Daily Archives: 27 Sep 2010

A More Complete Edition of the Testimony of Raphael Golb

Can be found in the Seattle Times (of all places).  It includes such testimonial gems as

Golb testified that he made up all the names he used in his Internet debates, even if they were names of real people who were tangentially involved. He said he wrote an e-mail under Schiffman’s name as a parody to highlight his outlandish and wrong-headed actions, including stealing from his father’s research without crediting him.

Uh huh. Right.  As if Schiffman’s position on the Scrolls is in any way similar to Golb’s!

And

“I never intended anybody to believe that these e-mails were sent by Larry Schiffman,” he testified.

He wrote in Schiffman’s name but never intended anyone to believe it was Schiffman writing. Sure, Raphy, sure. And I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’m willing to sell you cheap.  Besides that, since his arrest (until now) he has asserted that he never had anything to do with any of it.  But now he’s changed his story.  Unsurprisingly (since he’s faced with the absolute Mt. Everest of evidence already proving beyond any doubt that he did write falsely using Schiffman’s name).

Golb gave a heady, lengthy testimony Monday, full of philosophical ideas about access to the scrolls and which theories have been promoted in the press and in the academic community around the world. He invoked the French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire and the early 1900s Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa as inspirations for his posts. “I used methods of satire, irony, parody and any other form of verbal rhetoric that became the type of language used by philosophers during the Enlightenment to expose the irrational arguments of their opponents,” he said.

Can anyone say ‘smoke and mirrors’ all intended to confuse and sidetrack the jury from the issue? I can’t wait till he’s cross examined. The DA is going to destroy the facade.

And

“My purpose was to expose the pattern of unethical conduct in the field of studies in its various forms,” he said, citing exclusion of professors, plagiarism, smearing and a lack of access. Golb said his criminal prosecution is fueled by Schiffman, who’s angry about being called a plagiarist. When questioned by defense attorney David Breitbart, Golb said he didn’t initially tell police the whole truth when they arrived to arrest him because he was scared. “I asked myself whether there was some law I had violated, and I rapidly decided no,” he said. “I had accused someone of plagiarism … these are simple matters, not criminal.” Golb’s testimony was to continue Tuesday.

Unethical? Why, Raphy, look in the mirror. That’s the face of the unethical you see; for that’s a person who pretends to be someone else (in the multiples) in order to foist off dad’s ideas. But truth, Raphy, isn’t determined by majority decision, so even if you had concocted 5 million screen names and posted support for dad under all of them, the truth of the falsity of his position would still be established. You’d think a lawyer would know that. Apparently not.

But Golb remains defiant, as the closing section of the NY Post report shows-

Asked by his lawyer, David Breitbart, if he regretted going after Schiffman, Gollb said, ”No I do not.”  ”No regret for exposing his character,” he said. Schiffman was the prosecution first witness when the trial started last week, and testified that Golb’s shenanigans with his identity left him “paralyzed” for about a month.

Of course there’s no regret- he still thinks everything he did was ok and given the chance, he’ll do it again.

Now the real fun…  when will BAR bother to notice the testimony of Golb and how will they spin it…

How Long Will America Kow-Tow and Cower Before ‘Fearsome’ Israel?

I think that’s a more direct way to pose the question than that offered by the Mail Online, whose headline, Netanyahu refuses to extend freeze on building in the West Bank in a humiliating snub to Obama, seems a bit too polite. With all due respect to the Editors of the Mail O.

While the government of Israel mocks the United States and the American government is so terrified of ‘fearsome’ Israel and its lobby here in the States along with their sidekicks the Christian Zionists, the rest of the world holds us in contempt for our utter spinelessness and kow-towing.

We are an international joke and our weakness and our leadership’s unwillingness to stand up for what’s right dishonors every citizen of our country.

B. Netanyahu, lord and master of the US Congress and Whitehouse

More on the Appearance of Raphael Golb in Court Today

Attorney Raphael Golb, center, is seen outside the courtroom with his attorney Ron Kuby, left, during a recess in his trial at Manhattan State Supreme court, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in New York. Golb is on trial on criminal charges of online impersonation and harassment for the sheer sake of coloring opinion.

