August 22, 2012


As promised yesterday.

"Barbarians! Imbeciles! Stupid dolts! Your kind have blocked the recognition of every great discovery since time began. Such ignorant canaille are enough to start Galileo spinning in his grave. That fat fool down there twiddling his elk's tooth calls himself a medical man. Witch doctor would be a better term! That little bald-headed runt over there -- You! You style yourself a philosopher, and prate about life and time in your neat categories. What do you know of either one? How can you ever learn when you won't examine the truth when you have a chance? Bah!"

--RAH 'Life-Line' (1939)

Quote of the Day Posted by JohnGalt at August 22, 2012 3:06 PM

I've read "Life-Line" many times but never really thought about the wonderful word "canaille": an ignorant rabble, a mob; literally, a pack of dogs.

There are just so many people this could be applied to! The MSM, TSA, hell, whole bunches of federal bureaucrats, etc.

Might we even say that Todd Akin is a "one-man canaille"?

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at August 22, 2012 4:04 PM

During our recent re-reading I realized I had read it previously but had dissociated the name from the story in my memory. We also spent quite a time discussing "canaille" and trying to solidify the word in our vocabularies.

Posted by: johngalt at August 22, 2012 8:40 PM | What do you think? [2]