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  • NC: Mock Gunman Drill Terrifies Students, Faculty at North Carolina University

    02/28/2008 7:09:35 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,543+ views
    AP via FOX News ^ | 2008-02-27
    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — Elizabeth City State University is offering counseling to faculty and students after some became unknowing participants in an emergency response drill.The News & Observer of Raleigh reported in Wednesday's editions that an armed man burst into a classroom Friday, threatening to kill students. The drill came eight days after a gunman killed five people and himself in a classroom at Northern Illinois University.Anthony Brown, vice chancellor of student affairs, said ECSU was testing its response to such shootings. E-mail and text messages were sent five days before the drill, notifying students, staff and faculty, he said....
  • Vt. Gay Marriage Debate Tamer This Time

    01/13/2008 8:23:23 PM PST · by Baladas · 3 replies · 114+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 01/13/08 | JOHN CURRAN
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — For many who lived through Vermont's not-so-civil debate over civil unions, the memories remain painfully fresh: hate mail, threatening telephone messages, tense public meetings. This time around, as the state weighs whether to legalize gay marriage, the debate is noticeably tamer with little of the vitriol and recrimination that surrounded its groundbreaking 2000 decision to legally recognize gay and lesbian couples. It's early: Lawmakers say they're unlikely to push for a vote this year on pending legislation that would legalize gay marriage, although a state-appointed panel has been gathering public input and is due to report...
  • Va. Tech classrooms to be used for peace center (barf)

    12/21/2007 7:33:39 AM PST · by montag813 · 68 replies · 152+ views
    AP/MSNBC.com ^ | 12/21/2007 | MSNBC
    BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech classroom wing where a student gunman killed 30 people and himself and wounded two dozen others last spring will be turned into a place to study peace, the school announced Thursday. Having vowed never again to use Norris Hall for general classes, school officials said the rooms will house the new Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention.
  • Hokies thank the world (Virginia Tech says Thank You)

    11/18/2007 5:34:14 PM PST · by HokieMom · 28 replies · 329+ views
    DARRYL SLATER
    BLACKSBURG -- Several thousands people gathered on Virginia Tech’s Drillfield this morning to form a giant message of thanks to the world for its support after the April 16 massacre. Photos of the event are posted on hokiesthanktheworld.org. Dressed in the school colors of maroon and orange, and surrounded by fall foliage of the same hues along the Blue Ridge Mountains, the crowd was arranged to form Tech’s "VT" logo, and under it, "THANKS YOU." At 11:10 a.m., a satellite aimed to capture the image as the thousands waved up at the sky.
  • Vermont Catholics to have Latin Masses

    07/16/2007 1:49:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 523+ views
    CNA ^ | uly 16, 2007
    Burlington, Vt., Jul 16, 2007 / 10:46 am (CNA).- The Latin Mass will be made available to those Vermont Catholics who seek it, Bishop Salvatore Matano announced in a July 6th letter to the faithful in his diocese. The bishop made the announcement, following Pope Benedict XVI’s recent universal approval of the 1962 Latin Mass."I will consult with our council of priests ... to determine the most suitable manner for making the 'extraordinary form' of the Sacred Liturgy available to those who request it," wrote Bishop Matano.Latin Masses will be offered occasionally around the state based on worshippers' requests. However,...
  • State Police searching Virginia Tech duck pond (hunt for Cho Seung Hui's missing hard drive)

    06/27/2007 11:12:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 1,352+ views
    State Police searching Virginia Tech duck pond By Dawn Jefferies / 10 On Your Side Jun 25, 2007 It was here, at the Virginia Tech duck pond witnesses reported seeing Seung Hui Cho the morning of April 16th. Today, the duck pond is being drained. Virginia state police say they're leaving no stone unturned. Back in April, 10 on your side was there when teams searched the area, only saying it was a routine part of the investigation. Teams will come out and search this area again but they have to wait until the water drains. Last week, the Washington...
  • In Vermont, nascent secession movement gains traction

    06/03/2007 12:13:47 PM PDT · by Lovebloggers · 101 replies · 3,845+ views
    AP via Boston Globe ^ | June 3, 2007 | John Curran
    MONTPELIER, Vt. --At Riverwalk Records, the all-vinyl record store just down the street from the state Capitol, the black "US Out of Vt.!" T-shirts are among the hottest sellers. But to some people in Vermont, the idea is bigger than a $20 novelty. They want Vermont to secede from the United States -- peacefully, of course. Disillusioned by what they call an empire about to fall, a small cadre of writers and academics is plotting political strategy and planting the seeds of separatism. They've published a "Green Mountain Manifesto" subtitled "Why and How Tiny Vermont Might Help Save America From...
  • Honey is like a taste of heaven for ‘holy bee’ keeping Vermont priest

    05/23/2007 2:40:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 475+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | May 22, 2007 | Cori Fugere Urban
    WEST RUTLAND, Vt. (The Vermont Catholic Tribune) – When Father Adam Krempa sits down for a light meal, he enjoys a bowl of cottage cheese drizzled with honey, seeded rye bread lightly toasted with butter – not margarine – and a cup of coffee with a heaping teaspoon of honey."It's like dying and having lunch with the Lord," said the pastor of St. Raphael Church in Poultney, Vt. It's not the toast or even the butter that makes the meal special. It's the honey. For 40 years Father Krempa has been keeping bees at his family homestead here on Valley...
  • A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE SILVER STAR FAMILIES OF AMERICA

    05/17/2007 6:52:35 PM PDT · by Lady J USA 1981 · 2 replies · 828+ views
    A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE SILVER STAR FAMILIES OF AMERICA My Friends My name is Steve Newton and I am the President of the Silver Star Families of America. The Silver Star Families of American was born to recognize, remember and assist the wounded of our armed forces from all wars. We honor and remember our wounded primarily by the presentation of Silver Star Banners, certificates and letters to our Wounded or their families. The tradition of the Silver Star for the Wounded dates back to 1917 when people used to sew over a Blue Star with Silver...
  • US Muslims Told Not to Pray for Non-Muslim VT Victims...

    05/12/2007 2:22:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies · 1,854+ views
    The MEMRI Blog ^ | April 17, 2007 | MEMRI
    US Muslims Told Not to Pray for Non-Muslim VT Victims... Liberal Arab Website Reports: Debate on Virginia Tech Muslims Students' Mailing List Concerning Permissibility of Praying for Mercy for Non-Muslim Victims The liberal Arabic-language website Aafaq reports that a Muslim student set off a debate when she sent an email to the mailing list of a Muslim students' association (rabitat al-tullab al-muslimin) at Virginia Tech asking the students to pray that Allah have mercy on those killed and wounded in the shooting attack at the university. According to Aafaq, the dean of student affairs at American International University, Abu Hamza...
  • What Cho Learned In The English Department

    05/10/2007 9:51:29 AM PDT · by Sopater · 25 replies · 631+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | May 9, 2007 | Phyllis Schlafly
    by Phyllis Schlafly, May 9, 2007 What was the motive behind 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui's killing of 32 students and teachers at Virginia Tech? Why was he consumed with hate, resentment and bitterness? Cho was an English Department major and senior. As a frequent lecturer on college campuses, I have discovered that the English Departments are often the weirdest and/or the most leftwing. A look at the websites of Virginia Tech's English Department and of its professors reveals their mindset. We don't yet know which courses Cho took, but it could have been any of these. Did he take Professor Bernice...
  • Poet gives voice to VA Tech's grief (Nikki Giovanni's profane rants)

    05/09/2007 9:32:08 AM PDT · by ReagansRaiders · 35 replies · 1,235+ views
    The (Albany, NY) Times Union ^ | April 20, 2007 | Marc Parry
    ALBANY -- A renowned poet who taught the Virginia Tech killer found his presence so intimidating it felt like he was "controlling my classroom," the professor said in an interview. . . . The evening wasn't all solemn, though. Giovanni's often profane jokes about men, Jesus, and especially the Bush administration kept the crowd in stitches, though most of them can't be printed in a family newspaper. And from this article:But it wasn't what the celebrated poet said about the massacre that provoked one of the loudest reactions from her audience of University at Albany students Thursday. What really got...
  • We Mourn Students, But Not Soldiers (Bill Press)

