April 10th, 2009

PETA decides the best way to fight for animal rights is to RP for them in WoW.

LOL, I notice they didn't put it on a PvP server.

PETA to hold WoW rally to protest seal slaughter.

Following a trend set by Ron Paul supporters and scientists who held a conference in WoW, PETA's busting out the digital chops to protest the slaughter of Canadian seals. As the in-game rationale goes, the Alliance has many times asked Warchief Thrall to stop the senseless killing. However, motivated by the sizeable and profitable fur-trade, Thrall has so far refused to take action. The Horde has continued in their efforts to farm seal fur.

This is where you come in. There's a small team of four Horde seal-killers harvesting their prey in the Howling Fjord. You can join PETA in saving lives by hooking up with other activists, and stopping the Horde seal hunters cold in their tracks. This is taking place on Saturday, Aprill 11 at 1pm EST on the Whisperwind server. The PETA group doesn't have any registration requirements, but you do need to be able to access Northrend content to get there.

By holding an in-game event to help promote awareness of the seals' plight, PETA may find themselves on the list of WoW's most notable political contributions. The World of Warcraft reaches entire demographics that might otherwise be inured to political commentary, so it's a pretty good move on their part. PETA's blog does not directly reference any in-game equivalents to PETA, but you can imagine any activists in attendance will make a few jokes about being the legitimate P.E.T.A.'s Little P.I.T.A.

LOLOLOLOL. Oh god, PETA, you are too much. This event is just asking for the Horde players to show up and terrorize your protest. Also, seriously, this is activism? Playing WoW? They're RPing their fight for the animals? They are so going to get camped by Horde if they are stupid enough to flag themselves. Also, I predict a massive seal slaughter taking place by Horde players, too.

Seriously it's a shame that the most famous animal rights group is so freaking stupid. -_-

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Religious groups sad they can't discriminate against teh ghey

Faith groups increasingly lose gay rights fights
More legal battles are involving private businesses

Faith organizations and individuals who view homosexuality as sinful and refuse to provide services to gay people are losing a growing number of legal battles that they say are costing them their religious freedom.

The lawsuits have resulted from states and communities that have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation. Those laws have created a clash between the right to be free from discrimination and the right to freedom of religion, religious groups said, with faith losing. They point to what they say are ominous recent examples:

* A Christian photographer was forced by the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission to pay $6,637 in attorney's costs after she refused to photograph a gay couple's commitment ceremony.
* A psychologist in Georgia was fired after she declined for religious reasons to counsel a lesbian about her relationship.
* Christian fertility doctors in California who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian patient were barred by the state Supreme Court from invoking their religious beliefs in refusing treatment.
* A Christian student group was not recognized at a University of California law school because it denies membership to anyone practicing sex outside of traditional marriage.

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PETA Saves Sea Kittens

LONDON, England (CNN) -- Just because they named their new CD "Yes," does not mean that British electro-pop duo, the Pet Shop Boys, will agree to just about anything.

PETA has asked the Pet Shop Boys to change the band's name to Rescue Shelter Boys.

The band has turned down a request from an animal rights group to rename itself the Rescue Shelter Boys.

The organization, the People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA), sent a letter to Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe acknowledging that its request, at first blush, might appear "bizarre."

But, by changing its name, the band could raise awareness at every tour stop of the "cramped, filthy conditions" that breeders keep animals in before selling them to pet stores, PETA said in its letter.

The duo, which has performed under its current name for more than 20 years, reproduced PETA's written request in full on its Web site.

The musicians said they were "unable to agree" to the request "but nonetheless think (it) raises an issue worth thinking about."

The animal rights group said it was pleased the Pet Shop Boys had drawn attention to the issue by posting its letter so prominently on the band's site. Talking about its campaign on a blog entry, a PETA staffer wrote:

"I think I may have to stick "West End Girls" on my iPod right now to celebrate."

"West End Girls" is one of the many hits the group has had in its long career.

PETA is no stranger to oddball campaigns. A recent one was aimed to re-christen fish as "sea kittens" because "who could possibly want to put a hook through a sea kitten?"


Speaking of PETA and crazy....

