Sunday, June 11, 2006

The interview with The Merry Widow

I have gotten away from the segment that is most popular with the readers of this blog. Even my critics enjoy these interviews because they are a change of pace from the usual format. I think I have now done around thirty or so interviews . I am waiting to get a date for an interview with Russet Shadows and perhaps I can get Elijah to sit for an interview.

The Merry Widow is a frequent visitor and guest of this blog. She does not have a blog of her own but is frequently seen on Bad Eagle or Antiprotestor. She remembers me from my short forays into Moonbat Central. In the early days it was myself Red Beard, Mr Beamish and an off beat guy who ran a blog called rant farm. I was more of a Bad Eagle poster and then spent more time on this blog. Warren also posted on Moonbat Central even less frequently then I did. The Merry Widow is upbeat and a positive person whose grace and dignity are rare amongst the more familiar bomb throwers Mr Beamish, Ducky and myself.

Religion

1 You are a fairly religious person . The misperception is that anti semitism is driven by the religious right. In fact my experiences are the exact opposite that any
time I experience anti semitism it is most often an aetheistic far left commie type.
Is it logical to love Jesus and hate his people?

2 There is a movement amongst the far left to claim that Gods covenant with the Jews was replaced by that with Christ. The late pastor Zola Leavitt was a critic of this and called it progressive dispensationalism. This is almost always preached by the religious far left. What are your thoughts on this topic ?

3 Our local blog waterfowl seems to be fond of an ad hoc fusion of Marxism and Christianity known as liberation theology ? Is this a corruption of Jesus's mesage ?

4 What are your views about artistic paintings of Jesus and Old Testament figures ?
Does art and music detract from worship or enhance it ?

5 Do aetheist seem in a near rage 24/7 ? Contrary to the stereotype I see more angry
godless people then Christians.

6 Should parents get tuition tax credits for sending their children to private schools?

7 I have seen some nasty stereotyping of religious Christians as ignorant. Have you experienced any arrogance from the secular types due to your faith ?

Blog mania

8 I am a huge fan of Dr Yeagley. Many people do not understand he is a deeply religious man with a doctorate in divinity. Do people who visit Bad Eagle seem to miss this aspect of Dr Yeagley and concentrate on the political message ?

9 There are many fine Bad Eagle posters such as Ecology, Tsani and Mark Winters. Is there any one in particular you would like to see interviewed?

10 I remember some rather interesting Moonbat Central posters. Most of the more interesting posters are now found here or at anti protestor. The Moonbat Central person I miss the most is Richard Poe who is a genius and Redbeard who was a friend.
Is there any particular writer at Moonbat Central who was your favorite.

11 What do you think of Moonbat Central's sucsessor Antiprotestor? Rocco has put together quite an impressive cast of old favrites like Prof. Plaut and new ones such as Freedom Now, Jeff Bargholz, Orange Ducks and now Nora. Does antiprotester capture much of the essence of Moonbat Central?

12 Other then this blog what are some of your favorites?

13 Are trolls mostly attention seekers or masochists?

Movies

14 As a Christian do you watch religious films? What are your views on the Last Temptation of Christ, The Ten Comandments and the Greatest Story ever Told?
15 Have you seen Ben Hur? What are your thoughts of that film?

Television

16 Do you have any favorite TV shows from the past that you have a fondness for?
17 Has the quality of prime time TV gone down?
18 Do you have a favorite cable channel?

Taxes

19 Are high gas taxes a problem in your area?
20 Do you notice all the hidden taxes in your phone and cable bills?
21 Would you prefer a National sales tax instead of an income tax.

General Mayhem

22 Are people who talk to animals and plants creepy or comical?
23 Is there something loveable about clumsy people? Jerry Lewis made a career out of this concept.
24 Have we outgown the concept of campy type of humor? I do not see the style of humor from the original Batman TV show or Lost in Space in TV or film.
25 What type of music do you listen to?

54 comments:

nanc said...

i miss redbeard.

there is no logic in hating people.

those are the only two statements i'll make on those two subjects. well, for the time being.

Elmer's Brother said...

cat got your tongue nanc?

looking forward to tmw's response

MissingLink said...

