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Profiles in KGB Propaganda: Russia Says That Georgia Was Their 9/11…

Posted by iusbvision on September 13, 2008

As soon as I saw this in Russia Today I laughed out loud. The audacity of such ridiculous propaganda would be humiliating for Russia if it weren’t for their lust for power and hubris. Thanks to William Amos for the heads up on this Russia Today story. Be sure to click the link and read it. It’s surreal.

Cindy McCain with Georgian refugees

Cindy McCain with Georgian refugees

I won’t forget how Barack Obama had three different positions on the Russian invasion of Georgia before he settled on a position nearly identical to John McCain’s.

During the Democratic Convention, Cindy McCain flew to the Georgian Republic to have talks with the Georgian Government, engage in charity work, and survey the human situation there. Cindy McCain has done charity and unofficial diplomatic work around the world.

Courtesy Wikipedia: She became actively involved with Operation Smile in 2001, taking parts in trips with it to Morocco, Vietnam, and India. She was honored by the organization in 2005, and sits on its board of directors. She joined the board of directors of CARE in 2005. She is on the board of the HALO Trust, and has visited operations to remove landmines in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, and Angola. She makes financial contributions to these organizations via her family trust, and views her role on them as watching them in the field and to ensure they are frugal and their money is being spent effectively. On occasion she has criticized foreign regimes on human rights grounds, such as Myanmar’s military junta.

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New York Times Out With Another Palin Hit Piece – The Local Press Has a Different Take – UPDATE: NYT Didn’t Fact-Check Again, Debunking Already In Full Swing!

Posted by iusbvision on September 13, 2008

She has “restless ambition.” (GASP!)

Her way of governance “raises questions.” (GASP!)

She gets things done often without the usual bureaucratic channels [probably because those channels were corrupt, after all she was in battle with BOTH party machines, but why would the NYT want to point that out?]. (GASP!)

The smear machine at work – I guess that 80+% approval rating she has really irritates the far left:

She appoints people she trusts (GASP!) to government positions that sometimes paid more than what thier former private sector job paid (GASP! … so we should lower the salary of certain government positions because the appointee was a NORMAL WORKING PERSON who had a job that paid less before??)

Her politics are “personal” (GASP!)

And so the New York Times did what it usually does when it comes to Republicans, they took every statement from every political enemy and everyone who had a toe stepped on and reported it as if it is fact.

Her approval rating in Alaska has been 80+%.

Get used to this kind of coverage folks. If McCain/Palin start cleaning house in Washington and start WW3 in the beltway to try and clean up as McCain has always wanted to do and Palin did do as Governor, a great deal of people will get fired, toes will get stepped on, and they will certainly be ticked off big-time…. and the NYT will be there to report every allegation from these people as if it is a fact.

McCain/Palin will have to have an effective, aggressive and relentless ongoing communications machine and strategy with the press and directly with the American People.

Here is the NYT hit piece.

By the way – want to see what the LOCAL newspaper in Alaska has to say about Palin? The Frontiersman Editors:

We Know Sarah Palin (excerpts)

We know her as a former Wasilla city councilwoman and mayor. And, of course, for the past 20 months, we’ve known her as a governor tough enough to successfully take on the Last Frontier’s good old boy network.

It’s not hyperbole to say the naming of Governor Palin to the vice presidential slot on the 2008 GOP ticket was an epic event for the Mat-Su Valley.

Friday morning’s announcement stunned everyone, but here in Alaska, and particularly in the Valley, the stunned silence was quickly followed by, as Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell put it, a whoop of excitement.

Truth and transparency have been bywords for Palin. As she enters the national arena where she’ll be tugged and tormented, vilified and denigrated, we hope she sticks to her guns — metaphorically and literally.

Because no matter the politics, for Wasilla, Alaska, to send its commercial-fishing, gun-toting, hockey-mom former mayor toward the White House, that’s history. And we’re proud of it.

Richard Best, a Palmer City Councilman, had this to say in the Frontiersman about the New York Times when they contacted him…and he gave them an earful:

Reporters digging for wrong dirt

Published on Thursday, September 4, 2008 9:13 PM AKDT

Sunday, Aug. 31 at my home my wife received a phone call from a David L. Kirby indicating he was working for the New York Times. He inquired about a car accident between Bristol Palin and myself.

This coming from the news media that can’t find or refuses to find information as to then state Senator Obama’s political documents during his state service. If you recall as to Hillary it was Obama who “criticized her directly for not releasing her correspondence as first lady, describing her tendency toward secrecy as simply ‘a problem’.”

