Einstein’s Chauffeur

I just love this story about Einstein via Siggy:

When Albert Einstein was making the rounds of the speaker’s circuit, he usually found himself eagerly longing to get back to his lab work. One night as they were driving to yet another rubber-chicken dinner, Einstein mentioned to his chauffeur (a man who somewhat resembled Einstein in looks and manner) that he was tired of making speeches.“I have and idea, boss,” his chauffeur said. “I’ve heard you give this speech so many times. I’ll bet I could give it for you.” Einstein laughed loudly and said, “Why not? Let’s do it!” When they arrive at the dinner, Einstein donned the chauffeur’s cap and jacket and sat in the back of the room. The chauffeur gave a beautiful rendition of Einstein’s speech and even answered a few questions expertly.

Then a supremely pompous professor asked an extremely esoteric question about anti-matter formation, digressing here and there to let everyone in the audience know that he was nobody’s fool. Without missing a beat, the chauffeur fixed the professor with a steely stare and said, “Sir, the answer to that question is so simple that I will let my chauffeur, who is sitting in the back of the room, answer it for me.”

Can’t you just imagine the twinkle in his eye during this entire exchange?

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Nancy’s Twofer

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the Dhimmi House, has finally proven that she is a certifiable nutjob.

First she threatens to “step in” to end the Democratic nomination race. Step in WHAT, I wonder? Sounds more like the parental threat of “don’t make me come up there or you’ll regret it!”

Then she THANKED Iran for bringing peace and stability to Iraq. Iran’s idea of peace and stability for their neighbors is kinda like the eerie quiet you experience after a tornado has ripped your house apart.

Delusional is the word that comes to mind when pondering good ol’ Nancy. A word that falls in the same category as communist and socialists and marxists and… (fill in your favorite ideology here). Just ask Siggy; he can spot it a mile away.

Where’s that scarf?

UPDATE: Fausta quotes Betsy:

Pelosi is so hung up with trying to prove that the Iraqi government is failing because to acknowledge otherwise would be to hint that something has gone right in the past year with our new strategy in Iraq. And she can’t do that because she is politically invested in that strategy’s failure and her party’s efforts to pull the rug out from under those efforts. So her solution is to praise the “goodwill” of those who are behind a lot of the violence that we see in the entire Middle East. Her ignorance and partisan approach to reality is breathtaking.

Two Americans, Two Patriots

Two bloggers as well. Must reads:

Check out Texas Fred’s ultimate list of Obama’s inadequacies.

Then GM Roper’s excellent article on what conservatives really want at reclaim conservatism (a new blog just added to my blogroll! – Thanks GM!).

Mystery Solved, Opera Bombs Before Opening and Chin-Love

John over at Verum Serum has solved the question – is there life on Mars?

Those Italians – what are we going to do with them? Operas are supposed to be filled with tragedy and love and consumptive death scenes and dancing Turks and menacing statues. Not farting cows. Good grief!

Oh Puhhhllleeezz.

Who Needs Facts When You Can Corner the Market?

Or perhaps a better title would be “When Scholars Defect” or “Media Virgin Researchers Exposed to the Ethos of The Scoop” or “G. G. Hubbard Spins in Grave; News at Eleven” or …

Read this the other day – an excellent article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed about the “Gospel of Judas” hubbub of 2006 and the back-story that went with it. Sadly, it appears that the National Georgraphic Society has become infected with the same sad parasite that eats away at our national media. See if you can see the parallels here.

What better way to sell, sell, SELL than to scrub up a well-known bad boy for the cameras? Just like some movie-star, fresh out of rehab.

When the Gospel of Judas was unveiled at a news conference in April 2006, it made headlines around the world — with nearly all of those articles touting the new and improved Judas. “In Ancient Document, Judas, Minus the Betrayal,” read the headline in The New York Times. The British paper The Guardian called it “a radical makeover for one of the worst reputations in history.” A documentary that aired a few days later on National Geographic’s cable channel also pushed the Judas-as-hero theme. The premiere attracted four million viewers, making it the second-highest-rated program in the channel’s history, behind only a documentary on September 11.

