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Archive for April, 2011

Miss USA Molested by TSA

Posted by iusbvision on April 28, 2011

Miss USA Susie Castillo:

The agent “touched my vagina four times”. The TSA representative told me “its better than being blown up”. So you don’t like your vagina being touched…here is a complaint card to fill out…

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Obama Administration goes after your home ice maker.

Posted by iusbvision on April 20, 2011

Now the Obama Administration promising to make the cost of home ice makers in your refrigerator much more expensive. No vote of Congress, just do it. Had enough yet?

Fox Nation:

TIME: Ice Makers Are Destroying the Planet!

Want to save the Earth? Easy, just buy a couple of ice trays. To the long list of human inventions that are wrecking global climate—the internal combustion engine, the industrial era factory—add the automatic ice maker.

Climate modelers have long known that households are far bigger contributors to global warming than most laypeople realize. For all the blame tailpipe emissions take for escalating  temperatures, homes and office buildings are actually the single largest contributor to greenhouse gasses. One key reason is the 100-plus million refrigerators in America’s 111 million households. According to the Department of Energy, the standard fridge sucks up about 8% of the electricity used by all homes—a pretty big share given the dozens of big and small appliances and electronics that are also drawing juice.

…the Department of Energy has announced that it intends to add 84 kilowatt hours to the efficiency rating of every refrigerator equipped with an icemaker. Consumers will feel that fact in the wallet—and if manufacturers don’t scramble to improve their numbers, they soon will too.

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If Noah Built an Ark in 2011…

Posted by iusbvision on April 20, 2011

And lo, in the year 2011, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in the United States, and said:
“Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.”

“Build another Ark and save two of every living thing along with a few good humans.”

He gave Noah the blueprints, saying, “You have 6 months to build the ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.”

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard, but there was no ark.

“Noah! I’m about to start the rain! Where is the ark?”

“Forgive me, Lord,” begged Noah, “but things have changed.”

“I needed a building permit.”

“I’ve been arguing with the inspector about the need for a sprinkler system.”

“My neighbors claim that I’ve violated the neighborhood zoning laws by building the ark in my yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the Development Appeal Board for a decision.”

“Then the Department of Transportation demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the ark’s move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it.”

“Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a ban on cutting local trees in order to save the spotted owl.”

“I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls, but no go!”

“When I started gathering the animals, an animal rights group sued me. They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodations were too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.”

“Then the EPA ruled that I couldn’t build the ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.”

“I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m supposed to hire for my building crew.”

“Immigration and Naturalization are checking the green-card status of most of the people who want to work.”

“The trades unions say I can’t use my sons. They insist I have to hire only Union workers with ark-building experience.

“To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.”

“So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark.”

Suddenly, the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky.

Noah looked up in wonder and asked, “You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?”

“No,” said the Lord. “The government beat me to it.”

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Swiss ban on minarets was a vote for tolerance and inclusion

Posted by iusbvision on April 17, 2011

Where is the “Islamic tolerance” crowd when it comes to the slaughter of Christians in Islamic countries; the stoning of women; the denial of rights to women; and the banning of Bibles and the banning of the building of Christian and Jewish steeples in Islamic countries? Where is their outrage then?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali:

Swiss ban on minarets was a vote for tolerance and inclusion. The Swiss vote highlights the debate on Islam as a set of political and collectivist ideas, not a rejection of Muslims.

The recent Swiss referendum that bans construction of minarets has caused controversy across the world. There are two ways to interpret the vote. First, as a rejection of political Islam, not a rejection of Muslims. In this sense it was a vote for tolerance and inclusion, which political Islam rejects. Second, the vote was a revelation of the big gap between how the Swiss people and the Swiss elite judge political Islam.

In the battle of ideas, symbols are important.

What if the Swiss voters were asked in a referendum to ban the building of an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles as a symbol of the belief of a small minority? Or imagine a referendum on building towers topped with a hammer and sickle – another symbol dear to the hearts of a very small minority in Switzerland.

Political ideas have symbols: A swastika, a hammer and sickle, a minaret, a crescent with a star in the middle (usually on top of a minaret) all represent a collectivist political theory of supremacy by one group over all others.

On controversial issues, the Swiss listen to debate, read newspapers, and otherwise investigate when they make up their minds for a vote.

What Europeans are finding out about Islam as they investigate is that it is more than just a religion. Islam offers not only a spiritual framework for dealing with such human questions as birth, death, and what ought to come after this world; it prescribes a way of life.

Islam is an idea about how society should be organized: the individual’s relationship to the state; the relationship between men and women; rules for the interaction between believers and unbelievers; how to enforce such rules; and why a government under Islam is better than a government founded on other ideas. These political ideas of Islam have their symbols: the minaret, the crescent; the head scarf, and the sword.

The minaret is a symbol of Islamist supremacy, a token of domination that came to symbolize Islamic conquest. It was introduced decades after the founding of Islam.

In Europe, as in other places in the world where Muslims settle, the places of worship are simple at first. All that a Muslim needs to fulfill the obligation of prayer is a compass to indicate the direction of Mecca, water for ablution, a clean prayer mat, and a way of telling the time so as to pray five times a day in the allocated period.

The construction of large mosques with extremely tall towers that cost millions of dollars to erect are considered only after the demography of Muslims becomes significant.

The mosque evolves from a prayer house to a political center.

Imams can then preach a message of self-segregation and a bold rejection of the ways of the non-Muslims.

Men and women are separated; gays, apostates and Jews are openly condemned; and believers organize around political goals that call for the introduction of forms of sharia (Islamic) law, starting with family law.

This is the trend we have seen in Europe, and also in other countries where Muslims have settled. None of those Western academics, diplomats, and politicians who condemn the Swiss vote to ban the minaret address, let alone dispute, these facts.

In their response to the presence of Islam in their midst, Europeans have developed what one can discern as roughly two competing views. The first view emphasizes accuracy. Is it accurate to equate political symbols like those used by Communists and Nazis with a religious symbol like the minaret and its accessories of crescent and star; the uniforms of the Third Reich with the burqa and beards of current Islamists?

If it is accurate, then Islam, as a political movement, should be rejected on the basis of its own bigotry. In this view, Muslims should not be rejected as residents or citizens. The objection is to practices that are justified in the name of Islam, like honor killings, jihad, the we-versus-they perspective, the self-segregation. In short, Islamist supremacy.

The second view refuses to equate political symbols of various forms of white fascism with the symbols of a religion. In this school of thought, Islamic Scripture is compared to Christian and Jewish Scripture. Those who reason from this perspective preach pragmatism. According to them, the key to the assimilation of Muslims is dialogue. They are prepared to appease some of the demands that Muslim minorities make in the hope that one day their attachment to radical Scripture will wear off like that of Christian and Jewish peoples.

These two contrasting perspectives correspond to two quite distinct groups in Europe. The first are mainly the working class. The second are the classes that George Orwell described as “indeterminate.” Cosmopolitan in outlook, they include diplomats, businesspeople, mainstream politicians, and journalists. They are well versed in globalization and tend to focus on the international image of their respective countries. With every conflict between Islam and the West, they emphasize the possible backlash from Muslim countries and how that will affect the image of their country.

By contrast, those who reject the ideas and practices of political Islam are in touch with Muslims on a local level. They have been asked to accept Muslim immigrants as neighbors, classmates, colleagues – they are what Americans would refer to as Main Street. Here is the great paradox of today’s Europe: that the working class, who voted for generations for the left, now find themselves voting for right-wing parties because they feel that the social democratic parties are out of touch.

The pragmatists, most of whom are power holders, are partially right when they insist that the integration of Muslims will take a very long time. Their calls for dialogue are sensible. But as long as they do not engage Muslims to make a choice between the values of the countries that they have come to and those of the countries they left, they will find themselves faced with more surprises. And this is what the Swiss vote shows us. This is a confrontation between local, working-class voters (and some middle-class feminists) and Muslim immigrant newcomers who feel that they are entitled, not only to practice their religion, but also to replace the local political order with that of their own.

Look carefully at the reactions of the Swiss, EU and UN elites. The Swiss government is embarrassed by the outcome of the vote. The Swedes, who are currently chairing EU meetings, have condemned the Swiss vote as intolerant and xenophobic. It is remarkable that the Swedish foreign minister, Carl Bildt, said in public that the Swiss vote is a poor act of diplomacy. What he overlooks is that this is a discussion of Islam as a domestic issue. It has nothing to do with foreign policy.

