We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I like women. I wouldn't want to do without them. But if I were making the case for men without women, I would find Maureen Dowd very useful. Glib, self-satisfied, and neither as smart nor as good looking as she thinks, she makes a long fishing trip with nothing but the guys and a case of scotch a pretty inviting prospect.
Bob Geldof: Buffoon. He thought Africans were so pathetic that they needed mediocre Western rock musicians to "help" them.
The sexism in Vet schools is approaching the crisis point. Or do girls just "love animals" more than guys? Why do you want to be a Vet? "I love animals." Sheesh. So be a farmer. Or get a rescue dog. What the world needs now is more hot babe dentists..."Why do you want to be a dentist?" "I love teeth."
>>>Glib, self-satisfied, and neither as smart nor as good looking as she thinks
Funny. That sums up a lot of unattached, thirty-something to forty-something professional women I know. "Where are the good men?" is a question I've heard repeatedly. I don't have the heart to tell any of them the truth, which is, "doing everything in their power to stay away from the mediocre women." Dowd's world view is just one more aspect of a false and foolish pride that a lot of us suffer from. That pride - a conviction that we're some hot s*** - is what keeps us from being good at our jobs, from being a good mate or a good friend. I think the pride that the good book was taking aim at was not the well-founded sense of accomplishment in a job well done, but the old testament version of self-esteem; an unearned and inflated sense of self-worth. Dowd just happens to be a particularly famous practitioner of this particular sin, but she has not cornered the market in it.
Jim ... You nailed it right on the noggin, as far as Maureen Dowd is concerned. Love that sentence: ..." the pride that the good book was taking aim at was not the well-founded sense of accomplishment in a job well done, but ... the unearned and inflated sense of self-worth." Yep ... Ms Dowd, like many narcissists, thinks we are just too stupid to understand her. And actually, it's the other way around, but she'll never believe it.
Also ,,, congratulations to Stewart Schwartz of American Thinker, for that wickedly funny take-down of Pinch Sulzberger [the Poofter] who is proving that "shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations" is not just 'an old saw' but a true 'saw.'