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Updated: 2018-01-17T11:53:43.809-06:00

 



Not all mustaches are authoritarian. Einstein had ...

2005-04-30T18:52:00.000-05:00

Not all mustaches are authoritarian. Einstein had a humanitarian mustache. I think I'll grow one myself.



oh, an ode to the moustache:what can make a man lo...

2005-04-18T22:53:00.000-05:00

oh, an ode to the moustache:

what can make a man look instantly

low class
insecure
obscured
unattractive
poorly educated or
highly educated but foppish (dandy)

You got it - a moustache

ranks up there with potbellies in attractiveness for me.

beards are okay - as are goatees, soul patches (yeah i know they are 5 minutes ago - actually 10... - Im just talking aesthetics, not fashion)...anything else but moustaches.



Hmmmm...What would make me look like 70's gay porn...

2005-04-17T19:03:00.000-05:00

Hmmmm...What would make me look like 70's gay porn star *and* lower my IQ 15 points?

I know, a mustache!

You are so right.

bohemianlikeyou



On reflection, I see I failed to include an import...

2005-04-17T10:30:00.000-05:00

On reflection, I see I failed to include an important piece of the Chesterton quote: "When one is fond of anything one addresses it by diminutives, even if it is an elephant or a life-guardsman."



Speaking as a man married seven years to a woman w...

2005-04-17T10:18:00.000-05:00

Speaking as a man married seven years to a woman who has never seen my philtrum (and never wants to, to judge from her comments when I've mentioned shaving), I'd have to say that you're only half right.

On the one hand, a moustache can suggest that you are mean. Chesterton said, "If military moustaches did not suggest a sword..." which means, of course, that they do suggest a sword.

But the broader context of his remarks should be considered, as it is relevant to this matter. "If military moustaches did not suggest a sword or tusks a tail, then the object would be vast because it would be immeasurable. But the moment you can imagine a guardsman you can imagine a small guardsman. The moment you really see an elephant you can call it 'Tiny.'"

This is the other half of the puzzle. You can be frightened by a moustache or a sword, or you can find them comforting. It depends on whether the object belongs to a barbarian or a guardsman: whether it is a weapon that might harm you, or a weapon that protects you.

One of my son's first phrases was "mean daddy!" And it was true, as far as it went -- he would exclaim it while being tickled or sprayed with a garden hose. But he meant it with both love and joy.

I think my wife feels the same way. They are glad of the moustache, and the spirit that goes with it, because it is on their side.



I think I may have experienced less difficulties i...

2005-04-17T04:35:00.000-05:00

I think I may have experienced less difficulties in trusting Michael Schiavo had he been moustacheless...



"The beard without a mustache look should have gon...

2005-04-17T00:31:00.000-05:00

"The beard without a mustache look should have gone to the grave along with Abraham Lincoln."

I work with a guy who has a beard without a mustache. I hardly give it any thought now but, when I notice it, it always occurs to me that he looks Amish.



lmeade, heaven forbid! I will indeed reconsider at...

2005-04-16T23:34:00.000-05:00

lmeade, heaven forbid! I will indeed reconsider at such time as my daughter no longer covers for my flaws.



"I think Bolton found his look and is sticking to ...

2005-04-16T23:27:00.000-05:00

"I think Bolton found his look and is sticking to it even though his shirt has a stranglehold on him and his tie twitches and turns involuntarily. Is it possible she's projecting her own secret desires on to innocent haberdashery?"

Are you suggesting Ms. Givhan wishes to be ravished by Mr. Bolton? Or would like to ravish Mr. Bolton?



A shame Bolton doesn't read the NYTimes's styles p...

2005-04-16T23:26:00.000-05:00

A shame Bolton doesn't read the NYTimes's styles page. Otherwise he could take a few lessons in looking nice, not mean, from Robin Finn's favorite "metrosexual" Columbia Arab Studies professor, Joseph Massad.



Careful, mcg, that as soon as that beautiful child...

2005-04-16T23:15:00.000-05:00

Careful, mcg, that as soon as that beautiful child grows up and your hair begins to thin, you don't begin looking like V.I.



In spite of being part of the over-50 crowd, the g...