    04/27/2007 2:07:44 PM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 41 replies · 949+ views
    Bill Press ^ | 04/16/2007 | Bill Press
    We Mourn Students, But Not Soldiers April 26, 2007 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It never occurred to me there was any disconnect in President Bush's order that flags be flown at half-staff to honor the memory of 32 students and faculty gunned down at Virginia Tech. It was, I believed at the time, the fitting tribute of a nation, united in grief, over the slaughter of so many young and talented people. I still believe President Bush did the right thing. But now I'm also troubled by the disconnect: Why are flags flown half-staff to mourn slain students, yet never flown half-staff to...
  • Teaching a new doctrine in light of the Virginia Tech massacre

    04/27/2007 1:46:17 PM PDT · by RKV · 42 replies · 989+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 27 April 2007 | Marc Danziger
    My oldest goes to college in Virginia. Fortunately, he is at the University of Virginia — not Virginia Tech — so when the news of the shooting broke, and I started getting concerned calls from friends, I had general anxiety, not the frightening and personal one I’m sure the parents of students at Blacksburg felt. Afterward, I spoke with my sons about it — two are in college and one in fifth grade. I spent time reassuring the 10-year-old that he was more likely to be badly injured by bee stings than by something like this. And as I watched...
  • Judge tosses Jack Thompson's lawsuit against Gawker Media

    04/27/2007 6:14:25 AM PDT · by JohnSheppard · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Cnet ^ | 04/27/2007 | Caroline McCarthy
    GamePolitics.com is reporting that United States District Judge Paul C. Huck has dismissed anti-video game crusader Jack Thompson's lawsuit against Gawker Media, the publisher of gaming blog Kotaku. Thompson had claimed that Kotaku and Gawker Media had failed to honor his requests to remove "threatening" comments from several of their blog posts that were critical of his eagerness to blame video games for the tragic Virginia Tech shootings earlier this month. On Wednesday, Thompson had added the blog publishing company, which also operates other popular blogs like Gizmodo, Wonkette, and Valleywag, to a list of defendants in a suit he...
  • Blacksburg's Silver Lining

    04/26/2007 7:52:29 AM PDT · by yoe · 11 replies · 760+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 26,2007 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    In the wake of an event such as Virginia Tech, our system moves heaven and earth to figure out what went wrong and how to make sure it doesn't happen again. This of course is what we did after September 11 and after the botched response to Hurricane Katrina. Here's what's really unnerving about this inevitable "process": In June 2000, the Bremer Report of the National Commission on Terrorism described virtually everything we needed to know about preparing for the kind of attack that occurred in September 2001. Similarly--and you can guess what you're about to read--in 2002 the Final...
  • To shield all tragedy an impossible quest

    04/25/2007 7:40:37 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 9 replies · 591+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 24, 2007 | John Silber
    AMERICANS BELIEVE that for every problem there is a solution. If we think and work hard enough, we believe we can solve every problem. Of course, we also live with the obdurate presence of contingency and uncertainty. We know that too, for we believe in Murphy's Law. But the media assume that this tragedy was avoidable and start blaming: the administrators were negligent despite the fact that their hands were tied. The gun store should never have sold firearms to Seung-Hui Cho. All relevant information concerning mentally ill persons should be known to the police and to gun store operators,...
  • McJihad at Virginia Tech

    04/24/2007 6:48:38 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 10 replies · 713+ views
    NRO ^ | 24 apr 07 | R. P. Eddy
    Are the Virginia Tech murders the latest evolution of a strain of violence embodied in radical Islamist terrorism? Post-9/11, terrorism inspired by al Qaeda has been devolving in a progression that can best be described as from the caliphate to Columbine. That is to say, from a pseudo-religious political movement to nihilist acts of destruction. Welcome to the McJihad. Osama bin Laden and the other founders of al Qaeda are now more destructive as a global brand than they could ever hope to be as tactical terrorists. After al Qaeda’s success on 9/11, the media and the Internet presented them...
  • How to prevent next massacre

