Daily Archives: 7 May 2016

Another Toddler Shoots Itself

Because its careless parents don’t have the sense to put dangerous weapons away.

A two-year-old was injured after she accidentally shot herself Saturday morning. The Smyrna Police Department told News 2 they received a call about the shooting at 10:53 a.m. in the 4000 block of Snowbird Drive. When they arrived they found a toddler with a gunshot wound to the cheek. She was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by LifeFlight. Officials told News 2 she is now in stable condition, and her injuries are non-life threatening. The shooting remains under investigation.

The people who leave guns out, do they also leave battery acid in cups on the table and chainsaws running next to the tv and rat poison in the sugar bowl?  Because they might as well.

Quote of the Day: David Brooks on Trump

Donald Trump is epically unprepared to be president. He has no realistic policies, no advisers, no capacity to learn. His vast narcissism makes him a closed fortress. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he’s uninterested in finding out. He insults the office Abraham Lincoln once occupied by running for it with less preparation than most of us would undertake to buy a sofa. – David Brooks

If You’re in Rome… Or Nearby

Feel free to respond to this invitation: it’s the presentation of the Festschrift for Giovanni Garbini.


And get the book, it’s fantastic.


Chris Heard and the Walking Dead

Chris has some interesting things to say and I won’t spill the beans.  You can just go there and look.  Good to see him blogging again.

Total Depravity in, Yup, You Guessed it, Texas

And it’s dreadful.

Police authorities said on Friday that two toddlers, a girl and a boy, were found tied up in the back yard of a home in San Antonio, Texas, with “hundreds of injuries and scars.” The three-year-old girl was restrained with a dog leash while her four-year-old brother was restrained with a chain.  According to a spokesperson for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office who described the case as “horrific” and “sickening,” authorities became aware of conditions in the house after a neighbor reported hearing a child crying persistently. Police arrested Cheryl Reed, 30, mother of the children, on Thursday, at a motel off Interstate 10 near Vance Jackson Road. She was charged with two counts of injury to a child, according to MySanAntonio.com.

Incomprehensible, isn’t it.  Inhuman.

Signs of the Times


If You Can’t Spell Bultmann’s First Name Correctly…

Your ‘scholarship’ can’t at all be taken seriously.  Seriously.


Come on people.  Learn something before you say something.  Oh, and Bultmann is right. Unless you think speculation and hyperbole are ‘scholarship’.

I’ve Been Enjoying Being Outside Today for #NakedGardeningDay

Here’s me working hard on the farm.  You’re welcome.


Trump Will Be Prosecuted for His ‘University’ Scam

Donald Trump will go to trial in a class-action lawsuit against him and his now-defunct Trump University after the presidential election but before the inauguration, setting the stage for a president-elect to take the witness stand if he wins the White House.

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel on Friday scheduled trial for Nov. 28 in the suit that alleges people who paid up to $35,000 for real estate seminars got defrauded. The likely Republican nominee planned to attend most, if not all, of the trial and would testify, Trump attorney Daniel Petrocelli said.

“He has very, very strong feelings about this case,” Petrocelli told reporters. Petrocelli asked for a trial after Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, but the judge raised concerns about distractions if Trump wins the election. The attorney said the period between the election and swearing-in is extremely hectic for a president-elect but that it was preferable to holding a trial during the campaign.

Etc.  I hope he gets a prison sentence.  Then he can be the first President to live outside the White House in a very long time.

A Newly Found Letter of St Paul!

The Italian press has the amazing story!

corinziNel 58 d.C. le lettere, destinate a Corinto, venivano affidate ad un messo ludopatico che le perdette giocando agli astragali con un gruppo di Tessalonicesi. Questi, invidiosi del fatto che San Paolo avesse scritto ai Corinzi più lettere di quelle spedite a loro, decisero di farle sparire per sempre.  Le lettere furono dunque inviate nel Sannio (l’attuale Molise) dove nessuno le avrebbe mai cercate.  Solo nel 1498 le lettere furono scoperte da uno sconosciuto umanista fiorentino – tal Tale de’ Tali – accidentamente finito in Molise che le portò nella Repubblica per studiarle con attenzione.

Nuovamente disperse, le epistole furono rinvenute nel 1968 da un ligio portalettere bergamasco che le fece pervenire all’Ufficio Centrale Nazionale di Poste e Telegrafi affinché fossero finalmente consegnate ai destinatari.  L’Ufficio, tuttavia, le respinse per “affrancatura insufficiente”, rispedendolo al mittente.

The Italian postal service is famous for its terribleness, but this is a new low…  With thanks to Robert Mazza for the heads up.