Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Our short feature this time around is 1929's The Karnival Kid in which Minnie Mouse plays a "shimmy dancer" and Mickey Mouse speaks his very first onscreen words right before spanking his wiener. What? That's exactly what happens! Watch it yourself and see.

********** 7 MINUTES AND 40 SECONDS LATER **********

See, I told you so. Whaaaat? Everything I said happens in the cartoon is 100% accurate. Is it my fault you took it the wrong way? Okay, yeah, it probably was. According to the Catechism "A lie consists in speaking a falsehood with the intention of deceiving... To lie is to speak or act against the truth in order to lead someone into error." It's highly likely that to "act against the truth" includes the concept of "underdisclosure", which is basically telling some or all of the known facts of a situation with no factual inaccuracy, but in such a way as to create misunderstanding. This was one of the things St. Augustine had in mind when he made the argument that “a person is to be judged as lying or not lying according to the intention in his own mind, not according to the truth or falsity of the statement.” Yeesh! Whose big idea was it to make this religion so hard? I humbly apologize for the wiener thing.

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