FL Judge Rules ObamaCare Unconstitutional

What a hallmark ruling! ObamaCare will be defeated, hands down.

Taken from Fox News on January 31st:

A U.S. district judge ruled Monday that the health care law unconstitutional because it violates the Commerce Clause

Judge Roger Vinson said as a result of the unconstitutionality of the “individual mandate” that requires people to buy insurance, the entire law must be thrown out.

“I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the Act with the individual mandate. That is not to say, of course, that Congress is without power to address the problems and inequities in our health care system. The health care market is more than one sixth of the national economy, and without doubt Congress has the power to reform and
regulate this market. That has not been disputed in this case. The principal dispute
has been about how Congress chose to exercise that power here,” Vinson wrote.

“Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void,” he wrote.

Intolerant Students at WUSTL Successfully Undermine Bristol Palin’s Appearance



Whether you like Bristol Palin or not, she has every right to talk about abstinence on college campuses.

Engaging in political discourse  is important in our society. Whether right, left, moderate, or libertarian-whatever- it is pivotal to gauge all viewpoints on campus, not just the Left’s.

Nevertheless, the vehement Left will do anything to suppress conservative views, appearances, and activities. And if it has anything to do with the “evil” surname Palin, expect all hell to unleash.

WUSTL’s independent paper Student Life reported the following:

As news outlets from the Huffington Post to Fox covered the story of Palin’s potential position in the Sexual Responsibility Week speaker lineup, students formed Facebook groups and an online petition in protest. A Facebook group titled “No thanks, Bristol” organized by the Wash. U. College Democrats had over 750 members by Wednesday night.

Additionally, LifeNews.com gives the full scoop on the Bristol Palin pullout:

The college says it “mutually agreed” with Bristol that she should not participate in a panel discussion on abstinence and that it did not have a contract with Palin.

“Because of the growing controversy among undergraduates over the decision to pay for her talk with student-generated funds, the Student Health Advisory Committee and Palin decided that the message that they intended on sharing would be overshadowed by controversy,” the school said in a statement.

The decisions appeared to come after some Washington University students protested Palin’s inclusion on the panel and they described the use of students funds to allow her to be a part of the program. The talk was supposed to take place next month during the University’s “Sexual Responsibility Week”

The protests were led in part by “Private Practice” star Kate Walsh, a member of the Planned Parenthood board of directors who has been in trouble with pro-life advocates for urging donations and support for the abortion business.

“Welcome to the Idiocracy…please join students at Wash.U. to boycott Bristol Palin’s speech on abstinence. What does she know about college or abstaining?” Walsh tweeted.

Dana Loesch, the editor of the conservative news and opinion site BigJournalism.com condemned the decision.

“Funny that people who once accused conservatives of turning a blind eye to single moms as social issue, now ridicule Bristol Palin,” she said, adding that some people “assume that an overpriced education prohibits learning from life experience. I am a Wash U grad, and this is despicable. I am ashamed and will be letting my alma mater know it.”

She said some students and detractors don’t understand that the budget for the event was $20,000 and that the entirety of the funding was not going to Bristol directly.

“Just be honest in the opposition to Bristol Palin. You hate her because of her mom. No need to lie about $ and trash young mothers,” she added. “Wonder how much in student fees Van Jones received when he spoke at Wash U last year. No protest then. “Why do progressive want censorship? Do they realize how it can go the other way when they’re out of power? Why would anyone want that?”

“All that money for higher education and we’re still down the list in terms of achievement compared to other countries. Its a joke,” she said. ‘Second biggest criticism of Bristol speaking? She didn’t go to college.”

As a conservative college student, I know firsthand how unfair universities are in observing neutrality when it comes to funding. If a conservative group asks for money, they receive little or nothing in comparison to progressive, Democrat, and even communist groups.

This is absolutely disgusting. I hope the conservatives at WUSTL press their administration to fund their activities equally. Otherwise, expose the administration for this inherent bias.

CBLPI’s Western Women’s Summit Informational Dinner-San Diego

Interested in going to Santa Barbara this March 25-26th? Want to be surrounded by fellow conservative women? Would you like to meet tentative event speakers Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, and filmmaker Ann McElhinney? How about trek up to President Reagan‘s beloved ranch, “Rancho del Cielo?” If this interests you, come to an informational dinner hosted by Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

What? Western Women’s Summit Informational Dinner

Host: Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute

Date: February 1st, 2011

Time: 6-8PM

Cost: Free

Location: Sammy’s in University Towne Center/Genesee

8650 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA 92122
Ph: 858-404-9898

Be sure to RSVP your attendance to CBLPI Campus Director, Alyssa Cordova: acordova@cblpi.org.

If you need assistance from the local level, don’t hesitate to contact me: Gabriella Hoffman- ghoffman16@yahoo.com or (949)302-8266

Hope to see you there!

