Category Archives: Modern Culture

America: Another Day, Another Shooting at a School

Outside Houston this time:

A shooting was reported at a high school near Houston on Friday morning, with local media reporting that a gunman entered Santa Fe High School and began firing. The school was put on lockdown, but the situation is now “contained,” officials say.

The Santa Fe Independent School District issued an update stating:

“This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The situation is active, but has been contained. There have been confirmed injuries. Details will be released as we receive updated information. Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location. All other campuses are operating under their regular schedules.”

Don’t bother sending your thoughts and prayers.  That opportunity has passed.

The LORD said, “Jeremiah, don’t ask me to help these people. They may even go without eating and offer sacrifices to please me and to give thanks. But when they cry out for my help, I won’t listen, and I won’t accept their sacrifices. Instead, I’ll send war, starvation, and disease to wipe them out.” …

5.6 Trillion Dollars

That’s what the ‘war on terror’ has cost us.  But we’ve gotten nothing from it.  However, defense contractors and the military-industrial complex have become extraordinarily rich.  And that was the point in the first place.

With that amount of money every American could have first rate health care- schools and roads and airports could be brand spanking new- and Americans would be far better off.  But, alas, Cheney and Halliburton needed it more…

As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America’s War on Terror from September 12, 2001, through fiscal year 2018. That figure: a cool $5.6 trillion (including the future costs of caring for our war vets). On average, that’s at least $23,386 per taxpayer.

Read it all.  And be disgusted.

I Hope Mo Brooks’ Voters are Smarter Than He Is, Though I Doubt It…

Or they wouldn’t vote for this lunatic.

A rolling stone may gather no moss, but if it tumbles into the ocean, you can expect the seas to rise.

At least that’s the theory embraced by Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., during a hearing held Wednesday by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on how technology can be used to address climate change.

While questioning Philip Duffy, president of Woods Hole Research Center, about what, in addition to climate change, might be driving rising sea levels, Brooks suggested erosion might be a factor.

“Every single year that we’re on Earth, you have huge tons of silt deposited by the Mississippi River, by the Amazon River, by the Nile, by every major river system — and for that matter, creek, all the way down to the smallest systems,” Brooks said. “And every time you have that soil or rock whatever it is that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise. Because now you’ve got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up.”

Oh Alabama… you really are just the worst State aren’t you…

Signs of the Times

Albrecht Dürer 1471 – 1528, The Adoration of the Magi (oil), oil on panel (100 × 114 cm) — 1504-05

Quote of the Day

Edo Konrad- Israel doesn’t distinguish between Hamas & non-Hamas Palestinians when it opens fire. There is no algorithm that informs snipers whether or not the person on the other side is a “terrorist.” If someone has broken the law, you arrest them, you don’t gun them down.

Moving Books…

Yup, thrice over…

Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times

I think it’s funny….   don’t judge me…

Sarah Bond for the Win… And, No, Augustine NEVER Said That

Quote of the Day

Even as in the blessed in heaven there will be most perfect charity, so in the damned in hell there will be the most perfect hate. – Aquinas

A Glimpse of ‘Facebook Christianity’

me: ‘would like to invite you to __________ service at the church’

people: ‘liked’ in FB

me to self: nope, they’ll never be there

people, to selves: nope, never need to actually go as long as i’m spiritual enough to ‘like’ an invite.

Make Sure Your Interlinear Hebrew Bible Has All the Parts

Or what happened to Wright will happen to you:

In Which The Onion Burns Like It Has Hardly Ever Burned Before

IDF Soldier Recounts Harrowing, Heroic War Story Of Killing 8-Month-Old Child

Now that’s a proper burn.

Describing the terrifying yet valiant experience to his fellow battalion members, Israel Defense Forces soldier Yossi Saadon recounted Tuesday his harrowing, heroic war story of killing an 8-month-old Palestinian child during a violent attack against protesters. “It was a heart-pounding experience—there was smoke and gunfire all around me, and I made a split-second decision to hurl that canister of tear gas at the encroaching infant cradled in her father’s arms,” said Saadon to the group of awed soldiers, describing the chills that went up and down his spine as he realized that all he had was his M16 assault rifle and some tear gas to defend himself against the unarmed Palestinian family standing only dozens of yards away. “I could see the whites of the baby’s eyes and hear her terrifying cries, and I knew it was either her or me. And this wasn’t some newborn infant, you know? This was a baby who could probably sit up independently. I was scared, but I acted quickly to throw that tear gas at her and her older sister. And who knows how many lives I saved when I shot the women trying to help her?” At press time, Saadon’s battalion commander informed him that he was submitting his name for the Medal of Valor, the IDF’s highest honor.

#Bam.

Please Note: Not All Southern Baptists Are Unhinged

Not all of us are like this guy.  Nor does this guy speak for us.  For sane Southern Baptists, the Gospel of Jesus includes both a love of and a demand for justice.  Further, Mr Arnold has evidently never read Matthew 25.

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. “And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. “Then the King will say to those on His right hand,`Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: `for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; `I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying,`Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? `When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? `Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “And the King will answer and say to them,`Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

“Then He will also say to those on the left hand,`Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: `for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;`I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying,`Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ “Then He will answer them, saying,`Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”  (Matt. 25:31-46)

Some of us, like Jesus, understand that the Gospel has implications that reach beyond the salvation of the individual soul.

Confessions of a Bookaholic Academic Book Reviewer

Have you ever gotten a book to review and then forgotten who sent it after you’ve read it and had to wait for them to email to tell you the review is late and then confessed that you forgot who you were supposed to send it to? #MeMoreOftenThanICareToAdmit

‘Centre’? Come On, Britlanders…

Visit the new website of the Oxford University, Oriel College, Centre for the Study of the Bible.  Sure, they spelled ‘center’ wrong… but otherwise it’s fantastic.

Why What’s Happening in Gaza is Happening in Gaza

Gaza is simply an open air prison-

Signs of the Times

Away With Those Oppressive ‘One Way’ Signs!

A violent, angry mob of progressive activists began to go on a rampage throughout New York City Tuesday, tearing down hundreds of street signs with oppressive messages like “One Way.

Representatives for the protesters claim they are advocating for a more tolerant, relativistic system of traffic control, wherein driving whichever direction best expresses your intersectional identity is finally accepted by society.

“Who are you to say there’s only one way!?” they screamed as cars instantly began to careen into one another in flurry of burnt rubber and shattered glass behind them. “All ways are equally valid, bigots!” As they tore more and more “One Way” signs down throughout the area, more and more traffic collisions continued to follow in their wake.

At one point, the growing mob stopped to boo and jeer at a large, red “Wrong Way” sign positioned near a freeway off-ramp, cautioning cars not to drive down the left-hand side of a dangerous highway. Finally, the anger of the crowd boiled over, and they tore the sign down with a chain and harness, shouting, “Death to oppression!”

At publishing time, the mob was spotted replacing “patriarchal” stop signs with soothing green “Go For It As Long As You Don’t Hurt Anyone” signs.

Via.

Martin Luther’s Confession of Huldrych Zwingli’s Theological Superiority

What follows is a historical reconstruction* by means of figures (they aren’t dolls, stop calling them dolls, I don’t play with dolls)

luther_bowing_to_zwingli

This happened at Marburg.

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*There is no evidence for this but that’s ok. It’s not like people want historical evidence anymore. Just ask the Ark searchers and their lot.