News & updates

Lots of things have been happening in the news, including some new developments in topics we have discussed earlier.  I’ll just pull together some links:

Have you seen these men?  The FBI has released photos from surveillance videos that depict two suspects in the Boston Marathan bombing. UPDATE:  They have been identified and a wild chase is going on, as Boston is in lockdown.  They are apparently Chechen terrorists.  One has been killed.  (HT to Tom Hering.  As things develop, please let us know in the “comments.”  I probably won’t be able to monitor things closely, so I’ll depend on you for further updates.)

A fertilizer factory exploded in West, Texas, 20 miles from Waco, killing between 5 and 15 people and injuring 160.

Gun control bill fails in the Senate.  None of the President’s proposals could pass the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The ricin suspect is an Elvis impersonator.

The national Republican party is refusing to finance the campaign of disgraced former governor Mark Sanford in his race against Stephen Colbert’s sister for his old seat in Congress.  He recently brought two of his sons on stage with his “fiancee,” his Argentinian mistress, one of his children seeing her for the first time, to his visible consternation.  In the meantime, his ex-wife has filed an action against him in court.  He keeps showing up at her home and coming in without permission.

The Washington Post has started to cover the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell and is describing chilling accounts of what went on in his abortuary.  One worker testified how they would induce labor in women and it would “rain fetuses.”  He said that he witnessed “scores” of babies born alive, whereupon their spines would be snipped.

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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Tom Hering

    The Marathon bombers have been identified, and one is being pursued in a wild scenario right now.

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/19/17823265-boston-on-lockdown-during-marathon-manhunt-for-white-hat-suspect?lite

  • Jon

    O wonderful. Now we have drawn the ire of the Chechen Muslim terrorists. The more the merrier.

    It’s funny, the first thing I pictured in my mind when I heard the ricin guy was from Tupelo, MS was an image of a Fat Elvis impersonator all decked out in full regalia down in his root cellar surrounded by mushroom-growing boxes and a weapons cache.

  • Joe

    I understand the desire to catch this guy, but putting 1 million free American’s on gov’t ordered lock down – movement restricted, commerce disrupted, private property rights disregarded – is problematic. The response to this attack needs to be subject to scrutiny in the coming months. Our society is necessarily charged with balancing safety and liberty, I (and many others) question the current balance.

  • Carl Vehse

    On the day following the Boston terrorist bombing, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, attending an Arab American Institute dinner to receive an award, noted:

    “How many of us feel this burden of association and hope beyond hope that this doesn’t turn out to be what it might be? There are no conclusions. Is it international? Is it domestic? But like all of you—I’m not Pakistani, and I’m not Arab, but I am part Iranian. And I do understand the burden of association. And I know when we know who did this, we will all unite in strong condemnation.”

    What? Until then Amanpour and the AAI were going to maintain neutrality on the terrorist bombing?!?

  • Grace

    Joe @ 3

    “The response to this attack needs to be subject to scrutiny in the coming months. Our society is necessarily charged with balancing safety and liberty, I (and many others) question the current balance.”

    I’m grateful that you aren’t in charge, or your so called “many others” whoever they are. The authorities – FBI, Police, Fire and emergency crews, and all other personnel need to bring this situation under control know far more than you do. Your comment makes no sense. If everyone felt as you do, we wouldn’t have any law and order.

    CNN and FOX are doing a great job reporting this situation, interviewing the father, uncle and aunt. Most insightful comments made by different family members -

    The situation is dire, it’s not something we can ignore. We have no idea how bad it really is.

  • tODD

    Carl Vehse, ladies and gentlemen! He’s a scientist!

  • Grace

    Carl @ 4

    “What? Until then Amanpour and the AAI were going to maintain neutrality on the terrorist bombing?!?”

    Not a surprise!

  • Carl Vehse

    More:
    1. Will Media Report: Suspected Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Appears to Be Obama Fan

    2. DHS Failed to Deport Boston Terrorist After 2009 Assault Conviction

    Thanks a lot, Big Sis! Even if the victims and families of those murdered haven’t yet sent you their appreciation.

  • Carl Vehse

    3. An International Business Times news article reports that Reddit News has a link to a GRAPHIC photo of Tamerlan Tsarnaev (Boston marathon bombing Suspect No. 1) sometime after he was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center early this morning.