2005-04-16T23:01:00.000-05:00

In spite of being part of the over-50 crowd, the growth of my facial hair is as spotty as that of an adolescent. When I have grown mustaches (with beards) in years past, it has left my philtrum exposed. So, would that give me a friendly mustache?



I thought that was called the "Air Intake". You kn...

2005-04-16T22:24:00.000-05:00

I thought that was called the "Air Intake". You know, for drinking beer out of a bottle...

Dirk



You know, I always thought Prime Minister John Maj...

2005-04-16T20:52:00.000-05:00

You know, I always thought Prime Minister John Major was a goofy looking fellow, but until I read this post I did not have the precise words to explain why. It's his gigantic philtrum!



I used to have hair below my shoulders. I cut it o...

2005-04-16T20:35:00.000-05:00

I used to have hair below my shoulders. I cut it off 5 years ago, but felt I ought to grow a little on the face to make up for the loss. Now, mean is most certainly not the look I was going for. And I don't think I did.

OK, I cheated. Nobody can look mean with that accessory :)



""Kissing some naked thing" -- is that so terrible...

2005-04-16T20:24:00.000-05:00

""Kissing some naked thing" -- is that so terrible?"

Only when you're used to kissing a fuzzy thing. ;-)



i rekin i luk rite hamsom with my berd!

2005-04-16T20:12:00.000-05:00

i rekin i luk rite hamsom with my berd!



Ms. Givhens would have the same complaints about D...

2005-04-16T20:00:00.000-05:00

Ms. Givhens would have the same complaints about Dr. Red Duke but would do very well in his hands if she needed a trauma surgeon ... and his 'stache don't match his hair, either.



With mustaches (and beards) neatness counts. I'm n...

2005-04-16T19:54:00.000-05:00

With mustaches (and beards) neatness counts. I'm not sure how attractive or friendly Bolton would look with perfectly stylish hair, or if it matters all that much.



When I think of mustaches, I think of Tom Selleck....

2005-04-16T19:46:00.000-05:00

When I think of mustaches, I think of Tom Selleck. Now, you can't tell me that this looks mean, and this looks nice, can you?

BTW, I knew a man who wore a mustache, to cover his harelip. Do you think Ms. Givhan would feel any embarrassment or shame if she found out that was the reason Bolton hides his philtrum?



Mustaches make men look mean? Clark Gable? Ronald ...

2005-04-16T19:37:00.000-05:00

Mustaches make men look mean? Clark Gable? Ronald Colman? Errol Flynn?



Mr. Bolton's decidedly un-diplomatic dress, from h...

2005-04-16T19:32:00.000-05:00

Mr. Bolton's decidedly un-diplomatic dress, from his shoes to his hair, has become his own uniform. It sets him apart. And I think it is deliberate. He _isn't_ your mother's ambassador. That's why this Cox & Forkum" is so brilliant.

He has created a public personna that so many comment about. All of the comments from tight neck of his shirt to the color of his tie seem to whine "He's not a very nice fellow"!

GOOD!

It's about time a guy who thinks like the average American, who dresses like the average American, represents the average American to the world. Like he wears a Blue Suit one size too small...only when someone's kids get hitched.

Cold beer, hot wings
Wranglers, Skoal ring
Get just what you see
Gun rack, ball cap
Don't take no crap
Ain't a pretty boy-toy
I'll rock you steady
Rough and ready, baby



Yup.



Givhan said Bolton's haircut was rude and his mous...

2005-04-16T18:34:00.000-05:00

Givhan said Bolton's haircut was rude and his moustache was mean. I'm not sure, but didn't she also say his eyebrows were menacing? No word on his sideburns.

I think Bolton found his look and is sticking to it even though his shirt has a stranglehold on him and his tie twitches and turns involuntarily. Is it possible she's projecting her own secret desires on to innocent haberdashery?



"Kissing some naked thing" -- is that so terrible?...

2005-04-16T18:27:00.000-05:00

"Kissing some naked thing" -- is that so terrible?



I like facial hair on men. My husband is under st...

2005-04-16T17:55:00.000-05:00

I like facial hair on men. My husband is under strict orders to never shave his mustache. He did that once and kissing him felt like kissing some naked thing and it was really freaky.

Honestly... I think that commercials implying to guys that sexy women love a face that's as smooth as a baby butt are mostly just trying to sell razors.