Daily Archives: 3 Jul 2012

I’m Not a Fan of Hauerwas…

But this is a good one-

Just to the extent that people care more who their doctor is than who their minister is; you have sense of how people live lives of quiet desperate atheism. ~ Stanley Hauerwas

Via Daniel Stoddart on G+.

Shout In German

from Doug Iverson on FB

Guess What, It Looks Like Arafat was Murdered

Fascinating stuff here

Tests performed on former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s personal belongings have revealed that they contained abnormal levels of the radioactive substance polonium, Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday. Arafat died in a French military hospital on November 11, 2004, following a mysterious illness. Unconfirmed reports have suggested that Arafat may have died of AIDS. Al Jazeera said that a nine month investigation revealed that this was untrue and the Palestinian leader was in good health before he suddenly fell ill in October 2004.

Now who would a) say he died of AIDS (to discredit him) and b) want to kill him? Hmmm….

Arafat’s widow provided Al Jazeera with his clothing and toothbrush for laboratory testing at the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland. “I can confirm to you that we measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported polonium-210 in the belongings of Mr. Arafat that contained stains of biological fluids,” Al Jazeera quoted Dr. Francois Bochud, the director of the institute as saying.

According to the report, Russian spy-turned-dissident Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in 2006 under suspicious circumstances, was found to have been poisoned with polonium slipped into his tea. Arafat suffered similar symptoms to Litvinenko prior to his death – severe diarrhea, weight loss, and vomiting, according to the report. Palestinians and Arabs have charged in the past that Israel poisoned Arafat. Some PA leaders have suggested that former Fatah official Mohammed Dahlan assisted Israel in the poisoning.

It’s a deadly world out there for anyone wishing peace.  Ask Rabin, he can tell you- the loons and haters of peace are everywhere.  Well, he could, anyway, if some rabid far right ultra-Zionist hadn’t murdered him in cold blood because he actually sought a peaceful resolution to the Palestinian/ Israeli conflict.

All Those Republicans Who Talk About their Love of God and the Bible Apparently Never Read It

Heads up, far right-

Seek the LORD so you can live! Otherwise he will break out like fire against Joseph’s family; the fire will consume and no one will be able to quench it and save Bethel. The Israelites turn justice into bitterness; they throw what is fair and right to the ground.

(But there is one who made the constellations Pleiades and Orion; he can turn the darkness into morning and daylight into night. He summons the water of the seas and pours it out on the earth’s surface. The LORD is his name! He flashes destruction down upon the strong so that destruction overwhelms the fortified places.)

The Israelites hate anyone who arbitrates at the city gate; they despise anyone who speaks honestly.

Therefore, because you make the poor pay taxes on their crops and exact a grain tax from them, you will not live in the houses you built with chiseled stone, nor will you drink the wine from the fine vineyards you planted. Certainly I am aware of your many rebellious acts and your numerous sins. You torment the innocent, you take bribes, and you deny justice to the needy at the city gate.

For this reason whoever is smart keeps quiet in such a time, for it is an evil time.

Seek good and not evil so you can live! Then the LORD, the God who commands armies, just might be with you, as you claim he is. Hate what is wrong, love what is right! Promote justice at the city gate! Maybe the LORD, the God who commands armies, will have mercy on those who are left from Joseph. (Amo 5:6-15 NET)

Pay attention- the taxation of the poor for the enrichment of the wealthy is EVIL and God punishes those who do it. Get ready, then, judgment day is coming, pseudo-believers and ignorers of the Divine Command.

Robert Brennan, You’re A Wretched ‘Parent’

He’s let alcohol destroy his life and he doesn’t seem to mind letting it destroy everyone around him too. Which is just the problem with alcoholism: it ruins lives.

A Connecticut man is accused of making his 11-year-old daughter take an alcohol breath test so he could start his truck.  Cops said that Robert Brennan, 46, of Durham had previous drunk driving charges under his belt, which resulted in an ignition interlock device being installed in his truck, WMUR reported.  The device, usually ordered by the court in drunk driving cases, tests a driver’s breath before allowing him or her to start a vehicle. Brennan was allegedly drunk on Sunday, so he had his daughter — who was sitting next to his 8-year-old son — take the breath test for him. Investigators told the station that the girl blew into the device five times so he could drive to a nearby store and buy beer.

Brennan’s daughter possibly saved her own life when she called Brennan’s ex-girlfriend after he passed out in his truck.  Upon investigation, cops found that the trio had been living in Brennan’s truck bed.

Total depravity, thy name and manifestation is selfishness.  So, you still think boozing it up is awesome fun?  Maybe this is your future too.  It’s as likely as not.

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

At the T-Mobile store in Manchester…

Crazy Chris.

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A New Link

I’ve added a link to the Karl Barth.org site.  It’s LOADED down with useful stuff though, sadly, they do call Barth the most important theologian of the 20th century.  We all know that it is Emil Brunner who holds that title.

Still, it’s a grand resource which I encourage you to visit.

How Should Christians Feel Towards their Pastors, and Vice Versa?

Calvin says something about this which, frankly, seems both true and unique (meaning I’ve never heard it put in such a way before) –

It is not enough that pastors be respected, if they are not also loved; for both are necessary to make the doctrine they preach be fully relished.

What Calvin means, in more modern language, is that if Pastors aren’t loved as well as respected, their preaching will not have the desired effect. How true.

And I would go on to add- if Pastors don’t love their church as well as respect its members, their preaching will have no effect at all.

Andy Griffith Has Died

I normally don’t bother with these celebrity obituaries, but I liked Andy.  I liked his work.  I liked his shows.  Unlike most celebs he remained centered and sensible and decent.  He was, on that score alone, one in a million.  So, rest in peace, sir, rest in peace.

Israel’s Turn to Fascism Continues

Despite opposition of human rights groups, the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved on Tuesday an extension of temporary legislation exempting the Shin Bet from documenting investigations of suspected security offenders.

According to the existing law, investigations of offenses that may result in punishment of more than 10 years must be filmed or recorded. But the temporary legislation, which was extended by three years before expiring at midnight on Tuesday, allows an exemption of security investigations over the past nine years.

The written explanation of the need for the temporary legislation extension stated that “in the special circumstances of security investigations that deal with organized extremist terror organizations, such documentation may significantly damage the quality and actual possibility of such investigations, thus hampering the capability of dealing with terror threats.”

This is very scary stuff.  And it’s a shame that this so called ‘temporary’ law was enacted in the first place.  What governments are doing in the name of ‘anti-terrorism’ is disgusting because now those governments themselves are worse than terrorists- they are becoming (and in many respects already are), fascists.

These security forces can now do essentially as they please without documenting why or how.  This is authentically evil.  If you travel to Israel, and you disappear, don’t wonder why.

Angry Atheist Evangelism

via Ref.ch on the facebook (though the post caption here is all me)

More ‘Settler’ (They’re Really Land Pirates) Misconduct

Israeli settlers land pirates claim that they bought land from a Palestinian man and so have the right to live on his property.  But there’s a problem.  That Palestinian has been dead for a year.

Residents of the condemned West Bank outpost of Migron have appealed the High Court to stay the demolition of the settlement’s illegal structures on Tuesday, claiming that they had recently purchased the land on which the homes were built.  However, a preliminary inspection of the purported sale reveals that the Palestinian whom the settlers claim sold them the land passed away in 2011, one year before the alleged transaction.  Citing what they said was their desire to keep the identity of the seller unknown, the 17 appellants, represented by Ze’ev Scharf, asked the High Court to submit the sale’s documentation in a sealed envelope.

According to the appeal, the acquisition was conducted by the al-Watan development firm, which is owned by the Mateh Binyamin Development Company, who, in return, is owned by the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council in the West Bank.  Al-Watan officials have claimed to have bought Miron’s lands in the past. However, a police investigation at the time revealed that the purchase was false, interrogating the firm’s heads. The case was closed due to a lack of evidence.

The appellants claim ownership over Miron’s lot 2 of block 7, as well as of lot 10 of block 26, who they said they purchased from “the registered owner in March 20, 2012.”  The owner of these lots is Yousif Musa ‘abdel Razek el-Nabut, who was part of the original 2006 High Court appeal against the outpost. However, Nabut died in 2011, making it impossible to sell his lands in March 2012. Ownership of the land has been passed on to his sons.

In addition, the appellants claim that they had purchased a part of lot 23 of block 26, which settlers claimed in back in 2004 to have purchased from Aber el-Ma’atan, who they said resides in the United States.  However, el-Ma’atan passed away in 1969, prompting the police to determine at the time that his signature on 2004 acquisition papers was forged.

Yes, there you have it.  Land pirates.  Thieves.

The University that Sued a Student, For Graduating Too Fast…

No, it’s not a story in The Onion.  The Local reports

A private German economics and business university is suing one of its students for lost income after he finished his Bachelors and Masters degrees in about a quarter of the normal time. Marcel Pohl completed 60 examinations in 20 months, gaining a grade of 2.3, and was officially ex-matriculated in August 2011. Such a course usually takes 11 semesters, but he only needed three. Now the Essen-based School of Economics and Management (FOM) want the 22-year-old to pay his fees up the end of 2011 – an extra €3,000. “When I got the lawsuit, I thought it couldn’t be true,” Pohl, who now works for a bank in Frankfurt, told the Bild newspaper. “Performance is supposed to be worth something.” Pohl completed his turbo degree by dividing up all the simultaneous lectures with two friends and then swapping notes. At the same time, he completed an apprenticeship in a bank.

How long before American schools, driven, as they are, by the profit motive (and I’m talking about all of them, not just the so called for-profit schools) do the same thing?