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AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE Hysteria In Boston... sad commentary on the times we live in?

Hey folks, Harry here... You know, I don't like AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE. When I criticized it's lack of quality animation, some retorted that it is a showcase for writers. Well, I think the writing sucks too. I just don't like anything about it. Till now. For the past few weeks here in Austin - it's been possible to see the retarded electronic what'sayamacallsits. I never gave them a second thought beyond... "Wow retarded electronic what'sayamascrewsits!" Then yesterday happens. Now, I know the Bush Administration and Big Media in general have been waiting every day for the next big scary 9-11. It's just around the corner. Look, there it is, on that lamp post, under that bridge going, "Billy Goat Gruff." Everyone with a suitcase in an airport is a possible terrorist. If they leave their suitcase to take a piss, REPORT THEM! The Paranoia is rampant. Before the SUPER BOWL this weekend, we'll hear tons of reports about looking for the terrorists, and who knows - they might blow it all up with a blimp ala BLACK SUNDAY. Or maybe, we've gone a little crazy. The AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE thing is ridiculous. Maybe I didn't read the details of 9-11 wrong, but I don't remember any Cartoon Character Camoflage on the Airplanes. And I also don't seem to recollect terrorists as having much of a sense of humor with their bombs. I believe - it's AMERICA that painted Daffy Duck and Donald Duck on their bombs before deploying them into cities. Of course - isn't that the point? Aren't we all our own worst enemies? Boston arrests some College Kid that was working on the behest of a corporation to advertise their terrible animated feature - and they arrest the kid - and not the idiots that didn't recognize the cartoon characters that have been on major magazine covers for at least the last 6 or 7 years? Why do the terrorists have to do another damn thing? We're terrorizing ourselves and sending ourselves into a flat out panic over electric cartoon characters... that flip you off via motion detectors. Is that really what the terrorist's bombs look like? Cuz I Think Quint would hang it up in his room! What do y'all think of this mentally challenged incident? It's illegal to yell FIRE in a theater - you arrest the person who screamed FIRE! This kid didn't yell, BOMB. The media did, the city did. If there was panic in the city, it was caused by the BOSTON news stations, radio stations and the people in government that leaked the story to them. They're the ones to blame, not the cartoon character.

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  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST

    cock face

    by kingoflight

    yay i win

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST

    LITE BRITE IS NOT A CRIME.

    by robogeek.com

    Just sayin'.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I have no idea about this...

    by brycemonkey

    so I won't comment.... Shit!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Embarassing

    by f0cus

    It's just plain embarassing. Know what, though? I can't wait to see what the Adult Swim "ads" have to say about this.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST

    They're going for $700 on eBay already

    by slone13

    How long before you think the auctions get taken down? I wonder how many will be seized for evidence in the trial?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    *More info, plus video of the accused...

    by robogeek.com

    http://alternet.org/blogs/peek/47507/

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST

    I hope South Park makes an episode about this!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Our own worst enemy?

    by TheRevengeOfBayouWilly

    No, that's still the hordes of religious extremists that want to blow up the Western hemisphere and replace it with a sexless society. That being said, Boston is fucking retarded.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Hang them up

    by brock landers baby

    By the testicles!! Dirty long haired hippies.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Euphemisms

    by Kraken

    You know, in all these news stories online and on tv, they keep referring to the things as "devices". I wonder what would happen if you substituted the word "LiteBrite" for the word "devices" in these stories. Would they make them seem even that more ridiculous. "the bomb squad detonated the LiteBrites". I guess it truly is the power of glowing lights that can paralyze a city.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:48 p.m. CST

    This is by far

    by Virtual Satyr

    The best publicity for the film they can get. "Coming to theaters this Friday..the movie that brought Boston to it's knees!" Seriously...and I love ATHF. It's a showcase for random nonsense.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Chillax, man

    by doughboy1110

    Good points, Harry. Though few people would recognize the Mooninites, this was just a case of a poorly designed ad campaign gone horribley wrong. Although it would be nice for Turner to reimburse the city of Boston for the money spent on the S.W.A.T. teams, police, etc., people have to calm the fuck down and realize that this was just a bad way to advertise for a movie. 01/31/07 MOONDAY NEVER FORGET.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:50 p.m. CST

    I disagree Harry

    by PhillipMarlowe

    We DO live in dangerous times, and placing ambiguous objects in public places is just idiotic. Now I'm not saying they should go to prison for life or something, but they need to be fined at the very least. We need more personal responsibility in this damn country...and listening to these idiots on youtube talk about hair just makes me want to lock them up and throw away the key...

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:50 p.m. CST

    THe Mooninites caused every major American tragedy

    by tile_mcgillus

    Thank god we stopped that kid from hanging a lite brite up. I wonder if they had to call Jack Bauer to run and tackle him. Another moment in the war on terror I cringe at and am becoming more paranoid because of. I wonder, will that kid have to rot in GITMO without a trial or lawyer like the other thousands of "suspect"?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST

    The worst part is that the media is reporting this as..

    by IndustryKiller!

    a serious story, rather than commenting on how sick it is that we could be so brazenly stupid. Right now they are only exacerbating the problem. Sad, Boston is typically a very cool city. I would fully expect it from the Southern half of this nation, who have been reveling in their own insanity since more or less the civil war, but not Boston. Boston is arguably the coolest city we have in this country. Great down to Earth people who arent all reactionary douche bags, lots of history, and tons to do. I think this should honestly be that "heroin addict looks in a mirror and in a moment of clarity sees his frail body and turns his life around" sort of moments. No intelligent human being could have mistaken light up signs as a bomb. The fact that hundreds did literally makes me sick to my stomach.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST

    "Isn't that the point? Aren't we our own worst. .

    by Cymbol

    enemies? - Not sure I understood the remark since it came after - "It's America that painted Daffy Duck and Donald Duck on their bombs before deploying them into cities." Are you saying that we demonize cartoon characters? Or was that suppose to be a seperate topic like - "We have become our own worst enemies, keeping ourselves a slave to fear". . . I'm usually with you Harry but that was kind of the point of the "terror" attacks. To make us live in fear. And yes, it worked. Has the government used that fear for its own agenda. The argument for that is very strong. However, just because the "details of 911" didn't mention cartoon characters, is no reason to bust the balls of Boston police for not recognizing cartoons from "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" of all things. It was all a big mis-understanding and everybody needs to calm down. That's all.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Also

    by PhillipMarlowe

    I live in NYC, could you imagine if they pulled that shit in this city? I sure as hell would not have been happy!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:54 p.m. CST

    re: doughboy1110 and phillipmarlowe

    by Kraken

    You're right... advertising in a way that we don't agree with is just wrong. They should pay with their money and their freedom. Next time they just need to advertise on expensive billboards or on television like all the good sheep of the world so no one will get scared and hide in the corner. Also, can we please start executing people that post concert posters all over buildings? Those things are annoying too (but at least they don't light up thank God). I mean, they probably used Japanese parts to make those damn LiteBrites... in this post Perl Harbor world we live in, that's just unconscionable.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Kraken get off your high horse

    by PhillipMarlowe

    Freedoms are never absolute...Advertising in a way that causes panic and public disorder is not protected under the Constitution...idiot.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:01 p.m. CST

    And one more thing

    by Cymbol

    Just the worst logic I've seen from Harry. "Maybe I didn't read the details of 9-11 wrong, but I don't remember any Cartoon Character Camoflage on the Airplanes. And I also don't seem to recollect terrorists as having much of a sense of humor with their bombs." By that logic if grown man sets off security buzzers carrying an Elmo, there is nothing to worry about, because they didn't use Elmo's on 911. It's time to get Harry nominated as our new National Security Advisor. Not everything is that simple Harry. Just saying. You have to look at it from the stand point of some poor police man who has no freakin' idea what Adult Swim is. Alright, I've said enough. Take it easy all.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Philip

    by Virtual Satyr

    Let's just pray that the terrorsts never get their hands on the Foreigner Belt.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I live in Boston

    by zb.brox

    I work all day right in the center of the city. This really wasn't that big a deal. The "panic" it caused was a minor inconvenience, and now the mayor and the city are getting pissed off to try and hide how foolish they look. Seriously, this is a non-event, and I really hope they don't just trump up this stupid "disorderly behavior" charge to nail these kids when the "inciting panic" charge doesn't stick.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Harry, you're nuts

    by esque

    First, I don't remember you criticizing the show for a lack of quality animation, but if you did, it's idiotic. Might as well criticize ER for having poor black-and-white photography or Heroes for translating poorly into French. Take a show on its own merits. If you can't find any merits whatsoever, that's one thing, but trying to force your own standards on it is another. But more importantly, why on earth would you expect government and law enforcement to be familiar with the Mooninites? Or, frankly, even to recognize the figures from a distance? Or to ignore complaints from their citizens? Trust me, if all you see is an indistinct glowing object on the underside of I-93, you have the right to be suspicious. And did I miss all the "major magazines" with Mooninites on their covers? Was there a "Time: Person of the Year - Ignignokt" issue that I ignored? A cover story on Err in the Economist?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:06 p.m. CST

    A great ad campaign

    by ebolamonkey

    More people now know ATHF than ever before. Awesome publicity. The few that watch are now explaining it to the millions who don't. This could not have gone any better for Turner.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:05 p.m. CST

    I'd rather be on a high horse...

    by Kraken

    ...than shivering in the corner over a LiteBrite. And if advertising in such a way that causes public disorder and panic should be cause to lock someone up, then they should lock up the producers of the Hannibal Rising trailer... boy , that movie sure looks shitty. Am I wrong?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:08 p.m. CST

    phillipmarlowe

    by raiden23

    The point is they DID do it in NY and nobody batted an eye. They placed these devices in most major American cities and no one cared. Except Boston - pussy city of all time.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:07 p.m. CST

    The real terrorists...

    by purplemonkeydw

    are the mooninites...they're winning...they're winning so hard right now, you don't even know...

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:08 p.m. CST

    If Turner's smart...

    by zb.brox

    ... he'll suck it up, pay 500 grand to Boston for the trouble, and bask in the inevitable millions of dollars the media coverage just made him. Then, if he's also decent, he'll pay the legal fees of the two defendants. 10 major cities, and only Boston goes nuts. I wonder what's wrong with us.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Cymbol's right

    by esque

    Just because they're cartoon characters means we should cut them some slack? Sweet. I can start bringing my "Hello Kitty(tm) Semtex and Cesium Face-Melting Delicately Triggered Plane-sploder" on trips again!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Let's ignore all suspicous objects from now on

    by Mr. Neutron

    That's the lesson here isn't it? Mysterious, coordinated placement of boxes dispersed throughout a city with their own power sources, maybe some blinking lights or cables? Couldn't possibly be terrorism so just ignore them. <p> I always thought an ounce of prevention was worth a pound of plutonium, but apparently a lot people here seem to think of 9/11 as just a bad day, so disregard my paranoid ultra-right-wing hysteria. If you honestly think there aren't more attacks planned for the US, you don't have much of a memory; they tried to crash 10 planes into our cities just a few months ago. I know the homeland security types are totally lame for not getting the ATHF reference, but still.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Your right on all points Harry

    by godzillasushi

    The show does suck. But more importantly, it was blown out of proportion. Was yesterday a slow news day or something? Do people no longer have senses of humor? Because of this, I wouldnt be suprised if a terrorist uses this tactic. They were probably watching Fox News thinking, "Hey, thats a great idea." On top of all of it, those damn things were up for days and weeks. Its almost an excuse. And those two guys, they should not be charged with what would be a felony. They hung pictures up. Would the same thing happen if I made a box sized American flag with Christmas lights? Probably not, because normal people dont think its a big deal. It bothers me when they decide to charge these guys as criminals. They didnt cause harm to one soul. In retrospect, people will look back and wonder why the media is so stupid. We kind of do that now actually.... Looks like this movie just got a boost in ticket sales thanks to this.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Sad commentary on our times when that naked Harry

    by Slugworth

    animation is still up and it is now February.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST

    What happened?

    by DirkD13"

    What did this kid do exactly?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST

    D'Oh

    by TheViper1979

    Jesus I hate old people. So Boston is our "coolest" city with the most "down-to earth people" eh? That's pretty laughable. Aside from the ridiculous way you people talk and the belief that you are the only people on earth that matter...yeah sure I'll buy it.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST

    phillipmarlowe

    by LeckoManiac

    As others have pointed out...like 40 of these things have been found in NY. Its a small electronic device with a cartoon character on it. These are dangerous times? Well lets stop poking at the bee hive and maybe we wouldn't have so much to worry about. This was a misunderstanding. It wasn't their intention to cause a scene it was their intention to advertise a cartoon show. Someone blew it out of proportion. That is not their fault. People need to take responsibility. For instance, the people who freaked out and alterted the police need to apologize for "crying wolf" and buying in to the politics of fear. Boston needs to just chill out. Fucking puritans.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Sounds like an ATHF ep itself.

    by Christopher3

    So random.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:14 p.m. CST

    PhillipMarlowe

    by godzillasushi

    They did it in LA by the way....is the west coast just born with a sense of humor or what?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    False dichotomy--

    by zb.brox

    "Don't react at all to suspicious packages" vs. "shut down half the city". That's a dishonest choice. Once again--these packages appeared in 10 major cities, and only 1 had a problem. Because 1 out of 10 *overreacted*.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Harry knows as much about world affairs

    by TheRevengeOfBayouWilly

    as he does about dieting. Seriously, no one is saying the politicos in Boston didn't fudge up big time, but what will liberals say when there is another terrorist attack? "Why didn't we pay attention to the warning signs? Why was Bush asleep at the wheel?" Either Dubya is an idiot, or the smartest and most insidious Machevillian superbaddie since Doctor Doom. Pick one, folks, and stick with it. Oh, and Eff You to the guy who said it could be expected in the south. ATHF is based in the south, motherfucker! How much cooler than Boston is Atlanta? Much, much cooler after this. And being the home of the Varsity and Outkast doesn't hurt, either.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST

    It's not about prevention or ignoring things...

    by Kraken

    It's about over-reacting. I think Harry's point is that even if they didn't recognize the exact cartoon character, they at least recognized it as a cartoon character. They should have called in an expert (any 14 year old boy) and asked them what it was. Then followed the clues to the producers of the show and asked what was going on. This could have all been happening while other precautions were taking place. Should we be careful and look into suspicious devices, sure... should we lock people up and start screaming about the world blowing up when we find out they're nothing but LiteBrites? No, that's the point that everyone is fighting about here. It's the OVER-reaction, not the reaction. Personally, I chalk the whole thing up to Moonanite profiling, which I think we can all agree is not right. Damn right.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    TheRevengeOfBayouWilly

    by godzillasushi

    I think he was referring to the bible belt and extremist evangelicals in the south. Not really taking shots at you or other folks specifically. Thats how I interpreted it.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:22 p.m. CST

    media

    by Jared

    The media are the ones to blame for this. They escalate everything. Every time I watch the 10:00 news there are at least 10 different ways I'm going to die by the end of the week.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Ignignokt said it best...

    by Virtual Satyr

    The innocent shall suffer, big time.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Fair Enough

    by PhillipMarlowe

    I hadn't realized they were placed in other cities...But it still doesn't change the fact that it caused problems in one city...It doesn't matter if you feel people overreacted in that city. Just accept the fact that it was a stupid thing to do. It's worse than leaving unattended luggage in an airport...at least that's unintentional...There's no point arguing over the semantics of HOW people should react...They DID react that way, and those individuals should have to suffer the consequences. It's like saying: "Oh, my intention wasn't to kill anyone when I got into the car drunk, and they shouldn't have been crossing the street." It's called "denial of the victim" and criminals do it all the time.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST

    TheRevengeOfBayouWilly

    by Jared

    you're absolutely right. The classic liberal Catch 22. If there's an attack, Bush is idiot and responsible. If his administration warns about a possible attack, Bush is creating a culture of fear. If a dem wins the presidency it's going to be really interesting how they handle threats of terrorism. For the last 6 years they've just bitched and pointed fingers.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Where's the line?

    by zb.brox

    We see soemthing scary, we get scared, we react. We can all agree so far, right? The question is how much. Did Boston do it right, or did every other city do it wrong? Should the guys who placed the packagaes be out on bail right now, or should they be free, or, hell, should they be in Gitmo, just in case? When you see a blinky cartoon character, do you have bomb squads search the city before or after you go take a look at it? Where's the line between a rational response to a threat and idiotic hysteria?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    THE THREAT LEVEL OF THE US HAS BEEN RAISED TO MOONINITE

    by Err

    The problem is that people think that I simplistic lite-brite board is gonna blow them up. Thanks to the current government, we live in a constant state of fear.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    THIS YEAR'S LITTLE MISS BOMB THREAT!!!

    by Err

    Plus these things were in place for days. What kind of bomb is placed like 10 days in advance?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    In related news...

    by Childe Roland

    ...the Mayor of Boston has pledged the support of that city's law enforcement and emergency personnel to aid the City of New York should that community ever again find itself under attack by gigantic balloon creatures the likes of which have run rampant in the streets every Thanksgiving Day in recent memory. File footage at 11.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Idiotic marketing

    by jimmy_009

    Yeah, let's put cryptic electronic devices under bridges and in odd places. Because as someone who hangs out under bridges, I love Aqua Teen Hunger Force and now I want to buy the DVD! I mean really, what's the point of this marketing campaign? Anyone that knows about ATHF already knows when something related to it is coming out. The show is on TV, advertise on TV during the show. Holy crap! What a concept. It's not like you're going to sell any more tickets to the movie or DVD's to the show because some random dude who hasn't seen the show see's the sign and... well does nothing because he has no idea what it is. Great marketing! I hope the idiots at that guerrilla marketing place in N.Y. bear the brunt of the aftermath, if only because they think retarded stuff like this is 'edgy' and cool.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    They already have T-shirts and

    by raiden23

    bumper stickers for sale: http://www.cafepress.com/athfneverforget I have GOT to get me one of those

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:32 p.m. CST

    DA MOON RULZ #1!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Shigeru

    its time for full frontal, put em on the glass!!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:34 p.m. CST

    umm

    by raiden23

    remove the space near the end of the URL for it to work.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Wow!

    by Pogue__Mahone

    I'm SO glad I live in Canada. We're not morons up here.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:35 p.m. CST

    So Harry digs The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers...

    by Tommy the Cat

    ...but not the Aqua Teens... are you fuckin' high man??

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:34 p.m. CST

    PhillipMarlowe--

    by zb.brox

    Y'know, if I say "I'm fill my LeBaron", someone could conceivably hear "I'm gonna kill my friend Darren", and feel threatened. Should I suffer for that? That may not be a perfect analogy, but it's as good as your drunk driving one. The fact is, whether or not their behaviour was "reckless endangerment" or whatever you'd like to call it is based on general reaction--and 9 out of 10 cities didn't feel endangered. Again, the city feels stupid, so Menino wants to take it out on someone else. That's all this is.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST

    and when that attack happens...

    by Kraken

    I'm sure you'll be glowing at the thought of being able to tell everyone "see, I told you we should have just stayed underground and never came out of our holes." It will be a glorious day of "I told you so" for you I'm sure. You do realize that you are letting the terrorists win by living terrorized? Personally, I'd rather be blown up with my freedom intact, than die whimpering in the dark. Does that mean I don't believe in precaution? No, I do believe in being cautious, but also using common sense to secure this nation. But there is a difference between imagined threat, and real threat. And I don't want to live my life imagining threat around every corner and in every litebrite. Because there are a million other things in this world that could kill my family and myself other than a terrorist doing something. Have fun living in fear... I'll be out having an icecream trying to avoid drunk drivers.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:37 p.m. CST

    I am so getting that shirt.

    by Virtual Satyr

    FTW!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Fun Fact--

    by zb.brox

    --one of the "threatening packages" was placed in a comic book store (one I frequent, actually). The store owners tried to tell police it had been there some time and that they knew what it was, but the city ignored them. Who's fault was the hysteria again?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST

    I love the coverage this thing is getting...

    by Childe Roland

    ...in the media. 'In a news conference, Rich told reporters he had advised his clients not to discuss the incident. Stevens and Berdovsky took the podium and said they were taking questions only about haircuts in the 1970s. When a reporter accused them of not taking the situation seriously, Stevens responded, "We're taking it very seriously." Asked another question about the case, Stevens reiterated they were answering questions only about hair and accused the reporter of not taking him and Berdovsky seriously. Reporters did not relent and as they continued, Berdovsky disregarded their queries, saying, "That's not a hair question. I'm sorry."'

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST

    overreacting to a litebright....

    by Datascream

    is this seriously the world were fighting for? I mean seriously!?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST

    media craze

    by greyspecter

    the problem wasn't the acutal campaign, any more than including a faux ice pick with the Basic Instinct dvd was a call for more ice pick homocides. It wasn't the reaction of the authorities per say; in a day and age where radical Islamists have already exectuted terror strikes not only in the US but around the world, it would be the height of irresponsibility to ignore a potential threat. I concede that once the threat was proven false the authorities needed to calm the heck down, but their precautions were justified. No, the problem was the media blowing it way out of proportion, first regarding the actual threat of mysterious objects, and than the extreme overreaction to said threat which they themselves initiated! Those guys who did the campaign were perhaps dullards but certainly not criminals and anyone who blames the Iraq conflict on terrorist activity obviously wasn't paying attention on 9/11/01, or the USS Cole or the embassy bombings in africa throughout the nineties or the first WTC bombing in '93(?). Common sense balanced with precaution isn't that hard, is it? But the herd mentality of the media inciting group panic quickly escaltes past common sense, so turn off the tvs.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Again, I disagree zb.brox

    by PhillipMarlowe

    The point of the analogy was to show that some actions are more intentionally reckless than others. Saying something that is misunderstood is clearly not on the same level as placing a metallic object underneath a damn bridge. I mean, are you seriously going to argue that it is? Why would you put these things in places where a person might plant a bomb? I'm not saying that these indvs. were trying to disrupt order, but it's certainly possible.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST

    t-shirts

    by The Cabin Boy

    I like these shirts better: http://www.cafepress.com/bosmooninite

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    At least the judge appears to remember...

    by Childe Roland

    ...how and why the laws were written: 'Assistant Attorney General John Grossman called the light boards "bomblike" devices and said that if they had been explosive they could have damaged transportation infrastructure in the city. Judge Paul K. Leary told Grossman that, according to law, the suspects must intend to create a panic to be charged with placing hoax devices.' Sounds like Boston should be thanking the marketers for pointing out potential security liabilities within the city's infrastructure.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    sorry, but this is what happens when you let gays marry

    by newc0253

    according to CNN, "Assistant Attorney General John Grossman called the light boards 'bomblike' devices and said that if they had been explosive they could have damaged transportation infrastructure in the city". and if my aunt had wheels, she'd be a tractor.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST

    ATHF will dominate at the box office

    by DynamixRo

    Just because of this. And Meatwad will be the first animated character to win an Oscar. So say we all!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST

    2-1-7

    by casinoskunk

    http://a29.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/2/l_8bc2c57f21ddccf29ddfc7859598e084.jpg

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST

    casinoskunk

    by PhillipMarlowe

    That picture was terrible, but I'll admit it, I laughed.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:48 p.m. CST

    What magazine covers?

    by magnumopus

    I feel the same way about ATHF that you do Harry, but I don't believe that safe mainstream America has ever even heard of the cartoon. That would make up a big majority of the United States. So it would be a safe bet that Turner Broadcasting or whoever signed off on the ad campaign knew they were going to cause a scare. The times we live in and as paranoid as people are it would be reasonable how they would react. If it wasn't the box shape and the wires and batteries that scared people, then it was the character flipping them off as they drove by that offended them. These are normal reactions from post 9/11 people and the creators or Adult Swim or whoever should think before setting off a shit storm that will probably get people fired or arrested.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST

    a scare?

    by casinoskunk

    its a fucking lite brite! anyone who knows how lights hook into batteries know that those where not bombs. this is an over reaction that should not have escalated to this extent. Boston PD should feel ashamed

