Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ad Watch (Obama): Mitt Romney's Tax Returns: When Will He Come Clean?

Oh, the things we have to go through to be fair and balanced..... No doubt this web commercial released by the Obama campaign will make lots of liberal victims happy.

Frankly, we don't know what tax returns have to do with one's qualifications to be president unless he has cheated on them and been caught by the I.R.S.---you know that government organization that will soon be fining you for not buying healthcare?

Ad Watch (Romney): Believe In Our Future

Here's a new ad from the Romney Campaign that is very positive about him and refers to him building a business and rescuing the 2002 Olympics.

Ad Watch (Romney): The Right Kind of Leadership

Here is one of Romney's latest ads.

Omaha Conservatives Will Turnout To Support Chick-fil-A

Conservatives throughout Omaha have been invited to participate in Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day tomorrow.   It's a response to the liberal attacks aimed at crushing the First Amendment rights of Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A's President.

Tomorrow, hundreds of consservatives will make a special effort to eat at the Midtown Crossing Chick-fil-A store at 11:00 a.m.

Lt. Governor Sheehy: Allegations of Scandal and Consequences? More than Smoke?

We want to make it clear that we like Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy. We think it’s a personal tragedy that a twenty-eight year marriage appears to be ending. We frankly think (thought) he’d make a good governor when Governor Heineman leaves.  
But having admitted to the above we feel the obligation to tell our readers what is going on and it appears that it isn’t pretty. Just today we’ve heard allegations from several sources that Sheehy’s personal life may be under investigation by the news media if not the state itself. We’ve talked to sources in both state government and in private industry who are telling us pretty much the same thing. That is that there may be numerous documented cases of infidelity across the state of Nebraska during Sheehy’s duties and travels as Lt. Governor. That would mean that taxpayers and the state through expenses paid on behalf of Sheehy’s travels have abetted such activity. It would bring into question the need and reason for his travels across the state and the expenses related to such.

Earlier today, it was suggested to us that the governor upon his return from China might sit down with Sheehy, confront him with the facts (allegations)and ask for his resignation in hope that those facts wouldn’t need to be made public. Now it appears that those in the media have or are pursuing the story and Sheehy may have to deal with the them rather than the governor although we believe the end result, if our information is accurate, will be the same--resignation.

But there is more to the story. What happens if the allegations are true and Sheehy does resign? The governor will have to appoint his replacement. Who would that be? Senator McCoy’s name has been part of that conversation.   So has Senator Tony Fulton.  Speaker Flood, who intends on running for governor anyway (hope that’s no surprise to anyone) voted on the wrong side of the pre-natal issue and hasn’t seemed to be a favorite of the governor although he certainly and capably accomplished much of the governor’s agenda over recent years.

Some will say, so what does it matter who the governor appoints should the Sheehy resign? Well, it could matter a great deal for two reasons. First, if Mitt Romney becomes the president there is much speculation he’d want Heineman serving him in the cabinet or in some high position which would very possibly result in Heineman’s resignation. So all of this becomes EXTREMELY important. That appointee might just quickly become Nebraska’s governor!

But there’s more. Word continues to circulate around Lincoln that U.S. Senator Mike Johanns is sick. We’ve reported that a couple of months ago. The ‘c-word’ was mentioned to us today. Again, should something happen in that regard, the governor would appoint a replacement, maybe himself for an interim term again meaning the appointment of a new Lt. Governor would have great consequence.

At this point these are allegations, rumors and speculation but they seem to be coming from increasingly reliable sources. We hope it’s just smoke, not fire. We hope that’s all there is, but you heard it first on the Objective Conservative….

P.S. We updated this on August 1 to correct an error in the original piece suggesting that Senators Fulton and McCoy had voted for the override of LB 599.   They didn't.

Ron Paul: We Told You So

It seems Ron Paul never gives up and his latest e-mail is just another example of it.  He still plans on his 'show' in Tampa.   And we don't want to tell you so (well, really we do) but you might check prior posts where we suggested that Paul would go as far as paying the way for folks sympathetic to him who were elected as delegates to the Republican National Convention, and sure as heat in July that's exactly what his last e-mail would have you and him do.   Check it out.

As you know, the Republican National Convention is right around the corner!

From the beginning, I’ve said this convention in Tampa will be a critical step for our R3VOLUTION.

