Posted by: Ken R | July 8, 2014

Support Better Wages in Nebraska.

OMAHA, NE – Earlier in 2014, the Unicameral voted down LB 943, a measure to raise Nebraska’s minimum wage to $9.  The fight to raise the minimum wage in Nebraska has left legislature and is now in petition signature verifying mode. Over 130,000 signatures are now waiting to be validated by the Nebraska Secretary of State. The petition proposes a vote on raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8 January 1, 2015 and $9 on January 1, 2016. The legislative attempt to raise the wage,  LB943 failed on a 20-20 vote, and not one opponent stood up to speak on why they opposed it. “I’m disappointed, and I think the biggest thing that I’m disappointed in is that no one who was an opponent to the bill stood up and said why they’re opposed,” said Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha, the bill’s lead sponsor.
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Like many Americans, many Nebraskans are working hard and not making enough to make ends meet. While average CEO pay in Nebraska ranks it 5th in the nation, the average worker pay only puts Nebraska in 40th place.  Nebraska has the 2nd largest pay gap in the nation, behind only Michigan. There is no excuse for this pay gap. While conservatives claim raises the minimum wage will lead to higher prices, they don’t make similar claims when executives receive million dollar bumps in their pay. A fact I find that only discredits their “minimum wage increase leads to higher prices” claim. If you work full time in America on a minimum wage, you should not be struggling.

The following two charts were created from info found at this link: In the chart immediately below, you can clearly see Nebraska ranks #5 in average CEO pay.

Nebraska 5th in Average CEO Pay.

Top 10 States Average CEO Pay.

In this next chart immediately below, you can clearly see Nebraska ranks #40 in average worker pay.

Nebraska 40th in Average Worker Pay.

Bottom 10 States Average Worker Pay.

I’d love to hear what Pete Ricketts wants his Big Government Handouts for. I wonder what TD Ameritrade’s shareholder payout is like these days.

McDonald's Raise For ShareHolders.

McDonald’s Gives Raises to ShareHolders, but can’t do same for Workers?

Elizabeth Warren in the video below wonders why Minimum Wage isn’t at $22 like it should be if it kept up with production.  One of the panel members points out it could be at $33 if it kept up with executive pay.

Many opponents of a minimum wage increase argue it will raise prices, hurt jobs and hurt the economy overall.  I do not see any credibility in those claims, because no one complains executive pay increases and $20 billion payouts to shareholders will raise those same prices.  What people need to realize is that labor is why any corporation has any capital at all. It is long overdue for corporations to think better of the very people who make the filthy rich, filthy rich.


OMAHA, NE  – Norfolk’s Independence Day Parade contained a large display of disrespect for President Barack Obama, some even calling it blatantly racist. Many residents of Norfolk, Nebraska and the Nebraska Democratic Party called foul.  The controversy even made its way to national news. The float featured a zombie-face dummy in overalls portraying Obama standing in front of an outhouse with Obama Presidential Library on the side. See more at

Obama Presidential Library

Obama Presidential Library –      Norfolk Parade

The offensive float is a  slap in the face to a sense of decency and The mission of the Odd Fellows Lodge: Specifically, IOOF today are dedicated to the following purposes:  To improve and elevate the character of mankind by promoting the principles of friendship, love, truth, faith, hope, charity & universal justice. To help make the world a better place to live by aiding each other, the community, the less fortunate, the youth, the elderly, the environment and the community in every way possible. To promote good will and harmony amongst peoples and nations through the principle of universal fraternity, holding the belief that all men and women regardless of race, nationality, religion, social status, gender, rank and station are brothers and sisters. See more:

For the record, the City of Norfolk denies any involvement with the float being in the parade. Norfolk Mayor Sue Fuchtman told KMTV-3 News  the city has no involvement, even though she later admitted she granted approval for the Odd Fellows Lodge to use city streets for the parade. KMTV-3 News

A FaceBook page was created that is dedicated to demanding an apology from Norfolk’s Odd Fellows Lodge. The Page currently has over 260 FB likes in just 24 hours.  The page will be a hotbed of activity for folks upset over the parade float.
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Norfolk, Nebraska was in the national news before for passing a housing ordinance to ban renting to illegal immigrants.  The ordinance was ultimately upheld in a court challenge. See more:

To the Odd Fellows Lodge and your allies, I must ask, what’s next, a parade where the participants wear white robes and hoods? A racial lynch mob? Public Stoning of Queers along the Parade route?  The Obama Float is the perfect example of what Nebraska Nasty is all about.


OMAHA, NE – Recently, a concerned Omaha Atheist expressed his concerns to a Nebraska Mayor about the presence of religion in a city sponsored event. The Mayor responded with some Nebraska Nasty by saying, “Take me to f*cking court, because I don’t care… Minorities are not going to run my city.”  According to KETV, Mitch Beaumont, La Vista community relations coordinator, released the following statement on Kindig’s behalf Monday: “I am truly sorry that my response to this representative caused backlash against the City. I was coming out of a very emotional event at which local veterans who were killed in action were recognized, and my reaction was certainly emotional in nature. It is my hope all sides can move forward together,” said Kindig.

Nebraska Nasty

“Take me to f*cking court, because I don’t care…      Minorities are not going to run my city.”                   Pic from American Atheists

As a result, the Omaha Atheists group is hosting a rally on Monday, June 2nd at 5:30pm at La Vista City Hall, 8116 Park View Blvd., La Vista, NE 68128. The following day, members of Omaha Atheist will have a discussion with La Vista Mayor Douglas Kindig. The rally is scheduled to feature a diverse program of brief remarks from representatives of various minority groups in the Omaha metro area. Immediately after the rally, a “Meet the Atheists” potluck, open to all, is planned at Central Park a half-mile away. According to the press release from American Atheists, “The rally protests some of La Vista’s recent Memorial Day activities, which included a “Prayer Walk” and a “Faith and Freedom Day,” including an official “Service” led by a local Christian pastor. The activities, promoted on the city’s official website, included songs praising “Jesus” and overtly Christian prayers.”

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Posted by: Ken R | May 29, 2014

Painful Memories – The Normal Heart

Ken R:

A nice write up about the HBO special The Normal Heart.

Originally posted on Fairy JerBear's Queer/Trans News, Views & More From The City Different - Santa Fe, NM:

imageI got around to watching The Normal Heart which I had recorded on my DVR. I had been putting it off because the AIDS crisis was traumatic for me as it was to almost any gay man who lived through the 1980s and ’90s. As I feared, the scenes of people with later stages of the disease really brought memories flooding back. I had already started a longer post on some of the friends I lost and the experiences I had during the time I was involved – this made me determined to finish it. Expect it in a week or so. In the meanwhile I want to recommend The Normal Heart for those that haven’t seen it.

It was written by Larry Kramer and was quite autobiographical. You can clearly see Larry’s famous righteous indignation on display by the lead character, Ned Weeks played brilliantly by Mark Ruffalo. It…

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Posted by: Ken R | May 24, 2014

Help My Friend Tati Out!

Ken R:

Tati’s story. Help Tati pay for their surgery.

Originally posted on In the Eyes of Mika:

Tatipicforblog This is my friend Tati.

My friend Tati Urzedowski suffers from gender dysphoria. For him, this means he feels a strong disconnect and sometimes an outright rejection of his body. I have empathy for him because I am genderqueer and understand the hardships of feeling that your body does not fit your gender identity.

About four years ago, Tati realized that he did not quite fit in the gender he was assigned. A year later, he came out as transgender or genderqueer. From that, point on he went through a change in his self-perception and self-worth. He began to live openly among friends as transgender. This year, he expanded his openness about his gender identity/expression and the response from his friends and family has been supportive and accepting.

Realizing I was transgender was by and large a liberating experience for me – Tati

Even with the support and acceptance…

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