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Archive for February 15th, 2009

CNBC Financial Guru Launches on the Phony Stimulus Bill

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2009

Jim Cramer – by the way Cramer was one of the guys who predicted the mortgage crisis pretty far in advance, so when he talks you might want to listen. 

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Stimulus funds to go to illegals

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2009

E-Verify revisions specifically stripped from the Porkulus Bill so no check to see if a worker is legally eligible will be made in the few jobs that this bill will create.

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Democrat Congressman Caught in Get Rich Quick Ripoff Loophole

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2009

How to get rich off loaning your campaign money and take political payoffs perfectly laundered to avoid the ethics laws. Ed Morrissey from Hotair.com explains:

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Withdraw money from a pension or tax-protected savings account to justify charging yourself an interest rate that would make most credit-card companies blush.
  2. Pay only the interest as long as possible on the loan.
  3. Hold fundraisers specifically to retire the debt you owe to yourself, and make sure donors understand exactly where that money goes.
  4. Give yourself all the donations from those fundraisers.

Once you have that system established, it allows contributors to stuff money into your pockets as long as the loan remains outstanding. At 18% interest, that could go on for decades, and in Napolitano’s case, she already has one decade on the books.  Napolitano has managed to keep more than half of the debt alive as principal while earning almost 150% just on interest payments — and at this rate, she could do this for another twenty years.

And she’s done it while giving contributors a direct line to her checking accounts — and it’s all legal.

Bloomberg News:

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) — During a decade in Congress, California Representative Grace Napolitano has pocketed more than $200,000 of political contributions by charging as much as 18 percent interest on money she loaned to her own campaign.

The suburban Los Angeles Democrat made the $150,000 loan in 1998, when she was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Through Dec. 31, her campaign committee has used donations to pay Napolitano $221,780 of interest while reducing the principal by just $64,727, a review of her Federal Election Commission filings shows.

As recently as June 2008, Napolitano held a fundraiser asking supporters and political action committees for money to pay down the 1998 debt. Napolitano, her spokesman and her campaign’s lawyers didn’t respond to requests for comment.

“I find this practice quite reprehensible,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a Washington advocacy group. Interest payments from Napolitano’s campaign treasury have “proven exorbitantly profitable,” he said. “Candidates are not supposed to personally benefit from these campaign funds.”

 Check This out:

Former FEC Chairman Scott Thomas, a Democrat, said that while interest charges are legal he’s never seen another case “where someone has basically continued to generate interest income off a campaign loan this long.” Most candidates only seek repayment of the initial loan amount, Thomas said.

“This is unbelievable — it really is extraordinary,” said Michael Toner, a former Republican member of the FEC who was general counsel for George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign. Toner said he “cannot recall a situation” where a candidate collected interest in sums that “actually exceeded the original loan balance.”

In the first five months of 2008, Napolitano’s campaign paid her almost $68,000 of interest, according to FEC records. An additional $15,227 of principal was paid last May.

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After “URGENT” Porkulus Bill Passed Obama takes Three Day Holiday Without Signing the Bill.

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2009

It had to be done right now Obama said when he spoke in Elkhart. The rush was getting it through before enough of the American people found out what this pork lined corruption payoff bill this was.

By BRENDAN SCOTT IN ALBANY and ANA MARIA ALAYA IN NY, AP

February 15, 2009

President Obama and Michelle Obama exit Table Fifty-Two in Chicago last night after enjoying a Valentines Day dinner at the eatery.

PRESIDENT'S DAY: President Obama and Michelle Obama exit Table Fifty-Two in Chicago last night after enjoying a Valentine's Day dinner at the eatery.

After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway.

Obama arrived at his home in Chicago on Friday, and treated wife Michelle to a Valentine’s Day dinner downtown last night. The couple was spotted leaving upscale Table Fifty-Two, which specializes in Southern cuisine, with the first lady toting what appeared to be a doggie bag.

The president plans to spend the Presidents’ Day weekend in the Windy City, and is not expected to sign the bill until Tuesday, when he travels to Denver to discuss his economic plan.

Both the House and Senate passed the bill Friday night.

The push to get the bill through before the holiday weekend was so frantic, members of Congress didn’t have a chance to read all 1,071 pages of the document before they could vote.

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Dennis Prager lecture at UC Berkeley: How universities teach anti-semitism and moral obscenity. Why universities should be celebrating Israel’s 60th birthday.

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2009

Part 2.

This is a lecture that every college student should see. If you take the campus Israeli/Palestinian conflict class you especially need to watch this lecture because this maybe the very best example of another perspective that you may ever see. Prager is well known for his charisma and logic. The lecture is entertaining and you will not regret watching.

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Prager: Universities are teaching “moral obscenity”

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2009

Part I

Dennis Prageris one of the most sought after public speakers on the lecture circuit. His books include titles on happiness, philosophy, politics, and religion. Like Ayn Rand, Prager points out that universities are morally backwards and the “intellectuals” they produce are often half educated fools.

In a recent column, Prager tells of an experience he had with a college student:

As they say on the TV show “24,” the following took place last week between 9 and 10 p.m. on a flight from Los Angeles to Denver.

