Holmes told police upon his arrest that his apartment nearby was booby-trapped. Police and firefighters who responded there confirm that there are trip-wires connected to 2-liter soda bottles, containing an unknown liquid, though some police call it a "flammable or explosive material". They are proceeding to process that scene with all necessary precaution. There are unconfirmed reports that he told the police that his red hair is a reference to a fictional Batman character named the Joker.
of perpetrators like this as having snapped, but this is rarely the case. Mental instability of this sort is a behavioral disorder, and these examples speak to someone who knows exactly what he or she is doing. They are fully in touch with the consequences to others.
There are reports, however, that two sailors and one airman, presumably from nearby Buckley AFB, were wounded in the attack, and one sailor is still missing. Witnesses attest to at least one service member trying to assist with the wounded. Perhaps the press will include this information in their reports once their knees stop jerking.
Expect to hear declarations, and soon, about how this event should spur further laws in favor of gun control, as if that device or tool has a soul or some capability in the decision process. Yet these same critics will likely say nothing (unless it is in favor) of the large mass of people living amongst the community at large, who are seriously unstable and capable of such acts of violence. We previously were able to be more active about securing such potential threats to others and themselves, but that has fallen by the wayside because of concern for their 'rights', as opposed to the rights of the community. The present system sees such threats (and I have dealt with them) being commited to community health centers in hospitals for observation and stabilization, only to be turned out as soon as possible to make way for another of the horde that needs the same. It is a revolving door process that just delays the inevitable.
Update: And so it begins .... Also, he could be a Democrat, or not. Or maybe he listens to Rush Limbaugh. (H/T to Donald Sensing at Sense of Events.)
For what should be the humiliating attempt by ABC to implicate the Tea Party, Rick Moran of PJ Media explains it well.
And what made Ross make a beeline straight for the Tea Party website in the first place? Did he also check the Occupy Denver page? Somehow, I doubt whether it even crossed his mind.
There used to be a time when journalists had a rough integrity about what they said over the air and took pride in striving for accuracy. Who could ever forget ABC’s Frank Reynolds, ABC News anchorman, who, after receiving and announcing word that James Brady had been killed in the Reagan assassination attempt only to discover the press secretary was still alive, got visibly angry and to no one in particular barked on air, “Let’s get this right. Let’s nail this down.”
Today, Stephanopoulos thanked Brian Ross for smearing the Tea Party by reporting a lie. Ross should be suspended or lose his job for this attempt to inject politics into a national tragedy.And we can add CNN's Piers Morgan, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to the list of those who never let a crisis go to waste.
Update: The explosives at Holmes’ apartment have finally been disarmed. I was concerned about how long it has been taking. I’m not an explosives expert per se, certainly not at the EOD level, but I have dealt with them in the military. My guess (dealing with so little information from the scene) was that a military EOD team would have done it more quickly, but I’m sure there were many other considerations. Now comes news that the set-up in the apartment was stupendously complex, and it took this long to investigate all the trip wires and circuits. The police, I’m sure, were determined to get at the solution without having to destroy the building.