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Random incidents.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/30/2006 at 12:42 PM
    1. Well, I guess this qualifies as “random”.

      Say, has anybody heard from Stoop Davy? I heard that, having mastered summer bobsledding, he was now serving as goalie on the shot-put squad. I also hear he’s pioneering a new winter sport: ski-jump pole vaulting. He’s too modest to talk about it, but he’s a shoo-in for the gold (in fact, if he can do it three times, he’s pretty much guaranteed the silver and bronze, too). Wronwright’s been sponsoring me for javelin catching (and here I thought he was miffed at me!).

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 30 at 01:19 PM • permalink


    1. I had oatmeal for breakfast.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 03 30 at 01:34 PM • permalink


    1. I’m going to DisneyWorld in a week.  Can I pick up anything for anybody?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 03 30 at 01:42 PM • permalink


    1. Or maybe that should be “Can I pick up anything for anybody?”

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 03 30 at 02:01 PM • permalink


    1. I have 245 days left on this tour in Iraq.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 03 30 at 02:06 PM • permalink


    1. Texas Bob: Are you truly in Iraq? God bless you, man. My brother did a year’s hitch over there and had some close shaves, but made it back safe and sound.

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 30 at 02:15 PM • permalink


    1. Here’s a quiz:

      “And … I see a strong economy, fiscal responsibility, investment and low unemployment where the reverse is true in my country. I see you committed to fight global warming, in stark contrast to the policies in [blank]. So you should lighten up: you’re doing really well. And if you went across the [blank] and saw what was happening there, you’d think you were doing pretty well.”

      1. Identify the speaker

      2. Identify to whom he/she is speaking

      3. Fill in the two blanks

      (Texas Bob—Counting the days much?!)

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 03 30 at 02:33 PM • permalink


    1. Texas Bob:

      Can you provide any details about your unit, deployment, whatever?

      My brother’s in Iraq now. Who knows, you two may even know each other.

      Posted by david on 2006 03 30 at 02:38 PM • permalink


    1. 7. I smell Clinton.

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 30 at 02:49 PM • permalink


    1. Paco 1
      Most of those wrumors are err-wroneous; check your sources.  I’ve been working on the sandlot high-diving thing and it’s working pretty well … I think the ground is getting softer.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 03 30 at 02:59 PM • permalink


    1. Stoop Davy:

      Hmmmm. If that’s your sport, you might want to consider one of these – as long as the ecclesiastical association doesn’t bother you.

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 30 at 03:10 PM • permalink


    1. I have 245 days left on this tour in Iraq.

      Bless you! Keep safe! And stay locked ‘n’ loaded for when some leftie pulls out the “chickenhawk” argument here. Give ‘em a whiff of grapeshot.

      Hey, Jeff S., are you still over there?

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 03 30 at 03:11 PM • permalink


    1. #1 paco: re your link: Jeez you’d have to be pretty slow off the mark to get bitten by a croc in Britain. Like being bitten by a shark in Nevada.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 03 30 at 03:29 PM • permalink


    1. True source of “Mesopotamian” Mead revealed!
      wronright and co set the wayback machine…

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 03 30 at 03:49 PM • permalink


    1. #13 Hamish: You’re probably right about the croc. What intrigues me is the reference to “accidental” instances of suffocation and strangulation in bed. Sounds like a disgruntled spouse with a good story.

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 30 at 04:00 PM • permalink


    1. I’m off to work now.  That’s not random.  I’ll sit in Sydney traffic for 60 minutes.  Bye.

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 03 30 at 04:07 PM • permalink


    1. You guys watch your backs down there: Antarctica’s Atmosphere Warming Dramatically, Study Finds

      But wait…

      Scientists are hard pressed to explain the temperature spike, which is three times larger than the global average. The rise cannot be explained by the climate models scientists use to predict the effects of global warming from increased greenhouse gases.

      “That could point to some mechanism of climate change we don’t understand, a failing in these models, or just a result of natural climate variability,” said John Turner, a climate scientist with the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, England.

      Ya think?!

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 03 30 at 04:16 PM • permalink


    1. Be safe and well, Texas Bob.

      Hamish Mc, plenty of sharks in Nevada.  Just look around the casinos.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 03 30 at 04:19 PM • permalink


    1. My play opens tomorrow. I’m curiously numb. (I’m not the author, just a lowly thespian)

      Posted by bovious on 2006 03 30 at 04:20 PM • permalink


    1. Sharon Stone Craps Out

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 03 30 at 04:27 PM • permalink


    1. Re: #12, no, Dave, I demobilized last November.  Texas Bob was likely going through RSO&I in Kuwait by the time I was home.

