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Archive for January, 2009

Former Guantanamo Detainee Now Yeman Al-Qaeda Leader

Posted by iusbvision on January 23, 2009

Via IHT (aka new York Times but not for domestic publication):

Guantánamo detainee resurfaces in terrorist group
Friday, January 23, 2009

BEIRUT: The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order that President Barack Obama signed that the detention center be shut down within a year.

The militant, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of involvement in a deadly bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sana, in September. He was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program for former jihadists before resurfacing with Al Qaeda in Yemen.

His status was announced in an Internet statement by the militant group and was confirmed by a U.S. counterterrorism official. “They’re one and the same guy,” said the official, who insisted on anonymity because he was discussing an intelligence analysis. “He returned to Saudi Arabia in 2007, but his movements to Yemen remain unclear.”

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Obama’s Choice for Treasury Secretary has Ethics Problems

Posted by iusbvision on January 21, 2009

If you or I blew off $34,000 in taxes, or we had put down our childs summer camp trip as a business expense we would go to jail, but Tim Geithner is a Democrat and one of the Obama elite so he gets rewarded with a Cabinet Post.

I was going to have a long post about this and all of the problems with this joker, but Glenn beck took the words right out of my mouth. Well done Glenn.

Thanks to hotair.com for the video link.

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Yet Another UN Child Sex Abuse Scandal

Posted by iusbvision on January 21, 2009

Today – The latest from the New York Daily News:

A high-ranking human rights worker with ties to the United Nations was nabbed at Kennedy Airport Tuesday with kiddie porn in his suitcase, officials said.

Clarence Dias, 65, president of the International Center for Law in Development, whose offices are located at the UN, had the smut in his carry-on bag as he passed through security on his way to a flight bound for Bangkok, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Transportation Security Administration officials doing a random bag check around 8:20a.m. allegedly found a DVD whose cover featured an apparently underage nude boy and an adult male in Dias’ handbag, prosecutors said.

The video’s title – “Winner Pub Pattaya” – apparently refers to a beach resort in Thailand, authorities said. There were also other lewd photographs in the bag, authorities said.

This is the latest sex scandal to roil the UN.

The agency came under fire in 2002 for turning a blind eye to wide-scale sexual abuse of West African refugee children by its own aid workers and peacekeepers.

UN workers from nine countries – including Britain and India – were accused of sexually exploiting children in dozens of refugee camps in war-torn Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the internal report found.

Last Week – U.N. probes peacekeeper sex abuse:

Agency has collected 217 allegations of abuse of girls, women in Congo
The Associated Press
Jan. 14, 2009

GENEVA – A United Nations probe collected 217 allegations of abuse of girls and women by peacekeepers in eastern Congo, from sex with teenagers in the back room of a liquor store to threats of “hacking” victims for cooperating with investigators.

The 2006 investigation found many allegations credible and said evidence suggests “frequent and ongoing” sexual exploitation in the region. But it could only establish proof against one of 75 peacekeepers accused of wrongdoing.

Details of alleged incidents dating back to 2004 are summarized in a “strictly confidential” 17-page document.

It is dated Jan. 30, 2007, and was published Wednesday by whistleblower Web site Wikileaks.org. The report has previously been referred to by human rights organizations and the U.N. itself, but not made public. U.N. officials confirmed its authenticity.

Allegations of sex abuse and other crimes have dogged U.N. peacekeeping missions almost since their inception in 1948; the global body has in recent years adopted a “zero tolerance” approach.

The report cited a number of cases where victims may have been pressured or bribed to keep silent. “One victim informed (investigators) that she had received a message from a peacekeeper that he would ‘hack them’ if he ever saw them again,” the report said.

2005 – Sexual misconduct by U.N. personnel in Burundi, Haiti, Liberia and elsewhere:

Officials Acknowledge ‘Swamp’ of Problems and Pledge Fixes Amid New Allegations in Africa, Haiti

By Colum Lynch
Washington Post
Sunday, March 13, 2005; Page A22

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations is facing new allegations of sexual misconduct by U.N. personnel in Burundi, Haiti, Liberia and elsewhere, which is complicating the organization’s efforts to contain a sexual abuse scandal that has tarnished its Nobel Prize-winning peacekeepers in Congo.

2004 – 68 cases of alleged rape, prostitution and pedophilia by U.N. peacekeepers:

The 34-page report, which was obtained by The Washington Post accuses U.N. peacekeepers from Morocco, Pakistan and Nepal of seeking to obstruct U.N. efforts to investigate a sexual abuse scandal that has damaged the United Nations’ standing in Congo.

The report documents 68 cases of alleged rape, prostitution and pedophilia by U.N. peacekeepers from Pakistan, Uruguay, Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa and Nepal. U.N. officials say they have uncovered more than 150 allegations of sexual misconduct throughout the country as part of a widening investigation into sexual abuse by U.N. personnel that has plagued the United Nations’ largest peacekeeping mission, U.N. officials said.

Special thanks to Ed Morrissey from Hotair.com for archiving some of this information.

2002 – Child sex abuse by UN workers:

A shocking report jointly issued on February 26th by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Save The Children detailed evidence of widespread sexual exploitation of children at refugee camps in West Africa.

According to the report, aid workers from the UNHCR and a number of different NGOs have been sexually abusing children in camps in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, where refugees have fled to escape civil war.

According to Paul Nolan of Save The Children, “what emerged was a problem that was widespread, quite possibly endemic and which also included people who were actually in place to provide those refugee children with the care and protection they were entitled to…. It’s a problem we know has been around for some time. Nolan also admitted that the investigation had uncovered a “fairly widespread culture of exploitation” in which “a whole range of people in a position of authority and trust were abusing these positions. All in return for sexual favors.” Still more despicably, many aid worke rs apparently coerced sexual favors from children by withholding food and relief-agency services unless the children complied with their twisted demands.

1987 – Child porn ring ran from UNICEF offices and computers:

By PAUL LEWIS,
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: June 25, 1987

LEAD: The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund in Belgium resigned today after the disclosure of a child pornography case linked to the Belgian branch of the organization.

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund in Belgium resigned today after the disclosure of a child pornography case linked to the Belgian branch of the organization.

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My Thoughts on the Inauguration Speech.

Posted by iusbvision on January 21, 2009

Barack Obama is well known to be a great speech maker and I was expecting a real barn burner of an inaugural.

My take on the speech is the same as John Stewart’s from the Daily Show where he compared Obama’s speech with Bush’s and found a plagiaristic similarity.

As someone who is a student of political science, I have read or viewed every inaugural speech and many of them several times and like John Stewart I found myself thinking that I have heard this all before.

The UK Telegraph said that it was the worst speech Obama ever made. I think that may be a little harsh, but this certainly was not Obama at his best and it looks like, nor was this really his speech.

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TRASHED!

Posted by iusbvision on January 21, 2009

Inauguration A Nation Gathers

What a mess. Take a look at the national mall after the inauguration yesterday.

