August 7, 2020

Saturday Ramblings, May 14, 2016

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend? Ready to Ramble?

Well, Chaplain Mike should be happy. His beloved Cubs suck much less than usual this year. At least, that’s what I’m told. I don’t watch baseball. Life is waaay too short to watch baseball. A Giant Tortoise’s life is too short to watch baseball. This guy captures my reaction to baseball:

americana-omnomnomnomnomnom

Turning to legitimate sports, we had a first in the NBA: a unanimous MVP selection. Stephen Curry, of course, took the award, his second in a row.

London has become the first major Western city to elect a Muslim mayor.  Sadiq Khan, a 45-year-old Labour Party member, trounced his opponent, the Conservative Party’s Zac Goldsmith, 41, a well-known writer on ecological affairs and son of one of Britain’s wealthiest Jewish businessmen.

On Monday, Donald Trump attacked Russell Moore, calling him “truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!” Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, had said” the Donald Trump phenomenon” is an “embrace of the very kind of moral and cultural decadence that conservatives have been saying for a long time is the problem.”

Aside from a few notable holdouts, it looks like the Republican congressmen and other officials are starting to rally around the Donald. In fact, most of the GOP seems to be totally fine with a pro-choice, thrice-married casino owner representing the party of family values. This video is totally unrelated.

Ringling Brothers circus last week announced their circus would no longer have any elephants in them. GOP voters in Indiana the week before announced the White House would have none either.

An attorney in Kyzly, Russia, had a problem: his client’s breathalyzer report was clearly showing the guy was drunk as a skunk while cruising around the town. So he decided to do what any of us would do: eat the breathalyzer report, then, when the prosecuting attorney returned to the room, claim there was no evidence to try his client. Fortunately, the prosecutor’s office had installed a surveillance camera (did they have this problem before?) and the lawyer is now facing two years in prison. That’s him below, in the sweet sweater:

The Large Hadron Collider, the 17-mile superconducting machine designed to smash protons together at close to the speed of light, is shut down for two weeks. The reason: a weasel chewed through one of the power wires. At least they think it was a weasel; the charred corpse was a little hard to identify.

Two weeks ago this column reported on the great test of democracy in the 21st century. No, I’m not talking about Trump again. I’m talking about Boaty McBoatface.

Remember me?

Remember me?

You will recall the British Government, in their stupidest moment since giving us the Spice Girls, decided to let the public name their $300 million polar research vessel. Boaty McBoatface received three times more votes than any other name. But the Royal fun-suckers reneged on the deal, and decided to christen the ship the R.R.S. Sir David Attenborough. The enraged public did something only an enraged British public would do: they immediately started a petition to get Sir David Attenborough (the man, not the ship) to legally change his name to Boaty McBoatface. You can sign here.

Facebook is under fire for dishonesty and bias. The tech website Gizmodo found:

Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.
Several former Facebook “news curators,” as they were known internally, also told Gizmodo that they were instructed to artificially “inject” selected stories into the trending news module, even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion—or in some cases weren’t trending at all. The former curators, all of whom worked as contractors, also said they were directed not to include news about Facebook itself in the trending module.

[This] is in stark contrast to the company’s claims that the trending module simply lists “topics that have recently become popular on Facebook.”

Facebook offered a sincere and remorseful apology:

Yes, I know that’s Jesse Eisenberg

Budweiser has announced it is changing the name of its beer to “America” for the rest of 2016. Apparently, “Fermented Urine Water” wrapped around the can too much. Drink nationalistically, my friends.

I think they’re going to rename Bud-light as “Canada”

NPR had a special report on how the Red Cross collected 500 million dollars in contributions for earthquake relief in Haiti…and built six houses with that. And you thought housing was expensive in New York!

An Israeli man is seeking a restraining order…against God. The petitioner argued that over a three year period, the All-mighty had displayed a “seriously negative attitude” toward him, but left out the juicy details. He also said he tried to obtain the retraining order from the local police, but they did nothing more than send a patrol car to his home on 10 occasions. A court official noted that God did not turn up for the session.

Chaplain Mike and I have a mutual friend named Bill Brown who just got signed to play semi-professional football for the Marion County Crusaders. He is 54. he hasn’t played since high school. Why, Bill? “A couple years back I had a scare with cancer, melanoma. As soon as they found it, the next day I was in surgery, and they took a big hunk out of my back,” Brown said. “I wasn’t able to really do anything for like a year. This may sound corny, but I felt like I had a second chance. I wanted to play the game that I grew up with one last year. There’s not going to be a second year. This is it.”

