It Was True Then and It is Now…

‎”Es ist merkwürdig: In der Theologie darf heutzutage einer fast alles sagen, was er will, wenn er es nur vornehm und geistreich mit einem eleganten Skeptizismus tut. Mit dem ehrlichen Menschen, der redet, weil sein Gewissen ihn zwingt, ist man aber unnachsichtig.” (Albert Schweitzer).  Via Sebastian Moll on FB.

Occupy Urine

Several protesters were arrested Saturday evening during a disruptive anti-police protest in downtown Denver.  According to Lt. Matt Murray of the Denver Police Department, at 7:30 p.m. close to 60-70 anarchist protesters started marching on 16th Street Mall.  The Mall Ride was forced to shut down as protesters allegedly threw urine-filled balloons, set off fireworks and sprayed painted several vehicles including an RTD bus. Murray said a police car and several other vehicles were also tagged.  Five protesters were arrested and face charges including criminal mischief.

Disgusting.  Disgusting behavior from a movement without legitimacy of method or purpose.  No one with an honest agenda uses vile means to achieve it.

All That College Sports Care About is Money

“We’re at a crossroads in college athletics, where the almighty dollar rules the day,” says Fran Fraschilla, a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He says that TV networks are one of the biggest factors behind the most recent conference realignments.

He says it in this essay.  And he says it because

College sports has now bid farewell to three of its very oldest rivalries.  The pairs West Virginia and Pittsburgh, Texas and Texas A&M, and Kansas and Missouri have all played each other over 100 times in football and way more than that in men’s basketball. The three rivalries are so passionate that it was impossible to see their breakups coming just five years ago.

The love of money is the root of all big time college athletic department decisions.

Maureen Dowd is Unimpressed with the Republican Field, and She’s Not Alone

With even top Republicans such as Jeb Bush, Rudy Giuliani, and Alan Simpson turning on the current crop of GOP candidates, “their crazed Reagan fixation,” and their antiquated views on sex, gays, and more, it’s becoming clear the GOP has become the “Ghastly Outdated Party,” writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. “The contenders in the Hester Prynne primaries are tripping over one another trying to be the most radical, unreasonable, and insane candidate they can be,” she writes. Any sign of reason becomes the focus of the next round of negative attacks.

“Republicans being against sex is not good,” she quotes one GOP strategist as saying. “Sex is popular.” That strategist says Republicans are going through the five stages of grief with their crop of candidates, and “we’re at No. 4,” he says, meaning depression. “We’ve still got one to go”—acceptance.

Via.  Enjoy it all.

A Fight to the Death- Tragically

 An 11-year-old girl is dead following an after school fight at a Long Beach elementary school, but authorities say they have no immediate plans for arrests.  Police said Saturday night that the girl died at a hospital hours after the fight with another 11-year-old girl outside the school.  Authorities say Friday’s fight didn’t appear to be especially serious or violent, no weapons were used and neither girl was knocked to the ground.

Violence: it’s just that stupid.  11 years old and dead because she and another child thought the solution to their disagreement was violence.  I wonder where they learned to think that way…  Oh that’s right, from the government.

Facebook’s Intrusiveness

INTERNET giant Facebook is accessing smartphone users’ personal text messages, an investigation has revealed.  Facebook admitted reading text messages belonging to smartphone users who downloaded the social-networking app and said that it was accessing the data as part of a trial to launch its own messaging service, The (London) Sunday Times reported.  Other well-known companies accessing smartphone users’ personal data – such as text messages – include photo-sharing site Flickr, dating site Badoo and Yahoo Messenger, the paper said.  It claimed that some apps even allow companies to intercept phone calls – while others, such as YouTube, are capable of remotely accessing and operating users’ smartphone cameras to take photographs or videos at any time.

If true- intrusive in the extreme.  Very intrusive.  With thanks to Mark Stevens for the tip.

The Only Entertainment Awards that Matter

Comic actor Adam Sandler may not be in the running for an Oscar this year, but he set a new record for another award – the most Razzie nominations for the worst films and performances of 2011.  The producer, actor and writer received a leading 11 Razzie nods, including worst actor, actress, screenplay and film, in a contest created as an antidote to the Oscars.  …  The first installment in the finale of vampire romance “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” – a favorite Razzie target – got eight nods, including worst movie and worst acting nominations for stars Taylor Lautner (also nominated for his film “Abduction”) and Kristen Stewart.  …

Other notable 2012 Razzie nominations went to Russell Brand for worst actor in worst remake contender “Arthur” and to Tea Party favourite Sarah Palin, who got a tongue in cheek worst actress nod for playing herself in her political documentary film “The Undefeated”.  The winners will be determined by 600-plus voters of the Golden Raspberry Foundation and announced on April Fool’s Day, April 1.

The Razzie- now that’s an award that matters!

Baylor University: The New Bob Jones U?

If Kenneth Starr has his way it will be.  Because he seems bent on kicking out a Jewish scholar who won’t toe the Zionist line-

As Ellis sees it, Starr, who “holds unassailable credentials in the American evangelical community,” has launched the investigation in order to replace him with “a different kind of Jew”—namely, “a right-wing, Israel-loving Jew that would cement [Starr’s] reputation with the right wing, like [Alan] Dershowitz.” (Fogleman says Starr has nothing to do with the investigation, which itself has “no relationship” to “Dr. Ellis’ positions on Israel and Palestine.”).

Ken Starr- master of the witch-hunt is at it again.  And in the process he wants to turn Baylor into Bob Jones: a bastion of fundamentalism and Christian Zionism.  With thanks to Seth Sanders for the tip.