Daily Archives: 17 May 2011

False News: Fox’s Love of Deception and it’s Selective Editing of the Jon Stewart Appearance

No one should be surprised by this:

Jon Stewart has become the latest victim of Fox News editing. All of criticism of Fox News during his debate will Bill O’Reilly was edited out of the video played on Fox and Friends today.

You can watch the video segments at the link above or you can read the transcript of what Fox left out.

Here’s the summary so nicely put-

Jon Stewart went on Fox News to have a debate about Common’s appearance at the White House, and found when the debate was discussed later on the network, his criticisms of Fox News got left on the cutting room floor. This is exactly why I thought it was good for ratings, but a bad idea for Jon Stewart to debate O’Reilly on Fox News.

Fox selectively edited Stewart, and is now using him as token opposition to push their phony Common controversy. If anyone should know that a guest is not going to get a fair shake on Fox News, it’s Jon Stewart. He covers their bias on a nightly basis.

Jon Stewart did do a great job in the debate, but leave it to Fox News to cut out his excellent points about the Fox outrage machine. After all, FNC viewers need to be kept in the dark. Truth is something that is shaped by partisanship and Roger Ailes fingertips.

Stewart smoked O’Reilly, but if you watched the Fox and Friends report, you would come away thinking that Stewart was a weak liberal who was defending a cop killer supporter. Stewart has now become a victim of very bias that he rails against every night on The Daily Show.

Congratulations, Jon Stewart. You’ve been Foxed.

Fox- home of the liars.

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Total Depravity


More Political Dirtbaggery: Republicans and Democrats Bow at the Altar of their Big Oil gods

Spineless cowards.

The Senate blocked a bill Tuesday that would repeal about $2 billion a year in tax breaks for the five biggest oil companies, a Democratic response to $4-a-gallon gasoline that might fare better when Congress and the White House negotiate a deal later this year to increase the government’s ability to borrow.  The bill was defeated on a procedural vote. But Democrats hope to build their case to include the measure in a deficit-reduction package being negotiated by key lawmakers and the Obama administration. Lawmakers from both parties are demanding deficit reduction as part of deal to increase the government’s ability to borrow and avoid an unprecedented default on U.S. Treasury bonds.

But they aren’t demanding it of their gods.

“This bill says that even the most rich and powerful among us must do their fair share to help us reduce the deficit,” said Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the bill’s sponsor. “Their high-priced lobbyists cannot stop us from doing what is fair and what is right.”

And yet that is exactly what they managed to do, thanks to the Republicans and Democrats who lap up the crumbs big oil drops off the table for them to slurp on…

Congress- where you can buy a Senator for a few bucks and where they’re willing to do evil in the name of good.

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Politics, Total Depravity


Ben Myers does a King James at 400 Roundup

With lots of links and things I had not yet noticed.  So thanks, Ben.  Nicely done.

OK, drop everything and head on over to the ABC’s new anniversary site for the King James Bible.  The site will be featuring loads of good stuff in the weeks ahead, all celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

And loads more.

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Bible, Church History


What Reason will Israel Invent to Relegate this Solution to the Dustbin?

Hamas’ Deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad told NPR’s Robert Siegel that the Islamic political party has accepted a two-state solution that respects the 1967 borders.  Robert asked Hamad in a very straight forward way: “If Israel were to accept a two-state solution in which Palestine would be in Gaza and the West Bank and have its capital in Jerusalem, is that an acceptable aim that Hamas is striving for or is that in and of itself insufficient because there would still be a state of Israel?”  “Look, we said, frankly, we accept the state and ’67 borders. This was mentioned many times and we repeated many times,” said Hamad.

Give the rest a fair hearing.  Hopefully the sensible in Israel will too.

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Politics


The First Picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Baby!


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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Humor


Quote of the Day

I am truly sorry that Jennifer Aniston’s dog died, but is it really headline news? No. Next question. — Tearsa Smith

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Modern Culture


Farewell, Dr. Cuddy

You will be missed.