    04/23/2007 5:08:50 PM PDT · by dvan · 29 replies · 912+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 17, 2007 | Joseph Farah
    How to prevent next massacre -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: April 17, 2007 1:00 a.m. Eastern Like most Americans yesterday, I had the TV on from the moment the Virginia Tech slaughter broke. After the death toll was established at 33, the focus of reporting and analysis shifted to the how and the why of this national tragedy. I heard the following questions and statements raised: How can we prevent this from taking place on another campus? Why is it that these massacres seem to be happening more frequently at schools and colleges? There is little more we can do in an open...
  • Iraqi students mourn for Va. Tech ‘brothers’

    04/23/2007 4:23:59 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 5 replies · 642+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 23 April 2007 | Associated Press
    BAGHDAD - Students in Baghdad, where universities have been hard hit by violence, said Monday they were saddened by last week's massacre at Virginia Tech and hung up a banner to express their solidarity with "our brothers in humanity and in pursuing knowledge." "We want to let the whole world know that we do not support terrorism anywhere," said Yassir Nazar, head of the student union at Baghdad Technology University, who organized the hanging of the banner near the campus gate. It reads, "We, the students of Technology University, denounce the attack at Virginia Tech. We extend our condolences to...
  • Reflections on the Bloodbath in Blacksburg

    04/23/2007 10:58:48 AM PDT · by RKV · 10 replies · 263+ views
    Hugo the Translator ^ | 22 April 2007 | Guy Millière
    The terrible slaughter that recently occurred at a university in Virginia caused a predictable reaction in France. On all TV channels, there are inquiries into the “violence” created by American society, into the ease with which one can obtain weapons in the United States, and into the “all-powerful gun lobby.” It’s the same thing in the print media. With a delicate, often self-characterizing hypocrisy, Le Monde, in an unsigned editorial, stresses that it would be “unjust and false” to dwell on an image of America given by “outbursts of murderous insanity to which isolated individuals yield,” but immediately adds that...
  • The Mass Shooting Puzzle

    04/22/2007 8:00:18 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies · 520+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 22 apr 07 | HOLMAN W. JENKINS JR.
    What can we do about psychopathic warning signs? There are dangerous, vicious people among us, a recognition that ought to be the starting point of any policy aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings. In the case of Mark Barton, the disgruntled investor who shot up an Atlanta day-trading shop in 1999, he had left a trail of police officers, insurance investigators, in-laws, neighbors and former employers, who knew he was a psychopath and suspected he was a killer, though police had never been able to make a case against him. In the case of Salvador Tapia, who shot up a...
  • Mark Steyn: Let's be realistic about reality

    04/22/2007 3:16:32 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 95 replies · 4,118+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 22, 2007 | Mark Steyn
    Within hours of the Virginia Tech massacre, the New York Times had identified the problem: ''What is needed, urgently, is stronger controls over the lethal weapons that cause such wasteful carnage and such unbearable loss.'' --snip--The "gun-free zone" fraud isn't just about banning firearms or even a symptom of academia's distaste for an entire sensibility of which the Second Amendment is part and parcel but part of a deeper reluctance of critical segments of our culture to engage with reality. Michelle Malkin wrote a column a few days ago connecting the prohibition against physical self-defense with "the erosion of intellectual...
  • Killer May Have Showed Appetite for Violence as Child

    04/21/2007 10:11:41 AM PDT · by Cinnamon · 61 replies · 2,645+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 21, 2007 | By SHEILA MARIKAR, DAVID SCHOETZ and JAY SHAYLOR
    Though it's unclear if he told anyone about his plans to stage a shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, from childhood, Seung-Hui Cho showed an appetite for brutality, according to a new report. The Washington Post reports that while Cho was unusually quiet as a child — according to relatives, he refused to respond to greetings and didn't want to be hugged — when he fought with his older sister, Sun-Kyung Cho, his actions spoke volumes. Relatives say he punched her with shocking force. Despite signs of trouble, Cho's mother didn't seek treatment for him because he did well in school,...
  • Professor axed for VT stunt: Re-enacted tragedy to tout pro-gun perspective

