Friday, 18 June 2010

Word Watching the O'blah blah bird!

More Cynicism | This Can't Be Happening:

Oh what a lovely little gem of a piece this is, made to make many of the bloggers I know smile or even laugh out loud. A historical piece explaining the origins of a word that is often misused and more often misunderstood when used, cynic, it rolls off the tongue so easily and is used as an epithet frequently and yet is it the case that it should be? The piece brings it right up to date and rolling happily up to O'Blahblahs door, to prove him either ignorant or a liar or both see what you think my friends, me? ..I laughed like a drain..
Two quotes to whet your appetite and give you some idea of the subject area, they are NOT the funniest by any on at the link above...enjoy

"So here we have two of the greatest minds in the first flower of civilization, and they’re saying, “Hey, this money thing we just invented, it’s wrecking our lives. It’s just a symbol. It doesn’t exist anywhere. The power we give it is enslaving us. Freedom is not a commodity that you purchase. When you worship money and the stuff you buy with money, you are enslaving yourself to a symbol of your own creation. This is idolatry, and you are missing your chance for real freedom.”

"So when Barack Obama says, as he did in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, “To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism, it is a recognition of history, the imperfections of man and the limits of reason,” he is exactly wrong, not to mention emitting a towering inferno of bullshit. When a politician wants to invade a country populated by brown people who live over oil, it is precisely a call to cynicism. It is not a call to service. It is not a call to be civil. It is not a call to ask what you can do for your country. It is a call to recognize that this is a President who advertised himself as a peace candidate and then escalated two wars and has constantly threatened a third; who advertised himself as a Constitutional scholar and is now pillaging the Bill of Rights; who had his wife plant an organic garden and then put Monsanto in charge of agriculture...I could go on. And on."

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