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December 19, 2002 9:48 AM   Subscribe

Zap those road burners!! Following up yesterday's banal car-talk thread, the Guardian reports that Dubya's Son of Star Wars is already taking out, inadvertantly , its first targets. In this instance hapless BMWs and Jeeps. Excellent I say- go for anything over two tons, 4WD, and moving on on a public thoroughfare.
posted by marvin (12 comments total)

 
"Motorbikes are the worst. There was a bike alarm screaming all afternoon recently and the rider didn't have any breakdown cover."

So much for your SUV hatred, marv.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:54 AM on December 19, 2002


Oooh, nasty troll! This shouldn't last long.
posted by rushmc at 9:55 AM on December 19, 2002


rushmc: I dunno... SUV hatred, a Gruniad story, smug elitism, and a gratuitous Dubya slam... seems to be the cannonical Metafilter story to me.

marvin: anything over two runs, 4wd, and moving on a public highway? So you want to shut down the entire trucking industry then? I suppose asking for a little more forethought in the rantings of a troll is pointless, but that amuses me.
posted by jammer at 10:00 AM on December 19, 2002


Don't let them get ya down, marvin! Pretty funny story, actually.
posted by hackly_fracture at 10:06 AM on December 19, 2002


Aha, now it makes sense why the US wants to use the radar facilities on the Yorkshire Moors! Britain is big on catching speeding motorists, so perhaps they're going to let the US test the laser system by destroying cars doing 2mph over the speed limit :-)
posted by wackybrit at 10:49 AM on December 19, 2002


Thank god in this country (US) we have the freedom to drive pretty much whatever we damn please.

Personally, I ride a sportsbike. SUVs can be a nuisance, but not because they're gas guzlers, but because they tend to attract bad drivers. Additionally, I can't see a damn thing if I get stuck behind one.

Witold
www.witold.org/bike/bike.php3
posted by Witold at 12:44 PM on December 19, 2002


that bike and the smear of guts you'll leave are gonna spruce up my grille reeeeeal niiiiice.
posted by quonsar at 12:45 PM on December 19, 2002


no worries quonsar, you'll never catch up to me! :)

Witold
posted by Witold at 12:56 PM on December 19, 2002


You can run, but you can't hide Witold :-)
posted by dg at 2:20 PM on December 19, 2002


If you read the story, you'll see that it actually takes out only vehicles that aren't moving, and that running the engine while stopped keeps the car from freezing up. That'll really help the air quality.
posted by rosvicl at 3:14 PM on December 19, 2002


This seems like it might be related:

US military takes pot shot at 802.11a

The Department of Defense want to impose restrictions on the use of radio spectrum for Wi-Fi products.
posted by piskycritter at 7:23 AM on December 20, 2002


Whilst it's kinda funny I don't like it being half a blast radius from my house.
posted by vbfg at 4:04 AM on December 23, 2002


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