That guy’s in the news again. Sometimes I think he’s the favorite of journalists. If it weren’t for them I’d never know there was a Roger Stone. Whenever his name pops up as it’s kept doing since Mr Trump became president, I think he might be a Trump critic. Everybody else is. But whenever I try looking him up, he seems to be a Trump associate. I’m not sure, but he seems newsworthy to journalists maybe because he makes predictions like a kind of prophet. I can’t remember whether he was one of the journalists who mistakenly predicted chief of staff Kelly might quit before a year was up instead of signing up for a second term as White House chief of staff.
I ‘d begun questioning the endless television coverage of the victims of mass killings that made the killer and his motives disappear. So this morning my television informed me that the pope was going to Ireland to console 8 victims of apparent clerical lust. Then I saw an article online about the pope being asked by a catholic bishop to resign for having hidden purpetrators of these lustful acts.
A short while ago I’s bin read’ n that Pres Trump was ignorin’ his chief of staff and would fire him, Mr. Kelly that is. And about when the good general, chief of staff, signed up for one more go round after months of guesses that he’s bin cling in’ by’z toe nails to get to the end of a yar, they’re tell in’ that the Pres’ lawyer’s friends wit a Democrat operative wid a television face like Carvil or Brazil.
So if they wanna impeach him for stupidity they’ve got the proof: higherin’ Lanny Davis’ friend for spyin’ on him.
Sacrifices and Trades
Reviewing a TVO Big Ideas dicussion on Sunday some years ago, I was puzzled by a reference to the idea of sacrifice. I recall that the speaker had drawn attention to the fact that the meaning of sacrifice had become rather obscure to modern man. In order to clarify the significance of the term he tells his audience about how he likes to remind his students that they too have made sacrifices to attend university and receive its benefits. Curiously he uses this example of sacrifice as a lead up to the Genesis story about Adam’s and Eve’s sons Cane and Abel, a story about the sacrificial offerings of the two brothers. Abel, a livestock farmer gives his first born; Cain a grower of produce offers God some of his produce. Now although Abel’s offering is superior to Cain’s both are sacrifices or gifts to God. Unlike the personal pleasures given up for a university education by the speaker’s students they are not exchanges for something better but gifts to God simply for God’s pleasure as are all sacrifices. An example of this idea of sacrifice or giving God the best that one possesses is Agamemnon’s sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia. Agamemnon wishing to succeed in going to Troy and returning his brother’s Menelaus’ wife Helen promises the goddess Diana that he will sacrifice the most beautiful creature born that year. Tragically this beauty is his daughter Iphigenia whom he inevitably sacrifices to fulfill his promise to Diana and to acknowledge her immortal status. And again in the Bible the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac at God’s behest confirms Abraham’s honour for God above all else even his love for his son and that sacrifice means infinitely more than giving up something to perhaps receive something better.
Impeach the president.
Today a caption has kept repeating on my CTV television screen: 16 % of people 17-18 years of age read a book a day for “pleasure” that made me wonder if those responsible for broadcasting that apparent fact themselves read. If they do would they not know that anyone who could give their mind to a book each and every day would be unable to think or do anything else, unless they were speed reading champions who I can’t imagine speed reading for “pleasure”.
When I saw that online image of those male Nazi revivalists. one pretending to look like Hitler shouted at by an anti Nazi male-female group on Sunday in Germany, Europe’s economic engine, I realized that this appeal to voyeuristic appetite is what journalists think is newsworthy and not the story of Europe that it symbolizes.