Saturday, March 20, 2004
The Man Who Knew Too Much
I didn't recall how much I loved this movie. IMDB link.
I'm now about the age of Jimmy Stewart at time he made this film and have a son the same age.
This film has a lot Cold War overtones that map nicely to our current time -- a the first 30 minutes or so is set in French Morocco (which became independent in 1956).
There's a little paranoia. The Americans come off as honorable and this Doris Day's most serious role.
I especially like the soundtrack by Bernard Hermann. It's almost a character in the film.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:45 PM Permalink
Introducing the HaloScan Comment System
This is unusual for a blog: to have two comment systems.
I will see about how to make the old comments accessible, but there's a chance that they will not be recoverable.
Immediately: begin to use Haloscan (which appears first). BackBlog is being phased-out.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:50 PM Permalink
Friday, March 19, 2004
Details on Mel Gibson's affiliation
...Gibson does not belong to any of the larger Traditionalist groupings, but to an independent congregation, with some 70 members, called the Holy Family. Originally, most of the congregation attended Mass at another chapel which was then taken over by the Society of St Pius X. Gibson and others left in protest though the reasons for the split are obscure...
Lots of interesting stuff here. I hope some of it is true.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:55 PM Permalink
AP: Bishop O'Brien: I'm sorry for death
Prosecutors seek term of 6 months, probation in hit-and-run
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:49 PM Permalink
A&E: The Last King
A fictionalized biography of King James II (he succeeded his brother Charles II ) on A&E on Sunday (via the BBC)
In case the English want to switch from Hannover-Windsors to Stuarts, there's a Stuart tracked by geneologists ready to take the throne.
I really got this one wrong. The king of The Last King was Charles II who had a long reign. The reign of James II was short. James according to the view of the producers of The Last King was imprudent and pushed England to another civil war, again on religious lines in less than four years of rule.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:32 PM Permalink
New York Post: Missing Mass. Girls Found Safe at Home
Two young girls who ran away from their Massachusetts families for the bright lights of the Big Apple were found safe yesterday a few miles from their hometowns, cops said. Best pals Bailey Sablock, 12, and Stephanie Rita, 14, were found yesterday in Salem, Mass. The pair were thought to be headed for New York because they talked to schoolmates of their love of the city.
There was a television news report (on Fox 5) that they were abducted and returned and they were no other details. This Post account leaves out a detail that I would have included: they had been missing since March 15.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:53 AM Permalink
Thursday, March 18, 2004
Newsday: Teacher charged with writing racist graffiti
A well-regarded special education teacher was charged with scrawling racist epithets on the walls of a Queens elementary school Friday.
Newsday is so PC they won't answer the questions that the reader has: yes, it was the n-word and the teacher is "South Asian" -- I assume that's Indian or Pakistani.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:58 PM Permalink
Curt Jester: Lei Witness
Lei Witness magazine. A good photoshop parody -- from this real web site.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:39 PM Permalink
Mark Windsor: On the Just War Doctrine and Iraq
I am writing this reluctantly. I feel a certain obligation post something on this subject. Why am I reluctant? I had an entire undergrad semester on the Doctrine of Just War and the origins of conflict, and I know of at least four people that have gotten Masters theses out it. The Doctrine of Just War is too complex to fit into either a 1000 word blog post or a 400 character comments box note.A very original and thoughtful essay.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:01 PM Permalink
MSNBC: Body of Baby Boy Washes Up on N.J. Beach
The body of a newborn baby boy washed ashore on a Raritan Bay beach Thursday.
Pray for this young boy and pray for an end to all infanticide in our country.
We do not despair but trust in God's mercy.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:53 PM Permalink
Columbia University changes its logo to remove the crosses
The Alma Mater of Fr. Benedict Groeschel CFR and myself (MS Computer Science 1980) Columbia University has modified its logo to remove the crosses. The crosses appear there because it was originally chartered as King's College before the founding of the United States, and the King is Christian and wears a Christian crown.
This was reported in the New York Sun and there's no online link at present.
I'll update this item with a link or my own scan of the article later.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:25 AM Permalink
Athens GA Banner-Herald: Heritage society says no to crosses (Augusta GA)
Crosses are out, shamrocks are in at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Augusta. Organizers of the Irish-American Heritage Society's parade have refused to allow a youth group from a local religious community to carry crosses in today's parade.
A disgrace to St. Patrick and to Ireland.
Irish identity is tied to the Cross of Christ.
St. Patrick brought the Cross to Ireland at the dying gasp of the Roman Empire, and the Irish returned the favor by preserving Christianity and evangelizing the barbarian peoples of the Europe during the Dark Ages.
The Irish endured centuries of hostility from its English overlords which continues to this day by its stubborn defiance and loyalty to the Catholic Church and love of freedom.
No King But Christ!
Blogger Credit: Catholic World News
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:03 AM Permalink
Fly to Middle Earth for $848?
But where? The Shire? Gondor? or (ugh!) Mordor?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:55 AM Permalink
More post-3/11 discussion
After a terrorist attack by al-Qaida that left hundreds of their fellow countrymen dead, Spanish voters immediately voted to give the terrorists what they want ? a socialist government that opposes America's war on terrorism. Al-Qaida has changed a government.
This weekend's vote in Spain forces the world to acknowledge that terrorists ? and signs now point strongly to al-Qaeda ? have scored their greatest victory since Sept. 11: They brought down the government of a major Western democracy.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:50 AM Permalink
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Photoblog: St. Patrick's Day Parade as seen from the Excellence in Blogging Building overlooking Fifth Ave.
Please excuse the reflection of the window and the overcast skies.
The soldiers at the start of the parade are the Irish 165th Infantry (originally the 69th Regiment of the 1850's).
Many flags. A few groups even carry the flag of Vatican City.
Many bands and marchers.
Many, many New York City police officers and firefighters are of Irish descent, even as fewer of them choose to live in the boundaries of the city.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:59 PM Permalink
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Kerry's Anger Management
I thought what I was about to repeat a blog entry. What follows is close to my entry of February 22
As Kerry's Anger Mis-Direction campaign rolls on, it sticks to the two themes:
"How dare you..." appeared again, not directed to a reporter. You see the reporters that Kerry permits himself to be interviewed by are never going to ask him a tough question.
Cedric Brown, not a reporter, a participant in a town hall meeting, asked senator Kerry, "Who are these foreign leaders that you've met with?"
Cedric didn't get an answer, he got the old "How dare you...".
What really is none of your business?
I'm running for President. Foreign leaders support me, they don't support President Bush. Vote for me because I will have the support of foreign leaders.
Or if you are asking a question of a political candidate. Is this none of your business?
Did you vote for Bush?
Does the answer to the previous question have any bearning the previous question? No.
Kerry's question was calculated to intimidate the questioner and incite the audience against Brown.
This is phony demonstration of "toughness".
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:52 AM Permalink
The Madrid Train Bombing
is not a tragedy. It is an attack.
It is not payback for Baghdad 2003 but for Tours 732 AD.
The terrorists have exercised a veto on the government of Spain.
Neville Chamberlain discovered what appeasement brings, let's hope that the same lesson is not taught to Spain by Al Qaeda.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:14 AM Permalink
Monday, March 15, 2004
Fr. Minkler Updates
...The story deepened last month when priest John Minkler was found dead in his home near Albany. He had met with Bishop Hubbard two days earlier to deny involvement in writing and sending a 1996 letter to the New York Archdiocese that claimed the bishop was part of a "ring of homosexual Albany priests." The cause of Rev. Minkler's death remains under investigation.
This time they are directed toward investigators. Attorney John Aretakis said they are acting inappropriately.
Since the death of Fr. Minkler is still under investigation by the real police and the real prosecutors, I wonder what White's role here is.
Private investigators hired by Mary Jo White to look into sexual misconduct allegations against Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard were never given clearance to conduct interviews at Stratton Veterans Medical Center Hospital earlier this month.
Albany Times Union: VA gave no OK to probe meeting (same facts as preceding story)
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:28 PM Permalink
Back to the blog
Activities related to my family took precedence over the blog Saturday and Sunday.
Monday at work there was lots of action in the market so I couldn't pull myself away to blog or even read blogs. Things should be returning to normal.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:57 PM Permalink