Saturday, August 14, 2004
Who admires McGreevey now and yet wasn't paying attention on Wednesday?
After reading many stories about the governor it seems that there's three groups admiring McGreevey:
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:31 PM Permalink
AP: Thousands say goodbye to ``Super Freak'' singer Rick James
James grew up with seven brothers and sisters in public housing projects and began singing in the choir at St. Bridget's Roman Catholic Church, where he was an altar boy. Later, he played congos and bongos with the Cadet Drum Corp. and with the Bennett High School Band.He was 56 and a cocaine abuser.
I wonder when he was last in church or offered up a prayer. Our prayers now matter.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:16 PM Permalink
Friday, August 13, 2004
Why the story of Jim McGreevey is a big story at Extreme Catholic
Jim McGreevey is a pro-abortion Catholic politician which makes him one of Herod's Heros. But McGreevey has been honored by Catholic-affiliated organizations.
He's Irish-American which makes him almost kin. This is the story of his trip to Ireland.
He is an opponent of the Catholic Church -- but not an opponent of Archbishop Meyers who denied that he was critical of McGreevey.
If you are heterosexual you see hypocrisy and political calculation in his getting married in order to project the image of a family man.
If you are gay you see hypocrisy in his opposition to gay marriage and a lack of courage to live as a openly gay man.
Jim McGreevey sees the world as having "many" truths and "many" realities -- so I fear that he does not fear God.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:41 PM Permalink
Arab News: Moqtada Sadr Lays Down Truce Terms
US forces suspended a nine-day offensive in the Iraqi city of Najaf yesterday and Iraqi officials and aides to Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr were negotiating a truce.
The Marines and Iraqi forces surrounded him, and he demands everyone surrender to him.
You've got to admire the chutzpah
This Cox and Forkum cartoon is really funny and dead-on accurate.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:21 PM Permalink
The Greatest Gay American Politician
It didn't take lnog after New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey came out on national TV for gays everywhere to hail him as their newfound hero.If gay man Jim McGreevey is a great gay American? What does that make his heterosexual wife Dina? What does that make his gay lover Golan Cipel?
Is Gay American Jim McGreevey the victim of Gay Israeli Golan Cipel (extortion)? Or is Gay Israeli Golan Cipel the victim of Jim McGreevey (sexual harassment) ?
Where are the homophobes in this? Round up the usual suspects. Who among the electorate cares about his sexual orientation?
For extra amusement, check out the official McGreevey Code of Conduct
If I were gay, I'd call McGreevey a disgrace and move on. What's not disputed is that he appointed Cipel who had zero qualifications to be his homeland security adviser -- this is the equivalent of Bill Clinton appointing Monica Lewinski the head of the Secret Service.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:20 PM Permalink
Thursday, August 12, 2004
The WNBC Video of the McGreevey Announcement
It's all about me:
My truth is that I am a Gay-Americam.
We're all shouting back -- Who cares?
Politicians can handle affairs even gay ones -- but blackmail and sexual harassment lawsuits are another.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:38 PM Permalink
Who is Jim McGreevey?
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly… but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat," said President Theodore Roosevelt during a speech at the Sorbonne in 1910.New Jersey's Governor, James E. McGreevey, is such a man. Devoted to a wide array of worthy causes, he projects the epitome of leadership and is successfully tackling a multiplicity of issues head on.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:18 PM Permalink
WINS1010: Church Invalidates 8-Year-Old's Holy Communion
An 8-year-old girl who suffers from a rare digestive disorder and cannot consume wheat has had her first Holy Communion declared invalid because the wafer contained none, violating Catholic doctrine.
I'm thinking of calling the Diocese for comment. I'm a "Catholic author" for the purpose of identification when I do that. The doctrine is that the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ are contained in the Sacred Host and in the Precious Blood.
Why can't Haley Waldman receive Holy Communion through the Precious Blood alone?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:55 PM Permalink
McGreevery to resign on November 15 (or before...)
Democratic Governor of New Jerset Jim McGreevey is resigning because he had a consentual homosexual affair. He admitted this so it's not a rumor.
I can't believe I'm blogging this ahead of Drudge.
The Democratic President of the State Senate takes over, Richard Codey becomes the Governor who is a career politician who has not run for governor or higher office.
According to the State Constitution if McGreevey resigns before September 2 there's an election for governor in 2004, after September 2, it will be in 2006.
Jim McGreevey is a Catholic. He has agreed not to receive Holy Communion. He's a two-fer: he supports a legal right to abortion and his first marriage was not anulled.
