Daily Archives: 21 Feb 2011

Taking Action (via Nuclear Knitting)

Nicely done, Miss, nicely done!

I am a firm believer in making your opinions known to your government representatives, partly because it is a right that many people around the world don't have, partly because I think it's appropriate to let them know that someone is holding them responsible for their actions (which doesn't seem to register with politicians often enough), and partly because I think if you feel strongly about something you shouldn't sit idly by.  So, this is an e … Read More

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A Quake Has Hit Christchurch, New Zealand

Satellite image showing Christchurch and surro...

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck Christchurch, New Zealand, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  The quake struck just before 1 p.m. Tuesday (7 p.m. Monday ET).  The New Zealand Herald reported that phone lines in the area were out, roads were cracked and water mains had burst.

I hope this one doesn’t turn out to be as devastating as the last.  No further information is yet available.

UPDATE:   The New Zealand Herald reported that the quake’s epicenter was Lyttleton with a depth of 5 kilometers, though it was felt as far away as Wellington and Dunedin per Twitter reports. It shook the Canterbury region, which has a population of approximately 500,000.  Radio New Zealand noted some of the damage from the quake in Christchurch: a church collapsed, a bridge is impassible, the airport has been shut down and the mayor is urging people not to drive due to road damage.  HuffPost reader Laura Campbell submitted these photos of the damage in Christchurch.

UPDATE II:  According to Madeleine Flannagan this quake is much worse than the one which struck in September and there have been fatalities.  Pray for the Kiwis.

UPDATE III: You can keep abreast of the developments here at the Singapore Times or via twitter at #newzealand.  It’s turning out to be a horrific disaster.

UPDATE IV: first photos are coming in.

UPDATE V:  The waste water has broken and is running into the central city. The main highway out of the city has a huge hole in it with a truck stuck in it. Everyone is being ordered out of the city…  They are evacuating the hospital! What are they going to do with no hospital?  John Key is on air (Prime Minister of NZ) – he is saying all the right things, giving detail, promising govt money, assistance, showing leadership – Key says “he cannot rule out that there have been fatalaties” I suspect that is code for ‘we have not yet informed the next of kin.’ He is going to try to fly to Christchurch – good luck as the airport is closed… The opposition are standing with Key.  These lines from Madeleine Flannagan on FB.

UPDATE VI: Video footage has come in- at the HuffPo.

UPDATE VII:  You can now watch live streaming coverage here.

Quote of the Day

For some reason, many rich people perform acts of charity but try their hardest to avoid paying taxes, as if taxes were not performing , at least in part, the same function.  – Philip Davies.

You Don’t Have to be Insane to Watch Glenn Beck, But it Helps

Here’s the unhinged loon peddling his insanity to the sycophants who lap up his intellectual vomit like dogs lapping up their own.

Hate to Say I Told ya So, But I Told ya So!

Big oil will profit immensely from the turmoil in Libya.  It already is.  Even though there hasn’t been a moment’s disruption or even a sign that there will be, traders are driving up prices and big oil, which already has years of supply laid aside, will now sell their existing stocks at greatly inflated prices.

Oil prices charged to fresh 2-1/2 year highs on Monday as traders reacted to increasing violence in major producer Libya, which fed investor fears about rising inflation and unsettled other markets.

Here’s how it works.  You go into your store to buy a loaf of bread.  All of a sudden a kid runs up and raises the prices 25% on that loaf because the manager has heard that wheat prices will be higher at the next harvest.  You go to the manager and say ‘what the devil are you doing????!!!!!  The loaf I’m buying was produced ages ago from wheat purchased months back.  Why raise the price on it?’  ‘Well’, says he, ‘because prices may go up if production is influenced by current events’…

That’s what the oil companies, and the gas stations, do.  I promise you, even though the gas in the tanks at the stations will have been there for a while, the next time you fill up you’ll pay a lot more because of the fear mongers and the oil companies will be so gleeful that they will scarcely be able to contain themselves.

And it’s all because our moronic policy makers haven’t freed us of our masters in oil.

