I was scanning the web and found this tidbit.  (Thanks bussorah.wordpress.com for the link).  I as reminded of something much earlier in my life.  I used to work for a car company in the midwest.  Our company did their best to maintain quality, though we had our reservations about safety – but that’s a topic for another time.  Anyways, a lady came to church and found out that I worked at this company and noted that her brother was an engineer at an American car company – which shall remain nameless, though you may guess at the description.  The lady described her brother’s job as being assigned to make paint last five years.  I mentioned that was a decent longevity and the lady corrected my initial impression. It was not to make it maintain for five years, but to last ONLY five years.  They wanted the paint to deteriorate at the five year mark as that was considered the end of the car payments, and believed the customer needed incentive to purchase another car.  My impression is that this is the behavior of a company viewing their customers as a pocketbook from which they get to remove proceeds, not an individual which they serve.

Mom and dad had a refrigerator which they had purchased after marriage, and passed off to a relative when our family outgrew it.  As far as we knew, it was running 20 years later.  Guess what model/company they were seeking when a new one was desired?  The company was no longer there, so we had to take another brand which survived 1 year past the warrantee.  At that rate, there was no brand loyalty – guaranteed.

Disney tends to destroy the stories they adopt, and this one was no exception.  My curiosity in this was sparked by a fellow student who stated she had red the story – the original story – and it “tore her up.”  I have considered the subject of love in modern movies, etc and believe that the characteristics involving love, in the deeper sense, have all been removed.  There is only self-indulgence.  Culturally speaking, how has this played out with abortion?  Prior to that ability, a woman had to consider with whom she had sex, because the responsibility of care for the offspring was a consideration.  There was a consequence to sex and families were the natural result of defining that activity in a positive way.  I’m not saying all families are positive.  Culturally speaking, having a family placed the activities of sex in appropriate bounds and the focus of family was to the group.  Now that contraception and abortion are readily available, there is not the bound of family and need to focus on the group for one to try and satisfy their personal desires.  Hence, the presentation of “love” has become personal gratification with no focus on the group – couple in this example.  One rock song describes it as, “behind the shady trees, …. let me do as I please.”  Is there a better description of using someone?

The Little Mermaid as Disney presented was a flighty, wanting to be big mermaid who sees a handsome prince, violates her father’s command and sees the sea witch to become human.  No mention of pain there.  Infatuation is noted.  As the story progresses, the animals get into the act of trying to get the prince to love the quiet little mermaid.  In proving that Disney has no clue about a king, they have her father give up his kingdom to try and save her only to have the prince fight the witch, stab her with the bow of the ship and the king gets his form and kingdom returned at which point he announces that the little mermaid really loves him and gives her legs.  The actual story is a bit darker.

I have pulled a sumary and story of the Little Mermaid here and here.  Note that though the beginning has some relation to the Disney story, from the meeting with the sea witch, the actual story takes on quite a different light.  The mermaid doesn’t simply lose her voice, she has her tongue cut out.  Next, she is promised that every step would be as if walking on broken glass.  The goal of this has a couple of components: she has to win the love of her obsession, and in doing so, she gets a soul and can go to heaven.  There is a component of self interest introduced into the youthful desire for her obsession.  In a wider sense, love isn’t simply self-focused or only other-focused.  There are components of both.  The story I linked expresses it as: “while she dreamed of human happiness and an immortal soul.”  Can anyone find that quality in Disney?  The conflict with the love of the mermaid for the prince is brought to a head when the prince marries the princess from the other country.  At this point, all the sacrifice she has made has an end point.  When offered the opportunity of placing her interests above the interests of the one she loved, she chose his interests.  There is a surprise ending where the mermaid is given another chance at the soul desired and rises as a spirit in the wind.  Taken in the practical sense, self interest can be met, but it requires long sacrifice, and as the story presents, there is still caring for others required for that self-interest.  Note that the self-interest probation period is relative to the behavior of others.

Of course, the wind spirits and mermaids are all fanciful creations, but I wanted to utilize them to point out the change in media culture – from a complex interrelated acknowledgement of love, interaction, choice and loss, to a self-obsessed shallow false presentation of love and authority.  How much sacrifice is one going to spend for love?  For Disney, not much.  For the original story, everything.  In real life, there is real sacrifice for love.


This past weekend was rather decent as far as calorie burning.  We drove to larger city and helped a relative move.  There’s no good way, no nice way to pass this point.  It’s just pick up and walk, pick up and walk, pick up and…. Don’t forget the stairs.  Well, the job was done, unknown muscles discovered, and accomplishment felt.  The trip back was late evening Sunday and the moon was doing its ballet.  I had not taken a camera.  Who wants to record the boxes which need to be hauled?  In retrospect, I should have packed it.  Our backup position was to call kidinbox and try to give instructions over the phone on how to find, set up, and use the camera.  After about 20 minutes of texting, I called and received the following “hello:” “You’re camera hates me!”  Now, it’s one thing to use a camera.  It’s quite another to remember where the buttons are and describe them to someone else.  Part of my instructions were to “look for the button that has a timer on it.  It should show single shot, 2 sec, and 10 sec.”  Thinking on the interactions, it occurred to me that I had worked for days with the camera before learning how to perform these actions.  To cut to the bottom line, we received a couple of pics, but decided not to post at this time.  There are plenty of better pics on the web.

