Hostages taken at Clinton campaign office in New Hampshire
November 30, 2007 11:35 AM   Subscribe

Hostages taken at Clinton campaign office in New Hampshire Breaking news...

Hostages, Clinton
posted by GrooveJedi (77 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: nothing personal, but it's a rare story that merits a "BREAKING NEWS" post and there's nothing really to discuss about this one -- jessamyn



 
Hostages, Clinton

Hm, thought provoking.
posted by knave at 11:37 AM on November 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


Sorry, I don't post often and not really sure what I'm doing but thought it was important enough to post.

But thanks for being an arse about it. :)
posted by GrooveJedi at 11:40 AM on November 30, 2007


Since it's a white freeper, we can't call it terrorism.
posted by 2sheets at 11:41 AM on November 30, 2007 [10 favorites]


> 'A man has just walked into the Clinton office, opened his coat and showed us a bomb strapped to his chest with duct tape.'

I remember when we used duct tape to fight terrorism. It's been turned against us, just like Lite Brites and bottled water.
posted by ardgedee at 11:42 AM on November 30, 2007 [7 favorites]


Beat me to it, 2sheets. I was just wondering how loudly Fox News would be screaming "TERRA!" if this was a Republican candidate's campaign office.
posted by ekstasis23 at 11:42 AM on November 30, 2007


But thanks for being an arse about it.

Thanks for putting no effort into a FPP and showing us what's on every TV right now.
posted by Mikey-San at 11:42 AM on November 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


My pleasure :)
posted by GrooveJedi at 11:44 AM on November 30, 2007


Not all of us have a TV on. Thanks for the post.
posted by landis at 11:45 AM on November 30, 2007 [3 favorites]


2 bucks says O'Reilly calls him a hero at some point.
posted by shmegegge at 11:45 AM on November 30, 2007


And it's not in some of our TVs, some of us don't live in the US.
posted by micayetoca at 11:45 AM on November 30, 2007


It's just a confused Ron Paul fan outraged over Paul's lack of screen time in the democratic debates.
posted by bunnytricks at 11:45 AM on November 30, 2007 [3 favorites]


I'm sure there's lots of cheap jokes to be made here; I'll think I'll wait until after this is over and (hopefully) safe.

Thanks for this; I don't have a TV in my office.
posted by never used baby shoes at 11:46 AM on November 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


Oh, I've heard this one before...

...So the right-wing nutjob walks into a Clinton campaign office with a bomb strapped to his chest, says to the secretary: "Don't worry, I'm not going to detonate this bomb, but shortly your brain will be exploding when I show you my GOP membership card and remind you that irony died on 9/11."
posted by dead_ at 11:46 AM on November 30, 2007 [4 favorites]


Let's not jump to conclusions. It could be another student art project.
posted by The Card Cheat at 11:46 AM on November 30, 2007 [4 favorites]


I hope no one gets hurt, and I also hope this guys turns out to be clinically mentally ill.

Because if he isn't actually crazy, then I begin to wonder. The last time a democrat was in office, a right-wing thug set off a bomb in Atlanta during the Olympics, and another blew up the federal building in OK city.

That does not auger well for peace and tranquility during a Hillary presidency.

And this is terrorism, just like the things I listed above.

Here's a suggestion: all of you with blogs who are going to blog this story, how about coming up with a common description (once we know more about him), such as "Republican Terrorist." (Assuming he is a republican).
posted by Pastabagel at 11:48 AM on November 30, 2007 [2 favorites]


Finally, a serious attempt to narrow down the field of candidates.
posted by phaedon at 11:48 AM on November 30, 2007 [9 favorites]


Hostages, Clinton.

I keep looking at that and it's completely defamiliarized now. I've been saying it and laughing since it was posted (I hope that no-one is hurt, of course) and in different tones.

hostages, clinton. HOSTAGES, clinton! hosstajezz, Clin-Tin!
hostages cleentonn!

Dunno. Shklovsky would have a thing or two to say.
posted by exlotuseater at 11:48 AM on November 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


Let's not jump to conclusions. It could be another student art project.

It is getting close to finals week.
posted by dead_ at 11:48 AM on November 30, 2007


As someone who's not happy about Clinton wanting to regulate the video game industry—an industry that she has zero understanding of—I'm crossing my fingers that this isn't some nutjob who just happens to play Half-Life 2 in his downtime.
posted by Mikey-San at 11:50 AM on November 30, 2007 [2 favorites]


Let's not jump to conclusions. It could be another student art project.

Finally, a serious attempt to narrow down the field of candidates.


The question remains, though: Which candidate would crack down equally hard on both terrorism and student art projects? My heart says Giuliani but my gut says Romney.
posted by gompa at 11:51 AM on November 30, 2007


One possible suspect
posted by 2sheets at 11:51 AM on November 30, 2007


I don't watch TV, so I thought it was a useful post. (It's not even up on Google News right now.)
posted by Kadin2048 at 11:51 AM on November 30, 2007


This is the Free Republic thread following this story. The comments range from bimbo jokes to wondering whether it is staged. Ugh.
posted by Pastabagel at 11:51 AM on November 30, 2007


Not another OCAD student. I have exam season.
posted by GuyZero at 11:51 AM on November 30, 2007


That's what you get with Chuck Norris working security detail for the other side. Here's hoping everything works out peacefully.
posted by joe lisboa at 11:52 AM on November 30, 2007


odds on it being a Ron Paul supporter?
posted by empath at 11:53 AM on November 30, 2007


Witnesses described the man as in his 40s with salt-and-pepper hair.

Are they going to start profiling dudes like this? Home-grown terrorists (and I include the Klebolds of the world in that group) are a far greater threat than the imported kind. I hope that this person is disarmed before he harms anyone, incl. himself.
posted by Mister_A at 11:53 AM on November 30, 2007


empath, that's just unfair. then again, if he had walked in brandishing a solid-gold musket...
posted by joe lisboa at 11:54 AM on November 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hey, don't knock "Hostages, Clinton" -- Fox News or CNN make a whole DAY'S worth of commentary and speculation from that much information.
posted by starman at 11:54 AM on November 30, 2007


I can't wait to hear the bomber blame Hillary's absence on "faulty intelligence."
posted by dead_ at 11:56 AM on November 30, 2007


I'm crossing my fingers that this isn't some nutjob who just happens to play Half-Life 2 in his downtime

Even a Magnusson Device wouldn’t be able to penetrate one of Hillary’s pantsuits.
posted by bondcliff at 11:56 AM on November 30, 2007


Witnesses described the man as in his 40s with salt-and-pepper hair.

Well, good luck to the cops, then. They're not gonna catch Danny Ocean.
posted by Mikey-San at 11:56 AM on November 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


Fingers crossed that it's Glenn Beck, dying in a hail of gunfire.
posted by fungible at 11:57 AM on November 30, 2007 [4 favorites]


Oh shit.

That is all.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 11:57 AM on November 30, 2007


Hey, don't knock "Hostages, Clinton" -- Fox News or CNN make a whole DAY'S worth of commentary and speculation from that much information.

Okay, fair enough. Snark retracted.

IS THIS A FIRST IN METAFILTER HISTORY? GOD I HOPE I CAN KEEP MY MEFI CLUB CARD.
posted by Mikey-San at 11:57 AM on November 30, 2007


This is one of those times I just have to watch Fox news. Priceless.
posted by 2sheets at 11:58 AM on November 30, 2007


Again, I apologize for the brief post and the "Hostages, Clinton" tag. Yes, I realize this is retarded but please cut me some slack, I really dunno what I'm doing.

Swat team is moving in now, snipers on the rooftops.

Vote Ron Paul!

Enjoy your day :)
posted by GrooveJedi at 11:58 AM on November 30, 2007


I'll take him out. I have a bazooka. In my pants.
posted by Horken Bazooka at 12:00 PM on November 30, 2007


I think groove thought he was putting tags in where the more inside was. It's not a completely stupid mistake to make.
posted by empath at 12:01 PM on November 30, 2007


I find it hard to be glib during an event like this.

But, then, the quality of our glibness is not defined by the excellence it demonstrates when it is easy to be glib, but, rather, by its grim-faced soldiering on at times of crises.

