This story is a bit old, but it's still very relevant today and will be for a long time to come. I remember seeing the Columbine story on the news when it was new. I remember the look of the students who survived and all of the parents of students that they showed on tv. I remember the shock and horror at what had been done.
Now somebody has chosen to make light of the pain that those people felt over this horrible tragedy by creating a Role Playing Game where players take the parts of the two Columbine shooters. This is one of the ugliest examples I've seen in a long time not only of pure absolute heartlessness, but of glorified violence at it's worst. Even Grand Theft Auto at least had the (very small) decency to not depict a real horror like Columbine. (Not that there is any excuse for GTA to exist.)
In case anyone needs a reminder of the Columbine tragedy, here's a reminder, an excerpt from an address to the House Judiciary Committee by Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, who was killed at Columbine. A Father Speaks Out To The Leaders Of The USA - http://lurasbookcase.com/father1.shtml
Columbine Game Pulled From Festival
UPDATED - Friday January 12, 2007 8:38pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A key sponsor has withdrawn from an alternative media festival and six video game makers have pulled their entries over organizers' rejection of a game depicting the Columbine High School massacre.
Slamdance Film Festival co-founder and president Peter Baxter said organizers couldn't justify keeping "Super Columbine Massacre RPG!" in the competition.
"I spoke to people who are still suffering very much from Columbine," Baxter said Friday. "Some things are more important than one game or a festival."
The game, which can be downloaded off the Internet, has cartoon graphics and photos of Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and some of their writings. Players take the place of Harris and Klebold, who killed 13 people and themselves in April 1999 at the school near Denver.
The game's creator, Danny Ledonne of Alamosa in southern Colorado, said he was a sophomore in high school when the shootings took place.
It's bad enough that things like this happen in the first place, but it's an absolute disgrace that their punishment isn't a LOT more severe. Both of these facts are indicators of the continuing fulfillment of Jesus' prophecy:
Matthew 24:12, "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."
This case is a prime example. These people treated those children literally like animals, worse than what they did is the fact that they are actually able to get away with only two years in prison. In days past, when Iniquity and cold heartedness had not yet grown to the point they're at now, people found guilty of crimes like this would have likely gone to prison for upwards of twenty years or more. Of course, in that time, it's less likely that there would have been such a case in the first place.
I'm not saying that there haven't been people doing some genuinely monstrous things, just that there's a lot more monstrous things going on today than perhaps ever before. It is truely becoming very much like it was in the days of Noah:
Genesis 6:5, "And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
This case is just one of many indicators of just how cold hearts are getting.
Couple Gets 2 Years in 'Caged Kids' Case
NORWALK, Ohio Feb 16, 2007 (AP)- A couple who forced some of their 11 adopted, special-needs children to sleep in wire-and-wood cages were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, after the parents insisted they were only trying to keep the kids safe.
Two of the children, however, said in statements read in court that they were treated harshly while they lived with Sharen and Michael Gravelle. One wrote that they should be imprisoned "for as long as my siblings had to be in cages."
In a move that clearly qualifies as another sign of the last days the state of New Jersey becomes the third to give official sanction to homosexual unions. This is a state government not simply turning a blind eye to sin, but actively encouraging it.
God's word makes it very clear where He stand on such things and that they are an abomination. Romans makes it clear that those who practice such things, if they refuse to repent and insist on continuing what they're doing, They will be given over to their reprobate minds, destined to reap the results of their choices.
New Jersey Begins Offering Civil Unions
Becomes 3rd State To Allow Gay Couples Legal Benefits Of Marriage
TEANECK, N.J., Feb. 19, 2007
(AP) Shortly after midnight, Steven Goldstein and Daniel Gross renewed their vows as New Jersey became the third state in the nation to offer civil unions for gay couples.
The law that took effect Monday was "a big giant step forward," said state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, a prime sponsor of the civil unions law, who hosted ceremonies for couples including Goldstein and Gross.
The civil unions, which offer the legal benefits but not the title of marriage, were granted automatically to the hundreds of gay New Jersey couples who had previously been joined in civil unions or married in other states or nations.
RFID is gaining ground. Now they're showing up in credit cards. Any of the cards that you can simply wave past a machine to complete your transaction are using RFID technology to get this done.
On the surface, this is handy as can be and people love it. The problem however is that because they can be read at a distance, it's not too big a stretch for somebody to modify a commercial RFID reader to read credit card information.
In fact, as a test, a researcher at the University of Massachusetts did exactly that. He was able to scan several cards and obtain the cardholder name, card number and expiration date from most of the cards tested, this information could then be used to 'clone' the card and make purchases.
RFID's are proving to be a serious problem. How many people have realized that the unique identifiers on an RFID chip can be scanned from a distance (the stronger the signal a reader uses, the farther away it will work) and used to track not only people's buying habits, but also their movements as well.
New Credit Cards May Leak Personal Information
Erik Larkin, PC World Fri Feb 16, 4:00 AM ET
You may be carrying a new type of credit card that can transmit your personal information to anyone who gets close to you with a scanner.
The new cards--millions of which have been issued over the past year--use RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification, technology. RFID allows scanners to use radio signals at varying distances to read information stored on a computer chip.
According to a study from academic and business researchers at the University of Massachusetts, RSA, and Innealta, many of the cards will transmit your name, credit card number, and expiration date (but not the three-digit security code) in the clear to anyone nearby with a scanner. One of the researchers, Kevin Fu of the University of Massachusetts, provided an electronic copy of the report's just-finished final version to PC World. The draft version is available online.