Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Republican National Convention -- August 31 -- Patrick McPherson

Registration for the convention began shortly after noon with folks picking up their convention credentials and receiving their traditional convention goodie bags. Among the goodie-bag gifts were:

John McCain’s book, Faith of my Fathers
A plastic “An American Carol” megaphone with a bag of popcorn
A step counter pedometer
An AFLAC 2008 Republican Convention duck that when squeezed said, “AFLAC.”
A Lilly drug company plastic water bottle with a Healthy You booklet.
A Windjammer umbrella
A special Republicans in 2008 box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
An Official Guide to the 2008 Republican Convention
A pocket guide to the Constitution of the United States
An AT & T pin with an elephant paddling a canoe.
A package of sweet alyssum seeds with 2008 Republican National Convention packaging courtesy of Chesapeake energy
A Nickelodeon Universe coupon book
An official 2008 Republican National Convention Minneapolis/St. Paul map
An Escape Hybrid keychain, compass and flashlight
A Republican National Convention AT & T ring tone download gift card
An official Republican National Convention Delta/NWA luggage tag
A Republican National Convention Post It pad.
A Husch Blackwell Sanders chrome coffee/soft drink mug.
The group also received an official bronze 2008 Republican Convention Commemorative Medal courtesy of Congressman Adrian Smith.

Among other things, the registration process provided the opportunity for delegates to pick up their red Nebraska delegate shirts and official Nebraska Convention pins. Also distributed were concert tickets for a Tuesday night Styx concert.

After the registration process most of the delegates, alternates and guests walked about 8 blocks to the 2008 Delegation Welcome Party at the Minneapolis Civic Center. The group was treated to a vast array of appetizers, wine and beer while being entertained by a World War II type USO performance featuring the talent of four young ladies attired in the military attire of the various services. Each service was represented on the floor by various displays and props.

At 3:45 p.m., delegates, alternates and guests were treated to a grand performance by none other than Lee Greenwood who performed for nearly an hour, finishing with his classic song, “I’m proud to be an American.”

The next stop was at a premier showing of the comedy farce movie An American Carol. The movie was an outrageous strike back at the likes of Michael Moore, the ACLU and many other liberals. The reception for the movie which is to debut on October 3, 2008 was absolutely fantastic.

Following performance the convention delegates, alternates and guest proceeded into the Civic Fest area where there were displays included a mock up walk-through Air Force One, a miniature White House, a display of First Ladies’ gowns, a replica of the Oval Office, a presidential limousine and many other political displays. The room also provided the attendees a chance to sample a wide, wide variety of foods, appetizers and libations while they also shopped for political treasure to return home with.

After a fulfilling evening, delegates, alternates and associates retired with the knowledge and prospect, that because of Hurricane Gustav’s approach to the Gulf Coast, that their agenda for the next day or days would be impacted. Already, President Bush had cancelled plans to attend the convention and speak Monday night. Also, they retired knowing that their convention session for the next day would be shortened as a result.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Republican National Convention -- August 30 -- Patrick McPherson

The Nebraska contingent began to arrive at the Best Western Normandy in downtown Minneapolis shortly after the noon hour. Among the first were former Nebraska State Republican Chairman Chuck Sigerson and wife Liz. Shortly after, First Congressional Chairman Tim O’dell and wife Kim arrived with Second Congressional District Chairman Pat McPherson and Marie Zupan.

The main item on the agenda for delegates, alternates and guests was to find a location to watch the Nebraska Western Michigan football game. Although some folks stayed behind, having been promised by the hotel staff that it would provide the pay-for-view game in the Landmark Grill lounge, others went to Joe Sensor’s Grill in Bloomington to watch game. According to reports Joe Sensor’s was absolutely packed and provided a great experience for Nebraskans separated from their homeland.

Unfortunately for those who stayed behind as the hotel, as kick off approached the sad realization came that the hotel apparently didn’t have the promised facilities to deliver the pay-for-view in its lounge. The hotel staff, apologizing for their inability to deliver the game as the six o’clock kickoff approached tried to locate a nearby facility that might be broadcasting the game but was unable to deliver.

Reacting to the emergency a number of folks joined together in the Sigerson hotel suite as an attempt was made to connect via computer with Huskers.com such that they could listen to the game. The good news for all was Nebraska’s 47 to 24 victory over Western Michigan.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Ask Not what your country can do for you.....

As we listened to the Messiah give his acceptance speech last night we were overwhelmed by both the amount of time devoted to bad mouthing McCain and our country as it is today and the amount of time promising pie in the sky. We can't wait for the man on the street interviews this fall where he is asked who is he going to vote for. We know the answer already, "I haven't/have decided yet/now because I want to vote for the one that will do the most for me.

It's a sad commentary on our times when we vote for an individual based on what they will do for me. Would that we had a guy that might say, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Rather, ask what you can do for your country."

A good editorial on this can be found at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/08/democrats_the_party_of_whiners.html

McCain's Selection


We think that John Sidney McCain has made an outstanding pick in Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. While others may deride her executive experience and the fact that she is one heart beat away from the presidency, perhaps they should consider the 'executive experience of Barack Hussein Obama who won't be just one step away if elected. Some how things seem a bit mixed up. We have:

John Sidney McCain running for president -- a 72 year old with 30 years in Washington with adocumented record with a son in Iraq

Barack Hussein Obama -- a 47 year old with 20 years as an organizer and 143 days of service inthe Senate with little or no accomplishments and lots of present and abstentions for votes.

