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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Michael Holmes
Virginia Tech tailback Michael Holmes has been kicked out of school after being convicted of assault and battery.
Each time Virginia Tech had a chance to build momentum and take control, Clemson was there to swipe it away.
A week ago, Pittsburgh was tougher than Virginia Tech. Logan Thomas wasn't going to let it happen again. Instead of ducking out of bounds at the end of an otherwise irrelevant 3-yard run in the second quarter, the Hokies' junior quarterback lowered his shoulder and barreled over Bowling Green defensive end Charlie Walker.
Frank Beamer has been the face of the Virginia Tech football program for 26 years. Not that Michael Holmes noticed.
With the offense struggling, Virginia Tech turned to its old friend — special teams — for a pair of big plays to spark a 42-7 victory over Austin Peay on Saturday.
For starters, what a finish.
Veteran players lamented the lost opportunity to perform for fans. Coaches complained of missed evaluation time, especially for the backups. But Saturday's cancelation of the annual Virginia Tech spring football game because of storms apparently did little to dampen recruits' enthusiasm for the Hokies' program.
Virginia Tech's offensive football coaches have repeatedly called their unit a work in progress this spring and insisted the players are doing the work to improve.
"Rolling Stone magazine is engaging in a psychological operation trying to brainwash the American public," says an expert in military information operations. The magazine's Feb. 23 article, "Another runaway general: Army deploys psy-ops on U.S. senators," by Michael Hastings, is a confused attempt to create an issue where no issue exists, and a potentially libelous smear on the record of a senior military officer. This is what passes for reporting among the anti-war left.
Anything smacking of government mind control will be picked up by the anti-war blogosphere and spread like lightning, being further decontextualized and sensationalized along the way. When the fog of the media war lifts, however, one thing is clear: If any organization is involved in brainwashing, it is Rolling Stone magazine.
Rapper Gucci Mane has been ordered to undergo psychiatric tests, following an Atlanta court appearance on a charge he violated terms of his probation.
Beamer was disappointed that the Hokies didn't have more running plays of note — with last year's leading rusher, Thomas, in a yellow jersey and off limits to tackling, the longest gains were 10 yards by Daniel Dyer and Michael Holmes — and said the coaches have a long personal meeting slated for Monday.
"We're just trying to be patient," Holmes said. "I'm sure the big plays will happen."