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Feb
16

first interview

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I had the full interview here, but ABC News apparently had it taken down.

You can access the interview here.

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Mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold gives first TV interview

Her son and his friend killed 13 people at Columbine High School almost 17 years ago. Sue Klebold has lived with guilt since—guilt for what her son did and how she, a loving mother, raised a boy who became a mass murderer.

She has spoken only a few times to the media in the past, but has never appeared on television. Her first TV interview, given to ABC’s Diane Sawyer, aired Friday night.

In it she talks about what life has been like after April 20, 1999, when her son, Dylan Klebold, and schoolmate Eric Harris committed what is the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history. Clad in black trenchcoats and wielding four guns, the pair worked their way through the Colorado school after their plan to blow up hundreds of classmates failed.

Missed warning signs

Sue Klebold never thought her son would do anything so horrific.

“I had all those illusions that everything was OK because, and more than anything else, because my love for him was so strong,” she says in the interview, according to a snippet released Thursday.

When her discussion with Sawyer turns to how many other parents insist they would have seen warning signs and been able to prevent the shootings, she says, “Before Columbine happened I would have been one of those parents.”

“If I had recognized that Dylan was experiencing some real mental distress, he would not have been there,” she says. ” He would’ve gotten help. I don’t ever, for a moment, mean to imply that I’m not conscious of the fact that he was a killer, because I am.”

In a 2009 essay for O magazine, Klebold wrote that her son had a fun childhood but when he became a teenager things changed. She just didn’t think the worst, though. She wrote in O that she thought her maternal instincts would keep him safe. She would know if there was trouble.

She tells Sawyer that one of the things that has haunted her has been the thoughts she has almost every day about the children and the teacher who needlessly died.

“I just remember sitting there and reading about them,” she says while holding back tears, “… all these kids and the teacher … and I keep thinking, (have) constantly thought, how I would feel if it were the other way around and one of their children had shot mine. I would feel exactly the way they did. I know I would. I know I would.”

She has said previously that she and her husband don’t understand why their son took part in the massacre.

One of the survivors of the massacre wrote a Facebook post directed to the mother.

Anne Marie Hochhalter was paralyzed after being shot.

She said she has no ill will toward Sue Klebold and wouldn’t judge her for the actions of others.

“I have forgiven you and only wish you the best,” Hochhalter wrote.

Hochhalter said that she was touched by a lengthy letter she received from the Klebolds a few months after the shooting.

A cautionary tale for parents

Klebold hopes her story, which she tells in a book to be released next week, will help other parents spot potential signs of trouble with their children.

Dylan Klebold was 17 when he and Harris,18, carried out their long-planned attack on the high school about 13 miles south of downtown Denver. After 49 minutes in which they killed 13 and injured 24 others, they each committed suicide.

The death toll could have been much, much worse; homemade propane bombs left in a cafeteria where hundreds of students were eating lunch failed to go off. Neither did bombs planted in their cars that were designed to kill people who responded to the scene.

“I wish I had known then what I know now: that it was possible for everything to seem fine with him when it was not, and that behaviors I mistook as normal for a moody teenager were actually subtle signs of psychological deterioration,” Sue Klebold wrote on the website for her book.

In his junior year, Dylan hacked the school computer system, she said. He scratched some hateful words on a kid’s locker and he and others broke into a van and got arrested.

“He acted cold, like he had done nothing wrong.” She and the father lectured him, took away privileges. Meanwhile, he was writing in his journal that he wanted to get a gun. She confronted him one night and gave him “the old mom lecture. And I said, ‘By the way it’s Mother’s Day and you forgot it. … He said, ‘Mom don’t push me.’ “

He went out and bought a little gift and she thought everything was fine.

In the O essay, she talked about raising Dylan.

” I taught him how to protect himself from a host of dangers: lightning, snake bites, head injuries, skin cancer, smoking, drinking, sexually transmitted diseases, drug addiction, reckless driving, even carbon monoxide poisoning. It never occurred to me that the gravest danger—to him and, as it turned out, to so many others—might come from within. Most of us do not see suicidal thinking as the health threat that it is. We are not trained to identify it in others, to help others appropriately, or to respond in a healthy way if we have these feelings ourselves.”

