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Meet John Smeaton: One Kick and He Is The Hero of Glasgow [Kicked Terrorist Butt]
Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 07/07/07 | ALISTAIR MACDONALD and IAN MCDONALD

Posted on 07/07/2007 1:37:47 PM PDT by Enchante

GLASGOW -- Last Saturday afternoon, baggage handler John Smeaton was standing in front of Glasgow Airport smoking a cigarette when a Jeep Cherokee burst into flames nearby. He watched its burning driver emerge. A police officer pursued the passenger.

What happened next has turned Mr. Smeaton, 31 years old, into an unlikely folk hero. When he saw the passenger hitting the officer, Mr. Smeaton ran over and kicked the assailant.

Mr. Smeaton has been interviewed on the BBC, CNN and other networks about his response to the attack in which two suspected terrorists attempted to ram into the airport's main terminal. (See the CNN interview.) In a Glaswegian accent that is at times impenetrable -- Australia's Channel 7 subtitled its interview with him -- Mr. Smeaton voiced a defiance that has turned him into a de facto spokesman for Glasgow's fighting spirit. His message to terrorists: "You come to Glasgow, we don't stand for it," he says. "We'll just set aboot ye." (Translation: "In Glasgow, we'll just deck you.")

By the next evening, an admirer had created a Web site devoted to Mr. Smeaton -- nicknaming him Smeato. It includes links to his media interviews, purported details from his past (he once owned a ferret) and a plea for Britons to buy him a pint in the bar at the airport's Holiday Inn hotel. There is also a picture of Osama bin Laden with the caption: "You told me John Smeaton was off on Saturdays!"

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: asskicking; gla; glasgow; hero; letsroll; scots; smeaton; terror
Good to see there is still a spirit of toughness among some Scots, in the face of decades of socialist wankerdom!! Maybe people like this guy will help to revive that fierce Scottish martial spirit that has been so enervated by wankers. What a useful kick, hope his newfound celebrity is something he can enjoy and not get ruined by.......
1 posted on 07/07/2007 1:37:52 PM PDT by Enchante
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To: Enchante
A good, old-fashioned, literal Scottish ass-kicking. This guy is getting a Christmas card from me this year. :-)


2 posted on 07/07/2007 1:41:14 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Fred in '08. Deal with it.)
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To: Enchante
Since last Saturday's attack, his friends tell him that women have been asking to be introduced to him. His cell phone is jammed with messages. He's puzzled as to why people are so taken with his story. "I haven't a Scooby," he says, meaning he doesn't have a clue.

I see Cockney rhyming slang has hit Gleska - "Scooby" = "Scooby Doo" rhymes with "clue".

Love this poem that the WSJ reprints in its entirety:

Twas doon by the inch o' Abbots
Oor Johnny walked one day
When he saw a sicht that troubled him
Far more than he could say...
"Now that's no richt wur!"
Johnny cried
And sallied tae the fray
A left hook and a heid butt
Required tae save the day.
Now listen up Bin Laden
Yir sort's nae wanted here
For imported English radicals
Us Scoatsman huv nae fear

3 posted on 07/07/2007 1:41:32 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Enchante

Actually I dont think it was his butt that was kicked.


4 posted on 07/07/2007 1:42:34 PM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

LOL...


5 posted on 07/07/2007 1:46:54 PM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: Enchante

http://johnsmeaton.com/
enjoy! Or I’ll boot ye!


6 posted on 07/07/2007 1:49:05 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: Enchante
Oh man, I saw this guy on Fox the day it happened and I was smitten. Better not let Mr. Repo know...

What a cool guy.

7 posted on 07/07/2007 1:55:21 PM PDT by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Un-dead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: RepoGirl

I thought this one was pretty great, John Smeaton as hero for our times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2DDxqCMje8&mode=related&search=


8 posted on 07/07/2007 2:03:15 PM PDT by Enchante (Reid and Pelosi Defeatocrats: Surrender Now - Peace for Our Time!!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Too bad a bus load of Scot soccer rowdies wasn’t headed out for a match somewhere. There’d a been a bit more than a proprer asskicking. Of course with the jihadist on fire there’s not much time to getinto the spirit of the thing.