Now compare it to the Rush Limbaugh event where 70,000 people showed up for 8 hours in Ft. Collins Colorado:

It was reported at the time that the city was amazed at how clean the Limbaugh fans left the city.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1664403/posts

I’ll never forget what I saw just after everyone cleared off from Dan’s Bake Sale. There was a small army of janitorial people from the city of Fort Collins lined up waiting to pick up trash…

…but there weren’t even cigarette butts in the gutters. All they had to do was empty the trash containers, which were admittedly filled to overflowing (but the ones I saw were actually tastefully arranged, as if a large trash pile was trying to impersonate a flower arrangement).

The shock on the workers’ faces was priceless.

And

In 1997 I attended the Promise Keepers event on the Washington D.C. Mall. There must have been over 1 million of us. When we left at the end of the day, so did our trash. The next day on the local news, the media couldn’t get over how much cleaner the grounds were compared to a July 4th event.

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Class

Posted by iusbvision on January 20, 2009

Say thanks HERE.

UPDATE: Fox was the only news network to cover the Bush homecoming speech. Details HERE. What else is interesting is that Sean Hannity played a montage of clips from the elite media complaining how President Bush’s $40 million inauguration was excessive and NPR even said that those who donated to the inauguration were buying influence. Yesterday cost $140 million and nary a peep.

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Conservatives show the left true patriotism: “Support him in every way you can and oppose those policies when you must.”

Posted by iusbvision on January 20, 2009

Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin on the new administration

Special thanks to Hotair for the video link.

As opposed to how the left has behaved recently…

Another example of BDS (Bush Derangment Syndrome) and far left hate mongering today in Washington DC – Click HERE for the video.

Update: More hate from the left:

Wall Street Journal: Bush’s Real Sin Was Winning in Iraq

In a few hours, George W. Bush will walk out of the Oval Office for the last time as president. As he leaves, he carries with him the near-universal opprobrium of the permanent class that inhabits our nation’s capital. Yet perhaps the most important reason for this unpopularity is the one least commented on.

Here’s a hint: It’s not because of his failures. To the contrary, Mr. Bush’s disfavor in Washington owes more to his greatest success. Simply put, there are those who will never forgive Mr. Bush for not losing a war they had all declared unwinnable.

Here in the afterglow of the turnaround led by Gen. David Petraeus, it’s easy to forget what the smart set was saying two years ago — and how categorical they all were in their certainty. The president was a simpleton, it was agreed. Didn’t he know that Iraq was a civil war, and the only answer was to get out as fast as we could?

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — the man who will be sworn in as vice president today — didn’t limit himself to his own opinion. Days before the president announced the surge, Joe Biden suggested to the Washington Post he knew the president’s people had also concluded the war was lost. They were, he said, just trying to “keep it from totally collapsing” until they could “hand it off to the next guy.”

For his part, on the night Mr. Bush announced the surge, Barack Obama said he was “not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq are going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”

Three months after that, before the surge had even started, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pronounced the war in Iraq “lost.” These and similar comments, moreover, were amplified by a media echo chamber even more absolute in its sense of hopelessness about Iraq and its contempt for the president.

Mr. Bush’s success in Iraq is equally infuriating, because it showed he was right and they wrong. Many in Washington have not yet admitted that, even to themselves. Mr. Obama has. We know he has because he has elected to keep Mr. Bush’s secretary of defense — not something you do with a failure.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123241360913796235.html

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JPOST: Iran Smuggling New Rockets to Gaza

Posted by iusbvision on January 20, 2009

Folks, this is why wars need to be fought until someone surrenders.

Iran has renewed efforts to supply advanced weaponry to Hamas and the IDF is concerned that the terror group will try to smuggle long-range Fajr missiles into the Gaza Strip.

According to the latest intelligence assessments, Iran, which was responsible for writing Hamas’s military doctrine, has already launched an internal probe to determine how the plan it had created for Hamas failed to cause more IDF casualties.

The military plan created by the Iranians was based on three pillars: The first was the defensive measures that Hamas had created in Gaza, which included dozens of kilometers of tunnels and thousands of roadside bombs and booby-trapped homes.

The second pillar was rocket attacks against the home front. Here too, Hamas failed to fire rockets farther than 40 kilometers, even though it had planned to.

The third pillar was creating a “victory image” in the form of a burned-out tank or the abduction of an IDF soldier.

“Hamas thought it would succeed like Hizbullah did in 2006,” a senior defense official said.

The IDF is concerned that Hamas and Iran will try to smuggle long-range Fajr missiles into the Gaza Strip. Fajr missiles, manufactured in Iran, have a range of 70 km. and if fired from Gaza would easily reach Tel Aviv.

On Monday, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that renewed weapons smuggling would be legitimate grounds for Israel to renew attacks against Hamas.

While the Fajr is large – 10 meters in length compared to the two-meter Grads – it is believed that it would be possible to smuggle the rockets into Gaza after it was disassembled into several components and via a tunnel dug especially large for the purpose.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1232292910127&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Hotair.com comments HERE.

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Quote of the Day

Posted by iusbvision on January 15, 2009

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Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power brokers. That’s why true reform is so hard to achieve. – Sarah Palin

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Adios Ricardo Montalban: A Good Man and a Great Entertainer

Posted by iusbvision on January 15, 2009

This week the world mourns the death of one of our greatest entertainers, Ricardo Montalban.

Of course Ricardo Montalban appeared in dozens of films and television programs. Montalban’s work will live forever. He is especially noted for his roles as Mr. Roarke from Fantasy Island and Khan Noonien Singh from the Star Trek television show and the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan who is considered one of the greatest film and television villains of all time. Here is a famous look at Kahn in action:

Fantasy Island took television drama and sometimes even it’s own version of the twilight zone and put it in the setting of a tropical island where Mr. Roarke is quite literally its all powerful master.

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ELITE MEDIA: Obama’s Treasury Secretary Doesn’t Pay $34,000 in Taxes and he is Good; Joe the Plumber Didn’t Pay $1,200 in Taxes and He is Bad and His Word is No Good

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2009

The elite media double standard is as blatant as can be. The attitude that the media presents facts has a huge sway over people’s perceptions.

Now here is Tim Geithner, a smart guy and a financial guru, and even with help he could not get his taxes right. How many of us little people are fined, jailed or harassed for lesser mistakes? Could it be that this is a case to overhaul and simplify our ridiculously complex tax code? IF the Treasury Secretary can’t do it even with help, who can?

Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood had tax problems that were much less and their nominations were nixed. So why the double standard for this guy? Joe Biden says that it is patriotic to pay more taxes so is Geithner unpatriotic?

AP:

January 13, 2009

By BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON

President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to run the Treasury Department and lead the economic rescue effort disclosed publicly Tuesday that he failed to pay $34,000 in taxes from 2001 to 2004, a last-minute complication in an otherwise smooth path to confirmation.

Timothy Geithner paid most of the past-due taxes days before Obama announced his nomination in November, according to materials released by the Senate Finance Committee. He had paid the remainder of the taxes in 2006, after the IRS sent him a bill.

The still-unpaid taxes were discovered by Obama’s transition team while investigating Geithner’s background.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said he still hoped Geithner could be confirmed on Inauguration Day. Obama’s staff told senators about Geithner’s tax issues Dec. 5.

“These errors were not intentional; they were honest mistakes,” Baucus said after he and other committee members met with Geithner behind closed doors.

Geithner, plucked from his job as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to serve as Obama’s treasury secretary, told transition officials and senators that he didn’t know he owed self-employment taxes when he worked for the International Monetary Fund.

He failed to pay self-employment taxes for money he earned while working for IMF from 2001 to 2003, according to materials released by the Senate committee. In 2006, the IRS notified him that he owed $14,847 in self-employment taxes and $2,383 in interest from 2003 and 2004. The IRS waived penalties for those tax years.

Transition officials discovered last fall that Geithner also had not paid the taxes in 2001 or 2002. He paid $25,970 in back taxes and interest for those years several days before Obama announced his nomination, the committee documents showed.

Geithner also said he didn’t realize a housekeeper he paid in 2004 and 2005 did not have current employment documentation as an immigrant for the final three months she worked for him, the documents indicated.

Geithner is the second Obama nominee to face controversy. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew his name on Jan. 4 as Obama’s commerce secretary after questions surfaced about a federal investigation concerning contributions and a state contract.

http://kdrv.com/news/national/79832

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Pentagon: 61 ex-Guantanamo inmates return to terrorism

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2009

I seems that all of the people held at Guantanamo weren’t innocent victims of the evil Bush after all:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Tuesday that 61 former detainees from its military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appear to have returned to terrorism since their release from custody.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said 18 former detainees are confirmed as “returning to the fight” and 43 are suspected of having done in a report issued late in December by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE50C5JX20090113?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=22&sp=true

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JPOST: Hamas raids aid trucks, sells supplies

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2009

Recently we reported that Hamas admits to using civilians as human shields and how they gunned down a Palestinian wedding party for the crime of “singing” and now we have this from the jpost:

Jan. 12, 2009
YAAKOV KATZ and JPost.com staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

Hamas on Monday raided some 100 aid trucks that Israel had allowed into Gaza, stole their contents and sold them to the highest bidders.

The IDF said that since terminal activity is coordinated with UNRWA and the Red Cross, Israel could do nothing to prevent such raids, Israel Radio reported.

Between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the army had ceased all military activity in Gaza and once again established a “humanitarian corridor” to help facilitate the transfer of the supplies.

The Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings had been opened to allow in the aid trucks.

Security officials at Kerem Shalom thwarted an attempt to smuggle electrical goods, disguised as humanitarian supplies, into Gaza. The electrical goods included computers, infra-red cameras, ovens, microwaves and other electronic equipment.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has forbidden the entry of electronics to Gaza since the goods do not fall under the category of humanitarian aid. Some electronic equipment has been let in as per an official Palestinian request, such as equipment used to repair the damaged electrical grid in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Israel is considering establishing a field hospital in the Gaza Strip to treat Palestinian civilians wounded in fighting between the IDF and Hamas.

The plan would be to establish the field hospital outside the Gaza Strip, but the IDF is also considering the possibility of erecting the hospital inside the Palestinian territory so it will be more accessible to the Palestinian population. It would be run by the IDF Medical Corps.

Also Monday, in an effort to promote Israeli humanitarian efforts in the Gaza Strip, the Defense Ministry launched a new Web site that provides a live video feed of the Kerem Shalom cargo crossing, through which international organizations have been transferring basic foods and medical supplies to Gaza.

The footage can be viewed HERE.

Since the beginning of Operation Cast Lead, the IDF has facilitated the transfer of close to 900 trucks into the Gaza Strip with over 20,000 tons of basic foods and medical supplies.

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More Media Bias: Geraldo vs. Coulter

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2009

In this video Geraldo does what so many unprofessional journalists do. Make so many accusations and make everything about Ann so they can never get to the substance of the book or in this case make it about the smear site Media Matters. You will notice that in most of the Coulter interviews the interviewer does anything they can to keep from genuinely discussing the substance of the book.

Geraldo is usually a pro, but he is so emotionally biased and has such an inability to engage Coulter on issues of real substance that we are treated to useless interviews like this.

Ann is right that there is fraud in the Franken/Coleman recountincluding the fact that some districts have more votes for Franken than they have registered voters.

Video:

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Pay to Play Corruption – Hillary Busted

Posted by iusbvision on January 13, 2009

Wow the AP does a real investigation. I must say I am shocked that they would have the courage to publish this. The real question; will it be on NBC News. If this were a republican the media frenzy would begin. ( I just wantched the news on one of the big three – no mention – editor).

Excerpts: 

AP: Clinton acted on concerns of husband’s donors
By SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton intervened at least six times in government issues directly affecting companies and others that later contributed to her husband’s foundation, an Associated Press review of her official correspondence found.

The overlap of names on former President Bill Clinton‘s foundation donor list and business interests whose issues she championed raise new questions about potential ethics conflicts between her official actions and her husband’s fundraising. The AP obtained three of the senator’s government letters under the Freedom of Information Act.

During Clinton’s confirmation hearing Tuesday, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, the Foreign Relations Committee’s senior Republican, said the foundation’s charitable efforts “should not be a barrier to Senator Clinton’s service,” but he acknowledged the potential that conflicts of interest might arise: “Work of the Clinton foundation is a unique complication that will have to be managed with great care and transparency.”

Under an agreement with President-elect Barack Obama, Bill Clinton recently released the names of donors to his foundation, a nonprofit that has raised at least $492 million — including millions from foreign governments — to fund his library in Little Rock, Ark., and charitable efforts worldwide on such issues as AIDS, poverty and climate change.

Lugar told Sen. Clinton on Tuesday that her husband’s foundation should not accept any more contributions from foreign governments.

The letters and donations involve pharmaceutical companies and telecommunications and energy interests.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090113/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/clinton_letters___dollars

The details so far:

Sen. Clinton wrote to the Federal Communications Commission in February 2004 expressing concern that changes to competitive local exchange carrier access rates could hurt carriers such as New York-based PAETEC Communications. PAETEC’s chief executive is Arunas Chesonis, whose family and charity later contributed to the Clinton foundation.

Sarah Wood, executive director of the Chesonis Family Foundation, was invited by a part of the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, to join the initiative after it was established in 2005, Wood said Monday. The Chesonis family personally paid $15,000 for Wood’s membership in CGI in September 2007, and the Chesonis foundation paid $20,000 for it in March 2008, Wood said.

The Chesonis Family Foundation made a $10 million pledge last May to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for solar energy research, meeting Wood’s commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative to act on a project, Wood said.

Pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, company spokeswoman Amy Rose said. Merck joined CGI in 2006, when dues were $15,000, and also was a member in 2007 and in 2008, when membership dues rose to $20,000. As part of its commitment to CGI, Merck sponsors public health initiatives around the world, Rose said. Merck joined CGI on its own initiative, she said.

Sen. Clinton wrote a November 2005 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt urging approval of the human papillomavirus vaccine. Merck applied in December 2005 for approval of its HPV vaccine, Gardasil, and the vaccine was approved for use in females ages 9 to 26. Merck is still seeking approval for use in older women, Rose said.

Barr Laboratories gave $10,001 to $25,000 to the Clinton foundation, the charity’s donor list shows. Barr joined the Clinton Global Initiative in April 2007, spokeswoman Carol Cox said. Cox didn’t comment on Clinton’s letter.

Several of the letters involve issues directly affecting KeySpan Corp., the energy company now known as National Grid. KeySpan didn’t ask the senator to intervene and had no communication with her office about its later donations to the Clinton foundation, said company spokesman Chris Mostyn.

KeySpan joined the Clinton Global Initiative in 2007 because it wanted to become involved in the climate change issue, Mostyn said. KeySpan paid $15,000 for its membership in 2007 and $20,000 for 2008, Mostyn said.

Clinton joined several other members of Congress from New York in February 2003 asking the Commerce Department to consider an appeal by Islander East, a limited liability company formed by subsidiaries of KeySpan Energy and another company, to build a natural gas pipeline to serve Connecticut, New York City and Long Island, N.Y.

Clinton and the other lawmakers wanted the Commerce Department to overturn the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection’s determination that Islander East’s pipeline plan was inconsistent with the state’s coastal zone management program. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and other Connecticut lawmakers wrote to Commerce urging denial of Islander East’s appeal.

Clinton earlier wrote to the Long Island Power Authority and to KeySpan urging them to consider the modernization of KeySpan’s New York power plants. Her letter in June 2002 offered her help on the issue. Also in 2002, Clinton wrote the federal government letters on the natural gas Millennium Pipeline Project in which KeySpan was involved, urging an extension of a deadline for public comment and forwarding information on route alternatives.

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Palin Hosts Massive International Diplomatic Delegation for Alaska 50 Celebration

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2009

Not enough foreign policy experience they said??

[Editor’s Note – Obama’s foreign policy experience was chairing a small foreign policy subcommittee that he never once brought together for even a single hearing. That’s what happens when you get elected and start running for president right away.]

Sarah Palin hosted Alaska’s 50th Anniverary event and look who came to hang out with the Governor:

Russian Deputy Foriegn Minister Sergei Kislyak and diplomatic delegations from Hungary, England, Canada, Japan, Finland, Poland, China, Korea, Norway, Mexico, and the Philippines.

This is very smart. Palin is a world wide celebrity public figure now and you can bet that she will be making the very most of it. Expect to see foreign ambassadors talking her up in the next few years which will totally take the foreign policy street cred issue off the table.

In the video Palin addresses each delegation.

Update: Here is a Photo of the Delagation:

alaska-international-diplomatic-2009

Diplomatic Celebration:

The Governor welcomed diplomats who joined her to celebrate Alaska Statehood Day on January 3, 2009. Representatives from several Asian and European countries, including the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States, H.E. Sergei Kislyak, accepted Governor Palin’s invitation to participate in weekend celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Alaska being admitted to the Union. (First row, l to r) Consul General of New Zealand, John Mataira, Royal Norwegian Consul General Sten Arne Rosnes, Consul General of Hungary Balazs Bokor, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States H.E. Sergei Ivanovich Kislyak, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, Consul General of the Russian Federation Yuri Gerasin, British Consul General Julian Evans; (Second row, l to r) Honorary Consul of Poland Stan Borucki, Honorary Consul of Finland Wayne Stolt, Honorary Royal Norwegian Erling Trygve Johansen, Alberta Executive Director of the US and Americas Marvin Schneider, Consul of Canada Karen Matthias, Alberta Minister of Energy Mel Knight, State of Alaska Commissioner General Craig Campbell, former Governor Walter J. Hickel, State of Alaska Commissioner Larry LeDoux; Consul of Japan Hideo Fujita, Consul of Korea Hee-chul Kim, Consul of Mexico Jose Luis Cuevas, Honorary Consul of the Seychelles Harold Greetn, Honorary Consul fo France Marc LaRose, State of Alaska Director of International Trade and of the Office of the Governor Kris Perry, Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic Frank Nosek, Alaska State Senator Gary Stevens

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Anchorage Daily News Pushing Debunked Fake Palin Pregnancy Story Again: Threatens her Doctor with Bad Coverage if he Refuses to Violate Patient Doctor Confidentiality

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2009

Gov. Palin’s Press Spokesperson Bill McAllister went on the Eddie Burke Radio Show on 1/09/09 to discuss media bias and the “Trig Truther” conspiracy theorists at the Anchorage Daily News.

As we have reported many times before the Anchorage Daily News has not upheld professional standards in its coverage of Governor Palin to put it mildly. In the elite media this is nothing new. The stuff written by Dan Fagen and Andrew Helcro in the ADN has just been one hatchet job after another.

When Palin’s office said something about this bad coverage and silly accusations they accused Palin of whining and if her office doesn’t respond the false coverage runs crazy and people will start to believe it unless something is done.

Remember this, if your Republican even distant relatives are fair game, if a rogue cop threatens your family, uses a taser on your nephew, follows your daughter to a football game to threaten her its your fault. Report it every time one of the Bush twins has a beer. Hands off Chealsea Clinton and Michelle Obama by the way.

On the flip side….

Just for the record Obama’s enjoys his millions while his aunt was here illegally and living in a rundown tenament in Boston, and his brother was living in a shack with an income if a few dollars a year.

Joe Biden’s son and brother are in serious legal trouble which has gone almost totally ignored and while hundreds of so called “reporters” were parachuted into Alaska in  a race to report every allegation made by a political enemy as a fact, in Illinois Rezko, Blagojevich, Daley and the rest of them were engaging in some of the worst crookery that is only now starting to come out…and not because any reporters cared to look for this corruption, but Patrick Fitzgerald had to make this case into a media circus in his latest bid to promote himself.

So the candidate who lost still gets more so called investigative attention than the guy who won and will soon take office – nope no slant there…

As a kicker remember the “bridge to no where” that the media never gave Palin credit for stopping. Only Fox and CNN even mentioned Biden’s pork bridges to no where.

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Kick Cheney in the Chins: This is what passes for professional writing at the New York Times…

Posted by iusbvision on January 11, 2009

Jan 10 NYT Maureen Dowd:

In the past week, I’ve twice been close enough to Dick Cheney to kick him in the shins.

I didn’t. It’s probably a federal crime of some sort. But a girl can fantasize. I did, however, assume the Stay-away-from-me-you’ve-got-cooties stance that Jimmy Carter used when posing with Bill Clinton at the presidents’ powwow in the Oval.

The first time was Tuesday, when Cheney left the ceremony where he gave the oath of office to senators. The senators seemed thrilled, especially Joe Biden, who was getting sworn in for just two weeks and was excitedly showing off a family Bible the size of a Buick. But I thought it gave the ceremony a satirical edge to have the lawless Vice presiding over lawmakers swearing to support and defend the Constitution that he soiled and defiled – right in the heart of the legislative branch he worked to diminish.

The second time I crossed paths was Thursday night, at a glitzy party at Cafe Milano for Brit Hume, stepping down as a Fox anchor. It required extreme defensive maneuvers – much zigging and zagging – to avoid Cheney, Wolfie and Rummy, all three holding court and blissfully unrepentant about the chaos they’ve unleashed on the world.

This childish editorializing is what has caused the NYT readership and ad revenue falling to crisis levels as the paper struggles to stay a float.

The silliness of this NYT piece speaks for itself. What I find amusing is how those on the far left try to play this “constitution card”. The people that Dowd supports trash the Constitution every day with obviously unconstitutional spending and regulations that violate Article I Section VIII, unfunded mandates and regulations on the states that violate the Ninth and Tenth Amendments and the NYT leftists were none to happy with the Heller decision where the Supreme Court actually stood up for the Second Amendment.

Now here is the irony, the steps that this administration took to protect us have historical precedent going back to George Washington; not to mention court decisions about presidential war powers and what is considered a “reasonable search” during war time.  

Having challenged students and professors alike on these issues they always melt when I ask them the following question, “What exactly did they do in protecting us that violated the Constitution?”

I inform them how past presidents such as Wilson, FDR, Jefferson and Lincoln opened all international mail without a warrant. How other past presidents such as Carter, Clinton, Reagan and Bush 41 signed executive orders making it clear that under presidential war powers that they could use warrantless searches against foreign intelligence threats. I link to them the court cases that make it clear that a warrant is not needed in regards to foreign intelligence threats as the courts have found it “reasonable” for the president to use such power against such threats.

All presidents faced with such foreign intelligence threats have done this, yet ONLY Bush is guilty of violating the Constitution according to the NYT.

You want the proof?

Here you go: 

[Editor’s Note – Before hscott or someone else says “Hey Chuck, you pulled part of this from an old Wikipedia article, why don’t you do your own research?” It is my research. Years ago I authored Wikipedia’s section on warrantless surveillance. I have studied this issue and the case law surrounding it to a great degree. Since then what I wrote has been changed by partisans who vandalize articles for political purposes and is the main reason why Wikipedia can not be considered a trusted source as much of the bias is in what you don’t see because it is removed by partisans.]

History of Warrentless Surveillence

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales briefed Congress on February 6th, 2006 on the history of warrantless foreign intelligence searches”

This fact is amply borne out by history. This Nation has a long tradition of wartime enemy surveillance-a tradition that can be traced to George Washington, who made frequent and effective use of secret intelligence. One source of Washington’s intelligence was intercepted British mail. See Central Intelligence Agency, Intelligence in the War of Independence 31, 32 (1997). In fact, Washington himself proposed that one of his Generals “contrive a means of opening [British letters] without breaking the seals, take copies of the contents, and then let them go on.” Id. at 32 (from that point on, Washington was privy to British intelligence pouches between New York and Canada.). And for as long as electronic communications have existed, the United States has intercepted those communications during wartime, and done so, not surprisingly, without judicial warrants. In the Civil War, for example, telegraph wiretapping was common and provided important intelligence for both sides. In World War I, President Wilson authorized the military to intercept all telegraph, telephone, and cable communications into and out of the United States; he inferred the authority to do so from the Constitution and from a general congressional authorization to use military force that did not mention anything about such surveillance. See Exec. Order No. 2604 (Apr. 28, 1917). So too in World War II; the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt authorized the interception of all communications traffic into and out of the United States. The terrorist surveillance program, of course, is far more focused, since it involves the interception only of international communications that are linked to al-Qaeda.

FISA Court of Review Ruling in 2002

In 2002, in Re Sealed Case No. 02-001 the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review examined all the significant appellate decisions. They noted all the Federal courts of appeal having looked at the issue had concluded that there was such constitutional power. Furthermore, if there was such power, “FISA could not encroach on the president’s constitutional power.” However, In Re Sealed Case “[took] for granted” that these cases are correct.

“The Truong court, as did all the other courts to have decided the issue, held that the President did have inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches to obtain foreign intelligence information. It was incumbent upon the court, therefore, to determine the boundaries of that constitutional authority in the case before it. We take for granted that the President does have that authority and, assuming that is so, FISA could not encroach on the President’s constitutional power……

….Even without taking into account the President’s inherent constitutional authority to conduct warrantless foreign intelligence surveillance, we think the procedures and government showings required under FISA, if they do not meet the minimum Fourth Amendment warrant standards, certainly come close. We, therefore, believe firmly, applying the balancing test drawn from Keith, that FISA as amended is constitutional because the surveillances it authorizes are reasonable.” [2]

The balancing test from Keith referred to above is a legal test that asks if the primary use of the warrantlesssearch to collect foreign intelligence as per presidential authority, or was the primary use of the warrantlesssearch to gather evidence to use in a criminal trial.

Executive Orders

Executive orders by other administrations including Clinton’s [3] and Carter’s [4]authorized the Attorney General to perform warrantless searches for purposes of foreign intelligence threats. These Executive Orders were exercises of executive power under Article II consistent with FISA.

Clinton Administration

On July 14, 1994 President Clinton’s Deputy Attorney General and later 9/11 Commission member Jamie Gorelick testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee that “The Department of Justice believes, and the case law supports, that the president has inherent authority to conduct warrantless physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes…and that the president may, as has been done, delegate this authority to the Attorney General.”This “inherent authority” was used to search the home of CIA traitor Aldrich Ames without a warrant. “It is important to understand,” Gorelickcontinued, “that the rules and methodology for criminal searches are inconsistent with the collection of foreign intelligence and would unduly frustrate the president in carrying out his foreign intelligence responsibilities.”[9]

Fore a more comprehensive review of the case law history of legal warrantless surveillance just click HERE.

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How Media Bias Works: The John Ziegler Interview

Posted by iusbvision on January 10, 2009

Here is the treatment that documentary film maker John Ziegler received from MSNBC in his interview. Is this a professional interview or an attempt at a smear job?

If only I could be John Ziegler’s communications director. Ziegler handled himself pretty well in this outrageous interview, but there are a few things one can do and say to help combat these typical tactics of the elite media.

Lets deconstruct these interviews.

