THROATS AT RISK

Media-related death threats! Harry Hutton gets in on this year’s zoomiest trend. Similar crankiness is evident locally, where a column by SMH blogger Jack Marx was widely misunderstood. Matters are now in the hands of the police.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/31/2006 at 11:26 AM
    1. What a hugely amusing fellow Hutton is! And what a great name for a blog! I have him bookmarked, in perpetuity.

      Posted by paco on 2006 05 31 at 01:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. Damn right, Paco. I’ve said it before – Hutton’s the funniest man in the blogosphere.

      Posted by James Waterton on 2006 05 31 at 02:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. With all this talk of impending caliphornication of the world, and global warming cooling climate change, and the looming energy crisis, has no one else noticed the growing loss of a precious resource, i.e., a sense of humor?  I believe it’s reaching crisis proportions.  We should get al-Gore on it immediately.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 05 31 at 02:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. #3 Rebecca: I think you’re right about that. Except for a few outposts (primarily on the Right, for some reason), the sense of humor threatens to go the way of the great auk.

      Posted by paco on 2006 05 31 at 02:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’ll be back.  But right now I’ve got to go spend some time visiting with Hutton.

      Before I go, however, I need to inform Paco and SDD that, as I stand agape before Hutton, I have now beaten them in the humble war.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 05 31 at 04:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. I loved how the supporters of the SMH post decided that if you found it offensive it’s because you “didn’t get it”. What a typically leftist way of responding, just claiming the higher moral ground.

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 05 31 at 05:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hutton does ask the big questions.
      Which Spice Girl would you eat first?

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 05 31 at 05:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. #6 anagallis
      I speak as someone who “got it.” The blog seemed to be mocking the current state of affairs, ie where someone who defends themselves against an intruder is treated as the criminal. Hence, the advice to burglars to “fight criminality with zero tolerance.” With lines like that, how can it be anything except satire?

      Posted by daddy dave on 2006 05 31 at 05:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. al-gore declares laughter releases too much carbon dioxide.  Exterminate!  Exterminate!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 05 31 at 08:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. Humour,common sense and art,is now officially banned from schools and humanity.

      If there are a few countries left where you may practise this, enjoy it while you can….

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 05 31 at 09:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. I recommend his ‘correspondence with Boris Johnsons’.

      Posted by lemmy on 2006 06 01 at 02:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. I find the NSW Police a fascinating study.

      They seem to be limp wristed lefties leaving Leb thugs alone and protecting the rights of poor innocent housebreakers, but then they go and put up billboards “How fast are you going now?” with a picture of a cop in what is the best take on a Nazi uniform I have ever seen. Obviously they are endeavouring to keep history alive 12000 km from the country where you get prosecuted for pro Nazi sentiment.

      As for Qld Police they are something else. They leapt with relish at the opportunity to charge three bouncers with murder (how dare you invade our exclusive enforcement domain- PS they refuse to enter pubs anyway because they are too scared) without too much regard for the fact that security guards in crowd control are not allowed to carry any single instrument or aid and have to use bare hands to subdue drunken morons and thugs whilst the the average police constable goes into the fray with a belt absolutely loaded with cuffs, pistol, capsicum spray, steel baton, and about 10 other unnamed aids (I try to count what hangs off their belts- Christ knows what else they carry)
      Not only that, the police are allowed to shoot dead (and merrily do so) anyone carrying a kitchen knife at 20 metres.
      20 metres would you believe!!!!!! At 20 metres you have enough time to run, get behind a police car and make a cup of coffee.
      And after they have shot dead the said knife wielding escapee (usually they are nut cases turned out of day care), the police find it necessary to have weeks of stress leave, have a good cry and demand extensive counselling sessions whilst poor old security guards who get punched up lose pay as casuals and have to pay medical bills and cry by themselves without an ounce of psych babying to boot.

      Posted by MarshallD on 2006 06 01 at 05:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. #12: ‘and put up billboards “How fast are you going now?” with a picture of a cop in what is the best take on a Nazi uniform I have ever seen’

      Is there a link to a picture somewhere? That sounds like it ought to be good for a laugh.

