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Texas Celebrates Fourth of July By Ousting Corrupt UT Austin President

Thankfully, it looks like corrupt college administrators will no longer be able to keep the extent of their wrongdoing a secret from the public.

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A major shakeup is coming to the University of Texas at Austin. President Bill Powers, who is believed to be involved in an admissions scandal, was given an ultimatum: resign by the next regents' meeting or be fired.

According to The Houston Chronicle, Powers has not yet accepted the offer:

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa asked Powers to resign before the regents meet again July 10, or be fired at the meeting, the source said. Powers told Cigarroa he will not resign, at least not under the terms that the chancellor laid out Friday. Powers told Cigarroa he would be open to discussing a timeline for his exit, the source said.

Powers' ouster follows the opening of an investigation into UT Law School. Numerous media outlets have reported that the law school was admitting vast numbers of unqualified students who had political connections. Powers was formerly dean of the law school.

The scandal may have remained unknown to the public if not for a personal investigation undertaken by UT Regent Wallace Hall, who filed numerous public records requests after coming across some suspicious documents. Powers' allies in the legislature retaliated by attempting to impeach Hall, though the motion was tabled by a legislative subcommittee.

The sudden downfall of Powers is a stunning vindication of the efforts of Hall and Texas Watchdog.org's Jon Cassidy, who provided an analysis of UT admissions that corroborated Hall's findings.

Thankfully, it looks like corrupt college administrators will no longer be able to keep the extent of their wrongdoing a secret from the public.

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  1. OT help: I’m sitting on the national mall surrounded by two “socialists” and one self-proclaimed statist. And boy are they digging into me about being a libertarian. “Why should someone need an assault rifle?” “Without government, you’d have nothing!” “You libertarians think thank everything exists within some kind of vacuum.” I just can’t. They’re too mendacious. I need more alchohol.

    1. Be a snarky asshole. Let The Force guide you. Do not be afraid to offend. They aren’t.

      1. up to I looked at the bank draft that said $5552, I be certain that my mom in-law truley making money parttime at there labtop.. there brothers friend has been doing this 4 only about 17 months and just now paid for the morgage on there mini mansion and got a great Volkswagen Golf GTI. read more at works33.com
        (Go to site and open “Home” for details)

    2. Hey….F the Doyers….Viva Gigantes!

      1. Burn in hell, fog fag!

    3. Move to NH?

    4. How did you get to the NATIONAL MALL? I bet you drove on ROADS!!

    5. Two letters: VA.

    6. Without government, I could have a belt fed machine gun and then I wouldn’t need an assault rifle.

      Without government I would have 40% more of my income to do for myself.

      In a libertarian vacuum no one can hear your screed

    7. “Why should someone need an assault rifle?”

      Why is that your business? Do I ask why you need a dildo?

      “Without government, you’d have nothing!”

      That’s a nice iPhone you got there. Would be a shame if you had to trade it in a for a government produced one.

      “You libertarians think thank everything exists within some kind of vacuum.”

      Hardly. I believe in voluntary exchange and competition among free individuals. Why do yo guys want to centralized everything under the control of government? Isn’t that treating the economy like it is a machine to be tuned rather than an organic mass of individual wants and needs?

      1. Why would you even justify their views by attempting a rational argument against them? Their ideology has as much intellectual depth and is as risible as the inner mental life of this Maury Show guest who was afraid of mustard.

    8. #1 Genuine assault rifles already require a prohibitively expensive license.

      #2 Fuck off, slaver. Seriously, cocksucker, you don’t need the shit (fill in the blank: IPhones that terrorists use to communicate, cars that terrorists use for transportation, food that terrorists use for nutrition, etc.) that you enjoy.

      1. Assault weapons != assault rifles

    9. Without government you wouldn’t have the Second Amendment, and wouldn’t be able to get a concealed carry permit.

      1. Nor would you need one.

  2. “I need an assault rifle to fight you assholes off should you win an election”

  3. This was the same university that allowed Mack Brown to switch from a spread option to a power run offense. Loads of crazy going on at UT-Austin.

