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Hate, Intolerance and Stupidity at Stewart/Colbert “Sanity” Rally.

Posted by iusbvision on October 30, 2010

Republicans as Hitler signs, signs that say “I Masturbate to Christine O’Donnell” etc etc… but my favorites were the “Gravity is just a theory – like Evolution” signs. Many signs of a juvenile sexual nature were seen.

Umm hey pinheads who have never read a science book – it’s called the “Universal LAW of Gravitation” for a reason…

Of course we don’t have anything against Stewart or Colbert, but wow many of the people who showed up were priceless. Stewart ended the event with a message of tolerance that we found to be quite refreshing, but it seemed to fall on deaf ears by many in the crowd.

UPDATE I - Steven Crowder attacked at John Stewart “Sanity Rally” –

 

 

Reason TV had a little fun as well: 

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Gov. Christie: I stopped Democrats from giving away hundreds of millions dollars in the days before I took office.

Posted by iusbvision on October 30, 2010

Gov. Christie speaks to Indiana Republican Party October 30, 2010

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Gov Christie: I am not going to write a blank check

Posted by iusbvision on October 30, 2010

More awesomeness from Governor Chris Christie from New Jersey.

A person in the crowd tosses up the typical “invest with bloated government spending” talking point and Gov. Christie talks to her like she is an adult and knocks it out of the park.

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It is time for black voters to come home!

Posted by iusbvision on October 30, 2010

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Video: “It is all a lie”

Posted by iusbvision on October 30, 2010

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CNN Interview: Muslim Cleric Describes Violent Islamic Vision

Posted by iusbvision on October 30, 2010

I actually appreciate this Imam’s honesty. He makes it very clear that Muslims tell English speaking press one thing and do another. This type of deception has a title in Islam called Taqiyya:

Taqiyya is the Islamic practice of precautionary dissimulation whereby believers may conceal their Muslim faith when under threat, persecution or compulsion.[1] The term taqiyya (تقیه) (pronounced as tagiyeh by speakers of Iranian Persian; alternate spelling taqiya) is derived from the Arabic triliteral root waw-qaf-ya, denoting “piety, devotion, uprightness, and godliness, and it means the brightest star”,[2].

The practice of concealing one’s faith in dangerous circumstances originates in the Qur’an itself, which deems blameless those who disguise their beliefs in such cases [3]. The practice of taqiyya in difficult circumstances is considered legitimate by Muslims of various persuasions.

  1. ^ “Taqiyah”. Oxford Dictionary of Islam. John L. Esposito, Ed. Oxford University Press. 2003. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed 9 June 2006.
  2. ^ Lewisohn, L. “Taḳwā (a.).” Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Edited by: P. Bearman; , Th. Bianquis; , C.E. Bosworth; , E. van Donzel; and W.P. Heinrichs. Brill, 2010. Brill Online. University of Toronto. 13 July 2010 <http://www.brillonline.nl.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/subscriber/entry?entry=islam_COM-1457>
  3. ^ Qur’an 16:106

Former PLO Leader Yassir Arafat used the same tactic regularly. When he spoke in English it was all about peace, love and diplomacy. When he spoke in Arabic it was kill the Jews, kill the infidels, push them into the sea and destroy the west. The Hadith tells us how Mohammad often used deception as a tactic. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) uses this exact same tactic. Several CAIR members and leaders have been arrested for terror support and CAIR’s leader Ibrahim Hooper tries to hard to sound “loving and peaceful” yet he told Michael Medved on the air that he wants the Constitution of the United States replaced with Sharia law. Lebanon used to be a democratic Christian nation.  When Muslims started moving in they talked of peace and love and tolerance. They used the West’s own values against them. When they were entrenched with enough numbers to wield enough political power the persecution and killings of the Christians began. Now Lebanon is an Iranian satellite state.

Listen to the Imam very carefully in the video as he quickly describes this process.

Via The Blaze:

During an appearance on CNN’s Parker/Spitzer, Radical Muslim cleric Imam Anjem Choudary revealed a few unsettling details of Islamic extremists’ worldview, including the role of “moderate” Muslims in spreading Sharia law around the globe.  Choudary says that spreading Sharia law is a “noble” goal as it represents a “superior way of life” compared to the “shackles of man-made law.”

According to Choudary, violent terrorist attacks are a “peaceful” warning to countries like the United States and Israel, whom he claims are occupying Muslim lands. He also admits to encouraging Muslims in the United States to carry out these kinds of attacks:

Spitzer: Are you communicating with individuals in the United States and encouraging them to participate in attacks of this sort?

Choudary: Of course I am.  I am participating in communication with people all around the world.  As you know, the internet makes the world a very small place. … My invitation is a peaceful one to people to embrace Islam, and to warn them of the consequences of occupying Muslim land.  I think that’s a very decent thing…

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Palin Blasts Lisa Murkowski for Using Special Interest Financed Lawyers to Intimidate Radio Station Into Silence

Posted by iusbvision on October 30, 2010

Lisa Murkowski is evil. Only a truly evil person would abuse our legal system like this. I suspect that the recoil from this evil act can hurt Murkowski.

Sarah Palin:

Lisa, are you going to shut down my Facebook page for writing this?

Yesterday, Lisa Murkowski’s hired guns threatened radio host Dan Fagan, and more importantly, the station that airs Fagan’s show, with legal action for allegedly illegal “electioneering.” The station, unlike Murkowski, who is flush with millions of dollars from vested corporate interests, does not have a budget for a legal defense. So it did what any small market station would do when threatened by Beltway lawyers charging $500 to $1000 an hour – they pulled Dan Fagan off the air.

Does all this sound heavy handed? It is. It is an interference with Dan Fagan’s constitutional right to free speech. It is also a shocking indictment against Lisa Murkowski. How low will she go to hold onto power? First, she gets the Division of Elections to change its write-in process – a process that Judge Pfiffner correctly determined had been in place without change for 50 years. She is accepting financial support from federal contractors, an act that is highly questionable and now pending before the FEC. And today, she played her last card. She made it clear that if you disagree with her and encourage others to exercise their civic rights, she’ll take you off the air.

The concept of “electioneering” involves several issues, but typically refers to campaigning at the polls, which is appropriately banned. Under federal law, it can also mean paying for advertising on broadcast media during a federal election cycle, and it requires disclosures if done by groups and corporations. Fagan used satire to mock Murkowski’s write-in efforts and encouraged Alaskans to run as write-in candidates. That is not illegal. That is free speech.

Individuals like Dan Fagan have a fundamental right to speak their minds without threats from the incumbent Senator from Alaska. It is hard to find a constitutional right Americans cherish more than the right to free speech. This was a right Joe Miller, as a decorated combat veteran – a tank commander tested in battle, was willing to die to defend. Dan Fagan has not always agreed with me, but I will gladly defend his right to speak freely on his radio show, which he has often used to criticize me. In fact, Fagan has actually used his radio show to attack and insult me, my husband, my children, and my family in just about every way possible. He was especially insulting to my son, who left for a war zone to defend Fagan’s right to attack our family. But when I was his governor, I never would have dreamed of threatening his right to free speech. I support him in this fight because this D.C. Beltway thuggery, as exemplified by Lisa Murkowski’s latest threat, is ruining our country. The powers that be want ordinary Americans to sit down and shut up and let the ruling class ride us right off the debt cliff we’re heading towards with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid steering the nation’s car. We can’t let them. Now is the time to put aside our past differences and stand up to the establishment powers.

This whole episode confirms again why we need to elect Joe Miller. Lisa, you can sue me if you want (you won’t be the first). But I will not be intimidated from speaking my mind. Your intimidation just empowered us liberty-loving Alaskans. Are you really that out of touch?

- Sarah Palin

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Early Voting Vote Fraud Roundup!

Posted by iusbvision on October 29, 2010

Many states including Indiana have early voting for those who will be out of town, working elections etc. Already the cheating is well underway…

UPDATE IMedia Matters Lies About Vote Fraud Reporting – Obama Justice Department Talks Tough While Encouraging Fraud

 

[Editor's Note - Special thanks to Olga Mancuso for her valuable research assistance.]

Democrats Arrested for Vote Fraud in Florida Via RWB News:

RWB News Editorial Special Comment: Yes, they are Democrats, but you would not know this by reading the article [below from the Orlando Sentinel]. For some reason the media does not want the public to know about what party is doing the cheating.

From the Orlandosentinel

Daytona Beach City Commissioner Derrick Henry and his campaign manager were arrested this morning and charged with absentee ballot fraud, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.

