Total Depravity

Oh Please, Go Ahead, Lord, and Send the Asteroid…

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People are the worst.

A Pennsylvania woman was expected to be charged Wednesday after police said she allegedly dealt heroine from her hospital bed in the intensive care unit.   According to ABC News, the 38-year-old woman, whose name has yet to be released, is suspected of selling around $1,400 of the illegal drug from Exela Westmoreland Hospital.   Police were alerted after hospital staff became suspicious of an unusual amount of visitors coming and going from her room in the ICU. Police added some of the woman’s visitors did not even know her name.

I just… Come Asteroid, Come.

It’s Funny The Kinds of Things That Make People Allies…

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Take, for example, the embrace of same sex marriage by one ‘Stone Cold Steve Austin‘.  Doubtless, advocates of gay marriage are just absolutely thrilled no end to have Austin’s support.  But it comes at a high price.  I.e., it comes at the price of turning a blind eye to two facts:

1- Austin has been divorced four times, so he doesn’t really believe marriage is all that meaningful in the first place.  And

2- Austin is a wife beater- a wife abuser.  He beats women.  Beats them.  And he’s a big guy.

Now, again, the people happiest about Austin’s pro gay marriage views are thrilled to have his support one suspects.  After all, he’s all kinds of macho, right?  The straight dude for gay rights, etc.  But can they really call him an ally when he practices both marital infidelity and abuse of women?

It’s funny the kinds of things that make people allies.  And the kinds of things that people are willing to overlook to embrace those allies…

It may be the inconsistency of those who like Austin’s view of gay marriage who would, one has to believe, be appalled at his treatment of women, which tells the tale most clearly.  The tale of acceptance of any behavior as long as one’s views are politically correct.  The severance of belief from practice.  The fact that Austin is for marriage in principle and against it in practice: for equality in principle but certainly not a practitioner of it in his treatment of women.  And the fact that gay marriage advocates are touting his decision whilst turning a blind eye to evil mistreatment of others.

Nothing shouts ‘hey, I’m not real’ like selective blindness.

Where In the World is Chris Tilling Now?

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I’m so happy to say that Chris moved here to Tennessee a few months ago and he has been doing really well staying out of trouble.  Until recently

Is this Chris Tilling's motivation? Steal undies to get close to Bieber?
Is this Chris Tilling’s motivation? Steal undies to get close to Bieber?

A Tennessee man has been arrested after police say he tried to sell stolen panties at a Memphis bus station.  The Commercial Appeal reported that Chris Tilling  Joe Milam, 53, tried to sell Victoria’s Secret panties at the MATA station in downtown on Monday and put up a fight when officers tried to arrest him.  Police eventually subdued Tilling Milam, and officers found 59 pairs of panties on him. Most of the panties are valued at almost $800 and still had price stickers and security devices attached.  Tilling  Milam wouldn’t tell officers where he got the underwear.

You never really know people, do you.  But this does explain Chris’s extra suitcase at SBL for what he called ‘pickings’.  I thought it was just some Brit term for souvenirs.  I guessed wrong.

She’s Willing to Have an Abortion, to Be on ‘Big Brother’

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Well, Miss Cunningham, congratulations.  You’ve become loathsome.

cunnEven though people agree that fame has a price, there was much controversy raised when British glamour model Josie Cunningham recently revealed that she was willing to have an abortion in order for her to make it to the UK’s top reality show, Big Brother.

Cunningham, 23, who works as an escort, recently said in an interview that aborting the child would “further her career.”

“I’m finally on the verge of becoming famous and I’m not going to ruin it now,” Cunningham told UK tabloid Sunday Mirror.

“An abortion will further my career. This time next year I won’t have a baby. Instead, I’ll be famous, driving a bright pink Range Rover and buying a big house. Nothing will get in my way,” she added.

I suppose working as an escort is indicative of a lack of morals (among other things) but being willing to kill a child so as to further one’s career is sociopathic.

I have no words to express my sentiments, but I do have a picture…

Satan chewing abortioners who do it for careers
Satan chewing abortioners who do it for careers

Russian Separatists in Ukraine: Your Actions are Utterly and Thoroughly Despicable- And the Civilized World Condemns You For It

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THIS cannot be allowed.

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.

NO.  NO!  If we have to intervene militarily to stop this, then it is what must be done- for morality’s sake.  THIS cannot be tolerated.  The governments of the world are bound by the laws of decency to denounce this in no uncertain terms, and that includes the government of Russia.  Or this is a matter to go to war for.

The Impending Collapse of the Quiverfull Movement

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A fascinating essay in The Daily Beast spells it all out.  From this:

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have put many years and a lot of work into putting a smiling, nearly normal-seeming face on the extreme Christian right. The couple adheres to a fringe strain of fundamentalist Christianity dubbed the “Christian patriarchy” or sometimes the “Quiverfull” movement, and while there is a lot of internal diversity to the movement, they generally preach a combination of beliefs that run counter to mainstream America: absolute female submission, a ban on dating, homeschooling, a rejection of higher education for women, and shunning of contraception in favor of trying to have as many children as humanly possible. The movement is controversial even within Christian right circles, but the Duggars have tried to counter that with their popular reality TV show 19 Kids & Counting, where they present themselves as a wholesome everyday family that just happens to be a little more fecund and conservative than average.

