Daily Archives: 18 Sep 2010

Publicity Stunt: The Bristol Boy Who Wants to be the Homecoming ‘Queen’

Drag Queen

David Crockett High School’s student body does not elect a homecoming king, only a homecoming queen and homecoming princesses. In the past, male students could only hope the candidates would pick them as an escort. However, this year a male student did not want to be an escort, he wanted to be on the court.  “There is a male student who put his name on the ballot for homecoming queen,” Washington County Assistant Director of Schools for Attendance and Discipline James Murphy said. “As far as this young man being on the ballot, there’s nothing we can do about that at this point.”  Although Murphy would not release the name of the high school junior or why he wanted to run, he said the teen also had a constitutional right. Plus, Murphy added the school’s policy did not define the position of homecoming queen as one held by a woman.  “There was an opening in that policy that did not indicate who could run or who couldn’t run,” Murphy said. “We want to recognize everybody’s rights. We certainly want to stay inside the law.”  With that in mind, the school system also allowed a group of students to protest the election for hours outside the school. Instead of going to class Friday, they and some of their parents sat around the flagpole trying to prove a point.

Don’t fear- his anonymity won’t last.  That would defeat the very purpose of the publicity stunt.  This sort of thing happens every year somewhere or other across the country.  It’s never about the thing in itself- it’s always a ‘statement’.  Never mind the absurdity of a boy wanting to act like a girl.    Oh America…  You’re just weird.

Or maybe he just aspires to be the next RuPaul and he’s desirous of practice.

Bill Maher is A Prat: Everyone Said Stupid Things When They Were 20

Michael Johns, U.S. Senate candidate Christine...

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But the prat Maher actually doesn’t mind offering up past words from a 20 year old who said stupid things just like we all did.  Maher’s well past 20 and he says moronic and foolish things all the time.

Look, whether or not you like Christine O’Donnell (and I’m no fan except for the fact that I think she’s funny), it is grossly unfair to judge the present woman by ancient words. And it’s deceptive.

Yet Maher doesn’t care how far back he has to go to find something silly- he only cares about demonizing her for his foolhardy sycophant followers who, in their own way, are just as blind and malicious as are the followers of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and other fringe lunatics.

Maher doesn’t know what the phrase ‘fair representation’ means.  He’s too busy crucifying the woman just because he disagrees with her.  But that’s to be expected.  He is, after all, a fool.  And so are the media nitwits following in his footsteps.  Just take a look at  the articles below.

Ok I Know It’s Wrong But This Made Me Laugh

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Russian bailiffs have threatened to take what is most precious from a Russian pensioner who has failed to pay a debt — her three Shar Pei pedigree puppies, they said Friday. The pensioner, who bailiffs did not name, owes 350,000 rubles ($11,330) to an individual in her home town in Russia’s volcanic Kamchatka region in the Far East. “If she does not fulfill her obligations (to pay back the debt) within 10 days, the puppies will be sold by the Federal Agency for State Property Management,” bailiffs said in a statement on their site fssprus.ru. In Kamchatka, Shar Pei puppies fetch 15,000 rubles ($482.6) each, media reported. But bailiffs said they will try sell them for 5,000 rubles to attract more potential buyers.

I’m sorry but that’s just funny. If they take and sell them the woman can pay her debt AND she won’t have to feed the beasts so for her it’s really a win/win. Pesky ugly mutts, gone, and more money in hand. There is no downside.

Montana’s Republicans Want to Make Homosexuality Illegal

At a time when gays have been gaining victories across the country, the Republican Party in Montana still wants to make homosexuality illegal. The party adopted an official platform in June that keeps a long-held position in support of making homosexual acts illegal, a policy adopted after the Montana Supreme Court struck down such laws in 1997. The fact that it’s still the official party policy more than 12 years later, despite a tidal shift in public attitudes since then and the party’s own pledge of support for individual freedoms, has exasperated some GOP members. “I looked at that and said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,'” state Sen. John Brueggeman, R-Polson, said last week. “Should it get taken out? Absolutely. Does anybody think we should be arresting homosexual people? If you take that stand, you really probably shouldn’t be in the Republican Party.”

And yet… there it is, in their recently adopted Party Platform. I think it’s quite bizarre. I agree with the Senator, no one thinks we should be arresting homosexuals. Instead, I think we should arrest politicians. And most lawyers.

Certainly regular readers will know of my stance on the issue of homosexuality- from a theological perspective. Legislating morality and making homosexuality a crime in civil law is pure absurdity.  Montana’s Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot.  But hey, Wyoming is their neighbor and Dick Cheney hails from there and he shoots his friends in the face, so it’s really par for the course.

I’m 100% With John Byron on This One

The world just doesn’t need a CS Lewis Bible (which strikes me as a bit blasphemous, as do all those ‘specialty’ Bibles with their ‘specialty’ notes and their ‘special’ audiences).

The Bible can’t be circumcised and people who attempt it mutilate it.  And as Paul said, ‘let those who trouble you mutilate themselves!  Yes, if they imagine that circumcision avails a little, let them hack the entire thing off’ (Gal 5:12).  Or, in the text’s own language-

Ὄφελον καὶ ἀποκόψονται οὶ ἀναστατοῦντες ὑμᾶς.

Amen, Paul, amen!

Zwingli In Glass

TV’s Worst Idea EVER

Sickness.

