Police from Amherst, UMass, and Massachusetts State Troopers were there. According to published reports and videos, they Tortured attendees with Taser, Tear Gas, Pepper Spray, Rubber Bullets, and Pepper Bullets. Witnesses saw police dragging a man with a bloodied face. No one was reported killed in the police riot. Attention victims: Here is how to file a Torture complaint with the UN: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/ComplaintProcedure/Pages/HRCComplaintProcedureIndex.aspx
Students will be gone on Spring Break when St. Patrick’s Day gets here, so they tried to substitute party this past weekend. The police on the other hand stopped buses [the way most people get around here] from running all morning to the part of town intended for the riot. The victims coudn’t get out.
Bizarrely, a University of Massachusetts official condemned – not the violent Torture of innocent students by jack-booted thugs [as seen above] – yes, condemned the behavior of the students partying, implying that Torturing students convicted of nothing is OK with the University. Make a note of that, parents, before sending your children. The use of these weapons in wars is forbidden by International Law. http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2014/03/10/blarney-blowout-umass-amherst-arrests/
I’m headed off for the riot – I mean demonstration – now. I’ll have a further update when I’m back, hopefully not reporting more violence. Please read witness report(s) and view video(s) in Comments below.
SEE The Homeric Hymn to Demeter — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)
It’s Winter Solstice. Today 12/21/13, at 12:11 pm EST, just after noon on East Coast of the US, just after 9am in the West, winter strikes the Northern Hemisphere. This is the shortest day of the year. At the specified time, the sun will be directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn, 23.5 degrees South latitude. It is the lowest path of the sun all year, and the midday sun will appear at its lowest point of the year. It’s Summer Solstice South of the equator.
Demeter is The Mother. Or the Corn Mother. Video by Rachel Neulander of medicinesocks YouTube channel. This video was popular at Vatican City, possible relating to it’s in Sapphic rhythm. I say this because my video about Sapphic rhythm was even more popular at the Vatican. A Sapphic Appendix is a fraction of a line that appears at the end of a stanza adding a psychological twist to the matter.
SEE The Homeric Hymn to Demeter
A scene I am sad to say I have seen,
Sadder still to admit I know not if it
Were dream or reality, actual history,
Actual factual fractural mystery:
Mist and clouds, cherubim, puttos,
Cupids, child angels angered at Pluto’s
Heinous violent acts:
He has her! He hacks
/at the reins,
And away go the steeds
With embargoed Wells Fargo cargo,
And at tremendous speeds
That in seconds could carry and ferry
The Argo from Fargo to Largo.
Those beings’ deeds
/and the reigns
Of the Rich One and Jove
Are founded on strange
Emotions. No, not upon love.
If these Titans were Titian’s,
He’d paint us a dove,
/and the rains
Would not drown out its meek
Voice. If but El Greco,
That Spanish Italian Greek,
Would to us with brush speak –
Ah, but Pan can never man Echo,
Who’ll in turn be turned down by Narcissus,
Who’ll take not a one for his missus
And fade away into a flower.
Wouldn’t it be better to’ve taken a lover?
Above standeth Jove, he is over,
But Pluto below holds the power:
by Norman B
a Deviation from the Norm
Line 5: puttos – A putto is a child angel in art, plural putti.
Line 6 and Line 17: Pluto – Greek for The Rich One; epithet for Aidoneus (Hades for short); it’s wise to use epithet rather than pronouncing the name of the supremely powerful Lord of the Dead; if you say his name, he may come for you, hence the expression “Speak of the Devil … ”
SAPPHIC APPENDICES: This poem is written in Sapphic rhythm: At the end of each verse is a fractional line, the Sapphic appendix. In this poem, all of the Sapphic appendices are exact rhymes with each other. Unfortunately, YouTube’s format doesn’t allow Sapphic appendices to appear under the end of the previous line where they are traditionally.
(p)(c)2007 Norman Schulerud Bie, Jr. All rights reserved. First broadcast on WMUA UMass Amherst Student Radio in 1999. First performed live at Fire & Water coffeehouse & performance gallery in Northampton, Mass., in 1997.
