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From World Net Daily(not the tabloid site World News Daily), with h/t to Green Hell Blog, something that if proven is quite disturbing. Yet given the kind of treatment I’ve recently received at the hands of an eco-zealot who can’t tolerate my views on climate, I’m not surprised.

Some people have no scruples and no shame. – Anthony

Democrats attack Republican candidate’s children

By Art Robinson

In an effort to do my part in rescuing our country from the out-of-control Obama administration, last year I ran for Congress in Oregon’s 4th District against 12-term incumbent, far-left Democrat Peter DeFazio, co-founder of the House Progressive Caucus.

Although I won the nominations of the Republican, Independent and Constitution Parties and the endorsement of the Libertarian Party, a massive media smear campaign by DeFazio, paid for with money raised by MoveOn.org and from special interests favored by DeFazio in Washington, resulted in a 54.5 percent to 43.6 percent victory for DeFazio in a race that was expected to be much closer.

Although I had never run for public office before, I immediately announced my candidacy for Congress again in 2012.

However, when you take a stand for what’s right, sometimes there is retribution.On Nov. 4, 2010, as soon as the election results were in and they were sure their candidate had won, faculty administrators at Oregon State University gave new meaning to the term “political payback.”

They initiated an attack on my three children – Joshua, Bethany and Matthew – for the purpose of throwing them all out of the OSU graduate school, despite their outstanding academic and research accomplishments. OSU is a liberal socialist Democrat stronghold in Oregon that received a reported $27 million in earmark funding from my opponent, Peter DeFazio, and his Democrat colleagues during the last legislative session.

Read full story here: Democrats attack Republican candidate’s children

UPDATE: I decided to pull the direct link to the website that hurled unspeakable insults to me by an  eco-zealot, they don’t deserve the traffic WUWT will generate for them. Such things are best handled by other means. So, I used WebCite to permanently log the website, and you can view it here, scroll all the way to the bottom and note “corrections”: http://www.webcitation.org/5x0pgZdgl

UPDATE2: OSU has posted a statement which you can read here

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Geoff Alder

It’s a tragedy that we have to share this planet with these grossly uncouth people. Anthony, I checked out that buffalobeast website where you were so roundly, improperly and undeservedly trashed. My sincere thanks to you for not allowing this vile abuse to turn you and good people such as Art Robinson from your path of decency in assisting to enlighten those many who have open minds and are decent prople.
Thank you again!
Geoff Alder

Keith D

“If you’s will be quiet, we’ll leave your family alone. Don’t make us tell you again!”
I’m so glad we have a new, kinder tone in the world. Without it we might be seeing blood in the streets.

pat

I wouldn’t think the school cared what the Democratic candidate thought. Merely learning that there was a Republican related to these students was likely enough incentive for Oregon State to hound them.

UK Sceptic

You have to question the morality and the intelligence of the socialists (now there’s a misnomer) when they sink to these abyssal depths.

John

This is so sad…. really. [snip]

As a lifelong Democrat and a former resident of Oregon, I am deeply ashamed.

theduke

Wow. Given this is from WND, I’d like to see some verification from a more objective source, but it sounds like the loonies have taken over the asylum at OSU.
Anthony: regarding your mention at the Beast, I suggest you look at it as making the honor roll, much like Steve Mc’s mention as one of Fifty People Who Matter at the New Statesman. You are in some very fine company as a member of that list.

These eco-zealots aren’t progr – I mean liberals are they?
Quickly reviewing the Tenets of classical Liberalism I think we should find them and accepting pleasant lot …
From: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jo52/POS254/libtenets.html
Tenets of classical Liberalism
1. Individual autonomy
The basis of society is the individual. Humans are primarily motivated by self-interest.
2. Individual rights
If the individual is autonomous, then all individuals must be free and equal. This implies political equality, the protection of individual rights, respect for individual choices, and the use of reason in making decisions. “I am free and thus I rule myself.” The key individual rights are freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of worship, and the right to property.
3. Religious toleration
Individuals and the state must respect one’s right to worship as one pleases. Implies a separation of church and state.
4. Popular sovereignty and consent
Government should be ruled by the people rather than by a monarch, a religious figure, or some other elite. Government’s legitimacy rests on the consent of the governed..
5. Limited and representative government
The government’s role in society and the scope of its power should be clearly defined. The purpose of government is to protect individual’s life, liberty, and property. Further, in a society of autonomous individuals pursuing their own self-interests, government must represent the various interests of that society. This implies representative government, majority rule, constitutional government, and the rule of law.
6. Private property
Society should generally encourage the private accumulation of property rather than place restrictions on it. This implies an economy of free markets, equality of opportunity in the market, and competition. In sum, liberalism defends capitalism.
7. Universalism and progress
All people are fundamentally the same. Differences of culture, religion, race, gender, nationality, etc. are ultimately superficial. Overall, liberalism tends to interpret historically progressively: society, economy, technology are all advancing and elevating the human condition in the process.
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David Schofield

