Daily Archives: 23 Feb 2011

You Don’t Like A Billboard? I Like Infanticide Less

On its website, Life Always states: “Abortions among African-American women are three times that of the rest of the population. Over 25 per cent of the next generation is being wiped out as we speak”.  Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, described the advertisement as “grossly offensive to women and minorities”. “This billboard simply doesn’t belong in New York City,” said Mr de Blasio.  “Common decency demands it be taken down.” Christine Quinn, the Speaker of New York city council, said: “To refer to a woman’s legal right to an abortion as a ‘genocidal plot’ is not only absurd, but offensive to women and to communities of colour”.

No, what’s grossly offensive is the murders that take place every day in New York and across America and around the world.  The truth only offends those with a guilty conscience.

Jeffrey Cox: You’re Fired

The Indiana attorney general’s office says a deputy attorney general “is no longer employed” by the state after Mother Jones magazine reported he used his Twitter account to urge police to use live ammunition against Wisconsin protesters.  The magazine reported Wednesday that Jeffrey Cox responded “Use live ammunition” to a posting on its Twitter account saying that riot police could sweep demonstrators out of the Wisconsin capitol where they’re protesting labor legislation.  The Indiana attorney general’s office says in a statement that it respects employees’ free speech rights but public servants are held to a “higher standard” and should “strive for civility.”

Good riddance.

Never Mind

Ships 3/3/11 Qumran Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls Database…

Delayed yet again for the umpteenth time. So, thanks, but never mind…

Embattled Dictators: Walker, Gadaffi, Mubarak, Isa Al Khalifa (via A Bit Political)

A fantastic piece of political observation.

Embattled Dictators: Walker, Gadaffi, Mubarak, Isa Al Khalifa Earlier this month, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) “sent shockwaves across the state” when he unveiled a budgetary bill that would strip most of the state’s public workers of collective bargaining rights, essentially devastating state government employees’ ability to negotiate for fair wages, benefits, and working conditions. At the time, many local news observers thought the bill would easily pass. After all, Republicans won commanding majoriti … Read More

via A Bit Political

Koch Industries Boycott List

From a friend on Facebook this list of Koch (the tea party billionaires) companies that I won’t be doing business with again.  I’m not putting one red cent in the pockets of these depraved reprobates:

Walker’s Billionaire Tea Party friends should be hit where they live. I for one will not be buying:

Koch Industry Gasoline:
Chevron
Union
Union 76
Conoco

Koch Industry/Georgia-Pacific Products:
Angel Soft toilet paper
Brawny paper towels
Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
Mardi Gras napkins and towels
Quilted Northern toilet paper
Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper
Sparkle napkins
Vanity fair napkins
Zee napkins

Not again.

248 Years is Absurd, Death is the Only Cure

For decades Ed Foulk used sleepovers, theme park trips and Ferrari rides to prey on young boys, including his adopted son. Christine Pelisek on how a serial sex abuser was finally stopped and punished.

It makes no sense to sentence someone to a prison term they could never possibly serve. At any rate, a sexual predator like this guy only knows one cure- the end of life.

And he is a predator.  An animal and nothing more, looking for victims to destroy.  The State is obliged to ‘put him down’, not feed, shelter, and succor him for the rest of his unnatural life.

On February 23, Foulk, who ran the largest of five hospitals in California’s mental health system, was sentenced to 248 years in state prison. He had been charged with 35 counts of oral copulation, sodomy by use of force and forcible lewd acts on a child, all involving Jonathan, whose case falls inside the statute of limitations because of a provision in the California penal code that allowed his claim to be resurrected.  At Foulk’s five-day trial in Long Beach in late January, Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Danette Gomez described him as a skilled manipulator who lured young boys—some of whom were related to him, others of whom were foster sons, and one whom he legally adopted—on trips to his parents’ weekend cabin, visits to theme parks, and rides in his Ferrari.

No, life is too good – even in a cell – for such a monster.

And Before Long, Churches Too, You Watch

Last month, Governor Pat Quinn signed a historic bill into law legalizing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, making Illinois one of about a dozen states that extend significant legal protections to same-sex couples.   … One gay couple is discovering that the law will not end discrimination.  Todd Wathen of Mattoon and his partner have been together for eight years, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The couple began planning a civil union ceremony for June, when the law will go into effect. Then, they hit a roadblock.  The Sun-Times reports that Wathen contacted the Beall Manison in Alton and the TimberCreek B&B in Paxton, where he wanted to book a space for the ceremony and reception.

It was inevitable, because there’s an objective here: the relegation of anything short of the full and total acceptance and legitimacy of gay marriage to the ash heap of civil litigation.

In an e-mail reply to Wathen, Jim A. Walder of the TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast wrote: “We will never host same-sex civil unions. We will never host same-sex weddings even if they become legal in Illinois. “We believe homosexuality is wrong and unnatural based on what the Bible says about it. If that is discrimination, I guess we unfortunately discriminate,” Walder wrote.

