He was basically treated like a canned ham.
Fredonia, New York => Fredonia Male Academy/Normal School =>
Duck Soup also has the most bodacious character name: Rufus T. Firefly.
Seriously, how are you a Rube, a true blue Dollop fan, and you haven’t seen Duck Soup? It’s only the length of some Dollop episodes! Git! Go! Now.
I have my hands on my hips and this is my Serious Face.
So, we find ourselves in the Burned Over District again.
No graham crackers or cereal this time, folks. No dueling doctors, but pissing-match prophets.
(Let us take a moment of silence for that alliteration. Damn proud.)
If you are playing fantasy Mormonball, here’s a quick rundown so you can fill in your brackets:
- Brigham Young: into polygamy, took followers to Utah, founded what became today’s LDS church, seen as Joseph Smith’s rightful successor (@ mormonwiki.com)
- Sidney Rigdon: tolerant of polygamy, followers remained in Kirtland, Ohio, then moved to Pittsburgh (@ mormonwiki.com)
- James Strang: against polygamy, found his own set of plates at Voree (@ mormonwiki.com)
- and a shoutout to the woman who WAS NOT FOOLED by Joseph Smith’s polygamy shenanigans: Emma (Hale) Smith: against polygamy, followers remained where they were, damn it, founded the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints (RLDS)
very thorough Wikipedia page–really a portal–on the origin on American polygamy. I don’t use the word “thorough” lightly. Check it:
Scuttling is the act of deliberately sinking a ship by allowing water to flow into the hull. This can be achieved in several ways—valves or hatches can be opened to the sea, or holes may be ripped into the hull with brute force or with explosives.
And now, a musical interlude, a dedication for King James I of America. Young’uns, y’all are going to love this one:
Books! Yay! (Y’all better say “yay!”)
Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith * Linda King Newell and
Winner, winner, chicken dinner for juiciest title: Sidney Rigdon: A Portrait of Religious Excess * Richard S. Van Wagoner
Seer stones, angels, and plates, o my. Early Mormonism and the Magic World View * D. Michael Quinn
In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith * Todd M. Compton
Assassination of a Michigan King: The Life of James Jesse Strang * Roger Van Noord
and, the Kindle Single I am currently reading: The Polygamist King: A True Story of Murder, Lust, and Exotic Faith in America * John J. Miller
baptism of/for the dead/baptism by proxy/vicarious baptism: yes, it is a thing, a current thing. The LDS church received a lot of flak some years ago for baptizing people off the lists of victims of the Holocaust, as well as perpetrators. NOT a good look.
List of denominations/branches/breaches of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS):
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons)
- Community of Christ
- Strangite (James James James James! Sorry, I could hear a hockey stadium chant in my head just then.)
- Mormon fundamentalism
The Society for Strang Studies (No, I am not kidding, I would not tease about something so awesome)
And one final musical sendoff for our one and only American King (God, I hope), the Island King who could not be tamed, except by a bullet (too soon?)…
Band names from this episode:
- Pump Camp (Limp Bizkit cover band)
- One Great Thing (think 21st century Creed)
- Vagina Boy
- Dreams of Empire
Cultural references from this episode:
Oh, why not, let’s flashback to my senior year of high school. Hammer pants, let’s do this!