoing effort to shake more coins from the pockets of the low information masses.
      A right wing entertainment complex that feeds into the gnat sized attention span your mentally challenged president and his deluded legions.
      A man who is an amalgam of P.T. Barnum, Elmer Gantry and Bernie Madoff and who has profited from the callous grifting of Mom & Pop Small Business for 50 years.
      A man proud of his 6 bankruptcies, which he categorizes: “we used certain laws that are there.”
      Trump’s business prowess is his ability to enrapture rubes and his determination to keep busy a phalanx of bankruptcy attorneys.

      But, I was likely wrong when declaring your statement to be hypocrisy.
      It’s probably not hypocrisy that fuels you fallacious claims, it’s more apt to be ignorance.

  9. full two scoop sundae says:

    It’s getting to be time to write the FFRF so they can get involved in all the proselytizing on here.

    And by the way name one law or rule any one broke in regards to Merrick Garland.

    Or of Trumps pardon of Arpaio.

    Or of Trump who is attempting to vet the appointments of U.S. Attorneys. Which is actually his job. And name one president who didn’t do this at least through his AG appointee.

    It is Trump who fired the FBI Director, As demanded by the Dems.

    It is Trump who blasted a Federal Judge for staying his cartoonishly crafted Travel Ban. That was overturned by SCOTUS.

    Donny two scoops. Shall we then call you two scoops short of a two scoop sundae Then there’s that?

    Or just liar and half story fairy tale teller.

    • Then there's that says:

      hey bynd,

      Which one of Trump’s team is going to be arrested Monday morning?

      My money says it’s Mike Flynn who will be perp walked, the very man Trump charged with the oversight of America’s national security.

      You got a guess?


      • Then there's that says:


        Sept 8, 2017, CBS News –
        DOJ denies GOP request to reopen case against former IRS official Lois Lerner
        “The (Trump) Justice Department will not be re-opening a criminal investigation to consider charging former IRS official Lois Lerner for her role in delaying non-profit status for conservative groups, the DOJ said in a letter to top members of the House Ways and Means Committee…
        ..The DOJ, along with the Treasury Office of Inspector General, investigated and found mismanagement at the IRS, but in 2015 determined there wasn’t sufficient evidence of criminal wrongdoing to pursue criminal charges..
        ..Conservatives had hoped that President Trump’s Justice Department, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, would reconsider, and the Ways and Means Committee made such a request on April 12.

        The DOJ on Friday made it clear that won’t be happening.”

        There you are anon, another of your batshite crazy conspiracy theories propagated by the right wing entertainment complex to shake some coin from the rube base, goes up in smoke.

        Don’t you people ever grow tired of being played for fools?

      • bynd says:

        Then there’s that

        “right wing entertainment complex”

        That is the best laugh of the whole week. Must be a misprint or sarcasm right?

        The only one trying to play anyone for fools is you, and as you can see, the only one you fool is yourself. It is the far left entertainment system that you and oracle worship that has proven to be the degenerates we all know you folks to be. But remember, the truth will set you free.

        As they say, what ever helps you sleep at night. RFLMBO still!

    • Oracle says:

      bynd, I learned many decades ago that just because something is legal, it’s not necessarily right or ethical. But if YAI, you wouldn’t have learned that.

      • Oracle out of the woodwork says:

        Is that the reasoning you and the clown you pop in to support, it’s 2×0=0. Go back to reading Hillary’s book

      • bynd says:

        Oracle, I learned a long time ago that self righteous folks like you are the most likely to be the biggest degenerate around. And when you call others idiots, it is nothing more than trying to make yourself feel like more than the neanderthal you are.

        Go read Lolita again by your buddy Vladimir Nabokov.

      • Oracle says:

        bynd, it’s amazing how easy it is to get under your skin. And how you think that everyone who calls you on your rubbish is a “degenerate”. You must be looking in a mirror when you call me “self-righteous” as I am far from that.

      • bynd says:


        It can only be surmised that you appreciate your enlightenment of your public persona that I post to you. Otherwise, why would you keep posting to me?

        Your welcome.

  10. Bluejay says:

    1. Why Kim Robak isn’t running is the question of the day.

    2. J. Patrick Green a/k/a repentinglawyer passed away earlier this month. A frequent commenter here. He will be missed. Good man.

  11. Wearing down the green says:

    Right Wing Professor, son of the auld sod, your attention is directed toward Van Gosse, Ph.D.; a white socialist who specializes in knowing black misery better than blacks do; and today with a fraction of Irish blood Gosse is an expert on Irish Americans, notes you as a “Mick”, and then proceeds to write, “Why Are All the Conservative Loudmouths Irish-American?” Newsweek, Oct 24, 2017.

    Conservative Irish are animals compared to the “grace of old Irish American liberals”. He ends up applauding Irish communists. It is Trumpian in its inflammation but not at all aimed toward free enterprise or individual freedoms. It is a collectivist race-monger jamming you in your Erse arse.

    I need a colorblind America. We are non-white immigrants. To us, Gosse’s leftist ideals have erased MLK’s equality of opportunity and replaced it with H. Humphrey’s inequality of perpetual race victims. Federal law today enforces a DC industry of racial difference and profitable division. Obama’s black half allowed him to play the pity me race card as POTUS with immunity, while his Irish half is now White Supremacist because it is Irish. This Gosse epistle therefore seems intellectual artifice. And yet, isn’t all collectivism a false economy that doesn’t fit human nature’s dimensions and so legs and arms are sawed off accordingly, in this case, Irish ones, while your severed bits are sewn onto the fete minority du jour.

    I get the feeling that right fascism versus left collectivism is just Dr. Frankenstein using glue versus suture. Individuals as they are should matter and collectively be just Americans. No hyphens. But perhaps not to socialist protestants who are expert on being black and Irish.

  12. Ho Li Trinitee says:

    @TheTweetOfGod 1 hour ago
    In the beginning, Robert Mueller indicted Paul Manafort and Rick Gates; and I saw that it was good.

  13. Big Dan Teague says:

    Releasing the Papadopolous plea deal was a remarkably deft play by Mueller, whose political savvy is mysteriously under-discussed.

      • Orville Redenbacher says:

        I’ll enjoy every moment, watching Mueller and Co. turn the screws as they raze the Trump family crime syndicate.
        That legion of bankruptcy lawyers won’t be able extricate Donny The Launderer from this one.

      • anon says:

        …said Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, as the wheels of justice grind them each into paste.

      • Jiffy Pop says:

        No so fast…
        George is gonna walk, cause George is gonna talk.

        In fact, George has been talkin’ for nigh on a month now.
        Arrested on July 27th with a plea bargain deal reached on Oct 5.
        A plea bargain noting young George’s eagerness to cooperate. In the court documents Mueller’s team describes Papadopoulos as a “proactive cooperator”, leading many to believe George spent some time wearing a wire.

