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Boston Eight Days Later   Leave a comment

I want to open with this before I say anything else: Thanks for the extended coverage National/World Media but now that the manhunt is over and we know there will be a trial, you guys can leave now. There are more pressing things going on around the world you guys should be focusing on.

Except for those directly effected and the site of the bombings, the city’s back to business as usual and HAS been since last Tuesday. The first thing I said when I got home last Monday was “Back to work in the morning.” I’m not like the media outlets. I see no benefit in exploring conspiracy theories or spinning things to play to my audience. I just stick to what I know based on the known facts and give some insightful and oft-times informational anecdotes and commentary.

Collectively, EXCEPT those directly effected by the bombings and the Manhunt in Watertown we’ve already moved on. As I said in a blog I posted last week I look forward to eating at UNO’s @ Boylston St. again.

Speaking of which: Boston Police just announced moments ago Boylston St. will be open to the public starting TOMORROW. Spread the word!

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects Invoke “The Wrath of God”, Manhunt is OVER   Leave a comment

After nearly 24 hours, The Largest Manhunt in U.S. History ended yesterday in Watertown, MA with the death of one suspect and the arrest of the other.

Out of respect for the families of the four people who died (An MIT Officer was shot and killed, which sparked the manhunt Thursday night going into Friday morning) I will not use their names. Their names should be forgotten to history. I will instead refer to them as White Hat (Suspect #2) and Black Hat (Suspect #1), which is what Law Enforcement used to identify them with during the marathon manhunt yesterday. Since I’m sure all of you have been following this on the news youk now their names already and you also know that they are brothers.

I feel profound sadness and sympathy for the homeowner who first discovered White Hat on his property:

67 Franklin St., Watertown, MA

…Not the way I’d want to be remembered. His home is now the most famous–or rather IMfamous–address in Massachusetts. Moments after White Hat was arrested joke For Sale listings for the boat popped up on Craig’s List.

This man is America’s Police Commissioner:

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis

As soon as the bombings happened Monday I had no doubt that for him, the manhunt was personal. I can only assume his awe-inspiring leadership was why the FBI and even the U.S. Military stepped aside and allowed him to take point in the manhunt. Since I’m in a good place to do it I will contact the Boston FBI and BPD and request the number by agency and department of how many people were involved.

I can tell you right now I know the following organizations were involved:

Boston PD: Obviously, they had the largest presence and committed the lion’s share of the resources used during the manhunt.
Mass. State Police: Same as BPD prettymuch as the host state.
Mass. National Guard: They provided security in Boston immediately following the bombings. Said security was expanded to Cambridge and Watertown during the manhunt.
FBI: They’ve been there since Monday. Once they got confirmation the suspect at large was indeed Suspect #2 (not gonna say his name, it’s been said enough in the last 24 hours) they’ve been riding shotgun with the BPD and Watertown PD.
U.S. Military: Hanscom Air Force Base is about 50 miles west of Boston. As we saw yesterday Blackhawk Helicopters were brought into Watertown in the final hours of the manhunt.
Watertown PD: For almost 24 hours Watertown was under lockdown during the manhunt. Watertown PD, which knows the streets best helped officers, soldiers and agents navigate the city (Watertown is a CITY, not a town).
Cambridge PD: They were there when it hit the fan Thursday night.
MIT Police: No explaination needed.
Baltimore PD: We can thank the media for this one >.>;
Russian Security Agency: Same as above and investigators wanted to interview the Suspects’ parents.
Interpol: Apparently they put the brothers on the US’ Radar in 2009. Once their identities were released yesterday they put all member nations on notice.

And the following Departments provided additional manpower and resources during the manhunt:

Dedham
Chelsea
Revere
Belmont
Arlington
Waltham
Lexington
Brookline
Newton
Needham
Milton
Medford
Malden
Saugus
Woburn
Melrose
Saugus

Like I kept saying yesterday in this thread on MMO-Champion, the suspects invoked what I call The Wrath of God when the manhunt began on Monday. Knowing almost two dozen law enf0rcement agencies are combing Boston and later Watertown looking for you would make anyone feel lonely. I don’t doubt White Hat would love to do nothing more than what this guy got to do and hug his mother:

The above guy is a convict comforting his mother. Black Hat’s dead and White Hat can only wish he could do this.

Of course, these people will never again be able to do it either and it’s their names that should be remembered forever:

Krystie Campbell, Martin Richard and Ling Zi-Lu.

As far as I’m concerned, these were good people who died for nothing. 178 people were injured or maimed for no reason. Like the suspects’ uncle said yesterday White Hat and Black Hat are losers.

Westboro Baptist Church to Protest Marathon Boming Funerals, Anonymous vows swift retribution   Leave a comment

I got wind of this on The Huffington Post’s website two hours ago. I have since been spreading the word via social media as well as CNN’s iReport website. I will not say their name in full but I will refer to them as WBC. The C in that doesn’t even apply to them anymore on account officially they are no longer considered part of any religious¬† organization in the US. In the wake of their winning a case that went to the Supreme Court, congress is moving to get them officially recognized as a hate group.

As I’m sure many of you know WBC vehemently opposes GLBT tolerance in America and their protests at the funerals of servicemen who died overseas is their platform for spreading their viewpoint. Given Massachusetts was the first state in America to legalize Gay Marriage and they’re likely going to protest as close to the site of the bombings as possible…assuming it’s this week I will be there personally to see what happens.

On the other front, the collective group known as Anonymous issued a statement via social media regarding WBC’s plans saying “Protest in Boston at your own risk.” Anoymous, which according to them is everyone on earth is considered a vigilante group by most and an anti-hero by just as many. In my opinion, I think WBC may have finally met their match with Anonymous. Realistically WBC can’t do anything to to something to an organization that doesn’t even have a chain of command or even organization. WBC is legally untouchable (so far) and Anonymous is literally untouchable.

While I believe the law should prevail, like it or not sometimes you need something with no regard for the legal system to step in from time to time. I know I am not alone in saying many people will cheer when the protests from WBC finally stop. After all, WBC is the epitome of a real life Troll. Their leadership are lawyers. Anyone who thinks different from them are wrong/evil. Even the Supreme Court ruled they are legally exercising their right to free speech.

Here are a couple of links from the White House to get WBC legally classified as a hate group. Sign them and pass this on.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet…hurch/YrKbHYtV
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet…ctive/kmYR4DTL
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet…group/tNVz4V7Q
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet…group/DYf3pH2d (has over 350,000 signatures)
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet…tural/xHF0d3nq

And now a new one over the Boston bombings.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet…mbing/KbLlysdG

I’ll leave you with this number from Les Miserables, which immediately jumped to mind when I first heard about this showdown in Boston.

The Unstoppable Force vs. The Immovable Object. In Boston. I’m gonna need to buy some popcorn!

 

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