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2013-04-16 07:24:01 PM

A Dark Evil Omen: Rhino_man: McConnell is actually just repeating FOX News talking points on this one:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/16/boston-bombing-shatters -new -complacency/

Wretched piece of shiat parrots other wretched pieces of shiat, film at 11.


Well given the denials by various Islamic Groups and the fact this occurred on Patriot Day and Tax Day, it's either blame the victims or admit it was domestic anti-government folks.  I assume fox doesn't want to blame the latter for ratings reasons.

Clearly Time is just speculating here, but the dates and the MO both suggest an anti-government individual  since this was their big holiday and day to make a statement historically coupled with the fact they like bombs.
 
2013-04-16 07:25:53 PM
FTFA: And so we are newly reminded that serious threats to our way of life remain.

Considering the biggest impactor on "our way of life" has been the government, not the terrorists, and this jackhole wants us to continue down that path...excuse me, I have to go puke.
 
2013-04-16 07:26:56 PM

scottydoesntknow: So what, the TSA will start screening marathons?

Bad shiat happens. It sucks that it happens, but it will happen. It always happens. The worst thing you can do is let the bad guy think he won by convincing everyone to live in fear or trying to control the population through fear.


According to one of the comments, Mitch McTurtle got his undies in a wad because TSA was 'too invasive'.

If only there was some way to harness any real energy caused by this sort of spinning...
 
2013-04-16 07:28:33 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: Mitch...

(insert you aren't helping photo)

that is all.


GoldSpider: This is a party that has obviously learned from past mistakes.


Hm.
 
2013-04-16 07:30:11 PM

skullkrusher: Yeah he didn't use te exact same words...


Hold on a second. Our friends on the Right have been screaming bloody murder because President Obama referred to Benghazi as an act of terror instead of terrorism. But now suddenly we're supposed to interpret his words much more loosely?
 
2013-04-16 07:38:13 PM

dericwater: 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.


Yeah, well, Americans aren't the sharpest tools in the shed.
 
2013-04-16 07:43:03 PM
He should be blaming every person who's had a hand in our foreign policy over the last 100 years.
 
2013-04-16 07:43:16 PM

RyogaM: /bombproof trashcans, the next big thing


well see, the first thing that we do is make the container thicker and stronger, able to "contain" the blast.
Make certain that the cover is an insanely tight fit.

that way, what the blast goes off, there will be nowhere for the energy to dissipate.
OH WAIT, that would just cause the trash can to become shrapnel if the last is strong enough to shatter the container .

hmmmm
ok, fine, leave the top open, so the blast just shoots skywards ....
no wait, now we have created a cannon

FARK
time to take the trash cans off of the street again
 
2013-04-16 07:45:29 PM
Dammit guys, this shiat makes you look just as dishonest as the idiot right wingers.  It's blatantly obvious that he isn't blaming the victims, he's fear mongering.  He isn't aiming at Bostonians, he's saying to all of us "See?  You should be afraid.  Give me and my fellow chickenhawk war-profiteer friends more power, we'll protect you."

/Always pisses me off that people make shiat up when there's a perfectly good reason to despise a person already available
 
2013-04-16 07:48:20 PM

namatad: hmmmm
ok, fine, leave the top open, so the blast just shoots skywards ....
no wait, now we have created a cannon


You dig a hole under the bomb proof trash can and cover it with plastic.  Then you make the bottom of the can weaker than anything else, but anchor it firmly in place.  So the force will break the plastic and the blast goes down there and kills whatever rats/homeless/subhuman races have taken up residence in the underground network of trash can holes.  Clearly this must be done.

Actually the semi-reasonable solution is some kind of cheap sensor built into the can that detects explosives and alters the authorities.  We can also make it detect motor oil and things like that as well in case some jackass gets lazy in the "dispose of the old oil" phase of his oil change.
 
2013-04-16 07:56:10 PM

skullkrusher: thamike: 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?

I guess I don't get the "inflict as many civilian casualties as possible" angle if this were done by a guy looking to start a 2nd revolution. McVeigh wanted many casualties to make a big impact but he specifically wanted to limit non-government employee casualties and targeted the Murrah Building because it housed a number of government agencies. Other right wing terror attacks have targeted specific groups (gays, blacks, their "sympathizers", etc) but it seems pretty uncommon to just try to randomly kill a bunch of American civilians with no real symbolic target attached to it. Even Rudolph hit the Atlanta games because he thought the Olympics were socialist.

For all we know the only significance of the date is that that's the date of the marathon and the attackers thought the finish line would make a good target.


What I think--as I already posted on a different thread--is that whoever did this has some kind of gripe either with the Boston Marathon itself, or with runners in general. I don't think it was a foreign group, and I doubt it was any organized domestic group; I'm leaning toward an individual, possibly military, probably disabled or with a disabled family member.

Reason is because of the ungodly number of amputations that seem to have resulted from the blasts. Whoever set these devices placed them low to the ground, at locations that were near the race, but not right up against it, and detonated them after the top runners finished, so the crowd was dissipating but still large; so there would be maximum injuries. Somebody wanted to ensure the largest number of lower-body casualties he could manage--he wanted to make sure a whole lot of people never got to run again.

Closer to the finish line, or closer to the number-one finishers would have guaranteed more deaths (more tightly packed crowds) but fewer overall casualties; farther away might have caused more total casualties but fewer serious injuries. A higher blast might have injured more and even killed more; but something about the placement and type of shrapnel has a "so-there" quality about it. Someone is trying to make others suffer like he is suffering. I think someone is watching reports about people losing limbs and hearing about the tourniquets being applied and all that, and seriously getting off.
 
2013-04-16 07:58:12 PM

FlashHarry: can you imagine the apoplexy from the right if obama had said something like that?


I remember the "Truther" movement being brief and an actual embarrassment to the Democrats.  The difference between that and the "Birther" movement (which is still going on) is that when Democrats were asked "What do you tell people who think that Bush was involved with 9/11?", not a single one said "I'm not going to tell people what to think".
 
2013-04-16 08:01:27 PM

The Lone Gunman: FlashHarry: can you imagine the apoplexy from the right if obama had said something like that?

I remember the "Truther" movement being brief and an actual embarrassment to the Democrats.  The difference between that and the "Birther" movement (which is still going on) is that when Democrats were asked "What do you tell people who think that Bush was involved with 9/11?", not a single one said "I'm not going to tell people what to think".


That would be the first time for that.
 
2013-04-16 08:03:43 PM

Gyrfalcon: skullkrusher: thamike: 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?

I guess I don't get the "inflict as many civilian casualties as possible" angle if this were done by a guy looking to start a 2nd revolution. McVeigh wanted many casualties to make a big impact but he specifically wanted to limit non-government employee casualties and targeted the Murrah Building because it housed a number of government agencies. Other right wing terror attacks have targeted specific groups (gays, blacks, their "sympathizers", etc) but it seems pretty uncommon to just try to randomly kill a bunch of American civilians with no real symbolic target attached to it. Even Rudolph hit the Atlanta games because he thought the Olympics were socialist.

For all we know the only significance of the date is that that's the date of the marathon and the attackers thought the finish line would make a good target.

What I think--as I already posted on a different thread--is that whoever did this has some kind of gripe either with the Boston Marathon itself, or with runners in general. I don't think it was a foreign group, and I doubt it was any organized domestic group; I'm leaning toward an individual, possibly military, probably disabled or with a disabled family member.

Reason is because of the ungodly number of amputations that seem to have resulted from the blasts. Whoever set these devic ...


Interesting theory. Cops are looking for someone who lost the ability to run?

/where's the Farker who was writing a book? That's another good plotline for 'em.
 
2013-04-16 08:08:03 PM

The Why Not Guy: skullkrusher: Yeah he didn't use te exact same words...

Hold on a second. Our friends on the Right have been screaming bloody murder because President Obama referred to Benghazi as an act of terror instead of terrorism. But now suddenly we're supposed to interpret his words much more loosely?


Have you seen me scream about Benghazi? No. So why the fark would you think this is a appropriate response?
 
2013-04-16 08:16:28 PM

ha-ha-guy: some kind of cheap sensor built into the can that detects explosives and alters the authorities.


Pray they do not alter them any further.
 
