Japanese Politicians Take Over Friday Linkage

Ichiro Ozawa, possible Prime Minister of Japan, thinks Americans are “simple-minded”. His words reminded me of a description of Americans given by a fictitious Japanese Prime Minister,

They have the most violent culture in the world, yet they worship justice. They venerate making money, but their roots are found in ideals.

While we’re talking about Japanese politicos (real or imagined), Kazutaka Sangen, mayor of Taiji, has spoken out against certain people whose sole desire is to see Japanese whale hunts (like Taiji’s dolphin hunts) end.  His words seem to eliminate any room for discussion,

We will pass down the history of our ancestors to the next generation, preserve it. We have a strong sense of pride about this. So we are not going to change our plans for the town based on the criticism of foreigners.

Game. Set. Match. Way to stick up for multiculturalism Mayor Kazutaka.  Though “foreigners” doesn’t quite do justice to the word which you probably said:  gaijin.

On to the linkage…

About as a heart-warming story as you’re going to read…I understood why Bengals wideout Chad Johnson legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco (Chad Eight Five), 85 is his number after all. You’d think with how tech-savvy Chad is, he could have plugged in “eighty-five” into Google Translate and found out that the correct Spanish translation is ochenta y cinco, not ochocinco. Oh well, at least he has his own cereal, mistranslated name and all… Mohler demolishes so-called theistic evolution…Jennifer Aniston’s latest offering flops at the box office, big surprise since she seems to want to resurrect the chest-clutching Rachel Green character in every one of her movies… Jim Furyk gets DQ’d from a PGA tournament because his cell phone alarm doesn’t go off, oops…Ever watch that Tea Party Scene in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland? The masterminds who orchestrated it were the March Hare and the Mad Hatter (below). Perhaps that’s what we can call these 2 billionaires who are the masterminds behind the populist Tea Party movement…

[Photo credit:  Disney]

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The New Face Of Tyranny

According to Merriam-Webster’s, tyranny is defined as,

oppressive power; especially: oppressive power exerted by government

I know that in these combative and hypersensitive times the word is thrown around by every which side of any political issue. When I think of tyranny I usually think of the “fat, pompous, bad-tempered, old tyrant” from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. However if recent allegations are to be believed this may be the new face of tryanny (well 3 faces but who’s counting?),

Yep, that’s right, a Christian chick band = tyranny. You can read the lurid and oppressive details here.

In summary, Barlow Girl was asked to perform at some concert for the troops. The concert was not mandatory and predictably 80 out of 100 soldiers decided not to attend. I don’t blame them, their music is not in my wheelhouse either. The trouble came when the 80 soldiers were confined to their barracks and (gasp!) ordered to clean it out. They were ordered, imagine that soldiers were ordered to do something, what is the Army coming to?

The soldiers felt they were singled out and dealt with differently because they chose not to attend the proselytizepalooza. Their cries were heard by something called The Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

Mikey Weinstein, the group’s president, lauded the courage of these soldiers in reporting such “egregious, unconstitutional religious tyranny”.  That’s rich…

At least they were given the option of not listening to average music crowned by piety-driven falsetto.  Sorry but I think they did these guys a favor, I would have much rather clean the barracks with a toothbrush than watch BG in concert. Like I said, not in my wheelhouse

As for Mr. Weinstein’s um, liberal use of the word “tyranny”, he would be much better served in applying it to actual examples of it.

To paraphrase Tito (below) yet another iteration of a cherished Hollywood stereotype, “Eef cleening barracks ees teeranny, chein mee to dee woll”

A Genie Who Rubs People the Wrong Way

Genie

This is not a joke, see story below:

Saudi ‘genie’ sued for harassment

Guess old boy got tired of his itty-bitty living space and wanted to explore a whole new world.

A Talking Dead Guy

I don’t watch South Park.

I used to watch South Park.

Haven’t felt compelled to do so for the past few years.

Not moralizing, just stating fact.

For moralizing, check out this bit from Time mag,

Is South Park the Most Moral Show On TV?

Interesting observation to say the least. I am not at this moment concerned with the validity/invalidity of the writer’s conclusion.

