Monday, December 31, 2012

Is There Any Hope for America?

Okay, we know it will soon be a new year and we're supposed to be optimistic.   And after all we survived the Mayan end of the world unscathed.   But when we read things like the latest Gallup Poll we find it just a little difficult.   Sadly, those who are responding to this survey are probably future unenlightened voters which doesn't help our optimism for next year at all.

Please, someone give us reasons to be optimistic....

From Gallup:

"Americans name Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as the Most Admired Woman and Most Admired Man alive in the world today. Clinton has been the Most Admired Woman 11 years straight, Obama the Most Admired Man five years in a row."

One Fool Defends Another

Okay, yesterday the president said nice things about failed Nebraska U.S. Senator, indecisive, unreliable, un-re-electable, ant-Semitic, anti-gay, Obamacare supporter Chuckie Hagel.   In the interest of our always fair and objective reporting you can read about that below.   With that said, we wonder if the president hasn't (hopefully) got the message that Hagel isn't the guy for the job and just said the nice things he did to assuage any further damage to Hagel's latent onset of post traumatic stress disorder. 

We should see soon.......

"Obama praises Hagel as a ‘patriot’

By Daniel Strauss - 12/30/12 10:41 AM ET

President Obama defended former Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-Neb.) record on Sunday, rebuffing attacks on the potential nominee for Defense secretary.

Asked whether there was anything that easily disqualified Hagel from becoming secretary of Defense, the president said "not that I see."


Hagel, who is believed to be Obama's top choice to replace Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, has recently received criticism for comments he made 14 years ago in opposition to the nomination of James Hormel, who is gay, to serve as ambassador to Luxemborg. The Log Cabin Republicans, a group representing gay Republicans, recently published a full page ad in The New York Times urging Obama to not nominate Hagel for the Pentagon's top post.

Critics have also attacked Hagel on his stances on Iran and Israel. Foreign policy hawks say Hagel would not take the necessary steps to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. A number of conservative groups have also questioned Hagel's views on Israel, citing the former senator's comments about the "Jewish lobby" trying to influence legislators.

Obama added that he has not made a decision yet on whom to nominate to succeed Panetta.
Obama noted, though, that Hagel had apologized for his comments on Hormel.
"I think it's a testimony to what has been a positive change over the last decade in terms of people's attitudes about gays and lesbians serving our country," Obama added. "And that's something that I'm very proud to have led. And I think that anybody who serves in my administration understands my attitude and position on those issues."

Source:
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/274887-obama-praises-hagel
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Don't Sell or Smoke that Candy Cigarette

It's nice to know that we don't have to just rely on Mayor Bloomberg to defend us against junk food and tobacco.   No it seems that if you live in Minnesota you can count on the government to prevent you, and your kids, from developing bad habits.   In this case, passing an ordinance that prevents candy stores from selling candy cigarettes.    This could give Omaha's Mayor Suttle or better yet State Senator Brad Ashford yet another nanny-state idea on how to manage our lives and raise revenue.

From the Daily Caller:


City forces Minnesota soda shop to pull fake cigarettes

"Posted By Gregg Re On 11:50 AM 12/27/2012 @ 11:50 AM In DC Exclusives - Blurb,US

In an effort to stop youngsters from picking up a tobacco habit, city inspectors have ordered a small Minnesota soda shop to stop selling its popular candy cigarettes and bubblegum cigars.

According to the Star Tribune, Lynden’s Soda Fountain pulled the fake smokes after officials said the store would face a misdemeanor citation and a $500 fine for noncompliance.

A 2009 city ordinance bans the sale of imitation tobacco items to children.

White candy sticks with red tips were the store’s most popular item, Tobi Lynden, the wife of store owner John Lynden, told the Tribune.

Dozens of people have left supportive messages for the store on its Facebook page, which includes a link to a story about the candy cigarette ban with the caption, “Guilty!”

“I just got through a bag of gummy bears,” one person wrote. “Now I can’t stop thinking about where to find a REAL bear to eat!”

“Don’t let the man keep you down!” wrote another user, Joshua May.

“But it is okay to sell real cigarettes? Strange world we live in,” said Dale Reisinger.
“As a kid 50 years ago, i loved those candy ciggerates, my parents both smoke, i never have or wanted to,” Facebook user Robert Smith posted. “There are some strannge people out there who want to tell every body what to do.”

“This wreaks of mafia and candy prohibition,” concluded another poster."

Friday, December 28, 2012

Let Local Communities Deal With School Security

After the Newtown shootings and the NRA's response to them we wonder if there isn't a better to solution for parents across the country who are concerned about the security at their children's school.   Why not have parent-volunteers and community volunteers trained on the use of hand guns and let them take shifts at their kids' schools?

We do not need to spend more money having some kind of federal program to put armed forces (police or otherwise) in local schools.    Local schools are the responsibility of local communities. Arm the parents or the 'school resource officers'.

Hagel Was Among First to Support Obamacare

Over the past few weeks we've shared a number of articles and our own opinions about the failed, un-re-electable, indecisive, un-reliable, anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish, anti-gay, Obama ass-licker former Nebraska U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel.    One of the things we failed to share with you was that had he been a U.S. Senator at the time, he would have likely sold out just as Ben Nelson did on Obamacare.    Yes, we checked our archives and found two very interesting articles we published over three years ago, one which included a statement issued from the White House on Hagel's behalf.

So here is what we wrote back in October of 2009 regarding Hagel (you can check all of our Hagel commentary by going to the 'label' listing on the bottom right of our blog and clicking 'Chuck Hagel'.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Where was Hagel?

With the Nebraska Republican Party celebrating its annual Founder's Day this last Friday evening, one might have thought that Chuck Hagel, whom some in the party might have mistakenly felt deserved some form of recognition, would have shown his face in Omaha. He didn't and he wasn't missed. In fact, we understand that he didn't even acknowledge an invitation to attend.

Maybe that was best. Had he been given an opportunity to talk he would have probably lectured the gathering on the wrongs of the G.O.P. or maybe even pre-empted the White House release of his health care statement. Had he been given an award, the sounds of silence would have been something to behold.

