A conservative student in Florida says he has the evidence that implicates a public college administrator who last week ordered members of Young Americans for Freedom to leave a campus event after they displayed Heritage Foundation research papers.
Palm Beach State College activities director Olivia Morris-Ford, a Facebook fan of President Barack Obama and filmmaker Michael Moore,
booted the conservative students from a rush event. Morris-Ford claimed they didn’t have permission to be on campus.
Her assertion stands in conflict with evidence YAF state chairman Daniel Diaz shared with Heritage. Diaz presented both a June 21 e-mail from student Christina Beattie to Morris-Ford requesting permission to be at the event and Beattie’s phone log from June 23, which shows a call from Morris-Ford. Beattie said Morris-Ford approved the request on that call.
Yet, when Diaz and YAF state vice chairman Eddie Shaffer arrived at the Sept. 7 event with Heritage materials in tow, Morris-Ford took just enough time to see the literature they planned to distribute to tell them to pack up and go home.
When Beattie joined Diaz and Shaffer, in a testy exchange caught on video, Morris-Ford said she never talked to Beattie on the phone.
“I need you to move your stuff. Period,” Morris-Ford says on the video. “You are not authorized.”
When contacted at her office, Morris-Ford declined to comment on the incident. “There’s two sides to every story,” she said. “I would love to tell you, but I can’t.”
Other college representatives offered a few more details, but also contradicted each other.
“Basically, they were asked to leave because they were not a campus club,” said Grace Truman, director of relations and marketing for Palm Beach State College.
Don Miller, a campus security guard who was present at the fair, said, “I was there, but nobody got escorted out. … They weren’t even asked to leave.”
Beattie acknowledged she had not yet succeeded at creating an official YAF “campus club.” That was why she requested to attend the fair in the first place. Beattie still plans to apply for official club status, and, thanks to the publicity from the event, plenty of students now want to join, Diaz said.
YAF is also now seeking help from the Alliance Defense Fund. Legal counsel Casey Mattox said the college has questionable policies that, for a public institution, border on unconstitutional.
“This school appears to have a policy that requires any student or any student group to give 24 hours notice to the school before they intend to speak or distribute literature of any kind and then it gives the school complete discretion to decide whether they will permit students to speak or distribute literature or not,” Mattox said. “So if that is, in fact, the policy, and it appears that it is, that’s clearly unconstitutional.”
According to an official statement, Palm Beach State College “unequivocally supports the constitutional right to freedom of speech for … students, faculty, staff and all citizens.” Until college administrators explain this incident and school policy, however, that freedom will remain in question.
Chemical Terror Attack Called Likely in Coming Years
An Israeli expert said Monday that nations must ready themselves for the increasing threat of acts of chemical terrorism in the years ahead, the Jerusalem Post reported (see GSN, July 27).
“The most immediate threat is chemical terrorism,” said Boaz Ganor, executive director of the Israel-based nonprofit International Institute for Counterterrorism. “We know that today, terrorists can download cookbooks from the Internet. They have primitive labs to prepare IEDs (improvised explosive devices), and can use the labs to prepare toxins rather than IEDs.”
“Modern nonconventional terror is knocking on our door,” Ganor said in remarks at the Tenth Annual World Summit on Counterterrorism.
Brig. Gen. Nitzan Nuriel, who leads the Israeli National Security Council’s Counterterrorism Bureau, at the summit in Herzliya accused the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center of providing weapons to the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.
“The international community must send a signal that next time the institute supports terrorism, it will be demolished,” Nuriel said.
The United States in 2005 said the institute was involved in preparing missiles and biological and chemical weapons, the Post reported (see GSN, June 29, 2005). The Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center said the center was developing biological weapons that would incorporate the lethal toxin ricin (Yaakov Lappin, Jerusalem Post, Sept. 15).
Anniston Chemical Weapons Disposal Plant Operator Fined
The state of Alabama has fined the operator of the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility more than $27,000 for roughly a dozen environmental rule breaches at the site, the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency said today (see GSN, July 6; U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency release, Sept. 9).
The fine was one element of a settlement negotiated by the facility’s operator and the Alabama Environmental Management Department, which permitted the site’s construction in 1997, the Associated Press reported.
The self-reported violations posed no threat to the public, the Army said (Associated Press/Anniston Star, Sept. 10).
“The issues reported to [the Environmental Management Department] reflect a very small percentage of all efforts that were accomplished in a compliant and safe manner,” ANCDF Government Site Project Manager Timothy Garrett said in released remarks.