2013-04-16 08:24:46 PM
www.sussex.ac.uk
How DARE we not be scared sh*tless Red Alert 24/7/365

(and not voting republican)
 
2013-04-16 08:27:49 PM

Peki: Interesting theory. Cops are looking for someone who lost the ability to run?

/where's the Farker who was writing a book? That's another good plotline for 'em.


No, that would only be if the bombs were found in a water tank on the roof of a residential hotel.
 
2013-04-16 08:28:27 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: Mitch...

(insert you aren't helping photo)

that is all.


Even tenpundsofdoip is dissing the Talking Turtle?

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-04-16 08:30:23 PM

Gyrfalcon: Peki: Interesting theory. Cops are looking for someone who lost the ability to run?

/where's the Farker who was writing a book? That's another good plotline for 'em.

No, that would only be if the bombs were found in a water tank on the roof of a residential hotel.


*blink*

If you're referring to an actual piece of literature or event, please enlighten me.
 
2013-04-16 08:33:14 PM

UNC_Samurai: Aarontology: FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR.

[chameleonsden.com image 532x728]


magiccards.info
 
2013-04-16 08:44:00 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.

 

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


/OKIE


I still don't get how that attack by a republican nut job didn't turn OK purple or light blue. Were you all told it was Pres. Clinton's fault?
 
2013-04-16 08:48:05 PM

sheep snorter: The fellow on the bottom looking into what he thinks life is like is Mitch McConnell.
The fellow on top of his learning about the real world is everybody else who is not batshiat crazy like McConnell.

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0-media-cdn.foolz.us

Just because you see a pic on Reddit doesn't mean you have to post it elsewhere, regardless of subject topic.

/ I saw a funny cat pic
// Oh no, explosion in Boston!
/// I'm sure one of the victims owned a cat...
 
2013-04-16 08:49:14 PM
Couple of points:

1.  If you have a pressure cooker in your house, lock that shiat up.  It is dangerous.
2.  If you don't have one, you should get one now, before the ban/confiscation of pressure cookers begins.
3.  I can't imagine what the background checks will be like to purchase a pressure cooker in the future, so be ready.

Even vigilant,
Propain_az
 
2013-04-16 08:59:12 PM

dababler: 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.

 

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


/OKIE

I still don't get how that attack by a republican nut job didn't turn OK purple or light blue. Were you all told it was Pres. Clinton's fault?


I don't think McVeigh ran for office
 
2013-04-16 09:04:50 PM

Propain_az: 3. I can't imagine what the background checks will be like to purchase a pressure cooker in the future, so be ready.


When crockpots are outlawed, only outlaws will have crockpots.
 
2013-04-16 09:16:29 PM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Propain_az: 3. I can't imagine what the background checks will be like to purchase a pressure cooker in the future, so be ready.

When crockpots are outlawed, only outlaws will have crockpots.


I read that as crackpots. Way funnier.
 
2013-04-16 09:18:44 PM

Emposter: Dammit guys, this shiat makes you look just as dishonest as the idiot right wingers.  It's blatantly obvious that he isn't blaming the victims, he's fear mongering.  He isn't aiming at Bostonians, he's saying to all of us "See?  You should be afraid.  Give me and my fellow chickenhawk war-profiteer friends more power, we'll protect you."

/Always pisses me off that people make shiat up when there's a perfectly good reason to despise a person already available


He can't be doing both?  His obvious subtext is, "this is your fault for voting democrat."  He's saying the complacency of us commoners is why the bombing succeeded.  OUR complacency, OUR suffering.
 
2013-04-16 09:19:09 PM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Propain_az: 3. I can't imagine what the background checks will be like to purchase a pressure cooker in the future, so be ready.

When crockpots are outlawed, only outlaws will have crockpots.


There is a distinct difference between a crockpot and pressure cooker.
 
2013-04-16 09:21:43 PM
If we're fighting a war on terror, and Mitchy here is trying to spread fear, doesn't that make him a traitor?
 
2013-04-16 09:22:51 PM
As tragic as this event was for the people impacted by it... if anything, it shows we can be more complacent than we are. I don't wish to demean the individual tragedies, or to try and balance the scales of justice with dead bodies, but if this is the worst we have to fear, then we are living in a utopia.
 
