Monday, June 30, 2008

The Huguenot, by John Everett Millais



In this picture, a Huguenot (French Protestant) comforts his Catholic lover in the face of impending death in the massacre of 1572. She attempts to protect him by giving him a white ribbon, the mark of Catholic loyalty.

To be honest, I really don't like this picture. The reason being that I am really bothered by the fact that he has a Catholic lover in the first place.

If he is willing to die for his Protestant faith, why is he dating a Catholic? Is he planning on marrying her? Does his mate's faith not matter to him? If his faith is not important enough to determine the choice of who he chooses as a life partner, is it really a faith worth dying for? I really struggle with these thoughts when I look at this painting.

Times: A bridge over trouble waters

Times: A bridge over trouble waters

"For Muslim girls, state faith schools are the surest route from the kitchen sink to college"

Article defending state-funded Muslim schools by Christine Odone.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Michael S Heiser






Michael S Heiser

I would highly recommend a visit to the website of Michael S Heiser, a serious scholar with expertise in the field of ancient languages. He has done a lot of work on the subject of Hebrew angelogy, the Nephilim and UFOs. He has also spent a lot of time debunking the ravings of Zechariah Sitchin.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Don't Go! (I love Wendy)

Yahoo News: Alexander quits over scandal

I am really disappointed to learn that Scottish Labour leader, Wendy Alexander has resigned due to her scandal over funding.

Wendy is defintely my favorite Labour politician. She seems to be the only senior Labour politician who has any personality. Much more fun than all those dull managerial types that dominate the Labour party.

I really admired her attempt to wrong-foot the Scottish National Party by calling for a referendum on Scottish independence. That was a really clever trick.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Some of my favorite non-biblical quotes

By Antonio da Rosa

'Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.' - Ronald Reagan


'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' - Ronald Reagan


'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.' - Ronald Reagan


'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.'
- Ronald Reagan


'I have wondered at times
about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.' - Ronald Reagan


'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.'
- Ronald Reagan


'Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.'
- Ronald Reagan


'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.' - Ronald Reagan


'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.' - Ronald Reagan


'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.' - Ronald Reagan


'If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.'
- Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

One very mean guy

BBC News: Neo-Nazi had child abuse images

A British Neo-Nazi has been convicted of terrorism charges following the discovery that he had made several nailbombs.

Neo-Nazis really are a menace to our society.

It is easy to forget about the threat of terrorism, but it is real. And this case shows that it is not just Islamic extremists who present a terrorist threat.

Police raided this guys house looking for child pornography and along with the bombs, weapons and Neo-Nazi hate literature they found it. These Neo-Nazi extremists really are nasty people. Frequently those in such extremist organisations do have links to criminal activity such as drugs, robbery or pornography. There is nothing glamourous about them.

Pragmatic Compassionate Conservative

This is how I would describe myself politically these days.

First and foremost, I am a Conservative. I am a member of the British Conservative Party. I believe in the British way of life and the British system of government. I love our monarchy, our parliament and while I am not a member of the established church, I wish it no ill.

I believe that marriage should be central to our society and that policies shouls support healthy family life.

I believe in free-market economics and that the success of the rich is not necessarilly detrimental to the poor. However, together with that belief in a free-market is the need for a open labour market. I therefore fully support immigration and believe that no matter what criticisms are made of the European Union, a flexible labour force has been a key benefit.

I believe that Britain needs the power to protect its borders and that we need a strong and effective military. I believe that we have to be engaged in foreign fields to deal with the threat of terrorism. I therefore support the military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I see myself as a Compassionate Conservative. I believe that poverty is a real problem, and not just absolute poverty, but relative porverty, can have an harmful effect on society.

I therefore believe that conservatives should embrace elements of social democracy (perhaps on the Scandinavian model) in order to mitigate some of the harsher effects of free-market capitalism. While I recognise that welfare can cause problems and can be inefficent, I believe that high spending on welfare is a necessary evil.

While I believe that our healthcare system could be more efficent and has problems, I believe it is right and good that the UK has universal free healthcare.

I believe that homelessness is a blight on our society. The only solution to homelessness is the provision by the state of decent housing to every individual and family. I believe the government need to invest far more in the provision of social housing.

I am a pragmatist. I believe that we must be careful to avoid ideology effecting policy decisions in an unhelpful way. Thus, we might ideologically support lower taxes, but if we are faced with demands from the public for efficent public services we may have to refrain from promising tax cuts.

Our foreign policy must be pragmatic too. We need a foreign policy that puts our national interest first. We may not like the human rights record of China, but if it were in our national interest to make alliance with China, we should do so. Alternatively, if it were in our national interest to oppose China, we should be happy to make alliance with Russia or some other power to do so.

If we commit ourselves to a Paleocon position that holds that we should not intervene beyond our borders we will fail to effectively meet the threat of terrorism. On the other hand, if we are overly committed to a Paleocon position that seeks to spread democracy across the world, we may end up overstretching our armed services.

Can somebody help me out?

Why is it that many conservatives take the view that mothers should not work if they are married, but it is imperative they work if they are single mothers?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008

Oh, evidently the court disagrees with me

Naomi Campbell was given 200 hours community service for being naughty.

I think that is disgusting. She has already served a community sentence.

Want to bet she will assault somebody again? She should have been given a custodial sentence.

Naomi Campbell is a very naughty lady

The supermodel Naomi Campbell pleaded guilty to kicking and spitting on two police officers. She is a very naughty lady

Seeing as it is not her first offence, I think they should put her in prison.


The Prisoners (Evelyn De Morgan)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

‘Global warming is not our most urgent priority’

‘Global warming is not our most urgent priority’

James Dellingpole interviews Bjorn Lomborg in the Spectator magazine.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Hayfever

I am suffering with really bad hayfever at the moment.

One thing you can do to reduce hayfever is to remove your shoes at the door and ask visitors to do the same. That way you will avoid walking pollen into your house on your shoes and grinding it into the carpet. Another blogger has testified to me that this really does make a difference.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Anti-Geldof

Did any of you get tired of Bob Geldof's foul-mouthed lectures about poverty in Africa around the time of Live 8? Did any of you get really sickened by Bono's moronic posturing about the Third World? I certainly did.

It seems the extreme metal label Supernal Music did as well, as they released a compilation of Black Metal songs by various bands entitled Anti-Geldof.

Having witnessed practically the entire Rock Music establishment endorse the Live 8 cause and the Make Poverty History campaign, it was rather refreshing to listen to a musical protest against it.

The 2 CD compilation came with a 23-page booklet explaining why the artists felt aid to Africa was a wrong cause. In true Black Metal style, this was printed in Gothic script. I have to say I though much of what was written was extreme right-wing garbage, with stuff about over-population, Europe being swamped with immigrants and Islam taking over. Much as I am not entirely convinced by everything in the anti-poverty lobby, I did not find this stuff very convincing either.

Black Metal is known for suspect political views and it was hard not to see a racial subtext to the whole thing.

Still I enjoyed the music.

Oh wow, I'm a leftie social worker type!

I was having dinner at the house of a friend and his wife. Our conversation got onto the subject of young people and social and housing policy.

My friend argued that the state should get tougher with people, while his wife and I argued for a softer approach. Unsurprising given that she is an admin assistant for social services and I am an administrator in the social care sector.

I am one of those awful people that right-wingers call 'do-gooders.'

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

American Country Music #2

By Antonio da Rosa

The following is another post in my American Country Music series here on Dyspraxic Fundamentalist's blog.

The duo is called "The Wreckers" featuring Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp. The song is called "Leave the Pieces"

Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Can I be an homemaker?

A couple of weeks ago I was thinking of how much I enjoy my job working as a part-time administrator for a drug rehab clinic. I really love it there. At some point I am going to have to give it up to move on in my career.

Working as a part-time administrator is really a job for an housewife who wants to earn some extra money for buying clothes and shoes. It suddenly occurred to be that I quite like the idea of being an househusband.

I could do all the future Mrs. C's cooking and cleaning and make her home perfect. And if we had children and wanted to homeschool, I think I would make a pretty good teacher.

I am sure some conservative Christians would not approve of this arrangement, holding that women should stay at home and men should work. I do think they would find it hard to objectively prove that is a biblically mandated principle.

Of course, a man's status tends to be judged by his career. I doubt I would get much respect for being a male homemaker. I cannot help noticing that often the most prominent men in churches are those who are very succesful in their careers.

Maybe this would work, maybe it would'nt.

I just need to find a girl with a high-salaried executive job.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Daily Telegraph: Our 100 dead in Afghanistan did not lay down their lives in vain

Daily Telegraph: Our 100 dead in Afghanistan did not lay down their lives in vain

By Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Copyright and You Tube

Apparently a lot of entertainment companies are taking every effort to get videos removed from You Tube. This includes record companies who don't want their music broadcast that way.

I can only speak for myself, but I can say that I have bought CDs after hearing the songs on You Tube. That's one less sale they would have made if the videos were not there.

