“Say a prayer for Boston tonight”




102 Responses to ““Say a prayer for Boston tonight””

  1. 4 Roberta in MN
    April 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    This is just a sad day. MSM are nuts.

  2. 5 Proud Former White House Intern
    April 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Prayer is needed indeed!

  3. 6 hgerhard
    April 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you Mr. President. This is hard – so close to home.

  4. 7 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    • 8 MightyPamela
      April 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Here it is, the shining of the American spirit, “We Will Help”…..

    • 9 HZ
      April 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Speak of kindness, lovely actions, thoughts, patience, truth, gentleness: all in action. Thanks for this act of great compassion.

      Praying indeed, Mr. President.HZ

  5. 10 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    My heart breaks for the city of Boston, for those who are hurt, and for the horror the first responders have witnessed. My thoughts and prayers go out to them. No one deserves such horror.

  6. 11 GGAIL
    April 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I’m still at work with a heavy heart from seeing the reports.

    Prayers abound

  7. April 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    We keep repeating these horrific experiences and seeing how they bring out the best and worst in our fellow citizens. Sometimes it feels like we live in a third world country with the level of violence too many people are subjected to. Boston is one of America’s greatest cities and they will reclaim Patriots Day for true patriots, not mindless killers who besmirched this day.

  8. 14 Nena20409
    April 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    One of the 2 known to have been killed was just 8 yrs old? That is just so sad. RIP little one.

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      April 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      It’s too much, Nena. A little one, enjoying a marathon, now has no tomorrow. Senseless, heartless, horrifying.

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  10. 17 mtmarilyn
    April 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    We must be ever prayerful and vigilant but also remember we are resilient. I am determined to work to keep all these people that want us to fear at bay. There is too much fear out there. We must be aware but we don’t have to live in a fearful world. I feel that is what the Repubs want for us. We can’t let them win. That is one reason why this community is so needed. The President is right, we will find out who did this. I pray for those who died, those who are injured and all those who are living thru the experience. Our best is to turn off the msm and stick with family.

  11. 22 99ts
    April 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Best I repeat the last post on the last thread

    What a sad wake up in my world today – thank you for such compassionate descriptions and responses on TOD


  12. 24 sherijr
    April 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    email from OFA:

    Due to the events at the Boston Marathon today, we are postponing tomorrow’s National Call Day on gun violence prevention.

    We’ll update you when we know more about what’s next in this effort.

    Please join us in keeping Boston in your thoughts and prayers.

    Organizing for Action

    • 25 GGAIL
      April 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      I received this email too sherij

    • April 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Ooops, I should have refreshed my page before posting. Thanks, sherijr.

    • 29 99ts
      April 15, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      I guess it seems hard – but in the 70s the Brits just kept on doing what they planned to do – despite all the bombs. The most visible sign was the removal of waste bins – especially at Railway stations. Otherwise life went on – they presumably learned how to do this during the blitz in WWII.

      Sometimes I think things should not be cancelled – those who want to create bedlam love that they disrupt peoples plans and lives. The news coverage of today & the continual conspiracy theories, blame searching and refusal to admit most terrorists are home grown – and associated with people who want to overthrow the rule of law – is exactly what those who support violence are looking for.

  13. 30 whatisworking
    April 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    This info may be useful

    Regarding Boston Marathon bombing

    1-617-635-4500 – hotline to find family members

    1-800-494-TIPS – if you know anything

  14. April 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Tomorrow’s SF OFA phonebank has been cancelled due to today’s tragic events. Not sure if this is just our local group or if this was a decision from the top. Check in with your local OFA folks to see if your phonebank is still on.

  15. 32 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm

  16. April 15, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    • 34 japa21
      April 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      AS I mentioned in a tweet on the last thread, there is one very good reason PBO did not use the term. Unfortunately, and at least partially due to th media choosing not to use the term to describe domestic events, most people associate the word terrorists or terrorism with Muslims. So if he had called it “terrorism” that would have been the first thing that would have clicked in most minds. I understand that the WH has since come out and said it is viewed as an actof terroism but it is yet to be determined if it is domestic in origin or not.

