Daily Archives: June 12, 2012

Rees Lloyd: June 12, 1987: President Reagan’s "Tear Down This Wall!"


On June 12, 1987, at the Brandenburg Gate, outside the  infamous “Berlin Wall” established by the communist Union of Soviet Socialist Republics led by then-Premier Gorbachev to prevent Germans in communist East Berlin from escaping to free capitalist West Berlin, President Ronald Reagan delivered his now famous speech challenging: “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!”

At the time, Reagan was hailed by patriots and lovers of freedom for challenging the communist Soviet Union, then-a Super Power. But Reagan was denounced and ridiculed at the time by communists, socialists, progressives, liberals and elitist media, in Germany, Europe, and in the United States.
Reagan was called, among other things, an “amiable dunce” (by liberal Democrat Party guru Clark Clifford), and a reckless war monger and  madman by provoking the communist USSR into war with his challenge to Gorbachev to “Tear Down This Wall,” and by reaffirming in his speech his refusal to retreat from his Strategic Defense Initiative, the defensive missile system denounced and ridiculed as “Star Wars” by Liberals.
Reagan refused all Soviet demands, including in so-called “Summit Meetings” with Gorbache–that Reagan abandon his SDI defensive missile policy, which Reagan explained in his speech that he pursued after “…the Soviets challenged the Western alliance with a grave new threat, hundreds of new and more deadly SS-20 nuclear missiles capable of striking every capital in Europe.”
Reagan’s refusal to retreat from his strong military stand led to an avalanche of denunciations and ridicule by liberal Democrats and elitist liberal media at home who demanded he appease not challenge the Soviet Union, the other nuclear super power.
Reagan, however, has been vindicated by history: Two years after Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall,” speech, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. So did the communist Soviet Union, which collapsed entirely. Gorbachev would later admit that the Soviet Union collapsed because of Reagan’s refusal to retreat from his Strategic Defense Initiative, that the liberals had branded an unworkable “Star Wars,” war-provoking strategy.
Gorachev explained that Reagan’s strategy did work—it brought down not only the Berlin Wall, but the Soviet Union itself. Gorbachev said that Reagan’s refusal to retreat in the face of Soviet threats forced the Soviet Union to compete militarily and its already moribund socialist economic system could not compete but instead the Soviet Union imploded, and ceasing to exist as a totalitarian union of socialist republics.
Reagan’s speech has resonance, and valuable lessons to be learned even today. This includes, of course, meeting the challenge of the totalitarian ideology of jihadist Islam and the more than fifty countries established as Islamic theocracies, spawning and sponsoring international terrorism and offering non-Muslim free peoples the choice of conversion to Islam; diminished status as subjects upon imposed special taxes are imposed for failure to convert; or death for refusing to submit to Islam.
It also means deciding how to meet the economic crisis facing America. That is, whether America should continue to stand by the principles of free enterprise, personal responsibility, and limited government upon which the United States has become the most prosperous nation in the history of the world. Or, alternatively, whether the United States should  follow the principles of European-style big government socialism, personal dependency on government, and government controlled command economy.
That is, we face on June 12, 2012,  the need to make decisions like those presented on June 12, 1987, when President Ronald Reagan stood at the Berlin Wall,
pointed to the success of the economy of free enterprise, low-tax West Berlin, the so-called “Economic Wonder” after the devastation of WWII,  and the utter failure of the socialist economy on the other side of the Wall, and then changed the world with his call to freedom: “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!”
 

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Gordon Fulks: Oregon State University Purges Another Skeptical Faculty Member

Reprinted by permission from PhD in Physic, Gordon Fulks
In theory at least Oregon State University (OSU) seems to be a bastion of academic freedom, diversity, and tolerance.  A wide range of ideas are openly discussed.  The most viable rise to the top and the least viable fade away.  But it is all a fairy tale, because OSU operates under a politically correct regimen that dictates what is acceptable to say and what is not. Transgressors who dare to be different are eventually weeded out so that the campus maintains its ideological purity
OSU is not yet as swift or efficient as the Soviet system when Joseph Stalin was trying to quash dissent among biologists who refused to go along with Trofim Lysenko.  If warnings to compromise their integrity were not followed, Stalin simply had biologists shot.  That quickly thinned the ranks of all biologists and persuaded the remaining ones to comply with Stalin’s wishes.  Of course, it also destroyed Soviet biology, because Lysenko was pedaling nonsense.  And Russian biology has never recovered.
We learned over the weekend that chemist Nickolas Drapela, PhD has been summarily fired from his position as a “Senior Instructor” in the Department of Chemistry.  The department chairman Richard Carter told him that he was fired but would not provide any reason.  Subsequent attempts to extract a reason from the OSU administration have been stonewalled.  Drapela appears to have been highly competent and well-liked by his students.  Some have even taken up the fight to have him reinstated.

