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  • LPS superintendent reacts to national attention directed at district's gender identity training

    10/13/2014 11:17:25 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    Lincoln Journal Star ^ | October 10, 2014 | Margaret Reist
    Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel pushed back Thursday against what he said was misinformed reaction to the district’s gender identity training by national commentators and news outlets... “Never once has anyone inside our system mandated that a teacher take (the words) ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ or ‘ladies’ and ‘gentlemen’ out of their interactions with children or interaction with adults. There’s no policy, there’s no procedure, there’s no changes being made to bathrooms in schools.” ... Among the advice in the handout was to avoid gendered terms like "girls" and "boys" and opt for gender neutral terms such as “campers” or...
  • Ebola Patient Needs $500,000 to Cover Medical Bills

    10/10/2014 11:37:46 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 74 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 15 hrs ago | Beth Braverman
    The 33-year-old freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia is fighting for his life at the University of Nebraska Medical Center this week. He’s also racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. According to a GoFundMe campaign launched Monday by his friends, Ashoka Mukpo’s medical bills could run in excess of $500,000.
  • Nebraska Democrat Stands By Work Defending Nazi War Criminal

    10/09/2014 1:20:15 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10-9-2014 | Adam Kredo
    October 9, 2014 Nebraska Democrat Stands By Work Defending Nazi War Criminal Democratic Senate Candidate Domina shared his ‘gift’ with ‘most wanted’ Nazi John ‘Ivan’ Kalymon By Adam Kredo Democratic Nebraska Senate candidate Dave Domina, in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, stood by his work defending a former Nazi police officer stripped of his U.S. citizenship.Domina, who is trailing Republican Ben Sasse, said he did not balk when John Kalymon hired him in 2006 to fight the U.S. government, which was seeking to deport the former German-occupation police officer for lying about his past.“Mr. Kalymon lived an honorable...
  • Nebraska school district urges teachers to be more inclusive, stop referring to “boys and girls”

    10/08/2014 7:34:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via Katherine Timpf of NRO, I’m 90 percent sure this is a hoax. No, wait, let me rephrase: I would be 90 percent sure this is a hoax, if not for the fact that the school superintendent confirmed on a local radio show that these materials were handed out to teachers at one Lincoln-area middle school. Repeat: Middle school.Oh well. High time America’s 10-year-olds started considering whether they’re cis or trans.The recommendations about intervening when an androgynous child is being bullied are fine, but c’mon. This isn’t real, is it?I can’t read those italicized parts without hearing Mike Judge...
  • U.S. Journalist With Ebola Being Evacuated Freelancer Being Evacuated From Liberia to Nebraska

    10/03/2014 6:12:10 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 86 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/03/14 | Drew Hinshaw, Lukas I. Alpert and Jennifer Levitz
    MONROVIA, Liberia—Ashoka Mukpo, an American freelance journalist diagnosed with Ebola, and the NBC News team he worked with here will be flown to the U.S., as the epidemic sweeping West Africa continues to have international repercussions. Mr. Mukpo is scheduled to be picked up Sunday night in Liberia and will be transported to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, his father, Mitchell Levy, said Friday
  • Thompson: Associate of Dallas Ebola patient under close monitoring ( second case )

    10/01/2014 8:28:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 105 replies
    WFAA ^ | October 1, 2014 | Marjorie Owens
    DALLAS — Due to close contact with a patient diagnosed with the Ebola virus, a second person is under the close monitoring of health officials as a possible second patient, said the director of Dallas County's health department Wednesday morning in an interview with WFAA. Zachary Thompson, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, says all those who've been in close contact with the diagnosed patient are being monitored as a precaution. However, Thompson pointed to one person in particular as a potential second case. "Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents, the fact that...
  • St. Patrick Hospital 1 of 4 sites in U.S. ready for Ebola patients ( Montana )

    09/30/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Missoulian ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | Rob Chaney
    There are four places in the United States set up to handle a patient sickened by the Ebola virus, and Missoula is one of those. .... And any hospital equipped to care for a tuberculosis patient can care for an Ebola patient, according to Dr. George Risi, an infectious disease specialist who recently returned from spending 20 days in a Sierra Leone Ebola ward. Accompanied by St. Patrick’s intensive care nursing director Kate Hurley, Risi helped local clinic staff care for up to 95 patients at a time. While untreated Ebola kills more than 70 percent of its victims, more...
  • Sasse stumbles on NRA question days after being endorsed

