Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama bin Ladin: Was 'Justice done' ?

The world now knows the good news, Osama bin Laden is dead. I too slept better tonight having heard. To recap: U.S. special forces raided a compound 35 miles north of Islamabad, Pakistan, were they engaged the al Quida leader in a fire-fight that cost the terrorist-in-chief his life.

However, a report this morning that the raid was a “kill operation” -- from the very beginning -- is troublesome. In all likelihood, a bullet to the head was the only outcome bin Laden would accept: a martyr for his cause. Yet, to think that we had no intention of capturing him and bringing him back to the U.S. to face charges for his crimes seems more like a stain on the gown of Lady Liberty than “justice,” as President Barack Obama later told the nation.

Revenge feels nice... I know. I feel it too. Since U.S. officials first pointed to bin Ladin as one of the masterminds of 9/11, I wanted him captured or killed as much as the next guy. As time went on, my fervor for his hide turned more toward dead vs. alive -- like a gas gauge moves from full to empty with each passing mile.

With the hope of Democracy spreading across the middle east and north Africa, why would we not want to show the world a better approach? If we could capture bin Ladin, assuming we could have, why not try? Why not put him on trial and make him answer for his crimes before the eyes of the world? Let’s be honest, he would have gotten the “chair” eventually anyway.

We are a nation that purports to have a fair and just system of laws that is better than any other system in the world. It's too bad our military and civilian officials behind the raid didn’t even want to give it a shot -- figuratively speaking.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Police investigate early morning crash; driver missing

A silver Audi slammed into a guard rail at the intersection of Roy Street and 8th Ave North and came to rest only inches from a steep drop onto the underpass below during the early morning hours of Sunday, December 19. Police, fire and medics responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call at 3:30 a.m. but found no one inside the vehicle.

"The car must have been flying," said one officer, referring to the force needed to uproot the cement encased metal fence and to tear up the surrounding landscaping.

According to witnesses, a loud noise was heard approximately 20 minutes earlier and a passerby noticed a flashing taillight among the thick brush that line the walls of the underpass.

The scene, just a block west of the popular family-style restaurant, Buca di Beppo, is largely a commercial area. Two Lincoln towing trucks were called to the scene to wentch the car back onto the street.

The vehicle is registered to a Stanwood address and police suspect alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Big Victory for State Sen. McDermott

The margin of victory was wide for State Senator Joe McDermott who will now take a seat on the nine member King County Council. The openly Gay councilmember-elect was well aware of the history making moment saying that he looks forward to representing the interests of the LGBT community and the people of the 8th District.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

NASA, asteroids and cocaine: Oh, my!

While reading Google News during dinner tonight, ironically, I ran across these two stories...

Mystery object likely to be asteroid

"...this is a near-Earth asteroid about 10-15 metres across, one of approximately 2 million such objects in near-Earth space," a press release from the [Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL}] said.

"One would expect a near-Earth asteroid of this size to pass within the moon's distance about once every week on average."

THEN, I read...

Cocaine found in shuttle work area, NASA says

A bag containing a small amount of white powder residue that was later confirmed to be cocaine was discovered in the space shuttle Discovery's hangar at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The hangar, known as the Orbiter Processing Facility, is a restricted zone for shuttle workers only.

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! (Lost in Space reference)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Its Not in the PI: Play offers more than history lesson

Its Not in the PI is a play almost equally about the current state of journalism than it is about the closure of the P-I, a Seattle journalistic institution with roots going back 146 years. This North Seattle Community College production in collaboration with NewsWrights United hints at what is lost when pesky reporters (experts in their beats) stop asking questions while providing a fascinating glimpse into the life of a reporter and a newspaper.

A quarter of the play seemed like an inside joke best suited for former P-I staffers, which made up almost have of the audience on opening night. Yet, there was plenty of material left for the rest of us to consume. In one scene, a reporter speaks of his frustration with his editor after attempting to tell the tale of a Paul Allen lobbyist who signaled to hold a vote on a local stadium until one of his votes returned from the bathroom.

The production's set was sparse and the quality of acting varied among the cast but this ensemble gave a cohesive presentation and, thus, delighted this audience member. It seems appropriate that students would tell the story about the sad state of print journalism when local universities are still turning out journalism majors who face bleak job prospects – unless they aim for jobs in PR and marketing where dodging reporters and handling the media has become an art form.

A panel presentation to explore the future of news reporting in the Pacific Northwest will be held following the play on Friday and Saturday, November 13th and 14th. Tom Paulson, former P-I Science Reporter and Co-Executive Producer of Its Not in the PI, will moderate the panel of local members of the media.

Fridays-Sundays through Nov. 22, Stage One Theater, North Seattle Community College; $10 suggested donation (206-526-0063 or

Microsoft to ban XBox Live users

Microsoft aims at cutting down on pirated games and XBox consule modifications by banning XBox Live users who may have engaged in the practice, according to MSNBC. An estimated 600,000 and 1 million players could be cut off. Let us know what you think by voting in our interactive poll (see right ==>).

Veterans Day: We shall never forget...

SEABlogger would like to honor all of the veterans who served our country. My heart also goes out to the the families of the fallen soldiers whose lives touched many of us here in the Northwest. Feel free to honor your loved one in the comment section.