Category Archives: Fighting your Adversary

Words and Nothingness

A fine volley of words, gentlemen, and quickly shot off. Two Gentlemen from Verona Some agree that it is possible to measure a character from his appearance (“… costly thy habit as thy purse can buy….” (1)), from his demeanor … Continue reading

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Literature, Life & Baltimore Riots

“Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.” Hamlet, 1.3 Articles published on this site are occasionally posted on other social media outlets, such as, for example, the “LITERATURE” Linked-in group. Some critics in that group have objected to the … Continue reading

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Victory in the War on Terror

“… out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety” King Henry IV, part 1 The FBI has stealthily uncovered and arrested two dangerous New York terrorists of the gentler sex, who were conspiring to use a weapon of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Heroism and ‘Heroism’

“Either our history shall, with full mouth, Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave, Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth, Not worshipp’d with a waxen epitaph.” King Henry V, act 1, sc. 2 For the following … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Torture, Ideology and Ridicule

“If that be right which Warwick says is right, There is no wrong, but everything is right.” (King Henry VI part 3, act 2, sc. 2) Historians have written at length on the ideas that inspired great events. Take the … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and One Medal Too Many

“What a god is gold, That he is worshipp’d in a baser temple Than where swine feed!” Timon of Athens, act 5, sc. 1 This week, with the customary pomp and circumstance, Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Language, War and Madness

“Mad call I it; for, to define true madness, What is’t but to be nothing else but mad” (Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2) That language continuously evolves needs no demonstration. It is commonly overlooked, however, how certain words or expressions … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, New-speak, Double-think & Black-white

“A crafty knave does need no broker” (KHVI p2.1.2) Readers of this blog will no doubt have independently observed the current and ever-increasing instances of “Orwellian moments” in the speeches, utterings and “new-speak” declarations by regime pundits, or in sundry … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Truth and Malaysian Flight MH17

“… he will lie, sir, with such volubility,that you would think truth were a fool” All’s Well That Ends Well, act 4, sc. 3 Readers will no doubt have noticed the stony silence of both the regime media and of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Communists and Watermelons

“…and begin To doubt the equivocation of the fiend That lies like truth” (Macbeth, act 5, sc. 1) When to the session of sweet silent thought, we summon up remembrance of things past…  we may recall the name of Rachel … Continue reading

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