Saturday, September 29, 2007

John McCain: Dominionist

John McCain: Constitution Established a 'Christian Nation'

In a candid moment, John McCain reveals who and what he really is:

...But, no, I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles....

Uh, what the Hell is he talking about?

...I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith...(I would not rule out)under any circumstances someone of a different faith...I just feel that that's an important part of our qualifications to lead.

Oh, I get it. He buys into the alternative history spun by other reactionary Xtains. Goddess and God help this poor country if this lunatic gets elected.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Blessed Be Landover Baptist Church

God Has Zero Tolerance for Wicca!

Absolutely Hysterical:

...Activities Associated with Wicca:

#10) Defecating or Urinating in Public - Especially Near a House of Christian Worship...Wiccans managed to poop out a giant pentagram over two square miles in just three days! The church they marked in the center of the Devil's star was smacked down by Satan and went up in flames on Halloween night! Don't let this happen in your community! Report these people to the authorities...!

Indeed! Now somebody please alert the Dominionist press, so we can have even more LOL's when they fall for this one (like they did the other one).

Saturday, September 22, 2007

This Mabon, keep Esmeralda in your thoughts

'Bewitched' actress Alice Ghostley dies at 81

...From 1969 to 1972, she played the good witch and ditzy housekeeper Esmeralda on TV's "Bewitched." She played Bernice Clifton on "Designing Women" from 1987 to 1993, for which she earned an Emmy nomination in 1992...Ghostley's film credits include "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Graduate," "Gator" and "Grease."

Friday, September 21, 2007

Do you believe in the Little People?

Study Says Bones Found in Far East Are of a Distinct Species

Maybe Richard Dawkins would like to rethink one of his standard comebacks? More evidence that an island species of diminutive hominids, sometimes termed "Hobbit people" in the press, once existed:

...In the continuing debate over the origin of the extinct “little people” of Indonesia, a team of scientists says it has found evidence in three wrist bones that these people were members of a distinct species rather than humans with a physical disorder...

I recently saw an exhibit on these fossils at the AMNH. What's interesting is that a number of scientists who were initially critical of the validity of "Homo floresiensis", now seem to have tempered their views. There's a good discussion of this over at Gene Expression .

But for me, it once again points up the value of myth. The people of Flores had local legends about the 'little people' who lived deep in the forest. There are similar legends in the British Isles.

Kathy Griffin targeted

Christian Theater Troupe Scolds Griffin

Smart, educated, outspoken, AND A WOMAN. The perfect target for the Xtain Right:

...Members of a Christian theater troupe are spreading the word that they're irate about Kathy Griffin's off-color speech in accepting a creative arts Emmy earlier this month. The Miracle Theater in Pigeon Forge spent $90,440 on a full-page advertisement in USA Today that ran nationally Monday, proclaiming "enough is enough..."

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Help for Accused Witches

Fund to fight 'witchcraft' abuse

From the BBC:

...In June 2005...three people were sent to prison for abusing a child they claimed was possessed by evil spirits...The child...had been stabbed, beaten and had chilli peppers rubbed in her eyes...Five years earlier eight-year-old Victoria Climbie was tortured to death - her killers attacked her in part because they believed her to be possessed...
When she died she had 128 individual injuries...

It's hard to believe that stuff sounding like it came right out of the Burning Times is happening today. But at least people in the UK are doing something about it.

(thanx to Green Ghost for the heads up)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hysterical Anti-Potter Hoax fools Xtains


It seems a hoax, based on a parody once featured in "The Onion", is being taken seriously by Dominionists. Hoaxes like this have be about for a while, check-out Snopes. However, even if all you know about Wicca & Witchcraft is from a few minutes googling, you can spot this as a fake. Then again, some people are easily fooled and lying about the Potter books is a cottage industry among Dominionists. For the benefit of those who know how to configure their spam filters, here's some of the knee-slapping highlights:

...By means of spells and magic...and fly upon the night winds transcending the astral plane...

Damn, so I suppose I'm the only witch that can't fly!

...Halloween was my favorite time of the year...

Guilty as charged!

...As time went on, I watched the so-called “Christian” churches compromising and unifying.

I think I must have missed the commandment, "Thou shall not compromise". And the blaspheme of "unifying"--well, perish the thought!

...The occult songs of the 1960’s launched the Luciferian project of capturing the minds of an entire generation. In the song “Sound Of Silence” by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel...

Yup, "The Sound of Silence" is the Mark of the Beast. The boogie man of the "1960's" frequently raises it's head in such Dominionist screeds.

...real witches greet each other by saying “Blessed be”, and when they part, they say “The Force be with you.”

Don't you hate it when someone mixes low budged genre horror with Science Fiction!

I hope the good folks over at PrayerWeb are aware of some of the other nightmares lurching towards Bethlehem, such as the spider nest in a cactus, or the fact you might wake up in a hotel room without your kidneys.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

She paints with a feather of Quetzalcoatl

My friend and fellow covener Moya is a painter. She integrates features of Wicca and Neo-Paganism (such as the various Goddesses & Gods, totems & Elements) into her impressionistic visions. The pic above is "Hecate".

Monday, September 10, 2007

A Clockwork Tucker

When self-loathing bloviator Tucker Carlson is not out organizing "Tucker Squads" and policing pubic bathrooms with his Droogs, he's preaching religious intolerance over at MSNBC. Trying to rain on the parade of a Wiccan who won a lottery jackpot, he offered this:

"...You're saying basically the U.S. government is subsidizing some kind of devil worshiper, Satanism ... That's perfect."

As skillfully pointed out over at Wild Hunt, this is not the first time Tucker has parroted Dominionist taking points. But it seems what really got Tucker's panties in a twist was the fact that the winner of the lottery, accountant and part-time teacher of Wicca Elwood "Bunky" Bartlett, actually prayed to Pagan Gods and Goddesses for the win:

...Bartlett, an accountant from Dundalk, said he made a bargain with the multiple gods associated with his Wiccan beliefs: "You let me win the lottery and I'll teach." Both tickets he purchased had numbers chosen randomly from the computer....

Now he can teach Wicca full time. What a beautful way to honor the Goddess and God...and piss off lots of Dominionsts in the process! Heh!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Didge freaks-out Bush

Welcome to the Dreamtime

It figures that the sounds of the Earth would strike the fear of God in Bush.

It appears our xenophobic president was frightened by the sounds didgeradoos and clapsticks, as well as by the appearance of the Yolngu people of Arhnern Land:

"...The meeting took place at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Darling Harbour against a background of 80 spectacular bark paintings featuring snakes, crocodiles, fish, turtles and birds..."It is very important for us to have our own rights", Djambawa Marawili, an elder from Blue Mud Bay, told a slightly puzzled President. Mr Bush politely nodded in vigorous agreement as he wondered what would happen next...But the sound of boomerangs being suddenly clapped together made the Secret Service nervous..."

It's sometimes risky for a business to take a political stand, so I want to send out a shout-out to LA Outback. They sent the above item out in their newsletter. A short while ago I purchased an awesome eucalyptus Didge from them. I had 'no worries', as the owner of this shop played different instruments over the phone for me to help with my selection.

Whatever the Yulongu people did to Bush, it seemed to work. Afterwards, he was plagued by hysterical and embarrassing missteps throughout his visit. I know what I'm doing---I'm purchasing a pair of clapsticks!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Goodnight, wise Beerhunter

The great Micheal Jackson (aka: The Beerhunter) has passed on to SummerIsle. Most people came to know Mr. Jackson through his excellent "The Beer Hunter" series, aired on PBS. Through him, we learned about Belgium Lambic beer, created by brewers who practically worship spiders as gods. What could be cooler than that!!! :)

The link above is from a beer site. Lots of people are commenting on the passing of this great fellow. If you wish to find out about the man, you'll get a much better idea there, than from any MSM news outlet.

I was fortunate enough to actually attend a beer tasting with Mr. Jackson. During the tasting (we sampled and rated about 10 beers..burp!), he captivated us with his encyclopedic knowledge of beer, brewing and history. Near the end of the tasting, when all of us were well in the embrace of Bacchus (heh), he started to spin a rather long story. Eventually, he got so off topic, his main point seemed to escape him. "Well, I digress," He said, "But digression is one of the finer points of beer tasting." The entire audience erupted in laughter and applause.