Arkansas: State rep Nate Bell refers to Bostonians as “cowering” in aftermath of Boston bombing

Nate Bell, a GOP state representative in Arkansas decided to take to Twitter yesterday and insult the brave people in Boston as “cowering” in their homes in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Not smart.

Bell quickly deleted the Tweet but the world saw it.  Funny thing about the internet….

Bostonian Brian Folkins-Amador hits the right note in his Facebook response. This is pretty much the perfect response to an idiot.

From the Facebook of Brian Folkins-Amador:

Arkansas State Representative Nate Bell tweeted, “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a high-capacity magazine?”.

I’d like to answer that: Probably none. Believe it or not, we Boston liberals slept just fine, thank you. Unlike you, we don’t need a gun by our side to feel unafraid. Unlike you, apparently, we know that no gun, no matter how powerful, would have done a bit of good in preventing the Boston Marathon bombing. Do you really believe that guns would have given you, or anyone else, the prescience to know that these kids were going to plant bombs? And if it had been so, what would you have done? Shot two people in the middle of a huge crowd of spectators?

I slept fine last night, even without a gun by my side, and I’ll tell you why. Because I saw how our law enforcement agents and elected officials responded immediately to a crisis, taking extraordinary measures to protect the public, to bring the bombers to justice, and to assure people that everything possible was being done to keep us safe. I saw how the state and federal governments, the media, and the public cooperated to create the space for law enforcement to do its job. I saw how the second suspect was captured alive after countless human hours of patient, painstaking study of the available evidence. In short, I saw how civilization triumphed over evil, how a rational, coordinated effort limited the potential loss of human life. I saw how my city, which I, as a transplant, have often seen as cold, unfriendly and uncaring, pulled together in a way I would have thought unimaginable, with a sense of common purpose that even now brings tears to my eyes. I saw how this common effort prevented further loss of life. I don’t need a gun. If you think that your firearms would have made you any safer in our situation, you’re entitled to your opinion. But don’t assume we share it. We happen to believe that there are stronger protections than lethal weapons. Mr. Bell, Wayne LaPierre, Alex Jones and other gun worshippers, maybe you would cower in your homes if you didn’t have firearms by your sides. We Boston liberals are made of stouter stuff than that.

Bell responded to an onslaught on Facebook after his idiocy and “apologized” for his timing of the tweet, but not for referring to fellow Americans as “cowering:”

I would like to apologize to the people of Boston & Massachusetts for the poor timing of my tweet earlier this morning. As a staunch and unwavering supporter of the individual right to self defense, I expressed my point of view without thinking of its effect on those still in time of crisis. In hindsight, given the ongoing tragedy that is still unfolding, I regret the poor choice of timing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers were with the people of Boston overnight and will continue as they recover from this tragedy.

Over 8,700 comments on his Facebook apology, with the majority criticizing his insensitivity.

Still an idiot…

Boston: Bombing suspect apprehended and in custody

Police have nabbed the 19-year-old suspected Boston Marathon bomber, after a day-long manhunt that completely shut down the city of Boston and several suburbs.

An ambulance arrived at the scene to take the suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, to a hospital. A volley of gunfire had been heard in the Watertown area around 7:00 p.m., and police told residents to stay inside and shelter in place as SWAT teams rushed in.

Tsarnaev was found in a boat in the yard of a home on Franklin Street, close to where he and his older brother engaged in a shootout with police nearly 24 hours earlier. Police could be heard calling to him to come out with his hands up.

A neighbor told ABC News that the homeowner had discovered Tsarnaev when he saw blood on the outside of his boat and then lifted the cover to find a person inside.

(via Yahoo News)

Boston: one suspected Boston bomber shot and killed, other still on the loose

Via CBS News:

A law enforcement official told CBS News the two suspected bombers have been preliminarily identified. They are believed to be from Chechnya or Turkey. They have been in the United States a little over a year. The two men are not students. They are legal permanent residents of the U.S.

The sources said the two are brothers, 19 and 20.

One has been identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev of Cambridge, Mass., known as the man in the white hat from the marathon surveillance footage, CBS News reports. The suspect who was killed has been identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, CBS News reports.