The Swiss vote highlights the debate on Islam as a domestic issue in Europe. That is, Islam as a set of political and collectivist ideas. Native Europeans have been asked over and over again by their leaders to be tolerant and accepting of Muslims. They have done that. And that can be measured a) by the amount of taxpayer money that is invested in healthcare, housing, education, and welfare for Muslims and b) the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who are knocking on the doors of Europe to be admitted. If those people who cry that Europe is intolerant are right, if there was, indeed, xenophobia and a rejection of Muslims, then we would have observed the reverse. There would have been an exodus of Muslims out of Europe.

There is indeed a wider international confrontation between Islam and the West. The Iraq and Afghan wars are part of that, not to mention the ongoing struggle between Israelis and Palestinians and the nuclear ambitions of Iran. That confrontation should never be confused with the local problem of absorbing those Muslims who have been permitted to become permanent residents and citizens into European societies.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of “Infidel,” is the Somali-born women’s rights advocate and former Dutch parliamentarian. Her forthcoming book is entitled “Nomad.”

Ayaan Hirsi Ali:

Multiculturalism is a form of racism. Leftist westerners believe that multiculturalism is a form of generosity. In reality it is a form of generosity to the perpetrators of tyranny.

When a culture performs female genital mutilation… the leftist thinks that there must be something good about it that “we” don’t understand. Who suffers?

When the Muslim father of a female student wants to pull her out of school and marry her off. She goes to her teacher and says “I do not want to go and be married and be a baby factory for a man I don’t even know, I want to stay in school and learn”.

So the teacher has a meeting with the father. The father says “If you go so far as to mention this to me or my daughter again I will go to the anti-discrimination authority and bring you up on charges.” The next thing you know the student is gone and no one dares have anything to say about it.

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Obama’s EPA: Jobs Don’t Matter

Posted by iusbvision on April 17, 2011

Daily Caller:

The Obama administration has repeatedly said job creation is a top priority, but apparently the memo seems to have missed the bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This became evident when EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus testified Thursday before an Environment and Energy subcommittee hearing that his agency does not take jobs into account when it issues new regulations.

“We have not directly taken a look at jobs in the proposal,” Stanislaus said, referring to a regulation that would govern industries that recycle coal ash and other fossil fuel byproducts.

Coal ash is commonly used to make concrete stronger and longer lasting, make wallboard more durable and improve the quality of roofing shingles.

Stanislaus made his comments in response to questioning by Colorado GOP Rep. Cory Gardner looking into whether the EPA is complying with a recent presidential executive order and considering jobs in its regulatory regime. The EPA issued a April 30, 2010 statement in the appendix of its regulatory impact analysis for proposed regulation under the Resources and Recovery Act (RCRA) of coal ash.

That statement said: “The [regulatory impact assessment] does not include either qualitative or quantitative estimation of the potential effects of the proposed rule on economic productivity, economic growth, employment, job creation or international economic competitiveness.

The statement contradicts Executive Order 13563, which President Obama signed in January requiring rules to take job creation into account when federal agencies issue new rules.

Gardner pressed Stanislaus as to whether or not EPA had done a direct economic analysis on how the rule would affect jobs, to which Stanislaus replied saying that EPA had not included jobs in its cost-benefit analysis of the rule.

“Do you feel an economic analysis that does not include the complete picture on jobs, is that a full economic analysis?” Gardner asked. “I think it is really a yes or no question.

“To me, I don’t see how you can talk about economic analysis without talking about jobs…  and you said that you would not promulgate a rule where the costs would exceed the benefits,” Gardner continued. “But if you are not taking into account jobs, I don’t see how that goes.”

Gardner’s line of questioning had Stanislaus visibly dumbfounded, and he repeatedly told the congressman he would have to get back to him with the answers to his questions.

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Dr. Lyle H. Rossiter: Leftism is a mental disorder

Posted by iusbvision on April 17, 2011

DR. LYLE ROSSITER:

  • Board-certified in general and forensic psychiatry
  • Over 35 years of experience
  • Consultation, evaluation, reports, and testimony
  • Civil and criminal matters
  • Expert/consultant for plaintiffs, defendants, and prosecution

This is interesting :)

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Neil Boortz vs Muslim Caller on “Outrage”

Posted by iusbvision on April 17, 2011

Be warned, this is very politically incorrect, and I will state up front that Neil is not very fair to this caller. I would not have been so short with this caller rather I would have let him speak to see if he said more things that the host could discuss. With that said Neil makes a good point, especially about the liars. Taqiyyah is the Islamic practice of deception, which according to the Hadith has been used to advance the goals of Islam and the Umma.

Not quite my style but an interesting piece nonetheless.

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World’s greatest historian speaks out on Paul Ryan and America’s debt

Posted by iusbvision on April 17, 2011

Prof. Niall Ferguson

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IUSB Vision Editor Addresses Trump, Rezko, and the Birther Issue – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on April 16, 2011

In light of the recent investigation by Donald Trump into the so-called “Birther” issue and Obama’s dealings with the felon Tony Rezko I have been getting more email asking me to look into this.

For a long time people have asked me to look at the “Birther” issue, but when the (admittedly Democrat) bureaucrat from Hawaii said that he has seen the long form birth certificate that was good enough for me. I only had a residue of skepticism because quite frankly, in recent years I have noticed that most Democrats running for office or who are in office will say anything. To them the truth is what supports their position and the ends justifies the means; that is a standard plank of the far left’s ideological makeup so I am rarely surprised when they lie. In fact I have almost  come to expect it (remember all of those doctors who went to Wisconsin to hand out fake sick notes to teachers who skipped out on work to protest?).

Before I go on let me stop right here and address Donald Trump. I have concerns about him, some of which I will name.

1 – Trump has a history of making statements that are contradictory. Carter was worst president, than it was Bush, than it was Obama is worst with Carter second etc. He is for national health care, than against it, and this list gets longer by the day as people look at his previous statements.

Now it is possible that his previous contradictory statements were made because in previous years he wasn’t serious about the political subjects and was only seriously paying attention to his business. Now that he is serious, or now that he sees that the country has been mugged by the Democrats is he really focusing like a laser beam on politics. If that is the case I can understand that and might be able to look past it. How many “liberals” became conservatives after 9/11? How many independents really weren’t paying attention and since 2009 have gotten themselves informed and joined TEA Party groups (millions)?

2 – Foreign Policy. That is right I said it. While certain aspects of foreign policy Trump clearly understands through experience in making business deals around the world, there are aspects of diplomacy in the strategic view and other areas he needs to get up to speed on quickly. He should hire a smart advisor for that role because if he doesn’t Trump is going to get taken to school during a debate by someone in the primary. If Trump is serious he needs to make sure that doesn’t happen.

3 – Trump used his influence with a local government to abuse eminent domain and try to get people’s homes for less than they were worth – LINK. To me such an abuse of power makes supporting him very difficult.

Let me start with Obama and Tony Rezko. Trump knows real estate law and how it is used to commit fraud. In this case they were used to make an illegal donation and get around federal election law and tax law. In short, Trump’s comments about Obama and Rezko are spot on accurate. I have known this for a long time and I am glad that Trump is bringing this up. Trump says to ask the reporter, why didn’t you guys investigate the Rezko issue. Trump is right to say that.

About the “Birther” issue. I have not worried much about this issue for some very good reasons.

1 – Many of the people pushing it just want to reverse an election. I said early on that if that was the purpose of it than it is silly on its face.

2 – There is no enabling legislation that really makes the “birth” requirement of the Constitution have the teeth it needs to enforce even if it is true. States are now passing such laws and are right to simply to take the issue off the table for good.

3 – I cannot envision a court that would have the guts to enforce it without enabling legislation and remove Obama from office even if the evidence that he was born in Kenya or elsewhere was rock solid, so again this is a non starter.

With that said, I have always thought that the “Birther” issue has legitimacy in one regard. President Obama said in the campaign that people hide things because they have something to hide. He lectured the country and the Republicans about “transparency” only to run an administration that is far less transparent than the last one (if anyone wishes to challenge me on that statement I invite you to try, but the facts are overwhelming and you will lose that argument handily).  Obama is spending millions in lawyer fees and resources to be less transparent. Not in just this issue but in areas of Congressional oversight, meeting lobbyists across the street from the White House so that their names do not appear in the White House guess log, persecution of whistle-blowers, illegal firing of IG’s, political review of FOIA requests,  etc; this is a long list.

