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Archive for February, 2010

John Stossel Hour Long Special on Public vs. Private Education – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on February 19, 2010

The first four segments present both sides of the school voucher debate and why government-run monopolies underperform.

These segments shows how private schools in Africa and India are outperforming government schools at a cost of only 1 dollar per week per child.

Flashback: Michael Savage on Public Schools Teaching Phony Multiculturalism to Assault Western Culture. – LINK.

UPDATE – Glenn Beck takes on teachers unions:

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Obama Deficit Reduction Task Force is a Scam. UPDATE – Newt Gingrich on how to have REAL bi-partisan talks. UPDATE – Flashback to Campaign: Obama Said Commissions are a Trick!

Posted by iusbvision on February 19, 2010

UPDATE II – September 16, 2008 via Francis Beckwith:

Senator Obama said: “Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book: you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem. But here’s the thing: this isn’t 9-11. We know how we got into this mess. What we need now is leadership that gets us out.”

Apparently, then, we can dismiss Senator Obama’s call for commissions on Social Security (11/2007), torture (9/2007), war crimes (8/2008), and financial oversight for Wall Street (4/2008) as four separate instances of the senator pulling “the oldest Washington stunt in the book.” Perhaps the person who ghost writes his teleprompter can first do a Google search on the senator’s behalf to see whether he had opined on prior occasions on the matter of commissions. It took me about 40 minutes to track all these down.

—–Original story below—–

As I have said repeatedly in political science classes for years, when politicians make “task forces” they are designed to do one thing, shirk responsibility and justify plans that the voters would not likely accept.

I remember the “Base Closure Commission” after the so-called “peace dividend” after the Wall fell in Germany. The commission would decide what military bases were closed based on “merit” and “the mission”. The truth is that the majority in Congress manipulated the commission and bases were kept open that should not have, and bases were closed that should not have, but the politicians could say “Hey don’t blame me, it was that darn commission (shhhhh… which we made for the express purpose of shirking responsibility to)”.

Both Bill Clinton and George Bush are on the record stating that the 9/11 Commission was a “political document” and they were right. Jamie Gorelic who sat on the commission should have spent the bulk of her time testifying in front of it for the now infamous “Gorelic Wall” that made connecting the dots on the 911 intelligence all but impossible… I could right 10 more pages on what a mess the 9/11 commission was.

The rhetoric and reasoning behind making these “commissions” makes it all sound so good on paper, but usually end up with flawed results that are easily influenced by the media and politics. The “independent prosecutor” statute suffered from the same ills. Lawrence Walsh, Patrick Fitzgerald and most of the others all went on self-serving high-profile political persecutions. Ken Starr may have been the best of the whole lot and can anyone claim that he wasn’t influenced by politics?

So why is Obama’s new Deficit Commission a scam?

The state of the debt is so bad that everyone is going to have to pay at least some tax, rather than the top 50% paying 96% of all taxes (the Fair Tax is the smartest way to get this done and still grow the economy). The economy is going to have to be grown as well so there is more economy to tax which means incentivizing economic interests to invest and produce here in the United States. That is hard to do when you have an anti-business philosophy and a tax tax tax redistribute the wealth ideal for utopia.

Obama, like all politicians, will want to pick and choose what recommendations the commission will propose and then they will implemented by the Democrat leadership ins such a way as to meet their political needs and  not necessarily do what is economically the most prudent. In short, no matter what the commission says, Obama will say that the commission wants him to raise taxes, regulate more, and do what he wants to do anyways. He will say “I was reserved about the whole thing but the American people wanted an unbiased opinion and I am implementing it” as which time he will use this as an excuse to break his $250,000 tax pledge and engage in more of the same like his failed stimulus package which is proving to look more and more like a political slush fund.

I wanted to see if anyone else had the same take as I did and I was glad to find this video on YouTube. The Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer and Rush Limbaugh explained it with their usual skill:

What they are describing is the following:

Obama and the Democrats have raised government spending almost 20% to a point where the CBO has said is unsustainable. Obama is hoping to lock in the new higher levels of spending and “compromise” some of it away, call them “cuts” and tell the American people how “fiscally conservative” he is.

Or as we reported before

SOURCE: CBO, White House Office of Management and Budget | The Washington Post – March 21, 2009

Mona Charen, who is one of the finest thinkers alive, has the best column explaining this:

Let’s imagine that President Obama decides to go help out in Fargo, N.D., where they are experiencing floods. Mr. Obama enters the home of a flooded family. The water is already six inches high in the living room. The president produces a fire hose and begins to douse the room with even more water. “What are you doing?” cry the anguished homeowners. The president fixes them with one of his impatient looks, and explains “May I remind you that I inherited this flood?”

UPDATE – Newt Gingrich explains how REAL bipartisan talks should be done. Gingrich negotiated directly with President Clinton for 35 days on the budget and welfare reform:

UPDATE III – Obama White House announces his new health care plan, Republicans say “You told us that you would work on a new plan with us and now you come up with a plan to push before you even meet with us.”

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International Luge Federation Blames Death of Georgian Athlete on “Human Error” – Later Admits Track Did Not Meet Design Specs

Posted by iusbvision on February 19, 2010

Shirking responsibility even in the face of the death of an athlete irritates me, especially when a lie becomes obvious.

Luge Olympian 21-year-old Nodar Kumaritashvili of the Republic of Georgia was killed after a turn it what is designed to be the fastest luge track in the world.

The International Luge Federation blamed the death on athlete error:

The International Luge Federation (ILF) has blamed the crash on the luger and not on any “deficiencies in the track,” saying that Mr. Kumaritashvili “did not compensate properly to make the correct entrance” into the curve where he slid off the track at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

Later the ILF changed it’s story, not about athlete error, but the track itself:

Despite those assertions, Olympic officials took unusual measures on Saturday to shorten the course by 190 yards to slow the speeds, and they altered the run to keep lugers on the track should they crash [they raised the height of the wall after that turn – Editor].

Josef Fendt, president of the luge federation, said on Saturday that the track is safe, but that it had turned out to be far faster than designers ever intended it to be. He said that when designers drew up plans for the winding icy slope on the side of Blackcomb Mountain, 76 miles north of Vancouver, they anticipated speeds of about 87.5 miles per hour. During test events at the facility last year and in training runs before these Olympics, the lugers had been traveling at speeds of 96 miles per hour.

“We did not expect these speeds on this track, but after a while we determined that the track was safe,” Mr. Fendt said. He reiterated comments from last year that luge organizers need to consider a speed limit in the design of future tracks.

I saw an interview with a luge specialist on Russia Today and he said that the tracks are designed to keep the body on the track and not come out in case of an accident.

The video below shows the accident and death of the athlete, normally we would not choose to show this but the video is critical to the story analysis. One can clearly see that right after that sharp turn the walls become very low and there is a line of steel girders right after the wall falls low just after the turn. After watching the video it is obvious why they changed the track as they did.  

