BOMB DEFUSED

The Times reports:

Police have defused a “potentially viable explosive device” in a car in Central London overnight raising fears of an attempted terrorist attack at the heart of the capital.

The device was found in the car parked in the Haymarket after a member of the public contacted officers at 2am with concerns about the suspicious vehicle.

Bomb disposal officers attended the scene to make the device safe, but the street remains closed along with the nearby Piccadilly Circus Tube station. The vehicle is expected to be taken away to the Forensic Explosives Laboratory in Kent for further tests.

It’s those pesky Presbyterians again, most likely. The usual strategy is for multiple blasts; other areas of London may be shut down for searches.

UPDATE. An Irish link not ruled out:

Intelligence sources in London said they were keeping an open mind on who was responsible for a car bomb found this morning in London’s Haymarket district. The device has since been made safe.

“All options, including the Irish, are open at this stage,” said the source.

UPDATE II. The search is on:

Police are now frantically searching landmark sites across the capital to check for further explosive devices. They are not sure whether the bomb was a lone device or more had been deployed across London.

Picture of the scene here.

UPDATE III. The bomb was “made of a lethal mix of gasoline, propane gas, and nails.” Something similar was planned three years ago:

British police … said the incident echoed the “Gas Limos Project”, a major al Qaeda plot foiled in 2004.

Convicted Islamist militant Dhiren Barot, who was jailed last year, admitted he had been planning to explode gas and explosives packed into limousines or other large vehicles in underground car parks in co-ordinated attacks across Britain.

UPDATE IV. Possible evidence of the usual multiple pattern, via Dylan Kissane:

Sky UK has just announced that Fleet Street has now been closed down after another ‘suspect vehicle’ was located. This makes the third …

UPDATE V. Second bomb found.

UPDATE VI. Search begins for the Birmingham Three:

British authorities were seeking three men Friday after police defused two car bombs that they said could have caused “significant injury or loss of life” in London.

The three men are believed to be from the Birmingham area, a center of radical Islamic unrest in Britain, U.S. officials who had been briefed on the developments told NBC News.

UPDATE VII. SMH headline: “London streets closed in panic over bombs”. A German visiting London tells the NYT: “There are millions of people here, people are walking around, nobody looks too frightened, I don’t think anybody is staying at home, or tourists are staying in their hotels. They always say that Londoners just take it as it comes, they don’t get nervous. English people are like that anyway, they just sort of mind their own business, they don’t get in a panic.” (Via Alan R.M. Jones)

Posted by Tim B. on 06/29/2007 at 03:30 AM
    1. Will those Presbyterians ever learn, they give all of us Christians such a bad bad name.

      Posted by surfmaster on 2007 06 29 at 03:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. What time is does the BBC report on denial/down play/conspiracy air?

      Europe is doomed. I as verbally accosted yesterday at lunch by some guy (Turkish, I think) outside of a döner cafe. I can’t say what all he was going on about, but I did hear the word Irak, thrown in several times. I assumed he was conducting a one-man protest demanding that I get out of Irak.  In my best German I told him and his Turkish brethren to get out of Germany.  Several Germans who were standing around started laughing. I just smiled and stared at this guy (although I had my hand firmly grasped upon my Gerber.)
      I can’t say how it is everywhere in Europe, but in my neck of the woods, every 4th or 5th person is middle eastern. And they’re beginning to get pretty vocal about their unhappiness. Europe is going to wake up one day soon and wonder what in the hell happened to their glorious bastion of liberal wussiness.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 03:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. The usual strategy is for multiple blasts

      . My first thought, too.  Scarey stuff.

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 06 29 at 03:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. Presbyterians are in residence at No 10. There’s one at our house, too. Fortunately he’s outnumbered by Catholics. None of us blow things up or shoot guns into the air while screaming madly.

      Does this have to do with the fact none of our religions begin with the letter M? Or that we don’t go to friday, saturday or sunday churches?

      Hmm, are there any religions that go to worship on Tuesday?

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 06 29 at 03:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. I don’t understand,after reading comments at the Guardian how racist and backward we are in Australia why is this happening in multi culti fun happy utopian England.

      Whats us rednecks got to do to get blown up around here.

      Posted by sparrow on 2007 06 29 at 03:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. #2 T.B.

      Europe is going to wake up one day soon and wonder what in the hell happened to their glorious bastion of liberal wussiness.

      I hope they wake soon.

      Posted by kae on 2007 06 29 at 03:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. #5 Make yourselves less threatening, more appeasing, and apologizing. Nothing attracts the cowardly Islamist better than an easy mark.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 03:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. #6 Perhaps they can petition Barrister Sear to throw some arrogantly cynical prose at the Euro-muslims.

      Haw!
      Like he’d ever do something that required THAT much testicular fortitude!

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 04:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. There you go. Prods and Catholics to blame. Funny that our house hasn’t blown up yet given all of the Irish and Scots rellies, since the troubles started in 1969.

      Who these days would be the likely suspects to set a car bomb in the centre of London? Starting with M.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 06 29 at 04:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. Witnesses report seeing a small redheaded man wearing a green short-panted suit fleeing the area with what appeared to be a small cauldron filled with gold coins. The suspect reportedly was earlier overheard muttering They’re ALWAYS after me lucky charms! while nursing a Kilkenny at a nearby pub.  Scotland Yard is currently searching nearby Presbyterian churches and rainbows.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 04:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. Here in the US, Fox News is carrying live feed from the UK Sky News.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 04:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’m watching channel 9, they gave it a 5 second mention at 6.15.

      Strange.

      Who indeed killed Channel 9?

