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Archive for January 19th, 2011

The Latest Polling Explained

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 19, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

Lots of bogus polling out there lately. We’ve been working on a comprehensive guide to understanding polls, and how to spot a bogus poll from a credible one. In the mean time, Rush talks about the latest polls concerning Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. He’s on a roll, but starts explaining the problems at 2:14 in the video.

One of the real problems, other than the reliability of the sample group: “adults” vs “likely voters” is the fact the new polling doesn’t tell you the political breakdown. In other words, the percentage of Republicans, Independents, and democrats polled.

All legitimate polls will have, buried somewhere deep in the internals, this break down. Almost all over-sample democrats, even though fewer people claim to be democrats than Republicans or Independents. This pollster is notorious for it.They do this because they are looking for a certain result.

Any poll that doesn’t publish it’s breakdown should be disregarded as meaningless. We notice a lot of polls concerning Sarah Palin never publish their internals at all, let alone the political break down. I wonder why.

As Rush points out, the same pollster who put out this bogus polling also put out one that claimed the public was quite pleased with the nonsense that went on during the lame duck session of the 111th Congress, where the democrats shoved bills through that no one wanted.

Yeah, that’s why there are several bills circulating now through Congress to ban lame duck sessions altogether. That’s how pleased America was with the democrats lame duck session!

The truth is, these polls aren’t designed to measure public opinion, they are designed to SHAPE public opinion. To create a headline out of whole cloth. To create a narrative. It’s an old trick that sadly, many people fall for.

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Sarah Palin, energy and the media left narrative

Posted by joshpainter on January 19, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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The Democrat/Media Complex (DMC) has kept its anti-Palin narrative going since the Tuscon shootings. It was built on SarahPAC’s “Take Back The 20” map until conservative new media flooded the Web with Democrat bulls eye maps and the bulls eye that Markos Moulitsas put on Rep. Giffords’ district in 2008. So the corrupt DMC changed its narrative, and suddenly it was all about blood libels. At least it was about blood libels until Jewish conservatives and even a prominent Jewish liberal of good character stood up in defense of Gov. Palin on that non-issue, and it was revealed that the DMC had itself used the term in a manner that went well beyond the historical ethic/religious context. So it was time to morph the narrative again, and it became about “civility” in politics, which is an oxymoron. The DMC really shouldn’t go there, and we feel safe in predicting that this one won’t last very long. Just where the DMC narrative will go next we’re not sure, but surely such fertile imaginations as those on the left will think of something.

Many conservatives believe the DMC is trying to use its narrative to destroy Sarah Palin’s career, which is certainly true. The left has been attempting to do that since August, 2008, so it’s nothing new. But there’s much more involved here, as Gov. Palin herself pointed out in her Monday night interview:

There’s this trifecta thing going on in our country right now that’s going to bring America to her knees if Congress doesn’t start addressing the issues at hand. That being our growing debt, a looming energy crisis if we don’t start domestically developing our resources, and some of the national security policies that have been adopted and enacted, like the signing and the ratification of the START treaty that Russia’s Duma won’t even ratify because there are misinterpretations of what the preamble means.

So, we have these things going on right now that have got to be addressed, and Congress has got to get back to work. And it’s just much easier, I believe, for critics of common-sense conservative agenda to try to divert and distract from the issues at hand, those tasks that must be addressed today.

One component of that trifecta the governor mentioned is energy, an issue which appears on the national radar scope, it seems, only when the pump price of gasoline rises above the three-dollar level. The DMC desperately wants to keep this issue out of its anti-Palin narrative, as P.J. Gladnick wrote Monday at the Washington Examiner’s website:

“Progressives” would think that the general public was angry about something Sarah Palin said such as using the “blood libel” phrase which is often used to describe a whole host of unfair charges. However, there is something that is currently getting little play in the media that is truly infuriating the public…rising gasoline prices. The upward creep in prices seems to have increased its rate of climb in recent days. Gasoline prices that just a few weeks ago seemed outrageously high suddenly appear to be quite reasonable. Many of you have your own “secret” gas station where you are sure the gasoline prices have somehow resisted the general rise. You drive several miles out of your way to reach that oasis of low prices and…you find out that the prices there pretty much match the intolerable prices of all the other gas stations.