Lately some things have come up that have moved me to take a second look at this issue; not because it can be used to ask the President to resign, but to further explore the transparency issue and a separate legal issue has also come up which I will explain in a moment.

1 – Hawaii Governor Abecrombie has stated to close associates that, despite Herculean efforts, he was unable to find the long form birth certificate. Abercrombie is a close friend of the Obama’s and has every incentive to clear this issue up for the president. While the associates later “recanted” it is obvious when you listen to the before and after what the truth is.

2 – Hawaii law. According to Hawaii law all it takes to get a Certificate of Live Birth (COLB) is a statement from a parent  saying that a child was born there. The Hawaii newspaper announcement was made eight days after his supposed birth date. Am I saying that this is a grand conspiracy to make a “Manchurian Candidate” from birth? Of course not. What I am saying, and what Donald Trump may be saying is that Obama MIGHT BE, on fraudulent paper after the fact, an anchor baby. This would have been necessary IF his mother had given birth outside of the United States since Obama Sr. was not divorced from his first wife when he married Ann Dunham and Obama senior was here on a student visa and was not a US National.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol06_Ch0321-0344/HRS0338/HRS_0338-0005.htm

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol06_Ch0321-0344/HRS0338/HRS_0338-0017_0008.htm

[Note – If Obama was born outside of American borders with just his mother being a citizen and his father not a citizen then the child would not have citizenship from birth, he would have to be naturalized later.]

If Obama is an “after the fact” anchor baby is that really a big surprise? There are many, many thousands of pregnant women who try to sneak into the country every year and deliver a child so that the child is an American citizen and can enjoy the many benefits American citizenship provides. In Obama’s case it MAY BE possible that his family exploited a quirk in Hawaii law to do just that. In fact considering the number of illegal aliens who try to come here every day by all sorts of creative/devious means, one can be confident that such a loophole has been used to create citizenship for babies.

3 – There are other issues that offer up doubts such as the fact that part of his family says he was born in one place and other family members say he was born in another. The Kenyan government calls the town his grandmother claims he was born in “The Birthplace of Barack Obama”, there is some evidence that Obama’s social security number actually belonged to someone else as it is a Connecticut Social Security Number and not Hawaii one. I will be the first one to tell you that I have not explored this to the “Nth degree”, but I am understandably more interested in this story.

Does any of this matter in the here and now? No. Let us assume that Obama is an anchor baby based on fraudulent documentation; is that his fault? No. I suppose if he knew about it and ran for office when he was unqualified it amounts to another lie, but considering all he has lied about this is just one more lie to add to the list in 2012; there is no enabling legislation, and no court would remove him anyway.

So outside of a possible campaign issue in 2012, and another example of the President’s rather outrageous lack of transparency (come on folks, spending millions in lawyer fees just to keep your long form birth certificate from being seen is rather nutty), there is one legal issue that comes to mind. For the sake of argument, lets say that it is determined a year, or three years or five years down the road, that President Obama was not qualified to be president; what does that do to the status of every bill, executive order, etc that he ever signed? Are we really in the mood for another constitutional crisis?

As it stands for the here and now, this issue is little more than a hot button campaign issue for 2012, but IF the “Birthers” are shown to be correct it will expose Obama clearly as a liar to those who do not pay proper attention to civics and politics, which is a massive portion of the Democrat voting block.

So it all looks very nice and tidy doesn’t it? One problem. I still think President Obama was born in Hawaii. Why? In order for Obama to have been born in Kenya, his parents must have visited there in the summer break of 1961 because while his mother took a little over a year off from the Univ. of Hawaii to have her son. Barack Obama Sr. was still enrolled at the Univ. of Hawaii and attended classes from 1959 through 1962. The “Birthers” are going to have to show with some convincing evidence that the two of them visited Kenya at that time.

This would seem unlikely because Ann Dunham would have discovered on such a trip that Obama Sr. lied about getting a divorce from his first wife and that would be  a prescription for two women’s wrath. If this did happen though, I have to admit that it fits the timeline as in September 1961 (just weeks after Obama’s birth) Ann Dunham left Obama Sr. to live as a single mother and attend classes at the Univ. of Washington (why not continue in Hawaii and stay with Obama Sr?) while Obama Sr. continued at the Univ. of  Hawaii till 1962 and graduation. Shortly after Obama Sr. graduated went to Harvard for graduate school and in 1964 they were divorced. Early statement’s by Obama’s grandmother seems to support this narrative and some Kenyan officials obviously believe this as well.

While I am still not convinced, I have to admit that the closer I look into this, the stranger it gets. I used to pretty much dismiss this issue, but now I am forced to admit that while skeptical my curiosity is piqued.

UPDATE – President Obama releases the long form birth certificate?

Well actually it is a long form Certificate of Live Birth. This is very interesting and sort of makes me wish I had dug into this issue sooner.

If you read above you will see that I put forth my own theory on why Obama was hiding the “Birth Certificate” and this now document advances my hypothesis, which I find a bit disturbing. If you had read above I stated that the way Hawaii law works is that a parent can go to a state health official and sign a form saying that her child was born at XXX such a place and instant COLB and state recognition of ones existence. We all know what a long form birth certificate looks like. It will have the baby foot and /or hand prints, the name of the hospital and parents and doctors present who witnessed the birth. The document will be made on the same day the child is born. Yet on the long form COLB is not even applied for until several days after his birth.

So where does this leave the issue? Well it leaves it almost dead. While I have even more doubt now that President Obama was born in the country than before, even if the hypothesis described above is true, which it might not be, but annoyingly fits the evidence like a glove;  even if all true none of that is President Obama’s fault. One cannot control who one’s parents are or what they do. If he believes he was born out of the country than all this amounts to is another lie and quite frankly there are much more pertinent and substantive lies from this president to focus on. I was never invested in this issue and I remain in the same boat, but while so many are naturally curious I am also.

On a side note I also find it interesting that the two people who have benefited most from this issue are Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

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Left Taunts and Hurls Racial Insults at African American Man Attending TEA Party

Posted by iusbvision on April 16, 2011

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Dumbest member of Congress?

Posted by iusbvision on April 16, 2011

Tax and deficit spend ourselves into prosperity. Listen to her talking in platitudes. This is priceless.

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Former head of CIA “bin Laden Unit”: Libyan rebels are like the Taliban

Posted by iusbvision on April 15, 2011

Dr. Michael Scheuer:

Good analysis but totally whacked on Israel…

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David Freddoso on corrupt “Gangster Government”

Posted by iusbvision on April 15, 2011

Freddoso’s new book is a tell all of government corruption. This is a no miss interview.

Chicago has come to Washington.

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“Smartest man in Congress” explains what went wrong with Obama’s Libyan operation

Posted by iusbvision on April 15, 2011

Thaddeus McCotter, often called “the smartest man in Congress”, explains what went wrong with President Obama’s Libyan operation.

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Mexico sells gas for $2.80 per gallon

Posted by iusbvision on April 15, 2011

Why is our price so high? Extremist regulations that are costly and designed to appease the Democrats eco-extremist base – LINK

Here is an example of how and why:

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The House passes 6 T-t-t-t-trillion dollars in Spending cuts over ten years

Posted by iusbvision on April 15, 2011

Via Bob Schneider:

The House passes 6 T-t-t-t-trillion dollars in Spending cuts. Of course, Ron Paul and his RINOs didn’t vote for the plan, because there isn’t an extra trillion to shut down the Pentagon. That’s “conservatism”? None I’ve ever heard of, or would be affiliated with.

It trims the budget by 6.2 trillion dollars over ten years and sets us on the path to stop stacking onto the deficit and actually start paying the thing off. It has to be done. If it is not done, as Moody’s has warned (read promised), the United States will lose its AAA credit rating. If that happens, and rest assured it will in just a few years if we do not change course, it will make the Great Depression look like a walk in the lilies.

Democrats say that they don’t like it because it turns Medicare into a voucher program. I am not familiar enough with the Ryan plan to give all the details but if their spin is anything like what the said about Social Security reform than that is a huge amount of spin. But for the sake of a thought exercise, lets say that the Democrats complaint is true for just a moment.

