Saturday, September 24, 2005


A plug for an old prof of mine

Ages ago, I took several sociology classes at Regis College here in Denver (now Regis University). One my absolute favorite teachers was a man called Jeff Ferrell, a slightly wacky spikey-haired, left-of-center blond guy with an earring in his ear. So imagine my surprise last night, while watching "20/20," to hear his name. I of course whipped my head up to look at the screen, and there he was, speaking about the effects on society of the evacuations from Hurricane Katrina. Hair slightly less blond, but earring still firmly in place, and voice still with its mellow southern drawl. And so, with memories of a very good college career twanging round my head, I am using this post to plug Jeff Ferrell's books, which I have to admit I haven't read (as I said, he's left of my own views), but I do plan to. Apparently, he is now Doctor Jeff Ferrell, and has many books to his credit. Congratulations, Jeff!

For the "20/20" story, please go to ABC News: Lessons from the Dust Bowl for Hurricane Survivors

Friday, September 23, 2005


How did I miss this?

Ray Nagin, the brave mayor of New Orleans, has moved entirely out of the state of Louisiana! How did I miss hearing this? Of course, mainstream media is hardly likely to see this as breaking news, so missing it was actually fairly easy.

Ray Nagin, the man I like to call the Cowardly Lion, is still in search of a wizard to give him courage, and he has taken his quest all the way to Dallas, Texas, where he now resides. What a fine, brave man...Of course, history also records way back in 1485, after the Battle of Bosworth that usurped the throne of Richard III, that Henry Tudor, who became Henry VII and father to Henry VIII, "led his men bravely from behind." I wonder if Nagin has any Tudor blood in his veins?

Even as President Bush steps forward and states: "The Buck stops here", even as the Governor (Blanco) steps forward and says "The Buck stops here", Nagin throw up his smoke screens and defends his part in this disaster to Larry King and anyone willing to listen. Nagin still taking the stand that the fact the folks sheltered in the various New Orleans locations did not have provisions because the city is so poor. Where is all the tax revenue from the New Orleans night life? Where is the revenue from the tourist trade? Pocketed by someone. The state of Louisiana, and The Big Easy have endured many scandals of organized crime and fund misappropriations during their histories.

Before the citizens of the town take Nagin's word on everything, they need to look very hard at their 'leader'. He is still pointing fingers at everyone but himself. He is trying to inflame the people with his racist comments and speeches. He knows how effective the race-card can be in such stressful times and is cunning enough to think he can hide behind it. This ploy some reason, put me in mind of the invisible cape from Harry Potter. Nagin thinks if he holds that 'card' up his responsibilities and his failings for his people will not be seen...

Steve Subludowsky in the says,"What’s going on with Mayor Nagin of New Orleans?The Mayor who has been color blind for three years is doing terrible post-Katrina damage." he adds,"Guess what? What the good honorable mayor is doing is creating a living hell for those who want him to take specific responsibility for what he is now doing to the City of New Orleans—blaming race and not class—especially at a time when he should be blaming himself for certain pre and post Katrina events over the past few weeks of this hurricane nuclear horror." Ray Nagin; Guess who's Moved to Dallas?!?


Seems like the obvious thing to do

The Vatican is likely going to ban homosexuals from ordianation as priests. This seems like the logical thing to do, but I have absolutely no doubt that liberals will not like this one little bit, nor that I will receive yet more mail telling me how full of hatred I am (true story).

Never mind that it's most likely to be homosexual priests who molest little boys--liberals are going to see this as an attack on a) right to privacy; b) right to free speech; c) right to, as an adult, choose your sexual preference. This isn't going to be lauded as a positive step in the right direction, trust me. Liberals want the Vatican to disappear, pretty much, off the face of the planet, and they will raise an outcry against this. Once, of course, they're done blaming Bush for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Pope bans homosexuals from ordination as priests
Applicants with 'gay' tendencies won't be admitted to seminaries

Posted: September 19, 20056:48 p.m. Eastern
© 2005

Pope Benedict XVI has given his approval to a new Vatican policy document that bans men with homosexual tendencies from being ordained as priests, reports Catholic World News.

The policy statement is a direct result of the pope's concern about the pedophilia scandal in the church – especially in the U.S.

WorldNetDaily: Pope bans homosexuals from ordination as priests

Thursday, September 22, 2005


Two links for hurricane information

The two links here are really good ones for either Rita info, or weather info in general.

Cracking the code for hurricane forecasts - Science -

Live Weather Images:


On watching your own demise

Yesterday, passengers on board the JetBlue flight that nearly crashed were watching their plane, live, on television, as commentators speculated openly as to the fate of the flight.

On top of that, ABC, in its infinite wisdom (maybe it was only my local affiliate, but I somehow doubt it) showed the circling plane in a split-screen with the "Lost" retrospective. You know, the "Lost" one-hour special that was on before the season premiere? The split-screen images, one of a plane circling desperately alongside images of a plane crashing violently, stayed on the screen for what felt like hours before the station finally, mercifully, switched over to "Lost" alone.

This is ghoulish, irresponsible programming. I would be interested in hearing feedback from others on this. Were the networks hoping for a live on-air crash? It certainly came across that way. And I cannot even begin to imagine how it felt to the actual passengers on the JetBlue plane...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005



Seems Texas Governor Rick Perry (R., Texas.) is doing what Governor Kathlees Blanco (D., La.) couldn't, namely evacuating his own people in the face of impending danger.

Of course, there's also the mayoral side of things, isn't there? And with Hurricane Rita, now a Category 4 hurricane, taking dead aim at Galveston, let's just check how the mayor of Galveston is handling things, shall we?

"The real lesson (from Katrina) that I think the citizens learned is that the people in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi did not leave in time. There was great loss of life and property and misery," said Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas. "We just don't want that to happen here. We've always asked people to leave earlier, but because of Katrina, they are now listening to us and they're leaving as we say." Dallas Morning News News for Dallas, Texas Texas/Southwest

I cannot locate Mayor Thomas' political affiliation, so if anyone knows what it is, please e-mail me at Regardless of her affiliation, however, she has managed to stick by her city in a time of crisis. Galveston was all but destroyed in 1900, when 8000 people died in a devastating hurricane. They're prepared today, something that cannot even remotely be said about Louisiana Governor Blanco (D.) or New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (D.).


ZENIT article on John Paul II book

I am posting this article in its entirety, because it's haunting, and should not be read piecemeal.

John Paul II's Last WordsVatican Publishes the Final "Stations" of His Way of the Cross VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 20, 2005

( Pope John Paul II's last words before his death April 2 were, "Let me go to the house of the Father," says a chronicle published by the Holy See.

The latest edition of the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, the official Vatican bulletin, begins with the narration of about four pages in Italian, with an introduction in Latin. The text details the last days of John Paul II.

The chronicle of April 2 begins at 7:30 p.m. with the Mass celebrated in the Holy Father's presence, "who began to experience the beginning of the loss of consciousness."

"At the end of the morning he received the cardinal Secretary of State for the last time and then began a sharp increase in temperature," the document said.

"Around 3:30 p.m., with a feeble and hoarse voice, in Polish, the Holy Father pleaded, 'Let me go to the house of the Father,'" the text said. "A little before 7 p.m. he entered a coma. The monitor documented the progressive exhaustion of his vital functions.

"According to a Polish tradition, a small candle lit up the darkness of the chamber where the Pope was slowing fading away.

"At 8 p.m. began the Mass for the feast of Divine Mercy at the foot of the dying Pontiff's bed. The rite was presided by Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, John Paul II's private secretary, together with Cardinal Marian Jaworski, archbishop of Lviv of the Latin rite, Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and Monsignor Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, the Pope's other personal secretary."

Liturgical songs accompanied the celebration and they blended with those of the youth and the multitude of faithful gathered in prayer in St. Peter's Square. At 9:37 p.m. John Paul II fell asleep in the Lord."

Cardinals on hand

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state; Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of the College of Cardinals (now Benedict XVI); Cardinal Eduardo Martínez Somalo, chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church; and several other members of the papal circle arrived immediately to pay their respects to the deceased Pope.

The chronicle coincides with the information given to the media at the time by Joaquín Navarro Valls, director of the Vatican press office.

The spokesman revealed that on April 1, as the multitude prayed for the Pope in St. Peter's Square, John Paul II had said, referring to the youth present, "I have sought you. Now you have come to see me. I thank you."

That day, the eve of his death, according to the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, the Pope was "conscious and serene."

In the morning he concelebrated Mass at 7:15 a.m. and then listened to the reading of the Stations of the Cross, making a sign of the cross at every station.

"Next he asked to listen to the reading of the Third Hour of Prayer during the Day, of the Divine Office, and some passages from Sacred Scripture," the document said. "The situation was of notable seriousness, characterized by the alarming situation of the parameters of his vital signs."

Septic shock

"The patient united himself to the continual prayers of those that assisted him," the document adds.

The text offers details concerning the Pope's illness that until now had been unknown. His condition worsened on March 31.

"Just after 11:00, the Holy Father, who had gone to the chapel to celebrate holy Mass, was possessed by violent shivering which was followed by a sharp elevation of his temperature until it reached 39.6 degrees C," the text explains. That is equivalent to 103.3 degrees F.

"He later fell into a serious septic shock and a collapse of his cardiovascular system caused by an infection of his urinary tract," it adds, confirming data revealed by Navarro Valls at the time.

"The Pope's explicit wish to remain in his room was respected, where complete and efficient assistance was assured," it clarifies.

The text continues: "In the afternoon, Mass was celebrated at the foot of the Pope's bed. He concelebrated with them, with his eyes partially closed, but in the moment of the consecration, he feebly lifted his arm on two occasions, that is to say, over the bread and over the wine.

"He also seemed to make the gesture of touching his chest as he recited the Agnus Dei. The cardinal of Lviv of the Latin rite (Marian Jaworski n.d.r.) administered the Anointing of the Sick. At 7:17 the Pope received Communion. He next asked that a holy hour of prayer and meditation be celebrated."

Blessing the multitude

The chronicle also gathers details concerning the previous periods of hospitalization of the Pope in the Gemelli Polyclinic of Rome and concerning his public appearances, despite his weakness. It describes his appearance at the window of his study on March 30, in which "he gave his blessing to the multitude, which, amazed and sad, received it from St. Peter's Square."

"This was the last public 'station' of his painful Way of the Cross," the text states.

The rest of the volume of the Acta Apostolicae Sedis gathers all the official documents of recognition of his death, his will and testament (original in Polish), the Mass for the deceased Pontiff, the name of the delegations that participated in the funeral Mass and about 150 pages with messages of condolence sent by international representatives.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Irreconcilable differences

They married in 1977. And now, Patrick Sheehan, husband of anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan, has filed for divorce. This is apparently old news, but I just heard about it, so I'm posting it here. You can see the filing papers at The Smoking Gun at this link. The marriage lasted from April '77 to June 1, '05. I wonder what the irreconcilable differences were? Doesn't actually take much thought, though, does it?


Rate the cowardly lion

I just took this AOL poll, and I have to post the current results, if only to gloat for a bit...

How would you rate Nagin's handling of the Katrina disaster?
Poor 66%
Good 12%
Fair 12%
Excellent 10%

Who's done a better job during the crisis?
President Bush 68%
Mayor Nagin 32%
Total Votes: 184,966


Speaking of Florida

The Empire Journal, an online masterpiece that has been repeatedly hacked by, in all probability, left-wing whackos, posted this on their site. It is a must-read article for anyone who believes that Terri Schindler was murdered by her husband. No, strike that, it's a must-read article for anyone even remotely interested in the case, whether you think Terri was murdered or not. It's an eye-opener...

The article contains such gems of information as this: The Empire Journal recently learned that Michael Schiavo lied on his 1990 guardianship application, fabricating a college degree that he never earned. Under penalties of perjury, he said he had received an associates of science degree from Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania . He didn’t. He only went to college one year and didn’t finish the program.

And this: But then there’s the matter of Schiavo testifying at a medical malpractice trial on Nov. 5, 1992, that he had started to go to nursing school approximately a year previous and hoped to finish in “something like 1994”. According to college records, Schiavo didn’t start “nursing school” at St. Petersburg Junior College, a nursing school named for Evelyn Jerger, the wife of his concubine’s insurance partner, until August, 1996, receiving his nursing degree in December, 1998.


Memorial service for Terri Schindler to be held Friday

This is from, and I'm posting it here in its entirety:

Memorial Service for Terri Schiavo in NY
From one of our friends in NY:
I am arranging a memorial prayer service for Terri Schiavo. It will be held at 6:30 pm this Friday, Sept 23, at the Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC. The address is 128 W. 37th Street (off Broadway). Reception to follow in church hall. I don't know if you can post this so that others in the area can join us, but I am passing this along in case you can. Thanks! Susan


Terri Schindler--cast of characters

For those of you who would like a comprehensive cast of characters in the Terri Schindler case, please visit this great link. It's the original compilation put together by Myopic Zeal, and I would post the entire thing here but for my desire to save space.

Also check out The Title of Liberty: The Web of Lies for more discussion on the Terri Schindler cast of characters, as well as a graphical representation of the web that surrounded Terri. You can also e-mail me as I have saved both of these links as files, if you would prefer.

Also, this article from CBS 47 Jacksonville gives hope that Terri's struggles will not be forgotten:

New Roman Catholic university establishes Schiavo scholarship
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - The Ave Maria University has established a scholarship in the name of Terri Schiavo. Officials say the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Scholarship is for students planning careers in the priesthood. Their goal is to have up to four (m) million dollars in scholarship money available to students within the next few years. Terri Schiavo suffered severe brain damage when her heart temporarily stopped in 1990. She died March 31st from dehydration after her feeding tube was disconnected despite efforts to keep her alive. The Vatican had called the removal of her feeding tube a violation of the principles of Christianity and civilization. The liberal arts school has been conducting its classes in temporary facilities while a campus is built in Naples. It is expected to open next year.


Fresh horrors out of Florida

Essential Truth, a well-written blog loaded with good sense, posted the article below on the 18th. It reminds me so forcefully of Terri Schindler's fight to the death.

Please visit Essential Truth's blog as well as Scott's Fight for a full overview of this case.

There are not-so-subtle overtones that leap out at the reader, bringing Terri strongly to mind...Scott Thomas' spouse, who is currently involved with someone else (sound familiar?), is the one angling for his death, and his parents are the ones trying desperately to save his life.

I will, of course, be following this case with great interest.

The ULTIMATE of "egregious and flagrant" - FLORIDA!

Scott Thomas KNOWS how he was injured, and Scott Thomas knows WHO did it. But, Scott Thomas is not allowed to testify in Florida's Fourth Circuit, and elsewhere in Florida - because he is disabled. In the United States, we have laws that prohibit such treatment for disabled Americans. Who can put Judge William Wilkes back in line? Please enjoy reading a bit of US Code Title 42, found here.

TITLE 42 > CHAPTER 21 > SUBCHAPTER I-A > § 1997a§ 1997a. Initiation of civil actions(a) Discretionary authority of Attorney General; preconditions Whenever the Attorney General has reasonable cause to believe that any State or political subdivision of a State, official, employee, or agent thereof, or other person acting on behalf of a State or political subdivision of a State is subjecting persons residing in or confined to an institution, as defined in section 1997 of this title, to egregious or flagrant conditions which deprive such persons of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States causing such persons to suffer grievous harm, and that such deprivation is pursuant to a pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of such rights, privileges, or immunities, the Attorney General, for or in the name of the United States, may institute a civil action in any appropriate United States district court against such party for such equitable relief as may be appropriate to insure the minimum corrective measures necessary to insure the full enjoyment of such rights, privileges, or immunities, except that such equitable relief shall be available under this subchapter to persons residing in or confined to an institution as defined in section 1997 (1)(B)(ii) of this title only insofar as such persons are subjected to conditions which deprive them of rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution of the United States.


I didn't even know Michael Schiavo could spell

Originally uploaded by SanityRanch.
Michael Schiavo is writing a book. Well, not actually writing, more like putting his name on the cover and making loads of cash from the sales of the book. Hey, he has to support his kids and his adulterous tramp of a new wife somehow, right? (And pictured here, the adulterous tramp Jodi Centonze, who is presumably now legally married to killer Michael Schiavo. Of course, she is an accessory to that murder, so she might as well marry the guy. At least they have something to talk about at the dinner table.)

