Bag of Randomness for Monday, May 21, 2018

  • I had no plans on watching the royal wedding but I got sucked into a replaying of it and actually enjoyed it. I guess it was the modernization and the black American influence infiltrating the traditional British royalism. Only the most stone-hearted of individuals wouldn’t have liked the performance of “Stand By Me”.
  • I noticed the NBC anchors went out of their way to say they didn’t provide any commentary during the service. During the last two opening ceremonies for the Olympics, they were ridiculed for providing too much commentary and not allowing the viewer to simply take in the experience.
  • I’m familiar with the Episcopal church, but not enough to know someone in the church would have the title of The Most Reverend, like the Chicago pastor who delivered the sermon at the royal wedding, The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, the presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church. Research tells me The Most Reverend is not an office but a courtesy title used when addressing a high member of the clergy such as an Anglican archbishop, or a Roman Catholic bishop. Curry’s sermon stood out because it ran a bit long and it was emotional, but WifeGeeding noticed he used an iPad to refer to his notes. I guess that’s another way the wedding was “modernized”.
  • I may have mentioned this before, but when Queen Elizabeth dies and Prince Charles becomes king, he has the option of choosing any of his given names as his regnal name, Charles Philip Arthur George. So that means he could become King Arthur, which would be very cool. He’ll probably go by Charles for familiarity, but he’d actually be King Charles III. However, the previous two Charles weren’t looked at favorable, Charles I was the only member of the monarchy to be tried and executed for treason, and his son, Charles II, was known for his raucous romantic life. If he were to go by George, he’d be King George V, the previous George was his grandfather. There have been no King Phillip so if chose that he’d be the first.
  • Queen Elizabeth has been ruling for over 66 years, which means people of the kingdom haven’t had to sing “God Save the King” in quite some time. Here’s a thirteen-year-old Julie Andrews singing “God Save The King” for George VI in 1948.
  • NBCDFW.com – Bulletproof Safe Rooms Latest Innovation to Protect Students From Active Shooter
    • The shelters come equipped with double-steeled walls – the same material used to build military tanks They can withstand bullets from handguns, assault weapons and shotgun blasts.
    • Haugen estimates the shelters would cost about $20,000 per classroom. He said the district would like to be able to connect two rooms to one shelter if possible. Carroll ISD is considering having the shelters installed at some of its elementary schools.
    • In about 30 seconds, nearly 33 elementary school-aged children and their teacher can file into the structure to create an impenetrable barrier between the shooter and potential victims. The shelters could fit about 17 high school students.
  • Texas governor’s website continues to tout shotgun giveaway in aftermath of school shooting
  • I’m not sure why I’ve been avoiding this story, but I certainly remember several SBC pastors in my youth and college years using very similar stories of an abused wife who takes no action but pray and eventually gets her husband to take part in church.
  • FiveThirtyEight – Just 21% of U.S. adults are on Twitter, and only 15% of all Republican voters follow @realDonaldTrump on Twitter.
  • What the heck is up with Bobby Darin’s “Beyond The Sea”? I heard that song three times on the radio this weekend.
  • A few pics of WifeGeeding doing goat yoga.
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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, May 21, 2018

  1. Triple Fake says:

    You said Prince Charles would be George V, then you referenced his grandfather, who was George VI. Whaaaaat?
    By the time he finally wears the crown, his reign might actually be “the summer of George”.

    I also watched the wedding (live! – don’t ask), and that brother-man Sheku Kanneh-Mason was rocking it on the cello. I wonder how many people mistakenly referred to him as being African-American?

    • Ben W. says:

      If you loved Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s performance, check out this story about his amazing family, from CBS Sunday Morning:

      https://www.cbsnews.com/video/the-kanneh-masons-the-family-that-plays-together/

    • Geeding says:

      Ooops, though I probably could have fit in some sort of inbreeding joke.

  2. BC says:

    Is Barry (Mr. Liberally Lean) OK? He hasn’t posted in over a week.

    Are his troll commenters about to go postal since they don’t have an outlet for their anger?

  3. Susan says:

    I was raised in the Church of Christ in the 60s and 70s. The crap and guilt they heaped on young girls and women and their roles (and may still do so) was near-criminal. As soon as I was old enough, I got as far away from that denomination as possible. I don’t know if the Baptists are much better. It makes me sick to even think about it now.

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