Daily Archives: 22 Feb 2011

So Many 20 Something ‘Men’ Aren’t Men at all but Boys

That’s what a new book asserts anyway- i.e., that the 20 something guys are living like adolescents.  Come on guys, grow up!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man, in possession of a good fortune, is probably not in the workforce — or on the market. In all probability, he is sitting on a couch playing Mario Kart.  A book just emerged pronouncing that 20-something men are bound up in a form of extended adolescence, living like slobs, failing to cook, clean or enter the workforce, and generally acting like improperly packaged cheeses and failing to improve with age.

Why would they?  Their moms still make their beds and cook their food and treat them like they’re 10.  They need to watch ‘Failure to Launch’, that’s what they need to do.

To call this extended adolescence might be a generous term. For example, a male friend of mine spends his time with a scarf on his head singing original songs about penguins. Another is trying to start a social-media-based health site, which is Millennial Code for jobless. The rest are “committed to improv.” Which is universal code for jobless.

And brilliantly in conclusion our dear columnist observes

Women are more employed, more educated, and vote at a higher rate than men. And, due to some strange physiological quirk that I have difficulty explaining, somehow we still have to give birth.  Remember when the saying was that women had to do everything men do, but backwards and in heels? If only! Now the men are sitting on the couch eating Ho Hos and we’re waltzing by ourselves.

You go girls!  The boys have turned into slugs.

Today in Christchurch

75 have been confirmed dead and 300 are still missing, according to Maddie Flannagan (on FB).  The disaster has prompted the Prime Minister to declare a national emergency.

At least 75 people have been confirmed dead in the earthquake, with the toll expected to rise significantly as more bodies are found and identified. The earthquake has devastated the centre of Christchurch, destroying buildings and infrastructure in the city.  Prime Minister John Key said a national emergency would allow the greatest possible coordination of local, national, and international resources to work on rescue and recovery efforts.

Do continue to pray, and don’t forget so soon just because it’s not the lead story on the evening news after a few days.  It’s going to be a long road to recovery.

The Saudis to the Rescue…

Calm down people, calm down.  Oil shortage fears need not dismay.  The Saudis will happily pump more.

Trying to calm turbulent oil markets, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said on Tuesday that the OPEC cartel was ready to pump more oil to compensate for any dropoff caused by unrest in the Middle East.  “OPEC is ready to meet any shortage in supply when it happens,” the Saudi oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, said at a news conference after a meeting of ministers of oil producing and consuming nations in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “There is concern and fear, but there is no shortage.”

No wonder George Bush held the King’s hand.  Heck, if he were here now I’d hold it too…  But heck if I’d make out with him!  I’d never be that grateful…,

Is Wisconsin Egypt and is Walker Mubarak?

A website being used to help organize protests against Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin has been blocked from the Capitol Building in Madison, according to reports.  The site, http://www.defendwisconsin.org/, was inaccessible from the building on Monday and into Tuesday morning, CNN reported.

Interesting isn’t it?

According to ThinkProgress:  If you are in the Capitol attempting to access the internet from a free wifi connection labeled “guest,” you cannot access the site defendwisconsin.org. The site has been used to provide updates on what is happening, where you can volunteer, and where supplies and goods are needed to support protesters. Administrators of the website were notified on Monday that the page is being blocked.

Oh America, how you’ve changed.

Bahahaha! The ‘Onion’ Blasts the Republican Slathering on Reagan

Nice work, Onion, nicely spotted and right on the mark!

At a press conference Monday, visibly embarrassed leaders of the Republican National Committee acknowledged that their nonstop, effusive praise of Ronald Reagan has been wholly unintentional, admitting they somehow managed to confuse him with Dwight D. Eisenhower for years.

Eisenhower, not Reagan

The GOP’s humiliating blunder was discovered last weekend by RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who realized his party had been extolling “completely the wrong guy” after he watched the History Channel special Eisenhower: An American Portrait.

“When I heard about Eisenhower’s presidential accomplishments—holding down the national debt, keeping inflation in check, and fighting for balanced budgets—it hit me that we’d clearly gotten their names mixed up at some point,” Priebus told reporters. “I couldn’t believe we’d been associating terms like ‘visionary,’ ‘principled,’ and ‘bold’ with President Reagan. That wasn’t him at all—that was Ike.”

