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Does CCB Have Life?

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/08/08

As the US Senate “tabled” the US House “Cut, Cap, and Balance” bill that met Standard & Poor’s requirements to maintain AAA credit rating on a strictly party-line vote and elected to pass a very weak-sauce bill that did not meat Standard & Poor’s requirements, Standard & Poor’s did what they said they’d do: Lower the US credit rating. And of course, the Democrat loudmouths went all over the airwaves bawling their little heads off about the “terrorist” TEA Party who “held our country hostage”. They also bawled their little heads off at the meanie Standard & Poor’s who tax cheat “TurboTax” Tim Geithner claimed didn’t understand Federal Budgeting. (Irony meter got shattered on that one.)

That’s not going to change the credit rating. But passing CCB very well could. The Sundries Shack (HT The Other McCain) examined a CNN/ORC poll that came out during the dust-up — the same poll the Democrats were using to claim the majority of Americans support tax increases. Except CCB had much broader support than the tax increase idea.

[W]hen you get into the demographic breakdowns — where the poll shows you what people of different races, genders, income levels, and political affiliations felt about the plans — you find that only the Cut, Cap, and Balance plan enjoys majority support from every single group.

Now, go back and read Question 23 again, then look at the percentages by group of people who favor that approach.

Men: 67%; Women: 66%
White: 69%; Non-White: 63%
18-34 Year Olds: 64%; 35-49 Year Olds: 70%; 50-64 Year Olds: 62%; 65+ Year Olds: 73%
Under 50: 67%; 50 and Older: 67%
(Yearly earnings) Under $50,000: 73%; (Yearly earnings) Over $50,000: 63%
No College: 76%; Attended College: 60%
Democrat: 64%; Independent: 65%; Republican: 73%
Conservative: 77%; Moderate: 65%; Liberal: 53%
Northeast: 65%; Midwest: 61%; South: 71%; West: 68%
Urban: 66%; Suburban: 65%; Rural: 73%
Tea Party Supporters: 74%; Tea Party Neutral: 74%; Tea Party Opposed: 53%

I know those numbers can be a bit dizzying, grouped together like that. Notice, though, that none of them — not a single one — is less than 50% and only 2 of the 29 are under 60%. What those numbers say very clearly is America supports “Cap, Cut, and Balance”, man or woman, rich or poor, young or old, Democrat or Republican, Tea Party or not. No matter where you go around the country, no matter who you ask, you are more likely to find someone who wants Congress to cut the size of government, put real caps on government spending, and pass an effective and simple Balanced Budget Amendment than not. Even the most ardent progressives, those who identify themselves as liberal and opposed to the Tea Parties and the people to whom the White House Goon Squad spoke directly on all the talk shows today, support the “extremist” plan pushed by the Tea Parties.

CNN is responsible for the poll that shows every side of the issue, every demographic, shows majority support for CCB. This wasn’t some TEA Party poll; it was a Left-leaning CNN poll. And blasting the TEA Party did so well in 2010… Now, blasting experts in the world of credit, too? When the majority of Democrats, Liberals, TEA Party opponents, poor, young, old all support the CCB deal that would’ve prevented the downgrade? I got a (NSFW) suggestion for you.

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When Your News Loses To RED EYE

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/06/30

… you’re in trouble. And that’s where CNN’s primetime news sits. Red Eye, the irreverent opinion/comedy show that airs on FOX News at 3am Eastern, has higher ratings than CNN’s primetime serious news program.

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The Leftist Full-Frontal Assault On The US Constitution

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/06/24

The US has had resounding success and unprecedented wealth generation, freedom, and liberty. And the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution are the reasons why. No other nation, past or present, even comes close.

The US Constitution cannot be fully understood except through the prism of the US Declaration of Independence, for it is the Declaration of Independence which is the Foundation upon which the Superstructure which is the Constitution is built.

Excerpted from the US Declaration of Independence:

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

US Constitution, Article VI, paragraphs 2, 3:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Tenth Amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

It is very clear, from reading both the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, that the US government is meant to be severely limited in scope and power and that the various States and the People are to retain the lion’s share of power and authority. Congressman Colonel Davy Crockett understood that.

“Mr. Speaker — I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the sufferings of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the Government was in arrears to him. This Government can owe no debts but for services rendered, and at a stipulated price. If it is a debt, how much is it? Has it been audited, and the amount due ascertained? If it is a debt, this is not the place to present it for payment, or to have its merits examined. If it is a debt, we owe more than we can ever hope to pay, for we owe the widow of every soldier who fought in the war of 1812 precisely the same amount. There is a woman in my neighborhood, the widow of as gallant a man as ever shouldered a musket. He fell in battle. She is as good in every respect as this lady, and is as poor. She is earning her daily bread by her daily labor, and if I were to introduce a bill to appropriate five or ten thousand dollars for her benefit, I should be laughed at, and my bill would not get five votes in this House. There are thousands of widows in the country just such as the one I have spoken of; but we never hear of any of these large debts to them. Sir, this is no debt. The Government did not owe it to the deceased when he was alive; it could not contract it after he died. I do not wish to be rude, but I must be plain. Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot, without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as a charity. Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much money of our own as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week’s pay to the object, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks.”

The Father of our Constitution, James Madison understood that.

“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”

But Leftists either don’t understand that or flat-out reject it. As I previously wrote:

None of the states can violate the people’s rights or privileges. And I have already shown where federals laws must be made. I have also shown the very strong limitations on the federal government. This places strong restraints on the state governments.

Overall, a great many laws, a great many governmental agencies and powers for those agencies have been built outside the constitution. Yet the modern-day liberals swear by those agencies and laws which are clearly outside the purview of the government.

The United States that is today would shock and alarm the very Founders and Framers of the United States and the generations which followed. The Federal usurpation of power, in direct violation of the Constitution and the Declaration, is overwhelming. Possibly beginning with Theodore Roosevelt and definitely since Woodrow Wilson (arguably the most destructive President in US history prior to Barack Obama), the powers that be have been systematically shredding the Constitution. Franklin Roosevelt accelerated Wilson’s shredding of the Constitution.

Much of the shredding was done cloak-and-dagger style while some was very clear to the people. But shredding, it was. Oh, the Liberals and so-called Progressives (who are in actuality socialists) supposedly had good intentions. “It’s for the good of the people, surely the Constitution won’t mind our systemic violations of it.” And they proceeded to draw upon themselves the tyrannical Central Power that the Founders and Framers expressly forbade, destroying the Liberty and the productivity of the people. But those self-same Liberals and so-called Progressives (who are in actuality socialists), while using all manner of methods to shred the Constitution, including Judicial Usurpation of authority, have the audacity to redefine “activism” into its exact opposite in order to accuse Judges and Justices who look to the words of the Constitution of being “activist Judges” merely because they looked to the Constitution to determine the Constitutionality of Laws.

The Welfare system is a direct violation of the Constitution. The Social Security system is a direct violation of the Constitution. The Health Care system is a direct violation of the Constitution. And they are bankrupting our nation. The myriad bureaucratic departments, with their unaccountable regulations (which are Laws) are a direct violation of the Constitution.

Then Barack Obama got elected. And, boy howdy, has he shredded much of the remnants of the Constitution. Can’t get a Law through Congress? Have a bureaucracy write the Law. Can’t get the bureaucracy to write the Law? Write it yourself via Executive Order (DREAM Act). As I have said on multiple occasions, it is because of Barack Obama that We the People have awoken and have begun to strive to return to a Constitutional government.

Well, today the Liberals and Progressives (who are in actuality socialists) are not even trying to hide the fact they are shredding the Constitution. They have gone on a full-frontal assault on the Constitution. They are not even trying to hide the radical Leftist agenda of the Mainstream Media as they, through the Mainstream Media, assault the Constitution — the very foundation of this great nation.

Richard Stengel of Time Magazine/CNN goes about the direct attack on the Constitution. (By the way, Stengel is Managing Editor of Time.)

If the Constitution was intended to limit the federal government, it sure doesn’t say so.

Umm, Richard, Tenth Amendment.

Limited government indeed…

Umm, Richard, Tenth Amendment. Heck, all the Amendments. Pay special attention to the first Ten. Also note the Father of the Constitution and his words I quoted above.

We can pat ourselves on the back about the past 223 years, but we cannot let the Constitution become an obstacle to the U.S.’s moving into the future with a sensible health care system, a globalized economy, an evolving sense of civil and political rights.

No, Richard, for Sheol’s sake, don’t let the greatest, most Liberating governing document in the history of mankind get in your way of creating your tyranny.

Aaron Worthing‘s total fisking of Richard Stengel’s excrement disguised as learned discourse should be required reading. But Stengel is not the only one calling for the decimation of the US Constitution. Fareed Zakaria, of CNN (remember Time/CNN from above), is calling for it as well.

CNN contributor Fareed Zakaria argues that the Constitution is outdated and its principles should be “debated and fixed” to conform with the modern era.

Far too many Americans know virtually nothing about classical liberalism, the ideal of limited government, and the unbridled liberty of individuals including freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and free markets.

Zakaria points to the current social, political, economic breakdown in America. He attributes it to an outmoded system of government.

In fact, the system no longer works because America is no longer a constitutionally limited republic and has allowed a secretive cabal of globalists, bankers, and one-worlders to chip our liberty away.

America is in decline precisely because we have allowed the government to replace classical liberalism with a corrupt modern liberalism. It is now widely believed that rights are parceled out, guaranteed and taken away by the state. Our problems arise from the fact we are now vassals of the state and are no longer sovereign citizens.

Where previously, the Leftists hid their destruction of the Constitution and their further desires to destroy it, now the Leftists are out in the open about it. And they must be stopped quickly, else the US goes down to oblivion, taking the rest of the Free World with it.

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Plain Passe Palin Plays Paparazzi Press

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/06/01

The meme is Sarah Palin is irrelevant.
The meme is Sarah Palin is an unserious candidate.
The meme is Sarah Palin is a media hound and drama queen.
The meme is Sarah Palin can’t handle anything difficult.
The meme is Sarah Palin is stupid.
The meme is Sarah Palin needs to play to the press.
The meme is Sarah Palin needs the Ruling Class Republican machine in order to accomplish anything.
The meme is Sarah Palin can’t tell the difference between paparazzi and “real” media.

I have to ask, what is the difference between paparazzi and “real” media? The New York Times makes up a story about John McCain and an aide while covering up a story about John Kerry and an aide, and the National Enquirer breaks the real story about John Kerry and his aide. CBS’s 60 Minutes and Dan Rather with their bogus “documentation” on George W Bush is “real” media? Again, is there any difference between paparazzi and “real” media? Seriously?

Sarah Palin used her twitter account and Face Book page to dramatically impact the ObamaCare debate and a great many other issues, including having a major impact on the 2010 elections, bypassing the lamestream media. Sounds pretty savvy to me. SarahCuda has gone on many speaking engagements, discussing policy and the direction of the US, bypassing the lamestream media. The Thrilla from Wasilla has gone to India and Israel, making a big splash without the use of the US media machine or the Country Club Republicans.

Mama Grizzly got her hands dirty in Haiti around very sick and very contagious people. And the Left made false insinuations that she used a hairdresser for photo ops (Bristol fixed her hair) and Sarah *gasp* washed her hands a lot around highly contagious people!! How dare she wash her hands!! Mama Grizzly and family helped clean up in the South after a series of tornadoes devastated the place, actually working alongside regular people.

Sarah Palin told a crowd of TEA Partiers, before the 2010 elections not to “party like it’s 1773” yet, and the idiot press hammered her on it because the lamestream media doesn’t know US history — the Boston Tea Party took place in, you guessed it, 1773.

So, while Palin has been living rent-free in the heads of the Democrats, lamestream media (and I repeat myself), and the RCRs, that was nothing.

There is what may very well be just the beginnings of a crescendo occurring right now.

Sarah Palin announces she’ll be riding with Rolling Thunder on Memorial Day in Washington, DC. The radical Leftist MSNBC grabs a report that a representative of Rolling Thunder is offended and Sarah wasn’t invited and runs with it, without doing any research. “She better not turn it into a political campaign event and detract from Rolling Thunder” goes the leftist blather. It turns out she was indeed invited to ride but not to be a speaker. And she rode. And she wasn’t a speaker.

And the press hounded her, she didn’t go seeking them. And she focused on Rolling Thunder and what they were about instead of pulling a Barack Obama and saying “me, me, me; I, I, I” as he does when he makes appearances. So the lamestream media’s frenzied attacks were a lot of “sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

And the meso-forte marching cadence turns forte and picks up speed noticeably.

Sarah Palin announces a bus tour of Historic sites. And the press goes wild. Palin announces that she’s not announcing any itinerary. And the press goes wild. Shushannah Walshe, who is making a habit of getting things wrong as you’ll see later, wrote over at the Daily Beast (HT Hot Air):

According to a source with knowledge of Palin’s operation and thinking, keep a careful eye on how long the tour lasts, because it is intended as a way to test the presidential waters. If the road trip ends abruptly, it’s a sign she didn’t get the enthusiastic responses she believes she needs to launch a campaign. If the tour heads to regions outside of the Northeast like Iowa and South Carolina that, the source says, is a “big indicator” that Palin will pull the trigger.

There’s those unnamed sources with loose lips again. I wonder how many “insiders” in Palin’s ensemble are actually going to be giving inside information to the press? Right after Walshe’s report came news that the One Nation Bus Tour was indeed going to Iowa at some point. And that whole “testing the waters” thing? Looks like that was a bunch of bunk, as well. And that “if it ends abruptly, it’s a sign she didn’t get enthusiastic responses” bit was all a bunch of wishful thinking on the part of the paparazzi mainstream media, hoping she’d fall flat on her face.

The media started downplaying it from the start, claiming it was just to get her name back in the media (as if SarahCuda’s name had ever left). But Mama Grizzly cut the mainstream media out. There would be no itinerary, no big stage where she’d speechify, no nothing. Where she goes, when she goes, when she arrives, when she leaves would all be hush-hush. “Catch me if you can.”

And the media went wild.

As Ed Morrissey reports:

Of all the complaints about Sarah Palin and her bus tour, this one’s easily the strangest. CBS reports that the media has begun to grumble that Palin’s decision to keep them out of the loop on the tour’s stops have created a dangerous working environment for reporters:

Since Palin and her team won’t share where the potential candidate is headed, reporters and producers have little choice but to simply stay close to Palin’s bus. This has resulted in scenes of the Palin bus tooling down the highway followed by a caravan of 10 or 15 vehicles – including a massive CNN bus – all trying to make sure they don’t lose sight of the Palin bus.

It adds up to a dangerous situation, says CBS News Producer Ryan Corsaro.

“I just hope to God that one of these young producers with a camera whose bosses are making them follow Sarah Palin as a potential Republican candidate don’t get in a car crash, because this is dangerous,” he said.

Corsaro asked a member of Palin’s team if he thought it was dangerous to have reporters forced to chase her from stop to stop. “You’re the ones that are trailing us,” he replied.

Here’s your first option: stop chasing her. If it truly presents a danger to journalists to drive behind the bus and attempt to keep up, then don’t bother doing it.

Sarah Palin would be at fault if a bunch of paparazzi chasing a mammoth bus can’t keep up and cause an accident? The paparazzi at CBS News need to grow up and learn a little personal responsibility for their actions. Here, I’ll let Miley Cyrus help teach them.

Allahpundit provides more fodder in his article “Media wonders: Could Palin be manipulating us?” It’s downright hilarious how frenzied and flustered the “we own the news” media is with Palin’s refusal to give any heads-ups and actual ducking out on the media. Lots of hilarity and links to hilarity there.

And Ms Walshe? SarahCuda is really living rent-free in Walshe’s head. Walshe thinks she catches SarahCuda about to act high society, getting Walshe all stuffy with her nose in the air. “Gotcha,” she said. Except Palin did her own “gotcha” on the press — without even trying.

Sarah Palin met Donald Trump and they got in a limo to go to dinner.

Shushannah Walshe
RT @michaelpfalcone: For those speculating on #Trump #Palin dinner — it’s not Shake Shack or Olive Garden, I’m told
32 minutes ago via UberSocial
replies ↓
CristiOry7995 Cristi Ory
@ @shushwalshe Hey – Cast Your Vote – for or against Olive Garden.

“It’s not Shake Shack or Olive Garden.” For those who don’t know, Olive Garden is the Taco Bell of Italian cuisine. Yup, The Donald and the Cuda in a limo. Definitely not going to some “regular people” restaurant. Gonna be high society tonight.

shushwalshe Shushannah Walshe
Just a family pizza dinner. #palinroadtrip
1 minute ago

Shushannah Walshe | shushwalshe
Palin talking to Melania at Famiglia pizza in Times Sq. #palinroadtrip
05/31/2011 via UberSocial

shushwalshe Shushannah Walshe
Palin at Famiglia in times Sq. I’m serious. I’m serious!
5 minutes ago

OOPS! There went that snobbish “gotcha” moment! The Donald and The Cuda just went to a pizza parlor!

And members of the press do get to ask her questions, while Piper (yes, Piper) runs interference. At one of the Historical sites, Piper was indeed running interference and had a sharp word or two for a rude member of the press or two. It was sweet. But here’s a rendering of one of the conversations Sarah had with the paparazzi lamestream media:

press: Why are you traveling to these Historical sites?

Palin: To draw attention to our history and help families and children learn about the founding of this great nation. Have you ever been here before?

press: No, I haven’t.

Palin: Well, now’s your opportunity to learn.

The whole thing is a circus, a Keystone Kops chase, and all because the media needs Sarah, not the other way round.

And, oh, by the way, the Country Club Ruling Class Republican machine is upset Sarah hasn’t coordinated anything with them on this trip. Sarah’s frustrating all the right people. Sarah’s making them need her. Sarah’s proving she’s no puppet on a string. And all the right people are having fits over it.

As I said, I think this is only the beginnings of a crescendo. More is to come. Pass the popcorn.

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