Thursday, December 11, 2014

Landrieu, At Your "Servicks"

Bitter Fruit

Hmmm. Better have that looked at. Do you have insurance?

Is that just too too?  Thanks to Metzger for the tip

Pulled out by the roots already

Little Apes



Why Christmas is ...



Why Christmas is on December 25th

[...] In Egypt, less than 300 years after Christ’s death, some Christians celebrated his birth in the spring. As the Biblical Archeology Society has noted, the earliest references to Christmas come at about 200 A.D., at a time Christians were not incorporating other religious traditions into their own. By 300 A.D., many Christians were celebrating his birth around Dec. 25th. Within 100 years, Christmas was on the calendar record. Christians looked to December because the early church was far more interested in Jesus’s death. His death and resurrection is what matters to the Gospel, and that was the date the early church focused on.

“Around 200 A.D., Tertullian of Carthage reported the calculation that the 14th of Nisan in the year Jesus died was the equivalent to March 25 in the Roman calendar,” said Andrew McGowan last year at the Biblical Archaeology Society. That would be the day of Crucifixion. The math from there is rather simple. Nine months later would be Dec. 25. Early church history held as fact that the prophets and martyrs of the church were conceived on the day they died.

So if Christ died on March 25, it was also the anniversary of his conception.
Separately, and more directly from the Bible, Luke 1 tells us Zacharias, John the Baptist’s father, was in the priestly division of Abijah. Based on a calculation of this and the division of priest in the temple in 70 A.D. when the temple fell, a number of early Church historians presumed Zacharias would have been in the temple in early October. Later historians, however, speculate it would have been June. The Gospel of Luke tells us when Zacharias left the temple, his wife conceived. “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazaerth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David,” Luke 1:25-26 notes.

Six months after Zacharias left the temple would be March as Mary’s time of conception. Fast forward nine months and again we find ourselves in December. With the very earliest Church fathers settling on March 25th as Christ’s death and believing fully that Christ’s death would occur on the anniversary of his conception, the early church reinforced its belief well before there is any written accusation or evidence of the church incorporating Saturnalia or Sol Invictus into its celebrations. It is important to note, however, that most scholars reject setting Christ’s birth to Zacharias’s temple service because of problems related to really knowing when he was there. [Full Article]

What? Democrats Lied?

John Yoo Demolishes the Democrats’ Partisan ‘Torture’ Report

The anti-American Left strikes again

Gee, that’s too damn bad

No one better to do so than Yoo

The release of a Senate report on Bush-era interrogation policies could have prompted an informed, responsible debate over intelligence and the war on terror. But not the report that saw the light of day Tuesday. Because of fundamental mistakes made at its very birth, Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s accounting offers a dispiriting, partisan attack on American intelligence agencies at a time when we need them more than ever.

Bizarrely, Feinstein and her staffers refused even to interview the very CIA officials who ordered and carried out the program in question. Because Republicans saw where the train was headed, they refused to participate in the review. The slanted approach to the investigation sadly colored its conclusions — which are questionable, to put it charitably.

Yoo lays out the shameless partisanship of the Democrats’ heading-out-the-door-and-into-the-electoral-wilderness poke in the eye of the Bush administration, of which John (full disclosure: we’re friends) was an important part. He’s one of the  smartest guys I know, so pay attention:

As a Justice Department lawyer who worked on the legality of the interrogation methods in 2002, I believed that the federal law prohibiting torture allowed the CIA to use interrogation methods that did not cause injury — including, in extraordinary cases, waterboarding — because of the grave threat to the nation’s security in the months after the 9/11 attacks.

I was swayed by the fact that our military used waterboarding in training thousands of its own soldiers without harm, and that the CIA would use the technique only on top Al Qaeda leaders thought to have actionable information on pending plots.

Does anybody, besides the bedwetters in the media, really care about whether a few al-Qaeda operatives were discomfited by “harsh” interrogation techniques? Tell Saul Alinsky to take his Rule No. 4 and shove it. As Mr. Dooley should have said, war ain’t beanbag. [Full]

What? Want more? Cheney: Report ‘Full of Crap’ to Say CIA Misled Bush on Interrogation Program



Toys From the 70's
Easy Bake Oven, Gay Bob, Jarts, and more ...

My sister had an Easy Bake oven, and later, so did my kids in the 1970s. 

After a release of a new Easy-Bake Oven model in May 2006, Hasbro received reports of 29 children getting their hands or fingers caught in the front-loading door, including 5 reports of burns. In February 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Commission ... well, got involved.  SO NOW

The 21st-century version, the Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven, comes with games, videos and downloads, but it requires no light bulbs. That's right, no light bulbs. What's an Easy-Bake Oven without light bulbs? Well, since it has a heating element similar to a conventional oven, it's really just a miniature oven.

"Why wouldn't I just use a real oven?" reads one of the online Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven FAQs.

"The Easy-Bake brand is a fashionable fun food brand that inspires tween girls to bake, share and show their creativity and expertise through an immersive brand experience."

Now I get it. You can fake your cake and eat it too. [Indy Week]

We had Lawn Jarts, and it was, as I remember it,  the only game we, as a family, played with any regularity.   Badminton and Croquet took too long to set-up. 

You may remember Jarts, if only because Sixty-Minutes got involved in having them banned.  A seven-year-old girl was killed by a lawn dart thrown by one of her brothers.  The 'Jarts' had been purchased unintentionally as part of a set of several different lawn games and were stored in the garage, never before having been played. The girls father began a crusade to get lawn darts banned, claiming that there was no way to keep children from getting their hands on lawn darts short of a full ban

Sixty Minutes had that kind of clout.   The show later destroyed the Audi 300 and 500 brand, using falsified data but, somehow, only managed to air one report on the Clintons (Cattle Futures) until Slick's Impeachment seven years later. They were never banned.

Gay Bob, The World's First Gay Doll For Everyone.  Flew under our radar in the 70's.  I only know about it because it's featured in Vintage Ad Browser.  We had GI Joe.  Nanny staters thought GI JOE GI was a violent toy.  

Here's an Easy Bake Oven alternative that pointedly goes after both boys and girls.  Who could complain about this? (ROLL)