      Yo, Texas Bob!  Good luck, dude.  I was in Kuwait for my tour, but I have plenty of buddies who were or are in Iraq.  Drop me a line if you need something.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 03 30 at 04:29 PM • permalink


    1. I’m going to DisneyWorld in a week.  Can I pick up anything for anybody?

      Have a berry tart in Norway. I won’t list the other foods I’d recommend. Tim doesn’t have the web space.

      Oh, and ride “Soarin’”.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2006 03 30 at 04:36 PM • permalink


    1. Full disclosure: I’m scared of chimps.

      Posted by Bill Spencer on 2006 03 30 at 04:39 PM • permalink


    1. Home in one piece, Texas Bob.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 03 30 at 05:04 PM • permalink


    1. 45 Brits injured in volcanic eruptions.
      I blame Ken Livingstone’s dietary habits.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 03 30 at 05:07 PM • permalink


    1. For no good reason whatsoever.
      I’m just in that sort of a mood.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 03 30 at 05:08 PM • permalink


    1. 7. I smell Clinton

      You have a good smeller, Paco. Maybe we should collect nasal secretions from you.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 03 30 at 05:48 PM • permalink


    1. #27: Well, it should be easy since I have a head cold right now, but probably not a good idea.

      Clinton’s phoniness stinks so bad I can smell it right through all the stuffiness.

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 30 at 06:08 PM • permalink


    1. Along with everyone else…wish you the best, Texas Bob..Be safe. Be alert and Beers on me when you get back.

      Ummmm, as long as it’s the cheapshit…LOL.

      Only kidding…You do us (to include your family and friends) proud, you do your country proud.

      To all on the Blog who have or are going to serve…American, Aussie, Brit, Pole, Italian…from wherever…we owe you so much, the country owes you so much…words can’t convey, BUT I’m sure inside you feel what we mean.

      Forget any leftist fuckheads…we’ll dispose of them for you….least we can do….:).

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 03 30 at 06:12 PM • permalink


    1. Stoop Davy Dave

      I worked at a Carney Shooting Range once…well ‘worked’ ain’t really the word…ummmm, I was one of the targets.

      Worked out real well…everytime someone accuses me of shootin’ my mouth off, I look dead at them with me glass eye and say….geez, god damn….forgot what I say, now…hmmmm.

      Anyway it was funner then takin’ a big shit…:).

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 03 30 at 06:19 PM • permalink


    1. Stay safe, Texas Bob.

      Posted by EliotNess on 2006 03 30 at 07:33 PM • permalink


    1. I support the Tabberabberan Orogeny.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 03 30 at 07:45 PM • permalink


    1. Congrads on the sucessfull scramjet test at Woomera. Is this just a faster way to get to the pub?

      Posted by Franklin on 2006 03 30 at 08:07 PM • permalink


    1. Texas Bob.

      It has been said “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” (C.Powell).

      For what it’s worth, please accept my profoundly felt optimism for you and your good work, and that of your comrades, and stay safe.

      Percute et Percute Velociter

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 03 30 at 08:12 PM • permalink


    1. Hey, you guys down there, holdin’ out on us, huh?

      SYDNEY, Australia (AP) – Researchers in Australia’s Outback launched a test flight Thursday of a supersonic jet designed to fly 10 times faster than conventional airplanes.

      The test flight was conducted by researchers at the University of Queensland under commission from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, in the remote community of Woomera, about 310 miles north of the South Australian state capital, Adelaide.

      The so-called Supersonic Combustion Ramjet – or scramjet – engine was designed to travel at speeds of up to 5,000 mph, or 10 times the speed of conventional aircraft, the University of Queensland said in a statement.

      “The rocket launch looked as expected. We had another clean liftoff,” Prof. Michael Smart said.

      AP News

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 03 30 at 08:58 PM • permalink


    1. We should build a big one, stuff it full of leftoids, and see how fast it can get to, say, Pluto. What a wonderfull world it would be.

      Posted by EliotNess on 2006 03 30 at 09:08 PM • permalink


    1. Gotta stop hitting the “l” button twice…tooo much coffeee…

      Posted by EliotNess on 2006 03 30 at 09:10 PM • permalink


    1. #22, thanks, Rob Crawford!  The last time I was there, I had the caramelized cheese, a first for me and absolutely excellent.  Norway is full of surprises.

