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The victims

The media will spend lots of time giving James Holmes attention in the coming months.. But it's time for the victims to be thought about. 12 dead. 58 more injured. People of all races and ages.. And yes, a 6-year-old is dead while her mother is injured in care of a hospital..
The UK DAILY MAIL has an in depth article devoted to the stories of many who died--which included people who died saving their loved ones, service members, children, and people celebrating birthdays..
This story can't get any more ghastly than it is.. I'm curious out there whether some people who were geared to go chose instead to stay away?
12 people who didn't are dead because of a lunatic.
As he sits in jail spitting at guards thinking he's in a movie, families in Colorado are faced with a grim reality: Unexpected funerals and a future of mourning..

The victims

The media will spend lots of time giving James Holmes attention in the coming months.. But it's time for the victims to be thought about. 12 dead. 58 more injured. People of all races and ages.. And yes, a 6-year-old is dead while her mother is injured in care of a hospital..
The UK DAILY MAIL has an in depth article devoted to the stories of many who died--which included people who died saving their loved ones, service members, children, and people celebrating birthdays..
This story can't get any more ghastly than it is.. I'm curious out there whether some people who were geared to go chose instead to stay away?
12 people who didn't are dead because of a lunatic.
As he sits in jail spitting at guards thinking he's in a movie, families in Colorado are faced with a grim reality: Unexpected funerals and a future of mourning..

The DARK KNIGHT speaks

This was supposed to be an epic weekend for Christian Bale. He is, after all, the BATMAN. But instead of celebrating boastful box office numbers, Bale is commenting publicly on the tragic shooting that least 12 dead and many more inured.. He said words cannot express what he is feeling.

We all join in that sentiment. Words a will never express any meaning or reason to what happened here..



The DARK KNIGHT speaks

This was supposed to be an epic weekend for Christian Bale. He is, after all, the BATMAN. But instead of celebrating boastful box office numbers, Bale is commenting publicly on the tragic shooting that least 12 dead and many more inured.. He said words cannot express what he is feeling.

We all join in that sentiment. Words a will never express any meaning or reason to what happened here..



The NY DAILY NEWS has an exclusive story running on 'Joker' John Holmes

The DAILY NEWS reports some disturbing details in an exclusive story running .. John (James) Holmes is not remorseful at all according to the report..
Even more he is spitting in guards and spitting at 'everything'.. And now he is locked up alone Saturday due to fears fears that the self-proclaimed Joker would become a target for other inmates, the paper reports.
Other prisoners want to kill him, the exclusive DAILY NEWS report states.. Money quote:“All the inmates were talking about killing him,” Wayne Medley, 24, said as he left the facility. “Everyone was looking for an opportunity. It’s all they could talk about.”


The NY DAILY NEWS has an exclusive story running on 'Joker' John Holmes

The DAILY NEWS reports some disturbing details in an exclusive story running .. John (James) Holmes is not remorseful at all according to the report..
Even more he is spitting in guards and spitting at 'everything'.. And now he is locked up alone Saturday due to fears fears that the self-proclaimed Joker would become a target for other inmates, the paper reports.
Other prisoners want to kill him, the exclusive DAILY NEWS report states.. Money quote:“All the inmates were talking about killing him,” Wayne Medley, 24, said as he left the facility. “Everyone was looking for an opportunity. It’s all they could talk about.”


The day after

The tragic situation that developed at the DARK KNIGHT midnight showing will only become more emotional for the families of 12 people who are dead.. According to police, the Colorado home of James Holmes has been disarmed. His profile has turned up on Adult Finder. And word is he couldn't find a job.. Mourning now continues in Aurora and the nation, which is thinking very deep thoughts about why this occurred..

The day after

The tragic situation that developed at the DARK KNIGHT midnight showing will only become more emotional for the families of 12 people who are dead.. According to police, the Colorado home of James Holmes has been disarmed. His profile has turned up on Adult Finder. And word is he couldn't find a job.. Mourning now continues in Aurora and the nation, which is thinking very deep thoughts about why this occurred..

More info on how Holmes got his weapons

It was all legal..

CNN reports this: [Updated 9:27 p.m. ET] Chad Weinman, CEO of TacticalGear.com of Chesterfield, Missouri, told CNN that he believed his firm sold items to shooting suspect James Holmes.

The company checked its records after employees heard about the shooting and found a receipt matching Holmes’ name and his Aurora, Colorado, address, Weinman said.

The receipt showed that Holmes bought an $106.99 Blackhawk urban assault vest, a $52.99 Blackhawk Omega Elite triple pistol magazine, a $52.99 Blackhawk Omega Elite M16 magazine pouch, and a $77.99 Blackhawk Be-Wharned silver knife.

With shipping costs, the total bill came to $306.99, according to a copy of the receipt provided to CNN.




More info on how Holmes got his weapons

It was all legal..

CNN reports this: [Updated 9:27 p.m. ET] Chad Weinman, CEO of TacticalGear.com of Chesterfield, Missouri, told CNN that he believed his firm sold items to shooting suspect James Holmes.

The company checked its records after employees heard about the shooting and found a receipt matching Holmes’ name and his Aurora, Colorado, address, Weinman said.

The receipt showed that Holmes bought an $106.99 Blackhawk urban assault vest, a $52.99 Blackhawk Omega Elite triple pistol magazine, a $52.99 Blackhawk Omega Elite M16 magazine pouch, and a $77.99 Blackhawk Be-Wharned silver knife.

With shipping costs, the total bill came to $306.99, according to a copy of the receipt provided to CNN.




A sensitive situation for Warner Bros

This was supposed to be a huge weekend for the DARK KNIGHT RISES. Instead it become a national crisis when John Holmes shot the theater in Aurora, CO. Now Warner Bros is faced with an interesting question about how to fully promote what was geared up to be the biggest movie of the year. Their immediate answer according to the always spot on Nikki Finke is that they may go all weekend without reporting or bragging about box numbers..

However non-chatty Warner is about to become, numbers will still be released to reporters ..

Question will be: how much will this effect overall numbers in the end? Does this mar the Christopher Nolan reinvented franchise?

A tragic film in a sense. Heath Ledger dead as DARK KNIGHT came popular.. DARK KNIGHT RISES released during a real midnight massacre.. Yes indeed, the BATMAN in somewhere in tears tonight..





A sensitive situation for Warner Bros

This was supposed to be a huge weekend for the DARK KNIGHT RISES. Instead it become a national crisis when John Holmes shot the theater in Aurora, CO. Now Warner Bros is faced with an interesting question about how to fully promote what was geared up to be the biggest movie of the year. Their immediate answer according to the always spot on Nikki Finke is that they may go all weekend without reporting or bragging about box numbers..

However non-chatty Warner is about to become, numbers will still be released to reporters ..

Question will be: how much will this effect overall numbers in the end? Does this mar the Christopher Nolan reinvented franchise?

A tragic film in a sense. Heath Ledger dead as DARK KNIGHT came popular.. DARK KNIGHT RISES released during a real midnight massacre.. Yes indeed, the BATMAN in somewhere in tears tonight..





This is accused mass murderer John Holmes

What made him do it?

What caused him to snap?

How long did he plan it?

Why.. All why..

This is accused mass murderer John Holmes

What made him do it?

What caused him to snap?

How long did he plan it?

Why.. All why..

Life imitating art? Did John Holmes read a 1980s BATMAN comic?

As the nation grapples with the Dark Knight midnight massacre shooting in Colorado, a Washington EXAMINER story points out that the situation that developed shortly after the film began in Aurora at 12:30 AM is very similar to a BATMAN comic from the 1980s..
The EXAMINER reports:

The Dark Knight Returns. In the comic, a crazed, gun-toting loner walks into a movie theater and begins shooting it up, killing three in the process. The passage concludes with the media blaming Batman for inspiring the shooting, though he is not involved in the incident at all
Another story from Nikki Finke's DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD points out that Warner Bros placed a trailer before DARK KNIGHT RISES of a gangster movie in which a movie theater was shot up.. The studio took this down now that Finke complained of the trailer..
There is no word on this time whether suspect James Holmes was even a BATMAN fan, but according to reports today his apartment is wired with booby traps and the search of his possessions co…

Life imitating art? Did John Holmes read a 1980s BATMAN comic?