That’s why I’ve instructed my campaign staff to offer financial assistance to our delegates who otherwise wouldn't be able to make it in order to ensure every one of them can reach Tampa.

But in order to make this a reality, can I count on you to please make a generous contribution to help as many of our campaign’s delegates as possible make it to the Republican National Convention?

As you know, the establishment hasn’t just sat still and quietly watched us take over party chapters and rack up delegates.

Their opposition has required our campaign to spend resources in Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, and Oregon to defend our gains and defeat their challenges.

And with August just around the corner, we want to make sure we can cover expenses for delegates that need help reaching the convention.

Your contribution will be put directly toward transportation, lodging, and other costs associated with getting these delegates to Tampa.

This is incredibly important for a number of reasons:

*** First, the Republican National Convention is our opportunity to plant our flag and show that our Liberty movement is the future of the GOP.

Seeing a flood of pro-liberty delegates and so many new and young faces in Tampa will respectfully send that message to the GOP establishment.

*** Second, we’re expecting a credentials battle at the Convention to ensure the national GOP doesn’t just “look the other way” at some of the dirty tricks my supporters had to deal with in many states.

I’ll need my supporters in Tampa to help ensure as many of our campaign’s delegates get credentialed as possible.

*** And finally, the Republican National Convention provides us with the opportunity to affect the Party Platform.

As you know, pro-liberty delegates will be fighting for an internet freedom plank, an Audit the Fed plank, and a plan opposing the indefinite detention of American citizens.

We may also have a battle over a plank opposing the so-called “PATRIOT” Act and undeclared wars.

Getting these crucial issues in the Republican Party Platform will not only show that we are the future of the GOP, but also perhaps even help convince some legislators who were “on the fence” on these issues to start coming our way.

That’s why I’m hoping I can count on you to
make a generous contribution to help our campaign’s delegates get to Tampa.

There’s no doubt that our Liberty Movement is growing by leaps and bounds.

And it’s because of your hard work and dedication that we are the future of the Republican Party.

Thank you for all of that hard work and for everything you’ve done for my campaign!

For Liberty,

Ron Paul
P.S. The Republican National Convention is rapidly approaching.

And it’s absolutely vital our campaign’s delegates are able to make it to Tampa to help with our goals for the Republican National Convention.

Our campaign has spent resources defending our delegates in several states, and we want to make sure we can cover expenses for delegates that need help reaching the convention.

So won't you
make a generous contribution to help my delegates get to Tampa and help carry out my plans for the convention?

Freddie Gray Creates Problem for Omaha Public Schools

That Freddi Gray is incompetent to lead the Omaha Public School Board should be manifestly evident to the most unenlightened of Omaha tax payers.   She clearly lied to fellow board members and the local daily about what she knew and when she knew it. 

Now it appears that more than half of the school board members are still trying to defend her leadership (or lack thereof) and make excuses for her.

Fortunately, some are questioning her.  Sandra Jensen, Justin Wayne and Kersten Borer seem to at least recognize the dilemma this poor excuse of a leader has put the school board in.  While there will apparently be an item on next Monday's board meeting agenda as to whether Gray should be removed from her position as president, it probably won't pass.

All of this leads to lots of questions that taxpayers should be asking:
  • Can you believe anything that Gray says in the future?
  • Can you believe counsel that OPS's law firm provides in the future?
  • What responsible potential candidate for the Superintendent of the Omaha Public Schools would want to come to this community without a contract that guaranteed him or her a minimum of 5 years regardless of his or her performance given the volatility of the district and it's leadership?
  • What policies will be enacted to prevent such deceptions in the future?
  • When will the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and the Omaha business community finally say they've had enough of the lack of any business acumen on this board?
  • Doesn't this issue provide great support for State Senator Lautenbaugh's bill to reshape the board?
Freddie Gray's deceptions have placed the school board in jeopardy of having no credibility.  Without her replacement the board will have little or no credibility in the future.   For the sake of taxpayers and the children in the the school system it is imperative that she be replaced. 

Without major changes the Omaha Public School System will continue its descent into mediocrity.....