    04/21/2007 7:01:07 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 60 replies · 2,197+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 21 Apr 07 | Casey Ross
    An Emmanuel College professor has been fired after re-enacting the Virginia Tech massacre in his classroom in order to air a pro-gun viewpoint that offended students at the Catholic liberal arts school, the professor charged yesterday. Nicholas Winset said he was terminated and permanently barred from campus following a Wednesday lecture in which he dramatized the massacre to show that deranged gunman Cho Seung-Hui could have been stopped if another student had been carrying a gun. “If there were more guns in society, the response time to the (rampage) might have been much faster,” said Winset, an adjunct professor of...
  • Democrats Strangely Silent On Gun Control (Bill Press)

    04/20/2007 1:46:01 PM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 29 replies · 961+ views
    Bill Press ^ | 04/19/2007 | Bill Press
    Democrats Strangely Silent On Gun Control April 19, 2007 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On gun control, how times have changed. Not so long ago, the lament was: Why does it take a massacre like Columbine to prompt any action on gun control? Today, the lament is: Why won’t a school massacre as bad as Virginia Tech prompt any action on gun control? Listen carefully. That sound you hear are chickens cackling — chickens, also known as Democrats, running away from the issue of limiting access to guns. Isn’t it sad? In the wake of the mass murder at Virginia Tech, not one Democratic...
  • What Cho Learned at Virgina Tech

    04/20/2007 11:58:48 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 65 replies · 1,840+ views
    Virginia Tech Website ^ | April 17, 2007 | Nikki Giovanni
    We are Virginia Tech We are sad today We will be sad for quite a while We are not moving on We are embracing our mourning We are Virginia Tech We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly We are brave enough to bend to cry And we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again We are Virginia Tech We do not understand this tragedy We know we did nothing to deserve it But neither does a child in Africa Dying of AIDS Neither do the Invisible Children Walking the night away to avoid being captured by...
  • Colleges face dilemma deciding fate of mentally ill students

    04/20/2007 10:19:51 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 28 replies · 962+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 04/20/2007 12:30 AM CDT | Melissa Ludwig
    Colleges face dilemma deciding fate of mentally ill students http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA042007.01A.campus.mental.health.35bbf82.html http://tinyurl.com/3xtbcl Web Posted: 04/20/2007 12:30 AM CDT Melissa Ludwig Express-News Campus administrators, health professionals and police, caught between federal privacy and anti-discrimination laws and the need to protect their campuses, face a daunting challenge deciding the fate of mentally ill students. Before 23-year-old Virginia Tech student Cho Seung-Hui gunned down 32 students and teachers Monday, his violent, lurid work in a creative writing class sparked a string of efforts to get him help. In 2005, after complaints from two female students that Cho was harassing them and a tip that...
  • Korean-American Blog (Virginia Tech Shooting)

    04/20/2007 9:00:47 AM PDT · by elc · 4 replies · 429+ views
    Harlow's Monkey ^ | 4/18/2007
    Stuck When I first heard about the Virginia Tech murders I was driving home from work and at that time there was not information about who the shooter was. My first thought was what a sad and senseless tragedy this was, and all I wanted to do was go home and hug my kids. The next morning I found out the killer was Korean and the first thought I had was, Every Asian man in the United States must be terrified right now. And the second thought was When will the retaliation begin? It didn't take long, as it turns...
  • Gun Laws Kill

    04/20/2007 3:46:34 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 25 replies · 990+ views
    Human Events ^ | 04/20/2007 | Michael Reagan
    Thirty-two fine young men and women are dead and that is a huge tragedy. It is also, however, a tragedy that the death toll could have been substantially lower if it were not for an absurd law that kept the students and faculty from exercising their Constitutional right to protect themselves and others by bearing arms on campus. Thanks to that law a madman was able to confront the men and women at Virginia Tech secure in the knowledge that he was armed while his victims were unarmed and defenseless. One of those victims used the only weapon he had...
  • Somber Cornellians fill Sage Chapel (Cornell Prez: Cho also a victim)

    04/19/2007 4:10:24 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 31 replies · 1,161+ views
    Cornell Chronicle ^ | April 19, 2007 | By Krishna Ramanujan
    Cornellians in Sage Chapel fell silent April 19 as the university organist struck the first notes of a prelude in a ceremony memorializing the 33 students and faculty at Virginia Tech university who had lost their lives three days earlier in a campus shooting by a Korean student, who subsequently killed himself."We are one," said Cornell President David Skorton. "We are one community, one people, one planet. We are here today to affirm that oneness ... We are here to bear witness to the passing of the 33 members of our family at Virginia Tech University who have met an...
  • College students plan to take a stand against WBC (vanity?)

