Earworm Wednesday:  Come thou long expected Jesus 


In keeping with Advent season here is a hymn written by Charles Wesley and published in 1744.  Again it expresses that tension exists for both Israel at the time of the incarnation and the Church as it looks forward to Christ’s return.

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Advent Sunday


Matthew 21:5

Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden. 

Those of you who hold to the RPW probably won’t be having an Advent service today.  But those who have come from a liturgical calendar tradition recognize that this is the season of Advent.  

Advent is the season that proceeds Christmas.  During this time we look forward to Christ’s return and at the same time we look back to Christ’s first coming, his incarnation.  So today take some time to meditate on what it means to prepare for the coming of Christ how we like Israel looked forward to his coming.  And how we can rejoice that he did come. 

Thanksgiving


George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

A NATIONAL THANKSGIVING

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and

Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness”:

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the Beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplication to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our national government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. 

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, AD 1789 George Washington

Earworm Wednesday:  We Belong ~Wye Oak


If you have watched the Walking Dead or Longmire you probably have heard Wye Oak’s Civilian.  This indie duo that takes its name from their birth state’s tree (go look it up).  

So when I just couldn’t get rid of this Pat Benatar hit I started looking for someone who covered it and did it well.  I  found two and Wye Oak won.  take a moment and enjoy.

Movie Review: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)


Producer:  Hal B. Wallis, Henry Blanke
Director:  Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Writer:  Norman Reilly Raine, Seton I. Miller, Rowland Leigh
Cast:  Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Alan Hale, Sr.,  Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette

Plot:  While Richard the Lionheart is off fighting the crusades, his brother Prince John takes advantage of his absence to rob from the Saxons dwelling in England.  One knight, Robert Locksley, stands against this injustice and leads a group of men against those that would oppress the Saxons.  
Of all the Robin Hoods movies in all the world I love this movie.  It is the most colorful, eye catching version of the story.  Pure escapism at its finest.  The heroes are heroic, the villains villainous.  Swordplay, archery, quarter staffs, dunking in water, witty banter, and a great movie score!  This is out on DVD I think I paid five dollars for it well worth the price.

Five Stars. 

Frenetic Friday


It’s late, really late, it’s been delayed by one thing or another but no more excuses Frenetic Friday is back!

So let’s talk politics. Wait I know what your thinking, politics have been all you’ve heard since the end of the election. Well let’s see if we can change it up a bit. Besides we have a Robotic Over Lord a little bit later that is long over due.

So the electorial college. Why is it that every time that someone wins by the electoral vote but not the popular vote they immediately call for the end of the electoral college? You know there is a specific reason the founders of this country choose to create this institution and I think this explains it the best.

Also take a read of this article in the Washington Post by Allen Gulezo and James Hulme: In Defense of the electoral college

So have you heard of the “safety-pin movement”?  In short this little bit of social activism says that by fastening a safety-pin to an article of clothing it is telling the “maligned, threatened or intimidated” people that they, the safety-pin wearers are safe and that they are not people supported President-elect Trump. A few of my close friends refer to this as the diaper pin wearing group. And i will admit that has merit but another friend of mine came up with this pin:
Hand Grenade Safety Pin
Yes that is the safety-pin from a hand grenade. And frankly if we are going to be pinning safety pins to our clothing I think that is a better pin than one made for holding a diaper together.

Ok you wanted it, you have asked for it, it is time for the Robotic Over Lords!
And remember I welcome our new Over Lords.

So did you notice that all over the country they were raising minimum wage? What has this to do with robots? Funny you should ask. Because of rising wages and that the big golden arches are losing money they have embraced a new technology the automatic kiosk.

And while we are at it welcome to the new robot burger chef:

Sure there will still be a minimal crew to make sure the robots are working correctly and to clean up and put the money away but as the robots get more efficient stores that would have employed say ten people or more will only need two at the most.
And don’t think that MacDonald’s is the only one getting onto this gig. Behold the Froyo frozen yogurt robot!

That is right you punch in what you want feed it money and the robotic arms make it for you.
Franchises opening as we speak.
For this next one the kids will need to leave the room.

So in the book That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis there was a paragraph that always stuck out to me.

Ransom replied, “Sulva is she whom mortals call the Moon. She walks in the lowest sphere. The rim of the world that was wasted goes through her. Half of her orb is turned toward us and shares our curse. Her other half looks to Deep Heaven; happy would be he who could cross that frontier and see the fields on her further side. On this side, the womb is barren and the marriages are cold. There dwell an accursed people, full of pride and lust. There when a young man takes a maiden in marriage, they do not lie together, but each lies with a cunningly fashioned image of the other, made to move and to be warm by devilish arts, for real flesh will not please them, they are so dainty (delicati) in their dreams of lust. Their real children they fabricate by vile arts in a secret place

That phrase “a cunningly fashioned image of the other, made to move and to be warm by devilish arts” is by devilish arts coming true. The Daily Mail is predicting that by 2017 we will have actual Sex Bots with warm genitalia orifices and that talk and respond to touch. They will be configured to whatever the customer desires no matter how depraved. And that is all for the Robotic Over Lords.

And let me leave you with this from our weird and wonderful basket. Are you tired of people being behind you and flashing their high beams? Well someone in China has invented a stick that shows a ghostly image or words if you wish when illuminated by high beams. The idea is to scare the other driver and make them turn off their beam. However Chinese police say if an accident is caused by this then the owner of the sticker will be fined.

High beam Ghost
High beam ghost

 

Movie Review: Dr. Strange


Producer: Kevin Feige

Director
: Scott Derrickson

Writers
: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill

Cast
: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton

Plot:  Brilliant but arrogant surgeon Doctor Stephen Strange suffers an accident that robs him of the use of his hands and his livelihood.  Searching for answers he travels to Katmandu and encounters the ancient one a Celtic mystic-sorcerer and gets his mind blown.

Trigger warning:  If you are a fundamentalist who automatically associates any thing that involves “magic” with witchcraft and a violation of Exodus 22:18 don’t even bother just find a another movie to watch. 

I saw this with my son as a Father/Son excursion, and I saw it in 3D.  And if you have a chance I would highly recommend watching it in 3D.  This was an entertaining movie and if I can say this Benedict Cumberpatch was actually rather droll as the character of the materialistic Stephen Strange.  And the only nitpick I have with the movie is making the cloak of levitation into the carpet from Aladdin.

Now other than the cloak, and maybe Cumberpatch slipping out of his American accent every once in awhile, I have no real complaints.  In fact Doctor Strange was actually kind of refreshing as the ending wasn’t a series of fisticuffs between the main protagonists.  

I give this movie three stars out of five.  

Psalter 98


1 O sing a new song to the Lord,

         for wonders he hath done:
      His right hand and his holy arm
         him victory hath won.
   2  The Lord God his salvation
          hath caused to be known;
      His justice in the heathen's sight
          he openly hath shown.
   3  He mindful of his grace and truth
         to Isr'el's house hath been;
      And the salvation of our God
         all ends of th' earth have seen.
   4  Let all the earth unto the Lord
         send forth a joyful noise;
      Lift up your voice aloud to him,
         sing praises, and rejoice.
   5  With harp, with harp, and voice of psalms,
         unto Jehovah sing:
   6  With trumpets, cornets, gladly sound
         before the Lord the King.
   7  Let seas and all their fullness roar;
         the world, and dwellers there;
   8  Let floods clap hands, and let the hills
         together joy declare
   9  Before the Lord; because he comes,
         to judge the earth comes he:
      He'll judge the world with righteousness,
         his folk with equity