Brown said the hardest part of reconnecting with football after so many years away was relearning how to absorb a hit. “Each day I’m getting a little bit better. My mind knows what to do. The body’s just hard to follow. But it’s been great . . . Now when I took my first hit, that was something considering it had been 30 years since I had a helmet and shoulder pads on and been pounded like that.”

How does his family feel about this: “My wife thinks I’m out of my mind. My kids think it’s cool,” Brown said with a laugh. “

Speaking of football, the picture at below is a visualization of a new, 62.8 million dollar stadium being built in Texas . . . for high school football. 63 percent of McKinney’s voters were just fine spending this kinda coin on a new cathedral.

'Murica!

‘Murica!

Prenatal ultrasounds are an amazing thing, especially when they contain religious imagery.  For those who don’t like to click the links, here is a close-up. I’m a natural skeptic about these things, but, dang… Image-Of-Jesus-Christ-On-The-Cross-Seen-In-Ultrasound-Photo-Strange-News-600x600

Want some faith in humanity restored? Give this video three minutes of your life:


Residents of Waldfischbach-Burgalben in southwestern Germany heard a loud bang last Saturday morning. Fireworks? Gunshot? Cow falling from the sky? Actually, that last one is the winner. “A couple found the cow laying on her back in the garden,” local police spokesman Michael Koehler told NBC News. Apparently, the cow plunged off a 10-feet high cliff and damaged the house’s roof gutter. Koehler added that after “a short spell of dizziness,” the bovine was able to get back up and suffered only minor injuries.

“Like a bovine boss!”

By the way, while researching that last story, I found that this was not the only time cows have flown over Germany. During World War I, the Germans bombed London from giant airships, called Zeppelins, filled with hydrogen. But, how did they contain all that hydrogen gas? They created enormous balloons made of cow intestines, and placed them in the zeppelins.  It took a quarter of a million cows to make just one Zeppelin. Now you know.

The North American bison is officially the national mammal of the United States, after President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law Monday. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Missouri, one of the bill’s co-authors: “No other indigenous species tells America’s story better than this noble creature.” Well, since another mammal species (that would be us) practically drove the buffalo to extinction (because of their tasty wings), I suppose that statement is true on some level.
179251_600-1The British Navy used one it its new helicopters this week to score a decisive victory . . . over a row of porta-potties. Thankfully, they appear to have been unoccupied at the time of attack. Wanna see the video? Of course you do!

Well, that’s it for this week. On the Open Mic post on Wednesday, a Swedish reader remembered how much she loved a previous music video from the Ramblings, produced by William Tapley, who calls himself “The Third Eagle of the Apocalypse”. We may not all agree with Bill’s theology (some sort of Catholic-dispensational hybrid) but we can all agree on musical genius when we see it. So I leave you with a fairly upbeat song about the end of the world, titled, Doom and Gloom. Enjoy:

Comments

  1. Did the porta potties get destroyed because they were gender-specific?

  2. Robert F says

    Pop goes the weasel.

    • Go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done. 😛

      • Robert F says

        You’re right; I don’t know what I was t thinking.

        I should’ve said, Snap, crackle, pop goes the weasel.

  3. Robert F says

    Giant airship balloons filled with cow intestines? There’s a heavy metal song in there somewhere…

  4. flatrocker says

    In the Third Eagle video he has the line… “don’t be dumb, rapture comes, long before the seventh trump”

    OMG, there are six more after Donald?

  5. Robert F says

    That prenatal photo reminds me of Serrano’s Piss Christ, and I don’t mean that irreverently, since I consider Piss Christ a great work of religious art and a profound expression of Christ’s passion.

  6. BTW, the Red Cross story is almost a year old. Why is it surfacing now?

    • Rambler getting old and not noticing

      • It was still one that I had missed first time around, so thanks for it, Daniel. I read the whole thing and most of the comments. It’s really horrifying what that huge organization has gotten away with.

  7. I kinda hate to say it, but Russell Moore is a voice of reason among the SBC lunatics.

    • Clay Crouch says

      I kinda hate to say it, but isn’t the Donald Trump phenomenon a result of the culture warfare Russell Moore and his buddies have been waging for twenty years. I suggest that he needs a good look in the mirror.

      • No, Donald Trump is the result of years of having the people in power ignoring the working class. I’m not a Donald Trump supporter, but I don’t think this whole drama is all that hard to understand. Working class people are pinched. People are sick of a PC culture. The people they have elected have either actively worked against them or simply haven’t upheld their promises. Along comes a guy who promises to get these people jobs and says whatever he wants without apologizing. He’s a complete fraud, but a lot of people are buying it, especially when the others have already lied to them. For the past decade, and especially since Obama took office, the primary wagers of the culture wars haven’t been people on the right, they have been people on the left.

