Frustration, My Lexicon of Hate ‘er Somethin.

From time to time an event of notable importance occurs. Something a commentator with the type of time limitations I battle, simply can’t ignore. For example, when a gay, African, Muslim with Irish roots and a bundle of social security numbers becomes President of the United States of America, well, I’m simply forced to take note. When the Catcher in the Rye kills John Lennon, I can’t look the other way. When Elton John puts out an album with Motörhead it’s, well, he never did, but it would definitely be noteworthy if he did! This is the sort of noteworthy event that Lou Reed performing with Metallica is. Chuck Klosterman, in an article he wrote, “Injustice For All: The Lou Reed/Metallica Album” listed 4 reasons:

  • 1-Two historically significant artists merging unrelated genres for no defined reason.
  • 2-Adult, self-aware musicians following their own creative vision, devoid of commercial pressure or responsibility.
  • 3-An attempt to produce something authentically different from anything we’ve ever heard before, motivated only by a desire to see what would happen.
  • 4-A confident, unvarnished attempt at taking arcane high art (Lulu is based on theatrical German expressionism from the early 20th century) and repackaging it for denim-clad teenagers huffing gas in Arizona parking lots.

Klosterman follows this list with 3 paragraphs pointing out how horrible it actually is.  I hate to say this, being a fan of both (in spite of Metallica’s “Some Kind of  Monster” revealingwhat a bunch of sissies these “metal monsters” are), but I pretty much agree. It certainly is interesting and damn, I really want to like this, but I’mafraid I just can’t quite do it. Lou Reed has done some stunning work (once in a while) and Metallica while having slipped somewhat from their peak, are always well above average. Neither live up to their potential. Lulu gives us a significantly sub-par performance from both sides.  I can’t make myself recommend it. However, I really would like to see the same experiment performed with Tom Waits and Alice in Chains as the unusual ingredients.

What’s Goin’ On?!

The land of the free and the home of the brave. The founders of which were revolutionaries who, against all odds freed the American people from the governmental control and taxation of “the mother land”. They produced a document which has been viewed as the epitome of freedom, but which is now being used to justify the implementation of governmental control far beyond that which the founders rebelled against.

America ELECTED Barrack Hussein Obama, or Barry Soetoro or whoever he is, as President of the United States of America. Kenya’s minister of lands has complemented America for having elected a “Kenyan-born” man as President. Canadian Press has ventured where the American Mainstream Media fears to tread, in making note of the miserable result of Obama’s election as well as the fact that he was never required to prove his citizenship prior to election. The results of which they predict will be felt and paid for throughout the western world.

Financially successful Americans are being forced to pay for the health, education and welfare of the unsuccessful because welfare is a “right”.  In America you have a “right” to express your opinion and beliefs. A right guaranteed by the First Amendment, unless you’re a school teacher or a Country singer who performs for E.S.P.N. or some such radical element trying to communicate something which isn’t considered “politically correct”. The President of the United States of America, and his Democrat allies and some Republicans as well, are working with the United Nations to implement “International Gun Control”. The United Nations? Implementing gun control in America? Yep. Not done yet, but in the works. I could go on, but I’m afraid I’d run out of paper.

Is this the America Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and a host of other brilliant, freedom and independence oriented people had in mind when they inspired the country to take up arms and risk their very existence against tremendous odds, in the name of freedom? They were men who already had security, but they valued liberty more. Their very signatures on the declaration stood them under threat of death.  Five were actually tortured to death. Others lost their homes and property. Nine of the signers fought and died. Their pledge, “For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence,, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” Did Washington enjoy the benefits typical of todays “leaders”? He helped finance the war with his own money and served without pay. Do our current leaders walk this path? I think they’d need a powerful telescope to even see it.

Obama may be right about the need to update the constitution, but the need is spurred by those like Obama himself who are twisting its intention to fit their self serving desires. You can bet your ass and firewood the founding fathers had no notion of a “United Nations”, nor an “American Union”.  What our founders stood for was Independence, which springs from the combination of freedom and responsibility. America was not intended to become the cuddling mommy to its citizens. America was intended to become and remain the land of the free and the home of the brave!