Golb did in fact take the stand.

Golb testified Monday that he is not materialistic. He described himself as a scholar, author and lawyer who spends his free time blogging about the scrolls. Golb has pleaded not guilty to identity theft, criminal impersonation and other charges. His lawyers say the writings amount to typical blogosphere banter – not crime.

Scholar? That’s a stretch.  Banter?  Now that’s trivializing crime and deception all the way.  It’s not banter when you mislead others and claim to be someone you aren’t just to exalt your dad’s theories.

Ken ‘Crass’ Kratz is Resigning

Good.

A Wisconsin prosecutor facing removal from office over accusations that he used his position to seek relationships with women will resign instead, his attorney said Monday. Attorney Robert Craanen said Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz will step down before Oct. 8, the date for a hearing on his possible removal from office. Craanen spoke to reporters after a meeting at the Chilton courthouse on proceedings Gov. Jim Doyle initiated for Kratz’s removal. Kratz was not present and did not immediately return a phone message left on his cell phone. Kratz, a Republican, had been the top prosecutor in the eastern Wisconsin county south of Green Bay since 1992. He had faced demands for his resignation since earlier this month, when The Associated Press reported he sent text messages to a domestic abuse victim while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend on a strangulation charge. In them, he called the woman a “hot nymph” and asked if she was “the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA.”

You have to admire a DA who resigns so he isn’t removed. Here he is, every woman’s dream nightmare.  Come on ladies, admit it, he’s what women want…  At least he seems to think so.

Barack Obama: Big Brother

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Big Brother's House

I find this so utterly absurd and offensive that I am at a loss for words.

Broad new regulations being drafted by the Obama administration would make it easier for law enforcement and national security officials to eavesdrop on Internet and e-mail communications like social networking Web sites and BlackBerries, The New York Times reported Monday. The newspaper said the White House plans to submit a bill next year that would require all online services that enable communications to be technically equipped to comply with a wiretap order. That would include providers of encrypted e-mail, such as BlackBerry, networking sites like Facebook and direct communication services like Skype.

That’s completely unconstitutional. We all have a right to privacy and the government has no business interfering with it. What I send in email is no one’s business but the recipient of said email.

But the shocking part is that a Democratic Administration is behind it! Welcome to the era of Big Brother, Democratic style. If this bill passes it foreshadows a serious decay of American society.

“We’re talking about lawfully authorized intercepts,” said FBI lawyer Valerie E. Caproni. “We’re not talking about expanding authority. We’re talking about preserving our ability to execute our existing authority in order to protect the public safety and national security.”

Rubbish. Anyone who believes this policy won’t be abused, raise your hand. It will have ill effects for years to come. Which means of course that Congress, in its stupidity, will happily go along with it.   And they’ll do so the way tyrants always have, under the guise of ‘national security’.  And it won’t be terrorists who are caught, it will be Americans who are the ultimate losers.

Dear God, Make it Stop…

These things have to end. They just have to.

A South Florida man spared his two biological children when he fatally shot his estranged wife and four stepchildren early Monday before turning the gun on himself, police said. Seven children were inside the home when Patrick Dell, 41, shot Natasha Whyte-Dell, 36, and her four children, who were all pronounced dead at the scene. A 15-year-old at the home was brought to the hospital.

So evil and so depraved. Here’s my prayer-

Rise up, O LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment. … O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous, you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God… If one does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and strung his bow; he has prepared his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. See how they conceive evil, and are pregnant with mischief… (Ps 7).

Rise up, O Lord. Rise up.

FBI Cheaters

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I used to admire you guys so much...

When you can’t trust FBI agents to be honest, you know you’ve got a problem. Law enforcement’s high water mark just sank to a new low. And while we’ve become accustomed to corruption in local police departments and State Police departments and County Sheriff’s offices, it’s a real disappointment to find it in the FBI.

