Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hurling Video:USC hosts players from UC Berkeley, USC and San Diego State in the first ever game on campus

A ragtag match composed of players from the USC, UC Berkeley, and San Diego State in the first ever hurling match played on campus. The game was played on astroturf. These students are new to the game and have plenty of potential.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Central Chile:Earthquake-February 27, 2010 Causes and Effects

An earthquake of magnitude 8.8 struck off coastal Chile on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 06:34:14 UTC. The location was 35.846°S, 72.719°W.The USGS reported the epicentre of the quake was 100 km (60 miles) NNW of Chillan, 105 km (65 miles) WSW of Talca, 115 km (70 miles) NNE of Concepcion, and 325 km (200 miles) SW of SANTIAGO.
The focus was approximately 21 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. The death toll from Chile's earthquake has more than doubled to 708 and is expected to rise further, President Michelle Bachelet has said. The quake sent a wave across the sea towards Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and the US, sparking tsunami alerts. The 8.8-magnitude earthquake released 500 times the energy of the 7.0-magnitude quake that struck Haiti last month.Shock waves were powerful enough to be felt 1,000 miles away in Argentina. At least 85 people died in the region of Maule alone. Many deaths were also in reported in the regions of Santiago, O'Higgins, Biobio, Araucania and Valparaiso. A major bridge at Concepcion collapsed into the Biobio river
Some of the worst damage was in the second largest city of Conception.
According to the Mirror Newspaper

Homes and bridges were destroyed, buildings engulfed in flames as gas pipes burst and trucks plunged into vast cracks which had appeared in the road. The capital city of Santiago, 200 miles from the epicentre, shook for about a minute-and-a-half, bringing buildings crashing to the ground. Minutes after the quake, terrified residents streamed on to the streets crying and hugging each other for comfort. Many were too scared to return to their homes. Throughout the morning aftershocks of up to 6.9 on the Richter Scale shook the city.
Tectonic Summary
This earthquake occurred at the boundary between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates. The two plates are converging at a rate of 80 mm per year. The earthquake occurred as thrust-faulting on the interface between the two plates, with the Nazca plate moving down and landward below the South American plate.
Coastal Chile has a history of very large earthquakes. Since 1973, there have been 13 events of magnitude 7.0 or greater. The February 27 (2010) shock originated about 230 km north of the source region of the magnitude 9.5 earthquake of May, 1960 – the largest earthquake worldwide in the last 200 years or more. This giant earthquake spawned a tsunami that engulfed the Pacific Ocean. An estimated 1600 lives were lost to the 1960 earthquake and tsunami in Chile, and the 1960 tsunami took another 200 lives among Japan, Hawaii, and the Philippines. Approximately 870 km to the north of the February 27 earthquake is the source region of the magnitude 8.5 earthquake of November, 1922. This great quake significantly impacted central Chile, killing several hundred people and causing severe property damage. The 1922 quake generated a 9-meter local tsunami that inundated the Chile coast near the town of Coquimbo; the tsunami also crossed the Pacific, washing away boats in Hilo harbor, Hawaii. The magnitude 8.8 earthquake of February 27, 2010 ruptured the portion of the South American subduction zone separating these two massive historical earthquakes (USGS)

It is highly likely that a massive eartquake of magnitude 9.5 -similar to 1960- will strike coastal Chile at some time in the future as pressure builds up along the subduction zone where the Nazca Plate subducts the South American Plate. This latest quake is certainly not the last.

Ireland: Jim McDaid TD- FF defeat in a 2010 Election would ensure a return to power for the 1916 Centenary Celebrations

In recent days Donegal North East TD Jim McDaid has once more stepped into the limelight. He has of course differences with the Taoiseach Brian Cowen and has been critical of the handling of the economy by the government. He believes that a Cabinet reshuffle is overdue. Speaking to Lunchtime on Newstalk on Thursday , Deputy McDaid also slammed Fianna Fail’s handling of Willie O’Dea’s resignation as Defence Minister. He no longer holds the FF party whip but nevertheless votes with the government.

Interestingly the interview with Eamonn Keane- is particularly noticeable for comments made by Mr McDaid in relation to the timing of a general election. He is convinced that government will collapse in 2010. He reiterated this on Tubridy Tonight on RTE . He expects that FF will lose such a possible election. On Newstalk he fleshed out his reasoning. As far as Mr McDaid is concerned such a defeat for FF is to be welcomed. However he anticipates that this will be hugely beneficial for FF in the long run. He is convinced that a severely weakened FF would be inimical to the interests of the country. He assumes that a coalition of FG/ Labour will be unable to tackle the economic crisis and that FF will return stronger than ever. He assumes that if the FF/Green government survives to 2012 that an FF wipeout will occur. He is troubled by the prospect of an FG/Labour government being in power for the centenary celebrations of the 1916 Rising. As far as he is concerned the government should dissolve or fall in 2010 so as to ensure an FF return to power in time for the 2016 celebrations. No wonder the general public is cynical.

As far as he is concerned FF ownership of the celebrations is more important than the economic well being of the country.
If FF and the Greens cut and run now they face wipeout. This would smack of cowardice and be an admission that FF is unable to handle the economic crisis.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Old Video clips of Medjugorje Visionaries

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ronald Reagan lashes Socialized Medicine

From the 1961 Operation Coffee Cup Campaign against Socialized Medicine as proposed by the Democrats, then a private citizen Ronald Reagan Speaks out against socialized medicine.

Video: Ronald Reagan tells Soviet jokes

Monday, February 22, 2010

Medjugorje:Praying with the Heart--by Fr. Jozo


In the first days of the apparitions, we really competed with each other, seeing who could pray more rosaries each day. That was unhealthy competition. Although Our Lady was exhorting us to pray not that way, but with our hearts, we did not understand what it meant to pray with the heart. That night she said to us, "This evening, before you start praying, you should all forgive one another." We thought, "That's something simple, we do that in every Holy Mass!" But by no means was it easy; it was quite an effort. It meant that everyone who had built up hostilities within his heart had to give them to God immediately with love and joy. I explained what Our Lady's request meant and asked all the faithful if they understood. Everyone said yes, but no one did anything. We felt as if we were in a desert, and we were even a little afraid. Moreover, Our Lady would not allow us to pray until we had personally reconciled with each other - until we had forgiven each other from our hearts. A silence came over us; it seemed to last forever. We suffered a desert-like anguish, and it grew later and later.Everyone felt very depressed. A fight was raging within us.

Finally I suggested, "Let's pray the rosary, that we may become able to forgive." So we began praying what we call "the Psalter," all three groups of the mysteries of the rosary. After about half an hour, a voice announced in the church, "Lord, I have forgiven. Please forgive me!" Everyone began crying and sobbing loudly. This prayer touched our hearts, and floodgates of tears were opened. We all had the desire to say, "We have forgiven. Please forgive us, too!" And everyone looked for a hand, any hand, to hold. With relieved hearts, we continued our prayer. After the prayer there was a true celebration of reconciliation throughout the whole village.The morning that followed will go down in the history of Medjugorje. Overnight the people had torn down all the walls in their hearts, walls which had been separating them from one another.

The next morning, everywhere in the village, people went to houses in which they had never set foot before because of one incident or another; many had even stopped greeting one another. Farmers can be petty, too. Hate and estrangement often had developed. But now, in their neighbor, they recognized their brother. In their neighbor they recognized Jesus. It occurred to them sadly why, for such a long time before, they had been unable to have such joy and beauty. And so I no longer have to ask anymore, "Do you want to forgive? Do you believe in God the Father?" We now carry out our baptismal promises day by day, everyone making an effort, even if only mentally: "I reject Satan... I believe in God..."***It was then that people saw the Croatian word "MIR", meaning "PEACE", in capital letters in the sky. I, too, witnessed this event. The letters moved as if animated, streaming towards us like a car's headlights. It felt like we were experiencing the end of the world. I cannot imagine anyone ever forgetting such a thing - not the letters, but the interior experience, I mean. It is engraved within our hearts, into our lives, and into our entire being, the meaning of "Medjugorje" - engraved within the new man, within children of God who love and forgive.[Reproduced by kind permission of Ed Sousa, Sr at In God's Company 2]

Video: Story of a Lourdes Miracle

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Video of Song: Medugorje The Voice of Peace

This song comes from the very special Christian album Wings of Love. It has been used as soundtrack to a television documentary series on Medugorje called MEDUGORJE - "Come and See". The singer is Jim Keohan. Jim Keohan is supported by Italian soprano Giovanna Salvati. The full album is available at cdbaby

Medjugorje: Virgin Mary appears in a photo Of Visionary Vicka?

