October 13, 2005

You meet someone and the first thing he has to say is that people like you should be shot -- twice!

And yet the man was attempting to make a good impression. What could possibly be happening?

Another "He is the box"-style topic for Althouse commenters.

ADDED: The speaker was definitely referring to a gun. Not a camera, as many commenters have guessed. And his attempt to make a good impression did not succeed.

14 comments:

Sloanasaurus said...

Perhaps he is an ex-communist engaging in some "totalitarian humor" regarding your use of the freedom to speak.

SippicanCottage said...
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Scipio said...

Not this old saw, again.

peter hoh said...

Someone who would like to sell you a stereoscope portrait.

Robert said...

You're a lawyer, and he's trying to be funny.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Clearly he's a photographer trying to engage a new model.

peter hoh said...

Playboy is scouting for a "Babes of Blogland" pictorial, and the photographer sent to Madison wanted to get two of Ann -- one nice and one naughty.

Gene C Evans said...

His name is Markos Moulitsas and he thinks he is being generous; most conservatives rate three shots.


Gene

Ryan Hatch said...

You met this guy at Borders before, and told us that he asked what you do for a living. You said you were a law professor. Trying to sound erudite and at the same time play on widespread popular hatred of lawyers, he mentions the Shakespeare quote "First, let's shoot all the lawyers."

But he gets the quote wrong: it's "kill", not shoot, but he doesn't know it.

And then he chuckles, and I picture that he is the only one laughing.

You meet the same guy again, maybe he's a cashier at the Borders cafe. And you order the same drink, and maybe even wearing the same outfit that day, but he doesn't remember you from before.

He makes the same pathetic small talk, repeating the comment about what shakespeare wrote.

Hence, "You meet someone and the first thing he has to say is that people like you (i.e. lawyers) should be shot--twice."

The "twice" referring to how many times he made the same inane remark, not how many times you should be shot.

It's pathetic on so many levels that it works beautifully.

Ann Althouse said...

Ryan: Very close. The other post was about a salesman at Marshall Fields who told that joke "What do you call a bus load of lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start." This guy, who was introduced to me and another female lawprof, announced that he had a joke -- it's an old one -- "What would you do if you had a gun with only two lawyers and in front of you were Saddam Hussein, a snake, and a lawyer?" Answer: "Shoot the lawyer twice." I told him it was an old joke. I didn't bother saying, it's pretty gauche to say you think people like me should be shot. Or: telling jokes is really not very cool and is in no way an indication of a good sense of humor.

John R Henry said...

I agree that is it very bad taste to tell these kinds of jokes to lawyers. Just a total lack of class.

But that raises another question that I have wondered about you and several other lawprofs that I read.

Are law professors lawyers? I know you went to law school and have a law degree. But did you pass the bar exam and do you keep your bar membership current?

Just curious.

John Henry

Ann Althouse said...

John: That varies. Most of us were admitted somewhere, me in NY for example. I don't keep my membership current, so I'm officially "retired" from the practice of law, and I've never been a member of the Wisconsin bar though I've lived here 20 years. I don't practice law, so in that sense I'm not a lawyer. I was a lawyer. I wonder if someone wanted to shoot lawyers if I could convince him not to shoot me!

Noumenon said...

The harder you tried to convince him you were technically not a lawyer, the more convinced he would become in his belief that he ought to shoot you!

CM said...

You could always respond, "Hey, that's a good one. Here's one for you: a salesman walks into a bar. The bartender shoots him and everyone applauds."