NJ adds 8,100 jobs, Unemployment falls to 9%

From the Record:

New Jersey added 8,100 jobs in March

New Jersey added 8,100 jobs in March, and the jobless rate declined to 9 percent, the monthly jobs report released today shows.

The state added 10,400 private jobs, and lost 2,300 government jobs, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The jobless rate, falling to 9 percent from 9.3 percent in February, remained well above the national rate of 7.6 percent.

The leisure and hospitality sector gained the most jobs, adding 5,500, followed by education and health services, which rose 4,000, and manufacturing, which added 2,900.

The information sector shed 2,000 jobs, and the professional and business services sector lost 1,100.

The report also reduced by 3,500 the previously reported gain of 12,900 jobs in February, to 9,400 jobs.

From Bloomberg:

NJ unemployment rate drops to 9 percent

New Jersey’s unemployment rate fell .3 percent for March to 9 percent, still higher than the national figure but the lowest it’s been in a year.

Private sector employment was up by 10,400 jobs over February, according to the data released Thursday by the state’s Labor Department and based on a survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic. The hospitality industry led the way, adding more than 6,000 jobs in March.

But the main reason the unemployment rate dropped was that fewer who don’t have jobs were looking for them.

According to seasonally adjusted numbers, there were 4.6 million New Jersey residents who either had jobs or were seeking them in March, down by about 20,000 from the month before.

The state’s unemployment rate remains nearly 1.5 points higher than the national rate of 7.6 percent for March.

But it’s the lowest the rate has been in New Jersey since the first three months of 2012. The rate has not been below the 9 percent mark since May 2009.

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132 Responses to NJ adds 8,100 jobs, Unemployment falls to 9%

  1. Waterboard the innocent.

  2. JJ says:

    http://imageshack.us/photos/japanese%20schoolgirl/177/popsicleip5.jpg/

    found a picture of that asian girl Chifi got into college, now I get it!!

  3. Juice Box says:

    Release the photos already sheeesh!

  4. Hughesrep says:

    Brosama Bin Laden?

  5. Juice Box says:

    Oh Boy.

    Tinfoil is going to be hard to find.

    http://imgur.com/zGo9lGy

  6. Mike says:

    Good Morning New Jersey

  7. False flag wouldn’t surprise me at all. The gangsters who run this shitshow need to consolidate their power and destroy what’s left of middle Amerika.

  8. grim says:

    Wow – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/20/us/boston-marathon-bombings.html?_r=0

    One of two suspects wanted in Monday’s deadly Boston marathon bombing was killed early Friday in a violent standoff with the police in a quiet residential neighborhood just west of Boston. The second suspect remained at large following what authorities described as a deadly crime spree that left one police officer dead and another seriously wounded.

  9. grim says:

    From NJ Spotlight:

    Walkaways by Banks Run Up Number of Vacant Homes

    Almost 43 percent of bank-owned properties in one Newark neighborhood remain vacant, even years after foreclosure, according to a new study.

    On a day when the city auctioned off 80 abandoned properties, the large number of vacant foreclosures “really jumped out” at researchers as they walked the Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood and studied property records, Linda Fisher, a Seton Hall University professor, told a Newark City Council committee hearing.

    “We’ve heard a lot about homeowners walking away in the middle of foreclosures” rather than continuing to make mortgage payments, Fisher said. “Well, these are bank walkaways.”

    Vacant, boarded-up units can become a pernicious problem, as they are a drag on the city’s finances, with extra costs including fighting fires, police actions, trash removal and social-services issues, such as dealing with squatters and vagrants. They also further depress property values.

    Foreclosures have added $56 million to such expenses in a five-year period in which the city’s average tax bills have risen by almost 50 percent, said Carol Meyers, a researcher for the Service Employees International Union.

    The researchers were particularly dismayed to come across squatters in the vacant units. Upper Clinton Hill “is one of the city’s more stable neighborhoods, or at least, it was,” said Fisher.

    Many habitable units are in “foreclosure limbo,” she said.

    The effects of the continuing foreclosure crisis have been “devastating” for the city and its finances, according to Stephanie Greenwood of Newark’s economic and housing development department.

    From 2008 to 2012, Essex County saw 13,500 home foreclosures, with roughly half of them in Newark, according to Meyers. On average, a foreclosed home drops 22 percent in value, she said. That translates into a $600 million loss on the Newark properties, she said.

  10. Mike says:

    11 That’s one less trial

  11. Dodging Bullets HEHEHE says:

    NBC says the two dudes were Chechens from Turkey in the country as permanent residents. So I guess all the lefty looneys blaming the right wing whackos can shut up now.

  12. grim says:

    CNN Reporting some kind of odd situation in Boston. Bomb squad approaching a hole in the road, taxi on the side of the road with doors open, two men in cuffs, clothes and misc scattered on the road.

  13. Comrade Nom Deplume, Bostonian says:

    [11] grim,

    Say, didn’t expat say he lived in Watertown? And has anyone seen him lately?

    (Kidding, and I’m not putting much into this until we have better verification).

  14. grim says:

    AP reporting Chechnya, not Turkey, FBI released a name, the two are brothers.

  15. grim says:

    Sounds like Suspect 1 tried to throw a bomb at the police and it didn’t get far enough before going off. Doctor on CNN just reported that he had thermal injuries as well as wounds consistent with shrapnel.

  16. grim says:

    Youtube video posted by suspect 1, can we get a russian translation?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0lgTvAMP2Ak#!

  17. Brian says:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/muazseyfullah/videos

    Supposedly Tamerlan Tsarnev’s youtube channel

  18. grim says:

    Putin is not going to be happy about this

  19. Brian says:

    Will box for passport…..Tsarnaev

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=812_1366371524

    From Chechnya, has been here five years and came as a refugee to escape fighting. Is a boxer who wants to be picked for Olympics so he can become a citizen, says he has no American friends “doesn’t understand them”. Went to Bunker Hill Community College in Boston to become engineer. Girlfriend converted him to Islam, says he doesn’t drink or smoke and that there are no values anymore and people can’t control themselves.

  20. grim says:

    CNN interviewing his high school friends. Shocked, unexpected.

  21. grim says:

    Worked at Harvard as a lifeguard, attending umass Amherst.

  22. grim says:

    “Normal kid”

  23. grim says:

    Uncle being interviewed, shocked, two have been here since 2000/2001.

  24. Young Buck says:

    Wall St. Redux: Arcane Names Hiding Big Risk

    By NATHANIEL POPPER
    Published: April 18, 2013

    The alchemists of Wall Street are at it again.

    The banks that created risky amalgams of mortgages and loans during the boom — the kind that went so wrong during the bust — are busily reviving the same types of investments that many thought were gone for good. Once more, arcane-sounding financial products like collateralized debt obligations are being minted on Wall Street.

    The revival partly reflects the same investor optimism that has lifted the stock market to new heights. With the real estate market and the economy improving, another financial crisis seems a distant prospect. What’s more, at a time when the Federal Reserve has pushed interest rates close to zero, the safest of these new investments offer interest rates almost double that paid by ultrasafe United States Treasury securities, according to RBS Securities, which was involved in such instruments in the past.

    But the revival also underscores how these investments, known as structured financial products, have largely escaped new regulations that were supposed to prevent a repeat of the last financial crisis.

    “All of this seems like a fairly quick round trip,” said Manus Clancy, a managing director at Trepp, a research firm that focuses on commercial real estate. “You are seeing a fair number of sins being forgiven.”

    Banks are turning out some types of structured products as fast or faster than they did before the bottom fell out. So far this year, for instance, banks have issued $33.5 billion in bonds backed by commercial mortgages, slightly more than they did in early 2005, when the real estate market was flying high, according to data from Thomson Reuters.

    Banks have won over investors by taking steps to make this generation of structured products safer than the last one. But with demand for these products on the rise, credit ratings agencies and regulators are warning that the additional protections are already dwindling, allowing some of the old excesses to creep back into the market.

    “The players in the business are generally the same as they were before,” said Tad Phillips, a commercial real estate analyst at Moody’s rating agency. “Because it’s the old players, they know how to push the boundaries.”

    Whatever the risks, the basic principle behind the products remains the same. A pool of loans — whether home mortgages or corporate loans — are mixed together into bonds, ranked by varying levels of risk. If the underlying loans go bad, the bonds at the bottom of the pecking order suffer losses first, followed by the next lowest, and so on up the chain. It is only after enormous losses that the top-ranked AAA bonds lose money.

    Bundling many loans into one investment, a process known as securitization, provides an efficient way to channel money to borrowers who might not otherwise get funds. But securitization proved dangerous during the last real estate boom because it encouraged banks to give loans to people with weak credit and then pass on those risky loans to the buyers of the structured products. When the real estate market dropped in value, it inflicted unexpected losses on those investors and led to chaos in the financial system. Many investors complained that the complexity of the instruments obscured their risks.

    The Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul is forcing banks to take extra steps in the process of bundling loans, but it does not change the basic approach.

    For a glimpse into this process, both before and after the crisis, consider the mortgage taken out by the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Chicago. In mid-2007, just as the real estate market was coming unhinged, the hotel — like many ordinary home buyers — took out a risky mortgage on which it paid only interest. JPMorgan Chase mixed this loan and others into a commercial mortgage-backed security. Credit ratings agencies gave a large portion of the resulting bonds a AAA rating.

    After the recession, the hotel struggled to keep up with its payments, edging it toward foreclosure. It was one of several bad loans that caused losses for holders of the old bonds. But late last year, with the market for structured finance coming back to life, the hotel’s owners were able to refinance the old mortgage. In February, that refinanced loan turned up in a new bond, which again received a AAA rating.

    By many measures, loan pools like the one that contains the hotel’s mortgage are nowhere near as risky as they were in 2007. Before the crisis, 57 percent of the outstanding money in commercial mortgage-backed securities was in interest-only loans like the Hard Rock Hotel’s previous loan. Though it fell sharply after the crisis, the percentage of money in interest-only loans is again rising swiftly. It has reached 34 percent this year, up from 11 percent two years ago, according to Trepp.

    The structured product that has been the fastest to revive is the one that encountered the least trouble in 2008: collateralized loan obligations. These involve pools of loans given to companies with junk ratings.

