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July 21, 2005

Have a Salem?
Posted by Teresa at 02:53 PM * 17 comments

Liz Marcs observes that Senator Rick Santorum has pointed an accusing finger at the Black Man from Boston. (Thanks for the link, Doyle.) It’s not a good move; as Liz notes, “…when you cry out on the Black Man from Boston, you wake Nicholas Scratch, and he will surely come to call on you.”

Comments on Have a Salem?:
#1 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: July 21, 2005, 05:12 PM:

For further corroboration, independent of the New England folk tradition, please note that Charlie Daniels records the devil as going down (i.e., south) to Georgia.

#2 ::: chance ::: (view all by) ::: July 21, 2005, 05:12 PM:

Love the blog linked. Yeah, made my day when I found out my lifestyle was responsible for the priest abuse scandal.

#3 ::: Scott ::: (view all by) ::: July 21, 2005, 06:44 PM:

I'd just like to take this moment to remind the world what Dan Savage (Sex advice columnist) is trying to do with Santorum's name.
Note: There is some amount of sex-related content there.

Frothy discharge indeed!

#4 ::: Josh Jasper ::: (view all by) ::: July 21, 2005, 07:05 PM:

I've started refering to him as "Senator Man On Dog".

#5 ::: BSD ::: (view all by) ::: July 21, 2005, 11:43 PM:

Josh --
I just call him Sen. Dogf&cker. Shorter, clearer.

#6 ::: Randolph Fritz ::: (view all by) ::: July 22, 2005, 05:11 PM:

I think I saw the Black Man down at the crossroads. Or was that the queen of faerie?

#7 ::: John M. Ford ::: (view all by) ::: July 22, 2005, 05:32 PM:

I think I saw the Black Man down at the crossroads.

And his hair was perfect.

#8 ::: Michelle ::: (view all by) ::: July 23, 2005, 07:44 AM:

I think I saw the Black Man down at the crossroads.

And his hair was perfect.

He's the the werewolf of London?

#9 ::: Josh Jasper ::: (view all by) ::: July 23, 2005, 10:39 AM:

I saw the Old Nick Scratch with a prayerbook menu in his hands walking through the Commons in the rain
He was looking for a Church named Holy Fucks
For to get himsef an altar boy

If you hear him praying outside your chapel door
Better not let him in
Sweet young boy got buggered late last night
It was the Devils of Boston again

He's the frock coated gent who ran amuck at Tufts
Lately he's been overheard in Brookline
Better stay away from him
He'd like to bend you over, Jim
I'd like to meet his tailor

#10 ::: mythago ::: (view all by) ::: July 23, 2005, 03:32 PM:

I really hope that Old Nick got a better lawyer after that whole fiasco.

Oh, wait--looks like he did!

#11 ::: Sandy ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2005, 12:53 PM:

Now I've got Laurie Anderson's "The day the Devil" stuck in my head.

Not that this is a bad thing.

"The day the devil comes to getcha
He's got a smile like a scar
He knows the way to your house
He's got the keys to your car
And when he sells you his sportcoat
You say: Funny! That's my size. . ."

Weird thing- I think New York and Boston are competing for Home of the Devil, as well as everything else. We think of Boston as home of the Blue Laws, the place where bars close at 1 AM or something silly. I have a half-remembered story, which I can't find a reference for, of Billy Graham coming to New York City and reading from the bible, replacing the words "Sodom and Gomorrah" with "New York City".

Is Boston as sinful as all that?

#12 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2005, 03:15 PM:

"Not that this is a bad thing."

Give me back me innocence
Give me a brand new suit . . .

Great song, great album.

#13 ::: cd ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2005, 03:27 PM:

JvP: Didn't Hell irrupt in Death Valley, not Las Vegas?

#14 ::: John M. Ford ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2005, 03:40 PM:

"If I owned Hell and Las Vegas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Vegas. 'Cause never mind what they tell you, even Mr. Adversary's gotta sleep once in a while."

#15 ::: John M. Ford explores the limits of spammish imbecility ::: (view all by) ::: July 26, 2005, 03:14 AM:

I had game AIs running on my Apple 2c that were smarter than this.

#16 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: July 26, 2005, 12:36 PM:

Wow. You're not kidding.

#17 ::: adamsj ::: (view all by) ::: July 27, 2005, 01:28 PM:

It's well known that I'm a sucker for a

Happy Ending

Devil: I feel the hot wind blowin'
From the West to the East
I feel the hot wind blowin'
Can't get no relief
I feel the hot wind blowin'
Ev'ry day and ev'ry night
I feel my confidence growin'
And I know I'm gonna be alright

I see the volcanoes
'Rupting and erupting
Red walls of fire

I got corruption
I got Las Vegas in my mind

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