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Wingnuts go bonkers over Wolf Blitzer’s innocuous remark regarding Patriots Day bombings in Boston

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Shortly after yesterday’s bombings in Boston, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer made this remark:

One intriguing notion, one intriguing thought here, and I’m curious, Mike, and I’ll ask Matt to weigh in as well. It is a state holiday, in addition to the Boston Marathon. It is a state holiday in Massachusetts today called Patriots Day, and who knows if that has anything at all to deal — to do with these, these twin explosions.

The same thought had occurred to me and, no doubt, to countless other people. I heard and read frequent mentions yesterday and this morning about how the bombings had occurred on Patriots Day.

But to hear some right-wingers tell it, Blitzer was blaming the Tea Party movement for the violence in Boston (see HERE).

I guess these wackos think the Tea Party crowd has a copyright on the word “patriots.”

Mind you, I’m no fan of Wolf Blitzer, as I’ve made clear here on several occasions. But this kooky knock on him is outrageous.

Frankly, I still think it’s distinctly possible that there was a link between Patriots Day observances and the bombings. That doesn’t mean Tea Party zealots did it. It could have been foreign nationals, for all we know at this point.

 

 

 

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  1. Brian Opsahl

    Bill O’Rielly started the push to blame the President last night with his little inuendos.
    The rush to blame somebody I understand it’s human nature, but to do so without a shred of evidence can get more people killed. Remember everybody looking for 2 mideastern men traveling toward Texas after the Oklahoma bombing…?

  2. Craig Knauss

    My extremely unscientific observation:

    When groups like al Qaida attack the U.S., they can hardly wait to brag about it to energize their followers.

    When domestic extremist groups or individuals like McVeigh, Nichols, Rudolf, etc. launch their attacks, they clam up and go crawl into their holes.

    Has anybody heard of any boasting about the bombing? I haven’t. It will be interesting to see what a day or two shows.

  3. Brian Opsahl

    Craig, my take is if it was AL Qaida or Taliban types this bomb whould have taken off the whole side of that building and killed many many more. Just my opinion here …nothing else.

  4. Craig: Good point.

    Two other aspects suggest to me that it wasn’t an al Qaida operation (although I could be wrong):

    1. It wasn’t a suicide bombing.

    2. It wasn’t very sophisticated.

  5. Craig Knauss

    Pat,

    I tend to agree. I saw a lot of white smoke and what appeared to be a slow propagation, for an explosive. And at least one person said they smelled sulfur. To me, that sounds like gunpowder (like you would see at a Civil War reenactment).

    Al Qaida, Taliban, etc. usually use much faster explosives, like Semtex, C4, etc. These are generally nitrate compounds. When they explode, ammonia is usually a by-product, and ammonia odor will be present. And I don’t think their smoke is white. More likely brown or black from oxides of nitrogen.

  6. Brian Opsahl

    Find them,prosecute them,then send them to a prison close to Boston and let the boys have em…and real justice will prevail. Kind of a eye for eye thing.

  7. The right wingers want to be “so” in charge of this tragedy so they can find another war to fight.

  8. Instead of just attempting to stand behind anything any liberal says, maybe think about what he said, and why he said it. Look at how this has been obviously where the media has been going with terroroism over the past few years, which is why we were all ready for him to say it. Always suggesting the threat of right wing extremists, with ablolutely nothing to back it up on any level of comprehension. These people want an excuse to control all of us, under the guise of ‘protecting the children’, or something equally false.

  9. Craig Knauss

    “The right wingers want to be “so” in charge of this tragedy so they can find another war to fight.”

    I’ll have to disagree on that one, Steverino. Yes, they did do that with 9/11, but they didn’t need a tragedy to instigate the Vietnam War. And they milked that one to the tune of 58,000 dead Americans.

  10. Craig,

    You need to check your facts on who started the Vietnam War.

  11. Samuel Cain

    The country used to pull together when a tragedy happened
    Not these days. Too much political show off crap happens.

  12. Craig Knauss

    doc,

    You need to get your facts straight on who started the Vietnam War.

    Eisenhower sent “advisors” there in 1955, shortly after the French pulled out. We had people there long before Kennedy got elected. (If that’s who you’re trying to blame.) And it was the rightwingers who ran the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned about when he left office. Look it up!

