Daily Archives: 28 Sep 2011


Total Depravity: Yet Another ‘Sexting’ Teacher


A woman who taught at East Aurora High School has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child after allegedly sending inappropriate photos of herself via text message to a 15-year-old boy who attended the school.  Police received a tip on Sept. 19 suggesting that Kelly K. Miller, 32, a science teacher at East Aurora, had ‘sexted’ explicit photos to one of her male students in late May or June 2011, CBS Chicago reports. The charges were filed on Tuesday.


I just don’t get it.  Does she think it’s ok?  Does she think no one will find out?  Does she think the boy won’t talk?  Is she so completely dim that she thinks she’s above the law?  I. Just. Don’t. Get. It.

I have to say (and maybe it’s just my present mood) – were I God, I would conclude the human experiment.  People are just – by and large – really, really awful.  This kind of evil goes on all the time and let’s all be honest: if people didn’t fear legal consequences anarchy would ensue and society would deteriorate overnight.  99% of people would ‘do what was right in their own eyes’ and the streets would be littered with the slaughtered corpses of their victims.


A Catholic priest from a small Mexican town has turned on his own congregation armed with a watergun which was loaded with holy water.  Father Juan Ramon Hernandez gives mass at a church in Acatlan. He became so saddened by the seemingly daily drug-related killings and violence he decided to take a stand… with a water gun.  “Let’s pray to change the heart of the people who use violence and kill other people,” he said. “Let’s throw all the guns far away.”

He must not have taken any sort of logic course in Priest school.  Otherwise he would recognize the incongruity.

Some children, who were making their first communion, giggled as the priest sprayed churchgoers with holy water.

And then, it being Mexico, they went outside and were sprayed by gunfire…  (no they weren’t, but given the nature of that country it’s surprising that they weren’t).

Rezetko, Young and Ehrensvärd Show Hendel How Linguistics Work

In a very nicely done essay in Bible and Interpretation which takes Hendel to task for his early misrepresentation of their work.

We appreciate the opportunity to respond to Ron Hendel’s op-ed and to clarify our real views and arguments.  Unfortunately Hendel takes out of context the short “potted summary” of our books and fails to engage our real views and arguments. We hope he will read the books on which the popular summary is based.

And then they show how Hendel is simply wrong and his view misinformed.

When Will Lady Gaga(lot) Denounce Violence Perpetrated by Gays?

Violence by anyone or any group against any other person or group cannot be tolerated in a democratic society.  Gangs attacking gays is immoral.  Similarly gays attacking straights is also immoral.  And while Lady Gag has made known her disdain for the former, when will she speak out as publicly against the latter?  Or is her (and likeminded activists) compassion limited only to one group (making her, and them, just as biased as the people they loathe)?

Whenever there’s trouble around the Chinatown and Gallery Place Metro stations in the District, the finger of blame often points to a most unusual group of suspects: a black gay gang called Check It.  Depending on whom you talk to, they’re just a bunch of mischievous gender benders and drama queens, vulnerable gay youths seeking safety in numbers. Or, they’re one of the largest, more aggressive gangs in the city.

Let’s hear it Gaga.  Condemnation.  Here’s a clear case of bullying.  Where’s the outrage?

I Don’t Know, Nor Do I Care to, This Shane Lee Person…

But he’s this week’s Dilly the Dilettante Award winner (loser).  Why, you ask?  In some videos Scott’s ‘discovered’ (?) he asserts that

Satan took human form and had sex with Adam and Eve.

That alone makes him this week’s winner (loser).  And his followers?  Those ignorant and foolish souls who know less about the bible and theology than he does (can such witlessness really exist?) and yet who still contribute money to him- they’re all co recipients of the award.

So, Shane, (and all your deluded followers), here’s your well deserved prize:

Sarah Palin: Duplicity and Ignorance Incarnate

2012 Republican Presidential Candidates

Circle of Death

Sometimes we imagine that there’s something out there called ‘duplicity’ and something else called ‘ignorance’ and we like to pretend that they are just occasional interlopers.

