Daily Archives: 12 Aug 2011

What Do A Thug, A Thief, A Ballerina, and an 11 Year Old Girl Have in Common?

They’re all looters during the recent London riots!

Among those arrested are a straight-A Exeter University student whose family wealth makes it unlikely she would loot out of necessity, and a 24-year-old college graduate and aspiring social worker whose mother said, “She didn’t want a TV. She doesn’t even know why she took it,” according to The Daily Mail.

Then she’s just an easily led by the nose mob follower isn’t she mom.

Daniel Knowles at The Telegraph argues that, “Many of these criminals are no different from [liberal politician] Nick Clegg, who at the age of 16 narrowly escaped a conviction in Germany for setting fire to a professor’s cactus collection for a ‘drunken lark.’ Or, for that matter, from the Bullingdon Club, of which David Cameron and [London Mayor] Boris Johnson were members, which goes around smashing up restaurants.

Oh come on Knowles, bad behavior by old folk is no excuse for bad behavior by young folk.  Stop making excuses for wickedness and depravity.  That’s the problem; people aren’t held responsible.

Duke Papyri

That’s the part that interests me!

Just now, Logos Bible Software has put on their pre-publication page some amazing resources that any historian should jump on. I have been a Logos users since 2004, and let me tell you these guys are consistently putting out top notch work. But this time they may have out done themselves. Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri (256 vols.)   Perseus Arabic Collection (39 vols.)   Perseus Classics Collection (1,114 vols.) The best thing abou … Read More

via Theological Musings

You can’t See My Face, But You Can Imagine My Expression…

Emails shared with The Indianapolis Star suggest that state Rep. Phillip Hinkle — responding to a local posting on Craigslist — offered a young man $80 plus tip to spend time with him Saturday night at the JW Marriott hotel.

The emails, sent from Hinkle’s publicly listed personal address, ask the young man for “a couple hours of your time tonight” and offer him cash up front, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 “for a really good time.” (here).

Despicable.  Just more of the same vile hypocrisy which politicians are so widely known for and despised for.   Via.

It’s Patently Obvious That Rick Perry Has No Business Being President (or even Governor)

He has surrounded himself with persons who are on the far right fringe of Christian lunacy.  These people are apocalyptically dangerous.  Genuinely.

C. PETER-WAGNER, ONE-TIME “THE RESPONSE” ENDORSER: Japan, as a nation, is one of the nations of the world which has consciously, openly invited national demonization. The sun goddess visits him in person and has sexual intercourse with the emperor.

BRYAN FISCHER, AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION: Permits, in my judgment, should not be granted to build even one more mosque in the United States of America, not one.

MIKE BICKLE, “THE RESPONSE” ENDORSER: The harlot of Babylon is preparing the nations to receive the antichrist. The harlot of Babylon will be a religion of affirmation, toleration, no absolutes, a counterfeit justice movement.

WAGNER: So the emperor becomes one flesh with the sun goddess, and that’s an invitation for the sun goddess to continue to demonize the um, the whole nation. Since the night that that ended the present emperor slept with the sun goddess, the stock market in Japan has gone down, never come up since.

BICKLE: I believe that one of the main pastors as a forerunner to the harlot movement, it’s not the harlot movement yet, is Oprah. She is winsome, she is kind, she is reasonable, she is utterly deceived – utterly deceived. A classy woman, a cool woman, a charming woman, but has a spirit of deception, and she’s one of the clear pastors, forerunners, to the harlot movement.

JOHN HAGEE, “THE RESPONSE” ENDORSER: God sent a hunter. A hunter is someone who comes with a gun, and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.

FISCHER: Hitler discovered he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutaland vicious enough to carry out his orders but that homosexual soldiers basically had no limits to the savagery and brutality they will willing to inflict on whoever Hitler sent them after. So he surrounded himself, virtually all the storm troopers, the brown shirts, were male homosexuals.

JOHN BENEFIEL, “THE RESPONSE” ENDORSER: You know, there’s a statue in New York harbor called the Statue of Liberty. You know where we got it from? French Freemasons. Listen folks, that is an idol, a demonic idol right there in the middle of New York harbor.

FISCHER: Counterfeit religions, alternative religions to Christianity have no First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

CINDY JACOBS, “THE RESPONSE” ENDORSER: What happens when a nation makes a decision that is against God’s principles? Well, often what happens is that nature itself will begin to talk to us. For instance, violent storms, flooding.

HAGEE: I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God and they are – uh, were recipients of the judgment of God for that. The newspaper carried the story in our local area that was not carried nationally, that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that Katrina came.

