Huskers Put Beatdown On Arizona In Holiday Bowl

Boosh! The Nebraska Cornhuskers wrap up the season on high note...to put it mildly. Giving their best performance of the season, the Huskers beat the Arizona Wildcats 33-to-bubkiss. Not only was the defense stout, the offense actually played a complete game. That's just the kind of bowl performance you want potential recruits to see.

Rush Limbaugh Hospitalized

Chest pains while vacationing in Hawaii. Get well, Rush.

UPDATE: From Rush's website:

Rush was admitted to a Honolulu hospital today and is resting comfortably after suffering chest pains. Rush appreciates your prayers and well wishes. He will keep you updated via RushLimbaugh.com and on Thursday's radio program. 

Ben Nelson To Run Ad During Nebraska Bowl Game

Donning a sweater, the Nebraska Senator will try and do damage control over his recent Health Care bribe vote, and he'll do it when the entire state is watching their beloved Huskers.

Call me crazy, but I think this is gonna go over like a..., uh, a...what do you call it, a...

Kind of a good representation of his political career at this point.


John Yoo Brings The Funny

Hat tip to Ace. The author of the so-called torture memos is rightfully unrepentant and makes a fool of a New York Times interviewer and her stupid questions. A taste:

I see various groups are protesting a decision by a California government lawyer to teach a course with you that starts on Jan. 12, claiming he is legitimizing your unethical behavior.

At Berkeley, protesting is an everyday activity. I am used to it. I remind myself of West Berlin — West Berlin surrounded by East Germany during the Cold War.
Are you saying the citizens of Berkeley are Communists, reminiscent of those on the dark side of the Iron Curtain?

There are probably more Communists in Berkeley than any other town in America, but I think of them more as lovers of Birkenstocks than Marx.



Texas Tech Coach Suspended Indefinitely

What is the deal lately with Big 12 football coaches?

Weeks ago, Mark Mangino was fired from Kansas University for alleged abusive treatment of players. He was replaced by Nebraska quarterback legend Turner Gill.

Now we have word that Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, known as a bit of a mad scientist when it comes to offensive schemes, has been suspended indefinitely for allegedly having a player, who was suffering from a concussion and rapid-heart beat, confined to a dark room where he could neither sit or lie down.


It doesn't help matters that the play is the son of ESPN college football analyst Craig James.

I know things were tough back in the days of Bear Bryant, but this sort of stuff seems over the line even for him.

There are some articles out there about whether we're getting too soft as a society and in our expectations of football coaches. That may be so, but concussions are no longer considered the same thing as knee-sprain. It's easy for fans to defend coaches in this regard...they're not the one's out there on the field putting their lives on the line for our amusement. Concussions can lead to the second half of your life being a constant struggle and the NFL has recently decided to take it seriously despite the words and actions of a-holes like Hines Ward. Maybe we are getting too soft, but coaches have to be smart...politically. Trying to play "old school" with a player that has a concussion is putting yourself on the losing side of the argument these days. Someone who is supposed to be as smart as Leach should know that.

Back In Town

Well, I've returned to Vegas after a few days in the frozen tundra of Nebraska. I return to find that Iran is blowing up again and Obama doesn't seem to care and terrorists enemy combatants misunderstood prophets have been trying to blow up planes.

*sigh* I hope next year is better.

MORE: As usual, when I'm out of pocket, Charles Krauthammer fills in nicely:


Christmas Delayed

Well, Nebraska is snowed in, so I'm "stuck" in Las Vegas for Christmas. Southwest booked me on another flight for tomorrow...we'll see if the weather permits. However, the cats are happy I'm home.


Democracy Repealed 60-39

His Will Be Done.

OMG! Ben "Cornhusker Kickback" Nelson Outdoes Himself...Again!

He's having an epic week. Today, the bulwark of conservatives in the U.S. Senate, Jim DeMint introduced an amendment to ban vote-buying with earmarks. Of course, it would never pass, but the point was to get all members of the great deliberative body on the record as either supporting corruption or not. Well, it failed 53-46. But wait, there's only 39 Republicans (Bunning went home). Well, seven Democrats covered their asses...including one Ben Nelson, but he did it in the most ass-way possible.

