Virginia Tech Massacre

16 04 2007

The Richmond Times-Dispatch Extra Edition

It’ll be one of those days that will live in infamy.  The shooting of nearly 60 people of which 32 where killed, will go down in Virginia and United States history as the worst.  While not on the scale of September 11, 2001 it does has the same feelings.  This morning at work, just a simple report came across the news of a person shot and killed at Virginia Tech.  One almost shrugs it off with a “oh that’s a shame”.  While driving back to work from lunch, the radio cuts in with a news brief stating that up to 22 people have been killed.  What a shock it was to hear that.  What happened?  How’d it go from one to 22???  Then as the afternoon progressed, the eyes of the world turned to Virginia has our local stations began to be carried nationally with the scenes of chaos in Blacksburg.  It is a great saddness that the Commonwealth feels right now.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch has put out an Extra edition this afternoon, something not done since September 11, 2001.

Over the next few days this event will unfold and we’ll learn more.  Then the repercussions will be with us for a long, long time.  No doubt by fall, every home football game will feature a fitting memorial to the victims.  Virginia will remember her fallen.  Prayers of course are with the families and people involved. 

Hypocrisy Reigns Supreme in the United States of America

12 04 2007

© MSNBC.comSo CBS & NBC have fired Don Imus from radio because of his remarks last week.  Let the hypocrisy wheel spin folks, because what Mr. Imus was fired for is blatantly shown to millions of young people daily.  Don Imus’ remarks were stupid, plain and simple.  He should have known better than to make those remarks on national radio and expect to get away with it.  Obviously he wasn’t thinking otherwise he wouldn’t have said it.  But the fact that he was fired, and the alleged public uproar is as ridiculous as the remarks.  True, no one should say derogatory remarks about someone else.  Common sense.  But why is Don Imus crucified for saying what “gangsta” rap stars say over and over in their so called music.  When Imus was fired today, Jesse Jackson was quoted saying it was a “a victory for public decency. No one should use the public airwaves to transmit racial or sexual degradation.” 

Al Sharpton said, “He [Imus] says he wants to be forgiven. I hope he continues in that process. But we cannot afford a precedent established that the airways can commercialize and mainstream sexism and racism.”

And yet, rap stars can say these things over the airways.  Jackson and Sharpton say yes because that’s an expression of art.  That’s a bunch of crap, what Don Imus said and what 50 Cent and Nelly say in their lyrics are one and the same.  But the Rainbow Coalition turns a deaf ear when it comes to rap music.  Because it’s “art”.

The real problem in all this is hypocrisy.  “You can’t do this or say this, but it’s okay if I do.”  The Bible says the we shouldn’t do things that cause are brother to stumble.  Meaning that even if we don’t consider it bad, we shouldn’t do it if it causes someone else to sin or they consider it bad (outside of doctrine, of course).  Paul wrote about this in regards to eating “clean” and “unclean” food and whether Gentiles needed to be circumcised before becoming Christians.

 The point: okay, it’s not right for Don Imus to use the terminology that he did, but apparently it’s okay for rap stars to use it.  Well, the reality is no one should use such talk….for it brings us all down and makes one group of people cynicle and the other hypocritical.

It’s all blown WAYout of proportion.

Plants on other worlds not necessarily green.

12 04 2007

concept for an alien planet's landscape.

MSNBC is carrying a story that scientist theorize that other planets outside our solar system may contain plant life of different colors.  The idea is that not all plants would be green and it depends on the type of star a planet orbits.  Science in the last ten years has discovered many solar systems throughout the galaxy.  Now they’ve recenlty discovered that the first one found could contain water.  Eventually by studying the light waves, it can be determined if planets support life.

To read the MSNBC article: Click here to read

Family Guy: Name what movie this scene pays tribute to…

11 04 2007

Can you think of what classic comdey this clip pays tribute to??? 

April snow showers bring May flowers???

7 04 2007

0407070952.jpgFor the first time in years, it has snowed in Virginia in April.  This recent cold snap produced an inch of snow overnight.  Which, ironically, is the first significant accumulation of snow in 2007.  As quick as it came it has since melted, but not before some impressive photos were taken.  The cold still lingers with tonight’s low reaching the record of 28 degrees.  Spring will return but not until after Easter Sunday.

Easter Freeze

4 04 2007

seven day forecast from April 4, 2007

This is the seven day forecast for Richmond as of April 4, 2007 at 1:32 pm.  Not a good sign.  We’re to have a hard freeze this weekend with lows in the 20s.  The plants and trees that have come out of dormancy could be greatly affected.  What happened to global warming?

New design for Enterprise?

1 04 2007

Possible new starship Enterprise (from is reporting a possible redesign of the starship Enterprise for Star Trek XI.  This drawing was leaked over the weekend by, what calls “a reputable source”.  Read the full story here.

 P.S. It could all simply be an April Fool’s Joke.  So keep that in mind.

Update (9:31 pm EDT):  It in fact was an April Fool’s joke.  oh the havoc it wreaked!