July 12, 2005

MR. KEILLOR, SECRET SERVICE ON LINE #1 (via Governor Breck):

Writer's Almanac (Garrison Keillor, 7/12/05, NPR)

It's the birthday of Julius Caesar, born in Rome around 100 B.C., who said, "Beware the leader who bangs the drum of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor. For patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both
emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind."

Except that no one ever said Mr. Keillor had a "lean and hungry look."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 12, 2005 12:30 PM

. . . and Julius Caesar never said that . . . and neither did Shakespeare.

Posted by: Mike Morley at July 12, 2005 2:48 PM

Why should we care about whatever G.(er)k. has to say about anything? I stopped listening to him years ago. He's just one player on NPR's propaganda team and he's truly earned his wings there. Didn't think chickens could fly.

Posted by: Genecis at July 12, 2005 3:21 PM

Keillor can be funny at times, but his loathing and comtempt for flyover America comes through, especially in the books. I suggest that he is beneath being ignored, and is to be disdained

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 12, 2005 3:31 PM

Sounds like Guy Noir needs to investigate how cranky old leftists got that way, and why they insist on being such obvious targets.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 12, 2005 3:36 PM

The left is self parody -- invoking Julius Caesar as some kind of anti-war pacifist? Incredible.

Posted by: Shelton at July 12, 2005 3:38 PM

Shelton: Perfect.

Posted by: george at July 12, 2005 4:29 PM

What is it about this fraudulent quote that appeals to people? It is an absolutely horrible mixed metaphor. Beware that man with the drum and the whip and the sword. (Look Ma! Three hands!) And if a double-edged sword is narrowing your mind, there will be blood, but not emboldened blood, I think.

Posted by: Kevin Bowman at July 12, 2005 4:36 PM

"Today is December 25th. It's the birthday of Jesus Christ, born in Judea some years after Julius Caesar was assassinated, who said in Matthew 10:34, 'Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.'"

Posted by: Axel Kassel at July 12, 2005 5:17 PM

Y'all think too much.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 12, 2005 6:01 PM

What do we make of a man who claims to be a writer, but steals faux Shakespeare from Barbara Steisand?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 13, 2005 10:30 AM