Don't know how many of y'all still watch it.
This month's topic is "the King of the North" - Cook goes into monotonous detail over the JW interpretation about Rome, Germany, USSR, Russia, etc.
Leaving aside for other commentators the emotionally manipulative videos of JWs in Russian holding cells, the tearjerker interviews, the god-awful stiffness of Cook (I suspect he has never genuinely smiled, much less laughed, in his 60+ years), just thought I'd comment on one topic.
The centerpiece of the program is a "morning worship" monologue from Splane. Let's again just leave to the side the dude's pomposity, smugness, and inflated sense of his own genius, and think about this part of his monologue.
He was tracing the history of the "king of the north" and talked about how "Britain" (not England, not the United Kingdom, not Great Britain, but "Britain" - no idea why they have that fixation - anyway...) became the KOTN in the 19th century.
Paraphrasing his comments: "Britain would not have become KOTN if France had its way. France was much wealthier and more powerful, but at the Battle of Waterloo, Britain defeated France. France should have won, but a great rainstorm came and allowed Britain to win, thus becoming KOTN. Of course, Britain was not interested in sharing its power. So, the American colonies declared their independence and fought to gain it. Mistakes were made on both sides but the Americans prevailed."
It's just such a...mishmash....it's...it's....
There's an expression, when someone says stuff that is just so flat out bizarre and weird and convoluted, that it's "not even wrong".
If someone says, for example, "The US gained its independence from Pakistan in the 18th century", you can point out the error ("not Pakistan, but the UK"). Or if they say "Napoleon lost the battle of Waterloo in 1066" again, you can point out the error ("1815, not 1066)". You can correct it.
But if someone says "Aristotle's writings are the reason why George Washington built his mausoleum in Monticello using ancient Egyptian techniques"....you're just left with your mouth hanging open. Where do you start?
Splane's comments are just so....so....I don't know, where do you even begin to correct it?
It's so completely unhinged, it's "not even wrong".
Anyways, just thought I'd share my rambling comments. Anyone else see it?