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

Posted by iusbvision on March 22, 2011

Obama is doing this for three reasons.

1 – Who is a big investor in Brazilian oil? George Soros, who is likely the single largest contributor to far left causes.

2 – Like many leftist academics Obama believes that America’s wealth needs to be redistributed around the world. So as long as we buy foreign energy that is our money leaving the country.

3 – Energy companies usually tend to favor Republicans when it comes to donations. An exception to that is British Petroleum which is 45% the former Amoco.

 

IBD:

Energy Policy: While leaving U.S. oil and jobs in the ground, our itinerant president tells a South American neighbor that we’ll help it develop its offshore resources so we can one day import its oil. WHAT?!?

With Japan staggered by a natural disaster and a nuclear crisis, cruise missiles launched against Libya in our third Middle East conflict and a majority of U.S. senators complaining about a lack of leadership on the budget, President Obama decided it would be a good time to schmooze with Brazilians.

His “What, me worry?” presidency has given both Americans and our allies plenty to worry about. But in the process of making nice with Brazil, Obama made a mind-boggling announcement that should make even his most loyal supporter cringe:

We will help Brazil develop its offshore oil so we can one day import it.

We have noted this double standard before, particularly when — at a time when the president was railing against tax incentives for U.S. oil companies — we supported the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s plan to lend $2 billion to Brazil’s state-run Petrobras with the promise of more to follow.

Now, with a seven-year offshore drilling ban in effect off of both coasts, on Alaska’s continental shelf and in much of the Gulf of Mexico — and a de facto moratorium covering the rest — Obama tells the Brazilians:

“We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.”

Obama wants to develop Brazilian offshore oil to help the Brazilian economy create jobs for Brazilian workers while Americans are left unemployed in the face of skyrocketing energy prices by an administration that despises fossil fuels as a threat to the environment and wants to increase our dependency on foreign oil.

Obama said he chose Brazil to kick off his first-ever visit to South America in recognition of that country’s ascendancy. He has also highlighted one of the reasons for America’s decline — an energy policy that through the creation of an artificial shortage of fossil fuels makes prices “necessarily skyrocket” to foster his green energy agenda.

In an op-ed in USA Today explaining his trip, Obama opined: “Brazil holds recently discovered oil reserves that could be far larger than ours. And as we seek to increase secure-energy supplies, we look forward to developing a strategic energy partnership.”

Related –

Obama gives $2 billion to Brazil to drill for oil. WHAT? UPDATE – Sarah Palin Responds!

 

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Unknown Victims of the Indiana Democrat Walk-out

Posted by iusbvision on March 22, 2011

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Rebecca Black – Friday UPDATE Black is already a millionaire

Posted by iusbvision on March 18, 2011

UPDATE – Forbes reports that 13 year old pop sensation Rebecca Black already a millionaire. Black’s catchy tune “Friday” crushed the iTunes top 100 netting Ms. Black over $1.4million, not including YouTube ad revenue sharing on her video which has netted over 31 million views. Black is still accelerating on the iTunes top 100 chart.

 

What a charming first video for a 13 year old girl who had a dream and took a risk.

The video went viral.

Ms. Black comes across as charming and approachable. The production value of the video is pretty good especially considering the budget used. I wish her well. Let us hope that the coming attention and money does not exceed her character.

ARK Music Factory made this clever rap remix of the song. It is quite good.

The critics are done. The word is in. Simon Cowell loves the song.

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OBAMA BUMPER STICKER REMOVAL – IF YOU STILL HAVE A OBAMA STICKER ON YOUR CAR

Posted by iusbvision on March 18, 2011

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Japan earthquake and tsunami: How to help

Posted by iusbvision on March 17, 2011

This post has been sticked to the top of the page, please scroll down for updates – Editor

Via Yahoo News:

Japan has often donated when other countries have experienced disasters, such as when Hurricane Katrina impacted the United States. Below are organizations that are working on relief and recovery in the region.

SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Donate here.

AMERICAN RED CROSS: Emergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. This disaster is on a scale larger than the Japanese Red Cross can typically manage. Donations to the American Red Cross can be allocated for the International Disaster Relief Fund, which then deploys to the region to help. Donate here.

GLOBALGIVING: Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donate here.

SAVE THE CHILDREN: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Donate here.

AMERICARES: Emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region. Donate here.

CONVOY OF HOPE: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Donate here.

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS
: Putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. Donate here.

SHELTER BOX: The first team is mobilizing to head to Japan and begin the response effort. Donate here.

UPDATE – Reporting Live From Tokyo : Japan is in panic, no lights, no food, no gasoline:

The level of destruction is hard to get one’s mind around:

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AWESOME: Rand Paul Launches on Busy Body Bureaucrat.

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

I have some disagreements with the good Senator, but today my hat is off to him. It must have felt SO good to tell one of these looters what we all are thinking.

Oh and if you do not know exactly what I mean by a looter please do not make yourself look silly by trying to guess.

My family had to buy one of these new, expensive “super energy saver” washers with no agitator and uses very little water and energy which is being pushed by the government. The washer is a disappointment. I always have to use the extra rinse feature and with heavy clothes I sometimes have to wash them twice.

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Mitt Romney: Obama will be a one term president.

Posted by iusbvision on March 9, 2011

Mitt Romney. He looks good, he is likable, he is a legendary business man. He is willing to go after Obama directly and take on his belief system, which some other candidates or would be candidates have been afraid to do.

I look at this speech and I can see that Mitt has been studying Reagan speeches in a big way. I see the similarities in the tactical messaging and in some of the body language. Mitt has money but lacks a certain something that I cannot quite define.

Mitt has challenges as well.  The first being a history of election day epiphanies. While candidates are entitled to a few of these as they grow and learn Mitt has a few too many and they are on big issues. The Tea Party remembers how the 1994 class started letting us down in 2000 and are NOT having any more of that. The rank and file Tea Party people are well informed and YouTube is going to be painful for his campaign. If Mitt gets elected and waffles when he gets into office the Tea Party will make certain he is a one term president. They will primary him and weaken him so badly that a Democrat can win. I hope that the Romney team understands this. Call it whatever you like but one thing seems consistent with Tea Party voters, take out those who violate their brand and deal with the consequences later.

Michael Kinsley in the L.A. Times is using the same strategy against Romney that the GOP used so well against John Kerry. Kinsley said that Romney is a flip flopper and will say anything to get elected. I said the the same thing about him in 2008.

With that said presidential campaigns tend to mature people and help them to understand the weight of the job. They tend to help increase their character and Romney’s 2008 CPAC speech helped to demonstrate this. I hope Mitt has grown. I am open to giving him a second chance to convince me, but be warned, GOP bloggers are smart and miss very little. Keep it real guys.

Mitt has a problem with RomneyCare in Massachusetts which is having problems as some reports have indicated. It is similar to ObamaCare in some aspects and judging by the recent vote in Missouri fighting ObamaCare in the referendum, they had the largest turn out in the states history. The American people have gotten informed on what a disaster ObamaCare is, and how it has already cause thousands to lose coverage and millions to see an immediate increase in premiums, including this very writer’s premiums.

Mitt is fighting this problem by standing up for federalism calling RomneyCare a state experiment that the nation has learned valuable lessons from. He says that experiments like this are what the states are for and he is correct. I just wish he had said this much sooner. CNN is already going after Romney.

Romney did say that some parts of his RomneyCare could be a model for the nation,  that can be spun against him, “Well in 2009 it was a national model and now it is not so which is it?” Of course, Romney can counter with, “Some aspects of it might be good for the country, but ObamaCare has terminal flaws. Besides state experiments are great for learning about problems. The Democtrats should have looked at some of the problems we were having in Massachusetts , instead they double downed on the worst parts of it and piled on even more damage by putting restrictions on doctors that the people of Massachusetts never would have tolerated, and in fact the whole country is upset about and will become more upset about as more control in it kick in leading to 2014unless we repeal it.”

When CNN asked Romney about the “debunked Sarah Palin claims about death panels” Romney did not speak up in defense of Palin. Palin was right and some of the law blogs explained how she was right. The combination of the two bills, the Stimulus and Obamacare,  gave the administration “death panel” like authority at the stroke of a pen. All the administration has to do is write a regulation, publish it, and it is done.  The “show me in the bill where it has the word “death panel” question is a red herring. This means that Palin did her homework on the released parts of the bill early and Romney didn’t.

