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Blog entry by Douglas Bordner posted 12-06-2007 07:05 AM 1210 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After the horrendous mass murder spree/suicide at a local mall today, I am happy to report that my family is safe and well. No one yet knows who the victims were. My prayers go out to all the families affected by this senseless act.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 12-06-2007 07:44 AM

Douglas I am thankful that your family is safe. My condolences to the families that lost their loved ones. I simply cannot imagine what is wrong with our society today – maybe they should try woodworking to soothe their evil spirits. In my line of work I see the worst side of a lot of people, it ain’t pretty and it hardens us all too much. Thanks for letting us know all is well at your house.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 12-06-2007 07:50 AM

Thanks goodness, Doug. Appreciate the update. I heard about this on the way home from work. This time of year is just crazy in so many ways.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#3 posted 12-06-2007 07:52 AM

Thanks, Bill. The shooter was a nineteen year kid. I think video games with all the mayhem and murder have desensitized kids to some degree. But there is no telling what would make a nineteen year old boy think that “going out in style” would mean murdering eight innocent people with a rifle in a crowded shopping mall and then taking his own life.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 12-06-2007 11:45 AM

I am thankful that your family are all safe. I agree that the video games and TV and movies are desensitizing the kids. Darned shame.

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#5 posted 12-06-2007 02:29 PM

Hi Douglas;

I hadn’t heard about this, but I’m certainly happy that the family’s safe and sound. I can’t begin to imagine what would cause a person to do something like that.

I often wonder what things will be like in thirty years from now, as it seems things are degenerating at an alarming pace.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 12-06-2007 02:55 PM

Doug, glad yuo and yours are O.K.
I cannot coment on this illness in our societies.
We had a tragedy just last year at a college another not long ago at a school.
The list keeps getting longer.

Hundreds of thousands of man hours waisted scrutinizing domestic packages at our borders yet not enough care givers and social workers to to spot the problems in our society.

This does not speak well of our leaders.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 12-06-2007 03:16 PM

It doesn’t speak well for our society, period. Glad you are all safe, Douglas.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 12-06-2007 03:26 PM

Good to hear you and all yours are safe. I was just reading that the kid that did it left a note saying “now I will be famous”. Infamous is more like it. Can’t even go christmas shopping without worrying about being shot for no reason.


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#9 posted 12-06-2007 03:32 PM

I hadn’t heard, either. I’m glad your family is safe.. that must have been horrible time as you waited to hear from everyone.
my thoughts goes out to everyone involved.

fame – a driving force of today it seems.
I recently heard about a new board game—the kids have to get an agent etc. and become a big star.. yah, that has priorities right..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 12-06-2007 03:50 PM

Douglas, I am very happy that you and your family are OK. A very sad and troubling incident. May God bless all the families that where touched by this horrific act.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#11 posted 12-06-2007 03:55 PM

Thank God that you and yours are all same. Our prayers go out the the family’s of those not so fortunite.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 12-06-2007 04:18 PM

Glad you and your family are safe Doug. I pray for the victims. Senseless violence is something I’ll never be able to understand.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#13 posted 12-06-2007 04:32 PM

Very glad you and yours are safe. Every time I hear of a tragedy like this, my first thought is “Who do I know in that area?” It’s very difficult to wait to hear from everyone.

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#14 posted 12-06-2007 05:46 PM

Thanks all. I was at work when this occurred, and when I called home Pam was out shopping. I was fairly confident that she wasn’t in the mall where this occurred, but there was no way to know for sure and there was an hour or two of intense concern until she called in.

Bob2, it is indeed sad that we have our priorities on backwards in regard to the money spent fear-mongering and cutting back individual liberties while the funding for psychiatric facilities and social workers drys up. But the random nature of events such as this bespeaks a greater sickness that goes beyond understanding, predicting or warding against. The morning paper in Omaha had the headline “It Happened to Us”. Seems like a matter of time.

This kid was actually living with a family other than his own, headed by a nurse who had gone out of her way to bring this child into her home and attempt to keep him on a sane path. I wonder where we have gone wrong, sometimes. And all the while we in the US are back in court, contemplating an individual’s suit that the pledge of allegiance and the national currency be stripped of any reference to God. I’m personally sure His nemesis finds glee in this.

Again thanks for your kind thoughts and prayers. With that, enough of religion and politics on Lumberjocks…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 12-06-2007 06:10 PM

It’s a wonder why we don’t have more caregivers. After all, God gave everyone at least two. Where are they in these cases? We are only seeing the aftermath of the fracturing of the family unit. Glad you’re safe, Doug!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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