Daily Archives: 30 Aug 2011

What’s The Worst Thing You Can Call a Politician? Tea Party

Rasmussen Reports periodically asks Likely U.S. Voters to rate political labels, and the latest national telephone survey finds that 38% consider it a positive when a political candidate is described as “conservative.” That’s consistent with surveys for several years but down slightly from 42% in January. Twenty-seven percent (27%) see conservative as a negative political label, up six points from the prior survey. Thirty percent (30%) rate it somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

“Tea Party” has suffered much worse. Considered a positive political label by 29%, 43% now think Tea Party is a negative description for a candidate. That’s a net rating of negative 14, making it the worst thing you can call a candidate. Twenty-three percent (23%) put it somewhere in between.

I wonder if the worst thing you can really call a politician is, well, a politician.

Dick ‘Rightly Named’ Cheney Should be Tried for War Crimes

Former Vice President Dick Cheney‘s memoir, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” is out Tuesday, and it’s full of criticism and attacks on his Bush administration colleagues — from describing Condoleezza Rice as “tearfully admitting” he was right on the war in Iraq to revealing private conversations with George W. Bush on the eve of the Iraq war.

He reserves much of his ire for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and now Powell and his longtime aide and chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, are attempting to set the record straight. In no uncertain terms. Cheney, Wilkerson told ABC News, “was president for all practical purposes for the first term of the Bush administration” and “fears being tried as a war criminal.”

And God willing he will be tried, convicted, and imprisoned in a Yemeni prison for exactly that.  It is inexplicable that the Christian George Bush would have such an evil beast as his running mate.  And yes, I think Bush is a Christian.  But he has never possessed the gift of discernment.  Had he, he wouldn’t have involved Cheney in the government at any level.  The man is evil incarnate.

Sad News: The Death of Aloysius Ambrozic

From the CBA

Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto, who died  on August 26th.  Born January 27, 1930, he had been an active CBA member since 1957.  He received an STL from the Angelicum, an SSL from the PBI, and a ThD from the University of Wurzburg.  He taught Scripture at St. Augustine Seminary (1960-67) and NT exegesis at Toronto School of Theology (1970-76) before becoming Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto in 1976; he has been a Cardinal since 1998.   He was the author of Volume 2 in the CBQMS: The Hidden Kingdom: A Redactional-Critical Study of the References to the Kingdom of God in Mark’s Gospel (1972).  A fuller account of his very productive and busy life will be found at:  this link.

Sick Woman, Or Just A Pervert?

A text sent to a wrong number led to an alleged relationship for an Athens woman charged with the statutory rape of a 16-year-old boy in neighboring Meigs County.  Meigs County Detective Scotty Wiggins says the teen’s mother called the sheriff’s office on August 23 after discovering a sexually explicit text message.  Shannon Burnett, 41, admitted to sending the message and having sex with the teen, according to the detective.

She’s not just a cougar, she’s a reprehensibly disgusting pedophile.  If a 41 year old man had relations with a 16 year old girl everyone would be outraged and disgusted. Turn it around, and lo and behold, there’ll be a lot of wink wink nudge nudge going on.  Oh so wrongly.

I Have Never Crossed the Line And Sinned…

In this particular matter:

‘These you shall detest among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle and the vulture and the osprey and the kite and the falcon of every kind, every raven of any kind . . .’ (Lev. 11.13- 15).

No problem!  Next?

Hebrew Journals at J-Stor (via The Talmud Blog)

Good news for sure.

Hebrew Journals at J-Stor Extra Extra! Real, professional, Hebrew digitization has finally arrived. J-Stor has added Tarbiz, Zion, and Measef Zion! Life on-line will never be the same (hat-tip, Mississippi Fred Macdowell and Leor Jacobi). … Read More

via The Talmud Blog

Oh No, Not in Copenhagen Too!

This is so tragic and so completely barbaric:

One man was killed and two more wounded in a shoot-out outside a mosque in central Copenhagen on Tuesday morning.

The Norway gunman seems to have like minded friends across the sea in Denmark.

