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Archive for September 23rd, 2009

Obama interviews on five networks, only one brings up the ACORN scandal.

Posted by iusbvision on September 23, 2009

Of course the “in the tank” elite media will cover Obama on this one. Most of them didn’t cover the scandal or just reported it once so they can say that they reported it.

Now before the far left starts to object in comments let me remind you that the left and the elite media covered the Jack Abramoff story constantly. Abromoff was a corrupt lobbyist who donated money to politicians, most of whom were Republican. Most of these politicians had nothing to so with Abramoff save for just accepting political donations like most politicians do.

So let me see. Barack Obama was a community organizer for ACORN. Then he took a job training their people how to organize others. Obama came back and acted as a Lawyer and worked with ACORN to file CRA lawsuits against banks to get them to lower mortgage loan standards and make more high risk loans. Obama’s campaign than pays ACORN $800,000.  The Obama Administration tells ACORN that they will be in the White House with him. ACORN and SEIU share offices and SEIU people are at the top levels of the Obama Administration. ACORN is invited to work the census and other federal tasks.

UPDATE – In this video Glenn Beck plays clips of President Obama telling how he has a long history with ACORN/SEIU and knows them well. Even if you don’t care for Beck you can still hear Obama’s own words to see for yourself.

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George Stephanopoulos

Is it just me or are the ties between Obama and ACORN much closer than Abramoff and the Republicans he donated campaign funds to?

The one who at least asked a question about ACORN was George Stephanopoulos. Obama said that he didn’t know much about the scandal, which George didn’t seem to believe and is hardly believable since ACORN has always been so near and dear to Obama’s heart and life.

Enter The Wall Street Journal who reminds us of Obama’s long history with ACORN:

Acorn Who?

Obama heads for the high grass.

By JOHN FUND

Only one of the five television networks that interviewed President Obama for their Sunday shows bothered to ask him about Acorn, the left-wing community organizing group whose federal funding was cut off last week by an overwhelming vote in Congress.

“Frankly, it’s not something I’ve followed closely,” Mr. Obama claimed, adding he wasn’t even aware the group had been the recipient of significant federal funding. “This is not the biggest issue facing the country. It’s not something I’m paying a lot of attention to,” he said.

Mr. Obama added that an investigation of Acorn was appropriate after an amateur hidden-camera investigation had found Acorn offices willing to abet prostitution, but he carefully declined to say whether he would approve a federal cutoff of funds to the group.

Mr. Obama took great pains to act as if he barely knew about Acorn. In fact, his association goes back almost 20 years. In 1991, he took time off from his law firm to run a voter-registration drive for Project Vote, an Acorn partner that was soon fully absorbed under the Acorn umbrella. The drive registered 135,000 voters and was considered a major factor in the upset victory of Democrat Carol Moseley Braun over incumbent Democratic Senator Alan Dixon in the 1992 Democratic Senate primary.

Mr. Obama’s success made him a hot commodity on the community organizing circuit. He became a top trainer at Acorn’s Chicago conferences. In 1995, he became Acorn’s attorney, participating in a landmark case to force the state of Illinois to implement the federal Motor Voter Law. That law’s loose voter registration requirements would later be exploited by Acorn employees in an effort to flood voter rolls with fake names.

In 1996, Mr. Obama filled out a questionnaire listing key supporters for his campaign for the Illinois Senate. He put Acorn first (it was not an alphabetical list). In the U.S. Senate, Mr. Obama became the leading critic of Voter ID laws, whose overturn was a top Acorn priority. In 2007, in a speech to Acorn’s leaders prior to their political arm’s endorsement of his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama was effusive: “I’ve been fighting alongside of Acorn on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote in Illinois, Acorn was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.”

But the Obama campaign didn’t appear eager to discuss the candidate’s ties to Acorn. Its press operation vividly denied Mr. Obama had been an Acorn trainer until the New York Times uncovered records demonstrating that he had been. The Obama campaign also gave Citizens Consulting, Inc., an Acorn subsidiary, $832,000 for get-out-the-vote activities in key primary states. In filings with the Federal Election Commission, the Obama campaign listed the payments as “staging, sound, lighting,” only correcting the filings after the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review revealed their true nature.

Given his longstanding ties with Acorn, President Obama’s protestations of ignorance or disinterest in the group’s latest scandal seem preposterous. Here’s hoping White House reporters will press the president to clarify just how much he really knows about Acorn and when he knew it.

