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Archive for April 13th, 2010

Video: Far Left Protestors at SRLC. Two SRLC Attendees Severely Beaten – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on April 13, 2010

So a crowd of lefties chanting violent slogans, cussing, signs with “F*CK Capitalism” etc. This is the SRLC so there is national media there. Yet at the time of this writing google search shows NO national news outlets reporting the story, only the locals and the blogs.

Allee Bautsch is the chief campaign funs raiser for Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Gateway Pundit reports:

Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend Joe Brown

The governor’s office said Monday that Allee Bautsch suffered a broken leg and her boyfriend suffered a concussion and fractured nose and jaw in the alleged incident. (KSLA)

I am the photographer for the LA GOP and I was at the Brennan fundraiser. When I left about one hour or so after all 3 of the governors left the crowd of protesters had grown. The were very nasty, signs were vulgar using the “F” word. As I left the restaurant I was yelled at – there was a family visiting the restaurant with a baby stroller – they had nothing to do with the fundraiser and they were being heckled using the “F” and “MF” words.. A couple of them made comments to me.
Thanks, Eric

UPDATE: Here is a photo of the crowd outside of Brennan’s–

photo credit: © Eric Miller

IUSB Vision UPDATE -

Yahoo News reported (4 days after the attack):

Allee Bautsch’s mother, Della Berning, has now joined a friend of Bautsch’s in telling Yahoo! News that, contrary to what Brown initially told police, Bautsch and Brown do believe that the attackers were a group of political protesters who followed them after they left the event.

The Yahoo News piece is very amusing in that they toss in editorialized comments and narrative through the “news” piece to imply that it wasn’t left wing anti-good government protestors who engaged in the violence, as they have on so many other occasions we have documented (please see our Violence category).

Police hear no evil, see no evil……

NOLA.com reports:

When news of last weekend’s assault of Republican campaign fundraiser Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend broke on Monday, police logs detailing crimes and complaints reported in the French Quarter that night did not list the attack on the pair.

That’s because the April 9 incident was first labeled a medical call, which meant no police report needed to be written. Indeed, according to the initial report released Friday by New Orleans police, it wasn’t until Monday that a detective was assigned to investigate the incident — in which Bautsch broke her leg and her boyfriend, Joseph Brown, broke his jaw.

Monday was also the day news reports and blogs began chattering about the attack, sometimes laden with the juicy possibility the attackers were anti-Republican protesters.

The initial incident report does not resolve the question of whether Bautsch and Brown were attacked by protesters, who had picketed the restaurant they were in earlier that night.

But the sequence of the NOPD’s response to an attack that left Bautsch with a broken leg and Brown with a fractured jaw and nose, raises questions about why the department didn’t deal with the incident as an assault from the get-go. Subsequent police statements and reports about the incident note that officers did respond to the scene, calling an ambulance to take Bautsch and Brown to the hospital.

 

This is where it gets really rich…

NOPD spokesman Bob Young said the explanation is simple: The responding officer didn’t know the extent of the couple’s injuries. That officer knew the couple needed help and was told that Brown had been in a fight, but concentrated on getting them medical assistance, he said.

If the officer had known how badly they were hurt, the case would have been reclassified immediately as some kind of battery, Young said.

New Orleans Police Spokesman said that the Police did not know there was this kind of attack and the police did not know the extent of the injuries… HELLO someone with a camera is on the scene and Bautsch said on the scene that they broke her leg… and look at her boyfriends face. If the B.S. is going to be THIS transparent NOPD needs to hire a new person to do spin for them.

Big Government.com has the written threat from the leftist protestors HERE.

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UC Berkeley bloated, wasteful, consultants say

Posted by iusbvision on April 13, 2010

S.F. Gate:

For a world-class university studded with Nobel laureates and innovative research, UC Berkeley manages its finances a bit like a sloppy undergrad, a new report suggests.

The campus could save about $75 million a year by streamlining purchases, concentrating job duties and laying off “redundant” managers, according to consultants hired last fall to help the school become a leaner operation.

“This kind of change is hard,” said campus Vice Chancellor Frank Yeary, who is overseeing the Operational Excellence Project. “We will get pushback in certain quarters. But the fact that the state has so consistently disinvested in our organization … most people really appreciate the need to change.”

Yeary said UC Berkeley’s plan is not only to push the state for more education funding – which has dropped by half since 2002 to $232 million in inflation-adjusted dollars – but to do a better job with the money the university already has.

The campus has five big areas of bloat, according to Bain & Co., the Massachusetts consulting firm being paid $3 million to identify waste.

The biggest, say the consultants, is too many managers. The human resources department alone has one manager per 63 employees, compared with an average of one per 127 employees across other universities.

Next up is purchasing. Instead of negotiating universitywide contracts with bulk discounts, for example, it’s every department for itself.

The campus could also consolidate tech services, find ways to save energy, and improve or eliminate student services from graduate student housing to child care.