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Hey, Err

    by Captain Mal

    It's not thanks to "the government" that we live in a constant state of fear--it's thanks to the massive coordinated attack that killed thousands in multiple locations. Also, the promise of more attacks from the people who organized the whole thing, that probably contributes a little to our "constant state of fear."<p> Dumbass.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:56 p.m. CST

    For once Harry......

    by eric haislar

    I agree with you 100%

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Might I add casinoskunk...

    by magnumopus

    Again, these are pefectly normal reactions from unreasonable people. I'm sorry but these are the times we live in. What did you think would happen? Oh, and Carl is pretty funny.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    PhilllipMarlowe--

    by zb.brox

    No, as I said it wans't a great analogy--my point was that it was as good as your drunk driving analogy, in which someone actually does something dangerous--which these people did not. Is planting little light up cartoon characters all over the city as innocuous as misspeaking/hearing? No. But *clearly* it is not an action which generally creates a panic. Were the people who saw them under bridges right to call the police? Sure, I can see that. But I'd be right to call the police if I saw someone running with a bloody knife on the Common--doesn't mean you shouldn't shoot a murder mystery film there. Clearly, this wasn't the smartest thing in the world for these two to do, but the idea that it's criminal, or that they should be held responsible for Boston's overreaction, is laughable. If someone bumps into me in the street, and I punch them in the face, who's responsible for that bloody nose? Me. If someone puts a little glowy cartoon on a bridge, and I shut down half a major city without making an ounce of effort to find out what the thing is, who's responsible for the public disturbance? Yeah, responsibility can be shared, but there's a proportion there.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Where EXACTLY were they placed?

    by seanny_d

    I keep hearing "bridges" and "street corners" but were these devices placed in easily visible areas or did they look to be hidden in some way? If they were in hidden areas, then I can somewhat understand the insanity. But if they were easily visible, after one was found to be nothing more than a LiteBrite, shouldn't they have said "Nothing to worry about, folks."?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Hey, Captain Mal

    by Err

    And what does the government do? Look out! Watch out! White powder is on a chalkboard! Oh no! Call the cops! White powder on a gas station counter after a man bought doughnuts? Call the cops! People overreact because the government tells them to overreact. You know why they tell people to overreact? Because they want to make up for the horrible job in handling certain 9/11 intelligence.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Kraken

    by Captain Mal

    Who's advocating dying whilst whimpering in the dark? Taking a proactive and aggressive position against possible threats is nothing more than we expect of the police officers who protect our neighborhoods, or the doctors who protect our bodies. If a doctor tells you he's detected a lump, only a moron would say, "Don't take a closer look--I'm gonna live free!"<p> The fact is, after 9/11, the government was criticized heavily for not doing enough to prevent an attack that had been foreshadowed. Now that they're trying to do that very thing, they criticized all the same.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    What gets me is...

    by TORTURE PWN

    that people,even people in this talkback,talk like the guys who did this did it to purposely cause rampant chaos.Curiousity?Maybe.Chaos?Don't think so.I doubt they were thinking,"Hey!Maybe someone'll think this is a bomb!Wouldn't that be cool?" Unless of course their plan was to set these things up and call the cops themselves as part of their publicity stunt.If that's the case then fuck 'em.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I think there's an important message here...

    by Kraken

    Don't be like Cliff - http://tinyurl.com/2sddvp

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST

    I love the "If these had been bombs..."

    by Childe Roland

    ...approach the prosecution is taking. And, Mr. Prosecutor, let's continue down this road. If the planes that hit the World Trade Center towers had been, say, giant laytex balloons filled with confetti, do you think we'd even be having this discussion? No? So why not proceed as though that had been the terrorists' intent. Ooooh. Sorry about that. Can we get someone in here to clean up this guy's exploded head?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    This is the best thing to happen all year

    by Jack Burton

    Boston "officials" are morons. The rest of the country is laughing at them. Except the Bush regime which is probably preparing a meticulous statement in which the words "heroes", "freedom", terrorists", "safety of our streets", "justice" and "heroic" will be used excessively and in multiple combinations.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST

    We Have Your Rims Now, Fat Man.

    by buster00

    And now we are off on a quest. For honeys that are beyond fly.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Mal and the case of the middle road

    by Err

    The government needs to take a middle road. On one hand you can't go the far left extreme (left just in a sense of direction, not signifying liberal or conservative or whatever) and do nothing regarding terrorists. On the other hand, you can't go to the far right extreme and jump at every fricking light bulb or electronic clock or wire, etc. You have to find the middle road which is confronting the terrorists but not being so proactive about it that it becomes destructive and detrimental to the American people.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST

    casinoskunk, you're a fucking idiot

    by Pallando

    Yea, definitly the police screwed up. They should have known that the object with lights, batteries and cables placed under a bridge was really a clever guerilla marketing tactic for a little known (to normal people) shitty cartoon network show. Stupid cops should have ignored it, its all their fault huh? These assholes should be liable for all the money wasted on this. Its fucking obvious that placing something like that under a bridge could esaily cause a scare. It's not overeacting, its just being cautious. When the possible harm is killing 100s of people, the situation warrants extra caution.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST

    TorturePwn

    by magnumopus

    I don't think they were banking on people thinking it was a bomb, but surely they thought somewhere along the lines that someone might think it was one. I'm just sayin! I think the reaction was over the top and unreasonable too, but what do expect from 24 hour news looking for something to report and a government who uses scare tactics to keep us in line?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:09 p.m. CST

    what I don't get

    by BadMrWonka

    is why thy didn't get a bomb swuad to open one or two of them up, see that it's nothing more than a few light bulbs and batteries, and figure out what was going on? they were still calling them bomblike devices hours after this whole thing went down. it's a litebrite! even if they weren't overreacting to examine them, they certainly were overreacting to still go gung ho on these things after figuring out that they clearly were not explosive in any way.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Err, Middle Road?

    by zb.brox

    What kind of godless Commie crap is that?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST

    firstly, harry's a cock face for not liking Aqua teen..

    by wolvenom

    and he's about the only person i know who doesn't like it. It is fucking hilarious. Who doesn't like a flaming chicken? And who hasn't busted out laughing at the billy witch doctor episode... 'arise chicken!!! arise!!!' I wish I could say its because he's probably never smoked a joint in his entire life, but you dont have to be high to enjoy master shake torturing poor little cute meatwad. ... thats fine if he is so daft that he cant get past the crappy animation and must have his neurons and synapses busting from special effects before he enjoys a film but its not ok to insult the writing and humor of athf. Its some of the best fucking shit on television. From the internet e-phone episodes mockingly funny satire on the idiocy of our technological age to the global grilling satirical episode on global warming. This just proves fucking undebiably that either harry is retarded or he has little to no sense of humour.... as for this post 9/11 age of hysteria and panic we live in (something tells me we're not very far away from 1984) harry is on the button and I can't help but agree. BUT STOP BASHING ATHF'S GENIUS!!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Err

    by Captain Mal

    Look, I understand that this was an over-reaction, and an embarrassing one at that, but let's imagine for a moment that they *had* been bombs (I know, I know... nothing like that could ever happen, but play humor me for a minute). <p> If ten bombs went off around the city, followed by news that officials had been alerted but didn't take the reports seriously because "it looked like LiteBrites to us," can you imagine the ramifications? People would call for their heads on a fucking pole in the middle Fenway Park.<p> I would much rather have my city over-react to a possible threat than under-react to a legitimate one.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    zb.brox

    by Err

    It's not. You know why? Cause I just nuked a godless, Communist gay baby seal for Christ.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST

    also i think athf pulled this stunt off on purpose ...

    by wolvenom

    to show us what a fucking lunacy we've become post 9/11 ...I believe athf is that intelligent & high brow....definately on par with south park.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Mal

    by Err

    The thing is... if they were bombs, why would they be put in place for days on end?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Err-

    by zb.brox

    Thank God, I was worried for a moment.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Pallando. relax dude.

    by casinoskunk

    the city of Boston should have figured out what they were dealing with, before sending the city into a full blown panic? i am glad that the city of Boston is well guarded, but this should have never escalated to this extent. the whole thing is laughable. i feel bad for the people in boston who had to sit there and watch the news in fear. the media sucks.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Mal-

    by zb.brox

    New York managed to get rid of them without causing a public stir. These weren't complicated devices, an examination, even of the "detonated" remains, would have revealed what they were. Add in the fact that they'd been there for days and people *did* know what they were (but were ignored), and you have a fiasco, not a response.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Thank You, BadMrWonka

    by casinoskunk

    ...for understanding the obsurdity

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Also, I reiterate--

    by zb.brox

    The media and Boston's government are blowing this way out of proportion. I work in the middle of Boston, I walked by police searching for these things on my way home form work yesterday, but I didn't even hear about the whole incident until CNN debunked it. There was no city-wide panic, just over-reacting officials.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    "Athans of America" My Ass!

    by ScottGreen

    Unfortunately, after this I think they're going to take pop-culture behind the barn to show it the rabbits. Maybe I'm naive and I don't understand crisis management, but can't you deal with the perceived threat AND not shut down the city in a panic. In theory, someone COULD put a bomb on a Mooninite. As an American and a Bostonian, what really pissed me off about how this was handled was the pure inefficiency.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I misspelled Athens

    by ScottGreen

    Can I claim I was trying to be ironic?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    But, nobody asked this question...

    by Uncapie

    ..."WHO" called it in? Anonomous tipsters? Their own PR people? "WHO" are they? There must be a record of the calls placed.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Captain Mal...

    by Childe Roland

    ...I refere you to my earlier "what if" scenario and how what might have or could have happened has absolutely no bearing on the city continuing to pursue charges against those involved after learning that it had worked itself into a tizzy over nothing. If there are fines to be levied for placing those devices without permission, that's one thing. But to try and prosecute these boys as if they were intending to undermine the fabric of society through fear and chaos is fucking ridiculous.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Boston is either silly or serious?

    by Redbox

    symptomsofrebellion.blogspot.com/ Look, it's illegal advertising with battery powered devices, so I would want police to investigate. It is also possible that a real "terror" device might mask itself as advertising. However, too many people (age 12-30) know the image on the box is from Aqua Teen Hunger Force (An adult cartoon which has been around for over five years) and had it been recognized as a Cartoon Network product, Boston officials could have verified that the advertising was benign with Turner, ending the panic in minutes and saving a lot of cash. symptomsofrebellion.blogspot.com/

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Airlock Bush!

    by Kentucky Colonel

    That is all. Where is Spencer when we need him...FOR HIRE!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Yea yea yea, those overreacting bastards

    by PhillipMarlowe

    I mean God forbid they actually care about the city's safety...Oh well, I guess it's "damned if you, damned if you don't"...They were just doing their job, and I'm glad we have brave men and women who are actually willing to detonate possible bombs...I'm guessing none of the people on this talkback have balls enough to do something like that...I know I sure don't. If anyone created a panic it was the damn media, and those morons who planted the devices, of course. Sorry, but the rest of you can go screw yourselves. Ok, I'm done, this conversation is stale...PEACE

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Mission Accomplished - for Bin Laden

    by Harry Weinstein

    Boston shits pants at ridiculously overhyped reports about OBVIOUSLY non-explosive battery powered LED array (beats having to talk about the Libby trial). Bin Laden sips strawberry daiquiri in undisclosed location, LOLs at the news footage of the mighty USA panicking over scary blinking lights, orders case of Duracells and multi-colored LEDS from Radio Shack of Pakistan, savors victory. This is how one loses a war on terror - BY FUCKING SURRENDERING TO BLIND TERROR. (And to add insult to injury for the once-great city of Boston, the Mooninites just became the unofficial mascots of the New York Yankees. Count on it.)

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Yes, I spelled "anonymous" wrong. I know...

    by Uncapie

    I know...