Henry, 41, is charged with two counts of absentee ballots and voting violations, nine counts of being a principal to absentee ballots and voting violations and one count of conspiracy to commit absentee ballots and voting violations.

Genesis Robinson, 21, is accused of 11 counts of being a principal to absentee ballots and voting violations and one count of conspiracy to commit absentee ballots and voting violations.

All of the charges are third-degree felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

They will be taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail with bail set at $6,000 each, Sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson said.

Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall reported irregularities in absentee-ballot requests coming into her office Aug. 11, Davidson said. McFall brought her concerns to the Sheriff’s Office, which launched a joint investigation with the State Attorney’s Office, Davidson said.

That investigation showed Henry and Robinson devised a strategy to boost Henry’s re-election bid by obtaining absentee ballots for numerous people, most of whom never requested the ballots, Davidson said.

By law, residents are only allowed to request absentee ballots for themselves, immediate family members or for someone for whom they’re acting as legal guardian, he said.

McFall filed the complaint after her office received a large number of requests for absentee ballots that were all initiated from the same e-mail address, Davidson said. Based on the e-mail address, it appeared that the requests came from someone with an interest in the Daytona Beach City Commission Zone 5 race, he said.

Henry, the Zone 5 incumbent who was locked in a three-way primary, was re-elected on Aug. 24.

Washington Examiner: Nevada voting machines automatically checking Harry Reid’s name; voting machine technicians are SEIU members

By: Mark Hemingway
Commentary Staff Writer
10/26/10 6:12 PM EDT

Clark County is where three quarters of Nevada’s residents and live and where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s son Rory is a county commissioner. Rory is also a Democratic candidate for governor.

Since early voting started, there have been credible reports that voting machines in Clark County, Nevada are automatically checking Harry Reid’s name on the ballot:

Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid’s name was already checked.

Ferrara said she wasn’t alone in her voting experience. She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.

“Something’s not right,” Ferrara said. “One person that’s a fluke. Two, that’s strange. But several within a five minute period of time — that’s wrong.”

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud, although the issues do come up because the touch-screens are sensitive. For that reason, a person may not want to have their fingers linger too long on the screen after they make a selection at any time.

Now there’s absolutely no independently verified evidence of chicanery with the voting machines (yet), but it is worth noting that the voting machine technicians in Clark County are members of the Service Employees International Union. The SEIU spent $63 million in elections in 2008 and is planning on spending $44 million more this election cycle — nearly all of that on Democrats. White House political director Patrick Gaspard is formerly the SEIU’s top lobbyist, and former SEIU president Andy Stern was the most frequent visitor to the White House last year.

Just in Nevada, the SEIU has given a lot to groups that are heavily vested in the state — in just one prominent example, the SEIU gave $500,000 to the Patriot Majority PAC, which has spent $1.3 million against Reid’s opponent Sharron Angle. They’ve and have dropped large sums directly on candidates:

NV-3 Joe Heck (R) Oppose $140,000.00
NV-3 Dina Titus (D) Support $344,984.00
NV-Senate Sharron E. Angle (R) Oppose $225,000.00

Now the county voting technicians aren’t unique here — many of Clark County’s employees are also represented by the SEIU. But it is worth mentioning, the SEIU is hyperpoliticized and has seen its fair share of corruption. (It certainly seems more questionable than Diebold, the voting machine manufacturer with Republican ties that was at the center of many conspiracy theories on the left during the Bush administration.)

Fox News report on Nevada and their report on 500 voters in Pennsylvania which had absentee ballots fraudulently submitted in their name by someone else

Bucks County Courier Times: Residents cry foul over ballots (near Philadelphia) -

Voter Registration Director Deena Dean said her staff had rejected more than 600 defective absentee ballot applications as of Friday. Although the voter registration office continued to accept applications until the close of business Tuesday, Dean was unable to provide an updated total.

The petition focused foremost on a series of letters voters in Bucks County began receiving some time after Labor Day. On letterhead of the fictitious Pennsylvania Voter Assistance Office, the mailings warned recipients that their right to participate in the Nov. 2 election might be in jeopardy if they failed to respond.

The letters are signed by Frank S. Schultz, a Levittown resident who contributed $2,750 to Murphy’s 2008 campaign, according to Federal Election Commission records.

The letters included an absentee ballot application and a postage-paid envelope addressed to post office box 2172 at the Bristol Borough post office on Beaver Street. The petition includes a photo in which the note containing Persico’s name is visible through the window of the post office box.

“The bogus letter seeks to trick voters into needlessly registering for absentee ballots and then, for reasons unknown, causes them to send those ballots to a post office box apparently controlled by the Democratic candidate for Congress,” the petition says.

Colorado, Arizona and Texas Vote Fraud Attempts by Democrats. Washington State Democrats using illegal aliens as campaign workers:

Democrats Use Thug Tactics Against Poll Watchers – Justice Department Whistle Blower J. Christian Adams:

Now in 2010, we have a pretty good idea what Mr. Bull meant. Because in Houston, poll watchers for a group dedicated to election integrity called ‘True the Vote’ are being harassed because of what they are seeing inside the polls. And it might come as a surprise who is doing the harassing.

Not only are street operatives harassing True the Vote poll watchers, but Representative Shelia Jackson Lee and her confederates are urging law enforcement personnel to crack down – but on the poll watchers!

Lee’s thug tactics are doomed to backfire. The notion of connected elected officials prodding law enforcers to threaten law abiding citizens is an affront to decency. It is the sort of behavior which citizens around the country, in places like Wheeling, Allentown and Highland Park find particularly outrageous.

True the Vote is a group of citizen volunteers, often old ladies or stay at home moms. I should disclose they are also a client of mine. They are dedicated to exercising rights under Texas law to stand watch and record illegal activity in the polling place.

To some, this constitutes intimidation. To the rest of America, this is called public service.

They have recorded dozens and dozens of instances of voters being asked by election officials, “do you want to vote a straight party Democratic ticket?”

These old ladies have been harassed inside the polls by street ruffians as well as sharply dressed ruffian lawyers who told them, “you’ll soon learn what intimidation really means.”

And in each instance, these citizens observers stood their ground – and took names.

Others have complained, “we never had people in here writing things down!” The outrage of it all! Not since Thomas Paine has pen and pad unsettled so many.

During early voting, reports were that one of the old ladies stood too close to a voter, or “hovered.” Whether true or not, this was enough to trigger a Department of Justice investigation, and the outrage of Shelia Jackson Lee.

Never mind that Lee was later videotaped breaking Texas law by engaging voters within a prohibited zone. As we learned in the New Black Panther case, sometimes laws only flow in one direction.

And by the way, the New Black Panther party has announced they will be stationed at the polls again, this time in . . . Houston.

Poll Watcher Testimony from the Advancing Liberty Project from the Liberty Institute:

North Carolina – The News Observer:

RALEIGH — The chairman of the N.C. Republican Party alleged Thursday that a programming flaw with touchscreen voting machines used for early voting in 36 counties is causing votes intended for GOP candidates to be counted for Democrats.

Tom Fetzer, the Republican chairman, said that if the State Board of Elections does not enact a list of demands intended to remedy the problem by the end of today, the party’s lawyers will be in federal court Friday morning seeking a statewide injunction.

Affected counties include some of the state’s largest, such as Mecklenburg and Guilford.

“We cannot have an election where voters in counties where the machines are used have less confidence that their votes are being accurately counted than in counties where optical scan ballots are used,” Fetzer said. “It’s an incompetent situation at the State Board of Elections. We believe that they knew of problems with the calibration of these machines up to two months ago.”

Johnnie McLean, deputy director of the state elections board, said Thursday that her office has received no widespread reports of problems.

“In every election we will have scattered reports of machines where the screens need to be recalibrated,” McLean said. “That sort of comes with the territory with touch-screen technology.”

Fetzer said the GOP is compiling written statements from voters who said they tried to vote a straight-ticket Republican ballot, only to see their votes tallied on a final review screen as being casts for Democrats. He said the problem appears to occur when the touch screen is unsure of the voter’s selection, after which it is programmed to record the vote to the first candidate listed in the race. Democrats are listed before Republicans on the electronic ballots and therefore get the vote.

The machines in question are manufactured by ES&S and programmed and maintained under a statewide franchise by Printelect, a company based in New Bern.

Printelect was recently at the center of questions about high prices charged for paper ballots and sizable donations paid by the company’s owner, Owen Andrews, to high-ranking Democrats that include Gov. Bev Perdue, who appoints the elections board. Andrews has also enjoyed a close relationship with top election officials, for which he provided catered parties and cruses on his 40-foot fishing boat.

