Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

If You’ve Seen One Televangelist, You’ve Seen Them All

October 18, 2015

TRIMMED

Stumbled upon Cindy Trimm on YouTube. Another false preacher of her own multi-million dollar ministry.

Found out she was born into poverty in Bermuda and, as a teenager, she quickly figured out how to weasel people out of money by becoming a self-promoted teacher of God. She is a former senator from her native land.

Trimm claims to be an empowerment specialist but her specialty is milking followers of their money. She sells her own religious courses, DVDs, books and tapes. She has a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.

She has conned Ebony Magazine into naming her one of the top 100 “doers and influencers in the world today.”

She is associated with the Kingdom School of Ministry to teach others how to fraud desperate souls searching for salvation.

She is a master at brainwashing and her words are toxic. She holds a doctorate degree in rhetoric and propaganda.

Be forewarned: She is growing at a faster rate than cancer. Somebody call the Center for Disease Control.

Do not allow yourself to become her next victim.

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Where Does The Expression “Holy Mackerel!” Come From?

October 7, 2015

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It’s an expression of disbelief or surprise but what is the origin of the term “Holy Mackerel?”

Fish don’t normally wear halos and they don’t look like Swiss cheese either.

Funny how the words just sort of seem to roll right off the tongue.

It means the same as “Holy Cow!” or “Holy Smokes!” or even “Holy Moly!” but why fish?

One internet explanation states that it dates back at least two centuries by referring to the Catholic custom of eating fish on Fridays.

Another source suggests it’s a euphemism for Holy Mary in order not to take the Madonna’s name, Mary Magdalene, in vain.

I’m convinced that it has religious overtones. Speaking of vanity, I knew someone who always said “Cheese and crackers!” at times so Mackerel makes sense in that regard.

The Found Ark Of The Convenant

February 15, 2011

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This is the story of the Lost Ark of the Convenant….. supposedly hidden away in an African church in Axum, Ethiopia.

I recall an early scene from the movie “The Ten Commandments” where young Moses (Charlton Heston) returns from battle and calls out “I bring you… Ethiopia!” as he showers gifts of triumph unto the Pharaoh who then praises him for befriending the enemy of their southern gate.

How ironic that, for centuries, this has been the alleged storage spot for the Lost Ark of The Covenant.

Some believe and others are non-believers.  Could it be the real thing or just a very old replica as skeptic scholars theorize?  Interesting conjecture.

Word from Graham Hancock, author of “The Sign and The Seal”, the keeper of the coveted lost container is a blind old man.  His lifetime job is  a responsibility that the blind man carries with his heart, and defends with his life. And he is very happy, at one with the Lord. Before he dies, he must carefully choose a guardian successor.

This blind unarmed individual is the only privileged one who has the possibility of contacting with one of the most treasured myths of the history of mankind except during the ceremony known as the Timkat, in the month of January, when the Ark comes out in the streets, in a sacred procession, duly covered to prevent its destructive effects over the ones who look at it… That’s why the old man is blind, writes Hancock.

According to Abuna Pauolos, the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia, the actual Ark has been kept in one church but, to defend the valued treasure, a duplicate was placed in every single church throughout Ethiopia.  I guess that helps to confuse real-life raiders.  Indiana Jones-wannabes.

Considered perhaps the world’s most prized archaeological and spiritual artifact… blah blah blah

WorldNetDaily states the Ark of the Covenant is the sacred container of the Ten Commandments as well as Aaron’s rod and a sample of manna, the mysterious food that kept the Israelites alive while wandering in the wilderness during their journey to the promised land.

The Bible  says the Ark was built to the specifications of God as He spoke to Moses. It was carried in advance of the people and their army by priests. It was also carried in a seven-day procession around the walled city of Jericho.

The idea that the Ark is presently in Ethiopia is a well-documented, albeit disputed, tradition dating back to at least 642 B.C. The tradition says it was moved to Elephantine Island in Egypt, then to Tana Kirkos Island in Ethiopia and finally to its present site at St. Mary’s of Zion Church in Axum.

It is rumored that a museum is being built in Ethiopia so that the Ark can be prominently displayed.  Sounds like wishful thinking to me.  Ethiopians allegedly believe it is destined to be delivered to the Messiah when He reigns on Mount Zion – the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

So why go to the trouble to house it in a fancy fishbowl? They seem content on locking it away from the public thus far – why change now?  I remain both skeptical and cynical.

Two Legs Up For Creative Barstools

July 8, 2009

Five Nuns At A Bar

Wonder if Mr. Bar Stool, at 2nd & Race Streets, carries these?

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I do know that there have been numerous Elvis sightings at that place. ~LOL

My Dream Cartoon Panel in The Jewish Exponent

July 6, 2009

Mishegoss

I always wanted to draw a comic strip for The Jewish Exponent and name it “Mishegoss.”

According to The New York Times, Mishegoss comes from the word meshuga, which means crazy. Meshuga: crazy. Mishegoss: craziness or idiosyncrasy.

Perfect cartoon name for that religious publication, don’t you think?