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  • It just goes to show that even clever people can be educated out of their wits because whatever motivated Choudhry and allegedly al-Asiri existed in minds like theirs long before 9/11 or the half-cock occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan turned their very unoriginal thoughts to murder as a means of making sense of unhappy lives.

    Roshonara Choudhry: a sad and misguided case

  • Whatever motivated her to stab Stephen Timms existed in her mind long before 9/11 or the half-cock occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan

    Roshonara Choudhry: a sad and misguided case

  • He lowered the trigger to half-cock, and drew on his mitten to keep the trigger-hand warm.

    FINIS

  • He grew nervous, cocked the trigger, then put it back to half-cock again.

    FINIS

  • I find them useless, if there must be a manual safety in place of the half-cock I guess the tang safety is a better choice.

    The Best (and Worst) Shotgun Safeties

  • But yet another half-cock game of hunt the boodle dragging out week after week?

    The BBC Trust is dancing to the Tory tune, but the talent won't

  • I didn't take the picture, but I am very excited half cocked, really to see my Oakland neighborhood represent in the half-cock picture.

    BSNYC Friday Anarcho-Syndicalist Commune!

  • What you end up with is a lot of smart ass moves, aborted attacks, and techniques jammed at half-cock before they go off.

    Kurtzhau! (Fighting within the system)

  • Reich leaped to his feet, bow ready, a featherless arrow at half-cock, and peered intently into the darkness.

    Wild Dreams of Reality, 5

  • But if we go off half-cock, and get killed or something - well, that won't get the news to Raglan.

    The Sky Writer

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