[…]The announcement was timed so that the documentary, a book containing the translation and critical essays, an accompanying Web site, and an exhibit at National Geographic’s headquarters would all be unveiled more or less simultaneously. By keeping the translation under wraps, National Geographic had cornered the market on Judas, and now it intended to take full advantage of its position.

In all of its materials, the view of Judas as good guy was front and center. In an online video clip, [Marvin] Meyer calls the text’s Judas the “most insightful and the most loyal of all the disciples.” In [Bart] Ehrman’s essay, Judas is “Jesus’ closest friend, the one who understood Jesus better than anyone else, who turned Jesus over to the authorities because Jesus wanted him to do so.” The teaser on the documentary’s DVD case asks, “What if this account turned Jesus’ betrayal on its head, and in it the villain became a hero?” The discovery of an ancient document titled “The Gospel of Judas” is exciting enough. But the twist of a good Judas — well, that’s a great story.

But when other biblical scholars took issue with not only with the translation itself but the way NG managed the project, NG pooh-poohed it as “inevitable” and “irresponsible.”

But almost immediately, other scholars began to take issue with the interpretation of Meyer and the rest of the National Geographic team. They didn’t see a good Judas at all. In fact, this Judas seemed more evil than ever. Those early voices of dissent have since grown into a chorus, some of whom argue that National Geographic’s handling of the project amounts to scholarly malpractice. It’s a perfect example, critics argue, of what can happen when commercial considerations are allowed to ride roughshod over careful research. What’s more, the controversy has strained friendships in this small community of religion scholars — causing some on both sides of the argument to feel, in a word, betrayed.

April DeConick, professor of biblical studies at Rice University and another Coptologist, saw errors within minutes of reading the translation.

As soon as the show ended, she went to her computer and downloaded the English translation from the National Geographic Web site. Almost immediately she began to have concerns. From her reading, even in translation, it seemed obvious that Judas was not turning in Jesus as a friendly gesture, but rather sacrificing him to a demon god named Saklas. This alone would suggest, strongly, that Judas was not acting with Jesus’ best interests in mind — which would undercut the thesis of the National Geographic team. She turned to her husband, Wade, and said: “Oh no. Something is really wrong.”

She started the next day on her own translation of the Coptic transcription, also posted on the National Geographic Web site. That’s when she came across what she considered a major, almost unbelievable error. It had to do with the translation of the word “daimon,” which Jesus uses to address Judas. The National Geographic team translates this as “spirit,” an unusual choice and inconsistent with translations of other early Christian texts, where it is usually rendered as “demon.” In this passage, however, Jesus’ calling Judas a demon would completely alter the meaning. “O 13th spirit, why do you try so hard?” becomes “O 13th demon, why do you try so hard?” A gentle inquiry turns into a vicious rebuke.

Read the whole article – it is fascinating and well-researched. And a testament to the mindset of “marketing trumps the truth.” Where have we heard that before?

Every year, around Christian holidays, these stories crop up. The Devil is still working hard in this world to discredit The Truth. He never rests. And sadly, it seems, especially in the current election cycle, that he has plenty of workers at his beck and call. Truth, any truth at all, is becoming harder to discern because of the incredible amount of noise and distraction being thrown at us from all directions.

John 2:26 “I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.”

Blog Quote of the Day

Neoneocon:

But that’s not a unique situation for Obama; for example, he’s got more positions on Iran than the Kama Sutra.

Clown Shoes

Imagine my surprise and delight to come up for air after a long weekend – and gasp! – to see that Obama, that walkin’, talkin’, One Man Side Show did it again! Yet again, he inserted that big old foot in his big old mouth. Better than dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, he said his uncle helped to free Auschwitz! WOW! I didn’t know he had Russian ancestry to go along with his white grandmother. Because it was the RUSSIANS who liberated Auschwitz, you moron! And I’d think twice about throwing the Red Army under the bus, like ol’ grandma or your ol’ reverend or whoever is up for this week’s batch of denials… they’d stuff those clown shoes where the sun doesn’t shine!

