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Orange County Authorities Doing “Miami Vice” Style Raids on Barber Shops

Posted by iusbvision on November 8, 2010

You would think that a priority of the police would be to help enhance the public trust. It would seem that someone forgot to let Orange County authorities in on the secret.

It does not please me to have to report stories like this, but without restraint and a little common sense there can be no freedom.

Orlando Sentinel:

As many as 14 armed Orange County deputies, including narcotics agents, stormed Strictly Skillz barbershop during business hours on a Saturday in August, handcuffing barbers in front of customers during a busy back-to-school weekend.

It was just one of a series of unprecedented raid-style inspections the Orange County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted with a state regulating agency, targeting several predominantly black- and Hispanic-owned barbershops in the Pine Hills area.

In “sweeps” on Aug. 21 and Sept. 17 targeting at least nine shops, deputies arrested 37 people — the majority charged with “barbering without a license,” a misdemeanor that state records show only three other people have been jailed in Florida in the past 10 years.

The operations were conducted without warrants, under the authority of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspectors, who can enter salons at will. Deputies said they found evidence of illegal activity, including guns, drugs and gambling. However, records show that during the two sweeps, and a smaller one in October, just three people were charged with anything other than a licensing violation.

Orange County sheriff’s Capt. Dave Ogden, who commands the area that includes Pine Hills, described the operations as a “minuscule” part of a larger effort to snuff out crime in one of Central Florida’s notorious hot spots.

Asked why his unit made arrests for licensing violations, Ogden said: “It was a misdemeanor crime being committed in our presence. We decided to make arrests.”

But many of the barbers who were swept up in the operations are still angry months later.

They made a big charade about it,” barber Jason Abrams said, “like we were selling drugs or something.”

Ok so if they found all these illegal guns and drugs etc, where are all the big charges and impending prosecutions? What was that….no big felony charges…. Oh so you just said that to the press to justify playing Miami Vice against people of color who cut someone’s hair… thanks that’s what I thought.

How could they be so stupid?

Is this what we hire police and SWAT teams for? I have a crazy idea, when you see someone cutting hair without a license, how about you send them a nice letter telling them to get a license in such a period of time or pay a fine? Maybe the local government in Orange County ran out of stamps or maybe they ran out of violent criminals to arrest.

The damage done to relations in the community by Orange County authorities is not worth the few dollars in fines they are hoping to glean from these raids. Did anyone internally dare to speak up and say, “You know this might not be a good idea.”

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Boehner expands leadership positions for Tea Party Republicans

Posted by iusbvision on November 8, 2010

Under the old rules each freshman class had only one seat on the steering committee. There will also be a new “Tea Party” position on the caucus elected leadership team.

Incoming Speaker John Boehner:

November 9, 2010

Dear Freshman Member–Elect,

As you prepare to come to Washington for Orientation during the week of November 14th, we wanted to bring to your attention the various leadership opportunities available to your class.

The incoming GOP freshman class for the 112th Congress is no ordinary freshman class, and this is no ordinary time for our nation.  Accordingly, the incoming GOP freshman class will have a larger voice at the leadership table and on the Steering Committee than previous GOP freshman classes in previous Congresses.   In addition, there are various other non-elected roles in which freshmen can participate which we look forward to discussing with you during orientation.

Your class will elect the following positions on November 17th following our Conference Organizing activities.  We will arrange for a room for you to conduct your deliberations and voting.

1) Freshman Class President

2) Freshman Class Steering Committee Representative #1

3) Freshman Class Steering Committee Representative #2

4) Freshman Representative to the Elected Leadership Team

5) Freshman Representative to the Policy Committee

If you have any questions about these positions, please feel free to call the Office of the Republican Leader at 202-225-XXXX or the Office of the Republican Whip at 202-225-XXXX.

Sincerely,

John Boehner

Republican Leader

Eric Cantor

Republican Whip

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Sarah Palin Blasts Pinhead Reporter who Doesn’t Read his Own Paper – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on November 8, 2010

A rule that is taught in every journalism school is this, when you write on a person and/or a subject be sure to check your own papers archives on the issue and subject.

Apparently Sudeep Reddy at the Wall Street Journal was absent the day that was covered in class…and missed the question on the test (as opposed to this writer got his degree with honors and got the question correct in Prof. Klimek’s class).

