Friday, July 27, 2012

Building Jerusalem

And did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon Englands mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands pleasant pastures seen!

And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In Englands green & pleasant Land

The London Olympics site describes tonight's opening ceremony thusly: "London 2012 gives athletes a magical welcome". The laudable habit of the enlightened courteously telling everyone exactly what they're doing is always educational. No doubt the generation will be inspired... by what, exactly, we shall learn tonight.



Anonymous Idle Spectator, Olympian Who Cares July 27, 2012 7:03 AM  

That athlete that got kicked out for twitterraciss really inspired me.

Anonymous Mr Green Man July 27, 2012 7:17 AM  

Bruce Dickinson's performance of that Anglican hymn will prove more inspirational than anything the London Olympics will offer.

Anonymous UPTHEIRONS!! July 27, 2012 7:39 AM  

Bruce Dickinson's performance of that Anglican hymn will prove more inspirational than anything the London Olympics will offer.

That would be frickin' awesome.

More awesomeness:

Anonymous Pablo July 27, 2012 8:04 AM  

The opening ceremonies over the last 20 years or so have been a mixed bag of head-scratching symbolism and humanistic self-aggrandizing. It's as if the pasty cognoscenti are finally getting their rocks off by showing the rest of us what the human spirit is really, truly, all about. The only thing missing as far as I'm concerned is the figure of a giant owl and some nude chanters. Seriously.

Anonymous JartStar July 27, 2012 8:12 AM  

The only thing missing as far as I'm concerned is the figure of a giant owl and some nude chanters.

They will show up as soon as the sponsors determines it sells. It's hard to take any of it seriously when everything and everyone has a McDonald's or Pepsi logo slapped on them.

Anonymous Idle Spectator July 27, 2012 8:21 AM  

Oh great, they decided to ruin the Olympics with their PCness, now video games? That Daniel Toshed His Salad thing on stage was bad enough.

Feminists Attack Video Games

Or to quote my old, mildly-disturbed-in-real-life friend Nicolas Cage from the Wicker Man... BITCHES!!!!

That's why I like this place so much. A place run by an eccentric gnome who thinks he's secretly Italian. A place where the sweet honey flows like a slightly thick liquid. A place where shrews are not menstrating their vaginal secretions constantly all over my computer screen, mixing together with the natural dust accumulation to form a blinding barrier of bullshit.

Was it normal rain, or was it tampon rain?

Anonymous The Great Martini July 27, 2012 8:23 AM  

I thought you said you weren't going to watch them.

Anonymous VD July 27, 2012 8:35 AM  

I thought you said you weren't going to watch them.

I was referring to the games, not the ritual. All I'm particularly interested in is the semiotics, which I expect will be educational.

Anonymous jm July 27, 2012 8:43 AM  

It was amusing to look at the picture of the young ladies rehearsing for the opening ceremony in the attached link. Haven't wasted a single moment to think about what they're really doing, I'd wager.

Blogger Joshua_D July 27, 2012 8:52 AM  

By "magical" they must sure mean "pagan." Fracking pagans.

Blogger Chelm Wiseman July 27, 2012 8:53 AM  

Pablo -

The only thing missing as far as I'm concerned is the figure of a giant owl and some nude chanters. Seriously.

This made me laugh out loud.

Anonymous The other skeptic July 27, 2012 9:19 AM  

Drones, a solution in search of a problem

I wonder if the drones will be armed, or will the EU refuse to violate the civil rights of illegal immigrants and gently castigate them instead?

Blogger Bruce Lewis July 27, 2012 9:21 AM  

Why write "thusly" when one means "thus"?


B Lewis

Anonymous The other skeptic July 27, 2012 9:25 AM  

The DHS tries to be helpful. How to survive a shooter

Perhaps they can show it in London during the Olympics.

Anonymous Daniel July 27, 2012 9:43 AM  

Leo 15's. Born 1982. Enter the Carousel. This is the time of renewal.

Anonymous Daniel July 27, 2012 9:48 AM  

Why write "thusly" when one means "thus"?


B Lewis

Because its use is a traditional satire of highfalutin' idears. It underscores when morons are trying their very best to appear high-minded to the world.

Thusly, it's funny.

Anonymous Stilicho July 27, 2012 9:56 AM  

Sure, a ceremony designed and directed by an Irish atheist that features barnyard animals...what could go wrong?

