Daily Archives: 12 Apr 2011

On the Financial Ruination of America: An Observation

Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took billions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes?

Yeah, me neither.

Via Craig Martin on FB

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Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in Modern Culture


Self Justification is a Wretched Thing

Especially when it’s the Church trying to justify itself in the face of horrible abuse and claiming the boys involved were willing homosexual participants.

The anti-gay Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is going on the attack against “those who are distorting the truth about priestly sexual abuse.”

The group bought an expensive full-page ad in The New York Times Monday that places the blames for the church’s scandals on “homosexuality, not pedophilia.”

And perhaps most shockingly, it also claimed that some children were active participants in the abuse.

“The refrain that child rape is a reality in the Church is twice wrong: let’s get it straight — they weren’t children and they weren’t raped,” self-appointed Catholic League president Bill Donohue wrote in the ad.

“We know from the John Jay study that most of the victims have been adolescents, and that the most common abuse has been inappropriate touching (inexcusable though this is, it is not rape),” he added, referencing a 2004 study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which was funded by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Boston Globe correctly said of the John Jay report that ‘more than three-quarters of the victims were post pubescent, meaning the abuse did not meet the clinical definition of pedophilia.’ In other words, the issue is homosexuality, not pedophilia,” Donohue wrote.

There’s more but you’re on your own there.  I can’t countenance such attempts at placing the blame on victims.  What gymnastics are necessary to make such claims and force oneself and others to believe them.

Via Irene Hahn on FB.


Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in Total Depravity


‘Ethics’ Class? Hardly

Students at La Salle University in Philadelphia say exotic dancers were part of a professor’s extra-credit symposium on business ethics.  Officials at the private Roman Catholic school say they are investigating the March 21 seminar, which ended abruptly after the business school’s dean showed up.  Students say the dancers kept their clothes on. Sophomore Brad Bernardino tells WPVI-TV that one dancer gave a lap dance to assistant management professor Jack Rappaport.  Rappaport did not respond to an emailed request for comment.  La Salle spokesman Joseph Donovan would not comment on Rappaport’s status while the investigation continues. Students say they have a new teacher.

What have slinky dancers to do with ethics?  That’s right, absolutely nothing.  Unless getting a lap dance is part of the ‘new ethics’ so beloved by the modern pagan.  Still, it’s rather odd to hear about such things at a Catholic University.  Rappaport must be related to the prof who had the sex toy demonstration in his ‘class’.

But hey, they’re ‘accredited’, so that’s all that matters.

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Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in pseudo-scholarship, Total Depravity


The Biblioblog Reference Library

Honestly, how can one manage such a superhuman feat?  It’s going on the blogroll.  With thanks to James ‘The Lead Codices Author’ McGrath for the heads up.

The kid just made doing Carnivals 1000 times easier.


Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in Modern Culture


Crisis in Israel!!!!

He just wanted peace... that's all... oh the horror

It may well be the worst thing that’s happened since the outbreak of the Intifada… so you need to pray for Israel and be sure to send money to John Hagee so he can charter a flight and begin immediate counseling for the people who are so very, very devastated by what’s happened there.  I frankly don’t know how the State of Israel can survive this disaster

Tween sensation and Webby nominee Justin Bieber is in Israel to tour the Holy Land, maybe meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and perform in Tel Aviv. Two parts of this plan have gone wrong. Bieber was supposed to meet with Netanyahu, but is reporting that the prime minister canceled the meeting after the singer refused “to meet with children living in communities affected by Gaza rocket fire.”

It’s your fault Canada!  You raised him!!!!!  Oh lament.  Oh horror.  Bibi and Bieber at loggerheads.  It’s the apocalpyse.  It’s the end of the world!

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Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in Politics


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Is It Because I’m Not There, UK?

You seemed happy enough in January when I was there last.  Is it because I left?  Don’t worry, cheer up, I’ll be back soon.

Britons becoming ‘increasingly miserable’, warns Action for Happiness campaign.

Action for happiness campaign… that sounds like something right up my alley!  Next time I’m there, I’ll join.  Then I can spread happiness even more effectively.  Who knows, even the mennonites might get happy.


Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in Modern Culture


Distance Learning Biblical Studies Flyer (via Sheffield Biblical Studies)

Take a look.

