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Filibuster Blocked

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The Senate voted this afternoon pretty overwhelmingly against continuing debate on the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. The way a filibuster works, yes votes are votes to end debate, and no votes are notes not to put an end to the debate. All Republicans voted yes except Chuck Hagel (NE) and John Ensign (NV). Ensign was in a car accident today and couldn't make the vote. He expects to vote yes on the nomination tomorrow morning.

The Democrats who chose to have the vote as scheduled tomorrow are Daniel Akaka (HI), Max Baucus (MT), Jeff Bingaman (NM), Robert Byrd (WV), Maria Cantwell (WA), Tom Carper (DE), Byron Dorgan (ND), Daniel Inouye (HI), Tim Johnson (SD), Mary Landrieu (LA), Joe Lieberman (CT), Blanche Lincoln (AR), Herb Kohl (WI), Bill Nelson (FL), Ben Nelson (NE), Mark Pryor (AR), Jay Rockefeller (WV), Ken Salazar (CO)

Those supporting the filibuster are:

Evan Bayh (IN), Joe Biden (DE), Barbara Boxer (CA), Hillary Clinton (NY), Mark Dayton (MN), Chris Dodd (CT), Dick Durbin (IL), Russ Feingold (WI), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Jim Jeffords (VT), Ted Kennedy (MA), John Kerry (MA), Frank Lautenberg (NJ), Patrick Leahy (VT), Carl Levin (MI), Robert Menendez (NJ), Barbara Mikulski (MD), Patty Murray (WA), Barack Obama (IL), Jack Reed (RI), Harry Reid (NV), Paul Sarbanes (MD), Chuck Schumer (NY), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Ron Wyden (OR) [All Dems except Jeffords, who is technically independent]

Besides Republican Senators Hagel and Ensign, Tom Harkin (D-IA) also did not vote. So the tally is 72-25-3

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The 107th Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at Attention Span. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

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The 106th Christian Carnival is at Technogypsy.

Sick and Searches

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I've been completed wiped out since late Monday night due to the nastiest cold I've ever had. I could barely move by Tuesday morning and slept most of the morning and part of the afternoon, and not a day has gone by without a nap since then. I never get to take naps even when I'm extremely tired (one key reason I got sick to begin with), so this is unusual. I also never miss class when I'm sick. I did so for what I believe is the first time ever on Tuesday, but I did manage to show up for two classes since then. I was barely there for one and had the students discuss in groups and share their findings with the class, and the second one was more like a normal lecture because my voice was improving by this morning (not that it stayed that way by the end of the class). I couldn't really avoid that, though, because this is the class that had already missed one session, and the reading was online, so they couldn't very well look at it and find things on their own without me. But the result is that this morning I was back at Monday's barely-ok-to-teach level, and now I'm back at Tuesday morning's barely-able-to-move level. So I'm hoping I can do tomorrow morning's class, though group work there again would be barely satisfactory if it comes to it. It just means I won't be able to do the more serious filling in of details I wanted to do after saying next to nothing last time, and what I said they probably didn't hear much of. Poor Sam's been sicker than the kids but nothing like what I've got, so she's had to handle them pretty much non-stop, since I've been in bed much of the time I've been home. The kids seemed to have gotten by with just some sniffles and coughs until Ethan threw up just now. At least now I know why he came home from school, crawled into bed on top of my back (which was facing up at the time), and proceeded to fall asleep. I really hope that's not some new bug that I could get on top of this, because I'll be in real trouble if I can't keep my medicine down.

Given all this, I've been barely able to stay on top of preparing what I need for class, and blogging much just hasn't been an option. My lucid moments when I can do more than just read others' stuff have been reserved for class prep and responding to comments. So that's why I haven't been writing all that much. My responses to Bruce came in one of my few lucid moments, and that was really a response to a comment. Very little else I've posted, even in comments, has really been much of a serious effort. But I can at least share some recent searches that came this way.

development of personhood by Lot The
Lot, as in the Lot of Genesis, Abraham's relative? Or does this have to do with drawing lots? Either way, I'm having trouble seeing the connection with personhood.

esv apocrypha
I don't think that's something you should put too much hope in ever seeing. I wouldn't rule it out absolutely, but it's extremely unlikely.

abortion causes autism
Well, if autism is defined as difficulty in developing socially and communicatively, then yes. Someone who is aborted definitely has trouble developing in those ways. If you are wondering whether autism in future children is increased among later children of women who have had abortions, I have no idea. It wouldn't surprise me, because it seems just about everything else that's really bad is significantly increased by such a violent, invasive procedure, but I don't have any specific information on this.

do italians and sicilians have black ancestors
I should think so, at least if they're not completely unrelated to every other human being in the history of the world. There's no information I know of that suggests a much more recent connection to African ancestry, but maybe I'm just unaware of it.

