COMMENT OF THE WEEK
I Miss Fafblog Commentator of the Week, Spot!
What Do We Have Here?
A bringing of the Panopticon question out of the abstract “a society” example and the giving to us of a relatable real-world example:
Who says anything about preventing terrorist attacks? George Orwell theorized about how the fear of attack can be used to support the powers that be, and George Bush showed it could be put into practice. —MarkC
Possibly the most beautiful prose ever written in a scatological bent:
After a midnight repast of delicious leftover Roasted Asparagus, I became aware during my morning tinkles, of an odor in my pee most foul! I shall dedicate my afternoon to this mystery. —Pope Benedict XVI
A deleted duplicate comment:
A seemingly random musing:
who’s kissing me
An inability to keep the party in chips:
I keep running out of chips. Is that normal? —thepuppethead
A parting shot from mistah charley, ph.d.:
If there can be a major general, and a captain major, and a lieutenant colonel, why can’t there be a col. col.?
But actually, that was a typo, as was the failure to close the italics after the book title. —mistah charley, ph.d. (That was on 5/25/07. We don’t mind about the italics, come on back. I Miss mistah charley, ph.d., Spot!)
No, wait. It was this that was possibly the most beautiful prose ever written in a scatological bent:
“And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send “One Mighty and Strong”, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God…” […] Paging Mr. Romney… —Joseph Smith, Doctrines and Covenants (via: William of Malmsbury)
And finally, and winningestly, an admonishment of these very awards:
‘Go, throng each other’s drawing-rooms,
Ye idols of a petty clique:
Strut your brief hour in borrowed plumes
And make your penny-trumpets squeak:
Deck your dull talk with pilfered shreds
Of learning from a nobler time,
And oil each other’s little heads
With mutual Flattery’s golden slime:…’
—Lewis Carroll’s, Fame’s Penny Trumpet (via: William of Malmsbury)
Yes, he’s our favorite “twelfth century monk/historian with a taste for accuracy, and posting quotes in avowedly librul blogs,” and based upon the content of his comment, let’s hope he also has a soft spot for the goadingly ironic. Nicely done, William of Malmsbury!
Thanks, and sorry about Teh Late.
—The Awards Committee