(This poem refers to a Greek hymn of the First Millennium BC about the first generation of Olympian Titans. Zeus/Jove ruled the sky. His brother Hades/Pluto ruled the underworld. Their sister Demeter/Ceres ruled agriculture. Zeus and Demeter had a daughter Persephone/Kora [The Child]. Pluto The Rich One lusted for The Child. The Father said “Take her.” At that time, society did not question such arrangements.
Women and children were the property of men. Rape was permanent. But this Homeric Hymn focuses on the Mother’s grief over her daughter’s abduction. Demeter in her anguish withheld her gifts from the Earth. Everything withered, but the underworld had its Queen. Only after a treaty was struck returning Persephone for part of the year, did Demeter replenish the Earth with the fruits and flowers of spring. But each year The Child must return to Hades for a season, and again we feel The Mother’s loss as bitter winter falls.)
Below is my live performance of the poem, wearing my monk’s habit.
Correspondent Frederik Blauwhof of the Real News Network filed this report, and will be with us live here online live from Germany momentarily, beginning at 4:30pm EST (1:30pm on the West Coast), to answer reader questions on the German Election results, their consequences, and implications.
Chancellor Angel Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party got 41.6%, their best ever. Her coalition partner, the Right-wing Liberal Party got trounced, and is out of the Government. Left-leaning Parties took the majority of seats in Parliament.
That’s right! The Parties on the Left garnered more than half the seats in the German Parliament. But the Social Democratic Party and Green Party refused to bond in coalition with the more radical Left Party (Linke).
Now, we are glad to have Frederik Blauwhof with us. Please feel free to question him about the German Election and European Union politics.
Please, my fellow FireDogs, if you wonder about Germany or EU or Netherlands politics, here’s an analyst a lot closer to it than we are. Leave your questions and Frederik Blauwhof can answer them below.
Before the US invasion, Libya had been one of the world’s top Oil producers. Hmm… Though many Africans saw Gaddafi as a unifier of Africa, and though [as per Levis] people throughout Africa protested Black Libyans being wiped out by Obama’s Al Qaeda Terrorist Mercenaries, Obama’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was videotaped gloating about conquest and laughing uproariously at Gaddafi’s Murder via Torture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgcd1ghag5Y
Obama’s (and Clinton’s) Reign of Terror continues still in Libya, as persons who worked with the previous Government are being hunted down and Murdered by the US side. We’ll have a LIVE interactive interview in the comments below with a Libyan still in that country, who knows US Assassination victims Murdered last week. She is bravely trying to get word out.
At yesterday’s international climate conference in Poland, delegates of all of the African nations there walked out of the summit when the announcement came that President Obama didn’t want to hear their concerns for at least another couple of years. G-77, the negotiating group that walked out, represents two-thirds of the world’s nations, and 80% of its people. This wanton intentional environment destruction, and the weapons that the Obama Administration are pouring into Africa, are part of the Genocide too.
We shall also have an interactive interview with Levis Solitei Ole Parnyombe of the Maasai tribe, Maa Civil Society and Occupy Kenya. You, readers, can leave questions or comments for either guest, in real time.
Levis Solitei Ole Parnyombe:
~~The United States of Africa, a concept for federation of 55 sovereign African states, is the most prodigious, intelligent, prospicient and indeed timely inkling Africans ever thought of. The idea was first brought to the fore and advanced by Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi during his stint as chairperson for the African Union (AU). The then AU Chair contemplated the federalist states at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa for what he termed as blasted expectations by AU to bulldoggishly exasperate for Africa’s and Africans’ space and place in the global world. The Libyan leader emphatically avouched that only true African states can shape up their own destiny and bring to reality own stability and wealth to the continent.
~~African leaders, unanimously bought this acumen with the amenability and avid belief that peace, love, unity and freedom was veraciously feasible in a reborn African continent under the auspices of the federalism. Being a good student of history and of course developed bubbling interests in the various goings-on in Africa and beyond, nothing enkindles my admirations more than the talk of the Union and merger of African states into African United States. History has that the name United States of Africa was coined by Marcus Garvey in his poem ‘Hail, United States of Africa’ in 1924; an idea that gave birth to the Pan-Africanist movement in 1945.
~~This movement caused ‘earthquakes’ in the continent at the height of the unquenchable thirst for freedom and struggle to liberate the African continent from the paws and claws of colonialism. Pan-Africanism was led by epic freedom fighters in Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, our own founding father and first President of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, Patrice Lumumba of Congo and the indomitable lion that warded off incursion into his territory by the wolves in white skin called colonialists; Haile Selassie of Ethiopia; all of whom steered their respective nations to independence.
~~However, Ethiopia was never colonized and Perhaps the historical worship by Rastafarians of the nation and indeed Selassie has some connotation with this valiant streak the hero demonstrated. Then came the plainspoken General Gaddafi who crisscrossed the African continent with a clarion call and slogan of UNITY that sparked a frenzy of excitement, boldness and belief in African ingenuity to match, in every sense of the word, developed world economies and democracies.
~~Though Gaddafi succumbed to Libyan agents of foreign masters of discord who felt threatened by the General Gaddafi’s revivification of the sure as fate Pan-Africanist spirit that liberated Africa from monstrous colonialism in the 1960s; the spirit of the fallen son of African soil instilled in us, lives on. It pensively dampens my spirit that Gaddafi assassins are the very people he endeared his whole life to serve and protect with all the venom.
~~The stool pigeons and cohorts of American slave drivers inveigled this greatest African to his untimely death under the guise of fighting authoritarianism and according democracy space in Libya. The incontrovertible truth remains; the Obama administration grew excessively glutinous and gluttonous of the inexhaustible Libyan oil fields that Gaddafi successfully parried the ‘predators’ from, a thing that left Obama and his figureheads with no option but remove the stumbling block that proscribed accessibility to the oil.
~~I dare and typically say Gaddafi made Libya a small heaven on earth and there’s damning corroboration for this. Libyans are now ruefully reaping the soar grapes of American brainwashing and artful implants of hidden motives. Libyans’ silly and mindless indulgence to aid America’s veil of secrecy to kill their ‘god’ has caused their nation inordinately as it has never known peace since. May the soul of the valiant African Rest in eternal peace.
~~Gaddafi was not alone though. Yoweri Museveni of Uganda among other Heads of African States, was his aide-de-camp in the Union advocacy. The Ugandan President’s tough and uncompromising stand against western obsessive thought that they have a right to control and loot African resources, micromanage our affairs and patronage on our leaders; has put him at loggerheads with the western oligarchs but the black man is not ceding an inch. He’s a daredevil that exemplifies true African brave warrior.
~~Though somehow resuscitation efforts got chequered with Gaddafi’s demise, it never sounded a death-knell to African resolution. A new generation is in the rise, a generation that is acutely aggressive and noble. They draw their conviction from the continent’s renowned liberators, a contriving creation altruism, climbing down their high horses and endearing their energies, efforts, travails and resources in fending off western imperialism and advance Africa’s second liberation. I even chuffed by this mellowing and well-founded Africanist spirit radiated across the African continent.
~~Innocuously, my President, Uhuru Kenyatta – son to Kenya’s founding president – has recently rejuvenated this great spirit in the wake of the ICC bugaboo that has opened its venomous-tongued gape to devour not just him, his deputy and Kenya’s sovereignty but also Africa’s freedom. In a recent African Union Extraordinary Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, President Uhuru bared it all to the despots. He went bare knuckle and scathingly rebuffed western arrogance, intimidation and unfathomable denigration against Africans.
~~The President in a purely African and emancipating speech quipped ‘Whilst we have been divided and incited against one another before, we are now united and more peaceful’. He continued ‘The founding fathers of African Unity were conscious that structural colonialism takes many forms, some blatant and extreme, like apartheid, while others are subtler and deceptively innocuous, like some development assistance’. I cannot agree with him more. Foreign assistance and the pretensions to police the world, is the cloak under which the US and UK have unabettedly perpetuated atrocities against guiltless people.
~~As Uhuru holds ‘it’s thus necessary for African leaders to constantly watch out against threats to our peoples’ sovereignty and unity’, we must jealously guard our territorial confinement at all cost and with all the armoury at our disposal. If there’s ever a time the African states united and forged the foreglimpsed federalism, then it’s now, to pugnaciously accord Africans the dignity they rightfully deserve from all and parry the blandishments of those who have drunk from the bitter and venomous cup of imperialism.
