Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Demon Skype Stuff

Exorcism has been around for around two thousand years.  At least, that's what the Catholics tend to say.

Being a non-Catholic....I rarely pay attention to the practice or it's intended purpose.  You have to assume that there's some evil sort....bound up in some house, or some dog, or some person.  And some kinda words from a Catholic priest will chase the demon out.

This week, I've read upon this guy from Scottsdale, AZ....who does exorcism by Skype....basically a face-via-face connection via the internet.  This guy....reverend Bob....gets in contact with you.....then listens to your story.

After all the facts are straighten out....if reverend Bob thinks it's for real....he then starts a ceremony, via his connection to you with Skype.

Reverend Bob says this method tends to work....with demons running off and dumping the host or house.

I sat and pondered over this.  Basically, thanks to technology.....we can move capabilities of various types around the world in a matter of minutes.  Got a question on dairy cows?  Got problems with a 1947 Ford pick-up?  Got issues finding a Swedish gal who is liberal but heavy into Little River Band and likes bass fishing?  Looking for a weird wallpaper with chickens?

Could a guy sitting in the midst of Arizona recite some ancient text....chasing demons out of some guy's shed in Bama?  Well.....I'm just not that sure.  You'd think that Demons would demand some guy to stand in front of them.  Some internet connection exorcism?  Maybe it's just me....but I just don't buy into it.

The State of the Union Address (2014)

The State of the Union Address will be given today.  Up until the last five years.....most of these given since 1913 (President Wilson restarted the speech)....were regarded as worthless and boring.  In the 1970s....I would make a humble guess that only fifteen people out of one hundred adults....watched some part of the address.  The fact that all three networks in those days carried it....meant there was no other choice....other than calling your cousin to discuss carport renovation in the spring or working on your tax paperwork.  The State of the Union Address.....is mostly just hype, gimmick plans, and a chance to get camera time.

George Washington started this trend.  Historians are mostly split on what the original intention was.  Washington wasn't much of a politician or speech-maker.  George mainly worked up some topics to engage Congress on priorities as he saw them for the American people.  Somewhere around paragraph six, George talks up the threat of Indians, and how troops need to be prepared (meaning food, guns, ammo, and uniforms).  History does not note any reporters or journalists in the big hall when this was given.  There is a hand-written speech kept from the first speech......seven pages long.

It's an interesting speech....especially how it ends:

The welfare of our country is the great object to which our cares and efforts ought to be directed, and I shall derive great satisfaction from a cooperation with you in the pleasing though arduous task of insuring to our fellow citizens the blessings which they have a right to expect from a free, efficient, and equal government.

A free, efficient, and equal government?  We probably haven't seen this in one hundred years.

As Jefferson walked into the office....he deemed the State of the Union Address to be too much like a King's comments to his faithful subjects....so he tossed it.  For roughly one hundred years....we did well without it.  President Wilson started this back up in 1913....amid some criticism at the time.  Historians don't go into this commentary much, which leads one to wonder why details aren't told more.

Does anyone today get a thrill out of the speech?  If you voted for the guy (either Republican or Democrat)....maybe there is some faint enjoyment of the moment.  I suspect most people hit the mute button or shift the channel over to ESPN, the Travel Channel, or pick up the phone to chat with relatives.  The news media is thrilled...mostly because it gives them something to talk about.  If the President's personal toilet next to the oval office overflowed.....they'd get just as big a thrill....asking stupid questions over the plumber, his technique of repair, and the amount of spillage.

The curious thing is that over the last one hundred years.....with the speech given yearly.....in the midst of winter and flu season....no President has been laid down with the flu and prevented from giving the speech.  Most folks I know in Bama would tell you between a serious cold and flu.....there's always a ten-percent chance during this week of January....that they'd be awful damn sick.  Going a hundred years straight....without any illness preventing you from the address?  Man, that's pretty good odds.

A gimmick?  Worthless?  Boring?  Well....yeah.  But it's a free speech moment on a national audience.  Folks get all peppy and charged up....then head off into the evening....drinking whiskey and gin, and feel good for a brief time about politics in America.  The other ninety percent of us?  We would have preferred to watch a repeat of Bonanza, read through some Bible scripture, discuss the chances of the Braves in 2014, or clean our sixteen guns that we keep in the living room closet.  Luckily, we weren't forced into sitting in the hall and jumping up every six minutes to do fake applause.