Daily Archives: 15 Oct 2010

Answering Your Letters…

Mark Watts writes

Jim, what did the best known bloggers give as their Senior Quote in High School?

I’m glad you asked, Mark- I just so happen to have on hand all their yearbooks and can show you not only their quote, but what they looked like way back then!  [But do note, they all had different names back then]

California’s Pot Heads Should be Prosecuted

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So the Attorney General of the United States is correct-

Attorney General Eric Holder is warning that the federal government will not look the other way, as it has with medical marijuana, if voters next month make California the first state to legalize pot. Marijuana is illegal under federal law, which drug agents will “vigorously enforce” against anyone carrying, growing or selling it, Holder said.

And rightly. Federal law supersedes State law. Everyone knows that who has taken 5th grade civics. Prop 19 is just another example of a state or local government so interested in money that they are willing to set aside sense and sensibility to get it. Legalization is both permission and empowerment.  California isn’t going to solve its money problems by telling its citizens to get high.  The first thing all those dopers will do is quit working.  They’ll just be too wasted to do it, man.  Groovy, huh…

I’m Not Alone in Thinking Fox Faux And Kilmeade a Fool

The Southern Poverty Law Center thinks so too.

Kilmeade owes a lot of people—roughly 1.2 billion Muslims—a large apology. Whether he gives one or not, his comments are a great way for teachers to address prejudice. Discuss what he said with your classes. See what your students think. Discuss the politicians and journalists who thrive on demonizing others. Discuss the ignorance and fear that gives their message an audience. And discuss the other groups in this country that put up with ugly stereotypes and why.

And then, tell them that if they want to keep the aluminum hat wearing people away, turn Fox News off.  With thanks to Irene Hahn on FB for telling me about it.

Why Does Anyone Watch Fox Faux News?

Brian Kilmeade

Brian Kilmeade- the stupidest man in America

They feature people like O’Reilly and Beck and Kilmeade.  All utterly incoherent babblers who don’t know anything about anything except the quest for attention.  Otherwise, please explain to me how Brian Kilmeade can, or would, say something so utterly stupid and historically inaccurate?

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade claimed Monday morning that “all terrorists are Muslims.”

In a follow-up discussion to Bill O’Reilly’s appearance on “The View” Thursday — in which Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off the set after O’Reilly claimed “the Muslims killed us on 9/11” — the “Fox & Friends” co-host both dismissed the “View” debate as elementary and made the shocking claim. “That debate is almost like our debate on training wheels,” Kilmeade said of the “View” discussion. “That was our debate seven weeks ago, and they can’t handle the give-and-take of a debate. They were outraged that somebody was saying…there was a certain group of people that attacked us on 9/11. It wasn’t just one person, it was one religion. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.”

Why would anyone watch someone so ignorant? Why would Fox employ someone so stupid? And more to the point- why would anyone who did watch Kilmeade support advertisers who supported his ignorance? None of it makes sense.

Fox News- your home for stupidity.

Starbucks’ Flirting Baristas

 

not the actual flirting barista

Ok, we 50 year olds don’t normally mind when young ladies are a bit flirtatious.  When we notice (and I never do, which is why I have to ask).  I mentioned previously the barista who asked my name so she could get it tattooed on her arm (which comment was designated to be flirting by various and sundry persons to whom I told the tale).

Today when I stopped by SB’s to get my daily fix of a non-fat Toffee Mocha (non fat, I told her, because I’m watching my intake.  Why, she said, you’ve got a perfect body).  I handed the cashier a $20 sans comment.  She gave me my scone and then started taking the next order- but I interjected- can I get my change?

Oh, my, said she, I completely forgot.  Your eyes distracted me.

I think it was a ruse…  Anyway, that’s what I’m guessing.  So I’m also guessing that Starbucks urges its employees to be overly complimentary.   Or outright deceptive.  I hope not the latter.

Sometimes Politics is Funny: The Tale of Rich Whitey

An Illinois gubernatorial candidate’s name was mistakenly listed as “Rich Whitey” instead of Rich Whitney on thousands of Chicago electronic-voting machines and will be corrected, elections officials said Thursday.

Probably right anyway- since he is white and he has to be rich or he wouldn’t be running for office.  Anyway, people usually vote for rich whitey.  That’s why the Country’s in the mess it is.

Conference Announcement and Call For Papers

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Call for Papers: Biblical Literacy and the Curriculum, University of Sheffield, 25-28 May 2011.

The conference will bring together academics and teachers from a wide range of disciplines – history, English, art history, philosophy, and journalism, for example – to discuss why learners need to know the Bible to understand their particular discipline, what they need to know and how best they can be introduced to it. Main speakers include Andrew Motion, Gordon Campbell, Frank Field, and Yvonne Sherwood.

For full details see here.

My Favorite New Email Scam

I’ve gotten a couple of these.  The amazing thing is, they come from email addresses I actually know!  So I guess that’s part of the scam.

I’m writing this with tears in my eyes. I came down here to London, United Kingdom for a short vacation unfortunately I was mugged at the park of the hotel where I stayed, all cash, credit card and cell phone were stolen off me but luckily for me I still have my passport with me. I have been to the embassy and the Police here but they’re not helping issues at all and my flight leaves in few hours from now but I’m having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let me leave until I settle the bills.

I need urgent help. I’m freaked out at the moment.