    04/19/2007 3:24:01 PM PDT · by Hyzenthlay · 3 replies · 369+ views
    Fred Phelps and the rest of the psychos at westboro baptist church have announced that they're going to protest the funerals of the Virginia Tech students. Apparently they've officially announced they're protesting at the funeral for Ryan Clark, and all these students have gotten together on Facebook and are planning on standing silently between the protesters and the families at these funerals. I'm not sure if the Patriot Guard is going to be at any of the funerals.
  • Va. Tech shooter was picked on in school

    04/19/2007 2:41:41 PM PDT · by alcenoo · 100 replies · 1,986+ views
    yahoo ^ | 4/19/07 | Matt Apuzzo
    Long before he boiled over, Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui was pushed around and laughed at as a schoolboy in suburban Washington because of his shyness and the strange, mumbly way he talked, former classmates say. Chris Davids, a Virginia Tech senior who graduated from Westfield High School in Chantilly, Va., with Cho in 2003, recalled that the South Korean immigrant almost never opened his mouth and would ignore attempts to strike up a conversation. Once, in English class, the teacher had the students read aloud, and when it was Cho's turn, he just looked down in silence, Davids recalled....
  • Liberals Exploiting Tragedy

    04/19/2007 10:15:17 AM PDT · by Miami Vice · 21 replies · 915+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 04/19/2007 | Michael P. Tremoglieauthor of "A Sense Of Duty" available at amazon.com
    They couldn't wait those guncontrol fanatics. The bodies weren't even cold when the liberals and the Democrats ran to the radio and TV to say the Virginia Tech massacre proves we need gun control laws or to abolish guns. Have they no shame! Here is the link: http://www.thebulletin.us/site/news.cfm?newsid=18234415&BRD=2737&PAG=461&dept_id=576361&rfi=6
  • High Taxes Deter Weidmann Plant Expansion In Vermont

    04/15/2007 2:15:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 828+ views
    The Caledonian-Record News ^ | April 14, 2007 | JEANNE MILES
    Business at Weidmann Electrical Technology in St. Johnsbury is booming. So much, the company is looking to expand its operations. But that expansion will not take place in Vermont due to high taxes and a strong impression by investors that Vermont is unfriendly to business, according to a letter sent April 2 by John Goodrich, vice president and general manager of Weidmann Technology. "The paradox of the situation is this: we are extremely busy but are unable to expand in Vermont," ... Vermont needs to decide if it indeed wants to encourage in-state businesses to expand and new industry to...
  • Letter of Vermont Congressman Peter Welch Reveals House Dem Strategy on Iraq( Barf Alert)

    04/16/2007 8:55:23 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 4 replies · 795+ views
    United States Congress ^ | 4/15/07 | Congressman Peter Welch
    April 15, 2007 Dear Mr. ( name deleted), Thank you for contacting me and sharing your thoughts about the war in Iraq. I appreciate your views and share the sense of urgency felt by so many Vermonters about this war. As you know, I vigorously opposed the war before it began. Now, after over four years, the need for a new policy in Iraq has never been clearer. It has strained our military and challenged our ability to respond to threats around the world. The human cost of the war has been devastating, with more than 3,200 U.S. casualties and...
  • No Guardrails

    04/19/2007 7:42:33 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies · 665+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 18 Apr 07
    August 1968 and the death of self-restraint. (Editor's note: This editorial appeared in The Wall Street Journal, March 18, 1993.) The gunning down of abortion doctor David Gunn in Florida last week shows us how small the barrier has become that separates civilized from uncivilized behavior in American life. In our time, the United States suffers every day of the week because there are now so many marginalized people among us who don't understand the rules, who don't think that rules of personal or civil conduct apply to them, who have no notion of self-control. We are the country that...
  • 'We're Sorry You Saw The Video'