        • Robert F says

          They will lose. If voter turnout is big for the general election, and demographically reflective of the national population, those in the white working class (that’s what you’re talking about, the white working-class) who back Trump will lose, because they are now a socioeconomic minority. It will be a bitter pill to swallow, made all the more bitter by the fact that their legitimate grievances will wind up being even more unheard and unheeded than they have been hitherto, on account of their association with Trump, an association that even now is discrediting in the wider public consciousness the most legitimate of their grievances.

          • Robert,
            Maybe, but I’m not so sure Trump will lose. I fully expect him to tone down and just flat out change some of his rhetoric once the general election is in swing. He’ll say anything to win, and he is running against a person who is just flat out disliked and not trusted by a lot of people. If the Democrats had put forth a moderate semi-likable candidate I agree that he or she would win easily, but Hillary is not that person.

          • Robert F says

            He won’t tone it down. He will pull out every dirty, tabloid-worthy trick in the book to damage Clinton, which will open the door for her to repay-in-kind by revisiting all the xenophobic, jingoistic, chauvinistic, border-line insane (think how he pushed the Birther nonsense) and paranoid nonsense he’s uttered in the last year alone, never mind all the nonsense he’s uttered before. Sure, she’s unlikable; but, if the opinion polls are right about her, then they’re right about him when they find that he’s even more disliked than she is by the majority of people in the US.

          • Headless Unicorn Guy says

            Then “No More Water, THE FIRE NEXT TIME!”

          • Headless Unicorn Guy says

            MSNBC newsfeed headling:
            SOME CONSERVATIVES STILL AIM TO STOP TRUMP AT CONVENTION

            If Trump is defeated, he has to be clearly, openly, and (most important) Legitimately defeated. Denying him the nomination through backroom party wheel-and-deal will only make the situation worse, pissing off off his already Mad-as-Hell-and-Not-Going-to-Take-It-Any-More support base even more plus adding a provable Conspiracy-a-Go-Go angle. Next time they won’t go for just a Trump. Or working within the Conspiracy/system.

            “No more water, THE FIRE NEXT TIME!”

        • Clay Crouch says

          That’s your take on it. I see it differently. I’m working class. My conscience won’t allow me to vote for either Clinton or Trump. You’re sick of PC culture? Good for you. I’m sick of evangelical leaders (if you don’t know the list of usual suspects, I’ll supply one) using their particular interpretation of the Bible to cram their agenda down the throats of the rest of us. Whipping the faithful into voting frenzy. By your own admission you admit Trump’s a fraud. Your justifications ring hollow. Bottom line – we have the evangelical wing of the Republican party to thank for Mr. Trump.

          • “By your own admission you admit Trump’s a fraud”
            Yes, and by my own admission I said I’m not a Trump supporter. I’m not trying to justify anything, so just calm down and read closer. It has been disheartening to see so many conservative people, including evangelicals, fall for Trump, especially when there were much much better options to go for. But for the last several years many of these people have basically seen themselves as getting screwed by those who are in Washington (and I agree they have been getting screwed by the left and the right, I just don’t think Trump is the answer), and now they see their chance to stick it to them instead. I’m not saying it is right, but for me it is not all that hard to understand why. It is possible to understand something, and perhaps even sympathize, without actually agreeing with it. And to try to lay the total blame for the Trump phenomenon at the feet of Republican evangelicals is just BS. There is plenty of blame to go around for this fiasco.

          • Clay Crouch says

            Jon, you’re right, I needed to calm down.

            I agree with what you have calmly written is reply with the exception of the next to last sentence. I was laying the blame for the Trump phenom not at the feet of the pew sitting evangelicals who are swarming to Trump’s support, but at their self proclaimedl leadership. Moore, who I’m sure is a personable enough fellow, has spent the greater part of the last decade promoting a single cultural view of America while castigating Christians, secularists and anyone else who takes exception to that view. Read what his cadre has written about in book after book and spoken about at conference after conference. They preach and promise, and this can’t be understated, certainty in all things biblical and cultural. They preach hard lines, us vs. them, and wonder in amazement why their followers are flocking to a candidate who bombastically promises to deliver that same version of America.

            Of course Moore’s answer is to blame those other guys who “embrace of the very kind of moral and cultural decadence that conservatives have been saying for a long time is the problem”. As I wrote in my initial comment, he and his band of brothers need to look in the mirror. They have sown the wind and are reaping a whirlwind.

          • Headless Unicorn Guy says

            But for the last several years many of these people have basically seen themselves as getting screwed by those who are in Washington (and I agree they have been getting screwed by the left and the right, I just don’t think Trump is the answer), and now they see their chance to stick it to them instead.

            “I’M MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE!!!!!”
            Network

        • Headless Unicorn Guy says

          Along comes a guy who promises to get these people jobs and says whatever he wants without apologizing.

          That’s one of his main appeals, the same one as Bernie Sanders.

          Every word out of the mouths of every other candidate for decades has first been run past attorneys, spinmeisters, and focus groups, and it shows. Anyone who talks direct and doesn’t give a damn about the reaction is going to stand out. Especially if the direct talk gives the attorneys, spinmeisters, and focus groups the pearl-clutching vapors.

  8. The party of “family values” jumped the shark quite some time ago, most notably with their support of 3rd time’s a charm when it comes to wives Newt Gingrich. In other words, we only want the lower levels of society to really care about fidelity and all that stuff. I am done with the lot of them.

  9. Robert F says

    The Republican Party is making the next general election simple, though not easy, for me: Not only am I going to vote for Hillary, who I actually loath, but down ticket my vote will tend to the blue side, unless I have good reason to do otherwise. The national Republican Party is selling-out on the values it professes, revealing them to be the sham and pretense they probably have been from the beginning. It’s all about power.

    • The only way Hill could make me vote against her is if she picks Damien Thorn as her Veep.

    • flatrocker says

      Robert,
      Why vote for someone you loath?
      There are 150 million Americans eligible to be president.
      Find one you admire and vote for him/her.
      With no regrets.

      • flatrocker says

        I’m currently considering Daniel Jepsen for my vote.

      • Robert F says

        Why? Because I loath Trump far more, and want him to be defeated, and the outcome of the general election is not certain, not by a long shot, so it’s not certain that he will be defeated. If the voter turnout is big, Clinton will win; if turnout is not big, Trump could win. It bothers me that opinion polls show them as neck and neck in the swing states of OH, PA and FL. I intend to be one of those who contribute to the voter turnout being big, and against Trump.

        • flatrocker says

          So what you’re saying is the Jepsen frenzy has a chance.

          • Robert F says

            Well, he doesn’t have a catchy phrase, like “Build the Wall!”, or “Feel the Bern!”. If he can’t even come up with a catchy phrase, how can he guide the country?

          • flatrocker says

            How about we throw ’em all out and start over….

            How does “Jepsen’s Jettisons” sound?

            Where do we sign up

          • Headless Unicorn Guy says

            Or you could try Damian Thone, Nicole Carpathia, or Cthulhu as a write-in.

            Don’t do it in California, however. It’s been illegal to write-in a fictitious name since the 1968 election almost gave CA’s Electoral Votes to either Batman or Snoopy. (Though I really don’t see any way they could enforce this.)

    • Burro[Mule] says

      Who on earth could vote for Hillary Clinton? The only thing she has going for her is that she isn’t Donald Trump. She is possessed by the sulferous spirit that energizes the globalist Deep State, and apart from that she is the aggregation of everything I loathe about a certain numerous tribe of American women [I didn’t marry one]; shrill, unfeminine, and entitled. Yeah, I changed my mind.

      If Donald Trump got on nationwide TV and flatly stated that all Black-governed polities in the the world were unlivable hellholes, chose Pat Buchanan as his running mate, and told all the women in America to shut their yaps and make their men a sandwich, I couldn’t hate him as much as I hate her. Close, but not quite.

      If the Democratic Party doesn’t come to its senses and exorcise this meretricious harpy and her familiar Wasserman-Schwartz, by Philadelphia, I will vote for another woman, someone who I can actually admire, whose platform I can support. She’s on the ballot in my state:

      Jill Stein for President in 2016. All the rest of y’all vote “strategically” if you want. I’m going to vote my conscience.

      I could still vote for Bernie, or smoke a doobie with Gary Johnson, and even Trump will probably govern more like John Lindsay than Attila the Hun, but with better one-liners.

      • Robert F says

        Trump’s narcissism borders on insanity, and he is irrational; he would destroy something just to assert his right to destroy it. Clinton is untrustworthy and unethical, but self-interested and rational; after becoming President, she would be most concerned with securing her legacy in future history books as a progressive and enlightened President. I can trust her to be what she is; Trump, on the other hand, is unhinged and violently unpredictable. He poses a much greater risk to the well-being of this country than she could ever even hope to.

        • Rick Ro. says

          As much as I hate to admit it, there’s something to what you’re saying here. I’ll have to stick it in my pipe and smoke it for a bit.

        • I would have to agree with your assessment, Robert F. Hillary has a record in government and while a person may not like what she’s done, she hasn’t completely undone the country. I guess the devil I know better than the devil I don’t.

          • And I look at it like this. In your workplace, do you want the new CEO to be someone who has no experience at all in your business? Or in any business? If you work in a hospital, do you want the new head of nursing to be a nurse or an accountant? Both might be good at what they do, but these two professions do not require the same skills. To flip that, do you want to take a nurse who is good at numbers into an audit of your taxes or would you rather have an accountant at your side?
            An outsider can see things in an organization that an insider may not spot, but long term, at my workplace, I want the person in charge to have a great deal of knowledge of how the organization runs. I want the same for the country.

      • Robert F says

        Oh, and if Trump had been mayor of NYC at the time, the city would’ve burned down in 68; the comparison with Lindsay is unsound, quite apart from the quality of one-liners

      • That Other Jean says

        In this case, “she isn’t Donald Trump” is more than enough. The fact that she’s smart, tough, experienced in negotiation and diplomacy, and gets to pick at least one, probably two Supreme Court justices far more to my liking than anything a Republican might choose, is just icing on the cake. Better the devil you know. . .

        • Robert F says

          With Trump supporters, it’s always, “Well, at least he’s not a typical politician,” or “Well, at least he speaks his mind,” or “Well, at least he’ll be different”, or some such. Never is a word said about what he is, or how that would qualify him for being President.

          So make mine for Clinton, “Well, at least she’s not Trump”. I can live with that.

          • Dr. Fundystan, Proctologist says

            Some of us (gasp) don’t have a problem with establishment, career politicians that are just shills for Big Business. Most Presidents since Rud Hayes have been, and the ones who weren’t kinda sucked (sorry, Jimmy). I actually think Hillary is a pretty good choice, regardless of who the GOP fields.

          • Robert F says

            Dr. F, Clinton is several steps beyond the average political shill of Big Business. There is the Clinton Foundation controversy reported by the New York Times; the private e-mail server in her home for handling secure communications (oh, she secured them alright!); the way she, and our President, for days after the event fingered the maker of an anti-Islamic film as the catalyst whose film turned a peaceful protest into a violent attack in Benghazi, when they knew within hours that it was actually a planned terrorist attack that had nothing to do with said film (talk about an abuse of power, a shameful and cynical use of executive power against a powerless citizen). She could add some chapters to The Prince; I think she sucks, but I’m voting for her nevertheless, because Trump is a total menace.

          • Dr. Fundystan, Proctologist says

            Sorry, Robert F, but she just happens to be half of a famous political family that has been under scrutiny for three decades, and has gotten caught. None of what you listed is even remotely unique or abnormal (especially the email thing). Benghazi? She just didn’t have experience with spin. Do you think for a minute the State Department gives us the straight scoop on anything? I’m not saying these things are right; I am saying that pretending Clinton is somehow a departure from establishment SOP is taking it too far.

          • Robert F says

            Having a private server for your classified e-mail in your home is normal? Who else in her position, or one like it, has done that? According to the news media, she is unique in having done this. Or are you privy to knowledge not reported in the media? But perhaps I’ve just not had access to the corridors of power, or seen as much of the world, as you have, and am not sufficiently cynical about the level of corruption among those whom we elect to rule us; perhaps I prefer to keep it that way.

          • That Other Jean says

            Sorry, Robert F, a government official with a private email server isn’t exactly a new thing. Here’s an example:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_White_House_email_controversyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_White_House_email_controversy

            Clinton isn’t exactly unique.

          • Robert F says

            TOJ,
            There’s nothing in these linked articles about an e-mail server installed in the home of the people in question; that’s not to say that what they did was ethically or legally right, but Clinton raised it to a new level. She assured that no one would have access to the record of the e-mails on this server without them being filtered through her hands first, no one. That’s aNixonian, both in its lack of trust, and in its deviousness.

          • Robert F says

            But even Nixon would be preferable to Trump.

        • I agree, Jean and Robert. I had this sort of choice once before, in a race here for county sheriff. The old-time sheriff was completely corrupt; the Democratic opponent was a wack-a-doodle. I voted for the old guy; you knew what you got with him.

          I thought about sitting this general election out, but the danger is too great that Trump would win against Hillary. In fact, Trump actually has some ideas worth considering: e.g., these global trade deals have been a disaster for working Americans. But I think his ideas, like his rhetoric, are just chess pieces to play at any given time for him. I don’t see any “core” there, except that of a narcissist. He’d abandon his “support” for working people the minute it got boring to him.

      • Dana Ames says

        If your state hasn’t had its primary yet, Sanders is still an option. The media aren’t reporting that he has almost as many pledged delegates as Clinton, and could still become the Dem nominee.

        Dana

        • Burro [Mule] says

          My state had its primary very early. My vote for Sanders was swamped by southern Democrats voting for Hillary.

          I wanted to vote for Jim Webb, but he was off the ballot by the time the primary rolled around.

          My GOP wife voted for Dr. Carson, another honorable casualty this election season.

        • The media aren’t reporting that he has almost as many pledged delegates as Clinton

          You need new media sources. I follow a lot of newspapers online plus NPR and they’ve all been talking about it.

      • Clay Crouch says

        Way down south here in God’s Country a woman was overheard making her case for not voting for either this way, “Well, I cain’t vote fer Hillary cuz she’s beech, an I cain’t vote fer Trump cuz he wants to build a wall, ana wall’s what kilt Dale Earnhardt.”

      • Who on earth could vote for Hillary Clinton? The only thing she has going for her is that she isn’t Donald Trump.

        Which is how the ads in this election will go. For both sides. Hillary is the most disliked presidential candidate in history. Except for Donald.

        Sit back. Buckle up. Turbulence ahead.

    • I’d be curious to get your take on the Libertarians this time around.

  10. Budweiser could call its swill “Holy Water” if they wanted – but it’s still just moose urine.

    • No, it is PRE-URINE! Best to be deposited directly into the comfort station…

    • Randy Thompson says

      Really, they should change the name of Budweiser to “Belgium” instead of “America” since Anheuser-Busch is a wholly owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev. a Belgium-Brazilian Company headquartered in Leuven, Belgium.

      Budweiser is “America’s Beer” in the same sense that the Republican Party stands for traditional values.

  11. I’m sending third eagles song to our music minister. Suddenly some of the songs we sing on Sunday don’t look too bad!

  12. Dr. Fundystan, Proctologist says

    Of course, I can’t take Trump’s insults seriously; in fact, I’d bet he didn’t even know Russ Moore existed prior to his publicist telling him. But I will say this – Moore’s constant blatant lying is almost as nauseating as Trump’s. Heck, his comments on moral and cultural decadence sound like something North Korea would publish. It also sounds just as 1984-stupid to anyone who has seen Al Mohler arrive in his chauffeured car, be escorted by bodyguards to sit behind a velvet rope, impart his essence to suckers who paid good money, then get whisked away before having to interact with mere mortals. Don’t kid yourself, Russ. Trump is exactly what many in your tribe want to be more than anything.

    • Danielle says

      Your comment keeps making me remember this humor piece. And I keep chuckling to myself.

      It’s dated now, being about an earlier moment in the primaries.

      Nonetheless, enjoy:

      http://thefederalist.com/2016/02/18/statement-of-donald-j-trump-on-eve-of-huge-victory/

    • So what exactly is Moore lying about?

      • Dr. Fundystan, Proctologist says

        Is this a passive-aggressive disagreement, or do you just not feel like reading the quote in this story or looking up his blog?

        • “embrace of the very kind of moral and cultural decadence that conservatives have been saying for a long time is the problem.”

          Don’t see the issue there. This is the view that many, including myself, share. We lampooned these characteristics in each and every democrat, to turn a blind eye to it in Trump is hypocritical.

          Now you may not necessarily agree with this, but I don’t see how that makes Moore dishonest. I haven’t followed him incredibly closely, but I’ve heard and read a decent amount of his stuff, and he seems like the genuine article, as far as Southern Baptists go.

          Sincerely asking: What is he saying that you believe to be dishonest?

          • Dr. Fundystan, Proctologist says

            “embrace of the very kind of moral and cultural decadence that conservatives have been saying for a long time is the problem.” is a blatant lie. Unless we assume that he is excluding himself and most of the SBC leadership, and redefine conservative to mean “saying moral and cultural decadence is the problem”, which begs the question.

          • Dr. Fundystan, Proctologist says

            I mean seriously. Moral and cultural decadence? Go read the list of men that the SBC stands by on stopbaptistpredators. Look at the men like CJ Mahaney who donate $200K and suddenly are uber allies with the SBC bigwigs. I would respect him if he said that he didn’t like Trump because of political positions. Of course, he can’t say that because his own base firmly supports many of Trumps positions. But to pretend that they have different values goes beyond ignorance. He’s lying.

          • Forgive me for being a bit dense here, but are you saying Moore himself is guilty of of covering up for predators, or that he is guilty by association by virtue of his denominational membership?

            If the former, he has no business on the Ethics and Religious Liberty commission, and I’m not saying it isn’t possible, but I’d be at least a little surprised there. I’m not aware of how his position as the president of that commission could put him in direct involvement with the proceedings with people like CJ and such. I have really payed no attention to SBC internal politics since I left.

            But regardless of the source, the statement stands as true, and more than likely sincere: Conservatives, especially religious conservatives, have been decrying the morally progressive drift of the nation since the sexual revolution. That’s what the whole “Family Values” ticked and the moral majority were all about. Sure, there’s plenty of room to find hypocrisy within their ranks, but even by those standards, Trump still doesn’t make the cut. These are the people who crucified Clinton for Lewinsky. They have no business turing a blind eye to Trump’s foibles just because he’s the GOP nominee. Moore is right to point out that inconsistency, and he’s not saying anything that isn’t already being said by tons of other religious conservatives.

            Trump and Moore absolutely have different values. Even if Moore is dirty and a complete hypocrite, he still condemns certain vices, even if he is involved in them. Trump thinks he has never sinned, not because he lies to cover it up, but because he seems to sincerely believe the things he does are perfectly OK.

      • Marcus Johnson says

        I’m starting to wonder this myself. I think Moore’s wrong about a lot of things, but I don’t think he’s lying.

  13. Christiane says

    “The Red Cross long has been known for providing emergency disaster relief — food, blankets and shelter to people in need. ”

    I have heard that this is true, and then the Red Cross sends a bill to the recipients of the aide after the crisis is over. The latter part I cannot confirm, but I heard it long ago when I was considering interviewing for a job with the Red Cross out of university.

    • Robert F says

      Perhaps the Red Cross has mistaken itself for Captain America in the new Avengers movie: Accountable to no one but himself.

      • Years ago, i had a temp job at the Red Cross HQ, helping with sn internal audit of US blood banks. I had to sign and verbally state my consent to a confidentiality agreement, ehich i suppose is standard, but… i can say what the Washington Post reported at the time – that there were very serious internal problems in the organization that were having a bad effect on evrn the most basic services they offer, here in the US.

        It all convinced me thst banking one’s own blood is a good idea. I haven’t followed through, but…

        • Brianthedad says

          That’s why I give blood only to local blood banks not affiliated with the Red Cross.

        • Christiane says

          Hi NUMO,
          I wonder if ‘banking’ your own blood prior to major surgery is more or less standard practice these days. If not, the surgeon that did my knee replacement is forward-thinking, and required me to bank more than sufficient blood before the operation. I was very happy to co-operate (pun) because I appreciated the safety factor and the lowered risk involved.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says

      I have heard that this is true, and then the Red Cross sends a bill to the recipients of the aide after the crisis is over. The latter part I cannot confirm, but I heard it long ago when I was considering interviewing for a job with the Red Cross out of university.

      They’ve been that way for a long time.

      When my father was an enlisted man during WW2 (Navy, Pacific Theater) he said Red Cross canteens charged for everything — but Salvation Army never did. He was never much of a giving man, but he would donate to Salvation Army from the memory of that.

      And after Hurricane Katrina I heard similar on the fannish grapevine; avoid Red Cross, donations to them go to enrich Red Cross.

  14. The Boaty McBoatface story reminded me of another story I recently read concerning the proposed renaming of Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Austin, TX. Boaty McBoatface was among the suggestions, along with a few others that were simply bizarre.

    http://kxan.com/2016/04/22/trump-hitler-among-nominations-to-rename-robert-e-lee-elementary/

    On second thought, maybe Robert E. Lee Elementary isn’t so bad a name after all.

    • >>On second thought, maybe Robert E. Lee Elementary isn’t so bad a name after all.

      If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This whole brouhaha is ample proof that School Boards are even more clueless sock puppets today than when I was in school. I am quite content to honor General Lee as a worthy gentleman and scholar. Did they take a vote as to whether or not there was a consensus on changing the name? If so, what were the results? If not, why not? If there was consensus to change, the top ten nominations gives me hope for the upcoming generation. They are a lot more hip than my own generation or that of the School Board.

      • The local school board where I grew up recently voted to rename a middle school originally named for Harry F. Byrd, Sr., a former Virginia governor and U.S. senator who created a political machine that controlled state politics for more than 30 years. He was also one of the architects of “Massive Resistance.” The school opened in 1971, five years after Byrd’s death.

