Thoughts About The Boston Marathon Bombing

April 24, 2013

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It’s been more than a week since the bombings at the Boston Marathon. I’d like to share a few random thoughts on the topic.

Shortly after the bombings, I saw a tweet where someone remarked that bomb sniffing dogs were seen BEFORE the blasts – noting how strange this was. Actually, it’s not unusual at all. The next time you are at a major event, pay close attention to the law enforcement presence. It’s very likely that you’ll see dogs.

Why is the younger brother talking? I have no idea. Generally, a suspect agrees to talk in exchange for some sort of plea bargain or leniency. In this case, Dzokhar Tsarnaev is being charged with federal crimes, and the death penalty is a possibility. In fact, I can’t imagine the feds taking the death penalty off the table – there would be a lot of public backlash if they did.

I’ve seen some people say that older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow (Katherine Russell) must guilty because she has a lawyer. This seems very naïve to me. If you ever find yourself in a situation where the FBI is investigating you in connection with a major crime, I’d suggest that you hire a lawyer, even if you’re completely innocent. The feds are not like Andy and Barney – they play hardball.

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

The Boston Red Sox had their game canceled on Friday night, along with pretty much everything else on the Boston social calendar. On Saturday, Neil Diamond showed up at Fenway and asked if he could lead the crowd in their tradition of singing “Sweet Caroline”. The 72 year old singer had flown to Boston for the sole purpose of singing at Fenway. Obviously, the Sox agreed. That’s classy, Neil.

While the Tsarnaev brothers were Muslim, let’s not forget that terrorists can come from any background. James Holmes, Timothy McVeigh – terrorism is not exclusive to Muslims. Let’s also not forgot that Muslim terrorist are extremists and do not represent the vast majority of Muslims. Most Muslims are normal, peaceful people. Their customs and religious beliefs may be a bit different that yours, but odds are that they are looking for many of the same things in life. Don’t judge an entire population by the fringe elements.

Boston Strong.


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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lazy Man and Money
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 08:14:36

    I was in my car running errands while listening to the Red Sox game when Neil Diamond came on. I had just pulled into a parking lot and you could see everyone else waiting in their car too.

    At this stage in Diamond’s career, his voice is a little like the Drunk Uncle skit on Saturday Night Live… yet, everyone was completely captivated by the significance of it.

    Reminds me of seeing Tony Bennett in San Francisco a couple of years ago. (Not sure if he picked up his heart on his way out of town.) The significance of it is far more important than the actual performance.


  2. kosmo
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 13:43:56

    I agree. The performance itself was far from a dominant musical performance, but that’s not Neil’s fault. The symbolism is incredible and it’s nice to see a celeb sacrificing a bit of his own time to help a city heal.

    Hopefully Neil sells a few extra records as a result.


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