THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH:

All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.



Monday, March 31, 2014

‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS #17’ (Or, ‘JIM VERSUS TIM’)

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"Only a fool would post an 'April Fools' Day' blog bit 
on March 31st."
~ Al B. Phulish
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Republican Vs. Democrat, Male Vs. Female, War Vs. Peace, Light Vs. Dark, Good Vs. Evil, Man Vs. Machine, Love Vs. Hate, Dog Vs. Cat, Sun Vs. Moon, Brain Vs. Brawn, Oscar Vs. Grammy, Angel Vs. Demon, Laurel Vs. Hardy, Beer Vs. Wine, TV Vs. Radio, Pitcher Vs. Batter, Paper Vs. Plastic, Reality Vs. Fantasy, Yeshua Vs. Beelzebub, Conservative Vs. Liberal, You Vs. Me, House Vs. Senate, Offense Vs. Defense, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Spy Vs. Spy, Fischer Vs. Spassky, W.C. Fields Vs. Sobriety, Harold Gimpy, Jr. Vs. Sheldon J. Pismire, Rock Vs. Paper Vs. Scissors, Islam Vs. Everything, Singer Vs. Singer, Band Vs. Band...
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THE  BATTLE  OF  THE  BANDS! (‘BOTB’)
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Shoop-Shooby –
Shooby-duh-Dooby-Doop-Dooby-Dooby-Doo-Wah –
Buh-Doo-Wah!
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EUGENE  MARTONE  VS.  JACK  BUTLER
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Happy ‘APRIL FOOLS' DAY’ and welcome to this “special” April Fools' Day installment of ‘Battle Of The Bands’, foolishly posted a couple hours before April Fools' Day. (I just couldn’t wait.)

In September of 1967 (right at the end of “The Summer Of Love”) Jim Morrison and The Doors released their second album titled ‘Strange Days’. The first song on Side One was the haunting title track ‘Strange Days’; the first song on Side Two was the album’s biggest hit (#12 on the Billboard charts) ‘People Are Strange’.
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THE  DOORS:  'STRANGE  DAYS'
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Yes, some people ARE strange, but Jim Morrison wasn’t really amongst the strange ones. After all, he liked girls, booze, and Rock ‘N’ Roll – for a young, heterosexual, male hippie in ‘67, there wasn’t nuttin’ strange about that. Nevertheless, a large number of people liked the song he sang:
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‘People Are Strange’ – Jim Morrison and ‘The Doors’
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GODZILLA  VS.  KING  KONG
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Now, let’s hear a cover version by someone who really WAS strange: one-hit-wonder, Tiny Tim (‘TipToe Thru The Tulips With Me’ - #17 on Billboard in 1968).

Other than some verses from ‘The Holy Bible’, my all-time favorite quote is probably this:

“Most of all, I'd love to see Christ come back to crush the spirit of hate and make men put down their guns. I'd also like just one more hit single”.
~ Tiny Tim

‘People Are Strange’ – Tiny Tim and ‘His Majesty’
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RIDDLER  VS.  BATMAN
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Alright now, “you know the gig”... I welcome EVERYONE to vote for their favorite of these songs in the comment section below. And feel free to tell us WHY you chose one song over the other. (NOTE: Comment Moderation is activated. All submitted comments that do not transgress "Ye Olde Comment Policy" will be posted as soon as possible. Thanks for taking the time to comment.)
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After voting here, I suggest - actually I insist - you pop over to FAE’s ‘Far Away Series’, Arlee Bird’s ‘Tossing It Out’, Robin’s ‘Your Daily Dose’, LC’s ‘DiscConnected’, and Chris' 'The Creative Outlet Of StratPlayer' blogs to see which songs they have chosen and vote there also. (If their ‘BOTB’ blog bits aren’t posted yet, pour yourself two shots of ‘Grand Marnier’ over ice – do it twice – and then return to their blogs to vice your voice ...vote your vice ...voice your vote.)
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Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘DISCCONNECTED’ by clicking HERE.
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As I've done in the past, I will continue to return to my 'BOTB' blog bits on the 7th and 21st of each month to post my own votes and announce the winners in the comment sections.
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Links To Previous 'BOTB' Installments:
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

THE VERY BEST BOOK ABOUT JESUS CHRIST* (Or, THE SECOND BEST BOOK ABOUT JESUS CHRIST)


*other than ‘The Holy Bible’
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Ladies love outlaws
Like babies love stray dogs
Ladies touch babies like a banker touches gold
Outlaws touch ladies somewhere deep down in their soul
~ Waylon Jennings
'Ladies Love Outlaws'

On April 6, 1994, I had a Spiritual experience in which Christ Yeshua (Jesus Christ) baptized me with the Holy Spirit. It left me in tears, and was utterly unexpected, although it had been preceded by other mystical experiences.

A deep conversion is usually “baptized” in tears.
~ Alice von Hildebrand
‘The Privilege Of Being A Woman’

I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I ... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
~ John the Baptist
Matthew 3:11

From that time on, I began reading and taking very seriously "God's Word", or The Holy Bible. I have since read the entire Book – Genesis 1 through Revelation 22 - nineteen or twenty times. Some portions of it I have read more times than that (e.g., the four Gospels, Revelation, and Job). While I certainly don't qualify as an expert on The Bible, it's one of the subjects I am most informed about, and the fact that the Holy Spirit guided my Scripture studies gave me insight that I'd not have acquired otherwise. As a result, and because of some personal encounters with Jesus, I had formed an idea about Him and His personality that I was not aware of anyone else holding. But I've learned that I was not alone in the way I perceived my Holy King and Savior.

One night in the middle of last December, I went into the book & DVD library where I work and sat down and opened whatever book I was reading at that time. Then I happened to glance to my left and sitting on the shelf labeled ‘Religion’ was a book titled ‘BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW’. I thought that was an odd title for a book supposedly about religion, so out of curiosity I pulled it from the shelf. It was published in 2011 by someone named John Eldredge, and it was subtitled ‘Experiencing The Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality Of Jesus’.

I opened the book at random to somewhere near the middle and read about two pages. I put the book back on the shelf, having made up my mind that ‘BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW’ was going to be the very next book I read.

Back Cover Blurb (hardcover)...
“He was accused of nearly everything – breaking the law, keeping bad company, heavy drinking, and being the devil himself. He was so compelling and dangerous they had to kill him.

“But those who knew him best loved him passionately. He had a sense of humor. His generosity was scandalous. His anger made enemies tremble. He would say the most outrageous things. And this Jesus has not changed one bit; he is still himself, available to all who would know him.”

Back Cover Blurb (paperback)...
“Reading the Gospels without knowing the personality of Jesus is like watching television with the sound turned off. The effect is a dry, two-dimensional person saying strange, undecipherable things. But when we discover his true character – this man who made the wind, music, and flying squirrels – suddenly all of the remarkable qualities of Jesus burst forth with color and brilliance like fireworks.”

I read the library’s copy of ‘Beautiful Outlaw’. Afterwards, I immediately purchased a copy for myself and read it a second time. Then I began buying copies and sending them to particular friends I thought would especially enjoy it and/or gain something new from it.

I think it’s the very best book about Jesus I’ve ever read, aside from The Bible. It may also be one of my Top Ten favorite books of all time.

As some of my friends began reading the book, I started getting feedback from them and we had interesting discussions via Email. Below are some of those exchanges, which these friends granted me permission to share publicly with you.

First, we’ll hear from FAE of the blog ‘Far Away Series’. She’s in blue, I’m in classic black:
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STMcC: At first – like, the first 3 or 4 chapters – I was thinking: This guy is writing about the Jesus I know – the REAL Jesus! I want to send this to FAE, because I think this is the Jesus she knows too!

But I wanted to wait to see if the book would continue to be as good as it started out. Well, I’m almost finished with it now, and it has NOT remained as good as it started out. In fact, it has only gotten better, and Better, and BETTER!

FAE: Just so you know, today was wash my hair day after swimming, so even though the temperatures are in the fifties here, I had a big knitted cap pulled on over my wet hair; I sat down without even taking the cap off and thought I'll just peruse the chapter titles. Fifty-seven pages later, I realized that I still had that hat on and my now almost dry hair was going to be a mess. Reluctantly, I put the book down and decided I should do something about my hair and make some lunch (it's now almost 2 PM). YES, it's that good!

STMcC: Well, one “bad hair day” is a small enough price to pay for reading such a wonderful book about our Savior, eh?

FAE: In only fifty-seven pages this author explains so much that has, in a way, troubled me for a lot of years. What I felt troubled about in the past was the fact that THIS IS the Jesus that I know, but not what religion teaches, so I always thought it was just my rebellious soul that thought of Him this way, and spoke to Him as though He were a real person (not to mention the times I've argued with Him and His Father). I'm not going to yak on for long here, because I still haven't made lunch, and I want to get back to the book.

STMcC: There are some viewpoints in ‘BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW’ that I don’t concur with. Two of the bigger ones being the fact that, as John Eldredge states on page 46, he “clings to the Nicene Creed and the orthodox faith”. As you know, I am decidedly NOT a Trinitarian ...However, I do believe that in some unfathomable way, the Father brought all of His creation through Christ, so in a way it’s true that some of what we see in nature contains attributes of Christ’s personality.

There were a couple statements (one in particular to the max!) early on in the book that made me sit up and take notice, thinking: Hokey-Smoke! Those are little secrets between Jesus and me! How does John know about them?

Mostly, for me, it was just being blown away to discover that John knows the same Jesus I do, and to have my faith fired up again by this guy who, in my opinion, is one tremendously talented writer. I love ‘BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW’, the book and the Man!

I was practically cheering when I read what John had to say about Christ’s appearance to the disciples on the road to Emmaus (pages 26-29). I was thinking: Finally! Someone else gets it and realizes that Jesus was playing a game with His friends, He was having some fun on that glorious day. And then at the apex of the fun – “See ya. Poof!”... gone. And they immediately go running back from where they just came to spread the Good News.

Also, page 25... I loved the fact that John highlighted that little miraculous event with Nathanael, because I distinctly recall many, many years ago reading that passage to my Ma and telling her how humorous I found it. In reading it, I could even hear the tone of voice Jesus used, see the twinkle in his eyes and the slight grin as He said... “Oh [pause]... you’ll see greater things than that.” (Wow! I just now noticed for the first time, glancing at page 25, that even John Eldredge put the pause in there! Hoo-Wee! Yep, we knows the same Jesus we does!)

FAE: I finished. It was wonderful. ... I just wanted you to know I LOVED IT!

I admit I did drive about 50 MPH through Prague (I read it in about 48 hours), but I got so much. I want to let it percolate down for a few days, and then read it again, slowly, fully digesting each chapter, enjoying the banquet that it is. A thousand thank yous for introducing this to me.

I loved it presumably as much as you did. I agree 100% that John Eldredge is a wonderful writer. I found myself smiling through the entire reading. At times I was actually laughing out loud, at times crying. I would read some and think I know that guy, and at other places I would think I am that guy.

But, throughout it was obvious that John Eldredge was talking about the Jesus that I know and love. ... I couldn't agree more about the 'fog of religion’.

I loved the chapter about Humility. I of course, did not think that Jesus was born with the vocabulary of Dictionary.com but I never really thought a whole lot about Him as an infant (outside of the manger) or as a toddler, or small child learning to tie a bow and so on. If I had entertained these thoughts, I'm not sure I would have thought of this time as an act of humility on His part, but of course, I can now see that clearly.