    In the first quarter of this year, banks issued about $26 billion in new collateralized loan obligations — more than in the same period in 2007, according to S&P Capital IQ. Demand for the loan pools has been so brisk that banks have been able to loosen underwriting standards on the underlying loans and bonds. This provoked the Federal Reserve to release guidance last month warning that “prudent underwriting practices have deteriorated.”

    Not all markets have revived as quickly. The slowest bonds to return are those linked to home mortgages, the structured products that caused the most problems during the crisis. Many AAA mortgage bonds suffered significant losses when large numbers of subprime mortgages went sour.

    But even here there are signs of life. Last month, JPMorgan became the first major American bank to issue a bond backed by residential mortgages. Other banks have been talking about doing the same.

    These first steps have been greeted with concern. While a large portion of the JPMorgan deal was given the highest rating by Fitch and Kroll Bond Ratings, Moody’s issued a report arguing that investors were not given enough protection. Fitch issued a similar note when a Swiss bank, Credit Suisse, released its first new mortgage security last fall.

    Brian Reynolds, the chief market strategist at Rosenblatt Securities, said that when the quality of bonds starts sliding, it rarely improves until a crisis.

    “It’s not risky immediately, but it puts us on the path to additional systemic risk,” Mr. Reynolds said.

    Still, the revival is welcome news for Wall Street banks and structured finance specialists. In 2008 and 2009, some banks eliminated their entire teams, assuming they would not be needed again. But last year, revenue from securitizations was up 68 percent, according to the data company Coalition.

    “Literally we thought the business was gone,” said Jeanne E. Branthover, a Wall Street recruiter. “The surprise is that this is a skill that banks are looking for again.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/19/business/banks-revive-risky-loans-and-mortgages.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&ref=business

  25. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    No work for me today. Office closed, Boston on lock-down. We received two automated calls this morning. First one at 6AM from “Alert Boston” saying stay inside, armed gunmen in the area, don’t go into any large crowded areas, etc. Second call was at 6:30 from Boston Public Schools saying all school activities were cancelled (even though it’s vacation week, but sports teams, etc.) . I got a chuckle out of the last thing the school message said. Something like “School Administration offices will be open but we understand that many employees are likely to arrive at work late due to the MBTS being shut down.”

  26. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    If my local Sushi restaurant isn’t open for lunch I won’t be happy, but no violence will ensue.

  27. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Slate.com is reporting this as the dead one’s Amazon wish list:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/registry.html?ie=UTF8&type=wishlist&id=1PNVMAW2D4CT1

  28. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    [34] Some of Tamerlan’s faves:

    – How to Make Driver’s Licenses and Other ID on Your Home Computer
    – The I.D. Forger: Homemade Birth Certificates & ​Other Documents Explained
    – Secrets Of A Back Alley ID Man: Fake Id Construction Techniques Of The Underground
    – The Lone Wolf And the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule
    – Organized Crime: AN INSIDE GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S MOST SUCCESSFUL INDUSTRY
    And, of course…

    – How to Win Friends & Influ​ence People

  29. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    I wonder if your girlfriend converts to Islam, do you have to be “jumped in” like other thug gangs:

    07/28/2009
    01:05 PM Assault 400 BLOCK OF NORFOLK STREET #3,BOSTON
    Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 22, was arrested for Domestic A&B after assaulting his girlfriend.

    http://ec2-174-129-243-60.compute-1.amazonaws.com/mostviewed.php

  30. Brian says:

    All the cameras, crowdsourcing photos, security videos etc., and it was a plain old eyewitness that ID’d the guy…..

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-19/boston-bombing-victim-in-iconic-photo-helped-identify-attackers.html

  31. Juice Box says:

    Apparently their father moved back in Russia, Mother was arrested on shop lifting last year. Uncle in the Boston area who was on CNN said family was estranged for the least few years, until he was contacted this week by the 26 year old. I can see why they might have turned to radical preachers on the internet.

  32. Libtard in Union says:

    Why is Snatch on that wishlist?

  33. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    I think the Obama administration is trying to rent a tug boat for a quick Muslim burial in Massachusetts Bay. Once they have the boat, they’ll close in.

  34. Painhrtz - Doc Daneeka says:

    Have we started bombing Chechnya yet? Media is all upset that these guys were not white supremacist teabagging nationalists.

  35. Brian says:

    Anyone breakdown the NJ unemployment numbers? Are all the new jobs MacDonalds jobs or what.

  36. Brian says:

    Pain everybody knows right wing whackos are too dumb to pull something like this off. They mail ricin to the government with their return address on it.

    42.Painhrtz – Doc Daneeka says:
    April 19, 2013 at 10:59 am
    Have we started bombing Chechnya yet? Media is all upset that these guys were not white supremacist teabagging nationalists.

  37. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    Re 42,

    There is no doubt in my mind that was a major wish of most of the lefties in the press. I am sure they had a backlog of demagogues lined up for months of denunciations of anybody who owned a gun or wanted their taxes lowered.

  38. Statler Waldorf says:

    http://www.ibtimes.com/long-island-woman-brittany-ozarowski-fakes-cancer-fund-heroin-addiction-1186237

    A Long Island woman was indicted Wednesday after allegedly faking a terminal cancer diagnosis to seek donations in order to support her heroin addiction. Local authorities are calling the scam deplorable.