Friday, February 19, 2010

RTE News at One-Sean O'Rourke interviews Willie O'Dea Thursday 18/2/10 just prior to his resignation

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Sean O'Rourke interviewed Willie O'Dea- just prior to his resignation as a Minister-on the News at One programme Thursday(18/2/10). Most seasoned observers argue that Mr O'Dea made several blunders in this interview.

Ireland:Willie O'Dea Resignation -Statements from Party Leaders and ex Minister

Willie O'Dea-Resignation Statement

Statement by An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen TD

THE TAOISEACH wishes to announce that Mr Willie O’Dea TD has this evening tendered his resignation as Minister for Defence and the President has accepted it.
In tendering his resignation, Mr O’Dea said: “I have come to the regrettable conclusion that my continuing in office will only serve to distract from the important and vital work of Government in addressing the serious challenges that the country continues to face at this time.”
In response to Mr O’Dea’s resignation, the Taoiseach said: “I want to thank you for your hard work and commitment in carrying out your duties as Minister.
“I believe that you have made a significant contribution to the Governments in which you have served and have shown great skill in overseeing the modernisation of the Defence Forces.”
The Taoiseach has assigned the Department of Defence to himself for the present.

Green Party Leader, John Gormley

"Yesterday afternoon I met Willie O’Dea and he assured me that an article in today’s Limerick Leader would vindicate him. The article published today does not do that. In fact it does the opposite."At the very conclusion of yesterday’s Dail debate Mr O’Dea said his original actions in the matter were based on information given to him by An Garda Siochana. We were very concerned by this behaviour by a member of Government.
"We have also taken the view that Willie O’Dea’s comments and conduct during yesterday’s debate and in subsequent media appearances were inappropriate.
"All these factors have led us to conclude that Willie O’Dea could not continue as a member of this Government. The issue has already taken up too much energy and attention at a time when crucial economic challenges face the Irish people.
"We are committed to continuing to work with our partners in government to face those challenges."

Fine Gael Leader, Enda Kenny

“Resigning his position in Cabinet must have been very difficult for Willie O’Dea and a very trying event for his family. However, Willie O’Dea’s resignation was an inevitable consequence of his swearing of a false affidavit before the High Court.”

Labour Leader, Eamon Gilmore

“The resignation of Willie O’Dea as Minister for Defence was inevitable once the full details of his conduct emerged over recent days, including the release of the tape and his RTE interview today. The process of Mr. O’Dea’s departure was hastened by the approach of the Taoiseach and that of his Fianna Fail colleagues in the Dail during this week.”

Sinn Fein Dail Leader, Caoimhghin O Caolain

“Minister O’Dea had become totally unsuitable for Ministerial office given his gross defamation of an election candidate, his false denial of that defamation in a spurious affidavit to the High Court and his unapologetic performance in the Dáil on Wednesday.”

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Video: Bloodhounds-John Boehner (R-OH) asks where are the jobs?

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) yesterday released a new YouTube video targeting the failure of Washington Democrats trillion-dollar stimulus bill and asking where are the jobs?
The tongue-in-cheek web video, inspired by a classic 1984 TV commercial by now-Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), features a job-sniffing GOP bloodhound named Ellie Mae and a down-home voiceover by Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA).This is a lighthearted web video, but the underlying point is no laughing matter, Boehner said. At a time when Americans are looking to Washington for leadership, the trillion-dollar stimulus has been a wasteful failure.