      Posted by gubbaboy on 2007 06 29 at 04:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. The chatter from the bobble-heads (news readers) seems to indicate that there’s going to be a security sweep of central London due to the usual MO of multiple simultaneous attacks.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 04:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. #12: I’m watching channel 9, they gave it a 5 second mention at 6.15.

      Strange, indeed. It’s wall to wall on Sky UK, BBC World (perhaps expected) but also most of the morning on France 24.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 06 29 at 04:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. Tag line at bottom of screen says “Vehicle was filled with 2 canisters and nails.”

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 04:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. Vehicle crashed into bins in front or near a bar/pub called “Tiger Tiger” if I understood the news talker correctly.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 04:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. Nearly two years to the day of the last lot of Islamic self-expression.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 06 29 at 04:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. #17: Commentators are suggesting it is either ‘7/7 Pt II’ or a welcome present for Gordon Browne.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 06 29 at 04:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. Something you wouldn’t here in Londonistan:

      All options, including the Muslims, are open at this stage

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 06 29 at 04:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. Blast! (No pun intended) I meant hear.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 06 29 at 04:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. I don’t think it’s Presbyterians this time.

      The report says the car was being driven erratically and that it crashed into some garbage bins. To me this indicates a random crazy person, not an organised enemy.

      Posted by Evil Pundit on 2007 06 29 at 04:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. #21 True, Presbyterians are known for their sensible driving habits. Methodists, on the other hand…

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 04:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. #21, Evil Pundit:

      Maybe it’s one of those Moderate Presbies we hear about. As in only moderately competent?

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 04:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. #12 Who indeed killed Channel 9?

      My guess is Eddie McGuire. Irish descent, Catholic. All the high risk factors.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 06 29 at 05:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Presbyterian action. It just doesn’t look like their style this time. But I’m just a random hothead posting on the Internet—the real investigation is presumably being done by experts and we’ll find out what they’ve learned in due course.

      Posted by Evil Pundit on 2007 06 29 at 05:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. Yes, of course, they have to consider all possible parties responsible. Those radical animists are also in the frame. Anyone actually believe this is a not ROPMA?

      Posted by Andrew Ian Dodge on 2007 06 29 at 05:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. However, I have a suspicion the car may have looked something like this

      Posted by Nic on 2007 06 29 at 05:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. Photo release of Person of Interest.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 05:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. #27 – I LOL’d.

      They are also saying it was a Mercedes – let’s not rule out Germany just yet.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 06 29 at 05:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. This is from listening to the bobble heads and hired talkers but their throwing around terms like “serious and sustained” “massive” and such in conjunction with terror threat.

      A talker with Scotland Yard tag under his picture box was saying that there were hundreds of potential terrorists under constant observation in the country.

      And now they’re talking about the need of new anti terror laws.

      Something about MI5 canceling all leave, just in case.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 05:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. Pale Green Silver Mercedes older model, possibly C or E class.

      TB may well be right. Who the hell else would own a pale green silver vehicle?

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 05:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. #9 mareeS –

      Who these days would be the likely suspects to set a car bomb in the centre of London? Starting with M.

      (wronwright notes with alacrity that mareeS’s name begins with an M.  wronwright decides to go the subtle and clever path)

      I say there, maree.  You wouldn’t happen to be Presbyterian by any chance, would ya?

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 06 29 at 05:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. From Tim’s link:

      Mr Brown confirmed that Home Secretary Jacqui Smith will chair a Cobra meeting and then report to Cabinet.

      Wow, Indian culture has been more widely adopted by the Brits than I’d previously thought. I mean I know they like a curry, but a Cobra?

      Posted by Nic on 2007 06 29 at 05:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. #33 I saw that reference too, Nic. But I assumed the Cobra meeting was a car club for one of these babies.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 05:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. I could be the Presbys.  The UDF, UVF etc are mighty peeved to learn that Tony Blair was a closet Catholic when he successfully negotiated to put a couple of Mick terrorists in power at Stormont.

      Then again…unlikely…it’s not their style.

      It’ll be the goat fuckers.

      Posted by murph on 2007 06 29 at 05:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. So, the RWDB betting pool looks like:

      Presbyterian Wowsers 10/9 on
      Goat Fuckers/Rag Heads 2/1
      Micks 5/1
      Krauts 20/1

      Posted by Nic on 2007 06 29 at 05:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Heh!

      Bouncers from a nearby nightclub said they saw the car being driven erratically before it crashed into a bin. They said the driver then got out and ran off.

      Was he wearing one of these or one of these?

      Posted by murph on 2007 06 29 at 05:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. Here’s the Cobra’s myspace.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 05:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. #32 (wronwright notes with alacrity that mareeS’s name begins with an M.  wronwright decides to go the subtle and clever path)

      *sigh*

      Reads implied task to verify and triple-check religious affiliation of: mythusmage, Mystery Meat, murph, Mr. Bingley, mr creosote, moptop, monkeyfan, monaro, mojo, missred, Mike H, Mike G, Michael Lonie, Merlin, Mental Floss, memomachine, McAnzac, Matt in Denver, MarkL, Margos Maid, Major John, and m.

      Well, there goes the weekend…

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 05:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hmmmmmm.  I don’t really remember, but were multiple, simultaneous explosions a signature of the Irish?

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 06 29 at 05:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. Heh.

      The master plan is working! Hiding my m’ness in the middle of my name has allowed me to ess-cape the Sir Valance.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 05:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. #40 They’d have to be pretty lucky to pull that off.
      rimshot
Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 05:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. #32 (wronwright notes with alacrity that mareeS’s name begins with an M.  wronwright decides to go the subtle and clever path)

      *sigh*

      Reads implied task to verify and triple-check religious affiliation of: mythusmage, Mystery Meat, murph, Mr. Bingley, mr creosote, moptop, monkeyfan, monaro, mojo, missred, Mike H, Mike G, Michael Lonie, Merlin, Mental Floss, memomachine, McAnzac, Matt in Denver, MarkL, Margos Maid, Major John, and m.

