Daily Archives: 4 Aug 2011

Enough is Indeed Enough

Forrest Jones was a burly, 235-pound lineman whose life was cut short when he overheated during a voluntary workout for the upcoming high school football season. His body cooked, his organs shut down and he passed away Tuesday after trying futilely to hang on for just over a week in the hospital.

Tragically, he’s not alone. In just the past week, three other high school players across the South have died in a record-breaking heat wave. Plus, an assistant coach in Texas succumbed to blistering temperatures that have regularly topped 100 degrees.  Enough’s enough.  It’s time for everyone — kids and coaches alike — to lose the macho attitude.

Quite true.  Don’t let your child become a corpse simply for the sake of a sport.  It isn’t worth it.

We all know football is a tough game played by tough people. That’s not going to change. Heck, we wouldn’t have it any other way. But there’s nothing wrong with sitting out the next play, nothing wrong with taking an extra sip of water.

Forrest Jones would probably be alive today if he’d taken that message to heart.  “He showed the signs. He needed to tell ’em, ‘I’m tired,'” his father said. “We really need to get across to these kids that it doesn’t make them a weak person to tell the coach you’re tired and you need a break. It makes you a better person.”

But attitudes are always the most resistant to change.  The day before Forrest Jones died, high schools across Georgia officially started football practice in the midst of one of the hottest summers on record. Who knows how many kids felt nauseous or lightheaded but just played their way through it?

If you feel sick, kids, sit down for a while in the shade, drink a bottle of water, and tell someone you aren’t well.  For your health’s sake and potentially for your life’s sake.

Parents, you owe it to your children to read every line of the essay linked to above.

Discussing Somalia

ABC News tweets

Follow & join @DavidMuirABC for a live Twitter Q&A tomorrow at 1 pm ET about his trip to Kenya & Somalia using this #AfricaFamine.

I think I shall.

At Funeral Parlors the Cosmetics Lie Thick

We try to avoid death. At funeral parlors the cosmetics lie thick. We apply euphemisms to every aspect of the finality of death. In modernity, ‘death has replaced sex as the subject too obscene for polite society’. – Thomas Oden

Our neglect of death signals our neglect of life. We don’t really live because we don’t really think about dying.

Quote of the Day

The recurrence and universality and persistent vitality of belief in survival after death suggests that it is so knitted into human consciousness that it cannot be repressed without denying our fundamental humanity. — Thomas Oden

Book Recommendation: Thomas Oden’s Systematic Theology

New at Bible and Interpretation: How Are Visitors Received?

Here’s an interesting one at B&I.

Overkill, underplay, backbiting, misrepresentation, polemics, unfortunately, are staples at annual meetings. More than most of my Jewish colleagues, I can understand Messianic Jews attempting a foothold at the SBL conference. And that is why the sponsors ought to be very concerned about the state of the empathetic visitor who felt as the stranger in their midst.

One thing’s for sure, and that’s that SBL certainly isn’t all things to all men.  It isn’t even all things to anyone.  Perhaps it should stop trying to be and just be an academic gathering.

Warren Jeffs: Guilty

ABC is just reporting

Warren Jeffs found guilty on all counts, child sexual assault and aggravated child sexual assault.

The pedophile will enjoy prison.

How Do You Like Tea (Partiers) Now, Republicans?

The Market doesn’t.  The absurd bickering and the senseless policy of economic collapse underpinning the tea partiers approach to governance (because smart people know that when the economy is sputtering the government must spend) has ‘come home to roost’.

The Dow plunged nearly 513 points Thursday, its biggest point decline since Oct. 22, 2008. Only three of the 500 stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index had gains. Oil fell by 6 percent. The yield on the two-year Treasury note hit a record low as investors sought out relatively stable investments.

All three major stock indexes are down 10 percent or more from their previous highs, a drop-off that is considered to be a market correction. A drop of 20 percent or more signifies the start of a bear market, an extended period of stock declines.

Investors are increasingly concerned about the possibility of another recession in the U.S. and a debt crisis in Europe.

The US will return to recession (we already have) and it’s because the policies of the Congress are counter-productive.  The idiots in Congress, led by the greatest of all the idiots, the Tea people, have planted the seeds of recession’s return and now the real fun will begin.

The irony (and this is the best bit) is that the supposedly pro business pro profit tea people are the very direct cause of recession’s return.  Sweet, isn’t it.  They’ve lost their corporate masters tons of money.  I hope their ‘victory’ tastes sweet to them.  The rest of the country and world sees it for what it is: ignorance and idiotic policy.

This is What Happens When you get your Babysitter From Craigslist

A Knox County babysitter was arrested Monday morning after neighbors discovered a two-year-old child alone in her house.  The sheriff’s office says Amy Gann, 29, left her home with the toddler locked in an upstairs bedroom alone.  Witnesses saw the boy beating on a window and crying. After trying to find someone else at home, they found a back door unlocked, found the child and called 911….  Gann was arrested when she returned home.  The child’s mother told investigators she found Gann’s babysitting ad on Craig’s List and thought she was reputable.

‘Craig’s List’ and ‘reputable’ belong together like ‘Congress’ and ‘intelligence’.  Or like ‘biblioblogger’ and ‘atheist’.  It’s what we call an oxymoron.

BibleWorks 9: Getting Help

First I don’t think it’s necessary to point out that I’m a computer user, not a computer whiz nor a programmer.  So I know basic things like how to turn it off and on and how to get to programs and use them (sometimes) and how to do a little html.

Naturally, then, I need help from time to time.  BW 9 has a number of useful help tools.  First and foremost, the ‘help videos’ which come along with the program:

I wish there were some way that I could, here, demonstrate these helpful and brief little videos.  They’re clear and simple.  So, for instance, if you want further instructions on how to use the CNTTS apparatus there’s a step by step video detailing the entire process.  And that video is 11 minutes long!

But these very useful videos aren’t the ‘end of the matter’.  Within the program itself are other help tools:

The ‘BibleWorks Help Contents’ is thorough and extensive.  And if all that fails to answer your questions, you can always contact them.  They are extremely helpful and very quick to get back to you.

More Israeli Encroachment

Israel’s interior ministry has given final approval for the construction of 900 new homes in the east Jerusalem settlement neighborhood of Har Homa, a ministry spokeswoman told AFP on Thursday. “This is a program which was approved by the regional (planning and construction) committee two years ago,” spokeswoman Efrat Orbach said. “According to the planning process in Israel, (it) needed the completion of amendments, therefore it was finally approved today.” The approval marks the final planning stage for a project that has garnered fierce criticism from the Palestinians and the international community. It will significantly expand the hilltop neighborhood, which lies in Jerusalem’s southwest and is defined as being within the municipal boundaries despite lying directly next to the Palestinian West Bank town of Bethlehem.

It’s just more of the same. Bibi and his government talk peace but they don’t want it. And this recent action is nothing but a slap in the face of the Palestinians for discussing UN recognition of a Palestinian state. Outrageous and disgusting.  Bibi won’t be satisfied until the Palestinians are exterminated.  And his lapdogs in Washington will let him do it.

Congress: What A Load of Dullards

Congress keeps whining about how America needs jobs and meanwhile its inaction over funding the FAA’s operations has cost 70,000 workers a paycheck.

What’s wrong with you, Congress?  You just really don’t care at all do you, in spite of all your rhetoric to the contrary.  You’re nothing more than a collection of 2 year olds.  Except two year olds generally know how to act.  So in reality you’re 2 year olds with no manners and no sense and bad parents who haven’t taught you right from wrong.

You sicken me.

BibleWorks 9: Lexicons and Grammars

Another very useful aspect of the program is its inclusion of major lexica and grammars for both Hebrew and Greek (and Aramaic of course).  Enlarge the image below to see a list of the Hebrew Grammars-

When you go to any particular text in the Old Testament and click on it, the resources panel on the right fills up with lexical and grammatical (as well as exegetical) materials.

However at this point a difficulty arises.  If users click on Genesis 1:1, for example, the materials appear as indicated.  Clicking on v2, though, results in no change in the panel on the right.  In order to effect change, so that the resources available for the new verse appear, one has to click on any tab in the panel and then go back to the first tab titled ‘summary’.  Then the new verses’ resources engage.

