15th 2009
“Jackal” lifestyle very aging

Posted under: American history, captivity, fluff, the body, unhappy endings

ksmI was lounging in bed drinking coffee and reading the paper this morning about Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent announcement that several of the 9/11 masterminds would be put on trial in New York, and learned a startling new fact, courtesy of a New York Timesstory by Mark Mazzetti that was excerpted in The Denver Post:  Khalid Sheik Muhammed (“KSM” in National Security shorthand) is only 44 years old!  Yegads.  He’s younger than the President, but looks about half a generation older.  (This photo helps underscore the reasons why so many men shave their beards off when they start turning gray.)  I’m sure his attorney will want him to have a makeover before the trial and to dress him in a western-style suit–but my guess is that he’s going to stick with the full-on jihadi look.

I guess living in caves on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and/or in the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is a very aging lifestyle.  (The Post ran this photo of KSM, but it didn’t appear in the original story on the Times’s website.)  Here’s another higher ed fun fact:  he has a degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina A & T, in Greensboro, class of ’86!


13 Responses to ““Jackal” lifestyle very aging”

  1. Oroboros on 15 Nov 2009 at 11:35 am #

    A friend talked me into using henna on my beard once. The effect was actually kind of cool and all the grey streaks turned a nice copper color.

    I’m thinking that if he did this he might be able to get a gig with ZZ Top.

  2. Historiann on 15 Nov 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    Ha! Good one. Whatever happened to ZZ Top? Did they shave their beards and/or go into hiding after 9/11, to avoid accusations of jihadism? Or are they playing at county fairs, right before the monster truck show?

  3. Indyanna on 15 Nov 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    There’s a thumbnail picture of KSM in today’s Times looking very black-bearded and businesslike, labeled “an undated photo,” on p. 26. According to the story, when he was rousted from bed in 2003 by the gang of U.S. redactors (renditioners?) he made “two demands.” Get me a lawyer, and take me to New York!

    There’s no question that a touch of gray can ruin your whole day on the beard front. A couple of suspected ZZ-Topster lookalikes lived right next to me on Sols’bry Hill, Historiann, at least as late as when I sold up and departed from there a few years back. Never heard any wild fiddle music coming from the place, though!

  4. Oroboros on 15 Nov 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    Something tells me you’re right about the country fairs and they are out there somewhere in the lineup between Foghat, Meatloaf or Aerosmith.

  5. Indyanna on 15 Nov 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    Let’s not forget Average White Band (reported to be touring again) and Grand Funk Railroad. There’s even been talk of a Fugs reunion tour!

  6. Historiann on 15 Nov 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    Aerosmith can still pack major venues like the Can (the Pepsi Center) in Denver. But you’re right about the rest of the company, there–somewhere around Meatloaf, perhaps not as far down as Foghat/Eddie Money/Steve Miller.

    But, hey–if they’re still working musicians who don’t have day jobs, then good on them. There’s no shame in any of it.

  7. GayProf on 15 Nov 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    I think it should also remind us of the critical importance of skin hydration. Somebody needs to remember a little Olay treatment in those harsh desert environments.

  8. Feminist Avatar on 15 Nov 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    And a good conditioner could do wonders for that beard. It wouldn’t remove the gray, but with shiny, sleek, manageable locks, would it matter?

  9. Historiann on 15 Nov 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    A little Grecian Formula might work on the gray–isn’t there a formula just for facial hair? As long as his attorney is stopping at the drugstore for some Oil of Olay…

  10. Indyanna on 15 Nov 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    So it really IS “all about Oil,” then? Jus’ for Menz might have a tone-match that would make it look not too garish in a club over in the Meatpacking District, should the guy happen to pry loose from the detention center.

  11. Katherine on 16 Nov 2009 at 6:10 am #

    I think a trim beard and a good hair cut also helps contain the aging process, even if there is gray, and Gay Prof is right, a good moisturize is a must.

  12. Mother of ALL on 16 Nov 2009 at 8:19 am #

    Hey there! My man Meatloaf is doing a fair amount of acting these days as is one of the bearded ZZ’s (Billy something) they do have day jobs!

  13. Caz on 19 Nov 2009 at 8:49 am #

    Terrorism = frowning = wrinkles.

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