School voucher programs work very well both here and in Europe where some countries use them on a large scale. The main reasons that Democrats would oppose such a program are these:

1 – It would eliminate the need for most of them massive bureaucracy that runs it now and eats up large portions of your Medicare dollars before they help anyone with a medical bill. That would mean a lot less government union dues that go to fill Democrats campaign coffers.

2 – It would give you more control and the government much less. Remember that today’s Democrat leadership are not “liberals” at all. They are arch leftist central planners

Doubt me?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT7Y0TOBuG4

Watch these – NO I mean really watch it!

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Another Broken Promise: Obama uses “Signing Statements” to ignore Congress and the law

Posted by iusbvision on April 15, 2011

Remember this?

Jake Tapper:

President Obama Issues “Signing Statement” Indicating He Won’t Abide by Provision in Budget Bill

n a statement issued Friday night, President Obama took issue with some provisions in the budget bill – and in one case simply says he will not abide by it.

Last week the White House and congressional Democrats and Republicans were involved in intense negotiations over not only the size of the budget for the remainder of the FY2011 budget, and spending cuts within that budget, but also several GOP “riders,” or policy provisions attached to the bill.

One rider – Section 2262 — de-funds certain White House adviser positions – or “czars.” The president in his signing statement declares that he will not abide by it.

“The President has well-established authority to supervise and oversee the executive branch, and to obtain advice in furtherance of this supervisory authority,” he wrote. “The President also has the prerogative to obtain advice that will assist him in carrying out his constitutional responsibilities, and do so not only from executive branch officials and employees outside the White House, but also from advisers within it. Legislative efforts that significantly impede the President’s ability to exercise his supervisory and coordinating authorities or to obtain the views of the appropriate senior advisers violate the separation of powers by undermining the President’s ability to exercise his constitutional responsibilities and take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

Therefore, the president wrote, “the executive branch will construe section 2262 not to abrogate these Presidential prerogatives.”

In other words: we know what you wanted that provision to do, but we don’t think it’s constitutional, so we will interpret it differently than the way you meant it.

During his presidential campaign, then-Senator Obama was quite critical of the Bush administration’s uses of signing statements telling the Boston Globe in 2007 that the “problem” with the Bush administration “is that it has attached signing statements to legislation in an effort to change the meaning of the legislation, to avoid enforcing certain provisions of the legislation that the President does not like, and to raise implausible or dubious constitutional objections to the legislation.”

Then-Sen. Obama said he would “not use signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law.”

The president said that no one “doubts that it is appropriate to use signing statements to protect a president’s constitutional prerogatives; unfortunately, the Bush Administration has gone much further than that.”

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Teacher to Limbaugh: A fellow teacher is trying to indoctrinate my son

Posted by iusbvision on April 15, 2011

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Tammy Bruce shuts down leftist professors at Bucknell.

Posted by iusbvision on April 14, 2011

Tammy Bruce the former leftist and NOW president is quite possibly the finest debater I have ever seen. Most academics talk to each other so their critical thinking skills atrophy. When they start to lose watch their behavior.

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Obama’s budget speech was the most dishonest I have ever seen coming from a president.

Posted by iusbvision on April 14, 2011

Amazing, Obama’s speech is a host of near perfect 180 degree contradictions. We all know that many politicians lie, but rarely do we see people in office who tell a long series of such fantastic whoppers. The elite media has got to be in cognitive dissonance trying to protect this man from himself. Dr. Krauthammer’s comments are not even a mild exaggeration. I have never seen a policy speech by a president this dishonest and partisan to the point of silliness. Obama has managed to amaze me….and just when I thought it would not get much worse.

WSJ: The most dishonest speech in decades – LINK.

Obama says that we were not a great country until we had the welfare state…

Flashback 2009 Obama: I’ll cut deficit in half by end of my first term

Instead he has offered up 1.3-1.6 trillion dollar yearly deficits for as far as the eye can see. This is up to eight times the yearly deficit spending in 2007.

Dr. Charles Krauthammer, Paul Ryan, Lee Doren, Laura Ingraham, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul,

How can the president say that his proposal is a deficit reduction proposal when he admits it adds $8 Trillion to the debt?

Here is Paul Ryan talking about the GOP alternative budget that actually addresses the long term deficit crisis –

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Bill O’Rielly: Last Stand For The Nanny State

Posted by iusbvision on April 14, 2011

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April News & Video Roundup Post!

Posted by iusbvision on April 12, 2011

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. Life has been wickedly busy.

CEI Senior Fellow Chris Horner discusses how support for ethanol affects the price of many food and consumer items. Government policy is making food and fuel prices go up and as a result the quality of our gasoline and its gas mileage go down!

Wesley Mouch Voice Mail

Hank Rearden Voice Mail

Bill O’Reilly: Who Won The Budget Battle?

Bill O’Reilly: I Believe People Like the NY Times & Soros Wants the System to Crash

Bill is right, several in far left intelligentsia have pointed out that when a democracy faces economic collapse an oligarchy with central control often takes over. That is just history folks. Look at that history HERE.

Spending Spree: US deficit up 15.7% in first half of fiscal 2011 – LINK.

Video: Liberal radio Talker: It is time to stop running away from the word “socialism“.

Video: Harry Reid Omits “Under God” While Citing Pledge Of Allegiance – LINK. Interesting that Obama and others on the left have been doing this more and more lately. Recently Obama left God out of the Declaration of Independence.

Federal Official: Banks are now government run entities.

Reuters/Yahoo:

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – Big banks like Bank of America Corp and Citigroup Inc should be reclassified as government-sponsored entities and have their activities restricted, a senior Fed official said on Tuesday.

The 2008 bank bailouts at the height of the financial crisis and other implicit guarantees effectively make the largest U.S. banks government-guaranteed enterprises, like mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, said Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig.

“That’s what they are,” Hoenig said at the National Association of Attorneys General 2011 conference.

And back in the beginning of the Obama presidency we told you that it looked like Obama was using the mortgage crisis as a way of getting control of the banks some of you on the left said i was nuts. Well there you are.

A member of the Democrat Senate leadership wants new taxes on internet sales – LINK.

Trade gap narrows as both imports and exports fall in February – LINK: That is what we call a shrinking economy folks. Recovery my ear.

VIDEO: Michigan Teachers Union: Use students to politic for more government spending – LINK.

Public School leftist indoctrination slightly exaggerated:

By the way, those ads were put out by a global warming alarmist group. It is not done by climate realists trying to make a point.

California Teachers Union passes a resolution endorsing convicted cop killer – LINK.

Democrats AWOL on Fannie/Freddie hearings – LINK.

Remember Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? They are the lions share of the problem that caused the mortgage crisis and blew up the economy; that gave millions to Democrats while Democrat political appointees took home millions while mismanaging it; that sold those worthless “mortgage securities” to banks and investors and ended up bringing many of them down as well; and has resulted in hundreds of billions in bailouts? Yes that one.

March Madness: U.S. Government Spent More Than Eight Times Its Monthly Revenue – LINK.

Via Ed Morrissey: Obama wants to double conservation spending, buy more federal land – LINK.

Quote of the Day:

During the run-up to the November 2010 elections, many observers — including me — remarked that the tea party, which was clearly shaping up to be a major power in many states, was not so much anti-Democrat or even anti-incumbent as it  was anti-business-as-usual.  The tea partiers were united not by demographics — age, profession, education, geography, etc. — but by impatience at the sclerotic inefficiency and blundering intrusiveness of a government establishment that had lost touch with the American founding principles of limited government, fiscal accountability, and republican virtue. Perhaps the most conspicuous targets of the tea party were high-profile Democrats like Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer, but plenty of Republican politicians also learned to their chagrin that they could no longer treat their office as a perpetual entitlement or the American taxpayer as an inexhaustible mammary gland. As was repeatedly noted in the aftermath of the election, while the tea party lost a handful of high-profile races (Nevada, California, Delaware), the spirit of reform rushed like the waters of the Alpheus and Peneus through the Augean stables of state and local legislatures.

Rep. Ryan on Obama’s Budget Path ‘Do Nothing, Punt, Duck, Kick the Can Down the Road,’ Causing A ‘Debt Crisis’ – LINK.

British Health Service Nightmare:  Surgeons say patients in some parts of England have spent months waiting in pain because of delayed operations or new restrictions on who qualifies for treatment – LINK.

Man With Anti-Obama Sign Attacked In San Francisco – LINK.

