Sunday, October 29, 2006

Taking the "Trust" out of Trustees

Save Yourselves From This Corrupt Generation � Asbury President Resigns contains news of the resignation of classmate Dr. Jeff Greenway as president of my alma mater, Asbury Theological Seminary. Now presidents of institutes of higher learning resign from time to time, but only two years from the time you took over?
Something is not smelling right and fellow alumnus Peter kerr ('06) agrees. He did a lot of leg work and digging and unearthed a few things not reported (see his comment in the Corrupt Generation post linked above for the full text).

For starters we have this:

For the
second year in a row the executive committee chose to do a “formal”
evaluation, bringing in an outside consultant and polling subordinates,
instead of the standard yearly “informal” review. This is highly
irregular, with one source even claiming that in the 22 years prior to
Greenway there was only a single formal presidential review at ATS.


...according to ATS bylaws article VII section B, “The President
shall be evaluated annually by the Executive Committee” but it goes on to
say “The President shall be formally evaluated triennially by the full
Board.” Thus the incorrect type of review (formal) was conducted, and
that type of review should only be conducted by the full board. Notes
from the Board of Trustees meeting do not indicate their approval was
given for a formal review

Wait, it gets better:

the task force that conducted the
formal review hired an “outside consultant” that had a serious conflict of
interest, being a friend of a runner-up rival for Greenway’s position two
years ago.
[emphasis added]

Now, Prof. Kerr goes on to tell how the facts did not mesh with the outside consultant's report. Agreed upon goals were substantially met. The claim was also made that Jeff was a "polarizing force" :

Among other allegations, the report claims the President
“polarized” the seminary community into half people who dislike him and
half people who support him. The faculty were “distressed and bewildered”
after the meeting with the board, and suspecting flawed data, they held a
plenary faculty meeting on September 5th. According to the minutes of the
“plenary faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary” dated September 5th, the
faculty voted on five resolutions. First, they affirmed “full confidence
in the Presidency of Dr. Jeffery Greenway” by an 85% majority. Second,
84% of faculty called for the executive committee to immediately “restore
Dr. Greenway to his full presidential responsibilities.” More than 90%
requested an emergency meeting of the full board to resolve the crisis,
and a majority resolved to postpone convocation “until Dr. Greenway is
reinstated to his presidential office.” Only one resolution did not pass,
gaining a 50-50 vote, and that requested the removal of the executive
committee chair due to his “inappropriate handling of the evaluation of
President Greenway and because of the faculty’s lack of trust in his
ability to resolve the profound impasse that these events have cast upon
the Seminary.” These votes of faculty in plenary session indicate that
the only “polarization” is not with regards to the President, but is with
regards to the Chairman of the Board. The executive committee has not
taken any action that indicates it values or respects this input from the
faculty, despite the seminary’s expressed commitment to shared governance
between the faculty and the Board.

This task farce (deliberate use of "farce" instead of "force") had no valid reason to dismiss Jeff. NONE!

Jeff resigned for the good of the school, while I am saddened by this I applaude him for it. I only wish the members of this task farce had the same integrity and would go and do likewise. If they do not, they should be removed and named persona non gratis. The most likely occurance is these people will aattempt to do that to myself and Prof. Kerr.

Saturday, October 28, 2006


TRying to see why blogger is refusing connection of posts

Give me Rugby

I remember a bumper sticker that read "Real Thinking men play football Soccer". In my experience it has been whiney men who talk in platitudes play soccer, well over here in the US. In England, soccer players, of "footballers" as they are referred to (derisively) in the UK are regarded as louts. Soccer vs Rugby shows a side by side contrast (sort of) of soccer and rugby. The clips are from the two sports' last World Cups. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Standing O Continues