“We deeply regret misattributing such a distinguished and patriotic legacy to Mr. Reagan,” Priebus added. “We really screwed up.”

Bahahaha!  Sarcasm well done is worth 10,000 words.

I Suppose if Anyone Deserves the Death Penalty it’s this Vile Child Murdering Vigilante

Jurors in Arizona decided Tuesday on the death penalty as the punishment for anti-illegal immigration activist Shawna Forde, who was convicted of killing a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter during a vigilante raid, a court spokeswoman said.

What that woman did is just simply unspeakable.  She simply murdered her victims in pure cold blood.  Because she murdered a child, she’s classified (by me) as worthy of the ultimate punishment.  Here’s the beautiful little child she slew for no reason other than her own inhuman prejudice, greed, and hatred.

A human being couldn’t murder a child.

The press has largely ignored this story.  Track the whole disgusting tale here at Crooks and Liars.

What Does Bob Cargill do on His Birthday?

What a silly question!  Naturally he goes to China and tries to break a world record breaking 17 large windows by running through them… Why? Well because they were there of course!

Happy birthday Bob!

John MacArthur: He Just Cannot be Serious, or He’s Really a Theological Dullard

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this:

John MacArthur, dispensationalist, hyper-Calvinist, and virulent anti-Catholic believes that the pro-democracy protests in the Middle East directly contradict scripture.

But from a biblical perspective, MacArthur maintained that the protesters are in violation of the biblical command to “submit to the powers that be because they’re ordained of God.”  “I would have wished the American government, which has a history of Christianity, would have risen up and said ‘this is wrong, this is forbidden for people to do this, this is intolerable,” he said.

He’s ripped the Pauline passage (Romans 13) from its context, ignored its setting, misused it, and misapplied it in a way so very wrong as to be expected from the world’s most uninformed dilettante.  Either he was grossly misquoted, or he’s simply a theological dullard of the first magnitude and he needs to re-read Romans, listen to Calvin, and take note of those who actually know what Scripture teaches.

On second thought, given his senseless ideas in general and his absolutely incompetent exegesis, this is exactly the sort of madness we’ve come to expect from him.  What rubbish nonsense he’s spewing.  Let’s just hope no one is silly enough to believe him.

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

He’s moved to India!  That’s why he’s been so quiet!!!

A 66-year-old man in India’s remote northeast has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren, all living under one roof.

Good grief Chris, really. Have you ever heard of self control?

They all live in a four storied building with 100 rooms in a mountainous village in Mizoram state, sharing borders with Burma and Bangladesh, according to reports. “I once married 10 women in one year,” Ziona Chana Chris Tilling said.  His wives share a dormitory near Ziona’s Tilling’s private bedroom and locals said he likes to have seven or eight of them by his side at all times. The sons and their wives, and all their children, live in different rooms in the same building, but share a common kitchen.

Ghastly…

‘Love Me, Support Me, Stick With Me…’

No, that’s not the plea of Joel Watts in yet another futile attempt to become #1, it’s Muammar Gadaffi in a speech today to his fellow countrymen…

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says he will not leave his country, but will die as “a martyr” if necessary.  He denounced Arab satellite TV channels for distorting what he calls the real image of Libya.

He went on to urge them to flood the streets in support of him (the same way many of the poor folk in biblioblogdom beg you to vote for them in doomed hopes of boosting their popularity).

How strange this fellow is.  No, not the vote begging bloggers (though they’re a bit strange too, let’s be honest), but Qaddafi (I do love spelling his name in all its variety).  It’s desperation for desperate times (no not Kadaffi, but the vote urging bloggers… Qudafi and they are sort of melding into one another now…)

Too Much Facebook Gets Nun Banished (via Faith in Hand)

Crazy Dominicans…

Too Much Facebook Gets Nun Banished from her order: Maria Jesus Galan had 600 Facebook friends. She liked to communicate with them, to spread good news. However, her Facebook habit has lost her something very dear–her habit. Galan, you see, spent 35 years inside the Santo Domingo el Real convent in Toledo, Spain. It’s an introspective place that doesn’t encourage its nuns to have too much contact with the outside world. However, according to the Telegraph, the convent allowed a co … Read More

via Faith in Hand

When Commentator Nick is Wiser than the Ex-Bishop of Durham

Mike Bird likes NT Wright.  A lot.  So he commends a little video clip of the good ex-bishop wherein he gives ‘advice’ to seminarians.  Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?  After all, who better to give advice to future pastors than the man who has been absent from pastoral responsibilities for decades?

