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Archive for March 28th, 2009

Video: Brown Skewered Again at EU!

Posted by iusbvision on March 28, 2009

Ouch!

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Glenn Beck working on a project to debunk internet conspiracy theories.

Posted by iusbvision on March 28, 2009

Allahpundit at Hotair.com was nice enough to post this video in his youtube channel. One conspiracy theory Beck talked about being in the process of debunking is the “FEMA Concentration Camps” theory. I have heard that one before and post people who follow politics have.

What is ironic is that Bill Maher lambasted Glenn Beck for believing in these theories and spreading them when the truth is that he has said for months that he is working on a project to debunk them. The left lies, surprise.

This is a video of Glenn talking about the project to debunk these theories:

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SEIU “Obama’s Union” fires its union employees and brings in temps to save money after giving Democrats $85 Million.

Posted by iusbvision on March 28, 2009

We reported that the SEIU fired it’s union employees to bring in scabs to save money and now we have the video.

The SEIU is the union that is the closest union ally of Obama. The SEIU have $85 Million to the Democrats and now wants to save money by doing this. The CWA claimed it did not have money for Striker pay after giving $22 Million to John Kerry and his friends for the 2004 election.

Thansk to Ed Morrissey at Hotair.com for the video link. 

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Daniel Hannan on how the GOP went wrong and how the GOP is embracing a more sensible economic policy.

Posted by iusbvision on March 28, 2009

In short, Hannan is telling the GOP that it violated it’s brand and violated it’s own principle. Hannan also acknowledges the media created cult of personality about Obama, which is a real statement on the power of the press considering that Obama is a man who used one office to start running for the next and never accomplished anything significant.

Hannan also points out that the bankers and financiers have used their money and power to control and corrupt both parties. I would say that while the banks have some of the GOP in their pocket, there is little doubt that the key congressional leadership in the Democratic Party is owned by Wall Street and the donations which are public record show this to be the case.

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Far left site posting death threats against Bill O’Reilly

Posted by iusbvision on March 28, 2009

Via Johnny Dollar who is nice enough to monitor these people so we don’t have to.

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These are from the Newshounds web site. Newshouds is a favorite of the unhinged left. There is more hate and threats posted at that site than any other that I am aware of since HuffPo and DailyKos started cracking down on the worst of the hate they hosted. Some of those same people have come here and post their hate, but since they are incapable of generating a coherent argument they didn’t stay long, because we respond to it here.

Johnny points out that the poster above claims to be a therapist. Actually that would not surprise me one bit after seeing some of the far left social workers on campus.

The far left is all mad because Bill O’Reilly is helping out charities like the Alexa Foundation. The Alexa Foundation was started by a rape victim to aid other rape victims. The far left unhinged crowd went after Alexa and she had to quit her job and assume a much lower profile after the attacks they made on her. We covered that story in detail HERE. The attacks against Alexa were coordinated by people at NBC News and John Podesta, who has worked as a strategist for President Obama.

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Washington Post: Obama Town Hall Questioners Were Campaign Ringers

Posted by iusbvision on March 28, 2009

It was rigged…..what a surprise….

Actually it is no surprise. All of Hillary Clinton’s town hall events were rigged. She knew who to pick on and what questions they would ask and they were caught red handed.

CNN was so in the tank for for the Democrats that when they were picking questions from “undecided & unbiased voters” for the Democratic Presidential debate that they sponsored all of the “random” people they picked were known democratic operatives most of whome had actually appeared as talking heads or were known sources to the reporters that picked them “at random”. We covered that story in detail HERE.

Washington Post:

Obama has said, “I think it’s important to engage your critics … because not only will you occasionally change their mind but, more importantly, sometimes they will change your mind,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs recounted to The Post’s Lois Romano in an interview Wednesday.

But while the online question portion of the White House town hall was open to any member of the public with an Internet connection, the five fully identified questioners called on randomly by the president in the East Room were anything but a diverse lot. They included: a member of the pro-Obama Service Employees International Union, a member of the Democratic National Committee who campaigned for Obama among Hispanics during the primary; a former Democratic candidate for Virginia state delegate who endorsed Obama last fall in an op-ed in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star; and a Virginia businessman who was a donor to Obama’s campaign in 2008.

1. Sergio Salmeron: Self-description at the White House: “My name is Sergio Salmeron. I want to find out about health care.”

Salmeron became engaged with the Obama campaign early in 2008, writing on his blog at my.barackobama.com, “We need to mobilize towards changing the trend of ’2 to 1 Latinos favoring Hillary over Barack.’ Let’s make a resolute commitment… Let’s put the facts on the table, ask the questions, until we understand how this all applies to us. Then strategize [sic] to get the word out to Latinos in America, who want change as much as everyone else.”

He was a volunteer canvasser for the campaign, he told The Post, and did voter registration work and translated materials for the campaign, as well. A partner at Global Paradigm Strategies, Salmeron is volunteer “member of the Democratic National Committee” and continues to be active with the Obama campaign’s successor, Organizing for America, which is how he got the White House invite, he said.

