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A Rocket Hit My House and I am okay with this.

January 17th, 2008 · No Comments · Humor


photo by Gavin Oliver

I was reading Yahoo News and came across this story by Dmitry Solovyov and Vera Kalian:

“MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s military Thursday offered compensation to a homeowner after a small rocket veered off course and hit his country house outside Moscow…A defense ministry official told Reuters two rockets had gone astray during a military exercise near Moscow Wednesday afternoon. One hit the roof of an unoccupied house 3.5 km (2.2 miles) away. “The damage is estimated at 60,000 rubles ($2,466). It will be compensated for in two days,” said Yevgeny Konashenkov, spokesman for Russian land troops. “The owner of the house treats the incident with understanding. He has no legal claims.” Luckily for the nearby compound of cottage houses, the rockets disconnected at launch from the load of explosives they normally carry to clear minefields.”

I love how understanding the owner of the house is and that it is clear he can’t sue. Americans would be suing the military, the president, the makers of the rocket, the guy who pressed the button to release the rocket, the state government for not warning them that a rocket was incoming, the neighborhood watch for not having anti-missile technology installed in the neighborhood, and then the family members would sue each other over the amount they should receive from the settlement.  Americans love to sue.

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