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Democrats prevent hearing on corrupt “VIP Sweetheart Mortgages” given out by Countrywide to top Democrats. Lock Republicans out of committee room.

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2009

The Hill:

Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) locked Republicans out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room to keep them from meeting when Democrats aren’t present.

Towns’ action came after repeated public ridicule from the leading Republican on the committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), over Towns’s failure to launch an investigation into Countrywide Mortgage’s reported sweetheart deals to VIPs.

For months Towns has refused Republican requests to subpoena records in the case. Last Thursday Committee Republicans, led by Issa, were poised to force an open vote on the subpoenas at a Committee mark-up meeting. The mark-up was abruptly canceled. Only Republicans showed up while Democrats chairs remained empty.

Republicans charged that Towns canceled the meeting to avoid the subpoena vote. Democrats first claimed the mark-up was canceled due to a conflict with the Financial Services Committee. Later they said it was abandoned after a disagreement among Democratic members on whether to subpoena records on the mortgage industry’s political contributions to Republicans.

A GOP committee staffer captured video of Democrats leaving their separate meeting in private chambers after the mark-up was supposed to have begun. He spliced the video to other footage of the Democrats’ empty chairs at the hearing room, set it to the tune of “Hit the Road, Jack” and posted it on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s minority webpage, where it remained as of press time.

UPDATE: Key Evidence Destroyed – Wall Street Journal:

The discovery that Countrywide Financial Corp. recorded phone conversations with borrowers in a controversial mortgage program that included public officials — and that those recordings have been destroyed — has prompted new congressional calls for more information about the program.

Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is trying to subpoena the remaining records of Countrywide’s VIP loan program. So far, the committee’s chairman, New York Democratic Rep. Edolphus Towns, has turned down that request.

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Dr. Glenn Harlan Reynolds: Remember when protest was patriotic?

Posted by iusbvision on August 10, 2009

Via his letter to the Washington Examiner:

August 8, 2009

“Protest  is patriotic!”  “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism!”

These battle-cries were heard often, in a simpler America of long ago — that is, before last November.  Back then, protests — even if they were organized by the usual leftist apparatchik-groups like ANSWER or ACORN — were seen – at least in the media – as proof of popular discontent.

When handfuls of Code Pink ladies disrupted congressional hearings or speeches by Bush
administration officials, it was taken as evidence that the administration’s policies were unpopular, and that the thinking parts of the populace were rising up in true democratic fashion.

Even disruptive tactics aimed at blocking President Bush’s Social Security reform program were merely seen as evidence of boisterous high spirits and robust, wide-open debate.  On May 23, 2005, the Savannah Morning News reported:

“By now, Jack Kingston is used to shouted questions, interruptions and boos.  Republican congressmen expect such responses these days when they meet with constituents about President Bush’s proposal to overhaul Social Security.

“Tinkering with the system is always controversial. To make Bush’s plan even more so — political foes are sending people to Social Security forums armed with hostile questions.

By now, Kingston, a Savannah lawmaker and part of the GOP House leadership, has held 10 such sessions and plans at least seven more.”

On March 16, USA Today reported that Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum “was among dozens of members of Congress who ran gantlets of demonstrators and shouted over hecklers at Social Security events last month. Many who showed up to protest were alerted by e-mails and bused in by anti-Bush organizations such as MoveOn.org and USAction, a liberal advocacy group. They came with prepared questions and instructions on how to confront lawmakers.”
This was just good, boisterous politics: “Robust, wide-open debate.” But when it happens to Democrats, it’s something different:  A threat to democracy, a sign of incipient fascism, and an opportunity to set up a (possibly illegal) White House “snitch line” where people are encouraged to report “fishy” statements to the authorities.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls the “Tea Party” protesters Nazis, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman –forgetting the events above — claims that left-leaning groups never engaged in disruptive tactics against Social Security reform, and various other administration-supporting pundits are trying to spin the whole thing as a deadly move toward “mob rule” and – somewhat contradictorily — as a phony “astroturf” movement.

Remember:  When lefties do it, it’s called “community organizing.” When conservatives and libertarians do it, it’s “astroturf.” But some people are noticing the truth.   As Mickey Kaus notes, “If an ‘astroturfing’ campaign gets real people to show up at events stating their real views, isn’t it … community organizing?”  Why yes, yes it is.

As someone who’s been following the Tea Party campaign since the beginning, it seems to me to be the most genuine outbreak of grassroots popular involvement in my lifetime.  People have been turning out, in the tens of thousands at times, because they feel that Obama pulled a bait-and-switch and is moving the country much farther to the left than he promised during the campaign.

More significantly, most of these people are turning out to protest for the first time in their lives, and they’re planning for future political involvement in years to come. Perhaps that’s what’s got the critics worried.

It’s true, of course, that conservative and libertarian organizations — ranging from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions to FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity — are getting involved and providing advice and support, just as numerous lefty groups have always done with left-leaning movements.

But, as I noted in an April 15 column in The Wall Street Journal, those groups were playing catch-up to a movement that was already rolling on its own.

The truth is that for my adult lifetime, “protest” has been a kind of Kabuki engaged in by  organized groups on the Left with help from the press — as in the recent bus tour of AIG executives that was organized and paid for by an ACORN affiliate and in which the protesters were heavily outnumbered by the media, who nonetheless generally treated it as an “authentic” expression of populist discontent.

Things like that tour led President Obama to warn bankers that he was the only thing standing between them and the pitchforks, one of a number of thuggish statements he’s made along these lines.

Funny how fast the worm — or maybe it’s the pitchfork — has turned. Now that we’re seeing genuine expressions of populist discontent, not put together by establishment packagers on behalf of an Officially Sanctioned Aggrieved Group, we’re suddenly hearing complaints of “mob rule” and demands for civility.

Civility is fine, but those who demand it should show it.  The Obama administration — and its corps of willing supporters in the press and the punditry — has set the tone, and they are now in a poor position to complain.

Whether they like it or not — and the evidence increasingly tends toward “not” — President Obama and his handlers need to accept that this is a free country, one where expressions of popular discontent take place outside the electoral process, and always have.  (Remember Martin Luther King?)

What historians like Gordon Wood and Pauline Maier call “out-of-doors political activity” is an old American tradition, and in the past things have been far more “boisterous” than they are today.

Rather than demonizing today’s protesters, perhaps they might want to reflect on how flimflams and thuggishness have managed to squander Obama’s political capital in a few short months, and ponder what they might do to regain  the trust of the millions of Americans who are no longer inclined to give the Obama administration the benefit of the doubt.

Dr. Reynolds is a professor of law and the University of Tennessee and is the famed writer often referred to as “The Instapundit”

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Commenting on “Anonymous Scientology”

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2008

The only fascinating aspect I can find in Anonymous’ actions is how some dozen allegedly educated college boys could fall for an obvious online marketing campaign so fast and without any suspicion. There seem to be personal deficits here, despite of online games and communities.

“Lu”
   
I am an IUSB alum (where I was involved in student government) and a proud member of Anonymous. I am a moderator at the Enturbulation forums, and am actively involved in the project chanology website and the partyvan irc. Believe it or not, Anonymous – despite being anonymous – is completely transparent. If you want to know, it’s all there for you to see. The Church of Scientology cannot make this boast. If you are interested in learning more, I’d be happy to give you an interview.

Anonymous has not fallen for an ‘obvious online marketing scheme.’ Anonymous is not a ‘group of superhackers.’ There are many myths that the Church of Scientology is spreading about what we are. I’d be happy to clarify, if you’re interested.

http://www.paulettecooper.com/scandal.htm is an absolute must-read.

http://youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7B2DC51D328FF629 is a must-view.

In fact, Shawn Lonsdale, the gentleman being interviewed in that video (filmed last year) on top of the parking garage, was found dead in his home under questionable circumstances just a few weeks ago.

Scientology is far more sinister than you realize; more sinister than your article implied.

“Consensus”

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Commenting on “Can Science and Religion Co-exist?”

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2008

Science and religion will, in all probability, never reach an understanding on this issue. Science constantly wants the proof of something supernatural; which is in and of itself an oxymoron. Science tests ideas in the natural world and can only hypothesize on the supernatural. That is why it is called the SUPERNATURAL.

The constant debate as to the origins of man grows tiresome. Surely we as a human race can put our energies to something much more fruitful than arguing over the pettiness of how we got where we are. The point is that we are here.

I believe what my soul has always lead me to believe, that God created the Heavens and the Earth. Mankind sprang from His hand and no other place. It is my feelings that the interference of man, an imperfect creature, has been a cause for some evolutions. For example, it was man that developed antibiotics.

I understand that this will be shredded and dissected, but I simply don’t care. My beliefs are my own. I can not prove them or replicate God’s work in a science lab neither would I want to. It is only when we try to play God that we end up doing more harm than good. Dr. James Vanderveen is correct on one thing:
“Although scientists do not know everything, we are continually testing ideas and refining the ways we seek knowledge.”

Scientists do not know everything, only one Being knows everything that was, is and, is to be. Tested knowledge is only as good as the instruments that are doing the testing. Having theories based upon theories is where we run into trouble as a race. At one time science “proved” the Earth was flat, and religious figures insisted that Earth “was the center of the galaxy”.  Both are examples of basing theories upon theories. As far as I know, nowhere in the Bible does it specifically say “Earth is the center of the universe and all other bodies orbit that body”.

The truth remains that I believe in a Higher Power, something I can’t (nor do I wish to) ever test for. With that said, I don’t appreciate the scientific community slamming my belief structure by calling my views MYTH. I do not go around calling such people as Darwin buffoons.

I find it amazing how the above article describes Creationism as having a place in Sociology, Philosophy, and Religion classes but not Science. I would wager that Dr. Vanderveen would agree that Darwinism has a place in all the above classes. What does that mean? Does science somehow transcend all other thought? Should we view science as the “Holier than thou” of the academic world?

I want to make it perfectly clear, I mean no disrespect to anybody by this response. I am sorry if anybody takes offense to my views, but I am simply tired of being pushed down. Most professors believe that being open minded fosters the best learning experiences. Sometimes, those same professors can be the most closed minded people I have ever dealt with. Again I mean no disrespect to anybody, some of my best friends are professors.

I am open to any and all comments, but please don’t try to drag me into an argument. I have no desire to argue with anybody, I have made my point.

Sincerely,

Robert Lowman
A proud IUSB grad

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Posted by iusbvision on August 27, 2007

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