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Archive for February 18th, 2011

February News Roundup Part I

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2011

We have been a bit behind on blogging this month. Catching up by using a couple of mega-posts to catch up on the important stuff. There are lots of great updates here so be sure to scan through this carefully and be sure to catch our February News Roundup Part II.

>> Obama’s Cousin Dr. Milton Wolf says that Palin is right about ObamaCare.  – LINK.

>> Watts – New Evidence that mother nature deals with CO2 just fine. Also if all industrial activity stopped climate would still change – LINK:

>>Steve McIntyre presentation at the Heartland Climate Change and Economics Institute. This is a no miss video. – LINK.

>> Daily Caller – The new budget from the White House gives the GOP new opportunities.

The budget from the President contains levels of spending, debt and new taxes that are just reckless. The numbers are also fraudulent because the proposed budget assumes levels of economic growth that are not even close to realistic. You can see the official proposed and rather rosy rigged White House deficit numbers here – http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2012/assets/tables.pdf

Do these numbers look like the government living within its mean as President Obama said to you?

>> Daily Caller – First Drilling Company Files Bankruptcy as  Result of Obama Illegal Offshore Drilling Ban.

Keep in mind that we reported that the Obama Administration has been found in contempt of course for continuing to enforce the illegal offshore drilling ban. By the way the Daily Caller has been on a roll of great coverage lately and has become a must see daily along with the Washington Examiner.

>>Dale Petersen is running for President. I had a nice chat with one of his fund raisers at CPAC. I will discuss more of that later. This guy is a long shot to be sure, but there is certainly more depth to him than a few great TV ads.

>>Gallup: More Americans Now Pro-Life than Pro-Abortion for the First Time.

>>Daily Caller – Obama signs into law new Food Regulation Bill passed during the lame duck session at Christmas while you weren’t looking.

This bill is a gargantuan power grab that drives up food prices and sticks it to smaller companies and farms. This bill is Norton’s First Law in action: Big business loves big government because big government taxes and regulates the small and medium sized competition out of the competition.

You “liberals” who claim to oppose corporatism, I am waiting for you to speak up because this is yet another in a long list of examples of Democrats being in big corporations back pocket.

>> Tea Party Express Takes on Senator Lugar:

>> America’s worst speed traps LINK.

>> Prof. William Jacobson at Cornell dissects the Shirley Sherrod nuisance lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart. Mark Levin Comments:

>> Accuracy in Media interviews Donald Rumsfeld on his book and media bias.

Rumsfeld talks about the WMD issue. The weapons inspectors found active and static WMD programs some of which could be producing mass weapons in six months and some programs would be producing within five years. Saddam was suppose dto give all of this up. We invaded in 2003 well five years later was 2008. So what would terrorists now be armed with if Saddam was not removed?: 

>> Bill O’Reilly Budget Plan for America – “It is embarrassing that the President’s own debt commission says he is not doing nearly enough to solve the financial crisis…” : 

>> WOW – Laurie Dhue was a functioning alcoholic for 10 years! Tells all to Geraldo! Sober for 4 years! May come back to Fox News!!

>> GOOD NEWS – The House passed 61 Billion in real spending cuts today and repealed excessive and poorly designed regulations from several industries including coal. The regulatory power is granted by Congress for the purpose of making the laws Congress passes easy to understand and follow, it was never designed for social engineering nor was it intended to be used to allow the executive to legislate on its own and buck the will of Congress.

>> File this under awesome: The House has voted 244-179 to kill $13 million in U.S. funding for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The House no longer wishes to have the IPCC prepare its climate assessment. GOP lawmakers said IPCC scientists were guilty of manipulating data and destroying evidence to promote their global warming views. (H/T Gregory Hilton)

>> By a 235 to 189 margin, the House of Representatives has just voted to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio and PBS. They have been receiving $420 million from the government. They are all responsible for blatant bias against conservatives. (H/T Gregory Hilton).

>> Liz Trotta Rips Anderson Cooper’s Egypt Coverage!

