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Archive for January, 2009

Ayn Rand on why American universities have become anti-intellectual.

Posted by iusbvision on January 31, 2009

I like Ayn Rand. I adore her novels and I think that 80% of her philosophy has great merit. In this interview with talk host Tom Snyder in 1978 Rand hits it out of the park. (Video 2 at 4:10 is where she talks about America and universities).

Part I:

part II: 

Part III:

In part one she talks about “does the reality you perceive exist?”. For most people and professors I have met in college the answer is no. Most schools no longer train students in Aristotle’s methods of discerning reality by comparing it to known truths and thinking in a way that is not situationally convenient but is consistent. Most people today take their normative view of how they wish or feel the world should be and graft that onto their perception of reality. In part two Rand talks about how universities are producing intellectual idiots.

In video three she continues her point from video two and begins to talk about what she calls “the age on envy”. It is a brilliant point. Students who do well in school are teased. Black kids who try to get good grades are at times called “Oreos” and those who succeed are attacked for their success. We have a tax code that punishes success etc.

“What will save this country is not it’s ‘intellectuals’ but its people.” – Ayn Rand

Rand says that she believes that the country’s so called intellectuals would bring the United States to collapse if we let them. She also speaks of how conservatives have lost their way by not understanding how to defend and preserve capitalism, freedom and the other ideas that the country was founded upon. Rand states that the Founders did not have a moral code to match their political code, this is of course most incorrect. The Founders understood that one cannot have a free society that works without self restraint and personal responsibility that is such a key facet of the Judeo-Christian ethic.

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FNC Analysis of Republican Stimulus Alternative Plan

Posted by iusbvision on January 31, 2009

Obama’s own economic model shows the GOP plan is better.

Ed Morrissey Analyzes:

I will share the numbers, though, because all of us should be shouting these comparisons from the rooftops:

  • The Louisiana Purchase: $217,000,000,000.  (No wonder people thought Jefferson was insane.)
  • The race to the Moon: $237,000,000,000.
  • The New Deal: $500,000,000,000.
  • The Iraq War: $597,000,000,000.
  • The Obama-Reid-Pelosi Porkfest Stimulus:$1,173,000,000,000.

The Iraq War figure uses the mathematics of its critics, which includes the normal cost of the armed forces during that time regardless of their deployment — but so much the better for this comparison.  We could buy more of North America and do another moon shot, and we’d not only spend less than half of the current stimulus, we’d create a lot more jobs, too.  The so-called stimulus costs more than the Iraq War and the New Deal put together.

And while the Iraq War ostensibly cost more than the New Deal, it didn’t leave America anywhere near as bankrupt as the government meddling in the lending markets did.

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/01/30/just-how-big-is-this-stimulus-anyway/

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Limbaugh Responds to Obama’s Attacks and DNC Distortions of his Statements.

Posted by iusbvision on January 31, 2009

UPDATE – Here is what Rush said back from January 21, 2009. The title of the video is “Does Rush Want Obama to Succeed –

 *****Original Story*****

Thanks to Radio Equalizer for the clip.

UPDATE: Here is Rush this morning on Fox News –

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Rush Limbaugh’s Bi-Partisan Economic Recovery Plan That Will Work

Posted by iusbvision on January 30, 2009

My Bipartisan Stimulus
Let’s cut taxes, as I want, and spend more, as Obama would like.

By RUSH LIMBAUGH
There’s a serious debate in this country as to how best to end the recession. The average recession will last five to 11 months; the average recovery will last six years. Recessions will end on their own if they’re left alone. What can make the recession worse is the wrong kind of government intervention.

I believe the wrong kind is precisely what President Barack Obama has proposed. I don’t believe his is a “stimulus plan” at all — I don’t think it stimulates anything but the Democratic Party. This “porkulus” bill is designed to repair the Democratic Party’s power losses from the 1990s forward, and to cement the party’s majority power for decades.

Keynesian economists believe government spending on “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects — schools, roads, bridges — is the best way to stimulate our staggering economy. Supply-side economists make an equally persuasive case that tax cuts are the surest and quickest way to create permanent jobs and cause an economy to rebound. That happened under JFK, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. We know that when tax rates are cut in a recession, it brings an economy back.

Recent polling indicates that the American people are in favor of both approaches.

Notwithstanding the media blitz in support of the Obama stimulus plan, most Americans, according to a new Rasmussen poll, are skeptical. Rasmussen finds that 59% fear that Congress and the president will increase government spending too much. Only 17% worry they will cut taxes too much. Since the American people are not certain that the Obama stimulus plan is the way to go, it seems to me there’s an opportunity for genuine compromise. At the same time, we can garner evidence on how to deal with future recessions, so every occurrence will no longer become a matter of partisan debate.

Congress is currently haggling over how to spend $900 billion generated by American taxpayers in the private sector. (It’s important to remember that it’s the people’s money, not Washington’s.) In a Jan. 23 meeting between President Obama and Republican leaders, Rep. Eric Cantor (R., Va.) proposed a moderate tax cut plan. President Obama responded, “I won. I’m going to trump you on that.”

Yes, elections have consequences. But where’s the bipartisanship, Mr. Obama? This does not have to be a divisive issue. My proposal is a genuine compromise.

Fifty-three percent of American voters voted for Barack Obama; 46% voted for John McCain, and 1% voted for wackos. Give that 1% to President Obama. Let’s say the vote was 54% to 46%. As a way to bring the country together and at the same time determine the most effective way to deal with recessions, under the Obama-Limbaugh Stimulus Plan of 2009: 54% of the $900 billion — $486 billion — will be spent on infrastructure and pork as defined by Mr. Obama and the Democrats; 46% — $414 billion — will be directed toward tax cuts, as determined by me.

