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Archive for December, 2008

POLL: Sarah Palin Most Desired Celebrity Neighbor – Beats Oprah

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2008

People like Sarah Palin, and so do I. She is one of the rare politicians who tells the truth and follows through on campiagn promises.  Beating Oprah is an indicator of just how powerful Palin was able to become in spite of a flawed campaign with McCain’s incompetent communications machine and a hostile press. Judging by her incredible ability to generate donations from regular people you can be confident that we will see more of the most popular governor in the union. – Editor 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If they had to live next door to a celebrity, American adults would most like to be neighbors with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and chat show host Oprah Winfrey.

But trouble-prone pop star Britney Spears would be the worst celebrity neighbor, according to a survey published on Tuesday of the most and least desirable well-known faces Americans would have in their backyard.

Republican vice presidential candidate Palin topped the poll of most desirable celebrity neighbors with 14 percent, closely followed by Winfrey, who was particularly popular with women.

Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps was heavily favored by men but came in third with 9 percent overall.

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Profiles in Stupid: Atheist Group Files Lawsuit Against Prayer at Presidential Inauguration

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2008

George Washington started the “So Help me God” tradition and the same guys who passed the Bill of Rights are the same guys who supported laws saying that you could not hold State office unless you were a Christian.

Fox News:

The head of an atheist group that has filed a lawsuit against prayer at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration says the government is picking a winner between “believers” and “those who don’t believe” and subjecting atheists and agnostics to someone else’s religious beliefs.

Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has joined with Michael Newdow, who fought to have the words “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, in a federal lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Presidential Inaugural Committee from sponsoring prayers at the official inauguration. 

The 34-page legal complaint similarly seeks to enjoin Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., from adding the phrase “So help me God” to the presidential oath of office.

“We’re hoping to stop prayer and religious rituals at governmental functions, especially at the inauguration,” Barker told FOX News Radio.

A little note called the Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. Thanksgiving was passed by act of Congress as a national holiday by the same people who wrote the Bill of Rights. It is Old English folks, the spelling is correct for the time:

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houfes of Congress have, by their joint committee, requefted me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to eftablifh a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and affign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of thefe States to the fervice of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our fincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the fignal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpofitions of His providence in the courfe and conclufion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have fince enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to eftablish Conftitutions of government for our fafety and happinefs, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are bleffed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffufing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleafed to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in moft humbly offering our prayers and fupplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and befeech Him to pardon our national and other tranfgreffions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private ftations, to perform our feveral and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a bleffing to all the people by conftantly being a Government of wife, juft, and conftitutional laws, difcreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all fovereigns and nations (especially fuch as have shewn kindnefs unto us); and to blefs them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increafe of fcience among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind fuch a degree of temporal profperity as he alone knows to be beft.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand feven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

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AWESOME: New York Times Sued for Libel by Lobbyist the Paper Directly Implied Was Sleeping With McCain

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2008

Remember the story? As soon as John McCain secured the nomination the NYT launched a deliberately and carefully worded smear piece that accused John McCain of having an affair with a lobbyist.

Now that lobbyist is taking the NYT to court for “false light libel” and from what we have learned about the story it was malicious and not just merely incompetent.

For those of you who are not First Amendment guru’s such as your truly, an example of false light libel would be the following:

The “tribune” sends a staff photographer to take a picture of the local strip joint. The local strip joint has a small mom and pop grocery store next to it. Your wife is walking to that grocery store and is in front of the strip joint when the picture is snapped, making it look like your wife is going into the strip joint to work. That picture appears on the front page of the paper.

The “tribune” ends up paying damages to your wife. In a nutshell that is how false light libel works. It is made worse in this New York Times incident because after the story was investigated, no responsible journalist would have worded the story and presented the narrative it did. The aggravating circumstances are compounded because the New York Times sat on the story for months to launch it at just the right time. While proving the story was malicious in court based on this evidence alone is shaky, odds are the discovery process will yield more information. Considering the NYT serious revenue issues, this is the last thing they needed.

AP:

Washington lobbyist sues The New York Times over article linking her with McCain

 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Washington lobbyist sued The New York Times for $27 million Tuesday over an article that she says gave the false impression she had an affair with Sen. John McCain in 1999.The newspaper stood by the story.

Vicki L. Iseman filed the defamation suit in U.S. District Court in Richmond. It also names as defendants the Times’ executive editor, its Washington bureau chief and four reporters.

Iseman represented telecommunications companies before the Senate Commerce Committee, which McCain chaired. In February, as McCain was seeking the Republican presidential nomination, the Times reported that McCain aides once worried the relationship between Iseman and McCain had turned romantic.

The article said that both McCain and Iseman denied any romantic relationship, but the lawsuit says most readers would find that obligatory.

“That The New York Times would make such aggressive and sensational allegations and insinuations in the face of on-the-record denials by Ms. Iseman and Senator McCain only reinforced the message to readers that The New York Times in fact believed that Ms. Iseman and Senator McCain had indeed engaged in an `inappropriate relationship,’ a relationship that was romantic, unethical, and a conflict of interest,” the lawsuit says. “Otherwise, reasonable readers would conclude, The New York Times would never have printed the story at all.”

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Israel, Hamas, and moral idiocy

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2008

[This is a letter to the editor of the Christian Science Monitor by Prof. Alan Dershowitz. It really hits a homerun with an eloquent explanation of the current situation. – Editor]

Much of the world’s response is a false moral equivalence that simply encourages the terrorists.

Israel’s decision to take military action against Hamas rocket attacks targeting its civilian population has been long in coming. I vividly recall a visit my wife and I took to the Israeli city of Sderot on March 20 of this year. Over the past four years, Palestinian terrorists – in particular, Hamas and Islamic Jihad – have fired more than 2,000 rockets at this civilian area, which is home to mostly poor and working-class people.

The rockets are designed exclusively to maximize civilian deaths, and some have barely missed schoolyards, kindergartens, hospitals, and school buses. But others hit their targets, killing more than a dozen civilians since 2001, including in February 2008 a father of four who had been studying at the local university. These anticivilian rockets have also injured and traumatized countless children.

The residents of Sderot were demanding that their nation take action to protect them. But Israel’s postoccupation military options were limited, since Hamas deliberately fires its deadly rockets from densely populated urban areas, and the Israeli army has a strict policy of trying to avoid civilian casualties.

The firing of rockets at civilians from densely populated civilian areas is the newest tactic in the war between terrorists who love death and democracies that love life. The terrorists have learned how to exploit the morality of democracies against those who do not want to kill civilians, even enemy civilians.

The attacks on Israeli citizens have little to do with what Israel does or does not do. They have everything to do with an ideology that despises – and openly seeks to destroy – the Jewish state. Consider that rocket attacks increased substantially after Israel disengaged from Gaza in 2005, and they accelerated further after Hamas seized control last year.

