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Saint George’s Day

Cross of St. George

Saint George is the patron saint of England, Georgia [the country], Bulgaria, Portugal, Catalonia, and the city of Moscow. Orthodox countries tend to celebrate George on November 23rd.

PETA condemns George for his senseless slaughter of dragons. The YWCA condemns the condemnation and wants to know when PETA is going to volunteer to be DragonChow™

Mustang Bobby reminded me that it is also the birth and death day of Billy the Bard, who was a great writer in desperate need of a spell checker.

Master Shakespeare gave all of the best lines to villains supplying low humor to those who have read the Folio, e.g. Arlen Specter quoting Iago, reputedly in support of Clarence Thomas.

10 comments

1 Steve Bates { 04.23.07 at 11:28 am }

The week after taxes, it’s tempting to volunteer as DragonChow™. I must stipulate, though, that I not be pumped full of melamine fillers to make my protein content appear higher. And if I get to choose, I’d like to be food for the Komodo dragon in the Houston Zoo, a large and truly cool-looking creature which, if I understand correctly, would make short work of me if no reinforced Plexiglas™ wall stood between us.

Specter quoted Iago’s lines in support of Clarence Thomas? ROTFL! People shouldn’t appropriate inappropriate Shakespeare quotes. Fortunately for us, that’s not the Specter haunting Texas, at least not very often. Our hostile idiots here don’t quote Shakespeare in painfully inappropriate circumstances: most of ’em couldn’t quote Shakespeare at all.

2 Bryan { 04.23.07 at 12:43 pm }

Quote from Arlen:

Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’t is something, nothing;
’T was mine, ’t is his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him
And makes me poor indeed.

Iago speaking to Othello in Act III, Scene III of Othello

Introduced during the confirmation hearing.

I wonder if Mrs. Thomas guarded her hankies when Arlen was around.

3 Steve Bates { 04.23.07 at 1:18 pm }

It would be a great and possibly apt quote… but Specter needed to think for two seconds about the character who said it, and his role in the play, which probably more than a few listeners understood better than Specter obviously did. Clarence Thomas as Iago? Now there’s a concept I’d Justice soon, um, just as soon not contemplate too long.

4 Bryan { 04.23.07 at 1:31 pm }

Clarence Thomas as Othello [a powerful black man with a white wife], and Arlen as Iago [a political weasel angry that someone else got “his job”]. Arlen has probably wanted to be on the Supreme Court for decades, almost every lawyer does.

5 jams o donnell { 04.23.07 at 4:15 pm }

One thing for sure, St George is still in demand as a patron saint, from England through to syphillitics via portugal, saddlers and boy scouts.

For me the day is just anohter day but my poltroon of an MP was at the railway station this morning handing out leaflets wishing everyone a happy St George’s day

6 Bryan { 04.23.07 at 4:41 pm }

Since this is the anniversary of his death, I don’t think George would be celebrating.

You might have an election coming up shortly, with Blair set to leave and Brown not exactly everyone’s choice. What are the odds, Jams?

7 Steve Bates { 04.23.07 at 8:29 pm }

Bryan, your way makes more sense. Specter should have kept his mouth shut.

jams, on this side of the pond, scarcely anyone except for a few bloggers took notice of the day.

8 Bryan { 04.23.07 at 8:42 pm }

Steve, that’s good advice for Arlen 24/7/365, but I think, like most people, he was aware of the quote, but not the context.

9 jams o donnell { 04.24.07 at 2:23 am }

Brown looks a dead cert to take over from Blair UNLESS a creditable alternative candidate appears… ( the other declared candidates have a negligible chance of winning teh contest, let alone an election!). Brown’s ratings will go up once leader. He could go for a snap election, if the ratings improve sufficiently or he could st it out for another three years

10 Bryan { 04.24.07 at 9:22 am }

It’s hard to judge when you’re not living in a country, but the media seemed to make him less popular that you indicate. Of course they did that to Bill Clinton, so I should take media reporting with a grain of salt.