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Archive for February 5th, 2009

The obligitory “Ashley Judd has no idea what she is talking about in regards to Palin” post…

Posted by iusbvision on February 5, 2009

This is why most actors should about making public political PR campaigns. The problem is that most every statement made in this ad is misleading or a direct falsehood. Here is the ad:

Governor Palin’s office put up a press release rebuking the ad . It was strong in rebuke but light on substance so I called Governor Palin’s press Secretary Bill McAllister and asked him to provide a link so we can look up the policies for predator control in Alaska on our own. This morning a new link appeared at the bottom of the press release (good job Bill).

Through that link I started reading, and reading, and reading and I found this report titled “Wolf Management in Alaska with an Historic Perspective Presentation to the Alaska Board of Game March 2002“. This report explains the history of wolf/predator control policy in Alaska almost step by step going back to the 1940’s.

You can read the report in full or I can just give you the “Cliff’s Notes” version; wolf control policy has been a subject of great political, scientific, and ethical study in Alaska for decades. After years of bipartisan efforts working with the scientific community as well as conservation experts, hunters, etc Alaska worked out a predator control policy that is limited and reasonably effective.  Much of the current law and scientific studies were completed before Palin was elected in previous administrations such as former Democrat Governor Tony Knowles. After reading this report no one could honestly say that Alaska’s predator control laws are unscientific.

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey at Hotair.com asks if Ashley Judd supports packs of wolves eating all the baby caribou. He also points out that the Anchorage Daily (who is often unfair to Palin) News has recently pointed out that Alaska’s predator control policy works and that previously the wolf population had gotten excessive resulting in significant losses in the caribou population.

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Stimulus Bill to ban teaching of religion or religious activities at universities

Posted by iusbvision on February 5, 2009

How will this create jobs? I know, it will get dozens of universities and the government sued and be a cash cow for lawyers. Is this what you voted for when you voted Democrat?

This is so obviously unconstitutional that the courts will throw it out, but not before millions are spent on lawyer’s fees. This speaks volumes about the Democratic Party leadership in Congress and their contempt for the First Amendment, student academic and religious freedom.

HERE is Liberty Council’s press release on the matter with the text of the bill so you can see for yourself.

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Symbolism Over Substance

Posted by iusbvision on February 5, 2009

While it is difficult to overstate the value of good and effective communications, it is also important to ensure that those communications are ethical, have clarity, and do justice to explaining the subject at hand and are not misleading or disingenuous. In general the more clarity you have the more ethical the communication is.

Sometimes the idea of “effective” can be taken too far and proceed at the expense of the other values mentioned above. Here is a likely example:

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Is Columbia’s Journalism School a Joke?

Posted by iusbvision on February 5, 2009

The problem is that they did not disclose who the author of the article was and that axe he had to grind. The Result? Columbia J Review put out a partisan political hit piece as straight reporting.

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Mark Steyn with Sean Hannity on Obama’s “moral promise”

Posted by iusbvision on February 5, 2009

I like Mark Steyn a great deal, as a foreigner he has a more objective and detached view of America which gives him a special wisdom as a commentator.

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Glenn Beck – Obama’s “Change Towards Socialism”

Posted by iusbvision on February 5, 2009

Glenn is a master of satire and humor, but like most of the best satire it makes a deadly serious point.

When politicians use an “emergency” to rush through policy that if fully explained to the American people would be rejected by wide margins; those are the tactics used by despots and communists in world history.

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Clinton Took $6 Million From Foreign Interests

Posted by iusbvision on February 5, 2009

Nope no conflict of interest here with Hillary being Secretary of State…

And we wonder why there is so much corruption and real change can’t get done. Hillary will make $191,300 as Secretary of State, but that chump change to what they can get from one speech, and a little arm twisting here and there.

Before we go on I should also point out this previous news from the AP:

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.

https://iusbvision.wordpress.com/2009/01/13/pay-to-play-corruption-hillary-busted/

This brings us to today  – Associated Press:

The documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press show that $4.6 million of the former president’s reported $5.7 million in 2008 honoraria came from foreign sources, including Kuwait’s national bank, other firms and groups in Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Portugal and a Hong Kong-based company that spent $100,000 on federal lobbying last year.

