Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday

(Noah bites the big one.)

Yesterday, I walked to church.  It was a five mile jaunt.  But that's OK.  I need the exercise.  The service is held in a bar/restaurant. We have several ordained pastors who lead the flock.  I usually just pretend to listen.  I'm quite good at smiling and nodding my head in a thoughtful manner. 

The guest lecturer was a former North Korean refugee.  He talked about being tortured as a young man.  One of his friends actually had his arm chopped off by his own mother.  She used his severed appendage to nourish the family.  I shit you not.  In fact, our speaker crossed into China for the food. He now attends a popular university in the ROK.  The government is picking up the tab for his tuition.  North Koreans get a lot of financial benefits.

I took the family for pizza.  Then we went to the cinema and watched Noah.  The film stars Russel Crowe in the title role.  I didn't relish the experience.  The writers completely screwed up the story.  They turned the biblical classic into a misguided fantasy/action flick.  To make matters worse, there was a touch of new-age humanism mixed into the fetid broth.  Yuck.  I was very disappointed.

We walked back to our Soviet-style concrete tenement.  I paid homage to the Christ God.  I said the Lord's Prayer on bended knees.  No big surprise.  I refuse to babble like a pagan. Furthermore, I begged Jesus to forgive Russel Crowe for starring in such a piss-poor stinker.  I want a refund.  

I went to bed at 10 p.m.  I didn't dream.  I woke up at 6 a.m. and drank several cups of coffee.  Then I read the paper while enjoying a bathroom break.  Ryu Hyun-jin pitched five scoreless innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The squad defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks seven to six.  Both teams are currently competing down-under in Australia.

I turned on Fox News.  The pundits are finally admitting that Malaysian Flight 370 is at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. About freaking time.  Some of the news coverage has been downright shameful.  Nothing but baseless speculation.  I've heard everything from aliens to black holes.  Talk about a load of shit.

Anyway, let's listen to the song du jour.  Here's Aenema by Tool. God bless.

22 comments:

  1. Smith,
    I'm impressed you walk 5 miles to go to church. That would take me all day, one way in my tragic condition. I'm hoping to hear from my doctor this week about when they plan to do another angioplasty so I can get back to walking anything farther than about 100 paces. My first one was in 2009, with a cabbage done in 1998.
    I had already determined I am not going to pay money to see Noah. Taking the Word of the Lord and twisting it into humanist environmentalism to me is total bullshit. I'd hate to be the director when he has to stand before the Boss and explain this movie. That said, I'd hate to be any of us when that time comes. Personally I'm counting on a lot of Grace when my moment comes.
    As things get worse I try to keep an eye out for bellweathers. One of them for me is Ann Barnhardt. (http://http://www.barnhardt.biz/ ). You may be familiar with her as the cattle commodities broker who closed her brokerage after the MF Global deal because she realized that there was no way to protect her clients from the criminality occurring in the commodities markets. Despite being an ardent papist, (hey, we all have our cross to bear), I do respect her faith, grit and determination. She is truly a patriot. She is also... abrasive? A hardass? Anyway, I love to read her for the things I learn but I'm not sure how long I could stand being in the same room with her. The righteous have that effect on me. She is a good if odd egg. She seems to think the jig may be up soon and that we, (the USA), are in for a very hard time. She may be right.
    Peace, brother
    Theo

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    1. I hope you start feeling better. There's nothing worse than failing health. I'll keep you in my prayers. Noah sucks. Save your money. Peace.

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    2. Of all the talk show host on the right only Hugh Hewitt touts it. He interviewed the script writer who has a Phd in neurobiology. He is an interesting guy. He is an atheist, whose parent were Jewish.

      Based on the interview wit the script writer, I would want to see the movie. But I know better. This is Hollywood. They pervert most everything.

      Alex

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    3. Here is a good take on the downed airliner. The Malaysian government lied. They know by lying they would sen d the media on wild goose chases every time the contradictory data was released.

      I fully expected that they would find the plane in the Perth search area. No Ii see I was foolish.

