Monday, December 28, 2009

Coming Home

I just read a post by Jill Stanek about Dr. Gerard Nadal who recently started a pro-life blog, on the suggestion of Jill and her moderators Bethany and Carla.  He is a great addition to the pro-life cause, not only in America, but the whole world.  Dr. Nadal is a PhD in molecular biology so this is a plus.  Of course, he is also pursuing an M.A. in Theology through Franciscan University, in Steubenville.  And we know much good is coming out of Steubenville.

Check out his blog at Coming Home.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

12 days of global warming

A little late, but you can still sing along:
And this may not be too late a gift as well. (H/T: Planet Gore)

Lux fulgebit hodie super nos

I reprint in toto Pope Benedict XVI Urbi et Orbi message on December 25, 2009.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world, and all men and women, whom the Lord loves!

“Lux fulgebit hodie super nos, quia natus est nobis Dominus. A light will shine on us this day, the Lord is born for us” (Roman Missal, Christmas, Entrance Antiphon for the Mass at Dawn)

The liturgy of the Mass at Dawn reminded us that the night is now past, the day has begun; the light radiating from the cave of Bethlehem shines upon us.

The Bible and the Liturgy do not, however, speak to us about a natural light, but a different, special light, which is somehow directed to and focused upon “us”, the same “us” for whom the Child of Bethlehem “is born”. This “us” is the Church, the great universal family of those who believe in Christ, who have awaited in hope the new birth of the Saviour, and who today celebrate in mystery the perennial significance of this event.

At first, beside the manger in Bethlehem, that “us” was almost imperceptible to human eyes. As the Gospel of Saint Luke recounts, it included, in addition to Mary and Joseph, a few lowly shepherds who came to the cave after hearing the message of the Angels. The light of that first Christmas was like a fire kindled in the night. All about there was darkness, while in the cave there shone the true light “that enlightens every man” (Jn 1:9). And yet all this took place in simplicity and hiddenness, in the way that God works in all of salvation history. God loves to light little lights, so as then to illuminate vast spaces. Truth, and Love, which are its content, are kindled wherever the light is welcomed; they then radiate in concentric circles, as if by contact, in the hearts and minds of all those who, by opening themselves freely to its splendour, themselves become sources of light. Such is the history of the Church: she began her journey in the lowly cave of Bethlehem, and down the centuries she has become a People and a source of light for humanity. Today too, in those who encounter that Child, God still kindles fires in the night of the world, calling men and women everywhere to acknowledge in Jesus the “sign” of his saving and liberating presence and to extend the “us” of those who believe in Christ to the whole of mankind.

Wherever there is an “us” which welcomes God’s love, there the light of Christ shines forth, even in the most difficult situations. The Church, like the Virgin Mary, offers the world Jesus, the Son, whom she herself has received as a gift, the One who came to set mankind free from the slavery of sin. Like Mary, the Church does not fear, for that Child is her strength. But she does not keep him for herself: she offers him to all those who seek him with a sincere heart, to the earth’s lowly and afflicted, to the victims of violence, and to all who yearn for peace. Today too, on behalf of a human family profoundly affected by a grave financial crisis, yet even more by a moral crisis, and by the painful wounds of wars and conflicts, the Church, in faithful solidarity with mankind, repeats with the shepherds: “Let us go to Bethlehem” (Lk 2:15), for there we shall find our hope.

The “us” of the Church is alive in the place where Jesus was born, in the Holy Land, inviting its people to abandon every logic of violence and vengeance, and to engage with renewed vigour and generosity in the process which leads to peaceful coexistence. The “us” of the Church is present in the other countries of the Middle East. How can we forget the troubled situation in Iraq and the “little flock” of Christians which lives in the region? At times it is subject to violence and injustice, but it remains determined to make its own contribution to the building of a society opposed to the logic of conflict and the rejection of one’s neighbour. The “us” of the Church is active in Sri Lanka, in the Korean peninsula and in the Philippines, as well as in the other countries of Asia, as a leaven of reconciliation and peace. On the continent of Africa she does not cease to lift her voice to God, imploring an end to every injustice in the Democratic Republic of Congo; she invites the citizens of Guinea and Niger to respect for the rights of every person and to dialogue; she begs those of Madagascar to overcome their internal divisions and to be mutually accepting; and she reminds all men and women that they are called to hope, despite the tragedies, trials and difficulties which still afflict them. In Europe and North America, the “us” of the Church urges people to leave behind the selfish and technicist mentality, to advance the common good and to show respect for the persons who are most defenceless, starting with the unborn. In Honduras she is assisting in process of rebuilding institutions; throughout Latin America, the “us” of the Church is a source of identity, a fullness of truth and of charity which no ideology can replace, a summons to respect for the inalienable rights of each person and his or her integral development, a proclamation of justice and fraternity, a source of unity.

In fidelity to the mandate of her Founder, the Church shows solidarity with the victims of natural disasters and poverty, even within opulent societies. In the face of the exodus of all those who migrate from their homelands and are driven away by hunger, intolerance or environmental degradation, the Church is a presence calling others to an attitude of acceptance and welcome. In a word, the Church everywhere proclaims the Gospel of Christ, despite persecutions, discriminations, attacks and at times hostile indifference. These, in fact, enable her to share the lot of her Master and Lord.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, how great a gift it is to be part of a communion which is open to everyone! It is the communion of the Most Holy Trinity, from whose heart Emmanuel, Jesus, “God with us”, came into the world. Like the shepherds of Bethlehem, let us contemplate, filled with wonder and gratitude, this mystery of love and light! Happy Christmas to all!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Total Submission

I quote portions of Glenn Beck in his December 14 article. And it is not because he says so -- I have said it many times, the extreme environmentalists, including the alarmists of the green kind, are really out to take control and if it means getting you and me (including those who will come after us) out of the picture, hell they'd do it:

Ah, now it works: Earth, government and you. You must serve the planet — the planet replaces God; it's fixed.

It all comes down to this: The climate cult wants more than just your recycling bin. If that was all this was about, I'd gladly join in. We recycle here at work, I recycle at home. I believe that we have a responsibility to be good stewards of this planet. But what they want is total submission.

It will start with legislation to limit your energy use. It will involve huge taxes — national at first, then global. They will, through the smart grid, control your home thermostat. They will limit the amount you can travel by car. But ultimately, it won't be enough, as the article in Canada's Financial Post points out.

The only way to really stop their imagined disaster is to limit the number of human beings on this planet. One child per family is negative population growth. I am against that and I think the science is settled that I'm not alone.

