Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Iowa Congressman Steve King on the Rise

Our neighboring Iowa Congressman is in the news today given his ranking position on the Immigration Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. For those of you who have been in la-la land for the last decade, Congressman King is not exactly a supporter of open boarders or amnesty. In fact, in an article in Real Clear Politics (see http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/11/30/king_maps_out_immigration_agenda_108097.html) he notes that there are about 8 million jobs held by illegals that could be held by either American citizens or legal immigrants. What a novel idea? Eight million Americans more on the job roles.

We like Steve King and look forward to his tough stance.

With the loss of a congressional seat coming up in Iowa King's district will no doubt be re-configured. The article also notes that King might be a likely candidate to run for Senator Harkin's senate seat come 2014. While it's hard to believe those from Iowa will deviate from their one of each party U.S. Senate mentality, we'd love to see another real conservative in the U.S. Senate.

Pay Up Judas - Save Meister's and Boyle's Dignity

It must be very frustrating to be recruited (and accept) to run for a high elected position for the sole purpose of trying to throw mud at the inevitable and virtually uncontested winner of that election.

In today's 'We Get E-mail' category we received one from our friends at the Nebraska Democratic Party and Mister Mike Meister. Mike tells us that he and running mate Anne Boyle (who somehow he fails to mention as the reason for the previous candidate being forced out of the race) ran a historic race not that he and his running mate may have achieved an all-time low percentage of the overall vote for a Democrat running in a Nebraska gubernatorial contest.

No, Mister Mike Meister tells us that he needs our help to cover his $15,000 campaign debt. Well in the tradition of another great Democrat, Mark Lakers, we here at the Objective Conservative are taking up a collection and we PLEDGE to cover all of the Mister Mike Meister/Anne Boyle debt!

Of course, we think it's only appropriate to ask Mikey's mentor and recruiter Judas Ben Nelson to throw in a few pieces of silver. After all, Judas recruited Mikey to run for the sole purpose of trying to damage Governor Dave Heineman's chances for the U.S. Senate in 2012. Now that Heineman has declared himself a non-candidate Meister is left holding Judas Nelson's empty money bag for the effort. Come on Ben, you can spare $15,000 after spending more than $600,000 of Democratic payoff money to try to convince Nebraskans that your health care vote made cents, oops we meant sense.

One last thing. We are truly heartened by the fact that Mister Mike Meister has now 'taken on the mantle' of leadership of the Scottsbluff Democratic Party that he intends to rebuild his local party from the neighborhood up. As we remember that his leadership not only failed to get himself elected governor but that he couldn't even get elected Scottsbluff County Attorney in his prior public offering, we see great things for the future of the Democratic Party in Nebraska.

Oh, Judas Ben, you'll have to deliver on that promise you made to 'take care' of Meister for his sacrificial offering.

And here's the e-mail:

"Dear Friend,

I want to thank you for being a part of this historic campaign.

From the beginning, this was a campaign different from all others. The previous candidate had been forced to withdraw from the race and the party was left without a candidate for the highest office in the State. Someone had to step up and take on that task. As a result I became the first candidate for Governor to be nominated from the floor of a convention since the 1930's.

We could not have raised $120,000 in 12 weeks and waged our campaign without you. Unfortunately, we have been left with approximately $15,000 in debt to retire.

Can you chip in $15, $25, $50, $100 or more and help retire our debt?

I know I have asked before, and I must ask one more time, as it is important to retire this debt quickly. I picked up the flag, ran up the hill and got shot before I got to the top.

Would you please contribute to help us "bury" this campaign with dignity?

Can you grab a shovel and toss in $15, $25, $50, $100 or more to help retire our debt?

My pledge to you is that I intend to stick around and work on the task I started, which is building a strong Democratic Party state wide. The models of the past no longer work as we move toward the future; we need to build a strong, competitive and relevant party.

I have recently taken on the mantel of Scotts Bluff County Chair and it is my intent to rebuild the county party from the neighborhood level up because we are the party of the people.

As you can imagine it is difficult to concentrate on this task knowing that there is still debt to retire from the campaign.

Would you please chip in what you can and help us as we move forward?


Mike Meister"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Where Has Our Obama Gone?????

The poor folks at Moveon.org are besides themselves about their agent of CHANGE. In another of our 'We get e-mail' category missives we got the following:

"Dear MoveOn member,

Remember Barack Obama in 2008? The guy who refused to go along with a "dumb war" and said, "In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope."
I miss that guy. Imagine if someone told you in 2008 that Barack Obama was actually thinking about signing legislation to extend the Bush tax giveaways for the rich.1 I wouldn't have believed it.

Now more than ever, we need the Barack Obama we elected in 2008—the smart, tough, hopeful progressive champion who inspired millions of us—to stand up and say "no" to a millionaire bailout.

Right now, with the change we all fought for hanging in the balance, President Obama needs to hear from those of us who supported him the most.

So we're asking MoveOn members nationwide to record a video message from the heart to tell President Obama to go to the mat to stop any extension of the millionaire tax giveaways—and to bring back the progressive fighter we all knew and supported in 2008.

Can you record and share a video message to President Obama today? Click here to get started:"

Monday, November 22, 2010

Save the Suttle-butt & Create a Boogie Man (Hal Daub)

In today's 'We get e-mail' category, it seems that Forward Omaha is looking for paid volunteers (we believe that is an oxymoron) to review the scanned petition files they have for those who shouldn't have signed the Suttle recall petitions. A good number of those who shouldn't have signed may very well be their own Forward Omaha members who have admitted signing factious names and names multiple times. Apparently they are afraid the election commissioner's office might count those.

In reality, they are looking for ways to disqualify 10,000 names to prevent an election from going forward. By having their 'paid volunteers' review signatures with different standards than those used by the election commissioner's office they no doubt hope to identify signatures they can challenge.

Won't happen. They are apparently getting their advise from the same folks that have been advising the mayor on his tax-and-spend tone-deaf non-leadership mentality.

You'll also note that Forward Omaha is making former Mayor Hal Daub the thrust of their scare tactics and paranoia.

Here's their e-mail:

Volunteers needed to review petitions at Forward Omaha office
(paid opportunities available).

"Forward Omaha needs your help to keep Omaha moving forward by helping Jim Suttle beat Hal Daub again. Wealthy special interests have poured vast amounts of money, resources, and out of town consultants into forcing a recall on the citizens of Omaha. They are trying to steal through a recall what they couldn't achieve at the ballot box in 2009 - Hal Daub as Mayor."
"If you have a laptop, Forward Omaha needs your help immediately to review recall petitions. The Forward Omaha office at 5017 Leavenworth Street, Ste 100 will be open 9am to 8pm every day through December 4th reviewing petitions for potential violations. Paid opportunities are available but limited. Please call Gary or Andrew at Forward Omaha at 933-0422 for additional information."

Heard on the Street

Lots of little political items today:
  1. Jon Bruning has kicked off a 'you're my friend or you're not my friend' fund raising effort aiming to get the big donations from the big guys NOW.

  2. Soon-to-be-recalled Mayor Jim Suttle has formed a legal defense fund and is actively calling every potential big donor in Omaha to raise money to save his butt. Some are saying no and some apparently yes.

  3. The City of Bellevue or the County of Sarpy will file a lawsuit within days if not hours against the City of Omaha in an effort to get the non-city wheel tax that is to begin January 1, 2011 thrown out. Chris Jerram, the inventor of the ill-fated 'satellite dish tax' and the father of this new one has refused to discuss the tax with those from Bellevue. The issue is whether an Omaha employer has the legal right to deduct the tax from employee wages without their permission. Apparently, Omaha will fight back against employees who refuse that permission and refuse to pay with what amounts to fines of $500 or more.

Why I'm Thankful in 2010 -- Doug Patton

November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, a time for us to contemplate our blessings, such as having the prosperity to stuff ourselves with turkey before vegetating in front of a football game on a big screen TV. But the older I get, the more I realize the importance of the little things that are right there in front of me to appreciate all year long; so once again, here is my list of blessings for which I am thankful in 2010.

First and foremost, I am thankful to God, who gives me what the Bible calls "a peace that passes all understanding." This was at the core of the first Thanksgiving celebration in Colonial America, as red men shared their bounty with white men, and early Americans gave thanks to Almighty God for the gift of life.

I am thankful for my loving bride, a godly woman who has born my troubles and my children, who has been my life partner and my prayer warrior, my trusted counselor and my best friend for 41 years and counting. As always, I offered this year to purchase a ready-to-eat Thanksgiving dinner at the local supermarket, but she will not hear of it, preferring instead to rise early on that day to prepare the traditional home-cooked dinner for the family she loves.

I am thankful for my sons. Both of them grew up far too fast, and as they went out to make their own way in the world, they left behind a trail of memories for their mother and me. They will be here at our table on Thursday, along with the grandchildren they have given us, and we will rejoice in their company and marvel at the gift they are to us.

I am thankful for the warmth of a wonderful old home, one filled with character and history, built by my wife's grandfather in February of 1915, on land that has been in her family since before the Civil War. The story goes that the frozen Nebraska topsoil had to be blasted open with dynamite, and the basement dug out using a team of mules. Since then, the home has never been out of the family. In the corner of the living room sits a handmade antique rocking chair with a long history of its own. It was a wedding gift from my great-grandfather to his new bride in 1900, and it has rocked five generations of Pattons.

I am thankful for the people in my life who know me well and still find it in their hearts to love me. They include my family and my closest friends. As I once told one of my sons, the people who love us will still be here long after the people we try so hard to impress have forgotten our names.

I am thankful for the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, who risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor that I might be born in a free country. When I consider the odds of having been placed here in this nation at this moment in time, I cannot do the math. With so many millions of people in this world who live in political, economic and/or spiritual bondage, I am in awe of the blessing God has granted me.

I am thankful for the Declaration of Independence, which acknowledges that my rights come from God, not from man, and for the Constitution, which forms the basis for a system that maximizes economic opportunity by emphasizing liberty. Because it is a system implemented by fallible human beings, it will never be perfect, but it is the best anyone in this world will ever see.

I am thankful that I live in a Constitutional Republic, where elections have consequences and the people are still able to make corrections to the course on which our leaders have put our nation, and that in this land I love, power is transferred peacefully, following free and open elections.

We have plenty of problems, but there also is much for which to be thankful in 2010. May God richly bless America and her people.
© 2010 by Doug Patton

Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself much more often than not. Now working as a freelance writer, his weekly columns of sage political analysis are published the world over by legions of discerning bloggers, courageous webmasters and open-minded newspaper editors. Astute supporters and inane detractors alike are encouraged to e-mail him with their pithy comments at dougpatton@cox.net.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

'Clean Hands' Brad Ashford

Despite his 'efforts' to the contrary, his taking on the job of chief radio personality of the 'Don't sign the Recall', we have it on good word that Senator Brad Ashford fully intends to seek election to become Omaha's next mayor once his 'mentor' Jim Suttle is disposed of by the citizens in late January or early February.

It's been clear that Ashford felt the best way to have 'clean hands' was to ostensibly support the mayor in his effort to discourage signers. Ashford will very probably continue his strategy until Suttle goes down. Then having tried his best on behalf of the elitist liberal blue-blood Omaha establishment he will offer himself up.

If you don't believe us, ask him.

Suttle's September Song

It probably won't be long before we change our "Jim Suttle, Omaha Held Hostage" sidebar (see lower right column) to "Jim Suttle, days left to serve". With the gathering of more than 37,000 signatures, the citizens of Omaha have spoken. They weren't fooled by the inane efforts of political hacks and the local daily to try to save his butt. They weren't fooled by the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by Democrat protector Richard Holland. They weren't fooled by the silly radio ads using Senator Brad Ashford (who we would/will assert was actually using them). They weren't fooled by Terry Kroeger, Omaha World-Herald Publisher who wasn't satisfied to use his editorial page to comment but had to write his own op-ed piece in an effort to save Suttle's posterior.

And the above will understand that they are the fools come the recall of Jim Suttle early next year.

But more about that later.

What we really want to do here is offer the lyrics of an old song which just keeps coming to mind every time we see Jim Suttle's face. If we could add music to our sidebar, these are the words you would here:

"Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December

But the days grow short when you reach September

When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame

One hasn't got time for the waiting game

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few

September, November

And these few precious days I'll spend with you

These precious days I'll spend with you"

Enjoy your days, Jim. They are coming down to a precious few..........

Absurd and Outrageous

In reading one of the latest missives from The Rothenberg Report we were struck by his examples of 'the most outrageous and absurd candidates in 2010.' We couldn't help but draw some analogy to the much touted Terry-White (Terry, 61.44% vs White, 38.56%) race and the absurd utterances that came out of that campaign, abetted by a local daily whose polling effort was apparently nothing more than an effort to 'create' a race and sell papers. An effort which much of the media fill in line with.

And when talking absurd, what about a race for governor where the Mr. Mike Meister/Boyle team even dared to iterate they had a chance? (Heineman, 74.26% vs Meister, 25.4!).

Here's what Rothenberg had to say of a couple of races, even a Republican one. In the latter case, we agree as well:

""Most Outrageous, Absurd Candidates of 2010" from "The Rothenberg Political Report"
Most Outrageous, Absurd Candidates of 2010

Every election cycle, a few candidates and campaigns stand out as remarkable for their absurdity, their outrageousness, their futility or their sheer gall. They need to be recognized.
No, I’m not talking about a campaign that proves to be remarkable for its weak fundraising (such as Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Lee Fisher) or that runs a weird ad that backfires (like Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway’s “Aqua Buddha” ad).

Plenty of candidates come up short or make a mistake. That’s understandable and certainly forgivable. But the candidates and campaigns that follow are in a class of their own. They deserve to be singled out.

Tommy Sowers (Missouri). The Democrat raised just shy of $1.5 million through Oct. 13 and yet drew only 29 percent of the vote in a campaign that stands out for being about nothing but smoke and mirrors.

I wrote about Sowers’ campaign in this space during the summer (“Missouri 8: For Sowers, Raising Money Is the Easy Part,” June 15, 2010), after I was shocked to see the amount of attention the campaign received in the national media. Still, even I am stunned at the absurdity of the campaign.