Hotair.com also comments on this story HERE.

Fact-Real has the Obama-ACORN video diary HERE.

UPDATE II – Obama doesn’t know much about ACORN any more he says…. hmm than why are so many members of the ACORN Advisory Board all over his White House LINK ?

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Liberal Blogger Admits: We Claimed to Support “The Good War” in Afghanistan as Political Strategy to Prove Our “Macho” Credentials; We Never Meant It

Posted by iusbvision on September 23, 2009

Via Ace of Spades who has this great post:

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Yes, so I imagined. While Glenn Greenwald, for example, was accusing those on the right of being “chickenhawks” for not serving in Iraq, he was never quite able to explain why he wasn’t accumulating Congressional Medals of Honor and Taliban tooth-necklaces in the war he supposedly supported, Afghanistan.

The liberal blog Hullaballoo admits what has been obvious all along.

And no, this isn’t just about some seedy, nasty liberal bloggers.

It’s about our lying POS POTUS, too.

Escalation is a bad idea. The Democrats backed themselves into defending the idea of Afghanistan being The Good War because they felt they needed to prove their macho bonafides they called for withdrawal from Iraq. Nobody asked too many questions sat the time, including me. But none of us should forget that it was a political strategy, not a serious foreign policy. There have been many campaign promises “adjusted” since the election. There is no reason that the administration should feel any more bound to what they said about this than all the other committments [sic] it has blithely turned aside in the interest of “pragmatism.”

But none of us should forget that it was a political strategy, not a serious foreign policy.

You claimed to support a war in which American soldiers were fighting and dying, leaving friends and limbs on the battlefield, as a cynical political strategy?

You… um… voiced support of a real serious-as-death war to cadge votes out of a duped public?

We won’t forget, champ. And we won’t let you forget, either.

Again we see a leftist projecting his pathological darkness on to others. They accused Bush of fighting wars for this very reason. And now, when it’s safe to say so (they think), they concede: We supported a war for the reason we accused Bush of doing so for 8 years.

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Good job Ace!

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Yet ANOTHER total creep out video: Teachers indoctrinating kids in Obamacult – UPDATED: Principal says she loves Obama & would do it again! Another TWO videos newly discovered!

Posted by iusbvision on September 23, 2009

UPDATEMichelle Malkin finds the teacher who did this to these students and the school. One has to melt with respect at Malkin’s ability to track down the details of a story.

The school is B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington Township, New Jersey and the teacher is  Charisse Carney-Nunes. Follow the link above to see more details!

UPDATE II – UH OH! Megyn Kelley at Fox News is now on the story. Administrators at B. Bernice Young Elementary School are hiding under their desks now. I bet they have stopped answering the phones there as this story is going viral. You heard her, its on Drudge Report so the world has seen it now.  

UPDATE III – Malkin found a response from the school from a fellow blogger Exurban League HERE:

Dear Burlington Township Families:

Today we became aware of a video that was placed on the internet which has been reported in the media. The video is of a class of students singing a song about President Obama. The activity took place during Black History Month in 2009, which is recognized each February to honor the contributions of African Americans to our country. Our curriculum studies, honors and recognizes those who serve our country. The recording and distribution of the class activity were unauthorized.

If you have any further questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me or Dr. King, Principal of B. Bernice Young School, directly.

Sincerely,
Dr. Christopher M. Manno,
Superintendent of Schools

So, a public school had an official lesson using impressionable children to praise Barack Obama. The song they used even co-opted lyrics from “Jesus Loves the Little Children” with Obama’s name inserted in place of God.

A commentor at Michelle Malkin states, “Thank goodness somebody recorded it lest this school have more clandestine political brain washing sessions for the children.”

UPDATE V – Principal of elementary school praises Obama and says that she would do it again – details HERE.

This isn’t the only one folks… we also have THESE.. HEREHEREHERE, HERE and HERE …  Glenn Beck finds yet another video HERE.

MINI-UPDATE – Pat Dollard finds yet another school indoctrination video singing to the ‘Dear Leader’ –LINK.

MINI-UPDATE II – 9-28-2009 Yup another new indoctrination video LINK !

