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The NY Times ran this today about M.I.T. Seems a Ms. Jones lied about her qualifications. Her integrity isn’t being questioned, it is a verified fact by her own admission. “I misrepresented my academic degrees when I first applied to M.I.T. 28 years ago and did not have the courage to correct my résumé when I applied for my current job or at any time since,.” Is there another way to say I am a lying b—ch.

“Whenever someone’s integrity is questioned,” (Phillip L. Clay, M.I.T.’s chancellor), said, “it sets a bad example, but I feel like the students can get past that and look at what she’s done for us as a whole.”

I was glad to see the Times actually print something about an American Icon – M.I.T., lying. That to me seems unusual. They don’t really like to talk about liars all that much. You remember Jason Blair and his boss, Raines. A blurb here and line there that was about it. Then there was Walter Duranty. Duranty won the Pulitzer for himself as an employee of the Times by lying to the world about how kind, gentle, caring, and loving Joseph Stalin was. But, it seems its perfectly OK to talk about M.I.T. If it’s about yourself it’s a mistake, a bad example,  but if it’s about your neighbor it’s a sin. We all know that.

However, it should be troubling to anyone whose neurons haven’t been fried by Cocaine, that lying to obtain anything is fraud. Most of the country considers that some kind of crime. Not, however, when you happen to be a bastion of post-modern thought such as M.I.T.

Words have lost their meaning in our culture with no little boost from a Chancellor who “feels,” rather than “thinks” when it comes to issues of integrity. “…it sets a bad example.” You think? Duh! But, of course the students will be able to “get past,” the fraud, deception, selfish-egotism, and cowardice, that prevented 28 years of truthful accountability. What other lies do we live with because of this so-called school.

I would ask this: How can the school trust anything she has done, said, represented, or claimed over the past 28 years. Moreover, how can anyone trust the Chancellor when he dismisses this egregious breach of integrity as “a bad example.”

Jeffrey Dahmer was more than a bad example and Ms. Jones is more than a bad example. Dahmer was a cannibal who lied about his activities, Jones is a fraud who lied to every student, professor, teacher, aide, janitor, and parent, connected with M.I.T., for the past 28 years, concerning her activities. Doesn’t it occur to these people everything she did at M.I.T. was fraudulent because all of it was done under cover of a lie?

If I rob a bank, get away with it, invest the money, and 28 years later get caught, do I get to keep the money? (You know my answer – you can comment with yours) It IS THE SAME THING – PEOPLE. Ms. Jones owes M.I.T., and the people of the state of Massachusetts 28 years worth of salary. She obtained that money fraudulently. Is it beginning to soak in? 

I would ask how many underprivileged Black and Hispanic kids were kept out of that school because of lies told about their eligibility? Will the nation now be thinking about questions of this nature for some time to come. Of course. We are human and like it or not when you lie to me once – your fault, when you do it again – my fault. Years will pass before this “bad example,” is rectified.

But that’s OK! This lying, thieving, fraud, Jones, has gotten enough publicity from her confession to guarantee a best seller on the lying-Times best seller list.

I better go before I get wound up and “set a bad example.”

“Blaming guns for crime rates is like blaming spoons for Rosie O’Donnell being fat.”

Where in the world did I find that quote? I don’t remember. But it is of sufficient quirkyness I believe, to deserve my taking the time to use it here.

Another line I saw the other day which I also liked a lot I have used in the header to this blog:

“Unfortunately, we’ll all be dead relatively soon, so I won’t be around to say I told you so, and you won’t be here to roll your eyes and tell me to shut up.” (Stacy Horn)

I wrote Stacy – who is a writer – to ask if I could use her line, she graciously granted permission. Moreover, she commented that when she wrote the line it “cracked” her up as it did me. That was refreshing; a writer whose writing is enjoyed by her as well as others. Do you have any idea how rare that is. Most writing is done for an unknown audience in the hopes of garnering money. That isn’t writing and it is not art. It is usually trash generated for no other reason than self-agrandizement. Don’t believe that? When was the last time you heard an interview of an “author” who actually liked what he/she had written? That’s what I thought: never.

Most of what I read this morning as I sped through the galaxy of blogs was the usual banal rehash of someone’s link to someone who commented about what someone said about….. My God; Who cares about that drivel or mine? I don’t.

