Poll? What poll?

Breaking news?

A new poll was released this week showing Don Bacon down by 9 points to Brad Ashford, among other things.

Don’t fret – the sky isn’t falling. The Democrat-aligned pollster, Public Policy Polling, has earned a reputation… and not a good one. This particular poll was an automated 20-question survey of 535 voters in NE-02 over November 8-9. Oh, did I mention the poll was commissioned by Nancy Pelosi’s PAC? Yes, the same Nancy Pelosi who gave Brad Ashford’s campaign thousands of dollars last quarter. PPP didn’t even release the list of questions or demographics of who was polled. Furthering their reputation, apparently.

Did you get polled for this? If so, leave a comment.

meanwhile…

National publications such as Roll Call are releasing their lists of vulnerable House incumbents for 2018. Fewer and fewer are mentioning Don Bacon. You might think they know something the Democrats haven’t figured out yet, but Democrats are well-aware that Bacon has strong support. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has released their “Red to Blue” list of their top 11 target districts, and NE-02’s Bacon isn’t on it. National Democrats are still supporting their chosen one, Brad Ashford. But it doesn’t look like he should expect the cavalry to come riding in to save him, either.

Where’s Kara?

In all of the hubbub about the polling and targeted districts/candidates, one thing is clear: The national Democrats aren’t even considering Kara Eastman as a factor in this race. Maybe she doesn’t need them. After all, she has this guy on her side, and he REALLY doesn’t like Brad Ashford. He gets bonus points for a great list of Brad’s flip-flops.

tax problems

Somehow, Brad Ashford is upset with the new GOP tax plan because Nebraska has such high taxes. So, Brad served in the Legislature for 16 years and allowed our state taxes to climb this high, yet now he complains they’re too high? Certainly one of you fine readers can explain this reasoning. Probably not, though.

416 comments

  1. Crazy liberals will do anything to sway the news their way. Quite frankly, it’s disgusting. When the elections comes around, everyone will know that the people want a strong, conservative leader representing District 2 and one that follows the MAGA agenda, and that’s Don Bacon.

  2. Anonymous says:

    “So, Brad served in the Legislature for 16 years and allowed our state taxes to climb this high, yet now he complains they’re too high?” Allowed? How did ONE GUY “allow” state taxes to climb? Was Brad Ashford singly and solely responsible for all state taxes, and all changes to state taxes, over a 16 year period? Just curious.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      The taxing problem in Nebraska results more from holes in the tax base than from the amount the government collects. And yes, Brad Ashford is ONE GUY very responsible for enhancing holes in the tax base there. Just check his voting record on all bills proceeding from the Revenue Committee.

      It’s the same principle at the federal level, whereby the proposal to reduce corporate taxes from 35% to 20% implies that corporations are actually paying 35%. For the most part, they are not.

      We need a fair tax, one whereby everybody pays taxes at the same rate, no exceptions and no excuses. A fair tax base would truly yield lower taxes for everybody, or at least everybody now paying taxes, simply by filling in all the holes in the tax base. And yes, a fair tax would increase taxes on those now not paying taxes. That’s the way the attribute of “fairness” works out.

      • A brush with reality says:

        Locke –
        1 ) “Brad served in the Legislature for 16 years and allowed our state taxes to climb this high,”

        Texas Annie –
        2) “yes, Brad Ashford is ONE GUY very responsible for enhancing holes in the tax base there”

        1a) deluded, partisan gibberish, bordering on juvenile.

        2b) baseless

        Brad Ashford served for 16 years, 12 of the 16 were under a Republican Governor and in a Republican dominated legislature. Brad Ashford had zero control of tax policy for 12 of 16 years.

        In the 4 years Brad may have had the opportunity to sway policy, while serving under Gov. Ben Nelson, the record shows –
        “During his tenure, Nelson cut spending from the previous administration by 64%, when it was forecast to rise by 13%.[1] He introduced legislation to cut crime through the Safe Streets Act and Juvenile Crime Bill, advocated for low-income families through the Kids Connection health care system, and enacted welfare reforms. He also cut taxes for over 400,000 middle income families in Nebraska[2].
        Ben Nelson so pleased a deep red Nebraska in his first term, he was easily re-elected in 1994 with 74% of the vote – the largest margin of victory for a governor in half a century

        1 – State of Nebraska Annual Budgetary Reports, 1987-1998
        2 – govdocs.nebraska.gov 1993 State of the State Address

      • TexasAnnie says:

        “Brad Ashford had zero control of tax policy for 12 of 16 years.”

        So are you saying Brad Ashford did not vote in the affirmative on any of the myriad tax incentive bills plaguing revenue collection in Nebraska since 1988? And are you saying that Ben Nelson was a “good governor”?
        The arguments you came back with do not apply to what I wrote, but if indeed you believe Ben Nelson was a “good governor,” then we have a major disagreement (LB742, 1995 illustrates otherwise).

      • A brush with reality says:

        Ben Nelson was preceded by Kay Orr and succeeded by Johanns, Heineman and Ricketts.

        When judged against his peers, Nelson was a PHENOMENAL Governor.

        A dart throwing monkey would have done less harm to the citizens of our state than the GOP reign of error we’ve had to endure over the last three decades.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        I came back a second time today to see if you responded. Ben Nelson promoted and succeeded in achieving the screwing of disabled children in need of Special Education. This is his legacy: LB 742, 1995. And I personally had the “honor” of meeting him in a reception line when he thought he was meeting friendly executives and their wives, plus a chance encounter in a capitol hallway, whereby each time he looked me in the eye and lied to me about his intent concerning LB742, 1995. I’m not a stupid person, former Sparkles.

        Mike Johanns, on the other hand, who was taken by surprise when I asked him while on his gubernatorial campaign trail whether he would protect the constitutional right of children with disability to a free and appropriate public education, as guaranteed by federal law, agreed without hesitation that if such children were being denied enrollment, they would be enrolled under his administration. And when he became governor, poof, the legislative inability to “fix” the residency statute dissolved and children who were formerly denied a public eduction were enrolled in their nearby schools.

        Whom would you trust, given what I personally experienced, the horror of which ultimately cost me my belief in America…at least ’til I got back to Texas!

  3. Carmen Wonder says:

    I just love cracking jokes about Ken Riter being homeless. It was hysterical when he used to tell me to drop him off “at the gym.” Everyone knew he was homeless but I’d drop him off at the gym and he’d walk over to crash on Ernest Vining’s couch, then I’d run around cracking jokes about it to everyone because I’m a fuming sack of s%!&. #WhiteTrashGirlMagic

  4. I really love the denialism. No, I mean it. I love it. The fact is, GOP party identification nationally is way down, and Ashford’s lead just confirms that. The Dems haven’t yet adjusted to the fact that they’re going to win the ‘marginal’ seats without much effort, and dig deep down into the red. That’s what the GOP embrace of Trump/Moore has gotten you all.

    And no one in the GOP knows it, because everyone with an IQ above room temperature is #nevertrump and is looking forward giddily to November 2018.

  5. Downtown Republican says:

    One of the 535 voters called was – ME! Questions were designed to elicit the response Public Policy Polling wanted. It was not a scientific poll. Results are for entertainment purposes only.

  6. progressives love to post about little girls and old men says:

    Surprise surprise, the old, fat white guy who loves porn comes up with the post Making Adolescent Girls Available.

    As Steppenwolf sang,

    Well, you don’t know what we can find
    Why don’t you come with me little girl
    On a magic carpet ride

    Well, you don’t know what we can see
    Why don’t you tell your dreams to me
    Fantasy will set you free

  7. Locke is clearly confused says:

    According to statistician Nate Silver, Public Policy Polling had a tendency to slightly lean Republican as of September 2016.
    As of February 11th, 2017 Silver’s website, FiveThirtyEight, gives PPP a B+ grade in its pollster ranking.

    The PPP poll has nothing to do with Nancy Pelosi.
    It was paid for by Patriot Majority USA, a PAC founded in 2005 by Democratic political strategist Craig Varoga.

    AND –
    Here is what the PPP poll actually says –

    From: Anniken Williams, Public Policy Polling
    To: Craig Varoga & Alixandria Lapp at Patriot Majority USA
    Subject: Congressional Republicans Vulnerable in Upcoming Re-Elections
    Date: November 13, 2017
    “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to poll in House districts where Members of Congress might be persuasion targets as the House prepares to take up the Republican tax reform plan. Our new survey finds that 14 incumbent Members of Congress from California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin are in fact quite vulnerable in their upcoming re-elections, ..”

    “In Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, Republican incumbent Congressman Don Bacon has an approval rating of 40%, and 48% of voters say they disapprove of the job he is doing. President Trump has an approval rating of 42% and a disapproval rating of 54% in Bacon’s district, while 8% of voters say they approve of the job Congress is doing and 85% say they disapprove. Speaker Paul Ryan is also unpopular with 28% of voters saying they approve of the job he is doing and a majority (62%) responding that they disapprove. These percentages, along with a hypothetical matchup between Bacon (40%) and Democrat Brad Ashford (49%), indicate that Bacon is quite vulnerable in his upcoming re-election. Also, the new tax plan is not popular in his district, and a plurality (48%) of voters indicated they would be less likely to vote for Bacon if he voted in favor of the Republican tax plan.
    PPP surveyed 535 NE-2 voters from November 8-9, 2017. The margin of error is +/- 4.2%. This poll was conducted by automated telephone interviews.

  8. the party that keeps on giving, says:

    Whether you want what they are giving or not.

    Harassment claims shine light on California Capitol partying

  9. Actually, I am pretty mad. I had no expectations of Bounds (a former high-school superintendent and exemplar of the Peter Principle) but I did think more of Ronnie Green. In response to political pressure from the three rubes, they picked on a grad. student who probably can’t fight back because you can refuse to hire people for things you can’t fire them for.

    Preying on the vulnerable is so Moore/Trump.

  10. Nebraskan says:

    Preying on the vulnerable? I could see the establishment using the grad student, who is toy of the system as the lackey, You want to play truth to power when you are in power. Opinion is not hard science, especially yours.

    • The truth will set you free says:

      “grad student, who is toy of the system ”

      You’re clearly clueless about the activist bent of that grad student.

      And if you look up “preying on the vulnerable” in the dictionary, you’ll find an 80’s era hologram accompanies the definition. A hologram that, as you change your viewing angle, transitions from a cackling Donald Trump to a leering Roy Moore.

      It’s inexcusable that UNL’s leadership allowed itself to be played and ultimately dominated by the alt right hate group, Turning Point USA.

      • We don't need no education says:

        First they came for the immigrants, and I did not speak out – because I was not an immigrant.

        Then they came for the free press, and I did not speak out – because I was not of the free press.

        Then they came for the teachers, and I did not speak out – because I was not a teacher.

      • Chew on it says:

        They came after the student and she spoke , and the watchfulness of the citizens responded. You speaking for the admin, or the faculty, or yourself. you seem not to let it go. Paranoid- they’re coming after academics. Give us another one of your childish definitions

  11. Anonymous says:

    Harbison, you now say you will murder, kill, “slay” Trump supporters.

    You are moving beyond just being on law enforcement watch lists.

  12. Anonymous says:

    You make a good point. To keep from being a total jerk, imagine whatever you wish for your political opponents happening to your own children. It helps provide some grounding in reality.

  13. Yep says:

    Ben Sasse was in Iowa on Saturday night, where he addressed a fundraising banquet of 500 Christian conservative donors and activists.

    In posturing for 2020, Ben, who embarked on his political career nearly 14 years ago in the role of Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy in Washington, D.C., described himself as and ‘outsider’.
    An ‘outsider’ who happens to occupy seats on the Committee on Armed Services; Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Subcommittee on Economic Policy; Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance; the Joint Economic Committee and the Committee on the Judiciary.
    A Republican ‘outsider’ in a GOP controlled Senate supported by a GOP controlled House serving the ready and willing pen of a sign-anything-and-call-it-a-win GOP President.

    • MT Suit says:

      He did have his ACA remedy, likened the blowhard guy on Liberty Valence who said he was going forego reading his speech and threw the wadded blank paper on the floor.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Your rhetoric is thin, Professor. We notice you pulled your word “SLAY” from your appellation.

    If we said we wish to “slay” your dog, for example, would you assume we meant other than killing the pooch?

    You said you wish to murder Trump supporters. You should be arrested.

    Then you try to weasel out of it. Your expertise mixing chemicals may be profound, but in matters politic, you are an emotionally childish shite.

    Your progressive leftist University masters don’t mind if you are jailed or not. You once were a pain in their ass and now they use you to wipe theirs.

  15. Nebraska's treasure sacrificed for Foreign profits says:

    SD utilities commissioner ‘deeply disturbed’ by Keystone leak
    “This is a relatively new pipeline. It is supposed to have an operating life of more than 100 years and it was supposed to be a state-of-the-art pipeline construction. It appears that it is not,” Hanson said by phone Monday.

    “We’ve had three fairly major leaks just on the border with North Dakota and two in South Dakota in a very short period of time,” Hanson said. “One might expect this to take place on a pipeline over a period of 30 or 40 years at the maximum, yet it’s been fewer than 10 years.”

  16. Pass the popcorn says:

    The NEGOP is going to offer up a kooky konservative candidate to challenge Deb Fischer from the right!

    MORE guns!
    Life begins at closing time!
    Choke out government -before- drowning it in the bathtub!
    Marriage should be between a man and woman who knows her place!
    Drug test every old person before allowing them to cash their Social Security check!

    • Internecine says:

      I hope TaliBannon (and his sugardaddy, the Mercers) pour 10’s of millions into the NE primary.
      Come on Steve-O, give an honest go, unload that bag of dirty GOP tricks, right here in River City.

      You out there Watson?
      How about a catchy little jingle for the GOP base? Here’s a title to work with: Subsidy Deb.
      Maybe sung to tune of the Beverley Hillbillies theme song –
      Come listen to my story ’bout a gal named Deb
      So rich a ranch lady you’d imagine a celeb
      Then one day she was hidin’ in D.C.
      And in through the mail came a fat ‘ol subsidy

      Tax payer dollars that is.. a workin’ stiff’s gold.. now a rich man’s charity..

      There’s a ‘worship drummer’ up in Omaha who might be able to give you a hand polishing up that tune.

      Hiding has always been Deb’s go-to debate strategy.
      It’ll be fun watching her duck Watson as she hides from her own constituency throughout the primary.

      • DEMs, the misogynist party says:

        And yet no matter who it is, the Dems won’t even mount a good try candidate.

        Because as much as most don’t want the usual worthless politicians in charge. It surely is heads above your pervert party. Although your new money man Larry Flint would probably disagree.

        And why is it you are hiding from all those deviants who have called themselves progressives so obvious? Because you are just the snowflake version of the sanctimonious Fred Phelps.

        As Queen sang, another one bites the dust.

      • Sing this says:

        Too many faculty espouse their personal political views as gospel in cases where their views have no relevance

  17. Silence of the Lambs says:

    The Pentagon has announced that on November 12th the Army recovered additional remains of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, a month after his body was found.
    Remember that Johnson’s widow was not permitted to view his body and she even publicly speculated about what was really in her husband’s coffin. It now seems they didn’t tell her that what was in the casket was not her husband’s entire body.

    Where are all you Benghazi!!-Benghazi!! cucks now!!

    Then again, the Green Beret soldier’s name was Sgt. La David Johnson and his grieving Gold Star widow is Myeisha.
    This could certainly explain much of the silence in TrumperLand.

    Maybe this is just another unfortunate instance where “many sides” are to blame?

    • you sure do like shining objects don't you! says:

      Benghazi!!-Benghazi!! cucks now!!

      Where? Watching stories on Charlie Rose, Rep. Conyers and all the other skeletons coming out of the Dem’s closets.

      Because Sgt’ Johnson’s situation is nothing like Benghazi. Keep watching the shining object while the rest of us watch what is important and relevant.

      As Manfred Mann said about such as you, Blinded by the Light.

  18. The walking dead says:

    I see all the weasels are back out as the pervert storm has passed. They should hold one of those all star benefits for Willy, it’s never ending, and wont go away

    • Making Assault of Girls Acceptable says:

      Do you mean Derwald ‘Tiny Hands’ Trump coming out of his Assaulters Anonymous closet to publicly support his fellow predator and pedophile pal, Roy Moore?

      Yep, pretty f’n amazing.
      Who could have ever imagined the POTUS would publicly announce his support of a known serial pedophile?

      What in God’s name is wrong with you people?!

  19. Hear Ye Hear Ye says:

    The U.S. will formally recognize its first new political party since the founding of Jimmy McMillan’s – Rent Is Too Damn High Party – in 2005.

    In conjunction with yesterday’s formal endorsement by the President of the United States, Durwood ‘Tiny Hands’ Trump, we officially note the founding of the P. O. P.

    Party Of Pedophiles

    The P.O.P. has announced an Inaugural Black Friday Fundraiser Sale to be held at Klan lodges nationwide – where you’ll find Pants Half Off.

  20. Cuts says:

    Gerard Harbison needs to get back to work. Maybe the University should start looking at cutting his department. He seems to have way to much time on his hands.

  21. Insight - Subsidy Deb says:

    Public Policy Polling – Nov 14, 2017

    “A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that Nebraska voters are very unhappy with Congressional Republicans, and Senator Deb Fischer is quite vulnerable headed into the 2018 election.”

    Fischer – 35% approve vs. 45% disapprove
    – 19% of Nebraskans approve of the job the Republicans in Congress
    – 73% disapprove of how Congressional Republicans are handling health care
    – 56% disapprove of how they are handling taxes

    When asked if they think Senator Fischer deserves to be re-elected or if they think it is time for someone new, 48% said it is time for someone new and only 35% believe she should be re-elected.

