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Limbaugh to Obama: You planned to smear me for months. Now you say that I am the head of the Republican Party. Fine! Debate me on policy, leader to leader. Your administration in obsessed with me. You started this so bring it on!

Posted by iusbvision on March 4, 2009

As many of you know, the Obama Administration planned to smear Limbaugh and mischaracterize what he says to polarize him for months. Now the facts are out on this orchestrated smear, Limbaugh has thrown down the gauntlet.

Here is just a taste of Limbaugh’s challenge today. The transcript is HERE.

Thanks to Real Clear Politics for the video link.

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Union Leadership Partying High on the Hog at Florida Resort

Posted by iusbvision on March 4, 2009

Thats your money folks if your in a union.

Thanks to hotair.com for the video links.

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Wright State University illegally discriminating against Christian student group, then tries to deceive their way out of it when called on it by the media. Legal action imminent?

Posted by iusbvision on March 4, 2009

Why is it that time and time and time again, case after case, at university after university, administrators who are paid six figure incomes break the law, illegally discriminate against students groups who they don’t like, engage in every type of sophistry and deception to try and wiggle their way out of it and can only be convinced to do the right thing by threat of legal action or the actual filing of legal action in a case the university has zero chance of winning?

Every couple of weeks a new case like this one pops up and this time it’s Wright State University in Ohio.

Wright State has stated that it will require the Christian Bible Fellowship (CBF) student group to adopt an illegal “non-discrimination clause” that would force it to allow atheists or Muslims in it’s leadership. This violates the First Amendment protection of freedom of expressive association.  The Supreme Court has ruled on this recently in the case of Boy Scouts of America v. Dale.

Not only are these kinds of rules illegal, they are also routinely selectively enforced. The College Democrats would not be forced to accept Republicans in its leadership, but the CBF would be required  to accept those who hate Christians in theirs. This is another reason why the courts have shot these rules down over and over again.

The student group has turned to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help. FIRE’s letter to Wright State can be viewed HERE.

 

FIRE’s VP Robert Shively:

“A Christian group has the right to be Christian, a Jewish group has the right to be Jewish, and a Muslim group has the right to be Muslim,” said FIRE President Greg Lukianoff. “Courts have affirmed this principle time and time again. It is shocking that in a free society, public universities like Wright State still don’t seem to understand or respect this crucial component of religious liberty.”

After more than 30 years of existence as a registered student organization at Wright State, the Campus Bible Fellowship (CBF) was prohibited from re-registering in 2009. On January 30, according to CBF representatives Joe Hollaway and Gary Holtz, CBF was informed by Wright State’s Office of Student Activities that its registration was being denied for two reasons. First, CBF refused to adopt university-mandated nondiscrimination language in its membership requirements that would have stripped the group of the right to require voting members to adhere to religious and behavioral standards. (Nonvoting members did not have to meet these standards.) Second, Wright State objected to the requirement in CBF’s constitution that voting members “accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior” and subscribe to the group’s articles of faith. Strangely, however, Wright State has so far refused to put this decision in writing.

CBF, which has been unable to meet on campus since the decision, contacted FIRE for help. FIRE wrote to Wright State President David R. Hopkins on February 12, informing him of federal legal precedent setting forth the principle that “if Wright State is to allow expressive organizations to exist on its campus at all, it must allow religious organizations to exist, to define their missions, [and] to select their own members.” FIRE also pointed to its victories in similar religious liberty cases at Ohio State University and at Tufts University.                      

“Wright State’s demands are not only unconstitutional, they are nonsensical,” said Robert L. Shibley, FIRE’s vice president. “It makes no sense for the university to force a group that exists to communicate its version of the Christian message to accept voting members or leaders who reject that very message.”

While President Hopkins has yet to respond to FIRE, Wright State General Counsel Gwen Mattison has continued the university’s increasingly suspicious practice of refusing to respond in writing to letters from both CBF and FIRE. On February 26, Mattison phoned FIRE’s Adam Kissel to inform him that Wright State would be recognizing CBF for the remainder of the academic year, but that the group would be required to make changes to its constitution when reapplying in May. However, when Kissel e-mailed Mattison to confirm the substance of the conversation, Mattison refused, replying only: “Incorrect–no other reply will be forthcoming.” CBF reports that it also has no knowledge that the ban has been lifted.