This is why I would love to be present when liberal pollsters question people about their views on Sarah Palin at a gas station…

The DMC knows that any discussion of rising pump prices would lead to a further dialog on the energy crisis which is boiling under the surface of its narrative. As Gary Bray explains at Examiner.com:

The last poll after the BP accident showed over 65% of Americans were for drilling for oil which means the real number is closer to 75% and likely 15-20% were against it…. We are in real danger of having gas pass $4/gal, which the last time it happened was the trigger for the Obama meltdown.. That was when people were paying more for their tanks of gas and groceries and could no longer pay their mortgages. Imagine what would happen now as more and more are living closer to the bone.

[…]

We now lose over 10,000 jobs in one of the most important industries of our economy for no real reason, which in turn likely costs millions of jobs. While every other country we are competing with is drilling for oil around the world and locking up contracts, we are closing our resources. There couldn’t be a more effective way to kill the economy than to cut the lifeblood of commerce… Once the rising cost of transportation is built into the inflating cost of goods and services, we are going to see a dramatic slowdown and perhaps another meltdown, as a new wave of foreclosures moves across the Country thanks to our fossil fuel moratorium.

This of course is one of the main reasons the Ivy Leaguers and the rest of the DNC is terrified of Sarah Palin since she not only is one of the experts on the oil and gas industry, she has common sense. The latter is something the libs can’t deal with or have a connection to. They need to vilify rather than be exposed by [debate on] the issues. Palin is a major pain in the donkey since she is not only articulate and fearless, she represents an area where they have no credibility. She owns this argument, as they have been shown as frauds and charlatans to Americans through the Global Warming fiasco and now the Gulf and coal shutdowns.

No one wants to end our dependence on foreign oil more than Sarah Palin. She has a potential ally in financier and former oil baron T. Boone Pickens, who in a 2009 op-ed made a bold proposal:

America has an abundance of a nearly perfect substitute for imported oil: domestic natural gas.

The Potential Gas Committee released a report indicating the U.S. has as much as 2 quadrillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, or a century’s worth at the present consumption rate. Advances in drilling techniques and technology over recent decades have made the natural gas in the enormous shale fields of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Appalachia available for recovery.

About 70% of the oil we import is used as fuel for America’s 250 million cars and light trucks and 6.5 million heavy trucks. Nearly half of the oil used for transportation is used as diesel fuel to power 18-wheelers. Natural gas is the only alternative. It is not only more abundant; it costs half as much and emits almost 30% less carbon dioxide.

If, in the normal course of replacements, we exchanged those 6.5 million heavy trucks running on largely imported diesel for new ones running on domestic natural gas, we could reduce our imports by 2.5 million barrels per day. We would be able to reduce our dependence on oil from the Middle East by half in only seven years.

It will take longer to rotate passenger vehicles and light trucks away from gasoline and onto other alternatives: natural gas, batteries and fuel cells. But if we had a plan to do that we would be able to stop competing with the Chinese for oil.

This is a national security concern, an environmental concern and an economic concern.

The United States does not have a refueling infrastructure for natural gas as a motor fuel, but that is more of an opportunity than a problem. Just imagine all of the construction jobs that would be created if building such an infrastructure were a national priority. Moreover, these jobs would be created in every state in the union as each one of the nation’s 10,000 truck stops would get an extreme makeover. Thousands of manufacturing jobs would also be created to build the storage tanks and natural gas “pumps” for these refueling stations.

And speaking of makeovers, there are roughly 150 oil refineries in the country, and they need some work as well, which means more construction jobs. Not only could these refineries be retasked to process less diesel and more gasoline, but those which refine fuel oil for heating homes could also be freed up to make more gasoline if we had an energy plan which called for conversion from fuel oil to cleaner burning natural gas to heat homes, especially in the northeast. More construction jobs would be needed to build natural gas pipelines and distribution facilities as well. And literally hundreds of thousands of jobs in the oil and gas industry would bloom for exploration and production of this vast natural resource.

