TINFOILHAT: Boston Bombings — “Facts” Keep Changing

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/facts-keep-changing-about-boston-bombings-and-its-fueling-conspiracy-theory?akid=10366.1122391.4xSQG6&rd=1&src=newsletter830898&t=11

 

NEWS & POLITICS
Salon / By Alex Seitz-Wald 69 COMMENTS
The “Facts” Keep Changing About the Boston Bombings — And It’s Fueling a Conspiracy Theory Industry
Important details like the suspects’ weapons, NYC plans and the shootout keep changing.

An undated image released by the FBI of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

April 25, 2013 |

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In the aftermath of massive, complicated crimes it’s not uncommon for a bit of crucial information to be immediately put forward by police, only to be contradicted later on. While it’s understandable that initial leads and assertions might end up being wrong in a dynamic situation like the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, wholesale contradictions can encourage skepticism of the motives of those releasing inaccuracies — as with initial, false reports that Osama bin Laden hid behind his wife when U.S. forces shot him. Another effect of changing details can be to encourage conspiracy theorists who latch onto inconsistencies, and to undermine trust in authorities.

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  • Suspects’ arms 
  • Boat gunfight?
  • 7 -Eleven and the MIT officer
  • Carjacking
  • Trip to NYC

And, growing!

Argh!

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How did the suspect hiding in the boat shoot himself when he didn’t have a gun?

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MONEY: Anemic US growth

U.S. Economy Grew at 2.5% Rate in 1st Quarter
The U.S. economy failed to gather as much steam as expected in the first quarter. Gross domestic product advanced at a 2.5% annual rate between January and March, less than the 3.2% expansion expected by economists. Still, the GDP gain was stronger than the 0.4% growth in the prior quarter.

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With all the “stimulus”, QE, and all the other manipulation, this is a joke!

We borrow money from China to spend on stuff we don’t need and Gooferment programs.

Absurd!

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TINFOILHAT: There’s more to Watergate than meets the eye

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/history/2013/04/robert_redford_watergate_documentary_all_the_president_s_men_revisited.html

Unanswered Questions About Watergate
There are many—why is no one asking them?
By Beverly Gage|Posted Monday, April 22, 2013, at 10:26 AM

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The effect is mildly ridiculous. All the same, Stein provides one of the film’s few hints that Watergate is not, even now, an entirely settled matter. With four decades’ perspective, there are still big political questions to ask: How did a Republican Party on the verge of collapse in 1974 surge back six years later to launch the Age of Reagan? How much of the scandal was really about Nixon and his paranoia, and how much was about a broader set of institutional and political rivalries? Did the reforms put in place after the scandal—on presidential power, on intelligence prerogatives—effectively constrain the executive branch? To what degree did Watergate, once seen as a great Democratic triumph, help to fuel a conservative anti-government backlash?

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What was concealed before this all came out?

Was this just a bureaucrat annoyed because he didn’t get the job?

Do we think this doesn’t go on all the time?

Argh!

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EVLYNN: Donated a “double” today

They didn’t have the usual setup today so everything was “approximated”. Hence, they were only taking singles and doubles today. DRAT!

Due to my “superior qualifications” as a “cow”, they were able to “milk” me for a double.

That translates to four bags of platelets for someone who needs them.

They find it harder to get platelet donors than whole blood donors. 

(Hey, it’s hard work hooked up to one of these “dumb” boxes. And, you have to sort of focus, “squeeze the little ball on the draw, and relax on the return”. Over, and over, and over. For about 2+ hours. Fortunately, I’m a good layer around. Today, I listed to all my @tswift13 music.)

Any way, that brings me to 70/75 bags replaced.

Never let it be said that I let Our Girl down with an unkept promise.

(But my butt still hurts!)

Laff!

Join me next month?

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TINFOILHAT: Boston Bombing — Saudi connection

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/04/26/oreilly-to-beck-on-saudi-national-story-were-always-willing-to-give-you-a-hearing/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=Share+Buttons

GOVERNMENT
O’REILLY TO BECK ON SAUDI NATIONAL STORY: ‘WE’RE ALWAYS WILLING TO GIVE YOU A HEARING’
Apr. 26, 2013 9:06am Mike Opelka

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During Thursday night’s episode of The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News, Glenn Beck discussed TheBlaze’s investigation into the government’s curious handling of the Saudi national who was questioned in the hospital after the Boston Marathon bombings.

