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18h UTC; WEDNESDAY, 13 MARCH 2013: First, reader, may I apologise for not being able to communicate with you yesterday here, what with my presence at yesterday's Mental Health Day at the [Minnesota State] Capitol, with which Your Correspondent attended as part of a Winona contingent therefor in support of such legislation deemed essential to the cause of mental health and the comfort of the mentally ill and disabled.

Which leads Your Correspondent to ask just where exactly Holy Scripture hath it that caring for the poor, the sick, the needy and the destitute must take a back seat to protecting the "antient and peculiar rights, privileges and powers" entitled business interests and the greater cause of ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe, and further, whether such a warped priority is revered in His Sight and Mercy as per generally-recognised translations of Holy Writ in English from John Wycliffe on (and remember, Wycliffe was martyred for daring to translate the Sacred Scriptures into English without official authority).

Including newer translations as are more accurate vis-a-vis the original Hebrew and Greek, among them the Jerusalem Bible and the New International Version; a credit, no doubt, to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 rewriting the rules of Biblical translation as seemed "set in stone" with the King James Version.

One thing, though, to watch out for when it comes to the RepubliKKKan Budget Ideal for Our Dear Lovely Nation, and its related prolefeed: Videlicet, an insistence, howbeit discreet, on true belief in the Afrikaans battle-cry 'n Volk red homself ("a people rescues itself") when it comes to the uplift of the poor, the needy and the helpless. Especially when such holds (warped theology galore!) that 'n Volk red homself only through a hard-wired belief in ekonomesie vryheid, &c., being essential to Our National and Sovereign Identity as a Peculiar Among the Nations by Divine Writ and Will of Yahweh God Alone. The interconnexion, unfortunately, unlikely to stand theological scruitny, as it ought.

As the annual "reality TV" (mis)adventures of such manufactured "stars"
of the genre as Honey Boo Boo and Those Fecund Duggars get underway on cable TV (not to mention the inevitable such on FreeVee), may I be one to suggest where, once such "reality" (mis)adventures encounter such conventions as risk crossing into the hackneyed and overbaked, with potential for viewer turnoff, such be the cue to bring in reruns of The Raccoons, howbeit starting with the traditional Opening Narration (as in "This is the Evergreen Forest: Peaceful, quiet, serene ... that is, until Bert Raccoon wakes up," &c.) known to Canadians of a Certain Age.

Such needing to be done carefully, and with that element of surprise coming into play to catch Unsuspecting Viewers (usually those of a certain class) off their guard, especially when they wind up dozing off at a crucial point in the story.

Something for the Elmer Gantryite crowd to think about in seeking to challenge homosexual pornography as "indoctrination material" tending to obscenity in the courts: The 1973 Supreme Court ruling Miller v. California established the following three-point test for courts to apply in determining whether a work of any kind is legally obscene:
  1. The sole judge in determining whether a work is legally obscene shall be the average person applying prevailing community standards where said work is being challenged.
  2. The work must clearly depict, in words and/or pictures, human adult sexual or excretory activity, or their respective organs, in a patently offensive manner.
  3. Considered as a broad whole, said work must be shown beyond reasonable doubt to both a) appeal solely to prurient [as in Lewd and Lascivious] interest, and b) is without obvious redeeming educational, literary, political or scientific merit.
And if anything, such specimens of hard-wired Zealotry and True Belief, marching under the Fiery Cross of Ku Kluxer stylee, want the case judged in some culturally-deprived socioeconomic backwater having an unwritten, "common law" even, community standard of Zero Tolerance for obscene materials of any kind "handed down to us by our fathers, and our father's fathers," or so the mythos would have it. Populated, for the most part, by the worst examples of poverty, fecundity and ignorance known and held "virtuous" who can be easily manipulated (and paid off) into giving "expert testimony" in court (including the finest specimens of inbreeding this side of a discredited carnival freak show of the sort touring county fairs in such charnal-houses of economic privation that "Tea Party" and "9-12" types want held up as Textbook Examples of the need for ekonomesie vryheid, &c., as the Last and Only Hope for Our Dear Lovely Nation).

But then again, it's possible that such a case could be quickly dismissed as "a waste of court time and resources" for its "frivolous, vexatious or tortious" nature (as a matter of fact, the main reason for the Scopes Monkey Trial at Dayton, TN in 1925 was largely to improve the socioeconomic lot of Dayton and surrounding Rhea County, of which Dayton is its seat, by attracting industry solely because of the ensuing publicity). Not to mention possible legal arguments suggesting that no distinctions be made in the test's application and interpretation:
  • between heterosexual and homosexual content;
  • between simulated and actual sexual acts; and
  • between natural and perverted adult sexual activity (note the qualification, inasmuch as later rulings held child pornography, which unwittingly emerged in the wake of the Miller ruling thanks to an unintentional legal loophole, to be all the more obscene, and then some).
(BTW, "perverted sexual activity" applies generally to BDSM, rape, incest, bestiality/zoophilia, necrophilia, coprophilia and klismaphilia.)

Now. You. Know. (With Appy Polly Loggies to the late newsreader Paul Harvey.)



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