September 21, 2020

Saturday Ramblings 12.15.12

Welcome to the very last Saturday Ramblings ever. Next Saturday would be December 22, and we all know the world is ending on the 21st. So load up now on all those extra helpings you’ve been bypassing. No need to diet this week. And we are loaded here this week with extra helpings of goodies. So, if you are ready one more time before the world ends, let’s ramble.

There was no joking in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday, where the world did end for the parents of 20 children. Sadly, I am almost numb to such tragedies; they seem to be occurring at a dizzying pace. I cannot possibly say it better than Mark Galli wrote for Christianity Today. All I can add is, Even so, come Lord Jesus.

It is not one world. As reported by intrepid rambler Adam Palmer, an Egyptian man has been sentenced to three years in jail for insulting religion.

In Vietnam, the government is enacting “China-like” laws restricting churches and other Christian organizations.

The British government may not need to enact any laws, as the number of Christians has shrunk by more than four million in the last ten years. And Protestants are no longer the majority in Northern Ireland, which threatens to upset the fragile peace there.

As St. Paul Harvey repeatedly and correctly stated, It is not one world.

It wouldn’t be the Christmas season without us once again discussing whether Mary breastfed baby Jesus. And of course that is followed by the discussion of whether or not mothers should breastfeed their children in public, including in church. Anyone want to join in on this one?

The Pope was busy this week. First, he sent out his very first tweet on Twitter. (I have never tweeted, not even once. Yet one more way I am almost, but not quite, totally unlike the Pope.) Then he took a ride in his new Popemobile which, as pointed out by iMonk brianthedad, is made in Alabama, home of the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide will be playing—irony of ironies—Notre Dame for the championship in a few weeks. We can only assume who the Pope will be rooting for.

Now, back to our end-of-the-world scenario, as predicted by some Mayans a few (thousand) years back. Seems the Pope, when he wasn’t tweeting or joy-riding in his new rig, declared the world will not end this Friday. Or at least someone speaking for the Pope declared that. Seems NASA agrees. They also say life will go on after December 21. So … does that mean I have to go Christmas shopping after all?

Just to be on the safe side, however, you may want to go ahead and invest $441 in buy this end-of-the-world survival gear. (Hey! I think I just realized what I can buy family and friends for Christmas …)

If you have someone on your list who you don’t think would appreciate getting survival gear for Christmas, perhaps they would enjoy getting a new Bible. The Queen James Bible, to be precise. Look, I really can’t make this stuff up.

The archaeologist who discovered the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean now says he firmly believes there was a great flood as described in Genesis. Robert Ballard is using advanced robotics to “travel back in time” to try to uncover the mystery of Noah’s flood.

Rush finally made it. So did Heart, Donna Summer, Albert King, Randy Newman and something called Public Enemy. Where did they all make it to? Read about it here.

Finally, our First Lady, Denise Spencer, reports a man faces 20 years in prison for attempting to smuggle Cuban bullfinches into the United States. Sixteen of them. In his pants. Really. No, I’m not making this up. And Denise, I think you have too much time on your hands…

Happy birthday wishes were wished this last week to Sammy Davis, Jr.; Flip Wilson; David Carradine; Jim Morrison; Gregg Allman; Kirk Douglas; Tip O’Neill; Dame Judi Dench; Booker T. Jones; Frank Sinatra; Edward G. Robinson; Bob Barker; Dionne Warwick; Dickey Betts; Neil Peart; Dick Van Dyke; Ted Nugent; Jeff “Skunk” Baxter; Nostradamus; and Patty Duke.

For today’s bonus video, I thought it would be fun to see how we travel to Mars. I love this kind of stuff. It’s certainly better than watching Ted Nugent! Enjoy.

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  1. Congrats to Rush. Donna Halper, who is credited for discovering Rush in the U.S., had some very gracious things to say about the guys, how real and down-to-earth they are. Of all the bands she helped over the years, she said Rush was the only band to go back to thank her. In interviews, they are more excited for what the induction means to their fans than themselves.

  2. Wow… a mother, grandmother, and nurse, I can think of nothing less controversial than whether or not the Blessed Mother breastfed her Son. What else—popping down to Walmart to pick up some Enfamil, or maybe waiting for Herod to send out her WIC coupons?

    He was fully Divine and fully human…and babies need to eat. God designed all of us mammals to be able to feed our little ones, even us human mammals. This conundrum will not be taking up any space in my little brain…..Mary carried Jesus in her body, gave birth to Him like all the rest of us Moms, and nutured Him with her body and soul.

    Unless you a gnostic heretic, I guess!

  3. Dan Crawford says

    Thank God it’s not Rush Limbaughm the Pillsbury dough boy of American wing-nuts!

  4. Boy, that Queen James Bible is going to start a firestorm. Did anyone notice that the alternative translation of the Sodom passage replaced “strange flesh” with “non-human flesh?” You just know that the bestiality rights people are going to have to come up with their own version of the Bible. I’m talking about people such as the man quoted in this article, who says that animals are preferable because they are much easier to understand than women.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says

      You just know that the bestiality rights people are going to have to come up with their own version of the Bible.