…is here: DL Flyer … Read More

via Sheffield Biblical Studies

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Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in Biblical Studies Resources


Cargill Guts Simcha

In true Cargill-ian style, Robert takes Simcha to the woodshed and methodically dismembers his silly self promotional nonsense. You’ll enjoy reading it.

no, simcha, you didn't find the 'nails of the cross' of christ (a week before easter) Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. Everyone’s least favorite fake tv archaeologist “veteran investigator” presenter of ridiculous, sensationalistic trash σκύβαλα, Simcha Jacobovici, is releasing a documentary entitled, “The Nails Of The Cross,” which “investigates” whether the nails from the crucifixion of Jesus have been discovered. … Read More

via XKV8R: The Official Blog of Dr. Robert R. Cargill

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Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in pseudo-archaeology, pseudo-scholarship


Americans, Guns, and Senseless Violence

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Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in Modern Culture


If She Had Locked a Dog in Her Car She’d Probably be in More Trouble…

But since they were just three little children all she need expect is a slap on the wrist, even though she endangered their lives.

Clarksville police arrested a mother on April 10 after finding her three young children, all under the age of three, locked inside a hot vehicle.  Officers were alerted of the vehicle around 11 a.m. in the parking lot of Dollar Tree on Ft. Campbell Boulevard.  Two boys, ages two and eight months, and a three-year-old girl were found sweating inside.  The car was not running, the windows were up and it was parked in direct sunlight, police spokesperson Jim Knoll said in a release sent to WKRN in Nashville.

So senseless.  Poor kids.

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Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in Total Depravity


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Remind Me Why We’re Aiding Pakistan?

Pakistan has temporarily stopped cooperating with American intelligence officials after the upset caused by the arrest and release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis, who fatally shot two Pakistanis earlier this year, a senior Pakistani security source told CNN. While the two countries will continue to share vital intelligence about any imminent acts of terrorism, joint operations have been put on hold, the source said, and the ISI — Pakistan’s intelligence agency — has asked the CIA to “give them visibility” over what the source says are an estimated 40 covert American intelligence operatives working in Pakistan.

Because pumping billions into the cesspool called the government of Pakistan is simply wasted money. They aren’t allies. Anything but.  The US needs to end foreign aid and concentrate on its own crumbling society.


Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in Modern Culture, Politics



On Mozart: An Observation

I have what can fairly and accurately be called a nearly unnatural love for the music of WA Mozart.  If I were given to an idolatrous spirit (which I am obviously not) then it would be Mozart’s music that would gain my allegiance.  There’s just nothing like it.  It’s the very sound of heaven itself.

Here’s an example. And it’s just one among thousands.

I’m glad Mozart is in heaven even now, composing away, and providing the heavenly orchestra with the sound of God’s mind.


Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in Modern Culture


The NOVA Version of ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

Which I have to say is actually quite good.  It has aired before and you can watch the whole thing online.  I suspect it’s re-airing because Easter is here.  Anyway, here’s the email announcement that came a bit ago-

In this landmark two-hour special, NOVA takes viewers on a fascinating scientific journey that began 3,000 years ago and continues today. The film presents the latest archeological scholarship from the Holy Land to explore the beginnings of modern religion and the origins of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament. This archeological detective story tackles some of the biggest questions in biblical studies: Where did the ancient Israelites come from? Who wrote the Bible, when, and why? How did the worship of one God—the foundation of modern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—emerge?

Watch the Program – Watch the entire program online now.

Of the genre, all respect to Francesca, I think this the best.  NOVA does good work.

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Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in Archaeology, Bible


Bibi and Bieber: The Peanut Butter and Jelly of Silliness

His holiness Ben Netanyahu is giving an audience to tween idol (because tweens are born idolaters) Justin Bieber…  because Netanyahu doesn’t have better things to do.

Bieber Fever has spread to the Holy Land.  Justin Bieber has landed down in Israeli to hysterical teenage masses… and one prominent world leader. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the teen pop sensation will have a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has also invited a group of teens who narrowly avoided a Hamas-fired rocket at their school bus.

Bieber fever is the same thing as Jerusalem fever- both are indicators of massive insanity and need for serious long term treatment.

