Daily Archives: 26 Aug 2012

People Will Do Anything to Make a Buck…

Up to and including to pretend to make cereal based on biblical texts.  Via Candida Moss on the FB.  It’s just wickedness.  It’s a scandalous marketing ploy, pimping biblical verses to fleece the gullible flock.

Was it an Earthquake, or Something Else?

Robert Eisenman made these remarks in connection with one of the Qumran ‘immersion pools’  on Facebook-

Ritual immersion pool stairs showing crack, which archaeologist tended to interpret as an earthquake having taken place at and ‘destroyed’ Qumran, but our radar groundscans showed it to be simply a ‘local displacement of the terrain’ – for that matter, such an ‘earthquake’ might just as well have occurred at a later time as the earlier one they simplistically – like the lemmings many are – chose (and ‘wished’) to interpret it as…

I take his point.  Just because others have seen something in a particular way doesn’t mean we are released from our duty to think for ourselves.

If You’re Going to Chicago, Wear a Bulletproof Vest

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Saturday addressed the disturbingly highnumber of shootings in Chicago in recent days and continued to defend his department’s strategy to curb gun violence citywide.  “We’re not winning, we’re not losing. We’re basically treading water,” McCarthy said during a Saturday afternoon press conference, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  McCarthy went on to call the level of gun violence in Chicago “unacceptable” as he admitted that his department “had some trouble” in August in their attempts to remain a step ahead of shootings carried out as retaliation for previous bloodshed, the paper reports.

If you’re going to Chicago for AAR/SBL,a piece of advice- wear a bulletproof vest.

Radical Judaism’s War on Women

The exclusion of women from the public domain in Jerusalem has reached a new level. This time, the topic of discussion is a packet of Salit table salt.

Women are slowly but surely being excluded from public life. The radical misogynist are wielding more and more control.  Brit Harel’s boyfriend couldn’t understand why she kept staring at the bag of salt he had brought back from the market in their neighborhood of Nahlaot in Jerusalem. “Don’t you notice something missing here?” she asked him. “There used to be something blue here,” he recalled. “Yes, a woman!” she responded.  The exclusion of women from the public domain has reached a new level. This time, the topic of discussion is a packet of Salit table salt that was bought in a non-ultra-Orthodox market in Jerusalem. The package typically features the familiar blue silhouette of a woman holding a pinch of salt but on this particular package, the woman was nowhere to be found.  Jerusalem has already seen the disappearance of women from billboards and the ads on the sides of buses. Some of the incidents are institutional – when advertising companies refuse to promote photos of women, or when promoters themselves self-censor. Others occur when people take the law into their own hands – obliterating photos of women with black spray paint and ripping down or burning advertisements showing women.

First, they come for the helpless (the Palestinians) and next the women. Soon, it will be all those who don’t see life through their radical fundamentalist lens.

Americans Love to Play With Guns

Connecticut state police say a 7-year-old boy accidentally shot his adult neighbor in the chest using the man’s own handgun.  Police say 52-year-old Anthony Joseph Delucia’s gunshot wound is not life-threatening. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, where he was in stable condition.  Authorities have not said how the boy got ahold of the gun or what led to the shooting Friday in Prospect.

‘Ahold’ of a gun…  Ok anyway, I can tell you exactly how he got hold of it- it wasn’t put away where he couldn’t.  Guns aren’t toys.  Except in America, that is, where folk love, just dearly love, to play with them and caress them and kiss them and love them and leave them out where any 7 year old can use them…

The Bishop Who Lives Like a Millionaire

He extols the virtues of poverty and humility, but the German bishop of Limburg enjoys first-class flights and a luxurious new living complex. As the truth comes out about their secretive shepherd, local Catholics are threatening to abandon the fold en masse.

The Catholic bishop of Limburg, a small city in western Germany, apparently had noble motives when he boarded a plane to India with his vicar general in mid-January. “We were there to support social projects in and around Bangalore,” Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst reported after his return. They wanted to help children “who worked breaking stones,” he added.

But this man of God didn’t just want to do something good for the poor. He also wanted to do something nice for himself. On the upper deck of a jumbo jet, he and Vicar General Franz Kaspar had made themselves comfortable in the plane’s first-class section, which offers such amenities as champagne, caviar and a bed. “Traveling first class means you should always be able to expect the extraordinary,” Germany’s Lufthansa airline, which Kaspar flew with, promises.

SPIEGEL inquiries about this luxury trip to the slums triggered a flurry of contradictory reports. Questions directed to the diocese press office were answered by a law firm in nearby Frankfurt. The 10-page document contained a cease and desist declaration with a penalty clause forbidding the publication of the claim that the bishop had flown first-class to India — as well as a €1,890.91 ($2,400) bill for the legal warning. The bishop’s lawyer said that the claim “is untrue” and that his client had “flown business class.”


Bishop Tebartz-van Elst, 52, doesn’t only embrace luxury when he travels to India to visit poor children and nuns. He also puts a premium on a pleasant standard of living back home in Limburg, one that befits his status. His new, multi-million-euro bishop’s residence right next to the city’s cathedral is about to be finished. But the complex has sparked a mix of amazement, rage and resignation among the 600,000 Catholics in the diocese. Many cannot comprehend how they are supposed to live in want while their bishop splurges.

The Germans won’t tolerate that very long.  Nor should they.

The Rabbi Who Makes Pat Robertson Look Perfectly Sensible

Yes-sir, it’s a fact. This chap is totally unhinged.

Rabbi Ovaid Yosef

During his weekly sermon, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef says Jews should pray for destruction of the enemies of Israel, with an emphasis on Iran and Hezbollah. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who was updated last week on the Iranian nuclear project, called on Jews to pray for the destruction of Iran, this past Saturday. During his weekly sermon, the ultra-Orthodox leader of the Shas party stated that his followers should pray for the annihilation of the enemies of the Jewish people during Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year), with an emphasis on Iran and Hezbollah. “When we say ‘may our enemies be struck down’ on Rosh Hashana, it shall be directed at Iran, the evil ones who threaten Israel. God shall strike them down and kill them,” said Yosef.”

Not only does he make Robertson look sensible, he makes Judaism look just like the Taliban and al Qaeda.  Sadly the Ha’aretz report didn’t find anyone in the entire country to denounce such lunacy.