Photos of Osama bin Laden’s Body Will Not be Released!

By | May 4, 2011

Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan after the raid

Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan after the raid

So I just received emails from both the Washington Post and ABC News Indicating that President Obama said on 60 Minutes he is not going to release the pictures of Osama bin Laden.

One can’t help but wonder why this is. It must be assumed if he is not intending to release photographs there must be some other method of evidence that can certify that the body is indeed that of Osama bin Laden. Since he has about 600 relatives composed of a “Saudi group”, a “Syrian group”, a “Lebanese group,” and an “Egyptian group it is not inconceivable that they could run some sort of DNA test, but it doesn’t seem likely we could verify his exact DNA since we never had it to begin with.

Nonetheless, a paternity DNA test (which I just found is the type they reportedly ran on bin Laden’s DNA) that determines whether a father and child are related, is fairly accurate, but it would also be nice to verify the Mitochondrial (Maternal) DNA as well. Nonetheless, without the original DNA and considering the large family size that bin Laden came from there may continue to be speculation that we may, on some off chance, have killed the wrong man. People after all wouldn’t accept President Obama’s birth certificate as valid, so it’s not hard to see this conceivable escalating into some a trivial controversy.

Since there will always be that element of doubt, but what can anyone really know for sure anyway. We could take the argument all the way to existentialism (that you can only know what you experience) and beyond if we wanted and dismantlement all concepts of epistemology. Thus, it would be silly to seriously doubt bin Laden’s death unless we had some very compelling reason to believe the Obama administration has very compelling motive to device on this point. Again there is a very small question left, but the doubt right now is probably just the media doing its due diligence in vetting the withholding of these photographs.

In paternity testing, no man will ever be 100% included as the biological father because there is always the slight possibility that the DNA profile of the alleged father matches the DNA profile of the child by mere chance. The likelihood of this happening is usually well below 0.001% (1 in 100,000), but it depends in large part on the ethnic origin of the individuals involved. In addition, it important to note that the certainty usually increases with the number of DNA loci (locations) analyzed.
~DNA Genetic Connections

But the test can’t rule out that the body was bin Laden’s brother, according to Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, a forensic scientist and chairman of science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. ABC World News

Osama bin Laden is Finally Dead!!!

By | May 1, 2011

President Obama addresses the nation on the death of Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden is finally dead. This is something that has been a long time coming. It is has been almost 10 years since the 9/11 attacks, after which we committed to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. Although we all knew bin Laden was in Pakistan, we allowed Pakistan to harbor bin Laden, because they are a nuclear power. Fortunately, they allowed limited cross border operations enabling this day, which for so long seemed like it would never come, to finally come.

The operation was authorized by the President last week and was executed last night by US special forces under the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Navy Seals landed in the compound and proceed to killed bin Laden, shooting him at least once in the head, and subsequently took possession of his body. They had been operating on a tip they received back in August.

While this is no longer of much strategic significances in terms of winning the war on terror, it is a huge achievement in terms of moral and perception! Prior to this point our failure to kill him has been sort gnawing at our creditability on the world stage. Now we have achieved a tremendous victory for the psyche of not only the nation, but the world.

Osama bin Laden has been killed in a CIA operation in Pakistan, President Obama will announce from the White House, according to multiple sources.

Washington Post

President Obama Addresses the Nation on the Death of Osama Bin Laden [10:46 p.m. ET]

ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

Today we can all idenfity with the Psalm of David

Psalm 18

37I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.

38I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.

39For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

40Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

41They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.

42Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

43Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

44As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

45The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

46The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

47It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.

48He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

49Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

Is Now A Good Time for Obama to Release Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

By | April 20, 2011

Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR)

Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR)-U.S. Energy Department via Associated Press

With Prices at the pump starting to reach $4+ a gallon it may be time for Obama to release some oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Apparently he has indicated that he could had done it about a month ago, but he seems to be waiting for a worst trigger point; than the current crisis in Libya and the Mideast. Since Libya actually doesn’t supply that much oil only maybe 3% of our imports or a couple of 1000 barrels a month. Egypt is a relatively small source as well with only several hundred barrels a month. As of lately the biggest source of imports has been the oil sands in Canada, from which we are getting a couple 1000 barrels a day.

