Biography

RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Shark jumped.

The Leavenworth St. Blog ("the talk of Nebraska politics") has always had a decidedly Republican slant (disclosure; I've written for it). But the blogmaster, Jerry Kratochvil (who lives in Kansas, by the way) seems to have gone entirely off the rails, in his zeal to corral state GOP members into the Donald Trump camp, and is launching a series of hysterical attacks on Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse.

Todays' little effusion is titled "Sasse PR effort edits OWH story, fails to include apology". Of course, there is no evidence anyone associated with Sasse edited the Omaha World Herald story -- no journalist or editor would permit that. The only evidence anything at all changed in the article is the print headline is different from the original online edition headline. I'm sure that was the work of an editor. I'd bet a thousand dollars it was an OWH editor, and not a member of Sasse's staff. Selectively quoting from newspaper stories is what every politician does.

This follows yesterday's equally hysterically titled "Sasse trashes Nebraska Republicans". The offending statement was that he said was he thought NEGOP delegates "are not necessarily representative of what most Americans think and what most Nebraskans think"

According to Kratochvil,"A more tone-deaf and insulting statement has probably never been uttered in Nebraska politics.". On the contrary, it's a statement of the bloody obvious. The Nebraska GOP is representative mostly of Americans and Nebraskans who avoid thinking.

Seriously, get a grip, and try to make sure it's on reality.

Meanwhile, last weekend, the NEGOP has a chance to vote on the following resolution

Be it resolved that the Nebraska Republican Party strongly opposes all degrading remarks towards women, minorities and other individuals by Republican elected office holders or party officials, including candidates for President of the United States, because such rhetoric tarnishes the GOP’s legacy as the party of Lincoln, alienates millions of Americans, and jeopardizes Republican majorities in the Nebraska Legislature, the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate.

A more motherhood-and-apple-pie statement I can't think of. Who could possibly be against "degrading remarks towards women and minorities". Oh, yeah, the NEGOP was. Shamefully, they tabled it.

And then, of all things, Kratochvil said of the resolution on Monday "But other delegates saw it for what it was: a political IED. Improvised Explosive Device." No, Jerry. If a statement that 90% of Americans would likely sign on to is an IED, then you don't know what an IED is.

The NEGOP were so afraid of offending the obnoxious jackass who has hijacked the nomination process, they voted down a statement that called for civility in very general terms. That's shameful. And it's a shame what was once a useful political blog is now so warped that one has to fact-check everything in it. It appears the crudeness and mendaciousness of Donald Trump has now rubbed off on "the talk of Nebraska politics".

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