Thursday, July 08, 2010

Meister-Meister and the Trackers

Newer-ish news on the “who will” and “who won’t” of the Democrats for Governor.

KHAS and Joe Jordan are both reporting that lawyer Mike Meister of Scottsbluff is the latest to be considering a run against Dave Heineman.

Meister was the Dem nominee for Attorney General against Jon Bruning back in 2002 when Bruning was elected the youngest AG ever in the USA.

Since then, Meister apparently considered running for Congress in 2006 when Tom Osborne gave up his seat. (Democrat Scott Kleeb eventually lost to Congressman Adrian Smith for the 3rd District seat.)

We will have more on Meister if he confirms his interest.

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And speaking of the Kleebs, KHAS has confirmed that neither Mr. nor Mrs. plans to run for Governor. (Whew! We were wondering when we would get word!)

Anthony Pura interviewed the Hastings Kleebs on the “issue”, basing his story on the musings of certain “blogs and gossip sites”. And he skims L. St. in his report. Without showing the name of the blog of course.

Oh, we’ve got our eyes on you, Anthony...

(And did you know that Scott Kleeb was providing a public service with his new little company? Why THANKS Scott! Thank you! WE should be paying YOU! Oh, wait...)

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National Review Online’s Jim Geraghty notes,
(The Nebraska Democrats’) dilemma may be the strongest argument for amnesty for illegal immigrants, as they appear to have finally identified a job that an American won’t do.
Chuckle.

(And hey old Lakers’ campaign: Shut off your auto-emailer. Reporters are still receiving your July1st “newsletter” about why you want to be Governor...)

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And, you really should listen to the interview by Jack and John on KLIN of Nebraska Democrat Chair Vic Covalt for his reasoning why there are no Democrats who want to run for Governor:

It doesn't pay enough.

Really.

You see, there are lots of Dems who make a half million dollars a year, and Governor is just too much of a pay cut.  If it paid the big bucks, there would be Democrat candidates in droves.

That's the reason.

That's your leader Nebraska Dems!  We're amazed that Vic can't find you a candidate!

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And it’s summer campaign season, so let the stalking begin!

The Democrats and the Tom White for Congress campaign apparently have THREE stalkers following Congressman Lee Terry around at events.

Of course, while they’re busy following Lee, they are also blocking the views of people that would actually like to see the Congressman, and pursuing his wife and kids as well.

You stay classy out there, Democrats.

(Here is an idea: stalk some Dems who might want to run for Governor. Or Attorney General. Or Auditor...)

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In the mean time, Tom White is refusing to state how he would vote on various bills in the House -- like the recent $34 billion unemployment benefits extension vote. White would like to convince you that he would have dived in an carved up the bill to his liking.

As Joe Jordan asked him, aren’t you the same guy who couldn't pass the sewer bill in the legislature?

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And the Nebraska GOP reports that they will have one U.S. Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts speaking at their convention in Fremont at the end of the month.

Brown will be in the state to thank Ben Nelson for the Cornhusker Kickback that infuriated so many Massachusetts voters and helped Brown to win “Ted Kennedy’s seat” in the Bay State.

(He’s not going to thank Nelson? Well, that’s O.K. He probably high-fives him in the Senate corridors.)

That should be a crowded speech at the convention.

We hope to be there.

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And we have done our fair-share of knocking Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, so let us give him a shout-out on his latest idea to legalize fireworks in Omaha.

(Of course this is about a two weeks late, but still.)

His point is that people fire them off anyway and no one enforces the current ban.  So why not sell them, tax them, educate people on safety, and everyone wins?

Of course, had a Republican suggested this, every Democrat would scream that the Mayor hates kids who blow off their hands.

Nonetheless, we give him a two bottle-rocket (hopefully not in the eyes) salute.

(Next up: Meth labs! We kid. We kid.)

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We will be posting the July 4th Parade photos that we’ve received, next week. There is still time to submit your candidate’s shots!

191 comments:

Anonymous said...

Doesn't pay enough. Ha!

Maybe the Dems should get on the same page. Junior Senator Nordquist introduced an constitutional amendment to roll back the Governor's pay and put it in the consitution so the voters have to raise it. I think to like 85k.

Is it too low or too high?

Pol Observor said...

What is even more pathetic Sweeper is that if you look at it, The Dems really haven't had a candidate for Governor since 1982 (Bob Kerry). If you remember the party's candidate was Bill Hoppner in 1990 and Old Ben spent a million dollars in the primary and ran basically as a Republican on the issues and I'm not Kay Orr to get elected.

So really if you don't count Ben, Bob Kerry is the only real statewide candidate they have had in the last 30 years except for JJ Exom continuing his run from the 1970's.

The R's have owned the 1st and third CD forever and except for Peter Hoagland's 6 years, Daub, Christensen and Terry have had that 2nd CD seat for 24 of the last 30 years.

I can't even remember when the legislature was majority Dem.
(Anyone have an answer???)

So what's that leave the Dems with? Occupying the mayors offices in Lincoln and Omaha from time to time. Great record Nebraska Dems!!!!

Stormy Dean said...

I was a legitimate candidate for Governor!!!

Paul M. said...

Wow, Scott Brown.

Was Arlen Specter busy that weekend?

Michael Scott said...

I was a legitimate Democratic candidate for an Open House Seat!!!

Scott from Colorado said...

I was a legitimate Democratic candidate for both the House and the Senate in Nebraska!!!

S. Kiel said...

Don't forget me!!!!

Macdaddy said...

You'd have to have your head examined to jump into the governor's race for the Dems at this time. 4 months to go and not one cent in donations. I know I offered to be the candidate, but after a session with my shrink and two sessions with my accountant, I decided that it didn't pay enough. Instead, I'm taking the filing fee and buying Powerball tickets since I'd have just as good a chance winning that as a Democrat beating Heineman this year.

Anonymous said...

Too funny! Post and comments....

Ivy H. said...

How do you define legitimate candidate???

M. Yashirin said...

When you find out Ivy, please let me know. I'm off to the track!!!

J. Simon said...

Ivy call me. We can discuss legitimate democratic candidacies over a 6oz Omaha Steaks fillet mignon.

Rebekah of the Plains said...

I know this, if you go to an Ivy League School that will make you a legitimate candidate.

Scott from Colorado said...

Sorry Rebekah, I tried that one.

Anonymous said...

I hear no Democrats refuting Pol Observor's observations. The silence is deafening.

Insider source said...

I hear members of the Dem's leadership as well as Neb. dems and Lakers staffers traveled to Columbus today. Was there a meeting about running Raimondo for Governor?

Anonymous said...

I was wondering why no one was mentioning Tony Raimondo. Here's the thing though. Tony has never and can't talk like a Democrat. Wait, that's the kind of Democrat they all like...

As for Tom White, I just watched the Joe Jordan video on YouTube (thanks for the link SS). lolololololoololol!

The controls that Tom White wanted in TARP, were the controls that Congressman Terry demanded be put into the Bill with assurances from President Bush in a telephone call from the President, right here to Omaha, Nebraska, before the 2nd TARP vote. (check the OWH archives for that story)

The fact that the Democrats took control of all the purse strings a few weeks later seems to be the problem. Thank goodness Lee Terry was able to force the money to be divided into 3 pools, the 2nd and 3rd of which could not be spent without Congressional approval, otherwise that money would have all been handed out in the first few months.

Because of the requirement of a vote to release the funds, it has been much harder for the Dems to spend any additional funds from TARP-yet, without a single Republican vote of support, Tom White's Chief Cheerleader, Nancy Pelosi, has managed to lead her little lambs to slaughter every single time she wants to spend money.

From what I hear around Omaha and Lincoln, Nancy won't have any trouble getting Tom White to drink, her koolaid.

M. Lakers said...

Who is Tony Raimondo?

Anonymous said...

Pol Observer....you just pointed out exactly why this state is all messed up with high taxes, low wages, and losing population. It's been run and controlled by Republicans for DECADES. So, from now on, until Dems have the power, you have no right to bitch and moan about things in Nebraska because, guess what....your party has the control!!

Anonymous said...

Sort of off topic, is the cowboy on the horse in Jane Kleeb's Trans Canadian Pipeline photo the same cowboy that was on her Young Democrats of America conference brochure for the Quest Center and is it the same cowboy that was in Scotts campaign lit?

Any Right to Life??? said...

Scott Brown is pro-choice. Did anyone bother to look up his views before inviting him to speak in front of Convention?

Somebody should consult Julie Schmit Albin about her continued support of the Nebraska Republican Party when they key note a pro-choice speaker.

Anonymous said...

Scott Brown is a Republican that is all the Republicans care about . They don't vote to get rid of abortion. They need that issue to keep burning to get the middle class and the poor of Nebraska to vote against their own economic future. The Grand Old Petroleum (GOP) has been running the state of Nebraska into the ground. All of the screw ups for the last ten years plus have been on their watch. We rank last in almost every means a state can be judged when it comes to wages and job benefits. But they do a good job of complaining. They are number one in that.

Pol Observor said...

Run Brad Ashford...you guys can have him!!!

Tom The Liberal said...

TOm White is preping an October surprise. His whole strategy is too put out some bogus claims on Terry.........

People in the 2nd need to buckle up for the ride, and where rain coats. White is the same character who funded sleaze ball adds against his fellow Senators, never worrying about having to "back it up".

Anonymous said...

Why is it so offensive to ask whether or not Chad Wright wears enchanted underwear that protects him from evil spirits or if he believes there were dinosaurs here 10,000 years ago? You can ask me and the answer is No and No, why is it offensive to ask Chad Wright that?

Macdaddy said...

Anon 9:25: I thought Obama/Pelosi/Reid were Democrats. Is that the new Democrat strategy? Claiming that those guys are actually Republicans? That's a great strategy. You got a real winner there.

Dino said...

anon 10:11 Danielle, you need to have the courage to put your a name to your posts.........

Oh and say Buh bye to the Legislature. Oh and congrats on getting ahead on your personal issue. It's tough enough to be in politics as it is, let alone having to fight a demon like that.

Anonymous said...

Somebody should ask Scott Brown his views on the NEGOP's 2008 platform. Ya think he agrees?

"We believe that life begins at conception, and that all innocent human life is precious and should be protected. We support the reversal of Roe vs. Wade and an amendment to the United States Constitution banning abortions except those genuinely needed to save the life of the mother."

Anonymous said...