Two of the chapters near the end ‘Letting Jesus Be Himself - With You' and 'Letting His Life Fill Yours', really touched me and also made me recommit to doing everything I can to draw closer to the Jesus I know and love.

Thank you so much for thinking of me when reading this book and thank you again and again for sending me this copy. It is a most wonderful gift.

And now here are some Email exchanges between Bryan Pedus of the blog ‘A Beer For The Shower’ and myself. Bryan is in red, I am (still) in boring classic black:
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BRYAN: It's not often that I'm this eager to read a book, and it's also not this often that the back cover description of a book 'snags' me like this...

I've only started ‘Beautiful Outlaw’ but I'm already enjoying it. ... I've never once believed that being a follower and believer in Christ means that you have to sacrifice your personality and become some bland, milquetoast Ned Flanders who can't laugh or have fun.

In Catholic mass, local kids would stand up to the podium and read excerpts from the New Testament in between songs. This would lead up to the priest's sermon. Anyhow, I knew all of those kids, and I knew how much they absolutely couldn't stand doing it. And I couldn't stand listening to it. Because the kids were instructed, on purpose, to be very monotone and, as the church leaders called it, "respectful." So when you're sitting there, especially as an 8-10 year old kid who's already very confused about the world, and another kid is reading this very monotone, literal translation of the Savior's acts, he... well, he sounds like kind of a weirdo, right? And then of course I felt blasphemous for even thinking that, but when taken with utmost seriousness, a lot of it sounds very bizarre.

And I always felt stupid, like I just didn't "get it." So now I wonder, the people who are so serious, do they really think they "get it"? Or are they just going through the motions because they've been taught to digest these words in a particular way?

STMcC: Well, I think Eldredge nails it when he points out that some people in the mainstream Christian churches – INCLUDING the pastors or ministers – DO NOT have a personal relationship with Jesus. They use that expression a lot, “personal relationship”, but I suspect most of them don’t have one.

I mean, if even the minister knows nothing more about Jesus than what he’s read in his Bible – if he’s never once seen Jesus, in a dream or otherwise, or even heard Christ speak to him in his mind, or felt Christ’s inspiration in a very undeniable way – what makes him think he’s qualified to teach others how to “come to Christ”?

BRYAN: Next: The Savior constantly fighting against the religious authority. I never really knew about this, but I can really appreciate it. He's coming in to clean house, and showing (which I've always believed) that it's not the religion that is bad, but the people who can often bungle things up. Particularly in that wonderful story where he's healing someone who's been incredibly sick for 18 years and performing this miracle on the Sabbath, and the religious officials are waiting with baited breath for him to break this silly rule so that they can persecute him. And he asks, really, which do you think is more important? Abiding by this one rule or helping someone who's been suffering almost their whole life?

STMcC: Yeah, exactly. I totally get what Eldredge is saying about Jesus being in opposition to the “religious authorities” of His day, and he’s entirely right about it! Those guys didn’t even realize (though they should have) that the PERSON their (“Old Testament”) Scriptures pointed to was the very Man standing in front of them healing the sick, casting out demons, reviving the dead, etc.

BRYAN: I've always been a bit of a rule breaker, in the name of the greater good, and my former pastor couldn't stand this. He, of course, was of the mind "we must always follow the rules, no matter who sets them, to show respect for authority. The Savior would want that." And now that I'm reading this, I have to tell you, I feel a lot more at ease that being myself is a lot more akin to the Savior than is being some rule following robot.

STMcC: Oh, you nonconformist rebel types! When will you ever learn that the mainstream view of EVERYTHING is usually the correct one? C’mon, 6-B, do like I have and join the “In Crowd”. [:-)}
Just think of the tattoos and body-piercings you can have!

Have you gotten to the story about Jesus wearing a pirate hat yet? If not, you will. It sounds utterly ridiculous and I'm sure most of the priests you've known would call it totally un-Jesus-like and thus probably a demonic deception. But that's actually the Jesus I've seen as well.

Are you aware that a huge number of Divine visions described in The Bible took place in dreams? Most were not "open visions" where the person is consciously awake. God tells us in The Bible that He uses dreams to communicate with us, and you can usually tell which ones were "dream-visions" and not just "late night pizza visions" (or what I call "night doodles") by how vivid they are and how they stick with you for years afterward.

Many years ago, I met Jesus in a dream. We were on the Palisades Park bluffs in Santa Monica and Jesus was tending to two little Asian children - I thought most likely they were Cambodian. Jesus didn't say anything to me but He knew I was there, following Him around, watching Him, sticking close by, and He was perfectly fine with that. I'm sure He was there for me as much as for the Cambodian children, after all it was MY dream-vision.

But here's the thing: No pirate hat on Jesus. But I knew with absolute certainty that He was Jesus... despite the fact that He had short hair, no beard (“Jesus shaves!”), and was wearing a short-sleeved Hawaiian shirt and khaki pants!

So when I read something about a pirate hat, I don't become immediately skeptical. Instead, I think: Why not? He's fun, He has a sense of humor, and He's probably sick and tired of being portrayed as eternally ultra-serious and in the same long, white robe (with or without a lamb slung over His shoulder).

BRYAN: I just want to say that if anything, this book has made me feel better about not having a good relationship with the Savior. I've had my personal experiences, as I've mentioned to you before, more in the general sense of God, but I've never had a personal experience with the Savior himself. And I believe now that that's because I've been told to look for the wrong person. That pale, gaunt, dour looking guy who's super serious and has no sense of humor. ... No wonder I never found him. He doesn't exist.

STMcC: Oh, yeah, I know who you mean: the Southern California dude with long hair and a lamb slung over his shoulder.
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HONKY  JESUS
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JIM  MORRISON  AS  JESUS
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VAL  KILMER  AS  JIM  MORRISON  AS  JESUS
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RAINBOWS  AND  UNICORNS  JESUS
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STMcC: Ha! I just had a funny thought... I’d like to see someone do a painting of Jesus wearing a Quiksilver bathing suit, riding a wave on a surfboard with a lamb slung over his shoulder. (All those paintings of Jesus always make him look so... Caucasian and surfer-ish. They bug me. How come no one ever painted Him in a pirate hat or Hawaiian shirt?)

BRYAN: I'll make you a deal. I will happily draw this picture for you if you use it in your review of John Eldredge's book for your blog bit. I think it would add a nice bit of satire to the post about how much of a blonde surfer dude Jesus looks like in all of these modern, Americanized pictures of him. How's that sound?

STMcC: 6-B, that deal is... SOOOO ON!!!
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'JESUS  CHRIST  SURFERSTAR',  illustration  by  Bryan  Pedus  of  the  blog  'A  Beer  For  The Shower'  (http://www.abeerfortheshower.com/)
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STMcC: My immediate thought was: Where’s His surfboard? And of course that thought was immediately followed, about one second later, with the obvious: Well, this Guy could walk on water, so why would He possibly need a board to surf it?
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Very clever, my friend! I hadn’t even entertained that idea, but it’s great.
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BRYAN: Ha! I was hoping you would notice and appreciate that little gem. I actually started drawing Him with a surfboard until I realized, "Wait, Jesus can walk on water. Wouldn't it be funnier, then, if He was just plain surfing on the water?" So I'm glad you caught that!

I always felt stupid, like I just didn't "get it." So now I wonder, the people who are so serious, do they really think they "get it"? Or are they just going through the motions because they've been taught to digest these words in a particular way?

Having learnt more about the real Jesus over the past couple of weeks, I'd like to think that as Jesus has always tried to relate to us that it would almost seem silly of him to appear to us as a bearded, long haired, robe wearing caricature with the lamb slung over his shoulder, rather than someone we might know and associate with today. And really, it's funny to think that to some that might be blasphemous, but really, how "bad" is having short hair, shaving, and wearing comfortable modern clothes?

STMcC: I can tell you that the Jesus I know has a DEFINITE personality which includes a sense of humor, an appreciation for amusing practical jokes, and He has an inventive, creative capacity that is simply off-the-charts.

BRYAN: I know the latter part of the book is about how to develop a relationship with the real Savior, and I'm looking forward to that. I think I need a lot more of that in my life.

STMcC: If you want to find Him, you will. He’s always knocking. We just gotta open the door and say, “Come on in.”

BRYAN: I'm not ashamed to be reading the book, I'm not ashamed to realize that I didn't know squat about the real Christ until now, and I'm not ashamed to say that I need to improve my re(a)lationship with Jesus. But that's why we've got more than a few years to kick around this ol' planet of ours, right?

It's just sad that fewer people will know the fun, funny, truly lovable Jesus that I myself am only starting to know. But at least I can say that about myself, that I'm starting to know Him. So in the end I really enjoyed the book, and I'm a better person for having read it. I can't say many books have affected me like that.

Mostly because of what I mentioned before, in particular, about Christ - the extremely serious overtones that result in him acting 'bizarre'. Now that I find myself starting to understand not just the stories but Him, I think I may read through my Bible after I'm done with this book. A book so good it made me want to pick up my dusty old Bible again - that surely should tell you something.

And finally, let’s hear from my buddy Br’er Marc of the blog ‘The Bible Corner’. I will put Br’er in purple because he’s like royalty in my pantheon of friends.
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MARC: Stephen,
I'm on page 155. Thank you!!! One of the best biblical books I've put my hands on. And couldn't have come at a better time. Love you.

Reading the book. Almost done. Thinking back at my time in ‘T__ W__’. I remember Rev. __________  talking about Jesus saying to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan!" That he was yelling at him, giving it to him. That Peter was close to being possessed. He twisted verses like that to justify his abuse of others.

But he also helped paint a very different picture of our Lord in my mind. A cruel, angry, and vicious Jesus. Which made verses like “I never knew you”, “weeping and gnashing of teeth” take on meanings they had never had previously.

It’s helping me realize that the love I had, and haven't felt for awhile, started to disappear during this time. When I replaced the real Jesus with C____ M_________’s version of Jesus.

Our tithes were counted, you were “mark and avoid” if you had debt; you had to go to 'fellowship' three times a week. You weren't spiritual enough if you were three minutes early, you needed to be ten minutes early. I was actually followed out to my car, and told I couldn't be in the ministry band because I wasn't early enough one day to fellowship.

An old ministry friend came to work a few months ago, talking about how this other ministry couple is full of devil spirits. That so-and-so is now “mark and avoid”. “Avoid”, I like that last word. Been doing that with ‘T__ W__’ since 2005. Still friends with some of them, no ill will. Just couldn't buy into their theology and RELIGIOUSNESS.

Thanks again,
-- Br'er Marc

P.S. - Hope you’re not expecting (the book) back, ‘cause it ain't gonna happen.

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

DON’T DRINK THE FLAVOR AID!


How many of you remember the 1978 “Jonestown Massacre”?


I remember it well, as it was a huge headline story way back then. The Communist and phony preacher Jim Jones persuaded (and in some cases forced) his congregation of over 900 men, women and children to drink cyanide-laced grape-flavored Kool-Aid and commit mass suicide / murder.
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The following drawing can be found in one of my old sketch books from 1978 or early ‘79:
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THAT  DIRTY  DOG  JIM  JONES  WAS  A  SLY  CAT.
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That was how we got the phrase 
Don’t drink the Kool-Aid!”, 
which is frequently used in political debates.

Well, early this morning I learned a surprising bit of trivia...

It seems that the cyanide-laced drink wasn’t actually Kool-Aid, but the cheaper knock-off product FLAVOR AID.
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“Hey, moron! You drank the Flavor Aid!”

