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University of Florida Sued for Refusing to Recognize Christian Student Group – Court Grants Preliminary Injunction

Posted by iusbvision on August 18, 2008

Here we go again – yet another in a long list of lawsuits against universities for illegal discrimination against Christian student groups. These lawsuits have one thing in common; the university loses and wastes piles of YOUR tax dollars in the process. This case is such a no brainer that the Court has already granted an injuction forcing Florida University into recognizing the student group in the meantime.

The lawsuit looks like so many of the others. The university violates the Christian student group’s freedom of expressive association, freedom of intimate association, freedom of speech, equal protection under law and the free exercise of religion in a manner they see fit.

Before you read any furtherstop and read Brandon Stewart’s piece at FIRE’s blog. It is such a good piece I could not hope to improve upon it.

– Assuming you have read Brandon Stewart’s piece linked above – you have taken a look at the University of Florida’s student newspaper The Alligator, siding with the university because the Christian student group does not allow women or non-Christians as its officers. It’s no brainer time again; how many sororities and fraternities are single sex only? If you don’t know the answer is a great deal of them, including many at UF. How many fratermities and sororities have a mission? Most do.

Think about it, if I started McCain Fraternity how effective would its mission be if members of the College Socialist Workers for Obama tried to join and take over its officer positions? This is exactly why the First Amendment enumerates the freedom of association.

Why would students at The Alligator engage in such obvious hypocritical discrimination against a Christian group? Why the hostility against Christians? Why is it that they have no understanding whatever of freedom of association? How can UF claim that it is graduating well rounded, educated and enlightened minds when they have no effective understanding of something as simple as the First Amendment? I will tell you why. Students display such profound ignorance because public schools and college faculty are not teaching them. Students do not leave high school with such a hypocritical discrimination against Christians; that is taught to them by secular leftist college faculty. Author David Kupelian wrote in his book “The Marketing of Evil”, that college education at many universities has become subversive. This case is another example, along with countless others, of just how correct he is.

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California Bill to Outlaw Retaliation Against Faculty and Staff Over Free Speech Passes Legislature

Posted by iusbvision on August 18, 2008

Legislation follows 2006 law that protects students to also protect teachers

(Hat Tip FIRE – Link Below)

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today sent Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles) legislation designed to protect high school and college teachers and other employees from retaliation by administrators as a result of student speech, which most often happens when a journalism advisor or professor is disciplined for content in a student newspaper. The bill, authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), passed the Senate on a 31-2 vote (passed the Assembly last month on a 72-1 vote).

Senate Bill 1370 follows a 2006 law also authored by Yee which prohibits censorship of student press by administrators and protects students from being disciplined for engaging in speech or press activities.

There have been a number of documented cases throughout the state of journalism advisors being dismissed or reassigned due to student speech. In fact, Senator Yee’s office has learned of cases in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Claremont, Fremont, Novato, Oxnard, Rialto, and Garden Grove, among others. In the past two months, there have been cases documented in Redding and Fallbrook as well.

“I expect the Governor to sign this bill into law, as has consistently supported our efforts to make sure true freedom of the press is alive and well on our campuses,” said Yee. “Allowing a school administration to censor in any way is contrary to the democratic process and the ability of a student newspaper to serve as the watchdog and bring sunshine to the actions of school administrators. It is quite disheartening to hear, that after we specifically prohibited prior restraint by administrators, that some are engaging in this type of nefarious activity and even firing quality teachers because of content in the student newspaper.”

Specifically, SB 1370 would prohibit an employee from being dismissed, suspended, disciplined, reassigned, transferred, or otherwise retaliated against for acting to protect a student’s speech.

A Los Angeles Unified School District case is one of many where a highly respected and successful newspaper advisor was removed from his position. In November 2006, the student newspaper published an editorial criticizing random searches conducted on campus. The newspaper advisor, Darryl Adams, was immediately removed after refusing to eliminate the editorial at the principal’s request. Adams was later removed as basketball coach and even as announcer for the football games.

“In a span of four months, they all but stripped me of my professional existence,” said Adams.

Another case involved Janet Ewell, a Garden Grove tenured teacher and certified journalism educator, who was removed as newspaper advisor in 2002 despite her students winning numerous journalism awards. The school’s principal admitted to student reporters that he had removed Ewell as a result of editorials that ran in the school newspaper. The editorials focused on such issues as the school bathrooms, cafeteria food and a teacher who was unavailable to help students.

