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Google Comes Under Fire for ‘Secret’ Relationship with NSA. Cozy with Administration.

Posted by iusbvision on February 25, 2011

Related – Big Business Buying Influence With Democrats: Google Pays 2.4% Federal Taxes

Of course we have talked about the cozy and monetary relationship that the Obama Administration has with Google before.

Yahoo News:

Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group largely focused in recent years on Google’s privacy practices, has called on a congressional investigation into the Internet giant’s “cozy” relationship with U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration.

In a letter sent Monday, Consumer Watchdog asked Representative Darrell Issa, the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to investigate the relationship between Google and several government agencies.

The group asked Issa to investigate contracts at several U.S. agencies for Google technology and services, the “secretive” relationship between Google and the U.S. National Security Agency, and the company’s use of a U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration airfield in California.

Federal agencies have also taken “insufficient” action in response to revelations last year that Google Street View cars were collecting data from open Wi-Fi connections they passed, Consumer Watchdog said in the letter.

“We believe Google has inappropriately benefited from close ties to the administration,” the letter said. “Google is most consumers’ gateway to the Internet. Nonetheless, it should not get special treatment and access because of a special relationship with the administration.”

Consumer Watchdog may have an ally in Issa, a California Republican. In July he sent a letter to Google raising concerns that White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin, the former head of global public policy for Google, had inappropriate e-mail contact with company employees.

A Google spokeswoman questioned Consumer Watchdog’s objectivity. Some groups have questioned the group’s relationship with Google rival Microsoft, and Consumer Watchdog’s criticisms of online privacy efforts have also exclusively zeroed in on Google, with the group rarely mentioning Microsoft, Facebook and other Web-based companies in the past two years.

“This is just the latest in a long list of press stunts from an organization that admits to working closely with our competitors,” said the Google spokeswoman.

But Consumer Watchdog gets no funding from Microsoft or any other Google competitor, said John Simpson, consumer advocate with the group. “We don’t have any relationship with Microsoft at all,” he said. “We don’t take any of their money.”

Consumer Watchdog has decided to focus on Google’s privacy practices because the company’s services serve as a gateway to the Internet for many people, Simpson said. If the group can push Google, “without a doubt the dominant Internet company,” to change its privacy practices, other companies will follow suit, he said.

“Google’s held itself to be the company that says its motto is, ‘don’t be evil,’ and they also advocate openness for everyone else,” he said. “We’re trying to hold them to their own word.”

Consumer Watchdog, in January 2009, suggested that Google was preparing a lobbying campaign asking Congress to allow the sale of electronic health records. Google called the allegations “100 percent false and unfounded.”

In September, Consumer Watchdog bought space on a 540-square-foot video screen in New York’s Times Square with the video criticizing Google’s privacy practices.

In April, Consumer Watchdog officials called for the U.S. Department of Justice to break up Google. They appeared at a press conference with a representative of the Microsoft- and Open Book Alliance.

Consumer Watchdog’s latest complaints about the relationship of Google and the Obama administration are outlined in a 32-page report.

The paper questions a decision by NASA allowing Google executives to use its Moffett Federal Airfield near Google headquarters. Although H211, a company controlled by Google top executives, pays NASA rent, they enjoy access to the airfield that other companies or groups don’t have, Simpson said.

The paper also questions Google contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and other agencies, suggesting that, in some cases, Google contracts were fast-tracked. The paper also questions Google’s relationship with the U.S. National Security Agency and calls for the company to be more open about what consumer information it shares with the spy agency.

When asked if other companies, including broadband providers, should disclose what customer information they share with the NSA, Simpson said they should, too.

“I understand the NSA is a super-secret spook organization,” he said. “But given Google’s very special situation where it possesses so much personal data about people, I think that there ought to be a little more openness about what precisely goes on between the two.”

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Xtranormal: The Liberal View of Crime & Punishment

Posted by iusbvision on February 25, 2011

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Dr. Walter E. Williams: Secondary benefits of private property rights

Posted by iusbvision on February 25, 2011

This is Dr. Walter Williams. He was the chair of the economics department at George Mason University. Recently an economics professor was fired for showing students material from this man so I thought that some of you might want to see what he has to say.

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IUSB Club Wants All Campus Bought Products to be Union Made – How Nice…

Posted by iusbvision on February 25, 2011

The Preface:

IUSB United Against Sweatshops is the IUSB-driven segment of the United Students Against Sweatshops campaign.  The IU division is called No Sweat.

