Something Weird About April

Something Weird About April
Vol: 67 Issue: 19 Thursday, April 19, 2007

I had to break from my morning routine this morning. Usually, I start my workday by surfing the morning’s news programs while I have a couple of cups of coffee and come to.

I sample the local news (wherever I find myself that day) take in the first fifteen minutes of CNN’s Headline News, and then switch over to Fox and Friends at six am.

After I’ve caught up with what is going on in the world, I take it to the Lord and sort out where the OL is headed for that day. That is my usual routine, but not this morning.

This morning, there is evidently nothing going on anywhere on the planet as important as the analysis of the mind of Cho Seung-Hui. Ever since the crazed little gunman sent a publicity package to NBC News, that’s all anybody is talking about.

Every news program featured a snippet of the little monster raving and ranting about something, and every anchor had somebody on right afterwards to psychoanalyze the guy.

I understand why the world would be so curious about what makes a guy like that tick, but it all started to make me a bit sick to my stomach. Instead of my usual hour or so, I turned it off after about ten minutes.

There will be endless analyses of what turned the guy into a crazed killer, with about half of them, I predict, blaming the massacre on the easy availability of guns.

Which, of course, is exactly the wrong answer. The massacre wasn’t the result too many guns — it was the result of there being too few.

Cho Seung-Hui was the only one who had any.

Assessment:

On April 20, 1889, fresh evil came into the world in the person of Adolf Hitler. Fifty-six years later, on April 30, 1945, Hitler’s evil existence came to an end when he shot himself in a bunker outside Berlin.

On April 19, 1943, Nazi storm troopers completed their assignment to “cleanse” the Warsaw Ghetto of its Jewish population. On that day, the Nazis trapped the last of the Jewish resistance fighters in a storm sewer pipe. They used flame-throwers at both ends of the pipe to incinerate them.

In 1733, Sir Isaac Newton took on the task of calculating the date of the first Easter. The Bible says Jesus was crucified on Passover Week which fell on the 14th day of Nisan on the Jewish calendar.

Newton calculated that the most probable date for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was Friday, April 21, AD 34.

On April 30th, 1966, Anton LeVey founded the first Church of Satan, fittingly enough, in San Francisco.

One of the most important dates on the Satanic calendar, (according to Satanist websites) is April 19. It begins a 13 day period of blood sacrifice to the Beast, which ends on Mayday on May 1st.

On April 19, 1993, I was in Washington DC covering a convention called “Card Tech/Secure Tech” for the program, “This Week In Bible Prophecy”. The conference was dedicated to exploring ways to use computer technology to create ‘smart cards’. (We were looking at it in the context of Revelation 13:17-18)

I had just finished interviewing former CIA Director William Colby, who had given the keynote address that kicked off the conference.

There was a TV on in the hotel lobby. On the screen was the now-infamous footage of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, erupting in flames. The Branch Davidians had been engaged in an armed standoff with the FBI for fifty-one days.

Ironically, the siege began when the ATF, concerned over reports of gunfire coming from the compound, had an undercover agent infiltrate the group. The agent reported that the group had over 150 guns on the premises. That was enough to get a warrant under the Clinton administration’s enthusiastic gun confiscation policy. It resulted in the deaths of 83 men, women and children.

On April 19, 1995, I had just finished interviewing Gary Kah for a three-part series entitled, “If You’re Not Paranoid, it’s Because You Aren’t Paying Attention” – also for “This Week in Bible Prophecy.”

I had a television set in my office and, as Gary and I sat chatting, it broke in with a news flash that a bomb had gone off in Oklahoma City.

On April 20, 1999, I was working on the script for Hal’s television program, “The International Intelligence Briefing” when the news broke that two Colorado teenagers had gone on a shooting spree at Columbine High School that claimed the lives of 12 teenagers, a teacher and the shooters, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris.

Today is April 19, 2007. And today’s Omega Letter was prompted by Cho Seung-Hui’s having earned the distinction of being the worst mass murderer in American history.

There’s something weird about April.

Road Tour Update:

As it turns out, April 19th is also Day One of our renewed status of “no fixed address”. We closed up our winter rent house yesterday and will be pulling out today after I finish this column.

There is a problem with the rig’s charging system, so our first stop will be at a Camping World in Spartansburg, SC, where we have a service appointment on Friday. From there, we’ll spend a couple of days in South Carolina at Steve Spillman’s to put the finishing touches on my new book so it can go to press. Our first scheduled stop is in Houston on May 3rd.

You can find out more at the Road Tour Forum at the Omega Letter website, or by contacting our Road Tour Coordinator, Nicole Boedecker through our contact page, located at the “Help and Information” link on the Omega Letter’s link bar on the left side of the main page.

Gas prices are up again this year, and our rig gets about five miles to the gallon. If the Lord leads you to help support our efforts, there is a link on the main page just below the “Help and Information” link; called “OL Road Tour”.

We will be sending out a special Road Tour Daily Journal by email — as well as streaming video from the road — for those members who contribute any amount to help defray road expenses.

We’ve also set up a Member Services toll-free phone number through Vonage for while we are on the road for members having problems with PayPal or those who just don’t feel comfortable using credit cards online.

That number is 866-403-5918. It is toll-free so you will not be charged for the call.

Most of the time, we’ll be on the road, so you’ll have to leave a message. But we will be able to check messages wherever we have an internet connection and return your call when we settle in for the night.

Please pray the Lord will grant us journey mercies. We’ll see you on the road!

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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