Wednesday, April 25, 2012

China v. Kentucky: Whose Got More Democracy?

 In totality, while China has not experienced much democracy, they have had lots of democratic rumblings.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bolivia's Dirt

In order to make sure history doesn't repeat itself, Bolivia should compare the Movement Towards Socialism's (MAS) popular 2005 Electoral Revolution, and subsequent 2006 Agrarian Reform, to Bolivia's earlier popular 1952 Revolution, and subsequent 1953 Agrarian Reform. Three major issues that Bolivia had to face, which led to the 1953 Agrarian Reform failing, were: 1) Bolivia's long history of violence; 2) interference from the United States, and; 3) a corrupt leader, who eventually betrayed the 1952 Revolution. The problems of the failed 1953 Agrarian Reform are instructive for President Evo Morales Ayma to avoid today, if he wants a successful legacy.

The 1% in Bolivia, in 2006, owned 2/3 of the country's farm land...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The State of Black Amerika

The three most important post-Civil Rights, material-based issues for African-Americans in America are: 1) Poverty; 2) Jobs/Income, and; 3) Housing, and there are many policy options to address these institutionalized racial disparities.

The best example of the failure of a capitalist society's failure...

Friday, April 13, 2012

Afghanistan, The Slayer of Empires

 It's difficult to not think about America, a large country with many states inside of it, when reading about the Soviet Union's War in Afghanistan. The Soviet Union's War in Afghanistan wasn't just a “Vietnam”, in terms of them losing a War, but a few years after withdrawing their troops from their quagmire, their entire country collapsed, internally, from economic problems, and by 1991, the Soviet Union had completely dissolved. The historical parallel between the United States and the Soviet Union is too glaring not to be noticed. The Soviet Union was a large country with many states inside of it. The Soviet Union was the United States of the Eastern Hemisphere. The SU is the US of the East. Or they were. Until they got stuck in the “Afghan Trap”, as Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's National Security Advisor, bragged that the Soviet Union had got stuck in1.

Since the Soviet Empire died in Afghanistan, after a 9 year war, having America in the exact same war, in the same place, for two years longer only seems as if the US is just begging for the same conclusion as the “Evil Empire”, to fall into the same Afghan Trap. Afghanistan is a bear trap for America. Bin Laden was happy when the US invaded Afghanistan. That was his dream. Afghanistan is where Empires go to die. It's a tar pit for Superpowers. The point of learning history is to avoid repeating the mistakes, not to walk into the exact same faraway mine fields, wearing the same boots. While reading Afghanistan: A Russian Soldier's Story, I see how the media lies to the Russian people, and how soldiers go crazy, and nobody seems to notice or understand or care, and think about how similar the Russian soldiers, and the Mujaheddin, are to American soldiers. They are us, and we are them. We all are one. And yet our governments have us kill each other, over lies.

Eventually the press in the Soviet Union called the War in Afghanistan a mistake, by 1992, when Afghanistan: A Russian Soldier's Story was published. The War was called a mistake after the Soviet press had reported that “At the request of the Afghan people, in order to bring comradely help to our Great Neighbor, Soviet troops entered Afghanistan, our newspapers said, and they printed pictures of smiling Soviet soldiers surrounded by laughing Afghan children.”2 The lies about WMDs being in Iraq are well known, but even the War in Afghanistan was shoved down our throats immediately after 9-11 on deceitful grounds. We were told that the War in Afghanistan was being waged in order to get Bin Laden, whose is now sleeping with the fishes, and we still haven't withdrawn. There's not a shred of evidence that says Bin Laden had anything to do with 9-11. Also, 17 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, which means we invaded the wrong country. The US goes after the Taliban since they had harbored terrorists, so therefore they were terrorists (didn't we harbor the 9/11 terrorists, while they slept, ate, trained how to fly airplanes,etc.?). However, with US casualties in Iraq totaling over 1.4 million Iraqi civilians, it's hard to say that the US are not terrorizing civilian populations3. And compare 1.4 million dead Iraqi civilians to the 3,000 New York civilians that died on 9/11, and it's easy to tell who the larger terrorist is. The US is 466 times worse than Al-Qaeda, in terms of being a terrorist by civilian body count. Afghanistan has had such a civilian bloodbath, there hasn't been any efforts at documenting the dead4, so the damage the America has done to Afghanistan is unimaginable.

The media in the Soviet Union were showing their troops planting trees and building schools during the Afghanistan War, and our media here isn't showing the blood and gore of the Afghanistan War, nor are they showing the coffins of American soldiers coming back home, draped with the American flag. In the US and in SU, both of our media lied/lies to us, we the people. When I see the photos of the young men in the back of Afghanistan: A Russian Soldier's Story, who were blown up by mines, or had other atrocities happen to them, within hours of the photo being taken, I am affected. I see a young man, who is usually in some goofy, or insecure pose, and seemed to have no idea that death was so near. The images of the Vietnam War are directly responsible for rousing the American consciousness into a frenzy, and pinnacled into the 60s. Donald Rumsfeld had some snide remark about how the images of war usually dampens the mood for the war, which is completely true. Both the US government and media today, like the Soviet Union government and media in the 1980s, understand the power of propaganda, and will continue to spare us the public of the bloody and gory truth about Afghanistan. When I see the images of young Soviet soldiers, I see my cousin, and my friend, and myself, and I'm inundated with the horror that is War. The horror of the Afghanistan War has made it to where now Vladislav Tamarov doesn't believe words. “Afghanistan taught me to believe actions, not words”. Vladislav seems to have experienced Oliver Stone's Apocalypse Now.

Vladislav Tamarov understands that war is hell, and he understands that hell can turn inwards onto the self. When Vladislav first came home, he said that was the first time he actually had some peace, and wasn't worried about being blown up by a mine. Because before, Death was all around him, the whole time, and since you can't get away from death, then “you just try to encounter it as seldom as possible”5. Vladislav was a minesweeper, and playing minesweeper on the games that come bundled in accessories in Microsoft Operating System, I see how random, and dangerous, being a minesweeper is. The game is totally based on luck, and with as many of Vladislav's friend's who were blown up, real life was comparable dangerous and random, so for the soldiers to have mental issues after that traumatic of an event seems evident.

