Friday, May 23, 2003
CNN: Priestly author of 'zero tolerance' faces abuse charges
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest and expert on church law who co-wrote a document on dealing with sexually abusive priests has been charged with molesting a boy more than 30 years ago.
It could have been worse, they could have made this priest a bishop. News items like this sometimes create a sort of credibility for the claims that the priesthood in the United States is 40-60% homosexual.
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ABC News: Two Hurt on Israeli Bus
The Islamic militant group Hamas attacked an Israeli bus in the Gaza Strip with explosives Friday an apparent challenge to Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas a day after he asked the group to stop targeting Israelis.
This morning on radio Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) said that he thought that Road Map was a good idea becuase it was new and not been presented before -- as a starting point.
Everyone should know the game by now: Mahmoud Abbas talks peace but can't control Hamas, so the terrorism continues.
Israel can't and won't negotiate only a timed-basis -- Israel does X after 6 months, Israel does Y after 12 months. Whenever this is in effect -- the Palestinians keep up the violence and play the clock counting down. What's needed is an Palestinian "Authority" that can stop the terrorism.
My own thoughts match Max Abrams in National Review Online: The “Cycle of Violence” Fallacy
Of course, it was Camp David that demonstrated the speciousness of the "cycle of violence" theory. For a combination of political and strategic reasons, Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered the house to Yasser Arafat: Israel would withdraw from 100 percent of the Gaza Strip and 97 percent of the West Bank, dismantle 63 isolated settlements, and make Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem the capital of a new Palestinian state, with the Palestinians maintaining control over their holy places and having "religious sovereignty" over the contested Temple Mount. Revisionist claims to the contrary, Israel offered to create a "viable" Palestinian state that was contiguous, and not a series of cantons. "Cycle of violence" believers predicted a commensurate Palestinian reduction of terror.
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Thursday, May 22, 2003
Wall Street Journal: UN Lifts Sanctions
The United Nations Security Council overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday lifting trade sanctions imposed on Iraq 13 years ago and giving an international imprimatur to U.S.-led efforts to run and rebuild the country.
It will be interesting to see what the official and unofficial Vatican comment will be now that the United States is recognized de jure as well as de facto victorious in Iraq. Perhaps the Euro-whiners will complain that the vote was not delayed as Syria urged.
Why not approval - why Imprimatur?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:08 PM Permalink
RaidersNewsUpdate: Animal Sacrifice in the Catholic Mass
Father Richard Welch, President of Human Life International, Opposes The Inculturation.
Other items on this web site show that it definitely draws from the conspiracy kook media. With a name like "raidersnewsupdate.com" one would expect it to be about a football team.
Fr.Thomas J. Euteneuer became president of Human Life International in December of 2000. Fr. Richard Welch CSSR was president from 1998 to 2000. So there's something odd about this being attributed to Fr. Welch in 2002 and also there's no other text of this on the web. hmmm....
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:02 AM Permalink
ABC News: Early Bonding - Researcher: We Recognize Mom’s Voice from the Womb
Even before we were born, we knew our mother's voice and could distinguish it from other voices.
It's safe to call them tiny humans only in the Science section. We will be on our way to changing hearts and minds when we see the unborn called tiny humans in the News and Politics section.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:45 AM Permalink
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Down Democrat: Wheelchair rammed into confessional box
A wheelchair carrying lit candles was used to set fire to a confessional box in Newcastle Catholic Church.
A Down Democrat is not an American liberal made of fluff from goose or duck feathers. It is a newspaper from County Down in Ireland -- which paradoxically is at the North of the island.
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Chicago Sun-Times: Gates Foundation gives $18.9 million to Catholic schools.
The success of an innovative Catholic high school in Pilsen has sparked a multimillion-dollar grant to open seven similar schools across the country, officials plan to announce today.
I'm not going to suspect hidden agendas out of the box about this.
Bill Gates was in Albuquerque. New Mexico to work on a primitve personal computer first computer language. He was even then an entrepreneur
In 1977 I was 23, fresh out out college, and working at Digital Equipment Corporation. By 30, I was the company's youngest consultant (it's highest technical job title), and by 40 that same company had down-sized me and then the company down-sized itself by being acquired by Compaq. DEC and HP, of course, famously turned down the idea of a personal computer, and IBM rode it to success.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:21 PM Permalink
So many blogs, such little time
I like the blogs that post links to stories that I like to read. In fact, starting extremeCatholic was get more out of the mainstream stories in front of readers.