        Since the arrest in July, Mueller and his team have kept all of these developments secret until they chose to release the information, today.

      • Jolly Time says:

        “proactive cooperator”

        That’s certain to have elicited a wave of panic throughout Cirque du Trump.

  14. A Whitefish rots from the head says:

    The $300 million Whitefish Energy deal was canceled over the weekend.

    The Wall St Journal has just revealed the FBI is now investigating the contract.

    Whitefish Energy, with 2 employees on the day hurricane Maria touched down in Puerto Rico, is headquartered in (former Republican Congressman) Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown of Whitefish, Montana. (pop 7,200)
    Whitefish is financed by a private equity firm run by a major donor to President Donald J Trump. The personal Facebook page of this donor features photo’s of his wife posing with Ben Carson, as well as another photo of her chatting up Rex Tillerson.
    One of Ryan Zinke’s sons worked for a summer on a construction site for Andy Techmanski, Whitefish’s CEO.

    The Whitefish contract stipulates: “In no event shall [government bodies] have the right to audit or review the cost and profit elements.”

    And on Hannity tonight, we’ll witness a hard hitting Special Investigation on how – one fateful night, 17 years ago – Hillary Clinton pocketed a butter knife from Air Force One as she and Bill were leaving office.
    The horror!

    • Kreskin says:

      Muellers witch hunt is timely, I will sit back as this is as the predictions of “no way Trump will win the election” from the knowledgeable

  15. You Nanimous says:

    Steve Grasz is currently a lawyer in Omaha and served for more than 11 years as Nebraska’s Chief Deputy Attorney General.
    Mr. Grasz served as counsel of record before the Supreme Court in Stenberg v. Carhart, in which he defended a state statute prohibiting partial-birth abortion.

    On August 3, 2017, Donald Trump nominated Mr. Grasz to serve as a United States Circuit Judge of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals,
    Upon his nomination Deb Fischer effusively praised him, declaring “sterling credentials and impressive experience”.

    Today, the American Bar Association says members of its Standing Committee unanimously concluded, with one person abstaining, that Steve Grasz is not qualified to serve as a federal judge.

    “The Standing Committee confines its evaluation to the qualities of integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament,” their letter reads.

  16. bynd says:

    Never have so many been so ecstatic over so little.

    Actually, on FOX it will probably be that Mueller is now investigating the Podestas.

    And how is it that tens of millions of dollars in donations to the Dems are spent and none of the leadership knows where it went.

    And what exactly is the leverage that the government has over George Papadopoulos since he already has his sentence of 6 months?

    • Batting 1000 says:

      Stupid statement #1 – “millions missing”

      a) Clinton and her super PACs raised and spent 1.191 Billion dollars. Millions for a dossier is in fact, a rounding error.

      b) Allow me to remind you – Feb 7, 2007, The Guardian –
      How the US sent $12bn in cash to Iraq. And watched it vanish

      Stupidity #2 – your right wing horseshit fabrication of a talking point (6 month prison sentence) about George –

      The facts –
      “Although Papadopoulos could face up to five years in prison for the crimes to which he has pleaded guilty, the prosecution agreed to seek far less than that—zero to six months—as part of the deal, though a judge will make the final decision.”

      (a “final decision”awaits, so keep yakking Georgie boy)

      You are remarkably consistent, bynd.
      Never do you have any f**king idea what you’re talking about.

      • bynd says:

        I know exactly what I am talking about. You on the other, try to obfuscate and deflect.

        Your petty little extras don’t mean squat.

        And what I posted was fact. I realize facts are not part of your life. So obviously when people do use facts, you come do the dunderhead conclusion some one doesn’t know what they are talking about.

        And quite frankly, if you don’t care about 10 million, then I hope you are never ion a position to collect and send tax payers money.

        It seems you have are having issues get out of the loser’s hole you and your party have dug for selves. Poor little snowflake. RFLMBO

      • bynd says:

        I see you like the professor’s wahtaboutism. The simple answer is no reduced sentence no singing. Although the current paperwork is not much for anyone to sing about. I guess we will see in the future. and by the way, if you had any chance of any cred on predicting the future, HRC would be president.

        That about says it all.

      • bynd says:

        Barb E. Dall

        “Never do you have any f**king idea what you’re talking about”.

        Yep, that is progressives type of reasoning. Keep your eyes on he shiny objects.

        “Only two judicial nominees have received unanimous “not qualified” ratings since 1989, said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law who specializes in federal judicial selection.”

        Nice slant piece. But for those who are not pushing their agenda, there is the whole rest of the article to read.

  17. "Nebraska Nice" says:

    The new tourism director says the state tagline is not too nice. So he wants more money (lodging fees) to advertise Nebraska out of it’s 50th place ranking in the Portrait of American Travelers. Why is it that when Republicans want to spend public dollars they lose their conservative principles?

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Wait! What? When I was living in Omaha the convention center was being panned as not only paying for itself but providing tourism dollars to be spread across the state! And now you tell me Nebraska ranks 50th in tourism destinations! What went wrong? Didn’t the multiplier effect work out?

      By the way, did they ever settle on (sell) a name for that Omaha convention center? I lost track.

      • Jon Dear says:

        They made $150 million on the eclipse, a zillion on CWS, $75 million on Berky, 50 million to look at Lincolns artwork, who can guess what Garth Brooks bought in, and we are 50th in bike friendlyness, Bottom line it’s Trump and the republican’s fault.

    • Auntie Diluvian says:

      Oh come on!!
      Who doesn’t LOVE – “Nebraska Nice”.
      I mean, it’s the perfect accompaniment to the world’s ugliest state flag and our new Pete-picked license plate featuring a guy fondling his giant nut sack.

      We’re a RED state folks – embrace your inner bumpkin!

      But let’s face it, the additional money the dept of tourism requested for advertising is little more than a rounding error in our annual Corporate Welfare program known as the Nebraska Advantage Act – an annual transfer of wealth from Nebraskans who can least afford it, to the those who least need it. A fleecing of Nebraska taxpayers that has been underway for THIRTY (f-ing) YEARS!
      A Corporate Welfare program that has been studied six ways from Sunday, for decades, with each and every economic analysis pointing to a program proven to be a massive waste of tax payer dollars and an almost criminal abuse of Nebraska’s middle class and working poor.
      The most recent analysis (2016) from the Legislative Performance Audit Committee finds that each job created under the Nebraska Advantage Act cost taxpayers as much as $320,000.
      EVERY politico in our state, EVERY state Senator knows that since the days of Kay Orr, Nebraska’s elected officials have been ripping off Nebraska’s working class in order to reward their pals and campaign contributors – the powerful and the wealthy.
      And not a single Republican in THIRTY YEARS has been willing cross the aisle in an effort to protect our citizenry from this annual molestation.