    09/27/2014 10:05:42 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    Nebraska Watchdog ^ | 9-18-14 | Deena Winter
    LINCOLN, Neb. — There were few surprises during Sunday’s U.S. Senate debate, except when the frontrunner, GOP nominee Ben Sasse, seemed to stumble on a question about gun rights just days after being endorsed by the National Rifle Association. Sasse earned the highest NRA rating a candidate can get without a voting record, and marked the group’s only endorsement in the general election. But he seemed confused when asked a question about background checks at gun shows by Colleen Williams, anchor for NTV, an ABC affiliate in Kearney. Here’s what she asked: “With countless national incidents, high profile shootings in...
  • TAPS and Keystone Have Similar Environmental Issues But One Critical Difference

    09/25/2014 9:46:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 9/25/2014 | Allen Brooks
    The proposed 1,200-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska may be the second most famous crude oil pipeline in American history after the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline. One has yet to be built while the other has been operating since 1977, but the two pipelines share a common history marked by environmental controversy in its approval process. The TAPS line, as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline became known as, was proposed in 1969 to move the recently discovered Alaskan North Slope oil to the Lower 48 market via tanker from the Port of Valdez. The Prudhoe Bay oil...
  • In US, huge grain crops spell headache for farmers

    09/22/2014 5:36:25 AM PDT · by redgolum · 77 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 21, 2014 | Juliette Michel
    New York (AFP) - US corn and soybean crops could break records this year, but for farmers the bounty has a dark side: falling prices and a logistics nightmare getting crops to market. "It is not an exact science but when we look at the fields, it looks like it is going to be a big crop," said John Reifsteck, a corn and soybean farmer in Champaign, Illinois, a Midwest farm belt state.
  • In Lincoln, chief justice says law, not politics, drives Supreme Court’s rulings (John Roberts: NE)

    09/20/2014 11:52:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | Friday, September 19, 2014 2:30 PM | Joe Duggan
    While political partisanship flourishes in the halls of Congress, it has no place in the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court, the chief justice said Friday in remarks to Nebraska law students. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said he worries that the partisan rancor of the age has skewed the public understanding of the court’s role in government. During a 55-­minute talk at the University of Nebraska College of Law, he stressed that the rule of law, rather than politics, drives the court’s decisions. “We are not Democrats and Republicans in how we go about it,” he told an audience...
  • Nebraska Lt. Gov. Heidemann Resigns Office, Ticket

    09/09/2014 9:35:32 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | 09/09/2014 | AP
    Nebraska Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann resigned from office and ended his candidacy Tuesday, one day after a judge granted a protection order to keep him away from his sister, who accused him of assault. Heidemann announced his resignation at the Capitol alongside Gov. Dave Heineman. The Elk Creek farmer also stepped down as the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts. Heidemann said he disagrees with the statements made about him, but decided not to fight to remain in office. "After much thought, discussion and prayer, I have decided that for the good of my family, for the office...
  • Musings: After Hiatus, Keystone XL Pipeline Battle Resumed Friday

    09/09/2014 9:17:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    PPHB via Rig Zone ^ | September 09, 2014 | G. Allen Brooks
    In the chambers of the Nebraska Supreme Court in Omaha, a hearing was held Friday about the decision by Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie F. Stacy claiming that the law under which the state’s governor had approved the route of the Keystone XL pipeline was unconstitutional. The judge, in a case brought by three landowners, decided that LB1161, the law passed by the state’s legislature at the end of its session in 2011 that shifted the approval of the pipeline route from the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to the governor, was unconstitutional, and as such the judge instituted a...
  • Big money flows to top brass of pipe welders union

    09/08/2014 9:37:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 8, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    A Tulsa, Okla.,-based plumbers and pipe welders union is clearly flush with cash, as a dozen of their top officials made more than $200,000 last year, federal records show. Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 798 paid business manager Daniel Hendrix $280,000 and financial secretary/treasurer Wade Pilgreen $272,000 in fiscal 2013, according to disclosures the union filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. ... Hendrix said his pipe fitters make about $50 an hour and work at least a 60-hour a week plus expenses, and the union staff is compensated at a similar rate for their roughly 80-hour work weeks. A person...
  • Nebraska Medical Center to treat Boston doctor with Ebola

