Archive for Monday, November 26, 2007

How many Nimrods can one town hold?

November 26, 2007


It's difficult to resist a series called "Nimrod Nation" (8 p.m., Sundance), the eight-part documentary that airs every Monday night through Dec. 17. The Nimrod is the team name for the high school athletes in Watersmeet, a small hamlet in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Watersmeet residents seem obsessed with high school basketball, and men old enough to be great-grandfathers introduce themselves as Nimrods, class of 1940.

The intimate film takes an unabashed liking to its subject. The residents live far from urban distractions and spend their time hunting, ice fishing, shooting and riding snowmobiles. It's no exaggeration to say that Nimrods live close to nature and in a place where nature thinks nothing of turning the thermostat down to 25 below zero.

The main drama involves the 2005-2006 Nimrod basketball season. Coach Peterson, a third-generation Nimrod, has two sons on the squad. A subplot involves one local resident's efforts to halt a real estate development near a waterfall, a local natural wonder and tourist attraction. When a neighbor accuses him of being a "tree-hugger," he responds with a philosophy more rooted in scripture than the Sierra Club, calling the subdivision "a crucifixion upon the land."

"Nimrod Nation" evokes a small-town atmosphere that many fear lost. In some stretches, it may remind viewers of "Fargo" without the violence and "Friday Night Lights" without the sex. A father takes his boys ice fishing on a vast frozen lake in subzero temperatures and calls it "heaven."

But all is not hunky dory. Fear of drug use and teen pregnancy abound, and while relations between the white residents and the local Native Americans have improved since the Nimrod class of 1940, tension and resentment lingers. One cheerleader confesses that she "hates" the town and wants to move somewhere warmer, "like Wisconsin."

¢ Three repeats of "The Closer" (7 p.m., TNT) air every night through Wednesday.


igby 10 years, 7 months ago

Nimrod is a relative term in the singular, like "all your relatives are nimrods" is false because there is no plural association for the origin of the word. Its an Old Biblical first name in referring to a first person.

The term S**t is an example. Person Place or thing. Neither. A verb in the present tense. A noun in the past tense. You must add something before it or after it to have association to it's proper meaningful use.

"Nimrods" plural does not exist.

If you don't believe me then why does your spell check say its misspelled. S**ts is a condition. Neither person place or thing but a verb. "Nimrods is not a condition.

gr 10 years, 7 months ago

And some confuse the Tau of Nimrod with the Cross of Jesus.

jonas 10 years, 7 months ago

Probably once people stop seeing Christophobia everywhere.

jd 10 years, 7 months ago

Interesting that the same people who are christophobic aren't islamophobic.

beatrice 10 years, 7 months ago

Remember folks, Dolly is just right-thinker using a different name. He has already been outed elsewhere. So everything "she" says is coming from his pointed head.

Scottsdale Community College are the Artichokes.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 7 months ago

when used for a foolish or silly person, 'nimrod' is often spelled 'nymrod' for emphasis and to highlight that meaning. wiki didn't include that.

they don't grow artichokes around scotsdale...but then they don't grow nimrods in the michigan up either.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 7 months ago

Pywacket (Anonymous) says: Homophobes have no excuse.

Your diatribe about the purity of our homosexual brothers is total conjecture and crap. You have no idea if what you write is true or not.

But, don't let that stop you.

I've never met a homosexual who wasn't messed up in the head for one reason or another. You can postulate all you want, but you're quite full of it. Good night.

igby 10 years, 7 months ago

Pywacket: It's o.k. to use it incorrectly, I was just pointing out that its has in fact mutated into a totally different Icon. My spell check still does not see "nimrods" as proper or accepted spelling.

I was jokingly serious about the icon Nimrod. However, in the film Pulp Fiction, it was used it in the Cafe/diner robbery clip by John T. describing the english couple (robbers) of the diner.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 7 months ago

and, at university of california, santa cruz, the mascot is "the battling banana slugs!" you walk off campus into the forested mountains and you'll find lots of banana slugs if you wish to commune with them.

py, you are wrong. the scale of death is way tipped in favor of the leadership that was atheistic or unbelieving, i.e. Stalin, Hitler, Cambodia's killing fields, vietnam after we pulled out. just there, I've listed something beyond 18 million souls killed by atheistic or unbelieving leadership, and there's lots more. so, put away the cliche thinking and the antichristian biggotory you've learned from liberal profs.

gr 10 years, 7 months ago

"Of course, if you want to get right down to it, the religious beliefs of Stalin, etc., were largely incidental to the atrocities they committed."

While I would disagree with some of your gay list, you probably do have a point here. I believe I've heard it said that Hitler thought he was doing God's will. Many people do believe similarly in the atrocities they do. This comes from a simple idea that God makes laws, but He doesn't follow them. For example, he says do not kill, but yet if you don't love Him, He'll kill you. He's above His own laws. Kind of lopsided and much like many humans you know about, isn't it?

By subscribing to such a belief system as that, it is very easy to make the jump that if you imagine you are "blessed" by God, then you should "help" Him out. Then you have wars for wiping out a "degenerate" race, or you have "repent or we'll kill you for Jesus".

I would agree, it would be kind of hard to love a God like that. It's also easy to read things in the Bible about God, then compare how humans work and connive and attribute those same ways and methods to God. Just an indication that one hasn't fully understood and come to know God and the Bible - that His laws are not some arbitrary thing, but a reflection upon His character, who He is.

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