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Archive for March 27th, 2009

Video: Tim Geithner doesn’t understand the concept of “innocent until proved guilty”

Posted by iusbvision on March 27, 2009

I have been watching his testimony for a long while and has anyone noticed that he never really answers a question?

Your basic high school grad, as bad as public schools have become, could answer this question and the Treasury Secretary of the United States cannot.

UPDATE: Geithner not answering more questions. This is priceless.

UPDATE II

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Officer holds pro-football player for over 20 minutes while his mother dies. – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on March 27, 2009

By now most people have seen this video. A Dallas police officer refused to allow a football player (Ryan Moats) into a hospital to be with his dying mother in law. The football player was with his wife at the time. The officer pulled him over for running a red light, the light was defective due to a power outage.

Officers need to know when someone has what is called a “defense of necessity”. This officer should have offered to escort the man inside and gotten the rest of the facts later. When an officer takes on the attitude that he is the people’s master instead of the people’s servant, common sense goes out the window in exactly the same way you saw with this officer.

Officer Powell still insists that he acted properly. He is too stupid to be a police officer. He should be fired and I wish that his victim could sue him for the distress he brought to this family. Officer Powell should have to pay restitution.

The police chief apologized on behalf of the Dallas Police Department:

While I cannot prove it, I suspect that the victim’s color had something to do with the officer’s attitude as  well. Powell was completely dismissive of anything his victim had to say, as if he was less than human. As far as I am concerned, as long as Officer Powell has a badge and a gun the streets of Dallas are not safe. That is not something that I say lightly. Any time you have a cop with a cloak of infallibility on the loose, he is a danger to himself and all around him. In fairness, with the cloak of infallibility attitude such an officer would escalate any situation in spite of the color of his victim. If you behave as if you are the people’s master race may have little to do with it.

UPDATE I – Powell at it again via the Sporting News:

Maritza Thomas, wife of former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Zach Thomas, was jailed for three hours after being pulled over for an illegal U-turn by Robert Powell, the same police officer who detained Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats while his mother-in-law was dying, according to a report on the Dallas Morning News’ website.

Maritza Thomas, who is Latina, was arrested last July while her husband was at Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, Calif. Four of the five tickets Powell issued to her were later dismissed, according to the newspaper.

Here is another link to the story claiming harassment by Officer Powell – LINK.

UPDATE II – After declaring himself to have done no wrong, Powell apologizes. – http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/27/national/main4898503.shtml?tag=topStory

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A letter from the editor.

Posted by iusbvision on March 27, 2009

I would like to thank the loyal readers of the IUSB Vision for our continued success. Hits are up, our posts are featured on other blogs regularly, we have discovered that former presidential candidates, members of Congress, people who have worked in the Dept. of Education, even some governors read our humble little blog.

Special thanks to to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Students for Academic Freedom, the Indiana ACLU, the Alliance Defense Fund, National Review Magazine and California Legislator Leland Yee for their outstanding leadership in the defense of true intellectual diversity and free speech on campus. Of course, the cause of intellectual diversity and free speech may have been lost without the efforts of a true American hero David Horowitz.

Special thanks are also in order to Michelle Malkin, Ed Morrissey, Andrew Brietbart, Matt Drudge, Johnny Dollar, and yes even the Huffington Post for their leadership in the blogosphere.

Some have been asking us why we have not had much academic and campus news lately. Rest assured that we have not forgotten our campus roots. The news on the economy, the undermining of the ethics processes in the government, the setbacks in the transparency of government, the what are now obvious attempts by government to use this crisis take control over private business and legal contracts, and the lack of any serious action on the mortgage/housing issue have really been “sucking all the oxygen out of the air” and we have feared that campus coverage would be ignored in the fast paced, non stop news cycle in the last six weeks. 

We are sorry to report that there have been many legal and ethical violations of student and faculty rights that we are aware of but have yet to report on. If anything it seems the frequency of these violations are on the increase. We will continue to report on these stories in the near future (and yes we will get caught up on lots of the stories we missed).

Chuck Norton
Editor, IUSB Vision Web Log.