As the nation grapples with the Dark Knight midnight massacre shooting in Colorado, a Washington EXAMINER story points out that the situation that developed shortly after the film began in Aurora at 12:30 AM is very similar to a BATMAN comic from the 1980s..
The EXAMINER reports:

The Dark Knight Returns. In the comic, a crazed, gun-toting loner walks into a movie theater and begins shooting it up, killing three in the process. The passage concludes with the media blaming Batman for inspiring the shooting, though he is not involved in the incident at all
Another story from Nikki Finke's DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD points out that Warner Bros placed a trailer before DARK KNIGHT RISES of a gangster movie in which a movie theater was shot up.. The studio took this down now that Finke complained of the trailer..
There is no word on this time whether suspect James Holmes was even a BATMAN fan, but according to reports today his apartment is wired with booby traps and the search of his possessions co…

Latest Dark Knight shooting update

CNN reporting: The suspect in the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater early today has been identified as James Holmes of Aurora, two federal law enforcement sources said. He is 24 years old.

Authorities have revised the shooting death toll downward from 14 to 12. Also, the number of injured has been lowered from 50 to at least 38.



Latest Dark Knight shooting update

CNN reporting: The suspect in the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater early today has been identified as James Holmes of Aurora, two federal law enforcement sources said. He is 24 years old.

Authorities have revised the shooting death toll downward from 14 to 12. Also, the number of injured has been lowered from 50 to at least 38.



A photo means two very different things depending on the day you look at it.

Two tales on one picture.  When I saw this AP photo yesterday, it gave me chills. When I see it today, it makes me cry. Children are growing up in a world that seems to be regressing into a sick cauldron of violence and horror. I have a son, too. I want my son to be excited by a hero named BATMAN. Our society seems to be becoming a nightmare. God bless America indeed. If there is a God, you really still think he blesses America…?

A photo means two very different things depending on the day you look at it.

Two tales on one picture.  When I saw this AP photo yesterday, it gave me chills. When I see it today, it makes me cry. Children are growing up in a world that seems to be regressing into a sick cauldron of violence and horror. I have a son, too. I want my son to be excited by a hero named BATMAN. Our society seems to be becoming a nightmare. God bless America indeed. If there is a God, you really still think he blesses America…?

ACCORDING TO REPORTS

The shooter in Aurora did not make any concerted effort to actually escape after he was finished shooting. He apparently went to the theater with four weapons but carried three into the showing. He was wearing a bullet proof vest and a mask, set off tear gas, and began the carnage. But after it was over, he didn't run. Instead he was apprehended standing near his car..

ACCORDING TO REPORTS

The shooter in Aurora did not make any concerted effort to actually escape after he was finished shooting. He apparently went to the theater with four weapons but carried three into the showing. He was wearing a bullet proof vest and a mask, set off tear gas, and began the carnage. But after it was over, he didn't run. Instead he was apprehended standing near his car..

RAW VIDEO OF THE SCENE AFTER THE DARK KNIGHT THEATER SHOOTING

shortformblog: Here’s a clip of the aftermath of the attackon the movie theater near Denver — a lot of commotion, doesn’t appear to be a lot of violence exposed, but it’s nonetheless harrowing. Such a scary incident, we could not even imagine this happening.  Chaos reigned after the shooting took place. People on television reports calling in to the morning shows describing more scenes of chaos.. one witness on the TODAY show said he was also shooting people trying to escape..

RAW VIDEO OF THE SCENE AFTER THE DARK KNIGHT THEATER SHOOTING

shortformblog: Here’s a clip of the aftermath of the attackon the movie theater near Denver — a lot of commotion, doesn’t appear to be a lot of violence exposed, but it’s nonetheless harrowing. Such a scary incident, we could not even imagine this happening.  Chaos reigned after the shooting took place. People on television reports calling in to the morning shows describing more scenes of chaos.. one witness on the TODAY show said he was also shooting people trying to escape..

You're probably waking up to this horrific news about the DARK KNIGHT midnight massacre

There was a horrific shooting at a Colorado movie theater last night. 


