The actual phrase is hoist with his own petard and and emanates from Shakespeare's play, Hamlet. It's basically the drama wherein, a bomb-maker blows himself up.
It's poetic; and, it's justice.
Let it work,
For ’tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petard; and ’t shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon. O, ’tis most sweet
When in one line two crafts directly meet.
— Prince Hamlet, in Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4
If you've ever laughed your ass off watching videos from that world of 6th-Century, Dirt-Scratching Savages blowing themselves up whilst giving instruction on suicide-bomb operation, you know exactly what Shakespeare means. I can't imagine a scene more cathartic. It's even more cathartic when women and children are included amongst the resultant hamburger...
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." — Henry David Thoreau
I never mince words.
The search function here at FTA indicates I've used this specific 'petard' reference 12 times going back to 2006. It used to be a favorite of AnCaps.
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Don't get the wrong idea. Read through to the summary...
...A few days ago I got a bit of shock and turmoil from a years-long correspondent in the UK. Older dude, sends me stuff he finds interesting very often—sometimes several per day. And I maintained the correspondence because he did often shoot me stuff that was not run-of-the-mill.
Over the years I've learned, for example, that there's some Catholic Cardinals with deep intellectual minds who can write (as well as other Catholic intellectuals). I rather like reading a well-thought piece from a Cardinal that intersects with secular philosophy and science. Never forget: I'm an integrator, synthesizer, and dot-connector. And in that vein and contrast, the quotidien politics and social antagonism is often quite a laugh for me—as people now make popcorn to watch the CNN, MSNBC, and FoxNews entertainment channels.
Recently, my correspondent began sending me gotcha stuff about the whole Epstein, et al and et al morass. I told him I don't really care that much about any of it, never have, and I told him why.
Paraphrasing—since I deleted the thread after awarding him a block for life—it's something like this: "you're a pedophile and I'm embarrassed to have ever communicated with you!"
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