Who are these people that think they can tell us when we can procreate? Where are the people who've shouted: government out of my uterus; government out of my choice; government out of my bedroom?

Was it all a lie for you?

Ah, but in the end, their uterus sacrifice will be worth it because the cave-dwelling Piute trout and the salt marsh harvest mouse will finally be able to really thrive. Polar bears could number in the millions — maybe even billions. That will be the ultimate Utopia.

On another note, the Cornwall Alliance has this to say:

The Cornwall Alliance’s findings show that global warming policies would produce unethical results that would:

  • destroy millions of jobs.
  • cost trillions of dollars in lost economic production.
  • slow, stop, or reverse economic growth.
  • reduce the standard of living for all but the elite few who are well positioned to benefit from laws that unfairly advantage them.
  • endanger liberty by putting vast new powers over private, social, and market life in the hands of national and international governments.
  • condemn the world’s poor to generations of continued misery characterized by rampant disease and premature death.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sounds like a plan (for the worse?)

I hope that the Philippines's plan to cut emissions is well thought of and not just because of the bandwagon effect.  Even as many say the science is made, there are still a lot of us who believe that AWG is all hot air and that there is still a need to clarify matters. 

In whatever case, the government must assure us that the expenses for emissions cut will not take away funding for whatever Filipinos need the most, and I can say climate change mitigation is not the most important.  I am thinking that the plan is based also on a dreamed-of financial aid from the developed countries.  This is a dangerous assumption. 

I will again also make some noise (hoping to get a toldjah moment in the future) that the plan might also include pandering to the anti-life, population control movement.  Cash for contraceptives and the like. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Opportunity loss

The One, no the other one, continues to tell lies.  His lackeys are only to eager to stop anyone from asking questions.  Of course, journalist and film maker Phelim McAleer isn't just anyone.  The One is just so afraid of Phil.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

This thing called "leak"

A couple of weeks ago, emails from CRU at East Anglia were hacked.  Although those of us in the right side (as opposed to left or wrong?) of the issue of AGW have the distinct feeling that these emails were leaked, not hacked.  A few days into the Dopenhagen "last chance" conference on climate change, again, a leak.

A leak of a draft text for a possible agreemant has infuriated many of the developing countries who feel that they will not again get what they have been seeking:  the moolah to fight against climate change.  Or, they are furious that the right-side is again right (hehe):  nothing-doing in Copenhagen.  We told you so.

The Guardian,
reports, among other things that the agreement will:

• Force developing countries to agree to specific emission cuts and measures that were not part of the original UN agreement;

• Divide poor countries further by creating a new category of developing countries called "the most vulnerable";

• Weaken the UN's role in handling climate finance;

• Not allow poor countries to emit more than 1.44 tonnes of carbon per person by 2050, while allowing rich countries to emit 2.67 tonnes.

Oh well, feels good, really good.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

I lived with a saint

Recently, I heard of the news of the passing of Msgr. Francesco Angelicchio. And just now, got a link to a post about his death here.

It is true, "que era un sacerdote muy sacerdote y con gran sentido del humor." He was very holy. I know, I had the great fortune of being with him in the same center of Opus Dei for more than 5 months in 1990. In the summer, when Don Francesco was away on a seminar, the director told me to use the room assigned to Don Francesco for some weeks. Hoping the odor of sanctity rub off me.

Msgr. Angelicchio was then the parish priest of the Parocchia di San Giovanni Battista al Collatino, a church within the grounds of Centro ELIS. Here's a youtube link.

Friday, December 04, 2009

40,584 tons of hot air

The 12-day Copenhagen meet on climate change will rack up carbon emissions equivalent to Morocco's 2006 emissions. That's according to estimates by the UN itself, and aptly reported here.

Talk about your global warming . . . When an estimated 16,500 delegates, activists and reporters descend upon Copenhagen Monday for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, a lot of hot air will follow.

The U.N. estimates the 12-day conference will create 40,584 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, roughly the same amount as the carbon emissions of Morocco in 2006.

Those greenhouse gas emissions are comprised of two parts: international travel and local emissions from hotels and transportation venues. Organizers will also reportedly lay 900 kilometers of computer cable and 50,000 square miles of carpet, along with more than 200,000 meals to be served and 200,000 cups of coffee.

And for what really?

It will not produce a concrete agreement on climate change, meaning a universally-accepted international agreement with targets and timetables. It will, however, produce a statement that there’s been a breakthrough even though there will not have been.

For a chance to listen to hear Al again? Ooops, he isn't making that speech. Climategate giving him cold feet or it will just really be cold in Copenhagen?

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Do as I say, not as I do?

Article III Section 4 of the Philippine Constitution states:
Section 4. No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.
In recent days, there have been rallies and similar types organized by different groups to protest the killing of more than 60 people in Maguindanao last week. Many of the rallies were organized or led by media groups, rightly so, as about half of those killed were media persons.

The funny thing, yes, in some sense, at least one rally showed that "freedom of speech, of expression" seems to apply only when media wants to exercise these rights. Do as I say, not as I do? For why would they not want a government representative (called him what they wanted) to even "be given the chance to address the public"? Story here: Inquirer

I thought to ask: would the news be as extensive as what we have seen the past days if there were no media persons involved? Even in this communications age, some things can still be kept secret, although a lot more difficult. Unless there are witnesses. Still, if all the witnesses are silenced, then the secret remains. The fact that half of the group were media persons was irrelevant. They are witnesses, they had to be eliminated as well. They were probably in more danger because they were from the press. Not that I believe that if they were not, they probably would have been sent off. They would have been dead no matter what.

Someone I had a conversation with on the Saturday before the Massacre Monday told me that Maguindanao was relatively peaceful and that big agricultural businesses there were doing well. It did not seem strange to me that that was the case as the powerful families there had effectively kept the MILF at bay. This friend said that in the past when he would be in the area of Buluan, he would feel uneasy. In recent years, when he gets to Buluan, he would heave a sigh of relief (Hay, salamat, Buluan na -- Thank God, I am now in Buluan). That can account for something. I would not know now.

Last year I travelled that area and I did not feel threatened at all. In the 70's and 80's, when vacation time came around, I remember that my Dad would ask his brother in Cotabato City if it was safe to take the road trip from South Cotabato. My uncle would consent to a trip depending primarily on the time that elapsed since the last ambuscade of military personnel by the MNLF. A recent ambush meant that the military stepped up their checkpoints. The trip will take us about 8 hours. But we were safer on the road.