Yep, very promissing.
Waiting for our Merry Widow

nanc said...

i don't like cats, elbro. and zola was right. if G-d has forgotten the jew, he has forgotten the rest of us as well. there would be NO hope. if you're baiting me, it may be time to switch bait.

Robert Bayn said...

I perfer Dogs, namely Pugs, their so ugly their cute.

Elmer's Brother said...

zola??? did I miss a segue here?

Mad Zionist said...

But I thought nanc and TMW were the same person! What gives?

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

I wanna know how the Merry Widow knows so much about Marvel Comics.

beakerkin said...

Mr Beamish

I did notice that myself.

the merry widow said...

Good morning all! Great questions Beaker, looking forward to answering and especially the feedback. Thankyou for the kind thoughts!
Okay, fire in the hole;
1) I don't think of myself as having a religion, but rather a relationship. I ranted on antoprotester, on the women drinking thread, about our experience in Ca. when my late husband was falsely accussed of molesting our daughters best friend. At that season of life I learned to depend on G*D as a REAL being. HE walked through the situation, day by day, minute by minute. I could have become a bitter, angry person, with HIS strength and mercy toward us, I chose to forgive and move on. I love and am loved, how can I withhold grace and mercy to others. Antisemites don't know HIM, therefor they cannot understand that when HE says something, it stands forever! HE gave certain promises to Abraham, they will be fulfilled. HIS word is yes and Amen. Those who hate HIS Chosen People do so based on doctrine based on demonic hatred, it comes straight from the Pit and smells like smoke! If you want to hurt someone that you don't dare attack face to face, what do you do? You attack the more vulnerable children! If you believe G*D and follow Jesus you love the Jews with G*Ds love, there is no other way!
2)Kingdom Now theology is doctrine of demons. If you choose to believe one lie, you are going to be open to deception! The leftistas, even the so called "christian" ones are believing lies about interpretation of Scripture, They call G*Ds plain truth not truth, it is twisted and perverted. Basically they are saying that, "Yeah, G*D said it, but it means something else today, or HE didn't really mean that!" I wouldn't stomp on G*Ds turf so hard!
3)Most definately, YES! He follows another doctrine of demons that corrupts what G*D said! Doesn't mean that I hate him or his silliness, on the contrary, my heart breaks for someone who is living in a nest of lies. I counsel women for my church, the results of lieing to yourself for years are sad. They have arrested emotional and spiritual growth. Thier lives are a shambles and thier children especially are messed up! This sort of thing tends to make family dynamics fairly messed up at best, flat out disfunctional at worst. I could list example after example, but we don't want this to go through the summer!
4) To Eurocentric! Jesus was a semite, HE ought to look like one!
Music is trancendent, true worship includes music and song, look at Psalms! Some of the best praise music is based on Scripture. I have had transforming experiences in the middle of praise, it helps me take my eyes off of me and plants me firmly before the Throne and I worship the ONE for Whom it's all about!
5) The vast majority do seem to either have a chip on thier shoulder or are looking for a reason to lose it! Living with that kind of perpetual strong emotion isn't healthy. The old saying about if you are looking for the bad you will find it and if you are looking for the good in people you will find it! I prefer looking for and encouraging the good! Everyone benefits!
BTW- if you see an angry Christian, question that anger, they may be a church goer, not a real Christian, or they have run into a real injustice, or they are having a moment in the flesh. Watch and see.
6)I really believe that those parents who have bad public schools in thier area should get the credits, they are trying to improve thier childrens future, which also helps the future of the country. Better educated children can mean a better educated next generation who will provide the doctors, teachers, CEO's and judges, that the country will need!
7) Oy! I have a B.S. with some grad level courses, plus the counselling certification. And, yes, I run into people who assume I'm the level of a waitress in education! I've worked lower level jobs because of need, so I don't disparge anyones job, if it is honest labor it is honorable! But the assumption is there, that I am anti intellectual, wrong. Philosophy wasn't my major, but I really enjoy Farmer John and his insights! Where is he anyway?
Gotta go for now, back later!
G*D bless everyone!

tmw

nanc said...

