Tea Party at Fault for Batman Shooting! Did the Shooting Imitated a Scene in 1986 Comic? ~ Plus Rotten Tomatoes Story

From Beltway Confidential, the Examiner:

The horrific shooting at the screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado late last night bears eerie similarities to a scene in the 1986 comic Batman: 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.

The 1986 comic, written and drawn by Frank Miller, was a key inspiration for the Chris Nolan Batman films. It helped to reimagine the character away from his Saturday morning cartoon image and into a dark, grim avenger. The point of this particular scene in the comic was to show just how far Gotham has fallen since Batman had retired….

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I didn’t post on this (almost did when the story hit — July 18th), but this story makes me chronicle this violent trend with batman fans… really just a commentary on “just how far Gotham has fallen.”


Ratings for “The Dark Knight Rises” have dipped a bit on movie review aggregation site RottenTomatoes.com, sitting at 86 percent fresh after a series of written standing ovations arrived earlier this week.

Clearly, a rating like that means the majority of critics were pretty pleased with Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, but as far as those who weren’t? Extreme commenter backlash.

On Monday, Rotten Tomatoes had to shut down its comments on “The Dark Knight Rises” reviews because fans who disagreed with the few negative opinions were rabidly expressing their distaste.


“I really did not expect this level of response,” Fine said. “I knew it would probably be controversial just because I was the first negative one, and the first person to bust the 100 percent always comes in for some negative response,  but it was like a tsunami.” (A tsunami that also crashed his website for a time.)

The second fire-starting critique, written by the AP’s Christy Lemire, led to “several hours” of Atchity and his team “removing comments with misogynistic or threatening remarks” from the review, and the eventual disabling of comments.

Atchity ended up updating his open letter to state that comments on “The Dark Knight Rises” reviews would be down for a couple of days, and he told the New York Times Tuesday that he expects them to be up and running again Thursday or Friday, once more reviews are posted and more people have seen the film to be able to have a fruitful discussion.

His advice to commenters in the meantime was to “Just take a deep breath, step away from the computer, and maybe go for a walk. Have a smoke if you need one. There are plenty of other things to get angry about, like war, famine, poverty and crime. But not movie reviews.”

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Progressive Ideology Warps Judgment from Papa Giorgio on Vimeo.

Of course Republicans and their policies are already being blamed, as Gateway Pundit points out:

The Colorado Shooter is a possible registered Democrat.

Despite this: Rush Limbaugh, the Tea Party and guns have already been blamed for the massacre.

The University of Colorado Medical School says shooting suspect was student there but withdrew last month. Suspect James Holmes described himself on a rental application as a ‘quiet and easygoing’ medical student.

There is an email account listed at the University of Colorado for Doctoral Student James Holmes.

Here are the Good Morning America crew (thanks TownHall!):

Stephanolpoulos: I’m going to go to Brian Ross. You’ve been investigating the background of Jim Holmes here. You found something that might be significant. 

Ross: There’s a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes. But it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado. 

Stephanolpoulos: Okay, we’ll keep looking at that. Brian Ross, thanks very much.

Brian Ross now admits that he had it wrong, but I doubt yo will ever here the registered party affiliation if the shooter is not a Republican!

Vacation (Alaska and then Idaho) ~ Doing the Opposite of `Climate Refugees` (see below)

Headed to Alaska on a cruise and then inland for a family function. I will not be up and running (I do have two Serious Saturdays set to automatically appear [below this post] over the next two Saturdays) till after the 5th of August. Have fun hunting for stories my fellow Religio-Political conservatives. Of course my trip wouldn’t be complete without posting thatAGW alarmists use the earth’s wobble to say “climate change” is man’s fault:

Real Science:

This is just what they warned us about. Global warming is forcing people to move south to warmer climates.

Cold Winter and Summer Have Some Ready to Leave Alaska

After record-breaking winter, cool summer is a bummer

ANCHORAGE – After a record-breaking winter, we are now headed for one of the coldest months of July on record.
And it has some Alaskans thinking it may be time to leave the great land.

By Alaska summer standards, it’s been a pretty cool and gloomy start to the beginning of July.

The temps may be setting records, but it’s not the first summer that’s been less than sunny – and some people say they’ve had enough.

Who’s colder today: Anchorage or Barrow, Alaska?