UPDATE IVHotair.com posts the following video for comparison –

UPDATE VI – Ed Morrissey from Hotair.com  has a GREAT NEW POST on this issue with an update from Fox News:

Ed Morrissey:

Parents angry over Obama song at NJ elementary school in which the school and the district double down on stupid.

“There was no intention to indoctrinate children. There was no political agenda underlying the activity.”

Uh, sure, pal. Those kids wrote the lyrics about equal pay all by themselves? I know that’s a big issue among the playground set. They also just happened to replace God with “Barack Hussein Obama” in saying that people are “equal in his sight,” because that’s exactly the phraseology one would expect from a roomful of kids of the “London Bridge is falling down” age.

The administration in this community may need to go back to school themselves to learn a little common sense and strategy. The teacher who led this group retired before the video hit the Internet. How much difficulty could it cause to admit the obvious and apologize for stepping over a line with these children? They’re certainly not learning a lesson about accountability, although they do seem to have adopted the ACORN strategy of blaming people for the video’s release to the Internet rather than the fact that one of their teachers was indoctrinating kids into Obama-worship, quite literally considering the song, its lyrics, and its origins.

Talk about taking the words out of my mouth and every other parent who has a historical perspective that goes beyond breakfast. Well stated Ed.

UPDATE VII – Parents appear on FNC with Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sean Hannity:

UPDATE VIIIFactreal.com posts a history of “sing-along indoctrination” and here is a sample:  

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OPPRESSION: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAYS “SHUT UP” – THREATENS HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES FOR POLITICAL FREE SPEECH!

Posted by iusbvision on September 23, 2009

UPDATE – They did it again: THUGOCRACY – OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THREATENS INSURANCE COMPANIES TO KEEP QUIET ABOUT RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS DUE TO LEGISLATION….OR ELSE

This is very disturbing. And by the way, what is it with the far left and their hostility towards freedom of speech and conscience? Well the far left is statist and absolutely convinced of their own moral and intellectual superiority…perhaps that has something to do with it.

Senator McConnell protests from the Senate Floor. Here is the entire clip – WATCH IT:

Special thanks to Hotair.com for the video link.

News Busters:

HHSorderSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to go to the Senate floor on Tuesday to call out the Obama administration for using the full power of a federal regulatory agency to suppress free speech — specifically, to silence Humana’s predictions about the impact of proposed ObamaCare cuts to the Medicare Advantage program — led ABC, but not CBS or NBC, to air a story on the “gag order.”

ABC’s story began with a McConnell soundbite (“’Shut up,’ the government says, ‘don’t communicate with your customers. Be quiet and get in line,’”), before reporter Jonathan Karl explained McConnell was referring to the “Department of Health and Human Services, telling insurance companies who serve Medicare recipients, to stop ‘misleading’ and ‘confusing’ mailings, saying, quote: ‘We are instructing you to immediately discontinue all such mailings, and remove any related materials from your Web sites.’”

Karl continued: “The extraordinary order comes in response to a mailing the Humana insurance company sent to customers in the Medicare Advantage program. The Humana mailing warned that because of Medicare cuts in the health care reform bills, quote, ‘millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many important benefits and services.’”

ABC News actually does a story on this…wow:

On Monday, HHS offered “guidance” to silence criticism: “MEDICARE ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE TO INSURANCE COMPANIES ON MEDICARE MAILINGS.”

So far, the government’s power play has succeeded. “Humana backed down, stopping the mailing and announcing that it would cooperate with the investigation,” James Taranto noted in his Monday “Best of the Web,” lamenting: “Corporations may provide lots of useful goods and services, but never count on them to take a stand for freedom.”

Now the question is, will the media champion free speech and be outraged by the abuse of power to suppress it, or will most journalists not mind the government hushing voices which go against Obama?

The story on the Tuesday, September 22 World News on ABC (transcript provided by the MRC’s Brad Wilmouth):

CHARLES GIBSON: In Washington, the Senate Finance Committee today began voting on amendments to the health care reform bill, and the bill that comes out of that committee will become the centerpiece for the health care debate. But even before the amendment process began, a war of words broke out over what one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies is saying about the bill. Here’s Jonathan Karl.

JONATHAN KARL: It’s not often you hear language like this on the Senate floor.

MITCH MCCONNELL, SENATE MINORITY LEADER: “Shut up,” the government says, “don’t communicate with your customers. Be quiet and get in line.”

