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  • Poll: Trouble for Ben Nelson if Bruning wins primary

    11/28/2011 7:02:04 PM PST · by freespirited · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/11 | Josh Lederman
    Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) would start his 2012 reelection race in a weak position if Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning wins the primary, according to a new poll. The survey by Republican firm Magellan Strategies put Nelson 6 points behind Bruning in a general election. But pitted against Don Stenberg, another Republican in the race, Nelson is in a statistical tie. He bests Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer (R) by 6 points. Another cause for concern for Nelson, who has not yet announced whether he will seek reelection, is his 36 percent approval rating, which dwarfs the 51 percent who...
  • Energy Smackdown: Keystone XL vs. Solyndra

    11/25/2011 9:08:37 AM PST · by bigbob · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11-21-11 | Robert Bryce
    The two big energy stories of the moment are the Obama administration’s announcement that it will wait another year before making a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, and the continued pummeling of the Department of Energy and Energy Secretary Steven Chu for their handling of the $529 million loan guarantee to Solyndra. So how do those two projects compare on critical issues such as economic impact and overall energy use? Even a cursory look at the two deals shows that, once again, the Obama administration’s energy priorities are — how to put this charitably? — misguided.
  • Second Amendment Foundation Wins Preliminary Injunction V. Omaha Ban On Alien Handgun(NE)

    11/23/2011 5:04:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 November, 2011 | SAF
    BELLEVUE, WA --( A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement by the City of Omaha, NE of an ordinance that prohibits legal non-citizens from registering handguns in the city, in a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation, the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association and Armando Pliego Gonzalez. The order was granted by U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon while the court considers whether the registration ban for legal immigrants is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. “We’re delighted with the judge’s order,” said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “Mr. Pliego has been a legal permanent resident since 2008,...
  • Self-defense: Teen hunter kills mountain lion(NE)

    11/20/2011 1:53:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 15 November, 2011 | John McCoy
    If a mountain lion had gotten to within 10 feet of me when I was 15 years old, I might have soiled my pants. Kudos to this kid for keeping his head and doing what needed to be done. From the Associated Press: LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says a 15-year-old deer hunter shot and killed a mountain lion that was only 10 feet from him. The boy, of Wayne, shot the cougar Saturday near Creighton in northeast Nebraska. Officials say he was hunting a shelterbelt in Knox County and spotted the mountain lion 10...
  • Pipeline decision will weaken Obama (crassest pandering to a tiny minority of Americans)

    11/19/2011 8:23:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | November 19, 2011 | Brian Lee Crowley
    H.L. Mencken, I think it was, who uttered the immortal phrase "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public." No one is a greater admirer of the dynamic and generous society that is America, and when I consider all the nations we could have had living next door I often think we won the neighbourhood lotto. But for some reason Mencken's phrase kept echoing in my head when I heard the news about Washington's plan to delay their decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Folly is too kind a word for this decision. It is the crassest...
  • Billionaire Buffett's Bakken Boom

    11/17/2011 10:26:11 AM PST · by kbobdelux · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/16/2011 07:02 PM ET | Andrew Malcolm
    Energy Policy: Killing the Keystone XL pipeline may help one of the world's richest men get richer. North Dakota's booming oil fields will now grow more dependent on a railroad the president's economic guru just bought. Stop us if you see a pattern here. About the time George Soros — Hungarian billionaire and key donor to leftist groups and the Democratic Party — invested heavily in the stock of the state-run Brazilian oil company Petrobras, President Obama was curbing U.S. offshore oil production and the U.S. Export-Import Bank announced a $2 billion loan to Petrobras to finance deep-water drilling off...
  • Growing uncertainty clouds Keystone XL saga, firm on 2013 pipeline review timeline

