Daily Archives: 24 Feb 2011

Even the Dolphins Aren’t Safe in Mexico

CNN reports

Baby bottlenose dolphins are washing up dead in record numbers on the shores of Alabama and Mississippi, alarming scientists and a federal agency charged with monitoring the health of the Gulf of Mexico.  Moby Solangi, the executive director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport, Mississippi, said Thursday he’s never seen such high death numbers.  “I’ve worked with marine mammals for 30 years, and this is the first time we’ve seen such a high number of calves,” he said. “It’s alarming.”

I suspect it’s the drug lords killing them.  They’re killing everything else there they can.

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Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Modern Culture


And one more from my brother (via DR. JIM’S THINKING SHOP & TEA ROOM)

Ok well I don’t think Jim Linville’s brother really likes him at all. Indeed, he seems to be a genuine supporter of yours truly.

What must it be like to have your own brother turn against you?

And one more from my brother O.K., so my “dear” brother Allen seems not so much a fan of Jim West’s blog as he is a stout defender of family honor. Here is his latest entry to the Tick-Off Dr. Jim With a Lolcat Roast Jim West with a Lolcat Contest. What a guy. Anyway, go here and here for previous entries and here for the contest rules. … Read More


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Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Humor


Eric Cline Invites You to a Lecture on ‘The Quest for Solomon’s Mines’

Quest for Solomon’s Mines:
Cyber-Archaeology and Recent Explorations in Jordan
A Public Lecture by Dr. Thomas E. Levy – Distinguished Professor, University of California, San Diego

Monday, March 21, 2011 – 6:00 PM
Elliott School, 1957 E St. NW, Room 113
The George Washington University

Recent surveys and excavations by a UC San Diego archaeology team in Jordan’s copper ore district of Faynan have documented the first industrial revolution in the southern Levant dating to the 10th c. BCE – a period that coincides with ancient Hebrew kings and Egyptian pharaohs known from the Bible and other sources. The results have placed the project at the center of Biblical archaeology debate that were recently featured in a National Geographic/NOVA television special and the National Geographic Magazine. This illustrated lecture highlights the most recent discoveries and innovative digital archaeology approaches used to test the relationship between the archaeological record and ancient sacred texts. Sponsored by The George Washington University’s Capitol Archaeological Institute

Lecture and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, contact –

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Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Archaeology, Bible


Via James Spinti

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) is very pleased to announce the release of a new online version of Liddell-Scott-Jones (LSJ) free and open to the public.

The TLG version of LSJ represents five years of intensive work with the aim of producing a fully edited and searchable version of LSJ with links to the TLG corpus. Text citations within LSJ are linked to both the full TLG corpus and the Abridged TLG. TLG subscribers will be able to browse full-texts by clicking on LSJ citations. Non- subscribers will be linked either to the Abridged version or will be shown short snippets of text. The interface allows dictionary look up (headwords and Greek within entries), reverse look-up (searching within English definitions) and searches for headwords in the TLG corpus. We are very pleased to make this invaluable resource available to the scholarly community.

Maria Pantelia, TLG
UC Irvine


Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Bible


Craig Dykstra, You’ve Got (Child Porn) Mail…

Craig Dykstra, the former America Online executive who served a five-day jail sentence in December for secretly taping nude teenagers at his home, has been indicted by a Fairfax County grand jury on five felony charges of possessing child pornography.  Dykstra, 52, was first arrested last June, two days after hosting a pool party at his Centreville home following the Westfield High School prom. … But police continued to examine the computers and storage units they seized from Dykstra. On Wednesday, the grand jury’s five-count felony indictment was unsealed.

Oh boy.  With new technology we always manage to find new ways to be ever more expressive of our inhuman wickedness.

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Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Total Depravity


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Oh Eeewww Gross….

Read no further if you are about to eat your dinner.

Well this is certainly a new flavor.

Donate-er in chief?

The London shop “Icecreamists” is certainly taking desert to the extreme. This time, it’s breast milk ice cream.  Human breast milk might not sound delicious, but the “treat” will go on sale Friday, according toBBC, and it won’t come cheap.  Reuters reports:  Icecreamists founder Matt O’Connor was confident his take on the “miracle of motherhood” and priced at a hefty 14 pounds ($23) a serving will go down a treat with the paying public.  The breast milk was provided by mothers who answered an advertisement on online mothers’ forum Mumsnet.


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Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Modern Culture


Chiding Wisconsin’s Greedy and Owned Governor

Not me, Spinti.

I applaud him because he’s right. Especially in this bit-

Ever notice how often the rich are chided in the Bible? And, how many times God is called the defender of the widows, orphans, and the helpless? Well, why do we worship the powerful, rich, and influential? Just asking…

See Amos 8. There are lots of ‘cows of Bashan’ these days and most of them live in Governor’s mansions and Washington, DC.

