Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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The Obama-Dowd Version of the Gettysburg Adddress

We're not fans of columnist Maureen Dowd, but when a liberal like her takes on her president for his inattentiveness, we have to pass on to our readers.   Have fun with this one:
FORE! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal when it comes to spending as much time on the links as possible — even when it seems totally inappropriate, like moments after making a solemn statement condemning the grisly murder of a 40-year-old American journalist beheaded by ISIL.
I know reporters didn’t get a chance to ask questions, but I had to bounce. I had a 1 p.m. tee time at Vineyard Golf Club with Alonzo Mourning and a part-owner of the Boston Celtics. Hillary and I agreed when we partied with Vernon Jordan up here, hanging out with celebrities and rich folks is fun.
Now we are engaged in a great civil divide in Ferguson, which does not even have a golf course, and that’s why I had a “logistical” issue with going there. We are testing whether that community, or any community so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure when the nation’s leader wants nothing more than to sink a birdie putt.
We are met on a great field of that battle, not Augusta, not Pebble Beach, not Bethpage Black, not Burning Tree, but Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard, which we can’t get enough of — me, Alonzo, Ray Allen and Marvin Nicholson, my trip director and favorite golfing partner who has played 134 rounds and counting with me.
We have to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for my presidency, if I keep swinging from behind.
Yet it is altogether fitting and proper that I should get to play as much golf as I want, despite all the lame jokes about how golf is turning into “a real handicap” for my presidency and how I have to “stay the course” with ISIL. I’ve heard all the carping that I should be in the Situation Room droning and plinking the bad folks. I know some people think I should go to Ferguson. Don’t they understand that I’ve delegated the Martin Luther King Jr. thing to Eric Holder? Plus, Valerie Jarrett and Al Sharpton have it under control.
I know it doesn’t look good to have pictures of me grinning in a golf cart juxtaposed with ones of James Foley’s parents crying, and a distraught David Cameron rushing back from his vacation after only one day, and the Pentagon news conference with Chuck Hagel and General Dempsey on the failed mission to rescue the hostages in Syria.
We’re stuck in the rough, going to war all over again in Iraq and maybe striking Syria, too. Every time Chuck says ISIL is “beyond anything we’ve ever seen,” I sprout seven more gray hairs. But my cool golf caps cover them. If only I could just play through the rest of my presidency.
ISIL brutally killing hostages because we won’t pay ransoms, rumbles of coups with our puppets in Iraq and Afghanistan, the racial caldron in Ferguson, the Ebola outbreak, the Putin freakout — there’s enough awful stuff going on to give anyone the yips.
So how can you blame me for wanting to unwind on the course or for five hours at dinner with my former assistant chef? He’s a great organic cook, and he’s got a gluten-free backyard putting green.
But, in a larger sense, we can dedicate, we can consecrate, we can hallow this ground where I can get away from my wife, my mother-in-law, Uncle Joe, Congress and all the other hazards in my life.
The brave foursomes, living and dead, who struggled here in the sand, in the trees, in the water, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or subtract a few strokes to improve our score. Bill Clinton was Mr. Mulligan, and he is twice at popular as I am.
The world will little note, nor long remember, what we shot here, or why I haven’t invited a bunch of tiresome congressmen to tee it up. I’m trying to relax, guys. So I’d much rather stay in the bunker with my usual bros.
Why don’t you play 18 with Mitch McConnell? And John Boehner is a lot better than me, so I don’t want to play with him.
It is for us, the duffers, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who played here have thus far so nobly advanced to get young folks to stop spurning a game they find slow and boring.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us of getting rid of our slice on the public’s dime — that from this honored green we take increased devotion to that cause for which Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy gave their last full measure of devotion — and divots.
We here highly resolve that these golfing greats shall not have competed in vain, especially poor Tiger, and that this nation, under par, shall have a new birth of freedom to play the game that I have become unnaturally obsessed with, and that golf of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
So help me Golf."

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Thought for the Day: The Odds

The odds of winning the Florida lottery are 1 in 22,957,480. 

