Please don’t let there be a numbingly horrible and mawkish onslaught of patriotic songs or some “novelty” tracks and, worse, “satirical videos” on YouTube which become “YouTube sensations”.

The news of the death of Osama bin Laden has been long-overdue and the world is a better place without this vile murderer who laughed off everything he had instigated and made the “world police” look, for years, like the Keystone Cops.

Whether he was killed “in a mansion” or in a cave, it doesn’t matter. Same with whether he was shot or bombed.

What matters is that he is no more and evenFfox News had to reluctantly agree that this is President Obama’s “finest hour”. Then again, we are yet to hear Glen Beck’s “unique take” on this event. Just wish that, as a news channel, they would get the “Osama” and “Obama” right.

Meanwhile, watching all the celebrations going on outside the White House and the chants of “USA! USA!” and understanding the delight in capturing this scourge and pox on the world, it also- and this is very personal- worries me: How might this look to all those fanatics WE see chanting “Death To America!” and “Kill The Christians!”? Often, news as entertainment is a dangerous thing.

Today, is a memorable day. The “timing” of the news is already making the online rounds: “This was also the day it was announced that Hitler was dead.” “This is the Eighth Anniversary of President Bush standing on that aircraft carrier with a banner stating, ‘Mission Accomplished”.

Again, more “news as entertainment” and with everyone a conspiracy theorist and Googling and Facebooking for all their worth.

However, despite a need for some form of “internal relief” and  cause for joy, it is also one which should be approached with a certain quiet degree of caution.

And, the first musician or band who makes use of the events of this day for “promotional use”- and there WILL be idiots thinking along these lines-  well, they should be tarred and feathered and driven outta the music industry along with everyone involved with their “project” and “product”.

I have to wonder who out there is busily putting together a “patriotic” song? 

I cringe to think what the lyrics might be and hope YouTube is not over-run with “satirical” videos.

The death of Osama bin Laden is no laughing matter.

Donald Trump running to be the Republican choice for President of the United States of America, now THIS  deserves to be laughed off the “news” pages.    


  1. Christy says:

    Well said. We don’t need anymore songs proclaiming, “I’m Proud to Be an American” (in the march-up to war) nor the Toby Keith’s of the world spouting off about getting a “boot up your ass” because “that’s the American way.”

    Music can uplift, but it can also trivialize and demonize.

    In a similar vein, I appreciate the artist who exercises some restraint. After the recent nuclear disaster in Japan I wondered if Jackson Browne (an anti-nuke activist) would seize the moment to highlight the ills of nukes. He did not in the media nor on his website.

    But, thanks for calling him a sonofabitch… he is definitely that.

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