The speculation is that he was either a blackmail target, or that he will be named in a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Interesting instant response:
One group of gays is showing solidarity with this self-confessed "Gay-American". Saying he is a hero and courageous to be honest about his sexality. How dare anyone attack him now for corruption and influence peddling and greed -- it's motivated by homophobia.
Another group of gays is outraged that he is wrapping his own corruption, adultery, etc. around his gay identity, saying that he is playing into the stereotypes. He is denying personal responsiblity -- saying in effect, I couldn't help myself. I am a "Gay-American".
What a scene at this "I gonna resign in 95 days" speech. His second wife, his mom and dad were there, but his male lover was not.
I don't think the Republicans are going to take this lying down: there's 82 days before the election and plenty of time to have an valid election. Frankly, I think the constitutional 60 day clock started today by the simple fact that he's declared the office "open" in 95 days.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:52 PM Permalink
Msgr. Woolsey Update -- and it's not good news.
Authorities probing a well-heeled Upper East Side monsignor who allegedly bilked money from an elderly parishioner said his cup also runneth over with hundreds of thousands of dollars in undisclosed bank accounts — and a membership at one of the country's toniest golf clubs.
Bill Donohue didn't rush out a press release to defend his friend Msgr. Woolsey on this latest story.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:45 PM Permalink
New York Post: Commuter Panic (no -- I think they were responding rationally)
August 11, 2004 -- Dozens of alarmed PATH passengers went into a panic on a train yesterday after a track fire sent thick smoke into the air — forcing riders to kick out windows in order to escape what they thought was a terrorist attack.
The procedure is wrong. And the passengers did what I would do -- the right thing -- get off the train -- get out of the station.
The power is still on sucking in the smoke from the fire into the train. There's still hope that there will be an announcement. It's a small track fire -- don't worry.
Once the power was turned off, there would be no hope of getting an announcement to the passengers to stay put or to evacuate. In fact, there would be no way of knowing if people including the crew on the train were living or dead at that point -- or what the magnitude of the danger to the passengers actually was.
With part of the train in the station there was no danger of wandering into the electrified third rail so exiting the train and the station was the smart thing to do.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:50 PM Permalink
WSJ Opinion Journal: The (Political) Science of Stem Cells
Far from banning research, Bush is expanding federal funding.A good article. My new opinion is that scientists are experiencing a bit of hubris here. They don't want to work on adult stem cells, umbilical cord blood, they want the biggest challenge the human embryo.You might not know about it from listening to the news lately, [but] the President also looks forward to medical breakthroughs that may arise from stem cell research. Few people know that George W. Bush is the only President to ever authorize federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.--Laura Bush
As Henry Frankenstein said "Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to be God!".
If you are discussing this with pro-choice/pro-abortion people ask them why don't the scientists simply use animal embryos and not human embryos?
The answer will be "Silly, the animal embryos can't produce human cells." Oh! So you are conceding the point that this tiny embryo is living and human? If you are living and human -- don't you have a right to life?
Of course, the pro-aborts on top of this. They are desparate to spin a greater good to society rationalization for abortion: your unborn child becomes spare brain cells for grandma.
It's a 70's science-fiction/horror novel come to reality.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:36 PM Permalink
WorldNetDaily: Homosexual Christ actor 'sought sex with boy'
An actor who played prominent roles in a homosexual-themed play paralleling the life of Jesus Christ is on trial this week for allegedly seeking sex with someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy he met on the Internet.
The evidence that homosexuality is at the root of the scandal continues to build.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:51 AM Permalink
Be afraid -- nature in rebellion to humanity.
What's going on with all these cases of rabies?
Google News shows quite a few very recent cases.
Tests have confirmed that a fox killed by an animal control officer in Herndon Tuesday was indeed rabid.Thank goodness we have patron saints -- a sort of spiritual superhero for this dread threat:
rabies; hydrophobia; mad dogs
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:06 AM Permalink
Not content to wait for the bad news -- predicting it!
USA Today U.S. misstep in Najaf could bring more resentment
News analysis by Barbara Slavin and Steven Komarow, USA TODAY
We lose -- the terrorists win. We win -- the terrorists win.
We're educating the terrorists that the combination of the new Iraqi government and the American armed forces cannot be resisted.
The end of the Battle of Fallujah will not be repeated. You remember that there was a phony cease fire and rather than having the U.S. Marines capture or kill the enemy, they brought up an Iraqi force led by Saddam-era General Jassim Mohammed Saleh al-Dulaimi which promptly deserted or joined forces with the enemy.
