Tin foil turbans


Apparently, there’s a new generation of conspiracy theorists. I guess all the 9/11 conspiracies are passé now. Now it’s the time of the ‘Osama Bin Laden isn’t really dead’ conspiracies.

For example, a conservative legal watchdog group is suing the CIA and Defense Department for the release of the Osama Bin Laden death photos. The supposed watchdog group, whose name I won’t even mention, say that they’re pursuing the photos for reasons of ‘transparency in government’. In my opinion that roughly translates to ‘we’re a bunch of nutters who don’t believe Bin Laden is dead. They know that President Obama isn’t about to release the photos. Not to mention that suing the CIA is bound to shake a few nuts from the crazy tree.

Speaking of nuts, a man described as an eccentric California salvage diver is planning a dive into the Arabian Sea to recover Bin Laden’s body because he doesn’t believe he’s dead. When Fox News refers to you as ‘eccentric’ you definitely have issues. Again this will just be more conspiracy fodder because he won’t find the body for a few reasons. The first is the Arabian Sea is a pretty big body of water considering it’s part of the much larger Indian Ocean. Not to mention that if the US Government and the Navy Seals don’t want you found you won’t be found.

So please do us all a favor. Stop believing in conspiracies. The only one that is real is the conspiracy to irritate the shit out of me with your stupidity.

Michael Moore has a problem with Bin Laden’s death. Who’s shocked?

It’s been a long time since we heard from fat boy hasn’t it?

Well of course it’s just like him to complain about the death of one of the most prolific mass murderers of our time. It seems that Moore took to his fatter…I mean Twitter account to post his objections to Bin Laden’s death.

Most of it is just some politically correct over sensitive bullcrap but I would like to take issue with one of his specific tweets.

“What’s so wrong w/ just saying the truth? “We executed him.” Fine. I’m guessing most would applaud u. So I like trials! Call me an American!” he wrote.

First off this is why I prefer Facebook to Twitter. If I have something to say that’s over 140 characters I’ll post it on Facebook just so I don’t have to look like an illiterate assclown on Twitter, but I digress.

So what if Bin Laden was executed? Can you think of anyone more deserving? It was probably less suffering than his victims endured. Fine, I’ll say it. Bin Laden was executed and I for one am ecstatic about it.

As far as a trial goes I partially went over this yesterday. Not only would a trial make where ever it was being held would be a prime target but it also would have been nothing more than an opportunity for Bin Laden to spew his insane propaganda.

Then again fat boy would probably like that.

Trench on Bin Laden’s death

South Park Bin Laden Camel

Don’t worry. No complaints, no idiotic conspiracy theories. Just something I thought of tonight which I’m sure tons of people have already said.

Anyway I was just thinking that probably the orders given to the Navy SEALS were to make sure that Bin Laden was dead. I don’t think bringing him in alive was ever an option.

If he had been brought in alive just imagine what kind of target that would have made of where ever he was being held or tried.

Not that I’m complaining. I’m glad the bastard is dead and wished they still did the head on a pike thing.

Steelers RB is a truther


Like I needed another reason to renounce the Pittsburgh Steelers as my favorite football team. If Rapey Ben wasn’t enough now it turns out that Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall needs to be fitted for a tin foil helmet.

In the wake of the death of Osama Bin Laden Mendenhall posted the following on his Twitter account…

We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style. 

I’m not convinced he was even behind the attacks we have really seen no evidence to prove it other than the gov telling us. 

What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side.

 I’m not even going to dignify these tweets with a response. However between Rothliesberger, the fact that Steelers fans are becoming insufferable, and now this I may start rooting for the Panthers.

The Steelers are quickly becoming the new Cowboys.

Osama Bin Laden dead


Image from the NY Times

Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.

On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country. On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.

We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice. We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda — an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.

Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort. We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support. And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot.

Yet Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Meanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.

And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.

Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.

Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must –- and we will — remain vigilant at home and abroad.

As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was. That is what we’ve done. But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people.

Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations. And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates.

The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war. These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded.

So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done.

Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.

Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.

And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.

The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.
President Barack Obama 5/1/2011

As I’ve said before I am not a fan of President Obama’s healthcare reform but you can’t help be more than a little impressed that the Obama administration did something that the two previous administrations tried to do but couldn’t accomplish. I could not be any more proud to be an American than I am today.

Thank you and God bless the men and women of the US Armed Forces.

And while we’re at it before the tin foil hat crowd gets started Snopes has the reason that Bin Laden was buried at sea. Basically, no country would want the body and it prevents his grave from becoming some kind of terrorist shrine. Plus I like the idea that he’s now chunks of a fish’s stool.