Daily Archives: 7 May 2011

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

Color me shocked!  A law student admits to being a liar!

A University of Virginia law student who said he was the victim of racial profiling by campus police now says he concocted the claim, U.Va. said in a release.  Johnathan Perkins, 25, admitted he made up the story that police stopped him on March 31 and mistreated him, according to the release issued Friday.  The Daily Progress of Charlottesville reports that Perkins did not respond to a request for comment.

He’ll make an excellent lawyer!  He’s already got the fraud down pat.  And don’t worry- his University won’t punish him-

The university release said Perkins will not face criminal charges for making a false report.  He is scheduled to graduate in two weeks.

That’s right- he committed a crime but he won’t face any consequences, except of course for being hired by one of the largest lawfirms in Washington where he will be a partner in a few months.

On Reading Some Blogs: An Observation

Reading some blogs is like beginning a journey which only promises to pass through unbearable darkness on a road with no destination.

What’s The World Come to When a 91 Year old Crime Fighter is Told to Stay Home?

A 91-year-old New Zealand war veteran says he has been forced to put his new career as a modern-day Batman on hold because he is not allowed to be out fighting crime alone at night. John Bray considers he is more than qualified to deal with the evildoers in the North Island town of Waipawa, having served with the Long Range Desert Group, a reconnaissance and raiding unit in north Africa in World War II. So he enlisted as a member of the local community patrol, an organisation which acts as “the eyes and ears” of the police, cruising the streets at night, reporting any suspicious activity. Like Batman, he started out with a partner but decided to go solo when his Robin equivalent, a man in his late 80s, kept falling asleep on duty. Now he has been told by the local head of the community patrol organisation that he cannot work alone and he must find a new sidekick if he wants to get back on the roster.

That’s not fair. If the Kiwi’s can save Middle Earth by dropping the Ring into the fiery lava of Mt. Doom, why can’t they let one of the Hobbits fight crime by himself?  And, more pressingly, why hasn’t Tim Bulkeley volunteered?

And An Alternative Mother’s Day Idea…

Calm down and don’t be angry…  This is just to break the mom-olatry spirit of the day.

Speaking of the Heidelberg Catechism

Karl Barth wrote a fantastic volume titled Learning Jesus Christ through the Heidelberg Catechism.  In it, he simply explains and applies the materials of the catechism to the Christian life.  It’s brilliant.  You should get it and read it.

No, You Can’t be Good Without God

That’s one thing Augustine did get right.  Firstly, there is none good but God.  And, therefore, secondly, all good and any good derives from God.  Here’s how the magnificent Heidelberg Catechism puts it

Question 8. Are we then so corrupt that we are wholly incapable of doing any good, and inclined to all wickedness?

Answer: Indeed we are; (a) except we are regenerated by the Spirit of God. (b)

(a) Gen.8:21 The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Gen.6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water? Job 15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit. Isa.53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (b) John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 1 Cor.12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 2 Cor.3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Matter solved and debate ended.

OK, I’ve Watched Myself on TV- But I’ve Never Recorded Myself Watching Myself…

That would be beyond weird.

I confess, I’ve been on tv a couple of times (interviews) and even on NPR once (which you can’t really watch, you have to listen to NPR) but, and here’s the thing, I’ve never recorded myself watching myself.  But that, it seems, is what the crazy bin Laden did.

Home movies taken from Osama bin Laden’s hideout show the terrorist leader watching news coverage of himself on television.  The videos were seized by Navy SEALs after bin Laden was killed Monday. They were shown to reporters Saturday by intelligence officials.  The five movies offer the first public glimpse at bin Laden’s life behind the walls of his compound in suburban Pakistan. The government-selected clips also provide an opportunity for the U.S. to paint bin Laden in an unflattering light to his supporters. They video include outtakes of his propaganda films and, taken together, portray him as someone obsessed with his own image and how he is portrayed to the world.

So he was a publicity whore.  Figures.  No wonder he hated Western Culture so much, he was just like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears!  It was self loathing working itself out and if only he had had a decent psychologist around him they could have figured it out and turned his self loathing in a more positive direction.  He could have joined Near Emmaus and been a group blogger.  Sure, very few people would know about him (because, honestly, who reads over there?) but he would at least not have become a mass murderer.

[NB- Which raises an important point: it’s a good thing those guys at Near Emmaus blog.  If not, who knows what sort of perverse evil they would be up to?]

Technion Institute of Technology goes on the Attack

Matthew Kalman writes

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, has filed suit against Google demanding that it remove a blog by a former student that the institute says slanders the Technion’s program for American medical students. The blogger posted critical articles and personal denunciations about the Technion American Medical Students program, known as TeAMS, on http://www.technionteams.blogspot.com, where he warns prospective students not to enter the program, leveling serious allegations of corruption against the university and its staff. The blog alleges that only 20 percent of students in the past two years have secured residencies in the United States after graduation and says the university is “evasive with information and withholds it from people in order to lure potential applicants from North America.”

I hope Google rejects the threats and the suit is tossed right out of court where it belongs.  Israelis may not be able to practice free speech but Google is an American company and Americans needn’t worry themselves with foreign laws.

Quote of the Day

Vegetables and greens are what food eats. — Jim Linville

On Mothers

My curfew was street lights. Mom didn’t call my cell, she called my name. I played outside with friends, not online. If I didn’t eat what mom cooked, then I didn’t eat. Sanitized didn’t exist, but you could get your mouth washed out with soap. I rode a bike without a helmet, getting dirty was OK, and neighbors cared about you as much as parents did. I even drank water from a garden hose and survived.

Via FB.

Google Images: Beware

This is a bummer.  People are so creepy sometimes.

That picture of a cat licking a lollipop you found on Google Images may be infected.

According to the SANS Internet Storm Center, a number of Google Images are actually infected with malware that misdirects users to pages that try to sell fake anti-virus scareware that and to make users believe they must download the program to avoid viruses.

These scammers use photos from third-party sites so that the images appear to be legitimate, using top search terms from Google Trends so that the content on the page also seems real.

When a user clicks on an infected thumbnail, his/her browser sends a request to the infected page, which then runs the hacker’s script, and then redirects to the site trying to peddle scareware. SANS guesses there are over 5,000 hacked sites, with Google referring about a half million visits to these fake sites each day.

While researcher Bojan Zdrnja has developed a Firefox add-on that displays the infected images with a border in red, it is not yet available for public use.

Well what’s the point of it if no one can use it????

‘Bearded Ladies’: the Bin Laden Tapes

If I were marketing the soon to be released bin Laden tapes I’d call them ‘Bearded Ladies: The Truth Behind bin Laden’s Bitterness’.

It’s just a thought, but it’s what I would do…

How Much Food Will Your Family Eat this Week?

Take a look at this fascinating comparison of the amount of food people in various countries around the world eat in a week, with thanks to Michael Acidri on FB for the tip.

Oh Neat! Blogging by Opinion Poll!

What don’t you want to read on blogs?

That’s right- the time has come for blog readers to determine what blog writers write in the same way that politicians decide policy by the amount of money lobbyists have given them or by opinion polls. This will assure readers of finding exactly what they want and opinions with which they can only agree. The upside of all this will be that blogs will become even more popular (!) because it’s more important to be popular and speak the words the crowd wishes to hear than it is to be yourself and write what and as you please.

And it’s even biblical, this ‘blogging by opinion poll’! That’s right, the author of 2 Timothy says without even shuddering

ἔσται γὰρ καιρὸς ὅτε τῆς ὑγιαινούσης διδασκαλίας οὐκ ἀνέξονται ἀλλὰ κατὰ τὰς ἰδίας ἐπιθυμίας ἑαυτοῖς ἐπισωρεύσουσιν διδασκάλους κνηθόμενοι τὴν ἀκοὴν! (2 Tim 4:3).

So there it is! Hop on the bandwagon and give ’em what they want to hear! It’s what all the cool Emergent kids are doing in pulpits and books and videos.  Why not on blogs too?!

So, in the spirit of pure democracy, here’s a fitting poll!

A Swift-ian View of the Children’s Crusade

The Children’s Crusade was a good idea for a number of reasons:

1- It allowed families to rid themselves of children who needed to learn discipline.
2- If a family had to many mouths to feed, children they sent on Crusade would no longer be a burden.
3- It taught children valuable skills concerning scavenging, survival, and how to be hunter/gatherers.
4- It gave the forces of Islam practice in showing mercy to little kids.

All in all, then, the Children’s Crusade may have been the best thing that happened during the Dark Ages.

Detroit’s Roving Mob of Old Lady Thugs

Police in Detroit are hunting a gang of middle-aged women, nicknamed the “Mad Hatters”, who they blame for a string of robberies, purse snatching and fraud.

Thugs. Evidently selling Avon or Mary Kay won’t cut it anymore.

The suspects typically steal a woman’s wallet or purse, police said in a statement. Shortly afterward, the credit cards and checks are used at stores to buy merchandise or at banks to get cash. Surveillance photographs supplied by police show the middle-aged to elderly women wear hats, usually of the floppy, fisherman variety, at the time of the incidents. Purse-snatching crimes are not uncommon, but what is unusual is the organised nature of the crimes. “Seldom are there these organised rings doing it, such as this one,” Sterling Heights police Lt. Luke Riley said.

Ah Detroit…. Home of the depraved old lady thugs.

