Quick Things

1. I’m sure the non-Christian readers of this Tennessean piece found it deeply relevant to their lives. I’m working on a similar piece for heathens. Are we doing enough to spread our love of drinking, pillaging, cursing, digging up dead witches, and writing long poetry about how Odin has dicked us over? Have those us us un-dicked-over by Odin written enough poetry mocking the bad luck of the dicked-over? Have we considered Idris Elba naked enough? What? That’s totally a legitimate heathen form of outreach. He’s playing Heimdall. Not my fault if other religions are boring and you don’t get to consider the joys of god-fucking. That will be my suggested headline “The Joys of God-Fucking Lost in a Busy World.” Subhead: “Sucks to be you Skallagrimmson.” Yep, I’m mocking the long dead. Yep, this is why pre-Christian germanic folks spent a lot of time kicking each other’s asses.

2. Dear Webster Franklin, your casinos are situated on a river that floods regularly. Not only that, but the ground you’re standing on? That is a vast ancient flood plain. It is as fertile as it is because it is a vast, ancient flood plain.  Good luck trying to make sure this never happens again. You’ll need the river to not be a river and the flood plain to not be a flood plain.

3. Yes, I did laugh when I read this, but I am still in “Devil’s au pair” mode. In fact, I’m going to email it to my dad so that he can laugh.

4. The Commercial-Appeal is doing a great job putting up a lot of flood pictures. Man, my heart goes out to folks. There’s got to be some way of both letting the river do what it needs to do to be healthy and of not having people’s lives destroyed repeatedly. I don’t have any good answers.

6 thoughts on “Quick Things

  1. Ooookkkayyy…

    Pretty standard evangelical fare. Why was it in the Tennessean? Is the Tennessean now sharing editorial staff with the Baptist Faith And Message? That’s just weird. Makes me glad i’ve dropped my subscription (oh, 15 years ago, but still.) Yes, I’m a Christian. But that piece, by and for Christians, does not belong in a secular publication. There are actually scriptures which proscribe against that sort of thing…we’re supposed to keep family business in the family. And look, here I am disobeying too! Great. Way to lead me astray, you Pagan Person! :)


    As to your number 4, I’ve got to admit that I’m getting more and more askance at looking at pictures of damage. I know a lot of people (not you and not most of the readers here, but many of my “friends” on FB) who seem to be getting a sort of grief-mongering high off of looking at pictures of destruction in various regions AND going to funerals for military personnel they don’t know. I mean, it sounds good on the face of it but in reality it looks to me like a lot of people pumping their endorphins by stroking off their more powerful emotion centers.

    So Ive got this policty to look at no more than 10 pictures of each disaster/aftermath just to be educated on the scope. That’s just me and I’m not faulting you for looking at or posting. Just venting.

  2. It’s Webster’s job to be all chicken little and get as much publicity for their “plight” as possible. Though it will be a devastating blow for the tax rolls in Mississippi (but not worse than Katrina; not even close) and it will be hard times for the employees while they’re out of work. But these casinos will be up and running a matter of days after the waters recede. I know this for sure. I have friends and family who work there at all levels.

    Also, this flooding just isn’t as bad as it looks. Yes, people in Millington will suffer some damage (they live in flood plains and they know it because they flooded last year) and a few people in Harbor Town but by and large, the flooded areas are industrial areas, farms and unpopulated areas. The Wolf River flooding was much worse for the area and my understanding is that it’s going down (which is why the MS is going up). For a lot of people, this is just a curiosity, not a disaster. Much like when the river was practically dry in 1988.

  3. Well, the Tennessean has had a weekly column/sermon by some local congregational leader every week as long as I’ve been in town. I assume this was one of those, and not presented as a news story? They aren’t always by Christians. As I see it, the problem isn’t that the local paper has this weekly deal (I mean, I could live without it, and I would love some religion reporting that was really reporting, but it’s no big issue), it’s that the guy who wrote this specific column acts like he’s addressing himself to the Tennessean’s entire readership when he’s really addressing only a subset of it. Because, I’ve got to say, I looked in my Bible like he says and it doesn’t say a thing about this Jesus person, and far from telling me to go out and bore others with testimonies of my faith, it says that different groups of people have different covenants with the Creator, so leave ’em alone.

  4. NM, I assume so, too, but I just saw it linked to from the front page, which doesn’t do a good job of saying “Religion section.” But, yeah, I get really tired of Christian matters being presented in the Tennessean as if those are the only religious matters. I’m not even angling for more pagan stuff, just more of an acknowledgment of the Big Three, to remind people there’s more than Protestantism.

    Lesley, I was having a hard time buying his chicken little act, but I’m glad to hear that it’s intentional. I was concerned about a guy living in the Delta complaining about the river. I mean, didn’t that whole part of Mississippi used to be swamp until the late 1800s? Hard to keep an old swamp completely dry, no matter how good your engineering.

    Coble, I hear you about the grief tourists. No offense taken.

  5. Are we doing enough to spread our love of drinking, pillaging, cursing, digging up dead witches, and writing long poetry about how Odin has dicked us over?

    LMAO at #1. I would pay to read this. Seriously.

  6. My experience as a native of that area is just to be pretty blase about the river and tornadoes. Just part of life. My friend’s building is right on the river and the water is at their back door and when I asked her about it, she said they haven’t been told to leave but she’s gonna get the cats and the Kate Spade bags ready to leave in a hurry if necessary. I think they’ve had to move their car out of the garage.

    All that said, what they’re experiencing–and I don’t mean to invalidate their feelings–is nothing like what happened in Nashville when the Corps released all that water and when Richland Creek and the Harpeth surged. They’ve all had warning and no one’s been caught by surprise.

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