Americans were promised the stimulus would keep the unemployment rate from going above eight percent. Its now at 9.4 percent, and rising. Where are the jobs?In the video, job-sniffing bloodhounds follow the stimulus money trail across the nation in search of the millions of jobs the Obama Administration promised to save or create if the trillion-dollar spending bill were enacted. The trail takes them to AIG Headquarters in New York City, where stimulus funds were used to pay big bonuses to top executives; to Wisconsin, where stimulus funds are paying for repairs to a bridge that reportedly carries about 260 cars per day, many to a place called Rustys Backwater Saloon, according to a June 16 report in the Wall Street Journal; and to North Carolina, where stimulus funds were reportedly used by one town to hire a new worker whose job is to apply for more stimulus funds from Washington.

A real stimulus would help small businesses across America get back on their feet and create jobs. Washington hasnt tried that yet. Instead we've made government bigger, wasted taxpayers money, and piled new debt on our children and grandchildren, Boehner said. Republicans have put forth a better solution a plan that recognizes small business, not government, is the engine of the American economy. We hope Washington Democrats will work with us in the months ahead to make it a reality.(JohnBoehner)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Video: Joe Biden-20th Century Gaffe (17/2/10)

Hell As Described by Medjugorje Visionaries Vicka and Marija

Only four of the six visionaries saw hell. Our Lady gave Mirjana and Ivanka the choice whether or not to see hell and they chose against it. Ivan and Marija both saw a vision of hell and all that Ivan will state is that he prefers not to discuss it. Vicka and Jakov were physically taken to hell by Our Lady. The following, through several interviews of the visionaries, is a detailed description of hell.

Vicka: “We saw many people in hell. Many are there already, and many more will go there when they die…The Blessed Mother says that those people who are in hell are there because they chose to go there. They wanted to go to hell…We all know that there are persons on this earth who simply don’t admit that God exists, even though He helps them, gives them life and sun and rain and food. He always tries to nudge them onto the path of holiness. They just say they don’t believe, and they deny Him. They deny Him, even when it is time to die. And they continue to deny Him, after they are dead. It is their choice. It is their will that they go to hell. They choose hell.

Question: “Describe hell as you remember it.
: “In the center of this place is a great fire, like an ocean of raging flames. We could see people before they went into the fire, and then we could see them coming out of the fire. Before they go into the fire, they look like normal people. The more they are against God’s will, the deeper they enter into the fire, and the deeper they go, the more they rage against Him. When they come out of the fire, they don’t have human shape anymore; they are more like grotesque animals, but unlike anything on earth. It’s as if they were never human beings before…They were horrible. Ugly. Angry. And each was different; no two looked alike…When they came out, they were raging and smashing everything around and hissing and gnashing and screeching.

Question: “Has seeing hell changed how you pray?
“”Oh, yes! Now I pray for the conversion of sinners! I know what awaits them if they refuse to convert.”
Vicka: “People turn away from God by choices they make. In this way they choose to enter the fire of hell where they burn away all connection to God. That’s why they can never get back to God. It takes God’s mercy to get back to Him. In hell, they no longer have access to God’s mercy…They choose to destroy their beauty and goodness. They choose to be ugly and horrible. People do this all the time. Each choice that is against God, God’s Commandments, God’s Will, singes God’s image in us…They become one with hell even while they have their body. At death they go on as they were when they had a body.”

Marija's description of hell:
Question: “Marija, have you ever seen hell?
Marija: “Yes, it’s a large space with a big sea of fire in the middle. There are many people there. I particularly noticed a beautiful young girl. But when she came near the fire, she was no longer beautiful. She came out of the fire like an animal; she was no longer human. The Blessed Mother told me that God gives us all choices. Everyone responds to these choices. Everyone can choose if he wants to go to hell or not. Anyone who goes to hell chooses hell.

Question: “Marija, how and why does a soul choose hell for himself for all eternity?
“In the moment of death, God gives us the light to see ourselves as we really are. God gives freedom of choice to everybody during his life on earth. The one who lives in sin on earth can see what he has done and recognize himself as he really is. When he sees himself and his life, the only possible place for him is hell. He chooses hell, because that is what he is. That is where he fits. It is his own wish. God does not make the choice. God condemns no one. We condemn ourselves. Every individual has free choice. God gave us freedom.

