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Archive for August 26th, 2008

Senator Obama – Explain How You Have Let Your Brother Live Like This

Posted by iusbvision on August 26, 2008

While Senator Obama has criticized John McCain for not knowing how many homes his wealthy wife Cindy owns, some Republicans have stated that Obama has no room to talk because the multi-million dollar home Obama has was obtained with the assistance of Tony Rezco, a political power broker who is now a convicted felon.

What concerns me is the house that Obama’s brother George lives in.

During the televised sit down with Pastor Rick Warren Senator Obama mentioned a Bible verse that was important to him. The verse is Mathew 25 where Jesus said, “What you have done for the least of thee you have done for me.” The wording is a little different from translation to translation from the original text but the message is the same.

Here is a picture of the shack that George Obama lives in. George Obama says he has learned how to defend himself well because it is dangerous where he lives.

George Obama - Courtesy Vanity Fair

George Obama - Courtesy Vanity Fair

George was mentioned in Barack Obama’s book and the last time they met was in 2006. Barack Obama is a millionaire and a success in every sense of the word so how can he explain why he has let his own brother live like this. If Barack Obama is elected president the risk of George’s abduction becomes a real national security problem.

This situation should have been taken care of and George should have gotten some help from his brother.

Below is an advertisement from the Texas GOP. While I disagree with the near flippant nature of the ad, the point it makes is hard to deny.

The tragedy of George Obama is not something that should be treated flippantly. It is a genuine tragedy. For the life of me I cannot imagine how Barack Obama allowed this situation get to this point, both on political, scriptural and moral grounds.

By contrast, in 1993 the McCain’s adopted a baby girl from Bangladesh who suffered from some birth defects.

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Hillary’s Voters Dis’ed Again: Democrats Pushing for Hotel Roll Call Vote at Convention

Posted by iusbvision on August 26, 2008

Amazing. The call of the delegates votes during prime time has been a staple of political conventions for as long as I can remember. This time however, since Senator Obama was selected by the super-delegates whereas Hillary won the popular vote in the primary, they fear that the large number of votes for Hillary Clinton would either embarrass Obama and show party disunity.

If the Democrats want to see a party that is not unified, disrespect Hillary’s voters by this action.

There have been times when members of both parties have done actions that have alienated their base, but this is pretty huge. The Democrats have been driving old style liberals like Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman out of the party. Sam Nunn’s name was bandied about for a possible VP pick for Obama but he is also an old style Democrat in the JFK/Zell Miller tradition. If Nunn tried to seek high office today the party wouldn’t have it.

While the Clinton wing of the party is left of center, Joe Lieberman says that Obama is much further to the left.

The following is all over the blogosphere:

On the Brian and the Judge radio, Fox News’ senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano asked Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT):

NAPITALIANO: Hey Sen. Lieberman, you know Barack Obama, is he a Marxist as Bill Kristol says might be the case in today’s New York Times? Is he an elitist like your colleague Hillary Clinton says he is?

LIEBERMAN: Well, you know, I must say that’s a good question. I’ve known him now for a little more than three years since he came into the Senate and he’s obviously very smart and he’s a good guy. I will tell ya that during this campaign, I’ve learned some things about him, about the kind of environment from which he came ideologically. And I wouldn’t…I’d hesitate to say he’s a Marxist, but he’s got some positions that are far to the left of me and I think mainstream America.

Is it just a matter of time before more and more of the traditional Democrat base learns that its leadership has left it behind as it has moved farther to the left than traditional American Democrats are willing to go?

Obama, Clinton camps working on hotel roll-call vote

By Chuck Plunkett and Allison Sherry and Kimberly Johnson
The Denver Post

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More Issues at Ivy Tech

Posted by iusbvision on August 26, 2008

Since the Vision published this article about some highly publicized cases of faculty abuse at Ivy Tech ( expect another post with an update to the Prof. Norasteh firing soon) I have received several communications from the Ivy Tech community. They have sent information about what the faculty has to deal with.

Too many chief’s syndrome?

