Duke’s 88 Victims

April 27, 2007

The World’s Smallest Violin … at Duke University:

There were three lacrosse players at Duke University who for more than one year were falsely accused of terrible crimes against women by the state of North Carolina and judged guilty by many of their own classmates and professors. However, according to news coming from “The News & Observer”, with the three students now proclaimed totally innocent by the state, it is those 88 “hanging” professors who have become the real victims of the scandal. The infamous Duke 88 claim that they are being victimized with “hateful” emails. Not only “hateful”, but some of the professors are claiming to have received actual death threats. When asked to explain the nature of the so-called death threats, only one member of Duke’s 88 Finest could explain. One law professor received an email which said “You’re an idiot, why don’t you jump off a building”. Whoo … That is real deadly, dudes!

Duke’s 88 Disgraceful Professors

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This Searchlight Is Lost

April 21, 2007

“I do believe … that this SEARCHLIGHT is lost, and this SEARCHLIGHT is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme light that is on, but not seen …. ”
Harry Searchlight Reid

A question to the voters of Nevada? The Searchlight may be ON, but what good is the Searchlight, when the Searchlight is LOST?

The leader of the Democratic majority in the US Congress, Harry Reid, of SEARCHLIGHT, Nevada, told reporters on Thursday that the war in Iraq “is lost” and that the US troop surge is failing. On Friday, he emphasized that what he said the day before was true, but that he did not say that “the war in Iraq is lost.” Although he could not remember what he had said, he was able to remember that he did NOT say what he said. 

“I believe … that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week,” Reid said, on the same day US President George W. Bush was giving a speech at an Ohio town hall meeting defending the war on terror.  (Breitbart.com)


We Are Virginia Tech

April 20, 2007

TODAY …  WE ARE ALL VIRGINIA TECH. In the words of a poet:

“We are Virginia Tech.

We are sad today and we will be sad for quite awhile.

We are NOT moving on. We are embracing our mourning.

We are Virginia Tech.

We are strong enough to stand tall, tearlessly. We are brave enough to bend to cry and sad enough to know we must laugh again.

We are Virginia Tech.

We do NOT understand this tragedy. We know we did nothing to deserve it, but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS; neither do the invisible children walking the night away to avoid being captured by a rogue army; neither does the baby elephant watching his community be devastated for ivory; neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water; neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib, in the home his father built with his own hands, being run over by a boulder because the land was destabilized. No one deserves a tragedy.

We are Virginia Tech.

The Hokie Nation embraces our own and reaches out with open heart and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds. We are strong and brave and innocent and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imagination and the possibility we will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears, through all this sadness.

We are the Hokies.

We will prevail. We WILL prevail. WE WILL PREVAIL!

We ARE … Virginia Tech”. ~~Nikki Giovanni Speech transcribed by Edna Barney

A SLIDE SHOW from FLICKR Photographers about the Virginia Tech Shootings this week in Blacksburg, Virginia.


Blue Ridge Mountain Massacre

April 17, 2007

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“ON THIS TERRIBLE DAY OF MOURNING”
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT of the United States
MEMORIAL CONVOCATION at Cassell Coliseum
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Blacksburg, Virginia
2:36 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Governor, thank you. President Steger, thank you very much. Students, and faculty, and staff, and grieving family members, and members of this really extraordinary place.

Laura and I have come to Blacksburg today with hearts full of sorrow. This is a day of mourning for the Virginia Tech community — and it is a day of sadness for our entire nation. We’ve come to express our sympathy. In this time of anguish, I hope you know that people all over this country are thinking about you, and asking God to provide comfort for all who have been affected.

Yesterday began like any other day. Students woke up, and they grabbed their backpacks and they headed for class. And soon the day took a dark turn, with students and faculty barricading themselves in classrooms and dormitories — confused, terrified, and deeply worried. By the end of the morning, it was the worst day of violence on a college campus in American history — and for many of you here today, it was the worst day of your lives.

It’s impossible to make sense of such violence and suffering. Those whose lives were taken did nothing to deserve their fate. They were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now they’re gone — and they leave behind grieving families, and grieving classmates, and a grieving nation.

In such times as this, we look for sources of strength to sustain us. And in this moment of loss, you’re finding these sources everywhere around you. These sources of strength are in this community, this college community. You have a compassionate and resilient community here at Virginia Tech. Even as yesterday’s events were still unfolding, members of this community found each other; you came together in dorm rooms and dining halls and on blogs. One recent graduate wrote this: “I don’t know most of you guys, but we’re all Hokies, which means we’re family. To all of you who are okay, I’m happy for that. For those of you who are in pain or have lost someone close to you, I’m sure you can call on anyone of us and have help any time you need it.”

