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Breakfast Scramble Bye-bye Binny Edition

DavidL's Breakfast Scramble

Bye-bye binny, from New York Times [1]:

WASHINGTON — The adult sons of Osama bin Laden have lashed out at President Obama over their father’s death, accusing the United States of violating its basic legal principles by killing an unarmed man, shooting his family members and disposing of his body in the sea.

The statement said the family was asking why the leader of Al Qaeda “was not arrested and tried in a court of law so that truth is revealed to the people of the world.” Citing the trials of Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic, the statement questioned “the propriety of such assassination where not only international law has been blatantly violated,” but the principles of presumption of innocence and the right to a fair trial were ignored.

Legal reax, from Charles Stimson, National Review [2]:

Bin Laden declared war on the United States twice in the 1990s. As the leader of al-Qaeda, he was responsible for September 11, 2001, and numerous other terrorist attacks. By joining in war against the U.S., bin Laden acted to ensure that the law governing police or human-rights law wouldn’t be applicable to his fate.

The late binny Laden had no problem trying to kill our elected leaders, to wit the intended target of  Flight Ninety Three, either the White House or the Capital.    Sadly for the late biiny,  are SEALS are better shots.

Christopher Hitchens on Norm Chumsky, Slate: [3]

The professor’s pronouncements about Osama Bin Laden are stupid and ignorant.

The man can still write.

Thought for the Day, Thomas Sowell  RCP [4]:

Many Third World countries have turned out so many people with diplomas, but without meaningful skills, that “the educated unemployed” became a cliche among people who study such countries. This has not only become a personal problem for those individuals who have been educated, or half-educated, without acquiring any ability to fulfill their rising expectations, it has become a major economic and political problem for these countries.

Education is experience condensed in time.  Credentialing which does not impart real experience id merely a waste of otherwise good money.

Irony noted, Rochester Now: [5]

Former Rochester anti-violence advocate Joyce E. “Joy” Powell was found guilty of second-degree murder this morning by an Orleans County jury .

Powell, 49, is currently serving a 16-year prison term for a prior conviction on burglary and assault charges.

She was convicted today of the murder of John Rutledge, 37, of Rochester, who was found dead in a ditch on the side of Sawyer Road in Carlton, Orleans County, on June 6, 1992. He had been shot several times.


In 2007, she was convicted for an October 2006 incident in which a woman was beaten in her Copeland Street home, pepper-sprayed and tossed through a front window. The woman suffered a fractured spine and lacerated spleen.

Us curmudgeons are hard to shock

Kiddie Kollege Komandos*, from 13WHAM [6](Rochester, NY)

Gates, N.Y. – Two toddlers walked out of a Lyell Avenue daycare Friday afternoon and were found wandering a neighborhood by themselves.

Gates Police said Kiddie Kollege daycare workers put the children down for a nap.

They discovered two 2-year-old children were missing, then went looking for them

Exclusive interview,must cite:

When this reporter interviewed the apparent ringleader of  the gang, one Tom S.  he was said he was leaded for Injun Joe’s Island.   Meanwhile his partner, one Huckleberry F. said that read men don’t wear nappies and don’t need no stinking naps.   The two reported planning to raft down the Genesee to Elmira.

[*]  Gotta give Morris Dees something on which to nibble.