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The Fourth of July parade in Norfolk, Nebraska, included a float with an outhouse labeled "Obama presidential library" and a figure intended to be the president. "This makes me ashamed to be a Norfolk resident and a Nebraskan," Todd Brooks wrote on Facebook. "I don't care what your political affiliation is, this is not right." Norfolk city councilman Dick Pfeil criticized the inclusion of the float in the parade, telling the Omaha World-Herald, "The City of Norfolk doesn't condone that."

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Seems appropriate for the man that Americans just voted as the crappiest president since WWII.

#1 | Posted by cookfish at 2014-07-07 08:29 AM | Reply | Flag:

Americans vote Obama crappiest president. No wonder the country is basically lost all top standings accept murder. The average American is a moron. Voting Obama crappiest and Reagan best is just more proof about how the average american's beliefs go against the good of the country.

#2 | Posted by klifferd at 2014-07-07 08:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

Better link:

journalstar.com

Apparently, political satire is racist if Obama is involved.

..and not new, either:

missoulian.com
freedomoutpost.com

#3 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-07 08:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

Also explains why our government can't get anything done. The average American is dumb and the government in our system is a reflection of the populace.

#4 | Posted by klifferd at 2014-07-07 08:43 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The American conservative "I'm not a racist, but black people are savages"

#5 | Posted by klifferd at 2014-07-07 08:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

The American liberal:" I'm not racist, but let's flood the country with illegal aliens that we can't help if it helps us get more votes."

#6 | Posted by cookfish at 2014-07-07 08:53 AM | Reply | Flag:

Should we drag out the George W. Bush Presidential Library political satire?

#7 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-07 09:00 AM | Reply | Flag:

jensorensen.com

www.dadsbigplan.com

www.goodnightbush.com

..and lest we forget these classics

www.google.com

#8 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-07 09:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

This would be considered poor taste for a Fourth of July parade in many parts of the country but this is Nebraska.

#9 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-07 09:14 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

I agree with the Cons on this one, political satire should have no boundaries.

#10 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-07-07 09:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

It may be in poor taste, but I'm all for political satire.

"...the floats are approved by the Odd Fellows..." [smirk]
Actually, the Odd Fellows is a service-oriented fraternity, and hosts the parade.

"The float did not identify a sponsor..."
Aw, come on, that's weaksauce. Make a statement, put your name on it.

#11 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-07-07 09:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

"It may be in poor taste, but I'm all for political satire."

I only think its in poor taste for Fourth Of July parade. If it were at a protest I'd be fine with it. To be honest I'm not that upset about it as it is. :)

#13 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-07 09:47 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

If they had Obama sitting on a throne wearing a crown with a sign saying "Greatest President ever!" the dems would just love it and it's all in good fun, right?

#14 | Posted by Eyesore at 2014-07-07 09:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

I'm just impressed that the fine citizens of Nebraska were willing to loan their Capitol building for the parade float.

#15 | Posted by censored at 2014-07-07 10:00 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 4 | Newsworthy 1

#15 FF

#16 | Posted by Eyesore at 2014-07-07 10:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

I agree with the Cons on this one, political satire should have no boundaries.

A Fourth of July parade is not the place to split the country in half with divisive political rhetoric. It's a holiday for all Americans, not just your side.

#17 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 10:31 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 5

It's not much of a library, it's more of a reading room.

#18 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-07-07 10:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

originally from Nebraska...
news of this "float" shames
me and kinda makes me glad
I left the state if this is
how they roll...the entire
political right in this
country is basically operating
on a "mob rule" mentality...
yep...they are pretty "mental"
alright...

#19 | Posted by earthmuse at 2014-07-07 11:15 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Yeah man, that's pretty Retorted.

#20 | Posted by shirtsbyeric at 2014-07-07 12:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

Rcade, are we going to look at our calendar to make sure that a joke is appropriate? The Jews love telling jokes about themselves on Yom Kippur. Santa jokes on Christmas, hell yes! What's the difference between and Irish funeral and an Irish wedding? One less drunk! St. Patrick's day favorite. Why should July 4th be any different?

#21 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-07-07 12:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

Most Nebraskans have never seen a black person, except at Cornhusker (nee: Bugeater)football games, so seeing this float is a big deal in a town like Norfolk. Also a big deal in Norfolk: radio (all the way from Chicago!), the bookmobile, paved roads, school house with a second classroom, and full-time electric. Nearly everyone in Nebraska is amazingly dull and plain--forgive them this lame insult to our country and its elected leader...

#22 | Posted by catdog at 2014-07-07 12:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

Why should July 4th be any different?