Department of Justice Voter section states it has no intention of enforcing vote list maintenance laws. Welcome to Chicago…

Via RedState:

There are 116,000 dead eligible voters in Massachusetts.  And in Florida, one major newspaper recently investigated and reported that almost 15,000 dead Floridians are still hanging around on the election rolls – just six weeks before one of the most vicious and important election cycles in our history.  Can it be the sun?  Most States have similar statistics.  Every two years, states must report to the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) information about the integrity and accuracy of their voter rolls.  The latest report is not good news for our democracy – or our international reputation. South Dakota, Texas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Indiana report in excess of a dozen counties with more registered voters than breathing human beings old enough to vote.  West Virginia, Maryland, Iowa and North Carolina also reported having eligible deceased voters on their rolls.  The list goes on and on.  And so does the real risk that these voters will have illegal votes registered in their names.  Close races, like the Franken/Coleman race in Minnesota can be decided on just a handful of votes.  We may have to go to purple thumbprints at this rate.  Hugo Chavez must be howling at this American disgrace.

Democrats seem to be suspiciously inept at cleaning out the rolls.  The Ohio Secretary of State is not at all anxious about the fact that nearly 5,800 departed Ohioans are still registered to vote.  A partisan Democrat, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is more concerned about the living – Spanish speaking only voters.  She has cooperated with the Department of Justice to force Cuyahoga County to spend $500,000 on bilingual ballots to accommodate about 6,000 non-English speakers.

In November, 2009 political appointee Julie Fernandes reportedly told the entire assembled Department of Justice Voting Section that the Obama Administration would not enforce the list maintenance legal requirements of Section 8 of the  National Voter Registration Act.  Fernandes reportedly said, “we do not have any interest in enforcing that part of the law.”

Fifteen Missouri Counties Have More Voters Than Population Via Pam Geller:

Fifteen Missouri counties have more voters than census population Missouri Watchdog

Missouri has about 90.3 percent of its census voting-age population registered to vote, but 15 counties show more registered voters than people 18 and older.

Missouri counties with more than 100 percent voter registration (in red)

Map: Missouri counties with more than 100 percent voter registration (in red)

These results use the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Missouri Secretary of State, but 12 of these counties also had more than 100 percent registration in 2008.

These numbers may be high but are an improvement after a federal lawsuit in 2005 found 37 Missouri election jurisdictions had more voters than voting age population.

Obama Administration Gives Illinois Pass on MOVE Act – Illinois than fails to send out overseas military ballots in time, BUT ballots were hand delivered to jail inmates!:

MOVE is the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) act. Nine states failed to get this done while the Dept. of Justice yawns. The military is being disenfranchised from the election. This is an old tactic used by Democrats as Al Gore’s lawyers convinced a Democrat appointed federal judge to agree to toss out all military ballots in Florida in 2001.


Fox News:

Military voters from the land of Lincoln could be shut out of the midterm election after the Justice Department reached an agreement with Illinois that gave the state “a pass” for violating federal election law, an advocacy group warned Monday.

The Justice Department hammered out the court agreement Friday addressing the failure of 35 Illinois counties to send military and overseas absentee ballots 45 days before the election — a requirement of the MOVE Act. The agreement gave voters from six of those counties a few extra days to send back their ballots but did not specifically address the other 29 counties.

Eric Eversole, a former Justice voting section attorney who runs the nonprofit Military Voter Protection Project, told FoxNews.com the deal effectively lets wayward Illinois election officials off the hook and does little to ensure the state’s military voters get their ballots in time.

Texas: Former SEIU Member Registers 23,207 Fraudulent Voters:

Former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) member Steve Caddle of Houston, Texas has been caught registering 23,207 fake voters in Harris County alone due to the hard detective work of Catherine Engelbrecht and her “True the Vote” project.This is one of the best examples of what good citizen activism inspired by Tea Party principles can do for their community.

Catherine Engelbrecht was sick and tired of the vote fraud perpetrated by unions and Democrats and set out to expose it herself. Along with many friends who donated their time, computers, and sweat, they’ve uncovered thousands upon thousands of illegal Democrat “voters” in Texas.

North Carolina Sun Journal (Craven County):

A Craven County voter says he had a near miss at the polls on Thursday when an electronic voting machine completed his straight-party ticket for the opposite of what he intended.

Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He cleared the screen and tried again with the same result, he said. Then he asked for and received help from election staff.

“They pushed it twice and the same thing happened,” Laughinghouse said. “That was four times in a row. The fifth time they pushed it and the Republicans came up and I voted.”

M. Ray Wood, Craven County Board of elections chairman, issued a written statement saying that the elections board is aware of isolated issues and that in each case the voter was able to cast his or her ballot as desired.

Ninth Circuit Judges Interfere with Arizona Election: Rules that you don’t need to show citizenship to register to vote!

Here the 9th Circuit overturned its own precedent just days before the election in order to influence the election. Of course it is ridiculous to not have to show citizenship in order to vote. The 9th is basically saying that since there is a federal election law the Supremacy Clause will not allow states to have their own election laws. Article III Section 4 gives the states jurisdiction in election law so long as they do not violate the Amendments allowing women to vote or discriminate by race:

“The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations”
Congress never indicated that the federal election law standards are designed to replace state law when it comes to legal qualifications to vote. The Supreme Court IS going to reverse this decision and Arizona is already asking the full 9th Circuit (and likely the Supreme as well) to overturn this 9th Circuit mini-panel ruling.

Arizona Daily Star:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Arizona’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote.

The split decision by a three-judge panel determined that the requirement to show proof of citizenship — passed by voters in 2004 — is not consistent with the National Voter Registration Act.

Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, temporarily sitting by designation, and Circuit Judge Sandra Ikuta, with chief judge Alex Kozinski dissenting, said Prop. 200 creates an additional hurdle, while the national act is intended to reduce “state-imposed obstacles” to registration.

The majority noted that Congress was well aware of the problem of voter fraud when it passed the voter act, and built in sufficient protections, including applying perjury penalties to applicants who lie about their eligibility.

New Jersey Teacher Association Union boss caught on hidden camera talking vote fraud

Michelle Malkin – Voter Fraud Watch Page – Updates from Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Arizona, Florida, New York, Ohio, and Texas.

Big Government: Boxer campaign caught soliciting teachers to get student to work her campaign for class credit:

Stay with me here: The Boxer campaign has acknowledged that the letter we posted earlier on Boxer campaign letterhead soliciting teachers to recruit student volunteers is authentic… but they weren’t really soliciting teachers to recruit student volunteers… but they are still sorry. Prepare to have your intelligence insulted by Boxer campaign manager Rose Kapolczynski:

Because some local social studies teachers encourage students to volunteer, Boxer campaign volunteer coordinators notified a handful of schools near the campaign headquarters that the campaign was accepting volunteers. The letter did not ask teachers to solicit students to work on the campaign or to use school facilities, supplies or equipment for political purposes. The sole intent of the letter was to provide interested students with information about a volunteer opportunity. However, the letter, which was written by a volunteer and reviewed by a junior staffer, was inappropriate and we apologize. The author of the letter has been counseled and campaign coordinators will no longer conduct outreach to public schools.”

I acknowledge there’s an amount of wordplay, an amount of posturing done in a campaign, particularly when we get down to the wire in a tight race, but the hubris in this response is overwhelming, if not impressive.  The aforementioned letter begins, “As you may know, Senator Boxer is facing her toughest race yet.  With only 19 days left until election day, it’s now or never.” Later on it’s suggested that teachers can award extra credit to students who work on the Boxer campaign. Yet, according to the Boxer crew…

The letter did not ask teachers to solicit students to work on the campaign or to use school facilities, supplies or equipment for political purposes…

But of course this is a big fat lie – here is the letter read for yourself, click to enlarge:

Boxer Letter

High school aged relatives of mine have given me detailed descriptions of local high school teachers politicking in class. I know who you are and don’t be surprised if your name and picture appear in my upcoming book.

This was not the only case of using schools for illegal politicking –

OHIO:  School Buses Students to Vote, Gives Them Democrat-Only Sample Ballot

Thomas Brinkman, a Republican candidate for county auditor, and a group called the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending & Taxes filed a legal complaint after three van loads of students from Hughes High School were bused on Oct. 13 to the Hamilton County Board of Elections. The students, all registered voters, were given sample ballots that listed only Democratic candidates — “clearly with the intention of instructing [them] how to vote,” according to the complaint — before they cast their ballots.

