An Afghan Poet’s View of Osama bin Laden’s Coming and Going

Evil has gone, embrace the light – she says – she has a point. Will you hold on to fear of the dark or welcome the return of light and work to make it stay?

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A Monster’s Tale

It was a timeless autumn, the day the sky darkened.
Soon, the people learned a monster had come to occupy the land!

Children forgot to smile.

But violence cannot stay forever:

The monster left the land and died. Clouds scattered. The people could see the sun shining again.

Sky becomes blue, land gets green.

By Farida



Dead Gulf Dolphin – No rug? Dump it Behind Bush!

Eyes not on BP oil spill any longer – no reporting so it must be OK – all gone – poof like magic! Or pick up dead and dump them where they cannot be seen cause who is looking anyway? Good thing Laurel is. Wonder how many she has not seen?

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A Stroll on a Gulf Beach Yields a Dolphin Disposal

Laurel Lockamy has seen her share of dead sea life washing up on the beaches of Mississippi.
Off in the distance she saw
another dead dolphin
A tag was stuck in its mouth with the date: May 13, 2011. That was two days earlier.
The next day
Laurel watched in amazement as the front loader turned and dumped its load behind some beach vegetation. Poof it was gone!

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Getting Real About bin Laden Hiding in Plain Sight

How could they not have known? always “sounds” good after the crime but what’s the real record about various authorities “knowing” where the criminal is or was, or even who it is.

Consider these criminals and who should have known what?
Theodore John “Ted” Kaczynski, the Unabomber a mail bombing spree that spanned nearly 20 years!

The Green River Killer – Gary Leon Ridgway murdered numerous women in Washington during the 1980s and 1990s.

David Parker Ray – the “toy box” killer tortured and killed his victims in New Mexico; 1950s-1999.

The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in Northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970’s. The San Francisco Police Department marked the case “inactive”, yet re-opened the case at some point prior to March 2007. No one caught.

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.

Serial murderers and serial-murdering terrorists, often, it seems hide in plain sight, since no one expects a serial killer to live next door or to look like everyone else.

But reporters and politicians will continue saying some one should have known – someone should have been able to find them or – even better – should have known that they were going to do something horrible.

Osama bin Laden was found, is dead, and can kill no more.

Beating ourselves and allies up over how long it took to stop him does little good, as far as I can see.

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Did Pakistan know bin Laden was ‘hiding in plain sight’?

David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Opinion Writer

The “Where’s Waldo?” aspect of the hunt for bin Laden — who turns out to have been living since 2005 just a few hours’ drive north of Islamabad — has worsened the mistrust between America and Pakistan. Pakistani anger over the unilateral U.S. attack is indicated by the fact that someone just “outed” the CIA station chief in Islamabad for the second time in a year.



Bedbugs, Superbugs, Oh My! For Real!

Bedbugs just want blood and will move into any neighborhood to get it. Be careful!

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Drug-resistant bacteria in bedbugs

Maryn McKenna

Researchers in Vancouver, BC have found bedbugs there carrying drug-resistant staph, MRSA, and vancomycin-resistant enterococci, VRE.

Bugs that came from two of the men were carrying VRE
Bedbugs from the third man were carrying the classic community-associated strain of MRSA
Is it significant?

And therefore, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go check my hotel mattress. Just in case.



One Afghan Lament on Sorrow

You wish you could take someone’s sorrow away but in sharing it, perhaps you help the healing process. Catch a sweet dream!

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How Can I Hide My Sorrow?

I am an Afghan girl,
tears in my eyes, pen in hand,
writhing from my heart.

That heart, full of sorrow,|
Pain, grief, sores.
How can I hide my sorrow?

No one understands me
or feels my sadness.
No one smooths ointment on my wounds.

How can I hide the sorrow
that fills me,
when my heart is

By Farahnaz



Sen. Brown: Job over health?

Senator Brown says he is for keeping children safe and says he if for jobs. So he votes against EPA updating clean air standards. So if people are too ill to work in factories spewing air pollution that makes them too ill to got to work – hmmm.
If worker cannot go to work 10 days a year because she has to take her children to the doctor because of ill effect of pollution… Hmmm. Ya think that Brown has thought his position through?

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Scott Brown Plays the Victim

ads and a website blasting one Republican and one Democratic Senator each for voting to block the EPA from updating clean air safeguards
Scott Brown
“As a father, I would never do anything to put my two daughters or anyone else’s children in harms [sic] way.” And that one of his most “solemn responsibilities” is to “protect children.”



Lots of “talk” about what Pakistan “should/had to” have known – through rear-view mirror. Could be true but… Didn’t Unabomber hide in plain sight for a number of years? Years gone by – shouldn’t have authorities known for years where John Dillinger was, or Jesse James, or any number of horrible people it took years to find? Years ago, the Mafia “accountant and pay master for Washington, DC was on the same floor in an office building also used by the FBI for training. Hiding in plain sight doesn’t mean conspiracy “had” to exist.

Sec. Clinton on bin Ladin’s Demise

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Remarks on the Killing of Usama bin Ladin

Hillary Rodham Clinton

All over the world we will press forward, bolstering our partnerships, strengthening our networks, investing in a positive vision of peace and progress, and relentlessly pursuing the murderers who target innocent people. The fight continues, and we will never waver. Now I know there are some who doubted this day would ever come, who questioned our resolve and our reach. But let us remind ourselves, this is America. We rise to the challenge, we persevere, and we get the job done.