Because it brings millions of Americans together to celebrate our nation. None of my memories of the holiday involve bringing everyone together to rip on the people who don't share my political beliefs. Do yours?

#23 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 12:41 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 4

isn't the 4th of July supposed to be a celebration of our independence and FREEDOMS.Kinda ironic that people want censorship on freedom day. That includes the freedom to be a Kohler Gift Depositor.

#24 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-07 12:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

None of my memories of the holiday involve bringing everyone together to rip on the people who don't share my political beliefs. Do yours?

#23 | Posted by rcade

For at least the last five years, and probably since the rise of the wingnut media.. Yes, yes they do.

#25 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-07-07 01:10 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

hould we drag out the George W. Bush Presidential Library political satire?

#7 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-0

good post here as well as the follow up. this is just one more example of the leftist dishing this sort of thing out but whining like women when it comes back at them.

and it's a great float when you realize the plan is to throw is in the toilet of third world countries......

and it's so funny to read all of these 'scathing' indictments of people in Nebraska.....and the usual stereotypes and broad brushes...YES SIR...this could be in the "typical liberal BS" museum...

#26 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-07 02:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

HOWEVER....it is a little heartening to see several comments from some of you about satire and freedom. not to a '--- ba ya' level but still.. lol

#27 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-07 02:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

Kinda ironic that people want censorship on freedom day.

Censorship schmensorship. Nobody has said the float should be illegal. We've said it was offensive and contrary to the spirit of the holiday.

#29 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 02:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

offensive

well bush haters certainly know what offensive is.......with their history of all sorts of photos and videos and bush dressed like every serial killer and political killer in history......

I'm sure saving it. It goes perfect with my very true comments about obama and libs taking us into the toilet......seems like the place to start..

:)

#30 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-07 03:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

People are easily offended. Some people have made careers out of it.
Thin skinned tools should be laughed at, not given an audience.

Where did you stand on the gheys marching in a st patty parade? How were they not contrary to the spirit of the holiday?
I get the feeling consistency will be thrown out the window when victim classes are concerned.

#31 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-07-07 03:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

well bush haters certainly know what offensive is...

You're not getting it. I can see the hamster on the wheel but his little feet aren't moving.

We're talking about parades, not any random thing any random person ever said about a president he hated.

This float was in a city parade. It had a city's approval, through the Odd Fellows it allowed to choose floats. That's not the same thing as stuff some doofus conjured up in PhotoShop.

#32 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 03:24 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

How were they not contrary to the spirit of the holiday?

Explain how gay people are contrary to the spirit of St. Patrick's Day. It's a day characterized by celebrating Irish heritage and the public consumption of alcohol.

#33 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 03:28 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"Explain how gay people are contrary to the spirit of St. Patrick's Day."

Its a Catholic religious holiday.

#34 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-07 03:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

Gay pride has absolutely nothing to do with st pats. At least the Obama outhouse float was an expression of "freedom" and dissent.

Everyone gets it though...protected classes aren't held to the same standards as everyone else.

#35 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-07-07 03:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

People are easily offended. Some people have made careers out of it.
Thin skinned tools should be laughed at, not given an audience
posted by 101Chairborne

Seems like every day we read about a new, right-wing thin skinned "victim" The racist Phil Robertson and Cliven Bundy are perfect examples. The newly minted wing-nut heroes-victims are free to appear on Fox News and the Limbaugh, Beck, Savage, Huckabee comedy shows. And all the other professional victim outlets that the righties are so enamored with.

#36 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-07-07 03:40 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Its a Catholic religious holiday.

I was raised Catholic. My mother was born into a large Irish Catholic family, as was my wife. I can't recall a single time it was ever celebrated for religious reasons, despite its origins.

#37 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 04:44 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Gay pride has absolutely nothing to do with st pats.

That's not an explanation of how gay people celebrating a big drinking and Irish heritage holiday is contrary to the spirit of the event. Gays can be Irish, can drink alcohol and can be Catholic, correct?

#38 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 04:46 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

I was raised Catholic. My mother was born into a large Irish Catholic family, as was my wife. I can't recall a single time it was ever celebrated for religious reasons, despite its origins.

#37 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 04:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

I went to Catholic school and I can.

Putting aside that's it definitely a religious holiday, even if you just take it as a celebration of Irish heritage, what does that have to do with gayness?

It seems to me that gays just think that parades are 'their thing' so they have to be involved in all the big ones whether it makes sense or not. They should be able to let other people have their day without trying to interject themselves.

#39 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-07 04:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

Putting aside that's it definitely a religious holiday, even if you just take it as a celebration of Irish heritage, what does that have to do with gayness?

