The Library of Congress is one of my favourite places to avoid work anywhere on Capitol Hill. It’s a block or so from everything, so if you find listening to the House of Representatives a soul-deadening experience, as it can be, you can escape and check out some cool “printed ephemera.” After all, you can never see enough Thanksgiving proclamations from Royal Governour Gurdon Saltonstall of the colony of Connecticut. The air-conditioning is first-rate, too.
On Thursday, a guy drove up on the sidewalk outside the LOC and, over the course of five hours, explained to police that he had a truck bomb. If it detonated, it would have taken out both buildings of the library, as well as a very cool fountain, a hunk of the Supreme Court building and, depending on the size of the bomb, maybe a piece of the Capitol and/or one of the House office buildings. The tourist casualty rate might have been dreadful. Like I said, it’s a block from everywhere. From the Washington Post:
U.S. Capitol Police said in a Twitter message that they were checking a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress. The Cannon, Jefferson and Madison office buildings have been evacuated. Police said there is a possible explosive device in the pickup truck, though no explosives have been found at this point.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said the incident started around 9:15 a.m. when the man drove a black pickup truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress at First Street and Independence Avenue SE. He said the driver told an officer who responded to the call that “he had a bomb” and the officer said he saw what “appeared to be a detonator.” Manger said negotiators were “hard at work” talking to the man and that he was hoping to have “a peaceful resolution to this incident.”
And because this is 2021, and everybody can make themselves a star, it appears that this guy provided his own live shot.
Two law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation identified the man as Floyd Ray Roseberry of North Carolina. At one point, a man who appeared to be in a pickup truck was live-streaming outside the area, talking about a revolution, calling on “other patriots,” and trying to get President Biden on the phone. The Facebook live videos of the man who apparently is in the standoff with Capitol Police show what looks to be a bomb in his lap. He is holding a large canister with a battery-powered device on top. He also claims to have ammonium nitrate in the toolbox of his truck. He said the device is sound-activated, and will only go off if the truck windows break by a bullet or other means.
Ever since events began to pile up in Afghanistan, some of our more media-thirsty elected nutballs have found a new field in which to be unusually vocal. Rep. Lauren Boebert thought it clever to say that only the Taliban is “building back better.” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene posted a video in which she called the president a “piece of shit.” And Donald Trump, Jr.—who, thanks be to god, is not likely to be elected to anything anywhere—said he agreed with the Taliban government when it maintains that there is not freedom of speech in the United States. The gentleman in the truck had thoughts, too.
“I’m here for a reason, Joe Biden. I’m here for the American people. And if you want to take me out, take me out. But when the patriots come, your a-- is in trouble,” Roseberry says in the video. "So if you blow my truck up man, it’s on you, Joe. I’m ready to die for the cause.”
... “The revolution is on, it’s here, it’s today,” he said in his livestream. “America needs a voice. I’ll give it to them.”
Roseberry voiced disgust with Biden’s Afghanistan policy and called on Democratic senators to step down, saying they were "killing America.” He demanded to speak with the president.
The distance between the call and the response is getting narrower by the week now. And there doesn’t seem to be the political will to do anything about that. And now, apparently, Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management is under threat. It’s a country gone mad.
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