Then the kids were then taken for free ice cream, a move Brinkman and the coalition said was tantamount to “bribery.”

Brinkman’s attorney, Chris Finney, said a teacher at the high school coordinated with Gwen Robinson, a former principal within the district, to allow a local church to provide three vans to transport the students to a local polling location.

“We wanted to stop this activity, to stop the buses from rolling and the one-sided nature of the contact,” Finney told FoxNews.com. “We want academic freedom.”

On Wednesday, attorneys for the school district and Brinkman filed an agreed order that calls for the district to “not use any personnel or property” for advocating any particular political candidate or party.

We want these kids exposed to the full range of ideas, and this order from the judge requires that,” Finney said.

He isn’t convinced, however, that the busing is limited to Cincinnati.

“We suspect this activity is going on throughout the state of Ohio,” said Finney, who was unable to provide additional details. “And it just needs to stop.”

Winston-Salem Journal:

Some 6,400 staffers and students at Winston-Salem State University received e-mail exhortations Monday to take advantage of early voting and help the Democratic Party, setting off local Republicans.

After a complaint by Nathan Tabor, the chairman of the Forsyth County GOP, university officials acknowledged that the e-mail — sent from the student-affairs division — was improper.

The university cited a state law that prohibits the use of a state employee’s authority or state property to support or oppose a person or an issue in any election.

“We regret it,” said Nancy Young, the director of public relations at WSSU. “We sent out a retraction and said to disregard the earlier e-mail.”

That wasn’t the end of it, though. Yesterday, the university sent out what Tabor called an “equal time” e-mail inviting all the same recipients to work for Republicans during early voting.

That message was to be retracted by the university last night once it had been out six hours — the same amount of time the Democrat message was out before being retracted.

Tabor said he’s upset that he had to call the university and complain.

“That is a tax-funded school,” Tabor said, calling the original e-mail “highly illegal and unethical.”

mmm

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Do you borrow 37 cents of every dollar you spend? Hopefully not, but the federal government does!

Posted by iusbvision on October 29, 2010

Heritage Foundation:

Earlier this month, the Obama administration reported that the federal deficit hit a near-record $1.3 trillion for fiscal year 2010. That means the government had to borrow 37 cents out of every dollar it spent. If Congress continues existing taxing and spending policies, federal deficits will reach a projected $2 trillion deficit in just 10 years. America cannot survive such sustained deficits, and Americans know it. According to a poll conducted last week by The Hill, 52% of independent voters surveyed cited debt reduction as a priority, compared with only 39 percent who said additional federal spending to create jobs is more important.

Our nation’s deficits are, in reality, a spending problem. Even if the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts are made permanent, revenues are set to return to their post-World War II average of 18% by 2020. Spending, on the other hand, continues to explode. After averaging 20% since World War II, federal spending is set to soar to 26% of the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020. If Congress is to have any chance of cutting the deficit, spending must be cut. But how?

The lion’s share of spending growth is due to the big three entitlement programs: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Heritage has Solutions for each of these programs including: 1) transforming Social Security into a real insurance program that offers a safety net for poorer retirees; 2) transforming Medicare into a defined contribution system that would be capped and reviewed periodically; and 3) changing Medicaid from a open-ended entitlement into an insurance-based model of private coverage. But these are all long-term reforms that will take time to implement. What can the next Congress do as soon as they take office to prove to the American people that they are serious about cutting spending?

The Heritage Foundation’s Brian Riedl has identified $343 billion in spending cuts that can be made for the fiscal year 2012 budget. You can see a table of all the cuts here. The bulk of the cuts fall into six areas:

  • Empowering state and local governments. Congress should focus the federal government on performing a few duties well and allow the state and local governments, which are closer to the people, to creatively address local needs in areas such as transportation, justice, job training and economic development.
  • Consolidating duplicative programs. Past Congresses have repeatedly piled duplicative programs on top of preexisting programs, increasing administrative costs and creating a bureaucratic maze that confuses people seeking assistance.
  • Privatization. Many current government functions could be performed more efficiently by the private sector.
  • Targeting programs more precisely. Corporate welfare programs benefit those who do not need assistance in the American free enterprise system. Other programs often fail to enforce their own eligibility requirements.
  • Eliminating outdated and ineffective programs. Congress often allows the federal government to run the same programs for decades, despite many studies showing their ineffectiveness.
  • Eliminating waste, fraud and abuse. Taxpayers will never trust the federal government to reform major entitlements if they believe that the savings will go toward “bridges to nowhere,” vacant government buildings and Grateful Dead archives.

$343 billion in spending cuts will not balance our nation’s $1.3 trillion budget deficit. But it would be great start to permanently shrinking the size and power of the federal government.

Our thoughts:

Entitlement programs are hard to cut but we can limit the growth of these programs to a level that is more sustainable. We need to reinstate the Clinton/Gingrich welfare reform package that Obama reversed with the stimulus package. We need to have public assistance programs that have the right incentives for training, education and least some work; as it stands now if a welfare recipient finds a part-time job or at least something they are punished with loss of Medicare or other punitive measures. The point should be to help ease people off public assistance, not lock them in dependency. The Indiana HIP program instituted by Governor Mitch Daniels (which was nuked by ObamaCare)  is a fine example of a state run health program with smart incentives that save money.

We need policies that grow the economy and lure jobs back from overseas. We have lost 42, 400 factories since 2001. That is a great deal of lost tax revenue. Wealth goes where it is treated well and wealth is not treated well here due to government policy.  Face it, our private sector cannot support a government that costs $3 Trillion a year and remain competitive.

We need a tax code that is not 67,000 pages and costs billions to attempt to comply with which results in companies like Google paying 2.4% federal income tax while President Obama lavishes praise upon them while at the same time he attacks the Chamber of Commerce.

We need to review every government program, said programs have to justify their expense. Are they doing a better and more efficient job than if the money were just returned to the tax payer or the states or retiring the deficit? The bureaucracy is now so big it is becoming ungovernable.  We need to ban public sector unions, aside from the obvious conflict of interest these unions have when it comes to government largess, federal government employees make between 30% to 300% more than their private sector counterparts.

Earmark spending must go, while earmarks are not the largest expenditure, it is the earmark process that is used to reward clients and lobbyists and they in turn kick money back to incumbents.

We also need to stop trashing our currency which is causing prices to go up fast over the last 2 years.

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ABC News – Democratic Closing Argument: Personal Attacks

Posted by iusbvision on October 29, 2010

ABC News Jonathan Karl:

It’s not just the Aqua Buddha and David Vitter’s prostitute, Democratic candidates across the country are closing out the campaign with personal attacks on Republican candidates, sometimes digging up decades-old legal problems.

In one typical example, Democratic ads have transformed Kentucky Republican House candidate Andy Barr into “a convicted criminal” — complete with images yellow police tape and fuzzy video of crime scenes. Not mentioned is his crime: As a college student 19 years ago, he was caught using a fake ID during spring break.

As you watch this year’s ads — and I’ve been watching all too many lately — you’ll notice a striking difference between Democratic and Republican attack ads: Democrats are attacking over personal issues, Republicans are attacking over policy.

Related -

Democrats Outspend Republicans in 2010 – STUDY: Dems Launching More Personal Attacks

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Video: Who did that? Donnelly did…

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

Remember this -

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac paying $210 million in bonuses with your money and no outrage why…..

And this….

GOP Leader John Boehner Goes Nuclear when he finds out that language was illegally inserted into the bill giving the AIG execs big bonuses with YOUR money. You see they were big contributors to Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT). Donnelly voted for this nonsense…  

GOP Leader John Boehner again: Here we are with an 1,100 pages that not one member has read this not one! When happened to the promise that we were going to let the American people see what was in this bill?!

Don’t believe Boehner? Well here is Shep Smith – You absolutely want to see this video –


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November 2nd is a Generational Choice.

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

[This post is stickied to the top of the page. Please scroll down to see the latest posts!]

This is what is at stake. Kudos to Marco Rubio, he gets it too, just like Jackie.

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David Zucker Blasts Elite Leftist Pinhead Senator Barbara Boxer

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

David Zucker is the creative genius behind the AIRPLANE films and other comedies.

Senator Boxer actually did this to one of our heroes in uniform who dared to call her ma’am.

