There is a headline at ObamaReleaseYourRecords which screams:
EXCERPT: When you consider the facts, Obama’s birth certificate is null and void… and then…so is his presidency. Think about it. It’s not gossip its a crime.
Worse yet our Leader’s out of shear incompetence have failed in their basic duty to protect and defend the rule of law “The Constitution” and their sworn oath’s to do the same. – […] Continued below or here. Note: Scribd doc may still be processing.
What got my attention was the “shear incompetence” language. I am far from being a spelling Nazi, but you have to admit, when Party A accuses Party B of sheer incompetence, they oughta at least spell the phrase correctly. The notable lack of competence doesn’t end there, or this article never would have been written.
The next instance of sheer incompetence occurs when you actually try to click on the story. Because I was really interested in which psuedo-reporter couldn’t spell sheer incompetence. I just got sent to scribd, where the alleged article is still loading. Since 10 hours ago it has been loading. So, I checked around a little, and guess what? Some more incompetence! There is no Washington Times article. What there is, is just another stupid ad at The Washington Times. Which, if you look at the ORYR link above, it clearly says “new-washington-times-ad” in the link. But not the headline, which leads to a result which is both incompetent, and misleading.
Sooo, here is the ad, which you can click on to make larger:
And there you find the titillating excerpt about gossip and crime and shear incompetence. And Leader’s should be Leaders. And the phrase “out of shear incompetence” should be spelled correctly and set off in commas. And then. . . Oh heck, just let me rewrite it for them.
Worse yet, our Leaders, out of sheer incompetence, have failed in their basic duty to protect and defend the rule of law, “The Constitution”, and their sworn oaths to do the same.
What is that, like eight mistakes in one sentence? Jeeesh! I am afraid to read the rest of it.
Note 1. The Image. This is the Temptation of St. Anthony by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1556. St. Anthony was the subject of many paintings, and a book by Gustave Flaubert. The hallucinatory temptations provided a great chance for painters to get wild and crazy in their interpretations. This excerpt from a note and review by Macumbeira provides an interesting introduction to the subject:
Never has there been such a profound incomprehension between an acclaimed, even celebrated writer and his readers as when Gustave Flaubert finally presented the last version of his masterwork, “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” to his Parisian audience.
The giant creative step that Flaubert took in “The Temptation”, away from that realistic style that had made him famous, was perceived as a titubation, a stumbling of the “Old Master” and the critics, ever on the look for a scandal, smelled blood and went for the kill. The bad reception of the book was general and it was immediately and viciously hacked to pieces. Commentators found the ideas behind the book too confused, arcane, and even obscure. Flaubert was accused to be a “show-off”, his book a revolting failure. Others spoke of its content as a « Bric-à-brac », a bizarre silliness, a caricature of history, a falsification of poetry.
Written in the form of a play script, Flaubert’s “Temptation” describes one turbulent night in the life of the 4th century anchorite Anthony the Great better known as Saint Anthony (c. 251–356). Anthony has withdrawn from secular society and lives alone in the Desert Mountains of the Egyptian Thebaid. He survives on coarse bread and water, shelters in a primitive hut, spent his days in contemplative prayer to his one and only Christian God.
Real and mythical details of the life of the real Anthony the Great, the celebrated Christian Saint, are known thanks to the hagiography written by his contemporary Athanasius of Alexandria. The life, ordeals and temptations of Saint Anthony, who was the first ascetic going into the wilderness, were a major source of inspiration for many artists since the Middle-ages, because it allowed them to unleash their creative fantasy and transgress the borders of the accepted religious topics. From Hieronymus Bosch, through Grunewald and Schöngauer, until the drumstick-legged Elephants of Salvador Dali, Antony has been depicted battling off armies of horrors and resisting timeless temptations of all sorts.
Note 2. The Caption. This is a mish mash of Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, about which Wiki says:
“Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater” is an English language nursery rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 13497.
Common modern versions include:
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but couldn’t keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had another and didn’t love her;
Peter learned to read and spell,
And then he loved her very well.