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What have we learned (so far) from Boston?

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Apr 22, 2013

The nation can now catch its collective breath, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and speedy, live capture of at least one perp. We'll now enter a much longer and arduous phase of the investigation, as authorities attempt to learn whatever more there is to know about this latest loathsome attack on American homeland safety and liberties. It's not too soon to contemplate what we can take away from this, to remember for the future.

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Apr 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Actually, I tend to agree with your analysis(which concerns me)I think it is very important that we are vigilent with security concerns(no more complaining if it takes long time go thru sporting event metal decectors) but that we do not let terrorist win by cancelling or curtailing our daily lives and daily events.

For example, there was concerns about proceeding with the "Run with Pat" charity race at Arizona State this weekend, a big fundraiser for hero Pat Tillman and the veterans charitable organization his family started. Some wanted to cancel the race due to terrorist concerns. What do you think Pat Tillman would want to happen, do you think he would want us to go hide and change our lives and routines, due to fears of terrorist? Hell no! If we stop living our lives, than the terrorist win.

By the way, did you see that great story on 60 minutes yesterday about these amazing dogs that are trained to sniff bombs, and work with our military and police officers in fighting terrorist and crime? These dogs do amazing things and really are an asset in fighting crime and preventing terrorist activities. How about we pass a federal and or state law that whenever anyone is convicted of animal abuse, there is a big fine in which the proceeds go to taking rescue dogs from the pounds and rescue dog organizations and having them work with these amazing dog trainers and become allies in our war against crime and terrorism by working with our military and police officers.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Danville
on Apr 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Tom Cushing is a registered user.

American -- welcome back! I just knew you'd come around. ;-) So now there's what, THREE things on which we agree: dogs, Athletics and terrorism? Progress!

I will search-out that 60 Minutes excerpt -- thanks for the tip. In a similar vein, I think it's hilarious (and quite revealing) that medical researchers are trying to develop a machine that sniffs-out cancer alMOST as well as a dog does. Garsh, if only there was a place where they could go and get free dogs, who'd work literally for kibble for the next decade ... but where's the profit in That?

There was also a recent article in Time magazine about how animals grieve, and they do -- I think I feel my annual animal advocacy column a-borning.

Don't be a stranger.

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Apr 25, 2013 at 9:49 am

I agree with most of the column above, especially with the fact that it is usually better (for everyone) to not jump to conclusions too quickly. This not only applies to past events, prior to the identification of the two bombers, but also to the continuing investigation, to look into the possibility of other involved parties.

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Posted by Rich Davidoff
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Apr 25, 2013 at 10:07 am

What have we learned? Again, yawn, Islam is not "the peaceful religion" as we are repeatedly told. Perhaps it is the PIECEFUL religion considering the mayhem it causes around the world with naught a whisper from CAIR- yes--pause to vilify those nasty Christian crusaders from centuries ago---Obama refuses to use the word "terrorist"--if you control the dialog you control the people. Many immigrants are here to destroy the American way of life. Many others were born here and wish to "adjust" our Constitution.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I'm not sure why, but some folks seem to be fixated on the fact that the Prez said "individual or group" on the day of the blasts, and called it an act of terror the (very) next day, when he knew it was. That's just being circumspect -- had he stated, before knowing, that it was an act of attempted terrorism and it turned-out differently, he could be accused of fear-mongering (with aLot more justification).

As to the role of Islam, I think Richard Clarke has it about right when he says that, out of 1.6 Billion Muslims, 50,000 - 200,000 are jihadists. That's roughly 1/100 of 1%, if I did the math right. I don't know how that % compares with the atheists, Buddhists, Zoroastrianists and even Christians who might be called terrorists of various kinds, but I do know a very small number when I see one. It's a mighty small brush with which to try to tar a mighty large bunch of people.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 26, 2013 at 8:21 am

For American: here's a link to a New Yorker article (it won't bite) on bomb-sniffing dogs. Web Link

Pretty interesting stuff -- the point seems to be that the dogs are a tool in the tool box, not the whole box itself. That said, what we're trying to do is to make it incrementally more difficult to pull-off these attacks, and these pups can play an important role in achieving that goal. Alarms and deadbolts alone don't completely prevent burglary, after all, but they're part of the answer.

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Apr 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Thanks Tom ...,If they rerun last weeks 60 minutes story on dogs you should check it out. I know my Golden Retriever who we got from Golden Retriever Rescue loved it!

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