In the past months, a shaky cease-fire, organized by Egypt, was in effect. Hamas agreed to stop the rockets and Israel agreed to stop taking military action against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. The cease-fire itself was morally dubious and legally asymmetrical.

Israel, in effect, was saying to Hamas: If you stop engaging in the war crime of targeting our innocent civilians, we will stop engaging in the entirely lawful military acts of targeting your terrorists. Under the cease-fire, Israel reserved the right to engage in self-defense actions such as attacking terrorists who were in the course of firing rockets at its civilians.

Just before the hostilities began, Israel reopened a checkpoint to allow humanitarian aid to reenter Gaza. It had closed the point of entry after it had been targeted by Gazan rockets. Israel’s prime minister, Ehud Olmert, also issued a stern, final warning to Hamas that unless it stopped the rockets, there would be a full-scale military response. The Hamas rockets continued and Israel kept its word, implementing a carefully prepared targeted air attack against Hamas targets.

On Sunday, I spoke to the air force general, now retired, who worked on the planning of the attack. He told me of the intelligence and planning that had gone into preparing for the contingency that the military option might become necessary. The Israeli air force had pinpointed with precision the exact locations of Hamas structures in an effort to minimize civilian casualties.

Even Hamas sources have acknowledged that the vast majority of those killed have been Hamas terrorists, though some civilian casualties are inevitable when, as BBC’s Rushdi Abou Alouf – who is certainly not pro-Israel – reported, “The Hamas security compounds are in the middle of the city.” Indeed, his home balcony was just 20 meters away from a compound he saw bombed.

There have been three types of international response to the Israeli military actions against the Hamas rockets. Not surprisingly, Iran, Hamas, and other knee-jerk Israeli-bashers have argued that the Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians are entirely legitimate and that the Israeli counterattacks are war crimes.

Equally unsurprising is the response of the United Nations, the European Union, Russia, and others who, at least when it comes to Israel, see a moral and legal equivalence between terrorists who target civilians and a democracy that responds by targeting the terrorists.

And finally, there is the United States and a few other nations that place the blame squarely on Hamas for its unlawful and immoral policy of using its own civilians as human shields, behind whom they fire rockets at Israeli civilians.

The most dangerous of the three responses is not the Iranian-Hamas absurdity, which is largely ignored by thinking and moral people, but the United Nations and European Union response, which equates the willful murder of civilians with legitimate self-defense pursuant to Article 51 of the United Nations Charter.

This false moral equivalence only encourages terrorists to persist in their unlawful actions against civilians. The US has it exactly right by placing the blame on Hamas, while urging Israel to do everything possible to minimize civilian casualties.

Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter professor of law at Harvard Law School. His latest book is “The Case Against Israel’s Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the Way of Peace.”

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Obama’s Kenyan Birth Evidence to be Revealed January 2nd, Online

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2008

[Editor’s note – I was pretty surprised to see this headline in my email box this morning from Arlen Williams in his latest. It is pretty bold and since I am taking the risk at publishing this I certainly hope that they follow through on delivering the evidence. It is very important that this story be about the law, and not a partisan attempt to overturn an election. As editor, I decided not to publish this story until a lower court ruled that no voter has standing to to ask for someones Constitutionally mandated credentials to serve. A ruling that normal people are right to believe is preposterous, abandons the law and is politically motivated.

Also, why go through this dance in the courts for months, would it not be easier for Obama to just cough up a vault copy of his official birth certificate from Hawaii and just put an end to this? That is just another reason why this story is becoming more and more interesting and worthy of more serious attention.]

By Arlen Williams

A private investigator in Hawaii has uncovered the divorce decree for Barack Obama’s father and mother, which indicates they had “one child under the age of eighteen, born in Kenya.” That is the report of Ed Hale of PlainsRadio.com, an Internet radio site which has focused upon the natural born Citizen challenges to Obama’s presidential eligibility.

Hale announced this during his evening Internet broadcast on PlainsRadio.com, Tuesday, 12/30 and confirmed it with I.O. in an online interview, later that night. He reported that certified copies of this documentation have been sent from Hawaii by the investigator to himself and four others. Hale is to receive his copy today, Wednesday, 12/31 and plans to post it graphically on the site, during the day. He will also discuss this on a special Internet broadcast, between 6pm and 10pm Central Time, tonight. [I.O.,12/31, 2:30pm CT: Ed Hale has sent an email stating that his delivery has been delayed until Friday, 1/2. We wait another day for what he has to show. We can be patient in light of how long we wait for Barack Obama to admit the truth of his ineligibility per Article II (and show us the whole truth of his actual Hawaiian birth certificate, besides).] The site streams audio as soon as it is accessed via Web browser.

The Texan Internet entrepreneur relates he got fed up with the lack of documentation on Obama and decided to discuss ideas with his radio audience. His offer to hire an investigator was met with piecemeal sums of money from listeners to his broadcasts. Hale said some of the information one would expect to find was not available. For example, documentation from Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann’s divorce to her second husband, Lolo Soetoro had vanished. Hale speculates, the reason this forthcoming 1964 divorce decree had not also been “scrubbed” could be that the divorce had been filed not by Obama’smother, but by Barack H. Obama, Sr. Thus, it may have been overlooked by any plumbersfor Obama.

Hale does admit to incomplete certainty of his investigator’s work until he receives it, partially due to the PI’s accent, the telephone connection, and his slight hearing impediment. However, he is very confident of what he will receive during the day. Mark S. McGrew, who writes about Obama’s natural born Citizen problems for Pravda.ru, accompanied Hale in his broadcast and also expressed confidence. McGrew had sought publication in numerous American news outlets, but they turned down his articles referring to Obama’s apparent ineligibility. Russia’s Pravda however, decided his effort to find and report the truth was not to be redlined.

As often related, Barack Obama, due simply to his U.K. citizenship at birth via his Kenyan father, is not a natural born Citizen of America, by definition and the original intent for that term in the Constitution. The Supreme Court has turned down cases which make this point, but according to a September decision in a lower federal court (regarding John McCain’s eligibility problem) this would be due to a question of jurisdiction, until Congress is to certify the Electoral College vote on January 8. Further action is to occur, after this date. You may read about this in previous I.O. articles and the sites linked in its sidebar.

Meanwhile, on the question of Obama’s place of birth, professionals dealing with documents and forensic evidence have testified that the online “certificate of live birth” provided by Obama is not identifiable evidence of American birth. Now, if Obama’s parents’ divorce decree states that he was born in Kenya (as his Kenyan grandmother has repeatedly stated) the second epistemological wheel is coming off his vehicle to the White House.

Will Congress pay attention and do its Constitutional duty?

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Muslim Protestors in Copenhagen: “The Jews Are Allah’s Enemy”

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2008

Europe is foolish to let so many radicallized muslims immigrate, but one reason so many are let in is because antisemitism has never fallen out of fashion in Europe (Hat Tip Ed Morrissey).

So much for so called “Western European tolerance”.