Then we compare. We see which stimulus actually works. This is bipartisanship! It would satisfy the American people’s wishes, as polls currently note; and it would also serve as a measurable test as to which approach best stimulates job growth.

I say, cut the U.S. corporate tax rate — at 35%, among the highest of all industrialized nations — in half. Suspend the capital gains tax for a year to incentivize new investment, after which it would be reimposed at 10%. Then get out of the way! Once Wall Street starts ticking up 500 points a day, the rest of the private sector will follow. There’s no reason to tell the American people their future is bleak. There’s no reason, as the administration is doing, to depress their hopes. There’s no reason to insist that recovery can’t happen quickly, because it can.

In this new era of responsibility, let’s use both Keynesians and supply-siders to responsibly determine which theory best stimulates our economy — and if elements of both work, so much the better. The American people are made up of Republicans, Democrats, independents and moderates, but our economy doesn’t know the difference. This is about jobs now.

The economic crisis is an opportunity to unify people, if we set aside the politics. The leader of the Democrats and the leader of the Republicans (me, according to Mr. Obama) can get it done. This will have the overwhelming support of the American people. Let’s stop the acrimony. Let’s start solving our problems, together. Why wait one more day?

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Meet Your New Republican Chairman

Posted by iusbvision on January 30, 2009

“Washington can’t fix our problems until we fix theirs.”

Michael Steele

Michael Steele is the new Chairman and leader of the Republican Party. Steele was the man I supported from minute one. Steele gets it, like Jindal and Palin he is a corruption fighter who is not afraid to go after people in his own party who violate the public trust. Steele is a doer and not just a talker. If the Republican Party is going to change and embrace the values that they abandoned in recent years, this is one big step in that direction.

Here is a nice look at Michael Steele making fun of the Washington political establishment.

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Court rules once again that warrantless foreign intelligence surveillance program is legal – NYT reports on it just in time for Obama to use.

Posted by iusbvision on January 30, 2009

The media reporting this just in time for the new Obama Administration. As you may recall, Obama campaigned against this program as illegal and within days of winning the primary against Hillary Clinton reversed himself and adopted the Bush position.

What the media didn’t tell people is that the courts have ruled many times that the president does not need a warrant to conduct searches and wiretaps when a foreign intelligence threat is involved. Once again the court has ruled the exact same way.

The three-judge court, which hears rare appeals from the full Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, addressed provisions of the Protect America Act, passed by Congress in 2007 amid the controversy over Mr. Bush’s program of wiretapping without warrants. It found that the administration had put in place sufficient privacy safeguards to meet the constitutional standards of the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches. Because of that, the company had to cooperate, the court said.

That finding bolstered the Bush administration’s broader arguments on wiretapping without warrants, both critics and supporters said.

William C. Banks, a law professor at Syracuse University who has criticized the administration’s legal position on eavesdropping, said that while the ruling did not address Mr. Bush’s surveillance without warrants directly, “it does bolster his case” by recognizing that eavesdropping for national security purposes did not always require warrants.

Coming in the final days of the Bush administration, the ruling was hailed by the administration and conservatives as a victory for an aggressive approach to counterterrorism. The Justice Department said in a statement that it was “pleased with this important ruling.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/16/washington/16fisa.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

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Plot to Destroy All Fannie Mae Computer Data Foiled

Posted by iusbvision on January 30, 2009

I am sure that this has nothing to do with the fact that they gave $200 million to partisan interests (and that was your money folks), with the vast majority going to Democrats and Barack Obama taking the second highest amount of money from them in the Senate. Nope, I am certain the timing of this is a complete coincidence ../nods…..

URBANA, Md. (AP) – The Justice Department says it foiled a plot by a fired Fannie Mae contract worker in Maryland to destroy all the data on the mortgage giant’s 4,000 computer servers nationwide.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 35-year-old Rajendrasinh Makwana, of Glen Allen, Va., is scheduled for arraignment Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on one count of computer intrusion.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D961I79O0&show_article=1

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Both the head of the committee in Congress that makes tax law and the Treasury Secretary who enforces it are tax cheats. In response Republicans ask for change in IRS rules.

Posted by iusbvision on January 30, 2009

Charlie Rangel, the head of the House Ways and Means Committee which writes tax law and Timothy Geithner, Obama’s new Treasury SSecretary are not only both tax cheats, but finally called on it they did not pay the late payment penalties that the IRS demands. Of course the IRS won’t enforce the rules against their bosses, but if you or I did what these two did we would be facing fines and jail time.

Now a Republican Congressman has offered into legislation what he calls the “Rangel Rule” which will stop all late payment penalties for regular folks like you and me.

Americans may be able to rest a little easier this April if Congressman John Carter, R-Texas gets his way.

Rep. Carter introduced a bill Wednesday to eliminate all IRS penalties and interest for paying taxes past due.

The legislation calls for the creation of what he calls the, “Rangel Rule,” — drawing attention to the recent legal issues of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., enabling citizens who fail to pay taxes on time to do so later with no additional fees.

Rangel, who writes the country’s tax policies, acknowledged last fall that he failed to pay thousands in real estate taxes for rental income he earned from a property in the Dominican Republic.

As of September 2008 the Harlem Democrat reportedly paid back more than $10,000 in taxes but that did not include any IRS penalties.

“Your citizens back home should have the same rights and benefits that come to you as a member of congress. You shouldn’t be treated any differently under the law than your citizens back home,” Carter said.

He added that citizens should receive the “same courtesy” that the IRS is allegedly granting Rangel and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who also recently acknowledged a failure to pay taxes.

Carter penned a letter to Rangel earlier this month requesting that he either pay the IRS fees or join him in co-sponsoring the legislation establishing the rule.

