#cainwreck – Herman Cain is Just Ignorant

The Telegraph reports

The five-minute video posted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has become an internet hit and was linked repeatedly with the tag #cainwreck on Twitter.

“OK, Libya,” Mr Cain said before rolling his eyes up and pausing to gather his thoughts after being asked if he agreed or disagreed with Obama’s response.

“President Obama supported the uprising. Correct? President Obama called for the removal of Gaddafi. Just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, ‘yes I agree’ or no I didn’t agree,” he said.

“I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason – no that’s a different one,” the flummoxed Republican contender continued, adding he’s “got all this stuff twirling around in my head.”

Mr Cain’s inability to answer a direct and relatively simple foreign policy question stunned some pundits, who soon began debating whether it was a more serious gaffe than rival Rick Perry’s “oops” moment at a debate last week, when the Texas governor forgot the third federal department he wanted to shut down.

Watch the video- so that you don’t vote for him.

The Understatement of the Year

Jerry Sandusky is saying that he ‘shouldn’t have showered with those kids’. One word: duh. He shouldn’t have molested them.

Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky admitted to showering and horsing around with young boys but said he is not a pedophile in an exclusive interview with Bob Costas for NBC News’ Rock Center airing tonight at 10 pm/9 CT. “I say that I am innocent of those charges,” said Sandusky in a phone interview with Costas. When asked by Costas, “Are you a pedophile,” Sandusky responded “No.” Joe Paterno’s one time defensive coordinator was charged earlier this month with 40 counts of sexually abusing eight boys. He is currently free on a $100,000 bond and has denied any wrongdoing. The allegations date back to 1994, according to a grand jury report. A grand jury report detailed claims of alleged sexual encounters with young boys in Paterno’s home, hotels and Penn State locker rooms. “I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact,” said Sandusky. When pressed by Costas about what if anything was Sandusky willing to concede that he’d done was wrong, Sandusky said, “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”


At Harvard the Occupy People Are Shouting ‘We Are the 99%’!

And the Washington Post has it exactly right when it mockingly tweets

Harvard protesters shout “We are the 99 percent.” Cue a nationwide rolling of eyes.

Aw… those poor Harvard kids.  God help them and their miserably difficult lives.  I don’t know how they make it on their trust funds and rich parents and incredible benefits.  They do, though, nicely personify and enflesh the absolute absurdity of the entire Occupy movement.   Harvard’s spoiled rich brats aren’t disadvantaged in any respect and only a huge mind-boggling disconnect from reality would allow them to think otherwise.

Harvard may not be the 1 percent that everyone is complaining about. But it is a tiny group of people who have been given an opportunity denied to others. That smacks uncannily of pipe smoke and caviar. Never mind that Harvard offers massive amounts of financial aid — there are some people there who are not receiving financial aid. It is an elite institution. And elite, these days, is an ugly word.  Soon I expect to hear someone complaining that Harvard does not admit everybody.  But the problem with this movement is how shortsighted it looks. At present, it has done little other than keep freshmen awake at night, increase the presence of university police in the Yard, and lure people away from introductory economics lectures.

Read the rest.  It’s nicely done.

Zwickau Terrorists

It seems that Zwickau has a long tradition of being the home or breeding ground of terrorists.  There certainly were a lot of them in the 16th century and it doesn’t look like things have changed much since then…

Handelt es sich bei der Zwickauer Terrorzelle um ein Verbrecherquartett? Beate Zschäpe, Uwe Mundlos und Uwe Böhnhardt erhielten offenbar Unterstützung von Holger G. Der 37-Jährige wurde dem Ermittlungsrichter vorgeführt – er war früher als Mitglied einer prügelnden Skinhead-Truppe aufgefallen.

Oddly enough, terrorism is fairly static over time and through the ages. The Skinheads of Zwickau resemble the ‘prophets’ of Zwickau in that both assert their own ideology as supreme. And that’s what binds all terrorists together.

A New Blog (To Me) – Timothy Michael Law

Timothy Michael Law is a post doc at Oxford and he’s blogging here.  He’s got some good thoughts and he does have one small fault which I’ll point out:  he’s an ageist.

