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  •  Sometimes "bomb-making materials" (4+ / 0-)

    means the authorities found wire and a piece of pipe.

    •  Sometimes "persons of interest" (2+ / 0-)
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      trial balloons pop, too ;)

      "The “Left” is NOT divided on the need to oppose austerity and the Great Betrayal. The Third Way is not left or center or even right. It is Wall Street on the Potomac."--Bill Black

      by lunachickie on Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:41:24 AM PDT

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      •  no, the pipebomb was real (0+ / 0-)

        it's just likely not remotely related to this case.

        •  There's no disputing that much (0+ / 0-)

          what may have popped there was the "related to" part ;)

          "The “Left” is NOT divided on the need to oppose austerity and the Great Betrayal. The Third Way is not left or center or even right. It is Wall Street on the Potomac."--Bill Black

          by lunachickie on Fri May 17, 2013 at 11:17:02 AM PDT

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          •  i've never read any story that suggested (0+ / 0-)

            it ever was related other than the fact that it was an EMT who aided in the aftermath of the explosion. Whatever trial balloon is being suggested probably only existed in the blogs.

            •  That's the only place I ever saw it (0+ / 0-)
              in the blogs
              Sometimes they fly, and sometimes they don't. Assuming it really was one, it crashed and burned in pretty short order.

              "The “Left” is NOT divided on the need to oppose austerity and the Great Betrayal. The Third Way is not left or center or even right. It is Wall Street on the Potomac."--Bill Black

              by lunachickie on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:25:28 PM PDT

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            •  Yet every story "mentions" it (1+ / 0-)
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              In a "no known connection" way, but the man and the pipe bomb somehow get mentioned in stories headlined about the plant explosion. Leaves a strong hint for any reader that they might be connected.

              State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy, speaking at a news conference, called the explosion one of the deadliest for first responders in the nation’s history and vowed that the criminal investigation would continue even though the “scene investigation” was finished.

              “We’re going to leave no stone unturned,” he told reporters. One common goal drives investigators, he said: “To understand what happened to give closure to these families.”

              Connealy and other officials refused to answer questions about former West paramedic Bryce Ashley Reed, 31, who faces federal criminal charges of possession of pipe bomb-making materials.

              Reed has pleaded not guilty to the charge, and his attorney has repeatedly said he had nothing to do with the fertilizer plant explosion.

              http://www.dallasnews.com/...
              They did rule out speculation that it was caused by weather, spontaneous ignition, smoking or the rekindling of a fire earlier in the day.

              At a news conference Thursday afternoon, officials with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also said they would not discuss any speculation of a link between the disaster and the May 9 arrest of former West emergency volunteer Bryce Reed on charges of possessing bomb-making materials.

              The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Rangers continue an investigation of any possible criminal activity in the blast but say there is no evidence linking Reed to the explosion.

              http://www.wacotrib.com/...

              “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

              by Catte Nappe on Fri May 17, 2013 at 01:11:03 PM PDT

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        •  third in a series of pipe bombs found this week (1+ / 0-)
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          in Clovis NM. Now been handed off to BATE ...

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 01:18:57 PM PDT

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