“We honestly document everything we do, even when we have shortcomings. We also document what was done to immediately bring operations back into compliance with the permit. Through cooperative efforts with the state regulators, I can assure the public and the work force their safety has not been compromised at anytime by ANCDF operations,” Garrett said.
Nearly 85 percent of the Anniston Army Depot’s stockpile of weapons filled with mustard and nerve agents have been incinerated since disposal operations began in 2003. That covers 560,201 weapons (U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency release).
Kara’s Iconic Marilyn Monroe Photo Shoot-Kara poses for a provocative photo shoot in the likeness of Hollywood’s sexiest icon, Marilyn Monroe.
She is a haunting image of Marilyn when she was a young Norma Jean
Kara Visits Hollywood Icon Marilyn Monroe’s Museum. Kara Killmer immerses herself in the imagery of the greatest sex symbol that ever lived at the Marilyn Monroe Museum.
* If I Can Dream is an interactive entertainment venture created by Simon Fuller (American Idol” co-creator )
A 21-year-old aspiring actress from Crowley, Texas. Killmer is also a 2010 graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas; graduating with a major in Theater Arts. Over the course of the first season, Kara took extensive acting lessons from John Kirby, attended casting calls, and participated in several fund raisers via the Pepsi Refresh Project.
I am torn between who will win, but I go with “The Angel Jackie Evancho.” She did me IN!. I was raised Catholic & Ave Maria is to us Parochial school kids, as Amazing Grace is to a Baptist, excuse me while I go cry again ~JP
Prince Poppycock Another Amazing Talent. Makes me actually enjoy Opera! ~BTW Piers SUCKS lemons LOL!
Fighting Gravity A Great Vegas act but they goofed last night
Michael Grimm. Again, not a fan of the Blues except for Janis BUT this cutie sang raspy & I like that! But last season I personally did not feel the winner (Kevin Skinner) was genuinely chosen, but handpicked. No doubt Barbara Padilla was much more gifted. Or does America NOT like Opera? I don’t either BUT come on, this is about ‘talent’. There was intense talent & although, good, he did not warrant the million bucks. Michael Grimm will make a mark, but IMHO a fading star indeed
* Barbara Padilla
* Kevin Skinner The Winner hahaha A million dollar performance?! I don’t think so JUST MHO. Not even that great actually.
A federal judge on Wednesday overruled a small Ohio town that had blocked a local Tea Party group from holding a Constitution Day rally in the town’s public square because it was deemed too political.
Judge Donald C. Nugent issued a temporary injunction against Andover Township until the merits of the case can be decided. That clears the way for the Andover Tea Party to commemorate Constitution Day in the town square on Friday.
The town trustees who tried to block the rally “need to learn the Constitution,” Peg Slingluff, a local Tea Party organizer, told FoxNews.com.
“It’s very ironic that an effort to celebrate the Constitution results in a violation of the Constitution,” attorney Curt Hartman, part of the legal team representing the group, added.
Local officials in Ohio’s Andover Township have denied the use of their public square for a celebration of Constitution Day because of the “political affiliation” of its organizers.
Several residents of the small central Ohio town formed The Andover Tea Party in May 2010, and in that same month, they asked to use the square for a rally to commemorate Constitution Day, which celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.
But on July 19, a trustee informed one of the tea party organizers, Margaret Slingluff, that they would not be allowed to hold the event, which would have included singers performing patriotic songs and public policy-related speakers, in the square. In an official letter dated Aug. 25, the trustee said the reason was “due to your group’s political affiliation.”
A nonpartisan law center in the state, the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, has now filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of the Tea Party group, claiming their First Amendment rights are being violated.
“The first thing that you note is the extreme irony of the unconstitutional prohibition of the commemoration of the Constitution,” Executive Director Maurice Thompson, the lawyer of record on the case, told CNSNews.com of the incident.
“[A]nd the second thing that’s notable is either the extreme arrogance or ignorance of many local government officials. There’s so much focus on federal government, yet some of the worst actors are at the ground level,” Thompson said.
“The government’s action in this case, ironically, demonstrates the need for greater public understanding of Constitutional rights,” Thompson added in a written statement. “One way to do that is through commemoration of Constitution Day.”
According to their suit filed in U.S. District Court in northern Ohio, the group is seeking a temporary restraining order against the action of the Andover Township trustees.
In the complaint, Thompson writes, “It cannot be contested or doubted that the speech in which Plaintiffs seek to engage—honoring and discussing the fundamental law of this nation, i.e., the Constitution—is at the core of the speech protected by the First Amendment. And no venue could further reinforce such message as doing so in the center and heart of the community.