No faith in advising

The school spends $17 million on academic advising, but even students don’t think the money is well spent.

“School and department advising is terrible,” wrote one undergrad responding to a survey from the consultants. “I never trust what I am being told.”

The comment was typical of those made about that department.

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Recession over? Economists panel isn’t sure yet.

Posted by iusbvision on April 13, 2010

All that news that the economy is in a huge recovery, in spite of the fact that we keep posting the economic numbers on this web site that show that we are coasting along the current bottom (a new bottom could come with a new shock to the economy, hence the term “current bottom”). Remember that these same mainstream economists are the same ones that did not see the mortgage collapse. In fact it was the geniuses at the Fed, at the top banks, and in Academia who missed it in spite of warnings from those “amateurs” who make their living working the markets

We have said it on this blog many times and I have said it in economics class as well; most economists we see and read about are political and/or ideological prostitutes. They say what they are paid to see for political expedience and call it “science” or “economics”.

Robert Reich and Paul Krugmann claim to be economists but it amazes me just how much basic macro they have to forget to write the nonsense they do every week…. and then there is Christina Romer, who has written some good stuff, most of which she had to forget as soon as she took a job at the Obama White House.

There are other kinds of economists who are masters of  Keynesian modeling. They make all of these fancy projections and it seems so intimidating, until you realize that their models rarely work out and that Keynesian theory just does not work worth a darn when applied in many circumstances.

Most “mainstream” economists fall into the previous categories.

Forbes Magazine went back to examine who it was that saw the collapse coming:

By 2004, concerns about a housing bubble were pervasive throughout the popular media. But responsible authorities continued to throw cold water on them.

Think on that statement for a moment. The responsible authorities were saying all is well, while those who participate in those markets are telling the media something different. When the “amateurs” are doing better than the super pro’s does that indicate that something is wrong in that profession?

One of the very few academics  who warned that this might happen was Bob Schiller (LINK) and that was in 2003. Hedge fund manager Michael J. Burry saw it coming and invested expecting a bubble burst (LINK, 2). 

The National Bureau of Economic Research says that the recession might not yet be over:

Most mainstream economists think the nation’s deep recession is over, but a special body that makes such a determination took a pass Monday, saying what many Americans intuitively feel, that the data remain inconclusive.

The National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonprofit group of economists, determines when recessions start and end as part of its work in calculating the peaks and troughs of the business cycle.

The bureau’s Business Cycle Dating Committee met last Friday and concluded that the jury is still out on the recession’s end, announcing that decision on its Web site Monday.

The committee reaffirmed that the recession began in December 2007, but its seven members couldn’t determine whether the recession has ended.

“The trough date would identify the end of contraction and the beginning of expansion. Although most indicators have turned up, the committee decided that the determination of the trough date on the basis of current data would be premature,” the committee said in a statement. “Many indicators are quite preliminary at this time and will be revised in coming months.”

One reason for a cautious view is the stubbornly high jobless rate.

Unemployment remains anchored in the ballpark of 9.7 percent. March employment numbers finally showed a solid gain of around 162,000 jobs, partly aided through government hiring to conduct the 2010 census.

Although economic expansion usually is marked by two consecutive quarters of growth, the committee wants to see more evidence of strong and consistent job growth as an indicator that businesses are hiring on the basis of a firming economy.

 

And in this state of regulatory uncertainty with ObamaCare, Cap & Tax, VAT Tax, status of bond holders, changes in capital gains tax rates, energy costs, expiring Bush tax cuts and the deficit can anyone be surprised that few want to create jobs here or invest in the United States? Several of the economists here at IUSB are saying that our economy has all the signs of what is called a “double dip recession”. To me this seems obvious. Economics is largely about incentives and confidence and that seems to be what most “mainstream” economists seem to continually miss.

Ed Morrissey at HotAir has some good comments HERE.

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Student Outreach at AIPAC!

Posted by iusbvision on April 13, 2010

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Elite Media: Job Losses “Unexpectedly” High Again for how many months now?

Posted by iusbvision on April 13, 2010

Many bloggers are poking fun at the elite media’s desperate attempt to spin bad economic news good while Democrats hold power, just as they often spun good economic news bad while Republicans were in power.

Here we have the elite media’s favorite word “unexpectedly” in regards to bad news, this word is followed in a close second to “surprise” at yet another dose of bad economic news. I am curious, how many months in a year does XX bad economic news have to be “unexpectedly” high before it is not unexpected anymore, or consumer confidence down, or housing down etc ?

See how bloggers covered the ridiculous use of the word ‘unexpected’  HERE. See our coverage HERE.

Associated Press:

Initial jobless claims increase unexpectedly

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits rose last week, a sign that jobs remain scarce even as the economy recovers.

The increase also may result from the difficulty the Labor Department has in seasonally adjusting the claims around the Easter holiday, which falls on different weeks each year.

“This is … a volatile time when the numbers move around quite a bit,” a department analyst said.

