Friday, April 18, 2014

Sasse's Uncle's SuperPac Goes Negative

We begin to wonder if Ben Sasse is seeing problems in his polling.   Obviously, that is the reason for the latest of these ads being run by superpac, Ensuring a Conservative Nebraska whose only contributor happens to be Sasse's great uncle and whose only contribution comes from him.....

Thought for the Day: P.E.T.A. Posterboy

It's Joe Namath as he appeared at the Superbowl.   He's our P.E.T.A. bosterboy: People For Eating Tasty Animals.

Tom Mulligan: What's He Thinking

We're beginning to wonder what former failed Omaha City Councilman Tom Mulligan is thinking?    He was observed at the recent Republican senatorial debate in Lincoln and all of a sudden we find he has given $30,000 of his unused campaign funds to the campaign of Jon Bruning.  

We never thought Mulligan was very politically astute.  After all, he ran (that may attribute too much to his effort) a highly contested campaign for re-election in 2013 and somehow didn't spend $50,000 of funds in his campaign account.   Not very astute. 

So now he gives $30,000 to Bruning?   We're sure Jon appreciates the money, but surly Mulligan in his politically un-astute mind has some motive for it.   Maybe a cabinet post in the Bruning administration?   Maybe retaliation for Pete Ricketts's support of victor Aimee Melton in Mulligan's council race?

Maybe Bruning's opponents in the race ought to question why he took money from a guy that voted for every tax increase that came before the Omaha City Council?

Maybe those who gave money to Mulligan for his city council campaign should wonder why he is giving their dollars to Bruning?

One only wonders what king-maker Mulligan will do with the other $20,000 some remaining in his campaign account? 

More Endorsements Coming For Sasse

The barrage of out-of-state endorsements continues for Nebraska U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse.  Yes, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who recently endorsed Pete Ricketts, will be in Nebraska on April 25th along with Nevada U.S. Senator Mike Lee to endorse Sasse's campaign for the U.S. Senate.  

As we've noted in the past, endorsements add credibility but probably don't do much for a candidate other than creating earned media unless they bring money to the campaign.  

Murder is Murder: Hate is Hate

Seems that after the recent shooting of Christians at a Jewish Community center the federal government is looking at applying federal hate crimes to the charge of murder.   We've spoken to this issue in the past but just to be clear we think hate-crime legislation is bogus.   It intuits the mind of the perpetrator.   It, in essence, says that the murder or other crime against a particular person is of greater consequence than the murder or crime against another individual who doesn't share that racial, religious or sexual status.    In essence, it says the life of one individual is more valuable than that of a fellow human being

Crimes are crimes and should be adjudicated on a color blind basis for both the victim and the perpetrator.  

P.S.  Wonder if Lois Lerner and associates at the I.R.S. should be charged with hate crimes against conservatives??

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Joke for the Day

George Bush, Queen Elizabeth, and Putin all die and go to hell.
While there, they spy a red phone and ask what the phone is for.  The devil tells them it is for calling back to Earth.

Putin asks to call Russia and talks for 5 minutes.  When he is finished, the devil informs him that the cost is a million dollars, so Putin writes him a check.

Next, Queen Elizabeth calls England and talks for 30 minutes.  When she  is
finished, the devil informs her that the cost is 6 million dollars, so she writes him a check.

Finally, George Bush gets his turn and talks for 4 hours.  When he is finished, the devil informs him that the cost is $5.00.

When Putin hears this, he goes ballistic and asks the devil why Bush got to call the USA so cheaply.

