ATF and FBI have already been there.
Again, maybe not all those moving East from LA should be welcomed?
A yet-unnamed person of interest.
A law enforcement source told CBS News at least one person of interest has been identified in connection to the Christmas morning explosion in Nashville. The person is connected to the recreational vehicle that exploded
Then, why? Then, the memory hole?
Just found out about this.
Nashville police said: “This appears to have been an intentional act. Law enforcement is closing downtown streets as investigation continues.”
Cops were reportedly en route to the suspicious vehicle when it exploded.
Roughly 30 people were evacuated from upper lofts on Second and Broadway near Commerce Street in Tennessee.
The bomb squad is now requesting the fire department to put out small fires so that they can investigate what has happened.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is sending agents and an Accelerant Detection K9 have also been sent to help investigate.
Special operations confirmed that they have received information that there could be additional devices in vehicles.
People have been advised to steer clear of vehicles in the downtown area.
The explosion led one building to collapse, and vehicles on the road have reportedly caught on fire.
The pictures at The SUN show considerable damage. Will AP President-Select Kamala Biden to call for common-sense
car RV control? No theories yet that I know of, except that we can expect many more such incidents and worse moving forward.
UPDATE: Reports of shots fired first, and a 15-minute warning about the bomb.
SANTA FE, Texas (KTRK) — Law enforcement sources confirm to ABC13 at least 8 people are dead following a shooting inside Santa Fe High School.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says one suspect is in custody and a person of interest is detained. According to law enforcement agencies, it appears the shooter is a student.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the death toll could rise to 10. Those killed include students and adults.
He added that Santa Fe ISD police officer has been injured.
Terrible, obviously. I’ll hold off on commentary until the narrative settles a few times. I wonder if the SFISD is one of the 172 districts in TX which allow armed staff beyond LEOs?
I do know the school boasts a 92% graduation rate despite only 39% proficiency in English and 28% proficiency in Algebra 1.
Blame the NRA in 3… 2… 1. Hysteria!
That didn’t take long. Politicization in MA.
Tweets from Twits.
It’s not just gun violence, Pocahontas. The Greek-surnamed suspect allegedly utilized pipe bombs too. If these vultures want to stop bomb violence, then they should outlaw bombs. May I suggest some language to cover what could be considered a bomb:
The term “destructive device” means (1) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas (A) bomb, (B) grenade, (C) rocket having a propellent charge of more than four ounces, (D) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, (E) mine, or (F) similar device; (2) any type of weapon by whatever name known which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, the barrel or barrels of which have a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter, except a shotgun or shotgun shell which the Secretary finds is generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes; and (3) any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device as defined in subparagraphs (1) and (2) and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled. The term “destructive device” shall not include any device which is neither designed nor redesigned for use as a weapon; any device, although originally designed for use as a weapon, which is redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing, safety, or similar device; surplus ordnance sold, loaned, or given by the Secretary of the Army pursuant to the provisions of section 4684(2), 4685, or 4686 of title 10 of the United States Code; or any other device which the Secretary finds is not likely to be used as a weapon, or is an antique or is a rifle which the owner intends to use solely for sporting purposes.
Yes, that looks a whole lot like the existing law: 26 USC § 5845(f)(“destructive devices,” Nat’l Firearms Act, 26 USC § 5801, et seq.). Maybe if they pass it twice, it’ll start working. Same for gun control laws.
I blame the National Greek-American Pipe Bomb Association.
Developing … story bound to change…
I blame the National Exotic Battery Association (NEBA), which I had to found in order to have someone to blame. Someone other than Mark Anthony Conditt, that is, for the Austin exotic battery/box bombings. At worst Conditt was merely a conduit for the extremely powerful, wealthy, and politically well connected NEBA. It’s time for them to hear all of our voices. The exotic battery reign of terror must end. #batterycontrol.
“Exotic” batteries ordered online helped lead authorities to the Austin, Texas, bombing suspect before he died early Wednesday as police closed in, multiple senior law enforcement officials told NBC News.
Austin police and federal agents had been working around the clock with 350 agents to track down the bombing suspect.
A criminal complaint filed before the suspect died identified him as Mark Anthony Conditt, 23. (Police had said earlier that Conditt was 24.) Newly unsealed court records said Conditt would have been charged with receiving, possessing and transferring a destructive device.
Law enforcement remained at the scene around his home on Wednesday afternoon.