Forced Preview

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Looks like our spam prevention plugins are acting a bit wonky and forcing people to submit their comments twice (and giving a cryptic error message inbetween submits to boot). I don't know how to fix the plug-in; I'll leave that to Matthew. But since the plug-in was essentially forcing commenters to preview their comments, I decided to remove the confusion by removing the "Post" button the first time around.

Same rigamarole, hopefully less confusion.

And hopefully Matthew can fix our plug-in in the near future.

This is a list of the current and forthcoming commentaries in the New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC) series. For more series, see my post on commentary series. This is one of the best series on the New Testament. It's finally starting to come along after a slow start in the 80s. We still have Matthew, John, Acts, Romans, Ephesians, I Peter, II Peter and Jude, and I-III John to go, but I'd be very surprised if more than a few of those were left to go five years from now. It's at the author's discretion whether they translate the Greek, which is always handled in Greek font in this series. Some volumes are thus hard to read unless your Greek is very good. I have a hard time myself with Ellingworth on Hebrews, for instance, and I have three semesters of classical Greek behind me. It just helps so much when the Greek is translated in addition to appearing in Greek font, as Bruce's Galatians volume in this series does it. So it's hit or miss with that issue.

The academic respectability of this series is way at the top. Some of the volumes are by far the most significant academic work on their book, most notably Thiselton on I Corinthians and O'Brien on Philippians and arguably Harris on II Corinthians, all of which may be among the very best of any commentaries on any book. Others volumes are still very good. There isn't a bad volume in the series so far. Some focus less on explaining the text as they do on technical exegesis and background, but those ones are still excellent at what they do. The perspective tends to be moderate to conservative, with a fairly high percentage of thoroughgoing evangelicals contributing to the series. I consider James Dunn (who did Colossians and Philemon in this series) to be fairly left-wing on some issues with the New Perspective on Paul, but that's only one element of his work, but still it shows that it's not all conservatives writing in the series.

Overall I still think it's one of the best series out there, and I expect to get many of the forthcoming volumes.

The 106th Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at Technogypsy. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

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The 105th Christian Carnival is at Dunmoose the Ageless.

Update: I haven't been linking to individual posts in Christian Carnivals lately, but Jordan's View's Is God in the Retribution Business is such an excellent response to the Pat Robertson's comments about God's wrath on Ariel Sharon that I had to link to it. The one element he doesn't talk about is the suspect interpretation of the very passage Robertson was relying on, but I don't think that's the most important thing to say, and he does link to other places that deal with that. I don't think I fully agree with everything there either (it's pretty much the standard covenant theology denial of any future for Israel), but I'd consider it closer to the scriptures than Robertson's view (dispensationalism's insistence that the church is a mere footnote in a plan that really is all about physical Israel in its Davidic/Solomonic location).

I've finished with the redesign. Hope y'all like it. The dropdowns all work perfectly in every browser I've tested it in. IE users get a solid color background instead of a translucent background in their dropdowns, but that is the only "problem".

I haven't updated the search page yet, but I need higher access privs before I can do that, and that is pretty low priority anyways.

The sidebar is styled, and somewhat organized. Jeremy will have to decide what other changes need to be made to the sidebar.

So, that's it. If there are any other issues, let me know in the comments.

Searches

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I haven't been posting searches for a while, so my list is accumulating. Here are a few on the list:

judith jarvis thomson his view on animal rights
So when was the last time you knew a male named Judith? Or is this a gender-neutral 'his'?

entomology of consonant
Hmm. Does this have something to do with very small insects that come out of people's mouths while they make certain sounds, or are you looking for information about bug language?

integration of autistic children in Presbyterian churches
You know, it's possible to be just a little too specific to find much helpful information.

