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Amazing story, amazing pics of that morning in Boston

Boston Bombing Suspect Shootout Pictures
Posted by Andrew Kitzenberg on April 22, 2013 209 Comments

On Thursday night at 12:45am EST. I was in my living room working on my computer when I heard multiple “pops” coming from outside. At that point, I had no idea that I was about to become an eye witness to the biggest news story in the country.

After shooting had stopped my roommate found a bullet hole that penetrated his west-facing wall and continued to pierce through his desk chair. His room is on the 2nd floor corner of the house, closest to the street, with west and south facing walls

Absolutely amazing collection of pics (not necessarily gory, just informative, imo, kp)

MORE, lots more:

ENOUGH! Cartoonists Demand Action To End Gun Violence --- RIGHT NOW!

Cartoonists: How Many More Kids/Schools/Malls?



Graham backs off FBI criticism

Graham said he was briefed by the FBI’s associate director, who called to address some of the concerns the senator has raised about the investigation into the Boston bombers.

Graham said after receiving a tip from Russian officials in November 2011, the FBI conducted an extensive check into Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s background.

“According to the FBI, they took the report from the Russians seriously,” Graham said.
They interviewed family, friends, co-workers and classmates, Graham said. At that time, the FBI also identified a domestic violence complaint against him.

“I was pretty impressed with what they did,” Graham said of the FBI.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/lindsay-graham-fbi-90454.html#ixzz2REMFLQnq

Boston Bomb Suspect Eyed in Connection to 2011 Triple Murder (ABC)

Boston Bomb Suspect Eyed in Connection to 2011 Triple Murder


A rep for the DA in Middlesex County (home to Watertown) confirms to ABC News that the "possible connection" is being investigated. How the narrative is unfolding:

The crime: It's a pretty horrific one, described by one investigator as "the worst bloodbath I have ever seen." The three victims, found in a Waltham, Mass., apartment, had their throats slashed to such a degree that their heads were nearly cut off.

The odd details: Someone (ostensibly the killer) sprinkled marijuana on their bodies; drugs and $5,000 were left in the apartment. The investigator also notes, "There was no forced entry, it was clear that the victims had let the killer in."

How Tsarnaev is connected: He sometimes trained at the same gym as one of the victims, 25-year-old Brendan Mess. They lived near each other in Cambridge, and officials think Mess may have even bunked at Tsarnaev's place on occasion. The gym's owner told the Boston Globe that Tsarnaev introduced Mess as his best friend.

Why former friends now suspect him: A man identified only as Ray tells Buzzfeed that he now sees a red flag. "Tam wasn't there at the memorial service, he wasn't at the funeral, he wasn't around at all. He was somebody who was in contact with Brendan on a daily basis. Anybody like that you would think they would have been around."


Old White Men and Their Guns

Polls tell us something about the characteristics of gun rights supporters and gun owners specifically. If we look at these categories, we see that they are disproportionately white, male and old. Disproportionately white, male and old is a description that fits the Senate and,to a lesser degree, most other American political elites quite well. For example campaign contributors are disproportionately white male, and old too. Gun rights supporters are also more likely to be registered to vote than gun control advocates. So from this standpoint the cause of gun rights gets more of a hearing because it appeals to the kind of citizens who are already comfortable and used to participating in politics.


Weiner is Back on Twitter

Weiner is Back on Twitter
(not that I care, just wanted to get that headline!!!, kp)

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, "who infamously sent lewd photos from his @RepWeiner Twitter account two years ago-ultimately leading to his resignation-has signed back up on the social media service. He's now under the handle @AnthonyWeiner," the New York Observer reports.


Proof, you can find almost anything on the tubes

or is that "in the tubes"?

Here's a cat wearing a shark costume while piloting a Roomba to chase a duckling.

Elizabeth Colbert Busch EXPANDS her lead to 9 points over Mark Sanford at 50/41.

PPP’s newest poll on the special election in South Carolina finds Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch expanding her lead to 9 points over Mark Sanford at 50/41. Green Party candidate Eugene Platt polls at 3%.


smashed by greed

Why Should Taxpayers Give Big Banks $83 Billion a Year?

The top five banks — JPMorgan, Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. - – account for $64 billion of the total subsidy, an amount roughly equal to their typical annual profits (see tables for data on individual banks). In other words, the banks occupying the commanding heights of the U.S. financial industry — with almost $9 trillion in assets, more than half the size of the U.S. economy – would just about break even in the absence of corporate welfare. In large part, the profits they report are essentially transfers from taxpayers to their shareholders.

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