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Debt Has Increased $5 Trillion Since Speaker Pelosi Vowed, ‘No New Deficit Spending’

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

CNS News:

When Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave her inaugural address as speaker of the House in 2007, she vowed there would be “no new deficit spending.” Since that day, the national debt has increased by $5 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

“After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: Pay as you go, no new deficit spending,” Pelosi said in her speech from the speaker’s podium. “Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.”

Pelosi has served as speaker in the 110th and 111th Congresses.

At the close of business on Jan. 4, 2007, Pelosi’s first day as speaker, the national debt was $8,670,596,242,973.04 (8.67 trillion), according to the Bureau of the Public Debt, a division of the U.S. Treasury Department.  At the close of business on Oct. 22, it stood at $13,667,983,325,978.31 (13.67 trillion), an increase of 4,997,387,083,005.27 (or approximately $5 trillion).

Pelosi, the 60th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has added more to the national debt than the first 57 House speakers combined.

Video:

 

Ok where is the elite media pounding this “read my lips” moment?

 

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Citizens Against Government Waste Porker of the Month: Debbie Wasserman Schultz!

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

Schultz is the most relentless liar I have ever seen in politics. She will make up a lie and stick with it come hell or high water. She will continue to try to talk over anyone who she is on the air with and will not come up for air and will filibuster till the end of the interview. That is the tactic she uses regularly.

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Elite Media Pinhead Katie Couric: It’s great to be traveling America among “the great unwashed”

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

Via Howard Kurtz:

That’s why Couric has spent recent weeks in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is touring what she calls “this great unwashed middle of the country” in an effort to divine the mood of the midterms.

 

It has been obvious for some time that the elite media feels this way, but yes indeed she actually said it.  I took a shower this morning, how about you?

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Obama to Hispanics: Punish Your Enemies

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

Devicive.

Krauthammer Obama telling Latinos to punish enemies criticize them if they don’t

 

In a radio interview that aired on Univision on Monday, Mr. Obama sought to assure Hispanics that he would push an immigration overhaul after the midterm elections, despite fierce Republican opposition. “If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”

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Apostle Claver: The party of racism is the Democrats

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

This is one stem-winder of a speech with a very straight forward point. Look at where there is Democrat Progressivism unrestrained, look at where Progressives have almost total power. What do you see? You see inner cities with failing schools, not enough wealth, 50% drop outs, high unemp0loyment, high abortion rates and kids that do graduate with a diploma that inst worth much.

Warning, if you are a far left progressive who lives in a world of theory, this video could make blood shoot right out of your eyes.

Here is another message. Do you have any idea how many black American babies have been murdered in abortion mills? Many estimates say that the number is over 40 million … think about that number for a moment… 40 million. Democrats are making money on this slaughter. What would Malcolm X, or Ghandi, or Martin Luther King, or Frederick Douglass have to say about this?  

Apostle Claver on property taxes

http://www.ragingelephants.org/

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Far Left MoveOn.org nut who was “stepped on” by a Rand Paul supporter tried to get at the candidate and reached into his vehicle…

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

Of course the “elite media” didn’t want to tell you about that or show you that part of the video.

Now we know that this nut was trying to get her hands on the candidate so the crowd and security rushed in to deal with her. The entire story from the Moveon.org nut is a fabrication. The video doesn’t lie.

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Governor Christie Gets It: “People want to be talked to like they are adults. They do not want to be pandered to.”

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

This is how to do it folks.

The people who work on the Today Show are hostile to Governor Christie’s politics, but look at how they react to him. They respect him because he speaks to them like they are adults. No tricks, no ambiguity, no language that is difficult to pin down. Think about it, don’t you like and respect people who tell you the truth regularly? Of course you do.

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Michele Bachmann shows how a good campaign commercial should be done

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

This is a very good commercial. It lets the voters see their candidate as they are as opposed to seeing their candidate in a staged dramatic scene (like the candidate wearing a construction hat, pointing at something off-screen that isn’t there and nodding). The candidate is explaining herself directly. Voters like to feel as if they have a dialog and a relationship with their Member of Congress and this ad is a good step in that direction.

Still, I would have been a tad more hard hitting with the substance and said something like, “Minnesota voters and small businesses know that our economy just can’t support a government that costs $3 Trillion dollars a year”.

Voters are paying attention to the issues more closely than before and independent swing voters have educated themselves (see Rasmussen and Gallup) to a level not seen in my memory so more substantive commercials are in order.  In some races there is too much of a tendency to get too cute by a half in the ads. This can generate recoil that can hurt a candidate, just ask Grayson in Florida.

All in all this is a great ad.

Communications pro’s know that in large part that, “The medium is the message”. People see the ads on TV and when you hear them speak they say “I am so sick of the negative TV ads” or they say “I am so sick of the ads on TV” and that is because so many TV ads are too similar in one way or another.

In this Bachmann ad the medium is not the TV or the “boob tube” it is Michele. People see the first few seconds of the ad and think, “Hey there is Michele”  and they don’t think “oh crap its another one of those TV ads” and reach for the mute button. Mark Souder’s radio ads were very effective because it was just Mark talking to you like you were an adult. They were very effective (just ask his opponent from 2008 – I did). Governor Christie in New Jersey has a similar communications strategy.

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SEIU Forcing Members to Contribute to Democrat PAC – Obama Administration Admits It’s Illegal, But Declines to Prosecute…

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

SEIU is the government employees union. SEIU used to share offices with the corrupt and now defunct ACORN (you know the vote fraud outfit that was caught suborning child trafficking, prostitution, bank fraud and tax fraud).

SEIU is Obama’s biggest supporter.

It gets worse….

By the way, many of these unions are not fully funding their employee retirement plans.

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Employers in U.S. Start Bracing for Higher Tax Withholding

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

$250,000 a year huh ….  well even if you are in the bottom tax bracket your income tax rate will go from 10% to 15%. This is a part of the uncertainty we have all been talking about. By the way soon your payroll taxes will go up too. Many small to medium sized business that use the personal income rates rather than the corporate ones will have their rate go to 39.9%. But hey, Google only paid 2.4% tax this year.

Bloomberg News:

Employers in the U.S. are starting to warn their workers to prepare for slimmer paychecks if Congress fails to vote on an extension of Bush-era tax cuts.

“I’ve been doing payroll for probably close to 30 years now, and never have we seen something like this where it gets that down to the wire,” said Dennis Danilewicz, who manages payroll services for about 14,000 employees at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “That’s what’s got a lot of people nervous. All we can do is start preparing communications with a couple of different scenarios.”

Lawmakers won’t start debating whether to extend the cuts, which expire Dec. 31, until after the Nov. 2 elections. Because it takes weeks to prepare withholding schedules, the Internal Revenue Service will probably have to assume the cuts will expire and direct employers to increase payroll deductions starting Jan. 1, experts say.

“We’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place,” said Ron Moser, head of human resources for the school district of Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda, New York, which pays about 1,900 teachers, custodians and aides each month. In upstate New York, where winter heating costs are among the highest in the country, many school employees earn between $20,000 and $40,000 a year, he said, and losing $50 in a paycheck is “a significant dollar amount.”

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Democrat Governor Candidate Alex Sink Caught Lying About Cheating in Televised Debate … by CNN

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

Wow, I am mildly surprised that CNN didn’t bury this, but this story is HUGE and CNN is desperate for ratings at the moment.

In short, Florida Governor Candidate Alex Sink was handed a PDA with debate tips on it during the middle of a debate. This is totally against the rules. Her story is that she was told that it was an “urgent message” as if it was from family:

CNN amplified the audio and picked up the conversation about what was on the PDA and it was, of course, debate tips from her staff. Sink knew it was debate tips and she used the debate tips in the debate. Bottom line, Sink lied and is caught red handed.

While we have scolded CNN several times for taking journalistic ethics and tossing them out the window, this was a solid piece of journalism and CNN gets the credit.

 

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Minnesota Democrat Betty McCollum: Al-Qaeda No Longer a Threat

Posted by iusbvision on October 28, 2010

File this one under… wow, just wow. I mean we have all seen the Democrats at times fall into denial about the war on terror, such as the Obama Administration referring to it as “the overseas contingency operation”, but few have taken it quite this far:

It gets better. Betty McCallum then goes on to say ….well you have just got to see this. Someone please show Betty a Constitution…

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Democrats Outspend Republicans in 2010 – STUDY: Dems Launching More Personal Attacks

Posted by iusbvision on October 27, 2010

This article is a part of our new series on how big business loves big government.

Via Politico:

To hear top Democrats tell it, the party is being wildly outgunned this year in the fight for campaign cash as Republicans rely on outside groups to funnel money to GOP contenders.

