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Vatican issues a correction

Francis Blues

Media screams: Pope Says There is No Hell

425 The Vatican today issued a clarification of the Pope's remarks about the pits of perpetual perdition.

Seems that the Holy Father's remark was incorrectly overheard, mistranslated, misreported, and the report was riddled with typos and spellcheck errors. Furthermore, the Holy Father ran out of gas! had a flat tire! didn't have enough money for cab fare! His mitre hat didn't come back from the cleaners! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole the Popemobile! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!!!

Posted by: mindful webworker - got the blues, brother! at March 30, 2018 12:06 AM (UWStq)

Related webwork: Imagine Only Heaven - What in Heaven do you mean by no Hell?

The Art of

Bang! Bang! And the bad guys go down!

Sometimes… I'm rolling along, eyes half-mast, wondering why I'm reading through so many random comments on a blog, when suddenly I find something really important that makes the effort worthwhile.

Roll Caps
Tin Toy Arcade

Hm. I don't see anything on their website about being over 21 and having a cap license to purchase. Don't they know this is the 21st Century, year of the nerf suit?

Let's make childhood noisy again!

h/t Alberta Oil Peon, Ace of Spades

Cap Gun

Best of Spirits

Good Friday ruminations on belief and faith

On Belief and Faith

Jonah exits the fish
Image source: Padre Ryder's Journal

Religionists hold some beliefs which are true, but invariably will hold some beliefs which are false.

Jesus' folks had the best religion in the world, a powerful monotheism which bound them together. It was perfect ground for planting his message, because mostly he had only to tease out the best of his native religion.

His people also practiced a lot of unspiritual things.

If a false belief is a foundation of a person's faith, but is relatively benign, then it behooves us not to argue that belief. Spiritual benefit may be derived even from a fiction. If you could disprove the belief, there is great danger of the baby of faith being thrown out with the bathwater of bad belief.

Therefore, as teachers of truth, we must endeavor always to put good truth in, reinforce good lessons even from a fiction, and if there is error, the light of truth will ultimately drive it out. (And anyway, there's that beam in your own eye thing.)

Respecting the value, if not the facts, of a belief for the sake of another's faith is not a hard and fast rule. There are times you just have to bust loose and plainly speak about misguided religious leaders and whited sepulchers and all that. Even if it kills you.

Radical Incline

He's lost that magic charm over the years.

Bill lies

I grabbed three images and added the incantation, so, credit to whoever did the real work.

Inspired to do this by Bill Clinton is a liar by chrissythehyphenated at PoliNation. Also, Milady Webworker and I have been re-visiting the Harry Potter movies.

Bill looked us all in the eye and lied on Jan. 26, 1998. Twentieth anniversary upcoming. The crime boss may not have all his old suave seductive charms, but he still lives and is not in prison. Enemies of the Clintons still die mysteriously.

Guilty-looking Bill at the debates
"What guilt looks like."

Short & Tall Tales

Getting there in a roundabout manner

I have to confess, I still don't know what intersectionality means.

And neither does my spell-checker.

In town, they replaced a 4-way stop with a roundabout. All intersectionality thereafter became tangential.

(I only retain enough HS Trigonometry to make obtuse jokes like that.)

Dividing Highway
Image from "Getting From Here to There" series in Daily Doodles, 2013. There is a larger version