The hatchet’s buried right over there

In 1967, a spaghetti Western turned up over here with the title God Forgives … I Don’t. Which is perhaps odd, since according to Charita Goshay, the latter option is usually exercised by women:

Though Obama used George W. Bush’s presidency to club McCain over the head, and even though everyone knows Obama’s going to unravel virtually everything Bush has done, Bush took the gracious step this week of inviting the Obamas to the White House, even before the voting machines had a chance to cool off.

Why? Because they’re guys. Guys can do that.

It’s one of the characteristics I like most about men. They can pound on one another like cheap steak, yet somehow are able to leave it on the field. Those who can’t get tagged as vengeful paranoids, a la Richard Nixon, or thin-skinned crybabies who do not play well with others.

Women, on the other hand:

Newsweek magazine reports that Obama was dismayed when, at one point, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton refused to shake his hand on the Senate floor.

Sounds about right. Obama probably should consider himself lucky he didn’t end up on the floor.

That’s because women can hold a grudge until Jesus returns. We can recall details from an argument in 1982 — and what you were wearing.

I can vouch for 1981, anyway.

Incidentally, the protagonist in that spaghetti Western was named “Cat Stevens.” I wonder if at any point he was being followed by a moon shadow.


  1. Kay Dennison »

    17 November 2008 · 4:56 pm

    I think I saw that film. I loved spaghetti westerns — they were so bad they were good!

    I’m so glad you like Charita. She is a local treasure. That was one of her best to date. She always give me a laugh with her insights on the human condition — even when the jokes on me. I noticed it in women’s sports when my daughter was growing up — girls play team sports differently — they snipe at each other nonstop rather than throw a punch. Frankly, I think I prefer the latter to the former but then I was a tomboy type and preferred sandlot hockey with the boys to ballet lessons.

  2. Tom »

    17 November 2008 · 5:09 pm

    Hillary would then be the obvious choice for Secretary of State. If anyone could pull off the simultaneous assassination of the President, Vice President, Speaker of the House and Senant pro tem, Hillary Clinton could.

  3. fillyjonk »

    18 November 2008 · 9:26 am

    I hate to say this (because I tend to get accused of being a misogynist, or, at best, not being “a sister”), but I do think there’s some truth to the assertion that women “fight dirtier” and never drop a grudge. And then they sweeten it up under the cover of “BFFs” and all other kinds of icky pseudo-sweetness.

    I always wondered at the ads some of the sorority girls would put in the campus newspaper, talking about how they “loved” their chapter sisters and such and such. I was never a sorority girl myself (it’s a tossup between “they wouldn’t have me, not in a million years” and “that kind of female-bonding stuff makes me want to throw up”). Really? “Love”? I can’t quite see it, having lived for one unfortunate year in an all-female dorm.

    Or maybe I have a stricter definition of the word than some people do.

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