Sunday, April 22, 2007

Before VT campus gun ban

Death toll limited before campus gun ban
5 years ago, shooter subdued by armed students

Posted: April 22, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2007

A deeply troubled and disgruntled foreign student runs afoul of college authorities.

He comes to the Virginia campus armed and starts shooting in one building.

But, unlike the massacre at Virginia Tech last week, the damage was contained in this incident that occurred five years ago, before the state legislature banned guns on college campuses.

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On Jan. 16, 2002, Peter Odighizuwa, a 43-year-old student from Nigeria, walked into the Appalachian School of Law offices of Dean Anthony Sutin, 42, a former acting assistant U.S. attorney, and professor Thomas Blackwell, 41, and opened fire with a .380 ACP semi-automatic handgun – shooting them at close range.

Also killed in the same building was student Angela Denise Dales, 33. Three others were wounded.

As soon as the gunfire erupted, two students acting independently of one another, Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross, ran to their vehicles to retrieve firearms. Gross, an off-duty police officer in his home state of North Carolina, got his 9mm pistol and body armor. Bridges got out his .357 Magnum.

Bridges and Gross went back to the building where the shots were heard and as Odighizuwa exited, they approached from different angles. Bridges yelled for him to drop his weapon and the shooter was subdued by several unarmed students.

Gross went back to his car and got handcuffs to detain the shooter until police arrived.

Most news reports of the incident failed to mention the presence of two armed students and their role in subduing the shooter, saying only that he was tackled by bystanders.

Odighizuwa was tried for the murders and sentenced to multiple life terms in prison.

Virginia Tech, like many of the nation's schools and college campuses, is a so-called "gun-free zone," which Second Amendment supporters say invites gun violence – especially from disturbed individuals seeking to kill as many victims as possible.

Foreign-born student Cho Seung-Hui murdered 32 and wounded another 15 before turning his gun on himself.

A year earlier, the Virginia legislature banned all guns on campus in the interest of safety.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Signs of Intelligence?

By Fred Thompson

One of the things that's got to be going through a lot of peoples' minds now is how one man with two handguns, that he had to reload time and time again, could go from classroom to classroom on the Virginia Tech campus without being stopped. Much of the answer can be found in policies put in place by the university itself.

Virginia, like 39 other states, allows citizens with training and legal permits to carry concealed weapons. That means that Virginians regularly sit in movie theaters and eat in restaurants among armed citizens. They walk, joke, and rub shoulders everyday with people who responsibly carry firearms — and are far safer than they would be in San Francisco, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, New York City, or Washington, D.C., where such permits are difficult or impossible to obtain.

The statistics are clear. Communities that recognize and grant Second Amendment rights to responsible adults have a significantly lower incidence of violent crime than those that do not. More to the point, incarcerated criminals tell criminologists that they consider local gun laws when they decide what sort of crime they will commit, and where they will do so.

Still, there are a lot of people who are just offended by the notion that people can carry guns around. They view everybody, or at least many of us, as potential murderers prevented only by the lack of a convenient weapon. Virginia Tech administrators overrode Virginia state law and threatened to expel or fire anybody who brings a weapon onto campus.

In recent years, however, armed Americans — not on-duty police officers — have successfully prevented a number of attempted mass murders. Evidence from Israel, where many teachers have weapons and have stopped serious terror attacks, has been documented. Supporting, though contrary, evidence from Great Britain, where strict gun controls have led to violent crime rates far higher than ours, is also common knowledge.

So Virginians asked their legislators to change the university's "concealed carry" policy to exempt people 21 years of age or older who have passed background checks and taken training classes. The university, however, lobbied against that bill, and a top administrator subsequently praised the legislature for blocking the measure.

The logic behind this attitude baffles me, but I suspect it has to do with a basic difference in worldviews. Some people think that power should exist only at the top, and everybody else should rely on "the authorities" for protection.

Despite such attitudes, average Americans have always made up the front line against crime. Through programs like Neighborhood Watch and Amber Alert, we are stopping and catching criminals daily. Normal people tackled "shoe bomber" Richard Reid as he was trying to blow up an airliner. It was a truck driver who found the D.C. snipers. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that civilians use firearms to prevent at least a half million crimes annually.

When people capable of performing acts of heroism are discouraged or denied the opportunity, our society is all the poorer. And from the selfless examples of the passengers on Flight 93 on 9/11 to Virginia Tech professor Liviu Librescu, a Holocaust survivor who sacrificed himself to save his students earlier this week, we know what extraordinary acts of heroism ordinary citizens are capable of.

Many other universities have been swayed by an anti-gun, anti-self defense ideology. I respect their right to hold those views, but I challenge their decision to deny Americans the right to protect themselves on their campuses — and then proudly advertise that fact to any and all.