Sarah Palin -- A 44 year old mother of 5, governor with documented conservative credentialsand with a son about to go to Iraq

Joe Biden -- A sixty-five year old with more years in Washington than McCain, with the 3rdmost liberal voting record in the Senate.

Without juxtaposing the 4 it is hard to imagine how one ticket can be considered more of a change ticket than the other, hard to say inexperience is a factor and hard to say age is an issue.Given that John Sidney McCain made his choice after Barack Hussein Obama, it seems that McCain has somewhat neutralized what perceived advantages his opponents had on change, age and experience.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Democratic Convention awash in condums


From our friends at the Catholic League, we get this synopsis of a number of important events that have taken place at the Democratic Convention this week:
August 28, 2008
Dems Love Sex

"The Democratic National Convention is awash in sexuality. On Monday, there was a “Sex, Politics and Cocktails” party hosted by Planned Parenthood that, naturally, passed out tons of condoms. It got a lot of competition from a Rolling Stone-Trojan Condoms bash that featured a “Condomvention” on sexual health; it was held right near their inflatable penis-shaped tent.

"The pro-abortion contingency was represented by the presidents of NARAL and Planned Parenthood, both of whom spoke at the Convention. Emily’s List sponsored a select gathering of pro-abortion women and there were diversity parties everywhere for the LGBT crowd.

"Many notables attended these events, though no one reportedly saw either Eliot Spitzer or John Edwards."

WHO?

Well, with the word out that John Sidney McCain has picked his running mate and will announce it tomorrow, the question becomes "who will it be?" Lots of speculation about Romney and Lieberman. Lieberman would give conservatives a case of heartburn that bottles of Tums couldn't overcome. To some, Romney is just a "I'll be whatever you want me to be to get elected guy." Most folks don't change their values on issues like abortion and gay marriage in their late 50's.

We'd like to see a bold V.P. choice that has unquestioned conservative values and could run for the presidency in four or eight years. Guys like Senator John Thune or Rep. Eric Cantor. While Governor Pawlenty might be young, he certainly doesn't help bring Minnesota (Why the Republicans are having their convention in another state that is going to vote Democratic is beyond us) and we're not sure about his conservative credentials to begin with. On the other hand given the venue of McCain's announcement, a pick of 53 year-old Rep. Rob Portman of Ohio might make sense in a lot of ways--he might even help bring Ohio along, a state that will be very important if John Sidney McCain plans on being the next President of the United States.

Guess we'll see tomorrow.

Republican Platform Committee Finishes Work

Bowing to presumptive nominee John Sidney McCain on only two issues, the Republican Platform Committee approved a platform with the basic principles of former platforms. It continued support for constitutional amendments barring abortion and gay marriage despite the presumptive nominee's opposition to same. We'd say overall that they did an acceptable job.

Now, it's up to McCain to name an acceptable C-O-N-S-E-R-V-A-T-I-V-E to join him on the ticket.

Read more at: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/08/27/republicans_finish_their_platf.html

The Coronation

We've not said much about the Democratic Convention, but we have been fascinated by the venue for Barack Hussein Obama's acceptance speech tonight as have various media sources. From the New York Post we got an apt depiction of the soon to be crowned nominee and an interesting story at: http://www.nypost.com/seven/08282008/news/nationalnews/temple_of_dem_on_mt__o_lympus_126450.htmhttp://www.nypost.com/seven/08282008/news/nationalnews/temple_of_dem_on_mt__o_lympus_126450.htm

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pelosi -- Selling Her Soul

Nancy Pelosi who has apparently sold her soul to represent the most liberal congressional district in the United States has picked a fight with her own church over abortion. Her recent statement, certainly not ex cathedra, that the Catholic Church's stance on abortion is really only a recent one got quick rebuttal from the Archbishop of Denver and others and finally drew an admission (certainly not a confession) by Pelosi's staff that she was wrong. Of course, she continues to justify her defiance to the precepts of her faith by saying others feel the same way.


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There is another good article on our good Congresswoman and her views at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/08/pope_pelosi_at_the_gate.html

Even more interesting is a current Newsweek editorial on Democrats and abortion wars. See it at: http://www.newsweek.com/id/155564?rf=nwnewsletter

Senator Stevens -- Should have been banished

Alaskans have done the Republican Party and its chances to maintain some semblance of a veto proof senate a grave injustice by renominating good ol' Ted Stevens as their senate candidate this week. Senator Stevens, who earned our August Hall of Shame Nomination, should be sent to Kodiak Island as bear bait. He certainly has a stench that only a grizzly could appreciate. But then, he'll be bear meat for his Democratic opponent come November anyway.

Who drives whom?

Interesting news today the the Republican Platform Committee has rejected a plank calling for drilling in ANWR, the reason being that they didn't want to embarrass presumptive nominee John Sidney McCain who is STILL OPPOSED to drilling in ANWR.

In a sense this seems like more of what we've seen from the Republican House and Senate, where over the last seven and one-half years, they've been afraid of their shadow when it's come to leadership or standing by conservative values. Now with the majority of the American public supporting drilling there and elsewhere it would seem that the Republican platform might do the same. Guess not--don't ask the nominee to change his colors.

Hillary Launches Her 2012 Campaign - Doug Patton

Updated 08/27/2008 ET

I am probably the biggest political junky you will ever meet. I haven’t missed a presidential nominating convention, Republican and Democrat, since 1956. I was eight years old that year, and I remember listening to Dwight Eisenhower’s acceptance speech through the wall after my parents made me go to bed.