Question: “Marija, what about people who grow up spiritually deceived, people who have been told that God does not exist, that there is no God?
“People, as they grow up, can think. Everyone knows and can recognize what is good and what is bad by the time they grow up. God gives us freedom of choice. We can choose good or bad. Everybody chooses here in this life whether he goes to Heaven or hell.

Question: “How do we choose Heaven or hell or Purgatory for ourselves?
“At the moment of death, God gives everyone the grace to see his whole life, to see what he has done, to recognize the results of his choices on earth. And each person, when he sees himself in the divine light of reality, chooses for himself where he belongs. Every individual chooses for himself what he personally deserves for all eternity.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Video: How To Pray the Rosary

Our Lady's 15 Promises for Praying the Rosary

  1. Whoever shall faithfully serve Me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.

  2. I promise My special protection and the greatest graces to all who shall recite the Rosary.
  3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.

  4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

  5. The soul which recommends itself to Me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.

  6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.

  7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

  8. Those who are faithful in reciting the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.

  9. I shall deliver from purgatory, those who have been devoted to the Rosary.

  10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.

  11. You shall obtain all you ask of Me by the recitation of the Rosary.

  12. All those who propagate the holy Rosary shall be aided by Me in their necessities.

  13. I have obtained from My Divine Son, that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors, the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.

  14. All who recite the Rosary are My sons, and brothers of My only son Jesus Christ.

  15. Devotion to My Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

Video: Miracle of the Rosary sung by Elvis Presley

Oh blessed Mother we pray to Thee
Thanks for the miracle of your rosary
Only you can hold back
Your holy Son's hand
Long enough for the whole world to understand
Hail, Mary full of grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed are thou among women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
Oh holy Mary dear mother of God
Please pray for us sinners
Now and at the hour of our death
And give thanks once again
For the miracle of your rosary

Medjugorje Visionary Vicka Interview Video (2 hours, 44 minutes) July 16, 2007

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Medjugorje Visionary Marija -Story of the Virgin Mary and the Flower

The following is a story Marija told:
"I was praying in my room one morning when suddenly I had a vision of a white flower of such beauty as I have never seen before. It then wilted and drooped as if dead. I felt a deep sadness, because this flower had such beauty. Suddenly I saw a large drop above the flower which then fell directly on the head of the drooping flower. It then gradually opened up, radiating its former beauty. The flower then disappeared. I thought about it but then finished praying.
Later, during an apparition on Apparition Mountain, I asked Our Lady about the vision. Our Lady told me:

“The flower was the image of man’s soul. It flowers and opens out in the grace of God. But when man sins, the soul withers and wilts. The drop is the symbol of God’s grace. The soul wilting in sin will blossom out with the grace through Confession and true repentance.”
“The Sacrament of Confession should be lived in the joy of an encounter with God.”

Medjugorje-The Gospa Oratorio Music:6 of 12 Tracks

This is taken from the Gospa Oratorio website. Make sure to visit it and listen to all 12 tracks.

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2.In Medjugorje


10.Meditation on Forgiveness

11.Thank You

12. Ave Maria

The music of The GOSPA Oratorio was written between October 2001 and May 2002
In June 2002, a tape copy of a final, computer-generated draft of the work was taken to Medjugorje by its authors, Mike and Phil Read-Shaw (the composer and librettist respectively).
'Voces Angelorum', the ensemble that performed on this recording of The GOSPA Oratorio, are:
•Jamie Mulgrew and her brother, Frankie Mulgrew;
•Mike Read-Shaw and his daughter, Emily Read-Shaw;
•Andy Summers and his wife, Helen Summers;
•Helen Waite.
Thanks are also due to:
•Maureen Flynn and her daughter, Dominique Flynn;
•Amy Morris
•Phil Read-Shaw, his wife, Carla, and their daughter, Camilla Read-Shaw;
Gospa Oratorio website

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Video: The Enda Kenny Song -Corrigan Brothers and Pete Creighton












Video: Corrigan Brothers and Pete Creighton- George Lee song

Monday, February 8, 2010

George Lee Resignation- An Act of Political Cowardice

The resignation of George Lee TD from FG and from the Dail is certainly a political bombshell. Undoubtedly Lee had an exceptional record as a economic analyst at RTE. He is viewed by many as a semigod. However it is one thing to be an analyst it is quite another to put forward coherent solutions.
His resignation raises many questions which have not been satisfactorily answered by the former TD.

He claims to have been largely excluded from the formulation of economic policy by FG. This is a lame excuse. At RTE Lee was never slow to blow his trumpet and articulate the populist option. He could have prepared economic policy positions and placed them before the Parliamentary Party. This he singularly failed to do. In actual fact he came up with no original ideas to tackle the current economic crisis.

It is an open secret that an FG reshuffle was on the cards after the anticipated cabinet reshuffle. George Lee would undoubtedly been drafted onto the FG frontbench. Here he could further influence economic policy of the party.

Today he claimed that he did not seek promotion to the front bench. Rather that he wanted to influence party policy. This is nonsensical. Any politician serious about influencing policy would jump at the offer of a front bench position.

He said "I cant wait for the economy to be fixed". He had a Dail seat which offered him huge potential if used correctly to influence policy. Yet he quit. So to hell with the country as far as George is concerned.

George has thrown away a glorious opportunity to make a worthwhile contribution to this country's recovery from the economic crisis. To resign after eight months is an act of cowardice. George Lee has left the voters of Dublin South high and dry.

I now await George's solutions to Ireland's economic crisis.

The FG party needs to ignore the snide remarks of smart alecs such as Olivia O'Leary who labelled the party as losers. This particular lady though from an FG background never has a good word to say about the party. Incidentally when challenged by Alan Dukes on RTEs Drivetime programme, O'Leary came off second best and showed her ignorance of the realities of parliamentary party politics. Olivia like George likes to play the populist card.

Snappy opinion pieces on RTE from Olivia O'Leary are no substitute for the realities of Dail politics. Olivia needs to go back to school.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Video: US Catholic Pro Abortion Politicians with 0% Pro-life Voting Record

According to the website One Nation Under God these "Catholic in name only" politicians all have a 0% Pro-life voting record. Pope Benedict has warned Catholic politicians that they risked excommunication from the Church and should not receive Holy Communion if they support abortion. Under Church law (Canon law), a politician (indeed any Catholic for that matter) who knowingly does or backs something which the Church considers a grave sin, such as abortion, inflicts what is known as "automatic excommunication" on himself/herself.

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi Tweets Amazing Pictures from International Space Station via Twitpic

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Brilliant city lights over Tokyo, Japan

Brilliant city lights over Tokyo, Japan. on Twitpic

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge, San Fransisco, CA. Beautiful shadow :-) on Twitpic

Port-Au-Prince Feb 3, 2010

Port-Au-Prince, as of Feb 3. Three weeks after the earthquake. on Twitpic

Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan. 3,776m. The highest mountain in Japan. on Twitpic

Amazon Brazil

Amazon, Brazil on Twitpic

Full Moon Seen from Outer Space

Full Moon, seen from space! on Twitpic

Mt Kilimanjaro

Mt Kilimanjaro on Twitpic

Hawaii island in the early morning sunlight

Hawaii island in the early morning sunlight. Home of Ellison ... on Twitpic

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wonderful Medjugorje Radio Documentary: Co. Mayo Pilgrims visit Medjugorje

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This programme was made by An Irish Local Radio Station-Mid West Radio- and follows a group of Co. Mayo pilgrims to Medjugorje in October 2009. It was presented and produced by Tommy Marren.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

New Video: Mirjana Naples Apparition February 2nd 2010

Fifteen thousand people came to Palavesuvio Ponticelli in Naples for the apparition of Our Lady to Mirijana Dragicevic.Seventy priests dressed in white concelebrated the Mass of Candlemas each lighting a candle before the altar, awaiting the arrival of Mirjana Dragicevic Soldo.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

February 3rd 2010: Iranian Show Trials of Dissidents -The West is largely silent

On the 30th of January, 16 more opposition activists were been put on trial in Tehran in connection with post election protests in late December. All of the accused were arrested after clashes between protesters and security forces on Ashura Day, the Shi'ite ritual mourning ceremony, on Dec. 27. The Iranian regime has arrested an estimated 4,000 people, including journalists and reformist politicians, in a massive crackdown in the weeks following the presidential election.

