Poole: Care to revise your statement, sir?

Guard: What?

Marshal Samuel Gerard: Do you want to change you bullshit story, sir?

The Fugitive 1993

You know when you live long enough you see just about everything.

For example I’m old enough to remember the days when people objected to Israel Blaming Hamas for the kidnapping and murder of those Israeli teens that was the prelude to the latest round of fighting in the Israel & Gaza.

Khaled Meshal, head of the Hamas political bureau, told Sky News in Arabic on Wednesday that his organization is not behind the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens in the West Bank. According to the report, Khaled asked Turkey to intervene in the crisis with Israel and to convey a message that Hamas is interested in calming things down and avoiding further military conflict with Israel.


According to these sources, Hamas requested that Turkey convey messages to Israel to the effect that the organization has no connection to the kidnapping. Qatar also conveyed similar messages to Israel and the Palestinian Authority leadership.

And you could find attacks on Israel for blaming Hamas all over the net

If this ends with the missing teens being rescued, how will Netanyahu try to convince the world that Hamas was truly behind the kidnapping? If Netanyahu cannot prove his case against Hamas with solid and indisputable proof that the Palestinian organization was really behind the kidnapping this could very well be the last such hoax that Netanyahu pulls.

In tweets

In US Magazines:

It Turns Out Hamas May Not Have Kidnapped and Killed the 3 Israeli Teens After All

And with smug words

As in the case of Weapons of Mass Destruction, many observers and journalists never bought the Israeli story.

And “Smoking gun proof:”

Today, the whole world is recognizing and applauding Palestine’s new coalition government featuring the newly-reconciled PLA and Hamas. Israel is going crazy, screaming about the “evil Hamas terrorists.” Suddenly three Israeli teens are allegedly kidnapped. Israel blames Hamas, and initiates a brutal crackdown in the West Bank.

But Hamas had nothing to gain, and everything to lose, from pulling off this kind of kidnapping. The only beneficiary is Israel, which wants to delegitimize the Palestinian coalition government. The situation fairly screams “false flag!

Prompting smug remarks in comments

I am deeply ashamed over the falsehood of fanatic Jews in Israel.

Ah those halcyon days of my youth, I remember them well.

Alas how things change with the passage of time

A top Hamas official said members of his militant group kidnapped three Israeli teenagers whose deaths in June provoked a spiral of violence that led to the war in Gaza, the first acknowledgement of the movement’s involvement.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, has up to now refused to confirm or deny Israeli accusations that it masterminded the abduction and killing of the three young men, one of them a joint U.S.-Israeli citizen, in Hebron

but but False flag!

“There was much speculation about this operation, some said it was a conspiracy,” al-Arouri told delegates at the meeting of the International Union of Islamic Scholars on Wednesday, a recording of which was posted online by organisers.

“The popular will was exercised throughout our occupied land, and culminated in the heroic operation by the Qassam Brigades in imprisoning the three settlers in Hebron,” he said, referring to Hamas’s armed wing.

Amazing what you find out as time marches on. Why I remember those early denials of Hamas’s responsibility like they were only last month…

…come to think of it they were last month weren’t they?


Well maybe the various Jew haters out there will have better luck with this story from the US:

Temple University is investigating after a student reportedly attacked and made anti-Semitic remarks to another student at an event welcoming students to campus.

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is going long on denials

There was an incident today @ Templefest involving someone who is NOT a member of our organization, but accusations by right wing media are patently false. No Anti Semitic sentiments or slurs. We’re writing a statement w/ eyewitness testimony at the moment.

Temple has put out their own statement on their website:

Temple University is investigating a report of an attack against a student late Wednesday afternoon on main campus. The attack is alleged to have included physical violence and anti-Semitic statements and religious slurs. As part of its investigation, Temple asks that anyone with information about the incident contact Campus Safety Services immediately at 215-204-1234.

Temple University unequivocally condemns the disparagement or assault of any person based on religion or nationality. The university will not tolerate violence of any kind directed against members of the Temple community.

In addition, university officials Wednesday night reached out to leaders of the Temple Jewish and pro-Palestinian communities to discuss the incident and a best path for moving forward.

I wonder if those denials will hold up as long over the course of time as Hamas’ did?

By A.P. Dillon

Millions of kids head back to school soon. Many have already begun the new school year. In many state, that means heading back to more Common Core. That is the case in North Carolina for the time being until the state’s standards replacement commission can get to work.

