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Archive for March 25th, 2011

Parents complain to NYC school because child had no idea what the Pledge of Allegiance is…

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

Via The Blaze:

Imagine, for a moment, you’re sitting next to your child and video of a class reciting the Pledge of Allegiance flashes across the TV. Your child tugs on your shirt and innocently asks, “Mom, what are they doing? What are they saying?” Shocking, you might say. It would never happen. Guess what? It happened in New York City.

Joe and Winnie Fleischer of Brooklyn, NY were flabbergasted when they realized recently their daughter Brianna, 8, had no idea what the Pledge of Allegiance was. They thought it was common knowledge, especially in the classroom.

“I was shocked that she didn’t know the pledge,” Joe, a NYC firefighter, told the New York Daily News. “I thought she’d been doing it in school.”

They thought wrong.

So they went to the school, PS29, to change that. After spirited meetings with parents, teachers, and an “educational unit for kids,” the principal agreed to have the Pledge broadcast over the school’s loud speaker “for the first time in years.”

But here‘s what’s interesting. In New York, reciting the Pledge daily in schools is the law. The principal, then, isn’t doing anything revolutionary — she‘s just complying with what’s been mandated since just after 9/11.

 

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Obama illegally firing watchdogs and whistle-blowers. Replacing them with unqualified political cronies.

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

This has been going on repeatedly in this administration. To see the complete story and back ground, be sure to check out this great piece by Michelle Malkin.

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Do Academics Hate Your Religious Parents?

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

Public School Teacher: We hate you. Now give us your kids so that we can turn them against you.

That is what it is like for many schools. Every few days I have to sit down with my child and undo the damage that is done in public school. I have to undo the union propaganda they push on my child in class, the one sided politicking, the slanted history education, and the eco-extremism.

 

David French via National Review:

Over at the Alliance Defense Fund’s Academic Freedom File, my colleague Jeff Shafer has written a fascinating blog post analyzing the intellectual roots of academic efforts to stigmatize Christianity and divorce kids from their religious upbringing. It begins:

The late American philosopher Richard Rorty (d. 2007) in describing his assessment of the role of university professor wrote:  “When we American college teachers encounter religious fundamentalists, we do not consider the possibility of reformulating our own practices of justification so as to give more weight to the authority of the Christian scriptures.  Instead, we do our best to convince these students of the benefits of secularization.”  The re-education imperative is one that he, “like most Americans who teach humanities or social science in colleges and universities, invoke when we try to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic, religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like our own.”  Rorty explains to the “fundamentalist” parents of his students:  “we are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable.”  He helpfully explains that “I think those students are lucky to find themselves under the benevolent Herrschaft [domination] of people like me, and to have escaped the grip of their frightening, vicious, dangerous parents.”

In fact, some of our student clients have heard simplified versions of this very sentiment, and I can distinctly remember my own southern, religious upbringing being venomously caricatured during my law-school days. The fact that my father was a math professor who earned his Ph.D. (a real-life Good Will Hunting) in a mere ten months was irrelevant compared with his status as an elder in a very conservative evangelical church. I had to be “rescued” from my own heritage.

I stubbornly resisted rescue, but many students — eager for acceptance and feeling isolated — give up, surrendering to the dominant culture and feeding an academic beast that demands conformity, in speech and belief.

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Some Democrats will support the Balanced Budget Amendment knowing it will lose to claim “budget hawk” status.

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

Gregory Hilton previously served as Executive Director of the Conservative Victory Fund; Director of Public Affairs for the National Republican Congressional Committee; and as the Republican National Committee’s liaison to the White House Political Affairs Office during the Reagan Administration. Hilton also wrote a full-page political column for the conservative weekly Human Events. Hilton served as Executive Director of the American Security Council for 23 years and has helped to raise $100 million for non-profit organizations.