Senator Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska), who secured a special earmark for his state that forces taxpayers in 49 states to fund Medicaid in Nebraska, first voted against the ban on trading earmarks for votes but switched his vote before the final tally. Senator DeMint responded, “Senator Nelson, unfortunately, is trying to have it both ways, he was for trading his vote for earmarks before he was against it.

I haven't seen anyone go down in flames like this since Tiger Woods...but he at least looked like a stud in the process. Just astounding.

Happy Festivus!


Oh Brother, Nelson Says He Might Give Money Back


Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, after securing a sweetheart deal for his state as part of the health insurance reform bill, said Tuesday that three other senators have told him they want to bargain for the same kind of special treatment.

"Three senators came up to me just now on the (Senate) floor, and said, 'Now we understand what you did. We'll be seeking this funding too'," Nelson said.

But the Democratic senator, who has faced a heap of criticism for appearing to trade his vote on health care for millions in federal Medicaid money, said he's considering asking that the Nebraska deal be stripped from the bill.

Though he defended the exemption as a "fair deal," he said he never asked for the full federal funding that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ended up granting his state. Nelson said he instead asked that states be allowed to refuse an expansion of Medicaid.

"This is the way Senate leadership chose to handle it. I never asked for 100 percent funding," he said.

Nelson has maintained that the only reason he even brought up Medicaid was that Nebraska Republican Gov. Dave Heineman put him up to it.

That last part might be the biggest act of chutzpah from the Senator in this whole sordid affair...and may have just guaranteed that Governor Heineman will be running for Nelson's seat in 2012.

After Nelson sent a letter to the governor offering to kill the Medicaid deal, Heineman acknowledged that he and other governors had "expressed concern" about the state burden for Medicaid patients. But he rejected any suggestion from Nelson that he asked for the kind of deal Reid struck.

"Under no circumstances did I have anything to do with Senator Nelson's compromise," the governor said in a written statement. "The responsibility for this special deal lies solely on the shoulders of Senator Ben Nelson."

That's quite a legacy Uncle Ben is carving out for himself. Geesh.

More from Leavenworth Street:
Make no mistake about it kids: Ben Nelson enjoyed every minute of being in the spotlight. Making trips to the White House; being cornered by the New York Times; being a talking head on Sunday morning; having all eyes on HIM for the past several weeks.

It was a blast.

He ate it up.
MORE: The term "Cornhusker Kickback" now registers 8,460 hits on Google.


Media Bias At Yahoo! News

Normally I don't spend a lot of time on media bias, though it's a subject pretty much relevant in every political story these days. However, this caught my eye. I was reading an article on Yahoo! about the Astor son going to jail for looting his mom's money, when something in the sidebar caught my eye:

Scandals? Was Sarah Palin involved in a scandal in 2009? I clicked on the link to a story on THEWEEK.com which was titled "12 biggest controversies of 2009" with the Sarah Palin "controversy" being her resignation as Governor of Alaska.

Maybe I'm splitting hairs, but a "scandal" and a "controversy" seem very different to me. Both have a negative connotation, but a scandal is worth about 10 controversies if they were baseball cards.

Could it be some Yahoo! editor couldn't resist the opportunity to put up Palin's picture with the word "scandals" next to it?

Ah, temptation.


Quote Of The Day

Via Jim Treacher:

"These are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others." -- Groucho Marx

Jim used this to describe Senator Evan Bayh, but I think our friend Ben Nelson could also share in this.


Great Movie Review Ever (Of Worst Movie Ever Made)

Now for a little fun...a man in Wisconsin (of questionable character) has made a 70 minute review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Star Trek producer Damon Lindelof says to those about to watch these YouTube videos, “Your life is about to change." Indeed. The great artists of our day are no longer in Hollywood...they're on YouTube.