Since then, I have been glued to the tube every four years. I remember Ronald Reagan’s breakthrough speech in support of Barry Goldwater in 1964. I was riveted watching the riots in the streets of Chicago in 1968. I sat up, bleary-eyed until 3:00 a.m. waiting for George McGovern’s ill-timed acceptance speech in 1972. I remember Ronald Reagan coming within a hair of beating the accidental incumbent, Gerald Ford, in 1976. And like many Americans, I was appalled when Ted Kennedy made Jimmy Carter, the sitting President of the United States, chase him around the stage at the end of the 1980 Democrat convention just to shake his hand.

There have been memorable moments. Ronald Reagan’s farewell at the 1992 convention was one of the most inspiring political events of my lifetime. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win re-election for George H.W. Bush, but that, of course, was not the Gipper’s fault.

Since the Democratic fiascos of 1968 and 1972, the conventions have become more and more tightly scripted. The GOP convention of 1996 was a showcase to set the stage for a future featuring Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

However, nothing could have prepared any of us for the dog and pony show we have seen in Denver so far this week. James Carville was right when he said that Monday night was boring. Nancy Pelosi, possibly one of the worst public speakers in the history of the modern U.S. House of Representatives, led off the primetime lineup. Michelle Obama left many of us scratching our heads trying to recall when prospective First Ladies began having speaking roles at the conventions. And the tribute to Ted Kennedy, which for Democrats probably elicited the same feelings I felt listening to Reagan in ’92, did nothing for me. In fact, someone should have advised filmmaker Ken Burns to avoid so many references to the sea being a metaphor for life, etc., given the image of Mary Jo Kopechne still on the minds of many Americans.

For those of us who have held our breath hoping for some drama in this convention, we have been disappointed. As I write this, it is Tuesday night and Hillary Clinton has just finished speaking. Earlier in the evening, former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner gave a satisfactory keynote address. It was predicable and not particularly memorable.

Hillary’s speech seemed like the launch of her 2012 campaign (which makes one wonder how hard she and Bill will really campaign for Obama). She was introduced by her daughter, Chelsea, and by a rousing video. Early in her speech, she made it clear she was in support of Obama; but in the same sentence she said, “I am a proud American,” a statement that seemed like a slap at Michelle Obama.

Much of her speech was red meat straight out of DNC talking points (“No way, no how, no McCain”), and she was careful to mention Obama’s name frequently, but there was a self-serving tone to it. She mentioned the “peace and prosperity” of the last Clinton administration (to the delight of a grinning Bill). When she said that Barack Obama was going to have a great partner in the White House, I immediately thought she was talking about Joe Biden, Obama’s running mate. But no, she was talking about Michelle. (Of course, Hillary would always think of the First Lady as the second in command, wouldn’t she?)

Eventually, the theme of the speech became clear, and it had nothing to do with Barack Obama. She mentioned the 18 million votes she received in the primaries, and then said, “My mother was born before women could vote,” she said. “My daughter got to vote for her mother for president.”

Quoting Harriett Tubman of Underground Railroad fame, Hillary seemed to be giving the crowd a metaphor for her own political future.

“If you hear the dogs, keep going,” she said, quoting Tubman. “If you see the torches in the woods, keep going.

If they’re shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going!”Call me cynical, but it sounded a lot like an announcement to me.
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Mr. Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and public policy adviser. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including The Conservative Voice and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Abortion, the Demcrats and Catholic Devotees Pelosi and Bidne

While it may seem that we at the Objective Conservative are a little hung up on the abortion issue, we are still scratching our heads over the the Democrat idea to have a more family oriented and friendly outlook in their platform on what we be live to be nothing more than infanticide.

We know the old mantra that you shouldn't mix politics and religion, but then in our opinion, politics should not transcend the bounds of morality. So our beliefs are based not on religion but on what is moral. We don't allow folks to murder, we don't allow folks to steal. Those are moral issues, not religious ones. So when it comes to infanticide, we believe it to be a moral issue as well--particularly since the most vulnerable of humans are unable to protect themselves or speak for themselves. Frankly, we have many that are more concerned about the rights of dogs, cats and other anmials than those of an unborn human.

But we digress:

Reinforcing our thought process, we get the following from the Catholic League about the great moral leadership of Catholics Nancy Pelosi and Joseph Biden, the latter obviously now Senator Barack Hussein Obama's running mate.

Somehow what Nancy and Joe say seems a little incongruous with not only our views but those of the Church they claim to be devoted to.

Somehow, it seems that the Democrats speak with forked tongues on the issue.

Here is what the League said:

August 25, 2008

"PELOSI DENIES CATHOLICISM OPPOSES ABORTION
On yesterday’s NBC-TV show, “Meet the Press,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked to comment on when life begins. Here is what she said: “I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the Church have not been able to make that definition.”

When Tom Brokaw told her that the Catholic Church “feels very strongly” that life begins at conception, Pelosi said, “I understand. And this is like maybe 50 years or something like that. So again, over the history of the Church, this is an issue of controversy.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:
“Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: ‘Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.’ It also says, ‘Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.’ Looks like Pelosi didn’t study the subject long enough. But not to worry: We are sending her a copy of Catholicism for Dummies today (the Catechism is like maybe a bit advanced).

