HookCast for April 19, 2007

After the Massacre, Tommy Heart Sally, Renier lawsuit

After the Massacre: The Virginia Tech shooting
It started like any other Monday on any college campus but by 10am on April 16, life would never be the same at Virginia Tech. In the aftermath of Monday's killing spree that left 33 dead and made history as the worst mass shooting in modern American history, friends and family of the victims are not alone in their grief and confusion. This week, the Hook has full coverage of the tragedy from the immediate aftermath to its ripple effect here in Charlottesville, home to 1,500 Tech alumni, and at UVA, where several victims had close ties. Could such a thing happen here?
Tommy Heart Sally: Jefferson's mistress gets her due?
It's a silly sounding campaign with a serious message. The Committee for Jeffersonian Traditions launched a campaign earlier this year dubbed Tommy Heart Sally with a goal of knocking Jefferson off his pedestal and giving his mistress, Sally Hemings, her proper due. Are Margaritas and birthday cake the way to get their point across?
Locust Hill: Get your piece of history
Always wanted to own a piece of American history? Been kicking yourself since you let Earl Hamner's childhood home in Schuyler slip away? Take heart! Here's a second chance at happiness: Locust Hill near Ivy, the childhood home of another American icon, Meriwether Lewis, is currently on the block.

Code's back: Jaberwoke gets another change
When Jaberwoke restaurant instituted a dress code last month, it created an uproar for banning, among other items, white t-shirts, baggy jeans, and hats without brims– often clothing items of choice for young black men. Hundreds of students joined an online group on Facebook dubbed "Hoos Against Jaberwoke," and dozens of students showed up to discuss the dress code at both a UVA Student Council meeting and then at a March 21 debate at the restaurant. Though he dismissed the code, Jaberwoke owner Anderson McClure now says students have missed their chance for change and a dress code's coming back.
• Greenspan hits Monticello
* Psychic gets a surprise
*The Inn at Court Square gets a new chef


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Tommy Heart Sally sounds appealing, but the facts are that it is far from proven that Thomas Jefferson had an affair, much less children, with Sally Hemings. The DNA "evidence" was originally misinterpreted and later it became evident that any one of two dozen Jefferson males with the same Y chromosome could have been the father of one of Sally Hemings' children, and there is substantial exculpatory evidence that more plausibly leads to Jefferson's brother or a nephew being the father.

"Exculpatory" evidence. The fact the work exculpatory sums up Mr. Work's perspective. Mr Works, having mixed children is not an act equivalent to a crime. Obviously, you see it has something that carries a stigma in which a person must prove himself innocent. The fact that Jefferson most likely fathered bi-racial children does not take away from his accomplishments in life unless you view him through the eyes of a racist.

"Exculpatory" evidence. The fact that Mr. Works used the word exculpatory sums up Mr. Work's perspective. Having mixed children is not an act equivalent to a crime. Obviously, Mr. Works sees it as something that carries a criminal-like stigma. The fact that Jefferson most likely fathered bi-racial children does not take away from his accomplishments in life unless you view him through the eyes of a racist.

Having researched this controversy and the mishandling and publicity of a "botched" DNA study (I assisted Dr. Foster with the study), I can inform the reader of the facts that NOTHING proves Thomas Jefferson guiilty of fathering slave children. For results of a blue ribbon panel of 13 top drawer professors click on www.tjheritage.org where the Scholars Commission Report will disagre with the findings of a Monticello IN-HOUSE study Chaired by an African-American oral history specialist.

Dr. Foster tested Hemings blood that was well known as Jefferson DNA from family lore. The Pike County newspaper article interview of Madison Hemings, which was used as a "roadmap" for the biased Monticello research was completely inaccurate in Madison's claims that Dolley Madison was present at Monticello on the occasion of his birth on January 19, 1805. The public has been greatly misled.

Herb Barger, Jefferson Family Historian www.angelfire.com/va/TJTruth