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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Local Virginia Tech Student To Be Buried Today


A crowd is expected to assemble this afternoon over in Narrows for the funeral of Jarrett Lee Lane, slain on Monday in the Virginia Tech Massacre:

Service for Narrows native
By Samantha Perry, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Narrows, Va. — Funeral services for a young Giles County man killed in the Virginia Tech massacre will be held this weekend at the high school where he excelled in academics and extracurricular activities.

Funeral services for Jarrett Lee Lane, 22, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Narrows High School Auditorium, with burial following in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows.

Jarrett, a senior civil engineering student at Virginia Tech, was one of 32 individuals killed during a rampage on the Blacksburg, Va., campus Monday morning. (link)
Released from all his earthly cares
He reigns with Him on high.
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Poem adapted from an old New England epitaph

Quote Of The Day

From the Wall Street Journal:

[O]ver the past decade and a half, evidence ... has been accumulating. Violent-crime rates peaked in 1991, according to the Justice Department, and have fallen steeply since. Over the same period, gun-control laws in many states have been relaxed. Correlation does not equal causation, but it does make it difficult to argue that greater legal access to guns drives up levels of violent crime.

When violent-crime rates were rising, as they did steadily from the mid-1960s through the 1980s, it was easy to get political traction with calls to "do something" about gun control. This was true whether legally available guns had anything to do with those crime rates. But with crime rates falling even as legal gun access expanded, the argument has lost much of its plausibility, and so its force.
"Guns, Politics and the Law," April 21, 2007

Calling Them What They Are

The Richmond Times-Dispatch this morning calls the leaders of the Democratic Party what they are - "most extreme agitators":
Partial-Birth
Richmond Times-Dispatch

On Wednesday the Supreme Court ruled Congress may regulate partial-birth abortion, a procedure that is the equivalent of the rocket launcher in gun-control debates. Not many people actually seek one (nine out of 10 abortions occur in the first trimester) -- and only the most extreme agitators insist one should be available on demand. (
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In fact, many Democrats are on record insisting just that. Senate bill S.3, March 13, 2003:

A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion.

Those most extreme agitators voting to maintain the barbaric practice include ...

... Hillary Rodham Clinton.

He Used The Only Weapon He Was Allowed To Have

Virginia Tech professor Liviu Librescu, in an attempt at saving the lives of his students, at that moment when crazed gunman Cho Seung-Hui was bringing his handguns to bear on them, utilized the only weapon the university permitted him to use to prevent more horrific carnage - his own body.

For that, and his heroism, Librescu paid the ultimate price.

He was buried yesterday in his adopted homeland. And Liviu Librescu was afforded a hero's tribute:
A Nation Honors Scientist and Teacher Whose Selflessness 'Gave Life to Many'
By Scott Wilson, Washington Post Foreign Service


Ra'anana, Israel, April 20 -- Amid the citrus groves of Israel's coastal plain, friends, family and former colleagues gathered Friday to bury Liviu Librescu, the Virginia Tech professor who died shielding a classroom full of engineering students from a rampaging gunman.

That act has made Librescu, 76, a hero in this country, where he arrived nearly three decades ago after surviving the Holocaust and securing the right to leave communist Romania after years of trying.

Those who assembled in a cemetery here held up his life as an example to all Israelis, who have celebrated Librescu since his murder as an ideal ambassador for this nation ... (link)
It has been suggested that Virginia Tech rename Norris Hall, where most of the slaughter took place, and where Librescu sacrificed himself to save his students, Librescu Hall.

That's the least the university could do to honor this courageous man.

Hillary Sucks Up To Racists

Al Sharpton, the king of America's modern-day slave traders, is holding a convention in New York City for the membership of his National Action Network. And all the Democratic presidential hopefuls are showing up in hopes of obtaining absolution. How utterly disgraceful.

Hillary yesterday took her turn:

Breaking Barriers
By Carl Campanile,
The New York Post

April 21, 2007 -- Appearing with the Rev. Al Sharpton, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton made an impassioned plea yesterday to become the first woman president as she urged women to wage a campaign against media outlets that denigrate them.

"I am proud to be a woman running for president. And I hope that by my winning, other young girls and women can think about how they keep going, what barriers they break through," Clinton said to rousing applause during a women's luncheon at the Sheraton New York Hotel sponsored by Sharpton's National Action Network.


Clinton praised Rutgers University basketball coach Vivian Stringer and players for challenging radio shock jock Don Imus, who was fired after calling them "nappy-headed ho's."

Sharpton, who hasn't endorsed a candidate in the 2008 race, said Clinton stirred the predominantly black female audience. (
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The nappy-headed hos thing is a two-fer for Hillary. She can appeal to the feminists out there who find grievous fault with ... well, men in general, but Don Imus in particular for his callous assault on womanhood. And she can appeal to Al Sharpton's gathering of black hate-haters at the same time by pointing up the race of the Rutgers team members.

An opportunity that Hillary exploited to the fullest. You go, girl.

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Oh, and not surprisingly, she's not all that worked up about nappy-headed hos if the denigrating talk comes from powerful campaign contributors.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images and the New York Post.

You Put Idiots In Charge Of This Country

Congressman Jack Murtha (D-PA), rumored to be the next Secretary of Defense if, heaven forbid, the Democrats win the next presidential election, had this to say yesterday about the war in Iraq:

"I am proud of these troops and what they have done. They won the war and the mission was accomplished."