KARL: He’s talking about this order issued last night by the Department of Health and Human Services, telling insurance companies who serve Medicare recipients to stop “misleading” and “confusing” mailings, saying, quote, “We are instructing you to immediately discontinue all such mailings, and remove any related materials from your Web sites.” The extraordinary order comes in response to a mailing the Humana insurance company sent to customers in the Medicare Advantage program.

The Humana mailing warned that because of Medicare cuts in the health care reform bills, quote, “millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many important benefits and services.” But Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus says it is misleading to say his bill cuts Medicare benefits and ordered the HHS to investigate, prompting the gag order. Some legal experts say the order is unconstitutional. Senator McConnell agrees.

MCCONNELL: We cannot allow government officials to target individuals or companies because they do not like what they say.

KARL: And even some Democratic Senators are concerned that the bill now before the Senate Finance Committee reduces spending on Medicare Advantage by $123 billion.

SENATOR BILL NELSON (D-FL): I think it would be intolerable to ask the senior citizens on Medicare who have it to give up substantial health benefits that they’re enjoying under Medicare.

KARL: HHS declined a request for an on-camera interview, but told us that they are investigating whether the mailings illegally give the impression that they are official communications from Medicare. While that investigation goes forward, Charlie, the gag order remains in place.

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Answering far left talking points on US health care.

Posted by iusbvision on September 23, 2009

First of all lets answer some common objections/myths. 

They say the USA spends too much on health care.

There are four reasons for this.

1. Our system has a primary focus on saving lives and improving their quality, whereas some other systems focus is on saving money and preserving the “system”.

2. Americans are wealthier and we just have more money to spend on it. It is important not to underestimate this reason. As always the more money you have the more you spend.

3. We have lots of injured military veterans who need care, more than most other countries.

4. The United States has an aging baby boom problem that is worse than most other countries, so it is understandable that the expense of end of life care is higher for us.

So comparing our expenses with most other countries is NOT an apples to apples comparison.

They say that the WHO does not put the United States high on its health care list. I put the details (with links) of those WHO reports on this web site in detail. Come to find out that the WHO weighs heavily in its ranking where the health care dollars come from. Since in the USA much of it does not come from government the WHO penalizes us in the ratings. So in essence they lower our score for the simple reason that we don’t have nationalized health care.

The WHO Report does say that the USA is number 1 in patient responsiveness and level of care and as far as I am concerned that is the stat that really counts.

As we have stated before:

Here are some good steps to get started in fixing health care at the following link –https://iusbvision.wordpress.com/2009/08/20/the-whole-foods-alternative-to-obamacare-eight-things-we-can-do-to-improve-health-care-without-adding-to-the-deficit/

Next on the 37th place for the WHO nonsense…

When you look at the breakdown of the WHO stats, the United States is number 1 in patient responsiveness and level of care. http://www.photius.com/rankings/world_health_systems.html

The WHO divides their report into sections – Here is the section on patient responsiveness and level of care – the United States is ranked number 1 http://www.who.int/whr/2000/en/annex06_en.pdf

The WHO ranks the United States overall as 37 because we don’t have socialized health care so that doesn’t meet socialist standard of “fairness”. http://www.who.int/whr/2000/en/whr00_en.pdf – look here and do a search for the words “fairness in contributions” to see for yourself.

As far as life expectancy. Our life expectancy numbers include how many people we lose in wars, drug gangsters who shoot each other etc so that number is not an honest assessment of the level of care we get in the United States.

We do not have a health care crisis here in the United States as most doctors and hospitals will treat you and worry about the bill later. Also the vast majority of people do have health insurance.

The main problem here in the USA is the way the bills are paid takes the market forces out all together, so people think to themselves, “Heck with it the government or the insurance company will pay for it so who cares”. So the rate of health care inflation is too high but this is not difficult to fix, but since neither party wants to give the other a legislative victory simple fixes like this don’t get done. Medical savings accounts is one way to help solve that problem.

As for the 20 million who are uninsured who cant afford their own insurance the government could just give them a voucher that covers 80% of the cost of their health care premium. That would cost about 50 billion a year which is much cheaper than a multi trillion dollar take over of the system or the current plan offered in our Congress.

Another smart thing that government can do is to allow doctors and hospitals to write off 90% of all free health care expenses they give to the poor off their taxes. Since our corporate income tax rate is an outrageous 35% there is lots of room to do that.

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