If “journalists” really want answers, then ask the right question. If Obama really wants to be the “leader of change,” then ask him “why he does not demand and then produce all his papers that are being held out of the public’s eye.” [ Evidence and details HERE & HERE– Editor IUSB Vision]This information includes his involvement with a Bill Ayers, an admitted terrorist against the United States of America, and his Tony Rezko issues.

I challenge everybody including “journalists” to dig deep into Obama’s past with the same fervor that they have with the past of a 17-year-old daughter of the Republican VP pick.

It was explained to this reporter that he indeed had his facts wrong.

I believe she IS the working-class lunch-pail folk that cling to our guns and our religion and it IS here across the Heart Lands of American that Obama will find his defeat that he has been so eagerly seeking!

NOTE: Alaska resident’s have been calling radio shows saying that out of state press is crawling all over and they only wnat to talk with you if you have something bad to say about Sarah.


UPDATE: Looks like the NYT didn’t fact check again and just printed rumors without bothering to check…again.

Ed Morrissey at weighs in with a brilliant analysis debunking this nonsense from the NYT:

The New York Times offers a more hyperbolic look at Palin’s penchant for hiring people she knows for political appointments:

The Wasilla High School yearbook archive now doubles as a veritable directory of state government. Ms. Palin appointed Mr. Bitney, her former junior high school band-mate, as her legislative director and chose another classmate, Joe Austerman, to manage the economic development office for $82,908 a year. Mr. Austerman had established an Alaska franchise for Mailboxes Etc.

Does it now?  Did Wasilla High have only three students?  The Times mentions three former classmates appointed by Palin to government positions when she took office as Governor.  The article was written by that many reporters, who combined to offer this ridiculous piece of commentary in a news article.

The third, Franci Havemeister, gets ridiculed for her “love of cows” as a qualification for her position at the Director of Agriculture.  What the Times fails to mention is that the “love of cows” was also accompanied by years in the 4-H program and work done in several sectors of agriculture, as a quick Google search finds:

Franci and her husband, Bob, have four children and are lifetime Alaskans. She has spent her life actively involved in agriculture from the 4-H program to varied agriculture sectors including dairy, potato, vegetable and greenhouse production.

And how has Havemeister performed as Director?  The Times doesn’t report any complaints.  If she’s that bad of a choice, how can Havemeister have succeeded?

Reformers usually clean house, and that’s what Palin did.  Rather than worry about resumes, why not focus on the successes and failures of her appointments?  Neither paper does that, which tends to indicate that they couldn’t find any of the latter.

For that matter, neither the Post and the Times ever attempt to reconcile their portrait of a “trail of bad blood” with the inescapable fact that she has astronomical, bipartisan favorability ratings.  Alaskans have a ringside seat to the Palin administration, and they overwhelmingly approve of her.  She has an 85% favorability rating, and even 75% of Democrats view her favorably. Reformers tend to get rid of entrenched bureaucrats and replace them with fresh faces, and it appears that while the people who got replaced didn’t like it, Alaskans feel very differently.

Both articles fail to deliver anything but slanted gossip and old grudges.  After two weeks of digging, if this is all they can find, the papers will need to write off the travel investment as a total loss.  If the only point takenfrom both articles is that Palin made entrenched bureaucrats angry, that sounds like a win for Team McCain.

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Palin Sparks the Return of Annie Oakley

Posted by iusbvision on September 13, 2008

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley

Picture from the Annie Oakley Sureshots Association

Special thanks to William Amos for the heads up on this story.

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Another Palin Smear Debunked: $27 Million in Earmarks the Press and Democrats Say..

Posted by iusbvision on September 13, 2008

Another Palin smear bites the dust.

Another deception from the Washinton Post, Alan Colmes, Democrats and the left wing smear machine is that Palin asked for $27 million in earmarks for Wasilla while she was Mayor. It took all of 45 minutes of research to find out that this was just not the case. 

Here is what WashPost said:

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 1 — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin employed a lobbying firm to secure almost $27 million in federal earmarks for a town of 6,700 residents while she was its mayor, according to an analysis by an independent government watchdog group.

There was $500,000 for a youth shelter, $1.9 million for a transportation hub, $900,000 for sewer repairs, and $15 million for a rail project — all intended to benefit Palin’s town, Wasilla, located about 45 miles north of Anchorage.


