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Tragedy in Binghamton, New York | Glenn Beck Video


You Are Here for a Reason, Don't Give Up


This week in Binghamton, New York, a heinous tragedy occurred. From the Associated Press:

A gunman blocked the rear door of an upstate New York immigration center, then walked through the front door and opened fire Friday, killing 14 people, likely including himself, police said at a news conference in the massacre's aftermath.

Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said the rampage "obviously was premeditated" and began with the shooting of two receptionists. One died. The other was critically wounded, but she pretended to be dead and was able to crawl to a desk and call 911 when the gunman walked down a hallway.

Immigrants were preparing for citizenship testing at the time. Zikuski said 37 people were rescued from the building, and four of them were wounded and in critical condition. More than two dozen had hid in a boiler room until police said it was safe to come out.

The gunman reportedly was a 41-year-old man of Asian descent and lived in the Binghamton suburb of Johnson City. The man was carrying identification with the name Jiverly Voong, a local law enforcement official told The Associated Press – though there were conflicting reports of his age, and officials would not identify the shooter during the news conference.

I know I was outraged and then depressed about this violent tragedy. Popular conservative talk show host Glenn Beck was also deeply affected by it. He recognized that dealing with the senselessness of the shooting would be difficult for many Americans. So many are living on the edge these days, those whose lives have been altered by loss of job, loss of home, loss of faith in themselves, loss of faith in their government. For those who have not experienced loss, there is a growing fear that they will be hit when they least expect it.

The video below, which aired on April 3, 2009 on Fox News, is inspirational and gives hope. With his voice choking at times with emotion, Beck shares a shattering tragedy from his own childhood, how he was devastated by it, and how he struggled to overcome it. Beck's message: You are here for a reason, don't give up.

To the friends and families of those who died or were injured in this horrible shooting, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will never know fully the pain you are going through, the utter paralysis brought on by this senseless act that has destroyed your lives. The same cruel pain so many others have gone through with the unexpected deaths of loved ones in the 9/11 attacks and hijacked jet crashes, the horrific Oklahoma City bombings, the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, Scotland's Dunblane Primary School massacre, the Virginia Tech massacre, the Edmond, Oklahoma post office shooting spree, the Amish school rampage in Pennsylvania, the tragic crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123, Spain's Tenerife disaster, the mass murder shooting sprees at Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas and McDonald's in Ysidro, California, the Northern Illinois University bloodbath, all the deaths caused by bombs set by the Unabomber, and countless others throughout the world, throughout the years. Coping with these senseless acts of violence or tragedy are numbing, life-altering, beyond comprehension. Please don't give up.



Additional reading:
Who’s responsible for the New York rampage?
By Michelle Malkin • April 4, 2009



With the ongoing development and expansion of Frugal Café Blog Zone and other areas of the main Frugal Café website, this Pick-Me-Up section has, unfortunately, taken a back-burner position. There simply hasn't been enough time from one week to the next to tend to all areas of content and commentary on the two sites equally.

Bi-monthly updates of this section were the original intention, but shifting to monthly is proving to be more realistic. Should the national economy improve or if members of Congress and the White House stop their ongoing reckless spendthrift nonsense for a few days, we would love to return to a b-monthly schedule. We'll have to wait and see what happens. Frugal Café Blog Zone has taken on a life of its own and readership is growing. In fact, it's going through the roof. If you haven't yet explored the blog, give it a look... we think you'll find it informative. To those who have been following along, we thank you for your loyalty and for spending a few minutes out of your busy day to read the frequent postings in Frugal Café Blog Zone.

"So, You Had a Bad Day... Frugal Café Pick-Me-Up Pages" comprise a special section on this site that fills a heartfelt, necessary purpose for many of our readers. So we want to continue it, although on a more manageable timetable.


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