Mayor Suttle's Next Press Conference/Press Release

We thought we'd share with you the subject of Mayor Suttle's next press release: Omaha ranked number 3 as best place for senior to retire.   Yes, through no effort on his tax-raising, anti-business efforts U.S.A. Today reports that the Milken Institute of Santa Monica, California has ranked Omaha thusly primarily because of "quality health care, educational and employment opportunities, and transportation and an economy that work for seniors.

Maybe when the mayor takes credit for this he can tell us specifically what he has done to put Omaha in this position.

Oh, and maybe someone can ask him if he'd like more Chick-fil-A's in Omaha???

Ad Watch (Romney): The Olympics

Although President Obama would probably tell you that Olympic medalists didn't earn by themselves, the Summer Olympics are probably a monument to what hard work can do for one's career whether it be becoming great in sports or building a business.

In that regard, a pro-Romney Superpac, Restore our Future, has a new ad running in the swing states of  Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

It's a pretty strong spot that combines the country's current, national moment with one of the strongest pieces of Romney's resume -- his 2002 Olympics turnaround.

The ad features former gold medal Kristi Yamaguchi and two other gold medalists, speed skater Derek Parra and skeleton racer Jimmy Shea and thanks Romney for his leadership in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

Monday, July 30, 2012

What You Would Have Heard at This Mornings Omaha Public School Board Meeting

We thought it was important to share with you the comments that Doug Kagan, head of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom intended to share with the Omaha Public School Board this morning before the incompetent, elitist, self-serving, uppity Freddie Gray moved the boar into executive session preventing Kagan and other members of the public present from expressing their opinions.

Oh, and once again we have yet another report that Ben Gray and 2 of his thugs tried to intimidate our NTF members at the board meeting when they insisted on the right to speak.

We fully agree with Kagan's assessment and request for action:

"Good morning. My name is Doug Kagan, 12320 William Street, and I represent Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom

Our organization has followed closely the embarrassing and financially troublesome search for a new Omaha Public Schools superintendent. After evaluating the most recent revelations surrounding this situation, Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom formally requests the members of the school board to publicly censure and demand the immediate resignation of Freddie Gray, the board president, following full disclosure of school board emails between herself and the former Des Moines Schools superintendent. Furthermore, we urge the board to join with the administration to cancel its contract with the Baird Holm law firm and excuse its current employee now advising the district from further offering her services to the district.

We suspect that collusion among the school board president, Baird Holm legal counsel, and the disgraced would-be superintendent misled the board and prevented taxpayers in the Omaha School District from discovering in a timely manner information that would have led them to demand the selection of an alternative candidate. We further believe that the school board president and legal counsel had an ethical obligation to immediately inform all school board members and top administrators of a possible scandal and exhibited incredibly poor judgment in failing to do so. Let us do a bit of public school math. The board selected a search company, a rather poor selection, apparently, at $48,130. A candidate presented by this firm would cost over $325,000 in salary and benefits annually. Though this company was contractually obligated to conduct another wholesale search for alternative candidates at no extra cost, the board voted to spend an additional $8,750, excluding expenses, on another consulting company. Other, incidental costs from a delayed appointment, “x” number of dollars. Not responsible spending. 

We suggest the board quickly institute new rules that specifically state how its members are accountable to each other and the public, more transparency. Our members who reside in the district expect OPS board members to conduct themselves in the same ethical environment as those they choose to hire. We suppose that prospective candidates for superintendent would feel likewise. We look forward to your prompt response to our requests."

Ben and Freddie Gray: Arrogant, Uppity, Elitist Failures

It’s bad enough how Councilman Ben Gray’s wife has hidden facts from the Omaha Public School Board over the last several months, but this morning in the special board meeting called to deal with the fallout of her deceptions, she refused to hear any commentary from the public and moved the board into executive session. We hope it was to inform the board that she was resigning in well-earned shame for her lies and incompetent dealings with the Nancy Sebring debacle, but we suspect it was only to avoid public criticism.

In the initial phase of the meeting it seems that Freddie’s equally incompetent and uppity elitist husband had a tantrum, threatening an individual who questioned Freddie’s decision to go into executive decision and not hear public comments. Twice the out-of-control councilman, who should have been told to shut up and that he was out of order (by wife Freddie), told a public citizen that he had no right to criticize his wife.

The citizens of Omaha need to demand that Freddie Gray resign and the citizens in Ben Gray’s council district need to throw him out come next spring. Maybe Ben should pay more attention to doing something about the 10 shootings in his district over the last three days during the interim…..

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Yet Another U.N. Attempt to Take Your Rights Away

Our friends at the American Research Council sent this to us  and we felt the need to share.  We've already noted that the U.S. government and the liberals at the U.N. have backed down on their arms treaty.    But these nanny statists and liberals want to also control how children are raised across the world and some in our senate and government want to pass what they consider and want you to believe is simply an inocuous law that will bring the rest of the world into closer step with the United States when it comes to the 'rights of  persons with disabilities'.   Of course they are not to be believed.

Here is what the American Research Council says:

"It's the latest threat to parents' rights that no one knows about--and yesterday, the Senate moved one step closer to making it the law of the land. Like most U.N. treaties, this one sounds harmless enough. But make no mistake--its innocuous name, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), masks a cunning attack on parental authority, unborn life, and U.S. sovereignty. Of course, this is a favorite strategy of liberal administrations: using treaties to get radical policies through the country's backdoor. In this instance, it would bring our nation even closer to President Obama's apparent goal of putting America under global governance.

As Phyllis Schafly points out, the U.S. already enacted the strongest piece of disabilities legislation in the world. This idea that the U.N. "can provide more benefits or protections for persons with disabilities than the U.S. is bizarre," she writes in an excellent column that debunks the need for such a treaty. "The United States always treats individuals, able or disabled, rich or poor, innocent or guilty, better than any nation." Democrats argue that it would help the rest of the world "catch up" to our standards. But, as Sen. Jim DeMint and others have made clear, the U.S. doesn't need to sign away its rights to provide leadership in that area.

While this is a noble cause that embodies the American ethic--treating people with dignity and respect--it gives the U.N. a profound stake in U.S. law and the rights of people across the country. Specifically, the CRPD takes aim at parents, declaring that an international body--not moms and dads--will be the ultimate authority on issues like education. The treaty slips in phrases like "best interest of the child," which, as Sen. Rick Santorum pointed out with me on last week's radio show, are "red alert alarm words." They mean that government officials or courts will be in the position of deciding what's in your child's best interest--not you. Under CRPD, the government would supersede parents in setting course plans for both gifted and special needs kids. The Homeschool Legal Defense Association is concerned--and rightly so. It maintains that this Convention signals a dramatic turnaround in parental rights.

And, of course, it wouldn't be a U.N. proposal if it didn't include a backdoor to greater abortion access. "The feminists saw to it that this treaty about disabilities includes language in Article 25 that requires signatories to 'provide persons with disabilities... free or affordable health care," Phyllis notes, "including in the area of sexual and reproductive health and population-based health programs.'" Translation: the global community could force America to sanction sterilization or abortion for the disabled--at taxpayer expense! Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tried to neutralize the threat yesterday during the mark-up in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Unfortunately, his amendment (which would have stopped the treaty from forcing abortion policy on countries that sign) was thwarted by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) after a debate that you can watch here.

Although Sen. DeMint managed to delay the CRPD a week, the Committee, including three of its Republicans--Sens. John Barrasso (Wy.), Richard Lugar (Ind.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.)--voted yesterday to send the treaty to the Senate floor, where it could be ratified as early as next week. Between now and then, it is absolutely critical for people to see that what's at stake in this debate, which is nothing short of our authority as parents--and as a nation. By law, the Convention will need 67 votes to pass, which means we need to persuade at least 34 senators to defeat it. Contact your senators today and urge them to vote down this deadly infringement on U.S. sovereignty. Your rights depend on it.

The Chick-fil-A Battle: The Ugliness of P.E.T.A.

When it comes to P.E.T.A., we're right with them.  Oops, we were thinking about the group we support---People for Eating Tasty Animals

That other P.E.T.A. whose values we don't share showed just how ugly it can be as it chose to get involved in the Chick-fil-A values fight.  We've been discussing this since it came up and we took note at one point that Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley had weighed in and criticised the Department of Agriculture for its 'meatless Mondays".

Well, the NUTS at P.E.T.A. couldn't keep their traps shut and had to attack Senator Grassley Thursday by promising to take informal bets on their website about when Senator Grassley "will succumb to a meat-related ailment, such as heart disease, cancer of the colon or prostate, or a stroke."

