Some folks may be aware of the outside money pouring into the Nebraska Senate race is mostly in support of Ben Sasse, who is attempting to promote himself as the 'Tea Party' candidate. Those of us who have been the foot soldiers, on the ground since the very first rally that was held shortly after former Senator Ben(edict) Nelson moved the Obamacare legislation forward against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of his constituents, are not going to go down without a grassroots fight! Yes, all of DC is amazingly adept in utilization of Alinsky tactics and have been using them to promote a candidate with many more ties to establishment GOP & DC elitists than any of the other three candidates running.
With less than 4 weeks until the primary vote here in Huskerland, the radio/television ads & interviews portray Mr. Sasse as the Libertarian-leaning, Tea Party dream come true candidate. Much like the ads for our current President, voters are led to believe that he will be the candidate who will go to Washington, part the waters, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and promote smaller government.
Well, I - along with Patrick Bonnett, chairman of Nebraska's conservative coalition (which includes the who's who of our state's Tea Party, Libertarian & Conservative leaders) - am more than a bit skeptical. In candidate Sasse, they have a guy who is very attractive, IF you believe all the rhetoric.Read more
On April 17, Think Progress posted an article with a headline that read "Why Air Pollution is a Racial Issue." This piece was written by Carmiah Townes who, according to her bio on the website, ”received a B.A. in political science from UCLA, where she also minored in cultural anthropology.” It is apparent that Ms. Townes is educated, which makes her argument that air is racist just that more odd.
In her piece she writes, "A study produced by the University of Minnesota concluded that race is a determining factor in who is most affected by air pollution. Specifically, non-white people breathe air that is substantially more polluted than the air that white people breathe... people of color in the U.S. breath air with 38 percent more nitrogen dioxide in it than their white counterparts, particularly due to power plants and exhaust from vehicles."Read more
You know what they say: there’s a first time for everything. Even things you never thought you would do in your wildest dreams. And so with that in mind, I embark on a partial defense of my Congressman, Jim Moran.
Congressman Moran has been under fire for the past two weeks for telling Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid…I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” Congressman Moran made the comments in advance of introducing an amendment to a spending bill that would provide a per diem housing allowance for Members of Congress, as many state legislatures provide. The amendment failed, but the controversy of his comments lives on.Read more
On Tuesday, April 8, Attorney General Eric Holder and Republicans clashed yet again over Mr. Holder’s refusal to turn over documents to Congress.
If you remember, two years ago the same defiant actions were taken by Mr. Holder when he refused to submit Fast and Furious documents that President Obama ended up exerting executive privilege over.
Really it’s the same song and dance, when political parties and executive appointees go head to head, but in some of the instances involving Mr. Holder there have been twists added. Never has a government official played the race card as much or ever been more racist themselves as Eric Holder. (Except Democrats back in the 60’s when they vehemently opposed civil rights.) That being said, let's highlight some of Mr. Holder’s most racist banter that many have either ignored or justified over the past few years.Read more
I was in the waiting room at the doctor’s office last week, and I began to flip through a People Magazine on the coffee table. I came across an article about Jason Patric that both saddened and angered me. Moved to tears, I went home and researched his story.
Jason Patric, best known for his roles in The Lost Boys and Sleepers, is involved in an acrimonious legal battle with his ex-girlfriend, massage therapist Danielle Schreiber.Read more
Bless her heart.Read more
This past Valentine’s Day marked the kick-off of Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz Tour.” For those not in the know, the Urban Dictionary lists the number one definition of “banger” as a song that is unbelievably awesome. Therefore, she believes her tour is featuring awesome songs. However, it’s not the songs, or an incredible vocal set that is making noise. Rather, it’s the jaw-dropping performances and costumes to match.
As though her controversial performance with Robin Thicke wasn’t offensive enough, Miley takes it to another level on this tour taking the stage in one of her naughtiest outfits to date: a marijuana-leaf-bedazzled, thonged onesie with a plunging neckline.
During her February 14, Vancouver opening, Miley made things even raunchier by then bending over and giving everyone a look at her bare butt, and later gyrating all over a car that was wheeled out on stage.
Cringing yet? This past weekend, Marie Claire Magazine posted some images from “Bangerz,” to a mixed response of 1,631 Likes, and with fifty-something comments, about a third of which protested the free publicity, and threatened to discontinue subscription.Read more
I have spent an enormous amount of time and money learning from the best about campaigns. I’ve driven to so many conferences where training was offered in various parts of the country that I even killed a car. I’ve come home loaded with print-outs, books and worksheets full of knowledge and ideas, but my dog has hijacked all that knowledge, put it to use and is now being asked for advice on a few local campaigns.
Yes, you read that right. My dog has become a campaign consultant.
Over the years I’ve brought home the hard earned knowledge of others and sat down with Shasta - my golden lab - to study. We dutifully logged in for every online training seminar available and took notes together. She has helped vet candidates for various public offices and even written a few op-eds on those candidates. Now she’s taken all that knowledge and is putting it to good use to help some good people get elected.Read more
If you lived in a town like mine and had children, moving day for your family would be virtually inevitable. My town is quaint with a great community vibe and good governance. We pay a little more in taxes to gain sidewalks, parks, and nice public facilities. My children have grown up here, but soon it will be moving day for us like so many other families I know.
When you go out on any sunny day here, you can't help but notice all the young families with young children and strollers. But oddly enough, there are very few families of teens or young adults. My town is forever young, except for some retirees who are living out their life here since their adult children live elsewhere. Youth is invigorating in a community although not as invigorating for an economy. Professionals just starting out flock to this town. They start their families here...and then they leave.Read more