Other athletes almost suffered the same price on that track. The UK Independent reports:

Switzerland's Stefan Hoehener competes in the men's luge on Saturday when he barely avoided a repeat of Friday's tragic events.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili wasn’t buying the “athlete error” dodge either:

This is nothing short of a scandal.

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New N.J. Gov. Christie Freezes Spending – Keeps Campaign Promise – Democrats Furious – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on February 19, 2010

WCBSTV:

Calling New Jersey’s budget a “shambles,” Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday he is immediately freezing all state spending.

Saying New Jersey is on the verge of bankruptcy, Christie declared a fiscal emergency, announcing drastic cuts. Among them, aid to school districts that have excess surpluses.

“Today we are going to act swiftly to fix problems too long ignored. Today I begin to do what I promised the people of New Jersey I would do,” Christie said.

The move had Democrats in an uproar, angry the governor used his executive powers instead of working with the Legislature.

“What that’s going to mean is that those school districts without that money are going to be raising property taxes in the upcoming year to make up for that shortfall,” said Assemblyman John Wisniewski, D-19th District.

The governor also cut state subsidies to New Jersey Transit, saying it needs to become fiscally efficient.

“Revisit its rich union contracts,” Christie said. “And they may also have to consider service reductions or fare increases.”

Democrats are wheeling out disabled students in front of TV cameras saying that Gov. Christie is out to get them; the exact opposite is true. If the state goes belly up state services will come to a screeching halt. The unions have over reached, the nepotism, ghost employees, government jobs that pay three times the private sector equivalent, and other issues in New Jersey are no secret. This is what Christie was elected to do.

These are just the beginning helpful steps, what really needs to happens is that businessmen and investors need to have confidence and economic incentive to invest in New Jersey rather than China or Taiwan. The whole “demonize the rich and punish small and medium-sized businesses with crazy taxes” class envy nonsense that the left pushes is a one way ticket to the poor house.

UPDATE – Video: Glenn Beck and Gov. Christie

The state employee union with the Democrats fixed it so for a $124,000 worker investment the state of New Jersey pays them over $3.8 million if they retire at age 49.

Related:

Union Threatens Life of New Republican New Jersey Governor

New N.J. Gov. Christie Freezes Spending – Keeps Campaign Promise – Democrats Furious – UPDATED!

AWESOME: Gov Christie on MSNBC. Fighting Public Sector Unions

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Leftist Ohio House Speaker Moves to Prevent Student Speech Award Because the Speech Was Pro-Life.

Posted by iusbvision on February 19, 2010

Yet another of the countless examples we have mentioned showing the far left’s contempt for free speech and conscience.

LifeNews.com:

Columbus,OH — In what has been billed as an unprecedented act of partisanship, Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish is coming under fire for denying a pro-life teenager a chance to receive an award. Shelby County teen Elisabeth Trisler was hoping to receive a legislative honor routinely presented to others.

However, Budish is refusing to allow Trisler on the House floor to accept a legislative resolution.

The resolution, authored by Rep. John Adams, a Republican, honors her accomplishment as the National Right to Life Oratory Contest winner last year. (LifeNews.com editor Steven Ertelt was an officiating judge at the contest).

Such honorary resolutions are routinely presented at the start of Ohio House legislative sessions to constituents, including those who win athletic championships or academic contests.

But Trisler, whose winning speech received a standing ovation from several hundred people at the closing banquet, was denied the honor. instead, she will receive the resolution in the mail.

“Surely Speaker Budish can put aside his partisanship for 10 minutes to honor the accomplishments of a talented and optimistic teenage girl,” Ohio Right to Life Executive Director Mike Gonidakis told LifeNews.com today. “Perhaps his real message to Ohio’s teens is that excelling in public speaking isn’t worth being honored if their views are different than his.”

 

Bill O’Reilly pressured Speaker Armond Budish to knock it off:

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Muslim Student Association at U.C. Irvine Tries to Supress Free Speech

Posted by iusbvision on February 19, 2010

Antisemitism in action folks. Europeans have voiced concerns that their Muslim communities make no attempt to assimilate and deliberately try to balkanize European countries. Perhaps this is evidence of the same in the United States.

Via Powerline.com:

The Muslim Student Union at the University of California, Irvine sought to keep Israel’s Ambassador Michael Oren from speaking on campus last week.

The alliance between the hard left and Islamist radicals is a key element of the campus intifada. The group ActLeft has sent out an email to its Israel-Palestine action list requesting “urgent action” supporting the students who sought to prevent Oren from speaking.

This scenario replays the one involving Daniel Pipes’s appearance at UCI in January 2008. When Pipes spoke on campus on the threat to Israel’s existence, he was interrupted by students who were then removed from the audience like those who disrupted Oren’s speech. The students disrupting the Pipes event continued their protest outside, saying things such as “it’s just a matter of time before the state of Israel will be wiped off the face of the earth…just keep on doing what we are doing, our weapon, our jihad, our way of struggling. May Allah give them strength.”

The MSU is a chapter of the Muslim Student Association, which was itself founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. They seek the extinction of Israel. Resistance is required. If the spines of campus administrators need to be stiffened, it is not only supporters of the MSU from whom administrators should hear.

UPDATE: Martin Solomon writes: “Just saw your item on ActLeft and UC Irvine. FYI, CAIR and the National Lawyers Guild are doing the same. They’ve dubbed them ‘the Irvine 11’ in an attempt to make them heroes.” He writes about the efforts of CAIR and the NLG at Solomonia in “CAIR defends UC Irvine thugs.”

More from Powerline:

Mark Steyn points out that when Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister tried to speak at Oxford yesterday, he was met with shouts of “slaughter the Jews.” Which, no doubt, is what the UCI “protesters” had in mind but weren’t quite honest enough to say.

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Video: Elite Media Mentions Corrupt Vote Bribing for ObamaCare

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2010

Morning Joe, the liberal Republican on MSNBC:

CBS actually goes after the Democrats too, so you KNOW its bad:

Ed Morrissey at Hotair.com comments and tells you what details CBS conveniently leaves out:

When CBS Evening News reports on Democratic corruption, we know that the story has gotten legs. Katie Couric and Wyatt Andrews throw in an obligatory “Republicans did it too” moment, but other than about fifteen seconds, the CBS pair keeps the heat on Democrats.

What Andrews misses in his tu quoque is that it was a Republican Congress that admonished Tom DeLay for attempting to trade favors for votes.  The GOP may have porked up Congress for a decade and undermined their credibility by doing so, but at least they had some limits and a sense of shame strong enough to publicly rebuke their own leadership for arguably corrupt practices.  Couric points out the difference without making it explicit; while Republicans admonished their own leader for these kinds of shenanigans, Democrats don’t feel a need to put on even a pretense of shame.

Of course if Republicans had done enything this brazen, it would be on the elite media constantly.

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CNN Analyst Advocates Obama Go “Chigaco-Style Al Capone Gangsta” on Political Opponents.

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2010

UPDATE – Huffington Post advocates “Breaking Kneecaps” against Republicans – LINK.

Yet another of countless examples of the hate on the progressive left.

