Death, Doom, Destruction In This The Golden Age Of Hope

Update IV: Explosions, gunfire, continue in Watertown. One suspect arrested. Police told him to take off ALL his clothes before coming near them. We’ll post a link to the brand new FBI pictures we discussed in earlier update ASAP.



Watertown:

“Authorities say a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has died from injuries in a shooting on the campus outside Boston. [snip]

CBS Boston station WBZ reports a pursuit and shootout in nearby Watertown early Friday morning. [snip]

WBZ says the officer was found with multiple gunshot wounds. [snip]

According to WBZ, at about 1 a.m. Friday, officers from several agencies were involved in a pursuit into Watertown. It is unknown if it was connected to the shooting at MIT. A WBZ employee on the scene says one person has been taken into custody in Watertown, apparently in connection with the activity there.

A witness says he heard explosions and gunshots before the suspect was apprehended. WBZ-TV’s Lauren Leamanczyk reports that the National Guard is at the scene in Watertown.

Another suspect is reported to be at large.”

The suspect is still naked and under FBI interrogation. Pictures of him have been taken by FBI.

BREAKING: Now another suspect is under arrest. More soon.

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Update III: It’s 2:30 a.m. in the morning. New Photos of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing have been released by the FBI.

PLUS: A cop shot at MIT. A person has been arrested in Watertown in connection with the dead police officer. The FBI is involved. FBI rarely if ever gets involved in local crime. One person is in custody. Another person is being hunted down.

No one knows if this is the Boston Marathon Bombers but it just might be. Something very big, huge, is happening and this could be it:

“WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Police have converged on a neighborhood outside Boston where there were reports of explosives being detonated and police are telling reporters to turn off their cell phones.

Dozens of officers and National Guard members are in Watertown, where television outlets report that gunfire and explosions have been heard. A helicopter is circling overhead.

Authorities early Friday were calling for somebody to get on the ground and put their hands up and a loud thud was heard after someone shouted “fire in the hole.”

Reporters are being told to move away from the scene. A police officer told a reporter: “If you want to live, turn off your cell phone.”

Earlier Thursday night a campus police officer was shot and killed at MIT and authorities were searching for the person responsible.”

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Update II: Via Reddit “investigators” online the picture of the “Bridgestone” golf hat suspect #1 wears should help a little with identification especially for those who were at the marathon. Suspect #2’s hat has also possibly been identified.

The FBI might have the names of the suspects but if so why not release them? For that matter we wonder why the pictures of the suspects were not released yesterday or even earlier? Reasons? Anyone? Meanwhile John Miller explains why they are suspects:

“They have other video, including the one Orr referenced, where they believe they actually have on tape one of the suspects in the white baseball cap putting the bomb down in front of the Starbucks at the second location. But reason they selected the pictures we’re seeing here is they wanted to find the pictures that didn’t have the most sinister activity but the pictures that gave people the best chance of recognizing them.”

As the bombs were planted the Boston Bomber(s) saw the people they were about to kill or maim. That includes the dead 8 year old Martin Richard and his younger sister who is now in the hospital with a missing leg and a brain injured mother.

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Update: It will soon appear that the whole world is an open thread: FBI press conference on Boston bombings.

The FBI says they are hunting 2 men. Here is one of the hunted, suspect #2:



The FBI video:



Our video:



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Yesterday did not end with a whimper. After a dramatic day which saw Barack Obama quacking across the landscape like a lame duck singed with defeat instead of hailed with what was supposed to be the first of many more victories this year – leading to greater more glorious victories next year as the House would join the Senate under imperial control – then greater and more magnificent laurels and victories and the building of legacy monuments to the great leader of the millennials and the millennium… but instead it was failure piled on failure.

As citizens took to their beds and draped themselves with blankets to forget the horrors of the week, if not the past four plus years, bolts from the heavens struck Oklahoma and subsequent flames threatened a nearby propane tank.



Shortly thereafter came a new dire report: 60-70 dead in Texas fertilizer plant explosion. Hundreds are injured and the hospitals, unlike in Boston, are not nearby. It was as if David Koresh and the Branch Davidians came near the ghoulish April 19 anniversary to visit their old haunts at Waco. Or perhaps it was executed mass killer Tim McVeigh lured by the scent of fertilizer and death back to the land of the quick.


The entire day was a horror and it did not end with unicorns and rainbows. Still at large at the end of the day, or perhaps waiting for an Obama publicity stunt to announce their capture or progress in the investigation, were the Boston Bomb killers.



That’s the kind of day it was. As we wrote on twitter:

#Waco, #NRA, #BostonMarathon #ObamaCare Lame Duck Obama poll numbers and right track wrong track numbers headed south after a week like this

And we are imprisoned but three months into the long Obama second term. Like yesterday, today looks like it is going to be an update kind of day.

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  1. This coming Sunday the city of London will hold its marathon. The London Marathon will honor the Boston Marathon. London runners will wear black armbands in tribute to the dead and injured and well as the hurt spirit of the Boston Marathon.

    Yesterday was the funeral of the greatest post war British Prime Minister – the first and only woman Prime Minister (Britain has also been led by great women before such as Queens Elizabeth and Victoria). But Barack Obama could not be bothered to send an official delegation to represent the United States and pay our respects to our great British allies as they mourn the death of a former leader.

  2. Thread is locked and not receiving any new replies. But what is there already is good – including pictures.

    Saudi man questioned yesterday and then released re. the Boston Marathon bombing to be quietly deported next Tuesday. This coincidental with closed meeting Obama had with Saudi Foreign Minister last night. Guest on Hannity vouching that this news has been confirmed through a contact in the State Department.
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3009135/posts

  3. I’ve been anticipating something special from this visit Mooch and BO are making to Boston this morning. Something along the lines of a a twitter trend #ObamaDiscovers America. After Boston is the land of the first Tea Party. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Will that significant piece of history sink into his twisted little mind? Probably not. But catch this if you’ve not already seen it via tee vee. One very good thing happened last night at the Bruins game. Prepare for goose bumps.

