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Archive for December, 2009

NEWLY UPDATED, 12/ 28/ 2011~Sermons For New Years Eve/Day

Posted by Dim Bulb on December 31, 2009

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Appropriate Thoughts For The Last Day Of The Year.  A New Years Eve sermon on Sirach (Eccles.) 3:26.

For the grace of God hath appeared to all men.  A sermon on Titus 2:11-12

Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. A Sermon on Rom 1:7 and Eph 1:3.

The Fear Of God Our Surest Way To Happiness. A sermon on Psalm 111:1 (112:1).


The End of Man. A sermon on Ps 39:5 (38:5 in some translations).

Salvation, Our Only Affair of Importance. A sermon on Luke 10:41-42.

How Much is Contained in the Commonplace Greeting: “A Happy New Year”. Another sermon on Titus 2:11.

How We Should Begin, and End, The New Year. Another sermon on Titus 2:12.

I’ll attempt to add a couple of more updates under this heading latter this evening

St John Chrysostom’s Homily for the New Year.

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The Worst Quotes Of The Year @ N.Y. Times

Posted by Dim Bulb on December 31, 2009

Yesterday I posted a link to a Times Watch article listing the 10 worst moments of the year at the Times.  Today at Times Watch they have posted the worst quotes of the year.  Categories include “w=We Love Obama,” and “We Hate Republicans,” “Pro-Democratic Double Standards” and “Just Plain Wacky.”

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Resources For The Solemnity of Mary, The Mother Of God

Posted by Dim Bulb on December 31, 2009

The Solemnity celebrates the fact that the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Eternal Word of the Eternal Father experienced a true human birth in time, taking upon Himself our human nature.

Sermon by Pope John Paul II.

The Office and Dignity of the Mother of God.  By Bishop Ullathorne.

Mary: Mother of God.  Apologetical Essay from Catholic Answers.

The Mother of God.  By Mark Miravalle.

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Has The Lib Press Surrendered Its 1st Amendment Rights To Obama?

Posted by Dim Bulb on December 31, 2009

I guess in the minds of the press the President-or rather this particular President-trumps the First Amendment.  The Obama Administration has subpoenaed two journalists to try and determine who leaked to them the idiotic new rules issued by the TSA in the aftermath of the failed terror attack on Christmas Day, yet the media has been almost completely silent about this.

The rules/responses after the attack were widely criticized as being inept; perhaps the media thinks that by ignoring the issue it will be less embarrassing to The One.

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American Thinker Blog: We don’t need no stinkin’ profiling

Posted by Dim Bulb on December 30, 2009

American Thinker Blog: We don’t need no stinkin’ profiling.

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2009: The 10 Worst Moments At The New York Times

Posted by Dim Bulb on December 30, 2009

Courtesy of Times Watch.

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(UPDATED) For Libs/Progs The Bloom On The Obama Rose Fading Fast

Posted by Dim Bulb on December 30, 2009

David Michael Green, a professor of political science at Hofstra U has a three page rant up at OpEdNews.  It seems he’s becoming more and more disenchanted with our President. You can read the article here. (Note: some of my more genteel readers may find some of the language and verbal images objectionable).

Also, (H/T to Second Hand Smoke) Bob Herbert of the New York Times is less than enthused about the Senate version of Obamacare due to a tax which will effect most of the middle class.

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He “Makes Al Gore Look Like A Piker”

Posted by Dim Bulb on December 30, 2009

The “he” in the title to this post refers to an individual who is often described as a leading climate change scientist, though in fact he is a a railway engineer with a degree in economics.  He’s an major influence at the UN on the subject of climate change (which, you may recall used to be called “global warming” before the “warming” part was debunked), and he’s allegedly getting rich on the climate change scare he’s portrayed as an authority on.  Still feel a tendency to drink the climate change kool-aid?  You might want to read this (be sure to check out the links).

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New Podcast: St Matthew’s Gospel

Posted by Dim Bulb on December 29, 2009

St Irenaeus Ministries appears to be starting a new podcast series on the Gospel of Matthew.  Oddly, the home site doesn’t have the link posted yet, though it is on itunes and on podcast alley.  Here is the description of the first episode, followed by link to the audio:

Matthew – Genealogy and Pregnancy
St. Jerome tells us that the Gospel of Matthew was originally written in Aramaic, and that it was reworked into a Greek version later, which is supported by some evidence. Jerome also tells us that Matthew was the first gospel, but the actual order of composition is not clear. Matthew is also associated with a winged human in ecclesiastical symbolism, though this is not part of the inspired text. The initial genealogy is abbreviated and separated into 3 sets of 14 generations beginning with Abraham, which provide a synopsis of Jewish history. Three women are mentioned in this genealogy, which is unusual for Jewish genealogies: Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth. Matthew then begins the infancy narrative. Mary is a virgin who is betrothed to Joseph, which was more like marriage than a modern-day engagement. When Mary is found with child, Joseph resolves to divorce her privately, but an angel tells Joseph to remain with Mary and the child, who is to be called Emmanuel, which is translated for the benefit of Greeks as ‘God with us.’ The closing theme is Gerard Satamian’s Chansons Sans Paroles Op. 2 Pastorale, from the album Dry Fig Trees.  Click here to listen.

Be sure to check out their archives.  They have both complete series online (e.g., Hebrews, Gospel of Luke, Malachi), and samples of series that can be ordered on CDs

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Liberal Paradise: The Decline and Fall of Detroit

Posted by Dim Bulb on December 28, 2009

What progressives call paradise intelligent people term hell.  The only thing missing from Detroit is a sign at the city limits reading: Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here.  Unfortunately I cannot embed the video but you can view it here.

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