 

 

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Video: Gov. Rick Perry and Speaker John Boehner go “On The Record”

Posted by iusbvision on March 4, 2011

Rick Perry talks Wisconsin, leadership, budgets, Obama, Americans killed in Mexico, cartel violence, and the border mess.

Also this video shows just how powerful a false elite media narrative can be. When Fox first started reporting this story they correctly reported that collective bargaining inst being stripped, it is just being limited on the benefit packages. Now some on Fox and Fox news Radio is saying the Democrat talking point, “stripping unions of collective bargaining” which is just not the case. This is crucial because even though the union has made a concession that it will pay a tiny fraction into their top of the line health and retirement benefits, without the new restriction it will just be undone and the next round of collective bargaining, or reversed and bumped up even more at such a time when the next Democrat governor is elected. We have seen the concessions movie before. Notice at about 3:30 in the interview Greta corrects herself.

You see here is the rub, Democrat governors can promise the world to these government unions who will in turn pump money into democrat campaigns, but when these union people retire like in Illinois where state workers are leaving with 10 million dollar retirements the states go broke and that governor is left holding the bag [note – and unions complain about disgraced CEO’s getting million dollar packages…]. This is exactly the situation that Illinois and New Jersey (and likely California)  are in right now.

Governor Christie went into the union halls in New Jersey and told them to their face:

[paraphrasing for brevity]Almost every governor you guys voted for in the last 20 years came in here and lied to your face by telling you that the state could afford these massive benefit packages. They knew they would not be in office when the day of reckoning came due, well now it has. The day of reckoning has come and I am the guy left holding the bag. I can tell you that in order to make sure you get a pension and have something you can count on we have to make some changes or it is just not going to be there. I am sorry that you were lied to, but respectfully you guys shouldn’t be booing me, as I am the first guy who came in to this hall and told you the truth.

Speaker John Boehner

This is a very good interview. Those who are interested in politics get a bit of an insider’s view of what it is like to be Speaker.

Speaker Boehner talks budgets, deficits, and his realization that like Gov. Christie, that the day of reckoning has come. We cannot do business as usual and expect to survive as a country and much of the Democrat leadership has not figured this out.

Speaker Boehner on Obama’s decision to just not enforce certain laws it doesn’t like like DOMA, border violence, Wisconsin, Ohio and more.

Here is the GOA report about the dozens of programs and agencies that are trying to do duplicate work.  – LINK.

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How Goldman Sachs manipulates the government and the Fed to rip you off.

Posted by iusbvision on February 2, 2011

They are making a killing on foreclosures and getting paid twice.

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January unemployment still on the rise

Posted by iusbvision on January 27, 2011

Normally unemployment rises a bit for the first two weeks of January. This is because those who lose their jobs in the last two weeks of December tend not to look for work during that time and do not add to the official unemployment number. At the end of December many seasonal hires are let go. This effect causes a mild January bump most years. While uncertainly and fear of what regulatory burden/scheme the government will come up with next continues to damage the economy, part of this bump is what happens almost every January during the first two weeks. What is a bit disturbing is the third weeks increase.

DOL:

In the week ending Jan. 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 454,000, an increase of 51,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 403,000. The 4-week moving average was 428,750, an increase of 15,750 from the previous week’s revised average of 413,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.2 percent for the week ending Jan. 15, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate of 3.1 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 15 was 3,991,000, an increase of 94,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,897,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,975,500, a decrease of 39,750 from the preceding week’s revised average of 4,015,250.

 

 

 

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Conversation with an aspiring elite media journalist

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2011

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Gregory Hilton: Gov. Granholm will not be missed.

Posted by iusbvision on January 25, 2011

Gregory Hilton:

SHE WILL NOT BE MISSED: After an eight year tenure, Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) left office earlier this month. Granholm has a high negative rating and now says she is through with politics forever. She is moving to California to be a law professor at UC-Berkeley. We do not know what she will tell her students, but for eight years Michigan residents always heard nothing was her fault.

She ignored the fact that unemployment was 4.8% under her GOP predecessor, and 13.1% when she left office.

Granholm deserves a significant amount of the blame, and the only industry which grew in Michigan in her era was government. The state now has 20% more government employees than manufacturing jobs. Michigan’s economy was growing when Granholm took office but she quickly reversed that trend. The state lost almost one million jobs while she was focusing on various liberal crusades. MSNBC’s Chris Mathews called her a genius, and she was — in killing jobs. Organized labor also deserves equal blame for contributing to the state’s unemployment problem.

Granholm shut down the government to win a debate with the legislature, and the result was one of the largest income tax increases in state history. She also succeeded in passing a 22% tax increase on gross business receipts. Republicans were solidly in opposition, and now all of their predictions have come true. The tax increases didn’t come close to raising the revenue she promised. In fact, this year Michigan will have 33% less revenue.
Many Michigan businesses closed down or left the state. Among all states, Michigan now ranks last in economic growth, first in unemployment, and third for high business taxes. It ranks 49th in retaining young adults.

Granholm was always a mouthpiece for the AFL-CIO and was consistently hostile to business. After eight years Michigan ended up with less business, less revenue and less employment. Granholm is gone but the lessons from her mistakes remain. Liberal Democrats such as Granholm do not realize that jobs are created by small businesses and lowering costs to employers. The Granholm agenda was similar to what so many other liberal Democrats are promoting. She increased spending which required higher taxes, and then she asked businesses to carry out her social agenda with laws, rules and regulations. The latter hides the spending from political fall-out.

If you want less of something, all you have to do is tax it. She increased taxes and then added excessive regulatory burdens on employers. The result was that companies such as Pfizer and Comerica left Michigan, and hundreds of thousands of jobs left with them.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio: I get threats all day long from the left, Dupnik has nothing to say about that

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2011

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Public School Administrator Punishes Student Christmas Club: “Keep your cheer to yourselves”

Posted by iusbvision on December 21, 2010

Just how radicalized are some public school administrators? Who would trust their child to a system that tolerates people with judgment this bad?

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One of the smartest new media ad campaigns ever.

Posted by iusbvision on December 3, 2010

These are music videos that promote the Norwegian television entertainment program “Golden Times“. The program runs on the TV channel, TV2 in Norway.

The video’s feature celebrities from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. While our friend AllahPundit didn’t like this at all, with respect, he is simply too young to appreciate what was done here. For those of MY generation it warmed my heart to see these “old friends” once again. They are targeting an audience that is aged 37 and higher, and for that purpose these ads are beyond brilliant.

Communications students:  this is new media and demographic targeting with communications at its very finest. My hat is off to those who conceived the idea.

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It is time to dismantle the TSA – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2010

I have avoided posting on this issue for the simple reason that the media and countless bloggers have done a good job in covering this story.

The TSA tells us that they do not do pat downs in kids under 13, they tell us that they are not exposing or touching private parts and yet, we know that they took the top off of a woman, exposed her breasts while some made fun of her, we saw the video of the tiny little girl being groped by a TSA, we saw the famed video of the “crotch check”, we have seen other pictures of  of hard crotch checks, we know how the TSA made one person remove her breast prosthetic (mastectomy), we know how former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura has to go through the “enhanced pat down” every time because the metal in his hip sets off the metal detector.

We know how disabled lady was picked up off the ground by her crotch by a TSA. We are aware that the pilots union and flight attendants union are up in arms, and now we know that one pilot is suing the TSA because they wanted him to show his penis. Again all of this has been well reported. Citizens are posting Youtube of incidents daily, complaints are rising daily.

Well that rule about not doing “enhanced” pat downs on little kids that the head of the TSA said in sworn testimony to Congress a few days ago… someone forgot to tell this group of agents as the shirt was removed from this child during the enhanced pat down to prove that the little boy wasn’t hiding any bombs.

UPDATE – The TSA and many in the elite media have stated that it was the boys father who took the boys short off to show that he wasn’t carrying a bomb, nut what the TSA didn’t volunteer is that the boy is autistic and they told the father that the child’s short would have to be removed or the autistic child would have to go through the aggressive pat down process. Then TSA agents tried to intimidate the person recording the video into erasing it, but obviously the victim held his ground. Via The Blaze. [redlasso id=”cfc16f68-7de9-4c32-86c5-dd2364b9aedd”]

1 – It is now clear that TSA is simply incapable of following its own rules.