    11/16/2011 7:09:08 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | Rebecca Penty | Rebecca Penty
    Uncertainty clouding development of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline mounted Tuesday with the U.S. State Department not bending on a 2013 review completion that the firm had suggested the day before could come months earlier. Despite the Calgary company’s assertion Monday it could satisfy a key element of a new federal study by rerouting its pipeline in Nebraska, the State Department said the timeline still stands, which confirms regulatory delays of more than a year for the $7-billion project. State Department spokesman Mark Toner told a media briefing in Washington, D.C., that based on previous assessments, “we anticipate the evaluation...
  • TransCanada, Nebraska to study Keystone XL pipeline reroute

    11/15/2011 9:23:29 AM PST · by thackney · 1+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | November 15, 2011 | Rebecca Penty
    TransCanada Corp. said Monday it expects U.S. President Barack Obama will have a recommendation over the fate of its $7-billion Keystone XL pipeline shortly after a new six-month review in Nebraska. The Calgary firm signed an agreement with Nebraska lawmakers Monday to reroute the pipeline around environmentally sensitive lands that contain an aquifer that provides drinking water to millions. If legislation introduced Monday is approved by state senators, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality will study and suggest a pipeline path. The diversion around the state’s Sandhills region and Ogalla aquifer is a move TransCanada’s vice-president of Keystone Pipelines, Robert...
  • How a pipeline was defeated: actors, activists and one key conversation

    11/14/2011 9:58:33 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Nov. 13, 2011 | nathan vanderklippe
    In the end, it came down to a conversation between two of the most powerful people in the world. Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with President Barack Obama about a pipeline set to run from Alberta’s oil sands down through the U.S. Midwest to reach refineries on the Texas coast of the Gulf of Mexico. ... “It’s blatant politics,” said David Wilkins, former U.S. ambassador to Canada, in an interview Friday. Mr. Wilkins lobbied for Keystone on behalf of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. “It’s politics at its worst. It was a move by...
  • Canadian PM eyes China after US pipeline delay

    11/13/2011 6:25:40 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies · 1+ views
    AFP - ^ | 14 November 2011
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday that he was looking at exporting more oil to China after the United States delayed a decision on a controversial pipeline. President Barack Obama's administration last week put off a decision on Keystone XL project after a major protest campaign by environmentalists, who say the pipeline would be prone to accidents and worsen climate change. The conservative Canadian leader, taking part in a summit in Hawaii hosted by Obama said the pipeline decision had produced "extremely negative reactions" and that he discussed oil exports with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
  • Senate majority rejects GOP bid to block EPA (with the help of 6 RINOs)

    11/11/2011 4:48:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | November 11, 2011 | Dina Cappiello (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democrat-controlled Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican attempt to block a regulation intended to curb power plant pollution that blows downwind into other states. By a 56-41 vote, senators defeated a resolution by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who said the step was needed to rein in what he called the Obama administration's overzealous job-killing approach to environmental protection. "We are simply asking that the clean air regulations already on the books stay in place and we do not make the regulations so onerous that they put utility plants out of business and we have an...
  • Keystone Cop-Out (Obama punts on more than 20,000 shovel-ready jobs.)

    11/10/2011 6:05:51 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, November 11, 2011
    President Obama used to be fond of "shovel-ready projects." He's also demanding that Congress pass his jobs bill immediately because 9% unemployment is a crisis, and, by the way, he's for making the U.S. less reliant on energy from tyrants. So how about putting 20,000 Americans to work on a North American energy project that's as shovel-ready as they come? Sorry, Mr. Obama is voting present. The $7 billion project is TransCanada's Keystone XL, a 1,700-mile underground pipeline that would deliver 830,000 barrels of heavy crude oil a day from Alberta to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas. TransCanada filed an...
  • Keystone XL: Nebraskans take pipeline issue all the way to the White House

    11/10/2011 3:29:56 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 10 November 2011 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    The tar sandhills near Mills in north central Nebraska, through which the Keystone XL pipeline is planned to be built. The woman seated before the row of suited state legislators in her red Husker team hoodie was choking on tears. She had grown up on a farm in Nebraska. Her parents had grown up on farms, in the days before electricity and running water, and now she said generations of toil and sweat could be destroyed in an instant by a $7bn pipeline project. A leak from the pipeline, which would run from the tar sands of Alberta to the...
  • DeMint endorses Stenberg, sponsors fundraising drive