A midnight massacre took place. At least 14 dead, 50 injured, more developing on that as medical professional teams release information to new stations. 


I just think about the people in this theater, and I cry.
Dads who took their sons because of how excited their sons were. To go see a movie? No. To go see how disgusting our human race can so often be. Yes there were threats to movie critics over the week and even the website rotten tomatoes had to take down its comments section. But this goes far beyond the reach of any fanboys online. This is disgusting, and frightening.  ADULTS. CHILDREN. TEENAGERS. The ages of the victims seem to span generations. Also, this was extremely close to Columbine.

You're probably waking up to this horrific news about the DARK KNIGHT midnight massacre

There was a horrific shooting at a Colorado movie theater last night. 


A midnight massacre took place. At least 14 dead, 50 injured, more developing on that as medical professional teams release information to new stations. 


I just think about the people in this theater, and I cry.
Dads who took their sons because of how excited their sons were. To go see a movie? No. To go see how disgusting our human race can so often be. Yes there were threats to movie critics over the week and even the website rotten tomatoes had to take down its comments section. But this goes far beyond the reach of any fanboys online. This is disgusting, and frightening.  ADULTS. CHILDREN. TEENAGERS. The ages of the victims seem to span generations. Also, this was extremely close to Columbine.

MIDNIGHT MASSACRE: MAN DRESSED IN COSTUME OPENS FIRE DURING DARK KNIGHT SHOWING--AT LEAST 14 DEAD, 50 INJURED.. TRAGIC SITUATION DEVELOPING IN COLORADO

Fourteen people were killed and 50 injured when a gunman opened fire during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters.


24-year-old man in custody..


The heavily armed suspect, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was apprehended by police in a rear parking lot of the theater, Frank Fania, a police spokesman, told CNN


Aurora is a suburb less than 10 miles east of downtown Denver.


Obama put out statement that First Lady and he are shocked at the tragic situation in Colorado.. says the White House will support the people and families of the shooting..


President Obama notified of Colorado shooting by Homeland Security advisor Brennan - @NBCNews


 The youngest victim reported was a 6-year-old being treated at Children's Hospital Colorado, where a total of six victims were taken.



MIDNIGHT MASSACRE: MAN DRESSED IN COSTUME OPENS FIRE DURING DARK KNIGHT SHOWING--AT LEAST 14 DEAD, 50 INJURED.. TRAGIC SITUATION DEVELOPING IN COLORADO

Fourteen people were killed and 50 injured when a gunman opened fire during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters.


24-year-old man in custody..


The heavily armed suspect, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was apprehended by police in a rear parking lot of the theater, Frank Fania, a police spokesman, told CNN


Aurora is a suburb less than 10 miles east of downtown Denver.


Obama put out statement that First Lady and he are shocked at the tragic situation in Colorado.. says the White House will support the people and families of the shooting..


President Obama notified of Colorado shooting by Homeland Security advisor Brennan - @NBCNews


 The youngest victim reported was a 6-year-old being treated at Children's Hospital Colorado, where a total of six victims were taken.



WEBSITE 'ROTTEN TOMATOES' SUSPENDS USER COMMENTS FOR 'DARK KNIGHT' FILM AFTER FANBOYS BEGIN OBSCENE WORD WAR

According to reports tonight, the popular movie website ROTTEN TOMATOES has suspended user comments for the DARK KNIGHT film after users began making threatening and profane comments towards reviewers who gave DARK KNIGHT a less than good review.. This may be the biggest movie opening of the year, maybe ever (? we will see?).. but the fact that the website has suspended users from making comments is a first.. Also, the site is considering a move to a Facebook commenting system, which might cut down on the glut of anonymous posts..



WEBSITE 'ROTTEN TOMATOES' SUSPENDS USER COMMENTS FOR 'DARK KNIGHT' FILM AFTER FANBOYS BEGIN OBSCENE WORD WAR

According to reports tonight, the popular movie website ROTTEN TOMATOES has suspended user comments for the DARK KNIGHT film after users began making threatening and profane comments towards reviewers who gave DARK KNIGHT a less than good review.. This may be the biggest movie opening of the year, maybe ever (? we will see?).. but the fact that the website has suspended users from making comments is a first.. Also, the site is considering a move to a Facebook commenting system, which might cut down on the glut of anonymous posts..



