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Marilee J. Layman

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06:19 pm: TV Stuff and Dream
First, the stfnal things. The week before last, NBC had two shows, "Heroes" and "ER," where the story "A Sound of Thunder" was mentioned. This week, CBS had two stfnal moments, the first during the beginning narration of "Criminal Minds" when Cory Doctorow was quoted and credited, and the second at the end of "Numbers" when Buzz Aldrin shows up to lead Larry to the shuttle and as they come down the ramp, we hear Elton John's "Rocketman."

Less heart-warming, Oprah has decided to find more ways to give so everybody knows it:

First, the network has ordered eight episodes of a reality series called "Oprah Winfrey's The Big Give," in which 10 people will be challenged to take Oprah-dispensed money and resources and come up with "the most powerful, sensational, emotional and dramatic ways to give to others," ABC announced. The Washington Post 12/16/06

There's another reality show, too. She says she's a Christian, I wonder if she's forgotten Matthew 6:2-4:

Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.


I got up and spent an hour ordering the paper the way I wanted it and watching a tape of "Meet the Press" and then I slept in the recliner for four hours. I had an unusual version of my stepmother pushing me out of my own house -- this one was set in a very modern city with canals instead of streets.

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From:the_changeling
Date:December 18th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
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Oprah completely disappeared off our TV screens in the UK, about 5 or so years ago. Even on cable.

We still get Ricky Lake, Judge Judy Sally Jesse Rapheal, Ellen Degeneres etc. No Oprah. Can't make sense of it myself... it's almost as if something happened, but how would I know? ;-)
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 18th, 2006 01:07 am (UTC)
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I don't watch her, but she's in the news often enough. Last year, I think it was, she had a party where she told all the invitees to wear black or white because she was going to wear red. I don't think I would have gone to the party. Being rich and famous has taken her over.
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From:ann_totusek
Date:December 18th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
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My honest theological opinion is that she seems far more Unitarian Universalist than any stripe of orthodox Christian...YMMV, and I wouldn't presume to judge another's soul- just their publically expressed views. Don't disagree with your Matthew quotation either...
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 18th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
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A lot of famous people seem to maintain a veneer of their childhood beliefs and only bring them out when they have to thank people for something. Look at the rappers who say foul things in their recordings and then thank god for their awards.
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From:firecat
Date:December 18th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
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I like the educational aspect of a show about charity, but it could certainly be done in a less self-aggrandizing manner. and i don't think "emotional, sensational, dramatic" should particularly be rewarded in charity.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 18th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that's my problem with it. I know the "let not the left hand..." is something I heard often growing up in a fundamentalist household, but it's one of the things I personally think is also right. Showing off that you can give so much just brings you glory and I think charity is something everybody should try to do as part of their life.
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From:firecat
Date:December 18th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
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I agree with you about charity. Also the complicated connection between large public charitable gifts and power concerns me.
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