“I assume Governor Walker does not know how predatory and just plain evil this chain is,” Grothman said. “I hope we can get Governor Walker to change his mind. I assume that if this chain comes in here,”
referring to Plano, Texas’s Rent-A-Center franchise,
“they will be bleeding millions of dollars every year from our most vulnerable citizens.”
Well, well. The Beelzebub of Wisconsin’s conservative den has limits.
PR Watch has a nice piece on the coming together of odd bedfellows in the fight against a rent-to-own provision tucked into the 1 bill Wisconsin’s legislature MUST pass – the state budget.
You will notice that everything but the kitchen sink gets tossed into the Wisconsin state budget because it’s the one bill the legislature is statutorily obligated to pass.*
Check it out HERE.
They say curiosity killed the cat.
Albertus Magnus said that curiosity about demons could lead to – – well – – here’s what he said:
A daemonibus docetur, de daemonibus docet, et ad daemones ducit
“It is taught by the demons, it teaches about the demons, and it leads to the demons”
Which means, you had better be careful if you start learning about demons. Cuz that leads to demons.
Could the same apply to research on Republicans – could too much focus on the Republicans lead to a case of Republican possession of your state?
Anyway, I just wanted to check on who Beelzebub was.
Ba‘al Zebûb was the god of the Philistine city of Ekron. To worshippers of the god, the name is interpreted as “Baal the Prince”. Rabbinical texts interpret the name as ‘Lord of the dunghill” or “Lord of the Flies”. (Maybe they were just insulting the people of Ecron by calling them dunghill dwellers?)
In Matthew 12:34-37 Beelzebub was lord of the demons. Beelzebub is associated with gluttony in Christian lore but the demon is also associated with healing. Jesus was accused of using the powers of Beelzebub.
According to the NIV,
“25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.
26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?
27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.
28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.”
By the way, this site says the healing scene was actually talking about Fly Agaric mushroom A.K.A. “Amanita muscaria”.
I can’t see calling Grothman “Fly Agaric”.
And I sure as hell ain’t calling him “Jesus”.
I feel comfortable calling him “Beelzebub”.
Photo is from t. magnum of flickr and appears under the creative commons license.
2nd footnote: For a few minutes I had this published with me reinterpreting what Jesus said in NIV. I don’t know if I can handle an attack of flying Christian internet monkeys over twisting Jesus’ words so… yeah. I erased that.
*And no – I don’t know why anything “statutorily” required should force the legislature to do anything if it can’t force WEDC to do anything. And on that tangent — anybody know somebody who works for the U.S. Department of Justice? Do they still take care of RICO act stuff? I was just, like… wondering.