Therefore: Be it know to all (both of you) who read this page from time to time, I am going to change. From this point on I am going to focus on posting only the gems of language usage I find here and there. 

I think this will be a fun project and it will improve the blog world because I won’t be contributing more hokum to pollute the atmosphere.

Now I have to change the name of the blog. Aha! I have it! I will use the internationally famous Mark “the bird” Fydrich’s oft quoted remark: “Ya know, ya never know, ya know.”

For those too young to remember, Mark was a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in the 70’s famous for talking to the baseball as he stood on the mound preparing to dazzle one or another opposing team member with his prowess.

Anyway I really do think spoons should be universally banned. Rosie obviously would not be such an example of obesity were it not for the ready availability of eating utensils.

Post Script #1 – I found another one I like:

“I’m not really a fan of “Blended Worship” either. That usually degenerates into something like the Sizzler salad bar.”

Obviously this one refers to church Music and its’ deterioration into who knows what. Sizzler salad bar seems and apt description

Mike at Return of Scipio commented about Portland and posted the picture above. When I see what I presume to be humans carrying signs to denigrate the very place that gives them the license to carry such signs I can only think that they should live in places where such license is not readily available. Indonesia for instance:

Schapelle Corby

Indonesia’s Muslim courts gave this Australian a 20-year prison sentence for
allegedly smuggling 9-lbs of marijuana.  The men who decapitated three Christian schoolgirls were given an average of just 16 years by the same Islamic court.

Reason of course is the mechanism most humans use to decide what actions should be taken and what actions are better left undone. In both these incidents I begin to think perhaps Darwin was right and these particular examples of the species somehow evolved without important genes thus restricting their access to reason.

Stupid is stupid but biting the hand that feeds (first picture) and thumbing one’s nose at the laws of a Muslim country (bottom picture) can only be viewed as severe mental handicap of one sort or another.

Addendum:

I posted before I read Dr. Sanity this morning. I know better than to write without first consulting my shrink, but I am getting older and forget. Doc has an excellent read about what currently passes for sanity in our culture. You should read the whole thing.  She writes about the LaCrosse team rape case at Duke Multiveristy (Uni means one or united – I use Multi – to indicate disunity)

[…]Because their ability to think rationally has been severely compromised by (Marxist) ideology, today’s left is bereft of ideas and reduced to relying on mere Marxist rhetoric and tired, worn-out slogans that are trotted out in every circumstance and situation. They dare not face the real and pressing injustices of the world; instead, they mouth the multicultural and politically correct dogma, offically approved and sanctioned by the high priests of their ideology.

The article is worth the time it will take to read it – it is short.

March is known as the month of “madness” for the NCAA basketball tournament held each year. The real madness is, of course, the killing perpetrated in the name of God.

The Religion of Peace keeps a tally of the daily atrocities committed by Islamic radicals around the world.  Take a minute to visit this informative site. The table listing  the “Religion of Peace” body count for the first 20 days of March, (Over 950 and counting) is astonishing.

I don’t often post about this sort of thing but lately about all I have heard on the news is what a terrible thing we Americans and our military are doing in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza and I suppose New York because we have military there as well.

Perhaps the media and the cowards in Congress are right. Maybe we should just get out of all the dangerous places on the planet and let the butchers do what they are going to do anyway. Afterwards, when the blood thirst of the Islamist-radicals has been satiated, if that’s possible, we can read how Pelosi, Conyers, Murtha, and the rest of the cut-and-run crowd truly thought the killing would stop when we left these insane people to their own devices.

I am confused by all this however, as I understand the Islamic Government of Sudan is doing the same kind of thing in the Darfur that Saddam did in Iraq, but I haven’t heard the Democrats blame the United States for those atrocities. Now, that I think about it further, where are the Democratic voices to condemn us for what is happening in Ethiopia where once again “Islamic insurgents,” are killing for the fun of it.

What set me off on this was the report I read recently of Iraqi “insurgents,” driving a car into a market area of Baghdad with children in the back-seat, parking the car, walking away, then detonating the bomb with the children in the car.

A car bomb in a market-place is horrible, but to use children to insure access to the market is beyond my ability to rationalize, no matter how I try. Only minds that are sociopathic could indulge themselves in these kinds of activities.