    09/04/2014 3:12:30 PM PDT · by Big Red Clay · 21 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 09/04/2014 | From staff and wire reports
    University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey Gold said during a Thursday press conference that the Nebraska Medical will treat a patient with Ebola virus. The patient is Dr. Rick Sacra, a missionary who was serving in Liberia, according to SIM, a North Carolina-based charity. He is expected to arrive Friday morning at the med center's Nebraska Biocontainment Patient Care Unit, Gold said. Gold said the med center was contacted 48 hours ago by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about treating an Ebola patient. "The biocontainment unit is built for this sort of event," Dr. Phil Smith...
  • Democratic Senate candidate got rich — very rich — while looking out for the little guy

    08/22/2014 3:23:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Deena Winter
    Democratic Senate nominee Dave Domina bills himself as a champion of the little guy, but his financial disclosure shows he is fabulously wealthy. Dave Domina Domina is one of the most prominent trial lawyers in the state and worth between $20 million and $82 million, according to the financial disclosure forms he submitted to the secretary of the U.S. Senate.His net worth could be much higher, since he valued two farms owned by his spouse or dependent at “over $1 million,” and candidates aren’t required to report the value of their personal residences. It’s difficult to pinpoint his precise net...
  • Willie Nelson, Neil Young headlining anti-Keystone XL pipeline concert

    08/18/2014 4:33:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | August 18, 2014
    NELIGH, Neb. — Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast. Bold Nebraska said Monday the concert will be held Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast Nebraska. Tickets go on sale Wednesday.
  • Group files complaint over UNO statement urging end to 'demonization' of unaccompanied migrant kids

    08/12/2014 11:48:25 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 1 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | August 12, 2014 | Kate Howard
    A Nebraska conservative group filed a complaint last week against the University of Nebraska at Omaha after taking issue with a statement its researchers issued on unaccompanied children entering the United States. The statement, issued jointly by UNO’s Office of Latino/Latin American Studies and The Heartland Workers Center, called for an end to the “demonization” of children fleeing from Mexico and Central America and for Congress to reject measures that would roll back protections for the children. The statement initially included a call for action and the phone numbers for lawmakers.
  • A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

    08/02/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led by West Virginia and include states that are home to some of the largest producers of coal and consumers of coal-fired electricity. The suit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other plaintiffs are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The E.P.A. rule, announced by President Obama on June...
  • Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol

    07/24/2014 11:20:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Nebraska PBS & NPR Stations ^ | July 24, 2014 | by John Burnett, NPR
    Some of the immigrant children crossing the border say they are being subjected to abusive and inhumane treatment in U.S. Border Patrol stations in South Texas. This includes frigid holding rooms, sleep deprivation, verbal and psychological abuse, inadequate food and water, denial of medical care, and worse. Dozens of children have come forward to make complaints against Customs and Border Protection officers. The agency responds that any complaints are the result not of mistreatment, but of its stations being overwhelmed by the surge of minors.Inside 'Las Hieleras' The complaints center on what happens inside the group holding cells that immigrants...
  • Slain Omahan's relative says immigration crackdown might have prevented her death

    A relative of an elderly Omaha woman who was raped and killed last year said Saturday that the brutal crime may have been prevented if the United States strictly enforced immigration laws. “What we’d like to have is the federal government to secure our borders,” said Bill Hartzell, 60, of Council Bluffs. “There’s a chance my grandmother would be still alive if our borders were secured.” Hartzell is the husband of Teresa Hartzell, a granddaughter of 93-year-old Louise Sollowin. Sollowin died three days after Sergio Martinez- Perez, a Mexico native in the U.S. illegally, broke into her South Omaha home,...
  • Sen. Fischer: increase Russian sanctions in wake of Malaysian jet crash

