Showing posts from 2012

Biblical hermeneutics

The hermeneutic I like to follow is this: Let Scripture exegete Scripture where possible. Follow the principle of contextual realism. You accept what the text is saying as real (as opposed to allegorical, symbolic, metaphorical) unless the context or genre clearly either indicates you should not. Believe that God's expressed purpose and Will is evident in one consistent and connected thread from OT to NT. Note the particular grammatical-historical-cultural dimension of the text. Take into account Church tradition and preponderence of teaching. Engage in a systematic theology whereby each issue is analyzed across all of Scripture in a rigorous way.


chilly winds envelope me i walk slowly through the park trees paint the sky orange, red, yellow and green stark vivid hues my steps are measured i think of harvest nature's bounty revealed wafting through the air i smell burnt leaves an intoxicating fragrance childhood memories stream past jumping on piles of leaves moist and crunchy  - Zachary Uram (c) 2012

My Belly II

I smack my belly I don't why why I love to smack it I can't tell a lie I smack it all over It resonates with glee Oh what joy I get From smacking my belly I will smack it in the day I will smack it at night I will never stop smacking it What a delight So rotund and peaceful Is my fatty belly It loves to make music So sweetly I'll never stop smacking My belly so fair For all the ages I will smack it with flair Smack one Smack two Smack three And Smack four Smack it all over Smack for ever more - Zachary Uram (c) 2012

Blog publicity and Olympics coverage redux

Thanks to a recent story in The Independent online my blog got a bunch of pageviews. Woot! Check out the stats: By the way, I agree with journalist Guy Adams. NBC's coverage of the Olympics has been amateurish, inept and downright irritating. He didn't deserve to have his Twitter account suspended. Instead of broadcasting events live, which would occur in the afternoon here, they make us wait until 8pm EST to watch tape delayed broadcasts. This is after the results have already been known for hours and disseminated all over various media outlets! Further NBC is making dumb mistakes. Last night they announced the winner of the women's 100m freestyle race before the race was aired thanks to a promo spot for the Today Show. This is embarrassing. And one would get the impression from watching NBC's coverage that the only events which exist are track and field, gymnastics and swimming; and the only countries competing are China, Britain and America!


among the clouds floating on daydreams my senses soar bathed in sunlight the air crackles an ionized breeze below the ocean teeming with life an aquablue paradise a warm glow envelops my body peaceful and soothing afar are mountains spiraling frosty peaks soaring towards Heaven what splendid majesty God's wondrous Creation embrace it now  - Zachary Uram (c) 2012

Shroud of Turin

Disgusted by the secular media and researchers. This find does not cast doubt on the Shroud of Turin! Is it so unfathomable that in a huge metropolis like Jerusalem with different garment makers you could have different weaving techniques and one versus multiple piece burial cloths? HOW ASANINE!!! The Shroud of Turin is amazing and true and is scientific proof of the resurrection of Christ! PRAISE GOD!

Haywire (2011)

This film was in sore need of a strong stylized narrative. I attribute this to the director, Soderbergh, who is known for being heavy handed and muddy in his story telling. The storytelling was laborious and at times disjointed. Just shows you can have 4 well known and very competent actors, Douglas, Banderas, McGregor and Fassbender, who if not given a good script and proper direction will not produce a film worthy of their stature. The focus on Mallory's fighting skills (Carano is an ex MMA fighter) is one of this film's downfalls. Instead of having her take out someone with a sniper rifle and suppressor she *has* to engage in minutes of hand to hand combat and literally beat them into submission or abeyance. I do give Carano credit for taking on such a prominent acting role (she clearly needs to still grow as an actor), but since she didn't have the acting chops equal to her co-stars she should have been molded into a more minimalistic character focused tightly on h

Osteen is a false prophet

I just read in an article that megachurch pastor Joel Osteen is now endorsing Mormonism! Osteen is greatly deceived! He is a wolf in sheep's clothing. His Christianity Lite "everything is positive" gospel is sending millions of deluded followers to Hell! Mormonism is absolutely NOT part of the Christian faith. They deny the deity of Christ and teach that Satan and Jesus were brothers! YOU CANNOT DENY CHRIST'S DEITY AND BE A CHRISTIAN! They do not have the Holy Spirit and are lost in spiritual darkness. REPENT AND TURN TO CHRIST! Osteen sickens me. He needs to actually read the Bible and he'll see that Christ promised us suffering and tribulations not materialistic comfort and worldly success. His father had bad theology too. "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;  and they will turn their ears away from the truth

La mort de la France?

Sarkozy had problems, but of the french leaders in modern times he alone had been brave enough to ban the Muslim veil (hijab) and he sees that radical, fundamentalist Islam (Islamism) is hell bent on dominating France, destroying the Judeo-Christian historic culture and replacing it with a tyrannical Muslim hegemony where an Islamic theocracy rules over all under strict Islamic law (sharia). In such a state all non-Muslims would be relegated to the status of second class citizens (this process is known as dhimmitude). I am in favor of the laïcité (secular government) in France and in America. It is a mechanism to safeguard our liberties , including our religious liberties. The new leader Hollande is a liberal socialist. The liberal socialists have done more harm to modern Western civilization than any other force. They peel away traditional Judeo-Christian morality, set laws to liberalize the land: rampant divorce, disintegration of family life, rampant drug and alcohol use due to

