July 7, 2015

The Ohio Legislature Had Better Stop This …

Filed under: Consumer Outrage,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:00 pm

… or it will spread like wildfire:

University of Akron’s juniors and seniors will pay 12 percent more despite tuition freeze

The University of Akron is boosting the annual cost of most juniors and seniors by 12 percent despite a state-imposed ban on tuition increases at public universities.

UA officials on Monday described the $50-per-credit-hour charge on 300- and 400-level courses as a new fee rather than a tuition increase, but at least one student accused the school of trying to circumvent the rules.

“From where I sit, my tuition has risen 12 percent,” UA senior Jeff Schackleton told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “This seems a little underhanded.”

The charge is tied to the number of credit hours. It’s a tuition increase on a largely captive audience, especially at this point (maybe seven weeks before classes begin), on all upperclass persons.

I don’t want to hear another word from any U of Akron officials or faculty criticizing anyone else’s business practices or ethics.

Also, there’s this:

The university also increased its facilities fee from $18.55 to $28.50 a credit hour to retire the debt incurred from new buildings, including InfoCision Stadium. The fee, capped at 12 credit hours, is assessed to students attending classes on the main campus in Akron.

The schoool also added a $75 per semester fee for students in its Honors College.

The total cost of attending Akron for juniors and seniors looks like it went up more like 14 percent if you include the facilities fee.

I also don’t want to hear another word from any of these people about individual or corporate greed. Make no mistake; part of the calculus here is that “well, they can just borrow more money, so it won’t hurt ‘em a bit.” Until later.

If the Legislature doesn’t act, it will show that there’s no control mechanism present to prevent such greed at Ohio public-sector universities. Others will follow Akron’s “lead.”

May 28, 2015

Paper on ‘Changing Minds’ on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Retracted (Part 2 of 2): Press Retraction Efforts Largely Unacceptable

As noted in Part 1, one of the authors of a late-2014 study which made the nonsensical claim that “a single conversation (can) change minds on divisive social issues, such as same-sex marriage,” causing “a cascade of opinion change,” issued a retraction last week, because the data supporting it was faked. Since it was published in Science Magazine — and because it conveniently fit a leftism-advancing agenda — numerous press outlets ran stories on the study’s results.

Now they’re all having to run retractions and corrections. Besides the obvious problem that the lies have gotten a long head start, let’s look at how the seven original publishers identified by Retraction Watch, as well as the Associated Press, have handled the matter. All too often the answer has been: “Not very well.”

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May 21, 2015

Paper on ‘Changing Minds’ on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Retracted, Media Outlet Retractions Abound

Examples of scientific fakery in matters relating to sexuality and especially homosexuality go back decades, all the way to Alfred Kinsey.

One of the more recent such underhanded episodes, involving a paper originally published in December 2014, was called “When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support for gay equality.” It claimed that “a single conversation (can) change minds on divisive social issues, such as same-sex marriage.” That assertion made by a “layman” wouldn’t pass the smell test with most people. But because the paper was published in Science Magazine (“The World’s Leading Journal of Scientific Research, Global News and Commentary”), it gained a now-obviously clearly undeserved veneer of credibility.

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May 12, 2015

Whittle: ‘Progressivism: Empire of Lies’

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:07 am

Outstanding:

Going after Sarah Silverman, with larger lessons starting at about the 2:20 mark, with references to the UVa false rape scandal, Memories Pizza, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

May 10, 2015

Oberlin Choir Ridicules School’s Feminist ‘Victims’ of ‘Microaggressions’

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:23 am

One of the more simultaneously annoying and alarming developments on college campuses these days is how the idea of “microagressions” has regained visibility after four decades of previously well-deserved obscurity, largely under the establishment press’s radar. Almost no one in “the real world” would know what microaggressions are if it weren’t for stories and critiques at center-right media outlets and campus watchdog groups.

Cut through the clutter, and it’s quite easy to see that “microaggression” is really a tool used by so-called “victim classes” to allege unconscious discrimination or “marginalization” in virtually anything people they don’t like might say. The idea has taken particular hold at Oberlin College, where iconoclastic feminist Christina Hoff Sommers appeared last month. Fortunately, there are still sane people with a sense of humor about all of this. That cadre includes the “Oberlin College choir.”

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April 29, 2015

Not News: Obama Education Secretary Threatens to ‘Step In’ Over Common Core Testing Opt-Outs

Well, this is awkward — or rather, it would be if the press cared about the federally-driven tyranny which is in the process of capturing the nation’s public and private K-12 schools.

Common Core’s proponents have insisted and still insist that “it was and will remain a state-led effort” (italics is theirs). Yet when faced with the “problem” of too many parents opting out of its intrusive testing regime — something they are supposedly free to do without penalty or reprisal — guess who steps in with threats and smears? You guessed it: Federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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April 19, 2015

Cincinnati Enquirer Reporter: Cancellation of High School’s ‘Covered Girl Challenge’ May Signal ‘Bigotry’

At Mason High School in Ohio this past week, the school’s administration originally supported but has now cancelled a “Covered Girl Challenge.” The goal, according to a school email captured in full at Jihad Watch and almost nowhere else, was to “celebrate … diversity and promote open mindedness” by promoting the Muslim Student Association’s invitation to “all female students to … wear a headscarf for the whole school day.”