After decades of warning Liberals about the “Kool-Aid”, somehow “Flavor Aid” just doesn’t taste right.

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS #16’ (Or, ‘HEYWOOD AND WINTERHALTER VS. DANNY GATTON’)

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Republican Vs. Democrat, Male Vs. Female, War Vs. Peace, Light Vs. Dark, Good Vs. Evil, Man Vs. Machine, Love Vs. Hate, Dog Vs. Cat, Sun Vs. Moon, Brain Vs. Brawn, Oscar Vs. Grammy, Angel Vs. Demon, Laurel Vs. Hardy, Beer Vs. Wine, TV Vs. Radio, Pitcher Vs. Batter, Paper Vs. Plastic, Reality Vs. Fantasy, Yeshua Vs. Beelzebub, Conservative Vs. Liberal, You Vs. Me, House Vs. Senate, Offense Vs. Defense, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Spy Vs. Spy, Fischer Vs. Spassky, W.C. Fields Vs. Sobriety, Harold Gimpy, Jr. Vs. Sheldon J. Pismire, Rock Vs. Paper Vs. Scissors, Islam Vs. Everything, Singer Vs. Singer, Band Vs. Band...
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THE  BATTLE  OF  THE  BANDS! (‘BOTB’)
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Shoop-Shooby –
Shooby-duh-Dooby-Doop-Dooby-Dooby-Doo-Wah –
Buh-Doo-Wah!
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EUGENE  MARTONE  VS.  JACK  BUTLER
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'ON THE ROAD' with JACK KEROUAC STMcC and his ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’.

Did you realize that we've been on a road trip? Like Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, we've been traveling aimlessly across the United States ever since BOTB #12 on January 15th.

We started in "The Golden State" ('CALIFORNIA DREAMING') and drove coast to coast. On February 1st we arrived in New York City ('HARLEM NOCTURNE'), which was "just like I pitchured it" (thanks, Stevie, “you ignorant slut!”)

On February 15th (BOTB #14) we headed back West, stopping in Colorado ('GET OUT OF DENVER'), and then on March 1st we turned around again and took a trip to the Midwest, stopping for the night in 'KANSAS CITY' where I fell in love with and made out with “Little Miss Dynamite”... in my dreams.

Here we were driving all over the U.S.A. like Dharma Bums and the entire time, you were fast asleep in the backseat and unaware of your 'Travels With McCarthy'.

Well, you've awakened just in time to catch the last leg of our journey (BOTB #16). This time, we are turning our car North and driving right out of the United States of Amerika; we're gonna cross the border into Canada, and that's where we'll sell what's left of our 1959 Cadillac (it's a tail fin thang!) and retire to sip ‘Crown Royal’ Canadian whisky while we watch the sun go down.

Wackypedia sez:

"CANADIAN SUNSET" is a popular song by jazz pianist Eddie Heywood ... An instrumental version by Heywood and Hugo Winterhalter reached #2 on the Billboard chart and #7 on the R&B chart in 1956.

This BOTB is going to challenge you a bit (I hope you’re up for the challenge!) The first version is the short but BIG ‘Billboard’ hit by Heywood & Winterhalter, and the second one is a very long, improvisational rendition by guitarist Danny Gatton (which gets particularly interesting very late in the recording). This may seem like two entirely different tunes at times, but please hang in there for the duration if you can. Thanks!! (And please don't be swayed by the beauty of the first video; remember, this is about the music ONLY.)

‘Canadian Sunset’ - Eddie Heywood & Hugo Winterhalter (1956)



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GODZILLA  VS.  KING  KONG
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‘Canadian Sunset’ – Danny Gatton


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RIDDLER  VS.  BATMAN
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Alright now, “you know the gig”... I welcome EVERYONE to vote for their favorite of these songs in the comment section below. And feel free to tell us WHY you chose one song over the other. (NOTE: Comment Moderation is activated. All submitted comments that do not transgress "Ye Olde Comment Policy" will be posted as soon as possible. Thanks for taking the time to comment.)
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After voting here, I suggest - actually I insist - you pop over to FAE’s ‘Far Away Series’, Arlee Bird’s ‘Tossing It Out’, Robin’s ‘Your Daily Dose’, LC’s ‘DiscConnected’, and Chris' 'The Creative Outlet Of StratPlayer' blogs to see which songs they have chosen and vote there also. (If their ‘BOTB’ blog bits aren’t posted yet, pour yourself two shots of ‘Grand Marnier’ over ice – do it twice – and then return to their blogs to vice your voice ...vote your vice ...voice your vote.)
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Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘DISCCONNECTED’ by clicking HERE.
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As I've done in the past, I will continue to return to my 'BOTB' blog bits on the 7th and 21st of each month to post my own votes and announce the winners in the comment sections.
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Links To Previous 'BOTB' Installments:
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YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

SEX, TATTOOS & VIOLENCE R US - #11


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The idea was to throw together another hodgepodge, mishmash, potpourri post of news items and miscellaneous what-ever-ya-got. But rather than title it ‘Hodgepodge, Mishmash, Potpourri Of Miscellaneous Items And What-ever-ya-got’, I decided to resurrect my old series ‘Sex, Tattoos & Violence R Us’. Yeah, peoples, it... “goes up to eleven”. Ha!

There is A LOT of STUFFS in this installment of S.T.&V. R US. Me, I already know it all... but it may take you several visits to really absorb it in its entirety.

First, I want to announce this very important, late-breaking news...

“THE KING OF POP”, MICHAEL JACKSON...
It’s been brought to our attention that Michael Jackson is still dead. There doesn’t appear to be any truth to the rumor that he was recently seen hanging out with Elvis at a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop. But we have sent one of our crackerjack journalists to a Memphis Krispy Kreme establishment in order to dig deeper and see if we can’t come up with a scoop on this news item. Stay tuned for further developments.
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PATCHED-UP LOVE AFFAIR
Since the last installment of S.T.&V. R US, my inflatable girlfriend, Ariel O. O’Airedale, and I had another falling out. I’m happy to report, however, that we have patched things up. Er... well, that is to say that I patched HER up, and we are “together” again. ...Incidentally, she insisted that I remind you that she is the brains of this outfit.

