Daily Archives: 14 Dec 2010

This is Exactly Why Arming Everyone is Insanity

A mother loading her 2-year-old son into an SUV was killed Tuesday and five others were wounded in a gunbattle at a strip mall in south Sacramento, authorities said. Two men were inside Fly Cuts & Styles barber shop just before 1 p.m. when two other men came in and started shooting, said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Curran. The men in the barber shop were armed and returned fire, Curran said. The gunbattle apparently moved into the parking lot with at least one of the suspects getting into a white sedan. Curran said the gunfire continued as some of the suspects got away. A bullet struck the 30-year-old woman in the chest just after she put her son into the child seat of her Chevy Tahoe, Curran said. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene; the child was unhurt and has been placed under child protective services. “We believe she’s a totally innocent victim,” Curran said.

When laws enable imbeciles to slaughter innocent bystanders and the rights of the ‘individual’ take precedence over the rights of an entire society to live in security, laws need to be changed. If these thugs couldn’t so easily get their hands on guns, then this little toddler wouldn’t have to grow up without a mother.  Their so called right to ‘keep and bear arms’ doesn’t supersede the dead woman’s right to life.

Sad News…

I’ve learned that I have a dreadful and terminal disorder.  I got it from my mother.  I don’t know how much time I have left.    And according to the doctors I’ve had it all my life.  Anyway, my disease is called ‘mortality’.

I’ll try to hang on for as long as I can, being a blessing and all that just as you’ve come to expect.  But I can’t assure you of anything beyond this very moment…

Just so you know…  And don’t cry for me, Argentina.

On NT Wright’s Followers: An Observation Provoked by Mark Stevens

I sometimes think that if Tom Wright wrote a book on Luther which was grossly inaccurate and reflected his misinformed vision of the Reformation, his Legions would nonetheless defend it even to the Gates of Hell from whence it came.

Just Because it’s Timely…

Cry of prophet Jeremiah on the Ruins of Jerusa...

Jeremiah 5:1ff–

Roam the streets of Jerusalem, look about and observe, Search through her public places, to find even one Who lives uprightly and seeks to be faithful, and I will pardon her! Though they say, “As the LORD lives,” they swear falsely.

O LORD, do your eyes not look for honesty? You struck them, but they did not cringe; you laid them low, but they refused correction; They set their faces harder than stone, and refused to return to you.

It is only the lowly, I thought, who are foolish; For they know not the way of the LORD, their duty to their God. I will go to the great ones and speak with them; For they know the way of the LORD, their duty to their God. But, one and all, they had broken the yoke, torn off the harness. Therefore lions from the forest slay them, wolves of the desert ravage them, Leopards keep watch round their cities: all who come out are torn to pieces For their many crimes and their numerous rebellions. Why should I pardon you these things? Your sons have forsaken me, they swear by gods that are not. I fed them, but they committed adultery; to the harlot’s house they throng. Lustful stallions they are, each neighs after another’s wife. Shall I not punish them for these things? says the LORD; On a nation such as this shall I not take vengeance? Climb to her terraces, and ravage them, destroy them (not) wholly. Tear away her tendrils, they do not belong to the LORD. For they have openly rebelled against me, both the house of Israel and the house of Judah, says the LORD.

They denied the LORD, saying, “Not he– No evil shall befall us, neither sword nor famine shall we see. The prophets have become wind, and the word is not in them. May their threats be carried out against themselves!”

Jim Linville’s Annual Wicked Christmas Cantata

In which he sings (!) about the ‘real’ origin of Christmas.  Warning, Warning, Warning… his isn’t what could fairly be called a ‘Christian’ take on things.

[If you’re a sensitive soul, you’ve been given ample advance notice.  If you thought ‘fishing-gate’ was a rabble rousing, ‘you ain’t seen nuthin yet…’]

Another Madman With a Gun Opens Fire

This time at a school board meeting in Panama City, Florida, ABC News has just reported.   The Associated Press notes

WMBB television reporter Nadeen Yanes told her station that the man came up to the podium at the Bay District School Board meeting and said he had a motion. He then pulled out a can of red spray paint and painted a V with a circle around it.  Yanes told the station he pulled out a handgun and started talking. She said school board member Ginger Littleton hit the gunman with her purse and he pushed her to the ground and started firing randomly.  Yanes and others ran outside. Police had no additional information about the condition of the person who was shot.

Just remember though, guns don’t kill people.  The bullets fired from them by the insane do.

Harsh?

I sometimes think I’m too hard on people, too gruff, too cranky.  Then I read Jeremiah.

Alastair Macaulay Is a Senseless Prat

Here’s why

Christmas is upon us, and for a top ballerina at New York City Ballet, that means one sure thing: suiting up in tulle and sequins as the Sugarplum Fairy in the annual classic, “The Nutcracker.” What Jenifer Ringer surely didn’t expect was to be accused of having “eaten one sugarplum too many.”  That remark two weeks ago by the nation’s most prominent dance critic reverberated across the Web, with many coming to Ringer’s defense and calling the reviewer a cad.  Even worse, angry fans wrote on chat boards, Ringer has been public about struggles with eating disorders earlier in her career, over which she triumphed to become one of NYCB’s most popular dancers. How cruel, then, to criticize her body now.

Only a body obsessed totally depraved sad little troll would, or could, accuse Ringer of being ‘fat’.  Hardly!  What the devil is wrong with people like Macaulay?  Why the devil, of course.

Jenifer Ringer

She’s not fat.  Not even remotely.

