7 things @ 9 o’clock (9.26)

1. Gary Bauer is quite the grifter. Multiple PACs and committees and super-PACs, all raising money spent largely on compensation for Gary Bauer. The holy hustle is a lucrative scam.

2. The guy who beat Gary Bauer to win the Republican nomination in 1988 said he wanted “A kinder, gentler America.” Here he is making that more of a reality.

Well done, 41.

3. Earlier this month we looked at a post at Two Friars and a Fool suggesting texts they would add to the biblical canon. Here’s their follow-up: “3 passages we would CUT from the canon.” They’re unanimous: Jude. I second the motion (retroactively, I suppose, since we talked about swapping out Jude for “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” here back in January).

4. With Chester County still reeling from the scandal involving Coatesville’s athletic director, I’m encouraged to read this story: “Faced with reports that members of his team were cyber-bullying a fellow student, a Roosevelt, Utah high school football coach suspended the entire squad, not letting them reform until they agreed to an extensive set of conditions.”

5. Is this some kind of joke?

6. Alternative theory: Gary Bauer isn’t really the shameless grifter he appears to be. He’s actually running a complicated double-agent Robin Hood scam, raising millions from right-wing gazillionaires and then secretly funneling most of that money to groups helping the poor, the outcast and the underdog. Unlikely, but it would explain why he spends so little on effective politics and why so much of what he says is feckless, inane and detrimental to his purported cause.

7. Speaking of grifters and the holy hustle …: “SEC accuses Left Behind developer of ‘revenue inflation.’

The United States Security and Exchange Commission charged the founder of Left Behind Games and a friend for “falsely” inflating the company’s revenue by 1,300 percent during a one-year period, according to a press release from the SEC.

According to the SEC, Left Behind Games CEO and CFO Troy Lyndon issued “almost two billion shares of stock” to Ronald Zaucha for “consulting services.”

“The true purpose of the arrangement was to enable Zaucha to sell millions of unregistered shares of Left Behind Games stock into the market and then kick back a portion of his stock proceeds to the company in order to prop up its revenue at a time when it was in dire need of additional funds,” the SEC claims.


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  • Lorehead

    For that matter, Jerome included in his Latin translation a number of books he did not consider canonical, “lest they perish entirely.”

    Could we stipulate that we’re imagining striking through those passages in our own personal copies with a single line, or printing them in gray instead of black, or just making a note in the margin, “Nope?” That the idea is not to try to hide them from anyone, or expunge them from all human memory, but to identify rigorously which passages we’re choosing to deprecate?

  • Daniel

    It’s a sensible option to save money as well. And that’s what she’d want. In these straightened times rational, financial sense is almost priceless- almost, but not quite. It is dear, prudence.

  • Lorehead

    The apostle Matthew might agree, since he was the taxman.

  • Daniel

    Oh yeah, the taxman. Luke was the doctor- a man you must believe. If what he wrote was true he’d make you a new and better man. John was down on the sea where fish were for fishing. As for Mark, I don’t know- apparently his job isn’t mentioned so he may have been unemployed. Imagine, no profession. I wonder if you can?

  • Ben English

    VMink of Earth, you have the ability to overcome great fear…

  • Mark Z.

    And the waters prevailed so mightily upon the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered[citation needed]

  • Lorehead

    Yes, but the magical mystery tour was coming to take him away. Perhaps, like the prodigal son, he got back to where he once belonged. The apostles did imagine no possessions, a brotherhood of man.

    But the issue here is the clobber verses that people twist and shout, to bang bang like a silver hammer down on our heads. Do you, don’t you, want me to love my neighbor? Am I writing the words to a sermon that no one will hear?

  • J_Enigma32

    It’s like I told my friend last night on FB: this means lightsabers are now fair game for hard SF.

  • arghous

    What if you want vegatables drenched in butter, but it won’t melt? Can you put it in the pie?

  • P J Evans

    There are people who still want Jane Fonda charged with treason. I wish they’d let go of their personal war.

  • arghous

    I’m tempted to say I would like to cut passages that people think are in the canon [but aren’t], like … God never gives you anything you can’t handle …

    1 Cor 10:13 is not in “the canon”?

  • This would be the same armed forces that spawned the likes of Calley at My Lai?

    Seems like they only honored rules of engagement in the breach and now that the war’s over the ones who keep wanting to refight it will selectively “remember” what they need to to keep proving their version of the political stab in the back myth.

  • Given the presence of Dubya Bush, your prof sounds like he has already been proven correct. :)

  • Lorehead

    “All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them.”

    Oh, wait. I buried Paul.

