Tuesday, June 30, 2009

These People Truly Hate America - Doug Patton

June 29, 2009

Like much of the country, you may have spent your time last week snickering about the peccadilloes of yet another hapless politician who couldn’t keep his pants zipped. Or maybe you were captivated by the untimely but predictable passing of the most talented musical freak of the last quarter century. Perhaps while watching the ABC-Barack Obama dog-and-pony show purporting to deal with the future of your health care system, you were deceived into thinking that this was the big issue of the week. If so, you would be wrong. Make no mistake, it is on the agenda, but the real threat of the moment was simmering up on Capitol Hill in the United States House of Representatives.

Far too many Americans were distracted by other things to notice that on Friday, June 26th, 211 House Democrats and 8 Republicans defiantly thumbed their noses at the will of their constituents and passed the largest tax increase in the nation’s history.

The “Cap-and-Trade” bill will likely kill two or three real jobs for every so-called green job it creates. If this bill passes the Senate, the president’s signature will make it the law of the land. If that happens, look for your utility bills to increase by fifty percent. Expect gasoline to rise to last summer’s levels and above. Count on the cost of food, clothing and anything else affected by fuel prices — in other words, everything — skyrocketing.

In fact, “skyrocket” was the exact word Obama himself used last year to describe the inflationary effects of this legislation, even as he promoted the idea during his presidential campaign. Obama told voters at that time that his cap-and-trade proposal “will necessarily cause energy prices to skyrocket.” That was a striking admission from a presidential candidate, on a par with Walter Mondale’s startling statement at the 1984 Democratic National Convention that he would “raise your taxes.” (The fact that John McCain is no Ronald Reagan has a great deal to do with Obama not losing every state but his own like Mondale did, but that’s a column for another day.)

As we look back on Barack Obama’s first six months in office, one of two things must be true: the man either believes his policies are good for the country (in which case he is a fool), or he knows those policies are destructive to our economy and he is promoting them anyway (in which case he is every bit the autocrat and Marxist many of us warned he was during the campaign). I have come to believe the latter, but either way we have a long, expensive ride ahead of us.

For those who supported this president out of frustration with either John McCain or with George W. Bush, is it not obvious to you yet that Barack Obama hates America? Those of you who thought Jeremiah Wright was an anomaly in this man’s life, can you now see that this preacher of hate was just part of a long chain of negative, anti-American influences on Obama?

Rather than the Founders of this country, Barack Obama’s heroes have always been terrorists, felons and anarchists. Where most presidents revere Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, and James Madison, the father of the Constitution, this president’s role models have been domestic bomber Bill Ayers and Marxist Saul Alinsky, whose “Rules for Radicals” contains the blueprint for tearing a free America from its underpinnings and replacing it with a repressive nanny state.

As militant as this president is, he is not alone in his extremism. The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, a woman two heartbeats away from the presidency herself, is perhaps even more radical than Obama, if that is possible. Pelosi and her counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, have thus far done this president’s bidding. That may change, especially in the Senate, but one thing is clear. These people hate the America you and I love, and they will do whatever they can to alter it forever.

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© Copyright 2009 by Doug Patton
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Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and policy advisor to conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.
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John McCain - National Savior

Well we exagerate, actually we exagerate a lot. But we couldn't help but be amused when Senator McCain sent us a fundraising request as he seeks re-election to the U.S. Senate, facing both a primary and general election opponent.

McCain said, "As I travel around Arizona, I am always humbled by the dedicated men and women I meet in my home state. I am so honored to serve as one of Arizona's Senators and I want you to know that together, we have accomplished a great deal. We are taking positive steps toward economic reform and we are preparing for a vigorous debate on healthcare in the Senate. But there is still more to accomplish on issues like healthcare reform, national security and earmark reform and that is why I want to continue my service to our country as a member of the United States Senate. "

It would be nice to have a true conservative running for the senate seat in Arizona and would have been equally nice to have had a true conservative running against Barack Hussein Obama last November. No doubt if re-elected McCain will be only slightly better if at all than a Democrat. We won't be sending him our money.

Harvey Perlman - BCS Football

Obviously, the 'Peter Principle' continues to work for Harvey Perlman who has been enthroned with the title of President of the BCS Oversight Committee. Yes here is a guy that brought the Nebraska football program to shambles as he executed his vision for it by hiring Pederson and Callahan.

Now we see he has been chosen to lead the BCS Oversight Committee. May the football gods protect us from this arrogant incompetent who should have been fired years ago.

The Real Barack Hussein Obama

The only thing it seems we can be sure about is that Barack Hussein Obama simply wants to control more of our lives. An article in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/29/us/politics/29climate.html?_r=1&nl=pol&emc=pola1&pagewanted=print ) reveals a lot about him and at the same time leaves us scratching our hair.

The article notes that, "He acknowledged that the initial targets for reducing emissions of heat-trapping gases set by the House bill were quite modest and would probably not satisfy the governments of other countries or many environmental groups. But he said he hoped to build on those early targets in fashioning a more robust program in the future as part of his administration’s efforts to move the nation from an economy based on fossil fuels toward one built on renewable energy sources." So this is just the beginning in Barack Hussein Obama's eyes as he wants a more 'robust' program yet. That should be scary.

Barack Hussein Obama, in regard to the bill's clause that mandates tariffs against countries that don't take similar efforts by 2020, the Times says, "In the interview on Sunday, Mr. Obama said American industries like steel, aluminum, paper and glass had legitimate concerns about competition from developing nations. But he warned that trade sanctions based on the extent to which other countries curbed carbon dioxide emissions might be illegal and counterproductive." In other words, this president who told many of the need to renegotiate or not pass other free trade treaties basically thinks our country should unilaterally disarm when it comes to expecting other countries to adopt similar climate legislation. Do you remember why the Kyoto Treaty never went anywhere? Because of India and China and others that would have been exempted. Apparently that is still okay with Barack Hussein Obama who apparently isn't worried that much of what is left of U.S. manufacturing will simply move to other countries where 'cap and trade' doesn't exist. (Of course, if we remember correctly, he would have the tax code punish those same companies that earn money by moving manufacturing overseas).

What seems evident to us is that whether it be banks, auto manufacturers, health care or energy, Barack Hussein Obama is intent on controlling our lives and pursuing what at best is an often inconsistent agenda.

Climate Change and Republican Values

Despite the 8 turncoat Republicans who voted for the House bill to save our climate and ourselves from ourselves (at least that's what Barack Hussein Obama, Queen Nancy and comrades believe) the latest Rasmussen Reports polling says 42% of Americans believe that the climate change bill will hurt the economy while only 19% say it will help, 15% are unsure and 24% don't know.

Once again, despite those 8 Republicrats, there is a lesson for the GOP and that is that the public doesn't trust the government's intervention here. Most all Republican Congressmen and many brave Democrats stood up against this intrusion into your life. Republicans need to be unified and articulate in speaking to Americans on this issue.

Government Motors payback of its debt

An interesting article in today's Washington Post that pretty much confirms our belief that the ultimate recovery of the government's investment in Government Motors is a pie in the sky dream. Check it out at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/29/AR2009062904105_pf.html

Then, just erase any silly notion that you might have that the government will every recover your investment in a company that should have simply been allowed to fail. The British government, you may recall, tried this with British Motors several decades ago. British Motors no longer exists....

