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Archive for June 14th, 2010

Campaign Ad Guaranteed to Make Leftist Professor Snap

Posted by iusbvision on June 14, 2010

The truth is that it wasn’t just the Tea Tax or even the Intolerable Acts that alone caused The Founders to revolt. Time and time and time again the people asked to have their grievances heard and were usually answered with repeated injury, warrantless searches etc. Eventually when the British tried to confiscate muskets and powder the shooting started.

With that said, there is still hope for the political process to solve things.

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Average federal worker earns over $12 per hour more than private sector.

Posted by iusbvision on June 14, 2010

Depending on the job its between 30-300% more than its private sector counterpart depending on the position.

This video also starts to make the case why public sector unions should be banned.

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Glenn Beck Mentions Friedrich Hayek Book “The Road to Surfdom”. Instantly Becomes Number One Best Seller.

Posted by iusbvision on June 14, 2010

Chronicle of Higher Education:

U. of Chicago Press Book Is No. 1 at Amazon.com

F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom has been a bestseller for the University of Chicago Press since its first edition, in 1944. But this week a perennial success turned into a blockbuster. The press’s 2007 “definitive edition” of the work, now in paperback, reached No. 1 on Amazon.com on the evening of June 8 after conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck recommended the book on his Fox News program.

The Chicago Hayek remains at No. 1, three days later, up to this blogging minute. His immediate competition in the top five? Two thrillers by Stieg Larsson, an Eclipse novella in the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, and indeed Beck’s own novel, The Overton Window. So what has this meant for the publisher, which calls Road “an unimpeachable classic work in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics” that has “inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers” for more than half a century.

Not surprisingly, Chicago has had to scramble. “We are rushing a reprint to respond to demand,” says press director, Garrett Kiely. A small reprinting had already been in the works, but the press has “gone back for considerably more,” Kiely says, around 100,000 copies. The hardcover edition is also selling well, at a very healthy No. 345 on Amazon, and will also be reprinted. Hayek fans appear to be tech-savvy. The Road to Serfdom is Chicago’s best-selling e-book, Kiely notes. Second in e-sales is Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom, which Kiely says has been helped by the “bump in Hayek sales.”

 

Speaking of Beck and best sellers:

Edward R. Murrow’s Warning to America: Do not lose touch with your past

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Candidate for Congress Marine Cpl. David W. Hedrick from Tea Party Scores Big at Washington State Republican Convention

Posted by iusbvision on June 14, 2010

Wow listen to this guy. He starts off a tad slow than really gets the crowd going. This is a man to watch for sure!

“A politician can bring home the pork but first he has to steal your pig!”

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Palin to meet Lady Thatcher

Posted by iusbvision on June 14, 2010

File this under awesome. If I had a chance to meet one of the great heroes of the 20th century I would jump at the chance, who wouldnt? No matter what you think of Sarah Palin one must wish her a heartfelt congratulations on getting the Prime Minister’s attention and invitation.

Palin:

Following an article in a British publication on Sunday, I’ve received questions about a possible trip to the United Kingdom. I have received an invitation for a visit to London, and part of that invitation included the offer of arranging a meeting between myself and one of my political heroines, the “Iron Lady,” Margaret Thatcher. I would love to meet her and hope I’ll be able to arrange the trip in the future.

As I wrote last year when I offered her birthday wishes, Baroness Thatcher’s life and career serve as a blueprint for overcoming the odds and challenging the “status quo.” She started life as a grocer’s daughter from Grantham and rose to become Prime Minister – all by her own merit and hard work. I cherish her example and will always count her as one of my role models. Her friendship with my other political hero, Ronald Reagan, exemplified the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

The USSR and the Soviet Bloc came to an end largely because of the efforts of Reagan, Thatcher, Pope John Paul II and Lech Wałęsa.

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Dorothy Rabinowitz: Nobody who spends $40,000 to send his child to a university knows what he is dumping his child into…

Posted by iusbvision on June 14, 2010

Rabinowitz wrote a highly talked about Op-Ed piece called “An Alien in the White House“. Obama is very much representative of far left academia and while some may see this as just a critique of the president, in reality this is an indictment the dominant leftist academic culture.

