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Feb 7, 2011

Accessing WikiLeaks Violates Espionage Act, USAF Says....

That "astounding" bit of information from Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News here.

My defense: Maybe I saw it but I didn't read it, and if I did read it, I didn't understand it, but if I did understand it, I didn't remember it, and anyway, if I did remember it—and I'm not saying that I did or didn't—I didn't tell anyone. But if I did tell anyone, I made them swear to keep it a secret, even if tortured by Inquisitors Pythonesque.*

Just to be on the safe side, I won't read or think anything anymore anywhere, lest I see words or even whole sentences deemed verboten. I have to keep reminding myself, there's no jabbering in espionage.

Back to a cabbage-like yet blissful ignorance, I slither back to the gyre - my eyes and lips closed by the sealing wax of kings.

Where's Lewis Carroll when we need him?

“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’ ” Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’ ”

“But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’,” Alice objected.

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master--that’s all.”

Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. “They’ve a temper, some of them—particularly verbs, they’re the proudest—adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs—however, I can manage the whole lot! Impenetrability! That’s what I say!”[15]


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