Daily Archives: 26 Jan 2012

Rick Santorum Has Jumped the Shark

He actually thinks Colleges and Universities are centers of indoctrination.

Increasingly distant third place candidate Rick Santorum is desperately trying to jump start his campaign, so he’s come out with a bold new attack on the Obama administration: college is evil.   “It’s no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go college,” Santorum told an audience in Naples, Florida yesterday according to The Hill. “The indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. And it is indoctrination.”

Fear mongering witlessness pandering to the inbred and idiot.  Santorum has jumped the shark.  It’s over, Rick.  You’re officially insane.  Your campaign is finished.  Throw in the towel.  Call it a day.  The fat lady has sung.

Cronyism in the Vatican???? Well Who Would Ever Imagine…

Color me unsurprised.

The Vatican was shaken by a corruption scandal Thursday after an Italian television investigation said a former top official had been transferred against his will after complaining about irregularities in awarding contracts.

The show “The Untouchables” on the respected private television network La 7 Wednesday night showed what it said were several letters that Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who was then deputy-governor of Vatican City, sent to superiors, including Pope Benedict, in 2011 about the corruption.

The Vatican issued a statement Thursday criticizing the “methods” used in the journalistic investigation. But it confirmed that the letters were authentic by expressing “sadness over the publication of reserved documents.”

As deputy governor of the Vatican City for two years from 2009 to 2011, Vigano was the number two official in a department responsible for maintaining the tiny city-state’s gardens, buildings, streets, museums and other infrastructure.

Vigano, currently the Vatican’s ambassador in Washington, said in the letters that when he took the job in 2009 he discovered a web of corruption, nepotism and cronyism linked to the awarding of contracts to outside companies at inflated prices.

In one letter, Vigano tells the pope of a smear campaign against him (Vigano) by other Vatican officials who wanted him transferred because they were upset that he had taken drastic steps to save the Vatican money by cleaning up its procedures.

Now that’s A Title To Sink Your Teeth Into: The Juvenilization of American Christianity

In the book, Bergler traces the way in which, over seventy-five years, youth ministries have breathed new vitality into four major American church traditions — African American, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic — even as their methods have also engendered widespread spiritual immaturity, consumerism, and self-centeredness, and have popularized a feel-good faith marked by neither intergenerational community nor theological literacy.  The preponderance of pop worship music, jeans, and T-shirts in church services? These, he says, can all be traced to juvenilization. So can the ubiquitous language of “falling in love with Jesus.”

Brilliant!  If anything marks modern youth movements it’s precisely spiritual immaturity and consumerism and self centeredness.

Watch the interview!

Hmmm….

Sans commentary…  via Craig Bennett on the FB-

There Is Good News in Today’s Dark and Depraved World!!!!!

Aside, of course, from the Gospel.  And it’s this:

Look out Starbucks, McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and other chain restaurants catering to the morning crowd, there’s a new “bell” at the ball.  Taco Bell, the fast-food chain that made its name as a favorite for the late-night crowd, is hoping that early birds will start to “think outside the bun” and try its new take on breakfast.  The Mexican-style restaurant today introduced a breakfast menu at almost 800 of its restaurants across nearly 12 Western states.

YEAH!  What could be better than T.B. for breakfast!  Look at it!

High cholesterol?  So what!  High blood pressure?  Pshhawwww.  I can already feel my arteries hardening!

The End

Of the Common English Bible  blog tour is at hand and the final winner of a copy of the CEB is Laine Clayton!  As a sort of last word on the subject of the CEB- get yourself one.

The Jonathan Edwards Center

This is a pretty cool resource for those of you who like Jonathan Edwards.  The Post Reformation Digital Library also has loads of Edwards publications.

I like Edwards.  Straight talking, intelligent (perhaps the most intellectual of all the Preachers America has ever produced), and if looks could… well never mind.

Just look, his eyes follow you wherever you go…  Awesome!  He could drill holes through lead with his eyes.

“The enjoyment of [God] is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams. But God is the ocean.”  – J.E.

Being Cruel to Animals Isn’t Cool

So this Texas pastor who tossed a kitty off a bridge isn’t cool either.

Bastrop Christian Church Pastor Rick Bartlett, whose sermons promise “deliverance and renewal from wrongs suffered and caused” in life, allegedly left his neighbor’s 12-year-old cat Moody in a cage in the back of his truck for three days, then chucked the pussy off a bridge where it fell 50 feet to its death on Jan. 15, according to KEYE TV.  Bartlett allegedly told animal control officers that he thought Moody was one of many stray cats afflicting his yard. He claims he captured it and put it in a cage in the back of his truck. He told officers that he forgot about the cat for three days before bringing it to police, though he denies deliberately neglecting the kitty, the site reported.

Sure, mock and make fun of cats- they deserve it.  But torture them?  That’s not cool at all.  Ever.  What a prat.  What a sociopath.  [I’m glad he’s not a Baptist.  We already have enough bad press].

Just Six Years for 250 Counts of Molestation??? You Can’t Be Serious

A Catholic priest found guilty of over 250 charges of sexual abuse towards young boys has been sentenced to six years in prison, a German court announced on Thursday.