    07/23/2014 1:20:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    nebraskaradionetwork.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Brent Martin
    Sen. Deb Fischer supports increased sanctions against Russia in wake of the downing of a Malaysian commercial flight over Ukraine. Fischer acknowledges much isn’t yet known about the doomed flight, except that it was shot down by a missile fired from territory occupied by pro-Russia separatists. Fischer says the U.S. must go beyond sanctions and lend support to Ukraine. “I believe our goal must be to help the Ukrainians regain control of their country and that means providing them with assistance and holding Russia accountable for its actions,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call. Accident investigators have yet...
  • Immigration arrests at Southwest border play out far afield

    07/18/2014 6:47:16 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 1 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 07/18/2014 | Cody Winchester
    To help handle a recent spike in migrant traffic on the Southwest border, federal immigration officials are stepping up transfers of detainees to some jails farther inland, including Nebraska. On June 30, for example, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement chartered a flight from San Antonio for 73 people taken into custody at the border. Their destination: Omaha — specifically, the Douglas County Correctional Center downtown.
  • Neb. Governor: Feds ‘Conducting Secret Operation’ Placing Immigrants In States Without Officials'...

    07/15/2014 8:46:53 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 30 replies
    CBSDC/AP ^ | 7/15/2014 | CBSDC/AP
    LINCOLN, Neb. (CBSDC/AP) — Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman believes federal authorities are conducting secret operations by sending immigrant children into states without the knowledge of state officials. Heineman told Fox News he learned from Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., that 200 unaccompanied immigrant children were placed with relatives or sponsors in the state. Heineman says no federal officials notified them that would be happening. “We want to know the names of those individuals, who their sponsor is. Is their sponsor legal? What communities did you send them to? Why are they conducting a secret operation, essentially, transporting them all over the...
  • Department of Justice now involved in story of man who built Obama-mocking parade float

    07/14/2014 9:28:22 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 49 replies
    This is heinous— a betrayal so blatant of American values so fundamental I have trouble wrapping my mind around it: The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the discussions over a controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade. The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, to a Thursday meeting about the issue. Also at the meeting were the NAACP,
  • Nebraska governor wants names of migrant children in his state

    07/14/2014 11:41:53 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) pressed the Obama administration Monday to give him the names of nearly 200 children in his state who had been apprehended entering the country illegally. "We want to know the names of those individuals, who their sponsor is, is their sponsor legal, what communities did you send them to," Heineman said. "Why are they conducting a secret operation essentially — transporting them all over the country, and now we learn to Nebraska, and the federal government won't tell us what is going on." The governor said on "Fox and Friends" that he learned from Nebraska...
  • Man misdiagnosed as delusional for 20 years sues

    07/13/2014 11:33:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | July 12, 2014 | AP
    A man who spent nearly 20 years locked in a state psychiatric ward in Lincoln is suing doctors for malpractice, saying he was never mentally ill during his time there. He was sent to the Lincoln Regional Center that year. For the next 20 years, regional center doctors and others involved in Montin's treatment relied on information from initial police reports that said Montin was delusional, rather than court records that showed otherwise. But last year, a regional center psychiatrist found that it was medicine Montin had taken for his injured back that had led to a medication-induced psychosis. When...
  • Justice Official, NAACP Meet with Norfolk Over Float (Nebraska--Obama Outhouse)

    07/12/2014 10:46:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies
    The Lincoln Journal Star ^ | Friday, July 11, 2014
    Four representatives of the NAACP and the U.S. Department of Justice met with Norfolk Mayor Sue Fuchtman Thursday to talk about a controversial float in the Fourth of July parade. The meeting included the mayor, city administrator Shane Weidner and members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which organized the parade. The Justice Department official is a member of the Community Relations Service team that handles discrimination disputes. The float in question depicted a distraught looking mannequin in overalls in front of an outhouse with the words Obama Presidential Library on the side. "The state area NAACP has received...
  • 200 undocumented children now in Nebraska

    07/11/2014 12:01:06 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 21 replies
    Nebraska Watchdog ^ | June 10, 2014 | Deena Winter
    LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns said Thursday about 200 undocumented children have been placed in Nebraska after arriving at the U.S. Border, most of them from Central America. Johanns’ office said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials said during a June 27 conference call that a number of months ago, about 200 children were placed with families or sponsors in Nebraska, often after turning themselves into the U.S. Border Patrol and released under light supervision while awaiting deportation hearings. He said that number could be higher than 200, since it changes often.
  • ANGRY DEMOCRATS Say Obama Outhouse Float at 4th of July Parade Was ‘Racist’