Which naturally resulted in

Wathen and his partner filed complaints with the Illinois Attorney General and the Illinois Department of Human Rights, according to Gay Chicago Magazine. The conduct of both businesses violates the Illinois Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by businesses open to the public.

Businesses now, and before long, Churches too.  You watch.  When gay marriage is legalized by the US Supreme Court (and it will be, it’s just a matter of time- and probably within 5 years) there will be activists suing churches.

The Road to Perdition

My dismay is showing.

President Barack Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as only between a man and woman, according to a Justice Department statement Wednesday.

Others may rejoice.  I won’t.  I can’t.  And I’m not about to change my views just to make others feel more comfortable in what I see as a distortion of Scripture and a denial of providential purpose.  This is just one in a long list of governmental and judicial actions with which I cannot, do not, and shall never agree.

Distance Learning MA in Biblical Studies and a new MA at Sheffield (via Sheffield Biblical Studies)

The Coat of Arms of the City of Sheffield.

Sheffield

This is a fantastic bit of news and a really fantastic opportunity for students. Brilliant!

Here are two new MA/postgraduate developments at Sheffield starting September/October 2011. Distance Learning MA in Biblical Studies The programmes are taken through part-time study via the internet, giving access to online resources, discussions and some video lectures. You will be part of an online community of students, engaging with both the biblical and contemporary worlds, and exploring where the two differ, intersect, and how the modern wo … Read More

via Sheffield Biblical Studies

Another Sad Tale of Inept ‘Parenting’

In Southfield, Mich., on Friday, “a 9-year-old girl, worried that her mother was driving drunk during a trip to the bank, slipped a teller a note asking for help and refused to get back in the car,”The Detroit News writes this morning.  The mom, 49-year-old Latanya Renee Evans, then left her little girl at the bank. Evans was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving a short time later. The Detroit Free Press says that “police found her nearby in a parking lot, where she failed field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath analysis test.”

There really are some people who shouldn’t be allowed to be parents or have children, since they aren’t really parents at all.  I see kids all the time who have adults they live with but those adults aren’t parental in any respect.  They lay around drunk, high, unconcerned and indifferent.  Their children go hungry and go without and grow up to become the same sort of adults they’ve seen modeled all their lives, having children themselves who then become like themselves.  It’s tragic.  Truly tragic.

Is the Attorney General of Indiana an Idiot?

Mother Jones is reporting that Jeff Cox, Deputy Attorney General for the State of Indiana, tweeted that the capitol police should “use live ammunition” to clear the Wisconsin state capitol.

If he did (oh and I bet he says he was ‘joking’ because that’s always what idiots say when they’re caught in their idiocy) then he should resign his office RIGHT NOW.

How Monkeys are Like Atheists, and Vice Versa

Not really surprising, since they are related, that monkeys, like atheists, are filled with doubts:

Apparently humans aren’t the only ones filled with self-doubt and uncertainty. A recent study found that certain monkeys question their own thinking as well.  Professor John David Smith and Michael Beran trained macaques, which are of the Old World group (native to Africa, Asia, and Europe), to play a computer game where if they got an answer right, they received a treat. A wrong answer meant no treat, but a brief pause before the next question. But there was a third option — the question mark. By selecting the question mark, the screen skipped the present question, considered too hard, and moved on to the next.

Yup, that’s atheism all right- skip the tough questions and move on to the immediate reward…

A Clear Explanation of the Last Supper of Christ

Huldrych Zwingli published his ‘clear explanation‘ on the 23rd of February, 1526 with the publishing house of Froschauer in Zurich.

In it he goes into extensive detail discussing the pivotal phrase ‘this is my body’ in four parts- 1) the false understanding of the phrase, 2) Scriptural evidence against the false understanding, 3) the right scriptural understanding, and 4) further proofs.

The booklet was written in German (so that the ordinary folk could read it) and not in Latin (because he wanted the truth widely disseminated and not merely debated amongst the theologians).  It is prefaced by Zwingli’s motto, Matthew 11:28.

Δεῦτε πρός με πάντες οἱ κοπιῶντες καὶ πεφορτισμένοι κἀγὼ ἀναπαύσω ὑμᾶς.

And it concludes with a little poem

Sag mir an, ob du’s weist,
Das vatter, sun und geist,
Fleisch und blut, brot und wyn
Als sampt ein got mög sin?

March 4th is the ‘World Day of Prayer’

And the Reformed Church of Switzerland has posed an interesting question (on their Facebook portal)-  they’re asking readers to complete the following sentence-  ‘Prayer means ….’

An interesting question indeed.

My answer?

‘Prayer means opening oneself to God’s guidance and direction much more than it means presenting a wish list to God for his immediate action.  In short, prayer is listening to God much more than it’s speaking to God’.

