Reuters round up

“BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese man stabbed to death the father-in-law of a U.S. Olympic coach at a Beijing tourist spot on Saturday before taking his own life, casting a pall over the first day of sports action at the Games.”

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“Tang Yongming, 47, from the eastern city of Hangzhou, attacked the trio shortly after midday at the centuries-old, 45-metre-high (148-ft-high) Drum Tower in central Beijing. He died after leaping from the Tower, police said.”
Father-in-law of U.S. volleyball coach killed, Reuters, August 9, 2008

Yikes.

“NEW YORK (Reuters) – Presidential hopeful Barack Obama listens to hip-hop, knows many of the genre’s moguls, such as Jay-Z, Russell Simmons and rapper Ludacris, admires their business acumen and has been endorsed by them.

“That support could be a blessing for the 47-year-old Democratic candidate as he appeals to young voters.

“Or it could be a curse, with links to hip-hop’s ‘gangsta’ image and offering ammunition for the supporters of Republican rival U.S. Sen. John McCain.

“‘Hip-hop’s public image makes it a hot potato,’ said Bakari Kitwana, of the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. ‘People don’t know what it is so they equate it with hyper-sexuality, violence and drug culture.’

“‘People on the right can always say this doesn’t represent family values and they can make these negative associations with hip-hop that then Barack or any other candidate is put in a position to defend,’ said Kitwana, who is publishing a book in September on organizing a hip-hop voting bloc.”
Hip-hop could “big up” or burden Obama, by Michelle Nichols, Reuters, August 9, 2008

Republican family values are sending young men and women to die for oil and murdering civilians and calling it Shock and Awe. I think we’re safer with even the worst of Hip Hop. The body count alone is considerably lower. So, shut the fuck up, Republican family value assholes.

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