Standing against this solution to our energy independence and unemployment woes, of course, is the Democrat/Media Complex. They know full well what a boost to our economy the energy ideas that have been advocated by Gov. Palin and Mr. Pickens would be. But they fear the Green Lobby, which would not stand for such common sense solutions. Even though environmentalists are well aware that natural gas burns cleaner than diesel, gasoline or even the once-vaunted ethanol, it is not a “renewable resource,” and therefore they oppose it.

In October, 2009, Gov. Palin made the case in National Review for natural gas as an intermediate remedy to energy needs:

It contains fewer pollutants than other fossil fuels, it’s easier to collect and process, and it is found throughout our country. In Alaska, we’re developing the largest private-sector energy project in history — a 3,000-mile, $40 billion pipeline to transport hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of natural gas to markets across the United States. Onshore and offshore na­tural gas from Alaska and the Lower 48 can satisfy a large part of our energy needs for decades, bringing us closer to energy independence. Whether we use it to power natural-gas cars or to run natural-gas power plants that charge electric cars — or ideally for both — natural gas can act as a clean “bridge fuel” to a future when more renewable sources are available.

But the Green Lobby doesn’t want a bridge fuel. Greenies want only renewable fuel and they want it now. This is both short-sighted and childish. Our nation desperately needs an “all-of-the-above” energy plan which has natural gas as one of its key components. We are willing to bet that if Sarah Palin and T. Boone Pickens were to work together, they could develop an impressive national energy plan and present it in a white paper. And nothing would drown out the DMC narrative more effectively than such a strong alliance and such a bold move. Can you imagine the press conference? “Energy-related questions only, ladies and gentlemen.” Forced to focus on an actual issue critical to national security, the future of our economy and jobs which would improved the lives of millions of Americans, the lamestream media wouldn’t even know what to ask. It’s not as easy as incuriously passing along propaganda from leftist blogs.

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Sarah Palin: A Fearless Vow To Never Sit Down And Shut Up

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 19, 2011

I know that it isn’t about me personally, but it is about the message, that I am not hesitant at all to spread across this country, and that is that our country is on the wrong track. We’ve got to get it back on the right track . . . to allow us to be prosperous and healthy and safe again. . . . Those on the left hate my message, and they’ll do all that they can to stop me.

~ Sarah Palin

By Gary P Jackson

The left continues the blood libel against Sarah Palin, still desperately trying to make their zombie followers think Arizona was all Sarah’s fault, as well as the fault of members of the Tea Party. Of course, they are also angered that she stood up and defended not only herself,  but her strong message. Now this isn’t just confined to the left. The Republican establishment hacks are joining the left in saying she shouldn’t defend herself.

The squishy Republicans, who just want to be loved, have no idea how to defend their positions. This is why America is in such bad shape. For decades Republicans, especially establishment Republicans, have been little more than enablers, useful idiots, as the radical left grabbed more and more power. Now we are at the eve of our nation’s very demise, thanks not only to the left, and their insane policies, but the Republicans too timid to stop them. 

Some get it though, as we are seeing more people stand up and call the naysayers out. Matt Schneider writing in the left wing Mediaite had this to say:

Last night Sarah Palin appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity, and although some feel all she did was preach to the choir, she actually accomplished a whole lot more with this passionate and, dare I say, courageous appearance. Not only did she rally her conservative troops, but she also laid the foundation for her continued relevance as a national figure while also skillfully establishing why she believed the mainstream media, and liberals in general, despise her. Simply put, she’s the most effective messenger for conservative principles and she will not be silenced.

Despite calling the Arizona shooter “evil” and praying for the families impacted by the tragedy, critics continue to think Palin focused too much on herself as the victim. Yet remember Palin was the one dragged into this conversation, by no choice of her own, with allegations implying she and others somehow contributed to the murders. Therefore, why shouldn’t anyone in her position be entitled to every opportunity to defend themselves against such vitriolic smears?