The devil smiles and replies, "Since Obama took over, the country has gone to hell, so it's a local call."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Thought for the Day

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian."
Henry Ford

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Thought for the Day: Non Sequitur

Somehow it seems a little incongruous that fake Viagra is being sold in Pakistan with the president of this country's image carrying a gun in the image of James Bond 007.
Let's see:
  • The guy is a fake
  • The pill is counterfeit
  • He hates guns
  • He's got no intestinal fortitude when it comes to anything involving violence
  • No country respects America anymore including Pakistan

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Photo is Worth One Thousand Words

Breaking News: President Issues Executive Order on Affordable Golf Club Act

"If you have old golf clubs you can keep your golf clubs until April 2014."
The president issued an executive order earlier today, "The Affordable Golf Club Act" declaring that every citizen must purchase a new set of golf clubs, before April 2014.
This executive order (law) has been promulgated because until now, typically only the wealthy or financially responsible have been able to purchase new golf clubs without the assistance of their government.
This new executive order ensures that every American can now have "affordable" golf clubs of their own, because everyone is equally entitled to new golf clubs. And if you want to keep the golf clubs you already have, you can do that, until April 2014.
These affordable golf clubs will cost from $1,000 to $3,000 each depending on your income level. This does not include taxes, pull cart, electric cart fees, green fees, membership fees, balls, tees, gloves, range finders, storage fees, maintenance, or repair costs.
In order to make sure everyone participates and purchases their affordable golf clubs, the costs of owning golf clubs will increase 50% each year up to 400% by year 2018. This way, wealthy people will pay more for something that other people don't want or can't afford to maintain. People who can't afford or refuse to maintain their golf clubs will be fined by the I.R.S. However, children under the age of 26 can use their parent's golf clubs until they turn 27 at which time they must purchase their own golf clubs.
If you don't want or think you don't need golf clubs, you are still required to buy them. If you refuse to buy a set or make claims that you can't afford them, you will be fined $800 until you purchase a set or face imprisonment, or be required to watch golf lesson tapes staring President Obama 12 hours a day.
People living in farming areas, ghettos, inner cities, Wyoming, or areas with no access to golf courses are not exempt. Age, health, prior experience or no experience are not acceptable excuses for not buying, maintaining, and using your golf clubs.  Waivers may be granted for gays, transgenders (in fact anyone defined among the Heinz 57 by Facebook) and illegal aliens.
A government review board that doesn't know the difference between a hook and a slice will decide everything. This includes when, where, how often and for what purposes you can use your golf clubs along with how many people can ride in your golf cart. The board will also determine if participants are too old or not healthy enough to be able to use their golf clubs, but death will be the only real exemption other than those noted in the prior paragraph.
They will also decide if your golf clubs have outlived their usefulness or if you must purchase specific accessories, like a range finder with slope adjustment or a newer and more expensive set of golf clubs.
Government officials are exempt from this new law as they and their families and some of their friends and a few of their friend's friends can obtain golf clubs at taxpayers expense.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Thought for the Day: Democrat Brainstorming Session

Attacks by McCoy and Bruning: Crabs in a Bucket

Nebraskan's don't like attacks on candidates and while some political attacks are effective they don't normally enhance the campaign of the attacker.  We'd suggest that is the case with would-be governor Nebraska State Senator Beau McCoy who on one side of a large campaign card tells us "We Need a Leader We Can Trust, a Consistent Conservative" and on the other side attacks Pete Ricketts for being the founder of the Platte Institute (who, incidentally, McCoy has agreed with on many occasions) and for being the billionaire owner of President Obama's hometown Chicago Cubs and holding Arizona 'hostage' unless it built a $84 million dollar spring training stadium for the cubs.     We think that is a stretch and we might just note that McCoy has himself voted for lots of 'incentives' to attract and keep business in Nebraska.

When candidates attack, it generally means that their polling is showing them losing.   Such apparently is the case with McCoy.  

Jon Bruning has also attacked Ricketts claiming Ricketts is responsible for negative ads being run against him, ads run by the entity Citizens for a Strong Government.   However, Bruning has absolutely no proof that Ricketts or any member of his family are responsible for the ads (And we know they are not.).   Such attacks don't reflect will on the tenets of an attorney let alone those of a guy that has done a good job being Nebraska's Attorney General. 

Given McCoy's behavior and the wealth and behavior of some of his major supporters, Bruning might do well to look to McCoy for the source of some of the negative ads being run against him.

Both McCoy and Bruning should be ashamed of themselves.   They have plenty of positive history to run on but are obviously concerned they aren't connecting with the voters of the state.   They are acting like crabs in a bucket, one pulling down the other in envy or as he succeeds.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Christie Called 'Toast' at Roast

We're not exactly fans of Chris Christie so we kind of thought this video taken at a roast for a former New Jersey governor was interesting in that Joy Behar turned it into a roast for Christie for a few minutes.   Actually, it appears that Christie handled it pretty well all things considered.

