Good Saturday morning, iMonks! It has been a relatively quiet week here at the iMonastery. Still, we make a mess throughout the week, not putting things away or washing the dishes or refilling the cookie jar. That’s what Saturdays are for. It’s the day we clean up and catch up. Part of that includes grabbing a broom and giving the place a good clean sweep. And we call the trash we end up with Saturday Ramblings. And now, if you’re ready, let’s ramble.
No matter how bad your week may have been, I doubt you can hold a black candle to this country music celebrity. Dude walks into a convenience store in Texas to buy a pack of smokes and leaves his wallet at home. In his pants. With the rest of his clothes. Then he is arrested for napping—still in his nothing buts—in the middle of the road. No, these are not the words to a country song. This really happened. Really. I cannot make this stuff up.
And I guess you don’t even have to be a country star to cruise around town sans clothing. But a priest? Oh yeah, this was a fun week gathering these scraps.
Then there is the teenager in Ohio who had to be taken to the hospital suffering from severe dehydration … after playing video games for four days straight. What game? MW3, if that matters. At least he didn’t sell a kidney. Oh, wait. That did happen. In China. Teen boy sells one of his kidneys to buy an iPad. Yet another thing that separates Apple fanatics and sane people. I doubt anyone has ever sold a vital organ to buy an Android tablet.
Back in the U.S., President Obama hosted a Ramandan dinner at the White House last night. Before you jump to the conclusion that he has finally shown his hand so we can all see that he really is a Muslim, you should know that this tradition was started by Bill Clinton and continued by George Bush (Muslims both, no doubt).
Missourians passed a measure this week making it legal to pray whenever they want, including in schools. The authors of this bill wanted to protect religious freedom, which they say is under attack in Missouri. Ok … if you say so. Oh, and students are now allowed to decline to do a school assignment if it conflicts with their religion. The worms are really out of the can now.
Book publishers do a lot of wacky things, but pulling a book from shelves after it has been released is a very, very rare occurrence indeed. Yet that’s just what Thomas Nelson did to David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies. Perhaps it should have been called the Barton Lies. Seems the author didn’t exactly do a bang-up job fact-checking his information. I’ll have more to say on this topic this week.
Hey Martha—what is up with this? Get busy over there!
Bored with superhero movies? Don’t worry, you won’t have much longer to wait. Hellbound the movie is on its way. One of those making an appearance in the documentary is Frank Schaeffer, who no longer wants to be a trouble maker. I’d like to believe him. Then again, I’d like to believe eating a half gallon of pistachio-almond ice cream won’t make me fat.
We know that Spain is going through a very rough spell economically, but one business there is booming: the making of hats for a certain sect of Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn. While in Israel, another product is all the rage for Ultra Orthodox Jews. Mr. Magoo would be proud.
Finally, a church in Ohio has started a professional wrestling association. Really. Who didn’t see this coming? Sigh … the evangelical circus rolls merrily along.
Had enough? Then let’s sing happy birthday to Louis Armstrong; Clara “Where’s the beef?” Peller; Helen Thomas; Billy Bob Thornton; Jeff Gordon; Neil Armstrong; Loni Anderson; Andy Warhol; Stan Freberg; Dustin Hoffman; Betty Boop; Herbert Hoover; and Ian Anderson.
No, Jethro Tull is not the name of the flute player in a certain rock band. The flute player and lead singer in the band Jethro Tull is Ian Anderson. Here he is just a few years ago, showing he still has what it takes to rock and roll—playing a classical piece on his silver flute. Enjoy.