  4. Exclusive Photo of Alharbi in Hospital and more evidence of coverup
    By Shoebat Foundation on April 18, 2013

    In light of the new revelations from Steven Emerson, that the Saudi national who was once a ‘person of interest’ in the Boston marathon bombings, identified by his full name as Abdul Rahman Ali Issa Al-Salimi Al-Harbi is being deported on ‘national security grounds’, why is the Saudi no longer a person of interest?

    Via Okaz, a very prominent Saudi newspaper, we have a photo of Alharbi during his stay in a Boston hospital. He doesn’t look too concerned, does he?

    http://shoebat.com/2013/04/18/exclusive-photo-of-alharbi-in-hospital-and-more-evidence-of-coverup/

  5. Yes Admin, another update day full of fear and sorrow.


    Hold ‘um, thanks for posting the link to the best news of the day:

    One very good thing happened last night at the Bruins game. Prepare for goose bumps.

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    I can be proud of my ‘blue’ state for being patriotic, and ending with a common Conservative chant, ‘USA, USA, USA’ We all love America, and nothing makes us all realize we are together than when someone tries to hurt our citizens.

  6. Someone pass the frickin’ Kleenex…

    Never before had President Barack Obama put the moral force and political muscle of his presidency behind an issue quite this big — and lost quite this badly.

    The president, shaken to the core (bs) by the massacre of 26 innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School, broke his own informal “Obama Rule” — of never leaning into an issue without a clear path to victory (Cheating and scratching his way) — first by pushing for a massive gun control package no one expected to pass, (bs, he thought he could walk on water) and then sticking through it even as he retrenched to a relatively modest bipartisan bill mandating national background checks on gun purchases.

    It was a bitter defeat for a president accustomed to winning (bs, cheating), a second-term downer that may — or may not — foreshadow the slow decline suffered by so many of his predecessors. Obama seems to have the public behind him, but it illustrated his less-than-Johnsonian powers of personal persuasion, the possible shortcomings of his decision to wait a month after the killings to present a plan and above all the limits of his go-to “outside” strategy of taking his case directly to the American people.

    More to cry boo hoo about:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/gun-control-vote-obamas-biggest-loss-90244.html?hp=f3

  7. Hillary Clinton offered her condolences to those affected by the Boston Marathon explosions in a speech Wednesday in New York City.

    “I’ve been obsessed the last few days as I’m sure a number of you have been about the terrible violence and loss of life and injury in Boston,” Clinton said at a Global Fund for Women anniversary gala, as reported by CNN. “Like so many Americans and those watching around the world, we saw ordinary citizens alongside first responders rushing into danger to help.”

    The former secretary of state continued: “It was a tragic terrible day, but it seemed to exemplify what Patriots’ Day really means, because we do better when we work together. Women and men, all of us across every line that is used to divide us.”

    Clinton also praised first responders’ efforts in the immediate aftermath of the bombing.

    “It is important that as our hearts go out and as our support for people who were affected in Boston that we remember what makes this country so unique: the sense of volunteerism,” she said. “Whether it’s responding to a disaster like we saw in the streets of Boston the other day, strangers were helping strangers, or whether it was this Global Fund.”

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/hilllary-clinton-boston-marathon-reaction-90262.html?hp=r6

  8. Breaking news: North Korea has put forth a tempting offer to resume talks with the United States.

    1. lift sanctions

    2. withdraw all US nukes weapons from South Korea–leaving him with the only nukes

    3. permanently cease all military exercises in the South China Sea

    Obama is a leftist who believes in unilateral disarmament. His first response: where do I sign. His second response: Dennis Rodman will be his Ambassador.

    This administration is a puppet show. From bow to stern, and from foretop to the bilges, a puppet show.

  9. Big Pink should by stock in Kleenex, the Kooks are going to have to face reality if this keeps up:

    Obama’s Second Term Already Looks Like a Failure

    [Snip]

    The president’s poll numbers have been falling since December, for one thing. His average job-approval rating, compiled on Pollster.com, has been below 50 percent for weeks.

    And liberal policy gains have been sparse, and mostly unrelated to Obama.

    More:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-15/obama-s-second-term-already-looks-like-a-failure.html

  10. Wbb

    Dennis Rodman will be his Ambassador

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    Rodman was just ‘Fired’ from Trump’s show, so he is free to do the job.

  11. @ Leonora

    This bothers me.

    Alqin disclosed that he cleared three Saudis from the forbidden area and housed two of them in a hotel; the third stayed with a friend. He also met with a group of Saudi students, telling them to carry on with their lives and that Saudi ambassadors would handle everything. These students were also told not to cooperate with any media entities and to lay low.

  12. Glad to hear that Shadow. First, that he is fired. Second, that he is available to hold hands with his self avowed “friend for life”.

  13. OBAMA FIRES BLANKS IN FIRST TEST OF SECOND TERM CLOUT

    “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington, but this effort is not over”

    — President Obama in the Rose Garden denouncing the bipartisan Senate vote to block expanded background checks for firearms purchases.

    An angry President Obama vented his frustrations with Congress after several of his fellow Democrats helped block gun-control legislation in the Senate. Denouncing the “lies” of his political opponents and calling the day “shameful,” Obama vowed to fight on.

    But there seems to be little fear of Obama’s anger.

    The president promised that he would mobilize his supporters to push his agenda, defy history to make midterm election gains and thereby avoid lame-duck status. But it’s apparent that many of his fellow Democrats either don’t think he is serious or don’t believe he can make it stick.

    There’s reason for them to disbelieve.

    Obama’s strategy of battering Republicans with a series of painful votes to make midterm gains for his party depends on getting Democrats to take politically risky stances. If Obama cannot threaten or entice Democrats to vote his way, though, the plan cannot work.

    As the vote on gun control approached, Obama did hit the campaign trail as promised to speak in support. But it was a muted measure. Obama didn’t visit the home states of Democratic holdouts or use his online network to hold major rallies or organize his community to knock on doors.