Roland S. Martin, CNN Political Analyst:

Obama’s critics keep blasting him for Chicago-style politics. So, fine. Channel your inner Al Capone and go gangsta against your foes. Let ’em know that if they aren’t with you, they are against you, and will pay the price.

Could someone explain to me how that is not a call for the President to abuse his power and the resources of the government for political gain. Imagine if a prominent Republican had said this. The Huffington Post would be screaming that it was a death threat against the president.

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Prager University Video: The bigger the Government the smaller the citizen

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2010

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Virginia Tech considers illegally cutting funding to campus newspaper

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2010

According to established federal case-law it is illegal for a public university to attempt to censor the content of student speech, this includes using budget cuts as a weapon.  But this doesn’t stop all too many college administrators who think that the Constitution doesn’t apply to them….. that is…. till they face a lawsuit.

Roanoke Times:

The Collegiate Times will pursue legal action if Virginia Tech’s Commission on Student Affairs goes forward with plans to cut university funding to the newspaper and related student media products, according to a letter released today by the newspaper.
 
The CT is the student-led campus newspaper for Virginia Tech, but is owned and operated by Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech Inc., an independent entity.
 
The commission notified the newspaper Monday that it had been deemed in violation of the university’s “principles of community” for allowing anonymous online comments to be posted to the paper’s Web site.
 
In a letter dated Feb. 8, officials laid out a plan to cut university funding to the paper, the yearbook and other publications owned by EMCVT and ban student organizations from using university funds to buy advertising in the CT, a move that could shut down the paper.
 
Officials have asked the newspaper to disallow anonymous comments on stories at its Web site, saying that staff, students and some faculty had objected to comments they characterized as racist or otherwise offensive.
 
The paper has so far declined to change its comment policy or ban anonymous comments from the site, pointing out in a response letter to Tech officials that most newspapers across the country allow anonymous comments on their Web sites.
 
The move is “completely unconstitutional, as well as breach of contract,” CT General Manager Kelly Wolff said Thursday.

For some reason college professors and administrators can’t seem to understand what most high school graduates do; that the First Amendment was designed to protect potentially offensive speech. As far as racist speech, everyone knows that anything that the far left doesn’t like or can’t refute becomes labeled as “racist” automatically. The law is the law. It is illegal to discriminate on speech on the basis of content at a university. The First Amendment prohibits it. Universities lose court battles and/or on the losing end of a settlement at an alarming rate when illegally subverting free speech.

When VT realized that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education had gotten involved and they were about to face legal action that they had no chance of winning, VT finally did the right thing and decided that following the supreme law of the land was a good idea.

College administrators are often paid six figure salaries to exercise good judgment, so why is it that cases like this are epidemic. They cannot claim ignorance because almost every campus has a law library and First Amendment scholars.

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Ballooning Largest-ever federal payroll to hit 2.15 million

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2010

While the president and Nancy Pelosi lecture us on how government needs to be more fiscally responsible and pay as they go so there is no more deficit (their words not mine) the federal civilian payroll has exploded, including the hiring of thousands of new IRS agents.

Washington Times:

The era of big government has returned with a vengeance, in the form of the largest federal work force in modern history.

The Obama administration says the government will grow to 2.15 million employees this year, topping 2 million for the first time since President Clinton declared that “the era of big government is over” and joined forces with a Republican-led Congress in the 1990s to pare back the federal work force.

Most of the increases are on the civilian side, which will grow by 153,000 workers, to 1.43 million people, in fiscal 2010.

The expansion could provide more ammunition to those arguing that the government is trying to do too much under President Obama.

**Mr. Obama says the civilian work force will drop by 80,000 next year, mostly because of a reduction in U.S. census workers added in 2010 but then dropped in 2011 after the national population count is finished.

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Glenn Beck Takes on NYT Demeaning Coverage, the New White House Communications Strategy and Fringe Groups.

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2010

Yet another big dose of proof as to who is it who has a hate problem and who isn’t telling the truth.

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Great World Leaders: Sabine Herold of France

Posted by iusbvision on February 17, 2010

Editor’s Note – This post marks the beginning of a new series of articles here at IUSB Vision about great world leaders. Expect to see articles on Lech Walesa, Lady Thatcher, Dan Hannan, Ayaan Hirsi Ali,  Mikheil Saakashvili, Ronald Reagan, and more in the coming weeks.

Sabine Herold

Sabine Herold is the head of Liberté Chérie (liberty most-cherished), a (classic) liberal think tank in France. It’s far from the only libertarian organisation in France, but it is perhaps the most prominent… it functions like an information and PR centre for the promotion of the concept and philosophy of libertarianism.  

Its first brush with fame came in 2004, during one of Paris’s predictable general strikes that paralysed the city. Liberté-Chérie called for a counter-demonstration, against the strikers. A little publicity was expected to draw perhaps a few thousand people—instead, 80,000 exasperated Parisiens arrived.

How many people become a leader in a think tank and in politics at such a young age? Hyper-intellect Sabine Herold has been called France’s new Marianne and the new Miss Thatcher. Many so called “intellectuals” consider themselves to be the “social darwin elite” born to rule and be society’s engineers. Herold has the wisdom to understand that economies are too massive to be central controlled and that less intrusive government, more freedom, personal restraint, combined with a geniune classic education, is the best way to ensure the most wealth and happiness for the greatest number of people.

Sabine’s Blog

 

Interview from Jan 12 , 2004:

Herold: We advocate freedom in France, and the Iraqis also should be free. They were not genetically created to be slaves. I think that when the people in France demonstrated against war, they didn’t want peace for the Iraqis — they wanted peace for themselves.

TA: I take it you don’t think the value of freedom is “culturally relative.”

Herold: No. Absolutely not!  It’s a matter of human rights. I think human rights are more important than culture. To me, cultural relativism is just a way to justify when human rights are being violated.

TA: What do you find to be the greatest challenge to promoting liberty in France?

Herold: There are many things.

For one, the unions block any new reforms by going on the streets and demonstrating and blocking the whole country.
You also have the problem of a political class — people who have been in power for more than thirty years. For example, Jacques Chirac — he was a politician before I was even born. He has been living off the state longer than I’m alive. So, it’s crazy.

And all these people, they’re career politicians. But when you administrate a country, when you’re a politician, you should have a wider view, and I think no one today has that. Of the major parties in France, there’s the Socialist Party and the Union for a Popular Movement, both of which have produced nothing on an intellectual basis for more than twenty years.

So you can understand why French people become disinterested in politics. There are no ideas.

Herold: I’m in business school now, and I don’t know whether I want to go into politics or not. But one thing is for sure: I think you have no legitimacy going into politics when you have not worked in the private sector before. You can’t issue laws that will affect companies if you don’t know how a company works.

And I think you also need a knowledge of economy and political philosophy. You can’t just be a professional politician. It doesn’t make sense.

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Liz Cheney on Obama Administration Treating Terror as a Law Enforcement Matter…

Posted by iusbvision on February 16, 2010

…rather than a military one.

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Video: Obama Breaking TARP Funds Repayment Promise

Posted by iusbvision on February 16, 2010

Via Breitbart News.

Obama Promising to Put Tarp Money Back to the Deficit Oct 2008, 14 months later he proposed to spend the money…  

Obama vs. Obama

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Just a little more hate and contempt for free speech from the left

Posted by iusbvision on February 16, 2010

Keeping track of the progressives contempt for the First Amendment is becoming a full time job.

Congressman Alan Grayson says that his criticis should be in jail for five years…. LINK.

They tried to get Hadassah Lieberman fired because her husband, Senator Joe Lieberman, opposed one of the health care boills, the one that would expand the already broke medicare to people at age 55.

Washington Post:

Blogger Jane Hamsher, a movie producer (“Natural Born Killers”) and political activist, went after Mrs. Lieberman as Sen. Lieberman was refusing to vote for a health-care reform bill that included expanding Medicare to people as young as 55. Hamsher claimed that because Mrs. Lieberman was a lobbyist and had worked for the pharmaceutical industry, she should be fired from her position as global ambassador for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity.

Hadassah Lieberman

Hamsher says that when people run for the cure, or donate to Komen, they don’t expect their money to go to someone who helps funnel funds to pharmaceutical companies that are also fighting health-care reform.

If “Huh?” is trying to escape your lips, don’t fight it. Meanwhile, let’s pause for a few facts, easily accessible thanks to that techno-geezer, Alexander Graham Bell:

Hadassah Lieberman is not and has never been a lobbyist. She did work for some pharmaceutical companies — Hoffman-La Roche in New York in the 1970s before she married Lieberman, and Pfizer, also in New York, from 1982 to 1985. Later, from 1993 to 1997, she worked for Apco, a global public relations firm that represents corporations, including several drug companies.

More facts: Mrs. Lieberman is not paid in her role as global ambassador for Komen, though she does get a check for consulting work she performs under a separate agreement. According to Komen spokeswoman Pamela Stevens, Komen has never funneled money to pharmaceutical companies. Susan G. Komen grants totaling $450 million have gone to research institutions in the United States and abroad. A separate $900 million has gone to programs in communities worldwide for education, screening and treatment. An additional $50 million will go to research in the coming year.

So, why again should Hadassah Lieberman be fired?

Because Jane Hamsher says so.

Hamsher, who is a cancer survivor, as are other members of her family, apparently has taken her personal suffering and made it personal with Hadassah Lieberman. On her blog, Firedoglake, she launched a campaign for readers to pressure the Komen organization to oust Lieberman. She is also urging Komen-friendly celebrities such as Christie Brinkley and Ellen DeGeneres to do the same.

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Professor who went on shooting spree at Univ. of Alabama was a “left wing extremist”

Posted by iusbvision on February 16, 2010

Boston Herald:

Police in Huntsville, Ala., charged Bishop, 44, with capital murder after she allegedly opened fire on six colleagues at a faculty meeting Friday, killing three. Afterward, she calmly called her husband and asked him to pick her up as if nothing had happened, said police Chief Henry Reyes.

`snip

Bishop acknowledged at the time being questioned in the bombing attempt of a Harvard medical doctor evaluating her on doctorate work, a professor with whom Bishop was known to quarrel, Fluckiger said.

Reyes confirmed he is working with the FBI to learn more about why Bishop was a suspect in the attempted bombing of Dr. Paul Rosenberg, who received a double-pipe bomb in the mail on Dec. 19, 1993. He ran from his Newton home with his wife, escaping without injury. The bomb never exploded.

“She was quite cavalier about it,” Fluckiger said of Bishop’s description of her interview with police. She said Bishop “grinned” as she described being asked by cops whether she’d ever taken stamps off an envelope and fastened them onto something else. “I cannot tell you what the grin meant,” Fluckiger said.

~snip

A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children – the youngest a third-grade boy – was a far-left political extremist who was “obsessed” with President Obama to the point of being off-putting.

 

Of course she was, a majority of professors are. So whats is the difference between this lady and Bill Ayers, she eventually got busted.

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Kate Quigley – American Hero

Posted by iusbvision on February 16, 2010

Kansas City Star:

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Two Writers at AP Take on Obama

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2010

The Associated press has been in the tank for the left for a long time, but for the second time I have noticed these two writers at the AP taking on the president. Appearently they have had enough of rhetoric that doesn’t jive with reality. You know its bad when a Democrats start losing the AP. 

Here we go:

FACT CHECK: Obama likes both sides of an argument

By JIM KUHNHENN and CALVIN WOODWARD
Associated Press Writers
WASHINGTON (AP) – In President Barack Obama’s hands, the $700 billion financial rescue fund offers a bit of bookkeeping magic: an opportunity to pay down the deficit while also spending more—thereby adding to it.Under law, any paybacks to the bailout known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program must be used to reduce the deficit. But in an economic speech on Tuesday, the president sought to have it both ways. Increased repayments from banks to the Treasury will reduce the deficit all right, but it will give Congress the budgetary room to spend more—and the president encouraged just that.

“There are those who claim we have to choose between paying down our deficits on the one hand, and investing in job creation and economic growth on the other,” Obama said. “But this is a false choice.”

To be sure, governments spend money during recessions to prime the economy, and they must be wary not to pull back too soon or to spend too long. But TARP returns are required by law to be used for deficit reduction. Yet if banks can help lower the deficit through one program, Congress can bump it up elsewhere.

What’s more, even under Obama’s rosier expectations the $700 billion TARP would still add $141 billion to the deficit.

It wasn’t the president’s only attempt at having his cake and eating it, too, in his speech.

OBAMA: “We were forced to take those steps largely without the help of an opposition party which, unfortunately, after having presided over the decision-making that led to the crisis, decided to hand it over to others to solve,” he said, describing his administration’s infusions of money to banks and the auto industry.

Later, however, he conceded that the TARP program was “launched hastily under the last administration,” and argued the policy was flawed.

THE FACTS: Obama’s partisan swipe glosses over some of the circumstances before he took office. First, he and his fellow Democrats presided over some of the decision-making that led up to the crisis, because they controlled Congress for two years before Obama became president. Obama’s Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner also had a hand, as chief of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York under the Bush administration.

Moreover, the $700 bailout fund was initiated under the Bush administration by then Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. It was endorsed at the time by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and by Geithner. As Illinois senator during the presidential campaign, Obama backed that package.

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OBAMA: “Finally, we are no longer seeing the severe deterioration in the job market we once were; in fact we learned on Friday that the unemployment rate fell slightly last month. This is welcome news, and news made possible in part by the up to 1.6 million jobs that the Recovery Act has already created and saved, according to the Congressional Budget Office.”

THE FACTS: How many jobs were created or saved by the $787 billion economic stimulus that Congress approved in February has been one of the most contentious questions facing the Obama administration. Recipients of direct assistance from the government say they have created or saved about 650,000 jobs, though some of those calculations have been questioned.

The Congressional Budget Office was much more circumspect than Obama’s characterization. The stimulus policies, CBO said last month, “raised real GDP by between 1.2 percent and 3.2 percent, lowered the unemployment rate by between 0.3 and 0.9 percentage points, and increased the number of people employed by between 600,000 and 1.6 million compared with what those values would have been otherwise.”

And CBO offered numerous caveats about its numbers, noting “it is impossible to determine how many of the reported jobs would have existed in the absence of the stimulus package.”

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OBAMA: “We cannot continue to accept an education system in which our students trail their peers in other countries.”

THE FACTS: The long-held perception that U.S. pupils lag those in other countries has been based on misleading comparisons, and is getting outdated in any event. Developed Asian countries do tend to be ahead, but the U.S. has been gaining for many years, making bigger strides on international tests than Singapore and Japan in math, and more progress than Japan in science. The U.S. is highly competitive with Europe, including Britain, Russia and Germany. Global assessments do not account for the fact that U.S. is growing ever more diverse, with a large share of children who are learning English.

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Video Economics 101 – Government Run Monopolies, Mortgage Industry, Education, Insurance, Cable TV, etc.

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2010

Brilliant:

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Shocker: AP gets a story right about the GDP quarterly growth.

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2010

Usually the elite media is so bad that I am just filling you in on the worts of the worst, but I found an article on the 5.7% growth in GDP last quarter that actually had a good, solid factual point that they weren’t trying to spin for Obama. That surprised me so I am writing about it.

Before I go on, 5.7% my rear, as we have pointed out and the article rightly points out, consumer spending is in the tank and without consumer spending real growth doesn’t take place, only growth on paper does. Just like the rosy growth news of the last quarter, I fully expect this 5.7% number to be adjusted down next month, not because I delight in seeing Obama’s wasteful spending fail, but because of the obvious, when the consumers and investors have low confidence, the economy doesn’t boom.

AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy boomed at the end of 2009, growing at the fastest rate in more than six years. Now if only it could keep it up.

The economy expanded at an annual rate of 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter, the second straight quarter of growth. But analysts warn it’s unsustainable.

Consumer spending, chilled by double-digit unemployment and scant wage gains, remains weak. And the benefits of government aid and higher company output to feed stockpiles will dwindle.

Many analysts predict gross domestic product will expand at a rate closer to 2.5 to 3 percent in the current quarter and 2.5 percent or less for the year.

That won’t be enough to significantly reduce the unemployment rate, now 10 percent. In fact, most analysts expect the rate to keep rising for months and to remain close to 10 percent through year’s end.

To drive down the jobless rate by just 1 percentage point this year, the economy would have to grow by 5 percent for the whole year. No one thinks that will happen.

Until companies step up hiring and raise pay, consumers will feel squeezed. For all of last year, workers’ compensation rose by the smallest amount on records going back more than a quarter-century.

“Consumers are walking, not running,” said Ken Mayland, president of ClearView Economics.

Roughly two-thirds of the quarter’s growth came from increased manufacturing as businesses drew down their stockpiles of goods at a slower rate. But companies will eventually let those inventories fall again unless consumers — who account for about 70 percent of the economy — spend more.

Bingo..refering to the part in bold text.

Much of the “growth” is nothing more than government printing money and having politicians spend it, but the inventory spending is the lions share of the portion this quarter.

To translate, when the economy falls businesses stop refilling their inventory, they sell what they have on hand and in storage until they are forced to buy. These inventories are there as a buffer for supply issues, market shocks and changes in the economy. Eventually businesses have to have something to sell even if sales are down so after a time they restock their inventories. The AP has reported this properly, but should have explained it for the lay people.

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Libertarian Destroys Progressive On Central Control of What We Eat

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2010

Yes, she actually wanted the government to control what people eat….

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Leftist Polling Firm: Fox News Channel is the most trusted name in news

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2010

Politico:

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Paul Ryan Reintroduces GOP Health Care Plan

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2010

The Democrats refused to even look at this plan, or tort reform, or the ability to form health care consortium pools, a supported high risk pool for those with pre-existing conditions, or the ability to buy health insurance across state lines, all of which are popular ideas among Democrat, Independent, Republican, and Tea Party voters. So why isn’t it getting done?

…and its the Republicans who the media calls “the party of no”?

Here is an excerpt:  

The plan ensures universal access to affordable health insurance by restructuring the tax code, allowing all Americans to secure affordable health plans that best suit their needs, and shifting the ownership of health coverage away from the government and employers to individuals.

  • Provides a refundable tax credit – $2,300 for individuals and $5,700 for families – to purchase coverage in any State, and keep it with them if they move or change jobs.
  • Provides transparency in health care price and quality data, making this critical information readily available before someone needs health services.
  • Creates state-based health care exchanges, so individuals and families have a one-stop marketplace to purchase affordable health insurance without being discriminated against based on pre-existing conditions.
  • Equips states with tools like auto-enrollment programs and high-risk pools, so affordable health coverage can be accessed by all.
  • Addresses health care’s growing strain on small businesses, by allowing them to pool together nationally to offer coverage to their employees.
  • Encourages the adoption of health information technology and assists states in establishing solutions to medical malpractice litigation.

http://www.roadmap.republicans.budget.house.gov/Issues/Issue/?IssueID=8516

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Tony Blankley: Repeal the 17th Amendment

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2010

The 17th amendment allows you to vote for Senators. Yes believe it or not for most of our history Senators served at the pleasure of the state legislature.

One might think off the cuff, “thats a good thing, I like picking my senator” but in reality it created problems that actually made the Senate less responsive to you, the voter in the state.

As it stands now people from other states, special interests from other states and in some cases foreign money get involved in your state senate race as cross state donations for Senate are massive. The corrupt Chris Dodd from Connecticut had a massive campaign war chest and almost all of it was from out-of-state interests.

As an individual voter, I cannot sway my senator worth a darn with a phone call, but if they were answerable to the state legislature I could call up Jackie Walorski or Joe Zakas locally and have a voice that will be much more responsive.

With the 17th amendment one party can sweep an election and vote themselves and their allies money out of the public treasury. This is happening right now with the corrupt spending in earmarks, stimulus bills etc.

State and local interests were represented in the Congress by the Senators who served at the pleasure of your home state, now Senators vote for things that are out of the interests of you and the state you live in regularly. The teeth of the check and balance of federalism that the Founders put into the Constitution by having the Senators serve at the pleasure of the state legislatures was removed with the 17th amendment. Before the 17th was passed, if a Senator voted against local interest or inappropriately increased the power of the central government over the local government they didn’t stay a senator for long.

UPDATE October 2010 – With that said there may be a way to deal with the unintended consequences of the 17th without repealing it. One good way to put some teeth back into federalism is to pass a new amendment that gives a 60% majority of states the power to repeal any act of Congress. The 9th Circuit is out of control and issued a judgment just days before the election saying that Arizona cannot attempt to determine of registered voters are citizens. Now the Supreme Court of course will reverse this ruling, but not in time for the election. The 9th is famous for stunts like this. To fix this for example 60% of the states could pass a resolution striking down the judicial act of Congress that created the 9th Circuit – WHAM all those judges are instantly out of a job. That’s teeth.

Tony Blankley at Rasmussen Reports:

As I was preparing to write a column on the ludicrous maligning of the Tea Party movement by liberals, Democrats and the mainstream media (which I hope to write next week, instead), I started thinking about one of the key objectives of the Tea Party people — the strict enforcement of the 10th Amendment (“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”).

As an early 1960s vintage member of the then-new conservative movement, I remember us focusing on the 10th amendment during the 1964 Goldwater campaign. It has been a staple of conservative thought, and the continued dormancy of 10th amendment enforcement has been one of the failures of our now half-century-old movement.

But just as the Tea Party movement in so many ways seems to represent the 2.0 version of our movement, so I again thought about the 10th amendment anew. After about 10 seconds’ thought, it struck me that the best way to revive the 10th Amendment is to repeal the 17th Amendment — which changes the first paragraph of Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution to provide that each state’s senators are to be “elected by the people thereof” rather than being “chosen by the Legislature thereof.” (As I Googled the topic, I found out that Ron Paul and others have been talking about this for years. It may be the only subject that could be proposed and ratified at a constitutional convention with three-fourths of the state legislatures.)

At first blush, this might seem counterintuitive, as the 17th Amendment was brought about by a populist movement supercharged by muckraking articles in the newspapers of William Randolph Hearst. Those articles exposed corporate bribery of state legislators to control senatorial votes. As the direct election of senators by the people was a reaction to the corrupt lobbying of state legislatures that so aggrieved late-19th-century Americans, it might seem odd to recommend its repeal now — when again, corrupt lobbying and the aggrandizing of excessive government power over the people is part of the fuel that is driving the tea parties. It certainly seems particularly odd for me to suggest this just a week after the election of Scott Brown to the Senate by an aggrieved public that has just overwhelmed with their individual votes the Boston Democratic machine.

But in my defense, let me initially note that the 17th amendment has not yet ended the legal but appalling bribery of U.S. senators — it has merely moved it to Washington. Senators today succumb far too often to such influence — whether from the White House, the leaders of the Senate or national lobbying forces. Moreover, it has been since 1913, when the 17th Amendment was enacted into law, that the 10th Amendment increasingly began to be ignored.

The nature of our government is largely a product of political power being applied to lawmakers and executors. The U.S. Constitution remains in force to the extent that its arrangement of political power tends to be the happy byproduct of power’s self-interested exercise. The genius of our Founding Fathers was to recognize the inevitable victory of power over principle — and to so arrange the distribution of power that in that exercise of self-interest, offsetting forces would keep constitutionally guaranteed rights in existence nonetheless.

With episodic waxing and waning, that arrangement has worked reasonably well for over 200 years as among the separated powers of the three federal branches: Congress, the presidency and the Supreme Court.

It has almost completely failed as between the once sovereign states and the federal government. The sovereignty of the state was overturned (or, if one prefers, disproved) with the conclusion of the Civil War. The remaining states’ rights began to be undermined with the post Civil War 14th Amendment. Through expansive interpretations of the 14th Amendment, the Supreme Court progressively reduced states’ rights by nationalizing the Bill of Rights, starting in 1897 (Burlington & Quincy Railroad Co. v. Chicago); continuing in 1947 with Justice Hugo Black’s famous dissent in Adamson v. California; and concluding in 1961 when the court in Mapp v. Ohio totally incorporated the Bill of Rights to the states through the 14th Amendment’s due process clause.

For about a hundred years after the Civil War, defense of “states’ right’s” was most conspicuously made to defend continuing limitations on the rights of blacks. Thus, states’ rights were seen as a mere euphemism for a repugnant and retrograde proposition, and were therefore a weak banner under which to defend more noble political propositions.

As federal power was expanded at the expense of state rights in order to vindicate the rights of blacks (and, less visibly, to aggrandize other powers in Washington), a dangerous constitutional imbalance came into being regarding all federal/state jurisdictional matters.

The most efficient method of regaining the original constitutional balance is to return to the original constitutional structure. If senators were again selected by state legislatures, the longevity of Senate careers would be tethered to their vigilant defense of their state’s interest — rather than to the interest of Washington forces of influence.

The Senate then would take on its original function — the place where the states are represented in the federal government.

Senators still would be just as likely to be corrupted. But the corruption would be dispersed to the 50 separate state legislatures. The corruption more often would be on behalf of state interests. And its remedy would be achievable by the vigilance of voters for more responsive state legislative seats (typically, about less than 50,000 residences per state legislator), rather than Senate seats (the entire population of the state — usually millions.)

Only by changing the architecture of power will we change the shape and exercise of power.

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Washington Post: Denizens of the Main Stream Media try to be objective, she says, but have “got a liberal point of view. The balance is not there.” Otherwise, viewers can be “duped.”

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2010

Washington Post Howard Kurtz:

It’s about time that most mainstream journalists admitted they are Democrats.

That argument comes not from some rabid right-winger but from Mika Brzezinski, the co-host of “Morning Joe” and the daughter of Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser.

In an interview with WNBC’s Julie Menin, Brzezinski, who’s promoting her book “All Things At Once,” says it’s time to “stop pretending. . . . Every journalist should tell us what their political affiliation is,” and which candidates they have voted for.

Denizens of the MSM try to be objective, she says, but have “got a liberal point of view. The balance is not there.” Otherwise, viewers can be “duped.”

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Video Economics 101: Moral Hazzard. How Government Caused the Mortgage Crisis

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2010

We have posted a series of articles with indepth information on how this mess came about, but this video gives the best 4 minute synopsis of the problem as I have ever seen.

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Hillarious Video: Hitler Finds Out Democrats Lost Massachusetts

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2010

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Evan Bayh not to run for another term in Senate….but…. UPDATE – Bayh says that Congress has not created one (private sector) job in the lats six months.

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2010

….he is running for president in 2012 or 2016. This is right in line with his usual political strategy.

Bayh is the leader of the “Conserva-Dems”, the Conserva-Dems were long on moderate rhetoric, and long on voting for almost every piece of outrageous legislation that came their way. They voted for the government take over of the health care system, then they voted for the second version of the bill designed to tax and blow-up private insurance to make people “cry out” for a public option later.

The rhetoric from the Conserva-Dems has been designed to guard their right flank from traditional voters without putting the votes where their mouth is on the really tough votes. This move by Evan Bayh is to help him to triangulate himself over the failure of the Democrats and his own failure.

UPDATEBayh:

“But if I could create one job in the private sector by helping to grow a business, that would be one more than Congress has created in the last six months. If I could help educate our children at an institution for higher learning, that would be a noble thing. If I could help a charity, cure a disease or do something else worthwhile for society — that’s what has motivated my life and that’s what I think Congress needs to focus on, things that will help the American people meet the challenges they face in real ways in their daily lives. That’s what I want to do with my life. And if you’ll invite me back on your show in 11 months, I’ll be able to tell you!”

Eleven months is when the 2012 presidential campaigns would begin.

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Star Trek Online: Doomed just as it begins?

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2010

Computer games and college students go together like bacon and eggs, death and taxes, politics and corruption, and marxism and academia. 

