Archives December 2005

“Yes, Detective Fontana, that’s the work of an Intelligent Bomber”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Some thoughts inspired by Kitzmiller v. Dover:

Suppose you are walking through a field and you find a watch. As every student of theology knows, once you see the watch, you know there must have been a watchmaker. But that’s not all you know. You can look at the brand name and determine what company ...

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Dang, I’m in the wrong line of work

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

More from the Trib on the CIA’s crack team of kidnappers:

First to arrive in Milan was the surveillance team, and the hotels they chose were among the best Europe has to offer. Especially popular was the gilt-and-crystal Principe di Savoia, with acres of burnished wood paneling and plush carpets, where a single room costs ...

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If only Don Adams were alive to see this

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Last year, it turned out that our MPs knew how to beat the crap out of prisoners in Abu Ghreib but had trouble keeping the prisoners from escaping.

Now, we learn that the CIA agents who abducted Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr from Italy left their cell phones turned on, then used those cell phones to ...

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...and anti-Narnia

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

After reading several references to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series as a riposte to the Narnia series, Jen and I decided that we had to read it. I enjoyed the series a lot—probably because I was able to pretend that when the good guys delivered their speeches on the evils of God and the ...

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Narnia…

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

We’ve been very very good parents, so our children let us go out a date last week, and we saw the Narnia movie.

Jen has already posted her own review. My disorganized comments:

  • What strikes me the most about this movie is the emphasis placed on how Peter belittled Edmund, and the clear implication that ...

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¡Huevón!

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Whenever I read a story like this, I suspect the problem started when some Anglo authority figure learned to his surprise that “chinga tu madre” is not Spanish for “yes, boss”.

via Kevin Drum

Giving new meaning to the phrase “family jewels”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Do you think the old custom of using the wedding-night bedsheet to attest to a bride’s virginity (cf. Deuteronomy 22:13–19*) is kind of, umm, tacky?

It could be worse.

Start by explaining the “covenant” part of the equation. Begin with, “Sue, thank you for this evening. It is one we both will always treasure ...

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Just because it’s “faith-based” doesn’t mean it’s based on <em>your</em> faith

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

When Joseph Hanas was pled guilty to marijuana possession, the judge placed him in a special rehab program, run by a Pentecostal church. The Detroit News tells what happened next:

Hanas said the program did not offer drug treatment or counseling, nor did it have any organized program other than reading the Bible and attending ...

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It just ain’t normal

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

After close examination of a schema for one of our company’s internal databases, I was moved to call it “an abomination unto Codd”.

פריצות לשם שמים

Last update on Nov. 12, 2014.

And Reuters spake unto the Internet, saying:

A German Protestant youth group has put together a 2006 calendar with 12 staged photos depicting erotic scenes from the Bible, including a bare-breasted Delilah cutting Samson’s hair and a nude Eve offering an apple….

Anne Rohmer, 21, poses on a doorstep in garters and stockings as the ...

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