Daily Archives: 21 Aug 2012

Bibi Wants to Attack Iran Before the US Elections

If he does, the United States should refrain from any sort of intervention or aid.  If Bibi is insane enough to want a war, then we should just let him hoist himself on his own petard.  Then, maybe, Israelis will see where their elected officials have led them.

Israel is planning a military strike against Iran’s nuclear programme before November, security sources in Israel have claimed.  British officials say prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun a process of ‘sounding out’ his voters to gauge support for airstrikes and build a case for military action.  Alon Ben-David, the well-informed military correspondent for Israel’s Channel 10 News, claimed on Monday that the country was ‘closer than ever’ to a strike against Iran.

Strike, Bibi.  But strike alone.  When Iran retaliates, we’ll help your civilians but we’ll leave you and your government and your military establishment to enjoy the consequences.

Fools and their war lust.  They are the world’s foulest curse.

Michael Cook on the Jewish Jesus

New at Bible and Interpretation

Two basic methods by Jewish scholars to impress Jesus’ “Jewishness” upon lay Christians and Jews are problematic because they do not remedy a major asymmetry: while Christians may well be receptive to learning about Jesus the Jew, many Jews remain relatively unenthused, even recoiling from such a prospect. A far more effective method, coined a “Gospel Dynamics” approach, plays to Jews’ love of cerebral challenge and results not only in neutralizing Jews’ avoidance strategies but transforms the Gospels into a favorite subject for Jewish exploration!

Give it a look.

Another Pervert Politician

Here’s another Democrat, flaunting morality and having sex with a 17 year old boy at a rest stop.

Democratic leaders in Minnesota are demanding a state lawmaker withdraw from his re-election bid after police claim he admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop.  While Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, will lose support from fellow Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party members if he continues with his campaign, party leaders stopped short Monday of asking him to immediately resign.  The first-term legislator wasn’t charged in the alleged July 22 encounter because the legal age of consent in Minnesota is 16 and no money was exchanged, according to the St. Louis County attorney’s office. Police say the two had oral sex behind a rest stop pavilion in Duluth after the teen responded to Gauthier’s Craigslist ad looking for a “no strings attached” sex.

I bet he supports gay marriage.  He certainly supports pedophilia.  (And he is a pedophile, regardless of the ‘age of consent’ law of Minnesota).

Why Are Most Politicians Lawyers?

Because lawyers are – as a class – greedy- and this is the singular quality every politician must possess.

He [Martin Luther] spoke at length about people who were in a perilous condition and confessed that he had often said to lawyers, “If I had a hundred sons I wouldn’t bring up one of them to be a lawyer.” [Then he went on,] “Dr. Jerome Schurff frankly confessed to me in words like these: ‘If a party comes to me and proposes a lawsuit, I first advise him to undertake a reconciliation. If he persists and lets the suit proceed I tell him that if he has a good case he’ll win, but if not he’ll take a loss. Then he leaves and takes his money with him.’ Dr. Sehurff is a godly man and until now has had a conscience; otherwise he would be much richer. But other lawyers are greedy, so that they can’t recognize a genuine case, and they rob their clients blind.”   –  Luther’s ‘Table Talk’.

Todd Akin has a Kindred Spirit in Steve King

Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.

King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

A Democratic source flagged King’s praise of Akin in the KMEG interview to TPM. But potentially more controversial for King is his suggestion that pregnancies from statutory rape or incest don’t exist or happen rarely. A 1996 review by the Guttmacher Institute found “at least half of all babies born to minor women are fathered by adult men.”

Far Right nuts in Congress live in a completely different reality.  And it isn’t real.  And you loons keep sending them back.  The old saying ‘a people get the government they deserve’ is certainly true of America today.

Prepositions and Theology In the Greek New Testament: An Essential Reference Resource for Exegesis

Zondervan allowed me to access the galley proof of this new volume on NetGalley.  I’ve posted my review here.  The publisher says

Prepositions are important in the exegesis of the Greek New Testament, but they are at the same time very slippery words because they can have so many nuances. While Prepositions and Theology in the Greek New Testament rejects the idea of a “theology of the prepositions,” it is a study of the numerous places in the Greek New Testament where prepositions contribute to the theological meaning of the text.  Offered in the hope that it might encourage close study of the Greek text of the New Testament, its many features include the following:

– Coverage of all 17 “proper” and 42 “improper” prepositions
– Explores both literary and broader theological contexts
– Greek font—not transliteration—used throughout
– Comprehensive indexes to hundreds of verses, subjects, and Greek words
– Discussion of key repeated phrases that use a particular preposition.

Protest is Acceptable But The Language of Protest Needs to Be Civil

When protesters in Zurich hoisted a sign to the top of the Grossmunster denouncing Putin with profanity, I found it unacceptable.  Not the act of protest itself- but the language used.  There’s simply no point in using rank profanity in protest.  What does it prove except that the protesters have exceedingly limited vocabularies and are unfamiliar with civil discourse.

How, then, are the protesters any better than Putin, who also doesn’t know what civility is?

Chime in for yourself though at Ref.ch’s poll.

Total Depravity: The Daycare Edition

Authorities suspended a day care center’s license and operations, pending a hearing, after three employees allegedly encouraged two 3-year-olds to fight each other.

Police say the alleged incident took place in March at Hands of Our Future day care in Dover, Del. and surfaced this weekend when it was shown to a police officer, The News Journal reports.

In the video, a child is heard crying and yelling, “he’s pinching me,” to which a day care worker responds, “no pinching, only punching,” CBS Philly reports.

“Clearly one of the children is crying and does not want to continue on and he is being pushed back into the fray by one of the adults,” Dover Police Capt. Tim Stump told the station.

The suspected employees, 19-year-old Tiana Harris, 21-year-old Estefania Myers and 47-year-old Lisa Parker have been arrested and charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangering and conspiracy. While the students weren’t seriously injured from the fight, it’s clear that they were hurting each other, Stump told Newsworks.


The School of Lynching

Ha’aretz has an Op-Ed that’s must reading.  Here’s the opening paragraph:

Dozens of Jewish teens attacked three Palestinian teens in Jerusalem’s Zion Square last weekend, seriously injuring one of them. The police at first treated the incident as a brawl; only on Sunday did they change their tune and begin treating it as an attempted lynching that failed only by chance to end in death. Now, we expect the police to know what it takes to indict everyone involved in this loathsome hate crime.

Read every brilliant phrase.  Here are the next two paragraphs- and they’re really shocking-

Eyewitnesses said the Jewish hooligans continued kicking the wounded youth, 17-year-old Jamal Julani, even after he was already crumpled up on the ground, while their comrades shouted racist, anti-Arab slogans. Dozens of Israelis watched this happen without lifting a finger. Their apathy is only slightly less grave than the behavior of those who perpetrated the lynching. Even the denunciations of the prime minister and other public figures can’t obscure the fact that this lunching has a deep-seated political and social context.

The suspected perpetrators are children and teens. They absorbed their hatred of Arabs from their environment: perhaps at home, certainly from the educational and political systems. When incitement against Arabs has become politically correct, when rabbis urge the public to treat Arabs in a racist manner and aren’t fired from their posts, when the Knesset passes legislation over which a nationalist and racist flag waves, when the education minister extols Jewish supremacy over the Palestinians in Hebron, it’s impossible to complain solely about those teens, who translated all this into the language of violence.

Racism is rampant in Israel.  Rampant.  And Israelis need to start speaking out.  Racism is no more acceptable when the victims are Palestinians than it is when Jews in Germany find themselves the victims of hate crimes.  Indeed, the victims of hate should be the very people who absolutely refuse to engage in it, since they know first hand what it can do.