Snafu about pay turns into an accusation:

I was supposed to be hired at Ivy Tech for the fall 2007. My second phone interview was in mid July and I was told at the end of the interview that the fall semester would start in mid August as it did. My final (face-to-face) interview was on September XXX and the job was offered to me on September XXX.

As the result, since I would have to move from XXXX (far away), and I was in the middle of my classes for the fall semester in XXXX, I was given the start date on December 10th.

On the offer letter, they mentioned my annual salary but they did not mentioned how it works for the month of December. When I inquired about it, The HR people asked me to talk to the secretary of the Vice Chancellor of the Academic Affairs.

The Secretary of the Vice Chancellor of the Academic Affairs told me that, according to her calendar, Faculty would be paid until Friday December 15th for the fall semester.

Since I would have to move from XXXX (far away), it would not make any sense to me to start working on December 10th and be paid only for 5 days for the month of December. When I expressed my concern to the secretary, She advised me that, I should ask the math program chair to bring it to the attention of the Vice Chancellor of the Academic Affairs, so upon the approval of the Vice President, I could be present for the other days in December and be paid.

So I talked to the Chair and she said she would likely not be there when the break starts (Monday December 17th) but will talk to the Division Chair and let me know about the outcome.

After about one month, she sent an e-mail to me ‘to assign the courses for the spring’.
I talked to her on the phone and brought it up, and she said she had not talked, about the number of the days I would be paid in December, to any one, but mentioned that she thinks all full time faculty would be paid until December 31st.

I felt being in a loop.The people at the HR asked me to talk to the office of the VP of the Academic Affairs and she asked me to talk to the Program Chair and she did not pass it. So I went to Indianapolis in December, confused about the number of the days I would be paid in December and hoping that as the Chair mentioned, there would be a proper compensation for the month of December until December 31st. But surprisingly, when I started working there in December and was signing the contract, I was told I would be paid just for the weekdays ending December 15th!

When I brought it up to the Chair, she told me that after talking to the Division Chair, they believed that: ‘You tend to misinterpret every thing’. I guess she wanted to cover her mistake of not taking care of talking about the rest of the days in December to her supervisor. That was the beginning of the insulting comments from her.

Do you think an organization should have an employee moving from another state, and paid five days for the first month?

13 Hour days? A professor taught a class that went to 8:30 at night He posted his office hours on his door to start at noon on that day but often came in early:

The Program Chair asked me why I was not in my office from the beginning of the day. I explained to her that on Wednesdays I have classes and office hours starting from noon but I still attended my office at around 11 am. She said that full time faculty must be present from the beginning of the day in the morning, at least for the first couple of the weeks in each semester. I apologized that I had not been aware of that since I had not been told and I told her I wish that she had told me but she responded that, “It is just the Common Sense” and she does “not have to tell me every thing” (Not to mention that she was officially my mentor and apparently being paid for that). I felt bad about her insulting comments.

Later on I asked two other full time faculty members from other departments about it; one of them was also a Program Chair and the other one used to be a Program Chair and they both told me that was wrong. Full time faculty, even on the first couple of days of the semester are not supposed to be there more than their required office hours. One of them said it ‘might’ be true for the Programs Chairs, that they should be in their office, but definitely not for the full time faculty. How could it be a ‘common sense’ when it is not even done in the other departments?

I have received other emails about constant contradictions from the administration about exam policies, course policies, commencement policies, etc. and when called on these snafu’s the response is often abusive and/or insulting treatment.

While some of these issues may be passed off as typical bureaucratic snafu’s or a few isolated incidents; the abusive and adversarial attitude displayed by the administration in case after case indicates a dysfunctional bureaucratic culture at Ivy Tech. In the long run this situation is bad for students and the taxpayers and I am not alone in believing so.

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has this to say about Ivy tech:

As a general rule, academic freedom requires tenure for the core faculty of a university or college, and such is the norm in American higher education, including almost all community colleges. As the Becky Meadows Wilson case indicates, academic freedom is non-existent throughout that institution. Many Ivy Tech faculty members have expressed great fear of publicly airing any controversial views.

Faculty members are afraid even to hold a meeting of the AAUP-the major professional association of faculty in this country-on campus.

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