Today's Rhino is a hoot! April Fool's Day hasn't fallen on their Thursday release day for many years and, as Hammer mentions in his "rumors" section, "...Fortunately we don't expect another week like this for at least six (more) years"
The entire front page is a spoof with John and Willie Hammer providing two of the "articles" and Scott Yost batting clean up with a story that sucked me in (a bit) until my Jinni reminded me of what day it was. For those of you who can't get a copy locally... it will be posted this coming Monday.
But, in other Rhino news...
Best selling author Jerry Bledsoe offers a skeptical take on the veracity of Monday's Pulpit Forum sponsored prayer vigil that was supposed to benefit Commissioner Billy Yow. The event was covered by local TV on Monday and the N&R on Tuesday.
Noting the fact that Yow's arch nemisis and fellow Commissioner Skip Alston was present and participating in the vigil, Bledsoe questions if the purpose of the event was really concern over Yow's eternal soul... or was it Guilford politics as usual... sez Bledsoe, "... That Alston was a member of this prayer circle surely has to cause the skeptical, such as myself, to suspect that the whole affair was manipulated by (Alston) for his own political purposes."
Bledsoe then opines that the vigil's true purpose was to perhaps "(p)ublicly humiliate a fellow human being..." and then suggests that the Pulpit Forum hold similar prayer events "(t)o pray for exploiting religion for crass partisan politics." Good point Jerry.
When I first heard that the Pulpit Forum was going to pray for Yow in an organized fashion, I assumed the prayers were going to be offered in the many African-American churches that the Pulpit Forum represents... on Sunday... during service. When the Pulpit Forum took their prayer efforts to the steps of the Guilford County Courthouse on Monday, (after notifying the press of the event) they politicized a sacred tradition. I too question the Forum's true motives.