Fear of Death

Astonishing is the stupidity of a man who fears death. Death is common to all men, and nobody can escape it. Cicero was able to comfort himself very well as a heathen in the first book of the Tusculans. How much more ought Christians do this, for they have Christ, the destroyer of death, and have [eternal] life and the resurrection.

Even if we’d like to live longer, it’s a brief interval at best. It’s like many of you traveling to Düben; some of you will arrive there about the fourth hour and others about the seventh or eighth hour, but all of you will have to put up there for the night. So Adam has preceded us by only a few hours; he has hardly had more than one night’s rest more than us.” — Martin Luther

Oh USPS, You Do Mystify

So the item I was informed would arrive today and which I mentioned earlier today is still in Kentucky, where it was mailed priority mail on the 22nd.  That’s right friends and neighbors, something mailed on Thursday has taken 3 entire days (Thurs-Sat) to make it from one town IN KENTUCKY to another…

That’s just pathetic really- especially considering the fact that the ‘priority’ rate has been paid.  Behold:

Oh, and the most annoying part? Shepherdsville is 25 minutes SOUTH of Louisville. 25 minutes… Good grief. Again, it’s no wonder that people are dropping the postal ‘service’. It has only itself to blame.

Things Are Worse For Perry Than We Thought…

CNN emails (and note the bold)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign was dealt a worrying blow Saturday when he finished a distant second to businessman Herman Cain in a closely watched straw poll in Florida.

Cain won 37% of the 2,657 votes cast in the straw poll conducted at Presidency 5, a three-day convention sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida. Perry got just 410 votes, or 15.4%. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished third with 14%.

Perry was expected to win the straw poll as the weekend began, but his underwhelming performance at a GOP debate on Thursday night raised questions about his readiness for prime time.

Yikes.  He’s as far behind Cain as he can be just about.  How sad for him…  But people do love pizza.  Especially in Florida.  It’s crazy hot and humid down there and who wants to cook?

Bachmann’s Favorite Preacher is Loonier than Obama’s

Drug-addled-hard-rocker-cum-evangelical-radio-host Bradlee Dean has won conservative fans around the world, including Michele Bachmann. She has spoken on Dean’s show, but keeps the connection low-profile—perhaps because Dean has appeared to support the execution of gays and has accused President Obama of causing more harm to America than Osama bin Laden, the New York Times reports. Still, he has proven his political allegiance by suing NBC, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, and others for “willfully and maliciously” harming Bachmann’s campaign.

Well in case it was needed, there’s more proof that being a druggie is a bad move because it makes you profoundly stupid.

The Next Time Some Dim Atheist Questions Christian Faith…

Just tell them this little story (from a friend on G+)

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”

” Oh, I don’t know,” said the atheist. “How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?” as he smiled smugly.

“OK,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”

The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.” To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death, when you don’t know crap?” And then she went back to reading her book.

Tony Blair: What a Con Artist

Pretending to be oh so devoted to his ‘faith’ and all the while having lived his entire life scraping and deceiving and manipulating for whatever he could get.  He conned a lot of people.

An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph can reveal new details of the complex structure behind “Tony Blair Inc”. It can also be disclosed that Mr Blair has built links with Monitor Group, an American public affairs consultancy that earned millions of pounds working for Col Muammar Gaddafi, the deposed Libyan dictator.

The former Prime Minister employed at least three staff from Monitor Group as senior advisers to his personal office at the same time as he put together multi-million pound deals in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The men were all on the payroll of the US consultancy firm at the same time as they were representing Mr Blair.

In short, he’s got ties to all manner of shady people and companies.  What a con.  I’m glad he’s Catholic.  Were he Protestant, he would give that branch of Christianity a black eye (though given the present state of Anglicanism, it couldn’t be much of a black eye).

Netanyahu Killed the Peace Process

Boy, when Bill Clinton is right, he’s right.

Who’s to blame for the continued failure of the Middle East peace process? Former President Bill Clinton said today that it is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — whose government moved the goalposts upon taking power, and whose rise represents a key reason there has been no Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Clinton, in a roundtable with bloggers today on the sidelines of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, gave an extensive recounting of the deterioration in the Middle East peace process since he pressed both parties to agree to a final settlement at Camp David in 2000. He said there are two main reasons for the lack of a comprehensive peace today: the reluctance of the Netanyahu administration to accept the terms of the Camp David deal and a demographic shift in Israel that is making the Israeli public less amenable to peace.

