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Archive for November 12th, 2010


Voting for ASOR board members takes place on Friday the 19th.  You can check out the nominees here.  Vote for Morag! She’s not a politician, and she’s honest!  And she’s a brilliant scholar.

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 10:03 pm

Posted in Archaeology

What in the World is Frank Emanuel Wearing????

And why?

Crazy Canadians…

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 9:29 pm

Posted in Friends, Humor

Say What? George Bush Didn’t Write His Own Book???!!!

Color me shocked

When Crown Publishing inked a deal with George W. Bush for his memoirs, the publisher knew it wasn’t getting Faulkner. But the book, at least, promises “gripping, never-before-heard detail” about the former president’s key decisions, offering to bring readers “aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America’s most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq,” and other undisclosed and weighty locations.

Crown also got a mash-up of worn-out anecdotes from previously published memoirs written by his subordinates, from which Bush lifts quotes word for word, passing them off as his own recollections. He took equal license in lifting from nonfiction books about his presidency or newspaper or magazine articles from the time. Far from shedding light on how the president approached the crucial “decision points” of his presidency, the clip jobs illuminate something shallower and less surprising about Bush’s character: He’s too lazy to write his own memoir.

Bush, on his book tour, makes much of the fact that he largely wrote the book himself, guffawing that critics who suspected he didn’t know how to read are now getting a comeuppance. Not only does Bush know how to read, it turns out, he knows how to Google, too. Or his assistant does. Bush notes in his acknowledgments that “[m]uch of the research for this book was conducted by the brilliant and tireless Peter Rough. Peter spent the past 18 months digging through archives, searching the internet[s], and sifting through reams of paper.” Bush also collaborated on the book with his former speechwriter, Christopher Michel.

Well how surprising is all that?  Read the whole essay.  None of it’s surprising.  But none of it will be on Fox News either.

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 6:28 pm

No Charges Will be Filed Against Phillip Greaves, the Author of the Pedophile Book

According to news reports

Police are investigating whether the author of a guide for pedophiles did anything illegal even as they try to protect him from a threat posted on a local website. Phillip Ray Greaves II of Pueblo has drawn national attention because his self-published book for sale on Amazon offers advice to pedophiles on how to make a sexual encounter with a child as safe as possible. Pueblo police heard news reports about the book and went to Greaves’ home Thursday morning to interview him. Pueblo Detective Dustin Taylor described Greaves as cooperative and said he gave detectives a copy of the book when they asked for one. “He was just a normal man. He didn’t seem unnerved by us being there,” Taylor said. Police told Greaves that he’d been threatened on a local website and that they would monitor his home for his safety. Taylor said the author didn’t seem fearful. Police would not elaborate on the threat, and the message was removed from the website, Taylor said. Greaves, 47, has no criminal record and is not a registered sex offender, Taylor said. Taylor said authorities kept the book but don’t expect criminal charges at this point. “At this point we’re still reviewing it, though there’s still no indication of any crime being committed,” Taylor said.

Ok three things-

1- he’s not a ‘normal man’ – he’s a man who has confessed to having been molested at 7 (no matter how he may describe it otherwise) and now he’s teaching others how to do it – and

2- no one should be threatening him with physical harm. But he should be investigated thoroughly by the FBI and if he has done anything even remotely illegal he should be charged and tried and convicted and imprisoned.

3- And finally, his book should not be made available by Amazon or anyone else. As I’ve said before, freedom of speech doesn’t trump the safety of children. Greaves has written a how to guide for pedophiles. That’s not free speech, that’s perversity.

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 3:43 pm

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Act

The Supreme Court of the United States. Washin...

The Supreme Court has decided not to decide. Yet.

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military to remain in place while a federal appeals court considers the issue. The court did not comment in denying a request from the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group, to step into the ongoing federal court review of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The Obama administration urged the high court not to get involved at this point. Last month, a federal judge ruled that the policy violates the civil rights of gay Americans and she issued an injunction barring the Pentagon from applying it. But the San Francisco-based appeals court said the policy could remain in effect while it considers the administration’s appeal.

But I think we know how the decision will go. Come on, it’s men in black dresses. What do you think they’ll decide? (Ok angry activists calm down. That was a joke).

Seriously, though, the policy is and always has been an absurdity. It never should have been enacted in the first place.  If the case ever does make it to that place where 9 people all wear black dresses, the policy will be struck down.

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 1:57 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

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Quote of the Day

Laine Clayton’s 7 year old at the Starbuck’s drivethrough-

“My baby brother wants a venti breast milk mocha!”

Via Laine on Facebook

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 1:33 pm

Posted in Humor

Some New And Noteworthy Books from Gifford Lecturers

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 12:02 pm

Posted in Books, Theology

Jesus is Attending the SBL in Atlanta…

And he’s not happy!


