Patterico's Pontifications


FBI Admits It: Russian Government Told Us Tsarnaev Was a “Follower of Radical Islam”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:39 pm

In case you were wondering what the Russians told the FBI, here you go:

Deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was identified by a foreign government as a “follower of radical Islam and a strong believer” whose personality had changed drastically in just a year, according to the FBI.

As investigators considered possible motives for Monday’s fatal bombings, U.S. authorities acknowledged that an unnamed government had contacted the FBI to say the 26-year-old ethnic Chechen “had changed drastically” since 2010 and was preparing to leave the United States “to join unspecified underground groups,” according to an official statement from the FBI.

This report specifies “a foreign government.” That’s obviously Russia — duh! — but if you require confirmation, here it is.

When the two ethnic Chechen suspects were identified, the FBI said it reviewed its records and found that in early 2011, a foreign government — which law enforcement officials confirmed was Russia — had asked for information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The FBI said it was told that Tsarnaev was a “follower of radical Islam” and was preparing to travel to this foreign country to join unspecified underground groups.


8th Grader Arrested — Yes, ARRESTED — for Wearing Pro-Second Amendment Shirt

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:39 pm


When 8th grade Jared Marcum got dressed for school on Thursday he says he had no idea that his pro-Second Amendment shirt would initiate what he calls a fight over his First Amendment rights.

“I never thought it would go this far because honestly I don’t see a problem with this, there shouldn’t be a problem with this,” Jared said.

It was the image of a gun [actually a rifle — Ed.] printed on Jared’s t-shirt that sparked a dispute between a Logan Middle School teacher and Jared, that ended with Jared suspended, arrested and facing two charges, obstruction and disturbing the education process, on his otherwise spotless record.

The shirt in question says: “NRA. Protect Your Rights” and depicts a hunting rifle.

Jared’s father Allen Lardieri says he’s angry he had to rush from work to pick his son up from jail over something he says was blown way out of proportion.

“I don’t see how anybody would have an issue with a hunting rifle and NRA put on a t-shirt, especially when policy doesn’t forbid it,” Lardieri said.

There is no specific school policy against the depiction of a gun on a shirt.

I have a feeling a lawsuit will be in the works once charges are dropped and apologies are made.

Via Hot Air.

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The Greatest Acceptance Speech of All Time

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:07 pm

Rush, my favorite band, was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The following video is the band’s acceptance speech. If you’re a Rush fan, the whole video is worth watching. Even if you’re not, skip ahead to about 4:45 to watch Alex Lifeson’s speech, which (as the title suggests) is, in my opinion, the greatest acceptance speech of all time.

Each of the band members of the band gives a speech. First up was Neil Peart, the band’s drummer. Rush fans will recognize the sonorous baritone voice and almost lyrical quality of the words — qualities evidence in Rush’s albums over the years. Next up is Geddy Lee, who has a stirring tribute to the band’s fan base. And then comes Alex’s speech. I won’t describe it. You just have to watch it:

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