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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

All Hope Is Not Lost

Not all young Americans are sitting on their asses in a park in New York City whining.  Some are out there learning what the better part of this country - the part that has made it great for two hundred years - is really all about.

Justin Timberlake is one of them.

Yes.  Justin Timberlake.

* By the way, my son-in-law celebrated his birthday yesterday in a hostile land far away, taking only a moment out of the time he devotes each day - as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps - to "manning the walls" by having the day recognized by his compatriots.  They brought him a cupcake with a candle stuck in it.  Then it was back to duty.

He is the American for whom Justin Timberlake has gained a whole new respect.

The Right Coalesces

Yeah, he comes with a lot of baggage.  And yeah, he will, as president, give us fits on occasion.  But he's the only person on center stage - including the empty suit who occupies the White House currently - who has proven his ability to solve problems and can get the USA back on track.

That's my take anyway.

It looks like Republicans are settling into that take too.

The latest numbers from Public Policy Polling:
Gingrich takes the lead

Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in PPP's national polling. He's at 28% to 25% for Herman Cain and 18% for Mitt Romney. The rest of the Republican field is increasingly looking like a bunch of also rans: Rick Perry is at 6%, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul at 5%, Jon Huntsman at 3%, and Gary Johnson and Rick Santorum each at 1%.

Compared to a month ago Gingrich is up 13 points, while Cain has dropped by 5 points and Romney has gone down by 4.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

We've a long way to go.  But this looks like a trend with staying power.

Time Has Taken Its Toll

I have to be honest, as much as I want to support the candidacy of Herman Cain for president, I keep getting this feeling that he's as woefully unprepared for the gig as Barack Obama was when he and the media decided he'd make a doozie of a leader of the free world.

See "Rambling Cain has an 'oops' moment." (Yeah, it comes from Politico, which makes the motivation suspect, but video doesn't lie.)

As many Democrats will NOW attest, they knew Obama was lacking in experience when he ran for the highest office on the planet.  But he was "black."  And that made up for his ignorance, unpreparedness, and the lack of a skill set.

Well, as we've come to realize, there's more to running a country than skin tone.

I like Cain.  He's a great motivational speaker.  He's a good conservative.  And he's more qualified than Obama - today - to be our leader.

But we can do better.

We have to do better.

In this critical hour, there'll be no second third chance to get it right.

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Jennifer Rubin, whose opinion and analysis I hold in the highest regard, is brutally frank:

"Enough! Republicans can’t take it anymore. [Herman Cain] is shockingly ignorant, and entirely unfit to run for president. I’m not sure he even follows current events. Expect to see his poll numbers tumble further. He’s been 'flyspecked' right out of the top tier. We’ll see who picks up his stunned former supporters."

Painful.  But necessary.

The 'Supercommittee' Becomes a Joke

Who, outside of Washington, ever believed that that Congressional "supercommittee" was ever really going to do that which Obama hasn't the balls to do?

Answer: Nobody.

As it turns out, those outside Washington were right.  Again.

Debt panel could punt on tough calls

Expect government spending to continue to skyrocket. Expect our federal debt to explode. Expect another financial downgrade. More subservience to the Chinese. Bank failures. Higher unemployment. Implosion ...

By the way, what's Obama doing?

He's decided he's the "foreign policy president" now.  He's off in foreign lands talking of things most pleasant and having his picture taken.

For the love of God.

'Occupiers' Forced To Be Human

And they ain't likin' it.

* So what's with the title of this piece, you ask?  "'Occupiers' Forced to be Human?"  See "Occupy Protester Defecates in Public Street."  They either need to be taught to be human or they need to be locked in a cage like the animals they prefer to be.

The 'Occupy' Delusion

Ya gotta give the folks in the mainstream media credit: They're trying their best to make that "Occupy Wall Street" sow's ear look like a silk purse.  But to the real world?
Those demonstrators in the park
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., Washington Times

According to the Taranto Principle, first identified by the distinguished Wall Street Journal writer James Taranto, the mainstream media concocts false truths that encourage liberal Democrats to extravagance: Al Gore hyperventilating over global warming, Jean-Francois Kerry presenting himself as a Vietnam War hero and Barack Obama awash in red ink and promising more. Operating in accord with the principle, the liberal Democrats abandon themselves to a riot of fantasies far removed from the American consensus, and the result is catastrophe for them and much amusement for the rest of us.

