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NEWSBREAK 3/10/08: Madonna “finally”?, Sleepy Toddler: “Yes We Can”, Catholic Church Bans More Fun

From MNSBC, “Madonna finally gets recognition from Hall. You can either take this as meaning that it was a long and drawn-out battle for her to get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, or that she’s finally getting respect after years of torment from critics and/or the media. Except she got in during her first year of eligibility, and despite the controversy (or because of it) she’s always been a media and critical darling. So…why “finally”?

Also making the rounds, the story of the little girl in the “3:00am phone call” ad that Hillary put out in Ohio. You know, the same one Mondale used where it’s inferred that Barack Obama isn’t qualified to get up out of bed at 3:00am to answer a phone call? Well, turns out she’s actually an Obama supporter and volunteer for his campaign. The footage is actually stock owned by Getty which was picked up by the Clinton Campaign for the ad. Which means…absolute zilch, and doesn’t really make Hillary look like a fool despite what some are trying to say. But I guess it’s an interesting “human interest” story.

The Vatican has added drugs, polluting the environment, genetic manipulations, and social/economic inustices to their list of sinful behaviors. Man, they take the fun out of EVERYTHING. If people can’t go about their business and toss corpses of failed pig/human hybrids out the passenger’s side door while doing a line of coke and laughing at the homeless, then why be Catholic in the first place? In all seriousness, I’m not entirely grasping the idea of a concept – i.e. economic disparity – being considered a sin. Shouldn’t a sin be an act that an individual can actually commit?

In MySpace news, I log in to see the following “MySpace Announcement”:

Latest Update:
Mar 10, 10:45am PST

Tune in to Operation MySpace. We’re doing this insane LIVE show all the way from Kuwait with the Pussycat Dolls, Disturbed, Carlos Mencia, Jessica Simpson, DJ Z-Trip, Filter and Metal Sanaz. Check it out http://www.myspace.com/operationmyspace

Guys, it’s insane. Fucking crazy. Like, how else could we describe such an awesome fucking concert featuring the Grown-Up Ho version of The Cheetah Girls, that shitty mall metal band that was awful ten years ago and must be ten times worse now, the dude who steals material from George Lopez, Tony Romo’s girlfriend (because seriously – people wouldn’t care otherwise), some dude I’ve never heard of but can’t be any good with a moniker like “Z-Trip”, and an “alternative rock” band that hasn’t been relevant since 1996? And it’s LIVE from the Middle East!

Wait, nevermind, I thought of a better descriptor: “why they hate us.”

More later…

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  1. Anonymous
    March 10, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    my attempt at an answer to the social sin

    Hey Marshall, it’s (cue the music) “Fr. Wetsel in the HIIIIIGHHHHHEEESSSSTTTT” 🙂

    Now, my attempt at an explanation for the Vatican referring to some economic situations being sinful may be as wanted as Dr. Phil’s presence and subsequent report on Britney’s health at the hospital. In the event that your audience may be somewhat curious to know why they may have said this, I’ll try to give a semi-reasonable explanation.

    From what I have learned over the past couple of years in my classes, the Catholic Church more or less says that the main principle of committing a sin has to do with being involved in a situation that harms your relationship with God and others, with “the rules” (the ten commandments and other church teachings) being a guideline (though not limited to just these few rules) to show what the church expects of its members. Ok, so from here we have a couple of different categories of sins that people can commit: individual and societal.

    An individual sin is something that is done on your own. For example, if I decided to take someone hostage and not release them unless their freedom was won by a combatant winning a “briefcase on a pole” match (yes, I have watched far too many Vince Russo-inspired contests!), that would be an individual sin.

    Another kind of sin is a collective or societal sin. What that means is that a large group of people have committed a type of act that deliberately harms others. This kind of sin includes discrimination, destroying the environment, and economic situations that do not allow people to live in dignity, meaning that only a small percentage of people in the world control the vast majority of the wealth. Most of the people in the world are incredibly poor when compared to US standards.

    Please keep in mind that I am not necessarily blaming everyone in the US for their individual role in living in an economic situation that doesn’t allow for people in third world countries to have their basic needs met. What it does mean, though, is that it’s up to people in countries like ours to start telling our government leaders to work with other countries to begin a process of helping people to have their basic needs met. As Obi-Wan Kenobi tells us in Star Wars Episode IV, the force is an energy field that binds all living things together. When a select few use up too much of the resources at the expense of others, that’s an example of a sin of the collective society.

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