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Monday, April 2, 2018

Back from the Republic's Imperial Capital

Yes. I just got back from a few days in The Most Exalted Imperial Capital of Washington DC. Visiting my kids who live there and taking in the sights and the restaurants. The weather cooperated--mostly--and we generally had very nice days and nights, and the people were generally very nice as long as one did not raise politics. As I have said before, DC looks very good--a far cry from how it looked some forty years ago when I first lived there. Government is good business; wish I had bought stock in it.

The dogs stayed with my daughter and had to ride an elevator for the first time in their doggie lives. It was quite funny watching their reactions to the "room that moves." I believe it was the late great Robert Heinlein who said, "One man's magic is another man's engineering." I saw the look of awe in my dogs' eyes as the doors slid close on one scenario and then opened on another. Magic! The science is settled: technology is magic.

There was some weirdness afoot. I was walking down Massachusetts Avenue, and saw people coming out of a Methodist Church after Easter services. It was a racially mixed crowd and the people all seemed friendly with each other. I was somewhat taken aback by a large sign on the church building that read,

REPENT

We Repent for Our Origins in White Supremacy.

OK, I thought this actually is not a fun group of people. I walked more quickly before I could be asked by somebody to repent for something some long distant ancestor might or might not have done. Moses, after all, was kinda rough on the Egyptians . . .

Oh, well. It was all made good by the one thought running through my head, "Hillary Clinton is still not President." Can't be better than that.



9 comments:

  1. "Hillary Clinton is still not President."
    Amen, Brother, Hallelujah!

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  2. Amen on what you wrote about Hillary.

    And an amen, my own, on the continuing disappearance of mainline Protestant churches into irrelevance.

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  3. There's a reason Harvey Korman's epic rant in Blazing Saddles ended with a particular group, one which has also taken a leading role in gun grabbing in the US.

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  4. A friend of mine calls it "Versailles on the Potomac".

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  5. Yes, the Christian churches are no longer campaigning against sin, so white privilege stands in for that. It's quite the fad among the theologians these days. Sad.

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  6. I wonder how Christianity originated in white supremacy. It was born among "swarthy" people and, if the Acts of the Apostles is to be believed, took on black people before Paul was converted.

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  7. Ha! As a treat, use to take our dog to an old bldg with an elevator with iron grate and glass doors so she could see the floors move. She was amazed. Also, I get a real kick out of watching The Americans when they run around DC at night and into parks at the height of the crack epidemic. smh

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  8. Arthur C Clarke famously said that a technology, if advanced enough, will seem like magic.

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