The Commissar's Lackey, Chuck Hagel Speaks

We just keep hoping the Nebraska's failed, liberal loving, former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel will go away but like a bad case of cancer he seems to keep coming back. Yes, this guy who didn't have the personal integrity to out rightly support Barack Hussein Obama (and relied on his wife and former chief of staff to do so), but wouldn't support fellow Vietnam Veteran and Republican John McCain just keeps talking. This time, he issued a press release on health care. Probably no one would have cared or paid attention had it not been ISSUED THROUGH THE WHITE HOUSE. That in itself should tell you who is pulling his chain. But, of course, if you still cling to the hope that you might hold some kind of cabinet post in Mr. Peace's administration, that's probably what you do. You become a useful idiot, a lackey and certain Chuck Hagel is that.

To be fair and honest, we'll include his statement below. We are inclined to wonder, however, why he thinks he should lecture congress when he's no longer a part of it (thankfully)? Perhaps, its because he could never have been re-elected last year......

“Right now in this country we have the best opportunity we’ve had in recent history to begin to create real health care reform that will expand coverage for those who don’t have it and lower costs for those who do. Access to affordable quality health care for all Americans should be our nation's goal. Families and businesses across our country are struggling every day under the health care status quo. We are a country that can do better, and our citizens deserve better. The Congress and the Administration are working on bipartisan, practical solutions to improve our health care system. I urge all Members of Congress to put aside their narrow partisan differences and seize this moment for health care reform. We will fail our country if we do not succeed. This can also be the beginning of entitlement reform. We know that our entitlement programs cannot be sustained unless we begin with health care reform.”

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ashford Greeting Give us Angst for 2013

 In an earlier post we mentioned the 'political' Christmas cards we'd received here at our spacious downtown Omaha office.    Of course, that mention didn't include the e-mailed ones we got from Dan Welch, Jean Stothert and Brad Ashford.   Apparently, and not surprisingly, we failed to get e-mail cards from our current mayor as well as from Dave Nabity who has struck us from his list for being naught rather than nice.   Presumably before long we'll merit attention from some of those who did e-mail us cards.

Of course in Brad Ashford's case, he's had our e-mail for years but never chosen to use it or to communicate his liberal doings in the legislature.

We can't wait to start hearing from Brad about his major accomplishments in the legislature as he ramps up his mayoral campaign.  Yes, we have:
  • The Learning Community which has become yet another new inept and inefficient taxing authority and done nothing for educating children in Douglas and Sarpy Counties
  • Truancy reform which has created many more jobs for lawyers in Don Kleine's County Attorney's office while harassing innocent parents and kids
  • The 'revised' C.I.R. law that has accomplished nothing to help the people negotiate with public sector unions.
  • The increased sales tax authority given the cities to raise your city sales tax by an additional 1/2 percent to 2% - something that as your next mayor would certainly be a priority of his
Yes, we have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to Senator Ashford.   We can hardly wait until he uses his great skills as Mayor of Omaha......

Stil More Finding Hagel Unfit to Serve

Poor Chuck Hagel is apparently getting it from both sides.   Interestingly, one of the latest attacks comes from the pro-abortion and anti-gun lobby.    What we find amusing is reflecting on his initial television appearance in Joe Jordan in the mid 90s when then Virginian Chuck Hagel returned to Nebraska to run for the U.S. Senate.   In that interview, Hagel couldn't tell Jordan where he stood on abortion or gun ownership.   It was only after his 'Come to Jesus' meeting with a number of conservative supporters that he decided where he was on those issues.   Now, naturally, those lobbies holding contrary views are attacking him and his potential Secretary of Defense nomination on those very issues on which he was originally so wishy-washy.

More and more it is becoming apparent that Chuck Hagel simply said the things he needed to say in 1996 to get elected and 2002 to get re-elected in Nebraska.  Frankly, it appears he was never committed to any of those conservative view points other than for re-election credits back home.   And in 2002, prior to the onset of his delayed post traumatic stress disorder, he made up his mind to damn it all and start his shift to his true moderate side in order to prepare for what turned out as his egocentric non-run for the U.S. presidency.   

More and more that non-news conference announcement seems to tell us something about Hagel and his decision making ability and frankly his fitness to serve in any capacity in government.   Of course, we could go on and on about his terrible management skills, his anti-Semitism, etc., but we've already discussed those in previous posts. 

Apparently, the more his potential appointment comes up the more we learn about this guy.  The chickens are coming home to roost and certain Hagel will have company.

This from The Hill

Possible Hagel nomination takes on water from both sides of the aisle
Posted By Jamie Weinstein On 2:54 AM 12/27/2012 @ 2:54 AM In DC Exclusives - Original Reporting,Politics

"Even Christmas week has been unkind to Chuck Hagel.

The former Republican Nebraska senator has faced a barrage of criticism, particularly for his positions on Iran and Israel, since his name was first floated as a potential successor to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

Hagel’s critics have drawn attention to his past call for direct talks with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and, when he was in the Senate, his refusal to sign on to a letter urging the European Union to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

He also voted against designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, and once claimed a “Jewish lobby” politically “intimidates” elected officials on Capitol Hill.

Christians United for Israel, which declared its opposition to Hagel last week, emailed supporters Wednesday urging them to “[a]ct now to stop the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.”

The emailed statement, signed by CUFI chairman Pastor John Hagee and CUFI executive director David Brog, declared “Hagel’s nomination would be bad news for America and Israel” because of what the group sees as Hagel’s weak position on the threat posed by a nuclear Iran.

“If you don’t recognize the greatest threats to America, you cannot defend against them,” the letter read. Hagee and Brog asked CUFI supporters to contact their senators to ask them to speak out against Hagel.

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, Buzzfeed reports, Hagel’s opponents are circulating a document outlining more alleged indiscretions — at least from the point of view of partisan Democrats.

“Chuck Hagel’s actual record of extreme positions on critical issues is disturbing,” the document reads.

“He is out of the mainstream. Why should Democrats once again abdicate the Defense Secretary job to a Republican. Are there no Democrats with mainstream views for the White House to pick?”

The letter focuses on condenming Hagel for his pro-Second Amendment voting record as senator, and for his pro-life position.

It also specifically contrasts Hagel’s record with that of former Democratic California Rep. Jane Harman, suggesting that perhaps the document’s creator is behind a stealth campaign to support Harman for Panetta’s job.

“The Brady Campaign against Gun Violence has given Hagel a LIFETIME RATING OF 7 OUT OF 100. That’s better than his ZERO from NARAL on women’s issues and a ZERO on gay rights from the Human Rights Campaign,” the document reads.