      I don’t think things are so bad with the police in the U.S., generally – not yet, anyway, although I suppose there may be regional peculiarities. Though we’re still a long way from the days when my father – a “revenooer” – used to pass off a car title as a “search warrant” on illiterate moonshiners.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 01 at 11:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. 5 Salty competes

      I need to inform Paco and SDD that, as I stand agape before Hutton, I have now beaten them in the humble war.

      Far be it from me to dispute the point, far indeed.  Salty is obviously more humble than Paco.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 06 01 at 02:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. #14: Hey, I was not only agape, but also agog. I just thought it would be somewhat immodest to mention it.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 01 at 03:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. #16,

      So you know that it is immodest to bring it up, but you are doing so anyway?

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 06 01 at 04:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. #16: I must defend my humbleness at all costs. With Stoop Davy a game and a half ahead in the humility win column, and you closing fast, it was time to swing for the fences.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 01 at 05:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. 15 oooo!  Bolding!  Immoderate and immodest, I would call that, were I to even admit to noticing it, which of course, would not be my style, what with me being so humble and all.

      16 Ha!  She told YOU, Mr Almost-humble-enough!

      17 Watch this!  I’m playing air-keyboards WHILE I type, and STILL only taking the rhythym sections!

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 06 01 at 10:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. 19: I am truly humbled by your valid criticism.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 01 at 11:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. #18, SDD

      17 Watch this! I’m playing air-keyboards WHILE I type, and STILL only taking the rhythym sections!

      Are you bragging?

      You guys suck at this.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 06 02 at 12:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’m not bragging, I’m clarifying!  It’s not obvious to the casual observer that I’m not taking the lead air-keyboard parts, so I’m helpfully pointing out that I’m only faking the rhythm parts.  Meanwhile there’s Mr not-so-modest Paco in #19 being truly humbled by his own valid criticism.  Well, then!

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 06 02 at 01:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. 21: My apologies – my humblest apologies – Mr. Davy Dave, for getting the reference number wrong. I was, of course, referring to your most excellent and valid criticism of myself.

      Oh, dear! There’s a little spider on one of my computer keys. ell, I ouldn’t ant to do him any harm, so I’ll just sign off no .

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 02 at 01:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. btw what was the conclusion of our own on-site death-threat controversy?

      Posted by daddy dave on 2006 06 02 at 03:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Best I can remember, one or both sides reeled themselves in and then the controversy died of widespread ennui.  Do we need to drive a stake through its heart, or can we count on it staying dead?

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 06 02 at 05:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. LOL fair enough. Just thought I’d ask. which I guess is probably not wise, considering the pages of bullshit that ensued at the time.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2006 06 02 at 05:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. #24 & #25: Stoop Davy Dave? Daddy Dave? Looks like nepotism to me (a game the whole family can play).

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 02 at 05:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. Looks like nepotism to me

      looks like we’re busted, Stoop. What gave it away?

      Posted by daddy dave on 2006 06 02 at 09:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey Paco,Stoop -how LOW can you GO….

      Posted by crash on 2006 06 03 at 05:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. I have nothing to add. This is a great.!!!

      Posted by Marky on 2006 06 03 at 06:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. 22 *PACO*

      I was, of course, referring to your most excellent and valid criticism of myself.

      Why that’s impossible; it wasn’t THAT good!  Indeed, like so many criticisms of yourself, it contained many gaps and omissions.

      26 WE JUST MET!  And, um, okay, he bought be a couple of drinks.  What about it?

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 06 03 at 02:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. #30, Stoop

      22 *PACO*

      I was, of course, referring to your most excellent and valid criticism of myself.

      Why that’s impossible; it wasn’t THAT good! Indeed, like so many criticisms of yourself, it contained many gaps and omissions.

      Guys, after witnessing the stunningly high level of repartee displayed by the two of you, I’m going to have to bow out of the humble war.  You guys are just too far ahead of me for me to compete.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 06 03 at 03:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. 30: Why that’s impossible; it wasn’t THAT good!  Indeed, like so many criticisms of yourself, it contained many gaps and omissions.

      Laughs simpers modestly.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 03 at 03:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. 31
      Damn that Saltydog!  She’s just usurped the lead!

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 06 03 at 05:04 PM • permalink

 

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