The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims increased by 18,000 in the week ended April 3, to a seasonally adjusted 460,000. That’s worse than economists’ estimates of a drop to 435,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

California also closed its state offices for a holiday on March 31, which likely held down the claims figures. On an unadjusted basis, claims rose by 6,500 to nearly 415,000.

I love how they editorialize in the excuses, this time it is Easter, before it was the snow. I wonder where all of this generous benefit of the doubt was when unemployment was dropping from 6.6% to less than 4.7% under you know who?

BLS:

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ECON 101 Video: The Cost of Tax Code Compliance

Posted by iusbvision on April 13, 2010

This video from the  Center for Freedom and Prosperity outlines some of the costs of compliance of our overly complex and corrupt tax code. It is definately worth the watch. Thanks to HotAir for the heads up.

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Free Speech on Campus: Charging ‘Security Fees’ for student club events is illegal.

Posted by iusbvision on April 13, 2010

My friend Adam Kissel, who is my favorite Harvard trained lawyer, wrote a very interesting blog post at FIRE about one of the ways that colleges illegally censor protected speech by content; the selectively enforced “security fee”. 

In general it works like this: Your College Republicans student club is welcome to invite Dana Perino to come speak on campus, but we are going to charge you a $12,000 “security fee” to do so. 

FIRE, which is fast becoming the premier civil rights organization of the 21st century, has been standing up for the First Amendment, due process and academic freedom for students and faculty. 

FIRE

Temple University’s irreconcilable actions regarding a student group that brought Dutch politician Geert Wilders to campus have left students utterly in the dark about what Temple will do the next time a controversial speaker comes to campus. Temple unconstitutionally charged the group, Temple University Purpose, for extra security after the event, but after FIRE intervened, Temple claimed that it could have charged the group thousands of dollars more. Temple arbitrarily offered to withdraw the extra fee, then unilaterally withdrew it. In its latest letter, Temple merely states that the matter is closed and makes no promise to ensure that controversial but protected speech is not silenced on campus. 

Adam Kissel

 

These actions chill speech at Temple because groups will not want to risk similarly strange treatment of their events. Who would bring another controversial speaker to campus, risking thousands of dollars of after-the-fact security fees? Charging an extra security fee because of a potentially hostile audience is unconstitutional because it burdens the speech, but many student groups will likely be unwilling to push their luck to vindicate their rights. 

In our most recent letter to Temple, we point out not only that Temple’s random actions have a chilling effect on campus expression, but also that Temple maintains a constitutionally unacceptable policy of burdening speech. We wrote on March 18: 

While we are pleased that Temple University has withdrawn the bill for this event, it is disappointing that Temple has failed to acknowledge the legal principle under which it was required to do so. In addition, Temple’s actions to date—imposing a fee, offering to withdraw it, and then finally withdrawing it—have been without any explanation on which student organizations can rely when hosting controversial events in the future. Since Temple has not acknowledged its error, for example, in stating that it could have charged $6,000 to TUP for the extra security for the event, students have a reasonable fear of arbitrary imposition of such fees that is likely to have a persistent chilling effect on speech at Temple. Student organizations are likely to avoid bringing a controversial speaker to campus lest they face the vacillating treatment to which TUP was subjected, as well as the prospect of thousands of dollars in extra security fees. 

Again, the Supreme Court in Forsyth County v. Nationalist Movement, 505 U.S. 123, 132-33 (1992) found that the implementation of the county’s ordinance showed no “narrowly drawn, reasonable and definite standards guiding the hand of the Forsyth County administrator” in assessing fees (citation omitted) (internal quotation marks omitted) and that “[n]othing in the law or its application prevents the official from encouraging some views and discouraging others through the arbitrary application of fees” (emphasis added). 

[Read the rest of this letter HERE] 

Unfortunately, Temple doesn’t seem to care about its policy or its actions. Temple’s April 7 response merely stated: 

We appreciate your concern for student rights and for alerting us to FIRE’s position on the matter. We have withdrawn the fee and now consider the matter closed. 

Apparently Temple thinks it is appropriate to assess a fee unconstitutionally and then withdraw it unilaterally without any acknowledgment of its constitutional obligation not to burden speech in this way. Temple should know better. In fact, the free speech principle here is so clearly established that Temple administrators risk losing qualified immunity in lawsuits if they try such shenanigans again. That means that the administrators could be liable for damages as individuals and not just in their professional capacities as administrators. In the meantime, let us hope that student organizations will be brave enough to fully exercise their rights on campus in spite of Temple’s missteps. 

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Loons Send Black Professor Racist Voice Mails After O’Reilly Appearence

Posted by iusbvision on April 13, 2010

Dr. Monica Crowley:

After an appearance a few weeks ago on “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel, Dr. Christopher Metzler, Associate Dean of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University, began to receive despicable, racist voicemail messages.  One caller swears at him profanely and tells him to get his “black ass back to Africa.”

How sad that some people feel that they have to behave in such a manner.

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