Executives at many of the firms that paid honoraria to Bill Clinton have also donated large amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation, according to documents it released last year as part of an agreement with Congress on Hillary Clinton’s nomination as secretary of state.

The Hong Kong firm, Hybrid Kinetic Automotive Holdings, paid Clinton a $300,000 honorarium on Dec. 4, 2008. Twenty five days later, on Dec. 29, a man listed as the company’s chief financial officer, Jack Xi Deng, made a $25,000 cash donation to the Virginia gubernatorial campaign of Clinton confidant Terry McAuliffe, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Hong Kong firm paid at least $100,000 in 2008 to lobbyists on immigration issues.

The other foreign honoraria Bill Clinton received in 2008 are:

— $450,000 from AWD Holding AG, a German-based international financial services company.

— $350,000 from the state-owned National Bank of Kuwait. The Kuwaiti government donated between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to the foundation’s disclosure.

— $325,000 from the Lisbon, Portugal company Cunha Vaz and Associados, an international communications consulting and lobbying firm.

— $300,000 from Value Grupo Financiero SA de CV, a Mexico-based financial holding company, whose chief executive officer, Carlos Bremer Gutierrez, is one of the Clinton Foundation’s leading donors. Gutierrez donated between $250,001 to $500,000 to the foundation, according to foundation’s documents.

— $250,000 from the Mexican branch of the Friends of ZAKA. ZAKA is an Israeli-based relief agency that operates around the world, delivering humanitarian assistance to the victims of terrorism and natural disasters.

— $250,000 from Mexico’s Consejo Nacional Empresarial Turistico, an association of Mexican travel and tour companoies.

— $250,00 from Germany’s Media Control Gmbh, which bills itself as the world’s leading provider of entertainment data and was founded by Karlheinz Koegel, who contributed $100,001 to $250,000 to the Clinton foundation.

— $200,000 from Germany’s Schwartzkopff TV Productions, a unit of the giant German media conglomerate Axel Springer AG.

— $200,000 from Malaysia’s Petra Equities Management on behalf of the Sekhar Foundation run by Malaysian multimillionaire Vinod Sekhar who donated between $25,001 and $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to its documents.

— $175,000 from Green Living Enterprises, a Toronto-based consulting, publishing and event management firm that specializes in environmentally friendly projects.

— $175,000 from the Economic Club of Toronto, a non-profit, non-partisan group that brings current and former world leaders to speak to its members.

— $150,000 from the India Today Group, a New Delhi-based multimedia company that publishes newspapers and magazines and owns television and radio stations throughout the country.

In addition to the foreign earnings, Bill Clinton made just over $1 million from domestic speaking engagements, including $250,000 from MSG Entertainment, $225,000 from the National Association of Home Care and Hospice, $200,000 from the United Nations Association, $175,000 from the ING North America Insurance Corp., $125,000 from the Rodman and Renshaw Capital Group and $100,000 from the Hollywood Radio and Television Society. 

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/politics&id=6627444

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UK Telegraph on American Media Bias

Posted by iusbvision on February 5, 2009

The coverage of Tom Daschle’s withdrawal  as nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary seems to have left some in the American media utterly bereft. I’ve never met Senator Daschle and I have no doubt that he was a dedicated elected official who did much good in his time. He seemed well fitted in many respects to tackle healthcare reform.

But check out the quotations below and ask youself whether any Republican – never mind one who had enriched himself to the tune of millions by peddling influence after being voted out of office and was embroiled in a scandal over non-payment of $128,000 in taxes for a limousine and chauffeur – would ever be spoken about by CNN pundits in these reverential tones:

David Gergen, on Tuesday: “He clearly was contrite tonight. He’s apologetic…I think that…he’s going to get the job, he’s going to be confirmed. One cannot underestimate how widely admired Tom Daschle is in Washington for his integrity, for his public service…The general view in Washington has always been extremely positive toward Tom Daschle.” (Hat tip Alex Massie)

David Gergen, on Wednesday: “I think most of us who have known and worked around or with Tom Daschle over the years are actually very saddened tonight… There’s nothing villainous about Tom Daschle. He’s been a terrific public servant who is known for his integrity, as well as his sort of general likability.”