Read carefully as the views and actions Rabinowitz is knocking the admionistration over are views common among far left academic counter culture.

Rabinowitz:

One of his first reforms was to rid the White House of the bust of Winston Churchill—a gift from Tony Blair—by packing it back off to 10 Downing Street. A cloudlet of mystery has surrounded the subject ever since, but the central fact stands clear. The new administration had apparently found no place in our national house of many rooms for the British leader who lives on so vividly in the American mind. Churchill, face of our shared wartime struggle, dauntless rallier of his nation who continues, so remarkably, to speak to ours. For a president to whom such associations are alien, ridding the White House of Churchill would, of course, have raised no second thoughts.

Far greater strangeness has since flowed steadily from Washington. The president’s appointees, transmitters of policy, go forth with singular passion week after week, delivering the latest inversion of reality. Their work is not easy, focused as it is on a current prime preoccupation of this White House—that is, finding ways to avoid any public mention of the indisputable Islamist identity of the enemy at war with us. No small trick that, but their efforts go forward in public spectacles matchless in their absurdity—unnerving in what they confirm about our current guardians of law and national security.

Consider the hapless Eric Holder, America’s attorney general, confronting the question put to him by Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas) of the House Judicary Committee on May 13.

Did Mr. Holder think that in the last three terrorist attempts on this soil, one of them successful (Maj. Nidal Hasan’s murder of 13 soldiers at Fort Hood, preceded by his shout of “Allahu Akbar!”), that radical Islam might have played any role at all? Mr. Holder seemed puzzled by the question. “People have different reasons” he finally answered—a response he repeated three times. He didn’t want “to say anything negative about any religion.”

And who can forget the exhortations on jihad by John Brennan, Mr. Obama’s chief adviser on counterterrorism? Mr. Brennan has in the past charged that Americans lack sensitivity to the Muslim world, and that we have particularly failed to credit its peace-loving disposition. In a May 26 speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Mr. Brennan held forth fervently, if not quite comprehensibly, on who our enemy was not: “Our enemy is not terrorism because terrorism is just a tactic. Our enemy is not terror because terror is a state of mind, and as Americans we refuse to live in fear.”

He went on to announce, sternly, that we do not refer to our enemies as Islamists or jihadists because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam. How then might we be permitted to describe our enemies? One hint comes from another of Mr. Brennan’s pronouncements in that speech: That “violent extremists are victims of political, economic and social forces.”

Yes, that would work. Consider the news bulletins we could have read: “Police have arrested Faisal Shahzad, victim of political, economic and social forces living in Connecticut, for efforts to set off a car bomb explosion in Times Square.” Plotters in Afghanistan and Yemen, preparing for their next attempt at mass murder in America, could only have listened in wonderment. They must have marvelled in particular on learning that this was the chief counterterrorism adviser to the president of the United States.

Long after Mr. Obama leaves office, it will be this parade of explicators, laboring mightily to sell each new piece of official reality revisionism—Janet Napolitano and her immortal “man-caused disasters” among them—that will stand most memorably as the face of this administration.

It is a White House that has focused consistently on the sensitivities of the world community—as it is euphemistically known—a body of which the president of the United States frequently appears to view himself as a representative at large.

It is what has caused this president and his counterterrorist brain trust to deem it acceptable to insult Americans with nonsensical evasions concerning the enemy we face. It is this focus that caused Mr. Holder to insist on holding the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in lower Manhattan, despite the rage this decision induced in New Yorkers, and later to insist if not there, then elsewhere in New York. This was all to be a dazzling exhibition for that world community—proof of Mr. Obama’s moral reclamation program and that America had been delivered from the darkness of the Bush years.

It was why this administration tapped officials like Michael Posner, assistant secretary of state for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Among his better known contributions to political discourse was a 2005 address in which he compared the treatment of Muslim-Americans in the United States after 9/11 with the plight of the Japanese-Americans interned in camps after Pearl Harbor. During a human-rights conference held in China this May, Mr. Posner cited the new Arizona immigration law by way of assuring the Chinese, those exemplary guardians of freedom, that the United States too had its problems with discrimination.