“By contrast, Former House Intelligence Committee Chair Jane Harman received a rating of 100 from the Brady Campaign, 100 from NARAL, and 100 from the Human Rights Campaign.”

Harman served for a time as ranking member of the House intelligence committee, not as its chair as the document states. She has not been mentioned among those President Obama is considering nominating to lead the Defense Department.

The anti-Hagel document also brings up Hagel’s 1994 opposition to appointing James Hormel as ambassador to Luxembourg because he was “openly, aggressively gay.” When the comment first surfaced earlier this month, gay rights organizations expressed concern about a potential Hagel nomination.

Hagel apologized for the comment last week and said it doesn’t reflect his current views.

In the Senate, the prospect of a Hagel nomination has not generated enthusiasm. Several Republican senators, including John McCain, Marco Rubio and Kelly Ayotte, have publicly expressed concern over Hagel’s record, and said he would have to answer tough questions if President Obama nominated him to head the Pentagon.

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn straightforwardly declared last week that he would oppose his former colleague’s nomination, should it be made official.

“I can’t support a Hagel nomination if it comes,” he told The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin. “I’ve heard prominent Democrats concerned about his position on Israel. Many Republican have said they did not want to prejudge. But it would be a bad move and one of the reasons I’ve taken the position [to oppose]. ‘Mr. President don’t do that. It would be a bad nomination.’”

Democrats haven’t rushed to embrace Hagel either. On “Meet the Press” Sunday, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the third-ranking Senate Democrat, refrained from offering support for Hagel’s nomination, saying only that the president could nominate whomever he wants for the post. He added that he would evaluate Hagel’s record if he was nominated.

In a Christmas Day letter to The Washington Post, former national security advisers James Jones, Frank Carlucci, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft offered an endorsement of Hagel.

He also received an endorsement from New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman on Christmas Day — which could be seen as the biggest blow to his candidacy yet.

Just ask Secretary of State Arne Duncan."

Newtown a Microcosm of Government Failure -- Doug Patton

It has become axiomatic that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. In the case of the first responders to the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, it was 20 minutes, to be exact.

That’s the picture that is emerging from the 911 calls from that terrible day. Twenty minutes. I have tried in vain to imagine my 7-year-old grandson, his defenseless classmates and their equally defenseless teacher being shot to death one by one while waiting 20 minutes for police to arrive. It is a scenario too terrible to conjure in my mind. To imagine local law enforcement personnel taking a full one-third of an hour to respond to such a monstrous event is infuriating. And yet, there it is. Those who wish to protect themselves and their loved ones in almost any situation should not depend on government. How many times have we seen it before?
 
On September 11, 2001, government failed to protect the unsuspecting victims on those four airplanes, as well as those on the ground. On Flight 93, it was courageous passengers, taking matters into their own hands, who stopped those Islamist monsters from making that day even more infamous.
 
In September 2005, government — federal, state and local — completely failed the people of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina flooded the city’s poorest section. Those who were willing and able to take care of themselves and their families were spared. Many of those who counted on government simply perished.
 
Even the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last September, was a case study in brave volunteers, not government — especially not this government — making a difference.
 
And in every mass shooting, in every school or other public place, in every corner of this country, government has betrayed the very people it is sworn to protect, usually by declaring a “gun-free zone” or some other absurd control on the right of private citizens to render protection for themselves, their families and their neighbors.
 
On October 16, 1991, in Killeen, Texas, an assailant drove his pickup truck through the front window of the Luby’s Cafeteria. He then shot 50 people, killing 23 of them, before turning the gun on himself. Two of those victims were the elderly parents of Suzanna Hupp, whose revolver was useless to her because it was 100 feet away in the glove compartment of her car. Hupp later was elected to the Texas Legislature on a platform of allowing Texans to carry concealed handguns, legislation she successfully pushed through and which then-Governor George W. Bush signed into law.
 
On April 20, 1999, in Littleton, Colorado, two misfit high school students decided to murder as many of their teachers and classmates as possible. Their subsequent rampage — again carried out in gun-free zone — left 13 innocent victims dead.
 
On April 16, 2007, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), a lone gunman shot and killed 32 people, wounding 17 others. Another school, another gun-free zone.
 
A few months later, just before Christmas, on December 5, 2007, in Omaha, Nebraska, a 19-year-old loner walked into the Von Maur department store at the Westroads Shopping Center and murdered eight innocent shoppers. As I wrote in a column at the time, “This individual looked at the ‘no concealed weapons’ sign and read, ‘Murderers welcome here. Please come in and shoot as many people as you like. No one here is capable of stopping you. Even our mall security officers are not armed.’”
 
January 8, 2011, at a Tucson, Arizona, supermarket, 6 people were murdered and 13 others wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who miraculously survived a bullet through her brain.
 
July 20, 2012, Aurora, Colorado, in a movie theater that does not allow law-abiding citizens to carry their licensed, concealed firearms, 70 people were shot, 12 of them fatally, by a single shooter.
 
And now, most recently, we have Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, with its horrendous toll of 26 dead — 20 of them 6 and 7-year-old children. As usual, no one there was allowed the tools to protect them. One of the teachers reportedly huddled with her students in hiding and assured them, “The bad guys are here now. We just have to wait for the good guys to get here.”
 
Sadly, the good guys didn’t arrive for 20 minutes.
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© 2012 by Doug Patton
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Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. His weekly columns are syndicated by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Readers are encouraged to email him at dpatton@cagle.com and/or to follow him on Twitter at @Doug_Patton. For info on using Doug’s columns at your publication or website, please email Cari Dawson Bartley at cari@cagle.com.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Interesting Interview

Tom Cotton
If you don't follow Ginni Thomas (The Daily Caller, former Nebraskan married to Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas), you might consider doing so.   Each week she has an interview with some political figure of interest and this week it is freshman U.S. Congressman from Arkansas Tom Cotton, who incidentally wasn't afraid to author a Wall Street Journal editorial printed here earlier questioning the fitness of Chuck Hagel to serve as Secretary of Defense.

Here is her commentary and you can follow the interview with a click:

Dear friend,

Washington rumors foretold for weeks that President Obama wanted to go over the fiscal cliff and blame Republicans for future leverage in negotiations once the impact of tax increases and the sequester cuts start being felt by Americans.

An extra bonus to that cynical team in Washington is that Republicans started negotiating away principles out of fear of economic warfare arguments. Republicans divided.

