Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Just Awful

One of the truly worst things that can happen on a train, in the realm of minor annoyances, is having a loud mouthed, self-styled know-it-all sitting anywhere near you. My dying iPod was acting up, so despite wanting to just read my book, I was unable to drown him out.

Instead, I had to sit there and listen to the profoundly pig ignorant spoutings of a man who was not only blindingly simplistic in his thinking, but wrong about everything to boot.

He came on the train with a female companion and the most priceless portion of his ranting was that "women just want to run their mouths," followed by a nearly uninterrupted, thirty minute lecture on everything under the sun. It takes a special kind of stupid to be that blind to the irony implicit in this behavior, a truly amazing brand of self-ignorance.

However, because I'm allergic to being knifed, I tend to not respond to this kind of hectoring, bullying mental midget, but, boy, do I seethe like nobody's business.

11 comments:

Sarah said...

Was he a supreme court justice?

(The opinion, generally: we women have to be protected from ourselves, because we're incapable of making decisions, and if we're allowed to run around getting abortions any old time we'll end up hysterical and depressed and stop making babies for the State. See Griswold v. Carhart, 2007.)

Alley Cat said...

I knew an attorney who said she objected to a unit in one of her law school classes in the 1960's entitled something like "Idiots, Imbeciles, Infants and Women."

The Critic said...

In a similar vein, then, let me solicit opinions as to this article's overarching premise (not its candidate specifics necessarily):

http://nymag.com/news/features/46011/

Anonymous said...

too bad that ipod didn't have a record button...

.the man-on-the-street tomato.

Citizen Carrie said...

Overarching premise? I've been thinking about this for over 24 hours now and I still can't figure it out. If you could tell me what the overarching premise is, I'd be happy to comment.

(I can picture The Critic reading this and going, "What's the use?")

The Critic said...

That a fourth wave of feminism is gathering steam and that the candidacy of HRC might have been the goad that finally set things off. I guess by not being candidate specific I meant that I didn't think one way or the other it was likely to benefit any one candidate, but that younger women who had taken much for granted right now might be re-evaluating that stance.

A & D said...

I wish you would've snapped a photo of this guy.. if only with your cell even. It would've been nice to get an idea of the source of your bleeding eardrums looked like.

A & D said...

"It would've been nice to get an idea of the source of your bleeding eardrums looked like."
Wow.. learn to reread before posting, Dave.

flaky genius said...

"self-styled know-it-all"
"but wrong about everything to boot"

how would you know unless ...

The Critic said...

flaky,

"women just want to run their mouths"

"the trouble with kids these days is that you ain't allowed to hit 'em anymore."

"everybody, i mean, everybody believes in god."

his self-styled know-it-allness was paired with a rather self-evident lack of accuracy.

Alley Cat said...

Fourth wave of feminism? It might be happening now, but I think to a much lessor extent than the good old bra-burning days of the 1960's. Now, we'd have to deal with lobotomized Rush Limbaugh DittoHeads, which would be a fate worse than death. It would be like having to try to have serious discussions with non-stop screaming hyenas.