    BTW, I had classmates, brothers-in-law, friends, co-workers, etc. who served in Vietnam. You’re lecturing the wrong person.

  13. Ah yes, people there. But how many and how many we’re added by the great LBJ?

    My uncle served in Vietnam too and that was hardly a lecture.

  14. The Rabid Right immediately tried to blame Obama and the Left for the attacks, so why should it be mentioned that it might well be a Right Wing terrorist?

  15. The rabid left tried to blame the sequester.

    Never let a good crisis go to waste.

  16. Brian Opsahl

    Last I checked it was the Democrats after 911 that stood side by side with the Republicans to work the problem.

    This time it’s blame smear and trash, my how times change,and how quickly Republicnas forget how the other guys did things.

  17. How exactly are the Republicans not standing side by side with the Democrats to work the problem?

    Why are Democrats using the tragedy for political gain with the budget sequester?

    http://treeofmamre.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/sen-hoyer-boston-attack-proof-that-sequester-should-be-ended/

    Hoyer’s first response was to blame the sequester for the bombing:

    At his weekly Capitol briefing Tuesday, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said the explosions in Boston demonstrates “why having the ability to dress security concerns is important,” and thus provides more evidence that sequestration should be turned off.
    Asked by a reporter whether Monday’s attack makes the argument for addressing sequestration, Hoyer explained, “I think there are multiple reasons for ensuring that we invest in our security — both domestic and international security. That we invest in the education of our children. That we invest in growing jobs in America. And don’t pursue an irrational, across-the-board policy of cutting the highest priorities and the lowest priorities essentially the same percentage…. I think this is another proof of that — if proof is needed, which I don’t think frankly it is.”

  18. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/paul-bremmer/2013/04/16/msnbc-s-thomas-roberts-calls-out-barney-frank-politicizing-boston-mara

    You know, it’s very fashionable these days for people in my former line of work to brag about how they cut government, reduce government. Well, I’m glad that they weren’t as successful as they wanted to be. This is an enormously expensive undertaking.”

    Roberts tried to steer Frank out of these waters by asking him about a quote from a Boston Globe columnist. However, the congressman soon returned to his push for more government spending:

    “[B]y the way, the practical matter – this is very expensive for the city of Boston. Overtime. A whole range of people mobilized. I hope then that we will be able to find some revenue, I hope from the federal government so that Boston doesn’t have to pay for this absolutely necessary expenditure by cutting back on other important services down the line.”
    At this point Roberts, who has not exactly been a model of journalistic excellence in the past, took Frank to task for his statements: “Sir, you keep talking about revenue and infrastructure and the fact that we have the capabilities necessary to respond to something as atrocious as this. Do you feel like you’re capitalizing and making political hay of this event that happened?”

    But Frank apparently felt no shame. Defiant as ever, he only repeated his argument:

    “I’m saying that if the sequester had gone through, and we had not had enough money, we couldn’t be able to do this. Yeah, I’m making an argument about reality. And I think that’s the only sensible response…And yes, I do want maybe for this to have some people be a little less enthusiastic about reducing the ability to respond to a crisis like this.”

    If you are so obstinately liberal that even an MSNBC host calls you out for politicizing a tragedy, you know you’ve gone too far. Kudos to Thomas Roberts for playing the role of a responsible journalist today and holding Congressman Frank accountable for his comments.

  19. Brian Opsahl

    How quickly you forget Doc. If you wont see the differance i sure as hell aint trying to explain. You already made up your mind about it..

  20. Craig Knauss

    It appears the bombs were pressure cookers filled with black (gun) powder, as I suspected from the slow propagation rate, white smoke, and reports of sulfur smell. A true high explosive, like C4, would have been extremely violent. There would have been a lot of burning debris and a considerable shock wave due to the intense heat produced.

    And I haven’t heard of any group taking credit for their “accomplishment”. That still makes me think that it’s a domestic attack.

  21. This “wingnut” would like to know the truth about why and who would set off bombs any time much less during the marathon where innocent (children) would be hurt. I am not going to say it was a left wing liberal stupid person because I don’t know and neither do any of you “left wingnuts”. It would do each of you good to look at the person in the mirror before blaming anyone for anything. As for Blitzer, he should reframe from his giving his opinions until something is known whoops I forgot anyone who watches him just want bias opinions no real news.

  22. and my follow up comment is why would anyone go bonkers when they consider the source of the remarks made…………………….

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