Friday, April 19, 2013

Real Time Updates: Boston Bomb Suspect On The Run, Capture Closing In

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From Denny:  Updating in real time as situation unfolds.  Corrections ongoing so check back often.

Breaking News: 1 Boston Terrorist Dead, 1 in House to House Search - original post from 5 AM CST this morning with news of last night's breakout robbery and police chase (video) of terror suspects.

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Update 7:43 PM CST:  Suspect now in custody, alive and in need of medical attention as police calling for a medic.  The situation is over.  Suspect captured, alive and in custody.  His condition to be confirmed.  And all of America wants to interrogate this fool.  Police are standing down.

Update 7:29 PM CST:  Suspect still alive.  Police using thermal imaging.  A police negotiator has been brought in to coax him out.

Update 7:14 PM CST:  There is now a fire on the boat.  No confirmation yet as to whether the suspect started the fire or if the police assault caused it by sending in so many flash bangs (about 7 or 8) in order to disorient the suspect.

Update 7:10 PM CST:  Police moving in and assaulting the boat.  They are concerned to determine if there is a full tank of gas, maybe diesel on the boat.  You would think when a boat owner parks their boat for the winter they would get rid of the fuel as it will only age during the winter months.  The address is 67 Franklin Street, Watertown, MA.

Update 6:52 PM CST:  Police scanner reporting that the suspect is still moving and sitting up after hail of police bullets.  Ordering the media to move back.

Update 6:47 PM CST:  Suddenly a huge round of gun fire shooting that sounds like they peppered the guy and that boat now looks like Swiss cheese.  If he is in that boat then he is most likely bleeding out or just plain dead after that hail of bullets.  Since he may have a suicide bomb vest on his body the police will not run up to give medical aid.  Police are sending in a robot to view his status.

Update 6:31 PM CST:  Suspect is now surrounded on Franklin Street area.  A boat with a tarp in a yard was spotted by an observant neighbor who took notice of blood on the side of the boat and when a ladder was seen on the side of the boat when it did not exist previously.  The neighbor tipped police and police have now shut down the area.  Police had a helicopter in the air which observed the suspect is still alive and moving.  They don't know yet if he has explosives.  Police are in the process of evacuating citizens in the neighborhood.

Update 6:06 PM CST:  Police lifted the travel ban for the Boston public in the past hour.  New development:  Reports of shots fired in Watertown and hoards of police cars and SWAT teams responding to the gun fire.  Has the suspect come out of hiding or someone seen him and tipped police?

Police have someone cornered in the corner of Birch and Walnut Streets, Watertown, MA where the shots were fired.  There are about 12 houses in the area.  This suspect is now four miles, 1 mile closer, to my relatives, having worked his way in their direction.  Still don't know if this is the bombing suspect or someone else.

Reports now of a body and blood found on a boat.  Whether the boat is in the water of the Charles River or just a boat parked in a yard where the suspect may have hidden is still to be determined.  Police are suiting up with bulletproof vests and don't appear to be hyped up or anxious but rather patiently waiting for information that the suspect is now dead or captured.  Looks like they are staging to take care of explosives in the area in case the suspect booby trapped around him.

Update 5:28 PM CST:  Police are now saying at a press conference that the public is allowed to go outside but to do so with great vigilance.  Police "have not been fruitful in their house to house search" today.  "We can't lock down an entire city (1 million people) or state forever."  Were officials getting pressure from the business district?

The police are backing up on the belief these two bombings suspects were involved in the 7-11 robbery last night as reported all day.  Apparently, the suspects were in the area at the same time when they took the SUV driver hostage and killed the MIT campus police officer.

All afternoon many an expert has been pontificating as to whether these bombing suspects were lone wolves or organized terrorists from Chechnya.  No one really knows for sure yet.  No one has claimed responsibility other than the two bombing suspects when they bragged to their hostage last night.

