Part 1

Perhaps only in Iowa could a candidate for the Senate declare that her experience castrating pigs qualifies her for office.

Yes, OK, she means it as a wry, gateway metaphor for her promise to “cut pork.” But it’s precisely this promise, not the tasteless image of detesticled pigs, that I find most objectionable. The words have sound but signify nothing. And that’s the point, really. They are short on meaning, long on emotional resonance.  The promise to cut pork is comparable to promises to resuscitate the American Dream or restore the middle class, to bring change you can believe in or apply sane business practices, to transcend mere politics or be impregnable to the Washington Beltway ethos.  The words are lexical black holes into which all meaning disappears.  What’s left is an emotional residue, a purr or snarl substituting for substance.  That, and the cynicism that thinks that is enough.


Part 2

It’s always nice to know we can kill a sentient creature and feel righteously comfortable about it.

The Animal Welfare Institute and Farm Sanctuary, two animal welfare groups, have petitioned the Department of Agriculture to step up inspection efforts at poultry slaughterhouses, so that birds whose necks are not cut by an automatic knife are not dropped alive into scalding tanks.  A Deputy Administrator of the Food Safety Inspection Service says birds boiled to death in the scalding tanks violates the Poultry Products Inspection Act; therefore, the FSIS would “take action, because the animals would be dying other than by slaughter — they'd be drowning, and not slaughtered in a humane way."

I confess I struggle with the ethical distinction being made here.  Aren’t the birds being slaughtered in any event?  Does slaughtering a creature “in a humane way” even make sense?  Can the words “humane” and “slaughter” dwell in the same linguistic neighborhood?  Is dollying the adjective “humane” into place before the noun “slaughter” a kind of verbal juke to avoid ethical anxiety?  Emerson says, "You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”  Wouldn’t the really humane thing be not to slaughter the birds at all?

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Comment by James Mark Emmerling on June 29, 2014 at 2:33pm

Oops..meant IF u above ground

Comment by Arthur James on June 29, 2014 at 3:09pm


I hoe and do hope...

I no be under green sod,

and a ` Sheol & Hades -

Who'll dare explain BCE -

ERAS` O, u above ground -

Ya's still, O, u animated -

Ya' no seen O, dead inside -


I gotta preserve mulberries.

Interns and my son climb a

wild Mulberry Tree, and shake

Tree's Branches. Underneath -

Young People, Aspiring Farmers -

Gather Mulberries From Sheets -

I gotta Stuff Berries in Honey -

Maybe Later? Add a French Yeast -

And/OR Eat? Spoof? tease. Spoon -

Scoop Berries from Honey Jug Jar...

I gotta Prepare left over Good Grub.

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on June 30, 2014 at 2:00am

On me the tempest falls. It does not make me tremble. O holy Mother Earth, O air and sun, behold me. I am wronged. AESCHYLUS

ARTHUR (Excuse us Jerry. But. Well. When u post here, u must expect a high degree of Tomfoolery I hope u know)


I hope u not under the sod, of course, sir.

Down in Hades, maybe, speaking with the unbaptized souls of those Greek poets you so adore, like Aeschylus.


(jerry here is an a propos quote from PROMETHEUS BOUND, just so we keep on subject here, which is WORDS..

  • Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.
  • line 378,
  • comparable to "Apt words have power to suage / The tumours of a troubl’d mind", John Milton, Samson Agonistes)

The BCE eras ? Seems like just yesterday we were listening to Pericles prattle on , eh?

Animation, u say? Animated? Well, I have been told I remind people of a cartoon character. I dunno what the heck they talking about. I feel like the cartoon version of Alley Oop.


I wish they bring him back. OOP.



I don’t have pressing business with mulberries today, except maybe going around and around and around the mulberry bush. We kiddos ‘back in the day’ used to say that when the three ring circus came to town, and the circus folk (& ‘freaks’) integrated into our local society.


Here we go round the mulberry bush, we sang in unison.


Stay above ground for the near future. I predict, with confidence of a scholar, that things about to get interesting.

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on June 30, 2014 at 2:02am

Comment by Arthur James on June 30, 2014 at 3:28am


Goog Day...

Goofy too...

Howdy OOP!


I left the Creel Hut.

Now, I at the former

Bed Sack ` Sleep Inn

& Sweet. Hacker Op

So Nasty. The Doom!


WUMO - Today Cartoon -

The Ornithologist Is Putting

`, ' *' ` 8 - Eyeball Glasses


BUG ` Varmint Insect, and


This ` 8- Eye Pair on EYE



I gotta Reread Old Comments.

Most seem Odd? Jabberwocky.

WACKY as a `Comic WUMO.

I'll Share with ` kid ' but not

any goats who ` Under Ten.

Annabella enjoys` de Goofs.

She is happy that` DeNuccio

Not a naked nut `nude Squirrel,

OR an employee de` NASTY!

Comment by Arthur James on June 30, 2014 at 4:08am




I meant?

Theologian say a Moon

Was Invented so that IF

You get dismayed, and?

wander the dark nigh?

 The Moon shed beams,

and ` Gelato ' eaters '

walk in ` Moon Light '

and waddle ` Seeking '

a ` AMORE ' Gelato '

Bar ` For ' Midnight '

Refreshing ` Relief '




Amore is Bulgarian

Gelato,  ` a ' treat...

Aye, O, ` a ' amaze '

O, so ` fascinating '


Maybe it wise? hush?

and enjoy Gelato alone?

and slurp Leek Soup, and

Red Beets In Pickle Brine?

It sure is much safer? O, 1` a '

and no tell snoops`  too  muck?

as? Much. No Blurt ` secrets '

and IF` we tell ` 1 ' fool, ` a '

we/me ` spiel ' ` 2 ' ` a' world...

` GOSH '






Send Later.




Comment by James Mark Emmerling on June 30, 2014 at 1:10pm


Kosh i believe u about kazoo.

Variety show eh? With ventriloquests?

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on June 30, 2014 at 1:14pm

Ooops jerry sorry..this was meant for jon wolfmans blog...arthur drives me to distraction

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on June 30, 2014 at 1:15pm

Except for moon thing


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