Daily Archives: 19 Dec 2011

Davies v. Garfinkel: The ‘Minimalist Death Notice in BAR’ Smackdown

Read it here in Bible and Interpretation.  You’ll enjoy it.

Tell Me, How Is Such Inhumanity Possible?

Satan's Servant

The man suspected of dousing a 73-year-old woman with gasoline and then setting her ablaze in an elevator was charged Monday with murder and arson.

Jerome Isaac appeared in Brooklyn Criminal court with the left side of his face badly burned and peeling and his upper lip was swollen. He said nothing during the brief court appearance. He was held without bail, and his lawyer requested solitary confinement for the 47-year-old, as well as medical attention. His attorney did not speak outside court.

Surveillance video from inside an elevator shows that Isaac was dressed something like an exterminator, with a canister sprayer, white gloves and a dust mask, which was perched atop his head. The sprayer was full of gasoline, prosecutors said.

According to the criminal complaint, Isaac doused Delores Gillespie with gasoline as she stood in the elevator that had just opened to the 5th floor of her apartment building in Brooklyn. She crouched and cowered, grocery bags draped off her arms.

Someone, please, explain it to me, if you can, without reference to the absolute depravity of humanity unaided by the grace of God.

Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media: Proceedings of the Duke University Conference

Coming in Mid 2012 from your friends at Eisenbrauns

Meyers, Eric M., and Meyers, Carol, eds., Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media: Proceedings of the Duke University Conference, April 23-24, 2009 in the Duke Judaic Series, #4.

It was a tremendously important conference and I’m very keen to read the essays. I was supposed to attend but alas, I was in Egypt during the same time-frame. I’m glad this volume will soon be available.  I’m hopeful that people in the media will read it too.

Protesting Global Warming

Chuck Jones posted this on Facebook and I think it’s tremendous!

To Our Jewish Friends, Happy Hanukkah!

(Yes, don’t look so surprised, I do in fact have Jewish friends and readers and I really like them very much) –

I want to wish you a VERY Happy Hanukkah!  May your lamps always burn brightly!

חג שמח

69 Years isn’t a Long Time To Live

But it’s all the time the President of North Korea got.    It seems he was riding a train from some wretched place to another (since North Korea is festooned with such desolate and impoverished hovels) and his heart ceased to function.

And that’s the way it works.  One minute you’re ok and the next, you’re not just Il-  you’re dead.

Do you think he was the worst of the worst?  Think again.

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13).

In short, it’s a good idea to be prepared for one’s own death.  It’s impending too.  Even if you aren’t quite 69.