  4. Woohoo! Rain! Wind! Thunder! No lightning though.

    1. Whereabouts? I saw a pretty awesome lighting storm while riding into Phoenix last night.

      Last hour was just a bunch of a flashes and purple bolts in the desert distance illuminating the mountains.

      1. Yuma – about a couple hunnerd miles away. But its all part of the same weather system. This is the time of year when southern AZ gets 99% of its rain.

        1. Going to go see the races at Fortuna tomorrow.

  5. Soo…

    the small number of Democrats who actually got elected in Texas are full on corrupt…

  6. As a UT Austin grad…..I’m not surprised. When I started getting e-mails from UT telling of a “witch hunt” I knew good things were afoot !

  7. We interrupt this program with breaking news!

    You know the missing temps aren’t really missing, right? Those sneaky little suckers bored down into the ocean and they’re just waiting to surprise us, right? Soon, too. Sometime soon, and we’re sure this time!
    Well, all that plastic which is supposed to be in the ocean (Uh, it’s huge! It’s taking over the Pacific Ocean! It’s killing little wiggly things left and right! No, you can’t see it!) isn’t; when someone finally measured the stuff, the best sampling says 7K – 35K tons world-wide rather than the *estimated* (by computer model, I’m sure) 1M tons.
    So now, instead of admitting they FUCKED UP THE ESTIMATE the intent now is to come up with a theory of WHERE ALL THE STUFF THAT WAS NEVER THERE WENT!
    “4 Theories On Why The Ocean’s Floating Plastic Is Disappearing”
    http://www.sfgate.com/technolo…..594132.php

    Maybe it’s hiding down there with the sneaky temperatures!

    1. The fact that they ignore the obvious, that is the Kingdom of Atlantis has had an extremely advanced sanitation and waste management system for decades now, is typical.

      1. Atlanteans also need to line small wastebaskets and pick up dogfish poop.

      2. Nonsense! It all goes to fuel the power plants in R’leyh.

    2. Maybe it’s hiding down there with the sneaky temperatures!

      Magically sneaky…somehow the heat teleported from the sea surface and air past about a 1000 feet of water.

      If that ain’t magic I don’t know what is.

      1. “If that ain’t magic I don’t know what is.”

        Well, I guess you missed the memo!
        What’s majik is the salvation of the temperature bleevers when the hot rapture occurs! Gaia will welcome to her bosom those who have kept the faith! Those who have massaged the numbers to align with the gospel! Those who have worn those hair shirts, frozen their asses off in the winter and soaked there Chi-pants with sweat in the summer!
        And I, for one, won’t mind a bit when the earth swallows the fuckers up.

  8. I have nothing to add but to say Happy Independence Day , Reasonoids!

    1. Prediction in SF: Glow in the fog.

      1. “Jos?, can you see?”

  9. Wow, the Independents is doing a rerun of a clip show. Aren’t you interested?

  10. The mother of a pupil at a French pre-school stabbed a teacher to death in front of her class Friday

    Some teachers complained that staff cuts have left teachers more vulnerable

    Nice.

    1. Isn’t global warming also to blame, somehow?

      1. I think that, in this particular instance, it was George Bush’s fault.

        Of course, global warming may have been a contributing factor.

        1. Yes, yes it is.

    2. Some teachers complained that staff cuts have left teachers more vulnerable

      What, did French schools previously provide every teacher with an entourage of body guards?

      1. They bleed out when they’re cut.

      2. No, the French use human sacrifice to appease the government wage gods.

  11. See, the whole point of a public university system is to better provide access to higher education with a system that’s not beholden or corrupted by private interests and…. wait. Nevermind.

  12. What to Salon is the Fourth of July?

    “I have a confession to make, my fellow Americans. I love my country, but I really don’t like the Fourth of July….

