The text of this poem can be viewed by clicking right here. I was a little unsure about making this video public for several reasons. My reading is a bit over the top in places, but then again it’s nothing compared to an over the top Billy Sunday sermon. Also, it was hard to make a lot of eye contact with the cam without losing my spot in the poem; it’s a bit long. But it’s a fun Sunday Rant, so what the heck. It has it’s high points, and I hope you enjoy it.
The Oxford English Dictionary has no record of the word “Bunkshooter,” but the word bunk has its origin in the word Bunkcombe, which is the name of a county in North Carolina. During the debate on the “Missouri Question” a member of the 16th Congress persisted on “making a speech for Bunkcombe,” against the wishes of several other representatives who surrounded him. Since then making a speech for buncombe became euphemistic for political nonsense, usually to impress electors.
Bunk came to be the short version, used to refer to “Empty clap-trap oratory; tall talk; humbug.” So if you, like me, substituted bull-shitter for bunkshooter, you’d have pretty much the right idea.