MOVING BACK SUGGESTED

“Does President Bush have it in for the press corps?” asks Newsweek’s Holly Bailey:

Touring a Caterpillar factory in Peoria, Ill., the Commander in Chief got behind the wheel of a giant tractor and played chicken with a few wayward reporters. Wearing a pair of stylish safety glasses – at least more stylish than most safety glasses – Bush got a mini-tour of the factory before delivering remarks on the economy. “I would suggest moving back,” Bush said as he climbed into the cab of a massive D-10 tractor. “I’m about to crank this sucker up.” As the engine roared to life, White House staffers tried to steer the press corps to safety, but …

Click for the tragic outcome, which may be guessed at by these chilling extracts:

• “Get out of the way!” a news photographer yelled.

• “I think he might run us over!” said another.

• Bush looked out the tractor’s window and laughed …

Posted by Tim B. on 01/31/2007 at 08:30 AM
    1. Oh, if only….

      Posted by Challeron on 2007 01 31 at 08:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. For six long years they’ve slagged off Bush,
      But now when shove has turned to push,
      The press corps is gonna be mighty sorry,
      When they wind up lookin’ like Rachael Corrie.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 01 31 at 08:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Had one of Cat’s larger machines—maybe a D10, but I suspect it was a D8—parked outside my dorm the end of my freshman year in college. I swear you could have stepped from a third floor window onto the roof of the thing.

      What a pity the press didn’t pull a Rachael Corrie.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2007 01 31 at 08:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well, that IS what tractors are for; plowing through piles of shit and turning them into cabbage.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 01 31 at 08:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. Seems another thread of Corrie jokes is on its way. 🙂

      Posted by Dylan Kissane on 2007 01 31 at 08:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. This story is going to grow. Eventually the left will report that he tried to land airforce one on top of the press gallery.

      Actually, as he attempted to run then over, he should have shouted ‘do you think this is a real one or just plastic? lets find out,,,,”

      Posted by Nic on 2007 01 31 at 08:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. “I would suggest moving back,” Bush said
      There’s your problem. The press corps knows better than the man in the driver’s seat.

      Posted by lotocoti on 2007 01 31 at 08:50 AM • permalink

 

    1. It was a plastic D-10 brought to you by Lego ™.

      Posted by surfmaster on 2007 01 31 at 08:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. ’I think he might run us over!” said another’

      He didn’t get any of them?  That’s what I call a failed presidency.

      Posted by Dave Surls on 2007 01 31 at 08:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well Press•ed?

      Meet the Press … or Press the Meat?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 01 31 at 08:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. I think the title ‘Commander in Chief’ gives you right of way. I’m sure its in the traffic code, somewhere.

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2007 01 31 at 08:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. ’I think he might run us over!” said another’

      That’s the problem with most reporters – they think too much.  If they were paid to think, their job title would be “Thinker” instead of “Reporter”.

      Just report the bloody news and stop trying to tell us what it means.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 01 31 at 09:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. Follow the link to the Caterpillar site and you’ll find that if the President left the tractor in first gear, as seems likely, the menace to public safety was moving forward at a maximum of 2.5 miles per hour.

      Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2007 01 31 at 09:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. #5

      Seems another thread of Corrie jokes is on its way.

      That would be tasteless and insensitive.

      Anyone for pancakes?

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 01 31 at 09:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. Considering the D10 hasn’t been manufactured for over 20 years (as confirmed by the wikipedia link in Tim’s post), he must have been in their museum section.

      Unless she meant D10T, but I know the press never gets technical details wrong…

      Posted by attilathepun on 2007 01 31 at 09:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ahhhh, my favorite fantasy: sitting in the cab of a giant tractor or bulldozer, and chasing journalists across a broad, treeless plain . . .

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 31 at 09:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. #13

      Follow the link to the Caterpillar site and you’ll find that if the President left the tractor in first gear, as seems likely, the menace to public safety was moving forward at a maximum of 2.5 miles per hour.