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Conservative 'tea bag' protesters confused, freaked out by April 11 "liberal" anti-bank protests


National Tea Party Organizers Freaked Out by A New Way Forward
by: Mike Lux

Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 16:45

So I know this may be a little twisted, but there are a few things more fun for me than being attacked by right wingers. I consider it one of the greatest honors of my life that I have been attacked by Rush Limbaugh (4 times by name), Sean Hannity, Cal Thomas, and Paul Weyrich, and even had an "expose" of me done by National Review. I get a little thrill every time it happens.

It happened again today, this time as a way of attacking the New Way Forward movement, and as usual, they got the most basic facts in their article wrong. A reporter named Judi McLeod, whose work (according to her byline) has appeared on the aforementioned Limbaugh along with Newsmax.com, Drudge, Fox News, and Glen Beck, "broke" the following news flash:

Mata Hari would have nothing on today's far left, whose latest wolf-in-sheep's-clothing sabotage aims at the heart of America's growing Tea Party Movement.

Sabotage moonbat moves to undercut America's 2,000 plus Tea Parties has bypassed sneaky for sinister.

"Just this morning, I received word that a new radical organization calling itself "A New Way Forward" has put together an underhanded sneak attack designed to undercut the popular uprising known as the Tea Party Movement," Bill Wilson, of Americans for Limited Government (ALG), warned mainstreet Americans yesterday.

"Simply put, their idea is to stage phony rallies throughout the country on April 11--made to look like they are part of the Tea Party movement--while actually opposing Tea Party principles and supporting the complete government takeover of our banking system."

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The nationwide, April 11 "New Way Forward" protests were mentioned previously on ontd_political HERE, and are based on the ideas of Paul Krugman, William K. Black, Bill Moyers, and others.

The goal of these April 11 protests is to put the large banks that caused the current economic crisis under public control ("receivership" or "nationalization.") See where it's happening in your town.

OTOH, the conservative, right-wing April 15 ("tax day") protests are to express a vague, inchoate dislike of 'socialism' coupled with a love of tea-bagging.

Radio host Michael Savage butthurt over Glenn Beck's popularity, says he is ripping him off


Conservative radio host Michael Savage (real name Michael WEINER, as in the male sex organ) attacks Glenn Beck, says he is ripping off his ideas.

Savage calls Beck a "hemorrhoid with eyes," a reference to Glenn Beck's self-described "ass surgery" for hemorrhoids that, Beck said on TV, made him want to grab a gun and commit suicide.

Video above from: http://mediamatters.org/countyfair/200904070017?show=1

Many of the jobless get no unemployment benefits

By Barbara Hagenbaugh, USA TODAY

When Clarence Athy lost his job laying concrete just before Thanksgiving, the 56-year-old single father did what most people do: He applied to collect unemployment benefits.

But like many Americans, Athy was denied.

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Source: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/employment/2009-04-09-unemployed-but-no-benefits_N.htm

side whine: I got a business degree, 2 internships, study abroad, management experience, extracurr., and I still have been unemployed for a year. I am going back to graduate school but getting support just starting out has massively sucked. NOT that I think that unemployment should be given to me, but it stinks that there are little safety nets for a lot of people. If you go to the source, you can see how in some states like Texas, only 30% or less are recieving unemployment even though they are unemployed.
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Esquire's F-Word Problem

In a section titled "Curse Well" in the May issue, Esquire magazine offers ways for the hip and cool straight guy to use bad words to his best advantage -- such as urging him to hurl out terms like "shit-sniffing faggot." Nothing like a little gay-bashing to make a real man feel satisfied and successful, after all. Oh, and did I mention that it's their "How to be A Man" issue?

Now of course they will say it's all, um, tongue in cheek. But as a listener to the show pointed out to me when he tipped me off to the piece, would they use the "n"-word even in a half-joking manner? And how much are they really joking here? Why is it necessary to use the word "faggot" unless they like debasing those annoying homos at least a teensy weensy bit, getting off on the hot hate words? (They think "cocksucker" is a good one too.) Here's the line, with the pdf below that:

"The purpose of swearing is to cause a small explosion...Let the context do the work. Calling your neighbor's nosy nine-year-old boy a prick or even a "shit-sniffing faggot" will have a leveraged impact..."

You stay classy Esquire. Full article at source.


Healthcare Battle Brewing

Healthcare Battle Brewing


The Obama administration hopes to give all Americans the option of buying into a public, Medicare-style health insurance plan. That is now shaping up to be the biggest flash point in the emerging debate about healthcare reform.

Advocates of a Medicare-style plan say it would give consumers a lower-cost alternative to private insurance, forcing those private insurers to become more responsive to consumer needs. Opponents counter that it would undermine the private health insurance market by prompting millions of businesses to switch to the cheaper, public alternative. In the long term, they argue, that would undermine consumer choice in healthcare.

Lawmakers and their staffs are currently hammering out the details of reform legislation that is expected to go to the floor in June. But interest groups on the right and left have already begun a fierce ideological battle, with each side trying to shape the public’s perception of a public insurance plan.

A coalition of conservative groups led by The Heritage Foundation just issued a list of “six deal killers” for healthcare reform. Top on their list is the creation of a public health insurance alternative. On the liberal side, Howard Dean is leading a grass-roots campaign and petition drive with groups like MoveOn.org and Democracy for America to support a Medicare-for-all-type alternative in any reform legislation.

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Looks like that will be the next big fight for the Obama Admin. Hopefully, the GOP will be too busy enjoying their teabagging parties to notice.
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Two killed in Michigan college shooting

(CNN) -- Two people were shot and killed Friday at a community college in Dearborn, Michigan, an official said.

A man and woman were found dead in a classroom building on the campus of Henry Ford Community College, said Dearborn Fire Department Battalion Chief John Hay.

Dearborn police confirmed that shots were fired at the college and that the scene was contained. They declined to say whether anyone was in custody.

A woman who answered the phone in the office of the school's president, Gail Mee, said that the shootings occurred in the Fine Arts Building and that the campus was in lockdown.


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Poll: More People Blame Geithner for AIG Bonuses Than Bush

Interesting finding in the new Democracy Corps poll:
[N]early three-in-ten voters (29 percent) say that the AIG story raises no doubts at all in their mind about President Obama.

The same cannot be said for Geithner, as nearly half of voters (49 percent) report that the AIG scandal raises significant doubts, including nearly a quarter (24 percent) who say it raises extreme doubts about the Treasury Secretary. A majority of independent and moderate Republican voters alike report significant doubts about Secretary Geithner with 53 and 63 percent respectively reporting significant doubts.
I'm no pollster, but thinking back to the time when Summers and Geithner won the battle against tougher conditions for financial institutions, I'd say there's about a zero percent chance that Stan Greenberg released this without the blessing of his good friend David Axelrod.



D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty: Gay Marriage in the Capital 'Will Eventually Happen'


Handsome devil Adrian Fenty is not a model. He is the mayor of Washington D.C., that little city that just (preliminarily) agreed to recognize same-sex marriages from states where it's legal, a decision that came just minutes after Vermont's legislature approved marriage equality there. Of course, Congress can veto the measure, since D.C.'s jurisdiction actually rests in their hands. But we've got an ally on our side: Mayor Fenty, who says succinctly, "I support gay marriage." But how does he think Congress will react?

Q: Do you think Congress will, using their 30 day review period, that they have on all legislation coming out of the District…the Wilson Building. To what extent are you are you worried they will move on this?

FENTY: I can never say for sure what Congress will do. I hope they will respect the will of the Council of the District of Columbia.

Q: Would you be involved in any effort that might be needed to beat back any eruption of this issue on the Hill?

FENTY: It really just depends how it erupts. It's like gun rights. People have strong views on this matter … but I think some are using it in some ways as a soapbox. Some congressmen are using that to reinforce to constituents back home where they are on gun rights. I don't think they really care one way or another … if some Congressman is trying to score chips to win back home, there is nothing you can do.

Q: Should gay marriages be performed in the District? Should your citizens who don't want to go somewhere else… be able to get married?

FENTY: That will eventually happen. That was discussed a lot in the mayoral campaign. There are GLBT organizations that differ. Not because they don't support marriage, but they differ on when it should go forward.. I have always said I will sign the bill, whether I was on the council or mayor, I would either vote for legislation or sign legislation… Again there is no question where the City Council stands. We have a unanimous vote. We have a great City Council. It is probably the same with voters. The question is when is the right time when we will get the least congressional push back. But we have LGBT organizations that debated this issue at least 2 years ago.

