Monday, February 27, 2017

Flotsam & Jetsam #2

     Witches worldwide organized to cat a spell on Donald Trump Friday. Since the National Prayer Breakfast a few weeks ago, the hashtag #PrayforTrump has been periodically trending on Twitter. I seem to recall a Catholic priest calling for an exorcism to be performed on the United states back in 2015. A video surfaced back in 2008 of a minister placing a veil of protection fro cures on then Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska. Spiritual warfare exists. Do not dismiss the claims out of hand.
     It is not only spiritual warfare affecting our country. The animosity between the press and Trump has reached fever pitch. Trump will become the first president in 36 years to kip the White House Correspondents' Dinner, aka Nerd Prom. On the surface, it seem as though Trump I chickening out about facing the traditional roasting, but the press probably does not want to sit and listen to the president tear into them when his turn came. I assume the gathering, if it is even held, will be a combination Trump bashing/ group therapy session for the press.
     Getting back to magic for a moment. A magician was found dead at the exclusive club for magicians in Los Angeles, Magic Castle. A statement from Magic Castle called the death a suicide. The Los Angeles County coroner ruled the death accidental. He deceased was discovered hanging in a closet wearing nothing but underwear. I cannot be the only one who thinks the scenario sounds more like an autoerotic asphyxiation mishap than suicide. The coroner seems to think so.
      Character actor Bill Paxton died due to complications from surgery. Paxton is the only actor to ever face off against an Alien, a Predator, and a Terminator. Such a feat will certainly never be duplicated. Paxton was in an extraordinary number of good movies. I never realized how many until listening to fans talk about their favorites yesterday.
      I did not watch the Oscars last night as I was too unfamiliar with the nominees to root for any of them. I did not care to hear all the political sermons that were bound to happen with every acceptance speech. Why celebrities consider fame a qualification for insightful cultural criticism is beyond me. It would have been fun to witness the disastrous ending. Faye Dunaway read the wrong winner for Best Picture. The problem was not corrected until after several of the supposed winners have given speeches. You would think the organizers would have plans in place to rectify a mistake like that more quickly. I bet they will now.

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