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Archive for December, 2008

“Scientists Say” Repeal Incest Laws…

Posted by iusbvision on December 26, 2008

Its the old “Scientists Say”… as if these people speak for all scientists because that is how this study will be presented by “social activists”.

First, in the name of science, social activists in the scientific community said that homosexuality should be normalized. A few years ago the American Psychological Association (APA) made a push to normalize pedophilia. The backlash, lead by the famed Dr. Laura Schlessinger, was intense and included backlash from Congress and several state legislatures. The APA retreated so completely that they now deny that they ever did this in the first place.

The latest is ” lets repeal incest laws” in an article in Public Library of Science:

Inbreeding is the source of jokes about British royalty and is associated with increased birth defects among offspring. The practice is so reviled that 31 U.S. states ban marriage between first cousins or allow it only if the couple has undergone genetic counseling or at least one partner is sterile or no longer fertile because of age.

But those laws “seem ill-advised” and “should be repealed,” a geneticist and medical historian write in today’s PLoS Biology. “Neither the scientific nor social assumptions that informed them are any longer defensible.”

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Brown Shirt Tactics of the Left May Lead to New Political Disclosure Laws

Posted by iusbvision on December 26, 2008

Here are excerpts from the latest  Dr. John Lott column – it is a must read:

How would you like elections without secret ballots? To most people, this would be absurd.

We have secret balloting for obvious reasons. Politics frequently generates hot tempers. People can put up yard signs or wear political buttons if they want. But not everyone feels comfortable making his or her positions public — many worry that their choice might offend or anger someone else. They fear losing their jobs or facing boycotts of their businesses.

And yet the mandatory public disclosure of financial donations to political campaigns in almost every state and at the federal level renders people’s fears and vulnerability all too real. Proposition 8 — California’s recently passed constitutional amendment to outlaw gay marriage by ensuring that marriage in that state remains between a man and a woman — is a dramatic case in point. Its passage has generated retaliation against those who supported it, once their financial support was made public and put online.

For example, when it was discovered that Scott Eckern, director of the nonprofit California Musical Theater in Sacramento, had given $1,000 to Yes on 8, the theater was deluged with criticism from prominent artists. Mr. Eckern was forced to resign.

Richard Raddon, the director of the L.A. Film Festival, donated $1,500 to Yes on 8. A threatened boycott and picketing of the next festival forced him to resign. Alan Stock, the chief executive of the Cinemark theater chain, gave $9,999. Cinemark is facing a boycott, and so is the gay-friendly Sundance Film Festival because it uses a Cinemark theater to screen some of its films.

A Palo Alto dentist lost patients as a result of his $1,000 donation. A restaurant manager in Los Angeles gave a $100 personal donation, triggering a demonstration and boycott against her restaurant. The pressure was so intense that Marjorie Christoffersen, who had managed the place for 26 years, resigned.

These are just a few instances that have come to light, and the ramifications are still occurring over a month after the election. The larger point of this spectacle is its implications for the future: to intimidate people who donate to controversial campaigns.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123025779370234773.html#

Donors in Some Issue Campaigns Need First Amendment Protection

Ironically, it has long been minorities who have benefited the most from anonymous speech. In the 1950s, for example, Southern states sought to obtain membership lists of the NAACP in the name of the public’s “right to know.” Such disclosure would have destroyed the NAACP’s financial base in the South and opened its supporters to threats and violence. It took a Supreme Court ruling in NAACP v. Alabama (1958) to protect the privacy of the NAACP and its supporters on First Amendment grounds.

Intimidating someone is a crime, and attempting to punish people for their views is also illegal so it is time for some VERY carefully crafted laws to protect people from retaliation. They are not “proclaiming their speech” with these activities the clear intent is to suppress the speech of others.

Here is one more example from Dr. Lott:

Other threats are more personal. For example, in 2004 Gigi Brienza contributed $500 to the John Edwards presidential campaign. An extremist animal rights group used that information to list Ms. Brienza’s home address (and similarly, that of dozens of co-workers) on a Web site, under the ominous heading, “Now you know where to find them.” Her “offense,” also revealed from the campaign finance records, was that she worked for a pharmaceutical company that tested its products on animals.

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AWESOME CHRISTMAS VIDEO: While You Were Sleeping

Posted by iusbvision on December 24, 2008

God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:9-11)

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Youtube Banning Christian Video’s (Again)

Posted by iusbvision on December 24, 2008

This banned producer of these videos for this man’s ministry started a new account to post these:

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Media Research Center: Shoddy Journalism Awards for 2008

Posted by iusbvision on December 24, 2008

The MRC has amassed 18 pages of video clips from television news of the most outrageous examples of media bias this year. There mere fact that it took 18 pages of clips to show you just how ridiculous the elite media has become is a sobering statement on the status of journalism today.

Here is the link http://www.mediaresearch.org/notablequotables/bestof/2008/welcome.asp

Several of NBC’s sexist attacks against Governor Palin made the list:

“If Sarah Palin becomes Vice President, will she be shortchanging her kids or will she be shortchanging the country?”
— NBC reporter Amy Robach on Today, September 3.

Download the video HERE.

Obama has small kids at home, JFK had small kids at home, several presidents have and so have many male and female governors, but the males never got comments or questions like that did they?

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New York Times Revenue Down 20%

Posted by iusbvision on December 24, 2008

My heart bleeds…. The NYT has done more to undermine journalistic ethics and standards than any other news outfit.

NEW YORK, Dec 24 (Reuters) – The New York Times Co’s (NYT.N) November advertising revenue fell 20 percent, the company said on Wednesday, illustrating how the financial crisis is aggravating dizzying revenue declines at U.S. newspapers.

Ad revenue at the publisher’s New York Times Media Group, which includes the Times newspaper, fell 21.2 percent from a year earlier because of a drop in real estate and jobs classified advertising.

Studio entertainment, automotive, book and financial services ads also were weak, the Times said in a statement.

The New England unit, which includes The Boston Globe newspaper, as well as the group representing its other U.S. papers, also fell.

Total company revenue fell 13.9 percent.

http://www.reuters.com/article/technology-media-telco-SP/idUSN2426545720081224?feedType=RSS&feedName=technology-media-telco-SP&rpc=22&sp=true

Karl Rove compares the NYT to Pravda

Karl Rove on media bias and the Blagojevich scandal

Here at the IUSB Vision we have a category called “Journalism is Dead” – recently we have written two articles about outrageous media corruption:

More Lies from the Elite Media: 60 Minutes and New York Times

and

Good News: Obama’s Staff Declares Themselves Innocent in Blago Probe – Elite Media Says That’s Good Enough for Us.

The Media Research Center has compiled 18 pages of video clips containing the worst examples of media bias in television news check it out HERE.

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Kosovo Names Street After President Bush

Posted by iusbvision on December 24, 2008

And the left says that the United States is loathed by the world. France, Germany and England all have pro-American governments.

AFP:

Kosovo decided Wednesday to name a central street of its capital Pristina after outgoing US President George W. Bush for his support of the territory’s split from Serbia.

Backed unanimously by Kosovo’s cabinet, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said the move was “a sign of the huge state and national respect and appreciation” for the United States’ contribution to independence, declared earlier this year.

Located in Pristina’s downtown area, Bush Street is to be linked to the main thoroughfare named after Mother Teresa, the 1979 Nobel Peace Laureate of Albanian origin.

Separately, the government pledged 5,000 euros (7,000 dollars) towards a statue honouring Bush’s predecessor, Bill Clinton, popular in ethnic Albanian-majority Kosovo over NATO’s 1999 air war against Serb forces.

The three-metre (10-foot) tall statue, a project started in 2007, is to stand in a square of Pristina, which already has a Bill Clinton Boulevard graced by a 7.5 metre-high mural of the former US leader.

The United States was one of the first of more than 50 countries to recognise the independence of Kosovo, which is staunchly opposed by Serbia and its ally Russia.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=081224144851.mzptko0i&show_article=1

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Fair, Balanced & Unafraid: Brit Hume Retiring from Evening News

Posted by iusbvision on December 24, 2008

Brit Hume, who is likely the best and brightest journalist alive, has retired from his news show “Special Report with Brit Hume” today.

When Dan Rather, Charlie Gibson, Peter Jennings, and Tom Brokaw gave a news story, they gave the same stories, with the same leftist spin and often with talking heads that all sounded alike. Even was I was eight years old I remember very well that I never trusted them.

The only ones who were ever different when I was growing up were Brit Hume and Chris Wallace. While I am still old enough to remember Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley as I became politically aware they were doing news specials and the like and less of the daily evening news broadcasts.

As a writer, journalist, and news analyst no one has had more influence upon me than Brit Hume and while my writing still might not yet meet his standards I can say that I would not have the skills I have today if it were not for Brit Hume’s example.

Hume will be doing more commentary and specials, but has indicated that he will fill in on “Special Report” from time to time.  I can’t wait to see what Brit Hume has in store for us next. Below is a tribute to Brit that was aired on “Special Report” today:

Special thanks to Hotair.com for posting the video.

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Vigilante Justice on Plagiarism – How Both Sides Went Wrong

Posted by iusbvision on December 24, 2008

We have all seen the article in Insider Higher Ed.

Loye Young, an adjunct professor at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) was teaching a Management of Information Technology Systems (MIS) course as an adjunct for the university. He is the owner of a well respected computer business and was asked to teach the course as a favor to those he knew at the university. Knowing what adjuncts are paid, he certainly didn’t do it for the money.

Prof. Young took the names of six students he believed plagiarized some of their work and published their names on his blog.

Prof. Young made it crystal clear in his syllabus that students caught plagiarizing would be humiliated publicly. His syllabus was approved by the department. The university Honor Code states:

Instructors, administrators, and staff share in the responsibility and authority to challenge and make known acts that violate the TAMIU Honor Code.

Instructors are expected to take proactive steps to promote academic integrity including, but not limited to, adding language to their syllabi that describes prohibited academic behavior and the consequences of such activity, and having an open discussion about academic integrity with students in their courses early in the semester. Additionally, instructors are expected to enforce prohibitions against academic dishonesty as required by the TAMIU Faculty Handbook, Section 5.7 (page 81, 2007-2008 edition). Specifically, they are expected to enforce specified grade penalties for cheating or plagiarism, as outlined in their syllabi or as required by their department, college, or the Faculty Handbook (Section 5.7). When the grade penalty for a severe breach of the Honor Code leads to an automatic “F” in the course (as is likely to be the case for extensive or intentional plagiarism, cheating on an exam, etc.), faculty must report such cases to their chairs, deans, and the provost, who will in turn notify the Honors Council so that a record may be kept of the incident. Less severe breaches of the Honor Code may also be reported in the same manner and for the same reason (emphasis mine).

The honor code can certainly be interpreted to support Prof. Young’s action. The word “OR” that I have in bold face makes his interpretation a plausible one and, once again the department did review and approve his syllabus.

According to Insider Higher Ed the university fired Prof. Young saying that he “violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law known widely as the Buckley Amendment or FERPA, which generally bars the release of educational records about students without their permission”.

Young says that the law applies to “university records only” so the law does not apply to his blog, but once a grade becomes official in the transcript, the instructor of the course making public the letter grade of a student for a course certainly falls within the spirit of the law, or any instructor or administrator could do the same thing. Also it really depends on what a judge or a jury will consider a “university record”. A judge or jury could define it as the letter grade assigned by the instructor period, in which case Mr. Young would be in violation.

Having read the FERPA law, I can see that it is a bit murky, so it would be wise to error on the side of caution.

The legalities are not really what is at issue. The real questions are, did Prof. Young do the right thing, and did the university administration do the right thing by firing Prof. Young? In both cases I say no and in both cases I fault both Prof. Young and the university administration for what they didn’t do.

Where Did Prof. Young Go Wrong?

First and foremost, Prof. Young did not give the students due process before he published their names. I have a HUGE problem with that.

Being the former Chief Justice of the Student Government, I have intervened on several cases where a professor accused a student of academic misconduct and in most of these cases the professor was in the wrong. Some of these cases involved an accusation of plagiarism. This does not mean that every case of academic misconduct is a bogus accusation, but in these particular cases the students were willing to fight and knew I could help them.

In one of the plagiarism cases the student had obtained permission to write a term paper on a similar subject to one written for another class, however the subject was approached from a substantially different angle than the first paper. One paper was about 18 pages long and the second paper in which the professor charged plagiarism on was about a 40 pager. In both papers the evidence and sources cited were largely the same and were placed in a “stating the problem” section at the beginning of the paper. Obviously evidence that is quoted and cited and briefly explained is going to be very close and some parts exact, but the rest of both papers after the evidence was stated were original.

At this point it became about a professors ego versus a student’s protest. I was able to convince that professor’s supervisor that this was not plagiarism and just an honest mistake by the professor who had viewed just the first few pages of each paper and charged plagiarism. Another academic misconduct charge involved ideological bias against the student and another case was in reality a prolonged “personality conflict” with a student that had gotten personal.

Due process at a university is usually is weighted heavily against the student anyways because university employees are very reluctant to side against each other in favor of a student even in cases where the facts are in the student’s favor.There have been times where the administration or faculty have declared a student guilty of something and when reasonable arguments did not sway those involved to to the right thing, leveraging them with the possibility of public exposure and legal action did. A simple examination of FIRE’s web site or the Alliance Defense Fund’s web site has countless examples of just such conduct.

The part of Inside Higher Ed’s article that has gotten the most attention has been this paragraph.

Several faculty members, speaking privately because they didn’t want to anger administrators, said that they were taken aback by the way the university appeared to be viewing plagiarism as an issue requiring more due process for students, not more support for professors. For the university to follow the dismissal of an adjunct with this reminder, they said, left them feeling that they couldn’t bring plagiarism charges. Further, many said that they believed it was a professor’s right to award an F to a plagiarizer and that this should not require an honors council review.

I hate to burst your bubble professors, but no one has a right to unilaterally convict a student of academic misconduct and give them an F. Such an act would affect a student for life and no one, not even a professor with the PhD cloak of infallibility, deserves that kind of power – ever. If they did, it would not be long before that power is abused.

Prof. Young said in this taped interview that one of the six students wished to challenge the plagiarism charge.

Plagiarism Charges in General

In some plagiarism cases, especially cases involving freshman or sophomores, the students were not well instructed in the details of proper citation. It happens. Most freshman are required to take a basic college writing class similar to our W-130 course where they learn about plagiarism and proper citation.  Sometimes that class is full or cannot fit in a student’s first year schedule. I received a bye on that class because of my writing skills shown on the entrance exam. While I never plagiarized any work, in the beginning of my academic career I did incorrectly cite things on some papers that professors helped me get up to speed on. Certain Asian cultures consider it honoring an elder to use the same words that they use as a way of passing wisdom from one generation to the next. Lots of these 100 level classes are taught by adjuncts that are here one semester and gone the next, so there is very little consistency from one class to the next.

So how does IUSB handle plagiarism cases?

I am pleased to report that IUSB has a pretty good system for dealing with student’s who seem genuinely accused of plagiarism. Students who are credibly accused of plagiarism on their first offense are given a special course on plagiarism administered by the Dean of Students Office.  After a student has taken this course there really is no excuse to make such mistakes again so any future cases of credible plagiarism can be dealt with.

The bottom line, due process is there not just to protect the student, but to protect the professor from honest mistakes and to protect the university from professors who just screw up or behave foolishly.

Where Did Texas A&M International University Go Wrong?

Where was Prof. Young’s due process? He makes a plausible case that he followed the rules. This was his first time teaching a college course and this incident could be used as a learning opportunity for Prof. Young and for the department to tighten up the due process rules so that such mistakes are not made in the future.  The university could make a FERPA rule banning the publication of student’s grades on an unauthorized web site for example. The university can also make the punishments for academic misconduct more clear or create a system for dealing with it as IUSB has.

In either case, I am convinced that Prof. Young meant well and had the best of intentions with his actions and he should not have been fired. Prof. Young has been very vigilant at commenting on this story where ever it appears so do not be surprised if we hear from him.

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Good News: Obama’s Staff Declares Themselves Innocent in Blago Probe – Elite Media Says That’s Good Enough for Us – UPDATED

Posted by iusbvision on December 23, 2008

Media Still Laughingly in the Tank for Obama

Where are all the tough comments and slanted questions begging the question against a self serving report like the one issued by the Obama campaign clearing itself of any wrongdoing in regards to bribes for Senate seats? What would the reaction be if Republicans published a similar report?

National Review said it before I did, but come on, tell me that this thought didn’t enter your mind the moment you heard it:

Case Closed by Peter Kirsanow

Today’s AP story about Obama’s internal review of his staff’s contacts with Blagojevich is headlined as follows:

“Biden: Report to Clear Obama Aides in Gov. Probe.”

Well that settles it. Why didn’t the Bush administration commission these kinds of reports? I recognize Biden’s got way more credibility and gravitas than Cheney, but c’mon.

Obviously massive sarcasm there, but sarcasm with a point. HERE is the report for all that it is worth. It is basically a five page PDF that says “yup we are innocent”.