“Whether Joe Biden is as ignorant of what his religion teaches remains to be seen. What is not in doubt is the enthusiasm which NARAL showed when he was selected to join the ticket. The radical pro-abortion group was delighted, as were the radical pro-abortion delegates to the Democratic convention: as reported in today’s New York Times, 64 percent of Americans reject abortion-on-demand, yet only 23 percent of the delegates do. It is only fitting, then, that NARAL’s president will speak today at the Convention and Planned Parenthood’s president will speak tomorrow.

“So there we have it: the man running for president on the Democratic ticket supports selective infanticide, his running mate is a pro-abortion Catholic, the delegates are wildly out of step with Americans on abortion and the Speaker of the House hasn’t a clue what her religion teaches on the subject.”

Illegals don't want to go home

It's no surprise as we learn from the Washington Post and other news sources that only 8 illegal immigrants took advantage of our government's generous offer to allow them to 'self-deport'. And, it only cost us $41,000 for the program which according to ICE saved the taxpayers $13,000! Wow! In other words it only costs us about $6,750 for each illegal we export---excuse us, we meant deport.

Whether this was a ploy by ICE to justify its current deportation raids, or not the fact remains that these folks are here illegally. They don't want to give up the benefits that real U.S. citizens enjoy. The only way to deal with this is to round up those we can through the joint efforts of ICE and state and local authorities, eliminate sanctuary cities (Can you hear us San Francisco?) and develop a real i.d. card that prevents the illegals from obtaining work here.

Illegals are stealing tax payer dollars and by our tolerance of their presence they diminish the value of citizenship that our founders, fathers, sisters and brothers have died defending. Enough said.

For more, see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/22/AR2008082202561_pf.html

Biden is Obama's Dick Cheney -- Doug Patton

August 25, 2008

Barack Obama and Joe Biden each committed a telling gaffe during their speeches in Springfield, Illinois. Obama, introducing his newly named running mate, initially called him “the next president,” confirming the thought that was running through the minds of many Americans — namely that, based on age and experience, this ticket should be flipped, with Biden running for president and Obama in the VP role.

Biden is 66, with nearly four decades in public life, most of it in Washington; Obama is barely 47 and had served 143 days in the U.S. Senate before announcing he was ready to be president. John McCain wasted no time ribbing Obama for his verbal blunder, suggesting that Obama appeared ready to turn the top job over to “his new mentor.”

Biden’s faux pas during his Springfield speech was even more entertaining. Apparently he got so excited about his newfound celebrity that, in a bizarre moment reminiscent of Jimmy Carter calling former Vice President Humphrey “Hubert Horatio Hornblower” at the Dem’s 1976 convention, Biden referred to Obama (whom the McCain campaign has dubbed “The One”) by a new superhero’s name: “Barack America.”

We all knew Obama needed a lot of phony reinforcement to bolster his image, but “Barack America”? Perhaps we should expect the Democrat nominee to show up on the campaign trail wearing tights and a red, white and blue cape.

So what’s in a nomination? What does Joe Biden bring to Barack Obama’s campaign? Obviously, the tongue of every pundit inside and outside the Beltway has been wagging about the foreign policy experience Biden brings to Obama’s side. (One wonders how many experts Obama will have to bring in to prop up his rookie credentials. So many experts; so little time…) But there is now a sense that finally, a grownup is on the scene. Maybe that thinning white hair will lend some credibility to a campaign heretofore characterized by juvenile themes and no specifics.

Eight years ago, a relatively inexperienced governor chose as his running mate an older, far more experienced pol. George W. Bush originally appointed Dick Cheney to head up his exploration committee for a vice presidential nominee. After an exhaustive search, Cheney concluded that he himself was the logical choice. He had served as a presidential chief of staff, a U.S. Representative, a defense secretary and had worked extensively and successfully in the private sector. And perhaps most important, he had no designs on the boss’s job.

Immediately, the Left went crazy, and the taunting has never stopped. You remember the mantra: “Bush is Cheney’s puppet!” We’ve heard it for nearly a decade now. George W. Bush is a bumbling, inarticulate moron who can’t put five words together without stumbling over at least two of them. Yeah, the Left whined, Dick Cheney must be calling the shots as the puppet master for little George Bush. But then, Bush certainly wasn’t capable of making the important decisions of our time on his own, now was he? Yep, Darth Vader and his buddies at Halliburton have been pulling Dubya’s strings for the last eight years.

Well, guess what. Joe Biden is Barack Obama’s Dick Cheney. Biden’s age and experience stand in stark contrast to Obama’s lack of both. Like Cheney, Biden is unlikely after two terms as vice president to ever seek the presidency in his own right. That will give him the freedom to be the power behind the throne. And if (God forbid) Barack Obama is elected president, he is going to need a lot of guidance. His reckless, naïve foreign policy initiatives at this crucial point in history could put the entire free world at risk.

Neither Barack Obama nor Joe Biden has ever run anything. Neither has served in an executive capacity, such as governor of a state or CEO of a major corporation. Both are bloviating legislators in the United States Congress, the ratings of which have hovered at or near single digits in most the recent public opinion polls.

But hopefully “President” Biden will at least have the seasoning to keep Captain America from getting us all killed while he’s playing his big role on the world stage. Pull those strings well, Joe.
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© Copyright 2008 by Doug Patton

The Liberality of Change

Among other things in a Wall Street Journal Opinion piece today, Fred Barnes says the following about the Obama-Biden team:

" Mr. Biden isn't, though he voted for a ban on partial birth abortion. He is unlikely to anger the overwhelmingly pro-abortion majority among delegates to the Democratic National Convention this week in Denver.