Jews shot in Denmark:

A gunman wounded two Israelis working at a packed central Denmark shopping mall Wednesday, Danish police said.

The two wounded men are Israelis in their 20s, police spokesman Lars Thede said. He said it was too early to speculate on whether they were targeted because of their nationality.

Yup, just another isolated incident….

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Video Proof: Alex Jones is Psycho

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2008

So I was browsing around and ended up at our friends at FoundingBloggers.com. The nice folks there make short documentary films and I saw this and just had to post it.

Alex Jones says “Kill Michelle Malkin”

Hey Alex – perhaps your shrink can prescribe you some Ambilify….

Alex Jones has a radio program and has quite a following among moonbats and, those who suffer from BDS and the worst of the conspiracy theorists. The sad thing is, that almost half of what Jones says contains half truths, so those who are serious about some of the problems he talks about are sullied by this nut.

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Democrats Throwing Government Into Constitutional Crisis Over Willingness to Violate Due Process – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2008

The coverage of the Rod Blegojevich scandal at the IUSB Vision has been more fair, informative and educational than any other coverage we have seen.

We told you the evidence against Blagojevich and we have also told you how the Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is engaging in prosecutorial misconduct and is using the media to manipulate the jury pool in a way that is highly unethical. The Democrats, not wanting to take on Fitzgerald because he have them the Valerie Plame nonscandal to use against Republicans, and wanting to make sure that the investigation was cut short so as not to include other Democrats; have begun an active campaign to deny Governor Blagojevich his due process rights, including starting impeachment hearings against him while refusing to allow him the witnesses he needs for his defense. (See links HERE, HERE,  HERE and HERE).

The latest act of abandoning the time-honored right of innocent until proved guilty, the Democrat leader in the Senate, Harry Reid, says that he will not allow Roland Burris,whom Governor Blagojevich has nominated to replace Senator Obama in the Senate, to sit. Such an act is a blatant violation of the law.

The Constitution says that as long as a person is a citizen of the United States, a resident of the state that he represents and is over the age of 30 they may serve in the Senate. No other standards may be used to keep a person out of the Senate. Blagojevbich is the Governor and he is innocent until proved guilty and he is well within his powers to appoint Burris to the seat. Period.

These Democrats are the same people who said that Bush was violating Al-Qeada’s due process rights by holding them at GITMO (which was a lie) and now they feel free, because it is politically expedient, to trample the due process rights of Governor Blagojevich even if it means violating the written word of the Constitution to do so.

These same Democrats, who said that you are a racist if you judge Barack Obama by his close associations with radicals and criminals such as Tony Rezko, William Ayers, Rev. Wright, Minister Farrakhan, Pfleger, Khalidi and the list goes on and on are saying that Roland Burris, who has had a long political career in Illinois politics is not allowed to sit in the Senate because he is a Blagojevich ally. Talk about your guilt by association hypocrisy.

These same Democrats who claimed that Republicans would use the race card against Obama in the election (and didn’t by the way) are now using the race card as a blunt weapon. See the video below (thanks to Hotair.com for posting the video):

Update: Nope… no race card here…. (Hat Tip Allahpundit for the video link)

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Bibi Netanyahu Statement on Latest Israeli Military Action

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2008

Special thanks to Brian Sikma for the heads up on this video.

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Youtube Showing Anti-Semitic Bias Again – Censoring the New IDF Channel

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2008

Thats right I said again…

Via the great Michelle Malkin:

Color me unsurprised: Bob Owens notes that YouTube is censoring content on the Israeli Defense Forces video channel.

YouTube didn’t earn the AllahTube and DhimmiTube nicknames for nothing!

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Greg Jarrett Takes Lying Palestinian Apologist Apart

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2008

This is an example of the outrageous antisemitic and anti-israeli propaganda that is peddled by the media in Europe, the Middle-East and some far left sources around the world and in some universities. Greg Jarrett isn’t having it and its about time someone stood up to liars like these.

Special thanks to Hotair.com for posting the videos.

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Best of O’Reilly Factor Ambushes 2008

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2008

A must see. While I have a small degree of sympathy for these guys, half a dozen satellite trucks were outside of Joe the Plumber’s house and no one, but no one in the elite media was trying to get tough interviews with the following jokers.

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AP Attacks Palin in Birth Announcement….

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2008

Follow the link for the gory details…..

AP Attacks Gov. Palin EVEN in Birth Announcement of Grandson
By Warner Todd Huston (Bio | Archive)
December 30, 2008 – 01:40 ET

The Associated Press is classy, indeed. They can’t even keep sniping at Sarah Palin out of a story announcing the blessed birth of her grandson. Ah, but wait, it gets even more annoying because not only did the AP snipe at Palin in its first birth announcement story, once called on it the AP went back twice to rearrange the piece rewriting history to make it seem as if they never sniped at her in the first place.

Initially, the AP attacked Palin in its very first paragraph saying that daughter Bristol’s pregnancy was the thing that caused Palin’s candidacy to “go downhill.” At 7:20 PM the AP gave us this: (Bold my emphasis)…

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2008/12/30/ap-attacks-gov-palin-even-birth-announcement-granddaughter

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ABOUT FACE: Now the Elite Media is Concerned Where The Terrorists Will Go if GITMO is Closed…

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2008

I predicted this one….

By Alan Gomez, USA TODAY

President-elect Barack Obama vowed on the campaign trail to shut down the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay. But he never said what he would do with the prisoners there.

What to do with the 250 alleged foreign terrorists at the Cuba prison is the real question facing Obama, experts say.

Terrorism experts and two recent analyses of unclassified information on the prison population indicate the men who remain there are either committed, highly skilled al-Qaeda operatives too dangerous to ever free, or Islamists whose native countries would do little to prevent them from rejoining the jihad.

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Former UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman Gives Aljezeera Reporter a Dose of Reality

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2008

Hamas, as per the usual tactic in Gaza for many years, uses kids as human shields and places missiles and mortars in residential areas and at schools etc. Dan Gillerman says, “If you go to sleep at night next to a missile don’t be surprised if you don’t wake up in the morning.”

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The Enemy We Face: Taliban Homicide Bomber Targets Kids Going to School

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2008

…14 school children dead.

Those who have the mentality for this need to be destroyed.

Hat Tip Long War Journal and Hotair.com.

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UNC Violating Student’s Legal Rights; One Faculty Member Stands to Fight

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2008

UNC (University of North Carolina) has been on these pages before. It is like they never learn. Violating student rights, faculty rights, persecution of faculty and students for partisan political reasons and lying about it. The latest time UNC appeared here is with the UNC participation in “the war on Christmas” by America hating secular leftists that Bill O’Reilly and John Gibson have brought to light.

UNC is embroiled in at least one federal civil rights lawsuit for their illegal behavior (that I know of) and who knows where the latest incident will take us. Since the fraternity involved has decided to fight the illegal and unconstitutional treatment it has received from UNC, perhaps we may see FIRE, the ACLU, and other groups join in and assist in the matter.