There's not a lot to say about the mentality of these folks so we'd just remind you to eat meat on Monday and Chicken on Wednesday.... 

Hercules Prevails!

Yesterday, we took note of Hercules Industries
 fight against the contraceptive mandates imposed by Obamacare.  From Newsmax, we get word that Hercules, the Colordo based company that stood up to Kathleen Sebelius and her edict that all companies regardless of religious beliefs must offer contraceptive coverage has prevailed.   It's hard to believe a federal judge could have made such a decision and we hope it stands.

Contraceptive Mandate Suffers Court Blow as Catholic Business Wins Crucial Court Case

"A Colorado business owned by a Catholic family does not have to comply with President Barack Obama's new healthcare mandate that private employers provide employees with insurance coverage of birth control, a Colorado federal judge ruled on Friday.

U.S. District Judge John Kane in Denver temporarily blocked the government from the enforcing the contraception requirement against the religious owners of Hercules Industries Inc, a private manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment.

The ruling only affects this plaintiff but opens the door for any company to seek relief on religious grounds. Lawyers for the Department of Health and Human Services argued that a temporary exemption for Hercules would interfere with the government's ability to implement the law. But Kane was not persuaded.

"This harm pales in comparison to the possible infringement upon (the Newland family's) constitutional and statutory rights," the judge wrote. He noted that the government had already created numerous exceptions for religious employers, exempting over 190 million health plan participants.

The law posed an imminent harm to the company's owners by forcing them to support contraception, sterilization and abortion in violation of their religious beliefs or face steep fines, Kane said.
Members of the Newland family, which owns Hercules, sued in April, challenging the provision that is part of the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Roman Catholic bishops and many Republican lawmakers oppose the provision. The Catholic Church launched a campaign against it from Sunday Mass pulpits across the country. Catholic Church doctrine opposes artificial contraception but most American Catholics do not adhere to church policy.

Hercules provides a self-insured group plan for its 265 full-time employees that does not cover birth control, sterilization or abortion-inducing drugs. But the new regulation would require Hercules to provide such coverage by Nov. 1, the ruling said.

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressed disappointment with the decision in a statement.

"This lawsuit was not brought by a religious organization. Rather, it was brought by a for-profit commercial enterprise whose purpose is to sell HVAC equipment," she said, adding that healthcare decisions should be between women and their doctors, not their employers.

"Every American, including family business owners, should be free to live and do business according to their faith," Matthew Bowman, a lawyer for Hercules with the Alliance Defense Fund, said in a statement.

More than 20 lawsuits are pending around the country against the birth control mandate, brought by organizations including the University of Notre Dame, Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of New York.

On July 17, another federal judge in Nebraska dismissed a similar lawsuit brought by seven states, two Catholic individuals and three Catholic non-profit institutions, finding that the plaintiffs did not face any immediate harm from the law."

U.N. Surrenders on Arms Treaty

Friday, we posted a letter signed by Mike Johanns and 51 other U.S. Senators who oppose the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.   Looks like the administration and the U.N. got the message.    Let's hope they remember it.

From our standpoint the best thing that could be done with the U.N., short of the U.S. withdrawing from this band of thieves, spies and lawbreakers would be to tell them to take their operation and their lawbreakers to another country to set up headquarters.

We received the following from our allies at the N.R.A.:

"NRA Stops U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

U.N. ATT Conference Comes to an ImpasseThe Conference on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (U.N. ATT) has broken down and will not report a draft treaty to the member nations.

This is a big victory for American gun owners, and the NRA is being widely credited for killing the U.N. ATT.

For nearly 20 years, the NRA has worked tirelessly to warn American gun owners about the United Nations’ efforts to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners by putting in place international controls on small arms.

NRA became a recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and has monitored all U.N. activities that could impact on our Second Amendment rights. As a result, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre testified before the U.N. (2012 remarks, 2011 remarks) making it clear that the NRA would fight any international treaty that included civilian arms.

NRA worked with our allies in the U.S. Congress and successfully assembled strong bipartisan opposition to any treaty that adversely impacts the Second Amendment. On two occasions NRA was successful in convincing a majority of the U.S. Senate to sign letters to President Obama that made it clear that any treaty that included civilian arms was not going to be ratified by the U.S. Senate.