      But that’s over 4 kilometres an hour!

      Perhaps the media were being stage-managed by Pallywood?

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 01 31 at 09:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ya know, if a guy driving a tractor suggest that you might want to get out of the way, you probably should get out of the way.  Is that really such a difficult concept for the press corp?

      Posted by rbj1 on 2007 01 31 at 09:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. That sound you hear is Bush’s approval rating going up thirty points.

      Posted by Amos on 2007 01 31 at 09:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. Being a Southerner, I typically don’t care to quote Sherman, but he hit the nail on the head with this one (and it is applicable to this thread):

      If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.
      William Tecumseh Sherman

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 01 31 at 09:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. My goodness these reporters are whiny!

      Posted by Not My Problem on 2007 01 31 at 09:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. #15 ah – the 1D10T – tractor of choice for discerning press pancakers. endorsed by RWDBs.  soon to be acquired by wronwright

      Posted by KK on 2007 01 31 at 09:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. The media then retired to change its underwear.

      Posted by SoberHT on 2007 01 31 at 09:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. These Rachael Corrie references are falling “flat” could be we’re spreading ourselves a little “thin” with these puns.

      Yeah, I’m done. I’d “batter” get back to my work.

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 01 31 at 09:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. and it’s surely no coincidence that GWB’s favourite book for reading to small children is The Very Hungry Caterpillar

      Posted by KK on 2007 01 31 at 09:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. sorry buggered the link – someone at amazon is a wee smartarse – take a look at the heading Inspirational Guidance ??

      Posted by KK on 2007 01 31 at 10:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. Alright, so I sould have read the previous thread with all the Rachael Corrie puns.

      Now I’m just coming across as a second rate piker.  Well fuck me, I’ve got a job you know.  Not like I’ve got a fancy-ass Tardis so that I can make up posts before I’ve even thought of them.

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 01 31 at 10:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. “Ahhhh, my favorite fantasy: sitting in the cab of a giant tractor or bulldozer, and chasing * hobbling* journalists across a broad, treeless plain . . .”

      There, fixed it for you.

      Caaaaatepillar!
      which has treads that sweep across the plain
      and the press corps’ rears make small greasy smears
      and diesel drowns out cries of pain!
      Caaaaatepilar!
      with a blade of tempered carbon steel
      makes the plain more flat
      and jour-na-lists go splat
      with an impact you can hardly feel!
      We know they’re too stupid to run
      It’s not sporting, but Gee how it’s fun!
      So when we saaaaaay Whoops
      You’ve just cashed your chips! HA!
      We really mean that Darwin was really on to sooomething
      Catepillar HOORAY!

      Posted by kiwinews on 2007 01 31 at 10:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. #28: Outstanding!

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 31 at 10:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. I haven’t had such nice fantasies since Angelina Jolie with a six pack…

      Posted by Latino on 2007 01 31 at 10:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. Wouldn’t Caterpillar tread marks make journalists look less like pancakes and more like waffles?  Just wonderin’.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 01 31 at 10:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. #31: Get your Belgian Helen Thomas’s while they’re hot!

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 31 at 10:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. #32 Paco, those Belgian HT’s are a bit stale. Been sitting on the warming rack for years now.

      Posted by Latino on 2007 01 31 at 10:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. Y’mean reporters are fast enough to avoid being crushed (yes, crushed!)like insects under the mighty treads of the horrifying D-10 death-tractor?

      Can’t we turbo-charge it or something?

      Posted by mojo on 2007 01 31 at 11:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. #30 I had a fantasy about Rachel Corrie and a six-pack, but the beer was always flat.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 31 at 11:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. #34: Some are, but not even they are swift enough to escape the 5 millimeter per year rise in sea level.

      Saunter away! Saunter away!

      Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2007 01 31 at 11:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. The president was just fulfilling his oath from his military days to “defend the constitution from all threats foreign and domestic”.

