In the Course

of research

I HAPPEN

across a lot of (dare I say it?) codswallop (aka utter poop—only more so).

To illustrate, I offer this rather pathetic would-be attempt at humour. (It has to be humour—no genuine viewer could be quite that thick~!) (But judging by the ‘comments’ … quite a few of them actually are. Thats’ moddin edyakashun fore yew!)

 

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Taken from:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qahszI3fdZ

(Add a letter ‘y’ at the end of that link-address and then you can use it.)

buitre16You really don’t want to go there: it’s a tad worse than pathetic (believe me, I suffer for my research).

I read somewhere that Admiral Byrd’s expedition to Antarctica soon after WW2 was sent scampering home with its tail between its legs after getting beaten up by Nazi and Space Alien flying saucers (’nuff said). I liked the idea so thought I’d check it out—you know, brainless Conspiracy Theorist and stuff. But ye gods, way out of my league …

IN ALL THAT

blurry stuff with US gobs running around in RN hats I thought I recognised a few snippets from other sites and vids, one of which I’d found interesting but under a heading similar to “Kamikaze” (and referring to some Sons Of Heaven hot-footing to their heaven).

I’M MORE THAN WILLING TO

apologise if anyone can show me where I’m wrong?

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CAST ASPARAGUS

Trolleras much as you like

 

“Mock on, Mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau;

Mock on, Mock on, ’tis all in vain.

You throw the sand against the wind,

And the wind blows it back again.”

 

—you can never blacken the name of a living saint (now sadly deceased a bit).

REFERRING TO THE

founder of the Foursquare Church/cult/tax dodge of the USA where almost anything goes (and often does)*.

SOME CONTEMPORARY QUOTES

garnered I gather from news outlets of the time and put into this webbie:

CLICK HERE

—which some may find edifying while others grounds for murder (depends on how good a Christian you are, I guess—most rationalists won’t kill for the sake of a few fairy tales).

HERE YOU GO:

After the good lady Prophet ‘disappeared’ on a beach—

Exhaustive searches were conducted by divers who worked themselves to exhaustion with one dying from exposure. A teenage girl drowned when she dove into the water thinking that she saw Sister Aimee in the water.

But wait, read on—

While investigating the alleged kidnapping, several witnesses came forward saying they recognized a couple matching Aimee and Ormiston’s description. It seems the couple was seen visiting hotels and resorts up and down the West Coast.

Naaah … it’s easy to mix people up—

Before a grand jury could be convened, the District Attorney charged Aimee with obstruction of justice and suborning perjury. When the grand jury was convened they heard more testimony from witnesses who saw the couple in Carmel, California and they reviewed testimony from handwriting experts who testified that the handwriting on registration cards from several hotels was Aimee’s.

Blatant lies and blatant forgeries~! No saint would do such a thing, and (sanctified or not) ‘Sister’ Aimee was a saint. So there~!

In the 1930’s Aimee fell in love and eloped with David Hutton, a singer and actor who played a part in one of Aimee’s illustrated sermons. The marriage was considered scandalous because it broke one of the rules that Aimee herself helped set up. A divorced person was not supposed to marry as long as the former spouse was still alive. Harold McPherson was still alive. Many people saw this marriage as a case of do as I say, not as I do on Aimee’s part

buitre16What more can anyone say? Golden Rule invocation:

HE HOO

HAS THE GOLD…

…MAKES THE RULES

SO THERE!

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“Mr Argus, Sir?” (Bugger … it’s little Virginia.)

“Yes, beloved child?”

“Sir … aren’t you being a wee bit disrespectful?”

“What’s to respect, Kid?”

“Other people’s beliefs, Sir?”

“Some grown-ups believe in Santa too, Kiddo—”

“The people themselves then?”

“I should respect someone who believes in chopping folks heads off in the street for disrespecting their beliefs?”

“Wot? I mean, wot Sir?”

“Same God, different franchises, Kid. What’s to respect?”

Indeed.

It’s hee hoo time again—

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Hee hoo has the most guns

sets the local beliefs.  QED

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Foursquare:  take one in with you next time …

ouch* Freedom means never having to make sense.

IS IT A SIN?

pcto ‘blow’

FIFTEEN MILLION

dollars of your trusting flock’s hard-earned scrimpings and savings, donations, earnings, tithings and blackmailings?

Don’t ask me. I’m just a dum ol’ dog …

Saying he has “been to hell and back,” the former president of one of the nation’s best-known Pentecostal churches is in San Francisco this week seeking forgiveness for his role in a huge evangelical investment scam that could cost his flock some $15 million.

The Rev. Paul Risser, the disgraced leader of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, appeared to receive that forgiveness Wednesday, as nearly 3,000 church members stood in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel to salute him with rousing choruses of “Amazing Grace.”

The weeklong annual convention of the 4 million-member church had been scheduled long before Risser’s March 10 resignation as head of the Los Angeles- based denomination.

Source: CLICK HERE 

Classic Ponzi scheme is how the ‘investments’ were described. Apparently this poverty-ridden order of mendicants wasn’t the only one, other sacred-holy-divinely inspired etc etc churches lost a few oodles too.

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As a cynical agnostic atheist of the First Rank (four stars) I have to ask: “What the hell was God thinking when She let them do this?” Considering that no religious nutcase leader makes such a move without consulting God first, and considering that The Great God Almighty who is omniscient(!) didn’t intervene on behalf of the dupes His flock?

devil-1A bit of a toughie that stumps even me …

… unless of course* it was all part of the Divine Plan. Brrr. Moving on …

The Hilton? Wow … that sure beats congregating on the banks of the local lake or seafront; and I’ll bet the bill of fare was more than one crust and half a fish each.

THIS CASE reminds me of the old sayings “Easy come—easy go” and “Don’t fret, it was only money” … you know, money, the root of all evil (in which case the wee scamp did them a favour by getting rid of the disgusting stuff.)

Now: for his next act of Christian charity, I know an old dog down in New Zealand who wouldn’t be too proud to dispose of the next fifteen million … for free, no questions asked.

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* It was, indisputably so, no?

 

MY ADMIRATION IS

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millionaire (especially back when a million was a lot more than it is today).

So by my own admission I have to admire not only the Steve Jobs and Bill Gates and Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Spielberg, Connolley, Trump etc types but also the confidence tricksters I hold in contempt.

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT

there couldn’t possibly be any new angle (think ‘take’) on the ‘religion of Christ’ you bump into new takes. Successful ones (not all are)(Kool-Aid-and-cyanide, anybody?).

SO AFTER BRIEFLY

intruding into a guy’s blog and discovering that my approach to his idiocy religion wasn’t welcome I was going to let it all drop, until someone came up with a few whisker-tweakers that tweaked—

(a) my curiosity, and

(b) my sense of the ridiculous.

TO RECAP

briefly: At the insistence of a friend I attended ‘Jesus 78‘ in Auckland. Reverend Clark-Taylor from Australia (he was good!). But I got horribly nudged when …

THE GOOD REVEREND

delivered a brilliant performance and had just called for volunteers from the herds to “Come on down the front and meet Jesus”

It was late twilight. Mini-searchlights came on then locked onto a most beautiful long-haired blonde damsel clad neck to foot in so graceful a clinging diaphanous white nightie it was screamingly sexy … and held her as she slowly led two cherubic little children (boy and girl, a matching set) along the carpeted path sloping down to the stage.

(SFX:  insert loud gasps—heavy on the awe—here, please)

To say it was all theatrically perfect would be a masterpiece of understatement.

Anyway, my point being that had she been an old bat of the heavily overweight battleaxe sort … naaaaah.

Then recently—

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I came across this. Note the ethereal smile, the eyes into the distance, the ever so subtle ‘halo’ effect, and how everything about the shot suggests ‘angelic’.

No?

Bearing these thoughts in mind, have a beak at these—

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—and just try to tell me that the window hasn’t been dressed a bit. Quite a bit. A lot.

Hey: ya gotta be subtle.

Blatant cuts it only when deliberate, but if dealing with all the ‘purity’ clichés in one foul swoop it never hurts to underestimate your audience market. The rubes will suck up all the stuff like this they can get and still pant for more.

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Make it slinky. Sex appeal appeals more to the deprived than the depraved, so give it ’em good. Never forget to make sure that one knee is slightly advanced (it emphasises the thrust of the hips and adds flow to the curves—which brings the punters in for more, and more. (As the wee harlot said to the bishop: “This is a business? Ya got it, ya sell it … ya still got it!” And so the stage is further dressed.)

Sex sells. Sex sells especially when denied, as exhorting folks to be ‘pure’. No?

SO SEX SYMBOLISM

abounds. Conditioned reflexes are triggered among the receptive and if properly applied will have them reaching for their wallets in no time.

Like this open-handed (palms uppermost) smiling gesture—“Look at me, I am your friend … no weapons, nothing to hide but everything for you to take—if you’ll just stop resisting and come into my arms~!”

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Yeah, sure.

But wait, it gets better; the lady offers the below gently, as a way of explaining why she is displaying her wares in so modest a fashion—

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—and given enough cheery followers emptying their wallets into the collection trays sacks carts will finally be able to commission a modest ‘dwelling of The Lord’ and so reach serve larger and ever larger flocks …

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… across greater distances to spread the Holy Word (complete with return address for any paltry donations).

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My advice for anyone contemplating starting up their own religious franchise, or even a whole new religion:

SHOWMANSHIP IS 

EVERYTHING

AND you will need what business folks refer to coyly as a USP. (A Unique Selling Point.)

It will be better if you can (as this lady did) invoke previous conceptions (all the haloes and stuff) and the unspoken promise of sex.

Do it coyly enough, with class, and even the wimmin will come on board. Trust me on this one … and if (horrors!) I’m called on to prove it I need go no further than to offer our role model:

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—and be advised:  Yea, even though she be deceased …

… the Lady isn’t dead.

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… bugger …

POST SCRIPT:

image below from Google.

I remembered that Alec Sanders used his once-foxy missus as bait—and here she is—

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—was. Sanders is the head honcho in the supplicant position. But—

—ever seen that gesture before?

 

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4 WORDS

there are expressions in the English language that are brief yet loaded with hidden depths, often chosen as titles for books.

You don’t even have to go there to get goosebumps. I saw a film years ago and can’t remember any part of it other than the title—

TOO LATE THE HERO

 

—which resonates. Me? I’m a watcher—a vulture perched high in the Tree Of Life; too old to care but hanging in to see if any of it will ever make sense* .

There are others that resonate too—

*  Above Us The Waves

*  Ill Met By Moonlight

*  The Colour Of War

—endless. But this below is the most misguided bit of utter dog’s droppings that anyone can blindly spout—

WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM

—to which I can only shake my head in sorrow (I’ve gone beyond anger). It is pure social formula, conditioned by design to become habit. No? Okay—

CLUE 1:

“If this is ten o’clock, it’s time for coffee.”

CLUE 2:

If this is 25th April, it’s ANZAC Day. If this is 7th December, it’s Pearl Harbor Day. If this is the 11th day of the 11th month, it’s Armistice Day (WW1) …

PAVLOV’S DOGS? US?

Why not … we drool on cue, we make obeisance to parroted phrases on cue (brilliant at that).

To not digress, how about:  Truth, Justice, Freedom, and the American Way?

Oh … oops, sorry, did I miss one? Of course:  Liberty~!

So why not remember Liberty?

After all, as much as they brush it under the carpet and try to hush it up—

—today is still Liberty Day!

Yay! Fireworks all round, no?

No … here, have another wee reminder of Liberty—

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—and ask yourself that most revealing and most evaded ‘why’—

  • why have so few heard of the ‘Liberty’ event, and
  • why was it covered up, and

and of course: so what?  It’s all ancient history now, dead, and the world is for the living … no?

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pic:  survivors coming ashore

 

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pic:  about to bring the not-survivors ashore …

AND TO CLOSE:

I’m running a ‘best caption competition‘ for the below contemporary shot (my own entry is in italics under it) —

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“Don’t worry, lil’ Buddy, we’re here** …”

My comment?

Is pictorial—

—for anyone not actually aboard Liberty but proximate at the time. If this is you, please share it; one each (no hogging, mind) —

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As for my opening para about ‘four-word expressions’, I adore Americanisms and I still love that ever so reassuring, confidence inspiring—

 

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“WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK~!”

 

 

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DEDICATED WITH THE GREATEST RESPECT

TO THE MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF

THE US ADMINISTRATION

AT THAT TIME

 

 

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Remember? That’s a cathartic emotion-fest … but actually think for ourselves enough to actually DO something?

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* I suspect not. (If reincarnation is real I’m putting in a bid for albatross rather than Ancient Mariner.)

** And we have been all along—but the boss wouldn’t let us join in. Sorry ’bout that.

D-DAY

NOW ANCIENT HISTORY

and quite irrelevant.

Just as well, too …

Or not—view these snaps and you’ll understand why, they’ll show just how far we’ve come since then:

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—I don’t recall that they had any places set up on these beaches where the guys could sit down, towel off, have a hot java and change their socks? These were definitely unhealthy working conditions and with no consideration at all for the employees. Not good.

But wait—it gets worse:

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this is undeniably racist ridicule of a minority and the inappropriate misappropriation/denigration of Native American culture.

At the very least United Nations should step in, send a very strongly worded letter of censure to the Pentagon and get these troopers severely disciplined. This is NOT the sort of behaviour (by obviously insensitive thugs) to be tolerated. It should be roundly condemned. Let us see no more repetitions.