Hotair.com has a more interesting analysis questioning the accuracy of this report HERE. It is well worth the read.

UPDATE: Looks like Politico.com is not buying Obama’s report – details HERE and HERE.

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Profiles in Stupid: California Court Shuts Down “Good Samaritan Law”

Posted by iusbvision on December 23, 2008

The “good samaritan law”. Most of us have heard of it. It means that if you see a terrible accident or a medical emergency you may take “reasonable action” to help preserve life and limb without fear of being sued for not being able to give top notch medical care in the middle of a crisis.

In most states the good samaritan law is written in statute, but has always been considered a part of “equity law”. That means that judges would protect such people who acted reasonably in the interests of justice.

In California this is no more. A good samaritan who pulled a crash victim out of a likely burning car can be successfully sued for damages an idiotic California court has ruled:

The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a young woman who pulled a co-worker from a crashed vehicle isn’t immune from civil liability because the care she rendered wasn’t medical.

The divided high court appeared to signal that rescue efforts are the responsibility of trained professionals. It was also thought to be the first ruling by the court that someone who intervened in an accident in good faith could be sued.

Lisa Torti of Northridge allegedly worsened the injuries suffered by Alexandra Van Horn by yanking her “like a rag doll” from the wrecked car on Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

Torti now faces possible liability for injuries suffered by Van Horn, a fellow department store cosmetician who was rendered a paraplegic in the accident that ended a night of Halloween revelry in 2004.

Hotair.com comments:

The court has sent a signal to the people of California: don’t get involved. If someone’s drowning, don’t jump in the lake and save them. If someone’s trapped in a car that’s about to explode, sit there and watch the show. Just make a phone call, and who cares that it might be several minutes before an EMS team can make it to the scene? If you sit on your hands, no one can sue you for all you’re worth.

Now if the woman pulled the victim out in a state of panic or acted carelessly then the care given was “not reasonable” and she should pay, which may be the case, but to take the “good samaritan” rule and trash it goes beyond all good sense and is just plain stupid.

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Canada Shutting Down Free Speech Again

Posted by iusbvision on December 23, 2008

This time it is courts declaring bloggers guilty of  “libel” for merely linking to published news stories and commenting on them as almost every blogger in the world does.

Regular readers of the IUSB Vision may remember that in these “Canadian Civil Rights Tribunals” they are calling libel and rights violations against people who say politically incorrect things and they made it clear that “truth was no defense”. Until recently everyone charges by these little Canadian star chambers has been found “guilty”. Famed writer Mark Steyn recently was the first to beat such a claim but likely only because in createrd international outrage at Canada’s misconduct.

Recently the American Political Science Association (APSA) proposed a resolution against Canadian censorship.

The far left has gotten their way in Canada to a much larger degree than here in the United States.  They dare call themselves liberals when truly, there is nothing liberal about them.

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Good News: Obama’s New Science Advisor is One of Those “Population Control” Nut Cases

Posted by iusbvision on December 23, 2008

From our friends at National Review:

Obama’s Science Advisor

It looks like president-elect Obama will name John P. Holdren as his science advisor. Holdren is a professor of environmental policy at Harvard and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As Ron Bailey points out, he has been an activist on the ecological left and no friend of free markets. Perhaps more striking is his activism well beyond his own academic specialty, arguing, for instance, that scientists have a responsibility to advance the cause of the elimination of all nuclear weapons and seeking controls on population growth. And he didn’t say all this in the 1970s either—have a good look at the speech he delivered when he assumed the leadership of the AAAS in 2006. It describes a fundamentally activist liberal mentality about the very purpose of science and its place in our kind of society. My favorite part of that speech is his call for ending population growth which, in the published text of the speech, is accompanied by this footnote:

This was the key insight in Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb (Ballantine, New York, 1968), as well as one of those in Harrison Brown’s prescient earlier book, The Challenge of Man’s Future (Viking, New York, 1954). The elementary but discomfiting truth of it may account for the vast amount of ink, paper, and angry energy that has been expended trying in vain to refute it.

The Population Bomb was the book in which Ehrlich predicted that “in the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death,” because all the world’s resources were running out while population was growing out of control, and there was simply no way we could sustain our civilization at modern levels of consumption and growth. Just about every one of the book’s predictions has proven wrong, and its empirical claims and methods have not held up well under later scholarly scrutiny. It certainly made a useful political point for the left, though.

I wonder if all those who complained about the supposed “politicization of science” by the Bush administration will raise worries about Holdren…don’t you?

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MzNlODRkYjk3MzU3MmJjNTRmYTg2NmU3Zjg4ZWE5NDQ=

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Do Attempts by Academia’s Nutty Left to Find Racism Under Every Stone Actually Create Real Racism?

Posted by iusbvision on December 23, 2008

Do attempts by academia’s nutty left to find racism under every stone actually create real racism? This is the question explored by Dr. Adams in his latest article. IUPUI declared that a student was a racist because he was reading a book that celebrated the defeat of Klan. To the IUPUI AAO the student was guilty because he was white and that was all the evidence they needed. There are also many documented “racist incidents” that when investigated, were actually performed by nutty left professors or students so they could “keep racism alive” as an issue for them to exploit.

To people with such radical ideologies, they NEED racism alive and well to employ the Hegelian Dialectic; just as when 88 professors at Duke University insisted that the three men on the Lacrosse Team had to be guilty of raping a poor black girl, because after all they were rich, white and male. You see for people mired in such a dialectic, they cannot see outside of the hoax.

The following is one of the most brilliant yet provocative columns I have encountered in some time and it has great educational value. The liberals that Dr. Adams is referring to are not your garden variety liberals or traditional classic liberals, but rather the neo-marxist ridiculous ones that are commonplace on the college campus today. I stopped referring to them as liberals a long time ago because genuinely, there is nothing liberal about them. They have become manipulative leftists and often bitter ones at that. – editor

Primary and Secondary Racism
Dr. Mike S. Adams
Monday, December 22, 2008

Ann Coulter was right when she said the essence of being a liberal is having one set of rules for oneself and an entirely different set of rules for other people. Similarly, it could be asserted that the essence of liberal arts education is developing one set of theories that apply only to other people. Few better examples can be found than in the case of labeling theory, which derives from the pseudo-science of sociology.

Frank Tannenbaum had a number of valid points when, in the 1930s, he established some basic premises of labeling theory. He argued that, as a juvenile, everyone engages in some form of delinquent behavior. And he correctly pointed out that not everyone who engages in delinquency is caught and, therefore, labeled “delinquent.”

Tannenbaum was also correct in saying that parents, teachers, and peers sometimes over-react to juveniles caught in an act of delinquency. He was again on firm ground in asserting that these occasional over-reactions could actually produce more delinquency.

Surely, those who are labeled delinquent are less likely to be invited to associate with those who haven’t. And ostracism from conformists can lead to delinquent associations where the strengthening of deviant tendencies can occur.

Writing just a few years after Tannenbaum, Edwin Lemert did a lot to shape labeling theory into its present form. It is a form popular with progressives everywhere.

Lemert argued that people can engage in delinquency for any number of biological, sociological, or psychological reasons. Delinquency produced by any of these broad (categories of) factors is called “primary deviance.” But Lemert’s real contribution to various progressive causes (and socialist policies) flows from his explanation of a form of delinquency known as “secondary deviance.”

Lemert believed that if an individual was caught in an act of primary deviance, he was likely to be placed under greater subsequent scrutiny by parents, teachers, and various agents of social control. This, of course, meant the child was more likely to be caught engaging in delinquency again. Adopting Lemert’s premises, it is easy to understand how a vicious cycle could develop.

At some point, of course, the child might internalize the notion that he is a “deviant,” a “delinquent,” or just generally “bad.” This could lead to higher rates of delinquency. When it does, according to Lemert, “secondary deviance” has occurred. Many of us have come to dub this process, perhaps somewhat simplistically, as the “self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Notions such as “secondary deviance” and “self-fulfilling prophecy” have done much to undermine the integrity of public education in this country. If you learned to read in first grade in the 1970s, you remember the “yellowbirds,” “redbirds,” and “bluebirds” reading groups. Labeling theorists thought it would be better to call a child a “yellowbird” than to call him “slow.”

(Author’s Note: I was a “yellowbird” in first grade and we all knew we were slow. We just contented ourselves with beating up the “bluebirds” during recess. Fortunately, due to the kindness of my favorite teacher Elsie Stephenson, I eventually became a “redbird.”).

Regrettably, all of this emphasis on self-esteem and negative labeling has resulted in many schools doing away with letter grades altogether. And when the kids play games at recess they are often forbidden from keeping score. They don’t want anyone to suffer the emotional trauma that results from being labeled a “loser” – even if for a day.

