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Apparently the younger of the two Chechen Boston Marathon Bombers wrote a note inside of the boat he was hiding in prior to being shot and captured. It explains their motives for perpetrating this attack.
I’ll give you a hint of what it said: It wasn’t because the US is free.
One person’s “collatoral damage” is another person’s wife, daughter, son or father. Those who support the idea of imperialism as a valid foreign policy should learn this (but I won’t hold my breath).
Boston bombing suspect wrote message in boat: CBS News report
Reuters – 41 mins ago
View PhotoReuters/Reuters – A photograph of Djohar Tsarnaev, who is believed to be Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, is seen on his page of Russian social networking site Vkontakte (VK), as …more pictured on a monitor and a mobile phone in St. Petersburg April 19, 2013. Tsarnaev posted links to Islamic websites and others calling for Chechen independence on what appears to be his page on the site. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk less
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found hiding in a boat days after the blasts, left a handwritten message describing the attack as retribution for U.S. wars in Muslim countries, CBS News reported on Thursday.
The CBS News report, citing anonymous sources, said that Tsarnaev used a pen to write the message on an interior wall of the boat, where police found him bleeding from gunshot wounds four days after the April 15 bombing.
The note summed up with the idea that “when you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” CBS News reported.
CBS News did not make clear how its sources knew the information and Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the report.
A spokeswoman for the FBI in Boston, Katherine Gulotta, declined to confirm or deny the report.
The CBS News report said Tsarnaev, 19, described his older brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who died in a gunbattle with police, as “a martyr.”
“Basically, the note says … the bombings were retribution for the U.S. crimes against Muslims in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and that the victims of the Boston bombing were ‘collateral damage,’ the same way innocent victims have been collateral damage in U.S. wars around the world,” said CBS News reporter John Miller, who is a former spokesman for the FBI.
The bombings at the finish line of the world-famous marathon killed three people and injured 264 others. The FBI identified the ethnic Chechen brothers as suspects from video and pictures at the scene.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested in Watertown, Massachusetts, on April 19 after a daylong manhunt and lockdown of much of the Boston area. He is being held in a prison hospital west of Boston and faces charges that could carry the death penalty if he is convicted.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been on a U.S. government database of potential terrorism suspects and the United States had twice been warned by Russia that he might be an Islamic militant, according to U.S. security officials.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Additional reporting by Richard Valdmanis in Boston; Editing by Scott Malone and Grant McCool)
This is a perfect example of why the republicans are just as bad as the democrats. I often think about if PA got any worse (instituting something like NY’s SAFE Act for example), where would we move to find a state that better embraces freedom and this leaves NC with a negative mark in my book. (From my research there is no such thing as a truly “free state” in the USSA).
Regardless of your thoughts/opinions on Tesla and electric cars in general; this is pure protectionism and crony capitalism. People in NC might be willing buyers and Tesla might be a willing seller but the tyrannical thugocracy has decreed that sales can only be done in a franchised auto dealer. This type of bill is similar to the internet sales tax being proposed by Walma…I mean Congress to “even the playing field” between online retailers and bricks and mortar retailers.
Why is it when politicians work to make things more “fair” people’s freedom gets diminished and our wallets get assaulted?
Auto dealers push law blocking Tesla sales in North Carolina
Tesla Motors has become the belle of Wall Street over the past week after revealing its first quarterly profit and receiving the top score ever from Consumer Reports for the Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan. But those accomplishments haven’t played well yet in North Carolina, where the state Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday night that would block Tesla’s plan for selling its cars directly to consumers — forcing it to either steer clear of the entire state or use a franchised auto dealer like all other automakers.The Republican-sponsored bill, which has the backing of the North Carolina Auto Dealers Association, mirrors fights in several other states by dealers who worry about the precedent set by Tesla — even though Tesla’s own projected output of 20,000 vehicles a year is a rounding error on the 15 million new vehicles sold by U.S. dealers annually. Dealers in New York and Massachusetts have gone to court in attempts to block Tesla; in Texas, the automaker has been pushing its own bill that would loosen restrictions which limit its sales pitches to phone conversations.Dealers contend automakers, especially a start-up like Tesla, aren’t inclined to handle warranty repairs, service and other tasks that customers need close to home. For its part, Tesla has been lobbying North Carolina lawmakers for an exemption by arguing that blocking the company’s plans hurts the state economy; it says it has sold nearly 100 Model S cars to state residents with deposits for 60 more, and plans more service centers beyond the one opened in Raleigh.
What’s noteworthy about the North Carolina bill is that in addition to stopping Tesla, it would force minor changes on the agreements dealers have with established automakers — including an odd proposal barring automakers from ordering dealers to remove sports memorabilia from their stores. (This may have something to do with NASCAR owners who run one model of car on Sundays but sell a variety of them through their name-brand dealership every other day of the week.) Automakers and dealers have fought for years in statehouses over who controls what, and in general, the dealers have held the upper hand. For Tesla, it’s just another sign that Silicon Valley’s only automaker has joined the major leagues.
