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#Grimm: Organ Grinder

“We shall see the crumbs of bread…..and they will show us our way home again.”

This week’s episode of Grimm was the darkest and probably the best all around episode to date.  We open up with the image of a raven pecking, feasting on a corpse which had just been thrown overboard, into a river.  The raven, for those unfamiliar with the Brothers Grimm’s work, is a symbol for evil and wickedness, primarily from women (part of the residue 19th century Prussian liberal male sexism). Our usual suspects, Nick and Hank, are on the job, at the scene of the crime.

Next, we see Nick, going to Monroe (surprise surprise?) for advice, about his relationship with his significant other, Juliette.  Nick finally tells Monroe that Aunt Marie told him to break up with Juliette. Of course, this should bring out more of our suspicions. Is Aunt Marie right in this matter? And going back to last week’s episode, Of Mouse and Man, where there is a family spooked by the sight of Juliette, one has to wonder if she herself is not a Wesen (of course, that’s my take).

Hank and Nick take a look at the body, and find two holes in the neck of the victim. Sergeant Wu asks, “Anyone believe in vampires?”

Throughout the investigation, Hank and Nick discover the victims are usually homeless street kids, renting P.O. boxes., going to the free clinic, taking temporary employment opportunities. Hank summed up the situation: “Sounds like migrant labor.”

This modern day Hansel and Gretel re-telling stayed faithful to the original tale which begins as a story of economic oppression. When Nick and Juliette take Hanson and Gracie out to dinner, Gracie tells them, “It’s pretty simple. Our parents sucked.” Oh, but it’s still the mother’s fault. Don’t forget that. Women are evil. T.V. is always a good reminder of that. Thankfully, the big bad Wesen this week were not the center of the story (which they shouldn’t) but we met a Fuchsbau for the first time, a cat-like creature who sells dried up, grounded human organs for a price, and he begs Grimm not to kill him. Of course, this indicates that Marie and other past Grimms had a history of extreme violence and murder against the other Wesen. The other Wesen this week was a Geier, a witch-like troll, with a crooked beak. She seems to be the one behind the whole “free health clinic turned human organ selling cartel” scam. Enter Captain Renard: “Well which ever way you look at it, it’s still cannibalism.” And in a moment of truth and dark humor, Sergeant Wu corrects him “Uh, I think it’s pronounced capitalism.”

Nick, being so goodhearted, attempts to save the Geier, but she falls into a pit of fire (happens at the end of the actual Hansel and Gretel story too!). At end of this, Renard recieves a package, a box, with the Reaper emblem on it. It’s the ear he sliced off from another Reaper who tried to trespass on the Captain’s territory. A mysterious voice, speaking for “the Ferrat” (I can only assume to be the ruling council of Reaper warns Renard, “A Grimm on his own is like a Samurai with his Master.”

Renard counters that this one has a badge and conscience. Does that make all the difference, with Grimm’s family past history and all? Perhaps Renard is more complex than I first realized. Maybe he, like Nick, is a rebel against his own tradition, although Nick is not aware of it yet.

I just simply cannot wait for next week: Amy Acker (FRED FROM ANGEL) will be guest starring!!!


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Food for the stomach, coffee for the homeless

There is a ministry in Denver called Network Ministries. I am sure that it does all kinds of good things. But I don’t really care about those things. What I do care about, what really got my blood pumping, is their ministry to the homeless.

What do homeless people need? Food and shelter, right? Maybe. I would argue that those are not the most important things that a homeless person needs. But those are important, and for most of us that are inclined to help those who are less fortunate, donating money or food to a shelter or food kitchen will salve our conscience long enough to get on with the enjoyment of our bounty.

But what do homeless people need most? The same thing everyone else needs. They need to be loved. Cared for. A part of something. This is what Network Ministries does when it opens up its coffee shop for the homeless every weekday afternoon and Saturday morning. The homeless and poor can go there to get coffee, as well as something most people who “help” forget about – community. They are treated as patrons. Treated with respect. They can gather and not be shooed away. They are cared about and respected. They have a place to be.

Sunday morning they worship the God who dwells among the poor and oppressed. God dwells among those who cry. God dwells among those who suffer. God dwells in the actions of those who don’t see themselves as better than those who are down and out, but are willing, not just to visit the homeless and poor, but to dwell among them.

“Pleased as man with man to dwell,
Jesus our Immanuel.”


Untold Stories from the 2010 Winter Olympics: An Update

Thanks to the folks at the Mormon Worker, I have been updatde about the Olympic Resistance movement, which is anti-imperialist and anti- corporatist in nature from what I understand.

As an update to my last post Untold Stories from the Winter Olympics, I wanted to link to Democracy Now’s coverage of Olympic Resistance as an anti-poverty movement, thanks in part to Franklin Lopez of Vancouver’s Media Co-Op.

Also, the Student Christian Movement of Canada has been updating its audience about protests for homes, not games.

You can see that here at this link: Student Christian Movement at York University: SCM York joins SCM UBC, Indigenous and Anti-Poverty activists calling for Homes Not Games and No Olympics on Stolen Native Land!

I hope these groups make themselves to be proper martyrs (martyr is the greek word for witness, not someone on a suicide mission) by bringing down nationalism and imperialism.

Truth and Peace,