Whenever I've seen one of those "Gun-free Zone" signs, especially outside of a school filled with our youngest and most vulnerable citizens, I've always wondered exactly who these signs are directed at. Obviously, they don't mean much to the sort of man who murdered 32 people just a few days ago.

— Fred Thompson is an actor and former United States senator from Tennessee.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

What We Can Do

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Stolen from Oleg Volk

Bill Frist

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“ From: Bill Frist, M.D. (VOLPAC) []
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2007 6:13 AM
Subject: Frist: Supreme Court Decision

Partial-birth abortion is a morally offensive procedure, and today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the ban that passed during my first year as Senate Majority Leader is a major victory in our effort to protect the sanctity of life.

Today’s ruling reaffirms that human life is precious and that we cannot tolerate a procedure that puts into question our medical ethics. It represents yet another important step in our endeavor to restore a culture of life.

I’m proud that Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito – both good men whose confirmations I strongly supported as Majority Leader – sided with the vast majority of Americans who support a ban on partial-birth abortion.

The practice of brutalizing a tiny baby the very moment she is ready to emerge into the world is an affront to my whole medical experience . . . and to the decency of a civilized society. We respect human life far too much to let it be ravaged in such an inhumane way.

I’ve seen the miraculous gift of life restored in the operating room in ways that defy human explanation. I’ve held hearts in my hand and placed them within patients – and seen them begin to beat as life once again pulses through bodies stilled by the creeping hand of death.

Contrary to the claims of its supporters, partial-birth abortion is dangerous to the health of the mother. More dangerous, in fact, than other alternatives. The only purpose of a partial-birth abortion is to deliver a dead baby . . . not to protect the life of the mother.

As a surgeon, I took an oath to treat every human life with respect, dignity and compassion. I understand that there are certain ethical bounds to the application of surgical procedures, and these bounds should never be crossed in a moral sense.

Partial-birth abortion is a rogue procedure that is never medically necessary and is condemned by the medical community. It has no place in the doctor-patient relationship – and absolutely no place in our society.

Bill Frist, M.D.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New Pledge of Allegiance

Since the Pledge of Allegiance


The Lord's Prayer

are not allowed in most
public schools anymore

Because the word "God" is mentioned....

A kid in Arizona wrote the attached
NEW School prayer.

I liked it.

Now I sit me down in school

Where praying is against the rule

For this great nation under God

Finds mention of Him very odd.

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If Scripture now the class recites,

It violates the Bill of Rights.

And anytime my head I bow

Becomes a Federal matter now.

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Our hair can be purple, orange or green,

That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.

The law is specific, the law is precise.

Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

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For praying in a public hall

Might offend someone with no faith at all.

In silence alone we must meditate,

God's name is prohibited by the state.

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We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,

And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.

They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.

To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,

And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.

It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,

We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.

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We can get our condoms and birth controls,

Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.

But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,

No word of God must reach this crowd.

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It's scary here I must confess,

When chaos reigns the school's a mess.

So, Lord, this silent plea I make:

Should I be shot; My soul please take!


If you aren't ashamed to do this,

please pass this on.

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Jesus said,

"If you are ashamed of me,

I will be ashamed of you before my Father."

Thanks to Ken for sending me this one.



More Global Warming

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THIS WEEK (8-14 APR): Last year was record warm, this year record cold! April is currently tracking as the coldest April in 113 years - a dramatic change from last years #1 warmest ever. Even after some late month moderation, April 2007 will likely keep the month in the top 7 coldest in history. The Southwest is the one exception, but even here temperatures will cool dramatically late in the week. And, the snow is not over! Short range computer models hint at the possibility of a stronger snow storm from Colorado to Wisconsin late in the week into the weekend. This will be the heavy wet variety. The week overall is expected to show the greatest change toward wetter weather in two years - another very big negative for retail sales and for early planting of this years Corn and Bean crop. Weather Trends had forecast this to be the coldest April in 7 years and the wettest in 3 years. It will very likely be the coldest in 10 years and wettest in three. On a more uplifting note, Al Peterlin, Weather Trends International VP, reminds growers, “Planting rates can accelerate quickly after a slow start. Consider 1998 and 2005. In 1998 only about 15 percent of the crop was in the ground by the end of April, in 2005 only about 30 percent. Still, by the last week of May, 93 to 95 percent of planting was complete and final yields were strong.”

NEXT WEEK (15-21 APR): More of the same, although not as wet. Another reinforcing shot of cold air for the East early in the week with more frost and freezes likely in the Middle Atlantic.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Sticky Fingers

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Sheehan-linked 'Peace House' at war over 'missing' money
Former member threatens legal action: 'Movement ... just like George Bush'

Posted: April 7, 2007
5:45 p.m. Eastern

© 2007

The Crawford Peace House, a home started by anti-war activists in the wake of "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan's demonstrations outside President George Bush's Texas ranch, has been accused of mismanaging tens of thousands of dollars in donations by an insurgent member who has seized legal control of the group's name and is calling for a state investigation.