    Twenty-one-year-old Selden native Brittany Ozarowski was charged with 24 counts of grand larceny in the third degree this week after scamming shoppers at both Nassau and Suffolk County businesses for donations, the AP reported Wednesday.

    Prosecutors said Ozarowski left donation jars at stores near her Central Islip home in hopes of making a profit to feed her addiction to heroin, even convincing her own family she was suffering from the deadly disease. District Attorney Thomas Spota said the woman convinced her father and grandmother to sell their home, giving Ozarowski more than $100,000.

  39. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    I like the father calling Mr White Baseball Cap a “smart boy” and “an angel”. Denial is an amazing thing.

  40. Libtard in Union says:

    I just read that Putin is harboring terrorists and has WMDs. He also gassed the Kurds. Oh wait!

  41. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Right wing whack-os always attack government targets or something similar as (most) of their constituents will hear or read about it and random working people will never be the target. The constituency of Muslim extremists is spread across many different languages and dialects with a high degree of illiteracy. They will always try to kill the highest quantity of random people, preferably at a venue that will have lots of video. A moving picture is worth a thousand infidels or some bass-ackward logic like that.

  42. JJ says:

    Boston Bombers somehow does not sound correct

  43. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    [49] Over lunch with colleagues over the last few days this was oft discussed. Most thought it was the prep per and chewing tobacco contingent. I took the other side expecting foreign terrorists based on the people vs. target argument. Dark horse was that blade runner guy.

  44. We are living in the endtimes.

  45. Fast Eddie says:

    Left w1ngers have already perfected their brand of terror1sm. Why do you think rudderless stup1dity pervades this once great Nation at a hypersonic pace?

  46. Libtard in Union says:

    If the terrorists were left wingers, they surely would have used an Obamaphone as the trigger. No?

  47. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    I just took a look out front. Really no traffic on Commonwealth Ave at all, and we’re about 4 miles from the activity. I saw three cars over a 5 minute period, one was a cop. One woman walking her dog and a guy with a black backpack just walked out of the building across the street. Really. It’s like a ghost town. I won’t be wearing a baseball cap, a hoody, or carrying a backpack when I go out for lunch.

  48. Libtard in Union says:

    I don’t suggest you order any borscht either.

  49. Comrade Nom Deplume, Bostonian says:

    [44] Brian

    Ricin mailer was a democrat. At least that was what his bumper sticker said.

  50. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    “Really. It’s like a ghost town. I won’t be wearing a baseball cap, a hoody, or carrying a backpack when I go out for lunch.”

    I run with NYRR on Thursday nights. Took the subway up to the school in my running gear and black duffel bag. Swear I felt like I was making people nervous.

  51. Happy Renter says:

    “Media is all upset that these guys were not white supremacist teabagging nationalists.”

    Yeah, after the Texas prosecutors killings turned out to be the result of some local grudge (not the so-called “white supremacists”) and now the Boston “Patriot’s Day / Tax Day” bombers turn out to be Muslim terrorists (not angry white guys angry about taxes), the left is having a hard time of it lately.

  52. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    This is mostly for Nom or anyone else who knows how surreal it is to see Boston as a ghost town. http://twitchy.com/2013/04/19/ghost-town-amazing-photos-of-empty-boston-streets-as-manhunt-continues/?utm_source=autotweet&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter

    Make sure to scroll down.

  53. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    “Media is all upset that these guys were not white supremacist teabagging nationalists.”

    Yeah. Muslim terrorists are so 2001.

  54. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    [62]
    …and 2002
    …and 2003
    …and 2003
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    May 2002 Muslim convert Jose Padilla is arrested at O’Hare Airport in Chicago on suspicion of planning to explode a radioactive “dirty bomb.” He becomes the first American citizen arrested on U.S. soil to be declared an “enemy combatant.”

    May 2003 Iyman Faris, a Pakistani-born naturalized U.S. citizen, pleads guilty to surveilling the Brooklyn Bridge and sending coded E-mail messages to Al Qaeda operatives about a highly improbable plan to destroy the bridge by severing its cables.

    June 2003 Eleven men from Northern Virginia — known as the “Paintball” terrorists — are accused of being part of a jihadist network that sought to wage war against nations deemed hostile to Islam. Two others are later charged, including spiritual leader Ali al-Timimi, an Iraqi-American U.S. citizen. Eleven of the men are U.S. citizens.

    June 2003 U.S.-born Muslim Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, raised in Northern Virginia, is arrested in Saudi Arabia on charges that he plotted to assassinate President George W. Bush and launch a 9/11-style attack in the U.S.

    August 2004 Just days before the GOP national convention, James Elshafay, a U.S. citizen,and a Pakistani immigrant are arrested on charges of planning to bomb a subway station near Madison Square Garden in New York City.

    August 2004 Two Albany, N.Y., men are arrested as the result of an FBI sting operation involving a plot to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat with a shoulder-fired missile in New York City. Yassin M. Aref, an imam at the Masjid As Salam mosque in Albany, is a refugee from Kurdistan. Mohammed Mosharref Hossain is an immigrant from Bangladesh who had lived in the U.S. for decades.

    August 2005 Four men are charged with planning to attack Jewish institutions, military installations and the airport in Los Angeles. Leader Kevin James, a U.S. citizen and Muslim convert, formed a jihadist group and recruited one of the other defendants while in prison.

