Daily archives: August 30, 2003

I am the assassin, with tongue forged from eloquence

What’s a boy to do.
Courtesy of the nice ladies on the Friends of the Earth stall and PocketPM. I had a little Tony Blair hanging on to my bag.

But I was bored, so we headed over to the funfair, where there was one of those air rifle stalls. “If I pay for the pellets, can I shoot the Prime Minister?” I asked, holding up Tony.
“Errrr. Yeah. Of course you can.”
So Tony went into the little place holder for the paper targets, and I lined up my shots.

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One just below the heart (well he is a politician, it’s a very small target) and one through the tie. “Shoot him in the nether regions.” the stall holder suggested, great minds thinking alike.
Then I started aiming for the grin, but it magically deflected the pellets and the next three shots went through his left eye.

The pocketPM people want you to send in pictures of your Tony, but I think this one would just get them in trouble.
And the Armed Response Range Rover seemed to be following us around after that as well……..
Marillion, Assassing


Iraqi blogger Riverbend does some maths on the big numbers being quoted to rebuild Iraq. The gist of it is- American contractors are going to charge 100+ times more than the locals would. rebuilding Iraq isn’t just about putting structures back up, either, it’s also about kick starting the economy. If the figures in here are correct it would be cheaper, and better in the long run, to pump the money directly into the local economy. this would also mean fewer Americans dying, as they wouldn’t have so many contractors (targets) in country, troops wouldn’t have to be deployed to defend these contractors and the occupation could just melt away.

Of course, Halliburton et al wouldn’t be making any profit then, so that’s not going to happen.

via Burnt Toast