Gregory Hilton:

PREDICTION – As part of a debt ceiling deal, my guess is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will allow a vote on a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment. It came within one vote of passing in 1997. Under the best case scenario, it would still fail by one vote, and it would allow vulnerable Democrats to claim they are deficit hawks. Some current supporters would flip-flop it it appears the amendment would pass.

 

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Video: A liberal on the difference between Libya and Iraq…

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

“So Obama is killing civilians in a preemptive, unfunded, undeclared war for oil promoted by the dictators of the Arab League and the UN in support of some unidentified rebels he has never met with, and you are fine with that?”

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Senator Lautenberg at Planned Parenthood Rally: Republicans don’t deserve Constitutional Rights

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

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Wilson Research Strategies: Is Palin Really “Losing Ground”? (Democrats Wish)

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

In short, at this point in the last election Giuliani was the big favorite, Reagan was down early as well, the establishment didn’t like Reagan and said he was dumb and uneducated etc and now sing his praises (George Will, Charles Krauthammer). Palin has numbers where it counts and has lots of time to reverse her negatives.

Pundits often act as if they can pick the nominee and control public opinion. Anyone who tries to call the election this early is either ignorant, or propagandizing for their agenda.

Wilson Research:

Is Palin Really “Losing Ground”?

Recent interpretations of national polling data have suggested that former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is “losing ground” based on movements in her image rating among all self-identified Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents.  But what are we really looking at?

–          FACT: The recent Washington Post/ABC news poll that is the basis the “losing ground” comments still shows Palin on the right side of the favorable/unfavorable scale with 58% having a favorable impression and 37% with an unfavorable impression.

–          FACT: When a national survey asks self-identified Republicans “For whom would you vote for in the Republican primary,” the field is wide open.  When the leader is polling south of 20%, no one is even come close to locking this up.

–          FACT: The “self identified Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents” are very different from the actual caucus goers and Republican primary voters who will determine the Republican Presidential nomination.  Fewer than five percent of these voters will actually be Iowa caucus participants or vote in one of the three or four early primaries that will be critical in deciding the next Republican nominee.

–          FACT: At this time in 2007, the same national polls showed Rudy Giuliani as the prohibitive favorite for the Republican nomination and they continued to show him with sizeable leads even as it became increasingly clear he had no chance to become the nominee.

So where is Palin, a candidate who still has a favorable image among all Republicans and Republican-leaners and an even stronger one among just Republican primary voters, “losing ground?”  Apparently it is among the inside-the-beltway opinion journalist set and the “conservative elite” (which translates to inside-the-beltway conservatives who have major newspaper columns and hobnob with journalists).

Consider the recent Politico story that highlighted the fear that these “conservative elite” intellectuals have of a new bloc of voters injecting an “intellectually empty brand of populism” into the conservative movement.  These elites seem to believe that candidates like Palin and movements like the Tea Party are bad for conservatism because they reach instinctively the conclusions that the elites spend so much time defending with complex logical arguments.

If you spend enough time in Washington, everything begins to sound familiar.  If the story about Sarah Palin and her gleeful detractors both in the mainstream press and among the “conservative elite” or Washington sounds like something our readers may have heard before, maybe it is.

There was a time, not too long ago, when leading anti-communists, supply-side thinkers, and other intellectual stars of conservatism were similarly disdainful of a newly-elected President who had been Governor of a western state.  They felt that this President “didn’t get it” and was “too simplistic” in his analysis and proposals.  It’s hard to find these statements today because they’ve been buried under thirty-years of self-editing and revisionism; but if you look hard enough, you might just find some of the same “conservative elites” who are attacking Sarah Palin today saying eerily similar things about Ronald Reagan in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

Is this to say that Sarah Palin is the 2nd coming of Reagan?  Of course not.  But those that compare her to Al Sharpton are missing her appeal and casting a completely unfair assessment of the former Governor.

