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The Boston Marathon Bomb

April 15th, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Multiple explosive devices were used at the bombing of the Boston Marathon finish line. Two bombs went off in succession as shown in the video below.

Two more devices were said to have been found, one underneath a grandstand. AP reports that they were “homemade devices”. Other sources are reporting only a total of 3 bombs found. But citing police scanner reports a news source says other devices may have been involved, one at the JFK Library and another at a hotel. The Library incident is now said to be fire-related.

In another flash “WH: around 3pm EDT, the President received a briefing from Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco and other senior WH staff in Oval Office”. Other sources reported a temporary no-fly zone declared over the city.

The characteristics of the bomb can be plainly seen from the video above. It would appear from the location of the blast that most of the casualties will not be the runners themselves but among onlookers nearest the shops where explosions appeared to have been centered.

Like tens of thousands of others I have personal memories of the Marathon and ran it in 1983. Although the professional runners are the media stars the Marathon has much of the quality of a community festival and there are many working class and lower-tier professionals and students who run it simply to say ‘I once ran 42K’.

There are as yet no definite suspects. But the Boston Marathon is of significance or of possible symbolism only to a fairly narrow group of people. It is not some kind of “international symbol of America”, nor to anyone in the actual know representative of class warfare or privilege in any way. The motives of striking at the event are interesting to consider. Things might become clearer once the panic and excitement die down and a clearer pattern of events can be determined.


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A Jordanian affiliate of al-Qaeda is already expressing celebration over the murders in Boston. (Even if the bombing was done by someone other than a Muslim, any act of celebration is a crucial and integral component of politicized murder, which is what “terrorism” really is.)

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/jordan-extremist-praises-boston-bombing

It has become my considered opinion that the Obama administration's red line against the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons should be lifted. It has become reasonably obvious that the United States has more important issues to worry about than whether members of al-Qaeda get gassed by the chemical weapons of Bashar Assad's regime.

Syrian rebels cannot have it both ways. If they align themselves with al-Qaeda, they should not expect American help in any respect. If they transfer American weapons to al-Qaeda, they should be regarded as extensions of al-Qaeda. Any Syrian rebel group that wants help in any manner from the United States must not merely disassociate itself from al-Qaeda but must also actively and openly oppose al-Qaeda's presence in Syria.
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For Boston Obama got briefed. He must have skipped the 19th green. For Benghazi no one could be bothered.

Evil is unleashed and crawling out from under rocks. Something wicked this way comes.
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I shudder to think what our lives would be like if we got our money's worth out of the TSA. Count your blessings.
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Later reports tell of a rising number of dud IEDs discovered in Boston.

If so, the operative assumption would have to be that this was a jihadi cell at least as ambitious as those in England or Spain.

IIRC, Buraq couldn't cough up the word "terrorist" in his oratory.

In other news, it does appear that the Wan is giving away the store to Moscow, Beijing and Pyongyang. Consequently, the opfor rhetoric is now hyperbolic.

Barry is willing to give anything to make the bad words go away.
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There's a federal warrant being served at the 5th floor 364 Ocean Revere, which from this property review sounds like a dump. A person of interest said to be there

watersedgerevere.com/horror-stories/
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It reads like they suspect that it was a bomb factory.

With their Web reputation -- anyone with a pulse and upfront cash would be an 'ideal' tenant.

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It is a sign of the times and the state of our country that my first thought when I heard of it was that it was a false flag provocation to justify a government crackdown. And talking to people in several stores I visited this afternoon, I was far from alone; although I was the only one to use the technical term. As more information came out, that seemed less likely, but when dealing with the Federales one cannot rule any illegal or immoral action out.


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Any public outrage now takes on the aspect of provocation. Any shooting, bombing, suicide, death -- any outrageous event -- becomes a litmus test.The blame game has been played so often that the first thoughts are now "I hope the other guy gets blamed".

Well about all I can reasonably predict is that somebody will get fingered as the suspect. Who that will be? There's the rub.

The 20 year old Saudi national "person of interest" is too close to unpleasant reality for the administration. They cannot easily retract their declaration that it was an act of terrorism. So they will have to find a more "acceptable" suspect.

I will note that both "sides" of the mobius strip that is American electoral politics have reason to find that "acceptable" suspect. Senator John McCain has already complained that the bombing might delay the passage of the new immigration bill. If we are being attacked again as a result of our wide open borders, it might make some of us neanderthals object to a mass amnesty and finally erasing the border.

Subotai Bahadur
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Same here, Subotai. They didn't use the term "false flag" but they thought that it might be the Feds.
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Speaking of the border, I still flatly oppose selectively rewarding criminal immigrants for coming into this country illegally while selectively punishing immigrants who obeyed laws to obtain citizenship. In other words, I oppose amnesty including amnesty under the guise of a “path to citizenship” that would mean amnesty under another name.

This is not merely about controlling our borders. It is also about not ceding control over our border to immigrants who come here illegally – and are thus professional criminals – and not ceding our border to Mexican irredentists. American citizens through our representatives must control citizenship and our borders – not a minority of loud demonstrators in the streets of Los Angeles.

This battle isn't just about amnesty this time. It's about the next amnesty, and the amnesty after that, and the amnesty after that. The first amnesty was in 1986, and it was that amnesty which created the expectation – and the appetite – for a much bigger amnesty now. On the one hand, we are facing a flood. On the other hand, if Rubio succeeds at ramming through his amnesty (and I am NOT voting for him for President...), we will still need to fight one rearguard action after another in the future.

Every time immigration activists raise their fists to express their desire for conquest, it only deepens my will to resist. When Mexicans chanted “Osama” at soccer games, I don't forget that. When our soccer team gets booed at a “home game” against the Mexican national team at the Rose Bowl, I don't forget that. I am even considering the option of open immigration from Haiti and the Dominican Republic if only to let them fill out the lowest rungs on our socioeconomic ladder to squeeze out Mexicans who seem to think they have a right to barge into our country at will.

The Roman Empire did not fall to barbarians. It fell to “undocumented workers” from Germany.
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We should looki at the immigration laws in Mexico. they are very strict. and we should look at voting laws also. They have voter ID.

All illegal aliens are illegal voters. Thats how it works. We can have no sane immigration laws when we have no sane voting laws.
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Speaking of the border, I still flatly oppose selectively rewarding criminal immigrants for coming into this country illegally while selectively punishing immigrants who obeyed laws to obtain citizenship. In other words, I oppose amnesty including amnesty under the guise of a “path to citizenship” that would mean amnesty under another name.

This is not merely about controlling our borders. It is also about not ceding control over our border to immigrants who come here illegally – and are thus professional criminals – and not ceding our border to Mexican irredentists. American citizens through our representatives must control citizenship and our borders – not a minority of loud demonstrators in the streets of Los Angeles.

This battle isn't just about amnesty this time. It's about the next amnesty, and the amnesty after that, and the amnesty after that. The first amnesty was in 1986, and it was that amnesty which created the expectation – and the appetite – for a much bigger amnesty now. On the one hand, we are facing a flood. On the other hand, if Rubio succeeds at ramming through his amnesty (and I am NOT voting for him for President...), we will still need to fight one rearguard action after another in the future.

Every time immigration activists raise their fists to express their desire for conquest, it only deepens my will to resist. When Mexicans chanted “Osama” at soccer games, I don't forget that. When our soccer team gets booed at a “home game” against the Mexican national team at the Rose Bowl, I don't forget that. I am even considering the option of open immigration from Haiti and the Dominican Republic if only to let them fill out the lowest rungs on our socioeconomic ladder to squeeze out Mexicans who seem to think they have a right to barge into our country at will.

The Roman Empire did not fall to barbarians. It fell to “undocumented workers” from Germany.
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"The Roman Empire did not fall to barbarians. It fell to “undocumented workers” from Germany"

ahahah

and these were the Franks
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Seems to me that we need some new laws to counter this abomination. First, we must insist that, in order to ensure public safety, public events of this size be officially declared a " bomb-free zone". Then, we must also insist that more intense background checks be implemented for anyone wishing to purchase a bomb or bomb-making components. Then, we must insure that any bomb detonating devices (ie. cell phones) be regulated and restricted to only those having a Federal bomb-detonating device license. Please, government officials, implement these policies and SAVE US!!!
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Yes, bomb making materials… fertilizer, matches, digital alarm clocks, wire, tape…
Must require registration and specific instructions on how NOT to use. Perhaps a list of all known bomb recipes and a signature…

Our safety is much too important to let these materials fall in the wrong hands.
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Media battlespace preparations begin.

