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Fiji military overthrows government

Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the armed forces chief credited with resolving Fiji’s last coup, announced in a nationally broadcast statement that, “As of 6 o’clock this evening, the military has taken over the government, has executive authority and the running of this country.”

Historians will refer to this coup in the antipodean Republic of Fiji as the ‘Cruel Summer.’


Comments: 84




It’s all italian to me, as if Robert deNiro were talking.


“Commodore Frank Bainimarama told a news conference that he was using special powers under the constitution…” Ah, now we know where David Addington took his vacation this year.


Oh, oh, the italics didn’t close.


Sorry, anyone able to repair this egregious error?


Will we be invading Fiji anytime soon? To, you know, restore democracy and overthrow a vicious military dictator? ‘Cause I thought that’s what we do.


Do they have a medical school?


B-but…I just made the worst joke on the entire Internet today, and nobody is throwing rocks at me!


Well, I’ve already called you a sinner once today, Gavin. Are you feeling masochistic or something?


Rock. Rock. Rock.


No, that was a compliment. That old laugh-with/cry-with dichotomy from the Billy Joel song, and all.

I’d actually rather cry with the sinners than laugh with the saints as well. You?


Guess that Prime Minister finally met his Waterloo (yeah, I know it was an ABBA cover).


Are you feeling masochistic or something?

Start Gavin him something he can feel.


Gavin, you made PajamasMedia? You deserve more than a rock.


I am most pious in my observances of all things the great god Bacchus requires of His supplicants. No sinner, I. Maenad, mayhap.


in the antipodean Republic of Fiji

Bainimarama praised his officers and troops, saying the takeover plan was executed like counterclockwork.


Am I the only one who looks at “Bainimarama” and sees “Bananarama” every time?


I see “Eight Minute Arabs” for Eight Minute Abs every time.


I guess in that nationally broadcast statement, he was really sayin’ somethin’.


But I didn’t read the headline, and so I’m left twisting on a twice told tale…


I guess that makes Fiji a Bainimarama Republic.


Ah, man, I’m completely exhausted running along trying to keep up with this one, and I’m still back there on “cruel summer”. Did Commodore Frank Bainimarama used to play with Ace of Base?

J/K, I get it. Cause for Celebration!



Am I the only one who looks at “Bainimarama� and sees “Bananarama� every time?



Hey, whaddaya know!! I made the “in crowd”. Hang in there Gavin, you’ll lob one over my head before the end of the day…



See? You ask for rocks thrown at you, you just get picked on in all sorts of other ways.



DUDE. DO I HAVE TO SAY- “wow, it looks like taking over was the fire for his desire.”


Hah! Gavin, I was going to demand that you put the link to Cruel Summer up in the post.

But I was at work.


Now, this is interesting. Yesterday, I was at a Council of Trade Unions meeting in Wellington, with the Prime Minister and four of her cabinet attending. She was apologising for being late because of monitoring the events in Fiji. There were comments on union and church groups already taking action, prayer vigils outside Parliament, in protest of the military coup.

Interesting times.


John Podhoretz: of course we can win – we just have to choose to do so.

Here you go, Jpod. Get yourself overseas and show us your willful triumph. And take George Will with you.


All right, there is something very wrong. Bananarama references here at Sadly, No! and some guy in the checkout line at the grocery store asking me about a Spandau Ballet song. All within one week. That is all kinds of fucked up. Someone hold me, I’m scared.


Sounds like you bought a ticket to the world, but now you’ve come back again…


Burning like a sliver flame. The summit of beauty and love, and Gavin was his name.

Oh, baby, he’s got it.


Why do I find it hard to write the next line?

(because Gavin almost made me choke on my afternoon coffee…)


Gavin M. said,

I heard a rumour
They say you got a broken heart


Ohh Ohh I thought of one:

Children’s Arts and Crafts; Supplies ExIncluded By Jeff Goldstein

And I don’t really get the above meme to begin with. I mean, there’s many ways to illustrate idiocy. Why paste eating? Is there some particular episode I haven’t heard of?


Oooo, Kathleen beat me to it.

Will we be invading Fiji anytime soon?

Oh, hey, are we back to kickin’ the shit outta small island nations (Grenada) to salve America’s wounded pride over lost wars?

Awesome! But can someone please tell appropriate Bananarama lyrics to go with this?


I have nothing to add here. I’m just trying to see if I can get it so that all the comments are not only italicized and bolded, but also underlined, struck through, and hypertexted. Wish me luck!


The kicker about Spandau Ballet guy was that he had a six-pack of Milwaukee’s Best ICE, tallboys.



Maybe we can launch a peaceful invasion…a beach party. Bring your tanks and trunks.


Bring your tanks and trunks.


Actually, seems sorta fitting.


I have been waiting for a coup in Fiji for a while now. It’s about time.


I spent my honeymoon in Fiji. Strange and interesting place. The majority ethnic native Fijians are laid back, island people while the (barely) minority immigrant Indians are hard-core, American-style capitalists – who of course consider themselves to also be Fijian (most arrived in the 19th century). The cultural divide is enormous and seemingly insurmountable.

Fortunately most of the coups of the last 20 years have been bloodless.


Don’t forget blockquotes, OttoMan!


Dat’s my man Thunder, bringin the tags heavy all up in yer ass…




Over at Kos, poster One Pissed Off Liberal just posted this rant that uses this quote from The Fixx:

why don’t they

Do what they say, say what they mean
One thing leads to another

What the Hell? Could it be some sort of 80s…. synchronicity?

All we need is one Dexy’s Midnight Runners reference and it will officially signal the Rapture.


Umm, kingubu? Don’t be silly. Nobody walks in LA…



Milwaukee’s Best Ice? Damm, that is some terrible “beer”. I know I have had to drink it at parties before and the only way to get it down was while it was still very cold.

If I gotta have cheap beer at least make it Busch or PBR.

Right now I am enjoying a Bridgeport IPA – yum!





Come on Eileen…


Could it be some sort of 80s…. synchronicity?

Oh yes! Please, please, please, let me get what I want.


I swear one of these days, someone’s going to forget to close a blink tag.

Tag o' Color's Dance Partner

The tag made of red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek
There’s nobody here, it’s just you and me
It’s where I want to be
But no one else knows this beauty by my side
They’ll never get to see how you look tonight


Oh, dear maddie… I have just two words:

coked-out midget.


Come on Eileen…

No, it’s just melted icecream.


Tequila in his heartbeat, His veins burned gasoline.
It kept his motor running but it never kept him clean.
They say he loved adventure, “Ricky’s the wild one.”
He married trouble and had a courtship with a gun.
Bang Bang Shoot ’em up, The party never ends.
You can’t think of dying when the bottle’s your best friend

–Skid Row

Welcome to MY Eighties



Hair Metal, mikey? Yeesh.

Oh well, could’ve been worse, I suppose.


**sigh** I’m always confused here.

Melted ice cream…I get it.

Dexy’s Midnight Runners = Men Without Hats???

no comprende…


doo doo de doo doo
doo doo doo doo
doo doo de doo doo
de doo doo
de doo doo
de doo doo doo doo doo doo doody doo

Ward Churchill is speaking at my school monday. I might cut class to heckle.


Hair Metal, mikey? Yeesh.

Whoa. That’s Sebastian Bach. Not Vince or Axl, or even Dave (Mustain, NOT LeeRoth) – not that I don’t like me a bunch of that too…

I dunno, I just couldn’t buy into The Cure



“Why paste eating? Is there some particular episode I haven’t heard of?”

I submit: Who else, aside from a first grader, even has access to paste?


Patterico as Ralph Wiggum?


A kind of comparison, Hugely. But I don’t believe Patterico has hidden potential.


Dexy’s Midnight Runners = Men Without Hats???

no comprende…

No real connection apart from “Music that (along with that era’s metal and prog rock) caused me to run screaming from polite society and take up refuge among the punks.”


You know, this has left me in the dark so much, that I can only manuver with an orchestral score…..


Men without hats was pretty hardcore.

Especially that album they did with the frontman of Jethro Tull, it was just before JT won the Hard Rock grammy, after all.



kingubu, i was trying to explan your play, “King Ubu”, to someone the other day. I saw it some years ago. awesome stuff. and in a much more hardcore aesthetic.


dear mr thunder n lighting (which might get me)

too true – Ralphie is also completely likable….


Shoelimpyâ„¢ said,

December 6, 2006 at 4:13

Who says conservatives aren’t funny?
Their punchlines.


Shoelimpyâ„¢ said,

December 6, 2006 at 4:13

Who says conservatives aren’t funny?
Military Commisions Act


Shoelimpyâ„¢ said,

December 6, 2006 at 4:13

Who says conservatives aren’t funny?
Hundreds of thousands of Dead.


Shoelimpyâ„¢ said,

December 6, 2006 at 4:13

Who says conservatives aren’t funny?
Hundreds of Billions of dollars poured down the drain.


Owlbear, generally the shlimpies³ of the world deserve no notice. But as to the conservatives not funny, I defer to …

America versus the America Show

this guy.


I heard a rumour there was a coup.


Dennis Miller is the funniest thing in pants.

I mean, really.


Hey now

hey now now

sing This Corrosion to me

(Sorry. Just a lurker who is approaching dangerous levels of boredom here at work. And it’s only Wednesday. Damn.)


Oops. I should have mentioned that was from a Sisters of Mercy song. Mea culpa.


“Dennis Miller is the funniest thing in pants.”

Nope, there’s something not quite right…

“Dennis Miller has the funniest thing in pants.”

Ah, much better…


“Finland Red, Egypt White”

Another fine SoM song…


I have the books of Miller’s rants from his HBO show. I always wondered if he was the sole writer or not, since some (but not all) of them are funny.

Ya know, I watched some episodes of his short-term show on MSNBC (back in the day) and teh funny was nowhere to be found. I think I just answered my own wonderment…


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