Up for Debate: In the wake of marathon blasts

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 12:03am

What are your reactions and thoughts on Monday's events surrounding the two bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon? What did you think about the response to this mass casualty event compared to others, including the response of the media?

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117 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 4/16/13 at 4:43

Good morning, Nashville.

Since we have no suspects, motives or credible claims of responsibility, it is too early to make observations, analyze the data and make suggestions....certainly, this is a despicable and indefensible thing to do.

I wonder if maybe this attack was supposed to go down in New York City... the NYC Marathon was cancelled; because of storm damage....the perps may have went with plan "B".

The 9-11 hijackers all boarded their planes in Boston and now we have this new tragedy in Boston....could be a connection?

Sadly, when it comes to this sort of thing, the death tolls are often much higher...in "liberated" Iraq, for example, deadly car bombs seem to be detonated on a weekly basis and they kill and maim dozens every time....bad as this thing was, it could have been much worse.

For Homeland Security and the people who cash-in on fear, this has been a great boon....they'll be hiring now....the media has the nation spooked, like on Sept. 11, 2001...politicians and hustlers will naturally exploit the renewed fear....just as before.

The war on terror is big business....and nobody seems to know why so many people on this planet hate our guts.

By: yogiman on 4/16/13 at 4:48

Such action should be an awakening event to America. Congress' current gun control movement is like pushing your child in front of a car and the car is going too fast to stop.

It's going to take more than just an army to protect our land.

Our borders must be sealed, not opened to the world. To welcome millions of illegal aliens by giving them unjustified citizenship is like opening our doors to our enemies.

By: Loner on 4/16/13 at 5:14

Yogi does not need to wait for all the facts to come in before deciding on a course of action....his solution is simple: Xenophobia.

So, Yogi, do you figure that our Muslim Communist POTUS was in on this plot?

By: bfra on 4/16/13 at 5:20

yogi must be bewildered trying to get his diaper changed this AM. Not thinking straight, as usual!

By: yogiman on 4/16/13 at 5:30

I don't know, Loner, do you? But one thing I do know; I won't be surprised if he is.

By: yogiman on 4/16/13 at 5:33

At least I think, bfra. It sure would be great if you knew how. Try it; start thinking about the alphabet and you should be able to put two letters together making a sensible sentence pretty soon.

Hang in there, kid, keep trying.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/16/13 at 5:41

I said yesterday that it is likely a home grown armature terrorist, who botched this. Why wait until the end of the race to explode the bomb? The people had thin out by the time it went off.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/16/13 at 5:46

It could be some lard-ass like Rasputin that hates slim people that caused the explosion. No what that would be too much work for the old boy. Forget that idea.

By: Loner on 4/16/13 at 6:07

We don't know who did this, but we do know who will exploit this...we have seen this pattern before....Americans were starting to get complacent about terrorism....this will reignite the flames of fear....and certain folks will cash in on the paranoia....Kerching!

Every few years or so we can expect this sort of thing...hey, people gotta make a buck, right?

By: gdiafante on 4/16/13 at 6:43

My thoughts are with the victims, the city of Boston and everyone who has been affected by this tragedy. Once again, this illustrates the heroics of first responders and how people come together when necessary.

The media sickens me. They always find a way to make the story about themselves. CNN broadcast as if it were calling an election...we are now prepared to say that this is an act of terrorism.... ABC and CBS were interviewing their own (some of whom weren't even in Boston), asking how they felt. One network was interviewing a marathon advocate who was lamenting the fact that thousands didn't get to finish the race. Completely ridiculous.

Everyone should let the investigation play out. Direct your attention to the victims, not pointing fingers.

By: serr8d on 4/16/13 at 6:51

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: What strikes me is part of the reason for the psychological shock is that if you think about it, Bret, this is the first successful bombing -- terror explosion since 9/11. We've had some that were attempted, like the one in Times Square that never succeeded.

MISS ME YET ? (iconic photo of George Bush here)

By: serr8d on 4/16/13 at 6:53

Wasn't it special when Bammy took to the camera yesterday, and promised to 'hunt those responsible down'? HA!

He did that once before.... #Benghazi

By: Jughead on 4/16/13 at 6:56

We need more bomb regulation. It was the bombs that walked in there and exploded. It was not muslims.

I can only hope to see Loner some day torn apart by a homicide bomb, and I can smile as I watch him utter his last words: "I was wrong."

By: serr8d on 4/16/13 at 6:57

No, what Bammy's worried about is whether or not this horrific attack takes away from his grave dancing for Gun Control. That's all that matters to him right now.

He got his knuts handed to him over the sequester. If he loses another big push in his far-Left control agenda, then the farthest LeftLibProggs Democrats will start to twitch. Already, Howard Dean has threatened to leave the Demonrat party if Bammy doesn't cut the Pentagon budget...


By: serr8d on 4/16/13 at 7:05

OH! I almost forgot.

How's the Oldtimer's Protest Club working out, Loner? You keeping to the streets, protesting every cause that the Left finds attractive?

Have you considered the Gosnell trial to be a waste of time, given that abortion is a Democrat sacrament, and can't be questioned?

And, what's your enlightened opinion on the missing Benghazi survivors? Are they being held as mushrooms in the dark because they know things that might embarrass Teh ONE! and his chosen successor, the failed Hillary Rodham Clinton? http://twitpic.com/by0j3t/full

"Nothing really matters. Anyone can see.
Nothing really matters. But me."

By: bfra on 4/16/13 at 7:10

serr motto: "Nothing really matters. Anyone can see.
Nothing really matters. But me."

By: bfra on 4/16/13 at 7:13

serr - At least Obama wasn't sitting, reading a child's book and continue to do so with the disaster going on & he didn't run & hide like Chaney.

By: serr8d on 4/16/13 at 7:20

bfra! you still the elitist wannabe without the elitist 'chops to pull it off?

George Bush and Bammy aren't that much different policy-wise. Bush's "War on Terror" had you Proggs going bats*it crazee, but your lil' DroneLord Bammy has expanded that. Recall the finding his administration made: American Citizens CAN be droned out of existence (along with brown-skinned children caught in the blast zones) without trials. What if GWB had allowed for that? Your mouf would never stop shouting!

Loner, have you protested Drone Warfare lately ?

By: yogiman on 4/16/13 at 7:20

I believe nothing really matters but our nation, even if you don't like it and welcome an enemy in office. It's time to take it back to it's original setting.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/16/13 at 7:20

The return of the butter knife is so amusing. When crap explodes, the butter knife is sure to spread it.

We now have 4 trolls to compete for our attention. America great for the likes of these panty waste.

By: yogiman on 4/16/13 at 7:24

An interesting article on the Doolittle Raiders:


If you're old enough to remember the Doolittle Raid you should enjoy it. There is only 4 of the raider left and they're going to "open the bottle" instead of waiting until there is only two left.

By: bfra on 4/16/13 at 7:25

serr - Your mouf (whatever that is) has lost reasoning. Been under water long?

By: bfra on 4/16/13 at 7:26

Nemo - The butter knife sounds too dull to cut butter, anymore!

By: BenDover on 4/16/13 at 7:27

Obama doesn't expect to win anything on this gun control legislation serr8d. (good to see you again, btw)... but he plans to use it as a big wedge in his voter turn-out, call-center, push-poll machine that finds politically indifferent people and then outrages them to action by touting only the left side of an issue.

This worked for him in the battle-grounds and with wedge groups... women, gays, public-sector unions, etc... now his Super PAC is going to use the same technique to try to re-take the House and get a super-majority in the Senate in 2014.

By: yogiman on 4/16/13 at 7:38

I firmly believe these "trolls" are far superior in their knowledge than you fools, dumba$$.

As I've posted before, to accept someone as your president whom you have no idea who in the hell he is proves your ignorance.

May I repeat, what birth certificate was he mentioning on page 26 of his autobiography, which was written before he said the Hawaiian government would not permit him to have a copy of his birth certificate, which he produced when the challenge "reached the roof"? Could it just possibly be the one from Kenya where he advertised he was born for 16 years; from 1991 to 2007 when he "threw his hat in the ring"?

I'm just curious, and I'm sure one of you Obama admirers have the answer. Mind giving it to me and proving me wrong? Don't just post I'm wrong, prove it.

By: yogiman on 4/16/13 at 7:43

A butter knife cuts butter very smoothly when the butter gets warm, bfra. You don't want to keep it frozen like you. You're hard to cut with a butcher knife of even a pair of scissors.

By: yogiman on 4/16/13 at 7:48

He's also attempting to get into the "vast majority" field by giving millions of illegal aliens citizenship, BenDover.

My question then: Since every action he has taken in office will become null and void when his usurpation is brought out , will congress also take Barry's citizenship back from the illegal aliens?

By: budlight on 4/16/13 at 7:51

Well, last week it was a guy who "knifed" 12 to 14 people (I believe it was Texas). Now this week, it's a bomb. So a gun didn't play a role in these deaths?

Well, I guess we can ban bombs and knives, along with guns?

How about EVIL? These acts of violence are pure, unadulterated acts of Evil. When is America going to wake up?

I read where one woman was at the 24 mile when the race was stopped. She continued on "unofficially" to finish the race. She didn't let fear or the fact that others were dead or maimed deter her. Personally, I think she did that for self-preservation and don't blame her.