“By 1989, the total number of Vietnam veterans who had died in violent accidents or by suicide after the war exceeded the total number of American soldiers who died during the war.”6 So this means that the inner turmoil lead the Vietnam veteran to kill themselves, or to be involved in some violent episode, and that led to their last breath, moreso than the Vietnam War actually did. And whereas the US had Veteran hospitals for the shell shocked afflicted to attend, the Soviet soldiers didn't have any comparable for them, so that would make it worse. Young men were being dropped into a region they knew nothing about, and learned that those who “kill first survive”7, there's little wonder they were left in a mental mess. The reports about the US soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan are showing the same dismal numbers. The returning soldiers have high suicide rates, insomnia, panic attacks, anger issues, depression, nightmares, shell shock (aka post traumatic stress disorder), and feeling afraid. “Very often I feel terror. I'm afraid to go in the forest by myself. I'm afraid of the bright moon, of dark bushes, of silence. I'm afraid to be alone. I'm afraid when someone is standing behind me. I'm afraid of hitting a person because I know that I could lose control and start to kill him.”8 Vladislav needs sleeping pills in order to help him sleep.9

There were three types of Mujahadeen soldiers: 1) The Mercenary; 2) The Patriot, and; 3) The Conscripted.10 The Mercenary is similar to the American soldier because they are paid for their services. While Patriotism accounts for some of the reasons why an American soldier wants to fight, which is also true of the Mujahadeen, most Americans fight for the economic benefit: the lack of jobs, the promise of college, the promise of a structured path to success, etc., which is the same of most of the Mujahadeen. The 3rd group of Mujahadeen were men who were forced to join a military outfit, at the threat of a gunpoint, which reminds me of how KONY2012 depicted the dictator Kony in Uganda, but not really a comparison for American soldiers today, unless the deeply impoverished can make a claim that either they sign up for the military, or they die. Even then, it's not the same as being forced to serve in the military at gunpoint. So while they aren't completely the same, both Americans and the Soviet Union and the Mujahadeen have their Mercenaries and their Patriots. We are all the same.

The SU in the 1980s was the US (of today) of the East. Since we see similarities in land mass, government structure, imperialist ambitions, a bloody hatred of the Afghanistan people, how the media lies, the mental trauma that have damaged the psychology of young men, and how varied the make-up of the soldier's ranks were, in both in the Soviet Union of the 1980s, and the United States of today, the similarities are resounding. It's only a matter of time before America goes bankrupt, again, for the same reasons the Soviet Union did, and Kentucky will have to fortify her borders to protect herself from invasion from the seven adjacent, and newly independent, States, who completely surround her.

1Noam Chomsky. The United States Is a Leading Terrorist State Monthly Review. Nov 2001. Vol 53, Issue 6. Accessed April 12, 2012,
2Vladislav Tamarov, Afghanistan: A Russian Soldier's Story (Berkeley: Ten Speed 2001), 112.
3 Just Foreign Policy, Accessed April 12, 2012,
4 James Denselow. The Unknown Afghan Body Count,, July 4, 2010. Accessed April 12, 2012,
5Tamarov, Afghanistan, 4.
6Tamarov, Afghanistan, 136.
7Tamarov, Afghanistan, 2.
8Tamarov, Afghanistan, 154.
9Tamarov, Afghanistan, 60.
10Tamarov, Afghanistan, 116.

The 2012 UofL SGA Prez Election

The 2012 SGA Presidential Election

The Court Cases of the SGA during the elections for SGA happened on February 28, 2012, 4 days after the elections ended, and the numbers were generated, and figured out by Dean of Students Mike Martis. The students played Supreme Court in the Allen Courtroom at the U of L Law School building. The Allen Courtroom is an impressive place for Mock Court, with a Jury Box, and comfortable seating for at least a hundred, and it was the stage for the SGA election courtroom drama. Just like the big boys! Just like Bush v. Gore! Or Corrupt and Partisan Redistricting in Kentucky... ah we're just legislators... let the courts figure it out!

With the portraits of John Marshall, John Jay, and George Robertson hanging on the backdrop, Chief Justice Brandon McReynolds presided the court, along with 5 Associate Justices, with 1 absent, thus giving them the 6 justices they needed, in order to constitute a quorum for the Supreme Court per the 1977 U of L Constitution. 5 of U of L's Supreme Court are white males, and 1 blonde white female, and zero non-whites. The Supreme Court, with several veterans, after the legislature rewrote the rules for the Constitution this year, had to reclarify their roles, and wanted to either remain relevant, or wanted to set a precedent, which they did. Max Morley was grilled with questions from the 6 white Supreme Court justices, for nearly an hour, about seemingly irrelevant infractions, turning a finance report a day late, in order to get some invoice from some vendor for some $20 thing they spent it on, to make sure it was complete. “Are you sure you didn't just make it up?” asked one Associate Justice, when asking where the numbers on the report came from. I think $100 is the limit you're allowed to spend on a U of L SGA election, though that flies in the face of Citizens United … and that makes me wonder, who has more jurisdiction over the election processes at U of L? The U of L Supreme Court, or the US Supreme Court? With the Occupy movement, and with Taylor v. Beckham (1900) not clarifying who actually owns the office and the buildings in the public domain... the representatives, or the students ? … I'm still left wondering, who controls the Quad? SGA doesn't even control the Quad.

So yeah, I got questions with the legitimacy of the whole thing, but it all seemed professional, and legit, and then one side cheered, and the other side didn't object, and that's all she wrote. Both student lawyers were well spoken, but one of them seemed to know the process of the court better, and spoke loud and clear, and seemed to know his stuff well, or was better prepared. The other one wasn't as loud, and he dropped two of the cases, which were just as frivolous as the case that had won. The case against Osiah Graham seemed to have more teeth than the Finance Report case, since he had used some public email distribution system, and a complaint was filed (by who? Somebody from CardVision... but who? Justin Brandt? Austin Schwenker? Carrie Mattingly? Sirena Wurth? Some random student? That wasn't clear).

SGA has an internal communication system where they send each other updates, and orders, and proposed legislation, and the like, but they also have a public information system, where you can sign on with your U of L ID. This is called SharePoint. There probably isn't too many folks following SGA, which is why SharePoint usually doesn't have the latest SGA meeting, or election results. The election results were given to those who needed to know about it, SGA, the Cardinal, and nobody else. Messaging on the election results were governed with totalitarian precision. Since the general student body isn't the actual happenings at SGA (because isn't it better to just make the decisions FOR the student... who actually wants to get the whole study body involved? If they knew what these young adults were doing with their money, they might not like... then again, they may love it... but they'll never know, and neither with the students, and the Cardinal won't tell anybody, because they are pro-administration and has nobody picking up their papers, since print doesn't matter, and neither do any of their irrelevant stories).

The Supreme Court would exit the court, and deliberate, and without telling the public what their decision was, carry on with the next case, because he didn't want it to turn into a “who's winning?” type thing, like a baseball game. Instead, they were going to hear each of the 4 lawsuits put forth by Justin Brandt's CardVision and Max Morley's CardUnite one by one, deliberate in between each, and go on with the night in that manner. After 2 cases, Max Morley gave the cue to end the flogging, probably due to confidence in the cases put forth, or maybe disillusionment with the court, and his lawyer dropped the last cases. So CardVision had two charges put on them, and it was up to the Supreme Court to decide who, if anybody, was going to be docked votes. Another interesting thing they did, was that opened the results while they were deliberating for the last time, and this opens a floodgate of possible vote tampering, had CardVision won by enough votes, and were docked to a point to where they were not the winners. But since the CardVision slate hadn't generated enough votes, they lost by 300 or so, and they were docked 100 or so votes, so the vote dock didn't change the outcome of the election, everybody seemed to accept the Supreme Court's role in the election arbitration, with no contestation, that I know, from Max Morley, or the rest of the CardUnion slate, which anyone had a right to contest, at least 6 hours after the decision was made, and I'm unaware of anything being filed since then.

Everybody on the CardUnite slate were hit for the 6.5% vote dock, including those running for Senate. This left me wondering what the advantage of being on a slate is, if you're the Senator. The Top 4 I particularly paid close attention to, but the Senators were too many, and I ended up voting for one person I knew, and another person who asked me to vote for them, and with her being the only person to solicit my vote, I agreed. This same woman, right before I walked by, asked a waddling, overly bloated man, who looked like a student, if he was going to vote for the SGA elections, and he said, in a real dickish way, “Absolutely not!” Then as he was wandering away, looked back, and smiled, and said, “But you have a nice day anyways!” as if a sprinkle of sugar could numb the sour. But in a way, he captured the general sentiment of the student body, because 90% of them didn't even bother to vote, which is worse than Kentucky's turnout (28%), and America's (45%), so that bodes miserable for the future of democracy, and it gives no government in the State democratic legitimacy, as if that was necessary for the lure of power.

It seems like a lot of rigamarole because there was really only two groups of folks running, with nobody else interested in the SGA, except those who were already in it, and the flyers and literature and campaigning was minimal. The campaign, besides the debate, which didn't exactly have fireworks, was boring, since Travis Gault dropped out, and there was very little active, real, on the ground, campaigning, and engaging the students in their Causes. In fact, I hope they all work together, because there aren't enough active students who are participating in their government. Right now, there is a position open for an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court.

Overall, the only problem I have with the whole process is how they decides the case as the same time as they opened up the results, which could be used to screw one candidate over the other, and instead of the process working that way, what should happen, next year, or any other time it happens, is they should come back out, give the verdict, and then open the results, which are in a marked envelope from the Dean's Office. This way, by having the verdict read outloud before the election results are opened, this insures that a corrupt Supreme Court won't get their person elected over one who was the actual will of the people... or at least the majority of the 10% of the Student Body who voted... I also think that Max Morley should have pressed his last two cases, because that could have allowed the Court to dole out punishments to everybody, and set many precedents, so everybody will always remember what the McReynold's Court did here and now, and there and later, since it will carry over to the next year. I also think that the vote docking tactic is a uniquely U of L SGA thing. I've never heard of it used anywhere, local, state, or federal. By the drama generated by the Supreme Court SGA Election finale, at the Allen Court, in the Law School Building, it's clear that one precedent that will be followed is that filing lawsuits to the Supreme Court is going to be a staple of U of L SGA Presidential elections from here on out... because of the “Morley Decision”.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Trita Parsi, On US-Iran Relations

Johnathan Masters
POLS 370
April 8, 2012

Trita Parsi, On US-Iran Relations

Professor Trita Parsi, a Professor who wrote A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama Diplomacy With Iran, gave a talk/book tour at the University of Louisville on March 26, 2012, nearly two weeks ago. Trita Parsi did an extension research project where he interviewed many of the players in the US/Iran power struggle, including high ranking officials from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Brazil, the US and Iran. Professor Parsi discovers the realpolitik calculations between the US and Iran, and sees how there was a chance at some sort of deal or agreement, but due to domestic...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

UofL Rally 4 Trayvon Martin, March 27, 2012

2011/2012 UofL SGA Says FUCK Gay Students, FUCK the Bill of Rights, FUCK Lowering Our Tuition, and FUCK UofL Students

UofL SGA Kills Gay Marriage; Gault Leads The Charge

How come SGA and Greek Life got tickets to the Bluegrass War, UofL versus UK, in New Orleans, when most people were denied? Frizzell blames the NCAA. I'm skeptical.

Another question: Why doesn't UofL's Constitution have a Bill of Rights? WTF is up with that? Do Students have any rights? Is the role of our SGA to conceal our rights, and to deny them openly? If so, what was the point of Nathan Hale dying? The members of SGA and Dean Mike Martis (and Brandon McReynolds reluctantly) sounded sincere in the State of the College Address video, when they stated, “Your Voice, Your SGA”. Could my so-called representatives have been lying through their fucking teeth?

SGA, because it is Student Government, is used for Experimentation, to practice for the real world, to try things you normally wouldn't try at the national level. Also, “liberal” college students are supposed to be at The Height of their Idealism, as Hannity unequivocally alleges. Winston Churchill said that all people under 30, if they aren't a liberal, have no heart. This is as far Left humans go, when they are in college, and if this SGA can't see past their meager $600,000 budget, and their privileged white prententious snobby uppity upbring, whose never had to work a real day's work in their goddamned lives, if these rich kids are what the future of Kentucky has got in store for it, well then, expect business as usual from these heartless Conservatives. Expect more corporate sellouts; expect Labor Unions to be demolished, and Healthcare will declared be illegal, the Wars of Empire will never cease, and we'll always have Poor people, and Gay people will have to live in shame, in perpetuity, in underground communes, knowing that they are marked “illegal”, and if a private owner of a business asks somebody to leave because they are gay, then they have to leave. It's the Law. Kentucky passed it in 2004. California just made it illegal again. No gay person anywhere is allowed to get married, and show affection publicly, to have a public ceremony, to show the world who they love, and want to be with for the rest of their lives.

Fuck homophobes. Fuck anybody that would discriminate against somebody just because of their sexual orientation, and fuck those people who support them. I am sick and tired of homophobic discrimination. If you discriminate against gay people, FUCK YOU!. We don't need more hateful fascist asshole bastards out here in this world. So fuck racists, fuck sexists, fuck anti-semitics, and fuck homophobes. The world has too much hate in it already. The world need more love. The world needs more gay people. Their egalitarian relationships give heterosexuals an example of a equal and fair partnership which to live by.

And seriously, who in today's world, seriously gives a fuck what in the fuck two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own bedroom? Who does? Well, evidently, Travis Gault does. He took a strong stance today against Gay Rights, and killed the Legalization of Gay Rights. Here in Kentucky, in 2004, the State got it's “I hate Gay People” Amendment passed, which is consistent with Travis Gault's authentic personal convictions (which is everything for him, nothing for anybody else), and with UofL's SGA's policy for 2011/2012. California can't seem to get this issue right, and there appears no hope anywhere. In the State of Kentucky, if the owner of a restaurant asks somebody to leave because they are gay, then they have to leave. Travis Gault obviously isn't perturbed by gay folks getting discriminated against, so that's why Travis Gault pulled out all of the stops. And it's ironic that Travis Gault would take such a strong stance against Gay Marriage, since he is gay himself, and has used that fact to get more votes.

Travis Gault showed his anti-gay marriage sentiments tonight, on April 3, 2012, when he took a strong principled stance against the Resolution to Legalize Gay Marriage. Travis Gault was loud and proud about not representing Gay people anywhere. Travis Gault also admitted that he was tired, and didn't want to work on anything anymore, since it's the end of the year; also because he's an old man. Travis Gault works behind the scenes, sending emails to other Senators, discussing strategies and tactics, and he had been working overtime, and he organized the SGA, beforehand, to kill Legalization of Gay Marriage, and the Resolution to Stop Tuition Hikes, and the Student Bill of Rights, all of which were placed at the end of the agenda, with The Legalization of Gay Marriage being strategically placed at the very end of the SGA meeting, after all other arguments were exhausted on other matters, and the Senators were tired, and wanted to go home. They also shot down Skylar Graudick's Transparency Resolution, because they are filthy corrupt Machiavellian, backstabbing...

They even voted to leave the meeting by 9:20pm, again, in the middle of Senator Skylar Graudick's pitch for his Resolution for Transparency, but then again, it's no surprise that backwards, corrupt, and backdoor-dealing privileged white Republican-wannabes, would be against Transparency. UofL's SGA doesn't want UofL's Student Body to know of a single thing that is decided in that room! The whole thing is a secret. That's why sometimes they move the meetings to other locations at the spur of the moment, or make sure the Law School Building's doors are locked, so nobody can get in, unless they know somebody already on the inside, or if they wait for somebody to walk out, and slip in. The Minutes of the Meeting are supposed to be available to the public, or at least to UofL students, which would be easy if they posted on their website. Instead of doing that, they use “SharePoint”, which only UofL students can access, and it's not user friendly. Checking SharePoint early April 4, 2012, I see that none of the December 2011, or February 2012, or March 2012 minutes have been posted, so that's months of SGA secrecy. I believe in Transparency because if you're not corrupt and dishonest, why do you have to hide? Here's a screenshot of the missing SGA minutes:

At last night's SGA meeting, on April 3, 2012, Travis Gault organized his cadre of Senator bitches in order to sabotage all 3 of the Resolutions that I was proposing, which he succeeded in doing. Travis Gault, the “elected” “Graduate” President/SGA Senator, whose been a student at UofL for 15 years+, and counting, which is longer than President Ramses, and most Professors and Staff and Faculty, led the charge to make sure that: 1) Tuition will be jacked up this June, 6%, the maximum amount, in order to fuck the average student out of $500, and to give President Ramses another $10 million dollars into his $800 million dollars+ or - $100 million dollars University coffers; 2) the average student at UofL has no Cardinal Freedoms or Rights, not even ones already guaranteed in Kentucky's and America's Constitution, and; 3) to Stop Gay Marriage from Being Legalized. He knows how to abuse his privileges, and make up parliamentary tactics in order to Kill a Bill Indefinitely, but yet he hasn't figured out how to find a job. Travis Gault is the same person who has abused the Bill of Rights-less 35 year old Constitution for UofL's White Student Union (SGA) numerous times, when he's using the Supreme Court as a club in order manhandle Kurtis Frizzell, whose been SUED over a dozen times by Travis Gault. And YEAH, I said SUED! These Lord of the Flies young adults actually hold a tribunal, sit on their Supreme Court thrones, and administer justice for all those complaints who come their way, which can be brought forth by any Student of UofL. Travis Gault is acting this way because he's losing relevancy, and because he's a crybaby sore loser. Travis Gault lost the 2010/2011 Presidential election to Kurtis Frizzell, and still hasn't gotten over it.

For Travis Gault to stop the Legalization of Gay Marriage is more appalling because he's openly homosexual, or so he says. Perhaps he's got a Girlfriend. I don't know. I do know that Indefinitely killing the Resolution to Legalize Gay Marriage prevents this Bill from ever coming up again, in these Chambers, with the same Senators. So Travis Gault's attack on Gay Rights has set the Gay Rights movement, at least on UofL's campus, back Centuries. Never again can the Resolution to Legalize Gay Marriage be introduced into the SGA holy chambers.

Another reason this sucks is because I have been consistently, and loyally, the only student, out of the 20,000+ at UofL, who even gives a fuck what the SGA is working on. I'm a Politcal Science Major, and so having an interest in government is only natural. I'm the only student who cares enough to see what they are doing, and I have lots of good ideas. So since the overwhelming majority of them haven't started a dialogue with me, or even tried to, this is why I firmly believe that they, 98% of them, do not represent UofL's 20,000+ Student Body. A good idea is a good idea, and it shouldn't matter who introduced the Idea. In the Battle of Ideas, the best ones should prevail, always. Travis Gault's 15 years has taught him how to, not better represent the students, but instead, to maneuver through the system, making up Robert's Rules of Order when it suits his interests (he called off the Roll Call motion, because he knew that if you make the Senators account for their decisions, they might change their minds), like a Parliamentary Nazi, and because it seems like he has some inkling of a clue of the terms that are used in meetings, the rest of SGA goes along with it, because of their inexperience. It's like Travis Gault is SGA's cranky, elder Grandpa; the Senators don't really like him, but they do respect him for what he seems to know.

