Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.


Friday, October 31, 2003  

Survey Department: Is it "buck naked" or "butt naked?" Reply in the comments.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 4:16 PM
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Laughing At The Devil Department: What should a Christian do about Halloween? I haven't changed my mind since last year.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 2:31 PM
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There Can Be Only One Department: OK, so it isn't a legitimate googlewhack. But it's still pretty awesome to know that mine is the only site that comes up with this search. (Ed: Yeah, but for how long?)

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 1:36 PM
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Other Types Of Tricks And Treats Department: I just had to laugh when I read this one.

A man described by authorities as a known sexual predator was chased through the streets of South Philadelphia by an angry crowd of Catholic high school girls, who kicked and punched him after he was tackled by neighbors, police said Friday.
Is this an example of what Prof. Reynolds would call "a pack, not a herd"?

UPDATE: I just checked the Instapundit site, and that is exactly what he called it.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 1:25 PM
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Back In The Saddle Department: After more than a year of hiatus, Mark Butterworth is back and blogging!

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 10:02 AM
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Spelling Bee Department: Andrew Stuttaford takes a walk on the wiccan side, as he examines some of the titles for Willow wannabes available at Barnes and Noble. Don't worry, he's only looking for laughs, and he finds them.

But, for all the Celtic cornpone, Samhain kitsch and olde-tyme gibberish, there are still some reminders that this is a 21st-century magnet for the modern, the mercenary, and the motivated. Deborah Gray, "Australia's good witch," is keen to help these strivers out. Her Spells to Get Ahead Pack: All the Magic You Could Possibly Need in One Witchy Pack is out on display, witchy pack after witchy pack after witchy pack (each complete with "pouches and phials to add power to your charms, plus a special magic crystal") to help "the ambitious girl" in her quest to "be gorgeous, be rich, be avenged, be a winner!" Be avenged? Good witches, clearly, are not what they were.
Yeah. Whatever happened to "If it harm none, do as thou wilt"?
There's a lot less certainty when the discussion turns to Gerald Gardner. Gardner, writes Cerelia, "holds the distinction of bringing contemporary Witchcraft to the modern world." Indeed he does. Somewhat awkwardly for those who maintain that Wicca is descended from an ancient cult of the Goddess, this retired British civil servant made most of it up sometime in the 1940s and 1950s. The eccentric Mr. Gardner's pastimes were not confined to witchcraft. He was also a keen naturist and a fan of flagellation. Cerelia grumbles that many of Gardner's "personal likes and fantasies" may have crept into the rites that he developed. Indeed they did. As she notes, the insistence that witches had to be "skyclad" (naked) while practicing their craft was "probably" (probably?) his idea, and her description of the initiation ceremonies in Gardnerian Witchcraft does seem to include a remarkable amount of binding, blindfolding and "whipping with cords."
"Ancient cult of the Goddess," my arse. The Apologetics Index uses a very appropriate phrase to describe the approach of Wicca: "create your own religion."

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:10 AM
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Wednesday, October 29, 2003  

Blog Meets Blogroll Department: My Four Walls has joined an elite list: blogs that link to Dispatches from Outland. Way to go, guys! You have earned this much-sought-after recognition, and a place on my blogroll.

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I Still Can't Find What I'm Looking For Department: Someone came here with the search string "I need someone to help me find cash somewhere." Have you tried under the sofa cushions?

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Tuesday, October 28, 2003  

By The Numbers Department:
This site is certified 62% GOOD by the Gematriculator
I was hoping to score better than 62% good. Perhaps it's just as well that I didn't; don't want to get too proud.

Nota bene: While this analysis of DfO was an exercise in silliness, the work it was based on has some interesting implications--or maybe not. Ivan Panin and all the other pattern-finders have theirdetractors. You can find a boat-load of links about this whole arena of discussion and dispute here.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:13 AM
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Monday, October 27, 2003  

Difficult But Necessary Steps Department: The steps we are to follow when someone who claims to be a Christian falls into sin are fairly clear cut, but we tend to avoid taking these steps because it can be "unpleasant." My hat is off to Patrick Poole for attempting this difficult task.

For the sake of the Body of Christ, someone has to make the unequivocal call for the Christian community to stop funding Randall Terry and his continued open rebellion against God. There have been countless opportunities for others more morally and spiritually qualified than I to make this call, but most of those that have been made aware of these mounting charges and facts have failed in their Christian obligation to do so. Because there are few people lining up to speak out about his well-documented moral failings and financial fraud, and in light of current circumstances, I feel compelled to act.
Read it all, and pray for all involved.

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