Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ponters Pensées: 20.8.16

Buying Property in Spain: The risks remain but things are slowly getting more 'regular'. Here's a paragraph in my notes which might well have come from Lenox of Business Over Tapas: In all, there are 600,000 demolition orders against homes in Spain. Environmentalists and Cantabria’s regional government argued that the illegal buildings, which overlooked the coastline and sand dunes, ruined the landscape. The Supreme Court agreed and ordered their demolition. Last year, an amendment to Spain’s penal code gave judges the power to stay the execution of a demolition order until compensation had been provided to the property owner, as long as they could demonstrate they bought the house in good faith.

Bless Those Crazy Theists: Another gift which keeps on giving, especially during a presidential campaign. Here are 4 examples of the joy they bring:-

1. The 25 reasons why God wants Donald Trump to be president.

  1. God is using T to pave the way for the Second Coming
  2. God is using T to get pastors to fight for religious freedom
  3. T could make America worthy of God’s blessing
  4. T would make America friendlier to Israel
  5. T will make Christianity more powerful
  6. God likes ‘strongman’ rulers
  7. T has a ‘mantle of government’ anointing
  8. T has an ‘Elijah mantle
  9. T has a Cyrus anointing
  10. T has a ‘breaker anointing’
  11. T is a divine ‘wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness’
  12. God has picked T to ‘beat down the walls of the New World Order’
  13. T is fulfilling a 2011 prophecy that he will fight Satan
  14. T is fulfilling a 2012 prophecy that he will bulldoze the White House
  15. T is a ‘baby Christian’
  16. T is like Jesus (and Martin Luther King and Jerry Falwell)
  17. T is like King David
  18. T is like Saul/Paul
  19. T is like Samson
  20. T is like Churchill and Lincoln
  21. T is like George Washington
  22. T is like Oscar Schindler
  23. 2016 is a battle between good and evil
  24. Hillary Clinton is motivated by the spirit of the Antichrist
  25. God doesn’t want a woman president

You can see the full reasoning here.

2. One of those headlines that only evangelists can inspire: Christian Bigot Who Wants Gay People Cured Condemns Christian Bigot Who Wants Gay People Dead. Everything's relative, of course.

3. How about these - from Family Radio host, Bryan Fischer - as examples of something Evangelists say which wouldn't be acceptable from, say, Muslims:- You could make a pretty good biblical case that only men are supposed to hold political office. And: Hillary Clinton is motivated by the spirit of the Antichrist.

4. Here's a (mad?) Irish politician who thinks there ain't no global warming and, even if there were, the historical fact of the Ark means that God will always be on hand to rescue humanity from the effects of it.

Which reminds me, firstly:-

The Spanish Inquisition: Not as bad as we all say, apparently. A outfit called Orthodox Catholicism insists it was quite a decent organisation really. Humane even. Click here for their rationale. It was both professional and efficient, for a start.

And, secondly:-

The Jesus who became an orang-utang:  The (in)famous restoration cock-up has become the focus of an opera, called Behold The Man. Or Ecce Homo, of course. See the trailer here. I think it's in English.

The Pontevedra Corridas: One of last Saturday's bulls was so poor – as torros bravos go – that the aficionados on the stands broke into an insulting kids' song called La Vaca Lechera – The Milk Cow. Listen here, with the lyrics in Spanish.

Finally . . . Osborne Again
  1. After dinner at my favourite tapas bar last night, my young visitor and I repaired to another place for their celebrated flan de queso dessert. And, in his case, for a brandy. The waiter said they didn't have any but I talked to the owner and got him one. Then we moved to my normal watering hole, where he again requested cognac. Same response. And another chat with the owner, who assured me they did have brandies. He was then brought a . . . whisky and a bebida espiritual called Felipe II. Made, of course, by Osborne. Neither of these is a brandy. A bebida espiritual is defined as an alcoholic drink derived from the distillation of primary agricultural products such as grapes, cereals, dried fruits, sugar cane/beet, fruit, etc.. This group included brandies, whiskies, rum, gin vodka and liqueurs. The Felipe II concoction is described thus on the company's web page: A spirit obtained from holandas and selected wine spirits. A hollanda is a wine spirit of up to 60-65% alcohol, resulting from a single distillation. This is a reference to Holland, the home country of brandy (brandewijn). In order to obtain one litre of brandy you need to distill around three litres of wine (which comes down to four kilos of grapes). So beware, you brandy-drinkers out there. 
  2. A press release: The small company that makes NORDÉS Atlantic Galicia Gin - distilled from the famous albariño wine - has been bought by Osborne, which plans to launch it in 40 countries. Osborne is a company grown on the back of sherries, brandies and Port wine and, needless to say, was originally British. The write-up I've cited is largely bollox, of course.
Finally, finally . . . Under instructions from my younger daughter, I bought a (rather expensive) car seat ahead of the visit of her, her husband and their 11 month old. All went smoothly and it now awaits installation. Today I received this email from the supplier, Contramarcha. Customer service gone to the other extreme?:-

NOS ENCANTARÍA QUE COMPARTIERAS TU OPINIÓN EN SILLA COCHE BEBE.
Tu experiencia puede resultar de utilidad para otras familias que puedan estar pensando en comprar tu mismo producto.

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4 comments:

Eamon said...

I see there are five working in the computer department and they have each been assigned to send three messages each. An equal opportunity company no doubt.

Alfred B. Mittington said...

Indeed the Spanish Inquisition was considerable less horrible than we nowadays believe (which is not to say that it was a pleasant institution by our standards). The trouble here is that our entire picture of the Holy Office was compiled and painted by 18th and 19th century Romantic Liberals, during their life-and-death struggle against the omnipotent Church. Small wonder that these people stuffed their propaganda with a tremendous heap of absurd lies in an effort to score the best effect. Thus the great liberal politician Jovellanos ordered a report on the Inquisition from his close friend Juan Antonio Llorente, with the express purpose ‘to see if it should be abolished’ – a foregone conclusion, naturally. Llorente came up with stunningly inflated numbers, for example a 50 year period in which slightly under 6,000 people were burned EVERY YEAR; that is: 300,000 in half a century…!! Seeing that it took about half a truck load of firewood to burn a single person at the stake, one now begins to understand why Spain is deforested!

Unfortunately this misrepresentation was gladly, nay: enthusiastically, embraced by the Anglo-Saxon and Protestant world, never too fond of the Popish pepperbellies; not in the least due Mr Scott’s novels and Mr. E.A. Poe’s charming little tale ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’, which take the Gothic nightmare to the desired extremes.

It is a case of crocodile tears, for let us never forget that the real massive and murderous Witch Hunts were performed, not in Latin lands, but in Protestant countries (Germany, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, even the USA), nor by the Inquisition but by secular authorities on the instigation of hysterical town mobs. The great Zugarramurdi Witch Hunt of the first decade of the 17th century is a case in point. It was the Logroño town council who initiated, arrested, tortured and then executed many dozens of supposed witches, phantasmagorical confessions being duly produced along the lines of age-old traditional superstitions. The Inquisition was so very horrified by the arbitrary, gratuitous violence, the total lack of judicial procedure and the absurd revelations by the brutalized accused, that they immediately ordered a thorough investigation, a report and a new set of strict instructions regarding correct procedure to be followed in all future cases by all authorities – religious and secular – involved. This practically stopped the growing fashion of hunting for witches in Spain as of the year 1614. Thus one sees that from time to time the Inquisition, at least in Spain, also had benign effects.

For details, see the first essay ‘The Benign Inquisition and The Witches of Zugarramurdi’ from my book of anthropological studies ‘Journey through the Dark Age of Iberia’ (1946) in ‘The Collected Works of Alfred B. Mittington’, vol. xxii, pp. 1,039-1,072 [Louvaine: Kriem & De Straffe, 1956].

By the way: I’m back home and at work again!

Yours faithful friend Alfred.

Colin Davies said...

Thanks, Alfie. You can occasionally be informative. But what, pray, are pepperbellies and what is the origin of this term?

Alfred B. Mittington said...


Thank you for the compliment, my friend.

'Pepperbelly' is a slightly dismissive term that Yankees use for Mexicans. As vocabulary goes, it might today qualify as 'Trumpish'.

I used it for the alliterative effect. No more, really. But despite being unfamiliar with the word, surely you got the idea??

ABM

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