Osama’s Porn Stash

Could Osama bin Laden have been a secret porn freak — in addition to being one of the world’s most notorious terrorists?

Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Navy Seal raid on bin Laden’s compound not only produced a dead Osama, it also uncovered a cache of pornography.  The article quotes officials as saying that the stash consisted of “modern, electronically recorded video” and “is fairly extensive.”  The officials said they do not know whether bin Laden himself acquired or watched the porn, which may have been delivered by couriers.  There also was no information about what kind of pornography was involved — which could be instructive.  Was it Playboy-type T&A stuff or at the more violent, hard-core end of the pornography spectrum?

Interestingly, the American officials are quoted as saying that, in our investigations of other Islamic militants, it is not uncommon to find pornography.  What does that tell you about our terrorist foes?

Bridesmaids

I’m sure Hollywood is forever searching for the perfect date movie:  one that pairs the rich emotional themes of love, friendship, and overcoming challenges that are found in the typical “chick flick”  with the crass physical comedy and vulgar humor that characterizes successful “guy movies.”

Bridesmaids is the latest effort in that direction, and it’s pretty good.  The ladies in the audience get to see a woman whose life has run off the rails struggle, for the most part unsuccessfully, to be a good maid of honor for her lifelong friend while at the same time trying to deal with her recent failures and choose between the nice guy she has just met and a jerk who uses her for sex.  The guys, on the other hand, get to see a distressed woman take a dump in a sink and a hyper-aggressive tennis match where the competing women are hit in tender parts by kill shots, among other instances of low brow antics.  What a combination!

Kish and I went to see the film last night, and members of the audience of both genders seemed to enjoy it.  Kristen Wiig is excellent as would-be maid of honor Annie, and she and Maya Rudolph, who plays her lifelong friend Lillie, have real chemistry.  Rose Byrne is totally believable as Helen, the perfectly coiffed, super-rich woman who becomes Annie’s arch-rival for Lillie’s affections, and Melissa McCarthy is hilarious as the plus-sized, plain-spoken, unpredictable Megan.  The other members of the bridal party are Wendi McLendon-Covey as Rita, an unfulfilled mother whose home life looks like a living hell, and Ellie Kemper of The Office fame as the repressed Becca.

Bridesmaids isn’t going to win any Oscars, but it’s worth the price of admission if you are looking for laughs on a weekend night.