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  •  Exactly, Lenny. We faced being wiped from the (3+ / 0-)
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    face of the earth by nuclear firestorms followed by nuclear winter.  That threat is largely ended and definitely not stemmed by domestic spying.

    Today, we face rag-tag guys who burn their genitals trying to light their underpants on fire and guys who are unable to ignite their own shoelaces and the nation freaks out.  

    The comparison between West TX and Boston Marathon tells us most of what we need to know about "the home of the brave."  More people were killed, more injured, and more property destroyed in West, but that was "just an accident."  

    Since Boston was caused by a wanna-be boxer thug and his stoner brother (no offense to all my stoner brothers out there! heh!), the nation is in an uproar and the police are flooding the streets. A huge metro area is shut down and all comes to a halt because a bleeding skinny kid cannot be found.  

    And we still don't care much about West Texas, even though the nation has had time to think about the relative dangers of both incidents.  

    Ammonium nitrate fertilizer is heaped up all around the nation and that's no big deal.  But we need to all have our phones and computers monitored and tracked so that we can fail to stop two guys in Boston whose names were already known to the FBI.

    If Republicans want a scandal, there it is, staring them in the face:  The FBI had the guys' names.  The NSA was tracking everything everywhere.  Yet these guys were still were able to blow up the finish line of the marathon.

    I guess this big plan doesn't work, does it?  Maybe time to pull it apart and getting rational once again.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 03:40:41 PM PDT

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