No doubt I have been guilty of this in the past although I've tried to tone it down a bit recently.
Then there are others who like to throw out these outrageous comments for shock value and usually someone will take the bait and pretty soon we're ALL lining up choosing sides. This also applies to the political discussions on the non-aviation threads.
Let's face it, some people just like to argue for the sake of it. It certainly makes the forums more... ahem... "interesting". JMHO