And here's one I got from Matthew that came through for Prosblogion a couple weeks ago. This isn't one of mine, but it was on a blog I participate in, so I guess it's ok to reproduce it here:

orthodox unitarian theology

He didn't tell me which search engine, so I haven't linked it as I usually do. I don't know which meaning he had in mind as funny, but I can think of two. [Update: See Matthew's comment for what he found funny, and I've now linked it.] First, consider unitarianism as the classic doctrine that denies the Trinity, and then think of what orthodox unitarian theology could possibly be. Second, consider contemporary Unitarian Universalist theology, which can be summarized by one statement: we should eschew any notion of treating some system of beliefs as correct and another as not. Then figure out what orthodox unitarian theology is. This second one isn't straightforwardly contradictory once you distinguish between different levels the claims are being made on, but it does involve a serious irony and might be very difficult to maintain consistently.

Redesign update

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Well, I've pretty much finished the redesign. The sidebar is better, as are the comment forms. Plus I've redone the Comment Preview page. The remaining issues that I know of are:

1) The search page still has the old template. Anyone out there familiar with MT who can tell me where I need to go to change that template?

2) The cool hover effects in IE seem to have broken sometime during my fiddling. I'm pretty sure it was working earlier today and yesterday, but they aren't working now. But I'm too tired to do any more troubleshooting, so it will have to wait a few days until I have some time. Sorry.

If you run across any more issues, let me know in the comments.

404 errors?

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I seem to be having trouble getting to this site using IE6; I get a 404 site not found error. However, I can get to it using every other browser, including IE5 and IE5.5.

Is anyone else having this problem? Of course, if you are having this problem, then you won't be able to read this, but maybe the Firefox users and those reading this via RSS can swing by the site using IE6 and tell me if they are getting 404s, that'd be great.

[UPDATE] OK. I sorted out the problem. Sorry about that. Everything should be fine now.

OK for now

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It looks like the redesign implimentation mostly went OK. I still have some work to do on the sidebar and on the form you use to leave comments, but that can wait until I get some sleep. If you have any issues, criticism, or praise for this new design, let me know in the comments or email me using the link at the top of the page.

Note: I have temporarily taken out all of the Amazon links in the sidebar because they were giving me some trouble. I'll put them back when I work on the sidebar.

Testing

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Just testing to see if this is working correctly...This is only a test. Don't Panic!

Redesign in Progress

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Just a warning, I'll be implimenting the new design on the blog tonight, so apologies in advance for things looking wonky during the transition. Hopefully everything will be ironed out quickly.

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The 105th Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at Dunmoose the Ageless. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

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Site Redesign

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Wink has just about finished his redesign of this site and is going to begin implementing it soon. I don't expect it to affect functionality, just the look, but if anyone has any problems please let me know. This isn't going to be an instantaneous change, but the new look itself will be first. Smaller changes will come later.

Christian Carnival CIV

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The 104th Christian Carnival is up at Random Edition.

The 104th Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at Random Responses. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

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Searches: Sex Theme

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ARMINIAN SEX
So how is that different from Calvinist sex?

which degree is consented sex
I suppose it would be either zero or infinite, depending on how you conceive of it. Consensual sex isn't any degree rape, but the degrees usually get worse as they get lower, so that's probably not the best way to think of it.

biblical sex for widowers
Paul specifically teaches that remarriage is a good thing, especially encouraged for younger widows. He encourages older widows to try to devote their time to ministry in a way that only their new singleness would allow, but he doesn't make either a rule. Much of what he says would rightly be applied to widowers, but he deals with that specific question a lot less explicitly.

How interracial marriages effect other people
As far as I know, there's only one way to effect other people (at least legally in this country, since cloning is illegal). That's through sexual reproduction. I'm not sure why that should be any different for interracial marriages than for any other.

Christian Carnival CIII

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The 103rd Christian Carnival is at Miserere Mei.

are beyonce's parents white?
Both of them? Are you suggesting that she's adopted? Even the most radical social constructionist about race is going to admit that biology and genetics have something to do with race.

why Jesus was circumcised
What, were you expecting an angel to tell Joseph or Mary that circumcision wouldn't be the mark of the new covenant that Jesus would later initiate?

chief justice taney blacks aren't people
Whatever objectionable things Taney might have said, that is most certainly not one of them. He refers to black people as "black people". Pay close attention to the second word in that phrase.

The 103rd Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at Miserere Mei. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

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