He was replaced by General Mohammed Latif who essentially abandoned the city to be run by the terrorists. He stayed of out their way and they stayed out of his way for the most part.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:45 AM Permalink
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
The 2000's version of Kennedy's doctrine
This is extreme, even for me: Substituting for Laura Ingraham, Jay Severin suggested that just as President Kennedy said that any nuclear weapons lauched from Cuba would be considered an attack from the Soviet Union and would be retaliated there, Jay suggested that any attack using nuclear weapons on the United States should be retaliated against Damascus, Teheran, Mecca, and other Islamic capitals.
I would add the military centers of North Korea as well to that list.
Of course, that would never happen. It would profoundly reframe this as an Islamic war and not a Global War on Terror.
I suspect that there's a nuke with my name (and G.W. Bush's name) on it in New York -- Thursday September 2, 2004. I suspect Dick Cheney will be at an undisclosed location as a precaution.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:22 PM Permalink
Catholic World News: Portland Bankruptcy
Portland, Aug. 10 (CWNews.com) - Archbishop John Vlazny testified on August 7 that he believes his decision to file a bankruptcy claim for the Portland archdiocese was guided by the Holy Spirit, according to local media reports.My comment on the news
I'll be waiting for the Holy Spirt to file an "amicus curiae" with the court.A bit later someone comments
With the way the talk is going and how many people are talking about the bankruptcy as if it is a bad thing as opposed to a necesssary thing, I have questions for you.My Second Reply
Let the bishop sell it all, if necessary, and let him be reduced to material poverty to match the spiritual poverty of re-assigning sexual predator priests should this be proven in court.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:56 PM Permalink
What's up with Rush Limbaugh?
I wrote this earlier on the WABC Bulletin Board
I've noticed that since his on-air explosion they have not put on the air any articulate liberals who will ask for example: "If the Bush plan in Iraq is working, why did more Americans die in the month after the government was formed than in the month before the govenment was formed?"
Listening today, he's taken no disagreeing callers.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:49 PM Permalink
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
I heard this book was hard to find -- but here it is
New York: Collier Books, 1971 First Thus. Oversized softcover. "First Collier Books edition" stated on copyright page. Fine condition. INCLUDED is a photocopy of large folded in quarters flier "Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Inc. DEWEY CANYON III" (Sunday April 18 Through Friday April 23, 1971) This is the program for the weeklong protest. Also included is a photocopy of John Kerry's article "Where are the Leaders of Our Country?" printed in The New Republic, May 8, 1971. MP4-1815Z.
It can be yours for $1200 -- that's one thousand two hundred dollars. via Abe Books
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:39 PM Permalink
Tired of Hearing This
(1) Chuck Schumer complaining that government hasn't done enough.
Chuck, you are the government start getting things done for New York.
(2) John Kerry talking about his secret plan and how he can bring the armed forces of France and Germany to Iraq to relieve American forces there.
John, as an American and an American Senator, just do it. Don't wait to be president. If this is such an practical and possible idea -- then there's no reason for even a days delay. Just do it.
Frankly, I don't think if de Gaulle were reincarnated as a natural-born American, elected president, and proposed this, France would still not approve sending its troops to Iraq.
It's domestically unpopular in France and Germany and it doesn't advance the idea of the EU having a policy independent of the United States with respect to the Islamic World.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:07 PM Permalink
Do as I do
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:23 PM Permalink
Consider a man whose military service was as a junior officer for 4 months on a destroyer screening for U-Boats in World War I (American participation was 1917-1918)
Would this former Lieutenant be qualified to run for President in 1956 -- on that basis alone?
Kerry's resume has a 36 year gap.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:28 AM Permalink
During the Koch years, there was a wave of releasing people from mental institutions which were losing funding and seen as hellholes. It was called "warehousing the mentally ill".
I'm not a social services professional but I think many New Yorkers divide the mentally ill into categories.
There's an element of retribution in our attitudes towards the second group.
But through our taxes we have an enormous social safety net.
But what if someone resists all the attempts to help him? Meet Larry Hogue who before I knew his name, I knew his nickname and stayed as far away from him as I could - The Wild Man of 96th Street.
The ACLU kept fighting with Ed Koch to keep him locked up. Hogue had money sent to him each money which he would immediately spend on crack. Hogue's defenders kept claiming that he was a decorated and injured Vietnam combat veteran. A little research turned up that Hogue was in the Navy only for a year and before the Vietnam buildup.
