Daily Archives: 15 May 2011

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now

A German man scooped the title of world’s best beard on Sunday after impressing competition hosts in Norway with his facial hair featuring a moose and a Norwegian flag.  Hairdresser Chris Tilling Elmar Weisser, 47, beat 160 hopefuls from 15 countries to take first prize in the World Beard and Moustache Championship, held this year in Trondheim.  Tilling is a veteran of the competition, held every two years, having won several times before.

Israel: It’s Not Our Fault Protesters are Dead Because We Shot Them- It’s Syria’s and Iran’s

Passing the buck and blaming people who weren’t holding the guns or firing them seems more than a little dishonest.

Thousands of Palestinians marched from Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank toward Israeli border positions on Sunday, hurling rocks and surging across one frontier before the Israeli army opened fire, killing at least 12 people and injuring scores.

But lest Israel be responsible-

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the demonstrators were challenging “the very existence of Israel,” and, in nationally broadcast remarks, he pledged that the country was “determined to defend our borders and sovereignty.”

Really?  The very existence of Israel is threatened by protesters?  That means that Israel is extremely fragile and weak because protesters haven’t destroyed any country in the Middle East, they’ve only toppled tyrants.  But maybe that’s what Bibi is afraid of.

Some Israeli officials pointed a finger at Syria and its ally Iran, accusing them of instigating the protests to deflect attention from the deadly repression of the anti-government demonstrations in Syria.  The chief army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, said Syrian and Lebanese troops had failed to hold back the demonstrators, who had arrived in busloads from Palestinian refugee camps.

Or maybe Israelis are blaming others in order to deflect attention away from the oppression of the Palestinians and the brutal murder of 12 protesters.  When protesters die in other countries Americans cry out in anger.   But not this time.  This time they’ll just buy the Israeli line and say ‘well those filthy people were trying to destroy Israel and they got what they deserved’.  Or at least that’s what the Christian Zionists will say.

Exposing People

For what they are, when they are without grace-

… although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. — Paul, to the Romans.

More on the Plight of Egypt’s Christians

Christian protesters disregarded a call by their faith’s top Egyptian leader to end a weeklong sit-in in front of a government building on the Nile, remaining in place Sunday, a day after a mob attacked them and their supporters, injuring 78. The sit-in aimed to draw attention to the plight of Christians, who have been the target of several attacks by Muslim fundamentalists in the weeks since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced from office by a popular uprising. The head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, said in a statement that outsiders have infiltrated the sit-in of largely Christian demonstrators, making the situation even more explosive. “This has exceeded the mere expression of opinion,” the statement said, “harming Egypt’s reputation and your reputation.”

Read more.  And then pray for Christians around the world who don’t have it easy like those in the West do.

If You’re a Muslim Killing Your Daughter is Acceptable, Apparently

Two Muslim mothers in a northern Indian town have been arrested on accusations they killed their daughters for dishonouring the family by eloping with Hindu men, police said on Sunday. Newly-weds Zahida, 19, and Husna, 26, were strangled when they returned home after getting married to men of their choice, said Anil Kumar Kusan, a police officer. Marriages between Hindus and Muslims are not common in India and are frowned upon by both communities, although there are more instances of inter-religious marriages among the educated urban population.

Sick.

Initial investigations showed that the mothers helped each other to strangle their daughters.  “We killed them because they brought shame to our community. How could they elope with Hindus? They deserved to die. We have no remorse,” Khatun, one of the mothers, was quoted as saying by the Indian Express newspaper after her arrest on Friday. Khatun uses only one name.

Sicker.

Quote of the Day

So it turns out that Osama bin Laden was into porn, pot, and Coke-a-Cola. He was to Islam what Gingrich is to Christianity. – Cynthia Boaz

And Now ‘Planking’ Has Claimed its First Victim

Planking (just described here a bit ago) has claimed its first (of probably many) victims.

Police last week warned “plankers” of the dangers and their fears have been realised with the death of a man in Brisbane who plummeted from a seventh-storey balcony and died at the scene.  “This morning we have seen a young man take this activity a step further and attempt to plank on a balcony. Unfortunately he has tragically fallen to his death,” Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said.  The man, who has not been named, and another person had been out during the night and were planking in various locations on their way home.  “It is what we’ve been fearing,” added Barnett, but could not say whether it was Australia’s first death from the craze.

Insights From the Heidelberg Catechism

People seek comfort wherever, whenever, and however they can find it.  And if they can’t find it, the seek escape (usually through drugs or alcohol or promiscuity or something else or a combination of all those things).  But real comfort only comes from above.  from elsewhere.  From grace.  Since the quest for comfort is the driving force of all human life, the Catechism is right to launch with the first question and provide the only true answer as follows-

Question 1.What is thy only comfort in life and death?

Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, (a) am not my own, (b) but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; (c) who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, (d) and delivered me from all the power of the devil; (e) and so preserves me (f) that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; (g) yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, (h) and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, (i) and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him. (j)

(a) Rom.14:7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. Rom.14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. (b) 1 Cor.6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (c) 1 Cor.3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. Tit.2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (d) 1 Pet.1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 1 Pet.1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. (e) Heb.2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. John 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (f) John 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 2 Thess.3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 1 Pet.1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (g) Matt.10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Matt.10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matt.10:31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish. (h) Rom.8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (i) 2 Cor.1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 2 Cor.1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 2 Cor.1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Cor.5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Eph.1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Eph.1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Rom.8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (j) Rom.8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Need comfort?  You won’t find it outside Christ.

