The Shot Heard ‘Round the World

16 Apr

With most of the rest of the world, The Squire and I sat in shock in front of the computer screen last night, watching the Boston Horror unfold.  Yesterday was a holiday in Massachusetts – Patriots Day, the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, and the beginning of the American Revolution, the original “shot heard ’round the world”.

There isn’t much for me to add that hasn’t already been said. One spectator happened to be looking in the right direction at the right time, and saw a trash can explode, and the police found two more devices in the area. The was a report this morning that they had “visited an apartment” in the course of a search, so perhaps there were clues in the unexploded bombs. General opinion is that this was a “home-grown” event, not an international one, but the public is just going on what we’ve heard. Obviously, a police and FBI investigation has to be done “close to the chest”.

The race itself draws people from all over the world, and it was uncomfortable seeing national flags dropped to the ground and disregarded. Don’t worry; we will pick them up and treat them with the respect they deserve, but we are busy tending to the wounded and maimed right now. Maybe some of them are your citizens.

At one of the news conferences, a reporter actually asked either the mayor or the chief of police – can’t remember – if this was a government plot to “deprive us of even more of our civil liberties”. I have to say, the answer she got was a lot more “civil” than she’d have gotten from me!


3 Responses to “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World”

  1. Reverend Ref April 17, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    a reporter actually asked . . .

    Would that “reporter” be from Faux News?

  2. jaels April 19, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Oh brother–have tact, diplomacy and good manners all gone with the wind?

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