Ronnie Campagna, a journalism teacher of 18 years at San Marin High School in Novato, was removed in 2003 and replaced by a new teacher with no previous journalism experience after the student paper published stories critical of the administration. For example, one story criticized the school administration for not letting students stand up in the bleachers during varsity basketball games. The school board went so far as to attempt dissolving the entire program until parents protested and even offered to fund the class themselves.

In San Francisco, journalism and English teacher Katharine Swan was told that she must find a different school in which to teach after her students covered a first-year principal’s attempts to effect prior restraint and influence coverage of events occurring at the school.

“Since administrators are unable by law to exercise prior restraint with regard to a student publication, they lean on advisers to do what they legally cannot,” said Jim Ewert, Legal Counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA). “When advisers refuse, they are punished because administrators know they will face no legal consequences. SB 1370 is necessary to close this gaping loophole in the law.”

Recently, the Newspaper Association of America Foundation released a study that found students who work on high school newspapers and yearbooks are more likely to receive better grades in high school and college as well as score higher on college entrance exams.

In addition to support from CNPA, SB 1370 is endorsed by the California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, California School Employees Association, California State Student Association, Associated Students of the University of California (Davis), California School Employees Association, California State University Employees Union, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), State Employees Trades Council, Council of University of California Faculty Associations, Service Employees International Union, California Faculty Association, California Nurses Association, American Civil Liberties Union, and California Labor Federation.

Once the bill is received by the Governor, he will have twelve days to sign or veto the measure.

http://www.politickerca.com/adam-keigwin/1683/legislature-sends-governor-bill-protect-school-employees-and-student-speech

Can you imagine that some people actually objected to me using the word “Stalinist” to describe the behavior that happens on campuses?

California has an epidemic of illegal civil rights violations committed by university administrations and employees. This is a list of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s case load in California. Keep in mind that FIRE’s resources are limited and cannot take on all of the cases submitted to it so this by no means is a complete list of the total civil rights infractions in the California university system. It is only a fraction of it.

This behavior is so entrenched on campus that the University of California has stated that it has no intention of following this law. Let us hope that this new law is enforced aggressively.

Our friends at FIRE have a great post on this news here so be sure to click and check it out!

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Washington Post Ombudsman: Media Coverage Favors Obama, Even Our Own

Posted by iusbvision on August 18, 2008

Obama’s Edge in the Coverage Race

By Deborah Howell

Washington Post
Sunday, August 17, 2008; Page B06

Democrat Barack Obama has had about a 3 to 1 advantage over Republican John McCain in Post Page 1 stories since Obama became his party’s presumptive nominee June 4. Obama has generated a lot of news by being the first African American nominee, and he is less well known than McCain — and therefore there’s more to report on. But the disparity is so wide that it doesn’t look good.

In overall political stories from June 4 to Friday, Obama dominated by 142 to 96. Obama has been featured in 35 stories on Page 1; McCain has been featured in 13, with three Page 1 references with photos to stories on inside pages. Fifteen stories featured both candidates and were about polls or issues such as terrorism, Social Security and the candidates’ agreement on what should be done in Afghanistan.

This dovetails with Obama’s dominance in photos, which I pointed out two weeks ago. At that time, it was 122 for Obama and 78 for McCain. Two weeks later, it’s 143 to 100, almost the same gap, because editors have run almost the same number of photos — 21 of Obama and 22 of McCain — since they realized the disparity. McCain is almost even with Obama in Page 1 photos — 10 to 9.

This is not just a Post phenomenon. The Project for Excellence in Journalism has been monitoring campaign coverage at an assortment of large and medium-circulation newspapers, broadcast evening and morning news shows, five news Web sites, three major cable news networks, and public radio and other radio outlets. Its latest report, for the week of Aug. 4-10, shows that for the eighth time in nine weeks, Obama received significantly more coverage than McCain.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/15/AR2008081503100.html?sub=AR

Speaks for itself.

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If I Had a Nickel for Each Time…

Posted by iusbvision on August 18, 2008

…I have been told In college: “Don’t You Know that Communism is Dead” or “The Red Scare was Just Imaginary”, I would never need another student loan again.

Click HERE – I dare ya.

Condi – NATO won’t let Russia succeed in Georgia

Russia Has Short Range Missiles in South Ossetia

Russia is not pulling out as it has agreed to in two agreements. Russian soldiers are telling civilians that Putin ordered them to tell people to get out or be killed. Russia is putting short range missiles in occupied parts of Georgia.

This is the Russia I grew up with and that leftist academics sang the praises of all through the cold war.

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Canada’s New Solution to Long Waiting Lists for Medical Care – Make Patients Draw Straws to Get a Doctor

Posted by iusbvision on August 18, 2008

When I took Dr. Zechowski’s class on film documentaries we watched Michael Moore’s movie “Sicko” and he claimed that Canada does not have a problem with waiting lists for health care.

MD uses lottery to cull patients

Not first such case as lack of doctors causes huge caseloads

Tom Blackwell, National Post Published: Wednesday, August 06, 2008

In the latest jarring illustration of the country’s doctor shortage, a family physician in Northern Ontario has used a lottery to determine which patients would be ejected from his overloaded practice.

Dr. Ken Runciman says he reluctantly eliminated about 100 patients in two separate draws to avoid having to provide assembly-line service or extend already onerous work hours, and admits the move has divided the community of Powassan.

Yet it was not the first time such methods have been employed to determine medical service. A new family practice in Newfoundland held a lottery last month to pick its caseload from among thousands of applicants. An Edmonton doctor selected names randomly earlier this year to pare 500 people from his heavy caseload. And in Ontario, regulators have heard reports of a number of other physicians also using draws to choose, or remove, patients.

The unusual practice seems to be a symptom of the times, said Jill Hefley, spokeswoman for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. A paucity of medical professionals has left an estimated five million Canadians without a family doctor.

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=702588

Pierre Lemieux has an analysis of this situation here – http://libertyincanada.com/blog/index.php?blog=2&p=575&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

Hat Tip to Dr. John Lott for the heads up on this article.

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Democrats Have a Problem: Their Nominee is a Bold Faced Liar. Obama Reverses on Taking Soft Money from PAC’s and Special Interests

Posted by iusbvision on August 18, 2008

This is it everyone this is the last one. Obama campaign has now reversed itself on EVERY campaign funding limitation and promise it has ever made. He is taking money from energy companies, lobbyists, pharmaceuticals and everyone else he said that he would not take money from. Obama reversed himself on the public financing pledge. Now Obama has reversed himself on taking “soft money” from special interests and PAC’s.  (Hat Tip Hotair.com)

On the side of the page is a link to the category “Campaign 2008”. It has a list of articles filled with video and other evidence showing you every flip-flop down the line. Obama has reversed himself on almost every campaign promise that I am aware of that he has made. John Kerry, whose name has become a political epithet for flip-flopping, did not have nearly this many reversals in such a short period of time.

Here is the latest:

Obama: The Democratic National Committee will uphold the same standard: We will not take a dime from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs. … They will not fund my party!

Now the story has changed.

Barack Obama campaign soliciting ‘soft money’ for convention

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has decried the practice and vowed to reform convention funding, but the Denver Host Committee was facing a budget shortfall.

By Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten
Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

August 16, 2008

WASHINGTON – Facing a large deficit in the Democratic National Convention budget, officials from Barack Obama’s campaign have begun personally soliciting labor unions and others for contributions of up to $1 million. In exchange, donors could get stadium skyboxes for Obama’s acceptance speech and other perks.

Obama has regularly criticized politicians seeking large donations outside the framework of campaign finance regulations — so-called soft money — while touting the virtues of relying on small donations.

Donations made to convention host committees are not covered by federal donation limits. As a result, corporations and wealthy individuals can donate unlimited sums under the premise that the committee is promoting civic pride and economic growth, not a political cause.

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-na-demfunds16-2008aug16,0,5272946.story

Ed Morrissey summed it up flawlessly:

In addition, the Los Angeles Times reports that the move to Invesco Field may be more about hauling in soft money than creating great optics. Obama’s speech will allow the DNC to sell Invesco’s private boxes for a cool $1 million each, which they need to raise more money to cover the cost of the convention. The DNCC had already reserved the Pepsi Center’s luxury boxes for other purposes. Even with all of these new sell-out opportunities provided by Team Obama, the DNCC remains over $11 million short of their goals with nine days left.

The man who claims the reform mantle has not just repeatedly reneged on those promises, Obama has now commercialized his own acceptance speech to get money from the special interests and lobbyists against whom he inveighed in June. Barack Obama seems determined to redefine the term “hypocrite” in 2008.

Here are a couple of the entries on the campaign finance situation from this blog:

https://iusbvision.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/factcheckorg-obama-is-lying-about-mccains-money-and-his-own/

https://iusbvision.wordpress.com/2008/07/23/democrats-are-the-party-of-the-rich/

So why are so many corporations and special interests giving more money than ever to Obama and the Democrats? They know that McCain has always been the true blue hawk on reigning in spending. Government today is the biggest lender, biggest borrower, biggest insurer, biggest employer, biggest buyer, biggest spender etc. Do the math. The corporate structure has become addicted to government spending.  The higher taxes and regulation that typifies left of center administrations keeps small and medium sized business out of serious competition with the big boys.

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