  • Tom Hering

    Joe @ 3, I’m with you on this one. We’re watching the post-9/11 security state in action. Revealed, for all to see, in a way it hasn’t been before. And somehow, the pictures I’m watching aren’t exactly comforting. It’s actually kind of creepy.

  • Grace

    Boston bombs: Obama lulled America into false confidence over terror threat

    The war on terror cannot be fought at an arm’s length – and the attacks on Boston have brought uncertainty back to American streets, writes Peter Foster.

    By Peter Foster, US Editor
    19 Apr 2013

    “In his State of the Union address to the American people earlier this year, Barack Obama declared that he was “confident” of achieving “our objective of defeating the core of al-Qaeda”.

    Another excerpt:

    The Boston bombings would appear to present a fundamental challenge to that assessment and once again bring the nagging uncertainty of terrorism back on to the American main street.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/10007190/Boston-bombs-Obama-lulled-America-into-false-confidence-over-terror-threat.html

  • Tom Hering
  • Grace

    Judicial Watch
    Boston Bomber Could Have Been Deported After 2009 Arrest
    April 19, 2013

    Updated 4 p.m. Friday related to arrest versus conviction issue: One of the Chechen terrorists who carried out the Boston Marathon bombings could have been deported years ago after a criminal arrest and/or conviction and the other was granted American citizenship on the 11th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old killed in a wild shootout with police, was a legal U.S. resident who nevertheless could have been removed from the country after a 2009 domestic violence arrest and conviction, according to a Judicial Watch source. That means the Obama administration missed an opportunity to deport Tsarnaev but evidently didn’t feel he represented a big enough threat.

    Other reporting confirms Tsarnaev’s arrest for domestic violence but we’re seeking confirmation of a conviction. Nevertheless he would have been subject to removal for the arrest itself.”

    READ the REST: http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2013/04/boston-bomber-could-have-been-deported-after-2009-conviction/

  • Tom Hering

    So, we’re supposed to deal with domestic abuse cases by treating the abusers as potential threats to the nation? This and future administrations are supposed to have all such persons front and center on their radar? Yeah, those suggestions make a ton of sense. Not.

  • Carl Vehse

    Joe @3: “I understand the desire to catch this guy, but putting 1 million free American’s on gov’t ordered lock down – movement restricted, commerce disrupted, private property rights disregarded – is problematic.”

    Yeah! This morning the combined Keystone Gestapo forces of Boston, Sodomchusetts, FBI and DHS (who purchased with your money a gazillion rounds of ammo; but seems reluctant to use them on known terrorists) put the entire population of Boston and surrounding areas under house arrest, and then surrounded a house this morning claiming the terrorist was inside, only to discover after a few hours there the house was empty and the terrorist is missing. So they did a massive search of all houses in the area (if you don’t answer the door they’ll break it down) and don’t give them any constitutional lip about your rights being violated.

    So now the dummkoff mayor of Boston admits that these combined land/air/sea Federation stormtroopers have let the 19-year-old terrorist escape!!! But in the meantime everyone can go outside, because there’s no danger. (Did it dawn on them that someone(s) may be helping this terrorist, whether it’s the relatives, fellow Islamoterrorists, or Barry’s people… or else the Force is strong in him.)

    So now this evening everyone comes out from hiding and “bang-bang” – there’s gunfire from some guy hiding in a boat. Great idea, Mayor, to bring out additional adults and children into the open to serve as targets for the terrorist so the police will know where he’s hiding.

    Don’t expect the fifth-column media to raise questions about this. They’re too busy interviewing anyone who will tell us what a caring, kind young man this murderer was, or being outraged about the Senate preserving the 2nd amendment, despite the Demonrat politicians the majority of Boston probably voted for.

    Oh, there’s a movie about this just waiting in the wings.

  • Tom Hering

    Oh, there’s a movie about this just waiting in the wings.

    I’m pulling for you to get the vampire part, Carl. :-D

  • Grace

    Tom @ 14

    You dreamed the following up, SPECULATION extraordinaire!

    So, we’re supposed to deal with domestic abuse cases by treating the abusers as potential threats to the nation?

    Only you could have come up with something this goofy, and most likely will lay it at the feet of sarcasm.

  • Grace

    #2 SUSPECT is in custody. Thank God! </blockquote.

  • tODD

    Carl Vehse, ladies and gentlemen! He’s capable of holding a paying job, too!

  • Tom Hering

    Yeah, whatever, Grace.

    UPDATE. The suspect is now in custody. Condition unknown.

