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Do you think you might be one of the "usual suspects"?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by modelmaker, Jul 4, 2020.

  1. modelmaker

    modelmaker Senior commenter

    The use of this term by a regular forum member today intrigued me. Who are "The usual suspects"? Is it some sort of clique? Might it be the sort who take a wet the floor of Conservative club toilets when they've had a few too many?

    Maybe it's the name of a pop group who gained notoriety for recording songs that advocated gay marriage, world peace, BLM and asking what on earth has gone on since the rise of right wing politics.

    It's the sort of term I'd expect to hear from a curtain twitcher in charge of a neighbourhood watch scheme, but I could well be as wrong as I've been about Brexit being an absolute fiasco, which as we all know can't possible be true, because our government told us it was as fully in control of Brexit as it has been with the Covid-19 crisis.

    It's time for the "usual suspects" to put their hands up and admit to being Kremlin-controlled Marxists.

    Perhaps too, a good time for rabid Brexiters and Tory party rimmers to own up to what it is that motivates them, so we can build a true of who the "Usual Suspects" are.

    Don't be shy. Are you one of the Usual Suspects?
     
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  2. WB

    WB Lead commenter

    Context is everything.

    In the context of posters who talk utter ******** it's you.
     
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  3. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Well, that counts me out.
     
  4. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    "It's time for the "usual suspects" to put their hands up and admit to being Kremlin-controlled Marxists".
    I won't be putting my hand up for that.
     
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  5. modelmaker

    modelmaker Senior commenter

    I feel you need to go back to school, @WB.

    Many posters on here get why I post
    For satircal purposes.

    To tell the truth, it astonishes me why you, as a member who joined in 2002 and has such a small post count since then would expect to be taken any more seriously than I would expect to. You must surely imagine everyone is as stupid as you want to make out you are.

    You didn't answer the question though. Are you one of the usual suspects? I think you could be, but if you wish to, you can prove me wrong.
     
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  6. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    It's a phrase I've seen used several times over a few months now. Using the phrase seems to be a way of signifying yourself as being a part of a particular clique, the raising of a fist for comrades to see.
     
  7. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Here they are:

     
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  8. Nealswife

    Nealswife Occasional commenter

    Being fairly new here, I have wondered about some of the connections and commenters?

    Some OPs use secret code words,,... Is there some sort of initiation you have to pass to part of a clique?
     
  9. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Secret code words? Come again?

    To be part of the clique, I think you have to know gene.
     
  10. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    The best way to qualify is to write very long rambling posts that make sense in some parts but then go off on various tangents so the reader comes to the conclusion that he/she has lost a part of their life they will never get back. Use of multi quote is also an important element but is not compulsory.
     
  11. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    What in the biblical sense? I hasten to add I don't know gene in any sense.
     
  12. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Why would you think even for a minute that I might know this gene creature in the biblical sense?

    Yuck
     
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  13. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

  14. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Oh for crying out loud.
     
  15. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Using the phrase "usual suspects" confirms that you know your Casablanca:

    Captain Louis Renaud: "Major Strasser has been shot. Round up the usual suspects".​

    (Renaud, the Vichy French police inspector, says this in order to appear to be acting responsibly, but in fact he knows that the usual crooks can't be to blame because he saw Humphrey Bogart pull the trigger only moments earlier.)

    I think that's the origin of the phrase, unless anyone knows otherwise.
     
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  16. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    The usual suspects are who any poster says they are.
    For me, "the usual suspects" are the 4-chan boys who pepper these boards. I have some of them on snooze. There are other "usual suspects" but meh. You can't snooze 'em all. If you did none of the threads would make sense.
     
  17. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    We're probably all someone's "usual suspect".
    It's like that moment of enlightenment when it dawns on you that oh, I'm the a-hole in this scenario...although I could name several posters who have never had that epiphany in their lives, haha.
     
  18. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter


    We’re all Keyser Söze :D
     
  19. ajrowing

    ajrowing Lead commenter

    Please sir, can I be one of the Usual Suspects.
    Although I think you are confused. The Kremlin wouldn't want Marxists, they are far more likely to employ apparently rabid Brexiteers as the aims as far as I can tell of the Kremlin are to destablise Western democracies and Brexit certainly does that. Perhaps particularly those who post pro Brexit stuff but then can't explain and defend the position they have adopted.
     
  20. knitone

    knitone Lead commenter

    I have increasingly had the impression that one poster is behind several relatively recent accounts. I don’t for one moment say that this is so, only that is how it seems to me when reading some of the threads. Someone starts an interesting post, which is then aggressively hijacked by a predictable few to suit a specific agenda. Valid points that challenge that agenda are ignored and spurious claims made. It has changed this forum from somewhere where lively and informed discussions could be had, to somewhere where the level of the ‘you smell’ playground response to alternative points of view dominates. It has made responding to threads seem a pointless waste of time as genuine discussion and setting out of different opinions has been swamped by some posters who appear to have an almost Pavlovian response to certain topics. It would be wonderful if we could have the Opinion forum back. At least that would allow Personal to be somewhere we could have some respite from from the constant agenda-pushing.
    To anticipate some criticism of this post, I don’t want Opinion to be somewhere where everyone agrees with my opinion. That would be too dull for words. I would like it to go back to being a place of lively, informed and reasoned discussion.
     

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