The conservative base became disaffected, knowing there was no assuaging the beast of class envy once their leaders started to cave on agreeing to further tax "success" in these challenging economic times. Democrats and their allies, not to mention many Republicans, seem uninterested in serious spending reductions, so welcome to President Obama's coming economic and political brinksmanship that American voters helped bring us with divided government. Perilous times, indeed.

This week's interview is with a fresh face joining the House of Representatives in January. Tom Cotton did two tours as an Army Ranger after Sept. 11 and has graduated from Harvard Law School. A farmer, soldier, lawyer and patriot, Tom Cotton is already making waves by penning a Wall Street Journal op-ed against Chuck Hagel being named secretary of defense by President Obama. This is no ordinary freshman.


Watch the interview herehttp://dailycaller.com/2012/12/23/leaders-with-ginni-thomas-arkansas-rep-elect-tom-cotton/

Next week: A special "year in review" highlight clips of our Leaders series!

May you have a most blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year, fellow patriots!

Cheers,

Ginni

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Yet Another Failed Former Politician (Not Chuck Hagel in this Instance) Seeking Relevance

Here we thought we could take Christmas Eve off because we'd have nothing to write about but already we've had commentary on failed Chuck Hagel and stupid U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, prompting his nomination as our December Hall of Shame nominee.  

Now we read that adulterer, liar former Republican governor of South Carolina is thinking about running for the U.S. Congressional seat being vacated by Tim Scott who was just appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy created by Jim DeMint's resignation..

Let's get this straight.   This is the guy that told his staff he was going to take a little solo walk  along the Appalachian Trail only to be discovered in South America with his girl friend while wife (now former) and staff wondered where-the-hell their husband and governor was.   

Now he wants to run for the U.S. Congress?   Only in America. 

We're beginning to think that all candidates for higher offices should be given Rorschach exams or some form of exam to determine whether they are mentally fit to serve.    Actually, that might have saved us from Chuck Hagel.....

From The Hill:

Former Gov. Sanford says he is considering run for House seat

By Meghashyam Mali

"“To answer your question, yes the accounts are accurate,” said Sanford, according to the Associated Press. Sanford promised “further conversation on all this” in the near future.


Before being elected to the governor’s mansion, Sanford served in the House representing the same area now in Scott’s district.

Scott was appointed to the Senate by Gov. Nikki Haley (R) after Sen. Jim DeMint announced earlier this month that he would leave the upper chamber at year’s end to run the Heritage Foundation.

A GOP primary to replace Scott is slated for March, with the special general election to be held in May. Candidates must file before the end of January, according to reports.

Sanford’s ex-wife Jenny has also said she is interested in running for the House seat. “I'd be crazy not to look at the race a little bit,” she said last week.

South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly told the AP that as of last Friday, 14 Republicans had expressed interest in entering the race.

“Gov. Sanford getting in would certainly alter the dynamics,” predicted Connelly. “That list would go down significantly.”"

More Recognizing Hagel Unfit to Serve

There are lots of times that we don't agree with U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) but we agree with him when he discusses failed former Nebraska U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel.   To say that Hagel is to the left of Barack Obama on issues of national defense truly defines this anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-gay, indecisivie, un-reliable guy who sadly suffers from an Iran-induced late-onset of post trumatic stress disoreder (PTSD).  

Hagel doesn't have the psychological mindset or abiltiy to deal with the real defense needs of the country.   He has demonstrated a terrible record of managing people, even in his minsicule U.S. Senate office where people were fired for just about anything that tripped his psychological trigger on any particular day.  He had demonstrated total inability to make decisions--he couldn't even announce a presidential bid after calling a national press conference to announce a run.

No, Hagel is unfit and Lindsey Graham got it right (this from The Hill):

Sen. Graham: Hagel’s views appear ‘well to the left’ of Obama

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday predicted former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) would face tough Republican opposition if nominated to be President Obama’s next Defense secretary.

“A lot of Republicans are going to ask him hard questions,” said Graham on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” “And I don't think he's going to get many Republicans votes.”

Hagel is believed to be on Obama’s short list to replace current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, but the former senator has come under fire from conservative groups for supporting U.S. talks with Hamas and Iran and for a past comment about the “Jewish lobby” intimidating lawmakers in Washington.

Graham on Sunday said that if nominated Hagel would be challenged to defend his foreign policy views to his former colleagues.

“I like Chuck, but his positions I didn't really quite frankly know all of them, are really out of the mainstream and well to the left of the president. I think it would be a challenging nomination, but the hearings will matter, so Chuck will have a chance to defend himself.”

Asked if he could support Hagel, Graham insisted he would “wait and see what happens in the hearings.”

“But I've got questions about Chuck's view of Iran, the situation with Hamas and Hezbollah, his position toward Israel, Afghanistan. I want to hear what he has to say, but very troubling comments by a future Secretary of Defense,” he continued.

Hagel last week also apologized for comments made about former U.S. Ambassador James Hormel in 1998, when Hagel called the diplomat “openly aggressively gay.” The former senator had made the remark to the Omaha World-Herald in explaining his opposition to confirming Hagel as ambassador to Luxemborg.

“My comments 14 years ago in 1998 were insensitive,” Hagel said in a statement Friday. “They do not reflect my views or the totality of my public record, and I apologize to Ambassador Hormel and any LGBT Americans who may question my commitment to their civil rights.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), also on NBC, declined to say if he would support Hagel for Defense secretary if he was nominated.

He said it would be Obama’s “choice” to nominate Hagel, but cautioned that senators would scrutinize the nominee’s record.

“I think once he makes it, his record will be studied carefully, but until that point I think we're not going to know what's going to happen,” said Schumer. “I'd have to study his record. I'm not going to comment until the president makes a nomination.”

Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy are also believed to be on Obama’s shortlist for the top Pentagon post.

Republican U.S. Senator Mike Crapo Joins Our Hall of Shame

The local scumbag thief and failed former State Senator Brenda Council has at least been temporarily relegated to our past Objective Conservative Hall of Shame Archives (available on lower far left column) as we in our continued bipartisan efforts replace her with U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) who was arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Virginia early Sunday Morning December 23.    

Over the years, we've suggested to innumerable political types of high elected office that they should never drive their own cars not only because many are quite capable of doing stupid things like this but also because even if it isn't a DUI issue it only takes one person to say "You were here and you did this" to end a career.

