About the Common Constitutionalist

Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).

Alice in Solyndraland

By this time most everyone knows about the Solar Company Solyndra & the hundreds of millions of our dollars that were flushed down the toilet.

Let’s take a leap down the rabbit hole. But first a pop quiz.

Who said this?

“The true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra . . . The future is here. We’re poised to transform the ways we power our homes and our cars and our businesses. And we’re poised to lead our competitors in the development of new technologies and products and businesses. And we are poised to generate countless new jobs, good-paying middle-class jobs, right here in the United States of America.”

You guessed it. It was King Barack in May of 2010. Too bad that wasn’t the Daily Double.

Oops. I forgot Alice is still falling. Let’s see what she has uncovered.

The Washington Post wrote, “Solyndra company executives ramped up their Washington lobbying efforts, hiring a former Senate aide to work with the White House and the Energy Department. . . .
[P]ublic records show that since 2008, Solyndra has spent more than $1 million on lobbying inside the Beltway.
Lobbying expenditures of $160,000 a year in 2008 and 2009 accelerated as Solyndra’s financial and political troubles mounted. By 2010, such spending had grown to $550,000. So far this year, Solyndra has reported spending $220,000, but that number will grow as more reports filter in.”

Senate Aide, eh. Who might that be? His name is Steve McBee. McBee, a former top staffer for Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and powerful House Appropriations Committee member Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., reportedly wrote key provisions in the stimulus bill to open the spigot of green corporate welfare.

Want a couple more lobbyists? How about former John Kerry aide Andy Quinn and Gregg Rothschild, a former chief of staff for top Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

Finally we have the White Rabbit, George Kaiser. Kaiser, Solyndra’s chief investor, was a top 2008 fundraiser for Obama and met with White House officials in 2009 as the loan was in the approval process. He was also a bundler for Obama’s 2008 campaign, gathering over $50,000 in campaign contributions. Kaiser, together with Solyndra executives and board members, donated $87,050 to Obama’s campaign.

By sheer coincidence, A $10,000 donation to the Urban Health Initiative at the University of Chicago Medical Center appears on the Kaiser group’s 2009 tax forms. Who created The Urban Initiative? Oh gee, Michelle Obama. Weird, huh.

The Washington Post also reported in 2008 that Valerie Jarrett was the medical center’s chairwoman, and David Axelrod provided community support-building services.

Like Alice, my head is now spinning. I can’t go any deeper.

Joke du Jour

Obituary:
With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it
is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person which almost
went unnoticed last week.

Larry La Prise, the man who wrote “The Hokey Pokey”, died peacefully at age 93.

The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.

SHUT UP. You know it’s funny.

Attribution: Karen

Crime & Punishment, NOT!

Raj Rajaratnam

Insider trading is a crime & should be. Those who do it should be caught & suffer the consequences. It’s not fair to the rest of us individual investors or “Home Gamers”, as Cramer would call us. There have been many a high-profile insider trading case in the news. Rajaratnam (pictured here), poor Martha Stewart, Levine, Siegel, Boesky and Milken.

More recently, (pictured below) James Fleishman of Primary Global Research, Zvi Goffer, a former hedge fund trader at the Galleon Group, and Craig Drimal, a former hedge fund trader and cohort of Mr. Goffer, all indicted for insider trading.

What do all these scumbags have in common? Well, they’re all scumbags of course. What else? Yes, you got it. None of them are members of Congress or the Senate. Unfortunately for them, they are also not Congressional or Senatorial staffers. If they had been, they’d still be scumbags, but they would not be ex-cons, current cons, or soon to be cons.

You see, members of Congress and their staffers are exempt from insider trading laws. How convenient. Just another example of “Do as I say, not as I do”.

Congressional members have many opportunities to obtain nonpublic information that could affect a stock’s price. They may, for example be aware of impending tax legislation that will pass and which will affect a company’s stock positively or negatively. Similarly, they may be aware of imminent approval of a new drug or the award of a new government contract.

A 2004 Georgia State University study revealed that Senators received annual investment returns 25% higher than that of average households. No doubt they are just better investors.

An analysis of financial-disclosure forms for 2008 and 2009 compiled by the website LegiStorm shows that several hundred congressional aides bought or sold stocks. At least 72 traded the stocks of companies their bosses write laws for.

This is not a Democrat or Republican problem. There are crooks on both sides.

One example in 2009: Senate Banking Committee member Mike Crapo, a Republican from Idaho, was involved in discussing “stress tests” on banks such as Bank of America. His aide Karen Brown traded the company’s stock on several occasions in the weeks before May 7, 2009. When BofA surged thanks to a press release on its stress-test result, Ms. Brown made a nifty profit.

In May a study of some 16,000 stock transactions carried out by House members was published in the journal Business and Politics. This detailed analysis showed that the investment portfolios of House members beat the market by about six points a year. (Democrats did especially well, outperforming by some nine points a year, while Republicans topped the average investor by only two percent annually.) Senators apparently do even better: “their portfolios show some of the highest excess returns ever recorded over a long period of time, significantly outperforming even hedge fund managers,” noted the journal, citing a previously published study.