Teaching Diversity Conference will divide, not unify, UC-San Diego

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Taken from SFPA on January 27th, 2011.

Following last year’s free speech debacle and backlash from the ‘Compton Cookout‘, UC-San Diego vowed to combat hate and discrimination while promoting diversity, social justice, and equality. Along those lines, UCSD will host its Teaching Diversity Conference today.

Chancellor Marye Anne Fox praised the conference:

“Diversity is an integral part of UC San Diego’s excellence and this event helps illustrate the university’s commitment to social justice and equality,” said Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. “As we celebrate UC San Diego’s 50th Anniversary, we continue to focus on programs and policies that enhance the campus climate and broaden the richness and diversity of our community and curriculum.”

Interestingly enough, the press release mentioned this:

The Teaching Diversity Conference, hosted by UC San Diego’s John Muir College and the Cross Cultural Center, is an all-day event where educators, students and alumni will discuss how to create and sustain a community that acknowledges and respects the diversity of all students.

“Many of the people attending the conference want to know how to be more effective in teaching diversity,” Lin said.  “We will be asking students how their perspectives changed as a result of having taken diversity courses.  Teachers will share their best practices and alumni will describe how they how they used knowledge about diversity in the work world. Our goal is to help UC San Diego sustain a culture of inclusion, respect and excellence.”

The university’s claim that it wants to respect the diversity of all students is blatantly false. It certainly does not extend to those who espouse conservative or pro-Israel views on campus.

I have seen firsthand how the administration fails to promote equality and diversity since hosting David Horowitz last May during  Israel Apartheid Week. My cohorts in Tritons for Israel see inconsistency in this rhetoric as well, as the administration has been reluctant to admit the growing threat of anti-Semitism here, at other UC’s, and at campuses nationwide.

While conservative students and Israel advocates see a double standard, many at this campus dismiss it. The Guardian published an editorial last May trivializing the aftermath of the Horowitz-Albarhi exchange:

In retaliation, Young Americans for Freedom, an otherwise unknown, politically conservative student org, invited slimeball pro-Israel commentator David Horowitz to speak on campus that same week. During a question-and-answer session, Horowitz dodged a legitimate request from MSA member Jumanah Albahri to back his claim that terrorists fund her organization. He also bullied Albahri into agreeing she would support a mass genocide of Jews, simplifying the issue into “for or against” language. …

Of course, Jewish students are entitled to feel threatened or upset by recent events on our campus, but it takes quite an imagination to believe that MSA members are out to kill off UCSD’s Jewish population.

But when the Black Student Union and Native American Student Alliance are threatened, the university jumps in to rescue them, even at the expense of free-speech and promotion of well-being for all students. If a conservative or pro-Israel group is being threatened, officials shield themselves off  to their concerns.

Students need to wise up about conferences like this one. We are all unique and diverse in our genetic make-up, talents, preferences, viewpoints, and hobbies. It is common sense that everyone is different and diverse.  Labels that place us into broad racial categories are demeaning and unnecessary.

Instead of identifying–and thus dividing–people among racial and class lines, why not embrace intellectual diversity–the true diversity that exists in society?

Gabriella Hoffman is the Advertising Manager at The California Review. She studies at the University of California, San Diego,  and is a member of the Student Free Press Association

SOTU 2011:Date Night

Things are going to be interesting come this State of the Union address tonight.

What better way to quell tensions between the parties then a SOTU date night!? (Not a bright idea to place frenemies alongside one another).

The Washington Post gives a glimpse into Tuesday’s hookups for the SOTU:

Nancy Pelosi turned down Eric Cantor to go with Reps. Roscoe Bartlett and Judy Chu. “I look forward to sitting between two lovely ladies,” Bartlett said in a press release. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer went with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. Heh heh. Make up your own joke.Sens. Claire McCaskill and Jerry Moran. “Glad that seat mate for tonight is new R Sen Jerry Moran from KS, “tweeted McCaskill. “He’s also KU grad. The D v R thing is probably easier than Tiger v Jayhawk.Sen. Lisa Murkowski went with Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the self-proclaimed “Polish caucus, ” but let Sen. Daniel Akaka tag along.Reps. Jane Harman, David Dreier and Maxine Waters, who announced they had “even coordinated our outfits for this special occasion.” Waters planned on a red jacket; he wore a red elephant tie. Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk were one of several state couplings from the senate (Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, Florida’s Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio.) “I’m bringing the popcorn; he’s bringing a Coke with two straws,” Durbin said. “Just kidding, of course.”

Fox News also reports on the seating arrangement:
Of note, Reps. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., Norm Dicks, D-Wash., and Jerry Lewis R-Calif., reserved seats together on the Democrats’ side of the aisle. Reps. Charlie Bass, R-N.H., and Jay Inslee, D-Wash., saved seats on the Democratic side. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, is known for always reserving a seat on the aisle so she can greet the president, regardless of party. This year, she snared a seat on the aisle…with Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas. Olson says they will talk NASA issues later. 

