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CNN Debates: Unbiased and Undecided Voters Turn Out to be Democrat Operatives

Posted by iusbvision on December 17, 2007

From time to time, I hear from hyper-partisan leftists that “there is no media bias”. Those people are going to have a heck of a time with this one. You probably have not seen it in the news but the evidence shows that questions from the public in both Democrat and Republican debates were not the “unbiased and undecided voters” as they were presented, but were democratic activists, employees or campaign personnel. I am sure it is a complete coincidence that it was discovered that questions from students and others when Hillary Clinton appears to take random questions from the audience are also staged.

At the Democratic Debate the “Undecided and Unbiased” questioners picked by Wolf Blitzer were as follows:

LaShannon Spencer, who is an officer in the Arkansas (Clinton Country) Democratic Party. Blitzer specifically described Spencer as an “undecided voter”.

Khalid Kahn is the head of the Islamic Society of Nevada and a Democrat activist who campaigns against the Patriot Act. Kahn has appeared on CNN programs. Suzanne Jackson, a well known anti-Bush, anti-Iraq war activist.

Maria Luisa Sandoval, who was described as a UNLV student, is a staffer for Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid’s office.

Judy Bagley is a big name in the Culinary Workers Union and Barack Obama has publicly thanked her by name for her work on behalf of that union.

George Ambriz, is a known left wing political activist who is a past president of M.E.Ch.A, a radical organization that seeks to have the American Southwest ceded to Mexico. Here is an excerpt from M.E.Ch.A’s constitution.

“General membership shall consist of any student who accepts, believes and works for the goals and objectives of MEChA, including the liberation of AZTLAN, meaning self-determination of our people in this occupied state and the physical liberation of our land.“

The Republican Debate’s “undecided and unbiased” questioners are likely Democrat operatives as well. This story is breaking at the time of this writing but so far the discovered operatives are:

Adam Florzak, who quit his job to work with Senator Dick Durbin’s staff.

Mark Strauss, an active poster on the Huffington Post, a left-wing blog site, who participated in CNN’s Democrat Debate as a questioner last July, so they obviously knew who he was. He has also stated publicly that he is a Democrat supporter of Gov. Bill Richardson.

Retired General Keith Kerr, a “gay rights” activist and a member of a Hillary Clinton campaign steering committee. Kerr lectured the Republicans on the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. Maybe he should ask Hillary about that because the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy was implemented by her husband. Kerr has been a talking head on CNN so he was known to them.

Ted Faturos was an intern for Jane Harman, a Democrat Congresswoman from California.

Undecided questioner “Journey” goes by the youtube profile “paperserenade” and posted a video of herself with a declaratory statement supporting John Edwards (credit to Michelle Malkin for finding that one).

David Cercone, who was described as a “Log Cabin Republican” isn’t a Republican at all. Here is his profile on Barack Obama’s web site. http://nh.barackobama.com/page/dashboard/public/ChFD

Lee Ann Anderson, yet another unbiased undecided questioner? She is the aid to the President of the steelworkers union that endorsed John Edwards. Check their youtube profile and see for yourself http://youtube.com/user/Steelworkers.

Of course anyone with access to Google and a little internet savvy found out who these people were within minutes, so it was all over the blogosphere and internet news sites almost immediately. Mara Liasson, the National Political Correspondent for National Public Radio stated on Special Report with Brit Hume:

“CNN does itself a great disservice when it doesn’t apply the exact same kind of criteria to both debates. I covered both of them. In the Democratic debate, I don’t think there were any questions that were clearly coming from, you know, a Republican point of view. They were generally sympathetic. They were about global warming, and health care, and education, all kind of Democratic issues. They weren’t challenging them. There was one anti-tax question, I think. But they weren’t challenging the basic principles of the Democratic Party. There were lots of questions last night that were. I think the question about the Bible was mocking. I think one of the abortion questions was clearly not from someone who was pro-life, it was the opposite. “

I am sure it was all just a coincidence.

Chuck Norton

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The Progressive War on *Censored*

Posted by iusbvision on December 17, 2007

The Progressive War against God really heats up this time of year. Local school districts across the nation are brought to their knees as the well-government-funded American Civil Liberties Union demands they take out all references to the Almighty in their school programs. Christmas programs are changed to Holiday programs, Christmas break has become winter break, and Christmas cards are now friendship cards.

The battles between the ACLU and school districts will be fought out in the courts. As long as the judges follow the Constitution, the good guys will win.

There is a battle that is currently being fought in the free market. This is the fight that is to be fought by a simple majority. Apparently some retailers do not understand why it is that their sales skyrocket in the weeks between Thanksgiving and December 25th.

Some retailers have started instructing their clerks to only use Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Some retailers have gone so far as to not allow their employees to use Merry Christmas or risk disciplinary action. The mega retailer Lowe’s has stopped selling Christmas Trees and now sells Holiday Trees. Tell me something, Lowe’s, what holiday do you think that tree is for? In some catalogs, you can find Family Trees instead of Christmas Trees.

It is too early to tell what retailers will be welcoming the CHRISTMAS dollars with their right hand while fighting the name Christmas with their left hand. In addition to asking you to be diligent with your Christmas shopping, I can remind you of the retailers that made the naughty list last year. Of course, if you are among the four percent of Americans who claim to be offended by the name Christmas, you can use this list to find the stores at which you will want to shop.

In 2006, a spokesperson for Best Buy, whose advertising rejected any reference to Christmas said, “We are going to continue to use the term holiday because there are several holidays throughout that time period and we certainly need to be respectful to all of them.”

A spokesperson for Crate & Barrel stated, “Crate & Barrel has Jewish, Muslim, and atheist customers. We would definitely not say Merry Christmas. It’s all about holiday shopping, getting together with friends and family.”

On Barnes & Noble’s website, they advertised a holiday gift guide, holiday gift baskets, holiday sleds, and holiday delivery, but nary a mention of Christmas. Making matters worse, the stores are not allowed to put up Christmas trees and employees are not allowed to say Merry Christmas, even if the customers wishes the employee a Merry Christmas.

Pet smart, Eddie Bauer, Bloomingdales, KB Toys, Home Depot, Radio Shack, and J.C. Penny all replaced Christmas with Holiday in their stores, online, and in their advertising in 2006.

Some stores have gone above and beyond helping the Progressive War on Christmas. Christmas Charities have seen the full brunt of their attack. Some retailers, such as Target, Kohls, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Home Depot, Circuit City, and Barnes & Nobles have all banned the Salvation Army’s bell ringers. This should be compared with Wal-mart, which not only allowed the bell ringers, but encouraged their employees to participate by ringing bells themselves.

In the department store, Macy’s, one could find a Holiday Lane instead of a Christmas lane. Hanukkah did have its own section. Maybe this year, they will have an atheist aisle. If Macy’s did not do it for you, Bloomingdale’s showered its customers with the holiday spirit, but not the Christmas spirit.

There were plenty of companies who understood what holiday was the real driving force for their fourth quarter profits.
For example, M&M Mars candies made bags of red and green M&M’s complete with pictures of angels and Christmas Trees. Tractor Supply Company, T.J. Maxx, and Ace Hardware all had Christmas sales.

Kudos to Starbucks, whose owner is one of the primary benefactors for Moveon.org, for keeping Christmas in their stores.
Department stores, K-Mart and Sears also made sure to showcase the Christmas season as opposed to the generic holiday season.

Openly Christian stores, Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-a made sure to go so far as to put up Nativity scenes in many locations.

So the question remains, why should it matter whether a store uses Christmas instead of holiday? It matters because Christmas is a Federal holiday. It matters because America is forgetting that it is a Christian nation. The Progressive movement to remove God from our culture is gaining momentum. They have infiltrated our schools and indoctrinated our children. That fight is for the courts. This fight is for the free market.

This is very exciting because it is a battle that is being fought where it should be fought. Traditionalists rally behind the free market and now it is the free market that can protect Christmas or destroy it. The question is whether or not Christians, Traditionalists, and Conservatives will put their money where their mouths are.

I encourage you to pick up the torch and join the rest of us in the crusade to save Christmas. Look at the retailers as you do your Christmas shopping this season and look at their advertising. Purchase Christmas trees, not holiday trees or family trees. The progressive assault is more subtle than any beast of the field, don’t let Christmas die on our generation. Use your Christmas break to take advantage of Christmas sales to give away Christmas presents. Ignore the holidays, celebrate Christmas.

Jarrod Brigham

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When the Eagle Cries

Posted by iusbvision on December 17, 2007

Another day just like any other
Out of the blue it turned to horror
How could they?
Why would they?
The innocent suffered hell’s inferno
A senseless act that goes unforgotten
How could they?
They will pay

When the eagle cries
(Blood will flow)
When the eagle cries
(For freedom’s fight)
When the eagle cries
(We love her so)
When the eagle cries
(We will sacrifice)
When the eagle cries

Out of the ashes came a tempting vengeance
But we are focused, we seek redemption
We are free
We’ll stay free
All they’ve done is make us stronger
The sleeping giant is asleep no longer
If need be
We’ll die free

When the eagle cries
(Blood will flow)
When the eagle cries
(For freedom’s fight)
When the eagle cries
(We love her so)
When the eagle cries
(We will sacrifice)
When the eagle cries

Music & Lyrics by Jon Schaffer of ICED EARTH 

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Christmas on the Other Side of the World

Posted by iusbvision on December 17, 2007

Santa Claus, reindeer, fir trees, illuminations…Christmas is coming! You may wonder what gifts you are going to give to your family. For your sister’s baby, you may give an Elmo with Pizza toy; for your brother you may give a Nintendo DS if you have a big enough budget; and for your mother, you may buy a cake plate set because they were at a great price in an after Thanksgiving sale. On the Christmas holiday, most American people have a wonderful dinner, exchange gifts, and stay together with their family.