But the numbers tell a different story.

It’s true that conservative third-party groups are outspending their Democratic rivals. But the Democrats still have a sizable cash advantage in their party committees – making this year’s elections a lot more of a fair fight than Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi let on.

So far, the latest figures show that the Democratic Party machinery has outraised its Republican counterpart in this campaign cycle by almost $270 million.

And even when outside spending on television advertising and direct mail is added to the mix, Republicans still haven’t closed the gap.

The money race totals come to $856 million for the Democratic committees and their aligned outside groups, compared to $677 for their Republican adversaries, based on figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

So much for “big corporations support the GOP” narrative.

 

Via the Wesleyan Media Project:

Negativity Update: 2010 Features Similar Rates of Negativity, But Dems More Likely to Attack Personally

 

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Live Blogging Walorski – Donnelly Debate – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on October 27, 2010

Mr. Vogel, who was the libertarian candidate, is correct about the government and the Federal Reserve inflating the currency which acts like a hidden tax upon us all.

Joe is slow and smooth in his presentation which is better for a radio audience,  but wow he looked awful on TV. Jackie looked great. Joe was put in the position of defending the stimulus and the ObamaCare bill, which is good for Jackie. Joe was smart to talk about a few of the large corporations with operations in this district who benefited from some of this government largess; but as Jackie said at the cost of over $11,000 for every man woman and child in Indiana? How much of that $11,000 was eaten up by government bureaucrats?

Remember government spends money for political reasons and not economic ones – see the following link:

Corruption: Stimulus Funds Spent in Democrat Districts…

Of course, what is the biggest thing that sends jobs overseas, a government that costs $3 TRILLION a year. The private sector cannot support that kind of a burden and remain competitive. It is just that simple.

6 – Jackie is right about Joe Donnelly’s lies about her position on Social Security and her position about a possible solution for replacing the tax code with a flat tax or a fair tax. factcheck.org, newspapers and the left leaning Associated Press all said that Donnelly’s ads attacking Jackie are just plain false. You can see the details at the following two links -

 

http://iusbvision.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/more-lies-from-desperate-democrats-joe-donnelly-lies-about-jackie-walorski-again/

http://iusbvision.wordpress.com/2010/09/19/factcheck-org-blasts-donnelleys-false-claims/

5 – Jackie is right on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”. Judges have no business deciding this issue. The Constitution gives Congress exclusive power to create laws for the Army and the Navy. For some whacky judge to decide that he can toss the Constitution out the window shows that we have too many judges who recognize no limits on their power and refuse to recognize the limits of their office.


4 – Joe says that he supports “The Save Act” to put more agents on the border. Ummm hey Joe, Congress passed laws to put more agents there and put up some modern fence that is difficult to penetrate. The Obama Administration would not execute the law and stopped building the fence. – So Joe, you can talk about all the tough laws and tough enforcement all you like as a member of Congress, but at the same time you support an administration that will not carry out the laws and undermines that very enforcement. – So as usual you are securely on both sides on the issue.


3 – Joe – on energy independence UMM Joe that is why you support an administration that is keeping trillions in oil, natural gas and mineral wealth off-limits while we burrow money to get energy from OPEC. Obama is trying to shut down drilling for our companies, while his administration gave BP waiver after waiver, and while the Obama Administration is giving low cost loans to PetroBrazil to do even deeper offshore drilling than we have done. Gimme a break Joe.


2 – Donnelly said that ObamaCare will put healthcare back in OUR hands – Who is the “OUR” Joe; the federal government? It creates thousands of health care bureaucrats, it will result in 16,000 new IRS agents. It taxes health savings accounts, it prevents people from using HSA’s from using those funds to buy certain medicines, it taxes medical devices which means lost Hoosier jobs [we have a great many companies that make medicines and medical devices in this district and those companies provide many thousands of jobs to people who live right here with us. If you are listening to 95.3 radio that was me who said that Joe broke the cardinal rule of being a member of Congress; you don't vote to stick it to the biggest employers in your home district and Joe did just that], it taxes the medicines we use, it taxes many insurance policies, it put the shaft to many Medicare Advantage providers. Name me the bloated federal bureaucracy who put power into YOUR hands and didn’t have lobbyists and big money interests bending the rules or enforcement to their own benefit at your expense?

McDonald’s had to beg the feds for a waiver or stop giving its employees low-cost medical insurance, well who is going to give our small and medium-sized business who can’t afford a lobbyist to spread the cash to their waver?


1 – Great answer on unemployment Jackie, we can’t really have the conversation as to when to end unemployment benefits arbitrarily until we get regulatory certainty and have an environment where 200 people aren’t applying for each good paying job. Folks you heard Donnelly’s answer, he wants to end benefits on a certain date no matter what the circumstance…. this will cause chaos. Jackie is right, it was the federal government that created this uncertainty problem to begin with and only a BIG policy change can help restore certainty so people can plan to invest and hire once again. [Update - There are nearly 1.5 million people approaching the 99 week mark for unemployment. At current "totally awesome private sector job growth" that Obama keeps toting we will be able to rehire them all in 2021. Unemployment offices are now reported to be hiring armed guards in anticipation of what is to come.]

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Investigative Journalist O’Keefe Strikes Again: Teachers caught on hidden video…. you just have to see it to believe it…. UPDATED – More Video!

Posted by iusbvision on October 27, 2010

Students called the “N word”, more threats and chants of violence against Governor Christie, participation on vote fraud schemes and the list goes on…

UPDATE – Governor Christie Responds HERE :

This is what I’ve been talking about.  This is another exhibit as to what I’ve been talking about.  The arrogance, the greed, the self-interest, the lack of introspection, the lack of standards.

And it hurts the great teachers just as much as it hurts the kids.

I think that this video makes the distinction better than I ever could.  This is their leadership conference where they’re in a hotel, having this leadership conference, singing songs together about kicking the governor in his tool box.  I wonder what they mean by that?  But I can tell you I sense it would hurt.

They talk about the things.. I’m not even going to say it because we have children in this audience but the things that they would have to do in order to lose tenure. And how exciting the moment is after three years when they get tenure and realize ‘we can’t get fired for anything’.

This is the stuff they are saying on the video when they don’t believe they are being videotaped.

They have a teacher, leadership of the union, playing arcade games at this leadership conference and laughing and saying  “isn’t this great? I get to play arcade games on your dime.  “

I don’t care, candidly, that they chant and sing about me in a not very nice way.  I’m the Governor of New Jersey, there are gonna be people who say bad things about me every day.  That’s fine, I don’t care, I really don’t.  This video is not about the things they say about me, this video is about the things they say about themselves. About themselves.  And if you need an example of what I’ve been talking about for the last nine months about how the teachers’ union leadership is out of touch with the people and out of control, go watch this video.  It’s enlightening, it’s enraging.

 

UPDATE – CONTENT WARNING!

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Why Can’t Chuck Get His Business Off the Ground? – How Government Kills Small Business

Posted by iusbvision on October 26, 2010

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Local Libertarians Neutralize Police Checkpoint in Keene N.H.

Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2010

This is an interesting video.

Anyone with a lick of historical understanding of the law is aware that police checkpoints, the pulling of people over at random without probable cause, is an obvious violation of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution and takes the idea of “limited government” and tosses it right out the window. The fact that some courts have allowed this is nothing more than another example of how judges are often just another government bureaucrat who doesn’t respect the limits imposed by the Constitution nor do they recognize the limits of their office.

So the local activists filmed the policed while they explained to them that these checkpoints condition the police to pull people over without cause because their boss tells them its ok. So what comes next? When asked if they felt good about what they were doing an officer said “yes we are saving lives”… and I am sure if they were asked to round-up firearms from American citizens they would say the same thing. I am also sure that secret police around the world and in times past told themselves the same thing.

[Disagree? Do you actually believe for one moment that Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Jay, Patrick Henry etc etc would approve of police checkpoints and warrant-less searches outside of war time invasion? If you do than you are totally unaware how the British abused the warrant process and how the king granted British troops the power to write their own warrants without the authority of a magistrate.]

The activists also made a sign and stood 100 yards up from the checkpoint warning drivers of the checkpoint so they could turn off ahead of time.

While the rhetoric that some of the activists used in the video is poorly chosen, on the grand scheme of things they are correct. What they need is a lawyer and a smart public relations pro to help them to get their rhetoric down to where it is smart and effective.

What is more entertaining is when the police detain the man holding the sign while they try to dream up something to charge him with, and seem frustrated when they cannot figure out a way to prevent the man from exercising his First Amendment rights.