USA spends $20 million to bring Sesame Street to Pakistan – LINK.

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Obama: If you’re complaining about the price of gas get a trade in….

Posted by iusbvision on April 12, 2011

Obama:

“If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.”

Are we ready to throw him out yet?

This is coming form the guy who in 2008 told Mort Kondrake on CNBC that he would be fine with $4.00 a gallon gas, so long as the price rose slowly – LINK.

In the mean time other countries continue to drill just off our shores while Obama keeps our guys out:

Cuba to drill five new oil wells by 2013

AFP:

HAVANA — Cuba on Tuesday announced plans to drill five deepwater oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico beginning this summer, expressing confidence that its efforts will be rewarded with major new energy finds.

“We’re about to move to the drilling phase,” said Manuel Marrero, an official with the government authority tasked with overseeing Cuba’s oil sector.

“We’re all really hopeful that we will be able to discover large reserves of oil and gas,” said Marrero, who added that the ventures would be undertaken with the help of unspecified foreign companies.

He said the deepwater wells were to be drilled between 2011 and 2013, and would be in waters ranging in depth between 400 meters (a quarter mile) and 1,500 meters (1.6 miles). He did not specify which countries would be among the foreign partners working with Havana on the project.

So now we can buy our own oil back from China, Cuba, and Brazil. The academic left always wanted to redistribute America’s wealth around the world, so this is how they are doing it.

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Dr. Victor Davis Hanson: A Kingdom of Lies

Posted by iusbvision on April 12, 2011

This is a must read from one of the greatest minds in the country today. Much of what we are told to believe are litle more than a pack of lies.

Dr. Hanson:

I am a subject in a kingdom of lies. At 57, I have grown up with decades of untruth — advanced for the purposes of purported social unity, the noble aim of egalitarianism, and the advancement of a cognitive elite in government, journalism, the arts, and the universities.

Alger Hiss really was a communist operative, albeit an elegant and snooty sort of one. The Rosenbergs were tag-team spies. Noble Laureate Rigoberta Menchu did not really write her own memoir. I admire the lives of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, even as I sensed there were large areas of their biographies that simply could not be disclosed and that the censorship was apparently for our own good. I know that if I did what Eliot Spitzer did I would not be hosting a TV show.

I did not quite know how “witch hunt” characterized the often disreputable tactics of Joe McCarthy — cruel and obnoxious were the better adjectives. You see, there were really communists in Hollywood at a time of a dangerous global cold war against communism, in a way there were never any witches at all in Salem.

But then for some reason I sensed that a murderous, camouflaged Fidel Castro killed more innocents than a murderous, gold-braided Augusto Pinochet. I accepted that we were to be silent about the former’s crimes since his ends were said to be good, while the latter’s crimes were for the bad — though economists of no particular political affiliations have shown that Chileans escaped poverty and dictatorship while Cubans were, and are still, plagued by both.

As far as Hollywood, goes, as I have said, I do not go to the cinema at all. The choices are meager. We can watch a George Clooney, Matt Damon, or Ben Affleck — multimillionaires all of mediocre talent — uncover some corporate or CIA conspiracy that threatens the environment (their employers and distributors are not corporate?), the non-white male, or global peace — or sit through yuppie crises whose double entendres and cute repartees are known mostly only to metrosexuals between New York and D.C., or from Malibu to Newport Beach. We are told they are films, but those too are lies; they are mere transcripts of the daily psychodramas of a privileged and bored class whose efforts are spent searching for global causes that might balance — as penance if you will — their own often angst-driven quests for influence, notoriety, and the material good life.

The media is our ministry of truth of the Oceania brand: one day Guantanamo, renditions, tribunals, preventive detention, Predators, the Patriot Act, and Iraq were bad; then one day in January 2009 I woke up and heard of them not all. I then recognized that they were now either good or at least necessary — or perhaps sinister IEDs of a sort left behind by the nefarious Emmanuel Goldstein administration, now too dangerous to even touch.

The Goldstone Report, I thought when I first scanned it, was worse than most undergraduate research papers I have graded — and therefore I expected it to be praised by the international community. And it was until even the author, like the rare guilty undergraduate who confesses to plagiarism, wants his signature off the report. But then long ago I got used to Israel being damned by reporters, NGOs, and the UN and EU types as apartheidists, racists, imperialists, and Nazis in direct proportion to the fact that visitors to the Middle East usually prefer to go Israeli cafes, hotels, and hospitals. Reporting on the West Bank is a 10 AM-2 PM day job, with a commute back across the green line. Half a million Jews ethnically cleansed in the 1960s from Baghdad, Cairo, and Damascus were opportunists; half a million who fled to the West Bank twenty years earlier are still recently arrived refugees. But then I don’t know why Jerusalem is a divided city and Nicosia is not; or why the Kuril Islands or East Prussia are not similarly said to be “occupied”; or why the fence in Israel is worse than the fence in Saudi Arabia.

I have no idea whether invading in preemptive fashion an oil-producing, Arab Muslim country without congressional approval is an impeachable or humanitarian act — or both. You see, it depends, in the manner that Trotsky’s photo used to, and then did not used to, appear in the snapshots of the Soviet pantheon. I suppose the same is true about prisoner abuse. I remember traveling in Europe and seeing those eerie black Klan-like hoods and capes with all sort of French, Italian and German sloganeering about the atrocious sexual humiliation that took place at Abu Ghraib, but I imagine this summer there won’t be much about supposed transgressions in Afghanistan where civilians were supposed to have been executed rather than humiliated. Things just happen, I suppose, in wars after 2009 — like now in Libya too.

I also have a sense, although it has never been quite so ordered by the Ministry, that a nut burning a bible is either artistic expression or a proper antidote to centuries of repression and so to be either applauded or ignored; but a nut burning a Koran evokes decapitations and murder and does so quite understandably — although I am never told quite why. Does it involve liberal paternalism and condescension: millions of Muslim radicals are captives of emotion and ignorant and thus not “like us,”so we must create much different standards for “them” that we don’t apply to others? We as adults laugh when symbols of Christianity are defaced in thousands of incidents; they as children naturally and understandably kill when one Koran is burned by one silly wannabe minister? Or is the Ministry’s fear that when Christ is satirized in a cartoon, no bomb shows up at the editorial office; when Mohammed is so caricatured, two do — and that because reporters are said always to be brave and publishers principled we cannot just admit to that?

I think I also understand that the support for 11 million illegal aliens arriving here from Mexico without English, legality, or education is not fueled by tribal and ethnic chauvinism. I know that to suggest that extending immigration consideration to a new cadre of 11 million Koreans, Chinese, Africans, and Europeans with graduate degrees and capital would be racist to the core. The former group from Oaxaca is diverse, the latter from almost everywhere illiberal. I have seen those demonstrating for amnesty deprecate the U.S and its flag while championing Mexico, and I think I am supposed to understand that screaming at the country you wish to stay in, while singing praises for the country you do not makes perfect non-sense, in Humpty-Dumpty word fashion. And I know I am not supposed to say that, much less explain why millions flee here from a temperate and fertile south and not from an Arctic north.

I know that UC Berkeley is worried about diversity since blacks and Latinos are underrepresented (as are whites) while Asians are vastly “overrepresented.” And I think I understand how such proportional representation will eventually be achieved by various ministries, and all contrary to state law: the underrepresented whites will be assumed to be overrepresented, the Asians will be quietly and insidiously pruned back by considering “community service” in preference to grades and test scores, and far more African-Americans and Latinos will be admitted by rejecting unfair criteria such as meaningless grades and test scores — and that all this — not science or the humane arts — will be mostly the business of the architects of undergraduate education. The alternatives? They are too ghastly to contemplate. Just let things alone, and the underrepresented communities will decide on their own why they are not going to college in sufficient numbers, and take self-help measures to the degree they see it as a problem — or shrug and admit that the ministries are using archaic neo-Confederate racial criteria in a mixed-up, intermarried world where one needs a genealogist to plot one’s precise racial ancestry.

I think I have it right that conservative Republican white guys are selfish and greedy, and therefore a liberal Bill Gates or George Soros made their billions by enlightened, or green, or socially useful methods. Did BP and Goldman Sachs really favor Barack Obama? Will they again? Were Freddie and Fannie really looted by Clintonites? Did GE pay no taxes? Is there still a revolving door in Washington where a Robert Gibbs, of no discernible talent, or a Peter Orszag, who nearly wrecked the economy with massive deficit spending, are now poised to become progressive multimillionaires?

