Tuesday, September 11, 2007

28 ’Elul 5767: Patriot Day


Worthy cause of the day: “Tell the U.S. Navy to Stop Killing Whales!”. (Submitted by Barry.)

Today’s news and commentary:Probably everyone reading this is aware of what happened six years ago today. About 3,000 innocent people died that day as a result of the attacks. We humans have a strange psychological quirk in that the death of one person or a few people often produce a stronger reaction than the deaths of large numbers of people; we can relate to one person or a few people, but thousands of people tend to get comprehended as mere statistics. Fortunately we were not so cold six years ago, but so that we do not lose the recognition that every one of those who died was a real, live, irreplaceable human being, maybe we ought to keep in mind this image from Wikipedia, which I thank Barry for pointing out to me.

I would also like to note that Ro’sh hashShanah, the Jewish civil new year, starts on Wednesday evening. Tradition has it that YHWH judges us at this time, and as such, it is a time where repentance is emphasized. While YHWH is eager to forgive those who repent, He/She can only forgive those who sin against Him/Her; sins against our fellow humans require the forgiveness of the offended humans. As such, this is a time to seek out forgiveness and make peace with our fellow humans. We are all of us fallible creatures liable to mess up from time to time, and there is no point at being annoyed at each other over mistakes we also make. As such, I humbly request forgiveness from all those against whom I have transgressed. I am as fallible as probably anyone, and sometimes I do not treat everyone with the respect that those created in the image of ’Elohim deserve. I also unconditionally forgive everyone who has sinned against me.

Today’s weird thing is a guest commentary from a new character, included below. Enjoy, share the weirdness, and spread the forgiveness.


Greetings, my brothers and sisters of various extractions!

Surely you've heard of the ruckus by now over the appearance of Britney Spears on the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, its bad lip-synching and its stupid dancing as part of a comeback attempt for someone who was never quite there. There are many reasons to dislike Ms. Spears, both this performance and her life in general, especially as we keep in mind this was the alleged performer who took dressing and acting like an underclothed streetwalker and for years sold it to right-wing chuckleheads by using the dubious claim that she was vestally pure. However, one of the most resounding and ridiculous claims attached to this performance is that Ms. Spears is fat.

Now in this land of ours, perhaps more than in many others, the media puts great stock in how we look. We want to be taller or more muscular or thinner, want different skin or hair or eye color, and become greatly swept up as if how curly our hair is or the shape of our eyelids or some such trivial feature makes any real difference about the person. Indeed, Galatians 3:28 says "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female," and we should be ashamed to be otherwise led astray.

In this land of ours, where companies seek to make us unhappy for their own gain, they have told a great lie that only women who are as thin as matchsticks may be beautiful. And it is against this false standard that Ms. Spears has been judged. By any reasonable standard she is at a healthy weight, whereas the dancers about her clearly were not. By bringing herself within the range of healthy weights, Ms. Spears has accomplished perhaps the first thing worth emulating. We should rejoice she actually looks as a human being was meant to and encourage our daughters and sisters to follow her example, defying the sinister media which would guilt and torture them into self-destruction.

Now if only she can get the rest of her life as adjusted as her weight, wouldn't that be a fine thing indeed!

--Malcom NC-17
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