      Soarin’, will do.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 03 30 at 09:44 PM • permalink


    1. Memo
      To:  Minionettes (and you know very well which ones I mean)
      Subject:  Unauthorized Use of Tardis

      Please note that the Tardis is never ever to be used for any unauthorized purposes.  This includes taking it on a shopping spree in 13th century BC Egypt for lapis lazuli and sheer linen skirts, 15th century China for fire red silk, or 17th century France for French lace and royal blue damask.  And I don’t care if you can get better goods for cheaper prices that way.  The Tardis is an official neocon space/time transportation device, not a Walmart shuttle bus.

      And thank you very much for leaving the keys in the chromotron selector (i.e., the ignition).  Stoop Davy Dave and his goat cohorts have taken it for a joy ride on three—


      —separate occasions, creating mischief wherever he went.  This has required me to do certain, unfortunate, things to keep the timeline unchanged.  Things I would rather not discuss.  Poor Joan, so young, so flammable.  Oh well.

      And before you say anything, note that I am authorized to travel back for Sumerian mead.  Or the Akkadian version which Karl and Tim seem to have taken a liking to.  Actually, more like I’m required to go back.  ~sigh~

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 03 30 at 09:48 PM • permalink


    1. wronwright—In terms of timeline correction, we were particularly impressed with the way you ginned up the evidence in Oscar “Butch” Wilde’s homosexuality trial in Victorian England.  Particularly the tintype of “Oscar Wilde, posing as sodomite” (that hairstyle suited you much better than it did Kevin Costner in Wild Wild West…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 03 30 at 09:51 PM • permalink


    1. Memo
      To:  Lord Karl
      Subject:  Tardis Team Photo

      Per your request, here is ourTardis Team photo.

      The goat-like person is Minion 2nd Class Stoop Davy Dave.  He would appreciate having his goat disguise removed.  Please sign Form BAA-no!-101 at your earliest convenience.

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 03 30 at 09:57 PM • permalink


    1. #34 mentalFloss – are you XLH?

      Posted by Razor on 2006 03 30 at 10:05 PM • permalink


    1. #2- anything as long as it’s not herpes.

      Posted by Habib on 2006 03 30 at 10:16 PM • permalink


    1. Latest news – boat sinking off Bahrain. The Howard Government are at it again, bastards.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 03 30 at 10:19 PM • permalink


    1. #42 But that I am forbid to tell the secrets of my house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest word would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood, make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres, thy knotted and combined locks to part, and each particular hair to stand on end like quills upon the fretful porcupine.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 03 30 at 10:49 PM • permalink


    1. (reads #45)



      (in sotto voce)

      I think MentalFloss might be your boy.  How he got the key to the Tardis is beyond me.

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 03 30 at 10:59 PM • permalink


    1. I’ll take that as a yes.

      Posted by Razor on 2006 03 30 at 11:01 PM • permalink


    1. Latest news – boat sinking off Bahrain

      How bad was the oil slick? Damn people ruining the Seas.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 03 30 at 11:07 PM • permalink


    1. Re #35

      El Cid, you’re quite welcome to come have a look at beautiful Woomera … so where the bloody hell are you?

      Posted by kywong73 on 2006 03 30 at 11:16 PM • permalink


    1. Random:

      Derryn Hinch? Shame Shame Shame.
      I’d say, not guilty judging.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 03 30 at 11:21 PM • permalink


    1. The rise cannot be explained by the climate models

      That can’t be right. According to Ender, those climate models are gold, baby!

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 03 30 at 11:30 PM • permalink


    1. 49

      El Cid, you’re quite welcome to come have a look at beautiful Woomera

      Thank you…just may.

      so where the bloody hell are you?

      As of this posting…Tennessee, U.S. OR are you meaning, why the hell aren’t I there, already?…:).

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 03 30 at 11:33 PM • permalink


    1. Just found this wonderfully needed Blog, here in the U.S. Actually from what is out in this world…this Blog is needed by every SANE peoples.


      Do bang these people a comment on occasion, they are fighting a large battle for the mind of youth.

      Critical Mass Blog

      A Blog to Connect Collegiate Conservatives

      This could use International Branches.

      Full disclosure here…I am way past Collegiate age, in other words, this is NOT my Blog. Just thought an uphill fight could use some heft.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 03 30 at 11:43 PM • permalink


    1. #39, ahem.  Just who the bloody hell do you think the sheer linen skirts are for?!?

      *eyes the sweaty man in the goat suit*

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 03 31 at 12:07 AM • permalink


    1. #50- non guilty, unless the victim turns out to be ovine.

