Daily Archives: 1 Oct 2010

CNN’s Rick Sanchez Is Job Hunting…

After having been fired for saying something really very stupid.

Sanchez called out Comedy Central host Jon Stewart as a “bigot” for mocking him, and complained that Jews — like Stewart — don’t face discrimination. He also suggested that CNN, and perhaps the media industry more broadly, is run by Jews and elitists who look down on Hispanics like himself.

He’s not very smart.  Naturally this means he will soon be working for Fox along with the other lunatics.

They Must Be Making It Up- That’s An ‘Accredited’ School!

Former St. John’s Dean of Asian Studies and Vice President Cecilia Chang, fired in June for embezzling about $1 million worth of donations from the university, was charged again on Thursday — this time, for forcing students to act as her servants. The New York Times reports that Chang was in charge of granting 15 scholarships annually, most of which went to overseas students. Told that they must work for the university in order to maintain their scholarships, students were surprised to find themselves at Chang’s beck and call. According to the New York Post, in a letter of complaint to the university, one student wrote, “[Chang] let me be the housekeeper for her house and give me scholarship…she ask us work 122 days per year per person.”

I guess the accreditation industry can’t even ensure that foreign students don’t become indentured servants.  Or that Deans aren’t embezzlers.  It’s a shame, really, since you’d expect better of ‘accredited’ schools.  What are all those ‘accreditation’ visits good for anyway (I mean besides, of course, making money for the ‘accrediting agencies’).

Twitter Will Be The Destruction of Civilization: More Proof

Twitter is to cyberspace what cats are to your house: destructive, and wicked, and damaging to the furniture.  Just ask Joe Miller.

Election Day is still a month off, but Alaska Senate GOP candidate Joe Miller is apparently planning for his move to Washington. Here’s a sample of his Twitter entries from earlier in the week: “Think I’ll do some house hunting while I’m in DC”. “Guess I should pick up some office furniture, as well”. “Then there’s the matter of a name plaque for the door”. Those exuberant message rolled through Miller’s Twitter account Wednesday, but the Miller campaign deleted them shortly afterward. Miller told the Associated Press that the campaign believed the tweets to be inappropriate and said they were written by “a volunteer who will no longer have access to the account.”

Poor guy. What kind of dimwit gives his Twaddle account login to someone else? Don’t people watch the news?

And what has his opponent done? Why posted a YouTube of course!

Heavens… politicians are all insane aren’t they. Twitter. YouTube. Form over substance.

The Complete List of Charges Against Raphael Golb, and Their Disposition

You can access the entire charge sheet here along with all the actions for each charge.  You’ll have to do a ‘verification’ input before you can get there, but it’s worth the effort.

Joel’s Awesome Post of the Day

This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a good while, so I wanted to share it with you, my dear readers (in your tens of millions).

It’s particularly funny because Mark Stevens is the pictured object…. plus, it takes a jab at that miserably untalented studio ‘musician’ Justin ‘the Beaver’ Bieber.

You know, speaking of Canada, America has suffered more from what’s come from there than anything that’s come from the Mid East.  Look at all the wretched actors, comedians, and singers that have seeped over the border and infected our good land…  To paraphrase Jesus’ disciples, ‘Can any good thing come from Canada?’

The World’s Most Hideous Sex Offender

That’s a woman?  No way!!!!  No way!!!!!  That’s got to be the most hideous sex offender ever born (as the offspring of Scott Bailey, A Hedgehog, and Jerry Falwell).

And though I normally don’t find myself agreeing with Scott (ok, I do lots of times except when he’s blabbering about Zwingli, a subject concerning which he knows less than Raphael Golb knows about integrity) when he observes

As if being molested isn’t bad enough, some unfortunate got molested by a cross-breeding of …

I have to agree, though when he then lists people he obviously has mistaken as the source of the reprehensible creature he reverts to wrongness.

Fayette county officials arrested a Junction City, Oregon woman Sept. 29th , in West Union for Failure to Comply with the Iowa sex-offender registry. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from a citizen, and found Tammie Sue Benson-Whitehead, 48, to be staying at 101 Jones Street, Suite B, in West Union. Benson-Whitehead is listed as a sex-offender for two counts of 2nd degree sexual abuse in 2003.

Come on press, that’s no woman.  Hey wait a minute.  Isn’t Oregon awfully close to Vancouver, Canada.  Which is awfully close to Scott Bailey?  Alas!  Scott!  We’ve found your alter ego!  That’s why you really left hockey isn’t it!!!!!!!

Ancient Near Eastern Texts on Audio

Here.  I know!  It’s the perfect solution for people so busy that they can’t read texts but would rather just listen to them.  Busy, or lazy.  I guess it depends on how you see things.  You know, is the glass half empty or half full.

Anyway it’s a cool website and includes the texts in anglicized cuneiform.  So for that reason it’s worth checking out.  With thanks to Doug Iverson for telling me about it.