    • 36 nathkatun7
      April 15, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Nat Silver is absolutely spot-on! For the people who lost loved ones, it really doesn’t matter how we label what took place to cause the loss of their loved ones.

  17. 37 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2013 at 7:18 pm

  18. April 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    This is a National tragedy. In our small town we had four runners at the Boston Marathon. All are safe as well as the others from around WY. Our population is under half a million. My oldest son and his wife are/were marathon runners. They weren’t there, but they could have friends. His Grandma just called worried about him. Here is a link to our local paper.

  19. April 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Why was their day ruined?

  20. 40 dotster3
    April 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Why would AP tweet that a Muslim extremist in Jordan is celebrating the Boston explosions? That is irresponsible and provocative. And how did they find that Muslim extremist in Jordan who was celebrating and why call attention to this one individual’s statement other than to stir up more hate?

  21. 42 japa21
    April 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

  22. April 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    We could all do with a smile – a few were wondering where Alice had been lately, she hadn’t been on Twitter either for nearly a month. Just heard back from her, she’s had her hands full!

    • 44 a4alice
      April 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      That’s sweet – thanks Chips. I couldn’t believe what I heard at work today when I saw about Boston. Heavy hearts this evening. Hope this might bring a bit of a grin to folks. Hope everyone is well.

  23. April 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I have been out of pocket all day and come up for air to this horrific news. My prayers for the people of Boston as well as all American citizens. Incidents like this affect us all in some way. It saddens me that there are those who feel the need to bring harm to others; that violence is to the solution to whatever is conflicting to them.

  24. April 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    My pets know I’m upset. Trying to comfort me. Unfortunately hubby is on his way to work. If you read my post I hope you realize this has affected me deeply. I was late hearing about it as usual haven’t had TV news on for a couple weeks. It’s taken me time to check on friends and family. If it affected me, it’s affected several thousand others. Only thing I can think of to do if your not nearby is to give blood if you can. My heart goes out to everyone. I’ve been at the end of a couple marathons. It is a community of people from all over and you feel a kinship with the runners.
    Can I assume you have gotten emails telling you that the national day of calling is postponed until further notice?
    I’m out of words. I’ll just sit back and observe and retweet. TOD is the place to be during a national tragedy.

    • 52 jacquelineoboomer
      April 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Carol – Hugs to you. Yes, a river of tears as your image suggests, but it also suggests budding beauty and love among all of us, and standing with each other to get through the rough times. We’re all in this together.

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  27. 56 PrayerWarriorforObama
    April 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    One thing I like about so many Americans is your strength in adverse situations. You always triumph over your enemies, and I know this time is no different; you will overcome, and you have a president who is fearless, strong and is blessed with the insight/wisdom no other current leader possesses.

    My prayers are with the families and friends of the victims, President Obama and the entire US population.

    Thank you so much TOD for keeping us informed.

    • 57 jacquelineoboomer
      April 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      To tell you the truth, many of my fellow Americans – and I – really needed to see those words right about now, I’m thinking. Sometimes it’s hard being sure any of us can find the strength we need to keep going.

  28. April 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    • 59 jacquelineoboomer
      April 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      One of the first things I thought of, after the coverage started showing the first responders.

  29. 60 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm

  30. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    April 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    May be a duplicate post, but I’m just seeing this:

  31. April 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm

  32. 66 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

  33. April 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm

  34. 68 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Boston. F*cking horrible.

    I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”

    But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

    But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

    But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

    So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

    Read more: http://www.uproxx.com/tv/2013/04/leave-it-to-patton-oswalt-to-put-the-boston-bombing-in-proper-perspective/#ixzz2QZzzaE3B

  35. 73 donna dem 4 obama
    April 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the city of Boston and to the family who lost the 8 year child. My heart simply breaks for them.

    Hang in there America…They can bomb our cities & they can shoot our kids but they will never ever break our spirit.

    It was once said that, A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. I’m so thankful that we have President Obama at the helm to show us the way through another horrific event in this country.