When I read the short article below, tears came hot and fast to my eyes--the pain of Terri Schindler's death still haunts me, and will likely do so for the rest of my life...

(AP) PUNTA GORDA, FL Suburban Philadelphia native Michael Schiavo is co-writing a book with author Michael Hirsh to tell his side of the end-of-life case that divided much of the country.
Schiavo’s wife, Terri, suffered a brain injury in 1990 that left her in what some doctors called a “persistent vegetative state.” She died March 31st after a bitter court battle between her husband and her parents.

Hirsh expects the 280-page book, “Terri: the Truth,” to be available just before the first anniversary of Terri’s death. Dutton Publishing publicity manager Jean Anne Rose confirms that the company is publishing the book in March.


Desire Street ministries

I received this in an e-mail alert this morning, and wanted to post it on the off-chance that any of my readers might be able to help. I'm posting the entire article here, so that all of the information I have gets out there. If anyone can help, please visit Desire Street Ministries or phone 1-866-633-0070.

Desire Street Ministries Looks for Lost Students

By Melissa Charbonneau CWNews

CWNews.comJACKSON, Mississippi - Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans runs a school for disadvantaged children. But the ministry was hit hard by Katrina.

They are what is left of the football team of the Desire Street Academy, running plays with a soda can instead of a ball. The team will miss its first season game since Katrina's flood waters submerged their homes and schools in New Orleans.

Camping out in borrowed apartments in Jackson, Mississippi, some of the schools staff and students are trying to relocate - still stunned over their loss.

Daniel Ballard, Desire Street Ministries relief coordinator, explained, "It's completely gone. So we are desperately looking right now for facilities to turn our school into a boarding school."

Ballard says that the high school boys are from the nation's largest public housing community. Desire Street Academy was their refuge from inner city poverty, drugs, and crime.

Student Josh Edward commented, "They (the academy staff) will love you...take care of you...and they hang out with you, but in a public school, I don't think you get that."

"And they treat us like we are their own children - their own child," remarked student Deangelo Peterson.

Peterson just returned to his teammates from Houston, after spending three nights in the New Orleans Convention Center with his family. "There was people stealing,” Peterson recalled.

“There was people shooting outside the convention center. They had all types of stuff...old people were dying, and they had no water."

His friends call Peterson a hero. When his school evacuated during the storm, he stayed behind to rescue his family from the flood.

"I just held my nieces over my head, and I walked through the water. I told her I could walk through water. And I brought them to the hotel. I had to carry my mother, and my cousin... the water was above my chest," Peterson said.

Now the search is on to find the missing - nearly 200 fellow students scattered in shelters across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

They are constantly working their cell phones, battling bad connections to track down every classmate and bring them home. "I got in touch with a few, but not everybody," said a student.

CBN News asked one female student, "What are you guys doing to try to find them and bring them together?"

Carry Matthews responded, "Phone conversations, people that talk to other people - they call me and I tell them - everybody, yeah."

Once the boys locate their lost, they say it will be time to rebuild. And like so many here, they have to start from nothing.

Clinging to hope out of disaster and devastation, the young men of Desire Street say that some day they will return home to start again.

Desire Street Academy sees a silver lining in the forced relocation of their school. They see it as a chance to help expand their work helping young men across the country. And once they return to New Orleans, they say they hope to rebuild their community and make it stronger than ever.


Official account of the death of Pope John Paul II

The Vatican has published a 200-page volume detailing the death of beloved pontiff John Paul II. I'm sure that this book can be purchased at your local Catholic bookseller, or try visiting the official Vatican website at this link.

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican has published an official, meticulously detailed account of Pope John Paul II's last days and hours as he approached death, including his final words, mumbled weakly in Polish: "Let me go to the house of the Father."

The Vatican publishing house produced a 220-page volume, with entries in chronological order, starting with Jan. 31, the day the Holy See's press office announced the late pope's audiences were being suspended because he had flu symptoms.

The publishing house said Saturday the volume, which can be purchased at the Vatican, went on sale in recent days.

A good many of the details in the account have been revealed by the Vatican already but the volume gives some more details.

Its publication might be an effort by the Vatican to try and ward off any future doubts over whether the Holy See has told all about the pontiff's death.

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