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Archive for January 12th, 2011

F. A. Hayek – How Unions Cause Unemployment

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2011

Indeed when the price of labor is artificially increased beyond the value of that labor several things happen:

1 – Since there is only so much of the percentage available from variable costs for labor therefore union over reach causes there to be less employees.

Think about it. How often do you stand in line at Kroger when they obviously have a shortage of cashiers? So the result is not management vs. employee, it becomes employee vs. employee; which employee will get whacked because there is only so much available for labor?

2 – At first this causes companies to be more efficient, but eventually that efficiency comes at the cost of labor. For example: have you noticed that self checkout machines came first at union grocery stores?  The stores will increase technology to eliminate positions.

Ford Motor Company has a new high tech plant that can make five cars on a single production line. Since union rules do not allow workers to use that technology and make so many different lies Ford has made these new plants in Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

3 – When is the last time you went to a gas station and got service by a young apprentice? Why do you think that is?

 

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David Horowitz smashes a far left talking point on “American hegemony” handed to a student…

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2011

…and you can believe that said student did not write it himself.

The “American forced cultural hegemony” talking point is a textbook example from the Marxist polemic. I had at least three different classes where this subject was covered with zero attempt at balance at all, with the possible exception of me letting the teacher know my objections.

David gets upset because he knows the damage that is being done to young people in our universities.

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Islamic rape gangs a serious problem in the UK.

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2011

BBC – 

Sky News –

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Governor Christie: Mayor Booker and Michelle Rhee are Putting Students First

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio: I get threats all day long from the left, Dupnik has nothing to say about that

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Bill Press on the Joy Behar Show. What could go wrong?

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2011

To quote Dennis Miller: The whistles on these trains of thought are barely audible.

We could have 20 posts with the most painful examples dumb and dumber from these two, but together their intellect might just reach a prime number. Bill Press has the same problem that all too many in the elite media have in that he has convinced himself that he is a real Oppenheimer. If you don’t believe me just ask him. I am sure he will tell you.

Of course, the word privacy appears no where in the Constitution. It is considered in the penumbra of the First Amendment Freedom of Conscience, and the Fourth and Fifth Amendments.

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Ellen Weiss at NPR is out after internal review of Juan Williams firing

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2011

Just as we have been demonstrating in our Academic Misconduct category, like many universities, most elite media news rooms are creatures of ideological group think. It is just as Juan Williams says, at NPR if you don’t tow the bosses political line you are out. Then they start to suggest that you need a shrink.

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Academic Misconduct: “Mercury Preservative in Vaccines Linked to Autism” Study was Fraudulent.

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2011

Reason Magazine Video –

This post is a part of our new Academic Misconduct category. Global warming alarmists insist that there cannot be a conspiracy of academics to advocate or censor for other than scientific reasons. Well actually not only does this happen, but there are thousands of verifiable examples from FIRE, the ADF and the ACLU where academics and administrators actively conspire to violate academic freedom, punish dissent, punish solid science that they do not approve of, censor others etc.

This bogus study was peer reviewed and published in a prestigious publication, but so was the manipulated findings of the new disgraced ClimateGate scientists.

CNN (Yes we know its CNN but we double checked and this story is true):

(CNN) — A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an “elaborate fraud” that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.

An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible.

“It’s one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors,” Fiona Godlee, BMJ’s editor-in-chief, told CNN. “But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data.”

Britain stripped Wakefield of his medical license in May. “Meanwhile, the damage to public health continues, fueled by unbalanced media reporting and an ineffective response from government, researchers, journals and the medical profession,” BMJ states in an editorial accompanying the work.

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Former DNC Chair Howard Dean: ObamaCare is designed to force employers off their insurance and force them into the government exchange.

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2011

This is exactly what we said from the moment we learned details of the bill. It was obvious that it was designed to make insurance so difficult, so expensive and so regulatory burdensome that employers will just give up.  The owner of a small business in South Bend told me just yesterday that her insurance costs are now up 28%.

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/hJNRgpnqMwI%2Em4v%5D

OK do you believe that Obama lied yet?

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Gas prices up 55% under Obama

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2011

Related

Obama says in video that $4.00 a gallon gas is fine as long as it is gradual

Press Grilled Bush When Gas Hit $3.00 – Nada for Obama… UPDATED!

API: Recent Studies Show Obama Drilling Moratorium Will Cost 50,000 Jobs; 160,000 by 2032.

My take, Democrats have been saying for 20 years that we should not go after our own oil and natural gas because it could take 5-10 years to get to use it. For not trying to implement the Cloward-Piven strategy, they sure are doing a great job of implementing it. Had enough yet?

Heritage Foundation:

Fact: President Barack Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu wants to “figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” At the time he made the statement, gas cost $7 – $8 a gallon in Europe.
Fact: Since taking office, President Obama’s entire energy agenda has made a gallon of gas more expensive:

All of these policies raise gas prices at the pump by either: 1) decreasing the availability of domestic energy supplies, or 2) increasing regulatory costs on gasoline production.

President George Bush was no saint when it came to free market energy policies either. He mandated the use of ethanol, put off opening up the Outer Continental Shelf till the end of his second term, supported the expansion of renewable energy tax credits, tried to subsidize the nuclear power industry, and caved into environmental pressure by allowing the EPA to begin the global warming regulation process.