While Palin did ask for some federal assiatance, the assistance she asked for was only a fraction of that $27 million number; and Palin had good cause to ask for the federal help she did ask for, which you can see in this article HERE.

The $27 million number includes regional projects by the state and feds in which Wasilla is placed in geographically. An example of one of the federal expenditures they are attributing to Mayor Palin and Wasilla’s 6,700 residents is a $15 million rail project. That project is actually a part of the Greater Anchorage Metro Area rail system project which serves a population of about 200,000 people and is a $200+ million project of the Alaska Rail Road Corporation and the Federal Transit Administration.

Jessica’s Well Blog had something to say about this:

The project is really spearheaded by the Alaska Railroad Corporation and the regional transportation group called MASCOT. Here’s one of the the ARRC’s studies. and another. In all the Alaska Rail Road Corporation is projecting they will receive close to $200 Million in funds(pg 16) for their rail projects from the Federal Government, which includes the bulk of the transportation projects with Wasilla in the name. All of the sudden Palin and Wasilla don’t seem to key to all that funding they are accused of getting.

I guess it is more shocking for the WaPo to say that Wasilla ALONE, under Palin received $20.5 Million in “transportation earmarks” instead of saying the greater Anchorage area, including Wasilla and many other communities benefited from these funds which will improve REGIONAL commuter access, support tourism, trade, commerce and national defense. Saying a town received $6.4 Million in earmarks over a decade doesn’t have the same ring.

Here is a Google Earth photo of the Greater Anchorage Metro Area:

Greater Anchorage Metro Area Click to enlarge

Greater Anchorage Metro Area Click to enlarge

This Excel Document, done on someones home computer, who works for a group that calls itself, “Taxpayers for Common Sense”, is what the Washington Post and the rest of the smear machine is using as its source. As you can see they are including the lands that the federal government bought for this federal project as ‘pork requested by Mayor Palin’.

Can I stop using the word deception and start calling out the WashPost as a bunch of liars yet; as they have been caught lying about Palin time and time and time again (just search the Palin Truth Squad category and you will see the Washington Post come up again and again)?

Update: After doing all this looking and looking, I found an ABC News wire article that explains the very same point I am in this post. They explain how many of those earmarks attributed to Palin had little to nothing to do with her. I am pleasantly surprised that ABC Put this on their wire. ABC has had some not just bad, but grossly inaccurate articles about Palin that when I get time I will post and show how bad they are. Of course did the media and the blogs go run with it? Did Alan Colmes report it? Nope and Nope.

In the mean time, if you want a complete explanation of Palin’s Earmarks and why she asked for them just click HERE and HERE and HERE.

Interesting how Obama and Biden get no press or smear machine critiques over their use of federal earmarks or when Joe Biden’s son lobbied Obama for federal earmarks, even though Obama denied it. They have nothing to say about Biden and Obama voting for the bridge to nowhere.

They also have nothing to say about Obama’s $935.7 million in earmarks he spent including $1 million for the hospital his wife works at. If Palin had gotten a $1 million earmark for her husband, would we ever hear the end of it from the elite media and the smear outfits like HuffPost and DailyKOS and Alan Colmes?

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Hey Gibson! About that Bush Doctrine: There are SIX of them. Palin was right again.

Posted by iusbvision on September 13, 2008

About that Bush Doctrine: There are SIX of them.

The First: is the Bush policy of pursuing and deploying missile defenses unilaterally if need be.

The Second: Is to treat nations who harbor or aid terrorist organizations will be treated no different then the terrorists themselves.

The Third: The United States, if the United Nations fails to act in a meaningful and satisfactory way, will use a “coalition of the willing” to battle terror groups and the states that aid and/or harbor them; and go after them where ever they are.

The Fourth: which was also echoed by Tony Blair, is that the best way to ensure the safety and security of civilisation is to actively support Democracy around the world. “The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.” – G. W. Bush

Charles Krauthammer explains even further:

This declaration of a sweeping, universal American freedom agenda was consciously meant to echo John Kennedy’s pledge in his inaugural address that the United States “shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” It draws also from the Truman doctrine of March 1947 and from Wilson’s 14 points.

The Fifth: The No Neutrality Doctrine when it comes to international terror groups. You are either “With us or against us”.

The Sixth: A revival of the Doctrine of Preemptive Attack. Most media pundits and scholars who are sometimes a bit partisan and a bit lazy attribute this policy as being unprecedented and invented by President Bush. I however, being a writer who does his homework and research, understand that this is a revival and expansion of the Preemptive Attack Doctrine articulated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on September 11, 1941:

Do not let us be Hairsplitters Let us not ask ourselves whether the Americas should begin to defend themselves after the first attack, or the fifth attack, or the tenth attack, or the twentieth attack.