Now I read more energy is being wasted trying to “negotiate” with the psychotics who perpetrate these crimes. I have come to the conclusion the leadership in the Western countries is just as insane as the Islamist wacko’s around the world. The only difference is the degree to which the car bombers in Iraq and their sycophants in the Congress believe themselves to be sanely pursuing a righteous agenda.

List of Islamic Terror Attacks For March 2007  (The list is to long for this post but it numbers over 950 killed just in the first 20 days of March. Religion of Peace, indeed!

Prof Jon Ray says:

Mesopotamia is basically desert — made habitable by irrigation. So when you look up into the sky at night there the stars are very bright. And with no TV, movies or Internet that is about all you had to look at during night-time way back then.

And the most striking thing you notice about the stars is that their position in the sky is very fixed — EXCEPT for just five pesky stars that move about. I don’t know the Babylonian names for them but we call them Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — which are the Roman names for them (more or less). They are of course planets, not stars. But the Babylonians didn’t know that so they thought it was obvious that they must be gods. Who else could move about among the stars? So we clearly have five gods there.

But there are two OTHER moving objects in the sky — the Sun and the moon — with the sun obviously being the big chief. So if there are 7 gods (5+2), to be on the safe side each one had to have day devoted to him/her. One could not risk offending a god. So the 7 days of the week were named after the seven movable objects that the ancient Iraqis could see in the sky!

And because the sun was clearly the big guy he had to have the FIRST day of the week named after him and have that day especially sacred. And we perpetuate that to this day. We still see Sunday as special.

I particularly liked the Professor’s., description of looking into the ancient Babylonian sky for moving objects and calling that “movies.” What else would these ancients have had for entertainment in the total blackness of night without city lights, and not a lot of oil to spare for candle use either.

Prof. Ray, may I call him Jon? Thank you. Jon has the ability, as do all good teachers, to contexualize events so that those of us who are trying to learn begin to get a more robust picture of who we are in relation to the Bible and history in general.

Recently I was eating with some friends from a nearby Church, when a theological discussion arose over TV, movies, and the Internet. They observed these were evil and should be avoided at all cost. I made the comment that this was not so.

I commented on the new movie Amazing Grace. I pointed out it’s message of abolition and the fortitude of two men Wilberforce and Pitt the Younger, without whom we would still own humans as do the non-Western Muslims of today.

I further observed that the Internet was an outstanding, efficient means of communication for which I had not seen the equal in my life-time. Of course, movies are trash for the most part, Television numbs, physically as well as mentally, but the Internet provides most of human history or will when Google is finished digitizing the planet’s libraries. I also noted that men living today are indeed fortunate for as Jon noted above,  our entertainment would be gazing into the vast, dark, night sky.

I challenge you to name me an ancient Persian Prince who would not have sacrificed at least 10 children to Moloch  for access to You Tube? Amadinajad does this everyday even though he doesn’t need to, he calls it Sharia law. He uses other reasons for stonings and beheadings but face it, they are sacrifices to his God.  He will use the same rationalization when he nukes the United States.

I was astonished at my friend’s reactions to my observation. Two theologians among my friends seemed to have never given a thought to the origins of the men who wrote the book (Bible) they so studiously claim to revere, nor to the context within which those writers lived. It seemed to me at the time they believed the Bible was written yesterday with movies, TV, and the Internet as the backdrop for the thinking of Moses, King David, and Luke. They were astonished that I would propose that way back when, there were forms of entertainment that we moderns never think about.

For instance, we know from scripture they had at least one form of LasVegas or the Roman soldiers would not have been shooting craps to see who got our Saviors belongings at the Cross. And, of course they probably never ask themselves the origins our word Circus. Why am I writing about this? This is why.

I had to teach as a substitute for Sunday School adults yesterday in my Home Church. I got a similar reaction when I taught on prayer using the verses in 1Kings 19:11-12 to explain that one need not be alone in a cave to pray.

In this story Elijah was apparently near a volcanic eruption when he heard “the still small voice.”  I used this as an example that even in the midst of turmoil and busy-ness we have the ability to remember and commune with God. We can hear the “still small voice,” if we form the habit of listening for it. Too many of us ignore that voice to our detriment and too many sermons are preached about being alone, in a quiet place, off in a closet, out in the woods, listening to waterfalls, meditating,  and on and on, blah, blah. Most of what I hear on the subject is post-Modern gobble-de-gook, and not scriptural.

One gentleman, in the class,  who has been a “religious person” for at 15 years I am aware of, insisted that we must go into our “closet” to pray because Jesus said so. Mentally I exploded.

Since this was Sun-day school and the pagan gentleman in question is not the kind to desire wisdom, (which BTW is another Biblical command)  I didn’t bother pointing out that “closet” in the context Jesus used it, was a euphemism for “private” and not public prayer. I sinned then, in that I said to myself, “this guy wouldn’t know a deeper thought if it jumped up and bit him on the posterior – actually I thought the a-word.” (Forgive me LORD.)

What brought all this to mind was Dr. Ray’s excellent post about the paganism that is now almost an essential Church ritual for Easter and Christmas celebrations and observance. Of course my devout Baptist church does not have Easter Bunnies and colored Eggs adorning the Baptistery yet, but with the level of thought of most of our congregants I wonder how long it will be until we celebrate the Spring Equinox and Mother Gaia? At Christmas we always adorn our church lobby with the glory of colored lights, wreaths, and faux-pine trees. Easter however, is still limited to Lily’s everywhere, new clothes, white gloves, hats, and the rush to depart services so as to be first in line at Old Country Buffet. And, no they do not serve Lamb.  Just a ton of food for those who haven’t eaten for at least an hour.

Prof Ray also said in his 3/19/07 post about the S(eventh D(ay) A(dventist)’s:

I rather like a slogan I saw up today on the signboard of my local Seventh-day Adventist church:

There is no shortcut to anywhere worth going to.

I must say that I respect the way the SDAs keep the Sabbath. That most Christians regard the Day of the Sun as sacred is paganism, with no warrant in the Bible. But, as I have pointed out on my scripture blog, so much of modern Christianity is pagan with no warrant in the Bible — the celebration of Christmas and Easter included, of course. The only day that Christ instructed his followers to commemorate was the Passover (1 Corinthians 11:25).

April 3rd through April 20th, 2007 is just another grouping of days on the calendar in my denomination. Those are the Passover days this year. We don’t specifically celebrate Passover as we have been commanded. grated horseradish mixed with cooked beets and sugar (known as chrein in Yiddish); romaine lettuce; whole horseradish rootInstead we have a cursory “Lord’s Supper,” presentation periodically – as other Church events permit.  We consider we have fulfilled the spiritual requirements of the Savior’s command to remember Him. I should say some of us do this. Most in my Church are too busy to return on Sunday night for Communion or anything else: Unless of course a dinner is involved, then we get a pretty good turn out. I have to add here this our fault not Pastor’s. He would have us all emulate our Lord and His Bible more than any of us do; but we won’t allow it. We rag on Pastor at the least hint that he will tell us what we do may be wrong. Preaching to us about our sin is not the most popular subject in our Church. We, like most “pagans,” would rather hear something along the lines of a Joel Osteen sermon. Feel good about yourself. Don’t worry. Be happy. Christ has forgiven you. You don’t need to hear about “all that negative stuff’,” as Brother Joel would say.  

Perhaps I am reading more into scripture and Jon’s thought than I should but I seem to recall something about Jesus being the symbolic, substitutionary, Lamb of the Passover.  Therefore, if we are commanded to “take, eat, in remembrance of me,” (1Cor 11:25) isn’t it logical that Jesus wants us to remember His sacrifice in the context of His totality as both human and God. What’s the point of Him being named the Lamb of God if we are to remember only His sacrifice on the cross as our means to personal salvation and admission into “Christianity?” Jesus was first of all a Jew, He wasn’t a Christian. His death, burial and resurrection certainly has within it meaning beyond our comprehension and I insist we should at least try to understand some of that meaning.

Now before you go off on me, please understand this. I am not saying we Christian’s have to follow rules and regulations and do’s and don’t’s of the Judaic law. I am saying however, that perhaps we should at least re-examine our incestuous relationship with the pagan Christmas and Easter celebrations of our culture. Jesus spent a lifetime, eternity really, preparing for His sacrifice, entering  Jerusalem, submitting to His executioners, and consummating His Crucifixion and Resurrection on our behalf.