Sowers lost to Republican Rep. Jo Ann Emerson by more than 36 points in a race that any dispassionate observer would have said was a nonstarter. Remember, Barack Obama and John Kerry each drew just 36 percent in this district, while Al Gore drew 39 percent in 2000.
In other words, this is an impossible district for a Democrat even in a good Democratic year, let alone a year like 2010. Yet, Sowers raised almost as much money as Emerson did ($1.69 million to $1.86 million) and continued right up to Election Day to raise money and brag about his prospects.

Sowers’ Sept. 19 e-mail fundraising letter borders on the delusional:
“We did it — we’ve got Jo Ann Emerson right where we want her,” it begins. “In the first quarter we out fundraised Jo Ann Emerson and had more individual and first time donors than she could have ever imagined. Through the second quarter we grew a grassroots insurgent army that rivals any in the country.

“Now with our insurgent strategy and massive grass roots army, we are preparing to go to war and readying ourselves for the ultimate victory,” the e-mail continues.

“Jo Ann Emerson, however, is so desperate to win, [sic] that she has carelessly fumbled her way into war already. While it would be easy to attack immediately, the wise warrior waits. We bleed her resources dry, and then we attack.” Oh, brother. I couldn’t make this stuff up.

A Sept. 30 Sowers e-mail proclaimed: “The race has narrowed and the time is now. ... The polls show we’re in a dead heat among voters who are familiar with me and Jo Ann Emerson.”
An Oct. 21 e-mail from campaign manager Jonathan Feifs crowed that “tens of thousands of phone calls and door knocks our team is making every week show that Independents are breaking overwhelmingly for Tommy.”

Another Feifs e-mail, this one on Nov. 1, the day before the election, went further: “In thousands of conversations with undecided voters in the district, Republicans and Independents tell us that they’re voting for a Democrat for the first time.”

As with most direct mail, the assertions here are propaganda, exaggeration, distortion and fiction. Still, isn’t there something at least a little wrong with prying cash out of people by leading them to believe that you can win when you can’t? Or were the Sowers folks so politically inept that in late October they thought their candidate could win?

Charlie Crist (Florida). If there was any doubt about his character, judgment and instincts for survival, Crist’s behavior during 2010 should have put them to rest.

Crist, who was elected governor as a Republican, sought the Republican Senate nomination until it became clear he couldn’t win it. That’s when he switched to run as an Independent, even though he was told by savvy advisers that he couldn’t win.

The governor proved himself to be the ultimate phony this cycle, placing himself at the bottom of the list of a profession that is widely regarded as filled with egomaniacs and frauds. He will say anything and do anything to promote himself, and he does it with such self-assurance and phony sincerity that it makes you want to take a shower after you’ve watched him on television.

Christine O’Donnell (Delaware). I’ve often wondered how people with no credentials can promote themselves, whether in the business world or in the political sphere, but I’ve never seen such an absurd case as O’Donnell.

O’Donnell’s background was such that it’s hard to believe anything but the most fly-by-night business would hire her. And, in fact, she didn’t seem to have a job when she began her third run for Senate. Yet Delaware Republican primary voters handed her the nomination, ignoring questions about her character and judgment.

So, while O’Donnell’s candidacy was an example of sheer gall, it’s those Delaware voters who cared only about her positions on the issues and mindless outsider rhetoric who deserve the “absurd” label."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Omaha's Joe Ricketts Produces Film

Come Spring many in Omaha and across the nation will get the opportunity to see what looks like a great new film produced by Omaha's own J.Joe Ricketts, founder of Ameritrade. The film, the Conspirator, is directed by Robert Redford and is a historically correct movie about Mary Surratt the only woman charged in relation to the assassination of of President Lincoln. The film stars James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, and Tom Wilkinson.

According the website of The American Film Company, http://www.theamericanfilmcompany.com/films/, describes the movie thusly:

"In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, the Vice-President, and the Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks.

Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. As the trial unfolds, Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son.

A suspenseful thriller with action throughout, The Conspirator tells the true story of a woman who would do anything to protect her family and the man who risked everything to save her."

We're looking forward to see what should be a great and historically accurate film produced by Ricketts.

Ben Nelson Turns Up His Hearing Aid?

One wonders if other than just plain being his duplicitous lying self if Judas Ben Nelson has turned up his hearing aid in anticipation of 2012. Obviously, he hasn't on earmarks, but all of a sudden when it comes to the lame duck session of congress he seems to claim that he is actually listening to Nebraskans:

"What I heard was this: Nebraska families and businesses want all of the tax cuts that expire on December 31st extended at least for a couple of years. With our still shaky economy, they want continuity, consistency and clarity. I've read that businesses are sitting on $1 trillion in cash. That money could be invested overseas if we play politics and don't provide certainty soon. Nebraskans also want Washington to create jobs and to protect jobs they still have. I couldn't agree more. And Nebraskans want Washington to cut the nearly $14 trillion federal debt that is a drag on our economy and a danger for our country's future."


Tim Lonergan: What Kind of Republican Is He?

What kind of Republican donates $1000 to the Democrat Victory Fund to support the now-failed congressional candidate Tom White?

What kind of Republican gets virtually all of his campaign funds from labor unions? Those would be:
  • $1,200 from Communications Workers of America COPE PCC (Fed)

  • $500 from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 22

  • $500 from International Union of Elevator Constructors #28

  • $1,000 from Nebraska State AFL-CIO

  • $500 from Nebraska State Council of Machinists

  • $500 from Omaha and Southwest Iowa Building and Construction

  • $2,000 from Plumbers Local Union 16 COPE Fund

  • $1,500 from Iron Workers Local Union #21 Legislative Fund

  • $1,000 from Local Union 1140 PAC Fund

  • $12,840 from Nebraska GPLDC PAC fund

  • $500 from Nebraska Insurance and Financial Advisers PAC

  • $2,000 from Steamfitters and Plumbers Local Union 464 PAC

Of course, these were just the contributions through October 26 for the general election campaign. They totalled $24.040 of the $28,235 raised or 85% of this candidate's contributions.

In the primary election, more than $10,000 of the $12,298 raised came from the same union sources.

What kind of Republican lends his name to a fund raiser to support a fellow, oops, a Democrat Ron Hug?

We'd call that Republican a RINO. No, we'd call that Republican a DEMOCRAT!

And who would that person be? Tim Lonergan.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

RINO Republicans Known By the Company They Keep

It's one thing to be a RINO (Republican in Name Only) when it comes to issues, but we find it interesting when these same RINOS actively support and contribute to Democrats.

A case in point is the invitation below which we received from our friends at the Nebraska Democratic Party:

"Come celebrate a hard-won victory and retire a campaign debt. A large number of people and organizations, including:

Brad Ashford, Steve Brock, Construction and Laborer's Local 1140, Design Wear, Inc., John Ewing, Pete Festersen, Garry Gernandt, Goldenrod Print & Mail, Karen Gooding, John Hoich, IBEW Local #22, Ironworkers Local #21, Chris Jerram, Ron Kaminski,Gary Kelly, Ray Kohl, C.J. King, Steve Lathrop, Mike Leahy, Tim Lonergan, Cindy MaKinster, Scott MaKinster, Ken Mass, Linda McDermitt, Metro Screen Printing, Roger Morrissey, NE Trucking Association, Jim Nekuda, Dave Newell, Painters Local, Rick Poore, Tim Potter, Vince Powers, Crystal Rhoades, Shirts101.com, Steamfitters Local #464, Pat Stoysich and others are hosting a party in honor of Metro CC Board member Ron Hug.