The time for active defense is now.

Do not let us split hairs. Let us not say: “We will only defend ourselves if the torpedo succeeds in getting home, or if the crew and the passengers are drowned.”

This is the time for prevention of attack.

If submarines or raiders attack in distant waters, they can attack equally well within sight of our own shores. Their very presence in any waters which America deems vital to its defense constitutes an attack.

In the waters which we deem necessary for our defense, American naval vessels and American planes will no longer wait until Axis submarines lurking under the water, or Axis raiders on the surface of the sea, strike their deadly blow — first.

The Bottom Line: When Gibson asked Governor Palin about “The Bush Doctrine” and asked in response, “In what respect Charlie?” Palin was absolutely correct to ask that question. When pressed further Palin described the second and third Bush Doctrine, Gibson was talking about number six. So once again Palin’s answer was as correct as Gibson’s. If ABC had a residue of introspective they would feel embarrassed.

UPDATE: Michelle Makin posted about this – sorry I missed her post earlier. I was caught up watching Geraldo and the hurricane coverage. Geraldo put his life in danger out there last night. Granted it was gripping television, but it wasn’t worth the risk IMO.

UPDATE II: Newsbusters post about the Gibson interview with John Edwards – enlightening to say the least.

UPDATE III: I was parusing youtube on Feb. 28, 2009 and found this video of Karl Rove making the exact same point we did here in the Vision.

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Palin Truth Squad – All you will need to know here! –

Posted by iusbvision on September 13, 2008


Chuck Norton, the editor of the IUSB Vision, has signed on to the Indiana Palin Truth Squad. While this site is not the official site of the Palin Truth Squad, it is a place where truth squader’s can go to get and post some accurate information.

Chuck has been working tirelessly to investigate the false media claims about Palin. So far every smear that the press has posted has proved to be untrue, a half-truth or very misleading. The problem is that there are so many that we are in a back log. Besides going to class and sleeping Chuck has been spending hours every day investigating these claims and continues to do so. Chuck isn’t someone who cares for partisanship for the sake of partisanship, the reason Chuck signed on is because the media corruption is so bad, that someone has to stand up to it and in this case, the vast majority of the fact-checked truths end up in Palin’s favor. Chuck also opposes sexism, racism and unfair religious discrimination and there has been much of that in the 2008 campaign.

Chuck has created a Palin Truth Squad Category so click HERE to see a correction to all the lies about Governor Palin that have been waged by partisans and the elite media.

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Charles Gibson – Thanks for showing what a biased tool you are.

Posted by iusbvision on September 13, 2008


Charles Gibson questions to Obama vs. Palin vs. Edwards

Obama interview:

How does it feel to break a glass ceiling?
How does it feel to “win”?
How does your family feel about your “winning” breaking a glass ceiling?
Who will be your VP?
Should you choose Hillary Clinton as VP?
Will you accept public finance?
What issues is your campaign about?
Will you visit Iraq?

Will you debate McCain at a town hall?
What did you think of your competitor’s [Clinton] speech?


Palin interview:

Do you have enough qualifications for the job you’re seeking? Specifically have you visited foreign countries and met foreign leaders?
Aren’t you conceited to be seeking this high level job?
Questions about foreign policy
-territorial integrity of Georgia
-allowing Georgia and Ukraine to be members of NATO
-NATO treaty
-Iranian nuclear threat
-what to do if Israel attacks Iran
-Al Qaeda motivations
-the Bush Doctrine
-attacking terrorists harbored by Pakistan
Is America fighting a holy war? [misquoted Palin]

John Edwards  Gibson Didn’t Pound Edwards in 2004; Asked Him If GOP Attacks Made Him Mad:

GIBSON: You speak with such equanimity this morning. Didn’t they make you mad last night?

GIBSON: Did you get mad, though?

And Mark Levin posted the parts of the Palin interview that ABC cut out – this is VERY informative (The Mark Levin link expired  – new link with partial transcript is HERE – the parts in bold is what ABC edited out). 

UPDATE: Martin Sieff of UPI had a pretty good analysis of Gibson’s double standard, even though he wasn’t fully informed on the Bush Doctrine issue.

UPDATE II: Newsbusters post about the Gibson interview with John Edwards – enlightening to say the least.

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