Saturday, October 09, 2004
Another Clash of Civilizations
New York Daily News - News & Views - Daily News Exclusive: Cops pay respects, get none in N.C.
NYPD cops who flew to North Carolina to bury fallen Detective Robert Parker were forced to undergo humiliating airport searches - enraging Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, the Daily News has learned.
Winston-Salem Journal Security officials deny mistreating NYC officers
GREENSBORO - Transportation Security Administration officials denied yesterday an accusation by the New York City Police Department, which claimed that the agency mistreated city police officers during a security check at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in September.
New York City Police Officers act with a sense of entitlement, one set of rules for the public, and another set of rules for them. This works out just fine in New York City and nearby communities.
It seems obvious that the Piedmont Airport TSA Screeners were unfamiliar with the credentials the police officers presented and rather than make phone calls to confirm their validity, I suppose they thought it simpler to put them through the procedures the public endures.
On the other hand, I wouldn't want to present to an NYPD officer in New York City an id showing I was employed by the Piedmont Airport TSA on traffic stop.
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Friday, October 08, 2004
Waiting Until Hell Freezes Over
NRO Andrew Apostolou: The U.N.’s Greatest Failure
Saddam’s Iraq evidently passed Turtle Bay’s global test.
Hell will have frozen over before the Vatican realizes what a threat to the world the United Nations has been, is now, and could be.
Unaccountable bureaucrats, secrecy, and money changing hands: this is not bringing about the Kingdom of God but bringing about the culture of death.
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NRO Victor Davis Hanson: Sizing Up Iraq
...Well now, Arab League, here you have your long-sought-after dream: The United States spent its own blood to take out a fascist, committed billions in aid to jump start democracy, and lobbied the world to forgive Iraqi debt — only to find either silence from the region's dictators or their active help for the beheaders and car bombers seeking to inaugurate an 8th-century fascist caliphate. The point? The Iraqi people and the Arab Middle East will soon have to go on record either accepting or rejecting the chance for democracy. If they choose theocracy, anarchy, or autocracy, well, the United States can say at least it tried to offer them a way out of their self-induced misery — but the region turned out to prefer the Dark Ages after all and must be left alone to suffer the consequences of that decision.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:35 PM Permalink
The Anchoress has a powerful statement about something we all saw after 9/11 and why this election is so critical to our future.
Our enemy in the war on terror will see a Bush victory as a loss for them and a Kerry victory as a victory for them.
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EducationWonk: Shiba Pillai-Diaz to return to school
In a detailed telephone interview with Shiba Pillai-Diaz, your EdWonk has learned that she will be returning to the classroom. After a week in the full glare of national publicity, she told the EdWonk that she is looking forward to being out of the limelight.
More political correctness run amok. I didn't get a chance to blog her story earlier.
Command Post has the entire press release from the teacher. I've posted what I think is the key portion.
The question that should be asked is why the School District chose to publicize supposed accusations by parents that should have been handled discreetly and confidentially between the School District administration and me. The School District was under an obligation to me not to disclose such matters publicly. Despite requests by my attorney to document the alleged parent and student complaints cited in the press release, the School District has steadfastly refused to provide any proof whatsoever of the allegations. Superintendent McCartney has responded that the alleged complaints were tendered in confidence and he will not provide proof of the allegations to the public or to me without a court order or legal action on my part.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:06 AM Permalink
Analog Browshirts Dept.
New York Post: Granny in Bush Whack
October 4, 2004 -- An Upper West Side woman says she was am-Bushed by a cane-wielding 86-year-old woman who apparently isn't fond of the president.
See also Michelle Malkin
If there's incidents of Bush partisans going after Kerry supporters with the same degree of violence, somehow, even the mainstream media which is wholly in Kerry's camp isn't publicizing it.
