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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in General Discussion
Thu Jul 28th 2011, 11:59 PM
..no, I'm not talking terror or actual poisoning.

Cut, Cap, & Trade passed 234 to 190. IIRC, that included 5 Dems, and they won't be voting yes on the Boehner bill. That means that we'd be at something like 229-195 best case for the Boehner bill, meaning 17 T-baggers can derail this. Some of them are just hard cases, but (if blogs are to be believed), some are wavering. That said, many of them signed "pledges" not to support any bill that wasn't "Cut, Cap & Trade." (see this link: http://www.cutcapandbalanceact.com /).

So here's my theory: they are going to call in sick tomorrow.

The rationale -- being "sick" is kinda, sorta plausible (as plausible as any other American worker sick on a Friday). OK, they're clearly lying their butts off, but by being sick, they will miss the vote, so they won't have to vote "against" Boehner, but they can truthfully claim they never supported the Boehner bill.

I'm telling you -- it's going to be the anchovies.

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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in General Discussion
Tue Jul 26th 2011, 07:04 PM
(from today's constituent e-mail)

In his remarks to the nation last night, the President missed a real opportunity to embrace bipartisan solutions and show Americans that he is willing to put aside his agenda to address our debt crisis. Instead, we heard nothing but more political rhetoric and campaign talking points. It is now one week until our nation reaches its debt ceiling, and today I called on the President to start showing true leadership on how to address our fiscal mess. I invite you to click on the link to hear more: http://johanns.senate.gov/public/?p=VideoC...


You can click here to leave a comment: https://iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet...
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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in Nebraska
Sat May 07th 2011, 12:10 PM
Source: KETV

OMAHA, Neb. -- Two Millard parents have found themselves in trouble over the truancy law.

Vaughn and Teri Crowell said they were just trying to explain why their son had missed so much school, but the next thing they knew, they were in jail.

The Crowells’ 17-year-old son suffers from anxiety and depression. As a result, he's missed 20 days of school this year.

But the couple said when they tried to explain the situation in court Thursday, Judge Elizabeth Crnkovich sent them to jail and put their son in the care of the state.

Read more: http://www.ketv.com/news/27806249/detail.h...
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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in General Discussion
Fri Apr 15th 2011, 02:01 AM
There is this widespread misconception among a whole huge segment of the population that the government is just handing out cash to layabouts. Nothing could be further from the truth, but let's examine this.

Section 8 (rent subsidy): OK, so we urine screen all applicants for rental assistance. Since we all know that, if they fail, it's unlikely this scenario extends any sort of treatment, the likelihood is that we end up with homeless drug users, who may or may not be able to get access to missions or shelters. I'm supposing that the argument here is that being forced into homelessness will cause these people to see the light, straighten out their lives, get married, and go to church. I'm not seeing it.

WIC: It's food assistance for moms with kids. OK, so we urine screen all applicants. Mom fails. So....we're doing what? Taking the infant and throwing the child in an orphanage? Starving the child? Envisioning some fantasy in which, seeing her starving child crying before her, Mom just kicks that meth habit, straightens out her life, gets married, and goes to church. I'm not seeing it.

LiHEAP and Weatherization: It's assistance with heating bills, and aid for caulking and insulating old houses. In some cases, assistance with replacing inefficient appliances is involved. OK, so we urine screen all applicants. They fail. So,now they are freezing addicts. Their kids freeze too. So... they go to shelters, or leave oven doors open, or run cars in garages. Some die, which probably makes a certain segment of wingnuts happy. Again, I'm supposing that the argument here is that being forced into freezing will cause these people to see the light, straighten out their lives, get married, and go to church. I'm not seeing it.

EBT (or, the program formerly known as food stamps): Off at a tangent - I can never think of food stamps without thinking of the Robert Redford movie "The Milagro Beanfield War", in which a character utters the following line - "Hey, man! You can't buy bullets with food stamps!" But, I digress. Food stamps (which was actually intended to prevent the consequences of malnutrition that made many Americans 4F for the draft in WWII)now come in the form of a debit card that is used at grocery stores and Wal Marts around America. I'm sure you have heard that many stores stay open all night on the 1st day of the month when the cards automatically refill. Again, I'm supposing that the argument here is that being forced into starvation, or forcing their kids to starve, will cause these people to see the light, straighten out their lives, kick cocaine or heroin, get married, and go to church. I'm not seeing it. What I see is starving people who will steal or kill to eat or feed their kids. More crime, and you ultimately pay to keep people in prison.

Many of those who want drug testing for "welfare applicants" are the same clueless bunch who want to solve illegal immigration by "shipping them all back to Mexico." All problems have simple solutions, and the US could implement these simple solutions -- except for those namby pamby crybaby liberals and their activist judges and the ACLU. Many others have an even simpler philosophy - "it's not my problem, and I don't want to pay for it."

So I have a simpler solution. Drug testing for driver's licenses. Bi-annually. It's not pleasant, and it's probably not necessary. However, it's fair. It's fair because the wealthy get tested right along with the poor. Your kid spent all semester at prep school smoking lettuce? Sorry -- he can't drive the Lexus. Maybe next year. What do you mean little Tiffany tested positive for cocaine? Sorry Tiff -- no Miata for your Sweet 16. Too bad. While we're at it, we should probably consider bi-annual physicals for driving, to make certain folks aren't going to have diabetic blackouts or heart attacks behind the wheel. And why stop at vehicles? Boats and personal watercraft -- I don't think the stoned or drunk should be yachting or jet skiiing.

OK, you don't like that one. How about drug testing prior to the receipt of farm subsidies? How about all applicants for federal contracts take drug tests? Perhaps recepients of alternative energy tax credits should provide a sample? Applicants for flood insurance -- there's something you need to do first. Writing off depreciation for that obsolete equipment? For those stock losses? We need a sample first!







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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in General Discussion
Mon Apr 11th 2011, 01:52 AM
I've been on something of a Harry Truman kick recently. Truman was unlike Barack Obama in so many ways; he was an "accidental" President (coming to the office after FDS's death), and was not known as a great speaker. Barack Obama is one of the most brilliant speakers of his generation, and came to the White House in an electoral landslide. At the outset of 1948, Harry Truman was wildly unpopular with the American people. The economy had gone to Hell, unemployment was high, and it was an article of faith that he had no chance of re-election. Like Obama, Truman had to make many unpopular decisions that put him at odds with factions of both parties. And yet somehow, on Election Night, he stood posing famously with his "Dewey Defeats Truman" copy of the Chicago Tribune in hand, and served another four years in office.

If I could give some advice our President, it would be to read some of the words of wisdom of his predecessor Harry Truman, and to try to put them to good use. I didn't put the quotes in any particular order, but the last quote really struck me when I watched "Capitalism: A Love Story." President Obama needs to reconnect with Candidate Obama.

Anyway, here they are, as transcribed by "BrainyQuote"


"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand."

"Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything."

"Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice."

"I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount."

"Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."

"When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril."

"Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me."

"You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now."

"You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break."

"Washington is a very easy city for you to forget where you came from and why you got there in the first place."


Read more: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/...

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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in General Discussion
Tue Mar 29th 2011, 05:40 PM
http://swineline.org/media
"Chinese Professor"

If you have not seen this already (and please forgive me if this has already been posted), you should check out this video from the wingnut organization "Citizens Against Government Waste." The video, which appears to be titled "Chinese Professor" shows a mythical lecture to a college class in China on why great nations fail. Basic theme -- we got into debt, and now China owns the US.

It's a masterful piece of propaganda, and should be viewed in that spirit. It plays on racial fear; it plays on the fear of enslavement; the professor looks vaguely Maoist, so there's an element of fear of communism; and it plays on the view I find to be generally held by conservatives that moral decay and spending are leading to a Roman-like downfall for the US.

I would love to put the talents of someone like Michael Moore or Spike Lee to work to make the counter argument that, perhaps, the problem is not so much government waste, but a vastly ovprivileged and under taxed upper class in this nation.
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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Dec 10th 2010, 07:41 PM
The richest 1%....just keep doing what you're doing.

Now if the remaining 288,888,889 of us would just each sell one kidney for $45,000 each, we've got it covered.
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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Nov 22nd 2010, 05:48 PM
Other than the fact that it means the renaissance of the Griswold-esque family car vacation....?

It represents the first time I can remember since 9-11 that Americans are pushing back against excess security measures. If you can recall the climate eight years ago, most Americans were in favor of ANY means necessary to prevent a terror attack, and everyday, we got to see if the Tom Ridge wheel-of-terror would be at condition yellow, orange, or red.

Enough is enough. If the Government has spent the past 9 years compiling vast databases on all of us, then the TSA should be able to take my ID, mine that knowledge to say "Oh...this is OmahaBlueDog. Somewhat left leaning for this part of the world, but he's never robbed a freight train or attended terror camp in Pakistan -- he can pass with a simple metal detector check."