      But, back to you point – you’re right.
      Nebraska doesn’t need to advertise its serene beauty or its vibrant and growing cities, its safe streets, clean water and air (for now), affordable cost of living or emergence as a leader of the new Silicon Prairie.
      When America’s families plot their summer adventures, Nebraska should forever remain absent from their lists. Nebraska should forever be pictured as a backwoods hinterland, dotted with immemorable hovels – a burden of travel that must be endured on a journey to a destination desired.
      After all – how does one compete with the majesty of North Dakota, the splendor of Oklahoma, or the glitz and glamour of Iowa?
      I mean, who doesn’t want to spend a night picking sand burrs from their sleeping bag under the North Dakota stars while they listen to the rust-on-steel scream of a pump jack on the horizon, as the acrid aroma of Bakken shale oil wafts across the campfire?

      Plus, if advertising actually worked, if it returned a profit on your advertising dollar, you’d see everybody doing it….

      I know! Let’s all chip an offer a new slogan for our state!
      I’ll start –
      ‘Nebraska – how do you say Goober?!

      And we could maybe adopt the banjo dual from Deliverance as our new state tune! Turn it into an app – whenever ever someone searches for ‘Nebraska’ on the internet – that song plays.

      • Political Novice says:

        LOL – that’s some funny stuff Auntie Diluvian. Politics at times can be frightening and confusing to me . . . but the humor here makes it more enjoyable.

  18. anon says:

    Bob Mueller is making America great, for the first time since Lincoln was president. Bob and his posse are going after the small game first. Hopefully bigger game will fall in due course. #Delighted

    • Kay K. Caye says:

      Actually, it is our current Attorney Gollum General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, is the illegitimate child of Roland Freiser.

      The result of a Roland Freiser drunken tryst with a Black Forest troll.

      The offspring of an unholy alliance that, shortly after delivery was shipped to America aboard a German U-boat. A U-boat that mysteriously washed ashore in South Carolina, exhibiting no discernible damage, of any form, on it’s exterior. But, when cracking open the hatch – they found an interior literally awash in blood. An interior littered with rotting bits of human remains.
      It was only a tiny little Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III that survived. A a tiny little Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, smiling as he sat swaddled in a spotless, pristine white robe and sporting a pointy little white bonnet. A tiny little Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III who, still in his infancy, offered to his saviors an eerily familiar one handed salute as he was carried from the boat and on to American soil.

      At least that’s what I’ve been told. And until I see the birth certificate..

      • Kay K. Caye says:

        Out there,

        It’s you folks on the right that compared Robert Mueller – a true American hero, a man of almost unparalleled valor, ethics and service to our nation – to a man who admired and served Adolf Hitler and was seen as the personification of Nazism. Hitler’s Screaming Nazi Judge who argued that “racially foreign, racially degenerate, racially incurable or seriously defective juveniles” should be sent to juvenile center or correctional education centers and segregated from those who are “German and racially valuable”.

        It’s a reprehensible and inane postulation deserving an equally inane retort.

        And it’s an especially spurious postulation considering it is you people who just elected the first Alt-Right president in American history. A president who has ignited and emboldened a new wave of repulsive racism, ethnocentrism and White Nationalism in our country.
        A president who looks at a orch wielding, White Supremacist, vitriolic mob marching on a college campus shouting Nazi cries of “Blood and Soil”, and he chooses to see “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides — on many sides“.

        Many of us are long past tired of coddling the racists and malcontents among your party who continue in their determined effort to tear our country apart and drown our democracy in a bathtub.

  19. Swamp Things says:

    Oct 29, 2017, Daily Beast –
    More Than 50% of President Trump’s Nominees Have Ties to the Industries They’re Supposed to Regulate
    The president has turned federal agencies over to the very CEOs, lobbyists, and lawyers whom they are supposed to regulate.

    Even after witnessing the constant assault of 284 days of Donald Trump and his crazed cronies alternately schtooping and sh**ing on the Democracy John Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, T.R., FDR and Eisenhower built – I still find myself shell-shocked by the sheer brazenness of their criminal onslaught.

    And horrified that 32% of America fucking cheers them on.

    • bynd says:

      More than 95% of the money extorted from business’ by Holder and Lynch went to progressive entities that had nothing to do with the alleged wrong doing or the government.

      And you cheered them on!

      And who better to understand what is necessary in any segment of the economy than one who works in it and understands it.

      Wow what a concept, used by business and government everyday for hiring, promotions etc.


      • YDTAI says:

        Holder Cut Left-Wing Groups In On $17 Bil BofA Deal
        Investor daily

        Now you show me where they were allowed to do such things.

        Geez you people are stupid, gullible and downright lazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • You didn't simply fall from the stupid tree - you were dragged through dumbass forest says:

        your story is complete and absolute nonsense, bynd
        seek help

      • Oracle says:

        bynd, you’ve learned that one can use the Google to always find something that “confirms” your deluded beliefs proving once again YAI

      • bynd says:

        your story is complete and absolute nonsense, bynd

        Because you said so.

        Oracle, Back at ya bozo. Come back when you can actually put out a whole sentence with out the juvenile letters. I doubt that is possible.

        And it appears you aren’t the nice well liked person you think you are. I didn’t call you sparkles sycophant, this time. You are hoot little man. RFLMBO

    • bynd says:

      schtooping and sh**ing on the Democracy John Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, T.R., FDR and Eisenhower built

      Yeah you know, the guys who hired a, gasp, general to lead the Continental army and then had the audacity to elect him President. Not to mention the other military guys who have been elected.

      Or those who hired the highest ranking member of the military/industrial complex to be President #34.

      And finally, you see what really matters. And let’s not forget the judicial appointments. Duh!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I want to echo another excellent post here: “George is gonna talk, then George is gonna walk. He probably wore a wire. Team Mueller calls George (I qoute) a “proactive cooperator.”” Hahahahahahahahaha!

    And we’re not even half-way through the first inning yet.

    Do the Democrats deserve this kind of treatment? Absolutely! But as we’re so often reminded, the Republicans put their guy – shuddering as they did so – in the White House. And there were a few, ahem, oddities this election cycle. And now we all get to learn about those oddities.

    Talking with George, on a wire. Walking with George, out of Federal prison. “Send her to jail?” Send WHO to jail? Like Capt. Kirk said to Khan, “Like a poor marksman you keep missing the target! Khan, I’m laughing at the superior intellect.”

    The superior intellect. The standard of “stamina.” America’s First Golfer. I fear my belly laugh will kill me, but no, not yet, because there is so much more to laugh about, moment to moment. Ha! Hahahahaha!

    • Spackling says:

      Muellers going to get unredacted the pictures of Trump standing on the grassy knoll, when confronted with them he will then tell where Jimmy Hoffa’s body is.