My one complaint during the Mark Foley flap was not that the GOP may lose Foley's seat, rather it was listening to the Democrats' constant bleating about "morality" and "shameful behavior" when that party has ABSOLUTELY NO moral standing to say a $#@& thing. They gave Gerry Studds a standing ovation when he showed his contempt for the censure of the house. They still treat Ted Kennedy like some kind of icon.
Well, judging from PJM News - Reaction to Death of Former Rep. Studds, they are still in standing ovation mode while shamelessly castigating Foley while revearing the name of Gerry Studds.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Anoder Worfress UN Action

One of my guilty pleasures is that I like South Park. I'd like it more if I could watch while smoking my pipe or a cigar but I promised to not smoke in the house. Anyway when Matt Stone and Trey Parker came out with Team America I went to see it. After the UN resolution against North Korea this week, this scene looked more and more prescient:

warning:contains colorful language:

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Ralph, I'm Waiting!

LOCAL ISSUE:John Spratt and his campaigne is giddily reporting that the GOP is pulling all the ad buys for Ralph Norman. Apparently somebody in the party agrees with me that Ralph has some explaining to do. ever since the news broke about illegal aliens being on Norman's payroll I have been awaiting a response from him. This is was the best chance of unseating Spratt that we have had in as long as I can remember. It appears to be going by the boards. The longer this goes without response the more traction it gets. Way to go, Ralph!
I am sorry, Ralph, but an email asking for donations to buy advertising is NOT the response I was looking for. Was it sloppy, less-than-dilligent HR practices? Or was it (even worse) that you were just hoping that nobody would find out about it despite there being a public record of your having been caught in the past? Is there anything else you have held back?
Well? I'm waiting.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Horse is gone. Let's get that Gate Closed!

According to BREITBART.COM The House is going to look into Sandy Berger's little escapade at the National Archives.

Maybe it's just me, but shouldn't this have been done at the time t was discovered? Shouldn't it have been done before he was tried and convicted of a misdemeanor. There is no way to know what he took as there were only the originals. We are left with only conjecture as to what was in them. I have no doubt as to the answers to those questions. Unfortunately I have no evidence to back it up.

Sorry, but the time for this investigation was in 2004, not on the eve of the 2006 mid-term elections. Sorry guys, but in this case you deserve to be accused of having a political dog-and-pony-show. This should have been vigorously persued at the time.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

If the GOP Does not use This...

I don't know if the GOP commissioned this but they darn well should use it.:

By the way, much to no one's surprise it has been flagged.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

...When they aren't trying to throw out Their Ballots

Michelle Malkin brings our attention to part of the Democrats website. The page titled Vetrans and Military Families This looks good in theory until you realize that they couldn't even be bothered to find a picture of an American soldier. That is a Canadian soldier.
This is nothing but election year support for our people in uniform designed to appeal to the collective short memory of many Americans. Am I the only one who remembers how they tried to disqualify the absentee ballots of active duty personnel in 2000?

Let's see, don't know their own country's uniform. Wants to disqualify military votes. Looks like support to me.

UPDATE:Surprise, surprise! The Dems have changed the picture.

Friday, October 06, 2006

House Inquiry to go Beyond Foley

According to WaPo the House Ethics Committee investigation is going to focus on the way the information was handled. We might actually get an answer to the question, "If you were so concerned about improper conduct with pages why did you sit on the information until now?"
There is also the issue of the parade of "heroic whistleblowers" who pop up just as the previous one is discredited (one of the pages turned out to be 18 at the time and one is claiming it was a prank gone bad). There is also the matter of the StopSexualPredators blog that even some at Kos think is a little too convenient.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

A Prank?

DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2006� I'm going to let this speak for itself"


**World Exclusive**
**Must Credit the DRUDGE REPORT**

According to two people close to former congressional page Jordan Edmund, the now famous lurid AOL Instant Message exchanges that led to the resignation of Mark Foley were part of an online prank that by mistake got into the hands of enemy political operatives, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

According to one Oklahoma source who knows the former page very well, Edmund, a conservative Republican, goaded an unwitting Foley to type embarrassing comments that were then shared with a small group of young Hill politicos. The prank went awry when the saved IM sessions got into the hands of political operatives favorable to Democrats.

