Mike Gold: Bat-Madness

Mike Gold

ComicMix's award-winning and spectacularly shy editor-in-chief Mike Gold also performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com and on iNetRadio, www.iNetRadio.com (search: Hit Oldies) every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check www.getthepointradio.com above for times and on-demand streaming information.

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21 Responses

  1. Martha Thomases says:

    Um, I think water (or liquids, anyway) does cause drowning. Also, being stupid about swimming when you don’t know how, there are no lifeguards, the weather/tides are dicey,etc.

    Many people who advocate gun control don’t want to eliminate guns. They want to make the people who get them demonstrate that they can handle the weapons. Much like one needs to pass a test to get a driver’s license. I realize these are two different things, that the right to drive a car isn’t guaranteed in the constitution. I’m just trying to say that there are degrees of opposition to guns.

    Me, when I rulef the Universe, I’ll get rid of them all.

    • Mike Gold says:

      When you rule the universe, you’ll have to start with eliminating all the sulfur, charcoal and salt peter in the world. Whereas that stuff, in proper combination (call me for details, Martha), gave us the Nobel Peace Prize, it’s also the root cause of bullets.

      Of course, we use that stuff for other purposes — including medicinal. And vaporizing salt peter will both lead to an increase in population and to the end of corned beef, which, as we all know, will destroy New York City’s economy.

      • mike weber says:

        Ummm, Nobel’s money came from dynamite, which is made from nitric acid, sulfuric acid, glycerol and diatomaceous earth. not from gunpowder.

  2. George Haberberger says:

    When I was kid I looked up gunpowder in the encyclopedia. Went to the local Rexall drugstore and bought sulfur and saltpeter, Crushed some charcoal briquettes between two bricks until it was powder. Mixed it all together in the proportions that the encyclopedia said was the formula and had a bit a fun on a lazy summer day.

    Today, about 40 years laterI don’t own a gun. I might like to, but it’s not a priority.

    • Mike Gold says:

      Well, at least you can get gunpowder. Buy or make some bullet molds and you’re set.

      I haven’t had a gun in years. Haven’t needed one. And that scares some folk a bit.

      I miss Rexall. Tell me, George, was sulphur covered in their one-cent sales?

    • mike weber says:

      I used to mess around with saltpeter and sugar. Mixed 50/50, it makes rocket fuel.

      • Mike Gold says:

        Mike, that’s cool. Where did you get the rocket?

        And why did NASA waste all that time and money with liquid nitrogen?

        • mike weber says:

          It’s only good for SMALL rockets. Something like Estes, but somewhat bigger and more powerful.
          Up to about, say, six feet long and making it several miles high. With the proper nozzle…
          You can melt it and cast it in your kitchen oven if you’re careful – it melts at 450F but doen’t ignite till somewhere north of 600F.
          But you didn’t hear that from me.

  3. jeff douglas messer says:

    bravo Mike. spot on breakdown of the situation on all sides!

  4. John Ostrander says:

    Great point there, Mike. He’s not a monster; he COULD be any one of us. He’s a human being who has done terrible, terrible things. He IS one of us.

  5. jeff douglas messer says:

    I rather like Chris Rock’s take on gun control. How about we make the bullets REALLY expensive, that way if you do want to use a gun to kill people, you have to make sure that it is worth the investment. Satire is great.

    • Mike Gold says:

      I’m a big fan of Rock’s, and I miss his HBO show. But, well, damn, it’s pretty damn easy to make bullets. As George and I pointed out above.

      And that’s the perspective we always overlook. This guy had his apartment boobie-trapped (an awful phrase, that) to kingdom come. Evidently, he had grenades — either on him, or at his apartment. Virtually everybody has enough shit under their kitchen sink to blow up their house, if not the block, if not the neighborhood.

      I am absolutely opposed to the impulse (read: immediate) purchase of guns. Absolutely. Waiting periods, background checks, that’s all okay by me. But for the guy who spends a couple weeks or a couple months putting his massacre together — as the Accused is accused of doing — gun control is not a deterrent. Not in the least.

      I’m not advocating AGAINST gun control or FOR guns, although I do advocate for the right to self-defense. I’m saying that this is one of those cases where the problem isn’t guns. It’s dangerous looneys.

  6. Todd Maxwell says:

    I’d just like to say that I think it would be a good idea, especially for people in the comic book industry, to stop referring to this tragedy as the “Dark Knight Slayings” or the “Dark Knight Rises shooting tragedy”. As far as I can tell, it had nothing to do with the movie other than this individual knew that it would be a sold out crowd. Stick with the “Aurora Movie Theater Slayings” and attempt to distance Batman as far as possible.

    I even read a report that mentioned he had Bright Orange hair so he was trying to be like the Joker “who also has brightly colored hair”. No mention that the Joker has green hair and thus the conclusion is inane.

    Just a thought.

    • Mike Gold says:

      Yeah, the hair thing bothers me as well. Maybe he was just a Cesar Romero fan.

      I think he has some sort of affinity with Batman — yeah, this was pretty much the sold-outest of the sold-out midnight premieres thus far, but his “I am the Joker” revelation (if true) and the Batman stuff found in his apartment (if true) shows some sort of affinity for the character.

      Nonetheless, Todd, I agree with your point. In fact, I stopped using the phrase “Dark Knight slayings” etc a couple days ago. I could have updated my column.

      • mike weber says:

        Apparently that’s not true – he didn’t say anything about the Joker, apparently.

        • Mike Gold says:

          Yeah, that’s why I keep saying “if true” after everything. Facts roll out slowly, and reports go back and forth. Never trust anything you hear the first couple of hours after a big story breaks.

  7. Jonathan (the other one) says:

    I note further that while nobody *needs* a 100-round drum magazine (a “C-mag”, with which the accused reportedly equipped his rifle), it was that very device that may have saved lives, as according to reports it jammed shortly after the shooting began (as C-mags are prone to do). Had the shooter used mere 10-round magazines, the rifle would have been silent only for the time needed to change them, which isn’t long at all.

    Another report that boiled my shorts was a claim that the shooter was inspired by a particular scene in the movie “The Dark Knight Rises”. How would that even be possible? He started shooting before the movie started playing! Was he precognitive, influenced by things that hadn’t even happened yet?

    Last, I just want to promote anew an idea promulgated by David Brin in recent blog postings – the idea that certain accused criminals do not need their names blasted all over the place, that notoriety might be exactly what propels some of them. It has been proposed that we label them with the nature, place, and date of the crime – a procedure that would also make it easier on family members, and on purportedly reformed criminals who’ve served their prison sentences. Accordingly, I shall refer to the accused as Accused.Aurora.20120720.001. (Should he be convicted, he’ll become Murderer.Aurora.20120720.001, of course.)

  8. Andrej says:

    Aurora tragedy… It was The Killing Joke. Literally.

  9. Jerome Maida says:

    Absolutely fantastic commentary..I wish it was printed in every editorial page in every paper in America. It’s that good.