One bomb deserves another

The best advice I’ve seen so far about the bombings in Boston comes from Ed Kilgore at Political Animal:

“If you live in Boston, stay home until things are better sorted out. If you live elsewhere, try to avoid jumping to any conclusions.”

Word. On a related note, I suppose it’s too soon to make a joke about how we’re all gonna have to take off our shoes before we’re allowed to run our next marathon.*

* As an ink-stained wretch of long standing I assume that this bit of black humor or some variation thereof hit the nation’s newsrooms before the smoke cleared.

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30 Responses to “One bomb deserves another”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Just when you think you can relax about this shit…..

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      For reals, K. Charles P. Pierce, a Bostonian, reminds us that today is the official Patriots Day holiday in that neck of the woods, an observance one Tim McVeigh found significant.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Would any American worth the price of admission be that much of an asshole? Yeah, dumb question.

        Too many suspects, even if we round up the usual ones. At least this one below had a happy ending.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Yup. And whichever assholes did it, they’re getting exactly what they wanted. Terror, via the 24/7 news cycle. I bet the ATOC and USA Pro Challenge people are shitting fucking cupcakes right about now.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        I know, don’t speculate. But that sure looked like black powder smoke to me.

  2. Brian Says:

    I’m doing the New Orleans Half Ironman this weekend. I can only imagine the overreactive security measures they will have in place.

  3. Khal Spencer Says:

    Real PIA when you have to run a marathon or ride a century wearing a flak vest.

  4. gmknobl Says:

    Your too early comment was what I said to someone else immediately after I heard it.

  5. Steve O Says:

    360 million Americans. Gotta figure there are some serious nut jobs at both ends of the bell curve. From a purely statistical standpoint, it’s amazing something doesn’t go boom every day.

    9/11 really fucked us up. It was so big, it made us forget all of the abundant but smaller scale events that pock mark any historical calendar. I’m not that old, but I still remember opening my trunk when i drove on post, and watching them bring out the dogs and mirrors to inspect the undercarriage ‘cuz the Red Brigade had just kidnapped one of our generals. We’ve gone through our kidnapping phase, skyjacking phase, and arguably our blowing shit up phase has been with us since the very beginning.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I remember repeatedly being escorted from classes at Adams State College during bomb threats in the early Seventies. It got really boring, until one actually went off, at Richardson Hall.

      Leave us not forget the Weathermen/Weather Underground, which bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol and the State Department around the same time.

      Oklahoma City was the next big one I recall. Different political outlook, and better explosives training.

      Then we fell behind the rest of the world in the sciences and people went back to shooting each other. Easier than chemistry, I suppose.

      The thing I always find so mystifying is how surprised we are when it happens to us. I recently heard some astronomical figure about Mexico’s body count in the past half-dozen years of the drug wars; it dwarfed our losses in Vietnam. I fear we have some harsh lessons to learn and far too many eager teachers.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        Easier than chemistry indeed. Bullets don’t require much ingenuity and you can get them at WalMart. I’m glad most people are too stupid or lazy to figure out how to make their own Shit That Blows Up. Imagine the alternative, Patrick.

        When we combine more ingenuity with more civil discord, we have a real problem, Houston.

      • Steve O Says:

        The Unabomber came somewhere before OK City, and the Centennial Park bombing was exactly a year after.

        I don’t want to put any ideas into anyone’s head, or stir up some bad juju, but we’re way overdue for a particular American specialty. Starting with Wilkes Booth, Guiteau then Czolgosz then Zangara then Oswald were all about 20 years apart. After that, it was fast and furious up to Hinckley. So, we’re at 30+ … and like my dad said about every .225 hitter on an oh-for-20 streak, we’re due.

        (Can’t remember … Did anyone take a shot at Carter, other than that killer rabbit? Nixon had the plane guy, and Ford got double teamed by a couple of ladies who didn’t bother reading the instructions first — thank god their guns weren’t made by ikea! But I don’t recall Carter making anyone’s to do list.)

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        Don’t recall any attempts on Carter. I’m really worried about current occupant. Too many nutjobs lately, and Carter didn’t have to contend with the Internet as a fertilizer for whackjob minds.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        Raymond Lee Harvey. Although I don’t think a starter pistol qualifies as a bona fide attempt.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I always forget about ol’ Ted, who was (is?) truly off the rails. He resides just south of here, off the old Hardscrabble Century route, at the Supermax outside Florence.

        Centennial slipped my mind, too. Shouldn’t have, as my colleagues in the media teamed up with the fuzz to make a real hash of that one for Richard Jewell.

        And yeah, I bet the coffee-colored Kenyan socialist Mooslim in the Black House grew an extra set of SS blankets last night.

      • John Says:

        Missing from your list of booms by bad guys: the first attempt on the World Trade Center back in ’92 or ’93 (I’m too lazy to look it up). I remember it because I was half way through freshman chemistry at the time and our professor walked into class the next day and wordlessly wrote on the board the exothermic reaction of sodium nitrate and a liquid hydrocarbon. This was so soon after the bombing that they weren’t even saying if they were sure it was bomb.

        I had doubts about his alibi and thought about dropping a dime on him but I was getting an A in the class.

      • Steve O Says:

        I’m not sure what’s scarier: that presidential assissination attempts happen about as often as American idol changes judges, or that we think 5-40 years in prison is sufficient to cure/rehab/scare straight someone who’s clearly nuts and intent on doing harm.

        We have met the enemy, and thems is us.

  6. Steve O Says:

    Re: the tweet you twatted

    Interesting that the breakdown in Da Springs isn’t that much different than that of Denver. Just a couple of points here and there. Voting records would indicate otherwise, yeah?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We may have similar religiosity patterns, but man, our lot down here is committed. Or should be. They turn out to vote with a vengeance.

    • Khal Spencer Says:

      Burlington was already on my list as a possible place to retire, seeing as the southwest won’t have enough water in a few years to even flush the john. Glad to see its on the Gallup list. Not because I am anti-religious, but because I hate it when people go to government with ideas on how to solve our problems, having learned these ideas from their Secret Friend.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I lived very briefly in Burlington (Winooski, actually) after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in 1977. Very cool town, or so it seemed to me on short acquaintance. About five colleges in that neck of the woods, and of course Vermont is renowned for its fine cycling.

        Canada’s an easy drive away, too, should one find the need to flee on short notice.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I have a good friend across the lake who teaches at SUNY Plattsburg. It is a nice area. A little cold in the winter for my Hawaii bride, but I grew up in Buffalo, so no big deal for me. Last time I checked one had to get out of town a little way or win the lottery to afford a house there.

        Just before I left for Honolulu back in ’87, I did a “tour de Neew Yawrk State” on my motorcycle to see old friends and family one more time. I was riding towards Plattsburg across the Adirondacks. and rode through Dannemora on NY 374. Didn’t stop to see if Son o’ Sam was still living there in the Big House, though. That road past the state prison has to be one of the spookiest places on earth.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        To damn cold for me. Any time I think about cold places when fuel is hard to come by, I see Omar Sharif burning furniture in the wood stove to keep from freezing to death. But university/collage towns usually have a lot to offer for retiree folks like me. Flagstaff is about as much winter as I can stand. But, water is still an issue, but is going to be almost anywhere you go now. Flushing the toilet is important, but “water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink” comes to mind around the Northeast.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Did I mention that we’re on lawn-watering restrictions here? About 10 years too late, maybe 20, it’s true, but still.

        Meanwhile, the area farmers that all the eat-locally types have recently learned to patronize find themselves out of irrigation water and negotiating for water rights. Good times.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Speaking of water, old SV AZ did something good and ended up first city in the nation to do it.

    • md anderson Says:

      Interesting. Of the top 10 least religious I have lived in three of them.

      And Khal, Burlington is the shiznits when it comes to cycling. Last time I was there I saw too many bikes to count. Real “I ride it every day” bikes too. Trouble is it’s far enough north that you can only cycle three months out of the year. Well, I might exaggerate a bit…And if it turns out this climate change stuff is for real (snark) then in a decade or so it’ll have the same climate as New Mexico.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Yeah, the cold is the main reason we don’t agree on relocating there. But you are right–with climate change, Burlington could be the next BombTown.

      • art Says:

        Road season runs just about eight months here, which for me is just long enough to start getting burned out. Winters are damn cold though, and most days I feel like I’m in a live episode of Portlandia.

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