What. A. Week.
I had to laugh yesterday morning. I saw a tweet that someone had sent or re-tweeted (it was in my feed anyway) and the gist of it was “You know it’s been a weird week when an Elvis impersonator tries to poison the President and it is only the third most important story for the week.”
I assume everyone has seen and read everything they want to about the Boston Marathon bombing and aftermath although there are a couple of side stories you might have missed. This picture is one of the iconic pics from the bombing on Monday afternoon. The man being helped, Jeff Bauman, lost both legs. The Union-Leader in Manchester, NH had an article yesterday that discussed how Bauman helped to identify the bomber to the police and FBI as soon as he became conscious after his surgery.
It was initially reported that Bauman did not have any insurance coverage. Think Progress did an article about fund raising efforts to offset Bauman’s medical expenses then had this update:
The original version of this story stated that Jeff Bauman does not have health insurance. This is incorrect. That claim was based on a quote from Bauman’s uncle, Dale Maybury of Westford, that was cited in The Boston Globe on Thursday. Not only does Bauman have employer-sponsored health coverage through Costco — the company “is also matching donations made by colleagues at the chain’s Nashua location,” according to a more recent Globe article from Friday. Bauman is being forced to raise funds despite this assistance due to the extraordinarily high costs associated with the amount of current and ongoing care that he requires.
Good thing he works for Costco instead of WalMart. I haven’t heard anything about all the other 143 (or more) injured and how their medical bills will be handled.
If you know a man named Joe Berti – STAY AWAY FROM HIM! He ran the Boston Marathon, finished a few minutes before the bombs went off. Then he went home. To West, TX.
It will be interesting to see the response in the US House when the Texas delegation comes begging for emergency funds for West, TX given how they have responded to aid requests from places like New York and New Jersey for Sandy this past winter. Although I’m sure, in their petty little minds, they will be able to justify why NY and NJ were not worthy of aid but West, TX is worthy.
In comedy news (Clown Car edition) we have New Hampshire state representative Peter Hansen “sharing” his views (on April Fool’s Day – apropos) where he decided to describe women as “vaginas.” Hansen initially tried to double-down claiming context (from Tuesday):
Having a fairly well educated mind I do not need self appointed wardens to A: try to put words in my mouth for political gain and B: Turn a well founded strategy in communication into an insulting accusation, and finally if you find the noun vagina insulting or in some way offensive then perhaps a better exercise might be for you to re-examine your psyche
Someone finally got to him though and by Wednesday, he was actually apologizing for (seemingly) real:
I want to apologize to my constituents, my colleagues and women, especially those in my life, for the blatantly offensive, insensitive and, frankly, stupid language I used in my email with House members regarding the Stand Your Ground legislation,” Hansen, an Amherst Republican, said in a statement. “I am embarrassed, to say the least. There is no place or need in the public discourse for the words I used. The people and the process deserve better than that
Finally we have Arkansas state representative Nate Bell with this tweet:
I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine? #2A
Having lived in Waltham, MA, not far from where everything has gone down this week, I could make some snarky response about people in Boston not needing AR-15s to feel like a man or protected. But I think Mr Pierce handles it quite succinctly here, “Bite Me.” (Bell subsequently has apologized for the timing of his tweet, not the content. Mr Bell might not want to book any trips to Southie anytime soon.
Got any other good under the radar news stories from this week?
And the video is because I can.