    Fischer (42%) leads against Democrat Jane Raybould (31%). After being given Democrat Jane
    Raybould’s background and asked again who they would vote for, Raybould leads Fischer: 38% to 35%.
    – 71% of Nebraskans don’t yet know who Raybould is

    Voters believe that Fischer does not mainly look out for the interests of regular Nebraskans.
    45% believe Fischer has changed and mainly looks out for Washington, D.C. interests and her political party, and only 33% believe she looks out for regular Nebraskans.

    Survey of 1,190 Nebraska voters from November 10-12, 2017.
    MoE +/- 2.8%.

  22. Limber limbic says:

    I saw this elsewhere and I thought it might be interesting to people here.

    Per the BJS’s National Crime Victimization Survey, 38% of rape/sexual assault victims are men; with 46% of male victims reporting female perpetrators. Incarcerated victims are not included in the data, though that too isn’t what we thought it was. – The point is, what we think we know, we often don’t know. Neither do the experts.

    Today’s wave of sexual assault claims by women who earn their living in Whorelywood, Nude York City and Brothel Beltway, obscures a deeper truth; i.e. we all viscerally hate being forced. Rape and sexual assault are more like a mugging or con-job than lovemaking. Power, Money and Sex are deep human needs, and attaining them is driven by a brain that isn’t as rational as most experts wish.

    The big divide today is between most leaders who believe themselves rational, and so are blind/crippled, compared to the fewer who, academically as cognitive psychologists and intuitively as skilled negotiators, know better. Everyone in fact makes decisions at a gut level based on cues often below our awareness and only later, if at all, do we filter it through our higher rational cortex to confirm or deny our gut choices. This juicy heuristic nonlinear thinking is a shortcut usually to accurate survival answers. To understand this is to run circles around most “experts” who see it as magic. Its not. People think cerebrally only after they decide limbically.

    Almost no one in power understand this. And that isn’t the fault of the few who do. Most politicians, professors, pressmen, and pollsters don’t know how people think while they make their living telling people what to think, while hooting at whatever emotional banana is presented to distract them.

    • Jung Kant make this stuff up says:

      “Rape and sexual assault are more like a mugging or con-job than lovemaking.”

      Which lends insight into why your grifting president*, Donny Two Scoops, is also known to be a serial assaulter.

    • Smith & Wollensky says:

      Of note –
      The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), is a national survey of approximately 49,000 to 77,400 households twice a year in the United States, on the frequency of crime victimization, as well as characteristics and consequences of victimization.
      The survey focuses on gathering information on the following crimes: assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, rape, and robbery.

      It would seem a glaring omission from that list of frequency/characteristics of crime victimization would be the victimization via profligate gun violence in the United States.

      But of the course, this omission is intended.
      The NRA, via their puppets – the GOP, have actively blocked every attempt at compiling statistics and conducting research into gun violence for more than two decades.

      Every year in the U.S., more than 30,000 people die from things related to guns.
      That puts guns ahead of HIV, Parkinson’s disease, malnutrition, hypertension, intestinal infection, peptic ulcer, anemia, viral hepatitis, biliary tract disease, atherosclerosis and fires.

      The American Medical Association has declared gun violence ‘A Public Health Crisis.’

  23. GH, gerard the horny says:

    GH quote, Proudly ignorant. Ruthlessly amoral. Sanctimoniously hypocritical. Unregenerately authoritarian…need I go on?

    So, GH is now self identifying as a Trumpkin. Interesting.

    Not that any of his posts above are sanctimonious. And his fascination with teenage girls. He truly is following his new masters the progressive perverts from the left coast. And the east coast.

    And here he is, as in other posting areas, squabbling with rubes and impressing his fellow progressive perverts. Impressive.

    Great show GH.
    RFLMBO

      • anonymous says:

        I’m crushed by the cowardly anonymous GH. How do we know he is who he says he is?

        And the liar is concerned that he is getting what he gives.

        If you don’t like the standard, don’t set it. Pretty simple concept.

      • At any point, I can make a change on my UNL web page to prove who I am.

        I don’t lie. And if I did, why haven’t you quoted specifically where the lie is?

        Because you’re in your mom’s basement, wearing her clean underwear, sniffing her dirty underwear, and trying to pretend you’re a man. Sorry. Not working.

        By, the way, not kink-shaming. It’s victimless, though your mom might not be so tolerant.

      • the lout doth protest way to much says:

        GH, I can only say your description is so realistic, you must be living it as you are writing it.
        cause = effect

        And instead of protesting like a little whining child, just put your proof out there.

        For others to believe you don’t lie, is to mean they believe you have honor. If you did have honor, you gave it away to Trump a long time ago. Think about it.

      • Trump, the air GH breathes says:

        Or better yet right next to the misnomer RWP.

        And there are Trumpkins and then there are Trump lovers like you. He gives your life meaning. More than anything you might think he gives your Trumpkins.

      • Flynn has turned. Mueller’s only making deals if it gets someone further up the food chain. Ain’t many people further up the food chain than Flynn. He’s no George Papadopoulos.

        Won’t be long now, my little Trumpkin pal. And then you’ll have the rest of your life to explain to your fellow citizens why you supported him.

        My money’s on Kushner next. And you know pretty-boy Kushner ain’t going to be someone’s prison wife if instead he can rat out dear old daddy-in-law.

      • Barb E. Dahl says:

        Well, Flynn’s lawyers will no longer share information with Trump’s lawyers. But it’s speculative that Flynn “has turned” and it’s still not clear whether Flynn will even be indicted.
        It would be a Thankful event for Mueller to indict further up the food chain, agreed.
        By the way, Happy Thanksgiving!

      • bynd says:

        Well GH, it seems all clarity of mind has left you. Can’t say we didn’t see it evolving.

        Point out one time I defended Trump. Never happened.

        However playing by your rules of the game. I would guess a professor who announces publicly he likes porn and then goes to teach a class with all those teenagers he keeps posting about on here probably stands more of chance to be indicted before his 24/7 mind companion Trump.

      • Bynd:

        No doubt in your preferred authoritarian state, it would be illegal to say one likes porn, but right here, now, in the good old USA, it ain’t.

        90% of adult male humans in the US will admit to watching porn, and the other 10% are liars.

        I have no idea who most of the posters here are. I have no idea, therefore, when and where you’ve posted support for Trump. Your denials, therefore are pointless.

      • real men don't need porn says:

        To: the right reverend gerard

        Prove your assertions, 90% of adult male humans in the US will admit to watching porn, and the other 10% are liars.

        And since that is a lie, it taints all you post. And don’t think because you can’t control your urges all other men are like you. The only liar in all of this is you. But the more you lie about it, the more we know how much you need to justify what you do.

        I gave you real statistics on porn, underage children in porn and human trafficking in regards to porn. You counter with numbers pulled from you enlarged butt.

        I’ve been there. Deeper than you can even imagine. But once you truly understand the damage done, to keep doing it makes one about as low as you can go.

        Come back when you get your mind back and can discuss in a logical way and with clarity. Because the only one you fool with all your other men are like me, the numbers are more like 66%, is just a feel good mechanism for pervs.

        An addiction, even to porn, is an addiction. An addictions are just symptoms of deeper problems.

        From the WellTrainedMind, I think some pastor told me 90% struggle with it and the other 10% lie.

        I need to go take a shower, you make may me feel like I am covered with your sludge.

      • The line you hilariously want a cite for is a variation on a common joke. But then religious nuts and humor are like two non-intersecting circles on a Venn diagram.

        You want a real cite? 84% of American men have masturbated. Many of the others have some form of sexual dysfunction. As Ron Jeremy said, banning porn won’t stop it. He used to watch Gilligan’s Island while doing it.

        You don’t get to control what other people do with their genitals. Deal with it. Particularly since your sexuality seems pretty damn abnormal.

        “I need to go take a shower, you make may me feel like I am covered with your sludge.”

        Not my kink, but I can get you a referral.

  24. The jerk says:

    Stewart Smalley better bail, that ethic committee isn’t going to cut it, the line may get even longer with his ass grabbing, he will be welcome at SNL

  25. Anonymous says:

    Your Clintons and Bushes are identical cripplers. They should be pureed and poured back into the swamp from whence you all come. For you are America’s problem. You value apologies. You stand for civility, politeness, politics. All of that is never anything but lies. Lies that comfort and make you a danger to yourself and all around you. You don’t know politeness from fact, civility from truth. There’s no fixing idiots like you. And the fact that you think Trump is wrong is you breaking your own skull with a hammer. Keep going. You are still twitching.

    The chain from Reagan to Buchanan to Perot will continue on after Trump. You don’t see that as vital to the USA’s survival. That’s because you believe in the cancer. And the higher you are in the food chain, the less you see how wrong you are. Okay fine. Keep on hammering Trump. With each of your blows, America improves.

    We dare not feel sorry for you. For you are the disease that populism arises to cure.

  26. ““I negotiated a cooperation deal for a target with Mueller’s office when he was U.S. Atty and lemme tell ya, he’s not gonna give one to Flynn unless he implicates someone up the ladder. That means Kushner, Don Jr., or Big Daddy,” wrote Norm Eisner, a former White House Special Counsel for Ethics on Twitter.”

    Opening wagers now please. I’m leaning towards Kushner, obvs, but it could be any or all

  27. Note to a phony says:

    Your record is about as good as NU FB, but you know what they say about a clock. Muellar has about as much credibility as Comey, and the justice (gag)system. You were no conservative and you sure as hell ain’t no libertarian, who are just democrat light these days. It is no surprise a educated genius operates on hate, stick to intimidating blonde students. These strawman convictions are going nowhere and are just noise of compromised 3rd world law.

  28. CB... O f*^k says:

    The Senate Republican tax plan gives substantial tax cuts and benefits to Americans earning more than $100,000 a year, while the nation’s poorest would be worse off, according to a report released Sunday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

    The CBO also said the Republican bill would add $1.4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade.

    Under the Republican plan, by 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be worse off under the Senate bill, CBO found.
    By 2021, Americans earning $40,000 or less would be net losers, and by 2027, most people earning less than $75,000 a year would be worse off.
    On the flip side, millionaires and those earning $100,000 to $500,000 would be big beneficiaries, according to the CBO’s calculations.

    Under the Republican plan 4 million Americans to lose health insurance by 2019 and 13 million to lose insurance by 2027.

    A new study by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows Nebraska is one of 19 states whose residents would pay more in federal taxes in 2027 under the Republican plan.

    Yet – none of this matters to the Morons Are Governing America party.
    Every one of Nebraska’s elected officials supports this massive fleecing of America’s working class, and the brain dead, no information voters that comprise the NEGOP base stand and applaud their malfeasance.

    Nov 2, 2017, LJS headline –
    Fortenberry, Smith hail GOP tax reform plan

    Nov 16, LJS headline –
    Ricketts, GOP officeholders support tax reform, praise Trump

    Nov 19, OWH headline –
    Midlands Republicans applaud GOP tax plan’s passage in House

    WTF is wrong with you people?

    • ignorance is irrelevance says:

      WTF is wrong with you people?

      The progressive agenda is even worse. Simple concept. If you understood it, you wouldn’t be so irrelevant.

      As most of those who voted for Trump keep trying to make you understand, they didn’t vote “for” Trump but against Hillary. but that must be a very complex concept. Even our in resident professor can’t grasp it.

      As for the rest, all your hysterics of what might be have been, have shown in the recent past to be quite a lot of a to do about nothing.

      WTF, what’s wrong with you people that you can’t get people elected? Another lesson you should have learned. It isn’t about the other side, but paying attention to your own side. DUH

      • Barb E. Dahl says:

        WTF is wrong with you? How could the progressive agenda be worse than Nebraskans paying more in federal taxes by 2027? It is not unusual for Nebraskans to highjack themselves when it comes to paying state taxes. But why surrender to more federal taxes?
        And by the way, it’s ‘much ado about nothing,’ not ‘a lot of a to do about nothing.’ Sheesh.

      • for you it is Dall not Dahl says:

        If you have to ask, then you don’t have a clue. It is about more than taxes. Although I realize for many like you it is all about the money.

        As for the other, it is whatever I wish to post. If I cared it only takes 30 seconds to look it up. And I don’t so I didn’t.

        It’s called bait for morons to respond to. Thanks for proving my point.

  29. Riddle of Steel says:

    GH-I saw your comment in OWH in response. When my daughter was at the university it reminds me of a comment her professor in a moment of clarity told her the reality of educators, it fit you to a T

  30. Fleischmann's Active Dry says:

    Yet again, James O’Keefe and Project Veritas are exposed as repulsive parasites.

    Parasites who’ve burrowed deep in the deluded psyche of a conspiracy addled Republican mind.
    A party whose elected officials are either 1) wholly incapable of critical thought, or 2) so beholden to the 0.01% that they’ll embrace any and all abuses of their constituents in furtherance of their own self interest.
    A Republican electorate which has somehow become incapable of comprehending anything beyond rote sloganeering, anything beyond the limits of a ball cap, bumper sticker, or tweet. i.e. – ‘Lock Her Up’ ‘Build The Wall’. ‘CNN Sucks.’ ‘Hillary For Prison.’ ‘Make America Great Again.’
    Having turned over the reigns of government to ALEC, the Koch’s and Heritage, the Republican party has now abandoned completely the pursuit of thoughtful governance of a great nation. The body politic that constitutes the modern GOP has devolved into nothing more than Primal Scream Therapy.
    And the elected can get away with their self-serving malfeasance because they govern an electorate with an attention span so short that the even the most heinous and overtly injurious of political deeds perpetrated against them loses electoral consequence in less than time than is required for yeast to bloom.

    Of course, O’Keefe’s lechery will be quickly forgotten and/or forgiven in the all-encompassing dementia of Wingerland.
    One can hear the excuses being formulated now – ‘but, but both sides in American politics run wildly dishonest stings on reporters to help elect child molesters to the Senate.’

    • O Keefe is guilty says:

      You think that Franken fella will will be forgotten/forgiven political tact will work also. I just want to boil it down on that

  31. Orville Redenbacher says:

    Republican Senate candidate Todd Watson has bought much of the ad space on Lincoln’s right wing radio (Coby Mach’s KLIN) to call out Deb Fisher as a liar.

    Hannity came after Ben Sasse yesterday on his radio program, publicly appending to Ben the nickname –
    ‘Sasse the Ass’.

    (finger’s crossed that TaliBannon’s sugar daddy, the Mercer’s, have opened up the checkbook)

  32. Silence of the Lambs says:

    There is one, solitary agency in all of government whose sole mission it is to protect and defend the financial interests and well being of American consumers – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
    In their 6 years in operation, they’ve won nearly $12 billion in relief for more than 29 million consumers who were unduly harmed by illicit business practices.
    The CFPB stands as the lone safeguard for Main Street against determined financial predation.

    The Republican party, on behalf of a who’s who of predatory capitalism, fought tooth and nail against the formation of the CFPB. For six years Republicans have waged and relentless, open war on bureau, trying desperately to kill off the agency.

    They’ve just now appointed as its head, its executioner.

    All Americans will once again be imperiled in order for Republicans to appease their puppet masters by allowing these predators to again engage in illicit business practices crafted to steal your money and the money of your family.

    “..the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

  33. Republican's assault on working class Americans is broad and unrelenting says:

    Minutes ago, Lincoln Journal Star, via Noam Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau –
    GOP plan to repeal Obamacare insurance requirement could wreak havoc in some red states, including Nebraska
    “WASHINGTON — The Senate Republican plan to use tax legislation to repeal the federal requirement that Americans have health coverage threatens to derail insurance markets in conservative, rural swaths of the country, according to a Los Angeles Times data analysis.

    That could leave consumers in these regions — including most or all of Alaska, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming, as well as parts of many other states — with either no options for coverage or health plans that are prohibitively expensive.

    “It’s very, very concerning to us,” said Denise Burke, health care analyst at the Department of Insurance in Wyoming, where the cheapest plan for a 40-year-old consumer in most of the state will cost $586 a month next year.”

  34. Crisis awaits courtesy of Republican malfeasance says:

    The current Continuing Resolution to fund federal government operations expires next Friday, December 8, at midnight.

    Republicans control the Presidency, the Senate and Congress.

    This morning, via twitter, Donald Trump declared that he didn’t “see a deal” to avoid a government shutdown.

  35. Former Republican says:

    It’s never been more apparent that the current Republican party simply knows no shame.

    shame
    /SHām/
    noun
    1. a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.

    • You sold me says:

      You just got to give to internet posts that have a former party member point out the shortcomings.
      Brings to mind this quote-“If it’s on the internet it must be true”-Abraham Lincoln

  36. Old Crow says:

    Buried deep in the Republican ‘Tax Plan’ is a proposal substantially lowering the federal excise tax on alcohol.
    It’s something the Alcohol Lobby has been seeking for decades.
    It’s something economists and public health experts argue would amount to a public health disaster.
    Excessive alcohol consumption imposes a monumental cost, in myriad ways, on our society and is currently the third leading cause of preventable death.

    Next up –
    Republicans introduce a bill crafted by Tobacco Lobbyists to include a free pack of Marlborough with every school lunch.

    • The Grundle King says:

      Right…because the only thing stopping people from turning into raging alcoholics is a relatively small tax on booze.

      Just like the only thing stopping people from committing mass murder is a federal tax on ammunition.

      • Pappy Van Winkle says:

        The evidence re alcoholic prices, even small changes, is quite clear and incontrovertible.
        From the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health –
        The Effects of Prices on Alcohol Use and its Consequences
        Xin Xu, Ph.D. and Frank J. Chaloupka, Ph.D.

