May 4, 2014

Satan Statue.

As I was doing my usual Sunday routine this morning of coffee, internet browsing, and just the right amount of pot, I ran across this gem of an article on the trustworthy and highly esteemed news source known as Metal Insider.  The article is short, so in case you're too lazy to click the link I will post it here (actually, click the link anyway so you can see the statue):

In 2009, a statue of the Ten Commandments was placed at the Oklahoma Statehouse, which angered some people. Namely, the Satanic Temple, who argued that there should be a separation of church and state. In fact, they started an Indiegogo campaign to place a monument to our dark lord. They raised over $8,000 more than the $20,000 they were seeking, and Vice got a chance to look at the work in progress by Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves. It’s pretty glorious – the baphomet sits next to a pentagram while two children gaze upwards at him adoringly.

Greaves told Vice that they’re building a mold of the sculpture so more can be made should a self-righteous Christian attack the bronze statue. When completed, the church, which also includes Vital Remains’ vocalist Brian Werner, plans on placing the monument outside the Statehouse, even though the state has halted issuing permits for other monuments until a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the Ten Commandments monument is settled. That monument has been outside the capitol since 2012, when state Representative Mike Ritze paid for it with his own money and said it was a donation.

First off, this article is so poorly written I had to read it twice just to fully understand it.  What the hell is "Vice"?  I assume a magazine or website, but they could've filled me in (checked - it's both).  Second, the whole story just cracks me up.  They're like two kids fighting in the school yard with their one-upping and outdoing of one another.  And why does the Satanic Temple argue about separation of church and state, but call themselves a "temple" and then later in the article are referred to as a "church"?  I hate to be nit picky, but that seems to be a little contradictory.  Doesn't matter what kind of "church" you are, separation of church and state is exactly what it sounds like, so perhaps neither statue belongs there.  I also laughed that they built a mold, anticipating desecration of their statue and having to create replacements in the future.  Those Satanists, they're organized and prepared!  Then they end the story by noting that the Ten Commandments statue only got placed at the courthouse because it was done in a shady manner that avoided any sort of official city permission, due to being "donated".  How Christian. What a goddamn clusterfuck of ridiculousness. 

May 3, 2014

Derby Day!

Happy holidays, folks, it's Derby Day!  One of my favorite days of the year.  I've probably yapped about all of this before (my guess is every year on Derby Day, but I'm too lazy to check), so I'm sorry if I bore you with my broken record.  I can't help myself though, because I love the Derby!  Horses are one of my favorite things on this earth, and watching those beautiful thoroughbreds holds a special place in my heart.  I could probably count on one hand the number of Kentucky Derby races I've missed in my lifetime.  My dad got me into it at an early age, and every single year of my childhood we watched the race together, him enjoying his gin and tonic with extra limes, and me enjoying the one Saturday a year when we got to show up at weekly 5 o'clock mass late.  Since post time usually is around 5:20 or so, by the time we got there it was almost communion time and this pleased me immensely because I loathed going to church, so missing 3/4 of it was right up my alley.  It's funny how our likes and dislikes take shape so early on.

Anywho, when it gets to be this time of year I always venture on over to ye ole YouTube and watch racing videos from the 70's.  Yeah, I really do that.  It was the golden age of racing and it was also the decade of my early childhood so it's chock-full of nostalgia for me.  I could watch Secretariat run the Belmont a million times and it would still make my jaw drop.  The fact that Secretariat has held the record time in ALL THREE Triple Crown races for 41 years is astounding.  Think about that for a moment.  41 long ass years.  It is an amazing feat, and I can't decide if seeing any one of those records broken is something I want to see in my lifetime or not.  If any of them are ever to be broken, then I suppose I would want to be alive to witness such a historical feat.  But if/when it does happen, I can tell you right now without question that I will weep.  Doesn't matter if I'm in a bar, at a race party, at the track, or on my couch - there will be tears. 

Here's video of the stunningly gorgeous Secretariat running all three Triple Crown races in 1973.  Watch it and get pumped up for post time.