Wednesday, June 23, 2010

In the Red

The Mark Lakers for Governor campaign filed their most recent campaign finance docs with the NADC.

It doesn't look good:
Receipts from Individuals: $3,115
Receipts from the rest: $12,700
Receipts taken off the books after the recent scandal: $137,000 (so far, anyway)
Total Cash on Hand: $3,291
Just to contrast, Governor Dave Heineman raised over $100,000 this quarter and has $1.5 million Cash on Hand.

It is not clear to us how much longer the Lakers campaign can go on like this.

***

Congressman Lee Terry's campaign has a new web video featuring 2008 opponent, and now Terry advisor Richard Carter.

As you can see below, Carter takes a turn at the white board to tutor ...Tom White on economics:



While not experts on math, we are pretty sure that number is huge.

***

We were recently pointed to a purported nasty bill making the rounds in the Senate these days.

The Carried Interest Tax Hike (HR 4213 Baucus/Levin Bill) is coming up for a vote in the next day or so.

Opponents say that a proposed 150% increase on certain capital gains could cause a massive meltdown and potential bailouts in the commercial real estate biz -- much like the bubble bursting in the home markets did.

The bill, supported by the likes of Iowa's Tom Harkin, currently is OPPOSED by both Mike Johanns and Ben Nelson.

Worth keeping your eye on.

***

Looks like New Yorker Bob Kerrey may skip out on the Motion Picture Association lobbying gig.

Word has it that while the MPAA would like Kerrey to step in and begin defending their nonsensical ratings system sometime soon, Kerrey is sort of stuck in his New School job.

That, and Kerrey apparently is holding out for a lobbying position that pays more.  The MPAA only pays a million a year.

Guy's gotta eat...

200 comments:

Anonymous said...

lolololololol!

Right Wing Professor said...

It is not clear to us how much longer the Lakers campaign can go on like this.

It's not clear there IS a Lakers campaign.

Street Sweeper said...

Ah, touché.

Anonymous said...

Looks like someone needs to tutor little Richard on how to be less boooorrrring in his pictorials.

Anonymous said...

No kidding, you got the teacher from Ferris Beuler to produce a lame video for Leavenworth street.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 4:58 and 5:22

Hey, Ian, how's that White campaign coming? Or is it going?

I'll put my money on going.

Anonymous said...

OOOOOOooooo Goody...Ian and Richie
dualing smart ass videos. I can't wait. I wonder why people don't vote.

macdaddy said...

The Lakers campaign is completely irrelevant to this election cycle, but, gosh, it's really hard to avert your eyes from a car crash, isn't it.

Anonymous said...

Good video--makes a very potent point. White is on the wrong side of those two major issues.

macdaddy said...

The video was pretty boring, but it might actually work. So many of the other videos out there on the subject are so well-done and slickly produced that people may be suspicious of them. Can't get more simple than than this. I say knock it down to 30 seconds and put it on TV, assuming that Tom White is still running.

Anonymous said...

SS, I thought it was "in the Neb", now I'm all confused...

Anonymous said...

Ha, ha. Instead of, "Bueller...Bueller...?"

Here in the 2nd we say, "White...White...?"

Carter she reshoot that using the above line and then, an Ian Russell look-a-like should come in and hand him a pizza box.

Anonymous said...

Oops, I pulled an Ian, I mean a Spicoli. Meant to say should instead of she. lol

Anonymous said...

Okay, so what if the REALLLL reason Bobby isn't taking the screen actors guild gig is because he is feeling compelled to rush back to Nebraska to save the "in the Nebs" from themselves?

I hope he doesn't try to rent in Fremont. Not real sure he is still a citizen of Nebraska and I'd really hate to see him detained at the border:)

Anonymous said...

That is one pitiful video. Is this what voters can look forward to in ...what's that word I'm looking for.....leadership?

That's why you leave advertising to the professionals.

Anonymous said...

I dunno--kind of interesting video with a simple message. The two trillion thing is something people will remember.

Anonymous said...

A few people who watched it started to chuckle as Carter wrote out the zeros--makes you visualize the $$$ amount involved here. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

lee terry voted for a lot of expensive things (ie tarp). we owe $130 trillion including unfunded liabilities. this is nothing.

Anonymous said...

The trouble with the video, besides looking like it is made for an entry in the kid's section of home moviemaking, is that it spends its time telling me how horrible Tom White is, whereas the curent Congressman has said little to zip about what he's done for over 10 years to improve my life. Oh! I'm sorry. He hasn't done much except garnered a large pension at my expense.

Anonymous said...

White...White...?

Nobody cares what you have to say Spicoli. what does White...White...? have to say for himself?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @7:49--the election is about the differences between the two candidates. Personally, I think this sets it out pretty specifically--White supports the two programs ($2 tril). You asked what Terry's done--hey, voting against the $2 tril is a pretty good answer.

Anonymous said...

7:47--that's an astounding statement you make. Two trillion is "nothing"? What planet do you live on...

Anonymous said...

You think 2 tril isn't much--but then Carter writes it out. Makes the point very well.

Anonymous said...

That "Carried Interest" issue is a biggie. Who is gonnas invest in hedge funds if their profits are taxed at a higher rate than other capital gains? Talk about killing capital formation for things like construction projects that banks won't fund now.

Terry spoke on the House floor against that tax when they took up the bill. Good statement.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Richard Carter doesn't know the difference between one trillion two hundred billion and one trillion two hundred MILLION. Listen to the video again.

I guess you get what you pay for, and Lee is paying for an "Economist" from Metro Community College.

Anonymous said...

he says billion

Competent Mathematician said...

he says 800 million, then writes .8
800 million is .8 billion, not trillion. if you go by the numbers he SAYS, not what is written down, you get .0008+1.0002= 1.1 trillion

quite the math lesson there, lee

Competent Mathematician said...

deepest apologies, i mistyped. it should be
1.001 trillion.

much better now

Jamie said...

he doesn't say any millions in there. let me lay it out in easier (and less ghetto) terms.

stimulus bill- 800,000,000,000
healthcare bill- 1,200,000,000,000
total- 2,000,000,000,000

is it oversimplified? yes. is it tongue in cheek? probably. but it does define differences i think will make the voters in ne2 appreciate terry a little more.

Nathan said...

Not that Lee is much better, but he might be the most boring speaker Ive ever heard.

Anonymous said...

White probably is having buyer's remorse right now. Jumping on the Obama bandwagon so quickly and totally last year is coming home to bite him now.

He should have Blue Dogged it--on both stimulus and healthcare but he didn't.

Anonymous said...

A little better lighting, a little better sound quality and they can make a series of these.

Carter should do another one--this time on the fact that the economy only grew 40,000 jobs last month.
Meanwhile, the 'stimulus' paid for 400,000 temp hires at the Census. When they go off the payroll later this summer, rut ro.

Two bar charts will work nice, Mr. Carter. Please proceed to production.

Anonymous said...

11:31--admit it--you overslept again and missed Carter's econ lecture. Bad boy! The Dep't head was asking for you--something about "spotty attention span" might cause a failing grade.

Oh well, perthaps you'll have the chance to redeem yourself with new comments on the next vid.

Anonymous said...

Give 'em a hand!

Thanks to NNN for posting the Carter video!

Appreciate NNN helping to spread the word about the diff between Lee Terry and Tom White.

Can Kyle also post on NNN the new video on Terry's You Tube channel where LT talks about the constitutional amendment he has proposed for a balanced budget?

Many thanks, Vile!

theunicycleguy said...

how can i be out of money when my checkbook is full?

uhhhhh....

Claiborne said...

I like the title of Vile's blog: "No one cares what Richard Carter thinks." Well, no one except the guy who just wrote 1,000 words about him.
Thanks for the publicity Vile! Can't wait for the day when Carter's in office as a Republican!