      • Anonymous says:

        If Bob can get that too, good for him. But many more juicy facts will be more easily found, and sooner too.

  21. P.T. Barnum's got nothin' on THIS gal says:

    Today’s OWH features a story that perfectly demonstrates how debased our politics has become (an affliction known to be prevalent on both sides).
    The title of the story is: Joni Ernst’s SQUEAL Act targets lawmakers’ deduction for living expenses.
    In this instance, SQUEAL (a play on her nut cutting campaign gooberism), stands for Stop Questionable, Unnecessary and Excessive Allowances for Legislators.
    What the act does is eliminate a special tax break that allows members of Congress to deduct up to $3,000 for living expenses while in Washington.
    ‘Cause, says Joni; “Regular people out there can’t apply for this,..”
    She then tries to somehow equate this less-than-nothing burger of a bill to the $1.5 Trillion hole the GOP is right now desperate tack on to our deficit in order to fund tax breaks for their ultra wealthy patrons.

    Clearly, the SQUEAL Act is intended to illicit from the rubes yelps of joy, ’cause – ‘that good ‘ol Country Girl Joni, she’s a lookin’ out fer us.. Momma!’

    What makes the whole thing almost immoral, is the fact that each U.S. Senator is given an annual budget allowance (taxpayer dollars, of course) intended to cover personal expenses related to carrying out their duties. That allowance in 2017 varies from $3,043,454 to $4,815,203 – per Senator, per year. The average allowance this year being $3,306,570.
    (Each member of the House gets $1,207,510 to $1,383,709 annually, this year’s average $1,268,520).
    This allowance is separate from their $174,000 salary and sundry benefits.

    So out of a taxpayer stipend exceeding $3,500,000 a year – Joni thinks she could possibly sacrifice – best case scenario mind you, assuming all conditions are right and the tax lawyer can make the numbers work – as much as $3000!

    The sole intent of Joni Ernst’s (literal) Act of Congress is to play to a goober base.
    It’s an exercise in rank, crass self-promotion (Joni thanks you for cooperating, OWH) and it’s an obscene waste of Senatorial staff time and resources for which Joe and Jane Lunchpail are on the hook for $3.5 million plus each year.

    The money Joni’s Ernst’s Act of Congress would potentially save American taxpayers over the next decade wouldn’t cover the tab for a single weekend Mar-a-Lago.

    To Joe Morton’s credit (author of the story), he notes the Ernst measure is a “drop in the bucket”. But even that description is far too generous.
    This is ether. This is the mist thrown into the atmosphere from that bit of wiper fluid that misses your windshield as you’re travelling down the interstate at 80mph.
    This stuff is simply shameless.
    Yet, the malinformed base will rise to applaud Joni’s bold, courageous action on their behalf!

    • bynd says:

      I note, with no surprise, that you don’t ever mention that The Podesta Group has been identified in news reports as “Company B,” one of two firms that has lobbied for pro-Russian Ukrainian government officials, in the indictment of Paul Manafort, that would be as a partner or associate of Manafort.

      And Tony’s resignation from his own business says more than any indictments from Mueller.

      Oh yeah, and Mueller is now investigating the Podestas.

      But keep your eyes on the shiny objects while the important things keep happening. Watching your defense of all of this should be most entertaining.

      • Some people call me the Space Cowboy says:

        Oh dear.. the Washington super-lobbyists The Podesta Group got caught.. lobbying?!!

        The horror!!

        Certainly they’ll have to cease any and all presidential campaign management activities.. wait.. what?
        They don’t manage campaigns – presidential or otherwise?

        Well, it’s without question the Podesta Group employees will have to step down from political high office, due to their close ties to foreign powers.. wait.. what?
        No one in the organization holds political office – high or otherwise?

        Well the CEO of The Podesta Group better look out, cause the law, it’s a comin.. wait.. what?
        Their CEO is a long Republican uber-operative and threw her full support behind Jeb Bush in the last election?

        Lobbying isn’t illegal.
        Lobbying on behalf of a foreign country, isn’t illegal.
        Lobbying is a massive industry employing tens of thousands of highly educated people.
        The business that is lobbying was birthed on the very same day that George Washington was elected president.

        Laundering money, is illegal.
        Elected officials colluding and conspiring with foreign strong-arm dictators to enact changes to the Republican platform platform, or to tailor America’s laws in a manner deriving profits for said officials and foreign strong-arm dictators and/or entities, is illegal.
        An administration’s failure failure to enact sanctions passed into law by congress (almost unanimously) is illegal.

        And if Mueller finds a reason to lock each every member of The Podesta Group in prison for the rest of their natural lives – 98% of democrats will stand and applaud the dispensation of justice.

        And you bynd, you remain AI.

      • speaking to the lying comrades says:

        wow, that must be what you snowflakes call reasoning.
        But like I said, even though I had no reason to read past the first paragraph, as I said, it started out very entertaining.
        Hang in there sycophant, you learned something today. Like how not to win an argument. LOL

        And as usual, to answer your juvenile post with the same, YSDTAI. I better be careful though. I don’t want to be dragged down to your level of stupid where you will beat me with your experience. But since you haven’t even touched what I said, I’m in no danger for now.

        What’s it like to be the real party of Russian collusion? Which of course isn’t a crime.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Stop speaking of politicians to if they are saints and demons.

    They all seek power to do what they think is good. Really. Of course, that unstrained seeking of good on the right killed millions in gas chambers and that unrestrained seeking of good on the left killed millions in gulags. SO YOU RESTRAIN YOURSELVES.

    These people are temporary help. Quit trying to make them more than they are.

  23. reelin them in says:

    Hey Sparkles, did you see where the protests you drolled on the post about was sponsored by the, here it comes-RUSSIANS

  24. the spiders from Mars says:

    @OhNoSheTwitnt 3 hours ago

    [brown man drives car into crowd]
    Trump: Terrorist! Death penalty!

    [white man drives car into crowd]
    Trump: Fine people on both sides.

      • Scotty says:

        But Cap’n, it’s not the Sparklies we’re worried about, they actually shed light for the ship and help us navigate and steer clear of toxic debris.

        It’s those damned Trump Tribbles! Especially the orange ones with the weird hair and funny little hats!
        The bastards are destroyin’ us from within!
        In all the history of the Federation we’ve never experienced such a mindless and destructive contagion of vermin! It’s been a relentless assault for months now. Crazy, nonsensical attacks on the very foundations of our vessel. They’ve even tried to destroy the Sick Bay!
        It’s like their everywhere and they’re unleashing upon us an entirely new crisis every god damned day!
        We’ve gotta figure out a way to flush this vermin from our system, and soon. I don’t think we can take it much longer Cap’n!

    • russian stooges are not patriots says:

      the spiders from Mars (keep talking in my head and won’t stop)

      More Russian induced hatred with a flavor of Russian propaganda.