“I got a call from this woman who has been working with me for the pledge drive,” he said, referring to the Organizing for America drive on behalf of the president’s budget proposal. “You know, we’re trying to get support out for the president’s agenda.”

2. Tom Sawner: Self-description: “Sir, I’m Tom Sawner. I’m a service-disabled veteran, small-business owner in Arlington, Virginia. My company, Educational Options, works with public schools.”

According to Federal Election Commission records, Sawner made a $250 donation to Obama’s campaign on Oct. 27, 2008. He also, as he noted Thursday, served as an adviser on Obama’s educational platform committee. He said he was invited to the White House town hall through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Executive Council.

Sawner’s no stranger to the White House, either; he attended President Bush’s Feb. 2008 signing ceremony for that year’s economic stimulus package — another Chamber of Commerce invite. And in April 2008, he even became an anecdote in one of Bush’s speeches.

“And I met a guy named Tom Sawner,” the 43rd president said at a small business summit. “Now, he’s an old fighter pilot, which means there’s no wall he can [sic] run through. He’s a doer, an achiever, and he’s got him a small business called Educational Options.”

But the event with Obama, Sawner said, “was a whole different look and feel” than the one with Bush. “This is a president who is into openness.” And he didn’t know he was going to be able to ask a question until he got to the forum, he said.

3. Carlos Del Toro: Self-description: “My name is Carlos Del Toro. I served in the Navy for 26 years, retired four years ago, and started a small business.”

In 2007, Del Toro stood as a Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, but did not win. A supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries, he backed Obama against McCain in the general, endorsing him in an Oct. 24, 2008 op-ed in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star.

“As a Virginia small-business owner, veteran, and Latino, I’m voting for Sen. Barack Obama for the same reasons as millions of other Americans: because I believe this country desperately needs change. Obama will change our economic policies to help middle-class families, promote the growth of small businesses, and increase funding for veterans’ affairs, so no member of our armed services goes without the medical treatment he or she needs and deserves,” he wrote.

In 2008, he donated $2,750 to Virginia Democratic candidates for office, according to the Center for Responsive Politics; in 2006, he gave $1000 to the campaign of now Sen. Jim Webb (Va.), FEC records show.

He also has ties to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Council.

4. Linda Bock: “My name is Linda Bock and I’m a registered nurse just in Prince George’s County, Maryland — been there 34 years at a free senior health center. And I’m here with my fellow nurses from SEIU.”

Bock, along with her chapter of the SEIU and her son and daughter, helped campaign and canvass for Obama, she said. After Obama was elected, she wrote in the Landover, Md., 1199 SEIU nurses’ newsletter: “Now we have our work cut out for us -to hold our elected officials accountable. And I hope they hold us accountable too. We all have work to do to make the changes needed to restore our reputation, to heal the wounds of war, to repair our earth and regulate its resources; and, to secure our economic future. It will take sacrifice and service. It will take prayer and the grace of God. Now we have hope. We have President-elect Barack Obama. God bless America.”

Her invite to the White House came through the Nurse Alliance Leadership Council, she said. And like Sawner, she didn’t know until she got to the forum that it was open to the in real life participants. “I did not think we would be able to ask any questions,” she said. “I wasn’t personally anticipating being chosen to ask anything. We knew that the Web portion was people already lined up.”

5. Bonnee L. Breese: “Hi, Mr. President. Thank you so very much for having me, a public school teacher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, here to be with you.
THE PRESIDENT: What’s your name?
Q Bonnee Breese.
THE PRESIDENT: Good to see you, Bonnee.
Q Thank you. I’m from Overbrook High School. I have to say that, because I know all the children are watching. (Laughter.)”

Breese has not donated a reportable amount to Obama, according to the FEC. She is a member of the 11,626-person Pennsylvania for Obama page on Facebook.

A supporter of the president’s — “Of course!” she said — Breese was invited to the meeting through the American Federation of Teachers union. She sits on the executive board of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Local 3, she said, and is known in her area for being politically engaged.

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Treasury unveils proposed legislation to seize companies. Morris: This is a plan to nationalize the banks.

Posted by iusbvision on March 28, 2009

We covered this story previously in detail HERE  and Ed Morrissey at Hotair.com had commented on the story HERE. Now Geithner has wheeled out his proposed legislation to seize companies. Below is the link:

http://www.ustreas.gov/press/releases/tg70.htm

The potential for abuse in this plan is off the scale. Not to mention the constitutional problems with seizing that may come with it. This is corporatism pretty straight forward. Can anyone imagine government NOT abusing this power if they get it? After viewing this plan can anyone dare say that this is NOT socialism? All of you who made fun of John McCain for saying that Obama is a socialist should be swallowing their words now as this plan demonstrates it beyond reasonable doubt.

Former Clinton Advisor Dick Morris says Obama is trying to get control of the banks. “This is a well thought out plan for bank nationalization”.