Rick Warren: Opportunist and Harvester of Fearful Dread

Rick’s not so much concerned with the people whose lives are in turmoil, his interest is in using fear and tumult as an instrument of evangelism.  His ideology is akin to those idiotic ‘Judgement Houses’ or ‘Hell Houses’ that spring up around Halloween.  ‘Let’s scare the hell out of them…’ and make converts based on an atmosphere of fear.

Apparently he doesn’t know that ‘perfect love casts out fear’ nor does he know that God draws us not through cords of dread but by ‘cords of love’.  Warren doesn’t see the Mid East as in need of God’s love, he sees it as a place where, if there’s even more fear, there’s more opportunity for him to harvest the souls of a million fear-filled peasants.

His ‘gospel’ is foreign to the Gospel of the New Testament.  He would call down ‘fire from heaven’ only because he doesn’t understand ‘of what spirit’ we are.

Bad theology always issues in bad practice, and bad praying.

What Luther Said of the Papists Applies as Well to the Atheists

I cannot imagine how there should be peace between us and the atheists papists, for neither will yield to the other; `tis an everlasting war, like that between the woman’s seed and the old serpent. When temporal kings are weary of warring, they make a truce, more or less enduring, but in our case, there can be no such cessations; for we cannot depart from the Gospel, nor will they desist from their idolatry and blaspheming; the devil will not suffer his feet to be chopped off, nor will Christ have the preaching of his Word hindered; therefore I cannot see how any peace or truce may be between Christ and Belial.  — Martin Luther

Rush Limbaugh: Winner of the ‘Most Contemptible Person Since Judas and Hitler’ Award

Has a more vile and spite filled person ever walked the planet?  Truly, the man is beneath contempt.  Truly.

Rush Limbaugh called Michelle Obama a hypocrite on his Monday show, saying that, while the First Lady advocates healthy eating, she “doesn’t look like [she] follows her own…dietary advice” and would never be put on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.

Really?  Well she’s a lot nicer looking than you, you fat oaf.

If Limbaugh disagrees with Obama’s policies, so what.  But attacking his spouse?  What kind of trash does such a thing?  The kind of trash that Limbaugh is.

Tonight on BBC 4: When God Spoke English: The Making of the King James Bible

Documentary telling the unexpected story of how arguably the greatest work of English prose ever written, the King James Bible, came into being.  Author Adam Nicolson reveals why the making of this powerful book shares much in common with his experience of a very different national project – the Millennium Dome. The programme also delves into recently discovered 17th century manuscripts, from the actual translation process itself, to show in rich detail what makes this Bible so good.

Ah yes, the much vaunted opinion of an ‘author’ on why the Bible is tied down to his own narrow world of experience…  Anyway, Brits, do enjoy.

My Friend the Musician and his Brand New Blog

Check it out– he’s an awesome pianist, a great composer, and a very fine singer.  And he knows music!

The Idiots in Congress

The House has voted to let the Pentagon continue using taxpayer dollars to sponsor NASCAR race teams.  By a 281-148 vote, lawmakers rejected an effort by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum that would have ended the practice. McCollum aides said the Army is spending $7 million on a sponsorship this year, and the Air Force and National Guard are spending additional money.  McCollum said the military spends the funds to place decals on race cars and for a few driver appearances. The armed forces hope the sponsorships will help them attract recruits.

Yeah sure right cut things that matter and spend money on NASCAR…  stupid Congress.  I wish they’d all flee to Venezuela.  The next time one of the imbeciles running (ruining) our Country whine about deficits I’m going to remind them what they’re tossing money down the toilet on.  Idiots.

Out of Africa: Gaddafi Flees?

Libya: Colonel Gaddafi ‘flees’ to Venezuela as cities fall to protesters.

So announces the Telegraph. I guess his son was wrong when he said they’d fight to the last man and the last bullet. Now if only we could drive the thieving scoundrels out of Washington DC with the same ease.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi may be heading to Venezuela, Foreign Secretary William Hague has suggested, citing “information that suggests he is on his way.” Leaving talks in Brussels after agreeing an EU statement demanding restraint and an end to violence by the Libyan regime, Mr Hague said he had no firm knowledge but went on: “I have seen some information that suggests he is on his way there at the moment.” British officials indicated the Foreign Secretary was not referring to any media speculation but other sources.

