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Saturday, May 05, 2007

On The Leadership Of Tomorrow

I have a question:

Why couldn't our next leader be as hot as Israel's next leader?

We get Madam Troll.
They get Anna Nicole.

It just ain't fair.

A Tribute To A Virginia Tech Hero

This is a well-deserved honor that's to be bestowed upon a great man:
N.J. Holocaust center names room after slain professor
By Anna L. Mallory, The Roanoke Times

A New Jersey college will name a room in its Holocaust Resource Center after Virginia Tech professor Liviu Librescu.

Librescu was killed in Norris Hall during the April 16 shootings on campus.

The Azeez Foundation of Egg Harbor Township gave a $250,000 gift to the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to honor Librescu.

The 76-year-old engineering professor blocked the door to his classroom in Norris Hall as students jumped from windows to safety, but he was not able to escape.

Librescu, a Romanian Jew, also survived the Holocaust. (link)
For more on Librescu, go here and here. To sign the petition requesting that Virginia Tech rename Norris Hall in Professor Librescu's honor (20,759 signatures so far), go here.

An Added Twist To The Tech Massacre Story

What to make of this:

Bomb threat found in building before shootings
By Reed Williams, The Roanoke Times

The message was written in red ink on the back of a flier with a piece of clear tape attached. The handwriting was sloppy.

"Bomb will go off if you open the door," it said. The word "Bomb" was underlined.

The makeshift sign, on a door inside Norris Hall, caught the attention of Virginia Tech associate engineering professor Janis Terpenny as she started her morning on April 16.

Terpenny grabbed the sign and opened the door, despite the warning. Moments later, she handed it to janitor Pamela Tickle, who decided to take it to a supervisor. As the two women discussed the sign, Seung-Hui Cho was nearby, preparing to launch his murderous rampage.

Tickle said she remembers passing Cho twice in a Norris hallway just moments before taking the sign from Terpenny.

Terpenny thought the sign was another empty bomb threat, one of several recently on Virginia Tech's campus. Then she noticed that a set of doors leading outside the building was chained shut. Terpenny and Tickle now believe that Cho, a Virginia Tech senior, posted the handwritten note to discourage people from entering the hallway from the stairwell and interrupting him as he chained and padlocked the doors. (link)

Why this is just now coming out is a mystery. But read the whole thing. Chilling to the bone.

Here's a Clue

They're trying to figure out what set the Virginia Tech mass murderer off:

Start by looking here, fellas.

Now It All Becomes Clear

Paris Hilton's parents never said a word about their daughter being one of the most prolific hard-core porn stars on the internet. It apparently didn't bother them enough.

But let the twit be treated by the courts like your average law-breaker and listen to them snarl:
Paris Hilton Is Sentenced to 45 Days in Jail
By The Associated Press

Los Angeles (AP) -- A judge sentenced Paris Hilton to 45 days in county jail Friday for violating her probation, putting the brakes on the hotel heiress' famous high life.

Hilton, who parlayed her name and relentless partying into worldwide notoriety, must go to jail by June 5 and she will not be allowed any work release, furloughs, use of an alternative jail or electronic monitoring in lieu of jail, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ruled after a hearing.

Hilton's parents, Kathy and Rick, attended the hearing, holding hands throughout the proceedings. Both wore black suits. Kathy Hilton's beige, $3,000-plus Hermes bag sat on the floor by her side.

As a city prosecutor said during closing arguments that Hilton deserved jail time, Hilton's mother, Kathy, laughed. When the judge ruled, Kathy Hilton then blurted out: ''May I have your autograph?''

When a reporter asked what she thought of the judge's decision, a visibly angry Kathy Hilton responded: ''What do you think? This is pathetic and disgusting, a waste of taxpayer money with all this nonsense. This is a joke.'' (link)
Gosh. If only Mrs. Hilton had ever been as upset with her daughter's shameful antics, maybe the chick wouldn't be going to jail.

All the money in the world but they couldn't buy parenthood.

The Do Nothing Congress. Act XII.

The "Do-Nothing" tag is beginning to stick:
Democrats' Momentum Is Stalling
Amid Iraq Debate, Priorities On Domestic Agenda Languish
By Jonathan Weisman and Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post Staff Writers

In the heady opening weeks of the 110th Congress, the Democrats' domestic agenda appeared to be flying through the Capitol: Homeland security upgrades, a higher minimum wage and student loan interest rate cuts all passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

But now that initial progress has foundered as Washington policymakers have been consumed with the debate over the Iraq war. Not a single priority on the Democrats' agenda has been enacted, and some in the party are growing nervous that the "do nothing" tag they slapped on Republicans last year could come back to haunt them. (link)
Hey. Hey! It's not like they've gotten absolutely nothing done. They have, after all, subpoenaed emails, and they've subpoenaed phone records, and they've subpoenaed Condoleezza Rice, and they've subpoenaed Alberto Gonzales, and they've subpoenaed Gonzales' assistant, and they've subpoenaed ...

A Protected Class Of American Citizens?