What could possibly have provoked the OSU administration to take precipitous action against one of their academics who has been on their staff for ten years, just bought a house in Corvallis, and has four young children (one with severe medical problems)?  Dr. Drapela is an outspoken critic of the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming, the official religion of the State of Oregon, the Oregon Democratic Party, and Governor John Kitzhaber.
Five years ago, Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor went around quietly saying that he was not a believer.  Then Governor Ted Kulongoski and many faculty at OSU including Dr. Jane Lubchenco made life impossible for Taylor, and he retired.  (Lubchenco is now head of NOAA in the Obama administration.)  Under those currently in charge, OSU climate research has grown to be a huge business, reportedly $90 million per year with no real deliverables beyond solid academic support for climate hysteria.  A small army of researchers ponder the effects of Global Warming on all sorts of things from tube worms living along the Oregon Coast to butterflies inland.  When the climate refuses to warm (as it has for the last twenty years), they just study ‘warming in reverse!’  Most of us call that “cooling,” but they are very careful not to upset their Obama administration contract monitors with politically incorrect terminology.
Skeptics of Global Warming who oppose the OSU approach and oppose the politicians who make it all possible but do not work for OSU also find themselves attacked.  Dr. Art Robinson who is running against Peter DeFazio for an Oregon Congressional seat found three of his children under attack at OSU.  All were attempting to obtain advanced degrees in the Nuclear Engineering Department and were threatened with dismissal.  Because Robinson fought back, we understand that the OSU administration backed down.
As to the latest victim of political correctness at OSU, Dr. Nickolas Drapela gives us an excellent synopsis of what is going on:
“The fact of the matter is that it is now two weeks since I was fired and no one has had the cajones or the common courtesy to even tell me why.  I have spoken with the Dept. Chair (Rich Carter) who fired me, and he refused to tell me why.  I spoke to the Dean of Science (Vince Remcho) and he couldn’t tell me why.  I spoke to HR who set up a meeting with me, then cancelled it an hour before.  Then I went to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (Becky Warner) and she sent me back to Rich Carter, the chemistry chair.

It’s just a sad, sad state of affairs that an institution like OSU would fire a good employee for (ostensibly) no reason and then run around and hide from the person they fired.  I had stellar teaching evaluations, I won College of Science awards for teaching, and published textbooks.  My class sections were always full and I was well-liked by students (see ratemyprofessors.com).  I was doing my job very well.  But I guess I didn’t march in step with their philosophies.
There were quite a few student protests over this at OSU (Barometer, Facebook, etc.) but to no avail.
I was given no severance and had no warning this was about to happen.  In fact, I was lured into the chair’s office under the guise of a fallacious story before being fired.
As you know, I was probably the most visibly-outspoken critic of the Global Warming doctrine at OSU.  I gave several public talks on the topic and did research in the area which I regularly posted on the web.  I was also on a few talk radio shows in the area.  I think they finally just said, we can’t have this.
Can it be that a university whose motto is “Open minds. Open doors” cannot abide even one faculty member who disagrees with their dogma?  I suppose I am too naive, but I’m still reeling from it.  Unbelievable.
I should say that they regularly read all my email communications, which is why I am writing from this private email address.  That has been going on for quite some time now.
As far as my options at this point, like I said I haven’t even really grasped what has just happened.  I don’t know what I’m going to do, or what options I have yet.  I’m sure OSU wants their story to be tight and perfectly identical among all administration before coming out with an official reason why I was fired, hence the long wait and refusal to speak to me.
I truly thank you for your concern, and I hope there is some recourse, even just for the sake of exposing what is happening at OSU.”
In a separate e-mail Drapela went on to say:
“Thanks so much for your support and your concern.  That’s really nice.  My students were all really upset about it.  They started an email writing campaign to have me re-hired but I guess no one cares what they think.