“If Wright State thinks that it can avoid the consequences of its actions by refusing to put its dealings with the Campus Bible Fellowship in writing, it is sorely mistaken,” said Shibley. “This shady practice strongly suggests that the university knows that its actions are illegitimate and unconstitutional.”

Wright State even appears to be violating its own policy that organizations created “for the purpose of deepening the religious faith of students within the context of a denominational or interdenominational grouping … may register through customary procedures,” even if they exclude members on the basis of religious views.

Fox News inquired to Wright State for comment for its story and issued a very carefully worded deception to fool Fox News into thinking that the university had reversed itself, when it had not.

FIRE was not amused to put it mildly. FIRE’s VP Robert Shively blasted the Wright State administration. Normally I like to just post an excerpt but this statement is SO juicy and SO substantive that I feel like we have no choice but to bring you every precious word.

Shively’s response is nothing short of awesome. The emphasis in bold text is ours:

Wright State Sets Smokescreen in Campus Bible Fellowship Case

by Robert Shibley

March 3, 2009

Developments are coming fast in the Wright State University case that FIRE took public yesterday. Mere hours after FIRE sent out its press release on the case, Wright State began sending the following statement to journalists making inquiries:

“Campus Bible Fellowship is a recognized student organization at Wright State. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion and we treat Campus Bible Fellowship like any other student group on campus,” said Dan Abrahamowicz, vice president for student affairs at Wright State University. “We are in the process of reviewing the policy for recognizing students groups on campus. If there is a change in university policy, all student groups will have to abide by it, not just one or two. Campus Bible Fellowship will have to go through the same process every other student organization has to go through for re-recognition when we do that for the fall quarter. There is no distinction between it and any other student organization on Wright State’s campus.”                                                                                                          

This statement is deceptive and raises sophistry to an art form. Let’s take a closer look.

First, Wright State’s contention that Campus Bible Fellowship was recognized was news to Campus Bible Fellowship, which has been unable to meet on campus since January. This sudden re-recognition was clearly meant to confuse the media into thinking there was no story—notice that the statement says that “Campus Bible Fellowship is a recognized student organization.” Wright State probably made the decision to recognize the group about five minutes before sending out this statement so that it would not be technically false, although it is meant to confuse the issue and hide the truth.

Those who read FIRE’s press release will recall that Wright State General Counsel Gwen Mattison told FIRE last Thursday that CBF would be re-recognized, but when FIRE wrote to Mattison to confirm the conversation, Mattison refused, replying only with “Incorrect–no other reply will be forthcoming.” Mattison undoubtedly thought that was pretty clever at the time.

It’s funny how things change, though, when your unfair treatment of a religious group starts making the news. Here’s an e-mail that Campus Bible Fellowship’s president, Kylyn Magee, received at 6:02 pm yesterday:

 

From: Rick Danals [mailto:rick.danals@wright.edu]
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 6:02 PM
To: Kylyn Magee
Cc: halloway.2@wright.edu; glen.jones@wright.edu; ‘Dan Abrahamowicz’; ‘Gary Dickstein’; ‘Viki Harness’
Subject: Campus Bible Fellowship

Dear Kylyn:

This is a follow up on the registration status of Campus Bible Fellowship.  As consistent with the communication Gwen Mattison, University General Counsel, had with a representative of FIRE, on Thursday, February 26, 2009, your organization will be registered for the remainder of the academic year through June 12, 2009.  Your organization will need to attend training and apply for registered status consistent with all other student organizations on campus to be registered for the 2009-2010 academic year.  Registered organizations will receive notification through their OrgSync account for the May training sessions.  Your registration application on OrgSync was reopened last Thursday.

[…]

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Rick Danals, Ph.D.
Director of Student Activities
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435
937-775-5543
937-775-5573 (fax)

Now isn’t that interesting! Mattison herself would not confirm her conversation with FIRE, but Rick Danals actually citesthe conversation when telling CBF that it has been re-recognized. And by the way, this e-mail acknowledges the fact that the group was notrecognized until now when it says “Your registration application on OrgSync was reopened last Thursday.” Why would it need to be reopened if the organization had been registered?