      Posted by kbiel on 2007 01 31 at 12:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. Seriously, what makes anyone think those fat-assed WH press corps type can move faster than 2.5 MPH, particularly given the clothing they wear? Bush was just being sporting.  You really don’t shoot sitting ducks, you know.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2007 01 31 at 12:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. #38

      “You really don’t shoot sitting ducks, you know.

      Errr, why not?  It doesn’t make them any less tasty.

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 01 31 at 12:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. damn, if the tractor were just that much faster, i could have woken to the first headline worth a smile in several years.

      Posted by dub kitty on 2007 01 31 at 01:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. Memo
      To: All RWBD’s
      From:  wronwright, Transportation Coordinator

      In the past 30 minutes we’ve received 22 requests for something entitled “Caterpillar D-10 Death Tractor, Turbocharged, Rotary Blade”.

      We do not have death tractors.  We do not stock death tractors.  We have death cars, death pick up trucks, death Humvees, death helicopters, death fighter jets, death bombers, and a few Romulan death birds.  We also have an orbital space station equipped with one death laser cannon.  But no death tractors.

      Please consult a landscaping equipment rental office in your local area.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 01 31 at 01:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. Just one friggin turbo powered death tractor, with a laser beam attached to the front. Is that too much to ask?

      Posted by Latino on 2007 01 31 at 01:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. Just steer a bit to the left Mr. Prez, then you’ll get ‘em.

      Or maybe not – most journalists are pretty good at avoidance… present company excepted 😉

      Posted by pache on 2007 01 31 at 01:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. • “I think he might run us over!” said another.

      That might be why he asked you to move back.

      Though I guess this means he wasn’t trying to run them over, since he said “I would suggest moving back” and not “hold still” as I would do. 😉

      Posted by Patrick Chester on 2007 01 31 at 01:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. #43 He’ll never get them if he steers to the left, Pache, that’s the direction they move with practiced speed.

      P.s. PIMF I really can spell Caterpillar, I just hadn’t had any coffee when I started singing.

      And when we sa-a-a-ay, YEE!
      “Reporters come and pla-a-a-ay!” HAW!
      We really mean “There’s a new special down at I-i-i-i Hop!
      Caterpillar purèe!

      Posted by kiwinews on 2007 01 31 at 01:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. Not a D-10, no way. Probably a Press-Annihilating Caterpillar Optimizer.
      (Somebody help me with the o-word, there.)

      Posted by m on 2007 01 31 at 01:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. #32
      Paco, I believe that is the first time anyone has used “hot” and “Helen Thomas” in the same sentence since the late Jurassic.

      Posted by rbj1 on 2007 01 31 at 01:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. #47 rbj1:  It will not happen again in our lifetime.

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 31 at 02:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. But that’s over 4 kilometres an hour!

      Well, you know, one and a half years was a “rush to war”, too.

      Posted by PW on 2007 01 31 at 02:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. #46 “Omnibus”, then more of us can enjoy the ride.  Since Wronwright obviously did not act on the memo in time to order up a fleet. And while going through Sandy Berger’s dry cleaning I found Wron’s copy, damp with lake water, poked full of spear holes and covered in round stains that stank of mead.  There will be repercussions. Even I, a mere Blackguard 2nd class (though one with poison ivy clusters) knew Our Dark Lord ordered one.  Why else send ChimpyMacjesusburton over to take the test drive?

      Posted by kiwinews on 2007 01 31 at 02:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. I love the snide remark about stylish safety glasses. The various Caterpiller factories, and other large factories, which I visited during my years in industrial sales, all stock safety glasses for issue to visitors. They are typically modern stylish ones sized to fit over regular glasses. The scumsucker who wrote that was in all probability wearing an identical pair.

      Posted by triticale on 2007 01 31 at 02:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. #41:  Then what was that I saw you in last week?  Sure looked like a death tractor to me.

      Unless you’re taking to disguising the Tardis again.