2 – The Secret Service does not even do this kind of groping and they are second to none when it comes to security.

3 – The full body nude scan machines cannot detect many kinds of explosives.

4 – These enhanced searches have stopped no terrorists or found any bomb making materials.

5 – Better equipment such as bomb sniffing dogs and electronic sniffers are not being used in favor of what is going on now.

6 – No court has ever allowed these kind of invasive searches without a warrant or probable cause.

7 – It is the job of the government to protect and safeguard our rights, not look for excuses to violate them.

8 – Doing these searches on old women, nuns and little children actually makes us less safe. By spending resources on people who are clearly innocent that is less resources used going after terrorists.

9 – As the Israelis have told us, looking for objects is a waste of resources, looking for people who are out to cause trouble is much more effective.

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Maddow Interviews Stewart: Our Thoughts

Posted by iusbvision on November 12, 2010

I watched the entire Maddow/Stewart interview but this was the only segment worth commenting on.

[Before I dig in I want the readers to know exactly how I view John Stewart and his humor so you can  see where I am coming from.

John Stewart is not as well-informed on some issues as I would like him to be. I am not saying that he is ignorant, indeed he is better informed than most people, but my main critique on him has always been that some of his humor is not based on reality, often it is based on a spun assumption or talking point that strays away from directional accuracy. Sometimes he does this on purpose for a good line or gag, but sometimes he just takes things so far out of context that the humor becomes either too unfair or to unbelievable to be funny. The reason that this bothers be is because some young people really take what he says as fact and sometimes that does damage or causes confusion. As a resent college grad I saw this first hand.

When Stewart gets it wrong it is not because of self-delusion, but rather it is because of genuine ignorance of some issues that are not easy to study. For example when Stewart interviewed Governor Rick Perry  he questioned the Governor about why the Founders abandoned the Articles of Confederation and adopted the Constitution, Stewart’s argument shows that he is  unaware of just how powerful the states were until the adoption of the 17th Amendment. He seemed unaware how powerful the states were still intended to be under the Constitution and how limited the federal government was  intended to be (most  people have no idea how the Supreme Court kowtowed to FDR after the “court stacking” threat and as a result the idea of a limited central government started to go right out the window.]

This interview shows that Stewart is a person of serious introspection. It become clear in this interview that he is quite good at examining himself with a critical eye. He really understands himself and his humor. It takes substantial intellect and character to be able to do this to the degree that he does. This is exactly what most hard-core ideologues don’t do, and this includes most far left academics I have encountered.

Stewart does not do self-delusion, Maddow does (we have deconstructed some of her monologues here and taking her premises apart is not much of a challenge)  and it becomes obvious that Stewart sees this as Maddow tries to draw some sense of equivalency and some validation from Stewart. Stewart’s analysis of how he sees himself and how he starts to critique Maddow’s view of him and herself began demonstrating just how much of an intellectual and critical thinking mismatch the interview was becoming.

Then Stewart does something that really impressed me, he realized that the conversation was really starting to demonstrate just how much of a mismatch this was and that if it continued she may end up being embarrassed, so he stops it right there, changes gears and says, “I like you.” That was a remarkable display of compassion and restraint which is not an easy thing to do when you have the advantage. Even at that moment Stewart was very aware of himself and aware of how Maddow might be viewed if he continued. It was very gracious.

Maddow is very articulate and knows show to appear likable for television,  but it is important not to confuse facund with great intellect and/or critical thinking ability.

Some people have asked us why we do not engage in more  fact checking and debunking of MSNBC silliness. The answer may sound like arrogance but truth often has a sting all its own. That truth is this: MSNBC is so small time that they are not much of a threat and their intellectual dishonesty will keep them this way. Another unpleasant truth is that Maddow/ Olberman/Schultz are much like Media Matters and Newsweek in that they are such easy targets that piling on with the fact checking and debunking would lose amusement and educational value pretty quickly; compassion and/or pity start to play a role when taking their statements apart is so easy. Last but not least ( know I am going to get it for saying this) this writer is not comfortable with piling onto “the girl”. It does not mean that I think any less of women, but rather that I love women and chivalry is not quite dead yet. I was not comfortable when they piled onto Hillary Clinton, I was not comfortable with it when it was done to Sarah Palin, Meg Whitman, Christine O’Donnell, Nikki Haley etc.

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Happy Veterans Day!

Posted by iusbvision on November 11, 2010

Featuring Kate Smith and a very young Ronald Reagan at 4:21!

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60 Minutes Gives Obama a Pass on Long Series of False Statements on Healthcare

Posted by iusbvision on November 8, 2010

Barack Obama:

“I made the decision to go ahead and do it. And, it proved as costly politically as we expected. Probably actually a little more costly than we had expected… Partly because I couldn’t get the kind of cooperation from Republicans that I hoped for. We thought that if we shaped a bill that wasn’t that different from previous bills that had introduced by Republicans, including the Republican governor in Massachusetts who’s now running for president, that we would be able to find some common ground there and we just couldn’t.”

Our old friend Gateway Pundit responds:

Here are a few points regarding his statement:
– The health care bill was passed before not after the unpopular financial bill.
– Mitt Romney is not currently running for president.
– We’ve never been a bill like this proposed nationally unless you count Hillarycare.
– Obama was pushing the bill for over a year before democrats rammed it through.
– It was the central focus of his first two years in office.
– They didn’t even read the bill.
– Democrats thought it would be more popular by the midterm election.
– His other emergency economic proposals were complete bombs, too.

Of course, Steve Croft did not bother to question the president about any of his inaccurate statements.

Well by all means allow us to pile on:

You “couldn’t get the cooperation from Republicans”… you had an overwhelming majority in both chambers of Congress most of that time and you passed it with no Republican votes.

Republicans never pushed most of the bad ideas that are in ObamaCare. One of the few good ideas was a step towards tort reform, but that was a bone in an effort to claim bipartisanship.

Republicans offered amendment after amendment trying to insure in law what you Democrats promised, no rationing, no system that statistically discriminated against seniors, the very young or the elderly, and an amendment forcing members of Congress and their staff to actually live under the bill and not be exempt from it, all shot down.

So called “RomneyCare” in Massachusetts is a failure as its cost overruns are through the roof and insurers are starting to want out. It was a statewide experiment not a nationwide one.

People are already losing coverage and seeing premiums skyrocket because of the bill, which is exactly the opposite you promised repeatedly.

The people, the Republicans and most anyone not in the leadership only had access to the final bill for a very short time before it was voted upon which is why even now people are still finding SNAFU’s in the bill.

If Sarah Palin had said similar things the elite media would be grilling her.

The Blaze also reported this story.

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Local Libertarians Neutralize Police Checkpoint in Keene N.H.

Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2010

This is an interesting video.

Anyone with a lick of historical understanding of the law is aware that police checkpoints, the pulling of people over at random without probable cause, is an obvious violation of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution and takes the idea of “limited government” and tosses it right out the window. The fact that some courts have allowed this is nothing more than another example of how judges are often just another government bureaucrat who doesn’t respect the limits imposed by the Constitution nor do they recognize the limits of their office.

So the local activists filmed the policed while they explained to them that these checkpoints condition the police to pull people over without cause because their boss tells them its ok. So what comes next? When asked if they felt good about what they were doing an officer said “yes we are saving lives”… and I am sure if they were asked to round-up firearms from American citizens they would say the same thing. I am also sure that secret police around the world and in times past told themselves the same thing.

[Disagree? Do you actually believe for one moment that Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Jay, Patrick Henry etc etc would approve of police checkpoints and warrant-less searches outside of war time invasion? If you do than you are totally unaware how the British abused the warrant process and how the king granted British troops the power to write their own warrants without the authority of a magistrate.]

The activists also made a sign and stood 100 yards up from the checkpoint warning drivers of the checkpoint so they could turn off ahead of time.

While the rhetoric that some of the activists used in the video is poorly chosen, on the grand scheme of things they are correct. What they need is a lawyer and a smart public relations pro to help them to get their rhetoric down to where it is smart and effective.