ODG - there goez madze with his strange delusions. i am not the merry widow - my husband is VERY much alive. tmw lost her dear husband several years ago. why would either one of us make something like that up?

tmw - what about righteous anger?

i'm with robert on the pug issue.

the merry widow said...

Okay, I'm back! I hope what I've written so far is understandable, I was doing it while drinking my coffee!
8)Dr. Y., I gather that many are not aware of his history, so they miss why the "tilt" and outrage he has is usually very specific to a situation. The "injustice" he abhors he writes about. And the world and country situations are loaded with injustice. I agree with him, so I have little to add but agreement and specifics.
9) I "love" Ecology, he doesn't see the world as I do, but he really gets passionate and has lots of good things to say. He also is a very encouraging person, especially to new posters. There are some new posters there that I would love to see more of, especially some have come out of the woodwork about illegal aliens! I appreciate people who are passionate about something besides the latest American Idol!
10)NANC! I love her quirky and very individualistic thoughts. It took me a while to "get" her sense of humor, once I did I was hooked. Now I am her Official Fan Club!
11) I think Rocco has done an excellent job, the variety is there. With so many contributors you get a wide view of stuff that for some silly reason slids right under the msm's radar! I guess they have some many important things to run down, such as who Jennifer Anistan is sleeping with or the breathless report of how big Paris Hilton's diamond is! This little stuff just slips through the cracks. (rolling of eyes!)
12) I like the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, Warren and Nanc's melee, AoW has really good stuff(I hope your back straightens out soon!), MadZ gets my attention and Sig94(a retired LEO). I read Freedom Now(I liked the fern, Fern!),I did read AC(hope your treatment is going well!), JihadWatch/DhimmiWatch I go to for news.
13) They manifest a variety of pathologies, mostly juvenile! Mussolini does it to try and make people think, but the ones I've seen around are usually looking for attention. They probably were raised in such a situation where they didn't get attention for the wrong reasons OR they didn't bother to learn good social skills and are rejected by others.
14) I do watch some, I'm rather picky about the theology of "religious" movies! The Last Temptation was an abomination that I refused to waste my money on it! I have seen the other 2, they were made by those who weren't neccessarily christian, but they pretty much told the story well, the artistic liscense is understood and accepted as such. We did go see The Passion and except for some added R.C. elements which I question, Mel Gibson did a very creditable job, in fact I got the dvd so that if I ever start feeling sorry for myself I can pop it in the player and get my priorities straightAs for BenHur, I read it before I saw it, I think it illustrates rather clearly the change internally that changes our behavior!
16)"Get Smart"!!!!!!!
17)Yes! I really only watch Extreme Makeover HomeAddition! I love how they help people who need it! It shows that people want to help the ones who are taking on a burden!
18) Will Not Have In My House! If we are at the hospital(with Ben) or evacuating for hurricanes we like Discover and Animal Planet.
19) High gas prices period! We plan errands very carefully.
20)Yes, and scratch my head!
21) Where do I sign up?
22) Those who don't are a little strange in the head. They don't care about thier babies!
23)My Mother sent me to tap and ballet lessons... Her nickname for me as a teen was "Grace" because I sounded like a herd of elephants coming down the hall, on terrazo!
O course we're lovable, we remind people of themselves!
24) I haven't, but then I guess I'm not sophisticated enough! Madagascar makes me howl, Wallace and Grommet are good for British dry humor. Hoodwinked is quirky fun, Jackie Chan rules, Shrek I&II are fun, Johnny Depp in The Pirates was a hoot...you get the idea!
25)Lots of classical, Neil Diamond, Gordan Lightfoot, movie scores especially Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, fabulous music! Also enjoy a couple of Bond albums, they're a group of 4 British women who majored in classical music but give it some umph!
Bonus Question
I was a HUGE Marvel fan growing up! I had X-men BEFORE Wolverine! The Avengers, Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four, X-Men, sold the whole shebang when I got married, had all the original Dracula comics they did. When the first X-Men movie came out, we met our music minister coming out with his teen daughter, he asked who my favorite character was, of course iI said Wolverine, the next day after church I leaned over and informed him that I had married him! He cracked up because he knew Ben, he was still laughing when I left.

tmw

themerrywidow said...

