Welcome to Niners Nation After Dark, where the party is nowhere near as crazy as it is in front of the White House and in Times Square. As of an hour ago I was not planning on any sort of post on the news that Osama Bin Laden was dead after a firefight with Navy SEALS in Pakistan. However, given the nature of NN After Dark, it seemed as good a place as any to post something like this. Blowfish put up a FanPost about it, but I thought we might as well bring it to the front page.
Normally we don't go this far off-topic, but this is a pretty sizable event and I decided in the end it was worth a post. I could probably somehow work this into a sports-related topic, but I won't even bother trying. Rather, if you haven't poked around the Internet in general, and Twitter in particular, there is all sorts of interesting information spilling out. Easily the most interesting (in my opinion) is the Twitter feed of IT consultant Sohaib Athar.
Athar currently lives in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which is where Bin Laden was hiding out. If you go through his twitter feed to about about 10 hours ago (1pm pacific time), you'll see these three consecutive tweets (oldest to newest):
Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).10 hours ago via TweetDeck
Go away helicopter - before I take out my giant swatter :-/10 hours ago via TweetDeck
A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S 10 hours ago via TweetDeck
Yes, he was actually tweeting live about the attack on Bin Laden's compound without actually knowing it. I'd say that puts my previous live-blogging of the NFL Draft to shame.
We'll be back with plenty of NFL Draft and NFL Lockout content the rest of the day, but for a little bit consider this an open thread on slightly more important matters in the world. Please keep the political discussion out of this. I've seen both liberals and conservatives find ways to make political commentary out of this and that's just unnecessary. Let's just savor an important event in our nation's and really the world's history.