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YAF: Academia’s Top 10 Abuses of 2008

Posted by iusbvision on December 16, 2008

Right from Jason Mattera at  YAF :

Political correctness ran amuck in our nation’s school system this past year, and Young America’s Foundation has once again compiled our “best of the worst” academic abuses for 2008. From “free speech zones” to transgendered speakers at military academies, the following list may make you both laugh and cry in the same breath. That probably isn’t too surprising, however, since we are talking about academia after all…

1. The free speech “zone.” A student at Yuba College in California was sent an ultimatum by the school’s president: discontinue handing out gospel booklets or face disciplinary action and possibly expulsion. That’s right—gospel booklets. Ryan Dozier, the 20-year-old student, had the audacity to distribute Christian literature without a school permit, which restricts free speech to an hour each Tuesday and Thursday. Yuba College even directs students to where on campus they are allowed to exhibit free speech. In this case, it’s the school theater. Campus police threatened to arrest Ryan if he didn’t comply with the “free speech zone,” oblivious to the fact that students don’t need permission to exercise the First Amendment’s free speech and religious clauses.

2. Transgendered activists in, pro-life speakers out. Liberal administrators at the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic institution in Minnesota, censored the appearance of prominent pro-life speaker Star Parker because campus officials felt “uncomfortable” and “disturbed” by previous conservative speakers at the school. The University’s mission statement claims it values “the pursuit of truth,” “diversity,” and “meaningful dialogue.” Except, not really—or better yet, as long as the said “pursuit” doesn’t offend leftist predilections. Meanwhile, within the past year, the same school hosted Al Franken, the bombastic liberal comedian, and Debra Davis, a transgendered activist who believes God is a black lesbian. Realizing they had a public relations disaster on their hands, the head honchos at St. Thomas eventually reversed the ban on Star Parker.

Interupting this post for breaking news…

Cronyism Gone Wild: Obama Picks Chicago School Head to be Secretary of Education – Arnold Duncan. No one can say that Chicago Public Schools are any kind of model for the country – expect to see a bunch of far left ideological nonsense to be shoved at our children even more. Isn’t it time to pull your kids from public schools anyways?

3. A new meaning of Duty, Honor, Country. Cadets at West Point, the nation’s foremost military academy, must maintain disciplined, selfless behavior—a precursor to the standards graduates are expected to uphold and reinforce once commissioned as military officers. So how does leftist instructor Judy Rosenstein of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership encourage cadets to appreciate the military’s code of conduct? By hosting a transgendered speaker in class, of course! “Allyson” Robinson, a West Point grad him-, er, herself, switched genders after leaving the Army. Upon returning to West Point as a guest speaker, “Mrs.” Robinson found it “worrisome” that the student composition seemed more socially conservative than when “she” was a student. Perhaps West Point’s leadership should confine speaker invitations to those whose behavior, if emulated, would not get cadets booted from the academy, much less the Army.

4. 2008’s stolen election? Columbia University recently polled students on whether or not they would support the return of the Navy’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) to campus after a 40-year absence. Columbia claimed the referendum lost by 39 votes. However, the University inexplicably closed the online poll at different times for different students and discarded more than 1,900 votes out of the 4,905 cast. To boot, the university showcased its “anti-fraud” measures, revealing they caught one person who purportedly voted 276 times! So much for secure, front-end identification control. In the end, 1,502 “valid” NAYs trumped the 1,463 AYEs. Does anyone else smell some anti-military electioneering rats?

5. When English class turns gay. Heads turned when Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Illinois required this book as part of an Advanced Placement English literature course: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. The book is laced with graphic sexual content, much of it too inflammatory to print here—although there are “milder” exchanges fit to report, such as one character pleading with his sexual partner to “infect” and “make [him] bleed.” Supporters of Angels in America say the book is useful because it depicts “forgiveness, kindness, and compassion,” as if HIV-positive sodomy is the best way to promote empathy to minors.

