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The latest Bin Laden Video

osama bin laden video

Hm. I don’t know. I think there’s something different about his beard.

From ABC News.

Intelligence sources tell ABC News they believe the expected video message from Osama bin Laden is authentic, recently produced and evidence the al Qaeda leader is still alive.

For all we know, the goddamn video doesn’t even exist and ‘sources’ are pronouncing it authentic, recent and proof of somethingorother. Stupid ‘sources’.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 7, 2007, 12:46 pm

Of course, I was in the camp that thought this fucker died in the first assault on Tora Bora, until the ‘white beard’ video surfaced. But, seriously, we get one frame of a video that looks exceedingly hinky, and we’re supposed to be able to read all this stuff into it?

Well. It’s less about politics — left and right would like to see this man dead, if for somewhat different reasons — than about experts holding onto interesting jobs, I’m thinking.

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: September 7, 2007, 1:03 pm

I was hoping he’d show up for that award the Pakistanis bestowed on him in their (very mature and enlightened) response to Salman Rushdie being knighted so the USAF could drop a 5000lb bomb on his head.
I’m not convinced he’s still alive though; I reckon the enemy are using him for propaganda pusposes. We’ll see. Anything right now – and we’re all equally guilty of it – is pure speculation.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 7, 2007, 1:30 pm

I’m of the opinion that a proven-living OBL would do more damage to US moral etc than this continued “mystery” as to the truth. So I think he’s takin’ a dirt nap – or they’d simply video him with a current Wall Street Journal or NY Times paper in his hand – reading from a current article – to prove his, um, livingness.

But as we all know, I’m usually dead wrong.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: September 7, 2007, 2:02 pm

“One place where a beard would stand out would be southeast Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia,” Clarke told ABC News. “No one’s thought he was there, but that is an environment where most men, Muslim men don’t have beards.”

Hey Dick Clarke. Don’t you think a 6’5″ man would “stand out” in southeast Asia with or without a beard?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 7, 2007, 2:11 pm

Yeah, I think the “fake beard” idea is pretty laughable. Also the “Arabs dye their beards” thing. That whirring sound is Occam spinning in his grave.

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: September 7, 2007, 2:23 pm

The ‘man with a beard would stick out like a sore thumb’ argument is moot anyway. This man is a hero to most people in the Islamic world. He managed to land a substantial blow on the Great Satan, cause of all the world’s problems forever and ever amen. Don’t give me that ‘moderate, peaceful majority’ shit. They love this curel motherfucker; he’s like their new prophet. They’d shelter and give him sustenance if he happened by. Hell, even if they didn’t particularly agree with his methods, they’d take his side over America any day of the week.

Comment from BGG
Time: September 7, 2007, 3:21 pm

I’d like to know what sort of qualifications ABC needs before it declares someone is an intelligence source 😀

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 7, 2007, 3:27 pm

*Thinking how Truman would have handled the middle east after such an event as 9/11*

*Or how Lincoln would have handled the treasonous assbag democrats after said 9/11 event*

Comment from Muslihoon
Time: September 7, 2007, 5:43 pm

Regular Muslim men in many parts of the world do not wear beards.

But ultra-religious Muslim – they all look like cookies from the same cookie cutter. Same type of clothing (Arab dishdashah), same headdresses (turban or kaffiyeh), same long beards. Same prayer bruise (a dark mark in the center of the forehead, from years of banging it on the ground).

So, no (or yes, depending on one’s perspective): UbL would most certainly not stand out in Indonesia or elsewhere. As it is, they are used to seeing Arab or foreign men to study at their training camps or to convert Muslim men and women to true Islam.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 7, 2007, 6:42 pm

Wow, really? A bruise? They whap it that hard? I wonder if they’re subject to boxer-type brain injuries.

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 7, 2007, 6:48 pm

…”Same prayer bruise (a dark mark in the center of the forehead, from years of banging it on the ground).”…

Okay. That made me giggle. And it sure explains A LOT.
I would think a guy 6’5″ in those parts would stand out, but they aren’t going to say anything as he is their modern ‘Mo’.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 7, 2007, 7:42 pm

Ah-ha! Weasel has been here:


However, long seconds of web searching yielded no reference to head-thumping islamic bruises, but somehow I don’t doubt it in the slightest. God knows it sounds stupid enough.

As an aside – I have often wondered if moslems occasionally fart when bending over in prayer. The answer is: yes. My impression is that if this happens, strict rules dictate that they have to start over again – but I could be wrong. In any case, I don’t care. I won’t be in the room.

I’d never get out of church if I had to do that though.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 7, 2007, 7:52 pm

That’s spooky, McGoo — I spent my pre-work time this morning reading Science Daily. When you said that, I thought for a moment there was a comment section and I’d said something stupid in it.

I leave comments all over the damn net every day, and I never remember where. I need a textual pooper scooper.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 7, 2007, 9:28 pm

I had just read that brain-damage article this morning also. When I saw your comment, it clicked. We apparently cruise some of the same roads and alleys. Not surprising really, since our interests often converge.

Hey – does it bug you that Science Daily has those fringe-science advertisements scattered around? I’m not sure what to make of it. Do they quietly accept the ad revenue – knowing their readership is intelligent enough to skip the ads (with distain) – or are they too naive to tell the difference between fringe and mainstream? Or do they assume their readership has a fair number of techno-doofi* included.

*god I hope I got that tense and spelling right or I’ll not hear the end of it*

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 8, 2007, 5:02 am

Huh. I never noticed the ads. Which tells you something important about sidebar ads (or weasels).

I do wish they had a comment facility, though. It’s gotten so I hate reading news I can’t bark at.

Comment from Muslihoon
Time: September 8, 2007, 1:37 pm

Ever heard of IMAO news?

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 8, 2007, 4:38 pm

Yep. One of the wonderful things about the Net, blogs, and even some of the MSM sites is that – by god! – you can post your $0.02 worth for the world to see! I love it.

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