Ooops! I not it!

tmw

the merry widow said...

MadZ- I wouldn't presume to be Nanc, she is unique and special! Robert and Nanc- I love critters as is so ugly they're cute! Pugs have the funniest faces that they make you smile every time you see one.
Righteous anger isn't about us! It's about injustice, cruelty, disrespect (especially of G*D)! Anger is not a "bad" emotion, like all others it depends on the expression of it! Hanging on to anger, especially about us or ours, leads to bitterness. Been there, done that, won't go there again!

tmw

Mad Zionist said...

Grat job, TMW! Glad to see I "get your attention", too. Keep it coming, you are a gem.

the merry widow said...

Thank you MadZ! I do enjoy your take on what's happening in Israel, yes I still whine to G*D about going, HE still hasn't served cheese and crackers yet! There are other blogs, but those listed are the ones I check several times a day! I even go to Energizer Bunny's and Felis's blogs, just can't comment because of the fact my computer doesn't see word verification, sooooo...no talkee! I also gather that you get the fact that Nanc and I love Israel and the Jews! BTW- About the 8th of Av, I am reserving a room at church that night for special prayer! I don't know why, but that date is sticking in my head and my heart!
Best-tmw

beakerkin said...

That explains the Marvel comics bit. The Silver Surfer does seem to resonate with many people. I never read the comics but we got plenty of hits.

Interviewing a comic book her would be a genuine feat. Uptowm Steve is 3/4 cartoon charachter and 1/4 produce and it did not turn out well.

The Punisher seems to resonate with some of the locals. The anti mafia storylines and a hero that is nuts makes great reading.

Elmer's Brother said...

tmw - I enjoyed this and I always look forward to your kind (cough) remarks. I didn't realize the word ver. was a problem for you. Is it the font?

oh I especially enjoy your brand of humor? I prefer the generic type, it's cheaper.

nanc said...

no, it was because you couldn't answer simple questions. most of beak's interviews have turned out extremely well. go to the archives.

Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Great interview!

AoW has really good stuff Thanks!

(I hope your back straightens out soon!)

I'm just hoping that I'm not into rounds and rounds of PT, only to have to have surgery.

"Get Smart??? We differ there. LOL.

beakerkin said...

Uptown

I have done well over thirty of these interviews. I have interviewed plenty of people including a jihadi and many far left types. The only person that lacked the class and cried victim was you.

Thus whenever I decide to do an interview here or at Florians your questions will be zapped. You did not behave and I have zero obligation to respond to any of your queries.

This blog is not Uptown's sandbox.

the merry widow said...

She's probably at work. If you payed any attention to what is really said instead of skimming for yammer points, you would have known this! But I see you are up to your old tricks of coming around when the majority of people are busy living! Yes, I live too, it's just I home school so I'm living and working at home.
You know? You really need a life!

tmw

Warren said...

Time for the troll-vac!

Lowdown sleeze, go away, shoo-fly, be gone foul spirit, leave, Adios.

I know you think the sun rises and sets in your ass, but no one here really cares what your latest delusion is. They only reply to ridicule you.

Why should anyone try to convince you of what is patently obvious to a sane person? You need therapy. Your constant use of the Simpson defense is annoying, (that's Bart Simpson, not OJ), "Who told you? Nobody saw me! You can't prove anything!"

Beak, please remove his posts and this reply, don't let him ruin this interview. He's simply trying to hijack another post. If he wants to answer to what has been said, let him post a reply in the same thread his "interview" is in.

the merry widow said...

Warren- The stars shine brighter because of the darkness!

tmw

Warren said...

Yawn

Warren said...

Li'l stevie, that was a two piece snack, extra crispy with a biscuit. Your fountain "white boy" gave me a diet coke, I ordered a sprite.

On second though, cancel the order. There's no telling where your hands have been.

Mr. Ducky said...

Merry wido, since you bring up films I would like to make a couple points. Please note that film has been my lifes work and I am quite sincere here and looking for honest discussion.

