Daily Archives: 29 Mar 2012

The Police Need to be Policed in this Country

Oscar Carrillo’s 911 call was clear: Two young men just robbed him of his computer and backpack. At least one of them had a gun and it was pointed in Carrillo’s face.  Moments later, police caught up with two teens they believed were the thieves in a Pasadena alleyway. When one of them, Kendrec McDade, made a move at his waistband, an officer opened fire, killing the 19-year-old college student, authorities said.

No weapons or the stolen items have been found.  Now, police are laying part of the blame for the fatal shooting on Carrillo, who they say admitted that he lied about the men being armed so officers would respond faster. “The actions of the 911 caller set the minds of the officers,” police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.

Insane.  Who’s policing the police?

In China They Love Eggs… Boiled… In the Urine of Boys…

It’s the end of a school day in the eastern Chinese city of Dongyang, and eager parents collect their children after a hectic day of primary school.  But that’s just the start of busy times for dozens of egg vendors across the city, deep in coastal Zhejiang province, who ready themselves to cook up a unique springtime snack favored by local residents.

Basins and buckets of boys’ urine are collected from primary school toilets. It is the key ingredient in “virgin boy eggs”, a local tradition of soaking and cooking eggs in the urine of young boys, preferably below the age of 10.  There is no good explanation for why it has to be boys’ urine, just that it has been so for centuries.

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world.  The moral- never eat a hard boiled egg if you visit China.

The Visitor Map for the Past Week

The darker the color, the more visitors landed here:  (and hey Greenland, what gives????  Et tu, Madagascar?)

For you, Joel Watts

Kony 2012 and Invisible Children: Is it the Scam of the Decade?

It sure for all the world sounds like it.

First, it was the incriminating video of Jason Russell. Now, unbecoming footage of another one of Invisible Children’s charity directors has surfaced.  TMZ obtained a clip of Jedidiah Jenkins, Invisible Children Director of Ideology, talking in slurred speech about how “rad” it was that he collected $1 million. It was apparently shot in 2010 after Invisible Children won the cash in the Chase Community Giving Facebook competition.  “Here’s $100,000 for Haiti and $900,000 extra for me. Get on the bandwagon,” Jenkins says in the video.  Jenkins tells RumorFix exclusively that he’s unfazed by the video and that the vodka bottle was “clearly filled with water.”  “TMZ can’t ruin my reputation,” he laughed. “I’m not worried.”

TMZ can’t but he can ruin his own reputation and cast a pall over the ‘charity’.  I haven’t given to it (I have my own charitable channels from which I don’t deviate) and I definitely wouldn’t contribute to Invisible Children.  How can they manage money if they have so little sense.  To me, it’s a scam.

Answering Your Letters

Dear Jim,

For many years, ever since I first stumbled upon your blogg, I’ve admirred your work.  Can I aske, how did you become so awsome and how can I be just like youu?

With undying appreciation,

Joel Watts

Well Joel, it’s really very simple:  awesome people like me are a gift straight from heaven.  Like Mozart or pizza or the joy one feels when a teenager is hacked to pieces in a slasher movie.

Or in other words, I was just born this way.  Sorry, but there’s just no way that you can be this awesome unless you’re born, again.  So to speak.

Your friend,

Jim

It is unbelievable. That is, no one should believe it.

XKV8R: The Official Blog of Robert R. Cargill, Ph.D.

The first three words of the newly released The Resurrection Tomb Mystery trailer say all that you need to know: AN UNBELIEVABLE “DISCOVERY”

I couldn’t agree more. (And I see no mention of Jonah anywhere in the trailer…)

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George Zimmerman: Liar, Murderer, And Aided and Abetted by the State Attorney

The latest-

The SPD video that ABC News aired last night raised serious doubts about Zimmerman’s account of a life-and-death struggle. Then, the mortician who prepared Trayvon’s body for burial told MSNBC last night that the 17-year-old’s body didn’t show any signs of violence to support Zimmerman’s account. Now, the work of the lead detective on the Zimmerman case looms large. Justice might be blind, but she’s not dumb. And Investigator Chris Serino set out to prove it.

Serino didn’t believe Zimmerman’s version of events and recommended a manslaughter charge. But he was overruled. And according to a report from Joy-Ann Reid of the Grio yesterday, the decision came from atop the law enforcement food chain: the state attorney.

A source with knowledge of the investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin tells the Grio that it was then Sanford police chief Bill Lee, along with Capt. Robert O’Connor, the investigations supervisor, who made the decision to release George Zimmerman on the night of February 26th, after consulting with State Attorney Norman Wolfinger — in person. Wolfinger told Serino that he didn’t think there was enough evidence to charge Zimmerman. According to ABC News, Serino then filed an affidavit the night of Feb. 26 stating he didn’t believe Zimmerman. And we are now finding out that Serino then set out to bring the neighborhood watch volunteer to justice.

