Daily Archives: July 23, 2011


Surely the facts are still in the process of being assembled

However —

“People were falling dead right in front of me,” Mr. Pracon told the BBC. “I ran through the campus to the tent area. I saw the gunman — two people started to talk to him and two seconds later they were both shot.”
He described the gunman as “sure, calm and controlled.”
“He screamed at us that we would all die,” Mr. Pracon said.
Terrified youths jumped into the water and “started to swim in a panic, and Utoya is far from the mainland,” said Bjorn Jarle Roberg-Larsen, a Labor Party member who spoke by phone with teenagers on the island, which has no bridge to the mainland. “Others are hiding. Those I spoke with don’t want to talk more. They’re scared to death.”
Many could not flee in time.
“He first shot people on the island,” a 15-year-old camper named Elise told The Associated Press. “Afterward he started shooting people in the water.”
Mr. Pracon said he also jumped into the water, but realized he could not reach the mainland and turned back.
“I saw him standing 10 meters from me, shooting at the people who were swimming,” he told the BBC. “He aimed his machine-gun at me and I screamed at him, ‘No please no, don’t do it.’ I don’t know if he listened to me but he spared me.”
Mr. Pracon said he was huddled freezing in the cold rain with a number of other people, when the gunman returned some time later.
“The shooting started again and people were falling on top of me, on my legs and falling into the water,” he said, according to the BBC, “that’s when many people died. I just had to shield myself behind them, praying he wouldn’t see me.”
The gunman came so close that Mr. Pracon said he could feel the man’s breath and the warmth of the gun barrel, “But I didn’t move and that’s what saved my life,” he told the BBC.
Mr. Breivik was captured “by the emergency forces,” police officials said Saturday, but declined to provide further detail about the circumstances of his capture.
“As for right now, one man has been apprehended, and that’s all I can say,” Mr. Andresen said. The acting police chief, Sveinung Sponheim, said the suspect’s Internet postings “suggest that he has some political traits directed toward the right, and anti-Muslim views, but if that was a motivation for the actual act remains to be seen.”
He said the suspect had been seen in Oslo before the explosions. The police and other authorities declined to say what the suspect’s motivations might have been, but many speculated that the target was Mr. Stoltenberg’s liberal government.”

IOW it wasn’t Al Queida. It wasn’t some swarthy non-white. The perp was very white.

As Susan Sontag once sagely noted –


“Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary government, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Balanchine ballets, et al. don’t redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world. The white race is the cancer of human history.”

A few years later she took it back. But as we all know she was right the first time.

Sontag was what is commonly referred to in our bottom-feeding culture as “an Ivory Tower intellectual.”

Roman’s an intellectual too, but he has no tower.

Interesting that Polanski doesn’t mention Manson. You can sense it’s on the tip of his tongue but he doesn’t want let that tip loose. Too painful. Much too painful. For as few of us can he speaks from direct experience of being at the mercy of two of the greatest monsters of the 20th Century.

As for our new 21st Century monster —

“Mr. Breivik had registered a farm-related business in Rena, in eastern Norway, which the authorities said allowed him to order a large quantity of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, an ingredient that can be used to make explosives.
Reuters quoted a spokeswoman from a farm supply chain as saying that the suspect had purchased six metric tons of fertilizer in May. “These are goods that were delivered on May 4,” Oddny Estenstad, a spokeswoman at agricultural supply chain Felleskjoepet Agri, told Reuters, without giving the exact type of fertiliser purchased.
Authorities were investigating whether the chemical may have been used to make the bombs.
A Facebook page matching his name and the photo given out by the police was set up just a few days ago. It listed his religion as Christian, politics as conservative. It said he enjoys hunting, the video games World of Warcraft and Modern Warfare 2, and books including Machiavelli’s “The Prince” and George Orwell’s “1984.”
There was also a Twitter account apparently belonging to Mr. Breivik. It had one item, posted last Sunday: “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests.” “

Very Alice Rosenbaum.

Croak us out Tom