Mix the dramas leading up to a wedding with extreme plastic surgery and what do you get? A bridal reality TV show in which the final surprise is saved for at the altar. Cable network E! has announced a new show “Bridalplasty” in which 12 engaged women live in a mansion together and compete in “wedding-themed” challenges to win plastic surgery procedures from each bride’s wish list. Each week one bride-to-be will be voted off until the winning bride reveals her post-op body to her groom at the altar in the finale of the 10-episode series hosted by former Playboy model Shanna Moakler.

I’m pleased to say I’ve never watched anything on E! and as much as I’m a fan of reality tv, a show which promotes plasticity is just too sick.

Shame on You, Michigan: Let the Boy Keep His Pig

Some random mini pig

When authorities in Michigan have bigger things to worry about than an allergic boy with a mini-pig, they still seem more interested in the latter than the former. To their shame.

Mid-Michigan authorities have decided that Roger the miniature pig can’t live with a 9-year-old boy with severe pet allergies. The Midland City Council unanimously denied a request to allow the animal to live at a home that Ethan White shares with his parents, Jason and Lisa. Ethan says the pig is his “best friend in animal life.” Ethan is allergic to animals with long hair and fur. Local ordinances do not allow residents to own pigs. Several residents spoke in support of the family during Monday night’s meeting. Many council members acknowledged the family could properly care for the 4-pound animal, but expressed concerns about those seeking future permission. Lisa told the Midland Daily News that council’s vote is “encouraging people to skirt the law.”

It’s a stupid law that’s too broad in scope and fails to take into account allergic little boys and teeny little pigs. Boys with pigs are far worse, though, than drugs and gangs and violent crime. At least to segments of Michigan’s all-knowing officials.  Keep the pig Ethan and take your case all the way to the Supreme Court.  It’s way cooler than some stupid filthy shedding cat.

Biblia Hebraica Quinta: The Twelve Minor Prophets

The BHQ edition of The Twelve is available and can be ordered now (or preferably from Eisenbrauns).

Mit der Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ) entsteht eine umfassende wissenschaftliche Neuausgabe des hebräischen Alten Testaments. Der Band “The Twelve Minor Prophets” (Die zwölf kleinen Propheten) ist die fünfte Lieferung der BHQ und Teil 13des Gesamtwerks.Bereits erschienen sind die Bände Megilloth, Ezra and Nehemiah, Deuteronomy und Proverbs.Weitere Lieferungen sind in Vorbereitung.Sie werden von einem international und interkonfessionell zusammengesetzten Gelehrten-Teamerarbeitet und herausgegeben. Bis 2015 soll die Edition vollständig vorliegen.

The good news is that the entire edition should be completed, as the note says, by 2015.  That’s 5 years.  That’s fantastic!

Parents, Do You Know Where Your Babies Are?

Because this little one’s mom didn’t.

Is The OT/HB/HT/JS/TNK/ ‘Jewish’?

What does ‘Jewish’ mean in terms of any description of the texts we call the Hebrew Bible? It’s a really fascinating question and one which our friends at Sheffield have asked (but astonishingly, one to which no one seems to have offered a response).

It’s important because we can’t use the word ‘Jewish’ without a whole range of issues needing clarification.

…more questions… If the later datings of the book (e.g. Hellenistic period) some people call the Hebrew Bible and others call the Old Testament (etc) are accepted, then can the case be made that its very formation was (partly) justification for Jewish identity or at least an assumption of Jewish identity? If earlier datings are accepted (say pre-Hellenistic), is the attribution of specifically Jewish identity something involved in the later c … Read More

via Sheffield Biblical Studies

She ‘Could’ Face A Probation Violation????

It’s time for Lindsey Lohan to feel the full force of the law.

Lindsay Lohan has failed a court-ordered drug and alcohol screening test and could face a probation violation that might land her back in jail. A person familiar with the case, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter, confirmed the positive test results for The Associated Press on Friday. The person declined to specify what substance triggered the positive result, which the source said occurred within the last month. and be tossed in prison to serve her full and entire sentence.

It occurred within the last month but she’s still walking the streets? This is exactly the problem with the American Injustice System- there’s insufficient enforcement. And that’s not just true for the likes of Lohan and her ilk. Even locally people who violate the law know that going to court is a joke. A little fine may be levied, a sentence may be assessed, but in a few hours they’re back on the street selling drugs or robbing homes.

I went to the courthouse one day just to watch the proceedings and time after time the lawyers would huddle, the judge would be told what they had decided, he would rubber stamp it, and the criminal would be sentenced and then the sentence suspended or reduced. And the people facing jail time joked and laughed and carried on like it was all just a day at Club Med.

If you ever want to lose faith in the ‘justice’ system just turn the tv off and stop watching cop and lawyer shows and go watch the real show at your local courthouse. You’ll see what a depraved absurdity it all is.

Total Depravity: The Church Arsonist

An Ohio man has been indicted on a federal hate crimes charge in what authorities say was a racially motivated arson at a church with a mostly black congregation. The two-count indictment against 23-year-old Ronald Pudder of Conneaut, who is white, was detailed at a news conference Friday with the nation’s top civil rights attorney, Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. He said the government was determined to deter a rash of copycat crimes. “Hate crimes reflect a cancer of the soul,” Perez said. “They are designed not only to injure the particular victim or victims, but to send a message to the community: a message of fear, an effort to divide communities along racial or religious lines.”

Sickening.  That’s the face of evil.