Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thought for the Day -- Mark Twain

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
      --   Mark Twain


Club for Growth Launches New Attack Ad Against Shane Osborn

Club for Growth has launched a new $100,000 plus ad buy against Shane Osborn on behalf of Ben Sasse who has been endorsed by the organization. 

Ricketts Get Conservative Cruz's Endorsement in Governor's Race

In the endorsement battles, Pete Ricketts has picked up a good one from U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to add to those of Governors Scott Walker and Sarah Palin.  Cruz is a conservative 'sweetheart' and we suspect others would like to have his endorsement.

As we've noted before, however, endorsements are good 'earned media' opportunities and may move a few voters, but their real value is in dollars brought to the campaign.  We're not sure Cruz's endorsement brings dollars in any significant amount.

Cartoon of the Day

Monday, April 21, 2014

Thought for the Day on Political Spin

Given who Harry Reid is we can think of several names we might use to impugn his ancestry, but we thought rather than doing so and impugning our sparkling reputation against name calling we'd share this with you which no doubt comes from an authoritative and believable source.

No matter what side of the AISLE you're on, THIS is ......FUNNY! 

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Senator Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory: 
On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.'

So Judy recently e-mailed Senator Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.
Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory . His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."

Bruning Out With Another Attack Ad on Ricketts.

Here is the latest attack ad from Jon Bruning against Pete Ricketts.   It is becoming increasingly obvious that Bruning's numbers must not be good.   Why else the continued attack ads against Ricketts?

Just as a thought, maybe someone should mention that Ricketts and family have CREATED more than 6000 jobs nationally and more than 2000 locally.   Oh, and about that $200 million Ameritrade Headquarters in Omaha?   Sounds like a pretty good Nebraskan who understands hard choice sometimes have to be made, ones which ultimately benefit the company and its home state....

McCoy attacks Obama and Obamacare in Latest AD

We like the latest McCoy 'bobble head' ad against Obama and Obamacare from Beau McCoy's governor campaign.   Of course, when you have one donor who has contributed nearly $2 million of the $2 million your campaign has raised, you have lots of money for ads.

Debunking Agenda 21

We hear lots about Agenda 21 but not lots of folks know about it.   For us, the very fact that it flows from the United Nations is enough to be against it.    Even in Omaha we see the affects of this scheme in what is called Omaha 2050, an effort to make the city more 'sustainable'.   With that said we thought the following column by Michael Coffman was a good discussion about the subject and the goals of the effort to restrict our lives and decisions.

From Americans for Limited Government and Netright

Agenda 21? What is Agenda 21?

By Michael Coffman

Most people have never heard of Agenda 21. If they have heard of it, they likely believe it to be a vague United Nations program that will never see the light of day, or they believe it is imagined by conspiracy theorists. Yet, the principles contained in Agenda 21 are at the heart of many of our federal programs since the late 1990s. They reach every corner of the United States and impact millions of Americans who don’t even realize the document exists.

Although Agenda 21 was decades in the making, it was showcased to the world at the 1992 UN “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro. It was there that President George H. Bush, along with leaders from 177 other nations, signed onto this “non-binding” UN action plan that was purportedly designed to assist governments at the local, national and international level implement the principles of so-called “sustainable development.” The “21” in the name refers to the 21st Century.

Agenda 21 made its way into the U.S. the following year when President Clinton quietly established the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD). The PCSD codified Agenda 21 into U.S. policy through a program called Sustainable America. Today, nearly all federal programs dealing with land management, education, environment and much more are linked to Agenda 21 through Sustainable America.

Because of grassroots pushback, the federal government today rarely uses the term Agenda 21 or Sustainable America anymore — especially with any program it is promoting. Instead, programs which administer Agenda 21’s sustainable development principles are given warm and fuzzy titles like the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, Partnership for Sustainable Communities, Obama’s Climate Action Plan and many more. Even the newest education fad, Common Core, is linked to Agenda 21, as are the new Next Generation Science Standards.

