One of the best allies we ever had, and this is the respect we show:
I’ve been resisting the urge to add my useless chatter to all the useless chatter already out there about the Bost massacre, but I thought this worthy of comment:
President Obama said Tuesday that the “heinous” attack on the Boston Marathon is being treated as an “act of terrorism,” while investigators try to determine whether the bombing was the work of a terrorist group or “malevolent individual.”
“This was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism,” Obama said.
“Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.”
It may seem that the president is just stating the obvious — planting a bomb in the middle of a crowd of civilians is ipso facto terorism. It ain’t complicated.
But the word has picked up so much baggage since 9/11 that some people just can’t pick it up. I think this is the first time, in fact, that the president has been this clear and direct in so labeling a domestic incident. I suspect he has always been reluctant to use the word because that would make people think “al-Qaida,” and that would be bad for the administration’s image because it has bragged so much about having that group “on the run.”
If calling this terror does conjure up in some minds an image of swarthy Midde Easterners who hate the Amuricun way of life, so what? Any speculation about who did this and why is pretty pointless right now and mostly fueled by the speculators’ political predispositions. They’ll eventually catch who did this (at least we should hope they do), and it’ll be who it is. May be a foreign terrorist group, or a leftwing or rightwing domestic extremist individual or group, or just a whack job. When that moment of discovery happens, then we can all drag out our favorite villains to tie o the whipping post.
For now, it’s enough to call it a despicable, cowardly act, don’t you think?
Snubbing Maggie: Friends and allies of Baroness Thatcher expressed ‘surprise and disappointment’ last night as it emerged President Obama is not planning to send any serving member of his administration to her funeral.
Whitehall sources have revealed that the U.S. delegation at service in St Paul’s Cathedral will be led by two Reagan era secretaries of state: James Baker and George Shultz.
Much, much too busy trying to ram gun control and immigration reform down our throats. This isn’t just an Obama effrontery, however — nobody from the Bush or Clinton familes will attend, either. Margarert Thatcher was the last of the giants, and the lilliputian pissants can’t be bothered.
No big surprise.
Little sip’ll do ya
While Purdue wastes its time studying silly stuff like why some stutterers grow out of it and some don’t, Indiana University picks up the slack with this truly groundbreaking research:
Just tasting cold, refreshing beer — with no influence from alcohol — make increase your desire to get drunk.
A taste of beer makes you want more? Really? Love that dopamine.