Daily Archives: 22 Nov 2010

Only in California: Rescued Rats are up for Adoption…

Rats 7 days

Rat, it's what's for dinner

About a thousand rats are awaiting adoption in California after being rescued from a house featured on the A&E reality TV show “Hoarders.” The Humane Society trucked the rodents over the weekend from Los Angeles to San Jose, where more than 30 volunteers and nonprofit staff helped move the rats into Andy’s Pet Shop in San Jose, which agreed to temporarily house them. Lauren Paul of the nonprofit North Star Rescue told the San Jose Mercury News that the previous owner’s daughter had brought home a pregnant rat one day and the litter began multiplying quickly.

Rats are disease spreading vermin. Just put them all in snake exhibits and feed nature’s own rat exterminators.

When did the ‘Western Wall’ Become Sacred to Jews? 1520

“Jews did not worship at the Wailing Wall at any time until the Balfour Declaration of 1917, according to a report on the “study” posted by the PA Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information D. Mutawakkil Taha. Writing on the official PA website, he added that the report quotes the “Jewish Encyclopedia, published in 1917” that “the Western Wall became part of the Jewish religious tradition around the year 1520, as a result of Jewish immigration from Spain, after the Ottoman conquest the year 1517… This was not part of the wall of the so-called Jewish Temple.”

Unsurprisingly, INN’s report of the essay is as sneering as it is derisive. And Antonio gets it right when he laconically observes Ma gli odiati palestinesi questo non lo possono dire.

The 4th Annual Mashable Awards

Go over and vote for Blekko for ‘Most Promising New Company‘.  It’s most awesome.

More ‘Jocks Without Boundaries’ Depravity

Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo

Stories of pampered spoiled athletes who seldom suffer the consequences of their very bad behavior abound.  Think Ben Roethlisberger, for one.  But the kids learn it early on, in High School where teachers give them passing grades so they can play on Friday night to college where tutors are regularly hired not to help, but to do the work.  ‘Student’ athletes attend class – if there’s no practice or away game or home game or team activity…  And they also feel that it’s proper for them to sexually attack whomsoever they wish… and still play.  Like they do at Notre Dame.

The University of Notre Dame football program is coming under intense scrutiny for its handling of an allegation of sexual abuse that may have led to a young girl’s suicide. Lizzy Seeberg, a 19-year-old freshman at neighboring St. Mary’s College, apparently told Notre Dame police that she had been sexually attacked by a football player in early September. Nine days after the report, Seeberg overdosed on prescription medication in her room in what authorities believe to be a suicide. Meanwhile, according to the Chicago Tribune, the player in question has remained in uniform through the season.

What’s a girl’s life when there are games to win? Jocks without personal boundaries- it’s so commonplace that it’s a cliche. It’s also a cliche that they aren’t punished enough. Which only further contributes to their sense of entitlement.  They could have, at the very least, benched the kid in a ‘show’ of decency.

Tragedy in Los Angeles

Police say they are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy who fell 50 feet from a Staples Center luxury suite after a Lakers game.  Officer Julie Sohn said Monday the child abuse unit is investigating because of the boy’s age.  The Los Angeles Times, citing unnamed people familiar with the case, says the parents of Lucas Anthony Tang of Garden Grove had been searching for him when they learned he had fallen Sunday night.  It’s unclear how the boy plunged over the low wall that fronts the luxury box. The official cause of death is awaiting further investigation.

How horrifying.  2 year olds are quick as lighting and require absolute unblinking supervision.  And every parent knows that, because most have turned their back for half a second and been panic stricken to discover that that’s all the time it takes for the inquisitive little varmints to wander off.

One thing is certain, no one will forget to keep an observant eye out for the next few hours… (and then all will be forgotten and vigilance will go by the wayside).

Fading Hope…

In New Zealand

Officers, who had previously insisted that they were committed to mounting a rescue operation to bring the men [… miners trapped after a mine explosion] out alive, changed tack and began preparing the families of the men for the worst.  Hours after releasing an official list of the names of the men in the mine at the time of the blast, Superintendent Gary Knowles said that some of the miners may not have survived.  “We are keeping an open mind, we are optimistic, but we are planning for all options, including loss of life,” he said.

So sad.

Extravagant Absurdity

Via Antonio,

HARRODS, THE London based luxury brands retailer and king of expensive things, has unveiled the traditional Christmas advent calendar which contains a one-million-dollar version featuring a speedboat and a designer kitchen. The calendar, created by Porsche Design, is one of only five available worldwide, one for each continent. The calendar will be showcased until Friday December 24 at the store.

They’ve obviously misunderstood the entire concept of Advent, which has to do with preparation for Christ’s coming and not preparation for summer vacation in the Hamptons.

People bereft of theological sense should abandon every attempt to pretend that they have the right to talk about such things as Advent.

