Daily Archives: September 18, 2014

Dr. ‘Fraudpants’ Mann’s Lawsuit Against Mark Steyn Generating Hilarity on Twitter

Something significant happened Tuesday in the court case filed by Penn State’s Professor Michael E. Mann against notorious “climate denier” Mark Steyn. The very poorly thought-out lawsuit, perhaps encouraged by some of the worst lawyers in the world, was filed in order to silence Mr. Steyn from criticizing the “settled” climate science claims of Dr. Mann. I’ll let Mr. Steyn describe the new developments:

Ever since this tedious suit was launched by Doctor Fraudpants in defense of his global-warming hockey stick, Michael Mann’s supporters have insisted that it’s not, as I and my fellow defendants have insisted, about free speech. Instead, as they see it, it’s about science finally fighting back against a sustained assault by Koch-funded “denialists”.

A few weeks ago, you’ll recall, the ACLU, The Washington Post, NBC News, The Los Angeles Times and various other notorious right-wing deniers all filed amici briefs opposed to Michael Mann and his assault on free speech. They did this not because they have any great love for me, but because their antipathy to wackjob foreign blowhards is outweighed by their appreciation of the First Amendment – and an understanding of the damage a Mann victory would inflict on it.

Well, yesterday was the deadline, and not a single amicus brief was filed on behalf of Mann. Not one. So Michael Mann is taking a stand for science. But evidently science is disinclined to take a stand for Michael Mann. The self-appointed captain of the hockey team is playing solo.

But that’s not all that happened. In the wake of his lawsuit misfortunes, Dr. Mann decided to go public with a Twitter discussion entitled #askdrmann that was intended to demonstrate the overwhelming support for Mann’s climate change hysteria. That’s not the way it worked out. In fact, over the last two days, the Twitter traffic on that hashtag hit the ground running as a hilarious mock-fest against the good doctor, and it hasn’t let up. The exchange has been reported by Twitchy, and here are some examples:



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Sometimes you just need your Mama

Gospel reading for September 15, 2014, Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows:  But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”  Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.  -John 19:25-27

God never told Mary it would be easy

Meditation by Heather Anderson Renshaw

Five years ago, my husband and I prayed the Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows for the first time. We began on The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sept. 8th) and culminated on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, which the Church celebrates today. In typical “us” fashion, we began the Novena a day late and scrambled to catch up. We agreed that it was a good thing God operates in kairos, and not chronos time.

Anyway, this powerful series of prayers invited us to ponder the seven sorrows throughout Mary’s life as Theotokos – the God-bearerer. It was a truly beautiful experience to find a deeper kinship with she whom I had often thought almost too perfect to even approach. I mean, Mary was born without sin, after all, and I was (and am) a wretched sinner! I couldn’t even make it out of the parish parking lot after Mass some Sundays without getting perturbed by some lousy driver a fellow parishioner! We – Mary and I – weren’t exactly running in the same circles. Or were we?

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus tells John, his beloved disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And, further, John took Mary into his own home once Jesus died.

I have heard this passage several times, yet while praying the Novena, I heard something else – something interesting. I was reminded that, like John, I am beloved of Christ. And, like John and St. Joseph before him, I shouldn’t be afraid to invite Mary into my home, and my prayer life, as my Mother. Nothing gives Mary greater joy than when we obey her Son! It was a most beautiful epiphany. I felt compelled to intentionally invite Mary to watch over me as a wife and mother, and to cover me and my family in her loving mantle of grace and peace. I was no longer afraid to call her, “Mama.”

Just like all of us, Mary experienced profoundly difficult challenges throughout her life. Consider what it must have been like for her to watch helplessly as Jesus suffered and died right before her eyes!

God never told Mary her life would be easy, but He was with her in her sufferings, as He is with all of us when we struggle and stumble. I am so very grateful for A Heavenly Father thoughtful enough to send us a Mother to comfort and intercede for us in times of trial, because – as everybody knows – sometimes, you just need your Mama.

Take some time today to consider your relationship with Our Blessed Mother. When was the last time you gave her a call? She would be so very glad to hear from you!


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[CtH butting in here cuz I came to PN for first time today, prepared to post my latest blog “Sometimes you just need your Mama” and the first thing I saw was Pete’s blog title!  LOLOLOL]

My beloved child bride has been gone for a few days visiting her dad behind the cheddar curtain. He’s 95 and she worries about him constantly. Now that she’s retired she can go anytime she wants to. I don’t mind,but there is a big piece of my life that is missing whenever she’s away.
I have to bathe, dress, and feed myself.
I have to load the dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
I have to clean the blood and broken glass off the floor.(don’t ask)
Had it not been for the invention of the microwave I’d go hungry. They weren’t invented when I got my first apartment and I lived mostly on bologna and cereal. I had to eat over the kitchen sink because I didn’t have a dishwasher. The laundry would pile up until the nice lady upstairs would wash my laundry for me. I played softball 2 nights a week and when I got a pair of white socks dirty I’d throw them under my bed and buy more. They were only five bucks for six pair at K-Mart. She dug them out once and found 28 pair. She went to the kitchen and found a week-old pot of pea soup on the stove with the spoon standing straight up. I was a lounge lizard back then,not because I enjoyed drinking but when you live alone and there’s no cable life could get pretty boring. I couldn’t see doing housework because everything was just going to get dirty again,right?
DW does nearly all the cooking and cleaning in our home and never complains. That’s just the way she is. I’ve perfected the technique of tuning her out when she does complain so she doesn’t bother much anymore.
Mama’s coming home today,but she’ll be off to her daughter’s or her BFF’s tomorrow. That’s how she is.










talking to al


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The feline named Tarder Sauce (AKA Grumpy Cat) and I are kindred spirits.

Our philosophy is:start the day off with a smile….and get it over with.
Hope you get a chuckle out of some of these.
If not,we don’t care….we’re going back to bed.












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