What is more entertaining is when the police detain the man holding the sign while they try to dream up something to charge him with, and seem frustrated when they cannot figure out a way to prevent the man from exercising his First Amendment rights.

It is important to point out that not all police believe checkpoints are moral or constitutional. I know some police who are opposed to the entire idea of checkpoints. I am reporting on this story for two reasons, one because it is interesting and different, and two because I am pro-police. Police have better things to do and have real crime to fight.

 

UPDATE – This man went to federal court court to stop unlawful detainments by police at checkpoints and he won.

Now the same man is on a crusade to stop unlawful detainments at federal checkpoints:

On November 26th, I was stopped & seized for about the 50th time since the beginning of 2008. The seizure took place at an internal suspicionless Homeland Security checkpoint along Southern Arizona’s SR86 near mile post 146. SR86 is an East-West public highway located over 40 miles North of the border and never intersects the border at any point.

During the stop, Agent Gilmore admitted he knew who I was & all three agents told me I wasn’t being detained. Nonetheless, these facts didn’t stop the agents from refusing to allow me to go about my lawful business, choosing instead to escalate the encounter by requesting that I move to secondary inspection for more intensive scrutiny absent my consent or any articuable suspicion.

While continuing to deny that I was being detained and refusing to allow me to leave, the agents threatened me with arrest for impeding their operations.

After close to eight minutes of being unlawfully detained, a Border Patrol supervisor eventually arrives on-scene and wastes no time in telling me that I’m free to go with no further scrutiny.

Given the circumstances surrounding this extended non-detention, the only reasonable explanation that can be attributed to the agent’s behavior is a desire to train the traveling public to be obedient to the whims of any federal agent with a shiny badge & a gun.

 

What is interesting is that Agent Gilmore admits in this 50th traffic encounter that he knows who the citizen is, thus he knows full well that the citizen is legal, and choses to detain him anyway… big mistake. They keep asking him to state his citizenship, but that is after they admitted that they know who the citizen is, and they should after 50 detainments. Obviously the citizen is trying to get the agents to take the illegal detainment one step further to an illegal arrest, which would give him cause to sue for monetary damages. Once again I am not reporting this because we are pro or anti immigration police. This is just an interesting story.

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Posted by iusbvision on October 20, 2010

I am testing some new video code

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AWESOME VIDEO: Christine O’Donnell and Newt Gingrich Blast “Elites” at FRC Summit

Posted by iusbvision on September 19, 2010

Politicians were at the Family Research Council’s summit to have their message heard. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Delaware Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell scored a home run with the audience.

O’Donnell – she gets it:

Newt Gingrich via the NYT:

“The person who arouses the most people on the day of the election and therefore wins the election on that day is the legitimate nominee of the people who election,” he said. He added that he believes “Senator Murkowski is fundamentally cheating” with her write-in campaign in Alaska and begging Mike Castle, who lost Delaware’s Republican primary to Christine O’Donnell Tuesday night, “to endorse Christine O’Donnell because she won fair and square in a process of representation.”

“Every person who cares about America’s future has an absolute obligation to work as hard as they can from now and election day this year and to work for the next two years to replace the elites with common sense, grass-roots Americans who at least understand the truth and who have the courage to act on the truth and who are not afraid to tell the truth,” Mr. Gingrich said. “And who are not afraid to take the heat from our elites who, by the way, if we win those two cycles, will no longer be the elites.”

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Local Genius: D. Anson Brody

Posted by iusbvision on September 3, 2010

It is so easy to get caught up in our tumultuous and dangerous times. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and look at some of the finer things in life such as arts and music.

D. Anson Brody grew up right here in Northern Indiana and is one of the most unique and talented guitar players in the world.

Not only is Brody an amazing bass player, he built a custom nine string guitar and here he is with it in action.

Here is a teaser from one of Brody’s upcoming video’s

This is just a tiny sample of Brody’s music. [Editor’s Note – I have seen Brody make music with a guitar that is mind-blowing and in styles that I have never seen anyone else come close to duplicating.]

For booking, tour dates, or album purchase please visit his web site at http://www.dansonbrody.com/fr_blog

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Beck: News stories elite media not telling you

Posted by iusbvision on July 8, 2010

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WSJ – Leftist Justices In Denial of History and the Law

Posted by iusbvision on July 3, 2010

Denial is exactly what it is, the historical and legal justification in Heller and in McDonald is so totally overwhelming and well documented that the leftist justices made next to no attempt to offer any real refutation in their dissent. If you are so foolish as to attempt refutation, make your case below, good luck.

33 STATES FILE AMICUS BRIEF ASKING SCOTUS FOR INCORPORATION OF SECOND AMENDMENT

SUPREME COURT: HELLER AFFIRMED!!!!

Supreme Court Binds Second Amendment to States

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IUSB Vision makes the Daily KOS.

Posted by iusbvision on June 25, 2010

UPDATE – Be sure to examine the comments below, Wes tries to dig himself out of the rhetorical hole he has dug himself into and ends up just making the hole deeper.  What else would one expect from the KOS Kids? – Editor

HI all, I see that our far left commenter as of late is one of the KOS Kids. So for entertainment purposes I thought I would respond to what Wes posted at KOS, enjoy.

Hey Wes I see that you are one of the KOS Kids,

How nice of you to pluck snippets out of months worth of conversation, mostly out of context, and publish them (you didn’t go out of your way to post much of my sourced evidence did you…).

How nice of you not to tell them that after weeks and weeks of mischaracterizing my arguments, presenting arguments that you could not back up, and not putting a dent in the evidence presented that I started getting flippant with you because you had gone off into silly land with your comments.

In all seriousness; when you gratuitously play the race card and can’t even quote my own arguments back to me without radically changing them for your own convenience you cannot expect one to take you seriously.

After a while of being flippant I started rubbing how bad your arguments were in your face because the more facts I placed in front of you that went unrefuted the more out on a limb you got.

I enjoyed this in particular.

You wrote:

Arguing with this guy is a nightmare. He’s someone who spends a good portion of the debate insisting on how superior his knowledge is, and using idle minutia to connect imaginary dots, insisting that Bush improved the economy, that Democrats are responsible for the crash, that the left is racist and responsible for segregation, and just about every other thing that is way beyond the mainstream.

1 – The level of evidence and reasoning I bring is vastly superior to what you have brought. You have been able to introduce next to no verifiable evidence backing up most of your claims. In all seriousness if we were in Lincoln/Douglass style debate you would have no chance. I judged debates at the high school level and while I would not get cute with you in a real debate as I do here (largely for entertainment purposes) if verifiable and or sourced information was the standard you would have very little to stand on.

2 – Bush did help improve the economy, I presented economic reports, treasury reports and dozens of sourced elite media sources which make that crystal clear. All of which went unrefuted or even seriously challenged by you.

3 – While some Republicans like Mike Oxley and the Federal Reserve deserve some credit for the crash, it is factually undeniable that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were largely ran in a corrupt manner by mostly Democrat appointees. It is undeniable that they spent $200 million in partisan activities most of which went to Democrats. You cannot deny that that Bush and some Republicans tried repeatedly to get mortgage reform and Barney Frank fought it or years and Chris Dodd made sure reform was filibustered in the Senate over and over again.

4 – As far as the left being responsible for segregation – Hello – Woodrow Wilson. Dude seriously start reading some history.

Two more things…

You quote lecture people at Daily KOS about being “mainstream” – are you kidding. Daily KOS is not mainstream and is anything but.

And speaking of racism which you have accused me of at least twice when your bad arguments have failed you, would you like me to start listing the antisemitic comments that have appeared on DailyKOS? Hadassa and Joe Lieberman sure got the treatment from you guys didn’t they.

I find it amusing that the people you polled on your page mostly agreed with me. Perhaps they came here and saw that what you posted had several of my flippant comments towards you but not much of the substance I presented to you.

For weeks I asked you for some honest to goodness real refutation with some evidence I can verify, over and over that is what you steadfastly failed/refused to do.

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Generac products are garbage – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on June 21, 2010

We got a Generac 4000EXL Extended Life 4000 watt generator with what it called is great OHV engine designed to last many years….

It cost $729.00

It has electric start and a high peak voltage. Sounds so good right?

The power goes out and even though the battery for the electric start was plugged in, the electric start would not even turn the engine on the getgo first time use.

But no worries it has a pull cord right? Well if you follow the instructions and put the choke on full for the start what you end up with is a gas soaked air filter. So I took the air filter out and let it sit. After a while I put the choke on half and pulled the cord and it started. Great.

It worked for 5 hours and we used it to keep our food cold and a couple of fans and a small TV going in the house. After 5 hours we shut it down and went to bed. We went out the next morning to fire it up. No go.

After a great deal (hours) of trouble shooting I concluded that the engine was not aspirating, I took the valve cover off and there was the rocker arm in two pieces. It broke in half. It was a slim piece of stamped pot metal. It should have been a hard carbon steel or aluminum alloy thicker part that is machined… not stamped like a Tonka kids toy like they used to make them in the 1970’s.

The food in both of my freezers is now history.

Rocker arms take a tremendous beating in an engine. There is no excuse for this.

After talking to two shops about this product neither had something good to say about this products reliability or quality. They all but told me to buy Japanese if you dont want junk.

What is this world coming to?

 

So I went to the Generac web site and this is what it says on the front page:  

Power. Our lives depend on it. From everyday necessities like heating, cooling, refrigeration and lights, to daily essentials like cooking, laundry or kids’ bath times. Power outages are occurring more frequently than ever and lasting longer with devastating effects. Stand up to unpredictable weather and unforeseen outages with the most trusted name in residential standby power.

Our lives depend on it……  I would like to take the CEO and drop him here in the middle of a power outage and see if he would bet his life on a cheap, stamped piece of pot metal.

UPDATE – Generac responds! See the comments section for this post for an important update!!!

Editor’s note – I am glad that someone from Generac commented as that has caused me to reflect on this situation and I have concluded that it may be an over-reach to say that “Generac Products Are Garbage” because it implies a superlative that all of them are garbage. I have not tested all Generac products and cannot imply that all of them are “garbage”, but in my view this engine design on the XL4000 certainly is. I am concerned that the new parts Generac shipped are the same cheap stuff. In my view coming out with some higher quality machined parts to replace them would have been prudent. I am posting this update under no pressure from Generac at all, but I wanted to take this opportunity to be more precise in my narrative.  As you all can imagine, I was a bit frustrated and displeased with this entire situation.

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Lack of posts….

Posted by iusbvision on June 21, 2010

We have been suffering from a power outage for four days now, we have tons to post obviously and I am having more trouble finding a consultant to help set up the new site than I anticipated.

More to come soon.

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Sex, Violence and Hate: the Top 10 Most Disgusting Attacks on Conservative Women

Posted by iusbvision on March 15, 2010

How did the elite media treat conservative women in 2009?

In the video and the commentary the author, Colleen Raezler, uses the word “liberal” to describe them. While they may think they are liberals, the term progressive secular leftist comes much closer to a genuine description of their point of view.

Via the Culture and Media Institute:

March is Women’s History Month, in which we acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of women in history and in society today. 

But for a select group of women – conservative women – their accomplishments and contributions are rarely celebrated but often demeaned and mocked in sexist – and crassly sexual – ways. 

The Culture & Media Institute looked back at what the media had to say over the past year about some of today’s most prominent conservative women, including Michelle Malkin, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sarah Palin and Liz Cheney, and compiled a list of the 10 worst attacks on these women who dare to speak out in favor of conservative values. 

Much of the criticism was the worst sort of misogyny with a dose of violence and disgusting adolescent sex references thrown in for good measure. The media outlets in question ranged from Playboy magazine to MSNBC to Sirius XM radio and included comments from both men and women. 

The message that rang through loud and clear was that perspectives from conservative women were not appreciated or welcomed, and if a woman stepped out of line, she deserved whatever treatment she received. 

Here is the top 10: 

1. Playboy’s Hate List 

Playboy magazine writer Guy Cimbalo released his list of top ten conservative women against whom he’d like to commit violent sexual acts last June. Calling these acts a “hate f—” in his “So Right It’s Wrong” article, Cimbalo explained that he “might despise everything” about women like Michelle Malkin, Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, “The View’s” Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Mary Katherine Ham  and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, “but g–dammit, they’re hot!” 

Cimbalo listed the physical attributes of each woman along with short explanations of why a self-respecting liberal male shouldn’t be attracted to them. A “hate-f— rating,” presumably to tell others just how good the sex would be, accompanied each listing as well.

Hasselbeck was described as “the clean-cut American sweetheart who elicits our filthiest thoughts.” Cimbalo labeled Bachmann the “lusty congresswoman from the Twin Cities who’s got some great twins of her own.”  

As for the rating each woman received, they ranged from “chemical castration would begin to sound more appealing” to “you get this one pregnant, she stays pregnant.” 

Cimbalo’s list was a disgusting example of low the media will stoop to malign conservative women. And it caused such a firestorm that Playboy removed it from its Web site. 

2. Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi Uses Graphic Sexual Language to Discredit Michelle Malkin and the Tea Party Movement. 

In a Tax Day 2009 blog post, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi claimed “he really enjoying this whole teabag thing” and that “it’s really inspiring some excellent daydreaming.” 

Taibbi let his readers in on the nature of his daydreams that involve conservative pundit Michelle Malkin in incredibly vulgar ways. 

“[T]his move of hers to spearhead the teabag movement really adds an element to her writing that wasn’t there before,” he wrote. “Now when I read her stuff, I imagine her narrating her text, book-on-tape style, with a big, hairy, set of b—- in her mouth. It vastly improves her prose.” 

Nothing brings out liberals’ inner juvenile thug like an outspoken conservative woman.

3. U.S News and World Report’s Bonnie Erbe Takes Issue with Playboy List – Except for Inclusion of Michelle Malkin.

It’s bad enough that liberal men don’t hesitate to speak of women in offensive, sexualized terms, but it’s beyond outrageous when a woman claims they deserved it. 

But that’s just what U.S. News and World Report’s Bonnie Erbe did in the wake of the Playboy “hate f—” list. 

“I’m also a firm believer in supporting all members of my gender when attacked due to their gender. I am supporting these women herewith,” Erbe maintained before noting that her “support” carried limits. 

Erbe continued, “I also want to note that at least one woman on the list is so venom-spewing, she unfortunately invites venom to be shot back at her: Michelle Malkin. Her posts and her ‘routine’ are so venomous and predictable in fact, I stopped paying attention to her years ago.” 

Malkin struck back at Erbe and explained the true meaning behind Erbe’s words. 

“Translation: It’s not okay to talk about “hatef**king” conservative women…unless they are rowdy, incivil conservative women who don’t behave nicely enough to be on my obscure PBS show,” wrote Malkin. “In which case, they deserve all the vulgar misogynist attacks they get!”

4. Keith Olbermann Compares Michelle Malkin to a ‘Mashed-Up Bag of Meat With Lipstick on it”

MSNBC personalities reserve a special level of vitriol for conservative woman, and none more so than Keith Olbermann. 

Olbermann compared Michelle Malkin to a “big, mashed up bag of meat with lipstick on it” during his Oct. 13 “Countdown” show because he believed she encouraged death threats made to a woman who posted a video of singing their praises to President Barack Obama. 

“She received death threats and hate-filled voicemails all thanks to the total mindless, morally bankrupt, knee-jerk fascistic hatred, without with Michelle Malkin would just be a big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it,” Olbermann stated

Olbermann’s comments were deemed offensive enough to warrant a response from editor Megan Carpentier, an editor at liberal and now-defunct Air America Radio. 

“A liberal, progressive critique of Malkin need not and should not resort to an attack on her looks or her gender or rely on silly stereotypes or imagery that brings to mind victims of domestic violence,” wrote Carpentier.

You know Olbermann went too far when even liberals are calling him out on his remarks.

 

5. Comedian Chuck Nice Compares Sarah Palin to Herpes

 

Sarah Palin is no stranger to negative media attention, but comparing her to a sexually transmitted disease takes the criticisms over the line.

During a June 9 discussion on NBC’s “Today” show about Palin’s role in the GOP, comedian Chuck Nice told his co-panelists, NBC’s chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and Politco’s White House reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, “But, Sarah Palin to the GOP, this is what I’ve got to say, she is very much like herpes, she’s not going away.” 