I find that the people who want to keep things secret all the time are usually the people that have something to hide.  It is certainly ok by me for you to disseminate this story.  But I’m sure OSU would be horrified.
I’m not sure how I will support my family at this point.  We just bought a house in Corvallis.  I have four kids, one of whom has a rare, blood disorder and requires regular trips to Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital for treatment.  Now we will be without health insurance.”
We can only speculate as to how the decision to fire Drapela was made.  Unlike the decision to force Taylor out (which came from the governor’s office), this decision was likely internal to OSU with the implicit backing of Governor Kitzhaber and NOAA administrator Lubchenco.  I would suspect that Dr. Phil Mote (Director of their Climate Change Research Institute) had a hand in the decision, because he has previously been highly intolerant of those who oppose his ideas and could potentially threaten his business empire.
Please join with me in supporting Nick Drapela.  Please join with me in supporting objective science, as well as academic freedom, diversity, and tolerance.  The issues here go far beyond just Global Warming and strike at the very heart of who we are as scientists and Americans.
Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)
Corbett, Oregon USA
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Oregon’s Accidental Senator Merkley Urges Taxmageddon on Americans

Do you know what I think is so galling? First that the “Bush tax cuts” (thanks, President Bush!) were ever allowed to be considered temporary, and, second, that the Democrats somehow think they’re entitled to OUR money–as if the government lay first claim to the fruits of our labor!
The latest installment comes from the Accidental Senator, Jeff Merkley, who is urging the Dems to let the Bush tax cuts lapse.
Money quote (if there is such a thing from him):

“I’m encouraging my team to realize we have lots of leverage on this,” he explained. “This is not a situation where you go to the table and you’re desperate to get a deal. Republicans are concerned about the [automatic] defense cuts. I personally feel that there’s probably a fair amount of defense cuts that are absolutely needed. 

If the Republicans don’t make hay out of this faux pas …

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Victor Sharpe: The Six Day War: Israel’s Miraculous Victory

Reprinted with permission by the author

Forty-five years ago, on June 5, 1967, the world was writing Israel’s obituary. The armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan, along with military contingents from many other Arab and Muslim regimes, were all poised at tiny Israel’s vulnerable borders, ready to annihilate the Jewish state. The odds appeared immensely stacked against Israel, and the likelihood of any outside military support, even from the United States, seemed remote. Israel stood alone.
The Arab Muslim street was shrieking bloodcurdling threats of mass extermination for all Israelis, young and old, and the Arab leaders were falling over themselves to see who could utter the most hideous promise of massacre and slaughter. Hafez al-Assad, the father of Syria’s present butcher of Syria said, Pave the roads with the skulls of Jews.” The Muslim Arab cry Itbah Al-Yahud, an Arabic phrase meaning “Slaughter the Jews,” was spewing from every Arab regime’s controlled radio and television station. 

 