    04/19/2007 7:38:26 AM PDT · by SirJohnBarleycorn · 96 replies · 3,032+ views
    Sky News ^ | April 19, 2007 | sky news
    Police believe the Virginia gunman may have been copying scenes from a film when he carried out his killing spree. Scene from Oldboy and Seung-HuiDetectives say Cho Seung-Hui repeatedly watched the South Korean movie Oldboy in the days leading up to the massacre in which 32 people were killed. The film's themes of obsession and revenge also occur in Cho's own writings. In a chilling video sent by the student to the American TV network NBC he appears to re-enact scenes from the movie in a series of photographs. In one he holds a gun to his own head and...
  • Defending the Cops

    04/19/2007 7:13:56 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 42 replies · 944+ views
    NRO ^ | 19 Apr 07 | Jack Dunphy
    But shame on NBC. I have long since lost count of how many shooting scenes I have been summoned to over the course of my police career, but the figure must be well over 1,000. Having accumulated this grim experience, I feel qualified to answer some of the criticisms being heaped upon the Virginia Tech administrators and campus police in the wake of Monday’s horrors. There persists on the news channels and on the Internet the belief, a false one in my opinion, that “locking down” the Virginia Tech campus after the first two murders were discovered at 7:15 A.M....
  • Massacre and mental illness - Plus: AP targets Cho's sister

    04/19/2007 6:55:29 AM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 54 replies · 4,537+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | April 18, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    Massacre and mental illnessPlus: AP targets Cho's sister By Michelle Malkin   ·   April 18, 2007 08:30 PM Source: NBC If you haven't already read the December 2005 temporary detention order for VTech maniac Seung-Hui Cho, you should. A source who works as a Special Justice in Virginia e-mailed me today: The relevant statutes are at Title 37.2 of the Virginia Code... ...As he was NOT involuntary hospitalized, the following report was not required to be made: 37.2-819. Order of involuntary admission forwarded to CCRE; firearm background check. The clerk shall certify and forward forthwith to the Central Criminal Records Exchange, on...
  • 'This is the saddest day in our lives'

    04/19/2007 5:13:08 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 3 replies · 749+ views
    Rediff ^ | April 19, 2007 09:18 IST | Rediff
    "We never had any plans to go to the US. Our brother has been there for the last 30 years but we never found it necessary to visit him. It was he who visited us and our parents, not the other way around. But it is so unfortunate that we are going to his house for the first time -- after his death, and to see his dead body and..." murdered Professor G V Loganathan's brother Senguttavelvan said, trying to control his emotions. Professor Loganathan was killed on Monday at the Virginia Tech campus, along with 32 others, when a...
  • Summation of Virginia Tech killer's ties to Islam

    04/19/2007 4:47:03 AM PDT · by dangus · 158 replies · 7,285+ views
    The following are ties Cho had to Islam. They are not offered as proof of anything, but merely to prompt consideration or disproof of any links. Cho’s father lived in Saudi Arabia as a young, single man. His sister works for a State Department contractor which oversees billions of dollars of aid for Iraq. Previously, she worked in Bangkok. (1) Both of Cho’s plays are about sexual abuse. (2) Bangkok is a city famous for its sex trade, which caters especially to Muslim businessmen. Cho’s rampage was on Holocaust Remembrance day. Although probably a happenstance, one of the professors he...
  • Steve Malzberg Live Good Morning Surprise

    04/19/2007 3:22:01 AM PDT · by HonestConservative · 33 replies · 608+ views
    990 WNTP AM Philadelphia, an SRN station ^ | April 19, 2007 | Steve Malzberg
    Steve Malzberg, one of America's favorite radio hosts today on SRN for Bill Bennett's Morning in America. Steve will be in today for Bill. Join Steve and his freeper fans at the link below. Steve will be live from 6 AM to 9 AM EST. Listen to Steve now on 990 AM Philadelphia Radio at: http://www.wntp.com Call Steve at 1 866 680 6464! Steve’s new Rap! STEVE MALZBERG COOLER THAN EVER NEVER SAY NEVER 'CUZ HE'S SO DARN CLEVER! Join Steve and his fans champing at the bit to enjoy the breakfast buffett and cocktails while we bash the liberal...
  • U.S. Korean Community Shocked at Virginia Shooting