    “Start with black Americans…

    “..Susan B. Anthony and other feminist pioneers…

    “But thousands of Americans are still burned or maimed by fireworks during the month surrounding the Fourth of July, which accounts for over half of the country’s annual fireworks-related injuries….

    “Yes, we’ve made strides in racial and gender equality. But in class terms, our society has grown steadily less equal since the 1970s. How can a country dedicated to the principles of the Declaration of Independence abide by that?…

    “..resolve to make our country a more just, fair and equitable place…”

    http://www.salon.com/2014/07/0…..h_of_july/

    1. Salon literally does this every year. It’s an Independence Day tradition.

    2. Also, the author of that piece also wrote an article in favor of ending term limits for the president.

      Funny how many people have been arguing in favor of ending term limits now that Obama is in his second term, huh?

      He did attack Brandeis for rescinding their invitation to Ayaan Hirshi Ali though, so I guess he’s not all bad.

      1. That wasn’t an attack. He just seemed disappointed at being denied the chance to heckle her.

        1. Over the top? Definitely. Offensive? I think so. But Ali’s comments hardly put her in the same category as Nazis or white supremacists, as several critics have recently charged. Unlike fascist ideologues, who stressed the second-class status of women and their duty to reproduce for the fatherland, Ali has fought for independence and equality for women.

          She also has been at the center of an ongoing debate about whether Muslims have enhanced or curbed women’s rights. These are legitimate issues, and academia should address them.

          Instead, we’re more likely to quash them. Part of the problem is the liberal political orientation of university professors. That makes it hard to include perspectives from people like Ali, who don’t fit neatly into the categories we’ve created for ourselves. She’s a feminist, obviously, but she has also made anti-Islamic remarks. Is she one of us, or not? Even worse, we tend to demonize people who disagree with us. The very worst aspect of American political culture is the assumption that your opponents are either stupid or evil. The university used to be a bulwark against that kind of thinking. But lately, I fear, we’ve fallen into it ourselves.

          This seems not only fair, but is one of the only times I’ve seen a left-wing professor admit that this problem exists. Credit where it’s due.

          1. Right, but he ends with this

            Ali won’t have the opportunity to address Brandeis graduates next month. More to the point, students won’t have the chance to challenge and engage her.

            So again, it’s more important that students “challenge and engage her” than, you know, letting her address them uninterrupted.

          2. …”She also has been at the center of an ongoing debate about whether Muslims have enhanced or curbed women’s rights.”…

            There;s a DEBATE about this?!
            “Did the KKK really help or hinder the rights of blacks to be hung from the nearest tree?
            Presentation in Brain Dead Hall with refreshments; discussion follows.”

            1. Ha. That’s a good point. I don’t know how anyone can argue Islam has improved women’s rights.

              1. Well, what about their left hooks and uppercuts?

              2. “I don’t know how anyone can argue Islam has improved women’s rights.”

                Lefties have strange views of “rights” as you’ve noticed.
                Maybe someone is arguing for the right to be tossed in the can for driving a car.
                I mean, you’ve read what turd and Tony post here…

            2. I won’t sugarcoat it: Islam has not enhanced women’s rights.

      2. They should end them just for Obama.

        He would lose and the tears would be ambrosia sweat.

    3. I don’t know which is more of a ho, Salon or Slate.

  13. So, Robert Parry, tell us what you *really* think about Thomas Jefferson, “America’s Founding Psychopath” –

    Dipping his quill in the wrong places, whipping his slaves, and worse than that:

    “The reason the Tea Partiers get away with presenting themselves as “conservative constitutionalists” is that Thomas Jefferson engineered a revisionist interpretation of the Founding document, which ? as written by the Federalists and ratified by the states ? created a federal government that could do almost anything that Congress and the President agreed was necessary for the good of the country….

