Nothing New Under the Sun


Water Torture – a woodcut in Damhoudere’s (1556)
Praxis Rerum Criminalium. Antwerp, Flanders.

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Honkey Hunters Hate Jews

I love this quote so much I want to marry it and have lots of little baby quotes:

September 24, 2008 6:21 PM

ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports: Florida Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings pointed to Sarah Palin on Wednesday to rally Jews to Obama.

“If Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention,” said Hastings. “Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through.“…

Asked about the Hastings criticism, Palin spokeswoman Maria Comella said, “We’re taking a pass.”

Seeing as this is basically a “how much more” style argument, albeit presented in appalling English for a congressman, what representative Hastings seems to be arguing is that Jews and Blacks are inherently of less value than a moose. “If she’s willing to shoot and skin a moose, how much more would she be willing to…” actually, though having thought it through, I’m not sure what he’s implying here: Hunting and skinning Jews and blacks? Who is this clown?

This clown is, in fact, a former judge who was impeached in the eighties by the House of Representatives in a vote of 413-3 on charges of corruption (soliciting bribes from a defendant to reduce their sentence) and perjury.
Given his criminal past, it should not be surprising that representative Hastings was on Nancy Pelosi’s shortlist to be chairman of the Intelligence Committee (she eventually went with Reyes, thankfully).

In any event, you can read about representative Hastings’ shennanigans in the Washington Post and in National Review. Its a fascinating story, entertaining even if it weren’t so disgusting. And there’s a character named “Waxy Gordon”. Come on, you know you’re curious.

Anymore, Bill Clinton gives me Warm Fuzzies

Forget Obama’s workout schedule, or Palin’s sexy-librarian chic: These things shall pass. What always remains a constant, like the tides or a good friend, is Bill Clinton’s ability to amaze. He really is the only politician who warrants keeping the tape rolling 24/7.

This from Politico:

Bill Clinton: Will respect Jewish holidays, then ‘hustle up … cracker vote’ in Florida
– by Ben Smith

In an interview with CNN’s Larry King airing tonight, Bill Clinton offered a slightly unusual reason for postponing his campaigning for Obama: The Jewish high holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which he’s not known to observe.

“When [the Clinton Global Initiative] is over, and after the Jewish holidays, which follow close on it, I intend to go to Florida, to Ohio, to northeast Pennsylvania, and to Nevada at a minimum,” he said. “I may do events in Arkansas depending on what the Democratic Party does down there. And I’ve agreed to do some fundraising for them in California and New York.”

Are you kind of feeling Jewish that you’re waiting until after the Jewish holidays?” King asked, according to a CNN transcript.

“No. But I think it would be — if we’re trying to win in Florida, it may be that,” Clinton began, before discussing his real Florida target: “You know, they think that because of who I am and where my politic[al] base has traditionally been, they may want me to go sort of hustle up what Lawton Chiles used to call the ‘cracker vote’ there.”

“But Senator Obama also has a big stake in doing well in the Jewish community in Florida, where Hillary did very well and where I did very well. And I just think respecting the holidays is a good thing to do,” he said.

Honestly, whatever they pay Larry King, double it. Money well spent.

The King’s Evil

…because inquiring minds want to know.

“The King’s Evil” is a medieval term referring to any number of skin or lymphatic diseases which were lumped together under the archaic term “scrofula”. Most commonly, it refers to cervical tuberculous lymphadenopathy, or tuberculosis of the neck.

It was thought that the kings of France and England had the ability to cure this particular sort of disease, having inherited it from Edward the Confessor. The Anglican Book of Common Prayer included this office beginning in 1633, though in the 1700’s King George I ended the practice because it had a papist flavor to it.

The form in the previous post is from the prayer book of Queen Anne

More on Scrofula
Essay on the King’s Evil by Robert Willan, M.D., 1746

Touching for the King’s Evil

At the Healing:

Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Gospel (for Ascension-day)S. Mark xvi. 14-20.

Let us pray.
Lord have mercy upon us.Christ have mercy upon us.Lord have mercy upon us.Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Then shall the infirm persons, one by one, be presented to the Queen upon their knees; and as every one is presented and while the Queen is laying her hands upon them, and putting the gold about their necks, the Chaplain that officiates, turning himself to her Majesty, shall say these words following:

God give a blessing to this work; and grant that these sick persons on whom the Queen lays her hands may recover, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

After all have been presented, the Chaplain shall say,

O Lord, save thy servants.
Answer. That put their trust in thee.
Minister. Send unto them help from above.
Answer. And evermore mightily defend them.
Minister. Help us, O God our Saviour.
Answer. And for the glory of thy Name deliver us; be merciful to us sinners, for thy Name’s sake.
Minister. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.

Let us pray. O Almighty God, who art the Giver of all health, and the aid of them that seek to thee for succour, we call upon thee for thy help and goodness mercifully to be showed upon these thy servants, that they being healed of their infirmities may give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then the Chaplain, standing with his face towards them that come to be healed, shall say,

The Almighty Lord, who is a most strong tower to all them that put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey, be now and evermore thy defense; and make thee know and feel, that there is none other Name under heaven given to man, in whom, and through whom, thou mayest receive health and salvation, but only the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

For Guido

In introducing some of the basic doctrinal trends of the Reformation to my 9th graders, I accidentally wrote Sola Scriptura as “Sala Scriptura” on the board. In speedily correcting my error, I created a visual analogy which I thought my Roman Catholic friends would appreciate. Providence is a funny thing.