UPDATE: More here. Thanks to DRJ. This sounds bad.
UPDATE x2: I am riveted to Channel 5’s live coverage at the link above. Although there are no confirmed deaths as of right now, there is a good chance that many people, perhaps dozens, could be dead — and there are clearly huge numbers of injured. This is a major, major story.
UPDATE x3: Someone sent a local TV station this video of the explosion. Incredible.
UPDATE x4: I think the video in the last update is from this far more rough and intense clip, courtesy of happyfeet:
Slow news day, huh? After looking at Hot Air’s post headlines, I could close my eyes and read them in green font on the back of my eyelids.
Because of all the red, you see.
The Boston Marathon bomber either was arrested or wasn’t; a gazillion anti-gun measures got voted down; a second ricin-laced letter was discovered and an arrest has been made . . . did I miss anything?
The wife of a former Kaufman County justice of the peace told authorities that her husband shot and killed Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
In an interview Tuesday with an investigator, Kim Williams, 46, “confessed to her involvement to the scheme and course of conduct in the shooting deaths,” according to the affidavit signed by Sgt. Matt Woodall of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department.
The affidavit said “Kim Williams described in detail her role with that of her husband, Eric Williams, whom she reported to have shot to death Mark Hasse on January 31, 2013, and Michael and Cynthia McLelland on March 30, 2013.”
My thanks to JD for giving y’all timely posts on all the other developments so that you could comment away.
Manchin-Toomey looks doomed as they cannot even hold Dem support.
Reid supporting Feinstein assault style weapon ban, but it will lose even worse.
Ditto standard capacity magazine ban.
The only real question is if the Republican alternative to Manchin-Toomey has any chance.
Regardless, these are all for show, since there should not be a chance in Hades that they would pass the House. However, better to stop them dead now than to give everyone a chance to do something bad, in order to be seen as doing something at all.
UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Every measure went down in flames.
UPDATE DOS, by JD – video of Presidential temper tantrum. This 11 minutes or so pretty much encapsulates every rhetorical trick he has ever used, and nicely showcases his fundamental dishonesty.
[UPDATE – the reporting on this is all over the place. Now Boston PD claims no arrests have been made. As I said earlier, this is evolving, and given the fact that the MFM is a gaggle of idiots, it is safe to assume what they tell you is wrong.]
Yesterday, a letter suspected to be laced with Ricin was sent to Sen Wicker (R). Today, a letter addressed to the White House was suspected of same. There was also a suspicious letter/package to the offices of Sen Levin (D), and Sen Flake (R). There were also suspicious packages at the Russell and Hart buildings in DC that caused temporary evacuations.
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threatened to quit working at the abortion clinic because he refused to pull any more flesh from aborted babies out of the plumbing. …
He told the jury toilets backed up one-two times a week and said he opened the outside clean out pipe and fetal parts such as babies’ arms came spilling out.
Johnson said he scooped up body parts with shovel and put them in a bag that was taken to rat infested basement. Johnson said a cat kept at the Gosnell clinic was there to deal with rat infestations that kept happening. He said the [cat] pooped in plants all over clinic.
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“If … a baby was about to come out, I would take the woman to the bathroom, they would sit on the toilet and basically the baby would fall out and it would be in the toilet,” testified Latosha Lewis, who worked for Gosnell for over eight years. “I would be rubbing her back and trying to calm her down for two, three, four hours until Dr. Gosnell comes. She would not move.”
In total, the bill creates a minimum 13-year path to citizenship for up to 11 million illegal immigrants, costing them each $2,000 in fines plus additional taxes. Applicants would have to meet other criteria as well in order to qualify.
It’s unclear whether the border security “triggers” will be enough to satisfy skeptical lawmakers. Conservatives say border security improvements should be verified before illegal immigrants can seek citizenship. Illegal immigrant advocates say their pathway should not be held up by that process.
Regardless, the plan dedicates billions to security efforts, including $3 billion to providing more border agents, customs agents and surveillance systems along the border; and $1.5 billion to building up border fencing.
From what I could tell from Marco Rubio’s defense of the bill, the “triggers” essentially mean that if border security targets are not reached, that will “trigger” a group of people to gather periodically in a room, knit their eyebrows together in a concerned fashion, and take a Good Hard Look at the Problem. Meanwhile, nothing about the pathway to voting Dem — dammit, I keep doing that! — to citizenship will be slowed down at all.
But maybe I’m wrong about that. We have broad outlines, but what does the bill actually and really do?
Silly! We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.