9 posted on 07/07/2007 2:10:29 PM PDT by dblshot
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To: Enchante

Just further proof, that despite the best attempts of the liberals, that alpha males RULE!


10 posted on 07/07/2007 2:20:35 PM PDT by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Un-dead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: Enchante

Brit to Scot: What’s that you’re eating for breakfast, lad?

Scot to Brit: Oatmeal.

Brit to Scot: Oatmeal? In England we feed oats to horses!

Scot to Brit: Aye, and that’s why your English have strong horses, and we Scots have strong men!


11 posted on 07/07/2007 2:32:37 PM PDT by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
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To: Enchante
.....hope his newfound celebrity is something he can enjoy and not get ruined by.....

Right with you on your post. Yes, indeed the instant fame may be even tougher than the psycopathic suicidal "martyr" that he stopped. As I see it, it was just a breath away from an ignition, that would have scorced the security and maybe our gallant lad.

Off topic here. Please forgive everyone. It was the greatest boxing hero of Glasgow- Benny Lynch who was destroyed by his popularity. Lynch was the flyweight champion of the world in the 1930's. Even when Benny tried to get back on keel, after losing, the crowd bought him drinks.

A knowing biographer quoth "They bought Benny a drink, when they should have bought him a meal". That being said.

God love this guy.

12 posted on 07/07/2007 2:34:05 PM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: mware

I think grabbed him by the nose, and then kicked him in the ass.


13 posted on 07/07/2007 2:37:49 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Enchante

That kick of his was for all of us. Hooray!


14 posted on 07/07/2007 2:42:13 PM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: Trteamer

bttt


15 posted on 07/07/2007 2:43:31 PM PDT by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President 2008!!!)
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To: Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek

Sam Johnson would’ve clobbered him one.


16 posted on 07/07/2007 2:43:41 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: UKRaddell

Scots hero ping.


17 posted on 07/07/2007 2:59:57 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Scratch a RINO, and you'll find a global elitist beneath the surface.)
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To: Enchante

Here’s my favorite clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ngh-Cxrd_U&mode=related&search=

At the end, Smeaton, talking to the ragheads, says “Come to Glasgow and we’ll set about you”


18 posted on 07/07/2007 4:24:56 PM PDT by WWTD
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To: Enchante
Good on ye, Mr. Smeaton.

I’ll be glad when heroic acts are the rule, not the exception. A few coma-inducing ass kickings of militant Islamists trying to cause trouble on airplanes would be a good start.

19 posted on 07/07/2007 4:38:39 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: Enchante; All
This type of citizen direct action is highly appropriate, and becoming more common here too. See this, this, this, and this.
20 posted on 07/07/2007 5:34:23 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Democrats even want foreign terrorists to be treated like US citizens. Their love is misplaced.)
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To: elhombrelibre
Also see this.
21 posted on 07/07/2007 5:49:26 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Democrats even want foreign terrorists to be treated like US citizens. Their love is misplaced.)
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To: Viking2002
A good, old-fashioned, literal Scottish ass-kicking.

Close enough old sport! An earlier article had The Greatest Headline Of All Time: "I kicked him so hard in the balls that I tore a tendon!"

22 posted on 07/07/2007 7:14:13 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jiggyboy
"I kicked him so hard in the balls that I tore a tendon!"

ROTFLMAO I just had beef goulash shoot out my nose, thinking about how hard that must have been. LOL :-) I don't know if it's the wine, or a late weekend evening, but that is a funny image.


23 posted on 07/07/2007 7:19:07 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Fred in '08. Deal with it.)
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To: Viking2002

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1860684/posts


24 posted on 07/07/2007 7:23:31 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: mware

You mean he won’t be having any more kids, or the ones he has will have two heads ;-)


25 posted on 07/07/2007 7:28:19 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: jiggyboy
LOL I guess when you're the Muzzie equivalent of Bananas Foster, a shot in the ol' applesack doesn't register very high on the 'ouch' meter. LOL


26 posted on 07/07/2007 7:38:04 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Fred in '08. Deal with it.)
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To: Enchante
There is also a picture of Osama bin Laden with the caption: "You told me John Smeaton was off on Saturdays!"