The primary source, an ally of Edmund, adamantly proclaims that the former page is not a homosexual. The prank scenario was confirmed by a second associate of Edmund. Both are fearful that their political careers will be affected if they are publicly brought into the investigation.

The prank scenario only applies to the Edmund IM sessions and does not necessarily apply to any other exchanges between the former congressman and others.

The news come on the heels that Edmund has hired former Timothy McVeigh attorney, Stephen Jones.


Reports are moved when circumstances warrant for updates

Sorry, but this goes beyond a prank.

Don't get me wrong, this does not absolve Foley in the least. He should have never put himself into the position for this to have happened. The people of his disrtict are better served by his being replaced.

Now, In My best Emily Litella voice...

The DRUDGE REPORT seems to have added a new wrinkle to the Mark Foley mess. It seems that his "underaged victim" was really eighteed at the time the IMs were exchanged. Unless there is evidence (Nancy Pelosi's speculations do not count as evidence) that he did in fact engage in sexually explicit communication with a minor then the criminal matter should be dropped.
That said, there is, however, the issue of unethical behavior regarding such communication with a subordinate. Such sexual misconduct must be addressed. It is obvious that Mr. Foley lacks the judgement and scruples that should be necessary to sit in the a perfect world. Given the current make up of the political class in Washington, he seems to fit right in.

HT: Sister Toldja

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

YouTube? No, It's Me Tube

Michelle Malkin's video, "First They Came" has been banned by You Tube for the catch-all dodge of a reason "terms of use violation". Let's see, jihadists can post stuff with impunity, Kieth Olberman can likewise insult Holocost victims and survivors with his cry-wolf Nazi-baiting. Just don't question jihadists. Michelle is not the only one. It kind of lends a bit of irony to their ban of "First They Came" You might recognize it from the famous Martin Niehemohller bit.
Here is Michelle's video letter to You Tube (her emails asking for explanation have gone unanswered)

Monday, October 02, 2006

He Should have been Arrested

Even when he was in college, Albert Haynesworth was a cheapshot artist. His fans would turn a blind eye to it. "That's [art of the game" was and continues to be the stock defense.Yesterday he took his "game" to the next level by stomping on the head of the Dallas Cowboys' center. "I did it and it's wrong. That's not the game of football that's not how it's supposed to be played.", said Haynesworth after the game. They why did you do it, Albert. The man was down and his helmet was off! I agree with Chris Collinsworth. The police should have come in the field and taken him off in handcuffs.
There is no place for that in football or any other sport for that matter.
Even more aggrivating to me was the fact he did it against the Cowboys, a team I have actively despised for as long as I can remember. I had to be sympathetic toward them. $%@#

Sunday, October 01, 2006

I have no Use for...

... pederasts. Especially those who operate from under cover of authority. It was dispicable when Gerry Studds did it then turned his back on the House of Representatives as he was being censured. Yeah, the people of his district re-elected him repeatedly. All I can say is they get what they deserve if they voted him back in.
The same is true of anybody calling themselves "conservative" or "Republican" calling for continuing support of Mark Foley. Yes, Michael Savage, I'm talking to you. While he did start the second look at the awful Dubai ports mess, that does not give him a pass. What he has been accused of and practically admitted to, is nothing short of pederasty. I don't care if he is gay. I do care that that he was doing this under the cover of authority. Sorry, but after that any good he may have done goes straight by the boards.
At least Foley has done the honorable thing and resigned (as oppsoed to the aforementioned Studds). The usual quasi-sincere apology (sorry he got caught) accompanied. I only hope he didn't resign with the expectation that he will get light treatment. I am tired of the Jimmy Swaggart-esque tearful plea for forgiveness.