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April 6th, 2009

Apr. 6th, 2009

Captive Dreams
Odds and Ends

The City Control Board is Saved!
"Mesiah Is Appointed to City Control Board"--headline, Buffalo News, April 4

Luca Brasi Sleeps With the Herrings
"Suspected Swedish Mafia Member Back in Custody"--headline, Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.), April 5

News of the Tautological
"Adult ADD Gets Too Little Attention"--headline, Enquirer (Cincinnati), April 5

Where Do You Suppose They Learned Austrian?
"It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate," said Obama, a former senator. "There's a lot of--I don't know what the term is in Austrian--wheeling and dealing, and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics."

Taranto at the Wall Street Journal comments: Obama might not have meant it this way, but his reference to "Austrian" is a timely reminder of the incalculable moral debt Europe owes America. Had we not saved their bacon during World War II, is there any doubt that today the people of Austria would be speaking German?

Apr. 6th, 2009

Captive Dreams
Sometimes You Run Across Things Like This

And most falsely do these Christians claim that the Jews have secretly and furtively carried away these children and killed them, and that the Jews offer sacrifice from the heart and blood of these children, since their law in this matter precisely and expressly forbids Jews to sacrifice, eat, or drink the blood, or to eat the flesh of animals having claws. This has been demonstrated many times at our court by Jews converted to the Christian faith: nevertheless very many Jews are often seized and detained unjustly because of this. We decree, therefore, that Christians need not be obeyed against Jews in a case or situation of this type, and we order that Jews seized under such a silly pretext be freed from imprisonment, and that they shall not be arrested henceforth on such a miserable pretext, unless-which we do not believe-they be caught in the commission of the crime. We decree that no Christian shall stir up anything new against them, but that they should be maintained in that status and position in which they were in the time of our predecessors, from antiquity till now.
--Pope Gregory X (1271-76) - Against the Blood Libel


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