JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2008/03/secret-of-social-harmony-is-simple-old.html (19 comments)

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jsid-1206919283-590053  DJ at Sun, 30 Mar 2008 23:21:23 +0000

Yeah, but it's a HOLLYWOOD ending! He stopped before the job was done, and the perp got away!

jsid-1206923221-590058  Heartless Libertarian at Mon, 31 Mar 2008 00:27:01 +0000

I think the Merc got the oldster's branch of service wrong.

Here's the same story, from Channel 5 news in SF. Note the hat the guy's wearing - 101st Airborne - and the pin down toward the bill, which is the division patch of the 25th Infantry Division.


What's funny is that even though the Ch 5 story IDs him as a former paratrooper, the link says Marine. Someone must have corrected them.

jsid-1206928990-590063  Steve Howe at Mon, 31 Mar 2008 02:03:10 +0000

I saw a link to a news program where he said that after he got the kid in the groin , he kicked him in the teeth, THEN picked up his bags and walked home, without looking back. Just gives you the warm fuzzies.

jsid-1206930928-590065  Chuck at Mon, 31 Mar 2008 02:35:28 +0000

Never pick a fight with an old man . If he's too old to fight, he'll just kill you.

jsid-1206965302-590084  Quentin at Mon, 31 Mar 2008 12:08:22 +0000

You inspired me to write this one up: two Royal Marines vs a group of alcohol-fuelled yobs.


jsid-1206970088-590087  Sam at Mon, 31 Mar 2008 13:28:08 +0000

I learned this one before I was 18 myself, more years ago than I care to think about. The way it was put to me was:
"Never get into a fight with an old man. He knows he no longer has the wind to play games with you. So he'll take every dirty trick he's learned in a long lifetime and show you wny they are effective... one at a time and then all together."

I consider learning such wisdom at a young age one of the main reasons why I've spent as little time in the hospital as I have.

jsid-1206986031-590102  Mikee at Mon, 31 Mar 2008 17:53:51 +0000

An elderly friend of mine came back from a trip to Paris with a similar story. He was perusing a menu outside a restaurant, on an otherwise empty street, when a previously unseen youth grabbed his arm and demanded money. My friend related that after beating the youth into a bloody puddle, and leaving him there, he went back to his hotel. He says he got very disturbed, because he realized the training he had in his 20's was still active in his subconscious. As he put it, "I didn't think about it, I just did what I'd been trained to do all those years ago. And I thought that was all over."

jsid-1207002229-590119  workinwifdakids at Mon, 31 Mar 2008 22:23:49 +0000

If indeed the man is a Marine, the news needs to edit their headline, for there are no "former Marines."

Once a Marine, always a Marine.

jsid-1207005879-590124  DirtCrashr at Mon, 31 Mar 2008 23:24:39 +0000

Grandpa we love you!!

jsid-1207009266-590129  Ed "What the" Heckman at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 00:21:06 +0000

"Once a Marine, always a Marine."

And for the "exception for every rule" category, I give you John Murtha.

jsid-1207021524-590139  workinwifdakids at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 03:45:24 +0000

OMG, Ed, I just snorted myself stupid laughing at that. You got me! Can we have Murtha summarily declared NOT a Marine?

jsid-1207059649-590145  DJ at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 14:20:49 +0000

Rachel Lucas tells it well. She found it at Allahpundit, whose punchline is:

"There’s something about an 81-year-old veteran and the phrase “And then I kicked him in the teeth” that’s simply magical. "

jsid-1207070330-590155  DirtCrashr at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 17:18:50 +0000

Don't forget Old Women ought to be dangerous too - not like a Wiccy-Wiccan Wowzerlady Witch but: Grandma with a shotgun.

jsid-1207079174-590162  LabRat at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 19:46:14 +0000

Anyone besides me seen Night of the Hunter? The heroine of that movie IS a single old lady with a shotgun. It was made in 1955.

I originally rented it because Robert Mitchum's performance is a classic, but the dangerous old woman presented utterly without irony or any framing as abnormal or immoral wound up being the highlight of the film for me.

jsid-1207082128-590166  Kevin P. at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 20:35:28 +0000

This is what happens in the UK in contrast:

Youth crime in Britain

jsid-1207318877-590317  Sam at Fri, 04 Apr 2008 14:21:17 +0000

As the man who taught me swordfighting is fond of saying, "Old age and treachery will always overcome youth and enthusiasm."

jsid-1207378983-590359  cmblake6 at Sat, 05 Apr 2008 07:03:03 +0000

Damn, Sam. Stole my line! Brovo to the Sarge!

jsid-1207379034-590360  cmblake6 at Sat, 05 Apr 2008 07:03:54 +0000

More intense than "bravo". ahem.

jsid-1207491499-590395  Ginny at Sun, 06 Apr 2008 14:18:19 +0000

Robert Mitchum is the man, but Lillian Gish isn't just the woman, she's the lady.

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