Daily Archives: 24 Sep 2010

BAR Cracks Me Up, Again

The Biblical Archaeology Review never so much as mentioned, did it, the DSS special hosted by Bob Cargill. But today they’ve fallen all over themselves foisting off the not naked not archaeologist’s dvd on the subject on an unsuspecting public.

So not only has BAR ignored (save for one mention on the 16th of September at the beginning) the trial of Raphael Golb, they’ve also managed to overlook a DSS special hosted by and produced by someone other than themselves and their corporate partners and someone who is actually a Scrolls scholar and not merely a journalist who has no formal training in any biblical/archaeological/scrolls field.

This raises, for me, a serious and important question:  Is BAR really interested in the field of biblical archaeology and scrolls scholarship, or is it only interested in self promotion?  All evidence points in the direction of the latter.  For if the former were true, it would cast its net more widely than it obviously does.

I’ll say it again- ASOR’s Near Eastern Archaeology is far superior.  It’s authentic, balanced scholarship devoid of the profit interest which drives other archaeological publications.

The Revolutionary Technological Miracle Known as the B.O.O.K.

Via Mark Stevens on Facebook.

The Witnesses Against Eddie Long Are Multiplying

Now, there are four.

A fourth young male member of Bishop Eddie Long’s megachurch is suing the prominent pastor, claiming Long coerced him into a sexual relationship.

We’re all familiar with how this goes. First there’s one accuser than others find the boldness to step forward… Alas, the problem with molesters is that they can’t stop themselves. Once a molester, always a molester.

Today at the Trial of Raphael Golb

A kindly soul in the trial audience who knows I’ve been following the proceedings has sent along the following report from the trial today.  I’m unable to verify, of course, the details, but here are the facts as I’ve received them:


I was in the gallery at the trial today, the first time I’ve been able to make it, and wanted to pass on my impressions of Dr. Cargill’s presentation and the things that I noticed.  First, Dr. Cargill was asked to speak up a number of times.  He seems to be a very soft spoken person.  I remembered that the press had accused Professor Schiffman of yelling so I thought it amusing that the lawyers kept asking Dr. Cargill to speak up.  Second, the defense attorney seemed taken aback by his answers and at one point was so frustrated at being unable to punch holes in his testimony that he – after asking the judge for a break – spilled water on the table in what looked like an attempt to get a break anyway.  The judge simply gave him a towel and things moved on.  Dr. Cargill was on the stand a good part of the afternoon.  But he presented himself well and stood his ground and seemed unshakable.  I know you two are friends and I thought you’d like to know what happened today even before the press reported it.

I’m very appreciative indeed!  When the press gets around to noticing the details from today (though they seem to have overlooked them yesterday when Gibson testified) I’ll note that.

The prosecution’s case should be ending soon it seems and then the defense will take the offensive.  Will Norman Golb testify?  That would be fun to see!  Stay tuned.

The Biblioblogger Glee Wars Reach a New Low…

Marc Cortez... a.k.a., Michael Servetus

Marc Cortez has stooped to the very stoopage of stooping in his grossly untrue character assassination of me.  I am the furthest thing from Sue Sylvester that anyone can imagine (though we do share an appreciation for women which seems to be lacking in some of our blogging comrades…  if you know what I mean… and yes, I’m looking askance at you Watts and Stevens and Cortez…).

True, Sue’s awesome.  And true, she can be cantankerous.  But if you’ve ever seen her interaction with her sister you’ve seen the true Sue.  The rest is all facade.

Anyway, before I get all misty eyed thinking about Sue and her sister’s fantastic relationship I’ll just say that Cortez has launched the equivalent of a chemical and biological weapon attack in this vicious salvo of his and so I’m calling on all decent and fair minded people to go over to Marc’s blog and excoriate him publicly.  Call on him to repent, as I do here and now.

Repent, Marc, repent.  Or it’s the flames for you, you Servetus you.

The King of Jordan is Smarter Than Our Own Politicians: Why is That?

His reasoned answers and his insights into the issues now engulfing the Mid-East put to shame, yes to shame, our own politicians and their babbling and incoherency.

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America clearly needs better people in elected office. Smarter ones.

Jon Stewart Skewers the Republican ‘Pledge to America’

And I mean skewers it, showing without any question that the new ‘pledge’ is nothing but the same old things that they’ve said for years and years.  They’re promising nothing other than no change at all.

Politicians are just pathological liars.  They really can’t seem to stop themselves from saying anything they can to be elected and then doing absolutely nothing once they are.

Gavin’s Right, Anglicans Are About The Looniest Segment of Christianity There Is (After Pentecostals)

Gavin reports

Tonight St Matthew in the City featured on nationwide television as a backdrop to TV3’s New Zealand’s Top Model. The seven remaining gals paraded from the sanctuary down an improvised catwalk in their frilly knickers.

Weird, weird, weird. That’s like shooting a Victoria’s Secret commercial in the Sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Your Town (though of course the First Emergent Church and the First Seeker Sensitive Church would be all over it like sailors on a, well, you know). Gavin continues a bit later

You have to say it was incongruous at the very least to see attractive young women hawking lingerie and strutting their stuff against a background of crucifix and stained glass. You also have to wonder what the church apparatchiks were thinking when they hired out the facility to the gods of fashion and narcissism.

No kidding. No kidding at all.

No surprise then that the next advertised event is “the blessing of the animals” on October 3. Spoilt pooches piddling on the carpet? More proof Anglicans – including liberal Anglicans – are totally weird.

Totally totally weird. They are as far to the left of Christianity as the Neo-Montanists (Pentecostals) are to the right. They’ve lost the point of it all so completely as to be virtually unidentifiable as Christian.  Perhaps they might want to consider a new denominational name: The Skank-glican World Communion.

If You Thought ‘Bishop’ Eddie Long’s Sermon on Semen Was Weird…

You haven’t seen anything yet…

A true nut-case this one. And she needs to apply some of her sermonizing skills on the topic of gluttony while she’s at it- a topic I doubt she has ever broached.

It's pretty hard to follow the 'logic' in this 'sermon'… it really is nothing more than an ignorant rant, and a pretty good example of 'slippery slope' thinking: masturbation –> slippery slope –> homosexuality; masturbation –> slippery slope –> bestiality. Of course, the easy thing to do here would be an ad hominem rebuttal, but the woman 'preaching' (propagating ignorance and stupidity) is such a caricature,and clearly has no u … Read More

via Scotteriology

Please Stop Texting While Driving

Distracted driving fatalities caused by cell phone use and texting soared in the space of three years, according to new U.S. government research released Thursday. Texting alone caused more than 16,000 deaths in car accidents from 2001 to 2007, the researchers estimated. But auto deaths involving cell phones and texting while driving rose 28 percent in just three years, from 4,572 in 2005 to 5,870 in 2008. “The increases in distracted driving seem to be largely driven by increased use of cell phones to text,” said lead researcher Fernando Wilson, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

It has to stop. Stop it. There’s no reason to do it. Don’t text while driving. Nothing you could text could be that important. Nothing.

Today In New York at the Trial of Raphael Golb

Dr. Robert Cargill

Robert Cargill is scheduled to testify.   Bob was, along with Lawrence Schiffman, the primary target of Raphael Golb’s character assassination in his attempt to promote his father Norman Golb’s theory about the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Over a period of literally years Cargill carefully assembled extraordinary evidence which clearly, and incontrovertibly showed that Raphael Golb assumed different personas and imitated people in online postings.

The lengths to which Golb went are simply astonishing.  Just amazing.

More than anything I wish I could be in New York to hear Cargill’s testimony.  To be sure, the entirety of the scholarly world is on the side of right and fairness and hence on the side of Schiffman and Cargill (and the other victims of Golb’s actions including Jeffrey Gibson).  Golb too has one or two supporters.  People like Geoff Hudson (himself a person who is actually delusional enough to think that Jeffrey Gibson is virtually every biblical scholar on every list and author of every biblioblog) and a friend of Golb’s who teaches English.

I’ve said it before and I’ll maintain it to the end- Golb is guilty as sin and when he’s so adjudged the whole world will know the frivolity of internet anonymity and the pointlessness of misrepresenting the views of others by means of it.  Golb was found out.  So will the others be who try to defame.