LIBERAL LOGIC 101
I recently discovered a new (to me) website called LIBERAL LOGIC 101. Here’s a link to it: http://liberallogic101.com/

Although the contributors sometimes fall for the phony Republican-Democrat, Conservative-Liberal, Right-Left paradigm (i.e., some of them have been brainwashed into believing in a two-party political system), I’ve appreciated some of the articles and images I’ve found posted there. Below are some images I’ve copied and pasted for your viewing pleasure:
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YEAH,  THE  PERSON  SCREWED  UP  THE  YEAR,  BUT  IT'S  STILL  PRETTY  DERNED  GOOD!
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A HOT ROMANCE ON ICE!
I can’t recall where I found the photo below, but it made me laugh hard enough to copy it for later use. And... it’s “later” than you think.
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WHAT’S BLACK & WHITE
AND REFRESHING ALL OVER?
For awhile, I was anonymously following a blog that had a lot of unknown (to the mASSES) truth posted on it. After awhile though, I got sick and tired of the guy’s constant Jew-hating and I deleted it from my Dashboard. But, before I stopped ‘Following’, I found the video below posted at that website. This was a breath of fresh air:
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Who is Destroying America?
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BOYS AND GIRLS “PLAYING” TOGETHER...
Back in early December of last year, I had the following Email exchange with a friend of mine:

Xie [my Brother’s adopted Chinese son] had his first Middle School wrestling match tonight. He lost by only one point, but COULD have won with a little more instruction. I was really proud of him – didn’t know he had it in him. Xie was the aggressor throughout the match. He said he was nervous until he saw the fear in his opponent’s eyes. His only error, which literally cost him the victory, was that he is not skilled enough in keeping his opponent down when he HAS him down. Nappy and I gave him a few pointers after we got home. (Nappy and I were both varsity wrestlers on our high school team.)

Thankfully, at his weight (about 165-170), Xie didn’t have to wrestle a girl, and probably never will.

Yes, they have girls and boys wrestling against each other. Watch for a comment upcoming (likely) on my blog before too long.

I saw only one Girl Vs. Girl match, but there were six Girl Vs. Boy matches. It didn’t do much for the girls’ self-esteem (i.e., I didn’t hear much female “roaring”). Three of the girls got pinned (i.e., game over!) in 15 to 30 seconds. One girl got pinned at the beginning of the second period (i.e., about 70 seconds) and the last girl, who wrestled twice, managed to avoid getting pinned both times but was utterly DESTROYED on points (like 16 to 4). The boys were knocking her down literally at will, but one of the boys kept allowing her stand up again (Wha’?!) And the other boy was a lousy wrestler, and although he too threw her down on the mat countless times, he couldn’t manage to get her to stay on her back (he will probably be a virgin forever). Ha!-Ha! I just made myself laugh out loud!

Four of the girls seemed to sustain minor injuries, and the one girl who beat another girl looked to be crying from pain as the referee raised her arm in victory.

“I am WOMAN! Hear me... cry?”

Incidentally, Xie lost his match 6 points to 5, which is a fairly typical point total for a wrestling match. That should put in better perspective the Boy Vs. Girl match I mentioned above that ended 16 to 4.

What a GREAT country we’re living in, eh?

>>... I can’t help but think ‘WHAT’S WRONG WITH THEIR PARENTS'?’ Yes, I primarily blame the parents. Girls at that age don’t know ‘jack’. They just want to be cool and frankly they want to do anything thing that they think will impress the boys. For the most part they just don’t know any better. BUT, their parents should. The same jerks that are sitting their cheering their daughters on at a wrestling match, will be having a fit a few years later when they find them wresting some guy on the family room sofa. Of course, those girls on the wrestling team probably won’t have that opportunity anyway.

I agree with you 100%.

>>... It’s a sad world that we live in. Tell me, do they have girls on the football teams in the high schools today? Wait, maybe I don’t want to know.

I don’t think so. I heard of a female kicker one time, but if it happens it’s extremely rare and probably only in very rural areas where the population does not have enough boys to field a team otherwise. I’ve only heard of that one field-goal kicker though.

I guess they think they can get away with it in wrestling because opponents are matched against each other by weight, whereas on a football team, a 5’1” girl might be getting run over by a guy 6’2” and weighing 200 pounds.

But as you can see from all the outcomes I mentioned above, even when girls are matched against boys their own weight on an opposing wrestling team, the results aren’t pretty (and DISGUSTING to watch). Have I ever mentioned that I hate the U.S.A.? If not... consider it mentioned.

Hokey-Smoke! These public American schools have certainly strayed far from what God tells us in His Holy Bible about the proper raising up of young women:

1st Timothy 2:9 “...in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation...”

Titus 2:3-5 “...the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things, that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good...”

WORLD’S BEST WEIGHT-LOSS DIET:
EAT, DRINK & BREATHE STRESS 24/7
About six weeks ago, I was yakking with this woman I know at work, and in our conversation, she remarked to me, “...all seventy pounds of you”. I replied, “Seventy pounds? Try about one hundred and seventy pounds”. I rarely weigh myself, but I’ve held steady at about 170 for several years now.

Recently I have been under a great deal of stress: I can’t stand the city and state I live in; I can’t stand my job; and I can’t stand my home life. (Other than those things, everything’s peachy!) It’s been 24/7 STRESS for the last six months, during which time I have been consuming almost nothing but string cheese and beer.

