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Why do we still know so little about Adam Lanza? Because he lived in the cloud. Rosenwald/Wash.Post

It has been more than a month since Adam Lanza marched into Sandy Hook Elementary School and massacred 20 children and six adult staff members before taking his own life. Since that day, a massive debate over guns has gripped the country. President Obama has announced new measures to reduce gun violence. A Connecticut school was just named for one of the fallen teachers. And the Sandy Hook students are back in class.
Yet we still know next to nothing about the guy who caused it all.

Lanza’s former classmates and friends of his mother — whom he killed in her bed before embarking on the school massacre — have offered tantalizing clues. Lanza might have had Asperger syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum. He excelled at computers, putting them together and taking them apart. He played video games in his basement. He read a lot.

I was one of many reporters who descended on Newtown, Conn., after the tragedy. For several days, journalists tripped over one another at local video game stores, computer repair shops, a comic book store — just about any place where Lanza might have, perhaps should have, been known. But nobody knew him. Nobody had even seen him. Lanza was just a picture on the news. Even in life, he had been a ghost.
The only person who recalled dealing with him was the town hairstylist, who had trimmed Lanza’s hair. Think about that: Except for using the bathroom and eating his meals, getting a haircut was just about the only thing Lanza couldn’t do online. All the things he apparently enjoyed were accessible to him without leaving his room. He could find community among gamers. He could order computer parts. He could buy books without ever visiting a bookstore. That he smashed his hard drive before the shooting spree was telling — a digital suicide preceding his physical one.

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Fox News to Shut Down for Routine Maintenance Monday Morning at 11:30 (disclosed by Borowitz)

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Fox News Channel announced today that it would shut down for what it called “routine maintenance” Monday morning at 11:30 E.T.

Fox News president Roger Ailes explained the timing of the shutdown, which will be the first in the history of the network: “We wanted to pick a time when we were positive nothing would be happening that our viewers would want to see.”
Mr. Ailes said that Fox had considered shutting down only once before, exactly four years earlier on January 20, 2009, and later regretted the decision to continue broadcasting that day: “It turned out that no Fox viewers wanted to watch TV that day. And I mean none.”

According to Mr. Ailes, for the twelve hours Fox News is off the air on Monday the network will broadcast a continuous photomontage of white people.

“Regular viewers of Fox probably won’t notice anything unusual,” he said.
After the routine maintenance is completed, Mr. Ailes said, Fox News will return to the air Tuesday morning with its regular broadcast schedule: “For Fox viewers, it will be like Monday never happened.”

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/01/fox-news-to-shut-down-for-routine-maintenance-monday-morning-at-1130.html#ixzz2IRcJRm7V

Bill Maher's break is over. He's back tonight at 10 pm on HBO


Bob Kerrey
Rula Jebreal
Martin Short
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera
Steve LaTourrette.

It ought to be well worth tuning in to get his views on the happenings in the last few weeks.
Repeat at 11 pm tonight.

The life of Pi (visual)

Duh.....Scratch That!- Signing in the 113th Congress - Fitzsimmons cartoon

Impact of Assault Weapons Ban - Illustration-

The number of shootings per year has doubled, the number of victims has tripled, and half of all mass killing have taken place since 2004.

So what happened in 2004 to mark the beginning of such a deadly period in American history? The assault weapons ban expired.

Why good guys with guns are not the answer. Illustration.

Who knew that my venturing into Asheville’s “Ice House” was going to be my only chance?

I learned today that it will be razed.

Today’s Asheville paper had an article about a building I photographed two weeks ago. A beautiful, scary, and dangerous building.

If you are interested in graffiti and urban artwork and decay click on the article and see the 2 min. video The people who did the little video were able to tred where I could not and would have loved to. After that, my photos will mean more to you.


This building is the closest one to the restaurant 12 Bones where Obama goes when in Asheville. Across the street and a two minute walk.

Ironically when I took the first photo I did not know the name of the building is “The Ice House”.

I took these across the front, then coming around the side and finally going in defying the name calling my family resorted to again. Why do they think I'm nuts?

I’m glad I got to see it, and I’m glad to read today that they will preserve the huge chimney.

President Obama has been to 12 Bones Smokehouse in Asheville twice. I'll show you the surroundings.

Here is the google image of him coming out after standing in line for a long time. He chatted with folks and did not accept attempts to treat him and the first lady as VIPs.
Now here are my photos of what is less than a 5 min walk from the restaurant, and our President never got to see.
Here is the photo I took during Christmas of the deserted place presently on Winter vacation.

Along the walk

Arriving at the first of 2 huge buildings where there is crime and its filled with spots for the homeless and vagrants.
It's not possible to make choices and give you a good idea without posting probably too many shots.

Approaching the first building in its glory, I look at the big door, and try to decide if that lock lets me open it

Sure enough it did. This old lock was a joke.

Once inside, I looked to the right

and then to the left

and up

I visited a side entrance and wondered just HOW folks really can stand it in there

There are large holes in this wall, hard to show

but I was able to get this photo looking into one of them.

The steps at the side of the building don't lead anywhere anymore

But then, who would want to go up there anyway.

So much for the first building
I will show you the other one in the next few days.

The Fools on the Hill - captured by a John Cole cartoon

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