Daily Archives: 6 Aug 2018

In Which The Onion Exhibits Better Sense Than Fox News

Acknowledging the widespread repercussions from the act of corporate censorship, first amendment experts warned Monday that Facebook’s decision to ban InfoWars could set a completely reasonable precedent for free speech. “If we allow giant media platforms to single out individual users for harassing the families of murdered kindergarteners, it could lead to a nightmare scenario of measured and well-thought-out public discourse,” said Georgetown law professor Charles F. Abernathy, cautioning that it was sometimes very easy for private organizations to draw a line between constitutionally protected free speech and the slanderous ravings of a bloated lunatic hawking snake oil supplements. “What we see here really could be the beginning of a slippery slope towards a horrific ordeal in which any citizen who violates hate speech policies or blatantly spreads lies that cause other individuals to receive death threats will immediately be discredited and, perhaps, even asked to host their demonstrably false content on a website that they actually own.” Abernathy added that sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all need to learn that they are totally free to act within the law.

Etc.  Thank you, The Onion, for exhibiting more sense than Fox News ever has.

Someone Else Who Needs a Bible

Nope.  Firstly, the truth doesn’t need permission to manifest itself, it does naturally and profoundly when Scripture is explained and Christ is proclaimed.  And secondly, the church isn’t a place where chaos reigns but where order and decency prevail.  Chaos belongs to the order of darkness, not light.

If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant. …  Let all things be done decently and in order. (1 Cor. 14:37-40)

In sum, Scripture sets the agenda for worship, not fiat and fad theology.

Amen. Everyone Needs to Follow These Rules

@m_werntz tweets-

If you’re contributing to an edited project:

  • 1) Give the editors a clean and edited copy.
  • 2) Learn the style guide and follow it.
  • 3) Don’t expect the editors to clean up your muddled thinking.
  • 4) Edit a project to learn what a headache having contributors not do 1-3 is.

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Today’s GOP- Ex-South Carolina GOP leader sacrifices family dog after claiming to receive command from God

A former leader of the South Carolina Republican Party faces animal cruelty charges after he allegedly killed his mother’s dog, claiming he is “the second coming of Christ” and God needed the “sacrifice.”

Police officers found Todd Kincannon in his underwear, bloodied and covered in dog hair on July 26 on the front steps of his parents’ home in Simpsonville, S.C., according to multiple reports. The officers were responding to an early-morning 911 phone call placed by his father. Kincannon’s father told police Kincannon’s mother had locked herself in their bathroom fearing of her life.

“The reason I killed the dog is this, it’s real simple … I’m sorry, I think ya’ll [sic] are going to have to take me to the Psych Institution, I get that,” Kincannon told officers, according to their police report, per the Washington Post. “But I’ll tell you from a legal standpoint you know, it’s in the State Constitution that God is sovereign and I honestly think he told me to do it.”

They later found the dog “choked, stabbed, and mutilated” in the family’s kitchen, NBC News reported. Kincannon, 37, had been living with his parents at the time of the incident.

News flash- nutbags-  God doesn’t command such things.  I bet Mr GOP attends a Pentebabbleist church.

Who Is it that is Truly Happy?

There are nine things I can think of which strike me as happy, and a tenth which is now on my tongue:

  1. the man who can be proud of his children,
  2. he who lives to see the downfall of his enemies; 
  3. happy is he who keeps house with a sensible wife;
  4. he who does not toil with ox and donkey;
  5. he who has never sinned with his tongue;
  6. he who does not serve a man less worthy than himself; 
  7. happy is he who has acquired good sense
  8. and can find attentive ears for what he has to say; 
  9. how great is he who has acquired wisdom;
  10. but unsurpassed is one who fears the Lord. (Sir. 25:7-10)

The 1510 Aberdeen Breviary is Online to View, Free

The Aberdeen Breviary, Scotland’s first printed book (1510) is free to view online, here.

The Aberdeen Breviary is a highly significant book for a number of reasons. Initiated by King James IV and compiled by Bishop William Elphinstone, it is Scotland’s first printed book, published in Edinburgh in 1510. It also represents the most in depth collection of information on the lives and stories of Scottish Saints. Our copy is one of five known remaining original copies making it a key addition to our Iconics Collection.

The aim for the book was that it would become a national breviary of Scotland, giving the Scottish Church a distinct position within international Catholicism. It also reflected King James IV’s interest in moving towards a centralised modern state. The impact of the Aberdeen Breviary however was never properly felt in Scotland in the way in which James IV and Bishop Elphinstone had intended. This was partly due to elements of social disintegration after a Scottish defeat to the English at the Battle of Flodden, and the death of James IV in 1513 and Bishop Elphinstone in 1514 shortly after publication. Helen Vincent, Senior Rare Books Curator at the National Library of Scotland, stated that the Aberdeen Breviary, was ‘one of the great neglected achievements of the period.’

The breviary is no doubt of great interest to historians, folklorists, genealogists, archaeologists and many other scholars so we are delighted that it is now digitised and available to view in its entirety on our online image archive – here. Amazingly the breviary still has not yet been translated from Latin to English….now there is a project to be encouraged!

Signs of the Times

A Little Interview You Should Watch

That Provocative Sausage

Zwingli hatte es mit ihr. Ernst Jandl auch. Für den österreichischen Dichter war es das schönste deutsche Wort – Wurst. Auch Zwingli ging es nicht ums Essen. Vornehm hatte er 1522 beim «Zürcher Wurstessen» auf sein Rädchen der scharfen Rauchwurst verzichtet. Zwingli knabberte vielleicht ein bisschen am herumgereichten Fasnachtschüechli und freute sich vielleicht schon auf den Skandal, mit dem das «Zürcher Wurstessen» die Reformation in der Schweiz endgültig lostreten würde. Das «Wurstessen», den Verstoss gegen das kirchliche Fastengebot, verteidigte Zwingli später mit dem Wort Gottes. Dem Reformator ging es um die Bibel, nicht um das «Nahrungsmittel aus zerkleinertem Fleisch und Gewürzen, das in Därme gefüllt wird» wie der Duden die Wurst erklärt. Seit 1200 Jahren soll das Wort unverändert im Deutschen bestehen. Gegen jeden Sprachwandel steht also dieses phallische Fleischstück in der deutschsprachigen Kulturgeschichte. Dabei ist die Herkunft von Jandls Lieblingswort und Zwinglis Provokationsmittel völlig ungewiss: Vielleicht kommt es von den mittelhochdeutschen Worten für «Gedrehtes», «Gemengsel» oder «wirr». Am Ende ist sie doch mit dem englischen Wort «worst» verwandt. Das verspricht nichts Gutes. Für einmal wollen wir sie beim Wort nehmen und fragen: Was kann Wurst heute noch?

And the rest.

Signs of the Times

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