Peter, Paul and Mary vs Paul, Peter and Mary?

by Robert John Stevens, May 30, 2016

Today I emailed my good friend Dr. Melvin J. Luthy and asked some questions about ordering words in a list, and obtained his permission to publish his responses:

Q. Should Peter, Paul and Mary have named their group Paul, Peter and Mary—listing their names from one to two syllables?

A. No, not necessarily. The issue is more one of rhythm. As a title of the group, the rhythm works well. There are two two-syllable words functioning as “bookends” to the single-syllable word. It is difficult for us to consider other orders for these words because they are so engrained in our minds from hearing them so much. Had one of them been a three-syllable name, they might have opted for a different word order.

Q. It is difficult to differentiate between how we order:
Peter, Paul and Mary
Sales, Business and Personal Letters

A. “Sales, Business, and Personal Letters” is a perfect example of “shorter to longer” in a list. It meets all the criteria of order and rhythm.

Q. I am hesitant to ask this question again: Why then is Sales, Business, and Personal Letters good order and rhythm but Paul, Peter and Mary isn’t?

A. It probably isn’t, but this phrase has been repeated in our ears so many times that it has become to feel natural. Maybe they argued about whose name should come first, and Peter won the argument. Actually, because there are only two syllables in two words, vs. three, it seems to work very well. If one of them had been three syllables, it wouldn’t work well.

It just occurred to me that it is probably the alliterative “p” sound in the sequence that is the most deciding factor in the word order. It adds to the rhythm.

How Does a Whistleblower Legally Blow the Whistle?

by Robert John Stevens, May 30, 2016

This article Eric Holder: Edward Snowden performed a ‘public service’ does not mention how Snowden should have blown his whistle. Why not? Is it a propaganda piece to warn future whistleblowers?

Consider this great one-word response published in 1828:1
Q. But if even Congress itself should make a law which is contrary to the Constitution, must the people obey it?
A. No

The Bush and Obama regimes violated international laws and treaties, committed atrocities and war crimes against humanity, and committed crimes against the U.S. Constitution.

Eric Holder’s many crimes are covered up and he roams free. He is the crook who belongs in jail. Snowden is a hero.


1 ELEMENTARY CATECHISM ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS,” Page 4

ELEMENTARY CATECHISM ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS

by Robert John Stevens, May 27, 2016

I’m reading a book printed in 1828 named, “ELEMENTARY CATECHISM ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS.” It is amazing!—Read it.

It was designed to be an essential tool to teach children to understand and preserve liberty. If it was widely read, it gives us a glimpse into how enlightened Americans were then compared to today.

It contains a short prefix, forty pages of questions and answers and a short conclusion. I’d be surprised if students in any grade today could answer more than 5% of the questions.

As fantastic as this sounds, our reality today would be very, very different had not the Federal Reserve bankster coup of 1913 succeeded. This timeline should never have occurred.