Friday, October 29, 2004
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:58 PM Permalink
House and Senate Elections
Predictions on these are starting to appear: Serial adulterer and former speaker, Newt Gingrich predicted a pickup of 3 in the Senate since a few open seats are held by Democrats.
In the House things might go even in the contested seats.
In both cases, the Republicans will keep a double majority.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:29 PM Permalink
Belmont Club has a good analysis of the war on the ground in Iraq up to moment
Faced with a force increasingly familiar with Arabia, with deep combat experience, nearly unlimited technical resources and growing lethality, the enemy, like Yamashita in the Cordilleras and Ushijima in Okinawa, can only hope to be saved by the bell. Objectively, there is little chance of that. But as Lileks said: "hope is on the way".
"Hope" for the terrorists is the possibility of a Bush defeat on election day.
Short version: OBL is not bragging about establishing a global caliphate, but reminding us that he's still capable of inflicting a lot of hurt on us, so we should just back off. He's asking for a ceasefire
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:21 PM Permalink
Post-Election To Do List
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:44 PM Permalink
Why Bush Will Win. Dick Morris. New York Post.
HERE'S a two-part test to determine who will win on Tuesday:I agree. It was Kerry's to lose and he lost. He placed his faith not in an message of hope from, to, and for Americans but in the words of Mohammed el Baradai of the IAEA/United Nations, CBS and the New York Times with total credulity.
Do you trust the institutions and people that Kerry trusts?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:07 PM Permalink
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Blogger Meetup: Hollywood's Church of the Masses meets New York's Extreme Catholic
I met Barbara today at that wonderful Catholic bookstore Daughters of St. Paul also in attendence were a writer from NewsMax a postulant from Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and a fellow speaker from The Catholic Evidence Guild
Let me introduce you to Barbara Nicolosi:
I don't have a transcript or a tape recorder going but I'm going to do my best to summarize our discussion:
Every parish, every Catholic organization needs to look outward as well as inward -- and live out the call of the Holy Father for a New Evangelization.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:46 PM Permalink
UK releases “Suspect List” UK Telegraph
A full list of suspected wartime traitors, including the Duke of Bedford, Sir Oswald Mosley (photo, London, 1937) and many other members of the British upper classes who would have been arrested in the event of a German invasion has been released for the first time at the National Archives.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:17 PM Permalink
We're All Responsible
Greg Sisk in Mirror of Justice has a thoughtful piece on why Catholics cannot vote for Kerry.
Blogger Credit: Aganist the Grain.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:18 AM Permalink
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:25 PM Permalink
To the "pro-life but voting for Kerry" people
I think there's a lot of pathetic rationalization going on with these "pro-life but..." Kerry voters. Are the any "pro-choice but..." Bush voters? No, Kerry is getting every pro-aborts vote.
The reality is that abortion is murder and whoever is president from 2005 to 2008 is going to have as many as 4 seats on the Supreme Court to fill and that's only the start of ending this one horror.
I guarantee Kerry will promote abortions, euthanasia, destruction of human embyos, and human cloning. How will you answer to God for your vote?
If Bush is re-elected, work harder on getting your pro-life candidate elected in 2008. I don't want to have this conversation again where you will be rationalizing your vote for Hillary Clinton.
Responding over in Amy Welborn's blog
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:14 PM Permalink
New York City social services contractors are required to give benefits to domestic partners. There is no religious exemption. WINS.
The law, scheduled to take effect Oct. 27, would require companies with city contracts worth at least $100,000 to provide health, family and bereavement benefits to domestic partners, gay or straight.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:00 AM Permalink
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Monsignor Woolsey Update
NEW YORK -- A Catholic priest who was accused of bilking an 88-year-old parishioner out of nearly $500,000 says the woman gave him money, gifts and securities freely and he has no intention of giving them back.
Diocesan priests do not take vows of poverty.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:51 PM Permalink
The surprise of Election 2004 - Keyes was a lousy candidate.
