Archive for June 30th, 2008

Liberty Library

June 30, 2008

This is a resource that anyone concerned with Liberty should be able to utilize.

Liberty Library

Liberty Letters and The Center for Moral Liberalism’s goal is to pull together the premier liberty library on the internet, some of it eventually housed in Liberty Letters, the rest elsewhere, but all of it organized for your easy access right here on this page. Browse, bookmark, and spread the word to family, friends, and neighbors!

The Library

1. The Founders’ Constitution: Online library a joint project of Liberty Fund, Inc (who produced this five volume wonder, and the University of Chicago.

2. Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics: A project of Jon Roland’s Constitution Society. Filled with original full text source documents dating back to the 4th Century BC., all the way up through the founding era.

3. Political Sermons of the American Founding Era: 1730-1805, Foreword by Ellis Sandoz, from Liberty Fund. Vital, inspirational read for those who wish to witness for themselves the powerful influence of Judeo-Christian thought on inspiring and sustaining the American Revolution and the marvelous American Constitution that followed. These are actual sermons, in the original, given by religious ministers of the day.

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Oldies but goodies

June 30, 2008

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Here are some old jokes, but too good too forget about:

Girls Bathroom

According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington
recently was faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls
were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That
was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips
to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints. Every night the
maintenance man would remove them and the next day the girls would put
them back.

Finally the principal decided that something had to be done!  She called
all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man.
She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for
the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night. To demonstrate how
difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man
to show the girls how much effort was required.

He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned
the mirror with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the
mirror.

There are teachers, and then, there are educators

Advanced in age, old Charlie’s hospital bed is surrounded by well-wishers,
but it doesn’t look good. Suddenly, he motions frantically to the pastor for
something to write on. The pastor lovingly hands him a pen and a piece of paper,
and Charlie, struggling to write, uses his last bit of energy to scribble a hasty note,
then flops back in bed and dies.
The pastor thinks it best not to look at the note right away being as everyone
is in mourning,, so he places it in his jacket pocket..
At Charlie’s funeral, as the pastor is finishing his eulogy, he realizes he’s wearing
the same jacket he was wearing when Charlie died at the hospital.
Thinking that this would be the perfect time to share Charlies last words of love
for his family and church, he announces…..
“Our dear brother, Charlie, handed me a note just before he died,” he says. “I
haven’t looked at it, but knowing Charlie, I’m sure there’s a word of inspiration in it
for us all.” ….and opening the note, he reads aloud,
“Move your foot, you idiot! You’re standing on my oxygen hose!”

Cowboy Boots

(Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this one!)

Did you hear about the Texas teacher who was
helping one of her kindergarten students put
on his cowboy boots?

He asked for help and she could see why.

Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little
boots still didn’t want to go on. By the time they
got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.

She almost cried when the little boy said,
“Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet.”
She looked, and sure enough, they were.

It wasn’t any easier pulling the boots off than
it was putting them on. She managed to keep
her cool as together they worked to get the
boots back on, this time on the right feet.

He then announced, “….These aren’t my boots.”

She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face
and scream, “Why didn’t you say so?”, like she
wanted to.  Once again, she struggled to help him
pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet.  No sooner
had they gotten the boots off when he said,

“They’re my brother’s boots. My Mom made me wear ’em.”

Now she didn’t know if she should laugh or cry.
But, she mustered up what grace and courage
she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.

Helping him into his coat, she asked,
“….Now, where are your mittens?”

He said, “I stuffed ’em in the toes of my boots.”

She will be eligible for parole in three years.

Click this link, then click on play arrow, this is hilarious:

http://www.antiqueguns.com/News/TomMabe.wmv

The CU journalism school, ethics lost

June 30, 2008

A sad era for the CU journalism school

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Free Speech at the University of Colorado’s journalism school has died a sad death, suffering from a lack of outrage over the recent decision by campus leaders to impose politically correct and intellectually bankrupt censorship on student reporters there.

