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The Protection Racket (Repost)

Seeing as how inspiration seems lacking of late, here's a repost of one of me most favouritest of me pomes.

If you say there's no god, you're a fool;
You're ignoring our circular rule
That the Bible is certainly truth
And we know it contains its own proof
Because it's divinely inspired
And to doubt that's to call God a liar—
Which proves that the Bible is right
And Jehovah's the eternal light.
(Don't question, you'll only get dizzy;
Don't examine too close, then it's easy.)
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This week's Friday Night Is Music Night is on the theme of liquid refreshment. From lemonade to light ale, and from pubs to coffee-bars.

As ever, feel free to add your own choices in comments.
Daz

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Forgiveness

By what right does God claim to forgive
Harm I do to you?
That joyride I took didn't wreck his
Brand-new Subaru.

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Snooky Pryor

I'm reminded that today is the anniversary of the birth of Snooky Pryor.

"Who?" I hear you all say?

"Bloody philistines!" I reply.

If legend has it right (and to be fair, I believe the legend may have been started by the man himself, so a small pinch of salt might be in order), Snooky was the person who invented the technique of cupping a microphone together with a harmonica in his hands; thus playing it, effectively, as an amplified instrument, instead of an acoustic instrument being amplified. If you see what I mean.

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Mounting Cynicism

Blessed are the poor in spirit: For they are easy to persuade.

Blessed are they that mourn: For they are easy targets.

Blessed are the meek: For they are easy to order about.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: For they are easy to fool with platitudes and falsities.

Blessed are the merciful: For they will easily forgive our trespasses against them.

Blessed are the pure in heart: For they make good PR.

Blessed are the peacemakers: For they will seek to accommodate.

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This week's Friday Night Is Music Night is on the subject of, roughly, sort of, children's stories, kinda thing. Nursery rhymes, fairy stories, magic 'n' moonbeams. Twinkle twinkle little star, where the fuck did I park the car?, and all that jazz. More of a guideline than a theme really, but I'm sure you get what I'm after.

As ever, feel free to add your own ideas in comments.
Or not.
As you wiiiiiiiiiiish!
Daz

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And so, Gentle Reader, Richard Dawkins has published a not-pology in relation to his latest utterances on child-abuse. I say "not-pology" because mostly, to me, it reads more like a doubling-down coupled with an aggrieved whine about expecting to be read by "reasonable" people. That is to say, people who agree with his views. It was his expectation of who would read it which was wrong, not what he said. Because, obviously, to reasonable people, it would have been "obvious" that he was playing down his own "mild" encounter with a paedophile in order to spare the feelings of the worse-abused. Thus either missing or ignoring entirely, the fact that his dismisal of dirty old men shoving their hands down young children's underwear as in any way "mild," was the point of many of the objections to his blunder.

But, no matter how kindly, or not, one might wish to read his 'pology, there's a huge and glaring omission. This is not a one-off. There is context. And that context is his continued assertion that teaching kids about Hell is worse than "mild paedophilia." Both "mild" and "worse" being defined by reference to his personal scale of relative badness-of-effect.

But before we get into that, I'd like… no, "like" isn't the word. I'm going to introduce you to Hell, as perceived by me.

(Trigger warning: fairly graphic description of child-abuse follows.)

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