      DON’T GIVE THEM IDEAS, Damaris!

  5. I’m a bit bemused by why breastfeeding in church would be a problem? (But then I’ve never lived in the US) Some of the comments on that article looked like people thought breast feeding would mean naked breasts on full display?! (Someone compared it to men “disrobing” in church!)
    I always breastfed my babies in church, and I don’t think most people even noticed, surely much more peaceful than a howling infant! But then I never drew attention to the fact by throwing a blanket over the babies’ head, the way I’ve seen some American mums do. I was always disappointed when they reached that distractable age when they would no longer suckle quietly but wanted to play in the pews instead. It also created a minor disturbance when my 3 year old spotted someone formula-feeding in church, something she’d never seen before, and shouted “that lady is forcing a bottle in the baby’s mouth!”

    • YES!

      My toddler son was very disappointed to know that HE could NOT “feed” his future babies…only his wife-to-be could do so. In his little brain, there was only one way to get milk into babies, and BOTTLES were not it!! I was lucky enough to be living in Europe when I had breastfed babies, so no one ever gave us a second glance, in church or anywhere else!

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says

      I don’t know, but my stepmother described breast-feeding as “unnatural”.
      I’m still scratching my head over that one.
      All I can figure is bottle-feeding became so popular in 1950s America that the attitude just took over.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says

      And while we’re on the subject, here’s a Little Momento from Classic Dr Demento.

  6. Matt Purdum says

    Mark Andes goes to the Hall as a member of Heart. He’s the awesome bass player who’s also played with Canned Heat, Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne, and Firefall. Good for Mark. But otherwise, what kind of R&R HoF won’t include Tull, the Moody Blues, Grand Funk Railroad, but inducts Run DMC? Should be renamed “Jann Wenner’s R&R HoF.”

  7. Like you Jeff I feel numb to the latest shooting. BUT it made me realize how hypocritical we are as a nation of human beings. Every day in the U.S. approx. 4,000 “beautiful little children” (to quote the President) are killed. No media hype, no terror stricken faces, no first responders, not even a little white coffin and flowers. Just discarded as medical waste. And now the inevitable “where is God”. He is watching and He and He alone embraces each soul of those 4,000 little children and takes them safely home. Did we really think He would tolerate this forever?

    But after this one leaves the front pages we will continue to demand the “right” as women to kill our own children. And we won’t even ask where is God? Until the next one.

    • Wow. Can’t believe you wrote this at such a terrible moment. Please rethink.

      • How many more terrible moments should I wait for?

      • Headless Unicorn Guy says

        Just like the Gun Control Kyle’s Moms coming out of the woodwork.
        “What an Opportunity to Advance Our Agenda!”

        See IMonk’s subsequent posting about Job’s friends.

        • HUG, have to respectfully disagree with you on this one. Gun control, immigration, and inter-denominational swiping back and forth is an “agenda”.

          Pointing out the continued murder of children in this country that happens every day without much notice is every bit as much of a tragedy as the loss of these little lives at Sandy Hook. We simply can NOT bemoan the sick and evil loss of life by a madman without noting, as Christians, the equally horrid loss of precious souls who die in droves daily–and legally.

  8. There’s no hope for this place.

    So glad He decided to come.

    I probably would have wiped out the whole bunch and moved on to my next project. What an awesome God.

    • I agree. If God “wiped out” all evil along with those who perpetuate it, whether through structural evil that we participate in, extraordinary acts of evil such as this shooting, the routine daily evils that we inflict on each other, or the evil in our hearts that is at the root of all the aforementioned, then practically no one would be left.

      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

      Give to the departed eternal rest;
      Let light perpetual shine upon them.

  9. Randy Thompson says


    Boy, I was totally confused when I clicked your link. I thought you were talking about Rush Limbaugh.

    Please tell me the “Rush” you refer to has nothing to do with this pompous pundit.

    • Unfortunately, they both have the influence of Ayn Rand in common. For some reason, that influence on the band wasn’t nearly as toxic as it was on Limbaugh. I think the President summed it up the best:

      “Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people…”

      Following the band over the years, they did follow this maturity, progressing from “2112” to later songs like “Mission” or even “Closer to the Hear”, which touch on the greater picture and connection of human society. But all along they have had songs of the individual standing up against the non-being imposed by society, government, and even religion. “Subdivisions” is a great mantra of the individual lost in the numbing collectivism of suburban life. I think this is an important message. As Paul Tillich addresses in “The Courage to Be”, there is both the courage to be and the courage to be a part (of a group, religion or society). Being a part threatens ones individuality, but isolation brings estrangement. He does a great job exploring the necessary balance between the two. As individuals, we have a responsibility to speak up when the group-think is wrong, rather than merely going along with the flow – be it at school, at work, or in church. It’s not easy, hence the need for courage.

  10. Let us also remember the passing this week of Ravi Shankar, one of the greats of world music, a large souled man who I pray is even now embraced, along with his beautiful music, in the generosity of Christ’s love.

  11. If St. Paul Harvey is correct, where does that leave St. Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, who sang. “One world is enough for all of us”?

  12. Speaking of space travel and the RRHOF, how about this: