A Survey On Pagan and/or Heathen Beliefs and Ideals

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A group at Grinnell College is doing a study on the religious and political beliefs of Pagans and/or Heathens, I’ve done the questionnaire for the study and it’s rather interesting and thought-provoking. I also think the results will be quite interesting.

I’m posting the link here in hopes that other Pagans and/or Heathens will also want to respond. The more people who participate, the more accurate the study will be.

If you’re interested, go to https://grinnell.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_00VzyU1huPe0Wjk to participate!

H/T Ryan Smith @heathenryan@sfba.social (Mastodon)

About Those Documents…

Given the controversy surrounding the discovery of retained classified documents at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago residence, you’d think that when Joe Biden people discovered documents at his former office in November last year that they’d have done everything to ensure their response would be impeccable.

You’d think.

Apparently, that’s not the case, and Biden has now handed the Republicans even more toys to play with. It turns out that there wasn’t just one set of documents, or even two, as a third document has now been discovered. The first batch came from his University of Pennsylvania office, the second and third from his Wilmington, Deleware home. The problem is, it took them 48 days after the first discovery to either look for or report finding the 2nd one, and another 23 days for the third. While nothing about the delays appears to be potentially criminal, it doesn’t look good.

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Jeff Beck 1945 – 2023

Jeff Beck onstage with a white fender stratocasterSad news today from the world of rock. <Guitar great Jeff Beck has passed away at the age of 78 from bacterial meningitis, per an announcement from his family:

“On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing, After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.”

Beck first became known in the mid-60s as a member of the group The Yardbirds, replacing Eric Clapton and playing alongside Jimmy Page. He then became a solo artist known for songs like “Because We Ended as Lovers,” “Love is Blue,” and “Beck’s Bolero.” He was greatly respected by his fellow guitarists. Loudwire has a collection of posts paying tribute to Beck.

One of the most touching tributes comes from friend and bandmate Jimmy Page, who wrote:

“The six-stringed Warrior is no longer here for us to admire the spell he could weave around our mortal emotions,” Page tweeted today. “Jeff could channel music from the ethereal. His technique was unique. His imaginations apparently limitless. Jeff I will miss you along with your millions of fans.”

Right On Cue

A couple of days ago, I mentioned that I expected trump would be demanding searches at Pres. Biden’s home over news that documents had been found in a locked closet in an office he used from 2017-2019, and according to The Hill, he’s fired his first salvo:

Trump himself sounded a similar theme on social media.

“When is the FBI going to raid the many homes of Joe Biden, perhaps even the White House?,” he asked on Truth Social.

In the same article, The Hill also notes that the House of Representatives has formed an investigatory committee on the “Weaponization of the FBI” and predict that it will be used to investigate the Biden document situation as well.

The panel, which is in essence looking into what Trump calls “the Deep State” and what his critics say is a conspiratorial fiction, was created on a straight party-line vote. The panel is sure to probe deeper into the Biden documents.

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Lying Liar Lies Some More

I’m beginning to wonder if George Santos, the Pinocchio of the House of Representatives, has ever been caught doing or saying anything honest.

According to CNBC, one of his fund-raising tactics for both his 2020 and 2022 Congressional campaigns was to have someone from his staff call wealthy donors and impersonate Dan Meyer, who is Kevin McCarthy’s Cheif of Staff.

CNBC also reported that the Campaign Legal Center, a non-partisan watchdog group, has filed a complaint with the FEC with questions about how Santos was able to loan his own campaign $705,000 when he only has a middle-class income. Among the CLC’s concerns are the possibilities that he

…violated federal campaign finance laws by engaging in a straw donor scheme to knowingly and willfully conceal the true sources of $705,000 that Santos purported to loan to his campaign; deliberately reporting false disbursement figures on FEC disclosure reports, among many other reporting violations; and illegally using campaign funds to pay for personal expenses, including rent on a house that Santos lived in during the campaign.

In addition, there are concerns that because he has been concealing the sources of his donations that he may have taken donations from corporations or foreign nationals, both of which are illegal for Federal candidates.

Given the sheer number of other lies Santos has told, it’s appropriate that his finances should be given a very close look, as it seems that politicians lie about money more than anything, except maybe sex.

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

As you’ve likely heard by now, former President Trump has been under investigation for having removed several classified documents from the White House as he was leaving in 2020 and may be facing serious legal consequences because of them.

He was asked to return them by the National Archives and, when he failed to return all of them, the FBI searched his home at Mar-a-Lago to try to find the rest. He has spent the last several months bitterly complaining that the documents are his (they aren’t) and must be returned immediately (they won’t be.) He’s said that he declassified them (but left no record of his having told anyone about it, which is an important step.) He also filed a suit to try to stop the investigation, but the suit was dismissed by the District Court.

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Hail Valhalla!

Five days until season two of Vikings Valhalla, and it looks to be as much fun as the first! Be sure to tune in and see what Harald, Freydis, Leif, Queen Emma, Olaf, and the rest are up to on January 12th. I plan to review each episode, so check back once you’ve seen one and let me know what you think about it!

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