Scientific Stupidity

Stupid virus researchers have released a paper in the journal NATURE, and another paper will soon appear in SCIENCE, showing step by step how to change two genes in the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus so that the resulting mutated strain has a 80% mortality rate among humans! These papers were based on actual research conducted in the Netherlands and the US where researchers mutated the H5N1 virus in their labs into a form communicable by air with direct contact! What fools! This show scientific curiosity needs to be tempered by sound moral principles and have limits on what may be done for the sake of seeing if it can be done. If this pandemic ever got out it could literally devastate all life on earth. It would make the 1918 flu pandemic that killed 50 million people look tame by comparison! Imagine if the mutated virus they created had gotten released outside the lab! Do these sorts of mutations using theoretical computer models you idiots! Nota bene: I am not against dissemination o

Diablo franchise ruined

Diablo 3 is a big disappointment. Blizzard decided to make it too much like World of Warcraft with big 3D characters, they have ornate environments, less features, and sadly less monsters. All they needed to do to make it awesome was to keep it like Diablo 2 except make the 2D graphics better, add more acts, more monsters and the integrated inventory, but no they got greedy and ruined the game. Not everyone has drunk the World of Warcraft Kool-Aid! Diablo 3 runs noticeably slower on my PC, they clearly dumbed the game down by having fewer monsters, fewer skills, and you can't change your skills mid-battle easily. Also you must have an active internet connection to even play in single player mode. How stupid can you get!? In my view the game experience has not been improved. This was all about the money. Blizzard knew that by making the game similar to WoW, and dumbing it down, they would make it more attractive to newbies and to hardcore WoW players who are looking for anothe

Cherry Blossoms

gentle and fragrant they sing perfuming Japan delicate and cheerful they blossom spring returns slowly and inexorably they fall samurai souls honored and revered they float among clouds - by Zachary Uram (c) 2012

God Bless America (2011) film review

In this film we see another false dichotomy: Left = good, intelligent, free thinking, uber cool Right = bad, dumb, closed minded, lame This distillation is the sum total of the script. The writing is amateurish and so ridiculous and downright trite that I found myself laughing aloud at line after line. Being a Leftist film, if this is the best of the so-called New Left there is nothing to fear, it couldn't resist taking a dig at Christianity (which has sadly become a popular trend for the unthinking tired comedians of our time) with the "imaginary friends" line. This film fancies itself some deep indictment of the American psyche while it delivers nothing more than a caricature of an imagined America which is more revealing of the disturbances in the minds of the writers and liberalism in general. It could have been much more, but like much of popular discourse it cannot escape viewing the world in a binary state where either agrees with you and is worthy of blameless

New Gmail interface

At midnight (nearly 2 hours ago) I was FORCED by Google to using the crappy new user interface. I hate it! There is TONS of white space, it's very hard to quickly differentiate between the three leveled view panes, they've removed the labeled buttons and replaced them with ambiguous icons, and it is noticeably SLOWER! Also I see they have removed the option in setting which forced replies to be in plain text so when I reply now and the person I'm replying to used HTML now my reply defaults to HTML! THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE GOOGLE! And to make it worse there is no CLASSIC LOOK option available. Ugh if Yahoo makes it possible to easily import my Gmail I may switch! It's sad Gmail used to be the fastest, most intuitively easy to understand and concise web mailer out there. THANKS FOR RUINING A GREAT PRODUCT GOOGLE YOU MORONIC HIPSTERS who listen to clueless web stylists who put subjective style over objective substance. My new Gmail report card: Usabi

"My Belly"

my belly is swollen and that's no lie i smack my belly i don't know why i smack it in the day i smack it at night my supersized belly is always a delight so give me yummy foods and delicious drinks to consume at my leisure recompensed with great pleasure - Zachary Uram (c) 2012

Dysfunctional Housewives of New Jersey

I think that Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita and Teresa Giudice, from the reality show, "Real Housewives of New Jersey", are some of the most vapid and acrimonious people I've ever witnessed on TV. They have heaped so much vitriol and hatefulness towards Danielle. Caroline clearly has control issues and it's hilarious and sad that she views herself as a paragon of virtue and goes to church (Catholic), yet sees nothing wrong with basically acting in a manner that is the total antithesis of what Jesus preached. Does she really think God is OK with her constantly calling someone "garbage" and obsessively demeaning and gossiping about them? She is also a huge hypocrite. She literally explodes at even the slightest perceived offense, yet treats others in a negative fashion that is magnitudes worse than the perceived wrong against her! Life is a binary game in her view, there must be a righteous winner and an evil loser in her personal moral calculus. Ther

SOPA/PIPA defeated!

SOPA/PIPA has been defeated! But we must not rest on our laurels. The greedy, amoral media companies will not stop until the law itself stops them for good. Sadly there is no short supply of corrupt politicians in Congress who put their own selfish interests ahead of the rights of We the People! If SOPA/PIPA has passed it would have meant the end of the open and free Internet a we know it. The media companies and any copyright holder would not have even needed any proof to shut down a site, to have a person charged and facing 5 years in prison. All they would have to do is file a complaint and claim a rights infringement and your website/blog could be shut down. The dirty little secret is that the media companies themselves are behind many file sharing networks. Further these companies like Sony, Viacom, Time-Warner engage in illegal activity. They use malware, aggressive port scanning, denial of service attacks, viruses and packet inspection to gain access to users computers a

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