Skimm the Weekend

Details of a Dark tragedy

THE STORY: Suspected shooter James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 58 in Aurora, Colorado when he opened fire at the Friday midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. It's one of the worst massacres in American history.

THE WHAT: The victims' names were released over the weekend.  Allegedly the semiautomatic assault rifle jammed, forcing the shooter to switch to another gun. Additionally, Aurora police chief Daniel Oates says Holmes did not immediately surrender and could have escaped capture by blending in due to his SWAT team appearance, if it weren't for cops who noticed a difference in uniform.

Sunday, President Obama flew to Aurora to visit hospitalized victims and make public remarks. He purposefully did not state the shooter's name and focused on a story of two best friends who made it out alive.

THE WHY (DO I NEED TO SKIMM): Since the shooting, neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney has mentioned new gun control measures, a political nightmare in an election year. The location of the shooting, close to the Columbine massacre, makes this all the more painful for a community that knows first hand how little has changed in terms of gun control since the 1999 shooting.

THE *: "The Dark Knight Rises" grossed an estimated $162 million over the weekend, giving it a strong, yet lower than expected opening.


On the 'do something!' side... Mayor Michael  Bloomberg: "Somebody's got to do something about this, and it requires, particularly in a presidential year, the candidates for president of the United States to stand up once and for all say, 'Yes they felt terrible… but it’s time for this country to do something.'"

On the 'guns don’t kill!' side... Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper: "This is a case of evil, of someone who was an aberration of nature. If it wasn't one weapon, it would have been another."

On the 'how could this happen again?' side... @mister_limey: It says a lot about the US that when a man in a costume with a gun kills people, they ban costumes.


What to say at a client dinner... It looks like the Big Easy did it again. Ernie Els shocked the golf community by winning the British Open. After a lengthy slump, it's nice to see the smooth-swinging South African back on top. I hope you'll understand that I'm just emulating his patience when I miss my deadlines.

What to say on a date... Well it looks like Penn State will avoid the "death penalty," and get to keep their football program. But what are your thoughts on the "staggering penalties" set to be enforced? Do you think a multi-year bowl ban and major scholarship losses, in addition to removing the Joe Paterno statue, punish the right people?

Who won't be getting an autographed picture of Hillary Clinton... Michele Bachmann. Last week Bachmann made some lovely accusations that Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner's wife and Hillary Clinton's senior aide, had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and was a part of a conspiracy to infiltrate the government. Well, Michele, it sounds like a mazel tov, or should we say mubaraak, is in order. Huma is now under extra security protection after she received death threats.

What to say in a meeting... Are we planning on an office Olympics party this Friday? The opening ceremony is speculated to be even  more impressive than Beijing's.  Personally, I'm more excited to see if David Beckham is lighting the torch and what Paul McCartney's performance will bring.

What to say when things are unclear... Some things should be "Black and White," but per usual in the Jackson family, it's just not that clear. Katherine Jackson, Michael's mother and guardian to his children, was reported missing. But some family members say she is safe in Arizona. Katherine told police she is fine. Paris, Michael's daughter, isn't convinced.

What to say to most girls... I don’t get why Jef got to meet Ricki and Arie didn’t. That’s such BS, Emily. It totally swung "The Bachelorette." I also don't get why Jef is spelled that way.

What to say at  Happy Hour... A Palin used a gay slur. It's not the one you think.

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