Achmed replied, "NO! I told you, 'John Smeaton is always ready to go off on Saturdays'."

27 posted on 07/07/2007 8:26:45 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

“Sam Johnson would’ve clobbered him one.”

Perhaps, though it is unlikely that Sam would have been stupid enough to make the crack about “oats for horses”.


28 posted on 07/07/2007 11:31:32 PM PDT by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
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To: UKRaddell

Ping

And you say he’s a Rangers’ fan. H’way the lads.


29 posted on 07/07/2007 11:43:25 PM PDT by IslandJeff (Bird bird bird, bird is the word)
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To: JerseyHighlander
Matching J&S silver chains were purchased. Two Biggy Smalls rectangular faced perpetual motion Cartiers with diamond-encrusted wristbands were impatiently pointed at and duly wrapped. Fingers were clicked; handfulls of baseball caps were dropped into a groaning plastic bag.

English writing English is just sublime. Even their worst writers (Martin Amis, et al) can still turn a phrase.

[However, we Yanks would use "handsful", rather than "handfulls"]

30 posted on 07/07/2007 11:54:55 PM PDT by IslandJeff (Bird bird bird, bird is the word)
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To: Enchante
His message to terrorists: "You come to Glasgow, we don't stand for it," he says. "We'll just set aboot ye."

I just LOVE a thick Scottish burr!!

31 posted on 07/08/2007 9:25:41 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: AnAmericanMother
LOL!! Who wrote that poem?

The first time I ever heard of Cockney rhyming slang was when I read the Dick Francis novel, "Driving Force". Highly amusing, and requires thought to get to the meaning sometimes.

32 posted on 07/08/2007 9:32:24 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
Sam DID make the crack about oats -- he was the man who made it originally. I believe it's in his famous Dictionary, as the definition of OATS - "A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people."

He was notoriously anti-Scot, but if he knew you he would always make an exception. Boswell, his autobiographer, was a Scotsman and a close friend, but he had to put up with a certain amount of anti-Caledonian sniping.

33 posted on 07/08/2007 10:24:23 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: SuziQ
Oh, man, though, that is heavy, heavy Glaswegian. Even other Scots have some difficulty understanding it. A lady in the Country Dance Society is from Glasgow, so I at least have some experience listening to it!

I guess the terrorists flambe' just didn't understand that you do not mess with a Keelie. They are hard, tough little men who don't need any encouragement to "get tore in!"

34 posted on 07/08/2007 10:31:12 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: SuziQ

The poem is circulating on the internet anonymously, maybe the author will come forward.


35 posted on 07/08/2007 10:32:11 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Enchante

I would translate “set aboot ye” not so much as “decking” somebody, as with a single punch, but more along the lines of administering a thorough beating with head butts (the usual opening gambit in a Glasgow free-for-all) kicks and punches until the recipient stops moving . . . .


36 posted on 07/08/2007 10:34:30 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Viking2002
Hey, Bananas Foster tastes good!

Maybe the muzzie equivalent of one of those flaming paper bags bad boys leave on doorsteps?

37 posted on 07/08/2007 10:36:14 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: AnAmericanMother

Sam DID make the crack about oats — he was the man who made it originally. I believe it’s in his famous Dictionary, as the definition of OATS - “A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.”

He was notoriously anti-Scot, but if he knew you he would always make an exception. Boswell, his autobiographer, was a Scotsman and a close friend, but he had to put up with a certain amount of anti-Caledonian sniping.

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I thought better of him; not only making a stupid remark but going into print with it. Oh well, even Jove nods, e.g., David Hume, a non-stupid man by most accounts (and a Scot) had similarly stupid views about non-whites.


38 posted on 07/08/2007 10:37:45 AM PDT by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
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To: IslandJeff
Ooooo, I could really start an internecine brawl here by shouting, 'moan then, ye orange . . .'