Now would be the safest time to make a road trip in and around Maguindanao. I would not know if my dear Mom would consent that I make a trip. Maybe she will. She's Maguindanaoan. We find common ancestry with both the Ampatuans and Mangudadatus.

Update 12/7:
Pres. Arroyo declared martial law in Maguindanao two days ago. I don't know how this situation changes things on the ground, but as always, we pray everything works out for the good.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Every so often

... the narrative is exposed: stop global warming and its effects on climate change through population control, by way of birth control, in the guise of women's reproductive rights.

Why don't they just go already? Lead the way. I am sure they have more CO2 emissions than newborns.

H/T: Planet Gore


Of course, they blame the government.  It is what friends in the US call the BDS, although here it is GDS:  Gloria Derangement Syndrome.  Of course many praise the hero for his achievements now that he has been honored (and mind you, it had to take a US media group, yep, American, that some of you so hate), the question is, where were you when he was still a nobody?  So ride the popularity train, it is near elections anyway.

My school is turning twenty next year.  There has not been any year when we lacked applicants to our three-year industrial technician and one-year industrial skills training programs.  Because there have always been poor students, and we cater to the poor. 

Even as Mr. Tinio in the PDI story puts the sorry-state of Philippine education as a "legacy of the Arroyo administration", I dare remind him that as we put up the school precisely to serve a poorly-served sector, we saw, in the first ten years of our existence, three Presidents of the Philippines.  The doldrums that RP education is in, as you seem to say, is a legacy of many Presidents, and from my school's point of view, of four Presidents, not just one.

But we do what we can to help students finish their courses, so that they can help their families improve their quality of life and take them out of the cycle of poverty.  We do not blame anyone.  We get anyone and everyone to help.  Blaming anyone and putting him in a guilt-trip does not work.  We are happier not having anyone to blame for the miseries of our students and their families. 

On second thought, we can probably blame some -- those of us in school, for not doing even better what we ought to do for these students.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

While on retreat

Can you meditate on the grandeur of God with this scene from your window whilst you are on spiritual retreat? These are shots of Mount Gonzalez in Tagaytay from Makiling Conference Center (West Wing), a day after Typhoon Santi. People's Park in the Sky is on Mount Gonzalez.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

BALIK BUNDOK 2009 Dole Philippines School Grand Alumni Homecoming


BALIK BUNDOK 2009 Dole Philippines School Grand Alumni Homecoming
(45th Foundation Anniversary)

When: December 27, 2009
Where: Kalsangi Club House
Registration Fee for Alumni: P500.00 (includes dinner and tokens)
Additional (for family members): P250.00

We are requesting for solicitations or any pledges of any form. Deadline of solicitations/ pledges on Nov. 30. Please ask among your batch if who can commit. It is greatly appreciated! !! We also need a head count for those who will be attending. A contact representative from each batch (1976-2009) is requested to note how many will be coming from their class. If there are any suggestions for activities, please contact the school or me for the meantime here on facebook or at elsiefel_velasquez@

We know that this may be at short notice, but i hope we can all coordinate so that this alumni homecoming will be a success! Please be aware and spread the word!!! We will be posting for further announcements. Thank you and God bless!

Back to normal

No wonder the U.S. Senate is slow to get behind the need for restricting our fossil fuel-related energy supply in the name of climate change.
Now why would that be? Because while it is known that the US "contributes" the biggest amount of gas emissions (which other sources point out that the US is actually decreasing while the rest of the world's emissions have risen in terms of percentage), the US annual temperatures are going back to their normal levels (that is, below the 1998-2007 averages).

Saturday, November 07, 2009

The nothing-doing in Copenhagen in December

We've said it many times: the Copenhagen climate change summit will be all hot air in the end. First world countries like the US will still not sign up to a new climate change deal for as long as the other countries do not have clear goals to cut their own emissions on their own. Developing countries, like the Philippines, are asking for dole-outs to fight climate change. They won't get it for as long as their emissions do not also lessen.

See guest post by Willis Eschenbach over at WUWT. Here's a relevant picture in his post.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

What's on your face, aborted fetal tissue?

Judie Brown's recent column at ALL entitled "I'D RATHER HAVE WRINKLES THAN KILL BABIES, NEOCUTIS" quotes the press release of Children of God for Life on cosmetic company Neocutis's use of aborted fetal material to produce its anti-wrinkle skin cream. Anyway, "Fetuses that undergo abortions are not alive. ~ Jodi Jacobson, Senior Political Editor for Reproductive Health Reality Check." H/T: Jill Stanek

Ethics and vanity, ha!, always a dilemma.

In the US, three local elections closely followed in recent weeks were those for the governorships of New Jersey, Virginia, and the NY Congressional District 23. Katie Walker at ALL had this lede:

What do Dede Scozzafava, Creigh Deeds and Gov. Jon Corzine have in common? All were endorsed by abortion mammoth Planned Parenthood. All three candidates were virulent supporters of abortion rights and opponents of human personhood.

Many have said that the pro-life and conservative groups in the US are making their marks again. Many of them are now encouraged to do what they can, whether running for office of joining the various advocacies. Because it is really worthwhile to stick to these values, because these are right.

I say it again: our politicians in RP should see the events unfolding in the US now. They had better shape up.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Climate change is all politics

The Philippines's President Gloria Arroyo signed yesterday the Philippine Climate Change Act of 2009 or Republic Act 9729. PDI says that the law "seeks to mainstream climate change into the formulation of government policy by setting up a National Framework Strategy and Program on Climate Change. It also creates the Climate Change Commission that will coordinate, monitor and evaluate the government's programs and actions to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change." It is reported that the law includes an initial P50 million spending money.

While everything about the law isn't made yet (I guess the famous IRR isn't fully made,a s usual), I hope that the Commission in charge get into the real business of climate and environmental concerns. Rep. Roilo Golez expressed a hope that the commission involve real climate scientists and not just politicians. This is great. But who are the real climate scientists? It seems they are those who have the alarmist streak in them. And actually play politics. And what of Al? Everyone believes this politician who fared pretty bad in his undergraduate science subjects. And how about UNFCC's Yvo de Boer, who used to be in the Netherlands national government and has a technical degree in social work? They seem to believe in him. And the IPCC? They are not all climate scientists in there.