Palacios’ Mutiny

[A] new corps of increasingly vocal Catholics is urging a “mutiny” against the hierarchy, in the words of one activist, particularly on gay marriage and related matters. For example, on Sept. 14, [Joseph] Palacios and other advocates launched Catholics for Equality, a group that aims to persuade believers in the “movable middle” to defy the bishops and support civil rights for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people.

There’s one thing that’s wrong in the report: it isn’t mutiny against the hierarchy or even the Pope that’s being advocated by Palacios and others, it’s mutiny against Scripture.  They can imagine that it’s simply a cultural thing and that as such it’s adiaphora.  But the fact is, Scipture’s voice on the issue is quite clear.  Astonishingly clear.  Hence one can either heed and hear it or heed and hear society.  It’s a no brainer to me as an heir of the Reformation.  And I think it’s a no brainer for our Catholic cousins who are heirs to 1600 years of tradition.

They used to make mutineer sailors walk the plank.  Maybe that’s a worthwhile practice to reestablish.  I’m sure we can come up with a suitable theological equivalent.

What A Classy Family

A 31-year-old Three Forks man accused of hitting his pregnant sister in the mouth with a wrench during her wedding reception has pleaded not guilty. David J. Sicotte appeared in District Court on Wednesday on charges of assault with a weapon, a felony, and disorderly conduct. Prosecutors said he arrived at the reception uninvited Aug. 27, pushed his sister’s new mother-in-law to the ground and started fighting with the groom. Witnesses said Sicotte later came at his sister with the wrench.

She’s pregnant and getting married (instead of the now nearly unheard of getting married and then having children!) and her drunk brother (how classy) attacks her momentarily-to-be mother-in-law (how classy) before whacking sis with a wrench.  So classy.

Who says America is devoid of culture…

NB- By the way, there are SO MANY pregnant brides these days that there’s an entire wedding dress industry set up for them.  I guess white doesn’t mean what it used to mean.

The Main Difference…

Between Christianity today and Christianity 20 years ago is that 20 years ago the primary prayer request was ‘pray for my brother, he’s lost’ and today it’s ‘pray for my brother, he’s sick’. This simply means, though, that Christians are today more concerned with the body than they are the soul.

Well, Once Again (and For as Long as I Wish to Blog it Seems)…

I’m #1.  So once again, here it is, my advice to you lesser creatures…

Loftus, you can try, but you’ll never be #1. I’m younger, I shall long outlive you! HAHAHAHA! I mean seriously, we are separated by over 60,000 sites. You don’t stand an atheist’s chance in heaven.

John Byron’s Interview with James D.G. Dunn

Read it.

The Anniversary of The Theological Colloquy of Marburg

Huldrych Zwingli and Johannes Oecolampadius met with Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon in Marburg beginning October 1, 1529 till October 3.  They agreed on 14 of 15 points but, as everyone knows, they couldn’t come to agreement on the meaning of the Lord’s Supper.  Luther was far too ensconced in Roman Catholic theology to see with the clarity with which Zwingli saw. Consequently, Luther left the conference angry and Zwingli left depressed.

Philip Schaff does a nice job of summarizing both the discussions and the viewpoints of the major actors.

The Saddest Facebook Group Ever

Established just yesterday, it’s a group driven to seek the overturning of Raphael Golb’s ‘wrongful conviction’.  Ha!   While I’m confident that Golb will spend the next many years trying to prove he isn’t a criminal, I can hardly imagine that anyone would join such a group except the multiple internet personalities which Golb himself has assumed and Geoff Hudson.  So that will make two.

The Saddest Aspect of the Trial of Raphael Golb…

Is that his father, whom he defended so vociferously and so hazardously and so stringently, didn’t bother to attend a single moment of the proceedings.  If my child were on trial, nothing could keep me away.  How about you?  But Raphael’s father stayed home and worked.

A Sumerian proverb may fit-

cah2-gin7 cu ab-/kar\-kar-re!
i-gi4-in-/zu\ ni2-te-a-ni lugal-a-ni-ce3!-/am3\-e-ce

He snatches things like a pig, as if for himself,
but also for his owner.

I’m no psychiatrist but it sure looks like Raphael’s tale is the tragic story, too often repeated, of a son who loves his father and just, for all his faults, wants his approval.  His interest.  His notice.  I suddenly feel strangely sorry for Raphael Golb.  I have the feeling he never would have done it if his dad had shown any interest in him…

The October Biblical Studies Carnival

Is up at Steven Demmler’s and he’s done a very fine job of it!  I’m impressed.

Win a Copy of Maurice Casey’s ‘Jesus of Nazareth’

The awesome people at Eisenbrauns and I are teaming up to offer one lucky (fortunate, blessed, pick your own term) person a free copy of Maurice Casey’s very shortly forthcoming Jesus of Nazareth, in hardback.  The contest commences today and concludes on October 31 at midnight.  The winner will be chosen by myself and James Spinti of Eisenbrauns and will be announced on November 1.

Contest rules are fairly simple:

1- Describe your view of who the Historical Jesus was.
2- Offer reasons supportive of your position.
3- Indicate how reading Casey’s book can, potentially, alter, clarify, correct, or even change your position.

The best answer, in comments, wins.