I recently had a doctor appointment, and of course the first thing they did was put me on a scale. After the scale settled down, it showed 164. I asked the nurse if that was really correct, and she said “Absolutely”. So, there ya have it! Wanna lose weight? Put yourself in situations where you are under constant stress. (Just think how much I’d weigh right now if I were eating healthy and I cut out all of the beer consumption! There probably really WOULD be only “seventy pounds” of me!)

PIGS? WE DON'T NEED NO
STINKIN' PORKY PIGS!
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When policemen break the law then there isn’t any law...
just a fight for survival.
~ Billy Jack

Ninety-nine percent of cops give the rest a bad name.
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This sort of thing is happening every single day in America. And when the shit finally hits the fans, the cops are going to be SHOCKED to discover that the vast majority of law-abiding American citizens consider them to be amongst the enemies. (And that’s when all those so-called “tough” cops will go into hiding, just like they did in Los Angeles during the ‘Rodney King Riots’, which I lived through and remember well.)

Cop Punches Victim (US Soldier) for Complaining
It Took Them 45 Minutes to Respond to His Call



G. EDWARD GRIFFIN & ‘UNFILTERED NEWS’

One of my favorite current events / news sites is G. Edward Griffin’s ‘UNFILTERED NEWS’. Here you will find links to articles from myriad sources that the mainstream media will rarely if ever inform you about. You can subscribe to ‘Unfiltered News’ and receive an update in your Email InBox about 4 times a month. This is one of the primary sources I use to keep ahead of the Americonned mASSES when it comes to stuffs in the news (or stuffs kept OUT of the news, as the case usually is).

Below is a link to where years of previous issues of ‘Unfiltered News’ have been archived by G. Edward Griffin:

LINKS TO PAST ‘UNFILTERED NEWS’ ISSUES:

However, knowing that “this world” is depressing enough as it is, Griffin includes a ‘HUMOR’ section toward the bottom of each issue. The following items I have copied from the ‘Humor’ sections of a couple recent ‘Unfiltered News’ editions”

VITAMIN D-SIZED MILK CARTONS
Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, 'Name seven advantages of Mother's Milk.' The question was worth 70 points or none at all. One student, in particular, was hard put to think of seven advantages. However, he wrote:

1) It is perfect formula for the child.
2) It provides immunity against several diseases.
3) It is always the right temperature.
4) It is inexpensive.
5) It bonds the child to mother, and vice versa.
6) It is always available as needed.

And then the student was stuck. Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang indicating the end of the test, he wrote:

7) It comes in two attractive containers and it’s high enough off the ground where the cat can't get it.

He got an A.

OBAMA AND WORLD WAR II
During the 3-1/2 years of World War 2 that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the Surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the U.S. produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer escorts, 203 submarines, 34 million tons of merchant ships, 100,000 fighter aircraft, 98,000 bombers, 24,000 transport aircraft, 58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks, 257,000 artillery pieces, 105,000 mortars, 3,000,000 machine guns, and 2,500,000 military trucks.

We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and ultimately conquered Japan and Germany.

It's worth noting, that during almost exactly the same amount of time, the Obama administration couldn't build a functioning web site.

DYLAN’S DEVOUTNESS
I was recently yakking with a friend of mine about Bob Dylan and his immense influence on popular music. The discussion prompted me to reexamine a couple documentaries I have and to Google some information.

There has been some talk over the last decade about whether or not Dylan still considers himself a “Christian”. Does he still believe in Christ as the Holy King, Savior, and Messiah? Or has he reverted to his Jewish roots? I came across the following quote that seems to settle that question:

In 2012, Dylan referred to the incident while addressing criticism that he hadn't clearly acknowledged his lyrical sources for his new album ‘Tempest’:

“Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff. It's an old thing — it's part of the tradition. It goes way back. These are the same people that tried to pin the name Judas on me. Judas, the most hated name in human history! If you think you've been called a bad name, try to work your way out from under that. Yeah, and for what? For playing an electric guitar? As if that is in some kind of way equitable [sic] to betraying our Lord and delivering him up to be crucified. All those evil m@therfu#kers can rot in hell.”

ARCHIE BUNKER PREDICTS
CONDITIONS UNDER OBAMA
This short video interlaces Obama speeches and Archie Bunker prognostication and Archie seems to have nailed it as many as 35 years ago.


[Not only can your president not spell “respect”, apparently he thinks the USA has a total of 60 states. Nice voting there, you Americonned Sheeple! You shoulda voted for Aretha Franklin instead. She may or may not know how many states there are in the union, but at least she does knows how to spell “respect”.]


“NO FIREARMS ALLOWED”
Speaking of guns, I was in a liquor store recently, patiently waiting to purchase a six-pack of Lagunitas ‘DayTime Ale’. I was behind this guy who had a pistol in a holster hanging from his belt. The liquor store owner didn’t want to sell him any cigs and beer until he took the gun off and left it outside. The owner repeatedly pointed to the sign in the window that said “NO FIREARMS ALLOWED”.

The two guys went ‘round and ‘round, and when my beer started getting warm, I got sick of the discussion and pointed out the following logic to the liquor store owner: “If a guy comes into your store with the intent of robbing you at gunpoint, do you think he’s going to pay any attention to that sign in your window? Do you suppose he’s going to think: Gee, I was planning to rob that store, but I guess I can’t do it now because they don’t allow guns inside?

“Look, he’s already out to break the law, and your little sign isn’t going to mean a damn thing to him! BUT... if he walked in the store and several of your law-abiding customers had guns hanging from their belts, do you think that guy’s going to rob you? Uh-uh. He’s gonna buy a pack of cigarettes and walk out to find an easier mark. He’s not even going to ATTEMPT to rob you if he suspects he might get a bullet in the back from one of your other customers for his trouble.”

Then I added: “If I owned this liquor store, I would have a sign in the window that says: ‘Loyal, law-abiding, well-armed customers are appreciated in this establishment’.”