Anonymous said...

Did you seriously just bash the education that thousands of people get at junior colleges across the nation. The less expensive education that allows students to continue to maintain real work experience while increasing their abilities.

Did you really just bash an economist that also work for the Air Force?

And what is it that you actually do?

Anonymous said...

BTW, Lee Terry should save that Balanced Budget Amendment until next term when the Democrats are powerless. Passing it now would be a waste of time since Steny Hoyer announced this week that they will not be passing a budget this year.

Apparently, the Democrat Leadership in Washington prefers to bloat several Appropriation Bills outside of Budget and then shove an Omnibus Spending Bill (aka: everything PLUS the kitchen sink) down the throats of their Democrat Majority.

You see, if you have no budget, then you can spend freely and worry about it later. What a bunch of Dumb Asses, oops, I mean Dumb Donkeys.

Anonymous said...

Kyle comments on Kyle.

Lonely, much, out their "in the neb" with Aunt Janie?

Anonymous said...

Oh please, Oh please, Oh please make the next video be Carter taking roll in the class and asking if anyone has seen White and someone saying, yeah I saw him near the vending machines and Carter says, well go get him and then they return and Tom White says, "Hey, wait a minute, there's no birthday party for me here!"

Anonymous said...

Then Carter could do another one titled, "Mr. Carter, Will I Win This Election?"

In which once White bothers to actually appear in public and Carter asks him where he's been, White says, "I don't know." Using the "white board" again, Carter rights the words "I don't know" and announces that he will leave those words up the board for all to see giving full credit to Tom White. White replies, "All Right!" followed by a quick, "Righteous Dude!" with a fist bump to Carters upheld hand.

LOL, Spicoli references NEVER get old!

macdaddy said...

Anon 9:03: Brilliant!

Anonymous said...

Next day review of video: Still booorring.

Anonymous said...

The soreness on Carter's rear end obviously still stings from the whoop'n he took when he ran.

Jamie said...

I don't see why everyone is so anti-spending. Have you not heard of the marginal propensity to save? Government spending can actually GROW the economy.

Anonymous said...

Hey look...it's Richard Carter!!

AND NOBODY CARES!!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of being in the red, it looks like state sen. kent rogert will pay the $1,430 in sales taxes he should have paid 7 years ago on a 28-foot speedboat he bought "a boat dealer." He said he paid the taxes to avoid "gutter politics", even though the democrat wasn't legally required to do so.

Nice gesture, senator. But how about paying the taxpayers of the state the interest you owe for withholding payment for 7 years. At a modest 5% annual interest, that comes to $2,012.15.

Please pay another $582 if you're sincere.

Signed,

The Taxpayers of Nebraska

Anonymous said...

Foolish

Vile posted a comment to his own article--saying that "Carter has made a fool of me."

Could be true--but more likely Kyle has made a fool out of Kyle.

Anonymous said...

Missed all the action so far but just watched the video. lol!

Anonymous said...

***BREAKING NEWS: TOM WHITE HAS A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT COMING ... SAYS HE WILL SOLVE THE GULF OIL CRISIS BY REPLACING THE BRYLCREEM IN HIS HAIR WITH THE OIL WASHING UP ON THE SHORELINE ... DEVELOPING ...

Anonymous said...

You forgot to add the $35,000 in unpaid bills that the Lakers' campaign also has.

So there is $3200 cash on hand
$15,000 loan to Lakers
$35,000 in unpaid bills

Total = - $46,8000

and this is not mentioning the balance of the $200,000 in pledges that will be removed...

Did anyone notice that Domina was still listed on the Lakers contribution list after he said he
"NEVER MET THE MAN".

macdaddy said...

Anon 12:07: Where can you get 5% interest on $1500? I really want the name of that bank because I have some money I'd like to deposit.

Anonymous said...

I think the next video they post should be of Carter crying on primary election night 08 when he got spanked by Esch. I would love to see that video over and over and over and over again. He broke down into tears like a little girl. Priceless!

Anonymous said...

1223--that's incredible. So, a month after this all erupted he (Lakers) still isn't filing accurate reports. wow.

Anonymous said...

TW= "2 Trillion Dollar Tom"

lol

Anonymous said...

Who knows what is happening in LakerLand--but what is gained from going underground for weeks w/no public appearances and blowing off a booked appearance on the largest AM station in NE? Strange.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 12:26 -- It's good you've never had to pay a penalty to the IRS. 5% is a mere bargain. Try the credit card companies for late payments.

Quit defending your boy Rogert. He's down for the count and done.

Anonymous said...

Lakers claims to be pro-life. I wonder if Lakers got elected if he'd betray the unborn the way Heineman has.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Democrats are floating trial balloons here on LS to see what attacks might have traction for the Fall. If so, might I suggest that you attach some kind of explanation to them at launch because for the most part, I have no idea what you're talking about.

Anonymous said...

LB 1110 will be Heineman's downfall in 2012 when the voters who really care about pro-life issues will eat Heineman alive.

Anonymous said...

Let's see you have awful audio and have the speaker with his back to the audience 75% of the time to make one point that we should think what? This matched with the one on White's website surely be contenders for Oscar talk.

Anonymous said...

If you don't "get" the point I am making, even after the first comment, you are totally oblivious to Nebraska politics.

Anonymous said...

3:23-- "$2 trillion Dollar Tom" lol

Point is made very, very clearly...

Bar Stool said...

Rogert wants to put the unpleasant past behind him. hmmmm

Well how does he expect to do that when he broadcasts he is the Captain of the Fun Squad and is seen all over Lincoln in bars during session?

Don't knock him for living the high life and all, but to expect people to forget is akin to asking people to re-elect Obama. Not happening today.

Hollynn said...

It's a Youtube video, Nebraska. It's not a Super Bowl ad. Take it for what it is: a sharp, short, simple explanation to the masses of why Tom White is wrong for Nebraska, the United States or any entity that operates within a budget. Nice job, Richard!

Anonymous said...

HollyAnn--good point. Everyone here pretty much knows that except for the White trolls who post here to attack Terry. (Must be that not much happens on their site, NNN.)

Simple and direct can work well. And this video has a very specific point that Carter drives home by writing out all of the zeros. Good job, Carter.

Anonymous said...

Rogert and Captain of the Fun Squad. Ha! Good one. How's that Fun Gang doing these days?

Anonymous said...

RWP I guess Obbama had the stones to fire McChrystal. And he fired a guy who supported him in politics. I guess Obama is one of those rare leaders who cares more about country then politics. You republicans could learn a lesson from Obama on Patriotism. Read the below.

General Stanley McChrystal banned Fox News from his headquarters, according to The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder.

Ambinder wrote Wednesday (via Michael Calderone) that McChrystal is a liberal, and added in the detail about Fox News to flesh out the point:

Even more about McChrystal: now it can be told. The story about him voting for Obama is not contrived. He is a political liberal. He is a social liberal. He banned Fox News from the television sets in his headquarters. Yes, really. This puts to rest another false rumor: that McChrystal deliberately precipitated his firing because he wants to run for President.

Anonymous said...

Hey 4:46 you can have quality even on the cheap of a YouTube ad. That video is booooring and stuuuuupid from start to end.

Anonymous said...

5:40:

$2,000,000,000,000.00

Any questions?

Anonymous said...

TW = add $2,000,000,000,000.00 to the nation's debt.

LT: Don't.

Any questions? Or if you are confused, maybe Carter can do another video for the edification of the Dem trolls here...lol

Anonymous said...

Carter, us democrats did not want him. You guys are welcome to him. If I remember right two years ago the republicans were trashing him. Now you like him. Go figure. But then Any one,(republicans) who listens to Rush Limbaugh and thinks that is the truth well brain less is a mild insult.

Anonymous said...

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Thousands of donors who contributed to a $390,000 legal defense fund for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will get their money back after an investigator said Thursday the fund was illegal because it was misleadingly described on a website. Wow! Sara Palin broke the law. Any one suprised? I sure hope she runs for President in 2012. Obama will win 40 plus states and an electoral landslide.

Anonymous said...

As a Democrat I say, Palin/Bachmann 2012. After their 45 or so state DRUBBING, maybe we could elect a Congress that tried to help people instead of corporations!

Anonymous said...

We have dug deeper and what we find is that Palin incurred these legal costs, most associated with Troopergate, all by herself. She had Van Flein paid for FOR FREE by the State of Alaska when the REPUBLICAN majority Legislative Council file the original ethics complaint. The Republican Majority LC that stood down the McCain machine and threw a vote of confidence for their Democrat investigator.
It was McCain/Palin that filed a separate ethics complaint with the Personnel Board, hoping for a more sympathetic result, which they got. Which is the only result EVER touted by the Palinbots.

The fact that the original Legislative Council (majority Republican) found Palin GUILTY of abuse of power, is never mentioned by Sarah's fans.

Stapleton herself conflated the Personnel Board with the Legislative Council action in her Facebook fluff-over.

SarahPAC is lying to you all, and you don't care. And you DON"T DIG DEEPER

Anonymous said...

Red Rover Red Rover send Richard Carter right over!!

Republicans can keep him. Mike Johanns (who was chairman of the Lancaster County Democrats), Jon Bruning (Daily Nebraskan's flaming liberal from the early nineties) and Jeff Fortenberry all become traitors to the Democratic party in exchange for career success. I'm sure numb-nuts Carter was promised something big too and ended up in this youtube video. Carter got played like a fiddle, kudos to the NEGOP for thinning our herd of the weak and dumb.

Anonymous said...

Who is Richard Carter???

macdaddy said...

Obama won't be the Democrat nominee in 2012. He will either a) decline to run or b) get his clock cleaned by Hillary in the primary.

As for Palin's so-called "troubles", just remember that she has been gleefully declared guilty by the lame stream media, what, 6 or 7 hundred times? and so far nothing has stuck. But you guys keep trying to dredge things up. As long as you refuse to take the board out of your own eye, i.e. Blago and Obama horse-trading a Senate seat, I like the Republican chances in 2010 and 2012.

TedK said...

MacDaddy, please rejoin the reality-based world per your comments on Palin.
from a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll:
The poll asked people how they'd respond if a Congressional candidate had various hypothetical attributes. Asked how they'd feel if a candidate were "endorsed by Sarah Palin," the response was....

(A) Enthusiastic About This Attribute = 8%
(B) Comfortable With This Attribute = 17%
(C) Have Some Reservations About This Attribute = 15%
(D) Very Uncomfortable With This
Attribute = 37%

(E) Makes No Difference = 21%
Not Sure = 2%


PLEASE NOMINATE HER FOR SOMETHING, ANYTHING! She's delightfully toxic.

Claiborne said...

7:47
Al Gore is essentially accused of RAPE today, and you knock Sarah Palin? That's some stones.

Macdaddy said...

Nice poll. How do you square that with the fact that her candidates are winning their primaries and are leading in the polls for the general election? But keep clinging to that poll you just quoted. Keep hope alive!

Anonymous said...

The people who support Sara Palin sound like the Goldwater supporters in 63 and 64. They thought because every one they knew loved him that the entire country must to. I hope Palin is the GOP nominee for President in 2012. It helps big time for Obama to get a smashing victory in the election. Remember that old saying "in your guts you know she is nuts" Please Sara help more GOP people to get nominated. Keep writing and working hard to get the Presidential nomination. Do your country a favor and help re elect President Obama. I think the last poll on Sara Palin is she qualified to be president? Was 27% agreed.

Anonymous said...

12:39 Anon,

The next video I want to see is the one where the Esch campaign manager explains to Jim and his mom and dad that Jim has to go take a drug test and that no one is real sure how it will turn out.

New Dem motto:

"All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine." ha, ha!

Even Spicoli could count all those zeros.

Anonymous said...

The reckoning approaches, the struggle between the traditional GOP and the lunatic TeaOP. Sarah, with her misplaced self confidence, will challenge Mitt 'good hair' Romney. Mitt might briefly attempt pandering for a 'bagger vote, but, my guess he'll soon abandon that shallow gene pool and move to rally the rational republicans. This will descend into a no holds barred grudge match which Sarah, the Bagger Queen, is ill-equipped to survive.
Personally, I can't wait.

Happy said...

It's interesting to watch the Lib Dem's point at the debate in the Republican Party. To se how they are working to make hay over the goings on and all. But if you take a step back you realize the only reason they are doing that is because there is NOTHING going on in there house.

They are like those people who sit and watch life go by, and complain all the while.


After Nov 2010 they will have a few more of their ilk sitting with them, from the city through County and State levels, all the way to Congress.

And of course they will howl like a scalded dogs.

Macdaddy said...

Happy, you are exactly right. The people who are actually in charge of this country, Democrats all, are either letting big business run all over us Americans, bleeding us dry through mind-boggling deficit spending, presiding over the largest environmental disaster in the history of our great nation, or making us weaker abroad by bowing, sometimes literally, to dictators and terrorists. 60% of Americans think this country is on the wrong track after 17 months of The One plus large majorities in both houses of Congress. Instead, Democrats complain that republicans won't go along with their idiotic schemes. Obama was been a true O when it comes to leading (people are even longing for the days of Jimmy Carter) and the lefties on LS are pointing at...Sarah Palin.

I won't even bother cataloguing the Bush doctrines that Obama is continuing or expanding, e.g., summary execution by drone, Gitmo, warrantless wiretaps, that caused the Left to wet itself and start screeching uncontrollably, yet are purring like little kittens when it comes to The One. (You know, The One who was going to heal the planet). I realize you are stuck with Obama for almost 3 more years and you can't be happy about it, but just remember that the rest of us are stuck with him, too, and are probably more unhappy about it.

Right Wing Professor said...

RWP I guess Obbama had the stones to fire McChrystal. And he fired a guy who supported him in politics. I guess Obama is one of those rare leaders who cares more about country then politics. You republicans could learn a lesson from Obama on Patriotism. Read the below.

And yet you yourself don't have the stones to identify yourself. Sad.

Did you read the RS article? McChrystal (or more precisely his staff) pegged Obama as a disengaged dilettante. Since Obama is the most thin-skinned President in history, McChrystal had to go.

Let me say it right here, now. I support immediate, unconditional withdrawal from Afghanistan, not because it's a good idea, but because Obama is incapable of prosecuting the war successfully, and keeping our troops there for another 13 months will simply get more of them killed in an ultimately futile cause.

If we're lucky, when we leave, the druglords will take it over, rather than the jihadist nuts.

TedK said...

Yeah Truman was thin-skinned when he fired MacArthur. Your spin is obvious. If Obama hadn't fired him you'd be claiming he was indecisive and weak. You just can't have the insubordination coming from McChrystal in a civilian controlled armed forces.

Right Wing Professor said...

TedK:

I'm of the opinion McChrystal engineered his own firing, because he knew he had been placed in an untenable situation, fighting a war with insufficient forces, on an unrealistic timetable, and with Eikenberry and Holbrooke both actively trying to undermine what he was doing. He couldn't quit, but he could get himself fired.

He had Obama pretty well sussed out, it seems to me.

Let's remind ourselves that McChrystal was Obama's own hand-picked commander.

As for the firing of McArthur, the Joint Chiefs actually found him not guilty of insubordination, although they recommended his relief as a matter of military necessity.

Shoe Salesman said...

What a buch of lemmings here. Two yearsago Sweeper you did a drive-by on Carter where you lambasted hiscredentials as an economist. Now you tout them and everyone here slurps it up. Imagine the power if any of these minds had an original thought.

Just goes to show how insincere politics in NE has become.

RWP - nice attack on the anonymous poster on the blog written by an anonymous blogger. Another example of conservative hypocrisy.

Afghan War Vet said...

I'd add to RWP's analysis about the Afghan War that the Rules of Engagement are so restrictive and ridiculous that it will be impossible to win unless they are changed. The problem now is the same one we had in Vietnam. We have a bunch of inept leftist, with no undertanding of modern warfare and, in some case, downright contempt for the military, setting the rules for conducting a war. Like the VC and NVA, the Taliban knows this and uses this to their advatage at the expense of our soldiers' lives.

Right Wing Professor said...

Shoey:

Sweeper, like you, is pseudonymous, not anonymous. Since you're evidently illiterate, let me explain the difference. While we may not know who pseudonymous bloggers are IRL, we can hold them to what they're previously written under their internet handle. We can't do that with the drive-bys.

Given the amount of IRL hatred I've gotten for my internet postings, I couldn't in good conscience advise someone to be fully 'out' online, anymore.

Street Sweeper said...

Shoe,
Carter is an Economics teacher, teaching Tom White about basic Economics. We've NEVER questioned Carter's teaching credentials, and think he does a bang up job of teaching Tom White. Now whether White is much of a student is a question for another Election Day.

And thanks for reading!
SS

Anonymous said...

But the more interesting point to be made about Palin is how toxic she's become among the broader electorate. In fact, buried in the internals of the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is an amusing number: A majority see a Palin endorsement as a clear negative.

The poll asked people how they'd respond if a Congressional candidate had various hypothetical attributes. Asked how they'd feel if a candidate were "endorsed by Sarah Palin," the response was....

Enthusiastic about this attribute 8

Comfortable with this attribute 17

Have some reservations about this attribute 15

Very uncomfortable with this attribute 37

So a majority, 52%, reacted negatively. And an astonishing 37 percent would be "very uncomfortable" about a Palin endorsement, more than four times the eight percent who would be "enthusiastic" about it.

Even better, there were only two attributes a candidate might have that were seen as worse than a Palin endorsement: Supporting Bush's economic policies; and supporting the elimination of various Federal agencies and/or Social Security.

Obviously those pointing to Palin's influence are only concerned with her impact among GOP primary voters. But the above finding is another mark of just how toxic Palin has become to the rest of the world -- and how out of sync with public opinion the media obsession with Palin's influence really is.

Pragmatic Optimist said...

Wonder who is teaching economics to Heiny-Man? He seems to think that he can fill the 650 M budget hole with just budget cuts and have no impact on services to the people. Just click your heals and hope that Obama saves his hyde again I guess.

Anonymous said...

The Rolling Stone correspondent whose profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal upended America's Afghan war leadership says that soldiers on the ground are happy that the brash and sometimes reckless general was ousted by President Obama.

Michael Hastings tells Huffington Post in a phone interview from Afghanistan, where he is embedded with U.S. troops: "Over here, soldiers were happy that he got fired. I've had a number of people come up to me, I got an email from a Marine this morning [Thursday]: 'Hey man, you did great work. All the guys in my company think it's good McChrystal is not there because he was putting or lives at risk
Again the facts speak for themselfs over right wing trash talk. Obama is doing a good job being President. Face it Republicans get used to it.

Anonymous said...

Have a good weekend everyone--

Particularly the Dems--they've had a rough week w/the stuff in Afghanistan and the Gulf. Another 100,000 barrels of goopy oil is leaking today--on their watch--a real tragedy that Obama didn't have an effective response plan from Day One. Management by Chaos is their mantra I guess.

Anonymous said...

Will 2 trillion dollar Tom be at the Elkhorn parade tomorrow? How abut Lakers--btw--did Lakers have any public events this week?

Right Wing Professor said...

http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/reader-background/#comments

An impeccable source, that.

There's no doubt COIN is unpopular with the troops. That would not in itself make it a bad strategy, if it were married coherently to diplomatic and political action, properly supported with adequate manpower, and given time to work. It hasn't been, on any of these counts.

Whether a strategy that worked in Iraq is best for Afghanistan, a very different country, is another issue. And let's remember; this is Obama's chosen strategy, and McChrystal was Obama's commander. Those who think Obama was such a cool guy to fire him (and he had little choice) should remember Obama hired him, just 12 months ago. OK, that's not as bad as what Harvey Perlman did with Steve Pedersen, but it was still a pretty quick in-and-out.

Right Wing Professor said...

Sorry, dumb pasting mistake. Sorry, Sweeper. Link isn't even related.

TedK said...

RWP, concerning McChrystal's firing: Occam's razor

TedK said...

I love the right-wing religion that everything that goes wrong is Obama's fault. Forgetting the mess that he was left, including departments such as MMS which are staffed with Bushies who never met a regulation they liked. Do you really think it was possible to have replaced the personnel in these departments in one year? CBS had a story about Republican Jindal last night:
When CBS confronted Jindal about leaving so many guardsmen idle while oil is washing ashore, Jindal -- naturally -- blamed the Federal government, saying that he had requested deployment for the full 6,000, but that his request had been denied because "the Coast Guard and BP had to authorize individual tasks."

It turns out Jindal's response was a lie.

But Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander in charge of the government's response to the spill, said Jindal is just flat wrong.

"There is nothing standing in the governor's way from utilizing more National Guard troops," Allen said.

In fact, the Coast Guard says every request to use the National Guard has been approved, usually within a day. Now Jindal's office acknowledged to CBS News the governor has not specifically asked for more Guard troops to be deployed.

Anonymous said...

I love the left-wing religion that Obama's not responsible for anything. Fact is, he is reponsible for the response effort--and everyone--and I mean everyone in the press has said it has been chaos, with no one in charge. Example after example--fisherman try and put collection booms out, one fed agency says "ok" the other "no". The whole incident has shattered any claim the Dems have to competence--and polls show voters agree.

Have a great weekend--are you gonna watch the live feed of the leak? -Another 100,000 barrels are going out of the pipe every day...

Right Wing Professor said...

RWP, concerning McChrystal's firing: Occam's razor

TedK.

Yep. 30 year general officer from a military family. It's completely implausible either that (1) he doesn't know what insubordination and proper military discipline are (2) is a political naif or (3) would let a Rolling Stone reporter talk on-the-record, off duty with his staff unless he knew the inevitable results.

Simplest explanation is suicide by feature reporter. Added bonus: attention drawn to the complete disarray in Afghan war policy.

Right Wing Professor said...

TedK

It's dishonest to quote a story from Daily Kos and pretend it comes from CBS News.

Anonymous said...

This really is sounding like Vietnam. A marine base asked for permisison to shoot night illuminating cannisters to see who was shooting at them--central command said "no". That the cannisters could smash into houses and hurt people. Then they identified a house where they thought the shooting came from and asked the Afghani troops to investigate. They said "no"--they weren't going there. OK.

Macdaddy said...

Anon 12:49: since you just re-posted the poll about Palin, I'll just re- post my response: that poll does not square with recent electoral results or with current polling data about Palin-backed candidates. If Democrats insist on trying to make the next election about Sarah Palin while hoping everyone ignores the glaring deficiencies of Obama, they will lose big time. This is what I don't understand. You guys ran for office and won, but now you can't be bothered to govern. Instead, you go for every dumbass idea the leadership puts up and have no desire to actually do what's best for the country. Seriously. We now have a healthcare reform bill and a financial reform bill that the people who sponsored them, by their own admission, do not know what's in them and what impact they could have on the country. But keep focusing on Sarah Palin especially after you're trying to figure out how the Republucans retook everything.

Shoe Salesman said...

Sweeper -
you must have forgotten this drive by:

"Teaching doesn't mean you're doing. But once again, this just shows the Dems inflating their job titles....
It is dishonest for someone who has a law degree, yet does not practice in some way, to call him or herself a lawyer. Now I can bet you will find many who will argue the minutiae of that point as well, but if you're running for office, it's time to stop throwing words around and be honest with your background. Degree in economics? Great. Expertise in economics? Maybe. "Economist"? Nope."

So the guy was ripe for an attack until he joined Lee. Seems you were against him before you were for him.

ou parse woerds better than Bill Clinton!

thanks for responding :).

Street Sweeper said...

Hey kiddo, nearest I can tell Carter is TEACHING Economics to Tom White. We endorsed that then, we endorse that now.

Of course the funny thing is that you LIBS are trying to make White's support for the Trillion dollar Obama Pelosi plans -- about Carter! Ha! But of course you are! Because you can't defend Obama or Pelosi or Tom White's position.

I'm looking forward to those Pelosi-White-Lakers yard signs this fall. (I think the NEGOP may pay for them, if you ask...)

TedK said...

RWP, glad to see you're reading Kos. Might learn something! Now what is dishonest about quoting a story on Kos that quotes a CBS story? Are you telling me that Kos made it up? Usually I'm anal enough to go to the original source, but I'm trying to get some work done today.
And good catch, Shoe, demonstrating that the key attribute that determines whether someone is plausible or not is if there is an R next to their name. At least this is true for others who have an R next to their name.

Anonymous said...

Wild that the Dem poster wants to trash Palin and talk 2012.

Keep it up and concentrate your energy there. We'll (Repubs) just keep working the races that are on the ballot this Nov.

Anonymous said...

Day Three of Video: Still booooring.

Right Wing Professor said...

Now what is dishonest about quoting a story on Kos that quotes a CBS story? Are you telling me that Kos made it up? Usually I'm anal enough to go to the original source, but I'm trying to get some work done today.

Nothing, as long as you say you're quoting a Kos story. CBS didn't say Jindal lied. Kos did.

TedK said...

You are right, RWP. So I read the actual CBS transcript and have come to the conclusion, on my own, that Jindal lied. I agree that I should have read and quoted directly from the transcript.

TedK said...

And back to Occam's Razor, and extensive reading on my part. McChrystal, due to ego and/or sloppiness, let his true feelings be publicly known. Hence his ouster.

Anonymous said...

5:27--thanks for mentioning the video, again! Keep the pr and buzz going on it--maybe you can post at NNN too!

The diff between LT and TW:

$2,000,000,000,000.00

any questions....

Anonymous said...

When you drill down the specifics, it gets even worse for Two Trillion Tom. The 'stimulus' law was supposed to keep unemployment at 8%--it is now 9.7%. Some stimulus.

It has been a good deal if you are a temp hire at Census (400,000 jobs last month)but a bad deal if you want to work in the private sector. Only 40,000 real jobs were created.

Good job, TTT.

Anonymous said...

That is a very interesting point. Perhaps Prof. Carter can elaborate on this in the next video.

Anonymous said...

I read that the 'stimulus' law is actually $1 trillion when you take the base appropriation and add the interest costs involved (i.e. just adding it to the debt). Also, that the healthcare law's real cost is $2 trillion when all of the tax increases are counted as well as the fines imposed on individuals who fail to obtain the required insurance, or the fines employers pay when their employees get plans on the exchange. If this is so, isn't the difference between Terry and White really $3 trillion?

Reid Defense Fund said...

with people identifying with the conservative brand 2 - 1 now, it looks bleak for the D's in November!

This will be so much fun. Hey even pelosi knows it, and she out trying to raise money to defend herself. Guilty minds get goofy over time. Deliscious.

Anonymous said...

Will everybody give Palin a breaky already? Golly gee, you guys she can see Russia from her back porch. Or, was that her front porch? Well one of those thingy me bobs.

Anonymous said...

Another 100,000 barrels of smelly, goopy oil are leaking in the Gulf today.

Wonder what it would be had Obama had a real response plan in effect on Day One. Mediocre Oval Office speeches don't plug the hole.

Bad news for the Dems.

Anonymous said...

Oil tarballs now washing up at the beaches in Pensacola FL.

Good response plan, Dems. Who's in charge again?

Anonymous said...

Poor Dick Carter, he quit being a Democrat and traded in everything he believed in just to be in a lame ass Republican home video.

Anonymous said...

2:04--nope. Carter believes in a strong nat'l defense and private sector solutions to issues like unemployment and healthcare. He's also pro-life. That's why he is a Republican.

I was going to say we'll take Carter and you can keep Esch--but then remembered Jim bailed out on you also and is now Unaffiliated. You're on a roll...

Proud to have Served said...

For all you out there attacking Mr. Carter, you really show class. Sure you can disagree with his views, you can be mad about his changing party affiliation, you can even be jealous of his education and the fact he has a job, but unless you have served in combat/police line of duty/fireman etc. ya need to go back to your corner and suck your thumb.

You only serve as a beacon to the failed philosophy of Socialism/Marxism. Your not even UP to the level of a true Democrat. You just wear the title because you wouldn't even get 20% of the vote. When the Democrat's get tired of you all it's back to street corners passing out hate pieces for the lot of you. Yup even the lib proffessors will find it difficult to keep a "job"

macdaddy said...

Anon 12:40: that was Tina Fey on SNL who said she could see Russia from her house. But then I wouldn't expect you to know the difference between fantasy and reality.

Anonymous said...

Macdaddy, that was Sarah Palin who answered a question about her foreign policy experience by talking about almost being able to see Russia from Alaska. Google it.

I'd like Sarah Palin, Tom Dierks, and Chad Wright answer whether they believe in evolution or if they believe there were dinosaurs here 10,000 years ago.

Anonymous said...

Heard that Tom White had a real lame presence at the Elkhorn Parade. No worry for him--he'll lose that area badly anyway. Voters aren't going to vote for someone who wants $2 trillion more in fed spending and debt. Nor do they want someone who supports ObamaCare and taxpayer funding of abortions via the evasion of the Hyde Amendment.

macdaddy said...

So you admit that Palin didn't say that she could see Russia from her house and you were just wrong?

I guess it must gall you that the Sarah Palin jokes are falling flat and that the smartest man to ever hold the Presidency, Barak Hussein Obama, mmm mmm mmm, is blowing it big time.

Anonymous said...

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

She's an idiot, and if the Republicans want to run with her they can go for it.

Anonymous said...

I have 3 questions...

1.) Do Chad Wright and Tom Dierks believe that there were dinosaurs on earth 10,000 years ago?

2.) Does Chad Wright wear magic underwear?

3.) Has Tom Dierks ever stood outside the office of an abortion clinic holding a sign of a dead fetus?

Anonymous said...

Drunk at 1:12,

Do you seriously believe that you cannot see the land formations of Ozernyy and Chaplino on the Russian sea front from Gambell, Alaska.

Look at a freakin' map. They are slightly more than 50 miles from each other and it is probably a pretty amazing view on the Bering Sea.

Palin has her faults, and I do not believe that being neighbors to Russia qualifies you to be an expert in foreign policy. However, her statement was factually correct and if Russia were to become hostile against America again, you can bet your sweet ass that little connection up there in Alaska would become very important.

So, turn off the Tivo, go to bed and quit relying on Saturday Night Live fools for your foreign policy instruction.

Anonymous said...

Any one who defends Sara Plain is smoking something so filled with magic that it even makes George Bush look like a good President. Those people must be part of the 20% who thought Bush was a good president and believe that Palin will be a good president. They must believe that Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck tell the truth. They must believe that the richer you are the better person you are. They must believe in a lot of fairy stories. Like that BP is a good company that will take care of the Gulf's problems with out any help. Please keep believing and please vote that way. It make the democrats job easier.

Not Drunk and Employed said...

Anon 1:16

You must be worried about Mr Wright and Mr Dierks!

Let's see Wright is running against a woman who never saw a fetus she wasn't willing to kill, oh and who has such great judgment she ran into a snow plow, drunk, and with a lobbyist in the car.

Dierks is running against a woman who is so bright, articulate, and well educated (this is all true she has a degreee from UNL) BUT just can't seem to find a job for months and months? What gives there?

Anonymous said...

Gotta Love It!

Notice how the Dem trolls come here to trash Palin and talk 2012?

Can't really blame them--they know Nov. is looking to be a complete and total disaster for Dems here in NE.

They'll do anything not to talk about the 2010 cycle. So.....

-------> Two Trillion Tom

lol

Macdaddy said...

Anon 8:57: Compared to Obama, even Jimmy Carter looks like a good President. And you don't have to smoke anything magical!

GeosUser said...

Death knell for the Lakers campaign...today's Koterba editorial cartoon in the 06/27/10 Weird Herald.

Anonymous said...

To 8:15AM--who needs to troll to trash Palin when she does such a good job of it herself with all that cutesy talk? How's that workin out for ya?

Allrighty then, see ya on the back porch and we can watch the full moon rise over Russia and dream of possibilities of how best to parade a family across a national stage past their bedtime.

Anonymous said...

What are the odds Lakers will actually appear in public this week?

Anonymous said...

The tea baggers are fools, dupes and stooges.

The Corporate Lobbyists Behind the Tea Parties

"A report by Lee Fang at Think Progress documents the involvement of corporate lobbyists FreedomWorks in organizing the teabaggers. FreedomWorks is run by ladies' man (and registered lobbyist) Dick Armey, and if they're not "organizing" the Tea parties, it's news to him. "

"Steve Forbes is on the FreedomWorks board. As Krugman notes, their money comes from the Koch, Scaife, Bradley, Olin and other reliable funders of right wing infrastructure including Exxon Mobil."

"This fact that none of this would be possible without the open checkbooks of right wing billionaires and the lobbyists who love them is beyond the grasp of Glenn Reynolds"

"Before any media covering these events accept the idea that this is just a grass roots outpouring of populist sentiment, they ought to take a look behind the curtain -- where Dick Armey is laughing and counting his cash."

They act in cruel unAmerican ways:

shouting at the man with Parkinson's disease sitting on the ground


biting off the finger of a man who didn't agree with them


heckling a woman whose daughter-in-law died because she didn’t have health insurance



Tea baggers are an ignorant menace to our country

Anonymous said...

The role of government I agree is the underlying issue. There's generations of people out there who hook, line and sinker got behind Reagan when he said that government was the problem. (i.e. Not you! The mean old government!) Nice, easy to remember line. Who cares how ruinous to the middle class trickle down economics is! He communicated so well, and was funny! Interesting how the right suddenly hates good speech making, right?

Government does not have to be evil. Participate, make your voice heard... you know, in person, and not on a comment section that your representation will never see :)

Anonymous said...

Why does the right get its' shorts in a twist every time people give their opinion on Palin? It's as if YOU feel threatened by the disagreement. Is it because you see the TRUTH? Is it because you get little butterflies in your tummys that tell you that, without constant validation, that you might be WRONG? Nope, the RIGHT is the only one threatened by articles about Palin

Anonymous said...

If the country really finally loses its mind to the extent that Palin and some other uneducated, vacuous brain-dead puppet somehow make it into the White House - probably by rigging the ballot (see Bush/Cheney 2000) - then it'll be time to move to China. From there we can watch the USA finally go down the tubes due to the kind of criminal mismanagement that would make Bush look like a Bill Gates or a Richard Branson.

The mess we're in now falls squarely on the shoulders of the last administration, no question

Anonymous said...

It amazes me that the "Tea Party" and the republicans continue to scream the "government" is too big....but their the first ones to complain that the government is not doing enough (for example: The oil spill in the Gulf). You can't cry foul only when it's convenient

Claiborne said...

It amazes me that with a post criticizing Democrats Tom White and Mark Lakers, the trolls here insist on talking about anything else.

Oh, and how's that Al Gore fella doing these days?

Anonymous said...

Claiborne, I have no problem talking about how much of a screwup and sellout Dick Carter is.

Here's a couple quotes from a man who went from being an insignificant Democrat in 2008 to being an even more insignificant Republican

"We need universal healthcare. I am absolutely in favor of universal health care. There is no excuse for the 47 million people in this country without care." - Richard Carter, 2008

"I have thought about this issue a lot, and I am not certain if single-payer is my first choice. However, I am certainly open to learning more." - Richard Carter, 2008

Claiborne said...

Thanks for making my point.
Now just print the yard signs:
PELOSI-LAKERS-WHITE 2010!

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Vernon said...

Mark Lakers was just sited at the KFC on North 108th in Omaha. He was sharing a bucket of Double Downs with two guys that looked like older versions of Elvis and Jimmie Hoffa.

Howling said...

Folkes you need to get you ear muffs ready. As it is already becoming clear the liberal ruling element of the once proud Democratic Party are fading fast. It will not be a graceful passing to be sure. Rather there will be a great knashing of teeth and howling, hence the ear muffs.

Once relegated to the obscure recesses from whence they came, our Country can once again have reasonable and fruitful debate. You know this is truth when you look back on the manner in which they protested those ideas they wanted to change It was always violent at some level.

This is the price we pay for apeasing them and lacking the courage to thwart them at every turn. Now it is time to put the spoiled, irrational child back in their crib and wait out the crying.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember that Ms. Palin had no idea what the duties of the Vice President consisted of when she was running for that office? That she did not really understand that Africa was a continent composed of many countries. This the same person, with no access to the confidential information the President is given every day,making statements on the proper way this country should be govern. Opinions are fine, but the faux authority with which she speaks is just an example of the fantasy world in which she lives

Macdaddy said...

Is this the Left's new strategy? Boring us to death with the same tired, discredited arguments? Hoping we'll cry "Uncle" and just do what they want?

How about this for a strategy: come up with some ideas that work because so far your ideas really suck and are making things worse. Quit getting all defensive and look beyond ideology the way Obama claimed to be. Or were those just words?

Macdaddy said...

Did anyone see Joe Biden, the Vice President of the United States tell that guy not to be a smartass? Is that in the job description of the Vice President? Putting down regular Americans? How about undermining Obama's Afghanistan strategy? Is that in the job description?

If this Presidency were a movie it would be "Dumb and Dumber."

Anonymous said...

Macdaddy,

Get a life. Biden was joking around and you can see on Youtube the guy he supposedly put down thought it was funny. Seriously, get a life.

macdaddy said...

I'll get a life as soon as Obama gets back to work.

Charlotte Anne said...

The NDP is ranting on their blog, once again, about Lee Terry and Mike Johanns receiving funds from Koch Industries. How can they overlook the fact that their own Sen. Ben Nelson has received more from Koch than Terry and Mike combined?

Hypocrites!

Anonymous said...

So, I used that little google button and went to that wikipedia site and read all about Koch Industries.

They are a Midwestern, Kansas based company, that is privately held and holds conservative to libertarian views (I can see why liberals would hate them).

While they have a handful of safety violation claims and suits, as far as I can tell, they always own up to them and pay all necessary fines.

Oh, and they also hold several of the highest safety awards and recognitions in the environmental industry.

As far as I could tell, Greenpeace hates them, but the EPA loves them.

I think I like them too. I wonder how many people they employ? Thousands would be my guess.

One Out In The Third said...

Sweeper...

