Friday Reads: “What fresh hell is this” to infinity and beyond!

Well, Sky Dancers!

Two more bombs discovered and an arrest this morning are happening as I frantically type this post!  The bombs were on their way to NJ Senator Corey Booker and James Clapper via CNN.

This morning, the FBI moved on to Southern Florida to the mail processing center where the additional bombs were found and evidence led police to believe that most, if not all, of the bombs were sent from that location.  Plantation, Florida delivered a suspect and an arrest.

The FBI said they think that regional post office processing center is where the pipe bombs first passed through, meaning some if not all of the 10 bombs were mailed from that area to top Democrats and others in New York, Washington, Delaware and Los Angeles

A man in his 50s has been taken into custody and we’ve recently learned that he has been put under arrest.  The police are currently towing a white van that’s plastered with bumper stickers.  The stickers are all right wing in nature. So much for the false flag meme.  Most of it is pro Trump.

Sen. Cory Booker and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are the latest high-profile figures to be targeted, sources said. –The shops and restaurants at the Time Warner Center in New York, the same complex that houses CNN, were briefly evacuated Thursday night after a false alarm over unattended packages inside the mall, police said.

–Federal investigators chasing leads pointing them to South Florida as a suspected origin of some of the 10 mail bombs sent to prominent Democrats and other public figures, sources said.

–Nationwide investigation underway.

–All 12 suspicious packages went through the U.S. postal system, sources said.

–The suspected mail bombs have been taken to the FBI’s lab in Quantico, Virginia, to be analyzed.

A suspect *is in custody for* a suspected mail bombing *campaign* that targeted top Democrats and other prominent figures across the country, officials said.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice, confirmed on Twitter Friday morning that one person is in custody. The suspect has not been identified.

“We can confirm one person is in custody,” she wrote.

There’s a presser scheduled for later today.

I’d just like to say that we’ve seen nothing on the scale of this attempt to assassinate leaders since the assassination of Lincoln and the conspiracy to murder other members of his leadership team. Their other targets were Cabinet members.

Perhaps the strangest thing about the Lincoln assassination was how many people were familiar with the president’s murderer.

Even in the rogue’s gallery of people who have tried to kill a president, John Wilkes Booth still gets top billing. A member of the Booth acting clan—the Barrymores of the 19th century—he was a popular actor both north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line, appearing in theaters as far west as Leavenworth, Kansas.

When news of Lincoln’s assassination spread throughout Washington on Friday night and Saturday morning that April 150 years ago, people speaking of it referred to his killer as “the actor Booth.” No other identification was necessary.

To this day, Booth has fascinated historians and the general public alike, because he, more than any other assassin, wreaked such havoc on the nation’s history.

But there is another reason: Unlike his fellow killers, Booth was not demonstrably insane and he was certainly no marginalized nobody. On the contrary, he was a celebrity—an astonishingly handsome and successful actor.

Booth is perhaps one of first examples of the aggrieved white man who has privilege but feels that he’s been oppressed by rights gained by others.  The Trial of Booth and his co-conspirators really is history lesson like no other.  Perhaps, today’s arrest will unravel more evidence of that dark side of who we are..  I hope you take the opportunity to follow this link and discover how our government found and brought these men and one woman to justice.

Meanwhile, let’s see the Trumpsters wiggle out of this one.

I was going to write a lot more about how this event seems closely linked to the same kind of cultural grievances held by the Trumpsters but the news is getting away from us and today, we have experienced a mass assassination attempt unlike anything we’ve see this century.

The danger to our leaders may be over but the danger to our democracy continues.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?




30 Comments on “Friday Reads: “What fresh hell is this” to infinity and beyond!”

  1. dakinikat says:

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    Will Trump credit the FBI with this swift arrest?

    We have the most sophisticated law enforcement agency in the world, one that he has blasted and denigrated since he first took office.

    I have no idea what prompts a person to act out in this way but Trump seems to appeal to those whose critical thinking skills are non existent.

    We can only be thankful that no injuries or deaths occurred from this mad man. But he has definitely been influenced by Trump and his blathering idiocy.

    Come on, Mueller! Release that report!

  3. Sweet Sue says:

    Great post, Dak.

  4. roofingbird says:

    Ahh, but the is he an “immigrant”?

    • dakinikat says:

      White dude, van that looks like a rolling Trump shrine and the transformer alter ego of Steve bannon, Arrested at an autoparts store, Florida … yeah, sure … all it needs is the land of Dixie horn and the Confederate flag license plate frame … the target over Hillary pic on the van … total southern Male boomer meme

      • bostonboomer says:

        Please leave “boomer” out of it. He was born in 1962. I’m getting sick of being associated with creeps who just happen to fall into a vast age group. Sorry if I’m being super-sensitive, but I’m having a bad day and I really am tired of this “boomer meme.” Criminals and right wing assholes come in all ages.

        • roofingbird says:

          Lol, well, I’m confused. Boomer as in the folks who move from job boom to boom? Nah. BB, I haven’t thought the second half of the boomer cohort is the same as the first. Things changed so quickly in that 20 years. I would be interesting to do a survey of attitudes and beliefs.

          • bostonboomer says:

            But who cares? We’re talking about millions of people from who knows how many places and backgrounds. We don’t generalize about all people of a race, religion, or gender; but the post-war generation can be derided–guilt by associate–in every possible way?

          • OG says:

            Also take out the Southern male. We don’t like to be generalized either.

          • bostonboomer says:

            Oh yeah, I forgot. it’s also ok to denigrate fat people.

          • roofingbird says:

            If you think I was making a comment about
            age, that wasn’t my intent. I was talking about cultural differences proscribed by the fifties versus the sixties.

    • roofingbird says:

      I was thinking of drumf’ and his penchant for labeling. Sayoc is a Filipino name.

  5. bostonboomer says:

  6. dakinikat says:

    Bomb #13 was just discovered going to Senator Kamala Harris’ office.

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    • Enheduanna says:

      The targets should file a class action suit against tRump for reckless endangerment or something. I wish there were some recourse to address his relentless incitement of his fan base to violence. He simply cannot help himself.

  10. bostonboomer says:

  11. bostonboomer says:

    The bomber’s home was repossessed by Mnuchin’s company.