Monday, April 23, 2007

Death toll limited before campus gun ban

Five years ago, armed students subdued gunman; for details, visit the following link:

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The "good guys" are enabling evil

By Felicia Dionisio, © 2000

Why didn't the president of Virginia Tech University and the police chief charged with protecting the lives of those poor defenseless students and faculty members do more to stop the campus massacre?

Because they were enabling evil.

They're just the latest example of a society-wide refusal to fight the good fight.

I'm sitting here watching these same men give a news conference in front of TV cameras. They look like deer in headlights as they try to explain why they apparently allowed a madman to kill two people and then remain on a college campus for hours while they stood by, meek as lambs, refusing to acknowledge the evil thrust upon them, refusing to allow the innocent any opportunity to protect themselves.

The so-called SWAT teams are supposed to neutralize the threat. They're trained to rush in and save lives. Why are so many of them seen on video standing around behind police cars while shots are being fired, while innocents are dying inside?

Why don't they do what they are trained and paid to do? Why were they sitting back and allowing evil to run its course without fighting to stop it?

Because they were enabling evil.

Did Columbine not change the rules? Knowing what we know now, why didn't they stop the threat sooner? There had been previous bomb threats at Virginia Tech and another shooting near campus last year. Hello?

Am I the only one on the planet who recognizes and fears the post-9/11 world we live in?

Did anyone not think this might be a terrorist act?

For that matter, did anyone not think a lone gunman, some evil nut, might be on a shooting rampage?

Did anyone not think it might be a good idea to cancel cheerleading tryouts?

I have only one explanation for why everybody failed to react in a more aggressive manner. Why they did what they did. Why they didn't do what they should have done.

Because they were enabling evil. Because our laws, our culture, our attitudes, our ways are all influenced by evil.

This is Satan's world, and most are marching to the beat of his drum, whether they know it or not.

Those ''authorities,'' and anyone else who had any opportunity to thwart this slaughter, are complicit in this horrible crime.

They sat on their hands for hours and stood by as dozens of innocents, completely unaware of the evil about to be thrust upon them, were slaughtered.

I can draw only one conclusion. They refused to act, because they didn't want to act. If that's not evil, I don't know what is.

The ''authorities'' hid behind their desks and their police cars.

They didn't want to ''inconvenience'' anyone.

They didn't want to make a fuss.

They didn't want to overreact.

They didn't want to appear foolish.

They didn't want to risk ridicule.

They didn't want to make anyone angry.

They didn't want to get sued.

They didn't want to shoot someone.

They didn't want to pay any overtime.

They didn't want to miss lunch.

They didn't want to trouble any professors.

They didn't want to do the right thing.

They didn't want to cancel those cheerleading tryouts.

And they didn't want to acknowledge evil exists and thrives in this world.

They didn't want to confront that evil. And they didn't want to confront it, because they're enabling evil.

Think about it.

Why don't lawmakers seem to know the difference between right and wrong? Why don't they ever do anything for the good of the people?

More laws that limit freedom? Like gun-control laws?

Higher taxes?

Illegal immigration?

Why don't our elected officials seal our borders and protect U.S. sovereignty?

Jail for protecting your life and property?

Innocent young men accused of rape while exonerating evidence is withheld?


It's out there. And it reared its ugly head yet again today in a sleepy little town in Virginia.

Sadly, the ''good guys'' stood around and watched it happen.

And that, my friend, is evil.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Homeschooling parents plead for prayer

Three families face fines, frozen accounts. For more details, see

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Ode to a bull in a china shop—a tribute to my husband

He’s a classic Type Eight, in the style of John Wayne and Martin Luther King Jr. Alex knows instinctively when something is rotten in Denmark and will immediately rush into battle to make it right. He got into a loud and very public argument with a political candidate during Colorado Springs’ Territory Days, and former DA Dan May threatened Alex with a lawsuit for a letter he wrote to the local paper questioning May’s support for the U.S. Constitution. Alex venerates America's founding fathers and is saddened that their spirit is vanishing from our land.

Alex has taken on corrupt government agencies and is currently a plaintiff in a Right to Petition lawsuit against the Department of Justice. He despises evil and injustice with a passion I have rarely seen. He has been willing to sacrifice much in his fight for justice and righteousness. He has pledged his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor to oppose tyranny in all its forms. Many a patriot has been able to rely on Alex for support, encouragement, prayer, and whatever practical assistance he could provide.

As a typical Eight, Alex is no diplomat. I can’t count how many family gatherings have been ruined or upset by his knack for bluntness. Eights actively “seek conflict or come right out and create it” (Rohr and Ebert 163). Eights have the need to be against—to fight the unbeatable foe, to run where the brave dare not go.

Eights have many gifts, and the world would be a much darker place without them: “Their passion for justice and truth often leads them to side with the oppressed and defenseless . . . For the sake of justice eights are willing to fight the powers that be with every available weapon” (Rohr and Ebert 163-164). In such an effort, Alex even became an area coordinator for the American Jury Institute in its attempt to bring justice back to American courtrooms.

Eights are in good company, including Martin Luther King Jr. “and many other Christians who understood the gospel as political” (Rohr and Ebert 177).

Alex is one of my heroes. If I hadn’t married him, I’d be a sniveling little coward worshipping at the altar of security. I wouldn’t have as much appreciation for the Old Testament prophets who continually pointed God’s people to the weighty matters of truth and justice and defended the rights of the oppressed. I wouldn’t understand that when Jesus died on the cross, He was fighting for the underdog—and won the ultimate battle against the ultimate tyrant.

Living with an Eight is a challenge for us Sixes, whose main desire is security. “While ones reform the system from within, eights tend to climb out of the system and throw stones at it. That… frightens people. It’s easy to fear and hate eights” (Rohr and Ebert 166).

But “when you’re really poor, helpless, and weak, the eight’s protective instinct is aroused, and they will do anything to assist you.” Eights have “a passion and a total commitment to truth, life, and justice” (Rohr and Ebert 167).

Aside from knowing my Savior, loving an Eight has been the greatest privilege of my life. I can’t imagine what I would be if I hadn’t known the wonder and pain, blessing and hardship, of being married to an Eight.

Rohr, Richard and Andreas Ebert. The Enneagram: a Christian Perspective. New York: Crossroad, 2002

School drill portrays killers as Christians

School officials in Burlington, N.J., who wanted to stage a "hostage situation" drill have portrayed the attackers as Christians, including one who was upset that his daughter was expelled for praying before class. Supt. Chris Manno praised the exercise to test the response of the school and police, explaining, "You perform as you practice. We need to practice under conditions as real as possible in order to evaluate our procedures and plans so that they're as effective as possible

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As an aside, I find the timing of Holy Week very interesting.