Do you think the logic of my argument got through to him?
No. Because he was edgeumakated in the Amerikan publik skool sistum. (He will possibly be our next president. But he couldn’t be any worse than what we currently have in Washington D.C.’s Red House.)

MO’ ‘BOUT GUNS
My buddy Br’er Marc is a big fan of the Christian preacher Chuck Baldwin, and late last year, he Emailed me a link to a Baldwin article:

Thursday, November 21, 2013
By CHUCK BALDWIN
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I read the article, and I also read Baldwin’s follow-up article:

December 5, 2013
By CHUCK BALDWIN
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So many people think that Christians are a bunch of mindless sheep. Yeah? Read those articles pertaining to the Second Amendment and then consider how deeply some Christians think about the issues. I feel I could make strong arguments in favor of BOTH of the sides in this dispute. But it’s not my intent to take a side in this disagreement, but merely to show y’all what profound thinkers some followers of Christ Jesus can be. C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and... yes, I’ll add to that list Chuck Baldwin AND his opponent in this debate.

OBAMALIES AND ISLAM:

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DUMB-O-CRATS & REPUGNANTCANS:
EMBRACE THE TEAMWORK!
World Net Daily
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“...If there were any serious opposition from a Republican Party, he [Obama] would be gone already. If there were a true watchdog press, he would never have been elected in the first place – legally or illegally.”

SEUSS SUCKS
(Or, BURN YOUR GREEN EGGS & HAM)
I was reading a friend’s blog a couple days back and something some Liberal schmo wrote caught my attention, so I went to Schmo’s blog to see what else I might find there. Well, never let it be said that I can’t learn something from a Lib, ‘cause he turned me onto something I’d not previously heard about. Here’s what Wikipedia says about the famous children’s author DR. SEUSS. (Wikipedia is a very unreliable source, but in this case, I think they’ve protly got it mostly right.)...

(Theodor) Geisel [aka, Dr. Seuss] supported himself and his wife through the Great Depression by drawing advertising for General Electric, NBC, Standard Oil ... and many other companies. ...

The increased income allowed the Geisels to move to better quarters and to socialize in higher social circles. They became friends with the wealthy family of the banker Frank A. Vanderlip. They also traveled extensively: by 1936, Geisel and his wife had visited 30 countries together. They did not have children,... [Well, I thank God for THAT!]

[FRANK VANDERLIP? He’s one of the persons MOST responsible for having destroyed the United States of America! Read the book ‘THE CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND: A Second Look At The Federal Reserve’ by G. Edward Griffin and then you’ll understand why any friend of Frank Vanderlip’s is an enemy of mine!]

Geisel was a liberal Democrat [aka, a Socialist, if not outright Communist] and a supporter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal [aka, Socialism]. His early political cartoons show a passionate opposition to fascism, and he urged action against it both before and after the United States entered World War II. His cartoons portrayed the fear of communism as overstated, finding greater threats in the House Un-American Activities Committee [aka, anti-communists] and those who threatened to cut the US "life line" to Stalin and the USSR, whom he once depicted as a porter carrying "our war load".

Geisel supported the Japanese American internment during World War II. His treatment of the Japanese and of Japanese Americans, between whom he often failed to differentiate, has struck many readers as a moral blind spot [ya think?]. On the issue of the Japanese, he is quoted as saying:

“But right now, when the Japs are planting their hatchets in our skulls, it seems like a hell of a time for us to smile and warble: "Brothers!" It is a rather flabby battle cry. If we want to win, we've got to kill Japs, whether it depresses John Haynes Holmes or not. We can get palsy-walsy afterward with those that are left.” ...

After the war, though, Geisel overcame his feelings of animosity, using his book Horton Hears A Who! (1954) as an allegory for the Hiroshima bombing and the American post-war occupation of Japan, as well as dedicating the book to a Japanese friend. ...

Shortly before the end of the 1972–74 Watergate scandal, in which United States president Richard Nixon resigned, Geisel converted a copy of one of his famous children's books into a polemic by replacing the name of the main character everywhere it occurred. "Richard M. Nixon, Will You Please Go Now!” was published in major newspapers through the column of his friend Art Buchwald.

The line "A person's a person, no matter how small!" from Horton Hears a Who! has been used widely as a slogan by the anti-abortion movement in the U.S., despite the objections of Geisel's widow. While Geisel preferred to let his work speak for itself, he did occasionally speak out to protect his characters from exploitation. In 1986, when the line was first used by the pro-life movement, he demanded a retraction and received one.

... Geisel ... remarked that he was "subversive as hell." [I can certainly believe THAT!]

Not more than 20 minutes ago, I burned my copy of ‘Green Eggs And Ham’ in my fireplace. Yeah, I’m a book-burner and damned proud of it! I suggest you burn your Green Eggs And Ham, too!

SOMETIMES I LIKE TO PLAY WITH MY 
FOOD BEFORE I KILL IT AND EAT IT:
Part 1:
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Before I respond to your comment, I have some questions for ya:

There are a few things I’m contemplating right now and I think I need a little “outside input”.

1: Which movie soundtrack album would you say is better, ‘BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S’ by Henry Mancini, or ‘ONE FROM THE HEART’ by Tom Waits?

2: Which Jazz/Pop Male Vocalist album would you say is better, ‘THE ART OF TEA’ by Michael Franks, or ‘CELEBRATE ME HOME’ by Kenny Loggins?

3: Which album cover photo do you like better, ‘WHIPPED CREAM & OTHER DELIGHTS’ by Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass, or ‘HONEY’ by The Ohio Players?

Those are some tough questions, aren’t they?

I’m assuming you’re a guy, but if you’re not, you can ignore question #3.

It’s a pretty tough call, but... I gotta go with the album ‘Celebrate Me Home’ by Kenny Loggins. Here’s one of my very favorite cuts from it:

KENNY LOGGINS: ‘DADDY’S BACK’



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