~Bacon

Wednesday 9/28/11

Christianity

I’ve had a lifelong struggle with religion. Believer? Don’t believer? Yes today, no tomorrow, I don’t know on Wednesday. A religion I’d grown up surrounded by yet doubting soundly, eventually got its hooks in me. I think the fact that I’d grown up such a rebel, surrounded by family that didn’t believe this particular faith, ended up arming me with the fortitude I needed to shake the hook. I now see that faith as absolutely ridiculous, yet I know very intelligent people who believe it, absolutely.

Seems if we grant power to a God, ANYTHING is possible, yes? Even the illogical, yes? Even the impossible? ABSOLUTELY! You see, we have Satan here making the truth look bad, so the truth I recognize is under constant attack by a magical, demonic, entity of immense power, so naturally it’s hard for you to see the truth. Apparently God likes the controversy since he doesn’t step in to correct it. This is why we call it a “test”.

But why does the being of ultimate power, wisdom and understanding, who knows everything, sees the future, knows the end before the beginning, and has no limitations outside of following the laws he, himself created, need to test anything?

Well, he’s doing it for us. Can a God not simply “inject” us with the wisdom needed? Apparently not. Instead he/she/it creates us, places here, gives us an obscure, endlessly debatable, non-provable, illogical, difficult set of guidelines, which he places in the hands of human “messengers/profits/philosophers” to pass on to the rabble and himself, makes no appearance (except to Moses & Joseph Smith). And why? Well, that depends on which messenger/profit/philosopher/scientist/witchdoctor/hoodoo-guru you decide is correct and choose to believe.

Interestingly, I was visited yesterday by a good friend, Jesse, who is a “Christian”.  He doesn’t use the label “born-again” but I figure that’s where he stands. We’ve had many “religion” discussions in the past, some of which have been almost frightening, in terms of his attachment to reality. He uses a lot of words to say little…  hmm..  does this make me a hypocrite? Still I hold him in high regard. Yesterday he pointed out what he sees as a mistake made by many, the belief that there is a price for redemption.

This places me at the doorstep of a big mystery… Redemption from what? Did God create fallen beings? Was there some sort of pre-existence during which we fell? Is our own simple existence somehow faulty? Were we some sort of mistake? Whatever the answer is, it has to be God’s fault, which would make “redemption” God’s duty (by any typical ethical standard).

Jesse didn’t make this particular argument but the end result, the fact that there is no price for redemption, makes perfect sense in light of this logic. “Bacon, don’t look at it as making a trade. Redemption is done. What you’ve done in the past, and what you’ll do in the future is irrelevant.”

Not having a particularly firm belief in Christ’s actual existence, particularly the deity aspect, I’ve yet been magnificently impressed by his story.  The last days in particular. The suffering he endured at the hands of the very people he was suffering for. Even the aspect that I can comprehend weighed against his ability to end it at any time. Mercy amplified!

Although a great deal of the most horrible atrocities in history have been performed in his name, the example he set in the story is peerless mercy, nobility unequaled. Even if Christ is fantasy or fiction, following his example could only be a good. Christ performed miracles of mercy and didn’t require payment. There are no examples of “I’ll cure you if you pay your tithing, if you go to church, if you go on sinlessly…” Nope, what he said was, “freely ye received, freely give.” He did, however say, “your faith has healed you”. So the closest thing I see to a price is belief or faith and I don’t know if even that is attached to redemption. If we are indeed the products of a deity, belief seems a small price to pay for redemption.

Unfortunately, due to a lifetime of being surrounded by multitudinous misrepresentations, a great many conducted by the “religious”, my belief vault is empty. Nevertheless, I deeply respect the principles Christ represents and so I’ll go forward and believe as best I can, follow as nearly as possible the example of humanity set by Christ.

Come on now!  I see that sneer…

 ~Bacon