Jihad Watch, unlike every other Ohio-based establishment press outlet report I have seen, including one found in the Cincinnati Enquirer, also linked readers to a reminder that collegiate chapters of the Muslim Student Association, which also encourages the creation of high school chapters under its aegis, have served as breeding grounds for terrorism (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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April 7, 2015

New Republic Writer: Rolling Stone’s Failure Due to Use of ‘Rightwing Tactics’

New Republic staff writer Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig has clearly run out of defenses for the conduct of those involved in the disgraceful, scandalous journalistic malpractice which gave rise to the now-retracted and thoroughly discredited “A Rape on Campus: The Struggle for Justice at UVA” at Rolling Stone.

So here’s her last refuge: Conservatism deserves some of the blame, because Sabrina Rubin Erdely and others associated with the story supposedly “Used Rightwing Tactics to Make a Leftist Point” (links are in original; bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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April 5, 2015

Consequence-Free: ‘Scathing’ Columbia Report Leads to No Firings at Rolling Stone

Earlier this evening, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism issued its report on Rolling Stone Magazine’s November “A Rape on Campus” story. The report follows up on the magazine’s request of Columbia to conduct an independent review of how the disastrously false 9,000-word story made it through to publication.

USA Today is reporting that for all the harsh criticism the piece’s author and the others at the magazine received, and despite the fact that RS has now formally and fully retracted the story, no one is losing their job or suffering any other visible consequences. In fact, the magazine considers the whole affair “an isolated and unusual episode” (bolds are mine):

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March 24, 2015

CNN Panelist: Suggestion That ‘Jackie’ Made Up UVa. Rape Story ‘Flies in the Face of Statistics’

On CNN yesterday, after the network cut away from the press conference where Charlottesville, Virginia Police Department announced that it “found no evidence to support claims in a Rolling Stone article that a University of Virginia student was gang raped at a campus fraternity in September 2012,” network panelist and CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin bizarrely resorted to “statistics” to defend “Jackie,” the student-fabulist involved.

The panel discussion which followed the press conference seemed to be all about telling viewers that “Despite what everyone says, it’s really not over.” Hostin’s major contribution to that meme was to essentially contend that because “only about 2 percent of rapes that are reported are false,” any allegation that “Jackie” was making things up is unfair and likely incorrect because it “flies in the face of statistics” — even though, in a new development, we learned that “Jackie” claimed that she was the victim of a second gang-rape incident in April 2014. Police also could find no evidence supporting that incident’s occurrence. Video and a transcript follow the jump:

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March 23, 2015

USAT Reaction to Discredited Rolling Stone Rape Story: ‘Didn’t Quite Hold Up’

The press’s reluctance to let go of a popular but debunked meme — in this case, the nonexistent “epidemic” of college campus sexual assaults — is sometimes inadvertently humorous, though still intensely annoying.

Take how John Bacon and Marisol Bello at USA Today characterized the news that “Police in Charlottesville were unable to verify that an alleged sexual assault detailed in a controversial Rolling Stone magazine article ever took place at the University of Virginia”:

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February 28, 2015

Classless and Spiteful: Jezebel’s ‘Update’ to False Walker Sexual Assault Reporting Story

As noted this morning (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), Jezebel’s Natasha Vargas-Cooper wrote a Friday morning hit piece directed at Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s Republican Governor, calling him a “conservative werewolf” for including a provision in the Badger State’s latest proposed budget to elminate the requirement that universities report campus sexual assault statistics to the state.

Vargas-Cooper took this to mean that all such sexual assault reporting would end. Hardly. Hours later, an unbylined Associated Press story carried at USA Today (but still not carried at its national site) made it clear that a) the University of Wisconsin system had requested the provision, and b) such statistics would continue to be reported to the federal government. Jezebel’s “correction” and Vargas-Cooper’s spiteful tweeted reaction follow the jump.

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Jezebel Writer Falsely Accuses Walker of Wanting to Stop Reporting of Campus Sexual Assaults

On Friday morning at Jezebel, a Gawker-affiliated web site, Natasha Vargas-Cooper thought she had Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker by the — well, you know.

In a post tellingly tagged “Conservative Werewolves,” Vargas-Cooper was absolutely sure — so certain that she apparently felt no need to check any further — that Walker’s proposed budget would allow its colleges to “to stop reporting sexual assaults.” Vicious vitriol ensued (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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February 23, 2015

Juan Williams: There Are ‘Elements of Racism’ in Today’s Constitution

In a discussion with plenty of other objectionable elements on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Friday, Juan Williams asserted that “There’s no question that if you look at our Constitution, there are elements of racism right in it.” Note his use of the present tense.

The version of this country’s founding document Williams was referencing must be 147 or more years old, because the only element of the original Constitution which was arguably racist — the inclusion of non-free persons as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of allocating House seats in Article I — went away when the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868. Even that argument ignores the existence of white slaves at the time of its adoption.

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February 16, 2015

TEA Party Leader to Fox News: 11 Reasons to Stop Calling Kasich ‘Conservative’

Because he’s not.

The harsh truth was delivered in an open letter to Fox News’s Bret Baier, who consdiers Kasich a center-right Republican politician, by Mike Snead, Dayton TEA Party President. It reflects his personal views.

Well done, sir.