      Posted by Habib on 2006 03 31 at 12:36 AM • permalink


    1. #53 El Cid
      They are desperately outnumbered, I fear.
      On the topic of Taliban on campus:

      …a plurality of [Yale] students (42%) is in favor of making Hashemi a full-fledged member of the class of 2009, which means that he’ll be right there with me and the rest of my class when we get our diplomas.
      This poll shows that Yale entire — not just the administration, but the students as well — is in a fog of moral confusion. It is not merely that the people here wish to think favorably of everyone (no matter how evil he may be); it is that they do not wish to think at all.

      One detractor writes:

      “We have seen teachers politicize literature, art, and history; we want to restore art for art’s sake, and for the sake of truth and beauty – not for politics or “social justice.”
      I think you forgot biology. Don’t you want conservative biology taught too?

      To which your deponent here responded:

      Dear Uncle Bunny,
      While you may be simply “taking the piss”, as they say, it is just possible you are confusing what you term conservative biology with the “port” side of the HMS Beagle—“Conservation Biology”.
      As this discipline studies the whole range of behaving organisms, including plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, and HUMANS; its application to the analysis of the effects of the introduction of a rogue predator (Hashemi) into a largely submissive—even fawning—PC college population of invertebrates (our Critical Mass hosts excepted, of course) might in fact make for an interesting thesis topic.
      To the hosts of this site, a dip of the lid, and a hearty “Well Done!” from your antipodean cousin ‘down under’

      I heartily endorse El Cid’s recommendation that we support these voices crying in the ivy-covered precincts of acquiescent academia.

      It is said that one person may hit the mark, another blunder; but only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 03 31 at 12:51 AM • permalink


    1. #53- It might not be all bad- if the Hashmeister gets a load on at his first kegger, gets laid and gets pledged to Epsilon Phi, who knows?

      He might even start acting human.

      Posted by Habib on 2006 03 31 at 02:15 AM • permalink


    1. # 56, final sentence: Actually, it is not said very often—for obvious reasons.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 03 31 at 02:21 AM • permalink


    1. My sattellite TV subscription, Astro, goes “Service is not currently available” about 70-80% of the time while I’m watching something rugby-related. Especially during Six Nations. Have doubts on randomness.

      Posted by Rajan R on 2006 03 31 at 02:44 AM • permalink


    1. #7 – Bill Clinton to Gordon Brown, where the blanks are “the United States” and “Atlantic”. I cheated.

      Posted by Rajan R on 2006 03 31 at 02:53 AM • permalink


    1. But anyhow…a most hairy tale unfolds on Ebay

      Posted by Kickero on 2006 03 31 at 03:01 AM • permalink


    1. #6 Yes Paco I really am in Iraq, and thanks!
      #8 David, I am based out of the Mother Ship (Victory Base) with MNC-I, but bounce from FOB to FOB conducting my duties (comms).  When I’m back here, I try to waste as much time as possible reading and posting on this board (which I had stumbled across last year while we were still in Germany)
      #12 Dave S. Thanks brother, I will.
      #18 RebeccaH, thank you!
      #21 Jeff S. Thanks brother, I sure will.  I got here the 1st week of January. This is my third tour to Iraq, so at least its familiar!
      #24 SwinishCapitalist, thanks, that’s my general idea.  Accomplishing that while still breathing to be more specific.
      #29 Thanks El Cid, I’d love to take you up on that. The cheap shit would be waaaay better than what we have now – NADA!
      #31 Thanks EliotNess
      #34 MentalFloss thanks for the reminder, I’m trying.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 03 31 at 04:05 AM • permalink


    1. Texas Bob … I appreciate the job you and others are doing over in Iraq.  If you come to Australia, you can stay with my family.  I live next to Cronulla, I’m sure you’ve heard of Cronulla, probably for the wrong reasons.  But it’s really a great place.

      I remember my family used to billet service people on R&R during the Vietnam War.  My dad’s 4 cousins all came out and stayed too, all of them were in the US Army.  They were a bit of a wild bunch.  Great memories.

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 03 31 at 04:57 AM • permalink


    1. Being a random thread, I suppose I can ask about my extended family.  Our family have lost touch with dad’s cousins James (Jim), Michael (Mike) and Sharon Marley, Charles (Chuck) has passed away.  All from Fairbanks, Alaska.  Sharon and Michael were born in Australia.  Mum and Dad were Sybil and John.  Can anyone put me in touch with the Marleys?

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 03 31 at 06:26 AM • permalink


    1. Wish that this was a random incident rather than a common one in Iran.

      “Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajooh was slated for execution in 2002, but due to international pressure her execution was stayed.

      But now The Islamic Republic of Iran has decided to slay her “silently”…”

      Probably on the first of April.