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Holding these people criminally responsible is idiotic

    by westwood13

    You want to exercise an ounce of prevention, fine. But these people didn't purposefully plant fake bombs to cause a hoax, they hung up electronic signs that thousands of people saw in several cities for months on end and didn't think were bombs. If it was so obvious that these things could have been mistaken for bombs, why did nobody in LA, NY, or Austin thought they looked like bombs? Anyone who thinks these guys should be charged with anything... well, is very silly. I know it's trite to say the terrorists have won, but what else can you say when the most powerful nation on the planet had been turned into a cartoon elephant standing on a chair because it's seen a mouse?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Hey Boston!

    by gadjet

    repeat after me... I AM SOFA KING WE TODD ED

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    All this shows is the coexistance of fear and ignorance

    by modlight

    in this country. I don't mean ignorance in a rude conservative/liberal blah way, I mean the literal definition. We right now are taught to fear what we don't know. If those had been small lite-brite golden arches, no one would've cared. Those things are no different than the giant Coke add in Time's Square. I understand people's arguments above that yes they did respond accordingly to a suspicious package, but it is a narrow world view that led those things to be considered suspicious. I don't expect people to all know who the mooninites are, but in the few cities I've been to in the past couple of months I've seen giant glowing billboards with that same image. If people are that desensitized to their surroundings, and that incapable of connecting the dots, then our ignorance will be our downfall.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    I didn't read each and every post up to here,

    by CoursinLarry

    so I'm sorry if I'm repeating somebody's sentiment. Although, really, it doesn't matter if I am. I think if there's something suspicious, it's fine to react to it in a cautious way. But now we know that it wasn't a terrorist attack. So, why the hell is the guy under arrest? Why is Turner Broadcasting in (as my local news referred to it) "hot water"? It's not like they wanted to make everybody think those were bombs. Where does it stop? If any of us does anything that could be slightly mistaken for a terrorist activity, we'll be sent to jail. It's a witch hunt.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Boston's subway sucks

    by Kentucky Colonel

    well, it does!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Childe Rolande

    by Captain Mal

    No argument about the whole "pressing charges" bit. Utterly ludicrous.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Two guys Press Conference Comedy Gold!

    by Lolthien

    http://wbztv.com/video/?id=28369@wbz.dayport.com

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST

    I love Fox news by the way.

    by modlight

    The way yesterday Shepard Smith kept calling them bombs and explosive devices while the crawl said they weren't... I wonder which took in people's minds? I also love how they didn't refer to is as Cartoon Network, or Turner, but as "The parent company of CNN". beauty

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Well, Land Mines are Decorated to Attract Children...

    by tonagan

    but Boston still looks pretty stupid.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Chicago

    by bgart13

    It was in the news today that in Chicago, the police got assistance from the individuals who put them up, in taking them down. No charges pending or anything. The police recognized it for what it was and only removed them from public places, due to not wanting what happened with Boston. Ridiculous world we now live in.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST

    PhillipMarlowe--

    by zb.brox

    I'm sorry, you're right. Once someone becomes a memebr of a bombsquad and gets the automatic "hero" tattoo that comes with it, any criticism of their actions is totally unfounded. I forgot that it's totally impossible for brave, decent people to fuck up. I forgot that it's totally impossible for brave, decent people who *didn't* fuck up to be incorrectly wrangled by the beaurocrats who employ them. It *couldn't* be the city's fault, because the city is the *victim*, and being the victim makes everything you do okay. Yeah.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    So..?

    by instant_karma

    Does this mean that Bush will invade, sorry, I mean bring democracy, to the moon?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Tongan.. Maybe so, but LandMines aren't

    by modlight

    placed 20 or 30 feet in the air.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    huh?

    by edgardevice

    My daughter could have written a more comprehensible article and she is only seven. I am still trying to figure out what the hell is going on.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST

    You betcha, instant karma...

    by Childe Roland

    ...'cause there be oil...er, um...there be WMDS under them thar moon rocks!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    If the Mooninites did this to Boston. Dethklok will

    by modlight

    bring America to it's knees.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:48 p.m. CST

    How can they be mad at a guy who looks like jesus?

    by eric haislar

    Honestly?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    What america is doing is what the british did

    by emeraldboy

    They are creating more terrorists and not less terrorists. The brits banned the ira from the air waves in piece of legistlation called sec 31. The us tried to ban Al-jazzera and now al-jazeera has an english version and is doing well. The UK Created the Maze prison internment camp or the H blocks but the terrorists used that to their advantage as well as the hunger stikers. Bobby sands kicked started the sf/ira electoral strategy with a vote of over 22,000 or possibly more. There will always be terrorists and martyrs. one day the US will have to learn the skill of negotiation. bombing people only creates more problems. The uk in Northern ireland learned that a long time ago. Blair is going to be brought down because he mired his party in corrupt deal which allowed wealthy businessmen to become peers if they handed over a million. He is denial that his country's participation is radicalising you muslims. some radical imams in the uk maybe using this to whip up anti western feeling. No one in the uk supported this work. There are other reasons to as to why the uk is now so unpopular. 322 missing paedophiles and they dont know where they are. seriously! But what susprises me is that no one in the Us has ever heard of this rule : a motion of no confidence. I forgot for this president that will be called election day 2008. ouch!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST

    i look forward to this becoming the next subplot on 24

    by newc0253

    jack bauer drives around los angeles, 'disarming' mooninite lightboards. if they do it right, it could fill several hours.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    We've heard of the no confidence vote, emeraldboy.

    by Childe Roland

    We use it in business all the time to remove the heads of boards. What amazes me is that the politicians, saavy businessmen that most of them are, can't recognize when such a thing might be useful at their day jobs.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    of course we've heard of "No Confidence"

    by modlight

    It was the most thrilling part of the Star Wars Prequels. Wow, when Palpatine organized the senate to give the current Chancellor a vote of no confidence! You guys can keep your Death Star Explosions, I know where the real action is... By the numbers political manuvering. phew... gives me chills.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:01 p.m. CST

    I'm so ashamed of my beloved city.

    by Billyeveryteen

    Still, ATHF really sucks.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Harry, your logic is woefully ill-considered

    by Tai_Pan

    "Look, there it is, on that lamp post, under that bridge going, "Billy Goat Gruff.""... So you're angry at the powers at be for being vigilant? Tell me, does Bush micro-manage investigation into each possible bomb threat? You're not being practical, and the only true "paranoid" in your scenario is you yourself.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:08 p.m. CST

    i almost shite myself with laughter

    by rdsxfan8

    now after hearing this it only makes me want to see the movie even more. luv ATHF the mayor here is complainging about the money spent on extra swat tema and police detail, yet he is willing to spend even more to bring the turner company to "justice"..... is he up for relecetion or something??? whats next, do I need to alert them everytime I fart for fear they might think we're beign invaded by cartoon luving terrorists who are spreading nerve gas..... and why is boston the only city in which panic has ensued. we are usually pretty civial about things here!!!!!!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Media's Fault

    by houndog

    This is what it comes down to-yhe media's fanning the flames of fear. Last year a girl disappeared in my neighborhood. Within two hous our neighborhood was craling with reporters(tv & print).They all kept asking the same question-AREN'T YOU SCARED? Of course the girl only went to see her parents after a fight with her boyfriend, but this is how the media manipulates. They instill fear, and we go stock up on essentials for the coming disaster, and corporate AMerica watches the money roll in.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:11 p.m. CST

    sorry I'm typing in the dark

    by houndog

    oops!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    my city is crazy

    by johnnysunshine

    I live in Boston. These things have been up for weeks and no one gave them a second thought. Then yesterday, we were subjected to the most ridiculous afternoon of tv news I have ever seen. Some morons thought a lightbrite was a bomb and all of a sudden bomb squads are rushing down our streets and blowing up mooninites with water canons, two struggling art school grads are being threatened with two years in jail, and the news networks are calling it a giant terrorist hoax. Was there not a single person under thirty on the police force or interning at the news studio who could tell them what was going on?!? The press conference with the mayor, governor, and police chief had to be the stupidest thing I've seen all year.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST

    The Mooninites throw a Boston Tea(bag) Party.

    by Optimus Murphy

    Taste 5,000 dimensions of their nuts, reahtaads.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Anchorite, how is it stupid signage?

    by modlight

    How is what they did any different than billboards, talking adds above urinals, bus ads...etc except that people aren't as familiar with ATHF. Until now that is, because of this ad campaign, which has probably created great success in the market awareness which is pretty much the definition of advertising. So in that case, isn't what was done a beautiful example of capitalism at work?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:16 p.m. CST

    These kids aren't helping themselves, in all fairness..

    by Pennsy

    by saying they only want to talk about 70's hairstyles. Fine them, but there's no chance in hades the felony stuff is going to stick.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST

    I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WTH YOUR FUCKING EDITOR

    by la_sith

    "Maybe I didn't read the details of 9-11 wrong". huh?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:29 p.m. CST

    I live in Boston and I think this whole ordeal...

    by rbatty024

    is fucking hilarious. Every newspaper headline says something to the effect of "it wasn't funny" or "we're not laughing" on it. A day after the events are known and the media still hasn't figured out that the two people weren't trying to prank anyone. They were just putting up the equivalent of light bright billboards. It was an advertisement not a goddamn joke! I'm tempted to call in a neon sign for a no-tell motel and claim it's a terrorist bomb. I thought Massachusetts was supposed to be the smartest state in the union? I've only been here for nine-months but that title is seriously in doubt.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:29 p.m. CST

    PhilipMarlowe, you ignorant slut

    by ErnieAnderson

    1) The signs in question are wafer-thin and powered by household batteries<p> 2) Explosive devices would not be thin, spread out into flat sheets, and lit up<p> 3) A terrorist bomb would not be placed in a readily visible location<p> 4) They would also not mark said location with a brightly lit image of a cartoon character<p> 5) The ads have been up in NYC for some time. Too bad you missed them.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I would like to know what the felony is.

    by la_sith

    The city is a bunch of RETAHDS. What kind of isolated dopes thought a fucking brite-lite sign of a box man giving the bird was the work of Osama bin Jerkoff? Probably the same city that worships a baseball team that wins the World Series less frequently than Haley's Comet visits Earth.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:35 p.m. CST

    You know anchorite, I've been pretty impressed with...

    by Childe Roland

    ..your approach to this so far (and even got a chuckle out of your Kerry joke), but I think you're way misrepresenting the situation if you're equating these signs with giant balloon advertising "This City Will Be Blown Up on 9/11/07" (and the movie Armageddon used a very similar marketing technique to that, if you recall...and I don't remember the nation being put on high alert). Your "Fuck you and your mother" example is closer to the ballpark but playing an entirely different game than these guys were. Sure, there's a great deal of post 9-11 nincompoopery at play here, but there's also a fair amount of unnecessary hyperbole and distortion of the facts by the city of Boston and the media. They don't need you adding fuel to that fire.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Every Person Taking This Seriously

    by CaptDanielRoe

    Seriously that is, as anything other than ridiculous on the part of the city... Is making the few score of actual terrorists in the world smile. You made terrorists smile! (Not you Harry.) How does that feel! That's almost as bad as making an angel cry. Freedom in the USA is priority number one, and it is not freedom from LiteBrite, or any facsimile thereof. ... Really this is so damn embarassing and they aren't making it any better by continuing to take it seriously.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:41 p.m. CST

    The signs didn't SAY anything...

    by ErnieAnderson

    They were just LED pictures of Mooninites flipping the bird as hard as they can.<p> Your argument, anchorite, does not work.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:46 p.m. CST

    The misrepresentation is appalling--

    by zb.brox

    "Mysterious packages", "terrorist hoax", etc. etc. The concerted effort to make it appear that they *attempted* to scare the city is unconscionable. They were cartoon characters that lit up, that's all. It's the equivalent of putting those neon beer logos they have in bar windows on an overpass. No more.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST

    You forgot, Agent Sith, that Jack...

    by Childe Roland

    ...is sure to utter "Dammit!" after disassembling the first device only to learn that it was, in fact, a lite brite and he shot his new black best friend (Curtis' replacement next season) who had advised him to "Chill out, bro" for nothing. Also, you neglected to mention the scene where Kim does the digital dong.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    MOONINITES GOTTA EAT!

    by Finchmeister

    This is the most amazing story of 2007.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST

    DAMMUT, Finchmeister, you stole my next post!

    by Pennsy

    ;)

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Anchorite, of course it was "public property"

    by modlight

    but that just gets into whether or not you value the government, or individual. When I wake up do I ask whether or not I want to be assaulted with thousands of ads that day, no matter what kind of property they are on? No, so while an owner does, the victim of advertising doesn't. As for content, well having a fictional character tell me to go EFF myself would be far more desirable than having real people tell me that I need viagra, or that my legs are restless, or that I should join the Army for the experience and training. All advertising is an insult to a civilized society. These were at leasy clever and pretty. And I believe that these Snotty Asshats, by which I assume you mean Turner Broadcasting, did take responsibility. Or if you are referring to the people who actually did it, as they were hired to do, as people who aren't taking the responsibilty, then why should they. Should we hold soldiers responsible for the War? Who did these people harm, and what should they take responsibily for? Should we as Americans all plan for the reaction of our most terrified and ignorant citizens for all of our actions? If that is the case I would be very careful about writing "This City Will Be Blown Up on 9/11/07" in an online message board. I would take someone online posting things like that as a far greater threat of potential code or messsage to his cell than a glow in the dark cartoon character.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    *the owner gives permission, the individual

    by modlight

    does not. Lousy after thoughts!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Blame Bush all you want...

    by Uga

    But Massachusetts ain't exactly run by Republicans.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:06 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry, but can someone explain WHAT HAPPENED?...

    by DanielKurland

    The entire post was just reaction to it. This sounds pretty awesome, and although ATHF is my least favorite of the Adult Swim shows I watch, I'd like to know what's going on here. Thanks.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:07 p.m. CST

    biggest fuck up since...

    by Lane

    biggest fuck up since the president mistook his glow-in-the-dark cock ring for yellow cake uranium and promptly coughed up on cheney's errant pretzel.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Shut up...

    by coolguyaaron

    I'm starting to remember why I stopped coming to this site in 2004.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST

    LITE-BRITES GOTTA GLOW

    by Pennsy

    Das right.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Bah-stan

    by Dr Gregory House

    Celtics suck, Patriots suck, Red Sox suck, Bruins suck......

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:08 p.m. CST

    haha, Kurland... here it is in a nutshell

    by modlight

    As a Guerilla marketing campaing Adult Swim put up little LED signs of one of the characters all over a bunch of cities. In Boston they were up for a couple weeks until someone saw one and thought it was suspicious. The cops came in and it was all over the news yesterday as they thought detonated the little things thinking they were bombs or something. Basically it is a situation that got blown way out of proportion by the media and the city, and rather than let it go, both parties are pushing it even more in the hopes that they can push the final blame (embarassment) on a couple of Boston artists and Turner Networks.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Da Moon Rulz #1

    by Darth_Gonz

    "Hey Boston, you like Larry? Well how about this bird?"--Ignignokt in "Spacecataz"

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST

    "Let's just pray that the terrorists..."

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    "...never get their hands on the Foreigner Belt." lmao, Virtual Satyr :)

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Boston, is teh suck

    by modlight

    Err

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    "Why do the terrorists have to do another damn thing?"

    by BannedOnTheRun

    Yeah, um, well, explain that to them. "You can stop blowing up your fucking selves in crowded markets...because we have become OUR OWN WORST ENEMY!" Ah, great, building these IEDs was a pain in the ass! All we wanted was for Harry J Knowles to get introspective. Boy, wasn't it great when we didn't believe terrorists were plotting to take down the World Trade Center? Even AFTER they'd attempted it in 1993? Good times, good times. It was so much more fun ignoring the problem. Yeah, that could be a bomb, but what the fuck ever! Maybe it's not! Kids, throw rocks at that and see if it explodes! "Stewardess, this guy next to me is trying to light his shoes." "Please, sir, don't be such a worry wart...it's not a cigarette, for God's sake! Those'll KILL YOU!"

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:17 p.m. CST

    ATHF has unwitingly unleashed....

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    the most hilarious act of satire of the decade. Truly ATHF now ranks alongside Dr Strangelove and other such satirical luminaries.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:22 p.m. CST

    if this is a post-911 world...

    by Lane

    why do people still dial 911?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:28 p.m. CST

    You don't have to act like an idiot in order to...

    by rbatty024

    protect the U.S. from terrorists. These look nothing like bombs. It makes absolutely no sense why a terrorist would install a bomb that draws attention to itself and then not detonate it for a week. No one here is advocating ignoring the problem, but many of us are advocating for a little bit of common sense on the part of the government, media, and the general populace. This incident speaks to the culture of fear we've created after 9/11, where common sense is shoved aside whenever the media yells "boo." By the way, where do two-dimensional Moon aliens rank on the "terror-meter"?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Boston Rob and Ambuh vs. Ignignokt and Err - Who Wins?

    by Err

    The Quad Glacier does unleash mass destruction and there is no escaping it because the bullet is immense. However, Rob and Ambuh's reality show has the power of a mega ton explosion and a train wreck combined. I don't know.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:33 p.m. CST

    "By the way, where do two-dimensional Moon aliens.."

    by Childe Roland

    "...rank on the "terror-meter"?" They have their own ranking, and it is far cooler than any earth ranking you could give them. For on the moon, they do not use a color coded system to indicate their level of terror. They use album covers. And on the moon, the mooninites always register as the cover of Rush's moving pictures. Or perhaps that was another adult swim cartoon entirely. You would not know because your puny earth brain is too terrified.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:34 p.m. CST

    THIS is CALLED PHENOMENOLOGY

    by TheDohDoh

    This how ruckus is absurd, so absurd it's probably the plot to Live Free or Die Hard. Anyhow, what these 2 guys did is called Phenomenology and it's not against the law. Remember Shepard Fairy, that artist guy who does the Andrea the Giant propaganda all over cities that says "OBEY." I read about this at Ignore Magazine here http://ignoremagazine.com/litany/index.html - that guy invented it. It's a form of guerilla marketing and while it can be fined for lack of permits - this is like caliing SELF-EXPRESSION terrorism. What's next? That graffiti tag looks like a threatening code, that graffiti artist is a terrorist or doing a terrorism hoax? Pretty soon, anything out of the ordinary on the street will be outlawed but it "insights panic." Face it Boston - you overreacted to a cartoon. I know some 70-year-old lady called the cops thinking Osama was heckling her, but c'mon cops - LOOK AT THE "BOMB." and fuck the media. do some research. Guerilla marketing isn't new. I wake-up every mornign and drive to work and see threatening rappers postered all over the city. It's called street-advertising b/c it grabs your attention. At least it's not a fucking another billboard.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:36 p.m. CST

    bostonians are the trash bag of the world...

    by wolvenom

    seriously, this is true.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    "Aren't we all our own worst enemies?"

    by talonkarrde

    No Harry, you fat fuck. Our enemies our the Islamic extremists that would like nothing more than to kill us. Although in your case it would take multiple suicide bombers to accomplish the task. Just because you have been reading only "pop culture" for the last five years doesn't mean that nothing has happened since 9/11. Fucktards like you are the ones that ask, "But where was the government?" after something terrible like 9/11.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:43 p.m. CST

    what do u call 10 bostonians standing ear 2 ear?

    by wolvenom

    .....A WIND TUNNEL!!! Two bostonians were driving along a road by a wheat field when they saw a bostonian in the middle of the field rowing a row boat.The driver bostonian turned to his friend and said "You know - it's bostonians like that that give us a bad name!" To this, the other bostonian replies "I know it, and if I knew how to swim, I'd go out there and drown him." how do you get rid of bostonians? get them all to form a circle, give each one a gun and tell them they're a firing squad. How do you plant dope? bury a bostonian what does a bostonian do when someone says its chilly outside? he grabs a bowl..... I GOT MILLIONS MORE PEOPLE!!!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Great gimmick when your product is a piece of shit

    by alienindisguise

    Of course they needed something this stupid to spark interest. All things that suck do media stints like this and to me, it's not the terrorist times we live in that are sad, it's the fact that bullshit keeps getting made and thrown onto movie screens. before Family Guy last night, AS ran an apology for the whole mess.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Yo Harry, Boston's Mayor is a Democrat

    by D'Jesus

    He has been pulling his panties out of his crack all day long over this ATHF bullshit. Now, don't sit here and say "Bush" when it's your own party members who are stirring this entire fiasco. With that said, this is absolutely rediculous. We are now confirming that Benjamin Laden has won the war, because we are afraid of cartoons. Boston, you BLUE STATE, lighten up, will ya?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6 p.m. CST

    24/Boston Parody Story

    by Virtual Satyr

    Yes. I just wrote it. http://virtualsatyr.blogspot.com/

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 5:59 p.m. CST

    "Boston...the new capital of Alabama!!"..

    by wolvenom

    "Boston...the north's south!" "Boston...literacy ain't everything" "Boston...we be huntin wabbits" "Boston...we are fucking dumb"

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Everyone here is absolutely right about Democrats...

    by rbatty024

    being at fault for blowing this whole thing out of proportion. The only thing worse would be to start a war over non-existing weapons that resulted in a quagmire and the loss of over 3,000 brave soldiers. Yeah, Democrats are idiots.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Maybe Boston officials will go after Hasbro....

    by Otter

    for producing the Lite-Brites, the "weapons of mass destruction".

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Al Gore invented Aqua Teen Hunger Force!

    by Uncapie

    Or was it Dan Quale?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Watch the "terrorists" at work.

    by CZ

    Full video of the installation of the ads can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doD_VpT_yAY&NR

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Correction

    by CZ

    Okay, take the space outta that URL after the "watch?v"

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST

    America: object of ridicule

    by aestheticity

    rest of the world sees this and laughs.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Suck it, Boston

    by BrowncoatJedi

    Boston: home of The Big Dig fiasco, John Kerry, and Ted Kennedy. Screw you! Your city deserves to be shut down forever.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Talking of Al Gore

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Mooninites are the new Man Bear Pig!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:34 p.m. CST

    sorry Sith & Childe but i called the 24 parallel first:

    by newc0253

    and everyone knows that being first on an AICN talkback is what makes you cool.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:35 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Bill Buckner

    by RKDN Del Sol

    He wants to know what the hell this stupid topic has to do with George Bush. While we were attending the annual 'Like Brothers but not, so fawn in awe of us anyway' convention, we watched some CNN coverage and failed to spot ANY comments, reactions, or even OVER-reactions by the Bush Administration over this event. So Harry kinda sounds like an idiot for trying to tie them in with this. Oh and last I checked, the Democrats were in power now. So Harry, if you want to blame this on 'Teh Washingtons guvments', then I guess we'll have to wait on Nancy Pelosi's apology for her party's complete mishandling of this event in Boston.<p>The moral of the story is, glorified bloggers with insufferable political agendas are not always talented, clever, or witty.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:39 p.m. CST

    The only thing worse than this story is

    by superninja

    Harry commenting on it.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Bloggers may not always be talented, clever or witty...

    by War_Tourist

    But they're at least two genetic steps above talk-back posters.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:45 p.m. CST

    The BLUEST of states gets EVERYTHING RIGHT!!

    by Immortal_Fish

    Democrats rank in the 90 percentile here in MA. And if Democrats get everything very so right, then why did they get this so very rawng?!<P>NO ONE involved in the investigation had ever been exposed to the pop culture of ATHF? Out of them all, not a one had a clue? And still we wonder why Powell towed the line in front of the UN about Iraq? Our leadership is wholly disconnected on both sides.<P>Do IEDs in Iraq have Lite-Brite displays? Why would they in the US then?<P>I'm not a big conspiracy kinda guy. I believe "Loose Change" should have been produced by National Lampoon. That said, I can't help but suspect that permits were pulled and Boston dropped the ball. It will be very interesting to see if one of two possibilities play out: 1) Permits were pulled in Boston yet weren't noticed by the whistle blowers; or 2) Permits were pulled in the other cites but not Boston. Or, perhaps even 3) Permits were pulled nowhere and Boston security is tighter than elsewhere, DESPITE the 2-WEEK DELAY OF ACTION!!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:45 p.m. CST

    The cops cannot play around about this kind of stuff.

    by superninja

    Regardless of what you think about the current climate of fear. Just the placement of these things and the coordination of course is enough to raise suspicion. I like the faux-rebellious attitude of this lame slacker culture who wouldn't know how to handle real freedom if their life depended on it.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Well, there is an election cycle coming up so

    by superninja

    the Dems want to look like they are tough on terrorism. They want you to know that they don't even rise to the incompetency of the Bush Administration, so you have nothing to fear.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST

    LOL@U

    by War_Tourist

    You right wing nut jobs should go back to praying to your Sean Hannity signed photo and going to bed disappointed that yet another day passed without a new terrorist attack on american soil to justify your deep seeded racism. Hey buck up little camper, tomorrow might bring the holy apocalypse you so desperately crave.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:56 p.m. CST

    What does straw man racism have to do

    by superninja

    with the discussion topic, War Troll?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Fucken Boozi!

    by LittleDudes

    This is all your fucken fault!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Why are you assuming they think it was

    by superninja

    Islamic terrorists and not homegrown?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:05 p.m. CST

    All republican are racists

    by merrymagdalene

    It's a well known fact!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:10 p.m. CST

    President Bush = Uwe Boll

    by AvengingFist

    really? Both are brilliant men. They make great movies.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Just wait for it...

    by Force_Shaped

    Never underestimate the ignorance of people... I was thinking about the next advertising gimmick... how bout "All your base are belong to us!!!" on all the fences of military installation. For those who don't know, type it in wikipedia.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Dear Philllip Marlowe

    by Triplesic

    I know I'm late to this idiotfest but.....regardless of whether the city did the right thing or not, these guys do not need to pay the price for anything. If I just walk down the street and spot something I thought was out of place and call it a bomb would it be the correct thing to do to arrest the person who put it there regardless if I was right in my assumption. No it wouldn't. I live near boston and lived there at one time, and the people in charge down there are fucking retarded.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Could it be the other cities didn't have this

    by superninja

    problem because the slackers the PR firm hired didn't place them at airports and under bridges? Hmmm....

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Gosh, I guess if the whole population played

    by superninja

    videogames, blogged and watched cartoons all day, they would know as much as we do. The slackers.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Yeahp, I'm not an american

    by dtpena

    and I'm laughing my ass off...

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Boston needs to have their law enforcement

    by superninja

    play Halo for 12 hours straight so they can identify and diffuse a bomb. Hey, RB, don't terrorists want more attention here in the US? You are talking about stealth in Iraq on their home turf, but hijacking planes and running them into skyscrapers ain't exactly stealthy, ya know?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Actually, it would depend on the bridge.

    by superninja

    If there were, say, homeless people who regularly brought their trashbags under the bridge, they wouldn't be alarmed by random trashbags. Actually what they do is play "One of these things is not like the other, one of these things is not the same." And a LiteBrit with wires coming out of it ducttaped to the bridge supports definitely does not belong.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Funny shit

    by Mahooch

    I work across the river from where on of these was placed. Everyone who says this was blown out of proportion is spot on. I watched as police cars/emergency vehicles shut down the road underneath the Longfellow Bridge for a half hour. That was about 3 p.m. Then no doubt they got the idea this was one big false alarm, the road reopened, and traffic ensued. But two dumbass TV vans set up shop and STAYED THERE until I left at six!!! FOR WHAT!?!!? Get a grip.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Damn liberal media!

    by merrymagdalene

    I'm not sure how this helped the gay marriage agenda, but I'm sure fox news will tell me what to think!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST

    No, they did not wear clownsuits.

    by superninja

    Did the guys that put the Litebrites up wear clown suits?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:46 p.m. CST

    I'm not saying they didn't overreact, obviously they

    by superninja

    did. But it seems people are bagging on them reacting at all and for not being proper citizens of pop culture. The truth is if something had happened, though, everyone would be blaming them for not doing enough.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:52 p.m. CST

    It's a bad analogy.

    by superninja

    Not the same kind of target, nor the same kind of message, not by a mile.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST

    I need to catch up on my ATHF box sets

    by INWOsuxRED

    to help offset their legal bills because a very small group of idiots that went absolutely insane. When you send in the bomb squad to detenate a litebrite, you obviously don't have highly trained people where they need to be. Going after a couple of goofballs won't cover up the fact that a small group of people in only one city went insane, while every other modern city used common sense. I wasn't planning on seeing the movie due to the negative reviews, but I'm paying to see it when it opens now. Fuck the mayor of Boston in his tiny little brain.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST

    So, the best place to look for terrorist plots is...

    by Gozu

    ...up our own ass, apparently. What's HILARIOUS to me is that this was ALL OVER CNN for what seemed to be hours. CNN is of course owned by Turner Broadcasting, which owns Cartoon Network, which airs "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," whose ad campaign caused this huge scare. I don't even want to think about how much money and manpower was wasted on this. Shame on Turner for their lack of communication with the city and between their various divisions and shame on the Boston authorities for overreacting to something so stupid and obvious.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:10 p.m. CST

    man, terrorist are sure sitting back and laughing......

    by hif4life

    their asses off about how americans, have turned paranoid over silly carton characters..yes, aqua teen hunger is not funny, but now they have stolen south park's thunder.. if anything, the blame should be lay on the marketing team that came up with this bright idea post 9/11 and turner broadcast for going along with it.. hate to say it but the quiet days of yesteryears are over. we have finally turned into what the terrorist and the bush administration hope to turn us into, scared, paranoid and diveded... goodbye blue sky indeed

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:09 p.m. CST

    If it's a "sad commentary"...

    by Odkin

    It's a sad commentary on our justifiable fear of a medieval fanatic cult of death-worhsippers. Their creed: submit, convert, or die. Or maybe it's a sad commentary on our refusal to name and fight the enemy, and not just "over there". We all know it's coming one day, and a cowardly sabotage like this would not be out of the question.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:19 p.m. CST

    They just got about $20 million worth of free publicity

    by Garbageman33

    I wouldn't be surprised if they moved up the release date to take full advantage. As for Harry not liking the show, I've officially adopted the "whatever Harry says, I'm likely to say the exact opposite". Never was this more clear than when I went to see "Smokin' Aces" which was undoubtedly one of the worst films of the year. Or any year, for that matter. ATHF has more good writing in one Master Shake diatribe than that piece of shit had in its entire 104 minute running time.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:19 p.m. CST

    You guys act like this is something new.

    by superninja

    Nothing has changed, it has been this way for years. 9/11 just made it obvious, that's all.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:20 p.m. CST

    if the US was a human body

    by LordTwinkie

    and Jersey was the StinkHole boston would be the cancerious Vag. what a bunch of pussies. these things were hanging up in other major cities for weeks and it takes these Bostonites to cause a huge commotion, albiet one which gives great publicity for ATHF which would more then likely increaes ticket sale several fold just for the curious. Realy any rational person coudla taken one look at it and realize it wasn't a bomb for several reasons.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Menino, meet Mooninite.

    by ArtemisClydefrog

    http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u241/xombievox/?action=view&current=boston.jpg

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:33 p.m. CST

    superninja

    by hif4life

    and yes, thats why we now talk about it, becasue its more obvious now

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:34 p.m. CST

    That was totally incoherent.

    by Veraxus

    Harry, were you trying to inform us about some crime against freedom? I think you were, but I had varying levels of success extracting meaning from your ramblings. In any event, noone should be surprised at all. When we send our Border Patrol Agents to jail for TWELVE YEARS and destroy their families because they were doing their job... I'm really not surprised by anything any more.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:37 p.m. CST

    I get it, it's just that to act like the Bush Admin.

    by superninja

    is the source of all evil hasn't been paying attention.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:45 p.m. CST

    i think it's hilarious

    by reckni

    especially since they were in other cities and nobody freaked out, and how long were they posted up? ATHF can chalk this one up as brilliant marketing, and yes, the real terrorists are laughing at us.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Inside Info

    by BostonBrian

    I am from Boston and was working in the city while this was going on. The media reported this in boston as a "suspicious package" not a bomb. They detonated a "suspicious package" as well. And guess what... it was a suspicious package. They placed an independently powered crude looking device with an unrecognizable cartoon on it fliping the bird on the support bearing of a major bridge that connects boston to cambridge. I am glad they notified the public. This is what the media IS for. Hell I wanted to know if I was going to be delayed getting home. Yes they embellish but any normal person can weed through that nonsense. By the way, HARRY paranoia is rampant in this country. Guess what... it is rampant in me too and I think it may always be. I was in new york on september 11th and it scared the crap out of me. It was'nt the media or politicians it was buildings i visited two days before (sept 9th) crashing to the ground. To note... the plane that struck the tower came from logan airport in Boston. So naturally they have made security a bigger matter here, as seen by these events. And everyone who is calling the cops dumb should be ashamed of themselves. These are the same cops and bomb squad units who put their lives on the line in theses types of situations and must respond to all situations regardless. Maybe you (Harry) saw them in Austin because they were properly posted in visible areas and not under a bridge. And I also need to point out that Boston is not a dumb city mostly because we are home to a number of fine educational institutions, and I won't go through that list. The point of this rant is to offer a rationalization of this particular situation from a person who was actually there while this foolishness was going on. Not the thoughts of a person on the other side of the country talking out of his A%# in order to justify his particular stances on issues.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:05 p.m. CST

    I actually agree that this cannot be blamed...

    by rbatty024

    wholesale on the Bush administration. The culture of fear is certainly peddled by Bush (missing WMDs and constant reminders that we could die at any moment), but the media gets just as much blame for going along with it for higher ratings. This is also an indictment against those in the public who buy into this kind of wild eyed fear mongering. Lets be cautious but use some common sense now and again.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Wow, Boston's a state?

    by superninja

    Care to restate your putdown, genius?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Actually, I meant before the Bush administration

    by superninja

    As in someone who has read history that goes back further than, say, 2000.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Boston poice and gov't are retards

    by Rupee88

    Of course it could have happened in other cities as well. But blaming Turner or the marketers is still absurd...Harry, you are totally right on this one.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:13 p.m. CST

    FYI...

    by Veraxus

    Every time someone vomits the phrase "post 9-11 world", the terrorists win.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Welcome to Boston!

    by sevadro

    Home of the chicken shits. No common sense having motherfuckers. Go lock yourselves in a basement somewhere and kill yourselves.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Terror Alert 5000

    by ye olde shiza

    Someone mentioned that we live in a culture of paranoia. That unfortunately, is true. I think the media should pay for all of the disruption this caused. You say, Boston Brian, that was a public service of the media, but I'd like to point out, as a member of media, that the media doesn't give a shit about public service as a whole. The only thing CNN or FOX News care about are ratings, and filling up holes in their timelines, with stories that are almost never researched enough. <br><br> Had someone taken some time to go examine the Mooninite first, this situation could have been diffused easily. Sure, the hanger of the LiteBrite could have been fined for hanging an ad in an unauthorized area, but no more should have taken place. The Mooninites are all over Portland, too, and quite frankly, if you mistake the thing for a bomb, you've lost your mind. Our culture of paranoia, which has been fed by the rating-hungry media, is out of control. I'm glad that the Mooninites have shed some light on our ridiculous times. <br><br> Maybe Boston was just afraid of the quad laser! Jumping, you know, is not an option.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:35 p.m. CST

    I wonder if those guys saw the story on the

    by superninja

    news and just sat their smoking their bong (they obviously possess one) and laughing.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:38 p.m. CST

    I just think if you are going to rank on Bush,

    by superninja

    it should be based on real things, like his fantasy democracy project or his Meximerica project, not calling him dumb when he's not.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Dissappointing

    by thecheesegrommit

    Harry I'm dissapointed in what seems to be a knee jerk reaction on your part. faulting folk for being jittery post 9/11 seems cruel. I don't understand why there isn't a furor over an obvious ploy by the advertisers to get just this reaction. Everyone is talking about their movie today. EVERYONE. They're betting the pro's out way the con's and I hope they're judgment proves wrong. Everyone who's Monday morning quarterbacking just how "obvious" it is that these devices were just light toy's. "Light toy's" placed in "innocent" places such as bridges and subway stations are Naive. Whether authorities overreacted is secondary to the shear lack of good taste and blatent disregard for the general public. I now step off from my soap box. Peace

