Musicians

More hypocrisy

bruce-springsteen-Header_tvywthI heard on the news this month (April 2016) that Bruce Springsteen canceled a concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, because that state enacted a law to keep girls safe in restrooms.

North Carolina GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse released the following statement about the cancellation:

“This is bizarre. The Greensboro Coliseum has men’s restrooms, women’s restrooms and presumably family restrooms. The policy passed by the General Assembly, rolled back the radical change in bathroom policy, by the Charlotte City Council and maintained the status quo. For years young girls have safely used the restrooms at ACC Tournament games and other events at the Greensboro Coliseum separated from grown men. The legislature and Governor simply secured the long standing common policy of safety and security and privacy.”

Source: http://myfox8.com/2016/04/08/bruce-springsteen-cancels-greensboro-concert-on-sunday-because-of-house-bill-2/

The newly enacted law (which would seem logical to most of us) requires individuals to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate.  It drew the ire of the gay and transgender people who believe their legal protections should trump those of the majority.

Agreeing with them, Springsteen canceled his concert to show his solidarity “in the fight against prejudice and bigotry.”

Nothing happened to him even though Greensboro Coliseum officials have estimated a loss of $100,000 in net revenue.

In a free country, he should have the right to withhold his services if they violate his deeply held beliefs.

Bake the cakeAs should the Kleins, the Christian bakers who in July 2015 were sued and gagged for refusing to make a same-sex wedding cake.  They were ordered to pay $135,000 in “emotional damages” to the couple they denied service – and ordered to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.

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Here’s a clip of what happens when Moslem bakers are asked to bake a gay wedding cake in Deerborn, Michigan.  Is the gay lobby going to persecute prosecute them?  Just asking.

Black star blind

david-bowie-lazarusI was sad to hear about Dave Bowie’s death at the age of 69.  I grew up with his music.  We thought of buying the album “Blackstar” he released days before his death.  His album is set to pass Adele on the sales charts.  After having a look at the music video, I decided not to.  It’s too dark.  

It’s about an alien trapped on earth, clinging to hope of some kind of immortal life in space.  There’s a lot of occult symbolism with that black solar disc, all open for interpretation.  Who knows what it means?  Not me.  But I know creepy when I see it.  About a minute into the clip “Blackstar” David appears, wearing a bandage over his eyes with buttons sewn on.  He sings “At the centre of it all, at the centre of it all, Your eyes, Ah-ah-ah.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kszLwBaC4Sw

Three’s a skeleton floating up to the Blackstar while a group of women are performing some sort of execution ritual.  At the 3.2 minute mark.  At the 6.17 mark there’s three scarecrows on what look like crosses, with knots on their wrists.  Knots have an association with magical power.  The scarecrows also have bandages with buttons over their eyes.

Coins used to be put over the eyes of the dead, so the soul could pay Charon to be ferried across the river Styx.  But what do buttons mean?

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Coraline2There’s a movie called “Coraline” that uses the theme of having buttons over the eyes.  Coraline is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door and discovers an alternate version of her life on the other side. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life and the people in it only much better.  But this seemingly perfect world turns dangerous, and her other parents, who are wearing buttons over their eyes, try to trap her forever.  “You’re in terrible danger girl” a ghost warns.

Here’s the Trailer, it’s about 2.5 minutes long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO3n67BQvh0

David’s also wearing buttons over his eyes in “Lazarus.” That’s the track I looked at to begin with, hoping that his use of “Lazarus” explained his hope in the resurrection.  He sings “Look up here, I’m in heaven, I’ve got scars that can’t be seen, I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen, Everybody knows me now.”

In the second verse of Lazarus David Bowie sings “Look up here, man, I’m in danger, I’ve got nothing left to lose …”

The story of Lazarus comes from the Bible, John 11:1-44. He was a friend of Jesus, and he died, but Jesus brought him back to life on the fourth day.

“Lord,” Martha (the sister of Lazarus) said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Before he brought Lazarus back to life, Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.  The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 

Did David Bowie believe it?  Do you?  That’s the key.

As for the button eyes, there are none as blind as those who cannot see.

Jesus talked about they eyes being the lamp of the body; The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”  Matthew 6:22

“At the centre of it all, at the centre of it all, Your eyes, Ah-ah-ah.”

A man may go to heaven