Late and/or just in time Fathers Day prompt: Leslie takes the triplets to her father's grave for the first time.
It had been a ritual for her for as long as she could remember. There were always various others scattered about, paying homage to their own deceased loves ones, but for once, she ignored everyone around her. She was there to talk to her father.
The slab of granite bearing her father’s name had become a confidant rivaled only by her husband and best friend. She told it about her senior prom, her fears and excitement about going off to college, and her new job at the Parks Department. She gushed about her secret boyfriend with a cute face and nice butt, and sobbed when they had to break up, wishing she could crawl into her father’s lap just one more time.
With clutched hands, her new engagement ring sparkling in the morning light, Leslie formally introduced herfiancé, and months later, recalled every moment of their wedding.
With a rounded belly, she told him that he was going to be a grandfather, and now, five years later, he was meeting them for the first time.
20:5 mentions that God “visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children unto the third and fourth generation..” Although by context
this has to do with doing homage to false gods, one can easily conceive
that God collects retribution from the decendents for iniquity, or gross
injustice, from those responsible.
The sins of the father’s retribution can be collected from future
generations, and the Bible clearly displays that unrepentive sin can
become a generational curse by consequences to those born from people
inflicting injustice on others.
Racial hatred engineered these actions, but it wasn’t the brutality
that was the biggest shame, it was the lack of response and silence from
the mainstream churches during the time they should have spoken out.
Dr. Frederick K. C. Price of Ever Increasing Faith Ministries at the
Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles wrote a book called “Race,
Religion and Racism” which was an objective criticism of the church
during the dark times of these lynchings, segregation, and racial
strife. Dr. Price chided the church establishment for becoming part of
the problem instead of stepping forward with the proper solution.
CNN reporter John Blake filed a pointed story Saturday, April 21st
which presented theologian James Cone who described himself as the
“angriest theologian in America”. Cone’s father Charlie would never
respond to white men calling him “boy”, a minor indescretion that could
prove fatal for being too “upity”. James’ father fell victim to a
lynching which impacted Cone even to this day.
Cone’s blistering commentary toward white churches was legendary for
maintaining its silence when the lynchings, segregation and general
racial strife were taking place. Segregation was practiced normally in
church services….you could go just as long you sat apart from the
white congregation. White churches had a pitiful record for standing
for racial injustice, in fact they were willing participants.
The Southern Baptist Church practically had a monopoly of members
that were involved with the Ku Klux Klan. During the Klans’ reign of
terror, not one rebuke came from the Southern Baptist Church. The
dastardly bombing of the Birmingham Alabama 16th Street Baptist Church
which killed four black girls was done by card carrying members of the
In an attempt to remedy past wrongs, the Southern Baptist
organization did come out and repent of past wrongs in general in the
1990s, but never addressed the lynchings done at the hands of many of
its organizational members. One senior pastor criticised the
organization for maintaining much of its attitudes while postering about
A major issue with Cone is that none of the famous white pastors,
such as theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, spoke out against the most brutal
display of racism: lynching. Cone said Niebuhr not only said nothing
about lynching, but little about segregation and even turned down a
request from Martin Luther King Jr. to sign a petition calling on the
president at the time to protect black children that were intergrating
The number Cone articulated regarding lynchings included 5,000 black
men and women, not including blacks killed by being shot or murdered in
The only real support when it was not expedient to do so for Dr. King
came from the Jewish community and Jewish rabbis that locked arm in arm
with King when it was unsafe to do so. Blacks feigning religious
principles should remember that white young Jewish men as Michael
Schwerner and Andrew Goodman were murdered helping blacks in voting
registration in the South. These were dark days, but the light of right
still would prevail.
God in the Bible said, “vengence is Mine, I will repay”. Justice for
the majority of these sinful acts barely has taken place. The
consequences of the spilling of innocent blood curses the land, and due
to the spiritual law of sowing and reaping, much of the violence and
tragedy that blights our nation are the results of “the sins of the
The “iniquity being full” will prompt God to judge. Add the fact of
the spiritual consequences of over 54 million abortions, and many
Christian believers and leading theologians believe that the hidden sins
from lynchings, fire bombings, unjustified shootings, and abortion
killings will force the hand of God to balance the scales of justice.