Abrams simply responded, “That’s the advantage of being Chuck Nice. You can say that and there’s no repercussions.” Henderson did not respond. Before hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb moved on to other topics, Nice informed viewers, “Everybody is laughing. I don’t care. The band is cracking up.”

Unfortunately, that’s the typical response when it comes to insulting conservative woman.

6. Toronto Star Columnist Tweets a Death Wish for Michelle Malkin

 

Unfortunately, as Erbe proved, it’s not only liberal men who have it out for conservative women. Antonia Zerbisias is another one. 

The Toronto Star columnist expressed deep hatred for Michelle Malkin in an April 2009 Twitter message that read, “Forget the Marxists, I wish the marksmen would take @MichelleMalkin. I’m thinking Dick Cheney. He’s such a good shot.” 

Apparently Zerbisias’s employer is okay with these types of remarks, as evidenced by her bio at the Star. 

“Antonia Zerbisias, columnist for the Toronto Star’s Living section, has been telling people what she thinks ever since she could open her mouth,” the bio said. “Her opinionating career dates back to Grade 9 when a cartoon commentary on a teacher resulted in her suspension from high school. The principal sent her home with a note calling her ‘rude, obstreperous and bold.’ Her parents were neither amused, nor surprised. Once she was punished for being that way. Now she makes it pay.”

7. Sarah Palin = Vice-President Barbie?

 

ABC reporter David Wright couldn’t keep himself from comparing Sarah Palin to Barbie during his Feb. 16 “Nightline” segment on the doll’s 50th birthday.

“[Barbie’s] been an astronaut and a rock star. Pop icons Beyonce and Shakira. She’s won ‘American Idol’ too,” he began. “Some would argue she also ran for vice-president in 2008,” quipped Wright, after showing various clips of Palin. 

“Caribou Barbie” was a characterization many in the media used to deride Palin throughout the 2008 election. Wright’s attack on the former Alaskan governor in a segment that had nothing to do with politics and aired three months after the election, illustrated that the media weren’t planning to back off sexist comments about Palin anytime soon.

8. Rosie O’Donnell ‘Humanized’ Conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck

 

Apparently to Rosie O’Donnell, conservative women are less than human. 

The former “View” moderator outlined how she tried to “humanize” her former colleague, Elisabeth Hasselbeck during the Feb. 8 broadcast of her Sirius XM radio show, “Rosie Radio.” O’Donnell’s comments stemmed from a discussion about the conservative backlash to her recent HBO documentary about families, “A Family is a Family is a Family.” 

“It’s sort of what I thought about Elisabeth Hasselbeck, too. I’m going to love her, regardless of what she says, I’m gonna love her and the love, then, is going to win through in the end,” O’Donnell explained to her current colleagues. “I was positive of this, and we sort of started to humanize her. Remember, after she came to my house, she actually said on television how she thought our family was so great? Can you imagine the amount of hate mail she got from her constituency?”

9. David Letterman’s “Top Ten” List of Sarah Palin Insults

 

Late night talk show host David Letterman couldn’t let an opportunity to go by without trashing Sarah Palin during his June 8 show

The usual “jokes” about Palin’s intellect appeared on Letterman’s “Top Ten Highlights of Sarah Palin’s Trip to New York,” alongside a knock on her looks. “Number Two: Bought make-up from Bloomingdale’s to update her ‘slutty flight attendant look,” read the comedian. 

Then he went further, with a crude joke about her 14-year-old daughter being impregnated at Yankee Stadium. Letterman eventually was forced to apologize for that joke, but not for carried on the tradition of painting Palin as a complete bimbo, not a governor or a former vice-presidential candidate.

10. Liz Cheney, Daddy’s Little Girl?

 

MSNBC and liberal talk radio host Ed Schultz labeled Liz Cheney, daughter of former vice-president Dick Cheney, nothing more than a daddy’s girl during his Sept. 29 MSNBC program, “The Ed Show.” 

“There’s a couple of gals who’ve been riding the wave of crazy that’s been sweeping the nation’s right-wingers: ‘Shooter’s little girl, Liz Cheney, has been hitting the lecture circuit, parroting daddy’s fear-mongering rhetoric,” stated Schultz.

Of course, Liz Cheney is no simple “daddy’s girl.” She holds a law degree from the University of Chicago, and served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.  

A liberal woman with the same qualifications as Cheney would never be categorized as a “daddy’s girl” but as an empowered woman in her own right.

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The Cubanization of Venezuela

Posted by iusbvision on March 6, 2010

The Weekly Standard:

The Cubanization of Venezuela began a long time ago, but it took another large step in early February, when Cuban general Ramiro Valdés arrived in Caracas to serve as a government consultant. Valdés, 77, has been one of the most brutal enforcers of the Castro regime, beginning in the 1960s when he was responsible for crushing popular protests over energy-use restrictions. He established Castro’s ruthless G2 intelligence service and is currently number three in the Cuban hierarchy. 

According to Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, Valdés and his retinue are there to help the South American country solve its dire electricity crisis.  Cuba has been experiencing major electricity problems for 50 years, so it’s unclear just what assistance its advisers would be able to provide on energy policy. (Writing in the Ven-ezuelan newspaper El Universal, journalist Nelson Bocaranda noted that the Cubans have actually damaged several Venezuelan power generators.) 

And Valdés is no energy expert. He is an expert in managing the repressive organs of a police state. He’s been sent to Venezuela to help Chávez suppress the popular revolt and further consolidate his autocracy. It’s part of a broad Cuban effort to prop up the Bolivarian revolution and ensure that Chávez keeps providing the Communist island with generous shipments of cheap oil.

Havana has good reason to be worried about Venezuelan stability. Recent months have seen massive anti-Chávez demonstrations, with tens of thousands of angry Venezuelans filling the streets to complain about, not just electricity shortages, but also water rationing, high crime rates, runaway inflation, corruption, and the erosion of democracy. Venezuela is suffering from a lengthy drought, which isn’t Chávez’s fault. But the rest is. As Venezuelan exile Gustavo Coronel has written, “For the last ten years the infrastructure generating both hydroelectric and thermal electricity in the country has been badly neglected, in favor of Chávez’s demagogic programs of handouts to poor Venezuelans and to friendly politicians in the region.”

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British Government wants competence tests before you can be a dog owner

Posted by iusbvision on March 6, 2010

England is going broke, they have a health care system that is akin to a shop of horror’s but hey they have their priorities straight.

Europe is so enlightened aren’t they? Just ask any progressive and they will tell you.

UK Daily Mail:

Every dog owner will have to take a costly ‘competence test’ to prove they can handle their pets, under new Government proposals designed to curb dangerous dogs.

Owners of all breeds would also have to buy third-party insurance in case their pet attacked someone, and pay for the insertion of a microchip in their animal recording their name and address.

The proposals are among a range of measures to overhaul dog laws in England and Wales being considered by senior Ministers, who are expected to announce a public consultation within weeks.

But critics said responsible dog owners would be penalised by yet more red tape and higher bills – one expert estimated the extra costs at £60 or more – while irresponsible owners of dangerous dogs would just ignore the measures.

They added that genuine dog lovers could end up paying for efforts to control a small number of ‘devil dogs’ that terrorised socially deprived areas.

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CJR: Almost half of magazine websites don’t note post-publication corrections

Posted by iusbvision on March 5, 2010

Oh yes it is those evil traditionalist/conservative/libertarian bloggers who have no journalistic standards….

Stick this in your pipe and smoke it.

I had to find out about this Columbia Journalism Review study on Hotair.com because I have realized that CJR removed me from their mailing list. Gee I wonder why they did that :-). I guess I will have to resubscribe with a secret email addy.

Ed Morrissey:

The next time bloggers hear that they don’t have standards up to par with the mainstream American media, this study by Columbia Journalism Review will come in handy.  Bloggers have a practice that has become an industry standard to note corrections and changes to posts, especially substantive changes in facts or conclusions.  CJR’s survey of print magazines with websites reveals that almost half of them don’t bother:

The new CJR survey on the practices of magazine Web sites (read it here!) contains lots of interesting information, but one of the most striking nuggets relates to online correction policies. According to the survey, forty-six percent of the magazines at which a print editor is in charge of online content reported that “major errors” are corrected with no notice to readers. For sites where a Web editor makes online content decisions, the figure (54 percent) is even higher.

The findings suggest that many magazine sites haven’t internalized a point made by, among others, CJR’s Craig Silverman: that “one practice that simply isn’t an option for responsible journalists is scrubbing—removing incorrect or outdated information from an online article without adding a correction, editor’s note, or some similar disclosure for readers.”

Scrubbing isn’t limited to magazines, either.  The Miami Herald extensively rewrote an entire article on Marco Rubio last week after its first version questioned whether Charlie Crist had chosen a strategy that would likely backfire on him.  The new version of the article was much more harsh to Rubio, and it contained no indication that the newspaper had changed a thing.  It’s certainly not the first time we’ve seen that from a newspaper’s website, either.

Some may note that magazine websites usually have shoestring budgets, with limited resources for rewrites and corrections.  That’s probably true, although that’s not exactly the point of the CJR study.  It asks when those corrections get made, do these media outlets let their readers know about them?  The higher-trafficked sites — those with monthly unique visitors over 50,000 — are actually less likely to inform their readers of a factual correction (page 20).  Whether the website is profitable or not makes little difference in the correction policy.

Bloggers who used this kind of policy would get reamed by their colleagues, and rightly so.  Perhaps the time has come to demand that media outlets meet the same standard as bloggers?

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Watch Rachel Maddow Lie About Tax Cuts and Reconciliation

Posted by iusbvision on March 3, 2010

First watch this –

And now the reality.

[Editor’s Note: MSNBC had the video removed. When one of their hosts gets caught lying they get quite aggressive in getting such clips removed from YouTube. Since the video to set the context of this piece is gone we posted this note and explanation as a fix.

In the Video Maddow claims that Republicans (and other media outlets who are honest) stating that passing Obamacare by a Reconciliation Rules (and thus bypassing the 60 vote Cloture Rule) is illegal. Maddow then goes on to list all sorts of bills that were passed in the Senate using Reconciliation Rules, but the problem is that the bills she mentioned are budget bills , which as you will see below, makes her entire narrative a red herring. Maddow is counting on the viewers ignorance of Senate Rules as they relate to the Article I constitutional duties of the Senate. In the video Maddow also claims that previous tax rate reductions caused higher deficits, which you will see below, is demonstrated false by a simple examination of the record]

While Reconciliation Rules have been abused to pass S-CHIP and the new drug entitlement, which were indeed were illegal abuses of this rule, Maddow leaves them out of her list for some reason. Reconciliation is only to be used for budget issues because the Constitution says that Congress has to pass a budget, therefore it may not be filibustered. Even Senator Byrd says that passing health care sweeping regulations under Reconciliation is illegal. The Democrats had a cow when the Republicans threatened to use reconciliation to stop their illegal filibuster of nominations (you see, confirmation votes on nominees is a Constitutional requirement too which is why filibustering a nominee is illegal); apparently what is good for thee is not good for we.

UPDATE – Video: Obama says health reform should not pass with a 50 plus 1 vote – LINK.

Almost every one of the bills Maddow listed are budget and tax bills. Tax legislation is a part of the budget so using reconciliation for that is perfectly appropriate.

Maddow says tax cuts caused current deficits. The record shows government revenue skyrocketed after the tax cuts. Below is a small sample  of the evidence of the increased revenue [I have more here]. Stating the obvious; when your revenue shoots up and you continue to go in the red that indicates a spending problem not a revenue one.

Reducing the capital gains tax rate from 20% to 15% increased capital gains tax receipts by 79% from 2000 to 2004. Cutting the dividend tax rate by more than half–from 39.6% to 15%–increased dividend tax receipts by 35% from 2002 to 2004. And corporate tax receipts have nearly tripled since 2003, reaching $250 billion for the past nine months, 26% higher than the same period last year. (WSJ July 25, 2006)

WASHINGTON — The federal deficit in the budget year that just ended fell to a four-year low of $247.7 billion _ a figure President Bush touted Wednesday as “proof that pro-growth policies work.” The deficit for the budget year that ended Sept. 30 was 22.3 percent lower than the $318.7 billion imbalance for 2005, handing Bush a welcome economic talking point as Republicans battle to hold onto control of Congress in the midterm elections. (AP Oct. 11, 2006)

One place it has come from are corporations, whose tax collections have climbed by 76% over the past two years thanks to greater profitability. Personal income tax payments are up by 30.3% since 2004 too, despite the fact that the highest tax rate is down to 35% from 39.6%. The IRS tax-return data just released last month indicates that a near-record 37% of those income tax payments are received from the top 1% of earners — “the rich,” who are derided regularly in Washington for not paying their “fair share.” (WSJ Oct. 6 2006) – The rich are paying more in real dollars since the tax cuts.

US Treasury Sets New 1-Day Tax Receipt Record Of $85.8 Billion
Tuesday September 19th, 2006 / 0h04

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. government recorded record-high overall and corporate tax receipts on Sept. 15, which was a quarterly deadline for tax payments, the Treasury said Monday.

Total tax receipts were $85.8 billion on Friday, compared with the previous one-day record of $71 billion on Sept. 15 of last year, the Treasury said.
Within the overall figure, corporate tax receipts Friday were $71.8 billion, up from $63 billion in September of last year.

Treasury Undersecretary for Domestic Finance Randal Quarles said Friday’s numbers provided a “continuing demonstration of the strength of the U.S. economy.”

“In fact, Friday’s gross receipts were the largest in a single day in the nation’s history – 20% higher than receipts on the same quarterly tax payment date last year,” Quarles said in a statement.

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Laffer’s Victory – July 10, 2006 – The New York Sun
July 10, 2006 Edition
Laffer’s Victory
New York Sun Staff Editorial
July 10, 2006

It’s official — Arthur Laffer wins. New data show federal revenues surged in the first three quarters of the current fiscal year. Corporate tax receipts are up more than 26% over the same period last year, ringing in at $250 billion. Individual income tax collections, at $791 billion, are up 14% over the first nine months of fiscal 2005. The Congressional Budget Office projects corporate tax receipts will total $330 billion by the end of the fiscal year. As a result, the deficit for the year is expected to be about $300 billion, down from $318 billion last year and $412 billion the year before.

What, you ask, has led to this miraculous event? A tax cut, it turns out. Or rather, an array of tax cuts, on corporate income, personal income, and capital gains. These tax cuts, passed in 2001 and 2003, appear to be having the desired effect of spurring economic growth by creating addition incentives for work and entrepreneurship. The latest numbers, moreover, offer some hard data to challenge some of the charges leveled against President Bush and congressional Republicans in respect of tax cuts. These tax cuts haven’t exactly benefited “the rich.” A third of those higher income-tax revenues came from the highest-earning 1% of households, according to the New York Times.

Budget Deficit Drops $296B Under Estimate
Jul 11, 11:01 AM (ET)
By ANDREW TAYLOR
My Way
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush touted new deficit figures Tuesday showing considerable improvement upon earlier administration predictions, saying it shows the wisdom of his tax cuts.

Bush himself announced the figures – a task that for the most part has been left to lower-ranking administration officials in the past. The new figures show the deficit for the budget year ending Sept. 30 will be $296 billion – much better than the $423 billion that Bush predicted in February and a slight improvement over 2005.

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Surprising Jump in Tax Revenues Is Curbing Deficit
Surprising Jump in Tax Revenues Is Curbing Deficit – New York Times
By EDMUND L. ANDREWS
Published: July 9, 2006

WASHINGTON, July 8 — An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of hurricane relief.

Graphic: Mixed Signals On Tuesday, White House officials are expected to announce that the tax receipts will be about $250 billion above last year’s levels and that the deficit will be about $100 billion less than what they projected six months ago. The rising tide in tax payments has been building for months, but the increased scale is surprising even seasoned budget analysts and making it easier for both the administration and Congress to finesse the big run-up in spending over the past year.

Tax revenues are climbing twice as fast as the administration predicted in February, so fast that the budget deficit could actually decline this year.