Round I:

In this interview MSNBC mischaracterizes Governor Palin’s recent press release. Palin was not criticizing Ziegler at all, she was criticizing media outlets for mischaracterizing what is in it we showed you HERE.

Look at how the MSNBC host compares what is obviously Ziegler’s comments about character assassination and draws a ridiculous analogy with real assassination to attack Ziegler. This rhetorical tactic is called demagoguery.

In the interview the MSNBC anchor says that “Palin is clearly unqualified” to be vice president. So let’s take a look at the record shall we?

IUSB Vision went deep into the public records to get the record of Sarah Palin as mayor and governor. We also talked about what the elite media said about far less experienced candidates for VP such as Geraldine Ferraro and John Edwards. They were Democrats so naturally they were treated much different link (HERE):

Palin runs a commercial fishing business, was a councilman and a mayor. As a councilman she helped to found her city police department and as mayor Palin oversaw tremendous growth in Wasilla as it became the cross roads of what is likely the two busyest highways in Alaska. So important did Wasilla become as the virtual crossroads of Alaska that a referendum to make Wasilla the capital of Alaska was only narrowly defeated. Palin easily won re-election as mayor.

After her terms as mayor Palin served on government commissions, brought down a corruption ring that had a stranglehold on the state and ended the political careers of many who put self over service. Palin beat an incumbent GOP governor in a primary and a popular former two term Democratic governor in the general election. Palin, while fighting both parties and their machines, got ethics reforms passed, overhauled the tax system so energy companies could no longer game the system, returned money to the taxpayers and achieved the largest state infrastructure improvement in American history, a 40 billion dollar pipeline that was languishing in state government for decades. Palin cut the Alaska budget by 10% and cut her own Governor’s expenses by 80% compared to the previous governor.

Palin held elective office for 5 years before Obama ran for anything and as mayor and governor was not afforded the option to vote “present” 130 times. I see lots of bloggers and journalists drawing an equivalency between Obama’s experience and Palin’s. When the truth is told there is no equivalency.

The most corrupt states in the union a few years ago were:

New Jersey
Louisianna
Illinois
Alaska

It is because of Sarah Palin that Alaska is off that list and Louisiana is making big progress toward change thanks to Governor Jindal. Barack Obama comes from what is now the second most corrupt political machine in the country, the Democrat/Daley machine in Illinois. What has Barack Obama done about it? Obama was a leader in the campaign for Blagojevich in Illinois. Look at the corruption and taxpayer crookery that has gone on with groups such as ACORN that Obama has worked with for years. What has he done about it?

Here is former Clinton Chief Political Strategist Dick Morris, who is also the author of the huge best seller FLEECED, talking about Sarah Palin’s experience as governor, a reformer and corruption fighter:

Did the media tell you these other highlights of Palin’s record:

Alaska invested $5 billion in state savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program that provides support for low-income older Alaskans.

Created Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office

Created Climate Change Subcabinet for Alaska.

Overhauled the state’s ethics laws

Developed a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline [which languished for decades and is the largest state financed infrastructure project in US History].

Chaired the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

Chaired the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee,

Served two terms on the City Council and two terms as the mayor/manager of Wasilla.

Chaired the Alaska Conservation Commission.

Presided over the Alaska Conference of Mayors.

Any cursory examination of Palin’s record that is in any way serious shows that she is more qualified to be president than most others who have sought high office. The facts show that Ferraro, Edwards and Obama had no significant accomplishments in office before they ran for high office. Obama voted “present” 133 times as a state senator and had no significant legislation in the US Senate.

Here is former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on Palin’s Record:

Here is Major General Craig E. Campbell on Sarah Palin. General Campbell is a career military officer and did not have to talk to Greta or do any interviews at all.

Now Let us Examine what the MSNBC host did in the second interview. You can see that once again he tried to mischaracterize the parts of the Palin interview that have already been released.

Round II:

The tactic here is to play a numbers game with Ziegler. The MSNBC anchor gives Ziegler a list of “Republicans” who say that Plain isn’t qualified. The names he listed off are mostly those who are considered the northeastern “blue-blood”  Rockefeller Republicans who have fallen into disfavor with the party. Class-ism is a problem that shows its ugly head in both parties. It is important to point out that there are people in every election and in both political parties who say that a candidate is not qualified.

Hotair.com comments, “A nice point scored by Ziegler halfway through about the incentives big media creates for Republicans to bash Palin.”

Democratic Governor Zell Miller and other hawkish Democrats said that John Kerry was not fit to be commander in chief. This video is a must see:

Look at all of the Democrats who said that Obama ws not ready to be president. In includes, Joe Biden, Joe Lieberman, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, John Edwards…. well just look at these videos:

In 2004 Obama said himself that he is not ready to for national office in 2008 because people should know what they are doing. You wont see this on MS-NBC:

So let’s get this straight, there are always people in both parties who fall off the partisam bandwagon in every election.

The other numbers game that the MSNBC anchor plays with Ziegler is that “According to a poll 49% of the people polled said that Palin was not qualified to be president so can all those people be wrong?” Of course the obvious inverse is also true, about half the country voted for Palin and must think she is qualified as evidenced by their vote so can all those people be wrong?

Zeigler has stated up front that he is a fan of Palin because of her record as governor, which is reasonable because any honest examination of her service as Mayor and Governor shows that her service has been rather extraordinary. The result has been 80% approval rating in her home state. MSNBC on the other hand, claims to be straight down the middle. Who do you trust is telling you the truth?

To wrap up – why was Sarah Palin so vague with Couric in the interview? Video: It is important to point out, that the media and the Obama campaign objected to Palin saying that Obama wants trillion dollar spending programs. If you have been watching the news over the lats few days, that is exactly what Obama has proposed. Palin was right. Hotair.com humorously asks, “Remember When Deficit Spending was Evil?”

In other interviews Palin answered all of the questions about the Supreme Court etc. The video is HERE, HERE, and HERE. MSNBC said that she never answered these questions. Well now you have the proof otherwise.

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Arctic sea ice now 28.7% higher than this date last year – still rallying

Posted by iusbvision on January 10, 2009

WUWT has a great post on the latest arctic sea ice data:

10/14/2008 7,064,219 square kilometers

10/14/2007 5,487,656 square kilometers

A difference of: 1,576,563 square kilometers, now in fairness, 2008 was a leap year, so to avoid that criticism, the value of 6,857,188 square kilometers can be used which is the 10/13/08 value, for a difference of 1,369,532 sq km. Still not too shabby at 24.9 %. The one day gain between 10/13/08 and 10/14/08 of 3.8% is also quite impressive.

You can download the source data in an Excel file at the IARC-JAXA website, which plots satellite derived sea-ice extent:

amsre_sea_ice_extent

 

Watch the red line as it progresses. So far we are back to above 2005 levels, and 28.7% (or 24.9% depending on how you want to look at it) ahead of last year at this time. That’s quite a jump, basically a 3x gain, since the minimum of 9% over 2007 set on September 16th. Read about that here.

