Thursday, September 14, 2006

Several years ago, I was staying in a hotel in Montreal. The hotel provided a complimentary morning newspaper, and somehow magically they knew I was an Anglophone, so the paper was the English-language Toronto Globe and Mail. I was reading that rather staid newspaper one morning, and stumbled across this article[1].

The article is about a woman named Black Diamond and her band of female guerillas in Liberia. Apparently, they are quite vicious, and widely feared “by friend and foe alike”. I have to imagine I have at least one ex-girlfriend among them. Regardless, the part I liked best about the article was the following quotation:

"These women have no pity, no sympathy," said Cpl. Thompson W. Dahn of Taylor's Anti-Terrorist Unit militia, who went up against Black Diamond's women earlier this month. "They shoot, they get naked themselves, and they drive me fearful."

Now I really like that last line. A lot. Enough to have remembered it for 3 years, so I could trot it out now for your reading pleasure. Here it is again:

"They shoot, they get naked themselves, and they drive me fearful."

Another part of the article that impressed me was attributed to Jacques Klein, the top United Nations official for Liberia:

"Women are always to be feared. Have you been to Florida? It is full of women with blue hair who have killed their husbands."

Smug motherfucker, isn’t he? I suppose it is too much to hope that Black Diamond got naked and kicked his ass into the next continent after the article was written. No wonder men get a bad rap. If he’s married, I can only imagine that his wife is thinking about moving to Florida soon herself.

At any rate, we men need to ask ourselves what we can learn from this news article. I would suggest that it teaches us a) you can only fuck women over for so long before they kick your ass, and b) if you’re in Tubmanburg, Liberia, you might want to keep your sexist comments to yourself.

As a final note, after re-reading the article for this blog entry, I decided that the next time I go out for cocktails I’m going to “celebrate with many mortars”, and drink a toast to women everywhere who shoot, get naked themselves, and drive me fearful.

- Hulles

[1] The link is to the AP article in the St. Petersburg Times, not the Globe and Mail.


Heart Of Darkness said...

"They shoot, they get naked themselves, and they drive me fearful."????

Now I wont be able to get that line out of my head for at least 3 years! *sigh*

Hulles said...

Now you know how I felt for the last three years. Luckily I could expunge the line in this blog. You have to admit, though, it is pretty catchy. I have found it difficult to use in conversation, however. The explanation that goes with the quotation has people yawning and looking at their watches fairly quickly, at least the way I tell it. Or maybe it's just the short attention span of my friends. C'est la vie.

Hulles said...

And heart, I also like how your eyes show up on comment. It looks so very mysterious and (may I say it) sexy....