    After the first test of Obama’s new model, he has nothing to show. Had Obama brought 15,000 to the streets in New Orleans for a gun-control rally, Sen. Mary Landrieu might have flinched in her opposition to the president’s agenda. But he didn’t. Had 1,000 Organizing for Action volunteers fanned out across Arkansas to drum up support for the package, Sen. Mark Pryor might have hesitated in bucking the president for fear of a primary challenge. But the doorsteps were empty.

    This is just the first test of the president’s new model and he and his team promise that as money flows in and lower-level organizers get up to speed, the president’s army will be ready to march next time.

    But there are two challenges here.

    First, how do you get people fired up about unsatisfying legislation?

    Obama initially promised a whole package of legislation aimed at preventing future mass killings like the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. But “comprehensive” legislation quickly gave way to a resurrection of the old liberal effort to ban guns.

    When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared that not viable, the president fell back to supporting universal background checks. He had by that point lost the urgency of the Sandy Hook killings since the measure was unrelated to what happened at the school, as well as other recent mass shootings.

    And when that measure looked headed to sure defeat because of worries about a federal firearms registry, Obama fell back again and called for passage of a more limited expansion of background checks that also included an expansion of rights for gun owners.

    It’s pretty hard to get people organized for action on legislation that doesn’t address the incident that spurred the vote and is so watered down that liberal activists were hard pressed to even call it better than nothing.

    And the same will be true when it comes to the other looming challenges of the year, immigration and a budget. Getting people to march on behalf of a convoluted measure that doesn’t match their activist aspirations sounds pretty implausible. And those two issues are far more complicated than gun control.

    Second, when does Obama have the time?

    How do you get people fired up about unsatisfying legislation?

    The list of urgent challenges facing the president doesn’t allow him to be crisscrossing the country to hold rallies. But his ground troops, like the donors who are funding Obama’s continuing campaign effort, aren’t going to show up for just a Tweet or a Web video. They want the man himself, not some campaign aide deputized by Obama to round up the posse.

    And it won’t do for the president to be away from Washington pushing his personal agenda on one narrow issue when a bomber is on the loose in Boston, the North Koreas are fueling up rockets, somebody is sending poisoned envelopes to Senators and the economy is teetering again.

    Obama could use his celebrity and network to bring 15,000 to Jackson Square to make Landrieu worry, but he can’t do it when the rest of the country is expecting him to be dealing with issues of urgent concern for those beyond his political base.

    But unless Obama can promise some penalty for the Democrats who refuse his demands, defections will only increase as elections draw nearer.

    Note well that Sen. Michael Bennett, the Colorado Democrat, longtime Obama ally and said to be a favorite of the president, was one of those who voted against the core provision of the president’s plan: a restoration and expansion of the Clinton-era ban on civilian weapons mocked up to look like military firearms.

    The ban on what gun-control advocates call “assault weapons” only mustered 40 votes. And while this measure was always considered a reach, it is a long-sought aim of the Democratic left. Bennett, who doesn’t face voters again until 2016, opposing that measure was a strong signal that there would be limited intra-party consequences for opposing Obama on the issue.

    Nine Democrats rejected the only measure on offer in the Senate that would have arguably diminished the death toll in Newtown, Conn.: restrictions on high-capacity magazines. The defectors here included several usually reliable Obama allies like Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and Sen. Jon Tester of Montana.

    The president says he will keep pushing for gun control. But whipping up pressure against Democratic incumbents could mean multiple primary challenges and increase Republican chances of taking control of the Senate. Whatever Reid says, it seems unlikely that he will want to endanger his majority status by bringing more difficult votes to the floor.

    As Democrats buck the president on key votes, openly criticize his signature health law and shrug off his budget plan, there seems to be little worry on the blue team about the president’s demands. That seems unlikely to change following the first major failure of Obama’s second-term agenda.

    And Now, A Word From Charles

    “If you’re going to make all of these emotional appeals, you’ve gotta show that if this had been law, it would have stopped Newtown. It would not have. It’s irrelevant. I wouldn’t have objected, I might’ve gone the way of McCain or Toomey on this, but it’s emotional blackmail to say ‘You have to do it for the children.’ Not if there’s no logic in this, and that I think is what’s wrong with the demagoguery that we’ve heard out of the president on this issue.”

    — Charles Krauthammer on “Special Report with Bret Baier.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/18/obama-fires-blanks-in-first-test-second-term-clout/#ixzz2Qppg6wwg

  14. From BAR:

    “The Big Nausea: Waking Up With an Obama-Ache”

    “The Obama Hangover has begun. The drunken delirium that descended on Black America after the pale Democratic caucuses of Iowa endorsed a brown-skinned corporatist just after New Years Day, 2008 – conveying white “viability” on a Great Black Hope – is definitively over. It’s the morning-after in Black America, a scene of economic and political ruin bathed in the searing daylight of Obama’s second term and umpteenth betrayal.

    It would be easy to say that the Great Nausea of 2013 was occasioned by Obama’s blunt object assault on Social Security and the whole array of entitlements. However, the First Black President’s obituary is not written in his budget. The onset of post-Obamaism has more to do with the calendar than anything else. Since Election Day, November 6, Black folks have been forced to come to grips with the finality of Obama’s second term – the impending emergence from the dream. There is the sound of a finger snapping. “In a few moments, you will wake up.”
    *****
    “Back in January of 2010, I wrote:

    “ObamaL’aid is a mind-altering substance, a hallucinogen. It makes Black people see progress when they are actually facing disaster. Obama-on-the-brain also behaves like an opiate, blocking out pain. African Americans’ ability to apprehend political and economic danger is compromised by Obama-induced delusion, while the opiate effect prevents Blacks from knowing where and how badly they have been hurt. That’s a fatal combination.”
    *****
    “For the monumentally dysfunctional Black Misleadership Class, the winding down of the Age of Obama is cause for frantic repositioning, and for the revising of their own histories. Black politicians and “movement” personalities who, for four years, could not bring themselves to articulate a single “demand” of the administration in power, now claim to be working on a “Black Agenda” – having discarded the old and unfinished Black historical agenda on peace and social justice in deference to the First Black President. Now that Obama’s days are numbered, these misleaders must hustle to readjust history to show that they have, indeed, been “on the case” since 2008, when the bottom fell out of the Black American economy. ”
    ******
    “The clock is ticking on those who have put the political fortunes of a Black corporate schill in the White House above the interests of African Americans and the global human community. What will the misleaders do with their wagons when there is no Obama for them to circle around – or when he has totally discredited himself even among his most loyal constituency, as with his stance on entitlements?