The event is on Thursday, Nov. 18th from 4PM to 7PM at Firewater Grille, 7007 Grover St. (inside the Comfort Inn at 72nd and Grover.) "

Note the names in red. Enough said.

Beltway Ben Against Main Street Nebraskans

Judas Ben Nelson is fond of talking about the his supposed fight to represent main street Nebraska against Wall Street, but every day it becomes clearer that there is a chasm between Judas Ben Nelson and main street Nebraska.

Even while Republicans have adopted a moratorium on earmarks (It should be a permanent ban) and even while Senator Johanns and Nebraska's three U.S. Congressmen Terry, Fortenberry and Smith have joined their fellow Republicans in supporting that moratorium, we read in the Lincoln Star Journal that Senator Nelson is defending his use of them and saying he will continue doing so.

According to Don Walton of the Lincoln Star Journal ( http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/article_9fc31605-440a-5944-8dbb-9b5a10b7e35b.html ), "Sen. Ben Nelson defended appropriations earmarks Wednesday as a vital means of providing federal funding assistance for worthy public projects in Nebraska."

According to Walton, "Nelson said he will "champion" university and community projects despite the firestorm created by "those who want a political issue" and mislead the public about the nature of earmarks and their cost.

Earmarks are "legislatively directed spending," Nelson said, and they represent one half of one percent of the federal budget. Without them, the same spending would be directed by "nameless, faceless bureaucrats in Washington," he said.

When that occurs, Nelson said, funding decisions are "flawed and biased in favor of big states versus little states."

Opponents of earmarks have "poisoned the public" with misinformation about earmarks and their costs, he said.

"Simply getting rid of earmarks won't change one dime's worth of spending," Nelson said.
Earmarks represent a partnership between the federal government and universities, schools and communities, he said."

Somehow it seems Ben didn't get the same message that a great number of congressman and senators did on November 2. His stance hardly represents main street Nebraska, striking us as representative of the beltway liberal mentality of those who have been there too long.

But, Judas Ben's deviation from main street Nebraska couldn't be more clear in the contrast between him and Senator Johanns on Obama Care. Ben who you will recall cast the 60th vote that gave us Obama Care and has since lied to Nebraskans about his reasons (saving them from the single payer option) continues to defend his vote while today we received an e-mail from Senator Johanns saying, "Also this week I joined a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care law. I signed an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit filed on behalf of Nebraska and 20 other states challenging the law's individual mandate provision. Forcing people to purchase government-approved health insurance they may or may not want is an infringement on our individual rights. I will continue to fight against such assaults on our freedoms."

Johanns went on in his e-mail to say, " Today I continued my longstanding effort to repeal the burdensome 1099 paperwork mandate in the health care law. Since I first introduced 1099 repeal legislation back in July, bipartisan support has grown. The President himself admits the provision is counterproductive, and the American people are eager to see real job-growing initiatives come out of Washington. Repealing this erroneous provision is a common-sense solution that will free up small businesses to expand and grow." You might recall once again it was Judas Ben Nelson who was responsible for this paperwork nightmare that will affect thousands of Nebraska businesses, impose unnecessary costs on them and create some 15,000 new jobs for I.R.S. intimidators.

Yes, there is a real difference between 'Beltway Ben' and mainstream Nebraska. Fortunately, in 720 days Judas Ben will learn that lesson as Nebraskans send him a mandate to leave Washington once and for all.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Throw Him Out and Send Him to Jail!

Charlie Rangel was convicted on Tuesday on 11, yes 11 counts of breaking ethics rules. He will face punishment by the House, but it won't be enough. This crook should be expelled. He should be prosecuted for tax evasion and any other crimes, yes crimes that he has committed and should spend the rest of his years in jail.

Yes, we are racist. After all anyone who would dare suggest that a black man go to jail is automatically racist by ol' Charlie's standards.

Since we brought up the 'R' word, we wonder if the Congressional Black Caucus will invite the two new black Republican congressmen to join it? Of course if they don't that wouldn't be racist, would it?

A Statewide Coronation For Governor Dave

Here is the scoop on what will be a statewide re-coronation for Governor Dave Heineman. This will be multi-venue event beginning on January 7 with a regal breakfast event in Gering, Nebraska.

Next the governor and his retinue will move to Grand Island for a luncheon event fit for a king.

Then the royal caravan will move to Lincoln for an evening cocktail and meal event.

But there's more!

On Saturday evening the traditional governor's ball will take place not in Lincoln---that's right. It will take place at the largest venune in the state, in Omaha at the Qwest Center!!!! Get your tuxes and evening gowns ready for actual coronation.

Certainly, this will be royal iteration fit for an aspirant, announcing U.S. Senate/Nebraska Governor announcement, lacking an announcing candidate--although one might bet that there will likely be a few princes following the procession, i.e., Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg.

We may jest a little about this statewide re-coronation, but we think it is thoughtful and inclusive of the governor to take his inauguration to the folks across the state rather than make them all drive to Lincoln on a potentially inclement winter night.

Monday, November 15, 2010

We Don't Get It

Let's try to figure this one out.

Brad Ashford, who last week was going to be soon-to-be-former Mayor Suttle's lapdog by introducing a bill to increase Omaha's allowable (with voter approval-which wouldn't happen anyway) city sales tax from 1.5% to 2% has now abandoned that idea--an idea that had no chance of ever getting out of committee, no chance of ever being passed in the legislature, no chance of ever not being vetoed by the governor and no chance of ever receiving a positive vote by the citizens of Omaha.

Now Brad has an idea to merge the Omaha Police and Fire Departments--not a bad idea in itself.

But wait, there's more! Brad says that citizens will support it because it will make law enforcement more efficient. Yes?

But wait there is even more! To make law enforcement more efficient by merging the two entities of government Brad thinks we need to vote to provide a half-cent increase in Omaha'a city sales tax!

Now we get it--we make government more efficient by merging two entities, we reduce costs (and property taxes, according to Ashford) and we need a half-cent increase in the Omaha city sales tax to do it!!!!!!!!!!

Only the strange and much convoluted mind of Brad Ashford (spurred on by the incompetent tax-and-spend logic of a soon-to-be-recalled mayor) could possibly provide the logic behind this!!!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Clueless Left Misreads the Tea Leaves -- Doug Patton

November 15, 2010

This will come as a shock to the devoted socialists of the east and west coasts, but the most provincial areas of this country are not located in the Midwest, the Southwest or even the Bible belt of the Deep South. Quite the contrary; these areas respect diversity of thought in ways east and west coast liberals cannot fathom. It is within the big cities that liberalism has become almost a religion. There, in the ivory towers of Washington, D.C., Manhattan and Hollywood, intellectually inbred elitists have become backward caricatures of themselves.

So it is not hard to understand how The New York Times, for example, gets it so wrong so often. Isolated in their fashionable bubbles, reassuring each other that the country surely must be (or at least should be) as left wing as they are, Times editors, reporters and columnists continue to call to mind the inane cry of critic Pauline Kael, who famously said after the 1972 presidential election, "How could Richard Nixon have been re-elected? No one I know voted for Richard Nixon!" (Nixon, of course, carried the state of New York along with 48 others that year, which should give you some clue as to the remote nature of Ms. Kael's existence. I'm sure she had the same reaction a dozen years later when Ronald Reagan swept all but one state.)

