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Friday, February 15, 2008

may peace and comfort come...

In memoriam

Northern Illinois University

My thoughts and prayers accompany the families and friends of the victims...

My gratitude to the emergency measures personnel...

Too young...

Love you all more than my luggage!
Hugs, smooches and gropes

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Blogger Leighann said ... (8:36 AM) : 

Very sweet post Anndi. I live in Illinois and have been to that campus a couple of times.


Blogger Anndi said ... (9:23 AM) : 

Leighann: I've been affiliated with universities that have been through similar tragedies.. my heart really does go out to the families, the campus community.

No matter how much we delve into the mind of someone who does something like this, we can never truly answer the question WHY?


Blogger Leighann said ... (9:38 AM) : 

Anndi, have you ever read Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult?

I highly HIGHLY recommend it!


Blogger Dana said ... (9:39 AM) : 

This one hit a little too close to home for me - NIU is just 12 miles from my house. One of the students killed went to one of the two high schools in my son's school district. We've got to figure out what is happening to "our" kids that makes this a viable option for them.


Blogger Doc said ... (9:59 AM) : 

Tragic... I have some strong thoughts on the increasing incidences of these campus shootings.


Blogger Anndi said ... (10:23 AM) : 

Leighann: I'll look that up. I need reading material for when I take a little trip down south.

Dana: I'm so sorry. It's amazing how small the world can be.
Unfortunately, I don't know what society as a whole can do about this. Too many parents nowadays rely on everything but themselves to raise their kids.
And the prospect of my daughter having to go through a TSA-like (don't get me started on them) line when she's old enough for college just boggles my mind.
I have to wonder about acessibility to weapons.

Doc: Fell free to share them. I think this morning they said there had been 5 school shootings in one week.. ONE WEEK!

I think I need my woobie.


Blogger buffalodickdy said ... (10:33 AM) : 

Nuts are everywhere, we just got to keep our eyes wide open and hope. These senseless murders leave everyone wondering...


Blogger Doc said ... (10:34 AM) : 

I think a big part of the problem is that we as a society (through the media) has unintentionally glamorized these shootings. The Columbine HS shooters are mythical heros on the internet... Here is an example for you. remember Va Tech... HOW MANY news articles did you read that went over and over how it was the "biggest school shooting EVER"? And we also publically name and look into the motives of the shooter, The NIU shooter was just named this morning in HUGE bold letters on the front of One way to help prevent these things is refuse to name the shooter in the media. But nooooooo the media keeps on doing it because the people have the right to know... Well quit asking why these things happen media when YOU help to promote them. This stuff gets me so mad. shit.


Blogger Leighann said ... (10:59 AM) : 

The media sensationalizes it because society feeds off of it.

It's a vicious cycle.


Blogger Leighann said ... (11:00 AM) : 

And yes, look for the book! I couldn't put it down, altough I must admit that at one point I HAD to put it down. There was a statement made that gave me such chills I had to walk away from it.


Blogger Anndi said ... (11:03 AM) : 

Buff: It's just so sad...

Doc: I see what you're saying. We had a shooting here at a college... when the anniversary came around, the school asked the media to stay away. I do think we should limit access in some respect. But parents want to know (have the right to know) that appropriate emergency measure plans are in place should the inconceivable happen. It seems in this case, NIU learned from the Vtech incident.
And we do need to understand what triggers it. You certainly bring up a good point that glamourization of the killers breeds cult like following.
Again, as parents, we need to know what are kids are up to, internet surfing included.

Thank you for sharing your views... the discussion is important. Think you'll homeschool the baby-boy-with-cheeks-that-scream-out-pinch-me?


Blogger Anndi said ... (11:07 AM) : 

Leighann: It's the same with everything.. from 9/11 to Michael Vick to Anna Nicole... there is just such a thing as too much information.

I'll check it out this weekend... I had a look at what the synopsis was and I must say, I really do think I need to read it. Thanks again for suggesting it.


Blogger Leighann said ... (11:15 AM) : 

I think society wants to see people fail (ie Vick & ANS) and I'll admit that I read gossip and websites like Perez Hilton but I certainly don't want to see harm come to innocent people.

Except Omarosa, that bitch needs to be harmed badly. She's not human anyway so she doesn't count. Anyway, I digress.

My pleasure (re: the book) I've been pimping it out ever since I read it. You won't regret it.


Blogger Anndi said ... (11:20 AM) : 

Leighann: Yes, theu do.. Explains some of the stupid childish crap people do or say about sports...

It's that train wreck phenomenon. You just have to watch? The same thing that causes people to watch for an accident when traffic grinds to a halt.. and then they're mad as hell that there wasn't any gore to justify their being 13,45 minutes late for church.

Omarosa is evil and she must be destroyed (she told me you're a softie you know).

I'll let you know about the book. SMOOCH


Blogger Leighann said ... (11:25 AM) : 

no no, you misunderstood her, she said my BOOBS are soft, then I punched her in her face for daring to touch me!



