Archive for the ‘Total Depravity’ Category
In a recent interview with the Times magazine, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called “mild pedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes “lasting harm.” Dawkins went on to say that one of his former school masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts,” and that to condemn this “mild touching up” as sexual abuse today would somehow be unfair.
“I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild pedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today,” he said. Plus, he added, though his other classmates also experienced abuse at the hands of this teacher, “I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.”
And he’s widely respected as a scientist and a thinker? And people take seriously anything he says at all? They’re as foolish as he is.
I kid you not- a headline in Ha’aretz declares-
Owl injured in mortar attack on Israel picking up, attacked his doctors
That’s a terrific sign for the young bird, who sustained head injuries – but clearly knows what’s going on.
Meanwhile over 700 Palestinians are DEAD and most of them are women and children… But at least the owl is ok…
The world has gone mad.
This is disgusting. Do the people who make these signs not have any memory at all of the outrage committed against Jews just a few decades back stirred up by exactly this kind of hatred. It’s sickening. Jews aren’t to blame for what’s going on in Gaza. Some people are. And any person with half an ounce of sense knows you can’t hold a lot of people responsible for the deeds of a few. It’s immoral.
A Belgian watchdog on anti-Semitism complained to the mayor of a suburb of Liege against owners of a cafe whose window display featured a sign that said Jews were not allowed inside. The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, filed the complaint Wednesday against the parties responsible for hanging a Turkish- and French-language sign at a cafe in Saint-Nicolas, a town located just east of the southern city of Liege.
The Turkish text reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Jews are not under any circumstances.” The French text replaces “Jews” with “Zionists.” Following the LBCA complaint, the mayor of Saint-Nicolas, Jacques Heleven, dispatched police to the cafe, who had the sign removed and confirmed the LBCA report.
The window display also included a Palestinian flag, an Israeli flag crossed out with a red “X” sign, and a kaffieh, or Palestinian shawl, draped around it. “LBCA will file in the coming hours a criminal complaint with the Liege prosecutor over the actions of those responsible for this violation of the July 30 law against racism and xenophobia of 1981,” LBCA said in a statement.
A blogger convicted of criminally impersonating his father’s academic rivals on the subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls will stay out of jail for the time being. Raphael Golb was scheduled to start his two-month sentence on Tuesday. But a New York judge decided Monday to postpone it. Golb hopes to remain free during appeal. He says he merely used satire in support of his father, a University of Chicago professor. An appeals court said a law used in some counts against him was unconstitutionally broad. Defense attorney Ronald Kuby says Golb is therefore entitled to a new trial. The scrolls contain the earliest known versions of portions of the Hebrew Bible. Prosecutors had no immediate comment. More court papers are due by Aug. 25.
Never mind justice for the victims of Golb’s crimes. As long as he’s ok that’s all that matters to the American Injustice System (and it’s a farce).
How many times does the miscreant have to be found guilty before he serves his sentence?
An 11-year-old girl became the latest child in Chicago to be killed by gunfire this past weekend when a stray bullet sailed through a bedroom window and struck her. Shamiya Adams was at a sleepover in the city’s West Garfield Park neighborhood when a shooting occurred outside and a bullet hit her in the head, according to ABC News station WLS. She is one of 10 children under the age of 18 who have been killed since the summer began in what is quickly becoming a very deadly summer across the city, according to Chicago officials.
What sort of barbarians shoot indiscriminately caring not who or what they kill or maim? Totally depraved ones.
Because our world is filled with the evils of war and cruelty and viciousness and depravity. And the old ridiculous belief that education or prosperity will make it better is proven wrong every day. In our day even parental instinct has been overridden by depravity.
A 28-year-old Greenville mother of four has been arrested and charged for allegedly starving and beating her 7-year-old son in conjunction with her parents, who were also taken into custody.
Mary C. Rader, and her parents Dennis C. Beighley, 58, and Deana C. Beighley, 47, were arrested at their home on Wednesday following an investigation by the Mercer County District Attorney’s office which began after the Mercer County Children and Youth Services informed them of the situation.
According to their report, the child was “clearly underweight,” and suffering from extreme neglect and abuse at the hands of his mother and grandparents. The boy lived with his grandparents, mother, two sisters and elder brother. While the two girls were healthy, the two boys were both undernourished.
Last month the younger brother was taken to UPMC Horizon medical facility, and then transferred to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was found to weigh only 25 pounds, even though he had gained some weight since spending time there.
Accordingly, and I’m willing to assert this without hesitation, our only hope is God and our only refuge is faith. That’s why you need to find your place in his presence. Without doing so, where will you turn?
Police say a Daytona Beach father beat an 18-year-old man unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son. The father has not been charged with any crime. Do you think he should be?
To which I answer- nope. Defending the defenseless is a moral duty. Especially for a father when his child is being violated and abused. Being beaten unconscious… that’s the least that should happen to a child molester. The least. [And, I know, so don't bother writing, I've made my left leaning friends mad. Can't apologize.]
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Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law. This incident, which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza.
Immediately after discovery, the Agency informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school. UNRWA has launched a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.
UNRWA has strong, established procedures to maintain the neutrality of all its premises, including a strict no-weapons policy and routine inspections of its installations, to ensure they are only used for humanitarian purposes. UNRWA will uphold and further reinforce its procedures.
Hamas has done evil. And evil, even in the pursuit of some good, is never appropriate. The ends DO NOT justify the means. With thanks to Oded Lipschits for the heads up.
This guy writes the truth. Even if he does it for the HuffPo.
It occurs to me that the continuing Gaza war can be viewed (in addition to viewing it as part of Israel’s continuing battle to maintain the occupation) as a testament to the failure of American democracy. Hear me out.
Everyone knows that the only way to permanently end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is by Israel getting out of the territories occupied after the ’67 war in exchange for ironclad security arrangements guaranteed by the United States.
The territories Israel would evacuate would become an independent Palestinian state.
So why does the conflict continue? No, not because the Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel. They have,repeatedly.
It continues because the one nation in the world which can make mediate such a deal, the United States, will not do so because it fears retribution from big donors mobilized by the lobby. That is why the Kerry mission failed. It is why every peace initiative going back to Oslo has failed. Every U.S. position has to be cleared by the donors. (I was working at AIPAC in 1982 when President Reagan himself telephoned its executive director to clear a proposal the United States was planning to issue.)
Big donors will not permit the United States to even call for a settlement freeze, let alone for ending the occupation, making any negotiations ridiculous. Why should Palestinians negotiate over the final disposition of the West Bank when, even while the negotiations are going on, Israel continues to gobble up more land and expel Palestinians from homes on that land?
Because of the occupation, because of the settlements, and because of big donors who are mobilized by the Israel lobby to protect both, the United States is forced into a position of helplessness.
As for this war, the United States cannot propose a reasonable and fair solution to it because donors won’t permit it. President Obama cannot even express what he must feel about the dead children of Gaza. Every word must be crafted and weighed not to offend the donors. The dead kids of Gaza don’t exist because Israel “has the right to defend itself” against them.
That is why no one ever mentions that America could use its $3.5 billion a year in aid to Israel to influence its behavior. Impossible. The donors would go crazy.
And more. And he’s right. Our cowardly snivelling politicians are toadies of lobbyists and nothing more. America is no Democracy, it is an Oligarchy. An Oligarchy in service of the idol it worships, the almighty dollar.