~~ICC itself is a western tool, in fact, an abattoir and Guantanamo Bay meant to teach Africans a lesson and make us tow the western line. Africans are not any lesser beings than anyone in this whole world and our rights, freedoms, recognition and dignity is second to none. The renewal of the African spirit to unite and ravenously protect our sovereignty as bluntly furthered by my president, is indeed a well-seasoned move to brush aside western bromidic baloney, bestial stunts, hellish lordiness, incorrigible injudiciousness and contemptible haughtiness.
~~We are no pushovers to any person, state or continent. Africa should thus remorselessly forthwith severe links with any institutions like ICC that long stopped being a place of justice the day it become a toy of declining imperial powers that are hell-bent to cynicism and hunger in furtherance of geopolitical ends.
~~Africans have been plunged into a painfully ridiculous dumb show, a travesty of justice that adds pain to our licking wounds from humiliation. We say not anymore. Not again. Our trepidations should strengthen us even more and emboldened our resolve to free our people and nations from the shackles and thralls of serfdom to neocolonialism. Africa is NOT a third-rate world, we are NOT a sub class of people.
~~President Uhuru has invoked the spirit of freedom and unity not just to the African presidents but also to all patriotic Africans in the continent. Our unity is thus not a fallacy nor is the African Union a mirage or dream of apparition. It’s indeed a reality that has finally dawned on us. We must embrace it not for us but for the generations behind us not to be subjected to excruciating pain like we have.
~~They may threaten us, slap us with sanctions and even kill our heroes. They may nip our leaders like they did to anti-West like Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and even Zimbabwean Mugabe. But that’s the ultimate price to pay, it will only serve fodder to our relentlessness, concert our efforts to greater heights and revolutionize our intuitiveness to free our people from captivity. Bob Marley said how long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look?
~~Like the Libyans, little do those of us brainwashed to western delusions know that the enemy will stand aside and look while we slaughter, kill our own brothers knowing we are all victims of western grapes of wrath. Libyans are killing each other, so are Egyptians, Malians, Afghanis, Syrians, Tunisians. They want the same for Kenyans but we are now more conscientious than ever before
~~Africans are much awakened now from the patient silence, aloofness, doldrums, abeyance and heavy burden of stomaching evils and maggots of the western autocrats. African Union and indeed United States of Africa is our lifeline and our leaders must move in hasty manner to ratify the federalism.
~~I reiterate Our unity is not lie and realisation of African States union is not illusive, it’s a extroversion of our a dream-turned-reality overture. Africa is on the rise and no one can clump us down. No amounts of spitting by the pythons can deter us. We are soaring high like eagles, roaring like lions. Our conviction is insurmountable.
~~An African union that takes no dogshit from no one is on its birth and its debut to virulently protect its land and people is in the offing. We are the result of this creation, our minds unclouded, our intuition and acts clearheaded. We are unstoppable. Africa has finally got its bona fide and true sons and daughters who cannot be cheapened by the proverbial western peanuts and beguiling smidgeons to traitorously betray our land and people, instead we slap them on their filthy faces and serve them with an above board fidelity.
~~Second Liberation is brewing, at its full-blown stage ready to submerge our foes with the overflowing volcanic eruptions and overflowing magma. This is real. Watch the space. Long live my mother land of Africa.
And here is the voice of a woman in Libya, calling out to us. She will be on LIVE here at 10am US East Coast Time (1pm West Coast).
“I will be talking about my country, especially my city (Derna). What happening is really horrible. People kill each other in our country since the revolution till now the weapons in everywhere.”
Feel free to educate yourselves and interact with our African sister and brother here. They want and need to hear from us. Let’s not ignore them.
We are honored to have a LIVE Interactive Interview below with both our guests, one in Nairobi, Kenya, and the other in Derna, Libya.
