Daily Archives: 1 Jun 2011

Perhaps He Shouldn’t Strive for Androgyny if he Doesn’t Want to be Mistaken for a Woman

When androgynous male model Andrej Pejic was voted to 98th place on men’s lifestyle magazine FHM’s list of the world’s sexiest women, the magazine made it quite clear it disagreed with its readers’ choice.  A blurb online that accompanied Pejic’s picture read: “Designers are hailing him as the next big thing. We think ‘thing’ is quite accurate… The gender bender has jumped the gun in hoping he might one day be signed as a Victoria’s Secret Model (pass the sick bucket).”

And

After readers were outraged by the transphobic comments, FHM quickly removed the entry from its Web site and issued an apology. The June print edition of the magazine had already been published, but with less offensive text.

I’m not sure why they should apologize for that. ‘Transphobic’? Really? What senselessness. If you don’t want to be offended, don’t do offensive things for which you can be offended when you’re called on them.

As to the ‘model’ itself- its twistedness becomes apparent in its response-

In an interview earlier this year, he said, “I’m sure most people think of me as a woman. It doesn’t bother me anymore and I feel fine about it…. I don’t consider my looks unusual.”

Not unusual?  No, a complete distortion of what it means to be human.  A perversion of reality.

We live in a world of twistedness where up is down and wrong is right and right is wrong and men are women and women are men and the god of this age is rejoicing all the way to the gaping maw of hell.

More Political Dirtbaggery: The Governor of New Jersey

New Jersey is broke, just like most of the other States and that still didn’t stop Gov. Greedy oh I mean Christie, from wasting a state helicopter to attend his son’s ballgame.

I guess he’d rather cut teacher’s salaries and police services than his little side trips that have nothing to do with State business.

New Jersey’s pugnacious, budget-cutting Gov. Chris Christie — widely mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for president — is catching grief for taking a state helicopter to his son’s high school baseball game.  Critics portrayed Christie as a big hypocrite, given his tough talk about runaway spending, and Democrats called for an investigation Wednesday. GOP leaders, meanwhile, were mute, with no one immediately coming to his defense.  “Gov. Christie obviously doesn’t include himself in his hollow call for shared sacrifice,” Democratic state Assemblyman Paul Moriarty said as he called on the governor to publicly detail his use of state police helicopters and reimburse the taxpayers for any personal or political trips. “Gov. Christie must learn that taxpayers cannot afford his helicopter joyrides.”

Joyrides…  and just plain stupidity.  He would have been better off tweeting a picture of himself in his underwear to a supermodel.  It’s exactly dirtbaggery like this that makes politicians so lamentably contemptible and thoroughly despicable.

Those Who Violate the First Commandment

Luther writes

All those who do not at at all times trust God and do not in all their works or sufferings, life and death, trust in His favor, grace and goodwill, but seek His favor in other things or in themselves, do not keep this [the First] Commandment, and practice real idolatry, even if they were to do the works of all the other Commandments, and in addition had all the prayers, fasting, obedience, patience, chastity, and innocence of all the saints combined.

For the chief work is not present, without which all the others are nothing but mere sham, show and pretence, with nothing back of them; against which Christ warns us, Matthew vii: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing.” Such are all who wish with their many good works, as they say, to make God favorable to themselves, and to buy God’s grace from Him, as if He were a huckster or a day laborer, unwilling to give His grace and favor for nothing.

These are the most perverse people on earth, who will hardly or never be converted to the right way. Such too are all who in adversity run hither and thither, and look for counsel and help everywhere except from God, from Whom they are most urgently commanded to seek it; whom the Prophet Isaiah reproves thus, Isaiah ix: “The mad people turneth not to Him that smiteth them”; that is, God smote them and sent them sufferings and all kinds of adversity, that they should run to Him and trust Him.But they run away from Him to men, now to Egypt, now to Assyria, perchance also to the devil; and of such idolatry much is written in the same Prophet and in the Books of the Kings.

This is also the way of all holy hypocrites when they are in trouble: they do not run to God, but flee from Him, and only think of how they may get rid of their trouble through their own efforts or through human help, and yet they consider themselves and let others consider them pious people.

Well and truthfully said, Dr. Martin.

