Idaho’s libertarian activists of the Ralph Smeed Foundation erected a billboard that compares James Holmes, the killer that shot and killed 12 people in Century theater in Aurora, Colorado, to President Obama.
*The election season has really gotten into the heads of all kinds of political parties and folks and caused them to have some sort of meltdown.
But, President Obama is ignoring them and staying steady on his trail back to the White House for a second term. But, even though he’s staying on track with his agenda, he’s gotta be a little pissed off about this one.
According to the Huffington Post via the Idaho Statesman, an electronic billboard in Caldwell, Idaho, was erected by the Ralph Smeed Foundation and compares the president with James Holmes, the killer that shot and killed 12 people in the movie theater massacre July 20. (more…)
Arapahoe County District Court Judge William B. Sylvester advised Holmes of his Miranda rights and said that there was probable cause to continue to hold him without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder, reports the Associated Press.
Holmes was transported from his holding cell to the courtroom through an underground tunnel. He sat in a jury box next to Tamara Brady, a public defender, with shackled hands and feet and his eyes opening wide and closing. He did not speak.
He never looked in the direction of a gallery that included victims and their advocates.
The preliminary hearing lasted about 11 minutes. Holmes’ next court appearance is July 30, when he is expected to be charged.
A decision on whether to seek the death penalty could be weeks or months away, District Attorney Carol Chambers told reporters as she entered the courthouse.
“It will be a conversation we have with the victims before we make that decision,” Chambers said.
Holmes could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from the mass shooting that killed 12 and injured 58 people at an Aurora, Colo., screening of “Dark Knight Rises.”
Clad in full body armor, he surrendered to officers in a parking lot behind the cinema. Holmes did not resist arrest, but investigators have since described the former PhD student at the Univ. of Colorado-Denver medical school as uncooperative.
The president met with the families of each of the victims, and recalled his encounters during a nationally televised, ten minute speech.
“I had a chance to visit with each family, and most of the conversation was filled with memory,” Obama said. “It was an opportunity for families to describe how wonderful their brother, or their son, or daughter was, and the lives that they have touched, and the dreams that they held for the future. I confessed to them that words are always inadequate in these kinds of situations, but that my main task was to serve as a representative of the entire country and let them know that we are thinking about them at this moment and will continue to think about them each and every day, and that the awareness that not only all of America but much of the world is thinking about them might serve as some comfort.” [Scroll down to watch the speech.]
President Barack Obama (2nd R) is greeted by (L-R) Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan after arriving at Buckley Air Force Base July 22, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado
Twelve moviegoers were killed and 58 more injured during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
During his address, Obama recounted a meeting with 19-year old Allie Young and 21-year old Stephanie Davies, best friends who survived the assault thanks to fast thinking and selfless acts.
“When the gunman initially came in and threw the canisters, he threw them only a few feet away from Allie and Stephanie, who were sitting there watching the film,” he recounted. “Allie stood up, seeing that she might need to do something or at least warn the other people who were there. And she was immediately shot. And she was shot in the neck, and it punctured a vein, and immediately she started spurting blood.”
“And apparently, as she dropped down on the floor, Stephanie — 21 years old — had the presence of mind to drop down on the ground with her, pull her out of the aisle, place her fingers over where she — where Allie had been wounded, and applied pressure the entire time while the gunman was still shooting,” Obama continued. “Allie told Stephanie she needed to run. Stephanie refused to go — instead, actually, with her other hand, called 911 on her cell phone.”
This is the third reaction Obama has given about the shootings; he gave an early, brief statement shortly after the news broke early Friday morning, and then addressed the nation later that day. He suspended his campaign ads through the weekend, and ordered flags be flown at half-mast until July 25.
James Holmes, the alleged gunman responsible for the massacre, is due in court today.
*The suspected “lone-wolf” shooter of the Batman movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo. earlier today has been identified as Ph.D. student James Holmes, who recently withdrew from his neuroscience studies at the University of Colorado before shooting up “The Dark Knight Rises” screening.
Holmes, 24, moved to Aurora to pursue his Ph.D.at the University of Colorado medical center, living just blocks from the hospital in an apartment that is now laced with explosives and being searched by Haz-Mat teams.
Holmes killed at least 12 people and injured as many as 50, including U.S. military members, during the midnight premiere of the movie at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora early this morning. He barged into the theater mid-show, setting off smoke bombs and stalking up and down the aisles firing as many as four weapons at viewers.
He was captured by police in the parking lot while still wearing a bullet-proof vest, riot helmet, and gas mask.
Moviegoer Christopher Ramos today recalled the real-life horror of the midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” in Aurora, Colo., as a gunman decked in riot gear set off smoke bombs and opened fire on the unsuspecting audience.
“People were running everywhere, running on top of me, like kicking me, jumping over me. And there were bodies on the ground,” Ramos said. “I froze up. I was scared. I honestly thought I was going to die.”