Cedric Miller Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Resign, He Should be Fired

A New Jersey pastor who believes Facebook leads to infidelity has offered to step down over a past affair that involved a three-way sexual relationship with his wife and a male church assistant.  Pastor Cedric Miller spoke to his flock at Living Word Christian Fellowship Church in Neptune Township for about an hour on Sunday.  His sermon came days after the Asbury Park Press reported the 48-year-old testified in 2003 that he had a threesome with his wife and the male assistant 10 years ago.  Miller apologized for what he said was a foolish transgression from his past. He offered to step down as senior minister if church leaders found him unfit to serve.

He was unfit to serve 10 years ago when he engaged in extramarital activities.  If he repented, fine.  If not, and he’s just been continuing to lie and behave badly, he should be fired and not given the chance to resign.  And Facebook isn’t the problem, ‘Pastor’, your sinfulness is.

I Love You Too, New Zealand!

With a ranking that high among you islanders, don’t you think someone there (like the tourism board) should fly me down for a nice all expenses paid vacation? I’m happy to make a few public appearances to promote your wonderfully intelligent country… Drop me a note, tourism, and I’ll be there!

America is Dooomed, Doomed, Doomed

NYC signing September 1,2009 Nintendo Store - NYC

Am I alone in wanting to shave his head bald?

Any Country where a person like Justin Bieber can be chosen as the most popular musical artist is utterly and completely doomed.  The fact that Bieber won 4 VMA awards last night (according to The Guardian) is yet another sign of the apocalypse.

The Justin Bieber juggernaut remains an unstoppable force after the teen star scooped four prizes at this year’s American Music awards. The 16-year-old pop sensation beat Eminem, Lady Gaga and Usher to claim the coveted crown of artist of the year. Bieber also won in the three other categories he was nominated for: favourite pop/rock album, breakthrough artist and favourite male pop artist.

The simple fact that he beat such a lackluster field of untalented nobodies means only that when it comes to popular music in America, bankruptcy and infertility reign, and Americans don’t know good music any more than they know good art or good politics.

America is doomed.  Any country that will make Bieber popular is also a country that will elect someone like Sarah Palin…  the final sign of the apocalypse and the beginning of the end of days.

Israel in Canaan (Long) Before Pharaoh Merenptah? A Fresh Look at Berlin Statue Pedestal Relief 21687

That’s the title of a new essay by Peter van der Veen and published in a Journal I have never even heard of before, the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections.  Here’s the abstract-

In 2001, Manfed Görg published a new reading of a Fragmentary name ring on a topographical pedestal relief in the Berlin Museum (no. 21687). Although the inscription had previously been listed in topographical studies, the reading of the fragmentary third name ring had not received adequate attention. Görg suggested reading the broken name as an archaic form for “Israel” and argued that it could have been copied during the Nineteenth Dynasty from an earlier list. As his publication was in German, his proposal has so far been unavailable to a wider English- speaking readership. Two scholars, Bryant Wood and James Hoffmeier, have briefly discussed Görg’s proposal; while the former welcomed it, the latter rejected it on linguistic grounds. The present authors republish the relief fragment here in English and include new evidence that appears to support Görg’s original reading.

Here’s the fragment in question:

click to enlarge


UPDATE: If you’d like a copy of the essay, Peter has given me permission to pass it along.  You can get a copy by writing me or Peter van der Veen.

An Ancient Roman Bath has Been Discovered in Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Post reports

A 1,800-year-old Roman bathing pool was recently uncovered in archaeological excavations in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem ahead of the construction of a ritual bath for men (miqve).  The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), who conducted the excavations at the initiative of the Jerusalem Municipality and the Moriah Company for the Development of Jerusalem, say that the bathing pool was probably part of a bathhouse used by the Tenth Legion – the very same Roman soldiers who destroyed the Second Temple.


UPDATE:  Joseph Lauer has sent along a couple more photos:

When a Car Thief is Smarter than Parents

Survol de Galveston (Texas) Licence Catégorie:...

I heard about this on NPR this morning and it illustrates one simple fact: this car thief is a smarter, more humane, and less totally depraved than the parents in the story.

A homeless person in Galveston, Texas, stole a car, then returned it, then yelled at the car owners for bad parenting. The man stole the car while the car owners were fishing, but returned it when he found a child in the back seat. MSNBC reports that a 22-year-old woman and her boyfriend were fishing in Galveston, Texas, when they determined that it was too cold for the woman’s toddler. The mother brought her child back to the car, started the engine, then returned to the beach to help her boyfriend bring back the rest of the equipment. In her absence, a homeless man jumped in the car and took off. He returned a few minutes later when he discovered the child in the car. The car thief scolded the parents for leaving their kid in the car, and then took off on foot.

What kind of imbecile leaves a child in a car? A totally depraved one, that’s who.