      Well, there goes the weekend…

      adds GriMMy to the list…

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 05:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. Btw, anyone heard from Mental Floss lately?

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 05:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. Evidently, there were several containers of thickened/jellified fuel stored in the car. Experts have determined the thickening agent was fabricated from the shavings of cheap, green, curved, scented deodorant soap bars.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 05:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. #44 He was last here on the 9th.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 05:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. #41 I find that it’s far easier to hide the M in my surname.

      No one ever looks at the surname.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 29 at 05:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. Oh for the love of…

      Scrawls Ash_’s name on the list…

      looks like Monday’s a bust as well…

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 05:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. #45, TB:

      About that soap? Is it made from a spring, during spring? or while bouncing on a spring?

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 05:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. Oh My. Fox News already has a talking head transplanted to England for this event.

      I thought England had it’s own talking heads that spoke nearly decent American?

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 06:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. #48 I’ll double the number of beers I’ll shout you to at the pub if you take me back off the list.

      If anyone finds out I never filled out and returned these forms to the VRWC, I’m as good as dead.

      Looks at 5 foot pile of forms in the corner and snickers.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 29 at 06:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. And to whichever you good folks out there thinking it highly crass of me to make light of such a serious development, it is just my way of saying that events like these shouldn’t be a suprise at all. It’s what most of us here have been frickin saying would happen for quite a long time. The UK let its collective civilian guard down, caters to the muslims, and reacts with horrified disbelief when the muslims attack.  Don’t the Brits believe what the muslims have been threatening to do (and successfully accomplished once)?  The stupidity is tremendous. And since we mock stupidity at every chance, there ya go.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 06:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. #48 I’ll double the number of beers I’ll shout you to at the pub if you take me back off the list.

      Licks at dry lips and scratches the name Ash_ off the verification list…

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 06:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hmmmmmm.  I don’t really remember, but were multiple, simultaneous explosions a signature of the Irish?

      No.  But the pricks who outdid themselves at Omagh called in a deliberately erroneous warning which caused the RUC to move a crwod of people closer to the real bomb.

      Posted by murph on 2007 06 29 at 06:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. #49 Not too sure Grimmy, but Scotland Yard Detective Sharon Smith-Smythampton smelled it and claimed that she likes it too.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 06:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. #52 Texas Bob

      You can tell them and they simply will not listen.  They want to hear about unicorns and rainbows and daisies and the smiles on little babies’ faces…

      Posted by murph on 2007 06 29 at 06:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. News talker just said “not Irish” and current suspicion is “extreme islamist”.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 06:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. (cont.)

      They do have scapegoats however, but they’re limited to people who will never hurt them.  So it’s a win-win.  For now.

      Posted by murph on 2007 06 29 at 06:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. Given the failure to accomplish the mission, I’m downgrading him from Extreme Islamist to either Semi-extreme Islamist or perhaps even Moderate/Semi-extreme Islamist.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 06:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. “extreme islamist”

      That’s new.

      We’ve gone from Muslim to Islamic Radical Muslim to Islamist and now “Extreme Islamist”.

      What next?  Mega-Maxi-Magna-Extremo-Radical-Gnarly-Rancid-Islamoid?

      Posted by murph on 2007 06 29 at 06:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. Gotta run, be back later.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 29 at 06:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. There’s a bit of a silver lining to this event. Where it happened, various talking heads have stated that it’s an area heavily saturated with CC TV survielance… AND the vehicle is both intact, complete with all the forensics as well as the vehicle was hastily abandoned so no telling what was left behind as a bonus.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 06:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. Grimmy: And here goes Tuesday.

      xxx
      SandiM

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 06 29 at 06:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. #59 Texas Bob: How about sh*t-scared extremist with a short life expectancy when his bros catch up with him?

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 06 29 at 06:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. #53 Cheers Texas Bob. I’ll make sure they’re fine brews. No Fosters.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 29 at 06:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome to the Prime Minister’s job, Mr. Brown.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 06 29 at 06:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. #64 SandiM

      Like this little turd?

      Posted by murph on 2007 06 29 at 06:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. Weren’t/Aren’t IRA terrorists working hand and glove with some of the Islamists they help train?

      And does anyone else think it’s extremely crass that alGor is celebrating and rocking out on 7/7?

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 06 29 at 06:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. #9

      Who these days would be the likely suspects to set a car bomb in the centre of London? Starting with M.

      Bloody Methodists.

      NOTE: Engin set up, just got to get an account now…

      Posted by kae on 2007 06 29 at 06:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. Adjunct to #68

      NAME: Irish Republican Army (IRA) a.k.a. Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA), the Provos

      DATE STARTED/FIRST ACTIVE: 1969.

      GOALS: Removing British forces from Northern Ireland and unifying Ireland.

      MAIN ANTI-U.S. ACTIVITIES TO DATE: None.

      STRENGTH: Several hundred members, plus several thousand sympathizers.

      OPERATIONAL LOCATIONS: Northern Ireland, Irish Republic, Great Britain, Europe.

      AFFILIATIONS: Has, in the past, received aid from a variety of groups and countries and considerable training and arms from Libya and the PLO. Is suspected of receiving funds, arms, and other terrorist-related materiel from sympathizers in the United States. Similarities in operations suggest links to the ETA.