        And just for fun, re weapons and ammo – a quick visit to wingerland.
        World Nut Daily, circa 2013 –
        WHY IS GOVERNMENT STOCKPILING GUNS, AMMO?
        Is the U.S. government getting ready for a war we don’t know about?
        “In a Halloween column last fall, I stated that, if re-elected, Obama would “declare a full-scale war on his domestic opposition.”
        If any Republican, conservative, independent journalist, pro-life activist, returning veteran, gun-rights activist, constitutionalist, Bible believer or critic of Obama thinks they will be safe in a second term under this would-be despot, they had better think again – real fast.”

        Alex Jones, 2015 –
        BEYOND DENIAL: PREPARATIONS FOR MARTIAL LAW IN AMERICA

        Alex Jones, 2015 –
        Gov’t Secretly Stockpiling Munitions For Domestic War

        Alex Jones, 2016 –
        LIBERALS STOCKPILING GUNS, AMMO IN PREPARATION FOR “TRUMP APOCALYPSE”

        Alex Jones, two weeks ago (via Sputnik News – yes, Russia’s govt controlled news):
        BOMBSHELL REPORT: US WEAPON STOCKPILE USED BY ISIS FOUND IN SYRIA
        Discovery collaborates with Hillary State Dept. memo supporting jihadis in Syria

        Dec 2, 2015 –
        “Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down,” Trump told Alex Jones during a Wednesday afternoon appearance (arranged by Roger Stone) on the Alex Jones’ Infowars show.

      • The Grundle King says:

        So, seeing as you’ve made the claim that the tax is “substantial”, I’d like for you to tell us all how much the reduced tax would affect the price on a can of beer. After all, if the tax is so substantial that it’s going to drastically reduce the price of an alcoholic beverage, perhaps we could have a more informed discussion on the potential for detrimental impacts.

        As far a the rest of your post, it’s just the same ol’ Sparkles. But hey, spend your time however you like.

  37. Even in darkness, Hope Remains says:

    The Pentagon has confirmed that at 1:17pm an intercontinental ballistic missile, with “more than enough range to reach Washington, DC” was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea and splashed down in the Sea of Japan within Japan’s Economic Exclusion Zone.
    “We do not know how heavy a payload this missile carried, but given the increase in range it seems likely that it carried a very light mock warhead,” wrote David Wright, physicist and co-director of the Union of Concerned Scientist Global Security Program.

    ——————————

    President Obama arrived in Shanghai today to speak at a business conference. He’ll also address an education conference in Beijing before meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping.
    From China he’ll travel to India, where he’ll speak at a leadership meeting in New Delhi and meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He’ll later hold a town hall meeting for young people hosted by his foundation.
    He’ll finish his trip in Paris, where he’ll speak at another conference and have private meetings with undisclosed European leaders.

  38. Humiliating America on a Global Scale says:

    Your mentally challenged president is now retweeting the white supremacist, Islamophobic hate group, Britain First.

    There’s also this little gem, from yesterday:
    “The two most effective ways of communicating with Trump are ‘Fox & Friends’ and ‘Hannity,’ ”
    – Newt Gingrich

    It’s reported that Donald Trump wanders about the White House mumbling about sundry conspiracy theories promoted by cretins like Hannity and Alex Jones. Laughable stuff, like birthersim, Uranium One, or his newest claim, that the Billy Bush ‘Access Hollywood’ video is fake.
    All those Republican elected officials who have been – behind closed doors – highly concerned about Donald Trump’s oft-demonstrated mental instability, need to step to step forward and share their concerns for the good the nation.

    The plague of Trumpism and the complicity of the self-serving Republican party is a clear and present danger to America.

    • Yep says:

      A minority of Americans showed up at the polls last November and elected a racist, Islamophobic, misogynistic, conspiracy-addled. president who regularly does racist, Islamophobic, misogynistic, conspiracy-addled things.

      • bynd says:

        As opposed to the other candidate who even after the current President has been in office a little over 10 months was, according to Susan Sarandon, even more dangerous. Not to mention she was an illegitimate candidate.

        But the best part is, progressives not getting their anointed elected and never complaining about what she/they did wrong. And I love the minority part. Every president for a long time has been elected by a minority of Americans. Even Obama. Duh!

        And that is proof why the Dems can’t get elected. They can’t get the real numbers they need because they don’t know what those numbers are.

        Stupid is as the progressives continue to be. Not to mention the wackos they continue to bring over to their side.

      • Yessiree says:

        “illegitimate”
        Only to those among the truly moronic a handful such as yourself.

        A minority of Americans –
        2016
        Hillary Clinton: 65,853,516
        Donald Trump: 62,984,825

        2012
        Barack Obama: 65,915,795
        Mitt Romney: 60,933,504

        2008
        Barack Obama: 69,498,516
        John McCain: 59,948,323

      • a moron is one who loses to Trump says:

        And Bernie Sanders, and Donna Brazile are morons in your book. even Joe Biden said, I never thought she was a great candidate’. So it would seem that only you and HRC’s die hard lemmings believe as you do. And your party is more divided than ever and with all the amorals coming out of the wood work like cockroaches, remember, you are known by the company you keep(support).

        She was illegitimate by your own party’s rules.

        But let clarify my answer, even if elected HRC would have been elected by a minority of
        Americans. So your point is still, DUH.

  39. a moron is one who loses to Trump says:

    No one deserves more of getting what they deserve than arrogant, sanctimonious, progressive losers. 1000 elected seats loss under Obama.

    Garrison Keillor bites the dust. Another progressive hypocrite pervert is outed and canned.

    As the eights years continue to vanish into oblivion.

    Court sides with Administration on CFP leader.

  40. Fiscal Calamity says:

    The fact that U.S. debt is about to soar past $20 trillion “is the type of thing that should keep people awake at night,” outgoing Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Wednesday in testimony to Congress.

    Thankfully, ‘fiscal conservatives’ are now in control of all policy making branches of government.
    You can be certain none of Nebraska’s widely proclaimed ‘fiscal hawks’ would ever vote to pass a bill that would add, by even the most conservative of estimates, $1.4 Trillion dollars to an already staggering debt.
    Surely common sense Nebraska politicians see no benefit in creating a massive new welfare trough from which the most privileged Americans will gorge themselves.
    The most upper of America’s classes, who are right now amassing ever greater fortunes, courtesy of a booming stock market and record corporate profits, largely made possible through the efforts of a prior administration.

    Surely good ol’ midwestern values will preclude passage of a bill guaranteed to explode our deficit, an event that will in turn “force” these same fiscal conservatives to lay siege to Medicare, Medicaid, and even Social Security.
    The analysis is complete, We’re quite certain of the pending consequences. Students will be hurt, so will the working poor. Seniors will be immiserated. Charitable organizations will be devastated and health care will vanish for millions of Americans. Higher education will be shredded in an unprecedented fashion, leading to a loss of American leadership in science and research. Within the coming decades, taxes will rise to an insupportable level on the poor and an already struggling middle class.

    But, world’s wealthiest will get a tax break in the trillions, and the president’s family will get a tax break in the hundreds of millions.

    What d’ya have to say for yourself Deb?
    Ben, you’re rarely at a loss for words?
    Don, Jeff, Adrian?
    Y’all are strangely silent, no?

    • if you're relying on government, you're a fool says:

      Or maybe, just maybe, people will learn to rely on themselves, spend with in their means, only have a family they can afford and realize that the one thing more useless than class warfare are politicians.

      When you understand that what you make is what you must live on, life becomes a lot simpler.

      • if you're relying on government, you're a fool says:

        If I and about 13,00 others like me had not, you would never have flown anywhere. Oh, and that was when we took over for the strikers while you stayed home and cried your eyes out about how you could get to your next vacation. Some us, even government employees, earned their wealth. But you?

        You were helping build a party of misogynist, serial rapist, child molesters, and all your favorite white guys who oppressed women. Cheering HRC, one of those who attacked those who came to you for help when all your old white guys did the best the could to defile every woman they came in contact with.

        Yes, I helped rebuild the ATC system. And you?

      • Brazen Hypocrisy says:

        So you were one of those directly responsible for bringing to an end to millions of good paying jobs for hard working, middle class Americans.

        You know, those lifetime jobs from the ‘golden days’ that Republicans so desperately long to return to?
        The days when a man, by dint of hard work and dedication to task could secure a paycheck that would put a decent roof over his head, feed and clothe a family, pay doctors bills, keep a good car in the garage and maybe even send a kid or two to college.
        Those days were brought to you by decades of hard fought victories by the very Union employees whose job you stole.

        And the man that Republicans still herald as Saint is the same man that fired those 12,000 Union workers in 1981.
        An assault on America’s working class that marks the beginning of the end for millions of good paying American jobs.

        It’s not a coincidence that every historical chart that tracks income inequality in America points to a single date signalling the beginning of its explosive rise – 1981.

      • youi're just another stupid snowflake says:

        No dumb ass. I was one of those who checked with all his buddies he served with, had joined the FAA and were then on strike. And they agreed to the person, go for it.

        And by the way cretin. Within 6 years we started a new union. Your ignorance when trying to discuss something you know nothing about is not a surprise but is still appalling.

        You really are a freaking moron. You have no idea what went on then and by who. So, STFU!

        Because it is your party, starting with Billy Clinton, that has become the quintessential party of deviants and women abusers. Not to mention child abusers and serial rapists. But you seem to be proud to be an integral part of such a crowd.

        Freaking dumb ass! But hey try again. A masochist never knows when to quit. Like you, they enjoy getting their butt kicked in public.

      • youi're just another stupid snowflake says:

        Brazen Hypocrisy

        PS, just so you don’t make a fool of yourself again. I’ll give you this education tidbit for free. Unions are responsible for the demise of unions. It’s called taking personal responsibility. Something you and they seem to not understand.

    • Inherit the Wind says:

      Hey little Timmy, hey little Sara, your parents and grandparents, along with Uncle Don and our good friends in the Republican party inherited a booming economy, churning out record corporate profits, and in return, they’ve left you and all your friends a big fat Christmas present:
      Stifling, oppressive, mind numbing levels of debt, a hollowed out educational system, unaffordable healthcare and a crumbling infrastructure.
      Enjoy!

      • (D) demons (E)enjoying (M) minors and women says:

        He said as he abused little Timmy and Sara. Ignoring progressive grampa’s years of sexual abuse of grandma and other females he thought he could dominate.

        Yes, the Dems. The party of amoral leaders. And the lemming followers who knew but did nothing about it.

        Yes little Timmy and Sara, tell Inherit the wind that he has been found out and you want nothing more to with him.

        Some people put their hands in your wallet. Inherit the wind and his fellow progressives go way further on where they put their hands.

      • take another shot bozo. RFLMBO says:

        Gerard, child porn, sex trafficking. Gerard, child porn, sex trafficking. Gerard, child porn, sex trafficking. Gerard, child porn, sex trafficking Gerard, child porn, sex trafficking. Gerard, child porn, sex trafficking. Gerard, child porn, sex trafficking. Gerard, child porn, sex trafficking
        Gerard,
        Gerard, Matt Lauer, Harvey Weistein, Rep Conyers, Sen. Franken, Ben Afflack, Kevin Spacey (your particular type Gerard. He liked children also). Garrison Keillor, and about twenty others.

        Congratulations bozo, they are now the company you will be associated with.

        So much for being part of a cult.

      • GOP Jamboree says:

        Roy S Moore
        Donald Trump!
        Roy S Moore
        Donald Trump!

        Hey Little Girl please hike that skirt up high
        High, high. High!

        Come along expose your schlong
        And drop your dungarees

        D-O-N…. need a lift little girl! A-L-D… deep in my pocket is candy! T-R-you-M-P!!

      • bynd says:

        GH,
        the issue with you is that you put yourself forward as some morally superior person. But then give the majority of the cretins a pass.

        Whether you like them or not, your silence on their transgressions is all that is needed to infer you agree with them. Or at the very least, have no problem with their actions.

        As to your change in beliefs. I could care less. But as the GH I first saw on here, you were at least trying to be fair criticizing both sides. Now, your posts are no different than the zealot partisan hacks. And your I’m a victim shtick is boorish.

  41. Students Trumped up charges says:

    Went thru the Turning point professor list last night, amazing how many were cited for suppressing Free Speech.

    • Look up Danielle Allen. And then read her piece in the Harvard Crimson. Just publicly criticizing Trump gets you on the list, slandered by Charlie Kirk, and then threatened by anonymous cowards like you.

    • I find all of this sidesplittingly hilarious — the guys with religious insignia on their facebook pages who lie without shame, the conspiracy theorists, the not-so-closeted racists. But the funniest thing of all is stuff like the above. Jihadists hate apostasy, but not as much as you loons.

      My greatest sin is that I used to align with conservatives on a lot of strategic issues (and looking back on that, some of it was disgusting). But, since the Republican Party lost its collective mind, I no longer do so. That drives you nuts. I swear if y’all weren’t so chicken5hit, you’d try a beheading.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Professor Harbison, you may be a genius with a chemistry set but you are too easy to bait. You need to consider what you are doing. You have responsibilities, people to feed, a job to keep. If you cannot keep your cool and refrain from rising to crafted taunts, use a pseudonym.

    Look at what you write. In reaction to you being accused of flip flopping on your principles, you blast out a defensive assertion that you are effective and others are afraid of you. You stewed on that for a while and then followed thirteen minutes later by you denigrating others for them being hypocrites, with examples of them acting counter to their professed stances, as if that justifies your own repudiation of yourself as RIGHT WING PROFESSOR, an appellation you chose for yourself. You couldn’t write what you now write as RWP. But you told everyone who RWP really is. So its now impossible not to see you as a hypocrite. When you revealed your name, you characterized that idiocy as heroism. And now, as your atheism bends back and you admit as “sin” that you “used to align with conservatives”, you are stuck being seen as a massive hypocrite because you outted yourself. You refer to your own behaviors as “disgusting”. But you think you are on the mend.

    You blame the GOP for it losing its mind. You have found sanity on the other side. You don’t deem yourself hypocritical while you condemn yourself openly for either what you believe now or before. You project your admitted, guilty hypocrisy and obsession on everyone else, calling them crazy. And you end up suggesting others should try beheading people.

    Professor, you have already spoken enough violent words about national leaders to end up on a watch list. Now this. You keep this up and the progressive bosses who giggle at you hating yourself as RWP, they may find your risky behavior beyond your usefulness to them.

    • “You have responsibilities, people to feed, a job to keep. If you cannot keep your cool and refrain from rising to crafted taunts, use a pseudonym.”

      I don’t feed anyone. And my job is tenured. Even if they wanted me gone, I’d be retired before they managed to get me out. And if they fired me for views expressed as a private citizen, well, the triple damages would be a nice final touch to the retirement package.

      If you don’t like the snark, don’t read the snark.

      I haven’t changed my principles. The optimistic, often thoughtful GOP I aligned myself with 25 years ago is gone. Completely gone. It’s been replaced by something stupid, and mean, and nasty, and ugly.

      The ‘Right Wing Professor’ was actually originally a joke. The Daily Nebraskan referred to me as a right wing professor. I thought fine; I have a handle.

      As Keynes said, “when circumstances change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”.The answer is, you don’t change your mind. You ignore the circumstances. Changing one’s mind does not make one a hypocrite. On the contrary, it’s a sign of life and growth.

      As for the ‘watch list’…are you keeping one? B/c I really doubt anyone else is.

      But take your veiled threats and…well, you know what to do with them.

      • Sparkles says:

        “I haven’t changed my principles. The optimistic, often thoughtful GOP I aligned myself with 25 years ago is gone. Completely gone. It’s been replaced by something stupid, and mean, and nasty, and ugly.”

        Almost exactly what I said when leaving the GOP in 2005, a year with a Republican President, Republican Senate and Republican House (Dennis Hastert – Speaker).
        Leading into 2005 was the global airing of the Abu Ghraib horror – stories and images of American soldiers torturing captured Iraqis – detainees sodomized with “a chemical light and perhaps a broomstick.”; an Iraqi teenage boy screaming as an Army translator raped him while a female soldier took pictures; images of attack dogs being loosed on bound, naked prisoners; naked prisoners covered in human excrement and stacked on top one another; urinating on detainees, pounding wounded limbs with metal batons, pouring phosphoric acid on detainees, and tying ropes to the detainees’ legs or penises and dragging them across the floor.
        Enter 2005 – a single year – a year for which the highlights read something like this:
        ‘Brownie’, and his handling of Hurricane Katrina
        the Tom DeLay corruption investigation (prison sentence)
        the Abramoff (prison) scandal (in collusion w/Abramoff’s crime syndicate – Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, Tom Delay, Grover Norquist and Christian Coalition founder, con man extraordinaire, Ralph Reed)
        Plamegate (Scooter Libby, prison sentence)
        Terri Schiavo
        Bob Ney (prison)
        Randall “Duke” Cunningham (prison)
        Mark Foley
        and a veto of Stem Cell research.
        Of course, all the above is in addition to the ongoing clusterf*^k of our blunders throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.

        It is very close to what I said when leaving the NRA in the early 90’s.

      • Sparkles says:

        I would never lay claim to being a better man – than anyone – but it is likely I was paying closer attention at the time.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        And I’m a better woman than both of you! I left the Republican Party in 1990 when Newt put out a contract on America.

