Virginia Creeper and the Aurora, CO Dark Knight Rises Shootings

Virginia Creeper, an underground Christian shock rock artist, has a pattern that I've noticed.
Virginia Creeper
The pattern goes something like this: Whoever operates their Facebook account makes a lot of (check any that you think apply):

misguided/deliberately provocative/hateful/inflammatory/trollish/prophetic/hypocritical/unloving/extreme Arminianist/extreme Seventh Day Adventist
comments on Facebook, deletes any replies that might challenge Virginia Creeper's position, and then gets drunk on a power high from the resulting flamewar. (Ok, I never said it was a good pattern.)

Here's the latest.

LOVE YOUR ENEMY......have any of you Christians prayed for James E. Holmes...the shooter in the movie theater massacre.

If not, why do you call yourself a Christian ?
So yeah, in case you haven't heard, there was a bad mass shooting at a movie theater in Colorado last night during a premier screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Some crazy guy who dressed up as the Joker was responsible.

Beyond the obvious, (the shooting was a bad thing... and this now gives more ammunition for the crazies who don't like "Christian" musicians, especially weird lookin' ones...)

Rather than reply to Virginia Creeper there, where presumably he will just delete it and maybe accuse me of not being a Christian, here's a counter question:
If a Christian sins once, ever, are they still a Christian? (Keep in mind, if it hasn't occurred to you to pray for the shooter until this point, that isn't necessarily a sin. It might be. It might not be. It depends on your heart.)

Also, it's a good question. Please pray for the shooter as well as the victims. If only the question didn't have that last sentence...

"If I speak in tongues of human beings and of angles but I don't have love, I'm a clanging gong or a clashing symbol. If I have the gift of prophecy and I know all the mysteries and everything else, and if I have such complete faith that I can move mountains but don't have love, I'm nothing. If I give away everything that I have and hand over my own body to feel good about what I've done but I don't have love, I receive no benefit whatsoever.

Love is patient, love is kind, it isn't jealous, it doesn't brag, it isn't arrogant, it isn't rude, it doesn't seek its own advantage, it isn't irritable, it doesn't keep record of complaints, it isn't with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. As for prophecies they will be brought to an end. As for tongues, they will stop. As for knowledge, it will be brought to an end. We know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, what is partial will be brought to an end. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, reason like a child, think like a child. But now that I have become a man, I've put an end to childish things. Now we see a reflection in the mirror; then we will see face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I will know completely in the same way that I have been completely known. Now faith, hope, and love remain—these three things—and the greatest of these is love."
-1 Corinthians 13

-someone who seriously considered going to see The Dark Knight Rises in Denver last night. There but for the kindness of Providence, went I.

I'm back. Sort of.

That is I intend to be back here and updating often-like. However, what I intend vs. what I say I intend (double mind), vs. what I actually do (laziness), vs. life-just-being-its-little-ol'-unpredictable-self do not always line up with each other.

The blog is updated to actually have a theme I like. Here are the pros:
1. RSS Feed with an icon and everything. Yay!

2. A tag cloud. Today I learned that I most frequently tag other. *shrug*

3. Better layout.

Unfortunately there are some downsides to the changes. My plan is to fix these. Eventually. When I figure out how.

1. The black background and the orange links. Hard on my eyes, probably hard on yours, too. Sorry. The goal is to get back to a gentle grey-blue background and blue links. I was just going to do a stylesheet override, but I could only get my CSS changes to go through in Chrome, not in Firefox. Weird... So shelved for now.

2. Started getting a ton of Polish and Russian spambots replying in comments, so I've had to change replies to only show up after I approve them. Sorry. I don't like it either.

3. I'd like to add a custom header with thumbnail image + link to, say, my top 2-3 most popular entries. Livejournal's system comes across as antique and convoluted to me, though. I can guarantee it's going to take me a while to figure it out.

For now, if you're curious, those two entries definitely seem to be:
Relient K drama AKA Why did Matt Thiessen and his fiance break up AKA Why did he cheat on her?

It's Like the American Revolution, but Awesome.

A lot of things are way outdated, like my LJ profile. I hope to update those at some point as well.

Anyway, if you're still here, thanks for reading.

FoBomb's Rackets and Drapes pages - R&D Symbol Explanation

Explanation of the R&D symbol,
by R&D manager, Mr. Macabre

Just so all of you know, for now, here is the background of the symbol.
It is not a satanic symbol, quite possibly satanists may use something similar in their shallow mockery. All things have been created by God. Satan only tries to counterfeit for his use. Take for instance the upsidedown cross, not satanic. Satanists use it because they are weak. Peter was crucified upsidedown. He did not feel worthy to die the same as his Lord, therefore this symbol has been used to represent a martyr's death. Now back to the symbol.

The Star of David is not satanic, it has six points, not five. The star is fashioned after David's shield for battle, it also represents the 6 days of creation. The circle around it symbolizes the eternal character of God, never beginning, never ending. The letters: start at the top and skip every other letter, Father, Son, Holy, Spirit form the holy trinity. Then start from the left of the F: you have the great I AM. The roman numeral 7 has many scriptural references, from the number of God, number of perfection, 7 seals, 7 bowls, 7 trumpets, etc. There are only 3 vertical lines within the symbol. Each of those form the vertical post of a cross. One is in the center and the other two are at its side. We believe Christ died for us, this represents and remembers the crucifiction. In the center you will see door handles. Revelation 3:20 - Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with me.