6. You can’t pray here! The First Amendment, is it a bestowed right given from above and protected by our government or a meaningless, antiquated concept to be disposed of? If you’re the folks at the College of Alameda in California, you’d pick the latter. How else do you explain their threatening to expel a student who prayed on campus? It all started when a student, Kandy Kyriacou, visited her professor to give her a Christmas gift. But when Kandy saw that her teacher was ill, she offered to pray for her. The professor agreed. That’s when Derek Piazza, another professor, walked in and freaked out that a prayer—gasp, a prayer—was occurring on college premises. “You can’t be doing that in here,” Piazza purportedly barked. Kandy received a retroactive “intent to suspend” letter from the administration, claiming that she was guilty of “disruptive or insulting behavior” and “persistent abuse of” college employees. Further infractions would result in expulsion, the letter read.

7. Hey, that feather cap is racist. For decades, kindergarten classes in the Claremont district of California have celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as Pilgrims and Indians and sharing a feast. Harmless, eh? Apparently not. In a letter to her daughter’s elementary school teacher, Michelle Raheja, an English professor at University of California-Riverside, fumed that such activities are “dehumanizing” and serve as a “racist stereotype.” In fact, Ms. Raheja whined that the Thanksgiving costume party is comparable to parading children around as “slaves” and “Jews.” The school district capitulated, and now the toddlers are prohibited from wearing “their hand-made bonnets, headdresses and fringed vests.”

8. Ho, ho, forgetaboutit! Who’s offended by Christmas decorations? All the white liberals who celebrate Kwanza? Must be. Florida Gulf Coast University’s president, Wilson Bradshaw, sent holiday festivities packing because he didn’t know “how best to observe the season in ways that honor and respect all traditions.” Holiday décor wasn’t the only thing to go, under Mr. Bradshaw. The school’s greeting card contest got tossed as well. Cheer up, says, the President—Christmas merriment was replaced with an “ugly sweater competition.” Mr. Bradshaw ultimately had a change of heart, after his embarrassing attempt at censorship became public.

9. Leftist factions compete on who is more multicultural. When eco-fanatics at UC-Berkeley illegally saddled themselves in trees on campus and hurled urine and feces to block the construction of a multi-million dollar athletic facility, probably the last thing they expected was to be called racists. Yet the school’s chancellor, Robert Birgeneau, labeled them just that, saying the environmental radicals were impeding the completion of a new athletic facility designed to attract “minority student athletes.” Puzzled that the chancellor played the race card on them, the tree dwellers argued that “three of the final four” protestors were “Latinos” and the very first hijacker was a “Native American.” One of the Berkeley zealots, who goes by the name “Running Wolf,” said that Mr. Birgenaeau attempted “to pit colored against colored.”

10. Who knew? Universal health care is actually a non partisan issue. Administrators at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota—the nation’s largest Catholic women’s college—unexpectedly blocked young conservatives on campus from hosting Bay Buchanan, a popular conservative commentator and U.S. Treasurer under President Reagan. College officials deemed Ms. Buchanan’s remarks on “Feminism and the 2008 Election” too politically charged, citing concerns about the school’s tax status. Those same “concerns,” mind you, didn’t prohibit the school from sponsoring programs that push for universal healthcare and minimum wage increases or hosting Frank Kroncke, an anti-war radical who is reliving the Vietnam days. But Bay Buchanan? Well, she’s partisan, according to St. Catherine’s administration.

Hotair comments HERE

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Planned Parenthood Caught Covering Up Child Abuse Again – This Time in Indiana

Posted by iusbvision on December 16, 2008

WTHR:

Indianapolis – The Indiana Attorney General says his office is also investigating Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

The development comes after a health center aide was caught on video telling a woman who claimed to be a pregnant teen to lie about the age of the father.

A pro-life group member posed as a 13-year-old and secretly shot the video at a Bloomington clinic in June. She told an aide she’d been impregnated by a 31-year-old man.

The aide told the woman she could get an abortion in Illinois where parental consent is not needed and to not reveal the father’s age.

http://www.wthr.com/global/story.asp?s=9524227

Sick… The video is at Hotair.com.