Sarah Palin on the other hand, has a journalism degree and when Mr. Ruddy blasted Sarah Palin for saying that food prices are rising…. well read on:

Palin:

Ever since 2008, people seem inordinately interested in my reading habits. Among various newspapers, magazines, and local Alaskan papers, I read the Wall Street Journal.

So, imagine my dismay when I read an article by Sudeep Reddy in today’s Wall Street Journal criticizing the fact that I mentioned inflation in my comments about QE2 in a speech this morning before a trade-association. Here’s what I said: “everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher.”

Mr. Reddy takes aim at this. He writes: “Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly, in fact.” Really? That’s odd, because just last Thursday, November 4, I read an article in Mr. Reddy’s own Wall Street Journal titled “Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise PricesPackagers and Supermarkets Pressured to Pass Along Rising Costs, Even as Consumers Pinch Pennies.”

The article noted that “an inflationary tide is beginning to ripple through America’s supermarkets and restaurants…Prices of staples including milk, beef, coffee, cocoa and sugar have risen sharply in recent months.”

Now I realize I’m just a former governor and current housewife from Alaska, but even humble folks like me can read the newspaper. I’m surprised a prestigious reporter for the Wall Street Journal doesn’t.

– Sarah Palin

Those of you who are fans of our humble web site, you know that this very website editor is grinning from ear to ear.

On a serious note. Palin is correct about food prices and any of us who do some of the shopping and/or work retail know this very well. For example, recently Wal-Mart raised the price of the Great Value brand apple juice from $1.48 to $1.98.  Wal-Mart also has had giant submarine sandwiches for $4.98. Now it is like someone took a shrink ray to the sandwiches and removed much of the meat. I could list 100 of these.

It is not just the Wall Street Journal that is reporting the increase in prices. American Business Analytics & Research tells the Salem-News that if the government still calculated inflation the way it was calculated during Carter and Reagan (changed under Clinton) the inflation rate would be 10%.

This is no surprise as the dollar has been tanking for a long time which causes each one of our dollars to be worth less. This also directly raises the price of anything that is imported. To compound the problem new regulations and taxes are impacting prices as well.  The Federal reserve going on a printing frenzy to monetize the debt has the same effect.

I sent this note to Governor Palin:

Governor, that is exactly how to treat these clowns and this is exactly the kind of communications strat I have been advocating for years on my humble little web site. If they are going to try and destroy you anyways, make them a part of the story and knock them down a peg. Well done and God Bless!

 

UPDATE Notice how I used the example of Wal-Mart prices going up? Well take a look at this:

CNBC

Secret Walmart Survey Shows Inflation Already Here

There might not have been a second round of quantitative easing, if Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke shopped at Walmart.

A new pricing survey of products sold at the world’s largest retailer showed a 0.6 percent price increase in just the last two months, according to MKM Partners. At that rate, prices would be close to four percent higher a year from now, double the Fed’s mandate.

The “inaugural price survey shows a small, but meaningful increase on an 86-item grocery basket,” said Patrick McKeever, MKM Partners analyst, in a note. Most of the items McKeever chose to track were every day items like food and detergent and made by national brands.

On November 3, the Fed announced its much-anticipated purchase of $600 billion in Treasury securities. An effort to keep market rates low since the central bank’s benchmark rate is already at zero. The Federal Open Market Committee’s statement said, “Currently, the unemployment rate is elevated, and measures of underlying inflation are somewhat low, relative to levels that the Committee judges to be consistent, over the longer run, with its dual mandate.”

But since that statement, interest rates have actually gone up, backfiring on a Fed chief who wants his quantitative easing to spark inflation of 2 percent annually. A moderate amount of inflation would be considered good for the economy. The problem is that inflation is already running well above a healthy level, investors said, Bernanke is just not looking in the right place, like a Walmart.

Sarah wins the argument again, and we win the argument again, and the American people lose.

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60 Minutes Gives Obama a Pass on Long Series of False Statements on Healthcare

Posted by iusbvision on November 8, 2010

Barack Obama:

“I made the decision to go ahead and do it. And, it proved as costly politically as we expected. Probably actually a little more costly than we had expected… Partly because I couldn’t get the kind of cooperation from Republicans that I hoped for. We thought that if we shaped a bill that wasn’t that different from previous bills that had introduced by Republicans, including the Republican governor in Massachusetts who’s now running for president, that we would be able to find some common ground there and we just couldn’t.”