These sources of strength are with your loved ones. For many of you, your first instinct was to call home and let your moms and dads know that you were okay. Others took on the terrible duty of calling the relatives of a classmate or a colleague who had been wounded or lost. I know many of you feel awfully far away from people you lean on and people you count on during difficult times. But as a dad, I can assure you, a parent’s love is never far from their child’s heart. And as you draw closer to your own families in the coming days, I ask you to reach out to those who ache for sons and daughters who will never come home.

These sources of strength are also in the faith that sustains so many of us. Across the town of Blacksburg and in towns all across America, houses of worship from every faith have opened their doors and have lifted you up in prayer. People who have never met you are praying for you; they’re praying for your friends who have fallen and who are injured. There’s a power in these prayers, real power. In times like this, we can find comfort in the grace and guidance of a loving God. As the Scriptures tell us, “Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

And on this terrible day of mourning, it’s hard to imagine that a time will come when life at Virginia Tech will return to normal. But such a day will come. And when it does, you will always remember the friends and teachers who were lost yesterday, and the time you shared with them, and the lives they hoped to lead. May God bless you. May God bless and keep the souls of the lost. And may His love touch all those who suffer and grieve.

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Duke’s 88 Disgraceful Professors

April 11, 2007

American parents send incredible amounts of money off to what are considered the “finest” universities in America, yet what do they get in return for such investments in a university such as Duke in North Carolina? Consider the three young men, star athletes at Duke University, who were falsely accused of heinous crimes and railroaded by the local legal establishment.

Once the false charges became public, Duke University president, Richard Brodhead, destroyed the reputations of his student charges by quickly judging them as guilty in order to satisfy those clamoring for the young men’s hides. President Brodhead set the code of conduct for the university hierarchy. Almost immediately, a large cohort of the professors at Duke University, eighty-eight in number, instead of offering stewardship to their charges, instigated a shocking public rush to judgment against them. Those eighty-eight professors represented more than ten percent of the entire professorial entourage at Duke. With callous disregard for the lives of the students who had been placed under their protection, the “Gang of 88” disgraced themselves and were  responsible for encouraging a lynch-mob attitude at the Duke campus. Furthermore, they gave the out-of-control District Attorney Mike Nifong, reason to believe that he could build political victory on the backs of the innocent students, whom he indicted in less than three weeks after charging them.

The District Attorney will most likely be punished for his unethical conduct. The Duke University president will undoubtedly lose his position. However, none of the 88 disgraceful Duke professors will ever be punished for their despicable behavior, and American parents will continue to send their children to be influenced and taught by people without brains or consciences.


There Oughta Be a Law!

April 11, 2007

Henceforth and forevermore, all “pre-born” babies in the United States of America must have their DNA tested “in utero” to determine who is their real father. As the world has become sadly aware in the case of poor little Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern, even a mother cannot be counted upon to record the true parentage upon a newborn’s birth record.

Aside from the scarring of her fragile psyche that will occur when the unfortunate child learns the facts of her birth, it is essential in this day and age for everyone to know beyond a shadow of a doubt, who is one’s true father. As a mother’s word on the matter can no longer be trusted, science has come to the rescue. It is essential for myriad health reasons to know one’s genetics that have passed from one’s father. “Who’s YOUR Daddy?”

The times and culture demand it. Petition your local legislature to get on the stick and get this new legislation written, passed and enforced. Better yet, let’s made it a national law. Everyone – petition Speaker Pelosi to get the ball rolling. “National In Utero DNA Testing” should be declared a right for every newborn American, so that no baby ever again will suffer the tragic scenario that resulted in poor little Dannielynn being misled as to her true Daddy.

Birkhead is father of Anna Nicole’s baby

Waving his arms and saying “I told you so” outside a Bahamian courthouse, photographer Larry Birkhead told reporters that DNA testing confirmed that he is the father of the late Anna Nicole Smith’s infant daughter, Dannielynn. Birkhead, who is Smith’s former boyfriend, and her lawyer-turned-partner, Howard K. Stern, attended a closed session Tuesday in the custody fight over the girl.

The baby, whose full name is Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern, could inherit millions from the estate of Smith’s late husband, J. Howard Marshall II. The former model had been fighting the Texas oil tycoon’s family over his estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995.


Remember the Cross

April 8, 2007

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Remember the Promise of Resurrection. Remember the Cross on which Jesus died.

The image, Easter Remembered at Laurel Grove Church Ruins, Franconia, Virginia, is subject to copyright by barneykin. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin.