Welcome to the very last Saturday Ramblings ever. Next Saturday would be December 22, and we all know the world is ending on the 21st. So load up now on all those extra helpings you’ve been bypassing. No need to diet this week. And we are loaded here this week with extra helpings of goodies. So, if you are ready one more time before the world ends, let’s ramble.
There was no joking in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday, where the world did end for the parents of 20 children. Sadly, I am almost numb to such tragedies; they seem to be occurring at a dizzying pace. I cannot possibly say it better than Mark Galli wrote for Christianity Today. All I can add is, Even so, come Lord Jesus.
It is not one world. As reported by intrepid rambler Adam Palmer, an Egyptian man has been sentenced to three years in jail for insulting religion.
In Vietnam, the government is enacting “China-like” laws restricting churches and other Christian organizations.
The British government may not need to enact any laws, as the number of Christians has shrunk by more than four million in the last ten years. And Protestants are no longer the majority in Northern Ireland, which threatens to upset the fragile peace there.
As St. Paul Harvey repeatedly and correctly stated, It is not one world.
It wouldn’t be the Christmas season without us once again discussing whether Mary breastfed baby Jesus. And of course that is followed by the discussion of whether or not mothers should breastfeed their children in public, including in church. Anyone want to join in on this one?
The Pope was busy this week. First, he sent out his very first tweet on Twitter. (I have never tweeted, not even once. Yet one more way I am almost, but not quite, totally unlike the Pope.) Then he took a ride in his new Popemobile which, as pointed out by iMonk brianthedad, is made in Alabama, home of the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide will be playing—irony of ironies—Notre Dame for the championship in a few weeks. We can only assume who the Pope will be rooting for.
Now, back to our end-of-the-world scenario, as predicted by some Mayans a few (thousand) years back. Seems the Pope, when he wasn’t tweeting or joy-riding in his new rig, declared the world will not end this Friday. Or at least someone speaking for the Pope declared that. Seems NASA agrees. They also say life will go on after December 21. So … does that mean I have to go Christmas shopping after all?
Just to be on the safe side, however, you may want to go ahead and invest $441 in buy this end-of-the-world survival gear. (Hey! I think I just realized what I can buy family and friends for Christmas …)
If you have someone on your list who you don’t think would appreciate getting survival gear for Christmas, perhaps they would enjoy getting a new Bible. The Queen James Bible, to be precise. Look, I really can’t make this stuff up.
The archaeologist who discovered the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean now says he firmly believes there was a great flood as described in Genesis. Robert Ballard is using advanced robotics to “travel back in time” to try to uncover the mystery of Noah’s flood.
Rush finally made it. So did Heart, Donna Summer, Albert King, Randy Newman and something called Public Enemy. Where did they all make it to? Read about it here.
Finally, our First Lady, Denise Spencer, reports a man faces 20 years in prison for attempting to smuggle Cuban bullfinches into the United States. Sixteen of them. In his pants. Really. No, I’m not making this up. And Denise, I think you have too much time on your hands…
Happy birthday wishes were wished this last week to Sammy Davis, Jr.; Flip Wilson; David Carradine; Jim Morrison; Gregg Allman; Kirk Douglas; Tip O’Neill; Dame Judi Dench; Booker T. Jones; Frank Sinatra; Edward G. Robinson; Bob Barker; Dionne Warwick; Dickey Betts; Neil Peart; Dick Van Dyke; Ted Nugent; Jeff “Skunk” Baxter; Nostradamus; and Patty Duke.
For today’s bonus video, I thought it would be fun to see how we travel to Mars. I love this kind of stuff. It’s certainly better than watching Ted Nugent! Enjoy.