Police Brutality of the Shocking Sort

A Nevada city will pay a diabetic man $158,500 after police beat him while he was in diabetic shock, thinking he was a drunken driver.  The Henderson, Nev., city council approved the settlement on Tuesday for the physical and emotional distress endured in late 2010 by the man, who asked not to be identified. “It’s alarming and it’s egregious,”  the man’s attorney, Todd Moody, told ABC 13 Action News. “It will make you a little sick to your stomach watching it.”

I find it shocking that police can’t distinguish diabetic shock from drunkenness.  Namely, the absence of the smell of booze should at least give them pause to consider other causes.  Why the rush to beat?  A touch of innate cruelty?  Why beat him even if he was drunk?  It’s pretty easy for a couple of cops to control a stumbling drunkard.

The video showed that once the car was pulled over, police officers swarmed the driver and began kicking him.  “Stop resisting motherf****r. Stop resisting motherf****r,” an officer yelled as the man lay on the ground.  However, the man was not drunk – he was suffering a diabetic episode. Insulin shock can mimic the symptoms of intoxication.  “They should have been aware of that,” Moody told ABC 13. “They should have been trained on how to handle that and I think they made some assumptions that were wrong.”

No kidding.

Later in the video, the officers appeared to realize the man wasn’t drunk and called for medical help.  “We found some insulin in his pocket,” said an officer. “Tell them to expedite. He’s semi-conscious.”

Idiots.  Far too interested in exerting authority than either protecting or serving.

I Almost Missed it: It’s International Septuagint Day!

The LXX is awesome.  A few years back the Logos folk posted an entry on I.S.D. and you’ll be happy to read it. Which you should go do.  Here.  As well as here-

Happy International Septuagint Day (with thanks to Jim Aitken for mentioning it on FB).

The Word ‘Evangelicals’ Means Anything its Users Want it to Mean- So It Means Nothing

For instance, the phrase ‘Evangelicals for gay marriage‘ illustrates the point.  Evangelicals (in the historic sense of the word) can no more be ‘for’ gay marriage than they can be ‘for’ any other activity or behavior renounced in Scripture.  ‘Evangelicals for gay marriage’ is an empty phrase.  As empty as ‘Evangelicals for Adultery’ or ‘Evangelicals for theft’.

Now I realize that this will make the gay rights activists angry.  Sorry about that, but it can’t be helped.  I wasn’t the one to formulate the phrase and I mention it only because it shows how far modern ‘Christianity’ has removed itself, especially in its Protestant (Evangelical) branch, from its scriptural moorings.

It’s sad really.  ‘Evangelical’ used to be a term of pride.  ‘Evangelicals’ were people who were followers of Jesus, adherents of Scripture, and true to historic Christianity.  Now it means whatever its user wants it to mean- which means that it means nothing at all.

What next?  What can we expect?  ‘Evangelicals for Slavery’?  ‘Evangelicals for pedophilia’?  ‘The Evangelical Branch of NAMBLA’?  ‘Evangelicals for Abortion’?  ‘Evangelicals for Murder’?  ‘Evangelicals for Anarchy’?

Farewell, ‘Evangelical’.  You were useful for a while but now you’ve been hijacked and emptied of your meaning by persons who are as ‘Evangelical’ as a Boston Priest.

I Think She Just Made Her Accuser’s Case

A Staten Island mother is suing the city for a staggering $900 trillion for allegedly wrongfully placing her two sons in foster care and claiming she was mentally unstable.

That alone proves she’s unstable.

46-year old Fausat Ogunbayo, who is representing herself, says the Administration for Children’s Services’s decision to place her children in foster care infringed upon her civil rights and ultimately inflicted “over three years of terror, horror, grievous harm, time lost, substantial economic hardship and injuries.  The children, then 12 and 10-years old, have been out of their mother’s custody since June 2008.

In court papers, the ACS references several peculiar incidents where Ogunbayo sought out medical treatment because she believed her children’s skin color was becoming darker due to radiation. In a separate episode, the mother allegedly told school officials the FBI was after the boys.  While the city is contending Ogunbayo suffered from such hallucinations and in addition was an absent mother , a separate legal case last month ruled in favor of Ogunbayo with the court stating no substantial evidence indicating the children were ever in “imminent danger” while in their mother’s care.

Clearly unhinged.  She makes the case for the city against her.

The Dead Sea Scrolls for a New Millenium

In The Dead Sea Scrolls for a New Millennium, Phillip R. Callaway presents the most comprehensive survey of the Dead Sea Scrolls since the final publication of the cave 4 fragments. The chapters on editing the Scrolls, on the caves, on the scrolls, and on Khirbet Qumran present the evidence without getting bogged down in older controversies. Callaway discusses the so-called yahad ostracon, as well as a fascinating writing exercise, and the supposed Dead Sea Scroll on stone.

