Sunday, July 27, 2014

Anonymous said: What's your religion/political affiliation? (You don't have to answer if you don't want to, I'm just curious)

No, it’s cool! My answering a couple of off-topic questions once in a while won’t kill anyone, lol. 

Religiously I’m agnostic (raised in a Catholic family), politically I’m a radical democrat.

Anonymous said: I'm pretty sure Matanov is not under SAMs so people can write to him, right? Does anybody know if people are writing to him? I think that would be nice, to keep his spirits up since he is not doing well. I picked you for this ask cos your blog has high visibility :-)

Yes, as far as I know people can write to him! I agree, that would be a very nice and thoughtful thing to do. Here’s his address if anyone would like to write:

Khairullozhon Matanov, ID# 65363
Unit GSE, Room #107
PCCF
26 Long Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

Anonymous said: Any thoughts on why J's attorneys want him to look at the autopsy pictures?

dzhoslibrarian:

This comes back to the principle of being able to see evidence that would be presented against him in court. For all we know, he may elect NOT to look at those photos.

But perhaps if he does look at them, they are hoping to elicit (or increase) remorse by making him face what he did the day he pushed the button and walked away.  The best way to get a jury to have mercy on him would be for him to show remorse. It seems to me that the sooner he sees those photos and the more time he had to think about them, the more likely he would be to feel and show visible remorse.

Prosecutors say Stephen Silva was original source of gun that was used to kill Officer Sean Collier

meenamaekay:

Link:
http://on.whdh.com/1rpFoz3

let-goletgod:

Accused bomber’s friend Stephen Silva, 21, was focus of undercover investigation, court docs say.

let-goletgod:

Accused bomber’s friend Stephen Silva, 21, was focus of undercover investigation, court docs say.

lefaitjugelhomme said: RNT wrote: "That flag has the seal of the Prophet peace be upon him on it. Meaning that when he would seal letters he would use that. That’s all it is." What bs. The flag is the modern version of the black banners of Khurasan. Its origin are the Umayyads, not a wax seal on letters from the Prophet and its message is not of peace but that of the end times.

If you want to argue with what she said about this topic (which I’m honestly sure she knows more about than most of us here, tbh) then you really need to be addressing her. I’m not a Muslim, so I’m not the expert here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Anonymous said: Is " The Black Standard" the flag of Jihad? The tsarnaevs had one in their home. I asked someone on here who was familiar with Islam but that bitch neverr answered my question.

the-road-not-taken88:

somethingreallyirrelevant:

That person probably was/is busy and just didn’t have time to answer your question. It happens to the best of us - I myself haven’t been able to be on here in like three days due to assorted life things but mostly some incredibly dumb fucking bullshit that shouldn’t be continuing to be a thing but obviously is. Anyway, back to your ask.

Keep in mind I’m not an expert on Islam, so if any Muslims want to chime in on this, feel free. But as far as I know, yeah, it is commonly referred to as the flag of jihad and used by many Islamist organizations, both extremist and not IIRC. A reminder that jihad itself is not inherently linked to extremism despite its modern connotations. So yes, it’s an Islam-related symbol, but it’s not automatically related to extremism.

Hello I hope it’s ok if I answer this. That flag has the seal of the Prophet peace be upon him on it. Meaning that when he would seal letters he would use that. That’s all it is. It doesn’t stand for any kind of jihadist group, we have one in our front room too. The writing simply says Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet. And it’s very important to remember that a lot of groups who claim to do jihad nowadays are actually very wrong. When there is an actual legitimate reason to go for jihad, there are many laws and rules when a person goes for jihad. Such as not cutting down trees, not mutilating the dead, not destroying oasis, not attacking old men women and children, treating prisoners fairly.

Thank you very much for this elaboration! :) 

gardens-of-secrets:

ethylmylove:

gardens-of-secrets:

dzhoslibrarian:

ethylmylove:

democracyisdead:

ethylmylove:



whoa did you post an opinion

i mean, it was kind of a fact if i’m being honest. howie carr is an islamophobic, xenophobic, racist, peice of shit that can’t be trusted or relied on for accurate information, that’s a fact, lol.

Def not a fan of Howie Carr. He is all the things you said. But…that doesn’t mean that everything that came out in that interview was false. In fact the interview confirmed one thing I had been told which I didn’t know if it was true, and it wasn’t getting talked about on the tag: that Katherine is living with the sisters.
I can’t stand the guy, however, and I’d rather hear about the case from almost anyone but that sad racist, islamphobic sack.

Howie is a jackass, and he seems to be just as outraged about the EBT cards as he is about the terrorism. But the list I made came from the mouth of Michele McGee.
I listened over and over again to make sure I heard correctly (especially the part about Matanov being a third Waltham suspect).

mmhmm, but again, it’s the literal definition of hearsay. nothing she said is official or can be proven at this time. there’s no proof of him being a third suspect other that her saying it, yet you just stated it like it’s fact and now other people will too. you see my problem?

Well, there’s been plenty of hearsay in this tag. I had never heard of Michele McPhee before this interview. I was only reporting what she said.
We’ll find out more of the story in time.

