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Archive for December, 2010

PBS’s Tavis Smiley Wins Pinhead of the Year Award: Tells Ayaan Hirsi Ali that Christians in America Blow Up People Every Day

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

Ayaan Hirsi Ali lives under a death mark. She needs security 24/7 and likely will for the rest of her life. She made a film with Theo van Gogh about the status of women is Islamic countries. Van Gogh was killed out in the open during the day and  the knife driven through his chest had a note addressed to Ali essentially saying that she was next. Radicalized Muslim communities that function as a state within a state are popping up around Europe and the Western Europeans do not have the will to stand up to it.

Ali escaped a life of forced marriage and virtual slavery from her Islamic family. She escaped, got educated, and became a Member of the Dutch Parliament. When it became clear that her security needs could not be met she came to the United States.

She writes about her experiences and how the West should stand up to preserve our freedom and our culture. Reflexively the progressive secular left in the elite media, which has been taught in American Universities that Western Culture is “the oppressor” and that Christianity is evil, often attacks her and throws the most outrageous false premises at her in an effort to embarrass her. They end up just embarrassing themselves. Watch the following exchange between PBS  Tavis Smiley and Ali.

How can anyone be this deranged, this foolish, this plain stupid? It is not uncommon among the far left folks. I saw this level of idiocy frequently among the campus left. By the way, 162 Muslims have been arrested in the United States in the last two years for plotting against America. How many Christians have been? It happens every day according to Tavis so how about he produce just 100? Anyone care to take that challenge?

With that said, nothing he said is true and anyone with  access to a search engine can find that out in pretty short order. Post offices are not blown up every day. In fact, using Google to search only two threats of blowing up post offices in the US appear; one from a homeless man who wanted money and another from a man who was likely  mentally disturbed as he false reported about an alleged bomb threat to a post office.

No one was called the N word in front of the Capitol Building. The event was being recorded from many angles by a sea of new media recording devices that captured every moment of the event which demonstrated that nothing of the kind happened. A $100,000 reward for evidence of it happening was offered by Andrew Breitbart with no takers. Of the two Democrat politicians who made the false claim, one back-pedaled and the other is the same politician who compared John McCain to Democrat Governor George Wallace  in October 2008.

The only  known acts of violence at Tea Party events have been carried out by far left extremists and paid union thugs who showed up to physically attack the participants. All of this has been reported in detail on this site (see our violence category).

So what do you think? Is Smiley mentally challenged, delusional, as ignorant as the day is long, or just a liar? In any case he has won the coveted title of “Pinhead of the Year”.

“It’s always the same with these bogus equivalences: They start by pretending loftily to find no difference between aggressor and victim, and they end up by saying that it’s the victim of violence who is ‘really’ inciting it” Christopher Hitchens writing about how the elite media, in its reflexive defense of Islamic extremism, uses the most outrageously bogus moral equivalences to try to discredit Ayann Hirsi Ali.

Related:

Liberal Talker Alan Colmes: Muslims aren’t the terror problem, white males are…..

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Profiles in Stupid School Administrators: Easton School District in Philly Goes to Federal Court to Ban Students from Wearing Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

Once again this is a great example why administrators who violate students rights and established case-law should be held personally liable. FIRE has cracked open the door in court to get administrators held personally accountable,  but in the mean time these school administrators are wasting the tax payers money to go to court in a lawsuit that they have no chance of winning. A mountain of case-law since Tinker v Des Moines makes it crystal clear that students can wear armbands, bracelets and other messages as a protest, or to make a political or cultural statement.

So this goes to court, if the district court abandons all case-law and rules how it wants and goes against the students the ACLU will still appeal and win. When they do, not only will the school district pay damages to the students, but they will have to pay the ACLU attorney’s huge money for their legal fees. In constitutional civil rights cases if the violator loses the violator pays up. Why should the taxpayer be fleeced because these administrators are so foolish?

Mini Update – now if the school districts lawyers have some ethics they would tell the school district that the odds of winning in the long term are next to nothing, so just apologize and settle. But no, since the taxpayers have deep pockets said attorney’s are more than happy to drag it out and lose because the school district will have to pay them no matter what.

Philly.com:

U.S. District Court saw some awkward moments today as a judge heard arguments about whether boobies is a vulgar word and therefore can be banned by school administrators.

The case came to court in Philadelphia after the Easton School District forbade the wearing of the “I (Heart) Boobies” bracelets, and suspended two eighth-grade girls who refused to remove them.

The students said the word wasn’t offensive to anyone and that a ban on the bracelets violated their right to free speech.

The school district said other students might consider the word vulgar. In addition, girls wearing the bracelet might inadvertently encourage bad behavior by their male classmates. Administrators said that since the school code does not allow vulgarities they have the right to ban the wrist bands.

But how to define vulgarity?

Two girls took the witness stand to talk aboutboobies and whether the word might encourage a 13-year-old boy to reflect on something other than cancer awareness.

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The bracelets are part of an advertising campaign by the Keep a Breast Foundation, a small, Los Angeles-based nonprofit. The foundation teaches girls how to prevent and detect breast cancer. Sales of the bracelets fund its mission.

Hawk and Martinez said they had permission from their parents to wear the bracelets, even after they learned the school had banned them.

The girls were suspended for a day-and-a-half for “defiance, disruption and disrespect,” after refusing to remove the bracelets and then giving each other a “low five” as they were escorted to the administrator’s office.

Their parents approved the American Civil Liberties Union stepping in to handle the suit.

Actually the courts have handled vulgarity and indecency issues before. The school district have to meet a pretty stringent legal test before the court will allow pre-emptive censorship (prior restraint) and this context of “boobies” doesn’t even come close, as students will hear worse in sex ed class and in the hallways. If a girl says “he touched my boob” is the girl suspended for using a vulgarity? Give me a break.

The school district waisting the citizens money and for what, because a few administrators behaved foolishly and can’t admit that they made an error.

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Oh Canada! Neighbors to the North Slash Corporate Tax Rate to 16.5% – US is still 35%

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

Japan is in the process of lowering its corporate tax rate by 5% and just days ago they have proposed to lower it again to 25.5%.

This leaves the United States with the highest corporate tax rate in the world.

Of course the little truth about the corporate tax rate is this, corporations never pay this, you do in the form of higher prices. All expenses of goods and services are passed on to the consumer which is you. Corporate taxes are just a way for government to raise your taxes and hide it in the form of higher prices. Of course some companies cannot raise their prices and stay competitive so they leave the country and go to China, Canada, Ireland, Mexico or Brazil.

President Obama’s own deficit commission said that we need lower rates and a leaner tax code to bring business here and to help spur compliance. Indeed, they said that the tax rates should be made lower so the government could collect more revenue to lower the debt. John Kerry even advocated lowering the corporate tax rate when he ran for president. The high tax rate combined with a 16,000 page tax code allows for government to pick winners and losers which generates corruption and paybacks. This is a no brainer folks, it needs to get done.

Will the Democrats do the right thing and lower the rate to bring jobs here? Or will they insist that the best way to grow the middle class is by waging a war of taxes, regulation, and uncertainty on their employers? And by trashing the currency with policy and monetizing the debt (printing money out of thin air). [See Cloward-Piven Strategy LINK1 and LINK2 – Editor]

 

UPDATE – Steve Forbes on why business is not hiring:

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‘No Refusal’ checkpoints turn the Constitution on its head.

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

The cops pull everyone over at a checkpoint and demand that you take a breathalyser. Breathalyzers are unreliable so a citizen can demand to be taken to a hospital and get a more accurate blood test. Many take that option. To get around this police are setting up a checkpoint and they have a judge right there who signs a warrant to have medics give you the blood test on the spot.

Talk about taking the Constitution and the 4th and 5th Amendments and turning them on their head. The due process right is blown because the judge is acting as an agent for the police. He is not impartial at all. This also brings up a big fat Separation of Powers argument. The constitution is clear that the state  cannot take the guarantee of refusal of consent of an illegal search as probable cause.

 

The stats that 50% of accident related deaths involve alcohol is misleading as that number also includes sober people who hit legally intoxicated drivers. Some say that texting, lack of sleep, and arguing with your spouse make a driver more impaired than a driver who has had .08 BAC.

 

More – LINK.

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Steve Forbes: Government unions expensive and corrupt because the politicians who negotiate work for the unions.

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

Public sector unions were illegal until 1960. Forbes explains why we should do away with them. The public school disaster is the most painful example.

New York going broke from sweetheart public sector union and fat government pensions –

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NYC Union Workers Deliberately Engage in Slow Down in Snow Removal to Protest Spending Cuts. Delays Resulted in Deaths…

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

….including a newborn child who’s mother gave birth while trapped in the show.

10% of union workers didn’t show up for work…

New York Post –

FBN –

FNC –

 

 

Fiscally responsible states usually ran by  Republicans and Conservative Democrats gained 10 House seats according to Census data.

People are voting with their feet. Over 150 businesses left California to move to Texas in just the last year.

Union over reach in the public sector (government unions) is causing some states to go bankrupt. The states cannot afford the corruption and sweetheart deals that result from abusive public sector unions.

 

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Population and business fleeing high tax, forced union states ran by progressives

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

Fiscally responsible states usually ran by  Republicans and Conservative Democrats gained 10 House seats according to Census data.

People are voting with their feet. Over 150 businesses left California to move to Texas in just the last year. Missouri may now be changing to a “right to work state”.  Union over reach and greed has sent jobs overseas. Ford Motor Company has a new high tech plant that can make five cars on a single line at once. Union rules do not permit the advanced technology Ford needs so they have built these plants in Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

Union over reach in the public sector (government unions) is causing some states to go bankrupt. The states cannot afford the corruption and sweetheart deals that result from abusive public sector unions.

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Dr. Walter E. Williams: Redistribution of Income

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

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Dr. Thomas Sowell: A Conflict of Visions

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

Dr. Sowell describes the critical differences between interests and visions. Interests, he says, are articulated by people who know what their interests are and what they want to do about them. Visions, however, are the implicit assumptions by which people operate. In politics, visions are either €œconstrained€ or €œunconstrained.€ A closer look at the statements of both McCain and Obama reveals which €œvision€ motivates their policy positions, particularly as they pertain to the war, the law, and economics.

This is also a great exploration of the difference between constrained realists and unconstrained visionaries, traditionalists vs. central planners, the empirical world vs. the normative.

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Amity Shlaes: FDR, The Great Depression and the Record.

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

You think you know what happened? Odds are you don’t. Amity Schleas is likely the greatest living economic historian. She is brilliant, funny, and also happens to be just darn adorable. I had a short conversion with her once and she is very pleasant.

You will not regret watching this interview as you will come away far better informed.

 

More Schleas –

Book TV: After Words with Amity Shlaes:

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Dr. Thomas Sowell: Economic Facts and Fallacies

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

This is a must see video.

Manyof the assumptions that you see parroted on campus about several subjects are fallacies.

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Dr. Thomas Sowell: Why Teachers Unions and “Social Justice” Harm Minority Students

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

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Dr. Thomas Sowell on Intellectuals, Barack Obama, and The Vision of the Anointed

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

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Dr. Thomas Sowell: Obama Economic Policy

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

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Dr. Walter Williams: Washington Cost Estimates Are Lies

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

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Dr. Walter Williams – Housing Crisis Culprits

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

Of course – Dr. Williams is black. That means if you don’t agree with him you are automatically a racist. Just ask ABC News.

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Dr. Walter Williams: Why government central planning equals tyranny

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2010

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Dr. Walter Williams: Healthcare is not a right

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2010

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Music Video: I’m in Love with Friedrich Hayek

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2010

One of the greatest economists and social scientists in human history…. and leftist academia makes sure he isn’t taught in any regular curriculum.

 

Special thanks to The Republican Heretic!

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Democrat Politicians Stingy on Charitable Giving – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2010

UPDATE – John Stossel on who gives more? Republicans or Democrats?

There have been several studies on this issue and the results are always the same, Republicans, especially religious Republicans, donate much larger amounts of their income to charity.

This bears out in tipping as well. In 1992 while I was working part time as a driver for a pizza chain I was delivering to students on the Notre Dame campus. After the transaction was completely done I asked the payer who they were supporting in the upcoming election (Bush41 or Clinton). As it worked out 76% of Republican voting customers tipped and only a small fraction of Democrat voting customers tipped (7% or 17% – I don’t recall which one as this was 1992). I talked to Rush Limbaugh about my experience as tipping was a frequent subject that week on his show. WSBT heard my call and was incredulous. They managed to track me down and had a very skeptical reporter follow me around the next night on deliveries. I followed the same procedure and the numbers worked out again within a percentage point. When they did the TV spot on me I said it was because conservatives are more compassionate than liberals and as I recall the WSBT anchor delivered that news with some degree of scorn in her voice.

 

 

This is nothing new.

FLASHBACK:  Palin gives more to charity in 1 year than Biden did in 8 and she has less income.

So what about the rest of them?

Liberals Give ‘Til It Hurts (You)

By Ann Coulter

Liberals never tire of discussing their own generosity, particularly when demanding that the government take your money by force to fund shiftless government employees overseeing counterproductive government programs.

They seem to have replaced “God” with “Government” in scriptural phrases such as “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

This week, we’ll take a peek at the charitable giving of these champions of the poor.

In 2009, the Obamas gave 5.9 percent of their income to charity, about the same as they gave in 2006 and 2007. In the eight years before he became president, Obama gave an average of 3.5 percent of his income to charity, upping that to 6.5 percent in 2008.

The Obamas’ charitable giving is equally divided between “hope” and “change.”

George W. Bush gave away more than 10 percent of his income each year he was president, as he did before becoming president.

Thus, in 2005, Obama gave about the same dollar amount to charity as President George Bush did, on an income of $1.7 million — more than twice as much as President Bush’s $735,180. Again in 2006, Bush gave more to charity than Obama on an income one-third smaller than Obama’s.

In the decade before Joe Biden became vice president, the Bidens gave a total — all 10 years combined — of $3,690 to charity, or 0.2 percent of their income. They gave in a decade what most Americans in their tax bracket give in an average year, or about one row of hair plugs.

Of course, even in Biden’s stingiest years, he gave more to charity than Sen. John Kerry did in 1995, which was a big fat goose egg. Kerry did, however, spend half a million dollars on a 17th-century Dutch seascape painting that year, as Peter Schweizer reports in his 2008 book, “Makers and Takers.”

To be fair, 1995 was an off-year for Kerry’s charitable giving. The year before, he gave $2,039 to charity, and the year before that a staggering $175.

He also dropped a $5 bill in the Salvation Army pail and almost didn’t ask for change.

In 1998, Al Gore gave $353 to charity — about a day’s take for a lemonade stand in his neighborhood. That was 10 percent of the national average for charitable giving by people in the $100,000-$200,000 income bracket. Gore was at the very top of that bracket, with an income of $197,729.

When Sen. Ted Kennedy released his tax returns to run for president in the ’70s, they showed that Kennedy gave a bare 1 percent of his income to charity — or, as Schweizer says, “about as much as Kennedy claimed as a write-off on his 50-foot sailing sloop Curragh.” (Cash tips to bartenders and cocktail waitresses are not considered charitable donations.)

The Democratic base gives to charity as their betters do. At the same income, a single mother on welfare is seven times less likely to give to charity than a working poor family that attends religious services.

In 2006 and 2007, John McCain, who files separately from his rich wife, gave 27.3 percent and 28.6 percent of his income to charity.

In 2005, Vice President Cheney gave 77 percent of his income to charity. He also shot a lawyer in the face, which I think should count for something.

In a single year, Schweizer reports, Rush Limbaugh “gave $109,716 to ‘various individuals in need of assistance mainly due to family illnesses,’ $52,898 to ‘children’s case management organizations,’ including ‘various programs to benefit families in need,’ $35,100 for ‘Alzheimer’s community care — day care for families in need,’ and $40,951 for air conditioning units and heaters delivered to troops in Iraq.”

(Rush also once gave $50 to Maxine Waters after mistaking her for a homeless person.)

The only way to pry a liberal from his money is to hold tickertape parades for him, allowing him to boast about his charity in magazines and on TV.

Isn’t that what Jesus instructed in the Sermon on the Mount?

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do … But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:2-4)

In my Bible, that passage is illustrated with a photo of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

At least the hypocrites in the Bible, Redmond, Wash., and Omaha, Neb., who incessantly brag about their charity actually do pony up the money.

Elected Democrats crow about how much they love the poor by demanding overburdened taxpayers fund government redistribution schemes, but can never seem to open their own wallets.

The only evidence we have that Democrats love the poor is that they consistently back policies that will create more of them.

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Lame Duck Congress Abuse of Power. Passes More Laws than Any Congress Since ’60’s & Most of that During Lame Duck Session. UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2010

So what is the problem you ask?

Well first of all the 20th Amendment was enacted in part to prevent this exact type of abuse of power. It also shows how much respect the Democrats (and a few Republicans) have for the will of the people.  There was no way that the hyper flawed START Treaty would have been approved before the election or this mountain of legislation that was passed. The Democrats even attempted to pass a new 1.2 trillion dollar spending bill at the last minute. Thankfully it was pulled in the Senate.

“Christmas tree” bills filled with pork, goodies and favors, a return of the overwhelmingly unpopular Death Tax at 35%. The bill preserving the tax rates should have been passed long ago. A food regulation bill that is just a huge federal power grab to control the industry and pick winners and losers, gifts to the trial lawyers to gin up more lawsuits…. more rules, regulations and “easter eggs” we still haven’t seen yet will likely be popping up as they are discovered.

There is no doubt about it, this was the Democrats sticking their finger in your eye and yet another violation of the intent of the Constitution once again. These people do not respect the limits of the law, or any limits on their power. And this past election should just be the first step of what we, the American people, are going to do about it.

Of course the elite media raced to see who could parrot the Democratic leaderships talking points with the most flare. That little 20th Amendment thing and the spirit behind it, not worthy of a mention….. will of the people, forget it as the elite media holds you in almost as much contempt as Nancy Pelosi does.

 

UPDATE – Congresswomen Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) Will Move To Ban Lame Duck Sessions Of Congress as they violate spirit of the 20th Amendment.

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Salon Publishes MULTIPLE Calls for Torture, Murder of Sarah Palin

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2010

Is anyone surprised? Our friends at Big Journalism caught only one of these, there are more. Below is what we found just browsing for about five minutes. There are thousands of hate screeds against Sarah Palin and Republicans in general on Salon,  many of which contain violence and rape imagery; the few we picked out were some of the most… shall we say… colorful.

By the way THIS is what we mean by Palin Derangement Syndrome…

Via BigJournalism.com:

Liberal online political magazine Salon.com published a letter to the editor Friday that called for the murder of 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

The letter was written in response to a mocking article at Salon titled, Good Morning America’s painfully friendly interview with Sarah Palin by Alex Pareene.

Pareene snarkily sums up the GMA interview:

“The interview was basically split into a couple of distinct sections: How awesome is your family, how bad is Barack Obama, how awful are people who criticize you, and how awesome is America?”

The first letter published in response to the article calls for Palin to be electrocuted by a cattle prod by convicted dog abuser Michael Vick:  “Vick gets a pet to torture and we get rid of Palin. A win-win for everyone!”

Michael Vick, the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, is a convicted felon who spent time in prison for dog fighting and animal cruelty.

That letter has apparently sat in the pole position under the article in the Letters to the Editor section since it was posted “Friday, December 17, 2010 12:33 PM ET.”

The Letters section for the GMA article lists 65 letters published over four pages. Each letter has a “flag” button to call attention to Salon editors about objectionable comments. It seems no one at Salon finds it objectionable for the site to publish an explicit call for murder.

Salon’s Editor at Large  Joan Walsh is a regular on MSNBC and CNN. Will Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough or Wolf Blitzer attack Walsh for prominently publishing a call for the murder of Sarah Palin? Will Walsh do the right thing and publicly apologize to Palin and pull the letter?

How soon will the Democratic Party front group Media Matters for America come along and slurp up this large chunk of vomit from Salon?

So I went to Salon and started looking at the comments – WARNING NOT SAFE FOR WORK –

Friday, December 17, 2010 01:24 PM ET

Palin Will Likely Be Assassinated

If she gets anywhere near the Presidential nomination, she will probably catch a bullet in the head.

I seriously doubt that the corporations who really run America want this stupid twat fucking up shit in D.C.

They prefer a smoother kind of criminal like Obama.

Friday, December 17, 2010 04:23 PM ET

I Shit In Sarah Palin’s Foul Cunt.

Fuck her and fuck her retarded family.

Fuck the GOP.

Fuck Ronald Reagan’s maggot-ridden corpse.

Fuck their evil Jesus and their sick Bible.

Fuck John Wayne and his tiny dick.

Fuck Rush Limbaugh and his cancerous soul.

Fuck George W. Bush and his cocaine-addled peabrain.

Fuck Dick Cheney and his tiny mechanical heart.

Fuck Karl Rove and his self-hating homosexuality.

Fuck Condosleeza Rice and her self-hating racism.

Fuck G.I. Joe, Captain America and The Girl Next Door.

Fuck Glenn Beck, Mitt Romney, Joseph Smith and every other batshit crazy Mormon huckster.

Fuck Miss America and all the Ships at Sea.

Fuck Barack Obama and his cowardly sellout ass.

Fuck anyone who ever supported our troops.

Fuck our troops.

Fuck God.

Fuck The Flag.

Fuck Apple Pie.

Fuck The Golden Arches.

Fuck Bank of America.

Fuck General Motors.

Fuck Joe Lieberman, Joe McCarthy and Joe the goddamn Plumber.

Fuck the South.

Fuck Texas. Twice.

Fuck the KKK.

Fuck John Birch.

Fuck Barry Goldwater.

And fuck any motherfucker who disagrees with me.

Saturday, December 18, 2010 01:39 AM ET

Calif Mike: The main stream media should stick to the old proven strategy of tearing her apart. There is no real entertainment without blood.

I hear you, brother.

I tried to convince the networks to have that obnoxious dumbass bitch torn apart and eaten alive by starving dogs, but their pussyhole executives wouldn’t buy it.

mm

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2010 YEARLY DEFICIT: $2.08 Trillion. That is 10 times higher than the last year Republicans had budgetary control.

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2010

Two trillion in debt raised in a single year and what do we have to show for it?

If you ever needed proof that Keynesianism does not work. If you ever needed proof that you cannot have spending and consumption without private sector production this should do it. But to the left Socialist and Keynesian theory, like the global warming scare, is a truth that is unfalsifiable no matter how much evidence and experience is piled on. Well theories don’t pay for groceries.

See our post when the government numbers indicates that the yearly deficit was only 6.5 times higher than FY2007 – LINK.

Reuters:

The U.S. government fell deeper into the red in fiscal 2010 with net liabilities swelling more than $2 trillion as commitments on government debt and federal benefits rose, a U.S. Treasury report showed on Tuesday.

The Financial Report of the United States, which applies corporate-style accrual accounting methods to Washington, showed the government’s liabilities exceeded assets by $13.473 trillion. That compared with a $11.456 trillion gap a year earlier.

Unlike the normal measurement of government intake of receipts against cash outlays, accrual accounting measures costs such as interest on the debt and federal benefits payable when they are incurred, not when funds are actually disbursed.

The report was instituted under former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, the first Treasury secretary in the George W. Bush administration, to illustrate the mounting liabilities of government entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

The government’s net operating cost, or deficit, in the report grew to $2.080 trillion for the year ended September 30 from $1.253 trillion the prior year as spending and liabilities increased for social programs. Actual and anticipated revenues were roughly unchanged.

The cash budget deficit narrowed in fiscal 2010 to $1.294 trillion from $1.417 trillion in 2009. But the $858 billion tax cut extension package enacted last week is expected to keep the deficit well above the $1 trillion mark for another year.

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Washington Post: Health plans for high-risk patients attracting fewer, costing more than expected

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2010

Ya think? How long have we been saying this?

Washington Post:

An early feature of the new health-care law that allows people who are already sick to get insurance to cover their medical costs isn’t attracting as many customers as expected.

In the meantime, in at least a few states, claims for medical care covered by the “high-risk pools” are proving very costly, and it is an open question whether the $5 billion allotted by Congress to start up the plans will be sufficient.

Federal health officials contend the new insurance plans, designed solely for people who already are sick, are merely experiencing growing pains. It will take time to spread the word that they exist and to adjust prices and benefits so that the plans are as attractive as possible, the officials say.

State-level directors of the plans agree, in part. But in interviews, they also said that the insurance premiums are unaffordable for some who need the coverage – and that some would-be customers are skittish about the plans because federal lawsuits and congressional Republicans are trying to overturn the entire law.

The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, the program’s official name, is an early test of President Obama’s argument that people will embrace the politically divisive health-care overhaul once they see its advantages firsthand. According to some health-policy researchers, the success or failure of the pools also could foreshadow the complexities of making broader changes in health insurance by 2014, when states are to open new marketplaces – or exchanges – for Americans to buy coverage individually or in small groups.

Under the sprawling health-care legislation that Democrats pushed through Congress in March, the special health plans were designed as a temporary coping mechanism for a small but important niche among the nation’s 50 million uninsured: people who have been rejected by insurance companies because they already are sick.

Twenty-seven states have created their own high-risk pools. The rest used an option in the law to let their residents buy coverage through a new federal health plan.

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Former socialist, former atheist Peter Hitchens: There is a lot of scorn in revolutionary socialism. You have the feeling that you know best…

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2010

Former socialist and former atheist Peter Hitchens explains the foolish elitism of the progressive secular left and how they look down on anyone who disagrees with contempt and scorn as if they are sub-human.

Tell me about it.

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Beck: History’s Economic Lessons

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2010

How leftist economists blew it in 1946.

The Weimar Republic.

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Ambassador John Bolton explains why the New START Treaty with Russia is a bad deal for America

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2010

Hmm this is what Sarah Palin said a while ago.

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Meet the Palestinian Mickey Mouse

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2010

This is what kids television shows are like in parts of the Middle east. Warning  disturbing.

You will likely never see this in a college class.

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November: Durable Goods orders drop 1.3%, Consumer Spending up .4%, Savings down to 5.3%, Capital Goods down 6.8%

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2010

Welcome to our flat-lining economy. Up a little here, down a little there. Some numbers creeping up for a few months to flat-line again. This is what regulatory uncertainty, a loss of confidence and even fear of over reaching government does to an economy.

Bloomberg:

New orders for manufactured durable goods in November decreased $2.6 billion or 1.3 percent to $193.7 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down three of the last four months, followed a 3.1 percent October decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 2.4 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 2.3 percent.

Transportation equipment, also down three of the last four months, had the largest decrease, $6.2 billion or 11.9 percent to $45.5 billion. This was due to nondefense aircraft and parts, which decreased $6.6 billion.

Shipments

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in November, also down three of the last four months, decreased $0.7 billion or 0.3 percent to $195.8 billion. This followed a 1.0 percent October decrease.

Transportation equipment, down four consecutive months, had the largest decrease, $1.6 billion or 3.3 percent to $46.5 billion.

Unfilled Orders

Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in November, up ten of the last eleven months, increased $3.4 billion or 0.4 percent to $825.7 billion. This followed a 0.7 percent October increase.

Machinery, up ten consecutive months, had the largest increase, $2.1 billion or 2.0 percent to $106.3 billion.

[Gotta hire people to make the less common models – not happening – Editor]

Inventories

Inventories of manufactured durable goods in November, up eleven consecutive months, increased $1.9 billion or 0.6 percent to $319.1 billion. This followed a 0.6 percent October increase.

Transportation equipment, also up eleven consecutive months, had the largest increase, $1.1 billion or 1.3 percent to $84.3 billion.

Capital Goods

Non-defense new orders for capital goods in November decreased $4.9 billion or 6.8 percent to $66.1 billion. Shipments decreased slightly to $64.8 billion. Unfilled orders increased $1.3 billion or 0.3 percent to $505.3 billion. Inventories increased $0.7 billion or 0.5 percent to $135.2 billion. [This number hurts. Capital goods are tools and equipment used for making things and doing big things, like making or expanding factories. It takes investors money to buy these things.  – Editor]

 

Reuters:

The Commerce Department said spending rose 0.4 percent after increasing by an upwardly revised 0.7 percent in October. Economists polled by Reuters had expected spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity, to rise 0.5 percent last month after a previously reported 0.4 percent gain in October.

The report also showed the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of consumer inflation — the personal consumption expenditures priceindex, excluding food and energy — rose 0.1 percent after being flat for four straight months. In the 12 months through November, the core PCE index rose 0.8 percent, the same margin as in October and still the smallest year-on-year gain since records started in 1960. [There is little confidence in the Federal Reserves method of measuring inflation any more as some in the media and politicians are now openly mocking it. In short, no inflation my ear…  – Editor]

The gains in spending were the latest to suggest an acceleration in the growth pace this quarter after output increased at a 2.6 percent annualized rate in the July-September period.

Spending was supported by a 0.3 percent increase in incomes, which was slightly more than the 0.2 percent rise that economists had expected. Incomes rose 0.4 percent in October. Consumers also dipped into their savings to fund purchases. [Incomes are up largely because temp hiring is up. Temps get no benefits so they tend to get higher wages – Editor]

Spending adjusted for inflation rose 0.3 percent after advancing 0.5 percent in October. The seventh straight month of gains bolstered views the spending pace gathered momentum in the current quarter after growing at a 2.4 percent rate in the July-September period. [Whoa now look at that .3% number. So if consumer spending went up .4% and adjusted for inflation the number is .3% that means 25% of the increase in consumer spending was inflation, of which the Federal Reserve says is super low. This is another example of how Sarah Palin was way out ahead of this one.  Those in the elite media who mock her have not been paying much attention as she has been making predictions in several policy areas way out ahead of everyone else, getting mocked for it, but being proved correct again and again. – Editor]

The savings rate slipped to 5.3 percent last month, the smallest since March, from 5.4 percent in October. Savings dropped to $614.8 billion, the lowest level since March.

 

 

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CBS airs fake George W. Bush book cover…

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2010

So what appears on the screen during CBS’ report on new books on Sunday the 19th?

Of course the real cover looks like this:

CBS claims it was an accident. Is anyone buying that story? And why should we from the years of unethical reporting that we have come to expect from CBS

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Penn & Teller on the First and Second Amendment

Posted by iusbvision on December 28, 2010

With a special guest appearances from the founder of FIRE Dr. Alan Kors and some obscure pinhead no one has ever heard of named Noam Chomsky.

Warning adult language!

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Flashback January 2008: December 2007 Marks Record 52nd Consecutive Month Of Job Growth.

Posted by iusbvision on December 28, 2010

Allbusiness January 4th 2008:

More Than 8.3 Million Jobs Created Since August 2003 In Longest Continuous Run Of Job Growth On Record

WASHINGTON — Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released new jobs figures – 18,000 jobs created in December. Since August 2003, more than 8.3 million jobs have been created, with more than 1.3 million jobs created throughout 2007. Our economy has now added jobs for 52 straight months – the longest period of uninterrupted job growth on record. The unemployment rate remains low at 5 percent. The U.S. economy benefits from a solid foundation, but we cannot take economic growth for granted and economic indicators have become increasingly mixed. President Bush will continue working with Congress to address the challenges our economy faces and help facilitate long-term economic growth, job growth, and better standards of living for all Americans.

The U.S. Economy Benefits From A Solid Foundation

* Real GDP grew at a strong 4.9 percent annual rate in the third quarter of 2007. The economy has now experienced six years of uninterrupted growth, averaging 2.8 percent a year since 2001.

* Real after-tax per capita personal income has risen by 11.7 percent – an average of more than $3,550 per person – since President Bush took office.

* Over the course of this Administration, productivity growth has averaged 2.6 percent per year. This growth is well above average productivity growth in the 1990s, 1980s, and 1970s.