Iran’s President is the Arab World’s Biggest Hypocrite

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran

Little Tyrant

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday urged Middle East leaders to listen to the voices of citizens who have taken to the streets in masses to demand a change in government.  “He strongly recommended such leaders to let their peoples express their opinions,” the Islamic Republic News Agency reported Ahmadinejad as saying in his remarks.  “He further urged those leaders of regional countries who respond to the demands of their nations and their revolutionary uprisings with hot bullets to join their peoples’ movements instead of creating blood baths.”

What hypocrisy.  This from the little man who has used brute and bloody force to silence the opposition in his own country.  What a foul hypocrite.  Is anyone in the world not laughing uncontrollably at the rank stupidity of such statements by the little guy?

Pizza Can Save Your Life

This is an awesome story and kudos to the delivery guy for 1) being observant and 2) caring.

A daily pizza delivery order likely saved a Memphis woman’s life.  Thanks to customer consistency and a very caring pizza delivery driver there’s a happy ending to Jean Wilson’s story.  Who knows how long Wilson may have stayed trapped in her house, if not for some caring Domino’s employees. It also helps that Jean Wilson is consistent.  “That’s our first call of the day, always,” Dale Rosado, Assistant Manager, Domino’s Pizza, said.  “She always order a large thin crust pepperoni pizza with two diet cokes,” Susan Guy, pizza delivery driver said.  Yes, every day.  But the call didn’t come Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.  Turns out the 82 year-old fell on Saturday and couldn’t get up.  She also couldn’t get to a phone.  So she lay inside her house helpless on Saturday and all day Sunday.  Then came Monday morning and delivery driver Susan Guy.  “And I said, she hasn’t called in three days? I go, I gotta go. I gotta go,” Guy said.  “I ran over here and beat on all the windows and tried to hear if I heard a voice I didn’t hear her.”  Guy then called 911.

Yeah for him.  And good for her!

Whoring after other gods…. (via Near Emmaus)

Peterson has it right this time in the quote provided by Stevens. Too many pastors are nothing more than CEO’s and not at all either ‘prophetic’ or ‘priestly’.

I just watched the promo video for the Global Leadership Summit and threw up in my mouth a little… For those who may not get my humour I am joking when I say I threw up in my mouth as I watched this video. What I am not joking about is this: How does this conference relate to faithful gospel vocation? If one desires to run an organisation or manage a religious convenience store th … Read More

via Near Emmaus

He Must Have Decided he Was an Atheist…

A former Pottstown pastor who served prison time for a fraudulent financial scheme during the construction of his Berks County mansion is in trouble again for allegedly issuing a bad check to purchase a luxury car.  Michael A. Wilkerson Sr., 45, most recently of North Savanna Drive, East Coventry, faces a trial next month in Montgomery County Court on a felony charge of bad checks in connection with a September 2009 incident during which he allegedly issued a bad check for $111,000 to purchase a Mercedes Benz sedan from a Whitemarsh dealership.  Wilkerson, the founder and former pastor of the Freedom Christian Deliverance Center on Walnut Street in Pottstown and a former television evangelist on PCTV, faces a possible maximum sentence of 3½-to-seven years in state prison if convicted of the bad check charge. His trial is slated to begin between March 7 and March 14 before Judge William J. Furber Jr.

Such stories always provoke the following thought: ‘former’ pastor?  Present atheist.  That’s the usual devolution of morals.

No Cookie is that Good…

Some people are just loons.

Police say a brawl between roommates over Girl Scout cookies led to assault charges against one of them.  According to the Naples Daily News, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office reports that 31-year-old Hersha Howard woke up her roommate early Sunday and accused her of eating her Thin Mints.  They argued and deputies say that it turned physical with Howard chasing her roommate with scissors and hitting her repeatedly with a board and then a sign.

She doesn’t look to be starving to death.  Perhaps a few less sugar induced incidents of rage  will be better for her general health…

Why Hate Is a Growing Subculture

A new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center describes a big rise in hate groups across the country.  By its count, there are now more than 1,000 active extremist groups in the U.S. Experts say the largest increase comes from militias that consider the federal government their enemy.  Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the law center, has been studying hate groups for a long time. But Potok says even he was surprised when he started counting extremists for his annual report.  “We have absolutely explosive growth of these groups in 2009,” Potok says. “And what we have now found is that that growth continued through 2010. We have a higher hate group count than we’ve ever had.”

What’s the explanation?  A growing undercurrent of discontent with the failure of the government to do its job.

Experts say the most negative energy seems to be coming from people who think the federal government is conspiring to take away their freedom.  “It is not…harmless in the sense that the patriot movement has produced a great deal of criminal violence,” Potok says. “There were an enormous number of plots that came out of the patriot movement, particularly in the late 1990s, and we’re beginning to see that again.”

So while the Arab world is seeing uprisings in many places, the US may also see an uptick in violence because hate is a growing subculture because discontent is spreading everywhere.  Discontent.  It’s the word of the decade.

By the way, the theologians can go back to sleep.  They won’t address this issue any more than they address any other that matters.