Philip Davies writes of it-

Phillip Callaway takes his readers through the stories of discovery, conveying with a cool and authoritative touch the major theories and issues that the Scrolls have engendered, and leading us into the heart of the scrolls themselves. His account is readable, reliable, undogmatic, up-to-date, and strongly recommended for students and non-specialists alike.

Sounds very intriguing.  And since it isn’t from Brill, you won’t have to sacrifice a goat to the banker gods to get one.

Bill Frist Finally Made the Headlines…

He must be so proud!  I know I am…

Today, the Center For Responsibility And Ethics In Washington released its second annual survey of the twenty most corrupt members of Congress, aptly named “Beyond DeLay: The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and five to watch).”  CREW inventoried the “transgressions” of each member of Congress under the microscope of federal law and congressional rules.  Some highlights:  -The three most corrupt Senate members are the infamous Conrad Burns (R-MT), Bill Frist (R-TN), and Rick Santorum (R-PA).

There’s lots of information on the crew here.  Congrats, Bill….  You’ve done Tennessee proud…  Via Irene Hahn on FB.

Parole for a Sociopath? Nope

A Missouri teenager who had described the slaying of a young neighbor girl as an “ahmazing” thrill made an emotional apology Wednesday to the girl’s family and was sentenced to a potential lifetime in prison.

Moments before her sentence was imposed, 18-year-old Alyssa Bustamante rose from her chair — with shackles linking her ankles and holding her hands to her waist — and turned to face the family of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten, whom she confessed to killing in October 2009.  “I really am extremely, very sorry for everything. I know words,” she said, pausing to take a deep breath and struggling to compose herself, “can never be enough, and they can never adequately describe how horribly I feel for all of this.”  She later added: “If I could give my life to get her back I would. I’m sorry.”

‘I’m sorry’ is such an empty, overused, pointless phrase.  They should never let this evil beast out of prison.  Ever.  Why did satan’s tool do it?

Bustamante was 15 years old at the time of Elizabeth’s murder in the small town of St. Martins, just west of Jefferson City. Evidence presented during her hearing revealed that Bustamante had dug a shallow grave in the woods several days in advance, then used her younger sister to lure Elizabeth out of her home with an invitation to play. Bustamante, who had hidden a knife in a backpack, said she had a surprise for Elizabeth in the forest. The surprise turned out to be her demise.


“I strangled them and slit their throat and stabbed them now they’re dead,” Bustamante wrote in her diary, which was read in court by a handwriting expert. “I don’t know how to feel atm. It was ahmazing. As soon as you get over the ‘ohmygawd I can’t do this’ feeling, it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m kinda nervous and shaky though right now. Kay, I gotta go to church now…lol.”

‘Lol…’  evil.  ‘Enjoyable’?  Only a sociopath could utter that word in connection with murder.  Prison for life, till death, and nothing less should have been the sentence.

Sydney Spies is at it Again…

Posing as if she attended stripper high instead of Durango High.  Small wonder the yearbook committee rejected her second submission:

I’m forced to ask, again, has she no parents?  Or are they as willing to pimp her out for fame as any Hollywood family?

I lament for this child.  She has neither parental guidance nor, let’s admit it, the proper sort of love.  The fact that she’s ‘famous’ for her saucy school photo submissions is proof that she is an oddity.  99.9% of parents would disallow such displays.  Mercifully.

Listen Luther, You’re Just Wrong…

‘But I’m going to try to explain this to you in as friendly a manner as I possibly can…’

Those words could easily have been in Zwingli’s mind when he published, on the 8th of February 1527, his Amica Exegesis, id est: expositio eucharistiae negocii ad Martinum Lutherum.

He commences

Martino Luthero Huldrychus Zuinglius

gratiam et pacem a domino. Solet omnium curator ac dispositor deus sic humanas frustrari spes aut saltem ludere, Luthere doctissime, ut, qui victoriam se putent ambabus alis tenere, saepe tamen evolet, et contra, ubi minimum erat spei, isthic subitam adparere salutem. Quae me varietas consiliorum eius aliquandiu retinuit, quominus ad te nostram istam exegesim darem.

The book which follows is a step by step easy to understand exposition of the Lord’s Supper.  Unfortunately, Luther didn’t get it.  But he didn’t want to get it.  Even when they all met a couple of years later at Marburg, Luther couldn’t be convinced by Scripture or sound reasoning.  He remained, to the end, invincibly ignorant on the subject.