JACOBS: The blackbirds fell to the ground in Beebe, Arkansas; well, the governor of Arkansas’ name is Beebe, and also, there was something put out of Arkansas called Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by a former governor, this was proposed by Bill Clinton. And so, could there be a connection? It could be, because we have said it’s OK for people who commit these kinds of acts to be recognized, you know, in our military for the first time in our history. There is a potential that there is something that actually happened in the land where 100,000 drum fish died and also where these birds just fell out of the air.

A person who wishes to be President and yet surrounds himself with these kinds of lunatics deserves no support from authentic Christians (or anyone).  And yes, I would say exactly the same thing if he were and Independent or a Democrat.


Christian Brady has a nice post on the topic which I commend to your attention.  Yes, very nice indeed.

A friend, colleague, and local pastor died yesterday. Paul Grabill was the pastor of our local AOG church and while some found him too strong in his convictions for their tastes, I found him to be humble, generous, and yes, firmly convicted of the Gospel and its Truth. In June he wrote what he thought would be (and was) his last column in the local paper. I share the closing bit here.

Society For Old Testament Study on LinkedIn


Brutal Islam

A 14-year-old girl in western Uganda is still unable to walk 10 months after her father tortured her for leaving Islam and putting her faith in Christ, according to area Christians.  Susan Ithungu of Isango village, Kasese district, has been hospitalized at Kagando Hospital since October 2010 after neighbors with police help rescued her from her father, Beya Baluku. He was arrested shortly afterward but quickly released, sources said.

Anyone know of any Christians who torture their children if they convert to Islam?

A Corrupt Pakistani, Embezzling Flood Aid? Oh Surely Not…

Up to £135,000 of aid money was embezzled from Oxfam while the charity was working to help victims of Pakistan’s flood disaster an inquiry has found. An independent financial investigation found invoices had been falsified and cheques manipulated to divert funds in two projects managed by a Pakistani agency working with the charity. The unnamed culprit identified by the investigation had been fired and the British charity had cut all financial ties with the agency. Oxfam said it hoped to recover all the missing money. Neva Khan, Oxfam GB’s country director in Pakistan, said: “We will recover every penny of this money and continue to ensure that donors’ funds reach the people who need it most.

No, I’m afraid you won’t. That money is gone never to reappear in the mire called Pakistan.

Agree? Disagree?

The pendulum of popular belief about Satan tends to swing between two extremes. On one side there are those who believe that he doesn’t exist at all, or if he does exist. he is a mere impersonal evil “force,” sort of a collective evil that finds its origin in the sin of society. On the other side there are those who have a preoccupied fixation, a cultic focus of attention upon him that diverts their gaze from Christ.  Either way Satan gains some ground. If he can persuade people that he does not exist, he can work his wiles without being detected or resisted. If he can get people to become preoccupied with him, he can lure them into the occult.

Personally I tend to be rather Barthian on the subject – (See his Church Dogmatics, III,3 – Sec. 50).

Under the control of God world-occurrance is threatened and actually corrupted by the nothingness which is inimical to the will of the Creator and therefore to the nature of His good creature.  … God determines the sphere, the manner, the measure and the subordinate relationship to His Word and work in which it may still operate.

More on The Guy Who Urinated on the 11 Year old Girl on a Plane

The U.S. Ski Team has dismissed an 18-year-old member of its development squad after he was accused of getting drunk and then urinating on a fellow passenger aboard a JetBlueflight.  Robert “Sandy” Vietze (VEETZ), of Warren, Vt., was detained by police at New York’s Kennedy Airport on Wednesday after arriving on a flight from Portland, Ore.  The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association emailed a statement Friday to The Associated Press. It says Vietze had been dismissed from the team for conduct violations.

Good!  And well done US Team.  That’s how athletes who act barbarously should all be treated rather than pampered.

MSNBC and Its Ignorant and Misleading Headline

MSNBC erroneously titles their report

Scholars seek to correct ‘mistakes’ in Bible: Experts say they’re looking to publish the authoritative edition of the Old Testament

The fact is, the Hebrew University Bible project has been around for decades! They aren’t ‘seeking to correct mistakes’, they’re doing Hebrew Bible textual criticism of the sort that’s been carried out since the dawn of textual criticism in the 16th century (and before, to be fair).

MSNBC’s sensationalizing headline, misleading at best and just simply ignorant dilettantism at worst, is absurd. The report itself, is however, quite nicely done (apart from the ridiculous undercurrent of ‘scholars are trying to destroy the bible again’ idiocy).

Ugh. With thanks to Tom Verenna for the aneurism.

For Sale: Ulrich von Hutten’s Opera Omnia

I’ve finished with it, it’s in perfect condition, and it’s yours if you want it (make me an offer, and you have to prepay postage too).