  43. Political Novice says:

    I’m just a political novice. Your talk of politics frightens and confuses me. I mean it REALLY frightens and confuses me. When I hear of talk about the national debt surpassing 1.4 trillion dollars I think “gee – that’s a lot”. You see – my tiny mind can’t even conceive of number that high. All the details about taxes and health care I hear daily leave me more frightened and confused than ever. I may not know much about those but I do know this:

    Call me insensitive but all these accusations of sexual misconduct is leaving me numb. Yes, I get it – it’s wrong – it’s boorish and it needs to stop. But the media attention given to this seems excessive considering there are other important issues which affects everyone of us (health care and taxes). I say – let the citizens of those states make the decision to retain or remove those accused in office with their vote. If they desire to make their states the laughing stock of the country it’s their choice. Looks to me like all those in the media and entertainment industry are policing their own.

    Call me naive but I can’t get worked up about North Korea firing off a missile. I’m of the opinion Kim Jong Un is completely sane and using the threat of the United States as a boogeyman to ensure his control and to explain all the hardships to his people. Even the most craziest of despots has to realize going to war with the most powerful nation in the world will end badly for him and his people. I’m convinced he is using this threat as leverage and a way of showing his people he is protecting them from the big, bad United States. President Trump taunting him is NOT helping.

    Call me stupid but I have lost all faith in this administration in providing the leadership to get things done. The health care issue continues to perplex me in that I don’t understand why it needs to be completely rescinded and replaced. Granted it’s not perfect but surely it could be tweaked and improved. No one ever gets everything they want but I’m starting to believe because it had Obama’s fingerprints on it that many want it to fail and it seems like this administration is doing everything it can to insure that. i don’t have much faith in the tax revision as well but I guess we will soon see how that turns out. In the meantime I will just continue to eke out a living and hope I stay healthy.

    But what do I know?

    • bynd says:

      I use to wonder how those pro golfers and other good golfers got so much spin on their ball they would back up after hitting the green. As my pro told me, first you need a ball that is capable of doing that. And the TopFlites I was hitting were not.

      Or as a skilled carpenter friend told me, you need the right toll for the job.

      What I am saying is, you’re looking in the wrong place for the info you seek or you need to understand that many on here are not in the business of embarking knowledge but agenad’s.

      With that, I’ll keep my agenda to myself for this post. OK, except for, Dem or Republican, they are different sides of the same coin. Proof? Except for a few blips otherwise, the deficit and debt keep rising, government keeps growing.

      • Political Novice says:

        I understand what you are saying but everywhere I read or listen to seems to have an agenda. At least here there is back and forth debate. The talk radio shows in this area are so one-sided that I have switched over listening to sports programs. The major news networks all have their agendas as well. I simply have to rely on the strength of the argument to who makes the best point while listening to both sides. That being said I have completely lost faith in this current administration based on what has transpired so far. I am a registered independent and have been so for many years. I used to be registered as a republican but as you stated found they were just the other side of the coin. President Trump and company have done more to turn me over to the democratic side than any argument before them and I’m sure I’m not alone.

        Thanks for the advice but I think I will stick around and continue reading. Let everyone take their best shot to prove their argument. But I think those who are defending the President and his administration here are facing an uphill battle.

      • Abby Normal says:

        PN,

        If you take from this conversation nothing else, be sure to heed this sage bit of advise:
        “you need to understand that many on here are not in the business of embarking knowledge but agenad’s.”

        When embarking, always beware the agenad’s.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        By all means, watch out for the agendas. But while cautiously doing so, I recommend C-Span2.
        Right now, the Senate is debating the proposed tax overhaul and for just one moment, I thought Sherrod Brown’s (D-Ohio) amendment might gain traction. He spoke of rewarding corporations for repatriating their companies/cash to American soil while paying higher wages and better benefits for American workers. Sadly, instead, it looks like corporations will get the lower tax rates for repatriating, but without giving the worker benefits…

  44. TexasAnnie says:

    I’ve been reading this morning that Sen. Rubio (Little Marco) says in addition to the proposed tax cuts, the Congress needs to make “structural changes” to Medicare and Social Security. It puts me in mind of the “structured growth” that Ben Nelson instituted concerning DD education and services. Nebraska ended up cheating children with disability of their public education altogether, as in: they were not permitted to enroll in their nearby school because the STATE OF NEBRASKA had moved them out of their (statutory) residency location. It was simple enough to fix the residency statute. But it took five years under the “leadership” of Ben Nelson…

    Of course changing Medicare and Social Security is not constitutionally guaranteed, as is public education. But I’m betting this Congress, or possibly any Congress, can’t make the “structural changes” hoped for because folks receiving Medicare and Social Security can fight back, unlike wards of the state, living with disability, under Ben Nelson’s leadership…
    (This post is for you, Sparkles. I want you to learn the truth about DD education and services in Nebraska.)

    But let’s consider the possibility of changing Medicare eligibility from age 65 to 70. Sounds like an easy enough fix, except, for those persons who will be turning 65 the following year! Are they likely to say, well heck, I guess I’ll just keep working another five years? ‘Cause in 1995, parents and guardians of children in need of Nebraska special education were expected to say, well heck, we’ll just do without necessary services enabling such children to access and participate in the classroom.

    Another daughter of mine, mid-30’s, doesn’t believe there will be Social Security in the future for her. And maybe she is right. But with current proposed tax policy, including changing IRA’s and ACA coverage, it has become clear to me that she will not have the opportunity to become “personally responsible” for her own healthcare and retirement which was available to her parents. And I truly regret what this Congress is doing, but, as with the 1995 assault on the one daughter, this daughter will thrive and survive too…

    “God Bless The Child That’s Got His Own!”

  45. anon says:

    Just think what you could have been done with a fraction of the money that Bennie threw away by reneging on the nuclear compact, and the same person puts turkeys on his land to lower his tax rate, It is not democrat or republican, because they morph into the same swamp denizens. We have a hybrid right now in Sasse, bred and well trained so confident in his political arrogance to jump to the top of the political environment even with his phantom ACA fix carried in his empty suit

    • You 235 says:

      What’s it worth to -not- turn your state into a toxic waste dump?
      Any thoughts on the countless thousands of rail cars, cars filled to the brim with nuclear waste, each rolling through Nebraska communities large and small as they make their way across Nebraska’s rolling hills, streams and plains on their way to Boyd County?
      Boyd County – bordered to the south by the Niobrara River (designated a National Scenic River) and to the east by the Missouri River.

      I can see the Tourism flyers now –
      Come to Beautiful Nebraska folks!
      Take in the unique, almost ethereal beauty of our Sandhills. See night skies filled with stars as you’ve never before experienced! Drink directly from the fresh waters that bubble up through the pristine soils of the Sandhills, water – for millions of years freshly stored – emanating directly from one of the world’s largest and most treasured natural aquifers.
      And now – for a limited time – Half Off on the Rental of Radiation Suits – a requirement for those 12 and under!
      *(sorry – pregnant or expecting mothers not allowed in large parts of Nebraska’s Sandhills)

      And here are some recent stories from one of those states/communities (Richland, Washington) who agreed to accept the exact waste Ben Nelson declined to allow in our state –

      Nov 29, 2016 –
      Welcome to ‘the Most Toxic Place in America’

      May 9, 2017 –
      Emergency Declared At Nuclear-Contaminated Site In Washington

    • bynd says:

      They also don’t believe in free speech the way we do and they have a lot less personal rights/protections from government than we do. Plus their Parliament loves to get physical in their debates. I could go on, but if you like how they do things so much, you know the rest.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Harbison’s sudden uptick in crazy verbiage now makes sense. It turns out he joins other tax-paid teachers in bashing anyone who objects to a tax funded English Department teaching little English while it defends illegal aliens getting taxpayer benefits. They all are hypocrites but Harbison is a traitor. As RWP he was the top critic of what he now endorses. Were this Ireland, he’d earn a flaming necklace for such active betrayal. But he needs his job. We understand. That he tries to justify his betrayal as noble reveals the depth of his humiliation. The man’s ethic has been essentially raped.

    Reread the UNL English Department’s mission statement. Zero mentions of English or Literature in its lead with a stated goal of teaching “social justice”, protesting, and targeting Right Wing Professors.

    Harbison was turned. How? That’s easy. Get a student to say he insulted her and he’d be unemployable anywhere forevermore. Guilty or guiltless makes no difference. Look at Hollywood and the Democratic caucuses. Allegations get you fired by Democrats who cannot do math and find facts useless. They embrace good feelings as reality and will crush human beings over hurt feelings. Harbison was unlucky enough to be employed by such intellectual pimps. What must that do to a proud man, whose education and talents exceed that of most of the leftist shits he works for?

    If Harbison taught Chemistry the way UNL teaches English, his students wouldn’t recognize a Periodic Table of Elements.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Contrast the first posting on LeavenworthSt.com, at least this incarnation, ever, with this most recent post and the conversation surrounding it.

    This blog has become Leavenworthless. It needs a round in the head, a round in the heart, deletion and burial. Street Sweeper, time to do your duty.

    • What keen insight says:

      Contrast the first posting on LeavenworthSt.com, at least this incarnation, ever, with this most recent post and the conversation surrounding it.

      Well.. okie-dokie then!

      Here’s the first posting on LStreet, in its entirety –
      January 17, 2006
      “This is a new blog for insight into Nebraska politics.
      The insight is mine.
      If you have any insights, you can share.
      But mine are the correct ones.
      -Street Sweeper”

      And here, is the first comment ever on LStreet, again, in its entirety –
      February 16, 2006 at 4:09 pm
      Anonymous says:
      asinine

  48. “They all are hypocrites but Harbison is a traitor. ”

    LOL. My point, exactly. The worst sin of all is apostasy.

    “The man’s ethic has been essentially raped.”

    There are so many jokes here, but I’m not going to make them.

    “Were this Ireland, he’d earn a flaming necklace for such active betrayal”

    Wrong country. Flaming necklaces were South African. My crowd used to knee-cap (which is quite nasty, but not as bad).

    That’s OK. I’d be disappointed if you weren’t an ignorant buffoon.

    To tell the truth, I’m not crazy about the English Department’s front page or mission statement. But on the other hand, it’s their prerogative, not mine, to write their own mission statement. And I certainly don’t want the Unicam Thug Troika writing it, or tiki torch wielding goons like you.

    Dude, my current track is towards imminent early retirement. I don’t need to be employable. And since I’m not a sexual harasser, and don’t ever meet with students under circumstances that might make plausible an accusation of sexual harassment, I’m not worried. The kids I teach are now younger than my own children, and I’m not Roy Moore or Donald Trump. In fact, men who say they are worried are probably worried for good reason.

    My immediate superior is also a friend and actually a conservative. His science is nothing to be ashamed of. Above him is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Above him is a very effective SVCAA. I’d love to be able to claim my talents exceeded theirs, but it wouldn’t be a very convincing claim.

  49. USA Patriot - busy building me a WALL!! says:

    Speaking of bynd’s warning about embarking agenad’s, anybody seen those Antifa SuperSoldiers lately?

    I’m guessin’ they must of postponed that first apocalypse they had planned, but a fella has to wonder just when they’re gonna give it another go.
    After all, on October 30th this was the warning from their leader. Tom Bloke –
    “can’t wait for November 4th when millions of antifa supersoldiers will behead all white parents and small business owners in the town square

    then, on that very same day, another Antifa, going by the code name, ‘spoilt teat’, warned:
    we, ANTIFA, ARE going to Exploge the white USArace with acme tnt crates UNTIL they are covered with soot and waving a white rag on a stick

  50. Post TurkeyDay Thanks! says:

    If Republicans manage to pass their massive Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, here are just some of the programs that will IMMEDIATELY suffer severe reductions due to PayGo – our current LAW (i.e. – cuts are unavoidable – mandated by law):

    The Departments and the IMMEDIATE CUTS they are about to endure –
    Medicare: $25.583 Billion
    Dept of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corp. Fund: $13.698 Billion
    Dept of Agriculture’s Farm Security and Rural Investment Program: $3.862 Billion
    Dept of Agriculture’s Funds for Strengthening Markets, Income and Suppiy: $1.183 Billion
    Dept of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services: $285 Million
    Dept of Agriculture’s Forest Services Permanent Appropriations: $222 Million
    Dept of Defense Military Retirement Accrual Program: $7.513 Billion
    Dept of Homeland Security Operations & Support – U.S. Customs & Border Protection: $1.344 Billion
    Dept of Homeland Security Operations and Support – ICE: $318 Million
    Dept Health & Human Services Risk Adjustment Payment Program (insurance premium payment support for low income working families): $.361 Billion
    Dept Health & Human Services Prevention and Public Health Fund: $900 Million
    Dept Health & Human Services Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Fund: $1.352 Billion
    Build America Bond Payments: $3.903 Billion (Lincoln, Omaha, Fremont and Nebraska’s Public schools are right now frantically trying to refinance bonds to avoid 10’s of millions in losses)
    Dept of Transportation Federal Aid to Highways: $739 Million
    Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Fund: $630 Million

    But alas – thank GOD, thank Donald Trump and THANK THE REPUBLICAN PARTY – those rich folks will get even richer and the GOP’s biggest donors will finally get that sweet reach-around they’ve been demanding for so long.

    THANK YOU DEB FISCHER!
    THANK YOU BEN SASSE!
    THANK YOU NEGOP!!

    But most of all –
    THANK YOU, TEABAGGERS, TRUMPERS and NO-INFORMATION VOTERS!!

    • Yep says:

      The sweetest part –
      the Joint Committee on Taxation, the official, nonpartisan scorekeeper for Congress just released its macroeconomic analysis of the effects of the Republican tax plan.

      Ever after we devastate all the programs by making the mandatory spending reductions noted above (which itself is only a partial list.. the assault on Social Security as just around corner).
      Even INCLUDING the virtually guaranteed too rosy ‘dynamic scoring’ method demanded by the GOP.
      The JCT says the Republican Tax Bill (alone – this ONE piece of legislation) will add more than 1 Trillion dollars to the deficit while leading to a measly 0.8 percent rise in GDP.
      The JCT goes on to state that the slight increase in employment that would contribute to this rise GDP is only temporary, declining or even reversing after the individual cuts sunset in 2025.

      Even in the most generous of lights, this Republican tax plan can be viewed as nothing less than wildly irresponsible.

      • Obama's mess' says:

        Sounds just like Obama’s deficit reduction plan. Works in the beginning but after he left it ballooned no matter what anyone did.

        Just another progressive complaining when the Repubs. follow their game plan.

        And as we all know, if something isn’t done about SS, it will go away as unsustainable. Obama had 8 years to address it and he didn’t. Neither did the Dems when they had majorities to do so.

        How much do you expect the Repubs. to do to clean up all of the mess’ left by the Dems?

      • WTF is wrong with you? says:

        Yet another instance where you have not a f*^king clue about that which you speak, bynd.

        Sept 18, 2011
        Obama Offers Plan to Cut Deficit by Over $3 Trillion
        WASHINGTON — President Obama will unveil a plan on Monday that uses entitlement cuts, tax increases and war savings to reduce the federal deficit by more than $3 trillion over the next 10 years.

        April 5, 2013 –
        Obama budget would cut entitlements in exchange for tax increases
        President Obama will propose a budget next week that embraces a risky strategy of courting Republicans for a grand bargain on the debt while angering Democratic allies with cuts to the nation’s entitlement programs.

        White House officials said Friday that Obama’s budget would cut Medicare and Social Security and ask for less tax revenue than he has previously sought. The budget, to be released Wednesday, will fully incorporate the offer Obama made to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) during December’s “fiscal cliff” talks — which included $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction through spending cuts and tax increases.

        April 11, 2013 –
        Reality Check: Obama Cuts Social Security and Medicare by Much More Than the GOP
        Obama plans to cut between $200 billion and $380 billion more from Social Security and Medicare than Republicans in the next ten years

        Of course, Republicants didn’t give shite about Obama’s offer to reform entitlements and reduce the deficit. Republicants had determined, from the night of Obama’s inauguration, they would block EVERYTHING Obama, country be damned.
        It is Republicants who left Obama an economy on the very precipice of total collapse.
        It was Republicants and GW Bush who brought us Medicare Part D, the largest expansion of entitlements since the the introduction of Medicare – wholly unfunded, all of it on a credit card.
        It was Republicants who launched two wars in the mideast – wholly unfunded, all of it on a credit card.
        It is Republicants and their zeal for deregulation and their fealty to the predatory capitalism who left behind for Obama and the Democrats Ten’s of Millions newly unemployed, ten’s of millions newly stripped of health insurance and millions soon to become newly homeless.

        It is Obama and the democrats that made it possible for your government (taxpayer funded) pension checks to keep coming and your government provided (tax payer funded) health insurance to remain solvent,
        The stock market nearly TRIPLED during Obama’s tenure, a tenure that saw the longest streak of private sector job growth in our nations history.
        It is Obama and the democrats who left behind an economy near full employment, an economy in which corporations where cranking out record profits.

        And it is a FACT that the economy performs better under a Democrat president vs Republican.
        As a recent paper by economists Alan Blinder and Mark Watson states: “The superiority of economic performance under Democrats rather than Republicans is nearly ubiquitous; it holds almost regardless of how you define success.”
        Numerous fact-checking groups have investigated similar statements and have found time and time again that this is true. Moreover, past research shows that stock market returns are also higher under Democrats.

        Trump and the Republican party are once again busy destroying our economy through unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, a massive unfunded expansion of the military, the deregulation of predatory capitalism and a return to a general malfeasance of governance.
        It is the Republican party and Donald Trump who are determined to do to America what Republicans and Sam Brownback did to Kansas.