Anti-Islamic feeling has been strengthening in Denmark ever since the conservative Jyllands-Posten newspaper outraged the Muslim world by publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.

Astonishing, really, given the openness of Danish society and the friendliness (in a German-esque way) of the Danes. God willing all this madness will end and never be repeated. I know the decent Danes wish the same.

I’m Very Sorry: The Biblioblogger Social in San Francisco

With regret I have to inform folk that my efforts to secure a venue for the projected biblioblogger get-together in San Francisco have resulted in dead end after dead end and disappointment heaped on top of disappointment.

I’ve been trying since January to either secure a sponsor who would provide us with a space (and found none- though I contacted quite a number of possible contenders) or just some space in a restaurant.  Sponsors were unwilling to expend the necessary funds to secure a spot (it’s really quite expensive) and venues all wanted a fairly hefty fee in payment.

Many of you will recall that in past times we’ve been able to meet in a location free of charge.  Unfortunately, San Fran seems a different sort of place and each venue I contacted was unwilling simply to allow us to gather and fellowship (even though I assured them that there would be plenty of soft-drinks consumed!).

I look back longingly to our meetings in San Diego and New Orleans where restaurants were happy to give us space.  Alas… I just can’t find such a place this year.

And time has really run out to do so.

I’m really sorry.  I mean it.  I’m really, really sorry.  Perhaps I’ll have more luck next year.

Is The Whole Atheist v. Theist Discussion Just Boring or What?

There’s a fine essay which probes the issue of belief and unbelief among Pastors (much in the news these days thanks to some atheist ‘pastors’ in Holland) right here.

Die Zeitschrift «reformiert.» hat mit dem protestantischen Pfarrer gesprochen, der weiterhin in seinen Kirchgemeinden predigen darf – und das meist vor vollen Rängen. Im September kommt er in die Schweiz.

I hope you’ll take a look.  There are atheists who are cordial and sensible and agreeable even in their disagreement.  And then there are the angry atheists who are nothing more than fundamentalists.  I much prefer the former.  Converse with the latter is nothing more than an utter waste of time.

It’s Better to Pray to God than to a Saint or at some Shrine

Because you don’t have to go on pilgrimage to pray to God. And the consequences of trudging off to a spot of idolatry can be hazardous to your health…

Man on Pilgrimage of Thanks after Recovery from Car Crash is Run Over And killed after only a mile into his journey. How very unfortunate: A year earlier, he had been injured in a road accident and made a full recovery. So the man decided to make a pilgrimage to a shrine to give thanks for his survival – only to be knocked down and killed by a car less than a mile into his trek. The 40-year-old Spanish man died instantly after being hit by the vehicle just 20 minutes into his journey. Two women walking with him wer … Read More

via Fr Stephen’s Blog

Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church

That’s the title of a forthcoming volume by Luke Timothy Johnson at Eeerdmans that I’m sure one and all will want to look at.  There’s a short excerpt published here too.  What’s it about?

Christians chronically and desperately need prophecy, says award winning biblical scholar Luke Timothy Johnson. In this and every age, the church needs the bold proclamation of God’s transforming vision to challenge its very human tendency toward expediency and self interest — to jolt it into new insight and energy.  For Johnson, the New Testament books Luke and Acts provide that much-needed jolt to conventional wisdom. To read Luke-Acts as a literary unit, he says, is to uncover a startling prophetic vision of Jesus and the church — one that imagines a reality very different from the one humans would construct on their own. Johnson identifies in Luke’s writings an ongoing call for today’s church, grounded in the prophetic ministry of Jesus Christ, to embody and enact God’s vision for the world.

Sounds engaging.

Yes, We’re Looking at You, Brill

The Guardian is right-

Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist.


Academic publishers charge vast fees to access research paid for by us. Down with the knowledge monopoly racketeers.

And- pointedly

Who are the most ruthless capitalists in the western world? Whose monopolistic practices make Walmart look like a corner shop and Rupert Murdoch a socialist? You won’t guess the answer in a month of Sundays. While there are plenty of candidates, my vote goes not to the banks, the oil companies or the health insurers, but – wait for it – to academic publishers. Theirs might sound like a fusty and insignificant sector. It is anything but. Of all corporate scams, the racket they run is most urgently in need of referral to the competition authorities.

Everyone claims to agree that people should be encouraged to understand science and other academic research. Without current knowledge, we cannot make coherent democratic decisions. But the publishers have slapped a padlock and a “keep out” sign on the gates.

You might resent Murdoch’s paywall policy, in which he charges £1 for 24 hours of access to the Times and Sunday Times. But at least in that period you can read and download as many articles as you like. Reading a single article published by one of Elsevier’s journals will cost you $31.50. Springer charges €34.95, Wiley-Blackwell, $42. Read 10 and you pay 10 times. And the journals retain perpetual copyright. You want to read a letter printed in 1981? That’ll be $31.50.

Read the whole thing, it is SPOT ON. And then think of all the academic publishers with their outrageous fees and ask yourself who really, really is in it for the money.

Why Facebook Will No Longer Be my Primary Social Media Site

And Google+ will be.

First, I’m really weary of Facebook constantly changing things around.  Just when I get the hang of how some feature works, they change it.

Second, I am utterly disgusted with their latest accessibility fiasco.  To be specific, before their latest update I could easily select groups which could view posts.  Now, if I want to interact with a limited number of people, I have to type in their names or type in the names of those I wish to exclude from a particular conversation.  I find that idiotic.

Third, I can do with Google+ exactly what I wish to do in terms of specific communications.  Facebook seems to want to make it as hard as possible to be specific in communications and Google + seems to want to make it as easy as possible.  I know which I prefer.

So I’ll still check in on Facebook and post generalities from time to time, but for real interaction, I’m moving over to G+ from now on.

I have 132 invites left for G+.  You’re welcome to one.

The Biblioblog Reference Librarian Gone Wild

Steve’s been busy lately. He’s started a new Journal for bloggers and a new Press for publications. And it’s all peer reviewed (I wonder who those peers are!).

Anyway, I still have reservations and questions.  Aside from who the ‘peers’ are (will they be degreed academics or loving amateurs?), will there be a connection to the already existing bibliobloggers group of SBL?   Is Steve reinventing the wheel?  Questions, questions.

Biblioblog Library Anouncements: New Version, New Journal, New Press This post comprises an important three-pronged announcement: First, the latest version of the Library (Beta 3) will soon be going live. Currently there is a brand-new mockup you can take a look at here (but be careful as most of the links aren’t connected yet). Where I did not realize it myself, as I’ve been told by others it is much more “Gawker-like” with how it shows the latest posts in whatever category or topic you’re viewing in the right-ha … Read More

via The Biblioblog Reference Librarian’s Desk

The Making of an Atheist

via Estee of FB- Neat, huh?!?!?!

Wine in the Bible

The German Bible Society has a really nice ‘encyclopedia entry’ on the subject of wine in the Bible.  Give it a read.

Throwing a 7 Year Old Off a Boat is a Decidedly Bad Idea

A man is accused of throwing his 7-year-old son overboard after the boy witnessed a fight between the man and his girlfriend on a cruise in Newport Harbor.  Witnesses say they saw Sloane Briles, 35, hit his son and then toss the child in the water. People on three boats in the area rushed to save the boy, pulling him to safety, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino. The boy was shaken up but otherwise OK, Amormino told KTLA.

In other news, real parents love and shield their children from all the harm they can.

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now

He’s in trouble with the law again

The Transportation Security Administration says a man tried to board a flight from Miami to Brazil with nylon bags filled with exotic snakes and tortoises hidden in his pants.  TSA spokesman Jonathon Allen says the man was stopped after passing through a body scanner at Miami International Airport last Thursday. Security officials spotted the nylon bags filled with seven snakes and three tortoises stuffed inside the man’s pants.

What a weirdo!  Just go to a pet store!!  Anyway, keep praying for Chris.  He clearly needs it.