Via Tommy who got it from McChewey who of course got it from Bob the Cargill.

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 10:33 am

Shocking Breaking News!!!!

Brett Favre has announced that he is retiring!!!!!  AGAIN!  For the 88,009th time…

In an interview on Thursday night with former NFL coach Steve Mariucci on the NFL Network, Brett Favre reportedly said he will not return to play in 2011. When asked if he would be back next season, Favre was said to have shook his head and said, “No.” The entire interview will air on Sunday during the network’s NFL GameDay Morning pregame show.

It has also been reported that he won’t text nekkid pictures of himself to girls anymore… A word of advice… don’t hold your breath.

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 10:16 am

Total Depravity: The Case of the Perverted Thieving Priest

A Massachusetts priest stole $83,147 from his parish, largely to fund a pornography habit, police say. The Rev. Keith LeBlanc of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church had a credit card used for online pornography, and it had a $25,000 balance, according to a police report on file at Haverhill District Court, The Eagle Tribune of North Andover, Mass., reported. Father LeBlanc admitted to Dunderdale that he has an addiction and needs help,” Detective Glenn Fogarty wrote in the report. Mark Dunderdale is an attorney who led the Archdiocese of Boston investigation. A review of Comcast bills from the rectory showed that “adult” movies “started the day Father LeBlanc came to the parish, at a total of $4,021.14,” the report says. The report was revealed after LeBlanc’s arraignment on charges of forgery and larceny over $250 by continuous scheme. He has been released on personal recognizance bail. He was removed as pastor in June.

Perverted depraved reprobate thieving Clerics should be defrocked. Period.  [HT to little Tommy Verenna on FB].

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 9:52 am

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

Take note- his stage name is Tomasz Schafernaker (which I think is Czech for Tom Finger-Man- a quite appropriate name for Chris these days…)

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 9:44 am

Posted in Friends, Humor

Another Church Closes in Britain

Church aisles have [been] replaced with checkout aisles where customers can buy groceries – all under the watchful eyes of Biblical characters depicted in the building’s ornate stained glass windows. And the pealing of church bells and the sombre sound of the organ on a Sunday morning will be replaced by the ringing of tills and customer announcements over the PA system at the former Westbourne Methodist Church in Bournemouth, Dorset.  The Rev Dr Bob McKinley, ex-minister at the church, which lay empty for three years, said it was ‘sad’.  He said: ‘You could say it is not appropriate to have a Tesco Express in it but once it is sold it is no longer under our control.

Sad indeed.


Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 9:36 am

Posted in Modern Culture

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Germany’s Most Popular Judge

I wish he were a judge here. Because he’s right.

Chris Tilling on one of his visits to Germany

A German judge has shot to popularity after letting 42 speeding drivers off without charges in the last week because he thinks speed controls merely serve to fill the state’s coffers rather than prevent accidents. Bernd Kahre, spokesman for Herford court in northwestern Germany where judge Helmut Knoener works, told Reuters the 62-year-old wanted to make a stand against the current practice of prosecuting speeders. He said Knoener believed speed controls were not conducted to ensure greater road safety, but rather to provide the cash-strapped state with an additional source of income.

That’s the only interest law enforcement in the States has in speeders too. It has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with making money for the state. And that’s especially true of those wicked ‘traffic light cameras’- a scandal to be sure.

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 7:42 am

Would You Let Your Child Play for a Coach Who Beat Kids with a Paddle?

Ostensibly to ‘make them better players’?

That coach is a child abuser.

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 7:25 am

Posted in Total Depravity

Bob Cargill on the SBL’s Pay-per-Projecter-Policy

That’s the PPPP.  First, though, here’s Bob’s design for the SBL Projector:

I like it!  Bob continues then

Please allow me to express my profound displeasure with this decision in my own unique way.

Oh please do, Bob.  This should be fun!

This is what is has come to: the SBL is taxing those who create visually compelling presentations to accompany their papers. Perhaps the new SBL email confirmation can read as follows:

“Congratulations! Your paper has been accepted in the Johannine Literature section. Please send us $25 additional if you plan on actually creating a visually compelling presentation to accompany your paper. If you’re just going to stand there and read a boring paper, well then, that’s free. Again, congratulations. P.S. Send money. We’re broke.”

And he accompanies this with artwork too!

Go read the rest.  Compelling, as always.  And, just to note, at present our little informal survey shows that 91% of those surveyed think the SBL SHOULDN’T be charging presenters for A-V equipment,  2% think it’s ok, and 5% don’t care because their departments pay for it.

I’d say that when 91% of people surveyed object, there’s reason to rethink a policy.

Written by Jim

12 Nov 2010 at 6:51 am

Posted in Conferences, SBL