In response to the little video (which makes no sense to me- but hey, I don’t really like Wright all that much and find him as intellectually stimulating as a romp through the Thompson Chain Reference Bible) one Nick remarks

Wow. We’ve been waiting for this for five hundred years. Regensburg failed, but Uncle Tom has a way for us to all get back on board as Protestants and Catholics together. Read the Bible, pray and love one another – it was that simple! Now as long as no-one asks what the Bible we’re reading means, what we’re praying for and how we should love one another we can hold this thing together …

Yes Nick, many do believe that the Church has been without guidance since the death of Calvin and Luther and Zwingli until the appearance of the now Ex-Bishop of Durham.  But you’re right, his ‘answer’ to the fragmentation of the Church is so overly simplistic as to be an abomination.

Yet you can bet that in San Francisco his adoring throng will dangle around his feet as dogs on leashes (just as they did in San Diego and of which I testify having seen it with my own eyes).

And so it goes.  Simple minds love simplistic (not simple) answers.

Somalia: Land of Brutal Murderers and Thieves

Nothing’s more depraved than vile thieves turned murderers who kill simply for the sake of killing.  NPR reports

“The four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia are dead,” CBS News’ national security correspondent David Martin reports.  CNN is also saying it has been told by Defense Department officials that the Americans have been killed.

Is there any doubt they were killed because they were distributing Bibles?  No.  None.

And Now for Something Completely Mozart

That’s music!

If One Priest Can Marry, Why Can’t They All?

The Catholic Church actually has quite a number of married priests.  They’ve all been married while outside the Church and then entered the Catholic Priesthood.  Sure, it’s rare, but it happens.  And it has happened again:

In a rare move that needed the pope’s approval, a Lutheran convert is being ordained as a Catholic priest in Germany and is being allowed to remain married to his wife — who has already become a nun.  The Cologne archdiocese said 61-year-old Harm Klueting is to be ordained as a Catholic priest Tuesday. Pope Benedict XVI gave him a special permission to remain married to his wife Edeltraut Klueting, who became a Catholic Carmelite nun in 2004. The couple has two grown children.  Klueting and his wife were both Lutherans when they married in 1977 and both converted to Catholicism several years ago.

If the Catholic Church admits to the priesthood men who are married, why doesn’t it allow its own priests to marry?  It really isn’t consistent and it makes no sense.

Rome, let your priests marry.  Since the Reformation you’ve been asked to.  It’s time.  It’s better, to borrow Paul’s phrase, ‘to marry than to burn’!

Only A Few Days Before…

The next Biblical Studies Carnival.  Matthew is hosting and he’s calling, again, for submissions.  Help the kid out, it’s his first rodeo.  Or carnival.  Or funhouse.  Or something.

65 Confirmed Dead, With Many More Fatalities Expected

In New Zealand, it’s gone from very bad to worse this morning with news that many have died and many more are suspected dead or trapped under the rubble.

A powerful earthquake struck one of New Zealand’s biggest cities Tuesday at the height of a busy workday, toppling tall buildings and churches, crushing buses and killing at least 65 people in one of the country’s worst natural disasters.

It was the second major quake to hit Christchurch, a city of 350,000, in five months, though Tuesday’s 6.3-magnitude temblor caused far more destruction than a stronger September quake that struck before dawn on a weekend. More than 100 people, including as many as a dozen visiting Japanese students, were thought to be trapped in the rubble as darkness — and drizzling rain — fell Tuesday night.

“It is just a scene of utter devastation,” Prime Minister John Key said after rushing to the city within hours of the quake. He said the death toll was 65, and may rise. “We may well be witnessing New Zealand’s darkest day.”

So very, very sad.  It is a dark day.  Here’s a couple of photos that show just a fragment of the devastation:  the Cathedral before and after the quake (courtesy of Stuart):