Khaybar ya Yahod, another Arabic battle cry — referring to a seventh-century attack by Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, and his followers against the Jewish community in Khaybar, in present-day Saudi Arabia — was also being shouted by huge Arab mobs. Mohammed’s surprise attack, breaking a ten-year treaty, resulted in the forced expulsion of all the Jewish men, women, and children. In 627 AD, Mohammad also attacked the Jewish Bani Quraysh tribe, beheading many of the men and boys and enslaving the women and young children.
Egypt’s president, Gamal Abdul Nasser, who at the time was also president of the United Arab Republic, a union between Egypt and Syria, made the UAR position on Israel clear. Echoing the standard hate speech against Israel, he said: “I announce on behalf of the United Arab Republic that we will exterminate Israel.”
For many years, Arab terrorists from Egypt occupied Gaza, and terrorists from the Jordanian-occupied the West Bank (which is the biblical and ancestral Jewish heartland) had been mounting cross-border attacks into Israel, killing civilians, including many children. And remember, this was long before the so-called Israeli “occupation,” which the Arab world and its supporters always claim as the sole reason for Arab aggression against the reconstituted Jewish state. 
Beginning in late May and early June 1967, Nasser sent 80,000 Egyptian troops and 900 tanks across the Sinai Desert to attack Israel, with air cover provided by 400 jet aircraft. Soviet-made Syrian guns and artillery on the Syrian-occupied Golan Heights were already pounding Israeli farmers and villagers in the valley below and firing on Israeli fishermen in the Sea of Galilee.
At the same time, indiscriminate shelling of Jerusalem by the Arab Legion from the Jordanian-occupied West Bank had killed scores of Israeli civilians and wounded 1,000 despite pleas from Israel to Jordan to stay out of the war. Meanwhile, disgracefully succumbing to Nasser’s demands, the United Nation’s buffer force in Sinai that had been in place since the earlier 1956 One Hundred Hours’ War hastily left, even as Israel pleaded with Secretary General U Thant to honor the U.N. mandate to keep the peace. 
Egypt was also blockading Israeli shipping in the Straits of Tiran, leading to the Red Sea, and Israeli ships were also prohibited from using the Suez Canal. This was strangling Israel’s economy. Faced with all this, Israel struck back — and won a stunning victory.
In a surprise move, the Israeli Air Force attacked while the Egyptian pilots were having breakfast and destroyed all 400 Egyptian planes on the ground. The Israeli armored and infantry units, though outnumbered, rolled up the huge Egyptian army, forcing it back to the Suez Canal; drove the Syrian forces from the Golan Heights; and reunited divided Jerusalem, liberating all the Jewish holy places in the Old City, which the Jordanians had desecrated and destroyed. The Jordanians had taken the ancient Jewish gravestones on the Mount of Olives and used them as latrines for the Arab Legion. At the same time, some 58 synagogues, some dating back centuries, had been blown up, their ruins used as stables for donkeys, goats and sheep.
Many people believe that the astonishing Israeli victory was a miracle. I remember listening in England to Michael Elkins, the BBC reporter in Israel at the time, who broke the startling news of the Israeli victories on all three fronts; the Egyptian, the Syrian, and the Jordanian. But equally, many people also thought he was exaggerating Israel’s total defeat of her enemies, preferring almost to the end of the Six-Day War to continue believing the strident but false Arab boastings that Israel was being destroyed. 
Almost prophetically, an earlier Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, had stated that “…in Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.”
Years later, on February 5, 1996, Britain’s conservative prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, referring to united Jerusalem, stated: “We have to remember that the Jewish people never lost their faith in the face of all the persecution and as a result have come to have their own promised land returned and have Jerusalem as a capital city again.”
But as Ruth King from Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI) wrote in her excellent blog, www.RuthfullyYours.com “… in order to seek peace with implacable Arab enemies, Israel has consecutively dismembered its patrimony and heartland.”
She was referring to the absurd and suicidal notion of “land for peace,” in which Israel gives away its historic land but never receives peace. Israel has gained naught from such overtures to the Arab and Muslim world except more terror from an implacable foe. Even immediately after the June 1967 victory, Moshe Dayan gave away to the Muslim Waqf the newly liberated Temple Mount — a tragic error that haunts the Jewish state to this day.
Indeed, as anyone who understands the Arab mentality knows, such offers of reconciliation have been seen not as peaceful overtures, but rather as abject signs of weakness and lack of resolve, merely emboldening the jihadists and encouraging ever more relentless Arab terror and aggression. The old saying “give an inch and they will take a mile” comes to mind.
Meanwhile, the Israeli hard-left Peace Now organization continues its destructive campaign of vilifying the thousands of Jewish families who live in Judea and Samaria — a campaign funded in large part by the European Union, which would make the biblical Jewish heartland judenrein.
The dirty little secret, that astonishingly still evades so many Israeli and world leaders, is that in the world of Islam, wherever the Muslim foot has once trod triumphal forever remains Islamic land. If it is lost, then it is incumbent as a religious duty upon all Muslims to wage ceaseless war until it is recovered. Thus, Peace Now cannot ever find a partner within the Islamic world, for if one ever dared come into existence, it would be given short thrift by the Muslim faithful.
And for the same reason, there can never be peace from those Arabs who call themselves Palestinians with the reborn Jewish state, regardless of the breathtakingly generous offers of land given to them by successive Israeli leaders. Nor, for that matter, will the Muslim world ever give up the dream of reconquering all those once-Muslim-occupied lands lost in Spain, Portugal, Sicily, parts of France, Greece, the Balkans, southern Russia — even up to the gates of Vienna.
Victor Sharpe is a prolific freelance writer and author of several books including the trilogy Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state.
He writes for the American Thinker blog and appears regularly on the Victoria Taft Show on AM 860 KPAM.