“As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, I believe you set an example for all American taxpayers in your dealings with the IRS, and that you must do so in a way that enforces blind justice without regard to wealth or status,” he wrote in the January 6th missive.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/01/28/gop-congressman-intros-rangel-rule-eliminating-irs-late-fees/

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California puts small gas stations out of business. Once again government for those who can afford to play.

Posted by iusbvision on January 30, 2009

This story is not about environmentalism, it is about competition and corruption. Now the big energy companies have less small business competition which brings us to Norton’s Law, “big business loves big government, which is why big business loves domestic taxes and regulation, because it keeps the small and medium sized competition out of the competition.” It also causes inflation, so ultimately it is you who pays and the poor who are hardest hit.

I saw that Ed Morrissey at Hotair.com had the best post on this story so here it is:

When government tries to convince people that their latest regulations won’t be any problem at all, keep this story in mind.  California will force gas stations to replace all of their pumps in favor of newer models that marginally improve the capture of gas vapor at the nozzle.  The improvements will cost tens of thousands of dollars per station, and that may force hundreds of independents out of business:

Dozens, and potentially hundreds, of gas stations around California are choosing to shut down rather than comply with a state mandate that would require owners to purchase new equipment to reduce vapor emissions at the pump.

The requirement, known as Phase II in the state’s Enhanced Vapor Recovery Program, is set to go into effect in April. It requires gas station owners to individually purchase tens of thousands of dollars of equipment designed to prevent harmful vapors from escaping into the air when gasoline is pumped.

But smaller retailers say that the requirement puts an unfair burden on businesses that don’t sell enough gasoline to offset the extra cost – and that don’t contribute much to the problem in the  first place.

California says they’re overreacting.  Why, all they need to do is increase the price of gasoline:

“We do calculate the cost of compliance with the regulation as related to emissions,” Stanich said. “These costs could be recovered by raising gasoline prices by an average 0.68 cents per gallon.”

Well … that’s for the large chains.  For the others?

Lower-volume sellers would have to raise prices more to offset costs, he added.

Got that?  The big retailers can afford the required pumps because they only have to raise the cost of gasoline less than a cent a gallon.  However, smaller retailers will have to increase their prices more, making them less competitive and forcing them to lose business.  And what will that gain California?

April’s regulations promise to cut what are known as reactive organic gas emissions by 7 tons per day statewide, but opponents point to the fact that California produces 2,322 tons of such gases per day.

In other words, California will put dozens and perhaps hundreds of smaller retailers in order to reduce 0.0030146425495262704565030146425495 of the daily emissions in California.  Jobs will be lost, tax revenues reduced, and consumer choice restricted, and California thinks that’s worth a 0.3% reduction in organic gas vapor.  (via Instapundit and Autobloggreen)

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AWESOME: Prolife Ad NBC refuses to air

Posted by iusbvision on January 30, 2009

Here is a new grassroots GOP ad.

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Stimulus Bill Gives Checks to Illegals

Posted by iusbvision on January 29, 2009

Associated Press:

The legislation, which would send tax credits of $500 per worker and $1,000 per couple, expressly disqualifies nonresident aliens, but it would allow people who don’t have Social Security numbers to be eligible for the checks.

Undocumented immigrants who are not eligible for a Social Security number can file tax returns with an alternative number. A House-passed version of the economic recovery bill and one making its way through the Senate would allow anyone with such a number, called an individual taxpayer identification number, to qualify for the tax credits.

A revolt among GOP conservatives to similar provisions of a 2008 economic stimulus bill, which sent rebate checks to most wage earners, forced Democratic congressional leaders to add stricter eligibility requirements. That legislation, enacted in February 2008, required that people have valid Social Security numbers in order to get checks.

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Tammy Bruce on Bush Derangement Syndrome

Posted by iusbvision on January 29, 2009

Poor Dr. Marc Hill is out of his league in this interview. Tammy Bruce eats PhD’s for breakfast and this clip is a small example. I like Marc Hill because he is the first to admit that he is a far left guy and argues with that in mind. Most leftists aren’t that direct. Tammy Bruce is a former president of the National Organization for Women who is a liberal with a hawkish and a libertarian streak. I adore Tammy not just because she is obviously just dreamy, but she is a powerful intellect who has aristotilian like logic and clarity.

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A Legend Returns: A-Team in theatres in 2010

Posted by iusbvision on January 28, 2009

UK Telegraph:

The production will be a “fast-paced action movie” that avoids the campy tone of the original and replaces Vietnam with the Middle East as the place the do-gooder soldiers of fortune served before escaping to the “Los Angeles underground”, Hollywood newspaper Variety has reported.

Sir Ridley is lined up to produce the 20th Century Fox project alongside his brother, Tony Scott, while Joe Carnahan, who wrote and directed 2006’s Smokin’ Aces, will direct. The film is due out in June 2010.

Dirk Benedict as "Face"Co-creator of the original series Stephen J Cannell is also on board as a producer.

The show, which ran for five series from 1983 to 1986 on American television network NBC, featured George Peppard, Mr T, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz as the mismatched band of mercenaries on the run from the government “for a crime they didn’t commit”.

It spawned a host of catchphrases including Peppard’s character Hannibal’s oft repeated line “I love it when a plan comes together”.

A film version has spent years in development with a number of different names previously attached to the project.

Sir Ridley told Variety the newly assembled team aimed for “a fast-paced, exciting franchise – one we hope will be around for years to come.”

 Bruce Willis is reported to have accepted the role of Col. John “Hannibal” Smith.