Klebold will donate the profits from her book to charities devoted to mental health issues, her publisher said.

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Steve Almasy is a writer/producer at CNN Digital where he works on spot news and some features for CNN’s wires service team.

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Groove of the Day

Listen to Brenda Lee performing “I’m Sorry”

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12
Feb
16

almost over

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February 12th is a significant date for me. It is the first day of the fortnight of the rune Sigel (a sun symbol); it is that point in the cycle of the year that is roughly halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox; the date by which (in most places) it is noticeable to even the most out-of-touch person that the days are finally getting longer.

For me the date also heralds the nearing of the end of the propane heating season, which is a great financial relief to me. It is the beginning of the period in which my solar cells will do a greater part in the generation of electricity, also a financial relief.

It is a harbinger of the fat, easy months of the year. What is not to like or celebrate?

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Groove of the Day

Listen to Leroy Anderson and his Pop Concert Orchestra performing “Bugler’s Holiday”

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Weather Report

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11
Feb
16

a complete joke

Yesterday a radio commentator described the winners of the New Hampshire primary as “two people who were barely members of either political party.” It seems to me we are witnessing the full-scale repudiation of the political establishment by voters.

For a look into the future, here is an article by a young person:

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Is it me or is the 2-party system a complete joke?

by Christopher Del Castillo, The Rampage

February 10, 2016

For years the American people have seen the political corruption within our government continually worsen. The 2016 presidential election is on its way and many Republicans and Democrats are fighting for America’s votes—but also for political power. Both parties claim to have the right answers but in reality, they don’t.

For a person like myself, who is not a supporter to any Republican or Democrat and who doesn’t like the two parties, it’s time for a change. Hello? Wake up Americans! We have other parties, so why still vote for the same people from both parties who don’t care for the American people?

There’s so much evidence that the government and its elected officials who we vote for lie, cheat the American people out of their taxes and they care nothing of the troubles of the others.

According to the Asia-Pacific Economic Blog, “Corruption is one of the issues that is often encountered by a bunch of countries today. One of the reasons why the rate of corruption is increasing is due to the two party system.”

One of my favorite books that describes the two parties is Vine Deloria’s Indian manifesto “Custer Died For Your Sins”. In the book he states that “one party stands for less government and the other is the party of the people.”

When you listen to the two parties, what are they really saying? One is overly religious; they are against everything that doesn’t agree with them. The other represents the special interests, political ideology and military.

The modern political party system in the US is a two-party system dominated by the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. It has been far too long since we had a third party president and maybe it’s time for other parties to rise.

The last non-Democratic or non-Republican president was Millard Fillmore of the Whig Party. Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States, the last Whig president, and the last president not to be affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties.

We as Americans can do without the two party system. I mean, come on, there are other parties we can vote for such as the Green party, Socialist Workers party and the Independent party just to name a few.

There was a time in American history when there there wasn’t just a 2-party system but many parties that represented the American people. Americans are already angry with the government and the people who are trying to run it.

Is it bad enough we’re in a war we are not going to win? Is it not enough that we don’t have jobs for the American people that the government has given to other countries for cheap labor? And is it not enough that the media favors both parties and not the others?

There’s evidence that shows the front-runners of both parties are the worst. One is a wealthy, not very bright European immigrant and the other one, well, sorry Mrs. Clinton, but she is not right for the job. Bernie Sanders, the other Democratic-Socialist hopeful, he’s OK.

To further prove my point about the system itself, Deloria said: “If America has done to us as its wishes others to do to her, then the future will not be bright. America is running up a great debt. It may someday see the wholesale despoliation of its lands and people by a foreign nation.”

So America, let’s grow up and stop living in our past glories and begin a new golden age for America. America can be great again. Let us just vote for the right people for the job and become a Republic again.

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Christopher Del Castillo, a student at Fresno City College, is a reporter for the student-run newspaper, The Rampage.

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Groove of the Day

Listen to the Hot Hooves performing “Too Fucked Up to Fix”

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10
Feb
16

l am confused

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For several days now, and using any number of key words, I have been looking for pictures of FDR’s portraits hanging in American homes, post offices, and schools of the 1930s and ’40s. My search has been unsuccessful. Why?