Is making millions from Facebook, or GM, or GE now fine in a way it is not from the Koch Brothers? Again, these are just the thoughts of someone trying to read between the lines of the Oceania censors. (So we are to think the Tea Partiers are the greedy reactionary and wealthy, and the millionaire donors targeted by the Obama reelection committee merely generous?)

I don’t know what “investments” and “stimulus” mean. Do any of you? I think they refer to borrowing over $500 billion for a particular green or mass transit project. But then I don’t know what “green” means either, and for that matter don’t know what is the difference between “global warming” and “climate change” — other than earthquakes and tsunamis sometimes count under the latter, as do cyclones and hail storms. I do know that when I go to the Sierra tomorrow to shovel 15 feet of March snow off a porch I am supposed to assume these last two record winters of heavy snowfall had something to do with climate change. After all, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu warned that 90% of the Sierra snow pack will one day disappear and my farm, like all the others, will blow away — and that apparently somehow, some way, sometimes too much snow is just part of that drying out process.

As far as ‘kinetic” and “man-caused disasters” and “overseas contingency operations,” I think they have something do with killing terrorists. I also assume those who do fight the bad guys do not employ such euphemisms, which are for our, not their, consumption. We, the administered to, live in a “downright mean” country; our administers go to Costa del Sol in summer and Vail in winter on the mean country’s dime.

In this kingdom of lies, this Oceania of the mind, I, a subject of the monarchy of untruth, navigate carefully, assuming what I read and see is simply not true — and cannot be said to be untrue. Last week at the Post Office, a rather well-dressed young man in line was explaining to me that he was wondering why his unemployment check had not come to his PO Box. And then he further offered that he is now negotiating, or rather hoping, for his unemployment to be extended beyond his second year. I smiled and said, “That’s wonderful, because I know you are not working off the books for cash, and I know you are looking for a job all day long, and I know that if your benefits ever end, you will not suddenly find work.”

The odd thing was that he laughed and thought those were lies too.

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Elite media speculation on Glenn Beck is about to backfire.

Posted by iusbvision on April 8, 2011

First of all, lets talk about the “fringe”. Beck was right about ACORN, Apollo Alliance, Chicago Climate Exchange, SEIU, Soros, Van Jones, bias in school text books, Maoists like Anita Dunn and the list goes on.

They called him names, called him a liar, and then people quietly admitted that he was right. His presentation is unorthodox, I mean he taught economics and history and got ratings doing it.

While Glenn wasn’t perfect, who is? The problem is not that Glenn is fringe, the problem is that we have fringe leftist academics extremists who live in a rather nutty world of theory in power. Since Glenn was right about all of the things I mentioned above and more. If he is fringe what does that say about the stories he got right on?

Glenn, like Rush Limbaugh, is not a “conspiracy theorist” he is prescient. He sees the trajectory the facts are moving in and makes judgments about what he sees is coming. When Glenn said early last year that inflation was coming and to get food built up and get out of debt the “non fringe” people said he was nuts, well look at who was right.

How many times has Rush Limbaugh made jokes about the left and predictions about them and been shown correct time and time again?

Secondly, when Glenn said, “Oh they will wish I was back on at five when they see what is coming”… and when you see Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier get this “cat that just ate the canary” grin when they talk about Beck’s future it seems rather obvious that they are holding back and just dying to say what “it” is.

Third, Matt Lewis’ analysis leaves out the key factor in all of this, Roger Ailes. Ailes’ history is to find good talent and let them do whatever they want as long as they backed up what they said. Beck installed the red phone and dared others to try to prove him wrong, he put out a data sheet worth each show so people could look the facts up for themselves. Ailes is not afraid of risk or being different, so I find it very hard to believe that Roger wanted Beck out.

Beck’s detractors call him names, create false narratives about him with carefully edited clips (like ABC News did recently), but what you do not see is anyone even attempting to take him on fact per fact, or debate him Lincoln-Douglass style etc.

Lastly, Beck is a huge star and the second most popular host on television. Leaving Beck at the bummer time slot of 5pm is the only thing that was impossible. One does not park a superstar like Glenn Beck in the 5 pm time slot. Change is coming to Fox alright, but you can be sure that between the creative genius of Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck, the fringe progressive secular left isn’t going to like the change one bit.

Doubt me? LINK LINK

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Prof Niall Ferguson: Paul Krugman is a joke, Keynesianism is dead, China is more capitalist than we are, get the debt under control or Western Civilization is done for…

Posted by iusbvision on April 4, 2011

Have you ever heard one of those sports guys on the radio who can tell you the stats of every football and baseball game since 1940 right off the top of their head? Prof. Niall Ferguson is like that, but with history and the history of economics. Prof Niall Ferguson is accepted by a great many academics as the most brilliant historian alive and judging by all I have seen in recent years, I have seen no one who can match his ability and have only seen one man in my lifetime who is in the same ballpark as far as ability is concerned. Take a look at his bio HERE. Ferguson said in another interview that only one time in history has a major power emerged from this kind of debt and survived and that was England after the wars of the 1800’s. It doesn’t look good unless we change course now.

The volume is low on some of the videos so on a couple you will have to crank up the speakers, but it is no miss stuff.

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More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined.

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

Read this one carefully folks…

WSJ:

If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.

It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?

Every state in America today except for two—Indiana and Wisconsin—has more government workers on the payroll than people manufacturing industrial goods. Consider California, which has the highest budget deficit in the history of the states. The not-so Golden State now has an incredible 2.4 million government employees—twice as many as people at work in manufacturing. New Jersey has just under two-and-a-half as many government employees as manufacturers. Florida’s ratio is more than 3 to 1. So is New York’s.

Even Michigan, at one time the auto capital of the world, and Pennsylvania, once the steel capital, have more government bureaucrats than people making things. The leaders in government hiring are Wyoming and New Mexico, which have hired more than six government workers for every manufacturing worker.

Now it is certainly true that many states have not typically been home to traditional manufacturing operations. Iowa and Nebraska are farm states, for example. But in those states, there are at least five times more government workers than farmers. West Virginia is the mining capital of the world, yet it has at least three times more government workers than miners. New York is the financial capital of the world—at least for now. That sector employs roughly 670,000 New Yorkers. That’s less than half of the state’s 1.48 million government employees.

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Democrats try to get copies of Senator Scott Brown’s medical records AND those of his family

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

Boston Herald:

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown — an upstart Blue State Republican in the cross hairs of national Democrats — is lashing out at the party’s opposition researchers, accusing them of prying into his family’s private health insurance records, and demanding that they stop fighting dirty.

“It seems in bad form. Obviously, when it comes to information about my wife and daughters, it crosses the line. I find it offensive and so do they,” Brown told the Herald yesterday.

“They (Democrats) don’t have any business muddling in the private health records of my family,” said Brown, adding that his family is “disturbed” by the intrusion.

Officials from the Group Insurance Commission, the state’s health insurance provider, notified Brown on Tuesday that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee asked them “to provide insurance information,” according to a copy of the GIC letter obtained by the Herald.

The GIC, a quasi-independent state agency, administers health insurance for state employees and their families. Brown’s wife, Gail Huff, and two daughters, Ayla and Arianna, were also on his state insurance plan when he was a Wrentham state senator.

A copy of the DSCC request provided to the Herald asks for “all direct correspondence” between Brown and the GIC under the Massachusetts public records law.

Now this is rich….

A DSCC spokesman insisted the request was only for public information and never sought private medical information about the Brown family.

To provide insurance information, like what was paid out, claims made etc. It is pretty easy to reverse engineer a medical record from that information, but oh no, you don’t want medical information, WHICH IS WHY YOU SENT THE LETTER TO THE STATE MEDICAL INSURANCE COMMISSION….

Come on guys, if you are going to issue a denial, can you at least come up with one that is better than that? Remember this is the state with RomneyCare folks, they state will have those records and the Democrats want them.

The Democratic Party illegally obtained Michael Steele’s credit report and released it, Obama illegally obtained a copy of Jack Ryan’s sealed divorce papers to put the details of his sex life and such on the front page and the Democrats also put Congressman Allen West’s Social Security number and other person info in a mailer to 60,000 people.

