Well, there I was browsing through Dr. Orly Taitz’s website when LO AND BEHOLD!!!, I discovered a bit of poetry buried amidst the ads and come-ons:
Far be it from me to criticize a fellow poet, but I just couldn’t say this one without it coming out as:
Save Old Glor-ly
Vote For Orly
There was no excuse for this. There are words that actually rhyme with “Orly.” For example:
Our Senate sorely
Needs our Orly!
We’re doing poorly,
So Vote For Orly!
So, as I cursed “Betty” for causing my tongue to make stupid sounds, I wondered why Dr. Taitz never used an actual poem by the American Bard, Charles Tanz??? The stirring poetic call to action, Anthem of Liberty. . .A Tribute to Orly Taitz. True, it is a little strained in places, like many of Tanz’s poems, but it is sincere. And, it’s faint praise. You can say that about it, too. Sooo, here it is, in all it’s glorly, I mean glory:
Here is the link to Charles’ website, where you can ponder some of his other timeless works like the epic Geronimo the Indian, and the tender Thank God It’s Only Chlamydia! And some anonymous little trouble maker asked him to do a poem on Fighting Sheriff Joe. Oh, I wonder who that could have been??? But I digress. Here’s the link:
Sooo, I think Dr. Taitz should post this poem on her website, so that all her fans can enjoy it. It is far more interesting, and poetic, than the current jingle. And it fits her and her followers. Truly, something in the poem just nails them. With faint praise.
Note 1. The Image Easter Egg. A CEL is defined as:
A transparent sheet of celluloid or similar film material that can be drawn on, used in the production of cartoons
And honestly, I can’t think of anything else that CEL could possibly mean. . .
Note 2. Damning With Faint Praise. Wiki says:
Damn with faint praise is an English idiom for words that effectively condemn by seeming to offer praise which is too moderate or marginal to be considered praise at all. In other words, this phrase identifies the act of expressing a compliment so feeble that it amounts to no compliment at all, or even implies a kind of condemnation.
The concept can be found in the work of the Hellenistic sophist and philosopher, Favorinus (c. 110 AD), who observed that faint and half-hearted praise was more harmful than loud and persistent abuse.
The explicit phrasing of the modern English idiomic expression was first published by Alexander Pope in his 1734 poem, “Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot” in Prologue to the Satires.
Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer;
Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike,
Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike.
— “Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot” by Alexander Pope (1688–1744)