MOVIE IDEA, gleaned from a book on the history of Mexican Art

21 08 2010

I can’t find and example of the illustration, but will.

Here’s how the text reads:

“In the sixteenth century, Mexican friars crossed the Pacific Ocean and tried to bring Christianity to Japan … Japanese warlords crucified the friars.”

The illustrations in he book show a rowboat of friars crossing the pacific, praying.  The next illustration shows a row of the same friars hanging from crosses, with the Japanese warlords stabbing spears into their ribs.

What an amazing, hidden, exploitable piece of multicultural history.  Can you imagine the cultural freak out between 1500’s Mexico and Japan?

(Yes, eventually I WILL deal with the Conquistadors, mofo.)

Comments?

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This is for me, Grammar Nazi!

19 08 2010

Concerning comma’s:

When a sentence begins with an adverbial clause, put a comma after it.

  • Although we had reviewed the film twice before, we never noticed these details about the shooting.
  • As the day drew to a smoky end, the firefighters put out the last of the embers.

It is permissible, even commonplace, to omit a comma after most brief introductory elements — a prepositional phrase, an adverb, or a noun phrase:

  • Yesterday afternoon we sat around waiting for Bill to arrive.
  • By evening we had become impatient.
  • Jauntily he walked into the hall.

When a prepositional phrase expands to more than three words, say, or becomes connected to yet another prepositional phrase, the use of a comma will depend on the writer’s sense of the rhythm and flow of the sentence.

  • After his nap Figueroa felt better.
  • After his long nap in the backyard hammock, Figueroa felt better.

When an introductory adverbial element seems to modify the entire sentence and not just the verb or some single element in the rest of the sentence, put a comma after it.

  • Fortunately, no one in the bridal party was in that car.
  • Sadly, the old church was completely destroyed.
  • On the other hand, someone obviously was badly injured.

Don’t allow a brief introductory element to merge with something following it in a way that can confuse your reader. Try reading the following sentences without their commas:

  • Until the spring course lists will not be published.
       Until the spring, course lists will not be published.
  • Inside the gym was brightly lighted and clean.
       Inside, the gym was brightly lighted and clean.

When a sentence begins with an Absolute Phrase or an adverbial Infinitive Phrase, put a comma after it. (If the infinitive phrase is acting as a noun and is the subject of the sentence, be careful not to put a comma between the subject and its verb: “To believe in one’s self is a good thing.”)

  • Their headpieces flapping wildly about their ears, the priestesses began their eerie chant.
  • To escape with our lives, we would have to run for the exits.




Speaking of Documentaries: Update to “Capturing the Friedmans”

18 08 2010

 

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — A prosecutor said Tuesday she will select a group of law-enforcement, legal and social science experts to help her investigators review a notorious child molestation case from the 1980s, although a defense attorney says he prefers the involvement of an independent prosecutor.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s announcement comes a day after a federal appeals court criticized police, prosecutors and the judge who handled the case against Arnold and Jesse Friedman.

A teenage Friedman and his father pleaded guilty in 1988 to molesting 13 children during computer classes in the basement of their home in Great Neck, on Long Island. Jesse Friedman has long contended he was coerced into making the guilty plea and the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday there is good cause to believe that might be true.

“The record here suggests ‘a reasonable likelihood’ that Jesse Friedman was wrongfully convicted,” the judges said in a ruling rejecting Friedman’s appeal on technical grounds. The judges noted that “the police, prosecutors and the judge did everything they could to coerce a guilty plea and avoid a trial.”

Jesse Friedman, now 40, was paroled in 2001; his father committed suicide in prison in 1995. The pair were charged with several hundred counts of sex abuse. Their story was the subject of the 2003 Oscar-nominated documentary “Capturing the Friedmans.”

The documentary, which featured archive video footage of the Friedmans, revealed evidence prosecutors had withheld – that at least one of the children who accused Friedman did so under hypnosis arranged by police.

Rice, who was elected in 2005 and had no role in the initial prosecution, said in a statement that she has ordered that all the records and files from this conviction be delivered to investigators immediately.

“I expect to waste no time in starting this necessary process,” said Rice, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for state attorney general. She said because she wants “to ensure the transparency and impartiality of the investigative process, I have chosen to impanel a team of recognized law-enforcement, legal and social science experts to work alongside my prosecutors throughout this investigation.”





Mental Break

18 08 2010





Sermon Samples:

16 08 2010

Robert Tilton

Kenneth Haggin and Kenneth Copeland: (I cannot believe this is real…):





Church sign slideshow

16 08 2010

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Qu’ran Vs. Bible

16 08 2010

 

Which is more violent, the Bible or the Quran?

Which is more violent, the Bible or the Quran? Is there a way to objectively answer such a question?

Well, it wouldn’t be easy. But it is possible to compare the amount of cruelty and violence in the two books. Here is a summary of the highlighted verses in the SAB and SAQ.

  Number of Cruel or Violent Passages
Bible 842
Quran 333

So the Bible has more than twice as many cruel or violent passages as does the Quran. But the Bible is a much bigger book. How do they compare when size is taken into account?

  Violence and Cruelty Total verses Percent
Bible 842 31102 2.71
Quran 333 6236 5.34

When expressed as a percentage of cruel or violent verses (at least as marked in the SAB/Q), the Quran has about twice that of the Bible. (5.34 vs. 2.71%)*

Of course this analysis does not consider the extent of the cruelty in the marked passages. And that is an important consideration. Is Numbers 31:14-18, for example, more cruel than Quran 5:34? That is something that each person must decide.

A good argument could be made that either book is the most violent and cruel book ever written. The award would go to one or the other, for neither has any close competitors. It is frightening to think that more than half of the world’s population believes in one or the other.


*The actual percentages are probably somewhat higher, since not all cruel or violent passages are marked in the SAB/Q and many of the marked passages contain more than a single verse. 

Which is more violent, the Bible or the Quran?

Which is more violent, the Bible or the Quran? Is there a way to objectively answer such a question?

Well, it wouldn’t be easy. But it is possible to compare the amount of cruelty and violence in the two books. Here is a summary of the highlighted verses in the SAB and SAQ.

  Number of Cruel or Violent Passages
Bible 842
Quran 333

So the Bible has more than twice as many cruel or violent passages as does the Quran. But the Bible is a much bigger book. How do they compare when size is taken into account?

  Violence and Cruelty Total verses Percent
Bible 842 31102 2.71
Quran 333 6236 5.34

When expressed as a percentage of cruel or violent verses (at least as marked in the SAB/Q), the Quran has about twice that of the Bible. (5.34 vs. 2.71%)*

Of course this analysis does not consider the extent of the cruelty in the marked passages. And that is an important consideration. Is Numbers 31:14-18, for example, more cruel than Quran 5:34? That is something that each person must decide.

A good argument could be made that either book is the most violent and cruel book ever written. The award would go to one or the other, for neither has any close competitors. It is frightening to think that more than half of the world’s population believes in one or the other.


*The actual percentages are probably somewhat higher, since not all cruel or violent passages are marked in the SAB/Q and many of the marked passages contain more than a single verse.