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Ben Sasse (See Photo) R-NE – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Raw Story

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According to ThinkProgress, the winner of Tuesday’s Republican primary in Nebraska believes that the United States “cannot force citizens to violate their religious beliefs under any circumstance.”

“rising star Ben Sasse is predicted to win the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mike Johanns in November by a wide margin, as Nebraska is a solid red state.

On his official campaign website, Sasse claims that he “believes that our right to the free exercise of religion is co-equal to our right to life. This is not a negotiable issue. Government cannot force citizens to violate their religious beliefs under any circumstances. He will fight for the right of all Americans to act in accordance with their conscience.”

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As ThinkProgress’s Ian Millhiser and Josh Israel note, Sasse’s statement could allude to the upcoming Supreme Court decision as to whether Hobby Lobby can violate federal law if that law is not in accordance with the beliefs of its principle owners — a decision which the adamantly pro-life and virulently anti-Affordable Care Act candidate Sasse agrees. “Uncle Sam is in the abortion business for the first time in 41 years,” he wrote on Facebook. “It’s important to remind our neighbors of the urgency of standing up for the most vulnerable.”

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Sasse’s belief that the government cannot compel a citizen to behave in a manner contrary to his or her religious beliefs “under any circumstances” goes even further. As Millhiser and Israel write, “[u]nder Sasse’s formulation of religious liberty, a person who killed his own sister because he believed he was under a religious obligation to do so would be immune from prosecution for murder (See Photo).

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/14/gop-favorite-in-nebraska-senate-race-claims-religious-belief-justifies-breaking-any-law/

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May 15, 2014 Posted by | GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lee Terry (R-NE) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Keystone XL pipeline

Via: Huffington Post

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) said this week that there is no way he’s giving up his salary during the government shutdown.

“Dang straight,” he said when asked by the Omaha World-Herald Bureau whether he would keep his paycheck.

Whatever gets them good press,” Terry said of members giving up their salary. “That’s all that it’s going to be. God bless them.

But you know what?

I’ve got a nice house and a kid in college, and I’ll tell you WE cannot handle it.

Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That’s just not going to fly.”

 

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Bonus ‘MORON of the Day’

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) also said on Wednesday that he would be keeping his salary, because he’s “working to earn” it and even came in on the weekend. (Holy krap, the weekend!)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/lee-terry-government-shutdown-nice-house_n_4044511.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

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personal thought:

If this drags on much longer, it’s only a matter of time before we hear some of the 800,000 are about to lose their house. Yeah, I know, if they had only ‘worked harded’.

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October 5, 2013 Posted by | GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan AND Iran

 ‘Open Secrets’ chart the donations for March

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Via: Think Progress

The Army Times reported in February that ANTI-WAR GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX) was at that time, “by far,” getting the most in campaign contributions from members of the United States military. According to a review of Federal Election Commission data, Paul received nearly $250,000 in donations from servicemembers, President Obama, $130,000 and GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney just $23,000.

But now that Paul’s campaign is all but over and presumably, Romney will be the Republican nominee, the military’s donation trend is beginning to shift: away from Paul and toward Obama:

Read more, HERE:

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/04/25/470851/military-donations-obama-paul-march/

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WAR in IRAN:

“I think it would be a disaster. … It’ll make Iraq and Afghanistan look like a cakewalk.”

– former, and NEXT Senator from Nebraska, Bob Kerrey

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/04/25/470932/kerrey-iran-iraq-cakewalk/

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April 26, 2012 Posted by | 2012, President Obama, Romney | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(1 of 2) Father Edward Flanagan’s Boys Town – Omaha, Nebraska

Via: National Geographic

Straddling dirt bikes, pants crotches to their knees, three teenage boys eye me from a streetlamp’s cone of light. City-trained, I look away, walk faster, then glance back. They smile and wave.

It’s my first reminder that I’m in a town like no other—Boys Town, Nebraska, the famed village-style haven for troubled kids. Forget Spencer Tracy taming a rogue Mickey Rooney in the 1938 film Boys Town. These are real kids with real,
sad histories: broken homes, neglect, abuse, drugs, alcohol, psych wards, detention centers, and suicide attempts. Sent here by courts or relatives, all the kids “come in angry,” says executive director Father Val Peter. “But we give them back their childhoods, teach them skills, and give them love.”

It was another man of the cloth, in 1917, who planted the seed with his motto: “There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking.” Father Edward Flanagan, with a $90 loan, placed his first five youths in a rented Omaha house. He later borrowed more to buy the 160-acre Overlook Farm, and homeless boys flocked there. A trust fund, donations, and fees paid by state agencies and some parents or guardians have kept the town going—and growing.

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Read more, HERE:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0211/feature5/fulltext.html

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July 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

John Vachon – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy.com – “Always Something Interesting”

http://www.shorpy.com/image/tid/137

Eagle Fruit Store and Capital Hotel at 10th and P, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1942.

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John Vachon – wikipedia

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

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June 13, 2011 Posted by | American photoghaphers, U.S. Cities | , , , , | Leave a comment