If this film is done right the far left will hate it, which means it could be a must see. Here is an idea of what the film might look like:

Or this:

Or this:

By the way, no post about the legendary A-Team could be complete without a proper tribute to the original cast whose great work has made them immortal in the entertainment world:

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Brilliant Black Man on the Obama Celebrity Pledge

Posted by iusbvision on January 28, 2009

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DRUDGE: $335,000,000 FOR STD PREVENTION IN ECONOMIC STIMULUS BILL – UPDATE: All Republicans Vote No

Posted by iusbvision on January 28, 2009

UPDATE – All Republicans voted no on the stimulous and right they should. This bill is ridiculous. All of this talk about Obama wanting to be bipartisan and taking in their suggestions was just that; it was just feel good propaganda. Eleven Democrats voted “NO” as well.

Via UK TeleGraph (American media is so bad and unrealiable that some of the UK outfits cover American news betetr than almost anyone domestically):

President Barack Obama got the $825 (or $1.2 trillion over a decade) stimulus package through the House of Representatives but the 244 to 188 vote is a hollow victory indeed. Without a single Republican voting for the bill, his high-profile visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday came to exactly naught – at least on the House side.

Obama vowed to change Washington and usher in a new post-partisan era. The the mood music and optics were pitch perfect as he trekked up to the Hill. Republicans praised his gesture, welcomed his sincere demeanour and appreciated his willingness to listen.

Problem was, he wanted only to listen and did not want to act on what Republicans said. When he was asked if he would re-structure the package to include more tax cuts, he reportedly responded: “Feel free to whack me over the head because I probably will not compromise on that part.”

Via Drudge Report:

$335,000,000 FOR STD PREVENTION IN ECONOMIC STIMULUS BILL
Wed Jan 28 2009 09:58:30 ET.

Democrats may have eliminated provisions on birth control and sod for the National Mall in the “job stimulus” — but buried on page 147 of the bill is stimulation for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases!

The House Democrats’ bill includes $335 million for sexually transmitted disease education and prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

In the past, the CDC has used STD education funding for programs that many Members of Congress find objectionable and arguably unrelated to a mission of economic stimulus [such as funding events called ‘Booty Call’ and ‘Great Sex’ put on by an organization that received $698,000 in government funds.]

“Whether this funding has merit is not the question; the point is it has no business in an economic plan supposedly focused on job creation,” says a stimulated Hill source.

Developing… – PDF of the bill

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Sen. Stevens Trial a Sham – FBI Agent Had Affair With Witness

Posted by iusbvision on January 28, 2009

In an earlier post we explained how prosecutorial misconduct and FBI misconduct during his trial may cause Sen. Ted Stevens to walk.

Now this, and judging by what has been reported already I am not surprised. Appearently the government prosecution knew about the affair and decided that the judge and the defense didn’t need to know. Allen is the guy whose word the government took and presented to the jury. He is one of the main guys who did things for Stevens:

Politico.com

Attorneys for former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) have accused an FBI agent involved in the Stevens corruption investigation of having an inappropriate relationship with a key witness in the case.

Based on a complaint by an FBI whistleblower, Agent Chad Joy, the Stevens defense team claims that Mary Beth Kepner, the lead FBI agent on the case, had a personal relationship with Bill Allen, the CEO of an Alaska oil services firm and a witness against Stevens.

Stevens’ lawyers state that Joy’s memo “strongly suggests that the inappropriate relationship was sexual.” Joy stated that Kepner “wore a skirt for Allen” on a day that he was to testify in the case.

Joy also charges that Kepner may have provided secret grand jury information to Allen about other ongoing federal investigations.

Stevens’ attorneys also claim that prosecutors “lied” about being aware of exculpatory information on Stevens’ possessed by the Justice Department.

Stevens’ attorneys charge that the Joy memo, which was provided to DOJ officials sometime before Dec. 2, “shows unmistakably that government representatives lied to the court or stood by silently while other members of the prosecution team represented facts to the Court that simply were not true.”

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GOP House Member Takes a Shot at Limbaugh – Rush Drops the Reality Card

Posted by iusbvision on January 27, 2009

UPDATE– Congressman Gingrey apologizes – LINK

Via Politico:

Rush Limbaugh may command a large following, but his caustic comments Monday about the GOP’s congressional leadership have at least one Republican House member defending his colleagues and offering an unusually candid critique of the talk radio powerhouse and his fellow commentators.

Responding to President Obama’s recommendation to Republican congressional leaders last week that they not follow Limbaugh’s lead, the conservative talkmeister said on his show that Obama is “obviously more frightened of me than he is Mitch McConnell. He’s more frightened of me, than he is of, say, John Boehner, which doesn’t say much about our party.”

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., did not take kindly to this assessment in an interview with Politico Tuesday.

“I think that our leadership, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, are taking the right approach,” Gingrey said. “I mean, it’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don’t have to try to do what’s best for your people and your party. You know you’re just on these talk shows and you’re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of that thing. But when it comes to true leadership, not that these people couldn’t be or wouldn’t be good leaders, they’re not in that position of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.”

Limbaugh Responds:

“I’m sure he is doing his best but it does not appear to be good enough. He may not have noticed that the number of Republican colleagues he has in the House has dwindled. And they will dwindle more if he and his friends don’t show more leadership and effectiveness in battling the most left-wing agenda in modern history. And they won’t continue to lose because of me, but because of their relationship with the grassroots, which is hurting. Conservatives want leadership from those who claim to represent them. And we’ll know it when we see it.”

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OUTRAGE: Bay City Michigan Shuts Off Power to 93 year Old WWII Vet – Hero Found Dead With Money Clipped to Bill in Home!

Posted by iusbvision on January 27, 2009

The city run electric company was not following state rules for safety. The city put the device on his home that cut his power before the final notice was put on his door. No attempt was made to make personal contact with the victim.

