Sep 28

An Absolute Monarchy in the Minds of Men

For all of the humanistic conventions and relative progressiveness of Pope Francis*, that is enchanting the people; here, at the bedrock is what continues to disturb me: the fostering of supernatural, magical beliefs. If the disservice and damage that this magical mindset does among the everyday individual is disturbing enough, it is downright scary when found in the halls of power.

*(Although not reflected in change of doctrine.)

In his congressional office, Rep. Bob Brady, D-Pa., drinks from the glass of water Pope Francis used during his speech to Congress. Stan White/U.S. Rep. Bob Brady's office via AP

In his congressional office, Rep. Bob Brady, D-Pa., drinks from the glass of water Pope Francis used during his speech to Congress.

As reported in “The Blaze“:

 

Brady took the glass to his Capitol Hill office where he sipped some of the water. The Pennsylvania Democrat passed it around to his wife and staffers.

“Anything the pope touches becomes blessed,” he told The Post. “I think so and no one is going to change my mind.”

According to The Post, Brady invited Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) to his office to dip his fingers in the remaining water. Brady’s wife and mother apparently also took part in that practice.

And so, one is reminded of Francis Bacon:

Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.

– Francis Bacon

Sep 03

August 2015 – Quote of the Month

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.

~ Abraham Lincoln

Aug 30

Based on Your Browsing History, Amazon Recommends…

I take a perverse satisfaction in these screen captures from my Amazon account.

Taken as a group, they paint quite the picture.

  • A motion activated light
  • A dustbuster
  • Wireless video camera with night vision
  • A life sized animatronic clown
  • 12 D-Cell Batteries
  • Mask Latex
  • Cable Splitter

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Sounds like the making of a hell of a party if you ask me!

Aug 02

July 2015 – Quote of the Month

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

~ Bertrand Russell

Jul 31

Drive-in

I hadn’t been to a drive-in since my early twenties. That’s some time ago. With summer at hand, and a plan to take Friday July 24th off of work, we found ourselves free to stay out late on a Thursday night (avoiding crowds), so we headed out to the Moon Township ‘Dependable’ drive-in.

We drove about an hour, sat in lawn chairs in fleece jackets in the cool summer air, endured neighboring cars shining headlights into our eyes, watched the Minions movie in a distant screen and listened to thin, tinny sound through old speakers mounted on a pole next to us. My 75 inch high-def TV and surround sound offers far superior visuals and sound.

Funnel Cake and Drive-in speaker

We had pizza, a corn dog, popcorn and funnel cake buried under powdered sugar. Drive-in health food.

Sunset at the drive-in snack bar

Sunset on the drive-in snack bar.

Classic Drive in screen: For Delicious Tasty Treats Visit Our Refreshment Center

A wonderful, vintage snack bar intermission between the double features.

… And yet it was wonderful. – A slice of Americana; a dream of summer internal; a heartfelt pull of childhood nostalgia. I salute the proprietors the ‘Dependable’: the staff was friendly, the food was good and they clearly had a love of the vintage heyday of drive-ins.

I’ll happily do it again.

Jul 12

June 2015 – Quote of the Month

Reality has a well-known liberal bias.

~Stephen Colbert

Jun 26

Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring - Marriage Equality

Jun 04

May 2015 – Quote of the Month

Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May, but at length the season of summer does come.

~Thomas Carlyle

May 31

Only the Essentials Vending Machine

Spotted in the men’s room of the Toronto airport – everything you need for an evening out.

From a vending machine in the Toronto airport - only the essentials - pain killer, condoms, breath mints and tattoos

From a vending machine in the Toronto airport – only the essentials – pain killer, condoms, breath mints and tattoos

May 02

April 2015 – Quote of the Month

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.

~Agatha Christie

Apr 27

Princess with Medium Skin Tone

Princess with Medium Skin Tone Apple EmojiI often use Apple’s iPhone Siri to read texts to me. When receiving an emoticon, she describes it. And so I was greatly amused when I received a text with an Apple princess emoji and Siri described her as, “Princess with Medium Skin Tone“.

I think that should be the title for the next Disney princess movie.

 

Apr 04

March 2015 – Quote of the Month

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

~ Hal Borland

Mar 30

Smithfield Street Bridge on a Foggy March Morning

Smithfield Street Bridge on a Foggy March Morning - iPhone photo by Glen Green

Smithfield Street Bridge on a Foggy March Morning – iPhone photo by Glen Green
(Click photo for a larger view)

Sharing a quick iPhone photo from a beautiful, foggy March Morning as the sun rose behind Smithfield Street bridge. – No crop, no filters and unprocessed.

Mar 02

February 2015 – Quote of the Month

Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart.

~ Charles G. Slater

Feb 28

What Color is the Pill?

Feb 21

January 2015 – Quote of the Month

Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it.

~ John Steinbeck,
Sweet Thursday

Jan 24

Too Bad Boko Haram Didn’t Deflate a Football

A ridiculous amount of national news cycles has been spent on America’s favorite tax dodgers – the NFL and their latest sports cheating scandal, “Deflate-Gate“. – I’ve watched the story either lead, or take second on the TV news all week.

As if there weren’t already entire series of channels devoted to covering sports, such petty concerns dislodge any number of real-world problems. Take the Boko Haram as a single example. The moment that these barbarians would touch one blonde hair of a white American girl, then we’d have a new war to go to. – But until then, we can hardly concern ourselves.

Protesters march against the killing of over 47 students of Potiskum Government Comprehensive School in Yobe State, Nigeria, Nov. 17, 2014.

Protesters march against the killing of over 47 students of Potiskum Government Comprehensive School in Yobe State, Nigeria, Nov. 17, 2014.

Jan 24

December 2014 – Quote of the Month

For disappearing acts, it’s hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.

~Doug Larson

Jan 12

November 2014 – Quote of the Month

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.

It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.

It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.

It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.

We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.

We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people…

This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

~Dwight Eisenhower

Dec 30

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Whereas others have decorated their house for the winter holidays – namely, christmas, we’ve kept the arachnid Halloween decorations up in our entryway – Cirith Ungol (Sindarin for Spider’s Cleft, or Pass of the Spider).

All Photos by Yours Truly – Glen Green. Click on images to see larger versions.

In a ravine she lived, and took shape as a spider of monstrous form, weaving her black webs in a cleft of the mountains. There she sucked up all light that she could find, and spun it forth again in dark nets of strangling gloom, until no light more could come to her abode; and she was famished.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Of the Darkening of Valinor)

Shelob

Shelob

Glow in the dark spiders in the windows

Glow in the dark spiders in the windows

Spider feeds on a painted Dollar Store Hand

Spider feeds on a painted Dollar Store Hand

Skeleton Hand caught in the Web

Skeleton Hand caught in the Web

Silhouette of Spider back-lit against Halloween Lights

Silhouette of Spider back-lit against Halloween Lights

Cocoon Corpse Covered in Newly Hatched Spiderlings

Cocoon Corpse Covered in Newly Hatched Spiderlings

Spider Infested Skull Hanging Inverted from the Ceiling

Spider Infested Skull Hanging Inverted from the Ceiling

Spider with Glowing Eyes and Baby Glow in the Dark Spiderling

Spider with Glowing Eyes and Baby Glow in the Dark Spiderling

Cocoon Corpse

Cocoon Corpse

Cirith Ungol - The Spiders Pass in the Daytime

Cirith Ungol – The Spiders Pass in the Daytime

Shadow Casting Webs

Shadow Casting Webs

Giant Spider, Prepared to Drop Down on Unsuspecting Halloween Guests

Giant Spider, Prepared to Drop Down on Unsuspecting Halloween Guests

A Hall of Spiders and Their Victims

A Hall of Spiders and Their Victims

Cocooned Corpses Strung from the Ceiling

Cocooned Corpses Strung from the Ceiling

Dark Shapes, with Many Legs and Webbed Corpses

Dark Shapes, with Many Legs and Webbed Corpses

One of the pleasures of adulthood – you can pretty much do whatever makes you happy insider your own home. For me, that means a hallway of giant spiders will continue haunting and hanging all winter long, because, why the hell not?

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