Daily Archives: 31 Dec 2010


Voodoo $kull

A twelve-year old albino boy was killed late on Thursday by armed men in the central Burundi district of Kiganda in what authorities suspect could be linked to witchcraft.  Albino hunters kill their victims and use their blood and body parts for potions. Witchdoctors tell their clients that the body parts will bring them luck in love, life and business.  “The twelve-year-old albino was killed by four men with guns and knives. They cut off his left hand and fled away with it,” Kiganda administrator Joseph Ntahuga, told Reuters on Friday.  Ntahuga, a government official in the district 80 km from the capital Bujumbura, said the victim had two other albino siblings.  The murder brings to 14 the number of albinos killed in the tiny central African country since 2008.

Barbarism.  And insanity.  Primitive tribes doing inhuman things.

The Underbelly of Academic Misdeeds

Monochrome version of the IHS emblem of the Je...

Who Would Jesus Bribe?

There’s plenty of guilt to go around on this one.

Dr. Michael Bardwil donated $40,000 to his alma mater, a Jesuit school in Houston, Texas, after a school administrator advised it would guarantee his son admission. So when his son was rejected earlier this year, Bardwil was upset.  ABC reports that a school administrator asked that Bardwil donate $100,000 to the school, and in return the prestigious college preparatory would offer admission to his son. When Bardwil pledged $50,000 over a five year period, he assumed it was a sure thing.  So when his son’s rejection letter came, Bardwil asked for the money back.

First, the administrator was a bit of a jerk for suggesting a donation would ensure admission.  Second, the dad was a bit of a fool for thinking a donation would ensure admission.  And third, the dad is a bit of a jerk for asking for his money back.  Everyone know that when you pay what is for all intents and purposes a bribe, you don’t get to ask for it back.

Perhaps his son should play sports.  Then his dad could demand payment and refuse to send the boy to any school unwilling to pay up.

Greed is What Brought New York To Its Knees, Not Snow

Council Member Dan Halloran, (R) New York City...

For some reason this doesn’t at all surprise me.  People frequently act out of selfish motives.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is investigating whether the real problem during this week’s blizzard wasn’t snow, but sabotage by the crews meant to be cleaning it up.  With the Big Apple still reeling from officially the sixth biggest snow storm in its history, City Council member Dan Halloran says sanitation workers told him their department deliberately worked slowly in revenge for budget cuts.  In his bombshell revelations, Halloran told CNN on Friday that three municipal workers told him after Monday’s blizzard that supervisors instructed them to take it easy in the midst of the crisis.  “‘Don’t worry if you miss a couple of streets,'” they said they were told. “‘The city doesn’t care about us, so don’t worry about them.'”  Two other workers, assigned to clear secondary streets, say they were sent to their start points and told to wait for instructions which never came. “They told them, ‘We’ll get back to you,'” Halloran said. “Six or eight hours later they didn’t.”

No, not at all surprising, given the tendency of people to be self centered, no matter how ill and adverse the effects on others.

Making the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Finally, some information that Mark Stevens and others can actually use.  There’s no longer any need to drink swill.  Now you can finally learn the secret to real coffee and how to make a cup of it that won’t gag a rat.

Biblioblog Top 50 – December 2010 (via The Biblioblog Top 50)

The death of objectivity is at hand. Thank heaven that Jeremy Thompson still cares about the truth.

Biblioblog Top 50 - December 2010 Welcome to the Biblioblog Top 50 for December 2010 – your guide to the very sexiest in biblical studies blogging. The (original) Biblioblog Top 50 provides the only objective measure of the top 50 biblical studies blogs. That’s because we use The Jouissance-meter, designed by Lacan himself in the early 1970s, and accurate to twelve decimal places. No longer will we have to rely on the subjective whimsies of dodgy hit-counters,  or on the elitism … Read More

via The Biblioblog Top 50

Just Exactly How Messed Up is the Discovery Channel?

Michael Jackson performing The Way You Make Me...

And if they did air a re-enactment of the autopsy of Michael Jackson, who would watch it and why?

The Discovery television network on Friday said it canceled plans to air a reenactment of the autopsy on Michael Jackson’s body, citing an upcoming court hearing and concern by the late pop star’s estate. The show, “Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson,” had been set to air in several countries of western Europe and in the United Kingdom on January 13.

No wonder Discovery can’t manage to produce anything worth watching on the Bible or archaeology (and no wonder Simcha has a home on Discovery). They’re absolute loons over there, pandering to the lowest sorts of people.

Quote of the Year 2010

When one looks at how much Calvin wrote, it is almost impossible to understand how he could ever have done it.  It is simply a fact that some people can accomplish more than others, and Calvin was one of those who could accomplish not just more, but a lot more.  — Herman Selderhuis

Our Obese Nation

Has now managed to curse 1/3rd of our children with the same gluttonous self-wounding.