    “Jefferson skillfully reframed the Constitution’s powers not by asserting an explicit defense of slavery but by voicing resistance to a strong central government and reasserting the primacy of the states.”

    http://consortiumnews.com/2014…..sociopath/

    1. “Jefferson […] voicing resistance to a strong central government and reasserting the primacy of the states.”

      “For example, in order to purchase the Louisiana Territory from France he was willing to expand his narrow interpretation of the Constitution. ”
      http://loc.gov/exhibits/jefferson/jefffed.html
      I’ve read several books on the guy. I’d really like to see him as a hero, but to be honest, I can’t avoid seeing him as a clever opportunist.
      VERY clever; that Declaration is something to behold!

    2. The reason the Tea Partiers get away with presenting themselves as “conservative constitutionalists” is that Thomas Jefferson engineered a revisionist interpretation of the Founding document, which ? as written by the Federalists and ratified by the states ? created a federal government that could do almost anything that Congress and the President agreed was necessary for the good of the country….

      What? How could anyone seriously believe this? Did he miss the existence of the Bill of Rights or the powers expressly reserved for the states?

    3. Jefferson was definitely a horrible hypocrite. Purchasing millions of acres of land for direct federal administration; fighting an undeclared war against the Barbaries; prosecuting Aaron Burr for treason without two witnesses; and oh yeah the whole slavery thing.

      That said, not just Jefferson but even the Federalist Papers don’t seem to agree with Mr. Parry’s appraisal of the intended meaning of the Constitution either.

  14. Proof Serious has the perfect title in his handle…whilst we were at the fireworks show someone was selling ridiculous blinking lightsaber thing that we immediately knew we had to have. It was dorktastically cute.

    He is currently claiming that it is “elegant weapon for a more civilized age.” Yeah.

    1. You can do much worse than a geek. I’m extremely happy with mine.

  15. Holy shit fuck has the Hobby Lobby stuff gotten tiring. At first it was amusing, now it’s infuriating.

    The Economist’s USA blog has just been AWFUL. I have seen The Economist decline, and go way Keynesian and way statist, and shit on Citizens United at every chance, but just Jesus. They went from downward slope to jump off a cliff.

    And the problem is that it’s EVERYWHERE in the mainstream media. I shudder to think what it will be like when the topic is brought up around the less politically astute.

    I hate to say this as a libertarian, but I’m rooting for a TEAM RED president in 2016, because a SCOTUS with a liberal majority would GUT the 2nd ammendment and the right to association (and then related offshoot rights like an association’s right to free speech) like a fish.

    TEAM RED sucks and has really nasty tendencies (Mostly foreign policy related/domestic “security” related), but TEAM BLUE has just gone full on totalitarian. It’s funny, all the TEAM BLUE sites complain that the two party system has been ruined by TEAM RED being so “intransigent” and “extreme”, but from where I’m sitting, it’s being ruined by TEAM BLUE just going full statist, no longer supporting any of the checks on power it once did.

    On the bright side, I saw captain america 2 at the dollar theater. That movie kicked ass.

    1. Agreed on all counts.

    2. Yup, the insane radicalism of the Proggies could drive me to vote team red this time.

      1. Unfortunately all I hear from the Red side is that they need to forget all the stuff Team Blue is doing and run on traditional marriage and right to life.

        Circular firing squad time.

        1. “Unfortunately all I hear from the Red side is that they need to forget all the stuff Team Blue is doing and run on traditional marriage and right to life.”

          Not known as the stupid party for nothing.
          In CA, where there is no lack of issues needing attention, the focus is on where little Johnny pees!

    3. I think there’s some hope that the crazy statist position on Hobby Lobby is the minority opinion. Young feminist women and echo chamber progs all share the position, but they’re not representative of the country as a whole.

      1. I hope you’re right; the SF media is not in agreement.

  16. First off, your mistake is living in VA/Maryland. Second, your friends clearly don’t go to George Mason University. Problem solved.

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