"Once regarded as a centrist, Mr. Biden was rated by the National Journal in 2007 as the third most liberal member of the Senate. Mr. Obama was rated the most liberal. Neither has a record of bucking the wishes of liberal interest groups or promoting bipartisanship.

"Messrs. Obama and Biden voted against confirmation of John Roberts and Sam Alito for the Supreme Court."

Let's see, the first and third most highly rated liberal voters in the Senate? Pure anti-abortion despite the so-called revised and enlightened plank on abortion? Voted against Roberts and Alito? Yes, indeed, America, this is a ticket of real change. If Republicans can't get excited about John Sidney McCain, they certainly ought to get excited about beating what will no doubt be the most liberal administration since the give-away programs of LBJ.

Choice In Education

With the upcoming election nearing, we are hearing very little from the two presumptive major candidates about any constructive ideas in education. The Democrats seem to support choice on everything other than education. Perhaps that is because the Al Gores of the world can afford to send their children to the finest private schools. Unfortunately, for many as pointed out by the Heritage Foundation, many cannot and that certainly doesn't help when it comes to looking at national statistics.

For a good short read on the need for choice in education, you might check out:
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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Oh Hagel, Oh Obama, Oh Biden

As if Chuckie Hagel wasn't enough of an embarrassment to himself and the Republican Party, here is what he had to say about Senator Barack Hussein Obama's selection of Joe Biden as his running mate:

Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska called Biden "the right partner for Barack Obama" and the decision "good news for Obama and America."

The Good News For America is that Chuck Hagel will no longer be serving in the U.S. Senate after January of 2009 and the Obama mantra of change has been totally destroyed by his selection of a 35 year old veteran of the U.S. Senate who has accomplished nothing other than being rightfully accused of plagiarism during his service there.

Friday, August 22, 2008

More of the same

Despite all their promises, the Democrat leaders of the House and Senate continue their failing efforts. Our friends at Citizens against Government Waste has named Pelosi and Reid their porkers of the month as per the below:

"Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Porkers of the Month for leading a do-nothing Congress into a five-week recess. Of the 106 bills enacted since January, 94 -- or 89 percent -- were to name government buildings or lands, extend or make technical corrections to existing laws, or passed either by unanimous consent or with less than 10 dissenting votes. The dubious accomplishments include “Frank Sinatra Day,” “National Plumbing Industry Week,” and “National Day of the Cowboy.” In addition, the congressional leaders have deliberately ignored the October 1 deadline for passing the 12 annual appropriations bills. Only one of the bills has passed the House, and the House Appropriations Committee has approved only four others. In the Senate, the Appropriations Committee has approved nine, but none has reached the floor. The Speaker and Majority Leader appear to be awaiting the presidential election, hoping that the winner will favor higher spending and more earmarks. They had also wanted to avoid a vote on the moratorium on offshore oil drilling, which is typically renewed through the appropriations process, though they reversed course last week and said they would allow a vote. For leaving town after Congress has spent nearly all of its time on frivolous legislation and failing to address critical issues, CAGW names Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the August 2008 Porkers of the Month"

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Democrat Convention -- ?

It appears that the Democrat party has suddenly
developed a keen sense of morality. John Edwards
has been removed from speaking at the Democrat
convention for having an extra-marital
affair and lying about it . . .
And . . .
in his place Bill Clinton will be speaking!

The Bear is Still in the Woods -- Doug Patton

August 18, 2008

As Barack Obama continues to remind voters in those equivocal yet reassuring tones of his why he is completely unqualified to be president, John McCain shows why he should win this election by a landslide.

The contrast between the two men during the forum at Pastor Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church was stunning. As usual, Obama was tentative, vague, stammered through his answers and was simply wrong on every issue. McCain was surprisingly quick, sure of himself and knew exactly what he believed — and why. When Obama was asked what he thought about the nature of evil in our time, instead of talking about terrorism, the invasion of Georgia or the danger of a nuclear suicide state in Iran, he rambled on about child abuse in America. Asked the same question, McCain immediately pointed to Islamic extremism and naked Russian aggression.

In view of that Russian aggression, as well as the other international minefields that will be waiting for the next occupant of the White House, the McCain campaign should give serious consideration to running the 1984 Ronald Reagan “bear in the woods” commercial (www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpwdcmjBgNA).

Here is a transcript of the simple but effective commercial:

“There is a bear in the woods. For some people, the bear is easy to see. Others don’t see it at all. Some people say the bear is tame. Others say it’s vicious and dangerous. Since no one can really be sure who’s right, isn’t it smart to be as strong as the bear? If there is a bear…”

The commercial ends with Ronald Reagan’s picture and the words, “President Reagan, Prepared for Peace.” Change that to McCain’s name and photo and you have a commercial that would only have to run once in order to have the tongues of every pundit and political hack in America wagging.

It would also highlight Barack Obama’s weak, pathetic first reaction to the brutal invasion of the democratic republic of Georgia by Vladimir Putin’s Russian Army. Obama, caught like a deer in the headlights, first responded by telling the invader and the invaded that they should both “show restraint.” (Is it any wonder Obama has boxed himself into a corner on the issue of Iraq and cannot tell — or won’t admit — the difference between invasion and liberation?)

When looking at the Obama and McCain candidacies, consider the hot spots brewing in the world:

Iraq - A fragile, still struggling democracy, the only one in the Arab world.

Iran - A country run by crazed Islamic extremist with nuclear material, thumbing their noses at the civilized world.

North Korea - A starving people ruled by a despot who has already figured out how to split the atom.

Venezuela - A South American nation run by an America-hating tinhorn dictator sitting on a sea of the world’s most precious resource — oil.

China - An emerging economic and military colossus which, despite our best efforts to bring about reform, persists in persecuting its own people and supporting America's enemies around the world.

Russia - A third world nation with an aging arsenal of nuclear weapons, run by a cold-blooded former KGB bureaucrat who thinks he is the next coming of the last czar.

And then there is the shadowy specter of Islamic terrorism, most visible in the form of al-Qaeda, still run by the malevolent hand of Osama bin Laden, a seventh century barbarian who sees the struggle in terms of decades instead of the nanoseconds that characterize the American attention span. We demand that our McWars be over in the blink of an eye so we can return to watching the Super Bowl or the latest reality show; otherwise we whine until a naïve “leader” like Barack Obama arises to tell us what we want to hear.

On January 20, 2009, either John McCain or Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. Setting aside all of John McCain’s aggravating faults, which of these two men do you think is prepared on day one to deal with the bear still lurking in the woods?

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© Copyright 2008 by Doug Patton
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Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and public policy advisor. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online, TheConservativeVoice.com and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Ambiquity of it all

Last week we noted that the Democrats want to approve a new and improved plank in their platform when it comes to the abortion issue. However, it seems a little bit disingenuous given the confusing record of Barack Hussein Obama when it comes to an issue as saving the life of baby born of a botched abortion. But then the new and improved plank on abortion is certainly disingenuous to begin with.

See more on Obama's ambiguity--at least in his voting, or lack there of at: http://www.nysun.com/national/obama-facing-attacks-from-all-sides-over-abortion/84059/

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

RINO Powell to endorse Obama

Not surprisingly, we learn today that Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will endorse Barack Hussein Obama and probably speak on his behalf at the Democratic National Convention. Colin Powell at best has been a RINO (Republicans in name only) Republican and his endorsement of Barack Hussein Obama essentially tells us that it is based on both race and philosophy.
No doubt his name will appear on the list of Republicans For Obama, a newly formed group of disenchanted middle of the road losers Republican RINOS.

The Gang of 10 -- Ted Quick

It is difficult to write without expressing the level of anger that I feel regarding what the "Gang of 10" has done.

We don't need a bunch of compromisers. We need leaders who are willing to look at the facts, make the tough decisions, stand their ground and move this country towards energy independence. It can be done, but not without leadership!! Why would any reasonable person allow limitations on ANY drilling locations unless, of course, they don't mind us being in a vulnerable position.

Politics will destroy this country unless we can find the kind of leadership that can figure out how to navigate the difficult political roads in Washington and properly represent us, our children and our grandchildren.

This "Gang" decision must be rescinded.

Democrats and Religion and their convention

The Democrats just can't get over their ambiguity about religion as exemplified by their current dilemma about a religious service at or before their convention and whom to invite. From the Catholic League we got the following:

'RELIGION HAUNTS DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION'

"Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments today on the role that atheists are seeking at the Democratic National Convention:
“The Democrats are in a jam. Long the party of choice for atheists, they have profoundly alienated people of faith from joining their ranks, so much so that they have lost the last two elections because of these so-called values voters. But now that they are reaching out to the faithful, however clumsily, they have angered the atheists.

“No one is in a jam more than Leah Daughtry, the religious point-person for the Democrats and CEO of the Convention. She has been boasting a lot lately about her effort to have the first Democratic convention start with a religious service, but not only is her boast unwarranted, it has drawn fire from atheists.

“To begin with, the Democratic Convention is not starting with a religious service: it is being held on August 24, the day before the convention begins. It is still not clear whether clergy will be allowed to wear religious garb, but the venue has been decided. According to the New York Times, ‘the service [will] be held in a theater, in neutral, secular space, so as not to offend anyone.’ Among those who are already offended by the watered-down event is the Secular Coalition of America.

“The Coalition says the meeting ‘excludes nontheistic Democrats’ and is ‘divisive rather than unifying.’ Accordingly, they have asked Daughtry for an invitation to be there, adding, naturally, that ‘this whole situation could be avoided if no interfaith gathering existed in the first place.’ Daughtry, sporting her inclusive stripes, questioned, ‘Atheists speaking at an interfaith service…does that work? I don’t quite know. But they’re part of the Party, you treat them with respect.’ She still hasn’t answered.

“Meanwhile the Freedom from Religion Foundation is posting a billboard near the Convention Center that says, ‘KEEP RELIGION OUT OF POLITICS.’ Looks like they may have scored one with the Dems.”

Obama Without a Teleprompter

Here's a great link if you want to see why Barack Hussein Obama is afraid of town hall, unscripted meetings without teleprompters. Folks will say he was tired, but what would they say if you changed the body from Barack Hussein Obama's to John Sidney McCain's and left the words and stammering the same?

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Hagel

Wonder of wonders. We learn from the Wall Street Journal today (Republican Trio Crosses Party Lines to Back Obama) that:
"One prominent moderate Republican not joining the group: Chuck Hagel, the senator from Nebraska. A representative for Sen. Hagel said he will not be joining the group, endorsing a candidate or attending either convention."

