Daily Archives: 9 Dec 2011

Modern Culture’s Greatest Absurdity

Long term planning.

Total Depravity: Wretched, Vile Thievery

Unfortunately the criminals arrested haven’t been named.  What a shame.

Police say two South Florida women are accused of stealing Christmas decorations from their neighbor’s yard and putting them in a yard less than a block away.  Police in the Miami suburb of Sweetwater say about $500 of items were taken, including Mickey Mouse on a horse, hugging penguins, Snoopy on a doghouse and Santa on a sled.

I suppose the thought of getting a job so that they had money instead of stealing things which belonged to others for that purpose never crossed their minds.  Selfish trollops.  I long for the old days when such persons would be caught, put in the stocks in the public square, and mocked whilst being pelted with rotten fruit and eggs.  If that sort of justice were meted out I guarantee there would be less of such petty depravity.

The Best of the Psalms

Or perhaps, my favorite of the Psalms:

Ps 130:1 I cry out to you from the depths, LORD — 2 my Lord, listen to my voice! Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy! 3 If you kept track of sins, LORD — my Lord, who would stand a chance? 4 But forgiveness is with you— that’s why you are honored. 5 I hope, LORD. My whole beingr hopes, and I wait for God’s promise. 6 My whole being waits for my Lord— more than the night watch waits for morning; yes, more than the night watch waits for morning! (CEB)

In the Vulgate it’s Psalm 129-

De profundis clamavi ad te Domine 2 Domine exaudi vocem meam fiant aures tuae intendentes in vocem deprecationis meae 3 si iniquitates observabis Domine Domine quis sustinebit 4 quia apud te propitiatio est propter legem tuam sustinui te Domine sustinuit anima mea in verbum eius 5 speravit anima mea in Domino 6 a custodia matutina usque ad noctem speret Israhel in Domino 7 quia apud Dominum misericordia et copiosa apud eum redemptio.

The bit in bold is the best part of the entire thing. The LXX doesn’t do the Hebrew the same justice that the Vulgate does-

ᾠδὴ τῶν ἀναβαθμῶν ἐκ βαθέων ἐκέκραξά σε κύριε.

And the underlying Hebrew upon which all of them are based:

מִמַּעֲמַקִּ֖ים קְרָאתִ֣יךָ יְהוָֽה׃

Isn’t it intriguing that what the Hebrew manages in just three words takes Greek eight. Latin takes 6 (which is twice as many words as Hebrew) and English, 9! That’s three times as many words to express the same thought.

A grossly wooden rendering in English of the simple profundity of the Hebrew might be ‘from-the-depths I-cry-for-you Yahweh’. If you allow the hyphenated bits to stand for single words, that manages it in 3.

Hebrew- it’s the best of languages because it’s compact. Say what you mean and mean what you say without mutilating it with unnecessary asides. Thank you, Hebrew.

Gegen das Schwören bei den Heiligen

On the 9th of December, 1551, the Zurich city council published a document which Heinrich Bullinger had written titled Gegen das Schwören bei den Heiligen,  It’s premiss is simple-

Die Obrigkeit soll nicht ‘bei den Heiligen’ schwören und auch niemandem erlauben, dies zu tun.

Swearing by the Saints endangered the city, potentially calling down upon it the wrath of God for its idolatrous action in so doing.  Entering into alliances by means of such an oath as required by certain other Cantons was hence forbidden.  As the editors of Bullinger’s Works remark

Da die Bibel eindeutig festhalte, dass nur ‘bei Gott’ geschworen werden dürfe, war für Bullinger in dieser zutiefst religiösen Fragen ein Kompromiss nicht möglich.

And he was right.  Some things cannot be compromised- even for the sake of unity.

Breaking News!!!!! The Ark of the Covenant Has Been Found!!!!

It has been discovered!  Finally!!!!

Unfortunately circumstances make it impossible to excavate further.  We need more funding!  If I can raise $10,000,000 in the next week we can go ahead and finish the work and prove to the world that the 10 lost tribes came to America and deposited the Ark of the Covenant in, of all places, my front yard!

Please help!  Please send what you can to me via Paypal.  I promise, when I have the funding I need I’ll dig the thing up and you will have, as an investor, first dibs on parts of it!

[If the Noah’s Ark people can ‘find’ that thing and then say they can’t get to it to verify it, why can’t I and anyone else, huh?]

The American Booksellers Association Isn’t Thrilled With Amazon’s Horrid Greed Either

Via James Spinti-

Dear Jeff Bezos,

We’re not shocked, just disappointed.

Despite your company’s recent pledge to be a better corporate citizen and to obey the law and collect sales tax, you created a price-check app that allows shoppers to browse Main Street stores that do collect sales tax, scan a product, ask for expertise, and walk out empty-handed in order to buy on Amazon. We suppose we should be flattered that an online sales behemoth needs a Main Street retail showroom.

Forgive us if we’re not.

We could call your $5 bounty to app-users a cheesy marketing move and leave it at that. In fact, it is the latest in a series of steps to expand your market at the expense of cities and towns nationwide, stripping them of their unique character and the financial wherewithal to pay for essential needs like schools, fire and police departments, and libraries.

But maybe we’ve misunderstood.

Even though you’ve spent millions on lobbyists, fired affiliates in seven states, and threatened to shut warehouses to avoid collecting sales tax, maybe you really mean it now when you say you support a level playing field.

It’s up to you to show us.

In the meantime, indie retailers remain the heart of countless communities — offering discovery, energy, support, and unique experiences. See you on Main Street.


Oren Teicher, CEO
American Booksellers Association

Nicely said.

Hate Yourself? Want an Aneurism? Not Had Enough of the False Claims of Discoveries of Noah’s Ark?

If you answered yes to all three of those questions, you might want to see this.


If you don’t hate yourself, don’t desire an aneurism, and have in fact had enough of the false claims of discoveries of Noah’s Ark, best to skip it.  And if you do go ahead and look, just consider the source- CBN…

Daniel McGivern and his team claimed to have discovered two large sections of Noah’s ark resting just below surface atop Mount Ararat in Turkey — where the Bible says the ark came to rest. “The mountain is treeless. The mountain is volcanic with gases. There is no conceivable way that you could have an object that big on a mountain,” McGivern said.

The Best Commercial of the Year

Now I have to step aside to wipe my eyes…

Why Do Politicians Like to Misrepresent the Facts So Much?

NPR reports on the constant chorus of Republican Congressmen who insistently whine that small business owners are opposed to a surtax.  The problem is that such persons as the Repubs claim exist don’t appear to be real at all.

Ever since the idea of the surtax was introduced weeks ago, Republicans in Congress have railed against it, arguing that it is a direct hit on small-business owners and other job creators.  The argument is that many small-business owners report company profits on their individual taxes because of the way their businesses are structured. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., says the surtax would hurt their ability to hire.

Sure, Senator.  Lie on.

We wanted to talk to business owners who would be affected. So, NPR requested help from numerous Republican congressional offices, including House and Senate leadership. They were unable to produce a single millionaire job creator for us to interview.

What a shock.  Read the whole report – it’s quite good and shows yet again that our politicians are the best liars in the world and more than happy to distort the facts to suit their political agenda.

Leviathan in Ancient Art: By W.G. Lambert

Robert Deutsch edited a volume back in 2003 which Prof. Lambert contributed to.  Following is Lambert’s piece on Leviathan.  (Robert was kind enough to send it along.  You’ll have to click to enlarge each page) :