10:11 - Why is it offensive to ask Danielle about her sobriety? Or her violating probation? Or her promiscuity? Or her college life? – But I don’t need to ask you those, the ethics violations, campaign finance violations, and three alcohol convictions are actually relevant and should take care of it.

Anonymous said...

Let's talk sobriety. Let's talk Danielle Conrad being sober for over 3 years now, and Joe Kelly and his DWI conviction. Hmmmm, I saw Joe drinking just 2 months ago. Oh, I bet you didn't know the Lancaster Co. Republicans have no problem running a DWI convict for county attorney (a.k.a. the official ultimately responsible for enforcing the law)

Julie Schmit-Albin said...

If I was still on Central Committee or going as a Delegate to the State GOP Convention I might band together with others to make a point about Sen. Brown. But I'm not in either of those positions. Maybe others who are Delegates or on SCC will do something but most of them are probably grateful that Sen. Brown voted against Obamacare, as I am.

Anonymous said...

Julie, until you stand up to the Republican party you're not going to have any credibility. Your endorsement becomes more diluted and irrelevant every time you cater to the social-darwinists running the NEGOP that couldn't care less about pro-life issues except how many votes it'll garner them. If you won't stand for the unborn even within the Republican ranks then who will?

Anonymous said...

Julie Schmit-Albin please stay in the Republican party. With people like you who want to live in the dark ages. The democrats will have a better chance of winning elections. You still have not figured it out. The Republicans don't want to end abortion. They need that issuse. It feeds voters like you to vote against their own economic interests. The GOP leaders are laughing at you and other zealots behind your back every day on their way to the unregulated banks.

Jane Kleeb said...

If "All Talk" Lee Terry has video of people stalking his wife and kids, show us the video. Bold Nebraska goes to public events and asks candidates, elected officials and those representing candidates and elected officials (which is what Mrs. Terry was doing when we asked her a question, sans kids BTW). Terry is lying and making up stuff. But no surprise since he also makes up stuff on his voting record. He also made up the whole "I will only serve 3 terms" bit also...Lee Terry is all talk, no action.

And no, the pic of the rancher for the pipeline is Ben and the pic used for the YDA event was Kevin.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know about Joe Kelly's DWI. I guess it's cool for Republicans to have candidates that like to get drunk and play slalom on Lincoln streets. They should probably find another issue to attack Conrad with if they're going to be hippocrites.

Anonymous said...

For those diehards like us that are genuine prolifers, having an avowed prochoicer as the keynote speaker at a NE GOP Convention???How sickening! The GOP has consistently preached solidarity with our movement--now this! Absolute betrayal! The silence from PLers like Johanns, Heineman, Bruning, Foley, Sheehy, Terry, Fortenberry and Smith is what is deafening?
One has to wonder about Julie Schmidt Albin, to. If she is our Executive Director, why is she not emailing this scandal to all of our members? Why is she not calling for a boycott? Why is she not calling for the GOP elected officials to boycott? This, on the heals of her nearly virtuoso performance of do little to stop the prenatal care revocation for unborn Nebraskans---! It's too serious of an issue to call them political jokes, demagogues and hypocrites--
Now does anyone wonder why people are fed up with the political parties?

Anonymous said...

Jane,
Terry's press release says you were filming his wife and kids at a parade. Since they are not "trackers", I don't know why they would have video of this.
So I ask you directly, yes or no:
Did you or your group film and/or approach his wife and kids at the parade?

Anonymous said...

9:32--what they've done is come up to Terry in parades--within 5-10 feet of him as he's walking it. The kids get captured in the video/audio shots. Just over the top.

Meanwhile, they keep taping while Terry is talking to someone about a casework (Medicare, etc.) problem.

They tape without the permission of the constituent involved. That seems to me to be a violation of the constituent's privacy.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, I think this a.m.'s KFAB interview was an embarassment for Jane.

Gary S. etc. cut through her b.s.--the whole effort isn't to inform the public, it is to try and get macacca moments.

People in NE aren't as dumb as out-of-state Jane thinks they are...

Anonymous said...

Here's a question for plain Jane--

Why don't you make public the funding sources of Bold Nebraska?

I hear you talk alot about "transparency"--well, let's see some.

Word is George Soros ponied up some big cash for you--true?

Anonymous said...

Jane K--

Your trackers are always with the White campaign--all the time. I guess we'll see if that's reported as an in-kind contribution by them on 7/15, won't we?

Anonymous said...

Let's face it--this is all Jane's way of setting up her own race in NE, probably 2012 against Nelson.

Like a prior commenter said, Jane and Scott couldn't stop running if they both fell into a vat of kaopectate.

Anonymous said...

Jane Kleeb--the biggest self-promoting empty suit to transplant into "the Nebraska" since, well, Scott Kleeb. If she truly wanted to earn her stripes, she'd run for NDP chair at their July convention.

Anonymous said...

Talk about stalkers, it's funny how much attention the trolls on this blog give to Jane Kleeb.

Julie Schmit-Albin said...

Anon 9:31: I presume you will come out from behind your veil of anonymity and lead the charge. Since I'm not going to the State GOP Convention and I'm not sure how many members/supporters of NRL are even delegates, it really is incumbent upon those present to raise the issue if they feel it's important. Been there, done that plenty of times at State and Lancaster County Conventions. Feel free to step up to the plate in my absence. If I don't hear of anyone raising the issue publically at Convention I will surmise that you are either a Dem or an all talk/no action type.

Anonymous said...

Julie, it's moments like these that separate the leaders from the imposters. You failed the unborn on L.B. 1110 and you fail them if you remain silent on this issue. Scott Brown's views on abortion are no different than Ted Kennedy's or Nancy Pelosi's.

Anonymous said...

The funniest part of Jane Kleeb's interview this morning was when she said these trackers ask "sassy"
questions, and yet they refer to themselves as Citizen Journalists. LOLOLOL Apparently, Jane and her minions do not know what the mening of a journalist is.

Then she kept rambling about how conservatices have too much of a hold and they want more progessive thinkers and independents.

Jane..realize it. Even Nebraska dems are conservative compared to the Obama/Pelosi/Reid crowd.

Anonymous said...

Nice to know the greatest issue facing the second district or our nation is whether or not Jane has a video camera that tapes Daddy Lee whining again about...well...nothing.

Anonymous said...

I see future Gov Mello is out calling for a special session. Apparently, he is not aware that it takes a call from the current Gov or at least a majority of the members in the body.

Much like the Kleebs, Mello sure loves to jump in front of the press doesn't he!?!?

Anonymous said...

Snowplow has been sober for 3 years now??? So if anybody had a picture of her drinking in the last 12 months would that change your story?

Jim E. said...

I'm offended that you would use somebody's college life as an issue. What goes on in College or with a College Girl is not an issue.

Mouthy Mello said...

But what happens when you are elected is fair game. Conrad was drunk, driving, and hit another vehicle.

Mello is burning his bridges in quick order. He had a future, but couldn't keep his mouth shut.

Kleeb....... and that is about enough on that subject.

Sure was a nice day out today.

Money Mello, it's about the money! said...

So hey Mello how much did it cost the state to go into special session last year, something like $50M+? With there being a $72M shortfall now, and you want to go into special session, won't the debt be almost doubled?

Go figure, a liberal wanting to spend money, sound familiar "AARA" how's that working out, to fix a problem instead of not spending the money in the first place.

Anonymous said...

How many days will it be until Mello "aka Tom White Jr" announces his candidacy for Governor??

That's what the Dems need. Their two most partisan members of the Legislature on the ticket at the same time.

Anonymous said...

Yeah...Mellow would do anything White asked him to, including run as a sacrificial lamb for Gov just to help out White's floundering campaign.

Anonymous said...

"Heineman couldn't say how long the session might take, but it comes at a cost to the state of about $10,000 a day.

We need to have as quick a session as possible," he said, "but they need time to have their discussion." - Lincoln Journal Star, 10/09/2009

Anonymous said...

From the Lincoln Journal Star, April 12, 2010:

"At this time, Heidemann isn't anticipating a special session to deal with the budget, but a lot depends on next month's revenue receipts report.

If the next report holds flat like this month's, he said, the state probably has reached the bottom of the slide.

"Unless something bad happens, there's no need for a special session," he said. "April is our telling month."

The Appropriations Committee will begin meeting in June to look forward on the budget issues, Heidemann said. Members will talk about budget reform issues brought forward by Sen. Heath Mello that include a four-day work week for state government workers, consolidation of programs and streamlining services."

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to have White and Mello do a DNA test. With their partisanship, big egos, and slicked-up hair you would like they are twins.

Mello is a real partisan hack!

Public Defender said...

Money Mello----- Duh. No way it cost $50M+ for the special session. All that changes is the perdium for travel. Get you "facts" straigt before opening your yap!

Mello won't be running for Gov. A few points to consider.

1. A loss on the record doesn't look good.

2. A complete lack of money.

3. Heineman has a ~70% approval rating.

4. Mr Mello only has TWO years in office, and he isn't either a war hero nor a billionaire.

Anonymous said...

I thought Mello was a war hero, or maybe he was just claiming that.

Anonymous said...

People like Beck, Palin, Limbaugh, and company are too dangerous to ignore. That is because there is a relatively small but signficant number of people who are only too willing to swallow their toxic nonsense without questions. Just read some of the nonsense on LS.

The unpleasant truth is that there are people in this country who continue to be taken in by a right wing politician with a folksy facade, in spite of suffering dire consequences as a result. I can’t help wondering how it’s possible for people to keep getting conned into voting against their own best interests.

In some cases, I believe it’s because some think that “undeserving” people like welfare recipients, the unemployed, minorities, etc. might benefit otherwise from “liberal” policies, although they themselves would also benefit from these same directives.

This is why it is vitally important to never give up on fighting the dangerous anti-intellectualism that is personified by people like Beck, Limbaugh, Palin, Hannity, and others. They have too much potential to set this country back at least 100 years. Real Americans understand that you must change with progressive attitudes or the country will die. We can't gp back to the Dark Ages . Our founding fathers were very liberal in their thoughts and actions. If they were alive you would not see them part of the tea party crowd. They would be standing shoulder to shoulder with President Obama and other progressives to make America the nation that they wanted in the first place.

NE Voter said...

Gov. Tinyman on a trade mission to china (LOL) while Wells Fargo pulls hundreds of jobs out f Nebraska.

Way to go!

Right Wing Professor said...