I am glad no one that we know of from Nashville got hurt. This will make the Music City Marathon cost more -- and I do hope they beef up security.

Obama is talking tough. He didn't talk this tough when the wacko psycho at Fort Hood gunned down people on base. He didn't say that was a terrorist attack, now did he? He's saying it now to pander for votes for something.

And I was astonished when someone said that the 26 mile marathon and 26 people killed at Sandy Hook had something in common. That is a stretch.

By: serr8d on 4/16/13 at 7:52

Hey BenDover, thanks!

Barack Obama never stopped campaigning. All's he's good for, really, is 'Community Organizing' the far-Left; buying votes to keep today's unrecognizable Democrat Party in power. He's no leader, he's a bully.

Bammy can open his pretty mouf and speak words that send tingles down the legs of Low Information Voters; he can promise the contents of our (empty, but what about those printing presses!) Treasury to people who don't, and can't, understand our Republic's founding heritage: a heritage that's built not on equality of outcome, but freedom to win or lose without constraints by a massive government.

Left-Liberal-Progressives have staged a 'coup' on this Republic. Since '72, they've managed to take over our institutes of higher learning. From there, with the politicization of the public-sector unions (NEA) they've taken their brand of neo-Communism right to our youngest children in their thought-controlling 'public' schools. These 'Progressives' want to mold our children to their way of thinking; an Un-American way of thinking which most of their adherents are too stupid to realize (I'm looking at Capt_Dumbo) is destroying this little Republic.

Sad plight we find ourselves in at this junct-ure.

By: BenDover on 4/16/13 at 7:55

I think the whole open boarders thing is just his knee-jerk multi-culturalism at play Yogi.

I really do think we need to work out a guest worker program to help solve the problem with Mexico. Make it easier to do right than it is to do wrong and you can focus your enforcement energies on those people trying to subvert a more reasonable system. The hard working Catholics to our south are really not the issue anymore though.

What the heck is up with the dozens of Islamic Mosques popping up in the Nashville area over the past 4 years though? That's what we should be concerned about especially if it's happening everywhere like it is in Nashville. This shift is culturally damaging to us because of the highly inconsistent views on personal, social and political liberty in this country.

By: budlight on 4/16/13 at 8:00

Ben, you are correct. Antioch has one; M'boro; 8th ave and other places. I just recently found out about a Muslim burial grounds in Antioch on Old Franklin Road. Also there is a huge controversy over a 7th grade history book in Williamson County about having children indoctrinated into the Muslim faith. The book actually has the "research" site for the homework and children must use it.

We're sleeping. Just like Germany.

By: BenDover on 4/16/13 at 8:04

serr8d... I think our problem, of late, is that we are fighting two different wars. The Republicans are still trying to win the hearts and minds of a majority of citizens where the Democrats have discovered that motivating a majority of new voters to outrage in key voting districts using wedge issues is much more effective.

If there is not a correction soon then the result will be an unchecked victory for the left that even the lefties on this site will end up regretting because they believe Obama and his ilk to be centrists and not revolutionary radicals.

By: yogiman on 4/16/13 at 8:15


If you do a little research you'll find out the communist party's decision to gain control in the USA. I believe if you check it out, you';ll find they "got their legs set" in the Democrat party. And they are now easing in the Republican party.

One the communist party takes over, it will take decades, if not centuries, for our heirs to get the "old" USA back.

Look into the education system of today.

By: bfra on 4/16/13 at 8:27

Amusing & amazing how these teapubs like to think they are as intelligent as Obama!

By: yogiman on 4/16/13 at 8:42


There has been a worker's program with Mexico as long as I can remember. But today's actions aren't for the workers. They aren't just people from Mexico coming for normal seasonal labor.

Many of them are illegal aliens coming to the USA through Mexico to get in line with the communist takeover and Barry Soetoro is their man in office right now.

And with some of the posters on this site, they seem to be succeeding.

By the way; did you read about that one guy that had been arrested commenting Obama would release him? Where did he learn that information?

By: budlight on 4/16/13 at 8:52

bfra on 4/16/13 at 9:27
Amusing & amazing how these teapubs like to think they are as intelligent as Obama!

bfra, you are amusing. I don't think obama is intelligent. I think he is slick as oil! And his "handlers" are probably crafty.

Yeah, Yogi and how about JayZ and Bounce' going to Cuba and saying obama arranged it for them? Now he's throwing them under the proverbial bus. Notice how quiet it has gotten since JayZ said Obama helped him to get to go to Cuba?

And on top of that a Cuban rapper is banned in Cuba, but JayZ can go with obama's blessings?

