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Archive for September 19th, 2008

Fox News Just Aired a Report Featuring Alaska State Senator Lyda Green to Trash Palin….

Posted by iusbvision on September 19, 2008

…but guess what they didn’t tell you.
The piece was on Special Report with Brit Hume. Hume is out today and Brent Baier is in his place.

I sent this email to the show.

Lyda Green has opposed Palin on several reform initiatives and decided not to run for office again because the people favored Palin’s reforms and Green opposed them.
It got so personal with Green after Palin took the party machine down that Green even tried to change the schedule of the “State of the State Address” so that Palin could not attend her son’s graduation. This is why radio hosts “Bob and Mark” ripped Green to shreds on their morning show and interviewed Palin about it.
The details and audio are at the IUSB Vision link below.

Lyda Green is a long time entrenched part of that corrupt “good ole boys” network that Palin brought down and some of them have been trying to get revenge ever since. It is fortunate for good government that she is on her way out.

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A Picture is Worth A Chapter in Media and Public Manipulation

Posted by iusbvision on September 19, 2008

Terry Ann has a great blog post today showing how a political outfit sends messages and does not even have to voice them.

Do you see all of the women placed behind Obama? Obama has lost 20 points in the women’s vote to McCain since Sarah Palin joined the ticket partially because of the attempts to belittle her and smear.  Obama is trying to get women the women’s vote so Even the placing of people in a crowd sends a political message.

It reminds me of when Obama Campaign asked those 3 muslim women to remove their headscarf for the shot. I am not critiquing Obama, it is just a learnable moment of what all politicians do.

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Washington Post Starts to Reverse Itself After Pressure From Obama – But Long List of Palin Lies and Smears From the WashPost Still Go Unretracted…

Posted by iusbvision on September 19, 2008

Today the Washington Post is NOW saying that former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines was not much of an adviser to Barack Obama as they reported multiple times… after MONTHS of reporting that he is. Other newspapers have reported it as well.

Our full – long and sourced article on this whole influence peddling mess that Obama is smack dab in the middle of is HERE. Its a bit of a read but WOW is it an education.

Now the Washington Post wants to say that Raines wasn’t quite the advisor they made him out to be after the Obama campaign puts on the pressure? Why didn’t Obama object to that coverage in the WashPost and other newspapers that have repeatedly said this until now? :-)

Here is the link –

The blogosphere has been reporting on recent history. is one of many pointing out some recent history:

Here are a few articles of interest about Raines from the Washington Post:

  • March 2005: Perverse executive pay forced Raines out of his job.
  • May 2006: Extensive fraud at Fannie Mae under Raines’ direction, generating over $50 million in bonuses for nonexistent growth.
  • April 2008: Raines gives up $24 million in future payouts to avoid criminal charges in Fannie Mae fraud, although most of that was in worthless options; he pays $2 million in cash.

Note that Raines continued to advise Obama even after that settlement.  It’s not as though Obama didn’t know Raines’ past.  Apparently, he just didn’t care.

Washington Post:

  • 7/16/08: “In the four years since he stepped down as Fannie Mae’s chief executive under the shadow of a $6.3 billion accounting scandal, Franklin D. Raines has been quietly constructing a new life for himself. He has shaved eight points off his golf handicap, taken a corner office in Steve Case’s D.C. conglomeration of finance, entertainment and health-care companies and more recently, taken calls from Barack Obama’s presidential campaign seeking his advice on mortgage and housing policy matters.”
  • 8/28/08: “In the current crisis, their biggest backers have been Democrats such as Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.) and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (Mass.). Two members of Mr. Obama’s political circle, James A. Johnson and Franklin D. Raines, are former chief executives of Fannie Mae.

How nice of the Washington Post to start to reverse itself after all this time, hmm maybe the NYT and others got this wrong in exactly the same way.

But there is something funny, the Washington Post was the first to report smear after smear and lie after lie about Palin no retractions at all and only one “Clarification” where they refuse to admit that they blew it. ..

So Washington Post Why No Reversals or Retractions On Your Palin Smears that Were Lies – Let’s Take a Walk Down Smear Memory Lane:

First it was the smear that Palin cut finding to aid to teen mothers – Debunked HERE and HERE  – still no retraction in the WashPost article HERE.

Next it was Slate partners with the Washington Post and it appears prominently on several places on the site. They share writers whop they call “journalists”. Check HEREfor a litany of smears about Palin, her family, Christians, and Wasilla Alaska, still no retractions. Play the video to really see just how bad they are. Slate is still publishing smears to this day with no attempt to fact-check whatsoever.

The third smear is that Palin stole from Alaska by over billing and dishonestly billing for “Per Diem” charges to the state on her expense reports. The lie was easily debunked by public records and we did it HERE the Washington Post article still with NO RETRACTION is HERE.

The fourth smear is the Washington Post blatantly lying about the contents of a speech Palin made at a troop deployment ceremony. WashPost said that Palin blamed Saddam for 9/11 when she did no such thing and anyone who watched the “youtube” of the speech could see that easily. Of course they did it on page one. The lie was debunked HERE and still NO RETRACTION from the Washington Post HERE. What is so amusing is that they said that Palin claimed that she was talking about Al-Qeada and not Saddam… nothing even close to a retraction. If the video of the event wasn’t put on youtube they may have gotten away with this obvious smear.

The fifth smear from the Washington Post is that Palin is an “Earmark Queen” saying that Palin lobbied for $27 million in federal earmark spending for her population of 6,300 Wasilla when she was Mayor. A simple check of the public records exposed this as a lie. We debunked it HERE and HERE. Stll no retraction from the WashPost HERE.

This is NOT a comprehensive list I assure you, but lets change gears a bit. goes after the lies from the Washington Post and we reported it HERE. went after the Washington Post for more ridiculous coverage and we reported it HERE.

The Washington Post Ombudsman says that media coverage favors Obama, including the Washington Post’s. We reported on it HERE.

Here are the Two Ads:

UPDATE: comments HERE and HERE. Excerpt:

Jim Johnson represents more of a challenge for Obama.  He was no mere “informal adviser”; Johnson bundled money for Obama, and at least briefly helped run his VP selection committee.  What else did Johnson do?  He took over $2 million in sweetheart-deal loans from Countrywide Mortgage, through the “Friends of Angelo” program, while Fannie Mae did business with Countrywide.  He hid two-thirds of his executive compensation at Fannie through evasive techniques designed to disguise it.  In fact, both Johnson and Raines exemplify the kind of CEOs that Obama routinely demands regulation to control.

While John McCain tried to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Obama took boatloads of their money.  While Obama talked reform and demonized CEOs, he took as advisers the very people responsible for Fannie Mae’s failure.  Which candidate will bring change, and which will bring more of the same?

The New Republic says that McCain’s Ad about Raines isn’t a lie HERE. I like how TNR stresses that HMMM Obama and Raines never contested this all the other times this was reported but NOW after the Raines ad… TNR writers are great at the unspoken narrative.

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Markets Soar!

Posted by iusbvision on September 19, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) – Wall Street extended a huge rally Friday as investors stormed back into the market, relieved that the government plans to rescue banks from billions of dollars in bad debt. The Dow Jones industrials rose more than 375 points, giving them a massive gain of more than 785 points over two days, and Treasurys fell as money flowed into equities.

The Dow-Jones today looks like it will close AHEAD for the week (at the end of the day the Dow only lost 34 points this week). That is good news. It means that investors have some confidence in the market in spite of the press and partisan doom and gloom.

There are other reasons why this is happening. There is a temporary ban on short selling in the market. This is important because short selling makes for some bad incentives in the economy. When a smart investor sees that a company is making big mistakes as Fannie and Freddie did and Lehman Brothers did. Instead of sounding the alarm which may help save the company and the people invested in it, they have an incentive to game the system and HOPE the stock fails by selling short and keeping their mouth shut.

There needs to be some new regs to monitor short selling and make it more transparent for anyone who is doing it so all can see it. I will ask some of our econ profs about my idea, but clearly something must be done to make destroying a company or a stock less appealing.

Short-selling is the common practice of betting against a stock by borrowing shares and then selling them in the open market. A short-seller’s hope is the stock will fall; if it does, the stock can be bought back at the lower price. Those cheaper shares can be returned to the lender, allowing the investor to pocket the profits. Traders can lose, however, if the stock rises.

Another reason stocks are doing well is that a great deal of good companies had their stock price knocked down due to market panic. A good company with an undervalued stock price is a buying opportunity and right after the market crashed smart buyers seized the day.

The country will get buy this crisis, BUT there needs to be new rules and ethics laws. There needs to be new ethics laws in Congress to make sure that the influence peddling (bribes) that caused this problem does not happen again. That will take leadership because corrupt members of Congress will fight such reforms tooth and nail.

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Palin E-Mail Hacker Found?

Posted by iusbvision on September 19, 2008

A newspaper in Tennessee is reporting that the email hacker has been found. He is the son of a fer left politician and a self described “Obamacrat” that has done at least some work for the campaign.

While other blogs have run with this, I do not consider one newspaper enough confirmation to publish all of this persons details as of yet.

So where are all of the privacy advocates and the ACLU to put out waves of protest?? /silence.

If it were Michelle Obama’s email that were hacked would we see the same silence? It tells you just how corrupt and ideological their agenda’s are.

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FIRE Says Happy Anniversary IUSB !!!!

Posted by iusbvision on September 19, 2008

Welcome FIRE Readers – The posts you re likely looking for are HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. We also have a “Campus Freedom” category with many great articles as well! Right now the election and the elite media corruption have us a little busy. We will be hitting campus freedom hard as our main theme as soon as the news cycle calms a bit. – Editor

This Month in FIRE History: IUSB and Double Standards for Student Speech

by Claire Jenkins

September 18, 2008

In our nearly ten-year history, FIRE has seen many absurd cases in which students have been punished for exercising their First Amendment rights.

One of our more interesting cases was finally resolved last September, when Indiana UniversitySouth Bend overturned its punishment of student reporter Robert Francis, whose only offense was asking questions of an actress in the cast of The Vagina Monologues. The play, which includes a great deal of graphic language and sexual content, is dedicated to the “celebration of female sexuality,” but Francis’s questions in a similar vein were deemed “lewd, indecent or obscene.” Francis got in trouble when members of the group that had put on the performance, the V-Club, saw an advance copy of Francis’s article, disapproved of it, pressured the student newspaper not to run the article, and then manufactured a complaint against Francis that led to his punishment.

As Francis said, “taken out of context, [these questions may seem] lewd, but we were talking about ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and standing two feet from a table where members of the club were selling vagina-shaped chocolate lollipops.”

By way of punishment, Francis was required to participate in a mandatory “one-way listening session” in which he would be forbidden to speak but required to listen to his accusers explain how they felt degraded by his interview. He was also required to undergo a psychological “processing session” at the Student Counseling Center and to follow any instructions that the center’s director required. In addition, he was required to view and write a response paper about a film on the topic of sensitivity.

Francis asked FIRE for help in August 2007, and we responded with a letter to IUSB Chancellor Una Mae Reck. Our letter highlighted the fact that IUSB is a public school where Francis’s journalism was protected by the First Amendment. As FIRE President Greg Lukianoff stated, “Decades of Supreme Court decisions protect students’ rights to engage in provocative and ‘offensive’ expression. The same standards that protect students’ rights to perform a play like ‘The Vagina Monologues’ also protect Francis’s right to discuss that play.”

IUSB’s response, a year ago this week, acknowledged that administrators could not enforce the punishments that they had attempted to inflict upon Francis. Despite admitting that Francis was entirely in the clear, however, IUSB refused to remove the records of this case from Francis’s student file. Francis should not have to suffer further injustice because of a complaint that was improper from the start. If IUSB wants to keep records of this matter, they should be kept somewhere else.

The case inspired the Chief Justice of IUSB’s Student Government Association, Chuck Norton, to focus much of his blog around students’ rights, which has been helpful in exposing the details of cases such as that of Keith John Sampson at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis a case in which a student-employee was found guilty of racial harassment simply for reading a book.

These cases also illustrate a double standard that is all too common at U.S. colleges and universities: Speech that university administrators like is protected, while speech that they dislike is punished. Other examples of this double standard over the past year include cases at Colorado College, where male students were sanctioned for their parody of a feminist publication, and Harvard University, where two student groups were told they could not use the name “Barely Legal” for a dance party in a space that has been well-known over the years for racy, sex-themed events such as “S&M Bingo” and “Erotica Night.”

