Once upon a time when I was a much younger girl and we lived in a far off land, my father would not allow me to go into the only "American" fast food place (a Burger King) in our city. I thought this was very unfair, after all my friends could go and it was across the street from our school. I just knew my friends and fellow students would think I was some kind of “weirdo”, so I would sneak in when I could get away with it.
My Dad explained it was a "soft target" with lots of glass that would cause lots of damage to innocent bystanders, with no security to speak of. The perfect killing ground for anyone looking to hurt a bunch of American kids. This was in the late 80's and our small American community lived in the aftermath of the Berlin night club bombing and Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbee . We sometimes were put on lock down and had to be back on American property before midnight and were supposed to stay inside until 6am. (not that we always listened!) It was the way we lived for many years.
I think after what happened during yesterday’s Boston Marathon, we all must be vigilant. No matter who did this, the time has come when we all must live with the idea that when we go out into the world, there are people here who want to hurt us. If you go to a sports event, or a music concert, or any sort of instance where many people will gather, making themselves targets, keep your eyes open. Be vigilant. Watch for those things that “don’t belong”. And stop and think about your surroundings. This has been the way of the world in most countries for a long time now. I'm not saying we, as a society should be afraid. I'm not afraid. Like many of you I am pissed off. When I am in a public venue, I guarantee you I am not sitting there looking around thinking "Im so scared someone is going to blow us up!" No no no I am thinking "I will eff a backpack-dropping mofo up!!!!"
And so should the rest of you.
Echo - seriously dude, are you trying to push my buttons? Because you truly are. And I don't want to have hurt feelers between us,I really don't. You have your opinions and I am ok with that even though I disagree with you. But go ahead and basically call me an salamander again. One more time. I haven't had any red on my warning bar for a long time, but I will max that sucker out if you don't stop calling people names because you haven't the longevity or forethought to think for a hot minute "Omg people who are IN power and have power might do Effed up isht to gain what?!?! More power?!?!?! Omg!"