The full story and a video report is HERE.

BAY CITY, Mich. — TV5 and WNEM.com has learned about new circumstances surrounding Marvin Schur’s death.

A limiter on Schur’s electric meter is being blamed for the man’s death. Now Bay City said it will notify customers before their power is shut off.

Michigan’s Attorney General Mike Cox said Tuesday he would review the case.

One local lawyer said the question remains: Who is accountable in the war veteran’s death?

Ed Czuprynski, a constitutional attorney, said the city could be liable. “I really think it’s a disgusting situation and it’s a shame that Bay City is put beneath this light.”

Czuprynski said Bay City could be liable for Schur’s death.

It was 32 degrees inside Schur’s house when neighbors found his body.

Bay City Electric Light and Power sent Schur a shutoff notice through the mail a few weeks ago.

Then crews placed a shutoff notice on his front door. A few days later, Schur was found by neighbors.

Bay City Electric Light and Power, which is owned by the city, said a limiter was placed on Schur’s electrical line.

The device limits the power that reaches a home, and it blows out like a fuse if power consumption rises past a set level.

The manager of Bay City said the limiter was tripped sometime between the time of installation and the discovery of the man’s body.

National healthcare anyone?

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Stimulus bill filled with political payoffs and corruption

Posted by iusbvision on January 27, 2009

Remember ACORN – this is the vote fraud outfit that also uses your tax dollars for partisan purposes and when Obama worked for ACORN he and they pressured banks to give bad loans which was one of the small steps that lead to the mortgage crisis. We explained in a recent post why social spending doesn’t help the economy much because the money is spent for political and corruption reasons rather than economic ones.

FN:

Republican lawmakers are raising concerns that ACORN, the low-income advocacy group under investigation for voter registration fraud, could be eligible for billions in aid from the economic stimulus proposal working its way through the House. 

House Republican Leader John Boehner issued a statement over the weekend noting that the stimulus bill wending its way through Congress provides $4.19 billion for “neighborhood stabilization activities.” 

He said the money was previously limited to state and local governments, but that Democrats now want part of it to be available to non-profit entities. That means groups like ACORN would be eligible for a portion of the funds.  

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., told FOX News Tuesday that the money could be seen as “payoff” for groups’ political activities in the last election. ACORN generally supports Democratic candidates and actively backed President Obama last year [and skirted the law using taxpayer funds to do it – editor]. 

But he said the funding is just one example of frivolous spending items in the $825 billion package. 

“It’s just a long list of spending items. Not a real economic stimulus job creation bill,” Vitter said. “It’s line after line after line of favorite liberal spending programs, and it amounts to a big government bill — not a job creation bill.”

Would a president Palin allow this kind of corruption in her own party?

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AWESOME: Geraldo Rivera Takes Same Position as IUSB Vision on Blago/Fitzgerald

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2009

It’s about time that Fox News caught up with us.

Since December 11th 2008 the IUSB Vision has been alone in saying that the way that the prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, has conducted the Blagojevich investigation has been shameful and incompetent. What is shameful is that Fitzgerald said that what he had would make Abe Lincoln roll over in his grave while showboating to the media (which is another violation of legal ethics because it was a clear attempt to taint any would be jury pool), only to see Fitzgerald produce NO indictments against Blagojevich. Fitzgerald even had the sitting governor arrested when he had no indictments. Now Fitzgerald is asking the court for special extensions to file indictments.

You don’t arrest a sitting governor and start a media fiasco unless you have it and it is clear that Fitzgerald didn’t have it on December 10th and doesn’t have it today. This is not the first time Fitzgerald has engaged in prosecutorial misconduct.

Geraldo (who is a lawyer) and another analyst at Fox News had much to say in the video below, including how the impeachment trial against Blagojevich is a complete sham designed to skirt due process, which is what we here at IUSB Vision have said from day one.

Geraldo: “this is a total deprevation of this man’s due process”

[Editor’s Note – On a personal note; as a writer and as a former IUSB Chief Justice, every time I have made a legal determination, my legal interpretation has won the day. I am glad to see that experienced lawyers are now coming to what I saw as obvious from day one. Blagojevich might very well be guilty, but due process has been thrown to the dogs in the worst form almost very step of the way of this story. It is about time that someone else besides us have finally spoken out. To see our detailed coverage of this case just click the “Blagojevich” tag at the bottom of this entry.]

Special thanks to Johnny Dollar for posting the video.

UPDATE – Here is Geraldo’s Interview with Blago – definately a must see.

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Obama Signs in New Rules for Automakers

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2009

Just when we all thought that cars were expensive enough and the automakers were struggling enough. Obama today signed into effect new rules requiring higher gas milage from cars as of 2011. This is going to cause another jump in auto prices.

How are the middle class and the poor going to be able to buy American cars under such circumstances? Once again it is government acting as if we working folks are made of money. Obama is a millionaire so he can afford it…..

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Singer Beccy Cole has a message for the leftist hate mongers who “tore her poster off the wall” for going to Iraq.

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2009

Take that. By the way, isn’t she just grand :-)

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EU official: Hamas responsible for Gaza

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2009

It’s about darn time that the EU got sick of rebuilding Gaza. It looks like the EU is about ready to tell Palestinians to knock it off or get cut off.

JPOST:

Hamas bears an “overwhelming responsibility” for the destruction of Gaza, a senior European Union official said Monday, as he toured the area to see the destruction caused by Israel’s 22-day military offensive there.

But Louis Michel also leveled harsh words against Israel for killing civilians and bombing nonmilitary targets during the fighting.

