Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A FEW NAMES EVEN IN SARDIS

As I said before, every so often Twitter doesn't suck.

PERENNIALS

The New York Times recycles an evergreen concept.  It's ALWAYS the fault of the Jews.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured Israelis weary of conflict with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip that he was “doing everything I can in order to avoid an unnecessary war.”

A day and a half later, Israel appeared to be on the brink of just that.
 
After a botched intelligence mission by undercover commandos left seven Palestinian fighters dead, the militant group Hamas and other armed factions mounted an intense and escalating rocket and mortar barrage across much of southern Israel that continued into Tuesday morning.
 
With air-raid sirens wailing from the Mediterranean to the Dead Sea, and after a Palestinian anti-tank missile blew up an Israeli bus, seriously wounding a 19-year-old soldier, Israel retaliated with airstrikes and tank fire that grew steadily more destructive.
 
There could be Middle East peace yesterday if those stupid Jews would just quit trying to prevent the murder of themselves and their loved ones.

Monday, November 12, 2018

AMAZING SIGHTING

An Episcopal bishop with an actual spine.

An Episcopal bishop in upstate New York says the church has been "hijacked by the 'Gay Rights Agenda'" in a directive barring same-sex marriages in his diocese, the AP reports. The pastoral directive from The Rev. William Love, who is based in Albany, New York, highlights lingering opposition three weeks before a resolution goes into effect setting rules for same-sex marriages in Episcopal churches nationwide. Love's letter sent Saturday said the policy going into effect Dec. 2 "turns upside down over 2000 years of Church teaching" about marriage. "The Episcopal Church and Western Society have been hijacked by the 'Gay Rights Agenda,' which is very well organized, very strategic, very well financed, and very powerful," Love wrote in the eight-page letter. He added: "Satan is having a heyday bringing division into the Church over these issues."

Church leaders in July overwhelmingly passed the same-sex marriage resolution, which gives bishops with theological objections to same-sex marriages the option to have other clergy perform services.

A few things have got to be said here.  Lots of us, Bishop, were saying this exact thing ten years ago and really could have used the pointy-hat support.  I mean, something far stronger than your countless open letters or your tepid enthusiasm for GAFCON and/or ACNA.

For that matter, you could have taken the occasion of the 2008 Lambeth Conference and told my gracious lord of Canterbury that yes you all were all going to discuss The Issue and that if he shot you another Real African WordTM, you were going to immediately head home.

And immediately get in close touch with GAFCON and/or ACNA.

But none of you said anything like that back when it might have made a difference and now it no longer makes a difference at all. 

Because most of us are done with you.

Bishop?  The Episcopal Organization may take action against you personally but I seriously doubt that it will go to the trouble since all it has to do is wait you out.  When you retire, the EO will make sure that Albany's next bishop will have correct opinions. 

"Better late than never" is often the worst expression in the world, Bishop.

CESSPOOL

If you spend any time there, you'll soon realize that the largest collection of blinkered, philistine, pig-ignorant stupidity on face of the Earth is Twitter.  Mitigated, somewhat, by the conservatives @jack allows to remain on his little platform.  One of those currently isn't me, @TheRealCSJ, and I still don't know why I and my 300-some-odd followers got shown the door.

But every now and then, you'll run across something there that you can only describe as a bottom-of-the-ninth, walk-off grand slam home run. 

For example.

Forget Year Zero. It's Day Zero when it comes to Trump. Everything he says and does has never, ever been said or done before. I'm astounded that presumably intelligent adults are saying this with a straight face.

Ballgame.  Thanks for playing. 

I'm not astounded by any of this.  If your profession spent eight years ignoring or justifying EVERY SINGLE THING OBAMA DID WHILE IN OFFICE, you've got no right to complain when Obama's successor does the same thing to you.

Might want to sit this one out, Chuck Todd.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

SEE THIS ONE COMING?

That makes a couple hundred million of us.

YEAH, WHATEVER WATCH

Yeah, whatever.

In the quixotic battle against old age, some people use skin care and spin class.
 
That’s not enough for Emile Ratelband, a 69-year-old who feels like he’s in his 40s. The Dutch pensioner is asking a court in his hometown of Arnhem, southeast of Amsterdam, to change his birth certificate so that it says he took his first breath on March 11, 1969, rather than on March 11, 1949. The judges heard his case Monday and promised they would render a verdict in the next several weeks.
 
Ratelband sees his request as no different from a petition to change his name or the gender he was assigned at birth — and isn’t bothered that this comparison might offend transgender people, whose medical needs have been recognized by the American Medical Association. It comes down to free will, he maintains.
 
“Because nowadays, in Europe and in the United States, we are free people,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post. “We can make our own decisions if we want to change our name, or if we want to change our gender. So I want to change my age. My feeling about my body and about my mind is that I’m about 40 or 45.”
 
It's the Netherlands so I'm guessing his request will be granted. Then the idea will cross the Atlantic and the next thing you know, Bette Midler will be some high school kid's prom date.
 
Not really sure where that came from.
 
But why the forties?  Why not 35 or 23 or even less?  Think of the chicks you could do.