I know that such photographs exist; I have seen them countless times in documentary films of the period. Franklin Roosevelt was revered as the paterfamilias of the whole country (except for those Republicans who called him “that man in the White House,” not wanting to utter his name). Yet such photographs seem to be no longer common enough to be easily available on the Internet. Is this because of the triumph of Conservatism?

I suppose we have been through too many assassinations, too many impeachments, too many betrayals and scandals to ever fall for such naïveté again. We expect to be let down by the likes of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; their imperfections are already out there for everyone to see. Cruz and Rubio, too. No surprise. They’re guaranteed to disappoint.

According to Secret Service agents who have begun to talk, even squeaky-clean Jimmy Carter was one of the most unpopular presidents of recent time. Everyone has their flaws. Before everything is said and done, I’m sure that there will be bad stories from someone about Bernie Sanders—about how he once kicked his dog or something.

I suppose the best we can do is choose the best from a bad lot.

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josrem

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Groove of the Day

Listen to Living Colour performing “Cult Of Personality”

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09
Feb
16

more false confessions

Taser.

Study: People tased by cops are more likely to waive their rights, give false confessions

by Bonnie Kristian, The Week

February 8, 2016

Suspects who have been tased by police while being taken into custody are more likely to waive their Miranda rights and provide false confessions, according to new research (PDF) published in the Criminology & Public Policy journal.

That’s because a Taser’s 50,000-volt shock temporarily impairs brain function, so “TASER-exposed participants resembled patients with mild cognitive impairment,” the study says. “Thus, part of our findings implicates a suspect’s ability to issue a valid waiver [of Miranda rights], whereas another part implicates the accuracy of information he or she might give investigators during a custodial interrogation.”

Even innocent suspects are at greater risk of self-incrimination after being tased. “They may waive their Miranda rights and make incriminating statements to police without the benefit of counsel,” and then find those comments difficult to explain once their mental function has recovered later on.

The study notes that American police have tased 2.37 million people in the last decade, an average of 904 tasings per day, or one every two minutes.

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Bonnie Kristian is a freelance writer and seminary student living in the Twin Cities. She is a regular contributor to TheWeek.com‘s Speed Reads blog and pens a weekly column for Rare. Her writing has also appeared at Relevant Magazine, The American Conservative, Antiwar.com, Reknew, and other outlets.

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Groove of the Day

Listen to the Korean girl group f(x) performing “Electric Shock”

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Weather Report

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08
Feb
16

windy

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I haven’t made a special point of mentioning it in this blog, but for the past week it has been windy—which can be quite a big deal out here. Sometimes some very heavy objects indeed have a way of moving in very unexpected ways because of the wind. Even stones have a way of sometimes moving.

Last Monday the wind downed a power line in Big Bend National Park, and it started a grassland wildfire which has burned for a week and by midweek consumed nearly 1,500 acres east of the Park headquarters in Panther Junction. The Park consists of over 800,000 acres (or 1,250 square miles).

Heavy winds howled and helped the fire spread quickly. Fire had initially stopped spreading by Tuesday morning, but the winds picked up again that afternoon and started moving the fire into more rugged, hard-to-reach terrain.

Roadways and trails remain open, but a road to Rio Grande Village has intermittently closed when smoke or fire approach the roadway. The fire has been smoldering in some areas and openly burning in others. Crews are working to maintain firebreaks to stop the flames from spreading further.

Thirty-five to forty firefighters were on hand this week, along with 14 people from the esteemed “Los Diablos” firefighting team from just across the border in Mexico. Los Diablos are renowned across the country for their elite firefighting skills, enough so that they’re allowed special and fast legal entry into the US when their help is needed (sorry Donald Trump).

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Groove of the Day

Listen to Cat Stevens (a Muslim) performing “The Wind”

(Sorry again, Donald.)

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Weather Report

48° Cloudy and Wind

07
Feb
16

swoosh

Please allow me this visual rant, just this once.

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Groove of the Day

Listen to College Humor’s “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Trump”

(Sorry about all the tacked-on trash; this was the best I could find.)

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