Every so often a group of lawmakers typically numbering in the single digits proposes that Congress be subjected to the same insider-trading laws as you or me. The proposals are always ignored. Not once has any such bill ever made it to the floor of either house.

Joke of the Day

A woman raised three sons and raised them well. The sons grew, left home, went out on their own and prospered. Due to their success, they were all able to thank their now elderly mother with fine gifts.

The first son William said: “I built a big house for our mother.”

The second son Arnold said: “I sent her a Mercedes with a driver.”

The third, David, said: “You remember how our mother enjoys reading the Bible. You know she can no longer see very well, so I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took elders in the church 12 years to teach him. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot recites it.”

Soon thereafter, their mother sent out her letters of thanks. “William,” she said, “the house you built is beautiful but far too large. I live only in one room, but I have to clean the whole thing.

“Arnold,” she said, “I am too old to travel. I stay most of the time at home so I rarely use the Mercedes. And that driver is so rude! He’s a pain!”

“But David,” she said, “the chicken was delicious!”

Yes We Cain!

Herman Cain stunned everyone over the weekend handily winning the Florida Straw Poll. What does this mean? I wish it meant we have a new front-runner, but of course, it does not. The major media & the pundits on both sides won’t allow it. Maybe they’re just all racists? Why not, it works for some, but not for an Uncle Tom like Cain. That’s the left’s view, I’m sure.

The winner of the Iowa Straw Poll (Bachmann) was the same candidate that came in dead last this weekend. Does that tell us anything? Probably not.

Could these polls be telling us that, just maybe, we’re getting tired of having our candidates picked for us & having to hold our collective noses at the ballot box? I sure hope so.

It could be that the tide is changing if these real common sense conservatives keep coming through like this. If it starts to shape up like that, we will have a Battle Royal on our hands. Forget about the left. The get-along, smarter than us riff-raff, talking heads of the republican establishment will stop at nothing to buoy support for a middle of the road candidate. He can, of course, be a fiscal hawk but he must stay away from the real sticky issues. Issues like Global Warming, Illegal Immigration, Abortion, homosexual marriage, etc. They’ll tell us it is just about the economy. That’s all people really care about, don’t ya know.

Well I like Herman Cain. He hasn’t been jaded by politics. He speaks plain english, so we know where he stands. He’s not perfect & doesn’t try to be (Mitt). He’s a real business man. He is charismatic & funny. He doesn’t take any crap. He appears not to have a thousand handlers wrongly advising him. Check out his campaign site & see for yourself. http://www.hermancain.com/h

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says the GOP has a great field of presidential candidates but that there’s still time for someone else to get in, hint, hint. That sounds like a non-conservative hoping someone (Chris Christie) will ride in & save us from ourselves. Christie is tough & doesn’t take any crap from the left, but he’s not a conservative.

Conservative columnist Bobby Eberle writes, “So… was a vote for Cain a vote for “none of the above”? Yes, it was, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Ok… before you freak out, keep reading. If “none of the above” can win a poll, it means that people like Perry and Romney need to do a better job on the issues. It also means that “none of the above” represents a sizable bloc of voters who want someone who represents them. But most importantly, “none of the above” gives people an opportunity to hear more about a no-nonsense, conservative. “None of the above” now has a name, and his name is Herman Cain.”

Maybe I just misunderstood Mr. Eberle, but why couldn’t those votes have gone to Herman Cain as Herman Cain? The others don’t need to do a better job on the issues. We understand their stances just fine sir & I believe a lot of us reject them.

Is Herman Cain my man? I don’t know yet but he looks good so far & no one looks any better. And by the way, he could wipe the floor with brother Barack. That I know.

Why don’t the Bill Kristols, Karl Roves, David Brooks, Fred Barnes, George Wills et al, let us real conservatives decide for ourselves. We are the Tea Party movement & don’t need a leader, nor want one. We desire a candidate, not to lead us, but that most closely reflects all of our views & values, not just the fiscal. He doesn’t need to be perfect. Ronald Reagan wasn’t.

Joke of the Day

When you drink vodka over ice, it can give you kidney failure,

When you drink rum over ice, it can give you liver failure,

When you drink whisky over ice, it can give you heart problems,

When you drink gin over ice, it can give you brain problems.

So, apparently, ice is really bad for you.

Warn all your friends!

Attribution: Mom

NFL Update

Wild week in the NFL. The Pack are still the top dogs in the league. Philly loses to the G-Men whose defense came up big. Do the Eagles have any Quarterbacks left? Houston shows it just can’t hang with the big boys as they lose to the Saints. Detroit fans have to be going nuts after their latest win of the pitiful Vikings. Minnesota just can’t finish a game. What the heck is going on with the Falcons? The Bucs aren’t a bad team but Atlanta should be better than that. Tampa Bay’s defense looked tough. The Jets lose to the Raiders. YEA!! McFadden’s the man, at least this week. Hopefully not next week. Parody in league anyone?

