The Times Union's Fred LeBrun gets it exactly right on the recent death of a State Policeman.
What remained completely unanswered, however, after Felton's otherwise revealing press conference, was whether the house needed to be assaulted at all. Given the circumstances, the inclination, resources and positioning of the shooter, any police storming the house had a high probability of drawing fire. Was that necessary, considering that the house was surrounded, dozens if not hundreds of law enforcement were on the scene, and there was no deadline or hostages involved?
Let's see if anyone currently using this tragedy to push for the death penalty takes an interest. As LeBrun suggests, an official look at the State Police is in order. By the way, whatever happened with any investigation into Big John's possible State Police connections?
March 1, 2007, Gov. Spitzer passed Executive Order No. 3, designed to require that every state agency publish their open meetings on the Internet. By the end of 2007 every state agency is required to submit a plan outlining the timetable for when their meeting activities will be up for public viewing online.
Spitzer, on his own website, has been posting audio and visual broadcasts since the beginning of his term.
Metroland has done it again. The Spring Fashion spread is the only end-of-winter tradition that we Metrolanders look forward to more than skipping out of work early and getting tipsy on happy-hour Razztinis.
And this year we have so much to be excited about. Not only does the issue look great, but we finally have a couple of real live M-staffers who are good-looking enough to be models for the issue. We are so proud.
Hometown Baghdad is a fascinating video blog that documents the daily lives of three Iraqi teens. The latest episode takes us on a tour of the home of Ausama's grandmother after it had been raided by "security forces."
By the end of next month, Congress is expected to vote on a measure that would require all touch-screen voting machines to have a paper trail that can be verified during a recount by 2008. While at first the measure was expected to cruise through the Democratic Congress without much opposition, critics of the measure are stepping up their campaign.
According to a USA Today article, one of the issues is the time frame with which compliance would be required.
"We're talking about 10 months from now — that's nuts," says
Mississippi Secretary of State Eric Clark, a Democrat who joined two
dozen state and local officials in Washington last week to plot
strategy and vent their objections. The rush to make changes, he says,
would "absolutely assure a meltdown in the elections next year."
State and local election officials also are concerned that the $300 million in federal funds that would be allocated as part of the measure are insufficient.
The shooting on the Virginia Tech campus was
only hours old, police hadn't even identified the gunman, and yet
already the perpetrator had been fingered and was in the midst of being skewered in the media. Video games. They were to blame for the dozens dead and wounded. They were behind the bloodiest massacre in U.S. history. When Jack Thompson gets worked up, he refers to gamers as "knuckleheads." He calls video games "mental masturbation."
So, violent video games are a form of mental masturbation that lead to blood-drenched rampages? Shudder to think of the number of people who have died because of actual masturbation.