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Cigar fires up Israeli minister (Netanyahu's suit catches fire)
BBC News ^ | 5/30/05 | BBC News

Posted on 05/30/2005 6:16:21 PM PDT by wagglebee

When Israeli Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took questions on the hot issue of the day he was - quite literally - fuming.

A reporter noticed smoke coming from the minister's suit pocket as he discussed a controversial decision to replace Israel's army chief.

Mr Netanyahu had unwittingly slipped a lit cigar into his jacket as he was walking into a weekly cabinet meeting.

Aided by a fellow minister he tackled the cigar and no-one was hurt.

Smoking jacket

The incident took place during an interview with an army radio reporter.

"Can't you smell the smoke?" the journalist asked Mr Netanyahu in a sudden switch of conversation, according to news agency Reuters.

"What do you mean?" asked Mr Netanyahu.

"Your cigar is on fire," said the reporter. "The one inside your suit jacket. Minister Netanyahu, you are burning up."

Housing Minister Isaac Herzog joined in and advised his colleague to throw the cigar on the onto the ground, where it was put out.

Mr Netanyahu explained that he put the cigar in his pocket - not knowing it was lit - as smoking in the cabinet room was forbidden.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cigars; netanyahu; pufflist
I guess he learned that lesson!
1 posted on 05/30/2005 6:16:22 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

As I recall, JFK had asbestos pouches sewn into his suitcoats so he could smoke right up to the moment he stepped into public view.


2 posted on 05/30/2005 6:18:16 PM PDT by Petronski (A champion of dance, my moves will put you in a trance, and I never leave the disco alone.)
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To: SheLion

(((.)))


3 posted on 05/30/2005 6:19:32 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (End dependence on foreign oil- put a Slowpoke in your basement)
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To: Petronski

I didn't know Gomez Addams moved to Israel...


4 posted on 05/30/2005 6:20:16 PM PDT by Seņor Zorro
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To: Petronski

Smoking and asbestos! The left must love that.


5 posted on 05/30/2005 6:21:58 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee
Now that's a smoking jacket!
6 posted on 05/30/2005 6:23:54 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: wagglebee

I don't think the "risks" of asbestos were understood in '61. Also, I'm sure the President's tailor wasn't using crappy old friable asbestos.


But I distinctly remember that strange anecdote from a television bio several years ago.


7 posted on 05/30/2005 6:25:25 PM PDT by Petronski (A champion of dance, my moves will put you in a trance, and I never leave the disco alone.)
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To: Petronski

As far as the left is concerned, asbestos was always known to be dangerous and "big business" used it because they just didn't care.


8 posted on 05/30/2005 6:27:20 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee
This brings to mind a passage from Joshua Slocum's "Sailing Alone Around the World"(1900)

Slocum had stopped at his boyhood home of Briar Island in Nova Scotia when first setting out on his voyage and was reminiscing about his youth:

"Lowry the tailor lived there when boys were boys. In his day he was fond of the gun. He always carried his powder loose in the tail pocket of his coat. He usually had in his mouth a short dudeen ; but in an evil moment he put the dudeen, lighted, in the pocket among the powder. Mr. Lowry was an eccentric man."

9 posted on 05/30/2005 6:30:23 PM PDT by AntiBurr ("Ceterum censeo Islam esse delendam " with apologies to Cato)
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To: wagglebee

A Gomez Addams moment lol


10 posted on 05/30/2005 6:30:48 PM PDT by Figment
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To: wagglebee
Like Moses warned, if people didn't obey the commandments in the Holy Land...

"Your suit shall catch fire with the ashes of a cheap cuban cigar and you shall be spewed forth from the land of the press conference." - Suitviticus 11a : 3
11 posted on 05/30/2005 6:33:26 PM PDT by Red Sea Swimmer (Tisha5765Bav)
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To: wagglebee
Mr Netanyahu had unwittingly slipped a lit cigar into his jacket as he was walking into a weekly cabinet meeting.

Now that's what I call distracted. Probably was a nice suit, too.