Consequences and The Supreme Court

Yesterday's Supreme Court decision on the New Haven firefighters' case will no doubt give many conservatives the ammunition they want to say that Sotomayor is a liberal activist. It will also give liberals a chance to say that she will vote as did the guy she replaced along with his three comrades and simply isn't an issue.

Unfortunately, the end result is a draw and without some smoking gun Sotomayor will be confirmed. That's what happens when conservatives run the wrong people for office and forget what they once stood for. They lose elections and the opportunity to stop nominations and absurd liberal programs that change what America once stood for....

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Buffett's Son, Howard

For those of you who might have missed it there was an interesting article in Saturday's Wall Street Journal, 'A Buffett Turns to Farming in Africa.' Why interesting, because many here in Omaha remember Howard from his earlier life here and for his service on the Douglas County Board.

Might be worth your read at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204621904574246440378843148.html

Changing the Nominating Process

We read this morning that both parties are trying to 'fix' the primary nominating process. While we do agree that the Democrats should eliminate the 'super delegates', we would suggest one change for the Republicans--let only Republicans vote in your primaries, close the nominating process to Republicans. Yes, we will get more conservative nominees-maybe like Ronald Reagan rather than John McCain who owed much of his success to independents who skewed the process.

Read more if you desire at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/27/AR2009062701556_pf.html

Will He Crumble or Will He Dance?

Seems that U.S. Senator Ben Nelson (NE) is the focus of lots of attention as President Barack Hussein Obama moves to afflict Americans with national health care. Bennie is apparently doing his normal dance when it comes to controversial issues where his constituents feel one way and the president feels another.

Apparently, Senator Bennie isn't totally on board which isn't surprising given his debt to the insurance industry that helps elect him and the sentiment of most rational thinking Nebraskans who help elect him. MoveOn.org and others are running cable and internet commercials trying to prod Ben to get religion and sign on.

If you remember the last many years, Ben often got a 'free trip' to the White House where after 'personal time' with the CEO he got religion and voted the right way. Will that happen this time? You can bet he will get the invitation to the dance. The question is will he crumble?

We are no great fans of Nelson but we hope he holds his ground and votes against this additional take over of our economy and our lives. Barack Hussein Obama and associates have given us enough of that already. Should he stand tall we might actually make him our Objective Hero Nominee of the Month.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The American Clean Energy and Security Act

With a name like the above how could anyone oppose it? Apparently, that is what 211 Democrats and 8 Republicans thought as they passed the Barack Hussein Obama-Nancy Pelosi version of cap and trade. Hopefully, this will never see the desk of the president.

Yesterday we asked why Jeff Fortenberry might be on some lists of undecideds. Fortunately, Fortenberry, Lee Terry and Adrian Smith voted against this unfortunate and expensive solution that seeks a problem to solve. We're glad and we thank them.

We liked one of the quotes Congressman Terry gave us in a missive we received from him yesterday: "The basic message of Cap and Tax bill is that "you can still emit CO2 as long as long as you pay the government for this privilege." This would be called extortion under other circumstances. Tony Soprano would be proud."

Friday, June 26, 2009

Johanns and Sotomayor

Mike Johanns recently sent one of his standard form letters to us in response to our communication with him regarding Barack Hussein Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

Johanns' last paragraph said, "I will carefully review Ms. Sotomayor's record, qualifications, and legal philosophy. I will only vote to confirm judicial nominees whom I believe will uphold our Constitution and ensure fair administration of justice for all Americans. I believe judges must fairly interpret the law. In addition, judges should not use a bias to make a political statement or pursue an activist agenda from the bench. We are a nation of laws and values, and our courts must reflect those principles."

We can't imagine Senator Johanns voting any way but no on Sotomayor's confirmation. We also can't see any reason for him not to join several conservative senators from surrounding states by just saying no NOW.

2010 GOP Chances

We've opined here several times that we believe that the GOP will lose a few more seats in the senate and possibly gain a few in the house. Some of you have asked us to clarify our foundation for this. We think that Larry Sabato (Crystal Ball) has a fairly enlightening column today which we pretty much agree with.

Our Darkhorse

John Thune, Senator from South Dakota has moved up as a result of Senator's Ensign's unpropitious behavior.

We would suggest that GOP pundits watch Thune more carefully. He has the core beliefs of the GOP, is attractive and articulate and could appeal to a broad array of voters. Whether he becomes a candidate in 2012 or 2o16 he is certainly the kind of candidate that the GOP needs.

He's our darkhorse.

Global Warming

Well, we have made our position clear and have opined a couple of times recently, but as Queen Pelosi tries to pass the House version of Cap and Trade to combat man's contribution to climate change, we would suggest you read a Wall Street Journal editorial today at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124597505076157449.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rcp-today-newsletter

We are not sure why we keep seeing the name of Jeff Fortenberry on the 'undecided' list of voters on Pelosi's bill. We hope someone just doesn't have the facts.

We'd also suggest you read yesterday's Wall Street Journal editorial, The Cap and Tax Fiction, at:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124588837560750781.html

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Rasmussen Confirms Republican Axiom

Here is another axiom for Republicans to expound upon. Rasmussen Reports tells us today that 74% of Americans believe they can make better economic decisions than can their members of congress. 74%! Republican candidates should stress that this is precisely why there should be less government in our lives and this sentiment certainly reflects a core Republican belief that citizens are the best deciders of how to spend their money--not government.

Check out the poll at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/economic_stimulus_package/june_2009/74_trust_their_own_economic_judgment_more_than_congress

Sotomayor and Republican Senators

Red state Republican Senators Brownback, Roberts and Inhofe have said they won't vote for Sotomayor's confirmation to become an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. While we have previously opined that this is a done deal, we hope that all Republican Senators will have the fortitude to vote against her.

It is sad that Barack Hussein Obama didn't even have one white man on his list of potential nominees for this position. But that fits Sotomayor's mentality when she rules against a fire department test because it didn't result in any minorities advancing for consideration. Her views that because she is a Hispanic woman she can provide better judgement than a white man simply confirm her bias and her activist view of making rather than interpreting the Constitution of the United States. If a white nominee of a Republican had said this, he would have been toast before the president could have called a press conference to announce his decision.

Republicans will lose this vote because they failed to win the presidency. They will lose this vote because they failed to have an articulate, youthful, attractive candidate who offered a real conservative version of where the country should go. They will lose this vote because George W. Bush, a good man who protected our country from more terrorist attacks managed the fiscal duties of his position incompetently thus encouraging voters to vote for anyone other than a Republican that offered more of Bush.

Sadly, generations to come will pay the price for this nomination.

Having said the above, Republicans need to stand up, register their objections and vote no to Sotomayor.

Our Last Word on Sanford

We aren't going to talk about Mark Sanford after today. We opined yesterday that he was a scumbag and gave him our July Hall of Shame membership. With that said there an interesting article today by David Paul Kuhn, 'The Meaning of Sanford and Political Adultery' at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/06/25/the_meaning_of_sanford_and_political_adultery__97169.html

Sanford has only a year to serve so it would probably be a waste of time and money for his state to attempt to remove him from office, but surly there is reason to do so or for a crescendo of public input for him to do so, not for the affair, but for dereliction of duty. A person who has the responsibility of leading a state can't simply fly away unannounced and unavailable for a week for whatever reason, least of all for a tryst with his mistress......