    December 2005 A Pennsylvania man, Michael Curtis Reynolds, is charged with plotting to blow up a Wyoming natural gas refinery. He sought to enlist Al Qaeda operatives to engage in attacks on pipelines and refinery targets.

    March 2006 Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iran, drives an SUVinto a crowd at a popular student gathering spot at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    April 2006 Two Atlanta men are charged with conspiring to support foreign terrorists. Authorities say Virginia-born Ehsanul Islam Sadequee and Syed Haris Ahmed, a naturalized citizen from Pakistan, videotaped targets in the Washington, D.C., area, including the U.S. Capitol, the World Bank and a fuel farm.

    June 2006 Seven men, led by former Chicago delivery truck driver Narseal Batiste, are arrested for plotting to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago, the FBI building in North Miami Beach and other government buildings in Dade County, Fla. The group includes five U.S. citizens. December 2006 Derrick Shareef, an American Muslim convert, is arrested in Rockford, Ill., on charges he planned to set off hand grenades at a mall just days before Christmas.

    May 2007 Six men— including Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, a U.S. citizen from Jordan, and Serdar Tatar, a Turkish-born legal permanent resident — are arrested in a plot to attack and kill soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey with assault rifles and grenades.

    June 2007 Russell Defreitas, a U.S. citizen from Guyana and former airline cargo handler, isarrested as the ringleader in a plot to blow up a jet fuel artery running through residential neighborhoods near JFK Airport in New York.

    June 2008 Christopher Paul, a U.S. citizen from Columbus, Ohio, is arrested on terrorism charges after joining Al Qaeda overseas and plotting to launch bomb attacks in the U.S.

    November 2008 Muslim convert Bryant Vinas, the U.S.-born son of immigrants from Peru and Argentina, is arrested in Pakistan on U.S. terrorism charges after receiving Al Qaeda training and helping fire rockets at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. He later admits plotting with Al Qaeda to bomb the Long Island Rail Road.

    May 2009 Three U.S.-born citizens — James Cromite, David Williams and Onta Williams — and a Haitian immigrant are arrested for conspiring to blow up a Bronx synagogue and Jewish center with car bombs while simultaneously shooting down a military plane with a Stinger missile.

    June 2009 A U.S.-born Muslim convert allegedly shoots and kills an Army private and wounds another at the U.S. Army-Navy Career Center in Little Rock, Ark. Abdulhakim Muhammad, born in Memphis as Carlos Leon Bledsoe, claims ties to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

    September 2009 North Carolina resident Daniel Boyd, a U.S. citizen, is indicted along with his son and one other person in a plot to attack the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va. Boyd, who trained with terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan, obtained armor-piercing ammunition and maps of the base.

    September 2009 Najibullah Zazi, a legal U.S. resident from Afghanistan, is arrested in New York City for plotting a suicide bombing of the city’s subways. He and two others planned to strap on explosives and board trains at Grand Central Station and Times Square during rush hour. Authorities charge 11 others in the Al Qaeda-orchestrated plot.

    September 2009 A U.S. citizen who had converted to Islam while in prison is arrested after allegedly driving a van he thought was loaded with explosives to a federal building in Springfield, Ill. Prosecutors say Talib Islam, who changed his name from Michael C. Finton, tried to detonate the fake, FBI-provided bomb with a cell phone.

    October 2009 Pharmacist Tarek Mehanna, a dual U.S. and Egyptian citizen from a Boston suburb, is arrested on charges he plotted with two other men to kill two U.S. politicians and shoot people at a shopping mall.

    November 2009 U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the son of Palestinian immigrants who was born and raised in Virginia, allegedly opens fire at the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood in Texas. Thirteen people are killed and another 43 are injured. Hasan, a psychiatrist who was about to be deployed to Afghanistan, is shot and taken into custody.

    May 2010 Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, parks an SUV containing a crude incendiary device near Times Square in New York City. A T-shirt vendor alerts police after seeing smoke coming from the vehicle. A bomb squad defuses the device, which contains three 20-gallon propane tanks.

    October 2010 Farooque Ahmed, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, is charged after conspiring with undercover FBI agents posing as Al Qaeda operatives to bomb subway stations in Washington, D.C.

    November 2010 Somali-born U.S. citizen Mohamed Osman Mohamud is arrested moments after trying to detonate a van he believed to be packed with explosives during a Christmas tree lighting in Portland. The dummy explosives were supplied by the FBI in a sting operation.

    December 2010 A Baltimore man is arrested after allegedly trying to blow up a military recruiting station in Catonsville, Md. Antonio Martinez, a U.S. citizen who recently converted to Islam, parked an SUV in front of the station, but the bomb was a fake supplied by an FBI informant.

    May 2011 Two North African immigrants from Queens are arrested in a sting operation for plotting to attack an undetermined Manhattan synagogue and the Empire State Building. Algerian immigrant Ahmed Ferhani, a permanent U.S. resident, and Mohammed Mehdi Mamdouh, a naturalized Moroccan, are accused by state prosecutors of attempting to purchase a hand grenade and guns to attack the synagogue.