Liberal progressives have spent years taking a theory from sociology and applying it increasingly to the field of education. These progressives have shown a clear interest in the question of whether negative labels (e.g., “criminal,” “dumb”) are more frequently applied to blacks and other historically victimized groups.

But, curiously, one area of research remains unexplored: What impact does labeling someone a “racist” have on his self-image – and his propensity for future acts of racism?

Frank Tannenbaum, if he were alive today, might argue that everyone engages in some form of racist behavior. And he might point out that not everyone who engages in racism is caught and labeled “racist.”

Tannenbaum might also say that parents, teachers, and peers sometimes over-react to juveniles caught in an act of racial insensitivity. He would be on firm ground in asserting that these occasional over-reactions could actually produce more racial insensitivity.

Surely, those who are labeled “racist” are less likely to be invited to associate with those who haven’t. And ostracism from non-racists can lead to racist associations where the strengthening of racist tendencies can occur.

Lemert might agree that people can engage in racism for any number of biological, sociological, or psychological reasons. Racism produced by any of these broad (categories of) factors could be called “primary racism.”

Lemert might also agree that if an individual is caught in an act of primary racism, he is likely to be placed under greater subsequent scrutiny by parents, teachers, and various agents of social control. This, of course, means the child is more likely to be caught engaging in racial insensitivity again. Adopting Lemert’s premises, it is easy to understand how a vicious cycle could develop.

At some point, of course, the child might internalize the notion that he is a “racist” or just generally “bigoted.” This could lead to higher rates of bigotry. When it does, one might say that “secondary racism” has occurred. Many of us might call this a “self-fulfilling prophecy.”

We all know that liberals often manufacture cases of racism in order to keep liberalism alive. But we need more research in the pseudo-science of sociology in order to determine how reckless accusations of racism are actually creating more real racism in America. The research can be used to test whether liberals really believe in labeling theory and whether they are willing to apply it to their own conduct.

If liberals really do believe in labeling theory, they should reconsider their own careless accusations of racism. If not, they should fess up, assign grades, and let children keep score during recess.

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FRAUD: Minnesota Senate Race Being Stolen

Posted by iusbvision on December 23, 2008

The canvassing board in Minnesota is using clear and obvious double standards in judging ballots to help Al Franken get elected over Norm Coleman. The link below has the details with clear examples from actual ballots to show just how bad this is.

This is the level of dishonesty public officials will go to folks. I hope that Coleman files a lawsuit. I don’t like these things going to the courts, but this is such an injustice that it must be fought.

Dr. John Lott shows you this glaring injustice at this link.

http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,470892,00.html

The only commonality among these seemingly arbitrary decisions is that they benefit Franken.

Take that canvassing board to court Senator Coleman.

UPDATE – It gets better….. The Hill Magazine weigh’s in:

Election-recount officials in Minnesota have denied a request by Sen. Norm Coleman’s (R) legal team to reconsider 16 challenged ballots that went in Democrat Al Franken’s favor.

Coleman’s lawyers argued that the ballots were decided inconsistently, when compared with other similar ballots reviewed by the state canvassing board.

Officials were resistant to the Coleman team’s request to rehash rulings on challenged ballots that the board has already decided. After recessing briefly to pull the individual ballots and others with which to compare them, the board decided not to reconsider them.

The result is not official, as the state canvassing board still has to consider clerical challenges to its current totals.

Coleman’s campaign has also alleged that 34 withdrawn challenges considered by the board were improperly allocated.

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/panel-nixes-coleman-effort-to-rehash-challenges-2008-12-23.html

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VIDEO: IUPUI vs. Keith John Sampson

Posted by iusbvision on December 22, 2008

IUPUI (Indiana University/ Purdue University at Indianapolis) tried to punish a student for reading a book that they keep in their very own campus library.

The video link is HERE.

This outstanding video gives a very short synopsis of the hell that IUPUI administrators put Keith John Sampson through.

The video does leave some points out though (for brevity I’m sure):

I. The investigation done by the IUSB Vision revealed that IUPUI did do an investigation ordered by Chancellor Bantz. IUPUI refuses to release the results of the investigation. This is a taxpayer funded state institution and they are bold faced in their view that they are unaccountable to anyone.  The investigation was done by an “outside investigator” named Barbara Mawhiney who has a history with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education herself. Mawhiney was the EO officer while the campus she oversaw had classes illegally restricted by race.

II. Lillian Charleston, who was Marguerite Watkins’ supervisor and was the director of the IUPUI affirmative action office,  who went along with what her office did to Keith John Sampson every step of the way, took this opportunity to retire.

III. When a few in the faculty stood up for Keith John Sampson and for academic freedom in a faculty council meeting, the Black Faculty and Staff Council used racial intimidation tactics to stop any resolutions or actions  to even do a simple review of the actions of the IUPUI AAO.

IV.  The public relations office at IUPUI was telling press outfits such as the Wall Street Journal that Sampson was guilty of other secret racial harassment that they could not elaborate on even to Sampson himself, which is a violation of IUPUI’s own rules and not to mention common decency. Eventually under pressure the PR office admitted that there was no secret harassment.

V. Kim Kirkland, who was hired to replace Lillian Charleston,  has a history of violating due process rights as well which got her previous employer, Bowling Green State University, sued and the actions she took against an employee were reversed and money was paid to Kirkland’s victim.

The IUSB Vision would like to thank The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Dr. Michael S. Adams from the University of North Carolina, Dorothy Rabinowitz from the Wall Street Journal, Keith John Sampson and others who wish to remain nameless all provided invaluable information or assistance in the IUSB Vision’s small part of this investigation.

Part 1 of our investigation is HERE and part 2 is HERE.

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Foreign Governments Lining Clinton’s Pockets

Posted by iusbvision on December 22, 2008

Ever wonder why Democrats block any attempts to expand domestic energy production in the United States? Well here are $46 Million reasons:

Saudis, Blackwater among Clinton foundation donors

Dec 18 02:12 PM US/Eastern
By BETH FOUHY and SHARON THEIMER
Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Bill Clinton laid out a list of big-ticket donors to his foundation Thursday that is heavy with foreign governments and business interests sure to have a stake in the policies that Hillary Rodham Clinton carries out as secretary of state.

Saudi Arabia and other foreign governments gave at least $46 million, while corporate donors included the Blackwater security firm that protects U.S. diplomats in Iraq.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gave $10 million to $25 million to the foundation, and other government donors included Norway, Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei, Oman, Italy and Jamaica. The Dutch national lottery gave $5 million to $10 million.

The Blackwater Training Center donated $10,001 to $25,000. The State Department will have to decide next year whether to renew Blackwater Worldwide’s contract to protect U.S. diplomats in Iraq.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D95596UO1&show_article=1

New York Post:

Friends of Saudi Arabia, a government-sponsored agency that fosters ties between the kingdom and the United States, gave an additional $1 million to $5 million on top of the direct $10 million to $25 million from the kingdom itself.

And Saudi billionaires Sheik Mohammed H. al-Amoudi and Nasser al-Rashid donated in the $5 million-to-$10 million range. Hamza B. al Kholi, a Saudi construction titan, gave between $100,000 and $250,000.

The Persian Gulf governments of Kuwait, Qatar and Oman and the Far Eastern sultanate of Brunei each gave between $1 million and $5 million, and another $250,000 to $500,000 came from the US Islamic World Conference.

The United Arab Emirates-based Dubai Foundation, which aims to promote education in the Middle East, gave between $1 million to $5 million, as did the Zayed family, that country’s ruling family.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/12192008/news/politics/bubba_sheik_ing_the_money_tree_144977.htm

No conflict of interest there huh guys? Lets have foreign governments poring tens of millions of dollars into a fund that the future Sec. of State and her husband can spend. Is this change we can believe in or more of the same?

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Profiles in Stupid: Brighton Michigan

Posted by iusbvision on December 22, 2008

This little piece of legislation from the Brighton Michigan City Council is a one way ticket to an ACLU lawsuit they have no chance of winning, by banning “annoying speech”.

AP:

BRIGHTON, Mich. -Ticking someone off could get you a ticket in one Michigan city. The Brighton City Council on Thursday approved an ordinance allowing police in the Livingston County community to ticket and fine anyone who is annoying in public “by word of mouth, sign or motions.”

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports the measure is modeled on a similar ordinance in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak.