Earlier today police believed the remaining suspect may be wounded.  It's possible that he is tired, weak from blood loss and lack of sleep, grieving over the loss of his older brother and holed up somewhere in hiding.  As a medical student he has enough knowledge to bandage any wounds.  If he does not have access to medical supplies then he is prone to infection and fever which can weaken him further.  He may even be passed out in his hiding place.  Now is the time for police to press forward in their search to locate him while he is very weak and unable to think clearly.

Is he hiding in an abandoned house, commercial building or apartment?  Did he have a "safe house" ready in case he needed it?  Have the officials taken a look at who purchased the 110 Norfolk Street house on 18 January 2013 to see if they also purchased any other properties in the area in the past year since the older brother returned from Russia in July 2012?  Is there a connection, and, if so, maybe they can locate a property to where this suspect may flee?

Update 12:17 PM CST:  One bomb was found this morning in Charles Gate and safely disarmed.  No information yet as to whether that bomb was placed some time ago or from last night after the police chase.

Also, the now dead suspect, Tamerlan, was found to have traveled out of the country to Moscow, Russia, last year in January, returning in July 2012.  He was out of sight for six months.  Was he radicalized on that trip?  Or was he already radicalized for some time and finally financed and then activated last year?  I'm sure the FBI is looking at the money trail and their financials some time ago to learn more.

Update 11:39 AM CST:  News conference about terrorist manhunt - with Gov. Patrick and Mayor Menino still advising residents to remain indoors, sheltering in place.  They did not take questions and thanked the public for helping with this manhunt.

Officials say the manhunt is still in process, having already covered about 60 percent of the area in a house to house search.  On Norfolk Street they will do a controlled explosion of that house as a precaution for explosives and want residents to be aware of what they are doing.

Update 11:06 AM CST:  Media not naming last night's hostage as he was hapless victim and not important to the investigation.  Might I add I'm very pleased there is not reckless reporting from many corners?  There is no need to name the hostage as all it would do is draw the yellow journalism press to his door.  He's been stressed enough from a carjacking and hostage situation.

Oh, by the way, it was reported that police may have blown up that man's Mercedes black SUV used in the robbery getaway as it contained explosives.  So, some guy was on his way somewhere last night, gets car jacked, held hostage and now 12 hours later when police finally locate his Mercedes SUV it gets blown up.  What an experience to tell the grand kids some day.  Can you imagine trying to tell your auto insurance company this fantastic story?

Ruslan Tsarni
Ruslan Tsarni, uncle to Boston Marathon bomber suspects, interviewed outside his home.

Update 10:27 AM CST:  Boston marathon bombers' uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, currently in interview with reporters is agitated, angry, ashamed and frustrated with the situation.  Tsarni states he has not spoken to nephews since 2009 and separated his family from the bombers as he considered them "losers" (especially now for choosing such violent acts as terrorist bombings and killings). Tsarni is angry his nephews have brought shame upon his family and the ethnicity of Chechnyans.

He is advising his nephew, "if still alive, to turn himself in and ask forgiveness."  Hopefully, his plea will reach the ears of his nephew and it will bring this situation to a peaceful conclusion.

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Update 10:17 AM CST:  Russia has offered their condolences to America.

Update 10:04 AM CST:  The situation looks to reporters like the police may have surrounded the suspect and are in the process of trying to negotiate with him in order to take him alive.  He's lucky police are willing to offer him that option and he should take it.

What officials are also concerned about is whether other places in the city may be booby trapped so to cause concern even after his capture.  What has this suspect been doing since last night's robbery when he disappeared from view?  Was he busy planting bombs across the city or just looking to hide?

Update 9:56 AM CST:  Police moving back the media, telling them to crouch down, to an area outside the inner perimeter of a possible weapon range from the suspect.  A person was seen by an NBC News reporter, not moving, on the ground, handcuffed by police.  No verification as to who that person might be, whether the actual suspect or some fool that blundered into the area.

Snipers have now taken up positions though are not in immediate aiming mode.