The odds of winning the Powerball is 1 in 175,223,510. 
The odds of winning Mega Millions is 1 in 258,890,850. 
The odds of a hard drive failing in any given month are roughly one in 36. The odds of two different hard drives failing in the same month are roughly one in 36 squared, or 1 in about 1,300. The odds of three hard drives failing in the same month is 36 cubed or 1 in 46,656. 
Now here is where you have to pay attention:
The odds of seven different hard drives failing in the same month (like what happened at the IRS when they received a letter asking about emails targeting conservative and pro Israeli groups) is 37 to the 7th power = 1 in 78,664,164,096. (that's over 78 Billion)
In other words, the odds are greater that you will win the Florida Lottery 342 times than having those seven IRS hard drives crashing in the same month.
Any more questions??? Kinda stretches the imagination doesn't it??

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Pathetic Ben Gray Wants To Spend Your Property Tax Cut When He Pays None

Yes, the pathetic tax-evader Councilman Ben Gray wants to eliminate the tax cut for Omaha property owners so he can spend it on projects like a North Omaha Black Museum.   Sadly, that idea is just pie-in-the-sky as there are not even any real plans for such a museum.   Of course, seed money could be spent creating a job for one of his cronies.

What is even more amazing is that this federal and state income tax evader is a renter and pays no property taxes directly himself.   No wonder it's so easy for him to deprive others, including his constituents, of a small tax reduction in their property taxes.  

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Friday, August 15, 2014

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Pathetic Tax-Evader Ben Gray Wants To Spend Others' Dollars

Not a surprise that the pathetic tax-evading Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray wants to spend someone else's money.   Yes, he thinks that tax breaks are apparently for the rich---those in West Omaha and he wants to spend the $2.5 million or so that Mayor Stothert wants to not spend so property owners can have a tax break.    Of course, we'd expect that from a guy who is a liberal Democrat who can't manage his own finances.  By, the way, Bennie, how's that tax repayment coming???

We're just waiting for Bennie to tell all that a tax cut is racist.

The Dumb, Ignorant, Disengaged Don't Need Incentives to Vote

Those on the East and West Coasts consider to astound us back here in Nebraska and Omaha (where incidentally we don't coast).    Yes, it seems those in Los Angeles think it would be a good idea to provide cash prizes to lure voters to the polls.  

We continually hear about the need to increase voter turnout but the truth of the matter is we probably have too many ignorant voters voting anyway, folks who like robots are sent by unions and other organizations to vote because someone tells them voting for some one or some thing is in their best interest (not necessarily their country's).   And, of course, those voters know nothing about anyone or anything else on the ballots.

Voting is a privilege and it should be a personal responsibility that requires some rational thought and research.   It shouldn't be something that one does in hopes of winning a prize.....

This from the Morning Hotline Wakeup Call:

"Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls." (Los Angeles Times)

P.S.   What does an 'ethics commission' have to do with voting?????

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mayor Stothert Rejects Another Bicycle Czar Applicant

As you know, Mayor Stothert's 2015 budget eliminates Omaha's bicycle czar.   Well, it seems that on hearing that an application came in from this guy.

Sadly, the Mayor found him as unqualified to be a bicycle czar as he has proved himself to be as president........

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Common Core Becomes Even More Troubling

One of our friends sent us the following resolution, passed by the Republican National Committee in an effort to deal with the College Board's rewrite of the U.S. History framework.   The resolution pretty much speaks for itself as to what is happening with history standards.   For yet more information, you can check out: http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/rnc-passes-resolutions-on-apush-stop-common-core-victories/
Here is the resolution sponsored by Tamara Scott, National Committeewoman from Iowa, and written with the help of Jane Robbins from American Principles Project.  It had six co-sponsors and it passed the committee unanimously.
Resolution Demanding Implementation Delay, and Rewrite, of AP U.S. History Framework
WHEREAS, almost 500,000 U. S. students take the College Board’s Advanced Placement U. S. History (APUSH) course each year; and
WHEREAS, the APUSH course has traditionally been designed to present a balanced view of American history and to prepare students for college-level history courses; and
WHEREAS, the College Board (a private organization unaccountable to the public) has recently released a new Framework for the APUSH course; and
WHEREAS, the new APUSH Framework reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects; and
WHEREAS, the Framework includes little or no discussion of the Founding Fathers, the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the religious influences on our nation’s history, and many other critical topics that have always been part of the APUSH course; and
WHEREAS, the Framework excludes discussion of the U. S. military (no battles, commanders, or heroes) and omits many other individuals and events that greatly shaped our nation’s history (for example, Albert Einstein, Jonas Salk, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Tuskegee Airmen, the Holocaust); and
WHEREAS, the Framework presents a biased and inaccurate view of many important events in American history, including the motivations and actions of 17th-19th-century settlers, American involvement in World War II, and the development of and victory in the Cold War; and
WHEREAS, the Framework describes its detailed requirements as “required knowledge” for APUSH students, and the College Board admits that the APUSH examination will not test information outside this “required knowledge”; and
WHEREAS, because the Framework differs radically from almost all state history standards, so that APUSH teachers will have to ignore their state standards to prepare students for the AP examination, the Framework will essentially usurp almost all state history standards for the best and brightest history students; and
WHEREAS, the College Board is not making its sample examination available for public review, thus maintaining secrecy about what U. S. students are actually being tested on;
RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee strongly recommends that the College Board delay the implementation of the new APUSH Framework for at least a year, and that during that time a committee be convened to draft an APUSH Framework that is consistent both with the APUSH course’s traditional mission, with state history standards, and with the desires of U. S. parents and other citizens for their students to learn the true history of their country; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee requests that state legislatures and the U. S. Congress investigate this matter; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee request that Congress withhold any federal funding to the College Board (a private non-governmental organization) until the APUSH course and examination have been rewritten in a transparent manner to accurately reflect U. S. history without a political bias and to respect the sovereignty of state standards, and until sample examinations are made available to educators, state and local officials, and the public, as has long been the established practice; and be it
FINALLY RESOLVED, that upon the approval of this resolution the Republican National Committee shall promptly deliver a copy of this resolution to every Republican member of Congress, all Republican candidates for Congress, and to each Republican state and territorial party office.
Respectfully submitted by:
Tamara R. Scott
National Committeewoman for Iowa

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Mayor Stothert Not Happy WIth Failure to Include Some Charter Review Convention Recommendations

Mayor Stothert is unhappy with the Omaha City Council's failure to include some of the recommendations of her Charter Review Committee in its proposed amendments to the City of Omaha Home Rule Charter.   A hearing will be held today on the proposed amendments the council would have voters decide on in November. 

One of the recommendations that is conspicuously absent is the one to change city elections to co-inside with non-presidential state elections.    This would save Omaha tax payers a substantial amount and SHOULD BE CONSIDERED BY THE COUNCIL.   Sadly, at this point this recommendation and others moved by the Charter Review Convention will now probably be lost and not considered--at least until a future convention convenes and recommends such to a more hospitable council.

Here is an excerpt from Mayor Stothert's release in regard to the council's consideration of Charter Convection recommendations at today's hearing:

"The amendments on Tuesday's council agenda do not include several proposals offered by Mayor Stothert and adopted by the convention, including a proposal to change the election of Mayor and Omaha City Council members to coincide with state elections in non-presidential years. "City elections are expensive.   We could save a lot of taxpayer money by changing the election schedule," said Mayor Stothert.  "Since Charter Review Conventions are required to be held only once every ten year, this amendment would allow us to be ready in the event of possible action at the state leve to sync the elections schedules."

The Douglas County Election Commission billed the city $173,868.47 for the 2013 primary election and $127,870.84 for the general election.   These cost were significantly lower than usual because Omaha Public Schools and Millard Public Schools also had elections on the ballots and shared the cost.

"I'm disappointed the Council will not consider other important recommendations made by the Charter Review Convention and in the process the council's Law Committee used to decide which issues to forward," said Mayor Stothert.   "The Convention members represent the taxpayers.   Their opinions and support for these changes should be considered."

The committee chose only those recommendations that had 20 or more votes.  For example, the recommendation to change city election dates was approved by the Convention on a 17-3 vote, five members were absent.   The Convention had 25 members, appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council."