When we come to that point that we realize we need the Saviour, we open the door to our heart and let Him come in and live within us. Just remember that there are many symbols out there that are used by satanists that originally were used by Christians in the times the Bible was written. Satans only purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. He will lie to you at any cost. Be blessed,

mr. macabre.

FoBomb's Rackets and Drapes pages - Kill Your Self Explanation and Lyrics

Rackets and Drapes - Kill Yourself

Explanation from The
Haunted Press, Vol#1 Issue#2
by Kandy Kane

I figured I would need to do this one. Let's start with the title itself. Notice there are three words, not two. This is not about dying, but putting the "self" where it belongs. Jesus said that we must crucify ourselves daily. Our "selfishness" we have to hang upon the cross to follow him. His words, not mine. Luke 9:23 lays it out. I had a feeling when we wrote this song we would be questioned by alot of parents. If you look through the lyrics, you will see this song is nothing more than saying that the only way to walk with Christ is to remove sin in our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. "...not in Kool-aid, or outer space...." referring to the Jim Jones and Heaven's Gate cult movements. That is not the death our Lord was talking about! A very powerful statement and so simple of a request. Learn it. Know it. Live it. It's not such a horrible saying after all, is it. Just like the symbol shirt, this one will give you the opportunity to share the gospel. Many people will read it and make comments. Don't be shy. A perfect time to explain it. Again, this is another allegory written song. Even though so many may
not understand this, I felt a multitude would. It's got to be one of my favorite songs now. The drive behind it is unreal. Most definitely a crowd pleaser.

Lyrics to Kill Your Self

for you to live
you must die
now's the time
to take your life

say good-bye
to your ties
come and try

kill your self
dead man walking
kill your self
dead man walking

misery loves company
hanging tree

embrace you

not in kool-aid
or outer space
to be saved
is in your faith

kill your self
dead man walking
kill your self
dead man walking

dead man walking
kill your self
dead man walking
kill your self
dead man walking
kill your self
dead man walking
kill your self
dead man walking
kill your self
dead man walking
kill your self
dead man walking
kill your self
dead man walking
kill your self
dead man walking
kill your self
dead man walking

FoBomb's Rackets and Drapes pages

I'm trying a new thing called Ice Sickle's Book of the Dead. Basically, the Book of the Dead is me hosting things that have disappeared from the web that I think should still be around. I'm going to kick things off with FoBomb's stuff on Rackets and Drapes.

To give you some very brief background, FoBomb was a fellow Rackets and Drapes fan. We met on the band's message board, met up in real life (since we lived in the same state), and became pretty good friends. Fo went on to eventually became a member of Rackets and Drapes years later. (As far as I know we're still friends. However, he moved to another state, and we've been out of contact for about 4 years. If you ever read this, miss you, man. Hope your life is going well.)

FoBomb's Mørkerom
Fo had several websites, most of which he stopped updating before we dropped out of contact, including a website he liked to call "FoBomb's Mørkerom" (Mørkerom meaning "darkroom" in Norwegian) which was hosted on Tripod, a free webhost that was pretty popular big back in the 90's. As tends to happen in life, websites grow old and get discarded, and for this one it was no different. The Mørkerom went on life support in 2004 and stopped being updated altogether sometime in 2004 or 2005. The skeletal husk of that website does remain, but Tripod is itself near death and the sites that cling to it's tattered frame seem to be virus laden these days.

The original page can be viewed here:
(Warning: follow the tripod links at your own peril. I get lots of warnings from Web Of Trust when I go there. That site might infect your computer, but hopefully not.)

And his website is/was (same warning):

Because of that, here is a mirror, backup archive, blatant ripoff, or whatever-you-want-to-call-it of the portion of FoBomb's Mørkerom having to do with the Christian shock rock / industrial / goth band Rackets and Drapes. Hopefully he doesn't mind that I'm doing this.

People ask a lot of questions about R&D.
And most of them are about the song Kill Your Self
and about the symbol. So, here's some info for those of you with questions.

Kill Your Self

The Symbol

Contacting me

I'm not going to be posting here much (har!) because of a priority shift. I'm still following several people here, so I will be checking by every now and then. This journal will probably also still receive the occasional letting-steam-escape-so-I-don't-blow-my-top rant as well.

I'm spending more time on Facebook now. If you know me and want to hook up there, PM me and we'll make it happen. (But please explain how you know me... meaning, if it's not going to be obvious to me who you are, please do some explaining. I'm not going to give random strangers my FB info, but if we were ever web friends that's good enough for me.)

I also finally have the perfect storm: enough free time (yay unemployment, yay successfully quitting WOW 2 years ago) and a lot of already written unpublished content. Because of that I'm looking into starting a small blog/website type deal. Although I'm not completely sure what it will look like yet, anime reviews, game design, writing of various kinds, obscure music, theory, and old portfolio stuff will feature prominently simply because they're what I've been doing. (The portfolio includes: a few programs, art, websites--yes, I checked, the long finished but unpublished FF7G backup still survives, might as well include it in the mix.)

I will *NOT* be linking to any of the above from here. This place is my semi-secret hidey-hole for ranting or whatever you want to call it, not the home of my public web persona. If people figure out the link between the two, more power to them, but I'm not going to go out of my way to tell anyone.

Feel free to PM or post here if you want the info when it's off the ground. (Assuming it gets off the ground, of course. Maybe I'll suddenly get hired again! I can dream. :)

Also, Virginia Creeper is no Rackets and Drapes, but they're the closest thing I've heard in a long time: Bible thumping Industrial Metal. Recommended for anyone into such.
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