    11/10/2011 12:31:57 PM PST · by South40 · 2 replies ^ | 11/08/2011 | Don Walton
    Republican Senate candidate Don Stenberg on Tuesday got the endorsement he wanted. South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, sometimes described as a kingmaker for candidates seeking conservative support, said Stenberg was "a lifelong conservative with the principles, integrity and courage needed to stand up to the big spenders in both political parties in Washington." Stenberg is "not only the strongest conservative in the race, but we also believe he's the most electable," DeMint said in a statement issued through his Senate Conservatives Fund website.
  • Obama’s Keystone XL Kops (If the Dems really cared about jobs, this pipeline would be underway)

    11/08/2011 10:03:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/08/2011 | Rich Lowry
    One of the holiest words in the Democratic economic lexicon is “infrastructure.” Yet the proposed Keystone XL pipeline represents a big, honking $7 billion, 1,700-mile-long infrastructure project that the Obama administration is delaying and the environmentalists are opposing. If Pres. Barack Obama thinks the country lacks its former economic verve, he need look no farther than the Keystone XL fiasco for a demonstration of one reason why. Keystone XL meets every possible standard. President Obama wants “shovel ready” jobs. The materials to build the pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast are waiting to go. The president rightly notes...
  • (Nebraska RAT up-for-reelection Ben) Nelson Opposes Jobs Act (*made US Senate vote bipartisan)

    11/06/2011 12:44:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    WOWT ^ | 11/03/11
    Nelson Opposes Jobs ActReporter: WOWT Posted: 11:32 PM Nov 3, 2011 Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson released this statement after opposing the $58 billion Rebuild America Jobs Act. “While I agree infrastructure is a priority, the most important step Congress can take to create jobs is to get Washington’s fiscal house in order. Given that, the Rebuild America bill goes in the wrong direction because it raises taxes for billions of dollars in new spending,” said Senator Nelson.
  • Report: Cain voted for Clinton

    11/01/2011 8:55:31 PM PDT · by txroadkill · 175 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/01/2011 | Seth McLaughlin
    <p>A new report claims that Republican presidential contender Herman Cain voted for Democrat Bill Clinton for president in his first run, as well as for two Nebraska Democratic candidates in the past.</p> <p>In a story on the Nebraska Watchdog website, Joe Jordan writes that Mr. Cain supported Mr.Clinton during his 1992 presidential bid, 17 months before he squared off with Mr. Clinton over his push to overhaul the national health care system.</p>
  • I-680 ready for traffic today(this is what happens when Government gets out the way)

    11/02/2011 8:05:36 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 11 replies
    The Omaha World-Herald ^ | November 2, 2011 | By Andrew J. Nelson
    The time is almost here: Interstate 680 between Interstate 29 and the Missouri River is scheduled to reopen at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The roughly three-mile stretch was reduced to rubble this summer by the power of Missouri River floodwaters. Thanks to agreeable weather and 14-hour workdays, contractors beat deadlines for completing the project, which began in late September. A reopening ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Crescent, Iowa, fire station, at 102 W. Florence St. Those expected to attend include Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Federal Highway Administration Administrator Victor M. Mendez and Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. Iowa companies...
  • 10 most vulnerable U.S. senators in 2012

    10/24/2011 9:24:16 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies · 1+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 20, 2011 | Source: (
    1. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. 2. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. 3. Jon Tester, D-Mont. 4. Scott Brown, R-Mass. 5. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah 6. Dick Lugar, R-Ind. 7. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio 8. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. 9. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine 10. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
  • Controversial book likely at OPS