If firefighters march in a St. Patrick's Day parade, do you question what the holiday has to do with fighting fires?

If schoolteachers march in the parade, do you ask what it has to do with educating kids?

Groups participate in parades to support the festivities and find camaraderie together. If you think "gayness" is some weird cultural thing that can only show itself in gay parades on gay day in gay town, you're overthinking things.

I'll bet the last St. Patty's celebration you attended was about two things and two things only: wearing green and drinking beer.

#40 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 05:43 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The spirit of the event is the celebration of Irish heritage/lineage. It has nothing to do with rainbows and gay pride, contrary to your pov. The firefighters and cop that march are part of Irish heritage groups, as you'd know if you ever attended a st pats day parade.

It's not about celebrating being gay.

Also, the "st." In st Pattys day should tip you off as to why the gays are contrary to the parades spirit. If there was a gay Irish club or som such it would be a different story, but it wasn't. I went to catholic grammar school, high school, and university (and I'm an atheist)...and I recall he religious aspect. So, you can take that weak argument and throw it in the pile.

Again though, we all get it. Gays and other protected classes can do as they please by playing the victim card.

#41 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-07-07 05:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

Also, the "st." In st Pattys day should tip you off as to why the gays are contrary to the parades spirit.

Millions of gays attend churches, including Catholic ones. Some gay people even deliver the Mass.

You must really have a mad on for gay people to think that they should be nowhere near a parade with "Saint" in the name. There are plenty of gay Catholics, just like there are gay everything else and all of them could march in the parade. Andrew Sullivan is -- to use the technical term -- as gay as all get out. He's also an outspoken Catholic.

Gays and other protected classes can do as they please by playing the victim card.

You make this complaint so often it sounds like you're creating a victim group for people like yourself.

#42 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 06:03 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

I don't get why gays attend a church that doesn't want them, but it doesn't make it any less contrary to Catholicism.

You asked why it was contrary, you were given an answer you hadn't thought of, and now you appear to be grasping for some straws.

I also told you why firefighters and cops (emerald society) march.

It's not a complaint, its an observation you'd have a had time disputing.

How is dissent against the president not in line with a parade that celebrates "freedom"? I thought dissent was the highest form of patriotism, or is that only when gays or democrats dissent?

#43 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-07-07 06:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

It's not a complaint, its an observation you'd have a had time disputing.

I would never dispute the idea that conservatives frequently feel sorry for themselves.

I don't get why gays attend a church that doesn't want them, but it doesn't make it any less contrary to Catholicism.

When Pope Francis responds "who am I to judge?" to a question about gays in the church, it's time to let go of the idea that gays are "contrary" to the faith. Saying gays wouldn't belong at a St. Patty's parade is like saying divorced people wouldn't be welcome.

I also told you why firefighters and cops (emerald society) march.

Here's some of the groups that marched in the 2013 South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade:

Paso Fino Del Fuego Farm
Marine Corps Boston Recruiting
Coast Guard Color Guard
Ghostbusters United
Clowning for Kidz Foundation
501s New England Garrison (a Star Wars costume club)
LMPK Event Super Heroes (people in super-hero costumes)
The American Made Heroes (domestic manufacturers)
Jambalaya Jazz Band

Please tell me again how these parades are so Catholic and so Irish that gay people would be completely against the spirit.

#44 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 06:32 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

Maybe if Obama quit demeaning 1/2 the country from the bully pulpit they wouldn't demean him back?

Just a thought from a Biden labeled 'Tea Bagger'.

#45 | Posted by Huguenot at 2014-07-07 07:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

All of those groups marched in the parade followed the wishes of the organizers. Guess who didn't want to? The gays...

Anyhow, tell me how the float was contrary to the 4th of July parade as you claimed. Or you can continue to pretend that gays aren't contrary to the church.

When Francis lets gays get married in the church you let me know, and then I'll cede the point that gays aren't contrary to the catholic church. Until then, you've got nothing, but you already knew that.

#46 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-07-07 08:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe if Obama quit demeaning 1/2 the country from the bully pulpit
Posted by Huguenot

I thought it was the 47% not 1/2 (or was that Willard Romney)??

#47 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-07-07 09:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

"How is dissent against the president not in line with a parade that celebrates "freedom"? I thought dissent was the highest form of patriotism, or is that only when gays or democrats dissent?"

If you want to stand up there with that outhouse and let that speak for your idea of what dissent should be have at it. And let me add, there definitely were protests against Bush that were tasteless, hateful, unnecessary and counterproductivel, although when one starts a war that costs thousands of lives for political purposes it is a little hard to determine where the limits on protest should be.
As awful as the build up in Vietnam was I don't think anyone believed LBJ did it for political purposes and it is too bad the same can't be said of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush.

#48 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-07 09:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe if Obama quit demeaning 1/2 the country from the bully pulpit they wouldn't demean him back?

Obama haters have been making that ridiculous claim since the day he was elected. Anything he says that's even mildly critical of Republicans is treated like he insulted your mother.

#50 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 11:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Guess who didn't want to? The gays...

Guess who you're obsessed with? The gays.

I'm still waiting for an explanation of how Ghostbusters Unlimited and Star Trek cosplayers are true to the spirit of St. Patrick's Day but gay people aren't.

#51 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 11:13 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

That's fine --------.
How did you enjoy the float?

#52 | Posted by Huguenot at 2014-07-07 11:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

Joan Rivers got lots of publicity by joking [Obama is gay and Michelle is a tranny]. She stormed off an interview on CNN because the host did not understand humor. The thing is, Rivers' humor is from junior high school; it's bullying and mean. She has a right to do it, but her butt is hanging out. She's bitter that Johnny Carson did not give her his show when he retired; she would have killed it in 2months.

This Norfolk, Nebraska float is in poor taste, and it was really snuck into the ID parade without review by the civic leaders, who would've nixed it. It reminds me of the brouhaha caused by the rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask (which occurred in neighboring MO).

i have not really been in a mood to celebrate July 4th, since 2002 officially, but before then really. America's winning independence from Great Britain was some kind of miracle, the glory of which has faded.

#53 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-08 12:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

Make fun of Obama all you want, freedom of speech right? Great...but these same folks defending this silly satire are the same hypocritical troglodytes that called everyone that dare criticized their hero Dubya (and his criminal administration) unpatriotic and traitors to this country! So using THEIR logic (not mine), are they not being unpatriotic and traitors to this country?

What's good for the goose is good for the gander right?

#54 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2014-07-08 02:17 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Good job Nebraska, you just won another shipment of Somali 'refugees'! Don't forget to set a curfew!

#55 | Posted by FlyUntied at 2014-07-08 10:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

Voting Obama crappiest and Reagan best is just more proof about how the average american's beliefs go against the good of the country.

Or maybe it shows just how out of touch YOU and those like you are with the American people

#56 | Posted by boaz at 2014-07-08 02:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

Anything he says that's even mildly critical of Republicans is treated like he insulted your mother.

Kinda like how anything that's even mildly critical of Obama is treated like it's racism?

#57 | Posted by boaz at 2014-07-08 02:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

51

You're obsessed with deflections.
I told you multiple times now how gays are contrary to the church.
You have not told me how the float was contrary to a 4th of July parade. Are you smarting from the obvious answer (that you apparently never thought of prior to your question) about how gays are contrary to Catholicism?

If you ask me about gays, and I answer your questions, it's a discussion, not an obsession. Now, how about you tell me how dissent, or the exercising of his freedom in yje 4th of July parade was contrary to what the 4th represents.

#58 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-07-08 02:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

"If firefighters march in a St. Patrick's Day parade, do you question what the holiday has to do with fighting fires?

If schoolteachers march in the parade, do you ask what it has to do with educating kids?"

Its not my parade. Its not up to me to decide who gets to march just like its not up to gay groups to decide.

I don't understand how we went from equal rights to creating these super-citizens who are outraged if they ever have to hear the word "no".

#59 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-08 03:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'll bet the last St. Patty's celebration you attended was about two things and two things only: wearing green and drinking beer.

#40 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-07 05:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

You'd be wrong.

#60 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-08 03:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

The Libs can sure shovel the ---- but they can't take it for even a second.

#61 | Posted by bph320 at 2014-07-08 06:02 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

#53 ~ Joan Rivers was on Dave Letterman (saw on YouTube). She made a crack about June Allyson & Depends, and Dave stood up, took off his coat & walked off. Joan didn't blink an eye; she began interviewing herself, threw in a ------ (off~color) joke, & the whole thing was pretty effin hilarious. Don't know if it was censored on TV, but i'm thinking NOT.

Speaking of censors, i responded to a post which had the word "------" (the taboo of family relations having relations) in it. i used the word a few times in the course of several posts and it was censored each time. It wasn't used as an obscenity nor should the concept be offensive in a clinical setting. What was interesting is that it wasn't censored in the original post to which i responded.

#62 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-09 01:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

That would go perfect with my "Hope and Change" toilet paper....

#63 | Posted by aescal at 2014-07-09 02:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

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