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Near as I can tell from my FaceBook feed, all my old Boston homies are home and safe. So. Fine.

Does everyone have the day off for Patriot’s Day? I always did, but I worked in suburban Boston and my employer could expect some percent of employees to play hooky for the marathon if a day wasn’t provided.

I never went in person, but watched on TV often enough. I’m not into sports — certainly not marathons — but I remember this one because the third Monday in April is a real grab bag, weather wise. I’ve watched them run in blazing sun and in snow. Runners prefer the cold runs, for the obvious reason.

As far as speculation goes…too soon, too soon. We’ll have real answers in the fullness of time. Now back to watching Twitter twitter.


Comment from EZnSF
Time: April 15, 2013, 11:16 pm

I’m not waiting for answers. In my mind, I’m pushing the button and watching the clouds via infrared satellite.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 15, 2013, 11:18 pm

They’re talking about cancelling the London marathon, which was due to be run Sunday.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: April 15, 2013, 11:23 pm

Yes, Twitter is the go-to source for breaking news. I’ve been bookmarking UK newspapers for a few weeks now, and the Daily Mail had MORE information online SOONER than any U.S. site. WTF?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 15, 2013, 11:28 pm

Oh, the graphic is from boston.com — which is the Globe. My bad for not including credit.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: April 15, 2013, 11:31 pm

Woke up with Drudge reporting the giant drop in gold, worst loss ever, etc etc — then this. Be careful about which website you visit. Some images can’t be un-seen in your mind.

I knew to avoid the usual places. But Innocently ventured over to Ann Barnhardt’s blog on finances and get her take on gold — whoa, pic of victim. Never worry about a foot blister again, for sure.

Guy(s) who did this needs some 600AD punishment, for sure.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: April 15, 2013, 11:34 pm

If we don’t start screaming loud and long for secure borders I’m gonna… gonna… stamp my feet or something.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: April 15, 2013, 11:47 pm

American Journalism just died today. Even the best, latest, link at Ace’s ends up back at the Courier-Mail out of Australia. Here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/cut3ccd Just wow.

Comment from Redd
Time: April 15, 2013, 11:55 pm

The DM gets a lot of stuff wrong but they keep updating and correcting. All we get from the US media is propaganda, i.e., must be those nasty “patriots.”

Twitter is an excellent source for breaking news.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: April 15, 2013, 11:55 pm

Ms Compton — don’t you know our borders were never as secure as they are now? Obama and Janet Neapolitan say so. Don’t you believe them?

And the gang of ocho are introducing more laws to make it even more secure. We have to pass this law before they can tell us whats in it, tho.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: April 16, 2013, 12:01 am

I used to work with a guy that runs the marathon each year. Waiting to hear any news on whether he went this year..

Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 16, 2013, 12:16 am

Hubby and I are here and well. We had no cell or texting available for several hours. We resorted to a social media post (wifi was still open, but very slow) to let family and friends know we are healthy.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 16, 2013, 12:30 am

My wife was travelling through Boston to-day. Dang, if it’s some left[y|ies] connected to the OWS-tard, Billy Ayers bullshit, I’ll be happy to take a 30year vacation to off a couple.

Comment from EZnSF
Time: April 16, 2013, 12:35 am

Can I be your roommate?

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: April 16, 2013, 1:10 am

Latest reports are 5 unexploded devices, plus the two that did, for a total of 7. Whoever decided to shut down the cell phone system after the first explosions deserves a medal.

Tried to listen to a local Boston station on the ‘net – which turned out to be NPR. I had to turn it off when a _reporter_ decided it was important to mention that today is Tax Day and Patriot’s Day. Oh, and HITLER’S BIRTHDAY is April 20th.

Fargin’ scum sucking bottom dwellers.

Comment from Redd
Time: April 16, 2013, 1:32 am

If there are that many bombs, it makes me think that there were more than one person planting them.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: April 16, 2013, 3:10 am

A couple of my home town’s firefighters were running in the Marathon, but they have reported in as OK. We have 3 definite explosive devices detonated or found, with reports of possibly 4 more found but not detonated. Even if the 4 additional are not true, the 3 certain ones pretty much rule out a lone bomber.

Given that interpreting American news is now akin to the old exercise of sorting through Soviet news, I will be looking at the Brit press in some detail shortly. One telling thing is that on CNN they were speculating that it was the evil Right-wingers and slamming on everyone more conservative than Trotsky. Then came the report [still not confirmed] that there was a person of interest, a Saudi national, being held. Suddenly it was all, “you can’t blame an entire group for the actions of an individual”. That gives a good working assumption as to who is behind this, pending more information.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Deborah
Time: April 16, 2013, 3:54 am

Not to worry. Obama said that those responsible will “feel the full weight of justice.”

In other news—If you sell a gun to your son, “there’s something wrong with your family,” says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. No word about “giving” your guns to someone else in the family. I hope the distinction is important, since all my husband’s guns (and my son’s guns) were given to them by me, and their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers. And some uncles. Plus a step-father, or two.

I was going to give my guns to my son, but I guess it can keep until I die. Inheritance is ok—right?


Comment from tomfrompv
Time: April 16, 2013, 4:21 am

Also heard the reports about the 20 year old Saudi. But the report carefully pointed out he was not a “suspect”, just a person of interest. A few minutes later, we hear from the Religion of Peace Rep that “all of Islam is praying that the bombers are not Muslim, since violence is not condoned”.

In the pre-Obama days, I wouldn’t think twice about this. But after Ft Hood being classified as workplace violence and the MSM’s total indifference to Benghazi — I have to conclude we just got hit again. 12 years after 9/11.

Comment from Tom
Time: April 16, 2013, 9:05 am

@Redd – All we get from the US media is propaganda, i.e., must be those nasty “patriots.”

Not just the U.S. media. I was watching Sky news this morning before heading in to work (in Dublin, Ireland, I’m an ex-pat Yank) and they had a “journalist expert” on whose name I didn’t see. The first words out of his mouth where that this happened on Tax Day so it could’ve been an anti-government right-wing group or an anti-abortion group. The fact that the “person of interest” is a Saudi national is not going to be allowed to disturb the narrative.

On the other hand it’s going to be just wall-to-wall speculation for the next few days before anything is really nailed down.

“American Journalism just died today.”

Oh American journalism died a long time ago Gromulin. The number of stories that would be front page news for weeks on end if a Republican were in the White House that don’t even make it below the fold on page 20 is enormous. The most recent shameful omission is the Kermit Gosnell trial. I knew the press was bent and I didn’t really care for them but the way they’ve handled Gosnell has caused me to really loathe them.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 16, 2013, 11:49 am

Secure our borders. Now.

I tell you, if someone had gone into cold sleep in 1963 (if that had been possible) and was awakened now, he’d be screaming, “They moved me somewhere else! I’m not in the United States anymore! It can’t be — this isn’t my country!!!”

Not only are we frightened and unsure all the time, our own government and the press that was supposed to protect our freedoms are all coldly inimical to us. And many Americans are helping them, or standing by and allowing them to work. My boss, otherwise a sensible fellow, has already ventured the opinion that it could be some anti-tax fanatics. [headdesk]

Comment from ed
Time: April 16, 2013, 4:53 pm

Well at least the “journalists” won’t have to continue dwelling on Gosnell.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: April 16, 2013, 6:08 pm

The problem now is a week of speculation, rumor, guesswork, idiotic accusations (it was the tea party, it was right wing extremists, it was a Saudi terrorist, it was remnants of the IRA, yadda yadda), and almost nothing of substance or value.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: April 16, 2013, 8:06 pm

This will be handled the same way as Benghazi. Obama will say we’ll hunt down the bad guys and bring them to justice. The media will repeat that over and over.

Meanwhile, the govt will claim there was no Al Quaeda here. Small bunch of bad guys, probably home grown. The media will report what the govt says and not look any further. Oh sure, we’lll get tons of human stories – bravery, suffering, dead kids, grieving people. With plenty of shots of Obama reading off a teleprompter as he consoles America.

Some of will get angry over this. The blogs will go nuts. Fox News will try to get the real story out, like Benghazi. But in the end, nothing will happen except to bury the dead.

IMHO, this was not a big enough disaster to wake anybody up. Average Joe will move on.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: April 16, 2013, 8:20 pm

Related, in that Britain is about to have a very public state funeral for Lady Thatcher:

As much as I can, I would like to extend an apology for the short-of-the-normal-number-of-chromosomes US government for deliberately snubbing the funeral and not sending a delegation to render her final honors. I remember her coming to President Reagan’s funeral and comforting the family. Honor is a stranger in the District of Columbia.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from LesterIII
Time: April 16, 2013, 9:05 pm

While the song this verse comes from is titled “Traitor”, the sentiment of this verse (that has been running in a loop in my head since yesterday) holds true for any and all responsible for this vile act of terror:

“Delight we find in you, as we are binding you,
You look in vain for friends, you only find revenge
We give you blood and steel, we break you on the wheel
The ones you hope to sell, will send you straight to hell,
As we dismember you, we shall remember you,
You are abomination, you that betray the nation
You shall take long to die,
Traitor, Traitor!”

Thank you Lemmy, Wurzel (RIP), Wizzo & Philthy

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: April 17, 2013, 12:41 am

Subotai Bahadur: Given what this man, or his entourage tend to say when visiting other countries, perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise that he and his are staying put.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 17, 2013, 1:38 am

Comment from EZnSF
Time: April 16, 2013, 12:35 am

Can I be your roommate?

I have needs.

just warnin’ ya.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 17, 2013, 1:45 am

I would like to extend an apology for the short-of-the-normal-number-of-chromosomes US government for deliberately snubbing the funeral

Honestly, I think they have an extra. I’m not saying it’s 23, but they have an extra.

Comment from Oceania
Time: April 17, 2013, 6:50 am

I see that you found some of the bombs, especially the one in the hospital.
People were watching this from afar, but the people who carried it out made their own gear, and knew what they were doing. However everyone else was aware of it before hand, including your police telling everyone to ‘remain calm’ before it happened.

Ironic, that Bostons Irish funded the IRA, without a Qualm.
Yet now they get their own treatment back upon them.

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