Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Channeling Pudd'nhead Wilson

Mark Twain, the literary father of Huck and Tom, is credited for observing, "A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." But that didn't actually originate with him. Go figure! 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a celebrated 19th Century English fundamentalist Baptist preacher, attributed it to an old proverb when he delivered a sermon on Sunday morning, April 1, 1855, and thundered "A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on."

Pudd'nhead Wilson and his feelings about lies should be enough to make Tom, the other half of "The Extraordinary Twins" seem like the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Though, in this age of instantaneous worldwide connectivity, Perhaps the Reverend Spurgeon's stopwatch is in need of repair. I can think of someplace else in need of replacement. 

What do lies, Puddn'head, pulling on boots and Donald Trump all have in common? Glad you asked.

The Commander in Chief is not only an idiot and an incompetent, he is an artless and detestable liar.

Something Tiny Hans should really have on tape someplace.
Pinocchio uber alles.
-bill Kenny

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