“We want Barnes and Noble and the school to provide products that are 100% union-made,” said Tony Lamb, treasurer of the Student/Worker Association.  “We have one brand that has been approved, called Ulta-Gracia.”

Currently, the IUSB bookstore, which is owned by Barnes and Noble, carries Champion clothing.  Champion is owned by Sara Lee, who also owns Hanes, Wonderbra, and Coach leather goods.

“These companies have been known labor rights violators in Honduras and El Salvador,” said Lamb.

The goal of the IUSB United Against Sweatshops campaign is to sit down with Barnes and Noble and the university to do research on suppliers of items sold in the bookstore.  They are hoping to come to an agreement to provide Ulta-Gracia clothing, which promotes workers’ rights.

[Editor’s Note – Did The Preface attempt to get a comment from Hanes/Champion etc? Not a chance. Did The Preface even do a few searches or make a few phone calls to the Department of Labor or the State Department to see if the sweatshops claim can be confirmed by a non-union affiliated entity? Did they show us some credible evidence that we can verify that they are sweatshops? Nope. Has anyone at The Preface ever taken a journalism class?

Did The Preface even check to see if said “Ulta Gracia” clothing company was what the student club said it was? It looks like the answer is no because they didn’t even spell the name of the company correctly. It is called “Alta Gracia” and from what I can see the company is what it claims to be (LINK), which I think is terrific. But I have been given no way of knowing if Hanes really runs sweatshops. I have searched for hours online searching government web sites, Google and Yahoo, and I have found NO non-union affiliated/sourced evidence that said the companies use sweatshops. In every case on-line the source was a union affiliated outfit, or the sweatshop link forwarded me to a porn site. Maybe they use sweatshops, maybe they don’t, but I as the reader have been given no way to know.

The editor’s at The Preface need to ask themselves, what if the sweatshops accusation used to be true but is not any longer? What would the consequences be?

I am old enough to remember that new laws and watch groups were put into place after it was discovered that the Kathy Lee line was at least in part made in sweatshops back in 1996. It was a huge scandal and the elite media reported the situation was greatly improved after. If this is not the case when it comes to Hanes I would be interested in seeing evidence I can trust because if it is true I won’t be buying their products. ]

Of course this begs the question, do the student club advisors want products that are not made in sweatshops or do they want products that are 100% union-made? The not so well-kept secret is that unions define all non-union shops as “sweatshops”.

Oh you doubt it? Here is just one example of many. Meet W & K Steel in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • For the past 8 years W&K Steel, LLC has hired refugees and immigrants thru Catholic Charities and the Jewish Family and Children Services.
    Our Goal in doing this is to offer someone new to our Country an opportunity to work and learn a trade.
  • To assist the refugees and immigrants in their success we offer:
    – On the job training,
    – English as a Second Language course and
    – A Basic Math Class – To fabricate steel a person must have a solid understanding of math using inches and feet. This is a must in order to advance to new positions.
    W&K Steel, LLC pays 100% of these training costs.
  • W&K Steel, LLC has a state certified Safety Committee that meets on a regular basis to discuss safety issues and training needs.
  • W&K Steel, LLC has an outside safety expert, Mr. Bob Merante of Safety Management Training and Consulting, LLC who conducts safety training and inspections on a regular basis. Mr. Merante has been working with W&K Steel, LLC for the past 2 years.
  • W&K Steel, LLC is an AISC certified shop – This certification is similar to the ISO 9000 only for steel fabricators.
  • W&K Steel, LLC, is committed to providing its associates with one of the most competitive and favorable benefit programs in the industry.
  • W&K Steel, LLC participated in an AISC national compensation survey for steel fabricators. The wages we pay our associates are very competitive on a national and local basis.

The union iwlocal3 has been pressuring W & K to join the union. W & K’s  pay and benefits are competitive. After all pressure tactics failed and the employees who like working there told the union thugs to take a hike, the union went to the Allegheny County Board which the union controls. The union said that since W & K hires some immigrants that they are a sweatshop. So the county passed an ordinance saying that sweatshops cannot do business with the county. At the hearing to declare W & K a sweatshop all of the employees at W & K showed up to stick up for the business. The County Supervisors refused to let any of them speak and refused to let the owners of the company speak. They declared it a sweatshop, even though it did not meet any of the eight criteria in the ordinance. Now W & K has hired an attorney and is suing the union and the county for defamation among other things.