Shame on You Zurich

Voters in Zurich have overwhelmingly rejected calls to ban assisted suicide or to outlaw the practice for nonresidents.  Zurich’s cantonal voters by about a 4-to-1 margin Sunday defeated both measures that had been pushed by political and religious conservatives.  Out of more than 278,000 ballots cast, the initiative to ban assisted suicide was opposed by 85 percent of voters and the initiative to outlaw it for foreigners was turned down by 78 percent, according to Zurich authorities.  Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, and has been since 1941, provided the helper isn’t a medical doctor and doesn’t personally benefit from a patient’s death. About 200 people a year commit suicide in Zurich.

You’d be singing another tune if Zwingli or Bullinger were around.  Or even someone with half their spirit.  Shame on you Zurich.

Disaster Junk

It may be something that folk don’t think about- but when disasters strike people sometimes donate junk to the afflicted. You can read a very fine account of just that here.

Relief officials inundated with donations after the flurry of twisters that killed more than 300 people across the South are sorting through the broken toys and used underwear they don’t need while hunting for places to store mountains of vital supplies like canned food. Across Alabama, agencies are still encouraging people to send items like cleaning supplies for people clearing debris from tornado-damaged homes, or cash donations that can be used to cover operating expenses or handed out to victims. But with storage space scarce, most say they can’t handle any more used toys or cast-off clothing. “That becomes the disaster within the disaster,” said Salvation Army spokesman Mark Jones. “When people make those mass donations … it causes the community to be overrun with them and have to deal with that in addition to the storm damage.”

Read more.

And Here’s Why Australia Should Outlaw Drinking!

Look what it makes people ‘down under’ do!!!!

With hearty thanks to Scott Bailey for mentioning it.

Well Good for you, Australia!

Australian police have arrested more than 1,600 “boozed-up idiots” during a nationwide crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence and crime. Thousands of extra police officers were drafted onto the streets to take part in Operation Unite, a two-day blitz on binge drinking and “drunken thugs” in Australia and New Zealand. As well as staging random breath tests for drivers and patrolling known trouble spots, undercover officers, dog squads and mounted police were also deployed into busy nightclub precincts. Almost two-thirds of the arrests were made in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, and included numerous assaults on police officers. The Police Association of NSW said that “chaos and mayhem” reigned in Australian cities each weekend and that the nation clearly had a drinking problem.

Australia needs prohibition. Indeed, every place where there are boozed up idiots needs prohibition.

You Radical Muslims Are Mad

Using 9 year old’s as suicide bombers.

Taliban mullahs in Pakistan are recruiting child suicide bombers as young as nine to blow up Nato targets according to Afghan intelligence officials who have intercepted would-be attackers.

These are religious people? Their distorted religion is very strange indeed and quite evil it must be said.

Police seized a nine-year-old and three others aged between 12 and 14 as they tried to cross into eastern Afghanistan. A spokesman for the Afghan intelligence agency said the boy is believed to be the youngest suicide bomber ever intercepted, though children as young as five have been used to plant bombs in Helmand. The use of child suicide bombers to target Nato troops, government officials and those working with Hamid Karzai’s government has been an insurgent tactic for several years, he said, but had increased recently.

Vile.

Gun Lock Anyone?

State police say 12-old-twins were playing with guns at their central Pennsylvania house while their parents were away when one of guns went off, critically injuring one of the boys.  The shooting occurred just before 6 p.m. Saturday in East Hanover Township.  State police say the twins were apparently playing with a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol and a 357 magnum revolver when the pistol went off and hit one of the boys. The uninjured twin called 911.  Emergency responders transported the injured boy to Hershey Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.

Remember though, guns don’t kill or maim- it’s the bullets hurled from them by the unthinking, cruel, and careless that do… aided and abetted by the indifferent and the unconcerned and those who believe anyone has the right to keep them laying around their house loaded and easily available.

Zwingli v. Faber, Round Two

On 15 May, 1526 Huldrych Zwingli responded to another of Johannes Faber’s pro Rome assaults in his Die andere Schrift an Dr. Johannes Faber.

Faber, like Eck, fancied himself a defender of Rome and when Luther or Zwingli wrote, they felt the need to respond.  Naturally this inevitably led to a response by Luther or Zwingli or both.

In 1526 Faber had compared Zwingli to Goliath and himself to David.  That’s how he saw things.  He would destroy Zwingli in the same way that David had destroyed the giant Philistine.

But not so fast, Zwingli responded (in the booklet at hand).  With brilliant irony and sharp sarcasm, Zwingli took Faber to the woodshed and showed the numerous ways in which Faber was wrong, on doctrine and on the outcome of their encounters.

The Real Zahi Hawass

Via the Washington Post.  It starts out by comparing him to Eva Peron…  Ya gotta love it!

Just 9 Years Old…

And arrested for drunk driving

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was breathalysed and taken into police custody.  But when officers discovered his age they were forced to release him without charge as he was too young to be held accountable for his actions.  Safety campaigners have since demanded action to curb juvenile car crime.

*Sigh*  He wasn’t held responsible so now he’s got the idea that he’s not responsible.  So who is?  Obviously the car manufacturer…