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On Steve Irwin

It was only the third known death by stingray in Australia.

"Steve unfortunately was in a bad position and copped it."

Mr Howard considered saying something to the House but was aware Irwin's wife, Terri, had yet to be informed so stayed silent. Later he said he was shocked and distressed by the news and indicated he would offer Irwin's family a state funeral if they wished.


And of course, the rat-like Prime Minister of Australia tries to get an angle out of it. State funeral my arse. There would have been no offer of a state funeral if Irwin had been a critic of the government.

In any case, not a real pleasant way to go, but ultimately preferable to a Salty.

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elsewhereangel
Sep. 4th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
a salty?

remind me to tell you about fake australian guy sometime.
whisperer12
Sep. 5th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
saltwater croc
elsewhereangel
Sep. 6th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
good to know. thank you!
smokedamage
Sep. 6th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
tell me about fake australian guy
isotripy
Sep. 5th, 2006 08:00 am (UTC)
flattery
Irwin had said that Johnny H. is the greatest leader ever known to mankind, or something similar.
smokedamage
Sep. 6th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
Re: flattery
Which is pretty much the reason i have no time for him. The Buffoonery and painful perpetuation of that annoying ocker bloke stereotype is one thing, i can probably forgive that, but the brown-nosing to Howard really irritated me.

Either way it's a sad thing for the ones he left behind.
unsinkable_mb
Sep. 5th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
I think it's horrible that they have his death on video. I hope no one watches it.
smokedamage
Sep. 6th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
Other than the Coronial Inquiry
unsinkable_mb
Sep. 6th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
Good point.
cobraclutch
Sep. 5th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
I have no idea how you feel about the man, and I'm sure I'm not the first to say this... but my first impression upon reading about his death was, "Well this oughtta come to a surprise to absolutely no one!" Someone whose nickname is "The Crocodile Hunter" probably doesn't have that long of a lifespan in the cards.

But I gotta wonder what his kid's gonna think when he's a rebellious teenager, watching the videos of his long-dead dad dangling his infant ass over a croc pool like it was an everyday occurrance -- which it might very well have been at that time. What will this kid think then? How much damage has been done? Or UNdone? Times like this, I would love to have a crystal ball.
smokedamage
Sep. 6th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
I thought the whole baby and the crocodile thing was blown out of hand. there is pretty much no one IN THE WORLD more qualified to handle a baby near one of those bastards than him. I'd give him my baby, hell, i'd let him take my Centennial cricket bat with him, because i know it'd be safe.

cynical_rabbit
Sep. 6th, 2006 09:11 am (UTC)
I take it as something of a cautionary tale. If you see kids throwing sticks at a bird or pulling the tale of a cat then remind them of a kid called Steve who used to do just the same and grew up into a man who poked crocodiles in the eye and annoyed stingrays for a living, and who eventually got his come-uppance.
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