The fraternity had a banner with many things on it, one of the items portrayed on the banner was a confederate flag made some consternation by Southern Democrats flying it over their state houses.  Lets get one thing clear. The display of flags, the display of flags up side down and the burning of flags is clearly constitutionally protected speech and the Supreme Court has ruled so specifically (See Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989).

Some poeple believe that the confederate flag is offensive, so what. The First Amendment is designed to protect offensive speech and the court has made it clear that the answer to offensive speech is more speech not less. So what does the administration do, they claim “harassment”. The harassment canard has been so overused and abused by university administrations to illegally suppress free speech that the Department of Education told public universities to knock it off.

Do not be surprised if the pinheads at the UNC administration end up getting a letter from FIRE or perhaps the ACLU that says something like this:

The Supreme Court has held that for student conduct to constitute constitutionally unprotected hostile environment harassment, it must be “so severe, persistent, and objectively offensive that it effectively bars the victim’s access to an educational opportunity or benefit.” Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 526 U.S. 629, 633 (1999). Clearly, the speech in question here—an isolated expressive act, made in the context of a demonstration—fails to meet the exacting demands of this precise and well-established legal standard. Moreover, in 2003, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a letter to college presidents specifically to clarify that “the offensiveness of a particular expression, standing alone, is not a legally sufficient basis to establish a hostile environment under the [harassment] statutes enforced by OCR.”

One professor is helping the UNC students uphold their rights and the law, Dr. Mike Adams:

SAE v. UNC
Mike S. Adams
Monday, December 29, 2008

A few weeks ago I reported on an incident at UNC-Wilmington involving the punishment of a fraternity for the brief display of a banner, which included a small representation of a Confederate Flag. I referred to the fraternity with a pseudonym (Alpha Epsilon Sigma) in order to respect their wishes to avoid turning the conflict into a major news story. Now that the fraternity has reconsidered and decided to fight UNCW I am free to refer to the fraternity by its real name, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

In my previous column, I asked readers around the country to a) write a donation to UNCW in the amount of $.02, and b) demand a receipt via mail. This was done to make sure the university paid a $.40 fine (two cents minus forty-two cents for a stamp) to all of my readers who were offended by a public university that punishes constitutionally protected activity as so-called hate speech.

(Note: I also asked people to join me in sending Confederate Flags to Office of the Chancellor, Alderman Hall, UNCW, Wilmington, NC, 28403).

Just a few days before Christmas UNCW started to mail back checks with the following form response: “We have received your check in response to the alleged Confederate Flag incident. You have been misinformed. We are returning your check because no fraternity or other student organization has been suspended due to a display of a Confederate Flag. Thank you.”

In other words, the university is accusing me of lying. They are also indirectly accusing my three sources – two officers of SAE and their chapter advisor – of lying. But anyone familiar with UNCW knows we are all telling the truth and, as usual, the administration is the party guilty of deception.

This kind of dishonesty among university administrators has become a serious problem. First, the university enacts speech codes, which clearly violate the First Amendment. Second, the university selectively enforces the codes in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. Finally, they top it all off by lying to the public and falsely accusing their students and faculty of lying.

This simply cannot continue. And today I plan to do something about it by exposing the university administration for both unconstitutional activity and blatant dishonesty. Relying upon NCGS 132 – the public records law of North Carolina – I am asking all of my readers who were misled by the university to send the following letter to the provided address:

Vice Chancellor Pat Leonard
Alderman Hall
UNC-Wilmington
Wilmington, NC, 28403

Vice Chancellor Leonard:

Pursuant to NCGS 132, I am requesting all correspondence between officials at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (SAE) as it relates to their alleged suspension – for whatever reason – from participation in intramural activities for the remainder of the 2008-09 academic year.

I am also seeking copies of all relevant university policies upon which any disciplinary action was based. This request is directed towards, but not limited to, any university speech codes or any broader codes directed towards student speech and/or conduct.

Furthermore, I am requesting any correspondence between the Kappa Alpha fraternity and officials of UNC-Wilmington as it relates to the alleged suspension of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Finally, I am seeking all correspondence including, but not limited to emails and other memoranda, used by university personnel during its preparation of the form denial of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s suspension.

I thank you in advance for your cooperation.

DrAdams.org (substitute reader name)
PO Box 319 (substitute reader address)
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

I expect the results of this public records request to reveal three things: 1) SAE was, in fact, suspended from participation in intramurals for the rest of the academic year, 2) the suspension was a result of their brief display of a banner with a Confederate Flag, and 3) the university attempted to cover up the unconstitutional suspension by fabricating alternative reasons for the SAE suspension.

If I am wrong about any of my predictions, I will offer a public apology to the university. If not, I will offer a list of “suggested firings” within the UNC-Wilmington administration.

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Blagojevich Due Process Rights Violated by Democrats

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2008

Well the first impeachment hearing has begun in the Illinois State House and with ethical rigor that rival’s soviet standards of justice, the leadership of the Democratic Party have denied Governor Blagojevich the right to have witnesses in his defense.

If the shoe were on the other foot and it was Republicans impeaching a Democrat they would be crying about due process. The media would be having a field day about what fascists the Republicans are and how your due process are next “because that is just how Republicans are” etc.  In the face of Blegojevich’s basic due process rights being violated to help other Democrats, the word from the elite media now is silence.

Don’t get me wrong, any politician from the “Chicago Democratic Machine” is going to be tainted with corruption, if not full blown political scum,  but even scum deserve proper due process. This just goes to show how basic rights don’t mean crap to those in the Democratic Party leadership when it comes to preserving their power. All of you secular leftists at school who lie to yourselves and others by calling each other “liberals” should try to justify this in the comments section below. I am dying to see what excuse you come up with to justify this.

Has it gotten to the point where basic due process rights have to be written into the Constitution itself and into the constitutions of the several states because those in power like to make it up as they go for their own convenience and situational ethics?

Illinois House committee agrees to U.S. attorney’s request; criminal case was called at risk
By Rick Pearson | Tribune reporter
December 28, 2008

Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attorney will not get to call key aides of President-elect Barack Obama to testify at impeachment hearings after U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald told an Illinois House panel doing so would “significantly compromise” his ongoing criminal investigation of the governor.

The chairman of the House impeachment committee, state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), will respect Fitzgerald’s request and not issue the subpoenas for incoming White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and close Obama friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett, panel spokesman Steve Brown said Saturday. Ed Genson, Blagojevich’s attorney, sought their testimony before the impeachment panel.

Don’t let the “it may compromise a criminal probe” excuse fool you. If it suited the political leadership they would tell Fitzgerald to cram it and subpoena them anyway, but for the sake of argument, let’s say that the Illinois House really was interested in preserving the criminal probe (that has already been tainted by a corrupt and self serving US Attorney who is leading the probe). In order to preserve the due process rights of the accused you delay the impeachment hearing, or you let the accused have his witnesses, but you do not violate the rights of the accused. Without those witnesses any impeachment hearing is a sham.

