That ‘Peace Movement’ in Mexico Doesn’t Seem to Be Working

Twelve suspected members of the Zetas drug gang and a member of Mexico’s Navy were killed in a shootout on an island in a lake that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said Monday. The Mexican Navy said the shootout occurred Sunday on Falcon Lake, located between Texas and the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, after troops patrolling the area spotted a camping area on an island. The suspected drug traffickers used the island for storing marijuana to be transported by boat to the United States, the Navy said in a statement.

That little blotch of hell is famous because

Falcon Lake drew the attention of law enforcement authorities on both side of the border last September after an American man on a personal watercraft was reportedly ambushed by attackers and shot in the head.

Peace takes more than wishful thinking and occasional parades, it takes massive participation and unbending fearlessness- neither of which Mexico seems capable of mustering.  If people want real ‘peace, they have to pursue it’.  But not too many are even familiar enough with Scripture to know that little phrase is drawn from it.  [Ps 34:14].

Now That’s Funny, Jim Barr!

The recession has hit everybody really hard… in fact, it has hit so hard

…My neighbor got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.
…CEO’s are now playing miniature golf.
…Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.
…I saw a Mormon with only one wife.
…If the bank returns your check marked “Insufficient Funds,” you call them and ask if they meant you or them.
…McDonald’s is selling the 1/4 ouncer.
…Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.
…Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children’s names.
…A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.
…A picture is now only worth 200 words.

There’s a Newt in ‘them thar hills…’

And it will be interesting to see how far backwards Christian right-ers will have to bend in order to support a self confessed adulterer and ‘user of Christianity in furtherance of his political goals’.

Republicans took great delight in pointing out the manifold moral failures of Bill Clinton.  Will they hold the Newt to the same standard, or will their political and theological hypocrisy spring forth when they turn a blind eye to Gingrich’s wretched morality (or better, profound and un-Christian immorality).

Sure, he’s got the god-talk down now- but it’s just a show to gain the support of the conservative Christians wielding short memories and more than happy to overlook all and any moral failings just to ensure that a Republican is elected (0perating, as they do, with the false belief that GOP stands for God’s Own party).

Bereft of insight, these voters will vote for Satan himself (or Dick Cheney, same thing) simply because they pretend to be on the side of morality, all the while cheating on their wives, lying to the public, lining their pockets with lobbyist cash, and selling America’s future down the river.

Pray well, voter… pray well.

[And yes, I’ve tagged this ‘war on atheism’ because there is no greater friend of atheism than false Christianity]

What’s That??? You’re Offering Me the Perfect Job????


When I get emails like this I just get so excited!

Hello there,
Great new income ability for the USA employees is available now. You can receive $15 000/monthly with our company, spending 3 hours daily. No start-up investment, no existing job experience or professional knowledge required. Also, the job duties might be done from home. Get your parallel income, e-mail back to this letter and you will get info kit very soon. Good Luck
Top News: spotless waits for a bear hug.

Fine grammar, 15K a month working just three hours a day and no experience or professional knowledge and I can work from home!  It’s like they’ve been listening to my nightly prayers!  Plus, apparently, I get a bear hug too….  (but that’s just a tad creepy.  What if the bear hug is from fat smelly hairy guy who hangs out with other guys in bars where they wear leather pants all the time and talk about baseball and stuff?)

Oh internet, you bring such moments of hope…  I think I’ll mail this to Mary ‘the Murderess’ Winkler.

Navy Authorizes Chaplains to Perform Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ in Naval Chapels (via Fr Stephen’s Blog)

Insanity. No chaplain worth the name could do it.

Navy Authorizes Chaplains to Perform Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ in Naval Chapels The Navy goes the way of Sodom: Anticipating the elimination of the military ban on homosexuality, the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains has decided that same-sex couples in the Navy will be able to get married in Navy chapels, and that Navy chaplains will be allowed to perform the ceremonies — if homosexual marriage is legal in the state where the unions are to be performed. The advisory came in the form of an April 13 memo issued to all ch … Read More

via Fr Stephen’s Blog

Romans, You Are a Superstitious Lot!

If tourists find Rome unusually quiet next Wednesday, the reason will probably be that thousands of locals have left town in fear of a devastating earthquake allegedly forecast for that day by a long-dead seismologist.  For months Italian internet sites, blogs and social networks have been debating the work of Raffaele Bendandi, who claimed to have forecast numerous earthquakes and, according to internet rumors, predicted a “big one” in Rome on May 11.  The national television network RAI has run programs aimed at calming rising panic among Romans. The civil protection agency has issued statements reiterating the official scientific view that earthquakes can’t be predicted.  Yet many residents of the Eternal City aren’t listening.