    June 2011 Two men are arrested for allegedly planning a suicide raid against a military processing center in Seattle. Prosecutors say the men hoped to use grenades, machine guns and assault rifles to kill soldiers and recruits they believed would eventually fight Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. Muslim convert Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif and Walli Mujahidh are both U.S.-born citizens.

    July 2011 Army private Naser Jason Abdo, who grew up in a Dallas suburb, is arrested on charges that he plotted to attack soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas with guns and a bomb. Police say they found weapons and instructions for making a bomb.

  55. Ottoman says:

    ” the left is having a hard time of it lately.”

    I’m sure Rick Perry begging Obama for federal aid eased the pain a bit.

  56. Waterboard the children.

  57. Wake me up when we attack Chechnya.

  58. Happy Renter says:

    [64] “I’m sure Rick Perry begging Obama for federal aid eased the pain a bit.”

    Maybe that eases the pain of the “Constitutional Scholar” in Chief ordering the execution of American citizens (along with some child casualties on the side) via drone and begging for Gitmo to remain open, but I’m sure it doesn’t do much to take away the sting at losing to many opportunities to bash the phantom Right Wing Gun Nut White Supremacist Anti Marriage Equality Anti Choice Anti Pay Your Fair Share Tax Anti Union Anti Obamacare Teabagger Terrorists.

  59. Happy Renter says:

    [63] ” …and 2002 …and 2003 …and 2003 …and 2003 …and 2004 …and 2004 …and 2005 …and 2005 …and 2006 …and 2006 …and 2006 …and 2007 …and 2007 …and 2008 …and 2008 …and 2009 …and 2009 …and 2009 …and 2009 …and 2009 …and 2009 …and 2009 …and 2010 …and 2010 …and 2010 …and 2010 …and 2011 …and 2011 …and 2011″

    But enough about all that. Can we focus instead on why those terrible Right Wing Nuts on Fox are so racist because some of their guests were suggesting that Boston looked like the work of international terrorists?

  60. Ottoman says:

    “Maybe that eases the pain of the “Constitutional Scholar” in Chief ordering the execution of American citizens”

    Yeah, why did Obama use trumped up evidence to send 4400 American soldiers to die in Iraq? lol

  61. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Just reported on WCVB (CBS in Boston) – When they car-jacked the Mercedes one of them said to the car owner, “We did the Boston Bombings, we just killed a cop. If you don’t give us your car we’re going to kill you.”

  62. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    [70]ABC, not CBS

  63. Fast Eddie says:

    Ottoman,

    Why can’t I get some Bomma benefits? I keep submitting all these applications on the gov site and keep getting denied. What do I have to do in order to qualify?

  64. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    [72] 1. Buy a house you can’t afford. 2. Quit your job. I’m not sure if I have the order right, but it’s something like that.

  65. Happy Renter says:

    [72] “I keep submitting all these applications on the gov site and keep getting denied. What do I have to do in order to qualify?”

    Enter the country illegally and claim asylum; what could go wrong?

  66. Ottoman says:

    <>

  67. Ottoman says:

    eagerly awaits press conference announcing Wayne LaPierre’s clean kill shot delivered to suspect’s skull.

  68. Ottoman says:

    Benefits are for suckers. Investments and depreciation are where its at. Best part is, the teabillies don’t suspect you’re robbing them blind with all your sweetheart deductions. They’re too mesmerized by the dark skinned peeps with fake gold teeth.

  69. Happy Renter says:

    Ah, I get it.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ottoman

    Ot·to·man [ot-uh-muhn] adjective, noun, plural Ot·to·mans.

    adjective
    1. of or pertaining to the Ottoman Empire.
    2. of or pertaining to the lands, peoples, and possessions of the Ottoman Empire.

    noun Also, Othman (for defs 3, 4).
    3. a Turk.
    4. a Turk of the family or tribe of Osman.

  70. xolepa says:

    (79) Actually, I was in Chechnya once. At their airport in 1979. The bathrooms were then made of plywood boards. Male and female were separated by single layers of the same boards. There were peep holes bored throughout. I don’t know if the Russians did that or the locals. I will never forget the smell of that place.

  71. Don’t Mess with the Dzhokhar.

  72. (79)-

    Third World gloryhole?

  73. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    I also like the uncle saying he chose not to have his family associate with his brothers family since 2005. It sounds like that was a very good decision.

  74. Happy Renter says:

    Paulie ‘Walnuts’ Gualtieri: “You’re not gonna believe this. He killed sixteen Czechoslovakians. Guy was an interior decorator.”

  75. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    Shia Labeouf is in discussions with Jerry Bruckheimer to play the younger one in as yet unnamed project.

  76. Happy Renter says:

    Now the father and aunt of the Brothers Tsarnaev are carrying the false flag theory:

    “I’m Suspicious That This Was Staged”
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/04/19/maret_tsarnaeva_dzhokhar_tsarnaev_and_tamerlan_tsarnaev_s_aunt_still_not.html

    “Anzor insists his sons are innocent and have been framed. ”
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/04/19/anzor_tsarvaev_izestiya_interview_father_of_boston_bombing_suspects_claims.html

  77. freedy says:

    When will we learn. Deport them all.

  78. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    I’ll give the aunt this much – there’s still no video of either of them putting the packages down or of them without the backpacks. The entire shootout is at a distance too.

    I believe they are the one’s who did this but it leaves open the door for the conspiracy theorists.