      Elizabeth
      Imperial Keeper

      Posted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 2007 01 31 at 02:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, coming from a reporter whose CV is about as impressive as Alex May’s (earlier thread), except Alex May actually graduated from college, whereas Our Girl Holly merely “attended” the Univ of Oklahoma–though coming from Oklahoma you’d think she’d know the difference between a bulldozer and a tractor, e.g. see John Deere

      Posted by Forbes on 2007 01 31 at 02:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. I concur completely with the statement about rising seas.  If someone gets hysterical about rising seas, then 2.5 mph must seem like a tsunami.

      I won’t comment further, due to hurting sides and tear-filled eyes.  ‘Sides, I’ve got to clean the mess off of my keyboard and monitor.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 01 31 at 03:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. Press-Annihilating Caterpillar Omnibus. Done.
      Orders now accepted.

      Posted by m on 2007 01 31 at 03:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. Has anybody read the BDS-infected commentors after the Newsweek post? They’re a riot.

      Posted by Ed Driscoll on 2007 01 31 at 03:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Over 50 posts and not one mention of “crushing of dissent”?  I think people are trying too hard.

      Posted by Vexorg on 2007 01 31 at 03:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. #56–Ed: Yes, those are pretty much laugh-a-minute BDS comments that serves to reinforce the group circle jerk that goes on in the MSM–keep applauding this red-meat writing, and they’ll throwing the red-meat to the BDS crowd, a self-enforcing myopia. Is it any wonder that talk radio and Fox news attracts even the modest numbers they do?

      Posted by Forbes on 2007 01 31 at 03:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Geez louise, you would think I had declared that beer and smokes were no longer allowed at VRWC social outings.

      (wronwright ruefully recalls that one time he had made such a declaration at a RWDB henchman-minion bonding retreat in a less than successful attempt to lighten the acromonious mood, shakes away memory)

      No, no, no, no, no, no, no.  We do not stock death tractors.  And we have no plans to stock death tractors.  In an isolated occasion where a Evil Lord like Karl “requests” a death tractor, we will special order it.  With all the trimmings.  Hindu water buffalo hide seats.  Koala fur covered steering wheel.  Bar no expenses.

      But for anyone that is not an Evil Lord—

      (wronwright glares at the rather large crowd that has assembled outside his office, while holding onto an exact reproduction of Andrea’s paddle nicknamed Destiny)

      — and still demands a death vehicle, you can drive the Ford Pintos and AMC Gremlins currently parked in Lot 13.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 01 31 at 03:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ah, but there are some sensible, non-moonbattish comments, too. I’m glad to see that some people on the Right are willing to read Newsweek (so I don’t have to).

      But you all are overlooking the main issue: if Holly Bailey and Marieke Hardy agreed to a mud-wrestling match, would it be more or less entertaining than watching Bush scoop Helen Thomas up in the bucket of an earthmover?

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 31 at 04:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. Even I, a mere Blackguard 2nd class (though one with poison ivy clusters) knew Our Dark Lord ordered one.

      Is that what that thing was?

      Oops.

      Posted by Achillea on 2007 01 31 at 04:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. Maybe it wasn’t a Caterpiller, but a Bolo WV M1 Continental Siege Unit.  Now there’s a death tractor.

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2007 01 31 at 04:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. #62: Pictures, pictures!

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 31 at 04:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Journos:

      Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      In no way inspired by the steam roller scen in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

      Posted by Rob Read on 2007 01 31 at 04:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Gremlins and Pintos are fine for the usual job, but when it comes to large scale moonbat removal, nothing beats a death tractor.

      Posted by Latino on 2007 01 31 at 04:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. “I think he might run us over!”

      If only….

      Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2007 01 31 at 05:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. Does anyone else get the optical illusion in #64, that the O’s in the middle are slightly larger than the O’s at the edges?

      Now, let’s see if there’s a cut of that scene on You Tube, for posterity.

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 01 31 at 05:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. Don’t laugh, my family was an AMC family.  We owned Classics (3), Rebel, Ambassador, Hornet, and the car I learned how to drive in, a 330 Rambler American with 3 in the column.  Ah, that was a car.

      And my first husband and I almost bought a Pacer, but they looked like something clowns would come out of.

      So Lot 13 would be old home week to me.  (Now driving a POS [I call it Revenge of Korea] KIA; hum, maybe wron wouldn’t notice the switch).

      Ah, I’ll be down the hall (and around the corner and heading for lot 13).

      Elizabeth
      Imperial Keeper

      Posted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 2007 01 31 at 05:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. I was studying in the US in 1970 when there was a stupid campaign against Caterpillar Co shares because they were selling them to the military.
      I told the student inspired by this self-denial to stop driving his Chev because GM also sold things to the military.  He wasn’t amused.

      Is there something about the Caterpillar Co that freaks out stupid US pacifists every generation??

      Posted by Barrie on 2007 01 31 at 05:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. #67 Does anyone else get the optical illusion in #64, that the O’s in the middle are slightly larger than the O’s at the edges?

      No, but if you stare at it for five minutes and then look at a blank wall, you will see an image of St. Micarius the Wonder-Worker.

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 31 at 05:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. #68, was that Rambler the bilious, nausea-inducing green I remember from those days?

      Posted by Latino on 2007 01 31 at 05:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. A pathetic effort considering the quality of the hardware.

      I’m a three-reporter-a-day man myself.

      #60: I liked this comment:

      I suppose if [it] was a cigar factory during the Clinton years, the female reporters would have needed to run for cover.

      Posted by Sensible Swim on 2007 01 31 at 06:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Holly’s article reminds me of clueless civvie journos reporting on military matters where they describe APCs as tanks, assault rifles as guns etc etc.
      Since when was a fucking bulldozer a tractor?

      Posted by 81Alpha on 2007 01 31 at 06:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oops should have checked the Caterpillar site first. You Yanks call ‘em track-type tractors for some reason while to an Aussie they are Bulldozers.
      A cultural thang I spose.
      Crank it up GW!!

      Posted by 81Alpha on 2007 01 31 at 06:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Here ya go –

      http://tinyurl.com/3awulg

      Don’t say I never give ya nothin’, huh?

      Posted by mojo on 2007 01 31 at 06:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. We call them bulldozers, too, 81Alpha. And I take one day off, and paco replaces me. At least I still have my company car. I do still have my company car, don’t I?

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 31 at 07:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. #76 andycanuck

      Well, assuming I’ve retained my position as head of paco’s automotive department, I’d like to reassure you that yes, of course you can keep the company car. We do, however, require you to swap it for this model.

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 01 31 at 08:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. #74—We call ‘em “bulldozers” too, but it’s more or less vernacular. On the sales sites it’ll mostly be “crawler tractor” because if you try to say “track tractor” quickly it sounds retarded.

      There is no need for PACO to stock death tractors. Caterpillar, John Deere, or any of several Japanese manufacturers led by Komatsu will deliver one, complete with GPS target guidance and gyrostabilization of the cutting blade, whenever you order it, given a suitable down payment. This is because any machine that big and powerful qualifies as a death machine, whereas you have to work to construct a Death Pinto.

      PACO will, however, customize the stock machine with lasers, ack-ack sponsons, chrome knives on the track pins, and similar aftermarket items. Contact wronwright. Have your credit card ready (American Express Invisible or better). If you don’t know how to contact wronwright you don’t need the machine anyway.

      Regards,
      Ric

      Posted by Ric Locke on 2007 01 31 at 08:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. Man, working as an entry level employee for this VRWC is full of variety! One day I might be driving up to the San Fransisco water reservoir and pumping in what Mr Paco refers to as “Flouride”, and another day, under the instruction of MarkL I might be attending an anti war protest in London dressed as a giant Tony Blair puppet whilst discretely releasing a gas into the air.

