Also Sprach Qohelet

Qohelet--A redneck philosopher? A mad man with a Muse? An urban legend? Just one more griper with a keyboard and an ISP? Read on and find out. Qohelet opines on politics, religion, culture, and even sports. Qohelet is a modern renaissance man.


A plethora of punditry, a smorgasboard of smack.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Qohelet's First Regular Feature

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to strengthen my vocabulary. Like a lot of Southern boys, born and bred, my vocabulary is just not all that strong. I do like to read a lot, though, and as I read I always come across new words. Usually, instead of taking an opportunity to learn, I just skip over it, pretend I know approximately what it means by the context, and then go on.

Not anymore.

From now on when I read a new word I'm going to jot it down, then look it up, and, to help me remember what it means I'm going to put the word, the definition, and the sentence I found it in right here in this blog space. I'll even plagiarize a little from Reader's Digest and call it "Strengthen Your Vocabulary." Most of you readers (all three of you) will probably just scratch your heads and say "He didn't know that?" But maybe, just maybe I'll find a word or two that are new for you too.

Now, here are our words for today. The definitions are from Webster's New World College Dictionary.

augury // 1 divination from omens 2 an omen; portent; indication

The sentence: "The ability to see into the future, to use augury to find what is lost, to cast benevolent spells, to interpret dreams, were all part of daily life."

fey // 1 [Now Chiefly Scot.] a) orig., fated; doomed to death b) in an unusually excited state, formerly believed to portend sudden death 2 strange or unusual in any of certain ways, as, variously, eccentric, whimsical, visionary, elfin, shy, otherworldly

The sentence: "Among the Celts there have always been 'fey' people, who are said to have 'the sight'"

oriel // a large window built out from a wall and resting on a bracket or a corbel; bay window

The sentence: "There he found one orieled window. It had an air of privacy, of peace."

Maybe I'll learn ya'll somethin' yet.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Saddam Hussein - R.I.P.

Saddam Hussein is dead and I thought that was at least worth a blogpost. Has anyone watched the video of it yet? I haven't. I'm sure I could find it if I went looking for it, but I'm out of popcorn right now anyway, so maybe later.

Anyway, some thoughts:

1. It's about time.

2. Wouldn't it be nice if the US of A could somehow manage to bring swift justice on its own cold-blooded murderers? Why does it take us twenty years if we even manage to do it at all?

3. The libs, of course, are crying about how cruel it all was--and of course blaming the cruelty on GWB. How dumb is that? The Iraqis are the ones who executed the sentence, not the GOP.

4. BTW - "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." - Genesis 9:6.

5. What, exactly, is cruel or unusual about hanging?

6. One wonders why the libs didn't seem to mind the way in which Saddam cruelly tortured and murdered his own citizens.

7. Anyone ever notice how the libs are always the criminal dictator's best friend? They admire these men, defend them in the arena of ideas, even takes sides with them against American interests.

8. And these same people hated Hitler?

9. I would not have been surprised to hear that Jimmy Carter attended the funeral. In the liberal, peanut-growing, southern Baptist Georgian ex-presdient's mind, Hussein was probably only misunderstood and way down deep had good intentions that would have come out if the mean republican Bushes had only reached out to him in appeasement. By golly, we could use ol' born again Jimmy in the White House again, couldn't we?

10. This reminds me. I need to blog on Jimmy Carter.

More later.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Where I've Been

Sorry, folks, about not being around for a few days. As the commercial says, life comes at you fast, sometimes. Anyway, give me a few days to track down that yahoo who posted yesterday and figure out how to keep him from throwing a wrench in the machinery around here and I'll get back to posting more regular. You can bet yer sweet you-know-what I've already changed my blogger username and password so try to get in here again you scallywag!

Anyhow, for those of you who were wondering where I might have been, I had a wedding to go to. My cousin got hitched over the New Years Day weekend and I drove down to Louisiana to be a witness.

Here's their photo:

I went for the ceremony and stayed a little while for the reception but left when they started getting the shotguns out. Guns and Keystone light just don't mix well. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and hopefully we can get back to some quality smack in a day or two.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Where has Qohelet been?

Good question.

First, this is not Qohelet writing this. That's right. I am actually just a regular reader and part-time hacker and since the mangy red-neck hasn't posted anything in awhile I decided I had better do something. So remember, the guy writing this isn't Qohelet. But I ain't gonna go tellin' who I am 'cause I don't want any black helicopters circling around my trailer like last time.

Never mind about that.

So I gotta ask this question. Where is Qohelet? Is he in hiding because his beloved Catlick football team got their hineys kicked in the Sugar Bowl?

Did he overdose on holiday eggnog?

Did he get off his lazy rear end and get a job?

(Is he even capable of finding and maintaining gainful employment?)

Did he drink too much of this and fall off his bass boat and drown?

Did the Gators get him? (Oh, that was Ohio State that got eaten by Gators. Never mind.)

Did some TeamPyro groupies hunt him down and skin him?

I think somebody needs to smack his smorgasboard and get him back into blogdom. But that's just me. And since I'm just some anonymous dude who hacked in here and posted this you'll never know who "me" is.

So, just how much will someone offer me for Qohelet's username and password? Hahahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahhahhaaa!!!!!!