12 posted on 05/30/2005 6:35:20 PM PDT by SIDENET ("Some people are desperate for whatever they're desperate for," - Bubba Fink)
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To: wagglebee
being lit on fire is a drag...

I know a guy named (burnt up) joe, he says it sux to be on fire.

I thought he had a bad case of eczema.
13 posted on 05/30/2005 6:40:37 PM PDT by mmercier
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To: mmercier
FWIW, I like Netanyahu. One day he will be the man to lead Israel.

Good thing they put him out. And seeing is it is memorial day, I will pause to give thought and a silent prayer to the memory of his brother.

He is a good man, and no cigar will take him out.
14 posted on 05/30/2005 6:51:56 PM PDT by mmercier
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To: mmercier

He's so hot he prolly self-combusted. hubba hubba.


15 posted on 05/30/2005 6:53:53 PM PDT by riri
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To: mmercier
That was bufoonish.
16 posted on 05/30/2005 6:57:11 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: bannie
>> That was bufoonish.

Buffoonish

\Buf*foon"ish\, a. Like a buffoon; consisting in low jests or gestures. --Blair.

Number 16 was a sincere post, possibly "crude" as my current intellect dictates, but sincere none the less.

Number 13 was intentionally "buffoonish".
17 posted on 05/30/2005 7:09:24 PM PDT by mmercier (burnt cinders...?)
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To: mmercier

That was a low gesture...definitely not a "high gesture."

:D


18 posted on 05/30/2005 7:11:26 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: mmercier
>> Number 16 was a sincere post, possibly "crude" as my current intellect dictates, but sincere none the less.

greygoose and freeping don't mix... Number *14* was a sincere post.

Bed time when I can't even keep posts straight...?
19 posted on 05/30/2005 7:15:12 PM PDT by mmercier
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To: mmercier

bttt


20 posted on 05/30/2005 7:18:05 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (DON'T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THE CURTAINS THEY ARE WEARING ON THEIR HEADS !)
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To: ConservativeMan55
>>> bttt

I am a newbie, and see this frequently... What does it mean...?

Hopefully not what I suspect...

I would like to know in any case, if just to be laughed at...
21 posted on 05/30/2005 7:26:00 PM PDT by mmercier
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To: riri

No kidding. That is one nice looking man.


22 posted on 05/30/2005 9:27:16 PM PDT by conservative cat
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To: mmercier

bttt = Bump to the top. Shuffles the thread to the top of the page with a recent post. Also serves as a marker on the poster's Comments page in case they wish to return to the topic.

I give up. What were you thinking it meant? :o)


23 posted on 05/30/2005 10:16:44 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (Wet Burqa Contest Winner)
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To: Constitution Day

Smokin' in the boys room


24 posted on 05/31/2005 1:26:00 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears exciting and inviting me)
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To: Constitution Day

ROFL


25 posted on 05/31/2005 1:29:29 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears exciting and inviting me)
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To: martin_fierro

ping


26 posted on 05/31/2005 5:09:51 AM PDT by SJackson (I don't think the red-tiled roofs are as sturdy as my asbestos one, Palestinian refugee)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...

If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.


27 posted on 05/31/2005 5:27:48 AM PDT by SJackson (I don't think the red-tiled roofs are as sturdy as my asbestos one, Palestinian refugee)
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To: mmercier
I would like to know in any case, if just to be laughed at...

Cool.

Don't worry, we're not laughing with you, we're laughing at you.

Oh yeah, BTTT.

28 posted on 05/31/2005 6:41:33 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (BTDT got the T shirt, shot glass, shoulder patch, challenge coin, coffee mug....)
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To: Red Sea Swimmer

LOL!


29 posted on 05/31/2005 7:01:18 AM PDT by BayouCoyote (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: wagglebee

I would if Rush gave him this cigar?


30 posted on 05/31/2005 7:32:12 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 5 decades.)
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To: Titan Magroyne

>> I give up. What were you thinking it meant? :o)


Bronx cheer.


Bthtttttttt..

Thanks for the note, at least I know now.


31 posted on 06/01/2005 9:50:59 AM PDT by mmercier (Beneath the onrush of the deathless gods)
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