If Not the Best, Then Certainly the Most Pleasurable Response to the November Terrorist Attacks in Paris

The Guardian has reported that when Brussels went into lockdown immediately after the Paris terrorist attacks the Belgian security response was, shall we say, innovative. A number of soldiers and police working out of a station in Ganshoren had an orgy! This gives new meaning to both the concept of a full body search and security theater, if you know what I mean… This seems to be a far superior response than to freak out on cable news 24/7, but your mileage may vary.

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  1. 1
    JPL says:

    That would be a more appropriate response, then what we have in this country.

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    Seanly says:

    And we thought our Secret Service was freaky…

    Hats off (and pants I guess) to the Belgians!

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    Well, that’s one way to thumb your nose at Islamist extremists.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Seanly: I used to do aikido in this area. My senseis had a dojo there: Aikido Besace de Ganshoren. When I saw The Guardian article I knew I had to post on it. As my senpai Ramon always used to say: “aikido is love”…

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    ruemara says:

    At least their night was interesting.

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    Baud says:

    I saw a movie like that once, but it involved pizza delivery rather than terrorism.

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    pea says:

    “it’s the end of the world as we know it
    it’s the end of the world as we know it
    and i feel fine”.
    R.E.M.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Baud: They did three involving skyjackings. I only know this because I research terrorism, low intensity warfare, and national security…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @pea: I actually used that as part of the title for my MA thesis in comparative religion on millennial/apocalyptic movements. It was “Its the End of the World as We Know It: Faith, Fear, Foreboding, and Violence at the End of the Second Millennium”. I’m very good with titles.

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    JPL says:

    What would happen if the Cleveland Police Officers had an orgy instead of killing Rice? They’d be fired and Fox News would bloviate 24/7 about morality in our country.

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    MattF says:

    Well, it’s a local tradition. Try googling ‘Belgian sexual misconduct’– and you’ll get an eyeful.

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    redshirt says:

    @JPL: It fits out culture: You can show 30 people get gunned down in a PG-13 movie, but not a booby.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Adam L Silverman: That sounds like a very interesting thesis. I’d like to read it.

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    raven says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Love those colons!

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    Geeno says:

    And people say Belgians are boring.

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    Suzanne says:

    Good for them. Our cops murder black people and get away with it, while theirs get awesome.

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    Mike J says:

    Don’t be fatuous, Jeffrey.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @raven: An often under appreciated form of punctuation.

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    Elizabelle says:

    The Guardian article seems thin; pretty much allegations. Would be curious if the Belgian papers offered more detail.

    OT, and whoa boy: another shooting story out of Florida, per the WaPost:

    A Florida woman who fatally shot her daughter mistakenly thought the 27-year-old was a home intruder, authorities say.

    The sleeping woman woke up when she heard a noise and saw a figure coming toward her late Tuesday night, said Sgt. Denise Roberts, of the St. Cloud Police Department. The figure was approaching quickly, Roberts said, and didn’t say anything.

    “The homeowner fired one round at the subject,” a news release on the shooting states. “The subject was later identified as the homeowner’s daughter.”

    …. The St. Cloud Police Department asked that media outlets not publish the names of the shooter and her husband, because the man is a police officer who has previously worked undercover. The victim’s mother works as an Osceola County Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatcher, the release states.

    Dad’s a cop, mom’s a sheriff’s dispatcher. Gun safety in the home.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @PurpleGirl: If I may say it was okay. I’ve gone back and relocked a lot of stuff I did before I went to work for the military and I’m not sure I’d approach it the same way anymore. Not that what I did was bad or inaccurate or anything, and I was awarded highest distinction on it, but there’s a difference between learning about low intensity warfare – revolution, civil war, insurrection and insurgency, and terrorism from books and articles and from actually going out and talking to people involved on both sides of it, observing it and what it does, etc.

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    raven says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Given time, I think we would always do things differently but that doesn’t diminish the work.

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    Elizabelle says:

    And the local story, from the Orlando Sentinel, is weirder still:

    St. Cloud Police Cpl. Claude Campbell, Jr. placed a breathless 911 call late Tuesday evening as his step-daughter lay unconscious in his 10th Street home.

    He tells the dispatcher that 27-year-old Ashley Doby has “passed out. She has a pacemaker. She has a heart problem,” in a recording released by police.

    But not once during the five-minute 911 call does Campbell, a veteran member of the St. Cloud Police Department, mention why Doby was struggling to breathe: a gunshot wound to the chest.

    Campbell omitted that fact because he was asleep when his wife shot Doby, mistaking her for an intruder, police said on Wednesday. He didn’t realize what happened until his wife — a 911 dispatcher with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office – explained it to him, according to authorities.

    OK. Cop slept through gunshot. Is possible. And:

    The area, located just east of the city’s cobblestoned downtown, is safe enough that resident Harry Morris often leaves his garage door rolled up.

    So the 80-year-old retiree said he couldn’t understand how someone would become so frightened here that she would reach for a gun, thinking someone was breaking in.

    “That’s really shocking, actually,” Morris said on Wednesday while standing on his lawn, two houses down from where the shooting happened. “I’ve been here for 14 years, and nothing like this has ever happened. It’s usually very quiet.”

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    bemused says:

    @Elizabelle:

    I think this is the third story I’ve read in a week that one or two cops in a household woke up thinking someone was breaking in and shot a family member or a roommate. What the heck is going on? These are cops and they are so freaked out they couldn’t remember to assess the situation and check if it was just someone coming home?

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    BGinCHI says:

    Make love, not war.

    Update:

    Make orgy, not paramilitary occupation.

    Hmm. Does not roll off the tongue.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Elizabelle:

    OK. Cop slept through gunshot. Is possible.

    Yes it is. You wouldn’t believe the stuff I used to be able to sleep thru. Wish I still could…

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    redshirt says:

    @bemused: Cops like to shoot first, I gather. Everything else comes later.

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    Anoniminous says:

    Back when a friend was working for the ATF the number one cause for shootings of ATF agents was an agent shooting himself, the number two cause was other ATF agents. Gun Safety is for wimps.

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    debbie says:

    I can’t find corroboration on Google, but there’s a FB group started by parents of the Sandy Hook victims. They’ve posted a donations request (no surprise), but they’re saying that the NRA is hurting for funds to the point where they’re raising membership fees for the first time in 20 years. I sure hope this is true. It would be one small bright light in an otherwise cesspool of a year I’m glad to see ending.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Elizabelle: My husband and kid could sleep through a gunshot. One time in our old house, a chandelier spontaneously detached from the ceiling and crashed to the floor, shattering bulbs and sconces into millions of pieces. They slept right through it while I investigated with a dog and a 9-iron.

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    Gimlet says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Dispatcher shot the daughter instead of waking her husband, the “trained” police officer?

    Police Officer Hubby didn’t notice the gunshot wound when he reported to 911?

    Almost seems like Hubby didn’t wake up with the sound of the gunshot?

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com.....story.html

    St Cloud Police Cpl. Claude Campbell, Jr. placed a breathless 911 call late Tuesday evening as his step-daughter lay unconscious in his 10th Street home.

    He tells the dispatcher that 27-year-old Ashley Doby has “passed out. She has a pacemaker. She has a heart problem,” in a recording released by police.

    But not once during the five-minute 911 call does Campbell, a veteran member of the St. Cloud Police Department, mention why Doby was struggling to breathe: a gunshot wound to the chest.

    Campbell omitted that fact because he was asleep when his wife shot Doby, mistaking her for an intruder, police said on Wednesday. He didn’t realize what happened until his wife — a 911 dispatcher with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office – explained it to him, according to authorities.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Betty Cracker: Myself, I always go for a #3 wood. eta Cause I always get a little too much slice with the 9 iron.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Posted under “Contraception Clusterfuck”. That is so unsubtle as to be sublime.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Gimlet:

    Dispatcher shot the daughter instead of waking her husband, the “trained” police officer?

