Daily Archives: 2 Sep 2010

It Stands to Reason…

Volunteer fire-fighters are known to start fires and animal rescuers are, unsurprisingly, known to hoard pets. And then dispose of them. Like Linda Bruno

Linda Bruno called her Pennsylvania cat rescue the land of milk and tuna. It thrived for years as people sent pets they couldn’t care for from hundreds of miles away — unaware it was a death camp for cats. Investigators who raided the place two years ago found killing rooms, mass graves so thick they couldn’t take a step without walking on cat bones and a stunning statistic: Bruno had taken in over 7,000 cats in the previous 14 months, but only found homes for 23. In doing so, she had become a statistic herself, one of an increasing number of self-proclaimed rescuers who have become animal hoarders running legal and often nonprofit charities.

That, dear friends, is a demonstration of depravity which stuns. Sure, I’m no fan of cats. But slaughtering them wholesale like that is just simply pure evil.

Quote of the Year: On The Scoundrelism of Anonymity

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“Anonymity, that shield for every kind of literary scoundrelism, must disappear. The pretext for its introduction into literary periodicals was that it protected honest critics from the wrath of authors and their patrons. But for every case of this kind there are a hundred cases where it serves merely to allow complete irresponsibility to reviewers who would be unable to defend what they write, or even to conceal the shame of those so venal and abject as to recommend books to the public in exchange for a tip from their publisher. It often merely serves to cloak the obscurity, incompetence and insignificance of the reviewer. It is unbelievable what impudence these fellows are capable of, and from what degree of literary knavery they will not shrink, once they know themselves secure in the shadow of anonymity.”  –  Schopenhauer

Well said, S., well said indeed! With thanks to Mark R. for sending it to me.  By the way, that’s the same expression that’s always on my face too.

A New (To Me) Bookstore Blog

A printing press in Kabul, Afghanistan.

I wasn’t aware the CBD had a book blog but they do (and I know it because Bobby K. of Hendrickson told me so).  It looks to be pretty good (sort of along the lines of the T&T Clark blog but not as narrow in perspective (i.e., not just about one publisher’s stuff).

Matthew Miller is the blogger there.  It’s worth adding to your feed reader if not your blogroll.  It will, it seems, keep you up to date on the arrival of new volumes of interest to those studying biblical stuff and theology.

And if you want to write reviews for them (of your own things- I don’t think they provide books for review), you can.

Are you a student, pastor, or scholar looking to publish a book review? Well how does publishing it for an audience that numbers well into the tens of thousands sound?

Hey they get as many hits in a 36 hour period as I do!  Nice!

Anywho, check it out.  What could it hurt?

Americans Aren’t Very Good at Facing the Truth

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Me as I appear to myself

For example, you can still hear people say things like ‘she’s a good woman’ or ‘he’s a good man’.  And worst of all, ‘I believe people are basically good’ – all of which indicate that Americans don’t handle the truth of total depravity very well and don’t understand at all that only God is good and any goodness any of us have is pure gift.

Americans also ignore the truth or more likely intentionally turn away from it when it comes to the epidemic of obesity.

Many Americans have skewed perceptions when it comes to their weight, often believing they are lighter than they actually are, even when the scales are shouting otherwise, a new poll finds. As part of the Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey, respondents were asked to provide their height and weight, from which pollsters calculated their body-mass index (BMI), a ratio of weight to height. Respondents were then asked which category of weight they thought they fell into. Thirty percent of those in the “overweight” class believed they were actually normal size, while 70 percent of those classified as obese felt they were simply overweight. Among the heaviest group, the morbidly obese, almost 60 percent pegged themselves as obese, while another 39 percent considered themselves merely overweight.

Obese people think they’re just slightly overweight and overweight people think they’re normal… No wonder so few are doing anything about it.  That’s why, every day I get up, I look in the mirror and when I’m done gagging I tell myself- good heavens Jim, you’re one obese cow!  It keeps me away from a lot of things, believe me!

Here We Go Again: Another Gulf Well Blows Up

Deepsea Delta oil drilling rig in the North Sea.

Perhaps we should have developed alternative energy supplies years ago when we first started using a fossil fuel of limited supply.  Now we’re so addicted to oil that we’re willing to destroy the planet to get it and use it.

We are a slow learning species, aren’t we.

An offshore oil rig has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, west of the site of the April blast that caused the massive oil spill. Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel says the blast was reported by a commercial helicopter company about 9:30 a.m. CDT Thursday. Seven helicopters, two airplanes and four boats are en route to the site, about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay along the central Louisiana coast. Ranel says it hasn’t been determined whether the structure is a production platform or a drilling rig or whether workers were aboard. Ranel says smoke was reported but it is unclear whether the rig is still burning.

Here’s hoping and praying that all the well’s safety features worked this time.