As if its deception on the matter of recognition wasn’t bad enough, Wright State has also seen fit to try to confuse people about the nature of its own unconstitutional decision. Wright State’s statement yesterday proclaims:

Campus Bible Fellowship will have to go through the same process every other student organization has to go through for re-recognition when we do that for the fall quarter. There is no distinction between it and any other student organization on Wright State’s campus.

Unfortunately, this is simply a restatement of the problem, not the solution! The entire point of this case is that Wright State’s one-size-fits-all “nondiscrimination” language actually discriminates against religious groups because it does not allow them to require voting members and leaders to share the group’s beliefs. Wright State’s policy demands the equivalent of forcing the College Democrats to allow Republicans to become voting members and leaders of the group. This is nonsensical and violates the group’s expressive rights.

University administrators have long learned the lessons of how to sound reasonable while actually doing the unreasonable. Treating all groups equally sounds great, but if your policies are constitutionally defective, it is no defense to say that these policies are equally enforced—particularly because doing so strips the expressive rights from some groups and not others.

FIRE is glad that Wright State has re-recognized CBF and that the group will once again be able to meet on campus, at least for this semester. But the university has done nothing to address the medium- and long-term problem with its policies. The unconstitutional policy is still on the books, and Wright State is still begging for a civil rights lawsuit. Having taken the first step towards respecting the rights of the Campus Bible Fellowship, Wright State now needs to finish the job.

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Obama admits his new energy tax will cause electricity bills to “skyrocket”

Posted by iusbvision on March 4, 2009

$1400 a year average per house hold to get electricity and heat your home. That is what Obama’s broad-based energy tax he calls “cap & trade” will cost.

This will raise the cost of everything. You will be taxed directly with this plan and you will be taxed indirectly because the price of everything will go up.

Pay close attention to the video report below. They talk about Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and than intermix it with the word pollution. Anyone who has taken an organic chemistry class can tell you that Carbon Dioxide is NOT a pollutant. It is what all animal life breathes out and what plants breath in. They talk about Carbon Dioxide and show pictures of smoke stacks. Tell me does the air you breathe out look like that smoke?… because what you breathe out is Carbon Dioxide.

Every kind of life giving and manufacturing and industrial activity makes or uses Carbon Dioxide. How can American companies compete with overseas products with an insane tax like this? How can the stock market recover.

There is no question about it, this policy will chase wealth, businesses and jobs out of the country. As if we did’t have enough of that already. This “cap & trade” energy tax MUST be stopped. Obama promised that if you make under $250,000 a year your taxes would not go up one dime. Hold him to that promise. Call your representative today.

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Moderates Turning Against Obama Agenda – Say Obama is destroying Wealth

Posted by iusbvision on March 4, 2009

UPDATE – Fox News is reporting that moderate Democrat Senators such as Evan Bayh are asking Obama to veto the earmark pork leaden $411 Billion omnibus spending bill. Its confirmed. Bayh wrote this editorial in the Wall Street Journal today.

Charles Payne: Obama’s policies are anti-wealth, stock market tanking. It really is a big deal.

Self professed Democrat, NBC’s Jim Cramer: Obama’s radical agenda is causing the greatest destruction of wealth I have ever seen by a president. Predicts depression.

Jim Cramer: Obama’s agenda is destroying the life savings of millions. By the way Cramer has given thousands to Democrats in donations.

Congressional Quarterly: Revolt against Obama agenda brewing among moderate Democrats in the House.

New York Times’ David Brooks:

But the Obama budget is more than just the sum of its parts. There is, entailed in it, a promiscuous unwillingness to set priorities and accept trade-offs. There is evidence of a party swept up in its own revolutionary fervor – caught up in the self-flattering belief that history has called upon it to solve all problems at once.

So programs are piled on top of each other and we wind up with a gargantuan $3.6 trillion budget. We end up with deficits that, when considered realistically, are $1 trillion a year and stretch as far as the eye can see.

 

These people are saying the same thing that the Wall Street Journal is saying:

As 2009 opened, three weeks before Barack Obama took office, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 9034 on January 2, its highest level since the autumn panic. Yesterday the Dow fell another 4.24% to 6763, for an overall decline of 25% in two months and to its lowest level since 1997. The dismaying message here is that President Obama’s policies have become part of the economy’s problem.