2013-04-16 09:23:12 PM

TheBigJerk: Emposter: Dammit guys, this shiat makes you look just as dishonest as the idiot right wingers.  It's blatantly obvious that he isn't blaming the victims, he's fear mongering.  He isn't aiming at Bostonians, he's saying to all of us "See?  You should be afraid.  Give me and my fellow chickenhawk war-profiteer friends more power, we'll protect you."

/Always pisses me off that people make shiat up when there's a perfectly good reason to despise a person already available

He can't be doing both?  His obvious subtext is, "this is your fault for voting democrat."  He's saying the complacency of us commoners is why the bombing succeeded.  OUR complacency, OUR suffering.


So, take our weapons?  So we can't defend ourselves?  Granted, armed citizens could not have stopped the bombing of Boston, but I am talking about the bigger picture.  The long view.
 
2013-04-16 09:29:48 PM

Propain_az: TheBigJerk: Emposter: Dammit guys, this shiat makes you look just as dishonest as the idiot right wingers.  It's blatantly obvious that he isn't blaming the victims, he's fear mongering.  He isn't aiming at Bostonians, he's saying to all of us "See?  You should be afraid.  Give me and my fellow chickenhawk war-profiteer friends more power, we'll protect you."

/Always pisses me off that people make shiat up when there's a perfectly good reason to despise a person already available

He can't be doing both?  His obvious subtext is, "this is your fault for voting democrat."  He's saying the complacency of us commoners is why the bombing succeeded.  OUR complacency, OUR suffering.

So, take our weapons?  So we can't defend ourselves?  Granted, armed citizens could not have stopped the bombing of Boston, but I am talking about the bigger picture.  The long view.


I seem to remember a certain school shooting where two armed guards did precisely farkall to stop it:
cdnl.complex.com
 
2013-04-16 09:30:38 PM

Rhino_man: Propain_az: TheBigJerk: Emposter: Dammit guys, this shiat makes you look just as dishonest as the idiot right wingers.  It's blatantly obvious that he isn't blaming the victims, he's fear mongering.  He isn't aiming at Bostonians, he's saying to all of us "See?  You should be afraid.  Give me and my fellow chickenhawk war-profiteer friends more power, we'll protect you."

/Always pisses me off that people make shiat up when there's a perfectly good reason to despise a person already available

He can't be doing both?  His obvious subtext is, "this is your fault for voting democrat."  He's saying the complacency of us commoners is why the bombing succeeded.  OUR complacency, OUR suffering.

So, take our weapons?  So we can't defend ourselves?  Granted, armed citizens could not have stopped the bombing of Boston, but I am talking about the bigger picture.  The long view.

I seem to remember a certain school shooting where two armed guards did precisely farkall to stop it:
[cdnl.complex.com image 620x400]


Note:  The two armed men in the picture are Police, not the worthless armed guards in question.
 
2013-04-16 09:37:01 PM
I read TFA.

Nowhere is McConnell blaming the victims for being complacent.  he's making at statement about how as Americans, we have become complacent.  Nowhere did he tie that into the victims somehow being at fault.

This is fark at its worst.
 
2013-04-16 09:47:40 PM

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.


Complacency, at times, can be a good thing.  Complacency is better than lashing out at random people who had nothing to do with the unjust act just to do something about it.

/I'm not criticizing any specific policy.  I'm just saying that, unless there's a time constraint that doesn't allow for it, it's better to get all your information before acting.
 
2013-04-16 10:09:18 PM
Especially for you, M*tch McConnell

/yuppers, press Play button because Quiet Tube
 
2013-04-16 10:19:00 PM
How long until this turd issues the classic slimy non-apology apology 'If he offended anyone'.
 
2013-04-16 10:20:04 PM

Ackbarican_Idol: How long until this turd issues the classic slimy non-apology apology 'If he offended anyone'.


You expect him to apologize for something that Think Progress invented? My guess is never.
 
2013-04-16 10:25:52 PM

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.


Well, if I was a vigilant Conservative, I'd be hiding under my bed instead of being out and living life.  Being vigilant in the Conservative sense means being afraid of everything and considering anything new to be bad or wrong.

I'm sure that you - Mr. Eagle eye - would be able to pick out an IED in ANY situation.  How naive are you?  Or do you think that a strong belief in some mythical creature gives you some insight that does not require real study or knowledge?
 
