Readers Write. . .
From Byter Nic K, in response to the quotation and comments on the “If by Whiskey” speech of Noah S “Soggy” Sweat Jnr:
First, I should thank you for your continued labours. It is a great service you provide. I know it takes a lot of time. I look forward to it every day.
Secondly, I want to disagree that "If by whisky" is an example of political doublespeak. Rather, it is an example of a rare and rousing call for compromise. In his poetically crafted speech, he eloquently tells - with equal passion - both sides of an old and heated debate. In doing so, he points out the truth in both arguments and, thereby, makes a mockery of the dogma intrinsic in each. He subtly and ironically showed up everyone. More's the pity - but no wonder - he didn't get a second term.
If when you say compromise you mean unwillingness to commit to a position; the lack of moral fibre to make a stand and stay with it; the cowardly adopted position of the quisling, the profiteer, the betrayer of those who have entrusted their faith in the person who then compromises their ideals and wishes, then I am against it.
If however when you say compromise you mean an attempt to achieve a workable solution that, whilst not being 100% of what was sought is still a viable and realistic solution to a problem, the middle of the road position that avoids extremism, the sacrifice of some of what is sought to achieve a favourable overall result, then certainly I am for it.
This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.
In the words of Byter Giovanni’s neck tattoo, that’s how I roll.
However, to also quote Groucho Marx, "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."
Sent to me by son homas
At first when I saw this cartoon I understood it to be another version of Napoleon’s observation that "Religious wars are basically people killing each other over who has the better imaginary friend."
I couldn’t understand, though, why the opposing army in the cartoon had the same emblem on their banners as that of the speaker so I simply assumed that the speaker was addressing his own ranks with the opposing army not shown.
Then I came across a different explanation that gave an even greater level nd deeper meaning to the cartoon.
Note the following:
Here is the Duck God featured on the banners of the army in the above cartoon:
However, is it not also a rabbit looking upwards?
Look at these:
So what does that do to the cartoon?
Is the message of the cartoon that whether you see a duck or a rabbit depends on your perspective, much like the doctrines of religions?
You will have to work it out yourself from here, I will simply quote another comment from an anonymous author: "And on the 8th day God created a bunch of other religions. Just to fuck with mankind."