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Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Modern Culture


Murdering in the Name of Christ

When six-year-old Evelyn Salazar of Waukegan, Ill. began sleepwalking, prosecutors say her mother Nelly Vasquez-Salazar reached a dramatic conclusion: her daughter was possessed by a demon.  In April of 2008, Vasquez-Salazar stabbed her daughter eleven times in the neck and upper chest, killing the girl. At first, she told authorities that Evelyn had threatened her with a knife; she then recanted her statement of self-defense and told police she believed the girl was possessed.  At a Wednesday hearing, Circuit Judge John Phillips sentenced Vasquez-Salazar to 25 years in an Illinois prison, after which time she will likely be deported to her home country of Mexico.

Insanity?  No, just the inevitable consequences of bad theology and superstition mixed together in a deadly soup of cruelty.  Bad theology always results in evil deeds.  Always.  Always.

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Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology


Happy News for an Afghan Christian

Said Musa, the Afghan Christian who was facing the death sentence for converting from Islam, has been released from the prison in Kabul, a Christian persecution watchdog has reported. “I got confirmation today that he is out of the country,” Aidan Clay, of International Christian Concern, told The Christian Post on Thursday. “It’s done. He’s out,” said Clay. Clay told CP that his source, who is a good friend of Clay and Musa, told him today that he had been contacted by a representative from the US Embassy in Kabul on February 21, who informed him that Musa had been released from prison.

Thank God.


Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Theology


Why Church People Need Pastors

Karl Barth wrote in his brilliant little essay ‘The Task of the Ministry’ concerning church people and their relation to their pastors:

It is evident that they do not need us to help them live, but seem rather to need us to help them die; for their whole life is lived in the shadow of death. … When they come to us for help they do not really want to learn more about living: they want to learn more about what is on the farther edge of living – God.  We cut a ridiculous figure as village sages – or city sages.

True words, Karl.

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Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Theology


When Will He Be Forced to Resign or Face Federal Charges and Sent to Prison?

Few people would think that when U.S. lawmakers visit troops in Afghanistan, they’re seeing the place through the eyes of the average grunt. But the idea of using psychological-warfare techniques to influence senators and other VIPs seems crazy — and in fact, it’s illegal. But it happened in Afghanistan last year, according to a feature in Rolling Stone.  Call it the Inception effect. Perhaps taking inspiration from the futuristic film’s story of planting an idea in the subconscious of influential people, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell ordered his “Information Operations” unit to recommend ways to influence the thoughts of distinguished visitors, according to the article by Michael Hastings.

Caldwell belongs in prison.  It’s one thing to wage war against an enemy and it’s something altogether different to mislead and manipulate one’s own overseers.

It sounds very much like he needs to be in Guantanamo prison since he’s an enemy combatant waging war against his own government.


Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Modern Culture



More Anson Rainey Memorializations

Via Joseph Lauer

Yesterday, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, the LandMinds program with David Willner and Barnea Levi Selevan of Foundation Stone broadcast an Anson Rainey Memorial Show (“In memoriam, Prof. Anson Rainey, a leading scholar of our time.”).  The LandMinds show is broadcast live Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm Israel time (3-5 pm in the UK, and 10 am-12 pm ET) on Israel National Radio  Its broadcasts can also be heard afterwards at that site (archived at and at the Foundation Stone site, see

At the archive site the following portions of the broadcast can be heard:

270. Anson Rainey Memorial (Part I) (February 23, 2011), 271. Anson Rainey Memorial (Part II) Interview with Dr. Paul Wright (February 23, 2011), 272. Anson Rainey Memorial (Part III) Interview with Dr. Yigal Levin (February 23, 2011), 273. Anson Rainey Memorial (Part IV) Interview with Prof. Aharon Demsky (February 23, 2011).
Before everyone forgets and completely canonizes Rainey, folk who knew him will also know that he could be quite unpleasant at times, and even rude.  Brusque, demanding, and uncharitable were also some of his characteristics.  He didn’t walk on water or float in the sky like an angel and his every action wasn’t the act of a saint.  Indeed, he was as human and fallible and cantankerous as all the rest of us and more so than some.  There’s no need to lie to ourselves about a man just because he’s dead.

Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Modern Culture


If You Set Yourself on Fire as a Protest, You’re Insane

I’ll show you!  I’ll toast and roast myself! That will teach you….   Heavens.  What madness.

A single mother set herself on fire in Morocco this week after being excluded from a social housing program because she was an unmarried mother, a local government official told Reuters on Wednesday.  Fadwa Laroui, a 25-year-old mother of two, used a flammable liquid to set herself on fire in front of the town hall in Souk Sebt, a central Moroccan town, on Monday, the town’s mayor told Reuters.  A wave of self-immolation crossed North Africa after a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in December, catalyzing the uprising which ousted president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years in power. Laroui, however, is the first woman known to have set herself on fire in protest of social conditions.