Er..”cannot underestimate how widely admired Tom Daschle is in Washington for his integrity”? Gergen, of course, is the personification of Washington conventional wisdom (wrong, as it so often is, in this case – he wasn’t confirmed).

A former Nixon, Reagan and Clinton aide, Gergen is now deeply enamoured of President Barack Obama, though his ardour will doubtless cool if the President’s approval ratings should slip. If you’ve never read this brilliant, devastating piece about him by the late Michael Kelly then you should.

Gloria Borger, on Wednesday: “Tom Daschle, being an honourable man, knew that he was, as he put it in his statement, a distraction to the new president, and that he didn’t want to stay that way…Suddenly, his nomination had become very partisan. Health care is one of the new president’s priorities. And Tom Daschle’s been around Washington for a while, and I think he knew that it was probably time for him to pull the plug on this, on his own. By all accounts that is what he did, that the president did not nudge him at all.”

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Hey “Sportsman for Obama”: Obama’s New OIRA Director Says It’s Time to Ban Hunting

Posted by iusbvision on February 5, 2009

Wasn’t it PT Barnum who said, “There is a sucker born every minute and you can fool some of the people all of the time.”

Remember the folks at “Sportsman for Obama” who served as a propaganda tool to cover up Obama’s far left anti-gun record including the fact that Obama voted to allow prosecution of those who were forced to defend their own lives with a gun in their own home? Or were they just actors wearing shooting glasses because where are they now?

Remember this???

Center for Consumer Freedom:

Barack Obama’s pick for “regulatory czar,” Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein, may be the incoming president’s most popular appointment so far. Judging from his resume — best-selling author, “pre-eminent legal scholar of our time,” and an endorsement from The Wall Street Journal — we can almost understand why. Almost. Because as we’re telling the media today, there’s one troubling portion of the new Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Administrator’s C.V. that has seems to have flown under everyone’s radar: Cass Sunstein is a radical animal rights activist.

Sunstein delivered a keynote speech at Harvard University’s 2007 “Facing Animals” conference. (Click hereto watch the video; his speech starts around 39:00.) Keep in mind that as OIRA Administrator, Sunstein will have the political authority to implement a massive federal government overhaul. Consider this tidbit:

We ought to ban hunting, I suggest, if there isn’t a purpose other than sport and fun. That should be against the law. It’s time now.”

Sunstein also argued in favor of “eliminating current practices such as greyhound racing, cosmetic testing, and meat eating, most controversially.”

The Video (his speech is 39 minutes in):

“Never in our nation’s history have we had an incoming President and Vice President more supportive of strong gun laws. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence strongly endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket, and for good reason.” – The Brady Campaign

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Obama CIA Director Nominee Took $700,000 From Wall Street and Other Special Interests

Posted by iusbvision on February 5, 2009

Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON — The White House’s nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta, has earned more than $700,000 in speaking and consulting fees since the beginning of 2008, with some of the payments coming from troubled financial firms and from a firm that invests in contractors for federal national security agencies, according to financial disclosures released Wednesday.

panettaMr. Panetta received $56,000 from Merrill Lynch & Co. for two speeches and $28,000 for a speech for Wachovia Corp., according to disclosures released ahead of Thursday’s scheduled Senate hearing on Mr. Panetta’s nomination.

Both Merrill and Wachovia reported big losses last year and were acquired by larger firms. The Wachovia honorarium was dated October 30, and the last Merrill Lynch honorarium was dated October 11, according to disclosure forms filed by Mr. Panetta in connection with his nomination. At the time, Bank of America had agreed to a rescue of Merrill Lynch; Wachovia had agreed to be acquired by Wells Fargo & Co.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123378062602049003.html

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Rasmussen Reports: Support for Stimulus Package Falls to 37%

Posted by iusbvision on February 5, 2009

Rasmussen Reports

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Support for the economic recovery plan working its way through Congress has fallen again this week. For the first time, a plurality of voters nationwide oppose the $800-billion-plus plan.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 37% favor the legislation, 43% are opposed, and 20% are not sure.

Two weeks ago, 45% supported the plan. Last week, 42% supported it.

Opposition has grown from 34% two weeks ago to 39% last week and 43% today.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/economic_stimulus_package/support_for_stimulus_package_falls_to_37

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