Google has over 300 million references to Agenda 21, yet it’s hard for most people to get the truth about Agenda 21 because of the truckloads of smoke and misinformation generated by government bureaucrats and the progressive media. This UN program is indeed real and it is an affront to our personal liberties. Agenda 21 is supposedly designed to make the world “sustainable” by limiting human activities that environmental extremists believe are harming the planet. That may sound fine to many people — until they understand what it means in practice. In order to protect the environment, Agenda 21 instructs governments to micromanage virtually all human activity — which the governments either severely restrict, or regulate to the point that such activity can be minimalized.

A good case in point took place in California recently, which as has been widely reported, experienced a major three-year drought. In mid-March 2014, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld federal guidelines that guaranteed minimal flow of the Sacramento River to benefit “endangered” Delta Smelt — totally neglecting the needs of local farmers. Most farmers are getting no water even though most of them have long-term contracts guaranteeing it to them.

Ironically, the Delta Smelt have survived many severe droughts in the past when farmers got virtually all the available water from the Sacramento River. Yet today the smelt get the water and the farmers don’t — even though many of the farmers will not survive the cutbacks. Seeing the needs of nature as being in conflict with the needs of people is a principle that is at the very heart of Agenda 21.

This is no small matter. Thousands of workers are being put out of work in California, and up to 700,000 acres of prime farmland will be removed from production. Since one-third of America’s fruit and vegetables originate in California’s Central Valley, this means that food prices could jump as much as 3.5 percent. While that may not seem like much to the more affluent in our society, it could be devastating to seniors and the poor who may no longer be able buy essential fruits and vegetables.

Simply stated, the only way Agenda 21 can work is to deny private citizens their private property rights. This should surprise no one since the UN has maintained that “public control of land use is…indispensable” since the 1976 Habitat I Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Yet, recent research sponsored by the World Bank has shown that legally protected private property rights drastically reduce corruption, while establishing the foundation for wealth creation. This in turn also helps the environment as wealthier nations spend more on environmental protection than poorer ones. The research stressed that “since these people do not have access to a comprehensive legal property system, they cannot leverage their assets to produce additional wealth.” The bottom line? “Nearly five billion people are legally and economically disenfranchised by their own gov­ernments,” reports the Bank.

The vast bulk of this is occurring, of course, in the developing world — but not all. The same thing is happening in the U.S. as Agenda 21 principles are adopted into policy. It has already had devastating effects. According to the Fraser Institute and CATO’s Economic Freedom of the World, the legal-system and-private-property-rights ranking for the U.S. plummeted from number one in 1980 to 38th in 2011; which not unsurprisingly has occurred since Agenda 21 principles began to be implemented in the 1990s. The U.S. combined economic ranking in the world from 1980 to 2000 was second or third place behind Hong Kong and Singapore. It plummeted to 19th between 2000 and 2011—mostly due to federal spending, debt, skyrocketing regulations (especially from EPA) and, most importantly, loss of a stable legal system and property rights.

Is it any wonder the current “economic recovery” is so anemic. Certainly not all of the economic woes we have experienced since President Obama’s election can be blamed on Agenda 21 policy. But Agenda 21 is no doubt a big factor in ravaging the U.S. economy. Citizens can begin to restore America’s health by supporting rational candidates at every level of government that are committed to ridding this nation of Agenda 21’s “sustainable development” policy plague.

Michael Coffman, PhD, is CEO of Sovereignty International and has worked to raise awareness about the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, one of the key goals of Agenda 21.

Please Mr. President, Extend My I.R.S. Deadline

Dear President Obama,

I know it's April 21st and I know I owe your the I.R.S. money. And I know my return was due with the check for what I owe you on April 15th.   But I really did try to get on line and file and pay my bill before my internet service was temporarily interrupted.   Being an invalid, I couldn't leave the house to go elsewhere to do this and because my internet was down I couldn't complete printing my forms.   And once my internet service was restored (sorry I have no proof of any of this) my cat urinated on my keyboard and destroyed it and was electrocuted in the process.   