So there we were: America and China, in the same boat on human rights, two buddies struggling for reform. For this view of reality, which brought withering criticism in Congress and calls for his resignation, Mr. Posner has been roundly embraced in the State Department as a superbly effective representative.

It is no surprise that Mr. Posner—like numerous of his kind—has found a natural home in this administration. His is a sensibility and political disposition with which Mr. Obama is at home. The beliefs and attitudes that this president has internalized are to be found everywhere—in the salons of the left the world over—and, above all, in the academic establishment, stuffed with tenured radicals and their political progeny. The places where it is held as revealed truth that the United States is now, and has been throughout its history, the chief engine of injustice and oppression in the world.

They are attitudes to be found everywhere, but never before in a president of the United States. Mr. Obama may not hold all, or the more extreme, of these views. But there can be no doubt by now of the influences that have shaped him. They account for his grand apology tour through the capitals of Europe and to the Muslim world, during which he decried America’s moral failures—her arrogance, insensitivity. They were the words of a man to whom reasons for American guilt came naturally. Americans were shocked by this behavior in their newly elected president. But he was telling them something from those lecterns in foreign lands—something about his distant relation to the country he was about to lead.

The truth about that distance is now sinking in, which is all to the good. A country governed by leaders too principled to speak the name of its mortal enemy needs every infusion of reality it can get.

 

As Dennis Prager would likely say it, “Only at a university could you find views and thinking this idiotic”

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Economist Art Laffer: 2011 tax hikes will cause financial disaster

Posted by iusbvision on June 14, 2010

Laffer was President Reagan’s economist and helped orchestrate the recovery of the 1980’s.

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Steve Forbes: Day of Reckoning for National Debt

Posted by iusbvision on June 14, 2010

And whenthe  new taxes increases kick in the economy will suffer more.

Forbes says that the economy could start to recover in 2011 but only if we see the right actions in Washington. Translation: the economy will not be turning around in 2011.

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N.Y. State Faces Shutdown

Posted by iusbvision on June 14, 2010

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SCANDAL – Administration lies about conclusion by expert panel to ban off shore drilling. “We never said that” expert panelists say. Obama still refusing skimmer ships from foreign countries….

Posted by iusbvision on June 14, 2010

This is part I of what is now becoming a full-blown scandal.

The White House and the Interior Secretary modified the report’s conclusions made by an expert panel to ban offshore drilling in the gulf for six months when in fact they concluded the opposite. It is actually safer to do the new inspections of offshore rigs while they are operating, but the White House wants off shore drilling stopped and is willing to increase the threat to the environment and the economy to do so.

Part II  – Obama Administration citing Jones Act to Refuse Help from foreign Ships.

The administration could wave the Jones Act with the stroke of a pen. President Bush did so for Katrina. Meanwhile foreign countries like the Dutch and some European oil companies are offering ships to help in the clean up and the administration blows them off. This is deliberate folks as not even the Obama Administration is capable of this level of incompetence. They know they can wave the Jones Act because they did so recently to install wind turbines off the coast of Delaware.

Skimmer Boats Available. No Interest.

June 11, 2010 – 5:08 PM | by: Brian Wilson

With millions of gallons of oil needing to be cleaned up — and with more being added to the mix every day — oil skimming boats are one of the top priorities. Four hundred are working now and they’re barely making a dent. Officials from four Gulf states are begging for more skimmer boats to protect beaches and delicate inlets. So, you might think BP and the Coast Guard would be interested in a proposal from a Dallas businessman to bring as many 25 oil clean up boats to the Gulf. But Fred McCallister says he all he’s hearing is “radio silence.”

“I think all resources that are available should be thrown at it, and I really don’t understand it. I don’t have the patience for a situation where equipment is available to take care of this type of catastrophe but nothing is happening.”

McCallister claims his proposal has been submitted through appropriate channels. He has 12 boats ready to go — and a line on 13 more. The problem is they are not US owned and operated boats, and are therefore barred from working in US coastal waters by a 1920’s law known as the Jones Act.

