The not so harmless drudge

By Michael J. Smith on Friday July 20, 2012 10:32 PM

The suspected gunman, identified as James Holmes, a 24-year-old doctoral student in neuroscience who was about to drop out of the University of Colorado-Denver, was arrested near a car behind the theater.
Well, jeez, whaddya expect? A grad student. Amazing, really, that so few of them do snap. The only reason I didn't shoot up a public place during my grad-school years was lack of imagination.

I like it that he was arrested 'near a car'. You'd have to travel some distance to find a spot to be arrested, in North America, that isn't 'near a car'.

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M'eh. BFD. Mind you, I'm not exactly thrilled when this kind of shit happens, but I'm not surprised anymore. I know right now a bunch of folks are acting all shocked n'shit, but, c'mon.

I suppose this would be the time when Obomney and Rombama are emitting their standard scripted Tourette's outbursts while their campaign managers look for a way to get some mileage out of it (done), a passel of politicians emit their own Tourette's outbursts so as not to feel left out, all the babbling heads on TV engage in a virtual Tourette's festival of hand-wringing and hair-tearing, legions of frightened and easily-manipulated Americans wail and gnash their teeth and demand that somebody do something, the aforementioned passel of politicians respond with a new round of security-state escalation batshittery, and... d'ahh, fuck it.

Fadduh Smiff sez:
Well, jeez, whaddya expect? A grad student. Amazing, really, that so few of them do snap. The only reason I didn't shoot up a public place during my grad-school years was lack of imagination...

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but on the upside -- as I recall -- none of these murderous grad-school dropouts were majoring in visual arts. OK, granted, Hitler was an art school dropout, but still... Besides, reacting to stress or a perceived slight by shooting up the place shows a lack of imagination, if you ask me. Every time one of these clowns has rage issues, they immediately reach for a gun. Christ, how unimaginitive is that? Can't they be more creative? This shooting spree thing is so played.

I like it that he was arrested 'near a car'. You'd have to travel some distance to find a spot to be arrested, in North America, that isn't 'near a car'...

Seriously, man. Why did they think that was news? Now, if the cops had caught this guy near a tree... now, that'd be news.


Reporting has declined. Once upon a time he would have been arrested "near a parked car".

Kurz und bündig, Herr Smith, gut gemacht!

To use the car as an analogy, the libs who're "holding the Prez' feet to the fire" for not taking this opportunity to speak out on gun control seem to think that things 'd be a lot better if we just changed the size of the funnel we use to put the oil in.

All the while maintaining the rally for the guy who signs off on the laying to waste of a comparable number of prayer-worthy individuals on many a given Tuesday.


RIP Alexander Cockburn.

As usual, The Onion is reading my mind:

WASHINGTON—Americans across the nation confirmed today that, unfortunately, due to their extreme familiarity with the type of tragedy that occurred in a Colorado movie theater last night, they sadly know exactly how the events following the horrific shooting of 12 people will unfold.

While admitting they "absolutely hate" the fact they have this knowledge, the nation's 300 million citizens told reporters they can pinpoint down to the hour when the first candlelight vigil will be held, roughly how many people will attend, how many times the county sheriff will address the media in the coming weeks, and when the town-wide memorial service will be held.

Additionally, sources nationwide took no pleasure in confirming that some sort of video recording, written material, or disturbing photographs made by the shooter will be surfacing in about an hour or two.

"I hate to say it, but we as Americans are basically experts at this kind of thing by now,” said 45-year-old market analyst Jared Gerson, adding that the number of media images of Aurora, CO citizens crying and looking shocked is “pretty much right in line with where it usually is at this point." "The calls not to politicize the tragedy should be starting in an hour, but by 1:30 p.m. tomorrow the issue will have been politicized. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if the shooter’s high school classmate is interviewed within 45 minutes."

"It's like clockwork," said Gerson, who sighed, shook his head, and walked away...


Well, Mike, here's a real-life story to rival the one from The Onion. When you see this Yahoo News headine -

"One day later, shooting survivor finishes 'Dark Knight'"

- what would you imagine? One of the people who had been wounded, perhaps, doggedly hobbling his way back to the theater? A "human interest" tale, at least; a minor news item. But no: it's someone who had been in the theater at the time of the shootings and is now back because - well, let's have it in his own words:

"I just want to finish it, and for all those men, women and children that didn't get to finish it, I want to finish it for them," he [Justin Davis] said.

He's doing it for them, Mike, for the dearly departed. How exactly he's doing it for them, I'm not sure. Communication via seance or ouija board? Wherever they are now, if anywhere, I don't think they're much concerned with how The Dark Night ended.

Is there anything - anything at all, really - that our fellow Americans won't slather in maudlin-sauce and roast to a turn? I'm beginning to see how my own death certificate will read: "Choked on fumes of piety."


oh my, I’ve been reading at a defense attorney's site. Apparently, all that person can conceive of, is bringing in $$$bizness$$$$, since that person is quite patient, and self centeredly honing their logical skills towards James Holmes simply being depressed and suicidal as a $$$$$$$winning precedent$$$$$$$ in the judishal sistem; ....with clearly no care whatsoever as to the consequences for the millions who are now feeling suicidal in this country.

In my fifty some years, I’ve known too many who have offed themselves, and too many who tried and ended up thoroughly abused in the UZ’s Pharma system, ...not a one of them owned, nor certainly had the capacity to purchase, any sort of mass arsenal of weaponry, or protective vestry, outside of umbrellas, unless it was a well kept secret.

Not a one of them had, or has, an “assault record” any different than, if not far less, than the Alpha Persons who apparently would never dream of doing us the favor of vanishing from the face of the earth. None of them, that I know of, were ever charged with assault.

Stunning that this legal ‘eagle,’ who has already proclaimed a vote for Obombster, has the audacity to even make such a suggestion (which clearly supports a vicious assault against the rights of those sane persons, who are now understandably depressed), while not even commenting on Obama’s possible reasons for such (seemingly, at his hands) mass murder committed on his 'watch,’ ....which, in fact, he may as well have bragged about with his Press Dinner remark about his absolute power to white glovedly murder humans, via drones, ‘legally.’

(please pardon me for any typos, the more I read lately, on the netz and ‘hardcopy,’ the more brew I tend towards to blur the stunning cruelty of it all.)


Yes, authorities have learned lessons on the importance of pro-actively managing portrayal and "memory management" of these "incidents". It's a polished ritual for politicians, police chiefs, pastors, etc. They won't make the mistake of trying to sweep these things under the carpet now.

The granddaddy of such incidents, the University of Texas Tower sniper was unmentionable for more than 3 decades on campus in any official shape or form until "negative energy" around the central building built up to such an extent that even the decorated police officer who finally killed the ex-Marine sharpshooter who had been raining down death from top of the tower admitted that "Whitman was holding the tower hostage". 33 years after the murders, the University President got the Board of Regents to approve reopening the observation deck of the tower after quarter of a century and even had a memorial plaque put up in a nearby garden, if only to provide an outlet for all the literal finger pointing at the top of the tower by thousands of visitors who would then converse with each in hushed tones:

"It fundamentally wasn't healthy to have people always talking about that moment in history (the Whitman shootings) whenever they were around the Tower," [then University President] Faulkner said in a recent interview. "I just felt the university community needed to get past having that as a main topic of conversation and I didn't think it would be possible unless people reopened the observation deck and took away the forbiddance."

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