My review of the 1937 film adaption of the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Silverblaze staring Arthur Wontner as Holmes is available at Amazon.com here.

This movie is available for viewing online at IMDB here but the quality is very low, if you would rather not purchase it but want to see it Netflix has a much better copy available.

You will note that the title is different than the review, that is because the US release took place AFTER the release of Basil Rathbone’s Hound of the Baskervilles. This was done to take advantage of a favorable box office.

It’s a good thing that instead of inarticulate people like George W. Bush in Washington these days we have folks like Arnie Duncan who know how to turn a phrase:

ABC News’ Mary Bruce Reports: Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today that Hurricane Katrina was “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans” because it gave the city a chance to rebuild and improve its failing public schools. emphasis mine

Perhaps the right way to say what he was trying to express would have been: “An unexpected consequence of the devastation of Katrina was rebuilding and improvement of the failing public schools in New Orleans a testament to the spirit of the people of the city.”, but I’m just a neanderthal conservative what do I know about turning a phrase?

Glenn calls it the Gaffe of the year, well the year is still young but I’m not giving him a nelson because I understood what he meant rather what he said.

After all if Jay Nordlinger can be so insulted what’s to stop him? And will his listeners be ready to believe? After all he is appearing at a teaparty and appearing for a Republican!

Then again a man who has faced down actual evil and repression is unlikely to be intimidated by the likes of a MSNBC host.

Believe it or not that sentence wasn’t written by Christopher Hitchens! It belongs to Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. They are organizing a boycott over a postage stamp of Mother Theresa as her Catholicism can’t be “separated” from her deeds.

“Mother Teresa is principally known as a religious figure who ran a religious institution. You can’t really separate her being a nun and being a Roman Catholic from everything she did.”

Very true, if that’s not an endorsement for Catholicism I’d like to know what is, but what about ministers like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King? Surely she would object to them as well?

she doesn’t have any problem with King or Malcolm X. Martin Luther King “just happened to be a minister,” she said, and “Malcolm X was not principally known for being a religious figure.”

That statement would have surprised both Kind and X. This person needs to be introduced to Rosemary “I’m one person. I don’t divide myself” Reynolds ASAP.

None of this constitutes a “darker side” of her faith, to Gaylor, what does? One guess:

her opposition to abortion. emphasis mine

As I’ve said before abortion is the sacrament for the left and to a large degree the MSM that supports it. Why do you think Joseph Cao was not lionized by the media for his solitary vote for the Healthcare bill? Because that vote couldn’t be separated from his opposition to abortion. You can bet your bottom dollar Dede would have been.

There is no greater foe to secular humanism that the protection of life from abortion, it is the breakdown of that respect for life that makes everything that follows possible.

Update: Hotair / Cassy Fiano notices and is clear on the concept:

What difference does it make if someone who is being honored for their good works was a Catholic nun or not anyways? Being a Catholic nun or a Christian leader is not something you can separate those two people from. Is the argument then that you cannot honor a good person who did amazing things for their entire lifetime simply because they were Christian? Gaylor also attacked Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, saying it was a “wealthy” charity, and that she — shockingly! — was against abortion and wanted to baptize people before they died. She says this is part of the Roman Catholic Church’s “PR machine” to make Mother Teresa a saint. Because, you know, canonization as a saint always involves shadowy conspiracies with the USPS.

I know it’s tough to understand for some people, but Christians tend to be… anti-abortion, and they want people to be baptized and accept Christ as their savior. They have this whole thing about not wanting people to go to hell, as crazy a concept as that might be. emphasis mine

She must know Rosemary too!

My review of the Big Finish companion Chronicles # 4.5 RingPullworld is available at Amazon.com here.

You will note that the image at Amazon doesn’t match the image here. That is because they put “placeholder” images before the actual covers are released and whoever is selling the copies on Amazon never updated the image to show the proper doctor or the proper cover. This is in fact a 5th doctor adventure featuring his companion Turlough.