For the past two days, officials from the Unified Command to the White House said they were prepared to waive the Jones Act if there is a need. Today White House Environmental Advisor, Carol Browner told Fox News that the Obama administration had “not received a request from the Coast Guard to waive the Jones Act.” Browner continued, “ If we have one, obviously we’ll respond to it. We talk to Admiral Allen every single day – many, many times a day. He is not shy in asking for what he needs. And so if that’s what he needs, he will get an answer.”

Admiral Thad Allen is on record saying, he would actively consider waiving the Jones Act if there was a demonstrated need to do so.

“If we have a reason to consider a waiver of the Jones Act, we certainly will do that.” Allen then quickly added, “ None has been presented to me.”

It may be that no waiver requests are making their way up the chain because the idea of waivers is being rejected by those beneath Allen.

A Lt. Commander with the Coast Guard told Fox News offers of help involving foreign ships are not being considered because they do not “meet the operational requirements of the Unified Area Command.” In a follow up phone conversation we asked — is complying with the Jones Act one of those operational requirements? “Yes,” we were told, “It does apply.” [“doesn’t meet with operation requirements” …. that is bureaucratic double speak for a non -answer. We are talking about an oil spill the size of three states. Get every ship you can out there to start picking it up – Editor]

McCallister, who was raised in Mississippi, desperately wants to help, but he is growing weary over how hard it is to get his proposal considered.

“I had somebody who is actually on the ground down there tell me that it’s some of the most disorganized activity they’ve ever seen in their lives. This is not handled in an organized fashion. You know, I’m sure that BP [tries] to make the representation that they’re doing the right thing, but where the rubber hits the road, it’s not happening.”

Joseph Carafano of the Heritage Foundation believes the Obama administration has been slow in waiving the Jones Act out of fear it will offend organized labor.

“They hate when the Jones Act gets waived and they pound on politicians when they do that. So … are we giving in to unions and not doing everything we can, or is there some kind of impediment that we don’t know about?”

Admiral Allen said today waivers must be considered on a case by case basis, but Fox News has obtained a general waiver granted by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff in the days following Hurricane Katrina. According to a news article in Tradewinds Magazine, a US Customs official ruled recently that the Jones Act does not apply to foreign owned vessels installing wind turbines off the coast of Delaware.

 

Fox News:

Representative Miller says the most disturbing inaction is the lack of skimmers in Florida waters. “It looks like part of the plan is as long as the tide is going out and this oil is not making it into the pass, that they are going to let it go back in the gulf, says Miller. “My idea is why not collect it where you can, even if it’s two or three miles off of the shore?”

Miller added, “The administration is saying that the Jones Act is part of the reason that we’re not able to get some of the vessels in here we need. I say Mr. President, if you need something from this congress, ask for it.”

The Jones Act, officially titled the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, requires vessels working in U.S. waters be built in the U.S. and be crewed by U.S. workers. President Obama has not waived the Jones Act and therefore cannot accept offers of skimmer ships from other countries.

 

The Dredging Industry is saying the same thing. Dredging News Online:

Jones Act could be waived to allow foreign vessels to help with oil spill

News – June 14, 2010

The Maritime Cabotage Task Force (MCTF) in the US says the American maritime industry “supports immediate action to address the unfolding environmental disaster in the Gulf.”

Said the MCTF: “Federal law called the Jones Act requires that American vessels be used for domestic transportation activities in the US, and countless American vessels are already responding in the Gulf. In addition, we know that many other American vessels are standing by ready to help.”

However, said the MCTF: “There are well-established federal procedures for waiving the Jones Act to bring in foreign vessels in those situations where American vessels are not available. The American maritime industry has not and will not stand in the way of the use of these well-established waiver procedures to address this crisis.”

As highlighted elsewhere in Dredging News Online, a number of well known dredging companies based in Europe say they have offered to help tackle the spill but that their offers have not been taken up by the Obama administration.

 

Boston Examiner is saying the same thing – LINK.

Browner says that the government is in charge and that BP must get government approval every step of the way – LINK

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