Friday, August 12, 2011

Should’ve Stayed In The Closet

Politicians on the make, in this case Indiana State Representative Phillip D. Hinkle (R - District 92), just can’t seem to get it through their heads that in today’s day and age of instant electronic communication, and electronic trails which do not fade away, that they shouldn’t be “playing doctor” outside of the closet.

Emails shared with The Indianapolis Star suggest that state Rep. Phillip Hinkle—responding to a local posting on Craigslist—offered a young man $80 plus tip to spend time with him Saturday night at the JW Marriott hotel.

The emails, sent from Hinkle’s publicly listed personal address, ask the young man for “a couple hours of your time tonight” and offer him cash up front, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 “for a really good time.”

Say bye, bye, Phil, and don’t let your fingers get caught in the closet door.

Email rendezvous entangles state Rep. Phillip Hinkle

Anti-Gay Republican Cruised Craigslist for Male Prostitute

Both via The Obscure Store.

Posted by John Venlet on 08/12 at 01:58 PM
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Threatened By Biblical Poetic License Detectives

The Bible is often touted as the best-selling book ever, though this may not be accurate.  The Bible may be the most printed book ever, or the most read book ever, but even this claim is not necessarily accurate.

There is no doubt, though, that the Bible is, and has been over the ages, an influential book and has many versions, and depending on one’s dogma, one version will be claimed to be more accurate than another.

Believers in the teachings of Jesus Christ, once again depending on their dogma, may claim the Bible as infalliable, the inspired Word of God, and therefore not to be questioned, whether as a historical timeline reference, or guide to how life should be lived.

But, how accurate is the Bible, no matter its version, that has come down to us over the ages?  According to scholars at the Hebrew University, who have been investigating the words of the Bible for the past 53 years, searching and comparing old manuscripts for acts of poetic license, and who project said work may take another 200 years to be completed, the Bible has been fluidly evolving.

A dull-looking chart projected on the wall of a university office in Jerusalem displayed a revelation that would startle many readers of the Old Testament: the sacred text that people revered in the past was not the same one we study today.

An ancient version of one book has an extra phrase. Another appears to have been revised to retroactively insert a prophecy after the events happened.

Scholars in this out-of-the-way corner of the Hebrew University campus have been quietly at work for 53 years on one of the most ambitious projects attempted in biblical studies — publishing the authoritative edition of the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew Bible, and tracking every single evolution of the text over centuries and millennia.

And it has evolved, despite deeply held beliefs to the contrary.

My guess is that many believers will be threatened by the work of these bibilical poetic license detectives, which is a pity, as I think if individuals feel threatened by discoveries of the Bible’s origins and errors, their faith is tenuous at best.

In Jerusalem, scholars trace Bible’s evolution

Posted by John Venlet on 08/12 at 08:58 AM
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Nude Acquisition

Saw the below piece yesterday, at an estate sale, priced at $150.00, but didn’t bite though it appealed to my eye.  Went back this a.m. because everything would be 1/2 off, and the piece was still there.  Offered $50.00, but had to pay the counter of $60.00.

The artist is William Tacke, who is currently residing in MN.  I spoke with him by phone yesterday afternoon, to determine if the piece was indeed his work, which he confirmed.  He informed me that he retired from producing art about 10 years ago, had last exhibited in 2002, and had pulled all his works from the various galleries were he had been exhibited over the years.  Though most of his work was done in paint, this is a chalk piece, pastel soft.  Had a nice conservation with the gentleman.


Posted by John Venlet on 08/12 at 08:29 AM
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