Me and My Love
It took a while for me to get a new keyboard as the local S.P.C.A. had to investigate this tragedy which now leaves me without the true love of my life who incidentally I was hoping to marry once we got some of these silly marriage laws changed.   To further complicate the problem, my Obamaphone gave up the ghost right after my phone call to the S.P.C.A. for help in removing the body of my loved-one, perhaps because I didn't have an opportunity to pay my bill because of a lack of funds due to the fact that my unemployment checks quit coming in January due to those mean Republicans who refused to extend them beyond the 100 I'd already gotten.

So here it is April 21st and I finally got a new keyboard thanks to having enough money left over from my food stamp card (didn't have to buy any cat food with it last week and was able to barter the balance of what I had for enough to buy the keyboard). I really can't afford to pay any penalty for these events which I couldn't control or this whole cycle could begin again.   At least this time, I'll know to keep the new love of my life (the Humane Society had a free-kitty-adoption day) and intended marriage partner (some day if I'm lucky and those jerks and prudes on the Supreme Court allow cross-species marriage) Pussy Galore away from the keyboard. 

I know this is long and complicated and I've shared this with my neighborhood outreach worker and she suggested I ask you for a waiver since we know you can waive your hand and change deadlines for compliance.    I promise to vote for whomever you tell me to in the future as I know you know what's best for me and as you can see I do have some trouble making decisions and have difficulty living without the government's beneficent help to live my life.  

So Mr. President, will you please give me a waiver and an extension of my I.R.S. deadline because you know I really tried to meet the deadline?


Feline Lover

P.S.   Oh, I hope it's not too late to apply for my Obamacare deadline waiver too for the same reasons mentioned above.

Happy Tax Freedom Day

From our friends at The Patriot Post, we learn that today is a day to celebrate--well, sort of.....

Tax Freedom Day Is Coming

The Tax Foundation calculates "Tax Freedom Day" each year. "Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year," says the group. This year, Tax Freedom Day falls 111 days into the year -- on April 21 -- three days later than last year. However, if the government's borrowing were included, we'd have to wait until May 6. The delay is "due mainly to the country's continued slow economic recovery." Way back in 1900, Tax Freedom Day came on Jan. 22. Those were the good 'ole days.

Cartoon of the Day

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Breaking News: Obamacare Will Not Cover Brain Transplants for Republicans

In the hospital where a family member lay gravely ill, the relatives gathered in the waiting room. Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and somber.
"I'm afraid I'm the bearer of bad news," he said as he surveyed the worried faces. "The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant. It's an experimental procedure, very risky, but it is the only hope.. Insurance will cover the procedure, but you will have to pay for the BRAIN."
The family members sat silent as they absorbed the news. After a time, someone asked, "How much will a brain cost?"
The doctor quickly responded, "$5,000 for a Democrat's brain; $200 for a Republican's brain."
The moment turned awkward. Some of the Democrats actually had to try not to smile, avoiding eye contact with the Republicans.
A man unable to control his curiosity, finally blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask, "Why is the Democrat's brain so much more than a Republican's brain?"
The doctor smiled at the childish innocence and explained to the entire group, "It's just standard pricing procedure. We have to price the Republicans' brains a lot lower because they're used."

Cartoon of the Day

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Thought for the Day

Palin Puts Money Behind Endorsements

We've noted that Sarah Palin has endorsed Pete Ricketts and will be coming to Nebraska to endorse Ben Sasse.  We've also noted that most Nebraskans probably don't pay lots of attention to out-of-state endorsements by groups or individuals.   The advantage to candidates is some earned media.  The real advantage is when the endorser brings money to the campaign either directly or through a advertising buy on behalf of the candidate.   With that said, it looks like Palin and her PAC are putting their money where their mouths are....

This from Roll Call's Political MoneyLine:

Sarah PAC Increases Giving to U.S. Senate Candidates
By Kent Cooper
The federal political action committee of former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has had sudden surge in giving to U.S. Senate candidates around the country.

Sarah PAC, reported it had receipts of $430,217 and disbursements of $461,368 during the first quarter of the year, leaving $1,086,533 cash on hand as of March 31st.