* The Federal budget deficit is down to 1.2 percent of GDP (in FY07), well below the 40-year average. Economic growth contributed to the highest tax revenues on record and a $250 billion drop in the deficit over the last three years.

* U.S. exports in October 2007 were 13.7 percent higher than exports in October 2006.

* The Administration will continue working to prevent tax increases on families and small businesses. The President’s tax relief cut taxes for everyone who pays income taxes and must be made permanent to prevent hard-working Americans from facing a massive tax hike.

* The President urges Congress to complete work on legislation to help American families keep their homes. Congress took one positive step by voting to pass the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act. Now they should complete work on the President’s FHA modernization bill and pass a reform bill that strengthens the regulation of government sponsored enterprises, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. [IUSB Vision Editor’s Note – The Democrats used the filibuster threat in the Senate to stop mortgage reform, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reform, once again; reform that President Bush and Republicans in Congress were trying to get passed since 2001. The Democrats insisted that there was no problem while taking almost $200 million from Fannie/Freddie in campaign funds, donations to their party, 527’s, think tanks, and other partisan groups. We now live with the result.]

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Heritage: 10 most popular economic charts of 2010

Posted by iusbvision on December 28, 2010

Heritage:

Top Ten Charts of 2010

Posted December 27th, 2010

As 2010 draws to a close, The Foundry will be posting a series of Top Ten lists highlighting some of The Heritage Foundation’s most influential work. The Top Ten Heritage Charts are below, sorted by pageviews with the 10th most popular chart on top, and the most popular chart at the bottom. Turns out the most popular chart of 2010 is the same as the 2009 (with updated info) most popular chart. If we left out your favorite, let us know in the comments.

10. Recent Spending Hikes Are Not Limited to Temporary Emergencies

9. Federal Revenues by Source

8. Federal Government Revenues Have More Than Tripled Since 1965

7. Entitlements Will Consume All Tax Revenues by 2052

6. Taxes per Household Have Risen Dramatically

5. Obama’s Budget Would Create Unprecedented Deficits

4. National Debt Set to Skyrocket

3. Federal Spending Is Growing Faster Than Federal Revenue

2. Federal Spending per Household Is Skyrocketing

1. The Top 10 Percent of Income Earners Paid 71 Percent of Federal Income Tax

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AEI Study: Elite Media Spins Economic News Positive when Democrats in Power, Negative When Republicans in Power

Posted by iusbvision on December 28, 2010

To those who pay attention the headline above is no surprise whatsoever. The study completed in 2004 is still bearing out as we and other bloggers have pointed out for almost two years how the elite media spun the bad economic news positive telling us that “most economists” thought that the stimulus package would help much more than it did.  According to the elite media “most economists” were surprised by month after month after month of unexpectedunexpectedunexpectedunexpected bad economic news. Of course to those who were paying attention the news wasn’t unexpected at all.

AEI:

Newspaper headlines reporting on unemployment, gross domestic product, retail sales, and durable goods tended to be negative when a Republican is in the White House.

Economists have been puzzled this year by the persistence with which perceptions about the economy have lagged behind the economic data. For the most recent 12-month period for which we have data, for example, the economy grew almost exactly as fast as it did during the best 12-month period during President Clinton’s two terms. But the economic mood of the country has been much different.

It isn’t just the economy that influences people’s perceptions. In research we just released, we find that media coverage is also an important determinant. We found that newspaper headlines reporting economic news on unemployment, gross domestic product (GDP), retail sales, and durable goods tended to be much more frequently negative when a Republican was in the White House. And this was true even after accounting for the economic numbers on which the stories were based and how those numbers were changing over time.

We also found that positive headlines explained whether people thought that the economy was getting better more than the economic variables themselves. Newspapers are indeed important.

There have, of course, been numerous anecdotal claims of media bias. What has been lacking has been a rigorous scientific study of media bias, and our new paper is an attempt to provide just that.

If we limit ourselves to news coverage of economic data, it is possible to get an objective measure of the news behind the stories. Our research team first collected a list of days that important economic news was released for most papers since 1991 and for four major papers and the Associated Press since 1985. We then used Nexis, a computer database of news stories that contains information on 389 newspapers, to gather all of the 12,620 headlines that ran in America’s newspapers covering economic news stories. We excluded follow-up and feature stories because we wanted to be able to link the headlines directly with the numbers on which they were based.

Headlines are relatively easy to classify since they say things are getting better, worse or mixed. For example, on Jan. 31, the government reported that the real GDP had grown 4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2003. The New York Times covered this, appropriately, as good news, writing the headline, “Economy remained strong in 4th quarter, U.S. reports.” At the same time, the Chicago Tribune wrote that “GDP growth disappoints; job worries linger.” Headlines are so divergent, it’s sometimes hard to believe they are referring to the same event.

Actual economic data explains much about the headlines–but far from everything. We found that the incidence of positive coverage during Republican presidencies was fairly steady–but economic news under President Clinton received by far the most positive coverage. This partisan gap or bias (the difference in positive headlines between Republicans and Democrats for the same underlying economic news) consistently implied that Democrats got between 10 and 20 percentage points more positive headlines.

We also examined individual newspapers. Among the top 10 papers, we found strong evidence that the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and the Washington Postwere much more likely to have positive headlines for Democrats even with the same economic news. The New York Post showed no statistically significant difference. The Los Angeles Times did not tend to treat Republicans and Democrats significantly differently.

Even including the Los Angeles Times, Ronald Reagan, a president who presided over one of the most vigorous economies in our history, still received seven percent fewer positive news stories than Clinton after accounting for the different economic conditions.

What motivates newspapers and their copy editors to pick the headlines that they do is not a question we tried to answer. Whether these motivations are conscious or not, a partisan gap exists, and it helps explain one of this year’s biggest economic puzzles. Unfortunately, the recent charges of political bias at CBS may only be a small part of the problem with the news.

 

 

 

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Prosecutor Misconduct Lets Convicted off Easy & Sends Innocent to Prison – UPDATED

Posted by iusbvision on December 28, 2010

According to the Innocence Project, who uses DNA and other forensic methods to check convictions:

The cases of wrongful convictions uncovered by DNA testing are filled with evidence of negligence, fraud or misconduct by prosecutors or police departments.

DNA exonerations have exposed official misconduct at every level and stage of a criminal investigation.

Common forms of misconduct by law enforcement officials include:

•    Employing suggestion when conducting  identification procedures
•    Coercing false confessions
•    Lying or intentionally misleading jurors about their observations
•    Failing to turn over exculpatory evidence to prosecutors
•    Providing incentives to secure unreliable evidence from informants

Common forms of misconduct by prosecutors include:

•    Withholding exculpatory evidence from defense
•    Deliberately mishandling, mistreating or destroying evidence
•    Allowing witnesses they know or should know are not truthful to testify
•    Pressuring defense witnesses not to testify
•    Relying on fraudulent forensic experts
•    Making misleading arguments that overstate the probative value of testimony

In about 25% of DNA exoneration cases, innocent defendants made incriminating statements, delivered outright confessions or pled guilty.

These cases show that confessions are not always prompted by internal knowledge or actual guilt, but are sometimes motivated by external influences.

Why do innocent people confess? A variety of factors can contribute to a false confession during a police interrogation. Many cases have included a combination of several of these causes. They include:

•duress
•coercion
•intoxication
•diminished capacity
•mental impairment
•ignorance of the law
•fear of violence
•the actual infliction of harm
•the threat of a harsh sentence
•Misunderstanding the situation

Eddie Joe LLoyd – Lloyd was convicted of the 1984 murder of a 16-year-old girl in Detroit after he wrote to police with suggestions on how to solve various recent crimes. During several interviews, police fed details of the crime to Lloyd, who was mentally ill, and convinced him that by confessing he was helping them “smoke out” the real killer. Lloyd eventually signed a confession and gave a tape-recorded statement. The jury deliberated less than an hour before convicting him and the judge said at sentencing that execution, which had been outlawed in Michigan, would have been the “only justifiable sentence” if it were available. In 2002, DNA testing proved that Lloyd was innocent and he was exonerated.

In more than 15% of cases of wrongful conviction overturned by DNA testing, an informant or jailhouse snitch testified against the defendant. Often, statements from people with incentives to testify – particularly incentives that are not disclosed to the jury – are the central evidence in convicting an innocent person.

People have been wrongfully convicted in cases in which snitches:

  • Have been paid to testify
  • Have testified in exchange for their release from prison.
  • Have testified in multiple distinct cases that they have evidence of guilt, through overhearing a confession or witnessing the crime.

DNA exonerations have shown that snitches lie on the stand. To many, this news isn’t a surprise. Testifying falsely in exchange for an incentive – either money or a sentence reduction – is often the last resort for a desperate inmate. For someone who is not in prison already, but who wants to avoid being charged with a crime, providing snitch testimony may be the only option.

UPDATE – Another false snitch allegation with the details hidden from the jury – 

Other causes according to the Innocence Project are bad forensic science and/or forensic misconduct and bad defense attorneys.

An interesting story in USA Today talking about the misconduct by federal prosecutors to help get people convicted. These are just a sample of the ones who got caught and that USA Today could find.

USA Today:

James Strode hid his face with a scarf the evening he walked behind a counter in a Seattle Rite Aid pharmacy, grabbed a clerk by the throat and threatened to stab her or other workers who heard her call for help on an intercom.
“Give me all the money,” he barked. “Somebody better give me some money or someone is going to get stabbed.”

The November 2006 robbery, detailed in a police report, was one of the most menacing episodes in a criminal career that spanned two decades and four states. Strode’s record includes convictions for at least three burglaries, one robbery, a theft, an attack on a public safety officer and a bank robbery tried in federal court.

Strode might well have been in federal prison at the time of the Rite Aid robbery. But the bank robbery conviction and sentence that could have kept him there were wiped out in 2000, when an appeals court concluded that the federal prosecutor in charge of Strode’s trial had “crossed the line” by making improper arguments to the jury.

So instead of keeping Strode behind bars for a decade, the U.S. Justice Department agreed he could be released in less than half that time. About 13 months after he got out, Strode held up the Seattle pharmacy.

What happened to Strode underscores one of the least recognized consequences of misconduct by Justice Department attorneys in charge of enforcing the nation’s laws. Although those abuses have put innocent people in prison, misconduct also has set guilty people free by significantly shortening their prison sentences.

In some cases, they served no additional time. New crimes sometimes followed.

A USA TODAY investigation has documented 201 cases since 1997 in which federal courts found that prosecutors violated laws or ethics rules. Each was so serious that judges overturned convictions, threw out charges or rebuked the prosecutors. And although the violations tainted no more than a small fraction of the tens of thousands of cases filed in federal courts each year, legal specialists who reviewed the newspaper’s work said misconduct is not always uncovered, so the true extent of the problem might never be known.

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