Sara L. Oliver, who left the group in 2005 following a dispute surrounding her efforts to secure grant funding for the organization, and other disaffected members have gone public with their suspicions and accusations against the Peace House, calling for an official investigation into why the group only has $14,700 in its bank account. Tens of thousands in donations, collected during Sheehan's 2005 anti-war protest at the Crawford site, are unaccounted for, Oliver claims.

"There are people who have said, 'Don't say anything because you'll hurt the peace movement,'" Oliver told Associated Press. "But if the peace movement isn't pure and transparent and holy as it can be at its heart, then it's just like George Bush: lying, thieving, conniving, backstabbing bastards."

The group's bank account had dwindled to only $3 in early August 2005, but a month-long protest by Sheehan, held in ditches along the road leading to Bush's ranch, led to thousands of supporters coming to Crawford and many thousands of dollars in donations.

The 2005 protest proved to be a symbiotic arrangement for the Peace House and the thousands of demonstrators who joined Sheehan.

Co-founded in 2002 by John Wolf, a theater-set builder from Dallas who raised funds for the small $54,000 home by selling anti-war buttons and contributing $8,000 of his own money, the Peace House served as headquarters for protesters who found few public facilities in the rural Texas town.

An army of about 200 volunteers from the nearby Waco Friends of Peace fixed meals, cleaned the house and tended the garden that helped feed those who turned out.

Sheehan's protest brought the Peace House back financially, with over $285,000 raised in 2005. In the face of Oliver's accusation Wolf insisted the money was spent on food, van and bus rentals, gas and a large tent for the rallies at several events.

"All of this money was given to us to take care of people who came here, and that's what we did," Wolf told Associated Press. "If somebody has fantasies, I can't affect that."

Another ex-member, Sandra Row, said she had seen buckets of cash donations in the Peace House in 2005. Some of that money, she said, had been used to pay veterinary bills for a cat living on the property, but many of those who bought supplies for the demonstrators were never compensated. As many as 75 people have quit the group because of grievances over financial matters.

"You'll never know how much money there is because the cash is gone," Row said.

Wolf, who failed to file the organization's franchise tax report last year, insisted he has receipts for all expenses and that the Peace House's accountant has kept diligent records which will be posted on the group's website soon.

The delinquent tax report is also to be filed next week, Wolf said. Because it was not filed in time, Peace House lost its corporate charter – a mistake seized upon by Oliver who filed for the legal right to control the name with the Texas Comptroller's Office. Wolf has threatened legal action, saying the Crawford Peace House still exists as an unincorporated entity and Oliver is violating the law by using the same or similar name of an existing organization.

According to the comptroller's office, loss of the corporate charter makes the organization's board members liable for any Peace House debts. Sheehan, who was listed in 2005 as a board member, could be now forced to deal with the organization's liabilities.

In 2005, WND reported, Sheehan told an audience of Veterans for Peace that she was not going to pay her income taxes for 2004.

"My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004," she said, after calling the president a "maniac" and a "lying bastard."

"You killed my son, George Bush, and I don't owe you a penny. ... You give my son back and I'll pay my taxes. Come after me [for back taxes] and we'll put this war on trial."


Happy Resurrection Day!

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Liberals, Meet Your Heroes, Vol. 1: Margaret Sanger

Liberals, Meet Your Heroes, Vol. 1: Margaret Sanger
The founder of Planned Parenthood in her own words.

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On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
"...human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born." Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people.

On the extermination of blacks:

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"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…" Margaret Sanger's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble - Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College: Massachusetts.

On murder:
"The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

On the right of married couples to bear children:
"Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child," Birth Control Review, April 1932.

On sterilization of minorities:
"Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need ... We must prevent multiplication of this bad stock." Margaret Sanger, April 1933 Birth Control Review.

On Eugenics as policy:
"Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems. "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda." Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.

On promiscuity:
"[Our objective is] unlimited sexual gratification without the burden of unwanted children..." The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

On adultery:
"A woman's physical satisfaction was more important than any marriage vow," Birth Control in America, p. 11.

On marital sex:
"The marriage bed is the most degenerating influence in the social order," Sanger said. Birth Control in America, p. 23.

On abortion:
"Criminal' abortions arise from a perverted sex relationship under the stress of economic necessity, and their greatest frequency is among married women." The Woman Rebel - No Gods, No Masters, May 1914, Vol. 1, No. 3.

Stolen from Bohemian Like You