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Scratch him off the list, baby

By Tim Barnum
News Editor | news@ogemawherald.com
Posted 5/2/11

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Well, I was originally planning to run my column making fun of Donald Trump, but I’m sure he has plenty of belligerence to keep me busy for years to come, so change of plans.

Because I am sure that I am the happiest I have ever been to hear that someone is dead.

To me, it is one of those “Where were you when…” moments. Where was I when I found out Osama bin Laden was dead? Well, I was in bed at first, turning in early so I could hit up the gym Monday morning.

Then I heard my landline telephone ringing. Great, I thought, probably my mom calling with some late night question that I didn’t feel like answering.

But, wow! Thank God my mother, a social studies/history/current issues teacher at Standish-Sterling, was still up.

She probably got a pretty good current issue out of the event.

I instantly turned on the television — contacts out of my eyes — and sat about a foot from the TV so I could see what was going on. Friends and I were texting back and forth. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and John King were embarrassing themselves, waiting for President Obama to give his remarks. Fox News posted the announcement “Obama bin Laden killed” along the bottom of the screen.

I’m not making that up, either. Look up the photos online. Afterwards they smartly changed to using “Usama bin Laden,” probably to prevent the unfortunate typo from appearing again (I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt that it was, in fact, a typo).

I was elated. I had trouble falling to sleep. But I still got up in the morning to workout. Actually, I even had a custom playlist for the work out dedicated to Osama’s death. It went “Dead!” by My Chemical Romance, “Are You Dead Yet?” by Children of Bodom, “The Wicked End” by Avenged Sevenfold, “Assassin” by Muse, “Bullet in the Head” by Rage Against the Machine and “How do You Feel?” by 311.

I admit, that last song was for Tim.

I DVR’ed what was supposedly CNN’s “The Alzheimer Epidemic” because I, probably like Wolf Blitzer, was tired of waiting for Obama’s remarks. But I listened to them in the morning.

They were awesome. Hearing about the mission, about how we had the lead in August, how over the past week we were zeroing in, how no American’s were harmed in the act of taking him down, how we tossed his sorry corpse into the ocean because no country wanted to bury him there.

But the best part, and the part that had me near tears, was seeing the people outside of the White House chanting “U.S.A. U.S.A.” and singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

When we pull together and celebrate as one, even for a short time, it always gets me. The few moments where there are no partisan games, no infighting, no bloggers spreading rumors and lies — those are the best moments for me.

So I’m going to take a few days to enjoy this. We got him.

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Tim, I'm with you on this great moment. We couldn't get UBL without the courage and resourcefulness of our troops. God bless them one and all!

Monday, May 2, 2011 | Report this

What ever happened to humanity? Granted Osama Bin Laden proved over the years very little compassion of the human race, but does that mean that we should act the same in his death?? Please be reminded by the qoute from a man who believed in a better world. A world of which still does not exist.

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -- 'Martin Luther King Jr.'

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 | Report this

It's been a long time coming and I'm thankful that our SEALs got this guy. He doesn't deserve any praise for any part of his life. He's a evil-doer and I'm hoping he's enjoying his 40 virgins. NOT

Thursday, May 5, 2011 | Report this

Jenilynn: UBL hated the US, jews and even women. All he cared about was his extreme Islam based ideology in which women were/are 2nd class citizens. Remember that he had several woman and lots of children at his compound.

Islam: the word Islam means to "submit" and so UBL and others like him wanted us to either submit or die. No wriggle room here, its either or.

I believe than no amount of love from anyone was gonna change his mind. I personally don't feel hatred for UBL, just relief that justice (not hate) was rightly served. Note also that as living symbol for terrorism, he was a lighting rod for world wide hatred against the US in which rampant terrorism would continue to reign supreme. Nowadays we can ill afford that kind of hatred.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 | Report this

Jenilynn, I don't mean to be rude, but that qoute you posted regarding Martin Luther King, Jr," I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives...." is actually untrue. It was never said by MLK or any other notable person. It is a false qoute, running around the internet and is unsubstantiated. Just an FYI...

Friday, May 6, 2011 | Report this

A correction for witchkitty42.

The quote Jenilyn ascribed to Martin Luther King is more of a paraphrase than an exact quote of MLK. He certainly expressed the same sentiments when he said on page 62 of "Where do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?" the following:

"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence, you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that."

That being said, I'm not commenting on your discussion, only correcting the record.

Friday, May 6, 2011 | Report this

@Frank99...understood, but I feel that, as so many people seem to be doing lately with this particular..."paraphrase", they are using it as an authentic quote, as indicated by Jenilynn's grammar and puncuation. In fact, MLK did NOT say this and as such, it should be noted that the "quote" is not authentic and if used to paraphrase that paragraph of his speech, it should be corrected to say as much.

That being said, thank you for your...non-comment. :) And your intelligent response.

Sunday, May 8, 2011 | Report this

If most of you had fully read and understood this piece, you would understand that, while it was mainly about UBL being dead, it was also about how we as a nation can still come together and rejoice about our nation being that much safer. I feel that should be the main focus of this article. After all of the lives we have lost during and since 9/11 it has been very difficult for us to be together as one, but the truth is, that is what we need to be in this time. One...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 | Report this

I really don't care what Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted, said, meant, etc.

But I sure do care that Bin Laden is DEAD! Now, send our troops home so no more of our soldiers are killed. We've lost enough, already.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 | Report this

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