Since it is not a supply problem, but a speculation problem some would say we shouldn’t tap the reserve. However, considering the size of the reserve (about 700 million barrels of oil) it need not be depleted substantially to help ward off speculators for the time being. A speculation problem is just as bad as a supply problem with the effect being that it is takes money from those who can least afford it and gives it to those with the most. Obama’s solution would seem to be higher taxes, but the real solution would be to make the game fair, so you don’t have to reshuffle the deck and take the legitimate gains off the table along with the illegitimate gains.

Hybrids and electric vehicles simply remain cost prohibitive, both in terms of up front costs and practical savings. A Prius for example simply has too high of an initial cost and higher maintenance costs (for a battery replacements) coupled with limited availability in the secondary market that makes it cost prohibitive for the many working class folks who are hardest hit by the high gas prices.

So one the best solution right now would seem to be a ramp up in production coupled with a fast diffusion or flooding of the market from the reserve, which should bring the price down. Of course the problem is we cannot ramp up production at home much until infrastructure improvements are made and drilling is expanded. Also hybrids will have to be designed much more practically, and auto companies will have to greatly expand their hybrid production to bring prices down. Thus the main source of the current problem is the speculation, and there needs to be some sort of regulation or caps on oil speculation for the time being,because the notion that you can force people to drive less is just ridiculous.

Sure you can technically force people to drive less (or rather you can force the poor and lower classes to drive less), but the question of what you are really forcing people to do less of is hardly ever addressed. What people who think we should drive less are really saying is people need to do less and be less involved in the communities around them, because all our society is connected by roads and there is very limited connectivity for non-motorized vehicles.

Despite efforts to plan more compact communities after high school we cannot guarantee work places and public transit will always work out to be so close to home and practical. The fact of the matter is when public transit is actually available it is quite often not practical for must people since it can often involve quadrupling commute times or worst, and it still uses oil for the most part, albeit less.

Thus we are pushed into more indoor activities and community events and organizations tend to take a hit. So what high gas prices really does is discourage people from visiting parks, museums, recreational, cultural and historical sites around them. It encourages people to frequent places such as Walmart and many other one stop types of places, instead of shopping around at speciality and ma and pa type stores stores. It is just generally bad for society, and there is no way around some of these severe geographical limitations we up again in driving less.

Ultimately the problem of out of control market manipulation on such a necessity of life will have to be addressed in some way. Since, our modern society simply could not function without oil and since the bulk of farms are so far away from where people are living and our communities are simply too far spaced for non-motorized transportation in most cases. Driving less will not solve the problem, but will simply delay the inevitable market collapse as the problem diffuses into the upper classes.

Egyptian Revolution Succeeds: Mubarak is Gone!

By | February 11, 2011

Hundreds of Thousands in Tahrir Square: Photographed By: Mona sosh

Hundreds of Thousands in Tahrir Square: Photographed By: Mona sosh

The Egyptian people have spoken and after 18 long days of protest their president of 30 long years has finally agreed to go. While this is generally seen as a good thing at this stage, there is still so much question as to who will fill this void. President Obama and others are comparing this to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and even quoted from Dr. Martin Luther King. Conversely, one must ask what president wouldn’t jump a moment during their administration they could compare to the fall of the Berlin Wall. So, on the flip side others are declaring this to be a disaster on par with the Iranian Revolution that will upset the entire balance of power in entire Middle East.

It of course remains to be seen what will occur in Egypt I think most people are approaching the situation with a moderate stance of guarded optimism. While there is a real threat that the Muslim brotherhood could rise up to fill the void. It still not clear that even if they do it would be a complete disaster. Plus they do not represent as bulk of the protesters, however given the predominately Muslim culture in Egypt they are nonetheless a concern with a real potential of pragmatic appeal to the majority.