Businesses will flee the country even faster if this is passed and we have already seen how policies like this undermine investor confidence and resulted in the crippling of economic growth in socialist Europe.

For more, we covered this story in greater detail HERE.

UPDATE: Judge Napolitano with Sheppard Smith. “They are trying to micromanage the economy…” 

Update II – Dick Morris explains how this plan will lead to the nationalization of the banks –

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GOP Conference Releases Booklet Outlining Recovery Plan

Posted by iusbvision on March 28, 2009

http://www.gop.gov/solutions/budget/road-to-recovery-final

That is the link. It goes to an 18 page booklet in PDF format. It is a brief outline of their recovery plan.

Our take: great work guys, now whay can’t you behave this way when you are the majority?

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Rep. Armey: Obama scares me with his inability to comprehend the world

Posted by iusbvision on March 28, 2009

A great deal of academics live in a world of theory where reality does not often penetrate. This writer has often compared Obama’s thinking to that of a far left academic. His policies reflect politically motivated economic theories that stay in academia for a reason. Theories that are are not practiced by serious governments. It is nice to see that others are taking notice.

Representative Armey:

He thinks that he is going to health care less expensive by expanding federal management of health care? His objectives may be laudable but his appreciation in the world in which he lives is diminimous. He just doesn’t understand the world in which he is living and it is really frightening to me. For the first time I have a president who scares me with his inability to comprehend the world in which he lives.

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Government to dictate what color car you can buy. Ok is government too big yet?

Posted by iusbvision on March 28, 2009

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Rahm Emanuel recieved $320,000 from Freddie Mac before it went under. – ABC, CBS, NBC refuse to cover the story!

Posted by iusbvision on March 28, 2009

Rahm Emanuel is President Obama’s Chief of Staff. Freddie Mac was one of the biggest players that caused the economic collapse. Should Rahm Emanuel pay back this money just as failed CEO’s have been asked to give back?

Only the Chicago Tribune and Fox featured this story prominently. A search of ABC, CBS and NBC‘s web site shows nothing on this story and those links go to the screen shots.

Chigaco Tribune:

Rahm Emanuel’s profitable stint at mortgage giant

Short Freddie Mac stay made him at least $320,000

By Bob Secter and Andrew Zajac | Tribune reporters
3:18 PM CDT, March 26, 2009

Before its portfolio of bad loans helped trigger the current housing crisis, mortgage giant Freddie Mac was the focus of a major accounting scandal that led to a management shake-up, huge fines and scalding condemnation of passive directors by a top federal regulator.

One of those allegedly asleep-at-the-switch board members was Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel-now chief of staff to President Barack Obama-who made at least $320,000 for a 14-month stint at Freddie Mac that required little effort.

As gatekeeper to Obama, Emanuel now plays a critical role in addressing the nation’s mortgage woes and fulfilling the administration’s pledge to impose responsibility on the financial world.

He was named to the Freddie Mac board in February 2000 by Clinton, whom Emanuel had served as White House political director and vocal defender during the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals.

[snip]

The board met no more than six times a year. Unlike most fellow directors, Emanuel was not assigned to any of the board’s working committees, according to company proxy statements. Immediately upon joining the board, Emanuel and other new directors qualified for $380,000 in stock and options plus a $20,000 annual fee, records indicate.
Many of those same risky investment practices tied to the accounting scandal eventually brought the firm to the brink of insolvency and led to its seizure last year by the Bush administration, which pledged to inject up to $100 billion in new capital to keep the firm afloat. The Obama administration has doubled that commitment.

On Emanuel’s watch, the board was told by executives of a plan to use accounting tricks to mislead shareholders about outsize profits the government-chartered firm was then reaping from risky investments. The goal was to push earnings onto the books in future years, ensuring that Freddie Mac would appear profitable on paper for years to come and helping maximize annual bonuses for company brass.

The accounting scandal wasn’t the only one that brewed during Emanuel’s tenure.

During his brief time on the board, the company hatched a plan to enhance its political muscle. That scheme, also reviewed by the board, led to a record $3.8 million fine from the Federal Election Commission for illegally using corporate resources to host fundraisers for politicians. Emanuel was the beneficiary of one of those parties after he left the board and ran in 2002 for a seat in Congress from the North Side of Chicago.

The board was throttled for its acquiescence to the accounting manipulation in a 2003 report by Armando Falcon Jr., head of a federal oversight agency for Freddie Mac. The scandal forced Freddie Mac to restate $5 billion in earnings and pay $585 million in fines and legal settlements. It also foreshadowed even harder times at the firm.

Freddie Mac reported recently that it lost $50 billion in 2008. It so far has tapped $14 billion of the government’s guarantee and said it soon will need an additional $30 billion to keep operating.

Like its larger government-chartered cousin Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac was created by Congress to promote home ownership, though both are private corporations with shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The two firms hold stakes in half the nation’s residential mortgages.

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