The Monday Melange 03.07.11: The Secondhandpants, Lee Elia, Charlie Sheen, Creflo Dollar

–For your edification, allow me to share this video of “Space Robot Spiritual”, from a band out of Canada called The Secondhandpants.  I think you’ll get just as much a kick out of it as I did.

–Lee Elia is now the Atlanta Braves’ hitting coach.  If the name sounds familiar to you, it should be:  Back in the early 80’s, Elia was manager of the woebegone Chicago Cubs.  During a particularly difficult stretch, he appeared before the media and unleashed a profanity-laced tirade which still sets the standard even to this day.  Here is the full-text version of his rant, along with a link to the audio version.

–OK, so Charlie Sheen’s life has just become a complete and utter train wreck.  But if you didn’t know the backstory, wouldn’t some of his recent quotes be impressive?  If you were, say, looking to add to your sales staff and a prospective candidate came in for an interview and said the things that Charlie Sheen has said, wouldn’t you be impressed?  Take a gander at these typical interview questions, paired with actual Charlie Sheen quotes.

–What is an evangelical?  One of the biggest problems in evangelicalism is that there is a huge number of people out there who are only marginally connected with the movement, i. e. because they walked an aisle/prayed a prayer/signed a card/checked a box at a thing somewhere along the line and then never engaged with the movement in a more significant fashion.  So the fashion nowadays is to attempt to rescue evangelicalism by defining it.  Let’s define it, proclaim our definitions loud and proud, get them out there for all the world to see and hear, and everyone who is not “really” an evangelical will fall away and all the “true” evangelicals will come together and pull the movement out of the ditch and back into prominence.  Some definitions are so broad that Catholics and Eastern Orthodox and even Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses would fall under the evangelical label.  But some are way more restrictive.  Here at WorldNet Daily, Michael Youssef offers his take on who is and who is not an evangelical.

–While we’re looking at videos, take a gander at Creflo Dollar expressing a strong desire to line non-tithers up and shoot them.  Isn’t this just weird?  If I went to that church I would certainly tithe, wouldn’t you?

Isn’t there a way to turn Creflo Dollar off?  Because apparently this guy is going to keep singing until somebody turns him off.