>> State Rep. Robert Hagen (D-OH) has just called a black tea party member “Buckwheat,” but says it is not a racial slur. Tom Spaulding wants to test his claim: “Let’s have Hagan take a midnight stroll in poor urban areas and call the black people he meets ‘Buckwheat’. Let him explain that he’s been using the phrase ‘since he was a kid’ and it ‘has no racial connotation’”. State Sen. Jake Knotts (R-SC) referred to Gov. Nikki Haley as a “towelhead” on a comedy show.  (Via Gregory Hilton)

>> Tucker Carlson:  Politically Correct (read not accurate) pro-Islamic bias being introduced to public school text books.

I have high school aged relatives and it amazes me how much leftist secular/anti-western culture attitude change propaganda gets into these text books, much of it can be debunked with common academic and public records resources. In many of these texts Ronald Reagan’s name is not even mentioned in the sections covering the end of the Cold War; I just graduated with a new degree in 2010 and that particular bias was in my class material. Fortunately the young PhD. candidate teaching the class allowed me to give a lecture on the Cold War as I was the only one in the room old enough to remember it.

>> Geert Wilders on the expatriating of Jihadists from Europe.

Most people here in the USA havce no idea how the situation in Europe has evolved. Many European countries including Sweden, England, Germany, France, and Holland have “state within a state” jihadist enclaves where militant Islamists have such control that not even the police are not safe to enter. The violence has reached incredible levels. Such violence includes Islamic rape gangs that act with near impunity, honor killings, and female genital mutilation. The militants have masterfully used their lawyers to manipulate the Euro left and the hate speech laws to make it virtually illegal to even criticize what is going on.  Polls in England show that 28% of Muslims were willing to tell a pollster that they supported and/or were sympathetic to the cause of the 9/11 hijackers and the subway bombers. Many also are willing to tell a pollster that they want to do away with democracy, and force sharia law and the caliphate upon Europe.  

>> Congress in bipartisan push to reverse Obama’s ban on re-importation of M-1 Garand antique rifles.

Ahh yes I remember the campaign. I remember when Obama said that he supported the Second Amendment and how he promised not to get in the way of hunters, collectors and those who wanted to have a gun for legitimate self defense. I remember how he hired that actor to get in target shooting garb to praise him. I remember how he lectured us all on how he supported gun rights and firearm enthusiasts. I also remember how he opposed a law in Illinois that would allow you to defend yourself in your own home. I also remember how he answered several firearms policy questionnaires and I remember how he was against Heller before he was for it. I also remember how right after he was elected he started hiring hard core anti-gun (BATF Chief) and anti-hunting (OIRA Director) activists.  But what can I say, but WE TOLD YOU SO.

The excuse was that these rifles are too dangerous…. but no one in the Administration would go on the record stating so. “Asked why the M1’s pose a threat, the State Department spokesman referred questions to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ATF representatives said they would look into the question Monday afternoon, but on Wednesday they referred questions to the Justice Department. DOJ spokesman Dean Boyd referred questions back to the State Department” – LINK.

These rifles are NOT the choice of criminals by a long shot. The M1 Garand rifle is very long, heavy, fires ammo that is very expensive, it has an antique loading mechanism that only holds eight bullets, it is not a rapid fire weapon and if the proper training is not obeyed EVERY time the weapon is loaded/unloaded its feeding mechanism can  easily leave you with a broken thumb or finger.

Let me show you what I mean: 

Here is the good news from the NRA: 

>> Video release of the loon that tried to firebomb Governor Rick Perry’s (R-TX) home.

>> Todd Palin at Iron Dog Race in Alaska. He is a four time champion.

>> Attention Journalism Majors – See why veteran unemployment is higher than the national average

>> Daily Caller – China moves to stamp out “Jasmine Revolution” LINK.

>> Food Prices going up at 150% inflation rate. And some elite media reporters said that Sarah Palin was nuts when she predicted this. LINK.

>> Six Reasons why USA is Only the Ninth Most Free Economy in the World LINK.

>> Obama Was Against Health Care Mandate in Campaign

>> Democrats having a fit over House investigations into Obama Administration lack of transparency. This is a subject we have covered many times. He promised the most transparent administration and has the least transparent since Nixon.  – LINK.

>> Gallup: GOP Image Highest Since 2005LINK.

>> Book Glamorizing Suicide Bombers Found in Arizona Desert Near BorderLINK.

>> Radicalized Muslim Cleric Arrested Sneaking into USALINK.