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The Sad Thing About Idiotic Archaeological Claims…

Is that – because Simcha Jacobovici and others have so often presented unsubstantiated and unfounded claims about stirring and important ‘discoveries’  – if anything real is ever discovered very few people will believe it.

Jacobovici and his ilk have cried ‘wolf’ so often that honest archaeologists run the danger of being intimately linked with them.

It’s tragic that certain persons are willing to destroy real archaeology for the sake of fame, publicity, and profit.  Shame on Simcha and the others and shame on the companies like Discovery Channel and NatGeo for airing the rubbish and furthering the cause of misrepresentation and fraud.


Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in pseudo-archaeology, pseudo-scholarship


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A Shocking Story

NPR has the first hand account of the Libyan woman who was assaulted and raped by government forces.  It’s here.

More than two weeks ago, Iman al-Obeidi burst into a Tripoli hotel and told assembled journalists there that she had been gang-raped by members of forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi after being stopped at a checkpoint in the capital. NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro snuck out of her guarded hotel Monday with another reporter and went to visit Obeidi at her home. They were the first reporters to independently speak with her in person. Because journalists are unable to report freely in Tripoli, NPR cannot verify her claims.

I have to admit that some of it raised questions in my mind. Why would soldiers let her leave the compound? Why would the other woman untie her and then stay behind? It’s a terrible story but in many respects it raises red flags.

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Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in Total Depravity


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People Can be Such Jerks

It’s very hard not to be a misanthrope most days.  But when stories like this hit the news, it’s just nearly down-right impossible.

Authorities say three girls selling lemonade in central Georgia to raise money for a hospitalized toddler were robbed of about $150 at their stand.  Houston County Sheriff’s Lt. Jon Holland said Monday that a man and woman approached the girls Saturday and the man snatched the money jar from a 13-year-old girl.  Authorities told WMAZ-TV that a 21-year-old woman was subsequently arrested and deputies are seeking a male suspect.  The children were trying to raise money for a cousin of one of the girls, a 2-year-old who will soon undergo treatment for an intestinal disease in Cincinnati.

Jerks.  I mean seriously, why don’t those two lazy prattish evil totally depraved perverted gits get a job and earn their own money instead of ripping off little kids who are trying to help a sick person?  When they’re caught, tried, and convicted they should be put in the public square in stocks and folk allowed to throw eggs and tomatoes and really rotten fruits and vegetables at them for 5 days.  I’d drive down there with a weeks supply of rotten eggs to take part.

[Oh that’s not very nice is it….  alas, my sympathies always lie with the victims.  The criminals can look to God for mercy].

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Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in Total Depravity


More Lunacy and Exaggerated Claims from Pseudo-Archaeology: The ‘Discovery’ of the Nails Which Affixed Jesus to the Cross

No surprise at all that Simcha is involved in this pre-Easter nonsense.  Simcha can smell a Discovery Channel dalliance into silliness two miles off.

Photo from Ha'aretz

Could two of the nails used to crucify Jesus have been discovered in a 2,000-year-old tomb in Jerusalem?  And could they have mysteriously disappeared for 20 years, only to turn up by chance in a Tel Aviv laboratory?  That is the premise of the new documentary film “The Nails of the Cross” by veteran investigator Simcha Jacobovici, which even before its release has prompted debate in the Holy Land.  The film follows three years of research during which Jacobovici presents his assertions — some based on empirical data, others requiring much imagination and a leap of faith.

Veteran investigator?  Seriously?  Veteran dilettante would be more accurate.  Veteran hawker of unsubstantiated claims would be accurate as well.

He hails the find as historic, but most experts and scholars contacted by Reuters dismissed his case as far-fetched, some calling it a publicity stunt.

Yeah no kidding.  And at least Reuters asked actual scholars about the nonsense.  It’s just another stunt.   The report goes on to describe the contents of the ignorant foray into ridiculous claims but I can’t stomach repeating it.  God willing, the public won’t fall for the ignorance and Simcha’s special will be relegated to the rubbish heap where it (and all his works on biblical themes) clearly belongs.


Posted by on 12 Apr 2011 in pseudo-archaeology, pseudo-scholarship