The one thing that we do not want in Egypt is another country on Sharia (Islamic law) because of the provisions in Islamic law that makes it very dangerous for freedom of religion, and even freedom of speech and very oppressive culture for women and any Muslim dissenters. Already under the old regime in Egypt the Coptic Christian Church has come under heavy persecution, with authorizes often looking the other way and refusing to prosecute perpetrators of violence against Coptic Christians. The Coptic Christian Church traces its origins all the way back to the first century with tradition holding that it was established by the apostle Mark, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples.

Another real large cause of concern in the region is one we are heavily invested in the region with both economy and military aid. First we have already had one really large crisis with the Suez Canal and Communist concerns this century, so we would like to avoid another. That concern of course played somewhat of a role in drawing us into the Vietnam crisis because of concerns over Communist expansion in Europe we didn’t also want to lose Asia to communism as well. Now of course we have a whole other, but similar set of concerns with Muslim expansion in region.

Secondly, we have supplied Egypt with quite modern arms such as F-16 fighter jets, M1 Abrams tanks, high quality training at West Point, NY, etc, etc.

Lastly, Egypt is rumored to have a clandestine nuclear program, so in would certainly be disastrous if the country fell into the wrong hands. We of course would not want to jump the gun on invasion over any WMD program, but it’s much better if we can keep the country as a close ally to both us and Israel and not have to worry too much about dismantling any WMD program.

Never Tell Me the Odds!

By | November 22, 2010

“Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1!”
“Never tell me the odds.”
~C-3PO and Han Solo

“Never tell me the odds” is perhaps one of the most memorable quotes from Star Wars. While the delivery was good, the quote is not memorable because of anything particularly special in the delivery or the way it was said. It is memorable because we can all identify with it when we are going through tough, dangerous, or difficult times none of us really want to hear how bad the odds are. We simply need to know that success is possible. Time and time again in countless hero stories almost always one of the common factors is that they faced seemingly insurmountable odds. The other common factor is that they completely defied those odds. How did they do it? Well simple they ignored those odds. Ok so maybe they didn’t actually ignore it. They gave it attention, but only the minimal necessary and it wasn’t their primary focus. They focused on something greater, Star Wars simply called it the force, but in reality it is not simply an impersonal force, but a knowable God who we can focus on.

When a God of heroes comes to mind the God of the Bible seems to emerge as the most logical choice. The God of the Bible is also the God of David (the giant slayer), Samson (superman), Moses (the magician), Elijah (the prophet of fire), etc. If we were to think of a Greek god or some other god would almost seem like the people succeeded in spite of them, those sort of gods seems very malevolent. However all of these real life heroes of the Bible had a close relationship with their God, and while it may seem like they were mythical in aspects its important to ask ourselves what came first the myth or the person. It some instances it is possible the myth may have preceded the person as a sort of foreshadowing. So if the myth, we must ask, do we find uncanny yet inexplicably precise detail, commonalities across myths, real portraits accounts of the men with both the good and the bad, and/or universalism in these myths that seems to transcend cultures. If so, perhaps we ought to consider that just maybe what were seemingly myths are real and realize that we can indeed face our giants if we focus on our even bigger God. Shrinking back is always there waiting for us to default to. Stepping up to the challenges on the other hand takes faith and courage.

Finding Your Peace

By | November 9, 2010

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. – James Allen

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Chafee says trust me, where have we heard this before?

