Via Glenn This article should be required reading for all those who follow the religion of global warming:

A lot of scientists can tell a flaming fraud when they see one, but they are keeping their heads well down. Freeman Dyson, one of the great physicists, tells us why:

When science gets rich it becomes political.

According to Dyson, our problem is not underfunding science; it’s overfunding scientists until they become politicized

He compares the current climate models to video games

Simplistic computer models don’t work because they ignore too many factors — like atmospheric water and Mr. Sun, just to name two. In their own specialties most scientists would dismiss such simplistic models out of hand. This one they don’t dare to touch.

People get very angry if you try to kill their golden goose. More Dyson on climate models:

They do not begin to describe the real world that we live in. The real world is muddy and messy and full of things that we do not yet understand. It is much easier for a scientist to sit in an air-conditioned building and run computer models, than to put on winter clothes and measure what is really happening outside in the swamps and the clouds. That is why the climate model experts end up believing their own models.

Playing guitar hero does not make you a musician and playing medal of honor won’t make you a soldier. Read the whole thing.

Well Christmas turned out to be rather odd.

We spent most of the morning preparing for our guests. As we didn’t have the ovens we swung over my mothers and used a couple of hers (she has 4).

Since we had so much to do I left the two hams cooking in two ovens, one upstairs and one in the cellar while my son took her to church and I rushed home to continue the preparation.

Unfortunately my brother showed up at the house and went in and finding both ovens on assumed my mother forgot them and shut them off.

Discovering his mistake later he turned them on but the downstairs oven was on a clock so when he finally turned it back on it still turned itself off before it was done.

That wasn’t so bad since our guests were running late so we had time to finish it, however they were delayed again and again till finally we fell asleep on the sofa and recliner waiting for them. Due to new power outages here and in surrounding towns they never made it. Kind of a letdown.

So the house is pretty clean and ready for our annual open house on the 3rd, and our beer supply is now rather large, but we have several leftover hams and food for four times our number in the fridge waiting to be warmed.

The wife was and is very disappointed but I figure those guys far away from home looking for a hot meal and a cold beer were more so. And hey there are twelve days to Christmas the dining room table is still set and sooner or later those guys gotta eat, so we’ll see.

It is Christmas day. The first of the 12 days of Christmas.

This is the calm before the storm. The gifts are opened. (I got exactly what I wanted, this, this this and this) Breakfast is done and the family is calm and full.

But in 4 hours the house will be full, and in a very few minutes panic mode will set in and the preparation of the house will begin.

So today as I likely don’t post for many hours if at all, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, then as always, have a nice day.

Tell me have you ever had a phone call from your wife out of the blue stating that the house has to be organized because 16 total strangers from thousands of miles away are coming for Christmas Dinner when you were only going to have the 4 of your family before?

Until 30 minutes ago neither had I.

Blogging will be non-existent for the rest of the day.

Merry Christmas to all, and please excuse me I have some cleaning to do.

Can someone explain the wisdom of this:

Oddly enough, the FAQ page at the Saddleback Church that contained their policy statements on dinosaurs, evolution, and homosexuality (among other subjects) has suddenly been wiped clean: Saddleback Church: Small Group Information.

As a Catholic my belief set doesn’t match Pastor Warren’s but c’mon. You either believe what you preach or you don’t. The bible is rather clear that being attacked is part of the job description to wit:

“Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father. Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.’ Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me and whoever does not take up his cross 15 and follow after me is not worthy of me.

This passage from Matthew 10:32-38 is very clear, take the hits and the jibes, stand up and be counted. No waffling allowed.

Thinking about the two big stories in the last 24 hours it occurs to me that a lot of the fuss in a bit odd.

First on Emanuel. The president elect has rightly taken quite a few hits on the amazing bungling he has achieved on this. It seems to me however that it would be more of a shock if the chief of staff of the incoming president elect didn’t talk to the governor concerning the vacant Senate seat then if he did. In fact this is the sort of thing a chief of staff is supposed to do. The big mistake of the Obamaites has been the abject denials of contact. They would have been much wiser to say quite rightly: “Of course we had contact concerning this. What would you expect? But we will be damned if anyone would expect that we would “pay” for the seat.

This cost credibility and showed vacillation. When you are marketed as a savior that is not what people expect to hear. It would not surprise me to see more of this in the future, but a wise administration will learn from it.