According to Radio Free Europe five of the defendants are accused of being "mohareb" (enemies of God) and "corrupt on earth." Both are crimes punishable by death under the Iranian legal system, which is based on Islamic Shari'a law.
The rest are accused of "gathering and conspiring against security, propaganda against the system, and seeking to harm security by inciting unrest and riot."

Last week two dissidents- Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmani Pour were hanged in an effort to bludgeon the opposition into submission. They were convicted of being enemies of God and plotting to topple the Islamic regime. Arash Rahmani Pour's father who is a lawyer publicly denounced the execution as unjust and the court proceedings as a sham.

Two top Iranian opposition leaders-Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Moussav-i have called on supporters to protest on February 11, the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Today Iran has launched a rocket into orbit carrying what state-owned Al-Alam television describes as an "experimental capsule". Western politicians have focussed on this event and made threatening noises. Sadly they have failed to pressurise Iran on its show trials. Once more the West has been found wanting. It is interesting to see that there are no Western threats directed at the Iranian regime for its appalling human rights record.

Video: Huge Fireball Over Co. Meath, Ireland-February 3rd 2010

RTE reports the following:

Astronomy Ireland says a major fireball was spotted over Ireland at around 6pm this evening.
It says the rock from space was seen blazing in the air by people all over the country.
There are reports that the fireball has landed in a field near Crimlin in Co Cavan.
Astronomy Ireland says it is unlikely to have injured anyone as it would have slowed down when it hit the atmosphere.
Valentia Coastguard said it has had reports of sightings from people living in Mullingar, Limerick, Ballybunion and Bantry.
On Facebook reported : "It was seen blazing in the air by people all over the country and would have been traveling with the force of a small nuclear weapon. It is likely it has landed inland, but it is unlikely to have injured anyone. Although traveling at high speed when it was spotted, it would have slowed as it hit the atmosphere."

Video:Mirjana Apparition 2nd February 2010 at Naples


Dear children, with motherly love, today I call you to be a lighthouse to all souls who wander in the darkness of ignorance of God’s love. That you may shine all the brighter and draw all the more souls, do not permit the untruths which come out of your mouth to silence your conscience. Be perfect. I am leading you with my motherly hand – a hand of love. Thank you. February 2, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ireland Video: History of Waterford Mallow Railway line on RTEs Nationwide

An excellent programme featuring the history of the Waterford Mallow Railway line went out last night on RTEs Nationwide. Three members of the Dungarvan Museum society were interviewed.
Donal Walsh, a founder member of the museum society filmed the last journey of the train on the line in 1967. This film forms the basis for the feature. Museum Curator Willie Fraher and museum member (and web designer) Martin Whelan were also interviewed. There are a few nice film clips showing the interior of the museum. The clip can be viewed here Click on the Waterford-Mallow link.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Video: Rep. Jeb Hensarling discusses Obama's astronomical budget and deficit figures

President Obama challenged Rep. Jeb Hensarling facts on House Republican budget priorities verses Democrat budget priorities, essentially accusing him of telling untruths. Here Rep. Jeb Hensarling sets the record straight and blows a hole in Obamas budget and deficit figures. He also exposes the appalling record -on spending -of the Democrat controlled Congress

Question: “How did you arrive at the conclusion that what were the old annual deficits under Republicans have now become the monthly deficits under Democrats? And what is the back-up?”

Answer: “Well, either the President misunderstood the point or he just hasn’t been well informed. If you look at the 12 years when Republicans controlled the Congress, the average annual deficit was about $104 billion.(average of final deficit/surplus FY2008 and 2009 data taken from Table F-1; FY2010 data taken from Table 1-3). Source: CBO January 2010 Budget and Economic Outlook. I’m not proud of that number. That’s too high. But in the three years that Democrats have controlled Congress, the average annual deficit is now $1.1 Trillion. Do the math… But when it comes to spending we’re rank amateurs compared to these guys.”