Yesterday (July 26), Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) gathered the signatures of 51 Senators on a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton opposing any treaty that infringes on our rights. The letter stated "As the treaty process continues, we strongly encourage your administration not only to uphold our country's constitutional protections of civilian firearms ownership, but to ensure--if necessary, by breaking consensus at the July conference--that the treaty will explicitly recognize the legitimacy of lawful activities associated with firearms, including but not limited to the right of self-defense. As members of the United States Senate, we will oppose the ratification of any Arms Trade Treaty that falls short of this standard."

NRA members made their voices heard on this issue as well, calling their elected representatives and urging their opposition to the treaty. As a result, 130 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have voiced strong opposition to the treaty.

During the past week, it became increasingly possible that the Conference would fail to come to an agreement on draft language. On Thursday, the Conference President produced yet another draft of the ATT in an effort to salvage the process. The new draft, like previous ones, was wholly incompatible with the Second Amendment rights protected by our Constitution.

The proponents of the treaty have goals that are clearly at odds with the American Constitution. Their refusal to remove civilian arms from the treaty was one major issue that led to the breakdown in negotiations. The U.S. delegation made it clear that they could not move forward with the language as it had been drafted.

While this conference has failed to complete a treaty, the proponents will not give up. It is likely that a new conference will be held in the future and NRA will continue to fight to protect the rights of American gun owners.

NRA maintains its steadfast opposition to any treaty that includes civilian arms in any way. NRA will continue to work with our allies, particularly in the U.S. Senate, to insure that the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is not threatened by this or any future international treaty."

Ad Watch (Obama): "I Believe" - Obama for America TV Ad

Here's the latest ad that the Obama campaign is running and was to have run on opening night for the Olympics.   Just looks like more class warfare to us..

Ad Watch (Romney): It Worked

There's a new Romney ad out that given yesterday's economic numbers is right on:
  • US economic growth slows to 1.5 percent annual rate from April-June, consumer spending weakens.
  • The weakest pace of growth since the third quarter of 2011
  • Dow Jones consensus estimates forecast growth at a 1.3 percent pace.
Yeah, it worked alright......

Taking Credit Where Credit Not Due

U.S. Senator Rand Paul whom we think is a great addition to the U.S. Senate recently sent this e-mail to members on his mailing list.  While we like his willingness to help conservative candidates, he takes credit for the Tea Party helping Deb Fischer win her primary here in Nebraska.   However, Deb Fischer was the only candidate that the Tea Party didn't endorse.......

"Dear Conservative,

Remember all those news stories last year, declaring, “the Tea Party is dead”? Then look what happened. We won in Indiana with Richard Mourdock, we’re on the verge of a huge win in Texas with Ted Cruz, we won in Nebraska with Deb Fischer, and we have one other huge fight looming on the horizon: Wisconsin.
There are three main candidates in that race, an establishment moderate named Tommy Thompson, who actually lobbied for ObamaCare; a hedge fund self-funder who supports bailouts, high speed rail, and is good with higher taxes named Eric Hovde; and my friend, conservative Congressman Mark Neumann. That’s why I’m writing you today. Mark Neumann needs your help, right now.
I believe this is THE “Tea Party vs Establishment” primary left on the calendar this year. We’ll either nominate one of these establishment moderates, or we’ll have a taxpayer hero like Mark Neumann as our nominee. I think the choice is pretty clear.

Here’s a great story about Mark Neumann. I think it tells you what kind of guy he is:

In 1994, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and became one of the leading fiscal hawks in Congress. From his seat on the Appropriations Committee, he fought government spending every single day.
As the months went by, Mark kept voting against “pork barrel” bills, and it began to anger the Republican leadership... in fact, they got so angry they kicked Mark off the Committee!

Mark didn’t care. Pork was pork and a waste of taxpayer money regardless of which party it came from. He held his ground, and Mark was eventually reinstated.
That’s the kind of principled leader that we need up here in the Senate. And when I say “we”, I mean conservative leaders like Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, and Tom Coburn who I’m up here fighting along side every single day. We’ve all endorsed Mark.
We need more Senators who are conservatives first and Republicans second, and are committed to rolling back the Obama agenda.
You know, people love to talk around election time about cutting spending and smaller government because they think that’s what folks want to hear. But Mark Neumann has actually walked the walk - he is tough as nails and we know we can rely on him because he has a proven track record.

This election is what I call a "heart and soul of the country" kind of election where we decide who we're going to be as a country. Are we going to sink into socialism and allow the government to gobble up never ending amounts of America’s wealth? Or are we going to take this country back?
I believe that a big reason that Republicans lost control of the House and Senate in 2006 was that they did not keep our promise to keep Government small and spending down—and the American people punished us for that. We can’t let that happen again.
Our choice is clear: we can send more establishment moderates to Washington to be part of the “Retired Governor’s Club,” or we can send strong, Constitutional conservatives like Mark Neumann who are committed to the cause of Liberty.
This could be the biggest Senate race in America this year. We have to win it. I’m all in for Mark Neumann. I hope you are too. Will you join me?

In Liberty,

Rand Paul
United States Senator - Kentucky

P.S. There’s only one way to repeal Obamacare, and that’s to elect conservatives to the Senate like Mark Neumann. Mark is a leader who will fight to do that.
I am personally asking for your support because conservatives need him by our side in the U.S. Senate."

Friday, July 27, 2012

N.A.D.C. Complaint Filed Against Ben Gray: More Coming

Earlier today we were made privy to a letter mailed by contributor and co-editor of our blog by Patrick McPherson relative to a complaint filed by him personally against Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.   McPherson also discussed this and other issues on the Crash Davis KFAB show this afternoon.

We are told he has additional information relative to other violations of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Act which also involve his wife, the disgraced President of the Omaha School Board.   That information will be forthcoming.
"July 26, 2012

Mr., Frank Daley, Executive Director
Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission
P.O. Box 95086
Lincoln, NE 68509

Dear Mr. Daley:

I would like to file a formal complaint against Ben Gray and the Ben Gray for City Council Committee (Omaha, NE) as it appears that the candidate and his committee have violated Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure laws pertaining to the full reporting of campaign contributions and expenditures in their report for the year ending December 31, 2011.

 In my complaint, I allege the following:
·         Gray and his Campaign indicate that the committee started 2011 with no dollars in the bank and claims to have raised $8255 from individuals and $2,500 from other sources for a total of $10,755
·         Of the $8,255 raised from individuals the campaign acknowledges only one contribution greater than $250, that of $1,000 from Richard Holland.  I believe it is highly unlikely that Gray’s campaign received no other contributions of greater than $250.
·         Of the $2,500 his campaign shows from others he acknowledges only one contribution greater than $250, that of $500 from Kutak Rock.   Again, it seems highly unlikely that his campaign didn’t raise other contributions greater than $250.
·         On expenditures, Gray’s campaign claims expenditures of $9,656.37 but only claims three expenditures over $250, totaling $1,421.46 which indicates that of the balance of $8,234,91 he had no additional expenditures of $250 or more which again seems unlikely.
·         Equally questionable are two expenditures, one for $493.34 to rent a car from Enterprise to drive to Des Moines and one to an Omaha rental company, Rental City for $428.12.

I allege that Ben Gray and is campaign organization have failed to disclose both receipts and expenses as required by the State of Nebraska under its accountability and disclosure statutes and wish to file a formal complaint in this regard.   If necessary, please provide any form or request for further documentation

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.


Patrick J. McPherson"

Will Mayor Suttle Welcome Chick-fil-A?????

We'd like to know where Mayor Jim Suttle stands on welcoming additional Chick-fil-As to Omaha.  Yes, we have one at Midtown Crossing.   That's already there.  But we want to know where the mayor stands.    Council Bluffs will have one shortly.   Papillion will have one shortly.   Omaha could support several.   Will the mayor put out the persona non grata sign for more Chick-fil-A's?

Our wondering becomes even more important with the mayor's recent activities.  In fact, check out Jim Suttle's Mayoral Facebook post, stating "Jim Suttle is a gay rights supporter". And for those of you who didn't see it, the mayor spoke at the gay rights rally in Memorial Park the other day!


Senator Johanns Gets it Right on U.N. Arms Treaty

Nebraska U.S. Senator Mike Johanns got it right in joining 50 other U.S. Senators in sending a letter to President Obama and to Secretary Clinton expressing concerns about the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. He said, The letter is below

" I believe this treaty could infringe on the constitutionally protected right of Americans to legally possess firearms. The letter urges the Administration to oppose ratification of the treaty. If it is instead presented to the Senate it must be ratified with a two-thirds majority vote. I will oppose ratification if gun rights are not clearly protected.

