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1 lie PONCHATOt VlES, MAY 19, 2011, PAGE 2 Dave Berwick Who was Osama bin Laden? By DAVE BERWICK Times Columnist On Sunday May 8, 2011 I was at home recuperating from a major league weekend blow- out, by watching the TV Sun- day morning talk shows. On the show "This Week" George Will one of America&apos;s smartest people said that Usa- ma bin Laden had a handwrit- ten notebook with a plan inside it to derail a train in America. George Will noted that this plan was not too ambitious for the world's greatest terrorist who has been reported to have a vast number of the people at his disposal with an even great- er sum of money. Derail a chuB chuB train, are you kidding me? Osama bin Laden was going to strike fear and terrorize the free world by forcing a chuB chuB train off its tracks. Then they showed bin Laden watching television. His TV was very small with numerous wires hanging off it like it was 1960's technology. He's wrapped in an old cheap blanket with a wool sock cap on his head. It looked like the place he was hiding in had very little heat, if any at all. It was hard to picture him as dangerous terrorist. He looked more like a starving third world person living in abject poverty. Was this the real Osama bin Laden? Several minutes later on "This Week" appeared Tom Donilon the national Security advisor who painted a very dif- ferent picture of Osama bin Lad- en. He stated that the world's greatest terrorist was at work plotting and scheming to bring the Free World to its knees by a combination of terrorist acts. I was confused by the two dif- ferent reports as to who Osama bin Laden actually was. I decided to watch a different network to gain more insight as to who bin Laden actually was. Osama Bin Ladin watching himself on TV The Ponchatou/a T/rues Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. Established October 1, 1981 Print Edition Published Thursday of every week at 145 West Pine Street, Suite A Post Office Box 743--Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 SUBSCRIPTIONS $25 A Year In Tangipahoa Parish $30 A Year Outside Tangipahoa Parish ($5 Discount for Seniors) Gift subscriptions offered at same rate --24 Hour Telephone Line--- 985/386-2877 INTERNET EDITION http :llwww.ponchatoula.comlptimesl E-MAIL editor@ponchatoula, com U.S. Periodicals Postal Permit No. 666730 Postmaster, address correspondence and changes of address orders to : P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, I_A 70454-0743 Bryan T. McMahon n Editor & Publisher Derrick E Hingle - Sports Editor Deirdre McMahon Sanchez--Caracas Bureau Chief Bliss McMahonnChicago Bureau Chief Mark McMahon--Detroit Bureau Chief Capt. David Stefferud--Madisonvil!e Bureau Chief Times Columnists and Photographers Ole Hardhide The Alligator, "King Phillip" Hextall (Intemet), Marion Fannaly (Automotive), Dwight Williams (Environment), Parker Layrisson (Law), Jim Perrin m (History) Times On Wheels Columnists Bryan McMahon & Chris O'Conner NEWS RELEASES & ADVERTISING e-mail (preferred) editor@ponchatoula.com ads@ponchatoula.com FAX 985/386-0458 (During office hours) P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 We accept VISNMastercard OFFICIAL JOURNAL City of Ponchatoula, Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, Louisiana Furnishings Industries Association MEMBER Louisiana Press Association, Gulf States Automotive Writers As- sociation, Texas Auto Writers Association HONORS Louisiana Press Association Freedom of Information Award, 1st Place Investigative Reporting, 1st place Editorial Writing, Gibbs Adams Award for Investigative Reporting, Brown Pelican Award for Environmental Reporting OFFICE HOURS 830-Noon, 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday Closed Tuesday Afternoons -- "Meet the Press" had on Bob Woodward who said that he was very skeptical of Osama bin Laden being the head of A1 Qaeda. Again the pictures were shown of Osama watching tele- vision wrapped in a blanket, which caused Woodward, one of the top investigative journalists in America, to say that Osama looked like an old forgotten man. Then "Meet the Press" in- troduced another government man, Michael Chertoff who is America's "Homeland Security Advisor." He took an opposite view than Woodward. He stated that Osama was loved by Al- Qaeda and America could ex- pect payback for killing him. After that show ended I was confused! Who was Osama bin Laden? I sat pondering this question. I had taken notes dur- ing the two programs and began looking over them and discov- ered a very interesting fact. The non-government people George Will and Bob Wood- ward had portrayed Osama bin Laden as a has-been. In fact, George Will had stated that de- railing a train was picayunish and almost comical. Is this the best the world's greatest terror- ists could come up with? Bob Woodward said that Al- Qaeda was dying and if it did anything at all in the future it would be small operations conducted by one or two man teams. PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 Happy Anniversary May 19 - Tommy & Kim Cof- fey, Runny & Cindy Henderson, Kohn & Patricia Milton, Carla Richard Body. 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June Engelbrecht, Clifton Campbell III June 23 - Alan Laich, Ashli Tallo, Cathy Schliegelmeyer, Cynthia Mayeaux, David Wolff, Ester Perrin, Grant Lanier, John Paul Byers, Kayla Jones, Lenita Turner, Maggie Riley, Rusty Zeller, Olivia Bolotte June 24 - Billy Coleman, Blake Elliot, Bubba Hoover, Carey Perkins, Carol Smith, Casey Perrin, Dee Ann Vining, Elaine Charbonnet, George Pel- tier, Ian Waller, John Hoover Jr., Phillip Ernst, Wayne Krae- mer, William Thomas Benson, June 25 - Ben Vliet, Elyse Anzalone, June Webborn, Keat- rina Padgett, Lester Ernst, Roy Threeton, Tyler Hoover Please Notify Us Of Changes You Wish Made In our Birthday and Anniversary Greetings 985/386-2877 editor@ponchatoula.com John Dudek Stop and smell the Rose By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist The big three, LeBron, Dwayne, and Bosh; they were supposed to be unbeatable. Then the Chicago Bulls came along. This year's best team just might be Chicago's Bulls. Led by the N.B.A's MVP, Derrick Rose, the Bulls are a force to be reck- oned with. Rose has navigated these Bulls through the playoffs with an uncanny ability to pull off the unbelieva-bull, while leading his team to heights not seen since the "Jordan Era." Coming into this season, no one could have predicted such a match-up that will eventually include the upstart Thunder from Oklahoma City or the Dal- las Mavericks representing the Western conference. This is why we play the games, folks. The Mavericks are set for a showdown against the Oklahoma Thunder to de- cide who takes on the win- ner of the Heat/Bulls series. Don't get me wrong, I like both of these young, upstart fran- chises. The problem is that only one of them can become the next champion of the N.B.A. After a hard fought series that the Thunder lost versus the Lakers last season, I think Oklahoma City gets by, he Dal- PLEbe SEE PAGE 4 The first step in reaching pals is reachin00 the person who can help you achieve them. i .401(k)/403(b) R0ll0vers  : .All IRAs, Annuities, & Drop Ameriprise ? L/Q/iS BASgETBALL i Catch all of the action of Southeastern Louisana University Basketball on 90.9 fm KSLU or on the web: g _gFm 985-549-2330 Basketball Schedule Available online: vvvv,v. I io n s ports, net ,% >: :< %: %;: