Reconciling assholes for nearly a decade.

Strange coincidence

Last week Philo observed that if people of malicious intent wanted to destroy buses, their best opportunity would be when the buses were parked in the bus yard:

http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?off.9.291076.4#discussTopic291218

Today, I read this news story where lots of buses are mysteriously destroyed in a bus yard:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4636606.stm

Coincidence? Or are are fifth columnists reading ?off?
Permalink Ian Boys 
January 22nd, 2006
I think its clear that Philo is a fifth columnist.

probably sent mad with bitterness after the government abandoned him and some of his navy buddies during a high risk operation against greenpeace in the pacific ocean.

Due to his enormous strength and endurance he swam his way out, fighting sharks and armed only with his toothbrush and a towel.

Having made it successfully to land on a remote atoll he lived by stalking and killing the natives.

finally he escaped by purchasing a ticket on an Air New Zealand airplane.

its no wonder he has started a war against the british bus service.
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 22nd, 2006
I still have the towel, so watch yourself.
Permalink Philo 
January 22nd, 2006
Gawks in fear at the new WMD - Philo's towelbomb.

Wonder how it works though.
Permalink Vineet Reynolds 
January 22nd, 2006
The buses blew themselves up when Philo started reciting vogon poetry.
Permalink Peter 
January 22nd, 2006
I don't see the point of blowing up buses in a bus yard. Is it to encourage more people to buy their own cars and stop using public transporation?

Now Al-Zawahir, I don't believe for one moment that the friends who invited him to dinner don't deserve to be blown up. You invite Al-Zawahir to dinner, you live and die with the consequences.
Permalink Art Wilkins 
January 22nd, 2006
Yes Art, because its a well known legal doctrine in the US that if you are friends of a criminal then you are guilty of the same crime and deserve the same punishment.

After all, its not what kind of person you are that matters, its whether or not you have a friend who has committed a crime.

retarded horses ass.
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 22nd, 2006
Do you remember Waco? Some guys had some unlicensed weapons or something...
Permalink Art Wilkins 
January 22nd, 2006
But anyway, Al-Zawahir is not some "frinde who happens to have committed a petty crime". Al-Zawahir is a psychotic mass-murderer, and it's not like that's a secret known to no one. Invite him to spend a weekend with the family, sure. But don't go complaining if your house gets taken out in a military strike. It's a perfectly fair target.
Permalink Art Wilkins 
January 22nd, 2006
Don't complain if your house is raided by the SEALs I could go with. But I still object to the use of 500lb bombs and/or cruise missiles as assassination weapons.

Did you see "Clear and Present Danger"? There was a scene in the movie where the President called a strike on a civilian house where there was a huge drug cartel meeting. In the movie it was painted as an evil undercover thing that was illegal and had to be covered up.

Bush just did it and put it on the front page.

How times have changed.

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 22nd, 2006
"But anyway, Al-Zawahir is not some "frinde who happens to have committed a petty crime". Al-Zawahir is a psychotic mass-murderer,"

oh? you have some evidence that he has committed a crime? perhaps you could direct me to it? a link maybe?


"and it's not like that's a secret known to no one."

ahh, so 'everyone knows' that hes a psychotic murderer. right. I guess we dont need to piss about with proof then.
after all, the legal system is pointless in the case where 'everyone knows' that someone is guilty.


"Invite him to spend a weekend with the family, sure. But don't go complaining if your house gets taken out in a military strike. It's a perfectly fair target."

what makes the house of an innocent (unless you have proof they were guilty of something?) civilian living in a friendly nation a perfectly fair target again? Im not sure I understand this bit.
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 22nd, 2006
For the three-millionth time, *they're the bad guys, we're the good guys*. Does nobody pay any attention?
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 22nd, 2006
"living in a friendly nation"

Pakistan is not a friendly nation. They were given the option of cooperating or being on the target list along with afghanistan. They chose cooperation, but it was a coorced cooperation, forced under duress.
Permalink Art Wilkins 
January 22nd, 2006
"Pakistan is not a friendly nation"

Well, not any more...

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 22nd, 2006
"Pakistan is not a friendly nation. "

officially they are (were?) a friendly nation.

if you claim to know better then thats fine, whatever, but they *were* a friendly nation.

note in particular the mass protests against the level of cooperation that the pakistan government had previously been providing.

or, to put it another way, under what circumstances do you believe pakistan would be justified in bombing your house and killing your family and your friends?

Salmon Rushdie(sp?) is a criminal in a lot of those mad arab countries....if you were having him to dinner would you understand if they decided to kill you and your family?
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 22nd, 2006
You really are retarded aren't you? Salmon Rushdie is an author. He has never been the head of a terrorist organization that murders people.
Permalink Art Wilkins 
January 22nd, 2006
Maybe not, but (assuming there's still a fatwa out on him), would you consider a nation to have behaved properly were they have to taken out a sworn enemy of the state, even if it meant they had to drop half a ton of TNT on your house while you were eating dinner?
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 22nd, 2006
"You really are retarded aren't you?"

its rapidly becoming clear that one of us certainly is.

"Salmon Rushdie is an author. He has never been the head of a terrorist organization that murders people."

CONGRATULATIONS Art. by MISSING THE POINT YET AGAIN you have won this lovely hat.

do you want to risk it all for the chance to DOUBLE YOUR WINNINGS, or would you rather give up now and admit that attempting an actual intelligent conversation is beyond your abilities?
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 22nd, 2006
It would appear the US hasn't signed the protocol to the Geneva conventions which bans dropping bombs on civilian houses on the off-chance you might catch someone you don't like. Pity. In any event it's crap politics aside from anything else.

Perhaps someone should send George a copy of "How to Win Friends and Influence People" with the words "Don't drop bombs on them" written on the first page.
Permalink a cynic writes... 
January 23rd, 2006

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