Our founding fathers were very liberal in their thoughts and actions.

Except for that whole slavery thang, huh?

Stop smoking that stuff, man, it'll turn your brain to swiss cheese.

Anonymous said...

I am the only one that wonders why such important and smart people like Jane and Scott stay in Nebraska. Why can't they get it that they are not wanted by anyone in Nebraska???

Anonymous said...

Scott and Jane Kleeb represent the best of what Nebraska can be. Maybe they could be doing something else and making more money in a larger population base, but their commitment to Nebraska politics is driven in the convictions of their beliefs. It's pretty easy being a Democrat activist in Oregon or New York, but in Nebraska it takes the best.

Joe bag O dognuts said...

I find it interesting how the Liberal/Progressive individuals keep trying to push the "Intellectual" agenda. Doesn't that in it's self provide enough insight to their desire to promote class warfare?

Just saying

Anonymous said...

NE VOTER...You don't know what you are talking about. These are the Wells Fargo financial services offices not the bank. These are the people that offer 21% signature loands and made bad high interest rate loans that caused people to lose their homes...it's not the good credit banking division. If you want to blame somebody, Blame Barney Frank for him wanting to give everyone a loan with no credit or income to affoard the house!!!

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:08 "In Nebraska it takes the best" or it just takes one George Soros-type willing to bankroll Jane for whatever she wants to create the appearance of some inroads into a very red state. What's a couple mill to Soros & Co. if it helps NE to look a little less red. Jane really doesn't have to have any success here, just keep getting publicity for non-events and making it look like she has a base of "progressives" where none exists. But it's all good for Jane if it keeps her out front in the media and pays well. What a ride....

Anonymous said...

Old Blue is chasing the wrong scent, Bubba. George Soros is unlikely to waste his cash in Nebraska. There is too little here to give a good return on his investment.

Look a little closer to home. Give Old Blue a whiff of Ben Nelson's pomade and see if he doesn't lead you right into Bold Nebraska's back yard.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Jane knows a lot of cowboys. Good luck with that Scott.

Right Wing Professor said...

Gov. Tinyman on a trade mission to china (LOL) while Wells Fargo pulls hundreds of jobs out f Nebraska.

Hundreds? Wells Fargo is laying off only 3800 people nationwide. Only 8 of over 600 stores are in Nebraska. Do the freaking math.

Anonymous said...

So if Heath Mello is wondering if State Employees can get by on a 4 day work week, then he should just ask Tom White since he has directed his Legislative Office Director Ian Russell to only work a few hours a week in Lincoln and run his Congressional campaign for free the rest of the time.


By the way Ian, make Tommie Boy White shake loose a couple thousand of his hard earned lawsuit winnings and pay you back for your travel expenses to D.C. last April.

White should be embarrassed by the way he is taking advantage of his Legislative staffers.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Tommy Boy is smart enough to take advantage of Ian. Everyone around the leg knows that Ian calls all the shots for White and Mello.

Ian is the brain, much like Karl Rove, except Ian has to deal with White and Mello's big egos and bigger mouths.

NE Voter said...

Deficit Dave is failing to protect Nebraska jobs. Period. Zero job growth during his tenure. Gimme more of that conservative leadership.

Dude is a fine politician. Can't govern for s--t.

Anonymous said...

RWP If I remember right many of our founding fathers were against slavery. And they were able to get rid of the slave trade from Africa.If not slavery itself. That does not take away from the fact that our founding fathers were a very progressive bunch against the conservatives of their time period. I very much could see them being very liberal today and against the conservatives of today. No one will really no. But being a conservative today is nothing to be proud of when you see how many problems conservatives caused during their domination of America 2001-2009. The total collapse of our economic system. Two wars that have bleed us of blood and treasure. No regulation in the oil business that has caused that mess in the Gulf of Mexico. All of our current problems are the fault of conservatives. Now they want to have control of the government again and their answer to any problem we might have is NO! Well the American people will see through that. Maybe not the people of Nebraska. But Nebraskans have been behind the bell curve for a very long time. So what is new about that.

Anonymous said...

Sooooo little Mikey Johanns won't vote for Kagan because she's pro-choice but it's jujst fine and dandy for Mr. pro-choice Scott Brown to speak at the Nebraska gop's convention?

Anonymous said...

Julie,

You have zero credibility when you repeatedly attack Ben Nelson in the media for violating your views on an issue, but you stay silent when your politicial party of choice brings in a pro-choice speaker at convention.

Anonymous said...

The loss of unemployment benefits for those long-term unemployed is a tremendous burden to the already over-burdened states. The Republicans pretend the unemployed would get jobs if they weren't 'spoiled' by continued unemployment checks. But we, in the real world, know there are no jobs, that people need their unemployment checks in order to feed and house their families and that the states will have to pick up the slack with increases in the welfare rolls.

The Republican Governors live in the real world know this too - but they are stuck in the Republican-bubble that 'deficits are bad and that deficits are what most Americans worry about'. That's not true, most Americans worry about jobs and feeding their families - deficit-worry is a made-up issue spread by the right-wing media and the Tea-Partiers.

I hope the voters pay the Republican party back in November for the mess they are creating by putting politics above the people - I'm beginning to think they want more unemployment because they think unemployed people are angry and vote Republican and they want the stimulus to fail even though it means our economy takes longer to recover. It's despicable and I wish I didn't believe it - because I like to have some faith in humanity - .But it is hard when I think of the answer I will get from the Republicans who post on this blog.

Anonymous said...

Obama has been trying to give States help But they always say No. Republicans block...filibuster and create a climate where 60 is the new majority when 51 is the real one...They are so hateful and greedy for power, they'd rather see everyone stay in dire need rather than help right where they are...since tomorrow is not promised. A republican would rather win the elections of 10 and 12 than see American heal up and get better if that meant Democrats got the credit.

Anonymous said...

I see here we go again with the hypocrite Governors of the GOP begging behind closed doors for more $$ while lying about their concerns over a deficit -- all with both hands out; ready once again to hold those larger than life fed to state aid checks while smiling at the cameras just like they did over a year ago.
Heinman was a fierce opponent of stimulus #1 but here he is, nearly a year later , holding the cheese:

Julie Schmit-Albin said...

Anon: 7:30: Sen. Nelson is an elected official who was endorsed by NRL PAC. We had (have) the right to hold him accountable on pro-life issues because he was a pro-life-endorsed candidate. NRL PAC has no say over what NEGOP does. As I stated previously, were I still a State Central Committee member or even a Delegate to the State GOP Convention then I would personally have a reason to make a case. In case you care, this week we also issued an alert to pro-life Nebraskans to contact Sen. Johanns and ask him to band together with other pro-life Senate Republicans to filibuster Kagan and see what can be done about the stealth appointment of Donald Berwick. We also issued a press release to that effect.

Shoe Salesman said...

Sweeper you have such a short memory - these "stalkers" as you call them were around in 2006 - Ricketts had 5 or 6 of them trailing Nelson and his wife everywhere.

If it was OK then, why is it not OK now? oh, I know, because of the direction the camera is pointing in, right?

If Mrs. Terry is campaigning she is in the public eye and thus completely fair game to film. And as far as the trackers not letting anyone see anything - I can see from the video I saw at another blog that the only people blocking the view are the goons from Terry's campaign who have no legal right to do what they were doing - it is assault.

So you and the terry campaign can keep whining - hopefully they catch Lee doing something untoward but the guy is so boring it'll probably never happen.

and Julie - Scott Brown never voted on health care. Not once. If that's your throw away line for looking the other way again as the Republicans break your sacrosanct "you're with us 100% of the time or we're not with you at all" rules he's failed.

Ironically - if the Dems let Nelson speak at their convention they'll have the only pro-life speaker of the two parties. Julie you are an embarrassing political hack.

Ironically II: Didn't scott brown's campaign benefit from the work of trackers?? I think so. Maybe Sweeper will criticize his use of "stalkers" as part of the fawn-fest.

hand OUT's said...

Well if you don't like the unemployment checks stopping then your really not going to be happy when the cash strapped states start rolling back the medicaide threshold. Wouldn't be surprised to see it go back to 150% from 200%.

Oh and no jobs, you gotta be kidding. The papers are full of them, the govt is hiring like crazy, and Nebraska only has about 5% unemployment. There are lots of jobs. Of course you won't be able to pay for the 2nd car, the Iphone (oh and where the heck is the outlash at Apple, shouldn't they just give the phone away). It's crazy how some think they should be given everythin and not do something to get out of the hole they are in. Yet non english speaking people, who legally immigrate here, seem to be able to find work, and end up doing pretty well? Hmmmm, but so many in sect 8 housing just can't seem to make it.

Problem is the hand up from the government is more of a hand out, and robs people of their self worth.

BUT then LIBS will squawk and complain because they know better

RWP said...

Shoey

I suspect if I wasted a picture of you IRL, I'd find one in the dictionary opposite the word 'dishonesty'. Brown voted nay on Senate Vote 105, Mar 25 2010, the final vote on health care reconciliation.

But you knew that.

Right Wing Professor said...

Oops, that was 'wanted, not 'wasted'.

Though I suppose any interaction with the Shoe Sniffer is a waste. 'Brown never voted on health care'! Does he think we don't pay attention, and we can't check?

Anonymous said...

Hey, shoe sniffer, are you saying Ben Nelson is a clean campaigner? Tell us all about that. Its interesting to hear from an expert sniffer.

Anonymous said...

waste not want not

Anonymous said...

Julie, you pointed out in a LJS article once that your a Republican and so are most of your NRTL members. That was when you went after any Democrat in the state if they decided to show any sign of support Ben Nelson, saying that your organization would consider never supporting another Democrat again.

But then Heiney decided to throw the unborn under the bus making prenatal care an immigration issue and some women were reported getting abortions because of the loss of prenatal care. You kept silent.

Now, a pro-choice Republican is coming to Nebraska to speak to the Republican party as their keynote speaker. You're claiming you can say nothing, but then shortly thereafter post that you have called on your supporters to call Johanns to vote against Kagan.

Tell me - if you can do that, why can't you put out a call to your same members in the same way to call on your party to withdraw their invitation of Scott Brown? And why couldn't bring yourself to ever criticize Heiney by name and directly for throwing unborn babies under the bus in the name of the scary illegal immigration boogieman?

Your excuses and your whining only shows you to be a complete hypocrite.

Anonymous said...

"Ian is the brain, much like Karl Rove...." What's wrong with that sentence except everything?

Karl would know that by July 11th of the general election, visibility needs to be high to generate traction.

I think White needs to get a new campaign "brain" that spares us the ridiculous claim from his opponent that after his wife tosses their children into the mix then he stands back and cries a river so foul. Great way, however, to divert from the real issues keeping us up at night and it ain't Mrs T's book rash or camera perplexion.

Shimuk said...

White is waiting to spring an October Surprise. I hope there are no blue dresses, or free willy pics.

Besides while it would be bad to lose Terry, since the Libs will lose the house all is not lost. Then tommy will get creamed in 2 years and a new R can move in.

So what happens if Nebraska goes back to a winner take all state? Won't that remove the incentive for the Libs/Progressives?

Anonymous said...

"were I still a State Central Committee member or even a Delegate to the State GOP Convention then I would personally have a reason to make a case"

Julie, that is the saddest excuse for a cop-out of responsibility I've ever heard of. If you are helpless to speak out against Scott Brown as you claim then you are worthless to the pro-life movement.

Anonymous said...

What's to surprise about Lee Terry. He's as constant as a foot fungus. No offense Lee, but you really haven't done much though you keep coming back to stay with us.

TexasAnnie said...

Julie: Although criticism of you has been overly harsh in past posts on Leavenworth Street, I do think the criticism posted to this article is fair. I wish you could understand the lack of credibility you engender when you turn your back on fetuses of immigrants, the Beatrice eleven and now this Scott Brown issue.

Just Saying said...

I find it almost amusing when the opposition, any opposition, works to defeat an opponent by saying "... but you don't support it all the time...." As if to say a personal point of view is only valid if it is universally used and or applied. This kind of reasoning is pretty much a fabrication of the eliet's. Never do their feet walk in the clay. And yet the socialist's would have us believe they are firmly rooted in the same clay. An interesting dichotomy if there ever was one.

Bottom line is Ms Albin has a view on abortion and the opponents try to muddy the water with an absolute. Sorry to say the only absolute is you are going to perish. Other than that it's pretty much a crap shoot. Heck there are even those who don't pay income tax!

So will there ever be a resolution to the debate, nope. It's just a matter of who is in control of the system at the time.

RWP said...

Texas Annie:

I, for one, cannot understand your silence on the sentencing to death by stoning of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.

(Have they stopped doing that in Texas?)

Anonymous said...

There is a faction at play now in the United States that are determined to bring back the good old days when it was just fine to call a black man "boy" and treat all black people as less than human. It is sickening, it is from people who are limited in education and in faith.

This country, by majority will not allow this nonsense to continue. we are sick and tired of it.

So, a message for the bigots among you. if you do now want to live in a country that believes in equality for all, leave, you will not be missed.

And not only that, but treat the elderly and handicapped as subhumans that need institutionalization are are up for grabs from those neocons smart enough and "unconfused" enough to take advantage of them. Good bye Tea Party peopel you are not needed or wanted by the real majority of Americans. So go watch Gone with The Wind and dream about those good old days.

Progressive Bigot said...

Anon 6:44,

Perhaps you are right. I suspect it is comming from the left, the only group who has a history of class and race warfare. These are the hate filled people out throwing charges to deflect people from seeing who they are. Fact is fact so there it is.

Perhaps you know it from a personal point of view?

Anonymous said...

PB 6:49 Your right about the left. They and only they have a history of standing up for civil rights and freedom when it came to getting rid of race discrimination. You don't see very many minorities who are of the conservative bent now do you? People who are picked on usually don't join the team that picks on them. See any NAZI Jews lately? Or any KKK who voted for Obama?

Julie Schmit-Albin said...

Anons 12:30 and 3:32: If either of you were truly pro-life Republicans (instead of Dems baiting)you wouldn't need anyone else to lead the way on an issue that you feel needs addressing. Most pro-lifers in Nebraska aren't afraid to speak out and often on something they find disturbing. Your feigned concern that I should be leading the charge is all about getting NRL and me to do your bidding. You're obviously not pro-life Republicans because you would be happy to use your real names and let other pro-lifers know that you want to make an issue of Sen. Brown addressing the Convention. I'm far more concerned about any Republicans running in the State that NRL PAC is unable to endorse than I am about someone from outside the State. I'm not here to defend Sen.Brown's record but I understand it is not on a par with the rabidness of Boxer, Pelosi or even Reid.

TexasAnnie said...

Just Saying: I HOPE personal points of view conform to universally valid axioms. When they do not, we can't agree on ethics, can we? Julie makes a point of espousing a right to life axiom, but with only particular applications e.g. fetuses, stem cells, and euthanasia. She never [appears] to consider that "rights" imply choice-making. You can't have a right to life without a corresponding right to die. Otherwise you only have a mandate to life... What is her ethic? A mandate to life regardless of how wretched that life is destined to be? I didn't get your point about 'eliet's v. socialists' (sic).

RWP: Here you have it! I think the stoning was at least as egregious as YOUR eleven dead at Beatrice. I am not conflicted in my ethic, are you? I believe in twin rights of life and death. As with all rights, these rights are not absolute. But they are more rational than Julie's selective rights of life. (And you can't insult me by insulting my state. I'm immune to that, having lived in Nebraska...)

Anonymous said...

: The Tea people are only a coalition of the GOP's ultraright base and a few fringe groups (Birchers, Birthers/racists, fascists, etc), throwing a collective hissy fit at being out of power. They don't protest Republicans unless the Republicans isn't hard right-wing enough for them.That is why you don't hear people like JA Albin and other Nebraska Republicans saying anything about Brown and his voting record. He votes to keep the rich, rich and the poor poor and that is what the neo cons and the tea party peopel really care about. They could care less about abortion. It is just a campaign isusse for the Right wing kooks to stir up trouble and get people to vote against their own self interests. Heck now it is a cottage industry and gives paper work jobs to people like Albin who cry croc tears and do nothing in reality. Roe vs Wade is 30 plus years old and it is not going way. Now if Brown was to vote for reforming Wall Street then the S@#$ would hit the fan and you would see it all over this blog. About how much of a traitor he is.

Anonymous said...

Tea partiers don't have to use reason or logic. Their very existence as a movement is based purely on emotion and ideology...with a LOT of racism behind the scenes. They and the Neo Cons have ruined the Republican party. The Republicans used to be the party of Lincoln. Now it is Limbaugh, Beck, Palin.

Truth said...

no matter the slures hurlded or the venom spit, Liberals and Progressives have the past of extremism. Just stating the facts.

They try to find some small tear in the fabric of society and then they exploit it. Never let a crisis go to waste. Who is it that is the Presidents mentor and hero, Saul Alinsky. Not my words his actions.

Be angry, hurl crude slurs. The truth is just that.

Oh and by the way, the dems are so going to get toasted it in Nov.

Anonymous said...

Late last fall, you could hardly turn on Fox News without catching some of their obsessive coverage of Climategate, in which some scientists' emails supposedly indicated they had falsified data to support claims of global warming. Fox News repeatedly held it up as some kind of "proof" that global warming was a hoax. Well, as it turns out, an investigation has found that the scientists' "rigor and honesty as scientists are not in doubt." So where's the "fair and balanced" coverage of that outcome. But then when did FOX ever telll the truth about anything. They are a right wing, tea party loving, hate filled, false ,fake organization.

History prof said...

Hey are there any historians out there, ones who know the truth?

It's my understanding that if you took the political spectrum and divided it down the middle you would find socialists and nazi's to the left of the middle.

It is only that one is to the right of the other, not that either is to the right of center.

Any help out there.

p.s. marx is to the left of center too right?

Anonymous said...

In his quest to provide “real” history, to “real” Americans (not liberals, union members, Muslims, Democrats, gays), Glenn Beck has taken on board, as an adjunct “professor,” David Barton. Beck obviously considers Barton a credible historian; but he has also been described as a “Polemical historical revisionist.” Barton has been trying to push a very conservative version of evangelical Christianity into the Texas public school curriculum and based on the recent Texas Board of Education hearings, he appears to have achieved some success with their new plan to “rehabilitate” Commie hunter Republican Senator Joe McCarthy. His “skewed scholarship” has been embraced by the Christian right wing and now by Glenn Beck who, like Barton, wants God put back into the public schools – something made very difficult as a result of SCOTUS decisions reviled by Beck and Barton. But Barton is being given Beck’s “Imprimatur” and carte blanche to spread his bizarro world US "history" which is essentially the kind of dreck that was prevalent in the good old days of segregated schools and sanitized social studies curriculums brought to us by white Christians whose idealized vision of America is now being touted by Barton whose grasp of “facts” is questionable. But here’s the thing – is Barton using material from Wikipedia or is he writing it? Inquiring minds want to know.

Anonymous said...

Nazi are right wing communists are left wing. Both are terrible. Some people like to say that because the Nazis had some socialist ideas that they are left wing. But then the USSR had some facists ideas does that make them right wing? No. The new fake history you see on FOX and taught by Glen Beck says all of the evil of the world is The Democratic party. That is not true. any more than saying the Republican party is evil. What is evil is the lies that people on FOX spread every day. But most people out side of the angry older white person who wants the 1950's to come back know this. He (Tea party types) does not want civil rights, for minorities. No rights at all for Gays. The woman should stay bare foot and pregent. Good life for those who had it. Bad for the rest. Not America though.

Anonymous said...

I still think White is taking advantage of the taxpayers of this entire state by have a state employee run his campaign for free.

It is wrong and White should be fined for it.

But there is no "proving" it because White voted to block access to his and his state employees phone and office records. Now why would he do that?

Anonymous said...

now it was my undestanding the Nazi Party srung up out of the socialist left. I don't believe there any right of center philosophical tenents involved?

Yes the Nazi's were to the right of socialists, but not to the right of center. But I could be mistaken. When I look at what some of the recent policy actions have been, the move to censor the internet etc., I get concerned there is movement within our Federal gov't to adopt these Nazi-like polocies. All done in the name of "Progressive" ideals. I fear I will hear on CNBC that their station has become the official broadcaster for the state. That there will be "Temporary" restrictions, for our safety", and that A good American will turn in those who don't agree, own guns, or professs a preference for individual rights.

It just seems all to possible in todays climate for these things to happen. History is replete with such shifts in societies. The only way any socailist/marxist/faschist regiem has ever take power is through violence. Is this the first one to do so without?

What happens to the citizens when socialist policies become thenorm? Can anyone point to a socialist country that is thriving

Border Fix said...

Hey anon,

Your ramblings may have hit on a solution to the ILLEAGAL immigration issues.

Nobody seems to be sneaking into Venezueala or Cuba or Russia, or most of the African continent. Last I heard they all wanted out.

I guess free everything doesn't work out for very long.

Right Wing Professor said...

I think the stoning was at least as egregious as YOUR eleven dead at Beatrice.

Not mine, hon. I'd privatize the damn thing.

Anonymous said...

Looking at sara Palin's Pac numbers, it would appear that it exists primarily to pay her travel expenses. There is about 6000.00 for speech writing (she needs a refund there) and several thousand for books (major ?) Consulting fees, thank you cards, and assorted and endless expenses make up the rest. Hope her supporters feel their money was well spent.


Can you imagine being that "egomaniacal" people sending you money. And you tell them exactly what you did with the money. And they continue to send you money. After she made $12 million she uses their money for her expenses

Anonymous said...

Can anyone point to a socialist country that is thriving

8:04 AM, July 12, 2010


Yes, China.

Anonymous said...

Sara Palin had only one contributor from Alaska. That says it all. They know her best. Please Republicans run her for President in 2012. Please.

Anonymous said...

This is the correct defination of the NAZI party. The Nazi Party is generally described as being at the extreme or far right of the left-right political axis.[ While the party incorporated elements from both left and right-wing politics, the Nazis formed most of their alliances on the right.[ On the Nolan Chart, the Nazi party would be described as politically extreme authoritarian, and economically centrist.

Anonymous said...

Tthe NAZIS party's last leader, Adolf Hitler, was appointed Chancellor of Germany by President Paul von Hindenburg in 1933. Hitler rapidly established a totalitarian regime known as the Third Reich.

Nazi ideology stressed the failures of communism, liberalism, and democracy. That does not sound very left wing to me. You have to check your facts. The NAZIS are right wing. Just because Glen Beck does not agree with the experts. does not mean he is right. i can'rt think of anything Glen Beck is right about. Any poltical science class in the world including UNL will teach that the NAZIS are right wing.

Anonymous said...

The Nolan Chart in its original form has two dimensions, with a horizontal x-axis labeled "economic freedom" and a vertical y-axis labeled "personal freedom". It resembles a square divided into four quadrants, with each sample in the population assigned to one of the quadrants:

Top left — the political Left. Favoring government that taxes more and spends more for programs such as welfare, healthcare, education, Social Security and funding for the arts and that encourages more restrictions of trade and business regulations (which David Nolan labeled "low economic freedom"), but supporting personal freedoms such as abortion, homosexuality and illegality of the draft (which he labeled "high personal freedom").
Bottom right — the political Right. Those supporting high economic freedom and low personal freedom. Those on the Right want lower taxes and fewer social programs but support regulation by the government of cultural issues and personal behavior such as abortion.
Top right — libertarianism. David Nolan's own ideology, corresponding with great freedom in both economic and social matters. Anarchism would be a more extreme form of ideology in this quadrant.
Bottom left — the antithesis of libertarianism. David Nolan originally termed this philosophy populism, but many later renditions of the chart have used the label statism, authoritarianism or totalitarianism instead. Communitarianism is also represented by this

TexasAnnie said...

Anonymous at 8:44 - Do we know one another? Your post has to have been sent by a Libertarian!

Anonymous said...

Hey 7:41AM: Do you know that for a fact? Or, are you just throwing it out there hoping it sticks?

Anonymous said...

Let's take a moment to issue the summer semester report card on Julie Schmidt Albin:

JSA won't take a stand against proabortionist Scott Brown coming to NE. JSA won't email or call her members. She refuses to call on the GOP elected leaders to boycott. She won't issue any press releases on the subject. She insists others do her job for her.
Julie Schmidt Albin gross abandoning of her job and trying to pawn her responsibilities off to others "earns" her an "F" for the summer session. It also exposes her as GOP pawn.

MelQuist said...

so a Nazi is still to the left of center, solidly in the far right of the left hand side.

Interesting,

Oh and from what is being written in the OWH it would seem Mello and Nordquist are the NDP's leaders. Curious.

Young Tea Partier said...

I get sick of people saying that the tea party movement is racist, bigoted and anti-American. I am a young (under thirty) tea party attendee. It has its moments when the political rhetoric by the politicians is a little tiresome. (Particularly the party politicians, like Bruning), but that is true of any political group. However, the claims of racism are unfounded as are the claims of being unpatriotic. So we don't have a cohesive plan on what we want - So what? We are gathering to say we do not like what is going on now and to meet others that feel the same way. It's also a way of getting information on groups that support change, like Write Your Congressman, Americans for Prosperity, Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, etc. People who don't like us should attend. It's free, you can sit at the very back each a good burger and learn something or at least get factual ammunition from first hand accounts as opposed to made up information from ?

In addition, I think the Terry campaign was out of line at the last Tea Party. It is true they are being followed but so what? Terry's campaign manager does not need to be standing front and center holding a huge sign to block the cameras view. That was disgusting, but not assault, as he did not touch her as far as I could tell.

Anonymous said...

MelQuist can't you read? NAZIS are right wing. Does that mean Republicans are NAZIS? No. Communists are left wing. Does that mean democrats are communists? No. Just because Glen Beck says something does not mean it is true. You have a right to your opinions but you don't have the right to make up facts. That is why so many people dislike FOX and right wing AM radio. They say what ever they feel like and they don't worry about fact checking or if it is correct.

Anonymous said...

This financial mess that we're in is living proof that Trickle Down Economics doesn't work. The fact is that this Neo-Con Republican Philosophy was not supported by Truman, Eisenhower or Nixon because they felt it would trickle down our economy and make the wealthy more powerful. Need I say more.

For 60 years the DOW never went above 1,000 after the tax cuts they went up to 14,000 before they all came tumbling down like Humpty Dumpty who fell on the Wall.

Anonymous said...

How did the SUPER RICH GET SUPER RICH?

CHEATING AND WHITE-COLLAR CRIME MEAN ILLEGITIMATE WEALTH!

Take it BACK! CLAW it BACK! Stop the CONTINUING THEFT - NOW AUTOMATED!

STOP THE LOWEST EFFECTIVE TAX RATE IN CIVILIZED WORLD and LOWEST SINCE BEFORE THE GREAT DEPRESSION IN 1920's at a RIDICULOUS rate of 16.1%!

For 50 years Pre-Reagan the TOP TAX RATE was 63% to 94%! In 1981 it was 70% on income over $500,000 in today's INFLATED DOLLARS!

Anonymous said...

Young Tea Partier I went to a Tea party rally in North Platte. I heard the N word more there than any time in my life . You may not be a racists. But many of the tea party people are.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 12:39, you are a liar and not a very good one at that. No way what you say is true. Liar. You libs are prodigious liars albeit not very effective ones. You're just trying to tap into the slanderous and false lib narrative of Tea Partiers as racists, which narrative is intended to try to silence the Tea Party message -- a message that has nothing at all to do with race, BTW.

You libs are regrettably stupid. And you are a liar.

Anonymous said...

Most pathetic statement to date by Julie Schmidt Albin. Seriously? Let's see.....if someone post anonymous, you won't take their comments seriously. Oh, and they must be a liberal since they're going after you. What you don't seem to get, Julie, is you get paid a salary to defend the unborn. When your hypocricy and failure to really challenge the Republican party in this put up before you, you lash out trying to distract from your own behavior. You're nothing but a party hack and paid lobbyist who actually has no concern about the unborn - only when it involves Democrats and it can be used to uphold the Republican party. You disgust me. And for the record - I'm an independent. I don't like either party!

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:03 You call the guy a liar. How do you know? Were you there? He said he was. I believe a eye witness over some one like you who just calls some one a liar when they don't like what they are hearing. Very republican The tea party people led by Glenn Beck are not famous for the truth. Plus why do the KKK web sites say they are in favor of the tea party movement? Check it out. it is not that hard to google.

Anonymous said...

I googled It looks like a lot of nut cases are tea party types. Below is an example.


Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke a tea party supporter?
David Duke has released a video in support of the Tea Party. Does Duke's endorsement of this group mean they are racist? Will Tea Party organizers distance themselves from Duke?






Duke's endorsement does not in itself mean the Tea party movement is inherently racist. However it does represent the latest incidence of the extreme right attaching themselves to the movement. Whenever this is mentioned Tea Party leaders try to deny it or minimalize its importance. It makes one wonder when the Right will finally start to hold themselves to the same standards they do others when it comes to weeding out extremists within thier own midst.

It is also true that Duke was a Democrat, until 1988 when he left the Democratic Party and, like so many racist Southerners before him, was welcomed into the Republican Party with open arms. He never held any official position within the Democratic Party but has been an endorsed Republican candidate, a Republican member of the Louisiana House, and has been a local chairman of the Republican Party. He became a Republican for the simple reason that it was there he found the acceptance he had been denied in the Democratic Party.

NE Voter said...

Pro life GOP conservative hero and Nebraska Republican Party convention keynote speaker Sen. Scott Brown has announced that he will vote in favor of the financial reform bill.

Truly, it is to laugh.

NE Voter said...

Anon. 12:29

In regard tot he conservative religion of "trickle down economics," never forget that the only thing that ever trickles down is the BILL.

Privatize the profits. Socialize the losses. The GOP has been pushing that agenda since Reagan.

Wake up, people

NE Voter said...

Pro choice GOP conservative hero and Nebraska Republican Party convention keynote speaker Sen. Scott Brown has announced that he will vote in favor of the financial reform bill.

Truly, it is to laugh.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see Lee Terry will be sharing the stage with pro-choice and pro-financial reform Senator Scott Brown at the NEGOP convention. According to him, Brown is a baby-killer and a job-killer.

Anonymous said...

If Brown is voting for Obama's mess of a wall street bill. That is not good. I don't understand why he would do that. The Tea party people got him elected. Going against his base is wrong!

Anonymous said...

So, now for an encore, the NE GOP convention keynote speaker and proabortion advocate, Scott Brown, is supporting the Reid Pelosi Obama financial reform bill that will cost huge money and job losses to financial companies like First National Bank!
This is getting too entertaining. All of you blah, blah, blah GOP blowhards and baggers must be privately going nuts. Since he publicly introduced Supreme Court nomine, Elena Kagan, perhaps he will announce his vote for her..., all before the NE GOP Convention...
LMAO!

Anonymous said...

I love it. The teabaggers were overjoyed they got Brown elected only to find out he's not one of them. Thank you Brownie. for doing what YOU think is right

MelQuist said...

Hmmm, throwing around lot's of inflammatory language is a sure sign of desperation.

While there may well be many people who don't like Fox, the numbers seem to indicate they are liked more than any other National News organization.

And once again just because someone is to the right of you doesn't mean they are to the right of center.

I must admit I do rather enjoy all the name calling and epitaphs used, it's a sure sign the Libs/"Progressives" are losing.

Sweetwater Eagle said...

Okay then, perhaps this insane off-topic yelling has gone on long enough. Time for a new topic.

Anonymous said...

What happened to Julie Schmit-Albin? There was a time when she was willing to commit felonies to defend the unborn (google "Julie Schmit-Albin charged" to see what I'm talking about) now she won't even speak out against abortionist Scott Brown being honored by the NEGOP. It is tragic to see someone with conviction trade it for prominance and power.

Howard J said...

Brown is also in favor of some form of immigration amnesty (similiar to what Bush introduced). Is it possible that Republicans/tea lovers will picket their own convention. Welcome to Nebraska you flaming liberal. Scott Brown sounds like he is pretty similiar to Tom White. Deal with that all you 'phants out there.

Anonymous said...

Translation of Sweetwater Eagle's comment: You're killing me, I can't stand it when the NEGOP and its pawns are exposed. Please change the topic---please---please Sweeper.
Don't worry Sweetwater Eagle, I'm sure SS is furociously working on a new post. She probably can't stand it either.

Topic topic topic said...

Topic topics topics......

A short topic sure to be filled with meaningful inputs could be; "Which?when statewide office will the D's win?

Anonymous said...

“If it’s just to have somebody on the ballot, I think it’s a waste of everybody’s time,” said State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist, who echoed what several Democrats have said publicly and privately — then said he would not run.

AND

“There are a lot of serious Democrats and Independents who could run against Heineman. It’s a matter of if anyone wants to step up and do that,” said Mello, who added that he will not run.

Boy, Heineman sure dodge two bullets today (eye-roll). Seriously, they are down to asking Nordquist and Mello? Who is left? Are these two even old enough to drive, let alone run for Governor?

Anonymous said...

Has Tiny ever gotten a paycheck from anyone beside the government? The government has probably paid him over a million dollars in his lifetime. Wow. Hard to believe that tea party folks want to re elect this lifetime government employee.

Right Wing Professor said...

What Sweeper needs is some OpenID verification, to keep the anonymous invertebrates back in the pond with the rest of the scum.

No offense to Paul the Octopus, of course.

Anonymous said...

RWP- you wound me.

Anonymous said...

Stupid, anonymous moron at 1:21, yes, I was there. That's why I called him a liar. Because the whole time I was there I didn't hear the N word ever uttered at all. Not a single time. It is absolutely unbelievable to me that he could have heard the N word there more than anywhere else in his entire life when I never heard it at all. I call BS on him.

And I don't care who else supports Tea Party ideals, whether it be David Duke or anyone else. It's irrelevant. If David Duke came out in favor of Obamacare, would that make Obamacare suddenly a bad idea? Of course not. Obamacare, as an idea or policy, stands or falls on its own merits (it falls) and not based on who supports or opposes it.

The Tea Party is not at all about race. It doesn't have anything to do with race. It stands for Taxed Enough Already. Government is taxing and spending TOO much. What part of that don't you get?

TexasAnnie said...

What is Open ID verification? And what does URL signify? Does everybody have to recreate a google account each time they leave a comment? Using the 'Anonymous' choice is easier than the other methods I have tried!

Anonymous said...

"Has Tiny ever gotten a paycheck from anyone beside the government? The government has probably paid him over a million dollars in his lifetime. Wow. Hard to believe that tea party folks want to re elect this lifetime government employee."

And how about your man Obama. Where have his paychecks come from?

Sweetwater Eagle said...

Anonymous 3:22

Go ahead if you wish, it is fun to see dejected Nebraska dems make fools of themselves.

But if you really want to add substance to the "tracker" topic, please be sure to include Lisa Hannah's latest failed attempt. She wrote a letter to the editor of the Kearney Hub, full of falsities and lies about Adrian Smith....a guy she obsessively tracks and stalks. Well, finally, the editor caught her in the lie, and wrote an editorial about it. Check it out for yourownselves. It is a magnificent example of Lisa's dirty work.

Shoe Salesman said...

Ha Julie - Here's an idea for you.

your entire ludicrous argument on the health care abortion issue amounted to the comingling of funds - you objected to the seperate accounts for abortion coverage because it was all the same to you.

So why doesn't Nebraska Right to Life demand that any funds raised by the appearance of abortionist Scott Brown be donated to charity (maybe yours?)? after all. using your logic in opposing health care wouldn't any money from abortionist comingling with other republican money make all the money abortionist money?

If the NEGOP had any balls whatsoever they'd rescind the invitation to the socialist abortionist. If not we know they really don't stand for anything at all - if they welcome Scott Brown how do they oppose Ben Nelson?

And RWP - you're right I forgot about that meaningless vote. Next time I'll be more careful - brown hasn't cast a "meaningful" vote on health care - not one.

And anon 521: Obama was a private sector lawyer in Chicago and he's earned most of his money as an author. Can deficit dave write anything other than in crayon?


Oh RWP and others what's with mocking all the hard working shoe sales professionals out there - aren't we realAmericans too? sniff, sniff.

Right Wing Professor said...

What is Open ID verification? And what does URL signify?

People want to drive, but then they wonder what that big circular thing in front of them is.

Right Wing Professor said...

Hey Shoey, let me rewrite that for you.

"I lied. You caught me. I'll try to be more careful in my lies in future."

The reconciliation vote was anything but meaningless. Had the Dems not been able to pass it, the bill would have died.

Anonymous said...

Following a candidate is part of the deal. Asking his spouse a question at a political event is part of the deal. Stalking the minor children of a candidate is NOT part of the deal. I hope my point is made.

Bud said...

Rush Limbaugh loves to make fun of the President's kids. Why is that ok Right wingers?

Anonymous said...

Don't make me come up there.

Julie Schmit-Albin said...

Hard-working shoe sales professional (my eye): Keep working your angles. The commingling of funds was not the sole reason we opposed Sen. Nelson's 11th-hour-rush-to-the-floor-with-Harry scheme. It was but one of six or seven egregious problems that needed to be fixed. I would link to National Right to Life's letter on that but since it's not allowed, feel free to refresh yourself over at NRLC. Moreover, he continued through with the farce after Stupak caved and they all walked happily off into the sunset with the Big O's worthless executive order. For folks who never met a pro-abortion elected official they didn't embrace, you're awfully exorcised over Scott Brown. Feel free to come and pose as pro-life Republicans outside the NEGOP gig. You will be outed if there are any true pro-life Republicans inside the venue who decide to object to Sen. Brown's invitation.
Texas Annie: This isn't rocket science. If I can do it so can you. Hit Name/URL, type in your name and yes I do it every time.

Anonymous said...

Barack's kids are somewhat cute. It's his wife's gigantic butt that frightens people. I heard it has it's own zip code.

Anonymous said...

We don't live in New York or Washington or Massachusetts, we're Nebraska Republicans. We control 80% of the electorate in this state, we should be able to stand firm in what we believe in and not allow socialist/abortionist slime like Brown to be headlining our convention. Give me Ron Paul or Sarah Palin, he can take his Playgirl/Infanticide ideas back to the east coast.

Macdaddy said...

Man, you go away for a little R&R and the place just explodes. Where to begin.

First, Texas Annie, I am flabbergasted by your morals. You equate the mandated stoning death of a woman who was convicted of adultery to unintentional screw-ups at a state run long-term care facility? Seriously? I guess since Ms. Ashtiani was granted clemency, for now, the Iranian government is more just in your eyes. Wow.

Second, the assertion that vetoing LB1110 was not pro-life is ludicrous. By that reasoning, the government is responsible to make sure that nobody dies prematurely. I realize that is in keeping with the ideal of having an all-encompassing Nanny State, but everybody sees the kerfuffle for what it is: an attempt to put Nebraskans on the hook for the healthcare of people who are here illegally. And if they are opting for a $500 abortion because they can't afford $1000 of prenatal care, they have no business being parents. They have no clue what goes in to raising a child or how much it costs. Bottom line, though, nobody forced them to have an abortion.

Thirdly, for those of you who think commingling of funds is not an issue in Obamacare, are you worried where those billions of federal dollars paid to Planned Parenthood went? They went poof! Or they went for abortions. Or into somebody's large pockets. In any event, people who do abortions can't be trusted and Obamacare has tee'ed up these people to get billions more.

Fourth, maybe it's more than one person, but probably not, who keeps ragging on the Tea Party. Keep it up. Already Congressmen have been caught lying about the N word. You think an anonymous poster on here is going to be believed? Instead, you are just getting more people ticked off and motivated to vote Republican in November.

Fifth, Senator Scott Brown coming to speak. What are you people worried about? The Dems keep saying Republicans need to make the tent bigger, and so we do and you're getting your panties in a wad? That's funny.

So this is all you've got? Nice try at trying to change the subject. The problem is that in November, the job market is going to still suck, we've almost doubled the national debt in 2 short years, Iran will be that much closer to a nuclear bomb while making Jimmy Carter look smart, people still won't like Obamacare, and the Gulf will still be highly polluted thanks to Obama pussy-footing around and following BP's lead (of course, since they gave him a million bucks, they should get something for their money). The Democrats are firmly in charge. They own this mess lock, stock, and barrel. You guys have lousy politicians in Congress and the White House and all your diversions can't change that.

Macdaddy said...

Man, you go away for a little R&R and the place just explodes. Where to begin.

First, Texas Annie, I am flabbergasted by your morals. You equate the mandated stoning death of a woman who was convicted of adultery to unintentional screw-ups at a state run long-term care facility? Seriously? I guess since Ms. Ashtiani was granted clemency, for now, the Iranian government is more just in your eyes. Wow.