I used to love everything about air travel -- now I dread it with every fiber of my being. If this is what we have to endure to travel, then the fact is the terrorists have won.
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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Oct 25th 2010, 08:25 PM
...finally getting Nebraska on the "States & Countries" section of the front page.



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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Aug 14th 2010, 01:20 PM
"The Nebraska Economic Development Corp., which lent $1.48 million to Ted and Kathryn Baer for a business that later closed, is contesting the couple's bankruptcy filing as an attempt to escape their debts.

Monthly expenditures of $2,000 for food, $1,500 for home maintenance, $4,000 for car payments, $850 for recreation and $800 for clothes are excessive, the nonprofit corporation said in its motion to dismiss the Baers' Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. "

http://www.omaha.com/article/20100814/NEWS...


They owe $305,000 on a $622,000 home, according to the article. Their reported income is just over $240K. The debtor, Mr. Baer, claims that the $1,500 in monthy maintenance expenses is because his house is 30 years old. I live in a 30 year old house, and I've had some whoppers, but not nearly that much.
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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Aug 01st 2010, 10:18 PM
Earlier today, I posted a thread about Senate races in 2012. A DUer who posted in that thread indicated that they'd like a similar poll for 2010. Ask and ye shall receive.....

As an explanation to why I posted this and the previous poll on 2012 Senate races. Yesterday, I posed some questions to DUers in this thread:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu... ...

I'd invite anyone to participate. I'm trying (in an informal way) to gather data and try to analyze what divides us and what unites us here at DU.

Two of the questions I posed in yesterday's thread involved members of Congress and the Senate who you'd a) you'd want to get rid of at all costs and b) who you'd like to retain at all costs.

Now, it's hard to draw any real conclusions on 16 votes, but in terms of who we like, a strong theme emerged: DU likes Alan Grayson, Dennis Kucinich, and Bernie Sanders. There were also also some votes for Franken, and Boxer and Pelosi were thrown into the mix, but those three names emerged as a kind of core support group.

Who we want to get rid of -- that's another subject. Several responders went with a variant of "too many to name." We had one "throw them all out." But one theme that emerged was that almost 20% of the responders named a Senator who (at least in theory) is a Democrat.

This is what prompted my first follow up question regarding 2012.

In asking "Who would you most like to see lose a Senate seat in 2010?" the picture is clouded by a mass of retirements and two Senators (one in each party) who lost their primaries. For the purpose of the poll, I take "lose the seat" literally - I'm not asking who you'd like to see win or lose each race (although you are welcome to comment on that in the thread; I'd expect Toomey/Sestak & Crist/Meek/Rubio comments), I'm looking to see which incumbents you want out.

As with the 2012 thread, I've put this in poll form, but I'd invite and encourage written responses as to the reasoning behind your vote. I selected the picks based on my perceptions of the candidates ability to be beaten, my preception of their lack of popularity here, and the limited number of poll slots.

More information on the 2010 Senate races can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States...

As before, I am not trying to entrap anyone or call them out or violate DU Rules or sell anyone a lovely timeshare on Maryland's Eastern Shore (outside of Ocean City, with a week in the lovely, crisp, coolness of autumn). The point is to examine what divides us as a community and what unites us.
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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Aug 01st 2010, 12:29 PM
Yesterday, I posed some questions to DUers in this thread:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu...

I'd invite anyone to participate. I'm trying to take a look at what divides us and what unites us here at DU.

Two of the questions I posed involved members of Congress and the Senate who you'd a) you'd want to get rid of at all costs and b) who you'd like to retain at all costs.

Now, it's hard to draw any real conclusions on 16 votes, but in terms of who we like, a strong theme emerged: DU likes Alan Grayson, Dennis Kucinich, and Bernie Sanders. There were also also some votes for Franken, and Boxer and Pelosi were thrown into the mix, but those three names emerged as a kind of core support group.

Who we want to get rid of -- that's another subject. Several responders went with a variant of "too many to name." We had one "throw them all out." But one theme that emerged was that almost 20% of the responders named a Senator who (at least in theory) is a Democrat.

This leads to my first follow up question. For 2012, we have some interesting Senate races from a philosophical viewpoint.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States...

Who would you most like to see lose a Senate seat in 2012?

I've put this in poll form, but I'd invite and encourage written responses as to the reasoning behind your vote. I selected the picks based on my perceptions of the candidates ability to be beaten (I didn't pick Richard Lugar or Orrin Hatch, for example), and Democrats that I picked were ones whose name came up in my previous thread.

