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There is need in human life for levity. So, enjoy your time here in leisurely frivolity, where no Puritan can condem you.
Thursday, April 30, A.D. 2009
Onion Parody of Media Sycophancy

The Onion has an amusing article that mocks the shamefully shameless behavior of the media toward the Alien in Chief, as Lawrence Auster calls our fearless leader. Enjoy “Media Having Trouble Finding Right Angle on Obama’s Double-Homicide.”

I am a fan of the totally absurd. Accordingly, my favorite part is the unexpected following:

The New York Times newsroom is reportedly still undecided on whether or not to print a recent letter received from Obama, in which the president threatens to kill another helpless citizen every Tuesday and “fill [his] heavenly palace with slaves for the afterlife” unless the police “stop the darkness from screaming.”

I love The Onion.

For more ridiculousness, you may wish to watch the Onion News Network’s “Should We Be Doing More to Reduce the Graphic Violence in Our Dreams?” (R rated):

Idiotic—but I find it hilarious, especially as my frequent bouts of insomnia allow me to empathize with “Nancy Fichandler.” Those spiders . . .

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, April 30, Anno Domini 2009
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Sunday, April 26, A.D. 2009
Church Sign Debate

Here is some sacrilicious humor for you on the Lord’s day. Using the church_sign_generator or some such site, someone created a humorous series of pictures that are supposed to constitute a “church sign” debate between the Roman Catholic and Presbyterian churches of an American town. I received the photographs in an e-mail, but I also found them at The Real Democratic Party. I really enjoyed them; I hope that you do so, too.

On a serious note, I doubt that the Romans would hold such a position—after Thomas Aquinas and Latin Aristotelianism. Though, of late, perhaps Fransciscan sentimentality has gained the upper hand among American papists.

Heaven is not an easy topic for my mind to handle. However, if there is a heaven, I should generally expect the dogs more than the humans that I have known to make it there.

Posted by Joseph on Sunday, April 26, Anno Domini 2009
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Wednesday, April 22, A.D. 2009
Easter Tide

Eastertide is a time for joy and laughter. I found this picture on the Curt Jester:

Jeff Miller of the Curt Jester added this caption for the Easter Tide advertisement: “New and improved Testament! More effective than the blood of Bulls and Goats!”

I am a sucker for silly religious humor. Plus, as a Cincinnatian and thus an obligatory supporter of Procter and Gamble, I love Tide. It verily Cheers me up.

Yep, corny as ever . . .

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, April 22, Anno Domini 2009
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Thursday, April 9, A.D. 2009
Field of Pete

My favorite television show of all time is The Adventures of Pete and Pete from Nickelodeon’s golden years. From the opening theme song by Polaris to the final morality lesson narrative by Big Pete, the show gives its audience a window into the quirky lives of Wellsville’s loveable denizens.

I also have a nostalgic connection to The Adventures of Pete and Pete. I watched the series with my younger brothers, and the show reminds me of our life in the early 1990’s. Time races by.

Here is “Field of Pete,” which was first broadcast on Sunday, October 2, A.D. 1994.

Watch out for that Orange Lazarus.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, April 9, Anno Domini 2009
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Wednesday, April 8, A.D. 2009
Colonization

Fans of Sid Meier’s games surely know his Civilization type classic from A.D. 1994, Colonization. In the game, you play the leader of Spanish, English, Dutch, or French colonists, and you attempt to build up prosperous colonies in the Americas. Eventually, you declare independence from your mother country and defend your rebellious colonies in a defensive war against your homeland’s armies and navies. The game play is quite open, and you can choose the strategy that you wish to pursue with respect to the indigenous natives, other European powers, trade, economic development, and military decisions.

You can download the game and its manual for free on Abandonia. You may play it on Windows with the virtual DOS program DOSBox. I explain how to use DOSBox in my post on Abandonia. Enjoy.

Meier updated and re-released the game last year as Civilization IV: Colonization.

You can also visit a fan site with much information about the game—the aptly named Colonization Fans.

For a laugh, you may wish to read gamer Robert Foreman’s “postcolonial literary theory deconstruction” of Colonization on Gameology. Foreman’s abstract gives you a foretaste:

Ultimately, it seems that Sid Meier’s creation is an ideal simulation of colonization, a game that by placing its player in the seat of a colonist leads him to think explicitly like a conqueror, with all of the greed and bloodthirstiness this entails.

Do not forget to read the posted comments. All in all, the exercise demonstrates the self-destructive power of Leftism, but the absurd po-mo idiocy offers some potential for Schadenfreude humor. It is too bad that such foolishness is allowed to fester in the comforts of a civilization to which it offers no support—only intellectual sabotage. Leftism is the ultimate spiritual parasite.

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, April 8, Anno Domini 2009
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