Update 9:45 AM CST:  Uncle's home of the bombing suspects is currently secured.  The uncle has been in America for about five to seven years.  Did this guy radicalize his nephews or is he clueless as to what set off his nephews for this bombing and killing spree?  What would make a medical student suddenly decide to start killing?

Update 9:24 AM CST:  It's now coming out from the hostage taken last night when his black Mercedes SUV was hijacked by the bombing suspects at the 7-11 robbery, that the suspects clearly identified themselves as the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.  They admitted to the terror bombings and killing a police officer.  They used the hostage's debit card to withdraw $800 last night and then turned him loose later.  Was he released unharmed as a way to get out part of their message that they were bragging they were the marathon bombers?

Police negotiators want to take him alive, offering him a platform to get out his message to the public.

Update 9:01 AM CST:  MIT campus police officer killed last night in the 7-11 robbery by the terror suspect last night is identified as Sean Collier, age 26.

Also, police stopped an Amtrak train bound from Boston to New York City and a suspect taken into custody.

Also, the suspects taken at the address of 110 Norfolk St. may not have been arrested but were taken in handcuffs and may only be questioned.  Their status not completely clear as police close in while investigating all angles of this case.  These new suspects may be family members that were living with the bombing suspects.

Update 8:26 AM CST:  Father of the suspects is Anzor Tsarnaev who is now residing in Makhachkala, Russia.  He spoke on the phone with the Associated Press today after learning of his older son's death (Tamerlan).

The father advised that his younger son Dzhohkar is "a smart and accomplished young man."  The father also added, "My son is a true angel.  He is a second-year medical student in the U.S.  He is an intelligent boy and we expect him to come home on the holidays here."

Guess that quote answered my question as to who exactly radicalized his own son.  What an idiot.  He sends his sons to do his dirty work while he stays safe in Russia.  Someone get on the phone with Putin to go arrest this creep and give us extradition.

AP Photo

Update 8:20 AM CST:  Father of the suspects is purported to be an ex-police officer or judge from Chechnya or Kyrgyzstan.  Two brothers believed to be permanent legal residents since 2002 or 2003.

locator map of Kyrgyzstan

A no-fly zone initiated over entire area of Boston for the past hour.

Update 7:41 AM CST:  An uncle of the suspects confirmed the names of the suspects as Tamerlan (Who Is Tamerlan Tsarnaev?), a former boxer who is now dead, and Dzhohkar Tsarnaev, a former wrestler and now at large, armed and dangerous as the entire city of Boston remains on lock down.

Police are reporting they have an accurate location on the second armed suspect. Police have a third and now fourth suspects taken into custody at 110 Norfolk Street where the two brothers lived.  What may be of interest is that this house sold quite recently on 18 Jan 2013.

Did a sleeper/active terrorist cell buy this house?  This would be an easy way for renting out to people who want to avoid detection from Homeland Security checks if a terrorist cell owns the housing situation in the first place.  Possibly something to look into in order to nail down a timeline and others involved.  Turns out this terrorist house is just 5 miles from my relatives' house.  Creepy.  Dzhohkar A. Tsarnaev may be closer or farther away from his home as he tries to evade officials.

Update 7:28 AM CST:  If you live in the search areas of Boston - Cambridge and Watertown - be advised to take more precautions than sheltering in place.  Stay away from windows.  Pull your mattresses off your beds and use them to shield windows near the street in the event of gun fire or bomb blasts.  Find a place in your home without windows or doors and is not an outside wall like you do for safety from hurricanes and tornadoes.

Take account of what you can use as makeshift weaponry in your home - like well-sharpened gourmet kitchen knives that you could use to hurl at him if you are the unlucky guy's house he might burst into for shelter.  This terrorist may be in possession of more explosives to hurl in a neighborhood.  He is on the run and is capable of anything.  He might be wounded or out of ammunition for his guns; no one knows that status yet.