The unusual batteries were the signature trait that allowed investigators to so quickly link the various explosives to Conditt, sources said. One senior law enforcement official said the batteries came from Asia.
Mr. Trump, for the love of God, institute a tariff on these Asian instruments of mass voltage. Then ban them.
I call on YouTube to immediately adjust its policies so as to delete and censor all mention, demonstration, sale, usage, or other facilitation of exotic batteries. Failure to do so within 30 minutes will constitute obvious racism.
Young Hogg could be going over his script right now.
CNN could classify these events as school shootings.
Only the police and military need such powerful batteries. You can get by with a discount, off brand AAA from the dollar store – and only one per person per year – assuming you can pay the new taxes and pass the stringent background check – after the waiting period – etc.
Batteries are anti LGGGBTTTQIIAAAXXRTYCOTPPSSUIDDDQQQMMLX. (They added a few more).
Hunters do not need batteries.
6,000 times more children are killed by exotic batteries than by assault rifles – and that’s a lot!
Criminals are more likely to use your battery against you than the other way around.
The Second Amendment does not protect anyone’s right to batteries.
No one needs such high capacity, positive terminal batteries of mass direct current. They don’t even alternate.
Note that Mark used the exotic battery online “loophole.” Close it.
Hitler used batteries.
Canada banned exotic batteries in 1978.
Even Republicans will agree that batteries ruffle bow ties.
America is the exotic battery murder capital of the world.
Young Hogg … oh, already mentioned him.
Batteries are scary.
Batteries can be linked together to form something known as a “bank.” I suppose that’s short for “bump bank.” Ban them now!
The kids are planning to walk out or lay down or something.
It takes a Hazmat crew to safely handle exotic batteries. CNBC/AP.
Where is the hysterical, idiotic reaction from the usual suspects, those virtuous proponents of communism and associated gun control? The silence is deafening.
It’s the first FULL day of Spring. I missed the actual start yesterday. Sorry. A little busy.
To make up for it I created a little video for FP (and you) about the recent Bombings in Austin, Texas. Please watch:
We’re off to a blast … sorry again.
More to come. Stay tuned.
Same today as yesterday, the day before, tomorrow, etc., etc., etc.
AP / Daily Mail.
It seems to have been targeted specifically at the soccer bus. And there were no deaths and only one severe injury. Still, we had better not take any chances. Better ban soccer, buses, and mobile phones…
The United States is free-falling as fast as WTC No. 7. Remember the “gotta fight ’em over there so we don’t have to fight ’em over here” refrain from ten years (or so) ago? Right or wrong thinking, that’s ancient history now.
“Our” government is bombing our enemies abroad in support of our other enemies so that associated enemies can bomb us here. Washington has made little sense since the Cleveland administration.
Yesterday, in Syria, U.S.forces bombed the embattled national army … in support of ISIS. In Obama-speak, the JV team is fighting a D2 college squad; to help Obama sent in some pro ringers. The bombing allowed ISIS to at least temporarily advance. U.S. commanders, such as they are (if any), say the run was an accident. Russia is mad as hell, seeing this for what it is – a violation of the recent cease-fire agreement. Americans watch reality Teevee and football.
Last week U.S. special forces suffered embarrassment in Syria. They are in country to advise and support “rebel” fighters, who at any given time support or are ISIS. The hardened American troops, the greatest on Earth ever, retreated hastily after being called names by the angry locals. Americans got tattoos.
The fighters scream anti-American chants as a column of pick-up trucks carrying US commandos drives away from them.
“Christians and Americans have no place among us,” shouts one man in the video. “They want to wage a crusader war to occupy Syria.”
Another man calls out: “The collaborators of America are dogs and pigs. They wage a crusader war against Syria and Islam. ”
This assessment is 100% correct: Americans (and now Christians) simply have no legitimate business in Syria. That nation is small, far-away, inconsequential, and of now interest to Americans.
U.S. Commandos discuss support for ISIS in Syria. Telegraph, UK.
The inverse opposite can also be said, correctly: that Syrians and Muslims have no business in America or the West. That would include places like New Jersey, New York, and Minnesota. Yesterday, while the government killed and maimed where we don’t belong, the Muslims returned the favor, here.
In New Jersey a Marine Corps fun-run was canceled after a bomb exploded in a trash can. No-one was injured in the attack. Americans searched for Pokemon.