I have come to believe it only proper we should remember a lot more about His sacrifice than we do.

I’m just sayin’….

I posted here a few days ago then noticed when re-reading that I had written “by” when I meant to say “buy.”

I’m not that concerned about a typo because the meaning almost remained intact. It’s just that, well; you know; pride rears its ugly head. I really do know the difference between by and buy but I’m not sure everyone does, therefore, I post this comment.

Studys have been done to show that our minds will automatically translate a misspelled word into the correct word if context remains intact. I don’t know where I read that but I know it to be true. I have written in the past about the company French Connection United Kingdom and its use of its initials to market to kids; F.C.U.K.  You think you know what you just read – but your wrong. Read it again.

In the states Target wound up being the target of my ire – cut up credit cards sent to the Chairperson of the Board, along with a letter asking her if she let her grandkids shop in her stores. (No reply, of course). 

Where was I? Oh yes! Now I remember. By vs buy. Anyway, I have tried a couple of times to correct this error but for whatever reason my computer and WordPress do not seem to like each other all that much. I have been unable to make the change.

Now, of course since it is more than 15 minutes old, making it ancient news in the blog world, I won’t bother attempting anymore corrections. I just wanted you to know, that I know, what some readers may not know, which is words do have meaning and most of the time I know the difference.

No matter what I type here there will be some who find fault with it. That is their perogative (that’s the way it sounds in American) prerogative. I understand the nature (I almost said ‘very nature’ which would have elicited irate comments) of a web-log is such that comments will be made about it. (I know that’s hard to read and I don’t care.)

Of course, since most “bloggers” are not English or American language teachers there will be grammatical errors and there will be colloquialisms as well.  Moreover, because I like to write a certain way ( ) there will be lots of those bracket thingys.

I really don’t care (I could care less) what they think. This is my blog and I will say what I want the way I want – so there.

The big problem is the fact that the inhabitants of the USA do NOT speak English – they speak American, an unstable, ill-defined, inconsistent, poorly pronounced and badly spelled derivative of an ancient version of English. It is now one in which they have lost all sense of grammar and punctuation. It is so far removed from its origins that it should not be confused with the true English language, as used in Britain. (The link above is the source for this)

Unstable, ill-defined, inconsistent, poorly pronounced, badly spelled – weeeellllll, I never.

How’s this for American English; UP YOURS?

As I was taking note of many of the comments to this article I did find some interesting facts:

(1) Frances McGuire uses “colloqualisms,” as opposed to “colloquialism.”  Is that a regional dialect? I wonder?

(2) Peter gave me pause for reflection. He wrote:

‘No way Hose’
I hear this frequently from my Son and his circle of friends. Just who is Hose and what exactly is it that he shouldn’t do?

It took extra time to figure out he was referring to our Mexican friends and he really meant to indicate “Jose.” I will excuse this error however, as I realize that in England they have more association with Arabic names as opposed to Spanish or Mexican. “Abdul,” is easier for them to assimilate than is “Jose.” I do wonder what they will do when they begin trying to comprehend Black-English and some of the names associated with this new dialect. Kanisha, Raydeen, LaShawn are some names that readily come to mind. Then of course, there is Tayshawn; he plays for the Deeeetroit Pistons.

(3) Dave Smith wrote:

I hate “I hear what you say”. It translates as “I’m not listening”.

I can understand his not liking the phrase, I don’t care for it either. But to apply an improper definition to it should not be countenanced.

The phrase in American English does not mean “I’m not listeninig,” it means, I “could care less,” about what you are saying.

Well “the fact of the matter is,” this blog could become “massive,” or “awesome,” and I don’t wish to have people think it is “to die for.”  “Hopefully,” I have gained some “new insight,” into the use of language by writing this and reading the article.  “At the end of the day,” though, I suppose I will have “issues” since “there is no doubt in my mind,” someone will come along to “gobsmack” me at “some moment in time.”

Please though, if you “brilliant” folk reading his have an inkling would you please tell me what “gobsmack” means? We Americans sometimes have “issues,” with “off shore,” slang.

Oh! By the by (that’s British or is it English? In America we write BTW, “whatever.”)  “Have a nice day.”

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