18 March 2007

Amateur Night

Remember back when the Senate was all up[ in arms because John Bolton might have talked tough to subordinates and about the U.N. in the past and therefore might be someone who might be prone to conduct unbecoming a diplomat?

Well, old John apparently had nothing on this guy:

...longtime diplomat, Tsuriel Raphael, has been removed from his post and the Foreign Ministry has begun searching for a replacement, said ministry spokeswoman Zehavit Ben-Hillel.

Two weeks ago, El Salvador police found Raphael naked outside his residence, tied up, gagged and drunk, Israeli media reported. He was wearing several sex toys at the time, the media said. After he was untied, Raphael told police he was the ambassador of Israel, the reports said.

Ben-Hillel said the reports were accurate and that Raphael has been recalled, although he did not break any laws.

"We're talking about behavior that is unbecoming of a diplomat," she said.

13 March 2007

Islam: Religion of Peace

Why do we require our soldiers to tip-toe around Muslim mosques? Remember the thugs who barricaded themselves inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem a few years ago? Well here we have video of an Orthodox church, suddenly "visited" by a band of Muslims in military uniform. (I know nothing else of the origin of this, but I bet you can search it out.)

Oh, and in case you did not know, the Icons, those guilded paintings of saints and angels and the Trinity - those are regarded as holy items in Orthodoxy.

Religion of peace my tail.

05 March 2007

I remember an editorial cartoon ...

It was the fall of 1980. I was interning with the State of Illinois' Far East Office for Trade Development in Hong Kong for ten weeks. At the office, we got the Asian Wall Street Journal everyday. Shortly after Reagan's election in November, the Dow broke through the 1000 mark. It was considered an historic achievement.

There was a political cartoon that showed a Wall Street Banker holding an infant while looking at a stock ticker. He exclaimed to the baby (words to the effect):
Son, in your day, you'll see the Dow break 2000!
The Dow has been on a slow steady climb ever since. It has been hovering over 10,000 for quite a while now.

Which is why I for one think that the media attention to a few hundred points of correction over the last 10 days is over the top.

03 March 2007

An Argument in Favor of the Death Penalty

Not my most pastorly post, but

Some people are just too stupid to live.

Case in point: Stephen Grant.

He and his wife are having marital difficulties. After a fight she takes off, he says. After she does not come home for several days, he files a missing persons report. He is widely indicated by the press as a suspect, but he maintains his innocence and his cooperation with police.

Now, three weeks after she disappeared, police find her torso in the garage. He is now considered a suspect, and he is on the run.

Never mind that I don't know why the garage was not searched before this...

This guy murders and dismembers his wife ... but forgets to despose of the largest piece of ... umm ... evidence? Get him out of the gene pool!

The Death Penalty: think of it as state sponsored Darwin Awards.

02 March 2007

Truth of the matter is, I feel kind of sorry ...


for Britney Spears. She has been badly managed / handled and sold out (either in a passive victim sense or actively or both.) And after all the tales of self-fulfillment and worldly happiness have shown themselves to be part of false glamour of Satan's empty promises, she is one lost little girl. With two children, two ex-husbands and a world of hangers on/leeches.

While surfing channels one post football season Sunday afternoon, I came across TV Land's special, "The 50 Cutest TV Kids of All Time" or some such. What surprised me was how many of those kids grew up to have normal lives, given all that we read in the press. So this was not ineveitable.

But back to Britney.

This is the line in the story that caught my eye:
Miss Spears needs all the support she can get right now, considering she has an entire wing to herself at Promises, according to transworldnews.com. The pop star apparently doesn't want to mingle with other rehab patients, and she's afraid of stories and photos leaking to the media.
Now, finally, after
  • sleeping with Justin and tearfully confessing it
  • doing cheesecake music videos since she was a young teen
  • the 6 hour marriage
  • playing tonsil hockey with Madonna on national tv
  • K-Fed ('nuff said)
  • shaving her head in full view of the cameras
Suddenly NOW "she's afraid of stories and photos leaking to the media."

Well, I guess one has to start sometime.