I almost fell off my chair when I saw this:

Last week, when EU Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero Waldner visited Israel, she said that the EU would not pay to rebuild Gaza until a government that it found acceptable was in power there.

On Monday, Michel was more frank, saying the EU was tired of paying for the same infrastructure only to have it repeatedly destroyed.

Speaking with reporters later in Tel Aviv, he said, “It is very frustrating that the EU commission and the member states are systematically obliged morally to pay and to pay once more for infrastructures that we have already paid for once or twice or three times,” said Michel.

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Ed Morrissey catches the elite media covering for Democrats again: Three corrupt politicians, no party affiliation mentioned.

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2009

Morrissey at Hotair.com:

Salvatore DiMasi will resign as Massachusetts House Speaker, the Boston Globe reports, after a series of scandals and investigations.  The Globe reports on the investigations of influence peddling and other potential acts of corruption.  In fact, the Globe reports on just about everything but the party affiliation of DiMasi — and his two disgraced predecessors:

House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi plans to resign from his powerful post tomorrow and depart the North End legislative seat he has held for three decades, saying yesterday that he is proud of his record and is departing with his “head high” despite ongoing ethics controversies swirling around him.

DiMasi – the third consecutive Massachusetts speaker to leave under a cloud – was reinstalled as speaker three weeks ago. But he has remained under public scrutiny, an Ethics Commission investigation, and a pair of grand juries looking at the influence-peddling allegations involving his close friends. …

Charles F. Flaherty was forced to resign in 1996 when federal prosecutors charged him with income tax violations after months of investigating his relationship with lobbyists.

His successor, Thomas M. Finneran, who grabbed the speaker’s post by cobbling together a coalition of Democrats and Republicans, was under federal investigation in 2004 when he resigned to take a high-paying trade association job.

He pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice charges in January 2007 for having lied under oath in a civil suit involving a legislative redistricting plan.

Let me assist Frank Phillips and the Globe’s editors, who apparently didn’t have time to do this research:

In fact, in the last case, Phillips and the Globe managed a two-fer in the Name That Party game show.  On January 9th, Philips reported that Finneran applied for a pardon with the outgoing Bush administration.

UPDATE – we also reported on the party affiliation phenomenon with the elite media HERE and HERE and HERE.

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Two More Ex-Gitmo Detainees Appear in Al-Qaeda Video

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2009

Just a three days ago we reported that a former Guantanamo prisoner is now an Al-Qaeda leader in Yeman.

AFP:

Two men released from the US “war on terror” prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have appeared in a video posted on a jihadist website, the SITE monitoring service reported.

One of the two former inmates, a Saudi man identified as Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri, or prisoner number 372, has been elevated to the senior ranks of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, a US counter-terrorism official told AFP.

Three other men appear in the video, including Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi, identified as an Al-Qaeda field commander. SITE later said he was prisoner No. 333.

The Defense Department has said as many as 61 former Guantanamo detainees — about 11 percent of 520 detainees transferred from the detention center and released — are believed to have returned to the fight.

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Mike Huckabee: Obama is Pushing a Radical Social Agenda

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2009

Within minutes of taking office Obama’s social agenda was published on Whitehouse.gov. It is not moderate stuff and the elite media is mum. Clinton did this when he first got elected and they paid the price. It looks like here we go again with round two. Is this the change he campaigned on?

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Indiana Win’s Miss America Pageant for the First Time

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2009

Katie Stam a journalism student from Seymour. She is also quite obviously an amatuer body builder and gave her speech against the abuse of performance enhancing drugs.

miss-indiana

Stam is the spokesman for the Children’s Miracle Network. The AP had an intersting story on how she overcame illness in time to win.

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MSNBC: Palin’s Book Will Do Well If She Can Read.

Posted by iusbvision on January 25, 2009

This is NBC folks, this is the depths that they have sunk to.

Politico:

MSNBC host Chris Matthews suggested Friday that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) may not have the reading or writing ability needed to complete the book she is reportedly shopping.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that Palin is seeking an $11 million advance for her memoir and has hired high-powered Washington attorney Robert Barnett to broker the deal.

Teasing a segment on the book during his show “Hardball,” Matthews said: “If she can read, if she can write, she’ll make some money.”

Matthews repeated his suggestion that Palin could not write the book later in the show. “The question is who actually will write the Palin book,” he said. “The only politician I know who can write is Barack Obama.”

Palin has a degree in journalism.

UPDATE –  the video:

Thanks to Hotair.com for the video link.

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Obama/Democrats Reverse Themselves on Lobbyists – Banks Who Recieved Billions in Bailout Dollars Spending Millions to Lobby Politicians for More. The Cycle of Curruption Continues.

Posted by iusbvision on January 25, 2009

Remember when the Obama campaign said that lobbyists were bad and criticized Mccain for having former lobbyists working on his campaign, all the while having ACTIVE lobbyists working on theirs?

Remember these statements and promises from the campaign:

And now the reversal…..

That was then, this is now – NYT:

Citigroup, recipient of another $45 billion, made the opposite call. While trying to keep a low profile, the company is still fielding an army of Washington lobbyists working on a host of issues, including the bailout. In the fourth quarter, it spent $1.77 million on lobbying fees, according to its lobbyists’ filings.

The different approaches from the two banks that have received the most money underscores the growing dilemma facing private companies, which increasingly deal with the federal government not only as rule-maker but also as shareholder, lender and trading partner.

Pressing federal policy makers risks the appearance of recycling public money to advance a private agenda, while staying on the sidelines could put a company at a comparative disadvantage.

Citigroup and Bank of America are hardly the only two financial firms to confront the issue. During the last three months of 2008, at least seven other firms receiving bailout funds – American Express, Capital One, Goldman Sachs, KeyCorp, Morgan Stanley, PNC and Bank of New York Mellon – all lobbied the government about the bailout, according to a review of their most recent disclosure reports.

Lobbyists work with PAC’s – they raise money, bundle money and spread it around. Remember when Lehmen Brothers and Fannie Mae in the mortgage industry spread $200 Million in partisan giveaways with Obama getting the second most in the Senate?

ABC News: Democratic Leader – I like Lobbyists and Obama does too….

In his historic speech Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama said the era of “protecting narrow interests” is over – an echo of his campaign promise that lobbyists and special interests would lose their clout in his White House. But lobbyists still have defenders in Washington D.C., including one of Obama’s most powerful allies, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada).

Reid invited top lobbyists to join him and his supporters for an inaugural brunch Monday where he told ABC News that he will still do plenty of business with them.

“And there’s nothing wrong with that,” said Reid. “And Obama will be meeting with them too.” When asked to clarify his remarks, given Obama’s promises to change that part of Capitol culture, Reid responded that lobbyists are part and parcel of the job.

“People should understand that lobbyists, per se, are someone’s father, mother, son, daughter,” said Reid. “They work for a living.” The Democratic leader’s sons and a son-in-law have worked as lobbyists.

Ed Morrissey comments HERE.

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Obama Economic Advisor Robert Reich: No Stimulous Money for White Construction Workers – Rangel: The Middle Class is to Busy to Notice What We Are Doing

Posted by iusbvision on January 25, 2009

Remember how we told you spending by the government rarely helps an economy because the money is spent for political reasons and not economic ones? This video of Obama economic advisor Robert Reich giving testimony in Congress really says it all.

Lou Dobbs:

Michelle Malkin and Neil Cavuto:

Thanks to Hotair.com for the Malkin clip.

Rasmussen Poll says:

January 23, 2009
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of U.S. voters worry that Congress and President Obama will increase government spending too much in the next year or two, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Only 17% have the opposite concern and are more worried that Congress and the president will cut taxes too much.

Even David Brooks of the NYT says that this is too much for him:

There’s also a very strong case to be made for long-term government reform. America could fundamentally rethink its infrastructure policies – create a new model adapted to new modes of community-building. It could fundamentally rethink human capital policies – create a lifelong menu of learning options, from pre-K programs to service opportunities for the elderly.

But the stimulus bill emerging in the House of Representatives does neither of these things. The bill marked up Wednesday in the Appropriations Committee is a muddled mixture of short-term stimulus haste and long-term spending commitments. It is an unholy marriage that manages to combine the worst of each approach – rushed short-term planning with expensive long-term fiscal impact.

The bill has three essential failings. First, it lacks any strategic vision. This $825 billion bill has to be passed within weeks. There’s no time for fundamental rethinking or new approaches. Instead, there’s a sloppy profusion of 152 different appropriations – off-the-shelf ideas that mostly create costlier versions of the status quo.

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College of DuPage Board of Trustees Move to Adopt Academic Bill of Rights – Far Left Faculty Freaks Out

Posted by iusbvision on January 25, 2009

Via Sara Dogan at Students for Academic Freedom:

In what may be a landmark battle currently playing out at a large Midwestern community college, the College of DuPage’s faculty association has pitted itself against the board of trustees over whether to protect the academic freedom of its students. This latest skirmish in the five-year war over David Horowitz’s Academic Bill of Rights (ABOR) reveals the lengths to which faculty unions are prepared to go to deny college students the right to an education free from indoctrination.

The Academic Bill of Rights proposed at DuPage echoes the language of the original Bill authored by David Horowitz in 2005. It recognizes that the principle of academic freedom applies not only to faculty but also to students who should be protected “from the imposition of any orthodoxy of a political, religious or ideological nature.” The DuPage bill acknowledges the right of faculty members to “pursue their own findings and perspectives in presenting their views” but states that they should “consider and make their students aware of other viewpoints” and that “courses will not be used for the purpose of political, ideological, religious, or anti-religious indoctrination.”

“I and the other trustees thought it was important to provide for the academic freedom of students as well as faculty members,” explained Kory Atkinson, a trustee at DuPage and the principal author of the new policy manual which contains the Academic Bill of Rights.

“We’ve had some anecdotal evidence from students about faculty at DuPage providing lower scores [for ideological reasons] and even in some written reports for classes where professors made comments about sources being ‘right-wing’ rather than rejecting them for scholarly reasons, mainly in the social sciences where sources tend to be more subjective,” Atkinson said, explaining some of the Board’s impetus for proposing the Academic Bill of Rights.

The Academic Bill of Rights proposed at DuPage echoes the language of the original Bill authored by David Horowitz in 2005. It recognizes that the principle of academic freedom applies not only to faculty but also to students who should be protected “from the imposition of any orthodoxy of a political, religious or ideological nature.” The DuPage bill acknowledges the right of faculty members to “pursue their own findings and perspectives in presenting their views” but states that they should “consider and make their students aware of other viewpoints” and that “courses will not be used for the purpose of political, ideological, religious, or anti-religious indoctrination.”

/sarcasm What! No indoctrination and you should include other viewpoints and not just our own ideologically charged view – we can’t have that!

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Obama Backpedals on Transparency Promise – Media Shows Anger in Presidential Daily Briefing

Posted by iusbvision on January 25, 2009

UPDATE I – Presidential Daily Briefing section vanishes from Whitehouse.gov

no-daily-briefing

Before the transcript of the daily briefing with the White House Press Sec. was on the site every day. Its gone.

UPDATE II– Obama says he will hold himself to a new standard of openness:

List of Documents Obama Won’t release:

His Medical Records (funny how the press always harps on Republicans to release theirs).