Times columnist Bob Herbert's post-election opinion piece is a perfect example of advanced missing the point. What Herbert apparently gleaned from the midterm election, which purged 60-plus Democrats from the U.S. House of Representatives and came very close to turning control of the Senate over to the GOP as well, is this: "We're getting mind-numbing chatter about balanced budgets and smaller government and whether Mitch McConnell and his gang can chase President Obama out of the White House in 2012," and "What voters want is leadership that will help them through an economic nightmare and fix a country that has been pitched into a state of sharp decline. They long for leaders with a clear and compelling vision of a better America and a road map for getting there."

Apparently, Herbert is as tone-deaf as the left wing politicians he defends. That "mind-numbing chatter" he hears is the sound of millions of Tea Party activists who are, to quote a clichéd phrase from a 1970s-era movie, "mad as hell and not gonna take this anymore!" He erroneously assumes that because of what happened at the polls, voters want politicians to "do something." What we, the people, were saying was, "Stop! You've done enough! Too much, in fact!"

Likewise, lame duck Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi believes that she is still doing the people's business. In an arrogant attempt to cling to power, Pelosi is insisting on remaining in the position of Leader of the House Democrats. From all indications, no House Dem has the guts to stop her, which should make every conservative in the nation happy. After all, one can scarcely imagine a more polarizing spokesperson for the liberal cause.

Similarly, the divas (male and female) of the entertainment industry continue to spout their collectivist tripe from their multimillion dollar mansions. Barbara Streisand, Alec Baldwin, Leonardo Dicaprio, Sean Penn, Rob Reiner — the whole left coast brain trust — can always be counted on to take sides against America and her people.

The elites of Hollywood, government, media and academia will never read the tea leaves the people are dumping into the harbor. Our concern must be the Republican leadership. They misread the Tea Party over the last year and during the midterm election campaign. Time will tell whether they get it before the next presidential campaign.
© 2010 by Doug Patton

Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself much more often than not. Now working as a freelance writer, his weekly columns of sage political analysis are published the world over by legions of discerning bloggers, courageous webmasters and open-minded newspaper editors. Astute supporters and inane detractors alike are encouraged to e-mail him with their pithy comments at dougpatton@cox.net.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tackling the National Debt

We received our Friday e-mail from our friends at Taxpayers for Common Sense. Their comments on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility are right on in many respects. Of course, we could start with some simple ideas like no earmarks ever. We would prefer to just throw out the I.R.S. and adapt a fair tax although that in itself wouldn't solve the massive national debt situation. You have to start somewhere. With that said, we thought we'd share those with you:

"Shooting the Messenger Volume
XV No. 45:
November 12, 2010

Any quaint notion that Congress’s efforts to rein in our deficit would be smooth sailing went out the window in the last 48 hours.Ahead of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform’s December 1 deadline for a final report, Co-Chairs Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson released their draft proposal. Intended to spur discussion, the report instead has been battered about by waves of parochial pandering that are all too common when it comes to actual spending decisions. It’s barely been two days, and lawmakers and interest groups across the spectrum are already leaping to attack almost every proposed reform.

“This proposal is simply unacceptable,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

“Just a dirty trick for raising taxes,” Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform

“If this comes to the fore, we will do everything we can to nip it in the bud,” Jerry Howard, president of the National Association of Home Builders

"The chairmen of the deficit commission just told working Americans to 'drop dead,’” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka

"There are things in there that inspire me, and there are things in there that I hate like the devil hates holy water. I'm not going to vote for this thing," Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

First off, let’s remember how we got here. Over the last 40 years we’ve run an annual budget surplus just four times. Both parties have been guilty of massive deficit spending. Meanwhile, Congress may soon make permanent the three-trillion-dollar-plus Bush Tax Cuts, which according to the Congressional Budget Office “would roughly double the projected budget deficit in 2020,” without future increases in taxes or reductions in federal spending, and “reduce long-term economic growth.” One last binge before we get serious about our budgetary problems?

This year Congress not only failed to pass a budget that set the country on a long term path of stability, but more than a month into the new fiscal year they still have yet to send a single one of the twelve spending bills to the President’s desk. And when given the opportunity to craft their own budget commission with recommendations they would have been required to vote on, Congress dodged, leading President Obama to create this less powerful commission by way of Executive Order.

Getting the country fiscally fit is going to be rough, but as they say – no pain, no gain. Politics and grandstanding should not deter the Commission and Congress as we move ahead. These proposals challenge the Commission, Congress, and taxpayers to face the kind of hard decisions we must make if there is any hope of steering the government’s finances away from the rocky shoal of deficits and debt.

Just like a house, a sustainable budget must be built on a solid foundation. And the best way to lay this foundation is by adopting the most common sense and effective reforms. As taxpayers we can all agree—in good times and in bad—that none of us wants our tax dollars wasted. So we cannot afford to squander this opportunity to rid the budget of ineffective and wasteful spending.

Rather than leaving the Co-chairs’ proposal dead in the water, let's start with some reforms that, at least to those of us making a living outside the DC lobby shops and campaign offices, are just common sense: tightening our belt on domestic and defense spending, tweaking Social Security to make it more sustainable, cutting ineffective tax expenditures. And once we’ve begun this process, we can build on our successes and continue the difficult task of righting our fiscal ship."

Not Too Early to Judge Hagel

Former failed out-of-touch Nebraska U.S. Senator Chuckie Hagel was in Omaha yesterday to deliver a Veteran's Day speech at U.N.O. We're appreciative of his service to our country and would never diminish it although some of our staff would suggest that the suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

What we will never appreciate is Hagel's quirky, out-of-touch egocentric mentality. Further, we're just tired of Hagel trying to defend the indefensible incompetent Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama. In suit of some kind of appointment from Obama, Hagel will make just about any excuse possible for him.

According to the local daily (Omaha World-Herald), "Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel says President Barack Obama took office at a time when this nation’s problems rivaled those encountered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Democrat who presided over the nation’s climb from the Great Depression and entry into World War II.......and, "called it too early to judge Obama’s presidency." Making excuses for the president, Hagel told the local daily that,
“You have to start with reality that this president inherited the biggest inventory of problems any president has inherited since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and (it) may have been worse than Roosevelt. Roosevelt didn’t inherit two wars."
How can any rational political type other than Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or Judas Ben Nelson suggest that it's not too early to judge Obama?

Hagel has a total disconnect from political reality as well as an overwhelming desire to prove that he can be someone of relevance. His relevance (thankfully) ended with his retirement from the senate. Actually, it ended years before as he attempted to undermine President Bush and support his moderate to liberal agenda.
We're thankful for Hagel's service but would just as soon he go back to sucking up to Obama by supporting failed candidates like Joe Sestack.

Excuses and Accusations From Nebraska Democrat Party Mouthpiece

The folks at the New Nebraska Network, the blog mouthpiece of the Nebraska Democratic Party are in the blame and accusation game rather than admitting that they had a bunch of creepy candidates that didn't deserve re-election or election. Their latest daily iteration, 'Nebraska Republican Party Stoops to New Lows with 2010 Attacks' tells us how ugly the season got while mentioning FAILED TOM WHITE'S 'hard-hitting TV ad' against Lee Terry.

The folks at the New Nebraska Network suggest that Senator Johanns should have been criticizing his own party for their low tactics, "the much more direct and more vicious attacks by" it "and its right-wing allies in nonpartisan races across the state", rather than White for his lowly accusations.

The network seems to be obsessed with soon-to-be-former State Senator Kent Rogert, "after this well-funded and coordinated assault ended in his defeat." It goes on to warn potential (Democrat) candidates to, "PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD - be careful about what pictures of you are being posted on Facebook and other social networking websites. The Republican Party is watching, and Pete Ricketts' media team is probably already digging through your trash. This realization is certain to have a chilling effect on candidates running for elected office, but it's better that they know the stakes than be surprised by our democracy's degrading into such a masochistic enterprise."

Somehow the New Nebraska Network failed to note Rogert's questionable if not illegal ethics in not registering his $30,000 boat and not paying sales taxes on it for seven years while he hid under the cover of a boat dealer. Oh, and it was alright to talk about Lee Terry's comely lobbyist, but no mention of Rogerts 'special relationship' with one young married Lincoln lobbyist with whom he spent much time with in lunching and golf occasions.

And not surprisingly, the network claims the evilness of the Republican Party and its Chairman Mark Fahleson's involvement on 'attacks' on poor Jane Kleeb in the Hastings School Board race.

It claims that Fahleson and the Republican Party announced their intention to file charges against Kleeb with Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission as retaliation, "for

pointing out the connections between Heineman, Bruning, and the deeply unpopular pipeline project." Does anyone in Republican leadership want the twice-failed Scott Kleeb's wife to advance in Nebraska politics? Absolutely not. She's a east-coast liberal mouthpiece for her party and one can only imagine the liberal approaches she would have brought to the Hastings School Board.

The Network continues its diatribe by saying, "But, as demonstrated by the sort of attacks they unleashed on several incumbent State Senators, this is mostly about their pursuit of complete and total power - from Nebraska's school boards straight on up to the highest levels of our state government."

Given the quality and orientation of the candidates presented by Nebraska Democrats, we say bravo to Fahleson and his party in their evil pursuit of complete and total power.

Oh, and we find the Network's closing remarks interesting if not laughable for feeling it needs to say it, "Let's just keep those embarrassing photos off of Facebook, okay?"

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How's the Recall Doing?

Sources close to the recall tell us nothing. We're not sure where they are at although their circulators are all over Omaha. Today we saw petitioners at such places as Sons of Italy, 30th and State, the Radial Highway and at 26th & Lake. So much for racist Ben Gray's comments about the campaign being racist.

The lack of commentary from the recall might indicate they are behind goal or simply really 'padding' their numbers to make a statement come the November 19 deadline to turn in the petitions.
One thing we have heard is that their are apparently a lot of nervous and rude and possibly law-breaking Suttle supporters who are doing what ever they can to impede signature gathering. It was bad enough that a thug policeman roughed up a volunteer on election but now there are gangs gathering around petition carriers at such places as U.N.O. Reportedly, they are trying to sign petitions by writing 'Forward Omaha' rather than signatures on them. They are trying to tear petitions up. We do understand the election commissioner has suggested that petition carriers photograph and document those who are up to no good and contact the police if further harassed. Apparently, Jim Suttle, Dick Holland, Brad Ashford and others condone such behavior if not encourage it.

Bruning Not Wasting Any Time

In our 'We Get E-mail' category, today we received one from Jon Bruning who as you probably know is exploring, i.e., going to run for, a run for the U.S. Senate. Jon will be wearing a target on his back for the likes of Judas Ben Nelson, Vince Powers, Vic Covalt, Bold Nebraska, etc., for the next several months. In fact, Judas Ben took a shot at him just yesterday on the KFAB show blaming the likes of attorney generals for the less than successful acceptance of 'exchange' health care plans.

Of course Jon is wasting no time attacking Judas and isn't hesitant to ask for your dollars. We're anxiously awaiting a similar e-mail from Don Stenberg.

Anyway here is what Jon had to tell us:


I’m talking with my family, friends, key supporters and leading conservatives because I’m actively exploring entering the race for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Ben Nelson.

Last Tuesday, Americans made a giant leap forward toward taking back our country and moving boldly in a more conservative direction. Voters gave Republicans the responsibility of running the House of Representatives but our party fell just short of earning majority control of the U.S. Senate.

Thousands of Nebraskans have urged me to take my experience as our state’s Attorney General and apply it to the challenge of defeating Ben Nelson. Many citizens are still angry and embarrassed by Incumbent Nelson’s, "Cornhusker Kickback" in support of the government takeover of health care.

Others have seen too many times when Ben Nelson’s liberal vote has cancelled out Senator Mike Johanns’ conservative vote.

Many more want a conservative-minded U.S. Senator who will listen hard, take our Nebraska values to Washington and be a strong sure voice for a smaller limited government that lives within its means, just like they do.

I’m enthusiastically exploring this race and I’m respectfully requesting your generous support because I’m worried that liberal overspending is fueling horrific deficits, undermining small businesses and undercutting our economy.

Incumbent Ben Nelson is part of the liberal problem and I want to be part of the conservative solution. If I can count on your early support during this exploratory stage of our campaign, I’ll have the resources I need to move forward.

The name of our committee is "Bruning for Senate 2012 Exploratory Committee" and your strong and early support of $25, $50, $75, $100, $250, $500 or whatever you can afford will help us launch out of the starting blocks and give us a vital boost.

Your contribution will help finance the listening tour I’m taking to speak with conservative activists, Republican leaders, and everyday citizens who are still upset with Ben Nelson’s "Cornhusker Kickback."

I’m a pretty methodical guy. I wouldn’t be exploring this U.S. Senate race if I wasn’t very serious about making this race.

And I wouldn’t be writing to you today if I wasn’t convinced that you share my love for Nebraska and concern for America’s future.

The progress we made last Tuesday is undeniable.

Nancy Pelosi will be ousted from the Speaker’s Office and our country will be all-the-better for it.

But Harry Reid is still the Senate Majority Leader and all-too-often, Nebraska’s Ben Nelson has been toeing the Democratic line and singing from the Obama songbook.

In other words, we’ve still got work to do and it starts here and now in Nebraska with my letter to you.

Do me the honor of writing your personal check to "Bruning for Senate 2012 Exploratory Committee" for $25, $50, $75, $100, $250, $500 or whatever you can afford.

I want to run and I’m ready to make a high-impact difference for the conservative values that make Nebraska so great.

This is the first important step and I need your help now more than ever.

Sincerely yours,

Jon Bruning"

Goodbye Barry

We continue to have lots of respect for Larry Sabato. He has a solid, reasoned and proven ability to assess the political percentages. Of course, we're not at all upset at his opinion about The Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama's likely 2012 election outcome. Here, in part, is what Sabato has to say in today's Crystal Ball:

By Larry J. Sabato and Alan I. Abramowitz

"The wreckage of the Democratic Party is strewn just about everywhere. President Obama’s carefully constructed 2008 Electoral College breakthrough is now just broken, a long-ago memory of what might have been a lasting shift in partisan alignment.