Blogger Anndi said ... (11:31 AM) : 

Leighann: I love a woman who gigglesnorts!


Blogger Leighann said ... (11:56 AM) : 

Love away baby!


Blogger Doc said ... (2:19 PM) : 

Sorry I kind of went off in that post... It's Friday and I want to laugh not be depressed by a sensless shooting.


Blogger Anndi said ... (2:31 PM) : 

Doc: Don't apologize! You're a caring person and it shows. Now, tell me... want me to tickle you so you laugh?



Blogger Akelamalu said ... (2:37 PM) : 

I heard this on the news today - mindless, absolutely mindless. My thoughts are with the victims and families.


Blogger Doc said ... (2:39 PM) : 

That sounds better to me - Careful where you tickle though... ;-)


Blogger Odat said ... (3:00 PM) : 


Peace and hugs.


Blogger R.E.H. said ... (3:05 PM) : 

These kinds of shootings always hit me in the gut. It is a terrible, senseless tragedy.

I would have to agree with Doc up there about media "glamorizing" it all. Kids will do it because they become big news.

I would also have to say that gun control needs to be looked over. Availability to guns causes this to happen... if they couldn't get a gun, they wouldn't have anything to shoot with, right?


Blogger Desert Songbird said ... (3:12 PM) : 

This was NOT what I wanted to come home to, you know? I don't understand why our campuses are under siege. I just don't get it.


Blogger the108 said ... (4:06 PM) : 

What the fucking hell is wrong with the world today??? This was the FOURTH school shooting this week in this country. It's qawful, sad, haunting and just terrible.


Blogger Cooper said ... (5:28 PM) : 

good post

when will the insanity end?


Blogger Anndi said ... (6:42 PM) : 

akelamalu: this kind of event takes a toll on so many.

Doc: okey dokey

Odat: Peace.. exactly! Hugs

r.e.h.: It's so senseless. I agree with you dear.

Songbird: It is sad... glad to have you out and about though. Hugs

Kyra: *hugs*

cooper: Thanks.. I certainly hope so.


Blogger Bud Weiser, WTIT said ... (7:34 PM) : 

Too young. And too often...


Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said ... (5:34 AM) : 

I join you in your prayers.


Blogger Bond said ... (8:50 AM) : 

SO SAD....


Blogger Anndi said ... (9:02 AM) : 

Bud: WAY too often..

Nick: *hugs*

Bond: Yes, it is...


Blogger The Mountain Cat said ... (9:04 AM) : 

Sad. Very sad.


Blogger Charles Gramlich said ... (11:31 AM) : 

I posted about this as well. Sad and scary.


Blogger Gail said ... (3:12 PM) : 

I know a few people who are grad students who go to NIU. It's really scary to know how close to home this had happened. It scares me to know that any of us - my kids, you, me could be in danger even at school. I keep thinking that it is the safest place for them, you know? The worst thing I would need to worry about is if they have bullies to deal with. Not this. Something's wrong...we as a society need to come together to fix it. And fix it soon. The rage just seems to be getting worse.

I am praying for the innocents who lost their lives. And another special prayer to the ones who have to see this scene played out in their minds for the rest of their lives, may they find peace.


Blogger Travis said ... (12:07 AM) : 

As horrifying as these shootings can be, I know that they also bring up personal memories for you. I hope that you are able to put them away once again and move forward.


Blogger Anndi said ... (8:02 AM) : 

Mountain cat: Indeed...

Charles: My Chicklet will (hopefully) go off to school in about 8 years, is this what I have to worry about? *sigh*

Gail: *hugs* sometimes it all starts with the bullies...

Travis: Thank you


Blogger Sanni said ... (10:27 AM) : 

So sad! We´ll keep the victims and their families and friends in our thoughts and prayers...


Blogger Roger said ... (10:06 PM) : 

Very tragic & sad what happen!


Blogger Meribah said ... (6:26 PM) : 

Things like this are so sad, but I don't agree that the media or the easy access to guns cause violence. No well-raised, well-adjusted kid is gonna look on CNN and think "wow, that looks like fun, think I'll give it a try!" And access to guns only makes killing easier to do, it doesn't put violence into one's heart.
Personally, I think the violent occurrences in society are too complex to be blamed entirely on any one aspect of said society. However, I believe that the moral ambivalence and lack of direction many have in this world is a major factor in what we see happening.
Just my two cents. Hugs!


Blogger Doc said ... (2:58 PM) : 

Sniff Sniff... Where is Anndi? I miss you......


Blogger Bud Weiser, WTIT said ... (6:24 PM) : 



Blogger Doc said ... (8:15 AM) : 

Still looking back in for Anndi...


Blogger Dixie said ... (11:23 AM) : 

Something MUST be done about this violence. This is so very tragic... very tragic.


Blogger Roger said ... (10:33 PM) : 

Hope you had a awesome weekend Anndi! :D


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