Small contributions of $200 or less, totaled $344,295. Of the $83,777 that came from 261 itemized donors giving more than $200, the largest amounts came from Florida, California, and Texas. The largest donors were Paul Ellgen, a retired scientist from Fort Myers, Florida, who gave $5,000, and Rhodora Donahue, a homemaker from Naples, Florida, who gave $5,000.

The PAC gave $56,000 to federal candidates during the first quarter, after giving only $10,000 to federal candidates in all of 2013. The PAC gave $5,000 each to Senate candidates Karen Christine Handel in Georgia, Joni Ernst in Iowa, Chris McDaniel in Mississippi, Julianne Ortman in Minnesota, Ben Sasse in Nebraska, Tim Scott in South Carolina, T.W. Shannon in Oklahoma, and Sen. Mike Lee in Utah. The PAC also gave $1,000 to leadership PAC of Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.

The PAC gave $5,000 to House candidates Katrina Pierson in Texas, and $10,000 to Lizbeth Benacquisto in Florida.

In non-federal elections, the PAC gave $5,000 to Greg Abbott in the Texas gubernatorial primary, and $3,500 to Gov. Nikki Haley in South Carolina.

The filing deadline for party candidates for U.S. Senator in Alaska is June 2, 2014.

To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.

Osborn Ad: Washington Bureaucrat

We've noted that the race for the U.S. Senate has turned negative.   Apparently, we forgot to share one of the latest ads from Shane Osborn questioning who Ben Sasse might be beholden to.

Cartoon of the Day

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sasse's Uncle's SuperPac Goes Negative

We begin to wonder if Ben Sasse is seeing problems in his polling.   Obviously, that is the reason for the latest of these ads being run by superpac, Ensuring a Conservative Nebraska whose only contributor happens to be Sasse's great uncle and whose only contribution comes from him.....

Thought for the Day: P.E.T.A. Posterboy

It's Joe Namath as he appeared at the Superbowl.   He's our P.E.T.A. bosterboy: People For Eating Tasty Animals.

Tom Mulligan: What's He Thinking

We're beginning to wonder what former failed Omaha City Councilman Tom Mulligan is thinking?    He was observed at the recent Republican senatorial debate in Lincoln and all of a sudden we find he has given $30,000 of his unused campaign funds to the campaign of Jon Bruning.  

We never thought Mulligan was very politically astute.  After all, he ran (that may attribute too much to his effort) a highly contested campaign for re-election in 2013 and somehow didn't spend $50,000 of funds in his campaign account.   Not very astute. 

So now he gives $30,000 to Bruning?   We're sure Jon appreciates the money, but surly Mulligan in his politically un-astute mind has some motive for it.   Maybe a cabinet post in the Bruning administration?   Maybe retaliation for Pete Ricketts's support of victor Aimee Melton in Mulligan's council race?

Maybe Bruning's opponents in the race ought to question why he took money from a guy that voted for every tax increase that came before the Omaha City Council?

Maybe those who gave money to Mulligan for his city council campaign should wonder why he is giving their dollars to Bruning?

One only wonders what king-maker Mulligan will do with the other $20,000 some remaining in his campaign account? 

More Endorsements Coming For Sasse

The barrage of out-of-state endorsements continues for Nebraska U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse.  Yes, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who recently endorsed Pete Ricketts, will be in Nebraska on April 25th along with Nevada U.S. Senator Mike Lee to endorse Sasse's campaign for the U.S. Senate.  

As we've noted in the past, endorsements add credibility but probably don't do much for a candidate other than creating earned media unless they bring money to the campaign.  

Murder is Murder: Hate is Hate

Seems that after the recent shooting of Christians at a Jewish Community center the federal government is looking at applying federal hate crimes to the charge of murder.   We've spoken to this issue in the past but just to be clear we think hate-crime legislation is bogus.   It intuits the mind of the perpetrator.   It, in essence, says that the murder or other crime against a particular person is of greater consequence than the murder or crime against another individual who doesn't share that racial, religious or sexual status.    In essence, it says the life of one individual is more valuable than that of a fellow human being

Crimes are crimes and should be adjudicated on a color blind basis for both the victim and the perpetrator.  

