Rough Justice: Bloodthirsty Bar Greets Bin Laden's Death

Osama bin Laden is dead.

Following a late dinner at Van Loc Sunday, Rocks Off was a block or two away from Leon's Lounge when a friend texted us the news around 10 p.m. When we entered the bar, our buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean's daughter in the military had just messaged him the same thing.

The Mets-Phillies game was still on television when we sat down. After we walked outside for a cigarette and to send one more text of disbelief ("holy shit"), the bartender had flipped to CNN.

Wolf Blitzer and the network's senior military/intelligence correspondents were onscreen piecing together the story while they waited for President Obama to deliver his address. It was a little hard to hear what they were saying, because several people at the bar were discussing their opinions of bin Laden in what elementary-school teachers would call their "outside voices," using language that, no matter the subject, would have earned them a trip to the principal's office.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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