I believe that hunters, gun collectors, and sportsmen alike take seriously the responsibilities of owning a firearm. Rather than focusing our energy on laws that penalize law-abiding citizens, we should focus on punishing violent criminals. Further, I am deeply wary of international treaties that may compromise U.S. sovereignty. When considering multilateral agreements, we must make every effort to ensure our constitutional rights are fully maintained.

The letter is below. Let's hope Obama and Clinton listen--but don't plan on it.....
Dear President Obama and Secretary Clinton:

As defenders of the right of Americansto keep and bear arms, we write to express our grave concern about the dangers posed by the United Nations’Arms Trade Treaty. Our country'ssovereignty and the constitutional protection of these individual freedoms must not be infringed.

In October of2009 at the U.N. General Assembly, your administration voted for the U.S.to participatein negotiating this treaty. We understand that the final treaty text will not bepublicly available until it has been agreed to, on a consensus basis,by all the nations at the conference to be held in New York in July. But having reviewed the Chairman's Draft Papermade available by the United Nations, we are concerned that the Arms Trade Treaty poses dangers to rights protected under the Second Amendment for the following reasons.

First, while the Draft Paper nominally applies only to "international arms transfers," it defines such transfers as including "transport" across national territory. It requires signatoriesto"monitor and control" arms in transit,and to "enforcedomestically the obligations of this treaty" by prohibiting the unauthorized "transfer of arms from any location."This implies an expansion of federal firearms controlsthat would be unacceptable on Second Amendment grounds.

Second, the Draft Paper requires nations to "maintain records of all imports andshipments of arms that transittheir territory," including the identity of individual end users. This information is to be reported to the U.N.-based Implementation SupportUnit. The Draft Paper thus appears to suggest the creation of an U.N.-basedfirearms registryfor all firearms that are either imported into or transitacross nationalterritory, which raisesboth Second Amendment and privacy concerns.

Finally, the Draft Paper requires that nations "shall take all appropriate measures necessary to prevent the diversion of imported arms into the illicit market or to unintended end users."This clause appears to create a presumption in favor of the adoption, at the federal level,of further controls on firearms. We are concerned that, in this regard as well as in others,the treaty will create an open-ended obligation that will in practice be defined by international opinion, and will be used to push the U.S. in the direction of measures that would infringeon both Second Amendment freedomsand the U.S.'s sovereignty more broadly.

We acknowledge, with gratitude, that your administration has clearly stated that the treaty must not infringe in any way on the Second Amendment. Notwithstanding, we must state with clarity what this entails.

First, the treaty should explicitly recognizethe legitimacy of hunting, sport shooting, and otherlawful activities -including the collection and display by individuals and museums of military antiques -related tothe private ownership of firearms, and related materials.

· Second, the treaty should not include the manufacturing, assembly, possession, transfer,
or purchase of small arms, light weapons, ammunition, or related materials that are defined underdomestic law by nationalauthority as legal for private ownership, nor should it contain any open­ ended obligations that could imply any need to impose controls that would have any domesticeffect on any or all of these items.

Third, the Draft Paper is based in part on recognizing the inherent right of all states to individual or collective self-defense. We certainly agree that this right is inherent, at least, in all democratic and law-abiding states. But we also believe that the right of personal self-defense is a human right that is inherentin the individual. U.N. organizations, by contrast, have in the past argued that gun control is mandated by international human rights law, and that the right of self-defense does not exist. The treaty shouldclearly state that anyassertion of the inherent right of all states to individual or collective self-defense cannot prejudice the inherent human right of personal self-defense.

As the treaty process continues, we strongly encourage your administration not only to uphold our country's constitutional protections of civilian firearms ownership, but to ensure -ifnecessary, by breaking consensusat the July conference-that the treaty will explicitly recognizethe legitimacy of lawful activities associated with firearms, including but not limited to the right ofself-defense. As members of the United States Senate, we will oppose the ratification of anyArms Trade Treaty that falls short of this standard

We appreciate your consideration on this issue and look forward to your response.