Finally, the Patriots. My Patriots. What the ……? Ok, the Bills look pretty good this year, but come on. Brady throws 4 INT’s & we still almost win. I don’t want to seem like a whiner, but the officiating was horrible & Chad Ocho-Stinko sucks. If Welker goes down, we’re toast.

Now I’m going to vent about the ever-evolving safety rules. Let’s just put a red shirt on the Quarterbacks so no one can touch them. Better yet, the league needs a new name. I propose the NFFL, the National Flag Football League. That way nobody gets hurt. Football is a violent game. Everyone that has ever played the game knows this. Heck, just watching some of the hits make me cringe. It seems to me the more safety procedures are instituted, the more the injuries mount. Limiting hits so the players don’t even know how to tackle anymore. Limiting the full pad practices. All the little ticky tac penalties. Anyone wondering why the offenses are putting up the insane yardages they are? The defenses are afraid to do anything to prevent it for fear of a penalty. If the league won’t let defensemen play the game without thinking about every hit, as well as limiting full contact practices, the injuries will continue to mount.

Joke nan Jou a


A fellow bought a new Mercedes and was out on the coast road for a nice evening drive. The top was down, the breeze was blowing through his hair and he decided to open her up. As the needle jumped up to 80 mph he suddenly saw a flashing red and blue light behind him.

“There ain’t no way they can catch a Mercedes,” he thought to himself and opened her up further. The needle jumped to 90, then 100, 110 and finally 120 with the lights still behind him. “What in heck am I doing?” he thought. Coming to his senses, he pulled over.

The Officer approached his car, took his license without a word and examined it and the car. “I’ve had a tough shift and this is my last pull over. I don’t feel like more paperwork so if you can give me an excuse for your driving that I haven’t heard before you can go.”

“Last week my wife ran off with a cop,” the man said, “and I was afraid you were trying to give her back!”

“Have a nice night”, said the officer.

Give a Little, Take a Little

Gov. Rick Scott


I received an email recently entitled, “Hooray for Florida”. I like Florida so I read it. It was about a law Governor Rick Scott signed regarding welfare reform. That sounded great so I read on. The email says that welfare recipients must have a drug test to receive benefits. Well, this just keeps getting better. Hooray indeed. Let’s just say I’m a skeptic. I decided to look further into the story. Much to my surprise, NOT, it’s not what it appears. With politicians, it never is. Here’s the real story.

Various articles explain basically the same thing such as, “The controversial new law has sparked national debate and is already the subject of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.” What a shocker, eh? “The group deems the tests unconstitutional for violating the random search and seizure clause. Supporters, including Gov. Rick Scott, say the tests prevent taxpayer money from funding drug habits, but critics say the law unfairly stereotypes the poor.” Howard Simon, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said in a statement, “The wasteful program created by this law subjects Floridians who are impacted by the economic downturn, as well as their families, to a humiliating search of their urine and body fluids without cause or even suspicion of drug abuse.”

So far, this is pretty decent. The ACLU is upset. That’s a plus. Let’s take a crack at the ACLU & other libs’ claims. First off, the tests aren’t random. Everyone who wants welfare gets tested. It’s also completely optional. If you don’t wish to be tested, don’t apply for welfare. Second, no, it stereotypes the poor quite fairly. As Ben Franklin said, “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” As for the ACLU statement, really, humiliating search of bodily fluids? That’s the best they can do? I think they take the fluids out first.

The articles go on to explain, “Those who test positive for drugs are ineligible for one year (or six months if they pass a drug course) for the temporary cash assistance. If they fail a second time, they are ineligible for three years. Ok, wait. Temporary cash assistance? I knew this was too good to be true. This isn’t welfare as a whole. This is just a small slice of the overall welfare program. It gets better, or worse, depending on your point of view. “A third-party designated by the family can then sign up for the funds so the money is still passed onto the children. But that person also must be drug tested and fill out lengthy paperwork, which can delay a family from getting money for 30-60 days,” So, it’s a crock. It sounds good, but as usual, isn’t. It’s like an alcoholic with a designated driver. He’s still an alcoholic. Designated by the family? You mean the family whose members just failed the drug test? Who makes sure the money gets to the children?

A good point was unexpectedly made. “Is there any interest in finding if money by these applicants is being diverted to alcohol abuse, which can be far more destructive and certainly expensive, in terms of money being diverted from their dependents?” asked Rep. Steve Perman, D-Boca Raton. Wow! I agree with a democrat.

I realize this law can be looked at as a step forward or in the right direction, but if they’re going to do this, they have to know the left & the press, no matter what, will hammer them. Knowing that, they must go for everything. Not just a little slice.

Maybe it’s me. Maybe I can’t be satisfied but I am just sick & tired of half measures & loopholes. Today, more than ever, we need to take some dynamite to the granite sentinels of liberalism, not just chips off the edges. A good start is no longer good enough. Time is no longer on our side.