What Would the Founding Fathers Do? and Other Matters

April 19, 2007 at 7:58 pm | Posted in America, American politics, Bush Administration, Cho Seung-Hui, Congress, Democrats, George W Bush, Iran, Iraq, liberals, McCain, Middle East, Military, nationalism, Republicans, secret combinations, violence, Virginia Tech, War, War on Terror, World Events | 9 Comments

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Many things in the news today that are noteworthy. The first is the foolish childish John McCain joking about bombing Iran. Continue Reading What Would the Founding Fathers Do? and Other Matters…

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Cho Seung-Hui declared mentally ill in 2005

April 18, 2007 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Cho Seung-Hui, violence, Virginia Tech | 8 Comments

CNN is reporting right now that Cho Seung-Hui, the murderer at Virginia Tech, was declared mentally ill by a court order. They declared him an “imminent danger to others.”

As I’ve been saying, it looks like there is plenty more to come about this troubled young man.

And I’m still curious about his family. What can they offer about their kin?

On Violence in Iraq and on Cho Seung-Hui’s Virginia Tech Massacre

April 18, 2007 at 9:27 am | Posted in American politics, Cho Seung-Hui, Iraq, violence, Virginia Tech | 11 Comments

Andrew Sullivan writes:

Imagine that this kind of massacre happened every day. Imagine a police force that was far too small to even respond to most of them. Imagine this occurring repeatedly for years until the perpetrators and their accomplices became the de facto power-brokers throughout the land. Imagine the shootings also being accompanied by the brutal torture of victims. Imagine families never having finality on whether their own siblings or parents or children have been murdered or not.

This is Iraq today. Now think of the justified rage many feel at the VT campus police chief and university president for misjudgments. Now imagine them presiding over several more massacres in the same place. Ask yourself: why do we not feel as enraged by those responsible for security in Iraq? Are those victims not human beings too? Are they not children and mothers and fathers and sons? Are we not ultimately responsible for them, having destroyed the institutions of order in their country? Now go watch John Bolton tell the victims to go help themselves.

Amen.

Cho Seung-Hui, Downright Mean Question Mark Kid

April 18, 2007 at 9:19 am | Posted in Cho Seung-Hui, violence, Virginia Tech | Leave a comment

We’re getting a clearer picture of Cho Seung-Hui, and it seems he was a downright mean, rude kid who everyone called the “question mark kid.” Professor Giovanni relates the following: Continue Reading Cho Seung-Hui, Downright Mean Question Mark Kid…

Cho Seung-Hui: “You Caused Me To Do This”

April 17, 2007 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Cho Seung-Hui, violence, Virginia Tech | 55 Comments

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Cho Seung-Hui, the murderer at Virginia Tech apparently left behind a message wherein he claims: “you caused me to do this.”

Cho Seung-Hui, the student who killed 32 people and then himself yesterday, left a long and “disturbing” note in his dorm room at Virginia Tech, say law enforcement sources.

Sources have now described the note, which runs several pages, as beginning in the present tense and then shifting to the past tense. It contains rhetoric explaining Cho’s actions and says, “You caused me to do this,” the sources told ABC News.

Apparently professors had recommended that Cho see a counselor over some disturbing things he was writing.

Lots more to come about his short, deadly life.

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The photo was removed from flickr. I’m not going to put one of his propaganda pictures here. He’s not going to reach from the grave here on this blog.

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ABCNews has more on the macabre writings. They are really quite disturbing, and it goes to show that signs were there that this is the kind of young man who could lose it.

One play attributed to him, called “Richard McBeef,” describes a 13-year-old boy who accuses his stepfather of pedophilia, and ends with the boy’s death.

In another, called “Mr. Brownstone,” three high-school students face an abusive teacher.

“I wanna kill him,” says one character.

“I wanna watch him bleed like the way he made us kids bleed,” says another.

Newsbloggers has the actual plays.

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I just wrote about how CNN is reporting that Cho Seung-Hui was declared mentally ill in 2005, and an “imminent danger to others.” This really adds to the portrait of who he is and why he did what he did.

Cho Seung-Hui, Murderer at Virginia Tech

April 17, 2007 at 8:42 am | Posted in American politics, Cho Seung-Hui, violence, Virginia Tech | 11 Comments

(Updated I), (Updated II)

The police just released the identity of the murderer at Virginia Tech, Cho Seung Hui, a resident alien from South Korea, a senior, majoring in English, at Virginia Tech. One of the guns used at the earlier shooting was also used at the later shooting, however, the police are not ruling out the possibility that Cho was not the shooter in the first scene.

There is much more that needs to come out. Normally an English major doesn’t just go on a shooting spree. What made him crack?

(courtesy of ABCNews)

UPDATE

Apparently he was a “loner”.

Cho Seung-hui, 23, the Virginia Tech student who police believe is responsible for killing 33 people yesterday, was “a loner, and we’re having difficulty finding information about him,” said university spokesman Larry Hincker.

Police identified Cho, a native of South Korea and resident alien who lived in Centreville, Va., as the shooter by linking the fingerprints at the scene to his immigration documents.

Police say the senior English major, who lived in Harper Hall dormitory on the university campus, was likely responsible for both shootings at the university, the first of which took place at around 7:15 a.m. Monday morning when two people were killed at West Ambler Johnston Hall dormitory. Later that morning, the remaining victims were killed in Norris Hall, the engineering studies building.

ABC News has learned that Cho left behind a note after the killings at West Ambler Johnston Hall. He then returned to his own room, rearmed and entered Norris Hall, roughly a half a mile away, to continue his shooting rampage.

Cho came to the United States with his family in 1992 at age 8 and first settled in Detroit, according to State Department officials. He last renewed his green card in 2003.

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The issue of “loner” raises a question about this South Korean young man. Back in South Korea, they love playing online games. In fact, they love it so much that one kid died after playing for 50 hours straight!

I’m not making anything but a pure speculation at this point about his motive. He had apparently a very calm demeanor as he went about his murder spree, according to the witnesses. And it seems he targeted a specific class, seeing that he peeked in to the class before returning to kill.

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