Needles and hay stacks

So last night I’m sitting on the couch watching a DVR’d episode of Chopped, when the phone rings.

“Did you see it?” It was my mother. “He’s dead! Turn on the news!”

“Who’s dead?” I asked.

“Osama Bin Laden! They got him!”

I of course quickly changed the channel and was greeted with a big fat sigh of long overdue justice.

Jason is in Florida for ten days doing this (check it out if you want to have a heart attack, it’s five minutes long, you might have to adjust your screen, and holy crap, who am I married to?) in preparation for a possible terrorist attack on his personal person. I knew he’d gone to bed early, but I had to call him.

My husband has spent a good part of his professional career (past and present) working in counter terrorism, specifically targeting Al Quaida. There was no way I was letting him sleep through this kind of news (plus I like to think that I know everything before he does because I am an intuitive woman who watches television).

I dialed. It rang and rang and rang and then…

“I know…” he said half asleep, then abruptly hung up on me.

What the…what does he know? Cause there’s no way he could know this, the world just found out. So I called him again.

“I know,” he said again.

“What do you know? And hey, turn on your television! Osama Bin Laden is dead! They got him!”

“Yeah, I know,” he said. “Can I please go back to sleep now?”

Talk about lame. He could have at least hinted that I should watch television this evening (I let him have it about that today–letting your wife miss history is negligence). Then again, it’s probably good that he didn’t tell me because I would have told you, and then OBL’s wife would have told him (since she probably reads blogs).

There have been many many comments about Osama’s death, some of them asking, “What’s the point?”

The point is, a terrible terrible man has been brought to justice, and justice was due.

My husband has given years of time and effort helping in the fight to ferret out that monstrous rat, that evil evil spawn of the devil. If we had any idea how many hours and missions and averted disasters our counter terrorism forces have accumulated we would be awe struck. Our People have been ruffling through this hay stack for ten years, and by golly we finally found our needle.

God bless America; land of the people who just don’t quit.


  1. Jason is like Jack Bauer and Chuck Norris, rolled into one.

  2. My husband was one of two agents assigned to figure out what the terrorists were doing in Las Vegas just before 9/11, and he’s been chasing those leads and the crackpots still active ever since. He’s at a counter-terrorism training right now, matter of fact. What’s the point? That’s the kind of question that can really only be answered by examining the things that haven’t happened. You’re right; this monster changed everything for us, right down to how our families live. I have a hard time ‘celebrating’ the death of anyone, but make no mistake: This sends a very definite message to anyone declaring war on this country or its allies. WE BITE BACK.

  3. My husband got on MSN last night and saw that… and my plans for getting to bed early went out the window. This is huge dang it! Thanks to your husband and people like him who have worked hard to keep America safe.

  4. I saw a sign in Provo that said, “Osama got Jimmered.” Love it.

  5. Thank you for sharing.
    Thank your husband too.

  6. You said it perfectly!!

  7. Whaaaaaaaat??? He knew? How did he know? And even more offensive is that he hung up on you!!! I love your analogy of a needle in a haystack, though. Very true.

    Can’t wait to see you this week 🙂

  8. Give your husband a big, fat kiss for me when you next see him. And one for everyone in this country. (That ought to keep you busy for a while…)

  9. sues2u2 says:

    Amen, sistah! (& I agree w/ Emily 100%. That’ll show him for keeping it secret. hee,hee)

  10. My reaction?…Finally. Finally – justice has been served.

  11. ). Then again, it’s probably good that he didn’t tell me because I would have told you, and then OBL’s wife would have told him (since she probably reads blogs).

    That quote just made me bust out laughing. Its a good thing our husbands can keep secrets when need to right!

  12. Mary Richards says:

    Your husband rocks. I was sent to HAFB yesterday to interview folks for a reaction story for KSL, and all I could say to everyone I saw was “You are amazing! Thanks for your service.” I think I may have even said, “I love you” to a few, though I can’t be sure.

  13. Laurel says:

    I know your married to him and all but I used to babysit him! What the stink?!?!!! Once in a while I would actually fall asleep on the couch after all the little TIntles were in their beds. Scary. 🙂

  14. Laurel says:

    I should mention that I watched the video you linked to.

  15. We had been out all evening…didn’t hear any news. So when I got home I logged into the computer and there it was…I was blown away. WOW, after 10 years.
    and of course Mrs. Obama –or is it Mrs Bin Laden—-or is it Mrs Piece of Sh____t?
    would be reading your blog, so shhhhhhhhhhhhh
    when it comes to matters of security.

  16. Glad to know I’m not the only one who watches DVR’d “Chopped” episodes. 🙂

    More important…glad justice was finally served on Sunday!