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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

U loot we shoot

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The Whig posted a low-res version of the photo above on his blog and compared it to a photo of whiteys lynching blacks in the 20th Century. My initial impression of the recent photo (taken in Texas after Katrina) was that it was simply warning looters off, but on close examination of a higher-res version the top line reads "Drunks With Guns!" rather than "Drunks With Guns", which could be interpreted as referring to the men in the photo rather than theoretical looters. Thus the sign could be interpreted as saying "We're drunks with guns! We shoot looters!". Also the two guys on our right are holding cans of something or other. That's a bit of a worry - but maybe it's coke.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 10/04/2005 11:26:00 PM

16 Comments:

Blogger Chefen said...

Apparently it's in Texas. Of course taking a humourous photo in a state where you are allowed to carry guns is the same as a lynching. Of course, if you are mentally retarded.

10/04/2005 11:55:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Ahh. I was wondering. Found some sites which said it was taken in NO. Will correct.

10/04/2005 11:58:00 PM  
Blogger Chefen said...

Wouldn't swear to God it wasn't NO of course, just that that site seemed to have a good source.

10/05/2005 12:04:00 AM  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

Check out the hand cannon third from left :)

10/05/2005 12:20:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Yeah I saw that. I'm more concerned with the guy holding a pistol and a can of something....

10/05/2005 01:00:00 AM  
Blogger Blair said...

*sigh* New Zealanders are so naive about such things. This is Texas, of course they are not kidding around.

I'm still not certain of the interpretation of the sign. I don't mind them shooting drunks with guns. If they ARE the drunks with guns my original assesment of them as complete f*ckwits still stands.

My point was no more profound than "rednecks throughout the ages are stupid and callous with regard to human life".

10/05/2005 01:52:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Well I hung around some American guys who thought going out in their (mostly Japanese) four-wheel drives and shooting at tincans amongst the trees was acceptable behaviour for 20 yr olds.

But they didn't come back to the city and want to shoot their parents, their friends, their neighbours, or subvert the justice system, or string up some blackfolk. They were pretty friendly really. AND they knew where New Zealand was.

Still I didn't live with them, so who knows - perhaps lurking just beneath the surface of normal suburban American life was a secret so terrible no one would admit to it...

10/05/2005 02:00:00 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

"An armed society is a polite society"
Sure beats ringing 111 here in N.Z. and hoping that a) the dispatcher knows where you live and b) the police aren't too busy ticketing speeding drivers to attend the call.

10/05/2005 06:31:00 AM  
Blogger Murray said...

If you read the comments at Grouchy Old Cripple where it forst appeared you'll find a hilarious dicussion on the right to carry arms and how god feels about America.

A lot of venom not high on rationality.

10/05/2005 09:28:00 AM  
Blogger tincanman said...

Oi! No shooting at tincans! I protest most vehemently!

10/05/2005 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

It is obvious the "Drunks with Guns" is referring to themselves. They are holding guns, and cans. They are therefore a) drunk, b) holding guns.

10/05/2005 01:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Skyman said...

Yes tincans. The trick is to shoot it once to pop it into the air and then shoot it again before it his the ground.

Great sport!

10/05/2005 01:37:00 PM  
Blogger Jhn1 said...

From the colors on the can and the locations, I would say that the two cans are both Pepsi 12ounce cans.

10/05/2005 06:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an American who has hung around people who like to own guns, hunt, fish, drink, shoot cans or whatever his entire life, I can guarantee that the guys in the photo are referring to themselves with the "drunks with guns" comment on their sign. This is sometimes referred to as self-effacing humor (or humour for you Kiwis).

10/06/2005 01:55:00 AM  
Blogger Chefen said...

Anon, most Kiwis know this. Some just like being perverse.

10/06/2005 02:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Southern American said...

Come on everyone, ya'll (southern for you all) are reading way to much into this. It is supposed to be a simple, but funny, warning: To protect our family, our homes, and our belongings, we will use force if required. Lets step back and look at what happened with the looting in New Orleans… Families were raped, homes were looted, complete breakdown of moral values. This was not done by your "average joe" but by those few that are willing to step beyond the law for their personal gains. This sign tells those few what to expect if they try to loot in this neighborhood. Also, to quote another American sign that is humorous way to convey a message: Protected by Smith and Wesson.

10/06/2005 02:09:00 AM  

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