Friday, February 25, 2011

God Bless a Free Libya

"Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution."
John Adams, 1818

The people of Libya are in a tough fight with a well armed, wealthy tyrant. This is their hour of trial. Great acts of courage and sacrifice in the service of a free Libya occur beyond our view. But soon we will know of them. If you pray, pray for a free Libya, and the lives of those who struggle for freedom.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Republican Budget Fraud

This graph depicts the amount of cost cutting proposed by House Republicans on the left. On the right are the cost of tax cuts that House Republicans insisted upon. Any questions?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Charlie Steger is Not Immune

Legislation that could have suspended three multi-million-dollar wrongful death suits filed against Virginia Tech in the wake of the April 16, 2007, shootings has died in a General Assembly committee. Good, now we will have a full accounting.

Virginia Tech President Charlie Steger and EVP James Hyatt will now stand before the Bar and answer for the their terrible poor judgment on April 16, 2007. Unfortunately Virginia Tech and state taxpayers will likely pay the bill.

This all could have been mitigated if Charlie had done what Virginia Tech teaches all Hokies - take personal responsibility for your actions (or lack of), recognize your failings, accept the consequences, and strive to be better. Charlie is a good guy, but he failed to make the best decision for his students. Service is the highest aspiration of Virginia Tech; all alumni know this as our charter. President Steger is in service to lead and protect his students.

Steger failed to acknowledge that on that cold day in April, he frittered precious time, and ceded good judgment to law enforcement advisers chasing a phantom, while a killer stalked his campus and mailed press releases. He failed in his moment of trial, and there are costs to failure - 32 dead, 25 wounded, countless lives damaged.

It is past time for Charlie Steger to resign. We thank him for his service and wish him well.

More on this story, here, and here.