But then maybe that just shows how daft I am buying a CD when I could download the song from the internet.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Random Reflections - Greg Boyd: What's Up With The Nephilim?

Random Reflections - Greg Boyd: What's Up With The Nephilim?

Gregory Boyd gives some serious consideration to the theory that many of the Canaanites were half-angel hybrids.

What I love about Gregory Boyd is that he is a serious scholar and theologian who pays attention to some of the elements in angelogy that are considered off-beat by classic theology.

I am currently posting an extended, multi-part review and synopsis of Gregory Boyd's book God at War on Unashamed of Grace.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

The Dyspraxic Fundamentalist look

Colours: Beige, Khaki, Olive Green

Short-sleeved button-down shirt with slightly military cut.

3/4 cropped cargo pants

Flip Flops

To wear when it is cool: Lightweight military style jacket.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Mythos Beer

I picked a friend and his wife up from the airport today. They had come back from a holiday in Greece.

They had brough me back some beer called Mythos Beer. I had thought that a Greek beer would have a name ending in -os. But Mythos!

That is really appropriate seeing as I am a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos stories.

Will Mythos beer cause me to sprout tentacles? Or have dreams of some unnameable terror?

Talking Politics

I went to an Indian restaurant with my parents last night.

On the table next to us were some young men in their early twenties. They were talking about politics througout their meal. They got especially heated on the subject of nuclear weapons.

In an age of apathy, it was rather nice to see young people taking a keen interest in politics.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Did God create cold dead worlds?

Before the Twentieth Century, nobody knew what the planets in our solar system were like.

When man landed on the moon, he found it to be covered in dust and craters. There was speculation at one time that Mars might be inhabited, especially given what appeared to be canals on it. Later we discovered that those 'canals' were just rock formations. Another probe has landed on Mars and we are seeing yet more pictures of a dry, dusty world, and a cold one at that. Venus was once thought to be a beautiful, delightful world, now we know it is a hellish hot world with a sulfuric atmosphere. Now even Saturn's moon, Titan has turned out to be less interesting than was expected.

Why did God create worlds that are lifeless, empty and inhospitable? Are these really the handiwork of a good creator who loves beauty and order?

The Gap theory provides a possible explanation for why these worlds seem so lacking in life and delight.

We may suppose that in the original creation the planets of our solar system were in a quite different state. Perhaps in the beginning, before the present world, before the prehistoric fall of Lucifer, they were lush and green. Perhaps they were teeming with life, whether vegatable, animal, or angelic. Yet they have been ruined and desolated by the great angelic rebellion that occurred in prehistory.

It seems likely that the planets of our solar system are ruined worlds. The wolrd that God made in the six days of creation was good and perfect, yet it was built upon the ashes of an older creation, just as Babylonian mythology held that the world was made from the carcass of the dragon goddess, Tiamat.

Yet there is hope for the solar system. There is going to be a new heaven as well as a new earth. Not a completely new heaven, but a restoration of the old creation; a completely renewed cosmos. Christ has inherited both heaven and earth and He is presently gathering a people who shall exercise a new government over it, restoring it and reconciling it to God. God shall be in all things, things in heaven and things in earth.

We have reason to hope that the cold, dead worlds of our solar system will one day teem with life and be filled with beautiful things. The whole cosmos will be renewed, glorified and deified.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Triffids


The Triffids have got to be the creepiest sci-fi monsters ever.

I am not sure if I can think of anything creepier than a Triffid- they shuffle about, their origin is mysterious and they are as ordinary as big sunflowers.

Most horrible of all, after killing their victims, they wait for their bodies to decompose before consuming them. If they had big mouths to gobble people, they would seem like just another unbelievable sci-fi monster, but the fact they only eat decomposing flesh somehow makes them seem more realistic and frightening.

I read The Day of the Triffids when I was about nine years old. As a result I have a very vivid image in my mind of the creatures. Scary to think about.

Angel Pictures


Does posting lots of pictures of angels make me seem like a New Ager?

Times: Change drink habits? You're joking

Times: Change drink habits? You're joking

'Only foolish or hopelessly naive politicans believe they can remould a country's culture'

Article by David Aaronovitch

Monday, June 02, 2008

Saint Cecilia, by John William Waterhouse


Although this is a very beautiful picture, it is one of the more weaker angel pictures in the history of art.

It is full of sensuality and lacks any real sense of spirituality. It seems that Waterhouse was more interested in portraying the beauty of pre-adolescent girls than giving any kind of theologically meaningful image of an angel. This is particulary seen in the tiny wings that Waterhouse has given his angels.