A Poll

I’d be appreciative if you lot would actually take this one seriously:

A Victory for Common Sense in Opposition to Obama’s Toilet Policy

Months after the Obama administration advised school districts that transgender students should be given access to bathrooms based on their gender identity, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the guidance from going into effect — for now.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor has granted a preliminary, nationwide injunction in response to a lawsuit filed by Texas and a number of other states.

As we’ve reported, the lawsuit argues that the guidance from the White House would turn schools “into laboratories for a massive social experiment.”

The preliminary injunction would mean that, until that lawsuit works its way through the courts, the “status quo” would be maintained and the guidance could not be considered enforceable.

Etc.

The Bee Stings Driscoll’s Heavyhandedness

Mark Driscoll became furious over the weekend after spotting a new church plant which had popped up within a 5-mile radius of his recently-launched Trinity Church and decided to do something about it, according to sources.

Waiting for the newbie pastor to come out of his church’s back door in the small business park where it is located, Driscoll reportedly jumped out from the bushes with a fierce yell, grabbed him by the collar, and shoved him up against the car.

“Stay out of my territory,” Driscoll is heard growling on a surveillance camera’s audio feed. “You’re on my turf, son. You ever want to minister again, you get the [expletive] out of here, you hear me? I said, do you hear me?!?”

After Driscoll roughed him up a bit and forced him to empty his pockets of gospel tracts and a pocket Bible, the shaken young pastor is seen running toward his car and speeding away from the scene, an enraged Driscoll yelling after him, “How dare you!”

Driscoll the territorial…. so on the mark.

Donkeys!

Or more particularly, a new essay in ZDPV by Aren et al titled The Importance of the Donkey as a Pack Animal in the Early Bronze Age Southern Levant: A View from Tell es Safi / Gath.

In this paper, we review the evidence for the use of the domestic donkey as a mode of transportation in the Early Bronze Age. The study will present the domestic donkey remains (artefactual and zoological) and their archaeological context from the Early Bronze Age III domestic neighborhood at Tell es Safi / Gath. The remains indicate the significant role that donkeys played in the daily life of the inhabitants. This reflects on our understanding of their role in the trade networks and mode of transportation that existed within the emerging urban cultures in the southern Levant during the 3rd mill. B.C.E.

Get a copy. If you don’t have a car, get a donkey to bring it!

The Works of Calvin

Calvini_Opera_OmniaThe Ioannis Calvini opera quae supersunt omnia (59 volumes) is now on sale from the Bookstore and Antiquarian De Roo in Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands.

The whole set of the Ioannis Calvini opera quae supersunt omnia consists of 59 volumes in 58 bindings. This particular edition is a facsimile edition of the original books from C.A. Schwetske and Sons in Braunschweig (1860-1990). These bindings are printed by the Johnson Reprint Corporation at New York and London.

The books are uniformly bound in red imitation leather with gilt lettering. The entire collection is in excellent condition.

More info here.

PS- My birthday is in a week….  just sayin….