Satur-deja Vu

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The world has gone nuts. I can’t help but feel that without Covid-19, resulting in quarantine and economic shutdown, people would either be at work or busy with summer activities and not have time for some of the foolishness we see right now. I’m not talking about protests or riots. I mean the really wacky stuff:

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Cops was cancelled after 31 years on television.  Like many of you I didn’t even realize it was still on. Nickelodeon has been baraged with negative tweets directed toward the police dog Chase on it’s animated Paw Patrol program. One went as far as “The police dog should be euthanized.” But some of the commentary sounds quite reasonable because people have put time and thought into this. Writing for the New York Times, Amanda Hess says “Even big-hearted cartoon police dogs – or maybe especially big-hearted police dogs – are on notice. The effort to publicize police brutality also means banishing the good-cop archetype, which reigns on both television and in viral videos of the protests themselves. Paw Patrol seems harmless enough, and that’s the point: The movement rests on understanding that cops do plenty of harm.”

Because there are a few cops that “do plenty of harm” we are not to portray cops on television doing anything else? That’s just wackadoodle.

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The largest church in Alabama is now homeless. Pastor Chris Hodges wasn’t endorsing a political candidate from the pulpit but did occasionally like a tweet supporting Donald Trump or pointing the finger at China regarding Covid-19. A local English teacher decided to catalogue the pastor’s Twitter likes over a period of time and then share them with local press.  The Board of Education terminated the church’s lease with two area high schools used by the diverse congregation of 60,000. It gets worse. The church’s Christ Health Clinic will be banned from working with the local housing authority which means no more free Covid-19 testing, mentoring, health or social services. A third of the church’s congregation is either black or hispanic but the manufactured controversy portrays Hodges as a racist and the housing authority will no longer partner with any volunteers or ministries associated with Church of the Highlands. Please read the full story here, written by Tony Perkins for the Family Research Council.

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Kill the wabbit… just don’t shoot him. I can’t believe this issue warrants public outcry but again people have nothing better to do right now. When HBO Max rolled out they announced new Looney Tunes shorts. Classic characters such as Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam will no longer be depicted with firearms though there will still be plenty of cartoonish violence such as the use of TNT and Elmer Fudd, shown above, coming at Bugs Bunny with a scythe. HBO either owns or licenses the rights to the characters and can portray them however they wish. I think showing a hunter without a gun chasing a rabbit with a scythe is pretty ridiculous. But as a gun owner and advocate of the rights of gun owners, no, Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam have not had their guns “taken away” nor have their 2nd amendment rights been violated. If you don’t want to watch the cartoon then don’t watch the cartoon. But just like the Paw Patrol outrage this shouldn’t even be a thing.

Ok. Deep breath.

How about something to brighten your Saturday?

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Father’s Day is coming up and there are so many more gift ideas than the classic new tie or handkerchief set that my dad’s generation had to deal with. By the way, I realize there is no “Jo” on the periodic table but K and Es are real and those are their actual atomic numbers. But you can spell Clark (Chlorine, Argon, Potassium) as shown below. Yes, I actually bought that but seldom wear it.

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Would you believe some people actually prefer the center brownie? I respond to those people by showing them this, the all corners brownie pan:

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These pans and similar products retail for $50 and up so I don’t actually own one but come on, fighting over the corner brownie pieces with other family members is as American as apple pie. Besides, when I bake and cut the brownies I will eat the piece I want before you ever see them.

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This week on The Master’s Table I wrote about the Christian calendar. Your church probably observes Easter and Christmas if nothing else but what about lighting the candles on the Advent wreath? Do you carry palm branches into church on Palm Sunday? A few churches still go the distance and save those palm fronds until the following year when they burn the dried fronds and use the ashes in their Ash Wednesday service. Here is a brief look at the Christian Calendar. I find that graphic helpful. You can use the search feature in the right-hand sidebar to read more about Lent, Ash Wednesday, Advent, Easter, Christmas and *gasp* Halloween.

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