Our old friend Gateway Pundit responds:

Here are a few points regarding his statement:
– The health care bill was passed before not after the unpopular financial bill.
– Mitt Romney is not currently running for president.
– We’ve never been a bill like this proposed nationally unless you count Hillarycare.
– Obama was pushing the bill for over a year before democrats rammed it through.
– It was the central focus of his first two years in office.
– They didn’t even read the bill.
– Democrats thought it would be more popular by the midterm election.
– His other emergency economic proposals were complete bombs, too.

Of course, Steve Croft did not bother to question the president about any of his inaccurate statements.

Well by all means allow us to pile on:

You “couldn’t get the cooperation from Republicans”… you had an overwhelming majority in both chambers of Congress most of that time and you passed it with no Republican votes.

Republicans never pushed most of the bad ideas that are in ObamaCare. One of the few good ideas was a step towards tort reform, but that was a bone in an effort to claim bipartisanship.

Republicans offered amendment after amendment trying to insure in law what you Democrats promised, no rationing, no system that statistically discriminated against seniors, the very young or the elderly, and an amendment forcing members of Congress and their staff to actually live under the bill and not be exempt from it, all shot down.

So called “RomneyCare” in Massachusetts is a failure as its cost overruns are through the roof and insurers are starting to want out. It was a statewide experiment not a nationwide one.

People are already losing coverage and seeing premiums skyrocket because of the bill, which is exactly the opposite you promised repeatedly.

The people, the Republicans and most anyone not in the leadership only had access to the final bill for a very short time before it was voted upon which is why even now people are still finding SNAFU’s in the bill.

If Sarah Palin had said similar things the elite media would be grilling her.

The Blaze also reported this story.

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Howard Kurtz Blasts ABC for Dumping Andrew Breitbart from Election Coverage Because of “Newsroom Uprising” – UPDATED: Breitbart Responds

Posted by iusbvision on November 8, 2010

UPDATE – ABC lied when the pressure was put on. This is a very educational and interesting interview.

Andrew Breitbart is a nice guy and he doesn’t deserve this at all.

 

Friends, if you want evidence that newsrooms are mostly filled with like-minded elitist leftists, this fact doesn’t get illustrated much better than this story.

Kurtz was right to stand up for Brietbart, but is a also wrong about the so called “misleading video” comment. This is what happens when people believe the elite media narrative without checking the facts – more on that below.

Andrew Brietbart is a one man media empire. He is also a conservative activist.  He has straight news web sites, commentary news web sites, blogs, a video news clips service, Hollywood connections and influence, D.C. connections and influence etc.. If you read the news regularly online you can be sure you have read news from Brietbart web sites.

Andrew Brietbart is the employer of the investigative journalists that brought ACORN and their illegal activities in tax fraud, vote registration fraud and other illegal activities burning to the ground. ACORN was a huge power player among leftist circles and wow is the left upset.

Brietbart is despised by the left. He is media public enemy number three among the left after Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

Andrew Brietbart  wrote a blog post about a Youtube video of showing Shirley Sherrod at a 2010 NAACP event where she had talked about how she used her position to plot against a white farmer because he was white and she perceived a “superior attitude” from him.  The story whipped up a big firestorm in the elite media.  The elite media ran with the story, as they got excited when they saw “racism” and they aired snippets of the clip where Sherrod tells about the racist plotting.  The media trimmed video clips down for time which is not unusual. The inflammatory nature of the story they thought they had was just too juicy to go back and check carefully. The administration fired Sherrod for “racism”. Most of the people that viewed the clips they saw on TV took it at face value and demanded her head (including Rush Limbaugh if memory serves).

The administration fired Sherrod for “racism”. Most of the people that viewed the snippet they saw on TV took it at face value and demanded her head (including Rush Limbaugh if memory serves). Sherrod said that when she was fired over the phone that they told her that Glenn Beck was going to blast her as a racist on his show the following day.  Even though Beck got the story right the first time, the left started blaming him.. at first….

Glenn Beck did something the elite media did not expect. Beck spoke up against the firing of Shirley Sherrod and indicated that the story might not be as it appears in the elite media. After the entire “Glenn Beck and the Tea Party is racist” canard from the elite media you can understand why they were shocked. The question is WHY was Beck right about this story so early on? Keep that question in mind as we will return to it in a moment.