Americans have welcomed the Obama era in the same spirit of hope the President campaigned on. But after five weeks in office, it’s become clear that Mr. Obama’s policies are slowing, if not stopping, what would otherwise be the normal process of economic recovery. From punishing business to squandering scarce national public resources, Team Obama is creating more uncertainty and less confidence — and thus a longer period of recession or subpar growth.

The Obama loving Chris Buckley has now turned:

Hold on—there’s a typo in that paragraph. “$3.6 trillion budget” can’t be right. The entire national debt is—what—about $11 trillion? He can’t actually be proposing to spend nearly one-third of that in one year, surely. Let me check. Hmm. He did. The Wall Street Journal notes that federal outlays in fiscal 2009 will rise to almost 30 percent of the gross national product. In language that even an innumerate English major such as myself can understand: The US government is now spending annually about one-third of what the entire US economy produces. As George Will would say, “Well.”…

If this is what the American people want, so be it, but they ought to have no illusions about the perils of this approach. Mr. Obama is proposing among everything else $1 trillion in new entitlements, and entitlement programs never go away, or in the oddly poetical bureaucratic jargon, “sunset.” He is proposing $1.4 trillion in new taxes, an appetite for which was largely was whetted by the shameful excesses of American CEO corporate culture. And finally, he has proposed $5 trillion in new debt, one-half the total accumulated national debt in all US history. All in one fell swoop.

I liked Hotair.com’s take on the Buckley awakening: Christopher Buckley surprised to find the guy he voted for is, in fact, a statist liberal

Tony Blankley: Obama lied; the economy died:

I am trying to capture the spirit of bipartisanship as practiced by the Democratic Party over the last eight years.

Thus, I have chosen as my lead, the proposition: Obama lied; the economy died. Obviously, I am borrowing this from the Democratic Party theme of 2003-08: “Bush lied, people died.” There are, of course, two differences between the two slogans.

Most importantly, I chose to separate the two clauses with a semicolon rather than a comma because the rule of grammar is that a semicolon rather than a comma) should be used between closely related independent clauses not conjoined with a coordinating conjunction. In the age of Barack Obama, there is little more important than maintaining the integrity of our language – against the onslaught of Orwellian language abuse that is already a babbling brook, and will soon be a cataract of verbal deception.

The other difference is that George W. Bush didn’t lie about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He was merely mistaken. Whereas President Obama told a whopper last week when he claimed he was not for bigger government. As he said Tuesday night: “As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan by President’s Day that would put people back to work and put money in their pockets. Not because I believe in bigger government – I don’t.”

This he asserted though the budget he proposed the next day asks for federal spending as 28 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), higher by at least 6 percent than any time since World War II. Moreover, after 10 years, Mr. Obama’s proposed spending as a percentage of GDP would still be 22.6 percent, nearly 2 percentage points higher than any year during the Bush administration, despite the full costs of the terrorist attacks of Sept, 11, 2001, the Iraq and Afghan wars and the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Consider also his assertion in his not-quite-State of the Union address that:

“My administration has also begun to go line by line through the federal budget in order to eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs. As you can imagine, this is a process that will take some time. But we’re starting with the biggest lines. We have already identified $2 trillion in savings over the next decade.”

But, lamentably, a few days later, The Washington Post reported: “A senior administration official acknowledged yesterday that the budget does not contain $2 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade. Instead, the figure represents Obama’s total efforts at deficit reduction, including tax hikes [of more than $1 trillion] on families making over $250,000 a year. It also includes hundreds of billions of dollars ‘saved’ by not continuing to spend $170 billion a year in Iraq.”

Only a big government man would think of calling a trillion-dollar tax increase a spending cut or “saving.” Technically, of course, it is true. A trillion-dollar tax increase will reduce spending by a trillion dollars for those private citizens who were taxed. And, from the perspective of the federal government, a trillion dollars taxed is a trillion dollars saved from the greed of the taxpayers who produced the wealth – and might well want to spend or invest it in non governmental activities.

