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Majority of Americans No Longer Trust the Mainstream Media
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There are very few bumper stickers that I thought were worth remembering during my life, surely no more than 7 or 8 in total. One of my all-time favorites, which I saw the first time more than 20 years ago, was both memorable and prophetic.

It seems that many Americans have spent a good bit of time since then getting with the program and catching up to how I feel about the media. Gallup reported last week that a substantial  majority of Americans now say they have little or no trust in mainstream media. Americans, quite simply, do not trust mainstream media to report news honestly, fully, accurately, and fairly. That is, of course, except for Fox News. This is the fourth straight year that America’s level of distrust has climbed.  Gallup reports that 57% of Americans now do not believe the liberal media, an all-time record high.

Gallup's Annual Governance Poll, which was conducted September 13-16, 2010, also reveals that Americans who report having a great deal or fair amount of trust in the mainstream media sits at an all time record low 43%. These findings further confirm a separate Gallup poll that found Americans have little confidence in newspapers and television news specifically.

In addition to no longer trusting the mainstream media, roughly half, or 48% of all Americans now believe the media is too liberal. This statistic is amazing to me.  I can’t believe that half of America doesn’t think the mainstream media too liberal. Good God, think of the moronic socialists who pose as news anchors at MSNBC and now tell me the media isn’t too liberal?

Additional poll internals reveal that liberals and democrats are substantially more likely to trust the media than are any other group of Americans. Or probably Russians for that matter.  Something tells me that Walter Cronkite is turning over in his grave.

Throw The Bastards Out: Time To Send Them Packing For Good
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I remember it like it was yesterday. It was presidential election season in the run-up to the 1980 election between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. I was 16 years old and paying a great deal of attention to the watershed election of my lifetime and still remains the widest chasm between candidates I have ever seen. I started  very excited about observing American democracy at work.

One Term For ObamaThat excitement changed to resentment when I realized that every Democratic politician I observed was lying on a fairly regular basis, and virtually every reporter and journalist allowed it and assisted in the effort; paragons of virtue, one and all. I put resentment aside, becoming excited once again, because I saw things so clearly. I understood the course I had to follow with total clarity. I went to work... and did everything I could, to win that one for the Gipper.

It was the perfect election for a young man to learn politics, the contrast so striking between the candidates: Carter who was the most magnificent presidential failure in history, and Reagan who turned out to be the most magnificently successful.

Every Democratic politician I saw was lying like a rug, doing everything they could to assist Carter's reelection effort, with the media completely selling out to help. Surely, everyone saw the corruption, any idiot could see it, couldn't they? It was painfully obvious to me, and the only explanation that stood to reason was that those Democratic politicians and their pep squad from the media was either an idiot or a liar. The liars, I came to learn, significantly outnumbered the stupid, and with my simple, innocent way of viewing it, only served to make them more culpable. I could have forgiven idiots. After all, they don't know any better. But the liars couldn't be forgiven or shown any quarter, because they were intentionally inflicting harm on the country.

Of course, I saw all of this with the total clarity that is only possible for a 16 year old. In studying the same matter now, 30 years later, I'm 46 years old and don't have the benefit of that clarity. However, it turns out that I didn't have to try very hard to see it all again, only the Democratic politicians of today - and their media lapdogs - are far worse than their predecessors of 30 years ago. No lie is too outrageous for these people.

Now I am 46, and the only thing that has changed is that these bastards now have no limits whatsoever. Their zeal to prevail in elections far outweighs the honor they should have had, but don't.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews Shown With Obama's hand controlling him Look at MSNBC's Chris Matthews, for example. This slobbering moron actually said he gets a thrill up his leg when listening to Obama. Bernie Goldberg was right in describing the media's relationship with Obama as a slobbering love affair

Democratic politicians - progressives - are aided constantly by the mainstream media lapdogs who kneel at the feet of the Dear Leader. Both groups working together in a well orchestrated, yet completely dishonest attempt to attack, ridicule and discredit Tea Partiers.

Rather than view these Americans as people who are unhappy with the direction the country is going, with whom they have genuine disagreement, they lie about the Tea Parties and those who attend them, claiming that the Tea Partiers are just racists. In fact, they claim that anyone who disagrees with Obama is racist. I saw a Democratic Congressman this week claim that those damn Tea Partiers were almost wearing KKK hoods. I haven't had the time to go back and find this lying bastard, but I will. He must be made to atone.

Do you know why the progressives and mainstream media lie so prolifically? It is because it is impossible to support their failed policies intellectually. Instead, they diminish detractors with lies and personal attacks.

I also believe they are scared. They won't admit it, preferring, as they do, to explain away the Tea Party phenomenon as anything but what it really is. The Silent Majority has been awakened and they are pissed.

They won't debate issues intellectually, as they should. Instead the progressives pursue every shifty, devious, dishonest and, quite frankly, unconstitutional path to silencing and discrediting Tea Partiers.

Congratulations. You liars and idiots, you are your own undoing. We let you have your way, unfettered, for about a year, and in that brief time you have deeply hurt this great country. You have hurt the country so deeply that millions of hard working, honorable Americans have had to rise up - just as they did 30 years ago when we elected President Reagan - to protect their families and the nation from the path of certain ruination that Obama and his ilk continue to pursue.

Obama and the liberals, progressives, socialists, idiots and liars prove their mettle every day, unable to be respectful to fellow Americans, preferring instead to call us Astroturf, racists and rednecks.

Have no fear, good people of the Tea Party, for we will prevail. The progressives time is over. They had a year and failed so miserably that they lost Ted Kennedy's Senate seat - a seat more solidly socialist than any district in Moscow. And they lost it to a little known Tea Party Republican.

Do not lose faith, I say to the faithful. We made the difference in Massachusetts. We made the difference in Virginia. We made the difference in New Jersey. And I tell you now that we will make such a difference in November that we will send the dishonest, morally bankrupt, intellectually dishonest progressives packing. Millions of good Americans - Tea Party Patriots all - are mad as hell, and we're going to take our country back.

Remain vigilant, because the progressives haven't given up yet, they're very busy trying to figure ways to steal as many election races as possible. They are morally repugnant, but not dumb, so this 2010 Midterm Election will be a battle - not of ideas, because that battle is already over - but of tactics, games and lawyers.

It will drive you crazy, it will frustrate you, but don't lose heart, because we will take this country back and right its path. I always remember a funny thought that bolsters my spirits when I feel frustrated, and I hope it helps you. Think about how funny it will be when the democrats wheel that Jimmy Carter out on to every stage possible during the fall campaigns, arguing their talking points. Embrace the comedy in that picture, as the second most spectacularly unsuccessful president in history argues on behalf of the most spectacularly unsuccessful president in history.

We will send these losers packing; hopefully for another 30 years. Join me - and millions of others - and we'll save this country. We have no choice. And I don't want to see any hoods at our rallies...see, when the liars sink this low, they've already lost. Me, I'm going to win one more for the Gipper.

Scott Schaefer

New Home Inventory Falls Further in March
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The number of newly built, single-family homes on the market declined for a 23rd consecutive month in March as builders focused on working through the inventory of unsold homes, according to new-home sales data reported by the US Commerce Department. The inventory shrank to 311,000 units, which is a 10.7-month supply at the current sales pace.

“Builders are doing a great job of thinning the supply of unsold homes and positioning themselves for a slow but steady housing recovery,” noted NAHB Chairman Joe Robson. “The March numbers are a welcome sign that the market is stabilizing as some of the best home buying conditions in a lifetime are drawing consumers off the fence and back into the market.”

The latest government data indicated that new-home sales in March remained virtually on pace with a relatively strong, upwardly revised figure from the previous month. Sales were reported at a seasonally adjusted, annual rate of 356,000 units, which was off just 0.6% from February.

Things are even better in the  Dallas Fort Worth market.  DFW ranks second in the nation in new home sales and starts.

“In line with NAHB’s forecasts, we continue to see evidence that the new-home sales market is bottoming out as historically low mortgage rates, attractive home prices and incentives like the newly created $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit spur more interest among consumers,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.

“That’s particularly true in the West,” he said, “where a 15% gain in March can be attributed in part to California’s implementation of an up-to-$10,000 tax credit for buyers of newly built homes — which, when combined with the federal first-time buyer credit, creates a sizable inducement to purchase.”

Regionally, new-home sales activity was somewhat mixed in March, with the two largest markets posting the best results. The West registered a 15.1% gain, while the South held even with the previous month’s improved sales pace, the Midwest posted a 7.8% drop and the Northeast experienced a 32% decline.


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