        If Trump can’t be removed from office, soon, and Republicans can’t be relieved of their stranglehold on power, it will be the responsibility of he Democrats, once again, to try to retrieve a ravaged economy and dysfunctional government from total collapse.
        It will be Democrats who will try rescue millions of Americans from losing their homes, their healthcare and their life’s savings.
        It will be Democrats desperately seeking to extinguish the dumpster fire that is America. desperate to avert soup lines that would make the Great Depression look like a picnic at Disney World.

  51. WTF is wrong with WTF is wrong with you? says:

    WTF is wrong with you?

    Nothing. But Politfact says you are wrong if indeed you said Obama had cut the deficit and made it so it would stay that way.

    I wouldn’t know what you posted. SS:DD and more spin and lies. No use wasting my precious time.

    But I am getting a tremendous laugh at putting a quarter in your slot and watching you go ballistic trying to convince you and your lemmings on here you are ight. RFLMBO

    • Skepticus says:

      1. 1. WTF moronics cancel #2 2. Any thoughts on presidents have not that much effect on economy,
      Reagan caused Clinton, Obama caused Trump????. Who is right, and who is wrong. You nor I know-fact. Now give me ten para on critical googa-political econ. Free your mind and your ass will follow-Junior.

  52. (D) demons (E) enabling (M) mass (S) sexaul assult says:

    As to the Dems, I do believe they are too busy molesting children, serial raping and oppressing women to correct anything.

    Not to mention all their money guys are losing all their money.

    In other words, there won’t be a Democrat party that has the ability to save even themselves.

  53. Barb E. Dahl says:

    Who gives a flying flip whether the Democratic or Republican parties survive. They got us into this mess.
    If the Republican idea that “tax cuts pay for themselves” had any merit, there would be no discord between the R’s and D’s; all of Congress would be voting tax cuts.

    HAIL BOB CORKER, the sensible Republican, who is insisting on a means for halting tax cuts in the face of growing national debt. The Senate plan is expected to keep the deficit in check by making the tax cuts for individuals (but not corporations) temporary due to Senate rules limiting deficit growth. And yesterday, the Joint Committee on Taxation shot down the Senate plan. So what will the Senate do?

    It could raise the hoped for corporate tax rate from 20% to 22%. Or it could retract the myriad tax giveaways to corporations and keep the hoped for 20% rate, or lower the corporate rate to 10% by eliminating all corporate tax deductions and incentives whatsoever. Here in Nebraska we know fully well how corporate tax subsidies work out, don’t we? We have so many tax subsidy vehicles that we scarcely know where to park ’em!

    Or the Senate could retract planned tax cuts for the middle class.
    Stay tuned.

    • Sanity overruled says:

      The Senate parliamentarian — the official rule keeper of the US Senate — ruled that Corker’s trigger idea wouldn’t be permitted under Senate rules.

  54. Lili Von Schtup says:

    Speaking of sane Senators, the most reasoned of all, Independent Senator Angus King said of the Republican’s tax bill process:
    “To call this a circus would be an insult to circuses”

    Assume the position Huskers!
    Your elected representatives are all hopped up on a new batch of strychnine laced Voodoo Economics and on behalf of their sugar daddies, the Donor Class, they’re in a frenzy to do some schtuppin’.

    • econcon says:

      Check out Mad Maxine on C-span, a potpourri, and the Buffet conspiracy. All aside, does the D leadership dangle her out there, the sacrificial lambot. Deflect, deflect outrageously

      • You're being played for fools and dolts says:

        Maxine’s not trying to take away your access to healthcare, so a handful of the richest people on the planet can buy another yacht.

        Maxine’s not desperate to fully repeal your state and local tax deduction, so the rich can remodel their mountain lodge in Jackson Hole.

        Maxine’s not preparing to take a blunt hatchet to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, so ACME Corp can buy back more shares, increase their dividend and fatten the Christmas bonuses of their phalanx of Executives and Lobbyists.

        Maxine is not duplicitously advocating for the repeal of the Estate Tax (currently exempting the first $11 million of estate value) as a way of protecting a Mom & Pop Launderama in Burwell, NE.

        Maxine is not an AMORAL SHILL for the Donor Class.

        Nope.
        All those instances, and many more, fall under the sole proprietorship of your Republican Party.

    • Nice little charge. He’s on the hook, but Mueller has lots of discretion in recommending a sentence. No way he was getting away with just this, unless he had bigger fish to dangle before the special prosecutor. And who is bigger than the National Security Advisor? The only one I can think of is the guy he reports to.

      • clowns and jesters babbling says:

        You keep saying stuff like that but so far, all you have proven to be able to predict is squat.

        Read the one page charging document. Lying to the FBI, wow. Only a lame brain would think it a significant happening.

      • ABC News, a few minutes ago:

        ‘”Michael Flynn promised “full cooperation to the Mueller team” and is prepared to testify that as a candidate, Donald Trump “directed him to make contact with the Russians.”

        I predicted this months ago. The only question was who Flynn would give up. I thought it might go Flynn → Kushner → Trump, but it seems Flynn has the goods on Trump himself. This of course increases the pressure on Kushner.

      • DEFCON 2 says:

        Dangerous times.
        Who knows what our mentally impaired president might do to derail Mueller’s efforts.
        It was reported last night that, after firing Comey for “this Russia thing”, Trump spent the entire summer pressuring Senators, cajoling Congressmen, doing everything in his power to further obstruct justice.

        Consider, Trump counts among his most admired and most lavishly courted allies, the world’s most dangerous despots – Vladmir Putin, Recep Erdogan and Rodrigo Duterte.

        And among America’s long standing allies – Germany, U.K, France, Australia – our relations (modern) have never been more tenuous.

        Will history look back on this period and the charred, radiated husks of former cities and ask:
        How in God’s name did those people not know he was mentally unstable and wholly unfit for office?
        How could they have allowed this to happen?

  55. Sickening in its licentiousness says:

    Story in this morning’s Lincoln Journal Star:
    Sasse leads effort to rein in consumer protection bureau
    Sen. Ben Sasse is leading a group of nine Republican senators who served notice this week that they would attempt to invalidate any new rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    And the Republican base will, again, bend over and take it up the #&& to insure predatory capitalism is undeterred in their zeal to illicitly shake a few more coins from the pockets of the most gullible.

    What happened to the party i was once to proud to belong to?
    What happened to all those people I once held in esteem?

    How can one be so appallingly naive, so unabashedly ill-informed to believe this is somehow, a good thing?!

      • if you can't take it, don't dish it out GH says:

        And I would care because?

        But I see that you think being called gay is a slur. The real Gerard keeps emerging.

        Besides, being gay doesn’t make one stupid. Now days, being Gerard does. Stick to your buddy Trump.

      • No Dannikins, you think it’s a slur. I don’t care. Being called a child pornographer and trafficker is a slur, and will have consequences.

        Meanwhile, you’re clearly jealous of my talent with librettos.

      • Boo Hoo says:

        Dear GH, you are entertaining. and I can nothing bigger than ego than….Well thee is nothing bigger than your ego.
        Back track now all you want. Yes, your writing put you out as one who thinks being called gay is a slur.

        Being called a child pornographer and trafficker is a slur,

        If that is what I said, and I did not, then you might have a legitimate beef. But I see that the guilt is a problem for you. go rad the OWH furthermore today. It talks about people exactl.yu the opposite of you.

        And for once in your life, be a man. If you can’t take it, don’t dish it out. Snowflake!

  56. Leavenworthless says:

    Michael Flynn. Was he really a general officer in the Army? This guy’s a joke. And now he’s a guilty joke. Next up to bat: Jared Kushner. What a bunch of amateurs.

  57. progressives, life with no meaning says:

    Wow, 11 months earlier all the snowflakes on here were predicting Trump would be gone by now. How they have moved their sights so low. Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI and their all a flitter.

    Mean while, regulations keep getting overturned. Judges are being confirmed. Melania cuts Michelle’s bloated first lady budget by millions. Which in of it itself is not important except to see what spend thrifts the Obama’s were.

    Government cronyism, by rewarding supporters with cushy government jobs, has been brought to a halt.

    And Gerard keeps thinking about Trump 24/7/365. Trump controls his life. And many of the other progressives on here. What would they have if they didn’t have whataboutisms.

    • Leavenworthless says:

      Yep, judges like Chief Justice Roberts. Judges are like Christmas candy. You can’t tell what’s inside till you try them out. And then its too late.

    • Hey, chucklehead says:

      “Melania cuts Michelle’s bloated first lady budget by millions”

      A cut and paste directly from an Fox ‘News’ article penned by toady little Alex Pappas.
      A ‘journalist’, who a few paragraphs into this same article admits his facts are ALL WRONG!
      But of course, he was determined to keep the headline anyway. Because the facts don’t matter to the muttonheads that read this tripe.

      You are such an ignorant tool.

      Melania has no budget because she doesn’t f^&king do anything.
      She lived in New York for the first 6 months of Derwald’s 10 month presidency.

      AND – Commander Dipweasel has spent more tax payor money in the first 60 days of his presidency on golf outings than Michelle Obama spent in entire 8 years in office!
      In addition, Michelle Obama was a highly engaged first lady. Her efforts were dedicated to advocating for military families, childhood education initiatives, child nutrition and countless other laudable causes.

      Melania’s staff is paid to carry her Gucci bags and make sure her outfits coordinate.

      • care to try again? says:

        Melania Trump’s East Wing costs way less than Michelle Obama’s …
        About 340,000 results (0.36 seconds)

        Stupid is as Hey, chucklehead posts.

        RFLMBO

      • Hey, chucklehead says:

        OF COURSE IT COSTS LESS, DAN!

        Melania doesn’t f*&king DO ANYTHING!

        Come on Dan, fess up.
        Did you hang out a bit too close to the uranium stock piles when napping your way through your career in government?
        Maybe frostbite of the frontal lobe while guarding holes in the ground from the threat of a prairie dog invasion while stationed out on the remote tundra of North Dakota?

      • Shed a tear for Hey chucklehead says:

        Sounds like you speak from experience. But then, it also appears you have been severely butthurt and had your butt whipped, again, and are just striking back in a useless and childish way. Because it is all your little brain can process.

        In any case, we are use to this form of progressive discussion.

        Or maybe you’re just GH under a new moniker. In any case, I feel sorry for you.
        RFLMBO

      • care to try again? says:

        Can’t answer the question without embarrassing yourself.

        Typical.

        But the idiot would be the one who can’t answer the question. Especially if the one asking the question you consider to be an idiot.

        Are you smarter than an idiot. Nope!

      • YDTAI says:

        In a monthslong investigation, former U.S. Attorney Timothy J.  Heaphy found that “planning and coordination breakdowns” before the Aug. 12 rally led to “disastrous results.” The report, released Friday, said the city failed by not adequately communicating or coordinating in advance, and by removing an officer from an area where a car plowed into counterprotesters and killed a woman. (misspellings not mine)

        And in another 20 secs., the snowflake progressive takes another killing blow to their psyche.
        The idiot shows how inept progressives are and the world laughs at them as they are embarrassed and belittled by an idiot. DUH!
        RFLMBO

      • anon says:

        In DanLand, the Charlottesville police instigated the violence, prodding the Neo-Nazi’s and Klansmen, forcing them to wield Tiki Torches and goosestep across a college campus chanting; “Blood and Soil”, and “Jews will not replace us!”

        The report Dan refers to states specifically:
        “Because of their misalignment and lack of accessible protective gear, officers failed to intervene in physical altercations that took place in areas adjacent to Emancipation Park,”

        So, since the Charlottesville police weren’t afforded protective gear sufficient to absorb the level of brutality being dispensed by a violent Neo-Nazi and Klansmen horde, it’s the police who are at fault for the broken limbs, lacerations, destruction of property and death resulting from Dan and Don’s swastika sporting pals.
        Cause.. “both sides”.

        Hey Dan, I imagine this must have warmed the cockles of your heart –
        @DrDavidDuke
        This is why WE LOVE TRUMP and WHY the FAKE NEWS MEDIA HATES TRUMP. He brings to light what the lying, Fake News Media Won’t. The truth is the media covers up horrific numbers of racist hate crimes against White people!

        9:49 AM – Nov 29, 2017

  58. Leavenworthless says:

    From a combox on “The Hill.” To good not to share:

    Jesus: turned water into wine.
    Reagan: turned ketchup into a vegetable.
    Trump: turned Flynn into a singing canary.

  59. Anonymous says:

    Flynn lying to the FBI the FBI is crooked, crooked Comey, the rule of law, and justice,, what’s happened to democrats, your symball should be a kangaroo

  60. y'all are a hoot says:

    Political Novice,

    My work here is pretty much done. In the government we had a saying, it applied to the weak and incompetent. When they didn’t like the message, they shot the messenger.

    As you can see from our stellar progressives on this site and their “discussion” about the report on Charlottesville, they practice the same inept style of dealing with things that don’t agree with them. Because they are weak and incompetent. And I am so offend by their personal attacks. LOL

    They have been exposed as stereotyping hate mongers. So, as you consider what you shall do in the years to come, remember how badly the cretins acted and how much they detested the truth.

    As for Gerard the impotent. You know porn causes impotence. Evidently for all the time you spend on here, you must not be able to fulfill all your husbandly duties. But it wasn’t me who made that post dunderhead. Never have I seen anyone who has such an ego make such a fool of himself. You truly are a POS. And that is a complement compared to the real descriptors that should be used to describe a pretty worthless human like you. Proven wrong again just like your new snowflake friends. Just peas in a pod.

    RFLMBO

      • bynd says:

        GH,

        3 Kids can prove a lot of things. But one thing they do not prove by themselves is that you were part of their creation.

      • bynd says:

        PS GH,

        Before you get your self into something you can’t get out of cheaply,

        When you publish information about someone without permission, you potentially expose yourself to legal liability even if your portrayal is factually accurate. Most states have laws limiting your ability to publish private facts about someone and recognizing an individual’s right to stop you from using his or her name, likeness, and other personal attributes for certain exploitative purposes, such as for advertising goods or services. These laws originally sprang from a policy objective of protecting personal privacy; the aim was to safeguard individuals from embarrassing disclosures about their private lives and from uses of their identities that are hurtful or disruptive of their lives. Over time, the law developed and also recognized the importance of protecting the commercial value of a person’s identity — namely, the ability to profit from authorizing others to use one’s name, photograph, or other personal attributes in a commercial setting.

      • Get real, Dan. If I wanted to doxx you with complete anonymity, I could do that too.

        What you posted is complete crap, with no legal basis. If, for example, I posted that the lunatic accusing me libelously of heinous crimes lives at ***** Lane, (small town south of Omaha), they couldn’t do a thing. Because it would be the truth, and I have a rational interest in exposing the author of defamatory personal attacks on myself.

        I have no hope you can, at your advanced age, change and become a decent human being, rather than a foaming at the mouth fanatic. But honestly, I also have no interest in ruining a sad little man whose entire life is about flailing at people he disagrees with. I’ll accept a simple apology.

        But don’t impose on my good nature.

  61. Barb E. Dahl says:

    The Senate passed their version and Americans will not get the tax reform originally touted by Trump when he was out “draining the swamp.” Instead of closing loopholes and broadening the tax base, we get more loopholes and a shifting base that will tax individuals, but not corporations, higher after ten years. Oh, and the deficit? It will grow, dynamic scoring be damned.

    This brings to mind the TRAIN dynamic scoring created for Nebraska. This tax and revenue analysis considered inputs particular to Nebraska businesses and found, repeatedly, that Nebraska’s tax incentives do not promote revenue growth. But we still have the tax incentives!

    • Anonymous says:

      Well if you own a private jet or want to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or even if you just want to make some wine, you’re a winner under this tax reform bill!

  62. Leavenworthless says:

    The Senate’s late-night passage of a mostly hand-written tax bill is leaving me feeling fucked without a kiss. I net $37K a year after taxes and now most of the deductions I use are at risk. The best benefit I have working at a private college – tuition remission for my kid – is about to taxed as if it was real money in my pocket. I will likely have to borrow money to pay my taxes. All the while Sasse, Fischer and Bacon are telling me we’re winning. “Winning” is spelled BOHICA – Bend Over Here It Comes Again. Maybe Trump can have some hats made with that on it.

      • Cry me a river says:

        Like you, I don’t even know, it isn’t even done, but you are throwing figures out. In the words of a famous American “what difference does it make”. Like O care you play the hand you’re dealt. I do know you just don’t like Trump, but for morning entertainment predictable bullshit like yours and professor blowhard on LJS are low-bar entertainment.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Umm, well as bynd (answering here as Cry me a river) notes, we don’t have a final bill yet, but based on reports of the Senate bill I’m thinking we’ll get hit with a tax increase because we itemize deductions. But I don’t know, since the standard deduction will be doubled, perhaps it’ll exceed itemized deductions?!?
        Also, we won’t have our sales tax and only part of our current property tax deductions and we get no mortgage interest deduction, so taxes waged on ‘simply living’ will go up.
        One aspect of the Senate tax bill I am certain of: all of us in the middle class are slated for higher taxes by 2027!

        I was wrong while believing that the Congress wouldn’t get a tax bill out of both houses. Now I believe that reconciliation will sail through, since passage out of both houses has been so convoluted and irrational, and since the Republicans are now quite firmly the party of deficit spending!!!

      • bynd says:

        TA,
        Should have left it alone. It wasn’t me but, i just that you keep inviting to post to you. And it justs proves your brain is as full of cracks and as shriveled as your face.

        It can only be surmised that you can’t stand it when I don’t reply to your other posts. You need to learn to post without using me as crutch to prop you up.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        If it truly wasn’t you, bynd, then I apologize. I have just become so accustomed to your jumping in and refuting, no denigrating, anything anyone else posts. In future, I shall look for other clues suggesting from whom the reader is being addressed.