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While Iran Broadcasts Christmas Eve Message of “Peace and Love” it Hangs 10 People in Mass Execution – Elite Media Covers the Propaganda; Silent on the Hangings

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2008

Peace, love, nuclear weapons, mass executions and terrorism:

LONDON (AFP) – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will deliver an alternative Christmas message on British television to rival Queen Elizabeth II’s annual address, broadcaster Channel Four said Wednesday.

Ahmadinejad, whose comments will go out on 1915 GMT on Christmas Day, will say that if Jesus Christ were alive today, he would oppose “bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers”, according to a pre-released transcript.

Channel Four has invited a figure in the news to deliver an alternative Christmas message to the queen’s annual broadcast since 1993 but Ahmadinejad is the most high-profile guest yet.

The message begins with Ahmadinejad congratulating Christians and the people of Britain on the anniversary of the birth of Christ, which Christians celebrate on Christmas Day.

He adds: “If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly he would stand with the people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers.

“If Christ were on Earth today, undoubtedly he would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over.”

The American news picked up the story, but guess what they didn’t cover:

Norway deplores executions in Iran
Friday, 26 December 2008
The Norway Post (warning the link has a photo showing one of the people hanging in public)

Norway deplores the executions of 10 persons in Iran on Christmas Eve. Prior to the executions Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere appealed to Iran to stop in time and not go ahead with the executions.

Last week Norway aligned itself with an EU declaration on the mass executions in Tehran’s Evin Prison on 26 November and other repeated violations of human rights that have taken place in Iran lately.

The Government is concerned about the human rights situation in Iran in general. Two days ago the Iranian authorities closed the Center for Defence of Human Rights in Tehran, The centre was established and headed by the Iranian lawyer and human rights defender Shirin Ebadi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.

Ed Morrissey at Hotair.com comments:

Interestingly, no global news agencies bothered to cover the Christmas Eve hangings, despite the worldwide attention focused on Ahmadinejad’s Christmas message. Nor has there been any significant coverage of the Christmas week closing of the human-rights center that belied Ahmadinejad’s holiday message. It seems as though the media only has an interest in acting as a repeater station for tyrants rather than hold them accountable for their actions.

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Government Gone Wild: Oregon Wants to GPS Your Car and Tax You by the Mile – Houston Engaging in Eminent Domain Abuse to Aid Political Donors – UPDATE – STATE OF OREGON RESPONDS!

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2008

Track your every move…

Albany Democrat-Herald excerpt:

A year ago, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced it had demonstrated that a new way to pay for roads — via a mileage tax and satellite technology — could work.

Now Gov. Ted Kulongoski says he’d like the legislature to take the next step.

As part of a transportation-related bill he has filed for the 2009 legislative session, the governor says he plans to recommend “a path to transition away from the gas tax as the central funding source for transportation.”

What that means is explained on the governor’s website:

“As Oregonians drive less and demand more fuel-efficient vehicles, it is increasingly important that the state find a new way, other than the gas tax, to finance our transportation system.”

A GPS-based system kept track of the in-state mileage driven by the volunteers.

The first few paragraphs in the story imply that the mileage tax will be used to replace the gas tax – but here is the last line of the story:

The gas tax would stay in force — Kulongoski has proposed that it be raised 2 cents — for vehicles not equipped to pay the mileage tax.

So they want to raid the gas tax too. Ok can I see a show of hands here, who really believes that such a system would never be used to track citizens, compromise their privacy or be abused? Ok I see that the only people raising their hands are the exact same idiots who want nationalized health care. Since your trust in government is so unshakable let’s move on to Houston.

Houston Chronicle:

When finished, the .09-acre patch of land near the Galleria will be the city’s smallest park. Too small even for a basketball court, Post Oak Lane Park might be big enough for a game of horseshoes, a few benches and greenery.

Using its power of eminent domain, the city of Houston seized the land for the park from brothers James and Jock Collins last year. Officials claimed there was a “public necessity” for the park in the Uptown area, despite the fact that a much larger one — the 4.7-acre Grady Park — is just two blocks away.

What will the new “pocket park” be used for? That’s hard to say. The city has yet to draw up any plans for the land at the corner of Post Oak Lane and San Felipe. In fact, city parks director Joe Turner testified in a sworn deposition last month that his department did not come up with the idea for the park and that he opposed using condemnation powers for its creation.

What the park will provide is a landscaped gateway to an upscale development planned next door, called BLVD Place.

Mayor Bill White and council members insist they condemned the land last year as a matter of good faith to taxpayers. The city needed some of the land to widen San Felipe and will turn the rest into the park.

But documents obtained by the Houston Chronicle show the move also helped BLVD Place developer Ed Wulfe, a major donor to White, seal the deal on a $12.5 million land sale related to his ambitious mixed-use development.

It gets better:

Ed Wulfe has given White $10,000 in campaign contributions since 2005, while Hanover executives have donated at least $21,000 to the mayor. Councilman Brown, whose wife is an investor in the BLVD Place development, received at least $3,500 from Wulfe and $6,500 from Hanover executives during the same period.

Brown did not recuse himself from the condemnation vote; he voted for it. Councilwoman Pam Holm, who documents show was intimately involved in the decision to seize the land, has received $2,000 from Wulfe and $10,000 from Hanover employees.

The Chronicle comments:

Councilman Peter Brown’s vote to condemn the land next to BLVD Place is the kind of action the state’s conflict-of-interest rules were meant to prevent.

Brown is married to oil-services heiress Anne Schlumberger, who is an investor in BLVD Place. Under Texas conflict-of-interest law, a public official should recuse himself from a vote involving a property if he, his spouse or close relative has a “substantial interest,” valued at more than a $2,500.

Both the corrupt Mayor and members of the city council are using legal means in an attempt to resist deposition by the eminent domain abuse victim’s attorneys. Obviously going under oath and repeating their lies could have consequences, just as reversing themselves under oath would.

 

UPDATE: Betsy Imholt, who runs the “GPS in your car to tax you more program” in Oregon has left a comment which I have responded to.

I’m the administrator for the Road User Fee Pilot Program at ODOT. I understand that there is concern over Oregon’s interest in a mileage fee. However, there is a few things I would like to explain.

Oregon is preparing to replace the gas tax when it no longer will be a adequate revenue source to fund our roads. Cars will be on the market next year that will get over 100 miles per gallon. This is great news for the environment but problematic for road funding. Knowing this problem is coming, Oregon has led the nation in developing possible solutions. Charging by the mile rather than by the gallon is one possible solution.

With that said, Oregon has worked through the details of developing a mileage fee system over the last seven years at the direction of the Road User Fee Task Force. Like you, the Task Force shared many of your concerns which we have addressed though our work as described below.