“In this case, the communicative nature of Plaintiffs’ proposed activities, as well as the selection of the venue for such speech, is indisputably protected by the First Amendment.”
Elaborating to CNSNews.com, Thompson explained that the trustees were citing a local resolution, Andover Township Resolution 06-104, that simply “prohibit[ed] any for-profit advertising or political signs on the Andover Square” and stated that “permission to use the square is made by the trustees on a case-by-case basis.
Based on that, Thompson said the problem was not so much that the group was conservative, but that the trustees believed celebrating the signing of the Constitution was a political event.
“It wasn’t necessarily that this group was disqualified because they’re a Tea Party group that may be considered of a particular political persuasion, but it really was more that the celebration of Constitution Day was considered by the trustees to be less like Memorial Day or Veterans’ Day or 4th of July and more like a political event for whatever reason,” he told CNSNews.com.
“The Constitution Day is a commemoration of the day the Constitution was implemented, and the 4th of July is simply the day the Declaration of Independence was authored—similarly it’s a legal document. So we consider it analogous and not really worthy of a legitimate sanction,” Thompson added.
Of course, the Constitution has a political philosophy and overtones, but it’s kind of a given that you subscribe to that.”
The judge on the case, Judge Donald Nugent, is expected to make a decision in time for the holiday on Sept. 17.
“We expect to get a restraining order before the 17th so that these citizens can have their commemoration and engage in this speech. It’s pretty—it’s a pretty straightforward First Amendment question. You can’t ban speech upon its content.
We feel pretty good about our chances here,” he said, “and we had a quick call with the judge this morning, and they—the judge told the township, ‘Look, you’re not in a very strong position here, so it’ll be in your interest to try to settle this matter,’ and they gave us 24 hours to do that. So, we expect the township to capitulate perhaps by (Wednesday) morning and enter into an agreement with us.”
ust in the past year, the township has allowed events on the public square including a Memorial Day Parade, “Christmas on the Square,” an Easter Egg Hunt, a charitable school supplies drive, and an annual Fall festival.
The trustees did not immediately return calls from CNSNews.com seeking to find out why they believed a Constitution Day rally did not belong among those.
“You know, the First Amendment is something that everybody knows enough about to make this an easy issue,” Thompson said. “These people again are either ill-intentioned or thoughtless, and we really don’t know which. Either is bad government.”
A conservative congressman says the wheels have come off for Democrats when it comes to their policies.
Congressman Gregg Harper (R-Mississippi) believes the Democratic agenda has gone bust, and he thinks the proof is available — especially when it comes to the healthcare law.
“Look at what the president has done since it passed. He’s been in full campaign mode, trying to tell you what a great thing it was,” Harper notes. “[But] people are not buying it. And if you want to look at the proof as we approach mid-term elections, I can’t find any Democrats who are going on TV in their commercials…defending the healthcare bill and telling what a great accomplishment it was.”
He gives credit to the American people for getting more involved in politics and slowing down the Democratic agenda.
“It took them a year to get the healthcare bill passed. Had they been able to do that as they thought within a month or two, then they could have moved on to other toxic issues that would not have been good for the country,” the congressman suggests.
Still, Harper warns that Democrats are not ready to give in, and he points to President Obama’s new plan to spend $50 billion outside of the federal stimulus on highways and infrastructure.
“We were told that’s what they were doing last time. They tell us it’s $50 billion, [but] it turns out that’s just the down payment; they want another $180 billion,” the Mississippi Republican reports. “Don’t even think about what that might lead to. The way they claim they’re going to pay for it is to cut oil and gas companies’ tax incentives to do exploration and drilling, which is then going to drive up the cost of oil production again.”
He argues that “this is not the way to run the country” and suggests, “We need to get back to believing in America’s greatness.”
These comments were made recently on the Today’s Issues program on American Family Radio.
White House’s new ‘stimulus’ plans would trigger loss of $341 billion in economic activity
The American Energy Alliance (AEA) released a study yesterday from Dr. Joseph R. Mason, Louisiana State University Endowed Chair of Banking and nationally-renowned economist, which estimates that President Obama’s proposed energy tax changes would trigger grave economic consequences.
* Initial losses of over 154,000 jobs by the end of 2011, not only in the energy sector but across the whole economy;
* More than $341 billion in lost U.S. economic output; and
* In excess of $68 billion in lost wages nationwide.
Read the full study here (PDF) “Regional and National Economic Impact of Repealing the Section 199 Tax Deduction and Dual-capacity Tax Credit for Oil and Gas Producers.”