Patterico's Pontifications


Sunday Funnies From The Stable Genius, Sleepy Joe, And I-Just-Gotta-Yell Sanders

Filed under: General — Dana @ 4:45 pm

[guest post by Dana]

I’m annoyed. And it’s an altogether unbecoming look. Especially as this is the Lenten season and I made a decision to follow the lead of a friend and give up the 3 C’s: chips, criticizing, and complaining. But while I want to remain committed to my commitment, I just need a second to get this off my chest (but I’m still on track with the chips, so thumbs up, God!): The fate of our nation currently rests in the hands of two, maybe three old white guys, with only one of them winning the final contest. We’re looking at two old white guys who no longer seem capable of coherent trains of thought, or speech, or honesty, and inevitably ramble into the brambles of confusion and lies – without even batting an eye. It’s a disappointing game of Guess-what-I-really-meant Bingo. Disappointing because no one really ever gets Bingo!, and instead find themselves scratching their heads in confusion as they hold their empty Bingo cards, wondering What the hell was that?? Of course, if they’re loyalists, they will pretend that not only did they understand the word salad, but are in complete agreement with it too. And while the third old white guy in the mix still seems lucid and able to string sentences together in a coherent manner, he just keeps yelling, and yelling, and YELLING at us about what failures we are, without understanding that his proposals will doom us to real and lasting failure. He reminds me of a cantankerous grump sitting on his front porch and yelling at everyone to get off his lawn. The problem is, he doesn’t understand that, according to his own lights, that lawn belongs to everyone, including those walking on it. I just want him to pipe the heck down!

Honestly, 2024 can’t come soon enough.

Trump at CPAC: “Joe’s not going to be running the government. He’s just going to be sitting in a home some place, and people are going to be running it for him.”

Biden: Is that the stable genius saying that? Oh, give me a break. God, love him. I’m going to resist saying what I feel like saying.

Wallace: No, go ahead. Don’t resist it. Go ahead, Mr. Vice President.

Biden: No, no, no, no, no, no. No, I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to try to assign names and insults to the stable genius. This is a guy who doesn’t know what he’s doing. He doesn’t know how to run the country. He is making us more unsafe the way he’s responding to the coronavirus. He has done virtually nothing well as far as I can see, and so I can hardly wait to debate him on stage. I want people to see me standing next to him and him standing next to me. We’ll see who’s sleepy.

Wallace: Mr. Vice President. Thank you. Thanks for your time. Please come back in less than 13 years, sir.

Biden: Alright, Chuck. Thank you very much

Wallace: Alright, It’s Chris, but anyway.

Biden: Chris, I just did Chris. No, no, I just did Chuck. I tell you what, man. These are back-to-back. Anyway, I don’t know how you do it early in the morning too. Thank you Chris.

I swear, if Biden and Trump end up on the debate stage together, there better be some serious double-dog-daring going on, only to be followed by feats of strength and Indian leg wrestling right then and there. And Bernie can yell at them from the front row. If this doesn’t happen, I am going to be mighty disappointed, because if I have to spend months listening to the lies and tall tales of Sleepy Joe and the Stable Genius, I expect there to be some serious entertainment value included in the deal. After all, they’re asking for my vote. And you gotta give to get. But honestly, that vote-getting is looking pretty dismal right about now.


Buttigieg Out

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:34 pm

Buh-bye, Mayor Alfred E. We hardly knew ye.

Pete Buttigieg, the former small-city Indiana mayor and first openly gay major presidential candidate, has decided to quit the Democratic race, a person briefed on Mr. Buttigieg’s plans said on Sunday, following a crushing loss in the South Carolina primary where his poor performance with black Democrats signaled an inability to build a broad coalition of voters.

Mr. Buttigieg, 38, narrowly won the Iowa caucuses early last month and came in a strong second place in the New Hampshire primary, exciting liberal white Democrats with his cool, hyper-articulate manner. But he never broadened his breadth of support in a party with a nonwhite base, and one that has veered leftward since 2018.

OK Amy. OK Mini Mike. You guys are next. Get out.

Get out!

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 40

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,General,Music — Patterico @ 12:01 am

It is the first Sunday in Lent. Today’s Bach cantata is “Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes” (For this the Son of God appeared):

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 4:1-11:

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4esus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words, symbolizing the victory of Jesus over the works and temptations of Satan:

For this the Son of God appeared, that he might destroy the works of the Devil.

. . . .

Hellish serpent,
are you not afraid?
He who will crush your head as victor
is now born,
and the lost ones
will be delighted with eternal peace.

The serpent that in Paradise
upon all Adam’s children
dripped venom, poisonous to souls,
brings no more danger to us;
the seed of woman presents Himself,
the Savior has come in the flesh
and has taken away all the venom.
Therefore be comforted! troubled sinner.

Shake your head and say:
flee, ancient serpent!
Why renew your sting,
making me anxious and fearful?
Nevertheless your head is crushed,
and I, through the passion
of my Savior, am borne away from you
into the hall of rejoicing.

Christian children, rejoice!
Though the kingdom of Hell rages,
and Satan’s fury would terrify you:
Jesus, who can save,
takes to Himself His little chicks
and will cover them with His wings.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

P.S. What are you giving up for Lent? You’ll never guess what I’m giving up. (Hint: if you read my posts, you might get a clue. Maybe. Sort of.)

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