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Jack Collins (_blackjack_)
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Post Number: 814
Registered: 11-2000


Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2003 - 12:55 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

We are rapidly reaching the point where there are more people adamantly OPPOSED to the war with Iraq than there are people in Iraq, if the figures for the various rallies worldwide are to be believed.

Of course, the fact that the war is going to cost nearly as much as the lifetime wages of the entire population is even more irksome...
Lordhobgoblin (Lordhobgoblin)
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Post Number: 671
Registered: 10-2000


Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2003 - 12:53 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Went for a walk through London today with 1,500,000 other people (that's a staggering 3% of the population of the country on the march) to protest against the forthcoming war against Iraq. That makes it the biggest ever protest march and rally in British history (bigger than any anti-Vietnam demos) and there were also simultaneous marches in Glasgow and Belfast. A real cross-section of the nation was there, old and young, rich and poor, all sorts of colours, creeds and shades of opinion. If Blair really thinks he can take a nation's army into war with such overwhelming opposition then he'd better start making plans for a new job (there might be a vacancy for a butler at the White House that would suit him very well).

Best wishes to anyone going to the march in San Francisco tomorrow.
Lordhobgoblin (Lordhobgoblin)
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Post Number: 670
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Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2003 - 12:34 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Shame on you Artemis, advocating the use of emoticons, those destroyers of language.
Kallisti (Admin)
Madame Guillotine
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Post Number: 826
Registered: 1-1998


Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 5:38 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post



I thought this one could stand in ... a nice eye roll maybe?

k a l l i s t i

http://www.feeverte.net
Deadest Elephant (Artemis)
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Post Number: 573
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Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 2:02 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

You forgot the sarcasm icon.
Lordhobgoblin (Lordhobgoblin)
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Post Number: 669
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Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 1:04 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

So you did. I should read posts more carefully.
Deadest Elephant (Artemis)
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Post Number: 572
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Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 12:58 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hob wrote "they have shit-hot magnifying night-vision ..." etc.

Uhh, I think I already told you all of that.

You called them tanks; the word was good enough for me so I didn't argue about it. To most people they're tanks, for sure.
Uncle (Uncle)
le Vicomte
Username: Uncle

Post Number: 73
Registered: 5-2001


Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 11:27 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I just want to say I love all of you and I would like to share in this warm globel feeling.I also woul like to share some of my inner self with all of you if you know what I mean! If you give me a tank!!!!!
Absinthe Queen of Reviews (Head_prosthesis)
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Post Number: 1639
Registered: 1-2001


Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 10:47 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Go ahead Hobs,
usher in that Apocalypse!
What war?
Absinthe Queen of Reviews (Head_prosthesis)
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Post Number: 1638
Registered: 1-2001


Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 10:46 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Post number 666. Creepy.
What war?
Lordhobgoblin (Lordhobgoblin)
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Post Number: 666
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Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 10:42 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Is the forthcoming war about oil, terrorism, or could it be about wanting to start a pre-emptive war against Saddam Hussain in order to stop him from starting a pre-emptive war against Israel in an attempt to rid Israel of its weapons of mass destruction?
Lordhobgoblin (Lordhobgoblin)
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Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 10:34 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

A squaddie friend of mine tells me that using tanks would be a waste of time but that the vehicles at Heathrow are not actually tanks but light recce vehicles called Scimitars. They have shit-hot magnifying night-vision, 30mm or 70mm Radon canon, 7.62 gpmg machine guns with a range over 2000M and a V8 engine which allows them to travel at 60mph across country or 80mph on an airfield. So I guess they would be suitable vehicles to help protect an airport against terrorist attack. I suppose to the press and general public any large green vehicle with a turret is a 'tank'.
Absinthe Queen of Reviews (Head_prosthesis)
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Post Number: 1637
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Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 9:56 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Jack don't get mad,
he just get's to debatin'...


What war?
Barsnake (Barsnake)
le Duc
Username: Barsnake

Post Number: 142
Registered: 4-2002
Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 9:34 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Jack, I don't care if you're still mad at me or not - as far as the humor-less fuckwad comment goes...
The point about the french was not to provide an accurate about their military prowess, but to make a point about how they are always in trouble and they get bailed out...then they show no gratitude or support when needed.
****
to further make the point - it is rumored that some senator or congressman was at a state function yesterday and there was a French dignitary there - in the middle of the frog's speech the senator interupted and asked if the he spoke German. The Frenchie looked puzzled and said "No." - The senator said "You're Welcome!"
Yes, probably a myth - but it shoulda happened.

and the beat goes on...
Barsnake (Barsnake)
le Duc
Username: Barsnake

Post Number: 141
Registered: 4-2002
Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 9:24 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Uber Frau -
Hope you're not still upset with me -
It was rather exciting being called a Fuckwad, though.
and the beat goes on...
Barsnake (Barsnake)
le Duc
Username: Barsnake

Post Number: 140
Registered: 4-2002
Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 9:23 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Tank you!
and the beat goes on...
Absinthe Queen of Reviews (Head_prosthesis)
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Post Number: 1630
Registered: 1-2001


Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 8:32 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I've got a tank
I can ride it to the bank
It's got a barrel, mounted night scopes, and treads that make it look good.

I give it to Uncle if I could
but I borrowed it...
What war?
Uncle (Uncle)
le Vicomte
Username: Uncle

Post Number: 72
Registered: 5-2001


Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 1:56 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I think the tanks are thier to bitch slap any kamikazie terrorist. BOOM! shot down. van full of exposives? Ram that van right in to it and see what happens. Not shit! Hay, didn't that van used to be the bookmobile? It's all about intemidation of the other fucker! Man! I want get a tank REALLY bad now!
Heathen Beaner (Emmy)
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Post Number: 50
Registered: 9-2001


Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 12:34 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

i use my tank as a paperweight
Jack Collins (_blackjack_)
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Post Number: 803
Registered: 11-2000


Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 8:50 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Like any tool, there is a right and a wrong way to use tanks. As mobile battlefield artillery, they are wonderful. As crowd-control devices, they lack a certain finesse. As day-to-day city transportation, they're kinda useless.
Deadest Elephant (Artemis)
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Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 4:22 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Those who HAVE tanks, use them. To do less would be stupid.

If you want to get into SHOULD anybody use them; then it's a matter of us or them.

You want a better answer to why the tanks are there? It's like the Roman Colisseum (sp?). It demonstrates the power of the state. You remember that video of Tian An Men with the guy facing off against the tank? In the next frame, there's roadkill.
Gasspectro (Gasspectro)
Mousquetaire
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Post Number: 21
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 3:49 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Three cheers for the Israelis!
Jack Collins (_blackjack_)
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Post Number: 798
Registered: 11-2000


Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 1:53 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hey, the Israelis use tanks against terrorists all the time.

And their families.

And their neighbors.

And people who just got in the way.
Absinthe Queen of Reviews (Head_prosthesis)
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Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 12:38 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

IT's like having the Hulk sit on
your door step when
Jack McGee comes a knockin'.


What war?
Deadest Elephant (Artemis)
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Post Number: 562
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Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 12:30 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

"but what fucking good are tanks?"

They provide as close to ultimate protection as you can get for the troops inside.

They provide kick-ass firepower.

They can move around. Over and through obstacles. Fast.

They can see in the dark.

They scare the hell out of potential combatants, to a lot greater extent than guys with guns. I know of a town that used to park a police car on the main drag with a blow-up dummy in the driver's seat. It cut way down on speeding.

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