>> Disaster: Obama to raise ethanol in gas to 15%. Ethanol gives you lower gas mileage, eats automotive seals, breaks down into water and varnish in a few weeks if your car sits, is environmentally backwards, this will drive up food prices, it is expensive, the taxpayers subsidize it and most cars made before 2006 aren’t designed to handle it. HotAir.com has more details.

>> Newt all over the place on ethanol and global warming. His positions change depending on who he is in front of and I witnessed that at CPAC. Newt is brilliant, but like Mit Romney it seems he just wants it too badly. LINK. Gov. Daniels is pro-ethanol and has been consistent in that view. Of course he is from Indiana so what do you expect? Of course Mitch is wrong about the issue on the merits and he almost certainly knows it. Economically and logistically ethanol is a nightmare, but opposing it politically in this state may be as well and the same goes for Iowa. Mitch is truly an economic genius so I cannot believe he does not understand this.

>> Judge Vinson – ObamaCare is unconstitutional. Judge uses Obama’s own words in the ruling LINK.

>> Media Bias – Washington Post has no coverage for March for Life but gives 48 paragraphs to leftist Ingrate Ron Reagan Jr. who attack his dead father Presidnet Reagan. LINK. ABC gives 24 minutes of network news coverage of his nook in five days. What nooks gets that much network face time? – LINK. You have heard us use the term “attitude change propaganda” before well I have just given you two examples of it. Loyal son Michael Reagan responds with a simple statement, “My brother was an embarrassment to my father when he was alive, now he is an embarrassment to my mother”.

>> Jeff Sessions: Economic policy that is stuck in reverse LINK.

>> Mark Levin: Obama is NOT moderating. Has Obama called off his lawyers when it comes to ObamaCare, Texas EPA regs, illegal offshore drilling ban, suing Arizona etc. NOPE. Must see video – LINK.

>> OK this was sort of obvious but it is always good to have the evidence – Obama Justice Department Colluded with ACLU to Attack Arizona’s SB 1070 According to Documents Uncovered by Judicial WatchLINK.

>> New York Democrats indicted on voter fraud charges. Elite media yawns. LINK.

>> Reagan on the dictator of Libya:

>> Dramatic Video: Mom Lashes Out At “Scumbag” Judge That Was Found Guilty Of Sending Kids To Jail For Payola

>> O’Reilly and Bernard Goldberg on CNN’s softball interview with George Soros:

>> Texas will soon pass a new law allowing concealed carry on campus:

Many students are too young to remember, but I remember very well when only a few states in the union allowed concealed carry. Every time a new state changed the law to get more constitutionally correct the left warned that there would be shootouts right and left and that average people would be snapping at the drop of a hat. Well it hasn’t happened. In fact states who have passed such laws saw almost all crime including gun crime drop. While England and Australia passed gun bans their crime and gun crime rates when up sharply. A gun is a great equalizer and if citizens do not have them the law of the land starts to look more like the law of the jungle.

Here in Indiana as many as 1 in 12 carries a concealed handgun. How often do you hear of issues involving people with legal guns? Most citizens who are unaware of the gun culture such as the young lady who made those rather uninformed comments in the video have no idea that they are surrounded by armed people much of the time. Of course now some courts are enforcing the bill of rights on public property more and more. With Heller and the other recent rulings involving the Second Amendment expect courts to be more sympathetic to the issue of self defense. Utah has already passed a similar law for schools and it has been a success.

As I have stated before, I believe that some far left professors lack the judgment and temperament to have access to a firearm. Fortunately most of the left will not take advantage of such laws anyways.

>> Rumsfeld: “I think [Obama] has made a practice of trying to apologize for America” LINK

>> UK – Four Islamist men slashed teacher’s face and left him with fractured skull ‘for teaching other religions to Muslim girls’LINK

>> Hillary: “Israel’s settlements illegitimate“. We pointed out that Obama hired some hard core antisemites to serve on his campaign and as advisors. This is exactly the type of thing that Joe Biden promised would not happen.

>> Ann Coulter says that Sarah Palin should not run for President because it would be a step down for her. It would be like Rush Limbaugh running for President.

This may seem silly to the politically unsavvy, but think about it.  Palin has a bully pulpit that is bigger than Obama’s. She can get legislation changed with a Tweet or a Facebook note. She is the fund raiser and king maker in chief. And she can mobilize the base after an election to keep members of Congress and even a President honest.