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BACKFIRE: Limbaugh Ratings Surge Upward After White House Attacks

Posted by iusbvision on March 27, 2009

Rush Limbaugh is laughing at the White House coordinated attacks against him that attempted to diminish his message. He is laughing all the way to the bank. In contrast, Obama’s approval numbers are looking more and more grim.

 

Obama Approval Index

Obama Approval Index

Radio Equalizer:

While these numbers reflect February’s results, they could go even higher in March, as the White House anti-Rush effort was still in high gear going into this month.

1 – In New York City, WABC has experienced huge gains during Rush’s noon- 3pm timeslot: from 4.6 to 6.7 overall (12 and older) share, good for first place overall in the nation’s largest market. Rush’s Big Apple listenership is now estimated at 693,000.

2 – In the second-largest market, Los Angeles, KFI-AM has surged into the number one position (all listeners 12 and older) from 9am to noon, with 618,000 listeners, a 4.6 to 6.0 audience share increase over three months and an even bigger males 35-64 (4.6 to 6.3) move, to take first place there as well.

3 – Chicago, saw another huge move, with Rush affiliate WLS also taking first place during his timeslot (12 and older), from 5.2 share to 6.9 and a total local listenership of 396,700 in the third-largest market.

4 – KSFO / San Francisco saw similar results, despite the extreme-left bent of the Bay Area: 4.7 to 6.0 share, now ranking second overall and with men aged 35-64. Total audience: 346,000.

5 – In Dallas – Fort Worth, 4.8 to 6.4 men 35-64 and fourth overall (12+), 3.5 to 4.5. Cumulative audience: 250,000.

6 – Houston’s results were truly blockbuster: 6.0 to 9.8 overall, ranking number one with a bullet and audience of 382,300. Men 35-64: number one again, from 8.6 to 12.2 over three months. Adults 25-54: first place, 4.6 to 8.7. Women 25-54: 3.7 to 8.3 again good for a top ranking.

7 – DC’s WMAL also saw Rush-related growth: 4.1 to 6.7, good for third overall and an audience of 155,300. Men 35-64: number one with a staggering 6.4 to 13.4 move.

8 – In Atlanta, Rush has helped WGST fend off an enormous competitor, WSB-AM, with a similar 4.0 to 6.2 upward move, good for fifth place overall and a total audience of 473,500. The results are better in the male 35-64 demographic, surging from 5.5 to 8.0 share.

9 – Bucking Detroit’s recent Democratic voting trend, Rush’s performance on WJR-AM has been more significant than ever, moving into first place with a 5.8 to 9.6 jump. Men 35-64: number one and 11.6 share. Total audience: 253,000.

Limbaugh comments HERE.

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The Debate is Over. Global Warming Alarmism is About Achieving Central Control of the Economy and Now They Admit It Openly.

Posted by iusbvision on March 27, 2009

Conservatives and science realists have said for years that the global warming hysteria has nothing to do with science and everything to do with central control of the economy and the global redistribution of wealth.

Global warming alarmists and leftists (who by ideology always wanted central control over the economy) said that we were nuts, they said we were akin to holocost deniers and other such silly attacks. Now we have this, which confirms everything we always said about the issue.
FNC:

U.N. ‘Climate Change’ Plan Would Likely Shift Trillions to Form New World Economy

Friday, March 27, 2009
By George Russell

A United Nations document on “climate change” that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes — all under the supervision of the world body.

Those and other results are blandly discussed in a discretely worded United Nations “information note” on potential consequences of the measures that industrialized countries will likely have to take to implement the Copenhagen Accord, the successor to the Kyoto Treaty, after it is negotiated and signed by December 2009. The Obama administration has said it supports the treaty process if, in the words of a U.S. State Department spokesman, it can come up with an “effective framework” for dealing with global warming.

The 16-page note, obtained by FOX News, will be distributed to participants at a mammoth negotiating session that starts on March 29 in Bonn, Germany, the first of three sessions intended to hammer out the actual commitments involved in the new deal.

In the stultifying language that is normal for important U.N. conclaves, the negotiators are known as the “Ad Hoc Working Group On Further Commitments For Annex I Parties Under the Kyoto Protocol.” Yet the consequences of their negotiations, if enacted, would be nothing short of world-changing.

Noel Sheppard on the Fox Forum in reaction:

The UN Makes it Official: Global Warming Hysteria Is All About Redistributing Wealth

By Noel Sheppard
Associate Editor, Newsbusters.org

For years, climate realists around the world have been warning the international community that the entire man-made global warming myth and resulting hysteria is all a scheme to redistribute wealth under the pretense of saving the planet.

In a document obtained by FOX News, the United Nations has made it official.

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‘Liberal’ ABC Radio Boss Firing Profitable Conservative Hosts, Hannity Leaves ABC Syndicator. ABC/Citadel Being Run in the Ground.

Posted by iusbvision on March 27, 2009

Talk radio still dong well considering the state of the economy, other radio formats are getting hammered. Radio Equalizer, an industry magazine, is calling for talk radio to be divorced from music formats because the business is so different.

Yet ABC’s radio syndication company Citadel is losing money hand over foot, not because it is incapable of bringing in radio, but because of the politically motivated decisions by its CEO and his sheer incompetence at running an enterprise.

Radio Equalizer:

Topping the list is Citadel CEO Farid Suleman (right), radio’s poster child for managerial incompetence. How this man could survive beyond Monday in his current position is beyond comprehension. As he speaks of coming “belt- tightening”, cost- cutting that apparently excludes him, why is he unwilling to accept blame for his company’s outright destruction?

While Citadel-ABC Radio was encountering a nationwide ad sales meltdown, Suleman was busy sucking up to Don Imus, wasting months crafting an ego- boosting mega- deal for the elderly fossil- talker. Instead of bringing the best programming minds into the fold to confront the challenges of the future, Suleman micro- managed schedule changes in markets as small as Providence.

Now, Citadel’s stock has fallen so low that the New York Stock Exchange was forced to suspend trading and outright delisting now seems a certainty. Shares (NYSE:CDL) are down 87% in just the last year.

Now Citadel is being booted off the exchange and now will be traded OTC. Citadel’s original ownership made a killing by sticking to the two most popular formats, conservative news-talk and country music…. well read on with more from Radio Equalizer:

Booted off of the New York Stock Exchange after it failed to make a convincing case for its future viability, Citadel will cease trading there tomorrow, moving to the illiquid and sometimes shady world of the “pink sheets”. That’s despite a recent move by the NYSE to relax listing requirements.

Ahead of that undignified exit, Citadel (NYSE:CDL) shares closed today at one penny, down nine cents from Wednesday’s trading. In 2004, it traded as high as $22.

wlsThat leaves a total market capitalization of just under three million dollars, despite owning some of the nation’s largest radio stations, including WABC / New York City, WMAL / Washington, WBAP / Dallas – Fort Worth, KGO – KSFO / San Francisco, WLS / Chicago, WJR / Detroit, KABC / Los Angeles and dozens of other music and talk stations across the country, from Albuquerque to Providence and all points in between.

Citadel’s original ownership and management team built a highly-successful firm around conservative talkers on the AM band and country music stations on FM, mostly in medium-sized Sunbelt markets. When subsequent owners acquired ABC Radio and saw their own liberal ideology clash with Citadel’s established internal structure, it began to unravel.

Ridiculous decisions by Citadel CEO Farid Suleman include the firing of popular and profitable KSFO host Melanie Morgan, who’s 527 was making TV ads across the country and was becoming a genuine political force. Suleman has been paid millions while driving the company into the ground at breakneck speed.

Radio Equalizer:

Today, calls for Suleman to be fired have grown, including USC Professor/ industry analyst Jerry Del Colliano. At Inside Music Media, Del Colliano points to Suleman’s huge salary at the very time he is wiping out programming schedules across the country.

Melanie Morgan

Melanie Morgan

Especially shocking: highly- rated KSFO morning host Melanie Morgan was among those let go. Co- host Lee Rodgers, who had already cut his schedule to just four shows per week, will now be expected to carry on alone. This has sent shockwaves through Bay Area media circles, where even longtime entertainment reporter Brad Kava, a leftist, has expressed his alarm.

This has occurred despite the success of right- leaning talk, due to entirely epic managerial incompetence. And for those inclined to play that game, just take a look at Suleman’s liberal political contribution history.

In addition, Suleman was behind the baffling elimination of Rush Limbaugh from his longtime home in Providence, WPRO-AM.

Suleman was also responsible for bringing Don Imus to WABC with a huge compensation package. How smart of a move was that; well Jay Severin is beating him in ratings.

Here is Citadel’s stock chart for the last five years:

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Sean Hannity had finally had enough:

Apparently unhappy with the recently- merged company’s political and business direction, talk radio syndication biggie Sean Hannity is exiting Citadel – ABC Radio (NYSE:CDL) for a yet- to- be- disclosed rival. The move could dramatically reshape programming lineups on a number of major stations.

According to a highly- placed source inside the company, Hannity is unhappy with Citadel – ABC for two reasons: its dismal financial performance and the liberal ideological leanings of CEO Farid Suleman and COO Judy Ellis, which are said to have interfered with good relations between the parties.

Syndicated in over 500 markets nationwide, Hannity’s afternoon drive show is said to bring in $35m in annual revenue, which will now be lost as Sean jumps ship. The program is considered to be the second- biggest cash generator in ABC Radio’s network lineup, with his compensation at a reported $5m per annum.

As for ratings, in New York City under the new Portable People Meter system, he pulled an impressive 5.4 12+ share for February. That was just shy of Rush Limbaugh’s blockbuster 5.6. Nationally, Hannity’s audience is second only to Limbaugh’s.

since they took the reins of the merged company, Suleman and Ellis have made a number of peculiar decisions, including an emphasis on the 65+ audience rather than younger, more advertiser- friendly demographics. That has included a mega- deal with talk fossil Don Imus.

Also highly questionable were baffling decisions to remove Rush Limbaugh from WPRO-AM in Providence and fire nationally- known conservative morning talker Melanie Morgan from KSFO/ San Francisco.

The impact of Sean’s departure will be significant for all parties involved: Citadel – ABC loses millions, while his show will be pulled from key ABC Radio stations in some major cities. At the same time, it will have to compete against his new program, most likely to be syndicated by Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks, home to Rush Limbaugh.

The Sean Hannity Show is now co-managed by Clear Channel and Citadel; a deal they worked out to keep Hannity at WABC and so Citadel would not have to compete against him.

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First Russia, then China, now a UN panel calls for the world to replace the dollar as the standard reserve currency.

Posted by iusbvision on March 27, 2009

Spending to much, creating reckless debt, trying to interfere with legal contracts, corruption between Congress and Wall Street at al all time high, a housing/mortgage problem that has not been addressed yet, union card check, new energy taxes and no serious attempt to expend production all lead to one thing, an erosion in the confidence of the United States to pay its debt and continue to grow the economy after the depression.

Combine that with the fact we are now printing money out of thin air ala banana republic style and and a Treasury Secretary whose almost every action/statement seems to further push the dollar down and I cannot blame the world, who has bought tens of trillions of dollars worth of our debt are panicking because as we devalue our currency it reduces the value of what we owe them.

AFP:

UN panel touts new global currency reserve system

A UN panel of expert economists pressed Thursday for a new global currency reserve scheme to replace the volatile, dollar-based system and for coordinated steps by rich countries to stimulate their economies.

“A new Global Reserve System — what may be viewed as a greatly expanded SDR (Special Drawing Rights), with regular or cyclically adjusted emissions calibrated to the size of reserve accumulations, could contribute to global stability, economic strength and global equity,” the panel said.

All of you Obama supporters who have an emotional attachment to the guy and are in denial about how much damage a very far left administration and Congress can do; soon you will realize that emotional attachments do not lower the debt, they do not lower unemployment, they do not raise the value of the dollar, and they do not bring back wealth and companies that are now leaving the country to escape what is being created.

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Are ‘women’ or other so called ‘groups’ benefited when they get more of that group elected to office?

Posted by iusbvision on March 27, 2009

What has the election of minority Democrats done for Detroit or any inner city or inner city schools? Have women done better in Michigan because of Jennifer Granholm? This is a brilliant analysis by Dennis Prager.

“The more you rely on having your ‘group’ in power the less your group will improve.”

“In every single measurement boys are doing worse than girls and Hillary Clinton says what a great change it is that we are talking about ‘Women’s issues'”  Jail, poverty, drop outs, suicide, college education, health, men are doing worse than women yet who is talking about men’s issues?

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