But we’re wrong.  Duplicity and ignorance aren’t just things- they are realities and they have manifested themselves in human form in the person of Sarah Palin.  She isn’t duplicitous, she is duplicity.  Likewise, she isn’t ignorant, she’s ignorance.

Oh sure, there are Americans who have been deceived by her apparent charm and wit (and even a few sadly deceived and tragically blind Irish clerics) but peel off the facade of speech-prep and trying-as-hard-as-they-can-to-make-her-sound-intelligent writers and what’s left is duplicity and ignorance in the very flesh.

Scene 1: Van Susteren asks Palin about the presidential-ambition denials of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Palin: “I think that we can take Gov. Christie at his word…. He kinda put the nail in the coffin of speculation that he would run [with] the announcement he made today.” Palin goes on to say, “I think that a lot of the push for Chris Christie and for others comes not just from those within the party but the inside baseball within the media.”

Scene No. 2: Van Susteren asks Palin how the presidential race should be covered. How to cover the races?

Palin: “There’s a lot of information out there—a lot of white noise …we learned our lesson in electing Barack Obama, who was not vetted by the media. The media did not do its job in the last go-round.”

Scene No. 5: Van Susteren probes Palin’s decision-making considerations regarding the GOP bid.

Palin: “I keep repeating that decisionmaking as to whether I should throw my name in the hat for the GOP nomination or not for 2012” boils down to: “Does a title shackle a person—are they someone like me who’s maverick, you know, I do go rogue.”

Scene No. 6: Van Susteren asks if Palin thinks she could win.In other words: The maverick is back.

Palin: “I do!”

In other words: This is what Fox pays for.

If this woman runs she will lose.  If Republicans nominate her, they are more foolish than the imbeciles presently serving in Congress.  When she announces her candidacy (if she does) every Democrat in the country should thank God because with that single act she will ensure the re-election of Obama.  She isn’t just duplicitous (holding on to her Fox moneybag while teasing her sycophants with a potential run), she’s also ignorant (if she imagines for half a second she can win).

It was she who lost McCain the election.  She will lose any race she runs for Republicans.  She is the kiss of death, the black widow, the ‘family values’ momma with a grandson out of wedlock.  She is contradiction itself.

‘Die Narren Gottes’

From Lit Verlag

Der für seine pointierten Beiträge zur Religions- und Kirchengeschichte bekannte Autor Hans Conrad Zander ist in diesen Tagen in einem Radiointerview auf Deutschlandfunk zu hören. Thema sind “Die Narren Gottes”. Das Gespräch wird an drei Vormittagen in der Sendung “Tag für Tag” ausgestrahlt. Teil 1 und 2 können bereits online abgerufen werden:

Teil 1: ondemand-mp3.dradio.de/file/dradio/2011/09/27/dlf_20110927_0945_87a555a0.mp3
Teil 2: ondemand-mp3.dradio.de/file/dradio/2011/09/28/dlf_20110928_0942_ee64d10a.mp3

Amazon’s ‘Fire’ Might Move me to a Tablet

For $199 it might be worth the price.  I know the iPad was just – and is just – too expensive at nearly $350.

But it looks like it may be useful-

-Movies, apps, games, music, reading and more, plus Amazon’s revolutionary, cloud-accelerated web browser
-18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books
-Amazon Appstore – thousands of popular apps and games
-Ultra-fast web browsing – Amazon Silk
-Free cloud storage for all your Amazon content
-Vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle
-Fast, powerful dual-core processor
-Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited, instant streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows

I won’t use it to read or watch movies (most likely) but if it allows access to the web, then it might be fun.

It looks like it has a Facebook ap and it probably (?) has twitter as well so if I can also use it to blog, it would be the ideal traveling machine.

Anyone know if it will allow web access?

Judaism Has its Own Angry Atheists…

Fundamentalist Christianity isn’t the only fountainhead of angry atheism (e.g., Hector Avalos and Bart Ehrman).  It seems that Judaism too has given birth to the lunacy of vitriolic atheism.

At the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, many Jews who identify as atheists, secular humanists and other religious “nones” attend synagogue. Most go once a year — like Christians who go to church only at Christmas or Easter. But others, like Schrogin, are active, integral parts of a religious community that, ideologically, they stand apart from.

“Atheism and Judaism are not contradictory, so to have an atheist in a Jewish congregation isn’t an issue or a challenge or a problem,” Shrogin said. “It is par for the course. That is what Judaism is. It is our tradition to question God from top to bottom.”

Atheism is entrenched in American Judaism. In researching their book American Grace, authors Robert Putnam and David Campbell found that half of all American Jews doubt God’s existence. In other groups, that number is between 10 and 15 percent.

So evidently there are Jews who know as little about the meaning of faith as fundamentalist Christians.  Neither fish nor fowl, such persons merely cling to the shell of belief for the sake of … well who knows.  Like the prattish Dutch Cleric who stands in a pulpit every week and promotes atheism, these folk are probably just too insecure to cut the cord and actually make a choice.

So I want to encourage them: go ahead, live lives as angry atheists.  You’re predestined to damnation anyway*, self evidently.

[* – All are not created on equal terms, but some are preordained to eternal life, others to eternal damnation; and, accordingly, as each has been created for one or other of these ends, we say that he has been predestinated to life or to death. This God has testified, not only in the case of single individuals; he has also given a specimen of it in the whole posterity of Abraham, to make it plain that the future condition of each nation lives entirely at his disposal. –  John Calvin]

How Utterly and Completely Sensible: The Donkey is the Ideal Choice

My hat’s off to the people of Bulgaria:

Marko the donkey has been chosen by the Society for New Bulgaria political party to represent them for the elections on October 23.   It was reported that the party see Marko as the ideal alternative to the current mayor Kiril Yordanov, who they feel is not doing a good enough job for the town.  Angel Dyankov, head of the campaign headquarters of the Society for New Bulgaria party, said: ‘Unlike the other mayor candidates and politicians, the Donkey has a strong character, doesn’t steal, doesn’t lie, and gets work done.’

None of that can be said of any of America’s politicians.

Essays in Honor of James VanderKam

In two volumes.  From (wait for it), Brill.  For (wait for it, wait for it…) $334…  I guess they just don’t want people to buy it- though it looks like it contains some interesting things.

This collection of essays honors James C. VanderKam on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday and twentieth year on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame. An international group of scholars—including peers specializing in Second Temple Judaism and Biblical Studies, colleagues past and present, and former students—offers essays that interact in various ways with ideas and themes important in VanderKam’s own work. The collection is divided into five sections spanning two volumes. The first volume includes essays on the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near East along with studies on Qumran.

Greedy Higher Ed Naturally Gives Birth to Money Driven ‘Students’

A college student from New York was paid between $1,500 and $2,500 to stand in for at least a half dozen students attending a prestigious Long Island high school and take the SAT exam for them, a prosecutor said Tuesday in announcing criminal charges in the case.

Six students were also arrested Tuesday on misdemeanor charges, although authorities said the investigation remained active and that other high school students in the area may also have been involved. The six were all released on their own recognizance.

When schools live only for the dollar no one should be surprised that students will do whatever immoral or unethical thing it takes to get into them, since they too are driven by the dollar- the promise of a good wage if they can only get into that good school which wants their money and will do anything to get it, including lying about the students’ future prospects.

Greed begets greed and the unethical disposition evidenced by these miscreants.  Lying schools beget lying and cheating students.

Hmmm… No Wonder…

Here’s my ISP’s support page…

That really does say it all.