April Newcomb: The Mom Who Cheered Her Pugilist Teen

Mothers normally don’t enjoy watching their children fight.  April Newcomb not only watched, but cheered her daughter on.

The mother of a 16-year-old Palmetto High School student has been arrested and charged with child abuse for encouraging her daughter to fight another student. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested 39-year-old April Newcomb Wednesday after she failed to report or stop a fight between two teens, one of whom was her daughter.

The video of the fight is simply savage. What barbarians.

“Of course, we’re both wrong and I understand that, and I understand where y’all are coming from,” Newcomb said in an interview with deputies. “I think unfortunately it was going to happen, no matter what.”

Hey April, maybe if you had cared to stop it, you could have! Apparently, if your cheering is any measure, you rather enjoyed yourself.

Parents are charged to raise children and not let them do whatever they want ‘because they’re going to anyway’.  I get so sick of people using that lame excuse.  As long as a child lives in your house, there are lots of things you can do to enforce proper behavior.  If you need some tips, drop me a note.  I’m happy to help.  Though I doubt you’d be willing to listen and do.  It’s easier to let the kids do what they want and cheer them on in their wrong than it is to put your foot down and exercise a bit of parental power.

I Have to Agree With Rep. Cohen, Colbert Testifying Before Congress is Silly

What does a comedian, an entertainer, and a satirist know about immigration policy and immigration issues?  Mind you, I love Colbert, and Stewart.  Their shows are brilliantly satirical and I like satire as much as anyone.  But that doesn’t mean he’s capable or equipped to testify before Congress.

“I don’t think he should be here. It commercializes the committee,” Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) said. Colbert plans to testify about his role in a United Farm Workers campaign called “Take Our Jobs,” an effort that invites U.S. citizens and legal residents to replace undocumented immigrant field laborers. The goal of the campaign is to build momentum for passing legislation that would give undocumented farm workers the right to earn legal status by continuing to work in agriculture. The comedian spent a day in August working on a New York farm to highlight how demanding the work is; he will feature the experience on his show, “The Colbert Report,” on Thursday night.

It’s just nothing more than a publicity stunt by the committee.  And it’s not like the issue needs attention.  After all, everyone’s aware of it and it is probably one of the leading issues for the upcoming election. Spending a day doing anything isn’t sufficient to make one an expert worthy of being heard by a Congressional committee.

I’m sorry, Stephen, it’s just too bizarre.

14,400 Years in Prison Is Not Sufficient For What He Did

Phillippine Jails are less comfortable than American

A Philippine court has sentenced a father to 14,400 years in prison after he was convicted of the near-daily rape of his teenage daughter over the course of a year. A trial court originally condemned the man, a motorcycle taxi driver, to die in March 2006 after he was convicted of 360 counts of rape allegedly carried out during the year his wife worked in Hong Kong. The Philippines repealed the death penalty in June 2006 and the Court of Appeals in Manila affirmed the conviction on Sept. 8 but lowered the sentence to 40 years’ imprisonment – the maximum now allowed by law – for each count of rape, according to a copy of the decision obtained Friday.

That’s 40 years for each of the 360 counts of rape. 40 X 360 = 14,400. And that’s still not long enough (though I don’t think he will live to serve it all- it would be excellent if he did live long enough to).  At least Philippine justice is just and not merely a wink and a nod like the American system.  And at least they understand the seriousness of the crime and aren’t willing to allow the barbarity and cruelty of this ‘father’ against his own child to go unchecked.

Total Depravity: The Murdering Granny

A woman fatally shot three people and herself at a Seattle home Thursday, injuring another woman who fled into the front yard and told officers: “My mom has gone crazy,” police said. The woman who opened fire was a grandmother who first killed her son-in-law, then two granddaughters and then wounded her daughter as the younger woman fled, a 17-year-old relative told The Seattle Times. “Grandma just shot them for no reason,” Tony Sun told the newspaper. Sun said he arrived home shortly after the shootings and was taken onto a police bus with his surviving family members, who told him what had happened.

These kinds of stories multiply as fast as rabbits because the easy availability of guns make them possible. The murderous granny, brought to you by lax handgun laws.  As I’ve said before, when everyone is dead, maybe America will lose its love of death and the tools which make it so extraordinarily easy.