      Vald loves you and has diagnosed you so well.

  25. Free hors d'oeuvres at the FUBAR says:

    Just now –
    Sam Clovis withdraws his nomination for USDA’s top scientist post after being linked to Russia probe

    Clovis a former right wing radio host from Iowa, served as National Co-Chairman of Trump’s Campaign Team throughout the 2016 election. His morbidly rotund presence was is best known as a Trump apologist and spokesman for on cable news.
    After Trump took office, he retained Clovis in the crime family by appointing him Senior White House Adviser to the United States Department of Agriculture (although Clovis has zero experience in agriculture – expect for the obvious innate talent for consuming farm animals).
    Trump recently nominated Clovis to the post of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics (the USDA’s top science post). Another position for which Clovis possesses absolutely no qualifications. His only brush with science being a bachelors degree in political science in the 70’s.

    It was reported two days ago that –
    “WASHINGTON — Sam Clovis, the former top Trump campaign official who supervised a man now cooperating with the FBI’s Russia investigation, was questioned last week by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and testified before the investigating grand jury,..”

    Even though Clovis is stepping down from this nomination (his Senate hearing was scheduled for Nov. 9th), he will in fact – not – be leaving the Trump crime family:
    Clovis indicated in his letter that he will stay on at the Agriculture Department in a senior role, writing, “I will remain a devoted and loyal supporter and will continue to serve at the pleasure of you and the Secretary of Agriculture.”

  26. bynd says:

    Headlines you won’t find from the progressives on here or CC.

    Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

    from Politico, WaPo and many others.

    Watching the icon of the Dems being brought down and the disintegration of the party that’s history is now a history of losing.

    Now watch the fish fight against the lure.

  27. Whistlin' Dixie past the graveyard says:

    Lyin Liddle’ Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is soon to be former United States Attorney General.

    But you folks keep tellin’ yourselves that it’s all just ‘fake news’.
    Nothin’ to see here.

    • Carny says:

      Word on the street is Trump already has someone lined up to fill Liddle’ Jeffy’s seat…
      Gary Busey.

      After all, Busey did a cameo on the tv series Law & Order back in ’01.
      How much more experience does a Trump appointee need?

      • russian stooges are not patriots says:

        Probably just a little more than you have as an expert prognosticator and one who can’t understands what is going on these days. And only smidgen more than Holder and Lynch, the extortionists, put together.

        There’s always more waiting in the wings. And it can always be worse. Better the enemy you know than the one you don’t. By the way, that’s called wisdom. Try to find it some day.

  28. Waste Management says:

    I find it rather remarkable that the old school NEGOP stalwarts have abandoned Leavenworth St to the likes of a total f’ing maroon like bynd.

    One would think the ongoing humiliation of Donald Trump, Pete Ricketts, Adrian Smith, Bill Kintner, Steve Erdman, Pat Shannon, Beau McCoy, Tony Fulton, Dave Heineman, Charlie Janssen, Doug Kagan, Pete Pirsch et al would be enough.
    Do you really need the added ignominy of a synaptically-challenged troll like bynd stepping forward to rub shite in his hair every day on behalf of the brand?

    • Barb E. Dahl says:

      I agree, except, are you saying you regard Doug Kagan with the status of Pete Ricketts and Dave Heinemann? Or Doug Kagan with any of the other examples offered? This is definitely a mismatch! Doug Kagan is to the GOP about as much as Trump: a bombastic personality miserable in his own life, therefore casting shade on everyone else!

      • Waste Management says:

        Kagan’s is a ring every one of those politicians has kissed.
        Name for me a Nebraska politician that hasn’t made an appearance at Kagan event at Walnut Park, hat in hand. (brain disengaged)

        Kagan’s is a voice (op-ed) that has for more than a decade been allowed to be representative of the NEGOP.

  29. bynd says:

    Actually, it is time to block from this site those who call for others to be kicked off. If they think it is such a good idea, do unto them as they cowardly demand be done to others.

  30. Anonymous says:

    For Dems: The battle between GOP elites and Trump pales in comparison to the DNC being bought and owned by Bill Clinton using Russian money (remember China-gate?) in exchange for uranium and then having the DNC cut off Bernie’s balls.

    Crooks need to be smart. The only smart crooked Democrat is Bill. Debbie, Donna, Hillary and Barry are fools. Bill bought the DNC for $24 million in Russian rubles. And now, just as faithful Democrats are trying to woo voters in upcoming elections, they discover Bill bought the party and has it under his desk gobbling his goober while he fills his pockets. Congrats Bill, you raped an entire party.

    For non-Dems: Why is Sessions dragging feet on prosecuting this, you ask? He works for Trump, who isn’t shy to fire people, and Trump has timing and strategist’s grasp of when to jump and when to stay put. Trump knows that to drop a thing to its knees, its supports must give out first. That takes time to ripen. It has to get so bad and obvious that hard-core Democrats scream “Lock her up”, meaning Hillary. But then what good would the Clintons being out of the DNC’s hair be for Trump or the RNC? Sure, Trump will have to fix the Uranium deal and other wrongs done by past administrations, but prosecuting Clintons would allow the DNC to heal. Why allow that? Without the Clintons, the Progressive Jackass is still damagingly progressive. If the Clintons go on crippling the DNC, that’s a gift that keeps on giving. They may go to jail or just rust in place.

    If the Clintons are to be dealt with, it’s going to have to be Democrats who do it. Maybe the same way Clintons dealt with people in Whitewater. Oil drums and lime pits.

    • Reality eludes your grasp says:

      You ask:
      “(remember China-gate?)”

      Actually, I do remember China-Gate, even though it’s been more than two decades ago.

      Let’s review, shall we?

      The Justice Department opened a task force in late 1996 to begin investigating allegations of campaign fund-raising abuses by the Clinton/Gore re-election campaign. It expanded its internal investigation to include activities related to President Bill Clinton’s legal defense fund in December 1996.
      President Clinton publicly announced in February 1997 that he thought there should be a “vigorous” and “thorough” investigation into reports that the People’s Republic of China tried to direct financial contributions from overseas sources to the Democratic National Committee.

      – Charlie Trie
      The Justice Dept investigation found the most significant activity of “China-Gate” was that of Yah-Lin “Charlie” Trie, a name still bantered about on an almost daily basis by the tin foil hat wearing winger crowd.
      Trie attempted to donate $450,000 to Clinton’s legal defense fund. The money was allegedly delivered in two envelopes each containing several checks and money orders. The legal defense fund immediately rejected $70,000 and deposited the remainder, but ordered an investigation of the source. The investigation found that some of the money orders were made out in different names but with the same handwriting, and sequentially numbered. The fund then rejected the donation entirely, and returned the deposited funds two months after the initial contribution.
      At the conclusion of the Dept of Justice investigation, Trie was convicted of violating campaign finance laws in 1998.
      (smells like justice)

      And here, as summarized by the right wing American Spectator, is the entirety of the rest of “China-Gate”. A ‘scandal’ that more than two decades later wingers still can’t help but drag out and flog as if it were a seminal moment in America’s history, it’s criminality growing in leaps and bounds with each passing year.

