Daily Archives: 11 Dec 2015

Quote of the Day

zwingli832Our minds, to whatever part of creation, to whatever design, to whatever hope they turn, find nothing but trouble, disaster, and utter wretchedness: but comfort and rest are nowhere to be found save with God. – H. Zwingli

Guns and Bacon, Bacon and Guns

The appalling thing is, this isn’t so off base as one might imagine-


Keeping it Classy In Pittsburgh

Some people get really angry when they’re hungry. A Pittsburgh man is accused of a pizza armed robbery after complaining his takeaway meal took too long to arrive.

Frank Veltri pulled out a gun on a delivery man insisting he was not paying for the pizza, wings and breadsticks as they took 49 minutes to arrive, police say.

The delivery person?  A woman.  Dude pulled a gun on a woman.

#Classy.  #Mericu

The Modern Version of Magic Charms

This sort of thing really has no place in Christianity.  Charms and bracelets and all that sort of stuff don’t provide protection.  And no one should say they do.


The 2016 Winter Meeting of SOTS

sotsAll the details of the Winter Meeting coming in January are online here.  Do be sure to check into them.

Three New Volumes in the V&R Refo500 Academic Series

Armed Memory: Agency and Peasant Revolts in Central and Southern Europe (1450–1700)

Anthropological Reformations – Anthropology in the Era of Reformation


Nineteenth-Century Lutheran Theologians

Offered Without Comment


New in Bible and Interpretation

How Did Rabshakeh Know the Language of Judah? By Yigal Levin.

Today’s Free Book from Logos for Advent

53593Is this one.

Palestine Exploration Fund Grants


This: Taylor Swift is an ‘elitist Nazi Barbie.’

Yes.  This.

Celebrated feminist and cultural critic Camile Paglia has some scathing words for Taylor Swift in her latest essay for the Hollywood Reporter, describing the singer as an ‘elitist Nazi Barbie.’

In the piece, penned the magazine’s Women in Entertainment issue, Paglia takes on ‘girl squads,’ the ‘hashtag summer craze’ that sees female friendship groups clustering arund celebrities such as Taylor Swift, documenting themselves on social media with what she describes as ‘exhibitionistic overkill.’

“In our wide-open modern era of independent careers,” Paglia writes, “girl squads can help women advance if they avoid presenting a silly, regressive public image — as in the tittering, tongues-out mugging of Swift’s bear-hugging posse. Swift herself should retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props.”


“Girl squads ought to be about mentoring, exchanging advice and experience and launching exciting and innovative joint projects. Women need to study the immensely productive dynamic of male bonding in history. With their results-oriented teamwork, men largely have escaped the sexual jealousy, emotionalism and spiteful turf wars that sometimes dog women.”

In a footnote to her piece, Paglia says: “Writing about Taylor Swift is a horrific ordeal for me because her twinkly persona is such a scary flashback to the fascist blondes who ruled the social scene during my youth.”

Girls, young ladies, women, need to have more respect for themselves than to fawn and coo over mere entertainers.  Just as boys, young men, and men need to have more respect for themselves than to fawn and coo over mere jocks.  You’re better than to aim so low in life.