Monday morning talkers: Bin Laden and "Slut walks"

May 09, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation.

National 

• Stating the obvious: Obama: Bin Laden had support network in Pakistan. (CNN) 

• Voyeurism of narcissism: New bin Laden videos released. (CNN) 

• Some bad dudes: Obama pays tribute to SEAL Team 6. (Reuters) 

• The mission marches on: U.S. drones dropping bombs in Pakistan. (VOA) 

• Iran is just bonkers: Ahmadinejad allies accused of sorcery, having supernatural powers. (Guardian) 

• Why didn't I think of this? Bin Laden T-shirt seller makes $120K in two days. (Daily Mail) 

• Come fly the friendly skies: Pilot refuses to fly Muslim leaders. (Daily Mail) 

• Think before you talk: Officers' rape comment sparks "Slut Walks" in America. (AP) 

• Interesting: The Obama administration's de facto death penalty freeze. (Fox News) 

• The rich get richer: CEO pay rose 11 percent in 2010. (WSJ) 

Local

• We helped: Maryland intelligence agencies helped track bin Laden. (Baltimore Sun) 

Quote of the Day (from a crazy person): 

"How we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic? Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s and he is not a 'suspect' but uncontroversially the 'decider' who gave the orders," - Noam Chomsky 

Quote of the Day, II (from a sane person): 

"Liberal guilt may have its uses, but it should not be wasted on this kill-mission. The really insane assumption behind some of the second-guessing is that killing Osama somehow makes us like Osama, as if all killing is the same. Only fools or knaves would argue that we could fight Al Qaeda’s violence non-violently. ... Unlike Osama, the Navy Seals took great care not to harm civilians — they shot Bin Laden’s youngest wife in the leg and carried two young girls out of harm’s way before killing Osama. ... Morally and operationally, this was counterterrorism at its finest. We have nothing to apologize for," - Maureen Dowd 

Video 

• Bin Laden watching himself on TV: 

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