  79. JSMC says:

    #87

    I think at this point the situation is WAY too weird and complicated to be a conspiracy theory, no matter how badly one might think so.

  80. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    You obviously don’t have much familiarity with conspiracy theorists – they have answers for everything – crisis actors, cropped photos, etc.

  81. Ragnar says:

    They happened to get innocent people who happened to also have grenades and bombs?

    One thing the media will make sure there’s a case for: that Islam isn’t to blame.
    It was the fault of Tea Partiers not making them feel welcome in society, and not enough government spending in their town to fund the local boys club. Caused by austerity. Or they are (were) crazy.

    How many people remember that the unibomber was a left wing environmentalist? Half the people now probably misremember him to fit what they wish he was: a right wing survivalist.

    By the media, left wing or Islamic killers are deemed crazy, while right wing killers are deemed the pure essence of right wing thinking.

  82. Statler Waldorf says:

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/19/us/marathon-suspects-uncle/

    Uncle calls Boston Marathon bombers ‘losers,’ urges nephew to surrender
    By Michael Martinez, CNN
    updated 4:11 PM EDT, Fri April 19, 2013

    Ruslan Tsarni angrily condemned the alleged actions of his two nephews — the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings — and after calling the bombers “losers,” the uncle urged the surviving nephew to turn himself in immediately.

    “If you’re alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness from the victims,” Tsarni said in front of reporters in a news conference outside his Montgomery County, Maryland, home.

    Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, is the subject of a massive police dragnet in the Boston area. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died after an overnight shootout with police.

    The brothers come from an ethnic Chechen Muslim family, and Tsarni said the two nephews brought shame to his brother’s family. The nephews are sons of Tsarni’s brother, and Tsarni last saw his nephews in December 2005.

    “You put a shame on our entire family — the Tsarnaev family — and you put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity,” Tsarni said.

    When asked what provoked the bombing suspects, the uncle stated: “Being losers, hatred to those who were able to settle themselves — these are the only reasons I can imagine.

    “Anything else, anything else to do with religion, with Islam, is a fraud, is a fake,” Tsarni said.

    “Somebody radicalized them, but it’s not my brother who just moved back to Russia, who spent his life bringing bread to their table, fixing cars. He didn’t have time or chance or anything, options. He’s been working,” Tsarni said.

    Tsarni says he teaches his own children to love the United States because it gives a chance to everyone “to be treated as a human being.”

    He spoke to reporters because he wanted to express condolences to the Boston Marathon bombing victims and their families, he said. Two blasts Monday killed three people and injured more than 100 gathered at the home stretch and finish line.

    “We share with them their grief,” Tsarni said. “I’m ready just to meet with them. I’m ready just to bend in front of them, to kneel in front of them seeking their forgiveness.”

  83. grim says:

    Older brother was out of the country for a few months.

  84. Happy Renter says:

    [91] Gotta feel bad for Ruslan. He seems like a good guy who is probably raising his kids well. Unlike the father and the aunt, Uncle Ruslan isn’t making crazy accusations about his nephews being setup or anything like that.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/04/19/anzor_tsarvaev_izestiya_interview_father_of_boston_bombing_suspects_claims.html

    Good to hear someone condemn these thugs instead of telling us what “true angels” they are.

  85. grim says:

    Sounds like the younger was a stoner too

  86. grim says:

    Mom went on some crazy rant about older son being involved in religious politics 5 years ago and said he wa actively tracked by the FBI, but that he didn’t do it,

  87. Statler Waldorf says:

    http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/04/19/bombing-suspects-uncle-says-hes-shocked/

    Bombing Suspects’ Uncle: They Do Not Deserve To Live On This Earth

    April 19, 2013 12:12 PM

    BOSTON (CBS) – The uncle of the two men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings says they had lived together in Cambridge for about a decade.

    WBZ-TV spoke with the suspects’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarni.

    Tsarni says Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev immigrated to the United States around 2000 or 2001, and have lived at the same Cambridge address since that time.

    According to Tsarni, Dzhokhar completed high school in Cambridge and was attending college somewhere outside of Boston.

    Tsarni, who says he hasn’t been in touch with the brothers since around 2009, tells WBZ-TV he believes that the brothers’ parents may have moved back to Russia.

    He described Tamerlan as a “loser.”

    Tsarni was shocked when he was informed of the unfolding situation that left Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead in a shootout.

    “He deserved his. He absolutely deserved his,” Tsarni said. “They do not deserve to live on this earth.”

    Later in the morning, Tsarni held an impassioned news conference that began with him offering condolences to “those who’ve been murdered, those who’ve been injured.”

  88. Hughesrep says:

    86

    Which all?

    Just the Muslims?

    How about the spics, guidos, krauts, wasps and micks?

    How many generations should we go back kemosabe?

  89. JJ says:

    Why deport them, they make good landfill

  90. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    Yeah the media was ready to pounce on that kid who shot Gifford as if he was some brainwashed right wing “manchurian candidate” type until it turned out he voted for Obama and supported lefty causes. Then it was all about how handguns being the problem.

  91. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    Now I am sure there’ll be a bunch of laws passed to make the panicked in this country feel “safe” when the reality is no laws can protect you from senseless violence perpetrated by lunatics.