We have just entered the 2012 presidential election cycle, and the news is grim for the incumbent. While at least one recent poll gives Obama the lead against Sarah Palin, he is trailing in hypothetical match-ups against former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Even worse, only 38% in another recent poll said they believed Obama “deserves re-election.”

Take a look at this categorization of states that is based on the best estimate we can make of President Obama’s pre-election job approval level in each state. The Democratic states are those where Obama is still above 50%; the swing states have Obama between 47% and 50%; and the Republican states measure Obama’s job approval below 47%. Keep in mind that the president’s numbers are probably even worse now; they often drop after a devastating defeat such as the one Democrats suffered on November 2.

Obama may be able to count on the 200 electoral votes in the Democratic states, but if his reelection had been scheduled last week, he might well have lost every swing state—all of which he won in 2008. After all, most Republican candidates for top offices did quite well in every swing state on November 2. If you combine the 158 electoral votes in these swing states with the 180 votes in the solidly Republican states, the GOP nominee would have 338, far more than the 270 needed for election. (The chart’s electoral votes are based on the new expected allocation from the 2010 Census.)

There’s only ne logical conclusion to be drawn: President Barack Obama is down for the count, will have an early lame duck presidency, and will be out of the White House in two years.
Almost everyone agrees.....

If President Obama is smart, he will try to salvage his term in the White House by announcing now that he will not undertake a hopeless campaign for reelection, and instead form a bipartisan national unity government to try to hold the nation together until his successor, inevitably a Republican is selected in November 2012."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Heard on the Street

A few items we've picked up in last few days:
  • Don Stenberg is definitely planning a run for the U.S. Senate. Apparently, three attempts isn't enough to deter him. In fact, while many politicians for national office try to localize issues, we believe Don is the first candidate to nationalize issues for a state office. If you don't know what we mean, Don's stump speech for treasurer include on average a four minute discussion of what the national issues were, i.e., health care, and a one minute discussion about the treasurer's office--most often why voters should keep it. Actually, we're told the Florida Attorney General candidate/winner did the same thing.

  • Senator Bob Krist will end up victorious in his re-election attempt. He finished about 30 votes behind Tim Lonergan on election night but votes counted since then have gone his way apparently.

  • In the John Comstock/Harr race the numbers appear to have gotten worse for John Comstock (down 36 on election night) and Burke Harr will be declared the winner.

  • Thomas Tax-And-Spend Mulligan, RINO Republican Suttle Supporter continues to have delusions of grandeur. His latest is that he might run for Congress against Lee Terry. We're not sure whether that would be as a Republican or a Democrat, but our advise to him would be to plan on vacating his council office in 2013 and perhaps to seek psychiatric help in the interim.

  • The Suttle Recall Campaign is apparently moving on to a successful number of signatures.

Judas Ben Nelson Continues Reinventing History

If you heard Judas Ben Nelson yesterday on KFAB's Good Morning Show, you wouldn't be surprised that he continues to reinvent history by trying to defend his vote on the Nelson/Reid/Pelosi/Obama Health Care Bill. Yes, he once again said he saved us (Nebraskans and the nation) from 51 senators voting for a public option health care bill by his vote to pass Obama Care. We're not quite sure how that makes sense since if that was the case those 51 senators could probably still done exactly that.....

When asked why the health care exchange options weren't meeting expectations (only 8,000 or so folks have signed up nationally vs an expectation of nearly 400,000) Judas Ben went into campaign mode blame governors and attorneys general for suing the federal government about the legality of the bill. He might just as well have said Governor Heineman and Attorney General Bruning--that's what he implied.
Judas Ben continues in campaign mode, saying he is raising money and doing what's necessary to prepare for 2012 but that his focus is on 2011.

Lastly, Judas Ben said that he had no intention of switching parties should he be asked. He said that the Democrats hadn't left him behind and he had no intention of leaving them behind.

Thank goodness. Even a late in life conversion to the Republican Party wouldn't save this 'sell-out' of Nebraska values soon-to be-former-U.S. Senator. As far as the Nebraska Republican Party goes Nelson is persona non grata. We're sure his pal Harry Reid is happy to know he can continue to count on Ben.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Frivolous Suit from an Empty Suit

The law suit hype between Steve Leclair, Chief Thug of the Fire Union and Dave Nabity of the Alliance for the Private Sector has taken on increased public awareness in recent days. We're told that Leclair says he is suing because his personal and professional reputations have been damaged.

We wonder what those reputations are? Certainly, they can only be positive in his own mind.
In the interim he will use all the resources of the fire department, its union dollars and its union lawyers to harass Nabity. Since Leclair speaks as a functionary of the fire union we hope Nabity sues his and them for their frivolous efforts. Leclair's only reputation (bad as it is) comes from being a public figure so he has virtually no ground to assert damage to his good reputation assuming he has one.

New Threats a Public Relations Scare Tactic And/Or More Mayoral Incompetence?

One can't help but wonder what is going on with the Omaha Police Department. The Police Union's President Aaron Hanson tries to scare folks by saying there will be layoffs and saying, "I think there is a direct correlation between that (homicides and crime) and the fact that we've been adequately staffed this year and that does have a correlation to reduction in crime." This in response to the scare tactic we're hearing about the affects of the police department looking to find $5 million in savings in their 2011 budget.

On the other hand the police department's spokesperson says that budget cuts that the public may notice will impact non-essential services, not public safety.

Now who do we believe? Aaron Hanson, the union chief who obviously is doing Mayor Suttle's bidding, protecting the ass of the guy that just gave them their new contract? The management of the police department which is at least a little more competent than that of the fire department?

What we really wonder about is why with millions of dollars of new spending recommended by Mayor Suttle there wasn't enough money to adequately support the police department or for that matter the repair and maintenance of our streets? Just another example of this mayor's incompetence and why come February he will be a distant memory.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Will Ashford Carry Suttle's Water or His Own?

We have some confirmation that Senator Brad Ashford (Say No to the Recall) will introduce Mayor Suttle's wish list item next January, a bill that would allow Omaha to raise its city sales tax by one-half a percent. We just wonder who Ashford would be doing this for? A likely-to-be-recalled mayor, or himself a likely replacement candidate (if only in his mind and that of the local daily).

There is certainly no question that Ashford is a RINO. He's also a little smarter than some give him credit for which is the reason we believe he is opposing the recall--so he can run as a guy who fought to keep Suttle in office but now must make the sacrifice of running for mayor, maybe declaring his candidacy in late January after the has introduced the bill and after Suttle has been officially relieved of his duties......

The Duplicity of Obama

In our daily blog readings we take note of the commentary from that evil U.S. Chamber of Commerce. You know, those guys that take money from unnamed foreign corporations? The comment points out the duplicity of the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama:

Obama Announces $10 Billion In Trade Deals

"During the congressional elections, President Obama and aides criticized pro-Republican groups for making contributions from anonymous donors, and that some the money may have come from foreign sources -- a list that included the US Chamber of Commerce and its foreign affiliates. Today in Mumbai, India, Obama met with business people who included ... foreign affiliates of the US Chamber of Commerce."