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Supporters applaud Gov. Ritter for signing Designated Beneficiary Agreement Act

By Ernest Luning 4/9/09 5:53 PM

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter on Thursday signed into law House Bill 1260, a measure that allows gay and lesbian couples and other unmarried adults to establish sweeping legal rights for each other — including inheritance, the ability to make medical decisions and hospital visitation rights.

Groups representing gays and lesbians, senior citizens and low-income residents cheered the governor’s support for the Designated Beneficiary Agreement Act, which goes into effect July 1.

“We are excited that this new, low cost, and convenient estate planning tool will become a reality for all Coloradans,” said Equal Rights Colorado spokeswoman Mindy Barton in a statement. “These issues are a matter of self-determination and we are glad that the Colorado State Legislature and Governor Ritter have recognized these essential rights.”

The law, sponsored by two of the state Legislature’s only openly gay members, Sen. Jennifer Veiga and Rep. Mark Ferrandino, both Denver Democrats, allows any two unmarried adults to designate each other as beneficiaries by filing a form with a county clerk. The form bypasses a patchwork of contracts, wills and powers of attorney they would otherwise have to execute with a lawyer’s help. The law also adds several rights — such as the ability to file a wrongful death lawsuit on a partner’s behalf — which couldn’t previously be granted contractually under Colorado law.

“Today is a good day for Colorado and all Coloradans,” Ferrandino said in a statement. He called the law “a good step towards providing equal treatment under the law for all of Colorado’s families.”

The bill, which passed the Legislature with only a smattering of Republican support, drew criticism as an attempt to establish “marriage light” from Sen. Kevin Lundberg when it appeared before a Senate committee. The Larimer County Republican blasted the bill as an end-run around voters, who defeated a ballot initiative to establish civil unions for gay and lesbian couples in 2006.
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I always feel like somebody's watchin' me...

Gov't. commits a crime against you -- the taxpayers

I'd like to report a crime.

A young man was robbed on Tuesday night inside a hospital while federal security guards watched. The victim was surrounded by seven men and women, and most of them had guns. The thieves refused to let the young man leave a public meeting he was attending and forced him to hand over valuable and irreplaceable property. Three days after the incident, no charges have been filed, nobody has been arrested and the property is still in the hands of the perpetrators. This occurred despite the fact that the victim and federal authorities know exactly who committed this heinous crime.

This is a true story. It happened to David Schultz, a 26-year-old graduate of the University of Arizona.

What makes this story truly unbelievable - and very scary - is the fact that the mastermind of this attack is a federal employee, Gloria Hairston, an internal communications specialist with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. She was aided by at least two other employees of the V.A. and four armed security guards.

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Actual Video From Tea Baggers

At a “Project 912 Glenn Beck Tea Party,” an unnamed speaker rants about “infiltration by the Communist Party” (a John Birch Society talking point), says that digital cable boxes are “brainwashing machines” planted in our homes by the government, and swears to stop paying taxes. The rant begins at about 1:58.
This is some really deranged stuff, and the audience is eating it up.
And notice the comment about evolution at about 5:00:
Woman: [Shouts] “Burn the books!” [applause]
Man: “I don’t think you were serious about that, were you?”
Woman: “I am too.”
Man: “Burn all the books?!”
Woman: “The ones in college, those, those brainwashing books.”
Man: “[laughs] Brainwashing books?”
Woman: “Yes.”
Man: “Which ones are those?”
Woman: “Like, the evolution crap, and, yeah...”
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Steele Laughs Off The Recession: ‘The Malls Are Just As Packed On Saturday’ As They Were Before

This morning, GOP chairman Michael Steele guest-hosted Bill Bennett’s talk radio show. During the program, one caller said he could “debate” whether or not the U.S. is currently in the midst of an economic crisis. Steele laughed in agreement and claimed that “[t]he malls are just as packed on Saturday.”:

CALLER: I can really debate about how about that economic crises is because I look around and I don’t see people spending any less money than they have been.

STEELE: I’ve heard a number of people say that across the country. [LAUGHTER] The malls are just as packed on Saturday. [LAUGHTER]

CALLER: The malls are just as packed. … You still can’t get seat in a restaurant.

Listen here:

Despite Steele’s claim that consumers are packing shopping malls, they don’t appear to be spending their money there. Indeed, Gallup found that last month consumer spending among all Americans reached a 15-month low and is 27 percent lower than last year’s figures.