State Department records helped the FBI identify the suspects, CBS News’ Bob Orr reports.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis says he is “armed and dangerous.”

The Boston Globe is reporting:

One suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings has been captured, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation. Another remains on the loose in Watertown after a firefight with police. Authorities have established a 20-block perimeter as they search for him.

A scene of chaos descended on Cambridge and Watertown late Thursday night and early Friday morning, as police confirmed an MIT police officer was shot and killed, and an apparent carjacking led police on a wild chase into Watertown. Witnesses in Watertown said they heard explosions. Police officers were screaming about improvised explosive devices.

Authorities would not comment on whether the events were connected to Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. At least one of the suspects in Watertown appeared to be a man in his 20s. FBI agents were on the scene in Watertown. The FBI source said early Friday it is “too early to speculate” on a relation to the Marathon bombing.

Via NBC News.

Law enforcement sources said the suspects have international links and have been in the country legally for about a year. The suspects approached the MIT officer and shot him in head, the sources said. The two then stole the MIT officer’s cruiser, robbed a nearby 7-11 and carjacked a Mercedes SUV, briefly kidnapping the driver, the sources said. At various points, the suspects threw explosives out the window of the moving car. The dead suspect had an improvised explosive device strapped to his chest and the law enforcement sources warned that the suspect on the run may as well.

 (via JMG)

Gay officer featured on cover of Sports Illustrated

Wow. How incredible is this cover picture?

Openly gay police officer Javier Pagan is one of three first responders to the Boston marathon bombings who are featured on the new cover of Sports Illustrated.

Officer Pagan was ID’d on Boston Pride’s Facebook page after the photo went viral:

“The Police Officer to the far right is a good friend of Boston Pride! He is the Boston Police Gay Liaison to the community Javier Pagan. One of the First Responders who was miraculously standing right behind the flags where the first bomb went off—- Boston Pride would like to thank Javier for all you do!”

The Dallas Voice reports:

Officer Pagan’s husband, Pedro, is a retired sergeant from the New York Police Department who rescued many people when the Twin Towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, according to a recent profile of Pagan by a Boston CrossFit site. Pagan also escorted LGBT civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto to City Hall Plaza on May 17, 2004, when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.

Pagan, a native of Puerto Rico who came out at 26 a year after joining the force, was profiled by the Bay Windows LGBT newspaper when he was named to the position in 2002.

While we’re identifying Pagan because this site deals with LGBT issues, it’s important that we thank ALL first responders and everyone who stepped up in this time of crisis. Thank you for the inspiration in humanity.

True heroes.


President Obama: “the American people refuse to be terrorized”

President Obama gave a briefing to press at the White House this morning in which he said that it is not yet known if a group or individual is behind the attacks on the Boston Marathon. He did call the Boston bombing an act of terror today, less than 24 hours after the explosions.

Said Obama: “This was a heinous and cowardly act, and, given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism…We will find whoever harmed our citizens, and we will bring them to justice. We also know this: the American people refuse to be terrorized. Because what we saw in the aftermath of the explosions were stories of heroism and kindness and generosity and love.”

Also in President Obama’s comments, he praised our first responders:

“If you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil – this is it: selflessly, compassionately, unafraid.”


Update: Press conference by Massachusetts Gov. Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino held a joint press conference with the FBI to announce continued security measures and to declare that “Boston will overcome” this disaster.

Only two improvised explosive devices or IEDs, both of which exploded, were discovered yesterday at the scene of the Boston Marathon, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Tuesday. “There were no unexploded bombs,” he told a press briefing. State and local officials warned Bostonians that an investigation into the bombing of its prized marathon on Monday will continue to affect every day life.

“Everyone should expect a continued, heightened police presence,” Mr. Patrick added during the news conference Tuesday morning. Yet Mayor Thomas Menino and others tried to set a positive tone for the city as it moves forward, praising first responders, neighbors and runners who offered a helping hand in the wake of the blasts.“This is a bad day for Boston, but I think if we pull together we’ll get through it,” said Mr. Menino, seated in a wheelchair as he recovers from the leg surgery over the weekend.