It’s been a while since I released a full stream of snarky snippets … been taking it a bit easy, trying to keep the snark at bay, but … well, that only works for so long, y’know.
When Miss Goose was young, I read to her the first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (first published as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK). I liked it much better than she did, and I went on to read the next 2 or 3 in the series … by myself. Although I’ve never been a fan of fantasy fiction, I have to admit they are fun books. Harmless fun with lovable characters. But apparently the Catholic Church doesn’t think so.
St. Edward Catholic school in Nashville has removed the Harry Potter books from its library, saying …
“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception. The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text.”
Oh bullcrap! Yes, that noise you hear is me stomping my feet, not the presence of evil spirits!
According to Rebecca Hammel, superintendent of schools for the Catholic diocese of Nashville …
“We really don’t get into censorship in such selections other than making sure that what we put in our school libraries are age-appropriate materials for our classrooms.”
Well if this isn’t censorship, lady, then I must not understand the meaning of the word. I was not aware, but the Harry Potter series has drawn criticism from religious groups before. In 2001, the pastor of Christ Community Church in Alamogordo, New Mexico oversaw a book burning of the Potter books, and a local library responded with a dedicated display, telling the public that “Harry is alive and well at the library”.
While he was still a cardinal in 2003, the future Pope Benedict XVI described the books as “subtle seductions which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul before it can grow properly”.
Wake up churches … we have entered the 21st century! Harry Potter books are fun! They are harmless! There ain’t no evil spirits planning to descend upon those who read these books!
A veteran speaks …
Last week, a spokesperson for Bozo in the Oval announced that “in certain cases”, children born to U.S. service members or government employees stationed abroad may not automatically be eligible for citizenship under the new Trump rules.
Tammy Duckworth is a former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who has served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois since 2017. While serving in the Iraq War as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, Ms. Duckworth suffered severe combat wounds, which caused her to lose both of her legs and some mobility in her right arm. She was the first female double amputee from the war. Despite her grievous injuries, she sought and obtained a medical waiver which allowed her to continue serving as a lieutenant colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.
Senator Duckworth penned a letter to Kevin McAleenan, the acting director of homeland security, stating her objections to the new policy. Her letter bears reading …
What’s next, folks? Trump claims to love the military, love veterans, but thus far his policies have done nothing positive for them.
Spittin’ in the wind?
I really didn’t set out with the intention of picking on religion tonight … I try hard to bite my tongue where religion is concerned, but at the moment, my tongue is already bleeding.
Florida is bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian. I’ve seen countless pictures of people filling sandbags, boarding windows, helping others move inland, stocking up on supplies, and more. But, these people …
… gathered on the Jacksonville Beach Pier to pray the storm away. Yes, you heard me right! They say they are telling the storm to “calm down”. I put this one right up there with people sending “thoughts and prayers” after a mass shooting, but then admittedly I am a cynic. The group says they did the same thing two years ago while awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Irma. Did that work well for them? Well, let’s see …
Hurricane Irma delivered an $85 million hit to the city of Jacksonville, according to the city’s most recent cost estimates.
The biggest share of the total is about $40 million for hauling away all the debris left behind by the storm, followed by $16.6 million for dunes and berms, and $15.3 million for personnel and equipment costs for emergency response operations.
The total financial impact on city government is almost twice the $45 million expense dealt by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.
I’m thinking maybe not so much. And during Irma, they even had the help of some 59,000 people who had the brilliant idea to point fans toward the east and blow the hurricane back out to sea! Imagine how much worse Irma might have been if she hadn’t been thwarted by all that hot air!
Okay … I’m done snarking for tonight. I’m fairly certain I’ll have more soon, though. Meanwhile, to all my friends and readers in the path of Hurricane Dorian, please keep safe and let us know you’re okay. Love you all!