Daily Archives: 2 Jun 2011

I Sympathize With You, Congressman Wiener!

My twitter account was hacked too and this photo was uploaded.  I can assure you that I can neither confirm nor deny that it is a photo of me!

Needless to say I am quite annoyed!

Very True, J.B.

It’s true.  He does have a point.  In terms of blogs written by a solitary soul, no one is even close.  ;-P

The Heretic Osteen Gets the Smacking He Deserves

In a much nicer way than he deserves.  And I suppose sometimes it’s better to smack with a satin glove than it is with a steel one.  Though, frankly, it’s not in me to appreciate satin.  Anywho, here are some highlights-

And I’m here to tell you, Sir, in the same language I use with anyone who imagines we can be in a transactional relationship with God, that this isn’t what Christian faith is. Praying the right prayer often enough to get what you want, believing really hard in Jesus to get what you want are not true to the Christian story, or to logic. To imagine that you, or your followers, or the person out in the bookstore or TV land who is exposed to your message somehow influences the God of the Universe, the Creator of All That Is, by his or her personal actions is not belief in God.

It’s belief in magic. Put your hands together, say a few faithful words, and the Universe will give you what you ask.

Your life is lifted up as a shining example of God’s blessing, and well it might be. But Sir, I suspect that the money to buy a former NBA arena for your mammoth Lakewood Church didn’t just flow into your hands because God blesses you for your teachings. I suspect that you got that money because you draw a crowd, because you sell a product that is always more enticing than the hard and lifelong work of genuine Christian spirituality and authentic belief.

Osteen is a heretic.  Those of you who follow him are following a false teacher.  And you’re doing it because you perfectly exemplify in your lives what the author of 2 Timothy 4 describes-

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

You Osteen-ites believe the new age myths he spews because you prefer to line your own pockets with your ‘beliefs’ rather than denying yourself, taking up the cross (which means dying to yourself) and following Jesus.

I’ve Found My Ideal, Dream, Perfect Job!!!!

Driving around in this awesome bus and explaining Biblical stuff to people around the country.

Boy do I wish the American Bible Society had something like this.  It would be so fantastic.

Joel, Um I Mean Achan, Has Become ‘The Threatener’!

It’s just so ghastly to see how Joel’s newfound position at the top of Olympus has gone to his head…  Just ghastly.   He’s even threatened  Dan!

Sure, it’s true that my blog is both wonderful and thoughtful.  All admit that.  But Joel’s group blog???  Has Joel threatened Dan?  Ghastly.  Joel, um I mean Achan, you’ve become ‘the Threatener’…  And we’re all weeping.

We Must Stop Human Trafficking

M. is an ebullient girl, age 10, who ranks near the top of her fourth-grade class and dreams of being a doctor. Yet she, like all of India, is at a turning point, and it looks as if her family may instead sell her to a brothel.  Her mother is a prostitute here in Kolkata, the city better known to the world as Calcutta. Ruchira Gupta, who runs an organization called Apne Aap that fights human trafficking, estimates that 90 percent of the daughters of Indian prostitutes end up in the sex trade as well. And M. has the extra burden that she belongs to a subcaste whose girls are often expected to become prostitutes.

It’s such a sad story.  Repeated only God knows how many times every day because evil people use children.  We must bring an end to this.  If we can fly in space, we can stop abuse and exploitation of children.  We just have to want to badly enough.

Founder and CEO of Academia.edu to speak at SBL

That should be interesting.

Chris Brady writes: I am very pleased to announce that Richard Price, DPhil (Oxon) will be speaking at the Blogging and Online Publication session at SBL this fall. I had the chance to have a cuppa with Richard last fall in SF and he is a wonderful young philosopher who also has a keen sense of what is happening in the wired world. If you are not familar with Academia.edu it is somewhat like Facebook for academics. They describe the site in this … Read More

via XKV8R: The Official Blog of Dr. Robert R. Cargill

Help the Christians of Iran

Congress is planning to end an expense-free humanitarian program that has received bipartisan support for over 20 years: the Lautenberg Amendment grants heavily persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in Iran an opportunity to receive refugee status in the U.S. Without the program, persecuted Iranian Christians who are unable to flee the country will likely face imprisonment or execution.

