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Fawlty Towers  Basil the Rat 1979

The latest in our series of posts on subjects that should surprise nobody who is paying attention:

Today’s piece highlights the blog Israel Matzav and both Jeffrey Goldberg and Hamas & Fatah

At first glance it would seem that Jeffery Goldberg’s piece in the Atlantic this week concerning the attack on Jews at worship in Jerusalem would be our primary argument but a closer examination of it shows that he doesn’t quite get it.

One of the most shocking aspects of the murderous attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning by men with guns and axes is not the attack itself—we’ve seen, from time to time, this sort of sectarian barbarism take place in places like Jerusalem, and Hebron. The most shocking aspect is the wholesale endorsement of this slaughter by Hamas, a group that, during this summer’s war in Gaza, half-succeeded in convincing the world that it wasn’t what it actually is: a group with actual genocidal intentions.
There is an inherent contradiction in that paragraph, in the same sentence that he notes that Hamas is a bunch of murderous bastards, he expresses shock that said murderous bastards expressing the opinion expected of murderous bastards:
This is how a Hamas spokesman reacted to the massacre of Jews at prayer: “The new operation is heroic and a natural reaction to Zionist criminality against our people and our holy places. We have the full right to revenge for the blood of our martyrs in all possible means.”
I suspect  he is speaking in a PR sense.  He’s shocked they’re not playing the game that has fools his readers and friends in the media.  Yet he himself  is falling for that very same game when it comes to the Palestinian Authority:
The Palestinian Authority leader, the more moderate Mahmoud Abbas, has condemned the attack, but it is also fair to say that he helped create the atmosphere in which attacks like this one become more likely.
Goldberg implies that the PA & Abbas are moderates.  They would certainly would NEVER celebrate the massacre of Jews at prayer, and they certainly would never say one thing for western consumption & something different to their own people.
And above all they certainly wouldn’t post an explanation on Facebook to explain their condemnation are just for show , would they?

Following the Palestinian Authority’s condemnation of this morning’s terror attack in which 4 Jews were murdered while praying in a Jerusalem synagogue, Abbas’ Fatah showed on its official Facebook page that Abbas’ condemnation is not sincere.

Fatah explained Abbas’ condemnation of the murders by using Palestinian Media Watch documentation showing Arafat’s bodyguard explaining that Arafat would lie and condemn terror attacks due to international pressure to do so, but that “it wasn’t true.”

via Israel Maztav who notes:
Until Goldberg and his friends in the media are willing to be honest about all the ‘Palestinian’ leadership’s genocidal intentions, those who depend on the media for their news will not understand the true nature of the threat facing us. The Temple Mount is just a sideshow. If it weren’t that, it would be something else.
Goldberg willingness to continue to play this game while Fatah’s military continues to train for war costs lives.

I was in my friend Rick Moran’s November 5th Election Night Extravaganza podcast, and among the many topics we discussed, I mentioned that I relocated from Princeton, NJ to Miami, FL a few months ago. Rick asked me why, and I gave the totally honest, simple answer, “Taxes.”

I went on to explain that at the time I sold it, I was paying $16,000 in annual real estate and school taxes on my house. You also add to that NJ’s income tax, and, in the long term, estate and inheritance taxes, and yes, the answer is, Taxes.

I was scheduled to be in Rick’s podcast for a half hour but stayed on, and, after my reply, Jazz Shaw diverted the conversation to the question, were taxes an issue in the last election? Jazz and the other guest seemed to agree they weren’t.

For people like myself, whose child(ren) are grown and out of the house, who have family in low-tax states, and whose occupations are not tied to a location due to freelancing, travel, or even retirement, taxes are an issue when we decide to vote with our feet. Not the only issue, but a very important issue.

For people whose children are in local public/private schools which they like, with relatives (especially elderly parents) nearby, and in full-time local jobs, local taxes are a penury they continue to endure, since the purpose of the tax-payed bureaucracies is to expand themselves in every way. To them, as it was with me for years, life starts – as the Rabbi in the punchline* said – “when the kids leave the house and the dog dies.”

According to this article, which looked at data from a study by the Tax Foundation (a Washington, DC-based taxpayer advocacy group)

Turns out when it comes to taxes, less is more. Here are some of the conclusions drawn from the study. Keep in mind, the latest data used is from 2010. In the years since, many states have raised or lowered their tax rates, but those changes aren’t reflected here:

  • Collectively, the nine states that have no personal income tax – Alaska, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming – gained $146.2 billion in AGI.
  • And collectively, the areas with the highest personal income tax – California, Hawaii, Oregon, Iowa, New Jersey, Vermont, New York, Maine, and Washington, DC – lost $107.4 billion AGI.
  • Looked at another way, the ten states* with the lowest per capita state and local tax burden netted an increase of $69.9 billion in AGI. The ten states** with the highest state and local tax burden per capita lost a whopping $139 billion in AGI.

But, were taxes really not an issue in the last election?

How about Obamacare? Was Obamare an issue in this election?

What are the headlines saying?

Democrats’ electoral disaster puts Obamacare in serious peril

The Supreme Court said Obamare is a tax, after all.

[* The joke goes,
A Catholic priest, a Protestant minister, and a Rabbi walk into a bar. The bartender asks, “when does life start?”
The priest says, “Life starts at conception.”
The minister says, “Life starts at birth.”
The Rabbi says, “Lie starts when the kids leave the house and the dog dies.”]

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Lt. Barney Greenwald:Ah, you’re learning, Willie! You’re learning that you don’t work with a captain because you like the way he parts his hair. You work with him because he’s got the job or you’re no good!

The Caine Mutiny 1954

The devil can imitate humility but he cannot imitate obedience.”

Diary of St. Faustina

When the Lutheran Church decided to go ahead and approve non celibate Gay clergy a few years ago (or I should say one of the Lutheran churches the ECLA I wrote a post called I’m Sure Martin Luther would be thrilled.  It it I documented the reactions of blog after blog of faithful Lutherans who could not believe their church was legitimizing sin. One of the blogs I liked to was Baalam’s Ass which further linked to this piece at first things who suggested it might be time to cross the Tiber

The original intent of the sixteenth century Reformers wasn’t to start a new church but to be a witness for evangelical reform within the one church. Our Lutheran confessional documents”notably the Augsburg Confession of 1530”forcefully argues that nothing Lutherans taught was contrary to the faith of the church catholic, nor even contrary to that faith held by the Church of Rome. As it has happened, much to our Lutheran chagrin, late twentieth century Rome itself become a better witness to an evangelical gospel than early twenty-first century Lutherans have proved capable of being. And for all the radical Lutheran polemic coming after Augsburg”you know, about the pope being the latest anti-Christ sitting on the throne of the whore of Babylon”truth is, these days, I get far less trouble from the bishop of Rome than I get from my own bishop.

It makes me think of Luther’s initial break.

He was an educated man, a priest, a man who saw things going on in the church he didn’t like and in the end decided the only think he could do was start anew. I think today he would be shocked at the result of his separation would be more than 30,000 different denomination with different sets of beliefs, most of who have discarded the Eucharist, discarded devotion to Mary and gone to the point where you actually have people arguing reducing the definition of sin to popular vote.

And if you lose that vote, no worry, odds are there is a denomination of some type that thinks your way.  The only thing they all seem to agree with is the Catholic Church is wrong.

You see the problem is when you start to toss aside institutions and redefine them, there is no stopping it.  Given the state of protestant churches today I suspect if Luther saw what would come of this, he would have died a faithful, if worried Catholic priest.

And that brings us to the nonsense I’ve been hearing lately concerning Pope Francis.

A day doesn’t pass on twitter when I don’t see a tweet from a Catholic busting on the Pope like this:

This is just one example but I’m seeing the same kind of brickbats being thrown at Pope Francis that I saw tossed at Pope Benedict, only the source of said brickbats comes Catholics from the other side of the political spectrum, people’s whose opinions on most church issues I agree with.

Oddly enough I do a daily Gospel a Chapter a day and when I started this on Sunday I noticed my reading was Matthew 16 the chapter that establishes the papacy.

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi 9 he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, 10 others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.  He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.  And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, 13 and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

You know I seem to recall this scripture being exactly the same when Benedict was Pope, and when John Paul II was too.

Mind you the pope still continues to be, well Catholic:, consider this statement on Euthanasia 

While denouncing euthanasia in general, he also condemned abortion, in vitro fertilization (or “the scientific production of a child”) and embryonic stem cell research (or “using human beings as laboratory experiments to presumably save others.”)

“This is playing with life,” he said. “Beware, because this is a sin against the creator, against God the creator.”

This is perfectly consistent with a pope selected by a college of cardinals populated by members appointed by St. John Paul II & Pope Benedict XVI.

Now this doesn’t mean that those in the left of the church aren’t trying their best to manipulate events 

The German church is a law unto itself: although its services are empty, it is rich, thanks to the country’s church tax, and arrogant. To cut a long story short, this faction — which had ruthlessly undermined Benedict XVI’s authority when he was pope –  tried to hijack the synod.

They messed it up.

Well of course they messed it up.  Do the same people who were so sure the Holy Spirit was protecting and guiding the Church in Benedict’s day think the Paraclete suddenly decided to take a few years off?

Now remember a pope is only infallible when speaking Ex cathedra but that doesn’t make him any less the Pope.   It’s one thing to believe the Pope Francis is being less that clear and ask for clarity, it’s quite another to start thinking the Pope is plotting to undermine the Church, or even an Anti-Pope.

If we think the Pope needs help the proper action is to pray for him, but it’s also the proper act to obey as St. Faustina recorded 

933 Then I heard the following words in my soul: “You will receive a greater reward for your obedience and subjection to your confessor than you will for the practices (fasting and mortification) which you will be carrying out. Know this, My daughter, and act accordingly: anything, no matter how small it be, that has the seal of obedience to My representative is pleasing to Me and great in My eyes.”

The Irony of course is many of the same people who would question this Pope are people who would rightly devour the Diary of St. Faustina without following her example.

This is as always the sin of pride, It’s the same sin of pride that took Luther in the wrong direction.  It’s the same sin that motivates the Catholic dissenters of the left that I’ve written about before with the following warning

There is a word for Catholic Dissenters, they are called Protestants.

Remember Cardinal Burke might disagree, but he hasn’t disobeyed, a lesson the LCWR ought to learn.

Hey I know discerning God will can be very hard, but even if we don’t know what God & the Holy Spirit are doing, let’s trust that they do.

All it takes is a little faith.

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If course if you can do both, I’m  fine with that too.

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