Surprise! DoJ to switch sides on Texas voter-ID lawsuit « Hot Air

The Department of Justice under President Donald Trump will support Texas officials’ claim that the state’s voter identification law did not specifically target minority voters, retreating from the federal government’s previous stance that state lawmakers intentionally discriminated when crafting the law.

Source: Surprise! DoJ to switch sides on Texas voter-ID lawsuit « Hot Air

YAY!!!!

 

Hope springs eternal, maybe we’ll get a good result here. :D

Words, Words, Words: A response to Richard Carrier on Feldman and Eusebius – Roger Pearse

Stylistic analysis, whether manual or automated, can be something of a trap. It’s terribly easy to forget how little we really know about the texts before us, the language which none of us speak as a native and which changes considerably over the thousand years before us, the vagaries of editors, the influence of ammanuenses and copyists, and of the non-literary spoken language, which surrounds the literary text like a warm bath at every instant but is almost invisible to us.

Source: Words, Words, Words: A response to Richard Carrier on Feldman and Eusebius – Roger Pearse

A very, very good point– and it, amusingly enough, reminded me of problem I had with an article earlier today.

The author went from the very good point of how incredibly awesome our agricultural sector is, to…pushing farming as a way to get rich.  Uh, no.  Paper rich farmers in plenty, but the only (modern) rich farmers or ranchers that I know started out that way!  Yeah, you sell the cows and get a HUGE paycheck– the thing is, from that you have to pay for feed, labor…all the production costs.

But this is the same guy who wants to take away water rights and redistribute them in a way that makes sense to him, so it’s more fair and “rational,” without even finding out why the situation is the way it is.

When does a real news story become fake news?

Do you notice anything missing from the tweets? Say, the reason why ICE might have gotten involved? I wondered, too, so I tweeted Keith Eldridge to ask, but got no response. I had to wait, as it says in one of his tweets, for the story at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.

As it turns out, Chavez Corona was arrested because he is a convicted felon who had been previously deported.

Source: When does a real news story become fake news?

New Testament Scholarship Bleg

However, floating in the back of my mind is the idea that, prior to this publication becoming known, some scholars questioned whether Acts was in fact in error at this point, and whether Gallio was ever in Corinth.

I have spent much of the last 24 hours searching older materials online for someone to express this scepticism, but I have drawn a complete blank.  Even F.C. Baur in his Paulus seems to accept that the apostle appeared before Gallio in Corinth.

I am no expert on NT criticism.  If any reader of this blog can identify a reference to some scholar questioning whether Gallio was there, I would be grateful to be told.  The comments are open!

Source: Is scholarly scepticism about Gallio a modern legend? – Roger Pearse

Never know, maybe this will get the question out to someone who can help.

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