I spoke for a few minutes to the 20-year-old woman seated across the aisle from me.

She: What brings you to Denver?”

Me: I am giving a speech.

She: What do you do?

Me: I’m a radio talk show host.

She: Who did you vote for?

Me: McCain

She: Why?

Me: Smaller government and the war on terror.

She: Terror is the new communism.

Me: Communism killed about a hundred million people. And who do you think attacked and killed 3,000 of us on Sept. 11?

She: The government.

For the record, as I believe this to be essential to understanding this young woman’s views, she is a student attending the University of California Santa Barbara.

Truth is she had to be a student at a major university. She would never have come up with “Terror is the new Communism” on her own. It is a moral obscenity that one has to learn.

Of course, there is an irony to this statement. Meant in the opposite way she meant it, I could largely assent to the proposition that terror is the new communism. Communism was an enslaving and murderous threat in its time and the Jihadism is such a threat in our lifetime.

But that is not how this young woman meant the statement. As she has learned history and the contemporary world, communism was a bogeyman in its time and terror is a bogeyman in our time.

When I told her that communism had killed 100 million people, I could not tell if she even processed the words. It was as if had I uttered a series of nonsense syllables. She either didn’t believe me or didn’t care.

On the assumption that I had met a person with a normal conscience, the only rational explanation for her non-reaction is that she didn’t believe me and regarded what I said as right-wing propaganda (just as the belief in that Islamist terror threatens us).

In her belief that neither communism nor terror were/are real threats, I suspect this young woman represents many college students. If one wants to understand what left-wing dominance in university social sciences departments produces, one merely had to meet this young woman.

At most universities, communism is a non-evil, indeed, largely a non-issue. The most enslaving and murderous movement in history is almost never taught as such. When communism is mentioned at all, it is usually solely in order to show how vile anti-communists were. Thus, as little as students may know about McCarthyism, most students far more readily identify it with evil than they do communism. Indeed, more could probably identify Joseph McCarthy than Joseph Stalin.

Nor is this a matter of students not being taught to label anything as evil. They have no problem labeling Nazism, Fascism, George W. Bush, slavery, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and tobacco companies as evil. It’s just that they won’t label communism as such.

Does one in 10.000 students know of the communist terror-famine that took about 6 million Ukarainian lives. How many know about the communist Pol Pot, who butchered nearly one-third of his fellow Cambodians? Or how many innocents were murdered in the Gulag Archipelago (or could even identify it)? Or that China’s communist tyrant Mao Zedong killed about 60 million of his fellow Chinese? Or that Communist North Korea is essentially a concentration camp in the guise of a country?

The answer to all these questions is very few.

And that, quite frankly, breaks my heart. I am currently reading “Mao: The Secret Life,” almost universally regarded, even in the mainstream media, as the most important book on Mao ever written. According to the authors, in 1930-31 alone, Mao and his gang developed 120 types of torture for use on innocent people he wanted to force into phony confessions so as to rule by terror. They included burning the vaginas of wives of opponents and pulling wires through men’s penises, which were then attached to their ears and plucked.

These poor souls have no memorial. Least of all at an American university.

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Buffalo Man Starts TV Network to Show Muslims in a Positive Light Beheads Wife in Honor Killing – National Media Mum

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2009

UPDATE – Local news coverage:

Daniel Pipes reports:

(Hat Tip to Michelle Malkin)

Aasiya Z. and Muzzammil S. Hassan in happier times.

Today comes news from Orchard Park, near Buffalo, New York, of Hassan’s arrest on second-degree murder charges for having beheaded his wife, Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37. Aasiya (known professionally as Aasiya Zubair) had recently filed for divorce and won an order of protection forcing him out of their shared house; it appears that Hassan attempted to create a murder scene for police that would allay suspicion of himself, but failed in this.

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III offered his view that “Obviously, this is the worst form of domestic violence possible.”

Comments: (1) No, this is not at all obviously about domestic violence. It is obviously about a totalitarian ideology in our midst that authorities like district attorneys refuse to open their eyes to. Phyllis Chesler establishes this point beyond a doubt in a forthcoming Middle East Quarterly article, “Are Honor Killings Simply Domestic Violence?” Spring 2009, pp. 61-69.

(2) According to news account from 2004, it was Aasiya’s concerns about raising Muslim children in the United States that inspired Muzzammil to develop Bridges TV.

(3) I predict that this atrocity brings Bridges TV’s short and ignominious career to an even faster and ignominious end.

Feb. 14, 2009 update: Today’s Buffalo News brings more details:

  • When Muzzammil Hassan reached the Orchard Park Police headquarters at 6:20 p. m. on February 12, he announced that his wife was dead at the Bridges TV station, where officers proceeded to go and find her body. They then closed off Bridges TV’s offices as a crime scene.
  • The police have not yet located the murder weapon.
  • Corey Hogan, whose law firm had represented Aasiya Hassan in the couple’s divorce proceeding, noted that “There had been problems before — there had been prior incidents of physical abuse” and that discussions were underway about arrangements for the couple’s two children, ages 4 and 6, as well as for Muzzammil’s two older children from a previous marriage, ages 17 and 18.

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