In the recent past these “conservative elites” have been important in how conservative voters evaluate candidates.  So far their attacks on Palin aren’t having as much of an effect as one would think.  And her image, especially among strong conservative voters, remains very positive.

There is a reason that every Republican candidate in the country is begging for the coveted Sarah Palin endorsement – she has appeal to a large bloc of voters that are tired of business as usual and see her as someone that they can identify with on a personal level. While there’s a significant number of people in traditional Republican circles that cringe at seeing her succeed, her greatest asset is that she can appeal to the same large voting blocs of middle class conservatives who elected conservatives in primary and general elections in 2010 and when she gets a chance to speak to increasing numbers of voters on her terms, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see her number shoot right back up.

 

 

 

 

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VP Joe Biden drunk on video. Hilarious.

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

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Obama’s Favorite CEO: GE Paid No Taxes in 2010 Despite Making $14.2 Billion in Profits

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

Obama ally Google paid 2.4% federal tax earlier and threw gala events for Democrats.

All this while Obama blasted the Chamber of Commerce as greedy for not wanting small businesses to pay a 39.9% tax.

Weekly Standard:

General Electric paid no American taxes in 2010, the New York Times reports:

The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States.

Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

That may be hard to fathom for the millions of American business owners and households now preparing their own returns, but low taxes are nothing new for G.E. The company has been cutting the percentage of its American profits paid to the Internal Revenue Service for years, resulting in a far lower rate than at most multinational companies.

G.E.’s CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, is considered Barack Obama’s favorite businessman and serves as the head of the president’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Fred Barnes wrote about Immelt here.

Related:

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

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

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Target suing “gay rights” group for harassing customers – A PR lesson.

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

This is a lesson that everyone should learn. You cannot placate or satisfy the radical left. If you give in to them just a little, they will move the goal post continually and as long as demonizing you yields results they will continue to do so.

The radical leftist group objects because Target gave a pro-business lobby a small donation, that lobby gives some money to Republicans, some of which oppose gay marriage. The homosexual angle is just that, an angle. These people are anti-capitalist and will keep up their harassment until forced to stop, Target closes, or they realize it is not in their interests to stay.

Target first started giving in by making new “pro-gay” policies etc etc. Look at what it has gotten them. This isn’t about gay policy, this is about money and anti-capitalism. So now Target has crossed its “Amy Grant” customer base that it had courted for many years and still the gay leftist group trashes them.

[Editor’s Note – Valuable Lesson: Once you are targeted in the culture war, or you participate in it as Target did with their Amy Grant ads, you had better stake out your territory, stick to it and not waffle or you WILL lose support with all sides. If Target had made it clear that this pressure group would receive no quarter they could appeal to its cultural advertising base for support and would have gotten it. Now Target has put off both sides. Target’s old cultural ad base now believes Target’s traditional cultural appeal was just an insincere gimmick.]

The best way to deal with groups like this is to make them talk to the hand, and if they use union thug tactics you have to go on the offense.

When Jesse Jackson, CAIR and other leftist shakedown artists targeted radio stations to try and silence talk radio, talk host Jim Quinn had a very effective strategy. No meetings, keep them off your property and don’t respond to them. Pretend that they do not exist other than occasionally saying on the air that you know what these groups are all about. Several groups and companies have used this tactic and it works. It works because Jesse Jackson, CAIR and other pressure groups do not want it known that they are ineffective. So in cases when they are ineffective they go away quietly after a time.

Target is getting no quarter because they showed signs of giving in and actually communicated with these people in an attempt to placate them. These pressure groups on the left are predatory. Once they get blood they will keep coming back for more.

I suggest that every PR director or information officer read the book SHAKEDOWN by Ken Timmerman (a man who I have had the pleasure of meeting).