Perhaps if the Imbeciles in Congress Would act Like Adults…

The markets wouldn’t be plunged into uncertainty fearing the buffoons in Congress won’t pass some sort of debt ceiling increase and take real action to aid economic recovery.  Does any country in the world have representatives that are less intelligent and less insightful?  Sudan is run by cleverer people than the US is.

Stocks were under pressure right at the open following a dismal report on private sector employment, and the selling gained momentum after the U.S. manufacturing report was released.  The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index for May fell to 53.5, falling short of economists forecast for a 57 reading. “Weak economic data has started to snowball,” said Michael Sheldon, chief market strategist at RDM Financial. “Initially, we just had bad news from the weekly jobless claims data, but now we’re starting to see a broad-based economic slump.”  Late in the trading session, the slide in stocks got steeper as concerns about Europe’s debt problems resurfaced. Moody’s cut Greece’s bond rating by three notches to Caa1, which put the debt-ridden country’s debt even further in junk territory.

Maybe the US can get a bailout.  We’re already the greatest debtor nation in the world, why not just cut off both arms along with both legs?

Anonymous? Read, Cowardly

The Telegraph has a fine piece on the cowardice of those who cower behind ‘anonymity’ to attack people via Twitter. Read it all. Seriously. It’s very good, including such insights as this-

There is nothing heroic about attacking your employers or your enemies or your political opponents anonymously, launching 140-character assaults on them before scurrying back behind the cloak of invisibility afforded by a site like Twitter. In fact, that is an act of moral cowardice, which immediately calls into question the reliability of what you are saying, and even your motivations.

And this

People say we must defend anonymity online. But why? Of course, Joe Average should be free to go online, post photos, chat, tweet and interact without ever having his collar felt or his IP address stolen by a powerful organisation. But when you engage in a real public debate, when you make statements about public institutions or public figures which you claim to have some important knowledge of, then anonymity becomes problematic. You should have the courage of your convictions. If what you are saying is true, and you believe its publication to be right and proper, you should unveil yourself and take the rap for your statements. If you don’t do that, then there’s no reason we should take what you have to say seriously, or even take you as an individual seriously.

A nice summary of my own comment policy.  Own your words or shut up and slither off.

You Should Always be Nice to Your Children

First, because it’s they who will be picking the nursing home they drop you in like a used diaper.  And second, because if you aren’t they might just snap one day.  Like this girl did.

A Bean Station woman was arrested Tuesday morning on accusations of running over her father while her son was in her car.  Kelly L. Johns, 23, is charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and aggravated domestic assault.  Johns’ father, Robert Lucas, told Grainger County sheriff’s officers he and his daughter were arguing at his home at 667 Cherokee Drive.  Lucas said his daughter put her son in a car seat, then put her 2001 gold Honda into reverse, knocked him down and dragged him.

She’s got soul-less eyes.

More ‘Sciency’ Rubbish

Eggs are bad for you.  No they aren’t.  Yes they are.  No they aren’t.   Cell phones won’t hurt you.  Yes they will.  No they won’t.  yes they will.   Low carb diets are good for you.  No they aren’t.  Yes they are.  No they aren’t.  Yes – apparently they are

Low-carbohydrate diets that require patients to fill up on fats won’t lead to harder arteries, researchers say — at least not in the short-term. Those who lost 10 pounds after curbing their carb intake had no differences in arterial stiffness than those on a more traditional, low-fat diet, Dr. Kerry Stewart of Johns Hopkins and colleagues reported at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Denver.  “Losing weight may be more important to [arterial] health than the diet you’re on,” Stewart told MedPage Today.  Some researchers have raised concerns that replacing carbs with fats may have adverse effects on blood vessels, especially since promoting consumption of fats runs “counter to what the public has been told [about reducing fat intake] for the last 20 or so years,” Stewart said.  Yet studies have shown that a low-carb diet can have positive effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, and other parameters that may reduce the risk of the artery disease atherosclerosis and subsequent heart disease.

If people writing simple essays for a history class were as indecisive and wishy – washy as ‘science’ is they’d be in trouble for sure.  And yet it’s this very ‘scientific knowledge’ that the angry atheists and besotted dimwits think holds all the answers.  ‘Science’ must be the one profession where women outnumber men 100 to 1, as much as it ‘changes its mind’.

So just ignore the ‘results of science’ and eat as you please.  You’re going to die anyway and no matter how much sciency folk like to pretend they can find the cure for everything- they can’t find the cure for that.

It takes more faith to believe the ‘irrefutable results of scientific inquiry’ than it does to believe that 1000 angels can dance on the head of a pin.

The Latest Number of the Biblical Studies Carnival

Joel has it.  He insists that it is the very best Carnival ever posted.  See if you agree.

Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients

It’s an idea whose time has come. Responsible employees of lots of companies undergo drug testing and if they fail, they’re fired.

Welfare recipients are being paid to do nothing by taxpayers who work very hard for their income. Why should that hard earned money be doled out to people who will use it to buy drugs (or alcohol or cigarettes for that matter). It seems reasonable that they experience the same requirements as people who actually labor for their money. Welfare is already an excuse for too much laziness. Why should it also provide the lazy with drugs?

If welfare recipients don’t like the idea of having to prove they aren’t being subsidized in their substance abuse by taxpayers, they can always refuse the money.  ‘If they don’t work, let them starve’- St. Paul to the Thessalonians.  Nothing motivates to labor like hunger.

I agree completely with the Governor. Every State should adopt the same law.

Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients So it would seem: (CBS4) – Expect challenges to a bill signed by Governor Rick Scott which will require welfare applicants to undergo drug testing. The bill also requires that those who apply for welfare must pay for the drug testing out of their own pockets. However, the cost would be reimbursed if the person passes the drug test… “While there are certainly legitimate needs for public assistance, it is unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize … Read More

via Fr Stephen’s Blog

Back to ‘Solomon’s Mines’

A team of archaeologists and others will return to a site southeast of the Dead Sea in late September, 2011 to continue investigations of what is now considered to be one of the largest copper mines of the ancient Middle East. Among other things, scientists hope to be able to identify the ethnicity or nationality of the people who actually controlled the mining and smelting operation during the 10th century B.C.E., the time period when, based on the Biblical accounts, scholars have traditionally dated the kingdom of Edom, as well as that of David and Solomon of ancient Israel.

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The site is located some 50 km south of the Dead Sea in Jordan’s arid Faynan District. Called Khirbat en-Nahas (KEN for short), it has thus far yielded evidence substantiating it as the largest Iron Age (1200 – 500 B.C.E) copper mining and smelting center in the southern Levant. Recent radiocarbon dating has placed its age indisputably two centuries earlier than scholars had previously thought, pushing back the clock from the long-accepted dates assigned by archaeologists for the center and the kingdom of Edom in which it was located. It also places its heyday squarely during the time when ancient Edom and the United Monarchy of Israel under kings David and Solomon, according to traditional interpretations of the Biblical account, dominated the region. Reports Project Director Thomas A. Levy, et. al.* of the University of California in San Diego, “Given the unambiguous C AMS [carbon 14] dating evidence presented here for industrial-scale metal production at KEN during the 10th and 9th c. B.C.E. in ancient Edom, the question of whether King Solomon’s copper mines have been discovered in Faynan returns to scholarly discourse.”* Translation: Previous doubts about the existence of large-scale copper mines in existence during the time of and possibly under the control of a Solomonic monarchy should be revisited and perhaps overturned.

Read the rest here.  Via Joseph Lauer.

The Explanation is Simple: People Are Insane for Celebs

And by insane I mean insane. Crazy. Dominated by an unnatural desire to know the most lurid and intimate as well as idiotic and meaningless details of celebrities vapid and pointless lives.

This past week on the New York Times bestseller list for nonfiction, nine out of 16 titles were “celebrity books” — quickie memoirs, humorous essays, and life lessons dished out by the rich and famous for readers to chew on. Memoirs from Steven Tyler, Dick Van Dyke and Rob Lowe are selling like mad; Shania Twain and Ashley Judd are holding strong. On NPR’s bestseller list, which takes its figures from the more independent American Bookseller’s Association, celebrity books also held strong, with Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, Betty White and Henry Kissinger all in the top 15. Even indie book shoppers are lunging for the sparkly stuff, it seems.

It proves the old dictum true- crap sells.  Hence, souls without intellect or wisdom are drawn to Dreck like flies to poo.  It makes their own silly and empty lives seem more important- as though they actually ‘know’ the famous and can live through them.  As though standing at the water cooler and being able to relate the details of some acting clown’s life makes one’s own life meritorious.