    10/25/2011 9:55:39 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 6 replies
    The Omaha World Herald ^ | October 25, 2011 | By Jonathon Braden
    Omaha Public Schools employees likely will get a controversial book about cultural proficiency during the second semester of this school year. Reading the book won't be mandatory, but district officials hope employees do read it. "You really can't mandate anything," said Carolyn Grice of OPS's student and community services department. "It will be an expectation." The school board spent more than $130,000 in federal stimulus money to purchase 8,000 copies of the book, "The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change." OPS officials have said the book is one aspect of the district's three-year plan "to...
  • Gun owners push to reject registration changes(NE)

    10/20/2011 7:34:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 19 October, 2011 | Lindsey Peterson
    Omaha, NE – Some gun owners are saying “no” to proposed changes to Omaha’s gun registration rules, and the city of Omaha says “yes” to a new health care program. The city’s proposal to revise Omaha’s gun registration rules had gun owners from inside and outside city limits showing up in city hall—all hoping to convince the city council to shoot down what some say is “redundant” to current state and federal law. Omaha currently requires every handgun purchased within the city to be registered for a fee. “It duplicates the investigating that the state does with their purchase permit,”...
  • Rifle: No. 3 WVU Defeats No. 12 Nebraska

    10/17/2011 6:44:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 16 October, 2011 | Ashleigh Pollart
    MORGANTOWN, W.VA. - The No.3-ranked West Virginia rifle team defeated No. 12 Nebraska, 4667-4610, today at the NU Rifle Range, in Lincoln, Neb. The Mountaineers (2-0, 1-0 GARC) topped the Huskers (0-2, 0-1 GARC) in both guns, winning air rifle, 2354-2325, and smallbore, 2313-2285. Petra Zublasing Seniors Justin Pentz and Michael Kulbacki, junior Petra Zublasing, redshirt-freshman Thomas Kyanko and freshman Taylor Ciotola combined for the team’s scores. “Petra was the highlight, but there were a lot of good performances in there,” says coach Jon Hammond. “Overall it was a good, steady start to the season. Hopefully we will shoot higher...
  • Bizarre string of events leads to arrests

    10/17/2011 7:27:24 AM PDT · by bigbob · 16 replies
    York News Times ^ | 10-14-11 | News-Times staff
    Two people are in custody after a strange string of events led to their arrest and subsequent discovery of stolen copper wire, a pickup submerged in mud and a damaged tractor hooked to a loaded grain cart. “This is a case where the evidence is pretty clear,” said Lt. Paul Vrbka with the York County Sheriff’s Department. “There’s no doubt these two are copper wire thieves, they were involved in that type of theft and then a rain storm ruined their plans.” The sheriff’s department alleges that Marlo Turner, 42, and Michael Doxon, 34, both of Lincoln, stole copper span...
  • Democratic Senator’s Ads May Break New Ground

    10/13/2011 12:23:20 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 12, 2011 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON — A new series of political advertisements on behalf of an embattled Nebraska senator could open the door to a flood of similar ads financed by outside groups and even businesses working directly with political candidates — a sharp departure from past practice. The ads are innocuous enough on their face: Senator Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat up for re-election next year, is featured on television and radio commercials discussing Social Security, the national debt, war veterans and other hot-button issues. What is remarkable, campaign finance lawyers and political operatives say, is that the ads were produced and paid...
  • Suttle to Iowa: Build I-680 higher

    10/12/2011 7:27:21 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | October 12, 2011 | By Andrew J. Nelson
    COUNCIL BLUFFS — Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle wants Iowa to consider raising the elevation of Interstate 680 just east of Omaha to avoid the type of flood damage that struck the roadway this year. He also asked the Iowa Transportation Commission to consider doing the same for parts of flood-affected Interstate 29. The mayor addressed a commission meeting Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Council Bluffs. Suttle said western Iowa relies on Eppley Airfield in Omaha, just as Omaha relies on the Interstate system in Iowa.
  • Two Skydivers Die in Nevada After Parachute Fails to Open

    10/09/2011 10:37:19 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 77 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 10, 2011 | NewsCore
    MESQUITE, Nev, – A 71-year-old student skydiver and her experienced instructor died Sunday after their parachute failed to open properly about 85 miles northeast of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The pair jumped in tandem shortly before noon over Mesquite, Nev. Police said after their main parachute failed to deploy, the instructor -- aged in his 60s with nearly 11,000 jumps to his name -- tried to open a back-up chute, but it was tangled and did not deploy properly.
  • Poll Watch: PPP Nebraska, West Virginia, and North Carolina (Hermanator takes them all!)

    10/04/2011 5:21:21 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 57 replies ^ | 10/4/11 | Staff
    PPP (D) Nebraska 2012 GOP Primary Survey Herman Cain 30% Newt Gingrich 16% (18%) Mitt Romney 13% (15%) Michele Bachmann 10% Rick Perry 10% Ron Paul 5% (8%) Rick Santorum 4% Jon Huntsman 2% Someone else/Undecided 10% (12%) Favorable / Unfavorable {Net} Newt Gingrich 49% (50%) / 32% (24%) {+17%} Michele Bachmann 44% / 31% {+13%} Mitt Romney 45% (51%) / 34% (23%) {+11%} Rick Perry 35% / 35% {0%} Ron Paul 25% / 46% {-21%} Survey of 400 usual Nebraska Republican primary voters was conducted September 30 – October 2, 2011. The margin of error is +/- 4.9 percentage...
  • Nebraska GOP frontrunner takes a few steps back (U.S. Senate race)

    09/29/2011 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 29, 2011 | Aaron Blake
    Now, though, there are signs that Bruning’s coronation is on hold — big time. Nebraska political observers cite an abrasive personal style that has rubbed many Republicans the wrong way, and Bruning has suffered from a series of unhelpful headlines and gaffes on the campaign trail. Bruning has compared welfare recipients to scavenging raccoons, been criticized for buying property with business executives whose case he intervened in as attorney general, and stood by embattled former Warren Buffett heir apparent David Sokol, even as Sokol resigned from his job earlier this year amid a scandal involving his personal investments. “It’s been...
  • Levee was 'actively failing'

    09/27/2011 6:19:05 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 6 replies
    The Omaha World Herald ^ | September 27, 2011 | By Nancy Gaarder
    COUNCIL BLUFFS — This spot, a disabled pump station next to the Veterans Memorial Bridge, was ground zero in the fight to save the homes of about 30,000 people from this summer's historic flooding. You'd have to look closely to see that the pump station and its pad are listing. To most folks, a several-inch drop in the sidewalk would seem unremarkable. But to experts, those were signs that the levee protecting Council Bluffs from the Missouri River was failing. Had it broken, the western side of town would have filled like a bowl. The sudden drop and listing of...
  • Mayor Bloomberg slams Warren Buffett's tax claims; 'The Buffett thing is just theatrics'

    09/25/2011 8:41:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    DAILY NEWS ^ | September 25th 2011 | Reuven Blau
    Mayor Bloomberg Sunday slammed billionaire investor Warren Buffett's call for higher taxes on the super-rich, dismissing it as political theater. "The Buffett thing is just theatrics," Hizzoner said speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press." In August, Buffett - known as "The Oracle from Omaha" - said he forked over a little less than $7 million in taxes last year, which added up to roughly 17% of his income. That percentage was lower than the secretaries in his office, he pointed out. Bloomberg said Buffett's use of the figures was a bit of a smoke and mirrors game. "If Warren Buffett...
  • Money short for levee repairs

    09/16/2011 7:03:36 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 7 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | September 16, 2011 | By Nancy Gaarder
    Levees along the Missouri River have sustained at least $335 million in damage in this summer's flooding, according to early estimates by the Army Corps of Engineers. Based on what the corps is seeing, Midlands levees might be in better shape than expected, said Kim Thomas, chief of emergency management for the corps' Omaha district. Nationwide, levees this year have sustained about $2 billion in damage, Thomas said. But here's the rub.
  • Cantaloupes Recalled After Listeria Outbreak (3 deaths in NM, 1 in CO so far)

