I said I wasn’t going to make a comment on what is going on in Boston.
I was going to wait, stay calm, not fuel the fire for any side who knows immediately who did what, who is taking blame, who is claiming whatever…
I have travelled all over the United States. I have seen many things, and spoken with many people.
What I am going to say in the next couple of sentences may make quite a few people rather pissed at me. I can’t help that, I am only stating a truth.
In the US, there are few States that everyone pays attention to; New York, Florida, California, Texas and Nevada. Those are the states everyone knows.
The rest… no one really pays attention to. Yes, we know you are there, but your individual state history, state events, state holidays, they are not things we pay attention to.
April 15, 2013: For the state of Massachusetts, Maine and Wisconsin, it was Patriots’ Day.
Patriots’ Day (officially Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts and Wisconsin and Patriot’s Day in Maine) is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. These were the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed on the third Monday in April in Massachusetts and Maine (which was once part of Massachusetts), and is a public school observance day in Wisconsin. Florida law also encourages people to celebrate it, though it is not treated as a public holiday. Observances and re-enactments of these first battles of the American Revolution occur annually at Lexington Green in Lexington, Massachusetts, (around 6:00 am) and The Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, (around 9:00 am). In the morning, mounted re-enactors with state police escorts retrace the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, calling out warnings the whole way.
Since 1969, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in April, providing a three-day long weekend, as well as being the first day of public school vacation week in Maine and Massachusetts. Previously, it had been designated as April 19 in observance of the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.
It is also a school holiday for many local colleges and universities, both public and private. In addition, as Patriots’ Day is considered a holiday in Maine and Massachusetts, when it falls on a day where United States federal income tax returns would otherwise be due for the remainder of the country, residents of those states are given until midnight of the next day (Tuesday) to submit their return.
What does this mean? Well… have patience. I do have a point.
The Boston Marathon is run on the same weekend, which is a large event. For the state of Massachusetts and the world of runners.
Boston is a historical city. No one will deny that. It has earned every single footnote in the history books, as have it’s citizens.
However, it is not a place that most people take notice of outside of the history classes.
So, what does this mean? Why am I stating this?
There are a hundred different groups out there pointing fingers at everyone. Conspiracy theories are flying at record pace through the internet, the news, the media… everywhere.
So, with that said, and I will only state this once, I will give you my theory. No, I can’t name names. Or groups. What I can say is, that I am 96% sure that the terrorist(s) are domestic. Not only “domestic” as in “from the US”, but domestic as in “lives near the area of the attack”. Why? Because to him/her/them, Boston IS their world.
If it were another terrorist group, even a non-domestic one, you would assume that they would go for a larger event. The Boston Marathon only ranks as fifth largest in the States.
- New York City Marathon - 47,000 registered participants in 2012
- Chicago Marathon - 37,455 finishers in 2012
- Honolulu Marathon - 24,413 finishers in 2012
- Marine Corps Marathon - 23,515 finishers in 2012
- Boston Marathon - 21,544 finishers in 2012
- LA Marathon - 18,729 finishers in 2012
- Walt Disney World Marathon - 13,467 finishers in 2012
- Philadelphia Marathon - 11,553 finishers in 2012
- Twin Cities Marathon - 8781 finishers in 2012
- Houston Marathon - 7637 finishers in 2012
There is one note of exception to the above list that does make Boston’s Marathon a little different than the rest: It is the world’s oldest annual marathon. It was established in 1897.
Before I end this, let me make one thing perfectly clear: I am not pointing fingers. I am not calling groups out. I am not trying to hurt, harm or belittle any of the victims, or their families with this post.
One last thing… There is one more thing to say: Conspiracy Theories and those that tout them do no one any good. In most cases, a “Conspiracy Theory” is a lie, laid down to push an agenda, to inflate a ego, or to push forward policy that in most instances is not good policy.