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That's the specific bacillus responsible for turning judges into arrogant asses, lecturing and hectoring self-importantly from the bench.
More likely, it was because they were too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cell phones, arranging power lunches and stock transactions, each of which translated, conveniently out of sight, mind and smelling distance into the starved and rotting flesh of infants.
And Ben was there, too, standing self-importantly alongside the body, but when his eyes met hers, he held up his hand to stop her coming closer.
His targets were and are the myths and prejudices that shape most people's perception of the Catholic Church, views of the Church as monolithic, static, and self-importantly infallible on just about everything.
We have gone from being one small part of creation--who thought of ourselves a little self-importantly as rather separate from it--to the central player.
He was one of two men in their early 20s whom I overheard talking authoritatively, maybe a little self-importantly, about supplies for a health clinic in Algiers.
The constant Brooks-ian undertone of Borscht Belt humor was a wonderful backdrop to the self-importantly Goyishe world of big-time espionage.
Ophelia smiled indulgently as her father and brother warned her, self-importantly but affectionately, against her relationship with Hamlet, and giggled hysterically when Laertes reluctantly fulfilled his brotherly duty to warn her against the dangers of sex.
Several smart but indistinguishable young men in dark suits (from the University's Corporate Communications arm) fuss with microphones, direct latecomers to the remaining seats and strut self-importantly around the platform.
He wryly mocks the Fascists and their habit of strutting about self-importantly.
You naively and self-importantly think it's going to alter his thinking in any way when he says he will consider it in reviewing policies.