Colloquium Announcement: Does God Behave Badly?

David Lamb will be our guest on the Biblical Studies List June 20-27 for a colloquium.  Specifically, we will be discussing with David the ideas contained in his newly published volume God Behaving Badly.

If you’d like to take part, just visit the list page and sign up.  It should be a very interesting discussion indeed!  Questions will be, as always, moderated and David will be answering those submitted as he wishes.

You won’t need to have read the book in advance because the ideas it presents will come up during the discussion – and it has been reviewed so you at least will have an overview and summary of his argument.

Ideally, however, participants will have indeed taken the time to read the volume.    Join us.

In The Mail

Many, many thanks to Daniele Bertini for sending along copies of Bultmann: Giovanni e la Demitizzazione and Divenire Dio: La teologia giovannea del maestro gnostico Eracleone.  Summer reading at it’s finest!

You Can Buy Relics on Ebay!

If you’re silly, gullible, and have money to toss into the pit.

A wonderful piece from the private collection of a Tuscan nobleman who spent his life collecting relics and investigating the Turin Shroud: A petite silver altar reliquary, ca. 12 inches in height, an elegant piece with many fine details and a masterpiece of the Roman silversmiths of the High Baroque period, perfectly sealed with four original red wax seals of Msgr. Pietro Luigi Carafa, Archbishop of Larissa IPI, a Roman Curia Cardinal and Prefect of the Apostolic Sacristy of Pope Benedict XIII, who made him a Cardinal in 1728. The threads are intact, the sealing is confirmed by a sixth, later, seal from a different Archbishop.

If you want to buy it- don’t. Just send me the $3800. Believe me, you’ll be more blessed for it.

Unbelievers and the Bible: An Observation

The unbelieving are so averse to the word that they study it in vain; for in their hearts they are wholly disinclined towards it.  — Huldrych Zwingli

Very correct.

Sarah Foot’s Inaugural Lecture

Oxford University

Prof. Sarah Foot, Inaugural Lecture, 18 May 2011

Sarah Foot, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, gave her Inaugural Lecture on 18 May 2011 in the Examination Schools.  Her complete lecture, entitled ‘Thinking with Christians: doing Ecclesiastical History in a Secular Age’, is now available to download.

Is the BBC Biased Against Christians?

And if it is, is it a bad thing?  Or to put it another way, why do Christians so often crave societal approval?  Why do so many believers seem to want the world’s recognition or applause?

The BBC uses “derogatory stereotypes” to portray Christians while marginalising older women, according to the corporation’s own research.

So? Does this mean the derogatory stereotypes are true? Must Christians adjust themselves to please society? Do Christians in Britain have to live so as to please the BBC?

Maybe it’s time for Christians to once again take seriously the fact that the world system, as it is opposed to God, is an enemy. And if your enemy likes you, you’re doing something wrong.

And maybe it’s time for Christians to recall the sage words of Paul- who writes to the Galatians- ‘For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ’ (1:10).

Christians need to stop obsessing about whether or not the world, or angry atheists, or pentebabbleists and other heretics (like Rob Bell) like them. The opinion of the massa perditionis doesn’t matter and can’t be a decisive factor for Christian faith or practice.

Loving people has nothing to do with making them happy.  Instead, it has everything to do with telling them the truth and pointing them to their only hope.  Everything else is secondary.

Perversity and Depravity

Deputies say a 50-year-old Lexington man gave cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to three teenage boys in exchange for soliciting sexual favors from them.  Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies arrested Terrence Everett Bryant, 50, of Lexington, on three counts of committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of 16.  According to an arrest warrant, Bryant was charged on Tuesday after the father of a 12-year-old boy learned his son had obtained a pack of Newport cigarettes from Bryant. Metts said Bryant gave cigarettes to the boy on at least five occasions over a two-month period in exchange for spanking the boy on his buttocks with his clothes on to gratify Bryant’s sexual desires.  Bryant is also accused of giving smokeless tobacco to two 15-year-old boys on May 10 in exchange for spanking the boys in the same manner.

The guy is a pervert and the kids, willing to subject themselves to such treatment just for cancer sticks?  They bear blame as well.  They are not innocent victims.

Letting someone spank you in exchange for something you want?  It’s very near to prostitution.