    Revisionism becomes the order of the day. Yesterday’s cheerleaders for Obama are now scrambling to find harmless niches of simulated protest from which they can rebuild their resumes as defenders of the people’s interests. Previously compliant members of the Congressional Black Caucus will decide that it’s time to regurgitate, rather than swallow, Obama’s “Satan Sandwiches.”

  15. SHV that’s some article from Black Agenda Report. Some wake up and throw up when they see the reality of what they have done. Others, such as the DailyKooks, go to the Obama deli and order another Satan Sandwich.

  16. We purposefully avoided watching the memorial service so we wouldn’t have to see Obama. We started listening to it but we got annoyed quickly and this is why (glad to see we were not alone):

    Obama thinks that the only thing that gives Boston meaning is its connection to him.—
    Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) April 18, 2013

    http://twitchy.com/2013/04/18/from-angry-obama-to-ego-obama-did-obama-make-boston-service-all-about-him/

    From Angry Obama to Ego Obama; Did Obama make Boston service all about him? [snip]

    “We may be momentarily knocked off our feet, but we will pick ourselves up. We will keep going. We will finish the race.” —President Obama—
    Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 18, 2013

    While we all whole-heartedly agree with that sentiment, many Twitter users noticed that President Ego seemed to make the interfaith Boston memorial service all about him. As usual.

    Turned off Boston memorial when Obama began by shouting out “Hello, Boston!” Like he’s at a football rally. Ugh…—
    Michele (@LA_WriterChick) April 18, 2013 [snip]

    Words cannot express how disgusted I am with President Obama every time he co-opts a national tragedy to make it all about him.—
    (@CatsPolitics) April 18, 2013

    Me. Me. Me me me. Me. Me me.—
    Nancy ⚖ (@Of_Angelis) April 18, 2013

    Always about him. MT @theblaze: Obama: BOS welcomed me to a convention when I was still an IL senator & few people pronounced my name right.—
    Dave Riederer (@DaveRiederer) April 18, 2013

    It’s alllllll about you, isn’t it, Mr President?—
    (@CatsPolitics) April 18, 2013

    I’m shutting this Barack Obama egofest of a speech off to watch former President Bush’s speech at the National Cathedral after 9/11.—
    (@CatsPolitics) April 18, 2013

    When terrorists hit us on 9/11 Bush brought the country together, terrorists hit Boston and Obama makes it about him and Boston??—
    Jami (@Jami_USA) April 18, 2013

    leave it to Obama to make a church service all about him—
    Steve L. (@sl2111) April 18, 2013

  17. “SHV that’s some article from Black Agenda Report. Some wake up and throw up when they see the reality of what they have done.”
    *******
    Glenn Ford, et. al. at BAR have been calling Obama a hustling corporate shill and fraud since the ’08 primaries. The BAR people are what the “Left” was in the 60’s, not the narcissistic pseudo-political cult that characterize the “Vile-progs” of today’s so called left. The machinations and tortured “logic” of the Obama cultists reminds me of the American far lefts rationalization of Stalin’s gulags and 180 degree turn in defending the Hitler treaty, etc.

  18. holdthemaccountable
    April 18, 2013 at 10:15 am

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    that was inspiring…tears to the eyes

    thx for posting

  19. Shadowfax said:

    can be proud of my ‘blue’ state for being patriotic, and ending with a common Conservative chant, ‘USA, USA, USA’ We all love America, and nothing makes us all realize we are together than when someone tries to hurt our citizens.

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    true, unless you are chris matthews, axelrod, or the far left totalitarians who want it to be a right winger so bad…

    …i am proud of my “blue” state also…grew up in New England, lived in Boston for 7 years…BC alum…fond memories of my younger days, family and home…go Boston…

  20. How the Media Blew the Gun Control Debate

    by John Nolte18 Apr 2013, 7:32 AM

    With the total and complete defeat of gun control legislation late Wednesday afternoon, the media learned something they had obviously forgotten since pushing Obama over the reelection finish line: They do not run the country. And from what we are seeing across the media landscape since the handing down of this defeat (which was followed by a full-blown presidential hissy fit), this realization has been quite a slap to the face.

    The first mistake the media-complex made was the decision to immediately make the National Rifle Association the “Newtown Bogeyman.” This happened even before the bodies had been removed and was an immediate “tell” into the media’s motives. This wasn’t going to be about protecting children; this was going to be yet-another culture war launched to marginalize the dreaded NRA and hand Obama a win.

    This was also a media so full of its own power, they simply assumed they could exploit another tragedy into yet-another another Us vs. Them cultural victory. Out of the box, though, the plan was tactically stupid.

    But the media’s first fatal error wouldn’t come for another week.

    Wisely, the NRA refused to make any kind of statement until a week had passed after the murders. During that time, as they always do during their partisan crusades, the media ordered up and reported on polls showing that they and Obama happened to be right about everything related to gun control, and the NRA was “out of touch.”

    The media trap had been set and the knives sharpened. Either the NRA would compromise its beliefs or the Second Amendment civil rights group would face a savage media campaign that would push it into the margins. The media were sure they had a win-win on their hands. But what the media forgot is that Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and long-time public face of the NRA, is nobody’s fool.

    In a masterful speech carried live across the cable networks, LaPierre completely caught the media off guard by refusing to budge an inch on America’s Second Amendment civil rights. Immediately, the objective, unbiased, not-at-all-liberal media collectively bared their corrupt backsides on Twitter, spewing the kind of partisan hate you might expect from a Daily Kos blogger.

    Then LaPierre delivered his masterstroke: a federal plan that would ensure that someone armed and trained to stop a spree-shooter, like the one at Newtown, would be on guard in every school across the nation.

