Thursday, April 17, 2014

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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

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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

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

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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

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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.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Thought for the Day: Democrat Brainstorming Session

Attacks by McCoy and Bruning: Crabs in a Bucket

Nebraskan's don't like attacks on candidates and while some political attacks are effective they don't normally enhance the campaign of the attacker.  We'd suggest that is the case with would-be governor Nebraska State Senator Beau McCoy who on one side of a large campaign card tells us "We Need a Leader We Can Trust, a Consistent Conservative" and on the other side attacks Pete Ricketts for being the founder of the Platte Institute (who, incidentally, McCoy has agreed with on many occasions) and for being the billionaire owner of President Obama's hometown Chicago Cubs and holding Arizona 'hostage' unless it built a $84 million dollar spring training stadium for the cubs.     We think that is a stretch and we might just note that McCoy has himself voted for lots of 'incentives' to attract and keep business in Nebraska.

When candidates attack, it generally means that their polling is showing them losing.   Such apparently is the case with McCoy.  

Jon Bruning has also attacked Ricketts claiming Ricketts is responsible for negative ads being run against him, ads run by the entity Citizens for a Strong Government.   However, Bruning has absolutely no proof that Ricketts or any member of his family are responsible for the ads (And we know they are not.).   Such attacks don't reflect will on the tenets of an attorney let alone those of a guy that has done a good job being Nebraska's Attorney General. 

Given McCoy's behavior and the wealth and behavior of some of his major supporters, Bruning might do well to look to McCoy for the source of some of the negative ads being run against him.

Both McCoy and Bruning should be ashamed of themselves.   They have plenty of positive history to run on but are obviously concerned they aren't connecting with the voters of the state.   They are acting like crabs in a bucket, one pulling down the other in envy or as he succeeds.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Christie Called 'Toast' at Roast

We're not exactly fans of Chris Christie so we kind of thought this video taken at a roast for a former New Jersey governor was interesting in that Joy Behar turned it into a roast for Christie for a few minutes.   Actually, it appears that Christie handled it pretty well all things considered.

Sasse Puts Up Web Video on Insurance Bill Fight Experience

From The Hill: NE-SEN (OPEN): Nebraska Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse made his fight against ObamaCare personal in a new Web video, which features him, his wife and daughters discussing a health scare they faced when his wife suffered an aneurism — and the subsequent medical bills they tackled, which Sasse says has inspired his opposition to the healthcare law

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Thought for the Day -- Obama Liar-in-chief

"The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm President of the United States of America."

Barack Obama (2008)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

When Will They Learn????

There must just be something in the drinking water back there in Washington that makes congressmen and senators do stupid things when they aren't saying stupid things.  Here's another entry into our Republican Party Hall of Shame courtesy of our friends at The Hill:

""There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve." — Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), apologizing after a video surfaced of the married congressman kissing a staffer."

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Thought for the Day

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to  work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!

Bruning Ad: "Facts Not Attacks" Should Get Facts Right

It seems the race to be the next Nebraska governor has deteriorated to accusations by and about Jon Bruning.  His latest ad is an attack on Pete Ricketts which is untrue and as unfair as the ones being run against him.   Bruning points his finger in the wrong direction by pointing his finger at Ricketts as spending millions of dollars attacking him.   First of all those ads are not being run by Pete Ricketts or any member of the Ricketts family.   We know that as a fact.   Additionally, the claims about Ricketts' stand on illegal immigration are equally baseless and wrong.

The sad part is Bruning is being attacked for lots of silly things he did 15 or 20 years ago and those attacks are as baseless as the ones he's leveled against Ricketts given his solid conservative record as the state's attorney general.  The ads attacking Bruning are coming from folks at Citizens for a Sound Government and others which have nothing to do with the Ricketts family.

The really sad part is that Bruning is using the same baseless attack efforts against Ricketts that someone is using against him.   But, one can only wonder if that's exactly what Bruning is doing--trying to tell Nebraskans that his opponent is conducting a negative campaign when in essence it is him that is doing it.     Nebraskans obviously don't like negative campaigns.   We suspect in time we'll find out who the negative campaigner is but we know it's not Ricketts.   Jon should find the real culprit but then that might not be as helpful to his campaign as pointing the finger at the presumed  leader in the race, Ricketts.

Ricketts Gets Palin Endorsement

Pete Ricketts with another governor who endorsed
him, Scott Walker.
If you haven't heard, Sara Palin was in Nebraska on Friday and endorsed Pete Ricketts for governor.   We've noted before that we're not sure what the impacts of endorsements are on candidates unless they bring money to the campaign.   On the other hand, having Palin on his side doesn't hurt Ricketts' conservative credentials.  He also recently got the endorsement of conservative Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

This from the Lincoln Urinal, oops Lincoln Journal Star by Don Walton:

"Sarah Palin came to Nebraska on Friday to endorse Pete Ricketts in the hotly contested Republican gubernatorial race. 

"Pete stands apart from others in this race as a principled conservative whose private sector experience will help grow jobs and strengthen the rural economy," the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee said.

Palin, a former governor of Alaska, joined Ricketts at a campaign rally on the State Fairgrounds in Grand Island.

Palin said Ricketts is "a pro-life family man who will fight for the best interests of all Nebraskans."

"I am encouraged by his boldness and independence," she said.

Palin, who remains a national star among staunchly conservative members of the Republican Party and with tea party conservatives who have taken a more libertarian view, earlier endorsed Ben Sasse in Nebraska's Senate primary race.

Two years ago, Palin endorsed Deb Fischer in her successful bid for the Republican Senate nomination.  Fischer subsequently was elected to the Senate.

