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Who Is Professor Laura Hollis?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 30, 2012

I wanted to go back to Charles’ piece on what turns out to be a Townhall column by one Laura Hollis, a professor of some sort at Notre Dame — and more interestingly, a former director of the “Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies”.

Fee fie fo fum, methinks I smell the blood of a wingnut-welfare recipient. The Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies certainly sounds to me like a typical sheltered workshop for growing conservatives in a hothouse-flower environment where they never have to come into contact with any realities they or their indoctrinators don’t like. Let’s do a little digging:

The person who founded the Gigot Center, which is a part of the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame, is a gent named Dr. James H. Davis:

James H. Davis received his PhD in corporate strategy from the University of Iowa, MBA from Idaho State University, and MEd and BA from Brigham Young University. From 1998 to 2008, he was director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Mendoza College of Business. He received the Notre Dame College of Business MBA Outstanding Professor of the year award in 1996, 1998, and 1999. He was awarded Outstanding Professor by Purdue University’s German International School of Management Administration in 2001. He was named the 2002 Inspiration Teacher of the Year for Notre Dame’s executive programs. He received a Kaneb award for outstanding undergraduate teaching in 2003.

Hmmm. Brigham Young University? The scent of wingnuttia is getting stronger.


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Hayes ICE Lawsuit Bait-And-Switch: Why Didn’t He Name The Victims?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 2, 2012

Of all the things that can be said about the bizarre lawsuit brought by James T. Hayes, who is being worshiped as a god by by various right-wing Obama haters nationwide as his story is pushed by the New York Post and other right-wing presses, here are the things that stand out for me:

1) He claims there was sexual harassment going on, but not against himself.

2) He refuses to name the persons who he says were sexually harassed. Instead, he makes sleazy insinuations about lesbians designed to fuel the already-blazing homophobic fires of the right-wing rubber-chicken circuit that will likely be paying much of Hayes’ freight for the next four years. If anything was designed to Hoover up wingnut welfare, this is it.

If the harassment Hayes claims was done to others actually happened, why then did none of the alleged victims consent to be named in his lawsuit? Why did none of them agree to be part of Hayes’ complaint?

Why is there not a single named victim of sexual harassment? (Remember, Hayes isn’t claiming he himself was harassed — he’s claiming retaliation against himself for allegedly blowing the whistle, but not that he himself was sexually harassed.) Legitimate suits of this type have victims who are willing to go, by name, on the record — and with far better details than what Hayes alleges second hand, if real.

Read the complaint. You’ll see what I mean. Lots of table-pounding, lurid lesbian-baiting, and bait-and-switching, but where are the actual victims of harassment?

UPDATE: Last month, When this first broke out of the right-wing media echo chamber and into the respectable press, New York City’s Republican mayor, Michael Bloomberg, vouched for the person thought by some to be Hayes’s real target, Napolitano associate Dora Schriro, a corrections and incarcerations expert with a very good professional reputation in both New York and Arizona: “Mr. Hayes, Ms. Barr nor Ms. Schriro could be reached for comment, though a spokesman for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said in a statement that Ms. Schriro’s appointment at ICE was ‘based on merit.’”

UPDATE 2: Bmaz over at Emptywheel’s shop has an in-depth take that’s well worth reading.

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Shh! Don’t Let On That The Freeloading 1%ers Are The Problem!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 30, 2012

The exercise today for you, the reader, is to connect the dots between the following stories and bits of information:

— The real news (and the motivation for the otherwise-inexplicably-appropriate move by the usually-1%-loving French leader) is buried at the end of this Bloomberg article on Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to charge a 0.1% tax on all French financial transactions:

Socialist candidate Francois Hollande leads in the French presidential election polls. He has the support of 31 percent of voters in the first round, 6 points more than Sarkozy, and his second-round lead has risen to 20 points at 60 percent, according to a CSA poll published last week. Hollande, too, has pledged to impose a tax on financial transactions, if he’s elected.

Fred Hiatt once again whines that we must kick Grandma and Grandpa in the groins yet again and finish giving to the 1%ers the last remaining nickels from the pockets of what used to be America’s middle class, all in the name of “deficit reduction”. Dean Baker eviscerates him for us: “The House is on Fire and Fred Hiatt is Worried About What Color to Paint the Kitchen“.

Prominent American Enterprise Institute wingnut-welfare recipient, Powerline darling, and 1%er apologist James Q. Wilson gets caught echoing Ayn Rand worshiper and idiotic 1%er apologist Paul Ryan’s lies about taxes and upward mobility; contrary to Wilson’s and Ryan’s shared spew, upward mobility is greater in the nations that actually tax their rich — such as most of Europe — than it is in America.

Oh, by the way, the Powerliner who waxed so wet-pantily over Wilson’s prose? None other than Steven Hayward, a typical hypocritical libertarian stand-on-your-own-two-feet kinda guy who has seldom if ever held a real job and who has depended most of his adult life on Claremont and AEI wingnut-welfare subsidies for his daily bread — subsidies that are themselves provided in part by the lumber firm Weyerhauser, which pays him to trash environmentalists.

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