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John McIntyre’s Juju Pythons and Justice Thomas

January 24, 2013

And again and again” by John McIntyre, Baltimore Sun:

A reader castigated one of The Sun’s writers today for starting a sentence with and. The writer appealed to me for a response, as if I possessed the juju to kill a zombie rule.

But he tries, writing:

SUPERSTITION … “And God saw that it was good.”

zombie John E. McIntyre baltimore sun

So let’s add “juju” to the list of possible zombie cures (pinch of salt, laughing, puppies, love). UrbanDictionary has many definitions for “juju” (including both penis and marijuana and anything cute) but narrows to three (tribal fetish amulets, the magic thereof, or the repression it causes) and Wikipedia hones in on the meanin as related to West African magic:

Juju is sometimes used to enforce a contract or ensure compliance. In a typical scenario, a juju spell will be placed on a Nigerian woman before she is trafficked into Europe for prostitution, to ensure that she will pay back her traffickers and won’t escape. The witch doctor casting the spell requires a payment for this service.


Juju is also commonly used in an attempt to affect the outcome of soccer games.


Contrary to common belief, voodoo (known as Vodun in West Africa) is not related to juju, despite the linguistic and spiritual similarities. Juju has acquired some karmic attributes in more recent times. Good juju can stem from almost any good deed: saving a kitten, or returning a lost book. Bad juju can be spread just as easily. These ideas revolve around the luck and fortune portions of juju. The use of juju to describe an object usually involves small items worn or carried

This also relates to the Maroon peoples – fugitive runaway slaves, mountain people in the jungle:

Slaves escaped frequently within the first generation of their arrival from Africa and often preserved their African languages and much of their culture and religion. African traditions include such things as the use of medicinal herbs together with special drums and dances when the herbs are administered to a sick person.

Recall also prior ZombieLaw: “Zwicky’s Zombie Rules ” for more about Arnold Zwicky‘s zombie rules of grammar.

zombie arnold zwicky

Both of these linguists have a lot of juju but maybe juju doesn’t actually kill zombies. Is that how Governor Chris Christie killed zombies? Maybe.

chris christie zombie killer

But the best advice may be patience, persistence and willingness to let them bite you and wear themselves out. Mitt Romney didn’t necessarily kill Zombies Newt and Santorum – he outlasted them. Similarly the NYTimes has a profile of a leading group of python hunters in the Florida Python Killings. Of the 27 pythons killed so far this group has killed 8. See “Florida Mounts a Hunt for Creatures That Maintain a Very Low Profile” By Lizaette Alvarez:

Nothing but optimism prevailed. “We’re going out road cruising tonight,” Blake Russ said. “Do you want to come?”

And so there are some that will hunt and kill all abhorrent monsters. Because they are monsters that like killing things. Grammar is for people who can’t read. And an invasive grammar pattern can be anything you don’t like. And yet, I want to be read, I want to be understood, I want my untainted Everglades full of colorful birds and happy creatures — how many pythons must die? how many good writers scolded by grammarians? how many poor children told they can’t write and never want to write again.

Isn’t that the excuse for why Clarence Thomas doesn’t speak much. They say is embarrassed about his voice because of PTSD from mockey as a child – or something like that. This is perhaps the most powerful black man in the history of our country and still he is embarrassed to interrupt– “Clarence Thomas’ shut mouth doesn’t make sense” by Ann Woolner

Consider connection of the runaway slave culture described above and also the movie “Django” – “Django Unchained and the Latest Liberal Smear Against Clarence Thomas” by Damon W. Root in – OR instead NYTimes: “Clarence Thomas’s Case for Shutting Up” By Mike Nizza

“My colleagues should shut up!,” [Thomas said]

Grammar rules make people embarrassed to speak. We need to learn to hear each other but we are focused on zombie rules and hoping for juju to save us from all the killing. We need the people in power to speak what they see.

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