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LIONEL AUDIO: Everybody’s Stupid At Me, Witchcraft & The Constitution

Give me a C. A bouncy C. (Irving Cohen, anyone?)

It’s witchcraft.

Thank you Coleman & Leigh. Herein you’ll find my discussion of the sorcerer’s apprentice, the fascinating Christine O’Donnell. I thank Zeus for her because (a) she infuriates the snarky, snotty, snooty lefty panjandrums and (b) equally infuriates the bloated, hoary, right-wing big shots like Karl Rove. So what if she’s against masturbation (or my favorite term “self-abuse’), dabbled in witchcraft and believe that human brains were transplanted into mice. Big whoop.

Those fingers in my hair.
That sly
Come hither stare
That strips my conscience bare

And now, a moment for incongruity. From O’Donnell to Holmes, my favorite justice whose writings were nonpareil in terms of clarity, lucidity and sheer brilliance. I provide to you a primer on SCOTUS basics and doublespeak, e.g. strict construction, originalism and the like. In a number of examples provided herein (as the post tags indicate), I describe to you how the Court is activist by nature, has indeed legislated from the bench and prays that you’ll never understand how it works.

LIONEL AUDIO: History, Bran, Women’s Shoes & DUI

What I love more than almost anything is starting an audio piece and seeing where it takes me. Just look at the post tags and find a commonality in sequencing. Good luck. It’s how I think. It’s not scattered or desultory; it’s not veering (the most hated term I know anent critique). One thought inspires another. Some thoughts are interstitial nexuses. Some are logical connective tissue. Think Ella Fitzgerald and scat. Joe Pass and the riff or solo. Or don’t, it’s a free country.

But the most important part of this version is the idea that history ain’t history. It’s a story, a meme, a piece of mythology and lore that’s crafted and amended by so many custodians of the story. But it has nothing to do with the truth. That’s relative. As is incest. But who cares about bugs?

LIONEL AUDIO: The Liberal Media Are. And Stuff.

As statements of history go, Napoleon was right up there with “History is a set of lies that people have agreed upon.”

But nobody beats that coo-coo cat Tolstoy (infra), who gave us this beaut: “History would be a wonderful thing — if it were only true.”

We humans create history out of thin air. We concoct and spin a tale that we swear is history; we swear that it was this way or that. We convince ourselves that we’re verse in subjects that we know nothing about. We lie about having read the Bible, Constitution or the Qur’an. When events are too difficult to fathom or process we attribute all sorts of factors to and reasons for them — religion, astrology, fate, energy, karma. We provide a locus of control on the spot and to hell with anyone who says we’re wrong. We believe in the weird effects of the full moon, people dying in threes and swear that vitamin C can help if your sick. We have no idea why we say these things. We’ve not sure how we came upon these hypotheses and theories. Nope, we’re just one big anecdotal repository.

I’m just saying.