Travis Gault did mention one excuse. He said it was badly written. That's a lie. But if Travis Gault's genuinely supports Gay Marriage, then he'd rewrite the Resolution, with better language, and reintroduce it, and pass it. But he won't do it. He won't do it because he doesn't represent the Rights of Gay people, or anybody for that matter, since any injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. The First Resolution, entitled “A Resolution to Stop Tuition Hikes” begins with; “Whereas the Senators of UofL's SGA (2011/2012) empathize with working students, who need to save every nickel and dime they can, for books, rent, internet, car insurance, diapers, etc, in these difficult economic times, to make ends meet.” That's a nice sentence. And it sharply divides the Senators, from those who understand working, and those whose had a cupcake existence, with their Mommy and Daddy handing them everything on a silver platter, desperately to make sure their spoiled elitest snotty children still like their lame selves. SGA also forces it's Senators to wear dress clothes. So if your a Senator who just got off of work, and you come in Flannel and Jeans, they will not take you serious. They hate working class people. They don't associate with them. They are stuck up and pretentious, and they think they are better than everybody. If you don't believe me, try to find ONE so-called “representative” to complain to, and see how they react. Or better yet, write a Letter to the Editor about something serious, and see if they care. The University's Administration has got both of those groups paid off. Again, the Cardinal boycotted UofL's SGA, which has gone on for years, with the Student Body being none the wiser. There lack of actual news content is the reason why nobody picks the paper up, if they ever wise up to that fact.

I wasn't even given the chance to speak or defend the “Resolution to Stop Tuition Hikes”. Nobody was. The Parliamentarian read the title of the Bill, and immediately, SGA voted to Kill the Bill Indefinitely. This was Travis Gault, saying loud and clear that he could give a fuck less if the Board of Trustees, or Council for Public Education, voted in favor of a Tuition Hike. This Resolution would have prevented the SGA President from voting in favor of a Tuition Hike when the Board of Trustees votes on it, in June 2012. If you are favor of a tuition hike, then you should be impeached out of office because you have no authority to say that you represent the Student Body, since you don't, at all. Mexico and Cuba has free college; meanwhile, Kentucky's students are getting raped by 400% increase in tuition fees, since 2005, when tuition was only $2,000 (now it's $9,000). 400%!!! And what has UofL done to stop that inevitable raping, by the Board of Trustees, coming up in June? I mean this warranted ZERO discussion, and this Bill was immediately sent to the Gas Chambers at Auschwitz. Travis Gault pretends to care for the Student Body, but he could give a fuck less. Because of Travis Gault, the Act to Stop Tuition Hikes up for a vote. They didn't even consider it. It wasn't even read outloud. Why would you vote against something you didn't know? When SGA was voting against “The Resolution to Stop Tuition Hikes”, they were gleeful, and they were laughing, like how privileged white people are. 2011/2012's SGA were like a pack of carnivorous wolves circling a lamb they are about to devour; like how gleeful the Manson Family after they murdered Sharon Tate.

SGA is filled with a bunch of privileged kids, whose never had to work a day in their lives. What do they give a fuck if tuition is jacked up another $500? What's $500 of rich Mommy and Daddy's money? $500 to me is motha fucken rent. It's kind of bullshit that they didn't hear me out. I've got college loans over $40,000; is this what I paid for? Is this some real world experience? What would you do if the person who stopped your Act to Legalize Gay marriage was gay? Does that leave anybody else's head scratching? Plus it's clear why SGA could give a fuck less about Tuition. They're rich kids, yeah, but they are also structurally tied to the tuition increase. When the Tuition increases, then the Student Fee is to take a piece of that increase. SGA doesn't give a fuck about Tuition because when Tuition is jammed down our throats, they get paid.

Skylar Graudick called a Division, and a Roll Call. A Roll Call is when everybody who voted, puts their name into the public record of their vote. While the Roll Call was going on, tediously, Travis Gault interrupted with a motion. He was argued down. Many of UofL's SGA Senators were laughing sinisterly, the ones who were going to vote for Tuition Hikes, like sadistic psychopaths, like people who can't empathize with other people.

3 of next year's Top 4 are current Senators, were present. Austin Schwenker and Sirena Wurth abstained from voting, which I appreciated. Carrie Mattingly, however, after hesitating for a moment, reverified her previous position to vote down Gay Marriage. Carrie Mattingly condescending acted like only she could talk to the administration, since she's a “qualified professional”, during this year's debates. If one of the “Top 4”, the Vanguard Group of students who controls UofL's SGA, is already in bed with the Administration, can we students even pretend that they represent us? Carrie Mattingly's strong stance in favor of Tuition Hikes, and against Gay Marriage is foreshadowing how SGA 2012/2013 is going to represent UofL's Student Body next year.

Having a Roll Call vote is smart in order to ensure accurate votes. As the Roll Call went along, it seemed like more and more folks were abstaining, and it looked as if the tide could have been turning, in my favor, when the faux “pro-gay rights” Travis Gault jumped in. Travis Gault asserted that a Roll Call can't be called if it's used to slow the process down. He's right about that, partially. It's actually more complicated than that; Roll Calls are routine in many government bodies; also, the spirit of Robert's Rules of Order is not upheld in the SGA Chambers. Travis Gault also asserted that if you are a proxy, then you probably don't want to have your name attached to your vote. That's such bullshit! This motha fucka is so corrupt. All votes should have all names of the representatives on it, with who voted for it, and who voted against it. All Senators should be held to account for all of their votes.

When the Senate went through their motions, and immediately killed the bill, Skylar had patted my shoulder to indicate to me that the fight was over, and that I had lost. I sat down, immediately.

Robert's Rules of Order warns of dilatory Roll Call votes. Here's the pertinent rules of Roll Call, on page 405:

“Taking a vote by roll call has the effect of placing on the record how each member or, sometimes each delegation, votes;” … “it is usually confined to REPRESENTATIVE bodies, where the proceedings are published, since it enables constituents to know how their representatives voted on certain measures. It should not be used in a mass meeting or in any assembly whose members are not responsible to a constituency.”

