I began writing this post about my troubles with accounts of the rescue of the Mersk Alabama Captain Richard Phillips. At first reading it seemed like a tremendous overreaction to send three sniper bullets through the remaining three pirates. Pirates who, by all accounts were out of options, tethered to the USS Bainbridge because the lifeboat they occupied was out of fuel, not to mention food and water. I was writing that I was troubled by the way things went down when an intriguing and (of course) entirely speculative notion occurred to me. With ideologues like Hannity and Glenn "Blubberbuss" Beck openly calling for armed insurrection, and uncomfortably large swaths of the country amenable to their vitriol, perhaps the administration was not in a mood to take too many chances. I mean can you imagine ol' Blubberbuss' first show after Captain Phillips suffers a fatal heart attack while in the pirates' custody, or the pirates actually commit the one act of nihilism the Navy contends they (the pirates) were on the verge of when the SeALs put their heads out? Nothing but tears and bluster I'd bet and the bodies on Beck's rhetoric this time might be from a group of Somali immigrants in a rust belt city.
In other news, Clarance Thomas has taken off both shoes and one sock... is he crying?