Monday, October 17, 2016

Gross indecency

Defending himself against another woman who accused him of "sexual misconduct," the Republican nominee said, "Take a look.  You take a look.  Look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think.  I don't think so."  And the crowd howled its agreement:  not hot enough to molest.

Now being of a historical turn of mind, I was reminded of the second trial of Oscar Wilde, the criminal trial in which he was a defendant.  Asked by the Crown Prosecutor if he had kissed  a certain boy in a brothel, Wilde replied, "Oh, no, he was much too ugly."  Which implied that other boys had come up to his standards.  Which was a straight shot to Reading Gaol.  Which is known in legal circles as Not Knowing When To Shut Up, because you think you're the smartest person in the room, which in Wilde's case was probably true but still got him two years at hard labor. 

You are not the smartest anything.  In the words of Walter Sobchak, "Shut the fuck up, Donnie."

Or don't.


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