Daily Archives: 23 Mar 2012

That’s Not Bright: The PA Church that ‘Kidnapped’ Kids

A church subjected members of a youth group to a mock kidnapping and interrogations without telling them it was staged, and the outraged mother of one 14-year-old girl has filed a complaint with police.  The pastor of the Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Middletown said the church is “so saddened” that the girl was traumatized at the Wednesday evening youth meeting.

That’s not bright, that’s stupid.  What does such a thing have to do with Christianity?????  Which theologically illiterate ‘youth leader’ came up with that doosey of a bad idea?

But the pastor, John Lanza, said Friday there have been emails of support from other students at the central Pennsylvania church, 200 miles east of Pittsburgh, because the intent was to prepare them for what they might encounter as missionaries. He didn’t disclose the names of those involved but said the mock kidnappers included an off-duty police officer and a retired Army captain.

Are they serious????  Madness.

“They pulled my chair out from underneath me, and then they told me to get on the ground,” she told the station. “I had my hands behind my back. They said, ‘Just do as I say, and you won’t be hurt.'”  The girl said the teens were taken to the pastor’s house, where it appeared he was being assaulted. Eventually, she said, the adults in charge revealed it was a staged event.  “They heard me crying,” the girl said. “Why not right then and there tell us it was a joke, when you see me crying?”  Lanza said the church has conducted similar events at least twice before, adding that “there was much thought given to the safety aspect.”

So stupid.

The Hunger Games Left Me Hungry… For a Real Movie

First, the acting was staid.  Second, the camera work was so jittery, shaky, and unfocused that it left me with a headache and vertigo.  Third, the plot was lame.  Fourth, it was ridiculous to see super high technology in the ‘city’ whilst out in the sticks poor folk live as though they were stuck in the backwater of Appalachia in the 1930’s.  And finally, it ended predictably.  Spoiler alert, read no further unless you want to know how it ends…


That the two main characters made it out was so easily forecast by any semi-intelligent viewer that there was simply no reason to bother with the film.

It was weak.  Add to that the giggling herd of teens and pre-teens chattering during the whole thing and then bursting out of the theater screaming to the people in line ‘are you seeing Hunger Games?  OMG it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME……….

It made me wish we had our own Hunger Games and anyone who made a film so bad would be forced to participate to the death. Or that at least if that isn’t possible that everyone in the film would have perished miserably.  Like my $12 did.

Save your money.  Buy a pizza.  Satisfy real hunger.

Quote of the Day

Atheists don’t own reason– Beth Jones

She Should Be Able to Marry Her Statue, Right? Why Won’t The Government Let Her?

If people can marry whoever they want, why can’t they marry whatever they want?  Including statues or pets or children?  If you really want ‘marriage equality’ who are you to draw the line at human beings of a certain age?  Either you’re all in or you’re not in at all, right?

A carer from London says she has ditched men for good – after falling in love with a statue. The object of her affection is a three-foot moulding of the Greek God Adonis that she bought for £395.  Reighner Deleighnie, 40, has been in a relationship with the statue for six months and spends hours every day with her Carrara marble boyfriend, which heats up with touch.

She should be married to it, right?  Wrong.  She’s nuts.  And society has no business justifying her insanity just so that she can feel good about herself any more than society has any business justifying the perversity of pedophilia or beastiality or even homosexuality.

To be consistent if you don’t object to two men marrying each other or two women, you have no right and no standing to insist that a 45 year old man shouldn’t marry a 5 year old boy or a 30 year old woman shouldn’t marry her doberman.

The South: Broadband Internet’s Red Headed Stepchild

NPR has an interesting report on the availability of broadband across the country (and its absence in most of the South).  This map is quite telling.  Punch in your own zip code and you’ll see how your area ranks.  Here, there’s no broadband available at all.  Best we can do is DSL…

It’s interesting that broadband providers have ignored rural areas and by interesting I mean sickening.  It seems that if there aren’t enough houses to boost massive corporate profits there’s simply no interest at all in providing top rate service.

The South: down here we’re broadband internet’s red headed (unwanted) step child.

The History of Chelm

Chelm…  Matti Friedman writes…

… the most famous town in Jewish folklore, came into being when the Lord sent an angel with a sack of foolish souls to distribute across the entire world, and the angel tripped and spilled them all in the same place.  That, we are told, is how we were given a town with sages so wise they captured the moon by shutting its reflection in a barrel of water, so Talmudically adept at outsmarting logic itself that they carried each other on their shoulders to avoid leaving footprints in newly fallen snow.  The factual origins of this mythical town, a researcher is now showing, might be more prosaic but are no less interesting.