Anonymous The other skeptic July 27, 2012 9:57 AM  

The Swastika seems to be making a comeback

This is the third reference to it I have seen in the last few days. First there was the Russian baritone or whatever, then the Greek Triple Jumper and now Madonna ... who next? The Dark Messiah?

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler July 27, 2012 9:58 AM  

If any one is interested here is an Orthodox prelate's comments on if the Church should participate in the Olympics held in Greece:
The Church and the Olympic Games.

Anonymous Oh, Snap! July 27, 2012 10:08 AM  

More conspiracy theory re: London FF, but interesting nonetheless for the creepy commercials being run in advance of the games.

Anonymous James Dixon July 27, 2012 10:18 AM  

I guess this means there will be no analysis of Japan's upset of Spain. :)

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 27, 2012 10:26 AM  

The symbolism will be extra special this time around.

Anonymous MendoScot July 27, 2012 10:51 AM  

I have heard from a reliable source that the opening ceremony is merely a distraction for the planned destruction of Newcastle.

Anonymous Mr. Nightstick July 27, 2012 11:43 AM  

Hmm, I thought the poem was a Psykosonik lyrics and I find it's a William Blake work.

Anonymous patrick kelly July 27, 2012 11:52 AM  


FWIW, I met Bruce in a small local dive in Lubbock Texas after a concert. I was surprised at how short he was, and how long his hair was (at least down to his waist, maybe longer).

IIRC he and a band-mate along with some roadies/bodyguards drank a few beers and played some pool. This place was not frequented by a crowd likely to notice or bother them. Someone had to point them out to me or I wouldn't have known. The only thing about our conversation I remember is asking him how long it took to grow his hair out like that, and it was a number of years I don't remember.

I'm not much of an Iron Maiden fan, but seems like they would be somewhat entertaining live.

Anonymous TLM July 27, 2012 11:58 AM  

Iron Maiden live was awesome. I saw the Piece of Mind and Powerslave tours back in the 80's in HS. Nobody beats Steve Harris as a bass player.

Anonymous Noah B. July 27, 2012 11:58 AM  

"I was referring to the games, not the ritual. All I'm particularly interested in is the semiotics, which I expect will be educational."

It can be quite helpful to keep an eye on one's opponents, even if one finds the process of doing so repulsive.

Anonymous Angel July 27, 2012 12:04 PM  

I am waiting for when we get to the point that drones take out their own country's athletes who fail to place. We can all vote on it like American idol and then after they are zapped we can watch some commercials. Extra points if Maddonna is included somehow. It takes a lot for the French to call someone a slut, she must have been extraordinary last weekend.

@ IS Darn it, I was eating lunch!

Anonymous Angel July 27, 2012 12:07 PM  

"I was referring to the games, not the ritual. All I'm particularly interested in is the semiotics, which I expect will be educational."

It can be quite helpful to keep an eye on one's opponents, even if one finds the process of doing so repulsive.

@ Noah B.
Agreed. I can't wait to see how vigilant citizen and Art at the new wine skins blog break it down. I am always up for a little post game.

Just keep the children out of the room.

Anonymous bw July 27, 2012 1:14 PM  

Symbolism. Sacred Geometry. Ancient Mystery Religions. Public Ritual for the "initiation" of the profane (that's us!).

...wherein the cryptocracy reveals exactly what it's doing - if you learn their language - to its hypnotized subjects as the ultimate form of domination, a kind of mind-rape where the victim becomes a willing participant by his own action/inaction/ignorance...

Anonymous Josh July 27, 2012 1:19 PM  

Drew Magary's take:

And worst of all, British people were stupid enough to let the Olympics into town. These Olympics cost the city of London in excess of $14.5 billion dollars.And with the European continent currently in the grips of an economic depression the likes of which we have never seen, I question the wisdom of people who would spend $150 million on a fucking velodrome. The IOC is full of freeloading, vampiric maid-pinchers who use the guise of Olympic spirit to siphon off billions of dollars from any town dumb enough to still believe in the idea of civic pride. It's London. It's one of the great cities of the world. It doesn't need the Olympics to thrive. If anything, the Olympics are RUINING London. They would have been much better off spending a fraction of that money to lure a Five Guys franchise to Trafalgar Square. Dumbfucks.

Anonymous Mazianni July 27, 2012 1:27 PM  

I was always partial to his cousin Rob Dickinson's band, Catherine Wheel.

Anonymous rycamor July 27, 2012 2:49 PM  

One side note to the Olympics in London, reported by RT News but of course no US TV network: small local businesses are not allowed to sell anything with the world "Olympics" (much less the Olympic logo) anywhere on them. Olympics memorabilia is solely the domain of big companies with connections.

Wasn't the Olympics supposed to belong to all mankind? How in the hell does some organization own the word itself? In fact, if you read further, local shops cannot even use the words "summer" or "gold" in their souvenirs this summer.

Such a proud day for mankind...

Anonymous rycamor July 27, 2012 3:14 PM  

BTW, I note with irony the surname of the "spokesperson for the Counter-Olympics Network" in the RT article.

Blogger Joshua_D July 27, 2012 4:11 PM  

Anyone have a live stream link?

Anonymous WaterBoy July 27, 2012 4:28 PM  

Check out the ones listed here:

Link 1
Link 2

Anonymous MendoScot July 27, 2012 5:11 PM  

40 minutes in and it's wall to wall niggers and faggots.

This is just painful. Now I understand why the Scots and Welsh competitors are refusing to sing the national anthem.

Anonymous Outlaw X July 27, 2012 5:17 PM  

Opening ceremony drinking game. Take a shot of your favorite every time you see a goat head, Shiva, upside down star or other occult symbolism.

Blogger Joshua_D July 27, 2012 5:42 PM  

Thanks WaterBoy.

Anonymous Vidad July 27, 2012 8:55 PM  

Yes - thank you Waterboy. I watched the last hour with my wife and kids. They were greatly amused by the flying bicycle moth man.

I was greatly amused by the multiple "doping" references.

When Sir Paul was singing Hey Jude, my 5-year-old laughed and said "Na na na na? HA!"

Did anyone catch the Queen's response shot during the presentation of Team Britain? She was sitting there checking her nails - looked like the incarnation of boredom.

Anonymous jm July 27, 2012 9:58 PM  

Loved the fascist uniforms of the Amerikan players'.

Anonymous The other skeptic July 27, 2012 11:39 PM  

Why write "thusly" when one means "thus"?

Well, I guess it demonstrates that Vox knows how to use adverbs.

Blogger Bruce Lewis July 28, 2012 12:03 AM  

"Thusly" is not an adverb. "Thus" is an adverb.


B Lewis

Anonymous cherub's revenge July 28, 2012 12:39 AM  

Came home and caught the wife with it on the televitz (always backsliding, that woman). Looked up and saw Blackadder playing with an i-phone. She left the room and I turned it off.

I might watch a freestyle match or two if they show any live.

Anonymous The other skeptic July 28, 2012 9:13 AM  

"Thusly" is not an adverb. "Thus" is an adverb. even claims that it is an Americanism

Some people seem to open their mouths too quickly.

Blogger rcocean July 28, 2012 3:35 PM  

Brazil has nothing to worry about. All they have to do is bring on a man with a bag of kittens and the world would say it was better than London 2012.

Anonymous jm July 28, 2012 6:57 PM  

I wonder if they're going to kablooie the old London and build a new Jerusalem on top of it.

Of course, they'll have to reduce the population considerably to get those green lands back.

Blogger Bruce Lewis July 28, 2012 6:59 PM  

Well, one can hardly argue with

Blogger Joshua_D July 29, 2012 11:21 PM  

So I just watched a recording of the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, and I can't believe they only played one Pink Floyd song and ended with fracking Hey Jude. You're dead to me Olympics, dead to me!

Anonymous The other skeptic July 30, 2012 1:18 AM  

Well, one can hardly argue with

Well Bruce, I grew up in a country that is closer to British English than American English. However, since moving to California, where they do not know how to use adverbs, I have learned not to be too dogmatic about it.

Yes, thus is an adverb when used in that position, but I am not willing to laugh at Americans who use thusly as an adverb. Sure, it is hyper-correction, but shit, I have seen plenty of hyper-correction in Cantonese with ng initials when they are not warranted.

Here's to the Church of the one true "thus" adverb. I hope you are happy in your solitude.

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