… with everyone in the immediate vicinity of a failed car bomb coming *this close* to being blown to smithereens:
Police found an “amateurish” but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking sport utility vehicle in Times Square, authorities said Sunday.
Thousands of tourists were cleared from the streets for 10 hours after two vendors alerted police to the suspicious vehicle, which contained three propane tanks, fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers, and two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
Police are calling the bomb a “crudely constructed” device… I guess we never hear about “professionally constructed” devices because they’re the ones that actually explode. But even a crudely constructed, unexploded bomb sends a message… just what that message is, is subject to interpretation pending the release of more information about the persons responsible.
Unlike some of my friends, I don’t think the teabaggers look good for this. Were their extremist elements so inclined, they’d be more likely to do what paleo-teabagger Timothy McVeigh did in Oklahoma City and target a government building, not a bunch of anonymous citizens roaming Times Square in the feral heart of a Saturday night. History shows that there is an extremist group that indiscriminately targets citizens using similar devices, but for some reason it’s bad form to suggest this might be their handiwork… although apparently it’s not uncool to level similar accusations at the ‘baggers ;)
Besides, the cops have video that shows a suspect exiting the car, and if he’d been wearing a “NoBama” T-shirt I’m pretty sure we’d have heard about it by now. Ha! Haha! (Sorry.)
FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH: The car was apparently parked outside the offices of Viacom, which carries South Park. The area is also home to the Bank of America and a lot of other offices, but well you know. Um.
YES, but: Having visited NYC, I should have realized that the possibility of a terrorist or anyone else being able to drive downtown and instantly park a car in exactly the right spot is practically nil, which doesn’t look good for a Viacom ‘connection’.