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Cousin wounded in Boston Marathon bombing

WillAffleckUW (858324) writes | about a year ago

User Journal 16

So, turns out my first cousin, Allison Saari Byrne, was in fact 20 feet from the finish line when the first bomb went off and was, in fact, wounded.

She's in for knee surgery right now but is alive and will be ok.

Seriously, why do people keep attacking my family. First my brother and uncle (World Trade 9-11 they worked there, but not in office during attack), now my uncle's daughter (my cousin).

So, turns out my first cousin, Allison Saari Byrne, was in fact 20 feet from the finish line when the first bomb went off and was, in fact, wounded.

She's in for knee surgery right now but is alive and will be ok.

Seriously, why do people keep attacking my family. First my brother and uncle (World Trade 9-11 they worked there, but not in office during attack), now my uncle's daughter (my cousin).

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It does beat the alternative, though (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year ago | (#43458043)

Three people won't be going home at all. I know that is grim, but it could be worse. I am very sorry to hear that your cousin was hurt, and she didn't do anything wrong to deserve it. I'm glad to hear that at least she'll be able to go home, and I hope you are, too.

We very clearly need to regulate people assembling (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#43459577)

I see these crises, and I think: "We can't let them go to waste. Moar government! Moar laws!"
Less snarkily, Will, one rejoices that your sister lives. May her recovery be speedy. And God rest the souls of the fallen, comfort their immediate relatives, and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Just like 9/11, right? (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year ago | (#43460747)

I see these crises, and I think: "We can't let them go to waste. Moar government! Moar laws!"

Just like when 9/11 happened, and the guy who was president started the department of homeland security, right? I don't remember now, who was president on 9/11/2001? Must have been Clinton, or maybe Carter, right? Certainly republicans wouldn't take a national tragedy and use it to expand government, or start two wars on the other side of the world.

You mean the 9-11 when we tortured people? (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about a year ago | (#43464127)

As the government admitted today, we illegally tortured people, not that it worked (it didn't), after 9-11.

Torture does not work. Terrorist acts are usually a sign that you're losing the "argument".

But it's personal to me now. And my sympathies or ability to listen to said arguments just went out the window.

Re:You mean the 9-11 when we tortured people? (1)

rk (6314) | about a year ago | (#43467159)

Kind of how I felt about it when my cousin died in Iraq 6 years ago. Fuck the Iraqis, fuck Al Qaeda, fuck Bush and Cheney. My cousin's dead, and the only solace I take from it is my great-uncle Olin died a month before it happened so he didn't have to see his grandson come back in a box.

Re:You mean the 9-11 when we tortured people? (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#43468751)

Only Problematic in Republican Administrations (OPRA).

Re:Just like 9/11, right? (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#43468747)

You know, we should probably come up with some vague "right to livingspace fairness" so that the government can control population density.
I'm talking something so blatantly Orwellian as to make Agenda 21 seem totally nuckle-dragging conservative by comparison.

Re:Just like 9/11, right? (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year ago | (#43470723)

You know, we should probably come up with some vague "right to livingspace fairness" so that the government can control population density.

MH42 might be headed that way, since he wants to ensure that nobody is in a non-married, non-child-bearing relationship, and he wants the government to ensure that is the case. And you thought that only liberals wanted the government in the bedroom...

Re:Just like 9/11, right? (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#43477367)

Given that MH42 is a staunch Roman Catholic, which features all sorts of celibate orders, I don't see how your formulation could possibly be true.

Re:Just like 9/11, right? (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year ago | (#43481401)

The key term there was relationship. MH42 wants the government to ensure that nobody lives with anyone else long-term who they are not related to or having children with. MH42 stated he wants the government to penalize (and break up) infertile married couples and break up marriages with post-menopausal women as well. Endorsing the unisexual celibate orders would work fine for the moral relativism that he displays on the matter; he would likely endorse continuing their tax-exempt status as well.

Re:Just like 9/11, right? (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#43487075)

moral relativism that he displays on the matter

I've always understood 'moral relativism' as a denial of any ultimate truth. 'Moral relativism' is something related to 'situational ethics', AFAICT. But I wouldn't accuse MH42 of either.

Re:Just like 9/11, right? (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year ago | (#43491417)

moral relativism that he displays on the matter

I've always understood 'moral relativism' as a denial of any ultimate truth. 'Moral relativism' is something related to 'situational ethics', AFAICT. But I wouldn't accuse MH42 of either.

If you want to distinguish strictly between moral relativism and situational ethics, then I would I say I recently witnessed the latter. I don't want to continue to discuss someone else when they aren't present in this discussion, so I will leave it at the fact that he contradicted himself a lot in that discussion and frequently made statements along the lines of "everyone should be forcibly held to ethics X, except for special group B who can do whatever they want".

Glad to hear that she is ok (1)

johndiii (229824) | about a year ago | (#43468339)

That's all. My best to you, and her, and her family.

One piece of shrapnel the size of her hand (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about a year ago | (#43474421)

Made it through both surgeries, now on crutches.

One of the pieces of shrapnel they removed from Allison was the size of her hand.

Re:One piece of shrapnel the size of her hand (1)

johndiii (229824) | about a year ago | (#43541519)

Sounds like she had a good share of luck. Glad to hear that she came through the surgeries ok. Hope that she makes a full recovery.

Re:One piece of shrapnel the size of her hand (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about a year ago | (#43541551)

Yup. So far. My aunt and uncle will fill us in after we give her a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed (glad she has hers)

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