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SR City Editor Addy Hatch tweets: "Zag Kelly Olynyk declaring for NBA draft got higher traffic on the @SpokesmanReview site last week than the Boston Marathon bombs."
Question: How do you explain this?
Item: GOP lawmaker calls for 'increased surveillance' of Muslims after attack/Julian Pecquet, The Hill.
More here: Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) called for “increased surveillance” of Muslims on Friday, saying the Boston Marathon bombing suspects' links to Chechnya represented a “new front” in the war on terror. “Police have to be in the community, they have to build up as many sources as they can, and they have to realize that the threat is coming from the Muslim community and increase surveillance there,” the chairman of the House subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence told National Review. “We can’t be bound by political correctness. I think we need more police and more surveillance in the communities where the threat is coming from.”
Question: Shouldn't the politicizing of this terrorist tragedy wait until after the last suspect is caught — and questioned?
It was said, half in jest, that Bill Wassmuth was selected as the chairman of the resurrected Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations because he was single. No one laughed about that after he and his home were targetted in a fall 1986 bombing by three individuals aligned with Richard Butler's Aryan Nations. Wassmuth was sitting in the living room 10 to 12 feet away when the pipebomb exploded outside his rear door shortly after midnight. I remember that he was still dazed by the event after sunup as he showed me the damage during a tour of his parsonage. This year is the 25th anniversary of that bombing and the bombing of the downtown area by racists.