A very interesting picture. There were a lot of things wrong with society back then, there were also a lot of things right. Just thinking back 50 years made me realize 1 stark difference from today. Society enforced its own good behavior. Today when someone acts a fool there’s no one to tell them to stop. Something so fundamental as not knowing what sex you are. Back then we were embarrassed if we had to ride a ‘girls’ bike, now a boy runs on a girls track team like he’s some sort of groundbreaking hero! Men go out in public dressed as women. And if someone says, “What the fuck are you doing?” They’re the ‘bigoted’ one.
[FYI the center store front says: ‘Best & Co. – Liliputian Bazaar‘. It was a small east coast chain, New York, Pennsylvania and the like. Women’s and children’s clothes. Finally liquidated in 1970.]
This picture is of longtime NPR radio host Terri Gross. Like all NPR employees she is a New York liberal, homosexual and a Jew. She is also the best interviewer on the planet. She has had the most wonderful interviews of people that I never would have imagined would be riveting. Before anyone is put in front of a radio microphone they should have to pass a 40 hour class on Terri Gross. She evidently keeps her ego in her desk. She lets the guests talk.
Transition to Christian radio. I had always thought Jan Markel up in Minneapolis was the worst host of all time. She is an expert in the ‘3 paragraph’ question. Its really not a “question” at all, she simply runs out of breath for a brief moment and the guest is allowed to talk for the few seconds it takes her to recoup. She has no need for guests, she is the expert on every topic.
Then I heard an episode of Faith Works Live on Truth Talk KTIA 99.3 FM. The host there is Pastor Mike Demastus. Oh my God (pun intended). How can one individual be so unaware? I don’t think he can best Markel for run on, but he gives it a shot. Why anyone comes on that show is beyond me. This stuff is pretty basic. You don’t tell us how great your show is, you show us. Your guests are the expert, drain them dry. Bring them out. Be like Terri. Don’t be like you. You’re dumb. Put your ego in a drawer.
But to answer the question: ‘Why does Christian radio seem to be so bad at this?’ I don’t know. Usually something that comes along with the Holy Spirit is a measure of wisdom. Clearly that’s not always the case.
“Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” — Thomas Jefferson
“The Declaration of Independence is the all-time masterpiece of ideological simplification. There in a single sentence of self-evident truth, the founding Fathers put into clear, easily understandable focus, the broad basis of man’s relationship to God, to government, and to his fellow man.”
— Clarence Manion (1896-1979) American conservative radio talk show host, dean of the Notre Dame Law School 1956
I’d never heard of “Clarence Manion” before. Interesting fellow. He capsulizes very well the interactions of a sound government with natural law: God – Government – Man. Even though it is not a theocracy, a sound government very much has God in it. And in these times where we are experiencing a communist insurgency with the BLM movement, it does one well to remember the key component of communism: It cannot coexist with the Christian God. It was tagged “godless communism” for a reason.
Habit is the latest bone they threw out to get “Christians” snarling. And right on cue, “Release the outrage!” My God Christians are predictable. At the link above they of course have a petition going to demand that this movie not be released! Of course they’ll release it, they live for that reaction. It would be a stupid little movie no one would see otherwise. Hollywood hates Christians, you never noticed that?? They’re Jews, its what they do.
So of course they release a movie about Jesus as a lesbian woman. What else would you portray the “Son of Man” as? Did the Christian Film and Television Commission think for 2 seconds before they gave the movie’s director exactly what he was after? Come on! The best thing you could have done was ignore these Bozos. They die without attention.
[I wonder if “Christian Today” was a website started by the movie company to generate the fake outrage? Frankly I’ve never heard of them. And who wrote the article at the link above? ‘Staff writer’. Yeah.]
The Prairie Home Companion aired on taxpayer funded radio for decades (it made Garrison Keillor a millionaire though). Like a lot of liberal entertainment, all the white people were nerdy and uncool. It was a mixture of song and jokes, and my favorite part: The News from Lake Wobegon. This fictitious Minnesota town was chockful of “Norwegian Lutherans”. The only thing more uncool than white people, was Jesus loving Christians.