Update 6:59 AM CST: Believed these brothers and their parents may have come to the United States as early as 2003.  The older brother, now dead, was born in Russia.  The younger brother, at large, was born in Kyrgyzstan.  There is some confusion on those birth facts as they both may have been born in Kyrgyzstan and were refugees from Chechnya.

One thing is for sure, once this situation is done, here's the real question:  Were these two brothers radicalized before or after arriving in America?  If after arriving here then there is some serious investigation to be done to find their enabler "friends."

You know their parents and family members recognized them on the FBI video yesterday.  Did they call the FBI to identify them?  Are the parents responsible for radicalizing their children?

Update 5:24 AM CST:  Breaking News: 1 Boston Terrorist Dead, 1 in House to House Search - original post from 5 AM CST this morning with news of last night's breakout robbery and police chase (video) of terror suspects.


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Breaking News: 1 Boston Terrorist Dead, 1 in House to House Search

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Updating as more news becomes available.

From Denny:  It's 5 AM at our house and we woke up to breaking news on the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings.  The police have Boston in lock down right now, chasing the remaining armed suspect.

The terrorist suspect number one with the dark baseball hat and sunglasses had an IED strapped to his chest, challenged the police with a hail of bullets, and was killed "suicide by cop."

Last night about 10 PM in Cambridge a 7-11 convenience store robbery by these two suspects where they killed an MIT campus police officer.

The terrorists had kidnapped an SUV driver, drove through Cambridge and then eventually let go the driver 30 minutes later.  Suspect number one decided to get out of the car as the police  pursued them, throwing IEDs and shooting, laying down some heavy fire.  He was killed as he shot at the officers.  The remaining suspect drove the Mercedes black SUV directly at the police and through their line to escape, literally running over his brother's bullet-ridden body...

Monday, April 15, 2013

Breaking News: Twin Bombs Go Off At Boston Marathon

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Boston Marathon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

AP video clip of twin bombings at marathon.

From Denny:  With about 100 injured, some horrifically, and two dead, this was a sad day at the Boston Marathon.  Two explosions went off near the finish line.  About 23,000 people attended the event.

Across town, about four miles away, there was a fire at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.  In the first reports it was first thought the issue at the Kennedy Library was an explosion but is now called a fire.  Officials do not know if the twin bombings and the Library fire are connected.

Here's what officials know:  pretty much nothing.  Right now they are in the early hours of first treating the many injured and securing the area for investigation.  Police have asked everyone in the area to not use their cell phones in case there are more explosives that could be detonated.  Officials have also asked everyone to remain indoors, sheltering place.  Police did find two more undetonated bombs in the area after the other two bombs went off.


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Friday, April 12, 2013

Jon Stewart, Late Nite Jokes Roundup: New Pope, Easter, Funny Politics, Gay Marriage, April Fools

2 funny video clips, lots of hilarious photo memes and great jokes!

From Denny:  How the comedy fun just keeps rockin' on!  These guys just don't give up.  They create the funniest news commentary in America.  OK, some of it is borderline tasteful but then you wouldn't be checking out this post if that mattered.

These jokes and video clips are just from the month of March 2013.  Yes, these comics are prolific and it takes a good week to round up the jokes and a few of the best clips.  If you have some additional comedy clips you really enjoyed, and want others to know about, just leave the urls in the comment box, and, thanks!

Last month the world viewed the installation of a new Pope after Pope Benedict resigned, the first to give up the job in almost 700 years.  This new Pope already did tremendous church reform in Argentina.  The entire world is holding their breath to see if Pope Francis, a Jesuit, has the nerve and ability to reform the entire Catholic Church.  While he is figuring it out hopefully he will not get poisoned by the infamous Curia Creeps who managed to kill off a number of popes over the centuries.  Meanwhile, the polls are in agreement Pope Francis is a pretty cool and humble guy, something the church has needed for a very long time: a breath of fresh air.

