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Archive for May 25th, 2010


Posted by iusbvision on May 25, 2010

UPDATE – Someone who put up a similar sign in the Ozarks is getting death threats from those who claim a monopoly on tolerance.

OZARK, Mo. — When it comes to politics, there may be as many opinions as cars cruising down U.S. 65. So, naturally, there are different reactions to a billboard south of Ozark that says “Voted Obama? Embarrassed yet?”

“I know the president didn’t win down here, but there were a lot of people down here that voted for him, and I think I can speak for them and say we are not embarrassed yet,” Matthew Patterson, executive director of the Greene County Democratic Central Committee, said in a telephone interview on Sunday.

“My partner and I felt lots of frustration here lately, and we liked that sign and we thought that was a reasonable question to ask,” Steve Critchfield said in a telephone interview on Monday.

Critchfield and his business partner from Commercial One Brokers, a real estate firm in Branson, saw a similar sign online, bought it, and brought it to the Ozarks.

“I’ve certainly voted for people I’m embarrassed to say I’ve voted for,” he said. “We’re not naïve enough to think that we wouldn’t get someone to be upset. I’m just surprised how upset people are.”

Critchfield says he’s received death threats due to the sign; people accuse him of hate speech and racism. He insists the billboard was for something more American in the name of discourse, conversation, and old-fashioned debate.

“If everybody thinks [President Obama’s] done a great job and they’re very happy,” he said, “then I guess they’d be buying billboards saying ‘I’m proud to have voted for him.’ That’s what makes America great, isn’t it?”


This billboard is to be found in Marshall, Texas, a town near the Louisiana border off Interstate 20 connecting Shreveport with Dallas.   “E.M.– Citizen” paid for it.  

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Joe Biden: Capital of Socialist European Union is Capital of the Free World. But how ‘democratic’ is the EU really?

Posted by iusbvision on May 25, 2010

Well Rush Limbaugh said that the Obama clan were Euro style socialists and the left called Limbaugh a liar and other names. This pretty much ends that argument.

What is the European Union really like?

Member of Euro Parliament on the EU Government

Is the EU is becoming a money grubbing and corrupt joke.

Dan Hannan: EU Creating Unaccountable International Police Force.

They have guns, can arrest you, can cross borders at will and have full diplomatic immunity. Only a politician or a PhD. could believe that this is a good combination. Did the EU vote on this new police force, nope, why bother with democracy. The EU parliament is becoming a talking shop and the executive is taking power at great speed. How many times does Europe have to go down this road before it learns? Watch this video. 

Undemocratic processes in the EU:

More on EU misapplying the law and engaging in undemocratic processes – LINK.

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Elana Kagan argues for government book banning in front of Supreme Court. Elite media silent. Palin political enemy makes false book banning charges and elite media continues to say it after the story debunked.

Posted by iusbvision on May 25, 2010

I should have made this connection myself – shame on me for slacking.

Previous – President Obama should withdraw Elena Kagan from consideration

Via our friends at Big Journalism:

Comparisons are always a great way to show how differently the Old Media treats conservative and leftist politicians in America today and Obama’s nomination of the Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court gives us another opportunity to see the Old Media’s penchant to excoriate a Republican’s actions while soft peddling and excusing away similar actions by a left-winger.

In this case, it is instructive to see how the Old Media treated the claim that Sarah Palin banned books from the Wasilla library when she was mayor and today how it is treating the recently highlighted Supreme Court arguments made by Elena Kagan that the government could ban books under the McCain-Feingold Act.

After McCain picked Governor Sarah Palin for his number two slot on the ticket during the 2008 campaign the Old Media lit upon a story that said Sarah Palin tried to ban books from the Wasilla library when she was mayor there in 1996. A list of the supposedly banned books was even bandied about by the left-wing blogs, causing a ruckus in the media, but it turned out the list had books on it published years after Palin had left the Mayor’s office. The list was a fabrication and was lifted from a website that detailed the books that had been banned at one time or another, in one place or another, over the last 100 years.

As it turned out the whole story came from another former Wasilla mayor. He claimed that Palin had asked a Wasilla librarian “how she could go about banning books.” No books were banned, no list was made and Palin said she was asked by a constituent to look into how a book might be removed for its “objectionable material.”

In Sept. of 2008, the McCain campaign stated that the book banning claim was “categorically false.” Spokesman Brian Rogers said, “The fact is that as Mayor, Palin never asked anyone to ban a book and not one book was ever banned, period.”

The story was false. Palin banned no books nor did she ask for any to be banned. But the Old Media went after the story with gusto even though it was a wildly overblown, anti-Palin fantasy. And the headlines tell the tale. The Old Media’s headlines as much as stated Palin was a book banner or asked the question in such a leading way as to make folks think she may have been a book banner.

Here are some of those headlines:

Of course, the left-wing blogosphere went nuts for the Palin story. The Daily Kos, the Democratic Underground, Wonkette and other extremist websites played the false story up for days.

[IUSB Vision Editor’s Note – Most of these bogus stories still do not have retractions or corrections on them today…]

To contrast the media’s treatment of the false Palin book-banning story, we can look to the current story about Obama’s SCOTUS nominee, Elena Kagan, who was involved in a case before the Supreme Court in which she affirmed that books, pamphlets and other printed matter could possibly be open for government banning under the McCain-Feingold Act.

In front of the Supreme Court during questions asked of her by the justices about her stance on behalf of the government on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Kagan affirmed that the federal government could ban books, though she felt it was unlikely.

Kagan told the justices that, “the government’s view is that although 441b does cover full-length books, that there would be quite good as-applied challenge to any attempt to apply 441b in that context.” Here Kagan assumed that while the federal government posits that the rule does apply to books she felt that since the gov’t has never tried to ban any book publishers might have a good case to reverse that ban. She followed that saying, “the FCC [Federal Election Commission] has never applied 441b in that context. So for 60 years a book has never been at issue.”

In essence her position is that the gov’t can ban books under 441b, but that no one should worry over much because the gov’t has never used that rule to ban a book. As the New York Daily News says in shock, “it’s hard to recall the First Amendment hanging by a gossamer as flimsy as that offered by General Kagan.”

So, how has the media treated this story? Mostly by pinning the “accusation” that Kagan thinks the gov’t can ban books on GOP Senator Mitch McConnell as if McConnell is really the one to blame for all this.

Here are some of the current headlines on Kagan, IF you can even find the story — and the fact that so few stories are covering this is also telling when noting that there were thousands of stories covering the Palin book-banning subject.

Just as naturally as was the left-wingers going after the Palin story, the conservative media is hitting the Kagan book ban story, too. The Examiners, NewsMax, Rush Limbaugh and a host of righty blogs are hitting Kagan for her apostasy against free political speech.

Now, take a look at these two collections of headlines. Notice that all the Palin headlines connect Palin directly to the charges of book-banning by discussing her “book banning efforts” even though there were no books banned and no lists made for possible bans. Then look at the Kagan headlines. You’ll notice they all link a Republican to a claim that Kagan wanted to ban books (with one saying that the charge of book-banning is just “talking points”). The way the Kagan headlines are written it makes it seem as if the charge of Kagan’s book-banning is just politics as usual, Republican charges made, just average, everyday Republican attacks. Yet the Palin headlines as much as say that Palin was banning books. With their headlines the Old Media convicted Palin in 2008 — yet today Kagan is nearly absolved of the charge.

This is the often times subtle bias that the Old Media employs against conservatives and Republicans and the soft favor they bestow upon Democrats and leftists.


Elana Kagan argues for government book banning in front of Supreme Court. Elite media silent. Palin political enemy makes false book banning charges and elite media continues to say it after the story debunked.

Why President Obama should withdraw Elena Kagan from consideration – UPDATED!

Supreme Court Binds Second Amendment to States

Video: Kagan Declines To Say Gov’t Has No Power to Tell Americans What To Eat

Kagan: It is Fine if The Law Bans Books Because Government Won’t Really Enforce It

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Total Creep Out: ‘Journalist’ with Palin Derangement Syndrome Rents House Next to Governor Palin’s Home.

Posted by iusbvision on May 25, 2010

If you ever needed proof of just how nutty the far left is… truly amazing.

I have a feeling that the people of Wasilla, who have a well deserved reputation as very nice people, are going to make an exception when it comes to this joker.

Besides building that tall fence Governor, get some equipment that will block a sonic ear devices so this creep doesn’t use one to listen in on you either. Moving to Wasilla for a while to get the feel of the place and to ask about you around town is one thing, but this is too creepy.