The two former Fox colleagues talked about the possible reasons for DHS detaining the Saudi man and O’Reilly said he’s willing to give Beck “a hearing.”

Beck laid out the story to O’Reilly, showing him a copy of the front page of the report on Ali Abdulrahman Alharbi and explained that page two described the man as “armed and dangerous.”

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Clearly, we can not get the straight scoop from our politicians and bureaucrats.

Do any of the Sheeple and Clovers care?

Argh!

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INTERESTING: Asymetrical warfare example

http://commanderzero.com/blog/2013/04/19/asymetrical-warfare-example/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asymetrical-warfare-example

Asymetrical warfare example
Posted on April 19, 2013

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An interesting observation about the events in Boston. The manhunt resulted in shutting down the mass transit system, creating a no-fly zone around the city (which I’m guessing means the airports were shut down), people were ‘strongly advised’ to stay indoors, crippling some cell phone areas, and traffic was disrupted by searches, roadblocks and checkpoints. So, what we have seen, interestingly, is that all it takes to completely shut down a (mostly) major US city is two guys who aren’t afraid to die. That’s it…two guys.

Imagine a larger, highly-motivated, technically-adept, group…maybe a small cell of four or six people all on the same page, working off the same plan, with the same level of dedication/fanaticism. Dude, you could totally shut down virtually any city.

Asymmetrical warfare is kinda what this seems to be an excellent example of. Two guys with a few hundred bucks of hardware shut down a city, suck the manpower of an entire city and surrounding regions, create a huge economic impact, and create chaos. Pretty big deal to pull off for just two guys. This, I suspect, is the future of ‘terrorism’ in this country.

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Do you really need TWO people?

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TINFOILHAT: BHO44 targets IRS/401Ks

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324050304578412932073225110.html?mod=wsj_share_tweet

REVIEW & OUTLOOK
Updated April 12, 2013, 12:13 p.m. ET

Now He’s After Your 401(k)
The White House pulls a switcheroo on retirement savings accounts.

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Thus do our political betters now feel free to define for everyone what is “needed” for a “reasonable” retirement. Not to be impertinent, but does this White House definition include being able to afford summers at age 70 at Martha’s Vineyard near the Obamas?

The feds may think $3 million is all you need after a lifetime of work, but that’s roughly the value of a California police sergeant’s pension if she works for 30 years, retires at age 50 and lives to normal life expectancy.

Out in the private economy, people generally have to work longer than that before they retire, and some of them do manage to save significant amounts. We’re talking about people who work for decades and abstain from buying the bigger house or the new car so they can contribute the maximum to their 401(k)s or IRAs. The people who defer gratification and build a nest egg to avoid becoming a burden on their kids or their fellow taxpayers. The people whose savings finance productive enterprise. You know, the bad guys.

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The Administration’s political motive here is two-fold: First, it’s a redistributionist play and a revenue grab. But for many on the left it’s also about reducing the ability of individuals to make themselves independent of the state. They have always disliked IRAs, just as they oppose health-savings accounts, because over time they make Americans less dependent on federal entitlements or transfer payments. 

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Yeah, I know you all think I have a tin foil hat! So what.

Now the Wall Street Journal is in the same genre?

My concern is this is the first step towards exchanging your IRA/401K for an “enhanced social security benefit”.

I read somewhere that there is 14T$ in such plans. Held and controlled by ~2100 “custodians”. And the Gooferment needs about 13T$ to get back on an even keel.

Remember what happened in Cyprus?

Yeah, and I have a tin foil hat.

Argh!

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INTERESTING: Bad strategy

Watching WOF tonight, the second place lady made at least two strategic or tactical errors.

She lost by 80$.

Earlier, after she’d won a car, she payed it safe and did not spin. She solved!

In the final puzzle, she played to solve the puzzle and gave it away early. She should have called a Z!

Argh!

