I call that neat as neat

My first scoop! I have gotten an eyewitness account of Thursday’s discussions between Congressional Democrats and Republicans on one another’s sexual misbehavior:

‘You come back,’ shouted the soldier, ‘or I’ll report you!’

Who to? Not to your precious Shagrat. He won’t be captain any more!

‘I’ll give your name and number to the Nazgul,’ said the soldier lowering his voice to a hiss. ‘One of them‘s in charge at the Tower now!

The other halted, and his voice was full of fear and rage. ‘You cursed peaching sneakthief! he yelled. ‘You can’t do your job, and you can’t even stick by your own folk. Go to your filthy Shriekers, and may they freeze the flesh off you! If the enemy doesn’t get them first. They’ve done in Number One, I’ve heard, and I hope it’s true!’ The big orc, spear in hand, leapt after him. But the tracker, springing behind a stone, put an arrow in his eye as he ran up, and he fell with a crash The other ran off across the valley and disappeared.

For a while the hobbits sat in silence. At length Sam stirred. Well, I call that neat as neat,’ he said. ‘If this nice friendliness would spread about in Mordor, half our trouble would be over!

‘Quietly, Sam,’ Frodo whispered. ‘There may be others about. We have evidently had a very narrow escape, and the hunt was hotter on our tracks than we guessed. But that is the spirit of Mordor, Sam; and it has spread to every corner of it.

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“Liberal education is concerned with the souls of men, and therefore has little or no use for machines … [it] consists in learning to listen to still and small voices and therefore in becoming deaf to loudspeakers.” (Leo Strauss)

There is no epistemological Switzerland. (Via Mars Hill Audio Journal Volume 134)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.