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:49 p.m. CST

    thecheesegrommit--

    by zb.brox

    To think that these people were trying to get pinned as terrorists is just ridiculous. Do you live in a city? 'Cause I live in Boston, and I'll tell you ads like this happen *all* *the* *time*. The only difference between these and every other poster-sticker-whatever all over the place is that they lit up with a cartoon character on them. These were ads meant to provoke curiosity, we see them all the time. The media portrayal of this as a "terrorist hoax" is patently irresponsible, or at least widly out of touch.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:56 p.m. CST

    man...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...when you get a look at these pathetic retards who placed the "suspicious looking packages" this whole thing feels twice as ridiculous. But this is the same media that acts like they've never seen snow any time the weatherman forecasts more than a five inch snowfall. <p> So the question then is...who's more retarded the newsmakers or the newscasters? I'd say the line that separates is *very* blurred.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:02 p.m. CST

    to: superninja

    by jimmy rabbitte

    OH YEAH! Those guys were *definitely* hittin' the bong while all that was going on...and getting a good five hour laugh out of it... our local news is immeasurably stupid.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:07 p.m. CST

    zb.brox

    by thecheesegrommit

    NYC born and raised. I've seen promotions trust me. This was designed to raise suspicion promote a product. Bad taste! Period.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST

    oh yeah

    by jimmy rabbitte

    The campaign was definitely poorly conceived. They new what they were going after and consquences be damned they went for it.<p> However, our news stations still went *way* overboard with their "exclusive, non-stop, continuous coverage" of every time a police cruiser rolled two more inches forward.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:13 p.m. CST

    and why do we still blame the bush administration?

    by hif4life

    it is us that should be blame for all of this, we let the media, and the politicinas man handle us and none of us raise a finger to say stop.. we live in fear becasue we let them scare us,and more and more we get used to living like this.... vote quimby!!!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST

    You know

    by instant_karma

    that right now there is a race on between genuine terrorists and dipshit pranksters to get down to buy some LED's and make their own replicas of these things. <p> By over reacting to these advertising materials and the subsequent 'Bostonians are hysterical morons' chuckles that everyone is having, isn't it now less likely that anyone in that city would bother to report what they thought was a suspicious item to the authorities for fear of sparking another fiasco. So really, by being so 'vigilant', they've probably worsened the city's security.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Alkohal

    by thecheesegrommit

    oh dear god! please tell me your kidding or your 3. The Rockerfeller tree wasn't placed under a bridge or by a bus station. We're not talking about "illuminated advertising" we're talking about one foot objects with wire's sticking out. placed in out of the ordinary locales among some legit locales. Please don't argue for arguing sake.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    cheeegrommit--

    by zb.brox

    Still don't see why you think this was designed to make people suspect a threat. If so, they did a piss poor job in the other 9 cities. If you saw one of those neon beer signs they hang in bars sitting under a bridge, would you jam traffic all day?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:26 p.m. CST

    to: instant_karma

    by jimmy rabbitte

    You make a good point, and that is possible in theory. However, as was pointed out earlier in this TB, things are rather heightened around here since 9/11. Especially since the two planes that were flown into the World Trade Towers departed from Logan Airport.I've lived here all my life; and it feels to me that there is a certain provincial heartache connected with the memory of that day, and our City's part in it.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:28 p.m. CST

    zb.brox

    by thecheesegrommit

    see my "Alkohal" post above. Very simple people recognize a neon bar sign. When you see a circuit board with lights and wires you may think something else. Don't be cavalier.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:31 p.m. CST

    It's painful, isn't it, thecheesegrommit?

    by superninja

    To try to reason with Alkohal? I agree with you. Maybe the reason other cities didn't overreact is that the slackers hired by the marketing company in those cities didn't put them in odd places?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:32 p.m. CST

    By the way, I'm not looking forward to the

    by superninja

    subsequent whining by the talking heads about what victims/masterminds these tools are in the coming weeks.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:34 p.m. CST

    PS.

    by thecheesegrommit

    I am not arguing that some over reacted. Unfortunately that is better then under reacting in a true time of crisis. Peace and good night.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:36 p.m. CST

    superninja

    by thecheesegrommit

    I agree.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:35 p.m. CST

    cheeegrommit--

    by zb.brox

    Cavalier? What's cavalier is that you're accusing these people of knowingly attempting to make people feel threatened based on an LED picture of a cartoon character. These weren't blinking red lights, and the "circuit board and wires" you talk about were as thin as a piece of cardboard. No room for explosives. Thinking this was anything other than the same "stick up a funny little gidget and get people to figure out what it means" schtick that is completely typical of Boston is cavalierly jumping to a conclusion.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I'm with you hi4life

    by superninja

    But it's not like we have any great alternatives, either. Broken!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:40 p.m. CST

    superninja

    by hif4life

    well that the spirit... but yeah, i hear ya too, call me a fool though, but i still have faith that something good will come out from all this insanity

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:44 p.m. CST

    superninja--

    by zb.brox

    Actually, the found one under a bridge in NYC. They got rid of it, briefly closed the bridge, no big deal.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Hi, I'm a terrorist

    by Neutron

    Now I know that I can place bombs throughout my target city in boxes with cartoon characters on them and nobody will report them for fear of looking stupid or even worse, lame for not getting the reference. Thanks fuckheads. Especially you, bizarro white dreadlock guy.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Do you mean after the scare in Bostoon, zb.brox?

    by superninja

    Or before hand?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:55 p.m. CST

    The Bostoon was a typo.

    by superninja

    hif4life, it's going to get a lot worse. That's my prediction. Not that it's anything to be happy about.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:58 p.m. CST

    superninja--

    by zb.brox

    Beforehand

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST

    I'm from Boston and

    by Skankardly

    I think it was definitely overblown and leaked to the news and media that they were discovering "packages" instead of Lite-Brites. That being said, when you're the city with the airport that launched the planes into the World Trade Centers you might tend to be a little over cautious so as to NOT get completely fucking caught off guard again.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Does anyone still have that picture that was

    by superninja

    up on Drudge of the thing taped to the bridge? I can't find it anywhere.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Well, maybe NYPD plays their Halo for

    by superninja

    12 hours a day like fanboys, so they know how to i.d. a bomb.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Skankardly, that's what I'm saying.

    by superninja

    If something had happened all of these people would be beside themselves blaming law enforcement for not doing enough. Give them a break.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 11:44 p.m. CST

    So THIS is how liberty dies.....

    by Jobacca

    Somewhere,deep in the heart of Texas,Osama has his feet propped up on the Bush family coffee table laughing his ass off. The land of the free has become a complete and total police state and the so-called "War on Terror" hasnt stopped a goddamn thing. When the terrorists DO strike again (and they will) just like 9-11 we'll never see it coming because the powers that be are all too busy blowing up Litebrites and anally probing anyone at the airport who has too many vowels in their name. LONG LIVE THE MOONINITES!!!!

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST

    And people wonder...

    by tie3456

    ...why the rest of the world laughs at us. What a sad day.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 1:31 a.m. CST

    President Bush=Flames On Optimus

    by MagicPhone

    Well, it's true.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Sounds hilarious. WTF are you talking about?

    by Reelheed

    I'm unclear as to what has happened here. What is a 'retarded electronic what'sayamacallsit'? What was the kid doing? Why was he arrested? Isn't it unfair to pour scorn on a program for poor animation & poor writing and then turn out this kind on unintelligible drivel? But anyway I gather that it sucks to be in the US these days. Like that's new...

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Long live freedom

    by David Lazarus Long

    I hope when my grandkids grow up they can still get on the school bus without being strip searched. Hey, I just saw a pigeon on top of the Empire State building. He's got those shifty eyes. Take him to Guantanamo! What's that little pigeon? Osama's in Pakistan? Better get that draft started so we can kill the rest of our country's youth... GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ALL THE STUPID SHIT WE DO TO OURSELVES! If I start cold calling people and telling them there's a Mooninite with a bomb in thier backyard, any bets on how long it'll take the NSA to bust down my door? I'm going with: not very long.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 2:31 a.m. CST

    robogeek.com

    by Reelheed

    Cheers for the linkage. Now makes some sense...

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Actually, freedom dies when people say things

    by superninja

    like "So THIS is how liberty dies". No, it's actually been dead awhile, that's just the corpse twitching, buddy.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Did anyone see the artists' press conference?

    by FilmCritic3000

    It was hilarious. All of the media kept trying to ask overblown questions, and since they'd been told not to say anything, they began a discussion on "Hairstyles Of The 1970s." First up: Afros - does their origin trace back to the '20s? Whenever a reporter tried to ask them something, the reply was, "I'm sorry - that's not a hair question." There are also new t-shirts http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&satitle=Mooninites One has the Mooninite "salute" with the words "UP YOURS BOSTON" underneath; another has one of the Mooninites with the caption: "SUSPECTED TERRORIST" As all well know, there's no such thing as bad publicity. I predict the theater count for [i]Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters[/i] will be raised from 800-1000 and the release date will be moved up (hopefully). You've got to strike while the iron's hot, pop-culture-wise. The shelf-life on water cooler talk is very short.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 3:28 a.m. CST

    AMERICA: Fighting terror one lite brite at a time.

    by David Lazarus Long

    It's been dead, oh... a little over 7 years now? I'm afraid to take a shit in public because they'll arrest me for poisoning the air supply. Or maybe an "attempted poison gas hoax". Love this quote: [W. David Stephenson, a former public relations executive now working as a homeland security adviser, said the world has changed and police must take such incidents seriously. "It's amazing to me that Turner Broadcasting would think this is acceptable," Stephenson said. "They put these light boxes on bridges and tunnels, places you would clearly associate with terror attacks."] Also known as... places that are dark. Where things that LIGHT UP are more likely to be seen. As in, the OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU DO IF YOU WANT TO BLOW SHIT UP. "Hey, we have all this C4, let's wrap some Christmas lights around it before we put it under the bridge. It'll be festive." Yes, the world has changed. Like, the change of the national bird from the bald eagle to the chicken with its head cut off.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Harry doesn't like ATHF?

    by FilmCritic3000

    C'mon Harry buy a clue. I loved "Narc". But "Smokin' Aces" truly was "The Emperor's Newest Clothes". Oh well, let the Viking go watch something less "out there". I guess unless one of his friends made it or Peter Jackson had a hand in it, it's meritless.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 6:18 a.m. CST

    HOT HOT HOT HOT

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    anyone else have that jivey song from that B&W adult swim ad with the chick dancing stuck in their head? fuckn odd shit. love how they keep mocking boston everytime they show the "advisory" before shows...sorry for the emotional stress this has caused the city of boston" lol

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 6:35 a.m. CST

    The Vilification = awful

    by Sit and Watch

    This will be so far down the talk back I don't know who will see it, but still I gotta say that the way the media has been telling this story disgusts me. If all they were doing was taking the defense of Boston with "post-9/11 thinking" I would understand. BUT THEY HAVE TO GET THEIR LANGUAGE RIGHT! "Hoax", "prank", and "sick joke" all imply that they intended to cause fear and dissruption. It was certainly ill-concieved guerilla marketing, but it was definitely not a "terror hoax". To say that it was is both incorrect use of the language and wrong ethically. I think a major part of the vilification by the government and the media has to do with the fact that they are now embarassed because they were the ones who caused the scare. Not the advertising company, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, or Turner Industries. Oh, and the mainstream media loves any chance to gloat about how much better they are than the counter culture. How would this story have played out if the signs said "Enjoy Coke" or had Mickey Mouse on them vs. an Aqua Teen character flipping a low-res middle finger? AND one more thing, to those arguing "I'm happy about the paranoid delusions. They're only protecting us and doing a good job. This is post-9/11 you idiots," (terrorists win, btw) how can you feel glad and confident about them protecting you when they went ignored by officials for days on end? Everything I've seen online has said they were there from 10 days to 2 weeeks! Obviously, that info adds to the sense that they overreacted on 1/31. But has anyone heard that fact on TV media? I've only seen it online. Those tv asslick tools really piss me off. But I'm not sure if it is a total lack of ethics, info, or they just don't care.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Over reaction!

    by NudeandAroused

    Really, these things have been up in numerous other (Chicago, LA, NYC) cities. What the hell is the big deal? I think that the news (Fox) and political morons are over reacting just a tad.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Ach, this sort of mix up...

    by henrydalton

    ...has been happening since the lyrics of 99 Red Balloons. I blame Nena.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 7:54 a.m. CST

    "Cavelier"

    by thecheesegrommit

    zb.brox, "I do not think that word means what you think it means" What I am being is earnest, niether panick stricken nor paranoid just earnest. Cavelier is when folk gather in talk backs and argue that this was "no big deal dude, just toys" Again and this is my last post on the subject in hindsight they seem silly but I guess at the time (a time post harmless planes flying into buildlings) and due tot he locations some felt they were suspicious. Peace.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 7:56 a.m. CST

    poeticwarrior

    by thecheesegrommit

    I'm bent out of shape about it, so any time you think your man enough just tell me where and when (better bring a big lead pipe) think before you type. That pathetic bravado is um... pathetic.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Boom!

    by Reelheed

    BBC have an hilarious news item which shows the 'disposal' of one of the 'devices'. BOOM! http://www.tiny.cc/AmMKz

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST

    spidercoz

    by thecheesegrommit

    If stupidity must be punished, you'd be strapped to a chair with a metal bowl on yer head. Congrats!

