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  • And the coolest crime is robbery

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  • In my house your "huge amount of courage" would be splattered all over the walls and I would sue your estate for the clean-up costs and anything else I could dream up.
  • maxalt: In my house your "huge amount of courage" would be splattered all over the walls and I would sue your estate for the clean-up costs and anything else I could dream up.


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  • Less in England than say Texas.
  • What's wrong with saying that it takes courage?

    I challenge anyone who says it doesn't take courage to go do it.

    Admit it. If there were no possible consequence, you would do it. Therefore, you are afraid of consequences and must be a coward.

    Have a nice day.
  • maxalt: In my house your "huge amount of courage" would be splattered all over the walls and I would sue your estate for the clean-up costs and anything else I could dream up.


    That's why it takes a huge amount of 'courage.' A burglar could be killed by the owners of the home they are trying to burgle. But alas, I'm not sure 'courage' is the proper term here. Maybe desperation?
  • In his defense, the judge meant to say that burglary took a huge amount of Irish courage.

    Oh, wait...
  • Courage, desperation. Same difference.
  • Coming from someone who should know.....

    It took a HUGE amount of courage to put that silly mop head on your noggin and than have your photograph taken in public.
    WAF.

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  • notmtwain: What's wrong with saying that it takes courage?


    Only the entire context. It's not enough that a "courageous" person displays nerve, but must also do so in the face of knowing opposition. The nerve required to blindside someone -- as during a burglary, for example -- is a lower bar. It also has another word to describe it: "dastardly".

    A burglar who phoned his intended victims up a day before and gave them time to prepare could be considered courageous -- and likely ineffectual.
  • Who wouldn't want a little courage?

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  • Well, it does take a type of courage knowing you could get shot in the face over a flat screen, yet do it anyway. It also takes being a complete moron dickbag coward, too.
  • Cythraul: maxalt: In my house your "huge amount of courage" would be splattered all over the walls and I would sue your estate for the clean-up costs and anything else I could dream up.

    That's why it takes a huge amount of 'courage.' A burglar could be killed by the owners of the home they are trying to burgle. But alas, I'm not sure 'courage' is the proper term here. Maybe desperation?


    Maybe sangfroid?
  • Ok, so the story mentions that this comment alone is enough to shatter confidense in their legal system while completely overlooking the fact that the burgler is spared jail time... Hmmm, seems to me that England is extremely bassackwards in their thought process. 'Pillory the judge for making' this remark yet allow the criminal to go free. I know that a property owner will do more jail time than the burgler if there is a fight, but sheeze, are property owners required to cook the thief a meal and offer them a spare set of keys to the place?
  • maxalt: In my house your "huge amount of courage" would be splattered all over the walls and I would sue your estate for the clean-up costs and anything else I could dream up.


    Be honest - you were doing curls with a 15 lb. free-weight while typing that - weren't you?
  • "We have been the cowards. Lobbing cruise missiles from two thousand miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building. Say what you want about it. Not cowardly."
  • oldfarthenry: maxalt: In my house your "huge amount of courage" would be splattered all over the walls and I would sue your estate for the clean-up costs and anything else I could dream up.

    Be honest - you were doing curls with a 15 lb. free-weight while typing that - weren't you?


    With his PENIS!!
  • With all due respect Litig8r ; )

    "We have been the cowardssmart. Lobbing cruise missiles from two thousand miles away. That's cowardlysmart. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building. Say what you want about it. Not cowardlysmart."
  • But burglary hurts rich people, so that makes it OK.
  • His statement that prison doesn't do criminals much good may even be true. Of course, we don't put them there for their benefit but for ours.
  • I love the term "burgled". It makes robbery sound sexy.
  • beta_plus: But burglary hurts rich people, so that makes it OK.


    No, only robbery is acceptable. Robin' Hood isn't named "Robin" it was just his job description.
  • courage - mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty (according to m-w.com).

    I'd say a burglar fits that definition (the mental strength, obviously not the moral, but it says OR).

    The problem is that people seem to only want to assign courage to people doing good things. In the same manner that people assign cowardice to bad actions that aren't in fact cowardice. It just makes them feel smugly superior to assign that designation to actions they don't like.
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