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President Obama’s Inaugural Address

Barack Obama was sworn in today as the 44th President of the United States. I am filled with a hope that I haven’t felt in a very long time.

Congratulations, Mr. President!


This video is public domain per White House copyright policy.


Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Democratic Senator Barack Obama is elected the first black president of the United States, as John McCain accepts defeat.

BBC News

Welcome President Barack Obama!


The God Who Wasn’t There

In a discussion at Rutherford Lawson’s blog, Postman linked to thegodmovie.com. The God Who Wasn’t There has been out since 2005, so some of you may already be familiar with it. I’ve never seen it myself, but I have every intention of doing do so the minute I can lay my hands on a copy. I saw the trailer and then found a ten minute clip on YouTube which I immediately decided to post here.

But first, from the above linked website:

In this critically acclaimed film, you will discover:

  • The early founders of Christianity seem wholly unaware of the idea of a human Jesus
  • The Jesus of the Gospels bears a striking resemblance to other ancient heroes and the figureheads of pagan savior cults
  • Contemporary Christians are largely ignorant of the origins of their religion
  • Fundamentalism is as strong today as it ever has been, with an alarming 44% of Americans believing that Jesus will return to earth in their lifetimes

Now, on with the show:

Thanks, Postman!


Flashback Friday

Today I would like to share a story from a galaxy far, far away and long, long ago. Well, it was only about four years ago and across the ocean, but anyway…

When I was in England visiting Mike, one night we were in our bedroom with the window open. The pubs had just closed, and someone passing by outside our window had apparently been out on the piss. We deduced this when out of the silence we suddenly heard a man shout, “Fuck off back to Scotland, you bloody Scottish bastard!”

Mike and I fell over on the bed laughing our heads off! The (presumably) drunk man then broke out singing a tune I immediately recognized, although I couldn’t make out the words he was slurring. This is what he was singing:

Sound familiar, my fellow countrymen?

I thought it would be interesting for today’s Flashback to take a look at the roots of what served as a de facto national anthem of the United States for much of the 19th century.

Ironic, innit?

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Flashback Friday

I recently started a Sunday theme called Lazy Sunday Round-up. In it, I link to interesting posts I’ve read throughout the week, or on Sunday mornings while drinking too much coffee. While reading about and listening to The Beatles last week, I got the idea to start a new theme which I will call Flashback Friday.

On Flashback Fridays I will post a blast from the past of some kind or another. I may post music videos, old televisions adverts, old news articles or photos of vintage clothing and hairstyles. I might dig up an old post of mine. Or one of yours!

The idea is to start the weekend off on a light note, so it’s not likely that anything posted for Flashback Friday will be controversial. It may start us thinking, though, and that’s a good thing.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for stuff to post, please send them to me via my contact page or email me if you already have the address. Please don’t post them in comments as that would spoil the surprise, obviously.

I’ll kick it off with something from The Beatles since they inspired this whole thing (and because I totally love them). Besides being a great flashback, it reflects some of my personal views. I also think it’s quite appropriate, considering what’s happening right now.

Take it away, John, George, Ringo and Paul!

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On