The Boulder campus has been in a tizzy for more than two months after Campus Press columnist Max Karson wrote a controversial satirical column titled “If It’s War They Want…” The piece, which included offensive references to Asian stereotypes, was memorable for two reasons. First, it was poorly written. And second, while Karson says he wrote the piece in an attempt to provoke dialogue on what he considers to be a racist campus, he failed to do so.

Instead, Karson’s column served to effectively bait CU’s liberal administration into censoring all student journalists. Campus Press editors were condemned as racist for failing to dump Karson’s column before it ran, diversity sessions were imposed on the Campus Press staff, and an inevitable investigation was commenced by Boulder Chancellor Bud Peterson.

All over a column. A poorly written column. By a kid who swears he’s not a racist.

After weeks of reflection, Peterson has now decided just exactly what CU’s response will be. In a column published in the Colorado Daily, an independent newspaper, Peterson outlined four specific responses to the column.

The most notable is the first response. According to Peterson, CU is investigating whether Karson’s column violated Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a provision that specifically prohibits federally-funded institutions like CU from discriminated against protected classes, including race and sex.

Apparently, Peterson has never heard of the First Amendment, which clearly protects political speech—even bad political satire.

Predictably, diversity activists are also using this controversy as an opportunity to divert more funding to campus diversity efforts – already pegged at over $30 million annually. According to Peterson, CU’s second response includes “additional funding for programs and scholarships, a broadened focus on diversity and quick administrative action when a racist incident occurs.”

Third, Peterson also announced the creation of a Campus Press oversight board that will include “not only journalism faculty but also non-journalism students, faculty and administrators representing a broad diversity of campus interests.” In other words, students can’t be trusted to use the First Amendment without the guidance of diversity activists indoctrinating them at every step.

In addition, Campus Press editors will have a new opinion policy that states in part “that all opinions deemed controversial will be discussed by student editors who will strive to offset controversial opinions with a counter opinion published the same day on the same page.”

How exactly is an opinion column “deemed controversial”? Perhaps Peterson meant to say “unpopular.”

According to Journalism Dean Paul Voakes, the efforts are not meant to censor student reporters. The oversight panel, he claims, will merely offer suggestions and insights from people about how to make Campus Press more successful. We wish we could believe him.

As it stands, the Campus Press is a disgrace of a student newspaper even without this latest controversy. Once published weekly, and now only available online, the publication as currently organized does little to prepare students for the real of work of journalism. The Colorado Daily, once the school’s student rag, moved off campus decades ago amidst controversy over its editorial independence and continues to serve as the Boulder campus’ de facto newspaper.

Any of the four responses advocated by Peterson are a step in the wrong direction. Taken collectively, however, they create a devastating chilling effect in the one place on campus where free speech should be most sacred.

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter

June 30, 2008

Ritter’s arrogance, undeterred

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June 2, 2008

Face The State Staff Editorial

Give credit where credit is due. Gov. Bill Ritter is gutsy these days. Even after having a controversial tax increase he championed slapped down in district court as unconstitutional, he remains undeterred. The Governor will use your tax dollars to backfill his endless promises to taxpayers.

On Friday, Denver District Judge Christina Habas sent shock waves throughout Colorado when she ruled that Ritter’s 2007 tax “freeze”, passed into law by the state’s Democrat legislators and which raised $118 million in revenue this year alone, amounted to an unconstitutional tax increase. Under Colorado law, all tax increases must be approved by voters, not simply adopted by a majority of state legislators. Ritter’s plan, according to Habas’s reasoned ruling, was a tax increase.

Ritter has only been emboldened, telling The Denver Post, “We’re still confident in our position here, we really are…We understand this is in greater flux than it was, but we have to still go forward and budget with what we believe will be in place.”

In other words, Ritter is banking on the likelihood of the Colorado Supreme Court to overturn Habas’s ruling on appeal. And maybe he’ll win his gamble with a notoriously liberal high court. (Last month, under the direction of Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, the court issued an opinion that gives unions free reign to ignore important coordination prohibitions under Colorado’s campaign finance laws).

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