Excelsior, my glib brothers in arms. Excelsior!
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:01 PM on November 30, 2007


"Let's not jump to conclusions. It could be another student art project."

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:04 PM on November 30, 2007


Witnesses described the man as in his 40s with salt-and-pepper hair.

Hostages, Clinton


Giuliani, Gillooly.
posted by not_on_display at 12:04 PM on November 30, 2007


The last time a democrat was in office, a right-wing thug set off a bomb in Atlanta during the Olympics, and another blew up the federal building in OK city.

And when President George W. Bush was in office, we had what he described as "a second wave of terrorist attacks upon our country."
posted by kirkaracha at 12:05 PM on November 30, 2007


WBZTV had heli footage of the SWAT team moving in, of course it cut off about 3 minutes ago right before they got to the door...
posted by rollbiz at 12:07 PM on November 30, 2007


I love the way breaking news exposes the incredible math skills of the talking heads on the networks.

Actual MSNBC TV quote: "One of the two hostages was just released. This is good, it's reduced the number of hostages by 50%."
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:07 PM on November 30, 2007 [2 favorites]


One woman was just released from the building, according to WBZTV.
posted by rollbiz at 12:08 PM on November 30, 2007


WBZTV had heli footage of the SWAT team moving in, of course it cut off about 3 minutes ago right before they got to the door...
posted by rollbiz at 12:07 PM on November 30 [+] [!]


Lessons learned from Munich.
posted by proj at 12:08 PM on November 30, 2007


"We're told now that there had been three hostages in the building, not two. That means with the one hostage released, there would now be two."
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:09 PM on November 30, 2007


I guess the reporter has the same problem as Astro Zombie.
posted by Eyebeams at 12:09 PM on November 30, 2007


I really dunno what I'm doing.
Thank god, then, that you did it with such mindless gusto in an effort to post this before anyone else did.
posted by boo_radley at 12:10 PM on November 30, 2007


I'm glad you posted this cos I read it first on Metachat and wondered..... WTF Metafilter??
(Thanks Kellydammit!)
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posted by Krrrlson at 12:12 PM on November 30, 2007 [17 favorites]


Thank god, then, that you did it with such mindless gusto in an effort to post this before anyone else did.

That's what I thought after I posted it.
posted by GrooveJedi at 12:13 PM on November 30, 2007


I wonder if this will change the way political campaign offices are managed. Politicians want and need to be accessible to the public while campaigning but that represents a security risk as just anyone can walk right in. Given that politics by nature attracts those with strong opinions, you run a risk that those walk-ins might be someone like this guy. So, do you put guards and metal detectors at every candidate's office in every town in the country? We'll see, won't we?
posted by tommasz at 12:13 PM on November 30, 2007


Thanks for the post... no tv on in the office...
posted by HuronBob at 12:13 PM on November 30, 2007


This is the Free Republic thread following this story. The comments range from bimbo jokes to wondering whether it is staged. Ugh.

Yeah, cos the level of discussion here is much higher.

I hope (and send out an agnostic prayer) that all the hostages are OK.
posted by NorthernLite at 12:14 PM on November 30, 2007


Thanks for the updates. No tv here either.
posted by inconsequentialist at 12:14 PM on November 30, 2007


Krrrlson, why isn't it crying?
posted by cog_nate at 12:17 PM on November 30, 2007


The hostages have been let go.
posted by everichon at 12:18 PM on November 30, 2007



Thank god, then, that you did it with such mindless gusto in an effort to post this before anyone else did.
posted by boo_radley at 3:10 PM on November 30


As opposed to all the thought it took you to jump on the pile on long after he’d already apologized.

We get it. He gets it. Enough already.
posted by bondcliff at 12:19 PM on November 30, 2007


Hostages. Clinton. Pebbles. Blue. Zanzibar.
posted by Justinian at 12:20 PM on November 30, 2007


Who said it is a 'right wing' nut? What if he is a tree hugger who thinks Hilary is soft on the envronment? What if he is a vegan who dislikes Hilary's leather shoes? What if he just wanted directions to Romney's campaign office? What if it is Romney himself? Don't jump to conclusions. Not every nutcase is a right wing nutcase.
posted by Gungho at 12:24 PM on November 30, 2007


You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who the fuck do you think you're talking to?
posted by exlotuseater at 12:25 PM on November 30, 2007


Hostages, Clinton, bombs... oh my.
posted by Effigy2000 at 12:25 PM on November 30, 2007


'We're hearing that the hostages have been released. This would indicate that the hostage-taker is now alone."
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:25 PM on November 30, 2007


Hostages, Clinton.

Freedom, USA.
posted by DU at 12:25 PM on November 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


"We're hearing that the hostages have been released. This would indicate that the hostage-taker is now totally, utterly fucked."
posted by Mikey-San at 12:26 PM on November 30, 2007 [3 favorites]


Who said it is a 'right wing' nut? What if he is a tree hugger who thinks Hilary is soft on the envronment? What if he is a vegan who dislikes Hilary's leather shoes? What if he just wanted directions to Romney's campaign office? What if it is Romney himself? Don't jump to conclusions. Not every nutcase is a right wing nutcase.

Well said. Hillary is a pretty right-wing herself, imo. I'm sure many right-wing nuts don't mind her so much.
posted by GrooveJedi at 12:27 PM on November 30, 2007


"This began early this morning when a woman carrying a baby ran in to the pharmacy next door to the Clinton headquarters shouting for someone to call NINE-ELEVEN".

God, I love FOX news.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:28 PM on November 30, 2007


call NINE-ELEVEN

911. 9/11. Coincidence? I think not!
posted by ericb at 12:30 PM on November 30, 2007


Flagged as a really fucking shitty FPP.
posted by fandango_matt at 12:30 PM on November 30, 2007


"This began early this morning when a woman carrying a baby ran in to the pharmacy next door to the Clinton headquarters shouting for someone to call NINE-ELEVEN".
And then Guliani showed up.
posted by Godbert at 12:31 PM on November 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


Flagged as a really fucking shitty FPP.

I was just curious to see how long it'd take for this to happen. About an hour, apparently.

I wonder how long it'll be before it's deleted . . .
posted by deejay jaydee at 12:32 PM on November 30, 2007


I'm sure many right-wing nuts don't mind her so much.

Jesus, you're kidding, right?

Also, fuck Ron Paul.
posted by kableh at 12:33 PM on November 30, 2007


In the absence of any evidence, it's irresponsible to suggest any motivation or ideology on the part of the bomber. He could just as easily be a former staffer with undiagnosed schizophrenia, the estranged husband of a staffer or any of a dozen other things than an unbalanced right-wing extremist. We just don't know who he is & why he's doing it. Until we do, it's best to save your speculation.
posted by scalefree at 12:35 PM on November 30, 2007


“Swat team is moving in now, snipers on the rooftops.”

Damn fascist pigs, trying to silence political expression.

Nice to see another Palantine supporter, exlotuseater, we’ve got to get organizized.
posted by Smedleyman at 12:35 PM on November 30, 2007


Just in case you're wondering what those fine Christians over at Free Republic are saying, I'll save you some time:

wonder what nutjob they paid to pull this stunt.... like all the people who they get to hang nooses to make people think conservatives are radical haters

Just another diversion or to seek attention and sympathy.

Probably a man masquerading as a pissed off Republican. Upon further investigation, it will be found out the person is really a Hillary plant, trying to make Republicans look bad.

My first thoughts: it’s staged, designed to draw attention in N.H. Maybe Hillary even has to rush there dramatically and resolve the situation.

Religion of Peace?

Team Clinton will stage anything to change the story from CNN’s ‘debategate’....

Blame it on Bush.

The first of many Clinton-Sympathy stories. Hundreds if not thousands or millions to follow.

Notice the huge Hillary banner on all major news stations:)

POPCORN...POPCORN...GET YOUR POPCORN HERE.....

It’s setup to get the sympathy vote. Ticks don’t fart unless it’s choreographed by clinton first.
posted by Tacos Are Pretty Great at 12:36 PM on November 30, 2007


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