Sorry I haven't dropped in lately. Watching Carter's video gave me a Ross Perot SAB moment.

Anonymous said...

Just checked the video after seeing OOOTT's post.

Devastating comparison. This district will choose a candidate who is against the $2 trillion, not someone who supports it.

Anonymous said...

8:41--I agree with you--but let them keep blabbering about Palin. They look foolish--and it reiterates the point that they are discredited and embarassed with what is going on now with Democrats in NE and across the country.

The more posts from the Doofus Democrats the better for us.

Charlotte Anne said...

Wow! The NDP blog sure buried their Koch story under the fold after their hypocrisy was revealed. If only they could move that fast getting valid candidates lined up. Hah!

Anonymous said...

When did the Rethugs last up date their site?

Bud said...

MacDaddy You said Obama needs to get back to work? WOW! Did you know George W. Bush hold the record for the most vacations ever by an American President? He broke in his first term the 8 year record held by Ronald Reagan who broke the record that Calvin Coolidge held. Those are the top three in history. You may not like the work Obama is doing. But he does work.

Macdaddy said...

Bud,

You're right. Obama does work. He works hard. He works hard at his jump shot, and his 3-point shot, and his putts, and his drives, and giving speeches. Oh, and he works hard at doing whatever BP wants him to. BTW, how hard is it to call some agency heads and tell them to cut through the red tape to get oil skimmers down to the Gulf?

Anonymous said...

Are you saying that Obama doesn't like to go home to Chicago? Wow, now that's what I call Potomac fever!

Bush loved getting home to Texas. You would think Obama would feel the same about his beloved Chicago.

Bud said...

Oh MacDaddy, if that is all you think Obama does then you really are clueless. You put up with every thing Bush and other right wingers do. No matter waht it is ok with you. Then Obama who goes to work at 5:00 AM and leaves the Oval office on the average around midnight that is just not good enough? Like I said you can disagree with the results and policy that he believes in. That is fine. That is the difference between what a progressive wants done and and what a conservative wants done. But your saying Obama is lazy. Lazy is the one thing he is not. I tell you what on the Oil spill I am sure Obama will get some results on that soon. Just like Heinman will get the flood messes cleaned up soon. Has for doing what BP says. Republicans are the party of the rich and the powerful not Democrats.

Bud buys a clue said...

Bud- so Buffett and Gates are paupers? How about Hollywood? Oh Kerry-HIENZ......Dick Holland...That guy Lakers....the list is just as long on the lib side.

What you meant to say was republicans tend to be the ones with jobs and or are business owners, you know the ones who take the risk. It's understandable you don't want to face the facts, not that it is a reflection on your public education brought to you by the teachers union.

You aren't as dense as your last comment, so up your game and at least pretend you remember what it was to be a Kennedy Democrat.

Anonymous said...

BBAC @ 10:35

There's a general rule of thumb that bloggers have, it's called "Don't Suck." I'm a Republican and reading what you just wrote is a drag because it's confrontational and your logic is simplistic. We're trying to increase the average intelligence of Republicans on this blog so please, think before you blog.

Bud said...

Bud buys a clue ... Very good stuff. Your right many Democrats are rich and powerful. But the party does not favor the rich and the powerful. The GOP does that. Grand Old Petroleum. If that is what you believe in why are you complaining about it? You don't hear republicans complaining about tax breaks for the rich. That is the democrats. Yes I know they take all the risks these big time wheeler dealers. Labor had nothing to do with their success in any way did they?

BDGC said...

Bud- your premise about Labor pretty much solidifies for me where you come from. Seems you believe without workers the busines owner wouldn't be in business. Yet there may be a flaw in that line of reasoning......

Workers are an input to the process just as the raw materials etc. The whole of the end product is produced to satiisfy a customer. Without a customer there is no demand, hence there is no need for the product. With many options in the market to provide the product, production becomes one area to gain advantage over competitors. If the labor costs are too high you lose business, read up on American Steel industry in the history books, so there is a delicate balance to be had. BUT at no time would a worker have a job without the owner, of course unless you work for the Government, again read up on American Steel industry.

So while you try to be sarcastic in your rebutal all you really do is show the depth of your disdain for the risk takers. You would put the group, in this case workers, in front of anything else.

It is kind of interesting how union's are such a small part of the work force anymore and truth be told if they didn't use ganster tactics they would all but be gone. See while they served a very useful purpose at one time they are now about as useful as teets on a boar hog. You may not realize it but there were laws passed which protect workers. I know your tired responses but give it a break, no system is perfect.

If all you can do is hurl old catch phrases and sarcasm in your posts, then it is no wonder why "labor" from your point of view is not adopted by the majority of workers. Seems pretty much a thing of the past.

The facts just don't support your way of thinking. Again Labor is an input, which when properly considered can render a business profitable, a complex thing to be sure. But Labor NEVER started a business, if they had they would then be owners......


oh and to the ANON 1044 who pretened to be a Republican...... spare all of us from you drivel. Honestly even Bud said some of the previous post's points were on target. So really?

Anonymous said...

The purpose of this blog is to increase the intelligence of...

Very funny.

macdaddy said...

Bud, last time I checked, Bush was no longer President. Obama wanted this job so he ought to bother doing it. Here we are over 2 months into the BP spill and he has yet to take charge of the situation and make sure that all the federal agencies, all of which are in the executive branch and report directly to him, are working together. New reports of additional red tape are popping up almost daily. It's been over a month since Obama's last press conference. Obama took responsibility for this spill but I guess those are just words as well.

And BTW, how's that economy doing? When does our "summer of recovery start?"

Anonymous said...

MacDaddy--remember, a recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And, recovery is when Obama loses his!

macdaddy said...

LOL

Anonymous said...

I hear there is a new Obama Happy meal coming out. See what you do is order the Obama meal and the person behind the counter pays for it!

Anonymous said...

The new Obama meal sounds better than the GWB Meal Deal. That one you paid for and the corporate piggies behind you got to eat it, leaving you nothing but crumbs.

I support the Guards said...

MacDaddy
I think you owe the coast guard and the national guard an apology. They are doing everything they can to prevent this industrial disaster from getting worse and they don't deserve your partisan attacks.

macdaddy said...

Nice try, Shoey.

Anonymous said...

Yes, and their civilian commander is throwing them under the bus with his inability to lead.

Anonymous said...

EEEEEEEEUUUUUUUUUU.....

Photo in the Wall St Journal today (page 10) shows a guy surfboarding off of Destin, FL....surrounded by little tar balls.

Wonder if this could have been avoided had the Obama Admin had a real spill response plan in place on Day One. They didn't. Chaos and agency infighting has been their plan....

EEEEEUUUUUUUU......

Anonymous said...

Another 100,000 barrels of stinky, goopy oil could leak today from the pipe.

Meanwhile, a major tropical storm is brewing over the area too--could spread the oil even wider.

Can Obama do another Oval Office Speech? That'll certainly help...

Shoe Salesman said...

Ok Mac - you got me. But as you all continue to pound the president with the false claim that he failed to act consider this about LA Gov Jindal:

"But nearly two months after the governor requested - and the Department of Defense approved the use of 6,000 Louisiana National Guard troops - only a fraction - 1,053 - have actually been deployed by Jindal to fight the spill.

As of today, the federal government has authorized a total of 17,500 National Guard troops across four Gulf states, all to be paid for by BP.

But CBS News has learned that in addition to Louisiana's 1,053 troops of 6,000, Alabama has deployed 432 troops of 3,000 available. Even fewer have been deployed in Florida - 97 troops out of 2,500 - and Mississippi - 58 troops out of 6,000."

hmmm. Looks like our governors down in the gulf, the lead cheerleaders in criticizing the president, have failed to deploy the federal respurces they claim they don't have. an example of their disdain and craven approach: MS Gov Haley Barbour, former RNC Chairman, was in DC attending a funraiser when the oil washed ashore in his state.