They want all products that are 100% union-made? Translation, at least domestically, that really means that anyone who is in business has to pay protection to leftist political parties as union leadership spends hundreds of millions on politics while leaving union retirement funds so underfunded that they are lobbying the government for the taxpayer to bail them out. Ask many rank and file union members and they will tell you that they are all too often about money and politics, not about workers or customer service as I will explain more below.

Do you have any idea how many of the manufacturing jobs here in the Michiana area are non-union? Would they like to even attempt to demonstrate that all of these jobs are sweatshops? By all means please show us the dozens of evil local businesses that are forcing children to work 12 hour days in front of dangerous machinery for $2.00 an hour.

In many industrialized countries working conditions are a matter of law and union membership has little to nothing to do with it.

I will give you a good example of what union over reach in the private sector has accomplished. Have any of you shopped at Kroger lately? Have you noticed that your choice when you check out is a long line or that awful “self checkout” machine?

Kroger has a union and what happens when there is only so much of a percentage for labor? When the union forces a situation where the union member has to be paid more than what that labor is worth in a competitive environment it ceases to be labor vs. management. It becomes labor vs. labor because the only way to keep labor within the competitive percentage is to have fewer workers.

As a result you the customer sit there and wait in line. So the next time you shop at Kroger and wonder why they can’t get another person to work a register to get people out the door in a reasonable time now you know why.

Of course union over reach does more than just drive the cost of labor. If that was the only consequence the problem would be more manageable.

The problem is that unions pour hundreds of millions of dollars into leftist political party’s that pile on taxes and regulation which favors big and international business while socking it to the smaller and medium sized domestic competition.

One example is the tobacco bill that passed early in Obama’s administration. It increased taxes and regulations on tobacco. Phillip Morris lobbied Democrats for the bill. Why? Phillip Morris has such a large operation that the economies of scale allow it to absorb the price of new taxes and regulations whereas the smaller competition is forced to raise prices.

Obama has revoked coal mining permits that have been in good standing for no apparent reason causing many union jobs to be lost? The purpose seems to be social engineering. If we end up having to import coal like we do oil do you believe that Chinese and Malaysian coal miners have more or less protection than our guys in West Virginia?

Obama said on CNBC that he wants to see gas at $4 a gallon. Obama has instituted an illegal offshore drilling ban which has lowered our domestic production 13%. The Obama Administration is in contempt of court for illegally keeping the ban in place. Many thousands of jobs have been lost. Would you “sweatshop” club people like to explain to the student body how much more protection Chinese, Mexican, Libyan etc. oil workers have over the United States?

Leftist professors would have you believe that they and the Democratic Party are interested in genuine class warfare. I am about to demonstrate to you that they are not.

Democrats have not been interested in taxing the genuinely rich and aren’t now. John Kerry made $5,072,000 in 2003 and had a total federal tax burden of 12.34%. The really fat rich enjoy a 16,000 page tax code that is filled with exceptions for them. Much of the income those like John and Teresa Kerry receive is defined as non-wage earnings or earnings that are not taxable at the wage earner rate. So even if the regular income tax rate was increased to 50% the percentage the Kerry’s would pay would only go up by a couple of percentage points.

Yet small business “sub-s corporations” (most domestic small businesses that have between 1-200 employees) would get creamed paying that same 50% rate. Small businesses do most of the hiring in this country. Would someone care to explain how you can claim to be for workers and against their employers?

The truth is that very few people make over $250k in taxable wages. Obama talks about taxing billionaires and millionaires, but the way the tax code works the wealth of these people is almost perfectly protected. If George Soros and the Kerry’s paid a percentage like small businesses must, who would fund the Tides Foundation and the left’s 527 groups?

As you may be aware, Google made $3.1 BILLION last year and had a federal tax burden of 2.4%. Google throws fund-raising galas for Obama and the Democrats and have given the Democrats massive donations. Where are the Democrats condemning the Google Corps of the world? Yet Obama has waged a rhetorical war against the Chamber of Commerce and who do they represent, you guessed it, most small and medium-sized domestic businesses.