If a person is willing to torch herself, why isn’t she willing to abstain from sex?  What madness and insanity.


Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Total Depravity


Texas and the Saudi Student Bomb Plot

The Washington Post has just reported-

Saudi student in Texas charged in suspected bombing plot. More details to come.

Great.  He would have to be in Texas, where you can walk into any gas station or hair salon and buy materials for a WMD while the clerk smiles and says ‘God bless America, here’s a gun as a free gift, y’all come back real soon, ya’hear?’

The FBI has arrested a 20-year-old Saudi student in Texas suspected of planning a terrorist attack using explosive chemicals. The FBI says his possible targets included the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.  Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, attending college near Lubbock, Texas, was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Federal prosecutors say he had been researching online how to construct an improvised explosive device using several chemicals as ingredients.  Federal authorities say Aldawsari’s diary indicated the young man had been plotting an attack for years and obtained a scholarship so he could come directly to the United State to carry out jihad.

You Muslims aren’t doing your cause any good by fostering an environment which over and over again seems to attract persons willing to perform acts of violence.  Is it indeed an inherent aspect of Islam?  And if not, why isn’t there a huge hue and cry against it?  I mean why aren’t sensible Muslims organizing marches against violence?  Where’s the Million Men against Violence March to Washington?

UPDATE: Here’s the Saudi’s smug and self satisfied mug shot.  He looks as pleased with himself as the killer who shot Rep. Giffords and the others in Tuscon.

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Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Modern Culture


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Dell Printer’s are Useless

Don’t buy one. They seem inexpensive enough at first sight but believe me, you’ll pay more for their cheap little ink cartridges than you will ever imagine. You’re lucky to get more than 50 pages out of a black cartridge and they’re nearly 18$ apiece.

Furthermore, every time you put a new cartridge in, it prints an alignment page, wasting more ink.

Finally, if there’s an annoying error message related to an alignment problem, you’re informed that the cartridge sensor is bad and needs to be replaced. And naturally that costs you an additional cartridge which you must then hope and pray will not be inhabited by a bad sensor itself.

In other words, and plainly put, Dell printers are a total ripoff.


Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Modern Culture



Foul Foul

This guy fouled himself so he could get a foul called…

Loony. With thanks to the loony Michael Acidri for the tip.

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Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Humor


That’s Some Mom…

A Pennsylvania woman, jailed after a photo surfaced of her 2-year-old daughter duct taped to a chair, has been granted bail, according to Delaware County court officials.  Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Hazel released Caira Ferguson, 21, on the condition that she sees her child only under the supervision of child welfare officials.

Perhaps instead of being released on bail she should be duct taped to a chair until her trial.

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Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Total Depravity



America: Ripe for Judgment

Here’s why (not to mention our complete ethical collapse!)

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Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Modern Culture


Energy Independence Would Have Made all the Fear Moot

But we’re going to reap what we’ve sown, thanks to one and all who lack any sort of foresight or any interest in anything beyond the boundaries of their own comfort zones.

Oil strategist at Nomura, Michael Lo, estimates that oil prices could top $220-a-barrel – almost double today’s figure of $117 – if both Libya and Algeria halt production as a result of political unrest.  He told The Daily Telegraph: “We could be underestimating this as speculative activities were largely not present in 1990-1991.”  The oil price increases, coupled with such warnings, spell danger for economic recovery, as inflation feeds through the supply chain.

Bring it on.  Complete economic collapse, disorder, rioting in the streets, food riots, starvation, murder, death, war, famine, plague…  We certainly deserve it for acting as stupidly as we have and failing to comprehend the simple fact that limited resources  (oil) eventually run out and when they (it) do (does) they should be expected and plans implemented to shift to other forms.

If our government had implemented any sort of sensible energy policy then we wouldn’t be facing a Mad Max scenario.  We deserve it.  Divine judgment displayed in total economic and civic collapse.  History will mock us for our blindness.  Rightly.


Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Modern Culture


Noah’s Ark in New York

Dozens of flea-infested animals and several rotting animal corpses were removed from a filthy New York home where an elderly woman with dementia lived with two younger people, authorities said on Wednesday.  Living in the house were a calf, fancy hens, rats, rabbits, a chinchilla, a Mallard duck, a pheasant and other animals, said Sergeant Regina Benfante of the Suffolk County, New York, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  “You name it, and that type of animal was in there,” she said. All told, 76 live animals and about 10 corpses were found, she said.

The smell… the smell… can you imagine the vile stench?  So gross and sad (for the elderly inhabitant).


Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 in Modern Culture


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