It Takes A Village – HNV Tuesday: Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh 6/13/17

At church on Sunday, we were given the opportunity to take a “spiritual gifts inventory.” As someone who is closer to True Heretic than True Believer, I thought it would be an interesting exercise and might even help me figure out what role(s) I want to take on in my church. As expected, the inventory aggravated me (why, oh why, do some Christians insist on using militaristic language to describe their faith?), but it did provide some useful, but not particularly surprising, insights. I’m very low on the scale of things like evangelism and far higher on more pragmatic items like administration and “craftsmanship” (which is defined as the ability to use physical materials and artistic skills to create…items for caring ministries; as someone who sews, that makes sense). My highest category of all was “humor,” which for this inventory is defined as “The ability to bring laughter and joy to situations and relationships to relieve tension, anxiety, or conflict and to heal and free emotions and energies needed for effective ministries.” Well, if that’s my “gift,” I’m going to run with it. Today’s post is dedicated to relieving the tension and maybe even finding a little joy. Enjoy!

True for Tuesdays too…

“Dear 45*, thank you for the blessing of waking up an indolent electorate and guaranteeing that women aren’t going to sit by silently anymore.”

If the phrase “moderate Republican” doesn’t make you laugh, nothing will.

They just set themselves up for us to laugh in derision.

Julius Caesar indignation didn’t take into account the number of presidents who have been portrayed as Caesar (including Obama). But it did start us thinking about Shakespeare.

Our legislators are masters of snark.

They’re pretty good at trolling too.

Does this remind you of anything?

So soothing…

Be the cat.

  8 comments for “It Takes A Village – HNV Tuesday: Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh 6/13/17

  1. DoReMI
    June 13, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Oops! The trolling tweet was supposed to be this one…editing fail!
    Check out @HotlineJosh’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/HotlineJosh/status/874330478228242433?s=09

  2. bfitzinAR
    June 13, 2017 at 9:47 am

    {{{DoReMI}}} – molly Ivins used to say that you had to laugh, cry, or throw up and that laughing was easier on the system. As to the Rs, I leave you with a quote from Winston Churchill’s address to Congress in 1941.

    What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?

    Need to get back to work. {{{Moose Villagers}}}

  3. WYgalinCali
    June 13, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Good morning, Meese and thanks for the laughs DoReMi. I can’t believe that we are actually alive in this monstrosity of an administration. To think of all the years where it was “Ok, the republicans won but we’ll get it next time” as we continue on without fear and trepidation. My goddess, if we could go back and get a do over. I find myself wanting to ask any tRumper how low does the Orange Shitgibbon have to stoop to convince you he needs to go. But since I don’t relish a fight, I keep silent. However, another day and I might raise the question on Facebook (where I have a few republican friends).

    Expected high of 84 today as we head to those pesky triple digits on Friday. Off to get more coffee.

    • DoReMI
      June 13, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Last night I ventured out of my Twitter echo chamber a bit and explored the comments of “everyday” Twitter supporters of 45* (i.e. no celebrities or public figures). It was enlightening. The just-folks I was reading just flat-out don’t believe anything critical of him. They’re convinced anything coming from the media is a lefty lie, and when challenged by anyone they perceived to be a D, they immediately flipped to counter-accusations. The deflection was the universal defense: AG Lynch needs to be investigated; the Clinton Foundation is a criminal enterprise; Mueller must be fired because he is Comey’s best friend. When asked for proof or links, the name-calling commenced, and they suddenly didn’t have time for debate. None of this particularly surprised me. What did unnerve me was the universality of the tactics. Decaded of watching Fox and Republican politicians has taught them well.

      • bfitzinAR
        June 13, 2017 at 1:43 pm

        Not just twitter or FB – I noticed it years ago in face to face conversations. They use not just the same arguments/rationalizations but even the same phrases. Like an automaton – push a button, a pre-recorded phrase comes out. Which of course they vehemently and angrily deny if you point it out to them.

        I am totally not kidding when I say we will have to break up the 6 RW corporation consortium that owns 90% of the media and influences the rest before we will see any permanent or even long-term progress.

  4. shenagig
    June 13, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Thanks DoReMI…WYgalinCali I asked my Repub cousin what she thought of tr..p now and she launch into a screech about Hillary belonging in prison…I hung up on her….sad because I was close to her some 5 or so years ago…I always knew she was conservative but it’s gotten really bad lately…started with Obama’s re0election…and worse she never misses an election ever…

  5. MomentaryGrace
    June 13, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Thank you DoReMI, I definitely needed that! :)

  6. basket
    June 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you, DoReMI! You are awesome! 💕

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