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Tuesday, July 12, 2021

Next time you visit The Holy Land Experience, bring some spare change for the collection plate (on top of the $35 admission fee). Despite being situated in Theme Park Land — i.e., Orlando — the attraction has successfully argued in court that its religious mission gives it a church-like property tax exemption.

“The undisputed evidence before the court is that (Zion’s Hope) is using the property to spread what it considers to be God’s word to many people at one time. This is in contrast to Disney World’s and Anheuser-Busch’s use of their properties, Epcot and Sea World, respectively, which is indisputably to make money for the companies,” [Judge Cynthia] MacKinnon wrote.

I can see the precedent taking hold here… If the Promised Land means big-time tax breaks, then other parks will find their religion quick. Just picture these corporate-to-ecumenical reconstitutions:

- Disney’s Church of the Holy Mouse, headed by High Deacon Michael Eisner

- Latter-Day Brewmaster Adventists Collective, featuring the devotional music of the Sacred Mystic Sheiks of Morocco

And, in the other direction, I’m sure the other local religious nutjobs will be kicking around theme park plans in light of this…

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 07/12/2021 11:20:54 PM
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Yes, I know: Signage and text all over the blog residing at wannabemuse.com clearly indicates that its chosen name is “Wannabe Muse”.

Still, I can’t look at that all-lower-case URL and not wonder: Is it truly muse, or is she trying to bemuse?

Maybe, like many of us, she’s going for both. Although a search through her site doesn’t yield even a mention of the word “bemuse”. So I’m wondering if she’s aware of the potential ambiguity.

What’s more, she appears to be a Bay area denizen. Small world.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 07/12/2021 08:03:44 PM
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Do I know a winning headline when I see one? I daresay I do.

As of this moment, last Tuesday’s post about Danica McKellar’s photo spread for Stuff Magazine, bearing the borrowed headline “WINNIE THE POO(NTANG)”, is in the top ten Google search results for the phrase “winnie the poo”.

Believe me, my pride knows no bounds.

My conscience impels me to point to Winnie the Pooh’s proper online home, for those stumbling here who are actually looking for Christopher Robin’s pal.

Otherwise, welcome to all you perverts and misspellers.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 07/12/2021 01:51:15 PM
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