Thoughts on a dead bin Laden, and the TPA weekly round-up

So, I’m sitting around Sunday night, watching “World’s Deadliest Catch” (ironically) and minding my own business (also ironically), when word leaked out that Osama bin Laden is dead. The US has been chasing that guy around for so long, I didn’t even remember what it felt like to not be chasing him around.  Apparently other Americans felt the same way, and as the dark cloud they weren’t even aware of lifted, thousands started gathering at the White House gates in D.C., and at Ground Zero in New York, singing (badly) and celebrating the grizzly death of a mass murderer.

I’m guessing that the 2012 Republicans Presidential hopefuls are feeling silly long about now, as well they should. I kept waiting for President Obama, at the end of his address to the nation, to say something about “so anybody else want to see my birth certificate, a-holes?”

America was happy last night, and well they should be, they finally eradicated the cockroach from the kitchen pantry. I do, however, feel sorry for those 72 virgins – their future is grim.

How do I feel? I’m very proud of the President, for not forgetting the pain and the loss of the countless Americans who lost something in the 9-11 attacks, especially the loved ones of those killed on the airline flights, at the World Trade Center, and at the Pentagon. I’m also very proud of those who take the personal risks for us world-wide, on somebody else’s order, whether they personally agree or not. It’s a bit disconcerting that it turns out the guy has been chillaxin’ in a McMansion in the suburbs, instead of hiding deep in a cave eating dead possums as we had been led to believe, but whatever.

Somebody yesterday pointed out a quote from Mark Twain that pretty much sums it up for me:

I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.

Meanwhile, over on InTrade, Obama’s odds of re-election soared over 17 percent, peaking at about 70 percent before settling at 64 percent as I write this.

And mostly I’m wondering – now that the sumbitch is gone, can we keep our shoes on at the airport and carry on our big shampoo again?

Meanwhile, closer to home, here are the best of last week’s pre-dead bin Laden Texas progressive alliance blog posts:

Marxists, CFL light bulbs, and Paul Tsongas? These topics and more were discussed during the recent Congressman Michael Burgess town hall meeting in Frisco, covered by the Texas Cloverleaf.

We have a new map for the State House. Off the Kuff has a first look at it.

At TexasKaos, liberaltexan explains the Republican Path to Plutocracy. Are you listening Paul Ryan?

Former Texas Lt. Governor Bill Hobby served in the office longer than anybody else. So when Hobby sounded the alarm bell on Texas’ lack of leadership, in a poem he wrote entitled “The Perverted Village,” Letters From Texas figured people better listen up.

Texas state comptroller Susan Combs is under intense fire for allowing the personal data of 3.5 million Texans unsecured for more than a year. Calls for her resignation and various lawsuits aren’t being quelled by her belated apologies and offers to pay for credit monitoring services for those affected. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs sees a political career crashing in flames, and a scrum among the GOP sharks in the tank to eventually replace her.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts that it’s finally here, Texas Democrats have the opportunity they’ve been waiting for.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notes that republicans are going gangbusters killing public education and other institutions.

This week, McBlogger asks David Stockman to STOP THE DEFICIT MADNESS!

Neil at Texas Liberal noted that former Texas Lt. Governor Bill Hobby—very much an establishment figure—is wondering if the Republican intent in the ongoing legislative session is to ruin Texas.



2 Responses to Thoughts on a dead bin Laden, and the TPA weekly round-up

  1. Anonymous May 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Wait, we have a team of specially-trained assassin bears?

  2. Mule Breath May 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    “I do, however, feel sorry for those 72 virgins – their future is grim.”

    I’m not really a Quranic scholar, but for some reason I don’t recollect anywhere it saying those virgins had to be female… or even human.

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