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Strangest “reportedly” true actually true Boston Marathon Bombing fact

Strangest “reportedly” true actually true Boston Marathon Bombing fact

Surely this could not be actually true.

At best “reportedly” true?

https://twitter.com/lamblock/status/325390139868205057

But alas, it was:

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Statement of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic on the Boston terrorist attack
19.04.2013 / 21:27

As many I was deeply shocked by the tragedy that occurred in Boston earlier this month. It was a stark reminder of the fact that any of us could be a victim of senseless violence anywhere at any moment.

As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect. The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities – the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation.

As the President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman noted in his message to President Obama, the Czech Republic is an active and reliable partner of the United States in the fight against terrorism. We are determined to stand side by side with our allies in this respect, there is no doubt about that.

Petr Gandalovič
Ambassador of the Czech Republic

Having traveled in the Czech part of what then was Czechoslovakia, I can attest that the Czech Republic is a beautiful place, and that it is not Chechnya. Not even “reportedly” Chechnya.

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Previously my duties as a high school teacher included advising the AFS group. Students from Sweden and Switzerland had this problem all the time. At least those two are both somewhere in Europe.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to Milwaukee. | April 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

    We have the problem with people confusing Rhode Island and Delaware because they are both small.

    Even those poor folks from Austria, who some folks seem to think speak Austrian.

    But the worst are those poor reporters and announcers in the national media who project their personal fears of Islam onto their viewers. Think about it for a moment, these folks are the most Islamophobic of all. They fear that they will offend Islam to the point of blaming others.

And then there is this Miss Teen USA South Carolina

rabid wombat | April 21, 2013 at 9:09 am

doubly sad, considering the amount of press a Czech (West, TX) community had in the news this week

They just wanted to clarify matters for the low info’s – not that it would really help.

Jesse Watters interviewed an Obama voter who thought Los Angeles was a state.

Speaking of low-information liberals… ask Obama to say something in Austrian.

Technically, “ignorance” could be overcome, but ‘stupidity is straight to the bone’.

As the brilliant Forrest Gump put it:

“Stupid is as stupid does”

Don’t understand why you’re surprised. A goodly number of public school “grads” can’t find the Mississippi River on a map, don’t know what century the Civil War occurred, and can’t make change.

We even have a president who believes we have 57 states and a Veep who believes that FDR went on TV to explain the 1929 stock market crash.

As the President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman noted in his message to President Obama, the Czech Republic is an active and reliable partner of the United States in the fight against terrorism.

Mr. Ambassador, I salute your fight against terrorism, but plan your struggle wisely. Maybe it was Henry Kissinger who remarked, “To be an enemy of America can result in inconvenience. To be a friend of America is fatal.” The hyperbole is obvious, but one sees his point.

I have a lot of complaints about our public school system, but not wasting time on Borat countries like Chechnya is pretty low on the list. I’d prefer it if they taught people how to read, and they don’t even seem up to that challenge.

Remember after 9/11, the poor Sikh gas station operator in California who was beaten up.

Sikh-s may fall into the general category of “rag heads”, and more obviously so than most others in this misbegotten group, but they just aren’t the same as Arabs or Persians.

Of course, to 99% of public school graduates, there are the same.

C’mon, give the teachers a break. There are only so many hours in a school day, and the teachers have far more important things to teach the kids than world geography. Things like the importance of unions, the importance of voting for Democrats, and of course, the words to songs celebrating the glory of Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama (Mmmmm, mmmmm, mmmmm).

We can thank our unesteemed education system for dumbing down American students since the late sixties when the Marxists began hijacking our schools. Think and thank Bill Ayers.

    Milwaukee in reply to OldmanRick. | April 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    The “dumbing down” didn’t start with the 60’s radicals. Dewey was a socialist.

    Horace Mann was a big educational reformer in the 1800’s. The Prussians, after getting ass-kicked by Napoleon, decided they needed literate soldiers, so they designed their schools that way. The reason middle schools, and junior and senior high schools have bell schedules is to prepare students for Prussian military life. When the bell rings, or the Sergeant yells, stop what you are doing and do something else. Your thoughts are not so important you need to finish. However, Horace Mann visited Prussia during the summer. He never saw a Prussian teacher in front of a classroom of Prussian students. When Bismarck was helping the Kaiser consolidate Germany in the late 1800’s they kicked out a bunch of socialist, and they came here to become embedded in our universities. We are so screwed by our public schools.

Fluffy Foo Foo | April 21, 2013 at 11:28 am

I actually not seen anyone write the Czech Republic online or heard it on TV since Friday.

Midwest Rhino | April 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

The Czech Republic produces Zetor tractors, of which I have two. Chechnya produces counterfeit dollars (and terrorists), of which I hope I have none.

It’s politically incorrect to teach kids about Chechnya, since terms like “radical Islam” are verboten. And the left is still kinda sensitive about Reagan’s victory in the dissolution of the USSR.

They seem more comfortable with a world view that teaches the notion of “nations” is evil. Teachers emphasize “workers of the world unite”, while they make kids sing hosannas to Obama.

We’re gonna spread happiness
We’re gonna spread freedom
Obama’s gonna change it
Obama’s gonna lead ’em
We’re gonna change it
And rearrange it
We’re gonna change the world.”

I used to think it was the “under God” part of the pledge the left hated, but maybe it is the “One Nation” part. Geithner spoke of a global currency, and the brainwashing of the children certainly includes a “little children OF THE WORLD” view. Everything is beautiful, in its own way. 🙂

I always told my kids that there are two kinds of people you have to take care to protect yourself against: the evil and the stupid. The stupid can be even more dangerous because they are harder to see coming, there are more of them, and they don’t intend to cause harm although they do.

LukeHandCool | April 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I came up with this plan yesterday (hopefully okay to repost)

As someone who had a 1/2 Czech, 1/4 Jewish mother, and who takes some silly pride in the fact the Czech Republic is one of Israel’s greatest supporters, I am starting an educational project for our schools focusing on geographic terrorist literacy, tentatively called, “Geography Bee Important To Tell the Freedom Fighters from the Terrorists.”

A bit unwieldy as that name is, and also as a shout out to Michelle Obama’s efforts with kids, I’ll just call it,

“Let’s Roll !!”

Austrians think that their country is often confused with Australia. Enough so that they wear “No kangaroos here” t-shirts. I’d say the Czech’s have a valid concern.

Yes, Islam did have a secondary role.

And a first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth …

BannedbytheGuardian | April 22, 2013 at 1:28 am

There was an episode where the guys got ambushed by the Russian Mafia out in the snow.

One survivor spluttered back to be asked dryly – who were they ?

A bunch of f***kin Czechs .

Ironically once I joined a bus group on a day trip to the Kyrghiz mountains . Knowing there was a bunch of Czechs in the hotel I just assumed they were them . I understood they would not speak to or near me as they were communists . the next day I joined another bus & the same thing – communists on holiday I thought. I was not about to spoil their holiday.

Later that night I met some Canadians & said I had been out with the Czechs. no , he said – They are ours but being French Canadians had demanded their own bus & they don’t speak to them either because they refuse to acknowledge English.

Hehe that is pretty goods to get Czechs & Kyrghizstan ( terrorists birthplace ) in one post & all true.

Colorado Wellington | April 22, 2013 at 1:34 am

I think the Ambassador’s worries are overblown. Most university graduates know that the Czech Republic is either Czechoslovakia or Yugoslavia. Nobody ever mentions Chechnya.

They do get confused about Slovakia, Slovenia and Slavonia, though.

BannedbytheGuardian | April 22, 2013 at 2:14 am

Maybe not for young Americans but Prague is THE go to city in Europe. There is so much to see on foot that shin splints are the most common medical complaint for visitors.

Perhaps the ambassador should have tweeted.

Czech Republic = beer.

Chechnyan Republic = No beer.

Then they would understand.

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