Sanford has already resigned from his post at the Republican Governor's organizaion. He should also resign as governor of South Carolina.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sanford - Just another scumbag

Our last post gave Mark Sanford the doubt ab our this strange 'head-clearing' trip to Argentina. Seems he was doing more than clearing his head and he now joins Republican scumbag Senator John Ensign in his 'do as I say not as I do' standard of morality and since we made Ensign the June Hall of Shame Nominee of the month we will just give Sanford the July Hall of Shame award for having an affair.

Probably all the better to find this out now. This guy was obviously thinking with something other than his head when he left his state govern less and his family without a father on Father's Day. Had he ever been successful at becoming president, he would have probably given us another era of "Bill Clinton' mentality.

Another Potential GOP Potus falls.

Last week, it was Senator John Ensign who appeared to be thinking about a run for the presidency who ended that hope with the revelation of an ugly affair. This week, Governor Mark Sanford, a favorite potential GOP presidential candidate, whose aspirations seem to have become markedly diminished because of his really weird/stupid behaviour.

After the press began wondering where the South Carolina governor had disappeared to they were told by Sanford's staff that he was hiking to clear his mind. On Father's Day weekend his wife admitted that she hadn't heard from him in several days. Turns out we now find he took a 'head-clearing' jaunt to Argentina.

Now what kind of governor or potential president could be dumb enough to leave his state without letting anyone know where he was or how to contact him? Does that sound like responsible behavior? Under most circumstances the Lt. Governor of the state would have been alerted and folks would have known where to go in the event of an emergency, but Sanford apparently didn't worry about that.

For his irresponsible 'head-clearing' trip we'd suggest that Governor Sanford has just ended any hope of a realistic run for the White House.

More for the GOP to rebuild its foundation on.

Rasmussen Reports seems to provide the GOP with daily suggestions about what it should be talking about if it wants to restore its credibility with voters, absent the bad behavior of slimeballs like Senator John Ensign.

Today, Rasmussen reports that 47% of voters oppose more regulation of the financial industry with seven in 10 Republicans feeling that way. You might want to check out at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/general_business/47_oppose_more_government_regulation_of_u_s_financial_system

Anonymous Please Call!!

We received the following e-mail belatedly from the father of Brad Fuglei in response to a comment made on our blog posting Monday, June 1, 2009
Suttle -- Incompetent and on the Hot Seat . We don't know who the anonymous commentor was but Mr. Fuglei would like you to contact him if you are so inclined.

"I am not anonymous. I am Bruce Fuglei, father of Brad. Yes, it is the same Samp who worked at Petersen's Law Firm and was involved in misdeeds that nearly gave Petersen a one year suspension. The search warrants will be released tomorrow (Friday)and you will all have alot more information concerning creep Samp and creep Petersen. They are both child molesters. The truth shall prevail.I would really really like to talk to the "anonymous" who used to work at Petersen's Law Firm. If he/she comes back on this blog, please let me know if you would be willing to talk to me. If you wanted to remain anonymous over the phone - or whatever - I would be honor your request and would keep confidential any parts of our conversation." - Bruce Fuglei

John Fahey and the Omaha World-Herald Editorial Page


On May 29, we published a letter (Friday, May 29, 2009
Fahey administration is at fault for fiscal woes - Patrick McPherson - see in archives by clicking)by one of our contributors, Patrick McPherson, which also appeared in the Omaha World-Herald. It was a rebuttal to a Midlands Voices editorial by former Mayor Fahey's former chief of staff, Paul Landau, and his Finance Director, Carol Ebdon.

While it wasn't logical that the daily rag and its often inconsistent editorial page editor Geitner Simmons would publish a rebuttal to a rebuttal, he none the less chose to publish a rebuttal by none other than former Mayor Fahey's unbiased brother John who also represented the police union in the contracts that brought Omaha to its $500 million dollar pension disaster.

We would have expected that the inconsistent editor would have been open to a rebuttal of the rebuttal of the rebuttal but none has appeared, not surprisingly. With that said, we did receive two comments regarding John Fahey from two individuals who we have great respect for and who served as police officers and retired under the current contract. In the absence of a rebuttal to Fahey's we thought their comments were important to share and we do so below without attribution since they were shared with us in confidence with expectation that their names not be revealed.

First comment:

"I'm just curious. Is it considered malpractice for an attorney who has done extensive work for the police union in the past to get diarrhea of the mouth in the paper against a former client? I surely hope that Tom Dowd doesn't one day decide that he will start airing our laundry after all of the money we have paid in legal fees to him, like Fahey. I'll ask him next time I see him.

"I guess I don't remember all of those enhancements under Daub that amounted to a "bonanza" as Fahey says. He also mentions that in a rare case, an officer worked 35 years before retirement. Bull shit. I remember many a career lawman who had II35 to 40 years. That was the rule, not the exception.

"Fahey also says that under Daub, we could carry over comp time until retirement. No we couldn't. You could only carry it through the next year then you had to cash it or use it. Fahey wouldn't let us cash it. We had to carry it over in order to save his ass. Funny, libs are not used to the media actually questioning them about issues.

"Just incredible how libs love unions---as long as they are "right kind" of union. Conservative unions, well now, they are greedy and how dare they have a say in city politics. The auto workers, on the other hands, let's make them part owners of the company, right alongside Obozo.

Never, ever put liberals in charge of law enforcement. Or anything, for that matter."

Second Comment:

"I remember pointing out at a union meeting, that we needed to fire John Fahey. This was when the lush tried to educate us at a meeting (on our dime), that we should endorse his brother, after the decision was made to endorse Daub. You pointed out malpractice, John Fahey not only did extensive work for the union, he was our attorney who reviewed the last contract we settled with Daub. He actually criticized the contract he gave his stamp of approval. Another thing—the article states Daub gave us the $50 supplemental pension increase. Actually we had that for many years. The City Council routinely gave us the raise, without it being in the contract. Boyle or Morgan tried to stop it. The union sued based upon the established precedent. The Fire Union did likewise. The firemen won their suit and we would have certainly won as well. Daub settled the suit by putting it in our contract. $50 wow! I think Mike Fahey spills that much booze every night in the bar. I know John Fahey does, the guy is a human milkshake."

An Australian Viewpoint on Global Warming and Cap and Trade

A very interesting article today on Al Gore's Church of Global Warming. It really doesn't mention him, but it provides some thoughts from the Aussie mentality on this fraud and references a book that we should probably all read.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Updates

We've talked a lot about Cash For Clunkers which will be signed by Barack Hussein Obama as part of the war funding bill. We see today that Rasmussen Polling reports that 54% of Americans oppose this bill but it will soon be law. Check out the article at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/auto_industry/54_oppose_cash_for_clunkers_plan_to_spur_purchase_of_greener_cars

We also recently opined on the Slavery Apology resolution passed by the Senate last week, wondering what Nebraska's senators did. The resolution was passed unanimously by a voice vote so there you have it.

More Blogs and Less Blogs

Seems there is a new 'Suttle Watch' blog that may be counting the days to go before a recall campaign will begin. We'll see how long it continues to function, but we have added it to our links and you can check it out at: http://suttlewatch.blogspot.com/

We've also recently come across a blog called Nebraska Political Insider which we have added to our links.

It appears that the Dodge Street Blog has passed on with the demise of the Daub campaign as there haven't been any recent updates.