Policies such as ObamaCare, tax increases, and other actions that cause regulatory uncertainty which causes the wealthy and the producers to stop moving their money domestically. They have the option of just parking it or investing it in China, all of which has the effect of transferring the tax burden away from the wealthy onto the working poor and middle class. Democrats are not interested in taxing the wealthy, they are interested in taxing the domestic producer class.

This brings us to Norton’s First Law: Big Business loves big government because big government taxes and regulates the small and medium-sized competition out of the competition.

This is why Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission is advocating lowering tax rates, lowering the corporate tax rate, and simplifying the tax code to encourage tax compliance and to encourage more wealth to come back home (so it at least can be taxed).

If you wonder why so many jobs have moved overseas and in some cases to places where governments are corrupt and workers are really exploited; now you are seeing the other side of the coin. The private sector and the jobs that go with it cannot be expected to pay for a government that costs $4 trillion a year and expect to remain competitive. If you want to see workers get treated better, start by making it more economical for jobs to come home.

Students, you can expect to see some respondents to call me names and attack me personally, but sticks and stones will not change the economic reality you have just opened your eyes to. As for the student’s in the club, I do not blame them either as it is likely they are victims of unethical academics who are interested in indoctrination and not a dispassionate search for the facts. The Preface has permission to print this letter.

Chuck Norton
IUSB ‘10
Former page two columnist for The Preface.

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Obama Administration: We will not enforce DOMA

Posted by iusbvision on February 25, 2011

What if a President Palin had behaved this way? Does anyone doubt that the elite media would be asking for her impeachment?

Calling the law unconstitutional he says he wont enforce it – LINK.  But wait, ObamaCare was declared unconstitutional and he is ignoring the ruling. His offshore drilling ban also unconstitutional and he ignores that and then ignores being held in contempt of court.

If it comes to the court ruling demanding the end of the offshore drilling ban he is ignoring which has resulted in a 13% drop in domestic oil production, the ruling finding O-Care unconstitutional he is ignoring, the uncalled for revocation of coal mining permits, the EPA now making “law” via abuse of the regulatory power in spite of the will of Congress, the FCC regulating the internet in spite of Congress and the courts telling them no, the refusal to enforce the Voting Rights Act when it comes to the Black Panthers and now this, what we are seeing the refusal by this president to recognize any limits on his power, be it the laws of Congress, the courts or even separation of powers.

This is also demonstrated by some of his judicial nominees such as Elana Kagan who wrote in a law review article that government should redistribute speech and that government has no interest in preserving a marketplace of ideas. In essence that government should pick whose and what speech is good for society.

He is abusing that regulatory power given by Congress, which is supposed to be used to make the laws Congress passes easy to comply with and understand, as a tool for social engineering.

Megyn Kelly comments:

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February Round Up Post II

Posted by iusbvision on February 25, 2011

Tons of news this much, too much to blog about individually but all important info so be sure to see February Round Up Post I as well!

I just finished February Round Up Post I and will be updating this post well into Friday.

>> Alaska state rep refuses TSA grope of her mastectomy scars, drives home from Seattle LINK. All I have to say is that who ever runs for the GOP nomination in ’12 will have no chance of victory unless he/she promises to deal with the TSA problem. If anyone wishes to debate the merits of TSA with me go ahead and try in the comments. Good luck, your going to need it.

>> Glenn Beck: FDR’s “New Deal” Agencies vs.  all of the new government agencies in just ObamaCare.

>> Planned Parenthood Campus Outreach: “Don’t try to use science or evidence. Science is not ultimate truth”

>>Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels with John Stossel on how ObamaCare mandates hurt Indiana.

>>Michael Reagan rips Chris Matthews for saying American’s have ‘limited memory’ for praise of Ronald Reagan. We all know that Chris Mathews mostly engages in mindless bomb throwing in a futile attempt to get ratings, but once in a while we tune in to see what hate TV is up to. 

>> Alex Jones Goes Insane About Justin Beiber. Jones is a nut-ball who is trying to create a cult of personality for himself by taking advantage of those just getting started in trying to get involved with politics. He is a conspiracy theorist who, like most effective cult of personality leaders, tells 2/3rds truth and 1/3 half truths and lies. So when you question them they always point to the 2/3 that is true. While he makes some good points in this VERY animated rant, it doesn’t take long before Jones is off in the stratosphere of cookdom.