    07/08/2014 1:08:28 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 98 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/6/14 | Jim Hoft
    Democrats in Nebraska say the Obama Outhouse float was disrespectful and racist. The popular depicted a figure standing outside an outhouse labeled the “Obama Presidential Library.” (Omaha.com) Angry Democrats in Nebraska said the Obama Outhouse float in the 4th of July parade may be racist. CBS News reported: A Fourth of July parade float in Nebraska that showed a dummy standing outside an outhouse labeled “Obama Presidential Library” is drawing cries of racism from local residents and the Nebraska Democratic Party. The float, in the annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk, Neb., was affixed to trailer being towed behind a...
  • 'Obama Presidential Library' float at Norfolk parade draws criticism (Oh noes, a outhouse)

    07/07/2014 5:46:25 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 32 replies
    omaha.com ^ | 7/7/2014 | Hunter Woodall
    A Fourth of July parade float that depicted a figure standing outside an outhouse labeled the “Obama Presidential Library” has created a stir on social media and is also receiving criticism in Norfolk, Nebraska. The float, in Norfolk’s annual Independence Day parade, was on a flatbed trailer being pulled by a blue pickup truck. The figure was dressed in overalls and standing next to a walker outside of the outhouse. The hands and head of the figure were greenish and appeared to be zombielike; the hands were pressed against the sides of the figure’s head. Miniature American flags were atop...
  • Nebraska is first to digitize homestead records

    07/04/2014 2:46:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Journal Star ^ | July 3, 2014
    Daniel Freeman's Homestead certificate dated May 20, 1862. It's a task that would give even the most dedicated librarian gray hair: digitizing 30 million homesteading documents from 30 states.Where to start?How about Nebraska? Where 45 percent of all land was given to homesteaders -- the largest percentage of land distributed by any of the 30 states under the Homestead Act of 1862.A consortium including the Center for Great Plains Studies, Homestead National Monument of America, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, National Archives and Records Administration, plus several private family history companies, began the daunting task five years ago.On...
  • Tea Party Favorites Find That Losing Only Widens Their Reach

    07/03/2014 6:38:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 3, 2014 | Jennifer Steinhauer
    Mississippi Tea Party dreams were extirpated last week when State Senator Chris McDaniel lost his Republican primary bid to unseat Senator Thad Cochran. Yet if some of Mr. McDaniel’s most outspoken contemporaries are any guide, he may actually have greater political influence as a loser. Mr. McDaniel made clear this week that he was not giving up the fight, dashing off fund-raising emails declaring Mississippi’s Republican Senate runoff “a sham, plain and simple,” and offering rewards to individuals who “provide evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in voter fraud.” “Thanks to illegal voting from liberal Democrats,...
  • Sen. Tom Harkin offers names to fill 2 federal judgeships

    06/24/2014 6:59:31 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:00 am | Associated Press
    IOWA CITY (AP) — Two federal judges from Iowa have announced plans to retire next year, and outgoing U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin is calling for the White House to appoint their replacements “as quickly as possible,” the Democrat’s office said Monday.
  • The Bakken gets bigger - likely a LOT bigger

    06/19/2014 12:56:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    Oil Voice ^ | June 13, 2014 | Keith Schaefer
    Crescent Point’s Torquay Discovery Reignites Southeast Saskatchewan. Just when you thought The Bakken couldn’t get any better—it does. Oil producers are now “cracking the code” on the Torquay, or Three Forks formation below the Bakken, and coming up with incredible economics—these wells are paying back in only seven months. This news has completely re-invigorated the Canadian side of the Bakken. And on the US side, the Three Forks is causing industry to leap-frog estimates of the amount of recoverable oil available–by about 57%! It’s hard to imagine that the #1 oil play in all of North America could have such...
  • ‘Worthless Piece of ****’: Did a Storm-Chasing Photographer Violate Journalism Ethics...

