Item The First:
Naturally, the whole bin Laden snuffing has piqued interest in Navy Seals, so a Pennsylvania newspaper put out the word they'd like to interview some ex-Seals if any were interested in coming forward. So, the Reverend Jim Moats talks to a reporter and gets his story told in the newspaper. Only, Rev. Moats was never a Seal...he's only let his congregation believe he was for the past however many years.
What Moats didn't count on is that newspapers show up on the internet and the internet is fairly good at calling out frauds. The fact that he modeled his story after some (bad) movies didn't help him much. My favorite quote from the story...“The pastor never thought anyone outside of [his] small community would see that. He doesn’t understand how the Internet works.”
And like I said, a story like this would usually get me all frothy, or at least all schadenfreude-y. Mostly, I end up just feeling sorry for the guy. What a pathetic putz.
Item The Second:
A couple of Yiddish language "newspapers" (published by and for NY's Hassidic community), got some unwanted attention by publishing that picture of Obama and top aides watching the bin Laden hit. And since the papers have a policy against publishing pictures of women (lest a reader be driven into a lustful frenzy), they photoshopped out Hilary Clinton and Audrey Tomason. A lot of people are outraged over this because they feel like it negates and denigrates women. That may or may not be; it's not what gets me. The thing that gets me is that printing a knowingly doctored photo in your newspaper is a lie...plain and simple.
Now I'm not part of that community and I couldn't read the paper if I wanted to (I don't read or understand enough Yiddish), but it seems to me those papers both just ceded any credibility they might have had. Unfortunately, the people who the papers are aimed at surely miss that point.
So, I could get all outraged and stuff, but...again...Meh. My outrage will accomplish absolutely nothing.
Item The Third:
You know how people are always talking about their "celebrity sightings" in the wild? I may have mentioned...I never see anybody famous walking down the street. Or if I do, I don't notice. So, on the rare occasion that I do see and notice a famous person, you'd think it could be someone I'd get excited about. Maybe Bob Dylan? Bruce Springsteen? A supermodel? My karma isn't exactly un-deserving!
I'm sorry, I like the guy's stories and everything, but I'm not likely to drop everything to notify the world that I just saw...