And

Ask Rep. Smith and other members of the House Judiciary Committee to give needed oversight to the Lautenberg Amendment and to permanently instate the Amendment or other legislation allowing for religious minorities to safely access embassies for refugee status. Also please ask the committee to continue its current provision for Iranian religious minorities during the process of oversight of the Amendment, so that current applicants will remain in safety.

Contact information and other details here. Pick up the phone. Make a call.

Total Depravity: Still Another Child Molester

Stephen Vosilla, 23, is charged with two counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.  Vosilla was arrested Wednesday afternoon on an indictment by a Hamblen County grand jury.  The Baltimore County Maryland Police Department contacted Morristown police in September 2010 when two victims claimed they were solicited in a chat room.  Maryland police traced the computer to Vosilla’s home in Talbott.  Morristown police got a search warrant and found more than 800 images and over 300 videos depicting child pornography on Vosilla’s electronic equipment.  Most of the videos appear to be screen captures of minors in video chat rooms. Several of the victims in these screen captures have been identified, including both victims in Maryland.

If there were some way to keep filth off the internet it would be a much better place.  Alas, if there were some way to keep filth out of the world, the same would be true.  Until that happy day when sin is tossed into the lake of fire I suppose we will continue to see the spread of filth into every crevice of life.

Standardized Tests: The Weapon of Choice Students Wield Against Teachers

Standardized tests are often touted as a way of ensuring quality education.  Apparently what the ‘powers that be’ don’t comprehend is that there are a lot of kids out there who don’t give a flaming flip about test scores or grades.  They just want the school day to be over so they can get back to their playstation or their ATV.  So, if they discover that a bad score may well come back to haunt not themselves but their teachers, they’re more than happy to take a dive.

If the lazy and ignorant can ‘get back at’ a teacher who actually demands that they exert a little effort (since their feckless parents demand nothing from the little precious things) by getting a failing score- they’re thrilled to do it.

At least the smart folk at the Washington Post have seen the writing on the wall.

If memory serves, years ago a group of students at a California high school deliberately filled in incorrect answers on a test the state used to evaluate its schools, thereby guaranteeing that the school would sink in the rankings. They were upset because the principal failed to bow to their demand for a smoking area or some similar privilege.  Whether the principal was right or wrong is immaterial. What matters is that the state had put him in that position by creating a test whose results meant nothing to those being tested — but could lead to cash bonuses for schools doing well.

And

In 2006, according to California reporter John Fensterwald, students at a charter school in San Jose protested the dismissal of a couple of popular teachers by sabotaging a state test. The school’s score on the all-important Academic Progress Index dropped 203 points, from 731 to 528.

Standardized tests are the perfect weapon for students to destroy educators lives.  Anyone who teaches or who knows a teacher knows that the stories above are repeated regularly, all across the country.  Policy makers are idiots in the service of ignorance.  They need to wake up and look around and use whatever sense they might actually have.  But I’m not holding my breath.

Would You Sell a Kidney for an iPad 2?

Me either.  But a kid in China did

A Chinese teenager was so desperate to acquire the new iPad 2 that he sold one of his kidneys for just £2,000 to pay for it, according to reports.

And the Chinese accuse the West of being materialistic? This kid takes the prize (and pays the price) for pure materialism.

The 17-year-old boy, identified only by his surname, “Zheng”, confessed to his mother that he had sold the kidney after spotting an online advertisement offering cash to anyone prepared to become an organ donor.  “I wanted to buy an iPad 2, but I didn’t have the money,” the boy told Shenzhen TV in the southern province of Guangdong, “When I surfed the internet I found an advert posted online by agent saying they were able to pay RMB20,000 to buy a kidney.” After negotiations, the boy travelled north to the city of Chenzhou in Hunan Province where the kidney was removed at a local hospital which discharged him after three days, paying a total of RMB22,000 for the organ.

What?????  I’ve never wanted anything so badly that I was willing to have myself hacked up to get it.  Sure, take my organs- when I’m dead.

And then this bit really shocked me-

Trading organs online is a common practice in China, despite repeated attempts by China’s government to stamp out the practice. Last year Japanese television reported that a group of “transplant tourists” had paid £50,000 to receive new kidneys in China.

So wrong.  Materialism, thy name is China.

Joel Watts: The Achan of Biblioblogging

According to Joshua 7 in ‘The Message’ (the ‘version’ Joel prefers) (!!!!!!)

