Daily Archives: 8 Dec 2010

Murdered by Dad

These two little ones were brutally murdered by their own father.

An Alabama man who told authorities he dumped his two dead children in the woods, then covered them with twigs, was charged Wednesday with two counts of murder after investigators found remains believed to be his 3-year-old son, police said.  Mobile Police Officer Chris Levy said the discovery of a boy’s bones about 50 feet off a highway in rural Mississippi gave authorities enough evidence to file the murder charges against John DeBlase, who had been held for child abuse and corpse abuse.  Tests are pending to confirm the identity.  “We believe at this point that he did in fact kill his son” and daughter, Levy said.

Murdered by their dad.  Murdered.  By dad.  By dad.

John DeBlase and the children’s stepmother were arrested last week on lesser charges, and authorities searched for the children’s remains in Alabama and Mississippi over the weekend. Neither child had been seen for months.  An investigation into their disappearance didn’t start until late last month after their stepmother, Heather Leavell-Keaton, sought a protective order against DeBlase in Kentucky, Levy said. She said in the Nov. 18 filing that DeBlase “may have murdered his children,” and that she feared for her life because he was abusive. The couple just had a child together this summer.

Murderers of children- I wish – truly- such as your kind never saw the light of day.  That God has some purpose for roaches and bacteria I understand.  Murderers of children?  That I don’t get at all.  Why are such useless animals allowed to breath the air?

Total Depravity: The Stupid Pot Head Edition

Perhaps they should call it a case of “Merry-Juana.” A German man is now facing drug possession charges after local police discovered a six-foot-tall marijuana plant in his home that had been decorated with twinkling Christmas lights, the AFP is reporting.  “The marijuana plant had been put in a Christmas tree stand and decorated with a string of lights,” officers said in a statement, according to the AFP. “When asked, the hashish fan told the perplexed officers that he had intended to add more decorations to the ‘tree’ and place the presents under it, according to tradition.” Times Live reports that 150 grams of marijuana had been found in the man’s home in Koblenz before the tree was discovered.  Turns out he wasn’t the only German getting into the Christmas spirit with cannabis this year. On Tuesday, a 21-year-old Munich man was reportedly arrested after making an Advent calendar with marijuana hidden behind each door instead of chocolate.

Ya know, sometimes you just want to beat people.  I mean just beat them until they get a tad of sense.  But of course dopers are incapable of any sense at all, so even a fatal beating wouldn’t really help.  But let’s be honest for a moment- a LOT of people are in need of a fatal beating.

And Now For Something Completely Archaeological: A Conference Announcement

Albright Institute, East Jerusalem

The Albright Institute

Via Jack Sasson

The Albright [Institute in Jerusalem] is pleased to announce a mini-conference, “Unearthing the Wilderness – Workshop on the History and Archaeology of the Negev and Edom in the Iron Age” to be held on Sunday, December 12th from 13:00 – 17:20 at the Institute at 26 Salah ed-Din Street, Jerusalem.

The workshop is organized by Juan Manuel Tebes, the Albright Carol and Eric Meyers Fellow and will include presentations by Yifat Thareani, Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology on “The Judean Desert Frontier in the 7th Century BCE: A View from `Aroer”; by Uzi Avner, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies: “The Egyptian Sanctuary at Timna Valley – Reconsidered”; by Juan Manuel Tebes: “The Symbolic and Social World of the Qurayyah Pottery Iconography”; by Tali Erickson-Gini, Israel Antiquities Authority: “Timna Site 2: Revisited”; by Leora Freud, Tel Aviv University: “Local Production of Edomite Cooking Pots in the Beersheba Valley”; and by Israel Finkelstein, Tel Aviv University: “New Perspectives on the Negev and Neighbouring Regions in the Beginning of the Iron Age.”

Those interested in attending should RSVP to Dr. Joe Uziel, the Albright Program Coordinator, e-mail: albrightprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

America’s Own Home Grown Terrorists Are More a Threat than Al Qaeda

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Tim McVeigh wasn’t a member of Al Qaeda but he killed a LOT of people.  The Unabomber wasn’t a Muslim but he managed to murder lots of folks over a number of years.  Perhaps, then, none of us should be surprised at all that America is pumping out its own group of maniacs and none of them have ties to the Middle East.

