And another one’s gone

and another one’s gone…

Oral Roberts, croaked at 91.

And let’s have a big hand for the guys at WaPo dotcom for excellence in strategic headline placement:

25 Responses to “And another one’s gone”


  1. 1 RealityBites Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Comment from “baconcat” in Dan Savage’s blog: And in case you anti-family/anti-equality activists get any bright ideas on this, God just killed Oral Roberts.

    Take the hint.

  2. 2 RealityBites Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Erm, comment in Dan’s blog post about DC legalizing marriage.

    Context is everything.

  3. 3 Torontonian Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Oral Roberts had a serious fall on Saturday morning.
    It was that that caused his end today.

    Age 91. He had a good innings.

  4. 5 JJ Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Torontonian – I read that he fell, but he also had pneumonia? At that age, a fall can lead to all kinds of complications — he might have developed the pneumonia while in hospital.

    91 years is a good long run. Too long, for some people.

  5. 6 Reality Bites Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I’d forgotten, but an article reminded me, that it was Oral Roberts who famously told his followers in 1987 that God would “call him home” if he didn’t succeed in raising 8 million dollars.

    I imagine the last 22 years were God’s way of letting us know He’d just as soon we keep him here.

    Still, he was one of the last of the old-kind of evangelist. Dealt more in fleecing his flock by appealling to their greed instead of their bigotry.

  6. 7 balbulican Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    “Oral?”

    “Mmmmmm….”

    “Oral? Can you hear me?”

    “Uh…yeah. Yes. Sort of. Who…where am I? Who are you?”

    “Oral, I need you to be calm now. I need you to relax. I have some bad news, and I have some good news, and I have some bad news.”

    “Bad news, good news, bad news. Okay. Hit me.”

    “Okay. Bad news first. You’re dead.”

    Silence.

    More silence.

    “Oral?”

    “Yeah.”

    “You there? You okay?”

    “Apparently not. You were right. That’s pretty fucking bad news. In fact, that’s REALLY EXTREME bad news. So I’m wondering, Lord…what’s the good news?”

    “Well, the good news is – remember that Canadian blogger who used to drive you so crazy? That woman from BC? Called herself…”

    “Unrepentant Old Hippie? Yeah, that bitch JJ. What about her, Lord?”

    “Well, Oral, she posted a little tribute to you.”

    Silence. Then a muffled sob.

    “Really, Lord? She posted something…for me?

    “Yup. A nice little tune.”

    “My God. I feel…so humbled. It just goes to show. Doesn’t it just go to show, Lord? You never can tell about people, can you?”

    “That’s right, Oral. You never can. But before you get too choked up, the last piece of news…”

    “Yes, Lord?”

    “It was a piece of fag music. Band was called “Queen”. The singer was this queer named Freddy Mercury. Oh, and Oral – one more thing…”

    “Yes, Lord?”

    “This isn’t exactly the Lord speaking.”

  7. 8 Larry Gambone Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I wonder how his brother Anal is taking his death?

  8. 9 deBeauxOs Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    πŸ˜†

    Perfect choice of music, JJ!

  9. 10 JJ Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    RB

    Still, he was one of the last of the old-kind of evangelist. Dealt more in fleecing his flock by appealling to their greed instead of their bigotry.

    True, he might not have been as bad as people like Dobson in terms of obsessive bigotry, but it’s not like he never expressed it. Ugh, what a creep!

  10. 11 Bruce Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Christmas came a little early this year.

  11. 12 JJ Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    balb

    β€œThis isn’t exactly the Lord speaking.”

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† I wish. I really wish that there was a hell sometimes, because there’d be a special dung heap there for all these bigoted creeps.

  12. 13 JJ Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Larry Gambone

    I wonder how his brother Anal is taking his death?

    Or his cousin, Casual?

  13. 14 JJ Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    deBeauxOs – It’s a tradition around here to play Another One Bites the Dust whenever one of these bible whompers takes the big dirt nap. I usually play the same video, but I found this one on youtube today and I liked Freddie’s outfit.

  14. 15 JJ Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Bruce – Indeed. Unfortunately some of the most virulent ones still have a lot of years ahead of them.

  15. 16 Allan Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I liked Oral Roberts, and would have enjoyed meeting him.
    He was misguided to an extent but did not strike me as a mean man or someone who used religion for anything other than exactly as it was intended, to heal and help.
    He was fascinating to watch over the years, and to see how his family fared through it all. I think he was a genuine person, a man sincerely believing he was doing the right thing. He wanted to believe what he believed.
    He was from a time that I think it’s hard for people today to understand. Easy to be glib rather than learn from what was an exceptional man – http://books.google.ca/books?id=rtz1InGWAmYC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_navlinks_s#v=onepage&q=&f=false

  16. 17 balbulican Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 3:55 am

    “He was fascinating to watch over the years, and to see how his family fared through it all. I think he was a genuine person, a man sincerely believing he was doing the right thing. He wanted to believe what he believed. He was from a time that I think it’s hard for people today to understand.”

    Oh, I know. Joseph Stalin gets SUCH a bad rap.

    Oh, sorry…who were you talking about?

  17. 18 Reality Bites Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Allan, the nicest thing you can say about Roberts is that he was a thief and a con man who enriched himself grotesquely by preying on the intensely stupid. A group that

    Larry: I wonder how his brother Anal is taking his death?

    Up the ass, presumably.

  18. 19 Phatbiker Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Ah, one less snake-oil salesman.

  19. 20 Bleatmop Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 6:58 am

    “Ah, one less snake-oil salesman.”

    Two men enter, one man leaves… oh wait, wrong quote.

    Strike off the head and two more arise to take it’s place… I think that’s the one I want.

  20. 21 Cornelius T.Zen Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Back in the days when there were such things,( and you can guess how old that makes ME)…
    Oral Roberts wanted to make an LP of gospel songs.
    Problem was, the hole in the middle kept healing.
    So, the Lord finally called him home. Probably because it’s taken this long to clean up the mess Falwell made when he arrived. I’m sure the two of them will keep each company…somewhere nice and warm…
    Now if only the Lord were to tune in to Fox News — CTZen

  21. 22 Janus Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    So God finally made good on Roberts’ campaign promise, eh? ‘Bout time. I guess this means there’s hope for all of us who listen to politicians’ promises. Eventually.

    Balb: Awsum conversation piece!

    CTZen, wasn’t it Robin Williams who, a few years ago, asked if Oral Roberts was such a great healer, why couldn’t he do anything about his wife’s Jiffy Pop hairdo?

  22. 23 JJ Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Allan – I can appreciate Roberts’ marketing acumen, but that’s about it: anyone who fleeces the Dumb for millions like that guy did is just a grifter and not very admirable in my book. I mean, he did things like telling his followers that God told him if he didn’t get $8 million he’d die πŸ˜† Please.

    But to each his own, I guess.

  23. 24 JJ Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    balb πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  24. 25 Frank Frink Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Well, you know seeing the Virgin Mary in a piece of toast or a water stained wall was never good enough for Oral. The man saw a 900 Foot Jesus!!!

    On that $8 million dollar thing? Dodged a bullet there. Managed to sucker… err raise $9 million on that one.

    If you’re going to grift you may as well grift large.


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