LIVE Interactive with Occupy Kenya Activist: Obama Administrative Coup to Oust Elected President – by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)
Through his underlings President Obama led an Administrative Coup toppling the authority of Kenya’s Government and its legally elected President at a UN proceeding days ago. Other African leaders tried to prevent the dangerous precedent of White colonialists being reinstalled by the US and its UN puppets, France and Britain.
By abstaining at a UN meeting in Europe [not Africa], the three White Colonial Powers (WCPs) set in motion a procedural measure to bring Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, elected in 2013, to trial in a White majority country. (Would the African Union be allowed to depose and try a criminal US or European head of state in Africa? Of course not.)
This demand clearly violates Kenya’s sovereignty. Will Obama attack militarily to steal its Oil and Gas if Kenya doesn’t surrender its legally elected President?
The WCPs are attempting to assert their assumed right to remove any African leader elected in their former domains who doesn’t do what he’s told. Soon you’ll hear from an activist of Occupy Kenya in an interactive interview, with his take on the situation. The African Union demanded that the trial be delayed while Kenyatta is in office.
The African Union countries comprise 98% of Africa’s population and 97% of the continent’s area (all except the Northwest and Southeast corners, respectively, Western Sahara and Madagascar). African countries Could stop cooperating with the International Criminal Court, now that it is violating the UN’s own rules on the rights of nations, in a patently Racist way.
Is any President in the world more obviously a criminal than our own? His tour of Africa urged Africans to join the ‘Natural Gas Boom,’ the burning of which would mean death for millions of Africans, because of the climate change forced by burning that much Fossil Fuel. He urged Fracking in Africa – a toxic and Genocidal technology. Here’s an article from a few months ago at FireDogLake.com showing the real reason for this Administrative Coup.
I must point out [again] that, even though dishonest politicians and salesmen call it “Natural Gas,” it really is and originally called “Petroleum Gas.” Burning Fossil Fuels adds Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to the Atmosphere, causing Global Warming.
Petroleum Oil and Coal deposits are accompanied by pockets of Methane and related Greenhouse Gases (GHGs). Fracking is worse than other types of Mining, but Oil Drilling or Coal Mining or Gas extraction always cause massive leakage of Methane, which is an exponentially worse GHG than CO2.
Fracking permanently ruins the land and permanently pollutes the groundwater, both Genocidal practices. But Hydraulically Fracturing (Fracking) the aquifer also kills the indigenous people, animals, and plants while destroying the water table. President Obama and his European two lackeys should themselves be tried before the ICC, if it were an honest body.
In fact, much more Natural Gas – actually natural – can be obtained much quicker and cheaper, and millions of times safer, simply by growing fields of Hemp (the plant with by far the highest biomass per acre/hectare):
A Lund University study in Sweden proved just that. Burning Methane derived from plant sources in this way causes NO Global Warming. So, if we were serious about using Methane as the fuel of the future, we can do it without destroying land, overthrowing Presidents, or committing Genocide. Again, from FireDogLake.com:
Here are the words of Levis Solitei Ole Parnyombe of the famed and important Maasai Tribe. Should they be forcibly moved, for Fossil Fuel profit? Of course not! Levis is with Maa Civil Society and Occupy Kenya.
“The United Nations Security Council resolution to veto Kenyan ICC case deferment quest, is the most autocratic, fucked up and misplaced act of race hunting. It’s a continuation of the western underestimation of Blacks. It’s time the African Union unequivocally middle fingers all International Institutions controlled by the 3 matriarchal western states (read USA, Britain and France). For how long should we be treated nonentities and third-raters by these recalcitrant contemptuous states? For how long should we lie low like antelopes in pursuit of nonextant and unyielding fairness? Not anymore! My black race is subjected to unfair targeting, profiling and pushed to helotry. Africans are victimized for our up in the arms, tenacity, unintermitting ethos and blatant refusal to bow down to the west and tow their line! We are recipients of western grapes of wrath! Time comes we stood our grounds, to put our feet of long standing on the ground and ward”
Now, we are honored to have Levis Solitei Ole Parnyombe with us Live From Africa, to give his thoughts on the undermining of his country’s sovereignty, and to answer our questions. Leave your questions below as comments.
The Pope Smokes Jokes — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)
In this YouTube video, Donovan sings Poke at the Pope.