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    The Press Conference!

    by StovetopStuffin'

    If you haven't seen these two guys tlaking to the press yet, do yourself a favor and find some video of it. It is fucking HYSTERICAL!!! And even funnier is the Fox News coverage of it before they discovered it was "all a hoax". What hoax. It was an advertisement!

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST

    More people have died in Boston from...

    by biggles2_22

    ...stupid murdering senators and city planners than any damn flashing cartoon sign. That's ok, Boston, keep the title as one of the stupidest places in America! Vermonts up there too. (the Forest Gump of the US)

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Aaaaaah a Brite Lite!

    by biggles2_22

    Stupid cartoon. Good (if unintentional) publicity stunt.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Colorado Springs: highest concentration of evangelicals

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Truth.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Anyone who thinks these guys were trying...

    by rbatty024

    to cause suspicion is way off mark. They were trying to promote curiosity about the product. Remember The Matrix advertisements that said "What is the Matrix?" It's pretty much the same thing. Thinking this was a terrorist attack is the equivalent of someone seeing a sign saying "What is the Matrix" posted on a bridge and thinking it referred to a bomb. Some people will shit their pants at anything, and it's not completely their fault. The media has made everyone scared shitless. Look at a picture of the Mooninite add and seriously ask yourself if you would mistake it for a terrorist bomb.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Hey, what happened in Boston? Aqua Force come to life?

    by finky089

    Or something? I've been asleep for 2 days

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Bah who cares about this movie when they cancelled

    by half vader

    The Dark Crystal sequel? Boo!

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    1-31-07 NEVER FORGET

    by Arch Nemesis

    Free Peter

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Bubastis, your link isn't working

    by finky089

    what was it you saw?

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST

    half vader, they did?

    by finky089

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Everyone's laughing at Boston now, but

    by rbatty024

    the great Mooninite invasion is going Westward. Beware their five-thousand dimensions...of terror! They come to steal your porn and sodomize their vast imaginations!

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    MING THE MERCILESS IS DEAD!!

    by Ooooooohhh!!!

    http://tinyurl.com/39aayf

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    thecheesgrommit--

    by zb.brox

    Uh, a "cavalier" attitude is when you say "what the heck?" and don't give something the importance it's due. In this case, it's the freedom of those two guys who you are basically condemning to prison time based on little glowing cartoon characters. You're judging that they attempted to scare people based on what, exactly? That their stickers lit up? These guys did not attempt to provoke any mass hysteria, let me remind you of the point we're arguing.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Hey, Jim--

    by zb.brox

    Did someone steal your username, or is this extended and altogether-too-subtle satire?

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST

    spidercoz

    by just pillow talk

    You should write speeches for Joe Biden...<p>This is not a surprising response considering all the terrorism talk that is ingrained into the news/media.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Completely agree with Harry.

    by PwnedByStallone

    This was completely absurd and I'm glad those two guys totally pwned the media by talking baout 70's hairstyles. Give'em a TV show! Though now the terrorists probably WILL use cartoon characters now that this is happened. Fuck it.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Ooooooohhh!!! you bastard....

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    I thought we'd lost Max von Sydow for a minute there!

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    like the city of boston, this thread needs to go away

    by S-Mart shopper

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    no S mart...rupee needs a thread

    by just pillow talk

    to go to. Don't shut this one down yet...

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Judge Dredds... I thought that too!

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Damn you, Ooooooohhh!!!

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck...

    by PwnedByStallone

    is ScottGreen????

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Soylent green is people!!!!!

    by Cellar Door

    That is all.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Dreddpants and Excalibur

    by Ooooooohhh!!!

    Sorry 'bout that. Just spammin' for a friend. I thought it was funny.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST

    pillow talk is psychic!!!

    by S-Mart shopper

    I bet you knew I was going to say that

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 1:05 p.m. CST

    a post 'hippies with lite-brites' world

    by RKDN Del Sol

    Sorry all, but we're now living in a post hippies-with-lite-brites world, and we're all going to have to accept a little bit of inconvenience for the sake of national security. To that end, we will be asking all lite-brite owners to register their devices at the local city clerk's office of their respective jurisdictions.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Boston

    by S-Mart shopper

    This Fourth of July all fireworks are banned because of concerns of terrorist controlled roman candles

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Boston

    by S-Mart shopper

    They've decided to go back and change all their album cover art, they don't want to inspire terror tactics.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    I know it's been cold in Boston this winter, but...

    by finky089

    did the whole frick infrastructure there become mildly (heavily?) retarded from brain freeze or something? This is the silliest thing since anyone giving a shit about Howard Dean yelling when he was excited.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST

    YEEEEE-HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

    by finky089

    that was Howard Dean's reaction to watching Aqua Teen Hunger force

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Boston....BEHOLD!!!

    by Err

    Ignignokt: Boston, behold the digital dong.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Hope Mat and Trey set their VCR's....

    by Cuppa_Ace

    This is a hilarious episode of South Park in the making...

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Fuck Off!

    by darquelyte

    How did this happen?

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST

    haha

    by lionbiu

    haaahaaaaahaaaaa! they though....haaaahaa! What a fucking stupid waste of time. There is being safe and than there is just plain stupidity....this is stupidity.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Just how dumb can we be

    by Ageless

    Shut down an entire city over a sheet of plexiglass and a battery. The first one they looked at should have been enough, but no go comepletely balistic. Benladen has to be laughing himself silly right now.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Of course they're overreacting now!

    by half vader

    Because departments like the FBI are feeling massive guilt for pre-911 when they repeatedly received reports from the flight school (was it in Florida?) about the guy having flying lessons and specifically NOT wanting to know about taking off or landing the plane. Maybe a bit of paranoia and overreaction would have been a GOOD thing back then. Fuckwits. It's their fault as much as the terrorists.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Finky089

    by half vader

    Well that's what Dark Horizons said anyway. I hate myself for saying this but GENNDY GOTTA EAT! First the Astroboy movie (and he's about the only guy I can think of that would've done that right), Now Dark Crystal. Boooooo.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 9:37 p.m. CST

    ganymede2010

    by hif4life

    im sending you a hug, it looks like you need one!!! but yes, i do have to agree that terrorist still have the upper hand on us.. god, can we have a competent and functional governemnt that can actually strike at the heart of the problem, and doesnt go on inventing wars somewhere else?

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Ganymede

    by half vader

    And not only that but like I said the government was also responsible. Being neurotic after the fact is no excuse. They could have stopped this. Additionally there's not much point in having superfast fighter planes if you're not gonna launch 'em for hours. Bah.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 11:30 p.m. CST

    ya know what....

    by Buzzsawlenny

    if the choices are living life like a fucking scared weasel or getting blown up in a terrorist attack (if another EVER happens) then blow me the fuck up..i'll give u my adress...cause i am so NOT scared of any bullshit like that happening..and if the ATHF kill me...then i kinda deserve it. Also The Fucktards torturing people in GITMO better hope that there is no god,jesus,or Allah because if there are they are in for a eternity of pain..hypocrites

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 11:35 p.m. CST

    word up ganymeade

    by Buzzsawlenny

    this shit keeps up and you are gonna see canada's population grow as thousands flock to a really free country...and we deserve to be raped of our freedom because our populace elected that fucking prick..twice...Literally ANYONE could do a better job...even the inanimate carbon rod!

  • Feb. 2, 2007, 11:57 p.m. CST

    they're not bombs, they're just shoes, size 11 1/2

    by thebearovingian

    Along with other TBers I must take issue with all the people saying, "they looked nothing like bombs, they're friggin Lite Brites! Bombs aren't thin." The bomb makers of the world have created a vast and varied assortment of explosive devices in all shapes, sizes and colors. That's just common knowledge and pure fact. Recall the last time you watched the news about the latest arrest of a murderer, rapist, thief, molester etc and how many times their neighbors say, "I would never have believed that they could do something like that. He/she was so nice, friendly and gentle." We've heard this for Dahmer, Bundy, BTK etc.<p> In closing, you are wrong (well, not entirely right) unless you acknowledge blame for all parties involved (advertisers, police, media, Tony Soprano, and Weird Al). Open your mind and see the gray (grey; whichever way you'd like to spell it).

  • Feb. 3, 2007, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Yeah, who is Scott Green?

    by thebearovingian

    Black box, black box.

  • Feb. 3, 2007, 12:33 a.m. CST

    WHAT MAKES YOU THINK CANADA WILL WELCOME US?

    by hif4life

    IF ANYTHING, THEY MIGHT BE AFRAID TO LET U.S CITIZENS INTO THEIR COUNTRY FOR FEAR THAT WE MIGHT WANT TO TAKE OVER THERE TOO.. LETS BUY AN ILSAND ISNTEAD.. HOPE THERE IS NO OIL THERE THOUGH, CASUE YOU KNOW, BUSH AND HIS BUDDIES WILL COME KNOCKING, AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY

  • Feb. 3, 2007, 12:38 a.m. CST

    who is Scott Green?

    by hif4life

    DOESNT HE WRITE FOR FAMILY GUY? WORST SHOW THEN AQUA TEEN HUNGER IN MY OPINION

  • Feb. 3, 2007, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Ganymede is a fool

    by NHRonin

    I quote - "Any Terrorist with half a brain can fly into mexico from an Arab country, pay off the border control guards, and nuke our country." If this was their intended goal, it would of happend all ready." If nuclear weapons are so readily available, why is Iran working so hard to produce their own? Wouldn't they just buy them? You've been watching too much "24," pal. Have no doubts, if Al-Qaeda could get their hands on a nuke, they would have and used it on Washington, D.C. by now. They have the intent and desire, just not the ability to get their hands on them. Their problem is you just can't go down to the local camel bazaar and buy a nuclear weapon of any kind, despite what Ganymede thinks...and don't start telling me all about the alleged missing Soviet suitcase nukes. If they ever existed, our black ops took care of those years ago.

  • Feb. 3, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    The Canada Option

    by NHRonin

    Grow a pair and fight to change what you don't like about your own country rather than fleeing when the going gets tough or you don't like the ways things are going. Our founding fathers would be disgusted by what a group of politically correct cut and run pussies we've become.

  • Feb. 3, 2007, 11:29 a.m. CST

    NHRonin

    by hif4life

    yeap, pretty much, but hey, if the govenment outlaws doughnuts,war of craft, internet porn,mcdonalds,reality tv, and such, i bet you people will finally uprise... bunch of morons on this country

  • Feb. 3, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    FRYLOCK'S GOTTA EAT

    by chetedawg02

  • Feb. 3, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST

    the only thing DUMBER than Boston's reaction-

    by samsquanch

    Is the complete and totally moronic impulse to DEFEND Boston's dumb reaction. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? Cry wolf again, idiots. See what happens.