      -John Huang
      An associate of Indonesian industrialist James Riady, Huang initially was appointed deputy secretary of commerce in 1993. By 1995, however, he moved to the Democratic National Committee where he generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal contributions from foreign sources. Huang later pleaded guilty to one felony count of campaign finance violations.
      (smells like justice)

      * Not noted in the American Spectator summary is that it’s likely Huang actually ended up costing the DNC money. The Justice Department found Huang guilty of arranging about $156,000 in illegal campaign contributions from Lippo Group employees to mostly Democratic Party political committees.
      The Democratic Party ended up returning more than $1 million in donations that Huang funneled to political campaigns from the Asian-American community, at large.

      -Johnny Chung
      Gave more than $366,000 to the Democratic National Committee prior to the 1996 campaign, but it was returned after officials learned it came from illegal foreign sources. Chung later told a special Senate committee investigating 1996 Clinton campaign fund-raising that $35,000 of his contributions came from individuals in Chinese intelligence (China denies this claim). Chung pleaded guilty to bank fraud, tax evasion and campaign finance violations.
      (smells like justice)

      Which all begs the question – What are we looking at here, Anonymous?
      $1.2 – $1.5 million dollars, total?
      All of it quickly returned by the Clinton’s and the DNC as soon as it’s origin was determined.
      The whole imbroglio immediately investigated by the Dept of Justice, an investigation encouraged by the POTUS?
      Everyone involved quickly brought to justice.

      A whole lot o’ nothingburger is what you’ve got, Anonymous.
      And you toss in the ‘the Uranium deal’, which amounts to even less. Actually, which has been thoroughly investigated and has been found to add up to absolutely NOTHING.

      It’s clear that your tin foil MAGA cap is more than a wee bit too tight.

      Sessions is going down and the Trump crime family’s long running money laundering scheme with Russian oligarchs and reprehensible third world dictators will bring a welcomed end to Donny Two Scoop’s madcap reign.

      • half-life of a lie says:

        Uranium One is a completely invented scandal pushed by Trump and Fox.
        The uranium deal is not now and never was even controversial.

  31. bynd says:

    And now we see even more clearly why they use the moniker, Waste Management.

    Along with their perverted and misogynist friends from the west coast, add to it, The Service Employees International Union announced Thursday that two more leaders have left the influential union over sexual harassment allegations.
    SEIU deputy organizing director Kendall Fells resigned and Detroit leader Mark Raleigh was fired, according to Bloomberg. Both men were key leaders in the SEIU’s “Fight for $15” campaign for a national minimum wage increase.

    Yes, one of the money bags of the Dem party is imploding right now and taking the Dems with them. and the real question is, why do the progressives on here condone these actions by not writing anything about them? Because they know that the only thing worse than a Kintner, is a progressive hypocrite. Of which all those who on here fit the bill.

    I maybe and idiot but Oracle, sparkles and their friends on here are worse than the lowest of the low. Does your wife lock the kids bedroom doors at night to keep you out?

    You can feel the feces and urine dripping off their hands on to the keyboard.

  32. Barb E. Dahl says:

    The ‘jobs’ report in the mornings news is both good and bad.
    The good: jobs grew.
    The bad: wages remained stagnant.

    This is the best reason out there for rejecting the GOP tax plan.

      • Hammer Time says:

        The tax plan is going nowhere.

        The GOP has birthed yet another massively consequential proposal from the secretive bowels of a dimly lit back room. As with healthcare, they’ll now attempt to ram it through Congress as quickly as possible via reconciliation (exactly what Madison and Jefferson envisioned).
        And of course, Trump will sign anything. He doesn’t have to know what’s in it. He doesn’t care.

        But now that it’s been birthed, the special interests get to weigh in. This is where the real battle begins.

        It will be fun to watch Trump try to openly buy the votes of his party’s hold-outs.
        You know Rand Paul will be standing outside the oval office with both hands out. And Joe Manchin is a Dem always at the front of the line willing to sell out the rest of the nation for the price of a new Minute Clinic in SisterDidddle, West Virginia.
        It used to be that politicians were payed off behind closed doors (of course with the exception of Boehner, who passed out Tobacco Lobby money on the floor of Congress immediately before a vote on a bill impacting the tobacco industry).
        But, not Donny. Donny unabashedly brings the grift, front and center.

        Too bad.
        The GOP has some ideas with merit. Unfortunately, none of them are in this bill.

  33. bynd says:

    What a day. Before the Rebup tax plan was even written down, the progressives on here panned it as for the rich only. And now that we know it is more favorable to families and the not rich, they find other reasons to pan it. Anything so they don’t have to face the truth.

    On the moral front. Sparkles and his ilk loose more ground daily. While they concentrate on the whataboutism of the Repubs. their party sinks further into debauchery, pedophilia and a bunch of degenerates. Which pretty much describes the progressives on here. From the bottom all the way to the top with Soros and his management folks.

    We also found out that Hillary was an illegitimate candidate. She and Bill bought the Dem party and they rigged their primary to make sure she was picked as a candidate. Looks like the results of the electoral college were spot on.

    And now we shall see a multy page post by Sparkles refuting all of the above or saying the Repubs. did so, so why can’t we? No shame or morals among the progressives on here.

    It appears my question of whether or not the wives of the progressives on here lock their kid’s door at night to keep the guys out was spot on.

    Dems. the party of misogynist, pedophiles, cheaters, illegitimate candidates, fraud and all the other scandals now surrounding HRC. Who of course, they still support as she continues her wacko tour of blaming even the kitchen sink for her loss.

    So I say to Sparkles, keep posting. Nothing turns off voters to you and your party than your inability to display your dirty laundry and still do nothing about it. You are the best thing to happen to the Repubs. around here. And they don’t even need it.

    And I can’t wait to see what the minorities do to the party after finding out the guy who would have truly represented them got screwed by the white guys and gals. I guess we can add racists to the Dems resume.

    RIP sparkles oracle et,al. Spitting progressive images of the likes of Jerry Falwell and Fred Phelps.

  34. bynd says:

    And how could I forget, the party of proven collusion with the Russians. With a dossier that will probably sink them as the true violation of law. Wow, so much to remember.

  35. Nothing to see here says:

    Liz should have kept her mouth shut before she knew if Hillary paid Bernie to remove what little spine he had, now she has to be smeared, but is a vehicle not to attack a black women, they can make it work. Now let’s get back to the russians

  36. Won't have Trump to kick around anymore.. says:

    The sitting POTUS is openly pressuring the DOJ and FBI to go after his political opponent.