(First, a quick apology to all my Catholic friends, neighbors, and very close familyesque relations, and to the wider Catholic world: I am a jokester and here I go joking. I am sorry; and I apologize for the frequently bigoted behavior of non-Catholics. Here in this country, it has long been considered “politically incorrect” to ridicule any religion except Catholicism. [Islam joined that unfortunate listing somewhere along the timeline.] In Photojournalism Class in J School* back in the 1970s, the professor said if we couldn’t think of anything to photograph, we could always shoot “kids, dogs, chimps, and nuns,” because, no matter what they do, they look funny, cute, or interesting. People ridicule the Catholic religious practices and conventions. I am very sorry that happens. It is extremely unfair.)
* Journalism School
Two weeks ago, John Brennan – the CIA Nazi who helps President Obama Murder children and suppress the Left – reported to the President’s office:
“Mr. President, I’ve done exactly as you instructed: We at the CIA have Tortured “witnesses” into implicating the Kangaroo Court defendants in your Guantanamo Show Trials starting next month; we’ve had our cowards kill thousands of children with Coward Drones, claiming that they were in the way; we’ve rigged Elections, overthrown Elected Governments, and Assassinated journalists, candidates, and activists; but now comes the sequester: Automatic spending cuts (and the billions of dollars we’ve got in petty cash are slated for something else). These cuts are about to kick in. As a result, we can no longer afford to pay our highest paid agent. As of March 1, we’ll have to lay off the Pope.”
When Pope John Paul I died in 1978, he had only been Pope for 33 days. Up in Heaven, it’d only been seven weeks since the last giant party; the Papal reception party hall had hardly even cooled off from Pope Paul’s shindig; so God decided to put JP1 in suspended animation, or cold storage(?) [I'm not sure what they call it up there]: He put off John Paul’s reception, and John Paul’s Resurrection, until the locals were ready for another big bash. The occasion arose just seven years later, when activist attorney William Kunstler passed away. God got out JP1 and reconstituted him right there in front of the Pearly Gates, standing beside William Kunstler. St. Peter greeted them “Have we got a party for you!”
He led them into the Papal reception hall, and what a hoot it was! Pope John Paul was the guest of honor. As they walked in, St. Peter saw some of his old hang-out buddies “Hi, Matt, Mark; what’s up?” St. Mark piped up cheerfully “Hey, Pete, how ya hangin’?” St. Peter immediately lost his smile. Mark apologetically stifled his chuckle: “Oh, sorry. Too soon?” Well, Peter cheered up and partying burst out. When it finally wound down, hours later, St. Peter rejoined the two new arrivals, saying “Now I’ll show you two to your new homes.”
They started walking down the main road, paved with gold – I don’t know if it were yellow bricks or not. First they came to John Paul’s new place. It was kind of a monk’s cell, very austere. One window. What you might call an efficiency apartment. “Welcome home!” St. Peter said, shaking his hand with enthusiasm. “This is pretty cool,” said the Pope. “Hey, do you mind if I keep hanging out with you and Bill?” “No” said Peter, “come on along.”
As they continued down the main path, they saw bigger and bigger buildings, practically castles: This must have been the section that they’d heard about in the Bible, the one with “many mansions.” They turned down a long walkway-driveway, also paved in gold. It led to a magnificent mansion, majestic fountains out front, with live (or reincarnated?) swans swimming peacefully in the waters. When Peter showed them into the 40-room mansion, servants offered them all manner of refreshments and comforts. St. Peter shook the attorney’s hand and announced “William Kunstler, welcome to your new home!”
Kunstler said “Thanks” and the two Popes – the first one and the last one – took their walk away from the mansion together. Then, John Paul said to Peter “Now, I’m not complaining or anything … but how come I just got a little cell, and he’s got a giant castle with constant celebration?” “Well,” said St. Peter, “you’ve got to understand: There are lots of Popes around here; Mr. Kunstler is our first lawyer!”
