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(TCP)CHICAGO – Lead Writer’s Introductory Note
Diogenes Bohica’s column comes to us from a mind we respect. Our readers are bid to recall, Diogenes of Sinope was a Greek philosopher and a Cynic. Among others, his distinguishing characteristic amidst the Greek pantheon of great minds and known by those familiar with his works, is anecdotal.
Diogenes had been known to walk around the Athenian marketplace in full daylight with a burning lantern. When asked why he did this, he’d say, “I’m searching for an honest man.”
Here then is that quest in modernity.
– Brian Sidler
Diogenes Bohica – Rants From The Edge
Context for this missive can be found here: The Courage Of Pam Geller – An American’s War Against Islamic Jihadists – The Stealth Jihad Of CAIR Also here: Freethoughtblogs.com
By Diogenes Bohica
(TCP)CHICAGO – Shortly after reading Scott Pollack’s epic paean to Pamela Geller, I read Ed Brayton’s smarmy and malicious ad hominem critique. While Mr. Pollack’s article has occasional digressions and is at times poorly punctuated, it does have the mitigating virtues of enthusiasm, accuracy and supporting documentation. Mr. Brayton may consider himself the doyen of English grammar and arbiter of comma usage, but he apparently is unaware of its utility as an indicator of time similar to a rest note in musical notation. Sometimes one must take a breath when speaking or reading.
My efforts to find anything by Mr. Brayton similarly criticizing the TOTUS’ (Teleprompter of the United States) frequent use of “uh,” “um” and “y’know” while pausing to find his place on the scrolling screen, attempting to formulate a thought, or merely giving people a cue for a standing ovation, were fruitless. One may conclude that Mr. Brayton, a self described failed comic due to the illiteracy of his audiences, resents Mr. Pollack’s growing presence in the blogosphere and may be a misogynist envious of Ms. Geller’s courage, dedication, eloquence and appeal. It’s also interesting that he shirks responsibility for his failures in the same manner as the TOTUS who blames his on the American public’s inability to comprehend his greatness. Blaming one’s failures and inadequacies on others seems to be the Leitmotiv of the Left.
I would like to point out that before criticizing the grammatical errors of others one should have his or her glass house in order prior to mounting the gelded steed of self importance and riding off on a noble quest in search of fire breathing dragons committing heinous acts of poor punctuation. The correct way to write “the Critical Post” is either “The Critical Post” or The Critical Post. If a title begins with an article, it must be capitalized and either in quotes or italicized.
While it might be acceptable to younger products of the American educational system, beginning sentences with conjunctions was considered a mortal sin in elementary schools in the ‘50s. “And you have to love the pointless persecution complex,” would have been less awkward and more effective as, “You have to love the pointless persecution complex.” Were embellishment required, following the sentence with a simple “Duh!” would have been effective.
In light of the following from Empire of Illusion, the End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, by Chris Hedges, I think we have much bigger fish to fry, axes to grind and aspersions to cast than comma usage and writing style:
“Functional illiteracy in North America is epidemic. There are 7 million illiterate Americans. Another 27 million are unable to read well enough to complete a job application and 30 million can’t read a simple sentence. There are some 50 million who read at a fourth- or fifth-grade level. Nearly a third of the nation’s population is illiterate or barely literate—a figure that is growing by more than 2 million a year. A third of high-school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives, and neither do 42 percent of college graduates. In 2007, 80 percent of the families in the United States did not buy or read a book. And it is not much better beyond our borders. Canada has an illiterate and semiliterate population estimated at 42 percent of the whole, a proportion that mirrors that of the United States.”
Know what I mean, Vern?
In closing, I’d like to refer Mr. Brayton to Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite by June Casagrande.
Looking forward to a continued and stimulating discussion of modern English usage and grammar in electronic publications, I remain at Mr. Brayton’s service,