Palin claimed her controversial video response to the tragedy “wasn’t self-defense, it was defending those who were falsely accused,” which also included other conservative commentators and members of the Tea Party. This eagerness to fight for unrestrained freedom of speech for all and her refusal to apologize for using the term “blood libel” are early signs of Palin’s leadership capabilities and her confidence to never back down, even when under intense fire from the media.

Palin’s tenacity in part derives from her rational understanding of why she is so frequently targeted.

Her message, more specifically hinted at during this appearance, is a growing concern over the debt, the looming energy crisis, and various national security policies.

No matter one’s political beliefs though, it’s hard to dispute that Palin displays a fierce determination in the face of substantial adversity with her promise that “I’m not going to sit down, I’m not going to shut up” about issues in which she believes and with an admirable willingness to “take the darts and the arrows” she receives from all critics while continuing to speak. And when her most significant issue is ensuring that “peaceful dissent and discussion about ideas [is not] stifled by a tragic event,” Palin’s efforts toward this goal should surely be welcomed by all.

Before this interview, some considered Palin at the end of her political career, puke-worthy or not well-educated, while many conservative voices refrained from publicly defending Palin or even suggested dismissing her as radioactive or overly scripted. Did all of these commentators and politicians make inaccurate assessments or premature predictions more reflective of conventional wisdom or their own wishful thinking, rather than based on what now seems to be Palin’s realistic political future? “You betcha!

We have heard the Ruling Class and their media proclaim Sarah Palin’s career “finished” numerous times since November of 2008. Each and every time they have not just been wrong, but spectacularly wrong.

Watching her interview with Sean Hannity on Monday, I saw the determination in her eyes and heard it in her voice. She’s a fighter. She will never back down. She will never shut up.

And thank God for that!

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If Sarah Palin is Snooki, Does this Make President Obama the Situation? A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

Posted by conservativegirlwithavoice on January 19, 2011

As I was getting ready for work this morning, I happened to flip the channel to one of the most fair and balanced news networks in all of television news, good ol’ MSNBC (wink, wink). I had not been listening for a total of two minutes before Sarah Palin’s name came up. Liberal think-tank Donny Deutsch appeared on the Morning Joe panel and had this to say:

Why the fascination (with Sarah Palin)? It’s very simple, and I’m not going to be glib here. She is Snooki. It’s the same math. A younger generation– they want to watch this character with big character, with big hair who’s funny; you don’t know she’s going to say. It’s no different, but for a higher demographic! We watch her, she’s interesting looking… what’s she going to say? She’s campy, she’s kitschy, it’s telegenic, its television, its entertaining that’s the fascination. Beginning, middle and end of story, she’s Snooki.

Really, Donny, Snooki??? When you did not think the liberal left’s fascination could not get anymore creepy or delusional, it does. This clearly is because Sarah Palin is a political rock star whom the liberal left cannot help, but talk about constantly throughout each news cycle While objectively reporting the facts is one thing, making asinine comments is another. After Deutsch’s comments, Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski seemed to cowardly distance themselves by quickly moving on to their next topic, sweeping his comments under the rug, which caused me to believe even they believed his comments were both tacky and way off base.
What Deutsch does not seem to understand is that when he compares a woman like Sarah to a star of childish reality show, he is doing a huge disservice to both politics and women. By comparing Sarah to this reality starlet, Mr. Deutsch is basically saying Sarah Palin is only talked about for sheer entertainment value, not the intellectual. Would he compare President Obama to Snooki’s co-star, the Situation? I know this is a very extreme comparison, but it is no different than the comparison Deutsch made this morning. After all, then-candidate Obama based his whole presidential campaign around his charisma and picture-perfect family instead of his voting record and time as a member of the Senate. During the 2008 campaign, people were hanging on then-candidate Obama’s every word, fainting along the campaign trail at the mere sight of him. I wonder if Mr. Deutsch remembers this. Perhaps Mr. Deutsch should stay off the reality trip and stick to reporting on business issues, unless, of course, he is looking to be hired by an entertainment news agency. But then again, I do not think he would last a day with his ridiculous comparisons and utter disregard for reporting the facts and the truth.

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