    06/20/2014 11:24:41 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 20, 2014 | Billy Hallowell
    A photo snapped just minutes after two tornadoes wreaked havoc on Pilger, Nebraska, Monday has led to intense debate, causing some to wonder whether storm-chasing photojournalist Mark “Storm” Farnik acted unethically in photographing a little girl who was gravely injured. Calista Dixon, 5, was found crushed under the weight of her family’s mobile home. As Farnik watched paramedics carry her body on a stretcher as she barely clung to life, he snapped pictures, later selling one to the Associated Press (which published the picture), among other outlets (see the heartbreaking photo here). Farnik said Dixon looked as though she had...
  • After shock and grief in Pilger comes the hard work of cleanup, but volunteers flock to town to help

    06/19/2014 9:20:34 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 10 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 06/19/2014 | Kate Howard Perry
    PILGER, Neb. — Shock and grief gave way to hard work Wednesday in Pilger as crews began removing what the tornado left behind. Only about 350 people live in the town where an estimated 80 percent of buildings were leveled or damaged beyond repair Monday. But on Wednesday — the first day people other than residents were allowed into the affected areas — 1,800 people registered as volunteers and came to lend a hand. Some came with no connection to the town, but many others were family and friends of Pilger residents, or neighbors who had been spared.
  • US Senate Panel Advances Bill To Force Keystone Pipeline Approval

    06/19/2014 5:04:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | June 18, 2014 | Ros Krasny
    The U.S. Senate Energy Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would force congressional approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project, but the measure seems unlikely to be taken up by the full Senate. The bill, the latest effort by lawmakers to breathe life into the long-delayed pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, will languish without a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to a vote. The measure, from Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Republican Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, would take a decision...
  • A ‘war zone’: Tornadoes destroy more than half of Pilger, local leaders say; child killed

    06/17/2014 6:14:56 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 6 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | 17 June 2014 | By Julie Anderson, Jay Withrow 
and Emily Nohr
    UPDATE (7:30 a.m.) CONDITIONS IN PILGER — Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger said Tuesday morning that the five-year-old who died was a girl in a mobile home situated on Main Street. A traffic fatality 2.5 miles east of Pilger in Cuming County has not been linked to the storm. — 75 percent of the community is “gone, and that’s my opinion,” Unger said, including the middle school, Midwest Bank, a convenience store, post office, numerous houses, city hall, firehouse and St. John’s Lutheran church.
  • Ted Cruz Spikes the Ball

    06/13/2014 6:01:35 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 13, 2014 4:42 p.m. ET | Allysia Finley
    Ted Cruztook a victory lap of sorts this week after Eric Cantor's primary defeat. And why shouldn't he? The junior senator from Texas helped fuel the anti-establishment furies that devoured the House majority leader. "This election should be a reminder to all in Congress—Republicans and Democrats alike—that the conservative base is alive and well, and the American people will hold us all accountable," said Mr. Cruz. "Each of us needs to do what we said we would do and tell the truth." If this sounds like a threat, that's because it is.Mr. Cruz is wont to criticize Republican politicians who...
  • Prayer Request

    06/12/2014 10:00:51 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 31 replies
    12 June 2014 | US Navy Vet
    Ok all, Yesterday my wife(who works at the Omaha VA Hospital/RN) slipped and fell on a damp tile deck in a patient's room(they had shampooed the passageway(carpet) and it was still damp). Anyway she broke her L. Wrist and her 4th toe R. Foot and "Goose Egged" her head. Her Senior RN is still deciding what to do with her.
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • Democratshima - Detroit Photos Before and After (VANITY)

    06/09/2014 11:23:32 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 47 replies
    Or.. Democratrina. Far more destructive than any bomb or hurricane, Democrat locusts destroy lay waste to Detroit. This is the 'progress' they want for the rest of America.
  • 45 senators, including vulnerable Dems, are asking the EPA to delay incoming emissions regulations

    05/23/2014 6:48:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    It’s only a small matter of time until the Obama administration finally, rapturously releases what its hopes will be the crown jewel of its rise-of-the-oceans-slowing climate-change agenda: Regulations capping the emissions from existing power plants, a.k.a., stamping out coal plants across the country. This set of regs is going to be even more complicated and controversial than the regulations for only new power plants the administration released last year, and as the AP obliquely explains, we’re likely to start seeing those “necessarily skyrocketing” energy prices Obama once mentioned pretty quickly here: Electricity prices are probably on their way up...
  • Chip Maxwell to run against Lee Terry (Nebraska)