    09/14/2011 7:03:45 PM PDT · by bd476 · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
    <p>"...'Colorado has stated...that people at a high risk for infection should not eat whole cantaloupe from the Rocky Ford growing region." The recall covers cantaloupes sold between July 29 and Sept. 10..."</p> <p>"...Eleven illnesses in Colorado, one in Indiana, one in Nebraska, one in Oklahoma and two in Texas are linked to the listeriosis outbreak and contaminated cantaloupes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>
  • Outside agitators

    09/04/2011 5:36:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | September 4, 2011 | Paul Jacob
    A memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr., was unveiled recently in Washington, D.C. Derided, in his day, for being an “outside agitator,” King persevered, and in so doing helped right a long history of wrong, making him worthy of a monument. In his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” King defended outside agitators everywhere, writing, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This past week I was reminded of the issue of “outsiders coming in,” when a federal judge struck down Nebraska’s law barring people outside the state from working with those inside Nebraska as either paid or volunteer...
  • I-680 is 'obliterated ... gone'(JUST WOW)!

    08/31/2011 10:13:01 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 54 replies
    Omaha WORLD-HERALD ^ | August 31, 2011 | By Andrew J. Nelson
    CRESCENT, Iowa — Interstate 680 between Omaha and this stretch of western Iowa is no longer a freeway. It is a crumpled, massive jigsaw puzzle of concrete and asphalt, with massive chunks turned over by Missouri River floodwaters that channeled under the road bed, then collapsed it. That's one reason officials say it could take deep into next year or later to complete repairs to I-680 from the Mormon Bridge to Interstate 29 north of Council Bluffs — largely because parts of the road and its supports ran against the grain of how floodwaters flowed and washed away like a...
  • Observations about hunger from a school custodian ["Poor" kids throw free lunches in the trash]

    08/30/2011 12:40:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 52 replies ^ | August 6, 2011 | Mick Lindgren
    I recently heard an ad on the radio from Let's Move, Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign. It stated that nearly one in three children in American are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African-American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40 percent of the children are overweight or obese. Then, within the same hour, I heard an ad for the Food Bank of Lincoln stating that one in four children in America are hungry. Looking at their website, this could mean they do not have enough food or are food insecure. The website further noted that the word "hunger"...
  • Healthy body, healthy paycheck

    08/28/2011 5:48:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | August 28, 2011 | By Joe Dejka
    Teachers in Nebraska's third-largest school district who keep their bodies in shape will improve their bottom lines. And possibly, the school district's, too. That's the hope of Millard Public Schools officials as they launch a new wellness program this year that will impose a financial penalty on teachers who don't participate or who fail to keep their blood pressure, cholesterol or other indicators at healthy levels. Because the Millard district is self-insured, reducing its $20-million-a-year health care costs would result in direct savings for the district, said Chad Meisgeier, Millard's director of employee relations. Millard's health care costs have been...
  • Green Ideology Trumps Flood Control

    08/27/2011 2:57:21 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 17, 2011 | Joe Herring
    As late as April of 2011, the Water Management Chief for the Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, expressed an opinion in an e-mail to a concerned citizen that the mountain snow melt this year would "be nothing to write home about." This internal e-mail, among many others recently released through a Freedom of Information Act request by Gannett's Washington Bureau, exposes that assertion as a gross misstatement of known facts. The e-mails reveal that a cadre of hydrologists, engineers, and National Weather Service (NWS) officials had repeatedly warned the chief, Ms. Jody Farhat, beginning in January about the danger posed...
  • Significant Source of Rare Earth Elements Found in Nebraska

    08/10/2011 10:41:54 AM PDT · by greatplains · 16 replies
    Industry Week ^ | 08/10/11 | Robert Schecterle
    US lawmakers are growing impatient to break China’s monopoly on global production of rare earth elements (REEs), a handful of minerals essential to the manufacture of high-tech gadgets and critical to the development of many new “green” technologies. REEs are actually more abundant than many commonplace industrial metals. In fact, back in 2010, the US Geological Survey (USGS) released a report revealing that 13 million metric tons of rare earths exist within known deposits in 14 US states. However, REEs are typically very difficult to extract. Consequently, the US has not mined REEs in more than a decade, and now...

