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Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev

I really don’t have anything to add. This 19-year-old male was captured.


Four days after two deadly explosions turned the finish line of the Boston Marathon into a scene of bloody chaos, the 19-year-old college student believed to be responsible for placing the bombs was taken into custody Friday night, bringing a sense of relief and justice to a shaken region.

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev of Cambridge was pulled from his hiding place in a boat parked behind a house on Franklin Street shortly before 8:45 p.m. Friday in this community just outside Boston.

“We are eternally grateful for the outcome here tonight. We have a suspect in custody,” said Colonel Timothy Alben, commander of the State Police. “We’re so grateful to bring justice and closure to this case.”

“It’s a night where I think we’re all going to rest easy,” Governor Deval Patrick said at a news conference with a host of other officials in Watertown.

Here are some of the great tweets that are flying around the internets!! The best was from the Boston Police Department.

By | 2013-04-20T21:20:50+00:00 April 20th, 2013|Terrorism|Comments Off on Captured

Roger Ebert dead at age 70

roger ebert

I truly love movies. Back in the day, when I had time, it really didn’t matter what kind of movie was in the theater, if I had time I would go. I saw Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (one of the worst movies of all-time!!!). Nope, I wasn’t drunk. I went to the movies because I loved all of it. In the late 1980s, the sound systems got better. We got stadium seating and nice comfortable chairs. I really and truly love going to movies.

In both high school and college I took film criticism courses. I learned about jump cuts, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and D. W. Griffin. I learned about lighting and how it can tell a story. I simply loved movies but when I read about movies in the newspaper (we had newspapers back then) I despised the contempt most film critics had for just about everything. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about see Richard Corliss from Time Magazine.) Then, somehow, there was Roger Ebert. He was a guy who can enjoy a regular movie.  The rest of the film critics, at least to me, seem to hate movies and love to find flaws which they can pick apart. It wasn’t that Roger Ebert didn’t see the flaws. He did. But he was able to see past the flaws and enjoy the movie anyway.

Almost none of the formal, stuffy-nosed critics liked the 1977 classic Star Wars. Roger Ebert did. As a matter of fact, Ebert was with us, the regular folks. He loved it. That may be one of the reasons that I truly enjoyed listening to and reading Roger Ebert. He was genuine.

I will truly miss Roger Ebert. As a matter fact, the last year or so, I’ve been following his tweets. He embraced technology, another aspect to enjoy about his personality.

My heart goes out to his family.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Roger Ebert loved movies.

Except for those he hated.

For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers.

“No good film is too long,” he once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. “No bad movie is short enough.”

By | 2013-11-03T18:22:18+00:00 April 7th, 2013|Movies|Comments Off on Roger Ebert dead at age 70

Love, poverty and money

The world we live in is so crazy and unpredictable. You really truly never know what’s going happen next. A couple of weeks ago, my sister told me that I needed to follow MC Hammer on twitter. Being a great brother, I signed up to follow the star rapper. I hved been on and off of twitter several times today. Most of the tweets I was reading had to do with the massive protests that continue in Wisconsin. I even helped Karoli trace some of the funding of a Right-wing group who is trying to sabotage union workers. A couple hours later, I got back to twitter and found this tweet from MC Hammer –

Improve the quality of your life !!! Listen to Jessica Jackley !!! .. Amazing Woman !!! #Seeherface

So, I followed the link to an amazing video. I don’t know who started TED. But whoever started it is a true genius. Jessica Jackley seems to be the kind of person we all want to be, someone who loves and cares for and about their fellow man. She has separated herself from us by doing more than simply caring. She’s done something to help our fellow men/women. Please watch this amazing video.

By | 2011-02-20T02:04:00+00:00 February 20th, 2011|General|Comments Off on Love, poverty and money