      • bynd says:

        TA, apology accepted. Why not just ignore it? Save both of us a lot of stupid heartache. Especially since your last two posts I agree with.

  63. We’ll make out like bandits. We have a pretty good combined income, but not much chance to structure it to avoid AMT. Now AMT’s gone, the savings on that alone will be worth, oh, at least a five-figure amount per year. Plus, when we retire, shortly, I’m going to take all our investments and put them in a pass-through investment company, lowering our tax bill by tens of thousands more.

    I think the bill is a piece of crap b/c it runs up the deficit, but personally, I’m like “thank you thank you thank you, you greedy corrupt SOBs”

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Yes, the AMT. I forgot about that and we’ll be glad not to pay it ourselves. It’s my understanding that it is not gone for business, only individuals. Right?

      We won’t move around nor spend our savings because of trust hassles. Since our youngest daughter will never be self-supporting as I assume your children shall be, we’ve got a different circumstance. But I like that you’re thinking about how to maximize tax change, before the tax has even changed! Seriously, no snark intended. That’s the way I approached special education in the sixteen years we lived in Nebraska and it worked out very well for my daughter. This behavior is human nature and so long as it’s lawful, many consider it moral as well. And it could be moral, depending on one’s ethic.

      I would prefer that everyone pay the same tax rate in exchange for the same goods and services. No exceptions and no excuses. That way I won’t need to reconcile for myself that my economic advantage is a disadvantage to others.

    • Barb E. Dahl says:

      The AMT will not be repealed but merely adjusted for individuals. It will not be repealed for business.
      Don’t count on AMT savings before it’s hatched.

    • Not even sick children are safe from the GOPlutocracy says:

      Nov 28, 2017, New York Magazine –
      The GOP Has Officially Engineered a Children’s Health-Care Crisis
      “In at least 11 states, funds allocated for CHIP will run out by January’s end. A majority of states will be bereft of funds for the program by April. But throughout the country, the program is already in a state of crisis.

      On Monday, working-class families in Colorado received letters encouraging them to look into private insurance options, as their children could soon be tossed off government health care. Several other states will send out similar letters this week..

      ..And it’s far from certain that CHIP will get funded next month. While congressional Republicans have voted to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit, so as to pay for corporate tax cuts, they have refused to appropriate the $75 billion required to reauthorize CHIP for five years. Instead, they insist on financing children’s health care with cuts to other people’s medical benefits.”

      • Anonymous says:

        The lady in question was Penny Thompson, Chairwoman of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. Reauthorization expired at the end of September. Now with the $1.5 Trillion deficit spending which our Congress is authorizing, there probably won’t be enough money…

      • Anony says:

        If they are spending -1.5 trillion they don’t have enough money for the 1.5 t, they are going to pass it it is a political football and the game is still going. You jumped the shark on your cherry-picked spin whilst laying in wait. #timing

      • Not even sick children are safe from the GOPlutocracy says:

        ‘Anony’ has got to be Dan (bynd).

        Surely there are not two people that stupid frequenting this blog.

        I invite all of you to google the woman Anony warned us about – Penny Thompson, Chairwoman of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.
        You can pull up and watch on your computer her appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal – Your Money airing this morning.

        You can witness for yourself how profoundly stupid is ‘Anony’.
        You can witness for yourself how amoral the Republican party has become.
        The GOPuppets are adamant that under the guise of (frequently, wholly, irrefutably – Kansas! – dis-proven) Trickle Down Economics we can afford to give trillions of taxpayer dollars to a handful of the world’s richest people and the most profitable corporations in the history of human existence; we can spend hundreds of billions of dollars on the most grotesquely bloated military the planet has ever known – 10’s of Billions more than the military had even requested,BUT as Anony and C-SPAN callers like ‘Jean from Alabama’ bemoan – (paraphrasing):
        ‘When is enough enough fer them damn kids! (ptanggg!) – We’re given some o’ the impoverished little bastards 3 meals a day, plus all that learnin’ in schools, and now it’s WE who gotta help the little vermin when they get sick!? Whuts Murrica comin’ to!!

      • you got some splainin to do lucy says:

        Not even sick children are safe from the GOPlutocracy

        def. amoral; claiming to care about those who are less fortunate than you and doing nothing more about it.

        That be you child molester, serial rapists, misogynist lover.
        (D) demonic
        (E)entities
        (M) molesting women and children.

  64. NEGOP - blatant shills for a handful of rich people says:

    Excerpts of an analysis of the Estate Tax, from Saturday’s Des Moines Register –
    “The number of Iowans paying the estate tax actually numbers in the dozens each year, out of roughly 1.4 million who file federal tax returns each year. IRS data from the last five years shows the number of Iowa taxpayers owing estate taxes ranged from 32 in 2012 to 61 in 2015, and that the vast majority of those probably were not farmers or small business owners.

    The estate tax applies to around 5,000 taxpayers across the entire country each year, and very few of them come from Iowa. Of the Iowans subject to the tax, only a fraction are actually farmers, and a vanishingly small number of them face a tax bill requiring them to sell off farmland or other assets.

    Kristine Tidgren, the assistant director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University, said she’s not aware of any Iowa estates forced to sell land since the estate tax exemption was raised to its current level in 2012. (exempts first 5.49 Million per individual, $10.98 Million for married couple)
    “I haven’t come across any examples of an Iowa family that had to sell the farm to pay the estate tax,” Tidgren said. “I don’t think the current estate tax system threatens family farmers.”

    Despite that evidence, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, (along w/Deb Fischer, Don Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry, Ben Sasse and Adrian Smith) a member of the tax-writing Finance Committee in the Senate, has long presented the estate tax as a potentially ruinous burden on farmers and small business owners.

    “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing,” Grassley (Chuck) said, “as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

    Fuck you Chuck.

    Shame on you Deb Fischer, Don Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry, Ben Sasse and Adrian Smith.

    And shame on a Republican electorate who continues to elect and support these henchmen for the wealthy.
    Shame on you for your mindless assistance in leaving behind for your children and grandchildren a country FUBAR.

    • you got some splainin to do lucy says:

      The rules,

      Keep your comments P.G.

      “Profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly.”
      ― Spencer W. Kimball

      • Oracle says:

        That quote may be true in normal times, but not today. It may be the only way to get the attention of the feeble minded who don’t have a clue as to what is happening.

      • Anony says:

        He went and googled all his guns this morning for CHIP and when he posted the lady chair for the congressional commission just happened to come on, it just blew all up. She was straight down the line, but I will a concede the “i’m from the government'”. caught

  65. you got some splainin to do lucy says:

    Actually, the question o f the day is,

    With all his sanctimonious talk and condemning of others, GH has stated how he will make out like a bandit under the new tax rules. And I say good for him.

    I would also ask, how much of that are you going to give to the less fortunate in keeping with the public face you put on as such a moral, decent and wanting nothing to do with Trump person?

    Or, is it all just a act and money means more than principle?

    • A Great Wave of Stupid says:

      While we celebrate the hiring of one of our own, Scott Frost, along with addition of Barrett Rude as Defensive Backs coach, Matt Davison as Assistant Athletic Director and The Great Tom Osborne back to his skybox and place of unrivaled esteem at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln..

      ..we watch as the three opportunistic, extremist, McCarthyite, slimy Republicans attack and besmirch our University.
      As GH properly labeled them, a Thug Troika, joined in their attack by hate mongering right wing extremists like Coby Mach and Dennis Prager, attacks retweeted and amplified by Leavenworth Street.

      And I can’t help but continue to ask the question –
      WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!!

    • Don’t know where I’ve been sanctimonious about the tax-bill. Some parts of it are necessary, such as the clean-up of corporate taxation. Some are clearly designed to punish the blue states, like the removal of the state tax deduction. Some are just greedy and venal, like the private jet deduction. What bothers me most, though, is the expansion of the national debt.

      On the other hand, the optics are atrocious, and if passing it seals the GOP’s November 2018 doom, full speed ahead, I say.

      I don’t choose to list my charitable donations here, thanks.

      • anon says:

        I find it disingenuous from either side to bring up the debt, The SALT move has been discussed for years and once put out there eventually will be done. Watch the IRA in the future, there’s a lot of untapped potential, there’s plans, Obama had one(really congress). Like the unicam, they can’t stop spending

      • you got some splainin to do lucy says:

        I could care less what you give and to who.

        I’ll make it simpler for you. With your attitude towards the President, how can you even consider keeping any money you reap from the tax bills that he was mostly responsible for? To do so would appear to make you no different than him. Morals and principles until something better comes along. Like money. Are you going to thank him?

        Christianity has nothing to do with government. Only in the cult worlds you have inhabited. As for your relatives, asked them besides the disciples, what kind of people did Jesus hang with? Maybe it’s time for you to quit looking at humans as representative of the Christian faith. Because they are, only to the extant that it upholds the bigotry of unbelievers.

  66. No, really says:

    The GOP is incapable of passing legislation extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

    A mentally challenged Republican president along with a special interest beholden, garishly incompetent Republican controlled Senate (pedophiles welcomed) and Republican controlled House (‘terror babies!’) are incapable of passing a legislation permitting the United States Treasury to pay the bills it’s already accrued – therefore faces the very real possibility of a government shut this Friday.

    Yet when it comes to a top priority of the National Rifle Association –
    House Expected To Vote This Week On GOP Bill Nationalizing Concealed Carry

    • Jumping on elusive sharks says:

      So if the dems block a budget agreement with out a DACA plan, is it justifiable for CHIP mr. concerned over your Trumped up talking point.

  67. Just keep telling yourself - nothing to see here says:

    Former Fox ‘News’ talking head KT McFarland’s recent role was as Derwood Trump’s anti-Arab, Putin-praising Deputy National Security Adviser.

    Flynn – NSA
    McFarland – Deputy NSA

    McFarland has advocated for bombing Iran and blamed the Charlie Hebdo attacks on political correctness.
    On Hannity, McFarland defended waterboarding saying, “It’s not torture, but even if it is torture, it’s worth doing.”
    When the President of the United States received the Nobel Peace Prize, it was KT McFarland who stepped forward to declare it to be a horrible injustice, that it was the KGB killer and despot Vladmir Putin who really deserved that Nobel Prize!

    It has just been learned that in an email exchange with White House transition officials on Dec 29th, McFarland shared her concerns that Obama’s sanctions of Russia (for interfering in our election), were aimed at delegitimizing Trump’s election victory, stating;
    “If there is a tit-for-tat escalation Trump will have difficulty improving relations with Russia, which has just thrown U.S.A. election to him,”

    Look like it’s Ms. McFarland’s time in the barrel.

    What are odds Ms. McFarland’s action will elicit chants from wingerland of ‘Lock Her Up!’ ?

  68. GOP's finest says:

    The President of the United States has now given full-throated endorsement for the office of United States Senator to a extreme religious fundamentalist with a predilection for little girls, who was twice removed from office for ethics violations.

    A man who, while in his 30’s, was banned from a local mall for preying on teenage girls.

    A man for whom the constitution and rule of law are ignored on behalf of extremist religious zealotry, a man steeped in hate and epic bigotry, certain to have preyed on girls as young as 14 – yet a man who just received a call from the Republican President of the United State, who while aboard Air Force One, encouraged this predator to: “Go get ’em Roy”.

    A call from one misogynistic, bigoted, mental deviant and serial predator to another.

    A call of, “Go get ’em, Roy”, certain to have sent countless thousands of teen girls fleeing for a safe hiding place from men so manifestly disturbed to imagine themselves to be moral leaders.

  69. Truly GOP's finest says:

    In 1976, Congress established as 10 years the maximum amount of time any future FBI Director would be allowed to serve. The law was in reaction to the extended length of time J. Edgar Hoover had served as FBI head.

    That law stood for 35 years.

    Robert Mueller, Republican, highly decorated former Marine Platoon Commander, United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts under Ronald Reagan, United States Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division under George H.W. Bush, was appointed to role as Director of the FBI by George W. Bush on Sept 4, 2011. One week prior to the Twin Tower bombings.

    It was 9.5 years later, in May 2011, that President Barack Obama asked Robert Mueller to continue at the helm of the FBI for two additional years beyond the statutory 10-year term, a term set to expire on Sept 4, 2011.

    Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) then crafted and sponsored a bill permitting the creation of an extended two-year term for the incumbent FBI director.
    Leahy said he had asked Obama how Mueller, 66 at the time, felt about the extension.
    “He is a good, loyal American, a good Marine,” Obama said, according to Leahy. “He’ll answer the call.”
    “That’s precisely what he did,” Leahy said.

    Prior to the vote on Senate floor, Leahy praised Mueller for a life of service, saying;
    “I applaud Director Mueller’s commitment to ensuring the FBI adheres to the values and freedoms that Americans hold dear while at the same time vigorously pursuing important law enforcement and national-security objectives,”

    Having passed the House on a voice vote, the legislation passed the Senate on July 27, 2001 by a margin of 100 – 0.

  70. More American Treasure, More American Blood - always more says:

    National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Saturday said there was an “increasing” likelihood of war with North Korea.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said it was time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea so they don’t get stuck in the middle of the fighting.

      • I can hear it now says:

        Don Bacon says; Hell Yes!

        Deb Fischer gives it an ‘A’.

        Pete Ricketts praises the move!

        Ben Sasse mumbles something about the Jin Dynasty, the Magna Carta and Robert Treat Paine before suggesting bringing the capital, Pyongyang, to Nebraska.

        Jeff Fortenberry has to confer with the Nebraska Catholic Conference before issuing a statement.

        Adrian Smith remains sequestered in the back room of whatever special interest or lobbying organization has the misfortune of baby sitting him this week.

        And the working poor and middle class prepare to sacrifice the lives of their children and trillions more in treasure because our elected leaders are buffoonish misanthropes.

    • bang bang, pow pow says:

      In place of the abandoned Zygote Zavings Plan, the GOP has crafted a substitute measure that will automatically enroll all spermatozoa into Lifetime Memberships with the NRA.
      They’re officially branding the effort ‘The ‘Littlest Shooter’s Club’.

      It’s a program that requires one to opt-out, should the lad or lass not feel the need to heavily arm themselves for their first visit to Chuck E. Cheese. – Where A Kid Can Be A – EVERYBODY DOWN!!! – Kid

      • you got some splainin to do lucy says:

        wow, what a neat idea. Fetus’ with firearms. As the abortion doctor starts to enter the woman, he hears, go ahead make my day. The ultimate in survival technique.
        bang bang pow pow.

  71. Have you no humanity says:

    How long are you going to hang on to Hillary Clinton, if the justice department had any credibility after being total tainted by the same malignancy it would be criminal to keep propping up that carcass

  72. at stake says:

    Democrats are god damned liars.

    First, you lie. Moore wasn’t “was twice removed from office for ethics violations”. Moore was removed for not allowing the federal government to remove the Ten Commandments from an Alabama court lawn. The same Ten Commandments God gave to Moses, who is holding those laws on the top of our US Supreme Court building. Moore violated no ethics. He upheld the law given in the bible and carved in stone in Washington DC. – The other time he was suspended was for objecting to same sex marriage, which also violates the bible (and violates dimorphic sexuality that has been around since we evolved beyond yeasts). Neither instance was a smarmy ethics violations ala Clinton or Weiner or Franken. Normalizing the unnatural is what you do.

    Secondly, Dems are damned by God. – I am not religious. If I was, I wouldn’t blame a benevolent God for creating anything as dangerously vile as Democrats. You Dems can all hump your siblings and mutts for all I care. But if any Democrats believe in the bible, then they are God damned because it is Progressive Democrats who generate federal anti-Christian hate-bible policy/law while our federal oaths are sworn to what? Mother earth? Your boyfriend’s vibrating butt plug?

    You DEMON-crats are damned by God Almighty. What do you care? You are trying to erase religion and replace it with socialisms you love religiously. The Progressive Church of Secular Socialism murdered more millions of innocents in the 20th Century than religion did. Its what you tout.

    Progressive Dems don’t go to hell. They make it here. That’s their goal. Better to rule in hell.

    • It appears this person is saying (1) The Bible supersedes the constitution (2) Moore is allowed to break an oath he swore to uphold the Constitution if he thinks it will violate his religion.

      With his logic, I don’t see how one could possibly contemplate putting a Christian in office.

      What a bizarre, bigoted throwback.

      • It's pronounced "eye-gor." says:

        Can’t wait for the ‘modern’ GOP to reintroduce the ancient practice of stoning.

        A frothy campaign hearkening back to biblical times and a form of death and punishment prescribed by the Old Testament. A campaign certain to feature colorful hats with moronic sayings. Maybe something like:
        Make American Arms Strong Again – STONING!

        It’s perfectly suited to their increasingly elderly, evangelical, no-information voting base.
        And more importantly, it’s perfectly suited to the right wing grifting industry.
        Who can’t foersee the ads on Hannity right now? Ads touting the ‘Rock O’ The Month Club’.
        Custom labeled rocks for a frothy neanderthal base. You know they won’t be able to keep in stock the ‘Hillary Hurler’, or ‘Pelosi Pounder’.

      • You missed the modifier “with his logic”. If you claim to be Christian, you should recoil from Moore, because if what he’s doing were really representative of Christianity, y’all should be put on a boat and set adrift. But instead, Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr. are all in.

        Most members of my family are Christian, and while we disagree on many things, they’re all still good human beings. Moore is not. Nor are Graham or Falwell.

    • Hey, Stupid says:

      First, you lie. Moore wasn’t “was twice removed from office for ethics violations”.

