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Archive for July 15th, 2009

L.A. College & professor who called a student a “Fascist Bastard” and punished him for expressing his Christian faith lose first court battle.

Posted by iusbvision on July 15, 2009

Justice is indeed satisfying and no more so than in the suit against L.A. City College.

Via the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (thefire.org):

“Ask God What Your Judgment Is:” Another Speech Code Topples in Court

July 15, 2009

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) didn’t have to “ask God” to discover that it came out on the wrong side of a hearing in which U.S. District Judge George H. King temporarily enjoined the district from enforcing a harassment policy that banned “offensive” speech on campusa policy so problematic that the judge has ordered it to be taken down from the district’s websites while the legal process continues. LACCD’s speech code came in for legal scrutiny after one of its students, Jonathan Lopez, was told to “ask God what your grade is” by Professor John Matteson after Lopez gave a speechin a speech classabout his Christian faith. (For good measure, Matteson also allegedly called Lopez a “fascist bastard.”)

Alliance Defense Fund:

Court puts brakes on oppressive speech code at L.A. City College

Court grants motion in favor of student called ‘fascist bastard’ by professor for Christian beliefs
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

LOS ANGELES — A federal court Monday granted a motion filed by attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund Center for Academic Freedom to halt enforcement of a Los Angeles City College District policy that violates student free speech rights. The court’s order, which halts the policy while a student’s lawsuit against the district moves forward, also requires the removal of all of the policy’s language on district Web sites because the court determined that ADF attorneys are likely to succeed in their argument that the policy is unconstitutional.

“Christian students shouldn’t be penalized for expressing their beliefs at a public college,” said ADF Senior Counsel David French, director of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom. “We are pleased that the court has taken this step to ensure that the First Amendment rights of students are not violated. We will continue to litigate this case to make sure the constitutional rights of our client and other students at the college are protected.”

In February, ADF attorneys filed suit against LACCD officials after a professor censored and threatened to expel student Jonathan Lopez following a speech he gave about his Christian faith during an open-ended assignment in a public speaking class.

On Nov. 24, 2008, professor John Matteson interrupted and ended Lopez’s presentation mid-speech, calling him a “fascist bastard” in front of the class for speaking about his faith, which included reading the dictionary definition of marriage and reciting two Bible verses. Refusing to grade the assigned speech, Matteson wrote on Lopez’s speech evaluation form, “Ask God what your grade is.” One week later, after seeing Lopez talking to the college’s dean of academic affairs, Matteson told Lopez that he would make sure he’d be expelled from school.

The order issued by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Lopez v. Candaele applies to the school’s speech policy that ADF attorneys argued allows similar types of abuses. It requires the college and the district to delete all unconstitutionally overbroad language in the speech policy posted on their Web sites within 14 days.

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Media malpractice on healthcare, the morgage crisis, and Barney Frank who is at it again.

Posted by iusbvision on July 15, 2009

Investors Business Daily:

The Price Of Media Malpractice
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Barney Frank

Barney Frank

Media: They laugh at his jokes. They say he’s the smartest guy in Congress. And 90% of them agree with him politically. Small wonder the havoc Barney Frank wreaks on the economy gets so little attention.

America has its share of problems, to be sure. But one of the most pernicious is the bias that permeates the media. We’ve been saying this for years, noting how it leads to half-covered issues, an ill-informed populace and wretched legislation that dogs us for decades.

Never, however, has it been as pervasive as now. Yes, the fact that the media are head over heels for our new president has made the favoritism more obvious.

When a major TV network like ABC, whose employees gave 80 times as much in financial contributions to Obama’s presidential campaign as they gave to his opponent’s, lets the president commandeer its news programming to tout a plan to take over the health care industry, it’s hard not to notice.

But it goes much deeper than Barack Obama. It also involves Rep. Frank and other politicians who are in large part responsible for the financial meltdown that led to the economic disaster from which we continue to suffer.

How we got into this, the worst economic fix since the Great Depression, is the most monumental question of our time. Yet despite the information that we and other non-mainstream media have put out, people still haven’t connected the dots.

This was driven home again last week, when it was disclosed that Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, wants standards for mortgages on new condominiums to be relaxed.

Seems the rules have been tightened to limit the exposure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two government-sponsored agencies that buy most of the mortgages in America. Frank reportedly believes they’re “too onerous.”

Frank’s suggestion has gotten little press. Where it has been covered, little has been made of the fact that the congressman was a key backer of the lax rules that prevailed in the Fannie- and Freddie-backed subprime loan fiasco that sank the U.S. housing market and global financial markets.

As we said last week, Frank stood “athwart nearly all efforts to reform (Freddie and Fannie) until it was too late.” Rather than run down that list again, we refer readers to Thomas Sowell’s latest book, “The Housing Boom and Bust.”

One of America’s best economists and thinkers, Sowell in 148 pages chronicles this economic catastrophe from the passage in 1977 of the Community Reinvestment Act, which directed regulators to encourage financial institutions to “meet the credit needs of the local communities.”

It goes through the 1990s, when the CRA was revised to (1) pressure banks into relaxing lending standards for low-income borrowers and (2) push Fannie and Freddie to buy subprime loans and subprime securities to meet “affirmative action” quotas.

Sowell’s book also covers the efforts by Frank and others this decade to defend the tottering system and block moves to head off disaster.

Of the many comments by Frank that Sowell quotes is this from 2003: “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have played a very useful role in helping make housing more affordable. (Critics) exaggerate a threat of safety” and “conjure up the possibility of serious financial losses to the Treasury, which I do not see.”

Since then, the U.S. Treasury has been forced to bail out the financial system and two major car companies to the tune of $700 billion and counting. As for Fannie and Freddie, they’re in government receivership after adding $238 billion to the nation’s debt to bolster their shaky finances.

Yet back in 2003, Sowell notes, Frank was arguing that the federal government had “probably done too little rather than too much to push (Fannie and Freddie) to meet the goals of affordable housing.”

Sowell quoting Frank: “I would like Fannie and Freddie more deeply into helping low-income housing and possibly moving into something that is more explicitly a subsidy. I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation.”

Now Frank is back at the craps table, pushing for another relaxation of Fannie and Freddie loan standards. Yet the media, which seem oblivious to the history of the housing meltdown, apparently see no connection.

The same media, by the way, were just as passive Tuesday when Acorn, the “community group” that Obama once served as legal counsel, held demonstrations at the offices in 15 cities of four mortgage lenders that haven’t signed on to the president’s voluntary “Making Home Affordable” foreclosure-avoidance program.

Such demonstrations wouldn’t be that newsworthy if it weren’t for the fact that Acorn also played a key role in the subprime mortgage crisis by strong-arming banks into making loans they shouldn’t have. Here it’s trying to intimidate lenders once again. Once again, the media apparently see nothing of note.

Until they make the connection, the public at large will never realize it was Big Government, with its horribly conceived and executed programs, that created the mess in which we find ourselves. And it’ll be the public at large that will continue to suffer the devastation of future programs — whether they target housing, banking, energy or health care.

Posted in 2012, Chuck Norton, Economics 101, Health Law, Journalism Is Dead, Mortgage Crisis, Obama and Congress Post Inaugration | Leave a Comment »

Famed economist Dr. Sowell on Obama’s economic policy and how he has used “crisis” to enrich government power and party wealth.

Posted by iusbvision on July 15, 2009

Watch this video.

“In order to get the costs of healthcare down the government will have to do things more efficiently than the market does.”

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Democrats and Goldman Sachs will get rich off Cap & Trade Energy Tax while you pay the piper.

Posted by iusbvision on July 15, 2009

See this important update to this story HERE and HERE.

When FNC went through the cap & Trade Energy Tax scheme to see who is getting paid they discovered that Wall Street, Goldman Sachs  and some Democratic doners will get rich, while you, the poor and small businesses will pay big time. The Democrats once again are transferring wealth from the middle class and poor to Wall Street and themselves. Click on the CORPORATISM category for more.

Posted in 2012, Chuck Norton, Corporatism, Economics 101, Energy & Taxes, Government Gone Wild, Obama and Congress Post Inaugration | Leave a Comment »

Democrats Health Care Bureaucracy Charted. Democrats propose massive new tax to drive wealth out of the country.

Posted by iusbvision on July 15, 2009

Just click HERE.

This massive bureaucracy between you and your health-care is supposed to lower your costs and improve service? Ok who is taking bets? Of course This is the new tax they say will pay for it, but when the wealth start to hide their assets and income and or leave the country how much money will the government really get?  – LINK.

Daily Mail UK:

A 9-month wait for arthritis treatment: Delay can mean a lifetime of agony for victims
By Daniel Martin
15th July 2009

Thousands of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers face a lifetime of agony because they are not being treated quickly enough, a report says.

Guidelines state that patients should receive treatment within three months of the first symptoms appearing.
But the average wait is nine months – and GPs are not trained well enough to know what help to offer.

There is no cure, but experts say that if arthritis is diagnosed in the first three months, drugs can be given which limit its progression. This means the disease will not be as painful as it would have been if the condition was diagnosed later.

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Sotomayor’s Second Amendment Record

Posted by iusbvision on July 15, 2009

Sotomayor’s record shows that she sided with the Jim Crow like laws called “black codes” that were designed to keep guns out of the hands of black people and other citizens. She ruled that way in spite of acts of Congress that made the intent of the Second Amendment clear.

Wayne LaPierre who is the formost expert on the Second Amendment explains:

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