    04/18/2007 2:41:45 PM PDT · by HarmlessLovableFuzzball · 91 replies · 1,959+ views
    Chosun Ilbo (Korea) ^ | April 18, 2007 | Chosun
    Korean communities in the U.S. were horrified when it emerged that the gunman who killed 33 others at Virginia Tech was Korean student Cho Seung-hui. Recalling the nightmare of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Koreans in the U.S. worried about retaliation from other ethnic groups. Some are considering leaving the U.S. There were also fears that the incident could negatively affect U.S. deliberations on including Korea in its visa waiver program. “I was horrified to hear that the shooter was a Korean man,” a Korean sophomore at Virginia Tech said. “Until yesterday, they said it was an Asian. Korean students...
  • A Creature of the Left? (Cho Seung-Hui)

    04/18/2007 7:00:51 AM PDT · by ReagansRaiders · 10 replies · 685+ views
    Virginia Virtucon ^ | 04/17/2007 | Riley, Not O'Reilly
    We’re beginning to hear about Cho Seung-Hui’s suicide note: A law enforcement official who read Cho’s note described it Tuesday as a typed, eight-page rant against rich kids and religion. Gee, who preaches class envy and distrust of religion? I wonder… So, all you liberal elitists and sanctimonious Europeans so ready to criticize Virginia and the U.S., take a long hard look at the drivel you’re spewing out into these young minds and see what it ultimately results in.
  • Where Do We Find Such Men? (Prof. Liviu Librescu)

    04/18/2007 7:17:17 AM PDT · by meg88 · 32 replies · 1,618+ views
    AOL News ^ | Apr 17th 2007 6:12PM | by Paul Mirengoff
    In a 1974 speech in which he honored returning POWs including John McCain, Ronald Reagan asked where we find such men. He answered, "We [find] them in our streets, in the offices, the shops and the working places of our country and on the farms." Yesterday at Virginia Tech, we found one in a college classroom. Professor Liviu Librescu was shot while blocking the door to his classroom, thereby impeding the gunman while his students escaped by jumping out of the window. For Professor Librescu the road to Blacksburg, Virginia was a winding one. Originally a Romanian, Librescu survived the...
  • Virginia Tech -- Now THIS is How You Do It

    04/18/2007 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Bob Leibowitz · 10 replies · 519+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 18, 2007 | Rich Lowry
    What happened during the UT Tower shooting in 1966. Now this would be a strange sight on todays campus...a Professor shooting HIS deer rifle out of the class window while another professor was handing him ammunition: A security officer came into the room saying someone was shooting from the top of the tower. We evacuated the classroom rather quickly. The hallway and basement were the safest places to be but I decided to go up to the top floor offices to get a better idea of what was happening.
  • PSU grad, Bellefonte native, among Va. Tech victims

    04/18/2007 10:03:08 AM PDT · by Herakles · 478+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | April 18, 2007 | Jennifer C. Yates
    BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Altar boy. Avid runner. Ambitious student. Thomas Herbstritt boasted about grandson Jeremy Herbstritt's life and accomplishments like a typical proud grandparent. But for the 77-year-old grandfather, it was simple acts of kindness that stood out above all the memories of his grandchild, one of the 32 slain in the massacre Monday at Virginia Tech University.
  • Is Virginia Tech Education's "9/11"?

    04/18/2007 8:51:28 AM PDT · by MRiley · 4 replies · 332+ views
    Leibowitz' Canticle ^ | April 17, 2007 | Leibowitz
    Adults of a certain age will remember what we were told for 25 years about how to behave in an airline hijacking. The training was similar for the aircrews: * Don't draw attention to yourself. * Don't look the bad guys in the eye. * Cooperate. * Don't resist. That approach to passenger safety, passive non-resistance, died along with the passengers on United 93, who sacrificed themselves so that thousands of others might live. Those passengers, armed with the information that they were most likely not to be hostages but were destined for sacrifice on the altar of Evil, rebelled...
  • C-Span Carolyn McCarthy (Mega Barf Socialist blatent using VT to ban guns)

    04/18/2007 5:52:20 AM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 6 replies · 732+ views
    on c-span, blatent effort to do AWB again. Advocating clips with only six bullets! Common sense gun control Bovine Exrement.