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We Are All Hokies Today



Music is gonna help me to get through this somehow. I made this imeem playlist in honor of all those lost.



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posted by Soulfull @ 4/17/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




My Thoughts & Condolences To The Students of Virginia Tech


Our thoughts and condolences to the student of Virginia Tech
Originally uploaded by Chris28mm.
I should be doing my homework right now, but I just can't. I'm so angry. So damn pissed about the events of today. Blacksburg. Virginia Tech. The images, the news, the stories, all take turns in my mind. Chains on doors? Bullets fired at random throughout classrooms? How could one person be so insensitive, so callous, so FUCKING selfish?! Just NO regard for life. Those kids, scratch that, NO ONE deserves to leave this earth like that. Just trying to obtain an education. I was reading over here and Bryce's firsthand account has my heart breaking. The media jumping all over him like rapid dogs. People peddling their political agendas. So much, so fast. I know I keep saying that blogs will trump traditional media, but I surely didn't imagine it happening in this way...

"Furthermore, upon looking at a few of the posts made on this blog, I want to declare that I am OFFENDED that people are allowing this to become a political debate. People are dead. My friends could be dead. Forget bickering about trivia. Now is not the time or the place. It is the media’s job to report to the public these stories. Take it as you wish. I’m not the media. I’m just me."


Gosh, his words ring so much truth at this time. And what's up with the media? As I watch Dateline right now, I just don't understand why it's necessary for NBC (and the other outlets) to dub today the "Massacre"? I mean, yes that is what it is, but damn, could we be just a bit more sensitive? And why the rush to compare it to other school shootings? Or to ensure that everyone knows that today was the "deadliest shooting rampage in the nation's history"? My goodness. I have no idea what tomorrow will bring for VT, but my endless thoughts are with all those who have been (or will be) affected by this SENSELESS tragedy.


posted by Soulfull @ 4/16/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




BREAKING NEWS: 32 Killed in Virginia Tech Shootings, At Least 24 Injured


This is a developing story and details will change as more information is learned...

The Headline Reads: At Least 32 Killed in Virginia Tech Shooting (WaPo)

LOCAL LIVE VIDEO COVERAGE: Va. Tech Shooting Coverage (NOW at NBC4)

MSNBC COVERAGE: VA Tech Rampage LIVE VIDEO HERE

CNN COVERAGE: Gunman kills at least 21 at Virginia Tech

FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS, FACULTY:

Information for Parents of Virginia Tech Students
Montgomery County Public Schools on lock down

Instructions for Virginia Tech Students & Faculty

Please Lord let the madness cease.


posted by Soulfull @ 4/16/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Under Attack in the Green Zone

My girlfriend and I were sitting in Merkado yesterday, when the story of the bombings in Iraq broke on the television. At this point, these attacks are an indication that insurgents can (and will) find a way to bring destruction ANYWHERE. This morning, as I was reading this front page article recounting the experience of Sudarsan Raghavan, I couldn't help but to feel the shock and dispair. I mean, if a suicide bomber can enter "the largest, most fortified enclave in Baghdad", only God knows what will happen next and I doubt that bringing more troops into this situation is going to help. :sigh:

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posted by Soulfull @ 4/13/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Damn, Couric Can't Write Her OWN Story?

The Headline Reads: 'Katie's Notebook' Item Cribbed From W.S. Journal

It's truly hilarious that someone actually had to write plagirize a story for Katie's thoughts on getting her first library card? What the hell? LMAO!:

Katie Couric did a one-minute commentary last week on the joys of getting her first library card, but the thoughts were less than original. The piece was substantially lifted from a Wall Street Journal column.

CBS News apologized for the plagiarized passages yesterday and said the commentary had been written by a network producer who has since been fired.

The CBS anchor "was horrified," spokeswoman Sandy Genelius said. "We all were."

The "Katie's Notebook" items are distributed to CBS television and radio stations, including WTOP (103.5 FM and 820 AM) in Washington, and posted on the news division's Web site. Genelius said it is "very common" for the first-person commentaries to be put together by staffers without Couric's being involved in the writing, but that she does participate in topic selection. Her recent commentaries have ranged from the Iraq war and the paucity of female columnists to the movie "300" and many girls discarding dating for "hooking up."

In an Editor's Note posted online and distributed to CBS stations, the network said "much of the material" in the library commentary came from Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow, "and we should have acknowledged that at the top of our piece. We offer our sincere apologies for the omission."

What made the ripoff especially striking was the personal flavor of a video -- now removed from the CBS Web site -- that began, "I still remember when I got my first library card, browsing through the stacks for my favorite books."

Much of the rest of the script was stolen from the Journal. Couric said: "For kids today, the library is more removed from their lives. It's a last-ditch place to go if they need to find something out."

Zaslow wrote in March: "The library is more removed from their lives. It's a last-ditch place to go if they need to find something out."

Couric said: "Sure, children still like libraries, but books aren't the draw."

Zaslow wrote: "Sure, there are still library-loving children, but books aren't necessarily the draw."

Couric cited the same statistic as the Journal column -- a 60 percent rise in sales of hardcover juvenile books -- as "an encouraging sign that kids value reading." Zaslow had called that "an encouraging sign that kids still value books."

Genelius, who declined to name the dismissed producer, said CBS quickly responded to a letter from the Journal. "They were absolutely, 100 percent right," she said.

Zaslow said yesterday that CBS has "been very gracious and apologetic, and we at the Journal appreciate it."


Wow, this is just another embarrassing moment for CBS.

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posted by Soulfull @ 4/13/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Imus Is Fired, But Does This Mean Anything?

The Headline Reads: Don Imus Is Fired by CBS Radio

Here's my favorite quote from this story:

"Bowing to a national outcry and internal protest, CBS Radio said yesterday it would end Don Imus's morning program "immediately," possibly bringing the sometimes inflammatory broadcaster's four-decade career to a swift and ignominious end."


Four words: Give. Me. A. Break! Who do these folks think they're fooling? Imus being fired was all about money, money, money. Nothing more, nothing less. MSNBC/CBS showed their "concern" for this situation by suspending him instead of firing him from jump. It was only when advertisers started pulling out did CBS do what needed to be done from the very beginning.

When the first protests against Imus were raised last week, both organizations condemned the comments but imposed no punishment. MSNBC even issued a statement pointing out that Imus's program "is not a production of" MSNBC (it is originated by WFAN) and that Imus's views "are not those of MSNBC." By Monday, as the protests mounted, CBS and NBC announced that they were suspending Imus for two weeks.


Shoot, this man, "once named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America by Time magazine and a member of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame", has a HISTORY of diarrhea of the mouth:

In January 2006, MSNBC apologized but took no further action after the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation complained that Imus's description of the male leads in the film "Brokeback Mountain" was homophobic. In December 2004, the network had a similar response when Arab American groups protested after an Imus sidekick, Sid Rosenberg, referred to Palestinians as "stinking animals." In both instances, MSNBC issued statements with identical wording: "The views expressed on the program are not those of MSNBC. Having said that, it was unfortunate that these remarks were telecast on MSNBC. We sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by these remarks."


Now what did MSNBC/CBS do back then? NOTHING. So quite frankly, let's just cut the bullshit. Granted his show is no longer on the air, but I highly doubt this will be the end of his career. And actually, what about the other "commentator" Bernard McGuirk, who sparked this whole situation with his "hardcore hoes" comment. What happened to him considering his nutty behind has a history too:

Bernard McGuirk, the show’s producer, has an especially racist, sexist streak. Not so long ago, he was out on the streets of Manhattan with a camera crew for no apparent reason other than to showcase a poor, disheveled black man who seemed drunk or mentally ill or both. The man’s behavior was something beyond clownish. He was, for the most part, unintelligible and laughed constantly, his eyes bucked. “Bernie,” as they call him on the show, seemed to delight in the man’s humiliation, egging him on to make a bigger and bigger fool of himself on the air. Again, the segment was apropos nothing and served no purpose other than to serve McGuirk and Imus’ apparent need to shock and offend.


It's really annoying that either one of these nuts would be so ignorant and I'm seriously hoping that we ALL take a look within to see what really lays beneath the surface because EVENTUALLY your true colors will come shining through.

The following is a video wrap-up of the entire Imus media coverage (and by the way, WHY does everyone think that sitting in front of Al Sharpton is the answer to every racial issue? PUH-LEASE!):




Imus On The Today Show

Additionally, check out this interesting article from Time Magazine: The Imus Fallout: Who Can Say What?

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posted by Soulfull @ 4/13/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




For The Love of Money

Morning guys! I don't claim to know everything about money, but I damn sure know how to spend it! LOL! Okay, seriously, I've been working on cleaning out my financial closet and here are two websites that definitely need to be communicated to the masses!! As the old saying goes, Information Is Power...

1. Free Annual Credit Report - The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. The FCRA promotes the accuracy and privacy of information in the files of the nation’s consumer reporting companies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the FCRA with respect to consumer reporting companies. To order, visit annualcreditreport.com, call 1-877-322-8228, or complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. The form is on the back of this brochure; or you can print it from ftc.gov/credit. Do not contact the three nationwide consumer reporting companies individually. They are providing free annual credit reports only through annualcreditreport.com, 1-877-322-8228, and Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.


2. BudgetTracker, Inc. - This site allows you to track your Budget, Bills, Transactions and tie all these together ONLINE in an easy to read calendar that can send you reminders when bills are due. You can also view most of the data stored on this site with your cell phone so you can take all your data with you where ever you may be. Most of all it's FREE!

Have a blessed one and you know it wouldn't be a post without a little music... :-)



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