Opportuntiy for Republicans

An article in the Wall Street Journal today discussing a recent poll that indicates the Barack Hussein Obama bloom may be fading for independent voters. This could be another opportunity for Republicans if they can find articulate spokespersons. Check it out at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124570175501838333.html

More on Cash for Clunkers

An interesting editorial today coming from the Washington Post on one of our favorite current issues, the Cash for Clunkers bill which will soon become law.


We still think this is just another crazy government spending program that guarantees nothing for domestic auto makers.

Cap and Trade

We've commented on this silly idea several times before but with the Waxman-Markey (Obama) bill about to be considered we thought we'd opine once again that this is an expensive way to deal with a problem that for the most part we can't control. The whole mentality of Al Gore's Church of Global Warming assumes that man is responsible for this warming. What hubris to think that cyclical climatic trends that have occurred over millions of years should be ignored based on about 150 years of recorded temperatures.

Having expressed the above there are some interesting articles and columns today that might be worth a read. They indicate that the cost of this cap and trade 'solution to the American family will be somewhere between $140 (Congressional Budget Office) and $4,300 (Heritage Foundation) a year--not exactly any consensus.

In a Wall Street Journal article today, Pete Du Pont opines that:
"Energy development and creation have been essential to America's success over the past several centuries, and they are important for America's future. But the Obama-Waxman-Markey legislation has it backwards: By reducing energy availability, their proposals would kill jobs, reduce purchasing power, shrink the economy, and raise the cost of every fuel we use."
You might want to check that out at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124529064317626263.html

There is also a Washington Post article that opines that the cost will amount to $175 per family at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/22/AR2009062202836_pf.html

When it comes to government estimates of what programs will cost you can bet they will always be low and underestimate the unintended consequences. For us, we'll err on the side of the Heritage Foundation estimate of $4,300 per family.

Cap and trade is simply a solution in search of a problem that will create many more the chief ones being the cost to American families and the loss of jobs to countries (India and China, etal) that don't and won't regulate carbon emissions.

Monday, June 22, 2009

That Lucky Dodd - The Democrat Culture of Corruption

If you missed it, you might want to check out the Wall Street Journal editorial, "Dodd's Irish Luck" which adds just one more reason why this crook should not be serving in the United States Senate.

Dodd is probably one of the very few Democrats who is not looking like a shoo-in for 2010. Maybe the residents of his state have begun to tire of his self-enriching behavior. Let's hope.



Johanns

While senior U.S. Senator Nelson is trying to spend $152.8 billion of your tax dollars on earmarks, we're pleased to see junior U.S. Senator Johanns has refrained from requesting any earmarks. Good for him.

Turkeys and Earmarks

What do turkeys and earmarks have in common? BEN NELSON. Yes, from yesterday's daily rag we learn that senior Nebraska U.S. Senator E. Benjamin Nelson who has requested $152.8 million in earmarks wants $500,000 to go to the Wild Turkey Foundation and another $500,000 to go to Ducks Unlimited in Nebraska to improve habitat for the birds.

Now we all know that Bennie is an avid turkey hunter. He has a grand-slam to his credit, having killed virtually every variety of turkey that resides within the U.S. His 'cabin' near Schram Park is filled with his trophies. Ben hunts with all the big hunters from our state and elsewhere.

But really, more turkey habitat? Ben only needs to look to the woods surrounding his 'cabin' to know that there is lots of turkey habitat in Nebraska. In fact, in the last 50 years Nebraska's wild turkey population has grown from exactly 0 to more than 400,000. Turkey population in Nebraska has expanded by more than 200% in this decade alone. If Ben checked his Regency home he would see turkeys roaming wild and free in his neighborhood.

While The National Turkey Foundation (and Ducks Unlimited) do some great things and while we are very supportive of their mission, this is just an example of what is wrong with earmarks. Our country is piling up trillions of dollars of debt and Ben Nelson is desirous of adding to it with his pet projects and this is only $1 million of the $152 million he proposes to spend.

Perhaps, Ben thinks he will become the Nebraska version of John Murtha now that he has an airport named after him. If he'd been more effective, he might have brought one of the two strategic missions to Offutt that when elsewhere.

Suttle's National Search

Apparently Mayor Suttle has exhausted all service club venues in his quest to get suggestions and resumes from them for potential Omaha finance directors.

We were amused that Mayor Suttle's spokesperson, Ron Gerarad, said that there is now a national search going on for Omaha's finance director. When did it become a national search? Perhaps, when no one in Omaha was dumb enough to want the job? What makes Suttle think that someone coming in from outside the city would have any concept of the unique issues facing Omaha? Back to our second question, perhaps, when no one in Omaha was dumb enough to want the job?

Anyone from out of Omaha might have one additional consideration. Is it worth the risk to relocate to Omaha when there may be a recall in six months?

We Are a Muslim Nation

Barack Hussein Obama told the world recently that 'we are a Muslim nation.' We guess the New York City City Council got the message as its education committee recently approved putting two Muslim holidays on their school systems holiday calendar. Wonder how many Jewish or Christian holidays are on the school system's calendar?

ABC Becomes the "All Barack Channel" - Doug Patton

During the 1990s, conservatives referred to CNN as the “Clinton News Network” based on the fact that crazy old Ted Turner’s news station was so ridiculously biased in favor of the Clinton White House that no honest person could deny it. Now, as Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has sardonically pointed out, ABC has become the “All Barack Channel.”

The American Broadcasting Company, as it was known back when it still pretended to be fair and balanced, has gone far beyond the days of CNN’s fawning coverage of the felon-in-chief, his choleric bride and the gang that couldn’t lie straight. The mainstream media is so in love with Barack Obama that they continually try to one-up each other in their sycophantic coverage of their new president. But ABC has raised the stakes by taking up residence in the White House for a day in order to spew the Official Party Line on health care.

Imagine if from sunup to sunset — and beyond — ABC were to broadcast its news shows for an entire day from the heart of the executive branch of our federal government. The lineup would start with “Good Morning, America” from the Obama White House and progress through the day’s entire lineup of news programs, culminating in a “Town Hall” meeting at the White House that night. The topic? President Obama’s plans for a government takeover of the nation’s health care system.

No opposing points of view would be permitted, which means that those in the “Town Hall” would be hand-selected by ABC and the White House. Additionally, ABC would decline to run any advertising that day presenting any other points of view.

Well, imagine no more, because that day has arrived. Are you comprehending this, America? Welcome to Pravda USA!

The media in this country have been championing the liberal cause of Democrats at least since FDR; but with the election of Obama, they have taken this cheerleading to a new level. Webster defines Fascism as “a political philosophy, movement or regime that exalts nation, and often race, above the individual, and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.” The regime of Barack Obama, with its unaccountable “Czars” and its partnership with the most biased news media in the history of the country, is giving us the framework for just such a chilling government system.

Even the tyrannical Islamic Republic of Iran has been more open than this! As the violence in that country escalated following their recent “election,” the government eventually banned all official photographs, thereby reducing the coverage to grainy video shot on cell phones and sent out to the world via text messages. But during the first week of unrest among the Iranian people, one photo opportunity was afforded by the government to the world press each day. Compare that to the complete blackout the All Barack Channel is giving America.

Just as it is startling to realize that the governments of Russia and China are now cautioning the U.S. to slow down in our out-of-control spending, and Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez makes jokes about Obama being to his political left, it is equally astonishing to realize that the government of Iran was, at least for a while, more open in its press avails than Obama and his new pet network intend to be in their little health care charade.

American innovation fuels progress in medicine across the globe. Nowhere on the planet has collectivist health care worked without rationing and medical mediocrity. We cannot allow this left-wing coalition of media and government to destroy the greatest health care system in the world. If we do, we may never get it back.

The American Republic has withstood much over the past two-plus centuries, from Civil War to an expansion of government that would have taken the Founders’ breath away. But this nearly total collusion of press and government is a subtle assault from which we may never recover.

To protest this outrage, write: David Westin, President, ABC News, 7 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023.

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© Copyright 2009 by Doug Patton
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Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and policy advisor to conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

John Ensign Should Resign

John Ensign (See Republican Culture of Corruption below) should resign. The embarrassment over his affair with a former staffer just gets uglier and uglier. If Republicans want to be the party of values it's time that they act that way. Ensign's behavior is reprehensible, particularly for an elected official and his disclosure of his affair makes any Republican that talks about the 'family values' his party advocates look like a hypocrite.

For and update on this you can read: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/19/AR2009061902327_pf.html

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mea Culpa for Slavery

Your U.S. Senate approved a resolution apologizing for slavery, on a voice vote. We'd like to know how Senators Johanns and Nelson voted, but.....

We've opined on this issue in the past, but we happen to believe that apologies are in order only for what we personally do to offend, not what George Washington, Thomas Jefferson or anyone who lived more than 14o years ago did.

This resolution is a feel good one and is less useful than naming a post office or one supporting Earth Day. There are no reparations built in it which offends those who believe the lack of black success in this country is due to their past and current victim hood. The resolution is meaningless.

Programs that Never Die

An interesting story in the Weekly Standard on why government programs never die, by Gary Andres, 'One Way Street,' at: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/641plibf.asp

It is supportive of Senator Thune's bill to require the government to divest itself of its interests in public companies within a year. We think that is a great idea.

Smoking Legislation

George Will has a good column today on the tabacco legislation that passed last week. He provides his take on the legislation and it's worth the read at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/06/18/burned_by_a_tobacco_bill_97046.html

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Republican Culture of Corruption

Yep, we are the 'Objective Conservative' which means we call a spade a spade even if it is a Republican and today we are embarrassed that Senator John Ensign (R), NV, has admitted to having an affair. Bad enough that he cheated on his wife, but he cheated with a married employee of his whose family he describes as very close.

You might recall that Senator Ensign had scheduled a trip to Iowa and his name had been mentioned as a potential Republican candidate in 2012. So much for that.


Oh, and to be fare, John is now our June Objective Hall of Shame Nominee.

Monephorgis?

Need to google our title? It might be easier to go to a rather amusing column about one of the faces of the Democrat Culture of Corruption, former Congressman William Jefferson. His trial started yesterday and it sounds like it would have been fun to be there to here this guy's lawyer explain that $90,000 in cold cash found in Jefferson's freezer.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sell our stock now


Rasmussen Reports tells us that 80% of voters think the government needs to sell its stock in Chrysler (and GM) now. We think that's a great idea rather than hoping for a soviet style five year plan to wean the government from its control. See more at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/auto_industry/june_2009/80_want_government_to_sell_stake_in_gm_chrysler_right_now

Stimulus and Waste

If you don't think there is plenty of room to save your tax dollars and even 'stimulus' dollars you might check out an article on Senator Coburn's fight against a Corps of Engineers project in his own state at: http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003143984

Unlike the bridge to nowhere, this is the guardrail around the lake that doesn't exist.....

We haven't had an Objective Hero of the Month for a while, so we also make Coburn our Hero of the Month for standing up for financial reason.

We Need More Hate

We've discussed 'hate' crimes several times in the last few days so naturally we were gratified to see that Harry Reid plans on bringing and passing more 'hate crime' legislation before the Senate's August recess. Yes, now he wants to add federal legislation expanding coverage to offenses based on a victim’s gender, sexual orientation or gender identity, or on a disability.

We once again state that a crime is a crime no matter what the reason behind it. Does anyone think murder is not a hate crime and the victim and victim's family are any less valuable than some other victim and his/her family just because of the motive?

Oh, well, this will certainly give lots of jobs (stimulus-wonder why Barack Hussein Obama and Harry Reid haven't sold it this way) to lawyers and bureaucrats.

See more about this at: http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=news-000003143862

Monday, June 15, 2009

"Constitutionalists Are Not Amused"

Once again we find ourselves impressed with a column by George Will, 'More Judicial Activism Please' at: http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=b9e844e5-8383-4317-81f8-3dc2647d05b4&t=c

Will suggests that the Congress and the Courts are failing in their duty. We agree fully.

Who Wants Federal Government Healthcare?

Rasmussen has a poll today that shows 41% of voters want a government run health care system to compete with the private sector and 41% don't. That doesn't exactly seem like Barack Hussein Obama and friends are trying to tell us--but then they do know better than we do, don't they?

See the article at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/healthcare/june_2009/41_favor_public_sector_health_care_option_41_disagree

Another Wasted Vote (s)

We are all saddened by the murder that took the life of a guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and just can't begin to express our amazement at our Congress's quick reaction. Having nothing else to do with their time they found it necessary to support a resolution H.Res 529, 'Honoring the Bravery and Dedication of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Employees and Security Personnel.' Not surprisingly the bill passed 413 votes in favor and none against.

Isn't it wonderful that these brave men and women in the House took time from their otherwise arduous process of regulating your life to pass a bill that accomplishes nothing other than wasting more space in the Congressional Record so they can simply reiterate what we all feel?

These folks need to work on important issues rather than pass resolutions like this and spend time naming post offices.

P.S. While the House also found time to vote on naming a court house on Friday, they voted on Thursday to condemn the murder of baby killer Dr. George Teller, again with 424 votes for and none against. Do you suppose that there will be a resolution for the woman killed last night on 45th and Sprague here in Omaha--or was her life not that important?

P.S., P.S. To further our point about the hard intellectual level of our congress we submit the followin record of what they voted on last week.


6/12/09
Passed
Roll call 335: On Motion to Concur in the Senate AmendmentFamily Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
6/11/09
Passed
Roll call 334: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and AgreeCondemning the Violent Attack on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10, 2009 and Honoring the Bravery and Dedication of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Employees and Security Personnel
6/11/09
Passed
Roll call 333: On PassageThe Peace Act
6/11/09
Failed
Roll call 332: On Motion to Recommit With InstructionsThe Peace Act
6/11/09
Failed
Roll call 331: On Agreeing to the Amendment
6/11/09
Passed
Roll call 330: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, As AmendedRahlph Regula Federal Office Building and Courthouse
6/11/09
Passed
Roll call 329: On Motion to Instruct ConfereesSupplemental Appropriations, Fy 2009
6/10/09
Passed
Roll call 328: On PassageForeign Relation Authorization Act Fy’S 2010 and 2011
6/10/09
Failed
Roll call 327: On Motion to Recommit With InstructionsForeign Relation Authorization Act Fy’S 2010 and 2011
6/10/09
Agreed to
Roll call 326: On Agreeing to the Amendment
6/10/09
Failed
Roll call 325: On Agreeing to the Amendment
6/10/09
Failed
Roll call 324: On Agreeing to the Amendment
6/10/09
Agreed to
Roll call 323: On Agreeing to the Amendment
6/10/09
Agreed to
Roll call 322: On Agreeing to the Amendment
6/10/09
Failed
Roll call 321: On Agreeing to the Amendment
6/10/09
Agreed to
Roll call 320: On Agreeing to the Amendment
6/10/09
Passed
Roll call 319: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and AgreeRecognizing the 25th Anniversary of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
6/10/09
Passed
Roll call 318: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and AgreeRecognizing the Significant Accomplishments of the Americorps
6/10/09

Passed
Roll call 317: On Agreeing to the ResolutionProviding for Consideration of H.R. 1886, the Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement (Peace) Act; and Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2410, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fy’S 2010 and 2011
6/9/09
Passed
Roll call 316: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and AgreeCondemning the Murder of Dr. George Tiller, Who Was Shot to Death at His Church on May 31, 2009.

Update - Tobacco Regulation

We opined last week in 'We're from the government and we're here to help you' on the passage of the tobacco regulation act noting our objection to more government regulation in our lives and the slippery slope of taking more and more of our freedom away. We noted the bill passed in the Senate thanks to the votes of Nebraska's senators Johanns and Nelson.

The bill passed the House as well on Friday with the help of our congressmen Terry and Fortenberry. We are pleased to tell you that Congressman Smith voted against the bill, hopefully for the right reasons.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

And the Winner is The Omaha World-Herald for the Worst Dressed Reporters Award

There was a time when we expected that reporters from either the print or electronic media would look like respectable professionals. For the most part that is still true. However, over the last year we have been particularly impressed with the lack of a professional appearance presented by at least two Omaha World-Herald reporters, Maggie O'brien and Robynn Tysver.

Maggie often shows up in jeans that have holes in them and looks worse than, but perhaps not unlike, some one a Darin Bates might find in Council Bluffs ready to give him a massage. Robin, invariably shows up looking like she is waring cloths donated her from the goodwill and worn for several days not to mention unkempt (and generally late).

One would think that the Omaha World-Herald and its management which seems to be struggling to make a profit or survive would have higher expectations for the appearance of its 'professionals.' APPARENTLY, IT DOESN'T

Global Warming, Cap-and-trade, Whtie Roofs and Tabacco legislation

You might ask what the topics in our title have in common? From our standpoint we don't believe in any of them. We haven't talked about Al Gore's Church of Global Warming lately, but we believe whatever warming that may be occurring is at least 95% the result of mother nature and her climate cycles--not man. We believe that cap-and-trade is a silly way for America to disarm itself economically from the rest of the world by making credible Al Gore's fantasy (to which he somehow exempts himself and his mansion and his private jet transportation).

What about white roofs? Well, here is another scheme aimed at putting credence to Al Gore's fantasy that man is responsible for mother nature's deviant behaviour (which frankly is now defined as any unusual weather). So Energy Secretary Steven Chu now tells us that we could impede the global warming process simply by painting the roofs of our houses white. What a splendid idea?

So what about tobacco legislation? Will government can and has just about legislated anything it wants us to do and the recent passage of the tobacco legislation is just another example. So if it can do that why not just simply legislate that all new roofs and all replacements must be painted white? In fact, why not legislate that all vehicles be painted white?

It could very well happen with the legislative, we-know-better-than-you mentality of our government leaders today.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Suttle's Poor Start

After his election less than a month ago and only five days in office, Jim Suttle continues to amaze us with his ineptness and bad choices. Now, he's added broken promises as well. So here is a summary of Jim's first 30 days:
  1. 1. Appoints a child sex offender as a co-chief-of-staff

  2. 2. Appoints a individual as co-chief-of-staff who was fired by his former employer, a government organization for lying to his elected board about having an affair with a board member--an act of dishonest

  3. Leaves press conference on sex offender chief-of-staff issue refusing to answer any questions for the press.

  4. Fires sex offender co-chief-of-staff

  5. Says he will adopt the Bates (Fahey) Commission to raise taxes.

  6. Asks members of Downtown Omaha Rotary to suggest names and send resumes of potential city finance directors

  7. Leases a 'green' vehicle as an example of how he will bring 'greenness' to the city. Except it is a 385 Horsepower Dodge Hemi SUV Hybrid that gets 20 miles to the gallon and finances it over 4 years at more than $15,000 per year cost to the city of Omaha. He tells citizens he will find cuts in budget to cover costs.

  8. Is defeated in his at temp to over-ride veto of former mayor.

  9. Announces that his solemn promise to OTOC (Omaha Together One Community) to restore the position of Police Auditor won't happen because there is no money in the budget.

  10. Announces he will refinance the Dodge Durango SUV Hybrid by making annual payments, saving citizens about $8,000 over the lease so citizens will now pay only about $60,000 for the vehicle it could have paid cash of about $40,000 for. Of course he could have bought a real hybrid but we are told by his spokesman that he needs security and the ability to quickly get around in storms. So apparently, being green isn't a goal worth making some sacrifices for.

Well, we're sure we've missed a couple more of the issues that have defined the inauspicious, embarrassing first month of his post-election but this is a good start. Well, not for Suttle.

Wacky San Francisco -- A real example for Suttle

Perhaps Omaha's new Mayor Suttle will learn from what is happening in San Francisco, but judging from his inauspicious actions since being elected, we doubt it.

With that said you should read about what is going on in the sanctuary city by the sea at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/13/us/13sanctuary.html?th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print

Why Government Shouldn't be a lender

A good article in today's New York Times on the current position of the Federal Reserve as a lender and the determiner of who gets credit and who doesn't. Once again, as we see it, another example of Barack Hussein Obama's view of what the United Socialist States of America can be.

Read about it at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/13/business/economy/13fed.html?th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print

Friday, June 12, 2009

Chancellor Perlman Finally Gets it Right

We've shared our opinions about UNL Chancellor Perlman many times in the past. Frankly, we think he's an incompetent administrator who should have been fired or sent back to the UNL law school after his misguided, arrogant handling of Steve Peders0n and the two former football coaches but we won't dwell on that here.

The good news is that Perlman finally said what he should have said when he first appointed Tom A.D., that their would be no term-limit to Tom's tenure.

If you recall, before appointing Tom to A.D. Perlman appointed him as interim A.D. until a search committee could be formed for Pederson's replacement. Then Perlman realized his error and appointed Tom to stay until 2010 at which point a national search for his replacement would be made. Now, Perlman realizes that doesn't make sense.

If Perlman had a brain in his legalized, elitist academic head he would have simply made yesterday's decision at the beginning.

If Pederson has any gray matter left he should simply say that the job is Tom's as long as he wants it and after that he will be A.D. Emeritus with an office at the university thereafter.

The Democrat Culture of Corruption

Check SpellingToday we get confirmation that the House ethics committee is conducting a preliminary inquiry into the lobbying firm PMA Group's ability to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks for clients while steering millions of dollars in donations to key Democrats. There are three Democrats whose relationship will hopefully be fully exposed. They are Reps John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.) and James Moran (D-Va.). We've discussed all three of these corrupt congressmen in the past and hope that this is the beginning of the end of their careers as well as the beginning of the end of the Democrat Culture of Corruption.

