We went to our town’s Memorial Day parade this morning. Having grown up in a big city, it still astounds me when I go to these parades and notice that some of the people in the parade know the people I’m sitting near. Occasionally, I even know people in the parade. That would almost never happen to me in a big city. Plus, one of the floats was of WWII veterans. I told my mother that if she lived here, she could have been in the parade. (She served in the Navy in WWII.) That would never happen in Minneapolis, where she lives now.
Learning the Language Jesus Spoke
See here. The language is called Aramaic, though a dialect is called Syriac and another is called Assyrian. And see here for an alphabet song. Also, this video is a little documentary on an Aramaic-speaking village in Syria. At 3:56 they interview a Christian shepherd about his language, and at 4:58 they tell about how Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is his favorite movie, except that he declares the Aramaic in it to be broken compared with his and his fellow villagers' own fluent speech.
A New Type of Truther
There are some who still believe that former Representative Anthony Weiner was not guilty. See here:
A group of liberal bloggers believe that Anthony Weiner was blackmailed by Andrew Breitbart into a false confession, and are carrying out a lonely Twitter crusade to spread their theory — in spite of the fact that Weiner himself has never claimed this to be the case.
They claim that he “confessed” in order to make the whole incident go away to spare his family.
At this point, we need to invoke William Clifford’s saying that “it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.” Specifically, if Weiner was being blackmailed, that means he was vulnerable in some way, and if he was vulnerable in some way, then even if the specifics of Weinergate are wrong, he was hiding something big enough to force him to resign. End of story. That’s assuming, of course, that this is an accurate characterization of these people, and about that I can’t claim to know anything. It would make more sense if they were saying that he was somehow framed, but I leave it to others to investigate.