      Alex
      “Alright, Goodnight” – Does Malaysia Want To Know What Happened To Flight MH-370?

      http://sofrep.com/34084/alright-goodnight-malaysia-want-know-happened-flight-mh-370/

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    4. The writer turned Noah into ultra-liberal environmental bullshit.

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  2. An excellent fiction book (but seemed very realistic to me) is the recent The Orphan Master´s Son, about a family in North Korea. Confusing reading, but seemed genuine, the author did his research. You might enjoy it!

    Some people (and that would be, what, 99% in North Korea) have really crappy lives. Be thankful every day, I am...

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    1. Thanks, Robert. I'll give it a try. I steal all my books from http://kat.ph
      Peace.

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  3. Learn to swim............
    great song!

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    1. I listed it under this post since I was talking about Noah. You know, the flood and all.

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  4. Noah sounds awful I'll never see it I'm a heathen deist anyways seems to me all the abrahamic religions are based on astral theology same story , same characters different names

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  5. Deism makes me feel like an orphaned child.

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  6. Thanks for the kind words, Smith. As far as the song of the day goes, I live in the San Gorgonio Pass area of Southern California, elevation 2400ft. When the Big One comes, I'm counting on being beach-front property. Palm Springs/Cochella Valley will become the inland sea of Imperial. (Beach property from two sides for us!) We may have to run up the hill to Idylwild for a week or so, but should fare rather well, the Good Lord willing.

    As far as Deism goes, it's probably the best if you are being brutally honest as to how much you can actually "prove". But let's face it, Deism ain't got shit for music.

    Every boomer knows Ritchie Haven's "Motherless Child", but that doesn't have half the soul of the Golden Gate Quartet's rendition:

    Hence: http://youtu.be/MwXojxHxTXw

    Or what deism tune conveys Mahalia Jackson's conundrum?

    http://youtu.be/NdQRHXNMUGM

    I guess I'm just an old fuddy-duddy, but it's that ol' time religion for me. And I'm with Robert. God's Grace has been very good to me. I'm truly blessed.
    Theo

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    1. I love Haven's "Motherless Child". I'm going to make it tomorrow's song of the day. Peace.

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  7. I'm sorry to hear that smith deism makes me feel blessed and grateful that I'm part of a bigger picture yet knowing the whole also resides within me as well, as above so below , I also would like to say that your blog is hilarious and I thank you for the laughs it always makes me smile , keep up the good work smith

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. God bless.

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  8. "I usually just pretend to listen. I'm quite good at smiling and nodding my head in a thoughtful manner. "

    So why are you concerned about the movie Noah. Lip syncing makes sense to me. not everyone is a good singer. But if you are at church without giving it though and just to be seen, does Russel Crowe's antics make a difference?

    T

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    1. You got a point. I guess I'm like most people. Sometimes church grabs me. But most times I'm just bored to death. Peace.

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    2. That makes sense.

      My best church experience has been not going to church service. It was discussion groups led by or moderated by a pastor. After a few free form discussions, we eventually started reading the 'Purpose Driven Life" and discussing it.

      Later I think people could get into the weeds on Greek & Hebrew originals and what passages mean instead of just saying Bible verses as trite phrases.

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    3. I've always felt that church-going folks come in two flavors. 99.999% of those who attend do so because it's what they grew up in. It's part of their sense of community.
      The other .0001%, (and that'd be me), go there because God, through the preacher/pastor/rabbi/priest is talking directly to them because they NEED to hear the message. I am the crappiest Christian who ever walked. It seems I can't go a day without offending. If the Boss has me join the Big Pool Party, it won't be because of my deeds, but by His Grace. That said, I soooo want to party with that crewe, especially considering the band that's going to be playing.

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    4. My church is pretty good. But I can't take all the singing. Each sermon is longer than a rock concert.

      With that said, I'm just like you guys. I depend on the grace of God.

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  9. Speaking of great old timey songs you gotta love shake sugaree by Elizabeth Cotten , as far as church goes I've never been , but if it gets you through the day then it's all good, I think being a good person is what it's all about , living by natural law

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    1. I'll give it a try. I'm always looking for something new.

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Thanks for stopping by. Smith.