But as two time Super Bowl winning coach Bill Parcells says, “You are what your record says you are.” And the facts are these: during the first two years under President Barack Obama, gas prices have risen 55%. You can compare that to the 5% drop in gas prices during the first two years of President Bush’s term or the 2% drop under the first two years of President Clinton’s term. Neither President Bush nor President Clinton had perfect energy policies. But neither of them appointed an Energy Secretary who wanted Americans to pay $9 for a gallon of gas either.

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Illinois Lawmakers Propose 75 Percent Income Tax Hike

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2011

They never learn.

Census data shows that people are leaving states ran by progressives that have high debt, high taxes and are not right to work states. Texas gained four House seats in Congress. States controlled by progressives lost seats.

CBS Local Chicago:

Gov. Pat Quinn and the leaders of both houses of the Illinois General Assembly have agreed on raising the state income tax.

If the bill passes, the plan would raise the personal income tax rate from the current 3 percent to 5.25 percent. That’s a 75 percent increase. In real dollars, that would mean if you currently owe $1,000 in taxes, next year you would owe $1,750.

The increase is for four years. After that, the personal income tax would go down to 3.75 percent.

The Democratic leaders in the Illinois General Assembly believe this income tax increase, a corporate tax hike, and a $1-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes would erase the state’s $15 billion budget deficit.

 

The Daily Caller reports that lawmakers just passed a 66% tax increase.

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Dr. Adams on FIRE’s strategy to make college administrators personally liable for violating the rights of students

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2011

 

Dr. Mike Adams:

FIRE has put hundreds of university presidents and university attorneys on notice that their wallets could be hit if they violate the free speech rights of students on their campuses. What they are trying to do is to attack the use of qualified immunity, which is used to exempt administrators from personal liability for monetary damages.

By sending nearly 300 certified letters to public university administrators across the nation, they are directly challenging the most dangerous problem in higher education today; namely, the continued shielding of those who knowingly violate the First Amendment in defiance of well-established law.

It is bad enough that public university administrators have been shredding the First Amendment for decades in order to ensure that their own political, social, and religious views will be advanced without challenge. It is far worse that the taxpayers have been footing the bill when they have been caught doing so. But that is all about to change.

Recently, some judges have been deciding that college administrators are not shielded from personal liability in cases involving gross violations of the First Amendment. The case of Valdosta State University student Thomas Hayden Barnes is illustrative. Barnes was expelled in 2007 after he peacefully protested plans by then-President Ronald Zaccari to use $30 million in student activity fees to build two parking garages. The court decided the infringement was so gross that a reasonable administrator could not have been unaware of the illegality of the expulsion.

The recent spate of letters sent by FIRE will ensure that other similar rulings follow. The legal doctrine of qualified immunity only protects government officials from personal liability for monetary damages for violating constitutional rights if their actions do not violate “clearly established law” of which a reasonable person in their position would have known.

For years, public universities have argued that their speech codes did not violate clearly established law regarding students’ First Amendment rights. But for the past generation, we have seen one legal decision after another striking down these codes. Having seen registered letters informing them of the decisions, administrators will no longer be able to argue that “a reasonable person in their position” would not have known the law.

FIRE is now able to add another recent precedent to the long list of cases that will help undercut the doctrine of qualified immunity. In McCauley v. University of the Virgin Islands, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals in 2010 struck down policies banning “offensive” or “unauthorized” signs as violations.

FIRE is also citing these important decisions in its letters:

DeJohn v. Temple University, where the Third Circuit invalidated a university sexual harassment policy for being overly broad and vague in violation of the First Amendment;

Dambrot v. Central Michigan University, where the Sixth Circuit declared a university discriminatory harassment policy to be obviously unconstitutional;

College Republicans at San Francisco State University v. Reed, where a federal court enjoined enforcement of a university civility policy that placed the supposed right to be unoffended above the First Amendment.

Adam Kissel of FIRE summarizes the position of FIRE nicely when he states that the organization has found an appropriate balance between the carrot and stick approaches to dealing with university administrators. First, they offer online suggestions for public universities that have at least one policy that clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. The suggestions show them what they need to do to comply with the law.

But if they will not listen, there is strong language in these registered letters meant to awaken their conscience to their duty to obey the law. For example, FIRE says: “You must be aware that maintaining university policies that prohibit constitutionally protected expression is an unlawful deprivation of constitutional rights under 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983 for which university administrators may be sued in their individual capacities for punitive damages.”

The letter continues: “Given the sparkling clarity of the case law with regard to the unconstitutionality of speech codes at public universities, please be advised that claims of immunity from personal liability put forth by individual university administrators will likely be unsuccessful.”

The approach of FIRE will work in the same way that capitalism works better than socialism; namely, through reliance on private ownership and individual interest. In other words, it is a strategy that attaches real consequences to individuals with power, rather than to an esoteric and powerless collective.

Campus speech codes are no longer public property inherited by unknowing public servants. The speech codes now belong to those who oversee their maintenance. And they ignore them at their own peril.

 

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