Monthly Archives: May 2011

Bin Laden’s Son: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T!”

No, this isn't Sayid from Lost: it's Omar bin Laden

From Yahoo’s article: Son says bin Laden sea burial demeans family

A statement purporting to come from a son of Osama bin Laden denounced the al Qaeda leader’s killing as “criminal” and said his burial at sea had humiliated the family, an online monitoring service said.

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The letter said, in part: “We hold the American President (Barack) Obama legally responsible to clarify the fate of our father, Osama bin Laden, for it is unacceptable, humanely and religiously, to dispose of a person with such importance and status among his people, by throwing his body into the sea in that way, which demeans and humiliates his family and his supporters and which challenges religious provisions and feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims.”

Omar, I’d hate to break this to you, but we don’t care about your father’s burial rights. Your father was a mass murderer who funded and oversaw attacks that killed thousands and affected millions more.

Your father has earned his place in history with Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin. He spread hate and viciousness while perpetrating unspeakable acts across the globe, often against innocents. He will be recorded as one of the most evil individuals to walk the face of the earth.

We’re supposed to care about the feelings of his followers? We’re supposed to worry about challenging a religious sect that clearly has violence on its mind every hour of every day? We’re supposed to be concerned about giving an honorable burial to a man whose preferred burial method for others was underneath tons of twisted steel and rubble?

Omar, we…do…not…care.

Now get back to figuring out the secrets of the island with Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley.

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Upset Stomach or Terrorism? You Decide.

From the Yahoo News article: No bail for man who tried to access plane cockpit.

A federal judge has denied bail for a Yemen native accused of trying to barge into the cockpit of a San Francisco-bound American Airlines flight.

Prosecutors argued in court Tuesday that Rageh Al-Murisi shouldn’t get bail because he’s a danger to society.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elise Becker says Al-Murisi yelled “God is great” in Arabic before pushing toward the cockpit. She notes the same phrase was uttered by the hijackers of Flight 93 as they took over the plane that eventually went down in Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001.

Sounds like a clear-cut case of a loose cannon extremist attempting to bring a plane down without much of a plan, right?

Well, not according to his family…

The Yemeni man who was wrestled to the floor after pounding on the cockpit door of a plane approaching San Francisco may have mistaken it for the bathroom.

Rageit Almurisi cannot speak English very well and could have misunderstood the signs inside the jet, his cousin claimed.

The maths teacher, who was heard yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he allegedly battered the door, had also only been on three planes in his life and would have been unfamiliar with the layout.

This definitely means that every time I visit the loo from this day forward, I’m going to yell out “Allahu Ackbar!”

His family also claimed that Almurisi, 28, suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and could also have reacted badly when an air stewardess told him to sit down.

His painful joint condition meant he had to take regular walks on flights, they claimed. ‘I would not be having that,’ his cousin Rageh Almoraissi said.

‘If a flight attendant has the nerve to grab me and try to force me to my seat, believe me, you would hear about other people having injuries.’

So if you have a headache that sends you into a frenzy, the natural thing to do when a flight attendant tries to calm you down is rush the cockpit and yell out the same thing as the 9/11 hijackers? Fantastic idea.

Also, I’m checking out the other passengers on every flight I take. If Rageh Almoraissi is on board, then I will not be.

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“I’m Gonna Be a Fathah!”

Raylan, kicked back and chillin' in the womb

My wife and I announced that we were having a baby several weeks ago, and now we know what we’re having: a baby boy named Raylan Mason Dean.

We agreed early on that we would spend five years married together, then begin having kids. We’re right on schedule, but we’ve been searching for Southern-sounding names the entire time. We heard “Raylan,” and almost instantly, it clicked. Mason is the name of my wife’s grandfather, and she’s wanted to name her boy that since she was a little girl. The Dean part he gets from me.

The bad news: now we have to hold on to our girl name for a while.

I can’t wait to see the little joker, hold him, teach him to play XBox, convince him that soccer is better than American football, and most importantly, attempt to instill a passion of a life lived by God’s Word and through His will.

This is one of the most exciting days of my life, and I absolutely cannot wait…

Bye-Bye, bin Laden

Osama bin Laden Waving Bye

I’ve decided to post a quick thoughts on what is, thus far, the topic of the year.

  1. Osama bin Laden is dead, and everyone is understandably in celebration mode. I am too. I would have personally preferred that he be taken alive to stand trial in the United States, but I’ll take this result over his escape 100% of the time. Untold thousands of family members of those lost on September 11, 2001 are resting easier today.
  2. President Obama was incredibly gracious in calling President Bush before addressing the media. He understood that it was President Bush’s mission for 7 years, and he deserved the courtesy of hearing that bin Laden had been eliminated from the sitting commander-in-chief. Classy move, Mr. President.
  3. I did not personally vote for President Obama (though I wasn’t happy with his contender, either), but our president does deserve a good amount of credit for being briefed repeatedly on the details of the mission, and giving the ultimate authorization to carry it out. It was accompanied by some serious risks, and he showed dedication to the fight against terrorism in his approval. If you don’t believe it, read this 3-page Politico article in its entirety. Are we really so concerned with political advantage that we would prefer to let the figurehead of Jihad go untouched than for a member of an opposing political party to receive a bit of credit?
  4. Navy SEALs are awesome. Our military is filled with people of incredible skill, character, and determination, and this mission reminded us of such. No Americans were lost in the raid, despite losing a chopper. I’ve read several books on America’s elite special forces units, and this only serves to heighten my admiration for them. Good job, boys! We’re proud of you all.
  5. The fight against radical Islamic Jihad will continue. bin Laden was indeed an important figure among them, but there are literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions, more willing to fight against Western civilization in the name of Islam. A reminder of their twisted worldview actually took place during their raid: one woman was killed because she was being used as a human shield by one of the men surrounding bin Laden. There’s still a long battle ahead of us — I just hope we’re willing to finish it.

God bless our troops. God bless our president(s). God bless America.

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