Go nature!

There is no mention of this on the National Snow and Ice Data Center sea ice news webpage, which has been trumpeting every loss and low for the past two years…not a peep. You’d think this would be big news. Perhaps the embarrassment of not having an ice free north pole in 2008, which was sparked by press comments made by Dr. Mark Serreze there and speculation on their own website, has made them unresponsive in this case.

What I like about the IARC-JAXA website is that they simply report the data, they don’t try to interpret it, editorialize it, or make press releases on it. They just present the data.

Click HERE to see the entire post and to view their satellite top-down pole view.

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IPCC Author Dr. John Christy Lecture on Climate Change

Posted by iusbvision on January 10, 2009

You have heard all about it, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that tells us that global warming is our fault and the world will burn (slight satirical exaggeration) unless we do the exact same thing the alarmists said we should do when the fear was the next ice age, hand over our economy to central control and Marxist theory.

Here is one of the IPCC authors you don’t here about and he isn’t alone. Dr. John Christy, whose credentials are impeccable, gives you the view of the IPCC authors that didn’t make NBC News. The lecture is one hour long at Auburn University and you will NOT be disappointed. It’s rather amusing at the end when a global warming alarmist tries to give Dr. Christy a hard time; Dr. Christy handles the poor propagandized student most gently and effectively.

Those who practice envirinmentalism as some kind of pegan religion should watch this video at their own risk as you may find yourself in a fit of cognitive dissonance.

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National Climatic Data Center: Cooling in Last 10 Years

Posted by iusbvision on January 10, 2009

Yet ANOTHER dataset showing the cooling of the last 10 years.

ncdc-dec-2008

NCDC now has December 2008 in the database. Annual North American temperature since 1998 (11 years of data) is falling over the period at a rate of 0.78(F)/decade or 7.8(F)per century. At this rate we will be in an ice age within 5 decades. If you can get the graphic, the heavy black line is the average over the century 1901 to 2000.

This data set is a collection of this continent only, but it shows the same cooling trend that other global data sets have shown. Since 1998 the Earth is cooling and it happens to coincide with a similar period of unusually low solar activity.

Of course we realize that to many people, including many radicalized professors, global warming alarmism is almost  like a religion. No data set or series of data sets is going to put a dent in those people. Fortunately there are still plenty of people who are not zealots who can appreciate the information.  Thanks to the famed WUWT Blog for the heads up.

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AWESOME: CIA Drone Kills 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombers

Posted by iusbvision on January 10, 2009

ABC News:

Two top al Qaeda officials are believed dead following a New Year’s Day drone attack in northern Pakistan, ABC News has confirmed. U.S. officials said Fahid Mohammed Ali Msalam and Sheikh Ahmed Salem Swedan, both on the FBI’s most wanted terrorists list, were killed in the CIA strike.

Msalam, who also went by the alias Usama al-Kini, and Swedan were both from Kenya and were indicted in the Aug. 7, 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and for conspiring to kill U.S. citizens.

“It’s amazing that it took 10 years to get these guys when they were on the FBI most wanted list all of this time,” said former national security advisor and ABC News consultant Richard Clarke.

U.S. counterterrorism officials said that they believed the al Qaeda leaders were running operations for the terrorist group in Pakistan.

“Hopefully this provides some sense of justice for the 1998 bombings,” one official told ABC News.

The U.S. Department of State had offered rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the capture or conviction of each of them.

John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer and ABC News consultant, described Msalam as “probably the single most prominent African member of al Qaeda” and a leader who known as a “logistics whiz.”

“He was very important in al Qaeda’s ability to coordinate and plan very complicated terrorist operations,” said Kiriakou, adding that the U.S. government had been looking for him “for a very long time.”

Ed Morrissey at Hotair.com comments HERE.

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Baltimore Mayor Indicted for Theft, Fraud, Perjury

Posted by iusbvision on January 10, 2009

Culture of corruption.

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Mayor Sheila A. Dixon (Democrat) was charged today with 12 counts of felony theft, perjury, fraud and misconduct in office, becoming the city’s first sitting mayor to be criminally indicted.

The case stems in part from at least $15,348 in gifts Dixon allegedly received from her former boyfriend, prominent city developer Ronald H. Lipscomb, while she was City Council president. She also is accused of using as much as $3,400 in gift cards, some donated to her office for distribution to “needy families,” to purchase Best Buy electronics and other items for herself and her staff.

Lipscomb was not indicted in the Dixon case, but he and City Councilwoman Helen L. Holton were charged this week in a separate $12,500 bribery scheme. Both cases grew out of a nearly three-year probe by the state prosecutor into City Hall corruption.

If convicted on all charges, the 55-year-old former teacher and mother of two could be sentenced to 85 years in prison. The most serious charges, two counts of felony theft, each carry a possible 15-year prison term.

HERE is a list of the charges. HERE is the indictment.

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PBS Anchor: “We all work for Barack Obama…We have to help make him a great President”

Posted by iusbvision on January 9, 2009

Your tax dollars pay for PBS folks and he is open that it is being used for partisan purposes.

Tavis Smiley:

Ed Morrissey from Hotair.com reads my mind:

Well, one rarely sees the bias of the mainstream media laid out so baldly.  Journalists like to claim that they exist to shine a light on the halls of power, to stop abuses and to expose malfeasance regardless of which party controls Washington DC.  Smiley, who works as a journalist, sees his job instead as nothing more than a PR flack for power, a cog in what could become a propaganda machine to sell Obama’s “greatness” regardless, apparently, of what Obama actually does as President.

I guess we can chalk up PBS as another unabashed mouthpiece for Obama, right along with MS-NBC.  Perhaps we’ll get more admissions of the obvious from other media organizations before the inauguration as well.

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AWESOME VIDEO: Obama voting liberal discovers inner Libertarian when regulation hits her pocketbook

Posted by iusbvision on January 9, 2009

What happens when a poorly written law to stop lead based toys from China becomes so expensive to implement that it raises toy prices and causes small and/or local organic toy companies to pull out or go out of business…..

….well you know what they say; a conservative is a leftist that got mugged and this feel good, Gore/Obama voting, “there oughta be a law” type just discovered her inner libertarian when the unintended consequence of big government mugged her pocketbook.

I saw this at Hotair.com and was so amused by the catch line I had to look. This is a video you will not want to miss:

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Brilliant Black Man on Peer Pressure and Racial Tension

Posted by iusbvision on January 9, 2009

Another must see video.

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VIDEO: Police Shoot Handcuffed Man on the Ground

Posted by iusbvision on January 9, 2009

Police and prosecutor misconduct is a problem that seems to be getting worse and worse.

We have told you about prosecutorail misconduct by US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in the Blagoyevich and Libby prosecutions. We told you about how FBI and prosecutor misconduct in the case of Senator Ted Stevens may result in an appeal or Stevens may walk. While we haven’t covered the story, the prosecutors in the Caylee Anthony case are doing everything they can to prevent fair discovery by the defense, which is a violation of the accused Constitutional right to a fair trial.

