Frenetic Friday


And let’s get started with the absurdity of the week we’ll list this under political correctness absurdity.  A six year old in North Carolina was supposed to read a poem honoring her two grandfathers who had served during the Vietnam war.  The poem had this line:

 “He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength,”

Whoops that would be mentioning God in the public school so a concerned parent busybody complained to the school as a result the poem was censored.  And being six the child did as instructed.  And that is when the metre hit the rotating blades.  Ministers in the community are questioning whether the child’s first amendment rights were breached.  But not according to Ken Paulson of president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C.  He stated that ” because students were a captive audience, which means they didn’t have another place to go if they didn’t want to attend the assembly, that administrators had the right to remove the word God,”  I guess this means if God is mentioned in a public school you have to make sure that a God free area is available for children to attend. I wonder where that would be?
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
         Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
         If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
         If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
         And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
         And the light around me will be night,”
Even the darkness is not dark to You,
         And the night is as bright as the day.
        Darkness and light are alike to You.
In international news a 15-year-old Afghan girl was beheaded because her father didn’t want her to be married at such a young age.  The killers were relatives that wanted to arrange the marriage of the young girl.  Brought to you by supposed religion of peace.
Speaking of England the vote was put to whether women should be bishops.  While the measure was passed by the house of bishops and clergy the house of laity denied it and so it was rejected.  Doug Wilson has some pithy words on this read here, here, and here.
And now for the humor portion of our program:
But wait there is more:
Continuing with things that make me go “What?”
Serbian officials warn that there is a vampire on the loose.  No this isn’t one of those angst ridden sparkly vampires this is one is a hideous red-eyed iron teethed creature that bloats when feeding and able to shift shape.   Just think a damned creature that doesn’t cause young women to swoon with joy, how refreshing.
And now Science Fiction
And this wouldn’t be a Frenetic Friday without an appearance of our Robotic Over Lords:
MIT makes small transforming robots:
Sure it doesn’t look like much but from here it is just a few small steps to ordinary cars turning into fighting robots.
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Movie Review: The Quiet Man


Sean Thornton is a man with a secret, an irish man who was raised in the United States but has come back home to Ireland.

But Ireland isn’t the home he remembers the customs are different from the steel mills of Detroit and when he spies the red-haired beauty Mary Kate Danaher, played by Maureen O’Hara, the poor younger sister of “Red” Will Danaher the squire of the area and a notorious bully.  It takes the entire village to trick Will Danaher to letting Sean marry his sister but in the end he, Danaher, refuses to give his sister her dowry money after he finds out.  Sean doesn’t understand why she needs the dowry money and refuses to fight Danaher for it.

But there is another reason behind Sean’s refusal to fight, and that is the secret that he alone knows and refuses to tell anyone and that includes his bride.  Because of that, even though Mary Kate loves him she decides to leave him because she can’t stay married to someone she sees as a coward.  Sean chases after her what follows is one of the best parts of the movie.

This is a classic John Wayne film he plays Sean Thornton perfectly, and Maureen O’Hara is wonderful as the Mary Kate Danaher.  John Ford, the director, does a wonderful job with this story keeping the drama, romance, and comedy correctly balanced.

This movie gets five shamrocks out of five.

Catechism


Q. 20. Did all mankind fall in Adam’s first transgression?
A. The covenant being made with Adam, not only for himself but for his posterity, all mankind, descending from him by ordinary generation, sinned in him, and fell with him in his first
transgression.
1 Corinthian 15:21-22 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 

Romans 5:12, 18-19  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.   Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.  For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.  

Thanksgiving


I would like to give thanks for my family, friends, my brothers in Christ, and most of all for salvation because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for my sins (and not just mine) and his resurrection.

Frenetic Friday


And now a moment of quiet in honor of Twinkie the Kid’s passing.

Hostess Brands closing

I have to be honest I liked the tiger tales the best.

Next in Robotic Overlord news a kitchen robot with a knife!

{shudder} Scary!

And lastly here’s an interesting mash up teen comedies and the dark knight.

See you same bat time same bat channel.

Movie Review: Arthur Christmas


Things have gotten hi-tech at Santa’s workshop. Big brother Steve (played by Hugh Laurie) is in charge of getting all the presents to the children. Santa just makes the “token” delivery guided in by a horde of commando like elves that make sure the one Santa delivered present happens. Oh and then there’s Arthur.

Arthur is a strange boy, well at least that is what his family and some of the elves think. After all Arthur actually seems to care about Christmas and about Santa too.

And that is the whole message about Arthur Christmas that we’ve gotten lost in all the frenzied preparations that the meaning of Christmas, and the joy of a child receiving a present from Santa has been lost. And Santa is the one that has lost this most of all.

This is a nice sentiment but it does get muddled a bit by the subplots in the story and it does seem a bit slow at parts.

Because of this I’m giving this two and half jingle bells out of four.

Catechism


Q. 19. What was the sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created?
A. The sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created, was their eating the forbidden fruit.
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. 

Genesis 3:12-13  The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”  Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”