The Chinese pilot ejected, but it presumed dead.
April 4, 2001 1:41 PM   Subscribe

The Chinese pilot ejected, but it presumed dead. The US goes halfsies on the apology thing.
posted by milBro (10 comments total)
doublepostguy, you first ...
posted by triplepostguy at 1:55 PM on April 4, 2001

Irony isn't news.
The US doing the pee-pee dance is.

Inside the inner chamber of international politics lurks the subtle dynamics of a kindergarten recess.

How can you NOT be entertained?
posted by milBro at 2:04 PM on April 4, 2001


Anyway, let's just ignore this one and go over here.
posted by jpoulos at 2:13 PM on April 4, 2001

Thanks for the argument from intimidation, but it's just so four hours ago.
posted by milBro at 2:20 PM on April 4, 2001

"Later, Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan summoned the United States Ambassador to Beijing, Adm. Joseph Prueher, to his office for an official dressing down. According to the Chinese news agency account of the meeting, he said that the United States "has displayed an arrogant air, used lame arguments, confounded right and wrong and made groundless accusations against China.""

"Lame" arguments?

Did the Chinese really say 'lame'? I don't think they're cool enough to use a word like 'lame'.
posted by jrbender at 4:04 PM on April 4, 2001

I wonder if an American video game translated badly into Chinese has become an annoying weblog topic with the ChiComs?
posted by TacoConsumer at 4:32 PM on April 4, 2001

They did and they have every right.
It was lame.

Never the less, if Tang has a personal problem with this I'm on Drippy's TFC2 every night around nine-ish, and if he was really interested in talking about llamas we could address the issue then.

California. Uber alles...
posted by milBro at 4:36 PM on April 4, 2001

"lame arguments" or "lame excuses" have been in the language for a very long time. The casual-speech term probably derives from this as opposed to the more obvious meaning.

Shakespeare had Desdemona cry out, "O most lame and impotent conclusion!" They didn't mince words in their metaphors in the old days.
posted by dhartung at 4:53 PM on April 4, 2001

Niether did Jerry Mather.

But he didn't play Halflife.
posted by milBro at 5:03 PM on April 4, 2001

* Ahem. Gosh-darn-it.

Mathers. Like that Shadey fellow.
posted by milBro at 5:05 PM on April 4, 2001

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