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If Only Entertainers were Philosopher Kings

"We're all humans beings here together"
Julio Iglesias in Moscow

"The children are our future, without them the human race would become extinct."
Michael Jackson at Gardena Elementary School, L.A

Paul McCartney's protest after being asked whether his multimillion dollar endorsement for Visa credit card is a sellout:
"I don't see it as a sellout, and anyone who does ought to go live in Russia."

George Harrison offers this meditative insight:
"As far as I am concerned, there won't be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead"

From "Harpers Index" of Harper's Magazine:
"Age after which Mick Jagger has said that he'd 'rather die' than still be performing 'Satisfaction' : 45
Estimated amount Mick Jagger, 46, earned each time he performed 'Satisfaction' on tour this fall: $10,000"

A Cross Between an Oxymoron and Newspeak

A letter in the Wall Street Journal (11/20/89) attempting to rebut allegations about the French baby-killing pill RU-486 complains against the "bias" inherent in the editorial comments of a "frightened...anti-choice" advocate who opposed "non-surgical terminations of unwanted pregnancies by individual women [as opposed to a universal woman?] not justices, legislators, or zealots." This, of course, is itself a paradigm of neutrality.

But despite the blind advocacy and typical genocidal euphemisms, the letter is signed by Walter Ostergren, President of Life Planning Health Services.

Yes, and War is Peace...Love is Hate...

Talk About a Category Mistake! Hegel Lives in the Rhetoric of Mario Cuomo.

Mario Cuomo is not noted for drawing fine theological distinctions, but there ought to be some sort of required class in basic metaphysical categories. In the Fall issue of New Perspectives Quarterly Cuomo claims that Reagan:
told the middle class they had no moral obligation to the poor and, in any case, they would be dummies to waste their money on the terminally indolent. In essence, he sold the American public a kind of modern Pelagianism -- the fifth century heresy that exaggerated the natural powers of human beings, while denying the need for God's grace.
"God's grace" is subsequently identified with the policies prescribed by, "Democratic poetry," which of course, "requires aggressive leadership and money." Cuomo has modernized Hegel. The State is not only God marching in history, but it is specifically the Democratic platform come to save mankind.

The Exhaustion of Freedom

East Germans commenting on potential changes in their country:

Mr. Ahrends: "In the east there is always someone taking care of you. It's like an extended childhood. In the West self-reliance is expected. You are forced to grow up."

Ms. Delia Guessfeld: "You can get comfortable in a dictatorship. You don't have to think for yourself. Freedom is exhausting."

Mr. Jurgan Zeisler: "Nobody shops here, so there isn't much to do all day but talk on the phone and drink coffee...You may have freedom in the West, but you have security in the East. You have your job whether you work at it or not."

Wall St. Journal, Dec. 8, 1989

The Bowling for Dollars Menace

The LA Daily Journal reported that Vice Squad officers arrested five Los Angeles house-wives for betting a total of $8 during their regular weekly bowling match.

Acting on a tip from a disgruntled league member, vice officers staked out the Granada Hills bowling alley for more than two hours, watching the women pass loose change back and forth as they bowled.

"Aren't there more important things [for the Los Angeles Police Department] to do than sit in a bowling alley from 9:15 a.m. to noon, watching a bunch of housewives bowl and bet a few bucks?" asked Sandy Scholnik, who was nabbed when she left the bowling lanes Thursday to pick up her son at kindergarten.

The police later dropped the gambling citations after being questioned about the case.

Photographic Accuracy

"One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding sombody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license."

P.J. O'Rourke, Rolling Stone

Magic Waiting for Elijah

At the close of a recent broadcast, Oral Roberts declared:
"I am throwing you a lifeline. A miracle connection to God. Your miracle is on the way...I have a little vial of anointing oil that I have prayed over like in the Bible. And you can anoint yourself. Just ask for the anointing oil."

Extremism as a Vice?

In one section of Schooling Choices, Public School educator and superintendent, David Smith, attempts to persuade believers to send their children into the hands of Molech by arguing that a public school environment:
"...places emphasis upon positive consensus, our children learn how to get along with others.

They learn to avoid extremism...Children develop best in a social world which they believe is both real and relevant...The public schools provide Christian students with the opportunity to develop Christian character in an atmosphere that is not artificial. It offers responsibilities and real-life solutions to problems" (emphasis added).

Someone's atmosphere definitely has a hole in it. After all, we must protect our children from such ugly extremisms as "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."


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