I remember back when it was all North Korea’s fault. Personally, I blamed almost everything the least bit “evil” on North Korea no matter what or where anything occurred. (I still kinda do.)

This morning, Thursday, it’s difficult to ascribe the Boston bombing or the fertilizer plant accident in Texas to Kim Jong-un’s divisiveness. Yet it’s difficult to let go of a convenient scapegoat.

Perversely, though, I think we in the United States are unwise to call this Kim a “boy” at every opportunity. Flipping the bird in diplomatic discussion seldom is a winning tactic. It won’t help.

Friday, early afternoon

Wow! All Boston and suburbs on lockdown following overnight developments. Two brothers, 19 and 26, thought to have bombed the Boston Marathon, have been identified. They’re believed to have killed an MIT security cop (also young), held up a 7-Eleven, carjacked a Mercedes and tried to get away on that driver’s credit card. Then it seems they let the guy go and had a shoot-out with police. The 26-year-old was killed. The younger bomber is on the lam.

There’s an astounding force of national security personnel and equipment, including not only patrol cars but also armored vehicles, all sorts of specialized trucks, vans and flashing lights everywhere. No sign of an organized militia, unless that concept has morphed into the National Guard. A major city immobilized, including air traffic, trains, buses and taxis. A million people and more. Hard to figure.

Meanwhile, there’s apparently nothing of interest going on in the rest of the world. A couple of weeks ago we were toe-to-toe with North Korea. North Korea threatened to launch nuclear-tipped missiles toward some U.S. territory. Just imagine what that would mean. Apparently everybody stood down, but that’s a guess. Haven’t heard.

Seems to me that after photos of these suspects were released, their relatives and friends and acquaintances did not rush to inform the FBI or other agency. This is an impression. I have not substantiated this. Rather thought-provoking.

Difficult to remember that it was just this past Monday that the Boston Marathon was run. Two young guys created a horrible, savage disaster directed on a couple of hundred innocent people and on the psyche of America.

There were connections to Jackson Hole: Seven runners were from here. One is a friend of mine, Dave Muskat. He was unscathed physically; a relief for sure at a strange time.

Comes now an explosion of a fertilizer plant in Texas that pretty much wrecks a small town and kills a bunch of people.

All while our Congress was busily rejecting anything that could possibly deal with inappropriate gun sales. What will now happen to any immigration legislation?

Later on Friday

To nearly everybody’s amazement, the FBI and all the others got him. Alive. Wounded but alive, so he may talk. If he survives. It took shutting down an American city for a day. After a display of police and national security assets that is almost unsettlingly enormous, and of technological advances.


Television won’t let this incident slip away quickly.

Who, what, when, where, how: Must be satisfied. My ultimate question to these criminals: How could you do this to fellow human beings?

How are the injured and maimed doing? The ones who must live out their lives now as victims.

There will be people who can’t believe these nice young men could do anything like this. And people who can. Some politicians will use this to justify their positions and votes on everything from immigration to guns to health care. Runners will run marathons.

See something? Say something.

Field Notes: A little spring is falling as I write, some as snow, some as rain. Buds on aspens and cottonwoods are not quite stalled, but a few warm days will be welcome.

Other signs of spring include some bulbs in bloom and, here and there, green grasses. Bears have emerged from their dens. Elk seem a bit confused about where they should be and are being seen in unexpected locations.

On April 14, Franz Camenzind spotted 10 long-billed curlews on lower National Elk Refuge. By April 14, pairs of curlews were established on Willow Flats in Grand Teton National Park. Sage grouse are courting. American white pelicans, California gulls, trumpeter swans and Canada geese are on the Snake River Oxbow (Camenzind).

As a new platform was offered to the displaced osprey pair on Skyline Pond last week, a white-faced ibis and a sampling of local waterfowl observed (Franz Camenzind).

Sunday: Swainson’s hawks are coming to the valley, turkey vultures are in evidence and kestrels are showing up. Coots are definitely back. Elk are spread out still. Bison are roaming about. Grizzly mama 610 and her three ready-to-be-off-on-their-own cubs were seen in the morning in Grand Teton by fortunate locals and tourists.

© Bert Raynes 2013––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––Bert Raynes writes weekly on whatever suits his fancy with a dash of news on nature and its many ways.

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