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INTERESTING: Brain Exercises

http://www.newsmaxhealth.com/Brain-Health/Brain-Exercises-Not-Drugs-or-Vitamins-Prevent-Dementia-Study/2013/04/18/id/500171

Brain Exercises, Not Drugs or Vitamins, Prevent Dementia: Study
Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 12:52 PM
By Nick Tate

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“We encourage researchers to consider easily accessible tools such as crossword puzzles and sudoko that have not been rigorously studied,” he added. “The studies in this review that assessed cognitive exercises used exercises that were both labor- and resource-intensive, and thus may not be applicable to most of our patients.”

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I take my vitamins and do sudoko.

Cross my fingers!

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POLITICAL: Taxation Is Theft

http://lewrockwell.com/napolitano/napolitano96.1.html

Taxation Is Theft
by Andrew P. Napolitano

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With a tax code that exceeds 72,000 pages in length and consumes more than six billion person hours per year to determine taxpayers’ taxable income, with an IRS that has become a feared law unto itself, and with a government that continues to extract more wealth from every taxpaying American every year, is it any wonder that April 15th is a day of dread in America? Social Security taxes and income taxes have dogged us all since their institution during the last century, and few politicians have been willing to address these ploys for what they are: theft.

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This is a Libertarian mantra!

“Taxation Is Theft”

Coke versus Pepsi. McD’s versus Burger King. HomeDepot versus Lowes.

I get a choice.

With Gooferment, no choice. I have to pay for everything — even if it’s morally reprehensible, even if I don’t want it, even if I can’t use it.

Why? Because some number of Sheeple, politicians, or bureaucrats decide what’s good for me.

Wrong!

I may make bad choices, but they are MY choices!

Argh!

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TINFOILHAT: ‘Murder From Within’ JFK

http://lewrockwell.com/rep4/murder-from-within.html

New Book ‘Murder From Within’ Uncovers the Truth Behind the JFK Conspiracy

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Many people have postulated explanations to the inconsistencies and mysterious circumstances surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In Murder From Within by Fred Newcomb and Perry Adams, the plot to remove President Kennedy from power and the subsequent cover up is revealed.

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Something I have always suspected this!

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TINFOILHAT: Boston Bombing Questions

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/19/bombing-suspect-attended-umass-dartmouth-prompting-school-closure-college-friend-shocked-charge-boston-marathon-bomber/8gbczia4qBiWMAP0SQhViO/story.html

Bombing suspect spent Wednesday as typical student

By Sarah Coffey, Patricia Wen and Matt Carroll | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT | GLOBE STAFF APRIL 19, 2013

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DARTMOUTH — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spent an apparently normal day Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he was a sophomore, according to a school official, working out in the gym, then sleeping in his dorm room that night, while law enforcement officials frantically scanned photos trying to identify the men who planted deadly bombs at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had done well academically in high school, but The New York Times reported that he was failing many of his courses at UMass Dartmouth. The Times said a school transcript showed seven failing grades over two semesters in 2012 and 2013, including Fs in Principles of Modern Chemistry, Intro American Politics, and Chemistry and the Environment. According to the transcript, Tsarnaev got a B in Critical Writing and a D and D-plus in two other courses.

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Seven F’s?

That would have gotten me tossed at Manhattan College.

Doesn’t say what his index was but if a B is notable, it seems safe to assume that the rest was C’s. That would mean a well below 2.0. What was this guy’s index and what standards does UMass Dartmouth have?

Which brings me to my point?

How did he finance his education and lifestyle?

When I was a student I had to work for my car and spending money, yet I read these guys had fancy cars. The older brother had a wife and child. As a boxer?

They have money to buy bomb making material but not enough to skip town?

Have to KO a 7-11 for money. OH yeah, that “official report” was wrong; it was just an ordinary robbery!

Sorry, but we should put the National Enquirer on the case, it doesn’t all add up.

AND, what about the Suadi national?

And, the three arrests that the FBI supposedly reportedly made?

There are a lot of unanswered questions?

Were this guys on drugs?

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GUNS: Defensive use of a gun gets near ZERO coverage

http://www.examiner.com/article/texas-woman-shoots-wanted-serial-robber-possible-rapist-story-ignored-by-msm

Examiner.com Texas woman shoots wanted serial robber, possible rapist; Story ignored by MSM DEFENSIVE GUN USE  APRIL 11, 2013  BY: JENNIFER CRUZ

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Early Sunday morning, April 7, in Lumberton, Texas (http://www.examiner.com /topic/texas) three robbers kidnapped and robbed one woman, but when they moved on to rob two more women they were met with an unexpected surprise.