I thought he might lose -- but by 50 points?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:05 PM Permalink
Read what this is in reply to at Jimmy Akin's Blog
Once again, you've accepted the claims of Frs. DiNoia and Cole where they contradict Mr. Balestrieri, and not addressed the conflicts between the statements of Fr. DiNoia and Fr. Cole regarding the delegation to reply to Mr. Balestrieri, nor the harm done to the reputation of Mr. Balestrieri by unnamed sources within in the Vatican according to CNS, nor how the CDF decided to help this American student with his homework with a carefully crafted letter in less than 10 days of his visit there.
The "application" of the letter as you put it to the case of not a libelous leap by Mr. Balestrieri as you suggest here. Rather, the substance of letter itself makes it clear it applies to the case of John Kerry and any Catholic politician who advocates an abortion right in defiance of Church teaching. The letter speaks for itself without any "spin".
"Well by all means use it, no restrictions whatsoever." Permission was given to make Fr. Cole's 9/11 letter public. The "confusion" as you put it in your mock apology commenced with the CNS interview of Fr. DiNoia.
Finally, Jimmy, where do you stand? Do you dispute the Fr. Cole's letter communicates the teaching of the Church? Do you dispute that "if I obstinately deny by teaching and preaching, or doubt that abortion is not intrinsically evil, I commit the mortal sin of heresy"?
I don't think Mr. Balestrieri was "unfair" to Frs. DiNoia or Cole. I think somewhere Frances Kissling must be delighted that Catholics see fit to mock Marc Balestrieri in this week before the election.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:00 PM Permalink
The funniest anti-Kerry commercial
is at The Club For Growth.
Blogger Credit: Domenico Bettinielli
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:27 PM Permalink
Nobody Knows. Dick Morris. New York Post.
So now the Zogby poll, which had seen more Kerry strength than most, is picking up a Bush surge — while the Rasmussen poll, which trended for Bush, is seeing a Kerry bump.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:30 AM Permalink
Polls: the gift to the MSM that keeps on giving
Among people who claim to be able to vote, Rasumussen and ABC there's a one point lead for Kerry. When you add "If you were able to vote in the 2000 presidential election, did you?" the numbers tip back to Bush.
I think some of these polls push Kerry by asking questions that are Kerry talking points: "is the country on the right track?", "is the country losing jobs through outsourcing?", etc.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:45 AM Permalink
A new advertising campaign in the fight against anti-Semitism in France aims to shock.
This is blasphemy (of course). It's power to shock is precisely because it is an outrage.
The lack of spine of the bishops in not speaking out against it speaks for itself.
If this is designed to obtain sympathy from Christians for the anti-semitism perpetrated by Muslims and secularists, this is like bringing a bucket of gasoline to put out a fire.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:05 AM Permalink
Monday, October 25, 2004
Charge of the Light Brigade. AP Photo.
Riders participate in a re-enactment of the Crimean War's 'Charge of the Light Brigade' as they ride through what is known in British history as the 'Valley of Death' in the Crimea, Ukraine, Sunday Oct. 24, 2004. The Charge of the Light Brigade was an unmitigated disaster for the British Army. Badly-phrased orders led about 670 cavalry into a hail of Russian bullets and cannon, killing the majority of them. Monday is the 150th anniversary of the infamous Charge.
You will probably want to double-check this story because it's so amazing, but it an Extreme Catholic historical footnote.
French secularism is the remote cause of the famous Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava.
As a legacy of the Crusades, the French operated missions in the Holy Land which from the 15th century onward was part of the Ottoman Empire. During that very brief period known as the Reign of Terror and the First Empire -- France withdrew its support of its missions. Into this religious vacuum, the Russian Orthodox moved in and occupied the abandoned missions.
Over time, the French sought to reclaim its 1792 standing, restoring the anciene regime if not in France, in the Holy Land. Diplomacy was attempted. The Russians resisted.
