6 Developments In The "Dark Knight Rises" Shooting
FYI I refuse to use the shooter's name . . . I don't like giving people like him any publicity!
#1.) It took officials two days to remove all the booby traps the shooter left in his apartment. That included liquids, explosives, and chemicals that would've killed anyone who entered . . . if the shooter hadn't TOLD THEM about the traps.
#2.) His semi-automatic rifle jammed during the shooting, because of a problem with the 100-shot magazine. And the FBI believes it saved several lives. He had to switch to a handgun, which couldn't fire as many rounds as quickly.
#3.) It's clear the attack was being planned, quote, "with calculation and deliberation" for MONTHS. The shooter purchased the guns legally from local gun shops starting back in May, and bought ammo and Kevlar online a few weeks ago.
#4.) This is the worst shooting in the U.S. since the attack at Fort Hood in Texas in 2009, when an Army psychiatrist with Islamic fundamentalist sympathies killed 13 soldiers and civilians and wounded dozens more.
#5.) The shooter is being held in solitary confinement on suspicion of 12 counts of first-degree murder. He's in solitary because inmates at the Arapahoe Detention Center in Colorado apparently can't stop talking about KILLING HIM.
Remember, one of his victims was a six-year-old girl. And child-killers do NOT do well in prison.
A jail employee says he hasn't shown any remorse, and was spitting at the door and the guards. His initial hearing is today, and he's been assigned a public defender. Colorado DOES have the death penalty.
#6.) Regal Cinemas and AMC both instituted bans on wearing costumes to movies in the wake of the shooting. AMC banned all masks and fake weapons . . . Regal just announced, quote, "stricter controls over character attire."
In this case, the shooter bought a ticket and sat in the front of the theater WITHOUT a costume. After the movie started, he snuck out through an emergency exit, went to his car, and put on body armor and a gas mask before re-entering the theater.
Still, when he re-appeared with the gear and the weapons, and threw a canister of gas, the first people who saw him thought it was part of the midnight showing.
What a terrible story and situation, like many of you, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, it's tough to not give up on man kind sometimes!
If You're A Batman Fan, This Is For You
"The Dark Knight Rises" is in theaters tonight (July 19) at midnight, and like some of you I'm pretty pumped, but that's probably my inner dork coming out!
If you are a fan, than here's some things you need to know about the new Batman.
The movie runs 2 hours and 45 minutes long, so on your way in, you're going to want to grab the BIG popcorn and soda!
The PG-13 ending to Christopher Nolan's Bat trilogy is the only new movie hitting theaters this week. The action picks up eight years after the events of the last movie, when Batman took down both the Joker and Two-Face.
At the end of "The Dark Knight", he took the blame for Harvey Dent's death and became a fugitive to preserve Dent's anti-crime legacy. But now, there's a new villain named Bane who's terrorizing Gotham and trying to draw him out.
Tom Hardy from "Inception" plays Bane. Christopher Nolan directed that movie too, and he actually brought THREE stars from"Inception" over for important roles in this one. The other two are Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Anne Hathaway plays Catwoman, and the returning cast is Christian Bale as Batman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred, and Morgan Freeman as Wayne Enterprises CEO Lucius Fox.
(Watch all four trailers here: Trailer 1, Trailer 2, Trailer 3, Trailer 4.)
McDonald's Reveals the Recipe!
Are you like me... meaning you'll obsess about a food so much that you'll eat it all the time, and if possible make it at home too?
Good news If you love the special sauce that's on McDonald's Big Macs, because you'll now be able to whip up a batch of it at home, after they revealed the recipe!
A marketing video from McDonald's Canada arm shows executive chef Dan Coudreaut making a version of the Big Mac at home and he outlines exactly what's in the special sauce, saying the information actually has been available for a while already so it isn't a secret.
The ingredients are: mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard, onion powder, white wine vinegar, garlic powder, and paprika.
We Finally Get A Break!
How glad were you that cooler air finally rolled in last weekend?
Initially I thought the 90 degree weather wasn't all it was being hyped up to be, but as it drug on I was good and over it!
Did it effect your social life? Maybe it's just a sign that I'm getting old and lame, but I had NO desire to do anything!
The heat of the previous several days has been blamed for at least 35 deaths across the country, including in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Officials said the extreme heat also caused highways to buckle in Illinois and Wisconson, and likely led a Maryland commuter train to partially derail because of heat-kinked rails.
In the coming days I'm sure we'll see that the heat affected the Summerfest numbers too.
From today forward I'm hoping the weather will be a little more comfortable... I'm big fan of the State Fair and I don't want to try and get my eat on in 90 or 100 degree weather!