Saturday, January 14, 2006
A movie about me?
I've watched and admired Harrison Ford since American Grafitti in 1973.
In Firewall he plays someone around my age (although in real life he's 12 years older than me): a computer consultant working for a bank.
Harrison Ford is not a geek. That's all I can say for now.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:01 PM Permalink
CatholicBlogWatch Dept.: Bravo for Brownback
Fellow blogger Oswald Sobrino noticed Senator Sam Brownback (KS-R) had made excellent points during the Alito confirmation hearings:
Brownback completely devastated the outrageously false contention that Roe v. Wade is some sort of "super-duper" precedent--an absurd phrase with no legal basis whatsoever that has been bandied about in both the Roberts and Alito confirmation hearings.I had the pleasure of meeting Senator Brownback at a press event at the National Republican Convention in New York in 2004 to which bloggers were invited.
He's not high on the list of possible candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. He might be a balancing pick for the Vice President in the event that a pro-choice Republican is the presidential nominee.
See more at Catholic Analysis
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Thursday, January 12, 2006
What majority to overturn Roe?
I've read in more than one place that with the appointment of Judge Alitio to the Supreme Court, it is a majority to overturn Roe.
Can't anyone count to 5?
There would be only 4 safe overturn votes: Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito.
There would be Stevens, Breyer, Ginsberg as keep Roe votes.
What about Kennedy and Souter? They were both on the court and voted to overturn the spousal notification laws of Pennsylvania is Planned Parethood v. Casey
Has anyone detected any movement towards pro-life on the part of Kennedy or Souter?
The 1987 disaster that was the Robert Bork confirmation hearings gave us Justice Anthony Kennedy, a pro-choice Catholic.
Update: This item was edited to reflect that it was spousal notification which was struck down, and parental notification was upheld in Casey. Since then litigation to strike down all parental notification laws continues. I am grateful for the opportunity to correct this.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:20 PM Permalink
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Maybe it wasn't just me who mailed it in, but I'd like to think it was me...
Rush, I'm giving this to you before I post to my blog. Let me try to write it as you would read it:Both Rush and Hannity started to refer to the seizure of telegrams by Lincoln this week. I mailed it over the weekend to Rush.In a time a war, the question of privacy in electonic communications and the President's authority over them, was settled a long time ago. Not by Bush 41, Nixon, Johson, Truman, FDR or Wilson. No, go back another century.Foote, Shelby; The Civil War: Fort Sumter to Perryville; Vintage Books: New York; page 67; ISBN 0394766236
The power of the new media.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:26 PM Permalink
Auxiliary bishop reveals he was abused by priest as teenager : AP
Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit has revealed he was abused by a priest 60 years ago. He is believed to be the first U.S. bishop to disclose that he was a victim of sexual abuse by clergy.On one hand, it takes courage to made such a statement of victimhood. It seems strange that we'd come to know of this by "written remarks prepared for an appearance later Wednesday" rather than years ago when the scandal broke.
This auxiliary bishop of Detroit has yet to mail in his resignation which was due on January 26, 2005.
Quoted in New Oxford Review, the bishop made his views on homosexuality known:
Earlier, America published an article by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton (Sept. 30, 2002) that took that same tack, and Gumbleton quoted Fr. James Empereur, S.J., as saying that "homosexuality is one of God’s most significant gifts to humanity" (italics added). So maybe it’s the heterosexuals who are afflicted with the disorder?Looking around at his very strong denials that homosexuality was not a problem in the priesthood because of psychological studies which proved it wasn't, one wonders about his own sincerity in making those denials given what we know now.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:32 PM Permalink
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Bury the lead
The big news story is the good news on jobs growth and the stock market.
As Rush Limbaugh mentioned that when it (i.e. the Dow Jones Industrial Average) goes up and crosses 11,000 it is only psychological. You can bet if it fell thru 10,000 that it would not be called a merely psychological move.
As Larry Kudlow points out, there's such a positive environment now that it is to the shame of the media that they can't present this good news because it might help Republicans.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:11 PM Permalink
Pat Robertson, Ralph Reed, Jack Abramboff, Ariel Sharon
I saw that as the anti-Republican vultures were gathering, the names Ralph Reed and Grover Norquist were getting mentioned in connection with Abramoff. Of course, Reed and Norquist were not indicted but they are not home free yet. The scam was to collect money from both sides of the Indian gambling question and coordinate the campaigns.
Rod Dreher notes the silence of Pat Robertson on Reed's involvement in his blog.
I wonder if Brother Pat had anything to say about the role his former protege, Ralph Reed, plays in this scandal. Reed got $4 million from Abramoff to play the Big Christian and lobby against gambling initiatives that would have harmed the interests of Abramoff's Indian casino clients. Seems that Abramoff's partners, like former Tom DeLay aide Michael Scanlon (who has also pled guilty to fraud and worked out a deal with government prosecutors), figured that Christians were useful idiots all along.Rod goes on to quote the memo that describes how the "useful idiots" can be used.