Our wonderment is that Hagel hasn't crossed the line. But our disappointment is that this so-called Republican is going to abstain from doing anything for the party that put him in office 12 years ago.

Chuck Hagel was never fully grounded in his views and apparently still isn't. Most readers will not remember one of Chuck's first interviews with local 'investigative reporter' Joe Jordan, but that interview was telling when Chuck couldn't explain where he stood on the abortion issue or on guns. Thank goodness for Chuck that political operatives such as the late Bee Whitmore were able to instill some Republican thought in his unformed gray matter.

It's a shame that Hagel's gray matter has apparently returned to its formerly vacuous state as he apparently has forgotten what the party that elected him stands for and appears to be more interested in a Barack Hussein Obama appointment that in possibly helping his party find its way out of its self-created morass.

It will be good when he's gone.......

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More on the Slimeball

Here's some more on John Edwards courtesy of The Trail at the Washington Post. Funney how all of a sudden this is news worth covering when it wasn't a month ago......

See: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/08/11/edwards_took_mistress_on_2006.html

Democrats on Abortion

From the Real Clear Politics Blog we learn that Democrats are considering changing their plank on abortion to make it more saleable. We strongly doubt that their delegates will allow it and the fact remains that a pig is still a pig no matter how you disguise it. They aren't fooling anyone.

Voters should pass a minimal civics test -- Doug Patton

August 11, 2008

I have never been an advocate of the popular notion that “everyone should vote.” Some people look at me as if I am somehow un-American when I say that I am not in favor of encouraging people to vote who would otherwise never darken the door of a polling place. I really don’t want someone on the streets of Hollywood, who just failed to identify the vice president of the United States on one of Jay Leno’s “Jay-Walking” segments, helping to select the person who will lead my government for the next four years.

So here is a basic, common-sense test that every American wishing to exercise the right to vote should answer (I’m sure in this dumbed-down era in which we live we will have to come up with multiple choice answers to make it easier, but here are some preliminary questions):

Name the three branches of the federal government.
Name the current president and vice president of the United States.
How long have they served?
How long is the president allowed to serve?
How many members are there in the U.S. House of Representatives?
How are House Members chosen?
How long is their term in office?
How long are they allowed to serve?
Name the current speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Which party currently holds the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives?
How many members are there in the U.S. Senate?
How are U.S. Senators normally chosen?
How long is a U.S. Senator’s term in office?
How long are they allowed to serve?
Name the current majority leader of the U.S. Senate.
Which party currently holds the majority in the U.S. Senate?
How many individuals currently sit on the United States Supreme Court?
Name three of them.
How are members of the U.S. Supreme Court selected?
How long can Supreme Court Justices serve?
What is an electoral vote?
How many electoral votes are currently required in order to elect the president and vice president?
How is the president selected if he/she fails to receive the required number of electoral votes?
How is the vice president selected if he/she fails to receive the required number of electoral votes?
What is an executive order?
How is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed?
How many constitutional conventions has the United States had?

If a potential voter could not answer at least 18 of these questions (two-thirds), he/she should not be allowed to vote. How did you do? Need to study up? Answers are below:

1) Executive, Legislative, Judicial; 2) George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney; 3) Since January 20, 2001; 4) Two four-year terms (or no more than ten years if serving the remainder of a previous term); 5) 435; 6) By popular vote within their state congressional district; 7) Two years; 8) No limit; 9) Nancy Pelosi; 10) Democrat; 11) 100 [two from each state]; 12) By statewide popular vote within their state; 13) Six years; 14) No limit; 15) Harry Reid; 16) Democrat; 17) Nine; 18) the nine [in no particular order] are: John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, David Souter, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, John Paul Stevens, Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy; 19) Nominated by the president, approved by a simple majority of the U.S. Senate; 20) Life; 21) Each state receives one electoral vote for each member of its congressional delegation; 22) 270; 23) By a vote of the U.S. House of Representatives; 24) By a vote of the U.S. Senate; 25) a presidential decree requiring no congressional approval; 26) By a vote of two-thirds of the congress and three-fourths of the state legislatures or through a constitutional convention; 27) One

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© Copyright 2008 by Doug Patton
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Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and public policy advisor. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online, TheConservativeVoice.com and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.

John Edwards

It will come as no surprise that slime-ball, liar and philanderer John Edwards will probably be the Objective Conservative Hall of Shame Nominee for September. This hypocrite, would be, want-to-be president, failed ex-vice-presidential candidate's reprehensible behavior might make him surface to the 2008 Hall of Shame worst of them all.

With that said, we learn from today's Left Coast Report that Edwards paid his paramour funds to produce a video for one of his non-profits. Here's a short clip of what you will find if you choose to check out the Left Coast Report at: http://by110w.bay110.mail.live.com/mail/InboxLight.aspx?FolderID=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001&ReadMessageId=d65422fb-5de4-4987-99bd-99e46dfd6258&n=1286047692

"Lost in the flurry of reporting about former Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards’ extramarital activities are questions surrounding campaign fund impropriety.

"Records indicate that an Edwards PAC, the One American Committee, which was set up to fight poverty, spent $114,000 for the production of several short Web-based videos.

"The videos were produced in 2006 by Rielle Hunter; the same woman with whom Edwards has admitted having an affair.
"Hunter reportedly pitched the Web video idea to Edwards in a New York City bar.
IMDB shows Hunter’s professions as writer, actress and producer, having had written, acted and produced a short film, “Billy Bob and Them,” under her own production company, R. Hunter Films.

