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  •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

    No.

    Crime stats are massaged. Crime is only going down if you realize that it means we dont dont go walking around dangerous places. The streets ceded to thuggery.

    On this bombing: This is probably internationaly terrorism orginating in the ME. The cops must have a very good idea as to who set the bomb. It's probably on CCTV, but the embarrassment must be crushing as it destroys the kumbaya
    BS promoted by our Mayors, Governors and Presidents.

    A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

    by Salo on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 05:46:05 AM PDT

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    •  I think that there's (7+ / 0-)

      at least an equal, if not greater possibility....that this could be terrorism of the homegrown sort. A Tim McVeigh wannbe. ME terrorist cells are usually pretty quick to claim credit and proclaim their message.

      This was Patriots' Day, IRS filing deadline day and a contingent of Newtown survivors (advocates of gun control legislation) were seated near the blast. There could be any number of lunatics with any number of  paranoid rationizations for committing this horrific act.

      •  I agree. (1+ / 0-)
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        Usually these crimes are committed by Americans.  It is very rare for foreign entities to do this, 9-11 notwithstanding.

        "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

        by JBL55 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 07:39:48 AM PDT

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    •  The dangerous places. (2+ / 0-)
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      People have always avoided the "dangerous places." How has that changed exactly, so that it may have an effect on crime rates?

      Those dangerous places are in fact shrinking; even 15 years ago living in Oakland was taking your chances, now we have parts of Oakland which are yuppie to the max.

      As to crime stats being massaged, that sounds a bit too conspiratorial for me. I say this given the fact that any direction that crime rates take can be taken as evidence of crime rates being massaged. Increasing crime rates, oh, evidence of law enforcement trying to justify budget. Crime rates holding steady, evidence of law enforcement cooking the books. Crime rates varying wildly, evidence of law enforcement just making up numbers to confuse us.

      •  You are on the side of the math. (0+ / 0-)

        Many studies bear out just what you assert.

        "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

        by JBL55 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 07:31:19 AM PDT

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      •  131 murders in Oakland last year (0+ / 0-)

        15 years ago, in 1998, there were 81. In 1999, there were 68.  

        Sure, there are yuppies and hipsters there, but there are still plenty of thugs, and they are still hard at work.

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