      Linky

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 06 29 at 06:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. #39

      And I am a Presbyterian, too…

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2007 06 29 at 06:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. #68 & #70

      Nobody should underestimate the psychological boost that terrorists the world over received when Blair caved to the IRA.  The lesson from Northern Ireland is that if you kill enough people you’ll get a job as the Minister for Education.

      Posted by murph on 2007 06 29 at 06:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. #43, Texas Bob,
      although I may have red hair and wearing green brings out the green in my eyes, I was no wear near Londistan last night.  Unfortunately, only the cat can confirm my alibi
      ;D

      Posted by missred on 2007 06 29 at 07:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. 73 missred

      only the cat can confirm my alibi

      That does give one paws, to the believability of your claim.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 06 29 at 07:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. GOD, please help me stop….PLEASE!

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 06 29 at 07:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. and i meant where not wear
      (damn its too early)

      Posted by missred on 2007 06 29 at 07:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. 74 el cid
      and its too early for corny jokes

      Posted by missred on 2007 06 29 at 07:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. Shhh… While Texas Bob is out, we can talk about him behind his back.

      Wow! That boy is on fire tonight!

      Did he just slip out on a boogie-woogie bulge date with Christina Aguilera?

      Posted by splice on 2007 06 29 at 07:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. Jack Straw, who was appointed Justice Secretary yesterday, said ministers had been informed of the incident.

      He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme it was “very saddening” but “these things happen”.

      That has to be the lamest response from a politician.  “These things happen”??? Tell that to the relatives of the thousands who have lost their lives in NY, PA, Pentagon, Madrid, London, Bali, et al because of these pigs

      Posted by missred on 2007 06 29 at 07:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. The report says the car was being driven erratically and that it crashed into some garbage bins. To me this indicates a random crazy person, not an organised enemy.

      Possibly the driver had a change of mind enroute, changed plans in favor of survival and decided to draw attention to himself and his car before decamping.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2007 06 29 at 07:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. 77

      corny jokes

      Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I ask…“corny”? I thought it brilliant, myself. But then I would.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 06 29 at 07:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. #79

      …and he’s the new head of Justice in the UK.  Silly old cunt.

      Posted by murph on 2007 06 29 at 07:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. murph

      Silly old cunt

      Twat, did you utter?

      Jesus, I need professional help, don’t I?

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 06 29 at 07:35 AM • permalink

 

    1. No, El Cid, you don’t.

      But keep going, you’re amusing me.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 29 at 07:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. FYI: Tiger-Tiger is a rubbish and expensive bar that opens late and is filled with gold-digging totty.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2007 06 29 at 07:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. #40

      I don’t really remember, but were multiple, simultaneous explosions a signature of the Irish?

      They were a very popular tactic by the Palestinians on a number of occasions. The first one would explode. People would run away from the area, right into the path of a second bomb (or bomber) which would usually cause even greater casualties (including first-responder, ambos, police etc.)

      It doesn’t happen as much now thanks to Israel’s security barrier. Which is of course why some people are so opposed to it.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 06 29 at 07:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. #62

      various talking heads have stated that it’s an area heavily saturated with CC TV survielance…

      The whole of London’s CBD is saturated with CCTV. It’s quite unlike any other major city.

      No doubt when they show video of the perpetrators, the conspiracy theorists will find it all too convenient that they were captured on a TV. Clearly it’s Blair’s retirement prank…

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 06 29 at 07:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. It think its way to early to rule out scientologists.  They are an oppressed minority after all.

      Posted by bondo on 2007 06 29 at 07:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well, I’m off (no wisecracks) to the large city of Knoxville*, TN on a mission of mercy for my steed named Explorer.

      *Knoxville to us that live in a small Burg…Knoxville is also known as NASCAR without spectators. Should I not return, all here will know why.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 06 29 at 07:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. #47

      Yeah, those surnames are really cool for hiding the _ystery letter…

      Posted by kae on 2007 06 29 at 07:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme it was “very saddening” but “these things happen”.

      I dunno about anyone else, but the phrase “these things happen” sounds to my ears like “we surrender”. Once you accept mass murder as a normal part of life, like bad weather or your favorite team losing, you no longer have a civilization.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2007 06 29 at 08:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. And offers of beer are really cool for having na_es scratched off verification lists too Kae. Don’t forget that!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 29 at 08:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. 84 Ash_

      But keep going, you’re amusing me.

      ‘tis far better that I amuse others, than myself….trust me…:)…Now, I must mount my steed. No NOT that way, god damn it.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 06 29 at 08:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. #43 Texas Bob: There used to be an ‘m’ in Paco, but I sold it to Grimmy for a healthy mark-up (he used to be “Grimy”, and he got fed up with people always treating him with lofty disdain).

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 08:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. #93 El Cid –

      Now, I must mount my steed. No NOT that way, god damn it.

      Well, what do you expect in a thread about those camel lovin’ Presbyterians?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 29 at 08:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hi Ash, thanks for the heads up.

      El Cid, I think you are beyond help…

      Posted by kae on 2007 06 29 at 08:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. #91 Rob, you managed to say what I was thinking so much clearer.
      Thanks

      Posted by missred on 2007 06 29 at 08:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. #91: He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme it was “very saddening” but “these things happen.

      Rob: That sounds almost as if he looks at the situation as “an act of God”, in the traditional insurance contract sense of the word. Perhaps that will eventually have to be changed to “act of Allah”.

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 08:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. One of the various recitations of the story about how the splody dope’s car was found says that it was an ambulance crew that had been called out to the night club that saw the car issuing smoke from its innards.

      Could be the driver thought the thing was going to go all poofy on him. If his job was just to move the vehicle or pre-stage it somewhere for a lager boomage then he may not have been willing to stick around for the finale.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 08:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. Since we’re at the 100 mark I’m gonna risk an O/T:

      A little bit of stiff upper lip, American style

      and…

      Not sure if this is the account of how that casualty occured but the dates seem to make it possible, even if some of the injury details differ (which arm got blown off).

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 08:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. #100: Some very good stuff in a young man like that. As long as we keep producing that sort, it’s difficult to truly lose hope.

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 08:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. Dinner for the cats has been made and served. Feed some other animals on our behalf. Otherwise send me the bill at eggleston@iprimius.com.au

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 06 29 at 08:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’m sure it was that religion that begins with an M…

      you know, Mormons!

      Posted by Lonetown on 2007 06 29 at 08:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. Forgot to add, I got both those links in #100 from Mudville Gazette

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 09:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. OK.  Le’s all weigh in, shall we?

      What do you thing the chances are that ths device was placed by Irish versus Muslim terrorists?

      I’d say 5%/95% on that.

      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 06 29 at 09:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme it was “very saddening” but “these things happen”.

      No, Mr. Secretary of Justice, these things don’t “just happen”.  They are meticulously planned out for maximum death and destruction, and the instigators sit at a safe distance to enjoy the carnage.  For God’s sake, don’t the British ever get angry?  Or do they just scurry around like mice?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 06 29 at 09:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. #105, I’d say your odds are about right.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 06 29 at 09:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. It’s pretty much confirmed now that it’s the work of muslims. They’re not very good at the job, though.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 06 29 at 09:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. Their manuals were impurrfect, mareeS. Oh, no! I’ve caught it from El_Cid! Scratch my long weekend, too.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 06 29 at 09:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. #106 Rebecca
      they just scurry like mice

      Posted by missred on 2007 06 29 at 09:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. Let’s not rule out the Methodists just yet.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 06 29 at 09:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. Don’t count the British out yet. There will always be an England.

      They’re not going through anything now that they haven’t survived before. Lets not forget that prior to WW2, England was rife with nazi sympathizers as well as soviet fanbois and others still simply too horrified by the possibility of a WW1 redux to want to stand up and fight again.

      The Brits got over all that and got on with putting up a hella good show.

      There will always be an England. Well, for at least as long as the EU doesn’t forbid people expressing any national affiliation or demand that everyone learn french and call their homes france.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 29 at 09:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. And since we mock stupidity at every chance, there ya go.

      And Britain is a target rich environment these days.  Commence fire!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 06 29 at 09:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme it was “very saddening” but “these things happen”.

      This is British for “Insh’Allah”.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 06 29 at 09:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ich bin ein Presbyterian.

      Posted by surfmaster on 2007 06 29 at 10:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. How can you be so wrong people!

      That car and maybe the bus on Park Lane were simply filled with………

      Bumper Stickers!

      But..but..but!  You just got a new anti-Blair PM days ago.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 06 29 at 10:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. There will always be an England. Well, for at least as long as the EU doesn’t forbid people expressing any national affiliation or demand that everyone learn french and call their homes france.

      Our leaders just finalised the coup so part one is already on the way…

      Posted by Rob Read on 2007 06 29 at 10:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. #117 The EU has forbidden people?

      It’s only a matter of time before the Aussies do so too.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 29 at 10:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. There was a sci-fi movie made in England in 1960 called Village of the Damned. In the movie, everybody in an English village goes into a prolonged swoon; subsequently, all the women of child-bearing age find that they’re pregnant. As it turns out, they’ve been impregnated by aliens, and the children turn out to be little monsters who can kill people with death-ray vision. So, the whole town lives in complete fear of the aliens in their midst, and have to tread carefully to avoid trouble. The situation is ultimately resolved to the satisfaction of everyone (except for the children and George Sanders); however, the film puts me in mind of the English, today, and their extraordinarily cautious handling of their real-life “aliens”, not to mention the potential for terrorism with which they are faced.

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 10:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. The Muslim Council of Britain immediately came out and suggested that everyone help find the perpetrators.  Strangely, no one had yet suggested the perpetrators were Muslim.  Was the Muslim Council of Britain offering such helpful, civic minded advice when the IRA was blowing things up in Great Britain?

      What would Sherlock Holmes make of this?  Or Paco?

      Posted by charles austin on 2007 06 29 at 10:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. And the reason not to ban immigration from any country/individuals who are/ Muslim is what??
      Seriously, why?? At a purely “whats in it for us” level why do it?Anyone eho mentions food will suffer death by falafel.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 06 29 at 10:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. Oh, and speaking of George Sanders (#119), there was a guy whose portrayal of lofty disdain makes Flannery look merely crapulous.

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 10:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. #118 Hope your wrong about the Aussies. From what I heard after Bali the typical reaction from Australia was definitely not “these things happen”. I blame the redneck (antipodean subspecies).

      Posted by greene on 2007 06 29 at 10:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. #120: Adjusts deerstalker cap, and puffs on meershaum pipe.

      Elementary, my dear Charles. It’s a case of the camel bellowing loudly to avoid the imposition of a heavier load.

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 10:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. #118: Now hear, hear, what’s that?

      *Grumble mumble…* ahem!

      Innocent people of unknown appearance who are the misunderstood victims of centuries of illegal and racist attacks against their peaceful beliefs and habits?

      Can’t have that, what!

      Jolly good, then! We should invite them over for tea… and learn more about their culture.

      Posted by splice on 2007 06 29 at 10:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. The Muslim Council of Britain immediately came out and suggested that everyone help find the perpetrators

      A quick review of the membership records of Muslim Council of Britain might be a start…

      Posted by murph on 2007 06 29 at 11:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. #125 You’re one of my new heroes!

      Those that ar US or Allied, well done, my men!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 29 at 11:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. I think you are all premature in blaming the Religion of Peace being involved here.  That’s being Racist.
      BTW, my family is from northern leprechaun land.  I thought all the misunderstandings there were forgotten.
      Who else to blame?  Ah, John Howard.  Hmmm …

      Posted by Stevo on 2007 06 29 at 11:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. ap refers to “apparent” terrorist attack.commenter over at Ace’s ,Irene, writes “y’know it could have been performance art.”

      Posted by greene on 2007 06 29 at 11:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. #127 Ash_ I’m a Barrenjoey Peninsula, Hawkesbury sandstone Skippy who is heart and soul for the US alliance, ma’am.

      Posted by splice on 2007 06 29 at 11:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Presbyterians are not good people to sleep beside. They snore loudly and wake you up at 1.30am. Perish the thought of how a methodist would be. Bugger these prods, they sleep soundly in their contentment, keeping the rest of us awake to annoy the blair blog.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 06 29 at 11:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. Say, speaking of prejudices (ok, maybe we weren’t), what the hell is up with anti-red-headedness in England ? Just to mention the heading of this post, don’t folks have enough to worry about over there, these days?

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 11:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. #129

      Performance art-bumper stickers.  John Edward’s wife couldn’t be wrong.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 06 29 at 11:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. #68 El Cid: Yep.

      #91 Rob Crawford: Did you ever see the footage of a parliamentary session where Tony Blair was speaking while Straw, seated behind him, nodded and nodded and nodded and nodded and nodded? Hilarious. Straw’s vacuous comment comes as no surprise.

      #108 mareeS: “They’re not very good at the job…”. They stuff up more often than they succeed. Thankfully.

      #123 greene: Got that right, mate. Specially “the redneck (antipodean subspecies)” part.
      Proud to be one, I am.

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 06 29 at 11:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. paco

      “anti-red-headedness” or gingerism (pronounced with two hard Gs) is the last socially acceptable form of prejudice in the UK.  It stems from an era when the native English population were inundated by an influx Highland Scots and Irish.

      Then again, maybe if their political masters didn’t fuck around so much with the Highland Scots and Irish, they might not have had the influx that they did.

      Posted by murph on 2007 06 29 at 11:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. Murph

      I smell book potential here!

      “you’re a redhead if you think…”  Where is that O’Foxworthy guy when you really need him?

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 06 29 at 12:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. #136: Thanks for the insight, Murph. In the U.S., the last socially-acceptable object of prejudice seems to be the “redneck” (a cultural phenomenon I look down on with Lofty Disdain, since I come from that stock, myself).

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 12:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. #132, paco, ginger nuts have trouble in australia too. It’s a symbol of race that MOMA have a problem with…they hate anyone that doesn’t have olive skin or black hair.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 06 29 at 12:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. #132 paco: I was blond before I was a redhead before I was blond again (discounting a mishap in the middle where I was half blond-half red at the same time, but that’s another story). Am I safe? Or not?

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 06 29 at 12:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. #138: Well, now, that raises an interesting question, Maree. That family of carrot-tops in England that received so much abuse; was that the result of traditional English anti-gingerishness, or were their neighbors, er, somewhat recent immigrants to Albion?

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 12:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. #139 Sandi: You might want to try brunette; that would seem to remove all danger.

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 12:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Sky UK has just announced that Fleet Street has now been closed down after another ‘suspect vehicle’ was located. This makes the third vehicle (including the one last night being Haymarket and also Park Lane) that has led to a part of London being shut down.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 06 29 at 12:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Where do all the bombers meet?
      Fleet Street!
      Fleet Street!(old 60’s song)

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 06 29 at 12:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. #140, paco,

      It does raise interesting questions. My 21yo daughter gives her natural ginger hair the blonde treatment. three of my sisters do as well. I am dark auburn so I don’t pay so much attention.

      But it’s true that redheads are subject to prejudice of the kind that’s unacceptable for dark-haired people.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 06 29 at 12:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. One of Samuel Johnson’s residences was just off of Fleet Street.  They have some of his original dictionaries in that museum.  Those clowns hurt that building and I’m going to go over there myself and shoot them.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 06 29 at 12:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. #145: “Get those motherfarking bombs off my motherfarking street”…..oh, wait. Samuel Johnson.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 06 29 at 12:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. good lord, I am a redhead redneck!  alas, is there no hope?  Actually I am auburn, living in what is called “Fredneck”, so I think I am safe.
      And when I go to Scotland, I am always complimented on my locks.  So it must be the English.

      Posted by missred on 2007 06 29 at 12:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. One of my female cousins hosted a dinner party for the local country club set. She’s one of em. Her brother shows up in shorts and a T shirt. First words out of his mouth,“Where’s all the necks?”. Man , I love that guy.

      Posted by greene on 2007 06 29 at 12:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. #146

      Would that constitute a Boswellian moment?
      Just asking.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 06 29 at 12:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Greene

      Maybe he was just wondering where the beer was.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 06 29 at 12:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. #147 Missred: I heard Frederick, Maryland referred to today as “Fredneck”. Do you live in that, er, neck of the woods?

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 12:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. #151, yes Paco, for my sins

      Posted by missred on 2007 06 29 at 12:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. #145 yojimbo: I once saw a first edition of Johnson’s Dictionary for sale in a high-end used bookstore in Miami. I never wanted anything so badly in my life, but the price put it quite out of reach. I am fortunate, though, in having the Parfraets Press edition of the great man’s collected works, and recently purchased the Yale Edition of his translation of Father Lobo’s Voyage to Abyssinia.

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 12:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. #119

      Based on John Wyndham’s “The Midwich Cuckoos.”

      (your trivia for the day)

      Posted by Achillea on 2007 06 29 at 12:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Sandi: You might want to try brunette; that would seem to remove all danger.

      Can I just add to that; once you get the colour right, you might want to cover that hair.

      And peek out through a fabric letterbox slot whenever you leave the more peaceful Eurabian countries.

      Forget eyeliner and lippy, babe, if you value your life. You do have contact lenses to make your blue eyes look black, of course…

      Posted by splice on 2007 06 29 at 12:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. #150 yojimbo….Could well be. Rednecks, longnecks, coincidence ? I doubt it.

      Posted by greene on 2007 06 29 at 12:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. #154: Interesting background. Thanks.

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 12:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. Countdown to blaming the Jews in 5 … 4 … 3 …

      Posted by Achillea on 2007 06 29 at 12:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. #155, splice, that may well be the future. Unless redheads do what muslim men desire and become fiery and wanton harlots. They have this thing about hair and skin colour. It was one of the big factors of barbary piracy, besides the health of western men for the slave quarries.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 06 29 at 01:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. Reuters has the Fleet Street closure, too.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 06 29 at 01:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. #159: Interestingly, I have heard it said that, according to the Muslim tradition (or one of the Muslim traditions), Jesus had red hair (and freckles, too, I believe). Abd Al-Rahman, the fugitive from the slaughter of the Ummayads in Damascus, who made his way to Spain and became emir in the 8th century, had red hair (his mother was a Berber concubine), but dyed it black (or his beard, at any rate) in order to look more like “one of the boys”.

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 01:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. # 155 splice: Please tell me you’re not an Aussie or, at least, admit that you’ve never been able to grasp the Aussie sense of humour. Then, I might consider forgiving your insult.

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 06 29 at 01:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m back. And thank you, that one person, in the rear of the room, for the applause..

      Bumper Sticker, that I saw in Knoxville, TN, taken from Gandhi, I believe.

      I like your Christ, but I don’t like Christians, as YOU are so unlike, your Christ

      No wonder the skinny bastard was assassinated.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 06 29 at 01:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, Sandi, in order to avoid wrath, I should mention that when I said that being a brunette might “remove all danger”, I meant the danger of having half-red and half-blond hair.

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 29 at 01:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. # 163 El Cid: Where’d you go? What’d you do? And, how was it? Aaah… don’t answer that.

      Oh, and you’re welcome. For your acknowledgment of the applause, and stuff. You know.

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 06 29 at 01:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. welcome back, el cid.  glad you survived “nascar”

      Posted by missred on 2007 06 29 at 01:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. #162 No insult meant at all, SandiM. I just fear for the future of women of all hair colour in the western world following the hypothetical imposition of Sharia Law.

      What’s wrong, are you greying?

      Posted by splice on 2007 06 29 at 01:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. “164 paco. Yeah, I got that. Apparently “splice” didn’t.

      And anyway, how could you possibly think, even for one fleeting moment, that you could EVER incur my wrath?

      Oh, and if you could only have seen that half red-half blond hair! Well. There I was, on a Sunday morning, using a “stripper” to remove the red when…

      paco? p-a-c-o? Hey! paaaaco!!!

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 06 29 at 01:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. 165 SandiM

      Ummmm, had to do a job ummm a favor for one or two organizations, whose name I cannot mention. BUT you should see it on the tube, if you are an American. :).

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 06 29 at 02:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. # 167 splice: “hypothetical imposition …”?
      Nothing hypothetical there, if we don’t all do our bit.Greying. Am I greying? How dare you suggest…
      Just because my nana was grey white by the time she turned 21 doesn’t mean that… Oh, crap. Yes. Alright then. But not so it matters. OK?

      Oh, and BTW. You’re forgiven.

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 06 29 at 02:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. Forgot

      SandiM

      Thank you for the clap…Wait, that doesn’t sound to ummmm well, nice…lol.

      Sorry, sick mind, here. Ask anyone here…WAIT, DON’T ask anyone, here.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 06 29 at 02:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. missred

      welcome back, el cid.  glad you survived “nascar”

      Thank you. I combined the trip with some golf. Yep, shot a couple of birds. The drivers of those vehicles liked it not one bit, either…:).

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 06 29 at 02:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. Forgiven. Thanks, Sandi.

      You know, um, I’m a bloke. And sometimes …

      Greying… did I say that?

      Posted by splice on 2007 06 29 at 02:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. # El Cid: You’re welcome. I think. Well, maybe not. I think. Jeez, it’s 0210 here. Who knows what I think? Especially me.

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 06 29 at 02:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. I question the timing.

      Posted by Room 237 on 2007 06 29 at 03:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. # 175: I know you didn’t use the word “xenophobia”, but please explain anyway (it’s late early, and I’m tired. And emotional. So indulge me).

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 06 29 at 03:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. #177—I think this was a plot by George Bush to divert attention from the fact that the immigration bill just failed.

      Posted by Room 237 on 2007 06 29 at 03:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hmmmm.

      Somebody resurrect the Lord Protector!

      I bet that guy wouldn’t wuss out in dealing with these folks.

      Posted by memomachine on 2007 06 29 at 03:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Sounds like they found a second car with explosive material; don’t know London, so don’t know if this is related to any of the places mentioned in Dylan’s update.

      CNN link

      Posted by Crispytoast on 2007 06 29 at 03:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. A kinda-related irony nuke from Bill Roggio’s latestA house search uncovered a room containing a high-explosive stack nearly three feet high draped in a United Nations flag.