Take, for instance,

A Baltimore man [who] was arrested Wednesday for plotting to blow up a military recruitment center, authorities said. The man was caught in a sting operation as he tried to detonate a phony bomb at an Armed Forces recruiting station in Catonsville, just outside Baltimore, officials said.  “There was no actual danger to the public as the explosives were inert and the suspect had been carefully monitored by law enforcement for months,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland said in a statement.  The man was a U.S. citizen who was arrested after he tried to set off what he thought was a bomb, according to an official briefed on the arrest. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.  The man acted alone and did not train overseas or get instructions from anyone overseas, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the man had not been formally charged.  There was no evidence the plot was linked to recent shootings at military installations in the Washington area, authorities said.

Maybe our obsession with Muslim terrorists is misplaced.  Maybe we should really be focusing more of our attention inwardly and ask ourselves the tough question as to why it is that American and Western culture breeds the sorts of people who would be just at home in Pakistan terrorist training camps as they are here.

Something’s broken in America.  Sadly our dimwitted elected officials don’t seem to care too much.  I suppose they’re too busy seeking election.

An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton, January 2007

Pray God this is our next President

Dear Mrs Clinton,

I have a simple request.  Please run in 2012 for the Democratic nomination for the Office of the President of the United States of America.  To be sure, Obama will toss his hat in the ring, but let’s face it- he cannot, and he will not win.  His waffling, indecisiveness, and ineptitude are an embarrassment to all of those who were misled by him to believe in the ‘Hope and Change’ he so falsely peddled.  The only thing that’s changed since he took office is, well, Madam Secretary, nothing at all.

And the alternatives are even worse.  Sarah Palin?  Good heavens, Mrs. Clinton, were Palin to be elected America would be utterly doomed and thoroughly damned.  Mitt Romney?  His hair gel is so thick that one doubts any blood is actually circulating in his skull.  John McCain?  The most tedious and tiresome of all the Republicans.  Newt Gingrich?  No Madam Secretary, no one with ethics could possibly vote for that adultery loving lout.

Mrs. Clinton, if not you, who?  If not 2012, when?  The United States of America needs an intelligent, articulate, stern, truthful, honest, and ethical leader.   We need someone with a spine who won’t back down every time a leaf blows past on the sidewalk.  You’re the only one on the horizon who fits the bill.  If you don’t run, you will leave our dear Country in the hands of incompetence no matter who else is elected.  Please don’t let that happen.

Yours most sincerely,

Jim West

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news- I really am.  But it falls to me to announce that Chris has been fired for using inappropriate language…  Well here, read it for yourself!

Tilling, Watts, Stevens, Bailey- Evil Santa and his 'elves'

Supermarket Santa Claus John Toomey Chris Tilling was fired from his job after telling a naughty joke that didn’t impress his grown-up customers.  The 68-year-old Macy’s worker had been a popular St Nick in San Francisco for over 20 years, losing his job right at the start of the holiday season when a complaint was made about the inappropriate quip – one he insists he’s been telling for years without a problem.  ‘When I ask the older people who sit on my lap if they have been good and they say, “Yes,” I say, “Gee, that’s too bad”,’ he explained.  ‘Then, if they ask why Santa is so jolly, I joke that it’s because I know where all the naughty boys and girls live,’ the retired caretaker continued to the San Francisco Chronicle.  ‘Everything was going okay until this couple came in. I don’t know why they reported me. I don’t think I said anything untoward.’  Toomey Tilling emphasised that he only ever rolled out the joke around grown-ups, with a number of Macy’s employees labelling his dismissal an ‘overreaction’.

Knowing Chris the things he admits to saying are quite mild indeed!  And what’s really shocking is that people in San Francisco, of all places (!) found such remarks ‘inappropriate’.    That’s sort of like the Grand Wizard of the KKK accusing Helen Thomas of racism.  Anyway, pray for Chris.  He needs a new job and after this sorry incident I’m not writing another letter of recommendation.  (Via).

