Entries from May 2011

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

UPDATE: Justice Stevens said Killing Bin Laden was Legal

Continuing the previous post on the legal concerns surrounding the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, this just came in: Retired Justice John Paul Stevens – one of my favorite Supreme Court Justices – said that killing Osama Bin Laden was legal (WSJ reports): “It was not merely to do justice and avenge Sept. 11,” but “to remove [...]

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Obama’s “Bin Laden is Dead” Speech

1. Word cloud of the speech   2. Ratings Mashable reports that it received the highest TV rating since his election:     3. On “I can report… I directed… I determined…” You might noticed that in the middle of the speech when describing the operation, President Obama used more “I”s than normal. The Fabius [...]

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Origin of the “Bin Laden is an Old Friend of the Chinese/American People” Joke

A  joke is spreading on the Chinese Internet sphere in the form of a fake obituary, titled “Bin Laden: Old Friend of the Chinese People“, in some versions, “of the American People.” It imitates the pretentious tone often seen in official Chinese obituaries of foreign leaders, starting with: “Comrades, we are gathered here today, solemnly [...]