Don’t bother paging Dr. Cuddy; she won’t be answering.  Lisa Edelstein, one of the leads on the longtime hit FOX medical drama “House,” will not return for an eighth season of the show, Deadline reports. While co-stars Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps re-signed following the season, negotiations with Edelstein never reached that point for the show’s leading lady.  “After much consideration, I am moving onward with a combination of disappointment at leaving behind a character I have loved playing for seven years and excitement of the new opportunities in acting and producing that lie ahead,” Edelstein said in a statement

You made the show as good as it was.  Without you and Hugh Laurie, House won’t be worth watching.

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Modern Culture


We Need to See More of This: Down with Loud Cellphone Users

An Amtrak train made an unexpected stop Sunday, as a woman was escorted off for speaking loudly on her cell phone.  Lakeysha Beard, 39, was charged with disorderly conduct after she wouldn’t stop talking on the 16-hour trip from Oakland, California, to Salem, Oregon. The train was stopped short of its destination.

There are far far too many loudmouthed cellphone users who have no regard for anyone around them.  It’s time to end the rudeness.

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Modern Culture


Hey Jennifer Granholm, Schwarzenegger Cheated With a Woman!

It isn’t just men who cheat, who can’t keep their pants zipped up.  Women have the same proclivities.  Indeed, the woman who bore Schwarzie’s baby was herself married at the time so she’s no better than he is.

Hence, there’s no point in trying to lay all the blame on the guy, ex-Gov Granholm.

Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm took to Twitter on Tuesday to offer some sharp words in response to news that former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a love child with a member of his household staff.

I bet just as many women are being unfaithful to their husbands today as men are being to their wives.  Unless Granholm wants us to believe the only men cheat and so all cheaters are gay.  Some women and their reprehensible sexism.

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Modern Culture, Total Depravity


The Waqf Temple Mount Excavation Destruction

In his annual report, State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss found many shortcomings in the supervision of works carried out by the Waqf Muslim religious trust at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, saying that as a result, important archaeological artifacts had been damaged.  The majority of the State Comptrollers opinion is being kept confidential, as per the decision of the State Control Committee. According to the State Comptroller’s report, this is “In order to guarantee state security and to prevent damaging Israel’s international relations, in accordance with article 17 of the state comptroller’s law.”  The only section of the opinion that was made public was the conclusion, which says that supervision of the works that the Waqf carried out at the Temple Mount, particularly in the structure known as Solomon’s Stables, was problematic. “These works were carried out without any coordination with the authorities that deal with legal enforcement in the Temple Mount, and without the required permits and licenses. The use of mechanical tools during some of the works regretfully damaged some of the archaeological evidence,” the comptroller wrote.

So says Ha’aretz.  There’s more.  You’ll want to read it.

It should give conspiracy theorists plenty of fodder.  After all, now it can be claimed ‘they found David’s ring but it was destroyed by Palestinians who want to silence Israel’s claim on the land’, etc.

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Archaeology


The Latest Issue of the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament

Is online at present (for online subscribers) and hard copies are in the mail for subscribers to that format.  It includes

Original Articles

SJOT after Twenty Five Years, by Niels Peter Lemche

“Go in peace” or “Go to Hell”? Elisha, Naaman and the Meaning of Monotheism in 2 Kings 5, by Stuart Lasine

David in the Wisdom of Ben Sira, by Marko Marttila

A Reevaluation of the Kesil’s Image in the Book of Qohelet, by Aron Pinker

Does the Idea of the Old Testament as a Hellenistic Book Prevent Source Criticism of the Pentateuch?, by Niels Peter Lemche

Two Stories of David Sparing Saul’s Life in 1 Samuel 24 and 26: A Question of Priority, by John Van Seters

David’s I-Thou Discourse: Verbal Chiastic Patterns in Psalm 23, by W. Creighton Marlowe

Hosea: a Schizophrenic Prophet, by Moshe Reiss

Saul and Cultural Memory, by Jens Bruun Kofoed

Book Reviews

Jim West – The Apocalypse: A Brief History, by Martha Himmelfarb
Jim West- The Hebrew Prophets: An Introduction, by Jack Lundbom

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Bible, Biblical Studies Resources


It’s Time to Take the Media Bull by the Horn

For years there have been various efforts among bloggers (primarily) to get word out rapidly when some bogus claim hits the press.  Recent examples would include but would not be limited to the ridiculous ‘Nails of Jesus’ hype and the overblown ‘Lead Codices’ story.