The last of the Beatle Popes? Most people don’t realize this, but ever since the Beatles came onto the scene, ALL of the Popes have been named after the Beatles. The Beatles under that name started in 1960, but even in 1958 when they were the Quarrymen, they apparently had fans in the Vatican:
In 1958, the College of Cardinals named Pope John XXIII after John Lennon. Five years later they named Pope Paul V after Paul McCartney. George and Ringo were undeniably cool, but let’s face it: Lennon and McCartney were the real core of the Beatles. (You didn’t see Queen Elizabeth knighting George or Ringo, did you?) So, in 1978, the Cardinals in Rome named two new Popes John Paul.
Everybody thought the next one after that would be Pope George, or Pope Richard, or perhaps Pope George Ringo – to cover both of them at once. And very few people realize that Pope Benedict XVI is also one of the Beatle Popes. Don’t you get it?! Before they got too famous … the Beatles performed in Germany … ! … in Germany … ! … Now do you get it? … The Beatles … in Germany … And what did the Beatles do in Germany? (You know the answer to that one!) … Drugs! … What drugs? … Sixteen Bennies!
The obvious replacement for Pope Benedict XVI is Pope Theodorus II, the Coptic Pope. He’s only been in for four months since his election after the death of Pope Shenouda III, but face facts: He is the only Pope in the world with any experience at all.
Let the election be between those two. It should be somebody like that.
The following poem consists mainly of quotes from my childhood Sunday School teacher, Mr. Elsdon, at Boulevard Bible Church in New Port Richey, Florida, in 1970. (You’re supposed to figure that out from my performance in the video, but just so that there’s no ambiguity:) The thing said about the Pope comes from him, not me.
SOMEDAY SCHOOL-Norman B-Deviations from the Norm
“I’m your Sunday School teacher, Mr. Elsdon.
I got NO affection for the Pope.
I’m spellin’ Elsdon ‘E-LSD-O-N’
I am just a big dope!”
Once, there was a man who was made out o’ saltine crackers,
Grape Kool-Ade coursin’ through his veins.
Once, there was a man who was made out o’ saltine crackers,
Grape Kool-Ade coursin’ through his veins.
Today will you dine with me?
O, Christian, no question, no cancellation!
Truly were great poets translators of the KJV!
Ooh! What a trans-l-ation!
“There is sompthin’ in Genesis
That I want you to read. See:
Some say it’s a typo,
An’ Moses in fact parted a ‘Reed Sea’
Of a sea blood-red.
Why, it’s a greater miracle than I thought, indeed!
All of Pharaoh’s foot soldiers drowned in a sea of reeds!”
Go to the MD: M.D. 20-20!
Tell of a 20-20 vision!
Mad Dog (Mogen David) tastes like blood,
Gives 50-50 vision.
Grape Kool-Ade don’t taste like grapes,
Don’t taste like wine.
Tastes like grape
Tootsie (Rock’n')Roll Pop coating:
Toot-sie Pop music!
Toot-sie Pop music!
Jesus was a man who was made out of saltine crackers,
Grape Kool-Ade coursin’ through his veins.
Jesus was a man who was made out o’ saltine crackers,
Grape Kool-Ade coursin’ through his veins.
It may sound strange;
It may sound odd;
I am into the eating
Of the god!
(p)(c)2008 Norman Schulerud Bie, Jr. All rights reserved. (p)1991 Norman B, part of “Deviations from the Norm.” First broadcast in 1989 on WMNF 88.5 FM Tampa Community Radio.
Dedicated to Ray Elsdon of Boulevard Bible Church. His quotes are in quotation marks above.
Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, said he was retiring for health reasons. It happened right after the scandal that ended with him pardoning his butler. Maybe the butler revealed something embarrassing. It happened after years of shocking revelations about decades of child sex abuse within the Church. He ran the Inquisition for the Roman Catholic Church. The Inquisition was a terrible idea, and already outdated and Fascistic when it began, more than 500 years ago. Ratzinger at least once attempted to sanction a Priest for child sex abuse, but was stopped by Pope John Paul II, whom everybody loved. So, under orders from his superior, Ratzinger did not do what he knew was right.
He’s been called the “Nazi Pope,” because he belonged to Hitler Youth. He was drafted into it at the age of 14. He had no choice in that. Like Ukrainian John Demjanjuk, who, if he was a German or Soviet prison guard, will have been drafted. Drafted. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Demjanjuk
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