At the very least official letters of apology should be sent to the victims.

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And here, to further illustrate the points—sleeping on a beach is all very well and good in summer … but in June (even fully clothed) should never be tolerated in a free country. This man’s employers should get a visit from the Department Of Health & Safety, and quickly.

And look at the uncaring manner in which those rifles have been negligently downed—there’s a chance of a blocked barrel or sand in the mechanisms, which  could lead to malfunctions (if I have to spell it out—skinned knuckles and improper language).

And look further: nobody involved in any of these photos is wearing ear-protection against acoustic hazards. Totally unacceptable in the workplace, I tell you!

WE NEED TO RAISE AWARENESS

of ‘Health and Safety in the workplace’ issues. No wonder so many troopers went off needlessly sick.

TO UNASHAMEDLY CLOSE WHERE

we came in—

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—going for a wee jolly trip around the bay at taxpayer expense is all well and good, but once again nobody in this shot seems to be wearing a lifejacket …

However it’s good to see that they are taking Health And Safety seriously wrt head protection—but are there quick-release mechanisms on those hats?  What happens if (God forbid~!) they were to get tossed out by a freak wave or accident? Wouldn’t the weight of their helmets and other accoutrements make swimming a bit difficult?

Is their helmsman fully certified to current standards, and are his tickets up to date? Has anyone checked all relevant documentation before boarding? Are his charts accurate and guaranteed in-date, certified as such? Has he been tested for drugs and alcohol? Did he get a good night’s sleep before coming to work?

Does that craft have a current Warrant Of Fitness, issued by a Government-approved licensing authority?

Some of the passengers are carrying rifles—were they checked before boarding to make sure that none of them are loaded, and all safeties applied?

Again I must mention about the dry socks—it is unhealthy for any employee to sit around all day in wet socks and totally unacceptable for any employer to expect his her their employees to do so.

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HAVE I MADE MY POINT

here—

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—or do I have to spell it out?

 

and I am grateful to the UK’s ‘Daily Mail‘ news outlet for publishing that article and snaps. Excellent artwork on the part of the restorer/colourist.

This post on behalf of the Offices of Public Good …

Web Troll

 

 

MORON

the theme of pc

SNOWFLAKES

who, let’s face it, are the up-and-coming force. No apologies, Snowflake, you are indeed a Force to be considered. Proud?

IT SEEMS

that the excuse for anti-Free Speech behaviours is your infantile need to rail against whatever currently upsets your little toy box—today’s fad, for example, is ‘prejudice’.

So anyone exhibiting a ‘prejudice’ (as defined by you) is your target—and you crawl out of your stool* to attack anyone you outnumber. It’s good to see that you aren’t prejudiced where females are concerned—equality gets no fairer than this …

HERE VERBATIM

is something I intended to post years ago but I never posted it. I’d be interested if any Snowflake would take me up on it?**

It began with racial prejudice but drifted off topic a bit—

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RACIAL PREJUDICE

Query: is racial prejudice—

(a)  as good as

(b)  slightly worse than

(c)  better than

—religious prejudice?

—location prejudice?

—age prejudice?

—global warming prejudice?

—fiction prejudice?

The list of available prejudices is possibly longer than the list of people available to indulge them. (Thankfully some folks can accommodate many prejudices).

SOME UNREALISTIC TURKEYS 

when all else fails try to enforce their goodwill at the point of a gun, and by law compel everyone to be ‘prejudice-free’. Should it be done? Perhaps, if that’s what it would take to get Snowfla  people who are newcomers (to morality, justice, and thought) to actually think.

SADLY

It cannot be done, except by force … and force would simply drive prejudices underground where they’d fester. Prejudices can come from within as the result of experiences; they are the lifetime distillations of experiences measured against internal standards—which means, Snowflake, ‘If you see someone doing things YOU consider bad, you become prejudiced against them’***. Or, they can be inculcated by folks out to further their ends at your expense.

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IT ALL BOILS DOWN IN THE END

to values. Values mean judgement. Judgement means comparisons. But you cannot compare/judge without facts. You could always of course do as your betters command and simply take their word for it: which you do, Snowflake. You wouldn’t be a Snowflake if you were capable of reason, would you? (Oops, 500 words, quite enough for now…)

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** Courage in numbers, you’ll have to wait for reinforcements, Snowflake.

*** Judge not lest thou be judged, no? Wrong, Snowflake! You must judge, your very survival depends on it. (Suppose you wanted to beat up some tiny objectivist bitch indoctrinating a class full  of victims with ‘Free Speech’ rubbish, and found that she outnumbered you, hmmm?)