What marks the difference between a great game and merely a game that has some nice action and eye candy, but is played a few times and left on a shelf forever? The answer to that question is a compelling storyline, with characters that are deep, well-defined and epic in scale. 

Games with brilliant and long-term character development are Bioware’s magnificent and award-winning Knights of the Old Republic and Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft

The main characters in these games have a deep history, life experiences that include success and failure; even the villains are three-dimensional characters who can generate sympathy and feelings. Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind World of Warcraft actually hires real historians to generate the story arcs that go on for years in the game before those arcs complete. 

Several of the villians in the story such as Prince Arthas, Lady Vashj, Kil’Jeaden, Illidan and others started with Warcraft in 1994. Many of the heroes such as Jaina Proudmore, Malfurion Stormrage, and unlikely heroes such as the Dark Ranger Sylvanas Windrunner have been with the game since that time or shortly after. Imagine a gaming experience that starts in 1994 and just recently does the Prince Arthas storyline come to a close. When Blizzard Entertainment sets out to provide a truly epic and brilliant story line, they are dead serious. The story lines are magnificent literary stories in their own right. 

It takes more than eye candy and action to keep intelligent and engaged people interested over the long-term and no entertainment franchise demonstrates that more than Star Trek. Star Trek always delivers the eye candy and action, but it also often presents storylines that would make the most discriminating ancient Athenian audience applaud with satisfaction. Like those discriminating Athenian audiences, most Star Trek aficionados are intelligent people. 

This is why my basic introduction to Star Trek Online (STO) is such a shocking disappointment. 

Most of STO is about one thing, fighting. While every game requires conflict, the encounters are too linear and there are not enough side stories to give the game a culture and depth. You start out as a captain of a small ship and as you gain experience you can “unlock” a couple of bridge officers and get bigger ships. 

Sylvanas Windrunner

The story arc is one that gave me a great deal of concern. The game takes place after the events of Deep Space Nine and the Klingons have allied with the Orions and the Norsicans against the Federation.  This presents a major problem. 

The Klingons have just fought a valiant war allied with the Federation to defeat a common enemy called the Dominion. The Klingons are in no shape to wage a war against anyone. The new Chancellor of the Klingon Empire is Martok, who has deep respect for humans and the Federation, the Chancellor’s best friend is Worf, the famed Klingon who served in Starfleet till he took a position as Klingon Ambassador. 

Arthas’ Destiny from World of Warcraft  

Klingon’s fight for a purpose and have a strict code as to how and when and why they fight and consider Norsicans and Orions to be petty, honorless thugs and crooks beneath contempt and would never, ever ally with them. 

STO has failed to be true to the basics of the story line that made star Trek what it is. You cannot just take a deep character development that took years to develop and toss it out the window for the purpose of providing easy conflict. It’s cheap and unimaginative. Real Trek fans will not accept this over the long run. 

I was eager to see if I was the only one who got this bad impression from STO and I was relieved to see that I am not. 

The UK Guardian, a British newspaper, gave this review: 

The trouble is, whether you choose space or planetary missions, combat lies at the heart of them all. On land, this involves stabbing the number keys or left mouse button, whereas from the Bridge the Spacebar fires phasers and CTRL launches torpedoes. As for interaction, hitting the F key takes care of almost every object and although there are plenty of NPCs hanging around, disappointingly few of them could be communicated with. Ultimately, STO’s concentration on combat seems to overlook half the appeal of Star Trek. Where is the exploration, the moral dilemmas, the sense of the unexpected? 

Bingo. 

The first problem is that you start out as a Captain. That is just plain dumb. STO could start to provide the background story arcs with players as they start at Starfleet Academy. They could play mostly a “quest line” with some diversions until such a time when they could become a captain, or the head of a hazard team, or a high-ranking science officer etc. Instead you jump in a ship and soon start shooting Klingons. To give the game genuine literary depth would have taken some time and imagination; it seems clear someone didn’t want to make the investment. 

As one plays the game after a short while one begins to get the feeling that the developers just don’t get it. I am tired of bad video games that have the Trek name put on it for a quick cash in. If the STO developers don’t realize this very quickly, just another bad, unimaginative Star Trek  game is exactly what STO will be doomed to.

As far as the game engine, the targeting in ground combat is buggy, but I expect that to be fixed. Another problem is in ship combat where you cannot pitch all the way up and all the way down, much less do a loop. I find that very frustrating. In 2010 there is no excuse for limits like that in a game engine.

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Elitist Progressive pinhead quote of the day: The following ad represents violence against women…

Posted by iusbvision on February 14, 2010

I have said it many times before, far leftists are almost always post-modernists, meaning that to them there is no objective facts or truth, truth is relative to what suits you. Reality is a construct; there are no truths that are self evident. Slightly oversimplified: my truth is that its a basketball and your truth is that its a golfball.

Of course normal people see this for what it is, lying or nuttery, but the far left sees this kind of self delusion as “deep” and “nuanced”; they actually hold such intellectual dishonesty up as a virtue. Here you see such “virue” on display in a big way.

Feminist leaders and the National Organization for (Communist Acedemic) Women:

Unable to gain any traction by calling the Focus on the Family Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad extremist or over the top, pro-abortion groups today are offering a new dig on the commercial. The president of NOW and other abortion advocates claim the ad promotes domestic violence.

Amanda Marcotte – Tebow: Hey Mom! Tried to kill you from the womb and failed. How about a blind side tackle? Violence against Moms FTW! – LINK.

 “Violence against women,” declared Women’s Media Center president Jehmu Greene.

The dreaded Ad – HIDE THE CHILDREN!~

The Associated Preess misrepresented the ad when they reported on it, saying that it implies abortion where Mrs. Tebow talks about being advised to end her pregnency. No where in the ad does Mrs Tebow say any such thing. This is typical of lazy reporters. They read what smear site like Media Matters or some blog has to say about it and report that as fact. It is obvious that the AP never actually watch ed the ad before they reported on it:

And a commercial by conservative Christian group Focus on the Family, perhaps the most anticipated ad of the night, hinted at a serious subject although it took a humorous tone too. Heisman winner Tim Tebow and his mother talk about her difficult pregnancy with him and how she was advised to end the pregnancy—implying an antiabortion message—but ended with Tebow tackling his mom and saying the family must be “tough.”

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Glenn Beck Destroys Elitist Progressive Pinhead: Time Magazine’s Joe Klein

Posted by iusbvision on February 14, 2010

Klein so deserved this public flogging at the hands of a true rhetorical master. Having read Joe Klein, he is half-educated and genuinely not that bright. Is there anything worse than a rather dim witted person pretending like he is a hyper intellect?

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Paulson: Palin Right On All The Hot Button Issues

Posted by iusbvision on February 14, 2010

For the record, I don’t care for Hank Paulson with good reason – the bailout bait & switch.

