Words to live (and die) by

As a general rule, I’m not big on “inspirational” talks, but there’s something decidedly different about this. It’s almost an hour-and-a-half long, so you may want to download it for future viewing.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

~ Egreggious

A ‘complicated’ youth

Jenna Bush, appearing on tonight’s 20/20:

When asked whether she agrees with her father about the Iraq War, Bush said, “You know I’m not here to talk about that, but I’m also not a policymaker. It’s a really complicated, obviously a very complicated subject. Everybody can agree on that.”

“You know there’ve been people — [actor] Matt Damon among them — who have said, ‘Should the Bush daughters be fighting in Iraq?'” Sawyer said.

“Obviously I understand that question and see what, what the point of that question is, for sure,” Bush said. “I think there are many ways to serve your country. And I think … what’s most appropriate for me to do is to teach or to work in UNICEF and represent our country in Latin America. But you know I don’t think it’s a practical question. I think if people really thought about it, they know that we would put many people in danger. But I understand the point of it. I hope that I serve by being a teacher.”

~ Egreggious

Bible belt

Q&A with John McCain:

A recent poll found that 55 percent of Americans believe the U.S. Constitution establishes a Christian nation. What do you think?

I would probably have to say yes, that the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation.

Saint McCain is being stalked by the ghost of Jerry Falwell. And, if elected, I’m sure John will see to it that the Bill of Rights is replaced with the Ten Commandments, as 55% of Americans believe our Founding Fathers actually intended (if it hadn’t been for that small clerical error).

Thanks again, Atrios.

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“The last Soldier killed”

A follow-up to this TPZoo story and this duplicate one on Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee).

Here’s a way for a Congressperson to bring even more attention to their callousness:

Staff for Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who could not name the last soldier from her district killed in Iraq during an appearance on MSNBC, acknowledged they sought a retraction from the network after the incident occurred.

David Shuster challenged Blackburn to name the last soldier killed in the Iraq War from her district. After naming Private Jeremy S. Bohannon, many conservative media outlets slammed Shuster for broadcasting inaccurate information because Bohannon had actually been a constituent of Democratic Tennessee Rep. John Tanner.

Dan Abrams, general manager of MSNBC, demanded that Shuster apologize for something that apparently wasn’t an error after all.

But perhaps we should expect this type of behavior from Abrams.

HT: Atrios, twice.

~ Egreggious