Privacy. ODOT was directed by the task force to protect the privacy of Oregonians while developing the mileage fee system. The mileage counting device that was designed for the study receives a GPS signal (much like a television or radio receives signals) to locate itself but does not transmit a signal. Therefore, there is no ability for anyone’s car to be tracked. The mileage counter tallies miles driven within Oregon and does not create a travel history. A mileage fee could be charged without the use of GPS but the downside would be that Oregonians would be charged for miles driven out of state, something the task force wanted to avoid.

No retrofitting. ODOT’s mileage fee concept does not include installing any devices in existing cars. Instead we propose that auto companies equip the vehicles at manufacturing much like they already do with other government mandated standards like seat belts and emission controls.

Fairness. Some people assume all vehicles will pay the same mileage fee rate and this would be unfair to drivers of fuel efficient vehicles. This may not be true because the rates and structure have yet to be decided. A flat rate of one cent per mile was used for the pilot study however the rate could differ for different types of vehicles.

Rural motorists. Rural motorists could gain under a mileage fee proposal depending on how it is structured. Because we know that rural Oregonians drive larger, less fuel efficient vehicles, they are already paying more in gas taxes for driving the same miles than their urban counterparts. If the mileage fee was a flat rate, like one cent per mile like in the pilot test, rural drivers would actually pas LESS.

More info (reports, videos, etc) can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/RUFPP/mileage.shtml

Here is our response…

Betsy,

I appreciate you writing but the problem with the program is a fundamental issue of trust and common sense and it is of little surprise to me that a bureaucrat like yourself just doesn’t get it.

People who have lost their jobs drive less; others are driving more fuel efficient cars to use less gas for economic as well as national security reasons as everyone has been talking about. So now that people are conserving more here comes the bureaucrat to punish them for it.

Everyone is getting by with less…. well not everyone… everyone except you. Here is a novel idea Betsy, everyone is getting by with less, so government should too.

Also with all due respect, you claim that Oregon wants to “REPLACE” the gas tax with this new system. Since when does government repeal taxes and government programs?? It doesn’t. If you expect people to sit here and actually believe that the gas tax would be repealed as you imply, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would like to sell you. Your own governor said that he wants this program and wants to raise the gas tax on top of it.

It is also amusing, by your own admission, that the state does not want to pay for these GPS devices, but that car buyers have to pay for them because the state will mandate that they be put in the vehicles; so that is another tax, and as if cars were not expensive enough already.

Here is a lesson in economics 101; when the economy is bad it is a result of a loss of liquidity among the public and a loss of confidence. Raising taxes lowers BOTH.

There are also privacy issues and the idea of “big brother”. Bureaucrats are famous for making sure that they are not held accountable for when things go wrong. Betsy, would you be willing to accept a provision in the law that would mandate 20 years in prison without possibility of parole, for you and your staff if these devices are ever used to track someone’s whereabouts. You won’t do it because if one thing is always consistent, it is that government breaks any and all promises when it comes to limiting its own power and influence.

Betsy, you and your staff are paid to sell this program, and if it is stopped you are either out of a job or looking for a new one. There is no reason to believe that your view is objective or in the least bit credible and there is every reason and incentive to believe that your views are entirely self serving at the expense of the people of Oregon and the nation.

If the State of Oregon would like to save some money, may I suggest certain personnel reductions? – Editor

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Now that victory is all that’s left to report; TV news staff pulling out of Baghdad.

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2008

How about a nice “Bush was right” or a” McCain was right” elite media lackey’s? Instead lets just pack up and maybe people will forget that you were full of crap huh guys?

Via Dr. Glen “Instapundit” Reynolds:

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: TV News Winds Down Operations on Iraq War. Hey, they got Obama elected. Why stick around and maybe report stuff [like victory – Editor] that doesn’t fit the narrative?

We still have many thousands of troops there but:

In Baghdad, ABC, CBS and NBC still maintain skeleton bureaus in heavily fortified compounds.

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Reuters uses the term “Uber-Cool” to describe Obama

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2008

No bias here – we are all totally objective and straight at Reuters….. (hat tip Hotair.com)

The president-elect, looking uber-cool with his White Sox baseball cap on backwards, flipped the shaka to a crowd of about 30 people as he left a gym on a Marine Corps base on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, where he is vacationing.

Link HERE.

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Reality Check: Fred Thompson on Bailouts and the Economy

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2008

Watch this video:

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Boba Fett Does Flash Dance!

Posted by iusbvision on December 28, 2008

Our friend Bruce at GayPatriot.net posted this video on his blog. I have not laughed so hard in ages.

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UK Telegraph: 2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on December 28, 2008

Welcome Climate Progress Readers – Welcome Huffington Post Readers

UPDATE – Editor’s Note – First and foremost – I consider it an honor that our site is named in the top 10 global warming stories of 2008. Anti-Science (and anti First Amendment) global warming alarmists are out in force to smear and this time we are the target. One of those outfits who’s alarmism and lies are reaching near panic proportions are these jokers at Climate Progress who not only claim to have a monopoly on the truth, but smeared this very site and why…because we QUOTED the article below from a top British newspaper. I am not surprised that these people didn’t dare link another article where we QUOTED some of the recent data sets from the University of Alabama and the UK’s Hadley Center which show that since 2002 the Earth has been in a slight cooling trend (indeed other data sets show the trend starting in 1998). 

With a name like “climate progress” it is not a surprise that you would expect to find all the science that is politically inconvenient to an agenda of central control goes ignored and they have the chutzpa to call anyone who disagrees with them “anti-science”. When ever people like “Climate Progress” are confronted with data sets that they find inconvenient for their agenda they cover their ears and start in with the hate and smears. Their rhetoric is so alarmist, hateful and over the top that most thinking Americans will have no problem figuring out what they are all about in minutes.  Of course the alarmists have made themselves famous by making death threats and other fear mongering. Those who are interested in the science where ever it leads are too ethical to bother with such tactics.

For those not familiar with the death threats epidemic, here is the tip of the iceburg, we have links HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

 

Maybe the global warming alarmists will start sending some of their death threats to the Europeans now. So much for consensus. Enjoy this excerpt from yesterday’s UK Telegraph:

2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved
By Christopher Booker

Last Updated: 5:51PM GMT 27 Dec 2008
UK Telegraph

The first, on May 21, headed “Climate change threat to Alpine ski resorts” , reported that the entire Alpine “winter sports industry” could soon “grind to a halt for lack of snow”. The second, on December 19, headed “The Alps have best snow conditions in a generation” , reported that this winter’s Alpine snowfalls “look set to beat all records by New Year’s Day”.

Easily one of the most important stories of 2008 has been all the evidence suggesting that this may be looked back on as the year when there was a turning point in the great worldwide panic over man-made global warming. Just when politicians in Europe and America have been adopting the most costly and damaging measures politicians have ever proposed, to combat this supposed menace, the tide has turned in three significant respects.