      Posted by Achillea on 2007 06 29 at 06:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Trivia: Senior Muslim clerics in Africa dye their beards red. Watching a small black man with a bright red beard wander down the road followed by his harem, was effin’ weird!

      Posted by CB on 2007 06 29 at 08:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. I thought I’d get the Good Guts on all this over at muslimvillage but unfortunately not much joy there,only two comments,but there is a picture of a bloke who has previous form and is said to be a suspect.He’s got Presbyterian stamped all over him.

      Posted by Lew on 2007 06 29 at 08:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. #175

      I question the timing.

      There were plenty of convenient excuses.
      Blair’s replacement, Salman Rushdie, it was a Friday…

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 06 29 at 08:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. #111

      I just wrote a great comment about the linked article.

      But I lost it.

      In a nutshell, Just call these Methodists “Dhimmie” in future.

      Posted by kae on 2007 06 29 at 10:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. $115

      Well, there you go, that’s your problem.

      ahem.

      Posted by kae on 2007 06 29 at 10:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. #185

      This, $115, however, is my problem…

      Posted by kae on 2007 06 29 at 10:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. #131
      MareeSMethodists only snore a little bit.
      More like heavy breathing.
      er, that’s what I’m told, anyway.

      Posted by kae on 2007 06 29 at 10:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. #138 139
      Well, as a (faded) redhead with fluorescent white skin, I’m a reject.

      Posted by kae on 2007 06 29 at 10:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. #183, 175

      It was a day ending in “y”.

      Posted by kae on 2007 06 29 at 10:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. No one of the “M” persuasion was involved. Very important that no one be insulted.

      (/losing lunch)

      Posted by MissM on 2007 06 29 at 10:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. It’s okay. According to Antony Loewenstein it is a “non-incident”

      “Judging from the overreaction to this non-incident I think we can safely conclude that Osama Bin Laden will remain holed up in Pakistan and let the fear mongers at CNN, MSNBC, and FOX do the dirty business of scaring the shit out of people.”

      Posted by M Box on 2007 06 29 at 11:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. #191
      I can only wonder what he would say if the bombs had gone off???

      Posted by kae on 2007 06 29 at 11:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. Probably that the dead and dying were overreacting. He is a disgrace.

      Posted by M Box on 2007 06 30 at 12:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well, if he were the one killed by a car bomb, my reaction would be limited to “oh, well”.

      Posted by SwampWoman on 2007 06 30 at 12:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. Then Damian Lataan would have no one to cite apart from Margo and Alex Jones.

      Posted by M Box on 2007 06 30 at 12:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. #194

      Surely that would be an over reaction for that nobody.

      Posted by kae on 2007 06 30 at 12:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. #48,
      don’t forget, Texas Bob, carpefraise has a silent M just after the silent hyphen between the dipthong “ai” and the sibilant “s”.Wouldn’t want to sponsor inaccuracy around here, you know.

      Meanwhile I have renamed the ROP the Religion of Petulance.

      Posted by carpefraise on 2007 06 30 at 07:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. Aahhh, Birmingham. What a surprise.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 06 30 at 08:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. according to the latest news reports, two “Asian males” have been apprehended after tryng to drive a flaming Jeep Cherokee through the main entrance doors of Glasgow airport; i’ll spare you the link, but it’s all over the BBC site.

      Posted by dub kitty on 2007 06 30 at 12:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. s/b “of the Glasgow airport TERMINAL” above.  sorry.  pimf.

      Posted by dub kitty on 2007 06 30 at 12:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. In my best German I told him and his Turkish brethren to get out of Germany.  Several Germans who were standing around started laughing.

      That wasn’t very PC by my fellow countrymen. I mean, co-citizens. I mean, people sharing my nationality. Were they at least looking distraught afterwards?

      /kidding

      Posted by PW on 2007 06 30 at 12:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. This Glasgow thing appears to be a candidate for ‘Shittest Terrorist Attack Ever’.

      The reaction of eyewitnesses seems largely to be one of bemusement.

      Posted by Clankylad on 2007 06 30 at 01:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. So I wake up in New Jersey this morning…

      While other papers are foolishly wasting their readers’ attention by reporting on the nothing-to-worry-about jihadist plot to kill hundreds of Brits, New Jersey’s Star-Ledger is running a hard news item on a looming pizza crisis (“Cheese takes larger slice of a pie”). It covers the entire front page of the print edition. The non-event that occured in London yesterday gets passing mention on page 5.

      Posted by Lawrence on 2007 06 30 at 08:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. #191—And Lowenstein (if you are out there).

      The thing is, all these terrorists are jokes until they suceed.  Terrorists often are complete morons and losers—why else strap on a bomb vest and expect 72 virgins on the other side (speaking of which, who the hell really wants a perpetual virgin, let alone 72 of them).

      Suppose the FBI National Office did not worry about CAIR and gave permission for that agent to look at Mousausi’s hard drive and in doing so allowed the FBI to roll up the whole gang.  It would have been hysterical.  The dumb terrorist going to flight school to learn how to take off and fly but not land.  The “last testament” of Ata asking for women not to touch his body after death (lest they touch (or really want to touch) his manliness).

      They are always a joke until they succeed.

      Posted by Room 237 on 2007 06 30 at 11:27 PM • permalink

 

  1. Gordon Brown has just been on the box with a less than inspiring call for unification to his nation under threat.

    Sellars, Seccombe and Milligan have just done a turn in their respective graves wondering where was he when they needed him!!

    Posted by mehaul on 2007 07 01 at 05:24 AM • permalink