Every week Garrison would tell about the silly shenanigans of those small town Minnesotans. Because white people and Christians are the only ones you can make fun of nowadays. Their church socials and Jello salads. Growing up in Iowa we always had a special relationship with Minnesota. It was not unheard of for Iowans to vacation up there 50 years ago. Sure we made ‘Minnesota jokes’, and they made ‘Iowa jokes’, It was all in fun because they were the best of people back then. Damn near as good as us.
They were like our cousins, the ugly cousin to be sure, but they were family. It ain’t that way today. Minnesota is a shithole. They brought in all those Somali savages with their bell-ringing Sharia shit, to the point I can’t imagine decent people would want to live there. Hell, they sent a terrorist to Congress! What its called is ‘population replacement’. Well you did it. How’s it working out for you?
I think you were a better State when all you had was those nerdy white people. Its okay to be white.
“Interesting argument. Anybody who rejects JC self identifies as a moron of course, but its true our government was not intended as a theocracy. But yet it does operate as exactly that with the Religion of Humanism.”
There was an interesting little article on World Net Daily from Franklin Graham. His point was that the response we are seeing from government isn’t about a virus its about control. He said never in our history have we quarantined the healthy. He foresees government wanting to keep these totalitarian powers even after the current crisis.
The title of this post is a comment from an assumed atheist after the article. I of course put up the brilliant response. It wasn’t until I’d thought about it a little that I realized Franklin hadn’t “invoked religion” in the article at all. He simply focused on government overreach. But the commenter has a valid point in general about American politics. One side believing we’re a Christian nation and the other that there’s this shifting wall of separation of Church and State.
It happens all the time with Republicans. In Iowa one of the most prominent examples is radio personality and party delegate Tammara Scott. She regularly invokes God (!) while talking politics, one of the most obvious was when Bob Vander Platts ran for Governor. The religious right in the state thought sure if we could replace that scurvy knave Branstad with Bob, then we’d have a Christian Iowa by golly!
I don’t know if they envisioned religious teachings in the schools and a picture of Jesus on the wall behind the teacher, or what. That’s the battle: Are Christians to be invisible outside their home? Or are we to have the free exercise thereof? It mainly comes down to the schools. That’s where most people get lost. To explain to them that its government that should be removed from the schools is simply incomprehensible to them.
Prior to 1900 or so this problem was avoided as government was not in the schools. Then John Dewey singlehandedly destroyed America, in a slow motion fashion. Someone’s “values” are going to be taught to children, its just a matter of whose. Americans were not sophisticated enough to recognize the New Religion being taught.
So yesterday afternoon I’m coming home and I catch the opening intro of Haven Today on KPSZ Praise 940. They were running the typical ‘disclaimer’, “The views on this show do not necessarily represent those of the Des Moines Radio Group, management or its sponsors” (What’s going through my mind is you’re a Christian station and you’re running a disclaimer before a Jesus show? If these aren’t your views, what are?). Its Haven Today! Its one of the most Jesus centered programs to ever be on the radio. Its not like those ‘God is an ATM’ tongue-talking charlatan shows that you have on in the morning.
Or one of those “give us $25 so a holocaust surviving Jew can have Passover” scammers. Or “Dear Lord fill my bank account” Joyce Myers. Another one (either on Inspiration, TBN or TCT) is this guy who dresses up as a rabbi (Rabbi Kirt Schneider) running some scam on Christians. They don’t run a disclaimer before any of these jokers. They don’t run a disclaimer before supplement scammer Dr Michael Pinkus.
But they run a disclaimer before Haven Today. I wonder sometimes if they forget they’re a “Christian station”? [I guess where I was going with this is, “Why are all the charlatans on TV and radio? I’ve done other posts listing a dozen or so of the best, yet the ones they put on the air are the worst.]
So I’m looking up on YouTube who sang the 70s classic, “More! More! More!” (1976), turns out it was a gal by the name of Andrea True who was also a 70s porn actress. What flashed into my head was a picture of the guy who epitomized 70s (and the next 3 decades) porn, Ron Jeremy. Voted #1 male porn actor by AVN (no idea). There was probably nothing dumber than 70s porn, though it didn’t seem that way at the time.
