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Death by Bernoulli   1 comment

A few posts down, I linked to a You-tube video of a fellow base jumping in Antarctica, suggesting that it was something I might like to try in the Kingdom.  Contra such imaginings is the video below of another base jumper who finds himself battered against the rocks by the inopportune application of Bernoulli’s Principle to him self and his parachute!

So, “maybe in the Kingdom” is now amended to “probably not, even in the Kingdom,” unless our Lord annuls Bernoulli’s Principle.

Posted September 21, 2011 by Fr. Bill in Sic Semper Mundis

Skin-singing, Brain-Pickling Horror!   Leave a comment

Those aspiring to the emotional roller-coaster thrills of Chicken Little, I recommend you dive into the pool of alarm over at The Green Prophet, a site riddled with visions, advice on eco-friendly shopping, eco-recipes, news about fashion contests ,and skin-blistering, brain-pickling horror stories.  Among the latter is this one , which provides serious competition to the grisliest scare-passage from your favorite Stephen King novel:

In some places, 2010 was the hottest year on record. Saudi Arabia – with its enormous swath of desert – was particularly hard hit, while Egypt stewed during a series of blackouts amidst heat that singed skin and pickled brains. The discomfort of those painful summer months may have dissipated as temperatures begin to dip, but prepare yourself: in the next few decades, particularly around the Mediterranean, our skin and brains could shrivel to nothing under heat and drought that our planet may never have experienced before.

So, that bastion of high-tech energy delivery — Egypt — had some blackouts in the summer.  It must have been horrid for those saps in California. 

And it got hot in the Saudi desert??? 

For crying out loud, why aren’t they touting the temperatures in Death Valley?  Or in the burg of my birth —Needles, California —where the summertime termperatures today are pretty much what I grew up with for the first 12 years of my life (check out the daily averages and record highs here ).  I used to work on the railroad in Needles during the summer when I was in university, and temperatures on the train platform at 3:00 PM were usually over 140 degrees.  All that concrete, basalt, creosoted wood ties, and steel rail are fantastic heatsinks, dontcha know. 

I guess my skin was really singed and my brains really pickled!

Posted October 22, 2010 by Fr. Bill in Sic Semper Mundis

Wacko Tree-huggers? Or Blood-thirsty Climate Changists?   Leave a comment

I’ve long considered environmentalists to be whacked out tree-hugging pagans, even before I became a Christian.  Besotted with the standard religious values of all pagans since mankind spread out from Babel, you might have thought them to be essentially harmless, even if you thought their agenda was economically and politically toxic. 

But, in the past couple of decades, parties wtihin this pan-pagan demographic have begun to show a bit of tooth and claw toward those who don’t toe the environmentalist line. Red tooth and claw at that. 

In fact, eco-terrorism is now sufficiently prevalent that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has an official definition for it:  “the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against people or property by an environmentally oriented, subnational group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature.”

My, my.  With a definition like that, you’d think these folks might be attempting to bore their environmentally insensitive opponents to death.  But, $200 million of property damage between 2003 and 2008 has prompted most states to pass laws against environmental terrorism.  Doh. 

But the essence of terrorism is to … well, to terrorize, right?  And, so, that’s how we should understand the shoe-dropping, jaw-dropping endorsement of violent murder against those who disagree with global warming.  And, no, I’m not exaggerating.  In Merry Old England, which also spawned a massive campaign of academic fraud and professional intimidation against scientists who challenge global warming hysterics, one of their propagandist organizations decided that global warming wasn’t getting enough good press.  So, what do they do?

Well, they decided it would be a barrel of fun and laughs to make a film showing three scenarios, in which there are a few folks (very few, among the masses) who don’t want to go along with helping to avert global warming.  And, then — this is the funny part, so get ready to laugh until you cry! — the mini-film shows a global-warming proponent blowing up the few folks who don’t want to do anything to stop global warming.

It’s not a cartoon.  It’s as realistically portrayed as a Freddy Krueger slasher movie.  It’s as bloody as a Sam Pekinpah festival of gore-galore.  Think buckets of blood splattered throughout the classroom.  That’s right — the first two people to be turned into chopped liver and lungs and brains are kids.  In a classroom. 

You may view the film by clicking on the You-tube link below.  But, be warned.  If the sight of buckets of blood splattered around, along with ground-up chunks of human flesh, puts you off your feed … well, maybe you’d better take my word for it.  Or the word of a friend with a stomach for this kind of thing.  In the meantime, forget that idea you had about environmentalist organizations promoting flowers and bunnies and lovely trees needing a hug.

How to Tell That You’re Not Anglican   3 comments

There are lots of ways to tell that Anglican Christianity, aka the historic English Reformation, is not for you.

If, for example, you think that rolling naked down the aisle is an appropriate expression of worship, Anglican Christianity is not for you. Or, if you think that — like that nude holy roller — whatever strikes your fancy at the moment is just fine on Sunday morning at worship, then you’re not the stuff that will make for an Anglican Christian. Or, any sort of authentic Christian, for that matter.

The problem is this: there are lots of people who bear the name “Anglican” who are really pagans who like to do their pagan thing in Anglican drag.

This should be no surprise, actually. It’s a problem throughout Christendom. Baptists have their distinctives — in their faith, in their worship, in the way they suppose the life of a normal Christian ought to go. So do the Presbyterians. So do the Romans (their pagans are trying to get wormen ordained as priestesses). And in all these and every other community of Christians, there are those who who don’t care a fig for the Christian faith, but who show up because they want to do their pagan thing wearing the costume of whatever church they show up in.

All this in introduction to the follownig video of a group of women singing “The Age of Aquarius” in what appears to be a gathering for worship in Christ Anglican Church in London. If you think this is cool, inclusive, affirming, neatsy-keen, or otherwise a good idea, you’re not the stuff Anglican Christians are made of. You’re probably not even Christian.

By the way, don’t miss the babe at 1:00 and 1:18 who puts on the boob and butt show.

Posted September 25, 2010 by Fr. Bill in Improper piety, Sic Semper Mundis

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Told You So! Told You So!   Leave a comment

While it’s still up, you can read here the Washington Examiner’s exposition about how bad Obamacare is.  Turns out, according to these editors, it’s much worse than its critics ever said it would be. 

To summarize, the Examiner’s analysis shows that:

  • Obamacare won’t decrease health care costs for the government. According to Medicare’s actuary, it will increase costs.
  • As written, Obamacare covers elective abortions, contrary to Obama’s promise that it wouldn’t. This means that tax dollars will be used to pay for a procedure millions of Americans across the political spectrum view as immoral.
  • Obamacare won’t allow employees or most small businesses to keep the coverage they have and like. By Obama’s estimates, as many as 69 percent of employees, 80 percent of small businesses, and 64 percent of large businesses will be forced to change coverage, probably to more expensive plans.
  • Obamacare will increase insurance premiums — in some places, it already has. Obama’s only method of preventing massive rate increases so far has been to threaten insurers.
  • Obamacare will force seasonal employers — especially the ski and amusement park industries — to pay huge fines, cut hours, or lay off employees.
  • Obamacare forces states to guarantee not only payment but also treatment for indigent Medicaid patients.
  • Obamacare allows the IRS to confiscate part or all of your tax refund if you do not purchase a qualified insurance plan. The bill funds 16,000 new IRS agents to make sure Americans stay in line.

Posted September 24, 2010 by Fr. Bill in Abortion, Sic Semper Mundis

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