Saturday Night Special


So here we are it’s Saturday night and I am sure that you are preparing for the first Sunday in Advent .  But if you want here are a few things I have collected over the week.

So with the current episodes of men being reprehensible the opponents of “the patriarchy” are rejoicing over the apparent fall of “the patriarchy” in fact some want “the patriarchy” to fall so much they are unconcerned if innocent men are accused.

 

 

But not everyone has this attitude.  Angela Lansbury said this:

There are two sides to this coin,” she said. “We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive. And unfortunately it has backfired on us – and this is where we are today.

“We must sometimes take blame, women. I really do think that. Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped.”

Lansbury is not, however, suggesting that fault lies with individual victims: “Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be! There’s no excuse for that. And I think it will stop now – it will have to. I think a lot of men must be very worried at this point.”

Candace Owens looks at her statement and in this article writes about “basic, daily acts of personal responsibility”.  Take a minute and read it.

Also here is an article from the opinion page of the New York Times that takes a look at a more balanced approach to what is happening.  The Limits of Believe All Women

Next we are traveling north, not to Alaska but our neighbor Canada.

PJMedia reports on the latest acronym you’ll need to use if you’re an elementary school teacher.

LGGBDTTTIQQAAP

So shall we parse this?

L is for Lesbian
G is for Gay
G is also for Genderqueer this is a new one so here is a definition: Genderqueer; denoting or relating to a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.”
B is Bisexual
D is for Demisexual another new one.  So here’s the definition: A demisexual is a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a strong emotional connection with someone.” This used to be known as monogamous love.
T is Transgendered. Now remember this means someone who are one sex but like to claim they “feel like” another sex.
T is also for Transexual. This is like Transgender but they have gone through the surgery that has mutilated their normal organs and are on a diet of artificial hormones.
T is also for Two Spirit. Which is a Native American gender that can only be used by Native Americans.
I is for Intersex we used to refer to this as a birth defect known as hermaphrodite. Which hardly ever occurs.
Q is for Queer but it can only be used by those who designate themselves by that term and anyone else is being insulting.
Q is for Questioning because they haven’t figured it out yet. Whatever it is.
A is for Asexual which means they are not interested in sex.
A is for Allies who are people who spend most of their time supporting LGGBDTTTIQQAAP
P is for Polyamorous otherwise known as multiple partners or adultery if you’re married.
P is for Pansexual which is bisexual for everyone else although with the invention of sex bots maybe something even worse.

And now finally Science.

What you’re seeing is the latest addition to culture of death.  The Sarco Capsule a machine designed to kill anyone who enters it using liquid nitrogen.  This capsule can be made using a 3-D printer.  This open source death machine designed by Australia’s Dr Philip Nitschke.  This execution device  uses no restricted drugs or any special expertise claims the inventor.   To download the device build instructions the person must pass an on-line test which  gives them the access code to allow them to build it.  Nothing in the article suggests that anyone can have a change of heart in the machine and stop the execution.  But the top pops off so you can have a sleek new coffin.

 

 

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Special Saturday


Yes it is that special time when the meandering mind of a curmudgeon Calvinist awakens from that deep slumber and rears its head and with its jaundiced eyes see what is going on in the world.

First a little something from the Robotic Over Lords.

Can you believe your eyes?  Here is the final end of Christianity, and by end I don’t mean goal.  An automaton programmed to give you a blessing.  The ultimate in ecumenical you can program the robot to give you a blessing in all the denominations of Christianity, not to mention Buddhist, Hindu, Islam all you need is the right software program. Think of this you can have a robot father confessor, a preprogrammed robot that can deliver a sermon, do communion all you have to do dial in what you want to hear.  And it will all be based on your felt needs. (Robot priest heralds Christianity’s Death in Europe)

Why are we afraid of robots?  Can it be it is because we don’t believe in God?

In our post-Freudian world, where mind has been reduced to brain chemistry and the idea of a transpersonal soul long banished from university curricula, this assumption is quite widespread. Taught to think of themselves as biological computers, people naturally fear that real computers—advanced so they can walk, converse, and learn from their mistakes—will inevitably take their place.

Read it all here and ask yourself do I fear them because I don’t believe in God?

That is it for tonight prepare yourself for worship tomorrow.  Good night.

The Five Day Post


And now the post that has taken five days to write.  As I was looking at my various news feeds I was wondering what should make the cut.  Not much in Robotic Over Lords, there was some news on the Pro-life front and then I saw it.  Something that coincided with the 240th celebration of the independence of the USA.  What you may ask?  And even if you don’t ask, well let me point you to a few news items first.

Item 1.

Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to rule that pharmacies dispense emergency contraception

Item 2.

U.S. District Judge strikes down Mississippi’s religious freedom law.

Item 3.

Christian Mingle Opens Doors to Gay Singles Under Settlement.

Item 4.

California Bill protects LGBQT students by limiting the Faith of Universities

Are you seeing a pattern here?  If I am being obtuse let me spell it out for you.  Each of these cases has to do will religious freedom, in particular the right of persons to behave or operate a business under their belief system.

In Item 1 Christian pharmacists because they view plan B morning after pills  as an abortifacient and do not want to dispense the drug.  But are compelled by Washington State law to do so.  They filed suit claiming that the law put undo burden upon religious objectors.  The Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

At issue are Washington State regulations that are likely to make a pharmacist unemployable if he or she objects on religious grounds to dispensing certain prescription medications,” argued Justice Alito

“Yet the Ninth Circuit held that the regulations do not violate the First Amendment, and this Court does not deem the case worthy of our time. If this is a sign of how religious liberty
claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern.”

Item 2 A district judge struck down a religious liberty law based upon other religious freedom laws and the federal religious freedom law.  The judge claims that “The State has put its thumb on the scale to favor some religious beliefs over others. Showing such favor tells ‘nonadherents that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community, and . . . adherents that they are insiders, favored members of the political community,’ ” Reeves wrote, citing precedent. “And the Equal Protection Clause is violated by HB 1523’s authorization of arbitrary discrimination against lesbian, gay, transgender, and unmarried persons.”

Item 3 Christian Mingle a dating site that specified  whether you were a man seeking a woman or a woman seeking a man was sued by two gay men under California’s anti-discrimination law saying that the limited options violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act.  Because of the suit Christian Mingle has changed it’s policy to allow same sex users.

Item 4  California Senate Bill 1146 would prohibit any faith based policies from religious schools that take any state assistance and “discriminate” against LGBT persons.

“State assistance” includes any participation in the Cal Grants or Pell Grants programs, which provide critical financial assistance to lower-income students.

This means that a Catholic school that receives state aid can be sued for refusing to hire a non-Catholic applicant to serve as its president.  It means an Adventist school can be sued for refusing to hire a professor living in a gay marriage.  It means a Baptist school can be sued for refusing to allow a male student who “identifies” as a woman to live in a women’s dormitory, or to use women’s restrooms and showers.
The intent of this bill is transparent: to target Christian schools that maintain Biblical beliefs on marriage and sexuality, and to use the threat of losing government funds to force them to change those beliefs.  It puts schools into a terrible predicament.  If they maintain their beliefs, their prospective students will not be eligible for Cal Grants or Pell Grants, and the schools will suffer significant financial loss.  If they give in to this requirement, they compromise their core principles.

Do you see the pattern?  Can you see what we are losing here?  Do you understand that for the opposition it is a take no prisoner situation?  No matter who wins the presidency we can no longer depend on the courts to protect our rights that is no longer an option as they don’t rule based upon actual constitutional law rather they are an oligarchy of ideologues that rule based upon social theory.

Good Night.

Special Saturday


Ah Saturday!  No doubt getting that yard work done, spring cleaning, garden being prepared for planting.  Well to quote that famous chocolatier:   “So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.”

Well if you’ve been hiding in a cave, keeping the television off, not listening to radio or podcasts then you’ve never heard of  North Carolina’s bill HB2 the so called “bathroom bill”  (here is the bill in question) and of course immediately the celebrities have chimed in condemning it as prejudice and bigotry.  And Bruce Springsteen announced that he was canceling his concert Greensboro because

Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.

Well Dr. Michael Brown wrote an excellent letter to Mr. Bruce Springsteen and his band and you really need to read this letter it is a reasoned and balanced response to Mr. Springsteen.

And Open Letter to Bruce Springsteen and His Band

Dear Bruce,

As a resident of North Carolina since 2003, I read with interest that you decided to cancel your April 10th concert in Greensboro because of HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.

In your statement you explained that, in your view, the bill is “an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress.”

You added that it was time for you and your band “to show solidarity for those freedom fighters” (speaking of transgender activists), and you ended your statement with these powerful words: “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

I also read that your guitarist, Steven Van Zandt, has likened HB2 to an “evil virus” that is spreading through the United States in the form of similar legislation. (read it all here)

And here Lt. Governor Forest of North Carolina explains the bill.

So as I was researching things for Frenetic Friday I came across an interesting piece by David Harsanyi senior editor at the Federalist titled:

  How The Media Attacks Religious Liberty.

Most of the media won’t acknowledge that Americans who refuse to participate in a gay wedding could have any sincerely held beliefs or good faith arguments. For the media, there is hate. And there is light.  (read more here)

And lastly it has been awhile since we had a Robotic Overlords article and this one is a little bit disturbing.  This in from Wired:  The Scarlett Johansson Bot is the Robotic Future of Objectifying Women

Seems a Hong Kong designer called Ricky Ma spent $50,000 making a robot that he named Mark1 that looks like Scarlett Johansson.  Using a 3D printer and software that he taught himself to use he created this robot:

Yes I am creeped out by this too.  Basically what this designer has done is shown that any woman you fantasize about with money and software you can create that woman.  And yes it isn’t flesh and blood, but that is the point.  Flesh and blood gets in the way, you have to deal with emotions, feelings, conflicts, the normal every day things that happen when people interact with each other.  Not any more now you have your very own toy to satisfy your every whim.  Now of course this robot isn’t anywhere near what I would call a substitute for an real human being but it is obviously the first step.

 

And with that I will say good night and come back again.

Frenetic Friday on a Saturday!


So four days ago this video was posted.

Of course the American Holocaust has made Reichsführer-SS Himmler and Reichsmarschall Göring look like pikers with 56 million abortions since Roe v Wade but even they would be impressed by the ingenuity of the leaders of the holocaust.  After all the best they could do was the dental commandos who pried the gold out of the teeth of the murdered Jews just before their bodies were incinerated.  However R. C. Sproul Jr. has said it best:

As horrible as that might be, the reality is that before this video was taken and despite what I described the real horror was that babies are being killed. We get up in arms when we see stories like this one. We get up in arms when we hear about Kermit Gosnell. We get up in arms when we hear that 90% of all children diagnosed as suffering from Down syndrome will be aborted. We get horrified at sex selection abortion; this kind of abortion, that kind of abortion; abortion in this context or abortion in that context. But we don’t get horrified by abortion itself. The hue and cry, the hair on fire response of conservatives over this latest atrocity, in my judgment, is further evidence that we have completely forgotten the real atrocity.

It’s not the harvesting of parts, it’s not the selling of parts. It’s killing babies; that is where the horror is. But if you’re like me all of your social media feeds are filled with all of the angst about this horror. And when I politely point out, as is my want – it is not the first time I’ve made this point, but when I make the case, “hey, what are you screaming about this for? Where were you last week when body parts were simply thrown away instead of sold, as far as we knew?” And I get the response, “oh, maybe this will wake people up. Maybe this will change things.”

If killing babies doesn’t change things, selling their parts won’t; eating their parts won’t. Babies are being killed and with them our consciences. That is why we get upset about this instead of because of the real horror-because we have gotten used to the murder of the unborn; because we have allowed our rhetoric, our politics, our media to forget that babies are being murdered.

In politics President Obama has brokered a deal with Iran regarding their making of nuclear weapons.  Supposedly this will keep Iran from making a nuclear weapon for ten years.  I’m not saying it’s not worth the paper it is written on but when the Religion of Peace (ROP here after) has such concepts as hiyal, taqiya, and kitman in it all just say I remain a cynic on their promises.  However, that is not what I want to talk about.  Pastor Saeed Abedini an Iranian Muslim turned Christian who left his country in 2005 because of religious persecution.  In 2009 he returned to Iran to visit his family and was arrested but released with the proviso that he could only return to Iran for non-sectarian humanitarian aid.  In 2012 he returned to again visit his family and to continue his work on build an orphanage in the city of Rasht.  He was then arrested and convicted his crime was he “undermined the Iranian government by creating a network of Christian house churches and … attempting to sway Iranian youth away from Islam.”  On May 11 the Senate of the United States passed a resolution (90 to 0) that called on Iran to release of not only Pastor Abedni but also Amir Hekmati, and Jason Rezaian imprisoned in Iran.  And so what has President Obama done about this?  Nothing.

If you haven’t checked out Fred Butler’s blog Hip and Thigh your missing out.  I’ve been a faithful reader for a long time and although I disagree with his dispensational hermeneutic he is very insightful.  He’s recently posted links to a series of messages by Don Green of Truth Community Church regarding the Bible and Homosexuality that will be worth your time to listen.  Click the church link to go to the messages.

And now a word or two from our Robotic Over Lords.

A while back I saw a 3D printer that basically prints out a house from cement but that is a just a goldbricker (pun intended) when it comes to this robot that can make a brick house in minutes.

And now in this corner we have the first real Mecha ever built Suidobashi’s Kuratas.

And the challenger MegaBots Mark II.

The makers of the Marl II has issued a challenge to Suidobashi a fight to the death between the two robots in one years time.  Agreed said Suidobashi’s CEO Kogoro Kurata but this isn’t going to be large gun battle this will be a hand to hand melee knocking each other to scrap parts.  So next year it’s on!

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this special edition of Frenetic Friday (on a Saturday) regular posting will commence Monday.

 

Saturday Special: The week in review


Yes I know typically this would be a Frenetic Friday post but to be honest the afternoon heat at my house has been sapping my will to write.  So now while it is still cool and my brains still work let’s go on with the show!

 

On the Science 2.0 blog Nury Vittachi discusses the evolutionary evidence that atheists might not exist and that’s not a joke. Now Christians especially those of the presuppositional  apologetic view have been saying this for years.  After all Romans 1:18-20  states:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

But I think that Peter Pike over at CalvinDude.org nailed it on the head when in response to the post by Nury Vittachi said:

The article tries to claim that there are evolutionary survivability advantages to believing in God despite Him supposedly not existing. But frankly the article posits nothing of value on that discussion. Better arguments have been put forth elsewhere.

Of course, all such arguments fall prey to one important fact. If evolution selects for us to believe in some form of deity when objectively there is no God at all, then evolution is selecting for us to believe a lie; and since on the theory that God isn’t real then all our knowledge comes from similar evolutionary pressures, then ultimately we must acknowledge that evolution cannot select for truth at all. This means we can’t exactly trust anything that is based on evolutionary pressures.

But I’m sure atheists will get right on patching up that flaw. Any time now. Any time.

Speaking of evolution here’s a few things:

Chuck Queen pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort Kentucky in an opinion piece for ABP/RH says that it is time for evangelicals to come out for evolution. 

He states:  “Whenever I engage in conversation with people I meet for the first time I try to avoid being asked the question, “What do you do for a living?” But if I am asked I say, “I am a minister.” Generally, the one who asks then inquires, “What denomination?” or “What kind of church?”

Here is where I always have to clarify, depending on the most recent news headline involving Christian leaders: “I am a Baptist minister, but I am not a science-denying Baptist minister who thinks that dinosaurs lived alongside humans a few thousand years ago.”

So my question is why does that need to be part of the answer?  An really science denying?  Are you really telling me that you as a Baptist minister believe the life on earth came from random chance?  Or is he espousing a form of theistic evolution?  Frankly most people that I’ve met that hold to some form of evolutionary theory (and there is more than one folks) dismiss theistic evolution immediately because of the theistic part.

But that isn’t all let’s turn to dinosaurs:  Did you know that the Triceratops didn’t actually exist?  Yes here it is from Gizmodo the Triceratops was actually a juvenile form of a Torosaurus, the three horned dinosaur you don’t know.  First the Brontosaurus now the Triceratops where will it end?

Moving from evolution to social news an Australian judge Garry Nielsen has said that base upon the changing views toward homosexuality  that incest should no longer be considered a social taboo.  To quote the judge:

The judge went on to say that incest is only criminalised because of the high chance that any resulting offspring will be born with serious birth defects, but added that “even that [risk] falls away to an extent [because] there is such ease of contraception and readily access to abortion”.

Expect bestiality next mark my words.

And from incest to illegal aliens this just in if you live in California, from an ad placed in the Penny Savers. You could get $6045 a month for providing a loving home for unaccompanied refugee minors. I’m not sure that INS will appreciate that.  But then again under the current administration I may be wrong.

Now turning to Robotics yes it is time for our Over Lords to make an appearance.

Jason Barnes lost part of his right arm during a freak accident.  It seems his dream of being a drummer was over.  But he persevered and cobbled together a replacement hand made of a brace and springs.  But it doesn’t end there Gil Weinberg at Georgia Tech came up with a robotic hand making Jason Barnes the world’s first cyborg drummer.  Take a look:

Hey do you have a 3D printer?  Well if you do Intel wants you to print out your own robot! 

And that’s the week in review.

 

 

Saturday Special Part 2


So technology it is a wonderful thing truly.  Except when it decides to strike back.  Case in point my Friday post just didn’t make it out so settle back grab a beverage of your choice and get ready.

Remember Boko Haram?  Terrorist jihadists that kidnapped over 250 young girls.  Then there was that whole hashtag thing on Twitter that worked out real well didn’t it?   But did you know that we have our very own Boko Haram here in the good old US of A?  Yeah neither did I, but according to Mike Greer a retired baptist missionary the Southern Baptists are the same as Boko Haram!  And how did he come to this conclusion?  Why it is because the Southern Baptist denomination holds to complementarianism.  So what is complementarianism?  Complementarianism is the theological view that although men and women are created equal in their being and personhood, they are created to complement each other via different roles and responsibilities as manifested in marriage, family life, religious leadership, and elsewhere. <cit. Theopedia>  Yes because Southern Baptists don’t allow women to be pastors (which is what it really boils down to ultimately) they are the same as jihadists.  Fortunately Dr. Paul Chitwood executive director of Kentucky Baptist Convention has provided a well thought out response to Mike Greer entitled:  Southern Baptist Terrorists?  A response to Mike Greer.  Please take a moment to read Dr. Chitwood’s response it is well worth it.

Speaking of the Religion of Peace, let’s say you want to go to a Christian seminary, what do you suppose the rules should be?  Well there is those rules that in my opinion make no sense like no smoking or drinking (Charles Spurgeon couldn’t get in with those rules) but how about Christian?  Well wouldn’t you just have egg on your face!  Because Southwestern Baptist Seminary has accepted Palestinian student Ghassan Nagagreh to its archeology doctoral program in 2012.  What 2012?  So for two years Southwestern has been keeping him on the down low?  Southwestern has said that allowing a Sunni Muslim is a one time thing and doesn’t mean it’s changing the policy about “a mature Christian character” and “evidence [of] a desire for Christian ministry,”  Nagagreh is participating in a local congregation and is abiding by the school’s moral code.  No information about whether he still prays to Mecca five times a day or if the school has given him a place to do so.

So the war on Boys you’ve heard about this well here is some practical suggestions from Prager University to help boys out in schools.

 

Lastly here is a something from our Robotic Overlords:  Robotic furniture

Sure now they’re furniture what else are they going to disguise themselves as I wonder?

 

 

Saturday Special


So for some reason what I typed up on Friday night didn’t post.  So stay tuned later for a recap of the week.  Have to get coffee in me now.