Tasty Tidbits 7/31/11

  1. Linear time and apocalyptic frenzies.
  2. First he screws up marriage, now abortion.
  3. Seduced and abandoned.
  4. Petty, catty, and deep down inside, shallow.
  5. GOP alienates farmers.

1

In a few hours, the Liturgy will begin at Orthodox parishes across America, and the first words will be identical in all (allowing for considerable use of foreign languages):

Priest: Blessed is the kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages!
People: Amen!

Not “Blessed shall be the kingdom when it comes,” but “blessed is ….”

With that insight and others, Father Stephen Freeman reflects on the Biblical view of time as an antidote to the various Apocalyptic schemes so common within errant Christian groups.

2

Texas Governor Rick Perry, having deflected fire from the right on marriage (Item 5), now gets heavy artillery (Robert P. George) dissing him on abortion. Perry once again committed federalism, saying that if the Supremes get out of the way, it will be up to the 50 states to regulate abortion.

No prediction this time, but if I was going to predict, I’d predict some middle path of saying he’ll sign it if Congress passes it, cavils about Federalism notwithstanding — but with the tacit message that he’s not going to be a cheerleader for pro-life legislation at the national level.

Considering the performance of Republican Presidents since Reagan, that’s an uncommonly honest approach, should he take it.

3

Imagine that you called up your favorite talk radio show for the first time, and the host was so smitten by your voice that you ended up on air for an hour, on national radio, peppered with friendly questions about your views on a wide range of issues. You become a phenomenon almost overnight, with a speaking career and media presence on matters conservative and libertarian. But then come

the “big-government conservative” years of the Bush administration — an endless war here, a new prescription drug benefit there

and you protest from the right. They drop you like a bad habit.

That’s the story of Reginald Jones, who came of age in the South Bronx and became a Made Man when he called Rush Limbaugh one day. Then he more or less got unmade. El Rushbo and Movement Conservatism have no room for anti-war libertarianism.

I knew nothing of Jones. That a big political movement in the U.S. would swarm a charismatic black kindred spirit like flies swarm cow pies, then drop him when he left the Plantation, was no news to me.

One vignette, however, mildly surprised me and seems apt Sunday fare:

Once Jones became a fixture on C-SPAN he attracted the interest of televangelists.  “Kenneth Copeland’s people got in touch with me,” he says, “They told me they’d give me seed money. They started telling me that with my voice, my connections to the music business, my good looks, that I could do very well.” These were the same men that launched Creflo Dollar and T.D. Jakes. But, says Jones, “they never once asked me what I believed, they weren’t even interested.” Jones, a devout man who quotes Scripture with the felicity of a preacher, rejected them. “They told me I had a gift, and I told them I wanted to keep it.”

(Emphasis and hyperlinks added.) It seems I may have underestimated the calculated venality and manipulativeness of Copeland, who along with Pat Robertson and a few others has always so thoroughly creeped me out that I can barely bear to watch when I happen upon them.

I was clued to the whole story by The American Conservative’s August issue.

4

Petty, catty, vain and deep down inside, shallow. That’s the cast of The A List, a show apparently starting its second season somewhere.

Oh: they’re gay and lesbian.

What happened to “just like you except for who I love”? Would a fundy be allowed to portray GLBTetcetera this way?

5

Oops! Farmers, a core GOP constituency round these parts, don’t like Tea Party ideas on E-Verifying all their migrant workers. Indiana uses a ton of migrant workers in and around Elwood, home of Red Gold, and labor-intensive tomatoes are Indiana’s third largest crop.

This one could be tricky for Richard Mourdock, who’s running to Richard Lugar’s right and is down 14 points already. Does he take a purist (read “mildly demagogic”) stand against illegal aliens/undocumented workers (pick one), or does he run a more reality based campaign, at least hedging things in recognition that we love our exploited undocumented workers and would hardly know what to do without them?

Bon appetit!