Daily Archives: 12 Oct 2010

Newt Gingrinch Is Mr Spam

Mr Adulterer ‘Family Values’ Republican and former Speaker of the House and constant wanna-be candidate for higher office has exhibited his sliminess in a new way, this time offering doctors a ‘prestigious award’ if they will donate $5000 to him.

Physicians across the country were greeted these past few weeks with a mysterious fax purporting to be from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. There was some good news to share. Gingrich had settled on the 100 or so doctors who would receive his “2010 Champions of Medicine.” An email informing his staff as to who had “made the cut” was pasted on to letter heard and sent to the award winners. The subsequent pages included an invitation from Gingrich’s conservative group, American Solutions, to an election night event in Washington D.C., were recipients could take in returns and toast the beginning of the end of the president’s health care law.

For a price…  That’s spam even Hawaii wouldn’t eat.

Watch The Rescue of the Chilen Miners As it Happens

Here.  And thank God!

I Think It’s Time For a Happy Meal!


McDonalds Happy Meal


Vladimir Lenin, King Tut and the McDonald’s Happy Meal: What do they all have in common? A shocking resistance to Mother Nature’s cycle of decomposition and biodegradability, apparently.  That’s the disturbing point brought home by the latest project of New York City-based artist and photographer Sally Davies, who bought a McDonald’s Happy Meal back in April and left it out in her kitchen to see how well it would hold up over time.  The results? “The only change that I can see is that it has become hard as a rock,” Davies told the U.K. Daily Mail.  She proceeded to photograph the Happy Meal each week and posted the pictures to Flickr to record the results of her experiment. Now, just over six months later, the Happy Meal has yet to even grow mold. She told the Daily Mail that “the food is plastic to the touch and has an acrylic sheen to it.”

Obviously a Happy Meal is absolutely loaded down with preservatives.  So eat them, and you’ll stay forever young…  Or you’ll die.  One or the other.  Which seems more likely to you?

Software For Students of the Biblical Languages

The nice folk at Miklal Software have sent along a software package for the biblical languages that I’ll review in the next week or so.  In the meantime I wanted to direct your attention to their site so you can look around for yourself.

As regular readers know, I’m a huge advocate of the need of Pastors and Professors to have a substantive and thorough grasp of the biblical languages (or they should just be quiet about the text since they’re only kissing their beloved through a sheet).  Anything that helps students acquire the necessary skills is an important thing.

As I said, I’ll review the material in due course.  Here’s the package I’ve acquired.

Babel Flashcards decks–multiple decks bundled

All Biblical Languages (Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic)

This bundle includes three high-quality modules at a significant discount: Biblical Greek (Mounce), Biblical Hebrew (CBHAG), and Biblical Aramaic (CBHAG). You can see their descriptions and download samples of each elsewhere on this page.

More anon…

At Least George Clooney Has the President’s Ear…

Via Ari Shapiro on Facebook- a photo of George Clooney leaving the White House after chatting with Obama about Sudan.  Oh I feel so good knowing that actors are advising the President on policy.  And who better than George Clooney?  Our Country is in very, very good hands isn’t it…

Don’t Ask (Judges if they have the authority because they) Won’t Tell (you that they don’t)

It was a silly policy anyway and bidding it good riddance makes great sense.  But these judges… they really do have ego issues don’t they.

A federal judge ordered Tuesday that the U.S. military stop enforcing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Judge Virginia Phillips ordered the military “immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced” under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The judge had previously ruled that the policy regarding gays serving in the military violated service members’ Fifth Amendment rights but delayed issuing the injunction.

Thanks, Virginia. Thanks for saving us all the trouble of electing legislators when you judges are more than happy to play the part.

Drill Baby Drill

Napolitano, Salazar and Jindal Press Conference

I’m not sure why they had a moratorium in place in the first place.  They never intended to halt drilling in the Gulf.  That would be too inconvenient. Oh and it would ‘cost’ too much (because as we all know, money is really what it’s all about so far as government and industry are concerned- all other considerations are no consideration at all).

The Obama administration, under heavy pressure from the oil industry and others in the Gulf Coast, lifted the moratorium on deep water drilling that it imposed in the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill. The six-month ban had been scheduled to expire Nov. 30, but Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday he was moving up that deadline because new rules imposed after the spill have strengthened safety measures and reduced the risk of another catastrophic blowout.

The Obama Administration is just as much slave to industry as any Republican Administration has been.  That’s why the moratorium was such a joke in the first place.  Few see themselves as custodians of the planet (in spite of all the ‘green fever’ these days).  Instead, the majority only sees itself in terms of personal gain or loss.  If it causes personal loss, there’s just no interest in it.  If it offers personal gain, there’s nothing too dangerous- even if the result is widespread death.

It’s Time To Start Submitting Carnival Recommendations

And you can submit posts for the October carnival either as a comment on this post, or via email.   Jonathan Robinson is hosting it and he’s free to run it as he pleases (as has always and will always be the case, even if it does hairlip the devil, or Duane Smith).

The Casey Colloquium: Excerpt Eight


I have argued that the conflicts during Jesus’ ministry were quite sufficient for him to have expected to die. More than that, when he left Galilee to celebrate his final Passover with his disciples, he fully intended to die in Jerusalem. He believed that his death would fulfil the will of God for the redemption of his people Israel. This was an event of such importance that he found it foretold in the scriptures.

I find this statement, for some reason, really fascinating since it essentially goes against the grain of a good deal of historical Jesus scholarship.  Scholarship which essentially presents Jesus as being overtaken by events and only the later Church seeing him as predicting his own death.  I’m thinking especially of Schweitzer’s “Jesus was crushed by the wheel’ ideology which so permeates NT research.

