I’m hopeless
Hopeless and tired
Will you give me the sign I’m looking for?
I am mired with the earnest and sight-inspired
Hopeless

Kickstarter campaign is currently underway;  successfully reaching its initial goal in a few days. Objective? Remaster, and for the first time release on vinyl as well as a remastered CD, the 1992 album Dig by Christian alternative rock band Adam Again.

Adam Again was Gene Andrusco’s brainchild. In the days of his youth, Andrusco was an actor, playing Darrin Stephens on Bewitched among other roles. As an adult, Andrusco chose to go by the name Gene Eugene and focused his artistic side on music, be it as an artist (in addition to Adam Again he was also a founding member of The Lost Dogs), producer, or for a time record label owner. He died in 2000 at age 38 from a brain aneurysm.

One of Andrusco’s brothers in musical arms described him as a genius artist and amateur human being. Take from that what you will. Despite his stubborn addiction to being the aforementioned human, Andrusco was universally loved by those he worked alongside no matter how exasperating he could be, which from all reports was substantial. He was far more adept at musical and lyrical expression than personal, hardly a unique trait among artists throughout the centuries.

I’m helpless
Helpless and silent
Can you return my voice?
You left me mute and defiant
But I can’t get my hands untied
I’m helpless

It is well worth noting how uncomfortably parallel the world in which Dig was released, namely the contemporary Christian music world of the early 1990s, and today’s conservative new media world align. At the time Dig first saw the light of day, contemporary Christian music (CCM for short) was populated by a few heavy hitter record labels and artist managers who dictated which artists and musical genres would receive the lion’s share of promotion, with all others left to fend for themselves via word of mouth among a handful of rabid enthusiasts. This is why at a time when alternative rock and grunge ruled the mainstream music world both in attention drawn and records/concert tickets sold, the handful of Christian artists working in this field were privately praised but publicly ignored by CCM’s business side in favor of übersoft praise schmaltz or syrupy Top 40 pseudo dance pop. Adam Again, along with other bands and artists – Daniel Amos, The Choir, 77s, Undercover, Altar Boys, Steve Taylor, Veil of Ashes – who should have been heralded were instead literally and figuratively shoved to the back of the bus, left to fend for themselves. Substitute Salem Media and National Review for record labels and artist managers, and Trump Derangement Syndrome for the music promoted during that time … you get the picture.

I’m useless
Useless without you
It’s my fault
I am withered, I am weak
And about to find out why I’m so into
Being useless

Gene Eugene was a spiritual descendent of Solomon who wearily described all as vanity; of the Psalmists who cried out:

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

His was a faith and life of reality, one in which you reached out to people where they were, not where you demanded they be. It is a lesson sadly lost on all fronts in today’s world, especially the one founded on citizen journalism but now choked with the very elitism it once set out to destroy.

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MosqueBy John Ruberry

One of the five pillars of Islam is zakāt, that is, charitable giving.

It seems that the six Arabian Gulf States, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Obama, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia have, according to Amnesty International, “offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees.” These Muslim nations have been exposed as hypocrites, but none more than the Saudis, whose autocratic king counts Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques as one of his titles.

Images drive the news–and the sad photograph of a drowned three year-old Syrian boy that washed up on a Turkish beach caught the attention of many people across the world.

The record of Gulf States and other Muslim nations in regards to Arab refugees is a poor one. Nearly seventy years after Arab armies were defeated in Israel’s War of Independence, millions of Palestinian refugees–nearly all of them descended from the original refugees from that war–are stateless. Some estimates are that half of all Palestinians are officially stateless, although they exist as sub-citizens in some nations such as Kuwait. They are pawns in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If these refugees become citizens in a Gulf State–they’ll probably be less eager to return the their ancestral home.

While Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan are hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees–many of them don’t seem eager to stay there. The welfare benefits of the European Union are attracting those people who are fleeing the Civil War. The Pope is calling for each European parish to adopt a Syrian refugee family.

Where is the call from the Saudi king to have each mosque in his nation to host a Syrian family?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

It is not an uncommon thing to see people online react with anger and vitriol on the net but the current anger on the net over the Kim Davis case seemingly doesn’t make sense.

For those of you who don’t know Kim Davis is the Kentucky Clerk, an elected official, who has steadfastly refused to issue marriage licences defying the Supreme & federal courts unless her name is removed from them.

The liberal left was up in arms at the sight of this single County clerk in the nation, a Democrat no less, standing up when every single other clerk had folded. The media has been on full alert, the editorial pages have been merciless as have pols on the left.

On Thursday the judge in the case gave her one last chance to fold her card, she declined saying it was a heaven or hell issue to her. So the judge had her jailed, meanwhile four of her five deputies agreed to issue the licences to gay couples as he commanded and on Friday began doing so.

So the license are being issues and the person who blocked them is in jail for not doing so.

One would think the left and their allies would be absolutely thrilled, not only did they get what they wanted but the perfidious woman who stopped them is even now suffering the wrath of the federal government as an example to others:

The court assumed, not unreasonably, that sympathizers would shower her with cash to cover the fine, which means there’d be no real pressure on her to comply with the order to begin issuing licenses. The only way to pressure her was jail.

In fact Kim Davis has become an example to others but not in the way the judge had intended, but in the way the left has feared. In fact her actions sound just so familiar…

And I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. He is near who upholds my right; if anyone wishes to oppose me, let us appear together. Who disputes my right? Let him confront me.

Kim Davis has gone to jail without fear, without complaint. She did not scream defiant curses, she did not call for violence in her name. Her only worry was disobedience to the Lord.

She has set an example to that has put us who have given in to sin or temptation to shame and in doing so has reminded every Christian in the nation of their duty, not to defy the state per say, but to defy the temptation to take the easy route of sin vs the hard route of virtue.

And that is why the vitriol online has grown exponentially even has the left has seemingly gotten what they want, because in fact they have not.

It wasn’t the licenses for gay couples to wed that they wanted, it was her submission to the religion of liberalism on the altar of gay marriage in fear and terror, it was the willingness to toss away Christ for the comfort of her home. It was her declaration that resistance to the new order is futile.

The supporters of Gay Marriage have likened their movement to the civil rights movement, yet it’s Kim Davis, their opponent that has gone to jail for doing what many Black Pastors were unwilling to do in 2012, brave public & scorn for Christ.

No wonder the left is so angry.

Final thought, I was chatting with a person named @raydocmel on twitter who was decrying theocracy and pointed to Kim Davis as an example of it. Thinking on the subject he is right, We now live in a liberal theocracy with Gay Marriage as the primary sacrament and if one dares opposes it in the slightest way they shall lose their job, or their business, or even their freedom. After all nothing produce more rage in a theocrat than heresy.

Yes we are in a modern theocracy and I’d like to give full credit to @raydocmel for making me realize it.

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