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I Couldn’t Agree More, Antonio

Idioti ignoranti e fanatici della loro religione: questo il loro identikit, secondo la mia modesta esperienza.

He is, of course, referring to these imbeciles.

Written by Jim

June 18, 2015 at 16:02

Posted in Total Depravity

Radical Israeli Settlers have Burned the Church of the Loaves and Fishes in Tiberias

tiberiasExtremist Israeli settlers on Thursday burned part of the church at the site where Christians believe Jesus performed a miracle by feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, the Israeli fire brigade said. A verse from a Hebrew prayer denouncing the worship of “false gods” was spray painted in red on a church wall, suggesting Jewish zealots were responsible.

“Firefighters arrived at the scene … and (the fire) was put out, but extensive damage was caused to the church both inside and out,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. According to Reuters, a spokesman for the fire brigade said a preliminary investigation showed the blaze broke out in several places inside the church, evidence that it was started deliberately.

Barbarians.  It’s a beautiful church and such vandalism is absolutely unforgivable.  And if it were a Synagogue the media would be all over the story.  Let him who has ears, hear.

Written by Jim

June 18, 2015 at 06:50

Posted in Total Depravity

Signs of the Times: Why Grad Students These Days Are so Soft. Literally

Written by Jim

June 15, 2015 at 15:58

Posted in Total Depravity

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Cheating: It’s An Epidemic in British Education

British education is experiencing an epidemic of trickery and cheating, ranging from primary school teachers rigging key assessments through to 40,000 university undergraduates disciplined for plagiarism over the past four years.

An investigation by Channel 4 Dispatches, to be screened on Monday night, describes how shady practices and in some cases outright fraud are woven into the fabric of UK education as the use of exam results, league tables and performance indicators increases the pressure on students, teachers and institutions to succeed.

Maybe many of those University rankings should be taken with a block of salt.  You should probably take many of those great essays and dissertations and test scores with the same block:

“I think there’s a lot of cheating out there. What we detect is only the tip of the iceberg.”

The programme found advertisements for “academic support, assignments, essays, dissertations, plagiarism-free” in phone boxes located outside a major university in London.

Further down the educational ladder, the programme exposed instances of secondary schools exploiting loopholes in regulations to avoid some pupils sitting examinations, so that their results would not show up in the school’s crucial performance tables.

Some schools – such as Portslade academy in Brighton – were found to be using so-called “guest students” as a way of moving special needs or struggling pupils off their rolls – allowing a child to sit GCSE exams but not be officially recorded as a pupil at the time.

Written by Jim

June 15, 2015 at 07:44

Posted in Total Depravity

CNN’s Anchors Are as Bad As Fox News’s: Fredricka Whitfield Thinks the Dallas Cop Shooter was Brave and Courageous

During a discussion on the Dallas Police headquarters shooting this afternoon, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield appears to have really misspoken in referring to the gunman’s actions as “courageous and brave.”

Whitfield was speaking to CNN legal analyst Philip Holloway when she said this:

“It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters, and now you have this scene, this standoff. So you believe these are the hallmarks of more than one person’s involvement.”

That’s depravity.  Calling evil good.  Getting your news from CNN is as absurd as getting it from Fox.

Written by Jim

June 14, 2015 at 07:47

Posted in media, Total Depravity

Poor Miley Cyrus- She’s So Untalented as a Singer She Must Constantly Find Publicity in Bizarre Behavior

Earlier today,Paper announced actress, activist, former Disney Channel star, and immensely talented singer Miley Cyrus as its Summer 2015 cover star. In her interview with the magazine, Cyrus discussed veganism, politics, and the importance of treating everyone with respect — and we loved what she had to say.

But perhaps most notably, Cyrus also delved into the details of her new nonprofit, the Happy Hippie Foundation, and its personal significance for her. For those less familiar, Cyrus founded the Happy Hippie Foundation last month in order to provide homeless, LGBTQ+, and other vulnerable youth groups with employment opportunities, education, and support. According to their site, 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+, with family rejection cited as the most common reason for homelessness. The organization is extremely close to heart for Cyrus, given that she herself identifies as both sexuality- and gender-fluid — and Cyrus went on to share her own experience coming out to her mom at fourteen.

Aww, that’s precious isn’t it…  But when you don’t have talent and still want to be in the public eye, you have to go Kardashianesque and do anything for attention.  Anything.

Written by Jim

June 11, 2015 at 13:52

Posted in Total Depravity

Oh Laquanda, Laquanda, Laquanda…. It is Hard For Thee To Remember That Thou Hast Children, Is It Not?

Apparently a Virginia mom has not learned her lesson.

Laquanda Newby, 25, has been charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency or abuse of a child after police said she left her children inside her hot car outside of the Henrico County Courthouse on Monday, June 8, 2015. The kicker? Newby was at the courthouse to turn herself in after being accused of leaving her children in her car May 26 while she shopped at an area Sam’s Club.

After police discovered the children in the car with the windows shut, Newby was booked into the Henrico Jail. Officers brought the kids, ages 6 and 1, inside and gave them water and snacks until their father came and picked them up.  Officials could not say exactly how long the children were in the car, but surveillance footage showed the kids were in the car for more than an hour. Temperatures in Henrico County reportedly reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday.

Dear Laquanda… maybe a string on your finger could help you remember that you have kids?  Or, maybe looking around?  Or maybe a little less of being self-absorbed?  Or maybe leave them with their dad.

Written by Jim

June 10, 2015 at 15:41

Posted in Total Depravity

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