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Was the Ballston incident terrorism?
  • novasteve October 18, 2012 - 3:01 pm #56047 Reply

    I thought it might be a bum, but based upon the description, he was dressed in business attire, though he might have been wearing a shirt and tie for the past 2 years..

     

    Also there were 4 bottles total. 1 used, 3 others found. I doubt some crazy bum would have thought ahead of doing more than just one.

    Swag October 18, 2012 - 3:10 pm #56048 Reply

    Personally, I think “40 oz bottles” kinda gives it away. Plus you’d think even the most inept terrorist couldn’'t f— up a moltov. Fuel+bottle+rag+fire… how hard is that?

     

    Edit: Just read the updated article–it's 40 ounce beer bottle now. Article also says it didn't “explode.” Moltov's aren't explosive, they're incendiary. The fuel spreads when the bottle breaks and the flaming rag ignites it–there's no explosion. The only threat to people would be if significant amounts of fuel landed on them and said fuel had a direct line to the rag (assuming it had stayed lit). Moltovs are great for causing panic and putting on a show, but they're pretty useless for actually inflicting casualties and a waste of effort in a country where you can almost as easily buy a few guns and shoot the place up.

    johnny b October 18, 2012 - 3:11 pm #56049 Reply

    spontaneous reaction to something he saw on u tube! Surprised

    novasteve October 18, 2012 - 3:13 pm #56050 Reply

    Swag said:

    Personally, I think “40 oz bottles” kinda gives it away. Plus you’d think even the most inept terrorist couldn’t f— up a moltov. Fuel+bottle+rag+fire… how hard is that?

    40s are convenient. Honestly, what else would you use? A wine bottle? It hink a 40 has more volume. More volume is “better” when you want to blow things up with hydrocarbons.

    Major Pup McPuppo October 18, 2012 - 3:26 pm #56051 Reply

    … why do you think comments were closed on the news article? i get why a lot of comments & articles are moderated but i don't see why here. it provides a great forum for locals to keep each other updated… what gives?

     

    FYI, i'm just a wolf who doesn't understand much about much of anything

    Quoth the Raven October 18, 2012 - 3:27 pm #56052 Reply

    Terrorism or not, it's interesting that the comments were closed so quickly!  I guess they were getting too tasteless, perhaps?

    Swag October 18, 2012 - 3:28 pm #56053 Reply

    novasteve said:

    Swag said:

    Personally, I think “40 oz bottles” kinda gives it away. Plus you'd think even the most inept terrorist couldn't f— up a moltov. Fuel+bottle+rag+fire… how hard is that?

    40s are convenient. Honestly, what else would you use? A wine bottle? It hink a 40 has more volume. More volume is “better” when you want to blow things up with hydrocarbons.

    True. They probably break a bit easier than wine bottles as well–though it really wouldn't matter from that height.

    Swag October 18, 2012 - 3:29 pm #56054 Reply

    Quoth the Raven said:

    Terrorism or not, it's interesting that the comments were closed so quickly!  I guess they were getting too tasteless, perhaps?

    Comments were probably shut down to help alleviate the traffic issue. Keeps the page size smaller and cuts down on pageloads as well.

     

    If content was a problem, the comments would have been deleted as well.

    Glebe Roader October 18, 2012 - 3:30 pm #56055 Reply

    Mentally disturbed bum.

    contractor October 18, 2012 - 3:39 pm #56056 Reply

    Bum, suit, beer bottle, number of beer bottles – none of this determines whether it was “terrorism” or not.

    Terrorism is mostly about motive. We won't know until we learn the motive.

    novasteve October 18, 2012 - 3:39 pm #56057 Reply

    Must be nice to have metro nearby when commiting crimes/terrorism. Easy, fast escape should it not be having door problems.

    Guy LeDouche October 18, 2012 - 3:47 pm #56058 Reply

    Quoth the Raven said:

    Terrorism or not, it's interesting that the comments were closed so quickly!  I guess they were getting too tasteless, perhaps?

    It's too bad the comments were shut down now that the article on ArlNow has been picked up by Drudge and linked from his site.  People everywhere would have been able to be exposed to the art form that is ArlNow comments.

    newty25 October 18, 2012 - 3:50 pm #56059 Reply

    novasteve said:

    Must be nice to have metro nearby when commiting crimes/terrorism. Easy, fast escape should it not be having door problems.

    But, they're searching bags on the metro!!!  Violating terrorists rights! Oh, wait… that was another steve thread.

     

    Ah… it's good to have the last laugh…

    newty25 October 18, 2012 - 3:54 pm #56060 Reply

    And the only act of terrorism being committed around here is that the Ballston Common Mall continues to remain open.

     

    That mall sucks.

    Overlee Fan October 18, 2012 - 3:57 pm #56061 Reply

    Please bring this issue up with the County Board! That mall is turning into a real mess, and getting worse every day. 

     

    Tell Mary Hynes about it, bend her ear tonight at 7:30 p.m. She will be appearing at Ressurection Lutheran church on Washington Blvd in the Westover area. Mary Hynes is the current County Board Chair. 

     

    go to http://www.leewayoverlee.org

     

    for information.  Plenty of parking on Washington Blvd. 

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