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(Think Progress)   Mitch McConnell offers comforting words regarding the Boston Marathon bombing. Just kidding, he actually blames the victims for being too complacent   (thinkprogress.org) divider line 324
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2013-04-16 05:03:42 PM  

thamike: skullkrusher: weltallica: [bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 512x341]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Austin_suicide_attack

The 2010 Austin suicide attack occurred on 18 February 2010, when Andrew Joseph Stack III, flying his Piper Dakota, killing himself and Thirteen others were injured, two seriously...


[www.latimes.com image 600x400]
[lobablanca.com image 256x400]

what's the point you're going for here?

I think he's implying that this is the work of teabaggers.  I think it's domestic--on Patriots Day, in Boston, recognizing the Battle of lexington and Concord (which happened on the 19th)--but not teabaggers.  More like white supremacists. Yeah, yeah, i know, but I mean the real kind the head stomping, meth dealing, prison murder kind.


personally if I had to guess I'd say domestic Islamic terrorism only because those are the sorts of "small" bomb plots that keep getting foiled down here in NY (subway, Times Square, etc). Lone wolf nutjob on jihad.

The date might be meaningful for anti-government types but I don't see how the target makes sense from a militia perspective.

In reality, we don't have farkall to go on so to pin it on anyone doesn't make any sense and is pure speculation.
 
2013-04-16 05:04:15 PM  

Somacandra: ASSHOLE: On 9/11 we forever disabused of the notion that attacks, like the one that rocked Boston yesterday, only happen on the field of battle or in distant countries.

[i.imgur.com image 413x333] [i.imgur.com image 408x599]

fark YOU MITCH MCCONNELL.
SERIOUSLY.
fark YOU AND ALL YOU STAND FOR
YOU INCREDIBLE ASSHOLE


/OKIE


Was there.  Good post.
 
2013-04-16 05:06:24 PM  
So, if he didn't blame the victims, us, like many here claim, who did he blame for the complacency?
 
2013-04-16 05:08:59 PM  

THX 1138: SkinnyHead: Well, I looked up "complacent" in the dictionary:  It means: "pleased, especially with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied."  The only thing missing was a picture of Obama.George W. Bush actively ignoring a brief entitled "Bin Laden Determined To Strike In U.S."

FTFY.

Or does that definition of "complacent" not work for you?


Well, like Sen. McConnell said, there was a sense of complacency that prevailed prior to September 11th.  He's saying that we shouldn't go back to that.
 
2013-04-16 05:10:19 PM  
Can we finally admit that security theater and million dollar security details for events are largely ineffective?

No?

OK, we must spend MOAR!
 
2013-04-16 05:10:40 PM  
As usual, Senator McConnell is correct said no one ever.
 
2013-04-16 05:11:46 PM  

impaler: quatchi: When the entire point to terrorism is to make people afraid then... yeah, standing there telling people they aren't terrified enough isn't controversial.

How is deliberately trying to accomplish the terrorist's specific goal, not controversial?


Warning, sarcasm detector low on energy.
 
2013-04-16 05:12:43 PM  

THX 1138: SkinnyHead: Well, I looked up "complacent" in the dictionary:  It means: "pleased, especially with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied."  The only thing missing was a picture of Obama.George W. Bush actively ignoring a brief entitled "Bin Laden Determined To Strike In U.S."

FTFY.

Or does that definition of "complacent" not work for you?


Hey they only received a list of "actionable items" to fight terrorism not a "plan". How in the hell are they going to do anything with that? *snark*
 
2013-04-16 05:14:18 PM  

JolobinSmokin: I was in OKC that day on a field trip. We had just left downtown OKC and were heading back to Sequoyah county were I am from and had made it to Shawnee when we heard the news, don't even remember what we were there for at the time.


I was in college working about an hour north in Stillwater--Okla State has a world-class premier Fire Protection and Industrial Safety program--all my friends who were upperclassmen were mobilized to render aid and assistance immediately that morning, while I was behind trying to comfort a friend who'd just lost his dad a hour before. I really don't need Mitch McConnell's patronizing bullshiat glossing over the Murrah attack. Life changed a helluva lot that day and hasn't been the same since. I still don't leave the house on April 19th if I can possibly help it.
 
2013-04-16 05:15:04 PM  

robbiex0r: Can we finally admit that security theater and million dollar security details for events are largely ineffective?

No?

OK, we must spend MOAR!


So you don't like the theater we have going, but spending more to do something about it is bad too. I'm not so sure laissez faire is the way to go on public safety, but it has an evolutionary flair to it which is nice.
 
2013-04-16 05:15:55 PM  

SkinnyHead: Well, like Sen. McConnell said, there was a sense of complacency that prevailed prior to September 11th.  He's saying that we shouldn't go back to that.


I'd rather go back to that than the false non-complacency we had following 9/11.

Terror alert "yellow" - (watch for suspicious toenail clippers and breast milk).
 
2013-04-16 05:17:49 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: robbiex0r: Can we finally admit that security theater and million dollar security details for events are largely ineffective?

No?

OK, we must spend MOAR!

So you don't like the theater we have going, but spending more to do something about it is bad too. I'm not so sure laissez faire is the way to go on public safety, but it has an evolutionary flair to it which is nice.


More of the same is not going to be any more effective than what we're doing now.
 
2013-04-16 05:18:03 PM  
People need to accept terrorism is a risk in life. Like dying in a car crash or being killed during a robbery. No matter how much we spend or how vigilant we are some people are going to die from terrorist attack. We shouldn't bankrupt the country trying to reach 0 terrorism since it will never happen
 
2013-04-16 05:19:10 PM  

Diogenes: And if it it turns out this was perpetrated by 'one of our own' will he stand by those words?

Sounds to me like he's strongly implying a particular responsible party.


That's what I was LOLing about. When the cops finally catch the little shiatstain, he'll biatch about abortion rights, or Jeebus or some other right-wingnut talking point.
 
2013-04-16 05:19:54 PM  

thamike: UNC_Samurai: rufus-t-firefly: SkinnyHead: There's nothing controversial about warning people against complacency when it comes to terrorism.   Unless you happen to be a big fan of complacency.

We get complacent about alt trolls, and then they pop up again.

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[img218.imageshack.us image 850x484]


Is that a wifely handjob?
 
2013-04-16 05:20:57 PM  

robbiex0r: HotWingConspiracy: robbiex0r: Can we finally admit that security theater and million dollar security details for events are largely ineffective?

No?

OK, we must spend MOAR!

So you don't like the theater we have going, but spending more to do something about it is bad too. I'm not so sure laissez faire is the way to go on public safety, but it has an evolutionary flair to it which is nice.

More of the same is not going to be any more effective than what we're doing now.


What we're doing is pretty damn effective.
 
2013-04-16 05:22:57 PM  

Boeheimian Rhapsody: my wife and I were on Oahu for our honeymoon and took a day trip to visit pearl harbor. While we were on the Arizona Memorial one of the survivors entered with the group behind ours. The staff called the place to attention and there was a huge round of applause. It's tough to put into words how we felt that day. It was sobering. It was terrifying. It was beautiful. Everything that happened that day was recorded down to the minute. To this day I get chills thinking about that experience.



Wow. I can only imagine. What a soul to come back to that place of so much premeditated death and destruction in the midst of strangers, even so many decades later. Thanks for sharing that, seriously. Whenever I visit the OKC Memorial, I have to go alone. And I wasn't even at the attack site when it happened.
 
2013-04-16 05:24:13 PM  

what_now: We aren't all pants shiatting cowards, McConnell, you asshole.


Could have fooled me, seeing how liberals have been filling their pants lately in fear that their neighbors might have an assault rifle.
 
2013-04-16 05:24:26 PM  

Stone Meadow: Diogenes: And if it it turns out this was perpetrated by 'one of our own' will he stand by those words?

Sounds to me like he's strongly implying a particular responsible party.

That's what I was LOLing about. When the cops finally catch the little shiatstain, he'll biatch about abortion rights, or Jeebus or some other right-wingnut talking point.


Or the person won't.
Interesting that you assume it is a male that did this.  Why would you assume that?
Why would you think that that the person would biatch about Jeebus?  That makes no sense.
 
2013-04-16 05:24:51 PM  
So he wants us all to retreat back into our shells? Very appropriate Turtleman
 
2013-04-16 05:26:17 PM  
Well, thank you, anonymously charitable fellow Farker for my sponsorship!

Too bad on these circumstances, though.
However, I find that if you do like Mr. Rogers said, one's faith in humanity is immediately restored.
I was amazed and inspired to see folks running right to the site of the explosion seconds after the blast. I'd like to think I'd do the same, but lucky me,, I've never been in that situation.
We just gotta take care of each other. Crazy and evil will always be around.
 
2013-04-16 05:26:29 PM  

Diogenes: See, I think the problem is looking to McConnell for comfort in the first place.

The man has all the empathy and humanity of a petrified turd.


Given the choice, I'd take the turd every time.
 
2013-04-16 05:27:16 PM  
Americans are complacent on terrorism as evidenced by a bombing that killed three. Yet, when there's a shooting every other week that kills, like at Newtown, 26, it's, "We can't do a thing about it. It's in the constitution."

Well, asshole, fark you.
 
2013-04-16 05:27:34 PM  

SkinnyHead: THX 1138: SkinnyHead: Well, I looked up "complacent" in the dictionary:  It means: "pleased, especially with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied."  The only thing missing was a picture of Obama.George W. Bush actively ignoring a brief entitled "Bin Laden Determined To Strike In U.S."

FTFY.

Or does that definition of "complacent" not work for you?

Well, like Sen. McConnell said, there was a sense of complacency that prevailed prior to September 11th.  He's saying that we shouldn't go back to that.


That's not the way I read it.  He said we've become complacent again, and that this tragedy resulted from that.

He's not an asshole for thinking it, he's thinking it because he's an asshole.
 
2013-04-16 05:27:39 PM  

havocmike: Enemabag Jones: please
Reading his comments, he basically said "we've become complacent again".  Is that really blaming the victims?
No, but I reserve the right to consider him a jackass for what he said.

/After all, they should have been searching backpacks at an open event to make sure their weren't terrorists there.  Or maybe control the sale of bulk ball bearings.

//Where does one buy bulk ball bearings anyway?  Isn't that a lead?

you could steal them two or three at a time from Lowe's. theoretically.


They are for sale as slingshot ammo too. Quick google search reveals 1/2" chrome steel balls cost about 5$ a pound...
Having said that they do work great for slingshot ammo.
/I bet we're all on a watch list now
 
2013-04-16 05:29:20 PM  
"It's unclear exactly who McConnell is saying has become complacent regarding terrorism."

Yeah, I wonder which black Kenyan socialist gay Muslim history's-greatest-monster ol' Mitch could possibly be referring to.
 
2013-04-16 05:30:43 PM  

SkinnyHead: what_now: We aren't all pants shiatting cowards, McConnell, you asshole.

Could have fooled me, seeing how liberals have been filling their pants lately in fear that their neighbors might have an assault rifle.



You think a lot about other dudes "filling their pants?"

NTTAWWT, elchip.
 
2013-04-16 05:30:48 PM  
 
2013-04-16 05:30:59 PM  

Diogenes: See, I think the problem is looking to McConnell for comfort in the first place.

The man has all the empathy and humanity of a petrified turd.


You're giving petrified turds a bad name by comparing them to McConnell.
 
2013-04-16 05:32:58 PM  

SkinnyHead: what_now: We aren't all pants shiatting cowards, McConnell, you asshole.