They will never learn and we have no sympathy.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Goodbye and Good Riddance

We recently wrote the soon to be former U.S. Senator from Nebraska E. Benjamin Nelson about an issue relating to taxes and oil companies.

Normally, when we have written him in the past we get back some kind of generic response that says he will keep our opinion in mind.   Sometime the generic response isn't even related to the reason we wrote him.

Such is the case with our latest response from Benny.    Seems he thought it was more appropriate to tell us how he served us rather than even mention the issue that we wrote about, but then that was no surprise.    

So, here is Benny's response.   We print it because it shows the arrogance and lack of reality of this guy who couldn't possibly be re-elected.   

Nebraskans owe him a special thanks as it was his lack of connection with them (Obamacare) and his inability to get re-elected that gave Nebraska the one star on November 6th when we were at last able to put a real conservative in his place, Deb Fischer.

So here is his e-mail to us:

"Thank you for contacting me to share your views. I appreciate hearing from you and, rest assured, will continue to keep your thoughts in mind as legislation comes before me in the weeks and months ahead.

As you know, I will be retiring from the United States Senate at the end of this year and would like to take this opportunity to share with you what a pleasure it has been to serve you and the great state of Nebraska, first as your Governor and then as your U.S. Senator.

I have always loved the people of Nebraska, which is why I chose to spend the past two decades in public service. Nebraska is where I was born and raised and where I raised my own children. Being able to represent a place and a people so dear to my heart has truly been an honor. From my first day in the Senate, I vowed to work across the aisle for the people of Nebraska without regard for party affiliation. I want you to know that I looked at every issue independently and - just as I did when I served as your Governor - made my decisions based on what was best for Nebraska and for America.

I am proud of what we have achieved together, and I will continue to look for ways to serve Nebraska. By working together in a bipartisan manner, we can all find common ground on difficult issues that will create lasting positive change for our state and for our country.

Thank you again for contacting me. I genuinely appreciate Nebraska's civic-minded individuals such as yourself and am forever grateful to have had the privilege of representing you and the great state of Nebraska."

Chuck Hagel: Unfit to Serve

The following column by Tom Cotton, a congressman-elect, pretty well defines why Chuck Hagel is unfit to serve as Secretary of Defense and doesn't even mention his anti-Semitic or ant-gay views.

In fact, the article would even support what we have suggested, that this sad excuse of a potential Secretary of Defense, suffers some form of delayed onset of post traumatic stress syndrome which incapacitates him from responding rationally to anything involving war or making hard choices on sending men into combat to protect our nation and its interests.

A Soldier's-Eye View of Chuck Hagel

His record on Iraq alone should disqualify the former senator from leading U.S. troops in time of war.

"Chuck Hagel, who is reportedly on the White House's shortlist of nominees for secretary of defense, served our country admirably in Vietnam. But he is not the right person for the Pentagon.

Our fighting men and women deserve a leader who will not only honor their service, but also advocate for them and honor their accomplishments. Regrettably, the former senator's dismal record on Iraq suggests that he will do none of those things—for he abandoned the very troops he once voted to send to war. I would know, because I was one of them.

Over Thanksgiving weekend in 2006, two years before his retirement as the Republican senator from Nebraska, Mr. Hagel penned a column for the Washington Post entitled "Leaving Iraq, Honorably." He asserted that "there will be no victory or defeat for the United States in Iraq," and "the time for more U.S. troops in Iraq has passed." Rather, Mr. Hagel argued, we "must begin planning for a phased troop withdrawal."

Imagine my surprise at the senator's assertions, having just returned that week from combat in Baghdad as an infantry platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division. My soldiers had fought bravely to stabilize that city, protect innocent civilians and defeat al Qaeda. Those soldiers were proud of their accomplishments.

No one had told us during our time in Baghdad that we would achieve "no victory." Readers might have shared my surprise at Mr. Hagel's words if he had mentioned his earlier vote supporting the war.

The troops recognized the folly of Mr. Hagel's proposed withdrawal. The fighting in Baghdad that year had certainly been hard, with progress slow and frustrating. Yet the solution to those of us on the front lines was plain. We needed more troops and a new strategy focused on securing the civilian population. That counterinsurgency strategy would help win the support of Iraqis, who would then help flush out terrorists and militias and allow for political reconciliation.

We needed, in other words, the "surge." In his lowest political moment, President George W. Bush had his finest hour. He kept faith with the troops he had sent to war. Mr. Hagel, on the other hand, called the surge "the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam" and broke faith with those troops. In the Senate, he helped in early 2007 to delay emergency funding for the war. He then voted for a measure to force withdrawal from Iraq.

Perhaps most astonishing, Mr. Hagel voted in 2007 against designating Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization. The IRGC was directly responsible for the deaths of numerous American soldiers in Iraq. In addition to its terrorist attacks around the world, the IRGC smuggled a particularly lethal kind of roadside bomb into Iraq known as an explosively formed projectile, or EFP.

An EFP consists of a tube packed with explosives and topped by a metal plate. The heat from the explosion inside the tube turns the plate into a molten slug, which could penetrate not just the Humvees in which my soldiers and I rode, but even an M1A1 Abrams tank.

The use of EFPs in Iraq more than doubled in 2006, making them among the most feared enemy weapon during our tour. For example, two new soldiers arrived in my platoon and received the usual on-boarding brief. One soldier asked about roadside bombs. I told the two new men to stay alert for indicators and to trust their armor; my platoon had hit numerous bombs, but we had all survived to that point. The other soldier then asked, "What about EFPs?" I paused and could only respond: "Just hope it's not your day."

The Iranians continued smuggling explosively formed projectiles into Iraq well after my platoon departed in 2006, but apparently Mr. Hagel deemed these acts of war insufficient to call the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps exactly what it is—a terrorist organization. (Though his vote, it must be said, is of a piece with his long-standing dovish views toward Iran.)

Even after the surge had succeeded, Mr. Hagel could not bring himself to celebrate our military's accomplishment. In late 2008, with casualties down by 85%, Mr. Hagel still questioned the surge's success. He credited the Anbar Awakening of Sunni tribal leaders against al Qaeda (as if the surge didn't encourage them), Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's stand-down (as if the surge didn't scare him) and improved intelligence systems (as if the surge didn't introduce them).

