Learning to say IDK

Matt Welch
Opinion
USA Today
7/21/2012

Even before most Americans had found out that a dozen moviegoers in Aurora, Colo., had been pitilessly gunned down, allegedly by a young man named Jim Holmes, ABC News reporter Brian Ross was already linking the massacre to an odd if familiar suspect: the Tea Party.

“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,” Ross reported on Good Morning America. “Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes. But it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.”

There were at least 24 other James Holmeses in the greater Denver area, it turned out; the Tea Partier in question was more than twice the shooter’s age, and Ross and his bosses were impelled to issue an embarrassing correction and apology within a few hours….

Read the entire op-ed at USA Today.

Update: Cops Investigating Sex Site Profile

‘He Provided Me the Opportunity to Survive’: Woman Describes How Military Boyfriend Took a Bullet for Her During Shooting

…“I was thinking about what a great hero he was and he provided me the opportunity to survive,” she said. “He wasn’t just a hero last night, he has been a hero forever,” she said.

She said Blunk had planned to re-enlist in the military, telling her once, “Jansen, I was born to serve my country.”…

Parallels Between Batman Film and the Shooting

Obama Calls For ‘Prayer and Reflection’ After Colo. Massacre

Romney on Shooting Spree: ‘Our Hearts Break’ (The Wall Street Journal on YouTube)

Update: Jesse Jackson: “We must move from prayer and condolences to policy.”

**SPOILER ALERT**: The Dark Knight Rises Magnificent … And Most Conservative Film Ever

…This is a fantastic film, the end of probably the greatest movie trilogy in film history. It is a pure joy to watch for entertainment reasons. It’s a joy to watch for moral reasons, too. If culture is upstream of politics, we can only hope that the lessons of The Dark Knight Returns seep down to the politics of its viewers.

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