The US Should Cease Giving Aid to Israel

I completely agree with Jim West.  Read the post:

The time has come for the US to stop giving $3,000,000,000 a year in military aid to Israel.   And I’m not the only one who thinks so.

That’s right- America is underwriting an illegal occupation.  Giving aid to Israel in order for Israel to continue to oppress the Palestinians is immoral.  Your tax dollars are being used for an immoral and unethical program and purpose.  You should say something about it to your Congressman and let the voice of justice and equality and fairness be heard just as loudly as the voice of Christian Zionists and their Congressional lackeys.

The US Should Cease Giving Aid to Israel.

Depravity: 21-Year-Old Bristol Man Stabs Partygoers

Crazy.  Depraved.  Disgusting.

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP)– A 21-year-old Bristol man told police he stabbed four people at a party Saturday night, one fatally, because partygoers were making fun of his flatulence.

Police say Marc Higgins left the party and returned with three knives, stabbing people indiscriminately, according to court documents released Tuesday.

The Hartford Courant, quoting those documents, reported that Higgins told police he was angry at being derided and wanted to teach people that they shouldn’t trifle with him.

Higgins appeared in court Tuesday charged with murder, assault and carrying a dangerous weapon, and was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bond.

Twenty-one-year-old Matthew Walton died of his injuries. The wounds suffered by the other three victims were not life threatening.

via 21-Year-Old Bristol Man Stabs Partygoers, 1 Fatally, Over Flatulence JokesCBS New York – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of NY.

Depravity: Burglars Mistake Cremated Ashes for Drugs

This is depraved on two levels: (1) theft and (2) drug abuse.

MIAMI — Burglars snorted the cremated remains of a man and two dogs in the mistaken belief that they had stolen illegal drugs, Florida sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday.

The ashes were taken from a woman’s home in the central Florida town of Silver Springs Shores on Dec. 15. The thieves took an urn containing the ashes of her father and another container with the ashes of her two Great Danes, along with electronic equipment and jewelry, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators learned what happened to the ashes after they arrested five teens in connection with another burglary attempt at a nearby home last week.

“The suspects mistook the ashes for either cocaine or heroin. It was soon discovered that the suspects snorted some of the ashes believing they were snorting cocaine,” the sheriff’s report said.

Once they realized their error, the suspects discussed returning the remaining ashes but threw them in a lake instead because they thought their fingerprints were on the containers, sheriff’s spokesman Judge Cochran said.

Police divers were trying to recover the ashes. The suspects were jailed on numerous charges of burglary and other crimes

via Burglars mistake man’s ashes for coke, snort away – U.S. news – Weird news –

It’s actually really pathetic that people are this addicted to substances.

Jewish Worship, Pagan Symbols: Zodiac Mosaics in Ancient Synagogues

I usually don’t promote much from BAR, but this article is quite interesting and falls in line with certain subjects I discuss on this blog!  Walter Zanger talks about Jewish synagogues and pagan symbols, notably the zodiac.

Ein Harod is a spring that rises in the valley of Jezreel at the foot of Mt. Gilboa. Gideon gathered his men there to sort out the good soldiers from the bad ones (Judges 7). From the pool, the spring makes its weary and meandering way east down the valley for some 18 km, passing through Beth-Shean to empty into the Jordan River.

A thousand years of neglect had resulted in a valley full of silted and blocked-up waterways creating a marshy and swampy landscape as the spring of Harod—and half a dozen other springs that empty into it—filled the land with water faster than the natural outlets—now blocked—could drain it.

The middle square, the first to be uncovered, was the most spectacular. Figures of four women were at the four corners, with inscriptions (in Hebrew) identifying each as a season of the year. Inside the square was a wheel, 3.12 meters in diameter, with a smaller circle (1.2 m) in its center. The wheel was divided into 12 panels, each with a figure and a name identifying it as a sign of the zodiac. And in the center, a man was pictured driving a quadriga (four-horse chariot) through the moon and stars. Rays of the sun were coming out of his head; it was clear that he was Helios, god of the sun.

via Jewish Worship, Pagan Symbols: Zodiac mosaics in ancient synagogues by Walter Zanger – Biblical Archaeology Review.

Quite an enjoyable piece!  H/T to James McGrath on Facebook.

Depravity: Doctor Charged with Killing 7 Babies

Absolute depravity.  I say the parents should be brought up on charges too.  What sort of asinine parent decides this late in a pregnancy that they don’t want the baby?!  I’ll tell you who, the same parents who throw their newborns in dumpsters.  Just absolutely horrible; this is a true tragedy.

A Philadelphia abortion doctor has been charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a woman patient and seven babies that prosecutors say were born alive and then killed with scissors.

The charges against Dr. Kermit Gosnell follow a long grand jury investigation.

District Attorney Seth Williams said state regulators ignored complaints and failed to visit the clinic since 1993.

Williams said the women were subjected to squalid and barbaric conditions at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society, which was shut down last year.

Gosnell has been named in at least 10 malpractice suits, including one over the death of a woman who died of sepsis and a perforated uterus.

Late-term procedures

A local CBS station reported that Gosnell’s wife and eight other people also were under arrest.

It said the deaths occurred following illegal late-term abortions.

The broadcaster said warrants were served late Tuesday or early Wednesday and all the suspects were being held in jail.

It said four of the suspects were facing multiple murder counts.

In addition, Gosnell was the subject of a federal grand jury investigation relating to the illegal prescribing of prescription drugs, CBS said.

Some $240,000 in cash had been found when his house was searched, the station said, citing investigators.

