Saturday, September 10, 2005
I'm not using my own National Guard soliders, but I'm asking for four more divisions
Political Issues Snarled Plans for Troop Aid : New York Times
As New Orleans descended into chaos last week and Louisiana's governor asked for 40,000 soldiers, President Bush's senior advisers debated whether the president should speed the arrival of active-duty troops by seizing control of the hurricane relief mission from the governor.
This is strange. Do you recall a press conference on Monday or Tuesday where Kathleen Blanco asked for 40,000 soldiers from the President? -- because I don't.
At the time when the Times reports Blanco was being denied troops, everyone (including the Times) was asking "Why isn't the Louisiana National Guard deployed in New Orleans"?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:26 AM Permalink
Friday, September 09, 2005
Handing out $2000 for just showing up. What could go wrong with that?
FEMA says it will end debit card plan : APBut that was a lie as the next sentence is:
FEMA issued 4,200 cards to families at the Astrodome on Friday, and officials said they were confident they have covered everyone still staying at the shelter.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:39 PM Permalink
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Catholic Evidence Guild
The team will be out in Washington Square Park (New York City) this Saturday from 1 to 4 PM near the Garibaldi statue. (weather permitting)
Meet Catholics and non-Catholics and participate, observe or pray.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:56 PM Permalink
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
International Front for Jihad against the Jews and Crusaders.
Although "al-Qaeda" is the name of the organization used in popular culture, the organization rarely uses the name to refer to itself. In formal communications Bin Laden has called the organization the International Front for Jihad against the Jews and Crusaders.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:40 PM Permalink
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Is "free will" part of the material or spiritual domain?
Parasitic Hairworm : New York Times
...When it is fully grown, it faces a difficult problem, that of returning to water. So it has evolved a clever way of influencing its host to deliver just one further service - the stricken grasshopper looks for water and dives in.It's part of the foundation of my belief that there's more to me and you than the material composition of our bodies, more to thought that a brain. In some mysterious way the brain might be a gateway to the spirit but not a container for it.
Discoveries like the one above challenge that: We may not be a ghost in the machine but just a machine. I still think Descartes doesn't have all the answers so don't worry about me.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:55 PM Permalink
Rush on Broadway
Yes. I bought a ticket to this Katrina benefit event at the New Amsterdam Theater on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 7.00 PM.
If you did as well, we can have a blogger get together beforehand.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:01 PM Permalink
Police, residents loot New Orleans stores after storm : Knight-Ridder
How can Bush be blamed from that?
Has there ever been in the history of the United States law enforcement such as large desertion from duty as the New Orleans Police Department experienced?
Can you imagine the men and women of New York Police Department and the New York Fire Department not reporting for duty when there was an increased risk of death and injury? I can't.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:19 PM Permalink
Monday, September 05, 2005
What would Madalyn Murray O'Hair do?
You can see the answer over at the NoGod blog
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:31 AM Permalink
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Cardinal Egan's priorities
Did anyone hear Cardinal Egan on the WABC radio program Religion on the Line?
It was not quite what I expected. After saying in perfunctory fashion that victims of the Hurricane need our prayers went on to talk about the money. The cash that the different organizations need for relief and his interactions with them. Then he went on to talk about his personal connections to the bishops in the affected area. In a odd way he made the focus of this (a) about money and (b) about Cardinal Egan.
I have been discussing this with priests and more voice needs to be given to the spiritual problem.
My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?
As Christians we are called to explain that God has not forsaken us. This world is a place of trial for us and we exist in a state opposed to nature because of the sin of Adam and Eve.
These are not words of comfort but words to start to explain to people who find their faith shaken by the great loss of life, property, and heritage.
The crisis has its material dimensions but it is also a great spiritual storm as well. We need to speak more about that -- especially as the great count of the dead begins.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:39 PM Permalink
Where is the World Trade Center? asks the tourist.
It was destroyed in 2001 with the loss of nearly 3000 lives is my answer.
I recently moved my office from midtown to the World Financial Center. I worked for another company with offices at 22 Cortlandt Street, next to the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.
Everyday I walk past the area where so many were killed and when there is even today no memorial to this attack on the United States and to the people who died there on that day. video tour
As soon as I leave the secured area of my company, I'm in a lobby full of tourists and as I walk around lower Manhattan there are few signs and landmarks that point to the location of the site of the World Trade Center, so I'm helpful in pointing out how to get to the corner of Church and Vesey Streets. Google Satellite Photo
The 4th anniversary this year falls on a Sunday so it is certain to be low-key.
Number 7 World Trade Center burned to the ground. This held the city's emergency command center. The mobile command center to which they fled later had to be abandoned as well.
Number 7 is already being rebuilt. The outside covering facade is being installed this week.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:47 PM Permalink
Turkish Elementary, Amity School To Open In Sunnyside This Fall : Queens Chronicle
Last year, in a sweep of Catholic school consolidation in Brooklyn and Queens, the Queen of Angels Catholic School in Sunnyside closed.
What this article gets wrong is the area remains solidly Catholic with many new Catholic residents from Mexico, the Carribean, Central and South America, and the Philippines.
The support of these immigrants for religious education is weak relative to the support among recent immigrants from Islamic countries, so Catholic schools are closing and Islamic schools are opening even though numerically, there are still far more Catholic children in the area than Muslim children.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:19 PM Permalink
In the Diocese of Brooklyn the second collection for the Catholic University of America went on as usual. Next weekend will be the collection for the victims of Hurrican Katrina.
Makes sense given the lower-than-average attendence at my Mass today.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:03 PM Permalink
The City of New Orleans Disaster Plan
looks to me like a good one.
Except for one thing, it wasn't implemented.
Once the mandatory evacuation notices were given and ignored, there should have been forced evacuations and every form of high-capacity vehicle in the city should have been deployed to move everyone out. Apparenty nothing was done to provide transport for people without personal means of leaving the city.
Some are complaining about the word refugees. They are people seeking refuge. Besides being homeless, many have no cash, no food, nothing.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 5:54 PM Permalink