P.S. Another surprise! Check out the Carnival of Insanities this week!

Adjective Pairs

Live Free or Die.

Memorial Day 2008.

Live Free or Die!

BotB’s Thank You Note to Charles Enderlin

See, people do have manners these days and remember to write their thank you notes.

Feel free to write your own….

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Every Day Should Be Saturday (never, ever safe for work, but hilariously funny) is starting a new series on Imaginary Mascots. Let me present the first out of the chute:

Twitchy, The Martyr (you MUST click the link)

Twitchy, weighing in at 93 pounds (sans the suicide vest), is modeling the latest in fashionable, yet combustible head-gear and super-springy mascot high-tops. Be sure to notice his stylish detonation device – in school colors, of course! Those adoring cheerleaders in the background are hot for this boy! After all, the players for Jihad A&M U…

They take the field with a BOOM!

UPDATE: And they even have a fight song!

Constitutionally Challenged

And no, I’m not talking about how I feel walking around with radiation in my GI tract after my nuclear gastro test this morning.

I’m talking about Congress’ latest adventure in law-making. Ed Morrissey reminds them that

The balance of power in American government counts on an open process on legislation between Congress and the executive branch. That requires Congress to provide the President with a complete copy of bills to determine whether to sign or veto them. Any hidden provisions not submitted to the executive should render the entire legislation invalid.

The faux-farm bill invalid due to partisan manuevering and purposeful omission? Really? OUR Congress? Leads me to wonder just how many other times Pelosi & Company have tried to pull the same stunt and it slipped under the radar. There should be a call to examine all legislation presented since she assumed her throne the Speakership.

The Anchoress takes the GOP to the woodshed, especially now that this magnificent opportunity has landed squarely in their lap. What better time to show America that the selfish and clueless Democrats CANNOT govern their way out of a paperbag? In her comments, she sums it up completely:

My sense is that this election is not about “saving the conservative movement” by “teaching a lesson” to the GOP but about “saving the constitution” which is more important than any movement. We won’t be able to do that if we don’t somehow wake up the idiots that are already in congress.

Sheesh…my fifth-grade nephew knows more about the Constitution than these bozos. In fact, these morons have bozo’ed themselves into a constitutional corner. I can only hope it sets off a full-blown crisis and we can impeach these politards en masse.

George Washington said of the Constitution in his farewell address

…the free Constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing…

Shouldn’t every legislator, regardless of which chamber they sit in, provide proof they passed Political Science 101 along with their residency documentation, prior to taking their oath of office? When exactly, did the current occupants of Congress cross the line from revering the Constitution to sneering at it? Has BDS poisoned every living being in DC to the point they have lost their collective minds?

November is beginning to make me very nervous…

Cross-posted at RedState

Pray Without Ceasing

The Anchoress reminds us that even if we disagreed with him, and disliked him tremendously, we should still pray for him. What is left of the road ahead for Ted Kennedy is long and horrible.

I can’t help but think, as the conservative side puts aside their differences and hit their knees for the man who had up until yesterday been an enemy, if he’d been Republican, how he would be reviled and cheered into his grave.

Poor Caroline. Ted is the last one of her parent’s generation – her last connection, if you will – to the days of her childhood. Add her to your prayer list as well.

The Wednesday Winkie Edition-UPDATED

Still under the weather, so here’s some things to ponder:

Isn’t a District Attorney supposed to prosecute criminal cases? Not in lovely Clayton County, no-sir-ree. Don’t need no DA, don’t need no Sheriff, don’t need no School Board.

Obama has a manifesto now, and a list of things you can’t ask him.

The Al-Dura nightmare is finally over. For now…

Send a letter to save the imprisoned Yemeni journalist, Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani.

Are political spouses fair game? You betcha….

So who can tell me what a Winkie is?

In the Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West’s castle was in Winkie Country, far away from the Emerald City. The castle guards were Winkies. Here is a picture of our heroes in Winkie guard uniforms, on their way to rescue Dorothy.

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