People react differently to the death of a dread foe.

“In fact, Osama bin Laden is a pilot of Americ...

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Seeing images in the media of so many jubilant American faces taking to the streets on news of Osama Bin Laden’s reported death, I have one very vivid memory from a decade ago.

On September 12, 2001 … the thing that most appalled me was seeing news reports of people in Middle Eastern countries dancing in the streets and celebrating the 9/11 attacks and the deaths of so many people.

Maybe it’s a remnant of my Christian upbringing, but I cannot imagine cheering anyone’s death. Ever.

I understand expressing relief that one of the biggest boogeymen of all time is no longer a threat. But instead of celebrating by dancing in the streets and setting off fireworks, perhaps a more appropriate response is quiet contemplation of how we’ve changed as a people since 9/11.

Instead of focusing on one dead man who now joins Hitler, Pol Pot and Idi Amin in the pantheon of dead tyrants and mass murderers, I suggest it’s finally time we turn our full attention to thinking of the families ripped apart both by 9/11 attacks and subsequently by the more than 6,000 military deaths of some of the brightest and most capable young Americans and our allies from Europe, Canada, Australia, and South Africa – deaths it took to stop this one man.

Our collective reaction to the actions of this one madman has permanently changed the American government, it has changed how Americans view their place on this planet, and it has changed American culture and how we define ourselves as American.

The damage wrought by Osama Bin Laden and the men who put him in power is not over. The impact of his evil is permanent – and 10 years in, we are just beginning to realize how much we’ve changed – for the better and for the worse as a country and as a society.

Although I am relieved by his absence from this planet and removing him will thwart future harm, it does not fix the damage Osama Bin Laden has already wrought on my country, my culture and my people.

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According to the Audit Bureau of Circulation, as of October 1, 2010, the list below represents the 10 largest local newspapers in the U.S. These figures do not include the two


“national” newspapers (The Wall Street Journal and USA Today) that do not focus on a primary locality.

1 The New York Times New York New York 876,638 The New York Times Company
2 Los Angeles Times Los Angeles California 600,449 Tribune Company
3 The Washington Post Washington District of Columbia 545,345 The Washington Post Company
4 Daily News New York New York 512,520 Daily News
5 New York Post New York New York 501,501 News Corporation
6 San Jose Mercury News* San Jose California 477,592 MediaNews Group
7 Chicago Tribune Chicago Illinois 441,508 Tribune Company
8 Houston Chronicle Houston Texas 343,952 Hearst Corporation
9 The Philadelphia Inquirer** Philadelphia Pennsylvania 342,361 Philadelphia Media Network
10 Newsday Melville New York 314,848 Cablevision


* Includes localized editions branded as “Oakland Tribune” and “Contra Costa Times” which were folded into the San Jose paper with the creation of the Bay Area News Group (BANG).
** Includes “Daily News” JOA.

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As part of my continuing effort to move my DVD collection to a hard drive media server, the following DVDs and VHS tapes have been converted to M4V, AppleTV format:

  • Millennium
  • The Mists of Avalon
  • Excalibur
  • The Brotherhood
  • The Brotherhood 2
  • Army of Darkness
  • Aeon Flux
  • Woke Up Dead
  • That Man: Peter Berlin
  • Back Soon
  • Ring of Darkness
  • Moulin Rouge!
  • Nowhere
  • Flowers for Algernon
  • Edward II
  • Constantine
  • Definitely, Maybe
  • Arthur and the Invisibles
  • Charly
  • Altitude Falling
  • Pitch Black
  • Planet Terror
  • Across the Universe
  • Aeon Flux – The Complete Animated Series
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • Adam & Steve
  • Voodoo Academy
  • Kathy Griffin: Allegedly
  • Margaret Cho: I’m the One That I Want
  • Margaret Cho: Assassin
  • The Wizard of Oz