Yeah well as long as I’m ok that’s all that matters. What a transparent scheme! Don’t fall for it. If someone you know is actually in Britain they can call you, right? Scammers… the lowest of the low. They should run for public office.

Tom’s ‘Expose the World to Minimalism’ Campaign

Read the details here. In a nutshell

Your assignment, if it’s something you so choose to accept, is to pick any piece of ancient literature (for lack of a better term)—which can be a history, a memoir, a biography, or any other ancient source text (even a narrative, so long as it fits a parameter that it is often believed by the public to be historically true)—outside of the Bible (see further down), chose an event in the text which is often accepted as historically reliable (have some fun with this), and consider the following (or create your own minimalist-inspired questions):

(1) What is it?
(2) Is it written by one author or many?
(3) What, if anything, can be brought up to support its reliability?
(4) Is the event itself (i.e., its historical portrayal in the source text) more important to the author or is the function that the story serves more important (like the message; is it edifying in some way)?
(5) What other ways could the event be understood if it had not been a historical event? –which might follow:
(a) Why was it written?
(b) To whom was it written?
(6) Would the world look the same or different if the events did/didn’t happen (think ‘virtual history)?

Tom tagged me but I don’t really have any interest at all in ancient literature outside the Bible. In fact, all that ancient stuff (outside the Bible) is a pile of boring hooey-ness. But if I were to tackle a piece it would be Josephus who, rather than being a historian, should be called what he really is- a propagandist passing himself off as a historian. Stalin would have been proud.

But don’t let my disregard for things ancient (outside the somewhat narrow field of ANE lit and Second Temple Judaism and Rabbinic materials) put you off taking part. I’d be very interested in seeing how Tom’s campaign fleshes out.

What? What?????? Terry Jones: Totally Depraved

Why in the world would anyone reward this hate-monger twin of Fred Phelps? And it’s so patently obvious that ‘Pastor’ Jones is nothing more than a greedy grubber- insisting that the car be delivered! APPALLING!!!!!

A New Jersey car dealer plans to keep his word after offering Florida pastor Terry Jones a new car if he promised to not burn a Quran. Car dealer Brad Benson made the offer in one of his dealership’s quirky radio ads, which focus more on current events than cars. But he was surprised when a representative for Jones called to collect the 2011 Hyundai Accent, which retails for $14,200. “They said unless I was doing false advertising, they would like to arrange to pick up the car,” Benson recalled. At first he thought it was a hoax, so Benson asked Jones to send in a copy of his driver’s license. He did.

Terry Jones is representative of everything that’s wrong with so much modern Christianity: doctrinally ignorant, theologically incompetent, and more interested in acquiring possessions than in preaching the Gospel. The Good News, not the ‘Burn the Qur’an News’.

This latest little Jones-ian trick will just be fodder for the likes of Maher and the other angry atheists to pretend that all Christians are like this evil man.

Total Depravity: The Perversity of Paladino

New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino found himself embroiled in controversy once again on Thursday after WNYMedia.net published a series of emails containing pornographic images reportedly forwarded by the Republican hopeful to friends and colleagues within the last several years. The messages released by the New York-based outlet contain provocative pictures of naked women in revealing positions and engaging in sexual activity. Paladino included brief notes in some instances when he blasted out the images. More than once, he wrote, “awesome,” while on a different occasion he said, “for andy this is better.”

What a wanker.

The graphic emails have surfaced on the heels of Paladino sparking controversy in speaking out against marriage equality. “We must stop pandering to the pornographers and the perverts, who seek to target our children and destroy their lives,” he said earlier this week.

Hypocritical wanker. He’s probably just exactly one of those perverts seeking to target children and destroy their lives.

Here’s a brief rundown of some the emails obtained by the news outlet…
– Ahead of Obama’s swearing-in ceremony, Paladino sent around a video entitled “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal.” The video shows an African tribesman dancing, and is apparently popular among white supremacists.
– An email with the subject line “Proof the Irish discovered Africa” containing a video of monkeys that appear to be doing a Riverdance-style jig.
– A video of a naked woman sent from a government email account.
– A bestiality video involving a horse and a woman.

Totally depraved perverted racist Paladino. The only people who should be voting for him are the folk who date their dogs and burn crosses in people’s yards.

There Won’t Be Peace in Our Lifetimes

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Israel’s government ended an unofficial freeze on new building in east Jerusalem, approving the construction of 238 homes in Jewish neighborhoods as peace talks remained stuck Friday over the fate of a broader construction slowdown throughout the West Bank. The Israeli Housing Ministry’s announcement that developers would be allowed to bid for contracts to build new homes in the neighborhoods of Ramot and Pisgat Zeev drew swift condemnation from Palestinian negotiators.

It’s just another slap in the face of the Palestinians. Israel should just go ahead and line them all up and put them in barbed wired encampments and call the apartheid what it is, apartheid.

“This announcement is a very clear-cut indication that the choice of Mr. Netanyahu is settlements, not peace,” chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said, charging the Israelis with “closing all doors on attempts to revive the direct negotiations.” Netanyahu’s office refused to comment Friday.

Why should he say anything. He doesn’t want peace and his actions and the actions of his government prove it. Anyway, he need not fear any sort of US embargo or protest. Even if the Administration complains it will be as harmless as lazily swatting at a fly. The US just doesn’t care about the fate of the Palestinians. To our shame. Our damnable one sided-ness on this issue will lead history to scorn us and rightly hold us in contempt.