North Carolina will continue using Common Core for the 2014-2015 school year, but it may come too late as many parents in the state have been pulling their kids from public school. Opting for homeschooling over public schooling has surged over the last two years in North Carolina and Common Core, implemented two years ago, has been listed as a factor in those decisions.

“Surge” might be an understatement – the boom of homeschooling in North Carolina has really been “jaw-dropping“.  Terry Stoops of John Locke notes:

1. Overall, 92 of North Carolina’s 100 counties had triple digit percentage growth in enrollment over the last five years.  Wowza!

Wowza, indeed.
Homeschooling has jumped 11.6% from last year, passing the number of kids enrolled in private schools for the first time. What does that look like in actual numbers of students? Let’s start with the year of Common Core’s adoption in 2010:

  • 2010-2011: 83,609
  • 2011-2012: 79,693 *
  • 2013-2013: 87,978
  • 2013-2014: 98,172

* Represents the year Common Core was implemented in North Carolina Schools.

Between the time the Core was implemented and the present, over 18,000 kids have moved to homeschooling. That’s pretty damning. For more historical numbers of homeschooling in NC are available at the Department of Non-Public Schools site.

Public and Teacher Support Drops
Public outcry over the experimental Common Core has steadily increased and the once favorable opinion of the standards has dropped dramatically in the last year.

The consortiums and myriad number of pro-Core groups pushing the standards have met with a firestorm from opponents. Most recently and most notably, proponents have been slammed over the standards on Twitter with the hijacking of the hashtag “SupportTheCore”.

Opting Out Movement Gains Momentum

I’ve been noting the increased push back to the testing. The testing outrage goes hand-in-hand with the Common Core as testing consortiums like PARCC and SBAC are seeing states drop them like hot potatoes. Meanwhile, testing and textbook behemoth, Pearson, is under fire in New Mexico and New York.  Also in New York, department of education officials appear to be using Common Core math to tally the number of students who refused the tests this past Spring.

If my inbox is any indication, the Opt Out movement will be thriving in North Carolina this year. Parents in North Carolina and everywhere should arm themselves and do what they feel is best for their child. This includes parents of  Kindergarteners. Find out more at United Opt Out.

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Yes I’m completely geeked out over it:

Here is the official series trailer

And via life Dr. Who and Combom there is this interview with the new Doctor Peter Capaldi

What sort of response have you had from Doctor Who fans so far?

My relationship with fans, either when I’ve met them or when they’ve written to me, has all been wonderful and kind and positive. It’s a delightful thing when people are pleased to meet Doctor Who, because Doctor Who is far more interesting than I am. So I get his smiles. The welcome look on people’s faces is because they’re meeting Doctor Who, not me. The fans have been wonderful, those that I’ve met. I’m not a creature of the internet, so I’m not out there finding out what people are saying, but I hope we will meet a lot more people, especially with the world tour. But genuinely the fans I have met have been very positive and a great support to me. That’s lovely. I know what Doctor Who fans are like, because I am a Doctor Who fan myself. They’re good people.

That’s an important bit of self awareness, part of it comes from age and experience but having been a big fan of the show makes a difference too.

There is also an interview with Jenna Coleman (who has dropped the Louise) concerning an interesting dynamic in the season:

What can you tell us about Clara’s relationship with Danny?

She meets a man called Danny Pink, a teacher, who’s charming and lovely. He’s that perfect boyfriend and is very supportive, but he doesn’t know anything about this double life she lives. She tries to hide it from him while at the same time falling in love. She becomes very torn between the two. It’s almost as if she’s having an affair, without having an affair, but the lying becomes more and more. Basically she’s trying to manage the two, and have these two men in her life. It becomes quite a hurtful thing and quite a hard thing for her because she’s totally torn between them, and trying to have both at once without being able to do it successfully.

As we know Ms. Coleman will be leaving after this season, the only question is does she leave by choosing Danny, does she die, or does she get left behind or something else?

If you are by some miracle unfamiliar with the show I still think the best single Doctor Who story in history is, in fact a fan generated comic strip written over the course of three years which begins here.

And here.

If you want to find out more about Capaldi the actor I’d suggest this interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.

and if you want to go into a deeper geek mode than I do this article is a good choice.

If your favorite part of the 50th anniversary special was John Hurt’s performance as the War Doctor and you’ve been pining for more stories about his incarnation you’ll love the new Hardcover Engines of War, the first new story from the War Doctor years.

No word if we will see any Doctor Who audios adventures with the venerable actor reprising the role, I certainly would vote “yes” to the idea. I don’t know if Big Finish’s licence would allow them to do it but there is certainly no reason why, if he is willing, the BBC couldn’t give it a go.

By the way if you want to understand how big Doctor Who is consider if you google “john hurt” after 2 Wikipedia entries (one for a blues singer of the same name) & the IMDB listing of a career that extends beyond my lifetime with roles from I Claudius, The Elephant Man, Alien and mor. The next four results are all Doctor Who related.

Finally speaking of audio adventures if you’d rather stick with tried and true doctors from the past Anne’s Book stop of Worcester is still carrying the full line of Big Finish Doctor Who audios in including the latest 4th Doctor audio starring Tom Baker Zygon hunt and the 7th Doctor adventure starring Sylvester McCoy Revenge of the Swarm

We Talked about the Black Mass coming to Oklahoma City back in July. The local Archbishop has to counter this event on two fronts, first spiritually:

I am especially concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly. Since it seems this event will not be cancelled, I am calling on all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to counteract this challenge to faith and decency through prayer and penance.

Specifically, I am asking that the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel be included at the conclusion of every Mass, beginning on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6) and continuing through the Feast of the Archangels (September 29). I invite all Catholics to pray daily for divine protection through the intercession of this heavenly patron who once defeated Lucifer in his rebellion against the Almighty and who stands ready to assist us in this hour of need.

Secondly, I am asking that each parish conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Benediction to honor Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist, between the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15) and September 21, to avert this proposed sacrilege.

Finally, I invite all Catholics, Christians and people of good will to join me in prayer for a Holy Hour, outdoor Eucharistic Procession and Benediction at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Oklahoma City at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, the day of the proposed sacrilege. We will pray to avert this sacrilege and publicly manifest our faith in the Lord and our loving gratitude for the gift of the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of our lives.

All of these are excellent suggestions for any parish anywhere to follow. He however has also decided to use a secular tactic as well:

Archbishop Paul Coakley filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court. Coakley alleges that the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu and leader Adam Daniels unlawfully obtained the consecrated host to be used in the mass. A consecrated host is a wafer of bread that Catholics believe is the body and blood of Jesus.

According to the lawsuit, only ordained Catholic ministers or extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion can handle the consecrated host.

The press release of the Diocese is here

When I heard “lawsuit” I assumed it would be on the basis of “offense” but on 1st amendment grounds that would not likely hold water as people do not have a constitutional right to avoid offense, but Public Catholic has a list of the applicable laws concerning stolen goods.

There are also Blasphemy laws in the state but I doubt they would (or should) stand up under a federal challenge.

It’s a creative approach whose prospect of success depends frankly on how the host was obtained.

It’s very possible that an unfaithful Priest or Eucharistic Minister provided the host (anyone who thinks the evil one doesn’t have agents in the church is a fool) and that might be an excellent counter but such a person would not be anxious to be exposed.  There is also of course the possibility that a person receiving via the hand rather than the tongue palmed one (Fyi:  this is one of the reasons why I think receiving by the hand is a bad idea) and provided it, that would likely make such a suit moot.

But it’s also very possible that the city fearful of a lawsuit might be looking for an excuse to cancel and this suit might be just the ticket for them.

While those who disbelieve may not acknowledge it, this is not only pure evil but extremely dangerous and prayer and action are just the thing to counter it.

I’d encourage all Catholics and any of our Protestant friends willing to either follow the Archbishop’s advice or follow whatever prayer tradition they have and make the fight boldly.

Update: Fr Z on the argument:

The legal approach, the argument that the Church is the owner of the Eucharist, which is property, is interesting. You might recall that a while back I commented favorably about something written by Fishwrap’s Phyllis Zagano (HERE), who had said that what these loons were planning was “vandalism of religious property“. At the time I expressed reservation about that approach. This lawsuit in OK turns on it.

He links to the National Catholic Register story which goes into some of the details of the argument.

Michael Caspino, one of two attorneys who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the archdiocese in Oklahoma District Court said the legal argument for the case is simple: “A consecrated Eucharist belongs to the Church.”
Caspino, the CEO and partner at the Busch & Caspino law firm in Irvine, Calif., told the Register that the Church has exercised “dominion and control” over the Eucharist for more than 2,000 years. The lawsuit provides information on Church processes set up to safeguard the consecrated host.
“The Satanists procured the consecrated host by illicit means, theft or fraud,” Caspino said. “We are simply asking the court to return the stolen property to its rightful owner, the Roman Catholic Church.”

Interesting argument.


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