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Video and News Roundup April 1st

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

AWESOME: US and Japanese Forces Rescue Dog Swept to Sea Three Weeks Ago in Japan

Kristi Noem: Democrats are Rooting for a Government Shutdown

“The federal government accumulates more deficit every single day than my home state did in a year.”

Democrats are on retreat after the leadership was caught on tape plotting a government shutdown to increase deficit spending. Rasmussen: 57% prefer government shutdown to current levels of spending – LINK. Former DNC Chair Howard Dean: Democrats should root for a government shutdown – LINK.

Obama Administration Official: GOP Budget Cuts Will Kill 70, 000 Children…

This time both the Democrat and Republic strategist agree; not only is the statement preposterous, but you can say that about anything.

Why do we pay the people in Congress or the federal government or the military? Don’t you know how many lives we could “save” around the world with that money? Do it for the children!

Trump weighs in on the policy debate: If I am President Iran WILL NOT have a nuclear weapon. Iraq needs to pay us back, Saudi needs to pay us for protecting them and keeping them in power. The Arab League asked us to deal with Ghadaffi, they are super rich countries so pay for it! Trump talks China, trade, OPEC, taxes, jobs and more

This is a no miss interview, even if you do not take Trump seriously you should still watch it.

On trade, Trump is right but there will be consequences, a big tariff on China will mean an instant price increase in everything that is made there, which lately seems like most things. So the poor and middle class will take a hit, for a while. But it must be done. Trump is right that we are being sucked dry and we have had leaders who have not looked out for our economic interests (which is obvious).

The problem is that currency manipulation and labor costs are only a part of the problem. The Obama Deficit Commission which the media doesn’t want to talk about much lately is right in that our tax rates are too high, our tax code is too complicated and too hard to comply with, and we have so many regulations (many of which are corrupt to help political cronies) that it is impossible to comply with them all. We have so many regulations no one could even read them all in a lifetime so it is no mystery why investors and job creators do not want to invest here. Trump does hit on these problems, but does not tie it in with his narrative about the Chinese and others that are fleecing us. He should as it really is one problem.

Former CIA “bin-Laden Unit” Head To CNN Anchor: “You’re Just Carrying The Water For Mr. Obama”

Dr. Scheur wrote a “Bush bashing” book. He has also blasted Obama and Clinton for bad “war on terror” tactics/strategy. He was the head of the CIA’s bin-Laden unit. He was one of the sources for the film, “The path to 9/11”. Dr. Scheur almost always has facts that are not disputable, but of course his conclusions are open to debate. Scheur’s opinions are highly informed ones though and have merit even if I do not totally agree with them.

Like Dr. Niall Ferguson, Dr. Scheur has little tolerance for biased, no nothing reporters who are often less informed than his students.

Mexican Cartels Get Heavy Weapons from Central America, U.S. Cables Say

Dick Morris Reports: Wisconsin Reforms In Peril Due To Possible Election Of Radical Judge

Congressman Issa subpoena’s documents after Obama Administration stonewall in project gunrunner case. The administration was actively facilitating American guns going to the Mexican Drug Cartels and got caught. – LINK.

Police Caught On Tape Beating Black Man.

The man is a member of the Nation of Islam and allegedly as he was working at a night club he was taking keys from customers and going to their cars and stealing items such as GPS, computers and he was caught with a stolen firearm. You can see on the tape that he surrendered to police and they beat him for some time and there are multiple police obviously breaking the law so what you see here is an automatic conspiracy by police to break the law and cover it up. After all if there was no tape what would the police report have said? I have an idea, something like “the police were fighting this athletic perp and the police feared for their collective lives and very regrettably the suspect was injured but the police used all possible restraint”. So here is the rub, if the police in this video were capable of this, how can anything they say about the charges against this man be believed? This is why police need to have restraint especially if this man is guilty, because of this tape not only will he walk, but the city will be writing him a big fat check.  – LINK for the video and story.

More Obama Administration Nuttery: American servicewomen “encouraged” to wear “hijab” headscarves in Afghanistan – LINK.

‘Unprecedented’ Political Review of FOIA Requests by Homeland Security Department

So much for transparency – LINK.

Government Pays Failed Fannie Mae Execs Millions (again) – LINK.

Related:

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac paying $210 million in bonuses with your money and no outrage why…..

Fannie and Freddie Amnesia: Taxpayers are on the hook for about $400 billion, partly because Sen. Obama helped to block reform.

Transparency, Congress & Corruption: AIG and Fannie Mae Bonuses

Rules For The and Not For Me:  Presidential limousine, security vehicles exempt from fed ‘green’ vehicle policy – LINK

Six of top 15 declining cities in California – LINK

Hello, I am from the Communist Party. Would you like to join?…

Evil with a smiley face. Notice how many in the second video are academics?

 

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Extortion and Threats: Put union propaganda in your window or else.

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

http://www.unitedtaxpayers.com/latest-headlines/afscme-boycott-leads-to-300-increase-in-sales-lol/

Threats and boycott of small business by union leadership leads to 300% sales increase. Rank and file members of AFSCME stop by to apologize for their leadership’s idiocy:

UNION GROVE – Local union members apologized to business owners Thursday after hearing union leadership threatened to boycott businesses.

The stunning development happened late Thursday afternoon at Village Dollar, where members with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees showed their support to businesses that were targeted.

It all started after Dawn Bobo, owner of Village Dollar in Union Grove, refused to put up a sign supporting AFSCME.

The public union is against Governor Scott Walker’s plan to take away most collective bargaining rights for its members.

Bobo didn’t want to take sides, fearing she would offend customers.

“I have customers from all walks of life, “she said. “In a tough economy you need everyone here.”

But apparently that wasn’t good enough for AFSCME Union Rep. Jim Parrett, who sent her a letter that reads in part:

“We’d ask that you reconsider taking a sign and stance to support public employees in this community. Failure to do so will leave us no choice but do a public boycott of your business.”

“It rubbed me the wrong way,” said customer John Charnon.

He and other customers drove out of their way to shop at Village Dollar Thursday. According to Bobo, business tripled because of it.

Even some local AFSCME union members called the threats “thuggish”.

“The statements and threats made by Jim Parrett do not represent everyone in the local, we didn’t support it,” said Paul Baumester, a member of AFSCME, Local 3777.

He and several other union members shook hands with Bobo Thursday afternoon and apologized to her and other businesses for the threats. They claim they were never consulted about the letters.

Baumester says he’s still against Governor Walker’s budget proposals, but he believes the threats are exactly the wrong thing to do.

“Right when we think we might be making some headway here, we lose ground in the public eye,” he said.

We made several attempts to contact Parrett by phone, but an operator said his voice mail box was full.

And now thanks to his letter, so is Bobo’s dollar store, which now has a sign of its own in the window. It reads, “We support Union Grove, not bully tactics.”

“I want them to have the rights they’re entitled to, but they are not entitled to take mine away,” said Bobo when talking about AFSCME.

 

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Sarah Palin: What We Were Saying One Year Ago About Obama’s Failed Energy Policy

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

Related – The latest lie from the left: Two-thirds of oil and gas leases in Gulf inactive

 

It’s unbelievable (literally) the rhetoric coming from President Obama today. This is coming from he who is manipulating the U.S. energy supply. President Obama is once again giving lip service to a “new energy proposal”; but let’s remember the last time he trotted out a “new energy proposal” – nearly a year ago to the day. The main difference is today we have $4 a gallon gas in some places in the country. This is no accident. This administration is not a passive observer to the trends that have inflated oil prices to dangerous levels. His war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production has caused us pain at the pump, endangered our already sluggish economic recovery, and threatened our national security. Through a process of what candidate Obama once called “gradual adjustment,” American consumers have seen prices at the pump rise 67 percent since he took office. Meanwhile, the vast undeveloped reserves that could help to keep prices at the pump affordable remain locked up because of President Obama’s deliberate unwillingness to drill here and drill now. We’re subsidizing offshore drilling in Brazil and purchasing energy from them, instead of drilling ourselves and keeping those dollars circulating in our own economy to generate jobs here. The President said today, “There are no quick fixes.” He’s been in office for nearly three years now, and he’s about to launch his $1 billion re-election campaign. When can we expect any “fixes” from him? How high does the price of energy have to go?