Read the rest.  Self-evidently the only honest law enforcement official in Sanford Fl. is Det. Serino, and he’s been hindered at every turn.  George Zimmerman needs to be in jail and the police and the state attorney need to be investigated by the US Department of Justice.

This Is What Enrages Me About the Health Care Debate

The imbeciles in Congress; the lifers at the Court; and the inhabitants of the Executive branch are ALL covered by the very insurance they would deny the vast majority of people in this country.

Each and every one of us, taxpayers all, deserve what our employees (government dole-recipients) receive.  From the welfare-ites at the low end of the economic ladder to the highly paid elected and appointed government drains, we’re paying for them all.  Meanwhile we have to pay for our own insurance too.  It’s sickening and enraging.

It’s time for health care to be nationalized.  Socialized medicine- that’s what we need- so that we get what these self centered ‘officials’ get.

The Cambridge Digital Library Genizah Collection

This is an immensely useful research tool!

M. Shabb 16.1

At the moment, only a selection of manuscripts from the T-S ‘Glass’ series is online on this site, but eventually Cambridge Digital Library will present images and descriptions of all the Taylor-Schechter Collection, the Genizah items found in the Library’s Or. and Add. Collections, and the 7000 items in the Jacques Mosseri Genizah Collection.

Via the Genizah Research Unit on FB.

The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Book

Matti Friedman’s soon-to-appear book arrived in the mail today (in an advanced reading copy) courtesy of the publisher, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, for review.

This true-life detective story unveils the journey of a sacred text—the tenth-century annotated bible known as the Aleppo Codex—from its hiding place in a Syrian synagogue to the newly founded state of Israel. Based on Matti Friedman’s independent research, documents kept secret for fifty years, and personal interviews with key players, the book proposes a new theory of what happened when the codex left Aleppo, Syria, in the late 1940s and eventually surfaced in Jerusalem, mysteriously incomplete.

The codex provides vital keys to reading biblical texts. By recounting its history, Friedman explores the once vibrant Jewish communities in Islamic lands and follows the thread into the present, uncovering difficult truths about how the manuscript was taken to Israel and how its most important pages went missing. Along the way, he raises critical questions about who owns historical treasures and the role of myth and legend in the creation of a nation.

I’ve been keen to read it since I first heard about it.  When my review is done I’ll post it here and update the time and date stamp.

In the meanwhile, if you’re looking for a copy of the Hebrew University Bible based on the Aleppo Codex, you can find it here.  Below are photos of Umberto Cassuto who examined the Codex in Aleppo and the exterior of the Synagogue which housed it until it was removed to Jerusalem, as well as a page from the Codex.

The Difference Between My Generation and The Millenials

Of course both have to want to fix it.  One alone can’t- but two together can.  Via Antonio Russo on FB.

Happy Birthday Israel Finkelstein

Today’s Israel’s birthday so I want to publicly wish him a VERY happy day!  May it return, greeting him in good health, for many many more years.

Happiest of birthdays, Israel!

George Zimmerman’s Lies are Unraveling

He claims that he only shot Trayvon Martin after Martin bashed his head repeatedly into the concrete.  Poor George, you’d feel sorry for him if he had actually been attacked.  But new video released by the police show that he didn’t have a scratch on him or a bit of blood.

If the police video of George Zimmerman being taken into questioning shows what it appears to show, if Zimmerman really was devoid of the injuries that had been so feverishly and eagerly recounted by his defenders, then we have on our hands an absolutely catastrophic failure on the part of the media, and one of the most dramatic, devastating examples in recent memory of the Internet’s power to decide “the facts” long before anyone has a clue what they are.

Hold on for a minute- the ‘internet’ didn’t ‘decide’ the ‘facts’ – some of Zimmerman’s supporters believed his lies without any proof.  Blaming the ‘internet’ for the willingness of racists to believe facts not in evidence is like blaming the weatherman if it rains.

Zimmerman’s lies are unraveling.  He should be arrested.  Today.

The US Seems Incapable of Understanding Egypt

So our government continues to pour billions into a military establishment there that is not exactly friendly.

When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided to move ahead with the annual one-point-three billion dollars in aid to the Egyptian military, she described the military as an important partner, especially in this period of transition. But, is the military really a partner committed to democracy, as the U.S. government says? NPR’s Michele Kelemen has the story of one young blogger jailed for criticizing the Egyptian armed forces.

Be sure to give it a listen when you get the chance.  If the US spent as much at home solving our own problems as we do in attempting to bribe hostile and unfriendly regimes, we would all be a lot better off.

Military aid needs to end.  Not just for Egypt, but for everyone.

Look, If You Don’t Read Greek, Don’t Get a Greek Tattoo

In fact, don’t get any tattoos at all- they’re ridiculous.  But if you get a tattoo then you had better have someone who knows Greek (or Hebrew or whatever) check it first…  otherwise, you’ll look really, really stupid.  Because, by the way, you are.

It’s gibberish.  Trust me.  Pure gibberish.  Via Jim Aitken on FB.