February 23, 2003
Horsemen, Furies, . . . .

Max Sawicky calls Glenn Reynolds, Andrew Sullivan, Charles Johnson, and Steven Den Beste "the Four Horsemen of the Ablogalypse". Mean Mr. Mustard provides a picture of the Four Horsemen suitable for T-shirting, and Andrea Harris provides another of the Three Furies (JoAnne Jacobs, Jane Galt, and Michele of A Small Victory) abusing an allegorical depiction of Leftism.

Some bloggers have felt left out of these two lists. Of course, if we stick with the apocalyptic theme, there are still some roles to fill:

  • Who is the Scarlet Woman, the Whore of Babylon? New York City is often called the new Babylon, which may help winnow the candidates . . . not that I have anyone in particular in mind.
  • Who is the Beast, and why is his (or her) number 666?
  • Who are the seven heads and ten horns of the beast?
  • Will the Euphrates be dried up in the near future, as foretold in Revelation 16.12? Unfortunately for Biblical literalists, it is dried up to "make way for the king from the East". U.S. forces will likely approach Baghdad from the north, west, and south, but not the east, so identification of Bush as this king will not be easy.

I'm sure those more familiar with the Bible can come up with more positions to fill.

Of course, the funniest thing about Sawicky's post is the second paragraph:

Believe it or not, I long for civility, but I have an ulterior motive. I think my arguments are so good that they will prosper in a rational debate. It also makes life more interesting. I would rather test my views against somebody sharp like Eugene Volokh than throw verbal mudballs at silly people. What the hell, I could be convinced I'm wrong. It's happened. I actually appreciate it, though I can't say it doesn't ache a little.

Long-time readers of his blog or mine will recall Sawicky's claim last October that warbloggers "hail" Oliver North "as an American hero". When I challenged this assertion, he provided 24 URLs, not one of which pointed to an actual major (Myelin Top 500) warblogger calling North a 'hero' or anything similarly adulatory, and very few of which were even all that positive, as I demonstrated in tedious detail here and summarized here.

More than a month later, Sawicky was still insisting that North is "favorite of a disputed number of warbloggers". The number is only in dispute because he continues to pretend that it is not zero. Sawicky 'appreciates being shown he is wrong' so much that he banned me from his comments for doing just that.


Macaulay once encountered a man who had found the Number of the Beast in Napoleon's name, assuring him that "if you write Napoleon Bonaparte in Arabic, leaving out only two letters, it will give 666". When challenged for a better candidate, Macaulay answered: ""'Sir,' said I, 'the House of Commons is the Beast. There are 658 members of the House; and these, with their chief officers the three clerks, the sergeant and his deputy, the chaplain, the door-keeper, and the librarian make 666.'" (Letter of July 1, 1834 in Life and Letters of T. B. Macaulay, ed. G. O. Trevelyan, 1876, 1.132, or Letters of T. B. Macaulay, ed. T. Pinney, Cambridge, 1974, 3.61.)

Posted by Dr. Weevil at February 23, 2003 08:52 PM

Since Instapundit had a post yesterday (1:20) that implied Max Sawicky had been reasonably polite, I checked out his blog. Geez, he had a post on Friday where he explicitly said he wanted to get rid of Saddam, but not at the cost of GW Bush getting credit. Worse, in his Thursday post, I found out he must live somewhere within 50-70 miles of me (Eek!). The premise of the post was that MD, VA, DC and local jurisdictions should be required to be prepared for 20 year snowfalls such as we got this past week. I guess he's in favor of higher taxes at every level of government, whether or not they're needed.

Posted by: steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) on February 23, 2003 11:51 PM

I wonder if he'll ban me for pointing out (both in his comments and on my blog) that a quote he ascribed to Julia Child actually came from Robespierre?

Posted by: Niccolo Machiavelli on February 24, 2003 01:22 PM

WHat I want to know, is how the ten horns are arranged on the seven heads.

I mean, is it 6 unicorn and one quadrahorn? 9 with no horns and one with ten? The mind boggles.

Obviously, this is of the deepest theological importance.

Posted by: Sigivald on February 24, 2003 01:50 PM

Sure enough, Max has banned my IP. I feel honored!

No matter, I've written about it at length on my own blog.

Posted by: Niccolo Machiavelli on February 24, 2003 02:32 PM

I am the number of the beast. My full name is Andrea Alicia Harris. Notice how each name has six letters in it.


Ahem. Anywa--


Posted by: Andrea Harris on February 24, 2003 02:59 PM

Email from Max claims that he didn't ban my IP. That's possible, I suppose, though I was certainly getting "connection refused" messages.

To be fair, I've posted Max's claim everywhere that I mentioned the banning (which I think was only here, Spleenville, and my own site).

Of course, that means that Max is monitoring one of our sites. The email arrived *very* quickly.

Posted by: Niccolo Machiavelli on February 24, 2003 03:32 PM

Sorry, Andrea, but my very Driver's License number begins "666". State-certified beast, so there. Your little numerological exercise is to laugh at in reverberating tones of evility.

Posted by: Moira on February 24, 2003 09:15 PM

I get Julia Child and Robespierre mixed up all the time.

I think Sigivald has a good question about the head/horn distribution on The Beast. I think two hornless heads and two apiece on the others might be esthetically pleasing.

I'm also curious: Is The Beast also the Bull of Nimrod? And, if so, who should be Nimrod? Perhaps Sawicky himself? It seems to fit.

Posted by: Joanne Jacobs on February 25, 2003 05:20 AM

I prefer 667, the neighbour of the Beast.

Posted by: Biased Observer on February 25, 2003 10:42 AM

I'm weighing in for 6.501289671..., the Natural Log of the Beast. There's something funny about that title; can't (or won't) put my finger on it...

How about -0.017641647, which is the Sine of the Beast?

Posted by: David Perron on February 26, 2003 10:56 AM

You all are having way too much fun.....

Posted by: Yehudit on March 2, 2003 07:09 AM

Don't call Sawicky Nimrod. If we're using Biblical references, that would make him "a mighty hunter before the Lord".

Posted by: Scott on March 4, 2003 03:41 PM

Sigivald, maybe it's like the double bonds in a benzene ring: each head has at least one horn and three of them have a spare, but not always the same three.

Posted by: Anton Sherwood on March 10, 2003 02:13 AM