Our congressman (along with Mike Pence, who should know better) is still trying to get reporters special legal protections that you and I will never have. His reason? Something about our rights.

The latest:

Boucher again seeks media shield law
By Peter Hardin, The Richmond Times-Dispatch

Washington -- Rep. Rick Boucher, D-9th, is asking Congress anew to protect reporters from being forced to reveal their confidential sources.

Boucher and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., this week introduced legislation similar to a bill they first offered in 2005. It would provide a kind of shield for reporters in federal court proceedings, with some exceptions, so they could refuse to reveal their sources.

The bill "protects the public's right to know," Boucher said. (link)
That "the public's right to know" crap is Washingtonese for "the public has no right to know" who a reporter's sources are. Is someone playing with someone?

Seriously, print reporters like to think of themselves as being on a higher plane of citizenry than those of us they consider human waste here in the vast regions of the great unwashed (I could make the same argument about newspaper editorialists who argued in favor of McCain-Feingold restrictions on free speech but applauded exemptions made for ... newspaper editorials).

Fact is, they aren't on a higher plane. They are no better than us, nor worse. They put their Fruit-of-the-Looms on the same way the rest of us do. And answer to the same laws.

So give it up, Rick. Go back to funding your endless labyrinth of hiking trails and bike paths. And leave the Constitution alone.

Great Timing

Remember when Bill Clinton was able to declare (with a straight face; he was always able to pull that off) that George H.W. Bush's economy was "the worst in 50 years?" Most economists knew old Bill was being an idiot. But most Americans believed him.

Well, with any luck, Hillary may just have the opportunity to run the same scam next year:
Growth in jobs falls 50 percent
By Patrice Hill, The Washington Times

Job growth dropped by 50 percent last month and unemployment rose to 4.5 percent, the Labor Department reported yesterday, as spreading weakness in housing and autos and $3 gasoline put a crimp in the economy.

Most economists expect the job slowdown to be only temporary, but they acknowledge it knocks one of the strongest legs out from under the economy at a time when many other sectors are faltering. The news sent the dollar to within a cent of a record low against the euro and dampened the stock market's recent enthusiasm. (link)
"Why, this is the worst economy in 68 years!"

I'd bet my childrens' inheritance that Hillary is hoping and praying that this turns into a long-lasting recession.

Such is who these people are.

The Sign Of Our Times

I drove past a church complex in Lexington, Kentucky a few weeks ago the size of which dwarfed your average college campus. It was massive. And new. Sprawling. And it belonged to an evangelical Christian denomination.

It is world's apart (I use that phrase intentionally) from this:
Riverside Takes On the Task of Rebuilding a Church
By Samuel G. Freedman, The New York Times

Since being founded by John D. Rockefeller in 1930, [Riverside Church in Manhattan] has often and justifiably been likened to the Vatican for America’s mainstream Protestants, the theologically and politically liberal segment of the faith. The church’s first minister, Harry Emerson Fosdick, and successors like William Sloane Coffin, used Riverside as a national pulpit from which to preach social justice, civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam War, among other causes.

Yet now, as Riverside prepares to search for a new senior minister for only the sixth time in its history, mainstream Protestants are struggling to reverse a decades-long pattern of losing numbers, vitality and influence to their evangelical Protestant competitors. Between 1990 and 2000 alone, mainstream denominations like the Episcopal, Presbyterian and United Methodist Churches and the United Church of Christ lost 5 percent to 15 percent of their members, according to the Association of Religion Data Archives. Riverside is interdenominational but is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Baptist Church. (link)
Mainstream churches have become anti-war, far-left, advocacy-for-the-disfranchised, social welfare agencies.

And their congregations have become Southern Baptists.

And those wondrous houses of worship have become vacant, decaying, ossified museums, each a testament to the folly of church leaders losing sight of their primary mission in this life.

And it's too late to save them.

Here's What you Can Do With Your Tip

I don't think this is what they're looking for:

Are you guys recruiters or Dr. Phil wannabes? Don't council 'em. Hire 'em!!

And I Got a Bridge In Brooklyn To Sell Ya

From a New York Times editorial this morning:

"Yesterday’s report on global warming from the world’s most authoritative voice on climate change asserts that significant progress toward stabilizing and reducing global warming emissions can be achieved at a relatively low cost using known technologies." (my emphasis)

"The Warming Challenge," May 5, 2007

Take The Political Quiz

This came as no surprise. When I took this quiz (25 questions) that calculates just how liberal or conservative a person is, with a scale from 0 to 40, Jesse Jackson being a big zero and Ronald Reagan being a 40, I scored:

What a shock.

Who Would Have Guessed

At G.O.P. Debate, Candidates Played to Conservatives

Who Would Have Guessed II

Many of the Self-Employed Are Simply on Their Own

Who Would Have Guessed III

Climate Panel Reaches Consensus on the Need to Reduce Harmful Emissions

Today's Fact To Ponder

Did you know that the rate of teenage pregnancy here in Bland County is less than half that of the commonwealth of Virginia? (source)

I credit the Baptists.