        The board chose Quioccasin Middle School as its new name, perhaps because the school is located on Quiocassin Road. At least we won’t have to worry about Trump Middle School, Hitler Middle School, or Boaty McBoatface Middle School. Still, all this renaming business strikes me as nothing more than “political correctness” run amok.

        • >>The board chose Quioccasin Middle School as its new name, perhaps because the school is located on Quiocassin Road.

          That’s smart and makes sense. Kudos to that school board. Makes sense for a church name as well.

  15. Interesting video of the sheep being herded to good pasture. I had my magnifying glass out watching those little dots, the dogs that make this happen. How do they do that? Well, obviously they are bred for this, as are the sheep. What was really interesting was what was going on below the frame.

    There was another group of sheep there madly running in the opposite direction as fast as they could, bleating loudly, and heading toward another gate with a ramp leading up into a truck. I checked with the Sheep Whisperer and she said they appeared to be mesmerized, and weren’t bleating, they were chanting, “I am not a sheep! Death to the Dog!!!” Well, I dunno, I say where’s your proof?

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says

      There was another group of sheep there madly running in the opposite direction as fast as they could, bleating loudly, and heading toward another gate with a ramp leading up into a truck.

      The slaughterhouse truck?

  16. So many of the fundagelical Trump supporters I know favor him on the basis of his upsetting of “the Establishment.” Now with “The Establishment” rallying behind him, he should be no longer worthy of their support, right? The logic goes “He’s pissing them off, therefore he MUST be doing something right.”

    I think that, because he is pissing off Trump, Russell Moore is the one doing something right. If I self-identified as an Evangelical, he would be representing me well. Indeed, the Republican party owes a sincere apology to Bill Clinton for his witch trials.

    • >> Indeed, the Republican party owes a sincere apology to Bill Clinton for his witch trials.

      Well, yes, I would agree with that, but that doesn’t mean the Democrats haven’t given obstructionism their best shot as well. I must admit the Republicans are much better at it.

    • Klasie Kraalogies says

      If you consider who presided over the trials, the hypocrisy becomes so much worse….

  17. Robert F says

    After Pentecost
    the congregation thins out,
    and the days get long.

    • That’s good, Robert, interesting as well, a new thought for me. I expect to copy this poem and give it to the temporary priest and priestess, husband and wife, who are making it possible for me to share Eucharist at a doable Saturday afternoon service for the next several months at least, at which point the days will start getting shorter and a new haiku will be in order to mark the occasion. I think Ordinary Time is my favorite time of the liturgical calendar. but Pentecost is in second place. I sit in back so I can lift hands in blessing without freaking out these respectable boomers.The gift of the Holy Spirit is one of the real distinctives of the Christian religion, and is mostly ignored if not being distorted beyond recognition.

      • Priest, Charles. They’re both priests.

        “Priestess” is used by a lot of people who want to get snarky over the ordination of women. I’ve even sern it used here, in that manner, a few years back.

        • Sorry, Numo, I was just giving Robert a little friendly poke and didn’t mean to get you. Personally, I object to the use of “priest” period within the Christian community and I absolutely refuse to address anyone as “Father” other than God, but I recognize the right of different folks to practice different strokes as they see fit. This is one place where I think Lutherans got it right. Even Jews don’t have priests anymore.

          • No, but they know who is of priestly descent, by their surnames. (Cohen, Kahn, etc.) Orthodox Jews who are kohens abide by the restrictions in thebTorsh – they cannot be in the same room with a dead person, etc. Whifh is very hsrd on people when they lose dpouses, parents….

          • Headless Unicorn Guy says

            Personally, I object to the use of “priest” period within the Christian community…

            How about the Newspeak: “Full Time Christian Worker”? “Ministry(TM)”?

          • On the other side of the coin, we are all priests in the mind of Messiah, even tho the recognition of that is barely given lip service. I don’t call myself a priest but I act as priest daily when appropriate, almost always unbeknownst to anyone but God. To my mind, the use of “priest” and “Father” within the Roman, Anglican, and Orthodox communities is a long outdated Jewish anchor holding back the ship as the Holy Wind is trying to move us on into the next Millennium. Tradition is fine but it can also be an ensnarement. I’m not a Medieval peasant.

          • >>How about the Newspeak: “Full Time Christian Worker”? “Ministry(TM)”?

            Are you referring to our Leaders?

          • Headless Unicorn Guy says

            And “Head Apostles”, “Lead Pastors”, etc.

        • Headless Unicorn Guy says

          “Priestess” IS the classic English feminine form of “Priest”.

          A lot better than “Womanpriest” or any other Newspeak.