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Trippi & Rove: Oregon a Toss Up; Obama Will Have to Spend $$ to Keep It

We’ve pointed out recently here that Oregon is being considered a toss up state in the upcoming 2012 election. Obama is up by only 4% in the polling cited by Democratic strategist, Joe Trippi, and Republican strategist, Karl Rove. Trippi says that means Obama will have to start spending more money here to retain Oregon in the blue column for 2012.
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WSJ: Obama Spending Highest Since World War II

Wall Street Journal

President Obama has now tried to remake himself into some sort of fiscal conservative. It’s a step in the right direction: at least he acknowledges that in order for him to win he’s going to have to convince enough suckers to believe he’s bringing down spending. In other words, Republicans have a winning message. Thank you, Tea Party.

So perhaps they’d best keep away the latest piece in the Wall Street Journal from the suckers. In today’s piece, Stephen Moore and Art Laffer track the spending that began going into hyperspace when


Nancy Pelosi took the gavel and Obama gets into power. Bush isn’t spared, either. He could have vetoed some of the spending to make a point, but didn’t.

Here are a couple of excerpts from their piece here:
 

The numbers are mind boggling. From the second quarter of 2007, i.e., the first full quarter of a Pelosi-Reid dominated Congress and a politically weakened President Bush, to the second quarter of 2009 when President Obama assumed office, government spending skyrocketed to 27.3% of GDP from 21.4%. It was the largest peacetime expansion of government spending in U.S. history. 

After taking office in 2009, with spending and debt already at record high levels and the deficit headed to $1 trillion, President Obama proceeded to pass his own $830 billion stimulus, auto bailouts, mortgage relief plans, the Dodd-Frank financial reforms and the $1.7 trillion ObamaCare entitlement (which isn’t even accounted for in the chart).

Listen to Stephen Moore talk about the reasons why spending dipped in 2010.

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Rees Lloyd: June 12, 1987: President Reagan’s "Tear Down This Wall!"


On June 12, 1987, at the Brandenburg Gate, outside the  infamous “Berlin Wall” established by the communist Union of Soviet Socialist Republics led by then-Premier Gorbachev to prevent Germans in communist East Berlin from escaping to free capitalist West Berlin, President Ronald Reagan delivered his now famous speech challenging: “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!”

At the time, Reagan was hailed by patriots and lovers of freedom for challenging the communist Soviet Union, then-a Super Power. But Reagan was denounced and ridiculed at the time by communists, socialists, progressives, liberals and elitist media, in Germany, Europe, and in the United States.
Reagan was called, among other things, an “amiable dunce” (by liberal Democrat Party guru Clark Clifford), and a reckless war monger and  madman by provoking the communist USSR into war with his challenge to Gorbachev to “Tear Down This Wall,” and by reaffirming in his speech his refusal to retreat from his Strategic Defense Initiative, the defensive missile system denounced and ridiculed as “Star Wars” by Liberals.
Reagan refused all Soviet demands, including in so-called “Summit Meetings” with Gorbache–that Reagan abandon his SDI defensive missile policy, which Reagan explained in his speech that he pursued after “…the Soviets challenged the Western alliance with a grave new threat, hundreds of new and more deadly SS-20 nuclear missiles capable of striking every capital in Europe.”
Reagan’s refusal to retreat from his strong military stand led to an avalanche of denunciations and ridicule by liberal Democrats and elitist liberal media at home who demanded he appease not challenge the Soviet Union, the other nuclear super power.
Reagan, however, has been vindicated by history: Two years after Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall,” speech, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. So did the communist Soviet Union, which collapsed entirely. Gorbachev would later admit that the Soviet Union collapsed because of Reagan’s refusal to retreat from his Strategic Defense Initiative, that the liberals had branded an unworkable “Star Wars,” war-provoking strategy.
Gorachev explained that Reagan’s strategy did work—it brought down not only the Berlin Wall, but the Soviet Union itself. Gorbachev said that Reagan’s refusal to retreat in the face of Soviet threats forced the Soviet Union to compete militarily and its already moribund socialist economic system could not compete but instead the Soviet Union imploded, and ceasing to exist as a totalitarian union of socialist republics.
Reagan’s speech has resonance, and valuable lessons to be learned even today. This includes, of course, meeting the challenge of the totalitarian ideology of jihadist Islam and the more than fifty countries established as Islamic theocracies, spawning and sponsoring international terrorism and offering non-Muslim free peoples the choice of conversion to Islam; diminished status as subjects upon imposed special taxes are imposed for failure to convert; or death for refusing to submit to Islam.
It also means deciding how to meet the economic crisis facing America. That is, whether America should continue to stand by the principles of free enterprise, personal responsibility, and limited government upon which the United States has become the most prosperous nation in the history of the world. Or, alternatively, whether the United States should  follow the principles of European-style big government socialism, personal dependency on government, and government controlled command economy.
That is, we face on June 12, 2012,  the need to make decisions like those presented on June 12, 1987, when President Ronald Reagan stood at the Berlin Wall,
pointed to the success of the economy of free enterprise, low-tax West Berlin, the so-called “Economic Wonder” after the devastation of WWII,  and the utter failure of the socialist economy on the other side of the Wall, and then changed the world with his call to freedom: “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!”
 

