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The bomb planted in Boston in 2013 and the recent New York, New Jersey bomb incident may be proof that bomb laws do not work. Neither does gun laws. I wonder why our President did not immediately demand more "COMMON SENSE BOMB LAWS."

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    It is always better for our leaders to wait until they have more information before drawing conclusions on a specific incident. That is a lesson that our President has not learned in his 7 1/2 years in office.  I suspect Donald Trump will not be much better in this arena, but I am sure he will address the issues once the facts are known.  This article was written on 9/19/2016 06:00:10 AM and I am aware I may be violating my statement above and I am sure that more details will be forthcoming.  My comments are more broadly based than this specific incident but I think there is a trend to be noticed here. BT

 The bomb planted in Boston in 2013 and the recent New York, New Jersey bomb incident may be proof that bomb laws do not work.  Neither does gun laws.  I wonder why our President did not immediately demand more "COMMON SENSE BOMB LAWS."

   Someday in what I hope will be the not too distance future, we will come to the understanding that placing bans on the weapons is not going to eliminate the danger of a philosophy that has as its mission the destruction of our way of life.  They will use whatever methods or instruments they can to terrorize the populace. I am not against laws that restrict certain people's access to weapons but I also don't think that such laws are the solution, they are nothing more than a pacifier for the squeamish who don't want to attack the underlying problem.  

   As always, I try to relate events with my frame of reference if possible.  One of the tactics of the Viet Cong in Vietnam was to place booby traps or bombs at various locations.  While it was clear they did not have the power to defeat the us, the purpose was to inflict damage and slow down the pursuit of them.  Placing bombs or booby traps at places where they could do the most damage is combat 101. 

   We made every effort to search and destroy weapons, booby traps, and bombs.  While it may have reduced somewhat the incidence of bomb attacks, it did not solve the problem.  In January of 1969, a VC placed a bomb in one of the mess halls at Cu Chi.  Cu Chi was a very secure base camp and the headquarters of the 25th Infantry division.  It was protected by a three rows of concertina wire and well-fortified bunkers.  No one entered or exited the base camp without going through a checkpoint. Yet still one lone VC was able to place a bomb behind the tray line in the mess hall and caused damage and injury.  For soldiers in Vietnam it was just another possibility to adjust to.  It was like realizing that at any moment you could be struck by lightning.  The only thing different is the odds of the occurrence.

   To most civilians, that would seem to be a horrifying situation to live with on a day to day basis.  But for most of the world outside America, it is a daily reality.  We are now in the same boat as the rest of the world.

WELCOME TO REALITY!

   I don't think there is a solution that will allow us to return to the cocoon of safety that we seem to want, but one of the first things we need to do is to realize the reality of the situation.  We need to acknowledge the threat for what it is and begin to address measures to reduce the occurrence of terrorist attacks.  I believe all this can be done while still adhering to the rights in our Bill of Rights.  But at a bare minimum, we should be able to identify these incidents for what they are. 

   The first thing that the Mayor of New York said was that it was not a terrorist attack.

   New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters early indications are that the explosion at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan at about 8.30 p.m. Saturday "was an intentional act."

  But, he said, "there's no specific and credible threat against New York City at this time from any terror organization." CNN News

 Later he made a revised statement of that.

Mayor de Blasio update

   I am not a citizen of New York City and as such I have no say in who they elect for their Mayor, but I know many people originally from New York and I have found that most of them are realist and usually tell it like it is.  Most New Yorkers don't sugar coat anything.  What you see it what you get and they are not bashful about tell you anyone what they think.  How they can continue to support their current Mayor is beyond my comprehension.

   We seem to be going out of our way to parse words and statements in hopes of not offending ISIS, ISIL or Islam but we have no problem with calling all the law abiding citizens "DEPLORABLE; Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.". Apparently Terrorist can be added to George Carlin's Seven Dirty words that you can't say on TV ( you will have to look that up for yourself.)

    Here is an another example of the twisted language that people will go to obscure the reality as well as a news outlet doing the same thing.

Hillary Clinton called the New York and New Jersey attacks "bombings" before responding to criticism of Donald Trump’s own use of the term "bomb," according to an ABC news transcript; yet, CNN edited out Clinton’s opening sentence referencing "bombings" in its breaking news coverage Saturday night, as reported by The Hill.

"I’ve been briefed about bombings in New York and New Jersey, and the attacks in Minnesota," Clinton said before CNN’s coverage picked up her statement with the following remarks:

"Obviously, we need to do everything we can to support our first responders, also to pray for the victims," Clinton said. "We have to let this investigation unfold. We’ve been in touch with various officials, including the mayor’s office in New York, to learn what they are discovering as they conduct this investigation. And I’ll have more to say about it when we actually know the facts."

Newsmax CNN headline

 

  Our failure to be more specific in identifying profiles will eventually lead to more injuries. I do not advocate broad based stereotyping as I have alluded to in the snake article, but there are ways to narrow the field down to a more managable population of possible terrorist. I never I thought I would get to the point where I agreed with Chicken Little but it sure looks like the clouds are getting darker.


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( September 20th, 2016 @ 8:08 am )
 
The Snake Article is a classic. Solution: keep the happy Mexicans; send unhappy folks there.
( September 20th, 2016 @ 7:34 am )
 
Here we are two or three days after the incidents of Minnesota, New York and New Jersey and we are arguing about nouns, verbs and adjectives. I expect to see Alice from Wonderland any second.
( September 19th, 2016 @ 12:18 pm )
 
I'm away from news coverage, but I would bet the wording is carefully parsed and nuanced so as to present a politically correct description of the incident.
( September 19th, 2016 @ 10:43 am )
 
After 2 Islamist Terrorist Attacks within our shores over the weekend, the self-admitted incompetent, Lying Hillary Clinton, is on the TV blaming Donald Trump more than she is the root cause of these attacks - Islamist Terrorism.

If I keep listening, I have a strong feeling that she will continue by blaming the attacks on a 'Despicable Video', again, along with Donald J. Trump, if, of course, L. Hillary doesn't have a coughing fit or faint first.

Whup, she's done. I can tell because Lying Hillary is doing that doughy gout-walk thing away from the microphones.



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