It's a Mystery by James Wood is a worthy addition. (but no email link to the author and no archives)
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:41 PM Permalink
1010 WINS New York: Blair "Couldn't Stop Laughing" at His Own Lies
Former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair said he "couldn't stop laughing" when the newspaper corrected his fraudulent description of an American POW's home in West Virginia, according to excerpts of an interview with the New York Observer.
This reminds me of Animal House
Otto: Flounder, you can't spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes! You fucked up -- you trusted us! Hey, make the best of it!
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:55 AM Permalink
Local6.com: POESTENKILL, N.Y Girl Finds Two-Headed Turtle
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Man ticketed for sitting on milk crate
Jesse Taveras says he is still baffled by the summons he got from police last Sunday. The official violation? "Unauthorized use of a milk crate."
Bonus: This story has a video link. Another story: a reporter called up the dairy that produces those milk crates and it is grateful to have the law enforced.
Google is full of milk crate news
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:56 AM Permalink
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Parma priest pleads no contest to indecency, sexual imposition
Let's be charitable and not accuse Fr. Rachford of being presumptious of the parish, but what's that SAT word culpable doing there? Was he forced to drink, forced to remove his pants, forced to grope? What about this isn't culpable?
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Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Reasons to Live in, not merely Visit New York
Bizarre subway encounters with Bill Murray
A reader writes, "A friend (claims he) was walking through the Union Square station when Bill Murray walked up to him, gave him a noogie and then whispered into his ear: "no one will ever believe you." Incidentally, this story was told because last month we came across Mr. Murray having a couple drinks at the Stanhope Park Hyatt bar (on 5th, across from the Met.)"
My last celebrity encounter was with JFK, Jr. Gee, that must be some time ago. Gawker is the place to go to get in touch with your inner yuppie.
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Sunday, May 18, 2003
Twin horrors: on the left a Catholic Church, on the right the poster for a film, Cube, featuring fear, paranoia, suspicion, and desparation.
What feelings does the church on the left inspire in you? Herz Jesu Kirche (Sacred Heart of Jesus Church), Munich, Germany, Built 2000, Room for 400 worshipers
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The Christ Clone Trilogy
The above link shows up as a "sponsored link" when you search in some search engines for Catholic
A search of "Catholic Thriller" in amazon.com will turn up some very strange books.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:10 PM Permalink
Associated Press: Pope's Birthday and Four Canonizations
Pope John Paul II celebrated his 83rd birthday Sunday with an open-air Mass and requests for prayers so he can continue his papacy -- yet another sign that one of history's longest-serving popes will press on despite his age and ailments.
Where were the famous foreign correspondents of the New York Times? $3.50 for the Sunday edition, by the way. Let's see if there's a story in Monday's edition.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:55 PM Permalink
New York Times: Buzzword by Joe Bruno
Even the pope is wrong sometimes Joseph L. Bruno, the Republican majority leader of the New York State Senate, on why he differs with the Republican governor, George E. Pataki, in this year's budget battle.
But Joe Bruno is always wrong on what a Republican majority leader needs to do.
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My first USENET post
From: email@example.com (Patrick Sweeney) Newsgroups: comp.windows.x.motif Subject: Non-default visual and Motif widgets Keywords: visual Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 11 Jan 91 15:55:31 GMT Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Patrick Sweeney) Organization: Digital Equipment Corporation Lines: 22 Has anyone tried to use Motif (1.1) widgets with a non-default visual? (The visual is a X Server data structure which specifies the type of colormap is used when the server has more than one way of treating color.) R4 of the X Toolkit allows a visual resource to be specified in the shell. By creating an applicationShell with a non-default visual the child widgets should inherit that visual in their windows (assuming the visual is specified as "CopyFromParent" when created). I can create and realize DrawingArea. When I create and realize Label, I get "BadGC" at realize or expose time. Are the Motif widgets not robust (ie a permanent restriction on Motif) or is this a bug (ie non-default visuals ought to work)? -- Patrick Sweeney Digital Equipment Corporation Opinions here are my own and not those of my employer
I believe I was posting before then, but this is the earliest one I could find.
The answer to my question was fixed in next release.
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