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  •  Sad and proud Bostonian (3+ / 0-)
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    The gov nailed it yesterday:

    Massachusetts invented America. And America is not organized the way countries are usually organized. We are not organized around a common language or religion or even culture. We are organized around a handful of civic ideals. And we have defined those ideals, over time and through struggle, as equality, opportunity, freedom and fair play.

    An attack on our civic ritual like the Marathon, especially on Patriots’ Day, is an attack on those values. And just as we cannot permit darkness and hate to triumph over our spiritual faith, so we must not permit darkness and hate to triumph over our civic faith. That cannot happen. And it will not.

    •  I had hoped (1+ / 0-)
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      ...for this sort of relatively swift, generally positive resolution from the moment I heard that a terrorist attack had touched Boston.

      I have no doubt that any American city would rally in the face of terror. But not every American city has the hundreds of years of unique cultural identity that Boston does. Law enforcement asked for the entire city to basically shut down, and a lively debate spawned online about police states and civil liberties ... and Boston, by and large, shut down, because that's what the people of Boston could do to help.

      Heck, they found this guy when a civilian walked out to the bloodstained boat in his backyard to see what was under the torn tarp!

      For the quality and competence of its law enforcement, and the unflappable determination of its citizens, even amidst the tragedy, Boston has a lot to be proud of tonight. And I have no doubt that next year's Marathon will set all kinds of records. Endurance, indeed.

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      by Serpents Choice on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:00:56 PM PDT

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    •  After the London subway bombings (0+ / 0-)

      I thought, the Brits know how to handle that kind of terror - or attempted terror, & when it happens here, & it will someday, I hope we handle it as well.   That's how Boston & Cambridge & Watertown & all  the people in the middle of it handled it. With courage & resolve, & little of the belligerent, empty patriotism expressed by many Americans at a safe distance. & when it ended, they cheered their police.

      "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

      by DJ Rix on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:37:46 PM PDT

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