Climate change is as political you can get. I am sorry to say.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


When government is powerful enough to dictate how we care for our bodies and those of our families, this could happen. H/T: Jill

Friday, October 16, 2009

One world government through climate change "legislation"

Yesterday, I posted my take on RP government's demand for "compensation" for being a climate change victim. I said that this way of thinking was the reason that nothing will happen in Copenhagen. Today, I read a transcript of part of the speech given by Lord Monckton at the Minnesota Free Market Institute's Bethel University activity as quoted in Watts Up with That. I might change my mind, y'know.

What Lord Monckton practically says is that something will happen in Copenhagen. Some treaty will be signed. But the treaty will eventually be the start of what we have been cautioning many about: the move toward one world government.

I read that treaty. And what it says is this, that a world government is going to be created. The word “government” actually appears as the first of three purposes of the new entity. The second purpose is the transfer of wealth from the countries of the West to third world countries, in satisfication of what is called, coyly, “climate debt” – because we’ve been burning CO2 and they haven’t. We’ve been screwing up the climate and they haven’t. And the third purpose of this new entity, this government, is enforcement.

How many of you think that the word “election” or “democracy” or “vote” or “ballot” occurs anywhere in the 200 pages of that treaty? Quite right, it doesn’t appear once. So, at last, the communists who piled out of the Berlin Wall and into the environmental movement, who took over Greenpeace so that my friends who funded it left within a year, because [the communists] captured it – Now the apotheosis as at hand. They are about to impose a communist world government on the world. You have a president who has very strong sympathies with that point of view. He’s going to sign it. He’ll sign anything. He’s a Nobel Peace Prize [winner]; of course he’ll sign it.


And the trouble is this; if that treaty is signed, if your Constitution says that it takes precedence over your Constitution (sic), and you can’t resign from that treaty unless you get agreement from all the other state parties – And because you’ll be the biggest paying country, they’re not going to let you out of it.

So, thank you, America. You were the beacon of freedom to the world. It is a privilege merely to stand on this soil of freedom while it is still free. But, in the next few weeks, unless you stop it, your president will sign your freedom, your democracy, and your humanity away forever. And neither you nor any subsequent government you may elect will have any power whatsoever to take it back. That is how serious it is. I’ve read the treaty. I’ve seen this stuff about [world] government and climate debt and enforcement. They are going to do this to you whether you like it or not. ...

WUWT concludes his post:

Skimming through the treaty, I came across verification of Monckton’s assessment of the new entity’s purpose:

38. The scheme for the new institutional arrangement under the Convention will be based on three basic pillars: government; facilitative mechanism; and financial mechanism, and the basic organization of which will include the following:

World Government (heading added)
(a) The government will be ruled by the COP with the support of a new subsidiary body on adaptation, and of an Executive Board responsible for the management of the new funds and the related facilitative processes and bodies. The current Convention secretariat will operate as such, as appropriate.

To Redistribute Wealth (heading added)
b) The Convention’s financial mechanism will include a multilateral climate change fund including five windows: (a) an Adaptation window, (b) a Compensation window, to address loss and damage from climate change impacts [read: the "climate debt" Monckton refers to], including insurance, rehabilitation and compensatory components, © a Technology window; (d) a Mitigation window; and (e) a REDD window, to support a multi-phases process for positive forest incentives relating to REDD actions.

With Enforcement Authority (heading added)
© The Convention’s facilitative mechanism will include: (a) work programmes for adaptation and mitigation; (b) a long-term REDD process; © a short-term technology action plan; (d) an expert group on adaptation established by the subsidiary body on adaptation, and expert groups on mitigation, technologies and on monitoring, reporting and verification; and (e) an international registry for the monitoring, reporting and verification of compliance of emission reduction commitments, and the transfer of technical and financial resources from developed countries to developing countries. The secretariat will provide technical and administrative support, including a new centre for information exchange [read; enforcement].

So what are we going to do about it? Will RP be a party to a treaty like this? Perhaps, since we are signatory to Kyoto. We get money out of this, right? But at what cost to our liberties? At what cost to our economy? After Ondoy and Pepeng, many of those affected were complaining that they did not have electricity to their homes, no water in their pipes, no batteries in their torches, no fuel in their cars? Are we ready to move back to the Dark Ages?

Food for thought:
To mitigate just 1 C (2 F) of warming, one must forego the emission of 2 trillion tons of CO2. The world emits just 30 billion tons a year. So the analyst, as a thought-experiment, would shut down the entire world economy, emitting no CO2 at all. Even then, and even on the incorrect assumption that the UN's exaggerated projections of the effect of CO2 on temperature are correct, it would take 67 years to mitigate 1 C warming. Preventing the 3.4 C (6 F) warming that the UN's climate panel thinks would occur in 100 years would take 225 years without any transportation, and with practically no electrical energy. The national security advisor would at that point advise his head of government that there has never been any security threat less grave, or more expensive to prevent, than the non-problem that is "global warming". It is the fearmongers that are the real national security threat.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Doused with cold water so soon

A soon as the BBC came out with its report on the Catlin Arctic Survey of Pen Hadow, Watts up with that came out with its top ten reasons why the Catlin Arctic Survey cannot be trusted. Take that for speed.

So the question to readers and media is: with these sorts of issues listed above, do you really want to trust the data from a group of people that perform and present “science” in this way? If you do, it would seem to me that you are putting form over substance. Even if we didn’t have these trust issues, are 39 datapoints over a short section of the Arctic really that useful given the other tools shown to be at the disposal of real science?

The Catlin Arctic Ice Survey is in my opinion, nothing more than a badly executed public relations stunt covered with the thinnest veneer of attempted science.

If the science is resolved, why the need to lie? Oh, because the science isn't.

Why Copenhagen will fail like Kyoto

This is one clear reason why nothing will happen at Copenhagen come December.

Rich nations should fund RP rehabilitation - GMA
By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) Updated October 15, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - President Arroyo called on rich countries yesterday to provide the bulk of funds for rehabilitating areas ravaged by tropical storm “Ondoy” and typhoon “Pepeng,” saying the country had been a victim of climate change.

Mrs. Arroyo said the Philippines would need much more money to fund relief and reconstruction efforts following the recent record rains brought by the two weather disturbances that left more than 710 people dead and caused billions of pesos in damage.

Speaking at the Mid-Year Economic Briefing at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City, Mrs. Arroyo said that in seeking foreign help, the country will stress that it is “not a culprit of climate change.”

“We are a victim. We are not a climate maker but we certainly are a climate taker,” she said.