Unlike American people, Christmas in Japan is not family oriented. Most young Japanese people do not celebrate Christmas with their families when they go to high school. Children in elementary and junior high schools are, of course, looking for Santa Claus. Their biggest concern is how Santa Claus will get inside their Japanese style homes. Because most Japanese people live in apartments, they do not have chimneys.

So their parents make the excuse that “I gave a house key to Santa Claus,” “I will open the windows when I go to bed,” or “Santa Claus does not need the chimney because he is magical.” Before Christmas, the parents need to answer all kinds of questions about Santa Claus such as “Yes, Sweetie, Santa Claus parks his reindeers on the street or the rooftop. He is not going to get a parking ticket. I told you that he does not need the chimney on the rooftop!”

Most Japanese children know that Santa Claus is from the Western culture, so some children believe that he comes at dawn after that he delivers all of the presents in Western countries. However, it does not make sense because of the time zone; Santa Claus should travel to England and the rest of Europe, the Middle East, Russia, China, Japan, the Pacific Ocean countries, and then America. If Santa Claus does not mind different religions but works for children’s happiness, there are more than 2 billion children in the world, so Santa Claus makes more than 822.6 visits per second in 31 hours.

Some Japanese college students and office workers celebrate Christmas with their boyfriends and girlfriends. The boyfriends make reservations at restaurants on the top floor of skyscrapers or restaurants in a trendy spot. It is beautiful to have dinner looking down at the night view in the cities, but the average cost of the restaurant is about $300 for a couple. The couple may exchange their gifts at the restaurant. Even though they are not going to marry, some boyfriends give rings to their girlfriends. The girlfriends may give a scarf, perfume, or wish tickets, which are more reasonable than the rings. Japanese men need a large budget for Christmas. While they are dating around Christmas, they may not think anything about their families.

However, New Year’s is the most important holiday in Japan. Most people celebrate the holidays with their families having a nice dinner and wonderful gifts. Japanese New Year’s dishes have different meaning and some dishes are unique in each city. It is similar to the symbols of Thanksgiving such as turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, etc which have different meanings from the pioneer and colonial periods. For example, people from different cities have local styles of Ozouni, which is rice cake in a soup. Tokyo’s Ozouni is based on soy-sauce; however, some people use miso in Nagoya; in addition, some cities by the ocean use seafood for the base. Therefore, each Ozouni has different colors of soup.
With those different styles of celebrations, people celebrate the holiday season with family and someone special. No matter where people come from, they exchange gifts and people love spending time with their family. They will smile at each other and have the happiest moments in a warm, cozy house. In closing, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Naoko Fujimoto

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Christmas Charities Need Your Help

Posted by iusbvision on December 17, 2007

Tis the season to be jolly, yes, but ’tis also the season to be giving. Christmas gives us an excellent opportunity to show that we really indeed are interested in giving to those less fortunate.
Right here in South Bend there are very serious needs that can be met with just a little effort on our part.
Women’s shelters are always in need of clothing and bath towels. There are distribution points here on campus that you can use to help others.

Anyone who really understands what the Christmas season is all about, understands that it is about giving, not receiving.
Take the Hope Rescue Mission for example. Multiple times students have donated a Saturday afternoon and braved the cold to collect food for the mission. These students, from this campus, had a wonderful time knocking on doors and asking for food. One might be surprised how generous the people of this town can be if someone just takes the initiative to ask them. For these students, there is no greater joy than seeing the expression on the faces of the people at the Hope Rescue Mission when they know that there are people out there who care about them.

When we arrived with a van full of food, many times the words “thank you” and “God bless you” are returned. I truly hope this does not come across the wrong way, but my Christmas wish is that everyone can give just a little of their time to help others. The joy that comes over one is a magnificent reward in itself.

Many people ask, which is better: time or money? The answer is both. All the money in the world, cannot be put to use if there are not volunteers to staff the projects. Conversely, all the volunteers in the world cannot distribute food, clothing, and medicine if the funds are not there.

Even the U.S. Armed Forces are getting into the action. Toys for Tots is a wonderful charity all about the children. How many times as a child did you open up presents that you did not like? Even the gift that was hated the most is more than what some children get. When you are out shopping this Christmas season, stop by the dollar store and pick up a toy for a child in need. Contrasted to the hundreds spent on friends and family, that dollar for a stranger means so much.

There is also the Salvation Army. Remember those bell ringers at the entrances of the malls who too many usually try to avoid making eye contact with? Give them a few coins even if only to make yourself feel good. Imagine how tough it must be for them standing for eight hours ringing a bell in the face of apathy. Be a blessing to them; it only costs fifty cents.
If you don’t have the funds to financially support one of the many local charities, a jolly Christmas attitude can make a difference. Opening doors for ladies, smiling at people when making eye contact and simply saying hello. Simple gestures can lift the spirits of someone else who may be able to then go on and do something wonderful for someone else.

No matter what your social, ethnic, economic, or political background, helping others is something we all can do.

Jarrod Brigham

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