      Execution Iran

      Posted by Ros on 2006 03 31 at 08:37 AM • permalink


    1. Spotted via the always excellent PowerLine, I guess it’s harder for the banyule-boys to torch your car if you keep it moving like this.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2006 03 31 at 09:52 AM • permalink


    1. Texas Bob…you are on my friend…when you are ready for come back…email me. See if we can have a beerfest.

      Mental Floss…Yep, these young men and women, will be pushing that rock uphill. We all must assist, the educational system that the world pushes and in fact ‘teaches’, is nothing more then indoctrination of the worst kind…it has been for a long time and it’s definitely getting worse.

      Each of our Nations have a weak point, that weak point IS, the enemy from within. Never will our nations fall from a frontal attack, but as is being witnessed, vile psychotics, socialists, communists…totalitarians all, are using our nations laws to subvert what we stand for…and what we stand for is NOT what THEY stand for.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 03 31 at 10:03 AM • permalink


    1. #65 Ros:

      Speaking of Iran, how about this gem? What kind of fucked-up society does stuff like this?! An 8 yo boy caught stealing has his arm crushed by a car. Nice.

      Arm Crushed

      Site possibly has not-safe-for-work stuff on it, BTW.

      Posted by Mr Snuffalupagus on 2006 03 31 at 11:37 AM • permalink


    1. A lovely message on the Loonig website:
      Dear Michael, I’m Ms Nobody and I’m writing this message of support because of this cartoon set up thing. I can’t even begin to imagine why anyone would possibly want to target you or be hideous to someone who has spread such beautiful, joyful, hilarious, intelligent, kooky, inspiration on this planet! I’m a longtime fan and I just felt that today was the day to let you know the obvious – that there may be a twisted darkness out there but there’s also the untwisted light out there. I’m sure you know it, but you are so loved and valued and I hope this knowledge will kick in and help you through this revolting thing. Know that people everywhere are feeling for you and your family and are totally appreciative of your work.

      Posted by Susan Norton on 2006 03 31 at 12:21 PM • permalink


    1. Adding to the mystery:

      In a videotape posted Thursday on the Internet, made before her release, Ms. Carroll denounced the American presence in Iraq and praised the insurgents who were fighting here. These kind words for her captors were a sharp contrast to her demeanor on the videotapes made shortly after her kidnapping, in which she appeared distraught, weeping and terrified.

      “Ms. Carroll smiled, laughed once and gestured in a seemingly relaxed manner, saying she felt guilty about being released while so many Iraqis were still suffering.

      “Ms. Carroll, still in captivity but apparently knowing she would be released, denounced what she described as the ‘lies’ told by the American government.

      ” ‘I feel guilty. I can’t be happy totally for my freedom because there are people still suffering in prisons.

      Read more here.

      Posted by 13times on 2006 03 31 at 12:35 PM • permalink


    1. Texas Bob, I’ll treat you to fine beer, even though I live in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Maryland.

      Damn it, McEnroe, I need a lot of lapis lazuli!  You don’t need to know why.

      To go get the dry cleaning or stay here and play pointless pc games, that is the question…

      Posted by ushie on 2006 03 31 at 02:06 PM • permalink


    1. Smarty Paco 11
      Those can’t possibly be legal!  Doesn’t the International Sandlot High-Diving Association (*) have some standards about that sort of aerodynamically engineered headgear?  This isn’t the World-Wide Hang-Gliding Federation ya know!

      (* “Because if you weren’t high, you wouldn’t be doing THIS.”)

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 03 31 at 05:47 PM • permalink


    1. El Cid 30

      Anyway it was funner then takin’ a big shit…:).

      Not the way I do it, it couldn’t’a been.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 03 31 at 05:52 PM • permalink


    1. 39
      heh heh heh heh heh
      That’s three that you KNOW ABOUT anyway …

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 03 31 at 05:55 PM • permalink


    1. 54 errr heh heh … I wasn’t THIS sweaty until you walked by in THAT skirt!

      {pulls out big red bandanna, mops forehead, wrings it out w/ both hands, considers putting it back in pocket, shrugs, drops it into Wronwright’s lunchbox}

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 03 31 at 06:01 PM • permalink


    1. Speakin’ of Wronwright’s lunchbox, what’s up with this?

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 31 at 06:45 PM • permalink


    1. Shoot! Try this .

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 31 at 06:49 PM • permalink


    1. #69 – Susan: is this a very very early April Fools Day joke?
      Nice one, if it is.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 03 31 at 07:05 PM • permalink


    1. #77 – paco
      Cue Fearless Fly reference:
      “My glasses! I can’t see without my glasses!”

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 03 31 at 07:14 PM • permalink


    1. 77 paco

      What’s up with the Clooney picture?