By Alaska’s summer standards, it’s been cool in South-Central Alaska this month and especially this week. (By lower 48 standards, it’s flat out cold). It’s been so cool in Anchorage that for the past two days (July 11 and 12) high temperatures have been colder than Barrow, the 9th northermost city in the world, which is more than 700 miles to the north of Alaska’s largest city.

On July 11, Anchorage had a high temperature of 56º. July 12 topped out at 54º. Both days set records for the lowest maximum temperature. And for all of July thus far, no day at the Anchorage Forecast office has seen a daily high at or above the average (65-66º). [Climate log: http://bit.ly/N6aIAZ]

Moreover, July is normally the warmest month of the year on average in Anchorage. This July is the coldest on record (so far) by more than 1.5º with an average monthly temperature of 52.7º. The coolest July on record occurred in 1920 with an average monthly temperature of 54.4º.

`Fore!` ~ Barack Obama has spent more time on the golf course than in economic meetings.

“I will not rest until everyone American who is able, and ready and willing to work can find a job. And a job that pays a decent wage and has decent benefits to support a family.” ~ Obama

Via Gateway Pundit

It was just words. In fact, despite serving as president during the “Greatest Recession since the Great Depression” Barack Obama has spent more time on the golf course than in economic meetings.

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Also, as pointed out by Gateway Pundit:

Obama Hasn’t Found An Hour For His Own Jobs Council In The Last Six Months:

“President Obama Is At Odds” With His Jobs Council And Has Not Met With The Council In Six Months. “President Barack Obama is at odds with some of his handpicked outside advisers on hot-button election topics such as regulations and corporate taxes. Many of the recommendations at issue stem from the president’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, a group of business and labor leaders with whom Mr. Obama hasn’t met in six months.” (Carol Lee and John McKinnon, “Jobs Council Is Sidelined As President Courts Voters,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/19/12)

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: “There’s No Specific Reason, Except The President Has Obviously Got A Lot On His Plate.” “‘There’s no specific reason, except the president has obviously got a lot on his plate, but he continues to solicit and receive advice from numerous folks outside the administration about the economy about ideas that he can act on with Congress or administratively to help the economy grow and help create jobs,’ Carney said in the White House’s first on-the-record response to a POLITICO story noting the hiatus.” (Josh Gerstein, “White House: Obama’s Plate Too Full For Jobs Council,” Politico, 7/18/12)

What’s President Obama Found Plenty Of Hours For? More Than 100 Fundraisers To Help His Re-Election Campaign:

President Obama Has Attended 106 Political Fundraisers Since The Last Meeting Of His Jobs Council. (National Journal’s “Daybook,” 7/18/12)

While President Obama Can’t Find A “Specific Reason” To Meet With His Jobs Council, Americans Are Struggling In The Obama Economy:

The U.S. Economy Continued Its “Slowdown” In The Third Quarter With Factory Activity Contracting And “New Claims For Jobless Aid Surging Last Week.” “The slowdown in the U.S. economy persisted early in the third quarter with factory activity in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region contracting in July for a third straight month and new claims for jobless aid surging last week.” (Lucia Mutikani, “Data Shows Economy Mired In Weakness,”Reuters, 7/19/12)

CBS News: We Are Experiencing “The Worst Economic Recovery America Has Ever Had.” CBS’ SCOTT PELLEY: “Good evening. This is the worst economic recovery America has ever had. We’d been looking for hopeful signs, but today the chairman of the Federal Reserve threw a cold splash of reality on those hopes.” (“CBS Evening News,” 7/17/12)

“The American Job Machine Has Jammed” And Has Settled Into A “Summer Slump For The Third Year In A Row.” “The American job machine has jammed. Again. The economy added only 80,000 jobs in June, the government said Friday, erasing any doubt that the United States is in a summer slump for the third year in a row.” (Paul Wiseman, “US Economy Adds 80,000 Jobs In Another Weak Month,” The Associated Press, 7/7/12)

“The Weakest Job-Adding Quarter In Two Years…” CNBC’s JOHN HARWOOD: “Just 80,000 jobs added in the month of June, Michelle. 8.2% unemployment rate, unchanged, 12.7 million unemployed people, also unchanged. That makes the second quarter the weakest job-adding quarter in two years, an average of 75,000 jobs added in the second quarter of this year.” (CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” 7/6/12)