Sen. Feinstein: ”It is a terrorist incident. … It could be foreign, it could be homegrown.”
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It could be a Republican.
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Thanks Marie.
2 dead, bad. Could have been much worse.
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Latest update, sadly, is that there are 3 dead, one of them an eight-year-old boy. One of the few good aspects about the type of event (a public foot race) is that there was a large number of trained medical personnel and first responders along the route to take care of injuries, exhaustion, or other medical problems among the runners, and so they were there to treat and transport the wounded when the bombs went off.

And thanks also to Marie Claude for her kind words.
1 year ago
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A Jordanian affiliate of al-Qaeda is already expressing celebration over the murders in Boston. (Even if the bombing was done by someone other than a Muslim, any act of celebration is a crucial and integral component of politicized murder, which is what “terrorism” really is.)

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/jordan-extremist-praises-boston-bombing

It has become my considered opinion that the Obama administration's red line against the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons should be lifted. It has become reasonably obvious that the United States has more important issues to worry about than whether members of al-Qaeda get gassed by the chemical weapons of Bashar Assad's regime.

Syrian rebels cannot have it both ways. If they align themselves with al-Qaeda, they should not expect American help in any respect. If they transfer American weapons to al-Qaeda, they should be regarded as extensions of al-Qaeda. Any Syrian rebel group that wants help in any manner from the United States must not merely disassociate itself from al-Qaeda but must also actively and openly oppose al-Qaeda's presence in Syria.
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Daniel Pipes doesnt see it other way like you do

http://de.danielpipes.org/12736/assad-unterstuetzen
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Jeez. Screwed up that last attempt.

Swear to God I was thinking about this before lunch.

Three conjectures:

1. Eventually, Muslim domestic terrorism reaches a tipping point. Shootings, bombings. Beslan. Cumulatively it's too much. A Muslim defendant on trial either for a terrorist act, or, say, rape, goes unconvicted because a Muslim juror refuses to convict a fellow Muslim. Question about whether we can strike Muslims from juries sitting on a case involving a Muslim defendant. Yes. No.

2. Due to our system of law, of our social contract, due to the incompetence or weakness of government. Brainless immigration and State offices continue immigration and travel policies regarding ME nations and other Muslim nations, as if on automatic pilot fueled by Saudi contributions to useful officials' retirement funds. The government is seen as incapable of managing the thing.

3. Civil disturbances directed at Muslims.

As Richard says about foreign terror ops--their coreligionists can't control them--the same is true domestically. So Step 1 is inevitable. If Step 2 is the way I outline it, Step 3 is inevitable. So the solution is for the State to be competent in Step 2.

What's your guess
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The Saudi story has come back again, this time via CBS, not the NY Post:

"CBS News senior correspondent John Miller reports that a Saudi national is being questioned by authorities. He was seen "acting suspiciously" running from the explosion and a civilian chased him down and tackled him. He was turned over to Boston Police and is being questioned by FBI. He is being cooperative and denies any involvement.

"This could mean a lot, or this could mean very little," Miller said. "It's too soon to call him a suspect."

Miller reported earlier that authorities are also reviewing surveillance video that shows a man from behind carrying two backpacks near the site of the explosions. Authorities are not sure whether the subject in the video is linked to the blasts."

That's 19:13 Eastern http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57579671/deadly-explosions-rock-boston-marathon/

But I think it is too early to reach any conclusions, and we are better served waiting for more data.
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Remember Atlanta and what they did to poor Richard Jewel. With regard to whomever they have as a suspect, I'm taking a posture of "we shall see." These clown in the media couldn't boil water if we gave them a day, much less get any facts straight.
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