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New RNC Blagojevich Ad – Blago Declares His Innocence

Posted by iusbvision on December 16, 2008

UPDATE: 12-19-2008 – Blagojevich had a press conference where he declared his innocence and has vowed to fight. He may think he has a shot at beating this, or since the machine is abandoning him he plans on taking others down with him as punishment. Your guess is as good as mine. Also, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, had direct talks with Governor Blagojevich about who would fill the Senate seat…. just like we told you from minute one. Hotair.com covers the story HERE.

UPDATE: Here is the very latest on this story. Be sure to examine the posts below for previous updates. The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected a highly publicized motion by the Illinois Attorney General (Lisa Madigan) to have Gov. Blagojevich declared “unfit to govern”. The court rejected the motion without comment and right they should. Blagojevich is not medically impaired and has not been found guilty of anything yet. Ironically, it is the Illinois Attorney General whose job it is to DEFEND the governor when he stands accused. Madigan is from a long time Illinois political family in the democratic machine. Madigan wants to be governor, so she broke tradition and protocol and innocence until proved guilty, to better herself politically to run for the Governor’s Chair herself….. and what is so pathetic is that people fall for this kind of obvious propaganda because they are ignorant of the proper roles of basic government officials like an attorney general.  In short, Blago has abused his power, Fitzgerald is abusing his power and Madagin is abusing hers. What a circus. – Editor

Editor’s Note on the Blago Investigation:

As we mentioned previosly HERE and HERE in our Blago coverage – the US Attorney investigating Blagojevich is not to be trusted and has a history of media showboating and prosecutorial misconduct in order to advance himself. His name is Patrick Fitzgerald and I would like to add on to my list of his misconduct.

When he had that big press conference before the ink was try on the charges – that was merely to trash Blagojevich’s reputation and to attempt to taint the jury pool should this go to trial. It is behavior like that which compels judges to impose gag orders so that the jury pool is not tainted by trying the case in the media, which is exactly what Fitzgerald has set out to do.  Think about it, how often do you see a US Attorney having a media spectacle like that? What if Blago is found not guilty or the case is technically flawed and Blago walks? Can he ever make a living again?

Fitzgerald released edited portions of the tapes, but was it “pay to play bribes” or was it the typical “you scratch my back and I scratch yours” way of doing politics (which is still corruption but to a lesser degree) and all we got was the most salacious parts of the recordings for play in the media? Think about it, with all those hours of tape there had to be some exculpatory evidence and parts of the conversations, why aren’t we hearing those…because Fitsgerald didn’t release those parts.

Don’t get me wrong, the Chicago Democratic Machine is corrupt, and needs to be cleaned out, but this investigation, in the way it is being handled, is more about Fitzgerald than it is about Blagojevich and this is the most under-reported aspect of this entire scandal. Governor Blagojevich should face trial and Fitzgerald should be fired by President Bush.

…and the rest of the daily roundup…

Time Magazine’s Chief leaving after 20 years to go work for Biden:

Jay Carney is leaving Time magazine after 20 years to be Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s communications director in the White House, astonished magazine and gleeful transition sources said.

Carney’s title will be assistant to the vice president and director of communications. TIME.com’s “The Page” first reported his new job.

Carney, the magazine’s Washington bureau chief, is one of Washington’s best-known talking heads, with regular appearances on ABC’s “This Week,” “The McLaughlin Group” and MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16600.html

Now remember the elite media and the DNC arent one in the same right lefties? Remember Time claims to be objective.  Under Clinton Time’s Chief left the magazine to become Clinton’s Deputy Sec, of State. His name was Strobe Talbot. It’s institutional folks.

Another Obama Big Shot: Former Gov. Bill Richardson Investigated for Pay to Play Bribes:

Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) — A federal grand jury is investigating how a company that advised Jefferson County, Alabama, on bond deals that threaten to cause the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, did similar work in New Mexico after making contributions to Governor Bill Richardson’s political action committees.

The grand jury in Albuquerque is looking into Beverly Hills, California-based CDR Financial Products Inc., which received almost $1.5 million in fees from the New Mexico Finance Authority in 2004 after donating $100,000 to Richardson’s efforts to register Hispanic and American Indian voters and pay for expenses at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, people familiar with the matter said. (Hotair comments on this story HERE.)

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aL0GGUluJeT8&refer=worldwide

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