Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mencken's Dictum


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11 comments:

Travis said...

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Edwin Voskamp said...

"There's makers, takers, and fakers."

I know everything slowed down, but I didn't know the writing business was this slow.

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Steve Perry said...

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Dan Moran said...

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Advertising is the true American art form.

Bobbe Edmonds said...

What's killing me is that we have no idea what these historical/religious figures actually looked like...All you're buying into is what DaVinci or Michelangelo rendered them as.
"How do you know it's Jesus?"

"Because it looks just like his picture!"

You may be preaching on Mencken in this post, but it's closer to P.T. Barnum's Dictum.

Dan Gambiera said...

Bobbe - odds are Jesus looked a lot more like Moishe Rabinowitz or Ahmed Elbaz than the straight-nosed pale-skinned Aryan Jesus everyone sees in paintings and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Steve Perry said...

Mencken and Barnum were intellectual brothers, insofar as how they viewed the American public.

There are a lot of smart folks out there in flyover country, but there are also a whooole lot of 'em for whom pouring piss out of a boot would blow out all their shop's wiring faster than a lightning bolt does a ten-amp fuse.

That people believe Jesus was a blue-eyed, blond-haired surfer dude just like the picture on the wall of the Methodist Sunday school wall boggles the mind; that they can see a likeness on a french fry induces amazement beyond one's ability to form words. You just can't get any traction: "Look, it's Jesus on my cheeseburger!"

Uh. Uh. Uh ...

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James said...

IN Clearwater, FL a picture, kind of in outline, appeared on a bank's window of Mary holding the Baby Jesus. It was at SR 60 and Highway 19. Soon, the faithful had erected a cross on the grounds. Then seating was arranged. Sermons were preached. Clearwater PD had off-duty details out the wazoo for traffic control as Christmas approached. Then some smart ass found and old DOT picture of the intersection that was taken as they renovated the road. In the background is the building with a picture painted on the window of, you guessed it, Mary holding the baby Jesus. Apparently, the artist had used some sort of oil-based paint that never really washed off. Then, as the sprinklers activated over the years, the solutes in the extremely hard ground water glommed onto the residual oil from the paint and created an iridescent outline of the former picture. Did it stop the sheep from flocking to the "holy" site. Nahh, this sort of thing is never influenced by logic and reason.

Steve Perry said...

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