An alliance of the anti-Russians emerged France, Great Britain, and the Ottoman Empire to mount a punitive expedition against Russia. The target was Sevastopol, and Balaclava was on the approach.
At the end of the battle, the Russians held the ground and the British withdrew. Consequently it is the only battle for which there is a military decoration which was a British defeat.
That was only a battle, the war was a defeat for Russia. In gratitude, the French were, for the most part, restored in Jerusalem and elsewhere and the British were granted a special status of protector of the Jews and many regard this event as the planting of the seed of Zionism that would bloom into a state of Israel.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:17 PM Permalink
What's going on in the polls.
The truth is that Kerry never had the lead. Polls were skewed to make it seem as if it Bush and Kerry were even.
Now the credibility of the polling organizations is at stake. They have to become as accurate as they can be so that when their performance of these polling organizations is scrutinized after the election.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:13 PM Permalink
Rosary is not just a fashion item, explains Church. UK Telegraph
The soaring popularity of rosary beads among the fashion conscious has provoked the Roman Catholic Church to issue a leaflet stressing their religious significance.
One way we have discovered to prevent the boys from wearing them is to only give out pink rosaries, they prefer to wear black or white.
There was a murder a few years back where a boy choked another boy to death in a thrill killing with a rosary.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:04 PM Permalink
Quite Simply, Kerry must be stopped; and Bush must win. Paul Johnson. National Review.
The great issue in the 2004 election — it seems to me as an Englishman — is, How seriously does the United States take its role as a world leader, and how far will it make sacrifices, and risk unpopularity, to discharge this duty with success and honor? In short, this is an election of the greatest significance, for Americans and all the rest of us. It will redefine what kind of a country the United States is, and how far the rest of the world can rely upon her to preserve the general safety and protect our civilization.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:41 PM Permalink
Myth of the Catholic Voter. Joseph Bottum. Weekly Standard.
The fact that Catholic voters are invisible feels wrong to me, somehow--a theological error, a philosophical mistake. The uniqueness of the Catholic vote wants to be true, if only because American history and intellectual consistency alike seem to demand that being Catholic make a difference in how one behaves in the public square.
Blogger credit: Amy Welborn
From a book review of George Marlin's The American Catholic Voter
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:14 AM Permalink
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Holy See-Saw. Duncan Maxwell Anderson. New York Post.
After first denying he'd been in touch with Balestreri at all, Fr. Di Noia admitted to Reuters: "I thought I was advising a student who was working on a project. I referred him to a reliable theologian on the matter. I had no idea his aim was actually to build a heresy case against John Kerry or against anyone else."No, I didn't speak to Duncan Maxell Anderson on this topic. He's a friend of mine though. We met at one of the Catholics For Bush events during the RNC.
He's sometimes in Heart, Mind, Strength
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:35 PM Permalink
St. John of Capistrano
A bright, successful young man - a yuppie of the 15th century. After time in jail, he became a Franciscan friar. He was a lawyer, intellectual, and intensely Catholic so naturally he became an inquisitor. His first target were the Hussites, Hus himself having been burned at the stake. From any of his online biographies, you can see that this was a man who knew how to use violence in the name of Christ, when reason and grace wouldn't do the job.
With the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, the little Christian dominoes were going to fall and we might all be speaking Arabic now, were not John of Capistano and John Hunyadi in Belgrade and turn the jihad around, giving independence to Hungary and leaving Christendom somewhat intact to fight another day.
You might look at this picture like I did and say "Where's John?" -- so I photoshopped the second image to shine the light on this saint.
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Election violence must be stopped : Thomas Libscomb Manchester Union-Leader
The worst outbreak of election violence since the civil rights era of the early 1960s has been occurring all across the United States, and there has been far too little attention paid to it.
Lipcomb is critical of the Bush administration for not mobilizing the resources of the Justice Dept and FBI to protect election and party workers. This is a civil rights issue as much at the racist attacks in the 1960's were.
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