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A Princeton University Spanish teacher committed suicide in Chelsea after the Ivy League school failed to renew his contract, a friend said yesterday.
Antonio Calvo, 45, was found inside his 12th-floor apartment on W. 26th St. April 12 with self-inflicted slash wounds to his neck and arm, authorities said.
Calvo, who began teaching at Princeton in 2000 but did not have tenure, had been told four days earlier that he would not be brought back as a lecturer and as director of the Spanish program.
"This news came after a long campaign was launched against him by a group of graduate students and a lecturer from the department," the friend, Marco Aponte, told The Post.
Aponte said he'd been told the attacks on Calvo involved "political correctness."
He said the Spanish Department recommended renewing Calvo's contract but was overruled by the university.
"Antonio was very devoted to his job and worked very hard," said Aponte, a professor at a British university.
One of Calvo's students, Philip Rothaus, said the professor was "an absolutely amazing man."
Aponte said Calvo would have been forced to leave the United States since his visa was sponsored by Princeton. His nationality was not immediately known.
A school spokeswoman declined comment on Calvo's employment status.
A new CBS News poll has distressing news for President Obama as he begins his campaign for re-election: fully 70 percent of Americans believe the country is on the “wrong track”–a figure that’s jumped twenty percentage points since Obama took office in 2009. “There is a clear message from this poll: people are just sick of Washington and Washington politicians,” said CBS News political correspondent Jan Crawford on CBS’ Early Show Friday morning. “Americans are saying things are getting worse, not better.”Yet another dismal sign of the mistake Americans made in selecting Barack Obama to be their President.
Pollsters specifically asked about the president’s handling of the economy, and 57 percent said they disapproved of the way President Obama is handling the economy. “That’s his highest disapproval rating on the economy since he took office,” said Crawford. “That is potentially a real problem for the president.”
It was a tiny item in the New York Times -- a brief at the bottom of page B14 of Tuesday's sports section, under Lacrosse: “Crystal Mangum, who falsely accused three Duke players of raping her in 2006, was charged with murder in the death of her boyfriend.” The man died two weeks after Mangum stabbed him, and Mangum has now been charged with murder.
The Times may prefer to forget that name, but it was far more interested in Crystal Mangum back in 2006. More than any other media outlet, the Times trumpeted her rape accusations against three Duke lacrosse players, accusations that quickly fell apart in a mass of contradictions and shifting stories.
Yet even as the case fell apart and other liberal media outlets were backing away, the Times issued a now-notorious, error-riddled 5,000-word lead story by Duff Wilson on August 25, 2006, concluding that there was enough evidence against the players for Michael Nifong, the soon-to-be-disgraced-and-jailed local prosecutor, to bring the case to trial:
By disclosing pieces of evidence favorable to the defendants, the defense has created an image of a case heading for the rocks. But an examination of the entire 1,850 pages of evidence gathered by the prosecution in the four months after the accusation yields a more ambiguous picture. It shows that while there are big weaknesses in Mr. Nifong's case, there is also a body of evidence to support his decision to take the matter to a jury.
Perhaps most atrocious was former columnist Selena Roberts, who made a habit of slurring the innocent Duke lacrosse players. Even after the players had been all but formally cleared of the sexual assault, she continued to blame white privilege: “Don't mess with Duke, though. To shine a light on its integrity has been treated by the irrational mighty as a threat to white privilege. Feel free to excoriate the African-American basketball stars and football behemoths for the misdeeds of all athletes, but lay off the lacrosse pipeline to Wall Street, excuse the khaki-pants crowd of SAT wonder kids.”
Wonkette, the gossipy political blog, has deleted a post mocking Sarah Palin's son Trig, who has Down syndrome, after many of its advertisers announced that they would withdraw their advertisements from the site. However, Wonkette editor Ken Layne still maintains that the true target of the post was the former governor of Alaska, not her son.Yeah, well obviously this was only done because money talk. But the idea that, as the Palin-haters keep telling the world, Sarah Palin uses her kids for "props" is so ass-backwards and stupid when you consider that every politician takes pictures with their families and 2) before John McCain plucked her out of Alaska and put her on the national stage, Palin was already a mayor and a governor, thus proving that she's never needed to use her kids as "props" to get by.
