Good morning, iMonks. How is the weather where you are? Here in the flyover state I call home, it has cooled down from the 100s to the low 80s. Break out the mittens and scarves. Put another log on the fire (and tell me why it is you’re leaving me). And while we’re at it, what say we take a walk down the ramblin’ road?
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The news this week was dominated by some event in Charlotte, North Carolina (a city, by the way, totally lacking even one good barbecue restaurant). Before we get to those fun and games, let’s look at a few other items that may be of interest to you. First up is the Trio in Rio. A notary public granted marital status to a man and woman and woman in Brazil. Yes, the three are now married to one another. How long before this happens here in the United States?
What is here now is 3D printing. And guess what someone has figured out how to do? Print a gun. That’s right, no more seeking out a back-alley dealer in untraceable handguns. Now you can simply print one off in the comfort of your own cave. Adam Palmer spotted this, and finds it disturbing. You?
Speaking of disturbing, here is an apologetic for the contemporary church in America. Am I too cynical? Is there really a place for entertainment in a worship service in order to attract seekers? Oh, wait. we’ve already covered this lots of times, as recently as this Thursday. Still, your thoughts?
Are you a member of your church? Does your church even offer membership? If so, what are the requirements? The majority of churchgoers in the U.S. have no idea if they are members of their church or not. Again, why does this not surprise me?
Following his comments that many times, the victims of sexual abuse are the ones to blame, Fr. Benedict Groeschel has stepped down as the host of his popular TV program on EWTN. It had to happen, of course, but I can’t help but be sad that this is how we will remember a good man.
Well, I can’t put it off any longer. Let’s delve into the tragedy we call politics. First of all, did you know that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has an “evangelical ambassador“? How do you feel being treated as a political consumer based on your religious habits? Oh, I know it has been going on forever, and it happens from both sides of the fence, but I just don’t get excited knowing Mark DeMoss is trying to get evangelicals to vote for a specific candidate.
Meanwhile, the Democrat’s convention created a tempest in a cup of tea by first leaving God out of their platform, then voting to put him back in. I’m sure that must be a relief to God. Stephen Prothero sees both parties using God as a stage prop for their theatrics. Again, this is nothing new. But it is still … sad? disgusting? blasphemous?
Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland invoked Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount to take a jab at Romney’s business practices. He says, “In Matthew, chapter 6, verse 21, the scriptures teach us that where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. My friends, any man who aspires to be our president should keep both his treasure and his heart in the United States of America.” I’m not quite sure that is what Jesus was getting at, but hey, since when does accuracy come into play when we’re dealing with our political opponents?
And if having Clint Eastwood talk to an empty chair was not enough, now we have Chuck Norris predicting 1,000 years of darkness if President Obama is reelected. Well, who is going to disagree with Chuck Norris? (Did you know Chuck Norris has already been to Mars? That’s why there’s no sign of life there. Jesus walked on water. Chuck Norris can swim through land.)
Our final political story come courtesy of the ever-vigilant Synonymous Rambler regarding a billboard in Victoria, Texas, urging passersby to pray for our president. It includes a Scripture reference, Psalm 109:8. Look it up for yourself and see why the Secret Service is investigating the matter.
And finally, the Pope has a new car to tool around in. Something called a Kangoo. No, I am not making that up. What I find interesting is the picture that goes with this story. There is the Kangoo, standing with its door open, awaiting its famous passenger. There are two fingers pointing at the car. But where is the Pope going? What is he looking at? As always, your insights are most welcome.
Birthday candles were blown out this week by Boxcar Willie; Conway Twitty; Lily Tomlin; Barry Gibb; Jimmy Connors; Terry Bradshaw; Eric Dickerson; Keanu Reeves; Alan Ladd; Freddie King; Al Jardine; Buddy Holly; Charlie Sheen; Saint Paul Harvey; Bob Newhart; and Raquel Welch.
I am quite vocal in my contention that there is not a lot of good music being produced these days. I listen to an internet station that plays “deep tracks” from the 60s and 70s. But even I will admit not everything from that era was good. Here are two songs featuring two of our birthday boys from the 70s, one very good, and one rather hideous. You decide which is which. Enjoy (at least enjoy one of them).