Once more, don’t forget, we’ve got a contest going offering a free copy of Prof. Casey’s book to the winner (as chosen by James Spinti and myself).

[All of the excerpts in our present series can be acquired here]

Tim Bulkeley Has Taken his ‘Everything Should be Free’ Roadshow to Bible and Interpretation

Folks who have been following Tim lately know that he’s of the opinion that scholarship should be freely available.  He and I have back and forthed about it for a while and now he’s taken his notions to an essay at Bible and Interpretation.  Give it a read.

The Shameful Case of Georgia’s Cheating

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This really is sad.  Even many elementary school teachers and administrators have been infected by the ‘how can we get the most money’ profit motive of Universities and Colleges, driving them to go so far as to cheat on standardized tests so they can get bonuses and rewards.  Not only should Atlanta be ashamed, but all those who took part should be fired.  Cheaters are a scourge and a disease on integrity and morality.

More than 50 schools in Atlanta were flagged for cheating, but the district chose to investigate only a dozen. And many critics, including the governor, complained that officials did not question enough teachers and administrators to find out who was responsible. … The tests are given to children in grades 1-8. The results determine whether schools meet federal benchmarks under the No Child Left Behind Act. Good scores mean high praise and cash bonuses. Failure to meet standards could mean losing hundreds of thousands in federal dollars, and could cost teachers and administrators their jobs.

As if any more evidence were needed that the whole No Child Left Behind act is a farce and a fiasco. Now teachers don’t teach, they teach for tests. They do nothing but test prep- because the all important idiocy of a federal law looming over their heads like the sword of Damocles keeps them from doing their jobs. Teaching for tests- that’s the best way of all the ensure that teaching doesn’t happen. Real teaching is instruction in and for itself, not as a means to a testy end.

At the end of the day it’s the government that has created the environment and conditions for cheating. The government encourages cheating by enacting idiotic laws which fail miserably to take into account both the methods and aims of schooling.

Pray For Chris Tilling…

This is the kind of company he keeps!

That fuzzy haze is the aura of evil

They Shouldn’t Cancel Adam Lambert’s Concert Because He’s Gay…

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Adam the Screech

They should cancel it because he stinks.  How he lasted as long as he did on American Idol remains a total mystery.  My suspicion is that the voting was rigged from the very start and he was retained only because he was ‘controversial’.  He’s not a singer, he’s a screecher.

Malaysia’s Islamist opposition party on Monday demanded that authorities cancel a planned concert by U.S. glam rocker Adam Lambert that they say is promoting “gay culture” in the mainly Muslim country. The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) has also threatened to call “as many of its members and supporters” to proselytise to concert-goers if the performance by the former “American Idol” runner-up goes ahead on Thursday, a party official said.

I’m not sure what good proselytizing at a wretched concert will do (the older I get the more predestinarian my outlook), but if our Muslim friends can get Lambert’s concert axed, I say good for them. They’ll be doing a kindness to their countryment by keeping the hack off the stage.

The World Map of Online Communities…

This is a hoot.  With thanks to Ron for posting it.

Click to fully enlarge

Total Depravity: The 13 Year Old Poisoner

Poison Symbol

A 13-year-old Florida girl has been arrested for allegedly trying to poison members of her adoptive family with insecticide and mixing dog feces into her mother’s food in a campaign that lasted more than a year, police said. The teen’s adoptive mother, Janet Tinoco, uncovered the plot when she went to the doctor for toxicology tests and physicians found traces of arsenic in her blood, police said. Tinoco told investigators she had been suffering from health problems for about a year.

Only evil motivates such behavior.

“Tinoco explained [she] recently learned that … [the daughter] has been placing insecticide in her food,” states a copy of the arrest report provided to AOL News by the Sheriff’s Office. “She also relayed that [the girl] confessed to placing dog feces in the food and putting soap in the water.” The alleged poisonings began in early 2009 and continued until April of this year, the police report said.

So horrific. How does a 13 year old even come up with such dastardly ideas? Evil.

Investigators turned the case over to the Domestic Violence Unit and the State Attorney’s Office. Authorities arrested the teen late last week and charged her with felony poisoning for attempting to poison not only her mother, but also two other members of adoptive family. Authorities could not charge the girl with attempted murder, because they would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she had intended to kill her alleged victims, WFTV reported.

It sure sounds like attempted murder to me. And it also sounds evil and totally depraved. Which it is. But of course evil knows no age.

Want to Market Your Boring Book? Throw it at the President…???

This one takes the cake for craziest author publicity stunt ever… I wonder why they didn’t want to name the perp? It’s clearly exactly the sort of thing those loony angry atheists would do. It was doubtless a book about how so and so, former pastor, didn’t get what he wanted from God his own personal slot machine and happiness dispenser so he turned in rage against Him spending the rest of his miserable multiply married and failed at that too life fulminating against Him.

Still, it’s a bad idea to throw your pulp fiction at the President.

Phone Addicts

One Final Remark About the Death of Huldrych Zwingli

Each year in Zurich the following passage is read in honor of the man-

Is 63: 15 Look down from heaven and see from Your lofty home—holy and beautiful. Where is Your zeal and Your might? Your yearning and Your compassion are withheld from me. 16 Yet You are our Father even though Abraham does not know us and Israel doesn’t recognize us. You, LORD, are our Father; from ancient times, Your name is our Redeemer. 17 Why, LORD, do You make us stray from Your ways? You harden our hearts so we do not fear You. Return, because of Your servants, the tribes of Your heritage. 18 Your holy people had a possession for a little while, [but] our enemies have trampled down Your sanctuary. 19 We have become like those You never ruled over, like those not called by Your name.