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Roosevelt Graduation Speech Includes Political Message from Oregon’s "Teacher of the Year"

Roosevelt’s Spanish teacher was an honored speaker at the Portland high school’s graduation celebration. She dotted her brief remarks with no fewer than three references to Si Se Puede, Yes, We Can, a political chant used by President Obama in his 2008 election and one which is used by Latino activists.

In slavish devotion to the President, she mentioned her visit to the White House and waited until the audience started clapping.

The Roosevelt Spanish teacher was given the 2011 Teacher of the Year honor which came with a $5000 prize and visit to the White House. When she was chosen this is what State School Superintendent Susan Castillo said of her,

Teacher of Year Teachers Spanish…and “Equity”

“The Oregon Teacher of the Year is one teacher who stands for many—a teacher who exemplifies the qualities we look for in an outstanding educator, mentor, and leader,” said Superintendent Susan Castillo. “Elena Garcia-Velasco is all of these things and more. She is a passionate and dedicated educator with a deep commitment to equity, closing the academic achievement gap, and helping all of her students achieve at high levels. A leader in her school and district, Elena works tirelessly to help her students learn, grow, and achieve their dreams.”  [emphasis mine]


Thanks to Laughing at Liberals for sitting through some of the worst prose and speechmaking ever, ever. I say that because we have more of the speeches coming up in later posts.

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Gordon Fulks: Oregon State University Purges Another Skeptical Faculty Member

Reprinted by permission from PhD in Physic, Gordon Fulks
In theory at least Oregon State University (OSU) seems to be a bastion of academic freedom, diversity, and tolerance.  A wide range of ideas are openly discussed.  The most viable rise to the top and the least viable fade away.  But it is all a fairy tale, because OSU operates under a politically correct regimen that dictates what is acceptable to say and what is not. Transgressors who dare to be different are eventually weeded out so that the campus maintains its ideological purity
OSU is not yet as swift or efficient as the Soviet system when Joseph Stalin was trying to quash dissent among biologists who refused to go along with Trofim Lysenko.  If warnings to compromise their integrity were not followed, Stalin simply had biologists shot.  That quickly thinned the ranks of all biologists and persuaded the remaining ones to comply with Stalin’s wishes.  Of course, it also destroyed Soviet biology, because Lysenko was pedaling nonsense.  And Russian biology has never recovered.
We learned over the weekend that chemist Nickolas Drapela, PhD has been summarily fired from his position as a “Senior Instructor” in the Department of Chemistry.  The department chairman Richard Carter told him that he was fired but would not provide any reason.  Subsequent attempts to extract a reason from the OSU administration have been stonewalled.  Drapela appears to have been highly competent and well-liked by his students.  Some have even taken up the fight to have him reinstated.

What could possibly have provoked the OSU administration to take precipitous action against one of their academics who has been on their staff for ten years, just bought a house in Corvallis, and has four young children (one with severe medical problems)?  Dr. Drapela is an outspoken critic of the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming, the official religion of the State of Oregon, the Oregon Democratic Party, and Governor John Kitzhaber.
Five years ago, Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor went around quietly saying that he was not a believer.  Then Governor Ted Kulongoski and many faculty at OSU including Dr. Jane Lubchenco made life impossible for Taylor, and he retired.  (Lubchenco is now head of NOAA in the Obama administration.)  Under those currently in charge, OSU climate research has grown to be a huge business, reportedly $90 million per year with no real deliverables beyond solid academic support for climate hysteria.  A small army of researchers ponder the effects of Global Warming on all sorts of things from tube worms living along the Oregon Coast to butterflies inland.  When the climate refuses to warm (as it has for the last twenty years), they just study ‘warming in reverse!’  Most of us call that “cooling,” but they are very careful not to upset their Obama administration contract monitors with politically incorrect terminology.
Skeptics of Global Warming who oppose the OSU approach and oppose the politicians who make it all possible but do not work for OSU also find themselves attacked.  Dr. Art Robinson who is running against Peter DeFazio for an Oregon Congressional seat found three of his children under attack at OSU.  All were attempting to obtain advanced degrees in the Nuclear Engineering Department and were threatened with dismissal.  Because Robinson fought back, we understand that the OSU administration backed down.
As to the latest victim of political correctness at OSU, Dr. Nickolas Drapela gives us an excellent synopsis of what is going on:
“The fact of the matter is that it is now two weeks since I was fired and no one has had the cajones or the common courtesy to even tell me why.  I have spoken with the Dept. Chair (Rich Carter) who fired me, and he refused to tell me why.  I spoke to the Dean of Science (Vince Remcho) and he couldn’t tell me why.  I spoke to HR who set up a meeting with me, then cancelled it an hour before.  Then I went to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (Becky Warner) and she sent me back to Rich Carter, the chemistry chair.

It’s just a sad, sad state of affairs that an institution like OSU would fire a good employee for (ostensibly) no reason and then run around and hide from the person they fired.  I had stellar teaching evaluations, I won College of Science awards for teaching, and published textbooks.  My class sections were always full and I was well-liked by students (see ratemyprofessors.com).  I was doing my job very well.  But I guess I didn’t march in step with their philosophies.
There were quite a few student protests over this at OSU (Barometer, Facebook, etc.) but to no avail.
I was given no severance and had no warning this was about to happen.  In fact, I was lured into the chair’s office under the guise of a fallacious story before being fired.
As you know, I was probably the most visibly-outspoken critic of the Global Warming doctrine at OSU.  I gave several public talks on the topic and did research in the area which I regularly posted on the web.  I was also on a few talk radio shows in the area.  I think they finally just said, we can’t have this.
Can it be that a university whose motto is “Open minds. Open doors” cannot abide even one faculty member who disagrees with their dogma?  I suppose I am too naive, but I’m still reeling from it.  Unbelievable.
I should say that they regularly read all my email communications, which is why I am writing from this private email address.  That has been going on for quite some time now.
As far as my options at this point, like I said I haven’t even really grasped what has just happened.  I don’t know what I’m going to do, or what options I have yet.  I’m sure OSU wants their story to be tight and perfectly identical among all administration before coming out with an official reason why I was fired, hence the long wait and refusal to speak to me.
I truly thank you for your concern, and I hope there is some recourse, even just for the sake of exposing what is happening at OSU.”
In a separate e-mail Drapela went on to say:
“Thanks so much for your support and your concern.  That’s really nice.  My students were all really upset about it.  They started an email writing campaign to have me re-hired but I guess no one cares what they think.

I find that the people who want to keep things secret all the time are usually the people that have something to hide.  It is certainly ok by me for you to disseminate this story.  But I’m sure OSU would be horrified.
I’m not sure how I will support my family at this point.  We just bought a house in Corvallis.  I have four kids, one of whom has a rare, blood disorder and requires regular trips to Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital for treatment.  Now we will be without health insurance.”
We can only speculate as to how the decision to fire Drapela was made.  Unlike the decision to force Taylor out (which came from the governor’s office), this decision was likely internal to OSU with the implicit backing of Governor Kitzhaber and NOAA administrator Lubchenco.  I would suspect that Dr. Phil Mote (Director of their Climate Change Research Institute) had a hand in the decision, because he has previously been highly intolerant of those who oppose his ideas and could potentially threaten his business empire.
Please join with me in supporting Nick Drapela.  Please join with me in supporting objective science, as well as academic freedom, diversity, and tolerance.  The issues here go far beyond just Global Warming and strike at the very heart of who we are as scientists and Americans.
Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)
Corbett, Oregon USA
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