Other recommendations that will not be considered:
  • A member of the City Council would lose their seat if they move out of the Council District unless it is a result of re-districting (Passed by the Convention 19-5, 1 member absent)
  • Clarify the City of Omaha Home Rule Charter is a limitation of power Charter (Passed by Convention 13-8-1, 3 members absent)
  • Change the name of the name of the Taxpayer Complaint Office to Mayor's Hotline (passed by convention 19-2, 4 members absent)"

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Chris Baker (KFAB) Vs. Senator Deb Fischer -- Gerald R.(Jerry) Florine

On Tuesday afternoon (August 5), Chris Baker, KFAB's afternoon talk host, interviewed Nebraska U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, who was doing the media rounds in Omaha (the World-Herald featured an interview in Wednesday's edition). During the Baker interview, the primary subject was the immigration and border situation, since the Senator had just returned from Texas, and a review of conditions there.
Mr.Baker led off the discussion by saying he had been aware, and responding to, the abuse of immigrant children for twenty years, and then stated that the “debate” on the border situation was “dishonest”, and asked the Senator to respond. Apparently taken somewhat aback about the framing of the question, Senator Fischer responded that the law regarding children of the three Central American countries, which differs from those of Canada and Mexico, should be changed. She then gave some background on “legal” immigration rules. Mr. Baker interrupted by calling President Bush (43) co-President of Mexico, and stated that Mexico was conspiring with Honduras to send children into the U.S. Senator Fischer then stated that these children, from the three Central American nations in question, must be returned, and agreed with Baker that many of them are being coached to request “refugee” status.
Baker then asked about immigration “reform”, and stated outright that “reform” equals “amnesty”! Senator Fischer, failing to take the incendiary bait, stated that reform initially requires border security, to which Baker responded that border security was not reform, and that part of the “problem” was “backlog of execution”, but failed to explain the context of that statement.
Senator Fischer then returned to the need to enhance border security, and look at the needs of “legal” immigration, i.e. focusing on immigrants that will enhance the United States economically, rather than focusing on family status.
Baker then commented on the Democrat position of “caring” for the children while characterizing Republicans as mean spirited and racist, etc., and asked what the Republicans were doing to counteract that. The Senator did not directly respond, but indicated that the two Parties needed to work together to attempt to solve the issues, explaining that Majority Leader Reid is stifling the legislative process by refusing to bring certain legislation to the floor, and minimizing amendments.
Baker indicated that he wanted Republicans to essentially reply in kind to the Democrats' negativism, and do so forcefully. He ended the interview by stating that “No one is standing up for ME”!
Obviously, Mr. Baker was attempting to be provocative, while the Senator chose to be cautious and reasoned in her comments. Perhaps Mr. Baker, in his often overly aggressive style, was a little too provocative, given that he was interviewing a U.S. Senator, while the Senator might have expanded somewhat additionally on what she thought might be reasonable immigration “reform”.
However, what transpired following the commercial break, and Senator Fischer's departure, was unconscionable and irresponsible on the part of Mr. Baker. In the following segment, Mr. Baker chose to state that he may have done his last interview with an elected official, because he knows “what's going on” more than they do! He slammed Senator Fischer, I believe twice, for her comment about the need for bipartisanship, and then sank to the basest level by making the sexist comment that the only saving grace of the interview was Senator Fischer's very attractive aide! He then went on a tirade calling Democrats gangsters, and self righteous jerks (Congressman Gutierrez), (I may agree with him on the latter) etc.
Perhaps if Mr. Baker were relatively responsible, and interested in rational dialogue, he might have presented a more coherent, intelligent line of questioning rather than throwing out incendiary lines, and expecting the Senator to respond! But, given my limited knowledge of Mr. Baker, he appears to prefer to be a flamethrower, and uninterested in real dialogue. The Senator conducted herself with the professionalism and stature that one would expect of a United States Senator. Mr. Baker, in his post interview remarks, proved himself to be less than a professional!
Jerry (Gerald R.) Florine is long time conservative activist who is a frequent contributor to the Objective Conservative.