Saturday, October 20, 2018

Springfield Active Shooter Syncs to Sylvia Seegrist and Brenda Spencer

October 20, 2018. First hand reports from people inside Springfield Mall telling me they are locked inside American Eagle dressing room in lockdown after reports of active shooter at Springfield Mall. ~ Chris O'Connell, Fox 29, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pictured above is the American Eagle in the Springfield Mall, Pennsylvania. Below is the American Eagle store in the Springfield Mall, Virginia. The stores are widespread throughout the malls of America.

In the Atlanta area, the Stonecrest Mall had experienced a shooting on Saturday afternoon, October 20, 2018.

On October 19, 2018, a shooting had occurred in a mall in South India, in Asia, and a man was injured in an Eastdale Mall, Alabama, USA, shooting.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, October 20, 2018, police and fire crews were dispatched to the Springfield, Pennsylvania, mall at approximately 1:05 p.m. to reports of a shooting in the parking lot near the Baltimore Pike. The argument began inside the store between two groups before it moved outside and escalated to gunfire. An Ulta employee said they heard the shots, but did not see the actual incident. The shooter fled the scene, and there is no longer an active shooter situation.

Springfield Mall Mass Shooting, October 30, 1985.

Sylvia Wynanda Seegrist (born July 31, 1960), an American woman, on October 30, 1985, opened fire at the Springfield Mall in Springfield, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Seegrist killed three people and wounded seven others before being disarmed by a man who was shopping at the mall. The individuals killed included two men and a two-year-old boy.

On the first of two trips to the Springfield Mall on the day of October 30, 1985, Seegrist shopped for Halloween items at a party store. She then worked out at a fitness club, before returning to the mall for the last time.

Around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 1985, Sylvia Seegrist, dressed in Army fatigues and black boots, parked her car at the front of the Springfield Mall. (Acquaintances said she was always angry and nicknamed her "Ms. Rambo.")
Seegrist alighted from her vehicle, a Datsun B-210, retrieved the weapon she had purchased, and then fired at a man approximately 30 yards from where she stood. The man was not hit and having seen the vehicle she arrived in, flattened one of the Datsun's tires to prevent an escape in that vehicle. Meanwhile, Seegrist had approached the nearest entrance and fired at, but missed, a woman who was using a nearby ATM. Before entering the mall, she shot and killed two-year-old Recife Cosmen who was with his parents waiting to eat at a local restaurant.

Once inside, Seegrist fired into some stores and ignored others. Though many customers fled when they heard the gunfire, she came across (Ernest) Earl Trout, who either could not or did not hear it and was simply standing in front of a store where he became one of the three people killed that day. Augusto Ferrara was the last person killed in the rampage. John Laufer, a local graduate student, disarmed her as she walked up to him and tried to raise her gun to shoot him. Laufer forced her to a nearby store while he waited for the arrival of mall security. The first guard who responded asked her why she had just done what she did; her reply was "My family makes me nervous."

Seegrist was 25 years old and had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia ten years earlier. Having been committed and discharged from mental care several times, her case stimulated discussion about the state's authority to commit at-risk people into mental care facilities versus individual rights.


The following passage is straight from my 2004 book, The Copycat Effect, pages 166-167:

Brenda Spencer, 1979


Media interest in adolescent suicide clusters reached a peak in 1987 with the Bergenfield (New Jersey) incident. Then through the early 1990s, stories about teen suicides faded from the national television, magazines, and newspapers. But it was just a matter of time before the media would find a new, ever-more-sensational, youth-oriented death phenomenon. And that would be school shootings.

The "modern era" school rampages goes back to 1979 and Brenda Spencer, a 16­year-old girl, allegedly addicted to violent films and killing birds with her bb gun. Her father had given her a .22 semi-automatic for Christmas. Spencer would later remark: "I ask him for a radio and he bought me a gun. I felt like he wanted me to kill myself."