At the end of the article, the writer quotes some lines from the episode, words that are worth some commentary:

“I’ve made billions off of Christian ignorance for decades now!” brags Evil Mickey. “And do you know why? Because Christians are retarded! They believe in a talking dead guy!”

Well not really. Yes, we believe in a ‘guy’ that died. No, in the 3 days He was dead, His body did not produce speech. Of course, after He rose from the dead, He spoke, ate, and underwent a physical courtesy of Thomas, one of His disciples (see below)

doubting-thomas

Granted, if Jesus hadn’t risen from the dead, the Christian faith would be based on a lie and thus be worth as much as a pile of σκύβαλα. The Apostle Paul pointed this out circa 55 AD,

For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.

Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

1 Corinthians 15:16-19, emphasis mine

Truly, there are many ‘talking dead guys’ (and gals) walking around.

Christian, when is the last time you respectfully spoke to any of them about the living hope you now have through Our Lord’s Resurrection?

For many of us, the answer to that question is as shameful as any episode of South Park.

POTUS, Starring Barack Obama as Lorenzo Lamas…

The Secret Service must be big fans of Renegade, a ridiculously campy mid-90s TV show starring Lorenzo Lamas as a bounty hunter. Here’s a screenshot:

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I’m basing this on the fact that, according to this story, “Renegade” is the Secret Service-assigned code name of President-elect Barack Obama.

I cannot begin to imagine why they would pick this moniker, given what the term means according to Webster’s:

1 : a deserter from one faith, cause, or allegiance to another
2 : an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior

Even more interesting is what is found in the Wikipedia entry for “Renegade”,

Renegade (Middle Ages), a term for a fallen Christian or a knight without allegiance.

To quote Disney’s March Hare (below), “Verrrrry interesting…”

march-hare

Oprah: Biased? No Question. Racist? Hmm…

I create feelings in others that they themselves don’t understand. — Lightning McQueen

Well that’s one thing Barack Obama has in common with the Pixar creation. At least when it comes to the popular Ms. Winfrey, who said this after the Senator’s recent acceptance speech,

What I saw with Barack Obama was something that was transcendent and I felt transformational for me as a human being and for this country.

Hey, I hear you O! I’ve already given the best reasons that qualify Mr. Obama for the Presidency:

  1. He took the time to take pictures with the Texas football team
  2. He wears Asics

Those 2 trump what has been told to me : “he gives a good speech”, “he reminds me of JFK”, “he’s for change”

So now Oprah (unabashed Obama honk) is in the news for refusing to have Sarah Palin on her insanely popular show. Granted, O will have her on after the election (probably provided that the GOP doesn’t win) but not anytime before.

This prompted the good impartial folks over at ABC to ask the following question:
Is Oprah Biased? Host Won’t Interview Palin

Well of course she’s biased ABC (takes one to know one?) but the better question is, “Is she racist?”

I know it sound preposterous (it’s impossible for libs to be racist) but let’s play a bit of “A Time to Kill” pretend.

You have an immensely popular white talk show host who is endorsing a young, charismatic “biracial” GOP Presidential candidate (For example, George Prescott Bush, right). The Dems have a woman VP candidate on their ticket but said talk queen refuses to have her on the show.  Now imagine that the Democratic VP candidate is black.

How long would it take for the race-hustlin’ Sharptons and Jacksons of the world to cry bloody racism?

A shade longer than it took Mr. Cruise to leap into O history…

[For the record Ms. Winfrey, I don’t think you’re racist]

Hungry Heron Could Face Murder Charge… Readies Defense

From Disney’s Finding Nemo,

Sorry if I ever took a snap at you. Fish gotta swim,
birds gotta eat. — Nigel the Pelican

Well, the heron (near top of the food chain, baby!) pictured in the following piece, “Pictured:  The moment a mother loses a desperate battle to save her duckling from the jaws of a heron”, had no such apologies for the duckling or mama duck.

Here is the final frame from the sad, albeit natural, story:  a heron just being a heron, or homicidal maniac?

I wonder if people who like to pretend that humans are no different from animals, you know the “[a duck] is a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy” crowd, will put pressure on local authorities to press murder charges on this heron for the dastardly deed?

I know what the heron’s defense will be:  Couldn’t help it, my DNA made me do it