Sasse Puts Up Web Video on Insurance Bill Fight Experience

From The Hill: NE-SEN (OPEN): Nebraska Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse made his fight against ObamaCare personal in a new Web video, which features him, his wife and daughters discussing a health scare they faced when his wife suffered an aneurism — and the subsequent medical bills they tackled, which Sasse says has inspired his opposition to the healthcare law

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Thought for the Day -- Obama Liar-in-chief

"The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm President of the United States of America."

Barack Obama (2008)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

When Will They Learn????

There must just be something in the drinking water back there in Washington that makes congressmen and senators do stupid things when they aren't saying stupid things.  Here's another entry into our Republican Party Hall of Shame courtesy of our friends at The Hill:

""There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve." — Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), apologizing after a video surfaced of the married congressman kissing a staffer."

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Thought for the Day

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to  work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!

Bruning Ad: "Facts Not Attacks" Should Get Facts Right

It seems the race to be the next Nebraska governor has deteriorated to accusations by and about Jon Bruning.  His latest ad is an attack on Pete Ricketts which is untrue and as unfair as the ones being run against him.   Bruning points his finger in the wrong direction by pointing his finger at Ricketts as spending millions of dollars attacking him.   First of all those ads are not being run by Pete Ricketts or any member of the Ricketts family.   We know that as a fact.   Additionally, the claims about Ricketts' stand on illegal immigration are equally baseless and wrong.

The sad part is Bruning is being attacked for lots of silly things he did 15 or 20 years ago and those attacks are as baseless as the ones he's leveled against Ricketts given his solid conservative record as the state's attorney general.  The ads attacking Bruning are coming from folks at Citizens for a Sound Government and others which have nothing to do with the Ricketts family.

The really sad part is that Bruning is using the same baseless attack efforts against Ricketts that someone is using against him.   But, one can only wonder if that's exactly what Bruning is doing--trying to tell Nebraskans that his opponent is conducting a negative campaign when in essence it is him that is doing it.     Nebraskans obviously don't like negative campaigns.   We suspect in time we'll find out who the negative campaigner is but we know it's not Ricketts.   Jon should find the real culprit but then that might not be as helpful to his campaign as pointing the finger at the presumed  leader in the race, Ricketts.

Ricketts Gets Palin Endorsement

Pete Ricketts with another governor who endorsed
him, Scott Walker.
If you haven't heard, Sara Palin was in Nebraska on Friday and endorsed Pete Ricketts for governor.   We've noted before that we're not sure what the impacts of endorsements are on candidates unless they bring money to the campaign.   On the other hand, having Palin on his side doesn't hurt Ricketts' conservative credentials.  He also recently got the endorsement of conservative Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

This from the Lincoln Urinal, oops Lincoln Journal Star by Don Walton:

"Sarah Palin came to Nebraska on Friday to endorse Pete Ricketts in the hotly contested Republican gubernatorial race. 

"Pete stands apart from others in this race as a principled conservative whose private sector experience will help grow jobs and strengthen the rural economy," the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee said.

Palin, a former governor of Alaska, joined Ricketts at a campaign rally on the State Fairgrounds in Grand Island.

Palin said Ricketts is "a pro-life family man who will fight for the best interests of all Nebraskans."

"I am encouraged by his boldness and independence," she said.

Palin, who remains a national star among staunchly conservative members of the Republican Party and with tea party conservatives who have taken a more libertarian view, earlier endorsed Ben Sasse in Nebraska's Senate primary race.

Two years ago, Palin endorsed Deb Fischer in her successful bid for the Republican Senate nomination.  Fischer subsequently was elected to the Senate.

"The American dream is alive and well in Nebraska," Palin said.

Ricketts described Palin as "a fearless, effective leader who has fought established special interests."

Ricketts is locked in a six-man contest for the Republican nomination to succeed Gov. Dave Heineman, who will leave the governorship after the end of the year."

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