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Thursday, August 09, 2007

What Are They Thinking?

James Taranto reports that Virginia Tech, come September, is going to foist upon a woefully gullible student population (my words, not James's) something called "A Concert For Virginia Tech." Presumably to allay fears and to create an environment in which its "students, faculty, and staff can come together to celebrate the spirit and resiliency of our university community," VT is bringing in, among other artists, one Nasir Jones, or "Nas" as he prefers to be called.

So who is "Nas?" Taranto provides us with a bit of background:

Here is a sample of hip hop's conscience's oeuvre [that would be this Nas character], a 1999 work called "Shoot 'Em Up" (warning: unredacted obscenities at link):

One 44, two 45's
3 loaded clips, 4 niggas roll, one nigga drives

500 Benz, 6 reasons why
This kid should die
We shootin every m-----f---er outside

Pulled on his block, jumped out the car, guns in our hand
At the same time everybody ran
There that nigga go, hiding in the crowd
Let the trigger blow, 7 shots now he lying on the ground

Hip hop's conscience is helping the Virginia Tech community come together to celebrate its spirit and resiliency and ensure that we never forget those lost or affected by the events of April 16. Doesn't that make you feel warm all over?

This reminds me of another similar circumstance that the geniuses who run Virginia Tech brought about. Just after the slaughter and mayhem had occurred on campus on April 16 of this year, a murder spree that ended in the deaths of 32 innocent students and faculty, an act of savagery that shocked the world, the university put together a convocation, the purpose for which was to help the healing/grieving process witihin the close-knit university community.

One of the main speakers at the convocation was one Nikki Giovanni, a Tech professor. Oh, and a poet, in her other life. A renowned one at that. With such memorable lyrics to her credit as these* from years prior:

Can you kill
Can you kill
Can a nigger kill
Can a nigger kill a honkie
Can a nigger kill the Man
Can you kill nigger
Huh? nigger can you
Do you know how to draw blood
Can you poison
Can you stab-a-Jew
Can you kill huh? nigger
Can you kill
Can you run a protestant down with your
'68 El Dorado
(that's all they're good for anyway)
Can you kill
Can you piss on a blond head
Can you cut it off
Can you kill
A nigger can die
We ain't got to prove we can die
We got to prove we can kill
They sent us to kill
Japan and Africa
We policed europe
Can you kill
Can you kill a white man
Can you kill the nigger
in you
Can you make your nigger mind
Can you kill your nigger mind
And free your black hands to
Can you kill
Can a nigger kill
Can you shoot straight and
Fire for good measure
Can you splatter their brains in the street
Can you kill them
Can you lure them to bed to kill them
We kill in Viet Nam
for them
We kill for UN & NATO & SEATO & US
And everywhere for all alphabet but
Can we learn to kill WHITE for BLACK
Learn to kill niggers
Learn to be Black men

Sweet, eh?

At some point someone needs to ask: Does anyone on the Virginia Tech campus even have a freaking clue?

* "The True Import Of Present Dialogue, Black vs. Negro (For Peppe, Who Will Ultimately Judge Our Efforts) "

In The 'He's Having A Really Bad Day' Category ...

Some days, it's best to stay in bed:
Man flown to hospital after breaking leg while being chased by stinging bees
By Greg Jordan, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Prater, Va. — A man was taken to a Bristol, Tenn. hospital Tuesday morning after he broke a leg while trying to escape stinging bees.

The Mercy Ambulance Service was dispatched 9 a.m. to a dirt road near Prater [in Buchanan County, near Haysi] after a worker for a local mining or oil company, described as a man in his 30s, broke his left leg while running from bees, said EMT Tina Smitherman. She did not know his address.

“He apparently got into some bees and was running to get away, but he tripped and fell,” she said. (link)
You've read the email joke before ...

"And on his way to the hospital, the ambulance slammed into a busload of nuns. Then ..."

Ah, Professionals

Don't you hate it when this happens?
Doctor ignited oxygen tube during surgery, lawsuit alleges
By Andrew Clevenger, Charleston (WV) Gazette Staff writer

A Kanawha County couple is suing a doctor who allegedly ignited an oxygen tube in the woman’s nose during surgery, burning her face, throat and lungs.

According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Kanawha Circuit Court, Alice Jameson went to Dr. James M. Henderson to have a mole surgically removed from her nose on Jan. 17, 2006. As part of the procedure, she was given oxygen through her nasal cavity, the suit contends.

“In an apparent effort to control bleeding from the surgical site on [Jameson’s] nose, Dr. Henderson used an electro-cautery tool,” the suit reads.