    Checkmate.

    Caught completely off guard, and having no idea how to respond, the media moved into the default position they always assume against all-things conservative –which is that we can never do anything right. And what followed was the media making an unbelievable spectacle of themselves, from which they would never recover.

    Blinded by frustration, rage, and an insufferable sense of entitlement, and before finally getting a grip on themselves, the media as a whole would spend the next thirty-six hours mocking, marginalizing, and publicly pushing back against … guarding schoolchildren against madmen with guns.

    Just a week after learning 20 elementary schoolers had been gunned down, the American people watched as the media savaged a common sense proposal to ensure a Newtown couldn’t happen again — simply because the NRA proposed it.

    It was during these 36 hours, and before tens of millions, that the enraged media got way out over their partisan skis. Anyone who hadn’t already figured out the media were using these dead children in the most mercenary of ways certainly did now. Poll after poll would quickly show that Americans favored the NRA plan. Suddenly it was the NRA on the right side of Newtown, and the media out of touch.

    And with that, the slow-motion train wreck got fully underway.

    Now that they had fully exposed themselves, and polls were starting to show that the American people were slowly coming to their senses on gun control, an increasingly desperate media changed tactics. The new offensive was a two-track attack — one fraught with risk — but one the media obviously thought was worth taking.

    Track One — Emotional Blackmail: As personified by NBC’s Joe Scarborough and CNN’s Piers Morgan, shameless demagoguery was employed. You either agreed with them on gun control or you wanted children to die and the terrorists to get guns.

    Track Two — Fabricate Reality: As personified by NBC’s Chuck Todd and the two days CNN spent lobbying for stricter gun control, the idea was to narrow-cast the news onto a single subject and direct it at fewer than 600 people — the lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Like the media did with ObamaCare, a propaganda bubble was manufactured to convince lawmakers that gun control was The Most Important Issue In The History of the World.

    The risk I mentioned above was eternal damage to reputation, which all involved ultimately suffered, especially CNN.

    Meanwhile, Democrats only made the media’s job harder. As polls turned against gun control, the actual legislation became increasingly watered down until it was practically nonexistent.

    Off the table (other than symbolically) was the assault weapons ban and all the rest. What remained was the tiniest tweaking of background checks.

    But again, faced with this, the media made another tactical error — and this one would be fatal mistake number two.

    Rather than report on the reality of what was happening — that Obama and Democrats had lost the country on their sweeping gun control proposals — the media (specifically NBC) moved the political goalposts and immediately went into divisive partisan mode again, this time with the absurd and totally false claim that Obama’s push for gun control was always about strengthening background checks, and not the rest…

    Therefore — and this is key– passage of these stricter background checks would still represent a huge political win for Obama (and by extension the media) and a historical defeat for the NRA.

    Other than the obvious politicization, what the media failed to understand here was that the American people were witnessing Obama and his media place all their chips on a law that would do absolutely nothing to stop another Newtown. Suddenly gone, as though it didn’t matter, was anything having to do with mental health or media violence.

    In other words, all we had left was a nothingburger bill designed only to deliver a symbolic political defeat to the NRA, the GOP, and America’s law-abiding gun culture. The Us vs.Them media campaign was unrelenting, but it was also spiraling out of control and into outright farce.

    Though Senators Manchin and Toomey provided a day or two of hope with bipartisan legislation on background checks, by now the writing was pretty much on the wall. And it was at this point that the media’s desperation became even more desperate.

    The news-cycle went 24/7 into Track One and Track Two propagandizing. But as we all now know, rather than being effective, the bias, demagoguery, and outright lobbying drifted into self-parody.

    As the Chuck Todds and Joe Scarboroughs and Piers Morgans sanctimoniously raged about their silly and flawed 90% polls, out here in the real world, the media’s stupid decision to make this a culture war only managed to ensure that 96% of Americans had tuned out and moved on.

    As I have written before, and as Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday night on “Special Report,” as a Senator I personally would have voted for the Toomey-Manchin bill. But the media blew it.

    Had the media chosen to unite rather than divide, educate rather than propagandize, debate rather than shout down opposition, and cared more about 20 innocent children than one Barack Obama — things might look entirely different today.

    Follow John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC

  21. http://althouse.blogspot.com/2013/04/its-been-first-quarter-of-second-term.html

    It’s been a bad first quarter of first year of the second term for President Obama.

    1. It’s been so bad that the media dropped their erstwhile foible of talking about everything that happens in terms of what it means for Obama. [snip]

    2. Obama made gun control his big issue leading into the new term. He tried so hard to deploy his speaking skills to channel the nation’s emotion after the Sandy Hook massacre, and in the end he couldn’t even wrangle all of the Democrats in the Senate, and he was reduced yesterday to surrounding himself with human vessels of tragedy and “a scowling Vice President Biden” and pronounce it “all in all… a pretty shameful day for Washington.” The media offered weak support by describing him as passionately angry, but I watched the video and found it surprising dull. I couldn’t motivate myself to go over to my computer to blog about it last night. Obama knew he was going to lose. The theater of sympathy and outrage had gone on far too long, the show was a flop, and the leading man was obliged to take his curtain call.

    3. North Korea apparently has a nuclear weapon and the nerve to use it (or to pose as if it does), and the new Secretary of State, the exceedingly dreary John Kerry, is sojourning in the general area nattering about global warming — “the Foreign Minister and I agreed to raise the initiative above the level that it is today” — and meanwhile, back in the United States, it’s really cold.

    4. Obama’s efforts to get some lightweight good press over basketball failed. His bracket was busted, and a cutesy photo-op produced an embarrassing video in which he went 2 for 22. That he could play basketball was an element of his legend, and now it’s that video that comes to mind when we think of Obama and basketball. Does he even have another sport? Golf? Golf, unlike basketball, never worked as an element of the Obama legend.