Though his record on Iraq alone should disqualify Mr. Hagel from leading our troops in a time of war, his views on current issues are no less alarming and show he has not learned from his errors. Unlike the current secretary of defense, Mr. Hagel seems willing to accept devastating cuts to defense spending, calling the U.S. military "bloated" and in need of being "pared down." He also has expressed a desire to accelerate the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan (a war for which he also voted).
This is not the record of a leader who can be counted on to stand by our armed forces. While Mr. Obama has every right to choose his secretary of defense, I urge him not to nominate Mr. Hagel. If he is nominated, I urge the Senate not to confirm him. Our fighting men and women deserve so much better."

Mr. Cotton, a Republican, is congressman-elect from Arkansas's Fourth District. He was an infantry officer in Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2008-09.


A version of this article appeared December 21, 2012, on page A19 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: A Soldier's-Eye View of Chuck Hagel.

Non Cartoon of the Day

Sad photo of the day----As America goes over fiscal cliff, Commander-in-Chief goes golfing.

Yes, after fleeing Washington late Friday with family and dog and after arriving after mid-night Saturday morning, this so-called leader was on the golf course by noon Saturday.  

Whether he waited until late Friday to leave, making sure he had protected the world from its termination (he'll probably tell us he saved us from Mayan destruction), somehow the the thought of watching Rome burn comes to mind.

Friday, December 21, 2012

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Time For Bishop Lucas To Stand Up

We find it disappointing, if not simply appalling, that the Catholic Arch Diocese of Omaha and its new Arch Bishop seem to be sitting on their thumbs as the Omaha Liberty Project gathers signatures to overturn the Omaha City Council's gay, lesbian, trans-gender, cross-dressing ordinance.   Yes, some brave Catholic parish priests are helping gather signatures to put the repeal of the issue on the ballot for all Omahans to vote on, but none of this effort compares to those of the Bishop Bruskewitz of the Lincoln Archdiocese where the Catholic Church was a major part of gathering the necessary number of signatures in just 14 days, causing the council there to suspend the ordinance.   Since then Bishop Bruskewitz has retired and been replaced by a new one who appears to have a similar philosophy.

Sadly, that display of courage has been lacking in Omaha with Bishop Lucas and that same lack of courage is giving new vigor to an attempt to promote that same new class of protected groups, gays, lesbians, cross-dressers and trans genders across the entire State of Nebraska as the new legislature begins in January.

What Bishop Lucas apparently doesn't understand is that his inaction on this issue is not an unempathetic bias against human beings.  Rather his inaction is acquiescence to those attacking the First Amendment rights of the entire religious community in America.   And like President Obama's thrust against religious liberty on abortion and contraceptives this is yet another attack on religious teachings and beliefs that deny churches, and yes businesses, the ability to act in a manner following their faith. 

The Church loves all sinners and Christ forgives those sinners who repent, but the Church doesn't exist to condone sin be it murder, abortion, adultery or deviancy.
 
If the reluctance to courageously lead and protect the tenets of the Church, and this applies for both the Catholic and all Christian, Jewish and Muslim Churches, is because of fear of losing tax-exempt status, then these churches stand for nothing.

If the reluctance is about potentially offending some who behave in a manner in conflict with Church teachings shame on the Church for standing for nothing.   

If it is about Sunday collections, shame on them.

Even now, the Pope has bravely and consistently spoken out against the rush to gay marriage in the United States, France and elsewhere.   What many of his bishops here in the United States, including Bishop Lucas apparently, don't understand is that the efforts by an extremely vocal extreme minority (Gallup says about 3%) are only the beginning of the effort to force further concessions by the Church and to eventually make it a hate crime to preach from the pulpit on any 'moral' issue.  At that point there will be no need for any church.

We think it's time to see religious leaders, including Bishop Lucas, show courageous leadership least they lose all moral authority ultimately by their present inaction.

With that said, here is the latest from Pope Benedict:

Pope on gay marriage: ‘People dispute the idea that they have a nature’
Posted By Associated Press

"VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people manipulating their God-given identities to suit their sexual choices — and destroying the very “essence of the human creature” in the process.

Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas address to the Vatican bureaucracy, one of his most important speeches of the year. He dedicated it this year to promoting traditional family values in the face of vocal campaigns in France, the United States, Britain and elsewhere to legalize same-sex marriage.

In his remarks, Benedict quoted the chief rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, in saying the campaign for granting gays the right to marry and adopt children was an “attack” on the traditional family made up of a father, mother and children.

“People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being,” he said. “They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.”

“The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned,” he said.

It was the second time in a week that Benedict has taken on the question of gay marriage, which is dividing France, and which scored big electoral wins in the United States last month. In his recently released annual peace message, Benedict said gay marriage, like abortion and euthanasia, was a threat to world peace.

After the peace message was released last week, gay activists staged a small protest in St. Peter’s Square.

Church teaching holds that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered,” though it stresses that gays should be treated with compassion and dignity. As pope and as head of the Vatican’s orthodoxy watchdog before that, Benedict has been a strong enforcer of that teaching: One of the first major documents released during his pontificate said men with “deep-seated” homosexual tendencies shouldn’t be ordained priests.
For the Vatican, though, the gay marriage issue goes beyond questions of homosexuality, threatening what the church considers to be the bedrock of society: a family based on a man, woman and their children.

In his speech, the pope cited Bernheim as lamenting how a new “philosophy of sexuality” has taken hold, whereby sex and gender are “no longer a given element of nature that man has to accept and personally make sense of: it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society.”
He said God had created man and woman as a specific “duality” — “an essential aspect of what being human is all about.”

Now, though, “Man and woman as created realities, as the nature of the human being, no longer exist. Man calls his own nature into question. From now on he is merely spirit and will.”

The Vatican’s opposition to gay marriage has been falling largely on deaf ears. Under then-Socialist leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the largely Roman Catholic Spain legalized gay marriage. Three U.S. states approved same-sex marriage by popular vote in November elections. Earlier this month, the British government announced it will introduce a bill next year legalizing gay marriage, though it would ban the Church of England from conducting same-sex ceremonies.

In France, President Francois Hollande has said he would enact his “marriage for everyone” plan within a year of taking office last May. The text will go to parliament next month. But the country has been divided by vocal opposition from religious leaders, prime among them Bernheim, as well as some politicians and parts of rural France.

The Socialist government’s plan also envisions legalizing same-sex adoptions. Benedict quoted Bernheim as denouncing the plan, saying that it would mean a child would essentially be considered an object people have a right to obtain.

“When freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God,” Benedict said."

If Ever We Needed Christ in Christmas, It is now -- Doug Patton

This year, the politically correct gestures of seasonal salutation (Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, etc.), which for too long have served as substitutes for the real thing, have become vacuous, stale and boring. This year, somehow, they seem especially inadequate to express the sentiment we so desperately need to hear at this moment in time.

In the last few years, I have sensed a desire on the part of many to return to the traditional greeting, "Merry Christmas." This year, anything else seems especially hollow.

We watch with horror, depression, anger or detachment as events unfold in Newtown, Connecticut, Washington, DC, the Middle East, or elsewhere in our fallen world. We listen to politicians offering to place Band-Aids on the open arteries of our national psyche, and we think, this can’t be the answer!

For two thousand years, we have looked everywhere but a manger in Bethlehem.

Jesus Christ was born in the humblest of settings to become the Savior of all. This was by design, for at the time of His birth, even King Herod’s men did not think to look in a stable for a king. Kings are born in palaces, among opulence and luxury. Jesus did not fit the template.

For two thousand years, the human race has continued to look for something more, something flashier, something more glorious, something greater. For those of us who passionately believe in the story of the Nativity, it is a clear reminder of why our faith is a life to be lived in the Spirit of the Living God. What could be greater than that?

That is the difference between Christianity and every other religion in the world. Scripture tells us what Christ had to say about Himself. He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” If that is not true, then He was either a liar or a lunatic, and no one believes that. In fact, virtually every other faith speaks of Jesus Christ as a wise prophet, a great teacher, or a good man, and other religions are willing to acknowledge that following Jesus is one of the ways to heaven. But Christ says He is the only way to heaven. No wonder He was crucified.

Christianity also is unique in that it proclaims that its central figure is still alive. Hindus think their leaders have been reincarnated. Buddha and his followers are thought to be part of some vast cosmos of energy. Mohammed, fiercely and violently defended though he may be, is still dead — and adherents to Islam know it. Even the bodies of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have long ago turned to dust. Jesus Christ alone is believed by his followers to be physically alive, despite having faced the worst death imaginable.

Far too many in our society reject the simple gospel presented by Christ and his disciples in favor of alternative religions that teach vague notions of piety through good works. The social gospel of using government to create an earthly utopia will disappoint us every time. False prophets and self-serving politicians have always been at the forefront of man’s disenchantment. They offer hope but dispense hopelessness. They promise freedom but deliver bondage — to an ideology, an idol or a doctrine. There is only one infallible answer. Discontented seekers of new age solutions to age-old problems need only look to the truth of the Christmas story.

This week, as we celebrate the miracle birth of a baby who would grow up to be both man and God, who would lay down His life as a sacrifice for the sins of those who would believe, we also should remember that He is still with us. Like Christmas itself, the reality of Christ persists and grows stronger. He was born, lived, died, and rose again. He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of His Father, to make intercession for us, and He sent His Holy Spirit to live within those who would receive Him. What a story! To hundreds of millions of us, it is still the only one that makes sense, and He is our only source of true hope and of a truly Merry Christmas.
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© 2012 by Doug Patton
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Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. His weekly columns are syndicated by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Readers are encouraged to email him at dpatton@cagle.com and/or to follow him on Twitter at @Doug_Patton. For info on using Doug’s columns at your publication or website, please email Cari Dawson Bartley at cari@cagle.com.

We Get Christmas Cards

This is the time of year when we see whom among the current crop of politicians we haven't yet offended.    In that ever increasingly small group we have received a few.

Most notably, for what will be the fifth straight year, however, we have not and will not be receiving one from the current occupant of the White House or from his V.P.

Alhough our prior posts have apparently removed us from any invitations to this past year's tailgate parties at the governor's mansion we were surprised we still got one from Governor Heineman and wife Sally.  It was a nice card in front of the mansion, oops the governor's residence, with Dave, Sally, son Sam and his wife Jessica and of course Snickers Heineman (the family dog).

Among other cards we received was an interesting one from Lt. Governor Sheehy whose difficult last year prevented him from a photo card of a wife and family.   Instead we got a photo card of the Lt. Governor taken with his mom, dad and siblings about what we would guess to be 40 years ago...On the inside fold was a more recent color photo of his family (devoid of wife and children).   No dog.....

Apparently, in the case of both the Governor and Lt. Governor, it was cheaper to mail the cards from the Republican State headquarters in Lincoln, the return address shown on both.   

Yes, we probably won't get cards next year from any of the above.

Not wasting any time to communicate, we got a nice photo card from Deb and Bruce Fischer.   Among others who sent us nice cards were Omaha mayoral candidate Dan Welch, State Senator Beau McCoy and his family, kids, wife and all.

Jon Bruning sent a family photo card with himself, Deonne, Jack and Loren.  Hopefully that means he is thinking about running for re-election or higher office even after a not-so-successful year.

Hopefully, we will not do too much to offend those who were kind enough to remember us this year, but then sometimes we offend by telling it the way we see it so nothing is for sure.

As we sorted through this years cards, we found lots of older ones received from at least then political friends.   One of the coolest ones was a postcard we received from Hal Daub probably 25 years ago with a photo of him, former wife Cindy and kids Natalie, John and Tammy.     How time flies....

For those of you who received no card from the Objective Conservative, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hagel Concerns Continue

We noted Chuck Hagel's generally anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views over the last few days as well as his psychological unfitness to serve.   Seems we're not alone and lots of the Jewish community, including Jewish Democrats apparently have similar doubts.

Jewish Democrats divided on supporting Hagel for Defense secretary

By Jeremy Herb - 12/19/12 05:00 AM ET

"Jewish Democrats are divided over whether former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s (R-Neb.) views on Israel might prevent them from supporting his potential nomination as secretary of Defense

Hagel is considered President Obama’s likely choice to succeed Leon Panetta at the Pentagon next year, but Jewish groups are mounting a furious lobbying campaign to prevent that from happening.
They are flagging statements from Hagel when he said that the Jewish lobby “intimidates a lot of people,” as well as his support of U.S. engagement with Hamas.
While Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) fiercely defended Hagel’s qualifications, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he has questions and concerns. Other Jewish senators declined to weigh in on whether they’d support his nomination.

