by Max Brantley
“The citizens of Central Arkansas can rest a bit easier today with the arrest of Jason Woodring,” stated Thyer. “The power grid attacks had the potential to put many lives at risk. When we depend on electrical power not only for comfort and convenience, but also for safety, security and life-sustaining equipment, not knowing where the next attack would occur held the public hostage to an unknown attacker. I am extremely grateful to all the investigators from the FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Union Pacific Police, Entergy, First Electric, Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office, Cabot Police, Arkansas State Police, Conway Police Department, Little Rock Police Department and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for their commitment to this investigation these past few months.”
We would like to thank the many investigating agencies who worked on this case, especially the FBI, ATF, and the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office, as well as our employees and members of the public who assisted in the investigation. Protecting our transmission grid is vital to the quality of life for everyone.* BAD FAITH NEGOTIATION: Oh, and, yes, no solution has emerged on opening government and avoiding a collapse of the U.S. credit rating. Why? Because the Tea Party Republican caucus in the House continues to insist that President Obama must surrender on his health care legislation. He won't and shouldn't. It's the law. Senate Republicans, so far, aren't ready to send the House a clean operating budget, which clearly would be approved if it could come to a vote. Republicans like Tom Cotton, Tim Griffin and their controllers at the Club for Growth will accept no negotiation that doesn't produce an Obama capitulation and/or a drastic reduction in the country's social safety net. Thank Tim and Tom and the 'baggers. The Kochs are sending in some of their paid shills to a meeting Monday at the Statehouse Convention Center to whip up a continuing frenzy against providing Americans with health insurance. Nice folks. Don't forget to thank the Americans for Prosperity, too. Prosperity doesn't begin at YOUR home, of course, if you have medical bills and no insurance.