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‘So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words.’  ~ Proverbs 2:16  


  • Moments of clarity hit you in the strangest places and in the most unexpected times.  As I watched the Kennedy Center Honours to-night on television (did I mention that the wife and kids are out of town?) I gained a realisation regarding the connection–or lack thereof–between popular culture and the Decalogue.  As a couple known only in the esoteric circles of Broadway sang ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story, I thought about the meaning of the song and the theme of that musical and Romeo and Juliet(from whence the inspiration came) which is nothing less than a blatant disregard for the Fifth Commandment.  Both WSS and R&J are celebrated as literary and artistic masterpieces, respectively; yet, they are celebrated in spite of–or is it due to?–their celebration of rebellion against parental authority when it comes to marriage.  That’s all–I was just thinking.  (And the homage to Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend of The Who rocked.  Immensely.)



  • A professor I had while in college once told us a possibly/ probably apocryphal story about ‘Alvin’s Daddy.’ Without getting into all of the details, the long and short of the story was that, while facing a dare to visit the Chicken Ranchout in La Grange during his old Aggie days, Alvin passed his daddy coming out the front door as he was going in. Supposedly, neither Alvin nor his daddy ever mentioned the incident for the rest of their lives. (And, one can assume, Alvin’s poor mamma never was clued in to his daddy’s catting around.) I imagine that would be an awkward moment. But what happens when someone runs into their wife at a brothel?




  • If the conclusion voiced by Thomas Schweich and other very credible analysts is correct – if, indeed, we are living under a de facto military junta , the nature of which will become clear as the economic collapse strips away all politically comfortable pretenses – we may soon learn, in the most painful way possible, that our military missions abroad have been carefully training the occupation force that will extinguish whatever remains of our liberty.’




  • One of my favourite country legends is that of an incident in the life of the Redheaded Stranger himself, Willie Nelson. After coming home drunk and passing out in bed one too many times, his wife, who was fed up with his shenanigans, sewed him up in the sheets and proceeded to beat him senseless with a broom. She then took all of his clothes and left him where he lay. As painful (and embarrassing) as that may have been, it sure beats (pun intended) having your wife kill you with a sleeper sofa.




  • During this holiday season of hard times, not even houses of God have been spared. Some lenders believe more churches than ever have fallen behind on loans or defaulted this year. Some churches, and at least one company that specialised in church lending, have filed for bankruptcy. Church giving is down as much as 15% in some places, pastors and lenders report.’




  • Was General George S. Patton a potential whistle blower who was assassinated before he could tell what he knew?




  • Folks really need to understand how overbearing our government has become; nothing—and no one—is untouchable. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) is introducing a bill that would mandate a college football playoff. Where in the world is this authorised in the Constitution of the united States?!!




  • The Israeli War Machine continues to kill innocent women and children with the assistance of their U.S. enablers. ‘Aside from the fact that Israel’s response [to Hamas’ rockets] was anything but judicious, the idea that it was Hamas who broke the six-month truce is a complete fabrication.’




  • The Bible tells us that we can judge people by their fruits; in other words, we should not place too much importance on what folks say but watch what they do. That is why I have been perplexed by the sterling reputation George W. Bush has among the Religious Right. I am not making a determination as to whether he truly possesses a saving faith in Jesus Christ, only God knows that. However, while he does profess to be a Christian, I have found many things in his life that cast at least a little doubt in my mind. To-day comes news from his staff which paints a picture of the White House paying homage to ‘faith-based’ (as opposed to Jesus-based, I suppose) initiatives yet actually having a fairly low view of the religious leaders used to garner support. And, apparently, the President shared the view of his staff in large part as it related to the leadership of the RR. ‘The reality in the White House is—if you look at the most senior staff—you’re seeing people who aren’t personally religious and have no particular affection for people who are religious-right leaders,’ [head of the White House Faith-based and Community Initiatives David] Kuo said. In the political affairs shop in particular, you saw a lot of people who just rolled their eyes at…basically every religious-right leader that was out there, because they just found them annoying and insufferable. These guys were pains in the butt who had to be accommodated.’




  • Thirsty? How about a nice, cool glass of Heavy Water? (Orange afro no extra charge.)






  • ‘…Wikipedia, by its own definition, is little more than an electronic graffiti board under the control of high-tech Crips and Bloods.’





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  • Researchers have found out what made the 1918 flu pandemic so deadly — a group of three genes that lets the virus invade the lungs and cause pneumonia.’



Written by ninepoundhammer

December 30, 2008 at 10:44 pm

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  1. To expand on your R&J thoughts (which were good):

    Though I have never seen West Side Story, I have read Romeo and Juliet and feel the need to offer up a brief defense for the initial work. Does R&J contain a breaking of the 5th? Yes. Does R&J celebrate it? Up for debate.

    -You can read the play as tragic because these two young lovers have to die due to the repressions and evils of their society and family. (often the interpretation taken by our culture, which is your point if I am reading you correctly)

    -Or you can read the play as a tragic example of immature love that is way out of control.

    Personally I think the latter view (along with the idea that the parents were behaving immaturely as well with their feud) is the deeper reading of the work. It is not that surprising/kind of sad that our current culture would fixate on the former interpretation within their renditions.

    On a side note: I think R&J is celebrated with literary circles because it offers up this variety of interpretations.

    On a different topic: I personally like Wikipedia’s organic development. Sure you will have a few bad apples, but it doesn’t condemn the whole system. Of course it isn’t as reliable as primary documents, but it seems like a good quick reference place to start with.


    December 31, 2008 at 3:47 pm

  2. @Jacob: You make a good point–perhaps what I am really addressing is our (the readers’) celebration of Romeo’s & Juliet’s (and the West Side Story gang’s) rebelliousness ‘all in the name of Love.’ (I get really upset when I think about the priest surreptitiously marrying them against their parents’ will.)

    As for Wikipedia–you have a point there, too, of course. My view is that there is SOME good information in there but it is clouded or torpedoed by the ignorant and nefarious too much to be trustworthy. It’s like picking diamonds out of a pile of manure.

    I probably good have done a better job of explaining what I meant in my post–but I did it late at night in sort of a stream-of-consciousness mode.


    December 31, 2008 at 3:57 pm

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