I am completely, 100%, with ethylmylove on this.
Thing is - and this isn’t directed at you at all, gardens-of-secrets, or anyone else in this thread, it’s really just a general observation - once a media source has leaked/given out inaccurate, misleading, or false information, it becomes incredibly difficult to trust them. Even though some of what was said in that interview might be true (as dzhoslibrarian mentioned above), it just kind of becomes not worth it to rely on a source like that for information when you know they’ve previously lied and misled. It also kind of makes you just not want to support that source in general. It does for me, anyway. 
These types of incidents should leave everyone here having learned an incredibly valuable lesson: verify. Your shit. Before you believe it. If it can’t be verified, take it with a huge-ass grain of salt. All too often - and this isn’t just a Tumblr thing, but it happens a lot on Tumblr tbh - people enthusiastically reblog and believe complete BS thinking it’s fact without even checking it. I’ve done it, we’ve all done it, and we should all work on not doing it. Because what people often don’t realize is that that shit can have actual, real, severe consequences for the people actually involved in what’s being said. Posting (by irresponsible, unprofessional media sources) and spreading (by often unwitting and well-meaning readers) inaccurate and possibly incorrect unverified information on the Internet can and has literally ruined people’s lives and reputations. It should be treated with extreme caution in especially a situation like this, where real people are facing trial by jury. 
I’m not saying don’t talk about unverified information - we all talk about unverified information, we all speculate. But we all need to be treating it as what it is - unverified. In other words, possibly misleading or untrue.

gardens-of-secrets:

ethylmylove:

gardens-of-secrets:

dzhoslibrarian:

ethylmylove:

democracyisdead:

ethylmylove:

whoa did you post an opinion

i mean, it was kind of a fact if i’m being honest. howie carr is an islamophobic, xenophobic, racist, peice of shit that can’t be trusted or relied on for accurate information, that’s a fact, lol.

Def not a fan of Howie Carr. He is all the things you said. But…that doesn’t mean that everything that came out in that interview was false. In fact the interview confirmed one thing I had been told which I didn’t know if it was true, and it wasn’t getting talked about on the tag: that Katherine is living with the sisters.

I can’t stand the guy, however, and I’d rather hear about the case from almost anyone but that sad racist, islamphobic sack.

Howie is a jackass, and he seems to be just as outraged about the EBT cards as he is about the terrorism. But the list I made came from the mouth of Michele McGee.

I listened over and over again to make sure I heard correctly (especially the part about Matanov being a third Waltham suspect).

mmhmm, but again, it’s the literal definition of hearsay. nothing she said is official or can be proven at this time. there’s no proof of him being a third suspect other that her saying it, yet you just stated it like it’s fact and now other people will too. you see my problem?

Well, there’s been plenty of hearsay in this tag. I had never heard of Michele McPhee before this interview. I was only reporting what she said.

We’ll find out more of the story in time.

I am completely, 100%, with ethylmylove on this.

Thing is - and this isn’t directed at you at all, gardens-of-secrets, or anyone else in this thread, it’s really just a general observation - once a media source has leaked/given out inaccurate, misleading, or false information, it becomes incredibly difficult to trust them. Even though some of what was said in that interview might be true (as dzhoslibrarian mentioned above), it just kind of becomes not worth it to rely on a source like that for information when you know they’ve previously lied and misled. It also kind of makes you just not want to support that source in general. It does for me, anyway. 

These types of incidents should leave everyone here having learned an incredibly valuable lesson: verify. Your shit. Before you believe it. If it can’t be verified, take it with a huge-ass grain of salt. All too often - and this isn’t just a Tumblr thing, but it happens a lot on Tumblr tbh - people enthusiastically reblog and believe complete BS thinking it’s fact without even checking it. I’ve done it, we’ve all done it, and we should all work on not doing it. Because what people often don’t realize is that that shit can have actual, real, severe consequences for the people actually involved in what’s being said. Posting (by irresponsible, unprofessional media sources) and spreading (by often unwitting and well-meaning readers) inaccurate and possibly incorrect unverified information on the Internet can and has literally ruined people’s lives and reputations. It should be treated with extreme caution in especially a situation like this, where real people are facing trial by jury. 

I’m not saying don’t talk about unverified information - we all talk about unverified information, we all speculate. But we all need to be treating it as what it is - unverified. In other words, possibly misleading or untrue.

Anonymous said: commthoncents says "Jahar knew what he needed that gun for" when he got it, but that's really NOT as clear as some assume. Jahar may have really bought it with the intention of using it to protect himself as a dealer. They planned a bombing, not a mass shooting. The crimes for which that weapon came into play didn't appear to involve long term planning. If they had originally intended to use guns for their mission, seems they'd have bothered to get two.

patsysvodka:

This is where the timeline becomes important.  Jahar acquired the gun at approximately the same time the brothers were getting components together for the bombing.  Let’s face it, he was dealing for quite a while, why finally get a gun in Feb, March or April of 2013?  The defense might try to argue what you’ve stated, but it will be hard convincing a jury that getting a gun to protect his weed biz was a priority to Jahar in the Spring of 2013.  What will be very important is exactly when Jahar took possession of the gun.  Was it after the bombing?  Why get a gun at all?  Did they expect to engage in a firefight with LE?  Maybe getting two guns wasn’t an option for them.