Video Book Recommendation of the Day

Preachers Take Heart…

Chattering during the Sermon by members of the Congregation is an ancient evil.  This woodcut from 1530 shows folk right on the front row chatting away while the Pastor sermonizes.  Preachers, take heart, it isn’t you.  It’s them.

A Fantastic Aerial View of Gath

Thanks to Aren for posting this. It’s really brilliant.

Aerial view of Areas A and E As requested, and just to show a nice picture, here is one of the aerial photos of Areas A and E. The photo was taken by the balloon at the end of the season. Aren … Read More

via The Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

So Murder is Funny?

The chairwoman of the Sumter Tea Party is taking some heat after posting a joke on Facebook about killing the president and first lady.  Shery Lanford Smith posted the joke on her public profile Thursday afternoon, according to a screen-capture taken by the Sumter Item’s Nick McCormac. Smith removed the post after being asked about it.  In the joke, the Obamas’ helicopter pilot says to his co-pilot, “I could throw both of them out of the window and make 256 million people very happy!” Smith also posted, “If you’re one of [the] 256 million, pass it on,” implying she herself would be happy to see the Obamas killed.  The joke has been circulating for years in various forms which have included the names of multiple political figures. “It’s just a joke,” Smith told the Item when contacted about her post. “I had no idea it would be an issue.”

I don’t recall ever thinking it funny to say someone should be murdered.  Perhaps the tea people have a different view of what constitutes comedy.  Perhaps she wouldn’t think it so amusing if her own name or the names of her children replaced Obama’s name in the ‘joke’.

Drunks, You’re Disgusting

Just disgusting.

An 11-year-old girl who dozed off while traveling with her family on a JetBlue flight to JFK, awoke to find an intoxicated man urinating on her leg early Wednesday. The ugly incident occurred on an overnight flight from Portland, Oregon. As the girl slept and her father and sister were in the restroom, a Vermont man named Robert Vietze, 18, stumbled into the aisle and began to urinate on the young girl’s leg, according to reports.

The drunken idiot’s excuse?

‘I was drunk, and I did not realize I was p*****g on her leg,’ Vietze reportedly told police.

It’s amazing that every time some worthless drunk does something reprehensible it’s always the fault of the booze.   These people never own up to their actions.

The dad’s response?

The young girl’s father walked back to his seat to find the 18-year-old peeing on his daughter, and went into a rage, according to reports. A witness told the New York Post, “I woke up to this man yelling and literally looking like he was about to punch this kid in the face,” said the witness, who asked not to be identified. “The father was screaming, ‘F – – k that kid! I don’t want him near my family!’ “

I hear ya, dad. I would probably have tried to strangle the idiot. So kudos to you for more restraint than I would have managed.

Drunks think they’re funny, but to the rest of us they’re just disgusting.

UPDATE:  ABC News is reporting that this dullard is a skier on the US Olympic team!  He has refused to apologize!!!!  I don’t know about anyone else but I don’t want a person like this representing the United States!!!!

Zionist Hatred

The comment is from here. So this is exactly why there will never be peace in the Middle East- to enough Israelis, Muslims and Christians are dogs. This chap represents not some fringe view but the view of a sufficient portion of the population to block any efforts for peace.

Radical Zionists are as detrimental to world peace as Muslim extremists and Christian Fundamentalists.

Israel’s Quest for Lebensraum: 4000 More Illegal Housing Units in East Jerusalem

Matthew Kalman writes

The Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has accused Israel of “a total disregard for Palestinian rights” after its Interior Ministry announced the approval for the construction of more than 4,000 housing units in East Jerusalem.

The Interior Minister Eli Yishai said he had authorised the building of 625 homes in Pisgat Zeev, 1,600 in Ramat Shlomo, and 2,000 in Givat Hamatos. The Israeli government says the project had been given the green light to help solve a severe housing shortage.

Severe housing shortage eh? So it really is about Lebensraum for Israel in spite of any attempts to claim otherwise.  It’s just so immoral.  Meanwhile, in Washington…  crickets.

The Bible, the iPad, and the iPhone and the Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft

Now the German Bible Society is in on it…

Auf Ihrem iPhone oder iPod touch haben Sie die Bibel immer dabei. Ob online oder offline – mit diesen Angeboten macht das Bibellesen unterwegs doppelt Freude.

They’re providing a number of German versions of the Bible for iPad and iPhone but if you’re one of the people who use those evil devices, the only ‘app’ you will need for it is this one-

Die Zürcher Bibel für iPhone, iPod touch und iPad

Die besonders im akademischen Bereich geschätzte und auf einer Übersetzung der Evangelisch-reformierten Landeskirche des Kantons Zürich basierenden Zürcher Bibel, ist ab sofort im AppStore erhältlich.

Ok I have to say, it almost makes me want an iThingy.  Almost.