There may be another way to get the resources for the new verse one’s working to show up in the right panel, but I don’t know what it might be.

Clicking on any item in the right panel opens up that resource. So here, for instance, is the entry on ‘earth’ in Brown-Driver-Briggs:

And here’s Holladay’s entry on ‘Elohim’:

J-M’s grammar – when selected- takes users directly to the relevant page discussing the verse at hand:

Users can, as well, access these lexica and grammars apart from their connection to specific passages making it possible to read through them or utilize them for wider research purposes.

Though I’ve focused on the Hebrew grammars and lexica, there are Greek as well:

All quite useful.  BW9 includes so many useful tools.

There are weaknesses, though, as I’ve indicated above.  And doubtless there are resources which some will want included and there are resources which others would like left out.  But on the whole, the ‘editors’ (or compilers or programmers or whatever they’re called) have done a really brilliant job of selecting many of the top notch resources which, ‘sold separately’, would be very expensive indeed (if even available at all).

Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: Second Edition

IVP Academic have sent a copy of the second edition of Baker and Green’s Recovering the Scandal of the Cross:  Atonement in the New Testament and Contemporary Contexts.

Since its publication in 2000, Recovering the Scandal of the Cross has initiated among evangelicals a new conversation about the nature of the atonement and how it should be expressed in the varied and global contexts of today. In this second edition Green and Baker have clarified and enlarged their argument in a way that will continue to provoke thought and conversation on this critical topic.

Confessing I didn’t read the first edition, I’m looking forward to what they do with the doctrine of the atonement.

I Don’t Use E-Readers, But Someone Might

And if they do- this might be of interest:

Illya Antonenko (OSNOVA) has made available the SBL Greek New Testament as an e-book for Amazon’s Kindle:   SBL GNT for Kindle.

‘How the Mighty Have Fallen’: The Latest Bibledex Video

As usual, well done!

Absurdity: Vogue’s Pedophilia

Vogue (the French edition) has a 10 year old on its cover and she’s the featured model, splayed on the pages in poses like this and worse:

She’s 10.  She’s sexualized and the only sort of person who would come up with such a vision can be described as a pedophile.  Her name is Thylane Lena Rose Blondeau and you can expect to hear about a meltdown at some point in her future.  She’s too young to be treated so badly and it will have consequences that her users simply don’t care about.

Palestinans Apply for U.N. Recognition

It’s time.

Actually, it’s past time.

America’s Reactionary Feminists

Go get ’em Al Jazeera! A-J asks

What do Palin and Bachmann have that make them so appealing to the American public?

I don’t know. A lot of foolish voters?

Both Bachmann and Palin are regularly derided in the mainstream press. In Palin’s case, the dominant perception is that she is an intellectual lightweight: a clip of her unable to mention a single newspaper or news magazine that she reads regularly got millions of hits on YouTube during the last presidential election.

Bachmann, on the other hand, is portrayed as being slightly unhinged. Indeed, I can attest from personal experience that to debate her is to encounter someone who is absolutely certain of facts that must exist somewhere in a parallel universe.

But it would be a mistake simply to dismiss their appeal with no effort to comprehend its source. This is especially true of Bachmann. Palin has not managed to secure the support and mentorship of the Republican Party establishment, and will continue to showcase her odd appeal as a media personality. But Bachman, weirdly, might become President of the United States.

Give it all a read.

Facebook Your Way to Jail

A Clayton County man said a SWAT team swarmed his house because of something his 17-year-old son posted on Facebook.  Police told Channel 2 Action News that Jonathan Oliver posted pictures of himself waving a gun along with comments that he wanted to kill police.  Investigators said they also had warrants for his arrest on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault in connection with a street robbery and a gang.  The teen’s father, who didn’t want to be identified, said his son and nephew were upstairs asleep when the police arrived. He walked Channel 2’s Erica Byfield through the home.

Small wonder he didn’t wish to be identified.  I wouldn’t want to be identified if my child were a gang-banger who was foolish enough to post his evil intentions on Facebook either.

I think every thug and thief and planner-of-evil-things ought to post their intentions on Facebook.