"A post on this page satirizing Sarah Palin using her baby as a political prop was very badly done and sounded like the author was mocking the child and not just Sarah Palin/Sarah Palin’s followers," Wonkette said in a note explaining the deletion.
"The writer, Jack Stuef, has apologized for it. And we have decided to remove the post as requested by some people who have nothing to do with Sarah Palin, but who do have an interest in the cause of special needs children. We apologize for the poor comedic judgment."
Before the post was taken down, it had been updated with an apology from Stuef.
During a day of controversy on Twitter and conservative blogs Wednesday, Adweek reached out to Layne for comment. Layne responded by email, CC'ing Slate's David Weigel, who'd written two posts condemning Wonkette. This set off a back-and-forth between Layne and Weigel, conducted in emails to Adweek.
Papa John's, Huggies, and at least seven other companies had announced that they would withdraw their ads from Wonkette.
Internet provocateur and cultural-political curator Andrew Breitbart is currently on a rather major promotional tour touting his new book Righteous Indigination. Part of his rhetoric has focused on what he has called the “Democratic media complex,” so it seemed an odd image to see Breitbart actually on MSNBC this afternoon, as host Martin Bashir sat down with the network’s nemesis, in what turned out to be a very entertaining clash interview.
RealClearPolitics sums up the confrontational exchange:
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir asked Breitbart to denounce several racist items, even one that had nothing to do with him. When Bashir accused Breitbart of being connected to racist writer Kevin Pezzi, the interview hit the fan.
Breitbart finally had enough of the equivalent to badgering a witness on the stand and called Bashir out. “You didn’t read my book, Media Matters read it for you,” he told Bashir. Bashir laughed the accusation off, but the Pezzi story was prominently featured at Media Matters’ website.
“Every point that you offered is straight out of George Soros’ funded and John Podesta’s led Media Matters. You are playing the rule of being duped by John Podesta and Eric Boehlert and Media Matters. Every time I appear on MSNBC, or a lot of times, there is Eric Boehlert from Media Matters to be right there. Those are talking points straight out of Media Matters,” Breitbart told Bashir.
Credit to MSNBC for booking Breitbart, and for rightfully challenging him on a number of reasonable points. However, Bashir appeared aloof and above-it-all in a manner that seemed to support Breitbart’s charge of media elitism. For a more in-depth interview, please check out Breitbart’s Frances Martel, though there is much less frustration and ire in the Mediaite interview, than the sit-down with Martin Bashir…which you can watch below, courtesy of MSNBC:
Republican Congressman Allen West spoke with Laura Ingraham today on her radio show and unleashed a series of tough remarks about President Obama. Declaring “they don’t want to hear the truth” about the deficit or Obama’s job performance, West didn’t hold anything back with his criticism of the administration and left Ingraham laughing along the way.
West described why the Obama administration was shocked by the S&P warning over the US deficit:
“They’re so used to having the cheering, adoring mainstream media that is nothing more than their own cast of cheerleaders, much the same as in an episode of Glee, and that’s what they appreciate more than having real individuals sitting back and assessing this economic situation.”
Ingrham agreed that Obama is in way over his head and joked if it’s not the set of The View, then his administration gets angry with anyone who questions them. Yet West was just warming up, next turning his focus to Obama’s deficit speech performance:
“What you continue to see is a third world dictator-like arrogance, that’s what I saw in that speech last week. And look, Laura, to borrow a phrase from Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the chickens are coming home to roost. . . . This whole talk about shared prosperity I mean that really gives me the goosebumps because I’m starting to believe that a community organizer is nothing but a low-level socialist agitator.”
With suggestions that Obama resembles both a third world dictator and a low-level socialist agitator, the comparisons themselves might leave one scratching their head, but there’s little doubt that West is fired up and rhetorically ready to take on Obama’s policies moving forward. No wonder some like Glenn Beck are hoping that West himself might run for President in 2012.
As NewsBusters has been reporting, America's media have been on a full-court press to raise taxes ever since Barack Obama proposed this in his deficit reduction speech last Wednesday.
So supportive of soaking the rich is MSNBC's Ed Schultz that on Monday's program bearing his name, seconds after claiming "Republicans are forced I guess you could say to make stuff up," he lied about what happened after taxes were cut by President George W. Bush
I'm not sure who did this research for Schultz, but here are the numbers directly from OMB:
Above is a screencap from page 22 of OMB's "Historical Tables: Budget of the United States." The column on the left represents total unified tax receipts, the center is total unified expenditures, and the right is the associated surplus or deficit.
The first Bush tax cuts happened in 2001 when we brought in $1.991 trillion in receipts. This declined for two years, then started increasing, and by 2005 not only were receipts higher than in 2001, they were also higher than the previous record set in 2000.
"Even seven years later, revenues were lower than before the Bush tax cuts went into effect."
Not even close. Revenues in 2008 were $2.523 trillion, $532 billion or 27 percent higher than 2001.
Crazed cult leader Charles Manson has broken a 20-year silence in a prison interview coinciding with the 40th anniversary of his conviction for the gruesome Sharon Tate murders - to speak out about global warming.
The infamous killer, who started championing environmental causes from behind bars, bemoaned the 'bad things' being done to environment in a rambling phone interview from his Californian jail cell.
'Everyone’s God and if we don’t wake up to that there’s going to be no weather because our polar caps are melting because we’re doing bad things to the atmosphere.
'If we don’t change that as rapidly as I’m speaking to you now, if we don’t put the green back on the planet and put the trees back that we’ve butchered, if we don’t go to war against the problem...' he added, trailing off.
Manson, who described himself to his interviewer as a 'bad man who shoots people', brainwashed members of a commune known as The Family into butchering eight people including film director Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife Sharon Tate in July and August 1969.
Speaking to Vanity Fair Spain magazine of the killing spree he led his crazed disciples on, the 76-year-old said: 'I live in the underworld. I don’t tell people what to do. They know what to do.
'If they don’t know what to do they don’t come around me because I’m very mean, I’m very mean.'
A Tea Party activist in California circulated an email depicting U.S. President Barack Obama and his parents as chimpanzees with the statement: "Now you know why -no birth certificate!"As much as the Left is known to exploit and create "racism" any chance they get in order to keep those they deem as nothing but "victims" on their side, it doesn't mean that real racism no longer exists here and abroad. Thus, considering that Barack Obama has given us a host of reasons to not get reelected in 2012, the idea that some members of the GOP still find 'Obama = monkey' jokes as "funny" just adds extra fodder to the thought that when it comes to race Republicans in this country still have a lot of work to do. That said, the GOP and the Tea Party need to come out and condemn Marilyn Davenport's actions here for what they are: racist. I mean really, why would you want someone this blatantly ignorant representing your brand anyway?
Marilyn Davenport, who is a member of the Orange County Republican Party, resisted calls for her resignation, claiming she was not a racist and had been joking.
The email contained a picture of the U.S. president superimposed over a baby chimpanzee with two adults of the species, with reference to the theory that Obama is not eligible to be president because he was born outside America.
Scott Baugh, chairman of the county party, called on Davenport to resign from its central committee after receiving the email, saying that it was "dripping with racism and is in very poor taste."
Refusing to step down, Davenport said: "I'm sorry if my email offended anyone, I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth. In no way did I even consider the fact he's half black when I sent out the email."
Tim Whitacre, a county Republican committee member, defended Davenport, whom he called "a polite, gentle grandmother."