His essay, appearing today, is here.  Perfect for a rainy Friday.

Pat Robertson is Vile: Pat Thinks Peyton Manning Should Be Injured Because the Broncos Traded Tebow

No one from the deepest lair of hell harms Christianity more than Pat Robertson.  He’s a loathsome troll of a man who should shut up- forever.

Televangelist Pat Robertson is not happy with the Broncos shipping out Tim Tebow. So unhappy that he’s wishing Peyton Manning bad karma.  Robertson has his own bounty out on the new QB.  Robertson said Denver treated Tebow “shabbily” after all he did for the “nothing team” last season.  “And you just ask yourself, OK, so Peyton Manning was a tremendous MVP quarterback, but he’s been injured. If that injury comes back, Denver will find itself without a quarterback. And in my opinion, it would serve them right,” he said on the 700 Club.

It would serve them right?  Pat, you’re perversity enfleshed.    Hell is going to enjoy you.  It already does.

A New Essay from Oded Lipschits: The Enigma of the Biblical Bath, and the System of Liquid Volume Measurement during the First Temple Period

Here’s the info-

Lipschits, O., Koch, I. Shaus, A., and Guil, S. 2012. The Enigma of the Biblical Bath, and the System of Liquid Volume Measurement during the First Temple Period. Ugarit-Forschungen 42 (2011): 453-478.

Here’s the abstract-

In this paper we claim that during the First Temple period, no organized or fixed system of liquid volume measurements existed in Judah. The biblical bath, which has been understood to be the basic measurement of the system, was not a measurement at all but a well-known vessel – the Judahite storage jar–also known as the lmlk jar. The nēḇel and the kaḏ were two other vessels that had other uses. The lōḡ, hîn, and ®iśśārôn, which are usually termed “measurements” and considered part of the system of liquid volume measurements, were actually vessels that were part of the official Temple cult during the Second Temple period and were never part of the First Temple economy and administration.

Generation ‘Maybe’

Ron’s remarks are worth pondering.  As are the comments of one Oliver, who speaks of his generation the truth-

Oliver Jeges, 29 und Volontär an der Axel-Springer-Akademie, beschreibt sich und seine Generation als verunsichert: „Wir 20- bis 30-Jährigen sind eine Generation ohne Eigenschaften. Gut ausgebildet, aber ohne Plan, ohne Mut, ohne Biss. Weil alles möglich ist, sind alle heillos überfordert.“

‘Maybe’ nicely describes so very many of the 20-30 somethings.  Read the whole essay.

America’s Morality Vacuum

So it seems a highschool kid wanted to take a porn star to prom.  According to ABC News

“The teenager told ABCNews.com he turned to Twitter (proposing the date to 600 porn stars) after several girls at Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minn., turned him down. Stone, whose mother said he has special needs, didn’t tell her about his porn star date at first. “I was a little upset at first and I feel like I’m on my kids and know what they’re up to,” Diven Stone said. “But I support him and I don’t understand what her profession has to do with anything.”

She supports him? Seriously? She’s ok with her son promising to pay for dinner and a hotel room where he’ll also give his porn date a massage? She doesn’t have an issue with the morality of it?

And that’s exactly the point. I doubt most Americans would even blink at such a story – or such plans – which is the clearest sort of evidence that America is in a morality vacuum.  In America, it looks like parents think it’s just hunky dory for kids to go to prom and spend the night at a hotel in a room.

What morality, America, just what morality do you have?

Watch Where You Put the Sticker…

It can change the situation completely…

Kleine Untersuchungen zur Sprache des Alten Testaments und seiner Umwelt

From Reinhard Lehmann-

This is to inform that a new volume of “KUSATU – Kleine Untersuchungen zur Sprache des Alten Testaments und seiner Umwelt” – is available:

Peter Juhas: bārtu nabalkattu ana māt Aššur īpušma uḫaṭṭâ … Eine Studie zum Vokabular und zur Sprache der Rebellion in ausgewählten neuassyrischen Quellen und in 2 Kön 15-21. 2012. 113 S., Kt. (KUSATU – Kleine Untersuchungen zur Sprache des Alten Testaments und seiner Umwelt 14), ISBN 978-3-89991-130-5, 15,00 Euro

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