The press, it seems, is totally uninterested in the facts and too often seems drawn to the most bizarre stories concerning biblical and archaeological subjects.  Seldom do they contact scholars for their opinion and if they do, they plop their remarks at the end of the bizarre account and give a sentence or two before moving on.

And when overblown claims are debunked, the press doesn’t bother to take notice.

So it’s time to take the bull by the horn (double entendre intended) and flood the Associated Press (the primary source for most news stories) with debunkings and corrections.

Here’s my suggestion: when some ridiculous claim is made by the Simchas of the world and someone writes or discovers a reasonable, responsible, scholarly debunking each and every one of us copy the link and the text of the debunking in an email (and it has to be in the body of the email, the AP doesn’t allow attachments) and submit it to the AP.  You can submit via email or snail mail at the contact information provided here (I’ve bookmarked the page myself).

Here’s how I envision it working.

1- Simcha (or anyone) makes some absurd claim about something with which we are familiar and the press picks it up and starts to run with it.

2- Cargill (or anyone) refutes the absurd claim (as Cargill did the nails of Jesus ignorance).

3- Each and every person concerned that the truth be fairly represented and the public not be left with the opinion that the loons are right copies the post, along with the link, and sends it via email to the Associated Press.

It’s not a time consuming process and the more we do it and the more who do it, the more likely that the Press will actually take notice.

It’s time to take our field back.  I’m going to make every effort to do it and I’ll do it as long as it takes even if I turn out to be the only one (because that’s just how I’m wired).  I do, though, hope you’ll consider doing the same (even if you’re a mennonite and you hate my guts).  This isn’t about any of us, it’s about getting word out to the public which accurately reflects the state of our present knowledge regarding biblical studies and archaeology.


No, Ugh… Not in Dear Zurich!

Die Mormonen bauen im zürcherischen Bonstetten ein neues Gemeindehaus mit Kapelle und Turm. Hier sollen ab kommendem Winter sonntags jeweils gut 120 Personen den Gottesdienst besuchen. Am bisherigen Standort in Zürich-Altstetten hatte es zu wenig Platz.


Das neue Gemeindehaus löst das Zentrum in Zürich-Altstetten ab, das für 60 Leute konzipiert worden war und seit längerem zu klein ist. Die Mormonen leiden im Raum Zürich nicht unter dem allenthalben beklagten Mitgliederschwund der Religionsgemeinschaften, weil durch die vielen internationalen Unternehmen immer wieder amerikanische Mormonen in den Grossraum Zürich kommen.

Bummer.  They should build in Münster.  They’re used to crazy sects up there.

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Modern Culture


They Have More Money than Sense

These parents.   They’re teaching their kids some very unfortunate habits and a dreadful and selfish disposition that will be difficult to overcome as they become adults.

… over-the-top, extreme bedrooms for kids are no longer just the stuff of made-for- television dramas or an episode right out of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”  From Los Angeles to New York, and in between, extreme kids rooms are quickly becoming the norm, popping up in design showrooms and real-life homes across the country.

Why not, instead of furnishing a room with luxuries the kids will outgrow in a few years, furnish modestly and sensibly and teach them that money can be put to more positive uses than just self indulgence?  Or is that old fashioned now too?

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Modern Culture, Theology, Total Depravity


Blogrolling Rolling Rolls On

I’ve – you may have noticed – updated the blogroll.  I’ve rolled a few off and added one I think quite engaging.  I.e., one Adam Darnell.  An interesting kid to be sure.

Who knows how long my capricious nature will allow me to keep him there before rolling him off into oblivion.  Till then, I think I’ll keep an eye on his posts.  His one on baptism is pretty good and frankly I think most versions should actually translate the word instead of just being cowardly and transliterating it.  It’s the main reason I don’t think the ESV is total rubbish.

Check Adam out.  He’s named after the ancestor of us all…  [I’m not sure what that has to do with anything other than to note that he doesn’t have the initials J.W. (poor kid) but he does have the initials A.D…..  hmmmm….]


Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Modern Culture


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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Modern Culture


Hey All My Jewish Friends, Want a Free Book on Isaiah 53?

Here’s the email offer I just got-

Dear Pastor,

I’m seldom called dear, so thanks!

Shalom in the great name of Jesus our Messiah. I have some good news – I want to send you a brand new book that I think you are going to love!

I doubt it.  I’m not really into the whole ‘messianic jewish’ thing.

For many Jewish believers in Jesus, Isaiah chapter 53 was the key passage in the Hebrew Scriptures that helped bring them to faith in Jesus the Messiah. This is why we initiated our ongoing Isaiah 53 Evangelistic Campaign in order to tell more Jewish people about this prophetic passage of Scripture. Check out our website at, where you can order a free copy of our 165-page evangelistic book, Isaiah 53 Explained.

I’d be very interested in knowing just how many Jews have been convinced by Isaiah 53 that Jesus is the Messiah.  Names, address, etc. please.  And I’m forced to wonder- is Isaiah 53 really ‘explained’ or is it eisegeted?

We have discovered that one of the best ways to share the Gospel through Isaiah 53 is through loving, prayerful Christians giving the book to Jewish friends, coworkers and family.

Well as they say, ‘I have some Jewish friends…’  But I seriously doubt any of them have either time or interest in proselytization.   But hey, if any of them are reading this, I’d be glad to give it to them if they want it.

So please encourage members of your congregation to order the book as well at to pass along to their Jewish friends. We would be happy to send your church up to 25 copies of the book – all you need to do is reply to this email and ask!

Members of my congregation?  I can’t even get them to read my own stuff or the Bible!!!  (in that order…).  [But in my defense, I am excessively boring].

Anyway, the real question here is- how on earth do I get on such email lists??????  Tis a great, the greatest, of all mysteries.


Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Modern Culture


Sometimes Genetic Engineering Is a Bad Idea

Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, creating what state media called fields of “land mines.”  About 20 farmers around Danyang city in Jiangsu province were affected, losing up to 115 acres (45 hectares) of melon, China Central Television said in an investigative report.

And sometimes it’s just funny.  Just imagine walking through your patch and watermelons bursting all around you.  Awesome fun that!  Though exploding watermelons would be way more fun.

It does make one wonder, though, about all the genetically engineered junk we eat without knowing it and what it’s doing to us.  Maybe one day we’ll all just be walking around and folk around us will start bursting at the seams…  fun times….


Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Modern Culture


Any Excuse at all Will Do When Self Indulgence is the Goal

Any excuse… like this Brazilian woman’s that she has anxiety and must practice, at work, auto-eroticism.  The world (and specifically in this case Brazil) has gone completely mad and people are more and more being freed from humanity to live like nothing more than self indulgent animals.

Being human means being different than monkeys.  Except for people who prefer to act like monkeys, that is. Such people are monkeys and the Imago Dei is completely effaced without so much as a trace left.

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Theology, Total Depravity


Julius Wellhausen

There’s no question at all that Julius Wellhausen has been far more influential in the field of Old Testament studies than most others.    I mention him now because it was on the 17th of May in 1844 that he was born.  Today is the anniversary of his birth.

Wellhausen was born in the northern German city of Hameln on May 17, 1844. His father was a Lutheran minister; Julius was to follow in the same vocation. Wellhausen was sent to Gottingen during the period 1862-65 to study under Heinrich Ewald, a Hebraist and Old Testament scholar. However, Wellhausen and Ewald had a gradual falling out during the years 1866-70. The two quarreled over the proper interpretation of the Old Testament and about Prussian politics. Wellhausen received his Ph.D. in theology in 1870 and then taught for two years at Gottingen. In 1872, Wellhausen received a professorship at Greifswald, located on the Baltic Sea. He resigned in 1882 because he believed that his teachings were having a dire effect on theological students destined for the ministry, and because he had become a figure of controversy over his published views on the Old Testament.

There’s more here.  Of course it isn’t at all surprising that he was so influential- his initials were, after all, J.W.  Happy Wellhausen Day!

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Posted by on 17 May 2011 in Theology