I did note that the markets closed lower on Monday, but only by a small percentage.

Anticipation of this last Saturday was sort of like the feeling one has anticipating graduation.  It seemed like the hard work was over, and just a ceremony between now and the diploma.  In this case, it was 5 years of preparation, writing, recording, building for the presentation of Snapshots of Samson – the entire story of Samson done in music.  The show itself is just over an hour in and the set up is estimated at 3 hours, but is closer to 5 hours to get everything in place and running properly.  The set up starts with the rear-projection screen.  This is to allow fewer items on the stage and provide information to the audience while changing costumes.  The projector is set with a mirror on the back wall to make the image the correct direction when viewed from the front.  This also means we can stand in front of the screen and not produce a shadow.  We have large wheeled boxes which are used for a couch on a later song and double as storage and moving boxes.  On the other side of the stage, we have Styrofoam boxes covered with wallpaper to simulate stone blocks.  These are stacked with a florescent light box covered in the same material on top to connect the two columns.  These get knocked down on the last song, “Death of Samson.”  Moving towards the audience a bit more and there were two choir mikes.  I will admit they were a whim.  Each one is panned to the side on which it is positioned so that when singing and moving on stage, there is a base pick-up according to the head mike and a stereo effect according to the choir mikes.  Moving a little further, there are two lighting stands.  These each boast of 4 spot lights and a DMX light on the top.  There are two of these stands allowing the lights to be aimed at 4 positions on the stage.  This means, that when light 2 is shining, I have to be at the second position from stage right to have light from both sides.  There is a computer program I purchased which controls all the sound, video, and lighting.  I program each setting and just have to be on stage at that position at the appropriate time.  The wiring and the positioning of the lights takes the longest to set.  Also having two ladders helps as I turn on light 1, and start running up the ladder to reposition the light, back to the stage to verify position, go up the other ladder and repeat for each light.  Once done, all I have to mess with in the back is the volume control in anticipation of song starts and the button to activate the following song.

Samson Opening screens small

Stage prior to presentation

small Manoa and Wife

Manoa and Wife discussing the problems with Samson

Samson comes in the fall to return to his wife, only to discover she was married off to someone else. “This means War.”

small Wedding Song

While Samson was married – for one week – his wife repeatedly prodded him to the answer for the riddle.

small LIfe without god

Blinded Samson grinding in the mill – singing the blues.

Article here

We’re being told by television and web media “not to look away” from Syria’s refugee crisis while they simultaneously celebrate our President for trading in his foreign policy for a selfie-stick in the wilderness of Alaska…Even as they demanded we not look away, they quietly shifted a news narrative to once again shield a disinterested President from any ongoing responsibility.

Just another demonstration of the MSP.

As for myself, my impression of this man is that he is doing his level best to destroy this country and any remnants of the Constitution that had any chance of still being maintained in this time.  The media has been the best that this destroyer could have desired.  No better cover could have been purchased.

I heard Rush on the radio a few days back playing the clip of Clinton suggesting that this nation needs someone to care for them again.  A comic here plays the same theme.  It hearkens back to the election where some voter didn’t believe in adulthood and requested the the impeached so-in-so be a father.  Anyways, I would be happy to have a president who knew the rule of law.  I would be happy to have a president who believed – by actions – that “shall not be” means something.  I would be happy to have a president who required responsibility – individual – and promoted policies advocating the same.  I would be happy to have a president who knew that a border was an absolute requirement for maintenance of a country.  I would be happy to have a president who knew that every country had blots in their history and ours was a history in which one could have pride.  I would be happy to have a president who understood that there was a 10th amendment meaning that states had responsibility and were not simply agencies to fulfill federal mandates.  I would be happy to have a president who reduced the unelected bureaucracy to return power back to the states and people from whom these bureaucracies have stolen it.  I would be happy to have a president who didn’t apologize for our country when abroad.  I would be happy to have a president who stood erect in the presence of other world dignitaries, who represent repressive regimes by the way.  I would be happy to have a president who stands by our allies and doesn’t insult their gestures of good will.  I would be happy to have a president who understood that energy produces good products when in the hands of productive individuals.  I would be happy to have a president who understood that muslims have no good will for this country.  I would be happy to have a president who understood that socialism is a threat to the prosperity of this people.  I would be happy to have a president who understood that welfare steals the soul of the individual and has a history of destroying families.  I would be happy to have a president who understood the family is the basic unit of society and needs support, not derision.  I would be happy to have a president who understood the safety of this country lies on the backs of men and women committing their lives to a cause greater than themselves, who deserve to be treated with respect, not used as a social petri dish.


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