Saturday, April 20, 2013

Let's Get A Few Things Cleared Up

1. Boston, Watertown, and the surrounding areas were not paralyzed. Were not cowering in fear. To suggest otherwise is disrespectful, but more, it is wrong. You don't do this kind of a thing to our city and get away with it. Period. So yes, they stayed home. They baked cookies (*waves*). They joked and laughed and kept their kids calm. Not out of fear of you, but in order to stop you. And to make other people think twice.

2. Anyone who uses these events as excuses to hurt, maim, bully, or torment another human being based on their (real or perceived) ethnicity or religion is no better than the bombers. You are not a true American. You are not the good guys. You are not extracting justice. Justice was done last night, in Watertown, by officers of the law. You are racist bigots. Don't use my town as an excuse for your hate.

3. I cannot celebrate life lost. Not the lives of the victims, be they at the race or in the week following. But I cannot celebrate the lives lost of the bombers, either. And yes, the 19 year old young man's life is lost, as much as his brother's, just differently. These are people. People who did horrible things, who deserve the justice they received. But I cannot lose sight of their humanity. I can ~ and I do ~ celebrate that they are off the streets, that they have been brought to justice. I cannot ~ I will not ~ celebrate their lives lost.

4. Everybody's learned the lesson now, right? Don't fuck with Boston.

Now, I think we can go back to "regular" blogging ~ whatever the hell that means. :)

Those are (Boston) Pobble Thoughts. That and a buck fifty will get you coffee.


Ian Lidster said...

I love you and your wisdom very much and this blog entry proves exactly why.

BostonPobble said...

Ian ~ *blush* Ah, the mutual admiration society to which we belong is a lovely, lovely thing.

Unknown said...

So flippin' true! I was keeping up on facebook/twitter updates from my friends but everyone was calm, cool, and collected. Even my friends who live in Watertown were doing fine. Stay home, drink, bake cookies, and watch Wall*E - or whatever. That's what my friends did. Why was it like that? Because Boston is flippin' awesome.