It added that Gosnell had previously insisted he was innocent of any crimes and predicted he would be acquitted if he was charged.

via Abortion doctor charged with killing 7 babies – U.S. news – Crime & courts –

I hope they all rot in jail.

Depravity: Monk Nabbed with Nun’s Skeletal Remains

This is just plain wrong, as well as depraved.

A Cypriot monk caught at a Greek airport with the skeletal remains of a nun in his baggage told authorities he was taking the relics of a saint back to his monastery.

The 56-year-old Cypriot was detained at Athens airport after security staff discovered a skull wrapped in cloth and skeletal remains in a sheet inside his baggage.

“They maintained it was a woman who was a saint,” a Greek police official who declined to be named told Reuters.

He said the monk told authorities he was transferring her remains to a monastery in Cyprus.

The remains were those of a nun who died four years ago. She was not a saint in the Greek or Cypriot Orthodox Churches, but had once been a nun at a Cypriot convent, police said.Revering the skeletal remains of saints is common in the Greek Orthodox tradition. A sect within the church may have venerated the nun even though she was not an official saint.In many churches, venerated relics are put on display for the faithful to touch or kiss and a box for collecting donations from the faithful placed nearby.

“It appears to be the work of charlatans with a financial interest that is what I suspect,” Cyprus’s Archbishop Chrysostomos told journalists when asked about the monk’s tale.

The monk was freed after being charged with theft and desecrating the dead, a misdemeanor in Greece. He was also suspended from his monastic duties for three months for going away without leave, Cypriot police said.

via Monk nabbed with nun’s skeleton at airport – Travel – News –

Is Passing the Impasse Too Impossible?

Jim West asks:

What’s intriguing to me is that no matter how far we seem to proceed in the discipline of historical methodology, we’re constantly brought back to the core issue which seems to be, the biblical text either is or isn’t ‘history’ (with all manner of variation along that spectrum). Is there a way past this impasse?

via From the Introductory Chapter of ‘From Conquest to Coexistence’ « Zwinglius Redivivus.

I think this is interesting for a lot of reasons.  First, I cover this in the introduction and first chapter of my book Of Men and Muses (currently undergoing revisions for a new edition, forthcoming); I believe the problem is that historical critical questions are not asked correctly, that is to say, they are too narrowed in their objectives.  Historical critical methods are, as part of their very nature, based not in retrieval (the interest of the author to his readers) but in Hegelian-esque interpretation (to assume a core historical event then seek to discover what that event is).

In order to push beyond this impasse, the historical critical method, still an important part of scholarship, should be employed only after one can determine the value the text has, theologically and culturally.  Only after the narrative function of a text is understood, the value, historically, can be understood.

Depravity: Teen Girl Killed on Facebook-Arranged Date

Why are youths this young going out on dates via Facebook?  Where are the parents?  How deplorable and tragic.

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuanian police say a 14-year-old boy has admitted killing a 13-year-old girl he met through Facebook.

Police spokeswoman Dalia Petrauskiene says the girl from the town Alytus was murdered after arranging on the popular social networking site to meet the boy, who lives in the capital, Vilnius. Her half-naked body was found at a bus stop outside Vilnius on Sunday.

The spokeswoman said Monday that the boy confessed to the killing. If found guilty of murder he faces a maximum 10-year sentence.

Lithuania is one of Facebook’s fastest growing markets, with some 710,000 users in the country of 3.4 million.

via Teen girl killed on Facebook-arranged date – Technology & science – Tech and gadgets –

Two Instances Where Intelligence Might Have Helped

It seems that, sometimes, desperate times call for, well…idiotic measures.  Jim West would undoubtedly say that stealing is a sin, so even he, in his typical, cynical self, would probably find the humor in these stories.

BERLIN — Two would-be thieves called in their own crime to police in Germany after they could not escape from a broken-down elevator over the weekend, police said in a statement.

“This sounds really dumb,” one of the thieves told police in Cologne over the elevator’s emergency phone, “But I’m afraid that we wanted to break in and the elevator has gotten stuck.”

When police arrived they found the two thieves aged 31 and 37 stuck in the elevator of an office building.

The thieves allegedly broke into the building and were attempting to reach a higher floor when the elevator became stuck, the police said.

via Trapped burglars call police for help – World news – Weird news –

What could be more moronic than this, you ask?  How about the two culprits in this story:

Evanston police arrested three alleged burglars after tracking footprints in the snow leading from the burglarized house.

Officers were alerted to a burglary in progress at about 12:27 p.m. Jan. 11 in the 800 block of Hartrey Avenue, authorities said. A witness at the scene told officers that three people were seen running from the area, one carrying a television, police said.

Following the footprints in the snow, police were led to a residence in the 2200 block of Madison Place, officials said.

Additional officers arrived and set up a perimeter, authorities said. Police saw someone running through the residence, and officers entered, officials said.

During the search, officers heard noises coming from the attic, police said. Two adults and a 16-year-old followed police commands and surrendered, according to authorities.

via Police follow footprints to find alleged burglars — Evanston news, photos and events —

Crime never pays…but sometimes it helps to be smarter than mayonnaise.

Fox Shoots Hunter

Isn’t that something…

MOSCOW — A wounded fox shot its would-be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter’s gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said Thursday.

he unnamed hunter, who had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance, was in hospital with a leg wound, while the fox made its escape, media said, citing prosecutors from the Grodno region.

“The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw,” one prosecutor was quoted as saying.

Fox hunting is popular in the picturesque farming region of northwestern Belarus that borders Poland.

via Fox shoots hunter who wounded it – World news – Weird news –


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