That’s beyond contemptible.

The 46-year-old from Salzgitter, Lower Saxony, was found guilty of abusing three boys aged between nine and 15. He was spared a longer sentence because he admitted to 250 of the 280 suspected cases.

Wait. He admitted to 250 cases out of 280 and that got him 6 years????? INJUSTICE!!!!!

An internal investigation is currently under way in the priest’s Hildesheim diocese, the results of which will be sent to the Vatican, along with the Braunschweig court report. The Vatican will then decide the man’s future position in the church.  “The man’s fate will either be decided in Rome or it will rest on the area’s bishop to decide,” a spokesman for Hildesheim Bishop Michael Lukas said.

Exactly what decision do they have to make?????  He should be banned and exiled to prison for the rest of his life- because when he gets out of prison he will molest again.

My Cat From Hell?!?!?!

Animal Planet

There’s an actual SHOW on Animal Planet titled that!  How awesome is that!!!  Finally, someone with the courage to expose these evil beasts for what they are.  With thanks to Jason Gardner for the tip.  He’s earned a permanent place on the blogroll for it.

From spastic cats that break up relationships to violent felines that put their owners in the hospital, cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy has seen it all. Follow Jackson as he brings his unique understanding of cats to desperate families on the verge of giving up on their furry companions.

One word will suffice- pet-thanasia!  That’s how wicked cats should be dispatched!

[PETA and their friends, no cats were actually harmed in the posting of this post- nor have I ever harmed any living creature more sentient than a fly].

And That’s Why Cats Belong in the Baggage Compartment

An Air Canada flight was delayed Wednesday because of the antics of a cat on the loose.

Terrorist cat.

Ripples, 10,

What???  Did they just report the name, and age, of a cat?????  That’s messed up.

…was on a Halifax to Toronto flight with his owner when he got loose from his improperly fastened carrying case, reports The Globe and Mail.  “They were of course first looking [for Ripples] in the cabin, as I understand it. Then it became apparent that it had gone into the cockpit,” Peter Spurway, vice-president of corporate communications for the Halifax Airport Authority, told National Post.  According to CBC News, after fleeing into the cockpit, Ripples got into the plane’s avionics, which houses important navigational instruments. The wiring was later checked for damage.

The vile beast leaped from the bowels of hell and tried to sabotage a flight- and still, some people will like the critters.  (But only because they hate people).  Catophile = misanthrope.  Cat = terrorist.

Reason 99,099 That God Should Destroy the World

Or at least take the Bible out of 99.9% of people’s hands…  Via Josh Carel and ‘What Bible Students Say’ on the twitter-

“We are in world that is freedom of everything but this does not mean The words of God should be literally translated.”

Sigh.  I hope this kid is going into academic theology and not pastoral ministry.  There are already too many ignorant Parsons and this chap (or chapette) would just befoul the pool more.

Atheism is Absolutely a Religion

And I can prove it

Atheists have long criticised devout followers of faith. But now it seems Atheism is stealing from that very religious tradition by erecting a temple of worship.  Author Alain de Botton announced plans to build an Atheist temple in the U.K., reports DeZeenmagazine.  A collaboration with Tom Greenall Architects, the structure will be built in the heart of London. Dedicated to the idea of perspective, the black tower will scale 46 meters (150 ft), with each centimeter honoring earth’s age of 4.6 billion years, notes Wired.

Atheism is both religion and faith.  It’s object isn’t God, it’s ‘human intellect’ (how laughable is that) and it’s worship is self (and that’s even more laughable).  It’s ‘missionaries’ are the angry atheists soon to be pounding on doors like Jehovah’s Witnesses- gone out two by two to share their ‘gospel’ of pure deception.

The next time an atheist says they don’t believe in God you can tell them ‘yes you do, but your god is an idol you’ve made in your own image.  So don’t be such a liar.  Besides, you’ve got a temple on the way.  If that isn’t religion nothing is.’

Does God Care About Climate Change? A Discussion

James West [a reporter for the Guardian – and not me!] asks the question in Flushing, Queens, New York, America’s most religiously diverse district. Check out the video report-

(I wonder if he’s a relative…)

Who Looks Healthier to You?

via Dot King on FB

Total Depravity: The Child Porn Perversion

Yet again-

A Hamblen County man has been indicted on child pornography charges. A Hamblen County grand jury handed up an indictment for sexual exploitation of a minor Monday against Johnny F. Wardwell, 33, of Morristown, according to the Morristown Police Department. The police department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after Wardwell allegedly made inappropriate, explicit comments during a chat on a social media site.

Morristown Police Detective Michael O’Keefe later discovered at least 93 images and 99 videos depicting child pornography on a computer seized from Wardwell’s Lennie Avenue residence, according to a news release. Some of the videos appear to be screen captures from video chat rooms, police said.

It’s simply ghastly. One thing the internet has accomplished is to help the worst people perpetrate their evil. And there is no worse person than a child molester. None.

And if you think this guy is disgusting, read the stories below…  vile.

It’s Australia Day – or Something

Or it was.  Who knows- the Aussies live in another solar system.  Anyway- in honor of our down under friends, here’s a map of their desolate, bug infested kingdom-

via Joel Watts