Thursday, December 30, 2010

Global Warming Claim Continues to Contradict Data

From a Drudge Report article:

BRITAIN’S winter is the coldest since 1683 and close to being the chilliest in nearly 1,000 years.

Latest figures reveal that the average temperature since December 1 has been a perishing -1C.

That makes it the second coldest since records began in 1659.

The chilliest on record was 1683/84, when the average was -1.17C and the River Thames froze over for two months.

But with January and February to come, experts believe we could suffer the most freezing cold winter in the last 1,000 years.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

More Criticism Questioning the Radical Theory of Global Warming

Great editorial in (click
here) exposing the fear mongering tactics of the tyrannical global warming alarmists:

This is a big problem for those who see human-caused global warming as an irreversible result of the Industrial Revolution's reliance on carbon-based fuels. Based on global warming theory — and according to official weather forecasts made earlier in the year — this winter should be warm and dry. It's anything but. Ice and snow cover vast parts of both Europe and North America, in one of the coldest Decembers in history.

. . . Since at least 1998, however, no significant warming trend has been noticeable. Unfortunately, none of the 24 models used by the IPCC views that as possible. They are at odds with reality.

Karl Popper, the late, great philosopher of science, noted that for something to be called scientific, it must be, as he put it, "falsifiable." That is, for something to be scientifically true, you must be able to test it to see if it's false. That's what scientific experimentation and observation do. That's the essence of the scientific method.

Unfortunately, the prophets of climate doom violate this idea. No matter what happens, it always confirms their basic premise that the world is getting hotter. The weather turns cold and wet? It's global warming, they say. Weather turns hot? Global warming. No change? Global warming. More hurricanes? Global warming. No hurricanes? You guessed it.

Nothing can disprove their thesis. Not even the extraordinarily frigid weather now creating havoc across most of the Northern Hemisphere. The Los Angeles Times, in a piece on the region's strangely wet and cold weather, paraphrases Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist Bill Patzert as saying, "In general, as the globe warms, weather conditions tend to be more extreme and volatile."

Friday, December 24, 2010

Pope's England Address on Christmas Eve

In the UK's Radio 4 Thought for the Day program on Christmas Eve, Pope Benedict made an appearance to address the people of England, Scotland, and Wales.
Click here for video.

One message of Christmas hope for us all is when he pointed out that God is the source of our joy when he said:

"Let us give thanks to God for his goodness to us, and let us joyfully proclaim to those around us the good news that God offers us freedom from whatever weighs us down; he gives us hope, he brings us life."

And encourages our trust in Him when he reminded us:

"God is always faithful to his promises but He often surprises us in the way He fulfills them."

Monday, December 13, 2010

NASA Reveals Yet More Proof Solar Activity on Grander Scale than SUV's

Liberals, who want to control our lives based on their pet theories, still refuse to acknowledge nature in that the sun and not the SUV is bigger than our planet - no front page news except to leftist idealogs. The article (with accompanying video) as reported by NASA stated:

"The August 1st event really opened our eyes," says Karel Schrijver of Lockheed Martin’s Solar and Astrophysics Lab in Palo Alto, CA. "We see that solar storms can be global events, playing out on scales we scarcely imagined before."

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Saga Continues: More Troubles in the Modern American Catholic Church

Today's headline reads, "Nun Accused of Embezzling $850,000 from College, Then Gambling It Away in Atlantic City".

The Fox News story states that the nun is

cloistered at the Sisters for St. Joseph Order near Philadelphia. Part of its mission statement is "to raise consciousness about all forms of poverty."

Looking at the picture in the article, one could ask, where is her veil and why isn't she truly cloistered with her Order or raising consciousness about poverty? With this headline, she certainly is raising that consciousness now. The only good that might come from this story is that it shines a light on modernism and all its misguided expectations. So I'm taking yet another easy opportunity to expose just one of the countless failures of modernism.

One of modernism's victims was the traditional religious habit. Nuns wear a habit and a veil. It sets them apart from the world which the religious person has publicly renounced. The habit is a reminder to the religious and to the world that their mission is not the world, but the spiritual salvation of souls for a supernatural world in Heaven. Their mission is spiritual, other worldly, in the world but not of this world. Anything otherwise suggests worldliness which endangers the mission, confuses the world, and confuses the religious. So much so, that it leads to nuns embezzling money meant to promote this spiritual mission and gamble it away in the very environment the religious initially dedicated themselves to counter against.

The religious completely give their lives to Christ, both within and without. The habit does not just represent a symbolic giving of oneself to God. It is the physical shedding of the world and putting on the garment of Christ. Once a nun ditches her habit for secular garb she is no longer publicly identifying herself to the world as Christ's very own. The world won't recognize her as a religious. So if the world won't recognize the commitment a nun declared in her vows, why should the nun?

Over time ditching the habit or the veil would erode the religious person's spiritual fabric of being Christ's exclusive lover. Bishop Fulton Sheen would agree that what is expressed outwardly represents what is stirring inwardly. Seeing American nuns without veils or habits represents a larger scale tug of war within the modern American Catholic Church. The American Church can't decide which lover to choose. Christ or the world. This seems to be the issue in practically all of the Church's modern-day controversies. We need to reflect inwardly and ask ourselves this Advent, is Christ our focus or is the world winning the tug of war? St. John Vianney reminds us:

"You either belong wholly to the world, or wholly to God."

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Je Suis L'Immaculee Conception

"I am the Immaculate Conception"

These words, spoken on March 25, 1858, the Marian Feast of the Annunciation to St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes, France changed the course of history forever.

Here are a couple of musical scores by Franz Biebl and Josquin des Pres in honor of Mary Mother of the True God Immaculately Conceived:

Josquin des Pres (c. 1440-1521) Missa Mater Patris

The lyrics to Josquin's Ave Maria comprises one of the most touching hymns to Our Lady.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee, gentle Virgin.
Hail, thou whose Conception,
Full of solemn joy,
Fills heaven and earth
With new gladness.
Hail, thou whose Nativity
Became our great celebration,
As the light-bringing rising light
Coming before the true sun.
Hail, blessed humility,
Fertility without man,
Whose Annunciation
Was our salvation.
Hail, true virginity,
Immaculate chastity,
Whose Purification
Was our cleansing.
Hail, glorious one
In all angelic virtures,
Whose Assumption
Was our glorification.
O Mother of God,
Remember me.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pope Approves Condoms?

American Papist put together this clever Xtranormal computerized scene between two homies on the tram discussing the Pope's remarks about condoms. Caution - Not for Children or Immature Adults: