In your comments, be polite. Some of you are close to passing the line into overt hostility towards some of the more liberal commenters, and I won’t accept that. I am the only one who is allowed to be a bombastic jerk flying off the handle and frothing at the mouth.
It’s funny watching Oliver “Uncle Fester” Willis scramble to give his strained replies to every criticism of the motives and actions of his beloved Party.
On the bright side, you never fly off the handle and foam at the mouth simultaneously. It’s always one or the other… : )
Off topic but curious:
to JKC or anyone else that knows… where did the expression “fly off the handle” originate? Is it related to an errant axe head?
John Cole’s request is fair, it’s his house. I only get nasty when posting on “Washngton Mouthy.”
Francis W. Porretto
John, your post reminds me of a scene from the Illuminatus! trilogy, in which a demented midget runs about exploiting the fact that the Midget can easily pose as the Management. For example, in a swank restaurant, where only the wealthy elite dine, he puts a sign that says:
WATCH YOUR HAT AND COAT
NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST PROPERTY
…and the restaurant, its blueblood clientele faith in the establishment shaken, goes out of business.
Stretches the imagination, doesn’t it?
“The expression to fly off the handle stems from the crude fit of handmade axe handles in American pioneer days to axe heads made in the East. Axe heads often flew off their handle while woodsmen were chopping down trees or preparing firewood, sometimes injuring the axeman or people nearby. The suddenness of this and the trouble it caused was a natural analogy for losing one