Friday, September 01, 2006

An English Literature Class for Mr. Bruce Li & a Christian Classic

Apparently Bruce Li has never taken an English literature class; it's obvious his limited world is only black and white with no shades of gray or color; the kind of guy who reads everything literally and can't see glaring imagery used for literary purposes to kick him in the groin.

So the fake karate kid writes that Howling Latina is advancing the notion that churches contribute to Jeanette Rishell's campaign when reporting the AFL-CI endorsed Jeanette Rishell.

Here's what the simpleton blogger writes:
Howling Latina trumpets that Jeanette “Moonfruit” Rishell has the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, and promises that churches from all over will put their tax-exempt status in jeapoardy by raising campaign contributions via the collection plate.
And here are the actual lines:

With the union's endorsement will come a multitude of perks, such as a few good activists to help spread the campaign gospel, GOTV and pony-up at the collection plate.
So if we follow Black Velvet Bruce Li's third-grade logic, AFL-CIO activists are spreading the 'Good News' in churches throughout the land, all the while campaigning on her behalf; any money collected during worship services goes to Rishell.

Well, here's a definition for you Brucie:

Metaphor - a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in “A mighty fortress is our God.” a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared.

Something used, or regarded as being used, to represent something else; emblem; symbol.

And here are the lyrics and tune to the Martin Luther King gospel classic. Ponder the words, as you revisit your soul -- if your hard-boiled spirit can withstand a little light.

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

have you hired a lawyer yet?
God isn't a mighty Fortress?

BTW, I agree with you on this one, your flowery language did not suggest campaign donations from churches, notwithstanding the free support the UU's are giving her.

But it was a good metaphor, as the AFL-CIO's "collections" are much like the forced tithing required at many churches.
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