Thirty years ago “Predator,” hit theaters and became an instant classic — and with good reason. It’s got everything you want in a sci-fi action flick: A crack team of ripped, out of regs commandos who fight off a dreadlocked space-faring hunter with a penchant for skinning people and collecting their skulls as trophies.
But for those of us who remember the days of binge-watching bad action movies in the barracks, “Predator” is far more than just a testosterone-fueled rampage in the jungle. It’s a treasure trove of perfectly campy, over-the-top macho one-liners that we always dreamed of blurting out on deployment.
So, in honor of the flick’s dirty 30, here are five of the best one liners from “Predator.”
“Get to the choppa!!!”
This is probably one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best one-liners, and you know what? It’s pretty damn practical, too. After all, if you’re hitching a ride back to the FOB and the bird’s on its way into a hot LZ, then shit, man, you’d better not need urging to haul ass.
“There's something out there waiting for us, and it ain't no man. We're all gonna die.”
While it’s probably not something anyone wants to hear, you get to own that shit if you make something seem utterly insurmountable and then survive. Andif you do actually die, well, then at least you’re not wrong.
This is just common sense. But if you’re ever unsure that you can kill the bad guys with what you’ve got on hand, just pick up the radio, because there’s a whole lot of fuck you and die on the other end.
“This stuff will make you a goddamn sexual Tyrannosaurus, just like me.”
While this isn’t something anyone is likely to say in combat, it definitely has it’s place on deployment, where tobacco is present in all of it’s lovely shapes and forms. Even overseas, though, there’s always that one health-nut naysayer who wants to look down on all the dippers and chewers in the crowd — next time he comes along, just drop this line.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
A photo shared by Hoda Muthana on her now-closed @ZumarulJannaTwitter account. (Twitter/ZumarulJannah)
The State Department announced Wednesday that notorious ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, a U.S.-born woman who left Alabama to join ISIS but began begging to return to the U.S. after recently deserting the terror group, is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed to return home.
A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the U.S. military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.
"That's the dumbest f******g idea I've ever heard," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly replied when Shanahan confirmed the Trump administration still plans to complete the Syria withdrawal by April 30.
Later, Graham told Shanahan, "I am now your adversary, not your friend."