But I wouldn't do that. Hat's off to Rangers supporters today.

39 posted on 07/08/2007 10:39:00 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
It was just Dr. Sam's schtick. I'm part Scottish on both sides, and some Irish (he didn't think much of the Irish either), and I've never held it against him. Neither did Bozzie. Dr. Johnson was a highly eccentric man (suffering as he did from both de la Tourette's and OCD) and I for one am willing to cut him a good deal of slack.

You have to understand, as far as Hume is concerned, that most people in England (and especially Scotland) had never even SEEN a non-white person. His remarks were purely theoretical, not personal.

40 posted on 07/08/2007 10:42:05 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: dblshot
I heard of a similar case here in the States where some genius tried to carjack a judo team that was on its way to a state finals match.

They basically lined up and took a number ('here - let me have a go at him!') and when the police arrived the poor guy crawled over and begged them to arrest him . . . .

41 posted on 07/08/2007 10:44:20 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: AnAmericanMother
when the police arrived the poor guy crawled over and begged them to arrest him . . . .

LOL!! Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time!

I have some Scots-Irish in my background. My maternal grandfather was Italian, and my maternal grandmother was Irish. Not completely sure of the ethnicity of my paternal grandparents, though I know there is some Indian there; some family members say Cherokee. They were hardscrabble Mississippi folks, though, so I'm guessing they were part Scots-Irish, as were many who lived back in the woods.

I've always had an affinity for Celtic music; maybe that 'splains it!

42 posted on 07/08/2007 4:14:20 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
We're supposed to have some Cherokees in the family too, but no proof and certainly not enough Cherokee blood to be even an associate member of the tribe!

We are some pure Scottish, some pure Irish, and some of the Scotch-Irish (i.e. the Lowland Scots who were sent by Cromwell to colonize Northern Ireland).

I don't look that Irish - I'm one of the "black Irish" - i.e. look more like a Spaniard than a "typical" Irishwoman. My husband is actually half Irish with the other half a grab-bag of French, German, English and lord knows what. But what's really funny is that our daughter got BOTH Irish halves . . . she is a pure Irish red-headed colleen (although her hair has darkened with age, she has bright grey eyes and incredibly fair skin, sunburns on a cloudy day, and her features look like we mail-ordered her from Dublin.) She went to Spain for the summer to live with a local family, and everyone refused to believe she was American -- "No! You MUST be Irish!"

43 posted on 07/08/2007 4:41:56 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Enchante
Please remember that “Smeato” wasn't the only one who went for them.

Glasgow - The only place where the police have to protect suicide bombers from the general public.

44 posted on 07/09/2007 3:22:07 AM PDT by weegie
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To: AnAmericanMother
They basically lined up and took a number ('here - let me have a go at him!') and when the police arrived the poor guy crawled over and begged them to arrest him . . . .

My karate sensei's wife was a 100-lb slip of a woman, but a third degree black belt. A man twice her size once attacked her as she was putting groceries in her car-- she fractured his windpipe and hyperextended his knee. He was hospitalized for weeks and crippled for life. Yay! Too bad she didn't kill him, but it's the next best thing.

-ccm

45 posted on 09/10/2007 4:21:57 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: ccmay
I think your average thug is so shocked when a woman fights back that they freeze. They expect meek compliance -- good when they don't get it.

I tell my kids don't ever get in a car with a thug. Kick, scream, fight (they're both green belts in Aikido - the dojo has a belt program for the kids) but you might as well die there as off in some remote location.

46 posted on 09/10/2007 6:37:14 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Enchante
Thread Resurrection Alert!

JOHN SMEATON IS RUNNING FOR A SEAT IN PARLIAMENT!

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20090924/tuk-terror-hero-stands-for-parliament-6323e80.html

SET ABOUT 'EM, SMEATO!

47 posted on 10/01/2009 4:37:46 PM PDT by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: AngryJawa

lovin’ it!!!

thanks for the update


48 posted on 10/03/2009 1:51:15 PM PDT by Enchante (Speak Truth to Power: Hey, Obama, YOU LIE!!)
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