    08/09/2011 6:42:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 5, 2011 | MICHAEL STEINHARDT
    Just after dawn, hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt appeared on CNBC as the token contrarian in the Titans of Groupthink series. After some pleasantries we hit the 6 minutes mark where the formerly trite narrative experienced a flash crash. In the most candid discussion of the truth in America, Steinhardt said that "we live in an inland sea of calm waters while surrounding us are turbulent, horrible places," to which everyone nodded soberly in agreement, unaware of what was coming next. "America seems almost as insular as it has in times past," He continued. "America is not the wonderful place...
  • Detasseler's father sues over teenager's death

    08/08/2011 7:01:15 PM PDT · by Western Phil · 20 replies
    Quad City Times (Illinois) ^ | Aug. 5, 2011 | Brian Wellner
    The father of a girl electrocuted while detasseling corn in a Whiteside County farm field is suing Monsanto Co. and four other defendants for negligence. Hannah Kendall, 14, and Jade Garza, 14, both of Sterling, Ill., were killed in the July 25 accident. snip--- Smith said witnesses told him Jade stepped into a puddle that was electrified, and she and Hannah, who grabbed her, were electrocuted. The electrical current came from a damaged meter connected to a central pivot irrigation system, Smith said in the lawsuit. He added that the girls did not necessarily come into contact with the irrigator...
  • Neb. mine find to challenge China’s dominance of vital rare minerals

    08/07/2011 8:18:28 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, August 3, 2011 | Claire Courchane
    Geologist Matt Joeckel displays a core sample of carbonatite rock containing niobium and rare-earth elements, which was taken from a deposit near Elk Creek, Neb., in early February. (Associated Press) Elk Creek, Neb. (population 112), may not be so tiny much longer. Reports suggest that the southeastern Nebraska hamlet may be sitting on the world’s largest untapped deposit of “rare earth” minerals, which have proved to be indispensable to a slew of high-tech and military applications such as laser pointers, stadium lighting, electric car batteries and sophisticated missile-guidance systems.Canada-based Quantum Rare Earths Developments Corp. last week received preliminary results...
  • Science Project Forces Airport Evacuation

    08/03/2011 8:26:15 PM PDT · by cornfedcowboy · 12 replies
    OMAHA, Neb. -- A college student's science project prompted the evacuation of a concourse at Eppley Airfield on Wednesday. Transportation Security Administration officials said the item was found in a carry-on bag as it went through X-ray screening in Terminal B around noon. Out of caution, the terminal was evacuated and screening operations were halted, officials said. The FBI said the item, which initially appeared to be a threat, was in a student's carry-on bag. The student from Oregon was at Creighton University for a science competition, the FBI said. Read more:
  • Rush for rare earth may create Nebraska boomtown

    08/02/2011 5:57:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 2, 2011 | Claire Courchane
    Elk Creek, Neb. (population 112), may not be so tiny much longer. Reports suggest that the southeastern Nebraska hamlet may be sitting on the world’s largest untapped deposit of “rare earth” minerals, which have proved to be indispensable to a slew of high-tech and military applications such as laser pointers, stadium lighting, electric car batteries and sophisticated missile-guidance systems. Canada-based Quantum Rare Earths Developments Corp. last week received preliminary results from test drilling in the area, showing “significant” proportions of “rare earth” minerals and niobium. The only people more excited than Quantum? The residents of Elk Creek, where nearly one...
  • There are better ways to balance budget (Nebraska Dem Senator Nelson claims again he supports a BBA)

    07/28/2011 6:30:16 PM PDT · by Qbert · 15 replies
    NP Telegraph ^ | July 28, 2011 | Jim Fagin, Comm. Dir. for Sen. Ben Nelson
    In response to Dan Timm's letter published (July 26), Senator Ben Nelson supports a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would require Washington to balance its budget and force cuts in spending. In fact, earlier this year, Senator Nelson voted for a resolution that said, "Congress should pass, and the States should agree to, an amendment to the Constitution requiring a Federal balanced budget." Senator Nelson has said that what he will not do, however, is vote for a plan to balance the budget on the backs of seniors. That is precisely what the balanced budget amendment in...
  • More Than 1,100 People Must Retake Driver's Test ( Denver : Somalia , Ethiopia)

