Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Crossover


Really enjoyed this. I remember hearing about Hardaway's crossover as a kid and learning what it was. AI's was definitely one of the best though.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Osama

A couple of scattershot thoughts on the killing of Osama bin Laden. Just a few things that crossed my mind.

I'm not the type of person to celebrate the death of anyone but I'm not shedding any tears over someone who orchestrated, encouraged, and inspired so many terrorist attacks that led to the death of thousands in all corners of the world. The idealist in me thought it would be a great representation of what I think the US should be if we captured him and brought him in front of a fair trial. It's unlikely that ever could have happened but I think it would have been a good symbol.

Do you think that conversation with Pakistan was a little awkward?
"Huh. So, you say he was sitting in a compound 40 miles from our capital the entire time? That's so crazy! I mean, you'd think we'd have noticed something like that."
"Uh, yeah..."
"No, but seriously, we really need just like 20 or 30 million dollars for some new military stuff. You know. Gotta keep up the fight against Al Qaeda! Am I right?"

Something like this makes a threatened government shutdown look dumb. It makes the birther "controversy" look dumber than I ever thought possible.

I'm not sure whether reading my Twitter timeline was worse than watching the network coverage. At one point the CBS reporter said something to the effect of, "Obama was briefed this morning. He played 9 holes of golf this afternoon. Maybe it's surprising he played golf at all but I guess perhaps that's why he only played 9 holes." My Twitter feed was mostly death certificate jokes, gloating, and other useless snark.

Despite all of that there were a couple of lines that made me laugh at the time:
"FOXNEWS REPORTS: Obama Administration Kills Homeless Religious Man with Kidney Disease"
"So he wasn't in a cave after all? Fucking poser!"
"So, who'd Trump fire tonight?"

Fox News did manage to put "Obama bin Laden" in their caption more than once. Fair and Balanced!

I've been thinking about how the cynic in me believes that our leaders like to have a convenient enemy to point to for a variety of reasons. Bin Laden is gone but there will always be somebody else. Al Qaeda was always more than one guy but it's also less than they have been portrayed in our media. While eliminating a powerful symbol may not finish off al Qaeda or "terrorism" in general, my hope is that this serves as some sort of catalyst to end these seemingly endless wars once and for all. Already some of the talking heads were beating the drum that there are still more terrorists out there we have to kill and I expect that line will continue over the next few days if there is actually any momentum towards withdrawing more troops.