The FBI’s Inspector General has found evidence of widespread cheating on an exam intended to test agents on Bush-era domestic intelligence-gathering guidelines. … The test’s rules specifically called for agents not to collaborate with each other. But instead, according to the IG report, “a significant number of the FBI employees we interviewed cheated on the test.” Investigators “found test-taking conduct that constituted cheating and abuse, such as the use of answer sheets when taking the exam; the use of study guides that in effect gave the questions on the exam with the answers; consultation with others during the exam; false certifications in response to Question 51 [which required all employees to ‘certify that I only consulted the DIOG, notes, or training aids but no other person while taking this exam’]; and, even the use of a computer programming flaw to reveal the correct answers to the exam.”

Cheating… by FBI agents. How sad. Government in every aspect and at every level is suspect and untrustworthy.

Today at the Trial of Raphael Golb

According to one unconfirmed report (by a supporter of Raphael Golb), Golb is alleged to be testifying today in his own defense.  If so, then there surely will be some news outlets offering accurate accounts of his testimony later on this evening.

The testimony of Jeffrey Gibson and Robert Cargill were the last of the Prosecution so the defense does begin today.

More anon as information becomes available.

SBL Event: Remembering Hanan Eshel

SBL Event Remembering Prof. Hanan Eshel (1958-2010) — The Qumran Section of the Annual SBL Meeting in Atlanta is hosting a session to celebrate the life of Prof. Hanan Eshel on Monday 22nd November 2010, 6-7 pm in International 8 – Marriott Marquis. Friends and colleagues of Hanan are warmly invited to contribute to this informal session and share their memories of a much missed colleague and friend. Details will appear in the online Programme Book but not in the Printed Version.

Via Charlotte Hempel

The British Library is Making its Greek Manuscripts Available Online

One of the world’s most important caches of Greek manuscripts is going online, part of a growing number of ancient documents to hit the Web in recent years. The British Library said Monday that it was making more than a quarter of its 1,000 volume-strong collection of handwritten Greek texts available online free of charge, something curators there hope will be a boon to historians, biblical scholars and students of classical Greece alike.

This really is fantastic news.

“Not every scholar can afford to come here weeks and months on end,” he [McKendrick] said. The big attraction of browsing the texts online “is the ability to do it at your own desk whenever you wish to do it — and do it for free as well.”

Here’s the direct link to the BL manuscript site.

10 States Sell 50% of the Guns Used in Violent Crimes Nationwide

ATF inspector at a federally licensed gun dealer

That one looks nice, I'll sell it to a gang-banger

Nearly half of the guns that crossed state lines and were used in crimes in 2009 were sold in just 10 states, according to a report being released Monday by a mayors’ group. Those states accounted for nearly 21,000 guns connected to crimes in other states, said the survey by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an association of more than 500 mayors led by New York’s Michael Bloomberg and Boston’s Thomas Menino.

This means quite simply that lax gun laws in 10 States make it possible for weapons to be obtained and transported to other States with stricter laws where they are used for the perpetration of crimes.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced more than 145,000 guns used in crimes in 2009 and found that more than 43,000 of those weapons were sold in other states. Forty-nine percent of those guns were sold in Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California or Arizona.

Furthermore

States were also ranked by the number of crime guns exported per 100,000 inhabitants. Mississippi led that list, followed by West Virginia, Kentucky, Alaska, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Nevada and Georgia.

What’s this all mean for you?

Those states, the report said, have more relaxed gun laws, suggesting that “criminals and gun traffickers may favor certain states as the sources of guns.” For example, in states that do not require background checks for handgun sales at gun shows, the crime-gun export rate was two-and-a-half times as much as the rate in states that do require such checks.

Gun laws need to be tightened in those States which criminals use to acquire weapons with ease. Our lame laws controlling the acquisition of guns is what fuels violent crime. But of course no one much cares- until one of their own are killed. Then it’s just too late.

Noah’s Raven: Or How Rubbish Becomes ‘History’

Eucleian Raven

A delightful essay in the Guardian today shows just how easy it is for ‘history’ to be constructed with nothing but rubbish for materials.  I commend it to your attention.  It surely shows biblical scholars that they need to be very careful in repeating tales and especially careful in checking facts.