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I was going to lead with a really stupid photo, but that looked awful sitting on top of 9/11 Atrocity Man. So I’ll go with this mildly stupid photo and three quick observations on the news.

First, that story about the oil tanker hijacked by the Taliban in Afghanistan. They hijacked the boat [ummm…tanker TRUCK, I’m told], ran it aground [got it stuck in the mud] accidentally (I guess) and then told the locals they could have the fuel. Meanwhile, NATO called in an airstrike and we blowed it up. Bingo, dead civilians and a huge stink.

Ummmm…isn’t “salvaging” oil off a stolen tanker what we call looting? And isn’t the traditional response to looters in time of war to shoot on sight? What exactly is NATO apologizing for? Surely the lesson is for Afghanis: don’t steal shit, even if your buds in the Taliban say it’s okay.

Next, the ACORN story. I was shocked to watch the undercover video shot by Giles and O’Keefe. I had no idea the pair were a couple of clean-cut young white persons. Heartwarming. We’re surely in a better place than we knew, vis-à-vis race relations, if our mostly-of-color urban community organizers will cheerfully help a couple of middle-class white kids set up their house of prostitution and illegal immigrant child sex ring. Colorblind society, here we come!

Finally, that terror raid over the weekend. Did you (like me) breathe the teeny-tiniest sigh of relief to read the words al Qaeda in the story? As in, thank Christ it wasn’t some dimwitted bubba from our side out to water him some Tree of Liberty.


Comment from Richard
Time: September 14, 2009, 7:20 pm

Fantastic point about the Acorn story. I’ll be nicking that if that’s OK with you (although with an unavoidable link here, of course!).

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: September 14, 2009, 7:22 pm

Actually the only dumb bubba I saw over the weekend was Kanye ‘fish sticks’ West jumping up and bullying Taylor Swift at the VMA’s onstage because she actually won an award instead of Beyonce.

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 14, 2009, 7:39 pm

What exactly is NATO apologizing for?

Isn’t the new commander of NATO a Fwenchie?

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 14, 2009, 7:41 pm

Yeah, and the MD attorney general is going after the clean cut white kids. ACORN – friends in high places.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: September 14, 2009, 8:20 pm

Just a quick note. It appears that Patrick Swayze has died of his cancer…. 🙁


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 14, 2009, 8:37 pm

Well, well. Poor bastard. That one got my mama (and a lot faster, too).

One thirty in the morning here. I’ll chase mongo in the morning.

Comment from Richard
Time: September 14, 2009, 8:55 pm

Damn, after Donnie Darko I had a lot of respect for Swayze.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: September 14, 2009, 9:00 pm

Who had him in the Dead Pool?

Comment from Drew458
Time: September 14, 2009, 9:24 pm

Um, the Taliban hijacked a couple of NATO fuel trucks. Not an oil tanker ship. It wasn’t run aground; it got stuck in the mud. At which point the Talis told the locals they could have the diesel fuel inside. By then, the bombs were falling.

here’s a link to the story, with a map

Holy cow, there’s a place in Afghanistan called Shir Khan! And I always thought that The Jungle Book took place in India!

Comment from steve
Time: September 15, 2009, 8:27 am

Who had Patrick Swaze in the Death Pool….?

Comment from David Gillies
Time: September 15, 2009, 10:23 am

Drew, a lot of Kipling’s stuff has to do with the Great Game and the Northwest Frontier. ‘Kim’ would probably be the most noteworthy. Similarly, ‘The Man Who Would Be King’. Remember up until recently what was India and what was Afghanistan etc was not really set in stone, or at least was subject to dispute. Pakistan and Bangladesh are very recent creations.

Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: September 15, 2009, 11:23 am

The mw.nl site used the word “tanker” to describe the trucks — that’s where the confusion lies, as we tend to identify the word “tanker” with a sea-going vessel not a land vehicle. Afghanistan being landlocked I was wondering how they could have gotten their hands on a boat, much less run it aground…

Comment from scubafreak
Time: September 15, 2009, 11:58 am

Steve, Mongo had pat swayze….

Comment from steve
Time: September 15, 2009, 12:02 pm

“Steve, Mongo had pat swayze….”

I guess he has won himself that “tin” of inedible English canned goo….

Lucky bastard….

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 15, 2009, 1:14 pm

English? English?!

The Scots would skin you alive for attributing that ‘national delicacy’ of theirs to us.

We’d skin you alive for daring to suggest we’d let it past our teeth.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: September 15, 2009, 1:59 pm

LOL…hijack a boat……In Afghanistan. Of course they ran it “aground”…not like you can run anything “awater” in a landlocked, bombed out moonscape country…

Comment from steve
Time: September 15, 2009, 2:03 pm


I believe I will be invoking the “Ignorant Colonial” defense, in my defense….

What the heck do we know about these otherwise inedible concoctions that clutter the shelves of “quaint shoppes” thoroughout the United Kingdom?

Diddly squat! That’s what…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 15, 2009, 2:28 pm

What can I say, anonymous? Geography wasn’t my strong suit.

‘Baccy spitting and ‘possum skinning, those were my academic strengths.

Comment from Roman Wolf
Time: September 15, 2009, 3:39 pm

Does that mean I get to do two skinnings?

Comment from David Gillies
Time: September 16, 2009, 2:59 am

I’m mixed-race (English/Scotch/Irish) and I think haggis is teh shiznit, but what it’s like tinned is knowledge I am wholly willing to forswear. I’ve had tinned steak and kidney pie, mind, (British Army Compo rations, known as Babies’ Heads because the hole in the top looks like a fontanelle and soldiers are disgusting) and they were surprisingly good.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 16, 2009, 6:02 am

Mmm… tinned steak and kidney pudding! A great delicacy at Badger House.

You should just see Her Majesty’s face…

Comment from steve
Time: September 16, 2009, 1:40 pm

I have a question….and it involves …..well….

How to put it delicately….

The “Best When Used Before….” date of these spiffy prizes…

I want to believe that the “Best When Used Before….” date on that can of stewed sheep guts that Mongo has won is…well….current.

I would hope that this stuff wasn’t in one of those of honest to God “tin” cans that was soldered shut with lead and put up as spare rations for Earnest Shackelton, or something….

Which brings me around to this “Nuts” magazine….

Wikipedia claims that this is a “lads” magazine, published weekly, on Tuesdays.

Now, there is an outside chance that Mitch Miller might not shuffle off his mortal coil before September 22.

Anyway…can we count on getting the “latest issue” of Nuts (thus requiring Uncle Badger to suffer under the knowing gaze of the checkout girl, one more time) or should we all resign ourselves to the fact that the September 15 issue is the “collectible, suitable for framing” issue that we will have won…

Inquiring minds want to know….

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