    05/23/2014 5:32:52 AM PDT · by jim_trent · 11 replies
    ha World-Herald ^ | May 21, 2014 | Joseph Morton / World-Herald Bureau
    WASHINGTON — Rep. Lee Terry’s path to re-election may have just gotten more complicated. Chip Maxwell, a former state senator, confirmed Wednesday that he will launch a petition drive to appear on November’s general election alongside Omaha’s Republican congressman and Democratic challenger Brad Ashford. "I am running for Congress," Maxwell said in a statement. "I am not ready to make a formal announcement because I’m still putting together my campaign plan and team. I have a plan to save the country, but first I have to put together a winning campaign plan." Maxwell switched his party registration from Republican to...
  • Unions raise heat on Senate to approve Keystone XL

    05/21/2014 9:21:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 21, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Labor unions are beseeching senators to pass legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline by circumventing a government review process that threatens to stretch into 2015. In a letter to senators today, five unions, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute say the bill is essential to free the pipeline from “political limbo.” “After nearly six years of countless polls and five exhaustive federal reviews stating the pipeline is safe to build and will create thousands of jobs, we have unfortunately seen political rhetoric and gamesmanship take precedence over policy and leadership,” the groups say. The...
  • Rand Paul tops 2014 campaigns’ wish list

    05/19/2014 2:59:16 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Titus
    Challengers see themselves in the Texas senator, even in races where their odds of an upset are considered steeper than Cruz’s surprise victory over a GOP establishment figure two years ago. He’s made endorsements in the Oklahoma and Nebraska Senate races, plus the Nebraska gubernatorial race, and sent almost $26,000 to federal candidates through his leadership PAC. “Ted Cruz would be extremely helpful as an endorser and a fundraiser,” said C. Edmund Wright, a consultant to longshot South Carolina Senate hopeful Lee Bright, in an email. “Rand Paul and Mike Lee would be great also.” But, he said, “the reason...
  • Man Pleads Guilty to Murder in Omaha Woman’s Death (Illegal Alien - Louise Sollowin)

    05/17/2014 5:05:11 PM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    AP via The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder in the rape and beating death last summer of a 93-year-old Omaha woman, in a deal that spared him the death penalty. Sergio Martinez-Perez, 20, entered the plea in Douglas County District Court and was immediately sentenced to life in prison. The public defender for Perez did not immediately return a message left Wednesday seeking comment. Police said Perez broke into the south Omaha home that Louise Sollowin had lived in for 70 years in the early hours of July 21, and severely beat her and raped her. Sollowin had grown up...
  • SASSE SURGED TO VICTORY AFTER ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT COALESCED AROUND HIM

    05/15/2014 11:48:14 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 15, 2014 | By Tony Lee
    Nebraska GOP Senate nominee Ben Sasse may not see himself as an establishment slayer, but Nebraska's primary voters may have given him a dominating 27-point victory on Tuesday to send a message to the Washington Republican establishment. At the beginning of the year, Shane Osborn's internal polling still showed him with 39 percent of the vote, while Sasse and Sid Dinsdale had 7 percent each. Sasse's internal polling had him trailing by as much as 37 points last year. By February, however, the race was a dead heat, according to a poll by Harper Polling. Sasse closed the gap and...
  • Lee Terry won’t get GOP rival’s blessing

    05/15/2014 4:40:34 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 14 replies
    Nebraska Watchdog ^ | Joe Jordan
    When it comes to Congressman Lee Terry’s re-election push, Dan Frei is pushing back. Only hours after his badly underfunded bid to unseat Terry in Tuesday’s Republican primary came up just short on votes but long on attaboys, Frei tells Nebraska Watchdog he’s keeping his distance. “I do not have an endorsement for Congressman Terry,” says Frei who was also a no-show at the GOP’s post-election unity breakfast in Lincoln. Despite ponying up $900,000 to Frei’s $40,000, Terry, an 8-term incumbent, managed a meager six-point win.