"The American dream is alive and well in Nebraska," Palin said.

Ricketts described Palin as "a fearless, effective leader who has fought established special interests."

Ricketts is locked in a six-man contest for the Republican nomination to succeed Gov. Dave Heineman, who will leave the governorship after the end of the year."

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

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Thought for the Day

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the
government does not first take  from somebody else.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

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Thought for the Day

What one person receives without working for, another person must
work for without receiving.


The 2014 election hasn't even taken place yet, but, of course, we're already talking about the 2016 presidential election.   We like Charlie Cook so we thought we'd share his latest take on the race.   Hard to disagree with him.  This from The Charlie Cook Report and National Journal

The Cook Report

My Republican Bracket

In the party's presidential-nomination tournament, logic would argue for a center-right pick, but it is clear the passion has been on the right

"The extent to which the politics of the 2016 presidential nomination are already encroaching on the 2014 midterm elections is, indeed, quite something. Establishment Republicans worried about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's political viability now seem to be turning their attention back to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who in turn is not exactly spurning their flirtations.
Last week's Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas—unofficially dubbed "the Sheldon Primary"—presided over by gambling billionaire Sheldon Adelson, provided a preview of, at least, the "Republican Establishment Bracket" within the party's presidential-nomination tournament. Present and speaking to the 400 or so prominent Republican Jewish donors were Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Bush spoke to a smaller, more elite subgroup, hosted by Adelson in his aircraft hangar.
Although some reports have suggested that Christie—whose presidential aspirations have taken on considerable water since the George Washington Bridge controversy—did well, his reference to Israeli "occupied territories" didn't help him any. This glitch should serve as a fair warning to other governors with presidential hopes that they should get their foreign policy lingo down before they torpedo their own potential candidacies.
Perhaps because of the vacuum created by Christie's recent stumbles, as well as other factors, speculation about Bush running has increased over the past few months. We hear from people close to his inner circle that his own interest has in fact picked up; now we are faced with maybe a one-in-three chance that he actually enters the ring. Sure, there is a lot of hand-wringing over political dynasties, but with Democrats clamoring for another Clinton, and Republicans just hoping to get a nominee who isn't politically tone-deaf, that concern might very well be overrated. Bush is a political thoroughbred; the GOP would be lucky to get him in the race. But the odds that he will run, while higher than before, still aren't great.
This uncertainty leaves a potential GOP field that has something for everyone. It includes an assortment of batches, some say brackets, starting with as many as four prior contenders for the nation's highest office: former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Notably, Huckabee and Santorum have overlapping constituencies, and Palin will need to fight off claims of irrelevancy. Next on the list comes a pair of tea-party senators, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. These two could perhaps be followed by a neoconservative, running primarily on foreign policy themes, such as former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, who is worried about isolationists' growing influence in the party.
Then there are at least five governors who could run: Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), Kasich (Ohio), Mike Pence (Indiana), Rick Snyder (Michigan), and Walker (Wisconsin). Next up, the establishment Capitol Hill figures: Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio) and Marco Rubio (Florida), as well as Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisconsin). Of the three, Rubio seems most likely to enter the race. Portman is more likely to seek reelection, and Ryan is more likely to keep his aspirations within the House.
Obviously, not all of these people are going to try, and still others will likely emerge. Sometimes after losing two consecutive presidential contests, parties become more pragmatic and move toward the center. Other times, they double down on ideology. Logic would argue for a GOP move toward a center-right nominee for 2016, but it is clear that the passion has been on the right; witness Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Perry, and Santorum each having been front-runners at different points last cycle, while Jon Huntsman never got a glance and the party seemed reluctant to settle on Mitt Romney.
The accuracy rate for anyone's prognostications this far out is dangerously close to zero, so caveat emptor. If Bush does run, it would seem likely that the contest would be for who would be his more conservative alternative, whether that be a member of the tea party or of the more conventional but still very conservative wing of the GOP. Beyond Bush (if he runs), I am most closely watching Paul from the tea-party side and Walker from the very conservative but not tea-party wing, while keeping an eye on Rubio as a wild card. Rubio is enormously talented, seems to have a very bright future, and appears to appeal to a wide variety of generational and demographic groups. Given the GOP's problems, it desperately needs to address its weaknesses with these key portions of the electorate."

Tired of those Commercials?

If you are getting tired of those political commercials for the U.S. Senate and the governor's race, get used to it.    We read today that Ben Sasse raised $850,000 in the first quarter and had ONE MILLION DOLLARS on hand.   That doesn't count the latest $250,000 plus buy by one of his third party supporters.    With those kind of bucks his opponents will have to spend every dollar they can raise.    Sasse has almost twice as much on hand as Osborn, his likely real opponent.  

On the other hand, we might just find out how serious Sid Dinsdale is by whether he taps his personal wealth in the remaining days to blanket the air waives as well.   He's already up with some good commercials and will need lots more to overcome the Sasse/Osborn efforts.  But we think he sells well and is kind of folksy in his presentation, something that might have more appeal than some think.  

For Bart McLeay, unless he has several million of his own to put in to the campaign, we see him fishing out of the money.

On the governor's race, it's still Ricketts vs Bruning but as we've noted Bruning is taking a beating.

THE BOTTOM LINE:   There is no reason to save dollars for the general election in either the governor's race or the U.S. Senate race.   Osborn, Sasse, Dinsdale, Ricketts and Bruning (along with the others) will spend everything they've got before May 13th (no rainy day fund needed) because that election is, in fact, The Election for the next governor and U.S. Senate (sorry Democrats, you have no chance in November).   Spend it now and the money will come to the victors after May 13.

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