September 11, 2003


Monster molluscs, possibly from Mars, have appeared in a Brazilian dam. What do they taste like? No prizes for guessing:

Joana da Silva, who lives near the dam, said: "They taste like chicken."

And while we’re on the subject of the predictable:

Protestors briefly disrupted a speech by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the National Press Club, chanting, "How many children did you kill today?"

Posted by Tim Blair at September 11, 2003 10:24 AM

But if a group of people recited the same chant outside a family planning clinic...

Posted by: Robert Crawford at September 11, 2003 at 10:54 AM

... they'd be just as predictable.

Posted by: tim at September 11, 2003 at 11:23 AM

To which Rummy replied "One, and he was a suicide bomber!"

Posted by: Aaron at September 11, 2003 at 11:46 AM

Jesus, let me guess. The protesters were all in their 50's and 60's, rather unkempt, and wearing beads.

Some people try to recapture their youth by buying a convertible and getting trophy wife. For others, it's the Vietnam time all over again!

A movement is doomed if it cannot come with new slogan in half a century.

Posted by: Katherine at September 11, 2003 at 11:48 AM

hey, i'll be in sao paulo next month; i'll tell you how they taste!
but after a couple of caipirinhas everything tastes good...

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at September 11, 2003 at 12:41 PM

That's right, Rummy! How many children has the Bush administration killed by trying to make "peace" with 'filthy murdering terrorist scum' instead of killing the aforementioned 'filthy murdering terrorist scum'?

Posted by: Ken Summers at September 11, 2003 at 12:51 PM

I bet they were nude as well. Can't have a protest without being nude! Posteriors for Peace and all that.
Why is it they're all in their 50s and 60s? Why can't we have some nubile young nude protesters instead?

Posted by: Rob (No.1) at September 11, 2003 at 02:06 PM

He should have replied " the day is still young."

Posted by: Habib Bickford at September 11, 2003 at 03:16 PM

Joh Bjelke-Peterson, former Qld state premier, used to call speaking to journalists at a press conference 'feeding the chooks.' Rumsfield just bites their heads off.

Posted by: Softly at September 11, 2003 at 03:50 PM

How many protesters were there?
A few socially dysfunctional people with their kids & a dog turn up for a public address and the media (prompted by being sent some form of announcement)makes NEWS of it.
Fortunately, most people view this type of media garbage as just what it is- 'filling-in air time', particularly on the 'free to air' TV medium.
Perhaps that's why there is an an ever increasing number of homes with a satellite dish on top.

Any journos out there want to take note?


Posted by: Gadfly at September 11, 2003 at 04:34 PM

Not only bites their heads off, but shits down their necks for good measure.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at September 11, 2003 at 05:20 PM

From the pictures on the wires, there were only two protesters. And they look exactly as you would expect.

I can imagine what they said to each other after they were dragged out of the room:

"Ah, nothing like a few doses of bovine tranquilizer, some finger painting, a little licking of unwashed genitalia, and then a scream at the ESTABLISHMENT. Makes the Sixties just flood back, eh Moonchild Sunflower?"

Posted by: Sir Walsingham at September 11, 2003 at 06:35 PM

Yeah! I couldn't resist going to the cobwebby cupboard in the spare room, opening the very bottom drawer, and getting out the black beret with the Che button, the terra cotta chillum and the Little Red Book. Brought a lump to the throat.

Posted by: Willmott Fribbish at September 11, 2003 at 07:20 PM

Read back 5 postings.
ARE THERE NO JOURNO's OUT THERE prepared to defend their profession ?

Posted by: Gadfly at September 11, 2003 at 08:45 PM

Hey, I guessed chicken! Do I get a no prize?

Posted by: Tatterdemalian at September 11, 2003 at 11:49 PM

Hopefully he acted a little better than the Democrats did during the recent debate in which protestors interrupeted several times

Carol Mosley Braun asked "do they do this to Republicans"? (duh!)

My dear Ms. Braun, indeed they do.

Posted by: Kelly at September 12, 2003 at 12:02 AM

Rumsfeld should have replied, "Not enough. Not nearly enough."


It's truly a shame that these brave Birkenstockers didn't decorate the banner with their own blood. They would have gained one more convert...


Posted by: Tongue Boy at September 12, 2003 at 12:11 AM

I saw that press conference live on CNN. The protestors were young, college age. They probably learned that chant from an old hippie teacher. With all those actors, artists and writers on the left wing, you'd think they could come up with some fresh material. After the shouters were hauled away (to the torture chamber and then the secret midnight execution) Rumsfeld just said "Well!" and went on with the serious questions.

Posted by: renworm at September 12, 2003 at 12:39 AM

Anti-war protesters taste like chicken, too.

Posted by: David Gillies at September 12, 2003 at 05:27 AM

I blame Bush.

No, wait, I blame Isreal.

No, wait, I blame ooooiiiilll (and Haliburton).

Wait, no, I blame...I blame...Arrrggghhhh!! Must...blame...someone...!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jerry at September 12, 2003 at 12:24 PM