Second, the assertion that vetoing LB1110 was not pro-life is ludicrous. By that reasoning, the government is responsible to make sure that nobody dies prematurely. I realize that is in keeping with the ideal of having an all-encompassing Nanny State, but everybody sees the kerfuffle for what it is: an attempt to put Nebraskans on the hook for the healthcare of people who are here illegally. And if they are opting for a $500 abortion because they can't afford $1000 of prenatal care, they have no business being parents. They have no clue what goes in to raising a child or how much it costs. Bottom line, though, nobody forced them to have an abortion.

Thirdly, for those of you who think commingling of funds is not an issue in Obamacare, are you worried where those billions of federal dollars paid to Planned Parenthood went? They went poof! Or they went for abortions. Or into somebody's large pockets. In any event, people who do abortions can't be trusted and Obamacare has tee'ed up these people to get billions more.

Fourth, maybe it's more than one person, but probably not, who keeps ragging on the Tea Party. Keep it up. Already Congressmen have been caught lying about the N word. You think an anonymous poster on here is going to be believed? Instead, you are just getting more people ticked off and motivated to vote Republican in November.

So this is all you've got? Nice try at trying to change the subject. The problem is that in November, the job market is going to still suck, we've almost doubled the national debt in 2 short years, Iran will be that much closer to a nuclear bomb while making Jimmy Carter look smart, people still won't like Obamacare, and the Gulf will still be highly polluted thanks to Obama pussy-footing around and following BP's lead (of course, since they gave him a million bucks, they should get something for their money). The Democrats are firmly in charge. They own this mess lock, stock, and barrel. You guys have lousy politicians in Congress and the White House and all your diversions can't change that.

Macdaddy said...

Man, you go away for a little R&R and the place just explodes. Where to begin.

First, Texas Annie, I am flabbergasted by your morals. You equate the mandated stoning death of a woman who was convicted of adultery to unintentional screw-ups at a state run long-term care facility? Seriously? I guess since Ms. Ashtiani was granted clemency, for now, the Iranian government is more just in your eyes. Wow.

Second, the assertion that vetoing LB1110 was not pro-life is ludicrous. By that reasoning, the government is responsible to make sure that nobody dies prematurely. I realize that is in keeping with the ideal of having an all-encompassing Nanny State, but everybody sees the kerfuffle for what it is: an attempt to put Nebraskans on the hook for the healthcare of people who are here illegally. And if they are opting for a $500 abortion because they can't afford $1000 of prenatal care, they have no business being parents. They have no clue what goes in to raising a child or how much it costs. Bottom line, though, nobody forced them to have an abortion.

Thirdly, for those of you who think commingling of funds is not an issue in Obamacare, are you worried where those billions of federal dollars paid to Planned Parenthood went? They went poof! Or they went for abortions. Or into somebody's large pockets. In any event, people who do abortions can't be trusted and Obamacare has tee'ed up these people to get billions more.

macdaddy said...

I had to split up my comment.

Fourth, maybe it's more than one person, but probably not, who keeps ragging on the Tea Party. Keep it up. Already Congressmen have been caught lying about the N word. You think an anonymous poster on here is going to be believed? Instead, you are just getting more people ticked off and motivated to vote Republican in November.

So this is all you've got? Nice try at trying to change the subject. The problem is that in November, the job market is going to still suck, we've almost doubled the national debt in 2 short years, Iran will be that much closer to a nuclear bomb while making Jimmy Carter look smart, people still won't like Obamacare, and the Gulf will still be highly polluted thanks to Obama pussy-footing around and following BP's lead (of course, since they gave him a million bucks, they should get something for their money). The Democrats are firmly in charge. They own this mess lock, stock, and barrel. You guys have lousy politicians in Congress and the White House and all your diversions can't change that.

TexasAnnie said...

Thank-you Julie. Yes, that is what I have been doing since advised by Nathan of Leavenworth Street a week or so ago. But I have no understanding about the 'triumvirate' choices. Why doesn't everybody willing to own their ideas simply use this method?I had hoped to learn something about the google account specifically, which I had previously been trying to use. I have been told it has general use arocss the internet, not just at this site. Do you know if that is true? I did use the 'Anonymous' choice once. It was an unsatisfactory experience for me. I like owning my ideas...

P.S. to Anonymous 7:24 ---Ron Paul and Sarah Palin, true Libertarian types (but with significantly pro-life ideology), would not be able to stomach the corporate welfare going on in Nebraska. Nebraskans not only subsidize the corporate tax burden, but they gift tax dollars to corporate enterprise as well! And in order to do so, without "raising taxes," they institutionally kill developmentally disabled Nebraskans. Am I lying?????

Winners Circle said...

Liberals/Progressives are going to lose big time in November. Then we can take them all to court for their crimes.

Obama will be further neutered, as if he isn't already, and the congress will be held at bay.

And the few seats the Libs/Progressives have in Nebraska will be reduced even further.

All in all a good time on the horizon!

Go ahead and start up the crying machine.......hehehehehe.

Oh by the way it does feel good.

Anonymous said...

Macdaddy: You obviously know nothing of my morals. You mistated the content of my expressed ethic above, so grossly, that I suspect you know next to nothing of the usual nomenclature.

And why the duplicate posts? Perhaps you can't get around that traffic circle, either?

Dirty Dozen said...

Winners- to count your chickens too fast. But it does look like Rogert is in trouble along with Wallman and Conrad. With Giese going forward from the primary he is out of the picture too.

Oh and of course with TW out the libs lose their bully, who will be the whip? Nordquist, Mello....Lathrop?

So that makes a possible loss of 4 out of 17 and the loss of muscle to boot.

A dirty dozen!

But really there should only be a loss of 2 and the muscle. Leaving a whoping 15 to do something.

Good luck with all that

Macdaddy said...

I'm blaming the duplicate posts on Sweeper and the lame host site he uses. I kept getting error messages. Didn't realize that the posts were going through despite the error messages.

Macdaddy said...

Anon 10:29: I assume that you are Texas Annie and that earlier you wrote: "I think the stoning was at least as egregious as YOUR eleven dead at Beatrice."

I think anyone would recognize that as moral equivalence. Now, if you truly believe that the state of Nebraska, on purpose and as a matter of policy, arranged for the deaths of the patients at Beatrice, then yes, I guess that would be as egregious as stoning someone for adultery, which is the current law in Iran. Good luck selling the idea that Heineman meant for the people at Beatrice to die, however.

Anonymous said...

Macdaddy, he didn't mean for them to die, he just didn't give a damn enough to prevent it. Nobody is calling Heineman a murderer, but negligent homicide might be more appropriate.

Anonymous said...

Bold Nebraska has Steve Achelpohl holding the reins. What a f-ing joke! A bad one at that.

Achelpohl commanded the NDP through the worst years of of the NDP's decline. What's he going to do, trh to bring back Barry Rubin to run the show? The NDP treasury hasn't enough money in it to attract him back, unless Sen. Nelson fills it full of corporate payola again.

TexasAnnie said...

Negligent homicide might be appropriate; I call it institutional killing. At any rate Heineman will not be held accountable because the vast majority of Nebraskans don't care about the developmentally disabled enough to hold their elected REPRESENTATIVES accountable. Like Macdaddy who has had many opportunities to write here about his regret for this social tragedy but chooses to characterize it as "unintentional screw-ups," and like Right Wing Professor who denies his collective responsibility for the "damn thing" and wants it privatized (sure, RWP, just as soon as we notice you working to privatize UNL!), folks in Nebraska have yet to remediate the Beatrice circumstance. Not even the Nebraska Right to Life!

Macdaddy: The phrase "at least as" does not mean "equivalent." But even if you had accurately portrayed what I wrote, you had no bearing for questioning my morals. Here's a primer for you: one's morals indicate whether one is true to one's ethic.

Anonymous said...

Thwe GOP is interfering with the will of the people? We did elect Obama President and the Republicans tie him up with one silly thing after another so you can stall things. That seems tyrannical. But the GOP they broke more laws than Nixon when Bush was President so nothing suprises me about the corruption of Republicans.

Anonymous said...

I see Senator Vitter a republican has become one of those kooks who does not think President Obama is citizen of the USA. Where do you guys get these idiots like him Palin, Limbaugh, Beck etc? When a Republican is duly elected, we liberals are expected to (and do) roll over and accept the election. But the last two Democrat presidents, Clinton and Obama, face legitimacy issues from the beginning from the right. They are the party of sore losers and sour grapes. Repubs: Get over it, move on. You lost in 2008. Look to 2012 and try to take it back legimately, and give up this playground whining of "he took my ball WAAAAAAH." You look like the bunch of spoiled self-entitled brats that I stayed away from in grade school.

Anonymous said...

Before the first African American president, none of the people cared about long form birth certificates and random school records. Now, these people want to go out of their way to prove that Obama's presidency is not valid. Well guess what, the American people elected him to office. We live in a democracy and Americans made a choice. These petty conspiracies mean nothing to this president and I hope he continues to ignore them. Now all you birthers quit whining and work on getting your candidate elected in 2012. You see that's how a democracy works. I didn't like Bush but I didn't try to prove he wasn't born here. I just went out of my way to make sure no one like Bush got a chance at the office again. Hope to do the same in 2012.

Anonymous said...

You forgot that Bush never got elected in 2000, he stole it in Florida.

Anonymous said...

Hey Birthers! It's not Alabama, circa 1950's "Shows ya papers boy"

The only thing President Obama has to show is his middle finger!

Tragedy said...

Gee the Obama apologist's have a tremendous grasp of the English language. Whew for a minute or two I thought I would lose your thematic thread.

Yup he won in 2008, Bush was put in by the SCOTUS erroneously in 2000, and Obama inc. will lose from here on out. The only reason he/they will lose is they never delivered on the Promises of Hope and Change.

It is sad too to know he had such a strong mandate........ well at least somewhat of one. Tragic to have wasted it all so quickly.

Macdaddy said...

I see the trolls have found this blog. What, are you tired of watching MSNBC re-runs?

Anonymous said...

How freaking hysterical that Jane Kleeb would have the balls to talk about Nebraska and that we are gong back to "our roots" where we came from?!

She is everything that is wrong with East Coast politics and when she couldn't make it in politics out there, she hitched her caboose (quite literally) to train wreck Scott and decided to destroy our state.

Jane, don't speak for "who we are" and " what we are made of", you are not a Nebraskan and you would uproot that family of your's in a heartbeat for the right paycheck.

Shoe Salesman said...

Julie - thanks for proving the point. Your double standard for the health care bill and the NE GOP getting money from an abortionist stands. Thanks for clarifying.

we get it.

If its Democrats or Nelson its bad. If its Republicans in NE you and your disingenous politically motivated board turn a blind eye.

Even in your response you said comingling was bad in health care but OK for NEGOP. Fine example of morals you are. I can hear a 1000 screaing fetus in MA calling your name. But its OK you can blame Ben Nelson and allow the abortionist money to flow in NE.

Julie Schmit-Albin said...

Oops Shoe, looks like the gig is up. My counterparts at Pennsylvania Federation for Life are hopping mad today to find that their Governor worked with the O" Administration to secure $160 million in federal funds under the new healthcare debacle to set up a high risk insurance program to cover any abortion which is legal in PA. In other words, PA, which brought us the PA Abortion Control Act in the 90's and has been in the forefront of protecting unborn children, will now have untold numbers of abortions paid for under the $5 billion high risk pool created by your buds in Congress and the Big O. So much for that "executive order" that was never implemented anyway.

TexasAnnie said...

Macdaddy at 8:44 a.m. --I just can't let your comment stand unmitigated. What the hell do you think the code word 'privative' means? Who is going to pay for all the 'community-based services' the Justice Department seeks? What facilities are extant? Any near the Northern Nebraska-Iowa border? (Google Goodwill, Sioux City.) Nebraskans have neglected the developmentally disabled for at least the last two decades and that's a fact. When my family was brought to Nebraska to pay taxes (you call it economic development) our daughter was four years old. When we left she was twenty. During every intervening year a 'waiting list for services' was maintained. It did dip down when Nelson was Governor: he had a law passed on his behalf whereby folks on waiting lists had to begin making payments for the privilege of remaining on the list! Do you suppose there is ever a waiting list for high school seniors to get into UNL? Many years while I lived in Nebraska, the state ranked in the top ten nationally, and one year it ranked third, in public expenditure for postsecondary education. Do you know what persons like my daughter typically do upon departure from Nebraska public schools? They stay home. All day. Every day. I'm talking about equitable treatment here, Macdaddy. Not special treatment, as anti-disability bigots usually characterize this issue.

And another point you made which needs clarification. Yes, the Unicameral did appropriate money in the Spring of 2009 to facilitate the Justice Department settlement. Then the Legislature took back $10 million of that appropriation during the November special session. And the independent audit you note was authored by "experts," hired by the state, to facilitate Medicaid recertification and get those federal dollars flowing again. I guess their "finding" better attest improvement at Beatrice, huh?

I found your last paragraph confusing. Let me be as emphatic as I can: Nebraskans grossly neglect the developmentally disabled! I can establish this opinion as fact, both by anecdote and state budget data. But curiously, you next mention a Texas law which has no bearing on what is taking place in Nebraska. I believe your syllogism is a non sequitur. Did you intend to insult me or my state? You should know that your medical liability laws are skewed up there also, before casting too many stones. I freely admit that Texans ARE NOT famous for compassion. But hey, I don't have an onerous, or any, state income tax liability here. Economic development, Texas-style, is not simply a shift of tax burden...

And finally, do you use the Google Account identity feature here at Leavenworth Street? If you have any advice for using that option will you kindly offer it free of insult?

TexasAnnie said...

Macdaddy at 8:44 a.m. --I just can't let your comment stand unmitigated. What the hell do you think the code word 'privative' means? Who is going to pay for all the 'community-based services' the Justice Department seeks? What facilities are extant? Any near the Northern Nebraska-Iowa border? (Google Goodwill, Sioux City.) Nebraskans have neglected the developmentally disabled for at least the last two decades and that's a fact. When my family was brought to Nebraska to pay taxes (you call it economic development) our daughter was four years old. When we left she was twenty. During every intervening year a 'waiting list for services' was maintained. It did dip down when Nelson was Governor: he had a law passed on his behalf whereby folks on waiting lists had to begin making payments for the privilege of remaining on the list! Do you suppose there is ever a waiting list for high school seniors to get into UNL? Many years while I lived in Nebraska, the state ranked in the top ten nationally, and one year it ranked third, in public expenditure for postsecondary education. Do you know what persons like my daughter typically do upon departure from Nebraska public schools? They stay home. All day. Every day. I'm talking about equitable treatment here, Macdaddy. Not special treatment, as anti-disability bigots usually characterize this issue.

And another point you made which needs clarification. Yes, the Unicameral did appropriate money in the Spring of 2009 to facilitate the Justice Department settlement. Then the Legislature took back $10 million of that appropriation during the November special session. And the independent audit you note was authored by "experts," hired by the state, to facilitate Medicaid recertification and get those federal dollars flowing again. I guess their "finding" better attest improvement at Beatrice, huh?

I found your last paragraph confusing. Let me be as emphatic as I can: Nebraskans grossly neglect the developmentally disabled! I can establish this opinion as fact, both by anecdote and state budget data. But curiously, you next mention a Texas law which has no bearing on what is taking place in Nebraska. I believe your syllogism is a non sequitur. Did you intend to insult me or my state? You should know that your medical liability laws are skewed up there also, before casting too many stones. I freely admit that Texans ARE NOT famous for compassion. But hey, I don't have an onerous, or any, state income tax liability here. Economic development, Texas-style, is not simply a shift of tax burden...

And finally, do you use the Google Account identity feature here at Leavenworth Street? If you have any advice for using that option will you kindly offer it free of insult?

TexasAnnie said...

Macdaddy at 8:44 a.m. --I just can't let your comment stand unmitigated. What the hell do you think the code word 'privative' means? Who is going to pay for all the 'community-based services' the Justice Department seeks? What facilities are extant? Any near the Northern Nebraska-Iowa border? (Google Goodwill, Sioux City.) Nebraskans have neglected the developmentally disabled for at least the last two decades and that's a fact. When my family was brought to Nebraska to pay taxes (you call it economic development) our daughter was four years old. When we left she was twenty. During every intervening year a 'waiting list for services' was maintained. It did dip down when Nelson was Governor: he had a law passed on his behalf whereby folks on waiting lists had to begin making payments for the privilege of remaining on the list! Do you suppose there is ever a waiting list for high school seniors to get into UNL? Many years while I lived in Nebraska, the state ranked in the top ten nationally, and one year it ranked third, in public expenditure for postsecondary education. Do you know what persons like my daughter typically do upon departure from Nebraska public schools? They stay home. All day. Every day. I'm talking about equitable treatment here, Macdaddy. Not special treatment, as anti-disability bigots usually characterize this issue.

And another point you made which needs clarification. Yes, the Unicameral did appropriate money in the Spring of 2009 to facilitate the Justice Department settlement. Then the Legislature took back $10 million of that appropriation during the November special session. And the independent audit you note was authored by "experts," hired by the state, to facilitate Medicaid recertification and get those federal dollars flowing again. I guess their "finding" better attest improvement at Beatrice, huh?

I found your last paragraph confusing. Let me be as emphatic as I can: Nebraskans grossly neglect the developmentally disabled! I can establish this opinion as fact, both by anecdote and state budget data. But curiously, you next mention a Texas law which has no bearing on what is taking place in Nebraska. I believe your syllogism is a non sequitur. Did you intend to insult me or my state? You should know that your medical liability laws are skewed up there also, before casting too many stones. I freely admit that Texans ARE NOT famous for compassion. But hey, I don't have an onerous, or any, state income tax liability here. Economic development, Texas-style, is not simply a shift of tax burden...

And finally, do you use the Google Account identity feature here at Leavenworth Street? If you have any advice for using that option will you kindly offer it free of insult?

Anonymous said...

Lay off the coffee, Annie.

Who is this abortionist that is giving money to the NEGOP?

Anonymous said...

Julie, you might attempt to play the helpless victim with comments like, "If I was still on Central Committee or going as a Delegate to the State GOP Convention I might band together with others to make a point about Sen. Brown."

Let's be honest, if you're sincerely leading Nebraska Right-to-Life because you care about the unborn then you'd protest Scott Brown's appearance at convention. You would be on the street corners of Fremont with signs about not killing the unborn. You would be telling your members to write and call Johanns, Terry, Heineman, Smith, Fortenberry, and state legislature candidates to demand they boycott convention. You'd lobby for an article in the Journal Star or World Herald about Republican politicians and their double standards. And you would threaten to withdraw any endorsement by Nebraska Right-to-Life for the rest of their careers if they stand on a stage with Scott Brown.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see this is the path that should be followed if you were fighting for the rights of the unborn.

The truth is simply that you are a political hack. You have done none of these things.

Nebraska Right-to-Life is a sham. Your organization is nothing more than a wing of the Republican Party and you might as well own up to it.

Shoe Salesman said...

Julie that is great news!

Maybe the health care bill - by providing needed services to women who need them - might do some good after all.

I'm sure you figured out I don't stand with NE Right to Hate on any issue. I'm glad the PA system is set up that way so great news.

But aha - the Jig is up! you still haven't answered sufficiently why ou've failed to hold anyone in NE GOP accountable for the abortionists appearance at their convention. Anonymous above spelled out what your usual tactics are and you are doing none of them. the jig us up once and for all that NE Right to Hate is nothing more than a front group for NEGOP.

By the way, what do you think Scott Brown thinks of the situation in PA? I'll tell you. He thinks its A-OK.

Julie Schmit-Albin said...

Shoe: I'm glad you came out of the closet completely on your abortion position. Now if you could just acknowledge that the one-you-defend-Ben's abortion language has brought us to this point, that would be fine.
Anon: 8:45: You want me and NRL to come out and attack the NEGOP and Republican elected officials for having Sen. Scott Brown as a keynoter when we never did any such thing to Sen. Nelson when he was shown with Obama and other pro-aborts in 08 election and before? Google Dem National Convention 08 for marvy pics of not only Nelson but other pro-life Dems from Nebraska hanging out with major pro-abortion figureheads. See, I remember how we have treated these issues a loonnnngggg way back so I can always point to another example in a similar circumstance. Now, this looks like a job for JFK and her Bold (Bolt?) Nebraska groupies. C'mon out and picket. It will give us a chance to out Jane on abortion just in time for her school board race.

Anonymous said...

OMG, now I know why she got Kleeb to marry her! She wanted to have JFK's initials to put on her resume'.

As far as all the rest? Are we a Big Tent or just a tent?

I prefer Big Tent and allow donors and endorsers to pick the candidates they choose-Oh, and the voters too!