Debbie Does Dallas, Deepthroat…. on and on and on. There was nothing cool about it. For some reason the media liked to obsess about it. After awhile 1 face kept popping up, Jeremy. Over and over and over and over and over. The most prolific face (?) in porn. Like all film, his Russian Jewish pedigree helped. It would be interesting to know the workings of the industry. The connections with organized crime. The distribution, marketing, cast, crew, directors. Its said there’s not a colder more debased industry less interested in sex than pornography.
But as my title suggests, what if he had stayed as a teacher? What if he had never gotten into the business? How many other people wouldn’t have? How many lives wouldn’t have been ruined? Operating from a complete basis of ignorance, I’m lead to believe the sex industry exists because of drug abuse and child abuse of the women. And to some unexplored extent, the Devil.
But just going by the numbers, Jeremy’s role in the industry was huge. He made over 2,000 films. #2 John Holmes made just 384. It begs the question (as with the classic “What if Hitler had never existed?”) what if Ron Jeremy had never existed? The gut reaction is it wouldn’t have mattered an iota. Which is probably true. I just wonder. I can personally attest the 70s had the finest real women. Porn is a sickness, a disease on society. One of the biggest betrayals is when Congress had the opportunity to put all porn domains under ‘xxx’ instead of www, and didn’t do it. The implications of that is huge.
[Like with politicians that don’t fit the classic mode, handsome, well spoken, charismatic, neither did Jeremy. Short, balding, overweight. Go figure.]
“I Need To Pray, lead by: Lynette Hawkins Stephens along with The Love Center Choir. From the album entitled Edwin Hawkins Live with The Oakland Symphony Orchestra.” I’ve known for a few years the magic of black gospel singing. Can’t put my finger on it, but I know it when I hear it. It might be gone. I don’t know. A lot of it emanated from the 70s with Edwin (1943-2018) and Walter (1949-2010) Hawkins. I’ll have to look and see if Oakland still even has a symphony!
Edwin had The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Walter had the Love Center Choir. Edwin arrived on the scene in 1969 at the ripe old age of 26 along with Dorothy Morrison when he came up with a new arrangement of O Happy Day. Sold over a million copies, international success. Walter started out a member of his brother’s choir. He really came into his own with 1975’s Love Alive album. Its a little bizarre, he produced albums for wife Tramaine, sister Lynette and cousin Shirley Miller.
Musical talent of that depth in one family is beyond my comprehension. But its more than that. What I gave were the facts. What my words will fail to convey is the passion of the “urban contemporary gospel” sound. I suppose that’s why I put the video up. Lynette and the Edwin Hawkins Singers flow together effortlessly. When you watch the choir, the power and the talent they have is simply phenomenal. I suppose you start getting into the “gift from God” thing.
Just no other way to explain it, when music stirs the soul like that. Just no other way. I realize over the years I’ve tried to tackle this to no avail. Another choir from the past I just love are the Ray Conniff Singers. Its a totally different ballgame. That’s my go-to group for pop music choral arrangements. Simply beautiful what they can do with just their voices. I’ll never be able to explain myself. Maybe that’s why it sticks with me.
Maybe its like when you hear your favorite version of Amazing Grace or How Great Thou Art, or some other gospel favorite, it grabs hold of you and there’s just no explaining why.
So I stop into my favorite lunch spot today Taco Casa (which means ‘Taco House’) and I eye a copy of the March ‘City View’. I had picked it up for the retrospective photo on the cover of girl’s basketball in Iowa, and yes there was a blurb about the Great Denise Long of Union Whitten. But there was also an article re-celebrating the closing of the Gortz Haus by the homosexual couple of Lee Stafford and Jared Ellers.
Funny thing about these articles, they always mention this couple that was targeted by the homosexual activists, but they never give credit and a picture to the actual couple that stopped this Christian family from running their business. I pointed out to the author Randy Evans his oversight about not naming the couple, so I did it for him. Lee Stafford and Jared Ellers. They should be so proud they stopped religious freedom. They got their cake though, that’s the important thing (you don’t want to get between a gay person and their cake, I tell you what).