Three For The Show

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 24, 2011

Today’s entertainment is a triple repost. Pictures, with one obvious exception, are from The Library of Congress. Old people like to talk about things that were better back then. PG is going to talk about some things that are better today.

During the Vietnam war, there was talk about “back our boys in Vietnam”. In the current war in Babylon, the troops are an integrated fighting force of men and women. You do not hear these brave people referred to as “boys”.

A person who goes into combat, to kill or be killed, is not a boy. He is a man, or a woman. This is an improvement over the way things used to be. Of course, we still have wars, so mankind has not achieved perfection.

A second way society has improved is the attitude towards cigarettes. In older times, almost everyone smoked, and they lit up wherever and whenever they wanted. No one asked for permission.
Today, people routinely go outside to smoke.

Another way in which our attitudes about cigarettes is changing can be seen in the way two presidents are treated by the press. Franklin Roosevelt was never photographed with his leg braces, or struggling to walk. Many people did not know he was crippled. However, his cigarette holder was a part of his image, and he was photographed with that constantly. By contrast, has ANYONE seen a picture of Barack Obama smoking?

The election of a dark skinned man as POTUS brings us to our final issue of the day, racial ( and other) slurs. It is just not considered polite to use insulting terms that refer to race, religion, national origin, etc. etc. ( PG got an email at work once cautioning about discussing hair color) In many ways, this is like the thing with cigarettes…people have not changed the overall attitudes, they just go outside.

Political correctness can be a nuisance. The excesses are well known. However, the basic concept of having concern for the feelings of others is a good idea.

This list was found on facebook. Thank you Martin. 1. The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. 2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still. 4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from the algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption. 5. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work. 6.. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery. 7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.. 8. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart. 9. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.. 10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. 11. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it. 12. Atheism is a non-prophet organization. 13. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head..’ 14. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me. 15. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’ 16. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, ‘No change yet.’ 17. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion. 19. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large. 20. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran. 21. A backward poet writes inverse. 22. In democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes. 23. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion. 24. Don’t join dangerous cults: Practice safe sects. 25. Why don’t sharks eat comedians? Because they taste funny.

There is a sculpture in Spain causing controversy. Created by Eugenio Merino, the work is titled ( in English) “Stairway to Heaven“. No, it does not have Jimmy Page, playing the bane of classic rock radio. It is an image of a Jew, standing on the shoulders of a Catholic, who is kneeling on the back of a Muslim. All three of the men are praying.

After writing the last sentence, PG decides to take another look to insure gender correctness. The Jew on top has a long beard. The Catholic is bald, and is wearing a priest’s outfit. The Muslim has it’s face to the ground, and could, in theory, be a woman. PG is going to take a chance, for the sake of clean writing, and call all three participants men. Like anyone really cares.

There are all sorts of implications and hidden meanings here. The Israeli embassy in Spain issued a statement, saying
“The piece contains elements which are offensive for the Jews, the Israelis, and, of course, for others“. Considering the way Palestinians are treated by Israel, to say “others” is gushing with kindness.
Maybe a better word for the piece would be “Tower of Babel”. The three men are praying, presumably to the same G-d. However, they speak three different languages, and the content of their prayers is one of the reasons they fight each other so much. Maybe if they spoke the same tongue, they would understand each other better, and fight less.

PG was raised in the Jesus Worship tradition ( Jesus Worship is represented here by the Catholic priest. The division of Jesus Worship that PG is familiar with is a different one, arguably as different from Catholicism as Judaism is from Islam.) PG has become alienated from Jesus, and Jesus Worship. A casualty from this is the custom of prayer . While PG recognizes that this custom may have benefits for some people, the idea of “talking to G-d” seems silly at best, and like a huge ego trip at worst.

One thing about prayer… it is talking. There is a saying that prayer is talking to G-d, and meditation is listening. Maybe the three men in the tower would be better off if they would shut up, and listen.

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