Rebuilding the Republican Leadership

From today's Rasmussen Report we get two thoughts that Republicans should absolutely seize upon. First, Rasmussen's finding that 51% of Americans think the best thing that can be done to stimulate the economy is to cut taxes. Second, that 53% of Americans believe that increased government spending hurts the economy

See these stories at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/economic_stimulus_package/june_2009/51_say_cut_everybody_s_taxes_to_stimulate_the_economy

and: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/taxes/june_2009/53_say_more_government_spending_hurts_the_economy

The Government Ownership Exit Plan



He discusses his Government Ownership Exit Plan Act which would require the government to sell its interest in private companies by July 1, 2010. We would encourage you to read his column and write your senator to encourage him to support it--knowing, of course, that Harry Reid, Barack Hussein Obama and Treasury Secretary Geithner will oppose this right wing idea that government should be prevented from business ownership.

We are from the Government and Here to Save You




Yes, Barack Hussein Obama and associates are gratified that the Senate voted yesterday to let government save you by yet more regulations--this time to regulate tabacco and what tabacco companies can do and how they can advertise. And a new bueacracy will be created within the FDA to do so with about $700 million from the industry it regulates to do so.


You can thank your senators Nelson and Johanns for this.

While this feel good legislation will impress many you should remember that every time you give away more power to the government it only seeks more power to protect you, not from agressors foreign and domestic but rather from yourself.

Will they next want to protect you from caffine? From sugar?

When government makes laws that protect you from yourself they take away your freedom to make decisions for yourself. And each such piece of legislation only makes it easier for government to take away even more of your freedom.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hemis or Pools or Libraries

We said yesterday that we couldn't wait to see a photo of Jim Suttle stretched across the hood of your (the City's) new Durango Hybrid. We see our friends at the Leavenworth Blog managed to put one together so with attribution to them we add their photo here.

In regards to politics, its interesting how silly things one does comes up to bite them later. Remember John Kerry in his spacesuit, Michael Dukakis in his tank? We have Jim Suttle on his Thunderbird and now superimposed on his (your) Durango.

We still can't get over the elite arrogance of this guy going out to buy a 385 Horsepower Hemi Hybrid at a cost of over $60,000 over his 'anticipated' four-year term, when he's telling parents that the city doesn't have enough money to operate their neighborhood swimming pools and libraries.

The Omaha World-Herald -- Rest in Peace

In its effort to promote its paranoia, the daily rag, The Omaha-World Herald, made itself even less Internet friendly yesterday as it revealed its new design. What in fact it did was simply make it harder for anyone who is not a subscriber to get local information without either buying the bird cage liner or subscribing to it.

The daily rag has drastically reduced its circulation across the state. It increased its daily paper cost by 50% in March. It has become an emaciated version of its former self. Its reporters at best are naive and uneducated and lack any sense of inquisitiveness often reporting the pablum fed them in press releases without questioning.

While the New York Times and The Washington Post among others offer daily updates with complete stories mailed to our e-mail addresses, while they offer daily commentary from solid columnists, the Omaha World-Herald continues to entrench itself by providing less for more. While the demographics of our country would indicate that the younger folks prefer to get their news on line, the Omaha World-Herald continues to act as a dinosaur ignoring and failing to compete for that business.

We at the Objective Conservative will continue to read the daily rag although, hopefully, we'll be able to pick one up at the coffee shop that someone else has paid for in order not to further reward these folks. So, we'll continue to opine on local news, hopefully sometimes before you've read about them.

We believe the daily rag's business model is going the wrong way. You can anticipate that it will continue to hunker down in its protectionist mode, offering less and less for more. Sadly, we will not be surprised when it becomes a daily news sheet distributed free to coffee shops based on its few remaining advertisers, much as you see in small communities across the state. Hopefully, blogs or websites will ultimately rise to fill the gap left my the inevitable demise of this bird cage liner.

Hate Crimes and Guns - Beware America

Last week a nut-job used a hand gun to kill abortionist George Tiller. Another nut-job killed a U.S. soldier although the media and President Barack Hussein Obama didn't think that was nearly important even though both crimes fit the liberal definition of 'hate-crimes'.

Yesterday, another nut-job, James W. von Brunn, shot a guard and injured another at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. He did that with a rifle.

With this said, you can expect a new waive of legislation from liberals across the country at both state and national levels to 'enhance' hate-crime' legislation and restrict the ownership of guns, hand-guns and rifles.

Now there probably won't be any legislation to prevent people from driving automobiles a(although Barack Hussein Obama and Al Gore would probably like to see such) because a few people killed someone by driving drunk, but because of a few nut-jobs there will be more attempts to 'enhance' hate crimes and limit guns. Bet on it!

We are profoundly sorry for the losses of the families of Tiller, the soldier and those of the Holocaust Memorial victim just as we are profoundly sorry for the families of the victims of some 4o plus murders in Omaha, Nebraska last year. None of those lives were any more or less valuable than any of the others we've discussed. None of their families are more or less deserving of our compassion because of who they were. The notion of valuing one life as more important than another is just ridiculous. Murder is murder and the punishments should be based on the crime not the motive or imputed motive.

A Wiser alternative to Cap-and-trade

A good column in the Wall Street Journal authored by Reps. Pence and Shimkus and Upton on the Republican alternative to the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade legislation which will make America all the more uncompetitive by raising prices of virtually everything we consume, raise our energy prices precipitously and drive manufacturers out of our country. You might be wise to read their alternative at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124467604217304035.html# .
There is also a good article by George Will pointing out the dangers of this in trade aspects at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/10/AR2009061002855.html?wpisrc=newsletter
discusses the Smoot-Hawley tariff of 1930 which ignited reciprocal protectionism that suffocated global trade and deepened the Depression.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Welcome to the U.S.S.A. (United Socialist States of America)

President Barack Obama continues his effort to nationalize and socialize our country. Today we get the following:

White House to Propose New Rules for Executive Compensation The Obama administration is set to announce today two proposals that would empower shareholders and the Securities and Exchange Commission to have more oversight over executive compensation at all publicly traded firms, government sources said. The measures would require legislation, which is expected to be sent to Capitol Hill soon, one of the sources said.

Mayor Suttle goes Green?????

Let's see, the new mayor has leased for payments of over $15,000 per year a 'green' vehicle. Yes, he's leased a 2009 Dogde Durago Hybrid. No doubt this is his first act to make Omaha a greener city. But wait. This is a 385 Horsepower 5.7 liter engine that may get 18-20 miles per gallon in the city.

Now, if Mayor Suttle wanted to be really green why didn't he look at a 2009 Mercury Mariner which would have cost about 2/3rds of the price of the Dodge? It has a much more efficient 155 horsepower engine that gets a minimum of 27 miles per gallon.

Like his choice of chiefs of staff, Fahey once again falls far short in his judgement. A city that has the debt this one does doesn't need to be paying $15,000 a year on a lease for what is still a gas guzzler.

PS. We can't wait for that photo of him lying across the hood of this vehcile.

Your Voucher is Coming - Thank You Lee Terry!


Yes, the house yesterday passed HR 2751 that will give you a either a $3,500 or $4,500 voucher when you trade in that gas guzzler for a vehicle that gets better mileage. We're not quite sure what this will cost the American public and we still don't see any provision that prevents us from buying that $9,000 Kia Rio when we trade in our gas guzzler, so apparently the bill might not even help Chrysler Fiat or Government Motors or God forbid a private American auto manufacturer like Ford.

Now, when you thank your Congress for this vote, keep in mind that Lee Terry voted for the bill while Adrian Smith and Jeff Fortenberry. While we certainly not be left behind at the voucher line, we wonder why Terry voted for this increased government spending?




Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Government Motors

A very short Washington Post commentary of the paradox you the owners of Government Motors and perhaps Fiat-Chrysler face and how your congress and the president may or may not respond providing a chance for success or none. Our bet is the Government Motors Five Year Plan will fail miserably because of the contradictions of government ownership and tinkering with what you may or may not want to buy.

Read this at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/08/AR2009060803531_pf.html

The Democrat Face of Corruption

Since we referred to the possibility that the Republican Party might not be as moribund as some think earlier today, we thought it was appropriate to remind you that one of those faces goes on trial next Tuesday. Yes William Jefferson who had put $90, 000 of cold cash in his freezer will finally go to trial four years after his crime. You can read more about this at:
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003137499

More on Hate Crimes and the Media and Barack Hussein Obama

We could not agree more with Doug Patton's column published earlier today below on our blog, but we were also impressed with another column that you can find at: http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=C1110007-18FE-70B2-A8BF1FAEE9831912

One of the things that continues to amaze us is that there is seldom any consideration for the victims in cases like the soldiers, that is their families, while all the empathy seems to surround a baby-murderer's family. Is the loss any less for the families of the soldiers? Are any of these two murders more hate-crime oriented? The press and Barack Hussein Obama would have you believe so.

We repeat our axiom that no murder is any more important than another simply based on motivation of color of skin.
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Good News for a dying Elephant?

You probably won't hear much about this from the press, but Rasmussen has some good news for the Republican Party. Voters now trust the Republican Party more than the Democrat Party on the economy and independent voters trust Republicans by a two-to-one margin. Just as signficant, on the issue of government ethics and corruption Republicans now have a six point margin over the Democrats (Can you say Murtha, etal?)

For more on this see: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/trust_on_issues/trust_on_issues

So, You Want to Compae Hate Crimes - Doug Patton

June 8, 2009

On a Sunday morning in Wichita, Kansas, a man is murdered while attending church. The killing is immediately labeled a “hate crime” and an act of “domestic terrorism.” The news media is outraged. Television networks act as if the man was a martyr, and the story is front-page news in every newspaper in the country. Attorney General Eric Holder orders the U.S. Marshal’s Office to increase security around the slain man’s business and around similar businesses. Later he announces that the Justice Department will launch a federal investigation into the murder to see if it was a conspiracy.

The next day, in Little Rock, Arkansas, two young men are shot down by a lone gunman. One of them dies. For the most part, the public knows nothing about this shooting because the news media don’t report the story. They are too busy covering every possible aspect of the first murder. No federal investigation is announced to determine whether there may be others involved in a conspiracy in Little Rock. And no one calls it a hate crime.

What could possibly make the first victim so much more important than the second? Why the lopsided coverage? What about the shooters? What information do we have on them? And why would the United States government go to such lengths to search for co-conspirators in the former case and not the latter?

For all the politically motivated reasons no one wants to admit or even talk about. Welcome to the wonderful world of 21st Century journalism and justice, where your national media and your federal government come together to determine if your affiliations and loyalties make you valuable, protected and politically correct — or not.

The first victim was Dr. George Tiller, an infamous late-term abortionist who, over a three-decade career, has destroyed more than 60,000 unborn babies — many of them full-term, since that was his specialty. As such, to the liberal media and to the Obama Administration, he is a champion of their pet cause, unrestricted abortion. The New York Times even labeled Tiller “a hero” in one of its many stories about him.

The second victim was Private William Long, a young soldier reporting for work at a U.S. Army recruiting station. He wasn’t famous. He wasn’t even well-known. He was just an American proudly wearing his country’s uniform. Also shot and wounded was Private Quinton Ezeagwula.

These two men obviously do not carry much weight with the networks and their cohorts in the newsrooms of America’s major newspapers, nor with Barack Obama’s attorney general. Well, how could they? They were just soldiers. They had no money to contribute to liberal causes like Dr. Tiller did. They didn’t do anything “heroic” like killing babies. Why, in civilian life they probably clung to their guns and religion. What rubes!

But there’s more that makes this tale of two murders so interesting. The accused murderer of George Tiller is a white, 51-year-old anti-abortion zealot named Scott Roeder who apparently obsessed over the issue until he finally committed violence. He fits the profile of every stereotype the Left has for wild-eyed pro-lifers, and his name and picture have been spread across every media outlet in the country.

The man accused of killing Private William Long is a black convert to Islam formerly named Carlos Bledsoe (now Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad). He had recently travelled to Yemen to study jihad. Local authorities say he “probably had political and religious motives.” Does anyone doubt that these facts played into the media’s decision to basically spike the story?

So, let’s review. We have a delusional middle-aged white man accused of killing an abortionist, and a young, Black Muslim, recently trained in Yemen, accused of murdering an American soldier. The former justifies the attorney-general’s office ordering U.S. Marshals to guard abortion clinics and a full-scale federal investigation into a possible domestic terrorist conspiracy. The latter, on the other hand, is just an isolated incident. Is that about it?

By the way, the pro-life movement, from top to bottom, has condemned the murder of Dr. Tiller. And the reaction among Muslims to the murder of William Long? Is that cheering I hear in Mecca?
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© Copyright 2009 by Doug Patton
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Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and policy advisor to conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.

Monday, June 8, 2009

This is what you will get paid

Yes, Uncle Sugar now plans on manipulating the compensation of not only TARP aided businesses but their competition as well. Today we find out that the Treasury is planning even greater oversight of salaries. Just as he is doing with the auto companies, Barack Hussein Obama is taking control of the businesses of the United Socialist States of America. Read more about it at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/08/business/08bank.html?_r=1&th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print

I'm From the Government But I Don't Want to Run Your Company

You might check out George Will's, "Have We Got A Deal For You" at: http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=877bb44c-380a-410f-9f18-e91021aa1677&t=c
It just continues to elaborate on the incongruity of the government running our auto companies and businesses.
Yet another good column by Steve Chapman, "If Congress Ran a Car Company," at: http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=9433c454-fcd2-4521-b2aa-4a89e897b0c5&t=c

Obama and Business

A good article today on Bloomberg by Kevin Hasset, titled "Obama Tells American Businesses to Drop Dead", at: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_hassett&sid=aaaBdVMkjPnU#

It involves Barack Hussein Obama's desire to end the practice of allowing American firms to set up subsidiaries in low tax countries, pay taxes at that country's rate and only pay U.S. taxes when the company returns the money to the U.S. Like so many of his policies this is one that sounds nice to many but will have huge unintended consequences.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Joe Biden Foot-in Mouth Award -- And the Winner is.....

We think that Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana, the head of the Democratic Governors's Association deserves to hold this title (until Joe says something else stupid which could happen momentarily) for his comments in endorsing Terry McAuliffe for governor of Virginia when he said:
"He's got the energy to take this all the way to the end, and when there's a bump in the road, he's not going to cry like a girl and quit."

Wonder what the gender-correct Democrats are saying about that remark? Probably nothing because he's not a Republican......