Could have fooled me, seeing how liberals have been filling their pants lately in fear that their neighbors might have an assault rifle.


I think you have us confused with conservatives.  Liberals aren't afraid, we're pissed that you cowards can't see that too many guns breed violence.
 
2013-04-16 05:33:41 PM  
If you're still a Republican in 2013 America, there's something wrong with you.
 
2013-04-16 05:35:24 PM  
Can we test McConnell's level of complacency by bombing his house? Serious, if he's such a f*cking expert on the topic, he should be totally prepared for someone shooting grenades through his kitchen window at 3am.

Not that I would suggest anyone should do grievous harm to the shiatty little man turtle just to prove a point.

I'd never suggest that.

That someone should hurt him. Badly.

No sir, I wouldn't do that.
 
2013-04-16 05:38:34 PM  

skullkrusher: thamike: skullkrusher: weltallica: [bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 512x341]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Austin_suicide_attack

The 2010 Austin suicide attack occurred on 18 February 2010, when Andrew Joseph Stack III, flying his Piper Dakota, killing himself and Thirteen others were injured, two seriously...


[www.latimes.com image 600x400]
[lobablanca.com image 256x400]

what's the point you're going for here?

I think he's implying that this is the work of teabaggers.  I think it's domestic--on Patriots Day, in Boston, recognizing the Battle of lexington and Concord (which happened on the 19th)--but not teabaggers.  More like white supremacists. Yeah, yeah, i know, but I mean the real kind the head stomping, meth dealing, prison murder kind.

personally if I had to guess I'd say domestic Islamic terrorism only because those are the sorts of "small" bomb plots that keep getting foiled down here in NY (subway, Times Square, etc). Lone wolf nutjob on jihad.

The date might be meaningful for anti-government types but I don't see how the target makes sense from a militia perspective.

In reality, we don't have farkall to go on so to pin it on anyone doesn't make any sense and is pure speculation.


I'm not ruling it out, but I think the time and place is too significant to ignore. I think it was a message. Add that to all the chatter about secession or armed revolt, assassinations of DAs and wardens (which may be completely unrelated).   It might be a lone wolf, but if so I think it's an American one.  If I was investigating it, I'd look at the next significant date and place in the American Revolution for clues.  Maybe start scouting Brooklyn for possible threats.  Besides, not a single jihadi group is claiming it, not even the usually-full-of-sh*t ones.  And that's odd, especially after 24 hours.

I almost want to be completely wrong about this.
 
2013-04-16 05:43:39 PM  

thamike: skullkrusher: thamike: skullkrusher: weltallica: [bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 512x341]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Austin_suicide_attack

The 2010 Austin suicide attack occurred on 18 February 2010, when Andrew Joseph Stack III, flying his Piper Dakota, killing himself and Thirteen others were injured, two seriously...


[www.latimes.com image 600x400]
[lobablanca.com image 256x400]

what's the point you're going for here?

I think he's implying that this is the work of teabaggers.  I think it's domestic--on Patriots Day, in Boston, recognizing the Battle of lexington and Concord (which happened on the 19th)--but not teabaggers.  More like white supremacists. Yeah, yeah, i know, but I mean the real kind the head stomping, meth dealing, prison murder kind.

personally if I had to guess I'd say domestic Islamic terrorism only because those are the sorts of "small" bomb plots that keep getting foiled down here in NY (subway, Times Square, etc). Lone wolf nutjob on jihad.

The date might be meaningful for anti-government types but I don't see how the target makes sense from a militia perspective.

In reality, we don't have farkall to go on so to pin it on anyone doesn't make any sense and is pure speculation.

I'm not ruling it out, but I think the time and place is too significant to ignore. I think it was a message. Add that to all the chatter about secession or armed revolt, assassinations of DAs and wardens (which may be completely unrelated).   It might be a lone wolf, but if so I think it's an American one.  If I was investigating it, I'd look at the next significant date and place in the American Revolution for clues.  Maybe start scouting Brooklyn for possible threats.  Besides, not a single jihadi group is claiming it, not even the usually-full-of-sh*t ones.  And that's odd, especially after 24 hours.