Almost one-third of 9-month-olds are obese or overweight, as are 34 percent of 2-year-olds, according to the research, which looked at a nationally representative sample of children born in 2001. The study is one of the first to measure weight in the same group of very young children over time, said lead researcher Brian Moss, a sociologist at Wayne State University in Detroit. The results showed that starting out heavy puts kids on a trajectory to stay that way.  “If you were overweight at nine months old, it really kind of sets the stage for you to remain overweight at two years,” Moss told LiveScience.

Unsure as to whether the stats are right or not?  Pay a visit to your local elementary school on Monday.  Overindulgence (in so many things) is destroying us.  We consume too much food, too much oil, too many natural resources, and too much of just about everything you can think of.  Moderation is dead or dying.  We’ve sown the wind.  We’re going to reap the whirlwind.

More on the Australian Floods

Flag of Queensland

According to the Associated Press

Military aircraft dropped supplies to towns cut off by floods in northeastern Australia as the prime minister promised new assistance Friday to the 200,000 people affected by waters covering an area larger than France and Germany combined.  Residents were stocking up on food or evacuating their homes as rising rivers inundated or isolated 22 towns in the state of Queensland.

A shocking disaster.

Updated Biblioblog List, Search Engine, Carnival List (via The Biblioblog Top 50)

Bishop Wrong is cracking down on the various ‘vote for a new blogging Pope’ silliness and advertising an updated list of blogs and other important matters.

Away, then, with all the Avignon-ian pretenders!

In eager anticipation of the return of the (One True) Biblioblog Top 50, we have updated the Complete List of Biblioblogs, the Search Engine List, and (because the existing one was a year out of date) the Biblical Studies Carnival List. The Biblioblog Top 50 minions wish you all a Happy New Year! … Read More

via The Biblioblog Top 50

If You Want to Go to Heaven… A Poem

If you want to go to Heaven
Be nicer to your Pastor
in 2011 – J. West

True words!

Stephen Smuts Has Moved

He’s left, of his own accord, the realm of biblioblogdom to focus more on theologically themed things. He’s moved from his old URL to a new one, so I’ve changed the link to his blog accordingly and placed him in the theoblog segment of the sidebar. Be sure to keep visiting Stephen.

Here’s How I Ended the Year…

How’d you do?

How’s it possible for me to continue to be read so much more than you? Well, because… I’m popular. And I didn’t even have to ask people to vote for me… 😉

Happy New Year!

To one and all.  May 2011 hold surprises and joys innumerable for you and yours.  And of course, thanks so much for visiting.  More fun and info is coming in 2011 (along with – no doubt- lots of depravity too).

And don’t go drinking and driving!  You don’t want to start the New Year with a post about you…

Christians Are Still Being Targeted, and Killed, in Iraq

So depressing, really.  The radicals doing this aren’t Muslims.  They aren’t even humans.  They are demons in human disguise pretending to be Muslims.

One week after an Islamic extremist group vowed to kill Christians in Iraq, a cluster of 10 bomb attacks rattled Baghdad on Thursday night and sent additional tremors of fear through the country’s already shaken Christian minority.  Two people were killed and 20 wounded, all of them Christians, according to the Ministry of the Interior. The bombs were placed near the homes of at least 14 Christian families around the city, and four bombs were defused before they could explode.  …   For some Christians here, the latest attacks represented the last straw.  “We will love Iraq forever, but we have to leave it immediately to survive,” said Noor Isam, 30. “I would ask the government, ‘Where is the promised security for Christians?’ ”

In my estimation it is the government of the United States which bears ultimate responsibility for the murders being committed in Iraq.  It has left Christians in a vulnerable, unprotected position.  Even Saddam Hussein insured that such madness and vile cruelty was impossible, so why have US forces not been able to accomplish the same level of security?  Government incompetence is allowing Christians to be slaughtered and driven from their homes.  The government has some explaining to do.

Words and Phrases You Should Never Use Again

‘Viral’ and ‘I’m just sayin’ (oh how I hate that one) are just a couple on the list of banished words as 2011 commences.

“Viral” wasn’t the only digital-age term in the cross-hairs of linguistic sticklers this year. “Fail” and “BFF” made the 2011 list, which also included a proposal to ban using Facebook and Google as verbs. Political expressions that popped up during intense mid-term elections also took a hit. The list included the often-used campaign phrase “the American people” and “Mama Grizzlies,” a term Sarah Palin coined to refer to women with similar political views.

Also included are refudiate and epic.  Farewell, annoying words (and the people who use them!)

In Britain, Scholarship Starts Young

If you’re an American you’re probably under the impression that Asian children are the most arduous students in the world.  Alas, that’s not quite correct.  The most arduous students in the world are Brits.  There, children begin their studies just after birth and by the time they’re able to sit up, they are required to begin studies in Ancient Near Eastern subjects.

(via Viv Rowett)

Cats Really Are Evil- And Wasteful!

With thanks to Aren Maeir for telling me about this (yet one more) example of the wickedness of cats.  They wish to destroy you.  And they also wish to jack your water bill up as well…