Anyone else think those rape charges are trumped up?
Anyway, the bestiality of the ass and the divinity of the angel remind me of the conflicting feelings I have about WikiLeaks' most recent endeavour: noble public service or dangerously irresponsible act? Journalism or espionage? The Ass or the Angel? (Associationalist philosophy may come in useful in examining these seemingly contradictory viewpoints....)
Sometimes I feel one way, sometimes another. But our boy Julian, a name whose origin implies youth and downy beards, is a young man. Too young to spend the rest of his life locked up in a superprison somewheres under the Denver International Airport.
Not so for our poor Julien. For lifting the veil he's either gonna rot somewheres in prison or wind up in concrete boots at the bottom of the Potomac, an offering to the water dragon who lives there: a consumer of souls, purveyor of lies and all around stinker. "Veil" ain't an anagram of "evil" for nothing....
There are only two speaking animals in the Old Testament: Balaam's ass when he and his master encounter an angel...and the deceitful serpent of Genesis. Fancy that.
Interestingly, while the Biblical story about Balaam casts him as a villain, other sources speak of the blessings he brought upon the Israelites.
d) None of the above
Take your pick!