I wouldn’t bother giving that web site [the Beast] any credence at all. It’s a cess pit. It’s not even witty.

AJ Abrams

Anthony,
Please tell me that you are taking immediate legal action. That is by far the most disgusting behavior I’ve ever seen or read. (regarding the website you linked to)

Gneiss

Art Robinson writes,
“They initiated an attack on my three children – Joshua, Bethany and Matthew – for the purpose of throwing them all out of the OSU graduate school, despite their outstanding academic and research accomplishments. OSU is a liberal socialist Democrat stronghold in Oregon that received a reported $27 million in earmark funding from my opponent, Peter DeFazio, and his Democrat colleagues during the last legislative session.”
Think there might be more to this story?
REPLY: As representative of the side that espouses such ugliness, won’t don’t you tell us, “Gneiss”? – Anthony

Keith Battye

What is it about these people? They seem to be so insecure in their position that they have to mount these most egregious attacks on people in case they are forced to confront their biases.
As for that “bit” about Anthony , the errors in there alone make you see how wrong they are never mind the childish comments about his character.
Right doesn’t always prevail but in this instance it most assuredly will.

Gary Krause

Once again we see the influence of political zealots at our higher ed institutions. Once again, the alumni can help by retracting any potential and current gifting.
Considering how openly these people are smearing a particular family of students, one can imagine the amount of horrids acts that are incidiously taking place.
Why are the classmates not in mass protesting?

Beyond shamefull , but unfortunately it’s what I’ve come to expect from a democrat! Most of them lack the ability to compete fairly and must stoop to despicable means in order to win! I don’t even know if my vote counts anymore here in Oregon as the voting mechanism is so open to fraud and controlled by the democrats who have no ethical standards what so ever!

Jeremy

Time to call in the U.S. house of representatives to deal with this corruption… oh wait…

Karen D

Personal attacks are intended to get you so enraged that you lose focus on what you set out to do — whether that’s publish information, win a political office or even just debate a point. Personal attacks are a rotten, low-down, cowardly strategy. It’s horrible to be on the receiving end. But we have to carry on and recognize that it’s just a strategy. Let’s try never to let that strategy win.

DocattheAutopsy

Absolutely disgusting! I’ve seen this kind of prejudice at work in academic departments, and I am even a victim of such prejudice. For a bastion of higher learning to take capricious action against students due to political ideology simply works against the entire purpose of “higher education’.
The faculty involved in terminating these three Ph.D. students should instead be censured and terminated.

Olavi

Climate skeptics dont have party, so there are skeptics who vote democrats as well. And all politicians are narsistic, sellfish ar.. ho…

Steven Hoffer

I read the full article. It makes me sick.
When I have children, I hope that places like this are not all that’s left for them to attend school at.

Mike Monce

If the cases of these students are as outlined in the article, then the family and the students need to contact FIRE as soon as possible. FIRE will evaluate, and if they believe that OSU is indeed infringing on their 1st admendment rights, they will take action. They have a good record in these sorts of cases.
http://www.thefire.org

Juice

Could the guy have picked a worse outlet for this story than WND? Simply because the story is there, it has no credibility.

Elizabeth

Although the story seems unbelievable, I have personally seen this kind of thing happen a few times in my community. I witnessed the careers of two professionals destroyed. In both of these cases, they were initiated by subordinates who wanted to take over their positions. As horrifying as the OSU situation is, the depths to which people will sink does not surprise me anymore.
As much as one wants to believe that good will triumph over evil, this isn’t always the case. Particularly when engaged in a struggle for survival against these type of people. I think Dr. Robinson is handling this in the best possible way. In the cases I listed above, one opted to fight through legal channels and still has not had resolution after several years. The best scenario for the Robinson students would be to prevent their expulsion, not to seek compensation later. I would recommend the family consult with a lawyer and fight the expulsions. Perhaps they can initiate a legal defense fund where concerned parties to make contributions?
Also, we need more champions like Professor Higginbotham, who clearly stood up and did the right thing at his own extraordinary personal cost. Good luck to the Robinson family and Professor Higginbotham.

Alexander K

What utter ugliness of mind and spirit impells people to even think such evil nonsense. In the Beast thing, no-one could take such obvious and slimy nonsense seriously. In the Robinson case, the move to eject good and blameless students because their father dared to stand to represent his party of choice is unadultered evil.

Jeremy

Brad says:
March 7, 2011 at 8:19 am
Call me when you get a news source, this is terrible if it happened, but I think it is highly doubtful based on my years in academics, and using WorldNetDaily as the only source makes it even more doubtful.
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theduke says:
March 7, 2011 at 8:22 am
Wow. Given this is from WND, I’d like to see some verification from a more objective source, but it sounds like the loonies have taken over the asylum at OSU.
Anthony: regarding your mention at the Beast, I suggest you look at it as making the honor roll, much like Steve Mc’s mention as one of Fifty People Who Matter at the New Statesman. You are in some very fine company as a member of that list.

I tend to agree with you guys. But knowing university systems as I do, it is VERY VERY easy for these kinds of actions to take place well-hidden from the eyes of the media. This could all be a result of closed-door meetings on campus, even long-time people in that department may not know about it. What I’m saying is, yes, it would be nice to get confirmation but you’ll likely never get it unless you go to OSU and start asking questions yourself.

My entire collection of articles and blogs, seen here at “The ’96-to-present smear of skeptic scientists” http://climategatecountryclub.com/profiles/blogs/the-96topresent-smear-of details the extent the enviro-activists have gone to marginalize skeptic scientists and anybody affiliated with them. One of my articles tells about specific efforts to smear Mr Robinson’s Oregon Petition Project back in 1998 which still get repeated today, “The Curious History of ‘Global Climate Disruption’ ” http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/10/the_curious_history_of_global.html
No offense to skeptic scientists and their belief that the truth will ultimately win out when their research is presented – I had this discussion with Dr Sherwood Idso in 2010 – mere presentations of science assessments is not enough. A tsunami of public outrage could occur if people discover how much information the mainstream media has withheld or distorted about skeptic scientists. Someone in a high public place has to break the dam. This won’t happen until people start drawing more attention the second half of the AGW mantra that says “the science is settled / don’t listen to skeptic scientists because they are corrupt”.

Curious Listener

This article seems plausible, based on what I have seen of academic politics over the past 25 years. Nevertheless, I would very much like to hear the other side of the story before reaching any conclusions.

Beesaman

The challenge the person because they can’t challenge the idea.
They challenge a person’s children because they are cowards.

scott

for what it’s worth, we’re only hearing one side of this story.
And the use of perjorative adjectives in the failed candidates missive doesn’t help.
Perhaps the failed candidate doesn’t like the head of OSU nuc dept because she’s a “militant feminist” (his words).
swiftboat anyone?

Gneiss

Anthony writes,
“As representative of the side that espouses such ugliness, won’t don’t you tell us, “Gneiss”?”
I’m representing no side except myself, and I have no information about what actually happened at OSU. Do you?
Art Robinson’s declaration, headlined now by you, that Oregon State University administrators are throwing his three children out of graduate school in retribution for his political campaign, does not ring true. So I’m guessing there is more to this story.

Pull My Finger

Brad says:
March 7, 2011 at 8:19 am
“Call me when you get a news source, this is terrible if it happened, but I think it is highly doubtful based on my years in academics, and using WorldNetDaily as the only source makes it even more doubtful.”
In my years in the University system, I find it very highly likely that it IS happening. Pettiness, avaraice, and jealousy are the life blood of the faculty club, and mix in state funded research and politics and you get some real ugliness into the process.

Mark Fawcett

Anthony,
The level of abuse to which some people stoop never ceases to amaze me; moreover the level of expounded vitriol is usually related to the level of protection such numpties feel, safe in their Internet castles.
It is the ultimate display of cowardice, none of the authors of that piece would have the, as we say over here, trouser potatoes to say that to your face.
One technique to avoid blood-pressure raising is, when reading such moronic drivel, to say out loud in suitable mothering tones: “ooo, someone’s tired”.
Cheers and keep up the good work
Mark

Ken

If this is legit, this is a terribly sad story. However there are a couple of alarm bells, one is that it was published in World Net Daily (which is where conspiracy kooks tend to get their stories published) and two the fact that the guy goes on rants about the professors like “militant feminist” and the like. This ad hom attack leads me to think that he is not serious, because a serious person would most likely want to present his case matter of factly. I’d be interested in a journalistic investigation of the claims here, because these are quite serious accusations.

I would hasten to point out that graduate departments can be VERY “tribal”.
The head of a graduate department is the “Chief”. He knows it, and he treats it the same way that Chiefs in any PRIMATIVE tribe would. A good friend of mine Ed P. (vauge enough)…30 years ago was a graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering department of a local University. He had an arguement with the “Department Head”. He told me the man said, “Ed, you will NEVER get your Phd here…” (He did have his MS degree completed.)
Ed had done some machine design for a professor in another engineering department, who had jokingly said: “If you ever want a Phd in (blank), let me know.” The day he had the DEPARTMENT HEAD “kill” his Phd (in MechE), he walked 300′ over to the other department, asked Dr. G. “Were you serious?” The good Dr. said, “Completely”.
I met Ed in the year’s graduate courses in that field he needed to take…but about 2 1/2 years later he had his Phd. Turned out that it was a “hot” field at the time, and he was employed within a MONTH after getting his Phd. Interestingly, years later Ed said, “Dr. S (MechE) did me a FAVOR… by slamming the door in my face.”
I hope that the influence of the “tribe” does not extend that far and Dr. Robinson’s children can make a similar decision and go elsewhere. I’d recommend U of IL Nuc. E. for example.
Max

At 8:22 AM on 7 March, theduke had written:

Given this is from WND, I’d like to see some verification from a more objective source….

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This is carried online at the WorldNetDaily site. It is written by Dr. Robinson himself. You want more verification than his byline?

Mom2girls

How positively Sopranos.

Taphonomic

The Robinsons should contact FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education).
FIRE has been remarkable in defending the rights of students and faculty when school administrations overstep their bounds
http://thefire.org/

John Silver

Stop calling fascists “democrats”.

Curiousgeorge

Apparently OSU and DeFazio are taking their lead from Obama: “Elections have consequences” .

Stephan

You could sue him, in fact I would however these guys are actually really good news for the skeptic camp, there quickly destroying ANY credibility and showing… me thinks this guys is a 15 year ol kid probably

JP

The nuclear program at OSU receives federal dollars it is not out of the question that someone in either the House or the Senate could open up an investigation.

Anthony, regarding the “Beast” bile. Just remember the psychological phenomenon known as “transference”. When you have people with certain psychotic tendancies, one of their behaviors is to run around and accuse others of the malfience THEY are involved in.
Thus I have my “suspicions” about a blog called, “THE BEAST”….(Happy 666 to you all!)

Call me when you get a news source, this is terrible if it happened, but I think it is highly doubtful based on my years in academics, and using WorldNetDaily as the only source makes it even more doubtful.
+ 1
I be willing to bet there is much MUCH more to this story than this. WND is pretty slimy and has no problem distorting facts or making up stuff to get attention!

Juice says:
“Could the guy have picked a worse outlet for this story than WND? Simply because the story is there, it has no credibility.”
Two points: first, mainstream newspapers are owned by the same kind of people that are attacking the Robinsons. Do you really believe the NY Times or any other major newspaper would cover this story?
And second: you are attacking the messenger instead of the message. The only thing that matters are the facts. Art Robinson is the moving force behind the OISM Petition, in which over 31,000 professionals with degrees in the hard sciences, including over 9,000 PhD’s, co-signed this statement:

The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.
There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.

That statement deconstructs the entire claim that “carbon” is a problem by making it clear that CO2 is harmless and beneficial, and it deconstructs the claim with credible co-signers such as Freeman Dyson and Edward Teller.
After trying and failing to show that the Petition is not legitimate, the purveyors of the runaway global warming scam are out for revenge. Publicity from WUWT will probably help the Robinsons more than the WND article.

