Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"South Park" Forsees Occupy Wall Street.

 In 2005, "South Park" aired the episode "Die, Hippie, Die", which prophesied the whole occupy (bowel) movement with eerie accuracy:
Cartman: Ma'am, I need to clear out your giggling stoners and your drum-cricle hippies RIGHT NOW, or soon they're gonna attract something much worse!
Elderly Woman: Ooooo.what's that?
Cartman: The college know-it-all hippies.

[The neighborhood, day. A red car pulls up to the curb. On the back window is a decal which says "University of Colorado at Boulder" Three men and three women step out of the car]
Driver: [wearing green jacket] Wow, my friend Brittany was right. This is a really laid-back place.
Woman 1: [wearing tan jacket] Yeah, this will be a great place to spend spring break. [Stan, Kyle, and Kenny approach them]
Kyle: Hey, let's ask them. [the boys are wearing shoulder totes with magazines peeking out from them.]
Stan: All right. [the two parties meet] 'Scuse me. [holds out a clipboard] Hello, we are selling magazine subscriptions for our community youth program. Would you like to help young people like us by purchasing a subscription of your choice?
Driver: Oh wow, you guys shouldn't be doing that. Don't you know what you're doing to the world?
Kyle: Wha- whataya mean?
Man 1: [wearing a guitar over his back] You're playing into the corporate game! See, the corporations are trying to turn you into little Eichmanns so that they can make money. [the other man is busily eating chips]
Stan: Who are the corporations?
Woman 2: [a blonde with a psychedelic fish on her shirt] The corporations run the entire world. And now they fooled you into working for them.
Stan: Are you serious?? We never heard that.
Driver: We just spent our first semester at college. Our professors opened our eyes. The government is using its corporate ties to make you sell magazines so they can get rich.
Kyle: Ugh! Those dirty liars!
Kenny: (Sonofabitch!) [throws down his shoulder tote]
Man 2: [has finished his chips] This is a really nice town you have here. That's why the corporations are trying to use you to take it down.
Stan: Well... Well what do we do?
Driver: Just hang with us for a bit. We'll fill you in on everything you haven't been told.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Random Thought....

while mountain biking (and neither falling, tipping, or crashing) and listening to my iPhone on random shuffle.

If I hadn't named my blog Orthometer, what would I have named it? (Click here for the story behind the name.)
--"Somewhere to the Right of Genghis Khan." As in, he is....
--"To the Mattresses" Yes, it is from "The Godfather." But, this could definitely be misunderstood.
--"Spores, Molds, and Fungi." I like this one the best.

This is what happens when I listen to German Opera, Monophonic Chant, Billy Joel, Stevie Nicks, and Steeleye Span.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Snit About Mitt.

Hey, I rhymed.

Anyway, no doubt you have heard about the Southern Baptist Minister (and Rick Perry supporter) who opined last week that the election of Mitt Romney would be a big boost for the cult which is Mormonism. Some of you may be wondering what the Utah priest (me) thinks about the whole thing. (Outside of Utah, I have been asked a lot about what I think about Mitt. It ranks up there with do you ski and are there Catholics in Utah. The answer to the former is, no I try to avoid Californians. The answer to the later is, we are number 2!) I'll answer it in four parts.

Is Mormonism a cult? It depends on what you mean by cult. Do they dance around in airport and drink poisoned KoolAid, no. Are the orthodox Christians? Not by a long shot. The complete list would take too long, but suffice it to say that their Polytheism, belief in a god with many wives, doctrine of Eternal Progression, and the fable which is the Book of Mormon is enough to exclude them from the club. (Go here for documentation in case you think I am exaggerating things.) It is, in fact, enough to classify them as non-Christian in a doctrinal sense. This does not mean that they do not have a Christian morality in many ways. (Remember the yeoman's job they did in California fighting same-sex marriage.) However, they do engage in certain cult-like behavior with regards to proselytism. In the near future, I will do a post on the cult techniques they use in making converts especially among teens. And there is the fact that they are not at all upfront about their own doctrines.

Could I vote for a Mormon for president? Yes. I see nothing in the beliefs of the Mormon Church as they are implemented today that would preclude a devoted Mormon from well and faithfully carrying out the office of President of the United States. After all, we have had Unitarian presidents and their beliefs, or lack there of, trouble me more. I could not say the same thing of Muslims, Wiccans, or Satanists.

Would I vote for Mitt? Yes, but only holding my nose. Almost anyone but Obama and all that. My problem with Mitt is not his faith but the plasticity of positions. The change markedly depending on where he is running and what he is running for. Romneycare and his position on Global Warming are far more troubling to me than Perry's Gardasil error. I just don't trust his conversion to Conservative values and the love affair that the state media has for him is equally troubling. In many ways, he has all of George W's faults and none of his virtues.

Do I think that the Mormon Church would exploit his election? You betcha. And in many ways it would aid in their project of be seen as mainstream. But, it might end up hurting them. After all, what good did the election of JFK do for the Catholic Church in America?

Index Of Forbidden Songs (Gather, Pt. VII).

OK, I'm back from the annual EOHSJ meeting in lovely Las Vegas and a few days of vacation. Time to start up the Gather destruction machine again.

Numbers 651-700:

654-With a Shepherd's Care: DO, C.
656-Thy Kingdom Come: NAU.
658-Bring Forth the Kingdom: HH, DO ("City of God" Lite.)
659-Blest Are They: HH, DO, NAU.
660-Onward to the Kingdom: HH, DO "God above, and God below"?
663-As a Fire Is Meant for Burning: H "Not to preach our creeds or customs"?
664-Church of God: TMV.
670-Whatsover You Do: DTD, TMV "Whatsoever you do, just finish this song."
672-I Am the Vine: SIGV.
676-You Have Annointed Me: SIGV.
678-City of God: H, DTD, DS. Pelagianism with a catchy tune.
680-You Are Called to Tell the Story: DO Singing! Dancing! Sharing! Living! Ewww.
682-God Has Chosen Me: NAU. Hubris.
683-Servant Song: SIGV.
685-Moved by the Gospel, Let Us Move: C.
686-Here I Am, Lord: DS, SIGV, NAU, DTD.
690-Anthem: DO, NAU, DTD.
694-Now We Remain: HH, NAU.
695-Only This I Want: DS. Shutte's best.
699-We Have Been Told: HH, SIGV.
700-The Summons: SIGV.

C=Castrated, DO= Dubious Orthodoxy, DMWP=Don't Mess With Perfection, DS=Dan Schutte, DTD=Done To Death, EP=Ex-Priest, G=Germanophobic, H=Heretical, HH=Haugen&Haas, HL=Hella Lame, LC=Leftist Crap, NAU=Not About Us, SIGV=Singing In God's Voice(i. e. we are not God, SWTR= Stick With The Rite, TMV=Too Many Verses, WIG=Where is God?