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In the spirit of AIM, entrepreneurship and Our Father Who is Art, in the Intersection

One of the Idolatrous Statues downtown is of Gen Winfield Scott. The placard reads that he was an entrepreneur, a “self made” millionaire.
Bullshit. I was wondering where I had heard the name before. He was the officer in charge of the Cherokee Removal. He got his money and his land grants at the point of the rifles and bayonets of the Publicly Paid Soldiers he commanded, same as the Horses Ass on the Horses Back in the middle of the intersection of Platte and Nevada. All their land and railroad wheeling and dealing was Subsidized Corporate Welfare and the point needs to be stressed more often. Especially as the Wall Street class warfare heats up and the Perpetual Whiners in the Ruling (for now) Class about how they worked hard to get control of the economy of the world grows ever louder and more shrill.
The Warrior Class is drawn from the ranks of the Other Slaves. Those of the Pentagoons who think they “clawed their way to the top”, the vast majority are like Robert E. Lee, who graduated West Point and nobody supposedly gave him any preferential treatment because his Grandpa was the first commandant. Or John McCain who supposedly got no preferential treatments just because his daddy was an Admiral. I recently witnessed the struggle of a young would-be cadet to get into the Air Force Academy, and despite having an exemplary scholastic record and a long family history of Military Service, was still denied entrance. The notion that you get into any of the Academies by your own merit is just another lie perpetrated by the “elite” who want the peasants to actually believe that they’re better than the Peasants, thus more deserving of the riches and power bestowed on them, at Government Administered Taxpayer Expense.

So it was with Generals Scott and Palmer. They were no more “Self Made” men than Paris Hilton or Jenna Bush.

I dunno, maybe that was some kind of sign, you reckon?

It’s difficult to inject logic into either politics or faith without being the subject of a lynching, but here goes.
There was a statue, 62 feet tall, of Jesus on the side of a highway in Ohio. People would actually pull over and pray to it. So last year about this time it was struck by lightning, caught fire and burned down. Or burned up. Means the same thing. Now, there’s long been a controversy in Christianity and Judaism and Islam over the making of graven images and with special notice given to a statue, picture or whatever of God.
Much Christian blood has been spilt by other Christians with Iconoclasm being one of the issues.
The Hundred Years War for instance. Somebody who was crawling up out of the Medieval Tradition and had learned to read, and noticed that there was a discrepancy of sorts between “Thou shalt not make any graven image” and the Church tradition of making lots and lots of graven images. So, that left no choice but to wage bloody, expensive and generally tragic War for a hundred years, hence the name. There were other issues, mostly having to do with which Christian king got to own which land and the people therein.
So, now, there’s almost completed, another Touchdown Jesus statue being made by the same corporation which makes the fiberglass Big Boy hamburger franchise statues. With the notation of “it’s lightning-proof”.
Here’s where logic should be employed…

If as the Bible says, God controls the storm, Jesus specifically, then it’s pretty likely that God has decisively said “NO!” to the statue of His Incarnation Jesus, and building another one right in the same spot and DARING God to strike that one with lightning might not be all that good an idea.

In fact, it might be considered downright foolish. And expensive, the last one cost $600,000 and the notion of fiscal conservativism is a big issue with Christians nowadays.
Not that the ones who sing the loudest praises of conservativism actually conserve anything but that’s a longstanding pet peeve of mine and y’all probably already noticed that it’s my pet peeve.

I was thinking of getting a dog and naming it Peeve so I could go around saying “that’s my pet, Peeve” but the humor would wear off after about, o, I dunno, the second time I told the joke. Dogs sometimes live to be twenty years old and I don’t think the joke would last quite that long.

But back to the theme, spending more than a half million to replace a statue that God already rejected, kind of violently and to the point, one could say “in a shocking display” is, I don’t know, maybe “squandering” as opposed to “saving”.

Mind you, it’s not my money. I do, however, wish and pray that people would stop doing things to make Christians look stupid.
In a related theme, a preacher named Pat Robertson has often tried to make White Southern Christians look stupid by telling the entire world that White Southern Christians all agree on his Hate Speech talking points, and that they’re not Hate but Love.

It’s incredibly insulting. I’m not any more than half white and I’m insulted. Maybe Brother Pat can go stand near that statue.

Professional drunkard “Snooki” busted

From the “reality” show “Jersey Shore” where 20-somethings are filmed showing what they would do if they were paid to do a constant beach party. Ok so that’s not the OFFICIAL premise of the show, like, when you were 21 did you have a major studio pay your rent, your clothing tab and… YOUR BAR TAB? Sure, everybody did! That’s why it’s called a REALITY Show! Like, DUH! I wouldn’t have mentioned it at all but in “our” national obsession with 24-7 Televised Idolatry somehow this became a Major Story. And one headline compared it, albeit satirically, “Our Long National Nightmare is over- Snooki released” and took the names Martin L King and Nelson Mandela in vain. The charge, surprise: Disorderly Conduct. C’mon, guys, cut the poor girl some slack, huh? She gets PAID to be Drunk and Disorderly. The starting stages of the really tragic disease of Alcoholism is FUNNY! (oh, and the show also pays for her car and her gas. Neat!) It’s a sad day for our civilization.