While I believe that we need funds to help us rise from the devastation brought about by the typhoons of the past weeks ( and if the global warming zealots are to be believed, we will have more of these), even from foreign governments, I do not think that the victim-of-climate-change rhetoric is good. We seem to be washing our hands off the responsibility of failing to mitigate the effects of environmental disasters through our lack of infrastructure and environmental management.

Rich countries, the geese that lay the golden eggs, will not give us what we so badly need if we blame them for our miseries. Richer countries, the US in particular, did not want to sign up for Kyoto, because Kyoto wanted the US to pay for global warming mitigation that "vulnerable" countries needed, but exempting some "very polluting" countries, China and India, for example, from any accountability.

Don't count on the UN for help either. Even if the UN thinks that climate change is the most urgent problem our beloved world faces. Or, precisely because it thinks that climate change is the most urgent.

Meanwhile, some more enterprising people are earning a whole lot from carbon credits without helping cut so-called dangerous, anthropogenic greenhouse gases or world temperatures.

Why not ask Al Gore-bal warming for funds?

Monday, October 12, 2009

"So what on Earth is going on?"

This is the "obligatory" post on the One's winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Huh? What were they thinking?

Ok. On to another topic.

The BBC reports in "What happened to global warming?" that there indeed was no significant warming for the past 11 years, and that the hottest year in recent years was 1998. This even as the level of supposedly "deadly to the environment" carbon dioxide has increased in the last several years. She asks: "So what on Earth is going on?"

This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998.

But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.

And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.

So what on Earth is going on?

Climate change sceptics, who passionately and consistently argue that man's influence on our climate is overstated, say they saw it coming.

They argue that there are natural cycles, over which we have no control, that dictate how warm the planet is. But what is the evidence for this?

Oh, by the way, the One promised (again) that he will do away with the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military, as well as the Defense of Marriage Act. Spurned on by a crowd with Lady Gaga. Already his allies in Congress have passed "a hate crimes legislation attached to a military spending bill," which "critics have argued its provisions create “special rights” based on sexual behavior and could threaten religious freedom."

Friday, October 09, 2009

When death rates drop ...

... due to extreme weather, the MSM is silent.

Indur Goklany studies pronouncements in the past months that global warming deaths are on the rise by looking at available data. Guess what? Death rates are dropping.


Despite the recent spate of deadly extreme weather events – such as the 2003 European heat wave and the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons in the USA – aggregate mortality and mortality rates due to extreme weather events are generally lower today than they used to be.

Globally, mortality and mortality rates have declined by 95 percent or more since the 1920s. The largest improvements came from declines in mortality due to droughts and floods, which apparently were responsible for 93 percent of all deaths caused by extreme events during the 20th Century. For windstorms, which, at 6 percent, contributed most of the remaining fatalities, mortality rates are also lower today but there are no clear trends for mortality. Cumulatively, the declines more than compensated for increases due to the 2003 heat wave.


There are more deaths from road accidents on a daily basis, or even dengue. Although, MSM in this part of the world (which will be one of those feared to be greatly affected by climate change) are not remiss at reporting on these causes of deaths. Still the hype that supposed deaths from extreme weather take more prominence.

Not even mentioning numbers of deaths due to abortion. That is to say, there are many more important causes of deaths that we need to address now.

Here's more from Goklany.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Seven years ago today

In the morning, at St. Peter's Square for the Thanksgiving Mass, the day after the canonization of St. Josemaria Escrivá on October 6.

Later, Ric and I joined Jude and Hurley on a walking tour from Stazione Termini area to the Colosseo, and dinner at Trastevere.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The trees speak

Watch how this graph will change the global warming debate!

How will this impact Copenhagen in December? Read all here.

See a similar post here.

Monday, October 05, 2009

The Last Olympics

Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara told reporters before the October 2 Olympics 2016 vote that "Global warming is getting much worse... It could be that the 2016 games are the last Olympics in the history of mankind."

Tsk, Tsk, Tsk.

Mr. Ishihara, what are you saying?

Don't you know that the One (no, the other One, not the One that you trashed, not the One "whose speech seemed to be just for granted") has already spoken. It's only about 6 years more to doomsday. See the widget on the right or see this.

By that accounting, London 2012 will be the last Olympics.

GW Alarmist Prince Charles will still see a 2016 Olympics by his accounting. Did you talk with the Prince? Hmm.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Garbage in, Garbage out

One of the basis for all talk about anthropogenic global warming was the "hockey stick graph" developed by of Messrs. Mann, Bradley, and Hughes. The IPCC used it in its 3rd Assessment but the 4th Assessment did not use it as the graph was controversial. Recent studies that tried to reconstruct the graph have shown that the hockey stick graph is not altogether truthful.

As the Wegman Report says:

While the work of Michael Mann and colleagues presents what appears to be compelling evidence of global temperature change, the criticisms of McIntyre and McKitrick, as well as those of other authors mentioned are indeed valid.

"Where we have commonality, I believe our report and the [NAS] panel essentially agree. We believe that our discussion together with the discussion from the NRC report should take the 'centering' issue off the table. [Mann's] decentred methodology is simply incorrect mathematics …. I am baffled by the claim that the incorrect method doesn't matter because the answer is correct anyway.

Method Wrong + Answer Correct = Bad Science.

The papers of Mann et al. in themselves are written in a confusing manner, making it difficult for the reader to discern the actual methodology and what uncertainty is actually associated with these reconstructions.

It is not clear that Dr. Mann and his associates even realized that their methodology was faulty at the time of writing the [Mann] paper.

We found MBH98 and MBH99 to be somewhat obscure and incomplete and the criticisms of MM03/05a/05b to be valid and compelling.

Overall, our committee believes that Mann's assessments that the decade of the 1990s was the hottest decade of the millennium and that 1998 was the hottest year of the millennium cannot be supported by his analysis.

[The] fact that their paper fit some policy agendas has greatly enhanced their paper's visibility… The 'hockey stick' reconstruction of temperature graphic dramatically illustrated the global warming issue and was adopted by the IPCC and many governments as the poster graphic. The graphics' prominence together with the fact that it is based on incorrect use of [principal components analysis] puts Dr. Mann and his co-authors in a difficult face-saving position.

As Phelim McAleer & Ann McElhinney say:

Once again, the facts have refuted global warming hysteria. Radical environmentalists who love to hate fossil fuels have stretched the truth so many times that it's a wonder anyone believes them.

H/T: Not Evil Just Wrong

Cash is better

Oh, no. This is not the obligatory post about Typhoon Ondoy. I will not write about it unless people stop the blame game -- politicos blaming the government and government (plus others) blame us (you know, anthropogenic global warming and climate change). But these people did their part quickly without hesitation, without complaining.

But I will say this: I thought LPG- and CNG-powered hybrid and flex-fueled vehicles were cleaner and more economical? Then why did US authorities through the Cash for Clunkers program accept these types of vehicles to be turned in for cash (to be buy new cars)? Oh, cash is better of course.

One rule that all clunked cars needed to adhere to was a maximum rating of 18 MPG from the federal government, right? What wasn't required was that the clunked car be considered dirty. After all, it's pretty clear that CNG vehicles burn clean, but that didn't stop 232 of them from meeting their sodium silicate solution-induced death.

We looked through the official, but as of yet unverified, list (PDF) of trade-in cars that were clunked using the Car Allowance Rebate System (Cash for Clunkers) and found that the aforementioned CNG vehicles, 1,779 flex-fuel vehicles and 24 LPG vehicles found their way to the recycler thanks to CARS. Which alternative-fuel models were most dumped? Which single hybrid took a dive?

Here's the top ten list.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

What MSM won't report

Did you know that the GWA's were dealt a blow in a climate meet in Geneva last week? The MSM did not report any of this. As usual.

But they have their work seriously cut out if they’re ever going to recover from the speech given at the UN world climate conference in Geneva last week by Professor Mojib Latif of Germany’s Leibniz institute.

“Latif is one of the leading climate modellers in the world. He is the recipient of several international climate-study prizes and a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has contributed significantly to the IPCC’s last two five-year reports that have stated unequivocally that man-made greenhouse emissions are causing the planet to warm dangerously.”

Yet in Geneva, Latif was forced to admit that all those An-Inconvenient-Truth-style fantasy projections showing global temperatures rising inexorably with C02 levels were wrong. The world is getting cooler, not warming. It will continue to cool, Latif reckons, till 2020 or possibly 2030. By how much he doesn’t know: “The jury is still out.”

Which begs the rather obvious question: if the IPCC’s doomsday computer models didn’t predict this cooling phase, how can we be sufficiently confident in their other assertions to start basing major economic and social policy decisions on them?

H/T: James Delingpole

"Global warming, I said."

What people will go through:

We braved the flood to buy food and ciggies to last until tomorrow morning... cars parked on the street are half-submerged in water. The sari-sari store owner told us that today's San Antonio flood is the worst in 10 years.

Food, okay. But what are the cigarettes for? And then he says:

"Global Warming..." I said.

C'mon. You puff away till morning and you blame this weather disturbance to global warming. You are funny. Tee hee. Do as I say not as I do.

More finding a link that does not exist, here (Kaning mga tao dili ra ba jud mo too ug global warming ... ) and here (global warming global warming global warming. please don't say we weren't warned.)

Ondoy, you come just in time. Maybe we can tell the folks in Copenhagen in December about this

Friday, September 25, 2009

In support of the narrative

So what else is new?  The global warming / climate change alarmists are at it again.  Alarmism is moved by the desire to cut population.  Plain and simple.  As reported in Breitbart:

Giving contraceptives to people in developing countries could help fight climate change by slowing population growth, experts said Friday.

More than 200 million women worldwide want contraceptives, but don't have access to them, according to an editorial published in the British medical journal, Lancet. That results in 76 million unintended pregnancies every year.

If those women had access to free condoms or other birth control methods, that could slow rates of population growth, possibly easing the pressure on the environment, the editors say.

Here we go

This is the start:

Some 2,000 urban poor in Manila’s Tondo district will be doing their bit for energy conservation and climate change when they exchange their incandescent bulbs for more efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), in Asia’s first massive bulb swap to be conducted by the Department of Energy and Asian Development Bank on Saturday.

Energy Secretary Angelo T. Reyes and Director General Xianbin Yao of ADB’s Regional and Sustainable Development Department, with several partner organizations, will lead the swap ceremony. They will visit households to witness the installation and switching on of CFLs.

The swap is part of the government’s campaign to distribute 13 million CFLs in selected areas and replace the less efficient incandescent bulbs.

The question is, how much will global temperatures decrease because of this?  Can DOE give us a PEEP at the computations?  What do the manufacturers of CFL's get from this program?

"Have you no shame? Have you no decency?"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Another of those truly "presidential" speeches coming out of the UN (despite being the UN):

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Nearly 62 years ago, the United Nations recognized the right of the Jews, an ancient people 3,500 years-old, to a state of their own in their ancestral homeland.

I stand here today as the Prime Minister of Israel, the Jewish state, and I speak to you on behalf of my country and my people.

The United Nations was founded after the carnage of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust. It was charged with preventing the recurrence of such horrendous events.

Nothing has undermined that central mission more than the systematic assault on the truth. Yesterday the President of Iran stood at this very podium, spewing his latest anti-Semitic rants. Just a few days earlier, he again claimed that the Holocaust is a lie.

Last month, I went to a villa in a suburb of Berlin called Wannsee. There, on January 20, 1942, after a hearty meal, senior Nazi officials met and decided how to exterminate the Jewish people. The detailed minutes of that meeting have been preserved by successive German governments. Here is a copy of those minutes, in which the Nazis issued precise instructions on how to carry out the extermination of the Jews. Is this a lie?

A day before I was in Wannsee, I was given in Berlin the original construction plans for the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Those plans are signed by Hitler’s deputy, Heinrich Himmler himself. Here is a copy of the plans for Auschwitz-Birkenau, where one million Jews were murdered. Is this too a lie?

This June, President Obama visited the Buchenwald concentration camp. Did President Obama pay tribute to a lie?

And what of the Auschwitz survivors whose arms still bear the tattooed numbers branded on them by the Nazis? Are those tattoos a lie? One-third of all Jews perished in the conflagration. Nearly every Jewish family was affected, including my own. My wife's grandparents, her father’s two sisters and three brothers, and all the aunts, uncles and cousins were all murdered by the Nazis. Is that also a lie?

Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium. To those who refused to come here and to those who left this room in protest, I commend you. You stood up for moral clarity and you brought honor to your countries.

But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency?

A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state.

What a disgrace! What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations! Perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime threaten only the Jews. You're wrong.

History has shown us time and again that what starts with attacks on the Jews eventually ends up engulfing many others.

This Iranian regime is fueled by an extreme fundamentalism that burst onto the world scene three decades ago after lying dormant for centuries. In the past thirty years, this fanaticism has swept the globe with a murderous violence and cold-blooded impartiality in its choice of victims. It has callously slaughtered Moslems and Christians, Jews and Hindus, and many others. Though it is comprised of different offshoots, the adherents of this unforgiving creed seek to return humanity to medieval times.