A flood of income tax payments pushed up government receipts to the second-highest level in history in April, giving the country a sizable surplus for the month. In its monthly accounting of the government’s books, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that revenue for the month totaled $315.1 billion as Americans filed their tax returns by the April deadline. The gusher of tax revenue pushed total receipts up by 13.4 percent from April 2005. (AP May 10, 2006)

WASHINGTON, July 8 — An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of hurricane relief. (NYT July 9, 2006)

Here is a Video of JFK talking about how tax cuts can increase revenue.
YouTube – Income Tax Cut. JFK Hopes To Spur Economy 1962/08/13 (1962)

SOURCE: CBO, White House Office of Management and Budget | The Washington Post – March 21, 2009

Mona Charen, who is one of the finest thinkers alive, has the best column explaining this:

Let’s imagine that President Obama decides to go help out in Fargo, N.D., where they are experiencing floods. Mr. Obama enters the home of a flooded family. The water is already six inches high in the living room. The president produces a fire hose and begins to douse the room with even more water. “What are you doing?” cry the anguished homeowners. The president fixes them with one of his impatient looks, and explains “May I remind you that I inherited this flood?”

President Obama has reminded us countless times that he inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit. Even if he were about to propose the most responsible, prudent, visionary budget imaginable, that complaint would still be petulant and unseemly. But considering what Obama’s own spending will do to the deficit, it’s jaw-droppingly galling. He now proposes to increase that deficit to $7 trillion in ten years. And that $7 trillion is probably a low estimate (the Congressional Budget Office estimates that it will be $2.3 trillion higher). When the new spending for programs like Pell grants, education for handicapped children, and so forth comes up for renewal in a few years, Congress is not going to let it lapse. So, to review, it was terrible for President Bush and the Democratic Congress (the president neglects to mention the latter) to saddle him with all this debt. His answer is to triple it. That’s showing ’em!

Like I said before, correcting Rachel Maddow could fast become a full time job.

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Islamic Leader and former CAIR Board Member Deported for Terror Ties

Posted by iusbvision on February 20, 2010

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) presents itself to be the moderate voice of Muslim Americans, yet repeatedly they are using lawsuits and politically correct pressure tactics to undermine national security, call any critique of Islam racist (Islam is not a race, it is a politic and a religion rolled into one) and its member have been caught on numerous occasions supporting terror groups. For details on this please visit http://www.jihadwatch.org/

Notice how they quote Ibrahim Hooper from CAIR. During an interview with Michael Medved Hooper said that he wanted to see Sharia Law replace the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. 

NBC Dallas/Ft. Worth:

An immigration judge in Dallas on Friday ordered an outspoken Islamic leader deported after the U.S. government alleged he had ties to terrorist groups in the Middle East.

Nabil Sadoun, a Dallas resident and former board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, was deported to his native Jordan after he failed to appear at his immigration hearing. He entered the U.S. in August 1993.

Sadoun’s attorney, Kimberly Kinser, said he was already in Jordan and was unable to return to Texas because the government had taken his permanent resident card, or green card.

She denied he was tied to any terrorist groups.

In the hearing, Judge Anthony Rogers of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, said Sadoun “made a decision to leave the U.S.” and forfeited his right to fight his deportation. He said the decision was final and could not be appealed.

In court, the judge made vague references to the government’s voluminous motion to deport him, including alleged involvement with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. The judge concluded Sadoun lied on government forms when he denied he was a member.

The judge also indicated there was evidence Sadoun contributed to the Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which was the largest Islamic charity in the United States. Prosecutors convicted the group of funneling money to terrorist groups and several of its leaders were sent to prison. In the case, CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator.

The judge’s comments in court provided the only window into the allegations against Sadoun. The documents detailing charges made by the Department of Homeland Security were not publicly available.

Ibrahim Hooper, a CAIR spokesman, said Sadoun left the organization several months ago.

Asked the reason for his departure, Hooper said, “Board members come on, (and) they leave.”

Over the years, Sadoun made public comments critical of Israel, but Rogers said he considered the remarks free speech and gave them no weight in the decision to deport him, “no matter how distasteful they are to this court.”

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Star Trek Online: Doomed just as it begins?

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2010

Computer games and college students go together like bacon and eggs, death and taxes, politics and corruption, and marxism and academia. 

What marks the difference between a great game and merely a game that has some nice action and eye candy, but is played a few times and left on a shelf forever? The answer to that question is a compelling storyline, with characters that are deep, well-defined and epic in scale. 

Games with brilliant and long-term character development are Bioware’s magnificent and award-winning Knights of the Old Republic and Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft

The main characters in these games have a deep history, life experiences that include success and failure; even the villains are three-dimensional characters who can generate sympathy and feelings. Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind World of Warcraft actually hires real historians to generate the story arcs that go on for years in the game before those arcs complete. 

Several of the villians in the story such as Prince Arthas, Lady Vashj, Kil’Jeaden, Illidan and others started with Warcraft in 1994. Many of the heroes such as Jaina Proudmore, Malfurion Stormrage, and unlikely heroes such as the Dark Ranger Sylvanas Windrunner have been with the game since that time or shortly after. Imagine a gaming experience that starts in 1994 and just recently does the Prince Arthas storyline come to a close. When Blizzard Entertainment sets out to provide a truly epic and brilliant story line, they are dead serious. The story lines are magnificent literary stories in their own right. 

It takes more than eye candy and action to keep intelligent and engaged people interested over the long-term and no entertainment franchise demonstrates that more than Star Trek. Star Trek always delivers the eye candy and action, but it also often presents storylines that would make the most discriminating ancient Athenian audience applaud with satisfaction. Like those discriminating Athenian audiences, most Star Trek aficionados are intelligent people. 

This is why my basic introduction to Star Trek Online (STO) is such a shocking disappointment. 

Most of STO is about one thing, fighting. While every game requires conflict, the encounters are too linear and there are not enough side stories to give the game a culture and depth. You start out as a captain of a small ship and as you gain experience you can “unlock” a couple of bridge officers and get bigger ships. 

Sylvanas Windrunner

The story arc is one that gave me a great deal of concern. The game takes place after the events of Deep Space Nine and the Klingons have allied with the Orions and the Norsicans against the Federation.  This presents a major problem. 

The Klingons have just fought a valiant war allied with the Federation to defeat a common enemy called the Dominion. The Klingons are in no shape to wage a war against anyone. The new Chancellor of the Klingon Empire is Martok, who has deep respect for humans and the Federation, the Chancellor’s best friend is Worf, the famed Klingon who served in Starfleet till he took a position as Klingon Ambassador. 

Arthas’ Destiny from World of Warcraft  

Klingon’s fight for a purpose and have a strict code as to how and when and why they fight and consider Norsicans and Orions to be petty, honorless thugs and crooks beneath contempt and would never, ever ally with them. 

STO has failed to be true to the basics of the story line that made star Trek what it is. You cannot just take a deep character development that took years to develop and toss it out the window for the purpose of providing easy conflict. It’s cheap and unimaginative. Real Trek fans will not accept this over the long run. 

I was eager to see if I was the only one who got this bad impression from STO and I was relieved to see that I am not. 

The UK Guardian, a British newspaper, gave this review: 

The trouble is, whether you choose space or planetary missions, combat lies at the heart of them all. On land, this involves stabbing the number keys or left mouse button, whereas from the Bridge the Spacebar fires phasers and CTRL launches torpedoes. As for interaction, hitting the F key takes care of almost every object and although there are plenty of NPCs hanging around, disappointingly few of them could be communicated with. Ultimately, STO’s concentration on combat seems to overlook half the appeal of Star Trek. Where is the exploration, the moral dilemmas, the sense of the unexpected? 

Bingo. 

The first problem is that you start out as a Captain. That is just plain dumb. STO could start to provide the background story arcs with players as they start at Starfleet Academy. They could play mostly a “quest line” with some diversions until such a time when they could become a captain, or the head of a hazard team, or a high-ranking science officer etc. Instead you jump in a ship and soon start shooting Klingons. To give the game genuine literary depth would have taken some time and imagination; it seems clear someone didn’t want to make the investment. 

As one plays the game after a short while one begins to get the feeling that the developers just don’t get it. I am tired of bad video games that have the Trek name put on it for a quick cash in. If the STO developers don’t realize this very quickly, just another bad, unimaginative Star Trek  game is exactly what STO will be doomed to.

As far as the game engine, the targeting in ground combat is buggy, but I expect that to be fixed. Another problem is in ship combat where you cannot pitch all the way up and all the way down, much less do a loop. I find that very frustrating. In 2010 there is no excuse for limits like that in a game engine.

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