You don't mention DeMille's silent classic "King of Kings". People often dismiss silent films assuming they are "primitive" but you should make an efort to see this one. Quite moving and its interesting to see that DeMille established a formula early that proved very succesful despite a lot of critical carping. Myself, I think "King of Kings" was the best thing he did.

You probably would resist watching Pasolini's "Gospel According to Matthew" but it would give you an insight into why many religious do follow a left wing political path. The film is a very strict presentation of the events of Matthew in biblical order and does present the question of political activism very effectively.
Yes, I have a soft spot for any director who tried to cast kerouac as Christ but be that as it may, the film is quite powerful and i think it is very respectful of Christ's mission.

Robert Bresson is another director who focuses on spiritual topics. You might (I stress might) not call them Christian but I would. He deals with the question of grace. If you can it would be worthwhile to watch "Au Hasard. Balthazar". Nothing but the life of a donkey and more to say about grace than any film I've ever seen. Bresson's minimalism can be a bit of a shock but this is an exceptional film.

I don't know why everyone is so bent against "The Last Temptation..." Christ has a dream on the cross and imagines the good life as oppossed to the suffering of the cross and as a man he chooses the cross. Why do you find that disparaging? Along with Pasolini Scorcese is about the only director who presents Christ's human component. He was a man, after all. It's also relatively free of Scorcese's normal stupid camera tricks. Pretty strong film but poorly cast.

the merry widow said...

Ducky, Yes, Christ was 100% human, but also 100% G*D. It is like eternity, the mind cannot grasp the "whole" of it. HE was also tempted like everyone else, but the biggest part of temptation is dwelling on it to the point of succumbing to it. As a Perfect MAN, HE knew that dwelling on it mentally could lead to action that was against HIS purpose for dieing on our behalf. Remember, it was said in Luke 9:51 that HE set HIS face, HE was singleminded and was not going to be distracted from HIS mission. Of course HE, as a man, didn't want to go through the shame, horror or suffering, who would? As one of our pastors said yesterday, "Since, Christ was beaten to within an inch of HIS life, when the time came to face Pilate, HE did not walk up the Stairs of Judgement to face Pilate for HIS verdict, HE CRAWLED! When you are that far gone, looking back is petty, the distractions were only of a narrow type, HE still faced the walk to Golgotha, the nails(I think it was very appropriate that Gibson substituted his own hands for the Roman guards), the scorn and mocking, and especially for HIS FATHER turning HIS back! That and the weight of every sin ever committed by every person who has or will live! The Last Temptation was in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus accepted G*D's will not HIS own desires! After that, it was the doing and it took everything HE had to do it!
As for King of Kings, I have a vague memory of it when I was younger, thanks for the reminder, I will keep my eye out for it!

tmw

Mr. Ducky said...

Well, something like that is possible.

Part of our task is to help generate more rational thought among our right wing brethren.

the merry widow said...

jobro- You may not believe it, but I haven't listened to or watched either one in over 10 yrs. Why, you ask? Because it is more about them than G*D! Robertson has fallen back into the political pattern that he was raised with and frankly, Falwell bores me.
Zola Levitt, Charles Stanley are more to my taste and theology. But even they, as fallible men, aren't perfect.

tmw

the merry widow said...

Ducky- Sometimes viewing events from an animals point of view can be instructive, they don't catch the nuances of language but those of body language and scent, they may see truth more fully than those who only listen to words!

tmw

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Uptownseteve,

Which question of beakers didn't I answer?

Produce it here.


Have you ever fooled anyone into believing you're not a moron?

Elmer's Brother said...

He couldn't answer that softball?

Elmer's Brother said...

tmw - Get Smart yea loved that one

Hello Chief? (he said into the shoe phoen)

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Ducky,

Part of our task is to help generate more rational thought among our right wing brethren.

What a horrible fate God has giving leftists. Asking a leftist to generate rational thought among anyone above 85 IQ is like asking an earthworm to sumo wrestle an ox.

kev said...

Did brown eye and stevie REALLY just object to juvenile taunts and insults!!? Two really deluded individuals! daffy, in your first post, above, you sound almost like a rational person who knows what he's talking about. That's how you engage people in serious discussion, not name-calling and insults.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

LoBrow,

I've asked you to call me "Slavemaster Beamish the Instablecensor."