By | October 30, 2010

Got to love campaign slogans “trust Chafee”. Chafee give me something more to trust than a 1% tax increase on the stuff I need. If that’s the good news I hate to hear what the bad news is.

trust chafee in god we trust

(Now don’t get me wrong I honestly don’t know much about him, but what I do know is the only thing I keep hearing him say in all his ads is he is going to tax necessities 1%. Never mind everyone has to live, so we can just go beg bargain and steal to make up the shortfall I suppose.
Well I don’t hear anyone talking about tax free yachts in this state, but I guess that’s making jobs and there aren’t other ways to make jobs besides caring for the rich folk’s pleasure crafts.)
Frankly, I am just not really liking anyone right now, so even at this late stage of the game I am open to voting for any of the candidates if they show me who they trust as their moral authority, a comprehensive solution to the states woes with a timeline, and perhaps a genuine change of heart on some issues depending on if they will even say where they stand in the first place. Until then Linc last I remember in was in God we trust, and not in Chafee we trust. Now I’m not saying trust in one is preclusive of the other nesscaily, but the resemblance in the calling for our trust is rather uncanny. In such case my trust goes first and foremost to the highest authority, and then the lower authority must gain my trust, by showing they have also submitted their trust in the highest authority.

Also just so it doesn’t seem like I’m only picking on Chafee I must say wow Frank Caprio your are frankly (pun intended) no better telling off the President like that, you can cross off my name from your list of support. Also if your father’s antics of asking people to perform musical bits and disclose all kind of personal information and such in the Providence traffic court are any indication of what your antics may be like as governor I’m to say the least a little worried.

Pogo Dave in North Kingstown

By | August 1, 2010

Pogo Dave on Route 4 South in North Kingstown Taking Pictures

Pogo Dave on Route 4 South in North Kingstown

Today on Route 4 South in North Kingstown between Oak Hill and West Allenton Road, I observed a guy riding an exercise bike on top of his car. My first thought was that it must be some sort of political stunt, with all the red, white, and blue wrapped around the car and the 20 foot high flags, shooting up off the exercise bike handles.

Come to find, out after examining the photos and seeing the website:, this is all about nonsense. He even sells support nonsense t-shirts. Now where is the sense in that? Oh yeah, there is none; right got it.

So why is he doing this again? Nonsense, oh wait wait after reviewing his bio it appears there is some sense in this after all: he wants to make people laugh, because as he describes making a lady laugh got him a job. I wonder if he could come back down and perform for my birthday tomorrow; it would have to be strictly on nonsensical basis of course.

Pogo Dave on Route 4 South in North Kingstown

Pogo Dave on Route 4 South in North Kingstown

I guess if we all lightened up and laughed a little more instead of stressing out so much about how this recession, increased car taxes (which I will have more about later, because I am not going to let that one go quite yet), more taxes, decreased or stagnant pay, and a plethora of other things that are making life very difficult for many of us we would probably all be better off.

Also as the saying goes: laughter is the best medicine, and many studies do suggest this to be true. Also, although I think it probably goes without saying; nonetheless, I will say it anyway. This should be qualified with the fact that it is not very healthy to laugh at crude and demeaning sorts of humor, which of course so often come at someone else’s or even our own expense.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lighting Thief

By | July 30, 2010

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lighting Thief is a well done, and for the most part family friendly movie. It does however have some scenes that would probably scare younger children, due to intensity. The movie is based largely and pretty accurately on the Greek mythology of the gods and demigods i.e. half gods.

The latter group of half mortal half god such as Herculean category is the main focus of the movie. The premise as the name implies is that someone has stolen Zeus’s lightning bolt. No one knows who the thief is, however Percy Jackson quickly becomes the most likely suspect.

He must then embark on a journey to clear his name, but gets side tracked from that journey into a journey of regaining his lost loved one from Hades, the god of the underworld. The course of the movies is predictable in many ways, yet the predictability is comes in a very well done fashion.

The bulk of the movie takes us along on a journey across the United States in a search for pearls, which will allow Percy Jackson, and his group of friends to return from the underworld. After they complete this journey they must then embark on a journey down to the underworld.

The location of the underworld will come as no surprise, but what will be a surprise is a seemingly small yet crucial detail they overlooked in their planning. Also, as we of course learn the identity of the lighting thief, predictable towards the end we are taken a bit off guard.