Right now, all the polluters of the Kultursmog are engaged in spreading the vast delusion that a handful of cranks are at one with the law-abiding, Constitution-loving Tea Partyers. The cranks are often referred to as members of “Krugman’s Army” - so named after the delusional columnist Paul Krugman at the New York Times, whom I always read to satisfy my appetite for misplaced indignation and delightful incoherence. Other writers from the New York Times and its assorted allies throughout the mainstream media have been laboring almost heroically to spread this myth.

Consider the polling done by Douglas E. Schoen, a pollster who served President Clinton and doubtless is still a loyal Democrat. He polled the Zuccotti Park patriots and found “the movement doesn’t represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of the wealth, civil disobedience, and, in some instances, violence.” As for Americans in general, they are not so high on the folks in the park. A USA Today/Gallup poll taken Oct. 15 and 16 found 22 percent approved of the movement’s goals, 15 percent disapproved, and 63 percent said they did not know enough about the movement to make a judgment.

That does not sound as if the occupiers are making a lot of headway with the average American. But they are making headway with liberal Democrats. [link]
"Occupy Wall Street."  People demanding that those who earn a living give a sizable portion of those earnings to those who choose to sit on their asses and do nothing.  Democratic constituents if ever there were ...

Giving Credit Where Giving Credit Is Due ...

... or something like that.

Roger Kimball thinks it proper to give the New York Times credit for getting something right.  And I agree with him enough to post my thoughts on the subject here.

Regular readers of this column know that I am not a paid-up member of the New York Times Book Review fan club. Quite the contrary. But, every now and then, that once-mighty organ manages to hit one out of the park, and “The Age of Kennan,” the long, exquisitely thoughtful review of John Gaddis’s new biography of George Kennan by Henry Kissinger is a case in point.

This is one of those reviews whose analytical power and historical pertinence combine to lift it out of the purlieus of the ephemeral medium in which it was born and, rather like Kennan’s famous “X” article in Foreign Affairs in 1947, catapult it into the realm of the must read. Congratulations to the Times on a superb piece.
I have no great interest in reading The Age of Kennan.  It's just not my kind of thing.

But I want to put a plug in for the New York Times Book Review.  Often, when I'm searching titles of new releases to take advantage of, I'll turn to the NYTBR for its take - yea or nay.  I value its analysis that much.  It's been that spot-on.

Too bad it has to associated with that left-wing pile of fish wrap though.

Quote of the Day

The Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court Gets Serious:

When asked if the health law was constitutional, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi sneered, 'Are you serious?' Now the Supreme Court has decided it's a worthy question.

Which shows how unserious this Pelosi character is.

Special note: "The Peter Principle states that 'in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence', meaning that employees tend to be promoted until they reach a position at which they cannot work competently."  

'Journalists' Choosing Sides

Is it wrong for press reporters to be so blatantly biased? Well, it goes against every tenet of the profession they tell us they espouse. Can we live with the thought? Sure.

Just remember, when you're listening to the assholes ask questions and make their "reports," whose side they're on.

Today the most glaring example of prejudice I've ever witnessed in journalism:

Shameful. Absolutely shameful.

But who watches CNN anyway?

An Odd Choice of Words

NFL looking into video of Jets' Ryan cursing fan
The Associated Press

Florham Park, N.J. (AP) — The NFL is looking into an Internet video that appears to show New York Jets coach Rex Ryan using an obscenity while angrily responding to a fan after the team's 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says Monday that the league is aware of the 48-second video, which shows the Jets walking off the field Sunday night. When Ryan appears, someone is heard yelling, "Hey, Rex, Belichick is better than you," referring to Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Ryan looks up and tells the fan to "shut up" while also using an obscenity. [link]
The guy's a "fan"?  An ardent follower and admirer?

I don't think so.