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 nailed to the sides of the wooden privy, two signs in all-black capital letters: “OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY.”


Parade committee member Rick Konopasek said the float wasn’t meant to be any more offensive than a political cartoon would be. The only restriction for entering a float is that it can’t be considered morally objectionable. That basically translates to a ban on nudity to sexually explicit messages, Konopasek said.“We don’t feel its right to tell someone what they can and can’t express,” he said. “This was political satire. If we start saying no to certain floats, we might as well not have a parade at all.”Konopasek and parade announcer Wally Sonnenschein said the outhouse float was the most popular one in the parade, and the three judges awarded it an honorable mention.“It’s obvious the majority of the community liked it,” Konopasek said. “So should we deny the 95 percent of those that liked it their rights, just for the 5 percent of people who are upset?”




 (via Obama float at Norfolk parade sparks controversy : Lincoln, NE Journal Star)

nailed to the sides of the wooden privy, two signs in all-black capital letters: “OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY.”

Parade committee member Rick Konopasek said the float wasn’t meant to be any more offensive than a political cartoon would be. The only restriction for entering a float is that it can’t be considered morally objectionable. That basically translates to a ban on nudity to sexually explicit messages, Konopasek said.

“We don’t feel its right to tell someone what they can and can’t express,” he said. “This was political satire. If we start saying no to certain floats, we might as well not have a parade at all.”

Konopasek and parade announcer Wally Sonnenschein said the outhouse float was the most popular one in the parade, and the three judges awarded it an honorable mention.

“It’s obvious the majority of the community liked it,” Konopasek said. “So should we deny the 95 percent of those that liked it their rights, just for the 5 percent of people who are upset?”

(via Obama float at Norfolk parade sparks controversy : Lincoln, NE Journal Star)

Injustice in Nebraska

GOP Congressman Endorses Bogus Theory That Syria Got Its Chemical Weapons From Saddam

The assclowns who live here…


…made this garbage possible.

Way to go, Omaha voters.

In the midst of recent national controversy surrounding government surveillance of the public, a recent Freedom of Information Act request to the Nebraska State Patrol has exposed evidence that TransCanada provided trainings to federal agents and local Nebraska police to suppress nonviolent activists protesting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by arresting them on “anti-terrorism statutes.” The presentation slides, obtained by grassroots landowner advocacy group Bold Nebraska, target Tar Sands Blockade activists by name.

“This is clear evidence of the collusion between TransCanada and the federal government assisting local police to unlawfully monitor and harass political protestors,” said Lauren Regan, legal coordinator for Tar Sands Blockade and executive director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center. “These documents expose the truth that the government is giving the nod to unlawful corporate spying. By slinging false allegations against peaceful activists in this presentation, TransCanada puts them at risk of unwarranted prosecution.”
An Alabama teenager who came to Iowa City earlier this month to visit family members is missing after police say he boarded a Greyhound bus to go home but never made a bus transfer in Davenport.
Donald Marshall, 16, is originally from Iowa City and recently moved to Alabama with family members, according to police. He was back in town to visit relatives and attend camp. On July 16, family members took Marshall to the bus depot in Iowa City, and he boarded a Greyhound bus to return to Alabama, according to police.
Marshall was scheduled to get into Montgomery, Ala., in the early morning hours July 17, but he never arrived, police reported. After further investigation, officers discovered that Marshall never made a scheduled bus transfer in Davenport on July 16.
Marshall is described as African-American, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds. Family members said they don’t believe he has any connections in Davenport, according to police.
Anyone with information on Marshall’s whereabouts can call the Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers at (319) 358-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed, according to police, and individuals who provide information don’t have to reveal their name to collect a reward. Individuals with information also can contact their local police department.

An Alabama teenager who came to Iowa City earlier this month to visit family members is missing after police say he boarded a Greyhound bus to go home but never made a bus transfer in Davenport.

Donald Marshall, 16, is originally from Iowa City and recently moved to Alabama with family members, according to police. He was back in town to visit relatives and attend camp. On July 16, family members took Marshall to the bus depot in Iowa City, and he boarded a Greyhound bus to return to Alabama, according to police.

Marshall was scheduled to get into Montgomery, Ala., in the early morning hours July 17, but he never arrived, police reported. After further investigation, officers discovered that Marshall never made a scheduled bus transfer in Davenport on July 16.

Marshall is described as African-American, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds. Family members said they don’t believe he has any connections in Davenport, according to police.

Anyone with information on Marshall’s whereabouts can call the Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers at (319) 358-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed, according to police, and individuals who provide information don’t have to reveal their name to collect a reward. Individuals with information also can contact their local police department.

Senate Republicans, joined by three conservative members of the Democratic caucus, blocked a floor debate on a key portion of President Obama's jobs bill, which would have provided states $35 billion to hire or retain teachers and emergency responders.

Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and Ben Nelson (R-NE)

Nelson…that figures. I don’t know why Harry Reid allows these guys to walk upright in the Senate chamber — Lieberman in particular. Reid should strip Lieberman of all of his committee assignments tomorrow.

But that would mean that Harry Reid would have to grow a pair of balls.

They all make unicameral legislatures look better each time their name appears in a news item from the Senate.

The largely symbolic vote demonstrated the deep GOP opposition to the bill, but all day political observers expected it to put Democratic divisions over the President’s approach to bolstering the economy into sharp relief as well. In the end, two Democratic senators, Sens. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Jon Tester (D-MT) voted with Republicans to continue the filibuster.

With Democrats like Ben Nelson, who needs Republicans? The way Majority Leader Reid lets Nelson and Leiberman go scot free with all of the transgressions they’ve commit against their reputed caucus makes Reid look flaccid and inept.

Tea Party groups target Senate Democrats on health care repeal

Among the targeted Democratic senators: Jon Tester of Montana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

…all states with a minimum of 6% unemployment. Remember, unemployment rates are usually suppressed under-reported to make the reporting agency’s government look good.

I guess that the Tea Party (and unquestionably their benefactors) have got their’s and they assume fuck the rest.

Please refer to the failed unemployment extension as H.R. 4213

I like the idea of knowing how to discuss legislation in legislatures that account to me by the bill number. A few responsible journalistic enterprises report the bill number , but most do not — no broadcast concerns come to my mind.

Wouldn’t you figure that my favorite whipping boy voted against it, too? Cornhuskers must be blessed to be perpetually healthy and employed.

from the washington post - not noted as a bastion of liberal thought/argument:

conclusions: 1. the actual number of available jobs is demonstrably smaller than it used to be, by a significant magnitude. 2. the jobs that would need to be created to turn this around and bring up employment…