Tag Archives: Lione

LIONEL PODCAST: Hate Crimes Are Exceedingly Stupid! (Inter Alia)

Would you rather be savagely rendered unconscious by (a) a regular garden variety beatdown or (b) a regular garden variety beatdown motivated by a hatred for your race, faith, sexual identity or ____ (fill in your demographic)? What difference does it make? Think about it.

Rather than saying this woman was viciously attacked, media reports repeat almost gleefully that she was transgendered. I’m not kidding. The news coverage was all over the fact that she was transgendered and it actually overshadowed the gravamen of the incident, viz. that she was attacked brutally!

Congratulations. We’ve officially lost our minds.

LIONEL VIDEO: Hagiography & Fond Recollections Of Growing Up Catholic

My fascination with Catholic saints continues to this day. The greatest stories ever reported. Or concocted. In any event, the stories are wonderful.

My favorite was, of course, St. Lawrence.

Grilled, barbecued over a gridiron, Lawrence, the famous cut-up (or was that Tobia? Anyhoo.) was known to have responded, “Turn me over, I’m done on this side.” I swear.

Pope Sixtus II’s martyrdom was followed three days later by that of Lawrence, the last of the deacons of Rome to be executed. He was put to death by being roasted on a gridiron over a fire. The Golden Legend, written in A.D. 1275 by Jacobus de Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa, gives us this account:

And the ministers despoiled him, and laid him stretched out upon a gridiron of iron, and laid burning coals under, and held him with forks of iron. Then said Laurence to Valerianus: Learn, thou cursed wretch, that thy coals give to me refreshing of coldness, and make ready to thee torment perdurable, and our Lord knoweth that I, being accused, have not forsaken him, and when I was demanded I confessed him Christ, and I being roasted give thankings unto God.  And after this he said with a glad cheer unto Decius, Thou cursed wretch, thou hast roasted that one side, turn that other, and eat.

LIONEL PODCAST: Miscellany, Variations, Arcana & Myriad Stuff. The Musings.

My thoughts on a subject of fascination to me: the various aspects of identity. Sexual, gender, geographical, fashion, name it. When we’re able to understand why we are who we are, then we can enjoy a perspective of others’ opinions. Or maybe not. Also, isn’t funny how most “conspiracy theories” are in fact true?