  • Carl Vehse

    The poor, misunderstood young man has now been arrested. Now we’ll have to support him until Barry gives him a presidential pardon.

  • tODD

    Carl Vehse, ladies and gentlemen! In real life, many people do not laugh in his face when he forms sentences!

  • Grace

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    ⚫ Don’t miss this one.

    Obama thanks Putin for help in Boston
    Posted By Josh Rogin Friday, April 19, 2013 – 8:18 PM

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/04/19/obama_thanks_putin_for_help_in_boston

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  • Carl Vehse

    From the Daily Caller’s article, “City of Boston gave ‘subsidy’ to bombing suspects’ radical mosque“:

    Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended a Massachusetts mosque that made a controversial deal with a Boston city agency that allowed it to buy land at a lower-than-market price in exchange for various token services to the Boston community, despite the mosque’s links to some radical anti-American figures.

    The 19-year-old Tsarnaev attended mosque at the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Islamic cleric Yusuf Abdullah al-Qaradawi, who said in a 1995 speech that Islam would “conquer America” and “conquer Europe,” reportedly appeared on IRS forms as one of the ISB’s trustees.

    ISB trustee Walid Fitaihi, who wrote that Jews “would be punished for their oppression, murder and rape of the worshippers of Allah,” helped broker the ISB’s deal with the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

    The public safety exception to the Miranda rights for terrorists or suspected collaborators should be applied to the appropriate Boston agency officials so that the federal government’s high value detainee interrogation group can extract information from them immediately without having Miranda rights issued to them.

    One question: Were the pressure cookers use in the bombings stolen (donated?) from the mosque’s kitchen facilities?

  • Grace

    Thank you Carl. What a story.

  • Grace

    I encourage everyone to read the LINK that Carl posted @ 24 – It’s simply shocking!

    How much more don’t we know?

  • Carl Vehse

    Here’s some more from a CBSNews report, “FBI interviewed dead Boston bombing suspect years ago” (one wonders what they are not telling!):

    The FBI admitted Friday they interviewed the now-deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years ago and failed to find any incriminating information about him.

    Although the FBI initially denied contacting Tsarnaev, the brothers’ mother said they had in an interview with Russia Today.

    Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said her son got involved in “religious politics” about five years ago, and never told her he was involved in “jihad.”

    She insisted the FBI “knew what he was doing on Skype” and that they counseled him “every step of the way.”

    Tsarnaeva, who is a U.S. citizen currently in Russia, told Russia Today the FBI had called her with concerns about her elder son, although she did not specify when exactly she was contacted.

    “They used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me … they were telling me that he was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him,” Tsarnaeva said. “They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites… they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step…and now they say that this is a terrorist act!”

    Oh, and this just gets loonier by the hour. According to an AP report, “Background on the Boston bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev“:

    In May of 2011, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, then a senior at a prestigious high school, was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the city of Cambridge, Mass., to pursue higher education. Now, Tsarnaev is on the run, described as “armed and dangerous” and suspected of the Boston Marathon bombing.

  • tODD

    Grace asked (@26):

    How much more don’t we know?

    Don’t tempt me, Grace.

  • tODD

    Anyhow, now that we’ve got the blogs’ two crack intelligence agents on it, I’ll sleep better tonight. You guys keep reporting back on the conspiracy theories you dig up latest news.

  • Carl Vehse

    Here’s a link to a compilation of links for news reports and articles about the islamist bombing at the Boston Marathon.

  • Carl Vehse

    Traitorhillary lied; people died:

    House Republicans have concluded that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was responsible for cutting security at the consulate in Benghazi ahead of last year’s attack there, and that the administration lied about why it downplayed terrorism as the cause of the assault.

    A new report — the result of months of investigation by five different House committees — says there was plenty of intelligence that presaged the attack, but the State Department and President Obama failed to heed the warnings or give the Defense Department the authority to respond to such an attack.

    In the most damning finding, House Republicans said Mr. Obama and his team lied about the attacks afterward, first by blaming mob violence spawned by an anti-Muslim video, and then wrongly saying it had misled the public because it was trying to protect an FBI investigation.

    “This progress report reveals a fundamental lack of understanding at the highest levels of the State Department as to the dangers presented in Benghazi, Libya, as well as a concerted attempt to insulate the Department of State from blame following the terrorist attacks,” the GOP investigation concluded in its 46-page report.


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