Spring has sprung in Alaska, and with this beautiful season comes the news today that the Palins have a new neighbor! Welcome, Joe McGinniss!

Yes, that Joe McGinniss. Here he is – about 15 feet away on the neighbor’s rented deck overlooking my children’s play area and my kitchen window. Maybe we’ll welcome him with a homemade blueberry pie tomorrow so he’ll know how friendly Alaskans are.

We found out the good news today. Upon my family’s return this morning from endorsement rallies and speeches in the Lower 48 states, I finally got the chance to tackle my garden and lawn this evening! So, putting on the shorts and tank top to catch that too-brief northern summer sun and placing a giddy Trig in his toddler backpack for a lawn-mowing adventure, I looked up in surprise to see a “new neighbor” overlooking my property just a stone’s throw away. Needless to say, our outdoor adventure ended quickly after Todd went to introduce himself to the stranger who was peering in… [emphasis ours IUSB Vision Editor]

Joe announced to Todd that he’s moved in right next door to us. He’s rented the place for the next five months or so. He moved up all the way from Massachusetts to live right next to us – while he writes a book about me. Knowing of his many other scathing pieces of “journalism” (including the bizarre anti-Palin administration oil development pieces that resulted in my Department of Natural Resources announcing that his work is the most twisted energy-related yellow journalism they’d ever encountered), we’re sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he’s penning. Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole?

Welcome, Joe! It’ll be a great summer – come borrow a cup of sugar if ever you need some sweetener. And you know what they say about “fences make for good neighbors”? Well, we’ll get started on that tall fence tomorrow, and I’ll try to keep Trig’s squeals down to a quiet giggle so we don’t disturb your peaceful summer. Enjoy!

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Small Businesses Hit Hard by ObamaCare Taxes – Tax Incentives So Targeted that Only 12% Qualify

Posted by iusbvision on May 25, 2010

It is like we have always said, if a leftist tells you about targeted tax cuts it means you don’t get it. 

The  Congressional Budget Office estimated that 88 percent of small businesses will not qualify for the tax credits under the Democrats’ legislation. 

John Boehner from the 8th District of Ohio

This week I was honored to have two small business operators from the district, Todd Wilber of West Chester and Tyeis Baker-Baumann of Greenville, join me to talk about the destructive effect President Obama’s health care law is having on small business’ ability to create new jobs and help get our economy moving again. 

Todd operates a number of Taco Bell and UNOs franchises in the northern Cincinnati area with his wife Becky.  At a time when Ohio’s unemployment rate is 11 percent, Todd offers hundreds of local Ohio workers the chance to prove themselves, and work their way up the ladder in the restaurant business – just like he did when he was a young adult. 

But Todd says he is very concerned about the impact that the president’s new health care law will have on his ability to retain and hire new employees.  Todd estimates his business will likely be facing at least $250,000 in new taxes as a result of ObamaCare, costs that may force Todd and Becky and hundreds of employers like them across Ohio to make job cuts instead of hiring additional workers. 

Tyeis shared a similarly concerning story about how the president’s health care law will affect her small steel fabrication and millwright business.  The new law will be a ‘logistical nightmare’ for small businesses like hers, she said, and the small business tax credit touted by the Obama Administration is of little to no use to small businesses like hers – a notion recently confirmed by an Associated Press story, which quoted one small business owner from Illinois as saying the fine print in the law that excludes many small businesses from a credit is nothing less than a ‘bait and switch.’ 

A proud member of the National Federation of Independent Business, Tyeis also talked about her support for the courageous efforts by American small businesses and 20 states to overturn the president’s health care law on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and will hurt small business job creation at a time when one out of every 10 Americans in the workforce is out of a job. 


These are the hoops that a small business must jump through to see if they qualify for some assistance. Of course since the assistance is less than the new costs it is like the government ordering you to buy a Pontiac while claiming it has given you the biggest tax cut in history because it did not require you to pay full price for a Mercedes. 

Ways and Means Committee Ranking Republican Dave Camp (R-MI) and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Wally Herger (R-CA) released this road map [By the way, be sure to read what the grey box on the lower left hand side of the graph says – Editor]: 

ObamaCare Small Business Tax Credit Road Map *Click to Enlarge

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