      Nov 13, 2003 –
      “Chief Justice Moore has violated the Alabama Canons of Judicial Ethics as alleged by the JIC in its complaint.” The COJ had several disciplinary options, including censure or suspension without pay, but because Moore’s responses had indicated he would defy any similar court orders in the future, the COJ concluded that “under these circumstances, there is no penalty short of removal from office that would resolve this issue.” Moore was immediately removed from his post.

      The Alabama Court of the Judiciary on Sept. 30, 2016 suspended Moore for the remainder of his term as chief justice after finding him guilty of six charges of violation of the canons of judicial ethics.

      And regarding the rest of your word salad… seek help.

    • God Almighty says:

      “At Stake” I know who you are (I know everything) and I am going to make sure that eternity is going to be very uncomfortable for you. I don’t like people that put words in my mouth.

  73. Unfathomable says:

    Preface:
    Extending CHIP, Chidlren’s Health Insurance Program, would cost less than 1% of the cost of Republican’s tax cuts for the wealthy.

    On the floor of the Senate last week, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown challenged Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch:
    Why were Republicans about to pass tax cuts for corporations and business owners while the Children’s Health Insurance Program remains unextended?

    Hatch reacted with fury. “Nobody believes more in the CHIP program than I,” he shot back. “I invented it. We’re gonna do CHIP. There’s no question about it in my mind, and it’s gotta be done the right way. The reason CHIP’s having trouble is we don’t have any money anymore.”

  74. Shut it Down says:

    Gerard, seriously do something with yourself. Posting on a dead blog is not very becoming of an over paid professor.

  75. Peril says:

    Bloomberg –
    Mueller Subpoenas Trump Deutsche Bank Records

    F
    C
    P
    A

    Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

    Donny Two Scoops and his crime family are goin’ down.

    Prediction –
    Trump will now come after Mueller.
    He’ll fire him.
    Then he’ll fire the next Special Prosecutor who picks up the torch, and the next, and the next….
    Eventually even our our incompetent, corporate owned GOP Congress will be forced to Impeach.

    Let’s hope your mentally unstable president doesn’t see North Korea, and WW III as a play.

  76. Morals Free GOP says:

    Uber conservative pundit and journalist Brett Stephens just announced he’s done with the Republican party:
    “Until last year, I voted Republican in every single election,” Stephens told MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle. The exception, he’s previously said, was that he did not back Donald Trump for president.

    “I think I speak not only for myself but for many other people that I could never vote ever again for a party that is making an open endorsement of a man against whom there are credible accusations of pedophilia,” Stephens said of Moore.

    “Any of us who have teenage children know exactly what we would do with a 32-year-old man who made sexual advances on our children,” he said. “This is one of those moments in history where people will look back and say that is the moment of shame.”

    Funny coincidence –
    A Breitbart headline up right now, openly mocking Jeff Flake:
    Donald Trump Brought Jeff Flake to the White House — And Endorsed Roy Moore Again
    Although the meeting was closed to the press, Trump appeared to change his mind by allowing the White House pool into the Roosevelt room..
    ..With Flake seated at his left side, Trump again endorsed Roy Moore for Senate in Alabama.

    And Jeff Flake simply sat there in silence.
    You know who else was seated at the table for that luncheon with the misogynistic, serial molesting, pathologically lying Donald Trump? Another Republican Senator who made the conscious chose to sit silently while the President of the United States endorsed and praised an almost certain?
    Our own Debbie Fischer.

    And you know who else will sit silently? The NEGOP – Nebraskans Eager to Greet Overt Pedophiles.

      • We take you now on a journey into a new dimension.. says:

        “fake news fools”

        Alright SPM, (Supports Pedophiles & Morons), here’s your chance to shine.
        Point out for all of us some examples of “fake news”.
        Should be easy pickins, since the comments above are “ripe” with examples.

        And don’t be a tool like all others before you. Don’t do your vacuous little drive-by, then go into hiding. Step up to the plate SPM, show us some of that Trumper spirit, win just one for the Gipper.

  77. Revealing and Repulsive says:

    Since I don’t live in NutterLand, I’ve never paid more than cursory attention to the constant rage fulminated by the right wing entertainment complex in relation to the unfortunate death of a young woman named Kate Steinle.
    Thousands of hours of manufactured rage and xenophobic spittle expelled on Fox ‘News’ and hate radio for more than two years. Rage that no doubt sold millions of boner pills, tens of thousands of reverse mortgages and enough pillows to fill Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium dozens of times.
    The Kate’s Law saga was an almost nightly feature of O’Reilly (as he was sexually assaulting sundry ladies). He and Hannity ceaselessly yammered about Kate’s Law and Sanctuary Cities, as images of darkly complected gang members ran on the screens behind their blathering heads.
    And although there’s not a Republican who hasn’t used Kate Steinle’s tragic story to drive their infuriated base to the voting booth, your Republican President, Republican Senate and Republican House have proven too incompetent to actually push this bill through Congress and turn it into law.
    Odd, no? They’ve had since Jan 20th to pass this simple bill. What are they waiting for?
    Then again, is it incompetence by Republicans, or do Republicans simply choose to ignore the legislative process in favor of preserving this young woman’s tragedy for it’s Get Out The Vote utility?

    Anyway, all this leads me to my morning revelation of the actual incident that brought about beautiful young Kate’s death. And the revelation of the facts leading to Kate’s death, reminded me of how loathsome, self-serving, deceitful, amoral and dishonorable the Republican party – in its entirety – has become.

    In case anyone else is unaware of the circumstances that actually lead to Kate’s untimely death, this morning’s article in Politico (a quick read) tells you everything you need to know about our borderline treasonous Republican party.
    I Saw the Kate Steinle Murder Trial Up Close. The Jury Didn’t Botch It.
    By PHIL VAN STOCKUM December 06, 2017

    • #nevertrumpers, should #nevertaketrumpsmoney says:

      Yes why would some one from white men are dominate, child molester, serial rapists and misogynist land ever want to leave that for any other land.

      I’m sure once you get your massively populated and perverted entertainment side cleaned up, other than your base may even consider voting for your side.

      But I see you have no idea how to win an election except for trying to emulate the side who whipped you so badly last time and since 2010. HRC for president!

      • #nevertrumpers, should #nevertaketrumpsmoney says:

        And you’re a scumbag who supports child molesters, misogynist and serial rapists. So your point is?
        Oh I see, I’m a much better person than you.

      • Hey Daniel says:

        Danny Rolling, also known as the Gainesville Ripper, was an American serial killer who murdered five students in Gainesville, Florida.

        Daniel Lee Siebert, an American serial killer convicted of three murders and confessed to at least five. During questioning he indicated that he was responsible for at least 12 deaths.

        Daniel Gonzalez, also known as the Freddy Krueger Killer and the Mummy’s Boy Killer, was a spree killer who killed four people and injured two others during two days across London and Sussex in September 2004.

        Daniel Camargo Barbosa was a Colombian serial killer. It is believed that he raped and killed up to 150 young girls in Colombia and Ecuador during the 1970s and 1980s.

        Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, former Oklahoma City Police Department patrol officer who was convicted in December 2015 of multiple counts of rape, sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy, and other charges.

        Coincidence?

      • Daniel says:

        Okay, I read above that Dan Brandt was outed and that you both battle a ‘you’re a pervert, no you’re a pervert’ farce. But this?

      • better daniel than progresssive says:

        Hey Daniel

        There are 1,596,443 people in the U.S. with the first name Daniel.

        Number of active serial killers at any given time in the U.S., 35. Number of serial killer suspects currently on the FBI list, 271

        It is hard to estimate but it is believed that 1 to 5% of the population is pedophiles.

        The serial killer has the same personality characteristics as the sex offender against children” -Dr. Mace Knapp, Nevada State Prison Psychologist.

        Coincidence? No stupid, it is statistics and odds. Indeed pick the name you want, even yours and the percentages are still the same.

        Although I have always admired Daniel of the Bible. (Hebrew the meaning of the name Daniel is: God is my Judge. Notice that does not include sanctimonious progressives.) He was faithful servant of god.

        So what about the names, Harvey, Al, Kevin, John, Louis, Charlie, Richard, 27 total. And let’s not forget, Sexual harassment allegations continued to roil the California political landscape Monday, as one Democratic legislator announced his immediate resignation and another was stripped of key posts by his colleagues. Which indicate the group they come from is breaking all the norms.

        What do these folks have in common other than coincidences? They are high profile progressives. Is there connection between the two. Yes they considered themselves white saviors. (Note Shut ‘er Down below.)

        Also read about
        Being an Ally & Avoiding White Savior Complex.
        Here’s What a White Savior Is (And Why It’s the Opposite of Helpful)
        And on and on.

        So I’ll just take your thanks for educating you as a given and that your tail is tucked between your legs as the norm.

      • Hey Daniel says:

        Daniel @4:07,

        The comparison of bynd (Dan) to serial killers was knowingly moronic.

        I just wanted to try on the MAGA hat for a moment, hoping to demonstrate to bynd how f*&king stupid most of the off the wall shite is that he posts.

        Gotta admit, it felt stupid when I posted it and reads just as stupid.

        It’s only bynd who imagines everyone who disagrees with him is a serial rapist or pedophile.
        It’s a disorienting experience venturing into Trumptard land.

      • #nevertrumpers, should #nevertaketrumpsmoney says:

        It’s only bynd who imagines everyone who disagrees with him is a serial rapist or pedophile.

        No true. Just the hypocrite progressives who are quick to condemn non progressives but let their own get a pass.

        In other words, we don’t see new posts everyday on the new progressives added to the pervert ranks. Why is that?

      • #nevertrumpers, should #nevertaketrumpsmoney says:

        PS:

        And it is purposely written the way it is to mimic the progressives style of using a broad brush to indict everyone who doesn’t agree with them.

      • Danielle says:

        My brother Daniel asked me to write and let you know that he won’t respond to your postscript because it is idiotic to mimic that “broad brush.”

  78. Leavenworthless says:

    Street Sweeper, please close your blog already. Start a new one. This one has jumped the shark in all Universes.

    • Shut 'er Down says:

      A new Harvard University poll Tuesday is blaring a loud danger signal to the Republican Party after finding that millennials are now the largest generation of voters (the youngest of the millennials is now 18) and they are overwhelmingly Democratic, by a two-to-one margin.

      72% of millennials disapprove of Donald Trump.

      67% of Millennials believe that America’s greatest threats come from forces inside, not outside, our country.

      Just 14 % of young Americans believe America is generally headed in the right direction; at this moment, fear outpaces hope for our future, 67% to 31%.

      Donald Trump and our current Republican controlled congress are simply the wheezing death rattle of party on the precipice of extinction. A final gasp before its lurid husk topples over, into the abyss.

      The only question is; how much damage will it do as it flails and shrieks to its demise?

      We’re now pariahs among the nations of the world, unwelcomed by even our most staunch allies.
      This weekend brought us heightened warnings of nuclear War in the Asia Pacific.
      Yesterday Trump lit a fuse certain to incite a new round of violence to the Mideast.
      The Republican Party is right finalizing the largest transfer of wealth from those with little to those with much that our nation has ever known. A confused, hurriedly scribbled, discordant agglomeration of a bill scorned by even conservative economists. A bill that will eliminate more than 13 million of America’s working poor from access to affordable care, cripple our nation’s universities and charities and insure a renewed assault on a safety net the keeps tens of millions of elderly and infirmed from living in the streets.

      So by all mean, shut ‘er down.
      Shut down a site that has championed and cheered for years this exact, predatory madness, this debasement of American values and the ever more transparent plundering of its most vulnerable citizenry.

      • the rest of the story says:

        As of this writing (noon on November 9, 2016), an estimated 23.7 million young voters participated in the 2016 presidential election, which is 50% of citizens aged 18-29 in the United States.

        Our pre-election poll of Millennials ages 18-34 had Clinton 49% vs. Trump 28%, a 21-point preference for the Democratic candidate. The National Exit Poll suggests that the actual split in the election was 55% for Clinton to 37% for Trump (an 18-point gap) among youth aged 18-29.
        From Circle.

        Yet Clinton still lost.

  79. A win for the good guys! says:

    Hurray Heath Mello!

    University of Nebraska’s new Associate Vice President for University Affairs.

    Joining Scott Frost in a fight to uphold the fine image of UNL around the nation and abroad!
    Fighting to prevent our resident Neanderthals from laying claim to our N!

    • the rest of the story says:

      Since the University has been governed for a long time by Republicans, you need to thank the Republicans for any current standing you think the University has.

      Fighting to prevent our resident Neanderthals from laying claim to our N!

      I guess that makes this statement another example of failed public schools education. Neither logically nor critically arrived at.

      I guess you also aren’t smarter than a Neanderthal. Although the way you post, it could be considered a powerful link to show you descended from them. (Actually, no human is.)

      • Anonymous says:

        Education hasn’t failed the writer. It’s only been in the last decade or so that genome researchers have discovered the 1-4% Neanderthal DNA of modern homo sapiens. Why so negative about education?

      • Me Grogg says:

        Come on guys, you’re arguing with pre-chordate Dan.

        Dan could very well count himself among the ranks of Republican presidential hopefuls in ‘raising your hand’? Republicans luminaries such as Mike Huckabee, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, Michele Bachman, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain and fence straddling Ron Paul?

        It’s been fascinating the new knowledge gained of Neanderthals over the last few decades.

      • GH, modern Neanderthal says:

        Hey Gh from the Smithsonian, Interbreeding doesn’t make us their evolutionary descendants. And the fact humans in Africa don’t have any DNA from them proves the point. I realize when you look in the mirror see your powerful legs you identify with them. But it is not the same thing.

        Neanderthals have contributed approximately 1-4% of the genomes of non-African modern humans, although a modern human who lived about 40,000 years ago has been found to have between 6-9% Neanderthal DNA (Fu et al 2015). The evidence we have of Neanderthal-modern human interbreeding sheds light on the expansion of modern humans out of Africa. These new discoveries refute many previous hypotheses in which anatomically modern humans replaced archaic hominins, like Neanderthals, without any interbreeding. However, even with some interbreeding between modern humans and now-extinct hominins, most of our genome still derives from Africa. Neanderthals could not have contributed to modern African peoples’ genomes because Neanderthals evolved and lived exclusively in Eurasia and therefore could not have bred with the humans living in Africa at that time.

  80. Just Wondering says:

    Reading this morning Matt Bai’s Political World:
    The voodoo economics of Ronald Reagan (trickle-down rejected by George H.W. Bush in 1980) will not work in today’s environment because three significant factors are in play. 1) We now have a global marketplace. 2) We now use robotics extensively in manufacturing. 3) We now develop artificial intelligence systems to supplant workers. Bai says low income workers will get doubly screwed when the current tax ‘reform’ fails to create jobs but drives up the deficit; then cuts to the very programs that low income workers depend on will take place.

    So what will happen to low income workers when there are no jobs and no safety net programs? Will they riot? Will we have a revolution? Or will Trump declare war to save the economy?

  81. Yep says:

    Countries who have stepped forward to condemn Dementia Don’s disastrous Jerusalem decision –
    Britain
    France
    Germany
    EU
    Russia
    China
    Iraq
    Egypyt
    Turkey
    Palestinian Authority
    Saudi Arabia
    Qatar
    United Arab Emerites
    Morocco
    Kuwait
    Vatican

    Dementia Don (the great negotiator) got nothing in exchange for abandoning 70 years of U.S. peace efforts.
    Except of course, a promissory note from Sheldon Adelson.

    Breaking –
    Violence erupts in West Bank over Donald Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

    • more fake news says:

      violence erupts on the West Bank.

      About 734,000 results (0.49 seconds) 

      As it always has been since Israel became a country.

      And remember, Dems have backed, with law since 1995, that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Even Schumer supports it now.

      Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer advised President Trump to declare Jerusalem the “undivided” capital of Israel ahead of Trump’s expected announcement on the matter this week, the New York Democrat told The Weekly Standard on Tuesday. 
      The Hill 

      OOOOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPs.

  82. FUBAR says:

    Dec. 6, 2017, at 6:28 p.m., U,S. News & World Report –
    Shulkin Urges Emergency Aid for VA Private Health Care Soon
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh warning, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Wednesday there could potentially be delays in providing medical care to tens of thousands of veterans if lawmakers don’t act soon to approve billions in emergency funding for the ailing private-sector Choice program..

    ..”As we have made clear for many months, Congress needs to pass a bill this year,” Shulkin said.

    His statement comes as lawmakers wrestle over legislation that would overhaul* Choice, amid the threat of a government shutdown over the federal budget and disagreements over cost and how much access veterans should have to private doctors..

    ..More than 30 percent of VA appointments are currently made in the private sector.
    —————-

    * Republicans want to shut down VA Hospitals to pay for private sector veterans care.

    Including today, this year offers only 6 days remaining in session for House, seven days for the Senate. In that time Republicans need to complete their massive, highly complicated transfer of the nation’s wealth to the 0.01%, as well as pass a bill to avert a government shutdown.

    Anyone willing to place a bet that your Republican Senate and Republican House can get a bill drafted and signed and to your Republican presidents desk, extending care for Veterans, before the end of the year?
    Any takers?

    I’d hate to be a Vet needing chemo over the holidays, or dialysis, or mental health counseling, or…;
    ‘Sorry Charlie, your insurance card has been denied.’

    But of course – all you veterans knew of this looming crisis, because, Don Bacon has kept you so well informed. Don Bacon is fighting for you! Why, Don even appeared with Chris Baker yesterday on KFAB and with Ian Swanson on Answer Omaha – I invite you to check out both shows and count how many times Don mentions the Republican efforts to close VA hospitals or the soon to be bankrupt Veterans Choice Act.
    And of course, Deb Fischer, who sits on the Committee on Armed Services, is out there fighting hard to keep Veterans from being turned away from life saving care.

