Wednesday, February 07, 2007

These five to six thousand year old Gentiles had neither the Law or Gospel. What is Amerika's excuse?

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Freedom Fried

A marketing campaign for a new Cartoon Network program went awry Wednesday in Boston. The citizenry was terrified to behold Osama Bin Laden's latest attack on America. The terror of this latest attack was amplified by the form it took: Amerika was being flipped off by its own talking french fries, milkshakes, and a meatball. Of course it wasn't a terror attack, but one can never be too sure:

“Just a little over a mile away from the placement of the first device, a group of terrorists boarded airplanes and launched an attack on New York City,” police Commissioner Edward Davis said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“The city clearly did not overreact. Had we taken any other steps, we would have been endangering the public,” he said.

Davis said that as calls were coming in about the electronic signs in rapid succession Wednesday afternoon, police also received reports of two devices that resembled pipe bombs and had a confirmed report of a man walking down the hallways of New England Medical Center making a rambling speech about “God getting us today” and “This would be a sorry day.”

In the end the prophet in the New England Medical Center proved righteous. It was a sorry day and God got them.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Seven Monkeys

Yes, even as Stephen Hawkings bemoans the deteriorating world, his compatriots are descrecating graves in the Alaskan permafrost to visit death upon monkeys. The monkeys and the graves will have their revenge.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Motor Mouth

Wheel-chair bound genius Stephen Hawking spoke at a conference organized by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. They've decided to move the doomsday clock forward two minutes - as if they could know the day or the hour.

"We stand at the brink of a second nuclear age and a period of unprecedented climate change, scientists have a special responsibility, once again, to inform the public and to advise leaders about the perils that humanity faces," Professor Hawking said. "As scientists, we understand the dangers of nuclear weapons and their devastating effects, and we are learning how human activities and technologies are affecting climate systems in ways that may forever change life on Earth.

"As citizens of the world, we have a duty to share that knowledge. We have a duty, as well, to alert the public to the unnecessary risks that we live with every day, and to the perils we foresee if governments and societies do not take action now to render nuclear weapons obsolete and to prevent further climate change.

"We are here today to outline the results of the Bulletin's recent deliberations and to warn the public about the deteriorating state of world and planetary affairs by moving the hand of the clock," Professor Hawking said.

The eschatons of the Scientists are always avoidable, there is always a solution if we 'act now', but there is one apocalypse which cannot be deferred because it lay beyond the scientists' time. Global warming and nuclear war. Yawn. Lou Reed sings "The ozone layer has no ozone anymore, and you're gonna leave me for the guy next door?" Lou Reed has the average American's eschatology nailed in that line. All their little apocalypses are local. They play out in bedrooms and across kitchen tables throughout the Republic. They cannot conceive of the One who has no use of time, who is beyond time, and who alone knows the midnight hour. The world deteriorates, Hawkings says, but the world has been deteriorating since Cain tried to hide his crime. What profit to obsess over lost Canadian Artic Ice Shelves and a green Greenland when tonight thy soul may me required of thee?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Now from America, empty indifferent things are pouring across, sham things, dummy life...Live things, things lived and conscient of us, are running out and can no longer be replaced. We are the perhaps the last to have known such things.

Ranier Maria Rilke in a letter to his Polish publisher, November 13, 1925

In Rilke's time, a man knew pretty much where he was going to die. He was intimate with his own death, and grew it in himself like a woman grows a fetus. He imagined it, nurtured it, and realized it. Celine thought that man who couldn't conceive of his own death worse than a dog. And that is where we are in America. Death has become a crumb that falls from the table and is eaten by the dogs.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The False Prophet

January 3, 2007

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. --In what has become an annual tradition of prognostications, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Tuesday God has told him that a terrorist attack on the United States would result in "mass killing" late in 2007.

"I'm not necessarily saying it's going to be nuclear," he said during his news-and-talk television show "The 700 Club" on the Christian Broadcasting Network. "The Lord didn't say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that."

Robertson said God told him during a recent prayer retreat that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September.

Robertson said God also told him that the U.S. only feigns friendship with Israel and that U.S. policies are pushing Israel toward "national suicide."

Robertson suggested in January 2006 that God punished then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with a stroke for ceding Israeli-controlled land to the Palestinians.

The broadcaster predicted in January 2004 that President Bush would easily win re-election. Bush won 51 percent of the vote that fall, beating Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.

In 2005, Robertson predicted that Bush would have victory after victory in his second term. He said Social Security reform proposals would be approved and Bush would nominate conservative judges to federal courts.

Lawmakers confirmed Bush's 2005 nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. But the president's Social Security initiative was stalled.

"I have a relatively good track record," he said. "Sometimes I miss."

In May, Robertson said God told him that storms and possibly a tsunami were to crash into America's coastline in 2006. Even though the U.S. was not hit with a tsunami, Robertson on Tuesday cited last spring's heavy rains and flooding in New England as partly fulfilling the prediction.

Yes, God spoke to Pat Robertson during a recent prayer retreat. Another private revelation for this would-be Caesar. It's possible for such revelations to have merit, but not in this case. By articles end Robertson says "I have a relatively good track record." If God spoke to Pat Robertson, then Pat listened for a moment before pushing God off the bully pulpit and usurping him. The identification of God and 'I' is too deft for a nitwit like Robertson, so we must suppose that he's uttered his lies so many times that he himself believes them.

Friday, December 29, 2006

The Statue of Liberty

The vertigried whore would just as soon drop the torch and shove a hyssop stalk up your urethra.

Indulge Yourself

So what indulgences did you pass up in 2006? How many parties, vacations, or events with friends did you skip in favor of working? How many times did you buy the practical energy-saving device for your home instead of the cool gadget that caught your eye?

Regrettable Virtue

If you find yourself coming up with a long list, you may have what Columbia University researcher Ran Kivetz calls "hyperopia" -- an excess of farsightedness.

Hyperopic people tend to "deprive themselves of indulgence and instead overly focus on acquiring and consuming utilitarian necessities, acting responsibly and 'doing the right thing,'" Kivetz wrote in an article in the Journal of Consumer Research earlier this year.

So what's the problem?

In a word, regret. Kivetz has found that contrary to conventional wisdom, as time passes people tend to regret their virtuous behavior.

A new disease for the remnant not co-opted into the American consumer binge. Hyperopia. You are mentally ill for not buying that IPod you could not afford. If you made your tithe, you must necessarily deprive yourself and your long suffering family of dinner at TGIF Friday's. The tits at Hooters have a little less bounce in them because you stayed home and ate a can of Spaghetti-O's. The butterfly effect induced by letting your alms grow damp with the sweat of your palms reaches far and wide. You have put the very Republic at risk. To stop 'indulgences' is to let the terrorists win.