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Archive for October 4th, 2008

BREAKING: LA NOW President Endorses Palin!

Posted by iusbvision on October 4, 2008

http://gretawire.foxnews.com/2008/10/04/oh-oh-expect-fireworks-big-time/

OH-OH …EXPECT FIREWORKS … BIG TIME!!

Just got this email from FNC embed producer….as soon as it came in and I saw it, my eyes popped out!!  I know this woman!!   I read it to my husband…and he agrees!  This endorsement is going to really going to cause a storm!!  Hang on to your seat! Read!

From: Gomez, Serafin
To:
Sent: Sat Oct 04 18:05:43 2008
Subject: Head of NOW. LA chapter Endorses Palin

Carson, CA-

The head of the LA chapter of National Organization for Women has just endorsed Gov Palin @ campaign rally. Not speaking NOW or her chapter she said but as an individual. ” This is what a feminist looks like,” she just before handing it over to SLP.
Serafin Gomez
Producer, FNC Political Unit
Washington Bureau

UPDATE: VIDEO

Hotair.com comments HERE

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Brilliant Black Conservative Episode III

Posted by iusbvision on October 4, 2008

Our first two installments of video’s from the brilliant black conservative are HERE and HERE.

Today the brilliant black conservative lectures Republicans who are intolerant of Christians. Now this does not get talked about a lot, but there is a wing of activist Republicans who HATE anyone who believes in God. Most of them are people who read Atlas Shrugged before they were emotionally or spiritually mature enough to handle it and just didn’t handle it with any sense of perspective. One of the reasons I stopped chatting with many of the people at Protest Warrior is because of this hate, and for some reason the owner of the site who is a practicing Jew let this hatred go on. Even some of the moderators got in on it. I don’t like to associate myself with extremists or haters (I know before you say it.. then why are you going to college Chuck.. ok ya got me there but lets move on) so I don’t participate.

Mr. Brilliant is talking about Free-Republic today. The “freepers” as they are known mostly are a good group of people, but they have a core of activists who hate people who show religion. I stopped participating there for the same reason Mr. Brilliant has. While the freepers link to my writings and like the stuff I write, they need to deal with or educate the group of people there who are just plain intolerant. Of course activist left wingers are openly hostile to Christians, but that is common knowledge, this group of intolerate Republicans does not get discussed much so I am glad that Mr. Brilliant is taking them on. He also takes on those in the black community who hate those who are different.

Mr. Brilliant explains why he supports the McCain/Palin ticket

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Thomas Sowell Asks: Do Facts Matter?

Posted by iusbvision on October 4, 2008

Famed Author and Economist Thomas Sowell

Famed Author and Economist Thomas Sowell

by Thomas Sowell 

Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”

Unfortunately, the future of this country, as well as the fate of the Western world, depends on how many people can be fooled on election day, just a few weeks from now.

Right now, the polls indicate that a whole lot of the people are being fooled a whole lot of the time.

The current financial bailout crisis has propelled Barack Obama back into a substantial lead over John McCain– which is astonishing in view of which man and which party has had the most to do with bringing on this crisis.

It raises the question: Do facts matter? Or is Obama’s rhetoric and the media’s spin enough to make facts irrelevant?

Fact Number One: It was liberal Democrats, led by Senator Christopher Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, who for years– including the present year– denied that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taking big risks that could lead to a financial crisis.

It was Senator Dodd, Congressman Frank and other liberal Democrats who for years refused requests from the Bush administration to set up an agency to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

It was liberal Democrats, again led by Dodd and Frank, who for years pushed for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to go even further in promoting subprime mortgage loans, which are at the heart of today’s financial crisis.

Alan Greenspan warned them four years ago. So did the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to the President. So did Bush’s Secretary of the Treasury, five years ago.

Yet, today, what are we hearing? That it was the Bush administration “right-wing ideology” of “de-regulation” that set the stage for the financial crisis. Do facts matter?

We also hear that it is the free market that is to blame. But the facts show that it was the government that pressured financial institutions in general to lend to subprime borrowers, with such things as the Community Reinvestment Act and, later, threats of legal action by then Attorney General Janet Reno if the feds did not like the statistics on who was getting loans and who wasn’t.

Is that the free market? Or do facts not matter?

Then there is the question of being against the “greed” of CEOs and for “the people.” Franklin Raines made $90 million while he was head of Fannie Mae and mismanaging that institution into crisis.

Who in Congress defended Franklin Raines? Liberal Democrats, including Maxine Waters and the Congressional Black Caucus, at least one of whom referred to the “lynching” of Raines, as if it was racist to hold him to the same standard as white CEOs.

Even after he was deposed as head of Fannie Mae, Franklin Raines was consulted this year by the Obama campaign for his advice on housing!

The Washington Post criticized the McCain campaign for calling Raines an adviser to Obama, even though that fact was reported in the Washington Post itself on July 16th. The technicality and the spin here is that Raines is not officially listed as an adviser. But someone who advises is an adviser, whether or not his name appears on a letterhead.

The tie between Barack Obama and Franklin Raines is not all one-way. Obama has been the second-largest recipient of Fannie Mae’s financial contributions, right after Senator Christopher Dodd.

But ties between Obama and Raines? Not if you read the mainstream media.

Rabbi Dennis Prager makes the same case

Facts don’t matter much politically if they are not reported.

The media alone are not alone in keeping the facts from the public. Republicans, for reasons unknown, don’t seem to know what it is to counter-attack. They deserve to lose.

But the country does not deserve to be put in the hands of a glib and cocky know-it-all, who has accomplished absolutely nothing beyond the advancement of his own career with rhetoric, and who has for years allied himself with a succession of people who have openly expressed their hatred of America.

Our complete coverage of the mortgage bailout crisis, who got paid, who benefited and who is lying, is HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HEREHERE, HEREHERE and HERE. – Editor

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VIDEO: Palin’s Post Debate Party

Posted by iusbvision on October 4, 2008

Thanks to Gateway Pundit for the Pictures!

Sarah with Emma

Sarah with Emma

Piper Autographs

The press looking sour

The press looking sour

Bidens Post Debate Party

Bidens Post Debate Party

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Biden Used to Stand on Principle – What Happened?

Posted by iusbvision on October 4, 2008

This post is stickied, please scroll down for new updates. For reference the Palin/Biden fact check article is HERE – Editor

What happened to the honorable Senator who said that he would rather lose an election than vote to cut off funding for the troops? What happened to the man who said he would be honored to be John McCain’s running mate? What happened to the man in this video?

Senator Biden on Meet the Press with Tim Russert in September 2007:

Joe Biden: “And, look, Tim, if you tell me I’ve got to take away this protection for these kids in order to win the election, some things aren’t worth it. Some things are worth losing over. That would be worth losing over.

Hundreds of lives are being saved and will be saved by us sending these vehicles over which we are funding with this supplemental legislation. And I want to ask any of my other colleagues, would they, in fact, vote to cut off the money for those troops to protect them? That’s the right question. This isn’t cutting off the war. This is cutting off support that will save the lives of thousands of American troops.”

Palin at the debate:

You also said that Barack Obama was not ready to be commander in chief. And I know again that you opposed the move he made to try to cut off funding for the troops and I respect you for that. I don’t know how you can defend that position now, but I know that you know especially with your son in the National Guard and I have great respect for your family also and the honor that you show our military. Barack Obama though, another story there. Anyone I think who can cut off funding for the troops after promising not to is another story.

Hat Tip Gateway Pundit for the video!

By the way, where is the elite media doing any basic fact checking on this issue?

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An Appeal to Reason

Posted by iusbvision on October 4, 2008

I certainly share some feelings with you all about how poor this bill bailout was. I have written several articles explaining just how poor this bill was, inspite of the some of the improvements that the holdouts in Congress insisted upon.  We saw the mortgage industry crash in a matter of days, a credit crunch they said, well now look at our deficit. Both parties are spending like crazy, how long can we keep this up till the government’s debt creates the mother of all credit crunches?

Markets go up and down; does anyone believe that if Congress took a few more days to really improve this bill that the market would not have eventually recovered? Instead they filled it with pork to buy a few more votes.

Kirsten Powers (Democrat Strategist) Rips Obama and Congress – Praises Palin  

This just goes to show that there is a massive bipartisan problem with Congress and it needs an ethics and procedural reform overhaul.

Except for the extremists who are mired by hate, this is one issue that is bringing more regular Republican and Democrat voters together.

People need to wake up, on some of the wedge issues too. Just because Palin is pro-life doesn’t mean that she is an activist out to change the law, she never tried to change the law in Alaska.

