Tuesday, April 24, 2007


•Local authorities wasted no time in exploiting the Virginia Tech shootings. Karl William Forge, a 42-year-old instructor at the Ozarks Technical Community College's Richwood Valley campus, is charged with making a terroristic threat. According to the charge filed in Christian County, Forge walked into his classroom on April 18, held his briefcase to his chest and said he was a suicide bomber. Forge said it was a joke and apologized, but authorities were not mollified.

There is no evidence that Forge was serious. None. David Southard, a detective with the Ozark Police Department, filed a probable cause statement that acknowledged:
I requested permission from Forge to search his residence and briefcase to look for any items, which could be used in making an explosive device. We were granted permission by Forge to search his residence, and nothing was located to make us consider an explosive device was possible. ...

Forge informed me he was preparing his class at OTC-Richwood Valley Campus for a test which he felt the students were nervous for, so he decided to make a comic relief and to lighten the mood of the class. Forge informed, while holding his briefcase to his chest, he informed the class he was a suicide bomber. Forge informed he immediately felt bad about the joke, and did not remember what he said immediately afterwards, but informed he wanted to say something to the effect that the exam in his briefcase was a bomb. Forge informed at that time one of his students make the comment that his statement was inappropriate, especially because of the events which recently occurred at Virginia Technical College, and Forge informed he agreed with the student.
No joke: Forge faces up to seven years in prison.

•Steven Grant, a Colorado minister, says Cho Seung-Hui killed 32 people because the Bible has been banned from public schools. Grant writes in an op-ed in the Greeley Tribune:
The shooter at Virginia Tech was a madman. However, he had also been raised on a solid diet of secular humanism which teaches no moral absolutes. "If it feels good, do it," is one of the many mantras he ingested. Consequently he did what felt good, and innocent people died as a result. Today, we cannot condemn his actions unless we judge what we fed him as a society. What we sow, we also reap. And we will continue to have a bloody harvest until we return to what we know worked to make America great as a nation in the generations before us; the culture, training, and absolute morality of the Christian faith and our Savior Jesus Christ.
•Cho hired a hooker -- pardon us, an escort -- last month. WSLS reports that Chastity Frye was interviewed by cops over the weekend. She said Cho was "creeping her out" and she claims she didn't have sex with him. From the story:
"I danced for a little while and I thought we were done because he got up and went to the restroom and began washing. And I said, 'well, do you want me to go? I'm going to go ahead and go'. And he's like, 'I paid for the full hour, you've only been here for 15 minutes,' and then he came back in the room. And I started dancing and that's when he you know, touched me and tried to get on me and that's when I pushed him away."
Mmm-hmm. Frye says cops voiced their usual probing questions:
"Well, they asked me what happened, and then they asked me if anything stuck out."
A hooker named Chastity says she didn't have sex with a paying client. The insanity lingers.


A Cats Eye View On the World said...

I live in Roanoke and was watching the local news(wsls news 10) and I thought my jaw was going to hit the floor when i seen this girl. One of my oldest and dearest friends has a son who is 12 now and yes, chastity frye is his mother. Of course she has nothing to do with him and we all know this girl to be the biggest whore in Virginia. She has appeared on the jerry springer show, judge judy and God knows what else she can do to get attention. I hate this girl and it sickens me to the core that she would come on tv and brag about "doin" a mass murderer. I hope this ends up biting her in the ass.

Mark said...

I am absolutely flabbergasted at the OTC situation.

I can hear "Dueling Banjos" as I read the Ozark Police Department's response to Forge's comments.

I hope to God that they do the right thing and throw this case out, though I suspect they'll roast him just so they can convince themselves that the type of situation that happened at VT couldn't happen here.

They (the supposed "technical" college and the Oldzark Police Dept.) have basically thrown this guy to the wolves.

Oh, and Ron, years back you recommended I read "The Glory and the Dream," which I did soon thereafter. It remains by favorite non-fiction read of all time. I never said thanks, so, thanks!

thom said...

Is terroristic even a word?

thinkingthings said...

I actually had to look that up, because it just so sounds like a "Bushism," but in fact, "terroristic" is a word. According to dictionary.com, it means: of, pertaining to, or characteristic of terrorism or terrorists. (It is an alternate listing, though, under "terrorist." )