His official papers as an Illinois State Senator.

His official correspondence from the Illinois State Senate.

His appointment calender and list of official activities as a state senator.

His college records from Occidental or Columbia University or Harvard.

His client list from when he practiced law or his billing records so we can see who paid him.

His Senior Thesis from Columbia University titled, “Soviet Nuclear Disarmament”.

His application to the Illinois State Bar. 

Refuses to release the list of donors to his campaign who gave under $200.00 (there is evidence that some of this money was in the form of illegal multiple donations from overseas).

****Original Story****

Politico:

A growing media frustration with Barack Obama spilled into the open at Thursday’s briefing, with reporters accusing the White House of stifling access and giving Obama’s first interview as president to a multi-million dollar inauguration sponsor.

Veteran CBS newsman Bill Plante was one of the most vocal critics, questioning the White House’s handling of Wednesday night’s second swearing in – which was covered by just a four-reporter print pool that didn’t include a news photographer or TV correspondent.

He also asked new press secretary Robert Gibbs why ABC, which paid millions to host the DC Neighborhood Ball, was granted the only inauguration day interview with President Obama – a move he equated to “pay to play.”
“We have a tradition here of covering the president,” said Plante, who is covering his fourth administration.
Gibbs defended the White House’s moves, insisting aides acted in a “way that was upfront and transparent” in allowing the standard pool into the swearing-in. And Obama himself seemed mindful of making a good impression, paying a surprise visit to the White House pressroom a few hours after the briefing.

It’s been a bumpy 24 hours for Gibbs and company, as members of the White House press corps have publicly expressed frustration with an administration promising openness and transparency.

At the same time, some members of the Obama administration’s press team have signaled that they plan to shake up some of the old traditions of White House coverage, some of the longest-standing – and most jealously guarded – in town.

In recent weeks, New York Times editors complained that its White House team hadn’t gotten a sit-down with Obama during the transition, breaking an unofficial tradition whereby recent president-elects have free-wheeling exchanges with the Gray Lady before the inauguration.

In the case of the second swearing-in, however, it seemed to give reporters a chance to lay down an early marker on questioning whether Obama would live up to one of his key campaign pledges, at least when it comes to the media.

“It is ironic, the same day that the president is talking about transparency, we were not let in,” CNN’s Ed Henry said on the air Wednesday night after news of the second swearing-in broke.

Henry’s main gripe was that television reporters weren’t permitted to cover a historic moment, when Obama once again raised his right hand and took the oath before Justice John Roberts. The only images came from White House photographer Pete Souza.

Three wire services — The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse – refused to move those images, in protest of the White House’s handling of the event.

The wire services’ photographers were also denied access to photograph Obama sitting in the Oval Office on the first day, and similarly refused to move the White House approved photos.

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Blagojevich on His Due Process Rights Being Violated

Posted by iusbvision on January 23, 2009

Like him or hate him, Blago is dead right about this. He is not being allowed to even call any witnesses in his defense and we are talking about a man who has not even had an indictment leveled against him. Patrick Fitzgerald told the press he was guilty and Blago may be removed from office before even he sees the evidence.

Be sure to click the Blagojevich category link below to see all of our coverage on this. You will see that what is going on here is one of the most heinous violations of a mans constitutionally protected due process rights that I have ever seen in America. Blago may be guilty, but all of us, even he, has a right to fair due process. There is so much concern about the due process for prisoner of war Al-Qeada detainees at Guantanamo are getting (which no country on Earth has done to this degree before), yet Blago has become a political liability for the Democrats so his rights are violated right and left and only a few are honest enough to tell it like it is.

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Did Obama Lie About His Education Secretary?

Posted by iusbvision on January 23, 2009

Video

Transcript

Numbers Game

President-elect Obama says his pick for education secretary — Chicago Schools Chief Arne Duncan — presided over a 30% increase in the number of elementary students who meet acceptable levels on standardized tests. But a Cybercast News analysis of education department statistics indicates only 17% of Chicago eighth graders tested at or above grade level in reading in 2007. In contrast, 29% of eighth graders across the country scored at or above grade-level reading that year.

The report says Chicago’s schools consistently performed below the national average in reading, writing and math during Duncan’s tenure.

Also in the video –  State Government Gone Wild

Twenty-two of the 36 states facing budget deficits this fiscal year are increasing spending. Yes, increasing. Many states are collecting significantly less revenue than they counted on when budgets were drafted six months ago.

Spending cuts or tax increases will be necessitated because a number of states are required by law to balance their budgets. Cybercast News reports a survey from the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers released this week says the biggest offender is Nevada which at mid-year was $115 million in debt but plans to increase spending by just over 11%. New York will spend about 5.5% more despite being $1.8 billion in the red. Rounding out the top five are Ohio, North Carolina and Connecticut.

Hey, you voted for these people…..

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One Trillion Dollars Spent and Not One New Job?

Posted by iusbvision on January 23, 2009

UPDATE I – Check THIS out.

Hey don’t blame me, I opposed the bailout(s).

This is a perfect example of why social spending doesn’t grow an economy well if at all.

1. The money is spent for political reasons and not economic ones.

2. When the government becomes the source of money no wealth is created, just debt and that is inflationary.

3. Recessions come at a time when there is a lack of liquidity among the public and discretional spending and investment are down. Inflation lowers that liquidity and debt has to be paid back by the public which also lowers liquidity.

4. Unemployment during the “New Deal” that Democrats are so proud of never fell below 20%. Most of “New Deal” spending went to swing states to buy votes.

5. If social spending was the backbone of economic growth, Sweden would be a super power by now.

6. LBJ’s war on poverty actually grew poverty, not decreased it.

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