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I am a New Hampshire state legislator, and I will make this diary short because we have a "session day" today.  One of our colleagues made some extraordinarily distasteful remarks about the Boston marathon bombings.

I almost feel bad for Stella Tremblay, because we sat next to each other for two years while serving on the now-defunct petitions and redress committee.  She was good company and she was a hard-working legislator, even though she occasionally made a strange pronouncement or two.  She seemed pretty average until a few weeks ago...

I was part of her first fifteen minutes of fame: I argued the other side of the friendly debate when she introduced a strange bill about the socalled "Original 13th Amendment."  But that incident was nothing compared to the recent uproar over her Boston marathon bombing remarks, which has turned into an very long hour of fame.  I know from personal experience that these furores usually die down two or three days after you shut up.  I was hoping she had finally shut up, but Monday she spoke up again and doubled down on the whacky rhetoric on Infowars madman Alex Jones's daily "Nightly News" show.  I am absolutely not endorsing anything anyone says on this video:

Originally posted to TimothyHorrigan on Wed May 08, 2013 at 04:02 AM PDT.

Also republished by Take New Hampshire Forward!.

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  •  I've been covering (10+ / 0-)

    Ms. Tremblay for a couple of weeks. You have my utmost respect for not hauling off and calling her what she is: an ignorant, nasty person.

    Thank your stars you're not that way/Turn your back and walk away/Don't even pause and ask them why/Turn around and say 'goodbye'/Just wish them well.....

    by Purple Priestess on Wed May 08, 2013 at 04:04:53 AM PDT

  •  Instinct-driven people are creatures of habit. (6+ / 0-)

    That's why they do the same things over and over again, never learning from their mistakes, and expecting the same from everyone else.
    The mistake here would seem to be an inability to distinguish between the creation of an event and taking advantage of an event as an opportunity. No doubt, the Boston bomber search was an opportunity for law enforcers to put into effect strategies they'd been practicing on a smaller scale. We've seen evidence of that in New Hampshire in conjunction with reports that someone might be contemplating suicide. Whole neighborhoods have been evacuated in the middle of the night because someone passing through on the highway might be planning to blow himself up. While it seems silly to set up a command post and cordon off a house in the woods for five hours until it can be safely determined that the deadly deed was long done, hurricanes and derailed trains are too rare (thank goodness) for first responders to practice their coordination.
    I suspect that the instinct-driven, whose behavior responds mainly to prompts, have difficulty comprehending what is involved in planning ahead and being prepared for what happens next. So, they confuse cause and consequence. Then too, the instinct-driven are inclined to mistake the intent for the act, since they themselves rarely act on their own initiative. They have an idea and, if it comes to pass, assume, like the Decider who brought democracy to Iraq, that the idea caused the result, even though there's no evidence on the ground.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed May 08, 2013 at 04:28:45 AM PDT

    •  It also seems that a lot of folks sublimate their (9+ / 0-)

      anxieties into producing creative plot designs.  And if one fears the power of others while feeling powerless himself, those paranoid designs are voiced even when doing so further diminishes the speaker.
      Fear the terrorists.  No, fear the government.  Wait!  I am the government.  Yes, fear the government because someone else is also the government.  Tremblay should resign so she can be less conflicted about being part of the government.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Wed May 08, 2013 at 05:56:11 AM PDT

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  •  Live free or die (1+ / 0-)
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    Ms Tremblay  gives condolences to the victims, voices the notion of 'innocent until proven guilty', questions the evidence presented, and requests further investigation.  Evidently she is part of that New Hampshire that existed before the  Old Man of the Mountain's face fell off. Now beyond the era of "Wag the Dog", with the reality community being left to figure it all out before something else happens, jbou's popularity is ascendant.

  •  Please, please, please schedule a censure vote (1+ / 0-)
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    Steve in the Library

    And is there any chance we can dump her in 2014?

    The NRA's response to calls for responsible gun law reform: noun, verb, Second Amendment

    by Christian Dem in NC on Wed May 08, 2013 at 05:54:15 AM PDT

  •  Gotta say she is entertaining though. (2+ / 0-)
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    sawgrass727, terrybuck

    I liked how in the one video the crowd started "harumfing" her like in Bristish Parliment.

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

    by ZenTrainer on Wed May 08, 2013 at 08:33:05 AM PDT

  •  #1 way to refute these CTs... (2+ / 0-)
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    terrybuck, eagleray

    ...by asking the question:  "If this was a conspiracy, then what did it accomplish or hope to accomplish?"

    Nada.

    I tried to watch the video but had to give up when she asked "So the wheelchairs were already there [right after the explosion], I don't understand."    Deliberately being confused and making stuff up.  I've watched many videos and there were no people in wheelchairs until after triage started.  And I've run across the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and wheelchairs are readily available for those who might collapse at that point.   It's absolutely no wonder that wheelchairs were so quickly available.

    •  #2 way to refute... (0+ / 0-)

      This operation was very plausibly within the capabilities of a clever college sophomore and his not-so-clever older brother (with possibly some assistance from some of the guys from the younger brother's dormitory.)  You don't need Craft International, or the CIA, or the Israeli Mossad, or Black Ops any other sinister force to explain how this  horrific event could have happened.  (Or, at least, you don't need any sinister force beyond the anger of two misguided young men.)

      BTW, I know some CIA agents and they tend to be very idealistic... they are not the sort of people who would condone setting off IEDs on Boylston Street on Marathon Day.

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