Wherever they can, they impose a backward regimented society where women, minorities, gays or anyone not deemed to be a true believer is brutally subjugated. The struggle against this fanaticism does not pit faith against faith nor civilization against civilization.

It pits civilization against barbarism, the 21st century against the 9th century, those who sanctify life against those who glorify death.

The primitivism of the 9th century ought to be no match for the progress of the 21st century. The allure of freedom, the power of technology, the reach of communications should surely win the day. Ultimately, the past cannot triumph over the future. And the future offers all nations magnificent bounties of hope. The pace of progress is growing exponentially.

It took us centuries to get from the printing press to the telephone, decades to get from the telephone to the personal computer, and only a few years to get from the personal computer to the internet.

What seemed impossible a few years ago is already outdated, and we can scarcely fathom the changes that are yet to come. We will crack the genetic code. We will cure the incurable. We will lengthen our lives. We will find a cheap alternative to fossil fuels and clean up the planet.

I am proud that my country Israel is at the forefront of these advances – by leading innovations in science and technology, medicine and biology, agriculture and water, energy and the environment. These innovations the world over offer humanity a sunlit future of unimagined promise.

But if the most primitive fanaticism can acquire the most deadly weapons, the march of history could be reversed for a time. And like the belated victory over the Nazis, the forces of progress and freedom will prevail only after an horrific toll of blood and fortune has been exacted from mankind. That is why the greatest threat facing the world today is the marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction.

The most urgent challenge facing this body is to prevent the tyrants of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Are the member states of the United Nations up to that challenge? Will the international community confront a despotism that terrorizes its own people as they bravely stand up for freedom?

Will it take action against the dictators who stole an election in broad daylight and gunned down Iranian protesters who died in the streets choking in their own blood? Will the international community thwart the world's most pernicious sponsors and practitioners of terrorism?

Above all, will the international community stop the terrorist regime of Iran from developing atomic weapons, thereby endangering the peace of the entire world?

The people of Iran are courageously standing up to this regime. People of goodwill around the world stand with them, as do the thousands who have been protesting outside this hall. Will the United Nations stand by their side?

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The jury is still out on the United Nations, and recent signs are not encouraging. Rather than condemning the terrorists and their Iranian patrons, some here have condemned their victims. That is exactly what a recent UN report on Gaza did, falsely equating the terrorists with those they targeted.

For eight long years, Hamas fired from Gaza thousands of missiles, mortars and rockets on nearby Israeli cities. Year after year, as these missiles were deliberately hurled at our civilians, not a single UN resolution was passed condemning those criminal attacks. We heard nothing – absolutely nothing – from the UN Human Rights Council, a misnamed institution if there ever was one.

In 2005, hoping to advance peace, Israel unilaterally withdrew from every inch of Gaza. It dismantled 21 settlements and uprooted over 8,000 Israelis. We didn't get peace. Instead we got an Iranian backed terror base fifty miles from Tel Aviv. Life in Israeli towns and cities next to Gaza became a nightmare. You see, the Hamas rocket attacks not only continued, they increased tenfold. Again, the UN was silent.

Finally, after eight years of this unremitting assault, Israel was finally forced to respond. But how should we have responded? Well, there is only one example in history of thousands of rockets being fired on a country's civilian population. It happened when the Nazis rocketed British cities during World War II. During that war, the allies leveled German cities, causing hundreds of thousands of casualties. Israel chose to respond differently. Faced with an enemy committing a double war crime of firing on civilians while hiding behind civilians – Israel sought to conduct surgical strikes against the rocket launchers.

That was no easy task because the terrorists were firing missiles from homes and schools, using mosques as weapons depots and ferreting explosives in ambulances. Israel, by contrast, tried to minimize casualties by urging Palestinian civilians to vacate the targeted areas.

We dropped countless flyers over their homes, sent thousands of text messages and called thousands of cell phones asking people to leave. Never has a country gone to such extraordinary lengths to remove the enemy's civilian population from harm's way.

Yet faced with such a clear case of aggressor and victim, who did the UN Human Rights Council decide to condemn? Israel. A democracy legitimately defending itself against terror is morally hanged, drawn and quartered, and given an unfair trial to boot.

By these twisted standards, the UN Human Rights Council would have dragged Roosevelt and Churchill to the dock as war criminals. What a perversion of truth. What a perversion of justice.

Delegates of the United Nations,

Will you accept this farce?

Because if you do, the United Nations would revert to its darkest days, when the worst violators of human rights sat in judgment against the law-abiding democracies, when Zionism was equated with racism and when an automatic majority could declare that the earth is flat.

If this body does not reject this report, it would send a message to terrorists everywhere: Terror pays; if you launch your attacks from densely populated areas, you will win immunity. And in condemning Israel, this body would also deal a mortal blow to peace. Here's why.

When Israel left Gaza, many hoped that the missile attacks would stop. Others believed that at the very least, Israel would have international legitimacy to exercise its right of self-defense. What legitimacy? What self-defense?

The same UN that cheered Israel as it left Gaza and promised to back our right of self-defense now accuses us –my people, my country - of war crimes? And for what? For acting responsibly in self-defense. What a travesty!

Israel justly defended itself against terror. This biased and unjust report is a clear-cut test for all governments. Will you stand with Israel or will you stand with the terrorists?

We must know the answer to that question now. Now and not later. Because if Israel is again asked to take more risks for peace, we must know today that you will stand with us tomorrow. Only if we have the confidence that we can defend ourselves can we take further risks for peace.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

All of Israel wants peace.

Any time an Arab leader genuinely wanted peace with us, we made peace. We made peace with Egypt led by Anwar Sadat. We made peace with Jordan led by King Hussein. And if the Palestinians truly want peace, I and my government, and the people of Israel, will make peace. But we want a genuine peace, a defensible peace, a permanent peace. In 1947, this body voted to establish two states for two peoples – a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews accepted that resolution. The Arabs rejected it.

We ask the Palestinians to finally do what they have refused to do for 62 years: Say yes to a Jewish state. Just as we are asked to recognize a nation-state for the Palestinian people, the Palestinians must be asked to recognize the nation state of the Jewish people. The Jewish people are not foreign conquerors in the Land of Israel. This is the land of our forefathers.

