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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

In Memoriam

" O day! he cannot die
When thou so fair art shining!
O Sun, in such a glorious sky,
So tranquilly declining;

He cannot leave thee now,
While fresh west winds are blowing,
And all around his youthful brow
Thy cheerful light is glowing!

Poem by Emily Brontë
Photo courtesy of The New York Times

'Never Forget, Never Again.'

That slogan, a lesson learned by Europe's Jews in the Holocaust, was remembered - and honored - by one of their own on Monday. Liviu Librescu, a Holocaust survivor, refused to be a victim - again:
Israeli professor killed in US attack
Jerusalem Post Staff

As Jews worldwide honored on Monday the memory of those who were murdered in the Holocaust, a 76-year-old survivor sacrificed his life to save his students in Monday's shooting at Virginia Tech College that left 33 dead and over two dozen wounded.

Professor Liviu Librescu, 76, threw himself in front of the shooter when the man attempted to enter his classroom. The Israeli mechanics and engineering lecturer was shot to death, "but all the students lived - because of him," Virginia Tech student Asael Arad - also an Israeli - told Army Radio.

Several of Librescu's other students sent e-mails to his wife, Marlena, telling of how he had blocked the gunman's way and saved their lives, said Librescu's son, Joe.

The couple immigrated to Israel from Romania in 1978. They then moved to Virginia in 1986 for his sabbatical and had stayed since then ... (link)
A hero walked amongst us. I wish we'd had the chance to know him.

A Photo Montage

For a heart-rending pictorial collage of the tragic events that unfolded on Monday, go to Virginia Tech's student newspaper - Collegiate Times.

The Vultures Gather

The victims of the Virginia Tech massacre haven't yet been laid to rest and America's bottom-feeders, who see those killed as nothing more than political pawns, begin using them for their own gain. Click on the image below to enlarge it:

Governor Tim Kaine came out strongly in denouncing such activity in the strongest of terms yesterday:

"I think that people who want to take this within 24 hours of the event and make it their political hobby horse to ride ... I've got nothing but loathing for them. To those who want to try to make this into some little crusade, I say take that elsewhere."

It's not clear if he meant to include The Brady Slime.

Still, "nothing but loathing" describes my attitude toward them well enough.

Image courtesy of the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence.

While The Bodies Are Still Warm

As is to be expected, the Washington Post blames the gun - and YOU - this morning:

"The ready availability of handguns in America in general, and in Virginia in particular, is one obvious likely factor in the calamity at Virginia Tech on Monday."

No concern expressed regarding the actions themselves of the madman.

These cretins are beyond rational human comprehension.

Stirring The Hornets' Nest

Where there is no story to write about politicians demanding more gun control - before the victims are even given a decent burial - the liberal mainstream media begin writing one anyway. This opinion piece masquerades as "news":
2008 Candidates on Spot Over Gun-Control
By Calvin Woodard, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) -- Gun control has been treated with a mix of silence and discomfort in the presidential campaign, a stance that may become insupportable once the nation finds its voice in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech mass murder.

Enter the massacre at Blacksburg, Va., an attack so horrific it froze the presidential campaign in place. Candidates called off events and expressed only sorrow, not opinion, in the first hours.

But the bloodiest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, with 33 dead, is certain to set off a debate that those who would be president can hardly sit out in the days and weeks ahead. (link)
... said the liberal "reporter" in a blatant attempt to "set off a debate."

A debate that we are more than willing to join, once the parents and loved ones of those slaughtered are allowed to bury their dead.

Shame on you.

Stirring The Hornets' Nest II

And then there is the warning of a coming anti-immigrant backlash ...

... that will never come.

YOU Killed Them

... so says some condescending liberal imbecile in New York:
Yes, Virginia, guns kill innocents
By Michael Daly, New York Daily News Columnist

Still love those guns, Virginia?

Ready to admit that it's madness for any psycho to be able to saunter into a gun shop and acquire firepower capable of killing 32 innocents?

Feel different now that the blood is the blood of so many of your most promising young people?

You've been ...

You even ...

You went ...

You ...

You ... (link)
As was predicted yesterday, the blame quickly shifts away from the mass murderer. I expected the liberals to start blaming the gun, but I didn't expect them to blame the citizens of Virginia for the slaughter of 32 innocent human beings. Such seems to be the twisted mindset, however.

If only these people knew shame as well as they know us.

Can We Wait Until The Funerals Have Ended?

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch this morning:

Good. The citizens of this state are going to demand the free and unfettered right to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the depredations of madmen like Cho Seung-Hui. But we have the decency to wait until it is appropriate to take up the cause.

You'd do well to control - for at least a few more days - the urge to make matters worse.

We Once Knew How To Deal With This

Back when we made effective use of our many insane asylums, this animal would never have been allowed to walk the streets:

Stalker Who Turned Killer
By Andrea Peyser, Lella de Kretser, and David K. Li, The New York Post

April 18, 2007 -- He was a chubby-cheeked campus creep who stalked at least three pretty co-eds - terrifying one enough that her parents called the cops on him - before he wound up unleashing Virginia Tech's bloodbath.

"I stopped telling friends to come to my room, especially girls," the shaken roommate of mass murderer Cho Seung-Hui, identified only as John, revealed in a chilling interview yesterday.

One night earlier this year, the twisted Cho "closed the door [of their room] and turned to me and said, 'Hey, you want to know why I went up to that girl's dorm room the other night?' " John said.

"He said he wanted to go up there and look her in the eye to see how cool she was . . . And when he looked in her eyes, he saw promiscuity."

The roommate bared a long list of other bizarre warning signs that hinted at Cho's troubled dark side before his rampage Monday at the Blacksburg, Va., campus. Cho killed 30 students and two teachers in the worst shooting massacre in U.S. history before turning the gun on himself.

His bizarre antics ranged from him making up an imaginary girlfriend - a supermodel he called "Jelly" - to his more disturbing, real-life encounters with the young women he apparently met online and then eventually confronted in person, only to have them recoil from him.

"Question Mark" was the nickname other students on campus had given the increasingly isolated loner because he refused to put his name down on a roster for an English-literature class last semester - instead writing a question mark in its place.

... when he made crank calls to them, randomly snapped photos of women around campus, stalked their female friends and then threatened suicide when the cops were called, they said they knew he needed help. Andy said he told the police of Cho's suicidal thoughts, "and they took him away to the counseling center for a night or two."

Cho left a puzzle behind in his dorm room - a suicide note that declared: "You caused me to do this."

The chilling missive railed against "rich kids," "deceitful charlatans" and "debauchery," according to the Chicago Tribune.

Another cop characterized the note as "anti-woman, anti-rich kid."

Cho's hateful, violent tendencies bubbled to the surface in numerous class assignments he turned in - to the point where concerned Virginia Tech professors referred him to counseling, teachers said yesterday.

One English professor was so freaked out by the shocking, murderous themes of Cho's "plays" that she called the campus police - and anyone who'd listen - to report that he could be a homicidal maniac. (link)
I had the opportunity to watch a portion of an interview on television yesterday evening with a former judge who said that this maniac could do all these things, and could legally go out and buy firearms and ammunition, and, until he actually acted on his wildly disordered tendencies, nothing could be done about him.

Well, he's now acted on those tendencies.

And 32 people are dead.

And the asylums collect dust.

Oh. We didn't want to violate his "free speech rights "either.