Additionally, Reuters reported yesterday that vacancies at regional and strip malls are soaring to record highs:

Vacancies surged at U.S. strip malls in the first quarter and set a record at U.S. regional malls, as the deterioration in the retail real estate sector accelerated, according to real estate research firm Reis.

“I’m extremely skeptical,” Reis Research Director Victor Calanog said. “This is the first pullback we’ve seen in 17 years that really affected retail properties directly.” Vacancies at U.S. strip malls rose to 9.5 percent, up 0.6 percentage point, the largest single quarterly rise since Reis began publishing quarterly figures in 1999, Reis said in a quarterly report released on Wednesday.

The reasons for this are clear. Just yesterday, the Labor Department reported that 654,000 Americans applied for first-time unemployment benefits, while the “number of people staying on benefit rolls rose to a record 5.84 million in the prior week.”

More puzzling, however, is the fact that Steele has previously tried to portray himself as taking the curent economic crisis seriously. He’s spoken often about the need to stimulate the economy and critiqued Obama’s own attempts to do so. Now, however, Steele seems ready to dispense with the facade and admit that the economy is not something he understands as well as he should.

source: Think Progress

Is Seth Rogen Making Light of Date Rape?

Reviewers say Observe and Report is unsettling, but not always funny. That may not be surprising, considering a scene involving date rape is supposedly one of the film's funniest moments.

Observe and Report, which opens today, concerns bipolar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogen), a self-important loser who has a crush on Brandi (Anna Faris), the ditzy makeup counter girl who has no interest in him. When a flasher exposes himself to Brandi in the mall parking lot, Ronnie notices that she is taken with Detective Harrison (Ray Liotta) who shows up to investigate. Ronnie hopes that by solving the case before the real cops do he can land his dream girl and his dream job, a spot at the police academy (despite his inability to pass the psychological test).

Critics weren't sure what to make of the film. Director Jody Hill said the film was inspired by Taxi Driver, and some reviewers tried to rationalize that the film is unapologetically crass and offensive because Hill was making a statement about the dark side of suburban mall culture. Others said the film wasn't funny enough to pull off the satire, so it just comes off as bizarre and tasteless. Below, we take a look at some of the major reviews.


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Bush Releases New Promo Video For His Library, Highlighting 9/11 And Largely Ignoring Iraq

Former deputy press secretary Scott Stanzel has posted a new video of President Bush promoting his presidential library. In the five-minute video, there are a full 35 seconds of clips of 9/11 and Bush’s subsequent reaction. However, there is just one mention of Iraq in the entire piece. Additioanlly, Bush promises to use his library “policy center” to be “front and center” pushing for another attempt to privatize Social Security:

BUSH: At some point in time, the Congress is going to have to fix the Social Security system. I‘d like the center to be front and center in that debate and propose solutions. … Compassion ought to be the center of our domestic and foreign policy. … Some call it consequential, some call it controversial, either way it’ll be a well studied Presidency.

Watch it:

George W. Bush Presidential Center from laura crawford on Vimeo

In January, Bush cited his failed attempt to privatize Social Security as one of his biggest domestic policy achievements. Rather than being a place for ’studying’ the Bush era, the library foundation has already been trying to spin Bush’s disastrous response to hurricane Katrina.

It should come as no surprise that Bush is seeking to use his library for purposes other than actually documenting his presidency. As Think Progress has reported, there are no mentions of Iraq in Bush’s official biography on the library website. Rather, like the actual Bush presidency, the Bush library appears to be aiming to highlight the attacks of 9/11 while ignoring the history and the failures of the Iraq war.


Bank failure #22 of 2009: Cape Fear Bank

As GOP leader Michael Steele laughs off the Great Recession...

North Carolina's Cape Fear is 22nd bank to fail in '09

By John Letzing, MarketWatch
Last update: 5:53 p.m. EDT April 10, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Wilmington, N.C.-based Cape Fear Bank was closed by regulators Friday, marking the 22nd bank failure of the year as the effects of the financial crisis spread throughout the economy.

Charleston, S.C.-based First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston has agreed to assume all of the failed bank's deposits, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said in a statement.

Cape Fear Bank's eight offices will reopen Monday as branches of First Federal, the FDIC said.