“In a representative body, if there is no legal or constitutional provision specifying the size of the minority that can order a roll-call vote, the body should adopt a rule fixing the size of such a minority—for example, one fifth of those present, as in Congress, or some other portion of those present that is less than a majority. In the absence of such a special rule, a majority vote is required to order the taking of a vote by roll call—in which case a motion to do so is likely to be useless, since its purpose is to force the majority to go on record. In local societies having a large membership but relatively small attendance at meetings, a motion to take a vote by roll call is generally dilatory.”

Carrying over to Page 406, we see a tactic that Skylar Graudick could have used, and it would have been “in order”:

“It is in order, as one of the Motions Relating to Methods of Voting, however, to move “that a signed ballot be taken by tellers;” and if such a vote is ordered, the voter writes “yes” or “no” on the ballot and signs it. The votes can be recorded in the minutes just as a roll call would be, but the names of all members need not be called. A roll-call vote cannot be ordered in committee of the whole.”

Right before the first page of Robert's Rules of Order, on page XLVII, the Principles Underlying Parliamentary Law are set forth, which provide a mental framework for how government meetings are supposed to work. The very first sentences says: “The rules of parliamentary law found in this book will, on analysis, be seen to be constructed upon a careful balance of the rights of persons or subgroups within an organization's or an assembly's total membership. That is, these rules are based on a regard for the rights: 1) of the majority; 2) of the minority, especially a strong minority—greater than one third; 3) of individual members; 4) of absentees, and; 5) of all these together.” Later on, down the same page, it states that “Each individual or subgroup has the right to make the maximum effort to have his, her, or its position declared the will of the assembly to the extent that can be tolerated in the interests of the entire body.” So basically, the way a government meeting is supposed to be run, is that the minority gets their say, and the majority gets their way. UofL's SGA meetings have not adhered to this basic Principle Underlying Parliamentary Law. So while it's impressive that Travis Gault faintly remembered knew something from page 405, he can't call himself an Parliamentarian expert until he has at least read the Introduction of Robert's Rules of Order, and understands that thoroughly. Since the minority gets their say, and the majority get their way, that means I should have gotten my say. One Resolution was murdered with no words of defense. The Student Bill of Rights was a cumbersome document that I wasn't ready to present yet, so I passed on it, and then the Resolution to Legalize Gay Marriage, I was cut off before I could call for one of the Senators to call a Motion, which Skylar Graudick could have done, but Travis Gault beat him to the punch. Considering how corrupt and dishonest and unethical Travis Gault is, there's little doubt that Travis Gault installed himself as President of the Graduate Council, again, for the 1 millionth year in the row.

Since the February and March minutes haven't been posted, I'm not too confident that last night's minutes will be posted. If they do post the minutes, I'm curious to see how close the minutes come to the actual conversation. I doubt the minutes will accurately reflect reality, since the Court Reporter was actually arguing with me, instead of recording, which was Out of Order. Skylar Graudick sponsored all 3 of the Resolutions, since he believed that anybody ought to at least be able to introduce Resolutions, and because he agreed with them, asked me if I was going to drop the Bill of Rights, and I said that I did, since I had no confidence that SGA represents me, which after they had aborted “The Resolution to Stop Tuition Hikes”, I didn't. 

Then the Parliamentarian read the title of the “Resolution to Legalize Gay Marriage”, and I walked out into the middle of the floor. Skylar also walked out. I was waiting for the Parliamentarian to recognize me. He seemed busy on his computer, probably hesitating because he didn't want me to have the microphone. I waited until he was ready, and he nodded, and so I began:

“Who in the Fuck gives a Fuck, what two people do in the privacy of their own bedrooms?”

A lovely Black Senator in the front row interrupted me and said something about being nicer, and folks would take me more serious. I ignored her and continued, softer:

“But seriously, who in the fuck gives a fuck what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own bedrooms?” One woman in the back, the woman who Chairs the Appropriation Committee, raised her hand. I'm not sure if she was identifying herself as a person who didn't like gay people, or if she was wanting to call some procedural thing.

“Do you care?”, I asked a female Senator in the front row. She looked away.

The Blonde Court Reporter, who sits in the Front of the Room, next to President Frizzell, says something like, “Don't cuss in here.”

I respond: “Well, that's free speech. Oh wait, that's right, you all don't have the Bill of Rights [referencing the necessity of Student Bill of Rights Resolution], and you want to talk about credentials![referencing to the lack of credentials I had, which stopped me from being appointed Associate Justice, which Max Morley promised me he'd do, if he was elected President] None of y'all have credentials.”

“Who cares?”, I said, with my hand raised, to encourage anybody else to raise their hands, and to identify themselves. I turned around and looked at President Frizzell. He was looking all around. I was about to ask Travis, but he instead interrupted, Out of Order, but he doesn't care, he just blurts anything out whenever it suits his interests. I should have hurried up and finished what I was going to say, “It's 2012, it's time to take a stand, pass this Resolution.” but I never got that chance, because of Travis Gault. I waited nearly 2 hours to get my chance to speak, and they didn't even give me one second for the first Resolution, and silenced me after me getting to say 2 of the 3 sentences I had prepared. Travis Gault called for a motion to kill the bill indefinitely, with no discussion at all. Seriously, if I had introduced a Resolution to Genocide the Jews, I could expect me to be interrupted, and silenced, and to have the bill killed immediately, and forever. But I didn't introduce no such Evil. Instead, I introduced Goodness, and Love, and Equality, and Fairness, and for Gay Men, like Travis Gault, and Woman to get married, but Travis Gault killed it.

The Dean of Students of UofL, Mike Martis, was there to see the whole boring show, including my 1 minute interlude. Mike Martis and I have got some history. Last year, on November 28, 2011, during a torrential downpour, I set up a Tent on the Quad of UofL. Mike Martis came into the Tent, with his muddy shoes, and he pretended like he was listening to what I was saying. I was open, and free with information, but I fear that he mistake my niceness for weakness. I was very much pissed that he ordered the Tent shutdown. He said he'd allow it for a day, but by Midnight it was coming down. And by Midnight, Physical Plant, and the Campus Police, tag teamed the Tent, and ransacked it, and stole it. Mike's always pretending. He pretended when he was following the Student Walkout Protest last year. Mike said he was doing it for our protection. Mike also attended the Rally for Higher Education, again, for “our protection”. Mike also babysits SGA, and is always there, watching them, making sure they don't stray from their submissive role. Mike Martis is also involved with the Voting of SGA, with his easy-as-hell to use Diebold-like Internet voting machine (of which is required for real SGA students, but not the Graduate students... it's odd how no Graduates voted for the current Graduate Council... weird...), but it's just him. All of the students vote, and he's in his office. He sees the results. He prints the results up. And we're expected to believe that everything went off without a hitch. Maybe there's something there, maybe not. A little transparency of the Dean of Student's office wouldn't hurt either. In fact, it was because of that November tent ransacking, where the idea of getting a student Bill of Rights came from. I started to wonder, who here at UofL actually protects me and my freedoms? Occupy Louisville still has Tents there. How come they got Free Speech, and I don't? I didn't realize that when I stepped onto UofL's campus, that I stepped out of America. Martis's secret police (Physical Plant) have fucked with me before, and so Martis might try to make some hay outta this. I don't see how he could. Max Morley's cursed many times, and saying fuck isn't a crime. I'm pretty sure there's an Amendment in the real Constitution, America's, not the one the children play with, who probably only 4 of them whose actually read the damn thing.