Joel Achan son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah of the tribe of Judah, took some of the cursed things [from the sack of Jericho]. God became angry with the People of Israel. …

So, Joshua and the troops attacked Ai unaware of Joel’s Achan’s evil. And the Israelites were stomped! So, naturally, Joshua wept and pleaded with God for an explanation and

God said to Joshua, “Get up. Why are you groveling? Israel has sinned: They’ve broken the covenant I commanded them; they’ve taken forbidden plunder—stolen and then covered up the theft, squirreling it away with their own stuff. The People of Israel can no longer look their enemies in the eye—they themselves are plunder. I can’t continue with you if you don’t rid yourselves of the cursed things.

So defeat comes when Joel Achan takes the Holy Thing which belong to God alone! How can the evil be purged? God instructs Joshua to call the tribes by lot until the criminal is found. And he is. So Joshua says to Joel Achan, why’d you do it?

Joel Achan answered Joshua, “It’s true. I sinned against God, the God of Israel. This is how I did it. In the plunder I spotted a beautiful blogging badge Shinar robe, two hundred shekels of silver, and a fifty-shekel bar of gold, and I coveted and took them. They are buried in my tent with the silver at the bottom.”

Uh oh.

Joshua took Joel Achan son of Zerah, took the silver, the robe, the gold bar, his sons and daughters, his ox, donkey, sheep, and tent—everything connected with him. All Israel was there. They led them off to the Valley of Achor (Trouble Valley). Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? God will now trouble you. Today!” And all Israel stoned him—burned him with fire and stoned him with stones. They piled a huge pile of stones over him. It’s still there. Only then did God turn from his hot anger.

Well, there you have it. Let that serve as a warning that The Holy Thing can only belong to The Holy One. When it’s stolen, well, only bad things happen to ALL involved.

[NB- What a feckless version ‘The Message’ is!  Ghastly paraphrasing not seen since the Dreck called ‘The Living Bible’.  ‘The Message’ is the worst version I’ve ever seen].

Mark Stevens is on the Twitter!

See for yourself.  So now I can see what he’s doing even when he doesn’t think I’m looking!  Brilliant!

Weinergate? Why Must Every Scandal Now be a …gate?

Al Jazeera snarkily remarks

Poor Congressman Anthony Weiner. As if it weren’t tough enough making a living out of bashing Arabs and Palestinians to satisfy New York’s pro-Israel voters.  Now the self-deprecating references have taken a difficult, bizarre turn for the New York representative, after a lewd photo of a man clad only in underwear was sent from his Twitter account to a college student.  Weiner refuses to acknowledge in any of the interviews that the photo is definitively not a picture of him. Weiner further alleges he was hacked and wants an investigation. Yet days into the fray and–here comes the real surprise – no FBI investigation has been initiated.

I like Al Jazeera.  It’s sort of the anti-Fox News.  And they give such a different perspective one can’t help thinking outside the box.  Something more people need to do concerning both the U.S. and the Mid East.

NATO Bombed a Coptic Church

“NATO has intensified bombings and continues to create victims. The missiles are falling everywhere and, unfortunately, not only affect military zones, but also civilian areas. The people in Tripoli are suffering, even if nobody talks about it. ” So says Mgr Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli. The prelate said that the bombing last night damaged several buildings, including a Coptic church located a few hundred meters from a military barracks.

There’s more.  NATO needs better pilots or better intelligence.  Or perhaps both.  Indiscriminate carpet bombing is meritless and cruel.

Signs of the Times

Via Dot King on Facebook…  Words to live by…

Total Depravity: The Looter Edition

A former UT Football player went down to one of the storm ravaged southern region of Tennessee and volunteered to help himself to property that wasn’t his.

A former Tennessee Volunteer has been charged with looting in a Bradley County neighborhood ravaged by April’s tornadoes. Cameron Andrew Mayo was arrested Tuesday night on charges he stole a refrigerator from a home and then sold it for scrap metal. Bradley County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Bob Gault said deputies were alerted of theft following a tip from a neighbor. “For some reason, the suspect had returned back to the scene and was questioned by the deputies and made a statement that he had taken the fridge and sold it for scrap metal,” he told News Channel 9 in Chattanooga.

Stealing from victims of natural disaster… Classy.