As before, I am not trying to entrap anyone or call them out or violate DU Rules or sell anyone a lovely timeshare on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The point is to examine what divides us as a community and what unites us.
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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Jul 31st 2010, 11:35 AM
It seems like we are having as many issues with one another as we do with the folks over on Free Republic. There's nothing new in that -- we yelled at each other during the primaries, during the convention, and during the run up to the GE. I can't even say we were all happy after the GE, in as much as Obama won, but many here were infuriated over Prop 8.

So we all know Skinner's rules, and I'm not looking to violate them or call anyone out. What I'd like to do is just try to understand our group dynamic a little better.

1. If you had to pick one issue that is most important to you right now, what is it?

2. If there was one conservative cause or issue that you felt had to be stopped at all costs, what would that be?

3. If you could, succinctly, pick 5 political stands that you feel represent the "litmus test" for being a Democrat, what would those be?

4. Can you cite one issue on which you agree with most Republicans (no matter how trivial)?

5. Can you cite one issue on which you disagree with most Greens (no matter how trivial)?

6. Why do you like DU?

7. Are you Extremely Satisfied, Somewhat Satisfied, Neutral, Somewhat Dissatisfied, oe Extremely Dissatisfied with the President's performance, to date.

8. If you could make ONLY ONE personnel change to a non-elected member of the administration, who would that be?

9. Which Senator or Member of Congress needs to be defeated by any legal means necessary?

10. Which Senator or Member of Congress needs to be kept in office by any legal means necessary?

No..there's not a hidden agenda, and I will not use this information to attempt to sell you a time share. I'm just trying to understand why we seem so pissed of at one another, in a political sense.
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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in The DU Lounge
Sun Jul 25th 2010, 12:41 AM
(a friend forwarded this to me)

Socks are only for bowling.

You never use an umbrella because the rain will be over in five minutes.

A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

Your winter coat is made of denim.

You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.

You're younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65.

Anything under 70 degrees is chilly.

You've driven through Yeehaw Junction.

You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix.

Every other house in your neighborhood had blue roofs in 2004-2005.

You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.

You dread love bug season.

You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley or Hurricane Frances. You know them as Andrew, Charley , Frances , Ivan, Jeanne, Wilma...Irene...Cheryl...Rita, Mary..Alison

You know what a snowbird is and when they'll leave.

You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.

'Down South' means Key West

Flip-flops are everyday wear. Shoes are for business meetings and church, but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before.

You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.

You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.

A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.

You know the four seasons really are: Hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season and
summer.

You've hosted a hurricane party.

You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee , Withlacoochee , Thonotosassa and Micanopy.

You understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.

You were 25 when you first met someone who couldn't swim.

You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas and New Years.

You recognize Miami-Dade as ' Northern Cuba '

You not only forward this but you understand it
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Posted by OmahaBlueDog in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Jul 18th 2010, 05:23 PM
OK, Joe Biden says he doesn't think the T-Baggers are a bunch of racsists:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100...


But, Mark Williams has been told he can't share the Lipton anymore because he's perceived as racsist

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100...


Meanwhile..according to the article cited above, vis a vis Joe Biden, John Cornyn said of the baggers....

"These are citizens who should not be demonized or marginalized," he said. "These are people who are concerned about the direction of the country."

Hmmm...I have a question for anyone out here in DU land. Have any of the wingers ever made you feel demonized or marginalized because of your concerns over the direction of the country. Cornyn obviously thinks not, but I was remembering some things (and y'all will certainly have better examples than I can dream up) like this gem from Newt Gingrich:

<<Contrasting Words


7.1
Often we search hard for words to define our opponents. Sometimes we are hesitant to use contrast. Remember that creating a difference helps you. These are powerful words that can create a clear and easily understood contrast. Apply these to the opponent, their record, proposals and their party.


7.2
decay, failure (fail) collapse(ing) deeper, crisis, urgent(cy), destructive, destroy, sick, pathetic, lie, liberal, they/them, unionized bureaucracy, "compassion" is not enough, betray, consequences, limit(s), shallow, traitors, sensationalists, endanger, coercion, hypocricy, radical, threaten, devour, waste, corruption, incompetent, permissive attitude, destructive, impose, self-serving, greed, ideological, insecure, anti-(issue): flag, family, child, jobs; pessimistic, excuses, intolerant, stagnation, welfare, corrupt, selfish, insensitive, status quo, mandate(s) taxes, spend (ing) shame, disgrace, punish (poor...) bizarre, cynicism, cheat, steal, abuse of power, machine, bosses, obsolete, criminal rights, red tape, patronage.>>

http://www.wfu.edu/~zulick/454/gopac.html

Nah .. no demonization there.

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