Total Depravity: The Robert Schuller Edition

Crystal Cathedral

Schuller's temple to self and excess and deception

Scott notes

Financial documents filed Wednesday in the Crystal Cathedral bankruptcy case show that the church gave generous compensation to insiders and family members in the year before the Garden Grove-based mega-church filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The documents show the church paid out more than $1.8 million to 23 insiders and members of founding pastor Robert H. Schuller’s family in the last year. That sum included $832,490 in tax-exempt housing allowances given to eight people.

Schuller, like the politicians he mimics, is in it, and always has been in it, for himself.  He’s the sort of ‘preacher’  of a false Gospel (and the Prosperity Gospel is a false gospel) Paul condemned in his letter to the Galatians.  One of those who makes profit from the flock by fleecing it for his own benefit.

Scott’s right to opine in connection with this segment of the report

The U.S. Trustee overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings has already objected to the $132,000 housing allowance paid to one insider, saying there was “no justification whatsoever” for an allowance of that amount. The insider, Chief Financial Officer Fred Southard, said it was a benefit he is entitled to as a minister ordained by Crystal Cathedral.

as follows-

“benefit he is ‘entitled‘ to…” Entitled? Really? Entitled? Our business/social club is tens of millions of dollars in debt, but I am entitled? You are on TV asking people to double their tithes to save the ‘church’ but you are entitled to a tax-free $132,000 payment? Non-expletive words fail me, but I imagine there are more than a few ministers that would have some biting commentary to that attitude.

Robert Schuller really is evil.  Why would anyone follow him?  Why?  Because they would rather believe a false gospel than the truth.  Because they love darkness more than they love light.  And while I see the reason why the pastors of such flocks receive the brunt of well deserved condemnation, their flocks too must bear some responsibility because through their theological and biblical ignorance they enable such scoundrels.  Were people to think the truth, they wouldn’t fall for such evil leaders.  But because those evil shepherds feed them what they wish to swallow, they gleefully suck down to the dregs the selfishness and self centeredness that they peddle.

In Israel, The Failure of Peace Talks is a Cause for Celebration

Israel worked hard on Wednesday to make the failure of an American-brokered effort for a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations sound like a success. Officials here insisted that Israel remained determined to try to achieve a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians and that coordination between the Israeli prime minister and the Americans has perhaps never been better. But the optimism was one-sided as the peace process entered into a new deadlock. A day after the Obama administration said it had given up its effort to persuade Jerusalem to freeze construction in Jewish settlements for 90 days in return for an attractive package of security and diplomatic incentives, the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said there was no doubt that the peace process was in “a difficult crisis.” The Palestinians walked out of talks with the Israelis in late September after a previous 10-month moratorium on construction in the settlements expired. They said that they would not return as long as building was going on.

Read the rest- and be depressed (unless you are joyfully anticipating the ethnocide of the Palestinians).

A New Addition to the Blogroll…

For the time being (and you all know how that goes).  Anyway, I’ve recently learned of the bibliblogging efforts of one Matthew Crowe.  I don’t know much about him but his blog is pretty interesting and he seems to have a sense of humor (that is, if a blog is witty and the blogger has a sense of humor, I’m likely to find them worth reading.  The dull as dry dust dudes on the other hand… well, not so much).

So he’s on the roll for the usual probationary period.  Let’s see if he earns a perma-place.  Perhaps his Alexa ranking will improve.  Heaven knows it couldn’t get worse.   😉

Total Depravity: The Lying Child Molesting Cleric

A former church youth group leader from Australia, who raped an 11-year-old boy at least twice a month over two years, is said to have told his victim that the assaults were not against the teachings of the church. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Simon Antony Jacobs had repeatedly assaulted two boys while he was a youth group leader in the Church of England Boys Society (CEBS) on Sydney’s north shore during the 1970s and 1980s. Jacobs, who was then 25, had raped one of the boys, Victim A, on a regular basis from 1978 to 1980 at his parents’ home, News.com.au reported. The District Court was told that at one point Victim A challenged Jacobs, saying he had read in Bible studies that a man should not have sex with another man. But Jacobs, who has pleaded guilty to four charges against two boys, told Victim A it was allowable because “they were not making babies”.

Behold what reprehensible deception depravity constructs. Via Antonio.