 

So, here’s a little flashback to what I wrote on March 31, 2010, at National Review Online’s The Corner:

 

Many Americans fear that President Obama’s new energy proposal is once again “all talk and no real action,” this time in an effort to shore up fading support for the Democrats’ job-killing cap-and-trade (a.k.a. cap-and-tax) proposals. Behind the rhetoric lie new drilling bans and leasing delays; soon to follow are burdensome new environmental regulations.  Instead of “drill, baby, drill,” the more you look into this the more you realize it’s “stall, baby, stall.”

 

Today the president said he’ll “consider potential areas for development in the mid and south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, while studying and protecting sensitive areas in the Arctic.” As the former governor of one of America’s largest energy-producing states, a state oil and gas commissioner, and chair of the nation’s Interstate Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, I’ve seen plenty of such studies. What we need is action — action that results in the job growth and revenue that a robust drilling policy could provide.  And let’s not forget that while Interior Department bureaucrats continue to hold up actual offshore drilling from taking place, Russia is moving full steam ahead on Arctic drilling, and China, Russia, and Venezuela are buying leases off the coast of Cuba.

 

As an Alaskan, I’m especially disheartened by the new ban on drilling in parts of the 49th state and the cancellation of lease sales in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. These areas contain rich oil and gas reserves whose development is key to our country’s energy security. As I told Secretary Salazar last April, “Arctic exploration and development is a slow, demanding process. Delays or major restrictions in accessing these resources for environmentally responsible development are not in the national interest or the interests of the State of Alaska.”

 

Since I wrote the above, we have even more evidence of the President’s anti-drilling agenda. We have the moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the de-facto moratorium in the Arctic. We have his 2012 budget that proposes to eliminate several vital oil and natural gas production tax incentives. We have his anti-drilling regulatory policies that have stymied responsible development. And the list goes on. The President says that we can’t “drill” our way out of the problem. But we can’t drive our cars on solar shingles either. We have to live in the real world where we must continue to develop the conventional resources that we actually use right now to fuel our economy as we continue to look for a renewable source of energy. If we are looking for an affordable, environmentally friendly, and abundant domestic source of energy, why not turn to our own domestic supply of natural gas? Whether we use it to power natural-gas cars or to run natural-gas power plants that charge electric cars, natural gas is an ideal “bridge fuel” to a future when more renewable sources are available, affordable, and economically viable on their own. It’s a lot more viable than subsidizing boondoggles like these inefficient electric cars that no one wants. I’m all for electric cars if you can develop one I can actually use in Alaska, where you can drive hundreds of miles without seeing many people, let alone many electrical sockets. But these electric and hybrid cars are not a quick fix because we still need an energy source to power them. That’s why I like natural gas, but we still have to drill for natural gas, and this administration doesn’t like drilling or apparently the jobs that come with responsible oil and natural gas development. They don’t have a coherent energy policy. They have piecemeal ideas for subsidizing impractical pet “green” projects.

 

I have always been in favor of an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy independence, but “all-of-the-above” means conventional resource development too.  It means a coherent, practical, and forward-looking energy policy. I wish the President would understand this. The good news is there is nothing wrong with America’s energy policy that another good old-fashion election can’t solve. 2012 is just around the corner.

 

– Sarah Palin

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The latest lie from the left: Two-thirds of oil and gas leases in Gulf inactive – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

The talking point: What do you mean drill for more oil, the oil companies do not want to drill for more oil, they bought the leases and just let them sit there so we will pay Brazil to look for oil there.  [Oh by the way who has a huge money stake in Petro-Brazil? Obama money man and buddy George Soros – Editor]

That entire narrative is a complete scam as you will soon see.

AP:

WASHINGTON – An Interior Department report to be released Tuesday says more than two-thirds of offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico are sitting idle.

According to the report, obtained by The Associated Press, those inactive swaths of the Gulf could potentially hold more than 11 billion barrels of oil and 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The report also shows that 45 percent of all onshore oil and gas leases are inactive.

President Barack Obama ordered the Interior Department review earlier this month amid pressure to curb rising gas prices. The White House says Obama will address his plans for the country’s energy security during a speech in Washington Wednesday.

The first problem is that the permitting process to actually get the permits to drill on the lease take years.The government puts years worth of roadblocks in the permitting process, this complicated by the fact that in each stage of the permitting process that gets approved by the federal government, eco-extremist groups sue to stop it.

Obama instituted an offshore drilling ban as was widely reported. The ban was illegal and a federal judge ordered him to stop. Obama ignored the court order. Then look at what Obama did to the regulations to have a de facto ban anyways. The film below explains how they did it. It will infuriate you.

So here is the situation, the government charges money for the lease and then works with anti-capitalist and eco-extremist groups to prevent that lease from ever getting the permits.

Related:

Obama pushed Brazil to drill more, promises aid to Brazil to help drill. While at home imposes drilling ban.

Obama Administration Held in Contempt for Violating Court Order

API: Recent Studies Show Obama Drilling Moratorium Will Cost 50,000 Jobs; 160,000 by 2032.

Heritage: Anti-Drilling Policies Costing Federal Government Billions in Lost Revenue

Now Russia, along with Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and China are building oil wells just miles off our shores while Obama keeps Americans out. UPDATE – Steve Forbes: Obama repeating Carter’s mistakes.

If You Ever Needed Proof that Democrats Want Higher Gas Prices…

UPDATE

Sarah Palin: What We Were Saying One Year Ago About Obama’s Failed Energy Policy

 

 

UPDATE II – Dick Morris:Obama has zeroed out new drilling permits. The few that are starting now are left over from permits that were approved from the Bush Administration

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Dagny Taggert vs Union Thug

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

If you found this scene thought provoking please see our previous installment: The Challenge

Many believe a certain film by George Lucas helped Ronald Reagan get elected. Imagine what this film will do.  Actually I will make a prediction right now: Unions will threaten theater’s who run it, there will be bomb threats, there will also likely be some union violence. Any takers on that bet?

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Media Matters is in violation of law in it’s war on Fox News.

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

File this one under the “How could they be so stupid” category.

Washington Examiner:

Media Matters, the George Soros-backed legion of liberal agit-prop shock troops based in the nation’s capital, has declared war on Fox News, and in the process quite possibly stepped across the line of legality.

David Brock, MM’s founder, was quoted Saturday by Politico promising that his organization is mounting “guerrila warfare and sabotage” against Fox News, which he said “is not a news organization. It is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated as such by the media, elected officials and the public.”

To that end, Brock told Politico that MM will “focus on [News Corp. CEO Rupert] Murdoch and trying to disrupt his commercial interests …” Murdoch is the founder of Fox News and a media titan with newspaper, broadcast, Internet and other media countries around the world.

There is nothing in the Politico article to suggest that Brock, who was paid just under $300,000 in 2009, according to the group’s most recently available tax return, plans to ask the IRS to change his organization’s tax status as a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation.

Being a C3 puts MM in the non-profit, non-commercial sector, and it also bars the organzation from participating in partisan political activity. This new, more aggressive stance, however, appears to run directly counter to the government’s requirements for maintaining a C3 tax status.

Since Brock classifies Fox News as the “leader” of the Republican Party, by his own description he is involving his organization in a partisan battle. High-priced K Street lawyers can probably find a federal judge or a sympathetic IRS bureaucrat willing to either look the other way or accept some sort of MM rationale such as that it is merely providing educational information about a partisan group.

But in the IRS application for 501(C)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation status, Section VIII, Question I asks the applicant: “Do you support or oppose candidates in political campaigns in any way? (Emphasis added).

Under Brock’s definition of Fox News, it appears he is setting MM on a course of actively opposing all Republican candidates. Brandon Kiser at The Right Sphere blog argues that this new statement of MM’s mission means it must change its tax status.

Beyond the partisanship issue, explicitly declaring that your purpose as a tax-exempt non-profit public foundation is to interfere with the commercial interests of somebody else’s legal business enterprise falls nowhere within the scope of purely educational activities.

The official purpose of MM, according to its 2009 tax return, is to “notify activists, journalists, pundits and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and take direct action against offending media institutions.”

At another point much later in the same return, MM’s purpose is more succinctly described as being “dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in the media.”

Besides Brock, who is MM’s CEO, Eric Burns, who is the organization’s president, received just under $260,000 in compensation in 2009. Burns has since left MM to form Bullfight Strategies, a media consulting firm.

For the complete Politico piece, go here. And for additional analysis, check out Ed Morrissey’s balanced assessment here.

 

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First charter school in Ft. Collins, Colorado doing well

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

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