Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/03/11

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Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.”   —   Samuel Johnson

(Whether or not Osama bin Laden actually did what we have all been led to believe he did, I think it is absurd that people would celebrate his assassination.  Have we forgotten that we once condemned those who danced in the streets on 9/11/2001? Osama bin Laden was never charged with any crime stemming from the events of 9/11.  You can see this at his profile on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.  Is there some subtle difference between justice being done, and justice being served?  Did President Obama carefully parse his words, in this respect?  I may not have the answers, but I will not be cowed into not asking the questions.  “The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.”   —  Stephen Jay Gould.)   —   YUR

6 Responses to “Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/03/11”

  1. 1 Merle May 3, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Although I didn’t “celebrate” Osama’s death, I didn’t mourn either. I have to believe that our leaders had proof of his crimes. The difference to me is the celebration that was done for the victims of 9/11 was for innocent people. Osama was far from innocent. Whether it warranted his execution, I guess is up to each person’s opinion.

  2. 2 unclerave May 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Actually, Merle, you – and most Americans – WANT to believe that our leaders had proof. You don’t HAVE to. You’re an American. You can doubt your leaders as you see fit. Heck, I “WANT” to believe my leaders. I just can’t. Too many things never added up. The govt and the corporate media do a bang up job selling their version of *the truth*. I just don’t buy it. The more WE demonize someone the easier it is for us to kill them. The rule of law has been thrown out the window, and you can thank George W. Bush for that. We will never know the level of Osama’s true guilt, because we chose to take the easy way out.

    — YUR

  3. 3 Merle May 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Wow…Never crossed m mind that I was being lied to. Whadda I know. Just a little ole granny from South Carolina. The things you can learn by doing puzzles. I enjoy reading your take on things. Agree or disagree. Always informative. Alls I know is MY grandkids are the best.

  4. 4 jeremylum88 May 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Hi YUR, In the same token, we cannot believe that Osama is an angel! A person is known by his deeds and fruits – what he says and actions speak loudly for those who hear and see.
    What has happened now and then (9/11) cannot be undone. History will prove to the generations to come who is right or wrong.
    Just hope that the hatchet is deeply buried here and now!

  5. 5 unclerave May 4, 2011 at 8:08 am


    I sense a little tongue in cheek in your reply, and that’s fine. I stand with a number of little ole grannies (and grampies) every Saturday, at our local peace vigil. So don’t think that I consider myself anything other than – what used to be considered – an *average concerned citizen*. I read the same newspapers – actual and online – as everyone else (who actually still reads newspapers). I watch the same television news shows, as well. Domestically, you really don’t get much *real* variance in “the news”. (FOX News is just a set-up designed to make the other outlets appear to be “Liberal”.) But, whenever I watch or read the domestic stuff I try to read between the lines. Why did they omit this? Why aren’t they explaining that? Why are they focusing on just this aspect? Always questioning, what I consider, the incompleteness of the story. When I can, I listen to an alternative news source called Pacifica Radio. Unfortunately, they have only five stations. But, you can listen to them online. The closest one to you (not that it matters much, if you’re listening online) is WPFW, out of Washington, DC. (89.3 FM) I get WBAI here in NY. They give you a non-corporate view of events. I don’t take everything that they say as gospel, either. I just see the disparity in what they report compared to what the corporate parrots keep trying to ram down our throats. As with anything, the truth is usually somewhere in-between.

    Ya know, Merle, Unclerave didn’t start out as a puzzle blog. The *spoilers* just became something that I could post on a daily basis.

    And, whadaya mean *your* grandkids are the best??? 😉 Mine are frickin’ adorable!

    — YUR

  6. 6 unclerave May 4, 2011 at 8:40 am


    I never said Osama was an angel. But, by the same token, he wasn’t a demon either. He was a MAN. But, our corporate media (at the behest of our government) has done an all too convincing job of demonizing him. Just like they did with Saddam. And, just like they’ve been trying to do with Quadafi.

    My point has been that all that we THINK that we “know” is ONLY what we have been TOLD. If you are told a lie, especially by someone in a position of “authority”, over and over and over again, you will come to accept it as a “fact”. It is basic human nature . . . that they are counting on. But, that acceptance of the lie does not somehow make it the truth.

    Events cannot be undone, but the truth can (and should) come out. History was always my very favorite subject. But, I have come to realize that there is not as much objectivity as we’d like to believe. It is heavily skewed towards the victors. And, as we’re seeing with the Texas textbook embarrassment, history is very malleable.

    No. As I see it, the longer we let it go unchallenged, the greater the probability that the lie will be recorded, and viewed, as the “truth”. And, that is just plain wrong.

    — YUR

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