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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Knocking at the door

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war?
- The Moody Blues (written by Justin Hayward)
LINK.

So the old winter or summer solstice has arrived, depending on where you live. It's once again time to Ask Roger Anything. Anything at all, and I'm honor-bound to answer it honestly. It has to be the truth. It does not have to be the WHOLE truth; to the surprise of some, I do have my limits.

One person I do not know asked:
"Surfing around looking for old copies of 'keynotes', the Capitol Record Club catalog, I came upon your references.
Any chance you have old issues with which you'd part?"
Why, no, I don't. I was a member of the Capitol Record Club in 1965 for a couple years, which is where I originally got all my pre-Sgt. Pepper albums, save for Yesterday...and Today, which I bought from the Rexall for $2.99. I also got Daydream-Lovin' Spoonful; the Best of Herman's Hermits; and most notably, Pet Sounds-Beach Boys. Most of the albums I still have, except for the LPs that were stolen in the Great LP Theft of 1972. But anything like Capitol catalogs? Long gone.
(Hey, anyone out there have 'keynotes' you're willing to part with, e-mail me and I'll hook you up with the collector.)

I've had people ask about the Barack Obama/Rick Warren thing. Well, I wouldn't have done it. A gay friend of mine felt "hurt" by it.
Still, this little piece from Steve Bissette's blog gave me some perspective.
...while liberals are howling over President-Elect Obama’s decision to include homophobic pastor Richard D. "Rick" Warren (founder and senior pastor of the evangelical Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California) in his upcoming inauguration ceremony [and conservatives are howling that Warren accepted],, the far more damning news that "alone among major Western nations, the United States has refused to sign a declaration presented Thursday at the United Nations calling for worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality" is being ignored..

So, questions, please.
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Artificial Virginity Hymen. WTF?

In the old days, it was not called the 'Holiday Season'; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall.' - Dave Barry


ROG

2 comments:

Uthaclena said...

Asking Anything?

Okay, it's Sunday, and the header of your blog refers to "pondering... God."

Do you believe in "God" as a supernatural Personality actively creating, shaping, judging, intervening, with whom one can have a "relationship?" And, as a follow-up question, do you believe in personal survival after bodily death? Some awareness that will recognize I am/was "Roger?"

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

Oddly enough, recently I bought "This is the Moody Blues" on iTunes (to replace the vinyl copy I had), and this was one of the songs. I still love it.

A question? Well, by way of preface, there's an Australian talk show host called Rove McManus (the show is called "Rove Live") who ends every celebrity interview with the same question: "Who would you turn gay for?" The current Prime Minster of New Zealand answered Brad Pitt, though he as asked by some one not quite the stature of Rove.

So, in my best imitation Australian accent, I ask, who would Roger turn gay for?