Joshua: The Apollos Old Testament Commentary

Adrianna Wright has sent along this very new volume for review- Joshua: The Apollos Old Testament Commentary, By Pekka Pitkänen. Before the author gets to the task of commentary proper, he investigates pressing matters such as an overview of the history of interpretation of Joshua and the Israelite conquest and settlement; the role of history and theology in the interpretation of the book; main outlines of the theology of Joshua in its ancient context; the problem of war, conquest and genocide in Joshua; Joshua and the justification for conquest and genocide; and Joshua, Israel and the Palestinians.

My review is available here.   I’ll let you read the whole thing there and just say here- WOW!

The Most Embarrassing Book Meme

Usually I hate these things but Mark Stevens has a good one this time- the most embarrassing book on your shelves meme.  Here’s mine.  But in my own defense 1) I didn’t buy it- it was sent to me to review.  And 2) it’s just about the most feckless dimwittery I’ve ever subjected myself to.  If anyone wants it, pay the postage and it’s yours.

Join in if you feel like it.  I’d be curious to see what rubbish others are polluting their offices with.

More Idiotic Dilettantism from the History Channel

This one even I couldn’t believe.  Aren writes

Josh Walton (who excavated with us for quite a few years and is a senior staff member of the Ashkelon excavations) has passed on to me a link to a program on the History Channel (yes, the History Channel!!!) in which among other things, it is claimed that Goliath is the progeny of a mixed marriage – half alien, half human!

Are people really that stupid?  If so, they should stay indoors in their little padded rooms.

Aren continues

If you go to this clip (unless you really have a lot of time to waste, go directly to minutes 3:45-5:30 of the episode), you will see a few interesting things:
1) Archaeologists at Tel Saf found a giant moat defending the site
2) The found a sherd with the name Goliath
3) Scientific tests dates the sherd to the 10th century
4) From this it is clear that Goliath is an extraterrestrial
No kidding – that is what they say. BTW – the pictures of an archaeological excavation that appear in the clip are not taken at Tell es-Safi/Gath.

You’ll have to go over to Aren’s for the clip.  My right eye is throbbing and I think I’m about to have an aneurysm.  I’ll be back later if I survive.

Total Depravity: Inside Higher Ed Edition

Here’s one for the books and one that hits a 10 on the grossness meter-

A Kennesaw State University part-time instructor was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to students in a classroom. Raymond Devaughn Taylor, 57, is accused of taking off his clothes and exposing his genitals to students he was teaching, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the AJC. … Taylor, of Kennesaw, was arrested Monday at the university and charged with public indecency, according to jail records. He was released from jail Tuesday afternoon after posting $5,000 bond. … Taylor, who worked in the business department on a contract basis, taught an accounting class during the fall semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays, according to the class schedule posted on the university’s website.

And here’s the ‘duh’ part of the depraved and nausea producing tale-

“He will not be teaching again at KSU,” interim Provost Ken Harmon told the AJC.

Oh why not? He sounds perfect as a business prof. Lack of ethics, no sense of propriety, no morals. Heck, he’s the perfect person to teach today’s business majors. He can show them the way to true success…

[I love his mug shot.   His expression says ‘What??? Did I do something wrong???  Why are you all so mad at me???’]  [And as an aside, why is it always the grossly hideous trollish people who expose themselves?  Why isn’t it ever someone who looks like they belong on the cover of a magazine?  What is it about total depravity that leads the least attractive people to boast of themselves?]

Our Spineless President Strikes Again

Barack Obama: An American Portrait

No we can't!

Does Barack Obama really stand for anything or believe in anything?  He certainly doesn’t believe in holding to a position, that’s a certainty- unless that position is to cave in every time an important issue comes up.  Not only won’t he adhere to his ‘beliefs’ (ha!) about taxes, he won’t stand by his call that Israel cease building settlements in Palestinian territory either.

The Obama administration has abandoned its effort to persuade Israel to renew a settlement construction freeze, which U.S. diplomats had hoped would invigorate moribund peace talks with the Palestinians. With senior Israeli and Palestinian negotiators scheduled to hold talks in Washington next week, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton due to deliver a major Middle East speech Friday, it was unclear what direction the administration’s policy will now take.

It’s easy enough to see what direction the administration’s policy will take- spinelessness. Whatever direction that is.   You can almost hear the glee all the way from Tel Aviv.