On January 29, 1979, Spencer pointed her gun out her bedroom window to San Diego’s Cleveland Elementary School across the street. She waited for the principal to open the school. At that point, Spencer began firing on the students who were coming to school. For twenty minutes, she had the students, teachers, and the crossing guard pinned down. During that period, Spencer killed the school principal and the school’s caretaker, as well as wounding nine students, aged 6 to 12. During the next two hours, Brenda Spencer talked to the police and press, before finally surrendering. Explaining to reporters what he had done, she said: "I just started shooting, that's it. I just did it for the fun of it. I just don't like Mondays.... I just did it because it's a way to cheer the day up. Nobody likes Mondays." She finally surrendered, and was convicted on two counts of murder. Brenda Spencer is serving two 25-to-life sentences.

Brenda Spencer, 1996

The victims: Custodian Mike Suchar and Principal Burton Wragg.

The Boomtown Rats, an Irish rock group touring America at the time of the Spencer shooting, decided to write a song about the event. "I Don't Like Mondays" became their most successful and most enduring hit despite the fact that many American radio stations refused to play it....
A decade would pass — almost to the day — before shootings at schools would start to be "news." On January 17, 1989, Patrick Purdy, also known as Patrick West and by other names, returned to the school he had attended 15 years before. But he wasn’t interested in a pleasant homecoming. Instead, Purdy, wearing a t-shirt with the word Satan on it, opened fire at the playground of the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California, killing five children and wounding 35 youngsters and a teacher with his AK-47. All were the children of Southeast Asian refugees. Purdy then turned the gun on himself, and died by suicide.

Both the Purdy and Spencer incidents were atypical of the later school shooters pattern. Neither was current member of the student body they attacked, and Spencer was female; most school shooters who caused fatalities in the late 1990s were males who were suicidal. But the era of school shooters was dawning, and it would clearly follow a copycat blueprint attentively "followed," if not fueled, by the media. ©Loren Coleman 2004.

Brenda Spencer, 2009.

Brenda Spencer, 2017.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Crimea College Shooting: 19 Dead

Obelisk of Glory on Mount Mithridat summit.

On October 17, 2018, a bomb attack and school shooting occurred in the dining room of Kerch Polytechnic College in Kerch, Crimea, occupied by Russia. The school is attended by students aged 15 to mid-20s. Nineteen people died and 53 were injured, 12 of them critically.

Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

An 18-year-old student ran through the technical college in Kerch firing at fellow pupils before killing himself, Russian investigators say.

The alleged perpetrator, named Vladislav Roslyakov, is reported to have run from room to room as he fired, starting in the canteen. He then shot himself dead, Russia's investigative committee said.

Officials said initial examinations suggested all the victims died of gunshot wounds, but some reports speak of shrapnel injuries.

Soon after reports of a blast, investigators released a statement saying an explosive device filled with "metal objects" had detonated in the dining area.

Several witnesses maintain they heard one or more explosions.

Investigators later said they found a second device among the personal possessions of the gunman and that it had been disarmed.

Photo caption: "Russia has said the attack was an act of 'mass murder.'"


Columbine Cosplay?

Early reports said the attack was perpetrated by a fourth-year student of the college, who later killed himself on the second floor of the building. The reports were soon confirmed by the NAK, that stated that the student in question was 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov (Russian: Владислав Росляков). The NAK initially called it an act of terror, but later reclassified the crime as mass murder.
There are suggestions the fourth-year student had developed a hostile attitude to the college. Russia's RBC TV interviewed a friend who said Roslyakov "hated the technical school very much" and had vowed "revenge" on his teachers. Surveillance footage of the incident captured Roslyakov, carrying a shotgun and wearing black pants and a white tee-shirt. Source.

Mount Mithridat

Mount Mithridat is a large hill located in the center of Kerch, a city on the eastern Kerch Peninsula of Crimea, Ukraine. It is 300 ft in elevation.
From the top of Mount Mithridat a scenic view spreads across the Strait of Kerch and the city of Kerch. Sometimes it is possible to see the Caucasus shore.
Mount Mithridat was named after Mithridates VI of Pontus. He was ruler of the Kingdom of Pontus, and a long-time antagonist of the Roman Republic via the Mithridatic Wars, until he was deceived by his son. After a long siege of Panticapaeum he tried to kill himself several times, until finally was killed by the leader of his own guardsmen.