First, all over the world, temperatures have been dropping in a way wholly unpredicted by all those computer models which have been used as the main drivers of the scare. Last winter, as temperatures plummeted, many parts of the world had snowfalls on a scale not seen for decades. This winter, with the whole of Canada and half the US under snow, looks likely to be even worse. After several years flatlining, global temperatures have dropped sharply enough to cancel out much of their net rise in the 20th century.

Ever shriller and more frantic has become the insistence of the warmists, cheered on by their army of media groupies such as the BBC, that the last 10 years have been the “hottest in history” and that the North Pole would soon be ice-free – as the poles remain defiantly icebound and those polar bears fail to drown. All those hysterical predictions that we are seeing more droughts and hurricanes than ever before have infuriatingly failed to materialise.

Secondly, 2008 was the year when any pretence that there was a “scientific consensus” in favour of man-made global warming collapsed. At long last, as in the Manhattan Declaration last March, hundreds of proper scientists, including many of the world’s most eminent climate experts, have been rallying to pour scorn on that “consensus” which was only a politically engineered artefact, based on ever more blatantly manipulated data and computer models programmed to produce no more than convenient fictions.

Thirdly, as banks collapsed and the global economy plunged into its worst recession for decades, harsh reality at last began to break in on those self-deluding dreams which have for so long possessed almost every politician in the western world. As we saw in this month’s Poznan conference, when 10,000 politicians, officials and “environmentalists” gathered to plan next year’s “son of Kyoto” treaty in Copenhagen, panicking politicians are waking up to the fact that the world can no longer afford all those quixotic schemes for “combating climate change” with which they were so happy to indulge themselves in more comfortable times.

Suddenly it has become rather less appealing that we should divert trillions of dollars, pounds and euros into the fantasy that we could reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 80 per cent. All those grandiose projects for “emissions trading”, “carbon capture”, building tens of thousands more useless wind turbines, switching vast areas of farmland from producing food to “biofuels”, are being exposed as no more than enormously damaging and futile gestures, costing astronomic sums we no longer possess.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/3982101/2008-was-the-year-man-made-global-warming-was-disproved.html

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Global Cooling Continues – Global Warming Alarmists Still Issuing Death Threats

Posted by iusbvision on December 28, 2008

As we have reported before, the global cooling trend since 1998 is continuing.

icecap1

Roger Helmer from the European Parliament comments:

This graph shows average global temperature records for the last five [to 6.5 years] years from two of the world’s most respected meteorological institutes, the UK’s Hadley Centre, and the University of Alabama in the US. Both show a clear downward trend, and the graph contrasts that trend explicitly with the rising trend of atmospheric CO2. So we have two conclusions: first of all, Al Gore’s alarmist predictions of rapidly accelerating temperatures, run-away warming and imminent Armageddon are just plain wrong, with each year that passes adding more nails to the coffin of his disaster movie. Second, the supposed correlation between atmospheric CO2 levels and temperature just does not exist. For years, temperatures have been falling while CO2 levels have risen.

The alarmists will try to explain this by calling on short-term effects which temporarily disrupt a long-term warming trend. But some scientists who accept the alarmist position are now suggesting that these “short-term effects” could continue for another ten years. How many decades have to pass before they recognise that they got it wrong, and that our climate mitigation policies represent a worse economic disaster than the current financial crisis?

ABC’s John Stossel on global warming alarmism:

Global Warming Alarmists Using Death Threats:

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VP Cheney on Biden, Palin and Leahy

Posted by iusbvision on December 27, 2008

I love Dick Cheney, he tells it just like it is and pulls no punches.

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Brit Hume on Top Acedemic Abuses 2008

Posted by iusbvision on December 27, 2008

Recently we covered the top 10 politically correct abuses by academia as listed by the Young America’s Foundation.

If you missed it the link is HERE.

Brit Hume weighs in and he finds these pointy headed academics to be so nuts, that he can hardly keep it together through the segment – 

Of course the Alliance Defense Fund is suing the most abusive campuses for violating the rights of their students.  ADF almost never loses.

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It’s a Rainy Day in South Bend

Posted by iusbvision on December 27, 2008

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head – Sungha Jung

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Great American Patriot

Posted by iusbvision on December 27, 2008

God’s Gifts by Michelle Malkin:

What an extraordinary treasure America was given in Dong Yun Yoon. The naturalized American from Korea lost his entire family in a San Diego military jet crash three weeks ago. The tragedy claimed the lives of his infant daughter, toddler daughter, wife and mother-in-law. It wrecked his house and upended his world.

But Mr. Yoon refused to blame the pilot or bash the military. At a press conference near the site of the crash, the grieving father and husband urged his fellow citizens to pray for the pilot: “He is one of our treasures for the country … I don’t blame him. I don’t have any hard feelings. I know he did everything he could.”

In an age of shoe-tossing temper tantrums, anti-troop bigotry and litigation gone wild, Mr. Yoon demonstrated both amazing grace and unbending patriotism in the face of unfathomable pain. His heart-wrenching plea for forgiveness resounded across the country — and around the world. Five hundred people from both the civilian and military communities came to lift Mr. Yoon up at his family’s memorial service. The assistant pastor of his church reported that they had received more than 1,000 phone calls and e-mail messages offering condolences and financial support.

Mr. Yoon’s suffering and sacrifice are powerful reminders of the preciousness of life — reminders that money can’t buy.

Be sure to read the rest of Malkin’s patriotic Christmas message HERE.

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China Still Executing Its Own With Little Justice

Posted by iusbvision on December 27, 2008

WASHINGTON POST:

BEIJING — Compared with murder and other violent crimes, the charges against Wo Weihan seemed minor, if a little exotic: copying articles from missile technology magazines in a public library, buying four night-vision equipment scopes, gathering information about the health of senior government leaders and collecting documents from a local Communist Party conference.

Yet the once-respected scientist with his own medical research laboratory in the capital was branded a spy and executed last month after a closed trial. His is one of several recent executions that highlight the secrecy, lack of due process and uneven application of the law that continue to surround capital cases two years after China embarked on a radical overhaul of the way it handles the death penalty.

Starting in 2007, China began for the first time in more than two decades to require a final review of every capital case by the Supreme People’s Court. The hope was to reduce the number of executions and bring some consistency to a process that had been handled unevenly by lower courts. The former president of the Supreme People’s Court who pushed for the review, Xiao Yang, vowed that the death penalty would be used only on “extremely vile criminals.”

While “reforms” have brought down the number of executions 30% form 2006:

Defendants on death row continue to be executed for such nonviolent crimes as illegal fundraising, graft, drug dealing and espionage. They are prosecuted and dispatched with a lack of transparency, according to Chinese lawyers who complain of blocked access to their clients and say many confessions are still coerced.

There are also double standards: Public officials accused of embezzling millions receive suspended death sentences that spare their lives, while ordinary citizens convicted of stealing far less die by lethal injection or a single gunshot to the head, according to lawyers and court records.