"One key question is, Why would Edwards direct his PAC to pay an arguably inflated price to a relatively inexperienced individual to have her work on such an important project?

"It may turn out that Hunter was paid a far larger sum. According to Fox News, Fred Baron, a Dallas lawyer and former campaign finance chairman for Edwards, gave money in the $15,000-a-month ballpark to Hunter."
In another editorial today, Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post quotes John Edwards in his discussion about Bill Clinton's affair, thusly:
"I think this president has shown a remarkable disrespect for his office, for the moral dimensions of leadership, for his friends, for his wife, for his precious daughter. It is breathtaking to me the level to which that disrespect has risen."
We don't need to say more, but if you are interested, check out her take on this at:

Nebraska Democrat Obama Supporters to take to the streets


Anyone that doubts the sincerity of the Democratic effort to win an electoral vote in Nebraska will be surprised to learn that the NDP (Nebraska Democratic Party) will be out in Lincoln and Omaha this weekend, canvassing for the great new messiah, Barack Hussein Obama.

Here are the details straight from the donkey's mouth (or ?) for those few liberal, and frankly beguiled, readers of the Objective Conservative:

Kickoff Canvass 2008'
"Help us kick off Obama's campaign in Nebraska this weekend by participating in a Canvass for Change. We will be holding three shifts of canvassing: 9:30 am Saturday (08/16)1:00 pm Saturday (08/16)1:00 pm Sunday (08/17) We will be staging at these locations:
In Omaha:Walnut Grove Park4901 S. 153rd St.
In Lincoln:Pentzer Park27th & Fair St. "

By the way, since we are being so fair and balanced in our acknowledging of this important effort, we might also suggest you Republican rubes learn the history of the donkey symbol by clicking on to the following site: http://www.angelfire.com/rant/pearly/htmls2/dnc-donkey.html

Friday, August 8, 2008

New Democrat Ad aimed at ?

The Democratic National Committee has a new ad out (Maverick No More) tying John McCain to George Bush. We don't normally comment on such ads and just post them under 'Today's Videos' s" so you can view them if you wish (there are some other interesting, funny and serious ones there that you should check out). However this one is interesting in that the only one it can real offer any appeal to is hard core Democrats as it uses such powerful figures as Howard Dean, Hilary Clinton and John Kerrey to deliver the message.

See it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBsRbMimtlA

In an interesting twist, although we don't know which ad precipitated which, the Republicans have an ad with everyone of the Democrats in their ad praising John McCain for his maverick ways. The ad wars are turning into lots of fun....

See this one at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSpcxkKlEFA

Conventions -- Just Another Earmark?

Our friends at Taxpayers for Common Sense have a great article on the cost to tax payers for the upcoming political conventions. While we look forward to the conventions and hope to have coverage of what is going on, at least at one convention, we also agree with their premise that it is time to stop subsidizing these conventions. Moreover, we think they make a good point in that none of this is constitutionally authorized.

See the article at: http://by110w.bay110.mail.live.com/mail/InboxLight.aspx?FolderID=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001&InboxSortAscending=False&InboxSortBy=Date&n=335248249

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

On Leaving Iraq

For those of you who believe the solution for our involvement in Iraq is to withdraw over the next 16 months (Can y0u say Barack Hussein Obama?), you will find this article long but very interesting, informative and intelligently written. It is by Stephen Biddle, Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack and is titled 'Building on Progress in Iraq.'

This is a great read: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/08/standing_down_as_iraq_stands_u.html

Paris Hilton For President

We at the Objective Conservative have a sense of humor so we have to share the Paris Hilton response to John McCain's recent ad, (see Today's Videos - McCain Ad, Superstar).

Hope you enjoy. Click the link: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/64ad536a6d

Senator "I Am"

Tony Blankly has a fun and yet serious editorial about Barack Hussein Obama. It's in the vein of Gerald Baker's great Messiah video -- On Obama's Pilgrimage (Click: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThFvlybQYso ).

Check out Tony's piece at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/08/he_is_who_he_is.html

Windfall Profits

Some politicians just don't get it. Take Barack Hussein Obama who still clings to the imposition of windfall profit taxes---on oil companies. Of course, his penalties on those oil company earnings will create another great give away to the American public--an energy rebate. Wow, more free money from Washington! More dependence on Washington. How can any citizen that asks, "What can my country do for me?" (Rather than what John Kennedy asked in 1961), not support such an idea?

This notion is more stupid than John Sidney McCain's support of a federal gas tax holiday.

The Wall Street Journal had a great article on this topic yesterday. Interestingly, it concluded:

"The point is that what constitutes an abnormal profit is entirely arbitrary. It is in the eye of the political beholder, who is usually looking to soak some unpopular business. In other words, a windfall is nothing more than a profit earned by a business that some politician dislikes. And a tax on that profit is merely a form of politically motivated expropriation.

"It's what politicians do in Venezuela, not in a free country."

Monday, August 4, 2008

Affirmative Action

Last week we gave praise to John Sidney McCain for coming out in support of the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative, which is essentially the Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative that will come before the voters in November. We thought that Rasmussen Reports had an interesting article on the topic today, and contrary to the elitist, academic and Omaha World-Herald viewpoints, it is obvious that most folks across the country think that affirmative action is a program that they don't or no longer support. So, take that folks--you too, Dave Kramer!

See the article at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/affirmative_action_important_to_54_of_voters_58_reject_programs_that_give_special_treatment