The Great Mithridates Staircase leads to the top of Mount Mithridat, in a series of flights and balustraded terraces. It was built in 1833-40 by the Italian architect Alexander Digbi. In the present day, a road also goes to the top of the mountain.
In the 19th century a museum was erected on the top of the mountain in the form of a Greek temple, but it was destroyed during the Crimean War.
In 1944 a memorial obelisk was built at the summit to commemorate the soldiers that defended Kerch in World War II. Source.

The landmark mountain was one of the nominees for the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Twilight Language in Andy Thomas' Paintings

There is twilight language in the White House, and I'm not sure President Donald Trump even realized it.

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, President Trump touched on a wide array of topics during his interview with 60 Minutes hosted by CBS reporter Lesley Stahl. Besides all the subjects, what got some attention was the painting on the wall of the White House room where the interview took place.

Donald Trump has hung an Andy Thomas painting of past Republican presidents hanging out with Donald Trump in the Trump White House. As 60 Minutes documented, Thomas’ The Republican Club was there, in the background of the dining room.

Andy Thomas' The Republican Club, with President Trump.

Grand Ol' Gang.

Callin' the Blue.

Thomas' previous Republican paintings.

True Blues - Democratic Presidents

Callin' The Red

Thomas' The Democratic Club (directly above) and other paintings are populated by Democratic Presidents.

But someone else is coming to join them.

Who is that?

Some feel that Andy Thomas painted Senator Kamala Harris in the background (at least for the Democrats).

There’s a shadowy female figure approaching the table, just as there is in his most recent painting of Democratic presidents playing poker, “The Democratic Club.” Thomas explained the symbolism on his website:
“That will be the first Republican female president and the first Democratic female president. … As I was doing the painting, I was thinking that these guys are kind of intimidating in a way. That’s the kind of woman that will be our first woman president; she’ll walk right up to that table.
A woman who walks up to Donald Trump’s table without throwing a drink in his face is probably not going to be a great president, but kudos to Thomas for sneaking a feminist message into Donald Trump’s Presidential Dining Room. In the past, Frederick Judd Waugh’s Rough Sea at Bailey’s Island, Maine, hung on that wall. (Source.)

Before that, Alvan Fisher’s Indian Guides hung there, under both Obama and Bush:

The classy version has the following as a precursor: Porcelain of Capodimonte: Game Poker. The creation of Bari. Master Volta.

Of course, this entire discussion has recalled other paintings of poker players, as follows.

Dogs Playing Poker, by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, refers collectively to an 1894 painting, a 1903 series of sixteen oil paintings commissioned by Brown & Bigelow to advertise cigars, and a 1910 painting. All eighteen paintings in the overall series feature anthropomorphized dogs, but the eleven in which dogs are seated around a card table have become well known in the United States as examples of kitsch art in home decoration.

Critic Annette Ferrara has described Dogs Playing Poker as "indelibly burned into ... the American collective-schlock subconscious ... through incessant reproduction on all manner of pop ephemera."

The first painting, Coolidge's 1894 Poker Game (above), realized $658,000 at a Sotheby's New York sale on November 18, 2015.

Poker or pool with dogs paintings are linked to the Andy Thomas paintings of politicians playing poker or pool. 

The female approaching motif shows that soon this will change the whole male club atmosphere.



I mentioned on Facebook that it seems to not be a coincidence that Andy Thomas shows Abraham Lincoln seated, in two of his three paintings, from the back, from the position known during Lincoln's assassination. This position matches what we find in several paintings of the Lincoln murder at Ford's Theater.

From John Wilkes "Booth's point of view," notes artist Jeffrey Vallance. Vallance also posted the following composite image using Thomas' Lincoln view.

The Big Betrayal by Jack T. Chick. This is a 64-page graphic comic book expanding on the theory that the Jesuits were behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Vallance posted the cover of the Chick book next to the image of Lincoln from the Andy Thomas painting. Makes sense.


Andy Thomas is a well-known artist of Western scenes.

American Storytellers shows Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, Norman Rockwell, Ben Franklin, Ernest Hemingway, Buffalo Bill, and Teddy Roosevelt.

Fight at the Watering Hole.

Wild Bill's Last Deal.

Cowboy Baseball.


Let the memes begin...

See the hidden figure added by "USMC Liberal"?

A comment by the progressive Lincoln to what Carlos Rodriguez sees as the others, all repressives.