“The two great tragedies in modern Middle Eastern politics, which make you wonder if God wants Middle East peace or not, were [Yitzhak] Rabin’s assassination and [Ariel] Sharon’s stroke,” Clinton said.

Read it all. He’s absolutely right. Absolutely.  And this is exactly why Obama shouldn’t even consider a UN veto of Palestinian statehood and why it is morally reprehensible of the government to continue on that path.

The Help Desk

It’s in Norwegian but there are English subtitles- and it’s hilarious! (with thanks to BibleWorks on FB for the notice).

What’s Facebook’s New ‘Timeline’ Really About?


With every major update of Facebook’s experience they reveal little by little how creepy they are, because instead of looking at the things users need, each release just shows (no matter how pretty they make it) that they’re after nothing but the things that can be told to their advertisers about you, plain and simple. It’s not a social network, it’s a living marketing survey.  All along they were parsing whatever it is that we talk about, but it seems they need to get more efficient at it, their solution? Make the user click on drop downs that describe those things advertisers have to bid the highest Cost Per Click for.

Vote for your Favorite Reformer? Is He Serious?

The only thing such a vote will prove is that

1- more of Marc’s readers are Calvinists than Christians (if they vote for Calvin)
2- more of Marc’s readers are alcoholics than Christians (if they vote for Luther)
3- more of Marc’s readers came from here to his page (if they vote for Zwingli)

Voting for favorite Reformers (or blogs, or coffee or books or politicians or whatever) is an exercise in insanity. Yes, I said it, insanity. So there (now go vote for Zwingli or be called an atheist or an alcoholic!).

Share Your Faith, Get in Trouble…

No not in Israel (with its laws against proselytizing) or Saudi Arabia or China- but in the good old United Kingdom

A Christian doctor is still trying to clear his name after a complaint was made against him for speaking about his faith with a patient.  Dr Richard Scott, 51, was in Manchester yesterday for a disciplinary hearing into comments he made to a patient during a one-to-one consultation at the Bethesda Medical Centre in Margate, Kent, in August 2010.  The complaint was made by the mother of the 24-year-old patient after he told her that Dr Scott had suggested the Christian faith could help him.

What political-correctness ridiculousness.  Trying to offer help is against the law?

The USPS Might Find Itself in Better Condition…

If it actually managed to provide service in a timely fashion.  I ordered something the other day and the seller assured me that he had sent it priority mail with the Postal Service, and he gave me the tracking number.  Alas, even though the item was supposed to arrive today, the local post office has seen nothing of it.  See for yourself:

Yes, you’re right.  Today is the 24th.  But no delivery.  The USPS might find more people using it if it did what it promised to do.  UPS does.  Why can’t the Post Office?

More Anti-Palestinian Strong Arming

This is sad.  A Rabbi cries foul and an entire Museum shivers, canceling an exhibition of Palestinian children’s art simply because the Rabbi thought it biased.

An exhibition of drawings and paintings created by Palestinian children scheduled to open Sept 24 at Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art has been canceled.  The show, which was to run until Nov. 13, included harrowing images of bloodshed and loss during the Israeli bombing of Gaza, known as Operation Cast Lead, which began in 2008. In one drawing, a little girl with a bandage on her head stares out from behind prison bars. In another, tanks roll through a burning town as women wail and children weep.

These and other artwork created by Palestinian children ages 6-14 were to have been included in “A Child’s View of Gaza,” which was to open with a day of cartooning workshops and poetry readings.  Hilmon Sorey, chairman of MOCHA’s board of directors wrote in a statement that while the museum supports art that fosters “insight and understanding,” an exhibit of art about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was “not appropriate for an open gallery accessible by all children.”  The museum has previously shown art created by children during conflict, including images depicting the 2003 invasion of Iraq.  And it hasn’t shied away from exploring violence in Oakland. But Sorey said in an interview that the board felt the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is too divisive an issue.

But because of some deep-seated bias against Palestinians, and fear of backlash from Israeli partisans, once again the Palestinians are marginalized.  The museum should hang its head in shame.

However, the exhibition’s organizers have moved the show out to the sidewalk.  So if you’re in Oakland, go see it.

In Oakland, California, an exhibition of artwork by children in Gaza which was supposed to open on Saturday has been cancelled after pressure from pro-Israel organisations. But tomorrow, organizers will show the artwork outside the museum instead. FSRN’s George Lavender reports.