Overall, there's a lot going on. UofL's SGA, the Administration, the Cardinal, and the Student Body (90% of the Student Body did not vote for the current SGA; also, not one single graduate student voted for the Graduate Council, which has Travis Gault as the elected “President”) are all independent and autonomous factions, and none dare enter into each other's spheres. SGA is filled to the brim with rich kids. All they know is a privileged existence. Nobody goes to the meetings because they are corrupt as shit. Nobody goes to the meetings because they already know that their voice is not represented.

One ironic thing: had “E-board” (which is the committee that kills bills and ideas and dreams), approved me as Associate Justice, then I would be Constitutionally mandated to keep my opinions about anything SGA related to myself, or I'd be kicked out. Had SGA known that, I think they would have reconsidered putting me there. Then they would have had some power over me. So SGA may be assholes, but they aren't smart about it. They're stupid assholes. They just wanted to vote down anything I had proposed, no matter how perfect and dreamlike my Resolutions were written. Travis Gault and Friends would have killed Martin Luther King Jr.'s Civil Rights Bill, too, indefinitely, with no discussion, and SGA would have been delighted with itself all the same. They would have told King to not be so loud and demanding. So I'm relieved that I wasn't chosen for Associate Justice, because then I would have been muzzled, and I plan on sticking around for awhile.

Overall, what the individual average person should get out of this, is that no matter how nice Travis Gault may seem, do not trust him. He's an evil heartless fascist. Travis Gault does not represent Gay people, or Graduate students, or anybody, except himself and maybe his entourage. Unless it's a choice between him and his entourage, then of course, Travis Gault will always pick Travis Gault. Maybe he read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, and so that's where his megalomania comes from, since the main character was John Galt. It's shameful not only because of the backdoor, behind the scenes, backstabbing, and secretive ways of Travis Gault, but also because Travis Gault's bloodlust was so powerfully strong, that he was willing to vote against his own interests. Travis Gault is the Larry Craig of the University of Louisville. Larry "Wide Stance" Craig supported the "Federal Marriage Amendment" in 2006, and then ironically, later he was caught by Federal agents trying to illicit gay sex in a bathroom. Here's a Bill Maher clip on the Craig scandal: The public official Larry Craig makes the man Larry Craig live a closeted lifestyle, and the same is true of Travis Gault.

Does everything SGA does have to have Travis Gault's name on it? I wouldn't mind witnessing a lively and vibrant discussion amongst SGA's 38 members, during one of their meetings. The Insiding Out of Travis Gault goes to prove that if you go into politics without a moral core, then you're virtually guaranteed to become corrupted. Travis Gault is just an empty shell of his possible “good” former self. Heartless fascists generally don't like me, and are nervous around me, not because of anything a pacifist committed to non-violence would do, but because they know that I can see right through them; I can see right through their facade, through their fake human-looking shell, through their wickedness, through their fascist heartlessness, their uncaring, unfeeling empty cavity, like rot in a hollowed out wooden tree. April 16, 2012 is the last meeting for SGA.

Last night was one big fucking gigantic waste of time.

Also, not surprisingly, the Cardinal, the “student” newspaper, wasn't in attendance.

Months of Missing SGA Minutes

UofL Student's Bill of Rights: 52 Cardinal Freedoms

The U of L Student's Bill of Rights
52 Cardinal Freedoms

The Mission of the University of Louisville
“The University of Louisville shall be a premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research university with a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to the intellectual, cultural, and economic development of our diverse communities and citizens through the pursuit of excellence in five interrelated strategic areas: (1) Educational Experience, (2) Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activity, (3) Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, and Communication, (4) Partnerships and Collaborations, and (5) Institutional Effectiveness of Programs and Services.”i

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people”ii.

Whereas even Patrick Henry had to fight tooth and nail for the cherished and celebrated Bill of Rights 8 years after being a major, essential component of the Revolution, when, eventually, they were begrudgingly added into the US Constitution, 4 years after the US Constitution was ratified.

Whereas it is the duty of every generation to declare our rights, and no Generation prior to the 2011/2012 Generation, since 1977, thought to include a Bill of Rights into their Constitution, even though it's a staple in every other founding Constitution, now it's time for the Postmodern Generationiii to declare theirs.

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world”iv.

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the Rule of Law”v.

Whereas, every student at the University of Louisville (also “U of L”), gets to enjoy the privileges and immunities guaranteed by the amalgamation of founding documents from the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, of the United States of America, of the City of Louisville, of the Student Handbook of U of L, of SGA's Constitution, in addition to the privileges of attending a University, and any other freedom, as the 9th Amendment to the US Constitution allows, such as inherent, inalienable, self-evident freedoms that are not mentioned, such as human rights, but there is no single document which compiles all of the rights of the U of L student into a single, user friendly, easy-to-read, comprehensive student bill of rights, guaranteeing every student's freedoms.

By reinforcing our generation's collective freedoms, we also reinforce our autonomy, and can prevent all future excursions from any outside government body—national, state, local, or otherwise—from stealing, or restricting, our 52 Cardinal Freedoms, and counting, in any way, shape, or form imaginable.
Therefore, Be It Resolved, that all Cardinal Freedoms herein shall be protected freedoms for every U of L student with this Amendment.
Cardinal Freedoms
The Freedom To Life, Liberty, and Propertyvi.
The Freedom to Vote.
The Freedom of Revolutionvii.
The Freedom To Speak Freely Without Frontiersviii.
The Freedom of Self-Preservation.
The Freedom to Maintain Own's Dignityix.
The Freedom of Security.
The Freedom of Religion.
The Freedom of Education.
The Freedom to Enter into a Contract.
The Freedom to Petitionx.
The Freedom of Justice.
The Freedom to Peacefully Assemble.
The Freedom to Associate.
The Freedom to Organize Student Unions.
The Freedom to Work.
The Freedom to Participate in Government.
The Freedom to get Married, and Raise a Family, Gay or Straight.
The Freedom To Openly Bare Arms.xi

Academic Freedoms
Freedom of Research and Inquiry.
The Freedom To Distribute Written Material Without Prior Approvalxii.
The Freedom of a Fearless Pressxiii.
The Freedom To A Syllabus.
Freedom of Privacy; the Brandeis Freedomxiv.
The Freedom To Use The University's Facilities, Such As Auditoriums, Park Spaces, Restaurants, and Documentsxv.
The Freedom To Remain Silent.
The Freedom To File A Complaint.
The Freedom To Invite Any Speaker To Campusxvi.
The Freedom to Address SGAxvii.
The Freedom of Open Meetingsxviii.
The Freedom to Self-Identify.
The Freedom to Be Independent.

Judicial Freedoms
Freedom from Absolute and Arbitrary Powerxix.
Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest, Detention or Exilexx.
The Freedom from Unreasonable and Unwarranted Search and Seizures.
The Freedom of Fair and Public Due Process
The Freedom to Confront Your Accusers.
The Freedom of a Speedy Trial.
The Freedom of a Jury Trial, For Matters Involving $20 or More.xxi
The Freedom To Call Witnesses On Your Behalf.
Freedom From Double Jeopardy.
Freedom from Excessive Bail and Cruel and Unusual Punishments.
The Freedom from Torture.
The Freedom to Not Be Jailed For Debtsxxii.
The Freedom of Habeas Corpusxxiii.
The Freedom to Not have the State Military Living In Your Sleeping Quartersxxiv.

General Freedoms
The Freedom of Leisure.
The Freedom of Culture.
The Freedom of Movement, such as Exercise or Dance.
The Freedom to Not Worry, and Be Happy.
The Freedom from Fear and Wantxxv.
The Right To Amend This Student Bill of Rights in order to Expand Your Freedoms.xxvi

Louisville First, Cards Forever.
iUniversity of Louisville (herein “U of L”) Homepage. Retrieved on March 16, 2012.
iiUN Declaration, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Preamble (1948).
iiiJames Klotter, New History of Kentucky, (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1997), 6-8; Klotter says that Kentucky's history is divided by Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Woodland, Prehistoric Era (1000AD-1750), and the Historic Era. Klotter had a “Historic” mindset in 1997, before 9/11, George W. Bush, the Iraq War, Barack Obama, and the Internet propagated all of this information, and more, with this massive Gutenburg Printing Press Revolution. If not postmodern, then posthistoric, but between the two, it's clear that postmodern sounds best.
ivUN Declaration, Preamble.
vUN Declaration, Preamble.
vi John Locke. “Two Treatise of Government” (1690); Kentucky Constitution, Section 5.5, (1891).
vii Kentucky Constitution, Section 4, (1891). “All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety, happiness and the protection of property. For the advancement of these ends, they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may deem proper.”; Declaration of Independence, “ is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish [illegitimate government], and to institute new Government...”
viii “UN Declaration”, Article 19, (1948). “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
ix UN Declaration, Article 22. “Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for their dignity and the free development of their personality.”
xU of L's SGA Constitution, Section 2.4, (1977). “All members have the right to petition the SGA or any agency thereof for a redress of grievances.”
xi Bill of Rights, United States Constitution, Amendment #2, (1791). “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”; Kentucky Constitution, Section 1.7, (1891). “The right to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the State, subject to the power of the General Assembly to enact laws to prevent persons from carrying concealed weapons.”
xiiU of L's Student Handbook, Section 7.C; retrieved March 18, 2012.
xiii- U of L's Student Handbook. Section 8.A – 8.D. “The student press is free to deal openly, fearlessly, and responsibly with issues of interest and importance to the academic community. There shall be no prior approval of student press content by the University. Students may not be disciplined by the University for their participation with the student press except for violations of University rules that are not inconsistent with the guarantees contained herein.”
xiv U of L's Handbook, Section 11. “Students have the right of privacy in campus residence facilities.
  1. Nothing in the University relationship or residence hall contract may expressly or implicitly give the institution or residence hall officials authority to consent to search of a student's room or residence by police or other law enforcement officials unless they have obtained a search warrant.
  2. The University reserves the right to enter a student's room in a residence hall or a student's apartment in a campus residence:
    1. in emergencies where imminent danger to life, safety, health, or property is reasonably feared;
    2. to make necessary repairs, improvements, or alterations in the facility;
    3. to provide necessary pest control services;
    4. to inspect the facility as deemed necessary by the University.
See also Section 12. “The privacy and confidentiality of all student records shall be preserved in accordance with applicable laws. The University shall establish and adhere to a clear and definitive records policy.”
xv U of L's Handbook, Section 9, (2012). “Appropriate University facilities shall be available to organizations within the University community for regular business meetings, for social programs, and for programs open to the public.”
xvi U of L's Handbook, Section 7.D.
xvii U of L's SGA Constitution, Section 2.5.1, (1977). “All members shall have the right to address the Student Senate at regularly scheduled Senate meetings held in accordance with Section 5.10.1 of the SGA Constitution.”
xviii U of L's SGA Constitution, By-Laws, Section 2. The Sunshine Laws.
xix Kentucky Constitution, Section 2, (1891). “Absolute and arbitrary power over the lives, liberty and property of free people exists nowhere in a republic, not even in the largest majority.”
xxUN Declaration, Article 9, (1948); Kentucky Constitution, Section 24. “Emigration from the State shall not be prohibited.”
xxiBill of Rights, US Constitution, Amendment #7 (1791). “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.”
xxii Kentucky Constitution, Section 18. “The person of a debtor, where there is not strong presumption of fraud, shall not be continued in prison after delivering up his estate for the benefit of his creditors in such manner as shall be prescribed by law.”
xxiii Kentucky Constitution, Section 16. “All prisoners shall be bailable by sufficient securities, unless for capital offenses when the proof is evident or the presumption great; and the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended unless when, in case of rebellion or invasion, the public safety may require it.”
xxiv Bill of Rights, US Constitution, Amendment #3. “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
xxv UN Declaration, Preamble.
xxvi U of L's Constitution, Article 8. The Amendment Process.