    And in case you missed it, the Republican controlled House is also preoccupied with other types of priority (NRA) legislation, 14 hours ago –
    House passes national concealed-carry gun bill pushed by NRA

    Don Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith each voted AYE.

    Thanks to Republicans, if the Vet who can’t get chemo wants to drive to CouncilTuckey to visit his brother, one last time, he (or she) can take his gun with him.

    • #nevertrumpers, should #nevertaketrumpsmoney says:

      if the Vet who can’t get chemo wants to drive to CouncilTuckey to visit his brother, one last time, he (or she) can take his gun with him.

      Interesting. Obama had 8 years to fix the VA but all he could do is appoint folks who made up fake lists as vets died under his watch.

      The VA’s current problems have been building since the start of the gulf and Afghanistan war. they peaked with Obama and the scandals of unnecessary dead vets on his watch.

      And you use their plight to make points, or try, with your agenda. How disgusting can one get.

      • Insight that should infuriate says:

        The American Legion has a poll on their website, it asks the question:
        Among the last five U.S. presidents, which one has done the most for veterans?

        With 16,682 votes cast, the results currently stand at:
        Barack Obama – 60% (10028 votes)
        George W Bush – 11% (1849 votes)
        Bill Clinton – 7% (1088 votes)
        George HW Bush – 4% (652 votes)
        Ronald Reagan – 18% (3065 votes)

        You can contact the American Legion for their methodology, or you can call into question the veracity of the American Legion, I frankly don’t give a f*&k bynd, but your claims about Veterans Healthcare under Obama are baseless.

        For anyone who actually gives a shite about Veterans healthcare, a recent article in the Washington Monthly does a remarkable job bringing you the details of the true story of what has happened, and is happening to Veterans care (something you won’t get from Don Bacon). Some will be surprised to find that the uproar of a few years ago – ‘veterans are dying as they wait for care’ – is pure, right-wing, wholly manufactured and manipulated horseshit*. A determined con job in which predatory capitalism preyed on the patriotism of Veterans and Americans in order to attack the VA in their effort to privatize it.
        Nov 10, 2017 – Washington Monthly –
        Trump’s Threat to Veterans’ Health Care

        The article itself is brief, providing only a synopsis of the challenges facing the VA, but the links contained within the article will take you to a number of studies that should infuriate Veterans (capable of critical thought), and should forever turn Veterans away from a self-serving, anti-veteran, anti-American Republican party.

        *one of those links contained in the above article is a detailed analysis published March, 2016 –
        The VA Isn’t Broken, Yet
        Inside the Koch brothers’ campaign to invent a scandal and dismantle the country’s most successful health care system.

        True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
        – Clarence Darrow

        And likely more fitting for our current dilemma –
        Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
        – George Washington

    • figures lie and liars figure says:

      Insight that should infuriate , you bring a whole new meaning to insight. In your case, it means the site from the place where your head resides when it is firmly up and locked.

      With 16,682 votes cast, the results currently stand at:

      Out of 2.3 million members.

      that would be 0.00725304347 of their membership.
      RFLMBO

  83. the true insight that should infuriate says:

    bynd, but your claims about Veterans Healthcare under Obama are baseless.

    No, they are from reputable news reporting outlets and Congress. And I can point out that on line polls are notorious for only those who like what they ask for answer them. The poll has no validity because it has none of the requirements to be reputable.

    Your reply proves my point. You could care less about Vets because you don’t even acknowledge the massive problems that the VA has been proven to have. So take your fake, sanctimonious attitude and stick it where the sun don’t shine. Because you certainly live in the dark. and you certainly don’t care about the Vet. Just your warped agenda.

    As for the VA, if you pay even a modicum of attention, most vets in the area like the Omaha VA. I wonder how they feel now that the hidden list was found in Iowa

    All you have to do is google, problems with the VA, you get 516,000, 000 in .37 sec.
    first few lines from the sites,
    May 21, 2014 – Reports of problems have been dogging the VA for years, as have calls for fixing the system. Obama has been talking for years about rehabbing the VA and getting troops the care they deserve. “This is not a new issue to the president,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said. Obama first addressed 
    Oct 12, 2017 – Readers sound off: Problems at the VA with transparency, efficiency. … A USA TODAY Network investigation revealed that for years, the Department of Veterans Affairs didn’t address misdeeds by staff members that put patients at risk. … Until our elected officials and all government …
    Apr 3, 2016 – If you thought the Obama administration had put its problems with veterans behind it, think again. Two years after the scandal emerged over phony waiting lists for patients at the Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Phoenix, the department is still beset with problems …
    Jul 6, 2016 – A commission tasked by Congress with trying to fix the troubled Veterans Health Administration has just concluded a damning report, finding that “many profound deficiencies” at the troubled agency “require urgent reform.”

    WTF is wrong with you? You don’t care about anyone but yourself and will do ANYTHING to try and prove your point, Even when you must know you are full of crap.

  84. bynd says:

    I see a few Repubs are now in front of the ethics panel for sexual indiscretions. Between the ethics panel and resignations, they could work better than term limits. Three complaints kick them out. The biblical way!

      • Anonymous says:

        Don’t get too happy! Nunes is cleared and will be back to head up the House Russia investigation. He a close ally of Trump.

      • Aiding and Abetting says:

        Devin ‘Ehrlichman’ Nunes should be locked away for the overt crimes he’s committed against country.
        His criminal acts of conspiracy and obstruction of justice were broadcast for viewing by a national audience. The little tool was so brazen as to call an impromptu press conference in the Rose Garden to act out a few of his criminal offenses.

        But you know, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III won’t lift a god damned finger, nor will any other wholly complicit Republicans.

        Hopefully, after Mueller has chased the Trump crime syndicate back in the dank Cave of Grift from which they emerged, he’ll have time to pursue all the anti-American, enabling little cretins like Nunes and Sessions (and Mike Pence and Reince Priebus and Corey Lewandowski and Wilbur Ross and Roger Stone and Sebastian Gorka and David Bosse and KT McFarland and Steve TaliBannon…)

  85. The brie that bynds says:

    Caveat: Trump was elected by Democrat blue collar workers. Below applies to Clinton voter Dems.

    ANTISEMITES. Democrats are the original Jew Haters. FDR, Kennedy, etc. Trump is the most pro-Jewish president and he moves our Embassy to Jerusalem. Dems are split ugly on this. Pelosi, Reed, Kaine, and even Feinstein who voted for moving our embassy, Bill Clinton promised the same, is now against it because Trump did it. That is meshuggah.

    VIRGINAL WHORES. Progressives Dems champion bizarre whoreish sex and yet are reduced to weeping over insults to their virginity. Trump took on Feminism’s falsity early on and Megyn and Carly rose to suicide their careers. Strong women claiming weakness isn’t rational. Victim or hero, pick one.

    ENSLAVING BLACKS. Democrats now say Republicans are touting slavery. The GOP was invented because DEMOCRATS LOVE OWNING BLACK PEOPLE! Democrats made Jim Crow. When it ended, Dems shifted to owning Blacks as vote slaves. But even that bastion of Dem support is buckling as White Democrats stupidly fail to realize OBAMA WAS ELECTED AS A POPULIST. Obama’s 2004 Kerry intro was a colorblind, anti-multicultural message of unity, sovereignty, security and solvency… exactly like Trump. The only reason Obama got reelected is because “Romney-care” Romney’s “47% don’t pay taxes” slap at working poor mirrored the Democrats’ “deplorables” and “cling” elitism. Romney was the product of elites needing to be “liked”. PC addicted. Call a GOP elite “bigot” and he slits his belly.

    OH MAMA! The last bastion of Democrat Identity Politics is Blacks being a federal herd of protected cattle. Obama and Kaepernick are leading this last gasp to keep Dems owing Blacks as vote slaves.

    The irony here is breathtaking. For while every black guy in the USA loves his momma (she may be on welfare but all black mothers love their children dearly) the two exceptions are “Barry” and “Colin” whose white and black mothers uniquely threw them as boys into the garbage. The survival of DNC Black Identity Politics now hangs on the bad parenting of white-raised black men who hate their moms and should be telling that to a shrink.

    • The transmissible spongiform encephalopathy of Trumpism says:

      How does one type something like the above and not recognize they’re a few fries short of a happy meal?

      • bynd says:

        So, now having less of a artery clogging, life taking food is a bad thing? How much do you weigh?(rhetorical)

  86. Swamp Academics says:

    30% of the UNL faculty continue their whining to have uninhibited political propaganda. More worried about their system than the burden of the cost of their product which many will not get a return on.

  87. GOPounding away at the working poor says:

    The Financial Times ran the numbers yesterday and found that the Republican tax plan’s largest single winner is going to be Apple, which stands to reap a windfall of about $47 billion.

    $47 Billion Dollars.

    To one company.

    For a sense of scale, that would cover four years’ worth of the federal tab for the Children’s Health Insurance Program which provides coverage to 9 million children, but is currently on hiatus since congressional Republicans say we just don’t have the money for sick kids.

    Particularly striking, is that Apple CEO Tim Cook has explained over and over again that the Republican effort to shovel billions of taxpayer dollars into corporate coffers won’t boost their investment spending one bit.

    • bynd says:

      So, the issue isn’t really tax cuts but what people/companies, will do with “their” money which was theirs before the government took it through taxes.

      As some billionaires have done, Buffett, Gates and 14 others as of today, they have donated their fortunes away but that isn’t good enough for you? Your issue is with Tim Cook. It is surprising that you folks waste your efforts on boycotting companies for nickel and dime complaints when you could probably get them to loosen up their purse strings for your very own pet projects. Although lately, Cook and Apple have donated 2 million each to Charlotteville and anti hate groups. Just two examples. And why is it these rich folks donate their money mainly to non USA countries? Where the real poor and needy are? I guess when it comes to inclusiveness, you still rank your country over even the poorest. You’re MAGA to the max.

      If children in this country need health care, why don’t you and your fellow snowflakes take care of it instead of wasting your resources trying to get everyone else to pay for your pet projects? Blue Cross and Blue shield were originally started by doctors and hospitals. Back when many took personal responsibility for helping the less fortunate and not relying on government.

      Remember, Buffett and Gates are progressives. Just to name two. Why aren’t you complaining about them to them? Warren has cash up the wazoo. To rely on government is really a foolish endeavor.

      And what will you do with the extra money you get from the new tax law?

      • Leavenworthless says:

        I’m not getting any extra money, I expect to pay more. Thank you for your service and you are welcome.

  88. #nevertrumpers, should #nevertaketrumpsmoney says:

    Imagine, allowing the military to do the job we spent all that money for them to do. And the positive results it produces.

    • Assume the position says:

      The military budget could easily be slashed by 40% and the U.S. would still remain – by leaps and bounds – the most powerful force for destruction and death on the planet.

      Slash $250, 300 billion a year and put it toward the debt.

      Taxpayers could save more than $80 Million year if we simply made the enlisted and former military buy their own god damn boner pills.

      There is no more gargantuan, wholly unaccountable waste of taxpayer dollars on the planet than the United States Military Industrial Complex. Gleefully bending over Joe Taxpayer and just hammering away.

      • bynd says:

        Hey bozo, the point, obvious to all but you, is a president that allowed to the job they are trained to do with politicians interfering. And low and behold, more was accomplished since Jan. 2017 than 8 years of the last administration, or the one before that.

        So, come back when you can discuss the topic or start your own thread. You look so stupid answering one that wasn’t even there.

  89. the rest of the story says:

    Whether you like Moore or not:

    One of the women who accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of making advances on her when she was a teen and he a local prosecutor admitted Friday to writing part of the yearbook inscription she offered as proof, a new crack in her story that gives Moore an opening to attack her credibility.

    • You're a colossal fool says:

      only someone monumentally trumptarded would imagine her adding the date to Roy Moore’s missive would exonerate Moore’s well known pedophilic proclivities

      • bynd says:

        The only fool is you. I didn’t say anything about anyone being exonerated.d Only a lame brain, dunderhead like you would come up with such a bunch a crap. Wake up and smell the roses.

        YAI!

      • bynd says:

        So that’s how your mommy and daddy ensured your safe place was as safe as could be?

        It interesting all about your life as you project more and more.

        Now, go let mommy change your diaper.

  90. bynd says:

    Don’t you just love the discussions that the snowflakes on here perpetuate.

    Yes, let’s have discussion. Come on snowflakes, can you even make an attempt?

  91. CNN headline, fake news by CNN says:

    A one-digit mistake by CNN has armed President Trump with new ammunition for another fusillade against the media.
    CNN reported Friday morning that Donald Trump Jr. received an email on Sept. 4, 2016, that granted special access to WikiLeaks documents. The network said in an online article that the email had been “described to CNN by multiple sources.”

    Interestingly,” CNN reporter Manu Raju said on the air, “the same day that Donald Trump Jr. received this email was the first time that he appears to have tweeted about WikiLeaks.”

    CNN presented the timing of Trump Jr.’s tweet as a possible reason to doubt his claim that he never even saw the email.
    The later email date reported by The Post means that Trump Jr.’s first tweet about WikiLeaks could not possibly have been prompted by the email, since the president’s eldest son did not receive the message until 10 days after tweeting.

      • CNN headline, fake news by CNN says:

        What’s worse than a dumb ass, I guess it would be you. Whatever that is.

        Evidently you don’t what the implications are. You’re a hoot. Maybe you should go read the story.

        I don’t have a “cause”. Thankfully I am nothing like you. Narcissistic, sanctimonious fools. Unable to think independently of your collective.

        But I love showing you folks up for the lemmings and educated idiots you are.

        Watch the shiny object.
        RFLMBO

  92. Hey, Trumptard says:

    The Republican tax plan leaves a $1.5 trillion bill for the middle class to pay
    If paid for with spending cuts, the bill leaves 71.6 percent of Americans worse off.

    • CNN headline, fake news by CNN says:

      You seem to not understand that although no Trump supporter, you folks make Trump look better everyday and your headlines are worth about as much as your word.

      Why not actually put in your own words what that headline sates and back it up. Because you don’t know what it means or how it was arrived at. Imagine that!

      You are becoming much more entertaining than the President’s tweets.

      RFLMBO

  93. no pain no gain says:

    “How is it possible you don’t understand this story doesn’t aid your cause?” Ah, to ask why.

    Why anything? Why suicide? Why a cuckolded spouse refuses to grant a divorce? Why do black millionaires play the race card and why do sexually liberated (slutty) empowered woman play the weak virgin? Indeed, why do CONSERVATIVES gag themselves when called “bigot!” And why do PROGRESSIVES sell borderless anti-sovereignty, anti-solvency, and disunity of anti-colorblind Identity-Politics when such runs against the USA’s individualist core?

    We know POPULISTS don’t gag themselves, which thus causes both Conservative and Progressive elites’ facades to crumble; elites who even today refuse to see that Obama was elected as a Populist and served as Progressive, that his 2004 speech was pure Trump, and he was only reelected because voters were disgusted by “Romney-care” Romney’s “47%” insult to working poor, mirroring the “cling” and “deplorables” insults of Democrat elites. — After Populist Reagan, we got Bushes, Clintons and Obama elites. And they vote for each other. — What did we think the word “elite” meant?

    Political, press and academic elites see average voting Americans as trash.

    Today’s leftist media say SCOTUS “Sides with Trump”. To say that makes dispassionate voters see Trump the champion of the Constitution and Progressivism as its enemy domestic. Why say it? It doesn’t aid the Progressive cause. But we all know why. Raw desperation.

    Progressives are married to leftist principles that died with Gulag Archipelago. No voter wants to marry a leftover leftist who spent a lifetime screwing Karl Marx’s corpse. Is as if Democrat Leftist Elites are all painted up like Gloria Swanson in her final scene. “I’m ready for my close up.”

  94. Eerie Canalization says:

    I didn’t believe “Obama was elected as a Populist and served as Progressive, his 2004 speech was pure Trump.” So I looked at the transcript. It is true. Obama talked 100% against the Identity Politics that poured out of his eight years in office. We compared that to Trump’s inauguration text. Uncanny similarities. The difference is, after Obama was elected he did the opposite. Trump is still focusing on the same stuff he ran on. But nobody cares. That’s bad. If GOP elites do not appreciate consistency and Democrat elites do not mind hypocrisy, and vice versa, then there is a whole lot of feeling and too little thinking going on. Modern news encourages feeling not thinking.

    We all suffer too much video, too little factual news. We need to get back to the printed word to slow our emotional reception and sift it through drier cognition. If we do that, we lose the pleasant Obama speak and Trump’s scrub brush voice. Read just thier words and it is eerie what you find.

    BTW, re Canalization: In evolutionary genetics it is repression of variation. In neurology, ease in transmission through repeated use. In psychology, channeling in a fixed pattern. Inbreeding, ruts and bad habits; all prime foundations of Political Science.

    • Giddy Over Porn says:

      From the story about the Cox bill:
      “In this instance, the service provider erroneously charged the House and has since withdrawn the charges,” Weiser said.

      The constant chatter by wingers on this site about pornography is telling.

      Republican Lawmakers Think Porn Is a ‘Menace,’ but GOP States Watch It the Most
      Republican delegates adopted an amendment to their draft platform labeling porn a ‘public health crisis.’ Odd, given that their party is led by a misogynist and red states consume the most porn.

      11/29/17 –
      Trump Bragged: ‘Nothing in the World Like First-Rate P**sy’

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