Ye (Really) Olde Internets

26 05 2017

Taormina, Italy

Reuters:

The leaders signed a joint statement to “combat the misuse of the Internet by terrorists”, backing efforts to make technology companies do more to crack down on what May called “the hateful ideology” of Islamic State.

“Against the backdrop of Monday’s cowardly attack in Manchester we have discussed what more we can do to defeat global terror,” May told a news conference.

“We agreed the threat from Daesh (Islamic State) is evolving rather than disappearing. As they lose ground in Iraq and Syria, foreign fighters are returning and the group’s hateful ideology is spreading online. Make no mistake, the fight is moving from the battlefield to the internet.”

And I’m not cool with this brewing narrative of “blame the internet.”  Of course, what other option do they have?  Must not be racist, or Islamophobic, because diversity.

Let me put it to you this way:  I use the phrase “Ye Olde Internets” fully with tongue in cheek, and just to be cute.  But, the way these people are going on, and if this is any indication, this “blame the internet” official public meme is going to go balls to the wall until there’s no groove left on the vinyl, they must think the internet actually is that old.  You know, because the internet existed in the seventh and eighth century to help facilitate the growing Caliphate and help it make it halfway up through what is now modern-day France until Charles Martel stopped them and started pushing them back.  Which means the internet also existed in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries as the Ottoman Turks karked Constantinople and then almost 200 years later made it close to the gates of Vienna until Jan Sobieski did his best Charles Martel impersonation.

Here’s a piece of advice:  Crack a Koran every once in awhile, and actually read the thing.





Backlash

22 05 2017

Manchester, England

Over/under on how many hours it will be until the mainstream media run its first article fretting about an Islamophobic backlash?





Meet in the Middle (Apropos on a Sunday)

23 04 2017

Lexington, Kentucky

Meaning?

There is the official statistic for atheism.

But there’s also a Bradley Effect which statistically conceals the true extent of atheism, so these researchers believe, and they think they have found a way to nuance and triangulate their way to a more accurate statistic.

I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.

I think what these researchers are actually seeing are people who are somewhat religious but also have lingering doubts.

Now I’m about to drop the mic, along with a profound tidbit of wisdom.

There aren’t that many true believers, and there aren’t that many true atheists.  A majority of believers aren’t quite as solid in their faith as they put on, and a majority of atheists have more theistic faith than they care to admit.

Whether we want to admit it or not, we tend to huddle around a moderate and small standard deviation level of faith and spirituality.





Marching to the Beat of My Own Drummer

20 04 2017

Columbia

A case that started in Columbia, Missouri is now an object of interest in the District of Columbia.

I march to the beat of my own drummer when it comes to the jurisprudence of non-establishment.  I don’t think a nativity scene in a court house constitutes the establishment of religion, while I think the fact that religious institutions can be (and usually are) 501(c) non-profits does constitute the establishment of religion.  Meaning if I was on SCOTUS, I’d rule “not unconstitutional” on the former but “unconstitutional” on the latter.  Just from that, you lawyers can probably easily make my razor on these matters:  Social and cultural entanglement is not establishment, while institutional and financial entanglement is establishment.  To put it another way, my establishment cause jurisprudence is such that it’s not a prohibition against religiosity in public society, but does ordain that as institutions, the state and religious institutions should have separate lanes.

Whence this case out of Columbia?

My hot inclination would have been to rule for DNR, just based off my personal jurisprudence.

However, after giving it some thought, I’d rule for Trinity.

It is no more an actual establishment of religion nor begging for undue state suasion over church affairs for DNR to give shredded old tires to Trinity to make its kiddie playground safer than it is for the Columbia Fire Department to respond there to put out a fire in one of its buildings.

Full disclosure:  Trinity Lutheran of Columbia is LCMS, and your blogmeister is LCMS.





Bouncyball and Old Lace

7 04 2017

Jersey City, New Jersey

ESPN:

Hall of Famer Bob Hurley Sr. says St. Anthony High to close

St. Anthony High School, home to one of the most successful programs in high school basketball, will close its doors at the end of the school year.

Spearheaded by Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr., the Jersey City, New Jersey, school had attempted to raise enough funds over the past several months to stay open another year. It was a plan that had worked previously, as the school has had financial issues in the past.

“After months of consultation with the Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Newark, today the Board of Trustees of Saint Anthony High announced it would not be possible for the School to meet the prescribed requirements of the Archdiocese to remain open,” the school said in a statement Wednesday. “Accordingly, the School will close at the end of the school year.”

In a letter posted on the school’s website, Hurley — now the school’s president, in addition to its boys’ basketball coach — pointed to slowing enrollment as the primary reason behind the closing.

“Even with fundraising that will generate close to $1.5M by the end of June, this amount is still insufficient to maintain operating expenses and cover debt payment to the Archdiocese,” Hurley wrote. “In addition, the projected enrollment for 2017-2018 does not provide the revenues required to operate the school going forward. Population changes in Jersey City and the surrounding area have adversely affected Catholic school enrollment in the past several years. Competition from special programs in public schools as well as newly formed charter schools have also eroded enrollment.”

Perpetual motion machine.  A Catholic school that’s seen better days but still functional and all-white gets the bright idea to use feetzball or bouncyball to rejuvenate the school’s reputation.  They import dindus, and then give the dindus the run of the joint.  This pisses of the white parents, who take their kids out of the school, don’t enroll their other kids there, and tell everyone they know not to touch that school with a ten-foot pole.  School becomes consummately ghetto.  School isn’t getting any tuition revenue.  Local archdiocese closes school.

In this story, you can see that the principal and the bouncyball coach were one and the same.  It’s easy to tell which duty he took more seriously.

And you wonder why tuition-paying white Catholic parents oppose school vouchers.





Google’s Fault

23 03 2017

London

I knew they’d find someone or some thing to pawn the blame off on.





Shot and Chaser

22 03 2017

London

SHOT:  “We’re not clear about a motive.”

CHASER:  “We’re worried about an Islamophobic backlash.”