You’ve Got to be Insane to be Naked in Wisconsin

A postal worker in the small town of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, eight miles north of Milwaukee, was arrested at the North Shore Post Office last Thursday for wearing an unsanctioned uniform while making his rounds. That is, no uniform at all.  The 52-year-old man allegedly walked into an office building to deliver mail wearing only a smile. According to Whitefish Bay Now, which cites a town police report, the man has since admitted to the nude delivery, saying “he was sorry and it was a stupid thing to do.” The Associated Press reports that the postman was hoping to cheer up a woman working at the office, who he said seemed stressed. The AP also says the woman “dared him to do it,” but Whitefish Bay Now says the woman has denied encouraging the delivery of any sort of special package. Still, she says she doesn’t believe he intended any harm.

There’s so much wrong here.  So much.  Did he really think he would cheer her up that way?  Or did he mean to make her vomit?

Speaking of wrong, where’s Doug Iverson been lately?  He lives in Wisconsin and he says he’s a lawyer, but…  well… do we really know?  Couldn’t he be a postal worker???

Bibliobloggers and the Traps They Lay…

B-b-ers are a lovely group (on the whole) but sometimes they’re not very subtle in trying to get what they want-

Why Michael Moore Bailed Julian Assange out of Jail

Michael Moore cropped 2009

A real American Patriot

Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail.

Furthermore, I am publicly offering the assistance of my website, my servers, my domain names and anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our tax dollars.

We were taken to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had a WikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull it off. The only reason they thought they could get away with it was because they had a guaranteed cloak of secrecy. That guarantee has now been ripped from them, and I hope they are never able to operate in secret again.

Good for him! BRAVO!!!!!! Thank heaven there are still people in America who value the First Amendment for all and not just for their own ideological cousins.   And thank heaven for Americans who don’t trust a lying government.  Don’t miss the rest of Moore’s essay. He’s hit the proverbial nail on the head.

Students Don’t Just Cheat, They Lie Too!

Cheating, lying… what next, blatant sucking up?  Those ‘cheating mills’ are churning out real winners these days aren’t they.

(The lying part via James ‘Lost’ McGrath on FB).

The KJV and the English Language

There’s a nice little essay over at Bible and Interpretation that folk may find interesting as the 400th anniversary of the KJV rolls nearer.  It commences thusly-

The King James Bible – either directly, from its own translators, or indirectly, as a glass through which we can see its predecessors – has contributed far more to English in the way of idiomatic or quasi-proverbial expressions than any other literary source.

Roman Era Marble Statue Discovered in Ashkelon

A massive storm that battered the eastern Mediterranean caused the collapse of a cliff in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, revealing a rare Roman-era marble statue, officials said Wednesday. “The big storm earlier this week caused the cliff to collapse and a statue from Roman times was found by a passerby,” said Yoli Schwartz, spokeswoman for the Israel Antiquities Authority. The white marble statue of a woman, which weighs about 200 kilogrammes and stands 1.2 metres tall, has been removed from the site by the authority, which is studying it, she said. The statue was missing its head and arms, apparently from earlier damage, but had “delicately carved sandals,” Schwartz told AFP.

UPDATEFrance 24 has a photo.

 

Yigal Israel of the Israeli Antiquities Authority with the statue

UPDATE II: Here are some more photos via Joseph Lauer-

Italy’s Best and Brightest Young People Despair

Basilica di San Marco (Venise, Italy)

As a fascinating report yesterday by NPR observes

Two-and-a-half million young people — 16 percent of those between the ages of 15 and 34 — neither study nor work, nor are they looking for a job. They’ve been dubbed “the missing.” And two-thirds of young people still have no choice but to live with their parents. For the past month, Italian cities have been rocked by student protests over drastic budget cuts in education. Major monuments were briefly occupied: the Coloseum, Pisa’s leaning tower, St. Mark’s basilica and the Brunelleschi dome in Florence. Nationwide, young people demanding a better future have taken to occupying hard-to-reach university rooftops. Marco Beneduce was among a group of Rome University students camping out on a Roman roof. The weather has been cold and rainy, and they take turns sleeping in two small tents. “I don’t feel we have dignity here. I am going to leave Italy in order to work, to have a better life,” said Beneduce, who is in his last year of biology. “But I am staying here on this roof because I want to fight until the end to make things better. I don’t want to leave beaten by this government.” Many of Beneduce’s friends have already emigrated abroad — they’re part of what has been called “the irreversible great escape”: In the past four years alone, about 1 million Italians, mostly young and well-educated, have pursued careers outside the country.

A picture of America’s future? There’s no reason why not given our current leadership and economic climate.

Did You Know that Mark Stevens Used to be a Model?

Down Under… where this sort of thing is proper…

Why Mark, why?

(Photo shamelessly borrowed from Kasper Dalgaard)

The Truth About ‘Lady’ Gag(a)

Lady GaGa performing

In her own words

‘I hate the truth. I hate it so much that I prefer a pile of %$*& to the truth’.

That’s the person many admire.

You Should Never Own a Cat

Joe Zias sent me this…  Take heed!

Idiocy: The Prisoner and ‘Festivus’

Winter salami

Idiocy is surely the kindest word that can be spoken or written about this

A Festivus for the rest of us? A convicted drug dealer in California thinks so. He cited his adherence to the holiday celebrated on a famous episode of “Seinfeld” to get better meals at the Orange County jail. The Orange County Register reported Monday that Malcolm Alarmo King disliked the salami meals served at the jail, so he used his devotion to Festivus as a reason to get kosher meals reserved for inmates with religious needs. … Sheriff’s spokesman Ryan Burris says King got salami-free meals for two months before the county got the order thrown out in court.

Yes- idiocy. Not on the part of the convict- but on the part of the jail.

‘The Nativity’ for the Digital Age

With thanks to Stephen for the heads up.