The tool ignited the oxygen only millimeters away, “causing a fire to erupt on [Jameson’s] face and in her airways into her lungs.” (link)
Great. Now I've got something else to worry about when the dental assistant runs that hose down my throat.

Quote Of The Day

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
State Sen. Edd Houck's call to "drive a stake" in the so-called abusive drivers' fees reflects the outrage generated by the program. Del. Bob Marshall similarly denounces the fees and questions their constitutionality. Other Republicans are fleeing from "fees" authorized by a transportation package many had lauded as one of the all-time breakthroughs. Democrats are capitalizing on GOP disarray, even as they desert their fellow Democrat in the Executive Mansion.

This is pathetic.

If the latter-day critics deserve credit for responding to public opinion, then they do not enjoy status as heroes.
"Not Heroes," August 9, 2007

Quote Of The Day II

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is on a tear:
Several days ago James Clyburn, the Democratic majority whip in the House, told The Washington Post that if Gen. David Petraeus presents a positive report about progress in Iraq to Congress next month, it could be "a real big problem for us, no question about that."

Bad news from Iraq, then, would be good news for Democrats.

It's a no-no to impugn anyone's patriotism, of course. Mustn't do that. But we will say Clyburn seems to be a little short on, um, team spirit.
"Party First," August 9, 2007

A Column Worth Reading

And in the Roanoke Times no less.

An excerpt:
Minimum wage a bust
By John Long

Remember Lakeside Amusement Park in Salem? Most people assume it closed because of the flood of '85 or an accident that killed a maintenance worker. In truth, Lakeside closed because rising prices -- especially the government-mandated wage -- made the park unprofitable. Management could only pass the cost of labor on to ticket buyers, who opted to go elsewhere. Teens lost out on a great summer job, and we lost a heckuva roller coaster.

So what do I propose? Let's stop raising the minimum wage, and let it die of obsolescence. (link)
Amen, brutha.

Don't Make Us Come Over There VIII

What is it about our wayward western counties and ATV accidents?

The latest of many:
W.Va. State Police confirm ATV death
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Kimball — The West Virginia State Police confirmed that a man died as a result of injuries received in an All-Terrain Vehicle accident early Wednesday morning.

The Welch Detachment of the state police confirmed that a man died in an ATV accident, but did not provide any additional information.

A McDowell County 911 dispatcher said that the accident occurred in the Kimball area. (link)
Either teach these people how to ride the damn things or take them away and lock 'em in the garage.

For the love of God ...

It's a Little Late Now

Nixon Granted Appeal

That's Why The Chinese Are Doing So Poorly

Can I make a suggestion? If you want people to buy into your notion(s) that we are causing the planet to heat up and that we can actually do something - anything - to stop it, stick to scaring the living hell out of them. Don't try to construct some economic argument that putting a cap on emissions (and, in turn, production) is somehow going to help the economy.

Like this guy tried to do:
Pass carbon emissions cap
Rob Jones, director of the Virginia Climate Initiative in Richmond, writing in the Roanoke Times

If you get that opportunity, I suggest you ask your representative what they are doing to help us achieve energy independence, improve our economy, make the United States more competitive in world markets, create opportunities for farmers, and protect our environment -- in other words, ask them what they're doing about climate change.

That one question will yield all those answers because, if done right, fighting climate change can help solve all of those challenges. In fact, rarely has one policy proposal -- a limit on the carbon pollution that causes climate change -- given us the chance to address so many critical issues.

... [R]ight now, while we sit on the sidelines, foreign companies are developing cleaner fuels and energy-efficient technologies. Being more energy efficient is one of the reasons Toyota recently passed General Motors as the world's largest car manufacturer. (link)
1) Those countries (companies) that may be "developing cleaner fuels and energy-efficient technologies" - France - to which this lobbyist refers, have been economically stagnant for decades.

2) China, the fastest growing economic powerhouse on the planet, ignores all these efforts to save humanity from carbon poisoning, and is, instead, saving the world one impoverished person at a time. The way we once did.

3) "Being more energy efficient is one of the reasons Toyota recently passed General Motors as the world's largest car manufacturer." Really? J.D. Power might have something to say about that. As will the American consumer.

So. Do this. Go back to ....


Much less ridiculous.

A Message For Senator Warner

A veterans organization-in-the-making is introducing its Virginia chapter to the world today with a teleconference. The announcement I received from its executive director:
Vets for Freedom Launches Ad Telling Senator Warner “Don’t Surrender to Al Qaeda.”

Richmond, VA – On Thursday, August 9, Vets for Freedom, a non-partisan organization of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, will launch its Virginia chapter to educate Members of Congress and fellow citizens about the need to support the U.S. mission in Iraq. The effort will begin with a television ad asking Senator Warner not to surrender to Al Qaeda in Iraq before the new counterinsurgency strategy has a chance to succeed.

“As our Senators and Representatives return to their home states for August, Iraq veterans will be organizing and standing up across the country to make our pro-mission, pro-victory voices heard,” said Pete Hegseth executive director of Vets for Freedom. Hegseth served with the 101st Airborne in Baghdad and Samarra in 2005-2006. “These Virginia vets know first-hand the need to fight and defeat al-Qaeda in Iraq and they understand the devastating consequences of surrender.”

The Vets for Freedom leadership team in Virginia will be responsible for organizing local veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan to contact their Senators and Representatives and to share their support for the mission with their fellow Virginians. Jim Murrary, Iraq war veteran from Falls Church, Virginia and Michael Husband, Iraq war veteran from Arlington, Virginia, will serve as the state co-chairs.

“Veterans come back to the United States and are shocked by the surreal and illogical arguments made by those who want us to flee Iraq” said Murray. “What people hear back home, and what soldiers see with our own eyes, are radically different, and it’s time people hear the other side of the story.”

Vets for Freedom produced the “Don’t Surrender” ad with several Iraq combat veterans. It will run in Virginia in the Richmond, Petersburg, Hampton Roads, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Newport News markets. “Virginians are being misled by well-funded MoveOn.org front groups on television. Virginia’s Iraq and Afghanistan veterans want to set the record straight and ensure that General Petraeus has the resources, time and support he needs to complete the mission,” said Hegseth.
A worthy endeavor. I wish them well.

As for getting through to Senator Warner, good luck.

And You're Proud Of This Fact?

Only in the nation's capital ...

Chancellor Says Majority of Students Will Have Books
By Sylvia Moreno, Washington Post Staff Writer

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee said yesterday that most of the District's public schools will start the academic year this month stocked with required textbooks, although more than half of the schools lack the requisite number. (

Those poor kids.

Why do we leave this vital role to government?

In another Washington Post article: "The District spends $12,979 per pupil each year, ranking it third-highest among the 100 largest districts in the nation. But most of that money does not get to the classroom. D.C. schools rank first in the share of the budget spent on administration, last in spending on teachers and instruction."

Yeah? Explain The Brachiosaurus.

Evolution stands up to scrutiny

Action Is Desperately Needed

If only he were emperor:
Bush May Try to Cut Corporate Tax Rates
President Cites Need To Compete Globally
By Peter Baker, Washington Post Staff Writer

President Bush said yesterday that he is considering a fresh plan to cut tax rates for U.S. corporations to make them more competitive around the world, an initiative that could further inflame a battle with the Democratic Congress over spending and taxes and help define the remainder of his tenure.

Advisers presented Bush with a series of ideas to restructure corporate taxes, possibly eliminating narrowly targeted breaks to pay for a broader, across-the-board rate cut. In an interview with a small group of journalists afterward, Bush said he was "inclined" to send a corporate tax package to Congress, although he expressed uncertainty about its political viability. (link)
The president is such a kind, gentle, soft-spoken man. What he means is, he knows he doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting corporate taxes reduced as long as Marxists run Congress. So he's going to try and keep them distracted from their ongoing efforts to destroy this great nation.

Cutting corporate taxes. Now the highest on Earth and getting worse. A great idea. Someday ...

I'll Bet There'll Be a Stirring Debate

Democratic '08 hopefuls set for forum on gay issues

Could It Have To Do With Obama's Call For Armaggedon?

Hillary Romps In New Poll

Reason Unimportant

Shuttle Endeavour Lifts Off Toward Space Station

Really? What Gave It Away?

Potential Flaw Seen in Design of Fallen Bridge

Food For Thought

On John Edwards, from blogger Roger L. Simon:

Is Edwards the biggest phony who has ever run for President? Well, that's saying a lot but.... maybe he is. The hair... the twenty-eight thousand square foot friend of the poor house, and now - the revelation that John-o received 800 grand from Murdoch for a book when the candidate has been making holier than thou swipes at Rupert and Fox News, refusing to appear on the channel, etc..

We need a new, more extreme version of the word hypocrite for Edwards. Hypocritonissimo?

But beneath the kidding around is a more serious point. People like Edwards are more than just fakes - they are actually dangerous. By parading around like a popinjay for the poor, he actually hurts them, making a mockery of genuine problems. Everything is about Edwards and his glory. It's not about anything else.

"Hypocritonissimo," August 3, 2007

Hat tip to James Taranto