University of Tampa fires professor who blamed Harvey on GOP vote


From CBS News: The University of Tampa has fired a visiting assistant professor who suggested in a tweet that Hurricane Harvey‘s destruction is “instant karma” for Texas because it voted Republican.

Sociology professor Kenneth L. Storey posted the tweet and two responses on Sunday before removing the entire thread and his profile photo, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The original post, captured by conservative websites before it was removed, read, “I dont believe in instant karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesnt care about them.”

University spokesman Eric Cardenas said in a statement Tuesday that Storey was fired after the school weathered an outpouring of online outrage over the comments.

Storey issued an apology via Twitter (his account no longer exists) on Monday, saying: “I deeply regret a statement I posted yesterday. I never meant to wish ill will upon any group. I hope all affected by Harvey recover quickly.”

In a Facebook post on Tuesday morning, the university said “Storey has been relieved of his duties at UT, and his classes will be covered by other sociology faculty.”

“As Floridians, we are well aware of the destruction and suffering associated with tropical weather. Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” the university said.


30 responses to “University of Tampa fires professor who blamed Harvey on GOP vote

  1. I wonder about Storey’s education, Berkley? Even a child knows better! Foolish thought that resulted in his comment. Not worthy of being a professor of any higher education in any university.

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  2. “I deeply regret a statement I posted yesterday. I never meant to wish ill will upon any group. I hope all affected by Harvey recover quickly.”

    What he really means is,
    I deeply regret getting caught making a statement I posted yesterday. I really meant to wish death and destruction upon any group that does not agree with my political views. I hope all affected by Harvey never recover.

    People who make statements like his have no conscience and no ability to be remorseful. Glad to know he was fired!

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    • Maryaha . . . These fools who pull off such outrageous things, and then express such deep remorse . . . and as you have said, it is because they get called on their nonsense! Thank you for “telling it as it is.” As many times as we have seen a lefty do something goofy . . . wouldn’t you think they would learn? The fact that they don’t “learn” certainly backs up the claim that “liberalism is a mental disease.”

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      • You’re right, they never learn. These people have never grown up. They’ve never learned to discipline their tongues, and they are even proud of that fact.

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      • People like this have no dignity or respect for themselves or others. Those traits used to be minimum requirements for entry into polite society. A college professor (even an assistant one), was a position worthy of respect. Apparently that is no longer “automatic”.

        We must ask ourselves, “is this the standard we want for us and our children?”. If not, we must demand better. I don’t want my grand and great-grandchildren attending classes run by people who can’t decide what gender they belong to. I don’t want them inflicting their neuroses on them either.

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    • Maryaha, remember, what goes around comes around and…….it sure came to him soooo fast it’ll take him a long time to Recover!

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  3. what kind of University fires a Professor for exercising freedom of speech; which is what a University is suppose to promote

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  4. Captain Obvious

    He believes in instant Karma now.

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  5. Houston, Texas is in Harris County. Hillary Clinton got 54.2 % of the vote in Harris County in the 2016 Election.

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  6. From your Tampa Bay Times link, the “loverly” Absent Minded Professor, Kenneth L. Storey:

    I suppose he quickly removed his photo in fear of all of us “violent White Nationalists, crazy Trump supporting, KKK-loving Supremacists”!

    They also have a screenshot of his “apologetic” tweet, but not his original tweets.

    Good for Cardenas for listening to “public outcry” for a change, though the complaints were more likely re Harvey/disaster rather than re the GOP portion of his tweet. Then again, since it was a FLA Univ. (far away from Miami, lol), maybe it was Repubs who complained. If that’s the case, I’m “shocked” that any Univ. would care what Repubs have to say.

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  7. I guess anyone can be an associate professor these days. Was he, in reality, teaching Basket Weaving 101?

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  8. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    The professor in his glory stated that it was Karma that caused the hurricane Harvey because Texans voted for President Trump. I the same vein Karma has returned the favor and now he is without a job.

    It looks like Karma paid him back.


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  9. Karma had nothing to do with Harvey, Mother Nature Is A Democrat.
    States that Trump; Look Out!!!

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  10. So-HE was bitten by the Karma Bug after his stupid Karma comment? WELL-THAT’S Refreshing!!