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Merry Widow,

Wolverine debuted in 1974 (I think) in a Hulk comic, before he joined the X-Man.

Did you know Nightcrawler was originally designed to be a DC Comics character? He was supoosed to be a member of Batman's original Outsiders team.

JINGOIST said...

EB is his mom at your house today? I got sick of her and sent her home and she PROMISED me she would go directly home and NOT stop at any crackhouses.


Morgan

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

LoBrow,

This is a note to inform you that your most recent comment has been removed from my blog for failure to adhere to the rule that LoBrow must provide disclaimers with his comments informing readers that the post was generated by a moron.

beakerkin said...

Brown

When I arrive home all of your comments will be deleted. You need toget a life and you were warned about using racial epithets.

Most of Uptowns remarks will go as well as the topic of this post is not Uptown's lack of brains social skills or Communist sympathies.

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the merry widow said...

Mr. Beamish- Yep, I remember he first showed up in the Hulk, didn't know about Nightcrawler though! Had his first X-Men appearance, but it went to the collectors too! Gotta get off, bad storm coming through and a meeting about 15 miles away. Have a good evening all!

tmw

beakerkin said...

Brown

I will remove all your posts later.
Comments are disabled for now.

beakerkin said...

Brown you are a sick vile pussbag and you need help 100 plus comments on a single blog proves you have no life and what losers Commies are.

Camera Lucida said...

Merry Widow,

That was a very interesting interview. I agree with you about music in Church. There are some wonderful moments of realization which listening to music (choral, and organ) and singing can bring. I love singing hymns. And I try to join in the psalms as well, rather than just reading along. I love the combination of music and poetry when we come to the psalms.

I'm glad you got closer to God at a moment of hardship. This world is difficult, and even the little children are pulled into evil - through no fault of their own.

God bless you too.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Merry Widow,

I've not bought a comic book in over 15 years, but I still peek at them at the newsstand from time to time. Sold all of my comics for quick cash in college. Drank most of the profits.

I identify mostly with Dr. Doom and the Batman.

beakerkin said...

She Designs

I am always pleased at your kind words and gentle persona. As a non Christian I marvel at the grace and humanity found amongst the true believers.

I am always amazed at how critics of Christianity are in a constant rage. They talk in flowery terms but are motivated by hate. I see plenty of happy Christians and zero far left types that have a joy in daily life.

Jeff Bargholz said...

Merry Widow,

have you seen "The Apostle" with Robert Duvall? He directed and starred in it. It was a great religious movie. "Strange Cargo" with Clark Gable and Joan Crawford has long been ridiculed unfairly but it was a great religious movie. Both movies dealt with the same issues of redemption and personal accountability. I think Clark Gable was cool and Robert Duvall still is.

Gable begged to fly on combat missions in WWII despite being a lot older than the average recruit. "The King of Hollywood" put his country first. Duvall took a character in "Apocalypse Now" that was supposed to be an object of ridicule and his brief but memorable performance made him the coolest one in the movie. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like...victory," is supposed to be the most popular quote in movie history. He served his country too.

I liked Marvel Comics when I was a kid too. (I still do, actually.) The production quality of comics has improved greatly, but so much leftism is injected into them nowadays that Lex Luthor became President shortly after Bush did. I know, Lex is a DC character but Marvel is just as bad. The US military is evil, SHIELD is a UN peacekeeping force and the original Captain America is a Black racist.

Most "artists" are hopeless leftists.

Jeff Bargholz said...

Beamish,

Nightcrawler would have been better off as an Outsider. He started off strong but due to bad writing he degenerated into a scrawny, hopping little "elf." You don't even want to know what they did to Spiderman.

the merry widow said...

I was sad to stop buying them, but I wasn't wasting hard earned money on leftista trash! It was a shame what happened, but I'm not in charge. Though we are trying to get Mr. Beamish in as Pres, won't he give Teddy-baby Kennedy fits? heeheeheehee, I want to see that! I'd love to see the great white whale retire, to a nursing home!

tmw

Jeff Bargholz said...

He needs to retire to Sea World.