According to a report by 12 News Now (http://www.12newsnow.com/story/21902660/beaumont-police-arrest-man-they- say-is-responsible-for-robbery-spree) , one of the would-be victims brought their robbing spree to a halt when she shot one of them. The three robbers, identified as 21-year-old Scott Willis, Jr., 21-year-old Malik Washington, and 21-year-old Ariel Malveaux, all of Beaumont, have apparently been targeting women as victims of robberies since last month.

In the first robbery which happened on Sunday morning, the three abducted a woman at gunpoint, and forced her to drive to an ATM to withdraw cash. There has also been an unconfirmed report that she was sexually assaulted.

In the second robbery attempt, the three approached two women and demanded money. One of the women was able to retrieve her handgun and shot Willis in the abdomen, reportedly puncturing his liver. Willis is being held in the intensive care unit at Christus St. Elizabeth hospital where he is being treated for the gunshot wound. Upon his release, Willis will be charged with aggravated robbery. Washington and Malveaux are both being held by Lumberton police on aggravated robbery charges. Washington also faces a kidnapping charge.

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One would think that a story of this woman’s courage and quick thinking which ultimately led to the capture of three violent serial robbers would be a big story that would catch the attention of mainstream media. However, it has not. At the time this article was published, there were only eight reports of this incident (https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sclient=psy- ab&q=woman+shoots+robber+lumberton+texas&oq=woman+shoots+robber+lumberton+texas& gs_l=hp.3…18800.21573.1.22579.10.10.0.0.0.6.872.3850.0j3j2j2j0j2j1.10.0…0.0…1c.1.8.psy-ab.boc1zkCf2Rw&pbx=1& bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.45107431,d.b2I&fp=f541d26e5940a762&biw=1366&bih=664) , all which include local media outlets, local conservative political websites, a forum, a blog and an individual’s Facebook page, who happens to be the brother-in-law of the first woman who was robbed.

However, when a 4-year-old accidentally shoots a 6-year-old, the media is sure to exploit it everywhere, with more than 17 pages (https://www.google.com/#q=4+year+old+shot&hl=en&ei=hUFnUfjlCoeU2wWygIH4CQ&start=0&sa=N&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.& bvm=bv.45107431,d.b2I&fp=f541d26e5940a762&biw=1366&bih=664) of stories covering the incident, including many mainstream media outlets.

In addition, the big story reported by local media seems to be that the police caught these criminals, giving very little, if any, credit to the woman who actually shot one of them, which ultimately resulted in the apprehension of all three.

Is there bias in media reporting which compliments an anti-gun agenda? Voice your opinions below.

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Sure there IS a big anti-gun bias.

“Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose

“God created men and women, but Sam Colt made them equal!” Quote inspired by Sam Colt

Wishing that the world wasn’t a dangerous place will do nothing but increase the body count.

Capital punishment doesn’t seem to deter bad behavior, armed victims seem to put a big crimp in it. Not mention a big hole in a vital body part. I recommend that women aim just below the center of mass. Let the recoil bring it up to the kill zone.

If a kick there hurts, imagine getting it blown away.

That should solve the problem very quickly.

Note that not everyone has to be packing. Just enough so that it turns a “sure thing” into “risky business”.

“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” — Robert A. Heinlein

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HARDWARE: It’s not the PC; it’s what can you do?

http://www.zdnet.com/windows-its-over-7000013964/

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Yes, we are entering a post-PC world. Tablets and smartphones are becoming more important… to sales. PCs are no more going to go away than mainframes did. We’re still going to be using them in offices and homes for the foreseeable future. They let us easily do things that we need to do every day that we can’t easily do with a tablet or a phone.

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I didn’t like Windoze when it started. I was a UNIX guy from AT&T. Then I saw the value of insulating Users for the operating system. 

Now, I just focus on getting work done?