How does this affect you?  Well of course all this ‘uncertainty’ will mean higher oil prices…

Gays Not Welcome at the Creation Museum… On Date Night…

Who knew

The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, has turned away two men from an evening event at the venue because they had no female partners.

Maybe they were just two friends? At SBL you can’t swing a cat without hitting a couple of guys walking around or entering an exhibit without any women around. It’s actually hard to find women at SBL because they are all angrily sipping coffee in their rooms in large groups plotting against the poor benighted white men who control the world…

At any rate, our report continues

According to reports, the couple planned to attend the museum’s Date Night on 11 February, but were turned away at the door and not reimbursed for the $71.90 tickets they bought online. The same-sex couple and museum officials are both in agreement on the reasons why they were turned away, but they are in disagreement over whether it was clear that same-sex couples would be turned away from the Creation Museum, which is based on a literal interpretation of the Bible.

Date night at the Creation museum? But why????? Who wants to see couples holding hands and walking around all lovey-dovey in front of dinosaurs being denied entrance to the ark?

We live in strange times. The gay couple should have gone to the disco like all normal gay couples. And, the Creation museum should have let them in anyway- since then they could have visited the Adam and EVE exhibit!

Megan Moore Enters the ‘Avalos is Bonkers’ Parade

Over at Bible and Interpretation the angry atheist ex fundamentalist Avalos (put your bible away and stop reading it because I don’t like it so you mustn’t either) gets a very polite spanking from Megan Moore.  Very polite.  So polite it’s almost undetectable save for the fact that Avalos’ thesis that the end of biblical studies is at hand (his core thesis because it’s his core wet dream) is undermined.  Enjoy.

Burn Baby Burn…

The way governments wield control is by instilling fear in the population.  Fear sells policy.  It works great all the time too.  It worked great here in the United States after 9/11 when that bastardization of the Constitution called the ‘Patriot Act’ (someone should get a lifetime irony award for that one) was adopted and it’s working in the Middle East.  And it runs something like this:

If our government falls oil prices will soar.

You depend on us for oil.

Hence, it is in your best interest to support us and call off the revolutionary dogs.

And it’s the very line which the feckless tyrant Gaddafi is using today.

Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s regime showed more signs of crumbling Monday following a volatile night in which dozens were reportedly killed in the capital and Gaddafi’s son and heir-apparent declared in a televised speech that the North African nation could fall into anarchy if his father was ousted.

If the leaders of the world’s nations were smart they’d say ‘so what, that’s your problem, not ours’.  Then these tyrannical governments would get the message that they have to clean up their acts or suffer the consequences.

If Hawass is on the Way Out, It’s Very Good News

The Globe and Mail observes

Until recently, Hawass seemed unassailable, much like Mubarak. “Everybody loves a star and Hawass in a way is a reality-TV star,” one observer says. Certainly at 63 he’s had his critics, who’ve labelled him, variously, a corrupt blowhard, petulant control freak, publicity hound, promoter of dubious scholarship and whimsical decision-maker. But the criticism, much of it made on condition of anonymity, never seemed to coalesce into anything substantial, not least because Hawass’s power flowed directly from Mubarak; the former president’s wife, Suzanne, was one of his best friends. If you were an archeologist who wanted to dig in, say, the Valley of the Kings, Hawass controlled all access. “You don’t want to hurt people’s feelings. You don’t want to ruin the diplomatic relationships that have been set up,” is how one archeologist put it to me.

But less than three weeks after Hawass made the perhaps fateful decision to formally enter the Mubarak government by accepting an invitation to become minister of antiquities (a new post), Hawass’s power and influence are being strenuously tested. On at least two occasions last week SCA headquarters in Cairo has been besieged by demonstrators calling for Hawass’s ouster. Some of the protesters have been SCA employees, irked by poor wages and lack of advancement, others unemployed or underemployed archeology graduates and impoverished tour guides. As one Egyptologist told me, “a living wage is hard to come by … in Egypt,” where the average annual income is between $1,500 (U.S.) and $2,000, and most of the 3.4 million people who “depend on tourism for their income live on tips.”