And if only one life is saved, then blah, blah, blah…
The current allowable BAC level is 0.08 but through the genius of government statistics they determined that a person with 0.05 is less impaired than if they had a BAC of 0.08. What a mind-blowing revelation.
The question no one asks is whether Person A while being highly impaired is actually a better and safer driver than Person B with not an ounce in their system. Not everyone is at the same starting point before “impairment.” But that is the type of question that makes collectivists heads hurt.
Unsurprisingly, the lives that could be saved is the focus put forth but it is a front. If it is further lowered it will not be for “safety”, it will be so the thugocracy can pull over more people, collect more fines, more court fees and infringe on our rights more freely and completely. And if the issue is met with any resistance from liberty-minded people they will be labeled as pro-drunk driving and pro-death for being against this this valiant collectivist effort (sarcasm end).
This is in our future, make sure you have your “papers” handy.
NTSB recommends lowering blood alcohol level that constitutes drunk driving
John Giles/PA wire file
The National Transportation Safety Bureau recommended Tuesday to lower the legal blood-alcohol content level to .05 from .08.
By Tom Costello, Correspondent, NBC News
WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board voted to recommend to states that they lower the blood-alcohol content that constitutes drunk driving.
Currently, all 50 states have set a BAC level of .08, reflecting the percentage of alcohol, by volume, in the blood. If a driver is found to have a BAC level of .08 or above, he or she is subject to arrest and prosecution.
The NTSB recommends dropping that to a BAC level of .05.
Each year, nearly 10,000 people die in alcohol-related traffic accidents and 170,000 are injured, according to the NTSB. While that’s a big improvement from the 20,000 who died in alcohol-related accidents 30 years ago, it remains a consistent threat to public safety.
Karolyn Nunnallee, a mother who lost her daughter Patty in the deadliest drunk-driving accident in in 1988 and served as a president of MADD, speaks ahead of the 25 anniversary of the Carrollton, Ky., bus collision.
Studies show that each year, roughly 4 million people admit to driving while under the influence of alcohol.
The recommendation prompted immediate criticism from restaurant trade groups.
“This recommendation is ludicrous,” said Sarah Longwell, managing director of American Beverage Institute. “Moving from 0.08 to 0.05 would criminalize perfectly responsible behavior.
“Further restricting the moderate consumption of alcohol by responsible adults prior to driving does nothing to stop hardcore drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.”
The United States, Canada and Iraq are among a small handful of countries that have set the BAC level at .08. Most countries in Europe, including Russia, most of South America and Australia, have set BAC levels at .05 to constitute drunken driving.
When Australia dropped its BAC level from .08 to .05, provinces reported a 5-18 percent drop in traffic fatalities.
The NTSB reports that at .05 BAC, some drivers begin having difficulties with depth perception and other visual functions. At .07, cognitive abilities become impaired.
At .05 BAC, the risk of having an accident increases by 39 percent. At .08 BAC, the risk of having an accident increases by more than 100 percent.
The NTSB believes that if all 50 states changed their standard to .05, nearly 1,000 lives could be saved each year. It is also considering other steps to help bring down the death rates on America’s roads.
The NTSB is an investigative agency that advocates on behalf of safety issues. It has no legal authority to order any change to state or federal law. It would be up to individual states whether to accept the NTSB’s recommendation, and up to the Department of Transportation whether to endorse the recommendations.
The last move from .10 to .08 BAC levels took 21 years for each state to implement.
Aren’t we all a village? Aren’t we all our “brother’s keeper”? So why can’t I or some costumed thugocrat stick a gun in your face so you make the “right” decision? And if you still don’t, why not just run over you with a car…, it’s for the “greater” good, right?
And if you read this and think “well he shouldn’t have run away”, then you are part of the problem and should ES.
Not “buckling up for safety” can get you killed all right. By a cop.
That’s what happened to Deland, Florida resident Marlon Brown about a week ago. Brown was killed – run over – by Deland Police Officer James Harris, who pursued him with his squad car after Brown tried to run away on foot after being stopped over a seatbelt violation (see here).
Brown – according to news reports a popular neighborhood barber – hadn’t done anything to anyone. His “crime” was to have asserted self-ownership, which in a slave society is the gravest offense there is. He probably thought to himself: I am a grown man. No one has any more right to demand I wear a seatbelt than they have a right to insist I eat my veggies or wear a sweater because it’s cold out. Whether eating veggies or wearing a sweater on a cold day – or “buckling up for safety” – is a good idea or a bad idea is completely irrelevant insofar as it’s my self that’s involved and thus, no one else’s business. Certainly not a cop’s. Aren’t cops supposed to fight crime? When did the job of a cop become parenting or life-coaching at gunpoint? Who the hell are these people to point guns at me over my decision to not “buckle up”?
Brown likely had such thoughts as he saw the wig-wag lights of Officer Harris in his rearview. Then, he probably got mad. I know I would have. You are driving along, minding your business, causing no harm to anyone. Then you glance up and see the bright lights – and the buzz-cut head – of Officer Unfriendly. This costumed menace is about to threaten you with violence and – at minimum – shove a piece of paper in your face that will demand what amounts to a ransom payment, or else. The “or else” being a jail cell. Over… nothing. A non-crime.