Nice. MacDaddy - what's your lame excuse for this one?

Anonymous said...

There's really not much need to mock Palin or Fox and Friends much more. We're aware that they're unbelievably dumb. Anytime these people say anything it's the comedy highlight of the week.

There are only so many times we can laugh at her stupidity before it becomes kind of sad.

Anonymous said...

Tom Dierks seems like a real down to earth candidate. When I met him it was outside the Planned Parenthood in Lincoln. He was holding a huge sign of an aborted fetus. I'm hoping we'll see more and more dead fetus signs all around the rotunda after he is elected.

TexasAnnie said...

Aborted fetuses you say? How about carrying signs depicting the eleven dead out of Beatrice last year? Would that attract the attention of Nebraska Right to Life'ers??? If it weren't so tragic for the developmentally disabled stuck in Nebraska, the hypocrisy of Nebraska Right to Life'ers and those politicians dependent on their voting power might be amusingly significant to pro-choice advocates up there. Does anyone reading this blog realize the extent of the Beatrice hypocrisy? You do? Great! So why avoid discussing it? That situation can't get better unless you hold your pro-life Governor accountable...

Nathan said...

Texas Annie,

It simple. People are pro life as long as it doesn't cost them a dime out of pocket. For evidence see Care, Prenatal. And your Beatrice example is good too.

Anonymous said...

It's astonishing that you people will not accept that a group can stick to its core mission. Ne Right to Life has stated numerous times that they are a single issue advocacy group. Protecting the lives of the unborn.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Dems can't figure that out. You all tend to jump into things head first, intent on fixing the world's problems, and failing at all of it.

Macdaddy said...

You got me, Shoey. My real name is Haley Barbour. If the governors of those states are not doing everything they can be doing, then they should get slammed just as bad as Obama. Have at it. Bobby Jindal was using his 1000 troops to build sand berms after waiting from Obama to gove him the go-ahead and not hearing back for 2 or 3 weeks. They were out there, taking initiative, then Obama told him to quit because the berms needed to be 2 miles out, not 1 mile out. They had to waste another week moving the equipment. That was how Obama dealt with the situation: telling them what not to do after they had already come up with solutions and got tired of waiting on him to give an answer.

I suppose that is a style of leadership, but it doesn't sound like an effective one for healing the planet. And remember, Obama is super smart, probably the smartest guy we've ever had in the White House. Just ask any of his suck-ups in the media. Surely he can do better than the brain-dead Republican governors of some back-water states.

Macdaddy said...

This is getting too easy.

So now Obama's pick for the Supreme Court can't even figure out if the government has the power to tell us to eat vegetables. She argued already, before the Supreme Court no less, that a law banning books was OK because it wouldn't get enforced. Smartest President in the History of the United States picked her. Did you know he's a Nobel Prize winner? Editor of Harvard Law Review? Illinois State Senator? Former US Senator? And he ran a campaign for President? Did you know I just posted his entire resume?

Anonymous said...

Macdaddy, when you are trrying to slam Obama's resume in 2012 you'll also have to add POTUS for 4 years. I don't think the Thrila from Wasilla can touch that.

LeRoy in Bellevue said...

Hey did anybody see the story concerning Hearth Stone homes in the OWH today? I totally sympathize with the owner about negative fetal energy. It's very disruptive to a workplace.

TexasAnnie said...

Anonymous 7:21, don't consider me one of those "you people" who has astonished you! And I'm no Dem, either.

Let me state my concern in terms you might better understand: You people (Nebraskans) took developmentally disabled adults into state custody (representative democracy) and then (institutionally) killed them. Eleven of them. Count 'em. I'm thinking that's a state action worse than any individual choice to have an abortion. So you people (Nebraskans) are killers! If you don't agree with this opinion, say so! I'm wanting to know what you intend to do about your institutionalized adults in the future. Macdaddy? Shoe Salesman? They are your responsibility (representative government).

When Nebraska Right to Life makes national headlines touting it's anti-abortion bills passed in 2010, folks around the country googling about quality of life issues just have to wonder about the value of those eleven lives at Beatrice back in 2009. Refusing to address the issue, even as little as on a blog, and anonymously at that, indicates that those eleven lives had little to no value, that no lesson was learned, and that you people (Nebraskans) are unlikely to correct the tragic circumstances concerning your developmentally disabled adults in 2010 and beyond.

Did Nebraskans "fix" the Beatrice "deficiencies?" Well, yes, the Unicameral did in the Spring of 2009. But then the Unicameral took back $10 million of that "fix" in November of 2009.

Is Nathan's comment above the generally accepted truth? Because if money is the issue I've got some great ideas about how to shift public spending to Beatrice while not raising taxes. There's lots of spending going on at your state government that is not constitutionally required. For example, the hefty cost of your University system. Make your public post-secondary institutions self-sufficient. After all, the universities are there to serve Nebraskans' "best and brightest." You could shift all that spending to Nebraskans' "worst and weakest" without raising taxes and in keeping with the Nebraska Right to Life agenda. Then it will be believable when folks such as I, down here in Texas, read about your new anti-abortion laws and how wonderfully pro-life your governor is.

You've got some real problems with your state government. Why not address some of those instead of Obama bashing on and on and on...

Anonymous said...

Why won't Chad Wright answer whether or not he wears the traditional Latter Day Saints undergarments?

Anonymous said...

Texas Annie makes a good point. And, the state is paying corporations to abuse and neglect our seniors in nursing homes by paying them Medicare and Medicaid dollars with little to no oversight as to conditions or treatment. I saw first hand and screamed bloody murder. HHS's reply? "Why don't you move your father somewhere else?"

Politicians farm their vote when needed, but the ugly truth is seniors aren't valued once they become nonvoters due to health reasons and/or dementia.

All three branches of state government need to take a good hard look at corporately owned nursing homes as well as the Beatrice State Home. It's shameful.

Unfortunately, it's more fun to make smart ass remarks than to hold our elected representatives full accountable with our voice and vote.

Julie Schmit-Albin said...

Texas Annie: You know Neb Right to Life is a single issue organization and does not venture into areas that are addressed by advocacy groups working in those areas. I would submit that the tragic deaths of Beatrice clients were not acts of active euthanasia(where we venture). And dumping on Obama, the most pro-abortion, anti-life President in history, is entirely appropriate for those who consider themselves to be pro-life.

Anonymous said...

"...and dumping on Obama,"......

...."is entirely appropriate for those who consider themselves to be pro-life."

Like or not he's our nation's President and I'm not sure when being abrasive or disrespectful was being "pro life" if the term means to be in favor of....life.

Maybe in Julie's world

Anonymous said...

Julie Schmittt-Felon betrayed the unborn with her compacency with LB1110. It's strange to understand how someone like Ben Nelson supports a bill that extends healthcare to 47 million Americans and comes under fire from a burglar claiming to be the leader of the pro-life movement, while Heineman can deny healthcare to 15,000 Nebraska women and unborn, and gets the NERTL seal of approval.

Anonymous said...

It is not up to the public to decide what issues non profit organizations should take up.

As for the state "taking into custody". I am assuming that in some of those cases the families asked the state to take custody due to the expense of caring for them full time.

Don't act as if the state is "taking" anyone.

The rest is(of your accusations), to the best of my understanding from news reports, are currently undergoing changes.

Change doesn't happen over night and one person cannot micro manage the world. Patience is a virtue. The conditions for our publicly cared for mentally ill and brain injured did not get the way they were over night and, sadly, will not be fixed with a snap of anyone's fingers.

Anonymous said...

"Hmm...how could we take the UPS whiteboard commercials and make them even more painful to watch? O hey, there's a "professor!"