  36. 75 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm

  37. 76 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm

  38. April 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    It’s true that emergencies and tragedies bring out the best in people.

    But this is so senseless, so war-like.

    Dozens of people maimed for life, in addition to those lost forever.

    Cannot say more on this subject.

  39. April 15, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Since our beloved President is always juggling a multitude of balls in the air, am changing topic to Margaret Thatcher funeral:

    Compare Presidential delegation:
    “Both Shultz and Baker served as Secy of State during Thatcher’s term as British Prime Minister.”

    To U.S. House of Representative delegation (from a Brit prospective):

    The GOP go out of their clown-ways to get me to hang my head in shame

  40. 81 amk for obama
    April 15, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Jesus, what a horrific news to wake up to. My condolences.

    • April 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      I was thinking of you earlier Amk, that you’d wake to this, 99ts too. Beyond comprehension.

      • 83 amk for obama
        April 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm

        It’s tragic. All the violence and the violent rhetoric everywhere is depressing. Man is the worst animal.

        • April 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm

          It just brought back the horror of the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland, although I know these indiscriminate bombings go on every single day in every corner of the world. The targeting of innocent bystanders like this just boggles the mind, how can anyone hate that much?

      • 85 nathkatun7
        April 15, 2013 at 11:18 pm

        Chips, there are some people in this world who have totally gone beyond insane.

    • April 16, 2013 at 1:20 am

      My hubby had to wake up to it too since he is working nights right now. He has a rotating shift schedule. #1 son had a friend who came in fourth and another one later, but both long gone before bombing. Rob and his wife run marathons, so I was worried he might know someone.

  41. 87 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    CNN is just itching to make this into something it isn’t. What or who the hell is their source?

  42. April 15, 2013 at 8:27 pm

  43. April 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Chips, I have a post ready to go.

  44. 94 kathryn kivett
    April 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I do not understand evil….I do not understand how a person is born into this world and sees no beauty, feels no joy and love, but is consumed with such hate that they want to bring harm to as many people as they can. My heart and prayers go out to the victims and their families of this senseless act. I am sickened by those who are so heartless that all they can focus on is if PBO said the word terror or didn’t say the word terror. My God, what has this country come to when you can’t even support the President of the United States in the middle of a crisis?

  45. April 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Decided to watch network news for an update on the situation in Boston. I chose CBS evening news with Scott Pelley, who is giving a special Western Edition. So far, he is doing a very good job of reporting. No hysterics and no inflammatory insinuation. Walter Cronkite would be proud.

  46. April 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm

  47. 99 kasai
    April 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    ((((((((((((Hugs all around)))))) To All the Tod’s family!
    My heart aches…for the people in Boston…Mr. President we are with you through thick and thin.
    Keeping everyone affected by this tragedy in prayer. Keep Hope alive….Love always Winsl

  48. April 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I HOPE NO ONE TAKES THIS THE WRONG WAY. (STOP YELLING MAGAPIE!!!) Today was horrific, BUT…….. We are so fortunate in this country. And THANK YOU to Homeland Security and police women and men and all of our devoted GOVERNMENT (hello!) safety and security folks for all you are doing under constant criticism and derision. THIS KIND OF STUFF RARELY HAPPENS in this vast, diverse and VERY FREE society What do YOU want to do that you can’t do? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO THAT YOU CAN’T DO?? We are Americans and we LOVE to gather in big, festive groups and present easy, soft targets all across our country as a matter of tradition, life-styles and community. Yet we remain very safe. Remember post September 11th hysteria. DEAD. We’re ALL going to die SOON. Crop dusters!!! Anthrax!!! Poisened water systems! What did they call the radical plants that were supposedly EVERYWHERE?? Anyway….you know what I mean. The events today were horrible. but.

    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      April 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Brilliant. I’m bringing that over to the latest thread, since I just got here, to remind others just arriving. Thank you.

    • 102 nathkatun7
      April 15, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Well said, magpie! UT also posted this neglected TRUTH (o.k. I am joining you in shouting): “The good outnumber you, (the you, referring to these cowards who inflict senseless terror) and we always will.”

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