China remains the world’s top executioner — the Dui Hua Foundation, a human rights group, estimates that China carried out 5,000 to 6,000 executions in 2007. The same year, the United States executed 42 people. On a per-capita basis, China is estimated to have carried out 30 times the number of executions the United States did.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/23/AR2008122302795.html?wprss=rss_world

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Israel Strikes Back After Scores Of Attacks from Gaza – World Shows Idiotic Double Standard – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on December 27, 2008

Today Condi Rice over at the State Department called for a cease fire in the Gaza Strip. Hey Condi, where was your call for cease fire when Hamas was firing dozens of rockets at Israeli civilians? It would be easy to just chalk up the worlds glaring double standard when it comes to warfare to antisemitism, but after examining this issue for years, and examining how so many governments have one standard for Jews and another for everyone else, I believe that antisemitism is exactly what it is.

What would the United States do, if year after year, with some support from the Mexican government, they launched rockets and terror attacks against the United States and its civilians along the border? I will tell you what we would do, we would either conquer it and make it the 51st state, or we would occupy it and place a puppet government in Mexico City.

Yet the world has encouraged limiting the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to “tit for tat” warfare.  History shows that such warfare never leads to peace, it has just lead to generations of hate and deaths that do not need to happen. What the Israeli/Palestinian conflict needs is a clear and decisive winner and that winner should be Isarel. The Palestinians have been able to come up with what is only one corrupt and terror supporting government after another.

It is time for the Isareli/Palestinian conflict to come to and end for good. Then and only then, will the killing stop and there can be peace.

Update: IDF still sending humanitarian shipments to Gaza:

Update: IAF takes out Underground Missile Launch Site in Residential Area – Missile at site misfires after attack:

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Senator Stevens May Walk: Prosecutorial and FBI Misconduct Could Get Stevens Conviction Overturned

Posted by iusbvision on December 26, 2008

This is a real shame because Sen. Stevens may very well be guilty.

A credible FBI Agent has blown the whistle on prosecutors and FBI agents withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense and the whistle-blower alleges that prosecutors and agents had inappropriate contact with prosecution witnesses and evidence (seeming to mean that they were feeding that witness extra evidence to “testify to” in order to help guarantee a conviction.

Prosecutorial and police misconduct is nothing new in America and it is getting worse and worse. I keep a file of cases that have been overturned due to such misconduct and the file is pretty thick. High profile cases like the OJ Simpson case where the police had taken some blood and placed it in the Bronco to “help the case along”, the Scooter Libby case is a brazen case of prosecutorial misconduct and there are signs of prosecutorial misconduct already in the Governor Blagojevich investigation. These problems are all over, down to and including cops who try to meet their ticket quota by giving tickets to every person riding a moped for driving a motorcycle without a license in spite of the fact that they have 49cc engines and are not motorcycles by law, but who that rides a moped can afford to fight such a ticket?

FBI whistleblower alleges Stevens trial misconduct
UNETHICAL: Agent says prosecutors covered up evidence, corruption investigations tainted.

By RICHARD MAUER
rmauer@adn.com

(12/22/08 13:52:58)

An Alaska FBI agent has accused fellow agents and at least one prosecutor of misconduct and unethical behavior in the public corruption investigation in Alaska and the trial of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

The agent’s complaint to internal investigators in the Justice Department was made public Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., by the judge in Stevens’ case.

The complaint had sharp words about one supervising agent, accused of getting too close to sources, including Allen. It said agents took gifts and accepted favors from sources and revealed confidential grand jury information and investigative practices to sources and reporters.

And the complaint said that prosecutors deliberately withheld and covered up evidence favorable to Stevens during his month-long trial, contradicting their statements to the judge at the time that their errors in not producing material to Stevens were accidental.

The judge, who said he wanted to protect the privacy of the complainant and those who were named, covered up almost all identifying details in heavy black ink, making some allegations difficult to follow.

But the agent who produced the explosive eight-page complaint, drafted in November, was clearly someone with intimate knowledge of the government’s investigation in Alaska and the preparation and conduct of its trial of Stevens.

“I have witnessed or learned of serious violations of policy, rules, and procedures as well as possible criminal violations,” the whistle-blower asserted in the complaint, which is now before the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

The whistle-blowing agent ran at least one of the sources in the investigation who gave grand jury testimony. And the whistle-blower described being in the room on Aug. 30, 2006, when agents were convincing the man who would become their most important witness, former Veco Corp. chief executive Bill Allen, to cooperate in the investigation.

http://www.adn.com/news/politics/fbi/stevens/story/631518.html

Here is the link to the court docs. The judge found it compelling enough to order this report released to the public. http://media.adn.com/smedia/2008/12/23/11/256-2_Whistleblower_Complaint.source.prod_affiliate.7.pdf

Hotair.com comments HERE.

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Iraq to Replace Saddam Era Monuments With Peace Art

Posted by iusbvision on December 26, 2008

Via Al-Reuters:

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Nearly six years after Iraqis and U.S. soldiers toppled grandiose monuments erected by Saddam Hussein, Iraq plans to put up 100 new art works it hopes will stand as affirmations of a new era of peace.

Before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, all statues and monuments in public squares made reference to Saddam’s Baath party or told a story about its military victories against Iraq’s numerous enemies.

In the heavily fortified Green Zone diplomatic compound, two pairs of giant arms emerge from the ground, hundreds of metres away from each other, holding crossed swords to form an arch across a parades ground. They were modeled on Saddam’s hands and cast using 160 tonnes of bronze.

Iraq wants to replace such monuments with symbols of peace.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081226/stage_nm/us_iraq_art

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Internet Overtakes Newspapers As News Source

Posted by iusbvision on December 26, 2008

internet-news-beats-newspapersFor the first time the internet is beating newspapers as a news source according to the Pew Research Center.

This comes as no surprise to the IUSB Vision. Editor & Publisher has been telling us that newspaper circulation has been going down for years. Rasmussen, Pew Research and the Media Research Center have published polls year after year showing that the credibility of most newspapers has been falling. The public is becoming more and more aware that what they read in newspapers from the Associated Press and Reuters print news services often just isn’t the truth.

Dow Jones, the Star Tribune and other newspapers are dropping their contracts to carry the Associated Press and who can blame them?

We have published a great many stories on media bias here at the Vision; one of the latest involving the AP is when they were spinning for the Obama campaign and calling Sarah Palin a racist. Even the far left MSNBC went after the AP for that story (video HERE). There are more examples of this kind of bias than we have room to publish. We recently told you how the New York Times revenue is down 20% and be sure not to miss our story on the awards for the worst examples of elite media bias from the Media Research Center.

In other good news, television news viewership is suffering the same problems as the newspaper industry. Hopefully in a few years internet news sources like NRO, Hotair, Newsmax, Politico, Townhall and American Thinker will surpass television as well.

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