Most people loved Hotline Miami, a 2012 indie game that was one part pixel art violence exhibition, one part homage to Drive, a sweet neo-retro movie directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. (Neo-retro is a phrase I just made up referring to something not really retro but trying to be retro for the sake of being cool.) I thought Hotline Miami was the bee’s knees, personally, and wrote a whole 800 words gushing about it last year.
Not everyone loved Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, a sequel that came out earlier this year. It got positive reviews, make no mistake - but there were voices that complained that the levels were too large and focused on guns, the story was muddled and the entire experience an over-complicated extension that screwed up the vibe of the first game. One particularly scathing PC Gamer review gave Hotline Miami 2 a 57 out of 100 and had this to say: “If the original game was the movie Drive—a seductive pop cultural moment, shallow but resonant, a crystallised mood—then this sequel is Nicolas Winding Refn’s poorly-received follow-up, Only God Forgives. More complex but less powerful.”
When I read that, the main takeaway I got was that there was a sequel to Drive that I hadn’t seen yet. And after hunting down a copy of Only God Forgives and then playing Hotline Miami 2 in tandem, I get what the author’s talking about. But I don’t necessarily agree that OGF and HM2 are any inferior to their predecessors; they’re just different tales that juggle way more themes than what came before. They don’t seek to replicate the experience of their prequels; instead, they go left field and tackle uncharted territory. Exactly what sequels should do, really.
Actually, Only God Forgives is only a sequel to Drive in the spiritual sense. It also stars Ryan Gosling, but aside from being slickly shot and full of long periods of silence where characters don’t do much but think at each other, the two films are quite different. Drive was inspired by 80′s neon and noir and was a revenge story about an LA stunt driver fighting the mob and trying to save his girlfriend. It masked its simplicity under a mountain of style and a dope soundtrack, but Only God Forgives doesn’t have sexy 80′s flavor to fall back on. Instead, it’s about an expat living in Thailand who deals drugs on the side and gets caught up in a feud with a vengeful policeman. While this premise isn’t complicated on its own, there’s a heap of symbolism and subtext thrown in the mix, including an Oedipal plot where…the main character might have been sexually abused by his mother? It’s very unnerving, punctuated by a lot of blood and the nifty synthesizer music from Drive is totally gone, replaced by foreboding ethnic sounds that really make you feel twitchy after a while. No wonder critics didn’t like it.
Hotline Miami 2 treads similar water. The first game was a straight-to-the-point story about a poor guy compelled to kill members of the Russian mob thanks to freaky messages left on his answering machine. As you progressed, the plot revealed itself as an understudy on how sustained exposure to violence can negatively affect a person’s psyche. It was short and sweet, primarily focused on thumb-pulsating twitch gameplay. HM2, conversely, feeds you with tons of lore, getting into the nitty-gritty behind the feud against the Russians. There’s a conspiracy plot featuring a nationalistic pro-America cult headed by former special forces operatives, another concurrent storyline about copycat killers imitating the actions of the first game’s protagonist, an interweaving tale of a crazed detective taking power into his own hands… There’s just a lot of plot, and not everything’s told in chronological order. Confusing? Yah.
But the thing is, while OGF and HM2 both get bloated under the weight of everything they want to pull off, this experimental mentality of trying to cover new artistic ground arguably makes them more interesting than their predecessors. I’ve always been of the mind that an intriguingly flawed work of art is better than a blandly perfect one, and while OGF and HM2 don’t hold up to rewatchings and replays the same way that Drive and Hotline Miami do, they both stuck with me longer after I’d finished them. I wanted to figure out what was going on with Only God Forgives’ strange karaoke scenes that always show Vithaya Pansringarm crooning right after he kills someone. (Turns out, these segments are meant as a kind of catharsis/spiritual cleansing for his character.) And the convoluted bits of Hotline Miami 2′s story screamed for me to piece them together. Once I did (thanks to all that Wiki help), I can’t help but admire the game’s creators for the ballsy way they ended things. They were adamant that this would be the last Hotline Miami game, and really stuck to their guns with that. (Mild spoiler: The level complete theme is called “Dust”…and what’s the only thing to survive a nuclear explosion?)
