Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

I was watching the Phillies game on ESPN last night and around the sixth or seventh inning the crowd started chanting “U-S-A!  U-S-A!”  The announcers helpfully informed us that they were reacting to the news that bin Laden had been killed and suggested we switch over to ABC for the news coverage.  So I did, listening for about 30 seconds to the braindead talking heads and pundits ruminate on the killing’s significance for the ongoing war on terr’r.

Then I switched back to the game, where one of the announcers (Orel Hershiser, I think) said, “This is like one of those ‘where were you when this happened’ moments” (yeah, thirty years from now I’m gonna remember that I was sitting on the sofa watching a boring-ass baseball game and scratching my ass when bin Laden was finally “brought to justice”).  Some more shots of the crowd, people staring at their electronic devices, more scattered chanting, one particularly dumb fuck stretching the front of his shirt, which, by some stroke of luck or genius, happened to have “USA” emblazoned on the front of it, while giving the “No. 1” sign with his hand.

How fitting that I was seeing the whole ridiculous spectacle unfold in the context of a sporting event.  The death of bin Laden has about as much significance for the lives of the poor deluded chumps chanting “U-S-A” as the outcome of last night’s baseball game—in other words, none.  Same goes for the effect it’ll have on Team USA’s war on the Middle East and Central Asia.  It’s a hollow, symbolic victory at best, a little something for the rubes to cheer about while the managers of the empire go in search of another bogeyman.

They hate us for our freedoms…

…therefore, we should curtail some of those freedoms.

The Koran-burning stunt by that Florida preacher elicited two entirely predictable responses: 1) Angry Muslims rioting in the streets, and 2) US politicians calling for the curtailment of some of our allegedly Constitutionally protected freedoms.  Of the latter, we have the Senate’s Junior Maverick, fighting for truth and justice and war without end:

In Afghanistan, at least for now, the deadly violence appears to have abated. But in this country, Jones’ actions have raised questions about what constitutes responsible free speech. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said on CBS Sunday Morning that that’s an issue he plans to take up in Congress.

“I wish we could find some way to hold people accountable,” he said. “Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war. During World War II, you had limits on what you could say if it would inspire the enemy.”

Here’s another idea.  If you’re so concerned about people being killed by pointless violence in Afghanistan, Lindsey, you could take up the issue of the ongoing criminal occupation of that country in Congress and vote to get the fuck out.  But no, that’s clearly not an option.  That would mean the terrists would win, and we can’t have that.  Better to put limits on some of the few remaining freedoms we the inhabitants of the Homeland are still allowed.

I think Lindsey and his neocon cohorts in Congress should get together and have themselves a little barbecue, too.  Maybe throw a copy of the Constitution, which they’re so laughably sworn to defend, on the grill.