And so, Brown attempted to flee. It ended up costing him his life.
Mind, “officer safety” was never threatened. Brown merely tried to get away from an obnoxious costumed thug who had no business bothering him in the first place. But that was sufficient to justify summary execution by motor vehicle.
It is not an isolated happenstance anymore. Not a month goes by – oftentimes, hardly a week goes by – without some godawful report of a citizen being killed by cops over…. nothing. A murder – and that’s exactly what this was – prefaced by some petty affront to the authority of someone in a state-issued costume. Talk back – hell, dare to question – and the Tazers come out. Attempt to ward off the blows – and you will hear Stop Resisting! as the blows continue to rain down. They may – or may not – stop at merely a beating, a kicked-in skull.
Marlon Brown learned just how far it can go. A witness to the event, Sabrina Waldron, stated: “After the car hit Marlon and landed on him the back end of it was up in the air.” Thus ended Brown’s life.
Was it worth it? Was it right?
A man is dead – for no reason. Or rather, for a very bad reason.
In a sane society, Officer Harris would have had no legal pretext for bothering Marlon Brown. He may have looked askance at him for electing to not wear his seat belt – just as I may look askance at a grossly obese person ordering a double cheeseburger and 64 ounce Coke – but insofar as Officer Harris’ legal authority was concerned, he (in a sane society) would be powerless to intervene. That’s how it ought to be. For the same reason most of us – dear god, let us hope – do not want costumed men with guns rousting us out of bed to go for “healthy” morning jogs or supervising our dinner menus, threatening us with nightsticks and Tazers and guns if we don’t abide by their “recommendations.”
And yes, that is where we are headed – if people (enough people) do not come to their senses. If enough people don’t learn to discipline their inner busybody – if only for their own sake. Because most definitely, what goes around will come around. You may find it appalling that some people choose to go unbuckled. Resist the desire to insist they do so. Because if you do insist, you’ve just given license to the inner busybodies of all those people out there – among whom, no doubt, there will be busybodies who just can’t abide something about the way you live your life. . . some “risky” hobby, some “unhealthy” habit. No small corner of what used to be your life will be left to you. Chained to a collective – compelled to Submit & Obey.
And the antidote to this horror? Self-ownership. You own you. I own me. Neither of us has any claim on the other that’s enforceable at gunpoint. Feel free to suggest. To recommend. But when it comes to the use of force, the one and only legitimate justification is self-defense. Otherwise, leave me alone – and I will leave you alone.
If that had been the law in Deland, Florida, Marlon Brown would still be alive.
I read this story posted by Yojimbo on The Burning Platform and even I couldn’t believe it. I have spent the last 45 minutes trying to find proof that this is a hoax story in the hopes that it isn’t true; it simply can’t be true.
I have read multiple sources even including Coachella’s own website for the festival stating and describing that the police checkpoints will be 1/4 to 1 mile away from the concert entrance.
I have failed to debunk the story, I have found these articles (the last one is the festival official site):
RFID bracelets are being required for entrance into the concert. This I have no problem with, it is a private event. But for this event the checkpoints are as far as 1 mile around the entrance. The result of this is that people who aren’t attending the event who live less than a mile away are required to have RFID tags to enter their own homes and private property.
Read and think about that statement again, I’ll repeat it because it bears repeating:
The result of this is that people who aren’t attending the event who live less than a mile away are required to have RFID tags to enter their own homes and private property.
I consider this a new low for a society and nation which has already fallen so far away from liberty.
Cody Wilson of Defense Distibuted has released video of a successful test of the first fully (almost fully) printed firearm. I have read that there is a piece of metal inside of it so that it complies with the Undetectable Firearms Act as well as a nail that acts as the firing pin. Everything else is printed from ABS plastic using a printer that cost approx $8k.
It is easy to be unimpressed because it is single shot and the video only shows what seems to be the new “Liberator” shooting .22LR. It looks to be nothing more than a home-made “Zip-Gun.” I have read that there will be multiple calibers and barrels (see vid to see them in the case). Others think this will instantly change everything. I think both are somewhat foolish. People have been making their own firearms for quite a long time but to do this yourself today either requires exemplorary artisanship or a firearm that is rudimentary at best (i.e. pipe guns) which tend to resemble a modern flintlock.
3D printing offers the possibility of not compromising nearly as much. The printer allows complex components to be manufactured simply, repeatable and quickly but the strength of the materials is still very much in question. There are even printers that use metal (and cost much more than $8k) but is the bonding process utilized by the printer as strong as say, starting off with a solid block of aluminum? Rifling of a barrel may be the biggest hurdle and quite possibly insurmountable.
It is no doubt that an all ABS gun will not last long but this barely ACT 1. Kudos to Cody and his team. I suggest everyone help by downloading these files regardless if you ever plan on using them and help make sure the “Liberator” doesn’t go away like the “Liberty Dollar.”
NOTE: After further reading I found that the round fired was actually a .380. It isn’t an awfully powerful round but carries significantly more validity than a gun that fires a .22lr.