Oh well, nothing like a bombing to throw the attention away from obama and his antics.

By: bfra on 4/16/13 at 8:59

If the repubs had the intelligence of Obama, they wouldn't believe every rumor they see or hear. There is a search engine on the internet, they should learn to use it.

By: brrrrk on 4/16/13 at 9:12

Captain Nemo said

"I said yesterday that it is likely a home grown armature terrorist, who botched this. Why wait until the end of the race to explode the bomb? The people had thin out by the time it went off."

Actually the bombs went off at a time when the most people would be around. Generally speaking the majority of runners start coming in about two hours after the leaders cross the finish line. That piece of information came from someone directly involved with the marathon.

By: brrrrk on 4/16/13 at 9:13

The big question...... why hasn't anyone taken credit?

By: bfra on 4/16/13 at 9:16

brrrrk - I would imagine there are lots of people gathered at the finish, more so than any other place on the route. The little 8 yr. old that was killed, was with is Mom & Sister, waiting for his Dad to finish. :He is definitely a little Angel now & may God bless his soul.

By: BigPapa on 4/16/13 at 9:19

This stinks because all that's left to do now is wait until they catch whever did this and then watch the politics explode. Both sides are just waiting, foaming at the mouth hoping that the perp is on the other side of the isle.

My guess is a domestic crazed loner, not unlike the school shooters. No agenda other than destruction.

By: serr8d on 4/16/13 at 9:20

bfra, Obama is intelligent? No. He's a communicator on puppet strings; he's but a front for interests that even you might find frightening, if you had the intellectual capacity to understand it.

A shill, shilling for unseen masters.

Immigration reform is necessary; but Obama sees not suffering people, only votes for his #OFA political machine. Like most Blacks, Obama was once anti-Gay; his handlers convinced him that, as a bloc, even though Gays are few in number they do carry loud-activist-mouf-cannons that will be useful on other agendas. Never turn away a vote from a Useful Idiot, Bammy says.

If our friends south of the border want to play over here, we should not allow them to vote, period, unless and until they can understand our Constitution and the founding principles that made this Republic (hell, few if any LeftLibProggs care to understand that!), and they must make effort to learn our language and our culture. No more neighborhoods going to deprived third-world squalor status because 'immigrants' have no desire to interact with our culture.

By: brrrrk on 4/16/13 at 9:21


I see you're back on the payroll again....

By: bfra on 4/16/13 at 9:27

serr - In a contest, you would come out on the short end.

By: Loner on 4/16/13 at 10:05

Well, well...looks like the return of Serr8d has injected new venom into the "discussion"....new and creative invectives as well as the standard ones...I don't mind insults, if they are novel and creative...I've been known to hurl a few invectives myself.

As for BHO and the Boston Bombing, do not worry, the ladies are on it:

Local media reported that police searched an apartment in Revere, a city about six miles northeast of Boston. Katherine Gulotta, a spokeswoman for the FBI, which has taken over the lead in the investigation, declined to confirm or deny the reports. She said police planned to brief the media at 9:30 a.m.

Obama was updated on the investigation overnight by his homeland security and counterterrorism aide, Lisa Monaco, a White House official said.


BHO believes in the gender quota system? Lisa and Kathy will get to the bottom of this. Oh well, better to have real women at the top in the FBI, as opposed to J. Edgar Hoover cross-dressing...this is progress, I suppose.

By: Jughead on 4/16/13 at 10:18

Muslims ARE the world's problem, and we all know it.

At least conservatives have the guts to say it. Libtards will try to make friends while their families are hatcheted to death by these animals. Wait--that might not a be a bad thing.


By: brrrrk on 4/16/13 at 10:31

serr8d said

"If our friends south of the border want to play over here, we should not allow them to vote, period, unless and until they can understand our Constitution and the founding principles that made this Republic (hell, few if any LeftLibProggs care to understand that!), and they must make effort to learn our language and our culture. No more neighborhoods going to deprived third-world squalor status because 'immigrants' have no desire to interact with our culture."

I wholeheartedly agree with Chief Runs-at-the-mouth.... wait, you are a native American, aren't you? Because if not, you're just an immigrant like everyone else, and a hypocrite to boot.

By: bfra on 4/16/13 at 10:40

brrrrk - I am native American & do not consider descendents of the first settlers as immigrants. They are completely different from what we refer to illegals today.

By: Loner on 4/16/13 at 10:43

All three Abrahamic faiths are forms of mass hysteria....Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all based on the same Hebrew fairy tales....all three have committed mas murder; justifying it with Divine Sanction, of course....all three gotta go, or humanity is doomed.

By: Loner on 4/16/13 at 10:44

Bfra, you are native American? What tribe?