  • Lorehead

    American jingoists do not want to believe that the U.S. military could not have won, because it just is not very suitable for counterinsurgency in a country that overwhelmingly doesn’t want them there. That would really have put a crimp in their plans circa 2002. The Baby Boomers among them definitely don’t want to admit that those liberals were right and they were wrong. So it must be their fault. America could have kept a corrupt military dictatorship with no popular legitimacy going in South Vietnam if not for them, and then wouldn’t we all be so much safer today. But at least we kept fighting as long as we did! Just imagine all the horrible things that would have happened if we’d left sooner or never gotten involved at all.

    Maybe the younger generation of Conservatives won’t have so much of their pride and identity invested in demonizing the antiwar movement and can look at the issue more rationally.

  • stardreamer42

    Perhaps because people use those verses to justify jihad against groups they personally hate, like “illegal immigrants”, or poor people, or Muslims.

  • Mark Z.

    A little less flippantly, I object to this idea that the right answer to morally troublesome/idiotic/just-plain-wrong parts of Scripture is “cutting them from the canon”, either on a formal, whole-church level or a personal “margin notes” level. What’s the goal? To produce a canonical text that’s 100% error-free and unambiguous? (Good luck with that.) To remove embarrassments to the Christian faith?* Just to say “I don’t like this text” with extra emphasis?

    The canon is a list of texts we read, not texts we endorse. To say that something shouldn’t be in the canon is to say there’s nothing to be gained by reading and contemplating it. I could be convinced of that about Jude; I absolutely will not believe that about Judges.

    * Would this work with anything else about the Christian faith? “The Crusades? Oh, we held a meeting last week and declared those non-canonical.”

  • Lorehead

    Pope John Paul II did in fact apologize for the Crusades, and I appreciated the gesture.

    I’m taking this discussion to be about texts we endorse, not texts we read. (If it’s the latter, too late.) I am very glad that, in high school, the evening after I heard a refugee speak about the war back home and what it had meant for his family, I went to read the Tanakh and chose the Book of Judges, because that experience helped clarify my thinking about just and unjust wars greatly.

  • Lee B.

    Most of the time, sure, but it wasn’t a myth in Broughton’s case—CINCPAC tried to court-martial him for conspiracy in the Turkestan incident but could only get minor charges to stick (destruction of $46 of government property and “processing gun camera film in a non-standard manner”); relieved him of his command; and transferred him to a non-job in the Pentagon. A review board later determined that his conviction had been politically motivated and overturned it, expunging it from his record.

    He used the non-job as an opportunity to write a scathing memoir (Thud Ridge) that was published while the war was still underway. His strongest criticism was for parts of the RoE that he saw as needlessly killing pilots, such as the rule that allowed surface-to-air missile sites to be attacked only when they were “fully operational.” In practical terms, this meant a SAM site could only be destroyed *after* one of his friends had already been shot down. Unfortunately, time has not tempered his bitterness over those deaths.

  • Lee B.

    I should probably restate my point more clearly. Those jingoists are not, by and large, combat veterans—with the notable exception of aircrews, who actually *did* face a level of micromanagement in Vietnam not seen before or since. I thought it was interesting that this, possibly in combination with the already strange experience of fighting an air war, makes them more likely than ground-pounders to believe in the Dolchstoßlegende.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Anyone can twist almost anything to fit their agenda if they try. Using this an an excuse to start trashing things we dislike is just going to lead to censorship. Nothing good lies that way.

  • Lorehead

    Maybe, but Robert McNamara’s attempt to introduce “scientific management” to the armed forces like he had with GM ticked off a lot of people, too. The explanation jingoists seemed to settle on was that we would have won if only we’d bombed without restraint. The leadership at the time thought that would have brought the Soviets and Chinese into the war and therefore been counterproductive, and our later experience in Iraq suggests that our counterinsurgency strategy has bigger problems than that.

  • Lorehead

    No, merely naming passages we dislike is not going to “lead to censorship” at all. No one is in any way, shape or form suggesting that those verses be destroyed or suppressed. Relax!

  • Baby_Raptor

    Did you read the same article I did? Because the article I read was talking about removing texts from the canon. That’s far from merely naming them as bad.

  • Lorehead

    It really was merely naming them as bad. No, none of those people will actually print a new Bible with the Didache and without Judges, nor would that lead to Judges being lost. Also, people who say that they don’t like the Star Wars prequels and don’t consider midiclorians “canonical” are not proposing to destroy all copies of them, either.

  • Jamoche

    Oh, boy.

  • A trial for one man which turned out to be politically motivated is different qualitatively than the kind of popularized “stab in the back” myth perpetuated by people who want to keep refighting Vietnam in people’s minds by framing the military as the Dudley Do-Rights while the nefarious politicians kept screwing it all up.

    i.e. One trial does not equate to a substantial conspiracy at high levels to deprive the military of the means it needs to complete assigned tactical and strategic objectives.