And in the next sentence, he said this:

"We cannot win it militarily. It can only be won diplomatically." (link)

If there is a human being alive today who can decipher this lunatic's point, I'd like to meet him.

'But That's Different ...'

The foreign press is having a field day with the Virginia Tech Massacre. It fits their contrived template that the USA is a lawless, violent place, with gun slaughter occurring routinely day after day, and with gun-slinging psychopaths, in epidemic numbers, wandering the streets, seeking and finding and snuffing their victims.

That foreign press often refers to our "lax" gun laws as being our problem.

But, in instances where other countries have strict gun laws in place, and mad gunmen are still able to shoot and kill innocent human beings, well, no mention of those gun laws. Odd.

One example, in today's news:

Mayor’s Death Forces Japan’s Crime Rings Into the Light
By Martin Fackler, The New York Times


Nagasaki, Japan, April 20 — The shooting death this week of this city’s popular mayor has left people puzzling over the shooter’s motive and has set off a national outcry about a less savory aspect of Japanese society: its teeming criminal underworld.

On Friday, passers-by left flowers on the sidewalk where Mayor Kazunaga Ito, who went by the name Itcho Ito in public life, was killed Tuesday evening by a member of an organized crime group.

According to the police, Mr. Ito, 61, was shot by a member of the Suishinkai, a local branch of the 39,700-member Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest organized crime group. The killer, Tetsuya Shiroo, 59, has confessed to shooting Mr. Ito twice from behind with an American-made revolver, the police said. (link)


Lesson? "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws ..."

The Times Has a Point

The New York Times is trying desperately to find fault with the commonwealth of Virginia in the Virginia Tech Massacre. They think they have struck upon an angle. The murderer, Cho Seung-Hui, had, in the past, been adjudicated mentally defective and should, by federal law, not have been allowed to purchase a firearm. They are, of course right.

The argument:

U.S. Law Made Killer Ineligible to Buy Gun
ByMichael Luo, The New York Times


Washington, April 20 — Under federal law, the Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho should have been prohibited from buying a gun after a Virginia court declared him to be a danger to himself in late 2005 and sent him for psychiatric treatment, a state official and several legal experts said Friday.

Federal law prohibits anyone who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective,” as well as those who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, from buying a gun.

The special justice’s order in late 2005 that directed Mr. Cho to seek outpatient treatment and declared him to be mentally ill and an imminent danger to himself fits the federal criteria and should have immediately disqualified him, said Richard J. Bonnie, chairman of the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Commission on Mental Health Law Reform. (link)


A few quick points:

1) I don't think anyone is going to argue with the notion that crazy people should be prevented from owning or using firearms.

2) If a process is not in place that will assist a gun seller to know, at time of sale, that a potential purchaser is insane, then that process should be implemented.

3) But, to show how ineffective, in the end, gun laws are, the major emphasis in this regard - the determination at time of sale whether a person is mentally competent or not - is left up to the purchaser.

The federal form that the buyer fills out - no matter whether the weapon is a shotgun, handgun, or rifle - asks thirteen questions, including the following (12f):

"Have you ever been adjudicated mentally defective (which includes having been adjudicated incompetent to manage your own affairs) or have you ever been committed to a mental institution?" (see federal form 4473 here)

In crazed psychopath Cho's case, he completed the form when he bought his 9mm at a Roanoke gun shop and, in answer to that particular question, the deranged madman wrote NO.

Cho is now subject to arrest for having falsified information on form 4473, if the authorities want to dig his carcass up and haul it into court.

So much for gun laws.

4) It appears that either a mental institution or a court here in Virginia dropped the ball, or at least wasn't informed of the federal law that requires notification to the state police of a ruling declaring a person to be mentally defective, which then disallows any gun purchase by that person. It appears that Cho had been declared legally mentally defective, but that information wasn't passed on to state police.

The seller had no idea that Cho had been declared insane.

5) There is the larger point, the most important point, one that the New York Times is going to try to bury. Why wasn't this sociopath locked up in a mental institution? Why aren't we institutionalizing those who are dangerously mentally ill before they are allowed to harm innocent people?

Baldwin Apologizes But Is Still a Danger

First, listen to this recording of actor Alec Baldwin's bizarre, threatening, and, quite frankly, disturbing snarl leveled at his pre-teen daughter in a voicemail he recently left her.

That recording having hit the airwaves yesterday to an explosion of shock and disbelief, Baldwin is today in full grovel mode:
'Pig' Baldwin Oinks Up An Apology
By Terry Schermerhorn in Los Angeles and Eric Lenkowitzin New York, The New York Post

April 21, 2007 -- Hotheaded Hollywood heavyweight Alec Baldwin insisted yesterday he is not a bad parent in the wake of the "thoughtless little pig" tongue-lashing he gave his young daughter - and shifted the blame toward ex-wife Kim Basinger.

"I'm sorry, as everyone who knows me is aware, for losing my temper with my child," the actor wrote on his Web site. "I have been driven to the edge by parental alienation for many years now." (link)
Sorry doesn't quite get it.

So, knowing what punishment was meted out to radio talk show host Don Imus for making a stupid off-the-cuff comment about nappy-headed hos, what will happen to Hollywood leftist Alec Baldwin for threatening to inflict bodily harm - or worse - on his own child?

I think we all know the answer to that. When are the Emmy awards?