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Culture War Rages On -- Doug Patton

November 8, 2010

Amid last week's Election Day hype, a little-noticed grassroots earthquake began in the heartland. Three Iowa Supreme Court justices were tossed out of office by the voters. Why? Because last year the three voted to change the definition of marriage in the Hawkeye State in direct contradiction of the will of the people.

Judicial fiat is the favored method of circumventing voters on this issue. Not once have the people of this country ever voted to legalize same-sex marriage. In fact, whenever the issue has appeared on a ballot initiative, it has been flatly rejected.

In 1996, Congress passed and President Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which allows states to opt out of recognizing same-sex "marriages" performed in other states. A majority of the states have since passed their own DOMA laws, the toughest being a 2000 amendment to the Nebraska Constitution. That year, 71 percent of statewide voters agreed not only to ban the recognition of gay marriage but also its legal equivalents, civil unions and domestic partnerships.

The "movement" to redefine marriage first won a judicial victory in 1993 when homosexuals petitioned the Hawaii Supreme Court to allow them to marry one another. The court ruled in their favor — unless a "compelling state interest" could be shown in restricting the institution to opposite-sex couples. The Hawaii Constitution was subsequently amended to preserve the restriction.

A similar 1998 court decision in Alaska led to an even stronger constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

In 1999, the Vermont State Supreme Court held that the state must extend to same-sex couples the same benefits that married couples receive.

Then came the infamous 2003 Lawrence vs. Texas decision, wherein the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that sodomy was a constitutional right. In a stinging minority dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia warned that this decision would open the door to same-sex marriage.

Later that same year, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided that excluding same-sex couples from the benefits of civil marriage violated that state's constitution. In February 2004, that court further ruled that a state law permitting civil unions would not be sufficient to address the issue, and on May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the Union to legalize same-sex "marriage."

The flood gates were now open, just as Scalia had predicted. In 2006, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that same-sex couples were entitled to all the rights and benefits of marriage. The New York courts have decreed that homosexual marriages performed in other states or countries must be recognized in the Empire State.

In 2008, the Supreme Courts of California and Connecticut both ruled that denying same-sex couples the right to marry was unconstitutional. In November of that year, California voters overturned their Supreme Court's ruling by amending their state constitution to declare that marriage was between one man and one woman. On August 4, 2010, the courts overruled the voters by declaring the ballot initiative unconstitutional!

This brings us back to Iowa. In 2009, all seven justices on the Iowa Supreme Court arrogantly told the people of that state that their DOMA, passed in the late 1990s by their legislature and signed into law by their governor was — you guessed it — unconstitutional.

What is a voter to do? Last Tuesday, Iowa voters let their judicial masters know what they would do. The sensible citizens of the Hawkeye State said enough is enough and removed the three Supremes who were up for a retention vote.

In the words of Iowa's Steve King, who has fought for traditional marriage both as a state senator and now as a U.S. Representative, "The United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Iowa were both designed so that, if any branch of government gets out of hand, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it."

Amen, Congressman! The people have had enough of judicial activism, and the other members of Iowa's Supreme Court — indeed, all our courts — should take heed: if you want a culture war, the voters will bring the battle right to your doorstep via the ballot box.
© 2010 by Doug Patton ____________________________________________________________________________
Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself much more often than not. Now working as a freelance writer, his weekly columns of sage political analysis are published the world over by legions of discerning bloggers, courageous webmasters and open-minded newspaper editors. Astute supporters and inane detractors alike are encouraged to e-mail him with their pithy comments at dougpatton@cox.net.

From Politics to Fat

With the culmination of the 2012 election and the distant (for some) advent of the 2012 election, with the nearing end of phase one of the recall (getting signatures) and the advent of a mayoral recall election in January and with the advent of the holiday season and 5000 calories meals with families maybe we can turn our attention temporarily toward our bellies and those calories.

At least that's what the folks in San Francisco think now that they've virtually banned toys from happy meals. Of course, it is San Francisco, home of Nancy Pelosi. It's one of the few places in the world that are more concerned about legalizing pot than dealing with reality be it drugs or food.
And of course, San Francisco is in the state where Governor Moon Beam will soon rule--a 70 year-old has been who apparently is the best that the state can produce to save itself from falling into the sea--at least fiscally.

And it's California where Lost Angeles limits the number of fast food restaurants it will allow in order to help obese people resist the temptation of ordering too many extra value meals.

But we digress. After reading a column this morning by Steve Chapman (http://townhall.com/columnists/SteveChapman/2010/11/07/attack_of_the_food_police/print) 'Attack of the Food Police', it kind of got the juices in our stomach activated.

We at the Objective Conservative have a number of weight issues. Some too much, some about right, some who could put on a few pounds and some who are just plain weight-challenged. But none of us believe limiting what goes into our stomachs is the business of government, nor do we believe that taxing us more for one food item than another just to 'encourage' us not to eat something is anything more than a violation of our first amendment rights.

But enough, check out Chapman's column. We need to get to the Old Country Buffet and get our Sunday morning 4000 calorie start.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

There He Goes Again

Yes, the incompetent, tax-and-spend mayor of Omaha, Jim Suttle tells the local daily that he wants to have the legislature give him the opportunity to raise the city's sales tax. Suttle failed to convince the legislature last year primarily because:
  1. It was an election year

  2. Given the current economic reality of the state facing huge deficits it's not about to allow cities to raise sales taxes

  3. AND, Mayor Suttle never convinced anyone in the legislature that he had done enough to cut and implement efficiencies.

WHAT HAS CHANGED? This is a mayor who recommended $11 million in new spending this year, a mayor that recommend a total increase in spending of $44 million in his budget for 2011. Where are the efficiencies? Where are the cuts? WHAT HAS CHANGED?


Never Believe World-Herald Numbers

We've been meaning to comment on this since Wednesday and somehow other efforts have deterred us until now, but we want to point out just how bad the Douglas Street Rag's (Omaha World-Herald's) polling was.

In the Lee Terry/Tom White race the local daily said on October 25th that the "Race Remains Competitive." Who were they trying to fool? Were they, more likely, just trying to sell Sunday papers and create news? Was their polling simply totally wrong?

Regardless of their motives, the local daily's numbers were totally wrong. First of all to publish the numbers that Lee Terry had 44% of the vote and Tom White had 39% was just poppycock. Those numbers were for registered voters--not likely voters. But still the local daily had the audacity to show them as the prominent numbers. Even if they believed their polling, this can only be excused as an attempt to sell papers and create hype for an ever-declining form of news media.

The numbers they should have highlighted were the 'committed voters' assuming they had any more credibility than the others. That showed Terry with an eight point lead over White. And of course the local daily never showed the actual 'committed voters's' numbers.
And still the most embarrassing thing was the difference between the local daily's polling and reality. Lee Terry got 61.5% of the vote and Tom White was devastated getting 38.5% of the vote. Let's see, if our math serves us right that is 22% margin in favor of Lee Terry--not 4%, not 8%!

The bottom line is that any poll the Omaha World-Herald publishes can never again be taken as serious or accurate. The same holds true for anything else they have published for other subjects based on that polling. Either the Omaha World-Herald has an incompetent pollster or they simply wanted to manipulate numbers to sell papers. Is there any wonder why fewer and fewer people are reading it?