Daily Archives: 28 Oct 2010

Absolutely Positively Absurd: McDonalds is Guilty of Making a Manager Fat


List of McDonald's trademarks


A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald’s must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds (30 kilograms) while working there for a dozen years. The 32-year-old man said he felt forced to sample the food each day to ensure quality standards remained high, because McDonald’s hired “mystery clients” to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness. The man also said the company offered free lunches to employees, adding to his caloric intake while on the job. His identity was not released.

Yet another example that post-modernism has utterly undermined any sense of personal responsibility. No one made the guy gain weight and he has no one to blame but his gluttonous self.  Between moronic judges and feckless politicians, I can’t decide which is more depraved.

J. Alberto Soggin has Died

This is turning out to be a sucky day.

Sad news – The death of Jan Alberto Soggin . Funeral: 29.10.2010 – Chiesa evangelica valdese – Roma, Via IV – 14.30 – via Elio Jucci.

Soggin was the 2007 winner of the prestigious Burkitt Medal from the British Academy-

Alberto Soggin is an internationally celebrated scholar, whose numerous publications in learned Journals, Festschriften, and other scholarly collections as well as.

His books reveal an enviable breadth of learning and research in Old Testament study. His unrivalled knowledge of Old Testament scholarship during the 20th century is manifest in his Introduction to the Old Testament [3rd Edition 1989] and in his History of Israel from the Beginnings to the Bar Kochba Revolt [2nd edition 1993], both of which are works of enduring value to scholars and students alike and have been translated into various languages.

His early monograph on monarchy in Israel [Das Konigtum in Israel. Ursprunge, Spannung, Entwicklung. 1967] is similarly a work of lasting significance. He has published commentaries on Genesis [1997], Joshua [1972], Judges [1981], and Amos [1987], and contributed to the study of Israelite religion in his Israel in the Biblical Period: Institutions, Festivals, Ceremonies, Rituals [2001]. His has also published a characteristically lucid and comprehensive introductory volume on the Dead Sea Scrolls [I manoscritti del Mar Morto, 2nd edit. 1995].

Professor Soggin began his studies in his native Italy, where he was born in 1926, and subsequently took his doctorate at the University of Basel. He taught for some years at a Seminary in Buenos Aires before returning to Rome as Professor of Old Testament at the Waldensian Theological Faculty.

He was later appointed to the Chair at the University of Rome. He also held a part-time lecturership at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He has been a frequent visitor and lecturer at universities here in the United Kingdom, including a year as a Visiting Fellow at Christ Church Oxford, and is an Honorary Member of the Society for Old Testament Study. He was on the Editorial Board of Vetus Testamentum from 1975 to 1995. and has been a leading inspirer of, and contributor to, the Italian Journal Henoch. The first Italian scholar to receive Burkitt Medal, he is a most worthy addition to the list of distinguished scholars who have preceded him.

iPad User? You And George Bush…

Image representing iPad as depicted in CrunchBase

iPad users have much in common with George Bush- he LOVES his iPad too!

President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush may be BlackBerry addicts, but Apple’s iPad is their new must-have gadget. In an interview for Yahoo’s Newsmakers series, Laura Bush said her husband “loves” his iPad. “He reads the Wall Street Journal on it in the morning before the paper even is thrown,” she noted. And his favorite app? “Scrabble is the one that George now seems to be playing constantly,” she said. “Like, I’m trying to get his attention; ‘I’m still here.'”

I think, in light of this revelation, it’s fair to say that George Bush is the paradigmatic iPad user: iPad users are George Bushes.

The Death Count Keeps Rising in Mexico


Coat of arms of Mexico.

Mexico- The Somalia of the Americas


If you love your family, and your life, avoid Mexico. The place is a killing field. You can’t visit a carwash (as we learned yesterday) or a neighborhood without running the risk of being cut down by gang-banger bullets.

Gunmen killed six young men in a gritty neighborhood of the Mexican capital Thursday, an official said. The men in their late teens and early 20s were hanging out together on a street when the gunmen arrived, Mexico City Attorney General Miguel Angel Mancera said in an interview with the Televisa network. He said angry words were exchanged, and the gunmen opened fire. It was the fourth major shooting in Mexico in less than a week. All have occurred in different parts of the country and appear unrelated.

Mexico – the Somalia of North America.

Luther: On Impractical Speculative Theology

Divinity consists in use and practice, not in speculation and meditation. Every one that deals in speculations, either in household affairs or temporal government, without practice, is lost and nothing worth. When a tradesman makes his account, how much profit he shall reap in the year, but puts nothing in practice, he trades in vain speculations, and finds afterwards that his reckoning comes far too short. And thus it goes also with speculating divines, as is seen to this day, and as I know by experience. — Martin Luther

Man’s Inhumaninty to Teen Girls

A Somali militant group publicly executed two teenage girls Wednesday after accusing them of being spies for the Somali government, according to the group, eyewitnesses and a relative of one of the girls. “Those two girls were evil and they were spies for the enemy (the Somali government), but the mujahedeen caught them and after investigation, they admitted their crime, so they have been executed,” said Sheikh Yusuf Ali Ugas, commander of Al-Shabaab in Beledweyne, a town in central Somalia. The teens were blindfolded with their hands behind their backs against a tree, and shot, according to a local journalist. A resident of Beledweyne told CNN that Al-Shabaab called on the town’s residents to come out and watch the execution. “Hundreds of people came out to watch the execution,” he said. “It was very bad … the girls looked shocked and were crying but [no one] could help.”

Only 4 words describe these men… totally depraved cowardly murderers.  Such barbarity and inhumanity.  Shocking.

Why Are Politicians Such Liars?

NPR had a fine report this morning on this political season’s adverts. In general, the ads politicians are running rate as barely true and mostly false. Why are politicians such liars?