To this

But right as the Duggars are beginning to cash in on all this hard propaganda work, it seems the world they come from—the tiny but growing world of strict Biblical patriarchy—is in real danger of collapsing. While adherents to this form of Christianity, like the Duggars, like to paint an uber-wholesome face on their families and beliefs, ugly truths are finally starting to leak out regarding the problems of infidelity and alleged sexual abuse in the community.

To this

The latest scandal is a doozy. Back in November 2013, Doug Phillips, who, in his capacity as the president of Vision Forum Ministries, is probably the most important leader in the world of Biblical patriarchy, confessed to cheating on his wife and resigned as president of his ministry. “I engaged in a lengthy, inappropriate relationship with a woman,” he wrote. “While we did not ‘know’ each other in a Biblical sense, it was nevertheless inappropriately romantic and affectionate.” Shortly after his confession, Vision Forum Ministries closed up shop, unable to continue with the stink of sex scandal upon them.

And to this

On Tuesday, it was revealed that there may be more to this entire scandal than the typical minister-caught-cheating story. The woman with whom Phillips confessed to an “inappropriate” relationship, named Lourdes Torres-Manteufel, filed suit in Bexar County, Texas, accusing the powerful Christian right leader of pushing her into a multi-year abusive relationship that allegedly featured frequent sexual assault. While the complaint never mentions sexual intercourse, it does claim that he repeatedly groped and masturbated on her while she protested. The plaintiff alleges she was basically moved into Phillips’ house with his wife and children, taken on many family vacations, and given work as a caretaker for the family, all while secretly being bullied into sexual encounters without consent. She even claims that Phillips told her that they would marry soon, as he believed that his wife was about to die.

Gross.  Just… these guys… these guys with their pompous false piety.  These wolves in sheep’s clothing.  They are a disgrace.  The fruit is rotten because the tree is corrupt.  Read the whole.

More Pastoral Misconduct: The Snake Handling Drug Dealing Parson

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A popular snake-handling pastor in Kentucky is facing drug charges following his arrest Tuesday. Verlin Short, 42 from the popular series on Animal Planet, “Snake Man of Appalachia” was arrested Tuesday for charges of trafficking schedule II narcotics. The report from the Letcher County Sheriff’s Office states that on April 24, 2012, Short knowingly sold a quantity of around 20 pills of Oxycodone and Percocet to a confidential informant.

Precious pernicious parson…  (Though it has to be said, if you handle snakes, you probably have to be high to do it… Or insane).

Well, Oklahoma is Close to Texas… So Maybe That’s Why Their Governor is Wicked

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At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements.

The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City, where a labor federation has led the push on a petition to raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The state’s current minimum has been set at the federal level of $7.25. In 2012, 64,000 workers in the state earned $7.25 an hour or less, making up 7.2 percent of all hourly workers, a larger share than the 4.7 percent figure for the country as a whole.

Fallin said she signed the bill out of the worry that higher local minimum wages “would drive businesses to other communities and states, and would raise prices for consumers.” She also argued that “most minimum wage workers are young, single people working part-time or entry level jobs” and that “many are high school or college students living with their parents in middle-class families.” She warned that increasing the minimum wage “would require businesses to fire many of those part-time workers” and harm job creation.

You know what?  The only people who oppose a minimum wage by which people can make a living are people who don’t work at minimum wage jobs.  Oklahoma’s Governor is a dreadful person who cares nothing for the working poor.   She doesn’t belong to the party of Lincoln or even Reagan.  She, and her kind, belong to the party of Nero and Diocletian.

The Kansas Racist Didn’t Kill Jews, He Killed Christians

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Although the shooting suspect, Frazier Glenn Miller, was a known racist and anti-Semite with ties to the Ku Klux Klan, the victims who were gunned down on Sunday were all Christians, devoted to their families, to their churches and to serving their Kansas City communities.

There’s a lot more in the New York Times essay.  Do read it.  And lament a society where madness grips many and hatred in its incomprehensibility makes victims of us all.

Total Depravity: The Tale of Megan Huntsman

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Just… Hell… (though honest people will admit that what she’s done is no different than what those who have abortions do every day by the tens of thousands in this morally bankrupt country).

A woman has been arrested on six counts of murder after authorities found the bodies of seven infants packed into separate cardboard boxes at a home in Utah, police said.

Police arrested Megan Huntsman, 39, of Pleasant Grove, on Saturday following a gruesome discovery at a residence formerly occupied by the woman who they say moved out in 2011.

Officers responding to a phone call from a family member who is currently living at the Pleasant Grove residence arrived at the home to find the first baby which “appeared to be a full term,” according to a police statement.

Police arrested Megan Huntsman, 39, of Pleasant Grove, on Saturday following a gruesome discovery at a residence formerly occupied by the woman who they say moved out in 2011.
Police arrested Megan Huntsman, 39, of Pleasant Grove, on Saturday following a gruesome discovery at a residence formerly occupied by the woman who they say moved out in 2011.