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Quick Hits: Jesus was dirty. PhDs receiving welfare. Fredric Wertham, lying bastard.

  • The horror...of lying psychiatristsEarlier this year, I came upon an article which I think does a great job of describing the “fully man” side of Jesus. The man Jesus wasn’t walking around clean-cut with a halo over his head. He was dirty and calloused. His family suffered when times were tough. He might even have had dysentery. Painting a more profoundly human picture of Jesus as a man doesn’t weaken him as a Savior. How much more did he have to live fully in the providence of the Father as that final act of sacrifice was played out? As ‘fully God’ he knew what had to happen, and he was still ‘fully man’ enough to ask if the cup could pass from him. It’s just astonishing.
  • If you are half the comic book geek that I am, you know the name Fredric Wertham. He was the crusading author of the book Seduction of the Innocent which asserted that children were more likely to engage in violence, sex, drug use, etc. when they regularly read about it in crime, superhero and horror comic books. His work basically led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority which effectively neutered the quality of comic book stories for the better part of half a century. Well, it turns out old Freddie relied on untrue revisions, distortions, and omissions when he presented the evidence that eventually led to the publication of his 1953 text that started it all. The lying bastard.

March 29, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits: Jesus was dirty. PhDs receiving welfare. Fredric Wertham, lying bastard.

Quick Hits of the Week

  • So, around the first of this month, Congress passed a law forbidding welfare money from being used at liquor stores, casinos, and strip clubs. Let’s ignore, for a second, the fact that this legislation is nearly impossible to enforce. What I want to know is, if people are spending their welfare money on those things, how are they able to pay for groceries and keep their lights and heat on? Yes, I’m being a bit facetious. I know that there is waste in the system, and people can and do receive far more than they need for their basic necessities. At the same time I know single moms who are struggling to make ends meet without being able to receive any welfare, because they have the audacity to stay employed. You get more of what you reward, and less of what you punish. What does this current system encourage more of?
  • I just recently came across BA Expat, a blog by a young entrepreneur named Zack. I look forward to reading more from him. The post that got my attention was his 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Today.  While I already do a few of these things, but I’m challenged to add a couple of the others in the next month. For example, I know it’s past time to de-clutter my closet (not to mention a few other areas of my life).
  • As the father of three future teenagers, I’m always looking for good advice to put in my back pocket to teach them about dating when they’re ready. Perry Noble from Newspring recently delivered a pair of punch-lists of unacceptable behavior, one for the men and another for the women, when dating. Dating relationships lead to marriages. Leading my kids to have high standards for the people they date (and to live to high standards themselves) means that my wife and I can be relaxed and suppotive when each wedding day comes.
  • Speaking of weddings, brides are usually smiling on their wedding day. I don’t know about these wedding photos, though. Her smile is kind of painted on. And what guy needs help getting dressed? A tuxedo isn’t that complicated. Anyway, after the ceremony, their honeymoon consisted of a cross country tour in a stylish custom RV, and when they got back they moved into the house of her dreams.

February 23, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week