Speaking of Jesse Jackson, Benton Harbor, Michigan had riot trouble a few years ago and Jackson was able to calm the situation down. Do you know why he calmed it instead of fanning the flames for the press? Jesse Jackson went to Whirlpool Corp and made it very clear that he would use those crowds and march against Whirlpool if they did not present his group “Rainbow Push” a nice fat six figure check. Jackson was aware that Whirlpool was outsourcing and flying in foreign workers to replace local Americans in a town that had the highest unemployment in Michigan. It would not have gone over well for Whirlpool if they had resisted. I know this because I worked at Whirlpool at the time and had regular access to many of the top people there (and for the record I thought their employment practices were offensive too).

Via AP/The Blaze:

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Target Corp. is suing a San Diego pro-gay marriage group to get it to stop canvassing outside its San Diego County stores, alleging its activists are driving away customers.

Rights advocates say the trial between Target and Canvass For A Cause that begins Friday could further strain relations with the gay and lesbian community after controversy over its $150,000 donation to a business group backing a Minnesota Republican candidate opposed to gay marriage.

Minnesota-based Target insists it remains committed to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its lawsuit has nothing to do with the political agenda of the organization.

“Our legal action was in no way related to the cause of the organization and was done so to be consistent with our long-standing policy of providing a by not permitting solicitors at our stores,” the company said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.

Target says it has taken similar action against a number of organizations representing a variety of causes. It alleges in the lawsuit that the San Diego group‘s activists harass customers by cornering them near its stores’ front entrances and debating with them about their views on gay marriage.

The group says it canvasses at shopping malls, college campus and stores like Target to collect signatures and donations in support of gay marriage.

The corporation says at least eight Target stores in the area have reported receiving more than a dozen complaints daily since canvassers started working outside their stores in October 2010. Target says the activists have refused to leave when asked politely and shown the company’s policy prohibiting “expressive activity” on its property.

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Viral Bully Kisses Concrete Video Shows “Peace Through Strength” Works

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

The administrators do not want to admit that there is bullying going on in their school, so it is easier to deny it is happening, or blame the victim or ignore it because the victim is already likely isolated. This answers the following question: Where were the zero tolerance policies on violence when the big boned kid was getting kicked, punched, tripped and in one case tied to a pole?

For the first time the chubby kid’s life is his own.

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Obama’s Preacher: Black Liberation Theology, socialism and Marxism sound the same. Capitalism is a demon. Beck, Palin, Tea Party, Christians, all racist for supporting Israel.

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

We told you this guy was radical and Obama sat in his church for 20 years, sent his kids to Sunday school with this man, and had his children baptized with him.

Via The Blaze:

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Nurse tells her story: How I went from an Obama voter to Tea Party activist.

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

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Man of the Year: Hideaki Akaiwa

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

Hideaki Akaiwa

Who do you call when you need a hero? No McGuyver, no Bruce Banner, no Tony Stark, no John Rambo? Who needs em’. You call this guy. Ishinomaki, Japan was creamed by the tsunami. Akaiwa had gotten off work and was on his way home when it hit. Hi wife of 20 years was at home and so was his mother. When he got to the waterline he saw his town buried under at least 10 feet of water. An ordinary man would not know what to do, or would shout for help or panic or just collapse. Hideaki Akaiwa is no ordinary man. He made his way to a scuba shop that was abandoned but not swept away. He loaded up on scuba gear and as darkness was coming soon, he jumped in the water.  Dodging cars and debris he swam underwater with the breathing apparatus. Akaiwa makes it to his home where he finds his wife at the top level of their damaged home with just her head above water.

They share his breathing apparatus and he drags her underwater back to safety.

Wow pretty cool, not the average guy to be sure, but you didn’t think the story ended there did you?

His mother is still missing, they check the packs of survivors and the shelters because she wasn’t home at the time the tsunami hit. No luck. With thousands missing and dead one might think it was just too late for his mother. Not this guy. For days he dove into the water swimming from structure to structure and on the fourth day he finds his mother on the upper level of a tall house and drags her to safety.

Awesome.

This one’s for you.

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