Tuesday, February 28

Fat Tuesday Follies

I really don't get the whole Mardi Gras panties thing. By now you all know the rules, right?

Okay, kids, I've been giving a lot of thought to this post. I was gonna publish my actual weight on this here blog, and then use that as a springboard to mornings with oatmeal, daily walks, lots of fruits and vegetables, that sort of thing. And I may still turn a new leaf and do all of that (minus the weight confession). But I went to church this weekend and did pray for Jill Carroll. I thought of that dear woman waiting to see if a possible civil war is gonna delay her release another thirty days or more. I really want to do better than pulling some Kirstie Alley stunt.

And as I thought about what to do a favorite (don't gag on me here lefties) Bible verse came to mind:

What does the Lord require of thee
But to do justly
And to love mercy
And to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8)

There's more to this chapter, folks, stay with me...

Shall I count [them] pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue [is] deceitful in their mouth.

Sound like anybody we know?

from the always brilliant Seeds of Doubt

One of the things none of us lefties should give up for Lent is blogging.

We must do justly (keep the heat on those bastards).

Love mercy (for the people of Iraq as well as our own troops, the captives in every land, and our own suffering here at home, especially in Katrina ravaged areas).

And walk (and blog) humbly. Thanks for being there, readers. Much love to you as a period of work, reflection, and growth awaits us. Along with Walnut's Bread Pudding. I'm off to the grocery store to buy heavy cream. Yum.

Confidential to the anonymous emailer who asked me how I could call myself a Christian and put down our nation's leaders at the same time: er, I just did. God bless you, too.


  1. A good friend who joined a convent was required by her order to give up correspondence for Lent. I always thought that was a bit harsh - but hey, she joined the game, she played by the rules. I always pray for her, too - she walked across fields with sacks of food for Palestinians being starved by the Israelis. This is all the more marvelous because walking involved a rather impressive set of canes.

    She shares a name with you (or did, before she became Sister Claire Edith); I've been partial to it since I first met her.

  2. A "Christian" attacking a Christian? You comported yourself well my dear. Have a big slice of that bread pudding and weight confessions be damned.

  3. How dare you have an opinion which runs counter to Bush's vision of Christianity.

    If you haven't already seen it, check out this website proving that George Bush is the antichrist.

  4. Christians are called to speak truth to power. What does your emailer think Jesus did?

    Happy Mardi Gras, BG! Keep on blogging. We need the voices of dissent, especially here in Alabama.

  5. Who says the Anti-Christ has to be a man?


  6. Luxuriate in your bread pudding.

    Whomever your mystery emailer is he/she has made the mistake Bush has.

    They both think he's God. I think maybe there's some diety confusion there. ;)

    In the bible they say the Antichrist is a man. It refers to him as "he". Though some people claim he's David Hasslehoff, I'm sticking with George Bush


  7. I think the emailer was offended by the "Republicans as Fuckers" image from yesterday, as a blanket condemnation of everyone from that party.

    I do not condemn every Republican, just those who support and have supported the actions of this administration.

    That includes just about all of them.

  8. I'm a Christian, freshly-minted. And I put down the Emperor all the time. See, I just did it again.

    Heck, it's why I blog!

    Notice I said "heck." Don't want to offend any Christians. Or our idiot Emperor.


  9. Three cheers for Blue Gal, from a humanist.

  10. The beauty of doing justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with God(or Goddess) is that one can see the good (folk) among the bad. Unfortunately, many of those who trumpet their "Christ-ness" only see the good in themselves and no one else.

    Guess I'll go poke around that part of Micah in the bible - maybe I'll find some more good stuff.

  11. love your lenten edition 'header,' but aren't all those images supposed to be covered during lent? You know, the christian equivalent of muslim veiling, except it applies to women AND men.
    Maybe that's not done any longer, but it was one of my favorite lenten traditions.
    As for your anonymous emailer, I find Christian Republicans to be repugnant. The only higher form of hypocrisy would be Gay Republicans. Or, Gay Christian Republicans.
    I will never understand.

  12. So I was in Alabama once, and I made a joke about Jesus. These two rednecks met me after the show--

    Hey, Mr. Comedian. C'mere.

    We're Christians, we don't appreciate what you were saying.

    So I replied,

    Then forgive me.

    Later, when I was hanging from the tree...

    Christians who kill?

    I think we're about out of ideas on the this planet.

    -Bill Hicks


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