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 03 31 at 08:20 PM • permalink


    1. 70 13times

      These kind words for her captors were a sharp contrast to her demeanor on the videotapes made shortly after her kidnapping, in which she appeared distraught, weeping and terrified.

      Good bet Ms. Carroll will be nominated for an Oscar in 2007.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 03 31 at 08:36 PM • permalink


    1. #68 that’s sheer unmitigated barbarism, but mild for iran

      Posted by KK on 2006 03 31 at 09:51 PM • permalink


    1. Susan, nice satire, luv. Good on ya.

      Posted by ekw on 2006 03 31 at 09:53 PM • permalink


    1. T-Bob, thank you.

      Posted by ekw on 2006 03 31 at 09:58 PM • permalink


    1. This sailor chose to leave cushy duty and head toward the sound of the guns.

      Posted by Donnah on 2006 04 01 at 01:14 AM • permalink


    1. #1 paco: re your link: Jeez you’d have to be pretty slow off the mark to get bitten by a croc in Britain. Like being bitten by a shark in Nevada.

      #13 — Well, it would have the element of surprise…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 01 at 02:11 AM • permalink


    1. #63 Thanks Stevo, what a kind offer. It sounds wonderful. So, tell me, will there be beer in Cronulla?

      I posted more random thoughts about German Bier, but realized it was in the one about cats. At this point, bier – cats, what does it really matter.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 04 01 at 03:53 AM • permalink



    1. #87 Texas Bob:
      We have all sorts of beer here … Australians judge their beer on quality and quantity.  Cronulla has the North Cronulla Hotel, or known as “Northies” to the locals.  I haven’t been there since they rebuilt it several years ago.  Also the Cronulla RSL which overlooks Cronulla beach.  I would’ve been down at Shark Park tonight to watch the Cronulla team play Souths.  The code I’m talking about is Rugby League.  I usually have a beer at the Leagues Club there when going to the footy.  Instead, I had to go to my son’s AFL match this arvo, the timing wasn’t right.  He plays for Cronulla in AFL.  I tend to have a drink, not as often as I used to, at the Caringbah Inn.  It’s more common for me to have a beer now at home with family and friends, or when reading the blogs.  Sometimes I have a bit too much, you can tell when I start typing gibberish.  I’ve just grabbed my third beer a few minutes ago.

      Get yourself on a flight to RAAF Richmond.  Richmond is at the opposite end of Sydney to Cronulla.  Or bring the family after your Baghdad posting.  I’m serious about the offer.  I’m also sure that many other of Tim’s blog brigade who are residents from Sydney would put you up for a night, a week or a fortnight.  There’s also Melbourne where Tim comes from, but we won’t talk about that.

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 04 01 at 04:47 AM • permalink


    1. RE: 88… Now that’s art!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 04 01 at 05:08 AM • permalink


    1. Yes Tim tam, I think you’re hot, and would love to meet you.

      Oh I spoke to Mr O’brien at 10 vic news, and yes, Mr H is not well at all.

      If you’re a vic journo tim, you’ll know who it is I’m talking about Mr o’brien.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 04 01 at 05:11 AM • permalink


    1. #68 Mr S.

      Words fail …

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2006 04 01 at 06:02 AM • permalink


    1. #88, the Foreign Minister has already pre-emptively apologised for the cartoon and disassociated the government from it.

      Even though the cartoon is in retaliation for one in an Indonesian paper during the week depicting the PM and the Foreign Minister as fornicating dingoes (which strangely didn’t seem to spark any riots or violence here), that they still thought they needed to make an obsequious apology speaks volumes.

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2006 04 01 at 09:38 AM • permalink


    1. #88, Alexander Downer did not apologise for the cartoon. He released a statement disassociating the government from the cartoon. That is diplomacy, not an “obsequious apology”.

      Posted by Dan J. on 2006 04 01 at 10:56 AM • permalink


    1. While his press release doesn’t mention an apology, from my recollection, his appearance on camera on the evening news did contain an apology. Although I’m happy for anyone to correct me.

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2006 04 01 at 11:01 AM • permalink


    1. #81 Ms Carroll will be the subject of a film
      and her part will be played by Susan Sarandon.

      Posted by crash on 2006 04 01 at 11:10 AM • permalink


    1. Although I’m happy for anyone to correct me.

      Ok Art.  The second comma is not necessary.  (Pierre Petain would NOT have made that mistake.  But then he’s not a neocon capitalist barking dog).

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 04 01 at 11:58 AM • permalink


    1. Fornicating dingoes indeed.
      Sounds like a punk band.
      And now people, with their latest hit “I Skull Drug Da Ho” we give you Fornicating Dingoes.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 04 01 at 01:07 PM • permalink


    1. There appears to be some April Foolery going on over at INDC Journal (speakers on).

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 04 01 at 01:51 PM • permalink


    1. #75, Stoop Davey Dave.  When I say “who the sheer linen skirt was for…”

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 04 01 at 04:22 PM • permalink


    1. Sheer linen skirts!

      Here comes summer!

      Posted by yojimbo on 2006 04 01 at 08:06 PM • permalink


    1. Ms Carroll has renounced her statements.  Says they were holding guns on her while she was being forced to record them.


      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 01 at 08:33 PM • permalink


    1. #104 Hear! Hear!

      From what I read about her, I was holding my breath (and comment).

      “A little quiet time” she asks for…

      I gotta tell ya, I’d be looking for one hell of a lot of quiet time after such and ordeal.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 04 01 at 10:13 PM • permalink


    1. Anyone seen these cartoons ?
      from BBC NEWS
      The cartoon, in The Weekend Australian, depicts what appears to be Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in the guise of a dog mounting another dog, apparently depicting a Papuan.

      The smiling “Yudhoyono” says: “Don’t take this the wrong way”, above a caption that reads: “No offence intended”.

      The cartoonist, Bill Leake, told the BBC the work was not intended to depict the Indonesian president.

      But he said it was in response to the cartoon which appeared in Indonesia’s Rakyat Merdeka newspaper last week.

      That cartoon portrayed Australian Prime Minister John Howard and his Foreign Minister Alexander Downer as mating dingoes, with Mr Howard saying: “I want Papua!! Alex! Try to make it happen

      Posted by davo on 2006 04 01 at 10:28 PM • permalink


    1. #102 – I’m glad I didn’t join the chorus condemning her. I wanted to wait to hear what she had to say when she got out of Iraq. I would never trust the sincerity of the statements of a person being held captive.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 04 01 at 10:49 PM • permalink


    1. Wow. Moving stuff. Sorry, peeps, for the gross comment, but that kind of really terrible clap-trap makes me a bit bowelish. The juvenile narcissism in it just grinds me esthetics, doncyha know. Never mind the childish sentiments, it’s the pretence to poetic ability that I really hate. This is supposed to be moving. I’m off to the loo.

      Posted by ekw on 2006 04 01 at 10:56 PM • permalink


    1. Davo—there’s a link to that cartoon somewhere around here.

      Just found out (via Lucianne) that Rosie O’Donnell has a blog. A sampling:

      3 years in iraq
      as george mumbles iran

      war makes money
      for the bad guys

      show us
      the 25,000 wounded

      scream no

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 04 01 at 10:57 PM • permalink


    1. #97, many thanks pour la correction wron 😉

      Pierre Petain would NOT have made that mistake.  But then he’s not a neocon capitalist barking dog

      You’re right! He also has had the best education that the French taxpayer (I believe there’s only one of them left) can provide.

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2006 04 02 at 12:39 AM • permalink


    1. Did anyone spot Tim among the crowd at Albert Park?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 04 02 at 04:53 AM • permalink


    1. Does Tim wear glasses, has a receding hairline and is a bit of a lecher?

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 04 02 at 06:27 AM • permalink


    1. If Tim mangaged to worm his way into the Toyota pits with that sweet bit Jennifer H. then he comes back a hero to me.

      Posted by ekw on 2006 04 02 at 07:10 AM • permalink


    1. #106 If you want somethingh really bowelish, take a look at the piece on “Carnal Love” by the Rev Tim Smart in the April edition of the “Niagara Anglican.” Yechhtt!!

      Posted by Susan Norton on 2006 04 02 at 07:29 AM • permalink


    1. Stevo, ekw – either he’s genuflecting in the presence of beauty, or he’s just tried the old ‘short men make great lovers’ routine and bombed out.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 04 02 at 07:43 AM • permalink


    1. The UNIONS want Papua and the GREENS,also ALP.
      JUST like with East Timor the momentum builds,they accelerate everything exponentially,the Papuans in Oz start street marching(organised as usual by the unions) with Brown in the middle.
      The MEDIA beef it all up with lotsa exposure,the poor Papuans in the centre of it all think the U.N. and the world (read us) is coming to give them independence and demonstrate.Then we find ourselves with another country to support morally,financially,defence wise and nation building. It’s already starting,watch the news -cept we’ve learnt our lesson it ain’t gonna happen.Papua can stay with Indonesia like Hawke wanted.Whitlam wanted,Keating wanted.
      We got suckered once and next minute one o the two East Timorese hero/leaders was bad mouthing us to the U.N. and saying Austraya’s human rights record were real bad.