ASUCSD Petition for More Student Parking

Sign the petition to grant more parking spots to students. You can find it here.

Many of the Undergraduate Student parking spaces have gradually been vanishing even though they are constantly full while many other parking spaces, usually Visitors and “B” spaces are always available. Often this leads undergraduate students to park in overflow parking or drive around aimlessly looking for parking spaces, emitting more CO2 emissions. Not to mention, many students, especially those living on campus, are forced to park far from their desired location or home on campus and walk in dimly lit areas late at night. This safety hazard also limits many students’ off campus experiences because they feel they can’t even leave campus as they run the risk of not finding a parking spot when they return. Many students are also late to classes due to this inconvenience. This petition is designed to show the frustration of the parking situation on campus in hopes for immediate replacement of our lost “S” spaces, because who pays $600 a year to not even have a parking spot?

UCSD Receives Record Number of Applications

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UCSD is the second most applied to American university among freshmen for the Class of 2015.

The Huffington Post reports more below:

This year, the ten University of California campuses all attracted large volumes of applicants, with UCLA topping the list with a record 61,498 applications. Among private schools, Columbia University saw a massive 32 percent increase in applicants from last year, for a total of 34,587 applications.

Read the rest of the article here.

Ron Reagan, Jr. to discuss controversial book, claim father had Alzheimer’s in office at UCSD

Ron Reagan, Jr. will give a lecture at UCSD on January 26th, 2011, at The Neurosciences Institute. Reagan is best known for espousing liberal viewpoints and hosting dog shows.  He is slated to discuss his new book, My Father at 100, and President Reagan’s centennial birthday.

This event is one of many that comprise the Revelle Forum Lectures Series, which is a project of UCSD’s Extension program.

The Revelle Forum website details the event with Reagan:

February 6, 2011, is the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. To mark the occasion, Ron Reagan has written,My Father at 100,, an intimate look at his father’s life told from the perspective of someone who knew him better than any friend or colleague. As Ron grew up, he observed the very qualities that made the future president a powerful leader. Yet for all of their shared experiences, there was much that Ron never knew about his father’s past, and in My Father at 100, he sets out to understand this beloved, if often enigmatic, figure. President Reagan came to personify the values of an older America, and Ron Reagan traces the sources of these values in his father’s early years in a heartfelt portrait of the man and his country.

Location: Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., La Jolla. Please arrive early. Advance registration strongly advised. Registration fee is $25, please refer to section ID 080748. Registration for this event is available by calling 858-882-8000. To receive information on upcoming Revelle Forum events, please e-mail us at RevelleForum@ucsd.edu.

If you want to see Ron Reagan, Jr., it does not come cheap. The event costs $25 dollars to attend.

Interestingly enough, Ron Reagan, Jr. recently came under fire from half-brother Michael Reagan for his memoir.  My Father at 100 purports that President Reagan suffered from Alzheimer’s disease during his presidency. USA Today reports the following below:

In a new book — and an interview on ABC’s 20/20 — President Ronald Reagan’s son says he saw evidence of his father’s Alzheimer’s disease back during his years in the White House.

“There was just something that was off, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it,” Ron Reagan said in 20/20 interview airing Friday night.

The younger Reagan said his father often didn’t seem sharp during their political debates. At another point, Ron Reagan saw his father read from note cards as he made phone calls.

“It wasn’t like oh my God he doesn’t remember he’s President,” Reagan said. “You know, it was just — I had an inkling something was going on.”

In wake of this claim, Michael Reagan has condemned his half-brother’s book. Reagan issued a statement to Fox Nation on January 14th regarding it:

“Ron was an embarrassment to his father when he was alive and today he became an embarrassment to his mother.”

Washington Post staff writer Manuel Roig-Franzia writes that Reagan, Jr.’s memoir has been dismissed by renowned Reagan biographer, Edmund Morris:

Reaganites and Reagan watchers are reacting with varying levels of disbelief and rage. Edmund Morris, the biographer, says in an interview that he doubts the claim in part because Reagan’s daily diaries are as “clearly expressed and well-written” at the end of his presidency as at the beginning.

“I never saw any signs of dementia. What I did see was a very old man and a very tired man,” Morris says.

It is a shameful (although unsurprising) that UCSD would endorse Reagan, Jr.’s claim that President Reagan suffered from Alzheimer’s during his presidency. (Coincidence much?)

Ron Reagan, Jr. is not representative of what President Reagan stood for. This event will skew President Reagan’s image and reputation as a conservative icon and beloved American president. As a result, liberals cannot be trusted with President Reagan.