    What happened to the good ol’ days of Watergate, when Republican presidents tried to hide their corruption, criminal proclivities and abuse of office behind closed doors?

    • bynd says:

      RFLMBO. what happen to the good old days when a party didn’t have serial rapist and pedophiles for their most public money bags and public speakers? And members like you who support and defend them. What kind of degenerate defends such people? What kind of person belongs to, defends and approves of a party that rigs primaries so only one party really has a chance? And then runs that illegitimate candidate for President. And loves to claim they won the popular vote when their candidate shouldn’t have even been running.

      And ever day, more revelations about the stalwarts of your party. Your identity politics now consists of the lowest of the low. Anybody, even Trump, doesn’t sink to the depths of you and those you support. And Billy boy Clinton fits right in.

      But hey, as long as you are white woman running as a progressive, that’s alright with these folks! Oh yeah, one with her husband who earns millions of dollars from the Wall street fat cats.

      • B. F. says:

        You’ve got a real obsession with pedophilia and sexual deviance, don’t you bynd.
        It’s a constant theme in your ramblings.

      • bynd says:

        B. F.

        Actually I don’t. They have become two of the most accurate descriptors of progressives and their party. And their are a lot of progressives on here.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        No bynd. B.F. is right. Go back and read what you have posted before Weinstein. And when you’re not describing deviance, you’re writing about throwing poop, or posturing for the next best insult. You rarely express anything meaningful; it’s all about rejecting what the other person wrote. You claim neutrality or independence but your ramblings are decidedly pro-Republican, anti-Democrat. No matter what the topic, you both revile the status quo and revile suggested change. You just appear so very unhappy and friendless on this blog… And now, you’ll have to come back and insult me, I know. You can’t help yourself. But bynd, I am not insulting you. I am only helping you get past yourself!

  37. Apocalypse Now says:

    Lock & Lock Patriots!

    In case any of you forgot – the time is nigh to insure the bunker is stocked and the bug-out shelter is prepped and secure.

    As Josh warned you a month ago (Oct 2), right here on L Street:
    “ANTIFA, initiates street violence and is openly calling for the violent overthrow of the US government and law enforcement.”

    Well, that “violent overthrow'” is officially expected to commence at halftime of the NU – Northwestern game – tomorrow!
    Here’s a headline and an overview of the coming Civil War. from Newsweek, 2 days ago –
    “ANTIFA SUPERSOLDIERS’ Are Coming To Kill White People Within Days: Right Wing Conspiracy

    And our friends across the pond at The Guardian have warned your fellow white warriors, from Wednesday’s paper – Why the far right believes a US civil war will start on Saturday

    So it’s time to do one last check on your supply of Glenn Beck Survival Seeds, Ron Paul’s Miracle Food Dehydrator, Sean Hannity’s Super Food Insurance and your new acquired LaPierre BumpStock Starter Pack – Family Edition.

    If you need a last minute checklist of everything a Patriot Prepper will need to survive, you can go to:
    www dot GriftingCoins&VotesFromRubes dot nut

    • Donna B says:

      Any grifting besides Obama(drained DNC)and the Clintons are “all World”, I don;t think there is another women in history bigger than Hillary, she makes the history of Roma totals combined look like pikers.

  38. Anonymous says:

    NE has the only Nonpartisan Unicameral legislature. Only NE and Maine have Split EVs. Then too, as “Sewer Socialists” only Nebraskan’s have a statewide true public power grid and local sewage purification is handled soviet style. Yet Nebraska is a Red GOP state. Sure, why not? We championed populism, we championed progressivism, we birthed Kool Aid, as in don’t drink the Kool Aid of politics. We don’t drink it, we chug it.

    Nebraska needs Electoral Fusion too. That will to allow candidates to appear on the ballots of more than one party at the same time.

    Most states ban Electoral Fusion today, so Nebraskans will undoubtedly love it. The only state that routinely uses Electoral Fusion anymore is New York. The first big fusion gubernatorial election was held in New York when a Whig was on twelve different party ballots, including that of the “Anti-Rent” Party and the “Strong-Minded Women” Party. (I hate paying rent but my woman insists I do.)

    Today there a Liberal Party of NY that runs Democrats, and a Conservative Party of NY that runs Republicans, both withholding ballot access to politicians not pure enough of political principles (an oxymoron as mythological as whorish-virginity). Basically, these outrigger party types in NY gain power from Electoral Fusion to they can stab candidates on their own side of the fence. Nebraskans will love it.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      “Sewer Socialists” soviet style! Umm, yeah. ‘Cause when I lived in Omaha the sewers routinely overflowed in some areas of town and never overflowed in others. Indeed, the entire sixteen years I lived in Omaha “local sewage purification” was always on the agenda. And I’m told now a decade after that, those sewers aren’t separated yet! So yeah. It’s soviet style! Those with money and power get; the rest don’t.

  39. Lil Mac says:

    Soviet power Husker style. Funny, Apparently the idea is that citizens who can’t change the oil in their cars will visit meetings of the electric commissars and voice their opinions on how power best be generated and distributed. Which reminds us why this is a republic and not a democracy.

    That said, power rates are low in NE so socialism apparently works for some things and competition better for other things. Sewers notwithstanding. One might conclude that our common needs fit socialist answers while uncommon and desired things fit free market solutions.

    Since Republicans want to kill Democrats for being socialists and Democrats want to kill Republicans for free markets, is it any wonder that Americas are choosing what’s behind Door Three?

    • Barb E. Dahl says:

      I’m not wondering whatsoever. Door number three better emerge from Independent candidates though as we have seen from the colossal failure of what the Republican Party has dredged up. But even with Independents, we can’t know what we’re getting, until we get it. We really got it good and hard this time, didn’t we?

      • anon says:

        Yeah Hillary did get it good and hard, she thought because lame ass Bernie liked it everyone wanted some. Don’t set your clock , it’s been broken for awhile

  40. bynd says:

    It appears, once again, the House will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
    Watch my lips, no new taxes. Bush
    We won ‘t raise taxes on the middle class. Obama
    This tax bill is meant to protect the middle class. Trump

    And of course the progressives complain the bottom 35% get nothing. Well, they pay nothing.

    I doubt they pass any plan. Whod thunk it!

  41. Fact Check says:

    “We won ‘t raise taxes on the middle class. Obama”

    And with rare exception (cigarette tax, tanning salons) he didn’t.

    • bynd says:

      Keep smoking that funny weed. He said he wouldn’t, he did. Pretty simple concept. Your splitting of hairs not withstanding.
      The SCOTUS said he did whether or not the head in the sand progressives say so.

      But hey, there is more than one way to skin a cat.

