Hark! Hark! The dogs do bark,/The beggars are coming to town;/Some in rags, some in tags, /And some in velvet gowns. Nursery Rhyme
The begging, cajoling, wheedling, soliciting, cadging, and hustling at St. Gertrude the Great Cult just won't stop.
This week we learned that on top of all the recent fund-raising appeals, the cult masters are now demanding an additional $5,000 - $6,000 to buy a replacement electronic organ "not only to maintain and expand our current musical program, but also for the sake of our upcoming generation of young organists, now 12 and 15."
Dannie and Tony Baloney are always playing the "kiddie card" when they need money for special pet projects. (Remember Dannie's video appeal for SGG School -- "It's for the children"? And then in 2009 he defended the principal after the teachers exposed ill treatment of the little ones.) Why do the faithful have to underwrite the musical instruction of others' children? There must be many other local practice venues with state-of-the-art instruments for talented young keyboard musicians. And what ever happened to the former St. Clare chapel's organ, which the cult masters had in storage?
Why can't that instrument be used to replace their "current 30-year-old electronic organ"? If it was sold off after St. Clare's was forced to close because all the decent folk had left, why can't the proceeds from the sale or auction be applied toward the purchase of the replacement instrument? (Or has that money already been wasted on dumb projects or travel abroad?) Furthermore, is the current organ really "slowly dying" or does the Checkmeister simply want a fancier toy?
If the cult really does need a another organ, how, then, could "One-Hand Dan" have in good conscience traveled to Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico, last week (as he announced in his "Bishop's (?) Corner" on February 8)? If he paid for travel expenses, wouldn't it have been more appropriate to put that money toward the purchase of the replacement organ? As of February 11, $2,375 had already been collected or pledged, and Dannie's trip will no doubt total at least $2K or more. For Pete's sake! That makes almost the whole amount they're asking for!
For their own peace of mind and financial survival, Gerties must stop the cult masters' forever collection campaign. Dirtbag Dan himself may have shown the way: In the same "Corner" where he announced his trip to Mexicali, he wrote the following:
If His Fecklessness ever does get around to "organizing" a suggestion box, we've got a perfect set of questions for a sermon answer, or better still, for a question-and-answer session in public:Do you have any questions you would like answered in a sermon sometime? Let me know. I’ll try to organize a Q and A Box for the vestibule, and maybe some Sunday Q and A sessions in Helfta Hall.
Who paid for the 2015 pre-Lenten winter vacation to Mexico -- Dubious Dan or the Mexican faithful? If the Mexican faithful, can "One Hand" produce documentary proof? If Li'l Dan "shared" the costs, how much did he pay and how much of that was the chapel's money? Finally, if it was the chapel's money, why wasn't it used toward the purchase the replacement organ?