A few days later the NAACP released the 43 minute tape of the event. The tape showed that later in her speech Sherrod talked about how this event with the white farmer helped her to realize that racism is wrong and how it helped her in her journey to overcome racism. It turns out that Sherrod is not quite the racist as the elite media television narrative had made people think. The media and the administration realized they had egg on their face and the finger-pointing began.

Then the elite media en mass said that Brietbart carefully edited the tape to set Sherrod up and that they were tricked. This is the lie that the elite media and the left still puts out today…… BUT…

…it turns out that the elite media didn’t listen to the entire Youtube clip very carefully. It turns out that Brietbart did not chop it up to make Sherrod look guilty, in fact the Youtube video Brietbart linked to and blogged about includes  a part of her mea-culpa. Brietbart was not even the creator of the Youtube video.

This is why Glenn Beck got the story correct the first time. Beck never believes the elite media narrative on face value and prefers to check the facts out for himself. Beck and/or his staff ignored the clips that the TV was playing and instead went to Brietbart’s web site to examine the entire Youtube video carefully. It was at that time Beck had realized the obvious, that Sherrod was starting to explain how she realized her racism was wrong.

The elite media and far left web sites like HuffPost, Daily KOS, Young Turks, Media Matters etc are still lying about this and claiming that Brietbart edited the video to set Sherrod up.

Here is part I of the the video Brietbart blogged about. Sherrod starts talking about how she plotted against the white farmer at 20 seconds and the NAACP audience is shown obviously approving of what she was plotting with nods, “that’s right’s” and approving laughter through the 55 second mark; as you can see scorn and condemnation of a racist act is no where near anyone in the audiences demeanor. At 1:25 in the video she starts talking about how she began to realize that her racism was wrong.  – 

Brietbart did not say in his blog post about the video that Sherrod should be fired as that was not even the point of his post, rather Brietbart made his point clearly. When Sherrod told how she plotted against a white farmer the NAACP audience laughed and nodded approvingly at her for that discrimination before Sherrod made her the mea-culpa and talked about how this event helped her to realize that racism is wrong. What Brietbart saw and blogged about at the NAACP event was exactly what the elite media falsely accused the Tea Party of, the applauding and/or tolerating racism in their ranks. [The NAACP also pressured the Obama administration to drop the case against members of the Black Panthers who showed up to polling places armed to intimidate white voters into not voting – Editor].

Just how bad is the elite media corruption on this issue?

Among the elite media culture, the first to get this story correct was Chris Mathews of MSNBC …but let us hold off our praise for just a moment till you see what comes next. The video below is the 5PM broadcast of Hardball with Chris Mathews. This is a sight to see:

Notice Mathews says that he saw the original Brietbart internet post and insists that the video linked to includes the part with Sherrod’s mea-culpa. Howard Dean tried to make the case that it wasn’t, accuses Mathews of being like Fox News for sticking to the truth, and then relents and admits that he did not go to Brietbart’s web site and view the original video, but rather all he saw was what appeared on TV. Howard Dean says that the entire clip is not what he saw on Fox…. guess what Howard, according to all of the blogs, comments, posted clips, and searches I can find,  Fox never aired the clip until AFTER Sherrod was fired. Nice try.

But come 7PM the video was yanked from MSNBC’s web site and when the 7PM version of Hardball aired the part of Mathews getting the story correct was gone. BigGovernment.com has both clips side by side for your inspection. They also asked politico.com for a correction:

At the very end of one of the video excerpt’s, Ms. Sherrod begins to explain how she later realized her initial discrimination of the white farmer was wrong. In Andrew’s article about the speech he noted

Eventually, her basic humanity informs that this white man is poor and needs help.

If we were trying to show that Ms. Sherrod was “boasting” of discrimination and were prone to editing the tape as evidence, wouldn’t we have cut that part out?

Politico would not correct the record or respond, which is becoming habitual for them.

Back to ABC. In a way I am glad Brietbart was not on ABC for several reasons. Brietbart is a brilliant guy and the media empire he has built makes that self-evident, but Brietbart is one of those guys who gets nervous and a bit choked up when in front of a camera with hostiles. There are some people who do not speak well in front of an audience no matter how smart they are. I know Andrew has been working to improve on this but he still needs improvement. I also do not trust ABC for many good reasons that we have documented over the years on this very web site. I believe that it would have been a three or four on one gang up on Brietbart for much of the evening if he were to appear.

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