These videos are NOT SAFE FOR MOM (but she wouldn't be interested anyway):

As Expected, Nelson Caves On Health Care

In what should be a surprise to NO ONE...Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson has caved on the Harry Reid health care bill. As predicted, Reid gave Nelson enough semantic wiggle room on abortion funding (though that's in dispute) plus a truck-load of cash to secure what is most likely the 60th vote for cloture clearing the way for a majority vote.

It appears Mary Landrieu isn't the only member of the Senate that practices the oldest profession.

Thanks, Nebraska. Well done.

Here's more from a great blog you should bookmark: Leavenworth Street - The Talk of Nebraska Politics.

Oh, and by the way, the two reporters who reported the White House was threatening Ben Nelson with closing Offutt Air Force Base are standing by their story. I've been told that, well, they're conservative journalists so they are biased and just as bad as any liberal journalists. Okay, so I should put my stock in a real news outlets, like the New York Times, former home of Jayson Blair, or CNN, former home of Eason Jordan, or CBS, former home of Dan Rather...and so on.

Yes, you may have noticed, I'm angry. I'm angry that my country is being wrecked...and it may be too late to roll back the tide.

MORE: A rundown of the "Cornhusker Kickback" and the 49 other states that were played for suckers.


Copenhagen Junk Science Summit Flops

Well, as Harry Reid and Barack Obama work to destroy our country with government-run health care, at least there is some good news out there. The junk science summit in Copenhagen has been a complete bust. Even Barack Obama couldn't outshine court jester Hugo Chavez. No amount of reverb saved him from poor reviews for a miserable speech. India and China had to run leave the room to throw up.

Through it all, there is still hope.


The Obligatory 'Franken Shuts Down Lieberman' Post

These are our representatives. I'll grant you, I wasn't there to see the 1960's, but I can't imagine Washington, D.C. being in worse shape than it is now.

Today's "Greatest Man In The World": Tom Coburn

This is what I want from a U.S. Senator:
The Senate's chief socialist, Bernie Sanders, offered a single-payer health care amendment. It would open Medicare to all regardless of age, income, etc., and would be paid through higher income taxes. The normal procedure on the Senate floor would have been to dispense with the reading of the amendment. But "to alert taxpayers to this latest Washington scheme to take away your health care decisions," Senator Coburn's office writes, Sen. Coburn demanded that the full text of the 767 page Sanders amendment be read by the Senate clerk. …

Big Nanny dreams and schemes laid bare.

Nebraska Governor To Nelson: Kill The Bill

And the plot thickens yet again as Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is calling on Ben Nelson to vote no on the phantom Senate Health Bill, whether there's a threat to Offutt or not.
“America’s health care system needs improvement, but this bill is not the answer,” Heineman said in a letter to Nelson. “You are now the 60th vote, and as Governor of the State that we both represent, I urge you to vote against this bill and against cloture.”
By the by...the Senate bill in question isn't even on the floor. No one has seen it but Harry Reid and his cabal. So do not tell me both sides are the same. The Republicans aren't perfect - far from it - but I don't recall them ever trying something like this.

Great Moment In Evolution, Dog Walks Like Snoopy

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Perhaps it's also the mother of evolution as we see in the case of the two legged dog Faith.

LOS ANGELES – For several years, Jude Stringfellow and her Lab-chow mix have toured the country with a simple message: Faith walks.

Born without front legs to a junkyard dog around Christmas 2002, Faith the puppy was rejected and abused by her mother. She was rescued by Reuben Stringfellow, now an Army E-4 specialist, who had been asked to bury other puppies in the litter.

"Can we fix her? Stringfellow, then 17, asked his mom. "No, but maybe we can help her," she said.

So Reuben turned Faith over to his mother, English professor Jude Stringfellow. At first the family had to carry Faith to keep her off her chest and chin. But with peanut butter and practice, Faith learned to walk on her two hind legs.
It's like the end of Animal Farm, only it's a happy ending and not a sign of Stalinist evil.


Nelson Denies Offutt Threat, Johanns Calls For Investigation

Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson's office is denying the White House threatened the Senator with the closure of Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha unless he supports government-run health care. This was a predictable as the sun coming up in the morning.

