Daily Archives: May 24, 2010

“Rhetorical Flourish”

Cross-Posted at Viewed From The Right.

h/t boston.com (or don’t, I won’t mind…)

At the end of the column, note that Gov. Patrick states his charge of sedition against the GOP was actually “rhetorical flourish”.

Back in 2008, Mr. Obama accused Joe Biden of speaking in “rhetorical flourishes”.  Later, in 2009, Justice-to-be Sotomayor spouted her infamous “wise latina” rhetoric, which she later referred to as “rhetorical flourish”.  Last March, Sen Gramnesty made a remark about Nancy Pelosi and Liberals being “all liquored up on sake” and ready to make a “suicide run”.  Yep, you guess it –  rhetorical flourish.

The definition of rhetorical is: “concerned with effect or style of speaking; a rhetorical question is one asked solely to produce an effect.” The definition of flourish(es) is: “an ornamental embellishment.” The follow up question is: what does “rhetorical flourish(es)” mean?

That’s “BULLSH*T” in English.

So to celebrate Gov. Patrick’s “rhetorical flourish” I thought I might add one of my own – regarding him. Fortunately, he provided a photo with which to mark this event.  The emphasis on “sedition” definition is mine, for easy “flourishing”.

Governor Deval Patrick, even as he decried partisanship in Washington, said today that Republican opposition to President Obama’s agenda has become so obstinate that it “is almost at the level of sedition.”

The Democratic governor, who is close to the president, made the comments at a forum at Suffolk Law School’s Rappaport Center, where he was asked by an audience member about partisan battling in Congress.

Patrick said that even “on my worst day, when I’m most frustrated about folks who seem to rooting for failure,” he doesn’t face anything like the opposition faced by the president.

“It seems like child’s play compared to what is going on in Washington, where it is almost at the level of sedition, it feels to like me,” Patrick said.

Merriam-Webster.com, the dictionary site, defines sedition as “incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.”

After the forum, Patrick explained his remarks.

“I think that the number of people in the Grand Old Party who seem to be absolutely committed to saying ‘no,’ whenever he says ‘yes,’ no matter what it is, even if it’s an idea that they came up with, is just extraordinary,” the governor told reporters after the forum.

But did the opposition really border on sedition?

“That was a rhetorical flourish,” Patrick said.

Actually Gov. Patrick, I believe YOU are “rhetorical flourish”.  I’m just saying….


I killed a deer on the way home from poker last night

I was on my way home from poker, not the deer.  He got in my way so I ran  him over.  Basically, I was almost home.  I was on the expressway just about to my exit.  This damn deer came from the median, ran across two lanes and directly in front of my car.  I slammed on the brakes but had no chance to stop.  Hit him right in the drivers’ side front, he went up onto my hood and over the top, and landed dead in the road.

No, it wasn't this bad

I was a little hyped up; I don’t enjoy killing deer.  I did not know what to do.  The little button buck was small and fit neatly into my trunk. He only weighed about 65 lbs.  I had visions of taking him home and making venison jerky out of him. Then I thought of all the hassle,  he wasn’t very big, and I do not even think it is legal in Virginia to keep road killed deer. 

And thank God it wasn't this bad...

So I did what any bone weary poker player would have done at 2:30 a.m. after hours of poker and wine [no, I was not intoxicated, thank you].  I dropped him off in the parking lot of a local office  complex.  Bet they got a surprise in the a.m.  upon arriving for work.   Hey, if I left him in the highway he would have turned to mush after a few trucks ran over him.  This way, I’m hoping somebody will make use of him.  If not, not my problem… 

Fortunately I have comprehensive and only a $100 deductible, cuz there is much property damage to my car.  The front bumper is plastic and got smashed and ripped.  Crap.

A real man would have at least cut off the hind quarter of the side that didn’t hit the car, and certainly would have cut out the tenderloins.  I just was too damn lazy.  True confessions of a used up ex-woodsman.

John Doe