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White House Correspondents' Dinner Lays Bare the Elite Club that is DC.

Once again we mere mortals who vote in the politicians and pay their salaries and who read the papers and web sites/blogs of the DC "journalists" are treated to viewing the WH Correspondents' Dinner. It's a cozy little affair with all the DC gliterati there to roast one another like the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts TV show. They are a tight-knit group, those politicians and those "journalists."

I know I'm preaching to the choir when I say those "journalists" are no more reporting objectively on the politicians they're so cozy with than the Justice Dept. and Treasury Dept. are regulating and prosecuting banksters and criminals on Wall Street.

They certainly are not doing the type of reporting on the government and its foibles that prompted the founding fathers to write the First Amendment for fear of having the voice of the people censored and silenced. The so-called "journalists," their editors and media owners do that all on their own now.

Greg Ball, New York State Senator, Defends Tweet Advocating Torture For Bombing Suspect

I didn't see this here yesterday. Maybe I missed it. Sorry if I'm repeating.

A New York Republican is defending his call for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be tortured during the interrogation process.

State Sen. Greg Ball (R-Carmel), a potential 2014 congressional candidate, said on "Fox and Friends" Monday morning that torture is necessary in this and other cases of terrorism to save lives. “If getting that information, including torture, would save one innocent life, including what we’ve seen children, would you use torture?" Ball said. "I would be first in line.”

After Tsarnaev was captured on Friday night, Ball drew criticism when he tweeted, "Who wouldn't use torture on this punk to save more lives?"


I guess he missed the whole Geneva Convention thing and the repeated fact cited by experts that torture doesn't provide good information. Tortured people tell their torturers whatever they think the torturer wants to hear to stop the torture.

Source: Boston bomb suspect says brother was brains behind attack

Source: CNN

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told investigators his older brother Tamerlan was the driving force behind last week's attack and that no international terrorist groups were behind them, a U.S. government source said Monday.

Preliminary interviews with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev indicate the two brothers fit the classification of self-radicalized jihadists, the source said. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, wounded and held in a Boston hospital, said his brother wanted to defend Islam from attack, according to the source.

The government source cautioned that the interviews were preliminary, and that Tsarnaev's account needs to be checked out and followed up on by investigators.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/22/us/boston-attack/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

So, if true, he's really not an enemy combatant and neither was his brother.

On Edit: Could just possibly, maybe be an angry immigrant (older brother) who didn't integrate into US society very well, didn't make it in boxing, got his citizenship put on hold and just got angrier and angrier because of all those things. Then, at the same time he was turning to militant Islam - an extreme and not the norm for Muslims - he decided to take out his anger on the US by bombing something. The Boston Marathon happened to be convenient maybe. Just theorizing.

Anybody Else Have a Wizard of Oz Flashback When the "Stay in Place and Shelter" Request was Lifted?

Report: 3 arrested in New Bedford in connection to bombing suspect - Update: Quickly Released

Source: ABC6 Providence, RI

Neighbors say three have been arrested in New Bedford in connection with the Boston Bombing suspect.

Police apprehended suspects from the Hidden Brook Apartments on Carriage Drive in New Bedford. Neighbors say they think that the girlfriend of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have lived in the complex and they have seen him in the area as recently as yesterday.

Dzhokhar is a student at the nearby University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Earlier on Friday his brother, also a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, was killed in a gun fight with police.

Read more: http://www.abc6.com/story/22028344/report-3-arrested-in-new-bedford-in-connection-to-bombing-suspect

That's the whole article above. Pictures at link.

On Edit: They were quickly released. So they probably didn't have much to do with the bombings

Why Did Everyone, All of a Sudden, This Week Forget Posts/Blogs By Private Citizens are Not FACTS

4chan and reddit need have no shame. They are what they are. Sites where people posts things about current topics. Some of it legitimate, some (most) of it crap.

It should be no surprise to anyone that so many private citizens with no criminal justice or investigative expertise were making claims that could not be substantiated. It happens every day, all day on the internet. The unfortunate thing is that this week it really had the possibility to cause immediate harm. Harm to those poor guys on the cover of the NY Post who were innocent. They're lucky some vigilante didn't take them out before they were cleared.

The real shame is to organizations like the NY Post. It presents itself as a serious journalistic endeavor. However, this week it has proven, once again, it is anything but. While other "serious" news organizations didn't run the picture the Post ran they participated in the hanging of those two innocent men. I saw descriptions in many main-stream papers and on network news sites that described the two guys in the picture the Post printed as the two men the FBI would be releasing pictures of later. Now know they were all wrong.

4Chan and Reddit didn't spread anything. Their members spread gossip and unofficial garbage.

Anybody Holding Their Breath for an Apology from NY Post to the Two Guys it Hung Today on Its Cover?

I'm not expecting them to do anything - like apologize for turning the dogs loose on two innocent people. But they should print a full front page apologizing and making clear to all the people who might do them harm that those guys were not involved.

They're probably in hiding right now. I would be.

Why is that EVIL Carmen Ortiz given a mic in Boston?

She was just on the live press conference. There is no reason she is relevant right now. She's a prosecutor, not an investigator. She's not an explosives expert. She's just trying to get in the limelight for her future career ambitions.

In case you forgot she was Aaron Swartz's abusive prosecutor that drove him to suicide.

ON Edit: she also tried to take a family's only business, their motel, away from them using drug laws. Fortunately the judge slapped her down on that.

DU Can be Such a Wonderful Place

I got this PM from another member here on DU. It was so wonderful to have another member show appreciation and take the time to actually send me a PM.

The PM follows. I have blocked out the name of any member that was snippy.

Just wanted to give you props for being so nice when xxxx was kind of snippy--unnecessarily snippy, I thought, given that you hadn't declared yourself an expert and said you were interested in learning more.

Every once in a while, threads on DU seem like a dogfight that starts with a little nip here and another one there and suddenly there are teeth everywhere. So, well done for being gracious and not letting that happen.

Can we Have a Happy Day?

i am just as guilty as the next person who has posted snarky replies to other posts here on DU.

Recently, I've tried to take a different tact. I've been trying to say "thank you" and "good going" to other members who post positive posts.

So, can we have a day, or two, where we support our fellow members for their great posts? Can we not be approving by our silence and post a well deserved "thank you" or other positive messages to them?
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