2013-04-16 10:30:03 PM

Chariset: It's a just world!

Bad happens to the bad; good happens to the good.   If something horrific happened to you, you must have deserved it.

After all the alternative is to think that bad things can happen to people who have nothing to do with the incident and are doing nothing wrong, like me, and we can't have that.


Heh. I think some conservative Christians just didn't quite get the message from the book of Job.
 
2013-04-16 10:31:32 PM

rosebud_the_sled: 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.

Well, if I was were a vigilant Conservative, I'd be hiding under my bed instead of being out and living life.  Being vigilant in the Conservative sense means being afraid of everything and considering anything new to be bad or wrong.

I'm sure that you - Mr. Eagle eye - would be able to pick out an IED in ANY situation.  How naive are you?  Or do you think that a strong belief in some mythical creature gives you some insight that does not require real study or knowledge?


The subjunctive never did anything to you. Why do you hate it so much?
 
2013-04-16 10:32:20 PM

Mad_Radhu: Chariset: It's a just world!

Bad happens to the bad; good happens to the good.   If something horrific happened to you, you must have deserved it.

After all the alternative is to think that bad things can happen to people who have nothing to do with the incident and are doing nothing wrong, like me, and we can't have that.

Heh. I think some conservative Christians just didn't quite get the message from the book of Job.


I tried to but some Messican took it
 
2013-04-16 10:56:46 PM

Propain_az: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Propain_az: 3. I can't imagine what the background checks will be like to purchase a pressure cooker in the future, so be ready.

When crockpots are outlawed, only outlaws will have crockpots.

There is a distinct difference between a crockpot and pressure cooker.


Is it how many meals I can prepare with one turn of the knob?
 
2013-04-16 11:14:43 PM

seventypercent: I wonder if Senator McConnell has any suggestions for how to attend a marathon in a non-complacent fashion.

 
2013-04-17 12:03:01 AM

Boeheimian Rhapsody: JolobinSmokin: 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

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.

Fark you Mitch McConnel from another

/OKIE

Also could have worked:


[websites.wnc.edu image 850x596]

csb:
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.


I think my favorite thing about visiting there was getting my Mom to overcome her objections to Japanese tourists being there.
None of them gave the orders to carpet bomb us, and it's just as important a landmark for both sides.  I didn't see anyone saying "yeah, we kicked your ass" or "scoreboard" or anything like that; we were just soaking in this still-dripping-out-oil artifact of man's occasional inhumanity toward other men.

[/csb]

But yeah, McConnell is a flaming bag of poo
 
2013-04-17 12:47:42 AM

Peki: Gyrfalcon: Peki: Interesting theory. Cops are looking for someone who lost the ability to run?

/where's the Farker who was writing a book? That's another good plotline for 'em.

No, that would only be if the bombs were found in a water tank on the roof of a residential hotel.

*blink*

If you're referring to an actual piece of literature or event, please enlighten me.


Convoluted Fark thread about the dead body that was stashed in the water tank of a hotel here in LA and left there for 2 days--while the residents were showering and bathing in the corpse-juice. Someone opined that it sounded like a bad movie plot.
 
2013-04-17 12:49:13 AM
How is that blaming the victims? It's obvious he's talking about law enforcement.
 
2013-04-17 12:55:04 AM

evil saltine: How is that blaming the victims? It's obvious he's talking about law enforcement.


Well republicans are not good at stopping terrorist attacks. (9/11) Hopefully voters realize the more republicans that get elected the more attacks we will have :(
 
2013-04-17 12:55:37 AM

Gyrfalcon: Peki: Gyrfalcon: Peki: Interesting theory. Cops are looking for someone who lost the ability to run?

/where's the Farker who was writing a book? That's another good plotline for 'em.

No, that would only be if the bombs were found in a water tank on the roof of a residential hotel.

*blink*

If you're referring to an actual piece of literature or event, please enlighten me.

Convoluted Fark thread about the dead body that was stashed in the water tank of a hotel here in LA and left there for 2 days--while the residents were showering and bathing in the corpse-juice. Someone opined that it sounded like a bad movie plot.


Ah okay. I did catch the reference then, just didn't read that thread to make the connection. Ty.
 
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