      Posted by crash on 2006 04 02 at 08:12 AM • permalink


    1. Geez, Crash, the East Timorese are hardly cleaning up off Australians, mate.

      The oil and gas deals that would have brought them all some badly needed cash were delayed for more than a year because the Australian government wanted a 60%, or more, slice of the action.

      The East Timorese are probably the poorest nation in our region at the moment. You should be looking a bit closer at Canberra if you want to see where some real money is being wasted and stolen.

      Hundreds of thousands of people were slaughtered in East Timor over two decades while Australia turned a blind eye. They lost more than ONE THIRD of their population.

      The East Timorese people showed their true worth when they sacrificed thousands of lives fighting the Japanses and saved hundreds of Aussies back in 1942. You won’t find one World War 2 digger who’s got a bad word to say about them.

      We owe these people more than trying to screw them out of a decent cut of the oil and gas action, and giving them a pitiful $1 a kilo for their coffee which is brought back to Australia and flogged for $26+ per kilo.

      They’re our neighbours and they’re still our friends, they’re forgiving people, and we should do what we need to do to make sure they stay our mates.

      We don’t exactly have a lot of friends in the region as it now stands.

      Posted by LeftieLatteLover on 2006 04 02 at 10:57 AM • permalink


    1. I agree with you in every respect, LLL, and well spoken, you (usually) complete and ingnorant twat.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 04 02 at 09:34 PM • permalink


    1. #116 Whoops! Did I type “ignorant”? Sorry, LLL, should have typed “utter”.

      Again, well stated (and not over-stated).

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 04 02 at 09:37 PM • permalink


    1. #89 Stevo, don’t you be snarking off at my beloved Melbournistan.

      We have the world’s muddiest river (the Yarra) and also the reputation for providing the most obscure Games ceremonies in living history.

      Our Zoo also rocks.

      And, of course, we have Chloe.

      There is always a spare bed in my place for travellers, so there is no excuse for Melbourne not to be on anyone’s tourplan.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 04 02 at 09:38 PM • permalink


    1. #33

      HyShot ™

      Nah mate, it’s so our friends can come over for a quick drink at the local, & vice-versa.

      Posted by kae on 2006 04 02 at 09:40 PM • permalink


    1. Re #110—that’s not Tim, although I suspect he would be happy to be in that position.  He’d just have to watch out for Italian knives…..

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 04 02 at 09:41 PM • permalink


    1. #88

      and hasn’t that cartoon by Bill Leak caused a storm in a teacup?

      at least it’s funny!

      Posted by kae on 2006 04 02 at 09:51 PM • permalink


    1. #115- it cost us a poultice to boot the Indonesians out of Timor Este, and out thanks is to have a Castro Lite regime right on out doorstep, who are about as grateful for our assistance as I’m grateful for the tax system.

      We could have done a much better deal for the gas and oil with the Indons, and saved the time and effort liberating the place for Fretlin.

      Get with the program- there’s no free lunch, even for whining commies.

      Posted by Habib on 2006 04 02 at 10:22 PM • permalink


    1. Further to the cartoon in 88 above, a reply from Bill Leak

      linky thingy

      Posted by kae on 2006 04 02 at 10:50 PM • permalink


    1. End women’s suffrage! Yeah!

      Posted by Donnah on 2006 04 02 at 11:21 PM • permalink


    1. When are governments grateful, crash? And why shouldn’t we have helped them? I agree there is no such thing as free lunch, and am as PO’d with Horta’s posturing as you seem to be.

      That being said, we are on a more than decent wicket with the oil/gas deal, the folks of E.Timor did us (including me Dad) some big favours in the past, and I, personally, would like the whole bloody Javanese Empire rolled back to the one island—I shit you not.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 04 02 at 11:27 PM • permalink


    1. Darwin Award Candidate

      An idiot did this near my town. Someone (family, I think) put up a cross and flowers on a fencepost at the spot. I can’t help but look at these memorials and wonder whether the person who died was another Darwin Award candidate.
      There’s a cross on the Warrego Highway near Marburg where a bloke was being chased by the police and did a U turn and got cleaned up by a semi travelling in the opposite direction.

      Posted by kae on 2006 04 03 at 11:14 PM • permalink


    1. Syrian writer Mohammad al-Maghout, whose poems and plays fiercely criticized Arab regimes, died on Monday aged 72, the official news agency SANA said.

      “Syria and the Arab world lost a giant today,” the agency said, adding that Maghout had died after a long illness.


      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 04 04 at 06:05 AM • permalink


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