Please Help Me Convince Chris Tilling Not to Get a Tongue Stud

Chris writes

Jim, I need your advice.  I want to have a hole drilled in my tongue and then i want to place a little metal ball on a stick through it.  Multiple times.  Like this:

And yes, I want the lipstick too.  And then I want to get one of these

Chris, don’t do it man!  It will cause all kinds of problems – as this gripping report makes clear.

A case study in the Journal Of Clinical Orthodontics showed that over a period of seven years, a young woman playing with her tongue stud inadvertently caused a gap to form between her front teeth. What do you think?

Please write Chris and tell him not to do it!  It will ruin his speaking career!!!!!  (Among other things).  Write Chris at ctilling@ctilling.de  – and do it today!

Facebook Offsites to Avoid Like the Plagues They Are

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If you find yourself on Facebook and you feel yourself tempted to ‘like’ anything which links to http://likem.info/ don’t do it.  There’s no way to remove the ‘like’ and there’s no way to contact the spammers who run the site.  Similarly, http://op.golikeus.org/ is another dead end trap from which you cannot escape.

Neither of these offsite ‘likes’ offer any sort of  ‘unlike’ like legitimate Facebook pages.  Once you click ‘like’ it’s too late- they will forever be on your list.

Speaking of People Suing Airlines…

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Oh come on.  Litigiousness and lawyers willing to fuel the greed and receive their cut are one of the primary reasons that the rest of us have to pay so much for everything.  This is absurd.  And it’s ridiculous.

A woman has sued American Airlines, saying she was traumatized when the plane she was on ran off the runway at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, passenger Jewel Thomas said she has suffered severe mental and emotional problems because of the incident on Sept. 22, 2008. American Flight 268, a Boeing 757, was flying nonstop from Seattle to New York when it made an emergency landing at O’Hare, skidding onto the grass next to the runway. “That day changed my whole life – it changed my whole world,” Thomas said, adding: “This is one problem I can’t solve.” The woman from Bellevue, Wash., said she is on unpaid disability from her job at Microsoft. Though an experienced world traveler, she said she is no longer able to fly and will sometimes “freak out” when she hears an airplane.

Come on. It’s just still another case of totally depraved persons finding an opportunity to get something for nothing and pouncing on it.

Brits and Their Tea: Interrupting International Travel

Step One: Boil Tea

A British airplane en route to Poland was forced to make an emergency landing in Germany after a 56-year-old woman spilt a hot cup of tea on herself, German police said on Wednesday. The Ryanair flight from Liverpool to Poznan made the unscheduled landing in the northwestern city of Bremen on Tuesday, local police said. The British woman was treated for scalding at the airport and released — but not before the plane resumed its journey without her. She later took a train to Poland, police said.

Diverting a flight for spillage? What was the tea’s temperature, 800 degrees? Did they not have any towels or cloths on the plane they could have put a bit of cool water on or did Ryanair want to charge her for them and she refused?  I bet she sues.

Another Scientist Pretending to be A Theologian

Professor Stephen Hawking in Cambridge, UK.

Stephen Hawking wrongly imagines himself qualified to pontificate on matters theological, according to a new book he’s foisting on a gullible and easily misguided public.

God did not create the universe and the “Big Bang” was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book. In “The Grand Design,” co-authored with U.S. physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking says a new series of theories made a creator of the universe redundant, according to the Times newspaper which published extracts on Thursday. “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist,” Hawking writes.

It’s sad when scientists pretend to know things they don’t, and can’t. Hawking should concentrate his efforts on things he actually knows about instead of dabbling in the field of theology where he is an inept and immobile dilettante. Personally, I wouldn’t buy a used car from the guy much less a theory of beginnings.

An Amazing Depth of Contempt

The Discovery Channel terrorist wanted to kill people there because he didn’t like the programming… I wonder if it ever occurred to him to change the channel? I don’t watch TV or VH1 because the ‘music’ they play is garbage. I’d never even consider going to their headquarters and acting out my dislike of that ‘music’. That would just be depraved.

A gunman police shot to death after he took hostages at Discovery Channel’s headquarters said he hated the company’s shows such as “Kate Plus 8” because they promote population growth and its environmental programming because it did little to save the planet.

What a nut.

A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing said authorities had identified James J. Lee as the suspect, but police had not released the gunman’s identity. It wasn’t the first time Lee, a homeless former Californian, had targeted Discovery’s headquarters. In February 2008, he was charged with disorderly conduct for staging a “Save the Planet Protest.” In court and online, he had demanded an end to Discovery Communications LLC’s shows such as TLC’s “Kate Plus 8” and “19 Kids and Counting.” Instead, he said, the network should air “programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility.”

Maybe Mr Lee’s mother should have been sterilized. It certainly would have made a lot of people’s lives better. Such a person is controlled by an amazing depth of contempt- for human life.

[I have to confess that when I heard about a crazed gunman storming Discovery, I thought Simcha had finally snapped].