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March 17, 2005

Caution: Extreme Stupidity Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

A little supporting documentation on yesterday's post about leftist heroine Rachel Corrie, who martyred herself to moonbattery by deliberately standing in front of an Israeli bulldozer:

LindaSoG at Something... and Half of Something passed along an email from a construction worker who has experience with bulldozers similar to the one that pressed Corrie into a Fruit Roll-Up.

The author points out that even when they aren't armored to protect the driver from terrorists' bullets, visibility is very limited. There is a 30–40 foot blind spot directly ahead and directly behind the driver, who would not be able to hear a bullhorn over the engine even in an open-cab model. To quote the author:

We always tell our folks on the ground to give the machines a WIDE berth and MAKE SURE the operator SEES YOU and knows where you are! ALWAYS stand off to the side well away and NEVER directly in front of or behind the tractor EVER.

Top forward speed is 7.3 mph. Normal working speed is 2.4 mph. The author wonders:

WHY would anyone stand in front of this thing and blame the Operator who has VERY limited ability to see out of it. The average person in reasonable health can walk faster than a dozer can move on flat ground. That girl chose her own tragic fate.

Anyone who blames Israel for this kook's demise is indulging in willful stupidity — which is tragic when you consider that if Corrie's death means anything, she died to demonstrate just how dangerous willful stupidity can be.


Suggested design for a Rachel Corrie memorial.

Posted by Van Helsing at March 17, 2005 07:32 PM


The Palestinian Authority needs to build a new housing development where Rachel met her demise. Hopefully they will call the place Corrie Flats.

Posted by: Anna at March 17, 2005 08:39 PM

Willful stupidity. You should make a shirt about this. lol. Fruit roll ups! And the other comment has me laughing too. Corrie Flats. LOL.

Posted by: Jay at March 17, 2005 08:55 PM

I will never be able to look at my kid's fruit snacks the same again.

Seriously: we're talking major allegory here, with Rachel Corrie personfiying (and anticipating) the ultimate doom of Moonbatdom. Darwin would be pleased.

Posted by: The MaryHunter at March 18, 2005 08:59 AM

After the initial 2.5 nano seconds of solemn mourning of this tragic death, I have come to the realization that you may have solved the northeasts post winter pothole problems. You cats are alright.

Posted by: Tomslick at March 18, 2005 01:51 PM

She was stupid. She probably didn't realize how really close to her own death she placed herself.
And I remember reading somewhere that her mother is a freak too...encouraged her to go to Israel in the first place...whackos.

Posted by: Raven at March 18, 2005 06:54 PM



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