A city attorney says there could be situations where the measure would violate freedom of speech, but that those cases will be reviewed by the city. The ban takes effect Jan. 2.

http://news.aol.com/weird-news/article/michigan-city-bans-being-annoying-in/283061?cid=46

One might think that they have a city attorney who will tell them of what legal terrible things are coming their way. Not only will the city lose any such lawsuit, but since it is a Constitutional Rights violation the city will also be forced to pay court costs and the attorney’s fees of both sides. It is just a matter of time before the Michigan ACLU sends them a nasty-gram to get the process rolling. Hotair.com comments HERE.

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More Lies from the Elite Media: 60 Minutes and New York Times

Posted by iusbvision on December 22, 2008

CBS News’ 60 Minutes called Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank the smartest man in Congress. They forgot that in the House of Representatives there is not one man more responsible for the financial crisis we are in than one Barney Frank, who took money from the mortgage industry to look the other way and block all attempts at reforms.

Here is a video from our friebds at Black and Right:

Here is a video report that teklls how the Bush Administration and the Federal Reserve started pushing for mortgage industry reforms in 2001 and look who was blocking the attempts to do so – Barney Frank:

Indeed the Bush Administration had been pushing Congress to pass reforms in over 20 instances that are a part of the official record.

Well now the New York Times has published an article blaming President Bush for the mortgage crisis, completely ignoring the facts. The White House has issued a press release accusing the NYT of “gross negligence” and rightfully so.

Here is another video with more of the testimony on the mortgage industry and watch the Democrats en mass lie about what is happening with the mortgage industry:

What the NYT hopes that you will forget, is that all the way back in 1999, the NYT was saying the same thing the Bush Administration started to say and the NYT predicted that if things did not change the mortgage industry would fall apart – link HERE.

This is how bad the elite media has become so it is no wonder that their circulation keeps dropping. Did anyone else notice how newspapers are getting thinner and thinner? If you can’t trust it why pay for it?

A nice blogger published the NYT article HERE. I have decided that we will try to avoid linking to the NYT when we can, as traffic can increase their revenue.

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First Lady of Star Trek Passes On

Posted by iusbvision on December 20, 2008

majelbarrett

Condolences can be sent via email to share@roddenberry.com or by mail to:
Roddenberry Productions
4400 Coldwater Canyon Avenue, Suite 100
Studio City, CA 91604

NBC’s Obit:

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the wife of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, has passed away, Access Hollywood has learned. She was 76.

The actress died of leukemia at 12:27 AM on Thursday with her son, Rod, by her side. She was diagnosed with the disease six months ago.

Majel, whose acting credits included “Bonanza” and “Leave It To Beaver,” had been a part of “Star Trek” in all of its forms since it first premiered on September 8, 1966.

In addition to playing Number One and Nurse Christine Chapel in the original series, she played Deanna Troi’s mother on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

And Majel also voiced the computer of the various starships used throughout all of the TV shows and movies from the sci-fi franchise — she just completed her voiceover work as the voice of the Enterprise in director J.J. Abrams’ reboot of “Star Trek,” due in theaters on May 8, 2009.

Star Trek is the last great playground of the philosophers – Gene Roddenberry

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AWESOME: Pastor Rick Warren Takes NBC’s Ann Curry to School

Posted by iusbvision on December 19, 2008

Don’t polygamists say that they are just doing what is natural by taking as many beautiful women as they can support? Don’t pedophiles think that they are naturally inclined to make it with children? Pastor Warren is right on. Just because you think that you are naturally inclined to do something doesn’t make it right and doesn’t make it a right.

Homosexual activists I have news for you. There is no right to heterosexual marriage so there is not any right to homosexual marriage either. Getting married never was a “right” for anyone and it isn’t for you either. A man and a woman can marry and get a marriage license with the state providing that the people of that state give their consent to the contract in the form of a marriage license. If you are homosexual you can still get married to a person of the opposite sex and apply for a marriage license just like anyone else. The law treats you no differently. Heterosexuals of the same sex cannot marry and obtain a marriage license either. You are NOT being discriminated against in the slightest; you just aren’t getting what you want.

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Contrasts in Leadership: Congress Gives Itself Pay Raise – Palin Turns Down Hers

Posted by iusbvision on December 19, 2008

So let us look at the record and see who deserves a raise:

Palin runs a commercial fishing business, was a councilman and a mayor. As a councilman she helped to found her city police department and as mayor Palin oversaw tremendous growth in Wasilla as it became the cross roads of what is likely the two busyest highways in Alaska. So important did Wasilla become as the virtual crossroads of Alaska that a referendum to make Wasilla the capital of Alaska was only narrowly defeated. Palin easily won re-election as mayor. Palin presided over the Alaska Conference of Mayors.

After her terms as mayor Palin served on government commissions, brought down billion dollar corruption rings, ended the political careers of many who put self over service. Palin beat an incumbent GOP governor in a primary and a popular former two term Democratic governor in the general election. Palin, while fighting both parties and their machines, got ethics reforms passed, overhauled the tax system so energy companies could no longer game the system, returned money to the taxpayers and achieved the largest state infrastructure improvement in American history, a 40 billion dollar pipeline that was languishing in state government for decades. Palin cut the Alaska budget by 10% and cut her own Governor’s expenses by 80% compared to the previous governor. Palin chaired the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee. Palin’s approval rating varies between 65-80%.

Palin held elective office for 5 years before Obama ran for anything and as mayor and governor was not afforded the option to vote “present” 130 times.

Anchorage Daily News (not a friend of Gov. Palin by the way):

Palin won’t accept raise
20 PERCENT: Spokesman says governor feels increase in middle of her term isn’t appropriate.

By KYLE HOPKINS
khopkins@adn.com
Published: December 17th, 2008 11:05 PM

Gov. Sarah Palin didn’t ask for a pay raise and won’t accept one during her current term, a spokesman said Wednesday. “Her view is, it’s just not appropriate to accept a pay raise in the middle of the term.”

http://www.adn.com/palin/story/626781.html

Now lets look at Congress:

Congress enjoys an 11% approval rating and has been controlled by Democrats since the last election. Congress has spent exponentially, some of the bailout funds are already being mis-spent. Democrats in Congress blocked repeated attempts to fix the mortgage industry by Republicans and ignored warnings from the Federal Reserve and ignored Bush Administration warnings to pass reforms 20 times. In the meantime Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac spent $200 Million of your money on partisan activities with the vast majority going to Democrats. Democrats in Congress for years blocked repeated attempts to reform energy policy and have blocked attempts to expand domestic sources of energy keeping us at the mercy foreign energy producers who hate us.

Most of the perpetrators of this mess were just re-elected. Corruption and paybacks in Congress seem to be at an all time high.

The Hill Magazine:

With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise
By Jordy Yager
Posted: 12/17/08 05:41 PM [ET]

A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.

Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it.

“As lawmakers make a big show of forcing auto executives to accept just $1 a year in salary, they are quietly raiding the vault for their own personal gain,” said Daniel O’Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), a non-partisan group.

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/with-economy-in-shambles-congress-gets-a-raise-2008-12-17.html

Hotair.com comments HERE.

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VIDEO: Scarborough Condemns Media Elites for Selling out Professionalism to Leftist Propaganda

Posted by iusbvision on December 18, 2008

In this video MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough debates the panel about how biased the coverage has been. According to the Chicago Trib (who has been the ONLY media outlet to consistently report the ongoing corruption in the political machine) Obama played an important roll in Blagiojevich’s campaign in spite of the fact that he was awarding “minority only” contracts to white businesses that were close to him.

Imagine if  Sarah Palin had played a role in the recently convicted Senator Ted Stevens campaign, imagine the field day the elite media and the Democrats would have. With Obama  the silence is deafening [editor’s note –  Palin’s anti-corruption busting is what helped to bring Stevens down yet the media gives her no credit]. Where are the teams of reporters going through every document in a desperate effort to find any sort of connection or slimy innuendo like they did to Palin in Alaska? They had to talk about Rahm Emanuel because he is on the tape and that was a gimmie, but where is the real digging like they did on Palin to the point of being ridiculous?

When you look at some of the the biggest scumbags and crooks in 2008 who do many of them have in common:  Daley, Tony Rezco, Blagojevich, Reverend Wright, Farrakhan, Pfleger, Khalidi, Ayers, ACORN, bogus CRA lawsuits to get banks to issue more bad mortgages, Fannie Mae, Lehman Brothers etc.  In the last four years Obama got more donations from Fannie Mae and Lehman Brothers did than anyone, and during that four years, Obama took so much money, that he recieved more in donations than every politician over 20 years except one (see links HERE and HERE).

Palin was tied in by the elite media to separatist independent parties and any radical they could find just because her role as Governor brought her in contact with such people. For Palin, everyone she had ever known was investigated, every allegation by a political enemy was presented as fact; heck, the New York Times even had a reporter track down a person who had been in a car accident with Palin for dirt (see links HERE and HERE and HERE).

