Gut Rumbles

November 19, 2003


I had a conversation with a fellow blogger today about trolls. She believes that all trolls are typical passive-aggressive personalities. I disagree. I believe that trolls are simply assholes.

I took a lot of supervisory skills training over the years and I recognize a passive-aggressive response when I see one. That's the catty remark, the barbed compliment and the insult dripping with honey. I use that technique myself sometimes. It's very effective when your goal is to piss someone off while smiling like an angel in his or her face when you do it. It works.

Trolls are not that subtle. They are simply assholes.

I prefer the aggressive-aggressive approach myself, because it suits my nature, but there is a lot to be said for the left-handed insult, the passive-aggressive slant. Wimmen are BORN knowing how to do it with consumate skill. Listen to them sometimes.

"Oh, Lola, that black dress looks really GOOD on you! If I didn't know better, I'd think you lost 20 pounds!" (Translation: Lola, you're still FAT! You're just trying to hide it.)

That's passive-aggressive, and that's what wimmen do. Guys are much more likely to say, "Jim, you look like Fido's ass in that suit. What homeless guy did you steal that piece of shit from? It looks like you slept in it and it smells like you pissed in it. Goddam, man! Where's your pride?" (Translation: well... that suit looks like shit and I never liked you anyway, Jim.)

Of course, scenes such as those are why guys have fistfights at parties and wimmen seldom do. Wimmen just go home all bitched-up and take their wrath out on their innocent husbands. That's passive-aggressive behavior.

Cats are passive-aggressive most of the time. That's why I hate them.


Jesus H. Christ, Acidman. If my dog looked like you I'd shave his ass and teach him to walk backwards!

How's that for the direct approach?

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on November 19, 2003 09:33 PM

Gawdammit Rob,

Just cause I buy my suits from Fido's Tailors for the Big, Tall and WIDE of ass, you don't gotta POINT IT OUT to the whole blogosphere. Sheesh.

Besides, I took Kim DuToit's tip today and showered in Febreze. Bum piss, hah! Take THAT! Besides, that wasn't piss you smelled anyway. It was just my Eau de Frenchman colonge.

And, with all your management training? Have you forgotten EVERYthing they taught you about time & motion studies? EFFECEINCY, for crying out loud?

I save valuable TIME by sleeping in my suits, man!

But, thank you for noticing my 20 lb. loss, I thought you'd never mention it.


Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on November 19, 2003 10:22 PM

roger that, trolls are most definitely assholes. I was unfortunate to have one visit my blog on a daily basis. He wanted to bitch on every entry. He hated everything I said, about anything. Fuck him. If he didn't like my content, he shouldn't visit my blog. And if he had that much to say, he should get his own blog. I banned him and deleted all his shit. I'm not going to pay to host his comments.

Jennifer Martinez sends

Posted by: Jennifer Martinez on November 20, 2003 08:06 AM

I don't remember using "typical." Maybe "typical" and "passive-aggressive" are contradictions in terms. When you're talking about a psychological anomaly, there is no "typical."

BUT if someone wants to be an asshole, and they ALSO want to remain anonymous, then they ARE passive aggressive. Period. By definition.

Women that lie to protect the feelings of other women are just speaking another language. I personally do not speak it very well, but I understand it. And don't think for a minute that the intended receiver of the sugar-coated insult doesn't get it. They do.

We're not stupid. We know when we're being insulted. I don't like the extreme variety of women that sugar coat EVERYTHING. That makes us all want to gag. But you have to give credit where credit is due. We have managed to come up with a language that can be used to severely insult someone without burning a bridge.

I--reluctantly, because I don't LIKE it any more than you do--call that creativity.

Posted by: Key on November 20, 2003 10:03 AM

The asshole in question is back, by the way.
Enetation is down, so my comments are locked.

I can't edit, block or delete.


I may just have to kill enetation. I'd lose all of my comments, I guess, but it's only 2 weeks worth.

Posted by: Key on November 20, 2003 10:41 AM

They're assholes. The easiest way to see this is that they prefer to prey on chick bloggers. Andrea, The Mrs. and michele get about 300x more crap than any 50 male bloggers combined.

Posted by: Kim du Toit on November 20, 2003 12:12 PM

99% of all psychology is bullshit. An asshole is an asshole.

Posted by: Larry on November 20, 2003 01:50 PM

Yeah, okay.

He/she/it IS an asshole.

But he/she/it is also fucking psycho.

Posted by: Key on November 20, 2003 04:53 PM

I like cats. They're passive-agressive little beasts; couldn't agree with you more there. My sister will bother our cat, but she won't get bit until up to a week later. My cat is an atrocious little animal.

But she's cute when she plays with string, so we keep her.

Posted by: Joanna L. on November 21, 2003 08:39 AM
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