      Why, just the other day I went to a hospital in Ottawa to deliver a bunch of tiny computer chips to a well known brain surgeon.

      And now, out of the blue, Mr Wronwright has furiously instructed me to re-label all the paperwork for 180 “Death Tractors” in storage in an underground bunker near Washington DC. For some bizzare reason he urgently wants them to appear in all official records as something called “Edsels”.

      Ours is not to reason why…

      Posted by Penguin on 2007 01 31 at 08:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. #64 and 67, video of this near atrocity has been found on youtube:

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2007 01 31 at 09:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. Holly wrote, “almost as much fun as seeing your life flash before your eyes.”

      Personally, if I had been one of the reporters, I would have moved back when they told me to. I guess reporters have more trouble with English and estimating danger than I do. Likewise they vastly overdramatize things.

      I guess I’d make a bad reporter.

      Oh, and Holly? The hysterical drama queen act just makes you look like an idiot.

      Posted by JimC on 2007 01 31 at 09:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Posted By: colin chase (1/31/2007 at 1:28:23 PM)

      Comment: It’s not about polotics, it’s about using a tractor to threaten people with death or injury. THE OBVIOUS IDEA BEING: If you get in my way I will injure or kill you in fact get out of my way or I will injure or kill you. He should be arrest and impeached. This kind of behavior doesn’t belong in the white house end of story.

      Can I get a explanation of how the President was threatening to kill or injure people? Or is this something that I would need to be a Moonbat to understand?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 01 31 at 09:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. Press corps? Give President Bush a break. Horsing around on that tractor is probably the first fun he’s had in months, considering that he’s balancing a delicate international situation, running a war, and dealing with all the press Nazis who pitch a fit when he does what any guy does and has fun with a big truck! Cripes!

      Are there any available positions in the Dark Lord’s Death Tractor Corps, or do I have to reapply at the Ankh-Morpork head office?

      Posted by Tungsten Monk on 2007 01 31 at 10:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. I posted a link to the youtube video from #80 on the Newsweek site and it lasted all of 30 seconds before it was deleted.

      The left really lack a sense of humour.

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2007 01 31 at 10:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Personally, if I had been one of the reporters, I would have moved back when they told me to.

      What, and be seen as a toady and pushover who takes orders from the HitlerChimp?

      Heck, I’m surprised that none of them deliberately walked toward the dozer when Dubya asked them to move back. Pancakes to power, man!

      Posted by PW on 2007 01 31 at 10:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. Were the journalists wearing identical “Che” T-shirts by any chance?

      Well done President Bush, his popularity will be way up after this.

      Posted by Mike_W on 2007 01 31 at 10:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. BTW, apropos of not much, but one of the crazy comments at Newsweek reminded me: As far as I’m concerned, one of the best ways to distinguish between nutcases and normal people is whether they know that a certain word is not spelled propoganda. I swear, it seems like at least nine out of ten times that you see that misspelling it’s surrounded by utter tripe.

      Posted by PW on 2007 01 31 at 10:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism, until the death tractor hits it. Then it’s the lowest form of patriotism.” –Thomas Jefferson

      Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2007 01 31 at 11:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. I liked this one:

      Posted By: Alen Redding (1/31/2007 at 7:06:25 PM)

      Comment: For the guys telling people to get a sense of humor: Think for a second. What if one of the reporters had decided he REALLY wanted to make news, not moved, and had been struck.

      Yeah, that would be really bad. It would be especially tragic if the person in question had children—the human race would be measurably improved by removing those genes from the pool.

      Sheesh. Bush is a Texas rancher. He probably has a D4 or D6; they’re just the thing for pulling a root plow to restore the Texas grasslands invaded by non-native species, without using Gaia-unfriendly chemicals. I’m more likely to believe he knows what he’s doing than I am to credit the reporters with anything like mature judgement.

      Regards,
      Ric

      Posted by Ric Locke on 2007 01 31 at 11:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. #84 Art, I just read the site and your post is there, with link intact.