>>Wow. Rush Limbaugh to Democrats: America Does Not Want What You Have to Offer! This is one of the best monologues I have heard from Rush in a while – LINK (Via Rightscoop). There is a reason why Rush has as many listener as the ABC, CBS and NBC Nightly News combined; except that Rush’s audience still grows and their is still shrinking.

>> Video: Prof. Niall Ferguson takes CNN’s Elliot Spitzer to school on Obama, Egypt, and how the elite media Got it wrongLINK. Walid Shoebat agrees with Prof Ferguson – LINK.

>> Dallas Target: Texas Resident Arrested on Charge of Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction LINK.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested late yesterday by FBI agents in Texas on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets.

>> Paul Ryan: I didn’t like ObamaCare but I didn’t walk out!:

>> MRC: Twice in 24 Hours, ABC IDs Michael Reagan as ‘Conservative,’ Ignores Ron Jr Being a LiberalLINK

>> History for Journalistic Dummies:

>> MEP Dan Hannan Letter of Warning To America

>>Krauthammer: Government by Regulation …shhhLINK.

>> People are fleeing some American citiesLINK.

>> James Cameron = Energy Hypocrite

>> Robert Redford = Energy Hypocrite

>>Arizona Muslim Found Guilty of Honor Killing Daughter – Elite Media Silent – LINK

>> Herat province — Afghanistan, Sep.2007: This 12-y-old girl has been given in a forced marriage and she faces violence by her husband everyday. Family violence and child marriage is common across Afghanistan and tens of women every month commit self-immolation to get rid of their desolation.

She says: “Please help me get divorce, next time he will kill me, he injured me with a knife.”

>> Daily Beast – 12 Reasons Obama Could Lose in ’12LINK. Usually Daily beast just has unsubstantiated opinion and personal attacks. I was shocked to see a piece that actually makes an argument.

>> A comprehensive list of tax hikes in ObamaCare LINK.

While I have my disagreements with Rand Paul on some issues, on this budget stuff he is spot on. – Editor

>> Rand Paul on David Letterman

>> Rand Paul on Fox & Friends

>> Rand Paul on Hannity

>> Rand Paul on George Stephanopoulos

>> Can Democracy be grafted into Islamic Countries. Andrew McCarthy makes an argument that in some cases the answer is noLINK.

>> Chevy to spend $40 million on carbon offsetsLINK. This will help make Al Gore even more filthy rich while producing nothing.

>> Greek Unions & Communists Throwing Firebombs at Police –  LINK. If you wanted to see a case against government trade unions this is it.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Young demonstrators hurled rocks and fire bombs at riot police as clashes broke out Wednesday in Athens during a mass rally against austerity measures, part of a general strike that crippled services and public transportation around the country.

Police fired tear gas and flash grenades at protesters, blanketing parts of the city center in choking smoke. Thousands of peaceful demonstrators ran to side streets to take cover. A police officer was attacked and his uniform caught fire in the city’s main Syntagma Square, and his motorcycle was burned.

At least two people were injured and another three arrested. One group of rioting youths smashed paving stones in front of the central Bank of Greece, but there were no immediate reports of any serious damage.

More than 30,000 protesters attended the Athens rally, which had been calm before the clashes. Protesters chanting “Don’t obey the rich – Fight back!” marched to parliament as the city center was heavily policed. A brass band, tractors and cyclists joined the rally.

The rally was part of Greece’s first major labor protest this year as Prime Minister George Papandreou’s Socialist government faces international pressure to make more lasting cuts after the nation’s debt-crippled economy was rescued from bankruptcy by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

The 24-hour strike halted trains, ferries and most public transport across the country, and led to the cancellation of more than 100 flights at Athens International Airport. The strike also the closed the Acropolis and other major tourist sites.

State hospital doctors, ambulance drivers, pharmacists, lawyers and tax collectors joined school teachers, journalists and thousands of small businesses as more middle-class groups took part in the protest than have in the past. Athens’ main shopping district was mostly empty, as many small business owners shuttered their stores.

Unions are angry at the ongoing austerity measures put in place by the Socialist government in exchange for a euro110 billion ($150 billion) bailout loan package from European countries and the IMF.

>> US Gun Owners Purchased 14 million Guns Last YearLINK.

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Andrew Klavan: Stop Right Wing Hate!

Posted by iusbvision on February 25, 2011

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Are IUSB Anti Chick-Fil-A Activists Satanophobic?

Posted by iusbvision on February 25, 2011

Andrew Klavan shares his insight!

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