In contrast – for Obama, he sat in the pew for 20 years and never heard the preacher speak, had fundraisers in Ayers home and was hired by Ayers to serve on two foundations handing out millions and yet, Ayers was just a guy in the neighborhood and the press was fine with that. So while a dozen satellite trucks were in front of Joe the Plumber’s house and his life was went over with a fine toothed comb because he dared to ask Obama a tough question, the only reporter to go to Ayers home was a producer from The O’Reilly Factor.

Get em Joe: Scarborough – Maybe they were all in Wasilla instead of Investigating Blago/Obama. Reporters haven’t even bothered to look to see what Obama did for Blagojevich.

Newsbusters comments HERE, Hotair comments HERE.

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Walorski: Planned Parenthood is Violating Indiana Law

Posted by iusbvision on December 18, 2008

Just two days ago we reported HERE how Indiana Planned Parenthood was helping to cover up crimes such as child abuse and child rape, and will offer to take children across state lines to get abortions where parental consent laws are not in force.

Now Planned Parenthood has been caught again and once again it is on video.  Rep. Jackie Walorski issued a press release and posted the videos on her web site:

Last week I asked Attorney General Steve Carter to investigate Planned Parenthood of Indiana, based upon an undercover “sting” operation on video that had a supposed 13-yr. old Hoosier girl impregnated by a 31yr. old man. The employee of Planned Parenthood in a Bloomington Clinic, was caught on tape, advising the girl to cover up the statutory rape..a felony and advised her to go out of State to get an abortion because of Indiana’s parental consent law.

At midnight last night, another video tape was released, this time showing the same girl talking to two different Planned Parenthood employees, this time at an Indianapolis Clinic. The answers the girl received were virtually identical…cover up the crime, get an out of state abortion and circumvent Indiana’s laws and leave a sexual abuser lose to commit another crime.

Seeing these events occur at two different locations in Indiana and seeing 3 different employees react in virtually the same manner, showing a blatant disregard for all Indiana laws pertaining to protecting minors from sexual abuse, today, I called for the “defunding” of Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

Attorney General Steve Carter is investigating the Planned Parenthood allegations and I asked him to now widen that investigation and also look into the possibility of Medicaid fraud. Today, I also asked FSSA Secretary to immediately cease the distribution of all tax payer funds, including Medicaid Reimbursement dollars, to Indiana Planned Parenthood. As an agency contracted to do business in Indiana and receive Medicaid dollars, they should be held accountable for upholding all State laws that pertain to them.

This story has flown into the national spotlight because of the blatant disregard for Indiana’s law regarding the protection of minors. I believe, that irregardless of your view of the pro-life/pro-choice question, this is now a matter of public safety. We have to commit to protecting young women in this State.

You can check out these appalling videos on my website at www.jackiewalorski.com. It’s time to stand up and bring this type of contempt and blatant disregard for the law to an end.

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Dr. Schweikart: US Textbooks are Full of Political Bias

Posted by iusbvision on December 18, 2008

This is a subject that will also be featured in my upcoming book. One reason I do not sell my text books back to the bookstore after each semester is because most have many examples of bias that are much more obvious than what Schweikart has explained here. In one poli sci textbook almost every reference to “Bush” was very negative and references to democrats were almost always positive. In another poli sci textbook I have I took all the photo’s of republicans and lined them up next to photo’s of democrats, the nature of the pictures of republicans is very negative and with bad looks on their faces. When the two sets of pictures are made side by side it becomes obvious.

Just always remember, that a great many professors pat each other on the back and tell each other how smart they are, after a while they start to believe it and stop challenging their own assumptions. The result is textbooks that are filled with the author’s opinions presented as academic truth. High school textbooks are bad but college ones are far worse; even to the point of many history books not giving Ronald Reagan credit for bringing the cold war to an end. Many of these books present Gorbachev as the great peacemaker, as someone who was there I know that is nonsense. The Soviets came to the table because Reagan was breaking them financially, diplomatically, militarily and spiritually; many former Soviet generals and KGB said so in interviews after the USSR collapsed.

Some would ask, “but how can they release textbooks with non-academic stuff that isn’t true” – to them I say don’t be so naive. Many professors are so ideological that they will not use books that do not contain such bias. Here at IUSB one professor was using Jimmy Carter’s book on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as a text for a class on the subject. Carter, whose bias against Israel and Jews is almost legendary, had to admit to several flaws in the book after it was published. I receive complaints from students about how biased against Israel some professors are. One professor I know, said that she could not be an anti-semite because she had Jewish friends, while at the same time parroting much of the same propaganda as those who want Jews dead.

I know it seems hard for a layman to believe, but just start spending some time on campus and it won’t take you long to see. There is a reason why the great writer William F. Buckley said that he would rather be governed by the first 2000 names in the phone-book than by the faculty of an ivy league university.

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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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This is How People Get Suckered into Voting for Crooks

Posted by iusbvision on December 14, 2008

They are uneducated in the classics to help them spot people like this, so they fall for the most obvious political propaganda like the video below.

Rod Blagojevich Flashback 2006 “I’ll Never Take Bribes, It Would Be illegal”

Lofty rhetoric…. sound familiar?

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Palin’s Church Firebombed While People Inside?

Posted by iusbvision on December 14, 2008

This is what it looks like this morning. Authorities say that the fire started on the outside of the church and have stated that it is being treated as an arson.

Anchorage Daily News:

Firefighters were called to Wasilla Bible Church about 9:40 p.m. and found flames and smoke coming out windows at the back of the three-story structure, said James Steele, chief of the Central Mat-Su Fire Department.

Five women, and possibly a couple of children, were inside the church working on crafts, but everyone got out safely after a fire alarm alerted them to trouble, Steele said.

It was the biggest fire the department has seen this year, and Steele said as many as 35 to 40 volunteer firefighters came from across the region to battle the blaze.

“We are definitely treating it as suspicious and as potential arson at this point,” he said.

Of course after the number of churches that have been attacked by homosexual activists, and the number of GOP headquarters attacked in the past two presidential elections and with atheist and eco-whacko groups becoming more militant; a political motive would not be a surprise at all in this fire.  Hat Tip Hotair for the video link below:

Local TV News:

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Latest on Blagojevich-Emanuel-Obama-Rezko

Posted by iusbvision on December 12, 2008

By Chuck Norton

The post by Arlen Williams below is a good summary of the evidence up to a couple of days ago and it is a good read.

The lastest is that Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is in hiding so that he will not have to face reporters (Link Here). This is because he does not know all that he is caught saying on tape. If he talks to reporters it is possible he will say something inconsistent that is on the tape and he will be exposed as a liar. Rahm Emanuel is very close to Blagojevich and Obama aggressively campaign for Blagojevich in spite of the fact that he gave minority reserved contracts to white owned businesses. Obama stated that he  had no contact with Governor Blagojevich about who would replace him in the Senate is looking to likely be an obvious lie. Any president would have an active interest as to who will be in the Senate.

2016 Selection Politics

Obama :  I am confident that no representatives of mine would have had any part in any deals related to this seat.

With such obvious lies, why does the press and those who vote Democrat stand for it? Rahm Emanuel, as Chief Of Staff, is the second most powerful man in the administration and no one is more representative to a president than a Chief of Staff.

The investigation got underway with the conviction of Tony Rezko. Rezko, former big fundraiser for Obama, who also helped him buy his mansion (in a way that is likely illegal) has been spilling the beans to get a reduced jail time.  

Rezko, a 53-year-old developer, was convicted in June of 16 criminal counts, including fraud, money laundering and abetting bribery. He is in custody awaiting sentencing.

Prosecutors depicted Rezko at trial as a fixer for Blagojevich and the man to see to secure a high-level appointment with the governor’s administration. Rezko had been a longtime fundraiser for Blagojevich and other Illinois politicians, including Obama.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/10/AR2008121003232_pf.html  

Of course, the Chicago Tribune has been reporting about the “pay to play” corruption in Chicago for years and the voters dont seem to care:

In 2001, for example, Obama steered $75,000 to a South Side charity called FORUM Inc., which promised to help churches and community groups get wired to the Internet. Records show five FORUM employees, including one who had declared bankruptcy, had donated $1,000 apiece to Obama’s state Senate campaign.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0705030035may03,0,3860794.story

Here is an ad from 2006 from Judy Topinka who ran againts Blagojevich in 2006.

Thanks to our friends at Hillbuzz, the famed Hillary Clinton Blog, for the little reminder on the Topinka ad. I just wish that Hillary fans would remember the hundreds of times she testified “I don’t recall” to cover up corruption in Arkansas and in her husbands administration.