    07/27/2011 9:47:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    ch 7 tv ^ | July 27, 2011 | Kim Nguyen
    Many Of Ola's Driving School Customers Are From Somalia, Ethiopia. More than 1,100 people must retake their driving test after the Colorado Department of Revenue shut down a driving school. ... an investigation continues into whether he accepted cash in exchange for certifying driving tests.
  • Same-sex couple wins Journal Star's Ultimate Wedding Contest (PUKE ALERT!)

    07/22/2011 2:05:46 PM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies ^ | 07/22/2011 | Jordan Pascale
    Just like any other couple, Mitch Lee and Ryan Lowry want the perfect wedding. And just like any other couple, money is an issue. So, in what Lee calls a "somewhat greedy act," he entered the Journal Star's Ultimate Wedding Giveaway contest, which offers more than $20,000 in invitations, catering, cake, reception hall, honeymoon, photography and more from local vendors. You can find the full prize list here. They won.
  • Ads to pressure Nelson on debt (Will Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson vote for Cut, Cap, and Balance?)

    07/21/2011 3:03:35 PM PDT · by Qbert · 12 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | 7/21/2011 | Robynn Tysver
    A conservative group is trying to put pressure on Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson to oppose raising the debt ceiling without significant spending cuts. The national group, Concerned Women for America, have purchased television time in Nebraska and three other states, where they will run an advertisement criticizing Congress' "spending addiction." The ad is a parody of a typical drug commercial. In it, a so-called miracle drug called "Spenditol" has been invented in Washington, D.C., to cure the nation's debt problem. The ad then lists the side effects of the drug, including "a mountain of debt." Penny Nance, president of...
  • Omaha Schools Spend $130,000 in Stimulus Money to Buy 8,000 "Social Justice" Diversity Manuals

    07/15/2011 5:38:09 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 12th | Jonathon M. Seidl
    If I told you that your tax dollars (130,000 of them) went to buying a "diversity" manual that asserts the government and other institutions create advantages that "channel wealth and power to white people" and calls on educators to "take action for social justice," what would you do? And if I told you that such a manual was required staff reading in Omaha, NE schools, what would you say? Don’t believe me? Read on to learn about "The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change." The book is a manifesto on cultural awareness. But what it...
  • OPS buys 8,000 diversity manuals

    07/12/2011 5:11:20 AM PDT · by bilhosty · 31 replies ^ | July 10, 2011 | Joe Dejka
    The Omaha Public Schools used more than $130,000 in federal stimulus dollars to buy each teacher, administrator and staff member a manual on how to become more culturally sensitive. The book by Virginia education consultants could raise some eyebrows with its viewpoints. The authors assert that American government and institutions create advantages that “channel wealth and power to white people,” that color-blindness will not end racism and that educators should “take action for social justice.” The book says that teachers should acknowledge historical systemic oppression in schools, including racism, sexism, homophobia and “ableism,” defined by the authors as discrimination or...
  • OPS buys 8,000 diversity manuals [Omaha Public Schools]

    07/11/2011 8:09:08 AM PDT · by freespirited · 23 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | 07/10/11 | Joe Dejka
    The Omaha Public Schools used more than $130,000 in federal stimulus dollars to buy each teacher, administrator and staff member a manual on how to become more culturally sensitive. The book by Virginia education consultants could raise some eyebrows with its viewpoints. The authors assert that American government and institutions create advantages that “channel wealth and power to white people,” that color-blindness will not end racism and that educators should “take action for social justice.” The book says that teachers should acknowledge historical systemic oppression in schools, including racism, sexism, homophobia and “ableism,” defined by the authors as discrimination or...