Earworm Wednesday


In honor of the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the nailing of the 95 theses, Martin Luther’s great hymn of the faith A Mighty Fortress is Our God.

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Movie Review: Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal


Terry Pratchett is the author of some outrageously funny books known as the Disc World Novels.  They have made two live action adaption of these novels:  Hogfather and The Color (Colour) of Magic.  And oh my giddy aunt they’ve done it again with Going Postal.
First of all if you’ve never read Pratchett’s novels you are seriously going to miss a lot on this movie.  When you see the various background actors as either members of the Watch, the Vampire photographer (black ribbon doesn’t drink human blood), or the fiery eyed golems; the reader recognizes these as the normal inhabitants of Ankh-Morpork the largest city-state on Discworld.  The characters are a weird blend of medieval-fantasy along side renaissance area Florence.  And if you haven’t read the books you are confused about just what time period this is supposed to be.
So the plot of Going Postal is this:  In Ankh-Morpork Moist von Lipwig a con man has been arrested and sentenced to death.  And he is hung “within an inch of his life” when he next awakes he is in the office of the Patrician Havelock Vetinari where he is offered a choice of either restoring the postal service or walking out a door to fall to his death.  Moist chooses to become the postmaster.
Well he says that but at the first chance he gets he runs from Ankh-Morpork.  And gets dragged back by a golem named Pump 19.  Pump 19 is his parole officer and is in charge of his welfare and to make sure he does the job of being a postmaster.
Moist sets to work and starts resurrecting the post office.  In doing so he finds that the previous postmasters have all died under rather mysterious circumstances.  And the mail has been building up so long in the post office it has come to life.
  In doing so it shows what the cons that Moist has done and the consequences from them.  Moist comes to realize that he must change his ways and accept responsibility for his actions.
There are shades of merriment some subtle some not so much.  And the casting of the various characters in this was excellent.  Charles Dance was the perfect Patrician Havelock Vetinari as was Richard Coyle as Moist.  On the whole I give this 4 postage stamps out of five.

Catechism


Q. 17. Did our first parents continue in the estate wherein they were created?
A. Our first parents, being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate wherein they
were created, by sinning against God.
Genesis 3:6  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Galatians 3:12  But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”
Romans 5:12  Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

Frenetic Friday


Well finally the last debate of the Presidential election has occurred and if you want to see that last debate go here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx1mjT73xYE.

Just a few comments regarding that debate:
1. I think Bob Schieffer did an excellent job of moderating much better than some other moderators.
2.  I really didn’t hear much from either candidate regarding foreign policy they seemed to be slipping back to domestic policy all the time.
And in the interest of the fair play here is the third-party candidate debate
And here is something from Randy Alcorn on whether it is wrong for a Christian to choose the lesser of two evils (ht: Dan Phillips)
While I am at it here is a little something from Frank Turk on Math and Elections.
Proverbs 19:20–21 Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.  Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
And stepping outside of the US there is good news from Calgary Alberta (Canada for those of you without a globe) where Pastor Stephen Boissoin, at the end of a twelve-year battle, has been cleared of a “hate speech” conviction for his letter to the editor where he expressed his Christian views about homosexual behavior.  Read more here.
And showing the further degradation of the culture a twenty year old Brazilian woman auctions off her virginity for over $700,000.  According to the website she plans to donate 90 percent of the auction price to a charity to build homes in Brazil.  Oh by the way this is part of a documentary film.  It will probably win an Oscar.
And on the lighter side of the news here is a clip from the upcoming Lego Batman movie.
And here is a Disney version of the movie Looper by Screen Junkies
And speaking of our Robotic Over Lords here is the latest version of a mobile mech suit.
That’s it for this week.

Catechism


Q. 16. What special act of providence did God exercise towards man, in the estate wherein hewas created?
A. When God had created man, He entered into a covenant of works with him, upon condition of perfect obedience, forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, upon pain of death.
Genesis 2:16-17  And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Galatians 3:12  But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”
Romans 5:12  Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

Movie Review: Looper


Looper is a movie about time travel and the theme of this movie is summed up nicely by Jeff Daniels who says: “This time travel crap, just fries your brain like a egg.” Looper looks at the age old question of if you could go back in time to kill Adolf Hitler when he was a baby would you. But to understand Looper you must know what is a looper.

In the not too distant future, dystopian as seems to be the norm in modern time travel films, time travel has been invented and then immediately outlawed. Because in the future a body is almost impossible to be disposed of criminal organizations use loopers, a type of executioner to kill the person by sending them into the past where body disposal is so much easier. The person arrives hooded and tied down in some out of the way place, the looper fires his blunder buss, (a high tech version of a sawed off shotgun) killing the person and collecting the bars of silver that has been strapped to his back. The looper then converts his silver to cash and spends it on alcohol, drugs, and women.

There is a down side to this lifestyle and that is after a certain period of time the looper will kill someone and on his back will be bars of gold instead of silver. When that happens the looper’s contract has been closed (the loop is closed) and the looper is out of a job. He’s also killed himself from thirty years after his contract has ended. Once this happens the looper knows he has only thirty years of life left to him. Sometimes a looper won’t kill his older self and when this occurs a truly horrible method is used to bring the older looper to his destiny.

But something is happening in the future more and more looper contracts are being closed at a rapid rate and this has caused a paradox to occur.

Looper is rated R there is drugs use, violence of a high intensity and of a disturbing quality, and nudity-sexual situations. This is not a film for anyone other than an adult.

I’m going to give this 3.5 time travel machines out of 5. It is a good movie but it sucked the soul right out of me and left me cold.

Catechism


Q. 15. What are God’s works of providence?
A. God’s works of providence are His most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all His creatures, and all their actions
Nehemiah 9:6 You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
Colossians 1:17  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Hebrews 1:3  He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Psalm 103:19  The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.
Matthew 10:29-30 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.