Notwithstanding, there is still very good and yet subtle foreshadowing as to the identity of the lighting thief, coming as early as the first stop on their quest.

Also most viewers will find the twists and turns along the trip quite a refreshing change of pace from some of the more completely predictable movie themes. Of course, most people will see some of the twists coming from just due to our familiarly with basic Greek mythology, but they nonetheless add in enough new elements to keep it interesting.

WikiLeak’s Afghanistan War Logs

By | July 28, 2010

As many of you have heard WikiLeaks has Published Afghanistan war logs dating from 2004 all the way up to the beginning of 2010. They claim since everything is submitted anonymously they do not know who sent them the war logs. Not only did Wikileaks publish them, but they published the entire 91,000 logs, well actually they did hold back a few something like 18,000, so technically not all, but yet a huge amount.

So not only did they publish the logs, but they have sent them to the major papers the New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel, with the condition they not publish them before the date WikiLeaks published them, in order to increase the coordinate an increased buzz. While these logs do not contain much sensitive data, at least on the surface of it, they do contain dates and locations, but what they mostly do is confirm the tenacity and parasitic nature of our enemy. Here is one excerpt of from of Islamofascist propaganda that our enemy was attempting to spread back in January of 2004:


Our first mistake in Afghanistan is something, that while seemly simple says it all. The name is no longer Afghanistan, but the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and we legitimize them placing Islam before republic, not only symbolically in the name, but in everything they do they Islamic law takes precedent over any other laws of the republic. Not even in the United States do we allow religious tradition and sentiments to govern us to the extent that they do. We have our basis in religion sure, but never has that basis been used to force others to follow it in any way that is not consistent with an orderly system of law. Now just look at what the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has in their Constitution and tell me if it is any wonder why we are not succeeding there.

Right off the bat, the second article of their Constitution completely contradicts itself in just the first two sentences. First Islam is declared the scared religion of the land, but follows can supposedly perform other rites, but essentially only within the limits of Islamic law which is declared in the third article as the law of the land. United States law is based on the Bible, but it doesn’t defer to the Bible, it takes the Biblical principal and clearly states it. They are not bold enough to state their Islamic principles in there actually, because they know they are intolerant.

Article 1 [Islamic Republic]
Afghanistan is an Islamic Republic, independent, unitary and indivisible state.

Article 2 [Religions]
(1) The religion of the state of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is the sacred religion of Islam.
(2) Followers of other religions are free to exercise their faith and perform their religious rites within the limits of the provisions of law.

Article 3 [Law and Religion]
In Afghanistan, no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam.

Furthermore, they do not even begin to talk about our first amendment rights until their 34th article. Then in their 34th article they defer their freedom of expression with “by observing the provisions stated in this Constitution” (i.e. article 2 and 3), right to publish without prior permission, but again “in accordance with the law” (i.e. Islamic law), directives related to mass media “will be regulated by the law” (i.e. Islamic law). What you think they are going to keep more scared their 34th or first 3 articles where they declare Islam as law of the land?

Here is another highly disturbing piece of Islamic propaganda from 2007 It sounds like they at least do show some restraint in not wanting to harm children, but it also sounds like they are willing to take any means necessary to kill an America, and are almost saying next time they will be willing to kill children if the local populace does not heed their warning. It sounds like they are so brain washed in this Islamofascist ideology that they are simply beyond any reasoning even with regards to our humanitarian efforts over there.

RC EAST: 021817Z Sharana PRT Nite Letter Received 01 MAY 07 WARNING Dear Brothers, Aslamu Alaikum: As a Muslim we are all brothers to each other, and we help each other in order to resolve our muslim brothers problems, therefore based on our religious claim that all Muslims are brother and they take part in their brothers problems in order to assist and find a resolution for his problem we have sent you this warning letter and we would ask you all to read this letter from A to Z with patience, and its every ones responsibility to act according to this warning letter, dear brothers we hope that the Mullah of your Mosque or your village elder reads this warning letter with loud voice in the mosque to all people in order to pass our words to all residents of the village, its because its our responsibility to pass the facts for you all, and after that its your responsibility either your going act accordingly or not, Prophet Mohammad Says Our Allah orders us for righteous and he has forbidden us for evil, those who are disobeying his orders he will be punished, after you commit an evil action even if you repent and ask for forgiveness you wont be granted forgiveness by Allah, because you have disobeyed his orders, as obvious our homeland has been occupied by infidels and the Jihad (the holy war) is obligated for each Muslim against occupiers, every time Americans or infidels show presence to your village, your kids and yourself show them lots of love and friendship this has caused to prevent your kids from participating in the holy war against occupiers in our homeland, we have had few of our Muhahideens in your district who were ready to commit suicide attack on the infidels in your district but unfortunately every time we have planned to attack them we have found a huge crowd of kids around the occupiers and that has prevented us from attacking them but after this warning letter we will warn you all that we have lost our patience and our tolerance from now on any civilian causality due to our suicide attacks you will be set responsible for it not we, every time Americans are going to a school in order to distribute school kits in order to make more aliens and enhance relationship stronger, we have warned the principle of your high school to keep students away from Americans but, this person passed the words the way to prove it that we have personal hostility with the principal and told the villagers not to worry and no one will harm your kids, but we will guarantee that this principle is trying to misled you all with his false words in fact he is a devil he works for his personal desires, for the interest of Americans and for the chief of police, last time we warned the principle of the high school via warning letter we asked him to resign from his position but unfortunately he didnt listening to us but instead he strengthened his relationship with Americans, and since he has had received the warning letter we have noticed increase in the patrols and presence of Americans around is village, brothers this person who is the principle of the high school he is an American spy and he uses students and some teachers for providing information about Taliban to collation forces, in a very near future the principle will be beheaded by Taliban however he relies on American and he believes that they will protect him but in fact he is wrong because no one can protect him from us, we have made the word to behead him and we will stay on our word and we will definitely cut his head off, the principle in the past spread our the word that Taliban are against education and they are the enemies of school but in fact we are supporting education but this principle is American collaborator and spy and we will assure you all that very soon we will get rid of this devil so that the entire Islamic society is purified from devils, Prophet Mohammad says that those who are deviling among Muslims they should be beheaded in order to act according to Sharia we have to behead the principle and his collaborators who provide him information about Taliban so he can pass it to Americans and the chief of police will also be beheaded, Allah says that all muslims are forbidden for make friendship with infidels because Allah says you will be granted dignity only by Allah not by any infidel in another verse of Quran Allah says do not pick ajew or Christian friend if you choose one from them you will be considered one of them, dear brothers once again at the conclusion of this warning letter we would ask you all to keep your children away from American forces and their convoys and we would as the Mullahs of the mosques and the elders of the village to read the entire warning letter loudly to all residents of the village and pass the above mentioned to every resident of this area, Dear brother principle of the high school (Faizullah) chief of police and their collaborators they all believe that the Americans will protect them but in fact no one or no force can protect these people from us, however we could behead long time ago but the only reason that we havent done yet, its because we wanted to make you all aware on their devil and Non-Islamic behaviors than we will kill them, so after this letter and notice these people will be beheaded, the above mentioned people are working against Islam and agaist Ulemas (religious leaders) in fact since they have been warned by Taliban we ave seen increase at the presence of Americans in our area but after this warning letter our Taliban brothers will put their efforts to kill these people, Dear Muslims Taliban are acting according to Islamic principles and we have always wanted to make more friends and strengthened our friendship with our follow Muslim friends.

Lastly, I saw one Air Assault related log where they sadly had to leave a body behind, and come back for it later. As anyone familiar with America Military honor knows you do not leave anyone behind dead or alive. However, practicality sometimes has to win out at least in the short term, and bodies get left to be recovered later. However, they do not forget and they take the recovery missions very seriously.