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DEVELOPING STORY: Explosion in NYC, Bombs Found in New Jersey

Filed under: General — JVW @ 8:53 pm

[guest post by JVW]

At roughly 8:40 pm Eastern time tonight an explosion rocked New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. At this point, 29 people are reported as injured, though thankfully it appears that there are no fatalities.

The blast was apparently at 135 W. 23rd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. Reportedly, a second bomb was found four blocks later at 27th Street. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that the bombs were clearly placed intentionally, though he naturally hastens to add that there is not yet a clear link to terrorism.


Earlier today another bomb exploded along a race course in New Jersey that was to host a Marine Corps charity run, with no injuries reported. The race had been delayed when a suspicious backpack had been found along the race course, and had the race started on time it is believed that runners would have passed by the explosion point right as the bomb was detonated. Other explosive devices have been found along the route.

I’m guessing there will be plenty of news about this in coming days.


Sid Blumenthal Pushed Birther Claims

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:45 am

A reminder that the Clintons surround themselves with character-assassinating trash:

Meanwhile, former McClatchy Washington Bureau Chief James Asher tweeted Friday that Blumenthal had “told me in person” that Obama was born in Kenya.

“During the 2008 Democratic primary, Sid Blumenthal visited the Washington Bureau of McClatchy Co.,” Asher said in an email Friday to McClatchy, noting that he was at the time the investigative editor and in charge of Africa coverage.

“During that meeting, Mr. Blumenthal and I met together in my office and he strongly urged me to investigate the exact place of President Obama’s birth, which he suggested was in Kenya. We assigned a reporter to go to Kenya, and that reporter determined that the allegation was false.

“At the time of Mr. Blumenthal’s conversation with me, there had been a few news articles published in various outlets reporting on rumors about Obama’s birthplace. While Mr. Blumenthal offered no concrete proof of Obama’s Kenyan birth, I felt that, as journalists, we had a responsibility to determine whether or not those rumors were true. They were not.”

Blumenthal, who worked in the White House with President Bill Clinton and later was employed by the Clinton Foundation, could not be reached Friday but said in an email to The Boston Globe, “This is false. Period.”

The birther issue was long the province of conservative talk show hosts and far right politicians who opposed Obama’s candidacy and then his presidency. Trump used it as his platform into politics five years ago, despite numerous reports that exposed it as false.

Sid Blumenthal is deplorable. Hillary should be forced to admit it.

Nothing to See Here Folks

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:08 am

100% not weird at all.

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