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Elitist progressive pinhead quote of the day II

Posted by iusbvision on February 14, 2010

This one goes to Howard Fineman of the royally in the tank Newsweek Magazine:

Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum—which is why God created Roger Ailes. The president of Fox News is, by default, the closest thing there is to a kingmaker in Anti-Obama America. And that, in turn, makes him the de facto leader of the GOP. In a relentless (and spectacularly successful) hunt for cable ratings, Ailes has given invaluable publicity to the tea partiers, furnished tryout platforms to GOP candidates, and trained a fire hose of populist anger at the president and his allies in Congress. While Beltway Republicans wring their hands or write their tracts, Ailes has worked the countryside, using his feel for Main Street resentment to attract and give voice to this year’s angriest—and most powerful—voter-viewers: those who hate the Feds, the Fed, and the Ivy League. It was Ailes who put the “party” in the tea parties by giving them a round-the-clock national stage.

Let us have some fun deconstructing this pile of nonsense shall we?

“Anti-Obama America”..

Oh it has nothing to do with the fact that the man started fracturing his campaign promises from almost minute one, the man who relaxed lobbying rules after promising to firm them up, the man who has let special interests run wild with their money being tossed everywhere. the man who speaks against earmarks while signing into law over 8,500 of them. The man who campaigned against excessive government spending only to raise it by a factor of eight and oh this list can go on for pages….

… but no it has nothing to do with that, rather it is that you are against Obama himself, most likely bnecause he is a black man who has an elitist background.

“Ailes has given invaluable publicity to the tea partiers, furnished tryout platforms to GOP candidates, and trained a fire hose of populist anger at the president and his allies in Congress”

By all means, it wasn’t just that Fox News gave the Tea Parties coverage, I mean after all their march in DC was the largest in history and even larger than the “million mom march” and the “million man march” both og which got massive coverage by the elite media; it was that Fox covered them without continually misrepresenting them and demeaning them. The Tea Party should be covered because now it is the mainstream and the numbers prove it.

Of course perhaps Fineman thinks that the Tea Party story should be almost ignored just as the Elite Media all but ignored the ACORN scandal and just as the elite media isn’t leading every hour of news with Obama’s low 40’s approval numbers just as they did to President Bush.

By the way, Tea Party candidates are challenging several powerful Republicans in primary elections. So to make it out all as a plot by the GOP means that Fineman, like most progressives, is inventing reality as he goes.

“those who hate the Feds, the Fed, and the Ivy League”

It is not a matter of hate, of course when people like Fineman call normal traditional Americans who want us to start moving back to fiscal responsibility and limited government “inbreds” and other names, it is a direct indicator that it is the progressive elite who hate traditional America.

For an example I have a short list of the hate from the progressive left:

Columbia Journalism Review called them a crude sexual name.

NBC called them Racist.

The Atlantic Monthly said that Sarah Palin’s vagina is the root of all evil.

CNN smears Tea Party protestors but coddles ones who called President Bush a Nazi.

ABC called them racist.

Nancy Pelosi called them Nazi’s and “unamerican”.

More CNN and NBC name calling.

64 year old James Carville called them “Classless old cranks“.

SEIU and ACORN thugs have violently attacked Tea Party protestors on many occasions.

Fox News reported how the Elite Media covered the first Tea Party protests

More hate from the progressive left

The list of hate from the progressive left is pretty strong. The Tea Party people don’t hate the government, they hate that all they give is are brilliant rationalizations for failure, they hate the lies, they hate the fact that the government is chasing wealth out of the country and is lost all restraint. Maybe they would not be upset with the Federal Reserve if they had policies that are sane and don’t seem to be deliberately trying to blow up the dollar.

They may hate academia though, the lies in class, the text books that are so biased, the elitism, the indoctrination,  the fact that they support central control (and suck at doing it when given the chance), the radicalizing of new teachers (2), the sexualization of our children,  the dumbing down of public education, and can’t seem to learn the lessons of history. But when the examples are examined, who the real haters are becomes clear.

The progressives believe that regular folks are mere rabble, our health care should be rationed, we should be punished if we create too much wealth, we should be called names, we should have forced abortion policies crammed down our throat because we aren’t worthy to reproduce.

So let us be clear who it is that is actually hating who.

The progressive elite has always had contempt for middle America and the little secret is that the majority of the American people support the Tea Party movement as the Tea Party leads both Democrats and Republicans on the Generic Congressional ballot. Ten months ago a Rasmussen poll showed that the American people like the Tea Party movement but people in government hate it; it is even more popular now, just ask Massachusetts and ask GOP Senate candidate Governor Charlie Crist who is about to get defeated in the GOP primary by Marco Rubio, a Tea Party guy.

Just how far can progressive elites delude themselves? How long have they come up with brilliant rationalizations for the failure of centralized control of education, the economy and society? Their failures.

If you wish to see the Tea Party people at length to judge them for yourselves, just take a look HERE and HERE. Please show me how the names that the progressive elite call them are justified.

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NBC’s Mika Brzezinski Names Abe Lincoln as Favorite Founder – UPDATE Who is the editor’s favorite founder?

Posted by iusbvision on February 13, 2010

Of course Lincoln wasn’t born until two decades after it was ratified but hey, when your a good post-modernist reality is just a mental construct anyways isn’t that right Mika?

What Mika likely also doesn’t understand is that Lincoln would consider MSNBC to be subversive, and in a time of war he would have either deported them or tossed them into the klink.

You can hear Mika name Lincoln at the 1 minute mark in the video.

While mocking Palin for saying she admired them all but Washington rises to the top Mika names a person who wasn’t even a founder. How typically delicious of ignorant elitist journalists.

IUSB Vision Editor Chuck Norton:

It is a tough question to answer, who is your favorite founder. I find myself answering that question with different names. Washington, I am not sure I have the words to describe him.  Have you ever met a man of God whose faith was so powerful that you could feel it? Few of us have but this is something that I have experienced and it is difficult to articulate. Washington’s strength of character, his devotion to the Lord and to Liberty were so powerful that anyone who knew Washington recognized it.

While Washington falls short as all who are born of a man and a woman do, Washington was truly an exceptional man and a great man in every sense of the word.

I admire Jefferson’s tenacity, Webster’s intellect and faith, Patrick Henry’s faith and his ability to speak as Homer wrote, I admire John Hancock’s boldness, Gouverneur Morris’ and Ben Franklin’s contributions and the list goes on; but if forced to pick just one I would have to start with the man who started it all. The original radical and visionary is Samuel Adams. Adams as far back as the 1740’s tirelessly spread the word, spoke and debated to get people on board his cause. He did his masters thesis in 1743 on “If it was proper to defy the King in order to preserve the Commonwealth”. Without Sam Adams world history as we know it may have been something completely different.

Ed Morrissey at Hotair.com comments on this story. Ed has a different take and says that the picking of George Washington may have been a bit “pedestrian”, and I might have agreed had I not studied George Washington as I have. Palin has quoted Washington several times that I am aware of so it is likely that she has studied him as I have. Ed rightly points out that the people at MSNBC are “chuckleheads” for not taking Mika to task for naming Lincoln while mocking Palin for saying she admired them all but believed that George Washington stood apart.

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