— Republican Christine O’Donnell claimed that Chris Coons, her Democratic opponent for Delaware’s U.S. Senate seat, “thought a 911 call should be taxed.” But we found that was a big stretch because landline telephones had long been taxed to support 911 service. What Coons did was extend the tax to cell phones because of a sharp increase in their use for 911 calls.

— In California, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer claimed that Republican challenger Carly Fiorina’s “plan would mean slashing Social Security and Medicare.” But we found there was sketchy evidence to support that. Fiorina hasn’t said much about her ideas on Social Security and Medicare, and what she has said doesn’t provide much proof of “slashing.”

— In the Pennsylvania Senate race, Republican Pat Toomey claimed that Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak “wants to bring back the death tax, letting the IRS take half of your savings when you die.” We found that was an exaggeration because Toomey incorrectly implies the estate tax would apply to a large share of taxpayers and their entire estates. In fact, only the wealthiest Americans would pay the tax under the proposal that Sestak supports, and the proposal would exclude $3.5 million per person and $7 million per couple.

And here’s one that you have to see to believe. It’s just plain FALSE. In real life we call it a big fat lie.

In short, when you see a political ad, the best course of action is to react immediately with ‘what a lie’! 99% of the time you’ll be right.

The Current Issue of Zwingliana

Articles – Vol 36 (2009)

Profile des frühen Täufertums im Raume Bern, Solothurn, Aargau — Martin Haas

Die Zürcher Landeskirche und die Täufer. Oder: “Die Wahrheit wird euch frei machen.” (Joh 8,32) — Ruedi Reich

Noch einmal: Huldreich Zwinglis hebräische Bibel — Herbert Migsch

Zwinglis “Fehltritt” in Einsiedeln und die Überlieferung dieses Ereignisses — Alfred Schindler

Calvin und das Psalmsingen. Die Vorgeschichte des Genfer Psalters — Beat A. Föllmi

“The world always perishes, the church will last forever”. Church and eschatology in Bullinger’s sermons on the book of Daniel (1565) — Daniel Timmerman

Dinner with Raphael. The prolegomena of Peter Martyr Vermigli’s Eucharistic Intellections — Gary Jenkins

Musculus, Gwalther, Luther, Erasmus. Primus Truber as the First Slovenian Translator of Scriptural Texts — Kozma Ahacic

Die “Kurtze und glaubhaffte verantwortung” (1596). Ein Dokument zur theologischen Auseinandersetzung zwischen Reformation und Katholizismus — Philipp Wälchli

Ehud Netzer Has Indeed Died

Via Jack Sasson- this sad news yesterday

At http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3975778,00.html is an article in Hebrew reporting that on October 26, Ehud Netzer fell at Herodion. He is currently in critical condition at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, with head and neck injuries.

Ehud Netzer, 76, is Professor emeritus at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is an expert on Herodian architecture and is part of a team that recently announced locating the tomb of Herod the Great in Herodium, south of Jerusalem.

UPDATE:  The Jerusalem Post reported last night

Well-known Israeli archeologist Ehud Netzer remained in critical condition Wednesday at Hadassah-University Medical Center, Ein Kerem, two days after he suffered a serious fall during a dig at the Herodion archeological site in the West Bank. Netzer was reportedly leaning against a wooden railing on Monday when it gave way. He fell nearly 10 feet before landing – only to roll and fall an additional 10 feet. He suffered fractures in his cranium and vertebrae and was rushed to Hadassah in critical condition.

UPDATE II:  This morning word from Jerusalem that Netzer has indeed passed away.  This has been verified by multiple sources on the ground.  After his fall he was declared brain dead.  And now, he has expired.  This is very sad news.  Very sad indeed.  He will be sorely missed.

UPDATE III: via Joseph Lauer- Ynet’s Update report (“Noted Israeli archaeologist passes away”) is at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3976590,00.html — “Professor Ehud Netzer, one of Israel’s most noted archeologists has passed away at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem on Thursday. Netzer was hospitalized in critical condition after a fall at the Herodian dig earlier this week. The professor’s family has requested to donate his organs. “He signed his organ donor card. Since he sustained his injuries the hospital made every effort to extend his life artificially in order to examine the viability of donating his organs”, family member Motti Ashkenazi told Ynet. His funeral will take place on Friday. (Dor Glick)”

Priests v. Palestinians

Logo of the Palestine Football Association

And this time it has nothing to do with bickering or unpleasant conflict. This time it’s football.

The priests may have been hoping for a miracle when they took on the Palestinian national football team in Bethlehem but they lost 9-1 in a rout of biblical proportions. After an heroic first half battling valiantly to fend off their hosts, the international lineup of Catholic priests in their yellow and blue strip managed to hold the home side to 0-0 at half-time in a charity match in the southern West Bank late on Tuesday. Decked out with Palestinian and Italian flags, alongside the white and gold of the Vatican, Bethlehem’s Al-Khader stadium was packed with spectators — among them hundreds of excited children and a respectable showing of Franciscan monks in their trademark brown robes. Time after time through the tense first half, their God-fearing goalkeeper fended off the Palestinian attack, aided by providence — and the goal posts. But it was the second half that proved to be their undoing, as the red-shirted youngsters ran rings around them, putting goal after goal into the back of the net.

Poor Catholics- they can’t catch a break these days. Even a football victory escapes them. Bless their hearts.

The Gospel of John: The New International Commentary on the New Testament

J. Ramsey Michaels is the author of this very new massive volume on the Gospel of John which consists of a lengthy introduction in seven parts and exposition in five.  You can read an excerpt here.  The awesome folk at Eerdmans have sent a copy for review, which I post in parts as follows:


This is an excellent, excellent commentary.  I recommend it mightily.