I almost want to be completely wrong about this.


mayhap, mayhap. In the end though, what's the difference? Terrorism is terrorism. AQ didn't claim 9/11 until 3 years later though. Maybe they were arguing in court with Mossad about the rights, I dunno.

Wouldn't Independence Day make more sense from a symbolic perspective? Hitting a government building rather than a marathon route? I dunno, I guess it isn't supposed to make sense because some farkwit (homegrown militia type, resident jihadi, foreign something or other) blew up a bunch of innocent people.
 
2013-04-16 05:44:24 PM  

jcooli09: SkinnyHead: what_now: We aren't all pants shiatting cowards, McConnell, you asshole.

Could have fooled me, seeing how liberals have been filling their pants lately in fear that their neighbors might have an assault rifle.

I think you have us confused with conservatives.  Liberals aren't afraid, we're pissed that you cowards can't see that too many guns breed violence.


Conservatives know that guns enable violence, they just think that a stack of dead children every now and then is just the cost of doing business in a free country.

Things like Newton and Columbine are acceptable to conservatives, or at least moreso than any common sense actions we could take to prevent such tragedies.
 
2013-04-16 05:45:46 PM  

Kibbler: "It's unclear exactly who McConnell is saying has become complacent regarding terrorism."

Yeah, I wonder which black Kenyan socialist gay Muslim history's-greatest-monster ol' Mitch could possibly be referring to.


He didn't go there.

You did. Congratulations.
 
2013-04-16 05:46:11 PM  

Corvus: Trayal: Total deaths from terrorism in US history: ~5,000.
Average deaths per year from auto accidents in the last ten years: ~39,000.

US Gun related deaths year 2000 = 75,000


Deaths from heart disease in 2011 = 597,689

Therefore only Michelle Obama is safeguarding America and Mitch McConnell has to dress up like one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and work through the entire Sweatin' to the Oldies series.
 
2013-04-16 05:47:46 PM  

eggrolls: Can we test McConnell's level of complacency by bombing his house? Serious, if he's such a f*cking expert on the topic, he should be totally prepared for someone shooting grenades through his kitchen window at 3am.

Not that I would suggest anyone should do grievous harm to the shiatty little man turtle just to prove a point.

I'd never suggest that.

That someone should hurt him. Badly.

No sir, I wouldn't do that.


I believe the point was that such thinking and action most often comes from the right. You are not helping your cause.
 
2013-04-16 05:49:33 PM  

tenpoundsofcheese: Stone Meadow: Diogenes: And if it it turns out this was perpetrated by 'one of our own' will he stand by those words?

Sounds to me like he's strongly implying a particular responsible party.

That's what I was LOLing about. When the cops finally catch the little shiatstain, he'll biatch about abortion rights, or Jeebus or some other right-wingnut talking point.

Or the person won't.
Interesting that you assume it is a male that did this.  Why would you assume that?
Why would you think that that the person would biatch about Jeebus?  That makes no sense.


You know, I never really paid much attention to others when they mocked you on Fark for being too literal, for lacking a capacity for lateral thinking and for asking inane chatbot-style questions.

I guess they were right.
 
2013-04-16 05:50:18 PM  

jcooli09: SkinnyHead: what_now: We aren't all pants shiatting cowards, McConnell, you asshole.

Could have fooled me, seeing how liberals have been filling their pants lately in fear that their neighbors might have an assault rifle.

I think you have us confused with conservatives.  Liberals aren't afraid, we're pissed that you cowards can't see that too many guns breed violence.


Don't give me that.  You're afraid of pistol grips on rifles because they make rifles look scary.
 
2013-04-16 05:50:22 PM  

SkinnyHead: Wadded Beef: SkinnyHead: coeyagi: SkinnyHead: There's nothing controversial about warning people against complacency when it comes to terrorism.   Unless you happen to be a big fan of complacency.