The total value of merchandise and cash stolen could be as high as $500,000, police said. The women stole almost $200,000 from one bank. Riley said authorities are looking for “at least” five or six women in this group.

Mass Circumcisions?

Unfun and hardly anything any normal person would call a ‘party’.

Hundreds of boys in a Philippine city turned out Saturday for a daylong “circumcision party” to provide a safe, free procedure for a rite of passage that most local males undergo as preteens.  Some boys cried in their mothers’ arms while others bit their shirts to stifle sobs as doctors carried out the surgery on dozens of makeshift operating tables inside a sports stadium in Marikina city east of Manila. Outside, other boys lined up to await their turn.

Shiver.  The world really is a weird placed filled with strange people.

And This Week’s Winner of the ‘Dilly the Dilettante Award’: NPR

Why?  Because instead of covering the lunacy of Harold Camping and the other maniacs announcing the ‘end of the world’ from the perspective of some actual biblical scholar or other, they’ve simply pandered to Camping’s crowd and given him far more press and notice than he and his dilettantish and idiotic theories deserve.

In other words, NPR has played the dilettante.  And because they’re usually so up on things, they’ve also disappointed me.  So, because no real scholars were consulted or interviewed and because NPR has provided only one side (the idiotic side) of the story, they tragically receive this week the Dilly the Dilettante Award.

More ‘Support Israel or Else’ Academic Hypocrisy

There once was a guy, let’s call him Tony Kushner, who was about to be honored by a University.  But an ardent and vitriolic supporter of the modern secular state of Israel got wind of some things Mr Kushner had once said about Israel with which he disagreed.  So he appealed to the board and they put the honor on hold.

Such is the power of the ‘support Israel or else’ community.  It can even twist arms at Universities (where academic freedom, though frequently announced, is seldom if ever really practiced) and have its way.

But now it seems that the arm twisting has backfired.

The chairman of the City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees released a public statement today, calling for the board to reconsider its decision to deny an honorary degree to Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner.  On Monday May 2, the board voted to “table” the awarding of the proposed degree, igniting a firestorm of controversy from around the world.

But thankfully Mr Kushner has some sense of self respect and he has refused to accept any honor from a University which can be so easily manipulated by Zionist pressure.  And here’s the good part-

In a 3-page letter sent to the Board of Trustees on May 4, subsequently published by multiple news outlets, Kushner provided a strongly-worded and detailed rebuttal to Wiesenfeld’s statements.

“Trustee Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld delivered a grotesque caricature of my political beliefs regarding the state of Israel, concocted out of three carefully cropped, contextless quotes taken from interviews I’ve given, the mention of my name on the blog of someone with whom I have no connection whatsoever, and the fact that I serve on the advisory board of a political organization with which Mr. Wiesenfeld strongly disagrees.”

In the letter, Kushner derided the other members of the 12-person board for not speaking up on his behalf, asserting that he was never notified that Wiesenfeld was going to speak against him. “I’m not a difficult person to find,” Kushner wrote, “nor am I lacking in articulate colleagues and friends who would have responded.”

Kushner also cited the breadth of his involvement with Jewish organizations, mentioning his long-standing affiliations with the 92nd Street Y, the Jewish Museum, and the Upper West Side JCC, and explicitly refers to his position on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization whose members have, in the past, called for a boycott of Israel.

Kushner explains that, while he disagrees with the organization on “a number of issues, including the boycott,” he maintains that “the women and men of JVP are courageous, committed people who work very hard serving the interests of peace and justice and the Jewish people, and I’m honored by my association with them.”

Kushner notes that he originally accepted the offer of an honorary degree because he was impressed with the students and teachers at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the school that planned to award it to him, but he “did not expect to be publicly defamed as a result.”

Good for him.  And SHAME on CUNY for being so incredibly weak minded.  And shame on Zionists for being more than willing to lie, misrepresent, and dishonor simply in order to have their way.  It’s authentically disgusting.

Banned: Another Reason not to be a Boozer

A religious education teacher who kissed one ex pupil when he was drunk and took others to the pub, has been banned from the classroom.

Perhaps he needs a little religious education himself. Lesson 1, don’t drink. Lesson 2, don’t get drunk. Lesson 3, don’t take students to the pub. And lesson 4, don’t kiss kids!

Nicholas Parsons, 50, who taught at Torquay Community College in south Devon six years ago, has been struck off the teaching register for ‘unacceptable professinal conduct’. The General Teaching Council’s professional conduct committee banned him after they found he ‘made inappropriate comments including those of a sexual nature’ to around four pupils during 2004-5. They also found Parsons ‘made inappropriate physical contact of a sexual nature’ with two former pupils after they left school. The two students were 16 years old at the time.

He deserves to be banned.