His name is Paul Ross Evans, 27, of Austin, Texas. On Monday, April 23rd, he walked into a Lowe's hardware store in Lufkin, Texas, bought potassium nitrate and dextrin, which a google search tells me are often used to make fire-works, as well as two pounds of nails. He then made himself a bomb and left it outside the Austin Women's Health Center, which offers abortion services. Fortunately, the device was spotted by a clinic employee. Police were able to defuse it and then trace the purchases of its constituent materials to his credit-card. Mr. Evans is now under arrest for, among other things, "using weapons of mass destruction". There is speculation that the attempted bombing is a result of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling re partial birth abortion.
Best blogging comment I've heard on this story thus far:
The question now is, how will the Right handle Terrorism when it has a white face and a home-grown accent and grows straight out of its own hate-filled belly? Don't expect to see this story shoved down your throat on Fox, or anywhere else for that matter. Mr. Evans' case will be quietly handled with the hushed shame of an idiot child being relegated to the attic of a proper 19th-century family's home. And some asshole in some extremist group will be waiting for him with open arms when the law-and-order types let him out on parole.
I will try and update this over the course of the next couple of days.