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God gets even

Posted by Charles II on June 15, 2010

Via Attaturk, Yahoo News reports on a statue that was variously called “Touchdown Jesus” or, by the less reverent, “Big Butter Jesus”:

MONROE, Ohio – A six-story statue of Jesus Christ was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, leaving only a blackened steel skeleton and pieces of foam that were scooped up by curious onlookers Tuesday.

The “King of Kings” statue, one of southwest Ohio’s most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.

The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m. Monday, Monroe police dispatchers said.

You can see visuals of TJ/BBJ in his better days here

Now, aside from considerations of idolatry, I find most depictions of Jesus annoying in their inaccuracy. Blond and blue-eyed is not exactly what one would expect of a Galilean Jew of that period. But a 62 foot tall, legless, yellow, styrofoam/fiberglass idol was apparently too much even for ever-patient God to endure.

Mel Gibson, stay away from high places.

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Tell Us Something We Don’t Know

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 15, 2010

Just as the calls for getting the US out of Afghanistan grow ever louder, some rather credulous person at the NYT dutifully posts up something apparently designed to make us want to stay put so that the heathen Chinese don’t take it from us.

However, as David Dayen points out, this is not exactly news:

The World Bank wrote about Afghanistan’s mineral development in 2004. China has already begun to mine in Afghanistan, with the Kabul government providing them the lease on a copper mine in 2007 (they have to build a power plant and a railroad to get the copper out of the mine and into the supply chain; nobody seems to be talking about the infrastructure challenges). And the Wall Street Journal reported on the Afghan mining industry and how it was inviting more bids for copper, iron ore and other mineral development in August 2009.

About the only difference this time around is that lithium, which is what’s being used to make the batteries that will power our transition to an all-electric future, has been added to the mix.

Being resource-rich hasn’t benefitted the average Afghani one bit. This Pentagon-via-NYT announcement won’t change that.

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