In the aftermath of the bombing, it’s important to remember that there are countless stories of heroism, but there is only one story of villainy. Everybody did what they could, and some people could do some pretty amazing things. The “man in the hat” was photographed helping staunch the bleeding of a man who lost both his legs in the bombing (video below). Wow. People not only ran towards the carnage, they managed not to pass out cold when they saw it. The man in the hat was 52-year old Carlos Arrendondo
. He lost his son in the Iraq war in Iraq and another son committed suicide. This man has already experienced some of the worst tragedies that can befall a human being. Then he chose to dive right into another tragedy to help others. It’s like he had already been through Hell, and still had a valid visa to go back.
The explosive devices used in the bombings were made from regular kitchen pressure cookers
. It’s a device anyone can make, for a purpose you would think that nobody could imagine. Pressure cooker bombs have long been a favorite of Islamic radicals, but the technology has been shared on white supremacist websites as well. You can use a pressure cooker for many different kinds of cooking. Pressure cookers work for lamb and rice, or for corned beef and potatoes—just like they’ll work for Islamic radicals or white supremacists.
The rightwing seems to have seized on the bombing as a way to attack immigration reform
. Republicans believe that no bad deed should go unexploited. Laura Ingraham opined that “we are considering legalizing or giving regularized status to millions of people. Pretty much none of them have gone through any rigorous background checks.” Suddenly Republicans are all for background checks—for living here, but not for getting a gun.
A letter addressed to President Obama containing a suspicious substance—possibly risin—has been intercepted
, another letter to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) was intercepted earlier, and a third sent to Sen. Carl Levin’s (D-Mich) regional office local office has been turned over to authorities. Mitch McConnell praised postal workers for “preventing this threat before it even reached the Capitol.” Yes, and before Republicans managed to wipe out the Postal Service altogether.
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