Cape Fear Bank had roughly $492 million in total assets as of March 31, and $403 million in total deposits, the FDIC said.

First Federal has agreed to buy roughly $468 million of the failed bank's assets.

The FDIC estimated that the cost of Cape Fear Bank's failure to its deposit insurance fund will be $131 million.

The previous bank failure was in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 27.

Calculated Risk blog is keeping a running tally of bank failures HERE.

25 banks failed in 2008; this year looks set to easily break that record.
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Polish politician fumes over "gay" elephant in zoo

WARSAW - A Polish politician has criticised his local zoo for acquiring a "gay" elephant named Ninio who prefers male companions and will probably not procreate, local media reported on Friday.

"We didn’t pay 37 million zlotys (7.6 million pounds) for the largest elephant house in Europe to have a gay elephant live there," Michal Grzes, a conservative councillor in the city of Poznan in western Poland, was quoted as saying.

"We were supposed to have a herd, but as Ninio prefers male friends over females how will he produce offspring?" said Grzes, who is from the right-wing opposition Law and Justice party.

The head of the Poznan zoo said 10-year-old Ninio may be too young to decide whether he prefers males or females as elephants only reach sexual maturity at 14.


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Rep. Patrick Murphy to Take Lead on Military Gay Ban Repeal


Iraq Veteran Patrick Murphy will take the lead in advancing legislation to overturn the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy when Rep. Ellen Tauscher moves to the State Department to be President Obama's Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Talking Points Memo reports:

"There's major symbolic significance to that move. Murphy is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and, more importantly, a Bronze Star winner and the first Iraq war veteran to serve in Congress."

Towleroad readers may also remember Murphy's thrashing of the anti-gay Center for Military Readiness' Elaine Donnelly at hearings before the House Armed Services Committee in July 2008. If not, I've re-posted it.

Donnelly recently rounded up a group of 1,000 anti-gay retired military officers to get behind her bigoted crusade to stop the repeal of the military's gay ban.


The Day in Turning Tragedy Into Something Positive: Virginia Tech reopens Norris Hall

A new purpose for Norris Hall at Virginia Tech
The second floor reopens to house a center for peace studies.

BLACKSBURG -- Nearly two years and $1 million in renovations removed from the April 16, 2007, shootings, the second floor of Virginia Tech's Norris Hall will reopen today to serve a purpose that is both new and familiar.

The 4,300 square feet of space that once held the classrooms where Seung-Hui Cho killed 30 faculty members and students and himself has been reconstructed to host community space for the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics as well as the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention.

"I think that the fundamental guiding principle behind reoccupying the space has really been to carry on a legacy," said Ishwar Puri, the engineering department head.

While no classes will be taught in the building, Puri said that dedicating the space to students and learning honors the legacy of those who died. He plans to begin using the space this spring.

Horticulture professor Jerzy Nowak and his stepdaughter Francine Dulong proposed the center in late 2007 after the university requested ideas about how to reoccupy the space. The university said no traditional classes will be taught in the building again.

Dulong came up with the idea days after the shootings, in which her mother and Nowak's wife, Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, was among those killed.
Jerzy Nowak was named director of the center in May and has been operating it out of an office in Wallace Hall.

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Many, Many LULZ, One Saboteur Confessing

If a Face in the Crowd Looks Familiar, It Could Be Mine

So much unseen toil and preparation goes into the art of acting of which the general audience--or, as I prefer to think of them, the rabble--is blithely unaware.

For the last few days, I've been trying on different costumes, facial hair configurations, and makeup palettes to primp myself for next week's totally happening Tea Parties. Some of my liberal brethren scoff at the worry and concern voiced by Michelle Malkin and others that these peaceable protests will be infiltrated by leftwing agitators acting as agent provocateurs. Steven Benen at The Washington Monthly writes, "Now, I consider myself relatively clued in on what's going on in progressive circles. Not only have I not heard any talk about "sabotaging" these conservative rallies -- I don't know anyone who cares -- I also can't begin to imagine why Soros and/or ACORN would bother."

As a freelance saboteur, I am not surprised that Benen is unaware of my shadowy existence. That is how I want it. I want liberal bloggers to be able to disavow my activities with a sincere innocent conviction that brings a gleam to puppy dog eyes.


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