Nevertheless, Zwingli’s book is worthwhile reading.  Enjoy!

The Only Way to Read the Bible is to Read it Theologically

So the new series from Brazos and electronic-ized by Logos looks right interesting, given its premise that the Bible is, hold on to your hats, to be read theologically!

The Brazos Theological Commentary (16 vols.) is an important step forward in scholarship, taking the best in modern hermeneutics and combining it with the theological methodology of the New Testament and early church fathers.

Hear Hear!  [Especially since that’s precisely the approach I use in my own little series and have done since the first volume was published in 2006].

The Winner of the Dilly of the Decade Award

I wish I had the proper artwork – but the usual Dilly the Dilettante Award will have to make do.  Just understand that the chap receiving it is the most incredibly ignorant dilettante I’ve seen in a decade.  And I’ve seen a lot of dilettantes.  But this guy really takes the cake.  His pathetic ‘reviews’ exhibit the sort of militant ignorance and idiotic anti-intellectualism and blind stupidity that can seldom be found in people able to spell their own names.

Of Cline’s ‘From Eden to Exile’ he writes

Dr. Cine is like many others in his field, lacking understanding of how God works as they set out to prove or disprove what He has written in the Bible.  They think that with all of their training, education and experience that they are more qualified to determine what took place thousands of years ago than the only eye-witness to all events.  This is just ludicrous.

Yes, Dakota, it is ludicrous.  It’s ludicrous that an uninformed ignorant malicious simpleton actually asserts a right to review materials which he cannot comprehend even though they are easily comprehended.

Of Finkelstein’s work he writes

This book and others from these authors just aren’t worth the time or the money to read, they do not hold any truth to them and they can be equated with the title false teachers who are deceived and who deceive others.

To which one can only reply, you, Dakota, are the worst example of what the internet produces: wikipedi-esque stupidity unrivaled in civil society.  Were it not for the web, Dakota and his dilettantish ilk would be confined to the obscurity which they so richly deserve.

Again, in a decade, I’ve never encountered a person less informed and yet so arrogant as to presume he has the skills and capabilities to critique actual scholars.  So, Dakota, Congrats!  Here’s Your Dilly!

Tolerance, Not Truth

D.A. Carson’s essay over at Eerdword is SPOT ON.

For more than two thousand years, tolerance was widely viewed as a virtue that was in some ways parasitic on a larger moral vision. A parasite draws its life from a larger organism; old-fashioned tolerance drew its life from the moral matrix in which it was embedded. In recent decades that has changed, and not for the better: tolerance has become independent, largely cut off from a larger moral framework.

Right!  Read the entire essay- it’s quite insightful.  Note the conclusion and especially the concluding sentence-

Believe me when I insist that this blog post has no interest in decreasing tolerance in the world. Rather, we must expose the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of this new tolerance, and we must strive to regain the old tolerance, which was attached to some sort of broad ethical and cultural vision, so that what we argue about with others is first of all the truthfulness or credibility or usefulness of the broad vision. And here, Christians can lead the way. The new tolerance will simply wrap us up in more chains, as every issue becomes, not, “What is the truth of the matter?” but “Has anyone been offended?”

Sometimes the truth offends.

That’s Not a Church, It’s A Sideshow

A Michigan church has a very unusual ministry outreach – a tattoo parlor housed in its church building. The Bridge, a non-denominational church in Flint Twp., Mich., opened a tattoo parlor within its building last month. Titled Serenity Tattoo, church members say it’s showing people living an alternative lifestyles an avenue toward the Gospel. It’s just one of many unusual ministry efforts that The Bridge‘s eclectic congregation believes is helping to evolve evangelism in the area…

Bentley said he began The Bridge in 2009 to reach the estimated 300,000 people in his church’s Genesee County that have never attended a worship service. Opening a tattoo parlor, he said, is just the latest shape that the original mission of appealing to the unchurched has taken. Other non-traditional outreach efforts The Bridge is involved in include poetry slams, pro wrestling events, mixed martial arts classes and even a motorcycle group.

I feel authentically sorry for the people who are so theologically ignorant that they think that any of that stuff has anything at all to do with the mission and purpose of the Church.  Its behavior manifests the sort of pseudo-christian lunacy that every Christian should denounce.

Years ago Emil Brunner wrote a little volume titled ‘The Misunderstanding of the Church‘.  The tragically ignorant people in Michigan owe it to themselves to read it.  And then they need to repent for bastardizing the word ‘Church’ by calling themselves it.  ‘The Bridge’ truly is a bridge to nowhere.