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Posted by iusbvision on September 19, 2008

Today the NYT said complained that it no longer has a cozy relationship with John McCain. Ya think!?!


Adam Nagourney of the New York Times laments the fact that John McCain just isn’t the same free-wheeling, fun-loving guy on the campaign trail with reporters and looser on the stump.  Perhaps he should do an archive search at his own newspaper to figure out why.  No sooner did McCain win the primaries than the Gray Lady began smearing McCain, and did so repeatedly.

Let’s take a stroll down Smear Memory Lane, shall we?

  • February 21: The Times publishes a story that accuses him of having an affair with a lobbyist — or at least wanting to have an affair with her — based on the word of two disgruntled former staffers, who tell a ridiculous story about confronting McCain without any of his senior advisers ever knowing about it.  (I wrote extensively about this at Captain’s Quarters.)
  • March 7: Elisabeth Bumiller writes a story about McCain exploding in anger over a question she asked; video later shows she lied.
  • March 10: The Times has Dr. Lawrence Altman issue a prognosis on McCain’s skin cancer with the handicap of never having been in his presence.  They also criticize him for not releasing his medical records, despite the fact that he did in 1999, and that no other candidate had, either.  In fact, Barack Obama still has not released his medical records.
  • April 10: Continuing in its tradition of fortunetelling in its news sections, the Times tells its readers that McCain may come under the influence of dreaded neocons.  Its source?  Another person who doesn’t talk with McCain.
  • May 4: The editorial board scolds McCain for not releasing his medical records — even though they note that he planned to do so on May 23rd. To date, they still have not once demanded that Barack Obama release his medical records, nor Joe Biden.
  • May 21: After the editorial, the McCain campaign refused to invite a reporter from the Times to the press conference in which McCain would release his records.  The Times tell the campaign that they will write a negative story about the records unless they get their invite.  I publish the story and ask for a response; the Times refuses to comment.
  • May 22, 24: The hit piece comes out, and it’s a weak complaint about the release of the records being “tightly controlled.”  In 1999, though, McCain had fewer media outlets and earned the praise of the Times for his openness.
  • July 30: The paper that ran the “General Betray-Us” ad scolds McCain for his negative campaigning, failing to mention that Obama actually started running negative ads first.

Believe me, this is not a comprehensive list.

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Biden: Your patriotic if you pay more taxes… And your Catholic too……

Posted by iusbvision on September 19, 2008

I like Joe Biden because I think that he is a pretty moral and decent guy. Unfortunately for Joe, foreign policy wise he has been on the wrong side of history too many times. Biden, while well intentioned, has earned a reputation of a “gaffemaster” by making VERY insensative and inartful comments.

Today, once again, Biden has proved to be the gift that keeps on giving. had such a stellar analysis that I KNOW I can’t improve upon so there is the link and here is an excerpt:


While Barack Obama tries to call John McCain a “liar” for saying Obama will raise taxes on a wide swath of Americans, Joe Biden tells America that paying higher taxes is … patriotic? The Democratic VP told Good Morning America today that “it’s time to be patriotic” and start allowing Uncle Sam to take even more of your paycheck.

America’s economic woes have nothing to do with taxes. Biden offered a non-sequitur yesterday when asked about the need to bail out AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Bear Stearns. He blamed the problems on tax cuts, which makes no sense at all.

That’s akin to blaming your doctor’s Mercedes for the broken arm you got playing soccer. Tax policy had nothing to do with the credit crisis. They are two completely separate issues.The government did not underregulate the credit industry from a lack of necessary funding, and in any case, the tax cuts produced higher revenues for Washington, not lower revenues. The credit crisis came from bad lending decisions pushed by government mandates, and a lack of oversight driven by lobbyist-fed laziness.

Who were two of the CEOs who got big bailout packages from the Fannie/Freddie GSEs? Jim Johnson and Franklin Raines. Which candidate has them as advisers to his campaign? Barack Obama.
Now Biden wants to tell us that paying higher taxes is patriotic. You know what would be patriotic? Congressmen like Barack Obama and Joe Biden attacking government spending…..

Most Americans look at their tax bite and figure they’re patriotic enough. They’d prefer electing people who start acting responsibly with their money, rather than demand even more from them to prove their patriotism.


Newt Gingrich on Biden’s comment: Their desire to rip off people of more of their money, and than disguise it as “patriotism” is disingenuously disguising patriotism for his will to have bigger government.