    5. He shut off White House tours, presumably on the theory that it would spark outrage at the sequester (and those terrible Republicans), but that gesture clashed with his own fun in the White House. [snip]

    6. George Bush is making a comeback, with some charming new elements: He’s a granddad and he paints pictures of dogs. The big library is opening. And then there’s the new disaster in Waco, just 45 miles from his Crawford ranch, giving Bush reason to do a low-profile but touching trip to comfort the injured and the bereaved. [snip]

    7. Margaret Thatcher up and died. What rotten luck! [snip] At least send somebody! No. He sends nobody.

    8. What’s the legislative agenda? Immigration reform? WaPo headlines: “Obama isn’t leading on immigration, and that’s a good thing.” The media’s attempts to help are getting really embarrassing. [snip]

    9. What’s happening with Obamacare? That was the achievement of Obama’s first term. If there’s one thing he ought to do with this second term, it’s make sure that thing gets implemented in a way that works with some degree of smoothness, at least enough that — when people finally notice what’s been in the works for so long — we don’t freak out entirely. But: “A senior Democratic senator who helped write President Barack Obama’s health care law stunned administration officials Wednesday, saying openly he thinks it’s headed for a ‘train wreck’ because of bumbling implementation.'”

  22. Our important “lame duck” narrative is gaining strength:

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100212724/barack-obama-cant-pass-gun-control-despite-90-per-cent-support-truly-he-is-a-lame-duck-president/

    Barack Obama can’t pass gun control despite 90 per cent support. Truly, he is a lame-duck president

    Yesterday, the most modest of gun control proposals died in the Senate. [snip]

    Why did the no-brainer bill fail? Four reasons:

    1. It wasn’t the political priority that its supporters presumed it was. [snip]

    2. The National Rifle Association is smarter than we all thought. [snip]

    3. The Democrats are dumber that we all thought. [snip]

    4. Barack Obama is a lame-duck president. Nobody listens to what he says anymore, nobody is interested in winning his approval and nobody much cares if he thinks they have “let the country down”. This is typical for a second-term president who has lost all their leverage because they’re no longer running for office and everybody is patiently waiting for the day when he quits the White House. But Obama’s difficult personality has doubled the size of the challenge. Gloating in victory, adolescent in defeat – the Prez doesn’t make it easy to work with him. Why should conservative senators give him a legislative victory after he has spent four years painting them as knuckle-dragging rednecks who hate women and the poor?

    Whatever your position on gun control, yesterday’s events are a damning indictment of Obama’s presidency – a flash of style, lots of soaring rhetoric and, when the votes are actually counted, little show for any of it. America has four more years of this lame-duck president telling them that it has let him down. If only he could tear up the Constitution and rule by diktat he might save himself a little disappointment. Alas, American democracy is a stickler for rules.

  23. “Off the table (other than symbolically) was the assault weapons ban and all the rest. What remained was the tiniest tweaking of background checks.”
    *******
    Ended up (started out as??) political street theater directed at political bases. Both leaderships agreed to kill the legislation at the amendment phase by agreeing to the 60 vote threshold. Of the 10 amendments, the one with the most bi-partisan support and the most damaging to Obama, was the concealed carry; all amendments failed, Reid pulls the bill and Obama got his rant. The next four years are going to be “death by a thousand cuts” for Obama; I’m still surprised that he ran for re-election; he violated his own for a huckster…move on before they catch on.

  24. LOL,ACE

    One Upside of the Depression: With the Government Broke, There’s Little Money to Bribe Senators with to Purchase Bad Policies
    —Ace

    In a week of darkness, a dark observation is our only bitter humor.

    The gun control groups central to Obama’s push never lost faith in the White House and praised its efforts even as it was clear the push would fail.
    “Bribery isn’t what it once was,” said an official with one of the major gun-control groups. “The government has no money. Once upon a time you would throw somebody a post office or a research facility in times like this. Frankly, there’s not a lot of leverage.”

    Second look at Obama’s Great Depression?

  25. Congressman Jeff Duncan asked DHS chief Janet Napolitano about the Saudi linked to the Boston bombings being deported for “national security” reasons. Napolitano denied any knowledge of the man being deported. 😯

  26. ShadowFax & S
    ————–
    Your pride is well-placed. My exposure to NE was as an adult doing work for the New England Telephone Company. The project lasted several years and there were occasional trips to Framingham. Hardworking and competent staff up there. Nothing but fond memories to report for those years of the 1980’s. Those qualities were apparent today too, so it was a great place for you to call yours.

    Up until the time that Deval Patrick began speaking this morning, I enjoyed the service. Gov Patrick was dull and Obama was as admin reported above. Mitt Romney also attended.

  27. I’m still surprised that he ran for re-election; he violated his own for a huckster…move on before they catch on.
    —————————–
    Amen. But his ego would not allow him to leave the scene of the crime. Like every other thief who thinks he is too smart to get caught and tells himself one more job and I will hang it up. For this particular thief, however, the promise of absolute power and an enduring legacy he believed would be his in a second term were simply too much for a narcissist like him to pass up.

  28. Have to say I thought he might be…

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/teen-boston-marathon-bomber/story?id=18990057#.UXBTYLWTgiz

    Teen: I Am Not the Boston Marathon Bomber

    Salah Barhoun, 17, said he went to the police yesterday to clear his name after he found himself tagged in pictures online in connection to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Aaron “Tango” Tang)

    April 18, 2013
    The teenage boy authorities once investigated as possibly being connected to the Boston Marathon bombing told ABC News today he was shocked to see his face pop up on television and all over social media.

    Salah Barhoun, 17, said he went to the police yesterday to clear his name after he found himself tagged in pictures online. He had just gone to watch the race, he said, but soon after the explosions, he was singled out by internet sleuths as looking suspicious. Federal authorities passed around images of Barhoun, attempting to learn more information about him, sources told ABC News.

    Today The New York Post ran a story featuring a picture of Barhoun and another man circled in red, but said it was unclear if they were the same as two potential suspects spotted by law enforcement Wednesday.

    When he saw the front page story, with the headline “Bag Men,” Barhoun said, “It’s the worst feeling that I can possibly feel… I’m only 17.”

    COMPLETE COVERAGE: Terror at the Boston Marathon

    ABC News producers found Barhoun through social media and spoke to him today at his home. He said he had actually wanted to run the race and when he couldn’t, decided to watch.