But the foregoing are merely pettifogging numbers compared to Mr. Obama’s bigger ideas about energy and health care.

Our president shares a fascinating idea about energy with most of what used to be known as the “small is beautiful” crowd. It is a curious phenomenon that one needs a very big government to enforce the beauty of small.

As Mr. Obama’s energy secretary, Steven Chu, said last year: The price of electricity in America is “anomalously low.” You see how much smarter that Nobel prize winner is than you. You probably thought you were already spending enough on electricity and fuel.

And sure enough, Mr. Obama explained last week that in order to make alternative energy sources wind, solar – perhaps eventually human muscle power? – economically competitive, he intends to raise the price of carbon-based energy until it is so expensive that even solar power will be such-a-deal.

This level of destructive irrationality cannot be accomplished in the private sector. It will take a very big government indeed to bring such inanities into being. (disclosure: being rational, I give professional advice to carbon-based energy producers.)

If President Obama were to try to misrepresent his positions for the next four years, there would be nothing he could say that would approach the inaccuracy of his claim last week that he is not for big government. It is the essence of the man and his presidency. He doesn’t like America the way it has been since its founding – and it will take an abusively big government to realize his dreams of converting America into something quite different. If you don’t know that, you don’t yet know Barack Obama.

Even the far left, far out, Republican hater Maureen Dowd from the New York Times got in on the act:

Before the Senate resoundingly defeated a McCain amendment on Tuesday that would have shorn 9,000 earmarks worth $7.7 billion from the $410 billion spending bill, the Arizona senator twittered lists of offensive bipartisan pork, including:

• $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York. “quick peel me a grape,” McCain twittered.

• $1.7 million for a honey bee factory in Weslaco, Tex.

• $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa.

• $1 million for Mormon cricket control in Utah. “Is that the species of cricket or a game played by the brits?” McCain tweeted.

• $819,000 for catfish genetics research in Alabama.

• $650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi.

• $951,500 for Sustainable Las Vegas. (McCain, a devotee of Vegas and gambling, must really be against earmarks if he doesn’t want to “sustain” Vegas.)

• $2 million “for the promotion of astronomy” in Hawaii, as McCain twittered, “because nothing says new jobs for average Americans like investing in astronomy.”

 • $167,000 for the Autry National Center for the American West in Los Angeles. “Hopefully for a Back in the Saddle Again exhibit,” McCain tweeted sarcastically.

• $238,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii. “During these tough economic times with Americans out of work,” McCain twittered.

• $200,000 for a tattoo removal violence outreach program to help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past. “REALLY?” McCain twittered.

• $209,000 to improve blueberry production and efficiency in Georgia.

“When do we turn off the spigots?” Senator McCain said in his cri de coeur on the Senate floor. “Haven’t we learned anything? Bills like this jeopardize our future.” 

Hotair.com has another Jim Cramer Video HERE.

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Obama’s Budget Targets Charities – Slashes Charitable Tax Deduction

Posted by iusbvision on March 4, 2009

Targeting charities using the tax code to bleed them dry. This policy is heartless and cruel, not to mention destructive. These are the only terms that fit. This policy will raise the degree of human suffering in our country and around the world as Americans give more to charities then the rest of the world by far.  It also says something about what Barack Obama is all about. The people must make sure that this provision never becomes law.

The following video contains Ben Stien and John Huntsman from the Huntsman Cancer Institute talking about this proposal in Obama’s budget. The elite media should be screaming about this.

Washington Times:

Democrats and Republicans poured cold water on President Obama’s budget plan to cut down on wealthy taxpayers’ charitable giving tax deductions, the second of his ambitious cost-savings plans to earn lawmakers’ scorn, and underscoring the legislative minefield he is entering.

By reaching so broadly with his $4 trillion 2010 budget plan, and the giant deficits it will incur, Mr. Obama put his hard-won election mandate on the line, saying if lawmakers want to do big things – from boosting education and clean energy technology to overhauling health care – they will have to find ways to pay for it.

From his plan to cut payments to farmers, which both parties all but ruled out this week, to his goal of a complex cap-and-trade system to control greenhouse gas emissions, lawmakers predicted Mr. Obama will have to survive challenges from political friends and foes alike.

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