We told you how an Alaska State Trooper, who had threatened the life of Governor Palin’s family and who even threatened Palin’s daughter at a high school football game and used a taser gun on Palin’s nephew, was being protected by the state police and they refused to even conduct a proper investigation. We told you how Denver Police arrested an ABC News reporter for filming a newsworthy event from a public sidewalk. We also showed you a case of unprovoked police brutality in New York.

This is a symptom of a society that does not know how to think logically and ethically. A society that no longer practices the self restraint that is a reflection of the Christian philosophy that made this country the greatest on earth.

Now we have come to this…

The man who was shot is Oscar Grant. We have video from two angles. If you slow down the tape you can see that grant was face down, handcuffed and another officer had his knee on the back of Grant’s neck when he was shot. Grant was fatally wounded and killed. The police aren’t talking. If I was a police officer on the scene I would have arrested the officer who pulled that trigger on the spot.

Warning – the videos show Grant being shot.

And this…

A Chicago Police Officer strip searched minor children in a school. Strip searching minors is not allowed. The parents were not even notified. It also took almost a year before the family would find a lawyer to accept the case, which reminds me of another problem I have seen more and more of, and that is attorney’s who are unwilling to take on bureaucracies on behalf of clients who are not wealthy.

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Big Hollywood Lands Extensive Interview with Palin – Ready to Fight Elite Media – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on January 8, 2009

Big Hollywood got an extensive interview with Governor Palin. She really tells us what is on her mind and even talks about how some of the media still calls to get comments on Trig not really being her son…..(Trig is her son, it is her baby). Palin also talks about the hypocrisy and lies of the elite media.

This is an awesome interview you will not wnat to miss.

Press Release by Governor Palin.

[Apparently the elite media is spinning what she said in this youtube video to meet their own narrative. I was watching MSNBC today and they sure as heck are deliberately misinterpreting it with their own narrative – Editor]

Governor Palin Says to Media, “There You Go Again”

January 8, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today expressed dismay at continuing efforts in the media to take her comments out of context to create adversarial situations.

Ironically, the latest media eruption concerning the governor came out of an interview she gave to a filmmaker who is creating a documentary on distortions by the national press.

Gov. Palin gave the interview Monday as one of many voices contributing to the film “Media Malpractice…How Obama Got Elected,” concerning the performance of the media last fall. The filmmaker posted excerpts from the interview on YouTube.com, which then led to misleading reports in the press.

Particularly troubling was a post on Politico.com titled, “Palin: Media Goes Easy on Kennedy.” The headline inflames the governor’s quote in the transcript, in which she answered a question about media treatment of the prospect that Caroline Kennedy would be appointed to the U.S. Senate: “It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.”

“I was not commenting at all on Caroline Kennedy as a prospective U.S. senator, but rather on the seemingly arbitrary ways in which news organizations determine the level and kind of scrutiny given to those who aspire to public office,” Gov. Palin said today. “In fact, I consider Ms. Kennedy qualified and experienced, and she could serve New York well.”

The governor’s interview came as news organizations pursued erroneous and often outrageous leads on a variety of non-issues.

Just this week, false stories in the media surfaced alleging improper influence by the Palin administration or the governor herself. In one case, a state union alleged that the administration delayed serving an arrest warrant on the mother of Levi Johnston, the father of the governor’s grandson. The union admitted within 48 hours that the allegation was not true.

In another case, an irresponsible talk show host in Anchorage alleged in a newspaper column that the governor must have intervened to get a job for her future son-in-law, circumventing eligibility rules for the position. Again, the allegation was immediately discredited by proof that the governor did not influence Levi’s employment.

Meanwhile, bloggers, the Atlantic magazine and even the Anchorage Daily News continue to give credence to the sensational allegation that the governor’s child, Trig, is not hers.

“As a public official, I expect criticism and I expect to be held accountable for how I govern,” Gov. Palin said. “But the personal, salacious nature of recent reporting, and often the refusal of the media to correct obvious mistakes, unfortunately discredits too many in journalism today, making it difficult for many Americans to believe what they see in the media.”

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VIDEO: Hamas Admits Using Civilians as Human Shields

Posted by iusbvision on January 8, 2009

This clip was recorded by the Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org).

Funny, I don’t remember seeing this on NBC News.

Once again special thanks to Pamela Geller for the video link.

Update – Actual footage of more use of kids as human shields.

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Video: Hamas Kids Television

Posted by iusbvision on January 8, 2009

This video is from Palestinian Media Watch. It is a series of clips from children’s TV courtesy of Hamas.

It is disturbing. Again, for some reason, none of this makes NBC News.

And again thanks to Pamela Geller for the video link, she is on a roll lately.

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Muslims Celebrate Ashura

Posted by iusbvision on January 8, 2009

On this holiday Shiite Muslims cut themselves for Imam Hussien.

These are the least disturbing of these photo’s. They cut the babies too but I left those pics out. If you can stomach them click HERE as Pamela has more.

Funny I don’t remember seeing the reporting of this celebration on NBC News.

ashurasaudi_arabia

ashura_qarif

ashura_pakistan

Mideast Lebanon Ashoura

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VIDEO: Hamas Slaughters Palestinian Wedding Party

Posted by iusbvision on January 8, 2009

I have a wicked headache today – so there will be just a few updates –

This video is a must see – it shows Hamas murdering a Palestinian wedding party. Their crime: singing at the wedding.

Thanks to Pam Geller for the video lonk.

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Matt Lauer Has Ann Coulter on to Argue with Her and Not Let Her Finish a Sentence

Posted by iusbvision on January 7, 2009

…till the end when she calls him on his behavior….

This interview is a perfect example of what Ann is talking about. Conservatives with FACTS go on and what do they usually get, an argument, talked over and their points misrepresented on purpose to the audience. They get questions that are nothing more than thinly veiled attacks with a question mark at the end. Leftists go on and they usually get softball questions.

In the book Ann compares the questions asked Democrats with the questions and tone of the interviews of Republicans. She did it with NBC’s interviews, we did something similar with the ABC’s interviews of the candidates. It becomes even more obvious that ABC set out to do a hatchet job because the substantive parts of many of the answers Palin gave were edited out – HERE is the full transcript of the Palin interview. The parts appearing in bold text is what the television viewers never saw.

Charles Gibson questions to Obama vs. Palin

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

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

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

John Edwards interview:

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

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

GIBSON: Did you get mad, though?

Since I know that some leftist professors on campus are reading this and are still shaking their heads in denial, here is Matt Lauer with Air America radio host Rachel Maddow. Look at the difference in Lauer’s bahavior and the tone of the interview in general.

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Anti-Israel Propaganda at the University of California Santa Barbara

Posted by iusbvision on January 7, 2009

Watch the video –

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