Should Government Release Pictures Of Dead Osama Bin Laden?

Enlighten Channel On Sirius/XM Radio Saved!

Enlighten on Sirius/XM radio will now be heard on Channel 18.

Thanks to all those who wrote and contacted Sirius/XM radio and urged that Southern Gospel radio not be removed.

Those calls and emails worked.

I must admit to being surprised, and pleasantly so, about this news.

 Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) said that starting May 4, enLighten will be heard on SiriusXM Limited Engagements, channel 18.

Beyond satellite radio, enLighten continues to be available on SiriusXM Internet Radio, and available through the SiriusXM App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and several BlackBerry and Android-powered smartphones.

enLighten is the home to great Southern Gospel music from artists like Gaither Vocal Band, Gold City, and The Inspirations.

How Did Osama Bin Laden Live In Compound Within Pakistan?

One of the great reads today on yet another interesting spoke of the story.

But living in an urban area such as Abbottabad does require some contact with the outside world and a few people have spoken about the Bin Ladens’ habits and routines.

A newspaper hawker told the BBC that he delivered newspapers to the compound every day and at the end of each month his bill was promptly paid, always by the same man.

He never stepped inside the compound and his impression was that only one person lived there but, he added, that every now and then he saw a red pick-up vehicle, with a goat inside, being driven to the compound.

US officials said their long-term observation of the compound revealed that the inhabitants burned their rubbish inside the compound, rather than leaving it outside to be collected.

Another neighbour also told the BBC’s M Ilyas Khan that there was a domestic helper who lived in the area and who went into the compound to clean and to work in the kitchen. She divulged very few details but said that she never saw Osama Bin Laden in the house.

The residents of the compound clearly employed a number of domestic helpers. Abbottabad hospital staff have told the BBC Urdu service that among those being treated in the wake of the raid are two women believed to be maids employed by the family.

Missing Underwear After Mifflin Street Block Party

Why would anyone think the Mifflin Street Block Party is a flawed idea, a drunk-fest, and needing to be eliminated?  Consider all the fun that was to be had!

• A 19-year-old Madison man was hospitalized Saturday with a deep stab wound to his buttocks after he refused to give another man a beer and the two started fighting.

• A 20-year-old Rock County woman said she blacked out Saturday afternoon and woke up in an office building around 9 p.m. She was missing her underwear, purse and other personal belongings.

• A 19-year-old Sussex woman was found in a West Johnson Street parking garage around 3:52 a.m. Sunday clad only in a T-shirt and underwear. The woman did not know how she got there.

• Mark A. Goss, 23, of Lodi was tentatively charged with battery to a police officer and resisting arrest after he slugged Sgt. Karen Krahn in the face around 7:40 p.m. in the 400 block of West Mifflin Street after she approached him for carrying a bottle of liquor in a glass-free zone.

• Police went to a house party in the 500 block of West Mifflin Street around 3:40 p.m. after people said they had been hit with beer cans coming from a balcony of the residence. Brandon K. Reed, Alex E. Ruff and Steven L. Rubinyi, all 22 and of Madison, were cited for providing alcohol to underage persons. Reed and Rubinyi were also cited for encouraging underage consumption.

Seth A. Kulick, 22, of Burlington tried to run from police investigating the house party. Kulick dragged Officer Grant Humerickhouse down an alleyway, bruising the officer’s leg. Sgt. Tony Fiore also bruised ribs dealing Kulick, who was tentatively charged with resisting and obstructing, possession of drug paraphernalia and casual possession of marijuana.

• Nicholas G. Kollauf, 18, of Milwaukee was tentatively charged with possession of cocaine and underage drinking, and Chase W. Strunk, 21, no permanent address, was tentatively charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana. Both were in a shed behind a residence in the 500 block of West Mifflin Street, which officers had thought people were using as a bathroom.

• Justin B. Goodwin, 20, of Madison was tentatively charged with battery and trespass after officers saw him striking the head of a 22-year-old Mifflin Street resident. The victim said Goodwin and other men were on his porch and attacked him when he asked them to leave.

• Luke W. Seeling, 20, of Spring Valley was tentatively charged with possession with intent to deliver a schedule II narcotic after police saw him give a pill from a bottle to one of several women standing around him in a backyard at about 9:30 a.m. Saturdy. Seeling, who had 45 Aderall pills, told police he was providing amphetamines because the women were tired and needed to “wake-up.”

Now Comes Tough Words From Mayor Soglin And Mike Verveer Over Mifflin Street Block Party

On Saturday I posted  that “I suspect many local politicians will try to feign a shocked look when trying to explain how this never was considered a possible outcome.”

The outcome were the many crimes and incidents of violence including stabbings, sexual assaults, batteries, thefts, police officers hurt, robberies and drug deals in downtown Madison during and after the Mifflin Street Party. 

I also posted Mayor Soglins’s comment made before the party was held concerning the way the Mifflin event was organized this year.  (emphasis below is mine.)

Soglin stated, “Just when we thought there were no new ways of having a block party, we’ve found a new way,” Soglin said. “This is a rather different and much improved effort to celebrate spring.”

Now that the event is over comes the tough words from Soglin, and a leading member of the Madison City Council, Mike Verveer.  Rather as I predicted back on Saturday that hindsight would provide clarity of thought.

Mayor Paul Soglin vowed to end the process of issuing a permit for larger events, known as a picnic beer license, without formal approval from the mayor and City Council. A picnic beer permit now requires only an administrative review by the city clerk’s office.