Pat Robertson has nothing to say about Ralph Reed. By the way, I admired Ralph Reed's book Active Faith: How Christians are Changing the Face of American Politics
Pat Robertson has something to say about Ariel Sharon. That he was being punished by God for redrawing the borders as Prime Minister that he draw as General. Blogger Jonathan David Morris writes it up as I would:
Last week, when Israeli PM Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke and underwent hours upon hours of brain surgery, Pat Robertson used the occasion on his show, The 700 Club, to note that Sharon was probably being punished by God for giving land to Palestinians. Now, forget about where you stand on Middle East issues for a minute. That stuff is secondary here. Right off the bat, regardless of where you stand, what makes Robertson so sure Sharon's stroke is punishment for anything? I mean, how old is this Sharon guy? Isn't he pushing 80 already? People his age have strokes all the time. Dick Clark, for example. You mean to tell me Dick Clark's stroke was punishment for something? Like what? Did he rock a little too hard at all those New Year's Rockin' Eves? I have several problems with Robertson's analysis, but first and foremost among them is that he'd attempt to tie Sharon's failing health to his personal views on foreign policy. Why does Sharon's stroke have to be punishment? Why can't it just be a stroke?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:59 PM Permalink
Monday, January 09, 2006
Girl, 15, charged with attempting to murder her baby : AP
As a newborn boy found in a trash can struggled for life today, his 15-year-old mother was at the same hospital, charged with attempted murder.I would say to Carol, whatever problems the mother had faced, was facing, or will face, none of it would have been helped by attempting to kill the baby as she is accused of doing. At 15, she should know the difference between right and wrong.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:30 PM Permalink
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Vatican Grants Church Trial in Abuse Case : New York Times
After waging a public battle against the Archdiocese of New York, the most prominent Roman Catholic priest in the archdiocese to be accused in the sexual abuse scandals was granted a church trial yesterday by the Vatican to determine whether he should receive the ultimate punishment of removal from the priesthood.What's bizarre about this case as I review the history is the conflicting claims of "due process" and "whitewash" and the accuser speaking of his "leverage" against the Archdiocese in his spotty cooperation with the investigation. On one hand, the accuser and the accused call for transparency and openness, but have not released their own testimony, claiming, of course, a right to their privacy. The canonical trial will be in Erie, Pennsylvania -- 430 miles away. According to the Times: "Cardinal Egan had asked that that the case be moved out of New York to a 'more sedate' environment, archdiocese officials said. No date has been set." The trial will be behind closed doors with only the verdict announced.
I think no matter what the outcome, one side will claim that the process was unfair to their side. A not guilty verdict would hurt Cardinal Egan's already poor support from the priests of the archdiocese.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:44 PM Permalink
Stealing from the Church
Four who bought food for Catholic churches accused of stealing $2 million : AP
A top purchasing agent for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York was indicted along with his wife and two others on federal charges of pocketing $2 million while buying food products from lettuce to pancakes.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:29 PM Permalink
Stealing from the poor box II
Cops Hunt For Man Who Stole From Church : 1010 WINS
When their poor boxes got robbed in the weeks before Christmas a year ago, leaders of the Most Precious Blood Church in Little Italy decided to install a video security system.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:24 PM Permalink
Stealing from the poor box I
Poor box robbery not a first : Newsday (Dec. 29, 2005)
The arraignment yesterday of a Northport man for stealing from a church's poor box is the second of its kind on the Island in as many months.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:20 PM Permalink
Two people at risk: Randal McCloy, Jr., Ariel Sharon, and the Terri Schiavo Question
I was struck that in one week we see two cases where the question on extraordinary measures being used to sustain the lives of two people who decades earlier would certainly have died without current medical technology.
Mine survivor's condition improving : UPI
Doctors say the condition of the sole survivor of a West Virginia mine explosion is dramatically improving.In the accident at the mine on Monday January 2, the miners all suffered from the loss of oxygen. Carbon monoxide had built up in the area where they waited for a rescue.
Even though he was so close to death that his kidneys shut down (and as I write this, kidney function has not recovered), they want to keep him alive without a certainty of the restoration of his cognitive ability.
Report: Sharon Likely to Suffer Impairment : AP
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's chances for survival from his massive stroke are "very high," but he likely will suffer some cognitive impairment, a broadcast report quoted one of his surgeons as saying Saturday.Sharon suffered a stroke on January 4. Some news reports where quick to call Sharon's medical outcome likely vegetative (Google News Search of Sharon+vegetative)
Both men are in medically induced comas.
I pray for full recovery of Mr. McCloy and Mr. Sharon. I hope that it will be disclosed if they had given instructions to family members what to do in the event of their incapacity to make medical decisions.
The treatment of these cases -- giving them the full dignity and rights of human beings -- is a contrast to the "pull the plug" arrogance as people took Michael Schiavo's side when Terri's parents simply wanted to provide food and water for the remainder of her life.
Do people with limited cognitive ability have a right to live until the end of their natural life?
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