As for Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg she is apparently carrying herself as a privileged elite in dealing with the press and the office. This is politically foolish but not unexpected. It would be impossible for her to Schlossberg to act any like a normal candidate or person as she has nothing in her background that suggests anything other than royal privilege. What has she ever been denied and who has ever denied her? She is John Quincy Adams without the resume.

I suspect that like John Quincy in asking for this office she genuinely wants to serve the public in the traditions of her family and wants to prove herself against the example of a famous father. Ironically both would expect that of course high office is deserved. The difference being Adams would expect it due to a public record that would be a lifetime of work for two other people. She expects it because of a lifetime of adoration and deference.but just can’t bring herself to have to ask the people for the privilege.

Again I think we will see a lot more of this unless the heat becomes unbearable for her to handle but you never know. After all her Uncle had no business winning a Senate Seat in ’62 but love him or hate him nobody can deny his ability as a Senator.

Anyways these are both interesting stories but they shouldn’t shock anybody at all.

Well I’ve had a few rants today but there are a lot of good things to smile about as well.

Got my car inspected and filled up, the price was less then a fill-up would have been 4 months ago.

Saw a convoy of power trucks from Chattanooga Tenn. these guys are really working hard. Still a few people without power but they are working on it.

Been reading about King Phillips War it wasn’t far from here that houses were torched and people killed stripped and scallped. Compared to that an Ice Storm is nothing.

The direct deposit for my unemployment has come in. With the direct deposit system the check was processed in 48 hours. A whole lot easier than 4 years ago.

And I got my first sale, If I can manage 8-10 more a week we can say goodbye to the unemployment bit altogether.

And its game night. You can never be unhappy on gamenight.

And the blankets are finally in for Christmas.

The Pope affirmed Catholic teaching yesterday:

Pope Benedict said Monday that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.

The Church “should also protect man from the destruction of himself. A sort of ecology of man is needed,” the pontiff said in a holiday address to the Curia, the Vatican’s central administration.

“The tropical forests do deserve our protection. But man, as a creature, does not deserve any less.”

The Catholic Church teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are

Considering the first line I was waiting for a direct quote concerning homosexuality. Maybe the author didn’t include it because the Pope didn’t make one:

Benedict XVI stands accused today of ecclesiastical gay-bashing. When I was woken up very early this morning by a radio station looking for a quote, I was given the impression that he’d given a speech saying homosexuals were as big a threat to the planet as climate change.

That would have been an own goal, I admit. But look at the text of the Pope’s speech to the Curia and he doesn’t even come close to saying that. The point Benedict is making is that God’s plan for creation encompasses both stewardship of the planet and the expression of human sexual relations within (and only within) marriage.

Nowhere in his speech does he say that “homosexuaity” is a sin, because that’s not Catholic teaching.

None the less the long knives are out:

“When you have religious leaders like that making that sort of statement then followers feel they are justified in behaving in an aggressive and violent way because they feel that they are doing God’s work in ridding the world of these people.”

Her views were echoed by the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, the vicar of Putney and president of Inclusive Church, the pro-gay Anglican movement. “I thought the Christmas angels said ’Fear not’. Instead, the Pope is spreading fear that gay people somehow threaten the planet. And that’s just absurd … Can’t he think of something better to say at Christmas?”

Pam Spaulding, a leading lesbian blogger from the United States, was even more direct. She said: “The Prada Papa Ratzi opens his trap again, and the homophobia stinks like trash piled up during a NYC garbage strike.”

If you want to read the actual text of the speech it is available in German and Italian here, but not in English. A babel fish translation is here but it seems a tad iffy to me so feel free to use your own translator.

Lets cut to the Chase: Regardless of what is done in other denominations the Pope is not going to change Church doctrine because you don’t like it. There is no requirement for anyone to be Catholic. There is no requirement for you to believe Catholic teaching. If you want a church that fits your beliefs there are plenty of denominations out there that tailor their beliefs to fill the collection plate. Or you can even form your own. If you don’t want to believe in any religion that is fine too. It’s all up to you. Feel free to critique, demonize, attack, belittle, ridicule, denounce and even hate the Church and proclaim it loudly for the rest of your life if you want to.

After that you’re on your own.