From: Peregrine Mendoza <email@example.com> [Peter Brookesmith] Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 22:10:18 -0500 Fwd Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 00:07:20 -0500 Subject: Re: Questions for Abductees The Duke of Mendoza presents his compliments. > From: firstname.lastname@example.org [Lawrie Williams] > Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 23:50:34 +1000 (GMT+1000) > To: email@example.com > Subject: Re: Questions for Abductees. Like others in this discussion I have this paranormal precognition that no one is going to make much of an impression on Lawrie Williams's sense of righteousness, but there are couple of exceptionally tasty bits in this one that I don't want to let pass without brief comment. I'm quoting them out of order for rhetorical emphasis. > be reasonable. But I see Peter has turned his attack on the girls > themselves. Anything for a thrill and a giggle I suppose. I was rather under the impression that I was trying to defend the girls from unnecessary upset, of course, but perhaps I was mistaken and was supporting Lawrie W. all the time without knowing it; being like Milton a true poet and unwittingly of the Devil's party... > [...] And at least you are > a cut about [sic] Peter B, with his reliance on personal attacks. [This was directed at Michael Malone, and let it be known I have no objection to being regarded by anyone as a cut below him.] But consider this: A gent of our acquaintance happens upon a scene of depravity and violence featuring a hapless lady and a member - it would seem - of the criminal classes. The gent dimly recognizes the lady. Duke: Dammit, sir, you are raping my wife. Duchess: Help! Help! Duke: One moment madam. And please adjust your dress. You will catch your death in this fog. Perp: And you get that swordstick out of my neck. Bleedin' toff. Duke: And you get that... Gad, this is heinous crime you are committing, sir. And there is no need to descend to abuse. Sow, and ye shall reap, and all that. Perp: Oh yeah? Listen mate. I'm just doin' my job. Are you tellin' me how to do my job? Duke: My dear fellow, far be it from me... Duchess: Help? Help? Perp: Tosser. I bet you never had a proper job in your life. Duke: True. But rape is rape, you know. And this is my wife. Perp: So what? You could cut my head off with that thing. Ouch. Duke: I've had a better idea. The Duke is, of course, entirely out of order, in concentrating his ire on a moral outrage and failing to understand that his intervention may cause pain to the perpetrator. One feels sure that a court would award the rapist damages for loss of dignity, at the very least. We live in interesting times. But I think my all-time favorite will be this: > Of course your statistics [...] will be only > tenuously connected with our situation over here. Mmm. So Oz abductions are different from those in the USA, the UK, the Seychelles? Egypt? Tierra del Fuego? Mongolia? Now here is something to stretch even the talents of Chief Eddie Hard Bull. If only one knew more... Yours &c Patience D. Monument "It all works out innuendo"
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