Notes: Last Sunday the flash seen 'round the world occurred during the Super Bowl halftime show. Of course I'm speaking of Janet Jackson's exposed breast when Justin Timberlake ripped off a section of her top in a move apparently planned by the Jackson crowd.

Three days later on Wednesday, the Massachusetts supreme court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in a rancorous opinion. The court had rendered an earlier decision that hadn't made it clear whether or not civil unions were sufficient for the state to allow.

I live in a beach town, so seeing bodies is a normal event. I don't think Jackson should have done the flash, but I don't think the sky is falling because of it -- though some people do. Also, I can't imagine why anyone cares if gays and lesbians marry. Regardless, I don't think the sky is falling because of the Massachusetts court ruling, either.

Not being much of a Chicken Little, I thought it would be fun to play with the two overly-dramatized events from the viewpoint of a fire-and-brimstone preacher tying them together to prove that the sky is in fact falling (my wonderful, deceased grandfather was a lay Baptist preacher, by the way). I find some serious credibility problems with those among us who believe God is telling them to tell the rest of us how we should run our lives -- even the country these days. I feel the same about people who connect the dots for us to convince us as to what God is intending.

I had the sound off during the Super Bowl halftime show, but did watch the last half of the game. It was a good football game except for taking over four-hours to play. The game was bloated with unimaginative commercials -- the last bunch of creative ones were mostly by dot-com companies right before the dot-com bust -- and the overblown halftime show. I'd just once like get to watch a fast-paced football game where the Super Bowl is played without the extra commercials and inflated halftime performance
. 02.08.04