Daily Archives: 6 Jul 2011

When You Teach Children That They’re Mere Animals, Don’t Be Surprised When they Act Like It

Like these two very evil teens did:

Two boys have been charged with the murder of a teenager stabbed in the neck in south-east London.  Yemurai Kanyangarara, 16, was attacked seconds after getting off a 96 bus in Upper Wickham Lane in Welling on Friday.  The youths, aged 15 and 14, will appear at Camberwell Youth Court on Thursday.  Yemurai, who went to St Columba’s Catholic Boys’ School, Bexleyheath, had moved to Leicester to avoid violence.  He had just finished his GCSEs and came to the UK from Zimbabwe as a toddler.  He had been living with his father in Leicester, after concerns over violence in the capital, and had come to London only to sit his exams, his friends said.

So disgusting.  So horrific.  So very worthy of punishment.

The Reason There Aren’t More Girl Geeks is the Same Reason there Aren’t More Girl Bloggers

Read it here and learn– and then when you express your dismay about the lack of women bibliobloggers at least you’ll know why it’s so and you’ll, perhaps, stop behaving as though it were a big bad male conspiracy intent on keeping the mammarily inflamed down…

SportsNation is 2

I Love it!

13 Signs Your Sermon is NOT Going Well… (via Twisted Crown of Thorns ®)

Um…

13 Signs Your Sermon is NOT Going Well... Couldn’t help chuckling over this list by Mike Wittmer. 13.  Your associate pastor is warming up in the bullpen. 12.  The praise band begins playing you off the stage. 11.  When asked to read from the King James Version, you involuntarily blush every time you say the word “ass.” 10.  The congregation is filling in the blanks of your outline before you get there.  9.  You think the lyrics to a bluegrass song are really connecting with your audienc … Read More

via Twisted Crown of Thorns ®

Video Calling on Facebook A Tool for Scholars

Bob has it right when he writes

videocalling has the potential to be a very time effective tool for scholars, as instant video communication with trusted colleagues can allow scholars to discuss articles, relay visual information, and will be especially helpful for language studies involving languages that do not use western characters. and as soon as group video chat is launched (standalone skype already does this), colleagues can hold meetings and plan conferences right over facebook. and did i mention the service is free? (for now…).

Right.

A REAL Archaeology Magazine

Near Eastern Archaeology’s latest number arrived today.  You ought to subscribe- as this informative video makes plain.  To do so, just join ASOR.

Facebook’s Video Conferencing is Live

Start using it here.

R. C. Sproul vs. Rudolf Bultmann (via Scotteriology)

Clearly Bultmann is victorious. And correct. Sproul, eh, not so much.  The Bible isn’t a science text book and those who take it as such twist its meaning into unnatural shapes and the distortions born from those unnatural shapes are wretched beasts neither true nor valuable.

In promoting his new book Unseen Realities: Heaven, Hell, Angels and Demons, R. C. Sproul claims, “”I believe that if we are to be consistent Christians, believing all of the Bible rather than portions of it, we must recognize that the supernatural places and beings described on its pages are real. There is an uncompromised supernaturalism at the heart of the Christian worldview, and we must not let the world’s skepticism with regard to these thi … Read More

via Scotteriology

I Like These Kids

Kids who are clearly far better human beings than their parents.

Authorities say a Utah man was arrested after his two children called police to report that he had marijuana in the house.  The Salt Lake Tribune reports the man was charged Tuesday with two third-degree felony charges of child endangerment and one class B misdemeanor accusing him of possession of a controlled substance.

Good. For. Them.  They have clearly risen above their upbringing, and I admire that in people because it shows that you don’t have to be a worthless person if you don’t wish to be.

Rupert Murdoch is the King of Scum

If you think Fox news is slimy, wait till you learn what Murdoch’s other yellow journalism rag, the News of the World, has done.

The scandal over Rupert Murdoch‘s News of the World tabloid has exploded across London, with Scotland Yard investigating the possibility that reporters and investigators for the paper hacked into the phones of victims of 7/7 — the so-called London bus bombings of July 7, 2005, in which terrorists targeted the city’s bus and subway systems and killed 52 people.

Outrage has spread since the original accusation that News of the World hacked the cell phone of Milly Dowler, a 13-year-old girl who disappeared in March 2002. Her remains were found southwest of London six months later, and a man was convicted this spring of killing her. Police are now trying to determine whether reporters not only listened to the teenager’s voicemail, but deleted voicemail messages — leading her parents to believe she was still alive and potentially obstructing the police investigation into her disappearance.

Murdoch, under pressure to fire the paper’s chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, issued a statement saying the hacking, if proved, was “deplorable and unacceptable.” But he said he stands by Brooks.

God willing every advertiser paying Murdoch’s reprehensibly vile company a penny or shilling will stop today.  No news outlet like NOTW should be allowed to work in civilized society.  And those responsible shouldn’t just be fired, they should be imprisoned.

Christopher Rollston on the Miriam Ossuary

Chris is the world’s leading epigrapher (no kidding, and in all seriousness) so when he writes about matters along those lines it’s best to listen.

The recent publication of the “Maryam Daughter of Yeshua” Ossuary (Zissu and Goren 2011) has justifiably garnered substantial attention. The authors are to be congratulated for producing a very strong, detailed, useful editio princeps of this ossuary and its inscription. At this juncture, it is my intent to summarize in a fairly methodical fashion some of the ways in which this new ossuary inscription dovetails with, and augments, our knowledge. My comments are particularly philological and historical in nature.

And much more.

More ‘Science Can’t Make up Its Infallible Mind’ Stuff: Salt

Infallible science is having problems deciding if salt is really all that awful after all.

Contrary to what medical experts have been saying for years, a new study suggests salt may not be as bad for the heart as commonly believed.  Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in Exeter, U.K. reviewed data from seven studies with nearly 6,500 participants who reduced their salt intake and found that while eating less salt did lower blood pressure, it did not reduce the risk of dying or of having heart disease.

Everything in moderation.  That’s the key.  And to those who bow the knee at the altar of science I must simply say- your fickle god is one messed up dude.

It’s Funny how Perspective and Perception Determine ‘Reality’

From Al Jazeera’s facebook feed-

Who’s the world’s biggest criminal?  It all depends on who you ask.  Which means, doesn’t it, that no one really is…

Luther’s Advice on How to Start your Day

First, say this prayer-

My Heavenly Father, I thank You, through Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, that You kept me safe from all evil and danger last night. Save me, I pray, today as well, from every evil and sin, so that all I do and the way that I live will please you. I put myself in your care, body and soul and all that I have. Let Your holy Angels be with me, so that the evil enemy will not gain power over me. Amen.

Then

After that, with joy go about your work and perhaps sing a song inspired by the Ten Commandments or your own thoughts.

That’s a good way to start the day.

I Miss Phoenix

I grew up in Phoenix (5th grade through High School and then again after the Army for the first two years of college) and I miss it. And, odd as it sounds, one of the things I miss is the awesomely fun sandstorms that sweep the city. I used to love to go out in the front yard when they’d come in and just stand there sandblasted. Weird. I know. But still, it was a lot of fun.

I wish I had been there yesterday.

Since Cheating Is So Common These Days…

Sports Illustrated has put together a little feature called ‘Cheating For Dummies‘.  Note the cover of the story… with the Big Orange (University of Tennessee) logo right in the middle.  Thanks to several of our coaches like Lame Kiffin and Bruce Pearl…

Parents, Don’t let Your Preteens Online Alone

One in five eight-year-olds has seen nude images while surfing the internet, according to Baroness Benjamin, the Liberal Democrat peer and former children’s television presenter. Lady Benjamin, best known for her role as a presenter of the BBC programme Play School, said children needed protection from exposure to harmful content. She called on Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, to introduce new safeguards.  “In a recent survey, 20 per cent of eight-year-olds said that they had seen nudity online,” Lady Benjamin told peers during a House of Lords debate.

Children don’t need to be exposed (no pun intended) to adult materials.  Ever.  And it’s just too easy for them to be if they’re surfing the net alone.  And the older they get, the more curious they get and the more they go intentionally looking.

Parents need to be as concerned about what their children see on the computer as they are with what they seen in books and movies and tv.  A generation of children is being subjected to materials they are not equipped to understand.

Atlanta’s Shameful Teachers

Education officials in Atlanta promised swift action on Tuesday after an investigation uncovered systematic cheating by Atlanta teachers. A state investigation found evidence of cheating, including falsifying test results to make students appear to be peforming better than they were, in 44 of 56 Atlanta schools. The investigation named 178 educators, including 38 principles, and alleges that some educators who did not themselves change answers still knew what was going on — including former superintendent Beverly Hall.

I admit that there are lots of problems with standardized tests and even more with ‘teaching for the test’. But cheating??? Absurd. All those kids the teachers cheated for or allowed to cheat have learned a tragic lesson- take shortcuts and don’t work and be lazy and let someone else carry the load. And that’s a perverse lesson to learn.  There are already too many lazy kids, and adults.