Jun 162016
 

So I saw a variant of this commercial a short while ago. It’s been around for a year and a half or so, and during that whole time it has BUGGED THE CRAP OUT OF ME. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like the song. But the song is entirely wrong for the message. On the surface “come with me now” sounds like a perfectly fine tune for a commercial for a vacation destination. But if you listen to the whole song it’s about some guy trying to sell his soul to the Devil and apparently being drawn down into – or at least tempted into – Hell. Doesn’t seem to me to be the best PR message: “Satan invites you to Orlando.” Of course, with the recent attacks of gay Jihadi Democratic alligators in Orlando, maybe they were spot on.

 

I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s just me, though. While I am not even close to conventionally religious, it wasn’t for lack of exposure back in my podling days; got my butt kicked out of Bible School for arguing with the teacher about “how the hell do you pack all those carnivores on that little boat for all those months.” And for as long as I can remember there have been two phrases that just creep me right the hell out, for reasons I can’t adequately explain: “Come with me now” and “Come and see.” That last one comes from the book of Revelation from the Bible, spoken by some sort of beast as the world gets bitchslapped by God. I have always associated it with some sort of evil force saying it; the phrase was used thusly in the first season of the “Sleepy Hollow” TV series, uttered by a demon, and in “X-Men:Apocalypse,” uttered by what is essentially an evil mutant demigod.

“Come with me now” and “come and see” both seem like the sort of thing that would be the last phrase heard by a sane mind confronted with Nyarlathotep or some such Lovecraftian horror from beyond. Whatever it is that person sees would either drive ’em mad or outright destroy ’em. Whether Lovecraftian or Biblical, the message is kinda the same: knowledge leads to destruction (remember that tree in that one garden?). And that annoys the bejeebers out of me, and is probably why the phrase gets on my nerves: the idea that there is an invitation to learn, to gain knowledge, but the experience will be used to squash you like a bug. The idea that the safe way is the ignorant way… just doesn’t sit right.

So if you ever read one of my stories and you see someone say “come and see,” you know something really unfortunate is afoot. Best response to it would be:

“Come With Me Now” was performed by the Kongos, a South African band performing in a South African style. Durned if I didn’t think it was a group from Louisiana or some such, though, making music like Cajuns.

 

 Posted by at 9:40 pm
Jun 142016
 

Another interesting tidbit has come out about Omar Mateen: he was a registered Democrat. Snopes has confirmed that in 2006 he so registered… but of course, Snopes then goes on to hem and haw: “His U.S. political affiliation (if any) at the time of the shooting is unknown.”

Now, it’s true: it has been ten years since Omar registered as a Dem, and that’s a good long time. But imagine the media firestorm if he had registered as a Republican or a Libertarian. Yeesh.

So, what have we got?

Gay. Muslim. Person of color. Child of immigrants. Democrat. And has made great strides in the holy quest of getting the Evil AR-15 banned. Omar Mateen is a political correctness wet dream.

 Posted by at 1:41 pm
Jun 142016
 

Qatar convicts Dutch woman held ‘after being raped’

She got roofied, knocked unconscious, raped and then reported it… and then got convicted of having sex outside of marriage and has been fined $824. The only good part of the story is that she’s also being deported, which, under the circumstances,  is a definite bonus.

The article also points out that further hijinks like this are afoot in 2022, when Qatar hosts the Fifa World Cup. That’s apparently some sort of Gathering of the Juggalos-type get-together for a bunch of drunk British hooligans to come and watch some teams play a paint-dryingly-boring childrens game and riot.

 Posted by at 8:22 am
Jun 142016
 

WFTV sources: Arrest of alleged accomplice in mass shooting expected

Basically no data beyond the headline, so let the speculating commence!

All kinds of possibilities here. Low-end “accomplices” would be some schmoe who just helped him carry stuff, or did straw purchases, that sort of thing… knew they were doing something illegal, but weren’t really “in” on what the plan was. Maybe it was the gun store owner, arrested as a political showpiece. Maybe it was the imam who might have helped radicalize him. Maybe it was his current wife (?) who may have known the plan. Speculation free-fire zone!

 Posted by at 8:05 am
Jun 132016
 

Orlando Shooter Was Reportedly a Regular at Pulse and Had a Profile on Gay Dating App

So, the attack was carried out by an ISIS-loving gay Muslim extremist. Expect that this added wrinkle will only make some people more certain that American right-wing Republicans (especially Christians) are to blame. In fact, you can see that in some of the comments there.

This goofball could turn out to also have been a card-carrying member of the Communist Party and some people would *still* blame the Republicans…

 Posted by at 7:10 pm
Jun 092016
 

New ISIS ‘Kill’ List Claims To Target Thousands Of Americans

In their latest effort to convince people that they are representatives of a peaceful and rational ideological system, an Islamic State “hacking group” issued a list of 8,318 people it wants to kill, 7,848 of whom are Americans. Apparently a whole lot of these people are just regular schmoes. But the list isn’t given, so you can’t look up your own name and decide whether to:

  1. Wet yourself in fear that you’re on it
  2. Feel offended that you’re not.
 Posted by at 12:37 am
Jun 042016
 

Who knew?

Spoon-bending workshop, widely ridiculed online, pulled by university

Behold:

After a healthy dose of online ridicule, the University of Alberta has cancelled a workshop at which doctors were supposed to learn to bend spoons.

With their minds.

Oy.

It’s good that the university eventually cancelled this rubbish, but it’s sad that the “class” got beyond the initial “laughing-at-and-roundfiling” stage.

 Posted by at 5:03 pm
May 292016
 

Or maybe it did, in some “ironic hipster” sort of way? Hmmm…

Iraqi migrant who bought a T-shirt saying ‘I’m Muslim, don’t panic’ is hospitalised by three Islamic asylum seekers who thought he was insulting their religion 

Happened in Berlin. Two of the attackers were caught… a Syrian and a Lebanese. Make of it what you will. I’m sure some will read this news item and conclude that the message is “Hmm. Trump sucks.” Which is true, but irrelevant.

Also unrelated, this bit of news from Saudi Arabia:

Man shoots doctor who helped deliver his baby ‘because he was a man’

Mmm-hmmm ayup. Seems reasonable.

 Posted by at 8:52 am
May 102016
 

Well, this should give the ancient aliens whackos something to go buggo about:

Teen Discovers Lost Maya City Using Ancient Star Maps

In short, a Canadian 15-year-old realized that the locations of known Mayan cities lined up well with the brightest stars in Mayan constellations. In proper scientific tradition, he used constellations to predict the location of an as-yet undiscovered Mayan city… and after examining satellite images, it appears that there really is a city or complex right there.

So it looks like the Mayans laid out their civilization based on star maps. If that meant building a labor-intensive structure hell and gone away from rivers and roads, expending vital resources and manpower in an effort to build pyramids in mountains, then so be it. While that’s an impressive commitment to cause, it is in the end pretty damned silly. I’ll note that the Mayan civilization vanished, swallowed by the jungle. Perhaps their strategy of basing their civic planning on superstition rather than logical use of resources might not have been so wise.

UPDATE:

Ooops. It’s looking like this is turning out to be hogwash. The “Mayan complex” looks to archeologists like an old corn field. The article linked above links to several experts who are less than thrilled that they are having to comment on what one of them refers to as “a terrible example of junk science.”

 Posted by at 9:30 am