  92. grim says:

    We won’t hear the end of the conspiracy talk, ever. In 5 years you’ll be watching the special on discovery channel.

  93. Ragnar says:

    Background checks for pressure cookers.

  94. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    There’s a pic of Black Hat’s corpse on Drudge.

  95. Comrade Nom Deplume, Bostonian says:

    [61] expat,

    Thx. Last time I was on Washington St., I recall thinking how it looked like Times Sq.
    Haven’t been on Facebook all day. Wife told me that my aunt and uncle in Watertown had their house searched and she saw it on FB.

    Expat: I will be traveling to Mass weekend of 5/11 (if I can get a room now) for little sisters doctoral graduation. If interested in mini GTG, email me.

  96. Comrade Nom Deplume, Bostonian says:

    Dear CNN, MSNBC, Salon, Slate, and Huffpost,

    We’ll take that apology now.

    Love,

    The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

  97. chicagofinance says:

    Actually anti-semetism rising to the level of lethal violence would be consistent with the lefty forces in the circles that O-man used to run with in Hyde Park (Chi-town)…..I know those people…..

    Dissident HEHEHE says:
    April 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm
    Yeah the media was ready to pounce on that kid who shot Gifford as if he was some brainwashed right wing “manchurian candidate” type until it turned out he voted for Obama and supported lefty causes. Then it was all about how handguns being the problem.

  98. Comrade Nom Deplume, Bostonian says:

    [61] expat,

    I’ve seen those streets that quiet. It was back in my JJ days, doing the walks of shame.

  99. anon (the good one) says:

    it is sad to read all these comments. an opportunity for all of us to come together is wasted again. Regressives cheering the fact that it wasn’t a right-winger. Cynics blaming the media. Racists asking for deportations.

    What about a bit of respect? What about thinking about all of us as being part of a community of brothers and sisters?

  100. chicagofinance says:

    Dude…..I’m a centrist, but I am consistently offput by the media’s bias, which not only is well documented in general, but has actually been personally verified to me by several members of the media that I know. I used to listen to NPR quite a bit in ten years ago, but I have been essentially pushed out by the constant drumbeat of nonsense.

    Resources such as Facebook and other social media just reinforce my opinion that people really put very little thought into some of the biases they hold. If they really stopped to consider the ultimate impact of their expectations, they would realize how much they are being played for suckers…….the kill shot for me is the big gap between who O-man is and how he is perceived…..

    anon (the good one) says:
    April 19, 2013 at 5:46 pm
    it is sad to read all these comments. an opportunity for all of us to come together is wasted again. Regressives cheering the fact that it wasn’t a right-winger. Cynics blaming the media. Racists asking for deportations.

    What about a bit of respect? What about thinking about all of us as being part of a community of brothers and sisters?

  101. Happy Renter says:

    [108] “Regressives cheering the fact that it wasn’t a right-winger. ”

    Yeah, nice outreach job there. I know you’re despondent it wasn’t the imaginary vast, right-wing conspiracy, but there’s always next time.

    See Ragnar’s post # 90

    “By the media, left wing or Islamic killers are deemed crazy, while right wing killers are deemed the pure essence of right wing thinking.”

    That pretty much says it all about “respect” that comes from the left/media. And when that’s what gets dished out time and time again, what do you expect the reaction will be?

    Or wait, is this the formula?

    Left-wing / Islamist nut-job killer = “opportunity for all of us to come together”

    Right-wing / extremist nut-job killer = opportunity for Al Sharpton, MSNBC, CNN, Pierce Morgan, and the rest of the media to parachute into the scene to expound on why white people who don’t share the “progressive” viewpoint are the cause of all evil

  102. freedy says:

    If you want to be with the Sisters and Bro’s head down to Newark tonight and hang,

  103. Brian says:

    Calling them right wing or left wing is an insult to wackos everywhere.

    Comrade Nom Deplume, Bostonian says:
    April 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm
    [44] Brian

    Ricin mailer was a democrat. At least that was what his bumper sticker said.

  104. pete says:

    I think we are all in agreement that the right wingers are the true victims in all this.

  105. Comrade Nom Deplume, Bostonian says:

    My cousin from Watertown tells me that they are now looking very near my old apt. in Watertown. Strangely, a police chase once ended in my driveway when I lived there.

  106. Comrade Nom Deplume, Bostonian says:

    [114] expat.

    Blow up the map. I lived on Center St.

  107. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    Surrendered alive. What celebrity lawyer will defend him? Gloria Allred?

  108. Comrade Nom Deplume, Bostonian says:

    This is all very surreal, seeing the scene in the square, seeing the house on bing maps with the boat in the yard, knowing the house from having lived around the corner . . .what is it about that area that police chases end there?

  109. Just thank God it ended.

  110. A lot about this stinks to high heaven. How does a stoner college kid move from UMass to blowing people up and shooting it out with police?

  111. I’m sure Dzokhar will come up with some great answers once he’s waterboarded 37 or 38 times.

  112. Comrade Nom Deplume, Bostonian says:

    [120] scrapple,

    I feel compelled to point out that Djoker attended the old SE Mass Univ., rebranded UMass Dartmouth. It isn’t UMass in Amherst. Kinda like if Rowan got renamed Rutgers-Glassboro.

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