Anent The Beast, howcumizzit that James Delingpole isn’t prominent on their enemies’ list?
These warmist jerkwads are not just malignant but blindly parochial in the bargain.

Wondering Aloud

If Art Robinson says this is happening. You can bet it is. World Net Daily is not the issue.

oldseadog

I thought that the USA was “the land of the free, and the home of the brave”.
Land of the slaves and the home of the cowards, more like.
This story is a national disgrace for all you lot “over the pond”, and I hope you all can do something about it.

Jeremy

Anthony, I don’t mean to make light of what is obviously a very serious issue for anyone caught in the crosshairs of these nuts. But that site you linked to is so wrong, it’s actually funny. It makes me want to meet the makers of it just so I can be reminded of what madness looks like, and know the faces of those who held so strongly to a failed belief system.
I mean, look at it as dispassionately as you can. The guy adds a comment at the end about romantic encounters with animals directed at you. This means he was so desperate for something bad to say he decided to use (quite literally) the oldest direct insult humanity has to offer. I skimmed some of the others, but everything points to one thing:
—> This is hilariously poor as attack attempts go. That site, as any form of humor, is truly laughably bad.
I wouldn’t say I’m the best critic on such matters but I’ve been savoring internet wit since the early says of Seanbaby and Maddox, and that site is truly awful just in terms of what it attempts to do. I’m sorry to make light of what is obviously a serious issue. I can say for certain I wouldn’t like such attacks directed at me. But I must be honest and say, I went to that site and ended up laughing, not at the content, but at the severely inept creators.

Holbrook

Dear Anthony,
The climate has not behaved how the AGW’s predicted and their world is slowly falling apart.
They have taken what should be science and turned it into a religion and nothing but nothing makes people as intolerant as religion.
My view has always been that as and when the day arrives that the AGW theory is finally trashed the young women who believed it will be hugging one another and crying their eyes out whilst the lunatic fringe will turn to violence.
It won’t be like political and religious terrorism the AGW crowd will behave like the animal rights lunatics and make it personal to individuals.
Keep your nerve and if you can take him to court .

W. Falicoff

My daughter received her degree from OSU so I am somewhat familiar with the university. I did not get the impression that it was, as you claim, that is a bastion of socialist ideology (University of Oregon is considered more liberal than OSU.). I also do not agree with your political ideology, nor your characterization of the Obama Administration as being “out of control”. That being said, if what you claim is true about the treatment of your children at OSU (assuming there are no legitimate reasons for there being singled out by some faculty), I very much condemn such behavior. As a former Professor at four universities (2 in the UK and 2 in the US), I have never heard of such things happening on a campus. I hope that a full investigation is made into these allegations, and that all parties who have acted outside of academic norms are properly judged. Finally, I wish your children success in their schooling (which should certainly be based on their academic performance and not the political party affiliation of their father).

olderwiser

This is not the first time Art Robinson has tangled with an Oregon university. He is opposed to “socialist public education” and sells home-school curricula. Perhaps this is his attempt to discredit and smear public education.
The below quotation is from http://www.independentscientist.com/
Art’s warrior instincts’ also came to the fore after his daughter Arynne enrolled at Southern Oregon University. To graduate, she was told, she had to take a course called “colloquium,” an exercise “specifically designed to destroy her faith, her innocence, her self-respect, and her happiness in her way of life,” Art says. Advance placement had allowed the boys to skip this insult. So why not remove her from the school? As it happened, the science faculty was excellent, the university’s proximity was convenient, and his tax dollars were paying for this travesty. “What can a student do if the science, engineering and mathematics courses are held hostage by the ‘humanities’ departments?”
Art informed the university administration that they faced law suits, adverse publicity, and “an ever increasing telephone, fax, and letter campaign.” The first two did not worry them, Art says-they had the lawyers and the media. But the third did. It would have involved many thousands of inquiries, and they would be needing extra telephone lines and secretaries. The president backed down at the last minute. “We won this fight without firing a shot,” Art told his friends, “but only because we were prepared to shoot.” And they were able to do so only because a large number of his subscribers and home-schooling friends “were available to help.