News of the world.. whether you want to read or not

News of the world.. whether you want to read or not

We are just living on borrowed time.

I heard this description of life: It’s a bus ride that has no stops. You just keep going faster and faster … the only way out is a crash: Death.
I think that sums up the gravity of the situation we are all in. Please don’t consider this a negative posting about life. Life is actually quite fun for me right now. I have a 17-month-old little man that is the joy of life.. My wife and I have been forever changed by his existence in our world. I have a wonderful family. Friends who I cherish. We have jobs. We have a roof over our heads.. we have food when we are hungry. And I have an iPhone, and all the other technology that comes with life these days, too. In the past two weeks I have been to two funerals. I will keep the overly personal information out, and just say that one was for someone who was 95 and a World War II POW. Another was for an uncle who lived to the truly ripe old age of 94. Both were pushing 100 when they met their final resting place. They both had long lives and lots of …

We are just living on borrowed time.

I heard this description of life: It’s a bus ride that has no stops. You just keep going faster and faster … the only way out is a crash: Death.
I think that sums up the gravity of the situation we are all in. Please don’t consider this a negative posting about life. Life is actually quite fun for me right now. I have a 17-month-old little man that is the joy of life.. My wife and I have been forever changed by his existence in our world. I have a wonderful family. Friends who I cherish. We have jobs. We have a roof over our heads.. we have food when we are hungry. And I have an iPhone, and all the other technology that comes with life these days, too. In the past two weeks I have been to two funerals. I will keep the overly personal information out, and just say that one was for someone who was 95 and a World War II POW. Another was for an uncle who lived to the truly ripe old age of 94. Both were pushing 100 when they met their final resting place. They both had long lives and lots of …

The week ahead

Another heat wave building. I hope the corn crop can live..
Another week of wild weather expected.
Nothing seems 'normal' anymore.. except the abnormal.. accept it.
In the mean time, war strikes, pestilences reigns, and THE DARK KNIGHT will enter theaters this coming weekend.

Until then.. have FUN with SOME NIGHTS. A song to start your manic Monday morning...

The week ahead

Another heat wave building. I hope the corn crop can live..
Another week of wild weather expected.
Nothing seems 'normal' anymore.. except the abnormal.. accept it.
In the mean time, war strikes, pestilences reigns, and THE DARK KNIGHT will enter theaters this coming weekend.

Until then.. have FUN with SOME NIGHTS. A song to start your manic Monday morning...

A halo forms. A halo vanishes..

A tale of one painting. Joe Paterno had a halo after he died, but on July 14, 2012, artist Michael Pilato used his skills to remove that same halo.. Sure, the late Penn State coach is no saint. But now that the Freeh report is sinking in and new facts are being digested, it’s clear that he was no saint either.  He was a man who wanted to try to cover up as much as he could to save the reputation of Penn State.. and sordid as it all seems, the children who were abused in this situation always were last on the list of people who were helped. It’s a disgusting and sick story .. one that I can’t really read about much or think about much because of how deplorable it was and is, but also because of how many generations of proud Penn State graduates are shamed for good by the scars of sexual abuse in locker rooms on the campus. Oh, and yes, the school has decided to re-do those shower rooms.. take away the look … but not the memories. No way in hell will people forget what happened there. And …

A halo forms. A halo vanishes..

A tale of one painting. Joe Paterno had a halo after he died, but on July 14, 2012, artist Michael Pilato used his skills to remove that same halo.. Sure, the late Penn State coach is no saint. But now that the Freeh report is sinking in and new facts are being digested, it’s clear that he was no saint either.  He was a man who wanted to try to cover up as much as he could to save the reputation of Penn State.. and sordid as it all seems, the children who were abused in this situation always were last on the list of people who were helped. It’s a disgusting and sick story .. one that I can’t really read about much or think about much because of how deplorable it was and is, but also because of how many generations of proud Penn State graduates are shamed for good by the scars of sexual abuse in locker rooms on the campus. Oh, and yes, the school has decided to re-do those shower rooms.. take away the look … but not the memories. No way in hell will people forget what happened there. And …

You don't often hear about a Polish tornado alley

But today a tragic situation unfolded ..
A freak wave of tornadoes slammed in part of Poland today.. houses are wrecked, people are shocked, and tonight at least one is dead in the nation.
This summer has already given Poland and other European nations hail, flash floods, and heavy winds. And now quite powerful tornadoes have struck..
This can happen in this nation and other UK countries, but it rarely does. And when it does it is seldom as powerful as the storms that hit Sunday..
Here is a video of some tornado events:

And here is more information about just how surprising and strong these tornadoes were..

You don't often hear about a Polish tornado alley

But today a tragic situation unfolded ..
A freak wave of tornadoes slammed in part of Poland today.. houses are wrecked, people are shocked, and tonight at least one is dead in the nation.
This summer has already given Poland and other European nations hail, flash floods, and heavy winds. And now quite powerful tornadoes have struck..
This can happen in this nation and other UK countries, but it rarely does. And when it does it is seldom as powerful as the storms that hit Sunday..
Here is a video of some tornado events:

And here is more information about just how surprising and strong these tornadoes were..

Amazing time lapse video of the Northern Lights

Beauty in a 1 minute..  Here is a time lapse video of the Northern Lights in the early morning hours of 7/15/2012 taken just north of Dubuque, Iowa at the Balltown, Iowa scenic overlook. And the scenes of a green and purple aura in the sky are absolutely amazing. Not sure if my hometown saw northern lights.. sadly the sky was cloudy all night. Sunspot 1520 and the X flare last week caused this spectacular show, and I am truly jealous of whoever got to see it..including the residents of Balltown, Iowa. #northern lights#solar flare#balltown iowa

Amazing time lapse video of the Northern Lights

Beauty in a 1 minute..  Here is a time lapse video of the Northern Lights in the early morning hours of 7/15/2012 taken just north of Dubuque, Iowa at the Balltown, Iowa scenic overlook. And the scenes of a green and purple aura in the sky are absolutely amazing. Not sure if my hometown saw northern lights.. sadly the sky was cloudy all night. Sunspot 1520 and the X flare last week caused this spectacular show, and I am truly jealous of whoever got to see it..including the residents of Balltown, Iowa. #northern lights#solar flare#balltown iowa

DANCING IN THE DARK, LITERALLY

The arts were cut off in London last night. Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney were wowing the crowd, jamming out the night.. and then they were CUT OFF by the organizers because LONDON HAS A CURFEW. 

Glory Days quickly ended. Dancing in the dark ensued.

And lots of people around the world suddenly took notice to a nanny state that tells concert when too much music is too much.

And yes, the angry musicians are lashing out.. Steven van Zandt said England is becoming a police state.

Next up: The Olympics! Hope the swim matches don't go too long...

DANCING IN THE DARK, LITERALLY

The arts were cut off in London last night. Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney were wowing the crowd, jamming out the night.. and then they were CUT OFF by the organizers because LONDON HAS A CURFEW. 

Glory Days quickly ended. Dancing in the dark ensued.

And lots of people around the world suddenly took notice to a nanny state that tells concert when too much music is too much.

And yes, the angry musicians are lashing out.. Steven van Zandt said England is becoming a police state.

Next up: The Olympics! Hope the swim matches don't go too long...

Don't get yourself caught up in an Amityville situation

We all know the story of Amityville horror, whether by watching the movie or remake, reading the book, or listening to countless interviews with lawyers and the family supposedly haunted by the murders that took place within the home in New York. The house exists still and is back and forth on the real estate market.. Lots have debunked the story of the Lutz family. Others stand by the account and believe that DeFeo murders forever haunted the property..
The house was bought by a resident in 2010 for $950,000.. and then sold.. Those who attended the house showing in 2010 moving sale at 108 Ocean Ave. but the basement was not open for public consumption at the time. The owner in 2010 did not claim any haunting took place. As a matter of fact, no owners have since the Lutz family left in the 20th century..
But it brings up an interesting question, should you conclude that your own home is haunted by spirits or worse. What do you do to get rid of the house?
You can technically walk away fro…