I hope he’s out soon.  He’s as much a tyrant as Mubarak.  He needs to go.  Now.  With thanks to David Meadows on FB for the hint.

In 2050 I’ll Be 90

If I’m even alive at all.  So the fearmongering of the sciency people is likely to have little effect on me.  Especially given that those same sciency people have proven themselves to be horribly bad at doing something so simple as predicting the weather 12 hours out.  Predicting life on earth decades from now, blah.  Unlikely.

And even if they are right, I’ll just join with that notable king of Judah who noted with remarkable and admirable candor,

Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?”

And besides, worry accomplishes nothing- as Jesus reminds in the so called ‘Sermon on the Mount’ –

Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

And even the ‘least of the Apostles’ (boy was he right about that) Paul could write

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Sure, plan, but worry? Nope.  Let the atheists and the pagans and the feckless trouble themselves with all that anxiety.  If they’re right and there is not God or eternal life or the like, then they’re the ones who have the most to lose if the planet dies.  They have a vested interest in making sure it doesn’t (since we all know that it will end in flame anyway.  Cf. 2 Peter 3:7- But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.)

More University Insanity

This time it’s over at Appalachian State University where a Prof is teaching his chemistry students how to brew beer and the University has found it so popular a course (because it draws students and makes money of course), they’re considering a major in brewing…

Call it a B-A degree — as in beer appreciation. Officials at Appalachian State University are trying to get state and federal permits to sell beer. The brew is the result of an honors class in beer brewing at the North Carolina school. ASU hopes to create its own brand, Ivory Tower Brewery. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the school also wants to develop a major in fermentation sciences, that would cover wine and beer making.

That’s right, send your kids to ASU and they can learn that most important of life skills, how to make their own booze.  That way they can be drunk their whole lives and live at home off mom and dad till they die.

It takes a public University to raise a village of boozing idiots.

Total Depravity: The Pastor and his Facebook Porn

It just won’t end, will it?

The FBI has charged a Kentucky pastor with posting child pornography on a Fairhope man’s Facebook account.  According to an affidavit filed by a Mobile-based FBI agent this week, Jerry L. Cannon has used 13 different false Facebook profiles to send and solicit illicit images on the popular social networking site. One of those profiles, using the name Terry Lewis, has been used to post more than 600 images of child pornography, including prepubescent girls with their genitals exposed. It also had multiple videos of child pornography, including adults performing sex acts on young girls, according to the criminal complaint.  Tommy Loftis, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Mobile, said Cannon has been arrested in Kentucky and is awaiting transfer to Alabama. No one answered a message left at his home in Crittenden, Ky., this afternoon.

Reprobate pervert.  Still worse

Investigators took control of the victim’s Facebook account and tracked that name to Cannon, who was a pastor at Church of God in Dry Ridge, Ky. A youth pastor at the church said Friday that Cannon no longer is pastor there.  According to Cannon’s Facebook page, he is from Mobile. The affidavit states that his Facebook page contained pictures of various houses on Government and Dauphin streets.  The FBI alleges that Cannon, 62, expressed an interest in pictures of children from ages 10 to 16 in his communication with the Fairhope man and that he said he had about 25 albums of pictures. He asked the Fairhope man if he swapped pictures.  “Hope you have pics for me, i added you to see my pics So far i posted, kisses,” the user wrote on Jan. 23, according to the criminal complaint.  The agent wrote in the affidavit that Facebook disabled the “Terry Lewis” account more than once but that Cannon kept it online by using different user IDs.

Jumpin jehosaphat.  What people do.

Curse You, Telegraph, Curse You!

I was so excited to see this headline in the Telegraph: Hey, Hey, it’s the Monkees Reformation…  But it’s not about Reformation at all.  It’s about a reunion tour.  Come on Telegraph, learn the word ‘reunion’.  Reformation means something else!

[Monkees?  Reformation???  Surely a fine parody, I thought, where Luther was portrayed as a chimp and Calvin as a Baboon.]

Bad headline of the day goes to you, Telegraph.