      The revival of middle-class jobs has been one of Obama’s mantras since he took office in 2009 fighting the worst economic crisis in generations. It was a major theme of his last State of the Union address and is expected to feature in the one scheduled for Tuesday.

      The revival of middle-class jobs has been one of Obama’s mantras since he took office in 2009 fighting the worst economic crisis in generations. It was a major theme of his last State of the Union address and is expected to feature in the one scheduled for Tuesday.

      In the six years through 2013, over the recession and recovery that have spanned Obama’s tenure, jobs have been added at the top and bottom of the wage scale, a Reuters analysis of labor statistics shows. In the middle, the economy has shed positions – whether in traditional trades like machining or electrical work, white-collar jobs in human resources, or technical ones like computer operators.

      • Fact Check says:

        Obama’s was the longest streak of private sector job creation, in history.
        Maybe you prefer the economy GW and the Republicans left behind? The Great Recession?
        Millions newly homeless. Thousands killing themselves out of despair.
        Then again, you’ve nursed from the govt. teat your whole life. We in the private sector have made sure that your checks always arrived, and continue to arrive, no matter what happens. And we’ll keep paying for your boner pills, you heart pills and all those hospital bills.

        June 29, 2015, Politico –
        Obama overtime rule could raise wages for 5 million
        The regulation would be the most sweeping policy undertaken by the president to assist the middle class, and the most ambitious intervention in the wage economy in at least a decade..
        ..Business groups and congressional Republicans have been gearing up for a fight over the rule. Earlier this month a House Education and the Workforce subcommittee held a hearing largely devoted to excoriating the overtime rule, sight unseen.

        Sept 13, 2016, WaPo –
        Middle class incomes had their fastest growth on record last year

        And it’s Donald Trump and the Republican party who have spent a lifetime attacking middle class Americans.
        June 1, 2016, USA Today –
        Exclusive: Trump’s 3,500 lawsuits unprecedented for a presidential candidate
        (Trump is notorious for refusing to pay Mom & Pop contractors, forcing them to sue for the money they’re owed. Then there’s Trump University, just one in a lifetime of scams designed to prey on the middle class and working poor)

        July 27, 2017 –
        Gutting Health Care Not Enough? Trump Moves to Undercut Overtime for Millions
        As a thank you to his working-class supporters, the billionaire takes the next step toward eviscerating the Obama-era overtime expansion.

        Dec 8, 2016, Politico –
        Trump launches war on unions

        Aug 30, 2017, WaPo –
        The Trump administration’s ongoing attack on workers

        Nov 11, 2015, The Hill –
        Trump doubles down on debate claim: ‘Wages are too high’|

        May 8, 2017, WaPo –
        Republicans launch new tactic in latest attack on federal unions
        Newly emboldened congressional Republicans are taking a novel approach to their longtime efforts to undermine federal employee unions.

        Apr 3, 2017, NBC News –
        Trump Pulls Back Obama-Era Protections For Women Workers

        May 27, 2017, Chicago Tribune –
        Trump signs bill killing Obama-era worker safety rule

        And if you’re a Nebraska farm family or live in an ag dependent state, TPP, NAFTA and now GIPSA –
        Nov 5, 2017, Lincoln Journal Star –
        Dumping GIPSA makes ag worse off

        This just scratches the surface.

      • bynd says:

        Fact check,

        Well as is your MO. You don’t directly address what I posted. But in answer to your post, Obama’s recovery was the weakest in history. But that is neither nor there just like your post.

        And where as I criticized three Presidents, two Republicans, we get nothing from you but a regurgitation of what you have posted, boorishly, a thousand times before. Slavishly defending with you drivel a man who divided this country more than ever and added more to the debt than all the previous President combined.

        And finally, what makes you think, and I use that term loosely around you, that anyone but the snowflakes care what you post about Trump? As much as I would like him to stop tweeting, he is doing the job he was elected to do. All your world-is-coming-to-an-end hyperbole not withstanding.

        And now we know, Hillary was the illegitimate candidate. Imagine that.

  42. Scapegoat says:

    Trump helps Hitler escape from his bunker
    Trump hid Saddam Husseins nuclear devices
    Trump hid Osama bin Laden in Trump Tower for a year
    Trump signed Kim Jong ll’s 38 under par scorecard
    Trump wants space aliens deported back to their planets
    Trump sold sparkles that crap he smokes

      • bynd says:

        He’s a legend in your own mind. Do you dream about bynd too? Does your spouse get tired of hearing the name always on your lips?

        Poor little tortured snowflake.


  43. November Uniform Tango Tango Echo Romeo Sierra says:

    Breaking radio silence for a quick check on casualties.

    Please report in on how many cities were lost to the ANTIFA SuperSoldiers during the weekend rioting.
    We’re bunkered in our secret bluff dwelling and have maintained radio silence since Friday night, so as not to be discovered.

    If there’s anyone still out there, if anyone can hear my radio call, please advise on movement of the Soros Armies and Alynsky Bombers.

    N.U.T.T.E.R. out.

  44. America in decline says:

    It’s highly unlikely we can sustain a democratic society if citizens can’t distinguish fact from fiction.

    At no time in modern American history has the threat from within been so great.
    While at a time where both global unrest and ever-evolving global competition challenge even the very brightest minds among us, large swaths of Americans rejoice in turning away from those minds.
    They attack institutions of learning and shun academia. The politicians they elect are rewarded for dismantling vital organizations that possess the innumerable decades of experience and knowledge required to lead and for America to continue to succeed.
    Irreplaceable insight lost, leaving America weakened and vulnerable. Yet, millions cheers the destruction right now under way.

    The citizenry is failing those who fought and died for us.
    We are failing our children and grandchildren.

    • bynd says:

      For at least a couple of decades, the educational cabal has pushed nothing but college prep in high school and all must go to college.

      But as you point out, they have none of the skills needed for critical or logical thinking.

      Propaganda has been around since the beginning. (look at the above post, all opinion no facts) But now, especially through social media, it is a crisis. Why?

    • Sparkles says:

      I know what some of you may be thinking, but the above wasn’t me.

      (the giveaway should be the lack of typos and coherent train of thought)

      Welcome to the fray, friend.

  45. Politically Deft says:

    If you watched Brazile during the 2008 primary election on CNN it should be no surprise of the revelations from her book. She tried playing talking head without prejudice with Hillary and Obama, a skill exercised by the likes of a Perino on Fox. Indebted to the Clinton regime but wary of their enemies list, but excited(understandably so) at Obama’s success. Interesting the debate question. Since Zucker says he investigated into nowhere, my money is on Anderson Cooper as her source.

    • Rare Company You Keep says:

      Is it Fox ‘News’ pushing this? Is it that transparently pandering tool, Tucker Carlson?
      Sean ‘Spittles’ Hannity?

      An educated guess puts the number at seven.
      Seven people on the planet that give a f*#k what Donna Brazile thinks.

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