      Let’s see if mine makes it past “moderation”. It hasn’t shown up yet.

      Regards,
      Ric

      Posted by Ric Locke on 2007 01 31 at 11:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. Many thanks Ric! Perhaps wronwright and the tardis had something to with it disappearing and then reappearing….

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2007 02 01 at 12:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. #77 Dminor: Woohoo! Look at all the makeout room in the back. I will miss the Bentley, however.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 01 at 01:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. #62: Pictures, pictures!

      Sorry, paco, but photographs of the Bolo tanks are classified, and are not available to the public.

      However, there is useful technical (but very general) data available for the Bolo Mark XII (Continental Siege Unit) here and here.  Technical data on the other Bolo variants may be found here.

      Read and drool!  These babies make armored bulldozers toys in comparison.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 02 01 at 01:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Sorry, I buggered the first link on Bolo tanks.  Try this.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 02 01 at 01:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. What if one of the reporters had decided he REALLY wanted to make news, not moved, and had been struck.

      Then we know that the spirit of Rachael Corrie lives in the MSM.

      And RWDB everywhere will be pressured to come up with pancake press jokes.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 02 01 at 01:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. What I want to know is where can I see the video of this incident?

      Where all those journalists so scared of the dozer bearing down on them that no one took a picture or shot any video?

      As a sign of solidarity with the American President I now propose that Howard too should fire up a Cat and bear down on some journalists.  The journalists keep saying that Howard does whatever Bush does, this time the can be right.

      Posted by youngy on 2007 02 01 at 03:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. Here’s a recreation of what took place. flash video

      Posted by zefal on 2007 02 01 at 05:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. Tungsten Monk –

      Are there any available positions in the Dark Lord’s Death Tractor Corps … ?

      To the 200 or so henchman and minions that have assembled in Lot 14 wearing Afrika Corp uniforms (and yes, you too paco, in your Rommel attire), there are

      –> no death tractors to drive. <–

      Feel free to join Elizabeth, Imperial Keeper, in Lot 13 and drive the Ford Pintos out of the VRWC secured lot.  Be sure not to bump into a Pinto in front of you or you will find both vehicles bursting into flames.  In such an event, we will blame French Muslims.

      Note to MarkL: Please don’t telephone me at 3 am.  I don’t care if they’ve been standing in the cold since yesterday afternoon singing the Horst Wessel Song.  In fact, I rather like the idea.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 02 01 at 06:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. #71 No, my late father (peace on his memory) had a passion for robin’s egg blue.  Every %!#$ car he had for about 15 years (including the dark-blue American and the steel-blue Ambassador) he had specially painted robin’s egg blue.

      He was a very good man, but he sure liked that color.  He even tried to persuade my first stepmother to paint the house that color.  She, thank heaven, refused.

      Elizabeth
      Imperial Keeper

      Posted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 2007 02 01 at 12:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. Pinto, my %!#.  I found a stash of Javelins and AMX’s behind them.  Forgot where you put them, eh?

      Tungsten got the blue AMX and I got a green Javelin, just like my brother used to have.

      (Actually, my ex-husband had a p!#% green Pinto when I met him that would cut off for absolutely no reason when driving down the interstate.  It’s one of the few times I feared for my life and refused to drive it after that).

      Elizabeth
      Imperial Keeper

      Posted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 2007 02 01 at 12:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. Speaking of killer dozers and such, anybody remember the Science Fiction book that featured “Hammer’s Slammers”.

      Hover Tanks.  Now that’s an idea that I could get behind.

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 02 01 at 05:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. BTW Wronwright.

      Is Icarus Industries a subsidiary?

      Icarus Industries Hover Tank

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 02 01 at 05:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. oo oo my comment over at newsweek has been labelled disgusting.  someone called ole hippiechick says she can smell the blood on my hands.  i want a medal

      Posted by KK on 2007 02 02 at 09:07 AM • permalink

 

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