Today:

Blogojevich’s Chief of Staff John Harris has resigned reports Hotair.com and now its on the AP. Now we know why:

New York Times:

The complaint said Mr. Blagojevich’s chief of staff, John Harris, had suggested to a service employees official that the union should help make the governor the president of Change to Win, a federation of seven unions that broke away from the A.F.L.-C.I.O. The complaint said Mr. Blagojevich, a Democrat, was seeking a position that paid $250,000 to $300,000 a year.

In exchange, the complaint suggested, Mr. Blagojevich had expected the service employees union and Change to Win to seek to persuade him to name President-elect Barack Obama’s first choice, Valerie Jarrett, to succeed Mr. Obama in the Senate. The union would also receive help from the Obama administration, presumably for its legislative agenda.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/12/us/politics/12union.html?_r=3&hp

 

Chicago Tribune– Jesse Jackson Jr. fundraisers were raising $1.5 Million for Blagojevich in exchange for appointing Jackson to the Senate seat. Jackson is alleged to be “Senate Candidate #5”. Hotair.com comments HERE.

Commentary –

Do you see how all the Democratic operatives are just going on as if “pay to play” corruption were the norm? If 1.5 million was what Senate Candidate #5 had to pony up for consideration, and the SEIU union was going to pony up with patronage for one of their people to get the seat, what were the other candidates doing and or willing to do?

We reported previously that Politico.com had reported that tough but fair questions about this scandal were being removed. Now our friends at Hotair.com have some of the details:

Questions removed from the site:

  • Given the current corruption charges involving Blagojevich, will ’serious’ campaign finance reform that takes money completely out of politics through publicly funded elections be a priority in the first term?
  • In light of the recent corruption scandals (Blagojevich, Rangel, Jefferson, Stevens, etc) that have dominated the political scene,is there any ethics legislation being crafted to actually curb corruption and prevent another wave of nixonian cynicism?
  • Is Barack Obama aware of any communications in the last six weeks between Rod Blagojevich or anyone representing Rod Blagojevich and any of Obama’s top aides?

I sit back and still marvel at the glaring hypocrisy of it all, Democrats pretending to be shocked, no one in the elite media calling out Obama for the lie about how his people never even talked to Blagojevich about the vacant Senate Seat. Democrats calling for Blagojevich’s head and trying to force him to resign using the courts in an effort to shut this down early before it spreads in spite of the fact that Governor Blagojevich maintains his innocence.

Hmmm isn’t that interesting – using the COURTS to force him to resign even though he has not been found guilty of anything. Isn’t a Democrat Governor entitled to the same “rights” that Democrats insist that prisoners of war at GITMO are entitled to?….talk about your situational ethics.

The Chicago Tribune is the only elite media outfit to consistently report the truth about all of this corruption for an extended length of time. The rest have presented us lopsided pro-Democrat coverage. Even now most of the elite media talking heads are saying “well it seems Obama has nothing to do with it” – but when Republicans are asked ethical questions its “what did the Republican President know and when did he know it”.

There is no question that Emanuel will be yanked in front of the grand jury and you should not expect him to speak with the press until such a time or even after. Emanuel has several choices. He can lie to the grand jury, pleade the fifth, tell half truth’s, or simply pull a Hillary and say “I don’t recall”. Emanuel could also ask for immunity in exchange for testimony, but to expect Emanuel to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth would be a fools expectation.

Will the Kool-Aide drinkers make the case, as they did with the Clinton’s, that while dozens of the people surrounding them were corrupt, were indicted or went to prison or were forced to resign, the smartest people in the the world, the Clinton’s, simply had no clue that all of this corruption swirling around them was happening…. or will people have finally be able to except, that when you lay with dogs, your going to get fleas. Only time will tell, but remember that this is coming from the guy who sat in the pew at church for 20 years and didn’t hear the preacher speak.

Updates to this post are still incoming so stay tuned.

 

UPDATE – Emanuel had a list of names that Obama found acceptable that he was working with Blagojevich with. Chicago Tribune reporting link HERE:

Emanuel delivered a list of candidates who would be “acceptable” to Obama, the source said. On the list were Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Illinois Veterans Affairs director Tammy Duckworth, state Comptroller Dan Hynes and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Chicago, the source said. All are Democrats.

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Lockheed Martin’s New Hunter Killer Missile Defense Robot

Posted by iusbvision on December 12, 2008

Designed to engage multiple targets.

Ronald Reagan said we could do it and Democrats tried to stop these programs for decades. Special thanks to Hotair.com for the video link.

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Law Enforcement Never Sleeps – and in Chicago the Feds Can Hardly Catch a Nap

Posted by iusbvision on December 11, 2008

By Arlen Williams

Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich is under arrest. It’s the Rezko investigation, which led to much more, a “political corruption crime spree.” This includes trying to sell Barack Obama’s seat on the U.S. Senate. And this, along with fresh evidence of attempted manipulation of the Chicago Tribune by Blagojevich, apparently triggered the arrest in an otherwise, long, arduous effort of collecting evidence, the kind for which Fitzgerald is famous. What I.O. has noted throughout the day follows. On Illinois Review“Source: Feds take Gov. Blagojevich into custody” (The FBI took him from home shortly after 6am CT.) This is also subject matter that HillBuzz covers. And let’s give John Kass a day or two and see what he says. And, the I.O. sidebar should be interesting to watch. On CBS-2 News Chicago, via Drudge “CROOK COUNTY: GOVERNOR, YOU’RE UNDER” ARREST 11:30am CT, on TVPatrick Fitzgerald is giving a press conference. He credits the Chicago Tribune, which found key information (in its lap) held it from the public for awhile at the request of federal investigators, then published it Friday. This apparently led to even further evidence via bug or “wire,” and wiretap. Instances of pay to play in state contracts are also in the complaint.

On Obama – Fitzgerald said that the complaint makes no allegations about the him, “and that’s all I can say,” an interesting way to put it. (See exact quote, below.) Fitzgerald also stressed, “I encourage people to talk to us… to let us get to the bottom of what has happened here,” and later reiterated, “…we need people, in the public, to stand up and say ‘enough.'” Later – Talking Democrat heads are starting to play Blago as a nutty oddball, while Obama tried to stay away from it all, yada, yada, “aloof,” yada. 2:21pm CT. on TV– Obama: “saddened and sobered” about Blago, but since there is an ongoing investigation, he does not want to comment. (Instead, he focuses on spreading Al Gore’s ploy for man-made global socialism, now inconveniently relabeled “climate change,” as if this is news to the Earth.) Reporters lunge. Obama: “…sad day… …won’t comment…” 4:46 CTThe Patriot Room is requesting information about which Obama advisers were communicating to Blagojevich. 5:19 CTA video of the entire federal investigator interview is on c-span.org.In the video, the first question and answer I find, specifically about Obama occurs at about 18:07. He is asked if he would address whether or not “Obama was aware that any of these things were taking place.” Fitzgerald replied, “I’m not gonna speak for what the president-elect [sic]was aware of. We make no allegations that he is aware of anything and that’s i-as simply as I can put it. ” The second Obama Q&A occurs at 32:19. Fitzgerald was asked a question in an interesting way:

“You spoke before about if senator – you didn’t know the awareness that senator – president-elect Barack Obama knew about this [I.O., he did not say this. The reporter seems to be grappling for words to put in Fitzgerald’s mouth, prone to clear Obama.] so is it safe to say he has not been briefed and can you also tell us if any phone calls were made to president-elect Obama that you intercepted or to Rahm Emanuel.

Fitzgerald responded:

I’m not going to go down anything that’s not in the complaint and what I simply said before is I’m not gonna — I have enough trouble speaking for myself — I’m never gonna try and speak in the voice of a president or a president-elect. So, I simply pointed out that if you look at the complaint, there is no allegation that the president-elect — there’s no reference in the complaint to any conversations involving the president-elect, or indicating that the president-elect was aware of it and that’s all I can say.

What does this mean for Barack Obama, regarding any matters such as: the Rezko land deal, the Broadway Bank loan and the odd favor of anointing Alexi Giannoulis, his man for IL Treasury Secretary? Did Obama or his staff know of Blago’s senatorial shakedown and come cleanto the Feds? Have Obama and Blago been in touch, lately, as David Axelrod has stated, but Obama and staff later denied? There are many allegations in the federal complaint and it has taken a great deal of time for the FBI to collect all the evidence it, so far, has in its ongoing work. One does wonder how much they have learned about Obama during this time and why Fitzgerald continues to plea to citizens in the know, to come clean.

[Editor’s Note –

I will be blogging about this situation shortly and a few things are worth pointing out on both sides. David Axlerod, who is Barack Obama’s “Karl Rove” stated shortly after the election that they were in contact with the governor’s office about who would replace Obama. Now Obama says that there was no contact and Axlerod said that he “misspoke”.

Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, worked for the Illinois Governor, replaced him in Congress when Blagojevich assumed the governor’s seat and is very close to the governor, so to believe that Obama’s office had no contact with the Illinois Governor about this issue is almost impossible to believe.

Obama became a political force in the “Chicago Machine”; we all know how corrupt that system is and the indictments over the years speak for themselves. Can we really believe that, like the Clinton’s, it was everyone else around them that was corrupt and not the “man” himself? There is an old saying, “when you lay with dogs your going to get fleas.”

On the other side of this issue the prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, has a history of deceptive media manipulation in high profile cases such as the Scooter Libby case, it was worse because no law was broken by talking about Valerie Plame and the record shows that under the circumstances it was the right thing to do, yet Fitzgerald continued his “investigation” for months after he knew that no law was violated. The Scooter Libby prosecution stands as one of the most high profile instances of prosecutorial misconduct designed to raise the profile of the prosecutor as I have ever seen. I wrote about this case at length at the time. Fitzgerald is not to be trusted. 

In the mean time, bloggers and others are reporting that people asking tough, yet fair questions about this scandal are being removed from the “change.gov” web site.

 – Chuck Norton, Editor]

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Michigan State University Threatens Student Government Member for Commenting on University Policy – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on December 5, 2008

UPDATE – MSU backs down after FIRE and the ACLU turn up the legal heat. FIRE comments HERE.

Here we go again. IUSB Vision readers know that abuse on campus is one of our pet subjects. Unfortunately there are so many documented cases of abuse such as this on campus that we can only write about a fraction of them.

Via FIRE:

EAST LANSING, Mich., December 4, 2008 A leader of Michigan State University’s student government faces suspension for “spam” after she carefully selected and e-mailed about 8 percent of the school’s faculty members encouraging them to express their views about changes to the freshman orientation and academic calendars. Student Kara Spencer, who faced a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, has turned to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help.

“If e-mailing faculty members with concerns about a university calendar is outside the parameters of acceptable speech at Michigan State, no student should feel safe contacting professors about any relevant matter of concern,” Robert Shibley, FIRE’s Vice President, said. “The difference between Spencer’s message and a typical ‘spam’ e-mail is so obvious that it calls into question MSU’s true motivation for silencing this student.”

On September 4, 2008, MSU’s University Committee on Academic Policy made recommendations challenging the MSU administration’s plans to shorten MSU’s Academic Calendar and Fall Welcome (freshman orientation) schedules, noting that any comments would need to be submitted by September 30. Given the short time frame offered for discussion and the fact that the changes were highly controversial, members of the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) and the University Committee on Student Affairs (UCSA) held a meeting on September 11 to tackle the issue. UCSA members, including students, several faculty members, and several MSU administrators, then engaged in a cooperative e-mail discussion about the content and recipients of a coordinated response.

On September 14, Spencer notified the group that she would be sending her version of the group’s response as “an informational email” in her own name. She noted that she had “compiled a database of all faculty on campus” for this purpose. None of the faculty members or administrators involved in the discussion complained about this plan. According to Spencer, on or about September 15, she carefully selected about 391 faculty members out of MSU’s approximately 5,000 faculty, and she e-mailed the 391 faculty members the letter that the group of students, faculty, and administrators had written.

The letter stated concerns about the short amount of time given to the MSU community to consider the changes, “which will greatly affect both faculty and students alike,” and called for “an inclusive dialogue among members of the University community” prior to adoption of the changes. The letter added: “Given the immediacy of the situation, we request that any faculty wishing to be heard on this issue contact their Faculty Council representative or the Provost’s office.”

Of course the spam charge was just the vehicle for trying to punish a student for daring to have the guile to fight a change in university policy. Of course, these are the actions that a good member of the student government is expected to take on behalf of the students. Too many university administrators and faculty consider themselves to be so enlightened they feel perfectly justified to use such Stalinist tactics as FIRE and this publication have pointed out with examples time and time again.

Adam Kissel had this to say:

Threatening a senior member of the student government with suspension for sending noncommercial, relevant e-mails to faculty members is outrageous,” Adam Kissel, Director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program, said. “As the Supreme Court held in Garrison v. Louisiana,‘speech concerning public affairs … is the essence of self-government’ and ‘debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open.’ MSU is teaching students that they challenge the administration’s plans at their peril.

It never ceases to amaze me how many pointy headed academics and college administrators reigning over their fiefdoms start to behave as if the the First Amendment, civil rights laws, and very often the university’s own policies, simply don’t apply to them. Maybe such things are only for the little people (and where was MSU’s OCR office to stand up for this students rights???).

A word to MSU; I suggest getting legally and ethically correct before FIRE and thier lawyer friends begin to do what they do best.

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Intolerance Gone Wild at UNC…AGAIN: The War on Christmas and America’s Foundations Continue

Posted by iusbvision on December 5, 2008

More intolerance in action on campus. As we have said time and time again, what better way for the progressive secular left to destroy the ideals that our country was founded on than to see to it that students forget it. UNC Is being sued at the moment for religious discrimination by a member of the faculty and judging by the lawyer who has taken the case, David French (who has a near 100% victory rate), it would appear that UNC is going to be paying the piper for its intolerance. I am hoping that Bill O’Reilly has a ball with this one.

 

UNC libraries to forgo Christmas trees

Chapel Hill library chief says staffers complained about the display.

By Eric Ferreri
eric.ferreri@newsobserver.com

CHAPEL HILL For as long as anyone can remember, Christmas trees adorned with lights and ornaments have greeted holiday season visitors to UNC Chapel Hill’s two main libraries.

Not this year.

The trees, which have stood in the lobby areas of Wilson and Davis libraries each December, were kept in storage this year at the behest of Sarah Michalak, the associate provost for university libraries.

Michalak’s decision followed several years of queries and complaints from library employees and patrons bothered by the Christian display, Michalak said this week.

Michalak said that banishing the Christmas displays was not an easy decision but that she asked around to library colleagues at Duke, N.C. State and elsewhere and found no other one where Christmas trees were displayed.

Aside from the fact that a UNC Chapel Hill library is a public facility, Michalak said, libraries are places where information from all corners of the world and all belief systems is offered without judgment. Displaying one particular religion’s symbols is antithetical to that philosophy, she said.

“We strive in our collection to have a wide variety of ideas,” she said. “It doesn’t seem right to celebrate one particular set of customs.”

Michalak, chief librarian for four years, said at least a dozen library employees have complained over the last few years about the display. She hasn’t heard similar criticism from students, though they may have voiced concerns to other library staff.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/local/story/394604.html

Just to show you how subversive and effective the progressive secular left and the marxist left have been at taking public education and turning it on it’s head; I present to you these declarations from the Founding Fathers of our country and ask if you find it the slightest bit remarkable that one can attain a liberal arts degree from UNC or even Indiana University and have no idea that the Founders had views such as the following.

One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law. There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations. – Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story

Source – Life and Letters of Joseph Story, William W. Story, editor (Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1851), Vol. II, p. 8.

I verily believe that Christianity is necessary to support a civil society and shall ever attend to its institutions and acknowledge its precepts as the pure and natural sources of private and social happiness.  – Justice Joseph Story

Life and Letters of Joseph Story, William W. Story, editor (Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1851), Vol. I, p. 92, March 24, 1801.

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God. – John Adams

Source – Thomas Jefferson, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (Washington D. C.: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904), Vol. XIII, p. 292-294. In a letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson on June 28, 1813.

The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger. The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country. – George Washington

Source – George Washington, The Last Official Address of His Excellency George Washington to the Legislature of the United States (Hartford: Hudson and Goodwin, 1783), p. 12; see also The New Annual Register or General Repository of History, Politics, and Literature, for the Year 1783 (London: G. Robinson, 1784), p. 150.

The Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children under a free government ought to be instructed. No truth is more evident than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people. – Noah Webster

Source – Noah Webster, A Collection of Papers on Political, Literary, and Moral Subjects (New York: Webster and Clark, 1843), p. 291, from his “Reply to a Letter of David McClure on the Subject of the Proper Course of Study in the Girard College, Philadelphia. New Haven, October 25, 1836.”

The Christian religion is the basis, or rather the source, of all genuine freedom in government… I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of Christianity have not a controlling influence – Noah Webster

Source – K. Alan Snyder, Defining Noah Webster: Mind and Morals in the Early Republic (New York: University Press of America, 1990), p. 253, to James Madison on October 16, 1829.

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