“In retrospect, the issue of a beer permit was a tragic mistake,” Ald. Mike Verveer, 4th District, said. “I should have realized when we got the advice from the city attorney’s office that there was no way to ban carry-ins, the deal should have been off.”

“The sheer quantity of beer and liquor being carried into the event was obscene,” Verveer said. Allowing open consumption “gave a sense of entitlement, invincibility, to partygoers, like there were no rules,” he said.

Soglin, who on Sunday called for an end to the event, acknowledged Monday that change will take time.

While this type of Monday-morning quarterbacking is not unusual, the taxpayers, voters, and residents of Madison have watched year after year as this annual embarrassing drunk-fest is allowed to continue.  For long-time politicians who well understand Madison and the issues we confront, not to have known in advance that  the lifting of the ban on open alcoholic beverages in the streets would be utter insanity, is a statement in and of itself.   That it just one more embarrassing part to this story.

The events at the Mifflin Street Party nearly claimed the life of a man this weekend after he was stabbed.  That makes the snow event that everyone barked at  Mayor Dave Cieslewicz about a couple of years ago seem rather tame in comparison. 

Major Soglin is now in charge, and this Mifflin Party is a problem on his watch.  An event he now has stated he wants to see come to an end.  I applaud him for that statement, and wish him well in bringing it about.   Many will be watching and making note of his promise.

What Was On President Obama’s Mind When Planning To Kill Osama Bin Laden?

We all knew the ‘birther’ issue was pure nonsense, and yet the President Obama and the White House had to deal with it.   At the time Donald Trump was racing around the airwaves creating chaos over a birth certificate, the adults in the White House were working on a plan to make sure Osama Bin Laden was brought to justice.

One of the best reads this morning comes from Slate.  A portion is posted here.

In the timeline of the Bin Laden operation, we see just how closely the secret life of a president bumps against his public life. Though this operation was a special case, it puts in high relief an oft-forgotten truth about the presidency: The president is occupied by a lot more than the public can see.

This would seem obvious, but it gets lost in the endless assessments of whether the president is “showing leadership” on any given topic. Much of that coverage assumes a president with more time than he actually has, buffeted only by the facts we know.

During the period of intense focus on Bin Laden, other problems and issues the president was dealing with included: a government shutdown, a big speech on the budget, the start of his presidential campaign, the birth-certificate follies, and the bombing of Libya. Oh, and trying to “win the future.”

The most acute recent moments of compartmentalization for Obama had to have been Friday and Saturday. On Friday he gave the final order and then flew to Alabama to visit with families ravaged by the recent tornado. He ended the day in Florida visiting with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband. On Saturday he attended the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where he had to tell jokes and sit through a comedy routine during which everyone watched his every facial twitch for insights into his psyche.

A president criticized for playing golf or spending time in Brazil on the eve of the Libyan invasion would have been relentlessly skewered for engaging in banter with the press on the eve of a dangerous military operation. But it wasn’t just Saturday night that the president had to keep his serious brain cordoned off from his less serious brain. During the final phase of the multiyear operation, Obama chaired the National Security Council on five occasions to discuss progress. A look at those five days tells the story of not just how quickly a president must switch between his public and private duties but also how silly some of the public calls for his attention must have seemed to him at the time.

Of all the secrets President Obama has had to carry, the details of the Bin Laden operation was probably one of the biggest. He may have had a special delight in bringing it to the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where much of the audience lives to publish a president’s secrets before he can reveal them. A year earlier, as Obama spoke at the same dinner, the Times Square bomb plot was being foiled. Obama was informed of this shortly after he left the stage. The public wouldn’t know for a few hours. Unlike the dinner, such crises are not an annual event. For a president, though, they happen every day.

President Obama’s Poll Numbers Will Reflect American’s Views About Killing Osama Bin Laden

Nate Silver is the man I want to provide analysis on a daily basis concerning the world of politics.  But when something momentous happens, as it did Sunday with the killing of Osama Bin Laden, Silver is the only one that can translate the world of political chaos into a cogent snapshot of where we stand today, and where we might be headed tomorrow.

In part Nate Silver’s latest post includes the following.

I don’t want to get too carried away with this. The halo effect of a successful presidency can cause a president’s ratings to rise in a number of areas at once, which makes it difficult to deduce cause and effect. And the relative salience of different issues can wax and wane at different times. Up until 24 hours ago, both Mr. Obama and his Republican opponents seemed inclined to make the 2012 election be about the economy. More importantly, so did voters. That’s much better for the G.O.P. than a scenario in which national security had been receiving a greater degree of emphasis.

But Americans, contrary to the way they are sometimes characterized by pundits, can walk and chew gum and the same time — and they consider both foreign and domestic policy when they cast their ballots. The killing of Osama bin Laden is going to be perceived as unambiguously good news by almost all Americans. It makes it easier for Mr. Obama to make the case that the country has made progress since he took office.

Yes, Mr. Obama is still far from able to run commercials like those “Morning in America” ads Ronald Reagan used in 1984. Unless the economic indicators significantly outperform consensus expectations, the election is still liable to be fairly close, with Mr. Obama hardly assured of coming out on top.

But killing Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist, is going to be a point in Mr. Obama’s favor. I really don’t know exactly what impact it will have, and the magnitude of the bounce that Mr. Obama receives in the polls over the next few days and weeks may not shed much light on that question. But to claim that it will have no impact at all is as daft as claiming that Mr. Obama is now a shoo-in for re-election.