The questions surrounding Hagel’s views on Israel could complicate the confirmation process for a nominee who would otherwise boost the Obama administration’s bipartisan bona fides.
The Republican Jewish Coalition said Hagel’s nomination would be “a slap in the face.” National Jewish Democratic Council officials had raised their own concerns with Hagel back when he was appointed co-chairman of the president’s intelligence advisory board.

Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, on Tuesday said Hagel’s “record relating to Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship is, at best, disturbing, and at worst, very troubling,” The Washington Post reported.

Asked about the concerns of Jewish groups, Feinstein defended Hagel and said she did not see any issues arising over his views toward Israel during a Senate confirmation.
“He would be outstanding,” Feinstein said. “I think he calls them as he sees them and I think that’s important. I think he’s honest and he’s direct and he’s smart.”

Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), whose committee would handle Hagel’s nomination, said the Republican would be “very well-qualified.”
“If those comments are accurate I’d disagree with the comments, but I think he’s very well-qualified to be Defense secretary,” Levin told reporters when asked about Hagel’s statements on Israel.

Other Jewish lawmakers were less supportive. Lieberman, who is retiring and would not be around for the confirmation process, said there are concerns about Hagel.
“I have questions, but I wouldn’t say, ‘Absolutely not now,’ ” Lieberman said. “But I’d want to hear what he has to say.”

Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said they also would have questions, but that it was too soon to comment one way or the other on whether they’d support him.

Jewish groups that are opposing Hagel point to several comments and decisions he made, mostly while in the Senate, from which he retired in 2009.

The most frequently cited issue is an interview he gave to Aaron David Miller, wherein he said, "The political reality is that ... the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here."

Miller, author of “The Much Too Promised Land,” defended Hagel over Twitter on Tuesday evening.“Hagel's interview w/me reflected common sense; not anti-israel bias. he'd make a fine Secdef if given chance,” Miller tweeted.

The Republican Jewish Coalition has cited Hagel’s decisions not to sign letters that asked the European Union to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization and that urged President George W. Bush not to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The organization also highlighted his support for negotiations with Hamas, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.

Hagel’s views on Israel aren’t the only potential obstacle to his nomination, as he broke with his party during the George W. Bush administration to oppose the Iraq war and the surge, although he initially supported the invasion.

The Vietnam veteran’s about-face on the Iraq war endeared him to many liberals, and has kept him in the discussion for Cabinet positions since Obama won the White House.

While he and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have long been friends, Hagel did not endorse McCain in the 2008 presidential race and criticized his selection of Sarah Palin for vice president.

McCain has not said much in recent weeks about whether he would support Hagel’s nomination.

McCain’s ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters Tuesday that he thought Hagel would be a rare case where his confirmation hearing would really matter in determining how senators land on his potential confirmation.

“I want to listen to what he has to say,” Graham said. “He has a stellar military record, but I think these comments disturb a lot of people and he’ll have to answer those questions. I think this hearing will really matter.”"

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Scandal Sheet: Herad on the Street

Okay, unlike the news media that did such a good job of confirming their facts as they reported them last week in the case of the Connecticut murders, we haven't been able to confirm this from several sources, but because we know our readers look to us to break news others won't report (sometimes we're right), here we go.

Some of you are aware that a certain individual has recently left (been fired) by a local television station.    Seems there is more to this story and that includes a police sting that found a television celebrity and several of Omaha's finest in a prostitution bust.

Reportedly, because of the nature of the case, the FBI is now in charge of the investigation since it includes law officers.

Can we confirm this?   No, but stay tuned.   Maybe Omaha's 'Watchdog' Joe Jordan will get on the case.....

Just Keep The Flag at Half Staff

It seems Governor Heineman has succumbed to some sort of political madness when it comes to flying the flag at half staff.   We just barely got it up (maybe we didn't) from the Connecticut murders and now we are flying it at half-staff for U.S. Senator Inouye of Hawaii who just passed away on Monday.

Perhaps we should just fly our flags at half-staff permanently and raise them only when something of notable good occurs.

If not, please feel free to contact the governor when your pet gold fish dies and surely he will give the poor fish it's day of mourning in Nebraska.

Others Beginning to Recognize Hagel's Unfitness to Serve

Apparently, we aren't the only one to question the fitness of Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense.   U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) apparently feels the same.     Frankly, we hope that she never gets the opportunity to question this failed un-re-electable, un-trustworthy, un-reliable failed Nebraska U.S. Senator. 

Frankly, Hagel is psychologically unfit for this position.  And he has shown that numerous times.   We've already mentioned him calling former U.S. Congress candidate form Nebraska Ally Milder a 'f--king' instrument of AIPAC.   We may not have mentioned his egotistic firing of a staffer for calling him 'Chuck' in front of one of his fellow senators.   We may not have mentioned his mandate that all staffers stand when he entered the room or his office.

Oh and of course, as we've mentioned before Hagel couldn't even make up his mind to announce or not announce whether he was running for president after calling a national press conference and bringing virtually every media source to Nebraska to share in the embarrassment of Nebraskans when he made a decision not to announce what he intended to do.    And, of course, after that he was a national joke and lost any momentum he might have had (mostly in his own mind) to run.

Of course all of this goes beyond his post traumatic stress disease that seemed to have risen to the surface with the Iraq war.  One can only begin to imagine how this will affect any decisions that a competent Secretary Defense might be required to make.  His disease appears to have neutered him when it comes time to making logical decisions on defending the United States.

Yes, we owe Hagel the gratitude he deserves for defending our nation but we don't owe the nation a Secretary of Defense unfit of doing his duty because of mental and psychological affectations.... 


From the Daily Caller:

"Several senators expressed concerns about the potential nomination of former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, including rising Senate star Kelly Ayotte. TheDC's Jamie Weinstein reports:

"New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she is 'concerned' with the positions of potential defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on Israel and Iran, and that she intends to question him 'vigorously' if he is nominated by the president. 'I appreciate Senator Hagel’s record of public service,' Ayotte told The Daily Caller in an emailed statement Tuesday. 'While he has not yet been nominated, I am concerned about his prior positions with regard to Israel and Iran,' she said. 'If he is nominated to serve as Secretary of Defense, I intend to vigorously question him on those prior positions.'"

But to Hagel's defense came Obama's top Jewish surrogate during his presidential campaigns, Robert Wexler."