Inscribed on the walls outside this building is the great Biblical vision of peace: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation. They shall learn war no more." These words were spoken by the Jewish prophet Isaiah 2,800 years ago as he walked in my country, in my city, in the hills of Judea and in the streets of Jerusalem.

We are not strangers to this land. It is our homeland. As deeply connected as we are to this land, we recognize that the Palestinians also live there and want a home of their own. We want to live side by side with them, two free peoples living in peace, prosperity and dignity.

But we must have security. The Palestinians should have all the powers to govern themselves except those handful of powers that could endanger Israel.

That is why a Palestinian state must be effectively demilitarized. We don't want another Gaza, another Iranian backed terror base abutting Jerusalem and perched on the hills a few kilometers from Tel Aviv.

We want peace.

I believe such a peace can be achieved. But only if we roll back the forces of terror, led by Iran, that seek to destroy peace, eliminate Israel and overthrow the world order. The question facing the international community is whether it is prepared to confront those forces or accommodate them.

Over seventy years ago, Winston Churchill lamented what he called the "confirmed unteachability of mankind," the unfortunate habit of civilized societies to sleep until danger nearly overtakes them.

Churchill bemoaned what he called the "want of foresight, the unwillingness to act when action will be simple and effective, the lack of clear thinking, the confusion of counsel until emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong.”

I speak here today in the hope that Churchill's assessment of the "unteachibility of mankind" is for once proven wrong.

I speak here today in the hope that we can learn from history -- that we can prevent danger in time.

In the spirit of the timeless words spoken to Joshua over 3,000 years ago, let us be strong and of good courage. Let us confront this peril, secure our future and, God willing, forge an enduring peace for generations to come.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Klaus, not Santa.

Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, delivered this speech at the UN on September 23, 2009.  Really Presidential! PDF here.  What he says about climate change issue (emphasis mine):

It has its territorial or geographic aspects as well. We have to pay attention to the needs and interests of all kinds of countries. Global economic development will benefit from a removal of barriers, not from creating new ones because they would substantially complicate the access of poorer countries to foreign markets and their ability to develop by their own means. Economic recession and large increases of public debt have reduced the possibilities the world can use today in order to meet such ambitions, as the fight against the climate change.

I do not intend to go into details of this issue here now, we should carefully follow the scientific debate and pay attention to the costs and benefits of our decision. I do, however, want to emphasize that the measures proposed to combat climate change represent another heavy burden, for both the developed countries which are falling into deep fiscal deficits now and for developing countries and this is in a situation when the rich countries, often pushing this agenda at international forums, are losing their ability to compensate the poorer countries for the impact of these additional costs.

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Not being truthful or simply ignorant?

Sunstar's editorial of September 21 entitled Church’s use of RH bill issue says:

Surely, a presidentiable’s stand on population control, which is the sore point in the Reproductive Health Bill’s content, does not define his character or ability to lead.

But by putting too much emphasis on the issue, the Church and pro-life groups have tended to downplay the other important concerns of governance that presidential hopefuls need to have a stand on.

Surely, a president can’t just pay lip-service to the Church’s cause against population control and then commit other objectionable acts like raiding the government coffers or abusing people’s rights.


Still, it would be good for the faithful if the Catholic Church hierarchy would come up with holistic and objective criteria to guide them in assessing the qualifications of candidates instead of giving them narrow-minded views.

The Church tries to be very consistent with its teachings.  It will mobilize her faithful against what ills persons and society and will work toward what are true and good.   There is no compromise.  The Church in her pastoral duty will guide the faithful toward their final end -- Heaven -- even as the faithful are still in this world.  Elections and the faithful's participation in the political arena are only two of the many concerns for the Church.  One who says that the Church only looks at a political candidate (who has signed up though, they have just signified their intent to run, right?)  in his support or rejection of the RH bill is not being truthful or simply ignorant.

Why do I say this?  The CBCP has given us pointers in the past.  The CBCP wrote a pastoral letter in 2004 that I reprint in toto below that already gives us the points to consider in choosing a candidate (boldface mine):

(Pastoral Statement on Elections 2004)

Elections are a crucial moment in our continuing task of nation-building. They are a “timely opportunity to transform society by electing wise, capable and upright leaders.” (Oratio imperata) It is a time when we can institutionalize further People Power through the informed and responsible choice of local and national leaders by millions of Filipinos here and abroad.

Despite disturbing talk of massive frauds and unconstitutional measures being contemplated by various political groupings, we assert once more that the vigilance and concerted action of ordinary citizens would be the best guarantee of maintaining honest, orderly and peaceful elections. Are we ready to defend our democratic way of life through the constitutional process and the rule of law?

It is in this light that we emphasize the importance of safeguarding the election process. We highly endorse citizens’ groups such as PPCRV, NAMFREL, and others to work closely with COMELEC, the military and PNP and public school teachers in maintaining a neutral and non-partisan role in ensuring the electoral process. We also note that the voters’ list in many places has not yet been made available by COMELEC and neither has the supply of indelible ink been assured. Will this problem be solved before election?

The electoral process is also a time when we can state that we cannot be neutral against corruption in its various forms, e.g. vote-buying and vote-selling, taxation by the NPA of political candidates and ordinary citizens, misuse of public funds, etc. This fight against corruption is a gospel imperative.

Even as we focus on election-day itself, we also remind voters of their right and duty before elections to discern and choose candidates based on certain criteria. At least three basic criteria are to be considered:

First, is the candidate a person of competence, i.e. in terms of leadership experience, professional qualifications, and record of governance? Second, is the candidate a person of conscience, i.e. with personal integrity, transparency, accountability, and respect for human rights? And third, is the candidate a person of commitment to a vision and program of action on key issues such as family and life, environment, illegal drugs and gambling, justice, peace and order, poverty alleviation, education, etc.?

Beyond elections, there is the greater challenge for all citizens: to continue monitoring winning candidates in order to ensure transparency, accountability and people empowerment for good governance. We have been praying for clean elections; we continue to pray and work for reconciliation and the solidarity that is essential to nation-building.

“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all.” (Gal 6:9-10).

Obviously enough the Church will not campaign for or against any candidate, although there is nothing wrong that some members of the Church may give their opinions about a candidate well within the sphere of canon law and laws of decency.  It is up to us to determine for ourselves whom we will vote for.

On the editorial's take on a "better approach", the Church may change its way of doing things, but she will never compromise doctrine with people surveys.  It is just not her style. 

To understand some more why the Church is concerned about the RH bill and what it will do to the moral life of the faithful, it would be for good reading this and this.