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RANT: Mayhem and murder are the State’s hallmarks

Oh, Please
via LewRockwell.com Blog by Becky Akers on 4/16/13

Every time the Feds mount another false-flag operation-sorry, every time another tragedy like the Boston Marathon Massacre hits, the corporate media solemnly assures us that mayhem and murder are “the price we pay to live in a free society.” Balderdash. Mayhem and murder are the State’s hallmarks; the freer a society is, the less of both there will be. Imagine America without her ruling socipaths: no wars overseas or at home; incredibly little poverty absent the Fed’s inflation, professional licensing to create unemployment, and taxation; virtually no crime since the well-regulated militia would defend itself from all criminals, free-lance or official.

Meanwhile, the latest of the media’s morons to blame Boston’s horror on liberty rather than Leviathan is Tom “The Babbler” Brokaw. First, The Babbler calls the police-state currently tyrannizing Americans an “open society.” If warrantless wiretapping, waterboarding and other torture, NDAA, gate-rape, secret No-Fly Lists, and the NSA are The Babbler’s idea of “openness,” well, spare me from what he considers tyranny (actually, we all know how he defines “tyranny”: these same evils when practiced by other countries’ politicians and bureaucrats on their hapless serfs — usually financed with Uncle Sam’s “foreign aid”). Second, at best, the State apparently knew an attack was likely and did not prevent it, despite the overwhelming resources at its command; at worst, it actively participated in it.

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I just don’t trust the politicians and bureaucrats. 

What are diktat are they going to impose now?

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QUOTE: Ayn Rand

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

Too many times, the only one who can stop me is me.

Sadly, when I was young, I liked the habits that today imprison me.

So the past me, stopped the future me.

Argh!

“This too shall pass”.

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RANT: Looks like one of the bombs was on the “wrong side” of the security fence?

Did you see the picture of the second bomb?

INSIDE the security fence.

Where was the security for that section? Nothing is supposed to be on the secure side of that fence!!!!

They should have been on it and that would have given time for evacuation?

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LIBERTY: Keene Libertarians are targeted by FBI

http://pileusblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/fbi-trying-to-infiltrate-keene-new-hampshire/

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FBI Trying to Infiltrate Keene, New Hampshire

April 10, 2013 by Jason Sorens

The Keene Activity Center (KAC) is a place where (mostly) young libertarians and anarchists in Keene, New Hampshire congregate to talk philosophy, plan activism (including civil disobedience), and generally relax and socialize. Apparently the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been trying very, very hard to infiltrate the KAC, judging from this account of the arrest of one of the club’s members, Rich Paul, on marijuana charges.

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Yeah, those trouble makers who want to dislodge the Statist quo!

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RANT: Boston has to be examined

The Plot Thickens
via LewRockwell.com Blog by Becky Akers on 4/16/13

“University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach, who was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a series of explosions went off, said he thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines. ‘They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it’s just a training exercise,’ Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15. Stevenson said he saw law enforcement spotters on the roofs at the start of the race. He’s been in plenty of marathons in Chicago, D.C., Chicago, London and other major metropolitan areas but has never seen that level of security before.”

And the police-state still couldn’t get it right.

Hmmm. Or did it? Be sure to catch the readers’ comments: plenty of other skeptics out there, flinging terms like “false-flag” and “psy-ops.”

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I too don’t trust the mainstream media not to be a lapdog for “group think”.

Within hours, the liberal press (CNN and MSNBC) were indicting the “right wing”.

Sorry, but I have no idea who did it.

I’m not even sure there was “extra security”. 

What I do know, deep in my heart, that we haven’t gotten, won’t get, may never know the “true story”. 

Argh!

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MONEY: Tax deferred maybe a trap!

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324050304578412932073225110.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read

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That’s the message in President Obama’s budget for fiscal 2014, which for the first time proposes to cap the amount Americans can save in these tax-sheltered investment vehicles. The White House explanation is that some people have accumulated “substantially more than is needed to fund reasonable levels of retirement saving.” So Mr. Obama proposes to “limit an individual’s total balance across tax-preferred accounts to an amount sufficient to finance an annuity of not more than $205,000 per year in retirement, or about $3 million for someone retiring in 2013.” 

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Interesting. 

When the big IRA / 401k accounts are thought about logically, are they not converting “capital gains” into “ordinary income”?

Would they be better off making investments in taxable accounts?

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