Silly Romans, tricks are for kids.

IOQS Facebook Group

Chris Brady tweeted it and here’s the page.

The International Organization for Qumran Studies (IOQS) is an international collaboration platform for scholars in the field of Dead Sea Scrolls studies. The IOQS was founded in the summer of 1989 in Groningen at an international conference. The website of the IOQS is hosted by the Groningen Qumran Institute. Eibert Tigchelaar of the K.U.Leuven is Executive secretary of the IOQS.

De steering committee is formed by George Brooke (University of Manchester), Esther Chazon (Hebrew University Jerusalem), Daniel Falk (University of Oregon) and Annette Steudel (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen).

There are meetings every three years at different locations in Europe. The lectures of the meetings are edited in a volume and published in the series Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah.

I Wish the World Would End May 21st…

If this kind of thing is all we have to look forward to, then I say it’s time to end the experiment and ask God to start over (like he wanted to do with Moses after wiping out the recalcitrant Israelites whining and wandering in the wilderness).

If our culture is actually interested in the life of a teenage mommy (who spews on about abstinence in what can only honestly be called the single greatest act of hypocrisy since Judas kissed Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane) to such an extent that it will support a reality show about her journey from Alaska to Los Angeles… then we really are doomed and might as well throw in the towel.

Bristol Palin is making it a reality show hat trick.  The daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is set to star in a new docu-series for the BIO network, in which she moves in with “Dancing With the Stars,” cast mate Kyle Massey and his brother Christopher. According to BIO’s press release, the series, set to air in late 2011, “follows Bristol Palin’s move from Alaska to Los Angeles with her son, Tripp, to work at a small charity in need while living with her good friends Chris and Kyle Massey.”

Appalling.  Just simply ghastly.

Throw in the towel, dear Lord.  Call it a day.  People are bereft of sense.

Some Free Unsolicited Advice For Church Boards (via Scotteriology)

Or- Churches might want to do a little checking when they hire a pastor…

(good grief… really people? really?)

Some Free Unsolicited Advice For Church Boards You would think that it would be unnecessary to offer the following advice, “If someone applies to be the pastor at your church and he has 27 arrests over a 27-year period, including five felony convictions, eight misdemeanor convictions and two contempt of court charges then they probably aren’t quite right for the job.” Unfortunately, for one church, the above advice is exactly what they needed. Meet Kenneth Terrell one of the worst pastors in … Read More

via Scotteriology

From the ‘People Are too Goofy for Words’ Department

Think you’ve heard it all before?  No, tiny one, people are always panting after new ways to be absurd.  Take, for example, this lot:

Some pregnant women are trying to get grain seeds to grow by urinating on them in imitation of an ancient Egyptian pregnancy test. Perhaps the holistic test was 70 percent accurate. But don’t try this at home.   The research continues to find out the source of the ancient Egyptian holistic pregnancy test. Basically, the dramatic increase in estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy is a natural hormone that somehow motivates grain seeds to sprout, for example barley and wheat grains, provided the plants also have water and soil to continue growing.

If you were paying attention-

pregnant woman pees on grain.
grain grows if she’s pregnant.
grain only grows if she’s pregnant if there is also water and soil…

Ladies, if you want to know if you’re pregnant just spring for the EPT at the local Walgreens.  It’s far less stupid and far more reliable.

*sigh* With thanks to James Spinti for the tip.

The Filth Your Children Watch, And You Don’t Even Know It

The Telegraph reports

Music TV channels will be issued with new guidance after an unedited version of Rihanna’s controversial S&M video was broadcast before the watershed. Watchdog Ofcom said that the video had a ”significant sexual fetish, bondage and sadomasochistic nature”. The singer walks a man on a leash and whips him, adopts sexualised positions with blow-up dolls, and dresses up in rubber and latex fetish outfits in the video. The video and song, which contains lyrics such as ”sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me” was broadcast at around 11.30am in March by WTF TV. Ofcom said that ”given the sexualised nature of the content and theme, and the at times inappropriate and potentially dangerous and imitable behaviour shown in this video”, the broadcaster was in breach of the broadcasting code.

It’s not my Puritanism or prudishness that makes me despise such rubbish, it’s the fact that such trash is aired and parents aren’t given the option beforehand of turning the tube off or telling their children they mustn’t watch it. It is the sociological equivalent of giving out condoms at school and not telling parents you’re doing it.