    He was banging the stepdaughter. She offed the competition.

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    Gimlet says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Makes you wonder if events occurred as reported.

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    Elizabelle says:

    I can believe the cop sleeping through the gunshot, or coming awake from it, and not realizing why.

    It’s a little stranger to hear that Mrs. Cop did not divulge that she’d shot the daughter — that little tidbit got passed along to the first responders, on arrival.

    Will put that one down to Ms. Dispatcher’s sense of denial.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Elizabelle: People do really strange things in stressful situations. Would not surprise me in the least that she just kept a wishin’ and a hopin’ that she missed and that the blood was from hitting something when she fell.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Meanwhile: Las Vegas cop couple wakes up and ‘accidentally’ fires 27 rounds at mother who lives with them

    Yeah right, my finger involuntarily twitched 27 times cause, you know, shit happens.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Corner Stone: We don’t have a lot of sex themed categories, so you blog with the categories you have, not the ones you want.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Full mag dumps, from both guns. One must have had a 15 round mag and the other seventeen. Amazingly enough she survived and the only reported wound was in her leg.

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    Gimlet says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Think mom will sleep with a gun after this?

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    redshirt says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Perhaps you’re joking, but when could you ever substitute a 3 wood for a 9 iron? In golf, I mean, not smacking someone upside the head. And even then I might go 9 iron because I’ve a had a couple of woods snap off at the end.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Gimlet: If it was me: full body armor, kevlar helmet, riot shotgun, AR 10 in a heavy caliber, several handguns, lots of bladed weapons, a doberman raised on human flesh, and enough locks on the steel cored doors to make a New York apartment look under secure. I like to keep things minimalist.

    Also, they’d both be out of the will!

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    If we could all stop snickering for a moment, the takeaway here is that the Belgian police regarded the situation (and the reaction to it of their professional and political masters) Entirely Without Seriousness — and they were quite right.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: And no charges filed because shooting was “accidental.”

    Head slap.

    Mom’s lucky that 20+ of the bullets missed, no? I think her shooters should find another line of work.

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    Gimlet says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Only wound in the leg?

    Son was pretty scared.
    Mom must look a lot different with her teeth out, hair in curlers and no make-up.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Gimlet: The write up I saw indicated that the only confirmed wound was in the leg. Would it surprise me that the other 26 shots missed? No. Would it surprise me that follow reporting shows she suffered multiple gun shot wounds to different parts of her body? Also, no.

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    bystander says:

    A few years ago we were in Paris in July and everywhere there were posters for a gymnastic exhibition by a special select group of firemen. The ads were totally Cirque du Soleil with an emphasis on the hunkiness factor these guys exuded. About two days into our trip, news broke that the senior gymnasts had been conducting initiations for newbies that would have been more appropriate in a gay porn movie. We never looked at the hunks in the posters quite the same way, and wouldn’t you know they canceled the exhibition.

    I guess all I’m saying is your average foreign police and firefighters seem to delve into team building exercises our people never do.

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    ruemara says:

    @Adam L Silverman: They should get fired for being lousy shots, too

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    mclaren says:

    @redshirt:
    Yes, America suffers from a sick twisted puritanism that says torture and death are beautiful and ennobling but sex and the human body are disgusting and horrible.
    Puritans were the iconoclasts who smashed lovely statues and burned gorgeous paintings because they gave viewers sensual pleasure. European Taliban, in other words.

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    Doug R says:

    @Corner Stone: Aiming at the husband.

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    J R in WV says:

    I know a Belgian scientist, I will have to query him about this story.

    Most interesting! Polyamorous to the extreme, isn’t it?

    Should be an Olympic Sport I would think. In a more sane world, anyway. Matched pairs, doubles, team sport, etc. Best ratings ever!! Think of the profits…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @J R in WV: that’s team spurt

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