It is important to point out that not all police believe checkpoints are moral or constitutional. I know some police who are opposed to the entire idea of checkpoints. I am reporting on this story for two reasons, one because it is interesting and different, and two because I am pro-police. Police have better things to do and have real crime to fight.

 

UPDATE – This man went to federal court court to stop unlawful detainments by police at checkpoints and he won.

Now the same man is on a crusade to stop unlawful detainments at federal checkpoints:

On November 26th, I was stopped & seized for about the 50th time since the beginning of 2008. The seizure took place at an internal suspicionless Homeland Security checkpoint along Southern Arizona’s SR86 near mile post 146. SR86 is an East-West public highway located over 40 miles North of the border and never intersects the border at any point.

During the stop, Agent Gilmore admitted he knew who I was & all three agents told me I wasn’t being detained. Nonetheless, these facts didn’t stop the agents from refusing to allow me to go about my lawful business, choosing instead to escalate the encounter by requesting that I move to secondary inspection for more intensive scrutiny absent my consent or any articuable suspicion.

While continuing to deny that I was being detained and refusing to allow me to leave, the agents threatened me with arrest for impeding their operations.

After close to eight minutes of being unlawfully detained, a Border Patrol supervisor eventually arrives on-scene and wastes no time in telling me that I’m free to go with no further scrutiny.

Given the circumstances surrounding this extended non-detention, the only reasonable explanation that can be attributed to the agent’s behavior is a desire to train the traveling public to be obedient to the whims of any federal agent with a shiny badge & a gun.

 

What is interesting is that Agent Gilmore admits in this 50th traffic encounter that he knows who the citizen is, thus he knows full well that the citizen is legal, and choses to detain him anyway… big mistake. They keep asking him to state his citizenship, but that is after they admitted that they know who the citizen is, and they should after 50 detainments. Obviously the citizen is trying to get the agents to take the illegal detainment one step further to an illegal arrest, which would give him cause to sue for monetary damages. Once again I am not reporting this because we are pro or anti immigration police. This is just an interesting story.

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60 Minutes Gives an Honest Report on the Economy

Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2010

We have a government that costs 3 trillion dollars a year. The private sector does not want to support such a burden so they move overseas.

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Video: Obama Economic Advisor vs Bush’s

Posted by iusbvision on October 24, 2010

Its Obama Economic Advisor Austan Goolsbee vs. Bush Economic Advisor Keith Hennessey

First of all neither side represents their case very well. Goolsbee omits key facts and represents the graph in a misleading way. To Hennessey’s credit he points this out, but Hennessey fails to point out a key economic points and two of the Obama Administrations glaring fallacies. Hennessey overlooks some great and legit opportunities for good refutation here, which is why I have said that the Bush Administration had a terrible communications machine.

I sent this note to Austan Goolsbee on his youtube channel:

Austan – with all due respect. When there is a large shock to the economy you see the pattern that you have on the board. It falls to bottom, recovers some and then starts to level off. The same pattern on your board would have happened if you did nothing. You know this as well as anyone. In fact nothing would have been better than the uncertainly the leadership has created. You also left out that we need 1.5% growth just to absorb new young people coming into the job market. – cont –>

Austan – lets talk about what policies got us here. In 1999 the NYT warned about a possible collapse in the mortgage industry. In 2001 the Bush Admin and a group of GOP Senators led by Sunnunu and? Dole started introducing bills for mortgage reform. Dems in the? Senate used the filibuster and other tools to prevent passage year after year. OFHEO warned Congress that real reform was needed, Democrats called them names. Obama and Dodd took huge $ from Fannie Mae to keep the status quo. [See our Mortgage Crisis category for the evidence – Editor]

There is a second reason why Goolsbee keeps the graph he shows to such a short amount of time. The economic performance pattern of Goolsbee’s graph looks similar to this:

This is the pattern that is typical of what happens when an economic shock hits the economy. First you see the sharp fall. The damage starts to slow down as the economy starts to regain its footing after the slide down and if uncertainty or bad policies continue the economy basically flat-lines as it is now. As confidence is restored the economy starts to grow and jobs are created. But in a bad case if the government does NOTHING this is the worst pattern you will normally expect to see.

Hennessey forgets to point out that the Obama Administration promised that if it got the stimulus, the follow up porkulus bill and the rest of the spending, as is consistent with socialist Keynesian economic theory, that unemployment would not raise higher than 8.5%. Of course unemployment soared past 10% with the passage of all those bills. The problem is that governments and politicians don’t spend money for economic reasons they spend it for political reasons and new rules tend to be onerous, undermine certainty and help pick winners and losers with the winners sending money back to those in power  - Corruption: Stimulus Funds Spent in Democrat Districts…

Obama touted his policy as something akin to FDR’s New Deal, but due to the regulatory uncertainty and the inability of “central planners” to adequately manage a large economy non farm unemployment never dropped below 20% during the New Deal. WWII ending the New deal is what rescued the economy and at the end of 1946 government spending dropped massively and economic growth followed.

New Deal Non Farm Unemployment

Remember, once certainty is restored the economy will grow again instead of flat-line. The truth is that current economic policies are hindering job growth. No one knows what their taxes are going to be, no one knows the entire effect of ObamaCare, the EPA is threatening to regulate carbon all by itself if Congress doesn’t pass cap & tax. Obama is also waging war against small business with his rhetoric and the attacks of the Chamber of Commerce and the NFIB. Is that the kind of environment you would hire  or take other measured risks in? This is why I said that if the government did not do stimulus, porkulus, most of the bailouts, ObamaCare, all the new regulations and taxes the economy would be doing better because there would be a great deal more regulatory certainty. There are, of course, many smart incentives the government could have done to help get certainty and economic growth going, but that is not the nature of the far left. The result of bad policy is unemployment that has flat-lined at over 9.5% for 14 months.

Once again a Bush Administration official like Hennessey fails to point out that the Bush Administration fought for mortgage reform year after year after year while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac used YOUR money to line the pockets of Democrats to the tune of $200 million to preserve the status quo (with Chris Dodd and Obama receiving the largest amounts of cash); not to mention the $90 million that went to Frank Raines and the other tens of millions that went to other Democrat appointees who took jobs at Fannie Mae such as Johnson and Gorelick.

Related -

“The Forgotten Deprerssion” and How President Coolidge & Harding Turned America Around. Glenn Beck, Reagan Budget Advisor Art Laffer, and Chris Edwards from the CATO Institute.

Posted in 2012, Chuck Norton, Economics 101, Energy & Taxes, Mortgage Crisis, Obama and Congress Post Inaugration, True Talking Points | 1 Comment »

Flashback White House Communications Director: The political philosopher she turns to most is the greatest mass murderer in world history

Posted by iusbvision on October 24, 2010

In school they teach about Hitler, because he was a leftist who opposed communism (based on an ideological quirk) and  he started WWII, but public schools do not teach much about communist mass murderers such as Mao – 70 million dead, Stalin  35-50 million dead, and Pol Pot 2-3 million dead. As they say in France, “no enemies on the left”.

Anita Dunn resigned from the White House shortly after Beck called her out. Her husband currently works for the administration.

Interestingly enough she was not the only White House appointee who praised Mao.

So who is Ron Bloom? Jammie Wearing Fool wrote this about the former SEIU negotiator who is now Obama’s “Manufacturing Czar” (via Gateway Pundit):

The name Ron Bloom is one that we need to start paying attention to. He has a long history of being the negotiating face of unions in a suit. He is a Harvard Business School graduate who has worked for the unions beginning with SEIU for decades.The most recent union he represented was the United Steel Workers (USW) before becoming a part of the automotive team that Obama put together. You know the one that had the head Steven Rattner having to resign over some questions about his personal finances mixed in with a little fraudulent money gifts.Rattner was replaced by Ron Bloom, and voila the United Auto Workers (UAW), got a sweetheart deal backed up by the power of the federal government to try and stave off bankruptcy.

So let me ask you, is it likely that these people were radicalized before they graduated high school, or did it happen at college?