That is, his blogroll consists of people he describes as ‘Young Scholars You Should Read’ which I naturally take to mean ‘leave the old geezers aside because they have nothing to say worth hearing’.  Now, to be fair, I might be overly sensitive about my age since I passed 50 but there you have it.

If you don’t mind reading prejudiced ageists, give T.M. a look.

A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old in the New

In this comprehensive exposition, a leading New Testament scholar explores the unfolding theological unity of the entire Bible from the vantage point of the New Testament. G. K. Beale, coeditor of the award-winning Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, examines how the New Testament storyline relates to and develops the Old Testament storyline. Beale argues that every major concept of the New Testament is a development of a concept from the Old and is to be understood as a facet of the inauguration of the latter-day new creation and kingdom. Offering extensive interaction between the two testaments, this volume helps readers see the unifying conceptual threads of the Old Testament and how those threads are woven together in Christ. This major work will be valued by students of the New Testament and pastors alike.

I love Beale and this sounds brilliant.  And since I did my Thesis on the Old Testament in the New, it’s a decades long interest.

Amazon has it for $33.  With thanks to Gary Yates for mentioning it on the twitter.

The Acceptance of Gay Clerics is Disintegrating the Church of Scotland

In 1559 John Knox returned from ministering in...

The Church of Scotland is braced for mass resignations over moves to allow the ordination of gay ministers, with up to 150 conservative and evangelical ministers threatening to quit, the Guardian can reveal.  The rebellion began after the Church of Scotland became the first major presbyterian church in the world to allow openly gay and lesbian ministers to take up parishes at its general assembly in May, despite evidence that 20% of its elders and office-bearers could leave in protest.  The general assembly also opened the way for the full ordination of gay ministers in the church within two years, indicating the Church of Scotland was ready to accept gay and lesbians on equal terms as heterosexual clergy for the first time since its foundation 450 years ago.

What else can they do?  Ethically, theologically, and morally they can’t remain within an institution so at odds with their beliefs.  Are they simply to stay for the sake of accommodation?  Hardly.  The Church of Scotland should be ashamed of its decision and it should be ashamed that it’s heretical behavior is driving clergy from it.

John Knox would be furious.  And disgusted.

Anti-God Philosophy and Republican Ideology: Strange Bedfellows Indeed

NPR did a report this morning on that godless slug Ayn Rand and her moronic views and how those views are now part and parcel of the Republicans and their ideology of governance.

Rand wholly rejected religion. She called it a weakness, even a parasite — one that convinces people their purpose is to work for the betterment of others. In fact, she says, for man, the truth is just the opposite. “His highest moral purpose is the achievement of his own happiness,” she says.

I find that incredibly ironic.  ‘Family values’ ‘faith matters’ Republicans adopting a philosophy that is intentionally anti-Christian and anti-God.  Rand’s philosophy is utterly ego-centric and the antithesis of Christianity.  No one can be a Christian and a Rand-ian.

At the time [they appeared], Rand’s novels were almost universally panned. Her ideas were called “the height of immorality.” Her followers, the objectivists, were seen as a radical sideshow in politics and economics.  But now?  “Every time you submit to a regulation, it diminishes your liberty,” says Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, speaking just off the House floor a few weeks ago. King says he loves Rand.

Her ideas are the height of immorality and it’s a sign of the moral decline of this country that they are now so widely embraced.  It just goes to show you, for many, money matters more than anything else.  Money is the official god of the Republican party, isn’t it?  There’s just no getting around it.

Most interestingly of all, the tea-baggers and the occupiers both are adherents of her idiocy.

Matthew Kalman’s Lecture at the Albright on the ‘James Ossuary’ Trial

Matthew writes to inform that he lectured on the trial of the century the other night at the Albright Institute.  And he’s generous enough to send along a link to the slides he used at the lecture– which will give you the substance of his talk.

Take a look- and if you’re in Jerusalem or around, Matthew’s willing to re-deliver his lecture.  So contact him.

[Matthew is a reporter who has covered the story since its very beginning.  He knows the details better than anyone else].