P.S.  Wonder if Lois Lerner and associates at the I.R.S. should be charged with hate crimes against conservatives??

Cartoon of the Day

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cartoon of the Day Extra

Cartoon of the Day

Joke for the Day

George Bush, Queen Elizabeth, and Putin all die and go to hell.
While there, they spy a red phone and ask what the phone is for.  The devil tells them it is for calling back to Earth.

Putin asks to call Russia and talks for 5 minutes.  When he is finished, the devil informs him that the cost is a million dollars, so Putin writes him a check.

Next, Queen Elizabeth calls England and talks for 30 minutes.  When she  is
finished, the devil informs her that the cost is 6 million dollars, so she writes him a check.

Finally, George Bush gets his turn and talks for 4 hours.  When he is finished, the devil informs him that the cost is $5.00.

When Putin hears this, he goes ballistic and asks the devil why Bush got to call the USA so cheaply.

The devil smiles and replies, "Since Obama took over, the country has gone to hell, so it's a local call."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cartoon of the Day Extra

Thought for the Day

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian."
Henry Ford

Cartoon of the Day

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cartoon of the Day Extra

Thought for the Day: Non Sequitur

Somehow it seems a little incongruous that fake Viagra is being sold in Pakistan with the president of this country's image carrying a gun in the image of James Bond 007.
Let's see:
  • The guy is a fake
  • The pill is counterfeit
  • He hates guns
  • He's got no intestinal fortitude when it comes to anything involving violence
  • No country respects America anymore including Pakistan

Cartoon of the Day

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Photo is Worth One Thousand Words

Breaking News: President Issues Executive Order on Affordable Golf Club Act

"If you have old golf clubs you can keep your golf clubs until April 2014."
The president issued an executive order earlier today, "The Affordable Golf Club Act" declaring that every citizen must purchase a new set of golf clubs, before April 2014.
This executive order (law) has been promulgated because until now, typically only the wealthy or financially responsible have been able to purchase new golf clubs without the assistance of their government.
This new executive order ensures that every American can now have "affordable" golf clubs of their own, because everyone is equally entitled to new golf clubs. And if you want to keep the golf clubs you already have, you can do that, until April 2014.
These affordable golf clubs will cost from $1,000 to $3,000 each depending on your income level. This does not include taxes, pull cart, electric cart fees, green fees, membership fees, balls, tees, gloves, range finders, storage fees, maintenance, or repair costs.
In order to make sure everyone participates and purchases their affordable golf clubs, the costs of owning golf clubs will increase 50% each year up to 400% by year 2018. This way, wealthy people will pay more for something that other people don't want or can't afford to maintain. People who can't afford or refuse to maintain their golf clubs will be fined by the I.R.S. However, children under the age of 26 can use their parent's golf clubs until they turn 27 at which time they must purchase their own golf clubs.
If you don't want or think you don't need golf clubs, you are still required to buy them. If you refuse to buy a set or make claims that you can't afford them, you will be fined $800 until you purchase a set or face imprisonment, or be required to watch golf lesson tapes staring President Obama 12 hours a day.
People living in farming areas, ghettos, inner cities, Wyoming, or areas with no access to golf courses are not exempt. Age, health, prior experience or no experience are not acceptable excuses for not buying, maintaining, and using your golf clubs.  Waivers may be granted for gays, transgenders (in fact anyone defined among the Heinz 57 by Facebook) and illegal aliens.
A government review board that doesn't know the difference between a hook and a slice will decide everything. This includes when, where, how often and for what purposes you can use your golf clubs along with how many people can ride in your golf cart. The board will also determine if participants are too old or not healthy enough to be able to use their golf clubs, but death will be the only real exemption other than those noted in the prior paragraph.
They will also decide if your golf clubs have outlived their usefulness or if you must purchase specific accessories, like a range finder with slope adjustment or a newer and more expensive set of golf clubs.
Government officials are exempt from this new law as they and their families and some of their friends and a few of their friend's friends can obtain golf clubs at taxpayers expense.

Cartoon of the Day