Palin took down a billion dollar corruption ring in her own party and corruption is now my number one issue period after this debacle that was totally avoidable. Obama and Biden have no intention of dealing with this problem. Instead they want to spend a trillion more. Enough. How much more of OUR trillion will be pisssed away in corruption and influence peddling? 

As far as McCain, I guess all I can do is pray that he is serious about this whole “maverick” thing. If he is and if McCain/Palin win, expect the old boys network in both parties and the elite media to try and destroy them. Lets face facts, lots of people have been killed for lots less money than is being spread due to influence peddling and corruption in and around Congress. Compared to these issues, the other issues that seperate traditional Republicans and Democrats are starting to look smaller and smaller.

So many people just point at Bush or Clinton, and while they have certainly had their errors, Americans need to wake up to the real problem that has been most of the problem all along: a Congress that as an institution is a self first, country last, disaster. They know that the American people are not watching what they do very carefully and the press isn’t either. This must change if our republic is to survive.

I see that some democrats are getting as upset over what is happening as I am:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srvIlqepSaI

http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/i-am-a-racist/

http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/obama-rescues-himself-from-all-campaign-promises/

http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/scratching-post-saturday-night-my-encounter-with-an-obama-canvasser/

http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/obama-supportersstill-creepy/

Of course we can’t forget Hillbuzz  – the big Hillary Blog that has also said that they have had enough.

And Lynn Rothschild

So are some Republicans:

http://thurbersthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/10/im-bitter-and-resentful-over-bailout.html

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/10/03/liveblogging-crap-sandwich-20-the-house-bailout-debate/

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NY Times – More Palin Smears – More Covering Up of Obama’s Record – UPDATE AP Calls Palin Racist!

Posted by iusbvision on October 4, 2008

UPDATE III: MSNBC asks Is this AP or the DailyKOS? Hotair.com comments HERE.

UPDATE II: Palin on Obama Palling Around With a Terrorist

I know what you are going to say… so what else is new right?

The same newspaper that ran three front page stories on BRISTOL Palin on the same day, the same newspaper that accused John McCain of having an affair with a lobbyist based on second hand innuendo right after he secured the nomination, the same media who went over Sarah Palin’s daily expense reports, found every bogus allegation and innuendo made by every one of her political enemies and presented it as fact. Now it’s those horrible Palin’s are millionaires…

Of course to the NYT those who have a combined family income over over $120k a year must be millionaires… when you include the value of their house, their family business AND their retirement fund. So small business owners if I took your home, business and retirement fund and added it all up and if it came close to a million in value, you too are “the rich” and need to be taxed up the wazoo. This is why Donald Trump said, when Democrats talk about taxing the rich, they end up taxing a lot of others people too.

The Palin’s released their tax returns and they show that they give more money to charity in one year than Biden gave in eight in spite of the fact that she makes far less money… so what does the NYT have to say

Financial Papers Show Palins’ Assets Top $1 Million

The McCain campaign released financial documents on Friday indicating that Gov. Darah Palin of Alaska had assets over $1 million, consisting largely of an ample retirement portfolio, real estate and her husband’s commercial fishing business.

Ms. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, kept her tax rate low by putting all of her investments in tax-deferred accounts. In addition, she did not report as income the $17,000 that she received in per diem payments from the state while she remained at her home in Wasilla.

[further down in the story we find out that they aren’t really millionaires….]

Tax returns for 2007 and 2006 show that Ms. Palin and her husband, Todd, had diverse sources of income. In addition to her salary as governor, there were capital gains from the sale of a snowmobile and income from Mr. Palin’s winnings in the annual Iron Dog snow-machine race.

The Palins reported taxable income in 2007 of $166,080, consisting largely of Ms. Palin’s salary as governor. The couple paid $24,738 in taxes on this income, at a tax rate of around 15 percent. But in 2006, the couple reported taxable income of $127,869, which consisted mainly of Mr. Palin’s income from BP Exploration Alaska and an income of less than $5,000 for Ms. Palin from the State of Alaska before she was elected governor.

The article also states that Palin should have declared her Per Diem as governor. Per Diem is reimbursements for expenses and not income. The Per Diem she got was for travel & Food to Anchorage & back while she slept at her home in Wasilla at night. Palin did not even claim as much per Diem as she is allowed by law and her expenses have been 80% less than the previous governor…..but of course no reason for trhe NYT to mention those little details is there?  

This is the part that just kills me….

Yet for a couple with modest incomes, the Palins have amassed a sizable portfolio that consists mainly of retirement investments and real estate.

The disclosure form listed the portfolio’s value as from $300,000 to $850,000. … 

Amassed a SIZABLE… LOL – Folks this $300k to 850K number includes their home, the value of their business and their RETIREMENT funds. Anyone with a lick of sense knows if you have $300K in a retirement fund you need to start saving more because 300k wont last you 25 years after retirement and many say 850k might not last unless you live very frugally,

And Now FINALLY after 20 months on the campaign the New York TImes exposes Barack Obama’s relationship with unapologetic former terrorist William Ayers… ok not exposes… how about lies about and covers up..

The New York Times says that Obama and Ayres “crossed paths” a few times. They leave out that Obama’s career was started by a meet the candidate meeting in Ayres home. They totally whitewash the time Ayers and Obama worked together at the Woods Foundation and at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

Stenley Kurtz has been writing a series of articles on Obama and Ayers based on the records of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge that are stored at the University of Chicago and those records show that the NYT is spinning for Obama yet again. Obama shared the goals and values of Ayers while funneling charity funds to far left political groups. Part of what they did was to misuse Annenberg charity funds to teach radicalized teachers to radicalize students and the records state so clearly. This would explain why the Obama campaign has been trying to use dirty tricks to stop Stanley Kurtz and WGN radio from discussing this information.

We have written extensively on this story and the extraordinary efforts to silence it HERE, HEREHERE and     HERE.  Hotair.com comments on the Ayres story HERE.

 

UPDATE I:  NoQuarters Blog obtained letters from Brown University showing that William Ayers picked who was to serve on the board of CAC. Thus even further demonstrating that Ayres handpicked Obama to chair it…as of the University of Chicago records werent enough. This is example number 285,973 of how the NYT is in the tank for the Democrats. Of course the Obama campaign said that Ayres had nothing to do with gatting Obama on the board of CAC….

UPDATE III: AP Calls Palin Racist

Her reference to Obama’s relationship with William Ayers, a member of the Vietnam-era Weather Underground, was exaggerated at best if not outright false. No evidence shows they were “pals” or even close when they worked on community boards years ago and Ayers hosted a political event for Obama early in his career. http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D93KD6Q00&show_article=1

Anyone who just looks at the record knows otherwise, and this info is easy to find even with an internet search engine. Republicans have got to come to terms with the fact that they are just not running against their opponents; they are running against the elite media as well. The only way to shock them into telling the truth is to humiliate them publicly and aggressively with the facts, calling them out as liars and aggressively debunking each wrong story and calling out the reporters by name at campaign stops. It is how FIRE gets corrupt college administrators to behave and Republicans should adopt the same strategy for the truth.

UPDATE IV: Makin comments HERE – Hotair comments HERE. Patterico has a brilliant commentary HERE.

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Palin gives more to charity in 1 year than Biden did in 8 and she has less income.

Posted by iusbvision on October 4, 2008

The Hill Magazine:

Palin gives more to charity than Biden
By Sam Youngman

Posted: 10/03/08

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made considerably less money than rival Sen. Joe Biden, but the Palin family gave more to charity in the last two years than Biden has in the last eight combined, according to Palin’s tax records released Friday afternoon.

Palin, the running mate of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), and her husband Todd reported meager earnings from 2006 and 2007, at least by presidential-politics standards.

In 2006, the Palins paid $11,944 in taxes on $127,869 in income. In 2007, they paid $24,738 on $166,080.

But in 2006, they donated $4,880 to charity, and in 2007, they donated $3,325.

By contrast, Biden (D-Del.), Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s running mate, has donated a total of $3,690 since 1998 despite his higher Senate salary, according to an analysis posted by National Review.

Hotair.com weighs in:

Recall what Barack Obama said in his appearance at the Saddleback Forum in August:

“Americans’ greatest moral failure in my lifetime,” he said, “has been that we still don’t abide by that basic precept in Matthew that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.”

And what Biden claimed as the moral imperative from soaking people with higher taxes:

“Catholic social doctrine as I was taught it is, you take care of people who need the help the most.”

Once again, we see that liberals talk about charity, and conservatives take action.  The Palins have been quite generous with their cash, while Biden has given far less on an annual basis with a much larger income stream.  Since the two Democrats keep claiming the charitable impulse for spending other people’s money, it’s revealing to once again compare Biden’s own personal giving to his political rhetoric, and to his opponent in November. And of course next to no elite media coverage.

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