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  11. Liberals only regret their actions when it affects the money flow…

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  13. Visiting assistant professor, as Dr. Eowyn pointed out above, indicates that the person has an earned Ph.D. but is adjunct faculty, with all that that second-class status implies; one is basically a contract worker, bound by IRS rulings precluding any expectation of permanent full-time work at that institution, and in an “at-will hiring” environment, one may lack any legal free-speech-type protection a tenured professor might have (or used to have). Also, unless one is a famous writer or renowned scholar (maybe brought in for a semester to add status to the department, often at a much higher level of remuneration), that “visiting” status often indicates “cannon fodder” teaching low-level (and low-status) departmental “service” courses that the tenure-track faculty eschew and the tenured won’t touch.
    In humanities and social sciences, it used to be that one must have at least one published book (issued by an academically respected press, of course) to have the rank of associate professor, whether permanent or otherwise.
    [Business schools, medical schools, and science departments have their own faculty evaluation criteria and thus hiring practices (and, of course, tend to have lots more funding).]

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  14. Karma cans be a cruel mistress. And ‘Instant’ Karma is usually taken as bad fortune. In this case however, Professor Storey ultimately was the recipient of his own malevolence.
    Instant Karma indeed!
    Oh, and just in case Karma’s listening, I didn’t enjoy his misfortune. (Sarc)

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  15. If we look at what he actually tweeted:
    “I dont believe in instant karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesnt care about them.”

    It sounds as if he’s not saying the hurricane destroying South-East TX was Karma for voting for Trump (regardless of actual fact), but rather that the GOP response to the hurricane would show their indifference, and that would be the karma — vote for them, then they leave you to flounder.

    He was apparently equating what was presented as Bush 2’s failure to act after Katrina squashed New Orleans (it was rather quickly seen to be failures at the local and state levels) to what he expected to be Trump’s response to Harvey. But Trump had already been advised of the importance of quick action and already set things working to take care of Texas… so there’s the karma for you. Other side of the coin… vote for Hillary; Trumps takes care.

    But the outrage was over what it appeared he was saying — that the hurricane itself was karma’s payback for voting for Trump, which is what resulted in public outcry (as it should, were that true). Perception matters, but as we’ve seen from the right, it can be manipulated and adulterated. And is. Especially by those with an agenda to accomplish, such as the MSM.

    I don’t believe his words, moronic as they were, rose to the level of being dismissed from his position. I think firing him was a knee-jerk reaction, just as are all the others going on from companies and individuals trying to show they disapprove of Trump, in large part because of how the MSM paints him.
    Either way, it’s saying we no longer value freedom of expression. Or facts. Or democratic elections… That’s anathema to what our society stands for, and if it continues, we’re in for some Constitutional-level upheaval. It’s already knocking on the door.


    • Your interpretation is contrary to what Storey later explained what he had meant. He told ABC Action News:
      “I was referring to the GOP denial of climate change science and push to decrease funds from agencies that can help in a time like this. I hope all affected by the storm are safe and recover quickly. I also hope this helps the GOP realize the need to support climate change research and put in place better funding for agencies like NOAA and FEMA.”

      So yes, Storey is still blaming Texas for voting Republican in the 2016 presidential election.

      As for U. of Tampa firing him:
      (1) Temporary hires like Storey (he’s a “visiting” or “adjunct” faculty, not a ladder faculty) can be dismissed any time.
      (2) Tampa Bay Times says the university doesn’t have a policy on protecting speech like Storey’s.

      I disagree with your understanding of free speech rights: While the First Amendment guarantees and supposedly protects our right to free speech, that doesn’t mean exercising that right in an irresponsible, vicious and hurtful manner (as Storey did) is free of consequences.

      Academic freedom was instituted as a guiding principle to ensure that a university’s faculty can freely pursue their intellectual interests and write about their scholarly research. Universities have an obligation to protect their reputation, made increasingly difficult because of social media (Facebook, Twitter, et al.) where some faculty spout off their prejudices that have nothing to do with their areas of supposed academic expertise. Just imagine if a university faculty goes around goose-stepping and making the Nazi salute. Would you still protect his “right to free speech”?

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      • I worked for many years with the certain knowledge that embarrassing my employer would lead to termination. Everyone has a right to an opinion. It isn’t the same thing when the janitor has an opinion on the world economy and a professor of economics differs.

        The implication is that a “doctor” is an expert in their field. If they are in the employ of a university, especially if they are using their position to bolster their argument, they are fair game.

        Even when someone has a disclaimer, that means that their employer can factor that into their thinking when deciding if this person is someone they want to represent them. Having an academic opinion is different from having a political opinion. His isn’t any better for having a PhD than not.

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  16. The proper spelling of “mindless idiot-sheeple” is, L-I-B-E-R-A-L, ” also known world-over and through some tumultuous centuries as “P-R-O-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E.”

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