>> Barry Rubin: NPR is not journalism it is a political warfare operation – LINK.

>> Pamela Geller: “honor killings” on the increase in the West – 

>> MSNBC: Oil Companies Make Sure Our Air is Polluted

Where do they find these whack jobs. Oh wait I know, radicalized college campus’

Stay Tuned for February News Roundup Part II

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Greatest Political Art of our Lifetime

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2011

http://www.mcnaughtonart.com/page/view_search/379

http://www.mcnaughtonart.com/artwork/pdf_file/379/forgottenman-lowres.pdf

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Pinhead Academic: Ban ROTC from Campus

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2011

Normally I do not like name-calling or mocking someone unless one has tried to use substance and genuine argument first. There are some cases where what is spoken by some far left academics is so painfully dumb and foolish in the worst extreme, that it does not merit serious refutation (although we are going to give you some). This is such a case.

Parents and student’s need to know that pin-heads like this guy are praised on campus. They are given access to your kids without any attempt to balance the conversation in almost all cases.

Allow me to introduce you to Colman McCarthy. The Washington Post describes him thusly:

Colman McCarthy, a former Post columnist, directs the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington and teaches courses on nonviolence at four area universities and two high schools.

Frightening.

Here is a sample of McCarthy’s work:

I sat down with Theodore Hesburgh, the priest who had retired two years earlier after serving 35 years as the university’s president. Graciously, he invited me to lunch at the campus inn. During our discussion, he took modest pride at having raised more than a billion dollars for Notre Dame, and expressed similar feelings about the university’s ROTC program. More than 700 student-cadets were in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Few universities, public or private, had a larger percentage of students in uniform then. The school could have been renamed Fort Hesburgh.

When I suggested that Notre Dame’s hosting of ROTC was a large negative among the school’s many positives, Hesburgh disagreed. Notre Dame was a model of patriotism, he said, by training future officers who were churchgoers, who had taken courses in ethics, and who loved God and country. Notre Dame’s ROTC program was a way to “Christianize the military,” he stated firmly.

I asked if he actually believed there could be a Christian method of slaughtering people in combat, or a Christian way of firebombing cities, or a way to kill civilians in the name of Jesus. Did he think that if enough Notre Dame graduates became soldiers that the military would eventually embrace Christ’s teaching of loving one’s enemies?

It gets worse, he proceeds to tell how soldiers are dumb and academically sub-standard. Of course this has been proved incorrect as the military on average has higher  education than the public at large.

Colman McCarthy obviously knows little about Christianity as well. There is such a thing as a just war doctrine. It is a neighborly thing to rescue people from a brutal dictator and if he had read his prophecy he would know that Jesus is returning with a sword and its no more Mr. Nice Savior:

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:34-39 NASB)

And

American King James Version
Then said he to them, But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and likewise his money: and he that has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

Jesus does not advocate violence, but recognizes that at times it is necessary. Jesus said that if you live by the sword you die by the sword, but also said that it is better to be naked than unarmed, defenseless. Clearly Jesus is making the just use of violence clear, self-defense, just war, bearing arms as a deterrent are justified. Brutality makes right is not.

In case you are not convinced, Jonah Goldberg and master historian Dr. Victor Davis Hanson provide the scholarly take-down.

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Dr. Sowell: The U.S. economy likely to decline in the long run. The private sector cannot prosper against the onslaught of government largess.

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2011

The video is of Dr. Thomas Sowell who is likely the greatest and most published economist alive. He is a free market guy so this is why you may not have heard of him. The use of Dr. Sowell’s materials is virtually banned at IUSB  so do not expect to see him in class. The left is very hostile to Dr. Sowell especially because he is a black free market economist.

Via The Daily Caller:

Dr. Sowell appeared on Wednesday night’s “The Kudlow Report,” on CNBC to promote his book, “Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to Economics.” Host Larry Kudlow asked Sowell about the current outlook and his long-term predictions for the economic system as a whole in the United States. The senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution replied that politics plays into the answer.

I have never seen Dr. Sowell so concerned. As some of the good economists have said, this recession is different. Combine that with the fact that government has so effectively chased wealth out of the country and undermined economic confidence that unless we change government culture permanently and do it soon the United States may be done as an economic super power.

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