Our Take: I wonder, are the 40% of the people who pay no federal income tax already somehow less patriotic? Maybe everyone should pay something so we are all patriotic? Maybe I can write a check and get a “Patriotic” button from the IRS.


It gets better Wow Hotair is on fire tonight (Biden is going to eat crow for this one) –

Joe Biden decided to double down on his ridiculous statement from this morning that patriotic people wouldn’t complain about paying higher taxes.  Instead of simply shrugging it off or backing away from the statment, as almost anyone else would have done, Biden instead justified higher taxes by making it a duty — as a Catholic:

“Catholic social doctrine as I was taught it is, you take care of people who need the help the most,” he said. “Now it’d be different if you could make the case to me that by giving this tax cut to the very wealthy, everybody else was going to be better off. We saw what happened the last eight years when we gave that tax cut.”

I’m really beginning to believe that Joe Biden got his Catholic instruction from Father Guido Sarducci and Sister Mary Elephant.  Leaving aside the ridiculous notion that a politician poses as a Catholic on social issues and still supports abortion, Catholics are taught to act as individuals to assist the poor.  Nowhere in Catholic doctrine (the catechism) can one find the notion that taxes are required for this purpose.

In fact, in seven out of eight references to taxes in the catechism, taxes are mentioned in context of “tax collectors” — people who today would be called Quislings or thieves, and perhaps both.  In only one instance does Church doctrine talk about paying tax, when Paragraph 586 notes the significance of Jesus paying the temple tax, which also has nothing to do with acts of charity.

And speaking of Biden’s Catholic duty, he seems very free at confiscating the money of others while demonstrating little charity on his own.  His tax returns show an average of $369 a year in charitable contributions, a miserly 0.3% of his income.  If Biden wants to help the poor and downtrodden, then he needs to start by using his own resources before going after the pocketbooks of others.

UPDATE: McCain already making Biden pay the price:

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If I Were McCain’s Communications Director I Would….

Posted by iusbvision on September 19, 2008

Right now I am looking at the stuff from the McCain camp and they must be careful not to get mired in the tactical mud too much although there still needs to be tactical responses like the Raines ad. BUT…overall…don’t get off the strategic message with the whole “Maverick” theme.

Tactical – do more Raines and Johnson ads… when they lie and deny that these people have/are working for the campaign – show the string of newspaper articles that show otherwise.

Tactical – do ANOTHER Obama sex ed k-12 ad – except just have the guy reading the text of that section of the bill while showing the text on the screen in that type-font that those bills have…PROVE you were right on that issue and put that ad on THE VIEW and make Joy Behar eat crow.

But keep in mind……

Obama is trying to get the McCain Camp off message.

Less guys with the killer radio voice doing ads, send Palin out there to say that this influence peddling that the banks and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are doing to Congress is the exact same deal that energy companies were doing to Alaska Government. They used the power of donations to lean on the government to keep the regulators at bay till it exploded. Have Palin name names and start blasting people as corrupt. 

It is mostly Democrats who have done this influence peddling but there are some Republicans as well, run against them all, run against Chris Cox, Barney Frank, Harry Reid, Chris Dodd and Obama. Run against Congress and the Security Exchange Commission. Name names.

Run against Pelosi on drilling – use that video where she says to a protester “can we drill in your heads”

Name names…. did I forget to mention that?

McCain promised to do this very thing in his convention speech so why not start now?

Seriously if I were McCain’s communications director I would do it. The American people are sick of this and wanna see some blood – I would give it to them….. not to mention it has the virtue of being true.

A maverick Washington outsider can have credibility doing this. When they fire back at Palin they will be attacking her and not the top of the ticket.

Palin did more than just defeat those people who were corrupt in Alaska- she tore them down. It’s time to let Sarah do what she does best. Let’s see the pit bull.


Update – McCain points the economic probblems out as the influence peddling scandal that it is. Our analysis was spot on and ahead of the curve. McCain:

“We’ve heard a lot of words from Senator Obama over the course of this campaign. But maybe just this once he could spare us the lectures, and admit to his own poor judgment in contributing to these problems. The crisis on Wall Street started in the Washington culture of lobbying and influence peddling, and he was square in the middle of it.”

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