Daily Archives: 14 Nov 2018

Common Vermin Need Not Apply

To replace a celebrity academic you have to be a celebrity academic.  Qualifications?  Piffle.  Fame is the name of the game.

(This version of the post is much more pleasant)-

The SOTS Winter Meeting Details Have Been Posted

The conference will meet at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (one of my favorite venues) but, alas, because I’ll be in Zurich in February I won’t be making it to SOTS this year.  But you should go.  You really should.  It’s a superior conference with papers always worth hearing and a collegial and warm atmosphere throughout.

Still True

“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.  “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”‘ (Rev. 3:12-13)

Signs of the Times…

So this is where we are then…

You had a good run, America.  But with citizens like this it’s pretty clear that your time is about up.

Something to Look for In Denver

How The @NRA Builds Loyalty and Fanatacism

This is a must read.  In part

[The NRA] is not the richest interest group. The National Association of Realtors has spent twice as much in the 2018 federal election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.  It is not the largest interest group. It claims about six million members (probably an exaggeration); AARP has more than six times that number.

But the N.R.A. attracts incredible loyalty from its members. “That’s the critical thing people miss,” said Robert Spitzer, a political scientist at SUNY Cortland and the author of five books on gun policy. He said that the group combines a shared pastime with “ideological fervor.”  “It’s a layer on top of a hobby,” he said. “It’s bowling plus fanaticism.”

All N.R.A. members receive a subscription to one of the organization’s magazines. We studied one of them, The American Rifleman, for clues about how the N.R.A. spurs its members’ zealotry.

Go read it all.  It’s superb analysis.  It concludes

One of the reasons the United States has so many gun deaths is the N.R.A. and its extremist defense of handgun ownership, almost without limit. The evolution of the covers underscores that a group once about hunting and outdoor sports has transformed itself into a far-right political organization that simultaneously professes patriotism and promotes a virulent hostility to any government efforts to save the lives of Americans dying from guns at a rate of one every 15 minutes.

Behold, the evolution of a terrorist organization (i.e., the use of terror to advance a political agenda).

UPDATE: Yes, fanatacism is the correct word.  Since posting I’ve been literally bombarded by pro NRA pro Dana Loesch tweets.  Thousands.  And quite fanatical in their support of the NRA.  It’s fascinating to watch the rabid reactions.

Coffee Spots in Downtown Denver #SBLAAR18

You’re welcome-

Quote of the Day

Christopher Macheath — Als Doktorand auf Twitter zu sein, heißt eigentlich nur, jeden Tag aushalten zu müssen, dass selbst der schlechteste Tweet mehr Leser hat als später die veröffentlichte Dissertation.

When It Comes to People Who Call Themselves Christians, Judge Away!

In my letter, I wrote to you that you should have nothing to do with people living immoral lives.  I was not including everybody in this present world who is sexually immoral, or everybody who is greedy, or dishonest or worships false gods — that would mean you would have to cut yourselves off completely from the world.   In fact what I meant was that you were not to have anything to do with anyone going by the name of brother who is sexually immoral, or is greedy, or worships false gods, or is a slanderer or a drunkard or dishonest; never even have a meal with anybody of that kind.  It is no concern of mine to judge outsiders. It is for you to judge those who are inside, is it not?  But outsiders are for God to judge. You must banish this evil-doer from among you (1 Cor. 5:9-13).  — St Paul

You got it, brother.  You got it…

This is What Russian Election Propaganda Looked Like in 2016

Propaganda published on Facebook by Russian PR firms in an attempt to affect the 2016 US presidential election.

So if you shared that on facebook- you helped Russia influence the election.  How’s it feel to be a Russian troll?

Jesus Was Baptized on January 13, 2010

Who knew….

Today in Our Hebrew Class

We’ll enjoy a bit of Leningradensis-

How Come I’m the Only Person Interested in Diversity at SBL?

Just imagine how many different people we could hear from if folk at SBLwere actually limited to one paper.  Just imagine how many new ideas we would hear if people didn’t think theirs were the only ideas that mattered and thus they needed multiple platforms….  Just imagine how enjoyable it would be is folk self regulated and only presented at one session….   

So how come I’m the only person interested in real, practical, actual diversity at SBL?  

The @NRA Supported Gun Control When the Black Panthers Had Guns

Racists.  It has never been about guns  for the NRA it has been about white power.


Someone failed basic logic, has no idea how exegesis works, doesn’t know what metaphor is, and is the world’s worst eisegete- with ‘thanks’ to Joel Watts for ruining my mood by pointing this idiocy out-