So just like how Drive and Hotline Miami complemented each other with their utilization and exploitation of 1980′s imagery and nostalgia, Only God Forgives and Hotline Miami 2 pull off a similar hat trick, only this time in the realm of experimentation and tackling messier topics. This is a quality that a mainstream reviewer might not have time to appreciate, so it’s no wonder that the Metacritic ratings for HM2 and OGF stand around 75 and 37 percent, as opposed to Hotline Miami and Drive, which ranked in the high 80′s and 70′s respectively. I’d rank ‘em higher than that, and argue that they’ll all well worth your time, but that’s just me.
(Except for all those gunplay missions in Hotline Miami 2. The reviewers were right about those, they kind of were a pain in the ass.)
Detail from TRI-PIXEL pocket tee - can you spot any secrets, on closer inspection? What seems at first glance to be a geometric pattern is actually a special homage to one of the greatest games of all time! #zelda #legendofzelda #gameteeuk #gametee
“Meanwhile, the Duke of Norfolk had ridden into Westminster Hall on a charger trapped to the ground in cloth of gold to dismiss the throng of spectators so that the coronation banquet might begin. Buckingham busily supervised the setting up of four great tables in the lower part of the hall and one on the dais. At four o`clock in the afternoon the king and queen made their appearance. When the lords and ladies had done their homage, they retired to their respective boards: one for the bishops, one for the earls, one for the barons and a board for the ladies, who sat all on one side with their carvers kneeling before them. At the table on the dais Richard was seated in the middle, with Anne on the left end. Whenever the royal couple touched food, cloths of estate were held over their heads. Two squires were stretched prone at Richard`s feet. Norfolk, Surrey, Lord Audeley (the king`s carver) and the King`s boyhood friends Sir Robert Percy and Viscount Lovell served him with dishes of gold and silver. At the beginning of the second course Sir Robert Dymmock, the King`s Champion, wrote into the hall in pure white armour astride a steed trapped in red and white silk. After he had delivered his traditional challenge and the hall had resounded with a single, massive cry, “King Richard!” the Champion was served red wine in a covered cup. He drank, cast the rest of the wine to the floor, and retired with the cup as his fee.”
From “Richard III: the Great Debatte” by Paul Murray Kendall. Richard and Anne`s coronation.
Now just imagine how splendid this all must have been, with the fine clothing and jewellery we know they wore.
As a side note, I particularly like the two squires lying at Richard`s feet. Now there`s a job.
And now for an angrily condensed history lesson by me, a local Charlestonian!
Back in the late 1700s and early 1800s, there lived a slave man named Denmark Vesey who paid for his freedom after winning the lottery.
He was a founding member of the AME Church, the one that you’re probably seeing all over twitter.
On June 17th, 1822, Vesey led a slave rebellion that failed due to a leak of information, resulting in his execution and the burning of the church by whites.
Flash forward to about a year ago, when a statue in memorial of Denmark Vesey was uncovered for the first time in Charleston.
White critics disapproved of the installation, claiming that Vesey was a terrorist whose only goal was to kill white men, all while ironically standing beneath their towering homage to John C. Calhoun in Marion Square, one of the most renowned voices for those seeking to secure the institution of slavery.
Today, the AME church is now grieving because a white man attended a bible study session for an hour and left after ripping the lives away from nine black people. This took place on the anniversary of the failed rebellion. Will he be called a terrorist, or will the media lament over how he had such a promising future?
like am i the only one that finds it a little strange that krept and konan keep name dropping zayn in their songs? i mean one time to pay homage ok but twice? and they said his full name? nah 🐟
Well all of them are gonna be on Naughty Boy’s new album, so it’s mutual promo. Krept and Konan’s album comes out July 6th too. And Zayn is hot rn. They’ve been dropping his name in interviews too. It’s business with a dash of friendship. I hope friendship–giving them the benefit of the doubt.
The first weekend of summer holidays in Ireland meant charity runs for the Club, a swamped teen center for one very dedicated Sadie Ashby-McGee, and babysitting for Sophie and Brendan.
The O’Neills had made the train trip up to Belfast from Dublin that Saturday morning first to see the Club off on their run, then help Sadie however they could at the teen center before taking their boys and Sadie and Aidan’s two kids back to Dublin for the weekend. Connor and Keegan, 10 and 6, the latter sticking to the former like so much glue, were still off somewhere running “reconnaissance” for Keegan’s mum, but Dash, 4, was present, bleary-eyed and clinging to Brendan’s hand, and Aoife, 2, was fast asleep in Sophie’s arms.
Sophie, shifting Aoife, glanced at her watch. ❝ Go corral the boys, ❞ she told Brendan, throwing a probing gaze around the room. ❝ If we don’t leave now we migh’ miss– ❞
The man stood out like neon green against grey, always had.
And he met her gaze instantly, eliminating any chance of evasion – he’d always done that, too. Years, they’d tailed each other around the world, him with his valiant cause, Doctors Without Borders, and Sophie with her proclivities. The tailing on her end had never been intentional. They always acted as if they’d just crossed paths by happenstance, but Sophie had always detected the intention in his smile. She hadn’t minded then. It’d been endearing. Now it sent dread rippling down her spine.
Sophie did the only thing she could: she used her two year old niece as a deterrent, shoving Aoife into Brendan’s arms and saying, sincerely, ❝ Brendan, I am so sorry, ❞ before that familiar voice rang out across the teen center’s lobby.
❝ Sunny ?❞ Matias called, eyes alight, white doctor’s frock billowing behind him as he approached. His copper-toned skin was darker than Sophie remembered and grey streaked his hair and beard, but he still seemed young, still brazen. Though Sophie was very much on edge mentally, she felt herself physically relax – an involuntary reaction to Matias Acosta’s mere presence. ❝ Sunny Holmes, meu bem!❞ he said. The skin near his eyes crinkled and he smiled that wide, porcelain grin before lunging, wrapping his arms around Sophie’s waist, lifting and spinning her once right there in front of her husband. ❝ Long time no see, ah ?❞ he added, setting her down, and Sophie thought he’d finished, was relieved he’d remained relatively chaste, until he cupped her face with those soft surgeon’s hands and planted a wet kiss square on her lips.
MISHA COLLINS IS A VOICE IN THE NEXT SEASON OF VENTURE BROS
I don’t mean to alarm anyone but Jackson Public mentioned in a comment on his blog that they hired Misha Collins as a new voice talent for the upcoming season 6. If you don’t watch Venture Bros or haven’t heard of it I encourage all spn fan’s to check it out. It’s an epic story about two brothers with an unconventional upbringing and an emotionally distant father that has a lot of issues. They have a caretaker who’s an ultra macho bad-ass who loves classic rock and his muscle car. Adrian. The car’s name is Adrian. Sound familiar? And it’s so much more than that. Superhero/Johnny Quest spoof full of references and homages new-wave 80′s pop music. David Bowie is one of the characters. they treat anonymous henchmen as fully developed characters with real feelings. It’s a 60′s era style James Bond-esq super spy action-thriller/buddy comedy/ multi-generational family drama. And they have a next door neighbor tenant who’s magic, part of a mystical order and connected to the supernatural realm. Think Dr. Strange, but he’s also a single suburban Dad who loves his cats and also enjoys cooking fajitas. It’s the smartest, sweetest, most exciting, best tv show I’ve ever seen, let alone the best cartoon. Did I mention it’s a cartoon? Ok ok I’m getting carried away. I’m just excited. Look, I feel like when word gets out that Misha Collins is now part of this thing, Venture Bros will finally take off and get the fan recognition it deserves here on tumblr. I’m just taking the time to tell my followers and anyone else who cares not to wait. Check out Venture Bros as soon as you can. You will love it. I promise. Below is a link to the page with Jackson Public’s blog comment.
“That’s one of my favorite things about this show. They don’t just kill of a character or somebody leaves, and they just forget about them. I love that this show always finds some way to pay homage to a character, and that’s one of the reason I am a big fan of the show. But I also, in my real life, I hate to say goodbye, so I hate losing people. And I love that this show always brings them back some how, even if they are not physically there, they reference them. I know it’s senior year, and I’m sure there’s some grieving that Allison should be with this group, and I think you see a glimpse of that in the first episode.”