Then, in New York City, dozens were injured when a bomb exploded in a dumpster near a high-rise residential building in Chelsea. A second device was disarmed. Americans gorged on empty carbohydrates.
Bomb blast, NYC. Daily Mail.
It’s not clear if these bombing were related or coordinated. Happening the same day in the same region is mere coincidence. Could have easily been the work of a Confederate Battle Flag or a rogue AR-15.
There was a definite Muslim angle in Minnesota. Last night a Somali import stabbed eight people at a mall while extolling the virtues of Allah. He was shot dead. Americans gleefully spent money they didn’t have.
The All-American mall, Saturday night. Daily Mail (notice how the European press actually covers America? Odd, huh?
Minnesotans may have noticed slight changes in their state lately. If the Somalis aren’t trying to rape young girls, they’re hacking away in the food court. Diversity and all that strength.
Given all of these attacks, I’m a little suspicious about the Colonial Pipeline leak. Disruption in one or two major gas supply lines would cause have more damage than one or two bombs in garbage cans.
This news all comes fifteen years and a week post 9/11. People often lament that America isn’t the same country it was 50 years ago. It isn’t. And it’s not even the same place it was in 2001. If people want to survive, it may be time to give up television, the obesity, the triviality, the willful ignorance, and the support of a government that actively operates against them.It’s time to wake up. Past time.
I hate to say none of the tragedy out of Dallas yesterday surprised me but it did not. Almost none of it. The murders of the police were predictable. The government is out of control. The people, some awake, some asleep, some sleep-walking, don’t have much control themselves. It’s a bad mixture. It could be much worse though it’s bad enough as is.
What did surprise me, slightly, was how the police killed shooter Micah Johnson. There was a long standoff and shootout. Unable to get a clear shot at him as he hid in a parking garage, the police used a robot to get a bomb close to Johnson. They detonated it, killing him and ending the situation. A robot. With a bomb.
This is not the first time American police (locals, not the feds) have bombed civilians. Here’s a video of a 1985 police bomb used in Philadelphia against a “radical” sect of black separatists. That bombing was roundly condemned as overkill – kill it did, eleven people I think.
The Dallas bombing yesterday was, if anything, more proportionate. The Philly bomb ended a days old siege which perhaps could have been waited out. In Dallas the police acted against an active shooter who posed an immediate threat. Their bomb only killed him.
Some are asking, “should the police be allowed to use bombs?” The short, legal answer is “yes”. I reluctantly concur with the expert consensus with qualification. The police, like anyone else, can legally kill anyone who poses an immediate threat of lethal or grievous danger. If they’re going to be killed, then does it matter if it is by bullet or by bomb?
I am not a fan of the modern, militarized police. Regardless of what I think, they are armed with military weapons. I will leave that angle alone for now. At any rate, in the old days, if the police could not handle a situation, they called in the state militia with heavy weapons – like bombs. And, I’m not going into due process issues either. I am assuming, for column’s sake, the justification for lethal force was there.
Another qualification I would add is that a destructive weapon, like a bomb, should only be used as a last resort and only if collateral damage is mitigated. It appears the damage mitigation box can be checked and I don’t have enough information on the last resort. I’ll give that benefit of the doubt to the police here.
Again, out of all of this it was the robot with the bomb that got my attention. The bomb was probably a Claymore mine or other anti-personnel device. In Philly, 1985, they used a powerful incendiary bomb. The robot used yesterday is more of a remote-controlled vehicle; it’s a machine, a tool. In 1985 they used a helicopter, another machine or tool.
The difference, as I see it, is the rapid advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence. Helicopters aren’t getting smarter, robots are.
The Dallas machine was 100% under operator control. However, other government agencies are spending a ton of your money to develop autonomous robots – machines that are programmed to act on their own. Industry is designing robots to control other robots.
Here we delve into science-fiction horror that is rapidly becoming reality. How long until there are autonomous robots with bombs or other weapons? What happens if they adapt to or against their programming and start acting completely on their own? What if they decide we, the humans, are the enemy? With the way technology is changing, we probably don’t have that long before we start getting answers.
I got this fictional Terminator picture from a story about the real thing.
If race relations are bad now, what about when (if, rather, I pray) it’s the human race versus the robots? They’re already taking our jobs. At some point could they see us as obsolete? Adversaries? We just might want to hypothesize these questions and possible answers before the machines do.