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English Teacher: Students don’t know how to tie facts into their statements/arguments

Posted by iusbvision on October 24, 2010

The English Professor:

By the time that the students got to the research unit in my class, their stark underpreparedness for the task had already begun rearing its ugly head.  As the article states, there is way too much emphasis in writing curricula across the U.S. on “self-expression” and creative writing.  Students had not been trained to use facts to develop an idea.  They had been fed garbage throughout their entire academic careers – the garbage that whatever they write down is OK and that their ideas matter.  Students were aghast when I suggested that their ideas didn’t matter unless they had hard, concrete facts to back them up.  Students had also not learned how to tie in facts to their statements – they would simply make a statement and list random facts that may or may not have supported it.  So, while trying to teach the students how to use MLA format, create a proper Works Cited page, include in-text citations, and find information relating to their topics, I also had to teach basic expository writing skills that they should have learned many years ago.  This proved impossible to do in the small time frame I had to do it. I was basically playing catch-up for years of writing training while at the same time teaching a complicated skill set that was brand new to practically all of the students in my class.

Teacher training is also grossly to blame.  I attended a prestigious educational school (which did prepare me adequately on many levels), but I found many of my education classes to be highly lacking.  My “Teaching Writing” course focused very little (if at all) at actual methodologies for teaching the various types of writing.  Instead, it focused on “creating a community of writers” and “not focusing on the grammar or style – helping students to find their unique voices” and “allowing students to choose meaningful topics that will showcase their personal experiences”… you get the point.  It would not be a gross inaccuracy to say that I learned absolutely nothing in my English education courses that would allow me to properly train students on this quite important skill.

Well I have news for this English teacher; this problem has gone on for so long that it is not just students who are struggling with this.

This is a critique that I have heard before from several teachers at IUSB. It is also something that I have witnessed first hand.

I have engaged in hundreds of political/economic discussions with students and professors in my years at IUSB and the English teacher is spot on. If you look at the arguments in the comments section of this web site up to the year 2009 it is also obvious that students cannot tie facts into their arguments. To them XXX statement they make is so because they say so and in their mind they have just proved the article writer wrong without even attempting to address a host of verifiable facts in said article. If you think I am mistaken just start looking at the comments section starting in 2006.

Before I started writing here at IUSB Vision I owned Page Two of The Preface, once again the feedback I received from detractors were mostly personal attacks, unsupported statements or some random fact that they could not tie into their argument.

During my last year on campus no less than four professors pulled me into their office and asked me if it was difficult to pass their class or do the assigned papers. In most of these classes the assignments ranged from not challenging to moderately challenging. These professors are baffled that so many kids fail out and cannot do assignments that are relatively easy. While for sure it is a case that some students just would not do the work, it was becoming clear that recent local high school graduates just couldn’t.

For those of us who graduated high school before the late 80′s what I just said is difficult to imagine, but it is a stark reality. This reality became even more stark for me when a young lady I have known almost since birth who is now in her early 20′s started attending classes at IUSB. She is failing out of W-131 because the concepts she is being asked to tackle and the assignments given are over her head. They are over her head not because said young lady is stupid, on the contrary she has comedian level rhetorical wit and is obviously intelligent, she is simply ignorant and unprepared due to a high school diploma that isn’t worth the paper it is written on.

One of the assignments she was given dealt with the communist/Marxist conflict theory polemic which is a theme in college that is crammed down most student’s throats semester after semester. When I mentioned the words “communist” and Marxist she had no idea what they were and it seemed clear that she had never been exposed to these two words before.

I experienced something similar from the opposite side when I took W-131. The instructor I had for w-131 is truly a brilliant man. I realize that the word “brilliant” is bandied about on a college campus but in his case the word fit like a glove. This was my first semester at IUSB. After the first assignment when the teacher asked a question that compared the two assigned readings no one raised their hand, so I raised mine and gave an answer to me which seemed perfectly obvious. After the class the teacher pulled me aside and asked me not to participate in class discussion any longer and that I was to speak about the assignments with him one on one. When I asked why this was his answer:

Chuck it is important that you understand that W-131 is not just a lit class that is designed to help teach you how to write college papers. It is largely used as an introduction to critical thinking. You are a critical thinking prize-fighter and the answers you give are more than just correct, you knock them out of the park. The students in this class by and large cannot do what you just did and with you giving answers like that they will feel intimidated and perhaps even inadequate. They will be intimidated into silence. What 19-year-old kid could hope to give an answer that could compete after your vocal dissertation. It is my job to coax them and to prod them into being able to do what you already do with ease, so from now on lets just talk about the assignments one on one.

At first I thought that the teacher was pulling my leg, but in time I realized how correct he was. The teacher and I ended up having an excellent intellectual relationship and have become friends. This was freshman level material. Students should not have been stumped by the assignments to the point where they were too afraid to raise their hand. In most of my classes I showed restraint in my answers after that. Only in a few of my political science classes and economics classes did I “let er rip”.

In another instance a Business & Professional Communication prof pulled me into the office and asked me to take an exam that said professor had just given to the class earlier in the day. The professor said that a great deal of the students failed the exam. I never took  the Business & Professional Communication course and all I knew about it was from personal experience and the couple of  days we discussed it in Dr. Lambert’s S-205 class. While a missed a few questions that posed exact questions about the reading material that I had not read, I passed the exam. As long as the communications student understood a few basic concepts and exercised what I thought was common knowledge, it is hard to believe that many could have failed the exam especially after having the benefit of class time and the textbook, but that is exactly what happened. It is not that I am some super brilliant wiz-kid student because I’m not, it is just that our public education system is graduating students that are woefully unprepared to deal with simple concepts and absorb them form the class reading and lecture. Most any average 35 year old who took this exam with no training or class time could have done almost as well. The exam was really that simple.

I KNOW that many of you professors feel the same way, if you wish to post anonymously your privacy will be respected and assured.

UPDATESTUDY: The Twilight Generation Can’t Read:

Boston, Mass., October, 2010. A newly released study by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) strongly suggests that two factors—a fragmented English curriculum and a neglect of close reading—may explain why the reading skills of American high school students have shown little or no improvement in several decades despite substantial increases in funds for elementary and secondary education by federal and state governments.

The ALSCW report, entitled Literary Study in Grades 9, 10, And 11: A National Survey, analyzes the responses of more than four hundred representative public school teachers who were asked what works of literature they assign in standard and honors courses, and what approaches they use for teaching students how to understand imaginative literature and literary non-fiction.

Among the study’s major findings:

(1) The content of the literature and reading curriculum for students in standard or honors courses is no longer traditional or uniform in any consistent way. The most frequently mentioned titles are assigned in only a small percentage of courses, and the low frequencies for almost all the other titles English teachers assign point to an idiosyncratic literature curriculum for most students.

(2) The works teachers assign generally do not increase in difficulty from grade 9 to grade 11.

(3) Teachers do not favor close, analytical readings of assigned works. They prefer such non-analytical approaches as a personal response or a focus on a work’s historical or biographical context (for instance, class discussions of To Kill a Mockingbird that emphasize the Scottsboro Trials or Jim Crow laws in the South, rather than the novel’s plot, characters, style, and moral meaning).

“These findings suggest that the way reading and writing are taught today by many high-school teachers may be impeding college-readiness for many public high school students,” said Sandra Stotsky, Professor of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and the study’s principal author.

“College courses not just in English but in many disciplines routinely assign difficult texts and expect students to understand, analyze, and write coherently about them. According to ACT, a major reason why college students end up in remedial courses or drop out of college is their inability to comprehend and analyze complex texts. An incoherent high-school curriculum that rarely advances beyond 9th-grade-level texts and that expects little more than impressionistic responses to them is a prescription for educational underperformance or outright failure at the college level,” Prof. Stotsky said.

Susan J. Wolfson, President of the ALSCW and Professor of English at Princeton University, said: “Beyond college readiness, skill in literary analysis—especially close attention to the artifacts and designs of language—is vital to an informed, capable citizenry. This important study should, in my view, be required reading by high-school English teachers, high-school administrators, and boards of education throughout the nation.”

The ALSCW recommends that:

(1) high schools revise their English curriculum to incorporate a progressively more challenging core of literary and non-literary texts with cultural and historical significance for our own country and other countries;

(2) English departments at colleges and universities emphasize the analytical study of literature, especially for those students planning to become secondary English teachers;

(3) the U.S. Department of Education and state legislatures give priority to the funding of professional development programs that emphasize teaching close, careful reading.

The complete, 36-page report (and its appendices) may be read on, and downloaded from, the ALSCW’s website, at www.bu.edu/literary/publications/Forum4.pdf.

 

In other words, we need to pursue excellence, get back to a classic liberal arts education, and ditch the pop-culture based feel good gen-ed nonsense being taught now.

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The Education “Cartel” Released December 1, 2010

Posted by iusbvision on October 24, 2010

http://www.thecartelmovie.com/

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