Total Depravity: The Shrew Who Pepper Sprayed an 18 Month Old Toddler

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Pepper spray is injurious

Because, she says, she felt ‘threatened’ by the toddler’s father. So she sprayed the both of them.

An 18-month old child was pepper-sprayed by a woman who claims she felt threatened by the toddler’s father. The Daily News reports the altercation began when Craig Sowby was walking his dog at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and the leash got tangled. His toddler was walking away, so Sowby released the dog and grabbed the child. Meanwhile, the unleashed dog approached Gene and Stephanie Wesloh, who were walking their own dog. Stephanie Wesloh pepper sprayed the animal and an argument ensued. Sowby said Wesloh kept pointing the pepper spray at him and his son, who was in his arms, so he tried to take it from her. That’s when she sprayed them. Sowby fled down the trail with his child, but Wesloh followed and sprayed them again.

I guess Shrew Steph felt really pressed to pepper spray that 18 month old. Those little ones can be violent as all get out, can’t they? Or maybe she just acted like an inconsiderate self absorbed shrewish depraved git. Or maybe she’s just one of those people who takes the violent course at the least provocation. Or maybe she just didn’t trust Gene (her husband?) to take care of the situation if it escalated. No, why do that, when you can whip out pepper spray and assault a little child…

People…  they’re just absurd and most of them totally curved in on themselves.  Like Stephanie.

NOVA: Quest for Solomon’s Mines

Writes Karen Laverty of NOVA

In the summer of 2010, NOVA and National Geographic embarked on two cutting-edge field investigations that illuminate the legend of Solomon and reveal the source of the great wealth that powered the first mighty biblical kingdoms. These groundbreaking expeditions expose important new clues buried in the pockmarked desert of Jordan, including ancient remnants of an industrial-scale copper mine and a 3,000-year-old message with the words “slave,” “king,” and “judge.” “Quest for Solomon’s Mines” premieres Tuesday, November 23rd at 8 PM ET/PT on PBS ( You can watch a preview here:

National Geographic magazine takes a closer look at the mines and the contentious field of Biblical archaeology in its December cover story, “The Search for King David,” on newsstands November 30.

So there ya have it.  I hope they do a better job of it than Simcha… and I’m absolutely positive they will. But either way, I’ll live blog it. So even if you can’t see it, you’ll have the benefit of my incisive observations.

It’s Saturday and Bloggers are Shopping

Picking up those last minutes supplies for SBL no doubt- including digital projectors…

More News In the War on Internet Anonymity

The head of New York City’s transit union wants to go after an anonymous blog that has blasted him, and he asked a court Friday to make Google tell him who’s responsible. John Samuelsen says in court papers that the blog has repeatedly attacked him with false accusations of incompetence and financial improprieties. The allegations are “being made for no purpose other than to damage my reputation” among union members, Samuelsen said in a sworn statement. His legal papers say he plans to pursue a defamation suit, but he hasn’t been able to learn who’s behind the blog, housed by Google-owned

Get ’em, John, get ’em.

Speaking of anonymous internet scoundrels- Raphael Golb is scheduled to be sentenced on November 18- right – ironically – in the middle of the ASOR Annual Meeting. Wouldn’t it be brilliantly fantastic if the sentence were announced while Lawrence Schiffman were presenting or Robert Cargill? That would be TOO awesome.

Totally Depraved Dilettantism: May 11, 2011

These people are the very sorts that make dilettantes look like imbeciles.  Pretending to be wise, they are nothing but fools.  They are deceivers and manipulators and liars.  There is only one passage which needs to be applied to them-

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.    Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” — Mark 13:32ff.

You can choose to believe dilettantish fools who know less about the Bible than fish know about Saturn, or you can believe what Scripture asserts itself. If you choose to follow fools, don’t be surprised when you feel stupid on May 12. And believe me, you will.  [Via Joel Watts on FB].

I Have Serious, Serious Problems with the Ethics of This

A group of friends and family is obscenely rich after winning a nearly $129 million jackpot with a lottery ticket bought at a Detroit-area porn shop. And some of the money will be devoted to sacred purposes. Mike Greer, a member of the group, came forward Friday to claim the Powerball winnings on behalf of the others, who chose to remain anonymous. Greer — who said only that the group has more than two members and fewer than 100 — indicated some of the riches will be going to a church. “The only thing I can assume is that the Lord trusted us to do certain things with the money that He bestowed upon us,” he said. “That’s the only thing that I can gather.”

First- which of your faithful church members frequents a porn shop and while there buys lottery tickets?

Second- gambling proceeds are what we call ‘ill gotten gains’. Money illicitly received or the fruit of evil acts (which gambling is- as it exhibits a reliance for sustenance or substance from a source other than God (through honest work and labor)) has no business being in Christian’s hands.

And Third, why would your church accept such funds purchased by persons willing to sin? The ends do NOT justify the means.

I have serious problems with the ethics of the persons involved in this episode. And if the Church accepts the money (the fruit of evil) I’ll have serious problems with that too. Even the Chief Priests rejected Judas’s donation.

They’ve Found Zahra… Dead

And they are fairly sure that her parents did it.

The body of 10-year-old Zahra Baker has been positively identified, ending a heart-wrenching month-long search for the disabled girl, police announced today. … The disabled girl’s remains were discovered earlier this week during a search in Caldwell County, N.C., where the Baker family previously lived. Police had looked through the area earlier while accompanied by Zahra’s stepmother Elisa Baker. Zahra’s birth mother, Emily Dietrich, flew from her home in Wagga Wagga, Australia, on Thursday ahead of the announcement. She visited the Hickory, N.C., house where Zahra had been living with her father Adam Baker and stepmother Elisa Baker.

And – again – they think the parents (dad and step mom) killed her. Appalling. Whoever did it deserves the full weight of heaven’s wrath and hell’s torture.  Killing…  people who kill children…  don’t try to find an explanation or a reason.  There’s a simple one: they are inspired by hell itself and willing slaves to evil unspeakable.

China’s Extreme Hotel Makeover: The 15 Story Hotel in 6 Days Edition

America’s Extreme Home Makeover has nothing on the Chinese.  Those guys can build an entire 15 story hotel in a mere 6 days.

A construction crew in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha has completed a 15-story hotel in just six days. If nothing else, this remarkable achievement will stoke further complaints from American economic pundits that China’s economy is far more accomplished than ours in tending to such basics as construction.

My first thought?  I’ve no interest in staying in any hotel built in less than a week.

The Magic Number: 21,000 Counts of Total Depravity

That’s how many photos of child porn a Spanish Priest had on his computer when he was arrested.

Police said they found 21,000 images on computers inside the 52-year-old’s church in Vilafames, in the east of the country. The priest, who has not been named, has been bailed and will appear before a judge in a fortnight, media say. The Segorbe-Castellon diocese said it had suspended the priest and was ready to clarify the facts in court. “If the accusation is true, this is something that hurts us deeply, that we sincerely regret and that we reject unreservedly,” the El Pais newspaper quoted a statement from the diocese as saying. It said it would also offer the priest “the necessary means for a fair defence”.

I wonder why his name hasn’t been released.