    Barhoun’s younger brother, who declined to be identified, said that it made his mother “sick and upset” that her son had been connected to the tragedy.

    “It made her think he had done something wrong,” the younger brother said. “My brother is not the bomber.”

    Federal law enforcement sources told ABC News they are no longer seeking information about Barhoun or the other man in the photo published in the Post.

    Federal law enforcement sources told ABC News they are no longer seeking information about Barhoun or the other man in the photo published in the Post.

  29. Admin, Everyone,

    What do you make out of Hillary’s tribute to Obama?

    “Crowds jammed the streets of Rangoon. Children waved American flags. Parents craned to see something long thought impossible: the President of the United States had come to Burma with a message of hope, freedom and opportunity. This was American leadership at its best.

    “When Barack Obama was first elected, the world saw the realization of the American Dream. Today, they see a leader who delivers — whether it’s ending the war in Iraq, imposing crippling sanctions on Iran or reasserting our role as a Pacific power and building a world with more partners and fewer enemies. At home, the economy is growing, unemployment is falling, and home prices are rising.

    “Now, President Obama is working to create broader prosperity at home and become more competitive abroad by investing in our people, modernizing our infrastructure, building a new energy future and managing our long-term fiscal challenges. That’s the course for a better future.”

  30. Rickya, it’s always disgusting to hear Hillary do anything but say what she thinks about Obama.

    The “tribute” you describe is a “brief essay” she was asked to write for Time magazine in one of their irrelevant and growing exponentially increasingly irrelevant issues on 100 most influential people in the world. We give these silly platitudes the attention they deserve which is not much. If Hillary had turned down Time’s request to write the essay that would have been the news and we would not be surprised if Time editors came up with the ruse of asking Hillary to write the silly essay as a Tim Russert type “gotcha” test.

    As to the essay itself which you posted in its entirety (http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/barack-obama/) it is not much is it? As tributes go it reads best as a prisoner forced confession.

    Burma, really? Hillary is so bereft of writers and personal writing talent that she brings up Obama in Burma? And those “tributes”! These are the type of accolades one writer permits on a book jacket of another writer’s book. “A great thriller. Grip your seat action. Could not put it down. Not since LeCarre such suspense.” Then you discover the hyped book is as scary as a fuzzy kitten.

    This “tribute” is so anodyne, so general, that you could probably write the same words for any president at some point in his presidency and with minor tweaking the structure and words could be utilized at any retirement party for any corporate boss, PTA official, or cubicle dweller in the business world. Indeed, the “tribute” will be recycled for the George W. Bush Library opening by either Hill or Bill when they say nice things about W. next week.

    Did you notice there is nothing about anything specific like, oh, how about, ObamaCare? But of course Hillary Clinton knows nothing about health care and related issues nor has she ever in her entire life cared about these issues so why would she mention healthcare and the abomination called ObamaCare in her “tribute”? Ditto women’s rights.

    Often in a person’s career they are asked to write letters of recommendation for someone they know is a complete klutz, chucklehead and all around boob. In that case the recommendation reads something like this: “Regarding Johnny Jones who is looking for a position at your business (or school). I’ve known Johnny Jones for a very long time and I can without reservation tell you that I cannot think of enough good things to say about Johnny Jones.” That’s because there are few good things to say about Johnny Jones. That is the essence of Hillary’s “tribute” to Barack.

    [Save this comment because it will be useful in the future. 😉 ]

  31. “Amen. But his ego would not allow him to leave the scene of the crime. Like every other thief who thinks he is too smart to get caught and tells himself one more job and I will hang it up. For this particular thief, however, the promise of absolute power and an enduring legacy he believed would be his in a second term were simply too much for a narcissist like him to pass up.”
    ********
    There is that but also his political investors weren’t going to allow the ROI to stop at only 4 years. Warren Buffet didn’t buy the BNSF railroad for $44 billion in 2010 with the expectation that the stock price would tank if the Northern section of Keystone was going to be approved in 2013, etc., etc.

  32. “Legal Insurrection has all the pictures released by the FBI:”
    ********
    Probably on a plane Monday PM, headed for the KSA.

  33. Admin,

    I didn’t realize that this was for a time magazine article. I like your take on the “tribute” and completely agree with your analysis.

  34. SHV, can you think of a reason why these photos were not released yesterday when they would have been more likely to bring about success in finding these guys, guilty or not?

  35. A senior Obama administration official said a series of briefings overnight have produced concern the Texas blast could have been at least criminal in nature. Authorities are trying to contain their speculation for fear of causing a panic, but the official told The Post the cause of the blast is “suspicious.”
    Authorities suspect the blast was set off by a truck or rail car holding a large quantity of ammonia that somehow caught fire or blew up. Ammonia, under certain conditions, can become combustible or explosive.

    “It’s 50-50,” the source said. “Some sort of explosion caused the ammonia truck/rail car to create a shockwave up to a half-mile away, destroying that little town.”
    ************
    I heard this last night but hadn’t heard anymore till I found this on ACE

  36. SHV
    April 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm
    *************

    So true. Shame no news outlet is not connecting the dots.

    So what else is new.

  37. OT..The Alaska oil Party finally finished off former Gov. Palin:

    “Hoping to reverse two decades of declining oil production in Alaska, the State Legislature in Juneau has granted oil companies an estimated $750 million in annual tax relief to increase investment in the giant North Slope oil field.

    The tax change, approved on Sunday, was a major victory for Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips and BP, which had lobbied for years to repeal a tax system put in place by former Gov. Sarah Palin in 2007 that made state oil taxes among the highest in the nation.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/business/energy-environment/alaska-grants-a-tax-break-to-oil-companies.html

    I wonder if they have reversed her “Drill it or loose it” for oil leases, yet.

  38. S
    April 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    wow, let the games begin

    We know he was probably only the tip of the iceberg, the front man…

  39. Update II: Via Reddit “investigators” online the picture of the “Bridgestone” golf hat suspect #1 wears should help a little with identification especially for those who were at the marathon. Suspect #2’s hat has also possibly been identified.

    The FBI might have the names of the suspects but if so why not release them? For that matter we wonder why the pictures of the suspects were not released yesterday or even earlier? Reasons? Anyone? Meanwhile John Miller explains why they are suspects:

    “They have other video, including the one Orr referenced, where they believe they actually have on tape one of the suspects in the white baseball cap putting the bomb down in front of the Starbucks at the second location. But reason they selected the pictures we’re seeing here is they wanted to find the pictures that didn’t have the most sinister activity but the pictures that gave people the best chance of recognizing them.”

    As the bombs were planted the Boston Bomber(s) saw the people they were about to kill or maim. That includes the dead 8 year old Martin Richard and his younger sister who is now in the hospital with a missing leg and a brain injured mother.

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  40. “Fox’s @RickLeventhal reports officials knew of Suspect #2 on Tue & have pic of him putting backpk down right nxt to 8-yr-old victim Martin.”
    *******
    So they wait 2-2 1/2 days????

  41. Issa Tells CIA: Plan for Massive Benghazi Probe

    Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 09:36 AM

    By David Yonkman

    Escalating his investigation of the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last year, Rep. Darrell Issa warned CIA and other government officials Wednesday to lawyer-up in preparation for a massive probe.

    The California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent letters Wednesday suggesting that some witnesses lawyer up before being called to testify, The Hill reported. He also suggested that some witnesses should be prepared for retaliation from their employer, depending on their responses.

    “Some witnesses may be required to retain personal counsel to represent them before the committee and in the event the agency subsequently retaliates against them for cooperating with the committee’s investigation,” the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said in separate letters to the CIA, State Department, and Pentagon.

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    Issa said some witnesses have already been cooperating with the investigation into the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012, the Hill reported.

    “During the course of the investigation, numerous individuals have approached the committee with information related to the attack,” he wrote in the letters.

    Issa asked the agencies to provide details on how to grant outside attorneys the security clearances necessary for them to adequately represent employees who discuss classified matters with congressional investigators.

    Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra also told Newsmax Thursday that whistleblowers may have access to classified information and may need a lawyer to ensure that they comply with the rules, regulations, and legal requirements to protect themselves.

    “There are multiple whistleblowers who want to get the story out,” Hoekstra said. “All of these people are very concerned that they do everything appropriately.”

    “These whistleblowers still feel that there’s a gap between what’s in the public domain and what really happened,” Hoekstra continued. “They’ve all been frustrated.”

    The move comes as more than 100 rank-and-file Republicans have increased their pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to create a 19-member select committee to look into the attack.

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  42. SHV
    April 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm
    **************

    Wait till their checks stop coming, then the people of Alaska will wake up I presumes.

  43. You beat us to it McNorman. Latest report is that it is related to a robbery although an MIT student would have the skills required.

  44. SHV
    April 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm
    “Fox’s @RickLeventhal reports officials knew of Suspect #2 on Tue & have pic of him putting backpk down right nxt to 8-yr-old victim Martin.”
    *******

    I say we hang them from a cross…

  45. mcnorman

    now we know

    He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’” Chris Bauman said yesterday in an interview.

    Those words may help crack the mystery of who perpetrated one of the highest-profile acts of terror in the U.S. since the 2001 assault on New York City and the Washington area, one that killed three people and wounded scores.

    somehow when we catch these guys, we have to find a slow torturous death…I am going to start thinking…

  46. GonzoTx, picture Chris Bauman on the witness stand, in a wheel chair, once again staring at the killer eye to eye.

  47. admin
    April 19, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I want it quick, and I want the punishment to be dirty…maybe we should let Chris Bauman decide their punishment.

    WTF is going on at MIT?

  48. Dark skinned white male

    Is this a new term for ”Hispanic” or ”Arab”?

    Description of killer of Policeman @ MIT

    Apparently he used the Policeman’s own gun on him

    What a world…I remember the Wicked Witch of the West saying that exact same thing…

  49. Update III: It’s 2:30 a.m. in the morning. New Photos of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing have been released by the FBI.

    PLUS: A cop shot at MIT. A person has been arrested in Watertown in connection with the dead police officer. The FBI is involved. FBI rarely if ever gets involved in local crime. One person is in custody. Another person is being hunted down.

    No one knows if this is the Boston Marathon Bombers but it just might be. Something very big, huge, is happening and this could be it:

    “WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Police have converged on a neighborhood outside Boston where there were reports of explosives being detonated and police are telling reporters to turn off their cell phones.

    Dozens of officers and National Guard members are in Watertown, where television outlets report that gunfire and explosions have been heard. A helicopter is circling overhead.

    Authorities early Friday were calling for somebody to get on the ground and put their hands up and a loud thud was heard after someone shouted “fire in the hole.”

    Reporters are being told to move away from the scene. A police officer told a reporter: “If you want to live, turn off your cell phone.”

    Earlier Thursday night a campus police officer was shot and killed at MIT and authorities were searching for the person responsible.”

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  50. Update IV: Explosions, gunfire, continue in Watertown. One suspect arrested. Police told him to take off ALL his clothes before coming near them. We’ll post a link to the brand new FBI pictures we discussed in earlier update ASAP.



    Watertown:

    “Authorities say a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has died from injuries in a shooting on the campus outside Boston. [snip]

    CBS Boston station WBZ reports a pursuit and shootout in nearby Watertown early Friday morning. [snip]

    WBZ says the officer was found with multiple gunshot wounds. [snip]

    According to WBZ, at about 1 a.m. Friday, officers from several agencies were involved in a pursuit into Watertown. It is unknown if it was connected to the shooting at MIT. A WBZ employee on the scene says one person has been taken into custody in Watertown, apparently in connection with the activity there.

    A witness says he heard explosions and gunshots before the suspect was apprehended. WBZ-TV’s Lauren Leamanczyk reports that the National Guard is at the scene in Watertown.

    Another suspect is reported to be at large.”

    The suspect is still naked and under FBI interrogation. Pictures of him have been taken by FBI.

    BREAKING: Now another suspect is under arrest. More soon.

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