The plot thickens however, as the other Nebraska Senator, Mike Johanns is calling for an investigation into the alleged threat. I knew Johanns when he was the Mayor of Lincoln and he is a straight shooter, but unfortunately, unless Rahm Emanuel is shot up with sodium-pentothal, we'll never know for sure.

What you have to do with this kind of story is look at the character of all the parties involved and decide what's believable and what is not believable. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has not given me any cause to give them the benefit of the doubt. Am I biased? Sure, but not to the point that I've abandoned logical reasoning. Obama and the Democrats want government-run health care at all costs, even if it means losing Congress temporarily. If they can set the wheels of government-dependence in motion, it will only be a matter of time before they return to power and that's what this is all about. Any bad PR over using strong-arm tactics with a squishy Democrat Senator are a small price to pay in the their grand scheme.

Bottom line, a majority of the American people don't want this, but the Democrats are determined to do it anyway.


The Death Of "Law and Order"

As the long-running "Law & Order" series continues to lurch left, who better to comment than the former "conscience of the show" Michael Moriarty.


Iranian Protests Warm My Heart!

The Death Of Representative Government

Via Red State:

Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin admitted Friday that he is “in the dark” about the national health care bill currently under construction by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In an exchange on the Senate floor, Republican Sen. John McCain asked Durbin, “Should we not at least be informed as to what the proposal is that the Senate Majority Leader is going to propose to the entire Senate?” Durbin’s answer: “I would say to the senator from Arizona that I am in the dark almost as much as he is, and I am in the leadership.” Durbin explained that during a Democratic caucus, Reid and the small group of senators involved in crafting the bill turned to their fellow Democrats and “basically stood and said, ‘We are sorry, we can’t tell you in detail what was involved.’”

UPDATE: I have a suggestion for McConnell and Boehner on a course of action:


Saturday Night Music/Funny

Tom Waits on the ol' classic "Fernwood Tonight" proving he can laugh at himself:



Global Warming BS In A Nutshell

This clip from Red Eye pretty much explains everything you need to know about the Global Warming Hoax:

Stanley Fish Goes Rogue

When I walked into the Strand Bookstore in Manhattan last week, I headed straight for the bright young thing who wore an “Ask Me” button, and asked her to point me to the section of the store where I might find Sarah Palin’s memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life.” She looked at me as if I had requested a copy of “Mein Kampf” signed in blood by the author, and directed me to the nearest Barnes and Noble, where, presumably, readers of dubious taste and sensibility could find what they wanted…


Report: KGB Destroyed Hitler's Remains In 1970

The never-ending saga of what happened to Hitler after WWII takes yet another turn with a story from Interfax that KGB Chief (and future Soviet dictator) Yuri Andropov had Hitler's remains destroyed and dumped in a river in 1970. As is always the case with the Russians, you're never sure what to believe...if anything.


A BCS Conspiracy? Probably Not, But It Still Hurts

Fascinating article in the Omaha World Herald about the events following the Nebraska/Texas game as the powers that be converge in the Husker lockerroom.

“Get Coach Osborne down here!” Pelini said. “Can you go get Coach Osborne?”

Minutes later, Athletic Director Tom Osborne walked slowly toward the locker room in black trench coat. He entered the double doors to meet Pelini.

From outside the doors, one word could be heard loudest: “Cheaters!”

Then Osborne strode back to the field, where Texas was wrapping up its trophy presentation. En route to midfield, Osborne said to a World-Herald reporter: “Where is Dan Beebe?''

Beebe was standing at the 40-yard line talking to Assistant Commissioner Ed Stewart, a former Nebraska All-America linebacker.

As Osborne reached Beebe, the commissioner extended his hand. But Osborne didn't shake it. Osborne pointed at Beebe and said, “Would you go see Bo? Right now?''


Texas Beats Nebraska For Big XII Title

Buncha crap!


Busy Week

So busy, I haven't been able to keep up. One more day and I'll be back to a regular schedule.