Of course, the comics had a field day with the awkward situation of a living former Pope and the newly installed Pope in the same timeline.  Because there was so much global media coverage about the process to figure out how to elect a new Pope while the other guy was still alive there are a multitude of jokes about that process - true and imaginary.  You know how comics roll, they have imaginary friends even as adults, so expect the unexpected.

There are a truck load of gay marriage jokes.  Every politician is suddenly wanting to get in on the act of agreeing gay marriage is fine to do now after they lost the culture war.  They all have an eye on running for President in 2016 and the country has shifted its views on gay marriage.  Most people "get it" that you don't deny other Americans their civil rights whether you agree with their lifestyle or not.  "Just Chill" is the new word, especially among Millennial Americans who don't see what all the Baby Boomer fuss is about in the first place.  If they could they would tell their grandparents two words:  Grow Up!

And, oh, the hilarious copious political jokes - for which I live to collect.  You will never experience a sad day in your life again if you bookmark any of these joke posts on any of my many blogs.  In fact, the reason I started collecting so many funny quotes and crazy political jokes highlighting absurd human behavior, was to help de-stress my fellow Americans in a down economy and chaotic job loss environment!  I guess this is where I should list the various blogs where I've parked more comedy and funny video clips for the past four years, especially of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert:

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

More WTF? More Cool From Team Obama Giving Up Salary Money in Show of Sequestration Layoff Solidarity?

President Barack Obama waits for a heavy rain to pass before crossing West Executive Avenue from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to the West Wing of the White House, March 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
12 March 2013, West Wing Wait: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

From Denny:   America, forget about political optics, sliding our way this entire past week was more cool  from the Obama White House channel.

Yes, it's true.  There actually are federal officials giving away their money back to taxpayers.  Happily blame Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter for starting this trend when they jumped up and volunteered to put some skin in the sequestration game. (See this post for details.)

"Yes, don't ask of your country what they can do for your wallet but rather volunteer some of your paycheck back to your country's wallet" may be the new political trend?  One thing is for sure, these Democrats  definitely make the Republicans look like the usual stingy political losers flying their freak flags on the national political highway.


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Monday, April 8, 2013

Time For New Unorthodox Solutions For Rapidly Changing Dangerous World Situations?

English: Navy SEAL
English: Navy SEAL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Denny:  Watching this man-child implode in North Korea because of a rapidly deteriorating economy, placing the whole world on the brink of war and destruction, started me thinking this entire week about a radical approach for a change of world mindset, a paradigm shift.  After all, we can no longer operate on the 60-year status quo as set in place by the World War II generation after the Korean War peace signing.

It's past due time this generation institute a new program, one designed to preventing or circumventing this kind of international mess of loose cannon dictators and terror organizations that want to blow up the world. It would give the various sincere world leaders and experienced diplomats the time they need to work it out when there is an impending crisis.  Or, if all hell broke loose there is an apparatus in place globally, in every country, to do the horrifically unthinkable:  rebuild from nothing.


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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cool WTF? Government Officials Are Voluntarily Giving Up Salaries Back to Taxpayers?

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Tired dogs (Photo credit: jimbob!)

From Denny:  Just when we are all so furiously angered at the selfishness of our government officials for the usual screw-ups, pure laziness and lack of will to make positive corrections, there happens to be two of them that rose above and beyond the call of duty.  Yes, there are two federal officials that have landed in the Admiration Corner today.  These two men are class acts.

Turns out the sequestration mess caused high levels of Pentagon civilian employee furloughs - to the tune of 750,000 people.  The plan was to lay off these unhappy folks for 22 days but that has been cut back to 14 days.  Still, it isn't easy to lose one of your paychecks - even though it's spread out over many months through September.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that huge block of civilian furloughs will save $2.5 billion for the Pentagon budget.  The sequestration across-the-board budget cuts went into effect on 1 March which amounts to $41 billion.  This $2.5 billion employee furlough will be tacked to that reduction.

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