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Thursday, October 07, 2004
Lepanto and the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
Lepanto From the Catholic Encyclopedia
Occupied by the Turks in 1498, Lepanto is chiefly celebrated for the victory which the combined papal, Spanish, Venetian, and Genoese fleets, under Don John of Austria, gained over the Turkish fleet on 7 Oct., 1571.Feast of the Holy Rosary from the Catholic Encyclopedia
Apart from the signal defeat of the Albigensian heretics at the battle of Muret in 1213 which legend has attributed to the recitation of the Rosary by St. Dominic, it is believed that Heaven has on many occasions rewarded the faith of those who had recourse to this devotion in times of special danger.
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For Heinz-Kerry Life Begins at Conception -- who knew?
Pop Goes the Psychology: The Dr. Phils Meet the Kerrys (washingtonpost.com)
"Did you ever hope you would have a daughter?" Mrs. Dr. Phil asked Heinz Kerry.
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Wednesday, October 06, 2004
The End of Spain
Now in power, the Socialists/secularists are paving the way for dhimmitude (i.e. subjection of a Catholic nation to Islam). UK Guardian: Funding for Church to be slashed by Spanish
The Spanish government sparked a furious row yesterday after it emerged that it had drawn up a timetable to halve state funding of the Roman Catholic Church and to ban crucifixes from public buildings.
But rather than making the government religiously neutral, the Socialists believe this will help as well:
Further enraging conservatives, the government has drawn up plans to finance the teaching of Islam in state-run schools and to give funds to mosques on the grounds that it will create greater understanding of the country's one million Muslims.
It's a reward to the 3/11 bombers. Thanks guys, for getting us elected.
We have this sort of leading edge in American society with public school history texts that when it comes to Islam and Jihad, they appear to have been written by the Imans or at least a white-washer like Karen Armstrong.
The shorthand that I've seen for this is the "Red-Green" anti-Christian anti-Jewish alliance. The cooperation (intentional or unthinking) between secularists and Muslims to advance the Muslim agenda.
Unlike the United States which has deist/multi-demoninational Christian foundation, Spain's foundation and identity is based on the exclusion of religions other than the Catholic faith. For a country like Spain to abandon its Catholic identity the parallel would be Kuwait or Iran abandoning its Muslim identity.
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Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Rodney Dangerfield: rest in peace
I admired Rodney Dangerfield. He was persistent over decades to show his talent for comedy. He believed in himself and he often talked about his faith in God.
It's amazing to think that it wasn't until he was 59 did he get a significant role in a movie, Caddyshack, which today is regarded as a classic.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:43 PM Permalink
The American Thinker: The neo-copperheads
In the face of unexpectedly bloody and costly engagements with enemy forces, the President encountered severe criticism from his Democrat opponents, who wanted "peace" more than they wanted victory. They mocked him as some kind of primitive creature, unable to straighten-out the mess he had created. The year was 1864.Another take on the parallels between 1864 and 2004 which I blogged below. The American Thinker is a group blog. Matthew May wrote this article.
Glaring error in Matt's article: it is William Tecumseh Sherman not John Sherman. His great statue is a few blocks away from my office: on horseback, facing Fifth Avenue, looking south, and ready to ride off again if we should need him.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:15 PM Permalink
My October Surprise
I hinted that something was coming that would limit my time available to add to the blog. I can reveal it now. I am going to be one of the hosts of a radio talk show on the Catholic faith to be broadcast in the New York metropolitan area.
WVOX 1460AM, 7.00-8.00 PM Friday October 8, 2004.
This is the start of an New York-originated English language service of a global Catholic radio apostolate, Radio Maria which has been broadcasting in the New York area in Italian and Spainsh for some time. (Press Release)
The content will be on the Catholic faith and the Catholic experience in New York, so if you are able to tune in, don't expect a Limbaugh or Hanity-style show.
It's a call-in show, but I don't have the call-in number, and there's no over the Internet access to the show.
Please keep me in your prayers as I start this new outreach to Catholics.
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Sunday, October 03, 2004
AP: Democrats Fear 'October Surprise'
In the presidential campaign's closing weeks, Democrats are bracing for an "October Surprise," an event so dramatic it could influence the election's outcome. The capture of Osama bin Laden, for instance.
Maybe the October Surprise will be no suprise.
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