Parents have the primary responsibility of teaching their children the meaning of sexual expression- not music videos or other such usurpations of parental rights.

Filth tv should be restricted tv. If parents are dim enough to want their children introduced to profanity I suppose that’s their problem. When little Fanny comes home one day from Billy’s house with ‘big news’ such parents ought not be surprised. Kids are curious. If you show them people having sex, guess what…

Sex belongs in the confines of marriage and not otherwise or elsewhere.  Titillating youngsters to sell cd’s or sneakers or whatever is purely evil.  Pop singers are free to be skanks and sluts as they like (and there are very few who aren’t): but they shouldn’t be free to promote that kind of behavior.

I’m Not Sure if Government Employees are Really Qualified to Make Such Claims

Via the twitter-  this rather astonishing (and theologically questionable) claim concerning the flooding in Tennessee’s western region-

What if the ‘official’ is wrong?  What if it is in fact God doing it to rid Memphis of the wicked?  What if that state official (with all his or her lack of theological aptitude) is attributing to Satan a doing of God?   Hmmm, State official?  What do you say about that?

Conference Announcement: The King James Bible- The End of the Road?

The King James Bible: The End of the Road?

Thursday, July 7 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford

The Oxford Theology Faculty presents a conversation between Melvyn Bragg and Diarmaid MacCulloch, chaired by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten of Barnes.

University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford. Thursday 7 July, 6.00 pm.

A drinks reception will follow the event. Ticket Price, including wine: £10. To purchase tickets for this event, please go to: or contact Meg Tissier at

If you’re in or near Oxford, do go.

On the 10th Anniversary of the ‘Charta Oecumenica’

Kirchenbundpräsident Gottfried Locher und Bischof Norbert Brunner, Präsident der Schweizer Bischofskonferenz haben sich in einer Mitteilung zum zehnjährigen Jubiläum der Unterzeichnung der Charta Oecumenica geäussert, einem der wichtigsten ökumenischen Dokumente in Europa seit der Jahrtausendwende.

You can read the (virtually) unknown ‘Charta Oecumenica’ here.  There’s a bit of background here (at the top of the page).  It’s really a profound document with many worthy goals.

Simcha Gets Gargill-ized

Simcha’s been spanked before for his absurd falsehoods and ridiculous dilettantish misrepresentations of biblical subjects.  But he hasn’t been spanked like Bob Cargill has spanked him in Bible and Interpretation.

No one is more deserving of the thumping than a person who appeals to the masses with the worst sort of pseudo-scholarship simply for the sake of financial gain.  Read Bob’s piece.  It’s fantastic.  He even says a little bit about it here.  He calls it a critique.  I’m ‘cruder’ (as the hobbit likes to say) so I call it a spanking.  A whooping.  A serious beating in the woodshed.

I hope that someone from the Discovery Channel reads it and removes the platform Simcha clearly should not occupy.

[NB- ‘Cargill-ized’ = to be examined stringently, weighed in the balances of truth, and found wanting.  Copyright Jim West].

Sometimes Only a Public Thank You Will Do

When someone does a kindness it is, I think, appropriate, if it is a special kindness, to proffer a public thank you.  So that’s what I want to do now.

I want to publicly thank Francois Vouga for sending along some stamps which France has just offered featuring Mdm. Curie.  My daughter is a chemistry major graduate and she presently works in a lab, so Curie is a great example for what women can accomplish.  Since Francois is a friend and since he lives in France I simply asked if he knew where I could obtain the stamps and not only did he get them for me, he sent them along gratis.

So, again, and from the heart, thank you Francois!

And, As if to Prove the Point of the Last Post

A teenage girl is dead after posting her fear of a stalker on Facebook.

A teenage girl has been found dead three days after telling friends on Facebook that she had a stalker. The body of aspiring model Emily Longley, who grew up in Auckland in New Zealand, was discovered at an address in Bournemouth, Dorset, on Saturday morning. Last Wednesday, the 17-year-old had shared her fears with friends on the popular social networking site. She wrote: ”I have a stalker!!!” The teenager went on later to post: ”Someone just called me and I was like ‘Who’s this?’ ”And they were like ‘You don’t know me but I know everything about you’ and I was like ‘How did you get my number?’ and he was like ‘I’ll tell you when I see you’ and kept asking me out.

Yes, how did he know everything about her? Facebook I’m betting.