Except that is a completely transparent attempt at ginning up fear so that you will vote GOP and Big Government [Depart of Defense] and line the pockets further of defense contractors, but I guess in the post WWII era that isn't controversial, that is just the same happy bullsh*t we live with every day, much like oxygen poaching Fark posters who force us to respond to their retardation.

The actual reason why libs are so offended by talk about complacency is that they see it as an attack on their complacent president.

The attack is on reason and rational thinking, not some conservative boogeyman.

Well, I looked up "complacent" in the dictionary:  It means: "pleased, especially with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied."  The only thing missing was a picture of Obama.


I was flipping through the dictionary to check out "complacent" myself when your post inspired me to stop on "comedy" on the previous page.
 
2013-04-16 05:50:34 PM  

jcooli09: you cowards can't see that too many guns breed violence.


+1 funny.

Now we know where violence comes from:  pregnant guns.
 
2013-04-16 05:51:24 PM  

skullkrusher: Wouldn't Independence Day make more sense from a symbolic perspective? Hitting a government building rather than a marathon route?


The marathon happens on Patriots Day which commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, which kicked off the American Revolution with the "shot heard 'round the world."  The whole thing is maximum population density, especially at the finish line, and especially after the race has already been won by the athletes and the straggling townsfolk are all bunched together in the back of the line, basically walking.  Also, there is maximum media exposure.

What part of that whole scenario doesn't make sense?
 
2013-04-16 05:53:07 PM  

Enemabag Jones: //Where does one buy bulk ball bearings anyway? Isn't that a lead?


Common item. Bike shops buy them in bulk. Looking online I see them at industrial suppliers.

Interesting idea as a possible lead. I wonder how many people bought large quanties from Grainger in the past 6 months. And the exact size would be known.
 
2013-04-16 05:55:21 PM  

SkinnyHead: jcooli09: SkinnyHead: what_now: We aren't all pants shiatting cowards, McConnell, you asshole.

Could have fooled me, seeing how liberals have been filling their pants lately in fear that their neighbors might have an assault rifle.

I think you have us confused with conservatives.  Liberals aren't afraid, we're pissed that you cowards can't see that too many guns breed violence.

Don't give me that.  You're afraid of pistol grips on rifles because they make rifles look scary.


Bullshiat.  I'm opposed to tools which are primarily designed to kill humans, and in favor of making it more difficult to purchase weapons in order to reduce the total number of weapons over time.
 
2013-04-16 05:55:41 PM  

udhq: Conservatives know that guns enable violence, they just think that a stack of dead children every now and then is just the cost of doing business in a free country.

Things like Newton and Columbine are acceptable to conservatives, or at least moreso than any common sense actions we could take to prevent such tragedies.


2/10 too obvious
 
2013-04-16 05:57:36 PM  

the_dude_abides: udhq: Conservatives know that guns enable violence, they just think that a stack of dead children every now and then is just the cost of doing business in a free country.

Things like Newton and Columbine are acceptable to conservatives, or at least moreso than any common sense actions we could take to prevent such tragedies.

2/10 too obvious


Do you dispute it?
 
2013-04-16 05:58:51 PM  
The appropriate response is to invade a country that had nothing to do with it.  Otherwise we're being complacent.

/Brought to you by KBR
 
2013-04-16 05:59:28 PM  
Sounds like "She was asking to be raped by wearin' that purty dress", to me.
 
2013-04-16 05:59:45 PM  

odinsposse: Corvus: Trayal: Total deaths from terrorism in US history: ~5,000.
Average deaths per year from auto accidents in the last ten years: ~39,000.

US Gun related deaths year 2000 = 75,000

Deaths from heart disease in 2011 = 597,689

Therefore only Michelle Obama is safeguarding America and Mitch McConnell has to dress up like one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and work through the entire Sweatin' to the Oldies series.


Or, as Mitch calls it, Tuesday Afternoon.
 
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