Here's some more editorials on protecting the public from the violent homeless.
I've been to the homeless shelters. If I were in that position, I would take any work to get out of the system.
If I were in the position of Officer Declacruz I would obey lawful orders. If I disagreed with the policy, I'd resign and run for Mayor and be in a position to set the policy.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:45 AM Permalink
Monday, August 09, 2004
Officer Eduardo Delacruz Update
This is the police officer who was suspended and given a departmental trial for his refusal to arrest a homeless person.
[The city attorney] asserted in his closing argument that instead of being concerned for the homeless, Delacruz did not want to spend the time required to process an arrest.AP: Thursday August 5: Trial Testimony
Since Delacruz was targeted for discipline in 2002, homeless advocates have portrayed him as a conscientious objector to a heavy-handed crackdown on the city's dispossessed. The officer, who has a clean disciplinary record, has suggested he was motivated by religion.
Delacruz, a Catholic, has said he refused to arrest the man for religious reasons.
The trial is over. The decision will be handed down in a few weeks.
It's a sad end to this officer's career, but he should have seen it coming and transferred out of the unit or left the police department for social services.
I don't believe he argued that as a Catholic he was obligated not to arrest the homeless man -- otherwise all the Catholics on the police force would be obligated to not make these arrests. This is something he must have concluded on his own.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:46 PM Permalink
New York's Senate Election of 1970 and its suprising outcome
This all took place 34 years ago. I was alive but not paying much attention to politics.
In 1968 Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in the midst of his presidential campaign. The then governor, Nelson Rockefeller,a Republican, appointed a Republican, Charles Goodell then in the House to the Senate. What's most interesting in his biography is that he served in two branches of the armed services, the Navy and the Air Force.
He was a Rockefeller liberal Republican opposed to the war and President Nixon's management of the war.
James Buckley was a good man but time was making New York more Democratic with each passing year. After serving in the Senate from New York, he ran for the Senate from Connecticut in 1980 but lost to Chris Dodd, who is still serving.
This is Bill Buckley commenting on his re-election loss in 1976 to the late long-serving Pat Moynihan.
The opening of Moynihan's seat led to Hillary Clinton -- but that, friends, is another story for another day.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:33 PM Permalink
Capital News 9: Investigation cost diocese $2.2 million
Some parishioners think that the $2.2 million report is nothing but that -- just a expensive report, that proves nothing. Something Attorney John Aretakis agrees with.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:34 PM Permalink
Monica Bellucci as you have never seen her before
Credit for reminding me of this story goes to an anonymous contributor who will probably complain that I didn't blur enough in the photo.
Italian screen siren Monica Bellucci's naked and pregnant pose on her country's edition of Vanity Fair magazine has infuriated The Vatican.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:40 PM Permalink
For Reuters it's not "News" it's "Oddly Enough
Greece's Orthodox Church said on Sunday it was praying for athletes competing in the Athens Olympics not to be lazy.
More evidence of the hostility Reuters has to religious faith, except in some cases, Islam.
Reuters treats this story with mockery as if the Orthodox Church was on the level of some group of people playing medieval dressup like re-enactors. Religion is being positioned in the media as a fringe phenomeon.
Can anyone remember the old Catholic point of view Treasure Chest comics? They started with the idea that the ridicule of religion would be the first wave of new persecution. Back then they were talking about behind the Iron Curtain.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:06 PM Permalink
Alan Keyes Watch
There's no one who listens better than a man who knows nothing.He's smart and funny.
I never thought that I'd be writing this: Thank you Hillary Clinton, for making carpet-bagging charge answerable by the Republicans with "What was Hillary's connection to New York before she ran for the Senate there?"
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:33 AM Permalink
AP: Police: Xbox ® Theft Spurred Fla. Slayings
Sometimes, you get publicity for your product that you would rather not get.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:16 AM Permalink
Sunday, August 08, 2004
Alan Keyes is running for the Senate.
He's Catholic. I'll have to find out if he's cradle or convert.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:55 PM Permalink
Portland Tribune: Celibacy doesn’t lead to sex abuse (op ed)
The Roman Catholic Church has done a great deal of soul-searching since the clergy’s sexual abuse crisis hit the front pages of our newspapers in January 2002. To say that this has been a painful time is an understatement.
A rather strange opinion appears her as the second part of Two Views - Does the Catholic Church need to revise its views on sexuality?
written by someone who's insight into the Church teaching is what he picked up at Boston College.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:44 PM Permalink
All the glory and none of the accountability?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 5:18 PM Permalink